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EDUCATION
Why is
Tom Baker
making a
return to the
Tardis?
See p.25
The day at
a glance
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NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth by
fighting back
PAUL ERDOS
Apprentice numbers
down 60% on year
The number of workers starting
apprenticeships has fallen by almost
60 per cent, despite a new levy to
boost the figure. The Department
for Education said 48,000 people
started an apprenticeship between
May and July, compared to 117,000 in
the same period last year.
NORWAY
SAUDI ARABIA
ARGENTINA
BELGIUM
Artists denounce
sexual assault
Tourist visas could
be issued next year
Possible blast heard
near submarine
Fire in waffle factory
chokes Brussels
More than 1,000 artists in Norway,
one of the world’s most gender-equal
countries, have denounced rape and
assault in manifestos in Aftenposten
newspaper. “Shame and guilt must
go to where they belong: among
those who harass and those who
protect [the perpetrators],” 295
female singers said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing
tourist visas next year, a Saudi
official told CNN. Most foreigners in
the kingdom are workers, business
people and Muslim pilgrims. Prince
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
said: “The targets are people who
want to come and experience this
country and [its] grandness.”
Argentina’s navy says a sound
detected in the search for a missing
submarine with 44 crew on board is
consistent with an explosion. A navy
spokesman said the relatives of the
crew have been informed and that
the search will continue until there is
certainty about the fate of the ARA
San Juan. PAGE 13
A fierce fire at a waffle factory
cloaked part of Brussels in dense
black smoke, disrupted road and
rail traffic and forced the evacuation
of nearby factories and a school.
The midday blaze at the Milcamps
factory originated in the cooling
system and quickly spread. There
were no reports of injuries.
HUNGARY
CRIME
SOCIETY
NORWAY
Parliament bans
camerawoman
Bulger killer
recalled to prison
One in 10 females
face domestic abuse
Prices to double in
shop owner’s protest
The Hungarian camerawoman who
was filmed in 2015 kicking migrants
has been banned from working
in parliament after she insulted
a politician. Parliamentary press
chief Zoltan Szilagyi said that Petra
Laszlo’s ban would be enforced for
the rest of the current legislative
period, ending in mid-December.
One of the killers of toddler James
Bulger has been recalled to prison
suspected of having child abuse
images on his computer. It is the
second time Jon Venables has
been sent back to jail for the same
suspected offence. The 35-year-old
was recalled last week but has not
yet been charged. PAGE 14
About one in 10 females aged 16 to
19 were victims of domestic abuse
last year, the data from the Office
for National Statistics report on
domestic abuse has found. The study
found that more than 10 per cent of
16- to 19-year-old females reported
instances of abuse in the 12-month
period to March 2017.
The owner of a Norwegian online
store has promised to double his
prices on Black Friday in protest
at other retailers’ discounting.
Torbjorn Selseng, who runs
online outlet Bjoddn, told the
national broadcaster NRK: “It is
probably bad business, but I hope
I can make a point.”
Birthdays
Stephen Merchant,
comedian, 43; Sir Billy
Connolly, comedian, 75;
Sir Ian Botham,
former cricketer, 62;
Zeinab Badawi, journalist
(below), 58; John Squire,
guitarist, 55; Sarah Hyland,
actress, 27
Almost four in five people around the world believe that
access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the
BBC World Service found. Yet, in Burkina Faso, it costs
more than £700 a month for a broadband connection. A
global study of average broadband pricing per month
reveals vast disparities in the cost of getting online.
TECHNOLOGY
The List
Black Friday
shopping habits
A broad band of
internet charges
Average broadband package cost per month
Five most expensive
Britons bought gifts mostly for
others on Black Friday last year,
revealing the altruistic nature of
bargain hunters. Here are the top
10 items UK consumers bought
during last year’s frenzied retail
phenomenon.
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Five cheapest
Russia
United Kingdom
£7.56
Ukraine
£30.70
£4.14
Moldova
£8.17
Syria
£9.12
1 Gifts for others: 64%
2 DVDs, computer games
and books: 40%
3 Clothing, footwear and
accessories: 37%
4 Personal gadgets: 29%
5 Home electronics (TVs,
speakers etc): 29%
6 Cosmetics or perfume: 28%
7 Toys: 22%
8 Homewares (crockery,
furniture etc): 22%
9 Alcoholic drinks: 13%
10 Food: 8%
Iran
Laos
£4.04
£175.04
Brunei
£202.41
Burkina Faso
£728.66
Papua New
Guinea
Namibia
£448.65
£333.79
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EDUCATION
LITTLE MISS
INVENTOR
Mother wants ban on
‘Sleeping Beauty’
Oliver Duff
A woman has asked her son’s school
to remove Sleeping Beauty from the
curriculum because she says it sends
the wrong message about consent
to young children. Sarah Hall found
that while reading the book to her
six-year-old son, the story implies it
is acceptable to kiss a woman while
she is sleeping. PAGE 7
A warning on wages
– as the Chancellor
challenges Britain to
defy rough forecast
CULTURE
Tupac’s death
certificate for sale
Handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan and
rapper Tupac Shakur’s original death
certificate are among more than
1,100 items of celebrity memorabilia
being sold in an online auction. “We
think it’s very important because of
the mystery surrounding [Shakur’s]
death,” said Peter Siegel of Gotta
Have Rock and Roll auction house.
NATURE
becoming
an inventor, a
scientist or both
by teaching them
from a young age
that it’s an attainable
career for a female character.
Currently, women make up just
12.8 per cent of the science,
technology, engineering,
and maths (Stem)
workforce in the UK.
Some attribute this to
a lack of female Stem
role models.
Who’s this clever
clogs?
Little Miss Inventor
is the newest character
of the Mr Men and Little
Miss book series, the brainchild
of author and illustrator Adam
Hargreaves (who is the son of book
series creator Roger Hargreaves). He
said he created the female scientist
character as a role model for girls.
What’s she like?
The 36th Little Miss character has
pencils and a spanner nestled in her
hair and is described as “intelligent,
ingenious and inventive”. The
book blurb promises “her brain is
full of ideas, which she turns into
extraordinary inventions in her
shed at the bottom of her garden”.
What has she invented?
The enterprising Little Miss has
devised a backpack-snack-attack
fridge for Mr Greedy and a chatternatter hat for Little Miss Chatterbox.
Hargreaves said: “I always enjoy
creating a brand new character for
the series and it was fun coming
up with lots of crazy inventions for
Little Miss Inventor’s home and silly
ones for all her friends.”
Changing the narrative?
Quite literally. Hargreaves’ dynamic
new character aims to encourage
young girls to take an interest in
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The book telling her story will be
released on 8 March 2018, tying
in with International Women’s
Day and British Science Week.
Hargreaves said: “It’s also been
nice to write a story that promotes
a positive role model and to
challenge a stereotype, if only in
a small way.”
Valerie Browne
Python escapes to
neighbour’s garden
A 15ft python called Tinkerbell
escaped from her enclosure
before turning up in a neighbour’s
garden. She slithered out of her
home in Stockport, Greater
Manchester, through a pipe
on Monday night and was
found “freezing” but otherwise
unharmed the next day. PAGE 15
FINLAND
Bakery gets the bug
for insect bread
A Finnish bakery and food service
company, Fazer, has launched what
it said was the world’s first insectbased bread to be sold in stores. The
bread, made from flour ground from
dried crickets as well as wheat flour
and seeds, contains more protein
than wheat-based bread. Each loaf is
being sold for €3.99 (£3.55).
Letter from
the Editor
i@inews.co.uk
We lead today’s i on the extraordinary forecasts by economists at
two leading think-tanks.
The independent, respected
Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts
that we’ll face a pinch on wages
well into the next decade (page 9).
The Resolution Foundation
meanwhile looks at the impact on
Britain’s hardest-hit families, as
our cover story reports.
A bit gloomy – but then Philip
Hammond is not called Eeyore
for nothing. (“Good morning, Pooh
Bear… If it IS a good morning…
Which I doubt.”)
The Chancellor is challenging
us to do something about all this
– from decisions about our own
spending, to upskilling for the
digital economy and helping to
drive national productivity.
As well as squeezing living
standards, wage stagnation poses
a political problem, one certain to
shake up our political system once
again, if the economists are right
in their predictions today.
The promise of capitalism is
that, over the medium term, it
raises all boats; that common
enterprise creates opportunities
for most people to become
wealthier and improve their
condition. This has been Britain’s
orthodoxy since the 1980s.
There is cheerier news. It’s
worth remembering that employment levels are historically high.
By investing in infrastructure
that boosts our productivity –
science, technology, transport
– Mr Hammond is heading in
the right direction. More please.
And start searching for the loose
change needed to help Britain’s
5.5 million public sector workers,
who are due a raise.
Twitter: @olyduff
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NEWS
COURTS
Retrial in
parachute
‘attempted
murder’ case
By Ben Mitchell
A lorry drives through flood water under a bridge in Galgate, Lancashire, as heavy rain caused widespread flooding and travel disruption PETER BYRNE/PA
WEATHER
100 rescued from floods – and
travellers face snow disruption
By Dean Kirby
Large parts of Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Northern England
face further disruption today after
northern Britain was battered by
two days of rain and snow.
Motorists were warned of ice
on roads and snow showers were
expected on low ground in northern
and western Scotland and higher
ground in northern England and
Northern Ireland as the Met Office
issued a “yellow” warning.
Six flood warnings – where
flooding is expected – remained
in place in northern England last
night and there were 18 flood alerts
– where flooding is deemed possible.
There were seven flood alerts
across Wales.
A major clean-up was under way
yesterday after homes in Lancashire
and Cumbria were flooded as heavy
rain lashed North West England and
North Wales on Wednesday.
More than 70 people had to
rescued in north Lancashire and 27
others were evacuated in Galgate,
near Lancaster, where a river broke
its banks.
Forecasters are warning of more
The Met Office said
around 1.7in of rain had
fallen in 24 hours in Lancashire
on Wednesday, while in
Cumbria, around half a month’s
rain, 3.5in, was recorded in 36
hours at Shap.
heavy rain and snow this weekend as
an Arctic blast sweeps the country.
Heavy snow and sleet will blanket
areas of northern Scotland on
Saturday, with up to four inches in
some places.
SECURITY
Russian subs off UK coast is ‘new norm’
By Georgina Stubbs
Increasing levels of Russian
submarine activity in the North
Atlantic and a steady stream
of their vessels passing the UK
is now routine, the head of the
Royal Navy has said.
First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir
Philip Jones, offered an insight
into current threats and what
the future holds for the Royal
Navy and Royal Marines, in his
Gallipoli Memorial lecture at the
Royal United Services Institute
in London.
Warning that today’s Armed
Forces “must work in an
increasingly complex battle
space”, he said the “degree
of superiority at sea”
which Western navies
previously enjoyed
post-Cold War is
diminishing, as
the space they
operate in becomes
more congested.
“You don’t need to
look very far to see rising
and resurgent powers flex
their muscles,” he said.
“It’s now clear that the peaks of
Russian submarine activity that
we’ve seen in the North Atlantic
in recent years are the new norm.
“The same is true of the
steady stream of vessels
passing the UK on their
way to join the Baltic,
Mediterranean and
Black Sea Fleets.”
He said there are
now almost 500
submarines being
operated in the world’s
oceans by more than 40
navies. And he warned how
thousands of sea mines, “cheap,
easy to use and plentiful”, are
held by North Korea and Iran.
Katherine Moorhouse, 35, and
her family, including her five-yearold son and nine-year-old daughter,
were evacuated from their home in
Galgate. She said: “The water was
coming down the front of our house
and over the bridge like a waterfall
and we were worried the children
might be knocked over if we just
walked out, so we waited.
“The Environment Agency walked
us out of the house with sticks and
poles. I’d put sandbags in front of the
door which held off the water for a
while but it got up to the windowsills
and started seeping through.”
Lancashire Constabulary
said emergency services, the
Environment Agency and Lancaster
City Council had received more
than 500 calls. Lancashire Fire and
Rescue Service said more than 70
people had been rescued, along with
at least 20 horses, a cat and a dog.
Rail operator Northern
tweeted that flooding had stopped
services between Lancaster and
Morecambe, Carlisle, Oxenholme
and Windermere.
A southbound stretch of the M6
in south Cumbria was reduced to
one lane on Wednesday night and
into yesterday morning, while North
Yorkshire Police said “a number of
vehicles” had been recovered from
floodwaters in the Yorkshire Dales
as the A65 was closed.
Wintry showers brought snow
and travel disruption to the Scottish
Highlands yesterday. A landslip also
closed a railway line near Wick.
An Army sergeant is to face a retrial
on charges of attempting to murder
his wife by tampering with her parachute after the first jury failed to
reach verdicts.
Emile Cilliers, 37, of the Royal
Army Physical Training Corps,
denied throughout a seven-week
trial at Winchester Crown Court two
charges of attempted murder and a
third count of damaging a gas fitting.
The jury, depleted from 12 to 10
jurors by “stress-related illness”, sent
a note to the judge stating they would
be unable to reach verdicts.
They had previously “publicly
defended” themselves by denying
there had been bullying in their
deliberating room.
Mr Justice Sweeney discharged
the forewoman and another female
juror on Wednesday after they fell ill.
He told them in a direction
that their deliberations “must
remain within the proper bounds
of discussion, and not amount to
improper pressure or bullying”.
In response, the 10 jurors, who
began their deliberations on 14
November, produced a note stating:
“Following yesterday’s further
direction, the jury returned to the
deliberation room to read and discuss
the direction as discussed.
“The jury unanimously agreed
no such bullying had taken place...
A number of jurors were contacted
by friends and family who became
aware of press reporting implicating
bullying. We feel we have had no
opportunity to defend ourselves
and our integrity, which has further
implications on us personally and
professionally.”
M r Ju s t i c e S w e e n e y, w h o
released Mr Cilliers on bail until the
retrial, said his comments had not
“suggested any bullying had been
going on” but had been intended “to
flush it out if it had”.
Mr Cilliers is accused of sabotaging
his wife Victoria’s main and reserve
parachute and a few days earlier
tampering with a gas valve at the
family home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
Ms Cilliers, a highly-experienced
parachuting instructor, suffered
near-fatal injuries when her main
and reserve parachutes failed during
a jump at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on
Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015.
Emile Cilliers is accused of sabotaging
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EDUCATION
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
A mother of two has asked her son’s
school to remove Sleeping Beauty
from the curriculum because she
says it promotes “inappropriate
sexual behaviour”.
Sarah Hall said the fairy tale
should not be read by young children
because it sent out the wrong
message about consent.
She found that while reading the
book to her son Ben, six, the story
implied that it was acceptable to kiss
a woman while she was sleeping.
“I think it’s a specific issue in
the Sleeping Beauty story about
sexual behaviour and consent,” she
told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
Disney-Pixar’s new
animated children’s film,
Coco, is based around the Mexican
holiday of Día de Muertos (Day of
the Dead). Its protagonist, Miguel,
dreams of becoming a musician.
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PEOPLE
Mother asks school
to take ‘Sleeping
Beauty’ off curriculum
By Dean Kirby
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“It’s about saying: is this relevant? Is
it appropriate?”
The 40-year-old, from North
Tyneside, contacted the school and
asked for the books to be removed
from younger classes.
She said the #MeToo social media
campaign had made her think more
deeply about subtle messages that
create a culture where “consent isn’t
seen as important”.
“In today’s society, it isn’t
appropriate. My son is only six. He
absorbs everything he sees and it isn’t
as if I can turn it into a constructive
conversation,” she said.
“I don’t think taking Sleeping
Beauty books out of circulation
completely would be right. I actually
think it would be a great resource for
older children.
“You could have a conversation
around it. You could talk about
consent, and how the princess
might feel. But I’m really concerned
about it for younger children
and would really welcome a
conversation about whether this is
suitable material.”
Ora praised
for freezing
her eggs
By Jane Clinton
The singer said she was ‘a big believer in using what we have’ AFP/GETTY
Rita Ora has revealed that she had
her eggs frozen when she was in her
early twenties.
The singer, 26, said she had
always wanted a “big family” and
had been advised by her doctor to
undergo the procedure. Speaking on
Australian television, Ora recalled
that her doctor said to her: “You’re
healthiest now and I think it would
be great. Why don’t you put them
away now and you’ll never have to
worry about it again?”
While she admitted she was still
young, the pop star insisted that she
was a “big believer in using what we
have and making the most of it”. She
added that while some might see her
as a hypochondriac for taking this
step, she said she “just wanted to be
really safe”.
Dr Helen O’Neill, of University
College London, said: “The earlier
you freeze your eggs the better.
Unfortunately, the prime age people
start to freeze their eggs is 35, which
is a little bit too late.”
With a cost of £5,000 per cycle,
however, it is beyond the reach of
many young people.
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POLITICS
Prime Minister says Hammond can
stay in No 11 after ‘very good’ Budget
By Richard Vaughan
Philip Hammond’s job as Chancellor
is safe, the Prime Minister insisted
yesterday as she paid tribute to a
“very good” Budget.
Theresa May was widely believed
to be lining up a replacement for
Mr Hammond amid reports that
relations between the two had
become increasingly strained.
Asked if Mr Hammond’s job was
safe during a visit to Leeds, Mrs
May laughed and said: “Yes. The
Chancellor did a very good job
yesterday. What the Chancellor
was doing was setting out how we
will ensure we have an economy fit
for the future. Both the Chancellor
and I agree that what the Budget
was about was about jobs for people
up and down the country. It’s about
ensuring that people are in work.”
The Office for Budget
Responsibility suggested
that the nation’s books may not
be balanced until 2030-31 rather
than the mid-2020s as planned.
Wednesday’s Budget was dubbed
“make or break” for the Chancellor
after he attracted severe criticism
among Brexit-backing members
of his party. Many of his most vocal
detractors believed he was being too
pessimistic about Britain’s economic
future after the UK leaves the EU.
Early responses suggested Mr
Hammond’s Budget had been
received well among Tory MPs,
as it promised a £25bn package of
giveaways including, crucially, £3bn
for Brexit preparations.
Despite positive noises from his
Conservative colleagues, however,
the Chancellor was forced to
defend his plans in the face of bleak
economic projections.
Asked whether the growth
forecasts showed the UK was the
“sick man of Europe”, Mr Hammond
told Sky News: “No, not at all. The
UK economy is fundamentally
strong. The growth figures for the
next few years are disappointing. We
have got to try to outperform those
forecasts that we saw yesterday,
but they do show growth picking up
towards the end of the period.”
But Mr Hammond defended his
decision to ease up on austerity,
saying: “Those who say ‘just throw
caution to the wind’, borrow
endless amounts of money and add
to our debt, pass it on to the next
generation, are wrong. We have to
get the balance right.”
The Chancellor pointed out that
the Office for Budget Responsibility’s
forecasts for productivity over the
past eight years had been “overoptimistic”. He said: “The challenge
for us now as a nation is to prove
them wrong. The challenge for us is
to deliver that higher productivity
that will feed through into higher
economic growth.”
Labour borrowing under scrutiny McDonnell dodges key questions on debt
John McDonnell faced
criticism yesterday when
he repeatedly failed to
put a figure on Labour’s
borrowing plans.
In an interview, the
Shadow Chancellor (inset)
refused seven times to
answer how much Labour’s
spending would increase the
nation’s debt.
It came just 24 hours after he
was skewered on live TV for
not knowing the current
cost of servicing the debt.
He also became
irritable in a third
interview, repeatedly
dodging how much
Labour is willing to pay the
EU in a Brexit divorce bill.
Touring media studios to
criticise the Budget, he accused
broadcaster Mishal Husain of being
“trite” on BBC’ Radio 4’s Today
programme and repeatedly declined
her request for a specific figure for
servicing Labour’s borrowing. He
replied: “The type of journalism
[where] someone asks a question on
a particular figure is a trite form of
journalism. That’s why we have iPads
ad that’s why we have advisers.”
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COVER STORY
Age of austerity
and stagnant
wages ‘to last
another decade’
The UK’s gross domestic product has
fallen behind that of France
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May and
Philip Hammond
put on a united front
at Leeds College of
Building yesterday PA
HOUSING
Tell councils to build new
homes or fail, PM is warned
By Ben Chu
A former civil servant at the Treasury has attacked the Government’s
Budget housing package, saying
measures to increase the rate of
housebuilding fall short of what is
required to hit the official target of
300,000 net new homes a year
Lord Macpherson of Earl’s Court
described Philip Hammond’s abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers as a move designed to appeal to
the party’s “core supporters”.
The Old Etonian peer, who was
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury between 2005 and 2016, suggested that only a massive increase
in local authority housebuilding
would solve the chronic shortage of
new housing.
“In the end, the only way to increase housebuilding is to get local
authorities to build,” he said, speaking at an event yesterday hosted by
the Resolution Foundation thinktank. “You’ve got to spend tens of billions of pounds over 10 years to really
make an impact.”
On Wednesday, the Government
confirmed that it would lift the
borrowing caps for local authorities in areas of “high affordability
pressure” so they can build more
council homes, something campaigners have long pushed for as
a way of bringing the public sector
back into the arena of housing construction, which it largely vacated
in the 1980s.
But the detail of the policy change
in the Budget Red Book showed that
local authorities would only be able
to bid for an increase in their caps up
to a total of £1bn by the end of 202122 and the Treasury’s “score card”
showed anticipated housing spending from them of just £880m over the
three years to 2021-22.
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Families face another 10 years of
stagnant wages and deep spending
cuts, a think-tank has predicted in
a gloomy post-Budget assessment.
Warning of two “lost decades” for
pay rises, the respected Institute
for Fiscal Studies (IFS) dismissed
reports that the Chancellor had
ushered in “the end of austerity”
with his announcement of more
than £25bn of spending.
The IFS pointed to £12bn of
welfare savings still in the pipeline,
as well as further cuts to all public
services apart from the National
Health Service.
Referring to “pretty grim”
forecasts of future economic
growth, it said average earnings
looked set to be £1,400 a year lower
in 2021 than forecast in March 2016.
Wages would still be lower in real
terms than in 2008 at the height of
the financial crash, it said.
Paul Johnson, the IFS director,
said: “We are in danger of losing
not just one but getting on for two
decades of earnings growth.”
He added that Mr Hammond’s
giveaways were “not the end of
austerity – not by a long chalk”.
The think-tank calculated that
cuts to public services apart from
the NHS would amount to seven per
cent by 2023.
Mr Johnson noted that the
Chancellor had only promised
extra money for nurses’ pay, adding
other public sector workers should
“not be holding their breath in
anticipation of an inflation-busting,
or perhaps even one per centbusting, pay rise”.
In an extraordinary prediction, it
also said Britain’s national debt may
not return to its pre-financial crisis
level until “well past the 2060s”.
Its conclusions mirrored the
warning from another think-tank
that Britain is on course for its
longest fall in living standards since
records began in the 1950s, with the
least well-off families set to be the
biggest losers.
The Resolution Foundation said
The Resolution Foundation
forecast that the poorest
one-third of households are set
to be an average of £715 worse off
in 2022 compared with 2015. By
contrast, the richest third are on
course to gain an average of £185.
ordinary families struggling to
make ends meet faced a “deeply
troubling outlook” because of
sluggish economic growth and
poor productivity.
The think-tank welcomed
reforms to universal credit, but
said the moves would fail to prevent
benefit cuts from driving down
family incomes and widening levels
of inequality.
And it delivered a damning
verdict on the Chancellor’s flagship
announcement of the abolition of
stamp duty for the vast majority
of first-time buyers. It concluded
it would have been cheaper for the
Government to buy young adults
new homes.
It also said Britain’s productivity
levels were running at their weakest
levels since the Napoleonic wars of
the early 19th century.
A spokesman for the Government
said last night: “The Budget set
out the next steps in our plan to
build an economy that is fit for
the future, deliver the homes our
country needs and support families
and businesses.”
Falling living standards
Average household income in real terms
22k
Mar 16 budget
21k
Mar 17 budget
20k
19k
Nov 17
budget
18k
17k
16k
2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2022
SOURCE: OBR
INDUSTRY
UK loses place
in list of the
world’s top five
economies
By Josie Cox
The UK appears to have officially
lost its coveted spot on the list of
the world’s five largest economies.
During Wednesday’s Budget,
Philip Hammond, in a series of
statements aimed at highlighting
the strength and health of the
British economy, admitted that
the country has slipped to sixth
spot, trailing France.
The other four countries that
make up the leaderboard are the
US, China, Japan and Germany.
“London is the number one
international financial services
centre. We have some of the
world’s best companies. And a
commanding position in a raft
of tech and digital industries
that will form the backbone of
the global economy of the future.
Those who underestimate
Britain do so at their peril,” the
Chancellor said.
There are several ways of
measuring an economy. According
to World Bank data, ranked by
gross domestic product for 2016,
the UK still easily outpaced
France with a GDP of $2.618trn
(£1.97trn). But according to IMF
forecasts for 2017, France has
leap-frogged the UK.
Separately on Wednesday, the
Treasury’s official forecasting
dramatically slashed its growth
predictions for this year and next
for the UK. Earlier this year, the
professional services firm PwC
said that the UK could be down to
10th place in the list of the world’s
biggest economies by 2050.
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SOCIETY
Universal credit money will arrive in time for Christmas, vows minister
By David Hughes and Jon Vale
Universal credit (UC) claimants will
not be left penniless over Christmas,
the Work and Pensions Secretary
said as he defended a £1.5bn reform
package announced in the Budget.
David Gauke hinted he would like
to make the system more generous
“if resources allowed”, but insisted
that concerns about the benefit
had been listened to.
Chancellor Philip
Hammond used his
Budget to reduce the time
people wait to receive the
benefit from six weeks to
five and changed the way
advances are paid.
The rollout of the benefit
will also be slowed and UC
will not be used for new
claimants in all jobcentres
until December 2018,
three months later than
previously expected.
Criticism of the policy
has focused on the sixw e e k d e l ay b e t w e e n
making a claim and receiving
money. To ensure people can cope
while waiting, the advances system
will be made more generous from
January with up to 100 per cent
of a payment now available as an
interest-free loan in advance instead
of 50 per cent, repayable over 12
months instead of six.
Mr Gauke (inset) told BBC Radio
4’s World at One: “The point about
advances is that people are able
to access money early. It’s really
important, particularly in the
context of Christmas. People need to
be reassured.
“They do not have to wait five
weeks to get support. They can get
support within five working days.
Actually, if they really need it they
can get payments on the day.”
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BREXIT
POLITICS
Labour MP suspended over harassment claim
By Lizzy Buchan
The Labour MP Ivan Lewis has
been suspended amid allegations
of sexual harassment, the party
has confirmed.
The former minister (inset)
was already under investigation
after an official complaint was
submitted to the party last week
over his personal conduct, claiming
he repeatedly touched the leg of a
19-year-old at a Labour social event
and invited her to his house.
Mr Lewis, who will now
sit as an independent
MP, said he “strongly
disputed”
the
allegations and vowed
to cooperate with the
party to clear his name.
A spokesman said:
“The Labour Party takes all
allegations of sexual harassment
extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is
currently suspended, pending
an investigation.”
In a statement, the
Bury South MP said: “I
am deeply saddened to
hear of my suspension,
pending investigation.
“I strongly dispute
the allegations and intend
to cooperate fully with the
investigation.” THE INDEPENDENT
A Czech minister described Boris Johnson (second left) as ‘unimpressive’
Damning report
exposes EU shock
at British ‘chaos’
By Jon Stones
Internal chaos in Theresa May’s
Government is seriously
undermining the Brexit negotiations,
according to a leaked internal report
drawn up by the Irish government.
The dossier, based on meetings
between Irish diplomats and senior
government officials in capital cities
around the European Union, shows
the low esteem Britain is being held
in across the continent while talks sit
in the grip of deadlock.
Leaked to the Irish public
broadcaster RTÉ, the document,
based on diplomatic intelligence
from the start of November, says
that “chaos in the Conservative
Government” has alarmed a number
of European countries.
Boris Johnson and David Davis
are singled out for derision and
criticism in the report, which says
UK ministers and civil servants are
perceived to have been unable to
agree on a coherent policy for Brexit.
A Czech minister is said to have
told Irish diplomats that Boris
Johnson was “unimpressive”.
Two French ministers were also
apparently shocked when Brexit
Secretary David Davis barely
mentioned Brexit during a meeting
with them. Government officials in
Latvia said the UK had made “a poor
impression” and that “the biggest
problem is the chaotic political
situation in the UK Government”.
Swedish, Cypriot, and Slovakian
ministers all expressed concern over
the UK’s lack of a concrete offer on
the financial settlement.
A British judge at the European
Court of Justice, Ian Forrester, is
said to have told Irish interlocutors
that in Britain “there might be a slow
realisation” that Brexit was “just a
great mistake”.
The EU has said it will not discuss
future arrangements on trade and
transition until three “separation”
issues have made sufficient progress
– Northern Ireland, citizens’ rights,
and the financial settlement.
Of these, European Council
President Donald Tusk said last
week that EU citizens’ rights require
“much more progress” in order for
sufficient progress to be granted at a
meeting of heads of state on 14 and 15
December. THE INDEPENDENT
Michel Barnier has given
the UK one more week to
make progress on key issues so
that preparations can be ready in
time for the December meeting.
ENVIRONMENT
Gove allays animal rights fears
By Joe Watts
Michael Gove has promised that
the UK will continue to recognise
the sentience of animals after
Brexit and committed
the Government to
strengthening protections.
Last week MPs voted
to reject bringing an EU
regulation guaranteeing
animal sentience into
British law after Brexit
but the Environment
Secretary (inset) denied
this weakened protections for
animals, as he pointed to new
laws being introduced.
The minister said that changes
the Government will make to
UK law after EU withdrawal
will include recognition of
animal sentience.
He said: “This
Government will
ensure that any
necessary changes
required to UK
law are made in
a rigorous and
comprehensive way to
ensure animal sentience
is recognised after we leave
the EU.” THE INDEPENDENT
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NORTHERN IRELAND
Dismay as Europe bans UK cities
from becoming capitals of culture
Politicians
say cities’ joint
bid should be
special case
By Dean Kirby
City culture chiefs have spoken
of their “huge disappointment”
after learning their separate bids
to become the European Capital
of Culture have been scuppered
by Brexit.
Dundee, Leeds, Nottingham,
Milton Keynes and a joint venture
by Belfast and Derry/Londonderry
have submitted bids to host the
event in 2023. But the EU body
has written to the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) saying their participation
“will not be possible” after the UK
leaves the EU in 2019.
S co t l a n d ’s Fi rs t M i n i s t e r,
Nicola Sturgeon, has said she is
“absolutely dismayed” about the
fate of Dundee’s bid and blamed the
“Tories’ obsession with taking this
country out of the European Union
against our will”.
The shadow Culture Secretary,
Tom Watson, said some of the
cities had already spent more than
£500,000 on their bids and said the
UK Government needed to explain
how it will prevent the UK from
becoming “culturally isolated”.
i has learned that the five
bidding teams were due to make
presentations in London next week
to a joint DCMS and EU panel.
A spokesman for the Dundee
2023 bid said: “We are hugely
disappointed at this decision that
has come just days before the
Dundee bid team was due to travel
to London to make its pitch.
“The timing is disrespectful not
only to the citizens of Dundee, but
to people from all five bidding cities
who have devoted so much time,
effort and energy.”
He added: “We are seeking urgent
The European Capital of
Culture rotates around
European countries and the UK
was due to play host in 2023.
Liverpool was the last British city
to host the event in 2008,
following Glasgow in 1990.
By Siobhan Fenton
Derry/Londonderry, together with Belfast, has submitted a bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 AFP/GETTY
meetings with the UK and Scottish
Governments to discuss how the
enthusiasm and imagination of
Dundee’s bid can be taken forward.”
Cities from non-EU countries have
held the event before, but bidding
countries must be a candidate to join
the EU or be in the European Free
Trade Association or the European
Economic Area.
The other UK cities that have
submitted bids are also awaiting
urgent talks with the DCMS.
Paul Russ, chairman of the
Nottingham bid, said: “The bid team
will be liaising with the DCMS over
the coming days and we hope the
situation can be resolved positively
so that we and the other bidding
cities can present next week
as planned.”
A spokeswoman for Belfast City
Council said: “We are aware that
DCMS is still in discussions with
the European Commission and are
seeking urgent clarification on the
matter. We are deeply disappointed,
but are committed to ensuring that
the time, energy, enthusiasm, ideas
and resources put into our bid are
carried forward regardless.”
M r Wa t s o n s a i d : “ T h e
Government must now explain
how they intend to ensure that
Brexit does not leave us culturally
isolated from Europe and how the
economic and cultural benefits that
accompany the European Capital of
Culture will be maintained.”
A spokeswoman for DCMS
said it was in urgent talks with the
European Commission. “The Prime
Minister has been clear that while
we are leaving the EU, we are not
leaving Europe and this has been
welcomed by EU leaders.”
In numbers
Cities of Culture
40%
Increase in theatre and museum
audiences sustained throughout
the 12 years after Glasgow was
named the European Capital of
Culture in 1990.
9.7m
Number of visitors to Liverpool
during its year as the Capital of
Culture in 2008 – an increase of
34 per cent on the previous year.
£754m
The economic boost to Liverpool
during its year in the EU spotlight.
Politicians in Northern Ireland
have written to the EU asking
for the joint bid by Belfast and
Derry/Londonderry to be given
special consideration.
News that the UK can no longer
host the 2023 European Capital
of Culture because of Brexit has
been described as a “bitter blow”
to Belfast and Londonderry.
The two Northern Ireland cities
had entered an application along
with Strabane town to share the
accolade, backed by a high
profile campaign launched
in July. The Belfast-Derry bid has
previously insisted that Brexit
will not impact on their candidacy
as three non-EU cities have held
the title before.
Colum Eastwood, the leader of
the Social Democratic and Labour
Party (SDLP), said: “The news is
a bitter blow for the joint bid from
Belfast and Derry. The SDLP has
today written directly to the EU
Commission to ask that we are
treated as a special case.
“I’ve also made contact with the
Irish Government to ask for their
immediate intervention with the
EU Commission to ask that the bid
for the two cities can proceed.”
Diane Dodds, an MEP from the
Democratic Unionist Party, said:
“This is needless and spiteful
posturing by the commission.
Here we have an example of the
schoolboy pettiness we have come
to expect from Brussels.
“Indeed, to have waited until
the UK’s cities spent considerable
money and resources
before making this decision
demonstrates the malevolent
intentions of those involved.”
Belfast City Council said
last night: “We are deeply
disappointed with this recent
development, but are committed
to ensuring that the time, energy,
enthusiasm, ideas and resources
put into our bid are carried
forward regardless.”
POLITICS
SOCIETY
May meets Juncker to
speed up Brexit talks
Westminster staff ‘bullied by MPs’
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May will meet the
European Council president in
Brussels today as she steps up her
attempt to achieve a breakthrough
in the Brexit talks.
The Prime Minister will hold talks
with Donald Tusk as the deadline
nears for agreeing a deal in principle
ahead of an EU leaders’ summit on
14 December.
Brussels has indicated that any
British move needs to come by
about 4 December if the leaders are
to be able to endorse a move to a new
phase of talks.
On that day she is due to meet
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European
Commission president. He told
a press conference: “We will see
whether we can move forward or
whether we are stuck. My hope
would be that we move forward.”
The commission described
their meeting as part of a
“logical sequence” ahead of the
leaders’ summit.
The Prime Minister has already
By Nigel Morris
Jean Claude-Juncker said he hopes
that the talks will move forward
recently held talks with several
EU leaders as she intensifies the
diplomatic efforts to agree a deal
next months.
The Brexit Secretary David Davis
has also visited Italy and Germany to
make the case for the UK’s proposals.
Nearly one-fifth of staff employed by
MPs and peers report being
bullied at work, according
to a survey of hundreds of
parliamentary employees.
The union Unite
said that the research
had exposed a “toxic
working environment” at
Westminster which leaves
junior staff suffering stress
and depression.
Its survey was conducted after
Parliament was hit by the sexual
harassment scandal which led to a
string of MPs being suspended by
their parties.
Unite said 19 per cent of
respondents said they had
been bullied either by their
MP or by a line manager.
In addition, 58 per
cent said they suffered
from stress, 36 per
cent said they had
anxiety and 17 per cent
experienced depression.
More than half reported
always working beyond their
contracted hours.
Unite is pressing for formal union
recognition for parliamentary staff.
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ENTERTAINMENT
SCIENCE
Dugdale sifts through fish guts on jungle debut
By Lucy Mapstone
The former Scottish Labour
leader, Kezia Dugdale, faced a
stomach-churning, politicallythemed challenge as she made her
jungle debut in I’m A Celebrity... Get
Me Out Of Here.
The MSP for the Lothian
region was given a Bushtucker
trial as part of her induction. In
the challenge, dubbed “Downing
Creek”, Ms Dugdale had to
search through fish guts,
creepy crawlies and other
uninviting contents to
find stars. The
36-year-old politician
(inset) said that
her biggest worries
about appearing on
the ITV reality show
i nv o l v e d i n s e c t s , a s
she was well practised in
the art of “dealing with rats
and snakes”.
Her appearance in the
reality programme has
divided viewers and
politicians. She was
denied permission
by Labour bosses to
take part, but it was
announced earlier this
week that she will not face
suspension from the party.
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‘Cancer-killing’
therapy ready for
testing next year
By John von Radowitz
First line of defence
A radical new immune therapy
developed from cases of “miraculous” Neutrophils
cancer recovery could be tested on Neutrophils can kill cancer cells
either directly, by destroying them
patients as early as next year.
Scientists have found a way to with chemicals or antibodies, or
screen potent cancer-killing immune indirectly by recruiting other
cells from donor blood and multiply immune system cells.
They form part of the body’s first
them by the million.
The neutrophil cells are believed to line of defence against invaders,
be a key reason why rare and lucky known as the innate immune system.
A key advantage of neutrophils
individuals spontaneously
is that a donor’s cells can
shrug off lethal cancers,
be given to any patient
giving rise to “miracle
without fear of serious
recovery” headlines.
rejection, according
Now a biotech
to the scientists. They
company working
Estimated cost
only live in the body for
w i t h re s e a rc h e rs
of the research,
five days and disappear
from King’s College
of
which
only
before the immune
London is preparing
£250,000
has
been
system has the chance
for early trials of the
raised so far
to reject them.
neutrophil treatment.
One problem with
Alex Blyth, the
neutrophils is that they can
chief executive of LIfT
become “blind” to cancer; failing
Biosciences, said: “We’re not
talking about simply managing to recognise cancer cells as “foreign”.
cancer. We’re looking at a curative In some cases, they can even shield
therapy that you would receive once tumours from other immune system
a week over the course of five to six agents. However, when they do target
weeks. Based on our laboratory and cancer correctly they have been
mouse model experiments, we would shown to wipe out 95 per cent of test
hope to see patients experiencing cancer cells in 24 hours.
complete remission.
“Our ultimate aim is to create the
world’s first cell bank of immensely and multiplied many times over using
powerful cancer-killing neutrophils.” a secret process.
The team is focusing first on
The pilot trials, potentially starting
pancreatic cancer, which killed Mr in a year’s time, would involve a small
Blyth’s mother Margaret in 2014, and number of 20 to 40 patients with
is one of the most lethal solid cancers. pancreatic cancer, or possibly soft
LIfT’s team at King’s College has tissue sarcoma.
collected thousands of the cells
So far LIfT Biosciences has
discarded as an unwanted waste received no government money
product by blood banks and is mass- and raised about £250,000 for early
screening them for their cancer- research. A lot more funding is
killing potential in the laboratory. needed for the trials, which will cost
Those that pass the test are cultured in the order of £2.4m.
£2.4m
SOCIETY
Britain’s army of carers
invisible to own families
By Valerie Browne
The majority of us drastically
underestimate the number of carers
in our own family, friendship groups
and places of work.
Research by Carers UK, released
for today’s Carers Rights Day,
found that more than half of the UK
population claim to not know a single
friend or family member who looks
after a relative, when one in 10 people
provides round-the-clock care. Nearly
two-thirds believe they don’t know
any work colleagues who look after
a loved one, despite there being one
in nine people in the workforce who
juggle their job with unpaid caring.
The organisation found that carers
looking after family members are
missing out on vital support because
the public is unable to differentiate
between a family support system for
able relatives and caring for family
members in need of assisted living.
Carers UK is asking the public to
understand better how to identify
carers and direct them towards
getting support to deal with their
unpaid carer role.
The research shows carers who
don’t identify themselves as unpaid
carers found that taking on their
loved one’s needs without support
was overwhelming. More than half
saw stresses on their finances, and
80 per cent experienced a negative
impact on the mental health.
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Cameron struck deal with Murdoch and Brooks, claims Clarke
By Richard Vaughan
The former editor of The Sun,
Rebekah Brooks, claimed that she
was “running the Government”
alongside David Cameron after he
came to power in 2010, Kenneth
Clarke has claimed.
Parliament’s longest-serving
MP, who served in Mr Cameron’s
Cabinet as Justice Secretary, said
that he believed the former
Prime Minister may have
struck “some sort of
deal” with The Sun’s
owner, the media tycoon
Rupert Murdoch, to
gain support ahead
of the 2010 general
election. Part of the deal
supposedly involved the
installation of former News of
the World editor Andy Coulson
as “Murdoch’s man” as
communications director
at No 10, he added.
Mr Clarke’s comments
were made in evidence
to a Competition and
M a rke t s Au t h o r i t y
inquiry into the proposed
takeover of Sky by 21st
Century Fox at a hearing
earlier this month, a transcript of
which has now been made public.
He also recounted how Mr Cameron
arranged a meeting for him with then
News International chief executive
Ms Brooks (inset), who instructed
him about prison policy.
“I found myself having an
ext rao rd i n a r y m e e t i n g w i t h
Rebekah, who was instructing me
on criminal justice policy, as I think
she had instructed my predecessor,
so far as I could see, judging from the
numbers we had in prison and the
growth of rather exotic sentences.
“She wanted me to buy prison
ships because she did accept that the
capacity of the prisons was getting
rather strained... She really was
solemnly telling me that we had got
to have prison ships because she had
got some more campaigns coming.”
ENVIRONMENT
It’s goodnight to
dark skies as light
pollution shines
By Tom Bawden
ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT
The Earth’s surface is nearly 10 per
cent brighter than it was four years
ago, as artificial light is turned up and
introduced to new areas, with LED
lighting intensifying the problem.
The increase in light pollution
leads to a “loss of night” that is
damaging for people, as well as
animal and plants, which are tricked
into thinking it is daytime long after
the sun has set, a study warns.
If the current rate of artificial
light growth continues, by 2050
the illuminated area of the Earth at
nighttime will be twice what it was in
2012, the report finds.
Much of the increase in brightness,
which has jumped by 2 per cent
a year over the past four years,
has come as households and local
authorities switch to low-cost LED
(light-emitting diode) lights from
Artificial lighting is
discouraging nocturnal
pollinators from visiting fruit,
a Swiss study found. Visits to
flowers were down 62 per cent
and fruit by 13 per cent.
conventional ones, to save on energy.
As LED lights have become more
efficient and cheaper, consumers
have chosen to use more lights,
rather than holding on to their energy
savings. As a result, countries such as
the UK and Germany have become
increasingly bright, the researchers
found. Now that this effect has been
identified, the authors of the report
hope that steps can be taken to curb
light pollution.
“Well-designed LED lamps allow a
two-thirds or more decrease of light
emission without any noticeable
effect for human perception,” said
lead author Christopher Kyba, of
the German Research Centre for
Geoscience in Potsdam. “There is a
potential for this lighting revolution
to save energy and reduce light
pollution – but only if we don’t spend
the savings on new light.”
Experts say artificial light poses
a significant threat to plants and
wildlife as it upsets the natural order
by effectively turning night into day.
The effects are largely unknown,
but one recent study found that light
reduced the population of pea aphids.
It also makes it harder for people to
sleep by upsetting their body clocks.
The research is published in the
journal Science Advances.
Observing the night
sky is becoming
more difficult in
urban areas PA
Stargazing Britain’s best places to observe the heavens
The UK has three “dark sky places”,
sites officially recognised as having
low light pollution and therefore
clear views of the night sky. They
are chosen by the International
Dark-Sky Association, which
launched its Dark Sky Places
initiative in 2001 to encourage
communities to cut light pollution
and preserve dark skies. These sites
are the UK’s best for stargazing.
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
You can see more than 7,000 stars
and planets with the naked eye
in this large park in south-west
Scotland, which was the UK’s first
designated Dark Sky area. The low
light pollution is partly a result of
the very low number of buildings
within the park’s boundaries.
Sark Dark Sky Island
Sark, in the Channel Islands, gained
Dark Sky status in 2011. It was
the first island in the world to do
so, after a campaign by Felicity
Belfield, an 89-year-old resident
and amateur astronomer. The island
is famous for banning vehicles
(except tractors and horse-drawn
carriages), and its star-filled skies
are untroubled by streetlights.
Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve
Stargazing on Exmoor, Europe’s
first international Dark Sky
Reserve, is particularly effective
during the darker winter months.
On the clearest nights, you will be
able to see about 3,000 stars with
the naked eye.
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for missing submarine
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IN MAR DEL PLATA
Argentina’s navy has said that
a sound detected during the
search for a missing submarine
apparently came from an explosion
– an ominous development that
prompted families of the 44 crew
members to burst into tears.
Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi
said the search would continue until
there is full certainty about the fate
of the ARA San Juan.
He said evidence showed “an
anomalous event that was singular,
short, violent and non-nuclear that
was consistent with an explosion”.
“According to this report, there
was an explosion,” Mr Balbi said.
“We don’t know what caused an
explosion of these characteristics at
this site on this date.”
Experts said the sound was
produced just hours after the navy
lost contact with the submarine nine
days ago. The sub had been due to
arrive on Monday at the Mar del
Down
Families waiting for news burst into
tears when they were told of the blast
Plata Navy Base, about 250 miles
south of Buenos Aires.
Relatives of the crew who have
gathered at the base to receive
psychological counselling began to
cry and hugged each other when
they received the news. AP
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Loyal customers ‘paying up to
70% more for home insurance’
Zoo pandas
run off for a
wild time
By Josie Cox
Home insurance companies may
be overcharging up to 13 million
households, research suggests, with
older people particularly hard hit.
A study by Citizens Advice shows
that 40 per cent of people over 65
have had their home insurance policy
for more than five years, and could be
paying 70 per cent more than a new
customer would for the same policy.
For someone with the cheapest
policy for building and contents
cover, this could equate to an extra
£110 a year, on average, that they
would not be paying if they were a
new customer.
Citizens Advice said charging loyal
customers more than new customers
had become a “market-wide practice”
and that companies often hike
prices substantially when existing
customers renew their policies.
The research suggests that
almost one third of the entire home
insurance market could be paying
more than they would if they were
new customers.
“Home insurance companies are
taking advantage of people’s loyalty,
and it’s older people who are suffering
the most,” said Gillian Guy, the chief
executive of Citizens Advice. She
also urged the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA) to crack down on
the practice of overcharging.
Earlier this year, the FCA set out
rules making it a requirement that
insurers explicitly inform customers
what their premium at renewal was
in the previous year. But Citizens
Advice said many were still not
complying fully with the rules.
Home insurance premiums have
risen by 8.5 per cent in the past year
– nearly three times the inflation rate
of 3 per cent. THE INDEPENDENT
CRIME
Bulger killer recalled to jail over child abuse images
By Andy Johnson
One of the killers of the toddler James
Bulger has reportedly been returned
to jail for a second time after he was
caught with child abuse images again.
Jon Venables (inset), who along
with Robert Thompson tortured
Venables was sent back to
prison for downloading child
abuse images.
Venables, now 35, is
subject to life-long licence
conditions for his role in the
murder of two-year-old James
when he and Thompson were 10.
and killed the toddler in
Walton, Liverpool, in 1993,
was arrested last week,
according to The Sun.
Officials are said to have
found indecent material on
a computer during a routine
check at his home. In 2010,
By Charlie Wood
Two giant pandas were released
into the wild yesterday as part
of a programme to rebuild the
animals’ population in China.
Ba Xi, a male, and Ying Xue,
female, were born in captivity 14
days apart in July 2015. They were
freed in Liziping Nature Reserve
in Sichuan province, watched by
journalists and scientists (right).
“They are in good condition
today. When they saw humans,
they ran very fast to the forest
rather than seeking food from
them,” said Wu Daifu, of the
China Conservation and Research
Centre for the Giant Panda.
Both are fitted with radio
monitoring equipment to track
them and collect data on how they
adapt to a natural environment
and integrate with wild pandas.
The centre chooses four pregnant
pandas each year to lead their
cubs in wilderness training.
“Ba Xi and Ying Xue have
learned how to find food and water
independently and avoid danger,”
the centre’s Li Desheng said. They
are the second pair to be released.
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Plunge in bird numbers puts
pressure on farmers to act
By Emily Beament
The populations of birds living and
breeding on British farmland have
dropped by almost 10 per cent in five
years, official figures show.
Their numbers have declined
by 56 per cent since 1970, largely
because of agricultural changes,
including the loss of mixed farming,
a switch to autumn sowing of crops
and the loss of hay meadows and
hedgerows. The figures prompted
fresh calls for an overhaul of farming
as the UK leaves the EU and its
agricultural subsidies.
While most of the drop was in
the late 1970s and 1980s as farming
practices changed rapidly, there
was a nine per cent fall from
2010 to 2015, data from
the Department for
Environment, Food
andRuralAffairsshow.
Some bird species –
those restricted to or
dependent on farmland
habitats – have suffered
precipitous falls.
Corn buntings (inset), grey
partridge, turtle doves and tree
sparrows have all suffered declines
of more than 90 per cent since 1970,
though populations of others, such
as goldfinches, have doubled.
For turtle doves especially,
dramatic falls continue,
with numbers down 71 per
cent in five years.
Wo o d l a n d b i r d
numbers are down 23
per cent since 1970.
Jenna Hegarty, of the
RSPB, said: “The current
agriculture system doesn’t
work for our farmers or our
natural environment, so something
needs to change.”
ANIMALS
Missing python turns up at neighbour’s house
By Barbara Speed
The owners of a 15ft python called
Tinkerbell only discovered that the
snake had escaped from their house
after its droppings were found in a
neighbour’s garden.
Six-year-old Tinkerbell is one
of nine snakes owned by breeders
Jade Sharmann and John Dean.
The snake slithered out of its home
in Shaw Heath, Stockport, through a
pipe on Monday night.
Tinkerbell was eventually found
“freezing” at a house a few doors
down. After being given a lukewarm
bath and antibiotics, the tropical
reptile recovered its strength and
is no worse off from the wintry
adventure, Ms Sharmann said.
“What people don’t understand
is just because they’re not fluffy
doesn’t mean they’re not our
babies,” she added.
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DIPLOMACY
Mugabe will witness coronation of
new president under immunity deal
Assange’s
hosts tell him:
stop support
for Catalonia
By Kim Sengupta
By Jessica Jones
IN HARARE
Robert Mugabe is expected to attend the inauguration today of the
man who deposed him as ruler of
Zimbabwe, according to officials of
the country’s ruling party. The appearance of the former president
at the ceremony is viewed as an attempt to portray a natural transfer
of power rather than change at the
top initiated by a military coup.
Mr Mugabe, it is claimed, will
inspect the guard of honour as the
mark of his departure at the ceremony at the National Sports Stadium before Emmerson Mnangagwa is
presented as the new head of state.
Reports of Mr Mugabe’s role in
the inauguration came as there was
further confirmation that he and his
wife, Grace, who has faced allegations of abuse and corruption, were
granted immunity in return for his
resignation. An official from the
Zanu-PF party said that the 93-yearold president was adamant during
talks that he did not want to go into
exile, and wanted to die in the land
he had helped to free from white
minority rule. “It was very
emotional for him, and
he was forceful about
it,” he said.
The immunity offer,
according to those familiar with the negotiations, was already on
offer last Sunday when
Mr Mugabe was due to
resign on national television. Instead, he used his speech
to assert that he intended to carry on
as president.
He finally resigned on Tuesday as
A military
band rehearses
for today’s
inauguration
ceremony
BEN CURTIS /AP
parliament began the process for his
impeachment and possible prosecution. The chief whip of Zanu-PF said
that there needs to be a place for
Mr Mugabe in Zimbabwean
public life. “Now that he
has tendered his resignation, he has also saved
his face. He is a man who
did a lot for his country
and needed to rest. He
can be an adviser to the
party,” said Lovemore
Matuke.
Mr and Ms Mugabe will
receive protection, and he will be
entitled to a pension, housing, holiday and transport allowance, health
insurance and air travel. It has been
suggested Mr Mugabe may go to
Singapore for medical checks, having planned a visit before the military put him under house arrest.
It is not known whether Mrs
Mugabe, who was sacked as ZanuPF’s women’s leader, will get any
benefits. There is a groundswell
of anger towards the woman nicknamed “Gucci Grace” and “DisGrace” by her many opponents. Mr
Mnangagwa (inset) has urged citizens not to undertake any “vengeful
retribution”. Some of his supporters
have called for unspecified action
against the G40 group that backed
Mr Mugabe and his wife.
Mr Mnangagwa, whom Mr Mugabe had fired as vice-president,
DIPLOMACY
British minister arrives for talks ‘at critical moment’
By Charlie Wood
Britain’s minister for Africa,
Rory Stewart, is visiting
Zimbabwe to meet political
leaders and others from business
and civil society groups.
Mr Stewart said this was “an
absolutely critical moment in
Zimbabwe’s history”, following
Robert Mugabe’s resignation.
“The events of the last few days
have given people here real hope
that Zimbabwe can be set on a
different, more democratic and
more prosperous path,” he added.
“What comes next must be
driven by Zimbabweans. It must
be in line with the Zimbabwean
constitution, and will be
impossible without clear resolve
from the incoming government.”
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The International Monetary
Fund, meanwhile, said yesterday
that Zimbabwe must act quickly
to dig its economy out of a
hole and access international
financial aid.
Government spending and
foreign debt are too high and it
needs structural reform, the
IMF’s Zimbabwe mission chief,
Gene Leon, said.
had already said on his return from
exile in South Africa on Wednesday
that he had been in close touch with
the armed forces as the putsch was
being planned and executed.
He called the transfer of power the
start of a “new democracy”.
The opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC-T) said
it was “cautiously optimistic” that
Mr Mnangagwa “will not mimic and
replicate the evil, corrupt, decadent
and incompetent Mugabe regime”.
Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold
elections next year. MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu said the opposition
wouldcloselywatchMrMnangagwa’s
next moves, “particularly regarding
the dismantling of all the oppressive
pillars of repression and oppression
that had been put in place by the outgoing Mugabe regime”.
However, Mr Gutu later said the
MDC-T had not been invited to the
inauguration and that party leader
and former prime minister Morgan
Tsvangirai had not been invited
either. Mr Mnangagwa is still under
sanction by the US in response to
what Washington has called acts “to
undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic
processes or institutions” and “acts
of violence and other human rights
abuses against political opponents”
as part of his association with Mr
Mugabe. THE INDEPENDENT
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Ecuador has told Julian Assange
to take his nose out of the country’s international relations after
the Wikileaks founder expressed
strong support for Catalonia’s independence drive.
Mr Assange, who has been holed
up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in
London for five years to avoid a now
dropped Swedish rape charge, has
been one of the Catalan separatists’
biggest supporters over recent
months, often using Twitter to
criticise the Spanish government
and media.
But this week Ecuador’s foreign
ministry released a statement
making clear the views of the
controversial cyber activist were not
shared by the Ecuadorian state.
“The Ecuadorian
a u t h o r i t i e s h av e
reiterated to Mr
Assange [inset] his
obligation not to
make statements
or activities
that
could
affect Ecuador’s
international
relations, which must
be preserved, as is the case
with Spain,” it said.
It added that Mr Assange “has
formally committed to observe
behaviour that is compatible with the
will of the Ecuadorian state”.
Mr Assange has become an
unlikely champion of the Catalan
independence process. He
has tweeted in Catalan, and in
September appeared via video
link to crowds of independence
supporters in Barcelona.
His actions are said to have
angered Spain’s government.
Foreign minister Alfonso Dastis said
last week that there was evidence
that Assange, and others, “try
to intervene in, manipulate and
affect what should be the natural
democratic process in Catalonia”.
Mr Assange remains in the
Ecuadorian Embassy because
of fears he will be extradited to
the United States over secret
US military documents and
diplomatic cables that were leaked
by Wikileaks in 2010.
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BERRY
An attempt
to prop up
house prices
‘Spreadsheet
Phil’ fails
to inspire
Who will
succeed the
Chancellor?
Two decades
too late for
justice
Why does
the President
get a pass?
‘Country
House Secrets’
reviewed
New Statesman
Financial Times
WashingtonPost
The Times
The Economist
Daily Mail
In all likelihood
slashing stamp duty
will feed into higher
house prices, as money
that would previously
have gone to the
Treasury diverts to
the vendor.
Like Help To Buy
before it this is nothing
but an attempt to
prop up house prices,
disguised as help for
buyers. (Jonn Elledge)
Hammond resembles
a beaten-down dad
in the middle of a
children’s party, trying
to tidy up the mess
on his hands and
knees while the chaos
continues around him.
His efforts are unlikely
to be enough.
(Tim Harford)
In Germany, there is
a bench of competent
politicians ready
should Merkel step
down. That doesn’t
mean that Merkel
will be able to create
a coalition. But it also
doesn’t mean that
Germany is in crisis.
It’s simply dealing
with an unforeseen
challenge. The chances
are that it’ll deal with it
well. (Dan Hough)
Bosnia’s torment
needs always to be
remembered. To
prevent genocide in
other conflicts will
require the West to
have the diplomatic
means to deter
those who would
inflict such horrors
again. This week,
wickedness received
a long-delayed moral
accounting. (Editorial)
Since Mr Trump’s
election, Republican
attitudes toward
sexual misbehaviour
have grown more
instrumental than
they were during
the Clinton years.
If Republicans
start responding to
accusations of sexual
misconduct, they will
have to explain why
their president gets a
pass. (Editorial)
Mary was equally at
ease with Geordie, the
eighth Earl and the
Queen’s godson, as
she was with Pat, the
castle’s handywoman
who has been fixing the
leaks and repainting
the 300 rooms for
57 years.
(Christopher Stevens)
TheDaily Telegraph
With more money
chasing the same
number of homes,
abolishing stamp duty
will push up prices
even more – with the
benefit of Hammond’s
move going not to the
buyer, but the seller
of the property, and at
the taxpayers’ expense.
(Liam Halligan)
City AM
Prospects for the
UK economy will
depend on the impact
Brexit will have on
the country, as well
as on the feasibility
of productivity
recovering. The
Chancellor tried to
address both with
the limited headroom
he had.
It fell short of
inspirational.
(Yael Selfin)
Quote of
the day
TheNewYorkTimes
TheGuardian
Europe needs a leader.
If Merkel is not to be
one, then who? Surely
not the egotistical
Emmanuel Macron?
It would have been a
golden opportunity
for Britain to seize the
helm, if only it had not
abandoned ship.
(Simon Jenkins)
Twenty-two years is
too long for people to
wait. Tribunals should
begin while the crimes
are fresh.
The message we
should send to those
who act with impunity
is that they will be
hunted down, that they
will not escape justice.
(Janine Di Giovanni)
CNN
We need to do a
better job of making
sure every man and
woman is clear about
what constitutes
inappropriate
behaviour. That’s
hopefully what the
current conversation
will do.
(Peggy Drexler)
Daily Mirror
Mary travels around
Britain like she’s won
some kind of access-all
areas National Trust
pass, and pops into the
kitchen to knock up
some posh grub if she’s
feeling the urge. She
doesn’t feel it often.
In a one-hour show,
she did three short bits
of cooking, leaving time
for a nose round the
real Downton Abbey.
(Ian Hyland)
LifeInBrief
KEITH BARRON ACTOR
The type of
journalism
where
someone
asks you a
question on
a particular
figure is trite
John McDonnell
Shadow Chancellor,
unsure of the aim of
journalism
The actor Keith Barron, who has died
aged 83, was perhaps best known to a
generation of viewers for his roles in
the sitcoms Duty Free and Haggard.
Seldom out of work, which he
confessed was a bit “masochistic,”blueeyed, Yorkshire-accented Barron played
the full gamut of roles from adulterer to
police officer with a sprinkling of hardhitting characters in between in a career
spanning over five decades.
Keith Barron was born in
Mexborough, South Yorkshire, in 1934,
the son of a wholesaler. Expected to
enter the family business, Barron had
other ideas; he later declared that “if it
hadn’t been for the theatre, I would have
ended up in jail… I used to drink too
much and behave disgracefully.”
After leaving school early, he
completed his National Service in the
RAF. Upon returning, he began to live
his dream; he studied acting at the
former Sheffield Playhouse, where he
met his future wife, the stage designer
Mary Pickard.
He later joined the same amateur
dramatics group as Brian Blessed
and landed his first job at a repertory
company in Sheffield, earning the
princely sum of £1 a week. He soon
married Mary and after their wedding,
Barron departed to do a matinee of
Hay Fever.
He marked his television debut
with a 1961 episode of The Avengers,
before rising to national fame playing
Detective Sergeant Swift in The
Odd Man in 1964, and its spin-off It’s
Dark Outside.
His breakthrough came in 1965, when
he landed the lead in Dennis Potter’s
acclaimed BBC television plays, Stand
Up, Nigel Barton and Vote, Vote, Vote
for Nigel Barton. They tell the story of
a miner’s son, who alienates himself
from his family by going to Oxford
and whose ambition takes him into
the middle classes and the hierarchy
of the Labour Party. Although based
on Potter’s own experience, the story
resonated with Barron, too. It was
widely regarded as one of Barron’s
finest career performances.
The role made Barron a permanently
recognisable actor. He once said of
acting: “You take nothing for granted.
And the best thing about it is being
offered another job. It keeps the whole
thing alive.”
After an array of busy television
appearances, and a sojourn in Cornwall
to run a restaurant with his wife, in
1984 Barron landed the part of playing
David Pearce, in Duty Free. The sitcom
ran until 1986, pulling in over 17 million
viewers a week.
Once summarising his career,
Barron observed that he had enjoyed
a career of two stages. In the first,
he had become an expert in what
he termed “penetration acting” pretending to make love on screen,
while the second stage involved
“heart attack acting” – playing older
characters whose bedroom antics have
cardiac consequences.
Barron died after a short illness and
is survived by his wife, Mary, and his
son, Jamie.
Born 8 August 1934
Died 15 November 2017
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When animal lovers bite back
‘Cruel’ Conservatives have been caught out again
W
hen I was a
teenager, my
oldest friend
spent some
time as an
in-patient at
University College Hospital. It had
only recently been refurbished and
one of its many fancy features was
the personal television at the foot of
every bed, which opened up a world
of daytime and late-night television
adverts that had previously
remained closed to us.
One in particular has stayed
with me: in it, a wizened, sunburnt
farmer is seen walking against a
stricken landscape somewhere in
Africa. “This man walks six miles,
every day, to get clean water,” the
voiceover intoned. “Six miles, every
day, just to get water, which he
carries on the back of his donkey.”
The screen fades to black, and the
narrator asks: “Who’s going to look
after the donkey?”
Even now the question “Who’s
going to look after the donkey?”, in
the right tone, is enough to make
either of us laugh. How, we asked
ourselves, could anyone watch that
advert and worry about the donkey?
What we didn’t realise, however, is
that for most British people, “Who’s
going to look after the donkey?” was
not a joke but a very, very serious
question indeed.
Brits are among the world’s
biggest charitable givers on any
measure, but as far as animal
charities go, we are in a league of our
own. We are the world’s number one
as far as giving to our four-legged
friends goes. At least a quarter – the
largest single chunk – of our own
charitable giving goes to animal
charities, and when you factor
in the number of other charities
that are in fact animal charities by
another name, the figure is even
higher. The most successful British
charity for disabled people? Guide
dogs for the blind.
And one of the neglected
mistakes that the Conservatives
made in their ill-fated general
election campaign was that they,
like me, forgot that “Who’s going
to look after the donkey?” was as
important a question to British
voters as “Who’s going to be in
charge when a bomb goes off?”.
Their manifesto U-turned on a
David Cameron-era promise to
ban the sale of ivory, designed to
prevent the poaching of elephants,
and Theresa May loudly trumpeted
her intention to allow a free vote
on the return of fox-hunting should
the Conservatives win a majority.
Theresa May
backtracked on her
election promise
of a free vote on
fox-hunting GETTY
A story about the ivory ban on
the left-wing website Evolve Politics
was the single most shared political
story of the whole general election,
spreading far and wide across
Facebook, while participants in the
focus groups of BritainThinks, the
communications company founded
by Gordon Brown’s former pollster
Deborah Mattinson, the possible
return of fox-hunting was the most
noticed policy of the whole election
campaign, ahead of anything in the
Labour manifesto.
The human brain is hard-wired
to seek validation. Having our
preconceived notions validated
stimulates the same happy feelings
as a glass of wine does: being proved
right literally makes you high.
And, as with most highs, we are
almost all of us addicted or close to
addicted to it.
Most people have preconceived
notions of the Tories: that they are
posh, strange and enjoy cruelty.
You’ve got to be pretty posh to
afford ivory, pretty strange to
get dressed up to hunt foxes on
horseback, and in both cases they
are needlessly cruel approaches to
the issues of protecting your crops
and livestock from elephants or
foxes. They tick all those boxes.
Add the British affection for
People have
preconceived
notions of the
Tories: they are
posh, strange and
enjoy cruelty
animals and you’ve got a deadly
combination. That Jeremy Corbyn
is very probably the biggest animallover to lead a major party and his
manifesto was chock-full of goodies
for animal rights campaigners only
added to the problem.
And that’s why this latest row,
which you may have seen on
Facebook or elsewhere on the
internet, is so dangerous to the
Conservatives. They voted down
an amendment brought by the
sole Green MP, Caroline Lucas,
that would have enshrined a series
of EU protections for animals in
British law after we leave – which
included a provision that animals
are sentient. The Conservatives
believe that British regulations
on animal rights are better and
there is no need to adopt the Lucas
amendment. They didn’t, despite
what most of the news stories
said, actually vote that animals are
incapable of feeling pain. (Michael
Gove, the Environment Secretary,
hastily rushed out a statement
explaining all this morning, and
Conservative MPs were instructed
to share it and quickly.)
But it comes back to those
preconceived ideas about the
Tory party, and Britain’s affection
for animals above anything
else. More than anything in the
Budget, missing an opportunity
to stand up for animals might be
the most damaging mistake the
Conservatives made this week.
Stephen Bush is special
correspondent at the
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We need honest
Budget debate
As part of the reaction to
the Budget, Professor Sir
Bruce Keogh is quoted as
saying that, despite the
extra money proposed
by the Chancellor, it
would “force a debate
about what the public can
and can’t expect from
the NHS”.
A sensible discussion
about this is long
overdue. I wish there
was the leadership
from our politicians to
engage in this debate,
ideally free from the
party grandstanding that
usually accompanies
any conversation on
health services.
MATTHEW HARRIS
READING
It is not necessarily
young people who
will benefit from the
Chancellor’s abolition
of stamp duty. I am a
church minister and my
wife and I have lived in
“tied” accommodation
for all our married life.
We were finally able to
buy our first property in
March – with a combined
age of 128.
REV ANDREW
KLEISSNER
CARDIFF
One question asked by
the BBC to the Shadow
Chancellor, John McDonnell, gets to the heart of
the Budget debate: eight
times he was asked how
much a Labour government would spend
on interest on their
extra borrowing, and
eight times he avoided
answering.
There are other
important questions
that John McDonnell
and his colleagues will
be reluctant to answer:
for example, how much
would they borrow,
how big a deficit are
they prepared to run,
and how long before
Britain defaulted on its
sovereign debt?
But the difficult one
that they can’t answer is:
has there ever been an
economically successful
socialist government,
or do they, as Margaret
Thatcher famously said,
always run out of other
people’s money?
We are left with
the depressing choice
between a dismal
Tory Chancellor and a
suicidally disastrous
Labour alternative.
OTTO INGLIS
EDINBURGH
Managing our
money
Chris Owen (i, 23
November) says that
schools ought to
teach us about money
management, so that
kids wouldn’t make the
mistakes he made.
Most of us survive
well without learning
about debt and banking
to the exclusion of other
core subjects.
Dealing with money
is part of being an adult
and many of us learn
that if you run up debts
and don’t repay them,
the consequences are
horrendous.
It would be nice if
what we learnt at
school could directly
help us through life, but
unfortunately it just
ain’t so.
RAYMOND BERGER
EXETER
Home brew on
home front
I was puzzled to read
the article “Just Brew
It” (i, 22 November)
about the Norwegian
brewing scene. Your
correspondent could
have saved time and
money and researched
the vibrant and
expanding home brew
movement in the UK.
Ignore the advice about
buying an official beer
kit – get to your local
home brew group and get
involved in real brewing.
BILL RUSSELL
ARTISAN BREWING
COLLECTIVE, NORWICH
Time is up
for Merkel
I believe that Angela
Merkel’s problems are
rooted in the fact that
she has been in office
too long. We have seen
with Thatcher, Blair
and others abroad that
the longer heads of
government stay in post,
the more detached they
become from the world
that their voters inhabit.
The American limitation
on two terms of office
has much to commend it.
HUW BAUMGARTNER
BRIDELL,
PEMBROKESHIRE
Brevity in
school reports
As a postscript to
Roderick Slater (Your
View, 22 November)
I can confirm that as
teachers we are expected
to use levels of tact and
diplomacy in our report
writing that would make
even Boris blush.
How very different
then from my own
school days, when
reports generally
exemplified Polonius’s
dictum that “Brevity is
the soul of wit”.
My all-time favourite
was from my French
teacher who wrote: “This
is a good report.” Anyone
know the French for
“tautology”?
DAVID HUGHES
BATH
As a former teacher
I enjoyed the letters
from Roderick Slater
and Denis Delahunt
regarding the brevity of
reporting on students’
progress (or lack of it).
The baldness of my
own secondary school
reports still amuses me,
especially the simple
“VG” and the more
intriguing “F. good”!
RICHARD BRISTOWE
MARKET
HARBOROUGH
Let polluters
pay clean air tax
I am privileged to live in
a virtually unpolluted
area on the Isle of Wight.
While most of us agree
that the polluting of the
atmosphere needs to be
addressed, Sadiq Khan is
calling for new measures
to address the problem
countrywide, with
suggestions of a new
clean air tax.
Pollution has always
been a problem,
especially in London,
and introducing such
a measure seems a
little unfair on those
who do not pollute
their streets.
Shouldn’t the burden
of any future taxes on
air quality rest with
those who have caused
the problem to the
atmosphere in the
first place?
MIKE COOK
SHANKLIN,
ISLE OF WIGHT
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A fine romance
– if fleeting
And so, we witness another
Hollywood romance as
fleeting as Amir Khan’s stint
on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out
of Here!.
Jennifer Lawrence has
split from her boyfriend of
a year, the director Darren
Aronofsky (right). Considering
she had accused him of having
“psychological problems”
when she first read the script
of Mother!, the horrifying film
they worked on together on
this year, maybe it’s not a
surprise that this relationship
didn’t go the distance.
Round
Up
Merchtoomuch
Beyoncé revealed
yesterday that she’s
going to up her already
significant wealth by
selling Beyoncé branded
Christmas merchandise. So
if you want a $12 Beyoncé
bauble (with “Slay Bells”
written on it), her online
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Fatalflaw
“It’s something I still do a
lot. That’s been one of my
big issues all through
my life. But
who doesn’t
struggle
with that?”
James
Franco,
star of ‘The
Disaster
Artist’, is game
enough to admit he takes
himself far too seriously.
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there are two reasons why I
am here,” he said before his
performance. “One is that I
love Israel and I love Israeli
people, and two is to make
a principled stand against
anyone who wants to censor
and silence musicians.”
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over Tel Aviv
gigs won’t
sway Cave
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
celebrated the end of an epic
world tour with a pretty
epic party on Wednesday
night. Cave, pictured with
his wife Susie, hung out with
Kylie Minogue, actress Ruth
Negga, singer Florence Welch
and model Alexa Chung at
LouLou’s in London to mark
the end of the series of shows.
He played two of his
final dates in Tel Aviv,
despite criticism from
fellow musicians, including
Roger Waters and Brian
Eno, who support the
movement which advocates
boycotts, divestment and
sanctions against Israel in
what its supporters say is a
non-violent way to promote
the Palestinian cause.
Cave said he wouldn’t
be swayed either way. “So,
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Daisy
Waugh
D
rop a frog into boiling
water, so the story goes,
and he’ll jump right back
out again. Put him into cold
water and slowly raise the heat, and
the poor old fool won’t even notice
as he boils to death... After a year
living abroad, I returned to the UK
in September, dreading the grey
skies and Brexit rage that lay ahead.
Two months in and I’m used to both.
What’s proving harder to tune
out, I discover, is the voice of some
stores on British high streets
pretending, against evidence, to
be my friend. Like frogs, I suspect,
we’ve been living with it so long
we’ve not noticed quite how invasive
it has become. But after a year away,
the noise is deafening.
To listen to some marketing
spiel is to wade through a river of
BIG BRANDS, BIG SAVINGS
treacle, its voice sanctimonious
and overfamiliar.
I’m just back from one such
amble, in Hammersmith. A poster
on the door at Pret a Manger
informed me that “People at Pret
work hard, have fun, wear jeans,
learn a lot and really grow…” A
leaflet at Lloyds Bank, just opposite
(or by my side, according to
its slogan), told me: “You
want the most out of
life,” and that, “It’s
nice to feel special.”
In Boots I
tried hard to feel
special while
standing in line
for assistance
beneath a
poster with the
words: “Let’s talk
about you.” In Leon
(Naturally Fast Food)
there was another poster by
the counter: “We believe a healthy
gut helps you feel sunny inside…”
At New Look, between a floating
“Love”, and a floating “Joy”, there
was an invocation to #Betogether.
(Why? And with whom?)
On Monday the people at
Paperchase highlighted the creepy
nature of their merchant-customer
monologue with a show of such
appalling judgement it may even
prove a turning point.
Bowing to pressure from the
social media campaign group
#stopfundinghate, the stationery
chain withdrew a promotion in the
Daily Mail and issued a most craven
apology: “We now know we were
wrong to do this [promotion] – we’re
truly sorry and we won’t ever do it
again. Thanks for telling us what
you really think and we apologise
if we have let you down on this one.
Lesson learnt.”
Once I’d rinsed my ears
of the phoney ring,
it occurred to me,
gleefully, that their
lesson has yet to
come. If you made
a Venn diagram
to illustrate
the overlap
between “Daily
Mail readers”
and, let’s say,
“Buyers of Twee
and Overpriced
Stationery”, it would
doubtless have a bulging
centre. Paperchase has just insulted
the lot of them. And just before the
Christmas rush, too.
I hope that some of these other
companies will pause at the edge of
the Paperchase pratfall, and accept
what their customers have known
all along. They don’t need to be our
friends. We want their stuff. They
want our money. Love, joy, safe
travels and, Heaven forfend, our
sunny insides – never had anything
to do with it.
WAR CRIMES
well-known pattern from towns such
as Foca, Zepa and Srebrenica.
I remembered this yesterday as
Ratko Mladic, once “the General”,
tried to command the courtroom
like he once did a battlefield. But
this time his threats were the empty
rumblings of a pitiful old man. His
conviction yesterday for war crimes,
including genocide, will mean a lot
to the families of his victims. It can’t
bring them back, but it does offer
some closure for relatives.
We must learn from what
happened. Mladic and others carried
out genocide and ethnic cleansing for
an aim – to create an ethnically pure
Serb state on the territory of BosniaHerzegovina. There are people today
still pursuing those war aims through
political means, by threatening to
break up the state along ethnic lines,
by calling for a secession through a
referendum on independence. This
would be a disaster. Mladic may be
behind bars, but his ideas are not.
The most important lesson is that
the international community should
resist any suggestion that Bosnia’s
borders are up for discussion. We
should be clear that the only future
for the country is as a unified, multiethnic democratic state on the road
to membership of the EU and Nato.
That is the only road for Bosnia to
take. Any talk of its break-up should
be resisted. Anything else would be
a recognition that genocide pays off.
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Helic
Mladic’s evil
ideology is
still at large
A
few years ago, I attended a
meeting of the ICC Trust
Fund of Victims in The
Hague. Unbeknown to
me, the hotel I was staying in was
near where the ICTY (war crimes
tribunal) indictees were being held,
and from where, each day, they
shuttled to and from the courtroom.
After so many years I found
myself in the vicinity of the very
people who set out to destroy the
country I was born in, Bosnia and
Herzegovina – men who thrived on
hate and killings.
I remembered Bosnia in the war:
my parents and my sisters, their
children, who lived for years with
little food, under a daily barrage of
shelling, in fear that our home town
could be the next in General Mladic’s
sights. That would have only one
certain outcome: a long siege;
shelling; paramilitaries, men killed,
women raped, a town overrun. A
EVENING STANDARD
Baroness Helic was a special adviser
to William Hague when he was
Foreign Secretary
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RADIO
Sir Lenny to star in Gaiman fantasy
By Francesca Gosling
Author Neil Gaiman has announced
that his fantasy novel Anansi Boys is
to be adapted in a radio production
starring Sir Lenny Henry, Jacob Anderson and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Sir Lenny will play the central
character of Anansi/Mr Nancy,
based on the tricky arachnid first
introduced in Gaiman’s book,
American Gods.
Sir Lenny Henry is to lend his vocal talents to a Radio 4 festive fantasy GETTY
MEDIA
Channel where
kids go to learn
battles TV giants
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
A charity-funded digital educational
channel, created to produce school
lesson plans, will battle the BBC and
US giant Cartoon Network for the
British Academy Children’s Awards.
The London-based TrueTube,
which produces short-form dramas
tackling bullying, sex and Islam’s
Shia/Sunni divide, is nominated for
a record seven awards at Sunday’s
Bafta ceremony.
Three million children have
watched films such as Screwball!,
a relationship drama used in sex
education lessons, designed to help
teenagers navigate questions of consent and the easy availability of porn
on smartphones.
Founded in 2007 to produce videos to help teachers create assembly
scripts and lesson plans, TrueTube is
the first online-only service to compete for Channel of the Year, where it
is up against the titans of children’s
entertainment, Cartoon Network,
CBBC and CBeebies.
Bob Ayres, head of TrueTube,
said: “We’re a tiny outfit with a small
charity-funded budget. It’s overwhelming to be nominated alongside
the giants of children’s TV. It’s sad
to see terrestrial TV making fewer
children’s shows. TrueTube shows
that streaming is the future to reach
a young audience.”
Founded to offer children an alternative to “daft YouTube videos”,
TrueTube is hoping its Bafta recognition will help it to attract star names
to appear in its films. It is funded by
the Rank Foundation charity, the legacy of the former British film studio.
For the first time, streaming channels Amazon and Netflix also receive
Children’s Awards nominations, with
two each. CBeebies receives its 11th
consecutive nomination for Channel
of the Year. Author Dame Jacqueline
Wilson will receive a special award.
TrueTube has been
recognised for short films
including Like Me (Best Drama),
which tackled bullying through
the eyes of a young girl.
TELEVISION
Lost ‘Doctor Who’ story materialises
By Adam Sherwin
A lost Doctor Who episode,
which was abandoned
unseen 38 years ago, has
finally been completed
after
Tom Baker returned as
the Time Lord.
“Shada”, written
by The Hitch-hiker’s
Guide to the Galaxy author
Douglas Adams, should have
been the finale to the 1979 series.
However, the episodes were not
completed because of industrial
action at the BBC and the show
was never broadcast.
The BBC completed
the six-part story by
combining original
footage with new
animated scenes and
new dialogue from Tom
Baker (inset) and Lalla
Ward. Baker also filmed
a Tardis cameo for the
story’s conclusion, released as
a feature-length BBC Worldwide
digital download today.
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones star
Anderson and Misfits star StewartJarrett will portray his sons, Charlie
and Spider.
Gaiman tweeted on Wednesday
night: “It’s Good News for anybody
who likes ANANSI BOYS...” shortly
followed by: “LOOK! THIS IS EXCITING! @BBCRadio4’s adaptation
of ANANSI BOYS!”
Sir Lenny told BBC Radio 4 –
which will air the programme as
part of its festive line-up – that the
story was a “big old shaggy dog of a
novel” that followed a conversation
he had with the creator years ago.
He said: “[I said to Neil] ‘You never
see black people in horror stories.
Maybe it’s because we would be too
common-sensical. The story would
be over in two seconds.’
“We laughed about that and then
Neil went away and came back with
the Anansi Boys.”
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Steel
A 20ft Nordmann Fir
from Windsor Great
Park is decorated for
Christmas in St George’s
Hall, Windsor Castle,
yesterday. The Queen
resides at the castle
most weekends and
the State Apartments,
which include the hall,
will be used by the Royal
Family to host their
festive celebrations.
Put Gibraltar
in charge of all
UK for a blast
of wisdom
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HEALTH
Mortuary blunders led to
funerals for wrong bodies
Post-mortem examinations are
being carried out on the wrong bodies, and families are holding funerals for complete strangers because
of poor practices in mortuaries, researchers have revealed.
Weaknesses in protocol or failures to follow procedure, poor communication and informal working
practices were blamed for scores
of mistakes made by mortuary staff
over 11 years.
Among the 132 mistakes reported
in England to a national NHS database between 1 April 2002 and
31 March 2013, 25 resulted in postmortem examinations being carried
out on the wrong body, according to
the study in the Journal of the Royal
Society of Medicine.
A further 25 bodies were released
to an undertaker by mistake, with
nine being buried or cremated by
the wrong family.
Most of the other mistakes con-
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Final indignitiess
A spelling mistake and failure in
identity checks led to the wrong
body being cremated instead of
the West Midlands MEP Philip
Bradbourn in 2014, according to a
report the following year. A Mr Phil
Bradburn was cremated instead of
the Conservative politician.
In October 2013, it emerged that
Grace Kamara, 77, had been buried in
the grave of Christopher Alder, who
died in Hull in 1998. His body was
discovered in a mortuary in 2011. A
police investigation followed but no
one was prosecuted for the error.
cerned the storage or management
of bodies or body parts – and there
was one report of thefts from bodies.
Nearly a quarter of all the mistakes reported to the NHS database
concerned the bodies of foetuses.
Grieving friends and relatives
were left “emotionally upset” and
“devastated” when told about the
treatment of the bodies.
The study states: “Strictly
speaking, a dead person cannot be
harmed, but civilised society expects that, after death, someone’s
body will be accorded the same
dignity and respect as during life.”
The report concludes: “Serious
incidents in the management of
deceased patient remains have significant implications for families,
hospitals and the health service
more broadly.”
Factors influencing the storage mistakes included the size of
the deceased – ranging from bodies which were too big to fit into
standard refrigerators to small fetal
remains that were overlooked or
incorrectly retained.
Physical damage was caused in
some instances when a “patient’s
body was not refrigerated over [the]
weekend, rendering [the] body unsuitable for viewing by relatives”.
ENTERTAINMENT
loved my visit to Gibraltar.
It’s so beautifully, innocently
British. In the sweltering
heat by the Mediterranean,
the pubs have boards outside
saying “British fish and chips”, and
a chocolate shop had a sign saying
“British chocolate”, because what do
foreigners from Switzerland know
about chocolate? They’ve probably
never seen an Aero.
But now they’re in a mess because
they have to leave the EU, as they’re
part of Britain. So a country 10ft
long that borders thousands of miles
of Europe will be cut off entirely
from everything they’re attached to,
like if you lived in Bournemouth but
your kitchen was in Argentina.
This is why they voted by 97 per
cent to remain in the EU, as leaving
it threatens their position. This
means the people of a country that
likes to be more British than the
British has said to the British: “No,
don’t be that British – or we might
end up not being British.”
British politicians try to sound
hard when talking about Gibraltar,
so Michael Howard said that the
Spanish should remember the
Falklands when “another Spanishspeaking leader” threatened a
British territory, and see what
happened to him.
That calmed things down, as
threats of all-out invasion always do,
but Theresa May will probably try
to trump him, saying: “Spain should
also remember what happened to
the people in that house in The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre. They probably
said something about Gibraltar, and
that’s what annoyed the people with
the saws – well, that will be Spain if
they’re not careful.”
But to be fair to the Prime
Minister, she did make a statement
saying she would “fight for a deal
that works for Gibraltar and the
United Kingdom”.
That clears things up a bit, as
many people believed she was going
to fight for a deal on Gibraltar that
works for Alaska and a scrap metal
yard in Kuala Lumpur.
But apart from that, they’ve
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not suggested anything, which
could leave Gibraltar outside the
single market with no agreement
on anything, even though tens of
thousands of Spanish cross the
border every day to work there.
This is a refreshingly down-toearth attitude from the Government,
similar to the one I adopt when
I have to do something tricky
involving council tax or a parking
fine, which is to put all the forms in
the bin and hope everyone forgets
about it.
The EU is taking the Spanish side,
which was always likely as Spain is
still in the EU, so Gibraltar will be
out of the single market and have
to renegotiate everything with the
country that surrounds them. If you
were a strategist, you might notice
thast this could be more difficult for
Gibraltar than for Spain. Because
it’s hard for Gibraltar to do anything
without involving Spain. But this
seems to be the strategy with every
aspect of Brexit. The answer to any
specific question is: “They can shut
their face – we’re Britain.”
The Spanish government also
objected to the claim by David
Davis that “other countries want
to get on and talk with us about
Do we try to get on
with everyone, or
see all foreigners
as shady thieves?
trade”. A Spanish minister said this
wasn’t true and that “the British
government is told ‘We’ll see what
we can do’ and they take that
as agreement.”
This is the pattern: the
Government is told, “No, we won’t
buy any of your cucumbers”, so they
report that as: “It’s all fine, they’re
giving us Paris”.
But this is all reasonable. Because
the referendum wasn’t necessarily
about the EU; it was about whether
we should be a country that tries
to get on with everyone else and
welcome people or see all foreigners
as shady thieves.
Gibraltar itself should be
respected, as it’s a welcoming and
fascinating place, which is not only
British but a type of British from the
1970s that doesn’t exist any more.
It’s full of red phone boxes that
have gone in real Britain, and the
big English breakfasts they sell you
don’t get so much in England now.
Lots of the “English” pubs have shut
down in actual Britain, and they’ll
get such a shock when they find out
what happened to Rolf Harris.
But this is the Britain we
were sold by Brexit, so the only
democratic agreement is to hand the
whole of Britain to Gibraltar, so we
can be run by them, and that should
be fair to everyone. THE INDEPENDENT
Vogue orders town’s nightclub to change its name
By Jane Clinton
A Lancashire nightclub
has incurred the wrath of
Vogue magazine for using
the same name as the
high-fashion magazine.
The owners of Vogue nightclub
in Burnley claim the publication
has insisted they change the
venue’s name or face legal action.
Jason McQuoid, co-owner of the
club. which he runs with his wife,
Rebecca, said that they were
surprised and bemused.
“We’re a small town – we’re
just two people running a small
nightclub. We’re not a chain. It’s
just very mean,” he said. “No
one’s going to think Kate Moss is
in Vogue in Burnley. We’ve had
people from [TV programmes]
Geordie Shore, Towie, Love
Island – but definitely not the
likes you’d see in the magazine.”
However, the club has
conceded defeat and will change
its name.
Vogue magazine declined
to comment.
Businesses in
Gibraltar aren’t
too shy about
being British or
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CRIME
Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor admits sex assaults
By David Eggert
IN LANSING
A former sports doctor accused
of molesting at least 125 girls and
young women while working for
USA Gymnastics and Michigan
State University has pleaded guilty
to multiple charges of sexual assault
and faces at least 25 years in jail.
Larry Nassar, 54, admitted assaulting seven girls, mostly under
the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus
clinic, from 1998 to 2015.
“For all those involved...
I’m so horribly sorry that
this was like a match
that turned into a forest
fire out of control,”
Nassar (inset) said in a
court packed with tearful
accusers. “I pray every day for
forgiveness. I want them to heal.”
The plea deal in Ingham County
calls for a minimum prison
sentence of 25 years, but
the judge could set the
minimum sentence as
high as 40 years.
Olympic gymnasts
Aly Raisman, McKayla
Maroney and Gabby
Douglas are among the
women who have publicly
said they were Nassar’s victims. AP
UNITED STATES
Trump revealed
Israeli raid on
Isis to Russians
By Jon Sharman
Details have emerged of the highlyclassified Israeli intelligence revealed
by Donald Trump to Russian officials
earlier this year – to the outrage of Israel’s intelligence chiefs.
The US President’s decision to disclose the
information, during a
meeting with foreign
minister Sergei Lavrov,
was described as having brought Israeli spies’
“worst fears” to life.
Israel and the US have a
close intelligence-sharing relationship but spies from the Middle
Eastern nation had previously been
warned not to share sensitive deThe group with the
greatest bomb-making
expertise is said to be al-Qaida in
Yemen. Its master bomb-maker,
Ibrahim al-Asiri, has designed
devices that can be hidden on
bodies or in printer cartridges.
tails with the Trump White House,
according to reports in Israeli media.
During his meeting with Mr Lavrov and the Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Mr Trump is now said to
have revealed the details of a covert
Israeli operation that exposed
plans by Isis to create new
laptop bombs and smuggle them aboard commercial airliners.
US reporters were
barred from the
meeting and the only images that documented it
were taken by Russia’s Tass
news agency.
Two experts on Israeli intelligence
told Vanity Fair that the anti-Isis
mission took place last winter, the
magazine claimed.
Two helicopters flew a team of
commandos and Mossad operatives
deep into Syria to gain information on
a reported new Isis weapon.
They landed some miles from their
target and proceeded in vehicles with
Syrian Army markings. They bugged
the Isis cell before getting out, Vanity
Fair reported.
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Good grief, it’s
Charlie Brown
A giant Charlie Brown balloon
joined the participants making
their way down Sixth Avenue in
the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving
Parade in New York yesterday. The
balloons are the major feature of
the parade, which is now in its 91st
year SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS
Unit 8200, Israel’s signals intelligence corps, monitored the broadcasts from the bugs for several
days before striking gold – an Isis
soldier explaining how to create a
bomb from a laptop that would fool
airport security.
Israel quickly shared the details
with the US, Vanity Fair said. A widespread ban on carrying laptops on
planes was announced to travellers
in March this year.
Mr Trump also told his Russian
guests the name of the city in northern Syria that had been targeted,
though not the nation that carried out
the mission. Israel was later named as
the source of the intelligence in US
media reports.
At the time, the US National Security Adviser, H R McMaster, said
the President “wasn’t even aware
where this information came from”
and “wasn’t briefed on the sources
and methods”.
“At no time were intelligence
sources or methods discussed,” he
said. “The President did not disclose
any military operations that were not
already publicly known... I was in the
room. It didn’t happen.”
Mr Trump later said he had
the “absolute right” to share
the intelligence.
One Israeli official, however, told
Buzzfeed News: “We have an arrangement with America which is unique
to the world of intelligence sharing.
We do not have this relationship with
any other country.
“To know that this intelligence is
shared with others, without our prior
knowledge? That is, for us, our worst
fears confirmed.” THE INDEPENDENT
YEMEN
Aid groups on
standby after
blockade eased
By Stephanie Nebehay
IN GENEVA
Humanitarian groups are
waiting to see if aid shipments
to rebel-held Yemen can resume
after a Saudi-led coalition eased
a blockade that has threatened
millions with starvation.
UN humanitarian co-ordinator
Jamie McGoldrick said that he
hoped to receive clearance within
hours. Earlier, aid agencies and
another senior figure warned that
vital supplies were still blocked a
day after the Saudi-led military
coalition said it would let in
humanitarian supplies.
The Saudi-led coalition’s
blockade of Yemen, in which
seven million people are on the
brink of famine, amounts to
“illegal collective punishment” of
civilians, said Jens Laerke, of the
UN Office for the Co-ordination of
Humanitarian Assistance.
US Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson asked Saudi Arabia
to ease its blockade earlier this
week, sources said. The efforts to
take the edge off Saudi Arabia’s
foreign policy reflect growing US
concern about Riyadh’s direction
despite high-profile attempts
by President Trump to improve
relations with the US ally. REUTERS
Fury at coffee shop ‘gentrification’ claim
By Harriet Agerholm
An American coffee shop chain has
apologised for a sign appearing to
celebrate the gentrification of an
historically black neighbourhood.
Social media users reacted with
outrage to the board advertising
ink! coffee in Denver, Colorado,
which said: “Happily gentrifying
the neighbourhood since 2014.”
There have been calls for cus-
tomers to boycott the company,
which has 16 shops across the capital city and Aspen.
“I will never set foot in that store.
You’re what’s wrong with Denver
these days,” Twitter user Jeffrey
Dallet said.
“Seriously disgraceful & disrespectful to the actual local businesses & people that know the area
@inkcoffee,” another user with the
handle @NichieBabie wrote.
The sign was reportedly displayed on Larimer Street in
Five Points, an area of the Colorado capital with a large African
American population.
Denver, once dubbed the “Harlem of the west”, has seen a large
influx of white and affluent people
in recent years, which has driven
out black and ethnic minority
people and working class families.
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Divers discovered
a 3,000-yearold fortress in
Lake Van, Turkey
Ancient castle
discovered at
bottom of lake
TASHIN CEYLAN
By Harry Cockburn
Myanmar and Bangladesh have
signed an agreement on the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled
across the border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
No details were given on how
many Rohingya refugees would be
allowed to return home. But Bangladesh said the repatriations are to
begin within two months.
More than 620,000 Rohingya
have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since August when the army
Amnesty International said
the discrimination against
Rohingya has worsened in the
past five years, and amounted to
“dehumanising apartheid”.
began what it called “clearance
operations” following an attack on
police posts by a group of Rohingya
insurgents. Refugees arriving in
Bangladesh said their homes
were set on fire by soldiers
and Buddhist mobs, and
some reported being
shot at by security
forces.
Rohingya at a refugee camp in Bangladesh
expressed deep doubts
about the new agreement
announced yesterday. “They
burned our houses. They took our
land and cows. Will they give us
these things back?” asked Abdul
Hamid from Hoyakong.
“I’m not happy at all. First, I need
to know if they are going to accept
us with the Rohingya identity,” said
Sayed Alom, also from Hoyakong.
VENEZUELA
Oil chiefs accused of treachery
By Steve Holland
IN WASHINGTON
President Nicolas Maduro has said
that Venezuelan-American executives at oil refiner Citgo who were
arrested in an anti-corruption
drive this week would be tried as
“corrupt, thieving traitors”, despite
a request by the US to free them.
Five of the six detained from the
refiner and producer of oil and petrochemical products are American
citizens, according to a source close
to the affair.
The six included acting Citgo
President Jose Pereira, who has
Venezuelan citizenship and US permanent residency, the source said.
Citgo did not respond to requests
for comment.
Late on Wednesday, Mr Maduro
suggested that Asdrubal Chávez,
a former oil minister and cousin
of the late president Hugo Chávez,
should replace Mr Pereira.
Military intelligence agents detained the executives at an event
at state oil company PDVSA
in Caracas on Tuesday. Citgo,
owned by Venezuela, is based in
Texas. REUTERS
Rohingya Muslims have faced
state-supported discrimination in
predominantly Buddhist Myanmar
for decades.
The UN envoy on sexual
violence in conflict, Pramila Patten, said yesterday
that widespread atrocities against Rohingya
Muslim women and
girls had been orchestrated and perpetrated
by Burma’s military and
could amount to war crimes.
Ms Patten, who met Rohingya
victims in Bangladesh camps earlier this month, said the use of sexual
violence “was clearly a driver and
push factor” for more than 620,000
Rohingya to flee. It was “also a calculated tool of terror aimed at the
extermination and removal of the
Rohingya as a group”, she added.
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the Iron Age, between the ninth and
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UNITED STATES
Orgeon finds that
the wolf is at
the door, again
By Gillian Flaccus
IN PORTLAND
Wolves were once so plentiful in
the abundant forests that would
become Oregon that the earliest
settlers would gather to discuss
how to kill them.
Those “wolf meetings” in
Postcard
From...
Bangkok
Bangkok’s famous street
food vendors have joined the
digital revolution, embracing
payment via quick response
(QR) barcodes that can be read
using smartphones.
Thailand is famous for its
traditional street stalls that
offer everything from stirfried noodles to clothes and
for many Thais eating out at a
pavement stall is part of their
daily routine.
Now, some vendors in
Bangkok are offering digital
transactions after the Bank
of Thailand last week gave
the green light for five banks
including Bangkok Bank and
Duterte set to lift his ban on
police fighting drugs war
By Manolo Serapio
IN MANILA
GERMANY
Polish PM seeks Pressure grows
to mend fences for more talks
French President Emmanuel
Macron and Poland’s prime
minister took a first key step
yesterday toward mending
differences that are weighing
on the whole European Union.
After talks in Paris, the two
leaders remained at odds over
their main dispute – workers
from Eastern Europe posted
by their employer in richer
EU countries – but said they
were looking for compromise.
“We were able to explain many
questions to each other and
we agreed to hold more talks,”
Polish PM Beata Szydlo said.
PHILIPPINES
P re s s u re i s g row i n g w i t h i n
Germany’s Social Democratic Party
to at least discuss the possibility of
forming a new coalition government
with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
conservative Christian Democrats.
The SPD leader, Martin Schulz,
ruled out returning to the “grand
coalition” with Ms Merkel, following
a disastrous result in September’s
election, even after her talks on
forming a government with two other
parties collapsed this week.
Several Social Democrats have
suggested the party should discuss
another coalition with Ms Merkel or
supporting a minority government. AP
the 1840s eventually led to
the formation of the Oregon
territory, the precursor for
statehood in 1859.
Today, Oregon’s statehood is
secure, but the future of its wolf
population once more hangs
in the balance. Wolves have
returned after decades, and this
time, humans are having a much
more contentious discussion
about what to do with them.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife
Commission will vote in January
on whether to adopt a plan that
could open the door for the first
wolf hunts in 70 years. AP
Siam Commercial Bank to
implement electronic payment
systems using QR codes.
At Samyan Market, a
market and shopping area in
Bangkok that sells everything
from vegetables to handbags,
vendors said QR codes were
taking off although some still
prefer to use cash.
“I don’t need to worry about
finding change,” said Kitti
Khoonphisitwong, 40, a driedfruit vendor.
“But most customers,
especially older people, find
the app a hassle,” he said.
Shoppers in their 20s and
30s said they were more
inclined to use the system.
“I often shop online
so I have no issue with
digital transactions,” said
Thanachanok Teesakul, 20, a
student. REUTERS
Suphanida Thakral
There is a “strong likelihood” that
the Philippine President, Rodrigo
Duterte, will lift a suspension on
police taking part in his war on drugs
– a move likely to alarm activists.
Amid international concern
about a staggering death toll and
several killings of young people,
Mr Duterte suspended police antinarcotics operations last month for
a second time and put the country’s
undermanned drugs enforcement
agency, the PDEA, in charge.
But now presidential spokesman
Harry Roque has reiterated Mr
Rodrigo Duterte suspended police
anti-narcotics operations last month
Duterte’s concern, expressed last
week, that the drugs problem could
intensify and gains might be lost if
the Philippine National Police (PNP)
remain sidelined. Almost 4,000
mostly poor, urban Filipinos have
been killed in what police claim are
legitimate anti-drug operations.
But human rights groups and
political opponents say that
executions of drug users and
small-time drug dealers have
been widespread.
The police have insisted that those
killed were all dealers who put up
violent resistance.
Phelim Kine, the deputy director
of Human Rights Watch in Asia, said
people should “brace [themselves]
for more bloodshed” and called again
for a United Nations-led international
investigation. REUTERS
Beijing
honours
President
Chinese soldiers
march at a welcome
ceremony for the
President of Djibouti,
Ismail Omar Guelleh,
in Beijing yesterday.
China offered loans to
Djibouti, the site of its
first overseas military
base, as Mr Guelleh told
President Xi Jinping
he considered himself
a great friend of the
Asian giant.
JASON LEE/REUTERS
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Dozens of asylum-seekers are removed from camp
Authorities in Papua New Guinea
have removed dozens of asylumseekers and increased pressure on
more than 300 others to abandon a
decommissioned immigration camp.
Police commissioner Gari Baki said
50 of his officers and immigration
officials entered the camp on Manus
Island yesterday morning and
“peacefully relocated” 50 asylumseekers among the 378 men to
alternative accommodation in the
nearby town of Lorengau.
Some refugees said their shelters,
beds and other belongings had been
destroyed, and Shen Narayanasamy,
a human rights campaigner for the
activist group GetUp!, said some of
those transported from the camp had
reported being forced to leave.
Mr Baki said that all had “left
voluntarily”, except for refugee
Behrouz Boochan, an Iranian
journalist who used social media to
report on conditions on Manus. AP
INDONESIA
ETHIOPIA
SOUTH KOREA
Tornado injures
35 in East Java
Dam ‘a matter
of life or death’
Exams delayed
after tremors
A tornado ripped through
a densely populated area in
Indonesia’s East Java province
yesterday, injuring 35 people and
damaging more than 600 homes.
The tornado, with wind speeds
of 45 miles per hour, carved a path
of destruction in the Sidoarjo
area, lasting about five minutes.
A video posted on social media
showed part of a roof being torn
off a building as debris was hurled
high into the air. AP
Ethiopia says the construction of its
massive Grand Renaissance Dam is a
“matter of life or death” for its people.
Yesterday’s remarks by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs came after Egypt’s
President called water “a matter of
life or death” for his country.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan failed
to approve a study on the dam’s
potential effects. The dam will be
Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power
plant. Egypt has long said the dam
will cut its supply of Nile water. AP
South Korean students sat
their highly competitive
university entrance exam
yesterday – a week after it was
postponed for the first time
ever because of safety concerns
following an earthquake.
Pupils, teachers and relatives
gathered in front of test venues
early in the morning to cheer
on the examinees with hugs and
chants of motivational slogans to
the beat of drums.
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Feathered
friends
Driverless buses ‘to hit roads in five years’
A girl feeds pigeons
yesterday in a park in
Almaty, the largest city
in Kazakhstan SHAMIL
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INDIA
Cancer is ‘divine
justice’, claims
health minister
By Charlie Wood
Indians have reacted angrily after
the health minister of Assam state
claimed that cancer was “divine
justice” and that people could
develop the disease “because of the
sins of their parents”.
Cancer patients expressed outrage
and opposition parties demanded a
public apology from Himanta Sarma.
The main opposition party
in Assam, the All India United
Democratic Front, said Mr Sarma
had made the statement “to cover his
failure to control the spread of cancer
in the state”.
Mr Sarma, a member of India’s
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),
made the remarks at a public event in
the city of Guwahati on Wednesday.
According to The Times of India, Mr
Sarma also sai : “God makes us suffer
when we sin. Sometimes we come
across young men getting inflicted
with cancer or young men meeting
with accidents. If you observe their
background you will come to know
that it’s divine justice. Nothing else.
We have to suffer that divine justice.”
Mr Sarma appeared to try to clarify
his comments on social media. He
wrote: “I simply asked a new batch of
teachers to work sincerely and work
for poor. In that context I argue that
if we do not work sincerely in next life
we might face karmic deficiency and
that may lead to sufferings. What is
insensitive about this?”
His comments came two days after
another BJP politician, Surajpal
Amu, offered $1.5m (£1.13m) to “the
ones beheading” Bollywood actress
Deepika Padukone and film director
Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Members of the Shri Rajput Karni
Sena, a Rajput caste religious group
in Jaipur, Rajasthan, claim that
Pakudone and Bhansali’s latest film,
Padmavati, misrepresents history
by depicting a love affair between
the eponymous Hindu queen and a
Muslim invader.
The BJP has condemned Mr Amu’s
threats, however, and is considering
taking legal action against him.
Research by the Indian
Council of Medical
Research says that lack of
awareness and testing means
that only 12.5 per cent of cancer
patients come for treatment in
the early stages of the disease.
By Rhiannon Williams
Singapore will introduce driverless
buses to three towns from 2022,
putting the country at the forefront
of the self-driving revolution.
Residents in Punggol, Tengah
and the Jurong Innovation District
will be able to hop on and off
autonomous buses and shuttles on
quiet roads during off-peak hours.
While the buses will run on a
schedule, there are also plans for
the public to hail the self-driving
shuttles using their smartphones.
The driverless vehicles are
expected to run alongside existing
human-driven bus services rather
than replacing them.
The country has fully
embraced autonomous vehicle
(AV) technology, announcing its
intentions to start using driverless
road sweepers to clean roads and
collect rubbish last year.
“AV technology will transform
urban mobility, how we move about
in the city,” said the transport
minister, Khaw Boon.
“It is especially promising for
Singapore because it can help
to alleviate the tight land and
manpower limits that currently
constrain our land transport
system,” he added.
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Two men survived being stranded
on the roof of their car for five days
while being circled by crocodiles.
Beau Bryce-Morris, 37, and
19-year-old Charlie Williams
were on a fishing trip with their
dog, Mindee, when their vehicle
became stuck in a bog. They were
stranded about 100 metres from a
patch of mangroves, a habitat for
saltwater crocodiles, which tried
to attack their dog several times.
“They stayed on top of the
vehicle and went through about six
tides, which covered the vehicle on
a number of occasions,” said Sgt
Mark Balfour of Broome Police in
Western Australia, adding that
the men became nervous when a
crocodile tried to “go for the dog”.
“They were quite happy to see
us and obviously quite upset,
crying. Being out there for five
days in this kind of country and
with the weather being quite hot, I
don’t know what would have been
going through their heads.”
He said the rationed their food
and water but had run out when
they were found on Tuesday.
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NATURE
Discovery of new
species rewrites the
theory of evolution
By Lewis Smith
A new species of finch has evolved
on the Galapagos Islands, the archipelago that was central to Charles
Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
Astonishingly, scientists observed,
the new finch was established in just
two generations, challenging the
previous assumption that it takes
hundreds of generations for a
fresh species to evolve.
Charles Darwin visited
the Galapagos on HMS
Beagle in 1835 and
collected a dozen species
of finch that he realised had
evolved from a bird on the
South American mainland.
They helped him to reach his
revolutionary theory of evolution.
The new species, called Big Bird
(inset), was observed by British
husband and wife researchers
Rosemary and Peter Grant, of
Princeton University in the US,
evolving and establishing itself on
the island of Daphne Major within
the Galapagos from 1981.
Until now it had been thought
Big Bird derived from a localised
hybrid pairing but genetic analysis
now reveals that the original male
arrived on Daphne Major in 1981 from
Espanola, an island 100 miles away
and was a large cactus finch, Geospiza
conirostris. It interbred with a female
medium ground finch, G. fortis.
The original pair’s descendants
can now be considered to be a
separate species, having
established a breeding
population with a distinct
birdsong and physical
features – notably the
beak which was vital to
Darwin’s observations
of the finches he saw in
1835 while on the HMS
Beagle expedition.
“From generation two onwards the
lineage behaved as an independent
species,” the couple wrote with
colleagues from Sweden’s Uppsala
University as they reported their
findings in the journal Science.
Professor Leif Andersson, of
Uppsala University, added: “Charles
Darwin would have been excited to
read this paper.”
British primatologist Dr Jane Goodall lived with chimpanzees in the jungle AGUSTIN MARCARIAN/REUTERS
ENVIRONMENT
Dr Goodall gives a stark warning over climate change
By Francesca Gosling
The window of opportunity is closing for us to make a substantial
difference to climate change and
everyone must do their bit to limit
its impact, the British conservationist Dr Jane Goodall has warned.
The founder of the Jane Goodall
Institute is the subject of a new doc-
umentary about her life living with
chimps in the 1950s.
The primatologist, now 83, was
a 26-year-old secretary when her
boss Dr Louis Leakey sent her to
observe chimpanzees in the jungle,
and the documentary features clips
from 100 hours of footage taken by
cameraman Hugo van Lawick, who
would go on to become her husband.
Dr Goodall said she was horrified
by the destruction of the chimpanzees’ habitats and says not enough is
being done to protect them.
She said: “The real tragedy is the
way that chimp numbers have decreased, the forests have been clear
cut in some cases and we have got
to try desperately hard to save what
is left.”
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The Etrusco-Roman site at Roselle in Italy; African migrants attend a training course run by the Cultural Ministry of Siena (inset right) ROBIN IVERSEN RÖNNLUND
Trip back in time to the ancient
world for 21st century migrants
Etrusco-Roman ruins are saved. By Jennifer Clark in Grosseto
W
hen Bright, 24, left
his home in Nigeria
to escape from the
thugs beating up his
family, he probably
never imagined that he would
be sitting in a sunny classroom
listening to a lecture about Italy’s
medieval history with 23 other
young asylum-seekers.
“I was studying industrial
mathematics and dreamed of
becoming a professor or an
engineer,” he told i outside the
classroom in Grosseto, southern
Tuscany. “But I still have that
dream, to study.”
The lecture is part of a training
course on ancient Etruscan and
Roman history for Bright and his
fellow volunteers, who will work in
the Roman ruins at nearby Roselle
pulling weeds, mending fences
and gardening.
The project was the brainchild of
the culture ministry’s Siena office
and is being carried out by three
non-profit groups.
The idea solves two big problems
at once. For these migrants, who
say they want to stay in Italy,
it is a step on the road towards
integration and away from crime or
religious extremism.
Anna Di Bene of the culture
ministry thinks it’s a way to keep
Italy’s artistic heritage from falling
apart: “We’re not exactly rolling
in money,” she says. “The state
already pays to host these migrants.
This project acts to integrate
them socially, linguistically and
economically. We’re very happy
with it. We are seeing how much
these migrants really want to work.”
Italy’s cultural heritage is a
priceless asset – much of which
has been, shamefully, left to rot. It
has 50 Unesco heritage sites – the
UK has 28 and China 47. Yet Italy
spends just 1.4 per cent of its GDP
annually on culture, according
to a Eurostat study from 2014,
compared to an EU average of
2.1 per cent.
Ms Di Bene’s project to integrate
migrants like the 24 young men in
this classroom – who crossed the
sea from Libya on the deadliest
migrant route in the world – is
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significant in a country such as Italy
that lies at the frontline of Europe’s
politically explosive migrant crisis.
EU rules require foreigners
arriving to apply for residence,
asylum or other legal protection
at their point of entry, and then
relocates them in other European
countries. Once they get here,
asylum seekers are scattered across
Italy, pending a verdict.
As of October 2016, Tuscany
was hosting around 11,000 asylum
seekers, scattered in 750 reception
centres in 225 cities and towns, of
whom 531 were in Grosseto, like
Bright. Most have nothing to do but
wait, and play football. The young
men who signed up to volunteer told
i that their aim is eventually to get
work, and to learn more about Italy.
“I only arrived in July and I don’t
know much about this society,” says
Fouda Joseph Patrick, a 21-year-old
from Cameroon, when asked why
he signed up. “I was studying
languages back home and would
like to continue here.
“I love this project.”
On a recent Saturday morning,
the group listened as Carlo Citter,
a medieval archaeologist from the
University of Siena, gave a lecture
in English and French about the
development of Islam
and Christianity.
The early Islamic
rulers of Syria
allowed the
native Greek
population
to restore
their places of
worship for 200
years after the
conquest, he tells the
class, half of whom
are Muslim.
“This means they could live
together,” he said. “This is
demonstrated by archaeology.”
Not everyone is happy – some
of Italy’s xenophobic politicians
never waste an opportunity
to bash migrants. Soon after
the project was announced,
it came under fire from the
right-wing mayor of Grosseto,
Antonfrancesco Vivarelli
Colonna. He attacked he plan
for “legitimising the presence of
economic migrants in our area”.
But Lucia Malvezza, of the
migrant charity Uscita di
Sicurezza, says the project involves
cultural training that will help
“the kids” get integrated and do
more than just provide free labour
– and care for the heritage that
Mr Vivarelli Colonna is so keen
to preserve.
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n a November day
800 years ago, as the
final leaves fell from
the trees and autumn
marched towards
winter, a sister charter to Magna
Carta was signed. The Charter of
the Forest set out the rights and
responsibilities of the people to
forests and woodland, and gave
back to them the right to use royal
hunting grounds.
It’s fair to say that our
relationship to woods have
changed over the intervening
eight centuries, so much so that
earlier this month the Charter
for Trees, Woods and People, set
up by The Woodland Trust, was
launched to bring the discussion
of the importance of forests
and trees to people back into
public consciousness.
If you feel inspired to go back
to your roots, you can sign the
charter at treecharter.uk and then
celebrate with a browse through
a thicket of pictures that capture
the mystery and majesty of trees.
“Photography and trees
go well together,” explains
Martin Barnes, senior curator
of photography at the Victoria
and Albert Museum in London.
Its exhibition, Into the Woods:
Trees in Photography, examines
the importance of trees to
photographers through the ages.
“Trees respond to light and
cameras need light – light makes
silver nitrate go dark in the
chemical process of photography,
and in biology, chlorophyll goes
dark when exposed to light, so
there’s a synergy between the
two processes.”
Every piece in the exhibition
is from the V&A’s collections,
dating back to its founding in
1852. Trees were among the first
photographic subjects collected
by the V&A as a resource for
artists to study from. Historic
work by Edward Steichen, Henri
Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand
and Lady Clementina Hawarden
will be displayed alongside
contemporary artists Simone
Nieweg, John Davier and Stephen
Shore. Trees from around the
globe are captured here; Tokihiro
Sato’s work reveals the magical
beauty of the forests of the
Hakkoda Mountains and – closer
Trees respond to
light and cameras
need light, so there’s
a synergy there
to home – Gerhard Stromberg’s
work depicts the ancient coppices
of King’s Wood in Kent.
“We are able to charter an
unbroken history of photography
in the collections with just one
linking motif,” says Barnes.
PEOPLE
When Mugabe came to
my school assembly
Jason Wallace recalls a visit by the deposed despot
I
t was a typical school day in
1987 that we, boys at the end
of our academic year, sat in
lines of uniformed obedience
and listened to the speech
day guest speaker. His name was
Robert Mugabe. To be honest, I
can’t recall exactly what the then
Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
spoke about. The importance
and privilege of education was
mentioned. And building for
a better the future. Certainly
something fitting for him, the
country and us – perched on the
edge of manhood and similarly at
the dawn of a new era
As he spoke, Mugabe seemed
a good guy. He had undeniable
presence, thoughtfulness,
compassion and intelligence,
and appeared to be running the
country with confidence and calm.
None of us could have guessed
what was going to happen, and
how he would turn from that man
into an apparent monster in the
years to come. It was only much,
much later, when Mugabe’s true
intentions started to show, that
I started to replay the scene.
That assembly was undeniably a
key moment in my life, because
it forms the pivotal scene in my
novel, Out of Shadows.
After it was published,
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Branching out:
(clockwise
from main
image) ‘Aspens,
Northern
New Mexico,
1958’ by Ansel
Adams Rimon
(Pomegranate),
2011, by Tal
Shochat; ‘In
the Forest of
Fontainbleau,
1852’ by
Gustave Le Gray
VICTORIA AND
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“Many of the early photos are taken
in winter because exposure times
were longer. So viewers will see lots
of stark pictures, then as technology
progresses and colour photography
comes in, you get different angles
and some stylistic changes with
more summer and spring seasons.”
Ultimately, in curating the
exhibition, Barnes’ aim was simply
for everyone to enjoy it. “I hope it’s
soothing and enjoyable and helps
you think about looking after trees
and that people sign up to the tree
everyone naturally asked: “Should
Mugabe be forced out?” My
answer? Yes and no, because the
longer time went on, and the worse
his atrocities against his people, the
more decayed and corrupt the top
layers of rule became. By the act
of keeping itself alive, corruption
creates a vacuum, and what
scared me more than Robert
Mugabe in power was
Robert Mugabe out of
power. Who would take
over? How violent would
the in-fighting be in order
to reap the benefits to
which the corrupt officials
had become so used?
Over recent years it was becoming
increasingly obvious that Grace
Mugabe was being lined up for
that position. I’ve never met Grace
Mugabe, but for me, looking at the
evidence, she is poisonous. The
BBC’s John Simpson described her
as “vicious”, and I think few would
disagree. But then the “hero” of
our story, Emmerson Mnangagwa
is anything but an angel. Let’s not
forget his role in the murder of tens
of thousands of Matabele, or the
manipulation of people through
violence over the years. And just
how much of his personal wealth
comes from his legitimate
salary? Once again, just
as we all were on that
scorching southern
African day in 1987,
Zimbabwe is at the dawn
of another new era after
years and years of struggle.
Mugabe (inset) did
many bad things to the country.
Inadvertently, however, there is
also good. Through the hatred he
has evoked towards his regime, I
believe he has created a greater
sense of solidarity among the
people of Zimbabwe. Will the new
charter because they will plant a
tree for everyone that signs up.”
‘Into the Woods: Trees in
Photography’ runs until 22 April
(vam.ac.uk); Charter for Trees, Woods
and People (treecharter.uk)
leader be the same snake, just with
a different skin? Or is there enough
movement for real change? “If I
stood you in front of a man,” one of
my characters in Out of Shadows
asks, “pressed the cold metal of a
gun into your palm and told you to
squeeze the trigger, would you do
it?… What if I then told you we’d
gone back in time and his name was
Adolf Hitler? Would you do it then?”
I still can’t answer that
question. What I do know is that,
back then, Mugabe spoke to us
schoolboys – before moving to the
tea tables outside, and then off in
the motorcade of sinisterly black
Mercedes glinting sharply in the
sun – of building for a better future.
Now, today, and recognising the
heavy irony, I hope the people will
hold on to that advice.
Jason Wallace is the author of ‘Out of
Shadows’ (£7.99, Andersen Press)
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Eurovision: the
next generation
Why do we ignore the children’s version
of the contest in the UK? By Chris West
O
n Sunday, the junior
version of the
Eurovision Song Contest
will be held in Tblisi,
Georgia. Contestants
have to be aged between nine and
14 to participate; last year’s winner,
Mariam Mamadashvili, was 11.
The tone is, as one would expect,
upbeat; the Eurovision message of
“let’s all be nice to each other” will
be in many of the songs.
Cynics may cringe. The show is
certainly rather odd. It is a strange
hybrid: half the adult version,
with its high production values
and emotional songs, half a school
talent contest, with Miss Jones
making sure that nobody gets too
out of order. Watching the hosts
of last year’s contest trying to gee
up the youthful audience brought
back (for me) childhood memories
of Crackerjack!.
However, the competition
is taken very seriously by its
contestants. This is especially
true in eastern Europe. Eight out
of the contest’s past 14 winners
have come from the former Soviet
Union (Georgia, this year’s host,
holds the record, having won three
times). In the Brexiting UK, we
forget how keen many countries on
Europe’s periphery are to belong
more to Europe. Junior Eurovision
reminds us that the countries of
the European part of the old Soviet
Union are particularly keen.
If people are going to
be sentimental, it’s better
they are sentimental about
peace rather than hate
They value their Europeanness;
they see it as civilisation, liberal
values, prosperity, an escape from
their past. For them, Eurovision,
senior and junior, is a way of
asserting European identity.
This even seems to be true
of Belarus – hardly a liberal,
Europhile state, but which appears
to treat the competition as a way
of hedging its bets. Minsk will be
hosting the junior show next year,
and the country’s Helena Meerai
(her father is Syrian) is one of this
year’s favourites.
To many in Britain, there is
something slightly unsettling about
Junior Eurovision’s precocious
children. Fans will cite France
Gall’s winner from the 1960s,
“Poupée de cire, poupée de son”, in
which the 17-year-old Gall criticised
the music biz for creating child
stars who sang about adult love but
didn’t really understand what it
was about.
Have the Junior Eurovision
contestants been “hot-housed”,
in the same way that young
Romanian gymnasts once were?
Perhaps, but this all goes to show
how ambitious the participating
The Serbian duo Irina Brodic and
Jana Paunovic rehearse their entry
for ‘Junior Eurovision’ in Tbilisi
countries are. Their ambitions are
being fulfilled, too. Europe’s focus
is moving East – a process that
began with the fall of the Berlin
Wall, accelerated with the move
of the German seat of government
from Bonn to Berlin in 1999, and
will no doubt be further speeded
up by Brexit.
There are opponents of the
“moving East” view. Head East,
they say, and you will find virtual
war between Russia and Ukraine,
and frozen conflict between
Russia and Georgia, Armenia
and Azerbaijan. Junior Eurovision
may bubble with let’s-all-love-oneanother enthusiasm, they argue,
but behind that sentimental façade,
old hatreds still seethe. You can’t
remove the legacy of Holodomor
[Ukraine’s great famine] by getting
a 13-year-old to put on a spangly
dress and sing about world peace.
Or can you? If people are going
to be sentimental, it’s better they
are sentimental about peace rather
than hate, about universal love
rather than nationalism. Above
all, perhaps, Junior Eurovision is
a reminder that a new generation
may not see things the way their
elders did, and may well want
to ditch old hatreds, not out of
sentimentality but because it suits
them, because they want to live
and prosper in a kind, connected
world. Or at least in a kind,
connected Europe.
The Junior Eurovision Song
Contest is not being broadcast
on UK television, though you
can catch it on the competition’s
website: https://junioreurovision.
tv. The show begins at 3pm.
Chris West is the author of
‘Eurovision! A History of Modern
Europe Through the World’s
Greatest Song Contest’, published
by Melville House UK
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Give us this day
our daily bed
A new class inspired by ‘the lying
down bit’ at the end of yoga is a sign
that we are seeking sleep in some
strange places. By Siobhán Norton
I
t’s not lunchtime yet, you’re on
your second coffee, and already
your eyes are starting to droop
in front of your computer
screen. You didn’t sleep well
last night – you rarely do. How
much would you pay for a couple of
hours in bed?
The creators of The Lying Down
Club are hoping that some weary
folk will cough up £15. That’s the
price of a ticket for a two-hour
session in the bed department of
John Lewis on London’s Oxford
street, where attendees will get
the chance to stretch out and relax
with the help of crisp linen, noisecancelling headphones, virtualreality goggles and a foot massage.
Organised by website The
Midult, the Lying Down
Club “was inspired
by the end of a yoga
session,” says
the site’s Emilie
McMeekan. “It’s
that moment when
nothing is asked of
you and you are just
left the hell alone.
What could be better
than getting totally
tucked in for an hour?”
It’s no surprise that we’re
willing to pay good money to do,
well, nothing. Long hours, late
nights, blue screens and busy
lifestyles have turned us into a
nation of sleep-deprived night
owls. The average person is undersleeping by about an hour every
night, and more people are being
tested for sleep disorders.
Sleep expert Matthew Walker
recently warned that we are in the
middle of a sleeplessness epidemic.
The director of the Centre for
Human Sleep Science at the
University of California, Berkeley,
warned that the effects of skimping
on sleep were “catastrophic” and
that sleep should be prescribed by
doctors. “I could double the NHS
budget if only they would institute
policies to mandate or powerfully
encourage sleep,” he said in a
recent interview.
Sleep researcher Dr Neil Stanley
agrees. “Thirty years ago, it wasn’t
difficult to get to sleep,” he says.
“The TV went off at 11, pubs closed
at 11 and late-night shopping was 6
o’clock on a Thursday night. Forty
years ago we had coal fires or log
fires, and you had to make that
decision to put the last log on the fire.
“Now we have got so many things
that compete with sleep – Netflix’s
CEO [Reed Hastings] said that his
competition is sleep. That to me is
alarming. Because if you’re
not sleeping, you are
not consuming.”
However, big
business is
cottoning on to the
importance of sleep
for its workers, and
while companies
can’t force their
workers to turn in
every night at 10pm,
some have hit on the
next best thing: the
power nap. Google’s new UK
headquarters is installing £5,000
“sleep pods”: terrifying-looking
MRI-like contraptions where
workers can settle in for 20-minute
naps accompanied by soothing
soundscapes. The tilted chairs
vibrate when it’s time to wake up.
It’s not just tech companies
that are encouraging their
workers to fall asleep on the
job: PricewaterhouseCoopers’
Swiss office has nap rooms for its
employees, and working naps have
long been a priority at HuffPost’s
New York HQ.
HuffPost founder Arianna
Huffington says she naps every
Sweet dreams: studies show that a power nap helps to improve productivity; the Lying Down Club (left) GETTY/MIDULT
day. “When I feel in need of a
nap, I use the couch in my office,”
she writes in her book, The Sleep
Revolution. “I used to close the
curtains of the glass wall that looks
out over the newsroom, but one
day it dawned on me that leaving
the curtains open sends a clear
message to the newsroom that not
only is there no stigma – at least at
The Huffington Post – attached to
napping, it’s the best thing we can
do to recharge ourselves.”
As with all company perks, there
is plenty of scope for cynicism –
allowing your employees to grab a
20-minute boosts productivity, and
possibly encourages them to work
longer hours. Nasa found in a study
on pilots and astronauts that a nap
helped to improve productivity by
34 per cent. But napping has also
been shown to reduce stress and
increase happiness levels.
“Regular naps can help to
manage stress, promote positive
mental health and can improve your
Regular naps can
help to manage stress,
and promote positive
mental health
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I found a sibling I never knew
I had after a DNA test
mood,” says Petra Simic, clinical
director at Bupa Health Clinics. “A
short nap of 20 to 30 minutes can
help make you feel rested, but not
groggy when you wake up.
“While the best time for a short
snooze is early afternoon when
blood-sugar levels dip, everyone is
different and fitting naps in to our
days isn’t really realistic for most of
us. Decide what works best for you
and your lifestyle.”
However, Dr Stanley argues that
we should be addressing the wider
problem of sleeplessness. “If you’re
sleepy, then having a 20-minute
nap is going to be beneficial, but the
question you have to ask yourself is
why are you sleepy?” he says. “We
have so many negatives associated
with poor sleep – in fact, there are
no positives at all. If you want to live
life to the full, you should be getting
a good night’s sleep every night, and
therefore not need to nap.”
But where there are tired
white-collar workers, there will be
someone offering a kip for cash.
In South Korea, one sleep café
now has more than 60 branches
across the country. And while the
Spanish siesta may be waning in
bigger cities as the global “always
on” culture pervades, one Madrid
company is hoping to resurrect the
tradition. Siesta and Go is a “nap
café” in the heart of the financial
district that allows you to bed down
for €14 (£12.30) for an hour.
Here in the UK, visitors to the
Spa Intercontinental Park Lane in
London, can, for £30, spend half an
hour cocooned in warm blankets
in its “dry flotation therapy bed”,
which it claims offers the equivalent
to three hours’ rest.
And in what looked like an April
Fool when announced (in April),
David Lloyd gyms offer “napercise”,
45-minute group napping sessions
aimed at exhausted parents.
The “class” is designed to “help
reinvigorate the mind, body,
and even burn the odd calorie”,
according to the company.
“People invest time, effort and
money into exercise and eating
healthily, and yet they do nothing
for sleep,” says Dr Stanley. “Putting
sleep on the same level as diet and
exercise would be a very good place
to start. Give yourself the time
to sleep: go to bed when you’re
sleepy, not when your television
programme finishes or when your
partner goes to bed.”
The Lying Down Club by The
Midult, 3rd Floor Bed Department,
John Lewis, Oxford Street,
28 and 29 November, 6-8pm
(thelyingdownclub.com)
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After a string of negative
headlines and a break
from the Hollywood
limelight, Jim Carrey
is returning to his
much-loved turn as
Andy Kaufman. He tells
Kaleem Aftab about his
recent ‘awakening’
‘All I want is
for people to
think of me as
a good energy’
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ow to make a comeback? Jim
Carrey, who has been out of
the limelight for a number of
years as he has battled depression and been embroiled
in an ongoing legal battle involving an
ex-girlfriend who committed suicide, has chosen to remind us of past glories, trying to wipe
our memories in the manner of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind.
Once the highest paid actor in the world,
in 2000 Carrey won his second Golden Globe
for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Miloš
Forman’s Man on the Moon. He stayed in character throughout the entire production process, which gave him carte blanche to be as
ridiculous as Kaufman – an actor, comedian,
performance artist, professional wrestler,
and, courtesy of his alter-ego Tony Clifton, an
obnoxious lounge club singer – who specialised in getting a rise out of people up until his
tragic death from lung cancer in 1984, aged
just 35.
In keeping with Kaufman’s ethos, Carrey
recorded his behind-the-scenes shenanigans
on Man on the Moon as he lived life as Kaufman
and sometimes Clifton. The result can be seen
in Chris Smith’s documentary Jim & Andy:
The Great Beyond – The Story of Jim Carrey and
Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton.
Carrey has owned the footage for the past
17 years; a discussion with Vice Films led to it
being unearthed and turned into this joyous
ode. The reason the footage was not released
at the time was, says Carrey, that Universal,
who made Man on the Moon, didn’t want
people to think their star was an asshole.
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‘Everything
I do risks the
destruction
of the piece’
Continued from page 41
I expected to meet a world-weary
Carrey in Venice. Instead, he is
sprightly. The bushy beard he
sports in the documentary has
gone and the gaunt features he so
expertly contorted to make audiences laugh are back.
The Canadian star, 55, has
been struggling with depression,
but now, he says, he’s “sometimes
happy.” “At this point, I don’t
have depression. There is not an
experience of depression. I had
that for years, but now, when
the rain comes, it rains, but it
doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long
enough to immerse me and drown
me any more.”
He wanted to make a film that
looked back at his career – the
impressionist working gigs in
Toronto, who was spotted by
Rodney Dangerfield who persuaded him to come to Las Vegas.
From there it was a short hop to
Hollywood and Carrey became
an international superstar starring in films such as The Mask, Ace
Ventura and Dumb and Dumber.
Within two years he was
earning $20m a movie. But the
zany humour that was his forte
stopped being box-office gold and
Carrey’s star began to wane. It
says much about his talent that
the three films he may best be
remembered for are dramas –
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless
Mind, The Truman Show and Man
on the Moon.
In recent years, it is his personal life, rather than his work, that
has made the headlines. He is currently locked in a lawsuit with the
mother and estranged husband
of his late ex-girlfriend Cathriona
White. They accuse the actor of
supplying the prescription drugs
that White took before she committed suicide in 2015.
Today, he says he has no regrets: “I’m perfectly fine with
everything that has happened,
even the horrible shit you know,
in life and in art. There is a lot of
satisfaction about looking back at
those things.”
Still, he remains plagued by existential doubts. “The truth of the
matter is that there is no you, so
you can never define you, and that
the dissatisfaction of all of it is
leading to the one realisation that
there is no I,” he says.
“I still have huge amounts of
egoic attachments. That’s what
I feel is being talked about in the
story of Jesus in the wilderness.
He’s baptised. He receives the
Holy Spirit and then he goes into
the wilderness to face temptation
and all of those things. They’re
talking about the egoic attachments you have, even though you
have had an awakening.”
Acting for him is all about taking risks. He tells me he modelled
Ace Ventura on a bird, a gamble
which could easily have fallen
flat and ended his career before
it began. He praises Jim & Andy
director Smith for taking him
seriously. “There’s a lot of appreciation for people like Chris, who
comes and looks at my life and
doesn’t treat it like a yuck fest and
thinks that I was just, you know, a
masturbating monkey.”
More recently, he has publicly
displayed his paintings, though
actors who take up other artistic pursuits open themselves to
mockery. He explains that one can
tell a lot about his inner life from
the darkness in his paintings.
“Everything I do risks the
total destruction of the piece,”
he states. “I’m often going: ‘God
damn it, if this doesn’t work, I’ve
put so much effort into this painting’. But if you don’t do it, you’ll
never reach some sublime thing,
you know something that will really touch someone. Those are always the risks that go to the edge
of destroying something you really care about.”
He claims he is no longer obsessed with his career, or being an
actor at the top. “I’m free of the
business. I’m not the business. I
don’t care what people think of
me after I die. All I want is for
people to think of me as a good
energy here, a nice fragrance that
has been left behind.”
He isn’t completely at peace;
the clouds are still hanging over
him. “What’s happening is really
good, but there is some really bad
in there too. Some people have
come at me in the last couple of
years with the intent of breaking
off a piece of the Holy Grail for
themselves, but the Grail isn’t a
thing that you can break off. So
they’re going to learn that the
hard way. It’s not pleasant.”
‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ is
available on Netflix now
Eternal sunshine Carrey gets into character for his new Netflix
venture, ‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/NETFLIX
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Putting
the
show into
chauvinism
BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A)
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Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, 91
mins, starring: Emma Stone, Steve
Carell, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue,
Chris Parnell, Andrea Riseborough,
Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming
Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab
Ageing tennis star Bobby Riggs
used to play games for bets while
wearing wellington boots and
holding a dachshund on a leash.
It is worth bearing this image
of Riggs in mind when you contemplate his notorious “battle of
the sexes” match against Billie
Jean King in 1973, dramatised
here. Riggs stood for sexism, en-
ALSOSHOWING
JANE (PG)
DADDY’S HOME 2 (12A)
BEACH RATS (15)
Brett Morgen, 90 mins, featuring:
Jane Goodall
Sean Anders, 100 mins, starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Mel
Gibson, John Lithgow
Eliza Hittman, 96 mins, starring:
Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein,
Kate Hodge, Neal Huff, Nicole Flyus,
Frank Hakaj
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Brett Morgen is on the track of
conservationist, Jane Goodall in
his extraordinary new feature
documentary, Jane.
He is bewitched by his subject.
Goodall is the middle-class English woman who went to Tanzania
to study chimps.
Jane works on many different levels. The swirling, dramatic musical score, composed
by Philip Glass, gives the film an
emotional undertow you don’t expect. Goodall is a feminist heroine
“doing things men did and which
women didn’t,” as she puts it. She
is also like a character in a biblical
fable, finding her Eden and then
discovering death and woe lurking within it.
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Daddy’s Home 2 is goofy yuletide
entertainment featuring some
very funny moments alongside
far too much sentimental sludge.
Will Ferrell provides most of
the highlights. The moose-faced
American actor-comedian has
a flair both for slapstick and for
deadpan delivery.
Brad Whitaker (Ferrell) and
Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg)
are the “co-dads,” living side by
side and sharing parental duties.
Dusty’s pop Kurt (Mel Gibson) is
a macho womaniser while Brad’s
father Don (John Lithgow) is the
touchy, feely type.
The film is at its best when it’s at
its silliest and most inane.
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Beach Rats is a Brooklyn-set coming of age story made with a gritty
lyricism bound to provoke comparisons with the work of French
director Claire Denis.
British actor Harris Dickinson
gives a very striking performance as the troubled young hero,
Frankie, trying to come to terms
with the death of his father and his
deeply conflicted feelings about
his own sexuality.
Dickinson excels as the deeply
conflicted Frankie, a charismatic
and likeable but increasingly torn
and neurotic figure whose self-deception has tragic consequences.
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interested in the drama off court.
Emma Stone plays Billie Jean
King with the same cheery resilience that she brought to La La
Land. King, here encountered
first in 1972, is already one of the
top ranked tennis stars.
“There’s no stopping this little lady!” a typically chauvinistic
commentator enthuses of King’s
playing. That doesn’t mean she
is earning anything like the male
stars on the circuit though. So
a group of leading women players break away and play their
own tour under their glamorous,
chain-smoking manager, Gladys
Heldman (Sarah Silverman).
They’re being paid a pittance but
Heldman secures sponsorship
from a tobacco company.
At the same time as the women
are getting their tour off the
ground, Riggs is trying to save
his marriage and curb his addic-
Carell captures
Riggs’ sleaziness,
his chutzpah and
child-like quality
It’s only a game
Emma Stone as
Billie Jean King
and Steve Carell
as Bobby Riggs
trenched patriarchal thinking and
deep conservatism, but he was
also a bit of a buffoon.
His main motivation in playing Billie Jean wasn’t in beating
back the bra-burning, women’s lib
movement with which she was so
closely associated, but in hustling
as much money as possible.
Battle Of The Sexes is fully alert
to the contradictions surrounding
Riggs. That’s what makes it such
an entertaining and surprising
film. Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie
Faris, working from a screenplay
by Simon Beaufoy, deal with serious subjects (inequality, homophobia, addiction) in a light and
playful way. They are far more
Film
Matrix
tions. Steve Carell captures Riggs’
sleaziness, his chutzpah and his
child-like quality. If he is a male
chauvinist pig, he is a likeable one.
He promotes his match with
Billie Jean as if he is a pantomime
jester. He understands that this
isn’t just about tennis or gender
and equal pay. It’s a ratings-driven,
reality TV style circus in which
everyone will benefit financially.
Billie Jean is very single minded
about her tennis but that doesn’t
stopherfallinginlovewithherhairdresser (Andrea Riseborough).
Carell’s Riggs is a pantomimefigure but his stunts show up the
casual sexism of the white, male
establishment. When he receives
his come-uppance, as we always
know he will, the prejudices of
the other male journalists, administrators and ex-players are
exposed and Riggs soon realises
the chauvinistic attitudes he is
supposedly there to champion are
already long past their sell by date.
THE INDEPENDENT
The dark side of the
all-American dream
SUBURBICON (15)
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Dir: George Clooney, 104 mins,
starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac,
Julianne Moore
There is a telling scene in George
Clooney’s Suburbicon. An upstanding family man is spotted late at
night, pedalling a bicycle down the
tree-lined streets of his home town.
Asked what he is doing, he blithely
replies that he is “out for a ride”.
What he doesn’t explain is why
his shirt is caked in blood and why
he has been trying to hide the
corpse of a murdered man.
Suburbicon is surely Clooney’s
finest film as a director since Good
Night And Good Luck. Co-scripted
by the Coen brothers, it is both
wildly entertaining in its own macabre, violent fashion, and also
very perceptive about racism and
hypocrisy in middle-class white
America. Although set in the
1950s, it feels timely given recent
events involving white nationalists
in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The film unfolds in Suburbicon,
a model town founded in 1947. The
town has every amenity imaginable, including a first-rate hospital.
The townsfolk are living their version of the post-war American
dream, and basking in a new era
of consumer affluence. They are
cheerful and hyper-friendly – at
least until a black family moves
in. Matt Damon plays yet another
all-American type. His character,
Gardner Lodge, is a seemingly
affluent husband and father. His
wife Nancy is in a wheelchair, and
her lookalike sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) lives with them.
Gardner couldn’t be more
wholesome and upstanding – or at
least, that is how it appears. When
two thugs break into their house,
we begin to see different, less savoury sides of his character.
This may be bright, sunny, Eisenhower-era America, but the
filmmakers go out of their way
to show its dark underbelly in as
comic a way as possible. We’re in
a world in which husbands have
affairs, spank their lovers with
ping pong bats and plot all sorts of
murderous misdeeds.
The storyline here is every bit
as far-fetched as those found in
the melodramatic operas that
the insurance investigator (Oscar
Issac) so enjoys.
Clooney fills Suburbicon with
Hitchcock-like touches and references to film noir: a killing
witnessed by a character hiding
under a bed; suspenseful scenes in
which we never quite know who is
going to eat the poison first; ominous close-ups of knives and guns,
and lots of pounding music.
The darker the storytelling becomes, the funnier the movie gets.
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REEL
= TALK=
JESSICA BARRETT
Could Rio be calling
for Guadagnino?
With Call Me By Your Name
already garnering some of the
best reviews of the year, director
Luca Guadagnino is now plotting
his next move. He is said to be in
talks with Michelle Williams to
join the cast of Rio, a drama about
friends reunited in the city.
Why this story didn’t
have a happy ending
Original directors of Solo: A Star
Wars Story, Phil Lord and Chris
Miller, stood down midway through
and were replaced by Ron Howard
(inset). They said that while the
experience was “wonderful”, there
was “a really big gap to bridge, and
it proved to be too big”.
Gyllenhaal heads
for Gotham
Suburban dad Matt Damon plays the all-American guy, Gardner Lodge
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES
DADDY’S HOME 2 (12A)
BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A)
JANE (PG)
SUBURBICON (15)
If Daddy’s Home played like a
distant, wayward cousin of Step
Brothers, Daddy’s Home 2 is the sort
of relative you might disown
The New York Times
A crowd-pleasing, middle-of-theroad piece of cinema that’s nonetheless frighteningly
relevant today
The Atlantic
Previously unseen footage and
exclusive interviews give this
documentary a fresh, intimate feel
that will reward even veteran fans
Common Sense Media
Not only unfunny, a bad sign
for a black comedy, but deepdyed dislikable... lurid, selfcongratulatory, utterly lifeless
The Wall Street Journal
A toxic film made for the
enjoyment of those still oblivious
to the fact this kind of worldview is
currently crashing down in flames
Vulture
A decent tennis movie, solidly told
and choreographed, but it’s in the
depiction of a same-sex romance
where things truly comes alive
The Guardian
Brett Morgen’s documentary is
such an absorbing account, you
may not pause to think how its
imagery was captured
The New York Times
A confused mishmash of a movie
that attempts to blend two
storylines and fails to fully develop
either in an engaging fashion
Screen Rant
Ben Affleck (above) has one
more Batman film to promote –
after that his tenure could be up,
according to Hollywood sources.
His possible replacement comes
in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal,
who is said to have already met
with director Mark Reeves.
Netflix and thrill:
new Baumbach film
Scarlett Johansson (above),
Laura Dern and Adam Driver will
team up for Noah Baumbach’s
latest project. The as yet untitled
film will be released via Netflix,
as was Baumbach’s last film, The
Meyerowitz Stories, which starred
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin
Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
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can remember vividly the moment that
they first reached number one in America
with “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”,
in 1983. “I was in bed in a hotel in San Francisco. I was cocooned in this bedroom with
the light coming through translucent Japanese rice paper screens.
I was very nervous and all I could think
about was, ‘when is there going to be an
earthquake?’ Then I got this phone call to
say we were number one in the Billboard
charts in America.
“Everything felt vulnerable and strange.
It was like, beyond the walls of this room,
is a world out there. A world that hasn’t
known me, but now there is nowhere to
hide. We had been asking for this and now
the doors are wide open to us, I was going
from anonymity to full exposure.”
Lennox has never looked back from that
moment. “I still try to have it both ways,”
she says. “I have wanted to be known as a
creative performer but also to be allowed
to be a normal person. That has been a challenge,” she says.
“But I continue to go shopping in supermarkets and walk down the road as normal.
I have a lot of touching encounters with
strangers when they do ‘the swivel-round’.
I’m an older lady now, so I look like me, but
it’s not the woman with the redhead buzz
Who’s that girl?
Annie Lennox
has fallen out of
love with lyrics
‘I just don’t feel like I want
to write songs any more’
As a singer, Annie Lennox has enjoyed global fame and sold more
than 80 million records. But, she tells Charlotte Cripps, music is no
longer her passion as she believes actions speak louder than words
“W
hen I first started
there was no such
thing as a mobile
phone or computer,”
says Annie Lennox.
“I live with so many changes, not only with
my career and life, but so many external
things, global shifts… I have a feeling that
there is more change to come, but I don’t
know what that is. I’ve learnt enough to know
there are no guarantees in life, except death.”
Lennox, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and won more
Brit Awards than any other female artist
in history, was a prolific songwriter, both
with Dave Stewart as part of the Eurythmics and as a solo artist, on albums including Diva (1992), Bare (2003), and Songs of
Mass Destruction (2007). But since becoming a passionate advocate for women and
children, she has found that she simply
stopped writing songs.
“It’s a strange thing – writing songs was
the main focus of my life but I don’t feel like I
want to write songs any more,” Lennox tells
me. The last song she wrote was “Universal
Child” for charity in 2010, which was included on her album, A Christmas Cornucopia.
“Are there any songs that have actually
inspired people into action?” she asks. “People sing about injustice. Music does shed a
light on emotions and injustices, yet at the
same time, when it comes to actual change,
we must take more steps than just sing-
ing.” To that end, Lennox is planning her
first standalone show in the UK in more
than a decade. The event at Sadler’s Wells,
London, in March will see Lennox perform
hits including “Sweet Dreams (Are
Made of This)” and her personal
favourite, “Here Comes The
Rain Again”. She will also
share “thoughts, memories
and reflections” on her life.
“It’s very interesting
reflecting at this point in
my life,” says Lennox, 62.
“When I was younger I was
looking ahead and never
knew where I was heading.”
The gig will raise money for
her charity The Circle, which
helps women and girls who face injustice and inequality across the globe.
Lennox, who came from a working-class
background in Aberdeen, recalls her parents’ “doom-laden prophecy” that if she
didn’t stick at school, she would “end up
in a factory”. She was an artistic, rather
than academic, child, who was often reprimanded for gazing out of windows. “I was a
whimsical dreamer, against the harsh, grey
climate of Aberdeen. I would look at the horizon and think, ‘there is something beyond
that’. But I didn’t know what.”
A piano teacher noticed she had a “musical gift” when she was seven; later, in the
1970s, she won a place at the Royal Acad-
emy of Music in London. “I thought it would
be my passport to the dream of something
else,” says Lennox. She studied the flute,
piano and harpsichord, but was “terribly
unhappy” there. At 19 she dropped
out and had what she calls “my
a-ha moment”. “Oh, I know
what I want to do! I want to
be a singer,” she says. “But
I didn’t have a clue how to
do it.
“A female artist was a
rarefied creature in those
days. I used to get asked:
‘What does it feel like being
a female in music?’ I didn’t
know what they were talking
about. I said: ‘I don’t know. I’m
just me.’ But I will be honest with
you, it didn’t take much for somebody to
be interested in me because there wasn’t
much competition. It was very unusual.”
Aged 22 she paired up with Stewart
(inset with Lennox) – a professional and
romantic relationship that would last decades – in The Tourists. The duo went onto
international stardom as Eurythmics. “The
Eurythmics was like being in Lord of the
Rings – these two compatriots get together
and off they go into the world of the great
unknown. And there are monsters, giants,
some wonderful things and then all of a
sudden you go off into some dark place, so
many betrayals and let-downs...” Lennox
Nothing was
coming out when
I tried to sing. I
walked off the stage
and broke down
cut. They wonder, is that me? Sometimes
they are overcome by emotion when they
realise it is.”
Eurythmics has now been nominated for
induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,
for which fans can vote until 5 December. “If
we were to be part of that history, it represents a lot of blood, sweat and tears.”
And stage fright, anxiety and exhaustion, which were all part of the job, she says.
At the height of their fame in the Eighties,
she lost her voice before a big concert in
Australia. She was given steroid injections
and B12 shots but halfway through “Here
Comes the Rain Again”, Lennox’s voice
ceased to function. “Nothing was coming
out when I tried to sing. I walked off the
stage and broke down.”
She no longer has anyplanstomake music.
“I don’t know if I’m done with music, but I
have evolved into a person who needs to talk
about things, more than sing about things.”
Everything changed in 2003 when Lennox met Nelson Mandela. “I resolved to do
whatever I could to make a difference,” she
says. She founded The Circle in 2008. “At
first it was just an informal gathering of a
few people over dinner” to discuss social inequalities and injustices that women face. It
now includes Livia Firth, Miriam González
Durántez, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline
Christie, actress Maryam D’Abo and Melanie Hall QC. It has raised £2m.
“It’s so hard to represent these issues. It
is like shouting ‘fire’, and nobody is moving
on it,” says Lennox. “There is a lot of denial.
We talk about Harvey Weinstein but this is
the tip of the iceberg. This patriarchal society that has abused women has been going
on forever. We are trying to find out how can
we engage people to get involved in global
feminism.” THE INDEPENDENT
Annie Lennox – An Evening of Music &
Conversation, Sadler’s Wells, London,
4 March, 2018 (ticketmaster.co.uk/annielennox). Eight Eurythmics albums will be
re-released on vinyl in 2018 and are available to pre-order now (sonymusic.co.uk)
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NOEL GALLAGHER’S
HIGH FLYING BIRDS
Who Built
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The Greatest Gift
Download: Courtship;
Utopia
Download: Wallowa
Lake Monster; Drawn
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Seven tracks into Who Built The
Moon?, and the jangly guitar
arpeggios heralding “Black &
White Sunshine” remind you of
what’s been missing so far – or to
put it another way, of how far Noel
Gallagher’s come since Oasis.
As might be expected from
such an inveterate musical
magpie, there are plenty of
moments here that summon
memories from pop history. But
encouraged by the eclectic ears
of producer David Holmes, these
aren’t the kind of classic-rock
influences that once routinely
featured on Oasis albums, but
more rarefied stitches from
rock’s rich tapestry, referencing
everything from Krautrock to
soundtracks, voodoo to Velvets,
world music to Wall of Sound.
It’s a riot of musical colour,
ingeniously marshalled by
Holmes into a series of infectious,
punchy pop cuts that allow Noel’s
melodic instincts to cut through
BJORK
Utopia
more clearly than in some while.
I love “She Taught Me How To
Fly”, featuring Noel’s treated
vocal floating above a juddering
Neu!-beat motorik; and the
brief instrumental “Interlude
(Wednesday Pt. 1)”, which
extends the European flavour
by adorning a cyclical acoustic
guitar figure with organ, chimes
and lead guitar, to create a kind
of Euro-thriller character. Of
course, there have to be a few
Beatles references, but this time
they’re blended into the one song,
“Be Careful What You Wish For”.
It’s by far his best post-Oasis
work, an album which
doesn’t try to challenge that
heritage, but strikes out to
explore new territory.
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Although Utopia is posited as a
paradisiacal contrast to Bjork’s
“heartbreak” album Vulnicura,
there are more similarities
than differences between the
two works. The main change
is the sonic palette, which
eschews strings for airy wind
timbres, including a 12-piece
Icelandic flute section and
copious birdsong.
But the glitchy, stutter-splash
beats are retained, as is Bjork’s
irritating delivery, which isn’t
so much singing as mannered
recitation, drained of emotional
inflection. This isn’t so bad
during the earlier stages, when
she’s “in love with being in love”,
but by the time she’s lecturing
the little ones about “the f**k-ups
of the fathers” in “Tabula Rasa”,
it’s simply unbearable, like
being expected to enjoy being
lectured about attitudes you
don’t hold. Achingly dull, and selfregardingly solipsistic.
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That rarity, an album themed
around bereavement, Sufjan
Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is
such a heartfelt, intimate work,
full of personal revelations
and emotional turmoil, that it’s
the last thing you’d expect
to be remixed.
That this “mixtape” selection
of outtakes, remixes and demos
succeeds so well is tribute both
to the sensitivity of the remixers
and to Stevens’ remarkable
talents. His iPhone demos of
“Carrie & Lowell” and “John
My Beloved” have the delicate,
exposed purity of dew-spangled
webs, while outtakes such as “The
Greatest Gift” and “Wallowa Lake
Monster” are so of a piece with the
original album, in terms of mood,
technique and tonal colour, that
one seems to have encountered
them already. The latter is an
example of how Stevens blends
youthful reminiscence and adult
regret into his narratives.
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Make Me Feel Like) A
Natural Woman
Before Atlantic’s Jerry Wexler hit
upon the idea of pairing Aretha
Franklin’s searing gospel passion
with the lean Southern soul
grooves forged at Fame Studios
in Alabama, Columbia Records
struggled for six years to find the
right vehicle for her talents.
So what, one wonders, is to
be gained by replacing those
original fatback Muscle Shoals
arrangements with bloated
strings and horns for this latest
RPO makeover? And the answer
is, in most cases, less than zero:
the likes of “I Say A Little
Prayer” and “Respect” don’t
need this treatment – they were
already perfect.
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“You’re All I Need To Get By”
and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A
Natural Woman”, on which the
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TELEVISION
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FR DAY
1
TRAILER PARK BOYS
FROM TODAY, NETFLIX
It was one of the first pioneers
of the mockumentary format
back in 2001 and after 11 series
the Trailer Park Boys are still
going strong and are back with
another Netflix special. The
comedy is normally
set in a Canadian trailer park,
but this time Bubble, Ricky
and Julian are exploring
pastures new. They embark
on a road trip across the US,
exploring New Orleans,
trying bourbon in Texas,
visiting the Walk of the Stars in
Los Angeles and meeting
Dennis Rodman.
2
JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FRIDAY
NIGHT FEAST
TODAY 8PM, CHANNEL 4
Jamie Oliver and Jimmy
Doherty’s cafe at the end
of Southend Pier opens for
business once again. They are
joined for the first episode by
Simon Pegg who prepares a
lamb tagine, inspired by his
time spent filming one of the
Mission Impossible sequels in
Morocco. Jamie prepares a
Provençal bake while Jimmy
uses his DIY skills to make a
Korean barbecue out of a
picnic table.
THIS WEEK’S
Tento
watch
Chosen by
Jessica Barrett
4
CATCHING A KILLER:
CROCODILE TEARS
SAT 9PM, MORE4
In 2013, Mick Philpott gave a
press conference appealing
for information about the fire
which killed six of his children.
His tears captured the nation’s
hearts – until it was revealed
that he had started the fire
himself, along with his wife
Mairead and their friend
Paul Mosley. This film looks at
the phenomenon of ‘crocodile
tears’ and other examples of
criminals who use them to
feign innocence, as well as
5
BLUE PLANET II
SUN 8PM, BBC2
Blue Planet, yes, but this episode
is looking at its green seas,
coloured by kelp, mangroves,
seagrass and algae. Animals
fight for space and food: an
octopus has to escape the
wonderfully named
pyjama shark and the Garibaldi
damselfish has to defend its
seaweed garden from sea
urchins, with the help of
some sea otters.
6
COASTAL RAILWAYS WITH
JULIE WALTERS
SUN 8PM, CHANNEL 4
Discovering the UK by its
coastal railways may not
sound like the most relaxing
of missions to embark on (as
anyone who has lost hours
of their lives to train delays
will attest). Of course Julie
Walters can turn it into
something magical: the newly
named Dame travels from
Scotland down to Cornwall
through dramatic landscapes,
discovering the history of the
routes along the way.
7
PAUL HOLLYWOOD:
A BAKER’S LIFE
MON 8PM, CHANNEL 4
3
JOE ORTON LAID BARE
SAT 9PM, BBC2
A film that explores the wit,
work and world of playwright
Joe Orton through his own
words, and the testimony of
those who knew him and
worked with him. It’s been
50 years since his murder at
the hands of lover Kenneth
Halliwell, and this film charts
Orton’s meteoric rise, which
began after his imprisonment
for defacing library books
in 1962.
explaining how police know how
to spot a fake.
Clockwise from top Jimmy
Doherty, Simon Pegg and Jamie
Oliver enjoy a ‘Friday Night
Feast’; Julie Walters; Jobseeker
Ryan in ‘Employable Me
Those in withdrawal now
that Bake Off has ended can
still get a Paul Hollywood fix
thanks to this new series. He’s
sharing some of his favourite
recipes which correspond to
different parts of his life: from
his childhood in Merseyside to
his television career. It features
guest appearances from fellow
Bake Off stars Noel Fielding,
Sandi Toksvig and Prue Leith
as well as ex-GBBO bakers Val
and Selasi.
8
EMPLOYABLE ME
MON 9PM, BBC2
Eight disabled job seekers
try to help one another take
on the challenge of finding a
job. These include Andy, who
worked in motorsports until he
had a stroke during a routine
operation, and Ryan who has
Tourette’s. They are helped
along the way by occupational
psychologist Nancy Doyle, who
gives them analysis of what
she thinks their untapped
talents are.
9
THE ROBOT WILL SEE
YOU NOW
TUES 10PM, CHANNEL 4
Jess is a personal assistant
robot, the sort of device we’re
led to believe we’ll all be relying
on before too long. Jess uses
AI-based analysis to offer
couples and families advice on
their problems. From marriage
and infidelity to obesity, Jess
brings her analysis to people’s
big issues. This programme
is part of Channel 4’s
Rise of the Robots season.
10
THE MARVELOUS
MRS MAISEL
FROM WEDS,
AMAZON PRIME
Miriam “Midge”
Maisel is the perfect
1950’s housewife.
In fact she and
her businessman/
aspiring stand-up
comic husband Joel
appear to have the
perfect lives – until he
breaks some shocking
news and leaves her.
Midge’s heartbreak
means she discovers
a talent for stand-up
comedy of her own.
This is the latest
project by Amy
Sherman-Palladino,
the writer and
producer behind
Gilmore Girls, with
relative unknown
Rachel Brosnahan
giving a brilliant
turn as Midge.
Television Friday 24 November
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
Extreme Wives With
Kate Humble
9pm, BBC2
About a third of human societies
were once matrilineal – that’s to say
both property and the family name
pass down through the female line.
What is doubly amazing about the
1.75 million strong Khasi people of
north-east India, one of the last
matrilineal societies left on the
planet, is that they exist in a country
consistently ranked as one the
hardest places to be female. In the
last of her insightful three-part
series, Kate Humble hangs out with
the Khongsit clan and meets a
woman called Shitoah, who is
their most important member,
and a Khasi police inspector who
divorced her abusive husband.
===
Match Of The Day Live
6.55pm, BBC2
England vs Bosnia Herzegovina.
Coverage of the World Cup qualifier
in Walsall (kick-off 7.05pm), which
also happens to be interim head
coach Mo Marley’s first match in
charge following the dismissal of
Mark Sampson. Unlike the men,
England’s women are free-scoring
– witness their 6-0 demolition of
Russia in the opening qualifier.
===
Jamie And Jimmy’s
Friday Night Feast
8pm, Channel 4
A new cast of A-list celebrities
makes its way to Southend Pier as
Essex boys Jamie Oliver and Jimmy
Doherty re-open “our lovely old
caff”. The first guest is Simon Pegg,
these days a trim Hollywood veteran
able to share anecdotes about
Spielberg and Tom Cruise and cook a
lamb tagine inspired by his filming
Mission Impossible in Morocco.
===
QI
10pm, BBC2
“Fragrant” Nish Kumar, “aromatic”
Sally Phillips and “musky” Ross
Noble are the guests in a round
entitled “odorous and odious,” with
questions posed (and inevitably
answered) by Sandi Toksvig.
===
The Garden Of Eden: Revealed
10pm, Channel 5
Decorated with ornate carvings of
animals and giant depictions of
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: H Is
For Hawk: A New Chapter
– Natural World (R) (S).
9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 12.00 Daily
Politics (S). 1.00 Rugby
League World Cup (S).
1.45 Terry And Mason’s
Great Food Trip (R) (S).
2.15 Channel Patrol (R) (S).
3.00 WPC 56 (R) (S). 3.45
Oxford Street Revealed (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). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Dickinson’s Real
Deal (R) (S). 3.00 Tenable
(S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.15 The King Of Queens
(R) (S). 7.30 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 7.55 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.25 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.55
Formula 1 Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix Practice 1
Live (S). 10.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 11.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 12.00 Channel 4
News Summary (S). 12.05
Couples Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 12.55 Formula
1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Practice 2 Live (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 11.25 FILM:
Christmas Child (William
Ewing, Bart Gavigan 2004)
Festive drama, starring
William R Moses (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: Christmas Hero
(George Erschbamer 2016)
Romantic drama, starring
Anna Hutchison (S). 5.00
5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two (S).
6.55 Match Of The
Day Live (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
Homer helps to
deliver a child
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
Kat takes a
pregnancy test
(R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Robert
heads to the
casino to escape
his problems (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
7.30 Sounds Like
Friday Night
Craig David cohosts alongside
Greg James and
Dotty (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders
Jay quizzes
Lauren on Ben’s
discovery (S).
8.30 Still Open All
Hours (R) (S).
8.00 Australian
Wilderness
With Ray Mears
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (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 (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 (R) (S). 3.45
Royal Recipes (S). 4.30
Flog It! (S). 5.15 Pointless
(R) (S).
6pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
Late
humanlike forms, the stone circles of
Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey,
between the headwaters of the Tigris
and Euphrates rivers, may be the
oldest stone monuments ever built
by humans. In fact, we are closer
today to the building of Stonehenge
than the builders of Stonehenge
were to Gobekli Tepe. The biblical
link promised by the title is, however,
somewhat nebulous.
===
Gregory Porter’s
Popular Voices
10pm, BBC4
Born with the arrival of the
microphone in the 1930s, crooning
was initially about men seducing
women and thrived through
signature stars such as Bing Crosby,
Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Simon Pegg cooks up a
‘Friday Night Feast’
8pm, Channel 4
Mark Wahlberg and his
co-stars chat about
Daddy’s Home 2 on ‘The
Graham Norton Show’
10.35pm, BBC1
Gregory Porter talks
about ‘Popular Voices’
10pm, BBC4
7.00 The Gadget
Show A virtual
reality platform
designed to
help filmmakers (S).
7.00 World News
Today; Weather
(S).
7.30 Great
Continental
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.55 FILM: The
Family Stone
(Thomas
Bezucha 2005)
Drama, with
Sarah Jessica
Parker (S).
8.00 Jamie And
Jimmy’s Friday
Night Feast
New series.
With guest
Simon Pegg (S).
8.00 The World’s
Greatest
Bridges (S).
8.00 The Good
Old Days
Performers
include Bernard
Cribbins (R) (S).
8.50 Sounds Of The
Seventies (R) (S).
6.00 The Cube (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.30
Coronation Street (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
Emmerdale (R) (S). 1.20
Coronation Street (R) (S).
1.50 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 2.45 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 3.50 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
4.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! The highs
and lows from
the past 24
hours (R) (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Top
100 Animals
The pick of the
show’s animal
clips (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan leaves
the stress clinic
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 Have I Got News
For You Hosted
by Stephen
Mangan (S).
9.30 Mrs Brown’s
Boys Christmas
Special (R) (S).
9.00 Extreme Wives
With Kate
Humble Last in
the series (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
9.00 Gogglebox The
households’
opinions
on recent
television (S).
9.00 Eight Days That
Made Rome:
Boudica’s
Revenge (S).
9.00 Top Of The
Pops: 1979 – Big
Hits A look at
the year music
went portable
(R) (S).
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.25 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.35 The Graham
Norton Show
(S).
10.00QI With Sally
Phillips, Ross
Noble and Nish
Kumar (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
10.00The Last Leg
Margaret Cho
and Rhys
Darby join the
regulars (S).
10.00The Garden Of
Eden: Revealed
A place
suggested to be
the site of the
Garden of Eden
(S).
10.00Gregory
Porter’s
Popular Voices
The performer
explores the
soft, intimate
art of crooning.
11.25 Would I Lie
To You? With
David Baddiel
and Kimberly
Wyatt (R) (S).
11.55 The Apprentice
(R) (S).
11.05 Snowfall (R) (S).
11.45 FILM: Sign
Zone: Louis
Theroux: My
Scientology
Movie (John
Dower 2015) (S).
11.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
11.15 Tonight At
The London
Palladium (R)
(S).
11.05 First Dates A
student has her
first-ever date
(R) (S).
11.05 Area 51:
Mysteries Of
The Triangle (R)
(S).
11.00 Crooners At
The BBC A
celebration of
the most stylish
musical icons of
the last century
(S).
11.10 FILM: Aliens
(James Cameron
1986) Sci-fi
thriller sequel,
starring
Sigourney
Weaver (S).
11.30 Family Guy
Angry baby
Stewie finds
himself reborn
into a British
household (R)
(S).
1.00 BBC News (S). 4.30
Live Rugby League World
Cup Tonga v England
(kick-off 5am) (S).
1.20 Sign Zone: Army:
Behind The New
Frontlines (R) (S). 2.20
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.15 Play To The Whistle
(R) (S). 12.50 Jackpot247
3.00 Storage Hoarders (R)
(S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen
12.05 FILM: Boyhood
(Richard Linklater 2014) (S).
2.55 Humans (R) (S). 3.50
Man Down (R) (S). 4.15 Phil
Spencer: Secret Agent (R)
(S). 5.10 Draw It! (R) (S).
5.40 Triathlon: XTerra
European Tour (S).
12.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 When Calls The Heart
(S). 4.35 Access (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Divine Designs (R) (S). 5.35
Nick’s Quest (R) (S).
12.00 Madness Live At
Eden (S). 12.55 Top Of The
Pops: 1979 – Big Hits (R)
(S). 1.55 Gregory Porter’s
Popular Voices (R) (S). 2.55
Crooners At The BBC (R)
(S). 3.55 Close
2.15 FILM: Piranha
3DD (John Gulager
2012) Comedy horror
sequel, starring Danielle
Panabaker (S). 4.00 Close
12.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.30 American
Dad! (R) (S). 1.00 Ghosted
(R) (S). 1.30 Plebs (R) (S).
2.00 Plebs (R) (S). 2.25
Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2
Nightscreen
9.00 FILM: Identity
Thief (Seth
Gordon 2013)
Comedy, with
Jason Bateman
and Melissa
McCarthy (S).
9.00 Family Guy Meg
convinces Brian
to take her SATs
for her (R) (S).
9.30 Family Guy (R)
(S).
10.00Family Guy (R).
10.30 I’m A Celebrity:
Extra
Camp Carol
Vorderman
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However, argues Gregory Porter in
the second his films, far from
disappearing with the advent of
rock‘n’roll, the art of crooning gained
a new existential edge and was
transformed by the likes of Roy
Orbison, David Bowie and even Lana
Del Rey into “a haunting and abiding
strain of contemporary pop”.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
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The Graham Norton Show
10.35pm, BBC1
A now sober, and apparently
penitent, Mel Gibson will
presumably be eschewing the
free-flowing hospitality as he pays
his first visit to Norton’s chat show.
No stranger to controversy, as the
saying goes, Gibson is joined by his
Daddy’s Home 2 co-stars Will Ferrell,
Mark Wahlberg and John Lithgow.
FILM OF THE DAY
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12.05am, Channel 4
(Richard Linklater, 2014)
Shot intermittently but with the
same actors over a period of 12 years,
Boyhood is a coming-of-age film not
quite like any other, about a boy (Ellar
Coltrane) and his family (Patricia
Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei
Linklater), growing up in Bush- and
Obama-era Texas. You don’t often
get to experience time being so
condensed and yet free-flowing as
it is here. There is the same relaxed,
life-as-it-happens naturalism as in
lots of Linklater’s others, but this one
is also novelistic in its richness and
scope. It’s got a whole young lifetime’s
worth of joy and disappointment
and the things in between, and in
just the right proportions.
11am, Film4
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
A US remake of his own 1934 English
film of the same name, Hitchcock’s
glossy, set-piece-stuffed suspense
thriller begins in Marrakesh, where
tourists James Stewart and Doris Day
witness the murder of a French spy,
and climaxes at the Royal Albert Hall.
Boyhood
The Man Who Knew Too Much
===
Sullivan’s Travels
5.05pm, TCM
(Preston Sturges, 1941)
A Depression-era director of light
Hollywood comedies, John Sullivan
(Joel McCrea), wants to make a socialproblem film, so dresses as a hobo
and goes on the road to research the
nature of poverty. A witty classic.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.55
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.55
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.20
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.15
A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
12.30 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 A Touch Of Frost
(R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.45
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.50 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.50 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Time Team
(R) (S). 4.55 Time Team (R)
(S). 5.55 The Secret Life Of
The Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat A
local employer
is suspected of
theft (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
re-evaluates the
time he spends
with Amy (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick
provides
treatment to a
buzzard with a
broken wing (R)
(S).
6.00 Futurama Fry’s
nose is stolen
by aliens (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Homer takes the
family to New
York (R) (S).
6.00 House A
relationship is
reignited for
Wilson (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A tycoon
is murdered (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks
Marnie is
concerned
about Mac (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A project to add
an extra floor to
a bungalow in
Cornwall (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Principal
Skinner is
exposed as an
imposter (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
The mummified
body of a
woman is found
in a closet (R).
8.00 Doc Martin Mrs
Tishell returns
to the village (R)
(S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory The
guys buy fake
tickets for the
Comic-Con (R).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
8.30 Modern Family
Claire and Phil
spy on Luke and
his friends (R)
(S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez
investigate a
gang-related
murder (R) (S).
9.00 Karl Pilkington:
The Moaning
Of Life The
factors that
shape people’s
identities (R) (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones
Daenerys
hosts a muchanticipated
celebration of
athleticism (R).
10.00A League Of
Their Own With
Anthony Joshua,
Mo Farah and
Emma Bunton
(R) (S).
10.00Game Of
Thrones
Cersei finds
herself seeking
forgiveness (R)
(S).
9.00 Endeavour
The detective
conducts
a secret
investigation
while suspended
from duty (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: The
Mechanic
(Simon West
2011) Action
thriller remake,
starring Jason
Statham (S).
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) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R). 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 The Official Chart With
MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
BBC Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With MistaJam 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 Pete Tong 11.00 Danny
Howard 1am B.Traits 4.00
Radio 1’s Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Nick Bright
4.00 Kan D Man And DJ
Limelight 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Kan D Man And DJ Limelight
7.00 Seani B 9.00 Semtex
11.00 Sir Spyro 1am Kan D
Man And DJ Limelight 4.00
Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
9.00 FILM: Rush
(Ron Howard
2013) Factbased motor
racing drama,
with Chris
Hemsworth (S).
10.50 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
volunteers to
nurse Sheldon
(R) (S).
11.00 Blue Murder A
popular mullah
is murdered (R)
(S).
11.25 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
feels threatened
by a teenage
prodigy (R) (S).
11.50 Rude Tube (R)
(S).
11.20 24 Hours In
A&E Following
three patients
who have
all relied on
support from
their friends (R).
11.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.30 The Simpsons
Marge and
Homer go
on a second
honeymoon (R).
11.10 Game Of
Thrones
The fate of
Jon Snow is
revealed (R) (S).
12.30 FILM: The Theory Of
Everything (James Marsh
2014) Biopic of Stephen
Hawking (S). 2.40 A Touch
Of Frost (R) (S). 4.25
Wycliffe (R) (S). 5.20 Judge
Judy (R) (S). 5.40 ITV3
Nightscreen
12.55 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.00 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 2.55 Rude Tube (R)
(S). 3.50 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.15 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.35
Charmed (R) (S).
12.25 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.20 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
(R) (S). 2.15 24 Hours In
A&E (R) (S). 3.20 Food
Unwrapped (R) (S). 3.55
Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 Ross
Kemp: A Kenya Special
(R) (S). 2.10 Night Cops (R)
(S). 3.10 Brit Cops: Law &
Disorder (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.20 The Newburgh Sting
(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).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden
Hour 8.00 Friday Night Is
Music Night 10.00 Sounds Of
The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice:
The Happening 2.00 Radio 2’s
Funky Soul Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: New To 2 4.00 Radio
2 Playlist: 21st Century Songs
5.00 Huey On Saturday
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. Clemency
Burton-Hill. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With Rob Cowan.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Monk. The centenary
of jazz legend Thelonious
Monk. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Daniel
Kharitonov plays Beethoven,
Chopin and Liszt at the
Lammermuir Festival. 2.00
Afternoon Concert. Ian Skelly
introduces performances by
the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra. 5.00 In Tune. Katie
Derham with a lively mix
of chat, arts news and live
performance. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. An eclectic mix of
music, featuring favourites
together with lesser-known
gems. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
The Hallé in works by Mozart
and Mahler. 10.00 The Verb. Ian
McMillan presents the story of
spoken word in the UK – from
Hull, with John Hegley. 11.00
World On 3. A concert by Chico
and the Gypsies. 1am Through
The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Living With The
Gods 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 My Life As An Epicurean
11.30 The Wilsons Save The
World 12noon News 12.04
Home Front 12.15 You And
Yours 1.00 The World At One
1.45 Book Of The Week: The
Vanity Fair Diaries 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: Hashtag
Humfrey Coningsby 3.00
Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45
From Fact To Fiction 4.00 Last
Word 4.30 Feedback 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
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ONDEMAND
Frontier
Netflix
Rugged historical drama
set during the 1700s North
American fur trade.
Sea Oak
Amazon Prime
Glenn Close becomes a zombie
in this oddball pilot comedy.
Elizabeth And Philip:
Love And Duty
BBC iPlayer
Kirsty Young celebrates
the royal couple’s platinum
wedding anniversary.
6.30 The Now Show. With
Gareth Gwynn, Andy Zaltzman,
Tamar Broadbent and Eshaan
Akhbar. 7.00 The Archers.
Peggy is left horrified. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Living With The Gods.
Neil MacGregor examines
faiths that co-exist. 8.00 Any
Questions? Topical discussion
from Haysfield Girls’ School
in Bath. 8.50 A Point Of View.
Reflections on a topical issue.
9.00 Home Front Omnibus.
Parts 6-10. By Sebastian
Baczkiewicz. 10.00 The World
Tonight. With Razia Iqbal. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: Exit West.
By Mohsin Hamid. 11.00 Late
Night Woman’s Hour. Lauren
Laverne turns attention to the
politics and aesthetics of hair.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Mark D’Arcy reports from
Westminster. 11.55 The
Listening Project. Two dance
teachers discuss their shared
commitment to bringing ballet
to adults. 12mdn’t News And
Weather 12.30 Book Of The
Week: The Vanity Fair Diaries
12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00
As BBC World Service 5.20
Shipping Forecast 5.30 News
Briefing 5.43 Prayer For The
Day 5.45 IPM
BBC Radio 4 LW
8am Today 8.31 Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
11.30 The Ashes. Australia vs
England. Day three. 1am The
Ashes 5.30 The Ashes
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Rogue Male 6.30 The
King Of Light Music 7.00
Safety Catch 7.30 Dot 8.00 I’m
Sorry I’ll Read That Again 8.30
Albert And Me 9.00 The Rest
Is History 9.30 Kalangadog
Junction 10.00 Plantagenet
11.00 No One Belongs Here
More Than You 11.15 Cross
My Heart And Hope To Fly
12noon I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 12.30 Albert And
Me 1.00 Rogue Male 1.30
The King Of Light Music 2.00
Gilead 2.15 Cosmic Quest 2.30
Pick
ofthe
day
Friday Night Is
Music Night
8pm, BBC Radio 2
John Barrowman
(above) introduces
music from
Disney’s Broadway
hits, performed by
the BBC Concert
Orchestra and a
string of Broadway
stars at the Royal
Albert Hall.
An Expert In Murder 2.45 The
Black Count 3.00 Plantagenet
4.00 The Rest Is History 4.30
Kalangadog Junction 5.00
Safety Catch 5.30 Dot 6.00
The Voice Of God 6.30 Soul
Music 7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read
That Again 7.30 Albert And Me
8.00 Rogue Male 8.30 The King
Of Light Music 9.00 No One
Belongs Here More Than You
9.15 Cross My Heart And Hope
To Fly 10.00 Comedy Club:
Dot 10.30 Comedy Club: Radio
Shuttleworth 10.55 Comedy
Club: The Comedy Club
Interview 11.00 Comedy Club:
Listen Against 11.30 Comedy
Club: Chain Reaction 12mdn’t
The Voice Of God 12.30 Soul
Music 1.00 Rogue Male 1.30
The King Of Light Music 2.00
Gilead 2.15 Cosmic Quest 2.30
An Expert In Murder 2.45 The
Black Count 3.00 Plantagenet
4.00 The Rest Is History 4.30
Kalangadog Junction 5.00
Safety Catch 5.30 Dot
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Emma Barnett
1pm The Friday Sports Panel
2.00 Kermode And Mayo’s Film
Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00
5 Live Sport 8.00 5 Live Sport:
Premier League Football 201718 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am
Up All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing
With Costello & Bunce 5.30
The Network That Never Was
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy
Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft
12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric
Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic
Concert 3.00 6 Music Live
Hour 4.00 The First Time With
Ray Davies 5.00 Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Catherine Bott charts
the second half of the Mozart
family’s journey. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Katie Breathwick
4.00 Jane Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Absolute 80s
With Claire Sturgess 10.00
Sarah Champion 4am George
Godfrey
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Club Classics 9.00
Annaliese 1am James Merritt
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With Ally McCoist
10.00 Jim White, Perry
Groves and Bob Mills 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
Gough 7.00 Kick-off 10.00 The
Headliners 1am Extra Time
With Tom Latchem
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AGENDA
What’sontoday...
Visual Arts
FROM MILE END TO MAYFAIR
City Art Gallery, Southampton
This free exhibition brings
together work by the East
London Group, the loose interwar
collective composed mainly
of working men and women,
including pieces that have only
come to light in recent years.
On show are Elwin Hawthorne,
Walter and Harold Steggles,
Cecil Osborne, John Cooper,
Phyllis Bray and Grace Oscroft.
(023 8083 3007) to 6 Jan
BOMBERG
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The gallery marks the 60th
anniversary of David Bomberg’s
death, illustrating the
development in the artist’s own
work as well as his achievement
within British Modernism
through more than 60 works
representing all significant
periods of his career, including
his times at the Slade as part
of the “Crisis of Brilliance”
generation and his role as a war
artist in both world wars.
(01243 774557) to 4 Feb
SOUTINE’S PORTRAITS: COOKS,
WAITERS AND BELLBOYS
Courtauld Gallery, London WC2
This show features an
outstanding group of pieces by
Chaïm Soutin, one of the leading
painters in interwar Paris. In
the early 1920s, Soutine became
fascinated by the cooks and
waiting staff of French hotels
and restaurants, attired in boldly
coloured uniforms, who sat for
him in Paris and the south of
France. The resulting portraits
are powerful images of a new
social class of service personnel.
(020 7848 1194) to 21 Jan
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TURNER PRIZE
Ferens Gallery, Hull
The Turner Prize moves from
London to Hull for 2017, with
a free exhibition of the four
shortlisted artists for the
£25,000 prize. This is the
first year that older artists
have been considered, with
a list including two over the age
of 50: British painter Hurvin
Anderson is 52, while Lubaina
Himid, who was born in Zanzibar,
is 62. German artist Andrea
Buttner and Palestinian-English
artist Rosalind Nashashibi
are both in their forties.
(01482 300 300) to 7 Jan
CÉZANNE PORTRAITS
National Portrait Gallery, London WC2
One of the key exhibitions of the
year. Over a working life of 45
years, the French painter made
almost 1,000 paintings, of which
around 160 are portraits. More
than 50 of them are brought
together in the UK for the first
time from collections across the
world, including works that have
never been on public display here.
(020 7321 6600) to 11 Feb
PAULA REGO: THE BOY
WHO LOVED THE SEA
AND OTHER STORIES
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
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At the heart of this show, the
first major exhibition of new
work by Paula Rego in a UK
public art gallery for a decade, is
a set of paintings, drawings and
sculptures inspired by a 2005
story by Hélia Correia,
“The Boy Who Loved the Sea”.
(01424 728377) to 7 Jan
Talks
BEING A MAN
Southbank Centre, London SE1
This festival addressing the
challenges and pressures of
masculine identity in the
21st century features Simon
Amstell, Robert Webb, Kevin
Powell, Alan Hollinghurst and
Antonythasan Jesuthasan.
(0844 875 0073) to Sun
BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE
HISTORY WEEKEND
Various venues, York
On the bill are Thomas
Asbridge, Shrabani Basu, Helen
Castor, Lizzie Collingham,
Roy Hattersley, Dan Jones,
Keith Lowe, Marc Morris, Ian
Mortimer, Clare Mulley, David
Olusoga, John Romer, Simon
Thurley, Alison Weir and Michael
Wood. (0871 620 4021) to Sun
CAMBRIDGE WINTER
LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Various venues
Among this year’s highlights are
Robert Webb, Claire Tomalin,
Rachel Reeves, Michael Frayn,
Armando Iannucci, Allison
Pearson, David Kynaston, Roddy
Doyle, Ali Smith, Jackie Kay,
Sophie Hannah and Nicola
Upson. (01223 357851) to Sun
BUXTON FESTIVAL
BOOK WEEKEND
Various venues
With James Hamilton, John
Higgs, Tony Robinson, Vince
Cable, Timothy Bentinck, Alison
Weir, Simon Heffer and Jeremy
Vine. (01298 72190) to Sun
WINTER LEWES SPEAKERS
FESTIVAL
All Saints Centre, Lewes
Alison Weir opens the festival
today at 4.45pm in a session
about Anne Boleyn, while later
in the day are Denis McShane
and Shrabani Basu. The weekend
includes Damien Lewis, Katie
Hopkins, Donald MacIntyre,
Nicholas Rankin, Peter Snow
and Ann MacMillan.
(0333 666 3366) to Sun
Comedy
WILD BORE
Soho Theatre, London W1
Adrienne Truscott, Ursula
Martinez and Zoe Coombs Marr’s
gloriously cheeky show, in which
the three performers bare their
backsides – and seemingly speak
out of them – to recall some of the
guff spouted about their work by
critics. (020 7478 0100) to 16 Dec
HARRY HILL
Soho Theatre, London W1
After bringing a wonky edge
to prime time telly for so many
years, Harry Hill is happily a
fixture on the live circuit again.
“Let’s mattress!” he says (of
course he does) as he tries out
some new work in Soho.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
SOFIE HAGEN
Artrix, Bromsgrove
Dead Baby Frog is a 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.
(01527 577330) tonight
STEWART LEE
Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2
Stewart Lee settles into his
perennial Leicester Square
winter residency (he’ll be back in
January, too). Content Provider is
his latest – a wonderfully snarky,
poison-pen letter to Brexit.
(020 7734 2222) to 9 Dec
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THEATRE
THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN
Young Vic, London SE1
David Greig’s version of Aeschylus’ 2,500-year-old play is satisfyingly dynamic, as a chorus of young women,
played by volunteers drawn from the local community, flee the threat of enforced marriage in Egypt and
seek asylum. It’s musically charged, too, with John Browne providing an earthy yet haunting score that
accentuates the story’s elements of ritual. (020 7922 2922) to Sat
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24 NOVEMBER 2017
JAMES ACASTER
Engine Shed, Lincoln
tornadoes and tenderly smitten
pop, Visions of a Life brims with
dynamic charisma and mosh-pit
fuel. (seetickets.com) tonight
“To err is human; to err enough
to fill a book isn’t” runs the
telling strapline to James
Acaster’s memoir-ofmisadventures, Classic Scrapes.
Classical
GREG DAVIES
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA
Barbican Hall, London EC2
(0115 896 0030) tonight
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.
(029 2022 4488) to Sat
Dance
SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA
London Coliseum, London WC2
The Bolshoi Ballet star appears
in Amore, a triple bill of works by
Yuri Possokhov, Patrick de Bana
and Marguerite Donlon.
(020 7845 9300) tonight
RAMBERT
Sadler’s Wells, London EC1
Ben Duke’s new Goat is
inspired by the work of Nina
Simone, with jazz singer Nia
Lynn performing live on stage.
The repertory also includes
Itzik Galili’s samba-flavoured
A Linha Curva and Andonis
Foniadakis’ new Symbiosis.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
Pop
METZ
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
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 new-found tumult
of top tunes, but if you want
noise there’s plenty of that, too,
on Strange Peace. (crashrecords.
co.uk) tonight
FUTURE ISLANDS
Apollo, Manchester
Self-doubt courses through
Future Islands’ postbreakthrough album, The Far
Field, but their response to
any such anxieties is stalwart:
don’t stop believing. Heart on
sleeve, hips a-quivering, the
hurricane Samuel Herring leads
Baltimore’s impassioned synthrock powerhouses back into view.
(seetickets.com) tonight
ALDOUS HARDING
SWX, Bristol
After the gothic-folk depths of
2014’s debut, this New Zealand
singer-songwriter flexes her
range with no loss of focus for the
follow-up. Voice piercing, Aldous
Harding takes total command
of the emotional wreckage she
surveys on the intense, haunting
– and deliciously titled – Party.
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight
WOLF ALICE
Alexandra Palace, London N22
Sometimes brawling, sometimes
beautiful, London’s indie-rock
gang fulfil the promise of 2015’s
debut, My Love Is Cool, on the
follow-up. Between two-minute
Mariss Jansons conducts his fine
Munich orchestra in a pairing
of Prokofiev’s monumental Fifth
Symphony and Beethoven’s
lyrically playful Piano Concerto
No 4, featuring that gentlest of
Russian bears, Yefim Bronfman.
From Walthamstow
to Hollywood
‘Beach Rats’ is set to make British actor Harris Dickinson
a star. He tells Jessica Barrett why the story of a young
man struggling with his sexuality still needs to be told
(0845 120 7511) tonight 7.30pm
Folk & Roots
MOLSKY’S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS
St George’s, Bristol
Bruce Molsky’s Mountain
Drifters comprise the fiddler
himself, plus Allison de Groot
on banjo and guitarist Stash
Wyslouch, and the promise of
“tradition steeped in possibility”.
(0117 929 4929) tonight
Theatre
MAMMA MIA!
New Theatre, Oxford
The touring version of Phyllida
Lloyd’s production of the great
Abba tribute musical looks as
fast-moving and brilliant as
ever. It’s the absolute queen of
jukebox shows, and the one that
demonstrates just how it should
be done. (atgtickets.com) to Sat
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
Donmar Warehouse, London WC2
Kwame Kwei-Armah gives a
strikingly fresh sense of this
strangest and most haunting of
Ibsen’s works and of its forwardlooking wisdom about gender
relations. Elinor Cook’s sharp
adaptation shifts the play from
Norway to the sticky heat of the
Caribbean in the 1950s, and Nikki
Amuka-Bird is impressive in the
lead. (020 3282 3808) to 2 Dec
THE RED LION
Trafalgar Studios, LondonSW1
Patrick Marber’s footballthemed three-hander, set in the
ramshackle locker room of a
non-league club, looks lean and
limber two years on from its
National Theatre premiere, in a
lovely, lively production from Live
Theatre Newcastle that uses an
edited text. Stephen Tompkinson
stars as the manager trying
to sign a talented youngster.
(atgtickets.com) to 2 Dec
YOUNG MARX
Bridge Theatre, London SE1
The Bridge Theatre gets off to a
whizzing, witty start with a show
that reunites the team behind
One Man, Two Guvnors. Richard
Bean and Clive Coleman have
come up with a wily, fast-paced
comedy that presents us with
the author of Das Kapital not
as the venerable economist of
later repute but as a 32-year-old
refugee: chaotic, penniless and
newly arrived in Soho. Rory
Kinnear is on glorious form as
Marx. (0843 208 1846) to 31 Dec
Bedroom drama
Harris Dickinson
auditioned for
‘Bech Rats’ in his
own bedroom
I
t has been described as the
“Moonlight effect”: a wave
of gay coming-of-age films
following the critical – and
awards season – success
of Barry Jenkins’s 2016 indie
hit. First came Call Me By Your
Name, Lucas Guadagnino’s
romantic, erotic drama starring
Armie Hammer and Timothée
Chalamet, released last month.
Next year will see the release of
comedy Love, Simon, about an
American schoolboy who falls
for an anonymous classmate online. And Sundance Film Festival favourite Beach Rats opens in
cinemas today.
It focuses on a suburban Brooklynite teen called Frankie. His
struggle to understand his own
sexuality – secretly using gay
hook-up sites in the basement – is
framed by night-time visits with
his straight male friends to the
neon-lit Coney Island. There they
steal, and hunt for girls, weed and
prescription drugs before Frankie
leaves them to meet men for sex.
Beach Rats earned the Brooklyn-born Eliza Hittman the prize
for Best Director at Sundance.
It has set Harris Dickinson, who
plays Frankie, on the path to
stardom, too. This week he was
nominated for Best Actor at the
Independent Spirit Awards. He
has been named as a face of Burberry and has just finished filming
the US television series Trust
alongside Donald Sutherland
and Hilary Swank, in which he
plays the kidnapped JP Getty III.
Dickinson was 20 when he filmed
his audition for Hittman in his
bedroom at his mother’s house in
Walthamstow, east London.
“I auditioned with my own
camera,” Dickinson remembers,
as we sit in a cafe not far from his
home. “My girlfriend and I filmed
the scenes. I’ve done hundreds of
auditions like that before, from the
comfort of my bedroom, and they
go into this abyss. You sort of assume no one watches them.” But
Hittman did watch it – and she
knew Dickinson was going to play
Frankie after just one Skype chat.
Hittman has had to defend her
position as a female director telling a gay man’s story. Was Dickinson worried about being a straight
actor telling that story? “My job as
an actor is to portray characters
and tell stories,” he says. “We’re
playing other people.”
He desperately wanted to “do
justice” to Frankie. “I’ve grown
up with people who have not only
struggled with their sexuality but
their identity” he says. “Everyone
has their own individual pressures
that they’re trying to break out of.”
The sex scenes are explicit.
There’s a huge
problem with this
inarticulacy, this
inability to convey
how you feel
They were “scary” to film, he says,
but he is comfortable with them.
Despite criticism that the narrative of a gay, white teen, struggling
to come out is dated, Dickinson insists it is relevant. Hyper-masculinity, and its ability to constrain
male dialogue and openness, is
something he feels strongly about.
“There’s a huge problem with inarticulacy, this inability to convey
how you feel, and the ability to
open up to your family or discuss
things with your friends,” he says.
“It’s not something that isn’t happening – it’s important that this is
still challenged.”
His own family – he was brought
up with his two brothers by their
mother, a hairdresser – is warm,
open and accepting. It was his
mother who supported him when,
after years of private acting classes, he decided to turn it into a career, rather than join the Marines.
In the film, Frankie is increasingly aware of his power, his handsomeness – and spends much of
the film shirtless. Dickinson decided to get in shape before filming began. It took a lot of work,
he says. He was a “fat kid” and he
struggles to stay slim.
When we meet, he has just
flown back from the Trust set in
Rome. He quietly admits that he
saw his Burberry advert on a billboard at Heathrow airport. A big,
bright reminder that life is about
to be very different indeed.
‘Beach Rats’ is out today
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BOOKS
When good people come to grief
LOVE & FAME
Susie Boyt
(Virago, £14.99)
Review by Sarah Hughes
S
usie Boyt’s uneven but
enjoyable sixth novel
thrums with a febrile anxiety. There’s the near-constant fear experienced by
hyper-sensitive former actress
Eve, whose nascent career collapsed before it had truly begun;
the concern Eve’s mother, Jean,
feels about how best to cope with
the sudden death of her husband
John, a much-loved sitcom actor;
and the worry that Jim, Eve’s pragmatic husband, hopes to pin down
on the page in his “magnum opus”
The Influence of Anxiety, which
aims to be “‘a biography, a history,
a geography of anxiety… I’m kind
of putting worry on the couch, if
that makes sense?’”
There’s also the anxious relationship that grief counsellor
Beatrice (“Beach”) has with her
younger sister Rebecca (“Twigs”),
a journalist, a relationship defined
by the early and painful death of
their mother and their father’s
subsequent collapse into drink
and near-destitution. Beach is
permanently anxious that her
younger sister, too, will collapse in
some way – having mothered her
as a child, she continues to coddle
her as an adult. While Beatrice
frets and consoles, the aimless Rebecca chooses instead to marinate
in her loss, drifting from assignment to assignment until a chance
meeting with Jean offers the possibility of a different course.
Love & Fame is, then, also a novel
about grief. While Jean buries
hers away, practising breathing
exercises and continuing to hold
cookery classes for disadvantaged
teenage mothers, Eve, devastated
by her father’s unexpected death,
wears that desolation on her skin,
raw and bleeding, uncomfortably
present for all to see.
Beatrice, convinced that no
one is beyond saving, copes with
her mother’s absence by helping
others learn how to grieve with
“indiscriminate goodwill”, while
Rebecca furiously lashes out, refusing to forgive either her mother
for dying or her father for letting
them down.
Such subject matter could be
tricky to handle, but Boyt leavens
the misery with welcome shafts of
needling humour. Jim’s publisher
Max seems “like the sort of man
who would have debts everywhere”, while the ever-optimistic Jim “had an enthusiasm for
enthusiasm. His interests extended to almost everything in life”.
Meanwhile, the self-aware Eve
rages against her nervousness,
even as it consumes her. “I don’t
want to be Anxiety Barbie with
chewed-down fingernails and
nervous tics… I am not Zelda
Fitzgerald or a pale imitation. I’m
not even that highly strung.”
Yet for all her protests she,
like Rebecca, parades her unhappiness, her furious refusal to
hide the pain recalling nothing
so much as Sylvia Plath’s “Lady
Lazarus” with its invocation that
“for the eyeing of my scars, there
is a charge.”
Eve and Rebecca in particular
are beautifully drawn characters,
their nervous fury leaping from
the page, yet despite that, and
for all Boyt’s sharp observations,
Love & Fame remains curiously
disjointed. The stories of Eve, Jim,
Jean and John and Rebecca and
Beatrice fall out on parallel tracks
almost until the end, and even
when a brutal act of betrayal finally occurs, it is curiously without
resonance. There is some devastation, some lives are hurt, a relationship perhaps torn asunder,
but we never quite get the pay-off
that the subject matter demands.
But then, perhaps that, too, is
part of Boyt’s wider point: just
as John, the much-loved actor,
brought joy to countless unknown
people, so too can our lives brush
up against those of strangers
and change them in ways both
minor and major, yet we might
never know.
happening is just the ultimate
extrapolation of mind-sets that
have made America exceptional
for its entire history.”
A founding editor of the
satirical magazine Spy from the
mid-Eighties to the mid-Nineties,
Andersen spent that period
skewering Trump’s “lies,
brutishness, and absurdity”. “It
will require a struggle to make
America reality-based again,”
he says. And humour has a key
role. “Satire gives a sense of
community to those who share
the view of this as a freakish and
disconcerting time.”
It’s worth keeping all this in
mind while reading You Can’t
Spell America Without Me, but in
truth Andersen and Baldwin’s
faux-chronicle is above all an
exercise in sheer daftness. All the
predictable suspects – Russia,
fake news, those absurd tweets,
the hirings and firings, his bizarre
relationships with Melania and
Ivanka – are covered, but it’s
in the expertly crafted asides,
including a sidebar ranking every
global leader by height, that the
gold lies. Buying the audiobook –
voiced by Baldwin – is essential.
It starts off by looking back
to when a young Trump first
dreamt up expanding his “brand”
into politics with his original
consigliere, the mafia lawyer
Roy Cohn: “It was in January
1986, the day the space shuttle
blew up, so tragic, but I was in
a fabulous mood.” He explains
his decision to pen the book
himself, rather than trust other
writers, who in the past have
included “a nice lady at the
Trump Organisation, former
ballerina, used to be gorgeous”.
Looking back at his inauguration
he reflects “becoming president
really is forever, in a way
marriage isn’t”. He wants to be
sworn in to Queen’s “We Are the
Champions”, “but Mike Pence
literally pleaded with me not to
do it, because it turns out the guy
who sang it originally was gay”.
And so on. Iterating the many
running gags would only ruin
the fun. “There will be a moment
when this will be over,” Baldwin
has said. “When Trump will fade
into ignominy, and take with him
his ability to outstrip satire.”
Will reality return to America?
Until it does, books like this are
ammunition. THE INDEPENDENT
Beautifully drawn Susie Boyt’s characters come to life CHARLIE HOPKINSON
ALSORELEASED
YOU CAN’T SPELL
AMERICA WITHOUT ME
Alec Baldwin and Kurt
Andersen (Bantam, £18.99)
After he won an Emmy and
garnered 20 million YouTube hits
for his burlesque of Donald Trump
on Saturday Night Live, it was a
shrewd move by Alec Baldwin
to enlist Kurt Andersen to help
create a spoof memoir, subtitled
“The Really Tremendous Inside
Story of My Fantastic First Year
as President Donald J Trump, A
So-Called Parody”.
When Trump was voted in
a year ago, Andersen was just
finishing writing Fantasyland, a
revisionist history of America.
In it, he traces a freaky line
from Winthrop’s “city on a hill”
visions to the 45th president via
the Salem witch trials, Buffalo
Bill, The Manchurian Candidate,
Thomas Pynchon, Mormonism
and Anthony Robbins.
“People see our shocking
Trump moment – this post-truth,
‘alternative facts’ moment,” he
writes, “as some inexplicable
and crazy new American
phenomenon. But what’s
Top5
Books
1. Bad Dad David Walliams (HarperCollins)
2. The Midnight Line Lee Child (Bantam)
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Jeff Kinney (Penguin)
4. Mythos Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph)
5. 5 Ingredients Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
Alasdair Lees
ARTEMIS
Andy Weir
(Ebury, £12.99)
After The Martian – Andy
Weir’s smash hit, Matt Damonattracting blockbuster of a book
– which was laugh-out-loud funny
(a rare thing), wickedly smart
and, despite being set on Mars,
relatable and rational, Artemis
struggles to compete. Artemis
is the Moon’s first city, largely
dependent on tourists who jump
into Moon-proof zorb balls to
explore the terrain, and it’s home
to Jazz Bashara, a canny and
resourceful delivery girl with
a sideline in smuggling. When
a series of circumstances and
murders threaten the city’s safety
and future, she shambolically
embarks on rescuing it.
The thing is, despite Jazz’s
pragmatic character and Weir
trying to ground the far-flung
in science, the plot just doesn’t
hold. Jazz is a fairly convincing
heroine (she’s independent and
infuriating, she’s not talking
to her dad, she has a string of
terrible boyfriends and she likes a
drink), but it all goes a bit
Mafia-meets-Bond before being
tied up so neatly you’re left
thinking: “Huh?! Is that it?”
It’s still a fair amount of fun,
but if The Martian had you utterly
hooked, expect your attention to
stray from Artemis. Ella Walker
MYTHOS: THE GREEK
MYTHS RETOLD
Stephen Fry
(Michael Joseph, £20)
Fry’s lively writing certainly
conveys his lifelong passion
for Greek myths as he regales
us with tales of selfish gods,
bitter family feuds, lust, sex and
extreme violence. It’s a rollicking
good read, but with such a deluge
of characters, it can be hard to
keep up. Fry says readers don’t
need to know anything before
they tackle Mythos, and while it’s
true you don’t need to have had
a classical education to enjoy it,
a fair amount of concentration is
required.
Beverley Rouse
SING, UNBURIED,
SING
Jesmyn Ward
(Bloomsbury, £16.99)
The book, set in Mississippi,
follows a journey made by a
black mother, Leonie, with her
young family to visit the prison
where her children’s white father,
Michael, is about to be released.
Themes of drug addiction
and child abuse feature in this
powerful tale. The civil liberty
struggles faced by Americans
today, and the country’s history,
are reflected in Ward’s affecting
prose.
Tom Collins
i FRIDAY
24 NOVEMBER 2017
Grains
of truth
THE MEANING OF RICE
Michael Booth
(Jonathan Cape, £14.99)
Review by Peter Cary
K
atsuyuki Furukawa
wants to grow perfect
rice. It may appear
a strange ambition,
but the quality of
their staple foodstuff is dear to
Japanese hearts.
The key, it seems, is fertiliser:
Furukawa treats his soil with
huge quantities of herbal medicines that are normally remedies
for human ailments. And nothing
can stop him. Furukawa’s farm is
in Fukushima Prefecture, and it
looked as if all his efforts would be
frustrated by 2011’s tsunami and
nuclear disaster, but he refused to
give up and his rice continues to
win accolades.
Such single-minded dedication
lies behind Japan’s reputation for
world beating food. Unesco recently awarded Japanese cuisine
the status of “Intangible Cultural
Heritage” and Tokyo’s restaurants
have long outstripped those of
Paris for Michelin stars.
M i c h ae l B o o t h t rave l l e d
around Japan to discover the secrets behind an extensive range
of outstanding food and drink,
Super food Michael Booth sought to discover the secrets of Furukawa’s rice
not least Furukawa’s rice. The
trip was a family affair: he was
accompanied by his wife and two
young sons.
Booth wanted to show his children those aspects of the Japanese
character he finds impressive, diligence and determination notable
among them.
How much of it all rubbed off
on the smaller Booths is unclear,
but there can be no doubt that
Booth Sr gorged himself on the
products of gastronomic perfectionism. In search of the ultimate
noodles, he slurped Okinawa
soba, visited Kyushu for peerless
pork from Kurobuta black pigs
and, up in Hokkaido, he necked
whisky to rival almost anything
from Scotland.
Fermentation is a running
theme. It is fundamental to many
Japanese foodstuffs, most famously sake, miso and soy sauce.
They all rely on the illustrious fungus that is Japan’s official national
mould. Booth gained entry to laboratories where it is minutely analysed, as well as industrial plants
where it is cultivated with near
messianic zeal for quality control.
Tradition comes more to the
fore in the preparation of many
fermented delicacies including rotten fish. Booth bravely
samples funa zushi, fish which
is salted and packed in cooked
rice before being left to putrefy.
In Tokyo, he ate ayu (sweet river
fish) that had decayed for no
less than eight years. It featured
astonishing levels of umami together with a distinctly Parmesanstyle cheesiness, apparently.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Booth’s
family do not share his enthusiasm
for all of the food on offer, although
his sons do turn out to be better
than he is at rice cultivation.
The Meaning of Rice is a strong
follow-up to Sushi and Beyond,
Booth’s first book about Japan and
its food. Following its publication
in 2009, the Booth family became
something of a phenomenon in
Japan, and they were immortalised in their own cartoon show,
courtesy of Japanese national
broadcaster NHK. Booth appears
unfazed by the overweight and illtempered avatar that is his graphic alter ego, but then he is adept at
winning self-deprecation.
Indeed, his humour is consistently acute. His writing has been
compared to Bill Bryson’s, and his
one-liners are often as sharp. And,
like Bryson, he gives a light touch
to weighty topics, but the comedy
does not diminish the informative
heft of this foodie odyssey.
How much weight Booth himself
gained on the trip is undisclosed,
but readers will enjoy generous
helpings of insights into some of
the world’s finest sustenance.
COFFEE
TABLE
CHOICE
ONEMINUTE
WITH…
Susannah
Constantine,
journalist/author
Where are you now and
what can you see?
I am at home, in West Sussex. I’m
at my desk and looking out to the
South Downs.
What are you currently reading?
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
Oh, God – I don’t know
whether to kill the person who
recommended it or love her. It’s
a heartbreaking story which is
sometimes almost too painful to
read, but because of the beauty of
the writing, you can keep going.
Her writing is humbling.
Who is your favourite author
and why do you admire her/him?
I’ve read every single book
by Daphne Du Maurier – the
atmosphere that she creates with
her writing is second to none.
Also, Nancy Mitford – I love the
nostalgia of her books. I read
them when I was quite young and
they almost seemed illicit, like
you were peering into a world you
weren’t meant to.
Describe the room where
you usually write…
It’s a drawing room with high
ceilings. The main reason I write
in there is because that’s the only
way it ever gets used – we all live
in the kitchen. It’s a beautiful
room, very peaceful, at the end
of the house, with a big fireplace
and an incredible view through
a bay window. I write on a
computer but I have this ritual of
sharpening six pencils before I sit
down to work. Bonkers.
JOHN PAWSON
Which fictional character
most resembles you?
Claire Skinner’s character, Sue,
from the sitcom Outnumbered. It’s
the borderline hysteria and living
in permanent chaos. I would miss
it if it wasn’t there. There are five
of us, plus four dogs and two cats.
Who is your hero/heroine
from outside literature?
If you associated John Pawson with any colour, it would be white. The British architectural designer has made his name as the master
of minimalism, creating spacious interiors in buildings such as the Design Museum that revel in their pale empty space. It’s a surprise,
then, to discover that Pawson is actually inspired by a whole kaleidoscope of popping, saturated shades. Spectrum (Phaidon, £45)
collects together the photographs Pawson uses as his own personal diary and sources of inspiration. His cool organisation can still be
felt as the 320 painterly images from around the world are carefully organised by hue, from celestial white through to midnight blacks.
Featured above are 179: Kensington London January 2014 (left) and 180: Paros, Greece July 2016
Captain Robert Scott, of the
Antarctic. He instilled my
obsession with snow.
‘After the Snow’ by Susannah
Constantine is out now
(Harper Collins, £12.99)
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A RENOVATION DIARY
Ben Alden-Falconer
‘We find an
ignored 1977
edition of Good
Housekeeping’
Relentless rain pummels the
windscreen the morning I finally
get the keys and drive down
with my brother to take a proper
look at the house I’ve bought. It’s
been nine long weeks since the
beginning of summer when my
offer was accepted.
Every sunny weekend since
has seemed like a missed
opportunity to begin clearing
rooms, fixing leaks: making a start
on the mountainous task ahead.
Inevitably, I think, as I approach
the front door, the good weather
is now well and truly over. In
warmer months, the lack of
heating or running water would
have been less urgent – but house
buying is not a quick process.
For all the impatient
frustrations, when you finally
unlock the door of your own
home (or in this case, the
padlock that serves in the place
of a working lock), the weeks
of legal form-filling fade to
insignificance, replaced by a
surge of excitement and disbelief:
has this actually happened?
My answer comes in a stream
of drips leaking through the
ceiling on to the hall carpet. Yes
it has – and it’s time to get to
work. The previous owner was
evidently a prolific hoarder:
there are piles of magazines
alongside newspapers carrying
headlines about Neil Kinnock
and Robert Maxwell.
The rooms are crammed
with cardboard boxes of cheap
ornaments and eerie plastic
dolls. Wallpaper in classic
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Detritus from the 70s had
been mouldering under the bed
for 40 years. Bottom left,
cleaning up a bedroom and, below,
the impromptu bathroom
Lifting one bed,
we uncover a
Tracy Emin spread
of knickers
1970s orange and brown, or blue
flowers, peels from damp walls
and mouldy carpets conceal
deteriorating floorboards.
Step one: rip out the waist-high
weeds and brambles from the
front garden to make room for
my growing junk heap, rescuing
a single white rose bush from the
incoming tip. I force open a firstfloor window, lean out backwards
and tear into the buddleia that
has rooted itself in the drainpipe.
From the attic bedrooms down,
the aim is to get at least one room
clean enough to blow up our
camp beds for the night.
A dilemma soon arises: what
do we do with the furniture?
There’ll be no budget left for
furnishing the place at the end,
but do we really want this new
home defined by what was left
behind? For now, we place any
items with potential in one side
room; mostly mid-century
wooden wardrobes, drawers and
dressing tables. Not what I would
pick, but they’ll find a use.
Soft furnishings don’t make
the cut. We cover our faces and
struggle to hold our breath as
we lug stained, mildewed chairs
and eiderdowns downstairs.
Lifting one bed, we uncover a
Tracy Emin spread of knickers,
chocolate wrappers and an
edition of Good Housekeeping
1977, its homely advice
apparently ignored for the past
40 years. The bed is piled up in
the front garden; the magazine
kept as a wry memento.
By early evening, four rooms
are clear. Hair, clothes and
nostrils are filled with dust. With
no water in the house, we head to
the beach at the end of the road,
to wash off before dark comes.
The rain is gone now and the sun
sets over the waves, the sky vast
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ENERGY
British Gas owner Centrica
loses 823,000 customers
By Stephen Little
British Gas owner Centrica has lost
823,000 customers since June, the
company said in a trading statement.
Since the announcement, Centrica
shares have plummeted more
than 15 per cent, to £1.38 a share.
The news comes after British Gas
customers were hit with a 12.5 per
cent rise in September.
The company blamed most of
these losses on collective switch
deals and white-label fixed price and
prepayment tariffs.
Despite “highly competitive”
trading conditions, Centrica said
it remains on track to achieve its
targets for this year.
Full-year adjusted earnings per
share are expected to be around
12.5p, lower than market forecasts.
The company put this down to a
one-off cash charge from its North
America business and warmer
than expected weather in October
and November.
Centrica said it expects its full-year
adjusted operating profit for 2017 to
be broadly in line with the previous
year following a £750m “costefficiency programme”.
Iain Conn, Centrica chief
executive, said: “Although some
aspects of our delivery in the
second half of 2017 have been
disappointing, I remain encouraged
Centrica is expected to be
hit by a warmer winter.
In October, UK temperatures
were 1.8 degrees above the 19812010 average, reflecting rising
global temperatures.
by our progress in implementing
our strategy.
“The balance sheet has been
materially strengthened, and we
continue to focus on improving our
underlying performance.
He added: We have also provided a
broad and definitive set of proposals
this week to improve the UK
energy market.”
This week, Centrica said it was
scrapping its variable tariff as part of
a package to help reform the market.
Standard variable rate tariffs are
the default price plans offered by
energy companies and are typically
the most expensive.
Customers frequently attracted
by cheap year-long fixed tariffs end
up being moved on to the pricier
standard variable rate once their deal
ends unless they switch providers.
Energy bills in Britain have
British Gas hit customers with a 12.5
per cent price rise in September PA
reportedly doubled in the past
decade, going up by around £1,200.
Last month, Theresa May pledged to
introduce legislation to end “rip off”
prices with a price cap on bills.
Neil Wilson, senior market analyst
at ETX Capital, said: “The price hike
in September clearly had an impact.
You have to wonder why Centrica
rushed out its plans to reform the
energy market – perhaps it is seeing
a larger number of account losses
than planned.” THE INDEPENDENT
INDUSTRY
Technology
firms in push
to recruit
more women
By Russell Lynch
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
PRODUCTIVITY
Goldilocks is
on a unicorn –
on speed – in
paradise
Chris Darbyshire
7IM’s CIO on the recent
performance of global
stock markets
What is productivity?
The new buzzword in UK politics,
“productivity” refers to what a
country or company gets out, versus
what it puts in. If you’re getting
more for less, productivity is high,
vice versa and its lower.
Why is productivity important?
We all want to get more than we
give. Productivity is also about
efficiency – if companies are
spending huge amounts on staffing
but not producing much, or if a
country’s spending is high but
GDP is falling, it doesn’t make a
lot of sense
What’s the picture in the UK?
Pretty dire. UK productivity – as
measured by economic output
per hour – has flatlined since
the financial crisis, with growth
shrinking from an average of
2 per cent a year to almost nothing.
According to the Office for National
Statistics, in the second quarter of
2017 productivity was 17 per cent
below where it was in 2008.
Why has it fallen so much?
Everyone, from the Bank of
England to the Office for Budget
Responsibility to the Government,
is fairly stumped, especially as we
are significantly lagging Europe –
also hit hard by the financial crisis.
Businesses hiring cheap labour
since 2008, rather than investing
in more efficient systems and
technology, is the favourite theory.
So what can we do about it?
Raising productivity – and therefore
UK GDP and, with any luck, wages –
was behind most of the Chancellor’s
big Budget ideas this week, from
increased funding for skills training
to artificial intelligence. Whether it
works remains to be seen.
The UK’s tech community yesterday
launched a bid to encourage more
women into a male-dominated sector
blighted by recent claims of sexism.
The central London launch of the
Tech Talent Charter, attended by
Matt Hancock, the digital minister,
comes amid high-profile scrutiny
of a sexist culture at taxi-hailing
giant Uber, which culminated in
the resignation of boss Travis
Kalanick. A Google engineer also
recently claimed a lack of women in
senior tech roles was “in part due to
biological causes”.
In the UK, women account for
17 per cent of tech and IT workers,
compared with 47 per cent of the
workforce overall and just one in 10
A-level computer studies candidates
is female.
Jacqueline de Rojas, president
of techUK, wants to raise the share
of women in the industry to 20
per cent by 2020. She said: “We’re
creating more jobs than we can fill
in technology and clearly it’s for us to
turn to the women to fill those roles.
With Brexit we may not be able to fill
them as easily as we could before.
“Culture trumps strategy every
time and we definitely have to make
sure there’s a culture of opportunity
equality and no room for sexism in
our industry.”
The charter is backed by 80
organisations including Nationwide,
BT and the BBC, which will share
their employment and diversity
data anonymously in a central
database for annual publication.
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PERSONAL FINANCE
Confidence at two-year low
with young worst affected
By Rebecca Jones
Confidence in personal finances has
fallen to its lowest level in 30 months,
with millennials more worried about
money than those in retirement,
according to the latest Lloyds Bank
Spending Power Report.
In a monthly survey of more than
2,000 bank account holders in the
UK, those who said they felt positive
about their personal finances fell by 3
per cent in October, falling to 61 per
cent from 64 per cent in September.
Lloyds says this is the lowest level
seen since April 2015.
There was a significant difference
in sentiment between age groups,
with younger people stating they
feel far more financially insecure
than older people. Just 60 per cent
of 18- to 24-year-olds said they
felt positive about their financial
situation, rising slightly to 61 per
cent for 25- to 30-year-olds. In
comparison, 78 per cent of over-65s
said they were content with their
personal finances. Women feel more
insecure than men, at 58 per cent
compared with 64 per cent.
Younger parents also reported
feeling financially insecure, with 46
per cent of households with children
under 18 saying they were worried
about money
Robin Bulloch, managing director
of Lloyds Bank, said: “While most
The over-65s are
markedly more
content with their
finances AFP/GETTY
people remain positive about their
personal finances, last month saw
a significant drop-off in consumer
confidence. Inflation is now at a
five-year high and it appears that
millennials are feeling the pinch
more than most. Therefore, it was
no surprise to see the Government
reaching out to the younger
generation in this week’s Budget.”
An analysis of Lloyds’ customer
account data also found that people
are spending more on everyday
essentials, with overall spending on
items including food and energy up
2 per cent compared with October
2016. Spending on gas and electricity
rose 2.5 per cent, the third month
of increases after three years of
continuous decline.
Lloyds says the amount
Britons spend on essentials
has increased for the 17th month
in a row, with food accounting for
40 per cent of total spend.
CURRENCY
Europe’s first bitcoin investment fund launches
By Rebecca Jones
A French investment manager
is planning to open Europe’s first
bitcoin fund, as interest in the
emerging online currency grows
Tobam, a small Paris-based asset
manager, told the Financial Times it
Outlook
RUSSELL
LYNCH
Hammond tricks
would make Saint
Augustine proud
“L
ord, make me chaste
— but not yet.” The
most famous quotation
from Saint Augustine’s
Confessions was written
through this Budget like a stick of
rock as Philip Hammond gained a
taste for spending.
After all, it is the season of goodwill.
is seeking permission from French
regulators to launch a mutual fund
in bitcoin, which will allow large
institutional investors such as
insurers and pension funds to invest
in the cryptocurrency.
Over the past year the price of a
bitcoin has surged from less than
$800 (£601) to more than $8,000
(£6,012) – a rise of 900 per cent.
The astronomical rise has led to
multiple warnings from banks and
investment houses. Deutsche Bank
is the latest, stating yesterday that
the “everyday investor” should steer
clear of bitcoin.
Fuel duty freeze? There’s £830m.
Drinkers? Here’s £230m for you.
First-time buyers get a £560m cut
and there’s billions more for the NHS.
Overall the Budget gives away
£25bn over the next five years as the
Chancellor pulls out every trick in the
book and draws the acid scepticism
of his fiscal forecaster Robert Chote
in virtually every other sentence of
the Office for Budget Responsibility’s
blue book.
Chote notes the “Augustinian”
tendency for governments to
announce near-term giveaways, but
with the promise that the cost will be
recouped by takeaways years down
the line, and concludes that “this
Budget has followed suit”.
True to form, borrowing rises in
every year of the forecast apart from
2022-23, when we suddenly see a
£3.1bn cut and flat current spending
in a belated nod to fiscal rectitude. It
was notable that Hammond referred
to meeting his target on cutting the
deficit to 2 per cent of GDP by 2021
and cutting net debt, but wisely he
didn’t mention his previous ambition
of eliminating it by the middle of the
next Parliament, because he hasn’t a
hope. Besides, Hammond’s priority
is to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of
Downing Street within months, so
2022 is for the birds.
Why else, then, the shameless
spending of the savings made by
reclassifying housing associations
Th
he Chancellor is
spending like a sailor to
prop up a deeply unpopular
government
as private sector bodies, giving him
£3.7bn a year on average to splurge?
Again the dripping sarcasm of Chote,
a former Financial Times economics
editor used to dealing harshly with
such tricks: “It is hard to argue that
the change in statistical treatment
reduces the de facto exposure of the
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Tesla completes
biggest lithium
ion battery
for wind farm
By Sonali Paul
Tesla has completed construction
of the world’s largest lithium ion
battery in Australia, putting it on
track to meet a 100-day deadline
for switching the battery packs on,
the South Australian government
said yesterday.
Tesla won a bid in July to build the
129 megawatt hour battery for South
Australia, the country’s most wind
power-dependent state, with a vow
from chief executive Elon Musk to
install it within 100 days of signing a
grid connection agreement or give it
to the state for free.
When the grid connection deal was
signed on 29 September, Tesla was
already half way through installing
the battery packs.
T h e Te s l a
Powerpacks
have now been
fully installed
at a wind
farm run
by France’s
Neoen, and
testing is set to
begin to provide
grid security
services in South
Australia.
“While others are just talking,
we are delivering our energy plan,
making South Australia more selfsufficient, and providing backup
power and more affordable energy
for South Australians this summer,”
state premier Jay Weatherill said.
The state has yet to say how much
it would pay for the battery, which is
part of a A$510m (£292m) plan that
includes diesel-fired generators to
help keep the lights on after a string
of blackouts in the last 18 months.
Australia’s energy market operator
has warned that power supply will
be tight this summer, particularly in
South Australia and neighbouring
Victoria. REUTERS
Government to these organisations,
were they to fall into financial
difficulty, nor does it alter their use as
vehicles to deliver the Government’s
social housing policies.”
It’s a convenient accounting fiddle
– no more, no less. If you look at the
“like for like” comparisons in the
OBR’s book (inexplicably glossed
over by the Chancellor) which
strip out the effect of the housing
associations move, you’ll find an
extra £53.2bn in borrowing.
O u t o f p o l i t i c a l n e ce s s i ty,
Hammond is spending like a sailor
to prop up a deeply unpopular
government while just about sticking
to his rules. But it’s surely worrying
that he’s already halfway through
his “Brexit reserve” 16 months
before we go. And the bogeyman in
the OBR numbers is that it’s taken
no account of Brexit, because the
watchdog doesn’t know what a
potential deal or no deal looks like.
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business
pages
Indonesia develops
electric car battery
The Jakarta Post
Minister Luhut Binsar
Pandjaitan met with Korean
ambassador to Indonesia Cho
Tai-young to discuss developing
a lithium-ion battery for electric
cars. “We will send young
scientists from the Bandung
Institute of Technology (ITB) to
South Korea for an internship
program,” Mr Luhut said.
Indonesia plans to produce 2
million cars by 2025, 20 per cent
of which will be hybrid or fully
Santiago hosts
businesswomen
The Santiago Times
President Michelle Bachelet
inaugurated a two-day meeting
of leading businesswomen of
Mexico, Colombia, Peru and
the host nation in the Chilean
capital Santiago yesterday.
Ms Bachelet addressed the
venue – attended by over
300 businesswomen of the
member nations of the Pacific
Alliance – in the Club Union de
Santiago headquarters.
Deal for US gas
‘groundbreaking’
Radio Poland
Poland’s state-owned gas
company PGNiG’s five-year
contract to buy liquefied natural
gas from the United States is
“groundbreaking” and could
set the standards for possible
similar deals in Europe in
future, a Polish government
official has said. The contract,
announced by PGNiG, is a
first for Poland and other
European countries.
Egypt to get IMF
loan in December
Egypt Today
Egypt is due to receive its next
International Monetary Fund
loan disbursal in December,
after finance minister Amr
El Garhy confirmed a $2bn
(£1.5bn) payment that is part
of a three-year $12bn loan
agreement. The payment will
bring total disbursements
under the programme to about
$6bn. Egypt last year agreed to
ambitious economic reforms
as part of the loan deal from
the IMF.
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Soaring demand
for landing slots
UK sales volumes
bounce back
Take-off and landing slots
at Gatwick airport formerly
belonging to now defunct
airline Monarch are six times
oversubscribed. Administrators
KPMG are selling off the 22
slots, amounting to 298 flights
a week, after the firm went
bust in October. The sale could
generate £60m for Monarch’s
main creditor.
Retail sales bounced back in
November after falling
sharply in October, according
to the CBI. The Distributive
Trades Survey showed that
39 per cent of retailers reported
increased sales volumes
compared to the same time last
year. This compares
with 13 per cent who said they
were down.
BANKING
SERVICES
Paragon grows
new lending
Pub group’s threat
to pull dividend
Paragon Group reported
underlying profits of £145m
in the year to 30 September,
up 1.1 per cent. Total lending
at the FTSE 250 challenger
bank grew by 29 per cent to
£1.9 bn and included a 21 per
cent increase in buy-to-let
mortgages. Shares climbed
3.6 per cent to 464.5p.
Pub group Mitchells & Butlers
saw its shares plunge 6.6 per
cent to 255p yesterday after
warning it could scrap its next
payout on the back of lower
profits and Brexit uncertainty.
It reported a fall in pre-tax
profits to £77m for the year to
30 September, compared to
£94m the previous year.
UTILITIES
ENERGY
Severn Trent in
vow to sell off land
‘Misleading’ sales
reps lead to E fine
Water firm Severn Trent says it
will sell off surplus land to keep
customer bills low and help
address the housing shortage.
It comes after Chancellor
Philip Hammond warned of
government intervention if firms
continue to sit on unused land.
Energy firm E has been fined
£260,000 for failing to carry out
background checks on doorto-door sales reps. Watchdog
Ofgem said staff contracted out
from Energy Watch UK were
“misleading in their approach”
when going door to door.
the
markets
The pound fell 0.2 per cent against
the US dollar to $1.3303 – its
first retreat for nearly a week as
US markets closed on a high for
Thanksgiving. Sterling also lost
0.5 per cent against the euro,
closing at €1.1224 as strong
economic data, combined with
news that German coalition talks
could resume, sent the single
currency toward a five-week high
The FTSE 100 index headed
south too, closing flat at 7,417.2.
The biggest faller was Centrica,
with shares down 15 per cent
as it haemorrhaged 1 million
customers. Mediclinic led gains,
climbing 3.2 per cent to 525p, after
earlier tumbles, on news it will
not acquire Spire Healthcare.
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 1.8 at 7417.2
Company
Price
Chg
High
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
Babcock Intl
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
914.0
1882.0
1450.5
980.0
3073.0
1923.0
4999.5
496.0
682.5
543.5
188.8
621.0
1410.5
500.9
5049.0
3730.0
618.0
249.0
2167.0
1748.0
4962.0
138.0
2430.0
1512.0
198.0
2644.0
4293.0
7100.0
2615.0
356.4
1376.0
1552.0
1350.0
259.7
306.8
364.1
1305.5
-5.5
-2.0
+4.0
+4.0
+6.0
+23.0
-7.5
-2.4
-23.0
+1.5
-0.5
+11.0
+15.5
+3.0
+20.0
+73.0
+0.5
-0.7
+6.0
+12.0
-38.0
-25.3
-10.0
-9.0
+1.7
+6.0
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+40.0
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1071.0
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1983.0
5520.0
570.5
1030.0
682.5
267.3
705.5
1518.5
529.0
5643.6
4003.0
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400.7
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236.9
2682.0
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349.1
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328.4
906.4
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Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
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National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
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RELX
Rentokil Initial
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Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
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1605.0
731.8
596.5
3140.5
751.5
4341.0
5170.0
152.4
3068.0
320.7
921.0
265.9
65.7
3785.0
298.7
525.0
358.2
2686.0
1759.0
213.1
866.1
4385.0
2868.0
194.3
8535.0
709.5
2651.0
1882.5
7255.0
6420.0
1765.0
324.9
3664.0
890.5
269.6
2339.0
-1.0
+11.0
-7.0
-4.5
+5.5
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-2.5
+0.5
-0.2
-18.0
+0.4
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-0.9
-22.0
+13.0
-2.7
-25.2
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-12.0
-1.3
-5.0
+5.5
+27.0
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-10.0
-72.0
+9.0
+1.7
+31.0
+1.5
+0.1
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614.5
1612.0
772.0
679.8
3956.5
754.5
4492.0
5470.0
221.8
3511.0
369.8
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
890.2
537.5
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
3211.0
229.8
8945.0
832.5
2901.0
1933.5
8255.0
8110.4
1773.2
338.8
4226.6
994.5
290.5
2516.3
Markets
FTSE 100
7417.2
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20006.0
-1.8
-7.8
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4075.4
-1.3
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3340.0
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142.8
2681.0
269.6
912.0
231.6
56.9
2611.0
296.6
495.4
355.0
26.8
1530.0
205.0
859.3
3565.0
1309.0
182.3
6572.5
552.0
1646.0
1524.0
5410.0
6324.0
1321.0
204.5
2882.5
635.0
187.1
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Sainsbury(J)
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Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
Ferguson
Worldpay Group
WPP
2384.0
605.5
806.0
228.8
3474.0
465.7
559.0
2136.0
3735.0
941.0
1333.0
1507.0
2350.0
1358.0
736.1
423.1
1179.0
196.9
194.1
1332.0
4232.5
792.0
225.4
3602.0
5350.0
414.8
1274.0
+3.5
-1.0
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-1.6
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+5.0
+0.5
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-17.0
+2.0
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+28.0
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-0.5
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+3.6
-0.3
+3.0
+44.0
+9.5
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+30.0
+65.0
+1.3
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2580.5
672.5
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283.6
3548.0
468.3
562.4
2575.0
5067.0
1050.0
1442.0
1685.0
2441.0
1578.0
860.0
448.6
1245.0
208.6
219.4
1374.0
4557.5
1078.0
233.9
4333.0
5425.0
435.2
1928.1
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2012.0
526.2
595.0
222.4
2712.4
302.1
390.4
2047.0
3435.5
750.5
1084.0
1385.0
1712.7
1323.0
621.5
336.5
926.0
144.5
165.3
934.4
3050.5
764.5
186.5
3365.0
4427.0
255.7
1238.5
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Individual game pies
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 65
RHYME LETTERS
24
10
16
16
16
PLOP
7
3
19
13
TACTIC
20
F
TRRID
EA AY
T
JIVED
4
BALM
8
9
15
5
AXE
4
3
3
5
13
15
10
15
3
CALL
13
4
3
19
9
3
4
6
6 1 9
4
Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
2
3
9
Killer Sudoku No 1142
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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10
7
13
9
23
9
10
18
In tomorrow’s iWeekend
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12
10
MEANING
> 4 >
∨
<
>
∧
0
1
14
12
18
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LETTERS
∧
∨
How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
7
16
∨
FLEE
Minesweeper
8
8
Recipe from Lakeland.co.uk
11
MAIL
SEX
RHYME
7 1
5
4
WALLOP
4
2 3 6
5
SEED
HIKE
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
2
4
5
Jigsawdoku
5
4
6
CHIME
HERB
Tip: You can use any game meat but we
used pheasant, pigeon, duck and venison.
STRAIGHT
3
3
11
3
Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed
pan placed over a high heat. Cook the
game in batches until browned. Remove
from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
Lower the heat, add the carrots,
fennel and onion and cook, stirring
occasionally, for approximately 5
minutes then add the 2 teaspoons of
flour and cook for another minute.
Gradually add the stock and bring to
the boil, stirring, until slightly thickened.
Add the game, wine and redcurrant jelly
and season. Cover, reduce the heat to low,
simmer gently for 1 hour then leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
Lightly dust a work surface with flour
and roll out the pastry to approximately
5mm thick. Cut out 8 circles slightly
larger than the Mini Casserole Pans.
Cut 8 long strips of pastry from the
trimmings and press on to the rims of
the casserole pans.
Fill the casseroles with the game
mixture. Brush the pastry strips with
water, top with the pastry circles and
gently press the edges together. Cut
decorative shapes from the pastry
trimmings, brush the bottoms with a little
beaten egg and place on top of the pies.
Using a sharp knife, cut a hole in the
top of each pie to let the steam escape.
Glaze the pastry tops with beaten egg
and bake for 25-30 minutes until the
pastry is well risen and golden.
5
15
11
MAKES 8
2tbsp sunflower oil
750g game meat (see tip below), cut into
cubes
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2tsp plain flour, plus extra to dust
300ml game or chicken stock
150ml red wine
1tbsp redcurrant jelly
Salt and pepper
250g ready-made puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
PLUNGED
5
10
11
MEANING
30
4
2 4
3
2
3 3
2
0
3
1 0
3
2
4
4
2
2
1
3
1 1
3
2
1
2
1
1
3
2
1
1
2 3
3
1
3
1
1
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1863
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 65.
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Easier
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25
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17
10
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2
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1
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23
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15
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13
3
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26
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9
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4
5
26
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4 Web-footed
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5 Muse of love
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6 Derision (5)
7 Airship (8)
12 Prearranged
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13 Wear more casual
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15 Person
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16 Seed husks (5)
17 Fortunate (5)
18 Fantasy
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Our second book of
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5
6
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11
12
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FELL
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Maths Puzzle,
Word Ladder, Word
Wheel, Kakuro,
Minesweeper,
ABC Logic, Killer
Sudoku, Futoshiki,
Codeword,
Jigsawduko and
Wijuko created by
Clarity Media.
For more
puzzles,
see clarity-media.
co.uk
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19
21
23
Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Sighed, 5 Weighs (Sideways), 8 Good turn, 9 Last, 10 Swish, 11 Limpid,
12 Mantelpiece, 14 Chilli, 16 Catch, 18 Scar, 19 Liegeman, 20 Anyhow, 21 Sleuth.
DOWN 2 Irons, 3 Hadrian, 4 Daughter-in-law, 5 Winkle-pickers, 6 Islam, 7 Hostile,
12 Mohican, 13 Extreme, 15 Larch, 17 Heart.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 34;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 13; One-Minute Wijuko, page 31
Puzzle solutions See page 65 and minurl.co.uk/i
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1
3
6
9
3
8
2 5
9 2
4
3
4 6
9
8
3
2
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5
6 7
7
5 1
6
8
5
Monday: Easier
Concise Crossword No 2185
ACROSS
1 Dwell (Archaic) (4)
3 Concurs (6)
8 Savoury flan (6)
9 Small pleasure
boat (6)
10 Lather (4)
11 Be quiet!
(Informal) (4,4)
14 Completely
extended (2,4,7)
16 Short spell of
wintry weather
(4,4)
19 Thin mud (4)
20 Freezing
(Informal) (6)
21 Smells (6)
22 Dump rubbish
illegally (3-3)
23 Fastening (4)
6
3 5
9 1
2
3
4 5
1 2
3
9
7
8
1
MOST
5
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6
7
9
9
16
4
15
7
3
5
3
P
How to play Each numeral from 1 to 9 must
appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Sudoku Harder
16
5
idoku Exclusive to i
PRAY
21
2
N
How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
2
1
x
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15
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19
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Harder
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Word
Ladder
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C
A
C
A
C
A
A
B
A
A
B
Word Wheel
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Kayf Grace can
lay down Festival
marker at Ascot
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
The Mares’ Hurdle Final at the
Cheltenham Festival has been an
Irish benefit since its inauguration
in 2008, the incredible Quevega
the dominator-in-chief with six
successive triumphs.
That stranglehold is unlikely to be
loosened next March, judging by the
ante-post market, with this year’s
winner, Apple’s Jade, favourite ahead
of a large team of familiar Irish female faces. There are, though, some
really decent hurdling mares on the
home scene at the moment, two of
whom run at Ascot this afternoon for
Nicky Henderson: Kayf Grace in the
Introductory Hurdle and Verdana
Blue in the Coutts Handicap Hurdle.
Whether Kayf Grace will prove
good enough to properly mix it with
the best of the Irish remains to be
seen, but the early signs have been
most encouraging.
After beating Willie Mullins’ Augusta Kate in a hot Aintree Bumper
last year, she returned after a lay-off
to beat a useful opponent over hur-
ASCOT
BEST BET
Molineaux
(3.50pm, Ascot)
Lightly-raced improver; this drop
back to two miles should bring
out the best in him.
Richard Johnson hits the turf after Springtown Lake falls at the last, when clear
in the Direct Group Handicap Hurdle Race at Wincanton yesterday GETTY
dles at Bangor in December. Her
fitness has to be taken on trust following another long break and she will be
tested by Harry Fry’s promising hurdling recruit Mr One More.
Verdana Blue led at the last before
fading up the hill in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the last Festival and
looked in decent nick on her reappearance at Ascot earlier this month.
She is likely to make her presence felt
WAITROSE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 2) £35,000 added
2m 5f
VOIX D’EAU (D) H Fry 7 11 12..................................Mr M Legg (5) T
BALLOTIN (D) P Hobbs 6 11 11.....................Mr D Maxwell (7) C
KILCREA VALE (BF) N Henderson 7 11 7.....Nico De Boinville
POUGNE BOBBI N Henderson 6 11 6....................................D Jacob
THOMAS BROWN (C)(D) H Fry 8 11 4...............N P Madden B
CHRIS PEA GREEN G L Moore 8 10 9...............Joshua Moore
FORTUNATE GEORGE (D) Miss E Lavelle 7 10 5 .....R Johnson V
MORNING REGGIE (D) O Sherwood 8 10 5.................. L Aspell
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Kilcrea Vale, 4-1 Ballotin, 5-1 Pougne Bobbi, 6-1 Thomas
Brown, 7-1 Fortunate George, 8-1 Voix D’eau, 10-1 others.
BEST OF CATTERICK
WATCH RACING UK ANYWHERE NOVICES’ HURDLE
1.20 (CLASS 4) £6,000 added 2m 3f
2.40
TINDLE NEWSPAPERS BEGINNERS’ CHASE (CLASS 3)
£15,000 added 2m 3f
1
323-80 DALKADAM J R Jenkins 6 11 2...............................................B J Powell
2
34P-2F SIZING TENNESSEE C Tizzard 9 11 2..........................B J Cooper
3
/150-2 STERNRUBIN (C) P Hobbs 6 11 2....................................... R Johnson
4
212-20 DOLOS P Nicholls 4 10 8...........................................................H Cobden T
- 4 declared BETTING: Evens Sternrubin, 9-4 Sizing Tennessee, 11-4 Dolos, 50-1
Dalkadam.
PRINCE’S COUNTRYSIDE FUND ‘NATIONAL HUNT’
MAIDEN HURDLE (CLASS 3) £10,000 added 2m 3f
1
7- CHOIX DES ARMES P Nicholls 5 11 0.......................H Cobden H
2
2/2-2 KILDISART (BF) B Pauling 5 11 0...............................................D Jacob
3
130- KING OF REALMS (C) I Williams 5 11 0....................T J O’Brien
4
25 MELLOW BEN C Gordon 4 11 0.............................................T Cannon
5
323-56 MINELLA STYLE D L Williams 7 11 0 ..... Sean Houlihan (7)
6
/12-44 NOTRE AMI N Gifford 6 11 0 ........................................................ L Aspell
7
221- OAKLEY HALL Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 0.............................R McLernon
8
5-43 ROCKPOINT C Tizzard 4 11 0........................................T Scudamore
9 UF1-45 ROLL OF THE DICE G L Moore 5 11 0................Joshua Moore
10
1- SETTIE HILL N Henderson 4 11 0...................................D J Mullins
11
1- STORM CONTROL Kerry Lee 4 11 0........................Jamie Moore
12
1 STORM OF INTRIGUE N Henderson 5 11 0....Nico De Boinville
13
68/ THE VENERABLE BEDE P Webber 6 11 0 ............James Best
14
TURANGI P Hobbs 5 11 0............................................................ R Johnson
15
3-3 TURTLE WARS N Henderson 4 11 0.......................B J Geraghty
- 15 declared BETTING: 3-1 Oakley Hall, 5-1 Settie Hill, 6-1 Kildisart, 10-1 Storm Of
Intrigue, Rockpoint, Turtle Wars, 12-1 others.
DAVID BROWNLOW CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
‘INTRODUCTORY’ HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 2m
1
33-421 DR DES (D) Henry Oliver 6 11 5..........................................J M Davies
2
1-1 MR ONE MORE (D) H Fry 5 11 5...................................B J Geraghty
3
28313- BABYTAGGLE D L Williams 6 11 0......................................D Crosse
4
BRESLIN Miss S West 4 11 0...........................................M Goldstein
5
2211-2 LALOR (BF) R Woollacott 5 11 0................................T Scudamore
6
67/2 WILLIAM HUNTER (BF) A King 5 11 0..............W Hutchinson
7
211/1- KAYF GRACE (D) N Henderson 7 10 12.. Nico De Boinville
- 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 Kayf Grace, 5-2 Lalor, 3-1 Mr One More, 7-1 William
Hunter, 12-1 Babytaggle, 14-1 Dr Des, 100-1 Breslin.
1.00
1.30
2.05
FORM VERDICT
Aintree Grade Two bumper winner Lalor was not beaten far on his hurdles
bow when beaten by the useful Onefortheroadtom and that experience
should have done him the world of good. However, preference today is
for another Harry Fry youngster MR ONE MORE, who is unbeaten in his
short career so far and landed the odds in taking fashion when scoring
over hurdles at Stratford last time. William Hunter was only a shoulder
away at Plumpton last time and should have victories in him as the
season progresses, while Kayf Grace is of interest if returning from an
absence with the same potential she once possessed.
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FORM VERDICT
Nicky Henderson looks to hold a strong hand with two runners in this
contest and perhaps KILCREA VALE can prove best of the pair under
Nico De Boinville. Second at Haydock when last seen in May, the
seven-year-old looked to have the most potential of the field on that
day and, given that he won fresh last season, confidence must be high
in the son of Beneficial to make a winning return to action. Voix D’eau
didn’t look suited by soft ground last time and may well appreciate
these slightly better conditions, while Thomas Brown could prove best
of the remainder for the in-form Harry Fry.
DAVIDSTOW HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £25,000
added 3m
1
6336-4 BALLY LONGFORD C Tizzard 9 11 12 .....................B J Cooper T
2
451-P2 MARCILHAC (D) Miss V Williams 8 11 12........................D Jacob
3
/12F4- KAKI DE LA PREE (D) T Symonds 10 11 12............ R Johnson
4
/6114- BRANDON HILL (D) T R George 9 11 10................... A P Heskin
5
1197-5 WALK IN THE MILL R Walford 7 11 8 ........................James Best
6
18P-35 ANTONY (CD)(BF) G L Moore 7 11 7 ..................Jamie Moore C
7
1F3-10 BEGGARS CROSS (D) Jonjo O’Neill 7 11 3.... R McLernon C
8
-PP21P DEFINITLY GREY (D) C Longsdon 6 10 13 ..............J J Burke T
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Marcilhac, 9-2 Bally Longford, 5-1 Brandon Hill, Antony,
13-2 Kaki De La Pree, 7-1 Beggars Cross, 12-1 others.
COUTTS HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 2) £30,000 added
2m
1
11236- PETER THE MAYO MAN (D) P Nicholls 7 11 12....H Cobden
2
1143-5 VERDANA BLUE (D)(BF) N Henderson 5 11 11....Nico De Boinville
3
P111-1 SPEREDEK (D) N Hawke 6 11 11(7ex).............. C Gethings (3) C
4
47117- NIGHT OF SIN (D) N Williams 4 11 5.................Lizzie Kelly (3)
5
1113-7 DON BERSY (D) T Symonds 4 11 5...........................Jamie Moore
6
2/510- LE PRECIEUX G L Moore 4 11 4...............................Joshua Moore
7
921P-6 MIDNIGHT MAESTRO (D) A King 5 11 1...............B J Geraghty
8
71-112 ATTEST (D)(BF) W Greatrex 4 11 0................................ G Sheehan
9
23-442 MOLINEAUX C Tizzard 6 10 11..........................................T J O’Brien
10 593-P4 EDDIEMAURICE (CD) J Flint 6 10 11.....................T Scudamore
11
21221- LITTLE MISS POET (D) P Hobbs 5 10 10.................... R Johnson
12 6280-0 STOLBERG (D) D L Williams 9 10 6....................................D Crosse
- 12 declared BETTING: 5-1 Verdana Blue, 11-2 Little Miss Poet, 6-1 Attest, Peter The
Mayo Man, 13-2 Speredek, 8-1 others.
3.15
3.50
today, as is Midnight Maestro, who
finished alongside her, but preference is for Colin Tizzard’s Molineaux,
who drops to two miles after just failing to last home in front over half a
mile further at the last Ascot fixture.
Antony didn’t progress as anticipated after winning an Ascot handicap in style last autumn, but there
were distinct signs of a revival on
his recent return to the track. Back
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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3-0
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4249
96
5-
BLAIRS COVE (D) D Skelton 5 11 10............................H Skelton T
BLACK ART Mrs S Smith 5 10 12................................................D Cook
BOGARDUS P Holmes 6 10 12........................................J Kington (3)
ESPOIR DE TEILLEE N Mulholland 5 10 12 ................ N Fehily
JACK DEVINE Mrs R Dobbin 5 10 12........................Craig Nichol
ROCKET RONNIE B Barr 7 10 12......................... T Garner (3) C,T
THE RESDEV WAY P Kirby 4 10 12..........................T Dowson (3)
EASTER MYTTON H Burns 5 10 5 ..............Mr D Delahunt (7)
- 8 declared BETTING: 4-5 Espoir De Teillee, 7-4 Blairs Cove, 8-1 Black Art, 14-1 Jack
Devine, 33-1 Rocket Ronnie, 66-1 Bogardus, 100-1 others.
1.50
GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE WINTER FESTIVAL
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £12,000 added 3m 1f
1
2
/4PPP- MILANSBAR N King 10 12 1 ........................................................H Teal (7)
118-33 DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (CD) Mrs S Smith 7 11 12...............
...............................................................................................................................................D Cook
3
122-32 THUMB STONE BLUES (BF) K Bailey 7 11 10.......D Bass C,T
4 31-PUP JOVIAL JOEY M Barnes 6 11 10....................................D Irving (3) T
5
658612 STRONGLY SUGGESTED Jonjo O’Neill 10 11 3.....K Moore (3)
6
P2-157 TOMKEVI (C) Rebecca Menzies 6 11 2..............................T Kelly C
7
-22035 CUP FINAL B Haslam 8 11 2...................................................A Tinkler T
8
2317-3 RAKTIMAN (C) Sam England 10 11 2......................... J England T
9
3112-2 TOTAL ASSETS (D) S Waugh 9 10 7..........................C Bewley (3)
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Delusionofgrandeur, 7-2 Thumb Stone Blues, 5-1
Strongly Suggested, 8-1 Jovial Joey, Milansbar, 10-1 Tomkevi, 12-1
Total Assets, Cup Final, 14-1 Raktiman.
2.25
NEXT BEST
Antony
(3.15pm, Ascot)
Impressive course winner last
year and seems to be on his way
back to top form.
ONE TO WATCH
Keystroke did everything but
win on his return to action
at Kempton and looks in for
another productive winter
campaign.
down to an attractive mark and wearing cheek-pieces for the first time in
the Davidstow Handicap Chase, Gary
Moore’s gelding is ready to win again.
INJURED JOCKEYS FUND NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£6,000 added 2m
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1 PARTHENIUS (D) D Skelton 4 11 4....................................H Skelton
ALMUNTHER M Hammond 4 10 12......................Joe Colliver T
AUXILIARY P Holmes 4 10 12.........................................J Kington (3)
P-80 CALYPSO DELEGATOR M Hammond 4 10 12.......F O’Toole (5)
DUTCH ARTIST A Brown 5 10 12.............................................C R King
0 FROZON Harriet Bethell 4 10 12.................................................D Cook
68 GREAT COLACI G Boanas 4 10 12 ..................C McCormack (3)
5-99 HEATHER BURNING Mrs R Dobbin 6 10 12 ......................................
................................................................................................................Mr D Delahunt (7)
9
3-325 HELLO BERTIE (BF) J M Jefferson 5 10 12................B Hughes
10
P JACBEQUICK D O’Meara 6 10 12...................................Craig Nichol
11
63-13 ROCKALZARO D McCain 5 10 12.............................Will Kennedy
12
THE STEWARD J Moffatt 6 10 12......................................... H Brooke
13
YOUNG TOM Mrs S Smith 4 10 12.......................... Sean Quinlan
- 13 declared BETTING: 5-2 Parthenius, 3-1 Rockalzaro, 4-1 Hello Bertie, 8-1 The
Steward, 10-1 Almunther, 14-1 Jacbequick, Young Tom, 16-1 Dutch
Artist, 20-1 others.
3.00
1
2
3
4
5
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13225F51-25
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F2U31U
5
6
7
8
221113U1452PP0-2
7521-5
COME RACING NEW YEAR’S DAY BEGINNERS’ CHASE
(CLASS 4) £7,000 added 2m 3f
ALZAMMAAR (D) Sam England 6 11 2......................... J England
DIVINE SPEAR (BF) N Henderson 6 11 2....................B Hughes
RAMONEX Richard Hobson 6 11 2............................................D Cook
TOP CAT DJ M Barnes 9 11 2...........................................D Irving (3) T
VALGOR DU RONCERAY M Hammond 8 11 2 .................................
...............................................................................................................................F O’Toole (5)
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-10 Alzammaar, 6-4 Divine Spear, 7-1 Valgor Du Ronceray,
10-1 Ramonex, 66-1 Top Cat Dj.
ON THE ROAD (D) E Williams 7 11 8..................................A Wedge
MIDNIGHT SILVER (CD) J Snowden 7 11 5....Bryony Frost (5) T
JENNYS DAY Katy Price 6 11 5..................................................... B Poste
RAFAFIE (C) Mrs S Gardner 9 10 5..............Lucy Gardner (3)
- 8 declared 1
1241-F PURE VISION A Honeyball 6 11 10............................A Coleman T BETTING: 11-4 Cobolobo, 3-1 On The Road, 11-2 Never Equalled, 6-1
2
15435- OLD SALT E Williams 5 11 8...................................................A Wedge T Midnight Silver, 7-1 Jennys Day, 8-1 Sykes, 14-1 Rafafie, 20-1 Driftwood
3
/42-23 A BOLD MOVE (BF) Christian Williams 7 11 8.....D N Russell C Haze.
4
534-13 CHAMPAGNE CHASER (D) T Vaughan 7 11 3..............A Johns
PENCNWC HOLIDAY PARK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
5
4/712- ZALGARRY (C) A Whitehead 10 11 3.......................Mr J Wall (5)
5) £5,000 added 3m
6
42P-P6 LORD BRYAN P Bowen 6 10 12......................................Sean Bowen
7
/553-U STAR TACKLE (BF) H Whittington 6 10 11....... H Bannister
1
1U3P-P BLACK NARCISSUS (D) A Dunn 8 12 0.......................A Wedge T
- 7 declared 2
2656-5
MISTY MAI (C)(D) D Rees 7 11 12...................................N Scholfield
BETTING: 7-4 A Bold Move, 7-2 Pure Vision, 6-1 Champagne Chaser, 7-1
3
4-6FP1 STEEL NATIVE (CD) D Rees 6 11 9(7ex)...................T Whelan H
Star Tackle, 8-1 Old Salt, Lord Bryan, 12-1 Zalgarry.
4
2746-P ALBERTO’S DREAM T Symonds 8 11 8........................B Poste B
TENOVUS CLOSER TO HOME APPEAL HANDICAP
5
4145-4 MAGICAL MAN (C)(D) Mrs D Hamer 10 11 2 ........T Bellamy
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £11,000 added 2m 6f
6 9R333P ATLANTIC KING N Hawke 4 10 7..................................Sean Bowen
29556- TRY IT SOMETIME (C)(D) Sheila Lewis 9 10 1....R Patrick (5) C,T
1
5412-1 COBOLOBO Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 12......................................A Coleman 7
- 7 declared 2
24431- NEVER EQUALLED (C) B J Llewellyn 8 11 11.... Rob Williams (3) C
3
6F45-4 SYKES Nicky Martin 8 11 11...................................................M Griffiths BETTING: 11-10 Steel Native, 6-1 Atlantic King, 7-1 Try It Sometime,
4
52-084 DRIFTWOOD HAZE (CD) P C Dando 9 11 10 ......Mr B R Jones (7) Misty Mai, 8-1 Black Narcissus, 10-1 Alberto’s Dream, 12-1 Magical Man.
BEST OF FFOS LAS
2.15
ROBERT PRICE CHASE (NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP)
(CLASS 4) £8,000 added 2m 5f
3.25
2.50
Results service
MARKET RASEN
Going: Good to soft-good in places
12.10 1. DANS LE VENT (G Sheehan) 8-11 fav; 2. Tayzar
33-1; 3. New Quay 10-1. 10 ran. 6l, 1l. (J Snowden). Tote:
£1.50; £1.02, £6.80, £2.70. Exacta: £29.90. Trifecta:
£235.40. CSF: £30.24. NR: Echo Express.
12.40 1. MOLLY CHILDERS (C Gethings) 11-8 fav; 2.
Undisputed 9-2; 3. Bonnet’s Vino 7-2. 7 ran. 14l, 4l.
(Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £2.10; £1.20, £2.40. Exacta:
£8.80. Trifecta: £21.70. CSF: £7.77.
1.10 1. ARTHUR’S GIFT (T Humphries) 13-8 fav; 2.
Psychedelic Rock 5-2; 3. Just Milly 8-1. 8 ran. 13/4l, 8l.
(N Twiston-Davies). Tote: £2.30; £1.10, £1.60, £2.40.
Exacta: £6.80. Tricast: £22.27. Trifecta: £28.70. CSF:
£6.11. NR: River Frost.
1.40 1. ACTING LASS (N Fehily) evens fav; 2. Bordeaux
Bill 4-1; 3. Wilberdragon 4-1. 4 ran. 31/2l, 8l. (H Fry).
Tote: £1.60; Exacta: £6.80. Trifecta: £13.10. CSF: £5.24.
2.10 1. VINEGAR HILL (B J Powell) 7-2; 2. Amiral
Collonges 9-1; 3. Copperfacejack 5-2 fav. 7 ran. 4l, 1l.
(Stuart Edmunds). Tote: £5.00; £2.40, £3.20. Exacta:
£30.40. Trifecta: £202.40. CSF: £31.67.
2.45 1. MORNING WITH IVAN (J Corbett) 11-1; 2.
Teescomponents Max 4-1; 3. Marju’s Quest 8-1. 11 ran.
2-1 fav Druid’s Diamond (Pulled Up). 23/4l, 3l. (S Corbett).
Tote: £12.90; £3.10, £1.80, £2.40. Exacta: £59.50. Tricast:
£378.94. Trifecta: £316.80. CSF: £55.38.
3.20 1. BENNY’S BRIDGE (P Brennan) 4-1; 2. Inheritance Thief 11-4; 3. Norman Stanley 11-1. 9 ran. 7-4 fav
Shall We Go Now (6th). 21/2l, 21/4l. (F O’Brien). Tote:
£5.00; £1.90, £1.80, £3.80. Exacta: £17.50. Trifecta:
£128.20. CSF: £15.00.
Placepot: £53.30. Quadpot: £31.70.
Place 6: £55.06. Place 5: £32.04.
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
1.50 1. BRITISH ART (K Stott) 2-1 fav; 2. Exclusive
Waters 11-1; 3. Galilee Chapel 50-1. 14 ran. 21/2l, 3/4l. (R K
Watson (IRE) ). Tote: £3.30; £1.60, £2.90, £12.40. Exacta:
£31.80. Tricast: £875.98. Trifecta: £1131.70. CSF: £24.80.
2.20 1. SIR CHAUVELIN (Daniel Tudhope) 4-1; 2.
Rainbow Rebel 11-2; 3. Burcan 3-1. 7 ran. 5-4 fav Master
Singer (5th). 1l, hd. (J Goldie). Tote: £5.70; £2.80, £2.50.
Exacta: £20.10. Trifecta: £54.60. CSF: £26.09.
2.55 1. TRANQUIL STAR (Daniel Tudhope) 2-5 fav; 2.
Ebqaa 7-2; 3. Lewinsky 33-1. 4 ran. 7l, 6l. (J Noseda).
Tote: £1.40; Exacta: £2.10. Trifecta: £6.70. CSF: £2.08.
3.30 1. PADDYPLEX (P Makin) 12-1; 2. Andok 11-1;
3. Waarif 3-1 fav. 12 ran. hd, 11/4l. (K Dalgleish). Tote:
£10.60; £3.80, £3.00, £1.30. Exacta: £106.40. Tricast:
£505.28. Trifecta: £427.70. CSF: £139.47.
4.05 1. ATLETICO (Daniel Tudhope) 11-4 fav; 2. Bowson
Fred 5-1; 3. Hilary J 13-2. 13 ran. 11/4l, 11/4l. (R Varian).
Tote: £3.90; £1.90, £2.00, £2.70. Exacta: £21.30. Tricast:
£87.17. Trifecta: £119.10. CSF: £15.59. NR: Dynamo Walt.
4.35 1. GREAT SHOT SAM (D Probert) 3-1; 2. Ideal
Candy 12-1; 3. Strawberryandcream 5-1. 8 ran. 7-4 fav
Riverside Walk (4th). 11/2l, nk. (A Balding). Tote: £3.40;
£1.20, £2.50, £1.80. Exacta: £37.80. Trifecta: £216.20.
CSF: £38.53. NR: Lady Al Thumama.
5.10 1. GOWANBUSTER (P Mulrennan) 10-1; 2. Cocktail
66-1; 3. Nice Shot 13-8 fav. 11 ran. 13/4l, 11/4l. (S Corbett).
Tote: £10.10; £2.30, £15.90, £1.10. Exacta: £360.80.
Trifecta: £11133.30. CSF: £505.78.
5.40 1. ROYAL PROSPECT (P Mulrennan) 4-1; 2. The
British Lion 7-1; 3. Midsummer Knight 13-8 fav. 9 ran.
3
/4l, 11/4l. (Julie Camacho). Tote: £4.70; £1.30, £2.00, £1.20.
Exacta: £32.10. Trifecta: £122.30. CSF: £31.43. NRs:
Gorgeous General, Royal Residence.
Jackpot: £10,000.00.
Placepot: £103.40. Quadpot: £12.80.
Place 6: £97.20. Place 5: £48.24.
WINCANTON
Going: Soft-heavy in places
12.20 1. DAYTIME AHEAD (N Scholfield) 9-2 jt-fav;
2. Prince Mahler 11-1; 3. Richardofdoccombe 40-1. 13
ran. 9-2 jt-fav Scrumpy Boy (6th). 41/2l, 4l. (R Hodges).
Tote: £5.00; £1.80, £3.60, £9.50. Exacta: £56.00. Tricast: £1769.31. Trifecta: £1661.50. CSF: £48.02. NR:
Ermyn’s Emerald.
12.50 1. BUCKHORN TIMOTHY (M Bastyan) 7-2; 2.
Winning Spark 20-1; 3. Fou Et Sage 3-1 fav. 8 ran. 1/2l,
21/4l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £4.00; £2.00, £4.90, £1.30. Exacta:
£61.00. Tricast: £226.00. Trifecta: £322.30. CSF: £59.17.
1.25 1. CUCKLINGTON (H Cobden) 13-8 fav; 2. How’s
My Friend 4-1; 3. Water Wagtail 5-1. 8 ran. 11/2l, 21l. (C
Tizzard). Tote: £2.10; £1.10, £1.80, £1.70. Exacta: £8.90.
Tricast: £23.30. Trifecta: £34.30. CSF: £8.29.
2.00 1. DRUMCLIFF (N P Madden) 10-3 jt-fav; 2. Coeur
Tantre 7-1; 3. I See You Well 9-2. 7 ran. 10-3 jt-fav
Dreamcatching (Pulled Up). 31/4l, 41/2l. (H Fry). Tote:
£4.00; £1.80, £3.30. Exacta: £19.20. Trifecta: £112.50.
CSF: £24.77.
2.35 1. CAPTAIN CATTISTOCK (H Cobden) 4-1; 2.
Canelo 7-4 fav; 3. Balibour 80-1. 11 ran. 5l, 13l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £4.90; £1.70, £1.60, £14.70. Exacta: £13.70.
Trifecta: £444.80. CSF: £11.88.
3.10 1. GARDE FORESTIER (Mr L Williams) 16-1; 2.
Dalaman 1-3 fav; 3. Lady Longshot 9-2. 5 ran. 21/4l, 8l.
(C Whittaker). Tote: £11.90; £4.50, £1.10. Exacta: £27.30.
Trifecta: £78.70. CSF: £24.25. NR: Eastern Lady.
Placepot: £32.20. Quadpot: £4.70.
Place 6: £25.18. Place 5: £6.56.
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O’Loughlin eager to put 2013 pain behind him
By Ian Laybourn
IN AUCKLAND
England are aiming to put four years
of hurt behind them when they challenge Tonga for a place in the World
Cup final.
It is 22 years since Denis Betts,
the current assistant coach, became
the last man to captain England in a
World Cup final but Sean O’Loughlin
has the chance to bridge the gap
when he leads the team out at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium tomorrow morning UK time.
O’Loughlin was at the helm when
England were denied by a lastminute converted try from New
Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in the 2013
semi-final at Wembley, a result that
still pains him.
“It was probably one of the most
disappointing games I have been involved in,” the Wigan loose forward
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recalled. “We played reasonably
well. It was a good performance and
we were in front for most of the game
but didn’t quite get it – you learn les-
sons from those games. The team
has changed a lot since then but the
lads who were there knew how close
we came to doing something special
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Everton (0) ...........................1 Atalanta (1)....................5
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Cristante 13, 64
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got at the minute and going into a big
“There is definitely still an element semi-final, we can pick up that supof disappointment from that but we port again.”
have got an opportunity to put that
While Tonga pulled off one of
right. We want to go that next step the big upsets of the tournament
and make the final and hopefulby defeating New Zealand in
ly win. It is a massive game
the group stages, England
but everyone is excited
have gone steadily about
about it.”
their business and
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dent they can now lift
occasion and the optheir performance to
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portunity to go down
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tives to come out of the perthe country to be involved in a
formances,” he said. “The boys
final would be massive.
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in 2013, people bought into that from in more of a complete performance.
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West Ham v Leicester (8)..................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Dundee v Rangers..................................................................
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER:
England v Bosnia-Herzegovina (8.0).
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TOTTENHAM
Kane admits he must manage
his workload for rest of season
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Harry Kane has admitted that he
will have to manage his workload
and listen to his body as he leads
Tottenham through an arduous
season.
The England striker recently
missed Spurs’ game at Manchester
United with hamstring tightness, as
well as England’s friendlies against
Germany and Brazil with a knock.
He returned to form with a goal at
Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday
night but said afterwards he will
at times “have to do what is best”
to keep him fit through the whole
season.
But Kane, who is enjoying another remarkable season for club and
country, said that he felt “100 per
cent” fit right now, and that the best
way for him to stay fit was by playing
matches.
Kane returned from injury for
Spurs’ 2-0 north London derby defeat at Arsenal on Saturday and did
not look at his sharpest. But he said
that although he rushed back, he felt
ready to play.
Harry Kane returned to form with a goal against Borussia Dortmund GETTY
“Yes I was fully fit,” Kane said.
“It was a rush to get back, shall we
say. I wanted to get back as soon
as I could. I didn’t want to miss the
derby. I felt good and wanted to play
in Dortmund, and the gaffer gave
the opportunity. I like to get into
a rhythm of playing and getting
minutes.”
Now that Kane is back in the
rhythm of playing and scoring –
Tuesday’s goal was his first for a
month – he said that he felt fit again.
“I’m playing so I’m 100 per cent,” he
said. “That’s the way I see it.”
There may be times later on in
the season where Kane will feel
problems that could keep him out of
games, and he admitted he will have
to listen to his body.
“It depends on how my body holds
up,” Kane said. “I do everything I can
to try to make sure I can play every
game. Sometimes you get niggles,
like the knee and the hamstring, and
you have to do what is best for you
at the time.”
But Kane wants to keep playing
and in form, especially with a World
Cup around the corner. “I will try to
play every game but if it isn’t possible I will try to get back as quickly as
I can,” he said. “The World Cup is a
long way off and a lot can happen between now and then. So I just have
to keep myself fit and healthy and
see what happens.” THE INDEPENDENT
FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
ENGLAND WOMEN
Study to begin
into dementia
in ex-players
Carter’s appointment to FA
Council ‘will help football’
By Matt Slater
A Glasgow-based research
team will investigate whether
former footballers are more
likely to suffer from dementia
later in life than the general
public.
The new study, which is
titled “Football’s Influence on
Lifelong Health and Dementia
Risk” (FIELD) will start in
January and will be led by the
University of Glasgow and the
Hampden Sports Clinic.
Co-funded by the Football
Association and the
Professional Footballers’
Association, the research
will look at the physical and
mental health outcomes of
approximately 15,000 former
professional footballers and
compare them to the wider
population.
This announcement comes
after wide criticism of the
football authorities’ failure to
address this question sooner,
as it has been on the national
agenda ever since former
England and West Brom star
Jeff Astle died in 2002 with
what the coroner described as
an “industrial injury”.
By John Skilbeck
England striker Danielle Carter has
been backed to make a major impact
off the field as the crisis-hit Football
Association targets cultural change.
Tonight, Carter will hope to feature
for the Lionesses in their World Cup
qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Walsall. She could also play
a part in Tuesday’s match against Kazakhstan in Colchester, as England
bid to build on September’s 6-0
win over Russia in the race to
reach France 2019.
But Carter (right), who has
scored six goals in three previous England appearances,
can also make her influence felt
away from the pitch after being
appointed to the FA council.
The 24-year-old joins at a time
when the FA is facing demands to
ensure there is improved diversity
throughout the game.
“She’s female, she’s black and
she’s a current player, so to have
her on there, that wouldn’t have
been done years ago,” said former
England star Rachel Yankey. “We’re
seeing improvements.
“We need to see more of it happening, but there are changes
and it’s positive. She’s going to
come from a different angle
and it can only help football.”
Yankey, who is mixed
race, won 129 caps for England from
1997 to 2013 and played with Carter
at Arsenal for six years.
She sees Carter’s appointment by
the FA to its self-styled parliament as
a step in the right direction.
It came last month, as FA
chairman Greg Clarke and chief
executive Martin Glenn resisted
calls to resign over their handling of
the Mark Sampson saga, particularly
the racism complaints from England
international Eni Aluko.
The Lionesses are moving on
from the Sampson era, with Mo
Marley in interim charge after
the former manager was sacked
over allegations unrelated
to those raised by Aluko.
And Yankey thinks
football will have its house
in order once organisations
such as the FA become truly
representative.
“Football isn’t just about
the people that play it and
coach it,” Yankey said.
“There are so many
different strands and we
need diversity through
the whole of it.”
Yankey is supporting
the Fairer Game campaign, backed by Betfair,
which has funded 50 women to
take the Uefa B coaching
qualification.
Listless Gunners
lose out but still
win their group
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By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT THE RHEINENERGIESTADION
It may not have been the result Arsenal wanted, or the performance any
of their B-teamers were hoping for in
a rainy and noisy defeat in Cologne,
but it was just enough to give them
the desired outcome: winning Group
H with one game to spare.
Yes, they were reliant on a 0-0 draw
between BATE Borisov and Red Star
Belgrade which ultimately rendered
this game immaterial.
That draw in Borisov means that
now no-one can catch Arsenal at
the top of the group. No matter what
happened here, nor whatever happens when Arsenal host BATE at the
Emirates on 7 December.
Arsenal were perhaps unlucky to
lose this game, which they dominated
in terms of possession and chances,
without quite threatening as much as
they should.
It took Cologne taking the lead
through a second half penalty to really wake Arsène Wenger’s side up.
And even then, though Reiss Nelson
and Jack Wilshere forced saves from
Timo Horn, there was no great siege.
Arsenal had been dominating the
second half but all it took was one fast
Cologne break to cut them open.
Yuya Osako sent Sehrou Guirassy
through, and he got goal-side of
Mathieu Debuchy. The 32-year-old
defender, not as sharp as he was,
could only bring Guirassy down. The
French forward got up and wrongfooted David Ospina with his penalty,
to the delight of the 45,300 crowd.
Cologne, remember, have not won
a Bundesliga game all season. They
had only won once in this group stage
before tonight, a 5-2 rout of BATE
Borisov here at the RheinEnergieS-
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EVERTON
Ramirez 71
1
ATALANTA
Cristante 12, 63, Gosens 86,
Cornelius 88, 90
5
By Carl Markham
AT GOODISON PARK
Jack Wilshere
makes space for
himself but was
unable to inspire
an Arsenal victory
last night GETTY
tadion on 2 November. So this was
still a night of raucous celebration
for them. If they win in Belgrade in
two weeks’ time they can still qualify
for the last-32. Which, for a fan-base
so starved of European football, is
nothing trivial.
Wenger, meanwhile, insisted that
Danny Welbeck was not injured and
is in “good shape” after playing just
45 minutes of his injury comeback
last night.
The French manager said: “The situation that it was planned before the
game that he would play 45 minutes.
“He is coming back from injury. We
have three more games, on Sunday
[Burnley], Wednesday [Huddersfield
Town] and Saturday again [Manchester United]. And medically the
risk was a bit too high to play him for
longer, because he has been out for a
while. But he has no problem.
“He was, of course, ready to stay on
and frustrated to come off. But he’s in
good shape.”
Wenger felt the match-winning
penalty should not have been given
but was happy with his team’s efforts.
He said: “I would say the really young
players did well.”
Cologne (3-4-3) T Horn; Sorensen, Maroh (Rausch,
38) Mere; Klunter, Özcan, Jojic, J-K Horn; Cordoba
(Olkowski, 56), Osako (Lehmann, 73), Guirassy. Substitutes not used: Kessler, Risa, Nartey, Bisseck.
Arsenal (3-4-2-1) Ospina; Debuchy (Nketiah, 84),
Mertesacker, Holding; Chambers (Nelson, 67), Coquelin,
Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Welbeck (Iwobi, h-t), Wilshere;
Giroud. Substitutes not used: Akpom, Macey, Sheaf,
Willock.
Referee V Bezborodov (Rus).
Everton’s season – like their
search for a manager – continues
to drift apparently rudderless
after an insipid display which
saw them thrashed by Atalanta,
a result that put the Serie A
side through to the last 32 of the
Europa League.
There was nothing riding on the
game for the already-eliminated
Toffees but the visitors found
it all too easy, even discounting
a missed penalty from captain
Alejandro Gomez, with two goals
from Bryan Cristante early in
each half.
Sandro Ramirez’s first strike
for the club he joined in the
summer gave the hosts hope but
goals from substitutes Andreas
Cornelius (two) and Robin Gosens
in the closing stages typified
Everton’s haplessness.
Caretaker manager David
Unsworth selected a strong side
but Everton finished the match
humiliated in front of a half-full
Goodison Park.
The second-lowest Goodison
crowd in Everton’s European
history – 17,431 – endured a grim
night. Captain Wayne Rooney
said: “There was nothing riding
on the game, but it’s our pride. It’s
not nice to lose games. It’s very
disappointing and upsetting
“[On search for a manager]
That’s down to the board, it’s their
decision. Since David Unsworth
has come in there’s been a great
atmosphere among the players
and some positive results. The
board have a decision to make and
I’m sure they’re working on it.”
Everton(4-2-3-1) Robles; Kenny (Feeney, 69), Williams,
Keane, Martina; Baningime, Davies; Klaassen (Vlasic,
62), Rooney, Mirallas (Calvert-Lewin, 79); Ramirez.
Substitutes not used: Pickford, Gueye, Besic, Lookman.
Atalanta (3-5-2) Berisha; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello
(Caldara, 61); Hateboer (Gosens, 70), Cristante (Cornelius, 82), De Roon, Freuler, Castagne; Petagna, Gomez.
Substitutes not used: Gollini, Kurtic, Mancini, Ilicic.
Referee J Kehlet (Den).
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PREMIER LEAGUE
It’s a free hit for us
this weekend, which
Manchester United
will make use of, 2-0.
I never, ever predict we will lose
a match, but I can’t see us being
able to hit them on the counter at
Old Trafford with two banks of
five. Coldeanseagull (North Stand
67
Finally getting one
over on Spurs was
refreshing, and made
better by the nature of
the first. Sunday’s trip to Burnley
is somehow a “Top 4” six-pointer
– hopefully we keep up our recent
record of beating them with a
massively controversial goal to
keep Dyche happy. George Bond
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kingcarr21 (Foxes Talk)
A night to forget in
Spain. Really important
for our momentum not
to be halted by such a
calamity. Plenty of reasons to
be cheerful, equally as many to
be nervy – especially at corners.
Chelsea are in fantastic form, so a
win at Anfield would show great
character. Nick Harrington
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Niasse has rightly been
charged but I hope
those dropped points
don’t haunt us. That
being said, we have to start
winning games we dominate. The
performances have been good, but
we need results. I expect similar
this weekend, but it’s Palace so
we’ll probably draw. Ollie Potts
Fancy us to put the
Hammers to the
sword. Shinji will play
a huge part. Gray and
Mahrez have more attacking
intent when Shinji is on the pitch
being his usual nuisance. Get off
to a good start and the West Ham
crowd will be as toxic as ever.
The Basel loss will
do little to hurt our
progress. Scoring five
against Mourinho just
doesn’t happen. So our
attention may turn to an Albion
who are sitting pretty but have
failed to make inroads against the
division’s elite. Johnny Miller
Hugo Parrott
WATFORD
Although Silva could
have been stronger in his
desire to stay, he made
it click vs the Hammers.
A follow up on the Toon would set
the scene for the least likely clash
for 7th of the modern era. Watford
vs Burnley. It’s on. Alex Keating
According to the
chairman there’s nothing
imminently planned for
any major redevelopment.
So, in the meantime, perhaps a
lick of paint on the exterior of the
Bob Lord Stand, which currently
is an absolute disgrace and has
been for some time. Royboyclaret
I’d imagine EH will stick
with the same team as
Huddersfield, with the
obvious change of Smith
for Francis? Doubt Cook will come
in, if he didn’t when Arter (left)
was out of form, there’s no way
he will off the back of an Arter
goal. Hopefully Stanislas is back.
Four wins in a row and
crisis officially over. No
surprise this coincides
with Christensen’s rise,
Kante’s return and a settled XI.
Tomorrow’s result really should
be determined by which Liverpool
turn up – hopefully it’s second
half-Liverpool. Either way we will
get chances. Charlie Gould
Grant received a “warm”
return on Monday’s vs
Brighton, pity the sloppy
defence couldn’t keep a
clean sheet. The ongoing
Martins Indi omission is puzzling
considering our obvious frailties.
Up top, could Crouch become our
PL top scorer this week?
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Another draw, and
this time to the bottom
side. The fact Crystal
Palace looked better is
worrying. The Silva deal is looking
dead and if our striker situation
is anything to go by, we won’t
have a plan B. I’ll be surprised
if Unsworth isn’t here come
Christmas. Marcus Bailey
In our defence, there
is no shame conceding
four at Old Trafford...
We’ll lick our wounds
and, invigorated by news that
Ashley is finally sodding off, we’ll
hopefully deliver the quality we
were playing at the beginning of
the season. Harry Savill
Coleman is no longer
Wales manager. He
has left for “big club”
Sunderland. He may
have been attracted by
the proposition that, if he keeps
them up, a Championship clash
with hometown Swansea awaits –
as we look doomed.
Nye Williams
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Hope the players feel a
weight has been lifted
and go out with freedom.
Shame it’s Tottingham,
they are a really good side, but you
never know, we might catch them
off guard if we change it up a bit.
seteefeet (Westbrom.com)
Don’t think anyone
really wants to recall
last week? Right then,
we’ll move on swiftly.
This week we have our second
opportunity of the season to end
the unbeaten run of a Manchester
side. I fear next week’s post will
be even more brief. Pray for the
Terriers. Olly Diamond
De Bruyne might need a
rest, but he’s producing
so much so often it’s
difficult to give him that
rest. Danger is we become too
reliant. Try to get the result early
at Huddersfield and bring the
stars off. Not sure it’ll pan out that
way – we’ll really have to work for
this one. nottco2-0 (Blue Moon)
We desperately need a
result against Everton on
Sunday. At the moment,
it is the same, turgid
football being rolled out every
week, which is putting me to
sleep. Endeavour and the intent
to attack is surely not too much to
ask. Nick Roberts
Back to the big boys’ stuff
– and in some style – in
Germany in midweek after
the minor neighbourly
dispute at the Library last
weekend. Oh how the tables have
turned – the derby is now clearly
their Cup final while we just move
on to bigger tests elsewhere.
Ed Atkins
WEST HAM UNITED
An abject start to life
under David Moyes. The
hoofball to Carroll was
evident from the start,
and our general play throughout
was shoddy, with several shocking
misses. Lose to Leicester and the
worries will really grow. Joe Light
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Jones keeps faith in ‘fantastic captain’ Hartley
By Jack de Menezes
Dylan Hartley will remain England
captain for the Six Nations despite
being left out from the England
side that will take on Samoa tomorrow – as long as he avoids any more
ill-discipline.
Jones has decided that the time is
right to hand Jamie George, 27, his
first England start – despite becoming the British and Irish Lions’ firstchoice hooker in the summer – which
will end his world-record streak of
19 consecutive Test appearances
without a start.
Hartley’s disciplinary record
has somewhat blighted his career
to-date – having served 60 weeks’
worth of suspensions since his professional debut in 2005 – but while
PACIFIC ISLANDS
Super Rugby
franchise
likely to be
based in Fiji
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Rugby then hopes that an agreement is reached next year so that
the franchise could begin playing
matches from the 2021 season,
after the current broadcasting
contract ends.
“If it is the right thing to do for
the world game and the Pacific
Islands you can be sure that we
will be looking at every way – including financially – that we can
possibly support it,” Egan said.
The new team would cost
around £7.5m a year to run, which
looms as the biggest obstacle. “It
has to make sense from a rugby
and commercial perspective,”
Egan added. “The model would require private equity, government
funding and sponsor
support.”
World Rugby is
likely to be able
to give signifiAmount in
cant financial
millions of
backing to the
pounds a Super
project, but,
Rugby franchise “the franchise
would cost
would have to
annually
show that it will
be able to operate in
a financially sustainable way over
an agreed period of time”. The
finances of the three individual
unions – Fiji, Samoa and Tonga –
would also have to be protected.
Fiji, the Pacific nation with the
best infrastructure, would be expected to be the home base for the
squad. But it is hoped that some
matches could be played in Samoa
and Tonga.
The prospect of a Super Rugby
team was welcomed by Fe’ao Vunipola, the chief executive of the
Tonga Rugby Union. “I would support it wholeheartedly,” he said.
Vunipola believes that it would
lead to “more chance of the boys
staying and living near home”.
7.5
his last ban came just under a year
ago, he has never fallen foul while
playing for Jones.
Head coach Jones has kept Hartley, 31, sharp since taking the job by
reminding him that his place – let
alone the captaincy – is not a given,
but the Australian has struck a different chord in recent weeks by heaping
praise on the Northampton skipper.
“He’s a great captain, Dylan,” insisted Jones. “But like anyone else,
he is under pressure to perform.
Jamie has got an opportunity this
week but Dylan is a fantastic captain
and, certainly at this stage, there is
no reason why he won’t be captain
for the Six Nations.
“There’s no decision on the World
Cup. The only decision we’ve made
is that, if he doesn’t have one of those
Jamie George will start ahead of
Dylan Hartley against the Samoans
mystical experiences at Franklin’s are a starter or a finisher. You’ve all
Gardens and the red mist doesn’t got a role to play.’ So it’d be unfair for
come over, he’ll be captain
me to say that the last two
for the Six Nations.”
years and then not fulfil my
By making nine changes
Dylan is a role this week.”
to his side and handing the great captain
Jones is prepared for a
captaincy to both Chris
physical game at Twickenand,
certainly
Robshaw and George Ford
ham. He said: “We saw last
in a shared role, Jones has at this stage,
week, 23-20 Ireland vs Fiji,
left Hartley out of his Eng- there is no
14-6 Wales vs Georgia, so
land starting XV for the reason why
these sides are capable on
first time under his reign. he won’t be
their day and this will be
“I understand what we captain at the Samoa’s big game. I know
are doing. We are grow- Six Nations
the Samoans as well as I
ing the squad, just like
know any team.
in Argentina, finding out
“I worked as a technical
more about ourselves,” Hartley said. advisor for them in 2006 and I know
“20-odd games I’ve played under when they get their emotional level
Eddie, I’ve sat there and said ‘boys, right they’re a bloody hard side to
we’ve all got a role to play, whether beat. So we’re anticipating a tough
you are going home on Tuesday, you game with them.” THE INDEPENDENT
The Upshot Tim Wigmore
Samoans’ financial
plight is a symptom of
rugby’s rotten system
R
eports of Samoan
rugby’s bankruptcy
have, it seems, been
exaggerated. Earlier
this month, Tuilaepa
Sailele Malielegaoi – chairman of the
Samoa union and also the nation’s
prime minister – declared the
union bankrupt. World Rugby have
clarified that this is not technically
the case.
And yet arguing over whether
Samoan rugby are bankrupt is really
just quibbling over semantics. The
big picture remains the same. Pacific
Islands rugby is struggling: none
of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have got
past the group stages of the World
Cup since 2007. The islands remain
a wonderful source of rugby talent.
But the financial chasm between the
Pacific Islands and Tier One nations
grows more absurd with every
passing year. In 2015-16, England’s
Rugby Football Union generated
£407.1m in revenue; Samoa’s only
generated £3m. England’s figure was
exceptional, because of the World
Cup, but in a normal year they would
still generate over £200m.
These discrepancies explain
why, when England host Samoa at
Twickenham tomorrow, Samoan’s
players will earn match fees of £650
– and England’s will earn £22,000.
While such a chasm exists, the
Pacific Islands’ best players will
continue to qualify to play for other
countries, where they can earn far
more cash. A quarter of all 2015
World Cup players either grew up
in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga or have
ancestry there. There are 200 such
players in the UK alone – including
England players Nathan Hughes
and Semesa Rokoduguni, both born
in Fiji. The players can hardly be
blamed: rugby is a short and volatile
plights of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga,
Pacific Islands rugby could be near.
and the need to do more. And it is
As exclusively revealed by i today,
doing more. Total support for the
there is a strong chance that a
three unions will be over £20m in
Pacific Islands team will be included
the current four-year cycle, from
in Super Rugby, the southern
2016-19, a 19 per cent rise.
hemisphere’s premier domestic
The new rugby global calendar,
competition, from 2021. Should the
from 2020-32, includes a 39 per cent
cash be found, it would mean that,
increase in fixtures between Tier
for the first time, Pacific Island
One and Tier Two countries. World
players could earn a good living
career. But the system is rotten.
Rugby also funded player
based at home.
Even when the Pacific Islands’
insurance and flights for
It would certainly not stop
Players
best players do not represent
the Pacific Island nations
all the best Pacific Island
another country, they often miss
during their current tours don’t get to
players from qualifying for
internationals.
of Europe. And, from the play for their
other nations but it would
World Rugby mandates that
end of 2020, the residency countries. It is be a good start. And it
all players must be released in
requirement for a player
would also mean that the
take, take, take best Pacific Island players
the international window. But
to qualify for another
with
clubs.
the wealthiest clubs, especially in
country will increase from
could spend more time as
Everyone is
England and France, lobby their
three years to five.
a squad, rather than just
players to pull-out – or even to retire
Yet whether any of
being thrown together a few
trying to rip
from international rugby altogether.
this goes far enough
everyone off days before pitching up at
“When they take players, they
is another question.
Twickenham.
don’t then get to play for their
While Pacific Islands
Much more should
countries,” the Samoan Eliota
have historically suffered from
be done. There must also be a
Fuimaono-Sapolu, who had a fine
poor governance – something that
mechanism for giving away teams
career with Bath and Gloucester,
appears to be being addressed. They some share of gate receipts. How
said last year. “It’s take, take, take.
need far more support if they are not can it be right that, when England
Everyone is trying to rip everyone
to be ravaged by the crude logic of
play Samoa in front of 80,000
off.”
financial determinism in sport.
people, Samoa do not get any of
World Rugby is aware of the
A transformative moment for
the cash? Fe’ao Vunipola, the chief
executive of the Tonga Rugby
Union – and father of England’s Billy
and Mako Vunipola – also wants
World Rugby to set up an academy
and scholarship programme in the
Pacific Islands, so players don’t have
to leave to further their careers.
The fear is, as Mark Egan, head of
competitions and performance for
World Rugby, admits, that “you can’t
really fight the market.”
It is not just an international
rugby problem, either. West Indies
cricketers earn far more playing in
foreign T20 leagues. And footballers
from smaller economies often play
little for their countries: KevinPrince Boateng, has forged a fine
career in club football and starred in
the 2010 World Cup yet, aged 30, has
only played 15 times for Ghana.
And so the question is much
deeper than Samoa or even rugby
itself. It is whether international
sport is becoming a game in which
the biggest determinant of success
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about England
By Will Jackson
‘It bodes well for
rugby if the ball is
getting chucked
around a bit more’
Hansen glad to see Gatland’s Wales starting
dual playmakers against his All Blacks side
Hugh
Godwin
RUGBY UNION
CORRESPONDENT
Relations between Warren Gatland
and Steve Hansen are cordial enough
that we won’t see them brawling each
other into the River Taff before, during or after Saturday’s latest attempt
by Wales to end their 64-year losing
run against New Zealand.
As for the players and coaches of
British and Irish rugby’s Test teams
at large, who were chided by Hansen
yesterday for reacting to their World
Cup blowout of 2015 by employing tactics the All Blacks have been
using for decades, they are well used
by now to the concept of a Kiwi superiority complex.
“I wouldn’t say it was a knees-up
but we shook hands and said ‘hello’,”
was how Hansen, the head coach of
New Zealand, recalled the chat he had
with his compatriot, Gatland (right),
the Wales head coach, at a testimonial
dinner for the 120-cap forward Alun
Wyn Jones in the Principality Stadium on Wednesday evening. “Win or
lose we’ll always have a drink, it’s part
of what rugby is about.” Tomorrow
afternoon the same venue will see
Wales try to halt a 29-match sequence
of defeats stretching back to 1953.
Gatland said his chat with Hansen
had revolved around how many players New Zealand had been churning
through – 42 used this calendar year
alone – midway between World Cups.
Sadly for the sell-out crowd, many
of the stars of the summer’s British
and Irish Lions tour, when the team
coached by Gatland fought an
honourable, if slightly fortunate, drawn series with
Hansen’s world champions, will be missing.
The latest to be
ruled out was Kieran
Read, the All Black
captain, who took part
with Hansen in a question-and-answer sessions
at the gig for Jones, but retired to his bed yesterday
with a sore back and was re-
placed as skipper by the second row, to be working,” said Hansen, whose
Sam Whitelock.
team has been ranked No 1 in the
But Wales’s selection yesterday of world since 2009.
Dan Biggar and Owen Williams as
It is not as if no British side has ever
dual playmakers, following the suit tried the dual-playmaker ploy – reof Gatland’s Lions when they ditched member England’s Jonny Wilkinson
the big centre Ben Te’o and picked and Mike Catt knocking a Wales side
Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell in coached by Hansen out of the 2003
the victorious second Test in Welling- World Cup? – but it is seen as a Daton and drawn third Test in Auck- mascene conversion for Gatland that
land, was taken up with brio by the he began with Biggar of the Ospreys
normally uber-lugubrious Hansen.
and Williams of Gloucester against
“It’s something the southern-hem- Australia two weeks ago. Wales lost
isphere teams have done for
29-21 having found every
years, isn’t it? You’re doing
possible way to concede
it so you can have an extra
possession so the optimist
It’s an
driver on the park, and indication
must hope all those passes
an extra kicker as most of
will now stick in the same
he
[Gatland]
those players can kick the
way Gatland has stuck with
ball as well. It’s an indica- wants to play his starting pack, which
tion he [Gatland] wants to more a bit
means flanker Justin Tipuplay a bit more football. He’s more football. ric is on the bench.
obviously learnt something He’s learnt
But Wales’s expansive
on the Lions tour. It worked something on plans are severely undown there for them and the Lions tour dermined by injuries to
he’s probably hoping it’s
Jonathan Davies and Liam
going to do it again.
Williams, with the captain
“I think that’s the fall-out from Sam Warburton also absent, even if
2015. Scotland should have been in New Zealand are harder hit, at least
the [World Cup] semi-finals but for in numbers, without Brodie Retallick,
a human error [by the referee], but Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milnernot one of them [the European Skudder and the front-rowers Dane
teams] qualified. So they’ve Coles, Owen Franks, Joe Moody and
obviously had a look at how Charlie Faumuina, among others.
their game was being played
And no one should forget the Lions’
at that time and needed to second Test was turned by a red card
make some changes.
to Sonny Bill Williams, who was front
“You’ve seen that Eng- and centre of New Zealand’s 22-17
land, Scotland, Ireland win over Scotland in Edinburgh.
and now Wales are all
“We’ve seen his ability to get his
changing how they arms free and off-load and free up the
play. It bodes well for backline,” said Gatland. “We have just
rugby if you like see- got to be able to react to that. We’ve
ing the ball getting been criticised in the past for having
c h u c ke d a ro u n d .” one of the biggest backlines in world
And does it represent rugby, now we have one of the smalla threat to New Zealand? est. We are excited about those guys
“Well, we’re not going to playing against a huge All Blacks
change what we do, it seems back-line.”
Australia coach Michael
Cheika is free to take charge
of his side against Scotland
tomorrow after he escaped
punishment for comments
made during the Wallabies’
30-6 loss to England at
Twickenham on Saturday.
Head coach Cheika was
caught on camera sarcastically
applauding decisions that
went against Australia, and
saying “f**king cheats” when a
possible try was ruled out.
A disciplinary officer
announced a warning was
sufficient, “in light of Mr
Cheika’s explanations
of his conduct, his clear
understanding of the need
to protect and promote the
interests of the sport, and his
open apology”.
Meanwhile, Scotland lock
Grant Gilchrist is raring to go
against Australia as he hopes
his injury worries are in the
past. The 27-year-old has been
recalled to the starting line-up
by Gregor Townsend as he looks
to cement his place in the side.
Things looked promising for
the Edinburgh forward in 2014
when he was named captain
of his country, but two broken
arms and a groin problem have
hampered his progress.
Gilchrist is confident he is
almost back to his best but
admits it took longer than
expected to reach those heights.
“Over the last two seasons
I’ve been gradually getting
back to my best,” he said. “I
think I’m playing as well as I
ever have played right now,
regardless of injuries.
“I take the confidence from
that and go out and play. I don’t
think about the past.”
On the challenge of playing
the Wallabies, Gilchrist added:
“The task is pretty much what
it was last week [against New
Zealand]: we’re playing one
of the best sides in the world
at home. We know where the
challenge lies.”
Grant Gilchrist hopes his injury
worries are behind him
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THE ASHES
Quiet defiance
of England’s
rookies offers
hope for future
ENGLAND
Vince 83, Stoneman 53
AUSTRALIA
Jonathan
Liew
AT THE GABBA
196-4 First Test scoreboard
BRISBANE (Day 1 of 5): England have scored 196 for 4
wickets against Australia
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
2 0 0 10 13
A N Cook c Handscomb b Starc
53 0 3 159 225
M D Stoneman b Cummins
83 0 12 170 239
J M Vince run out (Lyon)
15 0
1 50 79
*J E Root lbw b Cummins
28 0 6 64 91
D J Malan not out
13
1 0 31 39
M M Ali not out
Extras (b1 nb1)
2
Total (for 4, 80.3 overs)
196
Fall: 1-2, 2-127, 3-145, 4-163.
To bat: †J M Bairstow, C R Woakes, S C J Broad, J T Ball,
J M Anderson.
Bowling: M A Starc 19.3-4-45-1, J R Hazlewood 18-4-51-0,
P J Cummins 19-6-59-2, N M Lyon 24-9-40-0.
Australia: C T Bancroft, D A Warner, U T Khawaja, *S P D
Smith, P S P Handscomb, S E Marsh, †T D Paine, M A Starc,
P J Cummins, N M Lyon, J R Hazlewood.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and M Erasmus.
Number of scars opened: zero.
Number of careers ended: also zero.
On an unseasonably temperate day
at the Gabba, England met Australian fighting talk with quiet defiance,
drawing the sting from Australia’s Root and England, who had no hesifabled pace attack and carving out a tation in declaring his intention to bat
position of moderate strength.
first, and “bat big”. England lost Cook
It could have been better still; par- in the third over, caught on the crease
ticularly for James Vince, whose 83 and edging Starc to slip,and at lunch,
was the highlight of a day on which England were a cautious 59 for 1. AusEngland at times looked dream- tralia looked weirdly inert.
ily untroubled. But Australia clawed
Stoneman took a watchful 150 balls
their way back into the game in the to reach his half-century, leaving well,
final session, and will ultimately be eschewing the drive wherever possipleased enough with their efforts.
ble. Vince, on the other hand, drove
Vince and Mark Stoneman (53), elegantly and with impunity off front
another of England’s much-derided foot and back.
rookies, put on 125 for the second
He looked the most comfortable of
wicket, shrugging off the early loss of England’s batsmen against the spin
Alastair Cook and posting their high- of Lyon but did offer one chance, a
est Test scores.
thin edge off Lyon that was dropped
The pair have been sharing an by wicket-keeper Tim Paine on his
apartment on tour, and over two return to Test cricket.
dogged sessions, either side of a
But Lyon’s parsimony had prevent95-minute rain delay, they managed ed England from taking the game
to surpass England’s highest partner- away, and when Cummins, persevership from the entire 2013-14 Ashes ing around the wicket to Stoneman,
series.
finally got one to swing in with the
In resisting Mitchell Starc, Pat angle and thud into the top of middle
Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for stump, Australia had an opening.
most of the day, England made
Vince went next, brilit clear that they intend to
liantly run out by Lyon a
write their own stories
foot short of the crease
on this tour. Indeed
when he looked set for
it was Nathan Lyon,
famous century.
drawing turn and
Root looked
Stoneman and
bounce from the gripstrangely skittish,
Vince’s secondping Gabba pitch, who
flicking Starc off
wicket stand higher
often looked like Aushis toes for four but
than any England
tralia’s most threatentrapped LBW when atpartnership in
ing bowler.
tempting the same shot
2013-14 series
It was Lyon who also
off Cummins. But Malan
produced the day’s pivand Moeen, promoted to
otal moment, brilliantly running No6 ahead of Jonny Bairstow, saw
out Vince from cover just when he England safely through to the close
seemed on course to become the first against a darkening sky.
English batsman in more than 80
First days of Ashes series can obyears to score a century on the first scure as much as they reveal. Engday of an Ashes series in Australia.
land’s run rate was modest, there is
England found the going tougher plenty of batting still to be done, and
after that, losing captain Joe Root for occasional showers are forecast for
just 15, and when Dawid Malan (28) the rest of the week.
and Moeen Ali (13) resume on day two
But, most importantly, England
against the second new ball, a total of strode into the lair of their favourite
at least 350 must be their first target. enemy and discovered nothing to
The coin had landed in favour of frighten them. THE INDEPENDENT
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Vindicated Vince answers his
critics: ‘Now they know who I am’
By Jonathan Liew
James Vince offered a timely
riposte to England’s critics on
day one of the first Ashes Test
at Brisbane.
The Hampshire batsman, a
surprise selection for this tour,
chose the biggest innings of his
life to make his highest Test score
of 83 and afterwards admitted
that the lack of respect shown to
England’s rookie batsmen had
been a source of motivation.
In particular, Vince answered
the criticism of former
Australian great Matthew
Hayden, who claimed in advance
of the series: “I look down the
list, and I honestly don’t even
know who half of these guys
are.” Hayden was referring to
England’s inexperienced top
order, but after a strong batting
day at the Gabba, Vince retorted:
“If he didn’t know who we were,
he does now.”
He went on: “Reading
comments like that almost
gives you an extra incentive
to go out there and try and
make a statement. It’s nice to
spend some time in the middle,
get some confidence. I’ve had
Reading comments like
that almost gives you an
extra incentive to go out
there and make a statement
stuff [criticism] since I got
called up, which gives you a
bit more inspiration to prove
people wrong.”
Vince could have become the
first England batsman since
Maurice Leyland in 1936-37 to
score a century on the first day of
an Ashes series Down Under.
As it is, he fell just short,
run out taking a risky single
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Day one briefing
VINCE VINDICATION
It was a bit of a head-scratcher when
national selector James Whitaker
proclaimed Vince as a batsman with
the technique specifically suited
to succeed in Australia. A series of
edged drives in home conditions
did not square with his thesis. Here,
though, with less pace and bounce
than anticipated at the Gabba to
discomfort England’s new No 3, a
lack of sideways movement off the
pitch helped him prosper through the
off-side.
SHOT OF THE DAY
Stoneman’s on-drive for four
off Cummins, the fourth ball he
faced after lunch, was especially
convincing and emblematic of
England’s largely unflustered
approach despite the early loss of
Cook.
FAILED INTIMIDATION OF THE DAY
Josh Hazlewood, in the 10th over
of the day, took a shy at the stumps,
just missing Vince at the crease –
prompting a murmur from the crowd
and a cautionary word from the
umpire. The England batsman drove
him for four off the very next ball.
STAT OF THE DAY
Vince’s previous jointhighest Test score, in 11
previous innings. He was
not everyone’s obvious choice for this
tour, but immediately demonstrated
rich capabilities on this grand stage
- before passing up his golden opportunity to score a century.
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TWEET OF THE DAY
Really impressive day for
four Ashes debutants today ...
Stoneman,Vince,Malan & Cummins
... Game in the balance ...
Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan)
Mark Stoneman attempts to drive
past Mitchell Starc during yesterday’s
first day of the Test at the Gabba GETTY
to Nathan Lyon at cover. “I’m
sure, lying in bed, I’ll have a few
thoughts about it,” he said. “It was
a good bit of fielding, a good pick
up and throw.”
But amid the disappointment,
there was a certain pride at finally
having arrived at the highest level
after an abortive first swing at
Test cricket in 2016.
“At the start of the day, if you’d
offered me 80, I’d probably have
taken it,” he said. “I actually felt
reasonably calm considering it
was my first knock in Test cricket
for a little while.”
England reached stumps on
196 for four, and Vince said the
game was “reasonably even”
ahead of day two. “The morning’s
crucial for us,” he said. “We spoke
about trying to get overs in their
bowlers’ legs. With only three
seamers, coming back tomorrow
James Vince was delighted to make
83, the highest Test score of his career
might be hard work. The guys
we’ve got coming in can score
quickly and build towards 300,
350, even 400 if we do well.”
Australia’s Pat Cummins
also declared it an even day,
expressing surprise at England’s
cautious approach. “They looked
pretty intent on saving their
wickets,” he said. “It’s pretty
evenly poised. They batted quite
well, but it didn’t get away from
us. I don’t think we’re going to
blast them out tomorrow, so we’re
going to have to stay disciplined.”
Cummins reckons the Gabba
pitch will quicken up over the
next two days. “It was pretty soft
and a little bit slower than we
thought earlier on this morning,”
he said. “It might take another
day or so to get back to the really
quick Gabba wicket we all know.”
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RUGBY LEAGUE
Chase hit with
two-year ban
Widnes half-back Rangi Chase
has been banned for two years
after testing positive for cocaine.
UK Anti-Doping announced
yesterday that the 31-year-old
would serve the suspension after
benzoylecgonine – a metabolite
of cocaine – was found after a
test taken on 14 July of this year.
Ukad chief executive Nicole
Sapstead said Chase’s actions
had “tarnished his career”.
» England set for Tonga test, p65
FOOTBALL
SNOOKER
Everton closer to
Goodison exit
O’Sullivan hopes of
£1m bonus are over
Everton have taken the next
step towards leaving Goodison
Park by signing a lease for
land at Bramley-Moore Dock,
the site of their proposed new
stadium. The 200-year lease,
which is conditional upon gaining
planning consent for the ground
and securing funding for its
construction, means the club
effectively now controls the land
upon which they hope to build.
Ronnie O’Sullivan saw his
hopes of claiming snooker’s
first £1m jackpot end with a
shock 4-1 defeat at the Northern
Ireland Open to world No 82
Elliot Slessor. Victory at the
English Open last month – and
O’Sullivan’s generally superb
form – had set up the possibility of
the 41-year-old completing a clean
sweep of the four “Home Nations”
events and winning the richest
prize the sport has ever offered.
» Europa League, p67
HOCKEY
England one
step away
from World
League Final
Sophie Bray’s double strike
helped England earn a hard
fought 2-1 win over the United
States, to reach the semi-finals
of the Women’s Hockey World
League Final in Auckland.
The forward struck in the
first and third quarters, while
a late penalty corner finish
from Melissa Gonzalez gave the
Americans hope, but England
held firm.
England, who have eight
Team GB Olympic champions in
their squad, will face hosts New
Zealand this morning.
The Kiwis beat Argentina
2-1 to seal their last-four place
and England captain Alex
Danson (pictured above with
Bray) is looking forward to the
next challenge.
Danson said: “We’re delighted
with that performance. It was
FOOTBALL
Italy lead England
in world rankings
England have fallen below Italy in
the Fifa world rankings, despite
the Azzurri failing the reach the
World Cup in Russia. Italy move
up to 14th in the world, one spot
ahead of England who have fallen
three places. Germany are still top
of the rankings, while Wales are at
19th, Northern Ireland 24th, with
Scotland and Republic of Ireland
sharing 32nd place with Iran.
really professional. We had a lot
of control against a very good
American team who are very
physical and very quick, so we’re
very happy with the win.
“It’s fantastic to be here in
New Zealand and to have the
opportunity to play against the
host nation will be special for us.”
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Pacific Islands
Super Rugby
team planned
‘Hartley will be
captain... if he
avoids trouble’
Sport
24.11.17
Exclusive
By Tim Wigmore
England coach Eddie Jones has told
Dylan Hartley that he will remain
as captain for the Six Nations – if
he avoids any disciplinary problems in the coming weeks. Hartley,
who has been left out of the side for
tomorrow’s game against Samoa
at Twickenham, has started all 22
Test matches under Jones.
A Pacific Islands-based Super
Rugby team could be created next
year under plans which would revolutionise the sport in the region.
The proposal, supported
by World Rugby, is to create a
new club side in the southern
hemisphere’s flagship domestic
tournament to stop the talent
drain from the islands.
It is hoped that a squad made
up of players from Fiji, Samoa –
England’s opponents tomorrow
– and Tonga would encourage the
best talent produced by the Pacific Islands to remain there, and
so represent their nations’ teams
in international rugby.
“We are optimistic,” Mark Egan,
head of competitions and performance for World Rugby, told i.
“The Super Rugby option is something that will be seriously looked
at. It’s on our agenda.”
An independent feasibility report, with World Rugby input, on
how a Pacific Islands team could
be incorporated into Super Rugby
is due to be completed this year.
The report will then be submitted to the Pacific Islands
Working Group and SANZAAR,
the body which runs Super Rugby,
in the first quarter of 2018. World
» Full story, p68
Dylan Hartley
training with the
England squad at
Pennyhill Park
yesterday GETTY
CRICKET
England’s Vince
vindicated
on his Ashes
debut P70
FOOTBALL
Kane reveals
plan to avoid
injury in World
Cup year P66
RUGBY UNION
Gatland and
Hansen play
nice ahead
of clash P69
» Continued on p68
Robinho found guilty of rape
By Sam Lovett
An Italian court has sentenced
former Brazil Manchester City and
Milan forward Robinho in absentia to
nine years in prison after convicting
him of taking part in a gang rape of
an Albanian woman in January 2013.
A Milan court ruled that Robinho
and five other Brazilians assaulted
the woman, who was 22 at the time,
after plying her with alcohol in a
discotheque. The whereabouts of
Robinho’s five companions is
not known, with the trial
currently on hold.
Ro b i n h o (right),
33, who now plays for
Atletico Mineiro in Brazil,
pleaded not guilty via his
lawyer and never appeared at
any of the court hearings in
northern Italy.
He has a right to two appeals
and Italy will only launch extradition proceedings once this
legal process is exhausted,
a legal source said.
The Milan court ordered the victim to receive €60,000 (£53,436)
as compensation.
Robinho maintains his
innocence in the case. The
player’s agent and lawyer,
Marisa Alija Ramos, said:
“My client has already defended
himself against the charges and
maintains he played no part in the incident. All legal steps are being taken
in response to this decision.”
The incident occurred when
Robinho was a player at Milan.
The forward, capped 100 times
by his country, returned to Brazil in 2016 to join Atletico Mineiro
from Guangzhou Evergrande.
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