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» UK and Irish officials admit that serious impasse over border
threatens May’s hope of achieving breakthrough with Brussels
» EU will not start trade talks unless ‘sufficient progress’ has been made
» Plan for ‘drastic reduction’ in number of immigrants coming to UK
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27
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
Happiness equals reality
minus expectations
TOM MAGLIOZZI
Birthdays
Samantha Bond, actress,
56; Professor Green (below),
rapper, 34; Mike Skinner,
musician, 39; Matthew
Taylor, footballer, 36;
Gary Lucy, actor, 36; Nigel
Marven, presenter, 57
UNITED STATES
MYANMAR
Obama plotter
snared by her cat
£12m in aid for
Rohingya refugees
A man has been charged with the
attempted murder of a 96-year-old
D-Day veteran, who was seriously
injured in a suspected claw-hammer
attack. Joseph Isaacs, 36, of no fixed
address, is accused of attacking
Jim Booth at his home in Taunton,
Somerset, last week. Mr Booth
remains in hospital.
A tiny cat hair helped to identify
the woman behind a plot to kill
Barack Obama. Julia Poff, from
Texas, is accused of posting
explosives to the then President last
October. Police said they had found a
cat hair which was “microscopically
consistent with the hair of one of
Poff’s cats”.
The UK Government has pledged
an extra £12m of aid for Rohingya
refugees fleeing violence in
Myanmar. The International
Development Secretary, Penny
Mordaunt, said the persecution
of the Muslims “looks like ethnic
cleansing”. An estimated 620,000
Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
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RUSSIA
CRIME
SOCIETY
CHINA
Van ‘deliberately
driven at officer’
Crackdown planned
on abortion demos
Teacher arrested
over nursery ‘abuse’
Vladimir Putin has signed a bill
which will allow Russia to register
international media outlets as
foreign agents. The move was seen
a retaliation against the US after
the Kremlin-funded broadcaster
RT, formerly Russia Today, was
registered with the US Justice
Department as a foreign agent.
A police officer was seriously injured
when he was “deliberately” hit by a
van. Officers were trying to stop a
white Ford Transit in Norris Green
in Liverpool on Saturday when it
was driven on to a pavement and
then at the officer. The victim was
taken to hospital with rib and leg
injuries and a man, 34, was arrested.
New laws could be introduced to
protect women from harassment
and intimidation outside abortion
clinics, the Home Office said,
following concerns about the tactics
used by some demonstrators. The
Government said this could include
“bolstering existing or creating new
police and civil powers”. PAGE 12
A nursery teacher has been
arrested after parents claimed
they found needle marks on their
children’s bodies. Police detained the
22-year-old woman – identified only
as Liu – as part of an inquiry into
RYB Education in Beijing. Families
claim that children as young as three
were given pills and sexually abused.
Record numbers of international students are applying to,
and being accepted on to, degree courses at UK universities,
official figures from the university admissions service Ucas
show. But the numbers of EU students coming to the UK to
study has dropped, with academics warning that Brexit
may be starting to put off prospective undergraduates.
EDUCATION
The List
Sixteen acts to listen
out for in 2018
Billie Eilish (below),
singer/songwriter, US
IAMDDB, jazz performer, UK
Pale Waves, indie band, UK
Tom Walker, singer-songwriter, UK
Alma, singer, Finland
Jade Bird, musician, UK
Khalid, singer, US
Lewis Capaldi, singer, UK
Nilufer Yanya, jazz performer, UK
Not3s, rapper, UK
Rex Orange County,
singer-songwriter, UK
Sam Fender, musician, UK
Sigrid, singer, Norway
Superorganism, pop band, US
Yaeji, electronica artist, US
Yxng Bane, rapper, UK
index
Crossword.............23
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........35
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Islamist party activists clashed
with security forces for a second
day outside Pakistan’s capital,
Islamabad, burning vehicles before
withdrawing into a protest camp
they have occupied for two weeks.
At least six people were killed
on Saturday when police tried to
disperse the group. PAGE 24
International media
are ‘foreign agents’
Music experts have shortlisted
16 artists for the prestigious BBC
Music Sound of 2018. Previous
winners include Adele (2008)
and Sam Smith (2014). The winner
will be announced on 12 January.
The nominees are:
Thursday 27 Nov 1975
The editor of the Guinness
Book of Records, Ross
McWhirter, is shot dead in
Enfield, north London. The
well-known presenter of
the BBC’s Record Breakers
had offered a reward of
£50,000 for information
leading to the arrest of
IRA bombers.
Two men who handed themselves
in to police over an incident which
caused a mass panic in central
London on Friday have been freed
without charge. The incident is
believed to have started at Oxford
Circus Tube station when two men
began arguing on a platform. PAGE 11
Man charged with
Islamists clash with
attack on veteran, 96 security forces
CRIME
MONDAY
Black Friday ‘mass
panic’ pair freed
Brexit
‘barrier’ to
EU students
The total number of applications from EU countries
2017
2016
51,185
53,560
The total number of EU applications that were accepted
2017
2016
4.4%
2.1%
The total number of applications from outside the EU
2016
The total number of applications from outside the EU that were accepted
2017
2016
GRAPHIC: BEUGISM
Percentage of
applications from
non-EU countries
11%
76,380
74,290
2017
Percentage of
applications to
UK universities
from EU countries
7%
That is a decrease of
30,700
31,350
That is an increase of
2.8%
That is an increase of
40, 245
38,345
Had the pre-Brexit levels of growth continued, there
would be 10 per cent more applications and acceptances
from EU countries this year
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
That is a decrease of
5%
10%
82%
Percentage of applicants from the UK
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NEWS
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i MONDAY
27 NOVEMBER 2017
5
Letter from
our Reporter
ThePage3Profile
WESLEY PERKINS, CYBER SQUATTER
Serina Sandhu
i@inews.co.uk
So what’s the reason for his five
minutes of fame?
Wesley Perkins, a 47-year-old father
of two from Birmingham, has been
revealed as one of the internet’s most
notorious “cyber squatters”. He is
reportedly responsible for buying
up the web addresses of legitimate
businesses and diverting their
customers to pornography sites while
demanding thousands of pounds for
the domain names to be returned.
Surely that’s illegal?
No. It’s all above board in the eyes
of the law. Mr Perkins has created a
“bot” to buy recently expired domain
names before selling them back to
the original owner or a competitor.
“People call me a cyber gangster,
claiming that I extort and blackmail
them. Call me what you like, but the
fact is what I do is legal and until the
law is changed, I will continue to do
it,” he said.
Redirecting visitors to porn sites
makes him the biggest returns, he
added. “It’s simple. I can earn revenue
from each click, view or sign-up. As a
bonus, it may hurry along a sale.”
This could be a
royal wedding
worth waiting for
Do the companies he targets agree?
Not quite. Cheryl Jillions, who owns
Little Acorns Fostering, said she was
terrified when Mr Perkins bought the
Ofsted-rated firm’s domain name. “I
was in tears,” she said. “I was terrified
that if he posted pornography on a
site involved with child welfare, we
would be done for.”
We should expect confirmation of
the engagement of Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle any day now.
How do we know this? Bookies
have stopped taking bets, the BBC
has apparently been “primed for
an announcement”, and Markle
is reportedly trying to move her
dogs to Britain.
And if that wasn’t enough, there
are other tell-tale signs that can
only mean wedding bells.
According to one report, Markle
missed Thanksgiving in the US to
spend time with Harry. And… wait
for it… she got a facial! Marriage, it
seems, is just an exfoliation away.
The couple may well be getting
engaged, which is wonderful.
Whatever your feelings about the
royals, celebrities and marriage,
two people wanting to celebrate
their love is a happy occasion.
Then again, maybe they are not.
Did anyone consider more
prosaic explanations? Maybe
Markle simply misses her pets?
As to the facial, perhaps she just
wanted a bit of “me time”.
This is not to say that if and
when the marriage of Harry and
Meghan is announced it should
be ignored. The fact the Royal
Family may gain a member who is
from an ethnic minority (Markle’s
mother is African-American) is
significant. In this day and age,
it shouldn’t be remarkable, but
unfortunately it is.
The Windsors are meant to
represent Britain – but they
are white, upper class and far
removed from what much of
the country looks like (no one
was fooled by “commoner” Kate
Middleton). The addition of
Markle would be a small change,
but one of the most talked-about
families might finally start to look
like the public it stands for.
How many businesses have
been affected?
“I have lost count how many domains
I have bought and sold. It’s thousands,”
said Mr Perkins, who demands
between £5,000 and £20,000. He
said he began “domain hacking” after
accidentally buying a name that
someone else wanted and negotiating
a $15,000 sale. “I accidentally added
another zero to the price. That’s how it
all started,” he added.
When will that happen?
Soon, potentially. Damian Collins,
the Conservative MP who chairs the
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Select Committee, has called for the
law to be “strengthened” to make it an
offence to “hijack the digital identity
of people’s businesses in this way”.
Do they all pay up?
Some, like Ms Jillions, pay £1,300 to
have the case arbitrated by the World
Intellectual Property Organisation,
a United Nations agency, but many
would rather not wait. “Ninety-nine
per cent would rather do a quick
deal,” said Mr Perkins. “Not many go
to arbitration because of the cost
involved and the time it takes.”
William McLennan
The practice sounds malicious. Is it?
Not at all, according to Mr Perkins.
“It’s not personal. It’s just business.
Morals don’t pay the bills,” he told
The Sunday Telegraph yesterday.
WILDLIFE
CANADA
JAPAN
GREECE
Mexican islands are
new marine park
Dogs ‘saved my life
in the wilderness’
Osaka anger at
US sculpture
Sunflower oil ‘dyed
to look like olive oil’
Mexico’s government has designated
a group of Pacific islands as a marine
park for the conservation of giant
rays, whales and turtles, including
dozens of species endemic to the
area. The four volcanic islands make
up the Revillagigedo Archipelago,
240 miles south-east of the Baja
California peninsula.
A woman said she survived more
than two days in the Canadian
wilderness because she was helped
by her dogs. Annette Poitras, 56,
was walking her border collie, boxer
and pug in British Columbia when
she fell, injured herself and lost her
phone. She had no supplies and
endured torrential rain.
The Mayor of Osaka plans to sever
the Japanese city’s six-decade ties
with its sister city, San Francisco,
after a US sculpture showing
controversial “comfort women”
was named as an official statue. The
artwork shows three figures holding
hands, representing girls from
Korea, China and the Philippines.
Seven people who allegedly sold
large quantities of adulterated
sunflower oil as olive oil have been
arrested and charged with fraud.
A family of four and three of their
relatives were allegedly found
operating a workshop where they
added a dye to give yellow sunflower
oil a green hue like olive oil.
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NEWS
Sailors on
the march
at palace
Sailors from the
Royal Navy perform
the Changing the
Guard ceremony at
Buckingham Palace
for the first time in its
357-year history.
Eighty-six sailors
from 45 ships and
establishments have
spent a month learning
the intricate routines.
The event was part of
celebrations of 2017 as
“The Year of the Navy”.
The ceremony has
been performed since
the restoration of King
Charles II in 1660,
and is traditionally
performed by one of
the five Foot Guards
regiments from the
Army’s Household
Division, which serve
are the monarch’s
bodyguards.
The sailors were
trained in Portsmouth
by drill instructors
from the Coldstream
Guards. PA
POVERTY
PEOPLE
Working people using food banks is
a sign of social injustice, says Welby
By William McLennan
Working people using food banks is
a sign that employment is not lifting
people out of poverty in the way you
would expect in a just society, the
Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
Justin Welby said the majority of
visitors to food banks were in work,
as he reiterated his calls for more to
be done to tackle poverty.
Asked about the economy, the
Archbishop (pictured) told ITV’s
Peston on Sunday: “It’s obviously
producing very good jobs, there’s a
lot of jobs at the moment, there’s low
unemployment, there’s good news.
“But the thing we see in the
Church of England, and with the
other churches, is that at our
food banks now the majority
of people who come to the
food banks are in work.
“That is a sign that
work is not lifting people
out of poverty in the way
that we would hope in a
society that is just.
He said the Church’s
commitment to tackling
poverty could be traced back
to pronouncements in the Bible,
adding: “This isn’t a party political
thing – it goes way back beyond
any particular government.” He
said there needed to be a “longterm
cross-party approach” to
ending inequality.
He went on to call for
investment in areas
such as skills and
apprenticeships.
Dr Welby said he
would attend a state
dinner with Donald
Trump in the UK,
adding: “I’ve spent years
and years involved in conflict
stuff around the world where I
met people who had killed many,
many people.
“Part of the job is to meet people
you disagree with and to testify of
the love of Christ to them and to seek
to draw them into a different way.
“The odds are, it would be unlikely
I’d do more than shake hands
with him.”
The Archbishop said he
did not understand why
fundamentalist Christians in the
US supported Donald Trump,
as he called the US President’s
attitude towards women
“completely unacceptable”.
WEATHER
Arctic winds to bring freeze for a fortnight
By William McLennan
One man and his dogs: walkers take
advantage of clear skies on heathland
near Ashford, Kent, yesterday PA
Britain is braced for a fortnight of
wintry weather as the cold snap
continues, with temperatures
expected to fall below freezing.
The Met Office predicted
yesterday that temperatures
would will plunge as northerly
winds blow cold arctic air across
Britain for four days, before
milder conditions return for
the weekend ahead of another
cold snap next week. Thursday
is expected to be the coldest
day this week, with daytime
temperatures of about 5°C in
the north and 7°C in the south.
Overnight, temperatures are
expected to fall close to freezing
across the country, and may fall
to minus 5°C in rural areas.
“We could see some showers
of sleet or snow through the
lower parts of Scotland and
northern England,” said Becky
Mitchell, a Met Office forecaster.
Milder weather is anticipated
over the weekend before Arctic
winds return during the middle
of next week.
“By the time we get to Friday,
we would start to see cloudy
conditions pushing in, and it
looks like the weekend will be
milder compared to the working
week,” Ms Mitchell added.
Weather, page 47
Founder of
Amazon is
worth $100bn
as shares soar
By Rhiannon Williams
A shares bounce stemming from
Black Friday pushed the Amazon
founder Jeff Bezos’s net worth past
$100bn (£74bn), making him the first
business mogul to reach the figure
in 18 years.
Optimism for the pre-Christmas
sales caused shares in the online
retailer to jump by more than 2 per
cent, adding $2.4bn to Mr
Bezos’s personal fortune
and taking his total net
worth to $100.3bn.
Mr Bezos (inset)
is the first person to
pass the $100bn mark
since Microsoft’s cofounder Bill Gates did
so in 1999, according to
Bloomberg. A previous
surge in Amazon’s shares
caused the 53-year old to briefly
overtake Mr Gates as the world’s
wealthiest man back in July. But
further fluctuation then caused Mr
Bezos’s value to slip back down to
$89.3bn, behind Mr Gates’s estimated
$89.9bn. Mr Bezos then overtook Mr
Gates again last month when his
fortune soared past $90bn.
Mr Bezos’s fortune has risen by
$32.6bn this year alone, and the
lucrative winter shopping season is
expected to further line his pockets.
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i MONDAY
27 NOVEMBER 2017
7
EDUCATION
‘Start school at 10am to boost children’s grades’
By Josh Gabbatiss
Delaying school start times
for teenagers can have major
benefits, including better academic
performance and improved mental
and physical health, a study showed.
When students in their mid-teens
started at 10am instead of the usual
8.30am, rates of illness decreased
by more than half over a two-year
period, and students got significantly
better grades, the study, at an
English state school ,showed.
T h e l o n g- t e r m s t u d y
demonstrated the huge health
impact that early start times and
more sleep can have on teenagers.
“The big issue about school times
is health,” said Dr David Kelley of the
Open University, who led the study.
“It starts with physical illness, and
then there’s mental illness, and last
but not least academic performance.”
According to Dr Kelley, conditions
such as obesity and depression have
been linked with excessively early
school times and lack of sleep.
“There is an increasing amount of
research coming out showing similar
effects from around the world,” said
Dr Guy Meadows, who is co-founder
of the Sleep School and was not
involved in the research.
He noted that British
schoolchildren were
the sixth most sleepdeprived in the world,
with American children
topping the rankings.
Earlier this year, the
American Academy of
Sleep Medicine issued a
statement declaring that
“delaying school start times
positively impacts [on] student
achievement, health and safety”.
The new Frontiers in Human
Neuroscience study, led by Dr
Kelley, suggests schools need to
start considerably later if the
full health benefits are to
be realised.
“Ten isn’t a magic
n u m b e r,” h e s a i d .
“The time shift gets
progressively later, for
biological reasons, from
the onset of puberty.”
Work by Dr Kelley
and his collaborators with
university students suggested
that by the age of 18, academic
performance would be optimised
if teaching began as late as 11am or
even noon.
Biological factors mean that
teenagers have different sleep
requirements compared with older
people. THE INDEPENDENT
Adults might only require
seven hours of sleep, but
according to Professor Russell
Foster, a neuroscientist at the
University of Oxford, teenagers
“need nine hours for full
brain performance”.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
ENTERTAINMENT
Parking fees
rake in £820m
for councils
Baftas confirm
who’s top dog
in children’s TV
By William McLennan
By Neil Lancefield
The surplus produced from counciloperated parking services in England
has risen by 10 per cent in the past
year, a study suggests.
Nearly £820m was generated
from the on- and off-street parking
activities of the 353 local authorities
in England during the 2016-17
financial year, researchers found.
This was 10 per cent more than the
2015-16 surplus of £744m. Figures
also show that income rose by 6 per
cent and costs rose by 2 per cent.
The figures were submitted by
councils to the Department for
Communities and Local Government.
Most councils make a surplus on
their parking activities, which must
be spent on local transport projects.
Many of the highest totals were in
London, with Westminster having
the largest surplus (£73.2m), followed
by Kensington and Chelsea (£32.2 m)
and Camden (£26.8m).
Outside of London, the biggest
surpluses were Brighton and
Hove (£21.2m), Milton Keynes and
Birmingham (£11.1m each).
Steve Gooding, the director of
the motoring organisation the RAC
Foundation, said: “The silver lining
for drivers is that these surpluses
must almost exclusively be ploughed
back into transport.”
Hacker T Dog and his human helper, Phil Fletcher, were nominated jointly as ‘performer of the year’ GETTY
The author Dame Jacqueline
Wilson was honoured at the
children’s Baftas last night in
recognition of a writing career
that spans nearly five decades.
Dame Jacqueline (inset), the
creator of the popular Tracy
Beaker books, was given a
“special award” for her
lifetime contribution
to literature at a
ceremony for the
British Academy
Children’s Awards
at the Roundhouse
in north London.
Digital media
took centre stage
with TrueTube, the
online educational platform,
nominated for seven awards
including “channel of the year”.
Streaming channels Amazon and
Netflix received nominations for
the first time, each appearing in
two categories.
Hacker T Dog and his human
helper Phil Fletcher were among
the nominees as “performer of the
year” for their titular role on the
CBBC show Hacker Time, now in
its sixth series. British director
Garth Jennings and his crew were
nominated for best feature film for
his reality-TV spoof cartoon, Sing.
DIPLOMACY
TERRORISM
Iran airs new claims about British detainee
Manchester ‘will get up to £28m’
By Samuel Osborne
Iranian state television has aired
further allegations against the
detained Iranian-British woman
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Her husband said the claims
appeared to be timed to put further
pressure on the British Government
as it considers making a payment of
about £450m to Tehran.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case has
gained momentum in recent weeks
after Boris Johnson, the Foreign
Secretary, was heavily criticised
for erroneously telling a
parliamentary committee she
had been “teaching people
journalism” when she was
arrested last year.
The charity worker
(right) is serving a five-year
prison term for allegedly
planning the “soft toppling”
of Iran’s clerical government
while travelling to the country with
her 22-month-old daughter.
It is feared that new charges could
add 16 years to her jail sentence. Last
week, Iranian state TV aired a
seven-minute special report
on Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe
which included closeups of an April 2010 pay
stub from her previous
employer, the BBC World
Service Trust.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe
left the BBC in 2011 and
joined the Thomson Reuters
Foundation, the charitable arm of the
news agency.
By David Hughes
Theresa May has vowed that the
Government will fully fund the costs
of dealing with the Manchester
Arena bombing after an initial
offer fell £5m short of what local
authorities said was needed.
The Government previously said
that Manchester was assured it
would receive £12m, with £3m being
made available immediately. But
the mayor of Greater Manchester,
Andy Burnham, said more than
£17.5m had already been spent and
suggested that at least £10.4m more
could be needed to cover costs,
including an inquiry and inquests
into the 22 deaths. The £12m figure
would have meant local authorities
being forced to cut services to make
up the £5m shortfall, Mr Burnham
had warned.
But Mrs May said: “Manchester
will get the financial support it
needs – and if that costs £28m, as
Andy Burnham has estimated, then
that is what we will make available.”
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NEWS
IRELAND
COVER STORY
Sinn Féin wants special status for North
By Nigel Morris
Northern Ireland should be
granted special status within the
European Union after Brexit,
senior Sinn Féin figures will
argue at a meeting tomorrow
in Westminster.
The party won a record seven
parliamentary seats at the general election which it will not take
up because its MPs would be re-
quired to swear allegiance to the
Queen. However, it will visit Parliament to publish legal advice
on the possible form of “special
status” and to make the case for a
unique deal for Northern Ireland.
Under its plans, the entire island
of Ireland would remain in the EU,
albeit under different rules either
side of the border.
Its position puts it at odds with
Westminster’s main parties as
well as Northern Ireland’s largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party. But Sinn Féin counters
that Northern Ireland, where 56
per cent of voters opposed Brexit
in last year’s referendum, faces
being forced out of the EU against
its will.
Gerry Adams, the party’s president, has described “designated
special status” for Northern Ireland as “an imaginative solution”.
Irish border
row threatens
Brexit talks
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
A major rift between the UK and
Irish governments is threatening
to dash Theresa May’s hopes of
achieving a breakthrough next
month over Brexit.
UK and Irish officials privately
admit that a serious impasse has
been reached between London
and Dublin over Ireland’s call for a
written guarantee that there would
be no “hard border” on the island
of Ireland after Britain leaves the
European Union.
Ireland’s EU commissioner,
Phil Hogan, warned that
Dublin would “play tough
to the end” over its threat
to veto trade talks unless
it was given guarantees
over the border’s status.
The Republic insists
that either the entire UK
or Northern Ireland has to
remain in the single market
and customs union after Brexit to
ensure the “soft border” is retained.
But Liam Fox, the International
Trade Secretary, hit back, saying:
“We don’t want there to be a hard
border, but the UK is going to be
leaving the customs union and the
single market.”
EU leaders have said they will not
sanction launching talks on a future
UK-EU trade deal unless they believe
“sufficient progress” has been made
on the Irish border, Britain’s “divorce
payment” and EU citizens’ rights.
The summit where that judgement
will be made takes place on 14-15
December, leaving London and
Dublin with a race against the clock
to find a compromise.
One Whitehall source told i that the
Government “remains confident that
a way through can be found”.
Mr Fox also argued that the issue
could not be settled until agreement
has been reached on the shape of the
UK’s future trade deal with the bloc.
“We can’t come to a final answer
to the Irish question until we get an
idea of the end state,” Dr Fox told
Sky News. “And until we get into
discussions with the EU on the end
state that will be very difficult, so the
quicker that we can do that the better
and we are still in a position where
the EU doesn’t want to do that.”
Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness,
a member of Taoiseach Leo
Varadkar’s Fine Gael party,
said she was “troubled” by
Dr Fox’s comments.
“I hope the UK is
not holding the Irish
situation to ransom in
these negotiations. It is
far too serious and far too
critical,” she told the BBC.
The Democratic Unionist
Party, which is propping up Mrs
May’s minority government, opposes
the imposition of a “hard border”.
But it is also adamant in its
opposition to Northern Ireland being
treated differently in any future
Brexit deal from the rest of the UK.
B r i t i s h a n d Ir i s h o f f i c i a l s
acknowledged that relations were
under increasing strain as they
attempt to resolve the differences.
Arlene Foster, the DUP
leader, attacked “the
rhetoric coming from Dublin”.
She said levels of engagement
between the North and the
Republic had deteriorated.
Analysis
Prospect of a hard border may
be May’s most useful weapon
Nigel Morris
F
or months the focus
appeared to be on money
as the Government
struggled to make headway
in negotiations over Brexit.
But it could be the Irish border,
rather than the size of Britain’s
“‘divorce” payment, which proves
the biggest impediment to making
speedy progress in the hugely
complex talks on the terms of
Britain’s departure from the EU.
London, Dublin and Brussels
appear little closer to squaring
the circle of how to maintain an
open border without Britain
remaining in the single market
and customs union.
The timing of the dispute is
tricky for Theresa May as the
clock ticks down to next month’s
summit at which Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar and 26 other EU
leaders decide whether to approve
widening the Brexit negotiations.
But Mrs May also has a
powerful card to play amid
suggestions that Dublin could
veto the move.
UK ministers and officials will
be warning that a hard Brexit
could mean a hard border on
the island of Ireland – the very
outcome all sides want to avoid.
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Ruth Davidson said
EU negotiations
were always decided
at the last minute PA
IDS welcomes
permits to cut
immigration
By David Hughes
said, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew
Marr Show.
Ms Davidson said that unless
progress on to the next phase was
made in December, “we are rapidly
going to run out of time” for a transitional deal to be put in place.
“I don’t think it means that the
world has ended but I do think it’s a
setback,” she said.
Plans for a “drastic reduction” in the
number of immigrants to the UK
have been submitted to ministers
and won backing from the former
Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
The proposals for a new system
after Brexit would aim to cut net
migration to the levels seen in the
mid-1990s, when between 55,000
and 77,000 more people came to the
UK than left, they claim.
Under the plan, put forward by
the pro-Brexit campaigners Leave
Means Leave, there would be a
moratorium on migration from the
European Union for low-skilled
work and a work permit system for
graduate-level jobs.
Tourists and students from the
EU would be able to come to the UK
on holiday or to study without a visa.
Net long-term international migration was running at an estimated
246,000 in the year ending March
2017 and the plan to slash that figure
to mid-1990s levels would represent
a dramatic policy shift.
The Leave Means Leave report
said: “There is no doubt that profound concern about the level of net
migration to the UK and its impact
on the population, housing and public services was a key driver of the
vote to leave.
“If the result of the referendum is
to be honoured, free movement of
people from the EU to the UK must
come to an end.”
Addressing concerns about the
impact of post-Brexit immigration
restrictions on the NHS, the report said doctors and nurses would
be able to come to the UK under
the work permit scheme as highly
skilled migrants. EU nationals already in the UK before the date of
Brexit would be allowed to apply
GERMANY
IRELAND
INDUSTRY
Merkel gains momentum
to rebuild ‘grand coalition’
Election will not
shift position
Growth strategy unveiled
By David Young
By Nigel Morris
A snap general election in
Ireland would not derail the
Dublin government’s bid to
secure the best Brexit deal for
the country, a minister has said.
A political crisis threatens
to pull down Taoiseach Leo
Varadkar’s administration ahead
of a December EU summit when
the fate of the Irish border postBrexit could be determined.
Employment Minister
Regina Doherty said yesterday:
“Regardless of what happens you
will still have a government and
a team of people who will go to
Europe and make sure we get the
best deal that we can.”
A medical research centre with 950
highly skilled jobs is to be established
in Britain by MSD, one of the world’s
largest pharmaceutical companies.
The move was confirmed
ahead of the publication
today of the Government’s
Industrial Strategy.
Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, will also
announce investment
deals with the construction, artificial intelligence
and automotive sectors.
The strategy is designed to
boost growth and encourage investment into Britain. A key challenge is
to find ways of boosting productivity
EUROPE
Davidson: ‘EU not honest on Brexit talks’
By William McLennan
European officials are not always
honest about how far the Brexit talks
have progressed, Ruth Davidson
has claimed.
The Scottish Tory leader said
members of the European Commission have a “stated position to defend” and that EU negotiations were
By Madeline Chambers
IN BERLIN
The leader of Bavaria’s conservatives
threw his weight behind an
alliance with Germany’s
Social Democratic Party
(SPD) yesterday, adding
to momentum for a
new “grand coalition”
to break the political
deadlock in Europe’s
biggest economy.
The conservative
Chancellor Angela Merkel (inset),
whose fourth term was plunged into
doubt a week ago when coalition
talks with the Free Democrats and
always a “five-past-midnight job.”
She claimed that a last-minute deal
would be agreed and acknowledged
it would be a setback if there was not
progress at the December summit.
“The people that walk up to the
microphones and speak to their
home audience don’t always reflect
the negotiation and the progress
that is going on in the room,” she
Greens collapsed, was handed a
political lifeline by the SPD on Friday.
Under pressure to avoid new
elections, the SPD agreed to talk to
Ms Merkel and her Christian
Democratic Union (CDU)
party, raising the prospect
of a new grand coalitiont.
“An alliance of the
conservatives and SPD
is the best option for
Germany – better than
a coalition with the Free
Democrats and Greens,
new elections or a minority
government,” said Horst Seehofer,
the head of Bavaria’s Christian Social
Union party. REUTERS
Iain Duncan Smith described the
immigration proposals as ‘sensible’
for citizenship after five years in
the country.
The paper said ministers should
put greater emphasis on training unemployed people to take up
semi-skilled and trade occupations,
filling roles currently taken up by
EU migrants.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “This is a
sensible set of proposals for a future
immigration policy that the Government should adopt. It would deliver
on the Brexit mandate both to take
back control of borders and bring
down net levels of migration.”
The former Brexit minister David
Jones said: “This is a thoughtful
document. I urge the Home Office
to give it serious consideration.”
In response to claims
that crops could be left
unharvested without EU labour,
the report proposed allowing up
to 25,000 six-month visas for
seasonal agricultural workers,
although that figure would be
reduced over time.
levels which lag behind many of Britain’s main competitors. Mr Clark
(inset) said: “Powered by new technology, new industries are being created, existing ones changing and the
way we live our lives transformed.”
He said Britain needed to
build on its strengths as an
open and flexible economy
with world-beating levels
of research and competitive commercial and industrial sectors.
Lord Heseltine told
BBC Radio 4’s Westminster
Hour that the plans needed
to include far-reaching reforms
and greater devolution.
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NEWS
LABOUR
Predicting deficit reduction ‘would be foolish’
By John Vale
Barry Gardiner, the Shadow
I n t e r n a t i o n a l T ra d e
Secretary, has said it
would be foolish to try to
predict the economy in
15 years’ time, as he ruled
out giving a date for when
Labour would eliminate
the deficit.
He said the uncertainty
surrounding Brexit made such
forecasts difficult. Appearing on
the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show,
Mr Gardiner (left) was
asked when the deficit
would be eliminated
under Labour’s plans,
and replied: “No, I’m not
going to say that at all.”
He added: “Anybody
who wants to forecast what
our economy is going to be like
in 2031 here, 14, 15 years ahead
of that date, when we have not
even determined what the Brexit
negotiations are going to look like,
would be foolish.”
He said Labour would ensure
the deficit would be falling within
five years, and that the economy
would grow. The Office for Budget
Responsibility suggested this
week that the Budget deficit
would not be wiped out until 2031.
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as ‘Google tax’
fails to deliver
By Lizzy Buchan
Chancellor Philip Hammond has
been urged to “get a grip” on tax
avoidance as measures to tackle
the practice among powerful firms
were set to bring in £700m less than
expected over the next five years.
Analysis of the Budget details
found the so-called “Google tax” –
which aims to deter multinational
firms from legally shifting profits
into tax havens – will raise a great
deal less for the Treasury’s coffers
than forecast when it was unveiled
by George Osborne in 2015.
Updated forecasts show £200m
will go uncollected next year, with a
total bill of £700m by 2020-21. The
news comes amid a growing clamour
for extra funding for the NHS, social
care and housing.
The Treasury said the figures
showed the tax was working
as planned, as businesses were
c h a n g i n g t h e i r b e h av i o u r t o
move away from storing money
in tax havens.
It comes after millions of leaked
documents – dubbed the Paradise
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of secretive overseas investments in
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Jonathan Reynolds asked why public
services were struggling when
multinational companies dodged tax
obligations. He also cast doubt on
Treasury plans for a new crackdown
on tax dodging among tech giants
from 2019.
He said: “It’s not fair that large
multinationals are not paying their
fair share yet benefiting from the
billions in corporation tax giveaways
Philip Hammond is continuing.
“At a time when the Tories claim
we don’t have enough money for our
public services there is no excuse
for failing to clamp down on tax
dodging firms.”
L a b o u r a l s o a t t a c ke d M r
Hammond for cutting a levy on banks
which meant some of the UK’s largest
banks would receive a £4.7bn tax
giveaway by 2020.
The Treasury said
that since 2015 it had
raised significant revenue and
successfully encouraged firms to
pay more UK corporation tax.
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A Labour Party worker has died
“suddenly and unexpectedly” after
an investigation was launched into
claims involving pornography.
The man, who is understood to be
in his 30s, died last week after being
suspended from the party and his job
at Labour headquarters in London.
He died two weeks after the
apparent suicide of Carl Sargeant,
the Welsh Government’s cabinet
secretary for communities and
children, who was removed from his
post and suspended on 3 November
after allegations about his behaviour.
A spokesman for Labour said: “A
member of Labour Party staff has
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thoughts and deepest sympathies
are with the family, friends
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PEOPLE
By Dean Kirby
Attenborough
wrong about
wildlife, says
Morrissey
Tributes are paid to brothers killed
when stolen car crashed into tree
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
Tributes were paid yesterday to two
brothers who were among three
children and two men who died when
a stolen car crashed into a tree.
Police said they were called to
a scene of “complete devastation”
in the Meanwood area of Leeds
after the Renault Clio crashed on
Saturday evening.
A boy of 12, two boys aged 15 and
two men aged 24 and 28 were among
the dead. Relatives paid tribute
yesterday to brothers Ellis and
Elliott Thornton, aged 12 and 15, who
were two of the victims.
West Yorkshire Police said two
boys aged 15 remained in custody
last night and the families of all the
deceased had been informed.
Louise Thornton, 34, the
godmother of the Thornton
brothers, said no words could
describe the loss of the two “cheeky
chappies”. She added: “Elliott was
the eldest. He was very loving and
very trusting. He was so proud of his
family, his mum and dad and his two
sisters, Ebony, 16, and Bronte, five.
We are just devastated. We can’t
believe they have both gone as that
just doesn’t happen.
“We were so proud of the boys.
They will be hugely missed by
the family. It will leave a huge,
devastating void. As a family we
have already been through so much.”
The crash scene remained
By William McLennan
The scene of
the accident in
Leeds yesterday
REUTERS
closed yesterday as West Yorkshire
Police’s major collision inquiry team
continued to investigate the cause.
A spokesman said officers were
confronted by a scene of “complete
carnage” when they arrived at
the crash site. Just one vehicle
was involved but it was not clear
whether the five victims and two
suspects were all in the car. The
spokesman added: “Whether they
were all in the car or whether some
were pedestrians we can’t say at this
point. We’ve got the road closed, an
investigation in place and are trying
to find out what occurred.”
POLICE
No arrest for pair involved in Oxford Circus scare
By Henry Vaughan
Two men who handed themselves
into police over an incident that
sparked a mass evacuation at
Oxford Circus Tube station last
week have been released without
being arrested or charged.
British Transport Police (BTP)
is investigating if any offence was
committed after panic erupted in
the packed station on Friday.
Several people were injured and
nine were taken to hospital while
armed police rushed to the scene
after receiving 999 calls reporting
that shots had been fired.
Two men, aged 21 and 40, were
questioned on Saturday after
voluntarily attending a police station
following a media appeal. Police said
the incident was believed to have
started when an altercation erupted
between two men on the platform.
A spokesman for the BTP said
yesterday: “There are no criminal
proceedings against them. They
Ebony Thornton, the sister
of Ellis and Elliott, paid
tribute to the boys, saying she
was “full of pain” and “lost for
words”. She added: “I will never
ever forget you, ever.”
have not been arrested or charged.”
Officers are still trawling through
CCTV footage and speaking to
witnesses in an attempt to make
sense of what happened, but no
further suspects are being sought.
The incident sparked panic
among rush-hour commuters and
shoppers taking advantage of Black
Friday deals in the capital.
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Morrissey, the former singer of
The Smiths, has criticised Sir
David Attenborough’s approach
to wildlife and questioned his
“regard” for animals.
The controversial singer, who
is vegan and an animal rights
campaigner, said of the veteran
broadcaster: “I don’t know
about Attenborough’s regard
for animals. He often uses terms
like ‘seafood’ and there’s no such
thing as seafood. It’s sea life, and
he talks about ‘wildlife’ and it’s
free life. Animals are not wild
simply because we pathetic
humans haven’t shoved them in a
cage, so his terminology is often
up the pole.”
The Mancunian singer
(inset) was voted the
nation’s second
most important
cultural icon,
behind Sir David,
by the audience
of BBC 2’s The
Culture Show
in 2006.
He also revealed
in The Sunday Times
that he had never voted in
an election and described himself
as “non-political”.
He added: “I’m not interested
in being part of anything. I don’t
see a party that speaks to me and
I haven’t ever. My vote is very
precious … They’re all absolutely
the same.”
On Brexit, Morrissey said: “I
thought it was a fascinating strike
for democracy… David Cameron
didn’t imagine the result could be
as it was, but at least he did the
honourable thing and slid away.
The unfortunate thing is that
politicians only speak to other
politicians. They don’t speak to
the people.”
He said he did not think Brexit
would ever happen “because
Westminster [does not] want it”.
TENERIFE
Across
Britons among 22 injured
in dancefloor collapse
By Jeff Farrell
A number of Britons were injured
in an accident when the dancefloor
of a nightclub in Tenerife collapsed,
with revellers plunging 20ft into a
basement, officials confirmed.
Two of the victims were said to be
seriously hurt; 20 others, ranging in
age from 20 to 59, were treated for
fractures and cuts.
The Butterfly Disco Pub in the
resort of Playa de las Americas was
full of tourists when the floor gave
way at 2.30am yesterday. Videos
on social media showed clubbers
clutching their faces as they
struggled to breathe, apparently
because of dust thrown up by rubble.
Several of the injured were taken
to hospital, local media reported.
The two most seriously injured had
broken legs, six had broken bones
and 14 were said to have minor
injuries, the Spanish news website
La Vanguardia reported.
“We are in contact with a
number of British nationals who
have been injured in an incident in
Tenerife and are offering consular
The interior of the Butterfly Disco
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for the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office in London.
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POLITICS
Rudd wants to
protect women at
abortion clinics
By Henry Vaughan
New laws could be introduced to
protect women from being harassed
and intimidated at abortion clinics.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
has ordered an in-depth assessment
of protests outside family planning
clinics following concerns about the
tactics used by some demonstrators.
The review aims to gather
evidence from police, healthcare
providers and local authorities
before considering what action can
be taken to protect those using or
working in abortion clinics.
The Government said yesterday
The Labour MP Rupa Huq,
who has campaigned for
stronger protection following
incidents at a clinic in her Ealing
constituency, called for a protest
exclusion zone within 150
metres of any clinic.
that this could include “bolstering
existing or creating new police and
civil powers”.
Ms Rudd added: “While everyone
has a right to peaceful protest, it is
completely unacceptable that anyone
should feel harassed or intimidated
simply for exercising their legal right
to healthcare advice and treatment.
“The decision to have an abortion
is already an incredibly personal
one, without women being further
pressured by aggressive protesters.
“This review is about ensuring the
police, healthcare providers and local
authorities have the right powers
to protect women making these
tough decisions.”
Police already have a range of
powers to manage protests while
current laws provide protection
against harassment, and the Home
Secretary said all suspected offences
will be robustly investigated.
The review, to be conducted by
Home Office officials, will look at
international comparisons.
Calls to save
London heart
surgery unit
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Dragon born of fire and iron
Jim Poolman puts the final
touches to a dragon sculpture
he has created from more
than 50,000 horseshoes at the
Sculpture Park in Farnham,
Surrey. The 17.8-ton work took
Mr Poolman more than 10,000
hours over 12 years to create.
Farriers in Hampshire provided
the old horseshoes. PA
Two of the country’s leading surgeons
have called on NHS England to save a
world-leading heart unit in London.
The heart transplant pioneer
Sir Magdi Yacoub and cancer
surgeon Lord Darzi said that ending
congenital heart disease (CHD)
surgery at the Royal Brompton
Hospital would be a “disaster”.
An NHS England review has
recommended ending children’s
congenital heart surgery procedures
at the hospital, saying its decision
was “guided” by medical experts.
But in an open letter, the surgeons
said that if Royal Brompton’s CHD
unit was closed it would render the
whole hospital “unviable”.
The Royal Brompton houses the
UK’s largest specialist heart and
lung medical centre and works
with the children’s unit at Chelsea
and Westminster Hospital; but
new national guidelines require all
children’s services to be “co-located”
on a single site. The surgeons claim
that the new guidelines were “defined
in such as way as to deliberately
result in the dismantling of the
services at the Brompton”.
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PEOPLE
Graceland: where First Lady
acquired a desirable abode
Archbishop dons dog collar
again after ending protest
Ruthlessness of
Mrs Mugabe is
revealed. By
Kim Sengupta
in Mazowe
The Archbishop of York has resumed
wearing a dog collar after cutting
up his previous one a decade ago in
protest at Robert Mugabe’s rule.
Dr John Sentamu, who cut up
his clerical collar in a symbolic
protest on TV, returned to
the BBC’s Andrew Marr
Show to be handed back
its remains.
“I think the lesson for
Zimbabwe is the same –
you just can’t try and stitch
it up, something more radical,
something new needs to happen
in terms of the rule of law, allowing
people to get jobs – because 90 per cent
of people aren’t in work,” he said.
The Ugandan-born cleric (inset)
said a South African-style truth and
reconciliation process was needed to
heal Zimbabwe’s divisions following
A
lush and picturesque
vista, rolling hills, rich
and fertile soil watered
by a deep dam, the
greenery pitted with
seams of gold being mined, all
within striking distance of the
markets of the capital Harare.
Mazowe was a very attractive
place to work and live, and that
was the reason Grace Mugabe was
determined to get her hands on it.
Robert Mugabe’s wife normally
got what she wanted. Zimbabwe’s
First Lady focused on turning this
piece of Mashonaland into her
domain. She had farmers evicted;
got the owner of a dairy to sell it
to her at a knock-down price and
her minions to muscle in on the
gold mines.
Mrs Mugabe also opened an
orphanage and complemented it
with an expensive private school.
And, of course, there was the need
for a home for her, a mansion in
a secure complex. “Graceland”,
as it became known, took shape
with the police and hired thugs
descending on those who had the
temerity to object.
“It just went on and on. We have
had enough of the harassment,
the intimidation. We were going to
flood the mines, pack up what we
could and move to Zambia,” said
Colin, the white owner of a gold
mine. “But now, of course, things
are changing. We are going to
wait and see how things turn out.
Maybe things will improve.”
Colin, who did not feel confident
enough to have his full name made
public, was one among many in
Mazowe relieved and delighted at
the departure of Robert and Grace
Mugabe from power. The farmers,
who are black, have started
drifting back to their properties.
Grace Mugabe, dubbed DisGrace, has not been seen since the coup GETTY
There has even been a march
of celebration.
Mrs Mugabe, “ Gucci Grace” or
“DisGrace” as she is known to her
many critics, has not been seen
since the military coup 12 days ago.
She is believed to be at Blue Roof,
the former presidential couple’s
home in the outskirts of Harare.
Mrs Mugabe’s Mazowe home is
still under police guard, but people
can now congregate near the front
without being chased away. At the
dairy farm uneasy workers are
unsure about what will happen to
their jobs; the gates of the school
and the orphanage are locked; Mrs
Mugabe had not been there to see
the children for a while even before
the dramatic recent events.
People talk now about what they
had been enduring, albeit some
of them hesitantly. Mr and Mrs
Mugabe have been given immunity
from prosecution by the military
and the new President, Emmerson
Mnangagwa, nicknamed “The
Crocodile” because of his
political cunning.
Last week protesters picketed
the school set up by Mrs Mugabe
and then staged a rally in Mazowe,
singing and dancing and calling
for justice. Many blamed Mr
Mugabe for his wife’s abuses.
“Power should not be sexually
transmitted,” read one placard.
“I can do anything I want to
with my land now,” said Innocent
Dube, shaking his head in wonder.
“I won’t have to worry about police
coming and destroying everything
again.” THE INDEPENDENT
Emmerson Mnangagwa
was an ally of Robert
Mugabe until he was sacked, at
the instigation of Mrs Mugabe.
The new President’s plan for the
Mugabes is yet to emerge.
LEGAL
Former minister faces corruption charges
By Emelia Sithole-Matarise
IN HARARE
Ignatius Chombo, the former
finance minister of Zimbabwe
who was detained by the
military before Robert Mugabe
resigned, was charged at the
weekend with corruption,
including trying to defraud the
central bank in 2004.
Mr Chombo’s court
appearance was the first time
he had been seen in public since
By David Hughes
being detained. Mr Chombo
(inset), a Mugabe ally who
was promoted to finance
minister in October, told
the court that he was
kept blindfolded for
nine days after being
arrested at his home
on 15 November.
His lawyer has
said he was beaten in
detention, although Mr
Chombo made no mention
of that. The court will rule
on his bail application today.
Several members of a group
allied to Mr Mugabe and
his wife Grace were
detained and expelled
from the ruling party,
including Mr Chombo,
Kudzanai Chipanga,
the ousted head of the
influential Zanu-PF
youth league, and
Innocent Hamandishe, a
deposed leader in the party’s
youth wing. REUTERS
the end of Mr Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
The Archbishop said Zimbabwe’s new
president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a
former ally of Mr Mugabe, should not
attempt to “bury the past” and his role
in it. “He needs… a truth, justice and
reconciliation commission to look
into it so that it doesn’t hang
over him like a big cloud.
“I’m a man of faith, a
strong believer in hope and
that people can change,
so it’s quite possible that
Emmerson Mnangagwa
could actually be a very
good president. But he can’t
simply bury the past.”
Dr Sentamu said a voice had told
him to light a candle in the days leading
up to Mr Mugabe’s downfall. The first
burned out on 14 November as the army
takeover began, while a second lasted
until 21 November – when Mr Mugabe’s
resignation became inevitable.
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Drone operators will have to sit safety exam
By Rhiannon Williams
The Government is
collaborating with
manufacturers to prevent drones
from entering certain areas
through the use of geofencing,
which stops a device from moving
across a defined virtual boundary.
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Drone owners will be required to
register and sit a safety awareness
test as part of a new clampdown on
unmanned aerial vehicles.
A proposed bill extends police
powers to ground and seize drones
they suspect may have been used in
criminal activity, and to confiscate
components to provide proof.
Owners will be forced to register
drones weighing 250 grams or more,
which the government hopes will improve accountability, and to use apps
to check whether their planned flight
is safe and legal.
The new legislation, which is due
to be published next spring, bans all
flights near airports and to altitudes
above 400ft.
Fears have been raised over the
safety of flying drones in public
spaces, particularly those equipped
with cameras.
There are also concerns that
drones are regularly being used to
fly contraband into prisons.
Current rules restrict owners
from flying camera-equipped devices within 150 metres of congested
areas, near crowds of more than
1,000 people or within 50 metres of
other people’s properties. A drone
Nas Ahmad collects medical
supplies from a drone in
a test at King’s College
Hospital in south London PA
which passed above the right wing
of an airliner approaching London’s
Gatwick Airport in July put “130
lives at risk”, the UK Airprox Board
(UKAB) warned. The aircraft’s first
officer told investigators that the
“startle factor of the drone’s proximity” nearly caused him to disconnect the autopilot system and take
“avoiding action”. While the aircraft
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landed safely, the UKAB warned
that a “larger aircraft might not
have missed it, and in the captain’s
opinion it had put 130 lives at risk”.
“Drones have great potential and
we want to do everything possible
to harness the benefits of this technology as it develops,” said Baroness
Sugg, the aviation minister.
“These new laws strike a balance, to allow the vast majority of drone users to continue flying
safely and responsibly, while also
paving the way for drone technology to revolutionise businesses and
public services.”
Assistant Chief Constable Serena
Kennedy, the National Police Chiefs’
Council lead for criminal misuse
of drones, said: “Police forces are
aware of the ever increasing use of
drones by members of the public
and we are working with all relevant
partners to understand the threats
that this new technology can pose
when used irresponsibly or illegally.
“Do not take this lightly – if you use
a drone to invade people’s privacy or
engage in disruptive behaviour, you
could face serious criminal charges.”
EQUALITY
Cancelling gym membership Fingerprints can Ethnic minorities make up
now be traced on a quarter of child arrests
‘is often made far too hard’
difficult surfaces
needed to cancel via phone or email.
One person said they tried to cancel
Many consumers are struggling to a subscription after being made
get out of unwanted subscriptions redundant, only to be asked for proof
such as gym memberships and
in the form of a P45.
TV and online streaming
Citizens Advice said that
services, according to
under the Consumer
Citizens Advice.
Rights Act 2015,
Research by the
businesses could not
legal advice charity
e n fo r c e t e r m s o n
found that over
consumers that were
the average amount
just three months
unfair. Consumers said
paid by consumers
co n s u m e rs p a i d
they felt it was unclear
in unwanted
an average of £160
that they were being
subscriptions over
three months
towards unwanted
signed up to a recurring
subscriptions.
payment or that the
About nine in 10 people
contract might continue on an
were initially refused by the
auto-renewal basis.
company when they tried to cancel
Gillian Guy, of Citizens Advice,
their subscription. Companies said: “We want companies to act
refused cancellations by asking for responsibly when customers want to
more notice, or told people that they end their services.”
By Victoria Shaw
£160
In this Saturday’s
More in-depth news features
PLUS 7 Days, the essential
review of the week
By Josh Payne
Pioneering new technology designed
to recover fingerprints from surfaces
that were previously impossible to
work with will be revealed today.
The technology uses a chemical
to recover fingerprints from difficult
surfaces, making them visible to forensic scientists trying to identify the
criminal responsible.
The Ministry of Defence has said
prints on material exposed to high
temperatures, including fired ammunition and bomb-making components, can also now be identified.
Scientists from the Defence Science
and Technology Laboratory, the Centre for Applied Science and Technology and Loughborough University
will unveil the technology.
and have called on the Government
to tackle the “institutional racism”
Black and minority ethnic children in the criminal justice system.
account for more than a quarter of
The new figures, obtained by the
all child arrests across England and Howard League for Penal Reform,
Wales, new figures show, raisshow 22,579 black or minority
ing concerns of “appallethnic under-18s were aring” disproportionality
rested last year out of a
in the justice system.
total of 87,529 children.
Data obtained
Five per cent of the
through Freedom
total arrests were
of Information relisted as “other”, inThe proportion
quests shows 26 per
dicating shortfalls in
of children
cent of all child arrecording
practices.
arrested from
rests are youngsters
A governme nt
ethnic minority
backgrounds
from minority ethnic
spokesman said: “The
backgrounds – a figGovernment is comure more than double the
mitted to shining a light
proportion of black, Asian and
on injustice as never before
minority ethnic people in the popu- which is why we published the Race
lation as a whole.
Disparity Audit last month and
Campaigners have said the find- will confront the issues it raised.”
ings are a cause for “great concern”, THE INDEPENDENT
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IRELAND
AND BREXIT
SINAI MOSQUE
ATTACK
EMMERSON
MNANGAGWA
VLADIMIR
PUTIN
BATTLE OF
THE SEXES
ASHES TEST
SERIES
Clarity is
needed now
on border
Egypt denies
the level of
terror it faces
Zimbabwe’s
President
talks tough
What next
for Russia’s
strongman?
A 1970s tale
ready-made
for today
Quick pitch
travail ahead
for England
ConservativeHome
Fox News
Al Jazeera
The Telegraph
The Mail on Sunday
Brexit disturbs the
Irish psyche at an
elemental level.
To become an EU
member has become
synonymous in much
of Ireland with being a
modern country. The
UK leaving the EU is
thus seen as risking a
return to a troubled
past, and unpicking the
delicate settlement in
Northern Ireland.
(Paul Goodman)
The Observer
What happens with
the border is a vital
national interest.
Ireland is desperate to
hear what Britain has
in mind. Instead, it has
been told not to worry
about it, but trust in
the reassurances of
its betters.
(Fintan O’Toole)
The Egyptian army
has been battling
Isis-linked militant
Islamists in the Sinai
for years with limited
success. But if the
world knows little
about this fierce
ongoing struggle, that
is no accident. The
Egyptian government
has imposed an almost
total media blackout
on its efforts to repress
what is becoming a
deeply embedded
insurgency.
(Judith Miller)
Boston Globe
Predominantly Muslim
countries suffer the
most from Islamic
extremism, as Friday’s
savage bombing of
a mosque in Egypt
demonstrated again.
(Editorial)
TheNew Yorker
In his only statement
since the crisis began,
Zimbabwe’s new
President said that
rebuilding the nation
to its “full glory is not a
job for Zanu-PF alone”.
Whether Mnangagwa
plans to govern
inclusively and break
with the Mugabe past
remains to be seen.
(Petina Gappah)
If the Kremlin allows
Alexei Navalny to
register as a candidate,
Putin is still very likely
to win, but for him,
that means stepping
into unchartered
territory. Will this let
a revolutionary genie
out of the bottle? Or
be interpreted as a sign
of weakness?
(Leonid Ragozin)
ZimbabweStandard
Pakistan Tribune
Ex-finance minister
Ignatius Chombo –
over the years accused
of corruption, but
untouchable because
of his relationship
with Mugabe – appears
to be the first target
of that clean-up
promised by the new
President after he was
charged yesterday.
(Editorial)
Internationally, Russia
marches forward. It has
now replaced the US
as the most important
player in the Middle
East, given its success
in Syria. What was
being described by
Obama as a quagmire
for Russia has turned
into an “unabashed”
victory for Putin.
(Khawaja Akbar)
Watching male
chauvinism get a
drubbing will never
not be good cinematic
sport, and Battle of the
Sexes gives us ringside
seats. It resurrects
the famous Houston
Astrodome showdown
in 1973, when Bobby
Riggs challenged any
female player to take
him on, hoping to settle
the matter of men’s
superiority in tennis
once and for all.
(Robbie Collin)
GQ
This isn’t really a
tennis film. The topic
is far wider than just
game, set and match.
The era is 1973, when
powerful men were
being sexist to women.
Hang on...
(Jonathan Dean)
That’s why they call
it Test cricket, as the
professionals say.
The longer this match
has lasted, the more
Australia have picked at
English weakness. The
last time Australia won
a first Test in Brisbane,
but lost the series, was
the 1954-55 Ashes. It
may only be one match,
but it is surely a long
way back from here.
(Martin Samuel)
BBC
Can England see
the positives and do
better in the next
Test? Do I see this
England line-up
getting 400? No, I don’t.
If England can only get
302 on this pitch – it
will get difficult on
quicker pitches.
(Michael Vaughan )
LifeInBrief
BOBI JONES ACADEMIC AND WELSH-LANGUAGE WRITER
Quote of
the day
So much
wasted time
David Cassidy The
singer, actor and
former teen idol’s
last words before he
died on Tuesday
By far the most prolific writer of
the Welsh language in his lifetime,
Robert Maynard Jones was born into a
working-class, English-speaking home
in Cardiff in 1929.
His grandfather, a Marxist,
instilled in him an egalitarian
spirit which coloured all he wrote
and did in later life – novels, short
stories, poems and literary criticism
which made no apology for being
intellectually challenging.
Such was the scale of his output
that Jones’s peers joked he had more
books to his name than he had readers
– undeterred, he kept producing and
consolidating his position as a stalwart
of Welsh literature.
At Cathays grammar school he
learned Welsh as a second language
and was inspired to study it at degree
level at the University of Wales,
Cardiff. After teaching at Llanidloes
in Montgomeryshire and Llangefni in
Anglesey, he lectured at Trinity College,
Carmarthen, and at the University
College of Wales, Aberystwyth, joining
the staff of the Welsh Department
in 1966. He was appointed professor
of Welsh language and literature at
Aberystwyth in 1980 – in 1969 he had
taught Welsh to Prince Charles there.
He retired in 1989.
His marriage in 1952 to Anne
Elizabeth (Beti) James, a native Welsh
speaker from Pembrokeshire, proved
crucial in his development as a poet.
She inspired him towards Welsh
literature, which was to remain – along
with his Calvinist faith – the driving
force of his career. At this time, too, he
joined Plaid Cymru. The couple had two
children, Rhodri and Lowri.
Making no concession to “the
common reader”, his books are difficult
even for those familiar with literary
theory and are not meant to be popular
– a category he despised.
Having mastered Welsh as a second
language and made it the language of
his home and writing, Jones turned
to the teaching of Welsh to adults, a
field in which he played a pioneering
and inspirational role for many years,
particularly as the prime mover of
Cymdeithas y Dysgwyr (CYD, or “The
Learners’ Society”), which since 1984
has been active in organising classes in
all parts of Wales.
What he called for was a mass
movement similar to the Ulpan
scheme which had restored Hebrew
in Israel, seeing it as the only hope for
the survival of Welsh, and he worked
tirelessly in pursuit of this ideal. He
was fond of telling the story of Eliezer
Ben-Yehuda and his wife Devora who,
after landing in Jaffa in 1881, resolved
to speak only Hebrew with each other
and swore to become the parents of the
first child in modern times to have that
language as its mother tongue.
Jones’s last years were marred
by severe physical back pain which
prevented him from sitting down, so
that his reading and writing had to be
done in the upright position or lying
prone on his stomach. Even so, he did
not let it interrupt his 12-hour days.
Born 20 May 1929
Died 22 November 2017
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The Brexit economy blues
Harsh realities are hitting home for a poorer and more isolated UK
“T
he eyes of
the world
are upon
us,” declared
Theresa
May in her
Florence speech two months ago as
she sought to wrestle back control
of her government. If only that were
true. Instead, most of the planet is
mystified by Britain’s withdrawal
from our key European partnership.
People are left puzzled why
a place famed for pragmatic
good sense has fallen for fairy
tales, shrugging their shoulders
as they observe a country that
seems to be having some form of
collective breakdown.
Brexit was promoted as a project
of national renewal, a nostalgic
appeal to reviving past glories. Even
now, despite alarming lack of clarity
on how to solve the complexities of
withdrawal, those daring to point
out deficiencies in this daft idea get
accused of “talking Britain down”.
This is gross hypocrisy given the
damage wreaked by the charlatans
behind this disastrous rupture.
Slowly but surely, the clouds are
clearing to expose their dismal lies
as billions are put aside that could
otherwise have been spent on hardpressed public services promised a
financial boost. Go whistle indeed.
Perhaps the most pernicious
impact is to see Brexit hasten
national diminishment, for all that
jingoistic rhetoric of restoring pride
and “let the lion roar”. Yes, a slide
in global standing is inevitable for a
post-colonial power in this rapidly
changing world. Indeed, it is to
Britain’s credit that over recent
decades the country staved off
decline and developed into such a
“soft power” force. There are many
reasons for this, foremost among
them being an open stance adopted
amid globalisation – one reason to
be so dismayed by a vote last year
fuelled by fear and nationalism.
Now look at events last week.
It began with London losing two
institutions – won by previous
Conservative prime ministers
– to rival cities as the European
Medicines Agency went to
Amsterdam and the European
Banking Authority to Paris.
Britain tried arguing that their
future should be part of trade
negotiations – but as the EU’s
chief negotiator Michel Barnier
responded: “Brexit means Brexit.”
It is not just the loss of 1,050 jobs
that is damaging. Some 36,000
officials and scientists visit the
medical agency alone each year,
so this hurts airlines, hotels,
London last week
lost the services of
two institutions
to rival European
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restaurants and taxi firms. Then
came the Budget. The economics
was grim, with faltering national
growth, flatlining real incomes and
sluggish productivity.
Yet, as we slash growth forecasts
thanks to Brexit, our biggest
trading partner – from which we
are seeking to detach ourselves – is
expanding at its fastest pace for a
decade. Note how Philip Hammond
had to refer to “the world’s sixth
largest economy” since Britain has
been overtaken by France. This
gap between our two economies is
expected to grow next year.
These figures impact on pay and
public services, highlighting how
that mendacious populism ends up
hurting struggling communities
promised salvation. Much of the
impact will be hard to pin directly
on Brexit, of course, such as when
firms opt to build plants elsewhere
or the best brains relocate. Yet, last
week two UK-based marine insurers
established subsidiaries in Ireland
as politicians bickered over borders
and deals, while one of the country’s
top science universities said it
was already losing staff due to our
looming European Union departure.
Brexiteers will blame others for
their selfish failure. Meanwhile,
India’s economy is predicted to
leapfrog Britain and France soon in
another sign of fast-shifting global
dynamics. This news comes after
India defeated Britain in a battle for
a place on the International Court
of Justice (ICJ), ensuring that we
are without a judge on this key
world court for the first time in its
71-year history. The reasons were
complex, including contempt for
our demeaning Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson – but Brexit was
It is hard to
think of a major
foreign policy
that Britain has
influenced since
the referendum
seen as a key factor in desertion by
traditional allies.
Permanent members of the
Security Council tend to win such
fights, despite growing resentment
at their power. But this is the second
recent blow to British prestige at
the United Nations after a motion
questioning our legal hold over the
Chagos Islands was referred to the
court. These are warning symbols
of waning influence amid signs that
European allies feel no need to back
an isolationist nation. “Call it poetic
justice or payback for imperialism,”
crowed one Indian commentator.
“After the Brexit referendum, the
UK is internationally at its weakest
position in decades.”
As former head of the Foreign
Office Sir Simon Fraser says,
it is hard to think of a major
foreign policy issue that Britain
has really influenced since the
referendum. And that was before
the department’s budget was,
astonishingly, almost halved by
Mr Hammond, despite spending
more on a winter fuel allowance for
old folks than the entire Foreign
Office. While ministers bleat about
“global Britain”, they will blow 10
times more on aid than is spent
on diplomacy and promotion of
national interests.
The ICJ contest also exposed
British reluctance to confront a
strong nation such as India, with
whom we need a post-Brexit trade
deal. Yet we export more to Belgium
alone than to India, Brazil, Russia
and South Africa combined. In
the aftermath of their triumph,
however, Indian diplomats insisted
that any agreement must include
looser immigration controls on their
citizens. It would be funny if it was
not so tragic.
Brexit is enfeebling our nation
while failing to achieve proclaimed
goals. That was just one more week
in a national fiasco that will leave
Britain poorer, less powerful and
more isolated. Far from letting the
British lion roar, the Brexiteers
have merely ended up pulling out
its teeth and ensuring our country
loses its bite in the world.
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Lessons on
tending a bar
Tyranny of
Scottish Greens
Your item on research
into drinkers’ reactions
to service at a bar (i,
25 November) made me
wonder if bartenders
today are taught what I
was told back in the early
1960s when helping
occasionally at a theatre
bar: if there are two of
you, start together at
the middle of the bar
and work outwards
to the right and left
respectively.
As a customer is
served and leaves, they
will be replaced by the
next in the queue. When
you reach the end of the
bar, return to the middle
and start again. That
way everybody should
get served in proper
order. Well, that’s
the theory.
BARRY SHEPPARD
BRIGHTON
I don’t think the “Green
Party” is the correct name
for those represented
by six list MSPs at
Holyrood. The demands
by Patrick Harvie for
significant tax rises in
the Scottish budget are
redolent of a Left Party
or a Socialist Party. Or
perhaps the “Punishment
Party” would be
most appropriate,
because penal levels
of taxation are what
Harvie demands.
This party that was able
to attract a mere 13,000
first-preference votes in
May 2016 holds the whip
hand because the SNP is
a minority government
and needs a few more
votes to pass legislation.
Nicola Sturgeon is in
hock to the Greens, as
we saw in March when
she needed their votes
to pass her Bill calling
for another referendum
– regardless of the fact
that the Greens had no
demand for a referendum
in their manifesto. I am
a lifelong supporter
of proportional
representation, but I am
wondering about the
wisdom of it, given the
influence such a tiny
minority party can exert.
JILL STEPHENSON
EDINBURGH
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my favourite: “John is
trying hard to fail and
is succeeding.”
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Why hasn’t the
Chancellor introduced a
punitive tax on 40+ per
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the Blind as an animal
charity to boost his
shaky arguments.
Worst of all, Stephen
Bush uses the emotive
and dismissive term
“animal-lovers”. But
I would suggest that
many of those who
care deeply about the
terrible suffering of
animals in laboratories,
slaughterhouses,
intensive farms and
elsewhere would be more
accurately described
as cruelty-haters – and
they are in the good
company of Leo Tolstoy,
George Eliot, Seneca,
Albert Schweitzer, Mary
Midgley, Albert Einstein,
Marcus Aurelius and
Leonardo da Vinci, to
name but a very few.
JULIE HARRISON
HERTFORD
New Scottish
politics
NHS millions of pounds?
T HEWITT
COLCHESTER, ESSEX
Fending off
football scores
The death last week of
Rodney Bewes reminded
me of the episode of The
Likely Lads when the
two lads tried to avoid
hearing the football
results before watching
Match of the Day.
They would have
found it even more
difficult these days as
results or latest scores
are routinely announced
without warning during
live football coverage. I’m
told by the TV companies
that this is what football
fans now want.
Am I alone in wanting
to enjoy highlights
programmes without
knowing the scores first?
RICHARD LOTT
CHEPSTOW,
MONMOUTHSHIRE
Churchill and
millennials
In his appeal to
young millennials to
debauch themselves,
POLITICS
Simon Callow elicits
support from Winston
Churchill’s exchange
about fitness with Field
Marshall Montgomery
(i, 25 November), but
misquotes both men.
The correct version
is that Montgomery
declared, “I neither drink
nor smoke and I am 100
per cent fit.” Churchill
rejoindered: “I drink and
smoke and I am 200 per
cent fit.”
MICHAEL LIND
HIGHLANDS,
SCOTLAND
Companion to
Black Friday
There are mixed
reactions to the idea
of Black Friday. Why
not start a Golden
Friday when everyone
makes a donation to a
charity shop of money
or goods, or carries out
a charitable action?
Perhaps two weeks after
Black Friday. Revive the
Christmas spirit.
ALAN MACHIN
HALIFAX, WEST
YORKSHIRE
‘Animal lovers’
is a misnomer
If, as Stephen Bush’s
article suggests (i, 24
November), animal
welfare is an important
political issue in this
country, then we should
all be proud of the fact;
disgracefully, however,
he prefers to sneer at the
very notion of kindness
to animals and those who
promote it.
He bases his ridicule
on the strength of one
obscure and unidentified
advertisement and he
classifies Guide Dogs for
Many predict Richard
Leonard’s arrival as
leader of the Scottish
Labour Party means
disenchanted left-wing
SNP supporters will
vote Labour and, with
the resurgence of the
Scottish Conservatives,
the SNP will lose the
2021 election. But Mr
Leonard supports Nicola
Sturgeon’s demand
to repatriate 111 EU
powers to Scotland,
which is unnecessary
duplication, separates
and differentiates
Scotland further from
the UK and – given the
example of the estimated
£400m just to set up the
new Benefits Agency –
will cost more money.
All this “tax and spend”
could spook traditional
Labour voters into
voting Conservative.
ALLAN SUTHERLAND
STONEHAVEN,
ABERDEENSHIRE
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Why Walters
refused the lure
of Hollywood
Julie Walters had Hollywood at her
feet after her turn in the 1984 film
Educating Rita, but she says she has
never felt the urge to do all her work
there. “I did have plenty of offers
then, but I don’t ever regret not taking
them,” Walters says.
“Because I’m British, and I like
British writing and British
work, and I love it here. I
think the way you look is
much more important in
Hollywood than possibly
it is here.”
Speaking to Radio Times,
Walters adds that her latest
project – a documentary
about coastal railways for
Channel 4 – appealed to a sense of
nostalgia about her childhood. “And
there’s the filmic thing with Strangers
on a Train and Brief Encounter and
of course Harry Potter and the
Hogwarts Express,” she said.
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“People often want me to have
a famous woman that inspired
me. Truth is it was the ‘ordinary’
women and girls I met who had
coped with life who get me up in
the morning.” MP Jess Phillips
DangerousHillary
“I did think she was very, very
dangerous. We would still be
fracking, we would be at war [if
she was president]. It wouldn’t
be much smoother.” Susan
Sarandon stands by her claims
about Hillary Clinton.
Filmmaker Luhrmann lives for storytelling
Director Baz Luhrmann was
destined to make films – not just
because his father, Leonard, ran
the local cinema but because he
had a desire to retell stories in his
own voice.
“For my wife, Catherine Martin,
and me, part of our creative joy is
immersing ourselves in and living
the life of whatever project we’re
doing. Once we are committed, we
take all our creative collaborators
into that world with us,” Luhrmann
tells The Sunday Times.
“For Moulin Rouge!, we moved to
Paris and steeped ourselves in the
world of the fin de siècle and the
Montmartre of the 1890s.”
“For The Great Gatsby, we followed
in Fitzgerald’s footsteps, arriving
in New York City by ocean liner to
glimpse [in the words of F Scott
Fitzgerald] that ‘incalculable city…
a miracle of foamy light suspended
by the stars… this was the greatest
nation and there was gala in the air!’
“Soon, there wasn’t an inch of
Long Island that we hadn’t covered.
Or a fingerbowl of Champagne we
hadn’t drunk.”
Thesimplelife
“I want to get a farm. I want to
be, like, milking goats.” Jennifer
Lawrence really doesn’t want to
be paid $20m a film, OK?
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Of course we don’t really keep calm and carry on
SOCIETY
Jane
Merrick
A
s reports were coming
in on Friday evening of
armed police responding
to a suspected terrorist
incident at Oxford Circus in central
London, I was at home getting ready
to go out to a West End play. Twitter
was suddenly awash with short
bursts of what has now become the
familiar language of our heightened
state of alert: shoppers fleeing a
busy area, Tube stations evacuated,
urgent messages from people hiding
in pubs and shops. Staying at home
to curl up on the sofa in front of the
TV never seemed more attractive.
Two hours later, after the alert
had been confirmed as a false alarm,
I was out among the Christmas
shoppers, theatre-goers and tourists.
The mood was upbeat and liberating.
When worst fears are unfounded, the
euphoria rushes in. What happened
in the intervening two hours is a
matter of fierce debate. The pop star
Olly Murs has been heavily criticised
for tweeting from inside Selfridges
to his 7.8 million followers that there
were “gunshots” and there were
“people screaming and running
towards exits”.
When the police confirmed
that there were no shots fired,
no perpetrators, no casualties –
ultimately, no terrorism – everyone
piled in, accusing Murs of spreading
panic. Of course, nobody – least of
all those with millions of followers
– should tweet that they have heard
gunshots when they haven’t.
Yet the Metropolitan Police
statement on the incident said it had
started to receive numerous calls
reporting shots fired at 4.38pm.
Murs’ first tweet was at 5pm, after
people had already fled Oxford
Circus station, where the “incident”
had started. People had been
panicking, running and hiding for at
least 20 minutes.
It is too easy, with the benefit
of hindsight and the safety of
geographical distance, to sneer
at someone live-tweeting from a
mass panic – a mass panic that has
already unfolded to the sounds of
screaming and the sight of armed
officers. By implication, those who
sneer at Murs are also sneering
at the shoppers who thought they
were running for their lives, amid
rumours of “shots” fired or at
someone shouting “fire” (it has
since transpired that someone had
shouted “fight” in reference to two
men arguing on a platform).
After an unprecedented five
terrorist attacks in the UK this
year, it is entirely understandable
that, collectively, we are in a state of
alert, particularly in busy shopping
and tourist areas in the run-up
to Christmas. The official police
advice is to “run, hide, tell” – which
is exactly what those shoppers and
commuters did.
It is not “giving in to terrorists”
to acknowledge this, to run away in
the same direction as a screaming
crowd, to admit to being a little bit
scared. The fight-or-flight panic
response is what has kept the human
race alive since our wary ancestors
kept watch from the edge of caves.
The tea-towel Valium of “keep
calm and carry on” is the lie we tell
ourselves to get us through it.
To be wary of a terror attack
is not irrational but a new kind of
normal. This doesn’t mean changing
our way of life, to avoid going
Christmas shopping or to stay at
home instead of going out to the
theatre – quite the opposite. There is
no question that we should carry on.
But perhaps the new slogan should
be: it’s OK to panic, then calm down
and carry on.
BLACK FRIDAY
cousins and I would mock our
family “olds” for rising at dawn to
go shopping while we headed off to
the ice hockey or basketball games,
but then – unlike now – we were not
running the family budgets.
Black Friday weekend is easily
mocked – as are other sales events,
promotions and offers. My favourite
TV interviewer, the indomitable
Andrew Neil, even opined derisively
“Black Friday must be the worst
thing we’ve imported from the US.
Ever”. No matter that he ignores
Halloween, Hershey’s so-called
chocolate, Starbucks and Bud Light.
It’s too easy, too glib to say that
Black Friday and Cyber Monday
are manufactured sales events
– of course they are. So too are
the January and June sales, and
for what it’s worth, the entire
pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. We
do not have to take part in any of
them, but most people – most – will
at least want to treat their families to
the Christmas of the popular
imagination; and need to
buy annual staples.
Why does the media
sneer so? Many who
mock will be earning
enough that they need
not worry how they will
fund their Margaux and
Montecristo festivities,
let alone buy trainers, mobile
phones or a decent Christmas
spread. Advertisers do not force
people suffering from wage deflation
or on zero-hours contracts to
shop for big discounts – economic
disparity does. We should stop
looking down on people for trying to
do the best by their families.
Stefano
Hatfield
What’s wrong
with bagging
a bargain?
M
oney’s a bit tight in the
Hatfield household – a
sentiment that I know
is shared among many
readers. So, this weekend, like many
of you, I’ve been keenly scouring
innumerable websites and
the occasional physical
store for “Black Friday”
bargains. I got the habit
years ago, when I lived
in the US and got used
to the annual mad rush
to the shopping mall
the day after we had
stuffed ourselves silly with
Thanksgiving turkey.
Then, as now, my working-class
Boston family would set aside this
weekend for a combination of muchneeded annual purchases (work
shirts, winter boots) and the family’s
Christmas presents. The savings
were as real as their need for them.
When much younger, my American
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Dame Joan
denies Newley
allegations
Anthony Newley,
who died in 1999,
with Joan Collins
at a film premiere
in 1967 EXPRESS
NEWSPAPERS/GETTY
By Adam Sherwin
Dame Joan Collins has rejected
a claim made by her son that his
father, the actor Anthony Newley,
was a “paedophile”.
Artist Sacha Newley made the
comments about his late father, an
actor and singer-songwriter, in an
interview with The Sunday Times.
Dame Joan said in a statement:
“As far as I’m concerned, this is
absolutely untrue. I have nothing
further to add.”
Anthony Newley, who died of
cancer in 1999, married Dame
Joan in 1963 but they divorced
seven years later. Their son, 52,
also claimed his late father was
a sex addict. He said: “He was a
paedophile. He thought innocence
was an aphrodisiac.”
Sacha’s sister Tara said: “I
don’t recognise the man he
is describing.”
BROADCASTING
Silent Night? Not with a
cement mixer in the band
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
It’s unlikely to be a very “Silent Night”
when Radio 3 broadcasts a unique
take on a Christmas favourite, performed using the grinding tones of
an industrial cement mixer.
The cement mixer will be installed
at the BBC’s studios in Maida Vale,
London, for the session today, recorded for the Late Junction programme.
The mixer is the trademark instrument of Jean-Hervé Péron from
Faust, the experimental German band
formed in 1969.
Here styled
faUSt, Peron and
Zappi Diermaier
from the “Krautrock” pioneers will
collaborate on a
“festive favourite” for the BBC,
with “risqué elec-
tronic artist” Natalie Sharp, aka
Lone Taxidermist.
A Radio 3 spokesman said: “The
mixer tours with the band and is installed in the same way as any other
large instrument. The Late Junction
team have carried out the necessary
risk assessment and the required
health and safety processes are all
in place.” Péron will be crafting “musique concrète with his fully operational cement mixer, this time filled
with festive baubles”, the BBC added.
Péron, who composed a symphony for orchestra
and cement mixer,
has said of the ins t r u m e n t : “ I t’s
like there is nothing, and at the end
there is civilisation.
And when it turns,
so humbly and so
strong, like a pregnant woman, it just
breaks my heart.”
The BBC said Péron
incorporates the sound of
the mixer slowly turning inthe
band’s work. “Silent Night” will
form the starting point for an
improvisational collaboration.
Championed by John Peel and a
major influence on techno, post-punk
and industrial music, Faust often incorporated sheets of metal into their
live performance.
Ms Sharp, from Cumbria, will be
bringing with her to the studio “cling
film, scanners, a flautist and a handful
of contact mics” for the recording
billed as faUSt x Lone Taxidermist.
The results will be broadcast on a
festive Late Junction on 14 December.
Bands which have taken the
concept of “industrial” music literally
include Einstürzende Neubauten,
which incorporated a pneumatic drill
into its stage performances.
ART
Sculptor to remodel music prize
By Adam Sherwin
Award-winning sculptor Sir
Anish Kapoor has designed
a new statue for next
year’s Brit Awards.
Sir Anish (inset), who
created the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic
Park, Britain’s largest
piece of public art, is the
latest artist to use the figure as
a canvas.
TELEVISION
‘Dark side’ of heist to be shown
By Adam Sherwin
A TV drama about the £14m
Hatton Garden robbery,
when four men ransacked an underground
safe deposit facility in
London, will challenge
perceptions that the perpetrators were “lovable
old blokes”.
The gang, aged between 60
and 76, used a drill to bore a hole
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Sir Anish, a former Turner Prize
winner, said: “Sculpture is often a
process of positive and negative form. I have made the
award using both.”
T h e B o m b ay- b o r n
British artist is the first
sculptor to customise
the music award. Damien
Hirst, Tracey Emin and
Dame Vivienne Westwood
have previously added their signature style to the statue.
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into the vault and ransacked 73
safety deposit boxes during the 2015
Easter weekend.
The heist has already
prompted three screen
versions. ITV will show
Hatton Garden, a fourpart drama starring Timothy Spall (inset) about the
gang of career criminals,
beginning on 11 December;
they received prison sentences
of six or seven years each.
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Unicef delivers vaccines despite blockade
Saturday’s shipment as a “very
small step” and warned that it
must not be a one-off. The coalition
promised to reopen Yemen’s main
airport in Sanaa and the Red Sea
port of Hodeida to humanitarian
traffic by late last week. However,
two Unicef vessels carrying food,
water purification tables and
medicines heading to Hodeida
have not received clearance to
dock, Mr Cappelaere said.
By Karin Laub
The United Nations agency for
children said yesterday that it
had flown 1.9 million doses of
vaccines to war-torn Yemen, its
first aid delivery since a Saudiled coalition fighting Shia rebels
tightened a sea and air blockade
earlier this month.
Geert Cappelaere, the regional
director of Unicef, described
“We hope all will live up to their
promises,” he added. “These
supplies are urgently needed.”
More than 11 million Yemeni
children are in dire need of aid and
facing an outbreak of diphtheria,
with suspected cases reported in
five governorates. Cholera and
acute diarrhoea spread rapidly in
recent months, including among
children, with close to one million
suspected cases reported. AP
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An Egyptian fighter pilot patrols the Sinai desert after the atrocity AFP/GETTY
Mosque attack
was terrorists’
‘sign of weakness’
By Louisa Loveluck
IN CAIRO
LEON SHARED THIS PHOTO
FEELING LIKE HE WAS LIVING A LIE
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Egypt’s security forces are on high
alert after striking back at militants
whose massacre of more than 300
people at a Sinai mosque raised fears
of a new and bloodier phase in the
struggle against Islamist insurgents.
Egypt’s state-run Information
Service tried to portray Friday’s
carnage – in which at least 305
worshippers, or about quarter of
the male population of the village
of Rawda, were killed – as a sign of
“weakness, despair and collapse”
among militants opting for easy
civilian targets rather than hitting
heavily armed security forces.
But the level of co-ordination and
precision by the attackers gave no
obvious suggestions of a struggling
force in an area where Isis-inspired
groups have gained a key foothold.
The assault on a mosque – a rarity
in Egypt – also raised concerns
about increasing threats to the
country’s Sufi Muslims, whose mystic
interpretation of Islam is at odds with
the hard-line creed of Isis.
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Many worshippers at the
mosque were believed to
be Sufi Muslims, who are seen as
heretics by extremists. Some may
have had links to a tribe opposed
to Isis’s presence in the area.
By Ari Rabinovitch
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Survivors described five pick-up
trucks carrying up to 30 gunmen
converging on the al-Rawda mosque
as the imam began his sermon. Some
worshippers died in a suicide blast;
others were gunned down as they
ran. The attackers later walked
among the fallen, 27 of them children,
shooting those who appeared to
be breathing.
Although no group has claimed
responsibility for the attack,
suspicion immediately fell on Isislinked militants who have duelled
with the army across the desert
region. Witnesses said that some
carried a black flag belonging to the
State of Sinai, a local Isis affiliate.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
vowed to avenge the bloodshed with
“brute force”. WASHINGTON POST
A minister who heads an ultraOrthodox Jewish party in Israel’s
coalition government resigned
yesterday in protest at rail work that
was done on the Jewish sabbath.
Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a
rabbi from the United Torah Judaism
party, had protested that Jewish law
prohibits work on Saturdays.
His departure is unlikely to bring
about problems for Benjamin
Netanyahu’s coalition. REUTERS
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Trump supports
Moore with tweet
smearing rival
By Alexandra Wilts
IN WASHINGTON
Donald Trump has come out fighting
for Roy Moore, who is running
for Alabama’s Senate seat
and has been accused of
child sex abuse.
Mr Moore, who is
in contention with
Democrat Doug Jones,
has vehemently denied the
allegations against him.
M r T r u m p w ro t e o n
social media: “The last thing we
need… is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet
who is weak on crime, weak on the
border, bad for our military and our
great [veterans], bad for our second
amendment, and wants to raise
Allegations against Mr
Moore surfaced when four
women told The Washington Post
that he had pursued them when
they were teenagers (one was 14).
taxes to the sky.” Representative
Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck
Schumer are the Democratic leaders
of the House of Representatives and
Senate, respectively.
Mr Trump (inset) seems
to be at odds with Senate
Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, who has
called for Mr Moore to
remove himself from the
Alabama Senate race.
Jeff Flake, a Republican
and critic of Mr Trump, told
Alabamans to vote for Mr Jones,
a former US attorney who led the
prosecution of two Ku Klux Klansmen
involved in the fatal bombing of a
church in Alabama in 1963.
Mr Moore is alleged to have
pursued underage girls while he was
in his thirties and an assistant district
attorney in Alabama.
Mr Moore and Mr Jones are
competing to fill the seat left vacant
when Jeff Sessions was appointed
Attorney General in February.
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Life goes on in
Culik village on
Bali as ash and
steam billow
from Mount
Agung REUTERS
Experts fear Bali volcano could still erupt
By Nilufar Rizki
IN JAKARTA
Officials in Indonesia heightened
flight warnings around Mount
Agung on Bali yesterday,
leading to scores of aircraft
being grounded as the volcano’s
eruptions sent a plume of ash and
steam into the skies above the
holiday island.
Ash covered roads, cars and
buildings near the volcano in
the north-east of the island,
while a red glow of what
appeared to be magma could be
seen in photographs released
overnight by Antara, the state
news agency. “The activity of
Mount Agung has entered the
magmatic eruption phase,” said
Gede Suantika, an official at
the vulcanology and geological
disaster mitigation agency. “We
need to monitor and be cautious
over the possibility of a strong,
explosive eruption.” REUTERS
AUSTRALIA
Navy submarine ‘was in good shape’ Nationalist resurgence thwarted in state election
By Debora Rey
IN MAR DEL PLATA
Argentina’s navy has insisted that a
missing submarine seemed to be in
good condition when it set off on a
training mission, despite fears that it
later exploded beneath the sea with
44 crew members aboard.
Hopes for survivors dimmed
further as the ARA San Juan entered
its 10th day missing on Saturday –
which experts said would probably
be the limit of its oxygen supply.
But rescue efforts continued as
a Norwegian ship carrying a US
undersea rescue module prepared to
travel to the search zone. AP
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leading after three-quarters of votes
were counted following Saturday’s
poll, while Ms Hanson’s party has yet
to confirm victoryina single seat. The
result may not be known for days.
Ms Hanson, a senator in the
federal parliament, had anticipated
a surge in support in her electoral
heartland to give momentum to the
By Jonathan Barrett
IN SYDNEY
The resurgence of Australian
nationalist politics has been halted
at a state election in Queensland,
with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation
party at risk of being wiped out in
its stronghold. The Labor Party is
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populist party enjoyed in the
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from around 14 per cent of voters,
One Nation is tipped to win just
one seat, according to analysis
by the Australian Broadcasting
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IRAN
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NEPAL
Militant Maoists
blamed for
election blasts
By Gopal Sharma
IN KATHMANDU
Nepalis began voting for a new
parliament yesterday with the
army on alert as a series of small
blasts blamed on a rogue Maoist
group reminded the Himalayan
nation of the violence and
Islamist activists defiant
after protest camp clashes
By Asif Shahzad
IN FAIZABAD
LIBERIA
Europe given
Presidential poll
missile warning faces legal delay
Iran has threatened to increase
the range of its missiles so they
could hit Europe.
The deputy head of the
country’s Revolutionary
Guard warned that if Europe
threatened Iran, it would
increase the range of missiles
to above 2,000km (1,240 miles).
The Fars news agency quoted
Brigadier General Hossein
Salami as saying: “If we have
kept the range of our missiles to
2,000km, it’s not due to lack of
technology… We are following a
strategic doctrine.”
PAKISTAN
Liberia’s opposition Liberty Party
said it would take its claims of election
fraud to the Supreme Court this
week after the electoral commission
ruled that the first-round 10 October
vote was fair.
Its candidate, Charles Brumskine,
came third, behind the former
footballer George Weah and Vice
President Joseph Boakai, who are
due to take part in a run-off vote to
replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The appeal will probably delay this,
and could result in the first-round
poll being re-run, putting off the first
democratic transfer of power in more
than 70 years. REUTERS
instability it is hoping to leave
firmly in the past.
More than a decade after the
end of a civil war between Maoist
peasant guerrillas and security
forces, Nepal is hoping this
election – the first parliamentary
polls since 1999 – will complete
its long journey from a monarchy
to become a federal republic.
A second phase of the election
will take place on 7 December.
Political candidates have used
everything from mules to drones
to reach voters in areas without
roads, according to media
reports. REUTERS
Islamist party activists have clashed
with Pakistani security forces for a
second day outside the capital, Islamabad, before withdrawing into an
uneasy stand-off at a protest camp
they have occupied for two weeks.
Despite orders from the government to the army on Saturday to help
restore order, no troops were at the
scene around the protest camp in
Faizabad, on the outskirts of the capital, witnesses said. The army did not
respond to queries about the orders.
At least six people were reported
killed on the previous day, when sev-
Copperopolis
The four young men had
just started their marijuana
harvest in rural northern
California when a dozen
sheriff’s deputies swooped
with guns drawn, arrested
them and spent the day
chopping down 150 plants with
machetes.
“I could do this every day if
I had the personnel,” said the
Calaveras County sheriff, Rick
DiBasilio, during the operation
near the town of Copperopolis,
in the foothills of the Sierra
Nevada about two hours east of
San Francisco.
This year, officials have
cut down close to 30,000
plants grown without
permits in a county which is
reconsidering its embrace of
marijuana cultivation ahead of
legalisation. “There are just so
many of them,” the sheriff said
of the illegal farms.
Marijuana has deeply
divided financially strapped
Calaveras County. California is
set to issue licences in January
to grow, transport and sell
marijuana for recreational
purposes, nearly 20 years after
the state first authorised the
drug’s consumption with a
doctor’s recommendation.
“The environmental
impacts are atrocious” said
Bill McManus, the head of an
organisation seeking to ban
marijuana. But Mark Bolger,
who received the first permit,
said a ban would drive out him
and his dozen workers. AP
Paul Elias
eral thousand police and paramilitary
forces tried to disperse the religious
hardliners, who have blocked the
main route into the capital demand-
Myanmar
ready for
the Pope
The Shwedagon
Pagoda in Yangon
is Myanmar’s most
sacred Buddhist
temple. Pope Francis
is due to arrive in the
country today for the
first papal visit to the
Buddhist-majority
nation, whose 700,000
Catholics represent
just over 1 per cent
of the population.
ROBERTO SCHMIDT/
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MIDDLE EAST
Crown prince leads anti-terror meeting in Riyadh
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
yesterday opened the first high-level
meeting of a Saudi-led alliance of
Muslim nations against terrorism,
vowing that extremists would
no longer “tarnish our beautiful
religion”. Mohammed bin Salman’s
made his remarks after Isis was
driven out of Iraq and lost its selfdescribed capital in Syria.
However, the alliance does not
include Iran, Iraq or Syria, while
member nation Qatar sent no one
to attend the one-day gathering in
Riyadh, amid a diplomatic standoff
between Doha and four Arab nations
led by the kingdom.
The alliance, initially announced
with 34 nations, now includes 41,
according the Saudi government.
“The biggest danger of this terrorism
and extremism is the tarnishing of the
reputation of our beloved religion,”
Prince Mohammed said. AP
SYRIA
SOUTH KOREA
HONDURAS
Russians bomb
Isis strongholds
Abortion ban
could be lifted
President looks
set for re-election
Russian bombers hit Isis targets
in Syria yesterday, Russian news
agencies cited Russia’s defence
ministry as saying.
Six long-range bombers that
flew from an airfield in Russia
hit “terrorist strongholds” in the
valley of the Euphrates river, the
agencies reported.
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said bombs landed
in the village of Al-Shafah on
Sunday morning. REUTERS
South Korea’s ban on abortion will
be reviewed after more than 230,000
citizens filed a petition against it.
Abortion was criminalised in 1953
when South Korea wanted to boost
the population and build an army
powerful enough to fend off its rival
North Korea. Exceptions to the ban
were added in 1973, including where
the mother’s health is at risk, the
baby is to be born with severe birth
defects or the pregnancy was caused
by a sexual crime. REUTERS
President Juan Orlando
Hernandez appears likely to win
a second term in an election held
yesterday, despite opposition
claims that his re-election would
be unconstitutional.
The conservative leader, who is
an ally of the US administration,
has reduced violence in the
central American country which
once had one of the world’s
worst murder rates, but he faces
allegations of corruption. AP
By Jon Gambrell
IN DUBAI
Postcard
From...
Kadhim Rizvi, head of the Tehreek-eLabaik party, at a rally in Islamabad
ing that the law minister be fired for
committing blasphemy after he omitted a reference to the Prophet Mohammed in an electoral oath, which
he claims was merely a clerical error.
At least 150 people were wounded
on Saturday. Police said 80 security
forces members were among them.
Yesterday, baton-armed supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik party
blocked roads in major cities, paralysing traffic and daily life. “We will
not leave. We will fight until the end,”
party spokesman Ejaz Ashrafi said.
Smoke billowed from the remains
of vehicles burned near the protest
camp, where several thousand activists have gathered. REUTERS
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CHINA
IN BEIJING
An explosion in a port city south
of Shanghai yesterday killed two
people and injured at least 30 others
as it knocked down buildings and left
streets littered with damaged cars
and debris.
The early-morning explosion
struck a riverfront district in
Ningbo, one of China’s busiest ports.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency
reported that the blast occurred at a
factory, and police said the cause was
under investigation.
China suffers frequent deadly
fires and industrial accidents, often
The explosion shattered
windows and punched
holes in the walls of buildings
more than half a mile away. CCTV
footage showed a collapsed wall
and flattened cars.
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SCIENCE
Explosion kills
two and flattens
residential area
By Joe McDonald
i MONDAY
27 NOVEMBER 2017
Hawking praises
boy band singer
for space query
By Ryan Woo
IN BEIJING
blamed on negligence. Official
safety crackdowns have improved
conditions in some areas but many
companies still cut corners.
In 2015, an explosion traced to
improperly stored chemicals killed
at least 173 people in Tianjin, another
port city east of Beijing.
Yesterday’s blast knocked down
residential buildings but those were
vacant and in the process of being
demolished. Bystanders suggested
that the explosion might have been
caused by a gas pipeline that was
damaged during the demolition
work, but the Ningbo gas company
said it had no lines in the area.
Images showed an injured woman
being carried away on a man’s back
and what appeared to be the body of
man lying in the debris of a building.
Video clips showed a white cloud
of smoke rising above the explosion
site and rolling across nearby
buildings. Other images showed
apartments with windows blown out
and glass littering the floors. AP
Rescue workers
at the site of the
blast in Ningbo
yesterday
REUTERS
Stephen Hawking has taken to the
Chinese social media portal Weibo to
praise the lead singer of the country’s
most popular boy band for asking
about life beyond Earth.
Wang Junkai, of the best-selling
TFBoys, posted a video of himself
on the Chinese microblogging site
asking the author of A Brief History of
Time how humanity should prepare
for interstellar migration
in years to come.
Professor Hawking
re ce n t l y wa r n e d
that the human
race must evacuate
Earth in 600 years
before soaring energy
consumption turns the
planet into a “ball of fire”.
The 75-year old physicist (inset) said
in a video on his Weibo account that
Wang asked “an excellent question”,
which gave him insight into Chinese
millennials and their “curiosities”
regarding the future.
Wang has 30 million followers on
Weibo, which is often compared to
Twitter. REUTERS
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or countless homeless
men and women,
their dog is a lifeline.
Veterinary care can
often prove difficult to
access and impossible to afford for
people living on the street, or with
no steady income. But in recent
years there has been a significant
rise in the number of projects and
charities that offer outreach and
drop-in schemes free of charge.
Brian, who sells The Big Issue on
Argyll Street in central London,
always has Misty, the cover star
of this week’s magazine, by his
side. Gabriel Galea, a StreetVet
volunteer practitioner, has been
treating the eight-year-old Jack
Russell: “When I first started
working with StreetVet I was
pleasantly surprised to find that
the dogs, and the occasional cat,
we saw were just as healthy as the
typical pet presented to veterinary
clinics across the country,” he says.
Viorel Parnica has been taking
his dog, Vio, to Blue Cross for the
last seven years. The 13-year-old
Vio fell ill this year with lung
cancer and is on treatment
to manage his condition, with
invaluable help and support
offered by the Blue Cross animal
hospital in Victoria.
“I don’t know what I would do if
the charity was not here,” Viorel
says. He sells The Big Issue on
Oxford Street in central London.
“I’m very happy with their help
and Vio has had two operations in
the past and I am very grateful.”
A builder by trade, 48-year-old
Steve Taylor is selling The Big Issue
at Homerton Station, London,
with his sidekick Sky.
Four years ago, Steve feared the
worst after Sky fell ill suddenly.
“She just wasn’t herself and then
things just got worse, very
quickly,” he explains.
Steve had already
registered Sky with
the PDSA, a pet
charity which offers
free and reducedcost treatment to
pet owners in receipt
of eligible benefits,
and they carried out an
emergency operation. “I
was worried sick,” Steve says.
“It was awful. I was, and still am,
very, very grateful.”
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Norman
Corbyn must
speak now
on Brexit
I
n Ant and Dec’s jungle
hideaway the other night,
Kezia Dugdale uttered the
most brutal and ominous
three-word sentence you may
ever hear on the telly.
After pitching up late with the
Gary Spall, who rescued his
dog Lola from Battersea Dogs &
Cats Home five years ago,
receives support from
Dogs on the Streets
(Lola receives pain
relief for arthritis).
“I was a heavy,
heavy drug user,”
Gary recalls. “I was
in a bad way, and in a
bad place.”
Fast-forward a few
years and Gary, who sells
The Big Issue on Holloway
Road, in north London, has
lifted himself from rock-bottom
and is working hard towards
a brighter future. He puts this
transformation down to Lola, the
lovable Staffy-cross he rescued
from Battersea, during his journey
back from the brink.
“I’d been homeless for quite a
few years,” Gary says. “I’d always
dreamed of having my own place
and my own dog … I’ve never
looked back. It’s the best thing I’ve
ever done. Lola is everything to me
and I’d do anything for her.”
Gary has received invaluable
support in looking after Lola
from Dogs on the Street (Dots),
a project which launched earlier
comedian Iain Lee, Dugdale was
approached by that attentionseeking old rascal, Stanley
Johnson. Unlike a certain son,
the erstwhile Tory MEP is a
committed Europhile.
Stanley was looking forward,
he said, with the relief of one
whose hunger for celeb smalltalk
was sated, to discussing Labour’s
position on Brexit with Dugdale.
“Whatever that is,” murmured the
absentee MSP for Lothian, so sotto
voce you might have missed it.
Whatever one thinks about her
quitting as Scottish Labour leader
in August to sign up for the show,
you can’t blame her for that more
muted expression of disloyalty
to her party. Almost 18 months
after the vote, we still await a clear
Brexit policy from Jeremy Corbyn.
The word is that his position
has shifted; that the passionate
activist who campaigned for
Remain with the lethargy of
a secret Leave voter (though
he denies it) has jettisoned his
antipathy and come to see the
point of EU membership.
Small wonder if so. When the
facts change, good politicians
change their minds.
If Corbyn thinks that an
appalling mistake was made, and
that it is essential to canvass the
democratic will a second time in
case others have also changed
their minds on the strength of
those facts, it would be awfully
nice if he made it public.
Until now, the opacity has
served him well. Whether through
brilliant judgement or arch
dithering (probably the latter),
his failure to take a clear position
worked wonders at the election. It
avoided alienating both traditional
Labour supporters who voted
Leave, and young Remainers
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INTERVIEW
For his next trick,
Dynamo reveals
his magic roots
The star magician tells Grace Hammond
why he wants to share his secrets
H
Steve Taylor
with Sky, who is
treated by the
PDSA; (inset)
Brian with Misty
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this year and which offers free vet
services, food and training for dogs
belonging to rough sleepers and
the vulnerably housed.
“To a homeless dog-owner, their
dog is their world,” says Michelle
Clark, the founder of Dots, “They
will often put the needs of the
dog before their own. I don’t
know how many times I’ve heard
someone say it’s not a case of them
rescuing the dog, but the dog
rescuing them.”
Steve Trigg, a vendor in Oxford,
was losing his long battle with
alcoholism when his beloved colliecross, Charlie, became pregnant.
who worship him as the coolest
grandad ever. Since then, his Brexit
supremo Keir Starmer has played
a blinder, quietly inching Labour
towards what that canny observer
Robert Peston identifies as one
of the two destinations that logic
demands: a sort of Norway option
(membership of the single market
and customs union for a long while,
if not indefinitely); or a second
referendum in which Labour fights
to reverse the result of the first.
Whether Peston is right, as I
suspect, this chaotic stasis cannot
last. The tensions pulling Theresa
May in opposite directions – the
jihadist fervour of her hardBrexit suicide bombers, and the
excruciating economic results
if they are indulged – cannot be
reconciled. They will tear her
apart, as they will tear apart her
successor and her party. The laws
of political physics dictate this.
He knew, for his and Charlie’s
sake, he had to get his drinking
under control.
“A lot of people will tell you:
having a dog gives you a great
sense of purpose, having someone
to care for and love. But Charlie
saved my life. I mean that,” he says.
Charlie was diagnosed with a
form of blood cancer in 2013 but
fortunately the illness was spotted
early and, with the support of the
Dogs Trust’s Hope Project and
with his Big Issue earnings, Steve
was able to get his four-legged
friend on the right medication.
“I can’t thank the Dogs Trust
When the facts
change, good
politicians
change too
With historic issues, there comes
a time when even the most cynical
politician has to stop playing
politics. Corbyn is the least cynical
of politicians, or has been. For four
decades he has never wavered
from his principles.
When no one but a few doughty
souls in frowsty rooms above pubs
would listen to him, he said exactly
what he thought about the big
issues of the day. Now everyone is
listening intently, he is effectively
silent on the biggest issue in
peacetime history.
Like Theresa May, this cannot
endure. If Corbyn has concluded
enough,” Steve says. They helped
with the vet’s bills back when
Charlie was first diagnosed, and
they continue to pay for monthly
blood tests for Charlie. I wouldn’t
have my best friend today
without them.”
For more information, visit
streetvet.co.uk, bluecross.org.uk,
pdsa.org.uk, dotslondon.co.uk and
dogstrust.org.uk
A longer version of this article
appears in this week’s ‘The Big Issue’
available to buy today from ‘Big
Issue’ vendors across the UK for £3.
that Brexit (even a soft one) will
impoverish Britain, render it
globally irrelevant, narrow the life
chances not just of today’s children
but of their future children,
weaken its commitment to human
rights, permanently damage the
jobs market, threaten the longterm viability of the NHS, and
generally launch Britain on an
irreversible downward spiral… if he
genuinely thinks that, he needs to
say so out loud.
It might be bad politics (though
risking a reputation for honesty
by fudging isn’t great politics). It
would alienate some traditional
voters. It could lengthen the odds
against him becoming PM. But
if Corbyn’s public life stands for
one thing, it is the irreducible
commitment to stating what he
believes is true rather than what he
calculates is to his advantage.
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is contacts book is
bulging with A-listers,
supermodels and awardwinning musicians,
yet master magician
Dynamo admits there are still times
when he feels star-struck. “I did a
matinee show at the O2 Arena and
my manager came in and told me
someone had brought their kids to
the show and really wanted to meet
me,” he says. “So I walk into this
room and Brad Pitt comes running
up to me and says: ‘Dynamo, your
show was amazing! The kids loved
it.’ I was slightly taken aback. I
thought: ‘Oh my God, that’s Brad Pitt
in the flesh’.”
Once a sickly kid from a Bradford
council estate with a jailbird father,
Dynamo (aka Steven Frayne) is
now one of the most renowned
illusionists in the world.
He has swallowed jewellery
then pulled it out of his stomach,
transformed snow into diamonds,
walked – seemingly unaided – down
the side of the 20-storey Los Angeles
Times building and, most famously,
walked on water across the River
Thames. His street magic and
amazing illusions – some magicians
make coins disappear; he can make
himself disappear – have earned him
a massive fan base, with 2.36 million
followers on Twitter and four series
of Dynamo: Magician Impossible
under his belt.
For the past two years, he has
been filling arenas on tour with his
For me, the magic is the
nuance, the details, creating
mysteries that are going to
live in people’s minds
live show. His love of magic even
extends to his home in London
where he has some magical
furniture. He says: “I’ve got really
cool magical chairs and TVs that
appear out of nowhere – it’s exactly
what you’d expect of a magician. The
chairs kind of hover and levitate and
stuff like that. Coming to a party at
mine is definitely an experience.”
The young Steven – who has
suffered with Crohn’s disease
since his teens – would spend
hours practising in his bedroom,
too scared to venture out on to the
estate for fear of being bullied or
attacked. “I kind of missed the whole
television era of magic. Paul Daniels’
show wasn’t on TV when I was
growing up,” he says. “I missed all of
David Copperfield’s shows, although
I’ve gone back later as I’ve got older
and watched them on YouTube.
“I didn’t really have anyone to
watch and learn from, which is why
I’m slightly different from your
average magician.”
Dynamo admits he was ‘taken aback’
meeting Brad Pitt after a show
Now, he has chosen to share some
of his secrets in his latest beginner’s
magic guide, The Book Of Secrets,
which, among other things, reveals
how to make water freeze instantly,
make chewing gum float 360
degrees around your head, and slice
a banana without touching it.
As an associate of the inner
sanctum of the prestigious Magic
Circle, surely it’s sacrilege to break
the code of secrecy as far as tricks
are concerned?
“You’re right. Giving away magic
secrets has always been frowned
upon, but the Magic Circle have
been very supportive of what I’m
doing and people have contributed
ideas and bits of information to
pass on to young up-and-coming
magicians,” he explains.
“There’s a difference between
tricks and magic. Anyone can
Google tricks and try to find out
ways to trick people, but that’s not
really the magic. For me, the magic
is the nuance, the details, creating
mysteries that are going to live in
people’s minds.
“When I was growing up, I
wasn’t confident about interacting
with people. Magic gave me the
confidence to do that, to go out
there and speak to people with the
knowledge that I had something
amazing that I could show people.
“Giving that ability to people in
this day and age, especially when
everyone is consumed by mobile
phones and looking at screens all the
time, is a great thing to do.”
‘The Book Of Secrets: A Beginner’s
Guide To Modern Magic’ is out now
(Blink, £16.99)
Read more at: yorkshirepost.co.uk/
news/analysis/dynamo-the-secretworld-of-a-magician-1-8875083
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assured 2017 version, uncharitably,
as he watches his audition tape at
the start of Channel 4’s investmentmaximising spin-off. It’s a varied
hybrid show in which Hollywood
shares recipes, strolls down memory
lane with his mum, Jill (left, with
Hollywood), and even feels the
pressure of the Bake Off tent as
former contestants Val and Selasi
turn the tables and set him a
technical challenge. But will
Bake Off fans really share his
enthusiasm for racing cars?
8.30pm, BBC1
The ad-libs aren’t quite as zinging
as last week but Rob Brydon, Lee
Mack and David Mitchell are still a
formidably mirth-inducing triple
act. This week’s guests/stooges are
Stephen Mangan, Anita Rani, Sheila
Hancock and Mark Bonnar. Mangan
shares his story about mistaking a
length of rope for a snake, Rani
claims she discovered a handgrenade in her kitchen, and Bonnar
is reduced to helpless hysterics in
the “mystery guest” round.
Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life
Would I Lie To You?
===
Nigella: At My Table
8.30pm, BBC2
Nigella Lawson is looking so trim it’s
hard to believe she eats more than
lettuce, let alone this week’s dishes
of savoury French toast, spiced lamb
kofta with garlic sauce, rose and
pepper pavlova with strawberries,
golden egg curry and a white
chocolate cheesecake.
===
Employable Me
9pm, BBC2
An elderly couple approaches a shop
assistant at an aquatic centre, only
to be addressed as “coffin dodgers”.
It’s the sort of customer service that
usually ends with the sack and,
indeed, 22-year-old Ryan, who
suffers from severe Tourette’s
syndrome, lost his last job after one
such outburst. He’s the first subject
in a new run of the documentary
series in which a mixed-disability
group are helped back into the
workplace, joined by Andy, who was
a successful businessman until a
stroke during a routine operation
left him partially paralysed.
He has made 3,000 applications
in the past three years, but been
invited to just one job interview.
===
999: What’s Your Emergency?
9pm, Channel 4
Still based in Wiltshire, the bluelight docu-series now focuses on
the rapidly growing number of 999
calls connected to the over-70s. In
Warminster, there’s a crash caused
by a 75-year-old man who suffered a
suspected heart attack at the wheel,
while in Trowbridge, a 73-year-old
woman in the latter stages of
dementia has disappeared while
out shopping with her son.
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:
Women At War: 100 Years
Of Service (R) (S). 9.00
Victoria Derbyshire (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom Live
(S). 12.00 Daily Politics
(S). 1.00 The Link (R) (S).
1.45 Terry And Mason’s
Great Food Trip (R) (S). 2.15
Going Back, Giving Back (R)
(S). 3.00 The Indian Doctor
(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 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal
(R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional
Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping
Point (R) (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.20 The King Of Queens
(R). 7.10 The King Of
Queens (R). 7.35 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R)
(S). 8.00 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R) (S).
8.30 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 9.00
Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier
(R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s
Kitchen Nightmares USA
(R) (S). 11.00 Undercover
Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00
Channel 4 News Summary
(S). 12.05 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 1.05 Kirstie’s
Handmade Christmas (R)
(S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 Lost And Found (S).
4.00 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.00 Four
In A Bed (S). 5.30 Come
Dine With Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The
Wright Stuff 11.35 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.30 The Gadget
Show (R) (S). 1.25 5 News
At Lunchtime (S). 1.30
Neighbours (S). 2.00 FILM:
Christmas Mail (John
Murlowski 2010) Festive
romantic comedy,
starring Ashley Scott
and AJ Buckley (S).
3.45 FILM: A Perfect
Christmas (Jim Fall
2012) Festive fantasy,
starring Claire Coffee
(S). 5.30 5 News At
5.30 (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two Zoe
Ball chats to the
latest couple to
be voted out (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(S).
6.30 Hollyoaks
Marnie is
concerned
about Mac (S).
6.00 Neighbours
Mark is
suspended and
questioned by
the police (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Celebrity
Antiques Road
Trip With
Pam Ayres
and Geoffrey
Whitehead (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Todd
turns detective
to set Billy’s
mind at rest (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7pm
7.00 The One Show
(S).
7.30 The Billion
Pound VAT
Scam –
Panorama (S).
7.00 Weather Terror:
Brits Abroad
Britons caught
up in extreme
weather events
while overseas
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 Christmas
University
Challenge 2015
(R) (S).
8pm
8.00 EastEnders (S).
8.30 Would I Lie
To You? With
Mark Bonnar,
Stephen
Mangan and
Anita Rani (S).
8.00 University
Challenge The
second round
continues (S).
8.30 Nigella: At My
Table (S).
8.00 The Martin
Lewis Money
Show (S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 Paul Hollywood:
A Baker’s Life
New series (S).
8.30 Supershoppers
New series (S).
8.00 Sinkholes:
Sucked Under
Sinkholes
caused by
collapsed mine
shaft (S).
8.00 Building The
Ancient City The
development
of Rome into
the world’s
first ancient
megacity (R) (S).
9pm
9.00 New Tricks The
team reopens
the 16-yearold case of a
political aide’s
murder (R) (S).
9.00 Employable
Me New series.
Following eight
people with
disabilities as
they battle to
find work (S).
9.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of
Here! Another
Bushtucker
Trial awaits (S).
9.00 999: What’s
Your
Emergency? (S).
9.00 Chris Tarrant:
Extreme
Railway
Journeys
Chris travels
through the
Middle East (S).
9.00 The Other
Pompeii: Life
And Death In
Herculaneum
(R) (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Have I Got A Bit
More News For
You (S).
10.00Insert Name
Here With Hugh
Dennis, Rebecca
Front and Phil
Wang (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Killer Women
With Piers
Morgan (R) (S).
10.00First Dates A
podium dancer
has a date with
a former Ibiza
club promoter
(S).
10.00Secrets Of The
Tube: Going
Underground
The story of
how London’s
transit system
was built (R) (S).
10.00Last Men
In Aleppo:
Storyville
Documentary
(S).
11.30 Michael
McIntyre’s Big
Show With
Danny Dyer,
Gary Barlow
and Clean
Bandit (R) (S).
11.15 Blitz: The
Bombs That
Changed Britain
The stories of
bombs dropped
in the Second
World War (R).
11.45 Life Inside Jail:
Hell On Earth
Documentary
filmed in
Albany County
Correctional
Facility (R) (S).
11.05 Don’t Tell The
Bride Groomto-be Carl
plans a Spanish
wedding for
his fiancee
Rebecca (S).
11.05 Inside The
Mega Twister
Examining one
of the largest
tornadoes ever
recorded (R) (S).
11.30 From Scotland
With Love
Documentary
exploring
themes of
love, loss and
resistance (R) (S).
11.05 FILM: American
Reunion (Jon
Hurwitz, Hayden
Schlossberg
2012) Comedy,
starring Jason
Biggs (S).
11.00 American Dad!
(R) (S).
11.30 Family Guy
Cleveland and
Meg get new
jobs (R) (S).
12.30 The Graham Norton
Show (R) (S). 1.25 BBC
News (S).
12.15 Sign Zone:
Countryfile (R) (S). 1.10
Sign Zone: Blue Planet
II (R) (S). 2.10 This Is BBC
Two (S).
12.35 Jackpot247 3.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.10 One Born Every
Minute (R) (S). 1.05 The
Secret Life Of 5 Year Olds
(R) (S). 2.00 FILM: Neerja
(Ram Madhvani 2016)
(S). 4.15 The Truth About
Muslim Marriage (R) (S).
5.10 Draw It! (R) (S).
12.05 Aircrash: The Miracle
Of Flight 32 (R) (S). 1.00
SuperCasino (S). 3.10 Law
& Order: Special Victims
Unit (R) (S). 4.00 Now
That’s Funny! (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Divine Designs (R) (S).
12.40 Sir Gawain And
The Green Knight (R) (S).
1.40 The Other Pompeii:
Life And Death In
Herculaneum (R) (S). 2.40
Building The Ancient City
(R) (S). 3.40 Close
1.15 FILM: The Beat
Beneath My Feet (John
Williams 2015) Comedy
drama, starring Luke Perry
and Nicholas Galitzine (S).
3.10 Close
12.00 Family Guy (R) (S).
12.30 American Dad! (R)
(S). 1.00 Scorpion (R) (S).
1.55 Christmas Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.20 Teleshopping
5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen
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
11pm
Late
Nigella Lawson shares
recipes in ‘At My Table’
8.30pm, BBC2
Actor Stephen Mangan
attempts to hoodwink
the opposing team in
‘Would I Lie To You?’
8.30pm, BBC1
‘Employable Me’ charts
Ryan’s search for work
9pm, BBC2
6.35 FILM: Beautiful
Creatures
(Richard
LaGravenese
2013) Fantasy,
starring Alden
Ehrenreich (S).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 6.20 Planet’s
Got Talent (R) (S). 6.45
Dinner Date (R) (S). 7.35
Emmerdale (R) (S). 8.00
Coronation Street (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).
12.20 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.20 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out
Of Here! The
castaways
prepare to enter
their second
week (R) (S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Camcorder
calamities
(R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Bridget
makes another
reappearance
(R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Solace
(Afonso Poyart
2015) Premiere.
Crime thriller,
starring
Anthony
Hopkins (S).
9.00 Family Guy
Brian posts
an offensive
tweet that
goes viral (S).
9.30 Ghosted (S).
10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
Fleur East is
among the
guests (S).
NEWS
4-27
===
Last Men In Aleppo: Storyville
10pm, BBC4
This Sundance-winning
documentary follows the volunteers
of Aleppo’s civil defence, the
so-called White Helmets, as they go
about their daily work of digging
people – a mixture of the dead and
alive – from the rubble of buildings
destroyed by jets and helicopters
sent by Syrian President Assad and
his Russian allies. Pitifully underresourced – medicines are scarce
and their makeshift ambulance
overheats on one call-out – the
impressive likes of Khaled, Mahmoud
and Subhi – their heads semipermanently craned back to survey
the skies – are in a personal
dilemma: whether to stay and help
out, or leave and save their families.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
i MONDAY
27 NOVEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
FILM OF THE DAY
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8pm, TCM
(Mike Nichols, 1967)
Dustin Hoffman was 29 when he gave
his star-making performance as the
nebbish young graduate Benjamin,
who is “a little worried about his
future”. Anne Bancroft, playing
Benjamin’s girlfriend’s seductive
mother, Mrs Robinson, was only
six years older, but all the same this
iconic comedy perfectly describes
the widening of the generation gap
that was a characteristic of late-1960s
America. The Simon and Garfunkel
soundtrack also helped fix it as a very
1960s artefact, but if it is showing
its age, it is still as smart and funny
and bittersweet as it ever was. And
was there ever a more subtly and
ironically undercut happy ending?
10.05pm, 5Star
(Adam McKay, 2008)
Will Ferrell and John C Reilly star
as a 39- and a 40-year-old forced to
live together when their respective
parents get married. This mines the
comedy of ridiculous men acting like
children for all it’s worth, and more.
The Graduate
Step Brothers
Wolf Creek
10.05pm, TCM
(Greg McLean, 2005)
During the leisurely first half of this
film, three backpackers get to know
one another while touring Australia’s
Outback. Then things all turn a bit
Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Terrifyingly
plausible, this gruesome horror is one
of the best examples of its genre.
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).
12.35 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
3.45 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 5.55 Heartbeat (R) (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00 Rules
Of Engagement (R) (S).
9.30 Rules Of Engagement
(R) (S). 10.00 Black-ish
(R) (S). 10.30 Black-ish (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (R) (S).
8.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (R) (S). 10.00
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.05
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 11.35
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.10
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 12.40
A Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (R) (S). 1.40 A Place In
The Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S). 2.45 Come Dine With
Me (R) (S). 3.50 Time Team
(R) (S). 4.55 Time Team (R)
(S). 5.55 The Secret Life Of
The Zoo (R) (S).
6.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
6.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.00 Monkey Life (R) (S).
7.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
8.00 Animal 999 (R). 8.30
Animal 999 (R). 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) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 8.00
Storm City (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.55 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica’s
cousin turns
detective (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
A Bengal cat’s
tiny bones are
painstakingly
reset after a
road accident
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
Bender
considers a
radical upgrade
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House An
ailing groomto-be harbours
secrets from his
past (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Myra
promises to
film Neeta’s
memorial for
Hunter (S).
7.30 First Dates
Abroad (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A house built
out of shipping
containers on
a farm in Co
Derry (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Lisa fears she is
destined to be
stupid (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
An infant dies
in a car during a
heatwave (R) (S).
8.00 Supergirl Winn
and the team
discover an
alien ship has
crashed in
deep water (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Linda’s brother
Jimmy gets into
trouble with the
mob (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens 1am
Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show
With Rene LaVice 3.00 Radio
1’s Specialist Chart With Phil
Taggart 4.00 Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Twin B 1am Radio 1’s
Drum & Bass Show With Rene
LaVice 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00
Twin B
BBC Radio 2
8.00 Doc Martin
Penhale
spreads panic
throughout the
village (R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 Midsomer
Murders
Barnaby
investigates a
fatal explosion
at a haulage
yard (R) (S).
9.00 Made In
Chelsea Jamie
tries to play
peacemaker
between Alik
and Louise (S).
9.00 Vet On The Hill
Scott Miller
takes a road
trip to brush
up on his farm
veterinary
skills (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own With
Ruud Gullit,
Alex Scott and
Kevin Bridges
(R) (S).
9.00 Alan Partridge’s
Mid Morning
Matters (R) (S).
9.30 Alan Partridge’s
Mid Morning
Matters (R) (S).
10.00Made In Chelsea
Does Come Dine
With Me With
Jamie, Louise,
Toff and Alex
(R) (S).
10.00The Billion
Pound Hotel
A look inside
the opulent
Burj Al Arab
in Dubai (R) (S).
10.00Bounty Hunters
Barnaby and
Nina try to steal
the statues back
(R) (S).
10.35 Sick Note (R) (S).
10.00Curb Your
Enthusiasm (S).
10.50 Camping Fi
plans for the
group to visit
Monkey World
(R) (S).
11.00 Blue Murder A
childminder is
murdered (R) (S).
11.05 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.35 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
decides to
change his
ways (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E Patients
include a
man hit by a
pizza delivery
motorbike (R)
(S).
11.05 The Simpsons
Principal
Skinner is
exposed as an
imposter (R) (S).
11.35 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
11.25 Camping Tom
receives bad
news about his
estranged wife
(R) (S).
12.35 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.20 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
12.05 Tattoo Fixers (R)
(S). 1.10 Gogglebox (R) (S).
2.10 Made In Chelsea (R)
(S). 3.05 First Dates (R)
(S). 4.00 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.20 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.40
Charmed (R) (S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.05 Vet On The Hill (R) (S).
2.05 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats
(R) (S). 3.50 Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
Essex (R) (S). 2.00 Night
Cops (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R).
12.00 Vice Principals (R)
(S). 12.35 Bill Maher: Live
From DC (R). 1.55 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 2.45 The
Wire (R) (S). 4.00 The West
Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The West
Wing (R) (S).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Paddy O’Connell
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo
7.00 The Blues Show With Paul
Jones 8.00 Jo Whiley 10.00
Laura Mvula – God Made Me
Funky 11.00 Jools Holland
12mdn’t Johnnie Walker’s
Sounds Of The 70s 2.00 Radio
2’s Jazz Playlists 3.00 Radio
2 Playlists: Great British
Songbook 4.00 Radio 2 Playlist:
Hidden Treasures 5.00 Vanessa
Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. With guest Rick
Stein. 12noon Composer Of
The Week: Koechlin. Musical
elegance and wit in the work
of the French composer. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. Andrei Ionita and
Itamar Golan perform pieces
by Bach and Shostakovich.
2.00 Afternoon Concert. Tom
McKinney presents a selection
of the finest concerts from
across Europe. 5.00 In Tune.
With Ian Bostridge, Julius
Drake, Jess Gillam and Carlo
Rizzi. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
An imaginative, eclectic mix of
music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Johannes Wildner conducts
the BBC Concert Orchestra.
10.00 Music Matters. Sara
Mohr-Pietsch assesses the
impact of the Huddersfield
Contemporary Music Festival.
10.45 The Essay: More Letters
To Writers 11.00 Jazz Now
12.30am Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Start The
Week 9.45 Living With The
Gods 10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 The Untold 11.30 A
Month Of Maureen 12noon
News 12.04 Home Front 12.15
You And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
Book Of The Week: Lou Reed:
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Drama: Day Release 3.00
Round Britain Quiz 3.30
The Food Programme 4.00
Snapshots 4.30 Beyond Belief
5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six
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Three London Chinese
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Don’t let the final series of this
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The Archers. Jennifer learns
something shocking. 7.15 Front
Row 7.45 Living With The Gods.
Neil MacGregor explores those
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secret Nazi radio station that
broadcast to Scotland. 8.30
Crossing Continents. The
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in a small village in Myanmar.
9.00 Natural Histories. The
human relationship with
reindeer. Last in the series.
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Redux. By John Updike. 11.00
Mastertapes. New series. Emeli
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11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
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12.30 Book Of The Week: Lou
Reed: A Life 12.48 Shipping
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former prisoner
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rehabilitation
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5.30 I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
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Music Live Hour 3.30 6 Music’s
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Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Jane
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Emma Nelson features pieces
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Travel
Nature’s playground
From caving to zip lining,
Snowdonia is the national
park to visit for activities,
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Next month, three women in their
fifties and sixties will race across
the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing
boat. They tell Sophie Morris why
age is no barrier to adventure
had been worried about
capsizing and being spun
around underwater like a rag
in a washing machine,” says
Elaine Theaker. “However, a
couple of months ago we discovered
that our boat was very reluctant
to roll, even in the controlled test
of forcing it over. The exercise has
vastly increased my confidence in the
boat’s ability to keep me safe.”
If this sounds like an unusual
worry for a 54-year-old lawyer
from Abergavenny, it’s because
Theaker is preparing for a very
unusual challenge. Along with
Sharon Magrath, also 54, and Dianne
Carrington, 62, Theaker will take on
the might of the Atlantic ocean this
December, with only a rowing boat
for protection.
The three women will row two
hours on, two hours off, sometimes
in pairs and sometimes alone, 24
hours a day, for the 3,000 miles from
La Gomera in the Canary Islands
to Nelson’s Dockyard at English
Harbour in Antigua. They can expect
to lose about 20 per cent of their
body weight during the Talisker
Whisky Atlantic Challenge, because
the gruelling endurance race causes
competitors to burn about 8,000
calories a day – no Fitbit required.
M a g ra t h , a m i d w i fe f r o m
Shropshire, is completely new to
rowing, and it is the sharks she’s
most worried about, along with
the extreme weather conditions.
Carrington, an NHS worker and
former outdoor pursuits teacher
from Shropshire, has the most
experience on the water – she made
the British squad for whitewater
canoeing and has sailed across the
Mediterranean – but she worries
about being the oldest of the three.
“I don’t want to be the weak link in
the team and my body does get stiff
quite a bit and it does hurt at times,
but that won’t stop me.”
There are 28 teams taking part
in this year’s race, which starts on
12 December and can take months
to complete. Although last year’s
winners, a four-man team in their 20s
and 30s, broke the existing record to
cross the finish line in 35 days, in the
2015 race some teams took more than
80 days, and the “Atlantic Ladies”
team is taking enough food to last
them 65. That’s a long time to subsist
on dried food rations, desalinated
seawater and the odd fish.
Despite the months of hardcore
training and the mental and physical
ordeal the women have signed up
for, the question they are most often
asked is how they will go the toilet
during the race. “Suffice to say we will
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Main picture: Elaine Theaker (left), Sharon
Magrath and Di Carrington; last year’s recordbreaking Anglo-American team (below);
the Atlantic Ladies (left) with ‘Poppy’, their
purpose-built ocean-going rowing boat
have the world’s biggest latrine within
a few feet of our rowing position,”
they say, explaining that the “bucket
and chuck it” method is preferred by
open-water adventurers.
Taking up a new sport and taking
on a challenge this extreme is not, as
the Atlantic Ladies are proving, just
for youngsters. Age brings maturity
and endurance, and Carrington
says a training row from Ibiza to
Barcelona revealed that the women
might sometimes be too determined.
“I would say that our weaknesses are
that we are tough and hide our real
feelings, being reluctant to say we are
in pain or feeling tired or unwell – this
will be something we have to learn to
change. We need to tell each other if
we are suffering,” she says.
Is it advisable to accelerate your
exercise commitments so intensely
in your fifth, sixth and seventh
decades? “Endurance-wise, I think it
is easier as you get older as your body
automatically seems to adapt to more
endurance-specific activities,” says
Theaker, who began rowing on the
river Wye with her local club shortly
before turning 50. “In fact, I would
say that it is a distinct advantage
being middle-aged and taking on this
Taking up a
new sport or
challenge late
in life shouldn’t
be avoided
type of challenge. I feel fitter now
than I have ever done and so I must
take advantage of it!”
Personal trainer Matt Roberts
agrees. “Taking up a new sport or
endurance challenge later on in your
life is great and certainly should not
be avoided,” he says. He advises a
medical screening before taking on
a big challenge to check there are
no underlying health issues, and to
remember that recovery will take
longer the older you are. “Be patient,”
he says, “and give yourself a longer
period to prepare for your event.”
The team has been training for 12
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months, following a varied regime
that includes long sessions in the gym
and on the water, aerobic exercise
such as running and gym classes, lots
of weight training, and a few essential
therapeutic massages. It is harder
to retain muscle mass as we age, so
the three women are working with
trainers and focusing on strength
and endurance training.
“The body hurts more and the
brain is slow to grasp new skills,”
admits Carrington, “At first I felt
stiff and clumsy (with that can
come embarrassment) and I had
less energy and strength than when
I was younger. I’ve also found that
my body gets cold quickly.” In some
ways, she points out, training is
easier now because there is so much
more advice, helpful technology and
nutritional supplements available.
The Atlantic Ladies are also
spending time preparing themselves
mentally. They have a life coach,
and Theaker has been reading
personal development books and
autobiographies of people who have
rowed across an ocean. She also feels
confident in their boat, Poppy, built by
previous racer Justin Adkin.
Although older athletes need to
prepare diligently to avoid injury, it is
well known that endurance eventers
improve with age. “I do not feel at
a disadvantage just because I am
in my mid-50s,” says Theaker “In
fact, I would say that it is a distinct
advantage being middle-aged and
taking on this type of challenge.”
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Peak
thrills
Snowdonia National Park
in North Wales has become a
hotspot of adrenaline-fuelled
activity, from traditional
mountain hikes to surfing,
zip-lining and underground
trampolines, writes Fiona Whitty
O
nce upon a time,
sleepy Snowdonia
lured visitors with
hill walking, slate
mine tours and steam
railways. It was hardly a place for
thrill-seekers.
Nowadays it’s become the UK’s
adrenaline-junkie capital, offering a feast of groundbreaking and
world-class extreme adventure
pursuits. Visit the Welsh national
park for the only inland surf
lagoon, fastest zip wire and highest Powerfan on the planet – and
that’s just for starters. If it’s thrills
and challenges you’re after, here
are eight activities to prove your
next action-packed break should
be in North Wales. Snowdonia
sleeps no more…
GO FOUR IT
Slide down in unison with friends
or family on Europe’s first fourman zip-line (zipworld.co.uk). You
descend in parallel down three
wires totalling 2km (1.2 miles) in
length – but if you don’t beat your
teammates down the first time,
you will have another chance.
Instructors at Zip World Titan say
the trick to flying down faster is to
roll up as tightly as possible.
Just don’t miss the fantastic
views over the historic mining
town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and
the surrounding lakes and valleys.
SURF’S UP
There’s no need to hang around
for the perfect wave at the
world’s first inland surf lagoon,
where surges are mechanically
generated every three minutes.
Surf Snowdonia (surfsnowdonia.
com) features a 300m-long freshwater lagoon, built on the site of a
derelict factory in the tiny village
of Dolgarrog. Hardcore surfers
can enjoy head-height waves
which peel perfectly for 150m,
while beginners can hone their
skills in the white water dregs.
Lessons are available, or the
more experienced can head out
on their own.
When you’ve had enough of
surfing, have a go on the hilarious
Blob instead. One person sits on
the end of a huge air-filled pillow
while another leaps off a 4m-high
platform on to the other end,
catapulting them into the water.
GOING UNDERGROUND
Forget hiking up mountains –
go through them instead. You
can climb, dangle, sail and zip
deep underground in a former
Victorian slate mine on a Go
Below adventure (go-below.
co.u k ) . T he acti on -packed
subterranean assault course
near Blaenau Ffestiniog includes
scaling a waterfall, crossing an
abyss, ascending a vertical shaft
and abseiling down to what they
claim is the deepest point in the
UK. The cavern has the longest
and deepest network of zip-lines
in the world, and culminates in a
stomach-churning 21m-freefall
jump. How low can you go?
FLY LIKE A BIRD
Snowdonia likes to break records,
and Velocity (zipworld.co.uk) is
both the world’s fastest zip-line
and Europe’s longest. It’s unique
too, as you zip along lying flat –
face down and head first, rather
than upright. You soar at speeds of
more than 160kph while dangling
Pursuits
available at
Snowdonia
Adventure
Activities
include surfing
on mechanically
produced
perfect waves
(main picture),
trampolining
(left) in a huge
cavern that was
previosuly a
slate mine, and
canoeing (right)
OUTDOOR
ADVENTURE
ACTIVITIES.COM
150m above Penrhyn Quarry
lake. The attraction claims that
“it’s the closest you’ll come to
experiencing what it’s like to fly”
– you have 1.6km of zip-line to
decide if that’s true.
Dare to keep your eyes open,
and you could be treated to spectacular views as far as Anglesey
and the Isle of Man.
SWING LOW
Europe’s highest and first
five-seater giant swing hoists
daredevils more than 80ft
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Surfers
can enjoy
head-height
waves
which peel
perfectly
for 150m
high into the air. The Skyride
(zipworld.co.uk) swings out
over the Zip World Fforest
Caffi, with magnificent
views of the Conwy Valley
far below.
frothing torrents when other
rivers are dry. The hardcore can
go a step further and try the Orca
Adventure, navigating rapids in a
small two-man inflatable canoe.
WET AND WILD
Slip on a wetsuit, scramble
into a gorge, then skid, skim
and swim for it. Based in a
wild ravine, Canyon Xtreme
(snowdoniaadventureactivities.
co.uk) is a step-up from ordinary
canyoning, with extra-long slides
down rock ledges, an abseil or
zip wire off a waterfall and a 50ftjump. Along the way you’ll also
be clambering over boulders,
paddling through rocks and divebombing into plunge pools. For
diehard adventurers only.
Have a go at riding waves and
dodging boulders on nature’s very
own rollercoaster. The National
White Water Centre (canoewales.
com) offers white water rafting
on the Tryweryn river, which is
dam-controlled – so it often has
4 days
from on
ly
£289pp
GO CANYON CRAZY
JUMPED-UP
The 171-year-old Llechwedd slate
mine has been skilfully converted
into the world’s first giant
underground trampoline park.
Don’t let the red jumpsuits, net
overshoes and hard hats you’re
given – or the quaint train ride
down, a legacy of the quarry tours
which once took place there – lull
you into thinking that this is for
the mild-mannered.
Once down under in Bounce
Below (zipworld.co.uk), you’re let
loose in a cathedral-sized cavern
containing six layers of bouncy
net surfaces, all linked by narrow
aerial bridges, steep walkways
and terrifying sheer-drop chutes.
Just in case anyone still thinks
they’re on a slate mine tour, a
technicolour LED light show and
blaring music remind you you’re
most definitely in the 21st century.
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✓ Visit to Ypres including the thought-provoking
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Belgian chocolates, probably the world’s finest
✓ Return rail connections available on selected dates from over
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✓ Three nights in a choice of three-star to four-star superior accommodation
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Board
games
We’ve rounded
up everything
from fresh twists
on the favourites
to new, soonto-be classics.
By Joshua Burt
{1} CATAN
“The board game of our time,”
according to the Washington Post,
this was originally called The
Settlers of Catan before it plumped
for the shorter, snappier title. A
strategic dice-rolling game for
over-10s, you play as seafaring
explorers. It’s terrific.
£39.99, forbiddenplanet.com
{2} 221B BAKER STREET
Taking its title from Sherlock
Holmes’ address, 221b Baker Street
finds each player taking the role of
the fictional sleuth, as they skulk
through the streets of London
looking for clues to solve one of 75
original cases, not pilfered from
the books.
£14.99, johnlewis.com
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{3} GAME OF THRONES CLUEDO
The original Cluedo is a bona fide
classic, set within high society
with an Agatha Christie slant, but
now it’s had a facelift as a homage
to the ever-popular Game of
Thrones. Wonderful fun, and an
excellent gift for GoT fanatics.
£21.98, amazon.co.uk
{5} TRIVIAL PURSUIT FAMILY
EDITION
The problem with Trivial Pursuit
was that it skewed towards the
older members of the family,
making it a breeding ground
for tantrums and outrage. That
crease has been ironed out with
the Family Edition of this general
knowledge classic.
£19.49, amazon.com
{4} GLOOMHAVEN
This is one for real aficionados
only. It follows in the tradition
of Dungeons and Dragons but
transforms it into a board game
and takes in the region of 100
hours to complete. It’s gargantuan,
packed with different boards,
thousands of cards, miniature
figures, books and envelopes.
£189.99, amazon.co.uk
{6} VERY BRITISH PROBLEMS
What started life as a humorous
Twitter feed – popular for its
observations about the British
psyche – has become a TV show,
and now a board game. Serving
more as evening entertainment
for the adults in the family.
£22.99, johnlewis.com
{7} PANDEMIC
Players have to work together
to rid the world of four deadly
new diseases – to build research
stations and find cures before
they run out of time. It comes
with a relatively succinct
rulebook, that even has a section
about “commonly overlooked
rules”, which should prevent any
outbreaks of real-life bickering.
£29.99, johnlewis.com
{9} CARCASSONNE
Carcassonne, in the south
of France, is famous for its
impressive Roman and medieval
fortifications, and similarly
to classic games like Catan,
this a strategic game merging
city planning with calculated
ruthlessness.
£21.99, amazon.com
{10} MONOPOLY GAMER
Monopoly is reimagined for a
millennial generation, using
Mario, Yoshi et al to collect
coins and beat Bosses where top
hats and little dogs used to buy
properties. A fun diversion for
those who like their board games
to be a little bit kitsch.
£24.99, argos.co.uk
{8} THE LOGO BOARD GAME
All those years of ingesting
trillions of subliminal messages
could finally pay off with this
game, which tests your knowledge
on all things advertised .Great for
a boozy group of distant relatives.
£26.40, johnlewis.com
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Bad Dad
BY DAVID WALLIAMS
The comedian’s
10th foray into
children’s fiction
blends silliness
with boisterous
plots, shot
through
with dancing
emotion. In this one a
dreadful accident puts
Frank and his dad Gilbert
the Great, a former pro
banger racer, in a tricky
spot, caught between a
gangster, his henchmen and
the bars of a prison.
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Honour
CERTIFICATE 15, 112 MINS
Jason Connery
directs this
biopic of the
greenkeeper
at the revered
St Andrews
golf course,
Tom Morris,
and his strong-willed
son. Peter Mullan and Jack
Lowden star.
G
ilbert and George
celebrate 50 years
as living sculptures
this year with a large
exhibition of new
works at the White
Cube gallery. The Beard Pictures take
the now familiar gridded format of
much their work since the late 1970s:
artificially toned, hand-tinted, photoderived works reminiscent of stained
glass windows. All feature the artists
alongside oddments photographed
or retrieved from the streets around
their Spitalfields home.
Meeting at St Martin’s School
of Art in 1967, Gilbert and George
gatecrashed L ondon’s navelgazing art scene two years later.
Performing the 1930s music-hall song
“Underneath the Arches”– dressed
in tweed suits with their faces
painted bronze – at an exhibition
for which their work had not been
selected, they stole the show. Singing
Sculpture went on to be performed
internationally.
The studied young fogeyishness
of their appearance was a deliberate
act of distancing, setting themselves
apart from the art scene of their
time. Despite a massive exhibition
at Tate Modern in 2007, and 50th
anniversary shows in New York
and Paris as well as London,
Gilbert and George still like to see
themselves as outsiders. The old
man styling, though, is no longer a
costume: they’ve long since grown
into the image they constructed for
themselves half a century ago.
The world, of course, has changed
too. In 1969 their work was properly
shocking. Today the swear words
they employ are practically terms
of endearment.
The 49 works that make up Beard
Pictures are superficially tame by
comparison. Most feature metal
fencing – chain link and barbed wire
– of the kind used to contain refugees
at sites around Europe and beyond.
The artists wear beards formed
of photocollaged objects including
leaves, barbed wire and jewellery.
Besides the fencing, the images are
“decorated” with profile portraits
derived from historic coins and
stamps, piles of cheap jewellery and
old postmarks. A few feature burglar
alarms: objects that further suggest
a contemporary obsession with
security and keeping people on the
“right side of the fence”.
One work, called The Beard
Years, identifies all this facial foliage
as a sign of the times. There are
other young fogeys in town now –
Spitalfields is full of them – sporting
beards, brogues and flat caps with
faux-ironic affectation. Beards also
suggest strong religious affiliation,
homelessness, Corbynmania, bears,
St Nicholas, real ale and Russian
newspaper owners.
H a v i n g w a l ke d t h e s a m e
neighbourhood streets for half
a century, Gilbert and George
have become expert gleaners of
street-level London. They are
Beard and
wonderful
hypersensitised to shift, palpating the
infosphere excitedly for new material
and picking up on phenomena as
they emerge. Back in the 1980s, their
pictures were full of beautiful young
men found out on the street, and
glorified the unemployed youth then
seen as a social threat. In 2014,
their Scapegoating Pictures
were scattered with the
alien forms of nitrous oxide
canisters: the little metal
capsules have since become
ubiquitous in London.
Perhaps it’s simply
because there are so
many of them, but The
As they celebrate 50 years
of working together
Gilbert and George
are still glorying in
visual and linguistic
excess, writes
Hettie Judah
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The weekend’s
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JEFF ROBSON
Images from ‘The Beard Pictures’,
which feature hirsute versions of the
artists themselves
Beard Pictures feel less sharply
attuned. Sure, the contemporary
fixation with facial hair suggests
a crisis of masculinity, whether
that’s expressed in overt misogyny
couched in warped religious
language or the comforting
nostalgia of dressing like an
Edwardian gamekeeper. Yes, there
is probably a connection between
the beards and the erection of
impenetrable boundaries with
which to protect our territory.
London, and their hip part of
east London in particular, is
increasingly private, exclusive
and excluding.
Gilbert and George have a
habit of describing themselves as
a brand, and to that extent, The
Beard Pictures feel like product
– slickly produced, prominently
branded, topical, just different
enough from one another not to
feel completely production line.
There are a few stand-out works.
Fuckosophy for All has its slogan
daubed on a trade-union style
banner in royal blue, between two
beards, jagged like spurts of spittle,
each inscribed EIIR (Elizabeth II
Regina). The four-panel work Sex
There
may be a
connection
between
beards and
boundaries
Race Money Religion is comparatively
mysterious and elusive – personal, one
assumes – but compelling in its scale.
For someone after that special
seasonal something, there’s even
a Beardmas picture, showing the
living sculptures with Christmas
tree-shaped beards, bedecked with
baubles. It’s not all PG fun: cheeky
details abound. If something looks
a bit penis-shaped (as some of the
beard tendrils and fig leaves do) then
it’s fair to assume it’s deliberate. Such
genital interventions hardly amount
to boldness these days though, and
the observation that both hipsters and
religious fundamentalists both wear
beards is not new. Does it matter?
Gilbert and George are now in
their seventies and enjoy a national
treasure status equalled only, perhaps,
by Grayson Perry: queues formed far
down the street at the exhibition’s
opening. Against a younger generation
caught up in online bubbles of virtue
signalling, armchair activism and
bland globalised culture, I’d say
fearless and outrageous old men
with a learned eye on the streets are
precisely what we need.
Where The Beard Pictures lose
momentum through overkill, The
Fuckosophy glories in its own excess.
Covering the long central corridor
of White Cube, and papering
two chambers of the gallery, the
work is a simple agglomeration of
linguistic constructions deploying the
word “fuck”.
Plastered all over the interior of the
gallery the phrases are disconcerting:
funny until one reads more closely and
the attention is snagged by lines that
suggest malice, threat or bigotry. As
with the debris Gilbert and George
gather on east London streets,
the work is made up of linguistic
gleanings, phrases read or overheard
that provide a certain kind of portrait
of the moment.
Gilbert and George’s ‘The Beard
Pictures and their Fuckosophy’ is at
the White Cube gallery, London, until
28 January (0207 930 5373)
A vision of seaside
train travel free of
delays and commuters
» Britain’s Coastal Railways with Julie Walters Channel 4, Sunday 8pm
» Joe Orton Laid Bare BBC2, Saturday 9pm
F
or a channel that was set
up to be groundbreaking,
innovative and alternative,
Channel 4 devotes a
fair chunk of its scheduling to
programmes that are the very
definition of “comfort TV”. At the
weekends in particular you’re
never too far away from a stunning,
lingering shot of unspoilt British
countryside – the only variation
seems to be the celebrity gasping
at it and the mode of transport
they’ve chosen to get there.
After Prunella Scales and
Timothy West’s Great Canal
Journeys and Jeremy Paxman’s
4x4-propelled river odysseys it
was time to let the train take the
strain in Britain’s Coastal Railways
with Julie Walters, as the actress,
comedian and fully fledged national
treasure took the West Highland
line in the first of four programmes.
And she did prove an engaging
travelling companion, bringing a
down-to-earth, self-deprecating
tone to the proceedings and even
gently taking the mickey out of the
celebrity travelogue format (“Has
Michael Portillo been on this train?
I can smell Lynx.”)
The peg was her fascination with
Britain’s coastlines – “growing
up in Birmingham was such a
landlocked existence” – which will
mean gorgeous vistas of cliffs and
islands as well as tiny locomotives
meandering through lush
landscapes. And in the highlands
and islands of western Scotland
Walters mocked the
format: ‘Has Michael
Portillo been on this
train? I can smell Lynx’
they had found a cameraman’s
dream for the opener.
It was clear she loved the whole
experience and the chance to meet
the local characters encountered
on the way. Stop-offs included spy
training at a former SOE school
in Arisaig, a storyteller’s bothy on
Skye, Highland cattle wrangling
(“Watch Alanna, she has attitude.”)
and meeting a fellow Brummie who
is now a fisherman and seafood
merchant in Mallaig.
Business as usual, then – a
perfect way to unwind as Monday
morning loomed and a vision of
rail travel in Britain free from
unexplained delays, blocked toilets
and sardine-packed commuters.
I’m sure the other trips will
be equally enjoyable. But the
commissioning editors at Channel
Julie Walters proved an amiable
travel companion on Channel 4
4 and elsewhere might reflect that
some of the best travel TV (Michael
Palin’s early journeys, for instance)
has involved a bit more chaos
and unpredictability.
A world away from all this
bucolic niceness was the London
theatreland of the early 1960s – a
world that Joe Orton briefly made
his own before his lover Kenneth
Halliwell murdered him, then took
his own life.
Half a century on from his death,
aged just 34, the BBC told the story
of his life in Joe Orton Laid Bare,
a mix of reminiscences from key
collaborators and critics, archive
footage and dramatised excerpts
from his interviews and diaries.
There were also lengthy extracts,
performed by an all-star ensemble,
from the handful of salaciously
provocative Whitehall-farcemeets-Pinter plays that made him
a star of Swinging London society.
It was entertaining enough but
there was little attempt to explore
Orton’s character, beyond the
familiar image of the rough boy of
British theatre.
And Halliwell was routinely
dismissed (admittedly by people
who knew them both) as a “bloated
spider” feeding off Orton’s fame and
jealous of his talent. Given the length
and intensity of their relationship
that seemed a touch one-sided.
The best moments were those
which revealed a quieter, more
sensitive side to Orton. His sister
Leonie vividly remembered his last
visit to their Leicester home town,
when he pushed her newborn baby
in the pram and said: “Keep writing
to me. I’ll always answer.” A few
days later, he was dead.
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Svetlana
Zakharova
and Denis
Rodkin enact
Dante’s tale
of passion
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
Rembrandt: Lightening
the Darkness
DANCE
Svetlana Zakharova
COLISEUM, LONDON
performance by the orchestra of
English National Ballet.
De Bana’s Rain Before it Falls is an
abstract relationship drama. Dressed
in flowing purple, Zakharova sits at a
table. Lifting one hand, she pulls her
head to the side, as if arguing with her
own thoughts. When Denis Savin and
de Bana himself appear, they could
be memories or choices. There’s an
interior quality to de Bana’s staging,
while Zakharova finds a new softness
in her interactions with her two
partners, a closer engagement.
Danced to Mozart’s 40th symphony,
Donlon’s Strokes Through the Tail is a
quirky romp for Zakharova, in a floaty
tulle skirt, and five men, bare-chested
in tailcoats. The ballerina directs
the rest of the cast with a pointing
finger or shaking out her limbs like
a marionette. The men scamper
around her, bouncing into springy
jumps. Donlon adds some timid
gender-bending: a man in a skirt is
an easy laugh, while Zakharova in a
tailcoat is all dapper femininity. But
Strokes Through the Tail does show
this sometimes remote ballerina as
one of the gang, while highlighting her
precision and sense of chic.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
Rembrandt was a supreme
communicator through light and
shadow, whether portraying divine
transcendence or purely human
concerns. This exhibition focuses on
the Dutch master’s uses of light and
shade, with etchings, oil paintings
and drawings. (01603 493625) to 7 Jan
FILM
Battle of the Sexes
12A, VALERIE FARIS AND JONATHAN
DAYTON, 91 MINS
An entertaining and surprising film
dramatising the notorious “battle
of the sexes” tennis match in 1973
between ageing star Bobby Riggs
(Steve Carell) and Billie Jean King
(Emma Stone). Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Book Week Scotland
VARIOUS VENUES
Hundreds of events take place
around Scotland this week. Today’s
highlights include Christopher
Brookmyre, James Oswald, Lin
Anderson and Bernard McLaverty.
(scottishbooktrust.com) to Sun
COMEDY
Aisling Comedy Benefit
UNION CHAPEL, LONDON N1
A glittering line-up of comic talent
– Ardal O’Hanlon, brilliant ranter
Tommy Tiernan, Kevin Gildea,
Michael Legge, Bernard Casey –
gather to do their bit for a charity
that supports older Irish people in
London. (unionchapel.org.uk) tonight
POP
Kelela
VARIOUS VENUES
CLASSICAL
Anne Page
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
invest it with mystery, Page played it
at a majestic fortissimo.
The rest of her recital was a delight.
Her handling of timbre and colour
allowed us to savour the constituent
voices in the counterpoint; each piece
was vividly characterised. And what
a pleasure to see the Festival Hall’s
refurbished organ given a proper run.
The cavernous hall responded with
warm expressiveness to the sound of
this massive 7,866-pipe instrument;
the place actually felt intimate.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
On her debut album, the
Washington-born singer rises to
the buzz: between its harsh textures
and versatile vocals, Take Me Apart
is a smart, soulful assertion of
future-thinking intent. Gorilla,
Manchester (seetickets.com)
tonight; Heaven, London WC2
(ticketweb.co.uk) Tue and Wed
Gorillaz
VARIOUS VENUES
Damon Albarn and Jamie
Hewlett’s cartoon-hop concept’s
latest album sounds like a festival
caught in motion. Here, they take
Humanz to the masses. Brighton
Centre (ticketmaster.co.uk) tonight;
SSE Hydro, Glasgow (ticketmaster.
co.uk) Wed; Arena, Manchester
(seetickets.com) Fri
PARAMOUNT
reviews
JS Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge – The
Art of Fugue – is one of music’s
most teasing mysteries. It ends in
mid-phrase: on the final page of the
first edition, Bach’s son Carl Philipp
Emanuel inserted the words: “While
working on this fugue... the author
died.” Most performances end with
the last piece hanging in mid-phrase.
Anne Page’s performance of this
work ended with a completion –
Paul Binski, professor of the history
of medieval art, has composed a
conclusion which competently closed
the circle. And while most players
If you only see
one thing today
CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY,
NORWICH
Arts
Svetlana Zakharova’s Amore is
generous as a star evening, while
being shakier on content. The
ballerina appears in all three works,
with a live orchestra, new ballets and
a de luxe supporting cast. Zakharova
is one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s biggest
names, a tall, long-limbed dancer with
a steely technique and supermodel
glamour. She’s in demand around the
world, and had a starring role in the
opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter
Olympics. In Amore, she has chosen
to emphasise her dramatic side, with
works specially created for her by
Yuri Possokhov, Patrick de Bana and
Marguerite Donlon.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s score,
Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini is a
top-volume retelling of Dante’s tale
of adulterous passion. Zakharova is
an elegant if rather frosty Francesca,
winding herself through decorous
embraces with Denis Rodkin’s Paolo.
Mikhail Lobukhin seethes and rages as
her husband. The men’s choreography
is packed with big Bolshoi jumps
and brow-clutching gesture. Around
the central trio, court ladies in red
take up angular poses, while three
demons in muscle-shaded body
tights writhe around in torment.
Pavel Sorokin conducted a stormy
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FILM
Suburbicon
15, GEORGE CLOONEY, 104 MINS
George Clooney’s finest film as a director since
Good Night, and Good Luck. Co-scripted by the
Coen brothers, this 1950s-set drama is both wildly
entertaining in its own macabre, violent fashion and
also very perceptive about racism and hypocrisy in
middle-class white America. Julianne Moore and
Oscar Isaac (pictured) star. Nationwide release
JAZZ
Roberto Fonseca
RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON W1
The Cuban pianist’s trio features
Yandy Martinez on bass and
drummer Michel Castellano. They
draw on music from throughout his
career. (020 7439 0747) to Wed
WORLD MUSIC
Songhoy Blues
VARIOUS VENUES
The Malian four-piece tour their
second album, Resistance, a
follow-up to their electrifying debut,
Music in Exile. Old Market, Hove
(01273 201801) tonight; Church, Leeds
(churchleeds.com) Tue; Manchester
Academy 2 (0161 232 1639) Wed; Anson
Rooms, Bristol (0117 331 8663) Fri
THEATRE
The Ferryman
GIELGUD THEATRE, LONDON W1
Jez Butterworth’s play is a
triumphant show. Directed by
Sam Mendes and set in Northern
Ireland in the early Eighties, it’s
a complex family portrait, played
out against the backdrop of the
Troubles, starring the fiercely
uncompromising Paddy Considine.
There are some similarities here to
Butterworth’s Jerusalem, not least
a sense of the mystique of rural
life. Yet The Ferryman has its own
distinct tang of humour and menace.
(theferrymanplay.com) to 19 May
First
Chance
Opening
this week
COMEDY
Elf Lyons
SOHO THEATRE,
LONDON W1
A deliciously
eccentric,
Edinburgh
Comedy
Awardnominated
show by the
clown and
stand-up.
(020 7478 0100)
opens Tue
DANCE
The Little
Mermaid
LYCEUM THEATRE,
SHEFFIELD
David Nixon’s
ballet brings
Hans Christian
Andersen’s story
to the stage, with
music by Sally
Beamish and
sets designed by
Kimie Nakano.
(0114 249 6000)
opens Tue
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ECONOMY
Industrial strategy ‘must be
tuned to needs of regions’
By Hazel Sheffield
The Chancellor must go beyond
a single industrial strategy and
address regional differences in
productivity through place-based
growth, according to lobby groups.
In his Industrial Strategy, released
today, Philip Hammond will allow
pension funds to invest in start-ups
to address a shortage of capital for
growing businesses. Comments by
the Business Secretary, Greg Clark,
suggest that the Government is
bolstering private finance as part
of the strategy, which may include a
public investment fund managed by
the British Business Bank.
But experts say re-jigging funding
will not address regional differences.
The Centre for Cities think-tank has
said that regional output per worker
in London and the South East of
England is 44 per cent higher than in
other parts of Britain.
The Government must start with
the needs of places, rather than
apply blanket, national strategies,
according to the New Economics
Foundation, by allowing localities
further administrative and taxraising powers.
Neil McInroy, chief executive of the
Centre for Local Economic Studies
(CLES), agreed. “Other countries are
activist in that they direct industry
to certain places. The industrial
The Industrial Strategy
Commission, headed
by Dame Kate Barker, said: “An
industrial strategy should not
seek to do everything everywhere,
but something for everywhere.”
strategy in France in the 1950s and
60s put hi-tech in Toulouse,” he said,
referring to the city which now has
one of the highest economic growth
rates in France.
The CLES has called for greater
redistribution of industry around
Britain, improved infrastructure and
a more inclusive growth strategy.
The Government must also seek to
improve skills, according to Carolyn
Fairbairn, the director-general of the
Confederation of British Industry
(CBI). It must support the uptake of
new technology, including further
funding for Innovate UK, a scheme
introduced by the Government to
improve scientific and technological
innovation, Ms Fairbairn said.
She added: “Building a skills
system that supports the fourth
industrial revolution is the right
ambition, but the approach needs
Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of the CBI,
said the Government must seek to
improve skills and fund innovation
to be joined-up with the National
Retraining Partnership and coupled
with apprenticeship levy flexibility.”
CBI lobbying has spurred the
creation of an independent body,
similar to the Office for Budget
Responsibility, which will, in time,
tell lobbyists if the Government has
met its targets. Mr McInroy said:
“Unless it’s an economic plan which
looks at the regional differences in a
systemic way, it will be dancing on
the head of a pin.”
TRAVEL
Airbnb rival
Altovita
may launch
in London
By Kayleena Makortoff
Quote of
the day
If there’s a
problem, you have
to be in favour of
something that
is likely to lead
to a solution, not
against everything
James Quincey
The British president and
CEO of Coca-Cola believes
innovation is essential as
shoppers become more
health conscious
The 30
Second
Briefing
VICTORIA
BECKHAM
How is Victoria Beckham’s fashion
empire shaping up?
Not too badly. The label run by the
former Spice Girl-turned-fashion
designer has been valued at £100m
after it received £30m in investment
from the man behind the upmarket
French bakery chain Paul, according
to The Sunday Telegraph.
Who is this mystery man?
David Belhassen, a former Goldman
Sachs banker, ran Paul until 2010,
and is the founding partner of Neo
Investment Partners, which made
the cash injection in return for a
minority stake. Neo says that
it is focused on “authentic brands
with a high potential to grow in
new markets”.
How can it be worth £100m if it is
losing money?
The brand has expanded from three
to 180 staff in almost a decade and
has launched into new markets.
While Victoria Beckham dresses
retail for more than £1,000, the label
has recently partnered with Target,
an American supermarket chain, to
reach budget shoppers.
So is the label making a profit?
Not yet. Victoria Beckham
established the brand, which bears
her name, in 2008 with investment
from her husband, David, and the
Spice Girls’ manager Simon Fuller.
In 2015, the last year for which it
filed accounts, it made a pre-tax loss
of £4.2m on sales of £36.5m.
Does David chip in?
Kind of. The company is controlled
by Beckham Brand Holdings and
has borrowed money from another
company in the group, DB Ventures,
which licenses David Beckham’s
name for product endorsement.
DB Ventures’ pre-tax profit for 2015
was £44.3m.
A challenger to Airbnb could launch
in London within the next year after
receiving approval for its vettedrental model in eastern Europe.
Altovita, a short-term holiday
rental site launched in July, has grown
to about 200 listings across Prague,
Budapest, Vienna and Warsaw. It
sets itself apart from other such sites
by only listing properties that have
been personally vetted and given
quality ratings by its staff.
The company’s co-founder, Alison
Ip, said another “100 or so” listings
were in the pipeline and she hopes
that number will climb to 500 by the
first quarter of 2018, with properties
offered in Marbella and Lisbon.
“We are growing quickly but I think
we caution to say that we don’t want
to grow so quickly as to compromise
our policy,” she said. “So I think it’s
more of a measured expansion.”
But in a move that will mark
Altovita’s first foray into western
Europe, Ms Ip said that London –
where the firm is headquartered –
was “in our expansion plans”, adding:
“We will consider coming to London
as a city, potentially in the next six to
12 months.”
It will bring another rival in the
short-term rentals industry, which
has been largely dominated by the
likes of Airbnb. But Ms Ip – a former
director at the investment bank
UBS– says Altovita is trying to make
up for a lack of quality assurance.
The company has its sights set on
an initial fund-raising effort in the
next 12 months, although a target
figure has yet to be decided.
NEWS
4-27
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16-20
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28-29
Media
IQ
30-39
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
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41
on
Monday
IAN BURRELL
Press freedom is too important to be just
the punchline to one of Boris’s gags
B
oris Johnson, the Foreign
Secretary and still
frequent contributor to
The Daily Telegraph, is
imminently on his way to
Iran and has promised to raise the
plight of 152 BBC journalists who
are being harassed and persecuted
by the Tehran government.
As someone who has made such
a lucrative career from working
in a free media, his intervention
on behalf of the BBC Persian
journalists who are being subjected
to appalling intimidation is the least
he can do. The former editor of
The Spectator would like his media
peers to think that he really cares
about such matters.
On a recent visit to the London
College of Communication , Mr
Johnson said he was “alarmed” by
an increase in attacks on journalists
worldwide and announced a £1m
fund to support press freedom
internationally. “Too many
journalists are dying, more than
100 a year, and in parts of the world
press freedom is actually declining,”
he said. “We need to call that out in
the UK, and we are.”
Would that this were true.
Welcome though the fund is, his
own record in this area has
generally been less than helpful to
journalists trying to hold power to
account. I would be more confident
of his success in lobbying Iran on
behalf of BBC staff if he hadn’t
said, as recently as 2012, that “the
prevailing view of Beeb newsrooms
is, with honourable exceptions,
statist, corporatist, defeatist, antibusiness, Europhile and, above all,
overwhelmingly biased to the left”.
In the same outburst, he
called for the introduction of
a “pro-business” BBC director
general, adding: “We need a Tory…
If we can’t change the Beeb, we
can’t change the country.”
So much for a champion of free
media. Last year, Mr Johnson won
a £1,000 prize from The Spectator
for a highly insulting limerick
about Turkey’s President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan that was seen
as a riposte to the autocratic
leader’s crackdown on his critics.
Memorably, it rhymed Ankara
with “wankerer”.
But within weeks of becoming
Foreign Secretary in July 2016,
Mr Johnson reversed his stance
by promising to help Turkey join
the EU, despite the country being
the world’s largest prison for
journalists, with 150 in detention.
Does Boris even know what
journalism is any more? His gaffe
in Parliament when he falsely
suggested that Nazanin Zaghari-
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Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman
incarcerated in Iran, had been
“training journalists” when she
was visiting her family almost cost
him his job.
His subsequent mea culpa to the
House – “my mistake” – will hardly
bolster his credibility with Tehran,
and adds to what he likes to joke of
as his “global itinerary of apology”,
a list stretching from Liverpool to
Papua New Guinea.
Some of Whitehall’s mandarins
are exasperated by his failure to
grasp a brief and fearful that he
cannot be trusted with matters
of security. Their concerns were
represented by Lord Kerr, former
British ambassador to the US,
who wrote in the London Evening
Standard in August that Mr Johnson
was too often “silent” and absent
from the world stage. “Callaghan,
Carrington, Howe, Hurd... foreign
secretaries used to cut ice abroad,
particularly in Europe and
America,” he complained.
Mr Johnson shows less reticence
in print. In recent months, he
has written for the Telegraph on
“the jewel that is Zimbabwe”, set
out “my vision for Middle East”,
appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi over
the Rohingya, and analysed the
stability of Nigeria and Libya.
His authority on Libya was
undermined by an ill-judged gag at
a public meeting last month, when
he suggested that the city of Sirte
could be a tourist hub like Dubai
but first had to “clear the dead
bodies away”.
Media freedom is a great British
value, but the subject has been
downgraded at the Foreign Office
since William Hague’s time as
Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson
must do more. “It’s shocking that
someone who has enjoyed the
free speech we have in the UK
has been so unwilling to condemn
media violations elsewhere in the
world,” says Jodie Ginsberg, chief
executive of freedom of expression
campaigners Index on Censorship.
Despite his Telegraph writing,
Mr Johnson describes himself only
as a “former journalist”. Michelle
Stanistreet, general secretary of
the National Union of Journalists,
says that the minister now has an
opportunity in Iran to take a stand
on the importance of free media.
The Foreign Secretary could also
do more to raise the case of John
Cantlie, the British photojournalist
kidnapped in Syria five years ago
this month.
The campaign against the BBC
Persian staff includes the arbitrary
detention and interrogation of
their relatives, freezing assets
and confiscating passports. The
journalists, most of them dual
British citizens, are anxious to
meet Johnson before he leaves for
Iran. He needs to see them, and to
represent them seriously.
Twitter: @iburrell
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
TRANSPORT
RETAIL
Go-Ahead likely to
reveal setbacks
Co-op windfall
for good causes
The owner of the strike-hit
Southern Railway (pictured left)
is expected to remain under
pressure this week as it reports
falling passenger numbers
on its Southeastern network.
Go-Ahead Group will update
the market on Thursday, having
warned earlier this year that
weaker economic growth would
affect the numbers of customers
using some of its services.
Thousands of organisations
are set to receive an average
payment of £2,750 this week
under a scheme run by the
Co-op to support good causes
in local communities. The
retail chain has a fund for good
causes, which includes the
proceeds from sales of carrier
bags. Co-op members are also in
line to share £30m from in-store
reward bonuses.
WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID
Cinema rivals eye
£3bn merger
Maplin battles to
reassure suppliers
An international cinema
deal could see Vue combine
with Odeon to create a £3bn
multiplex monolith. Vue is
eyeing a takeover of its archrival after problems in its
American parent company
AMC Entertainment, which
made the recent winter
blockbuster Murder on the
Orient Express.
Maplin, the high-street
electricals chain, is struggling
to reassure suppliers about
its future in the run-up to
Christmas after credit insurers
cut their exposure to the
retailer. Maplin has 211 stores
in the UK and employs 2,600
people. Maplin’s owner, MEC
Topco, made a loss of more than
£11.7m in the year to March 2017.
Boss set for £50m
new year windfall
Coal power plant
closures resisted
The boss of one of Britain’s
biggest housebuilders is in line
for a £50m shares windfall in the
new year, despite Theresa May’s
crackdown on executive pay. Jeff
Fairburn, the chief executive of
Persimmon, will pocket the first
chunk of a shares bonus worth
about £130m at the current
share price.
Europe’s race to quit coal has
hit a speed bump as energy
companies face political
resistance to the closure of
power stations. ScottishPower
owner Iberdrola said this month
that it was closing its last two
coal power stations. Days
later the Spanish government
blocked the shutdowns.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Pet lovers to make
care group purr
Troubled Centrica
to pay interim divi
A trend for pet pampering is
expected to help Pets at Home
when it reports first-half results
on Thursday. Analysts expect
the UK’s largest animal care
group to reveal a 4.6 per cent
increase in sales, to £462m.
Salons and vet clinics are
expected to report the biggest
growth – of 14.3 per cent.
Centrica will pays its interim
dividend on Thursday, though
investors doubt whether the
British Gas owner will continue
to reward investors in the next
financial year following a series
of setbacks. The shares suffered
their biggest fall when British
Gas said it had lost 6 per cent of
customers in three months.
Spotlight on RBS
in bank stress tests
Just Eat ready for
FTSE 100 top table
Banks including HBSC, Lloyds,
Standard Chartered and
Nationwide will be examined
for their resilience to financial
shocks in stress tests this week.
Eyes will be on RBS, which is
still owned by the taxpayer,
as the Chancellor, Philip
Hammond, seeks to sell the
bank back to the private sector.
Just Eat is set to munch its way
into the FTSE 100 Index as
Merlin Entertainments bows
out when the latest market
reshuffle is announced on
Wednesday. Shares in the online
takeaway firm have risen by
43 per cent in the past year,
with revenue growth and deals
keeping the stock in demand.
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43
FINANCIAL SERVICES
City’s £72bn tax bill bonanza
raises fears over Brexit exodus
By Kayleena Makortoff
The UK financial services sector
paid its highest tax bill on record
last year, raising fears that a Brexit
banking exodus could ultimately
harm the Treasury’s coffers.
The industry shelled out £72.1bn
in tax contributions in the year
to 31 March, marking a 1 per cent
increase from a year earlier and
resulting in the highest amount
that the sector is recorded to
have paid in the 10 years that the
statistics have been collected.
The report, drafted by
the consultancy P wC and
commissioned by the City of
London Corporation, showed that
the sector’s contributions account
daily
money
One in seven adults in debt has
hidden their money problems
from a partner, according to the
for 11 per cent of all government tax
receipts, with employment taxes
making up the bulk at £31.4bn.
It is feared that the loss of
bankers and other financial
services workers to rival
financial centres such
as Frankfurt and
Paris after Brexit will
ultimately affect the
public finances.
C a t h e r i n e
McGuinness (inset),
the policy chairman
at the City of London
Corporation, said that the
amount of tax paid by the sector
in just one year could make up for
half of the annual NHS budget or
“the lion’s share” of the country’s
education budget. She said: “With
Brexit edging ever closer, it is more
important than ever to underline
just how important the financial
services sector is to the rest of
the economy.”
Alongside employment
tax, financial services
also paid out more in
corporation tax, with
the bill rising from
£8.4bn to £11.6bn,
while VAT accounted
for 14 per cent of its total
contributions, leaving taxes
like stamp duty and business
rates to make up the remaining
sum. Over the past 10 years, the
financial sector has paid a tax bill
totalling £649bn.
relationship charity Relate. In a
survey, 14 per cent of those with
debt said they had kept it secret
from a partner – and 7 per cent of
those with debt were currently
hiding it. The Relate report,
intended to highlight the links
between debt and relationships,
found that feeling ashamed was the
most common reason why people
hid money problems, with 51 per
cent giving this reason, followed by
46 per cent who said they would be
scared of their partner’s reaction.
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How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
17
24
4
17
4
11
17
6
VE
M GE T
ON A
DA RIA
Y N
THROB
21
8
15
17
22
3
3
COKE
27
3
10
4
3
10
SERVES: 4
2 x butternut squash
1 x onion
1 x courgette
2 x cloves garlic
70g sundried tomato
100g feta cheese – crumbled
1 x 220g sachet wholegrain and quinoa
1 x heaped teaspoon paprika
40g grated Parmigiano cheese
30ml olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
WEIGHT
BOX
15
6
TOM
OCCUPATION
12
4
MEANING
22
24
19
3
LAD
34
4
6
4
14
13
9
4
3
Jigsawdoku
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
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
5
3
2 9
4
SHOT
8
6
8
3
2
1
Killer Sudoku No 1144
15
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12
9
6
8
14
12
11
14
8
4
17
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10
13
5
9
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✂
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PUP
LETTERS
>
>
∨
3 <
>
∧
MEANING
<
∨
∨
2
∧
4 >
<
Minesweeper
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
0
8
8
∨
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
SOME
CAP
Futoshiki
1
3
SANDAL
RHYME
4
10
MOTHER
3
4
9 7 3
9
3
5
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas
mark 6. Cut the butternut squash in half
lengthways, scoop out the seeds and
score the flesh with a sharp knife – make
sure you don’t cut through the skin. Place
the halves cut side down on a baking
sheet and cook for 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel and dice the onion.
Sauté in the olive oil till soft but not
browned. Peel and mince the garlic and
add to the onion and cook for a couple
of minutes.
Put this mixture into a mixing bowl.
Grate the courgette and add to the mix
along with the wholegrain and quinoa.
Chop the sundried tomatoes finely and
add this and the crumbled feta cheese.
Season with some salt and pepper and
the paprika.
Remove the squash from the oven and
carefully scoop out the flesh, keeping a
thin wall of squash in the shell. Chop the
flesh and add to the mix in the bowl.
Stuff the shells with the mixture,
sprinkle over the Parmigiano and bake
for a further 15 minutes.
9
3
4
PASTA
LACED
Tomorrow
Braised lemon sole in a spicy
tomato, garlic and lemon sauce
QUAKE
4
4
10
4
3
2
3 1
1
2
1
1 0 3
0
1
2
2
2
1 3
2
2
3
1
0
3
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2
0
3 3
1
0
1
1
2
1
1
2
3 3
2
2
1
3
2
3
3
1
1
3
2
1 2 3
3
2 1
1
0
NEWS
4-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
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IQ
30-39
Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1865
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 Saturday’s codeword is on page 49.
16
26
Easier
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24
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20
16
17
15
8
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23
4
20
9
18
13
20
10
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20
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25
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20
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16
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11
1
4
23
12
16
1
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23
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16
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11
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R
RANT
GOOD
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3
-2
DOWN
1 Very quickly (2,1,5)
2 Arrest (Informal) (3)
3 Swindled
(Informal) (7)
4 Inflexible (9)
5 Mountain lake (4)
6 Soya-bean curd (4)
10 Female sponsor (9)
11 Fabrics (8)
13 Citrus fruit (7)
16 Red gemstone (4)
17 Barrel (4)
20 Recede (3)
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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,
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Terms &
Conditions
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18
20
22
Solution to Saturday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Mad, 3 Honour (Madonna), 7 Algebra, 8 Dodge, 10 Assault course, 12 Gauche,
14 Gigolo, 16 Swordsmanship, 18 Stiff, 20 Emotion, 21 Enigma, 22 Eat.
DOWN 1 Magus, 2 Debauched, 3 Hearth, 4 Nod, 5 Undergo, 6 Falangists, 9 Eye-popping,
11 Onion dome, 13 Utopian, 15 Amoeba, 17 Hoist, 19 Fog.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 23;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 22
Puzzle solutions See page 50 and minurl.co.uk/i
2
8
2
9
4
9 4
3
2 6
6
1
9
3
8
8
9 2 5
7
5
6 4
4 1
1
2
3
5
7 8
6
9 2 4 5
Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2187
ACROSS
1 Charged atom (3)
3 Uncertainty (5)
7 Intense
hostility (3,5)
8 Naked (4)
9 Good-humoured
hoaxing (Informal)
(3-7)
12 Whispered
remarks (6)
14 Foolish talk (6)
15 Direct and
outspoken (10)
18 Deep cut (4)
19 Protection against
rain (8)
21 Mild curry (5)
22 Public transport
vehicle (3)
9 6 7
7
8 4 6 9
9
3 8
5
8
7
6
9 2
1 4
3
1
20
G
4
Sudoku Easier
2
T
BOOK
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
17
6
16
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.
idoku Exclusive to i
13
1
+
+
-3
8
15
17
15
16
3
20
25
23
56
+
20
1
20
5
7
20
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15
x
25
5
-8
Harder
12
25
15
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13
13
19
25
54
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-4
6
13
2
Word
Ladder
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ABC Logic
How to play Place the letters
A, B and C exactly once in each row and
column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
C
A
B
B
A
B
B
A
C
A
A
Word Wheel
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SPORT
i racing
BEST OF KEMPTON
OLBG MARES’ HURDLE (LISTED) (CLASS 1) £25,000
added 3m 110yds
LA BAGUE AU ROI W Greatrex 6 11 2................................R Johnson
MIDNIGHT TOUR A King 7 11 2.......................................W Hutchinson
RONS DREAM (D) P Bowen 7 11 2....................................Sean Bowen
JER’S GIRL G Cromwell (IRE) 5 10 12.........................B J Geraghty
MORELLO ROYALE (CD) C Tizzard 7 10 12 .............. H Cobden T
TREACKLE TART C Longsdon 5 10 12................................... J J Burke
- 6 declared BETTING: 15-8 Jer’s Girl, 9-4 Midnight Tour, 9-2 La Bague Au Roi, 8-1 Rons
Dream, 10-1 Morello Royale, Treackle Tart.
RACINGUK.COM/JOIN HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£13,000 added 2m 4f 110yds
1
-22128 FOREVER FIELD (D) N Henderson 7 11 12 ............Nico De Boinville
2
1115-7 BISHOPS COURT (D) N Mulholland 7 11 8 ..............N Fehily H,T
3
314311 PLAY THE ACE (D) P Bowen 8 11 7........................Sean Bowen C,T
4
252-23 VOLT FACE (BF) C Longsdon 8 11 2....................................J J Burke T
5
8P4-F3 FAVORITO BUCK’S P Nicholls 5 11 2.................................... H Cobden
6
F1-646 BREATH OF BLIGHTY (CD) P Webber 6 10 7............G Sheehan C,T
7
F52-2P GORES ISLAND (D) G L Moore 11 10 7....................Joshua Moore
8
221-83 DANCE FLOOR KING (D) N Mitchell 10 10 7 .......................D Jacob
9
-55414 MOORLANDS JACK (CD) J Scott 12 10 1 ............... D G Noonan C
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 Play The Ace, 4-1 Volt Face, Favorito Buck’s, 8-1 Forever
Field, Dance Floor King, 10-1 Breath Of Blighty, 12-1 Bishops Court, 14-1
Gores Island, Moorlands Jack.
VISIT RACINGUK.COM CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £9,000 added 2m
1
/04-1F COOL MACAVITY (D)(BF) N Henderson 9 11 12............N Curtis (3)
2
2F33-0 PRAIRIE TOWN (D) A Carroll 6 11 6.............................. J Nixon (3) C
3
/4315- JUSTIFICATION G L Moore 9 11 5 ...............William Clarke (10)
4
411-P2 LITTLE CHUNK (D) K Bailey 5 11 3...............................M Hamill (3) T
5
P5431- BROUGHTONS RHYTHM (D) O Sherwood 8 10 12...........................
.................................................................................................................................. H Beswick (6)
6
5566- MILZIPA N Henderson 5 10 6.......................................Alan Doyle (10)
7
4-0113 GLOBAL THRILL (D) B J Llewellyn 8 10 1................M Bastyan T
- 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Cool Macavity, 3-1 Broughtons Rhythm, 6-1 Little Chunk,
13-2 Milzipa, 7-1 Global Thrill, 8-1 Justification, 12-1 Prairie Town.
2.00
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2
3
4
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6
1761-1
5261-3
1805-4
25F-42
00-842
212-12
2.30
3.35
BEST OF LUDLOW
TOTEEXACTA EBF STALLIONS ‘NATIONAL HUNT’
NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 3) £9,500 added 2m 5f
ROBIN THE RAVEN (CD) K Bailey 5 11 8.........................D Bass C,T
CRUCIAL ROLE H Daly 5 11 4......................................................... A Tinkler
COLONIAL DREAMS N Henderson 5 10 12................A Coleman
CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY G McPherson 5 10 12..............................
.................................................................................................................................Kielan Woods
5 68F008 GARRANE J Scott 5 10 12............................................................ N Scholfield
6
7 ONE LEADER T Vaughan 6 10 12.....................................................A Johns
7
2/ SCARBOROUGH BOY C Mann 6 10 12.............................A P Heskin
8
327- TAKEN BY FORCE T H Weston 4 10 12................................... C Poste
- 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Colonial Dreams, 2-1 Robin The Raven, 5-2 Crucial Role,
10-1 Scarborough Boy, 25-1 Taken By Force, 33-1 One Leader, 50-1
Garrane, 66-1 Cranbrook Causeway.
TOTEQUADPOT HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £21,000
added 2m
1 00-PU1 ROBINSHILL (CD) N Twiston-Davies 6 12 2.............................................
................................................................................................................................Mr Z Baker (5)
2
R153-1 CHIRICO VALLIS (D) N Mulholland 5 11 12................................................
........................................................................................................................T Scudamore H,T
3
2415-9 TORNADO IN MILAN (CD) E Williams 11 11 8...............A Wedge
4
471-25 PEARLS LEGEND (CD) J Spearing 10 11 7..............Jamie Moore
5
1-3UP7 MICK THONIC (D) C Tizzard 7 11 7..................................R M Power T
6
7P-P14 TRUCKERS HIGHWAY (CD) J Groucott 8 10 13....................................
................................................................................................................................L Edwards H,T
7
6424P6 WALDEN PRINCE (D) Mrs S Leech 10 10 0............P Brennan T,V
8
P31-PP RIVER PURPLE (CD) Lady S Brooke 10 10 0
...................................................................................................................Miss L Brooke (7) T
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-1 Robinshill, 9-4 Chirico Vallis, 6-1 Pearls Legend, 7-1
Tornado In Milan, 8-1 Mick Thonic, 10-1 Truckers Highway, 25-1 Walden
Prince, 50-1 River Purple.
1.40
1
2
3
4
0-113F
34-P14
4721F-0
2.15
RACING RESULTS
EXETER
Going: Soft
12.55 1. GONNABEGOOD (M Griffiths) 13-2; 2. Minella Gathering
4-1 fav; 3. Steel Express 8-1. 11
ran. 3/4l, 31/4l. (J Scott). Tote: £8.30;
£2.50, £1.10, £2.80. Exacta: £35.40.
Tricast: £213.72. Trifecta: £263.60.
CSF: £33.15.
1.25 1. THOMAS PATRICK (Mr
Thomas O’Brien) 8-1; 2. Eddy 6-1;
3. Quinto 9-2. 10 ran. 7-2 fav Braw
Angus (5th). 4l, 31/2l. (Tom Lacey).
Tote: £8.80; £3.30, £2.30, £2.20.
Exacta: £81.40. Tricast: £246.17.
Trifecta: £306.40. CSF: £56.56.
1.55 1. YOU SAY WHAT (T Scudamore) 9-4; 2. Themanfrom Minella
9-1; 3. Umberto D’olivate 5-1. 7
ran. 2-1 fav Castarnie (4th). 6l, 20l.
(D Pipe). Tote: £3.00; £1.20, £3.70.
Exacta: £24.50. Tricast: £92.07.
Trifecta: £122.20. CSF: £22.00.
NRs: According To Harry, Only
Gorgeous.
2.25 1. DUEL AT DAWN (Kielan
Woods) 7-4; 2. Flintham 11-4; 3.
Brelan D’as 5-4 fav. 3 ran. 16l, 40l.
(A Hales). Tote: £2.30; Exacta: £6.10.
Trifecta: £9.20. CSF: £5.97. NR:
Impulsive Star.
2.55 1. UN PROPHETE (C Deutsch)
5-2 fav; 2. Keep Moving 10-3; 3.
Ubaltique 11-2. 6 ran. 21/4l, 22l. (Miss
V Williams). Tote: £3.00; £2.50,
£1.80. Exacta: £11.00. Trifecta:
£52.50. CSF: £11.66. NR: Alpine
Secret.
3.25 1. MERCENAIRE (Lizzie Kelly)
10-11 fav; 2. Hold Me Tight 7-1; 3.
Dartmoor Girl 50-1. 8 ran. 25l, 43l.
(N Williams). Tote: £2.30; £1.30,
£1.80, £2.60. Exacta: £8.60. Trifecta:
£134.50. CSF: £8.86. NR: Zillion.
3.55 1. PADLEYOUROWNCANOE
(M Bastyan) 7-4 fav; 2. Edvardo
16-1; 3. Norse Light 3-1. 8 ran. 3/4l,
5l. (C Tizzard). Tote: £2.60; £1.20,
£4.30, £1.30. Exacta: £37.30. Tricast: £81.90. Trifecta: £116.60. CSF:
£28.96.
Jackpot: £15,000.10.
Placepot: £263.00. Quadpot:
£45.60.
Place 6: £103.38. Place 5: £48.01.
UTTOXETER
Going: Heavy-soft in places
1.15 1. LOSTNFOUND (G Sheehan)
8-1; 2. Woolstone One 1-3 fav; 3
ran. 13/4l. (J Snowden). Tote: £5.90;
Exacta: £11.60. Trifecta: £8.40. CSF:
£11.75. NR: Kapga De Lily.
1.45 1. PENNYWELL (R Johnson)
3-1; 2. Marienstar 11-4; 3. Mozo 6-4
fav. 5 ran. 13/4l, 16l. (W Greatrex).
Tote: £3.30; £1.50, £1.80. Exacta:
£12.20. Trifecta: £18.40. CSF: £11.72.
NR: Sweet Shirleen.
2.15 1. KRACKATOA KING (R Johnson) 6-4 fav; 2. Bears Rails 8-1; 3.
Rigadin De Beauchene 9-2. 6 ran.
shd, 18l. (Kerry Lee). Tote: £2.00;
£1.20, £3.70. Exacta: £10.90. Trifecta: £29.30. CSF: £12.76.
2.45 1. ICE COOL CHAMPS (R
Johnson) 3-1; 2. Kris Spin 5-1; 3.
Beast Of Burden 7-4 fav. 8 ran. 6l,
3
/4l. (P Hobbs). Tote: £4.10; £1.40,
£1.60, £1.10. Exacta: £18.10. Tricast: £32.27. Trifecta: £48.40. CSF:
£17.64.
3.15 1. KNOCKNAMONA (A P Cawley) 7-1; 2. Normandy King 7-2; 3.
Arquebusier 11-2. 8 ran. 2-1 fav
Twist On Ginge (Pulled Up). 14l,
15l. (M Hammond). Tote: £7.70;
£2.00, £1.40, £1.90. Exacta: £38.40.
Tricast: £143.52. Trifecta: £156.30.
CSF: £31.35.
3.45 1. CAVE TOP (Ross Turner)
7-4 fav; 2. Al Destoor 7-2; 3. Lightentertainment 12-1. 6 ran. 21/4l,
41/2l. (Oliver Greenall). Tote: £2.20;
£3.30, £2.20. Exacta: £8.20. Tricast: £46.22. Trifecta: £37.60. CSF:
£7.99. NRs: Dulce Panem, Kiwayu,
Satellite.
Placepot: £114.50. Quadpot: £5.00.
Place 6: £151.39. Place 5: £14.74.
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Jer’s Girl
(2pm, Kempton)
Irish raider drops in class and
may prove too slick for La Bague
Au Roi.
ONE TO WATCH
Samcro, brilliant again at Navan
yesterday, is now favourite for all
the Cheltenham Festival novice
hurdles.
Cromwell hoping
Kempton jaunt for
Jer’s Girl will pay
off handsomely
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Hurdling mares are very
well catered for in the British
racing programme these days,
prompting some trainers to delay
chasing careers while there is so
much good prize money up for
grabs in races like the £25,000
listed event at Kempton.
Today’s feature has attracted
three who ran respectably behind
Apple’s Jade in the Mares’ Final
at the Cheltenham Festival last
March – Midnight Tour (sixth),
Ron’s Dream (eighth) and Jer’s
Girl, who was poised to challenge
when falling at the third last.
Jer’s Girl is probably best of that
trio and her Navan trainer, Gavin
Cromwell, is understandably
happier to travel over for a crack
at them again rather than fight
losing battles at home against a
vintage crop of Irish mares.
She ran as well as could be
expected when runner-up to
Apple’s Jade at her home track
earlier this month and this should
be a less demanding assignment,
provided she can see out this extra
half mile.
Her most dangerous rival may
actually be Warren Greatrex’s La
Bague Au Roi, who has won eight
of her 11 starts, suffering her only
defeats in Graded affairs.
She is also tackling three
miles for the first time, but is a
relentless galloper and looked
to be crying out for a stamina
test when rallying to beat Lady
Buttons (a winner since) at
Wetherby last time.
Nicky Henderson’s high class
hurdler Brain Power makes his
debut over fences in the Novices’
Chase, but will need to hit the
ground running in his new role
to see off two useful opponents in
War Sound and Winter Escape.
Daly’s development
shows Jones’s England
are a work in progress
By Hugh Godwin
RUGBY UNION CORRESPONDENT
After England completed the only
acceptable outcome of their autumn
internationals – a clean sweep of Arg­
entina, Australia and Samoa over
three weekends at Twickenham –
Eddie Joneswas invited to name his
man of the series. “I don’t really have
one, to be honest,” the head coach
said, through a sense of fairness to
his players rather than any lack of
deserving candidates. Then, with a
I don’t really
have a man of
the series, to
be honest.
It’s probably
Steve Smith
at the moment...
England’s up and down autumn
Player of the autumn Elliot Daly – Great to see the talented
Wasp on England’s wing continuing to show his international
class, two years after he was left out of the World Cup.
Best newcomer Sam Underhill – Tackled brilliantly; just a
shame the Bath flanker was concussed early v Australia, and so
denied a further match and a half to bed into the back row.
Best try The first v Argentina: dummy runners galore,
a trademark pull-back pass from Mako Vunipola to
wrongfoot the defence, and scorer Nathan Hughes
receiving from George Ford with a dexterous
juggle.
Best Eddie Jones quote On being shown
swearing on TV: “I am in trouble with
my mother and that’s a big enough
punishment for me.”
Problem positions Openside flanker
- Tom Curry was absent throughout,
so he and Underhill (right) need more
game-time to prove themselves. Jones
also has doubts over his cover at tighthead prop and scrum-half.
glint in the eye, he added: “It’s prob­
ably Steve Smith at the moment.”
Well, that’s what you get if you put
a cricket­mad Aussie in charge of the
rugby red rose. What Jones’s Eng­
land have also got is a record of 22
wins in 23 matches, the one blemish
away to Ireland on the final day of the
Six Nations Championship in March.
And if that match exposed how a car­
rying game built around the Vunipola
brothers could be stopped at source,
the series just completed showed
how England are working to fix it.
With snappy angles of passing
away from contact, decoy runners
and a mix of flat and very deep­angled
distribution, they are following the
successful example of Saracens at
club level and, however briefly, the
British and Irish Lions on tour in the
summer, to spirit the ball away from
dangerous contact and allow George
Ford and whoever was picked along­
side him to exploit the rich pace Eng­
land possess out wide.
Jones reckons 23 of the 31 players
he will take to Japan for the World
Cup in September 2019 are already
self­evident; the final eight will play
or muscle their way in over the next
year or so.
“My job is selection, that’s the
only thing I do,” he said, when asked
whether he was further down this
road, two years into the job, than he
had anticipated. “All the coaching is
done by the players and the coaches.
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SCOTLAND 53-24 AUSTRALIA
Autumn internationals
England
England 21-8 Argentina
England 30-6 Australia
England 48-14 Samoa
Scotland
Scotland 44-38 Samoa
Scotland 17-22 New Zealand
Scotland 53-24 Australia
Wales
Wales 21-29 Australia
Wales 13-6 Georgia
Wales 18-33 New Zealand
Ireland
Ireland 38-3 South Africa
Ireland 23-20 Fiji
Ireland 28-19 Argentina
Still to be played Wales v South Africa
(Saturday 2 Dec)
Left out of the 2015 World Cup squad
by Stuart Lancaster, Elliot Daly has
established himself as a key player in
Eddie Jones’s England side GETTY
that road then the RFU should sack sition, the report was mostly good.
me.”
“We’re not involved in a science
In fact the union’s suits are beam- here,” he said. “I could make up pering after a trio of sell-out crowds at centages – which I’ve done before, if
HQ for what were at times obviously you haven’t worked that out yet. The
experimental friendlies. Jones’s next only thing I can say is generally we
steps were one-to-one appraisals for are moving in a positive direction.
the players yesterday, and a review
“At tight-head we don’t have three
for the rest of the staff on
guys. We don’t know whether
Wednesday, after which
[Harlequins’ Kyle] Sinsome of them will visit
ckler will come back or
Japan for a week’s
what condition he’s
recce. Plus family visgoing to be in. He has
its for Jones to Japan
to prove himself. At
Wins out of 23
and Australia over
loose-head we are
matches
for
Christmas.
going OK, hooker OK,
England since Eddie
He appeared to rule
and locks we’re good.
Jones took over
out further resting of
Robbo [Chris Robas head coach two
players during the Six
shaw] showed enough
years ago
Nations, when Ireland and
to be the third option at
Wales will visit Twickenham,
seven. At eight, [Sam] Simand England go to Italy, Scotland and monds has come up to be third choice
France. “You know how much the there. Half-backs, we still need to find
Six Nations means,” Jones said. “We a third choice.”
want to win the Six Nations.
Opportunity is knocking for a
“The quality of the players on the hard-driving No 3, or a scrum-half
Lions series showed that the quality such as Wasps’ Dan Robson or Exof the domestic teams in Europe at eter’s Jack Maunder to kick on. The
the moment is high. This Six Nations driving maul needs improving too.
is going to be harder than any we’ve
Elliot Daly scored two of England’s
played in previously.”
seven tries as they dispatched Samoa
As for Jones’s stated ambition of 48-14 on Saturday with a record score
developing three players in each po- in the fixture, and 13 tries to three
across the autumn was another satisfying statistic. The 25-year-old Wasp
is flourishing under Jones, having
been left out of the 2015 World Cup,
along with Maro Itoje. “You never
think about the limit for a player,”
Jones said. “Elliot can get quicker,
he can get stronger, he can get better
conditioned than he is, and he will.”
Daly himself summed the autumn
Ireland completed an
up with characteristic honesty: “I
autumn clean sweep with
think we only really played to our
a 28-19 win over Argentina, but
potential fully in one game – against
Joe Schmidt said the Six Nations
Australia last week. With Argentina
we were a little bit slow and we were a
will be different. “We go to France
first up. I know what they are like –
little bit slow starting against Samoa
incredibly combative.”
– not on the scoreboard but just the
way we went about it.”
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Stats amazing – and that may just
be Scotland’s greatest-ever victory
By Duncan Smith
There was a time not so long ago
when stat-checking in the wake
of a Scotland rugby international
was often a blood-chilling business.
Record defeats, head-to-head losing
streaks, longest runs without a Six
Nations win, even without a try.
Late on Saturday afternoon at
Murrayfield the stats were being
thrown around and gleefully seized
on like shiny coins in a wedding
scramble. They have all been given
a good airing in the hours since –
record win over Australia in points
and margin, most points and tries,
an extraordinary eight, scored
against a tier one rugby nation.
It was only the second time that
one of the home unions or France
had put 50 points on one of the
southern hemisphere big three,
after England’s soon-to-be world
champions beat South Africa 53-3
at Twickenham in 2002.
For seasoned followers of Scotland the idea that the national team
had just scored 53 of their own
against one of these nations is the
stuff of heady dreams. There have
been times in the recent past when
less than 40 or 50 points conceded in
such an encounter would be viewed
as face-saving successes.
It can surely be confidently argued that this was the greatest result in the history of the Scotland
rugby team. To hammer the third
ranked team in the world in such a
thrilling fashion is tough to top.
The fact the opposition were reduced to 14 men when prop Sekope
Kepu was dismissed for a shoulder charge to the head of Hamish
Watson may have some putting an
asterisk next to the scoreline, but
not Wallabies coach Michael Cheika,
who refused to use it as an excuse.
Seven of the eight home tries hooker Stuart McInally also got on
came after Kepu was sent packing. It the scoresheet to the raucous acwas, though, a blatant red card and claim of an ecstatic Murrayfield
the Scots had looked on top before crowd. If Russell hadn’t missed a
the incident, although the Aussies few testing kicks, the score could
had edged in front through a quick- have passed the 60 mark.
fire double from Tevita Kuridrani.
Six games into Townsend’s reign,
Playing against 14 men
with home and away wins
does not always lead to a
over Australia and an adprocession. And Scotland
mirable
showing against
Record win
had faced disruption of over Australia the All Blacks, it is clear
their own when star full- in points and
that the progress of the
back Stuart Hogg pulled
past couple of years has
margin,
most
out minutes before kickbeen more than mainoff with a hip problem. The points and
tained, despite a casualty
man who came in, Sale tries against a list that led the coach to
wing Byron McGuigan, tier one nation award seven new caps
responded by bagging a – it’s the stuff during the series.
man-of-the-match clinch- of dreams
“We have a lot of faith
ing double and Saracens’
in not just the 31 players
Sean Maitland, who took
that have played in this peHogg’s No 15 jersey, scored a scorch- riod but the squad of 36,” Townsend
ing try of his own.
said. “Most of the time injuries are
Centre Huw Jones continued his disappointing for us as coaches but
sizzling form with a seventh try in sometimes they’re an opportunity
10 Tests following a quick-tap Finn to see someone else and see what
Russell penalty which epitomised they would do at international level.
the innovation and fast play blos- There’s a few players over these
soming under Gregor Townsend.
three weeks who’ve changed our
Scrum-half Ali Price, lock Jonny perceptions of where they are in the
Gray, captain John Barclay and pecking order if everyone was fit.”
Byron McGuigan dives in to score Scotland first try against Australia PA
WALES 18-33 NEW ZEALAND
Navidi emerges as shining
light amidst Wales’ gloom
By Sam Peters
For all the optimistic pre-match talk
of New Zealand being vulnerable it
Wales who were handed a lesson in
finishing on Saturday by two bulldozing wingers who are both reminiscent of a youthful Jonah Lomu.
Five tries to two in favour of Steve
Hansen’s men tells its own story –
four of them scored by the hulking
duo of Waisake Naholo and Rieko
Ioane – as Wales were thumped at
the Principality Stadium despite a
scoreline which hinted otherwise
In truth, every time Wales came
close to threatening the All Blacks
with a bloody nose they were dealt a
hammer blow in return.
Warren Gatland’s men now head
into next Saturday’s fourth and final
encounter of the autumn series
against South Africa facing the very
real prospect of finishing with three
defeats from four.
Throw in the calamitous and contentious 13-6 win over Georgia and
that would add up to a disastrous
campaign for Wales and Gatland,
who began the autumn insisting this
group of Welsh players have the potential to win the World Cup in 2019.
To make matters worse, Wales’
head coach is almost certain to be
without his English-based players,
including talismanic No 8 Taulupe
Faletau and tight-head prop Tomas
Josh Navidi had a magnificent game
Francis, as next Saturday’s match
falls outside of the November Test
window and England’s Premiership
clubs have no obligation to make players available for international duty.
Scrum half Rhys Webb suffered
a nasty head injury which left him
lurching alarmingly across the pitch
before being replaced by Gareth
Davies and lock Jake Ball also suffered what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder. Neither man is expected
to be fit to face the Springboks.
Openside flanker Josh Navidi can
certainly be proud of his contribution to Saturday’s Test match as he
went toe to toe with All Black No 7
Sam Cane and finished in credit.
Navidi’s carrying was relentless and
effective while his tackling and work
at the breakdown contrasted starkly
to some of Wales’ clumsy ball-handling and leaden-footed defence.
The way Ioane cut them to ribbons
just before the final whistle showed
clear signs of a defensive system
which is beginning to creak badly.
Another defeat on Saturday against
South Africa and alarm bells really
will be ringing. THE INDEPENDENT
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Results Service
GOLF
HONG KONG OPEN: Fourth Round:
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 70):
269 W Ormsby (Aus) 68 68 65 68;
270 J Suri (US) 68 67 69 66; A Bjork
(Swe) 69 66 67 68; R Cabrera-Bello
(Sp) 69 68 64 69; P Peterson (US)
70 68 65 67; 271 T Fleetwood 68
68 66 69.
MOTOR RACING
FORMULA 1 ABU DHABI GRAND
PRIX, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Final
Positions after Race (55 Laps):
1 V Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1hr
34min 14.063sec, 2 L Hamilton
(GB) Mercedes 1:34:17.962, 3 S
Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:34:33.393, 4 K
Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:34:59.449,
5 M Verstappen (Neth) Red Bull
1:35:00.332, 6 N Hulkenberg (Ger)
Renault 1:35:39.776, 7 S Perez (Mex)
Force India 1:35:46.125, 8 E Ocon
(Fr) Force India 1:35:52.974, 9 F
Alonso (Sp) McLaren at 1 Lap, 10 F
Massa (Br) Williams at 1 Lap, 11 R
Grosjean (Fr) Haas F1 at 1 Lap, 12 S
Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren at 1 Lap,
13 K Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 at
1 Lap, 14 P Wehrlein (Ger) Sauber
at 1 Lap, 15 B Hartley (NZ) Toro
Rosso at 1 Lap, 16 P Gasly (Fr) Toro
Rosso at 1 Lap, 17 M Ericsson (Swe)
Sauber at 1 Lap, 18 Le Stroll (Can)
Williams at 1 Lap. Not classified:
19 C Sainz (Sp) Renault 31 Laps
completed, 20 D Ricciardo (Aus)
Red Bull 20 Laps completed
Final Standings: Drivers: 1 Hamilton 363pts, 2 Vettel 317, 3 Bottas
305, 4 Raikkonen 205, 5 Ricciardo
200, 6 Verstappen 168, 7 Perez 100,
8 Ocon 87, 9 Sainz 54, 10 Hulkenberg 43, 11 Massa 43, 12 Stroll 40,
13 Grosjean 28, 14 Magnussen 19,
15 Alonso 17, 16 Stoffel Vandoorne
(Bel) McLaren 13, 17 J Palmer (GB)
Renault 8, 18 Wehrlein 5, 19 D Kvyat (Rus) Toro Rosso 5, 20 Ericsson
0, 21 Gasly 0, 22 A Giovinazzi (It)
Haas F1 0, 23 Hartley 0, 24 J Button
FORMULA ONE
(GB) McLaren 0, 25 P di Resta (GB)
Williams 0. Manufacturers: 1
Mercedes GP 668pts, 2 Ferrari 522,
3 Red Bull 368, 4 Force India 187,
5 Williams 83, 6 Renault 57, 7 Toro
Rosso 53, 8 Haas F1 47, 9 McLaren
30, 10 Sauber 5
RUGBY LEAGUE
WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL
Tonga (0) .............. 18 England (12). 20
Tonga: Tries: Pangai Jnr, Havili,
Lolohea. Goals: Taukeiaho (3). England: Tries: McGillvary, Widdop,
Bateman. Goals: Widdop (4).
RUGBY UNION
INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
Saturday
England (22)......48 Samoa (7)........ 14
England: Tries: Brown, Lozowski,
Ewels, Daly (2), Slade, Rokoduguni.
Conversions: Ford (5). Penalties:
Ford. Samoa: Tries: Faasalele, Vui.
Conversions: Nanai-Williams (2).
France (13)...........23 Japan (8)...........23
France: Tries: Slimani, Lacroix.
Conversions: Trinh-Duc (2). Penalties: Trinh-Duc (3).
Japan: Tries: Horie, Lafaele,
Ishihara. Conversions: Tamura.
Penalties: Tamura (2).
Ireland (13)..........28 Argentina (0)19
Ireland: Tries: Stockdale (2),
Stander. Cons: Sexton (2). Pens:
Sexton (3). Argentina: Tries:
Tuculet, Leguizamon, Moyano.
Conversions: Sanchez (2).
Italy (6) ..................... 6 S Africa (21) ...35
Italy: Penalties: Canna (2).
South Africa: Tries: F. Louw,
Mbonambi, Venter, Kitshoff,
Mostert. Cons: Pollard (4), Jantjies.
Scotland (17)......53 Australia (12)24
Scotland: Tries: McGuigan (2),
Price, Maitland, J. Gray, H. Jones,
Barclay, McInally. Cons: Russell
(5). Penalties: Russell.
Australia: Tries: Kuridrani (2), Beale,
Timani. Conversions: Foley (2).
Wales (11)............ 18 NZ (12)................33
Wales: Tries: S. Williams, G. Dav-
ies. Cons: Halfpenny. Penalties:
Halfpenny (2). New Zealand: Tries:
Naholo (2), Liernert-Brown, R.
Ioane (2). Cons: B. Barrett (4).
AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
Saturday
Bath (29)............... 38 Harleqns (7).. 14
Leicester (17).....27 Worcstr (19) .31
Sale (10)................ 18 N’amptn (12).15
Yesterday
Lon Irish (3) ........13 Wasps (0).........17
London Irish: Tries: Lewington.
Conversions: Bell. Penalties: Bell
(2). Wasps: Tries: Johnson, Bassett,
Carr. Conversions: Gopperth.
Saracens (15).... 18 Exeter (6)........ 20
Saracens: Tries: Goode, Brits.
Conversions: Spencer. Penalties:
Spencer, Bosch. Exeter: Tries:
Whitten, Low. Conversions: Steenson (2). Penalties: Steenson (2).
GUINNESS PRO14
Yesterday
Ospreys (6)............ 6 Glasgow (14).47
S’thern K (16) ...30 Scarlets (10). 34
Zebre (14) ............ 19 Munster (17).36
GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP
Bedford P Hartpury RFC P; Bristol
50 Nottingham 21; Ealing Trailfinders 57 Doncaster 14; Jersey 10
Yorkshire Carnegie 20; Richmond
15 Cornish Pirates 28; Rotherham
Titans 24 London Scottish 27.
TENNIS
DAVIS CUP: WORLD GROUP FINAL, LILLE: France 3 Belgium 2 (L
Pouille lost to D Goffin 5-7 3-6 1-6;
J-W Tsonga bt S Darcis 6-3 6-2
6-1; R Gasquet & P-H Herbert bt R
Bemelmans & J De Loore 6-1 3-6
7-6 (7-2) 6-4; D Goffin lost to J-W
Tsonga 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 2-6; L Pouille
bt S Darcis 6-3 6-1 6-0).
FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
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Bottas has final say to deny
Hamilton’s victory quest
By Philip Duncan
AT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
World champion Lewis Hamilton fell
short in his quest to end his title-winning campaign on top after Valtteri
Bottas won the season-ending Abu
Dhabi Grand Prix.
Bottas led virtually every lap under
the thousands of floodlights at the
Yas Marina circuit to record his first
victory since Austria in July and his
third of the campaign.
Hamilton tried his very best to
find a way past his Mercedes teammate, but Bottas held firm to take the
chequered flag nearly four seconds
clear, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel
a distant third. Hamilton cemented
his status as one of the sport’s alltime greats in Mexico last month
by joining an elite band of drivers to
have won the world championship on
more than three occasions.
The 32-year-old Briton vowed to
end the season with a bang, but after
finishing ninth in Mexico, recovering
The new F1 logo was released
yesterday. Lewis Hamilton said: ‘The
last one was iconic. This one isn’t’
from last to fourth a fortnight ago in
Brazil, and a second-placed finish
here, he will start the defence of his
championship off the back of a threerace winless streak.
Hamilton said: “A big, big congratulations to Valtteri. He did an amazing
job to hold me off. I gave it everything
on every single lap, but it is very hard
to overtake here.”
Vettel, who secured this year’s
runners-up spot, said: “A big, big congratulations to Valtteri. And congrats
again to Lewis [for the title]. He deserved it. I hate to say it, but he was
the better man. We will do our bit
over the winter and hopefully come
back stronger.”
RUGBY LEAGUE
Brown insists best
team won semi-final
despite Tongan anger
By Ian Laybourn
IN AUCKLAND
Kevin Brown insists justice was done
as England clung on for a heartstopping 20-18 victory over Tonga
that secured a first World Cup final
appearance for 22 years.
England were coasting at 20-0 but
suddenly found themselves battling
a red tidal wave as the Pacific Islanders, roared on by the vast majority of
the capacity 30,000 crowd at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, ran in
three tries in the last seven minutes.
It might have been four had Andrew Fifita been able to hang on to
the ball as he charged for the line
with just seconds left of the gripping
semi-final but it came loose in Elliott Whitehead’s tackle and England
breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Tonga coach Kristian Woolf said
he was baffled by referee Matt
Cecchin’s failure to refer to video referee Ben Thaler after Fifita regathered the ball to touch down and an
on-line petition calling for an explanation attracted 30,000 signatures.
Tongan fans continued to protest
England hooker Josh
Hodgson has been ruled
out of Saturday’s World Cup final
with a knee ligament injury that
will almost certainly force the
Canberra Raiders player to miss
the start of the 2018 NRL season.
Chris Hill celebrates England’s semi-final win over Tonga GETTY
yesterday during the annual Santa
parade through the city centre.
However, Brown had a clear view
of the incident. “I think it was a clearcut drop but obviously if that had
been us, we’d have been wanting the
same,” he said. “It was a fair result.
We were much the better side for the
majority of the game.”
The 33-year-old Warrington
stand-off says the memory of Saturday’s epic match will live with him
forever.
“The ending to that game and the
energy they got from the crowd was
like nothing I’ve been involved in,” he
said. “I’ve played nearly 400 games
but nothing has come close to that.
We were coasting. Then they came
at us like a massive wave of energy.”
England’s reward is a clash with
holders Australia, who have conceded just 16 points in their five matches
so far and blitzed Fiji 54-6 in their
semi-final.
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Football Saturday action
LIVERPOOL 1-1 CHELSEA
Klopp refuses to stoop to
‘streetwise’ time-wasting
By Mark Critchley
Jürgen Klopp will not instruct his
players to be more “streetwise” and
waste time while in the lead, despite
seeing Liverpool draw from winning
positions two times in the space of
four days.
After collapsing spectacularly
from 3-0 up to share the points with
Sevilla in the Champions League last
week, Klopp’s side surrendered a lead
yet again against Chelsea at Anfield
on Saturday.
Willian’s cross-cum-shot five minutes from time looped over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to cancel
out Mohamed Salah’s opener while
Klopp was attempting to make a late
substitution.
The Liverpool manager was left
“angry” after being prevented from
making the change but denied that he
had wanted to bring Adam Lallana on
in order to waste time.
When asked whether he would
ever encourage players to engage in
gamesmanship while protecting a
slender lead, Klopp insisted that he Willian (left) celebrates his equaliser for Chelsea at Liverpool on Saturday PA
only wants his team to play in a sporting manner.
not one time on purpose. It just hap- you don’t hear a whistle you have to
“The day when somebody thinks pened, I never thought: ‘What are you stay up.
like this [in my team], with not being doing?’ I just took it.
“If you stay on the ground, and
a proper sportsman and being
“Now they are all on the there’s a whistle then what happens
fair, then I stop,” he said. “If
ground. I watched a game then? They go on playing. With an
it’s not OK any more that
yesterday and they were English ref they do what they want.
we try our best, then it
on the ground, on the The British refs you never know,
is something wrong.
ground, and you didn’t stay on your feet when you hear the
“I’ll give you an
know any more what whistle.”
Chelsea are
example. The problem
they were doing.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
unbeaten in their
with the elbow in
K l o p p a d d e d : felt the point was the least his side
last seven visits to
the game these days
“That’s not my kind of deserved.
Anfield, a run that
is the rule. Since the
game. Yes, you have to
He said: “I think it was a fair result
goes back to 2013
rule existed, we have
be smart, yes you have but in the end we deserved a little
incident after incident
to be clever in different more. I am happy because the impact
after incident. When I played
situations.
of the substitutes was great. I want to
I got five broken noses through
“I didn’t see a lot of them to- create this atmosphere between us.”
my football career and there was night where we have to stay down. If THE INDEPENDENT
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NEWCASTLE 0-3 WATFORD
TOTTENHAM 1-1 W BROM
Full-back Marvin Zeegelaar
(below) marked his second Premier
League game with two assists as
goals from Will Hughes, a DeAndre
Yedlin own goal, and Andre Gray –
who also missed two clear chances
– gave Watford their fourth away
win of the season.
For free-falling Newcastle
– whose future ownership
remains in doubt – it was
a fourth straight defeat.
And boss Rafael Benitez
admitted: “For us, every
game will be difficult.”
Only a Harry Kane equaliser 16
minutes from time prevented
West Brom from marking Gary
Megson’s tenure as caretaker with
an unlikely Wembley win.
Salomon Rondon put them
ahead in the fourth minute and
Megson, who denied any interest
in taking over long-term
from sacked Tony Pulis,
said: “Having led for so
long it was disappointing to
concede. They’ve had a lot
of possession, but not many
clear chances.”
MAN UTD 1-0 BRIGHTON
SWANSEA 0-0 B’MOUTH
Lewis Dunk’s second-half own
goal, unluckily deflecting an Ashley
Young shot, was enough to give
Manchester United the points
in what Jose Mourinho called
“probably the hardest match we’ve
had this season”.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton
said: “In a tight affair we were good
value and I’m really disappointed
not to come away with anything.
We’ve played three of the big six and
haven’t been humiliated.”
Leroy Fer believes Swansea can
take new confidence to Chelsea on
Wednesday after ending a run of
four straight defeats.
The Swans remain 19th, but
midfielder Fer insisted: “We can
look forward to going there after
this performance. The previous
weeks were hard because in games
we had to get a result we didn’t. We
weren’t playing to our ability. But
we came together, had a very good
week, and we gave it our all.”
Zeegelaar piles
Megson denied
on Watford joy
by Kane’s late
and Benitez woe point-saver
Seagulls Dunk-ed Fer: Swans will
in Mourinho’s
be up for trip to
‘hardest game’
Chelsea now
C PALACE 2-1 STOKE
Pieters: my slip let Palace back in
Erik Pieters took the blame for
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s equaliser
that set Crystal Palace on the way
to their second win of the season.
The Stoke defender admitted:
“We are a team, we win, draw and
lose together, but the first goal was
from my mistake.”
Xherdan Shaqiri had put Stoke
ahead with a brilliant solo goal, but
Mamadou Sakho won it for Palace
two minutes into injury-time.
Commentary crews pass their -isms test with flying colours
T
here was a particularly
tense moment on the
second day of the first
Ashes Test, when
Graeme Swann was
commentating. He had already
cemented his position as the blokey
banter merchant of BT’s shiny new
commentator line-up, enthusing
part puppy, part gap-year kid about
his “hilarious” exchanges at a local
cafe and gently digging at his fellow
commentator Adam Gilchrist about
“you Aussies”.
But this was a moment things
could have gone massively Gucci
thong, to use the seldom-aired
rhyming slang of the late 1990s. A
shot of some scantily clad people in
the Gabba pitchside swimming pool
loitered on our screen. A moment
of silence struck the commentary
box. We winced at the prospect
Armchair
Fan
The banter squad
are learning at
last, says
Matt Butler
of Swann mentioning banana
hammocks or something equally
inopportune. But nothing came.
Instead he picked up on a previous
conversation, about how well Stuart
Broad had been bowling.
It was up to Alison Mitchell
(right), by far the best of the BT
Sport posse, to reference the pool.
“Imagine the bodily fluids in that
by the end of a day’s play,” she said.
Swann didn’t answer. It wasn’t
surprising: given the state of the
bodies in the pool late the previous
day, Mitchell had painted quite the
mental picture.
In that exchange, we were shown
just how far we have come in being
grown-up about things like avoiding
crassness, misogyny and many of
the other -isms that have plagued
the locker room until recently.
Not only did Swann, who is
unafraid of voicing an unpopular
stance, if his view on Ben Stokes
last month was anything to go
on, avoid any embarrassment by
refraining to comment on the flesh
on show, but the one person who
did make any sort of remark was a
woman. And the very fact she is in
an Ashes commentary box full stop
without gasps and splutters from
cricketing dinosaurs is also worth
noting.
Away from cricket, other sports
offered a glimmer of hope that
we are emerging from a dark pit
of intolerance into a rainbowcoloured light-show of diversity.
Last weekend the Rainbow
Laces campaign began and
while Twickenham was
festooned with colour in
support of Stonewall’s
anti-homophobia
campaign before
England’s rugby union
match against Samoa, Sky
Sports’ Super Sunday team
of Thierry Henry, Alan Pardew
and the rest sported rainbowcoloured badges as they discussed
the day’s matches. It was a shame
Everton’s performance had to be
so grey.
There was a time when people
would have been too shy to actively
promote inclusion, for fear that
they might be accused of, you know,
keeping lavender pot-pourri in
their underwear drawers (like it
is a bad thing). But those days are
thankfully over.
Who knows? Maybe
there will be a time when
we don’t even need a
week to get the idea of
inclusion into people’s
heads. Just like there
may be a time when we
don’t automatically and
mistakenly fear the worst
every time a blokey commentator
is confronted with the sight of
humans in water during a cricket
match.
But for the time being, it feels like
progress is at least being made.
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FOOTBALL
Results Service
PREMIER LEAGUE
Crystal Pal (0)............ 2
Loftus-Cheek 56
Sakho 90
Liverpool (0)...............1
Salah 65
Stoke (0) ........................1
Shaqiri 53
Att 23,723
Chelsea (0)...................1
Willian 85
Att 53,225
Man Utd (0)..................1 Brighton (0) ...............0
Dunk 66 (og)
Att 75,018
Newcastle (0).............0 Watford (2) .................3
Hughes 19
Yedlin 45 (og)
Att 52,188
Gray 62
Swansea (0).................0 Bournemth (0) ........0
Att 20,228
Tottenham (0) ...........1 West Brom (1)..........1
Kane 74
Rondon 4
Att 65,905
Yesterday
Burnley (0)..................0 Arsenal (0)...................1
Att 21,722
Sanchez 90 (pen)
Huddersfield (1)......1 Man City (0)................2
Otamendi 45 (og)
Aguero 47 (pen)
Sterling 84
Att 24,169
Southampton (1)....4 Everton (1) ..................1
Tadic 18
Sigurdsson 45
Austin 52, 58
Att 30,461
Davis 87
P W D L F A Pts
Man City
13 12 1 0 42 8 37
Man Utd
13 9 2 2 28 6 29
Chelsea
13 8 2 3 24 11 26
Arsenal
13 8 1 4 23 16 25
Tottenham
13 7 3 3 21 10 24
Liverpool
13 6 5 2 25 18 23
Burnley
13 6 4 3 12 10 22
Watford
13 6 3 4 22 21 21
Brighton
13 4 4 5 13 14 16
Southampton 13 4 4 5 13 15 16
Huddersfield 13 4 3 6 9 19 15
Leicester
13 3 5 5 17 19 14
Bournemth
13 4 2 7 11 14 14
Newcastle
13 4 2 7 11 17 14
Stoke
13 3 4 6 16 26 13
Everton
13 3 3 7 13 28 12
West Brom
13 2 5 6 10 19 11
West Ham
13 2 4 7 12 26 10
Swansea
13 2 3 8 7 15 9
Crystal Palace 13 2 2 9 8 25 8
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Aston Villa (1)............ 2 Ipswich (0)...................0
Adomah 36, 66
Att 30,427
Barnsley (0)................0 Leeds (2).........................2
Samuel 23
Att 16,399
Alioski 45
Burton Alb (0)...........0 Sunderland (0)........2
Vaughan 84
Att 4,808
Honeyman 88
Fulham (1).....................1 Millwall (0).................0
Norwood 45 (pen)
Att 17,984
Hull (1) ............................. 2 Bristol City (0).........3
Campbell 33
Flint 68
Bowen 61
Reid 79
Att 14,762
Brownhill 89
Middlesbro (0) ..........0 Derby (1)........................3
Att 24,607
Vydra 13, 47 (pen), 63
Norwich (1)..................1 Preston N E (0) ........1
Maddison 34
Barkhuizen 70
Att 21,167
Reading (0)...................0 Sheff Wed (0).............0
Att 18,382
Sheff Utd (0)................1 Birmingham (1) ......1
Clarke 71
Boga 38
Att 27,427
Wolves (2)......................5 Bolton (0).....................1
Boly 13
Buckley 74
Leo Bonatini 26
Att 27,894
Ivan Cavaleiro
62 (pen), 82
Jota 87
Yesterday
Nottm Forest (0).....0 Cardiff (2) .....................2
Hoilett 24
Att 25,210
Ward 38
P W D L F A Pts
Wolves
19 14 2 3 40 17 44
Cardiff
19 12 4 3 27 13 40
Sheff Utd
19 12 1 6 32 21 37
Aston Villa
19 10 5 4 28 17 35
Bristol City
19 9 7 3 30 20 34
Derby
18 9 5 4 29 20 32
Middlesboro 19 8 5 6 24 18 29
Leeds
19 9 2 8 29 24 29
Nottm Forest 19 9 0 10 26 29 27
Ipswich
18 8 2 8 30 28 26
Sheff Wed
19 6 8 5 23 21 26
Fulham
19 6 8 5 25 24 26
Preston N E
19 6 8 5 22 21 26
Norwich
19 6 6 7 17 23 24
Brentford
18 5 8 5 26 24 23
QPR
18 5 6 7 20 26 21
Barnsley
18 5 5 8 23 25 20
Reading
18 5 5 8 20 23 20
Millwall
19 4 7 8 19 20 19
Hull
19 4 6 9 32 35 18
Birmingham 19 4 4 11 10 28 16
Sunderland
19 2 8 9 25 35 14
Burton Alb
19 3 5 11 12 37 14
Bolton
19 2 7 10 16 36 13
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wim’don (1).....1 Walsall (2)....................2
Taylor 36
Oztumer 15
Att 4,130
Bakayoko 31
Blackburn (0)............. 2 Bristol Rvrs (0) .......1
Mulgrew 61
Harrison 58
Samuel 67
Att 11,660
Doncaster (0)............. 2 MK Dons (1).................1
Marquis 54
Aneke 3
Blair 71
Att 7,743
Fleetwood (0)............0 Blackpool (0).............0
Att 5,035
Gillingham (0)...........0 Oldham (0)...................0
Att 4,364
Northampton (0)....0 Bury (0)..........................0
Att 4,870
Portsmouth (1).........1 Plymouth (0).............0
Naismith 25
Att 17,923
Rochdale (2)................. 2 Peterboro (0)............0
Andrew 33
Att 2,555
Camps 36
Rotherham (1)...........1 Wigan (2).......................3
Ball 16
Grigg 14
Bruce 28
Att 8,443
Jacobs 60
Scunthorpe (0)......... 2 Charlton (0)................0
Morris 60, 63
Att 4,307
Shrewsbury (0)........0 Bradford (0)...............1
Att 7,165
Nsiala 55 (og)
Southend (1)...............1 Oxford Utd (1)...........1
Cox 19
Thomas 22
Att 6,797
PREMIER LEAGUE
Wigan
Shrewsbury
Scunthorpe
Bradford
Blackburn
Charlton
Portsmouth
Peterborough
Oxford Utd
Blackpool
Fleetwood
Rotherham
Walsall
Southend
MK Dons
Doncaster
Oldham
Bristol Rovers
Rochdale
AFC Wim’don
Gillingham
Northampton
Bury
Plymouth
P
19
19
20
20
18
18
20
19
20
19
20
19
19
19
20
20
19
19
19
20
20
20
20
20
W
13
12
11
11
10
10
9
8
7
7
7
8
6
6
6
6
6
7
4
5
4
5
4
4
D
3
4
5
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4
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7
6
5
5
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5
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L
3
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4
6
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4
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7
7
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6
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9
8
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10
8
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11
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36
26
26
29
30
27
25
29
34
24
29
32
27
22
22
21
30
27
20
15
15
15
19
15
A
12
13
14
22
15
21
24
27
27
23
30
28
28
29
29
25
36
35
24
22
22
32
28
29
Pts
42
40
38
36
34
34
29
28
27
27
27
26
25
25
24
23
23
21
20
20
20
19
17
17
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
Barnet (0)......................0 Grimsby (1).................2
Cambridge U (0).......1 Stevenage (0)............0
Carlisle (0)....................1 Morecambe (0)........1
Coventry (0) ...............1 Crawley (1)..................1
Crewe (0).......................1 Luton (0).......................2
Exeter (1)....................... 2 Accrington (0)..........0
Forest Green (1).......1 Cheltenham (1)........1
Lincoln City (1).........3 Port Vale (1) ...............1
Mansfield (1) .............. 2 Chesterfield (1)........2
Notts Co (0).................. 2 Colchester (0)...........1
Swindon (0) ................0 Newport Co (0)........1
Wycombe (2) .............. 2 Yeovil (1) .......................1
P W D L F A Pts
Luton
20 12 5 3 48 18 41
Notts County 20 12 5 3 35 20 41
Accrington
20 11 4 5 32 22 37
Exeter
20 11 3 6 28 22 36
Wycombe
20 9 6 5 38 29 33
Coventry
20 9 5 6 21 12 32
Mansfield
20 8 8 4 30 23 32
Swindon
20 10 2 8 30 25 32
Newport Co
20 8 6 6 27 22 30
Lincoln City
20 8 6 6 24 19 30
Colchester
20 8 5 7 26 23 29
Grimsby
20 8 5 7 24 26 29
Cambridge U 20 8 5 7 17 23 29
Carlisle
20 7 6 7 28 27 27
Stevenage
20 7 5 8 26 31 26
Cheltenham
20 6 6 8 27 29 24
Crawley T
20 5 6 9 17 23 21
Yeovil
20 5 5 10 27 38 20
Crewe
20 6 2 12 21 34 20
Forest Green 20 5 5 10 23 39 20
Morecambe
20 4 7 9 15 25 19
Port Vale
20 5 3 12 19 31 18
Barnet
20 4 5 11 21 29 17
Chesterfield
20 4 5 11 23 37 17
BETFRED CUP FINAL
Yesterday
Motherwell (0).........0 Celtic (0)........................2
Forrest 49
Att 49,483
Dembele 60 (pen)
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hamilton (0)...............1 Hibernian (1).............1
Rojano 72
S Murray 29
Att 2,945
Hearts (0) ......................0 Ross County (0)......0
Att 15,601
Yesterday
Kilmarnock (0) .........1 Aberdeen (2) ..............3
Jones 66
McLean 1
Broadfoot 12 (og)
Att 4,198
May 74
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
13 10 3 0 30 6 33
Aberdeen
14 9 3 2 23 15 30
Hibernian
15 7 5 3 23 17 26
Rangers
14 7 3 4 28 17 24
Motherwell
13 7 1 5 20 15 22
St Johnstone 14 5 3 6 15 21 18
Hearts
15 4 5 6 13 18 17
Hamilton
15 4 4 7 22 25 16
Ross County 15 4 3 8 14 22 15
Kilmarnock
15 2 6 7 12 22 12
Dundee
15 3 3 9 15 26 12
Partick
14 2 5 7 12 23 11
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Brechin 1 Dundee Utd 1; Dunfermline
2 Dumbarton 2; Falkirk 0 Morton 3;
Inverness CT 0 St Mirren 2; Queen of
South 0 Livingston 3. Leading Positions:
1 Dundee Utd P 14 pts 27, 2 St Mirren
(13-26), 3 Livingston (13-25), 4 Dunfermline (14-23), 5 Queen of South (13-21), 6
Morton (14-20).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
Alloa 1 Ayr 2; Arbroath 2 Forfar 1; East Fife
6 Airdrieonians 1; Raith 2 Queen’s Park 0;
Stranraer P Albion P (Postponed - due to frozen pitch). Leading Positions: 1 Ayr P 14 pts
32, 2 Raith (13-29), 3 Arbroath (14-23), 4 Alloa
(14-21), 5 East Fife (14-21), 6 Stranraer (12-17).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Annan Athletic 0 Clyde 0; Edinburgh
City 0 Cowdenbeath 0; Elgin 5 Berwick 1;
Stenhousemuir 0 Montrose 1; Stirling P
Peterhead P (Postponed - due to a frozen
pitch). Leading Positions: 1 Montrose P
13 pts 27, 2 Stirling (12-26), 3 Elgin (13-23),
4 Peterhead (12-22), 5 Stenhousemuir
(13-22), 6 Annan Athletic (14-17).
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Aldershot 2 Wrexham 0; Barrow 0 Bromley
3; Boreham Wood 2 Woking 1; Chester
FC 0 Dag & Red 4; Dover 0 AFC Fylde 1;
Ebbsfleet United 3 Hartlepool 0; FC Halifax
3 Eastleigh 3; Guiseley 0 Sutton Utd 2;
Maidenhead Utd 1 Macclesfield 1; Solihull
Moors 1 Gateshead 1; Torquay 3 Leyton
Orient 0; Tranmere 4 Maidstone Utd 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Sutton Utd P 22 pts
39, 2 Wrexham (22-39), 3 Macclesfield (2238), 4 Dag & Red (22-37), 5 Dover (22-37), 6
Aldershot (21-36).
ITALIAN LEAGUE
Bologna 3 Sampdoria 0; Cagliari 1 Inter
Milan 3; Chievo 2 SPAL 1; Sassuolo 0
Verona 2.Yesterday: AC Milan 0 Torino
0; Genoa 1 Roma 1; Juventus 3 Crotone 0;
Lazio 1 Fiorentina 1; Udinese 0 Napoli 1.
SPANISH LEAGUE
Alaves 1 Eibar 2; Levante 0 Atletico Madrid 5; Real Betis 2 Girona 2; Real Madrid
3 Malaga 2. Yesterday: Deportivo La
Coruna 2 Athletic Bilbao 2; Real Sociedad
Guardiola pleased to watch his
side ‘suffer’ – then win yet again
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
Otamendi og 45
1
MANCHESTER CITY
Aguero pen 47, Sterling 84
2
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
AT JOHN SMITH’S STADIUM
This might look to future generations
like a routine win: David 1-2 Goliath.
But this victory showcased all the intangible elements – nerve, grit, luck
– that mark out a title-winning side.
What might have been another
stroll for City became their hardest
match in months. Huddersfield Town
took City to a place they did not want
to go. In the first half they sat deep,
slowed City down and took the lead
from a set piece just before half-time.
In the second half they made this
game a niggly scrap, so much so that
Rajiv van la Parra was sent off for an
incident with Leroy Sane after the
final whistle.
There have been times watching
City this season – Feyenoord away,
Watford away, Stoke City or Crystal
Palace at home – when they look like
they are playing a different sport.
Not here, where at times they could
barely string their passes together.
This was Kevin de Bruyne’s quietest game all season and none of David
Silva, Sane or Sergio Aguero was at
his best. And yet despite all of that,
with some fortune on their side, City
found a way to win, with goals at the
start and the end of the second half.
The equaliser was an Aguero penalty
after Raheem Sterling collided with
Scott Malone and went down. The
winner, five minutes from the end,
when City were staring down the bar-
I am
more
satisfied
than after
a 4-0 win.
We need to
win these
games in
this way,
maybe
it will
convince
us we can
do that
rel of their first draw since August,
bounced off Raheem Sterling’s
stomach and flew in.
Pep Guardiola said that he took
more satisfaction from the victory
than he has done from any of their
wins of the last few months.
“More [satisfaction] than winning
4-0,” Guardiola smiled afterwards.
“The same words I said in the locker room after the game. We need to
win these kind of games in this way.
Maybe that will convince us more
that we are able to do that. You have
to suffer. You have to live that, and in
that last period last month, we did
not feel that.”
The game reminded you most of
was City’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth
three months ago: when City went
did not wake up, went behind in the
first half, before snatching the points
with a Sterling goal at the very end.
BETFRED CUP
Rodgers equals Stein’s trophy feat but Motherwell left
MOTHERWELL
CELTIC
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AT HAMPDEN PARK
Celtic took the first step towards
successive domestic trebles with a
Betfred Cup final win over 10-man
Motherwell.
Hoops winger James Forrest
curled in the opener in the 49th
minute before striker Moussa
Dembélé fired in a contentious
penalty on the hour mark, after
’Well defender Cédric Kipré
was sent off for conceding the
spot-kick for a foul on Scott
Sinclair with the winger appearing
to go down rather easily.
There was no way back for the
Steelmen after that and Brendan
Rodgers’s side cruised to the final
whistle and the first trophy of the
season.
M o t h e r w e l l m a n a ge r
Stephen Robinson said the defeat was “hard to take”, coming as it did via a contentious
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Silva
Delph
Fernandinho De Bruyne
Otamendi Kompany Walker
Ederson
Manchester City
Subs: Huddersfield Lowe (Malone, 74), Quaner (Ince,
81), Mounie (Hogg, 86); Man City Jesus (Kompany, 80),
Gundogan (Aguero, 80), Mangala (Silva, 89).
Booked: Huddersfield Hogg, Malone; Man City
Fernandinho, Silva, Sane.
Sent off: Huddersfield Van la Parra
Man of the Match Sterling. Rating 7/10.
Possession: Huddersfield 21% Man City 79%.
Attempts on target: Huddersfield 0 Man City 5.
Referee C Pawson (Sheff and Hallam).
Attendance 24,121.
Raheem Sterling scores Manchester
City’s winner, which went in off his
stomach REUTERS
Eleventh heaven
Man City won their 11th straight
Premier League game yesterday
Bournemouth (a, 20 Aug)
Liverpool (h, 9 Sept)
Watford (a, 16 Sept)
Crystal Palace (h, 23 Sept
Chelsea (a, 30 Sept)
Stoke City (h, 14 Oct)
Burnley (h, 21 Oct)
West Brom (a, 28 Oct)
Arsenal (h, 5 Nov)
Leicester City (a, 18 Nov)
Huddersfield (a, 26 Nov)
2-1
5-0
6-0
5-0
1-0
7-2
3-0
3-2
3-1
2-0
2-1
The challenge for City from the
start was to pick their way through
Huddersfield Town’s massed ranks.
City have blown away better teams
than Huddersfield this season, but
that was not going to happen here.
When they tried to go round the
sides, Huddersfield packed the penalty area and blocked the cross. When
City tried to slice through the middle
the midfield squeezed the space so
De Bruyne could not get a shot off.
And even when City did get through
on goal, like when David Silva played
in Aguero, there was Christopher
Schindler to make the crucial tackle.
Huddersfield had their moments
on the break too, and right at the end
of the first half they pounced on City’s
defensive uncertainty to take the
lead. Vincent Kompany nearly headed into his own net, and Schinlder
flicked the ball on at the near post.
Otamendi deflected it past Ederson.
One minute after the restart, Huddersfield were brought back down to
earth. Sterling tangled with Malone,
went down, and was awarded the
penalty. Aguero sent Jonas Lossl the
wrong way and City were level.
As City got drawn into a scrap,
they almost forgot to play their football. They created less in the second
half than they did in the first, their
best moment coming when Sane hit
a free-kick against the crossbar.
So Guardiola threw on Gabriel
Jesus for Kompany. That extra body
up front made the difference, although
they needed luck too: Sterling came in
from the right and De Bruyne found
the run of Jesus. Lossl saved his shot
and the rebound hit an unknowing
Sterling on the stomach, ballooning
up and in. THE INDEPENDENT
fuming at penalty controversy
spot-kick. He said: “I would rather
have been pumped six or seven nothing by them but the game was over
with that decision.
“The game was over as a contest
once that decision was made.
“There is no contact and with the
red card the game is effectively over.
It completely changes the game.”
Rodgers (left), who has equalled
Jock Stein’s feat of winning four
s t ra i gh t d o m e s t i c t r o p h i e s ,
unsurprisingly thought the penalty
decision was correct.
He said: “Scott makes the run
and is getting there and obviously
the defender cannot get there so he
pulls him. So it is a penalty. I am sure
Stephen will feel it is a bit harsh.
“But I definitely thought it was a
penalty as he impeded Scotty in the
box and Moussa scores it.”
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Eight changes in line-up
make Everton no more
acceptable for Unsworth
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Three days after branding his side’s
display in the Europa League defeat to Atalanta “unacceptable”,
Everton caretaker-manager David
Unsworth was forced to confront
another dismal display highlighting
the growing problems at the club.
Two headers by Charlie Austin
– his first league goals in open play
since a winner against Everton
a year ago today – came in quick
succession between Dusan Tadic’s
opener and Steve Davis’s late strike.
Together they inflicted on Everton
their fifth defeat in seven games
since Unsworth took over from the
sacked Ronald Koeman.
Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the visitors
a brief moment of hope with a stunning strike just before half-time but
there were few other positives in a
performance that suggested an urgent need for the uncertainty surrounding the manager’s position to
be resolved quickly.
Unsworth admitted most of the
midweek line-up had made it easy
for him to leave them out; he made
eight changes, with Wayne Rooney among those dropping to the
bench. Fat lot of difference it made
against a side who had previously
scored only nine league goals this
season, including six in seven home
matches.
Everton have now lost eight of
their last 11 games and sit just two
points above the bottom three; they
have the worst defensive record in
the Premier League with 28 goals
conceded in 13 games. Yet Unsworth
denies they are in a relegation battle.
“I wouldn’t go that far so early,”
he said. “I think we are in a tough
moment. If the players didn’t know
they were in a tough situation they
must do now. If it needs players who
are injured to come back or January
to come and get new players, something has to change. Whether it is
Ronald in charge or me in charge it
isn’t working.
“On the training field everything
looks right, but in a game situation,
because our confidence is low, we
are conceding far too easily.”
Burnley hit by déjà vu and
late penalty from Sanchez
Burnley. Lee Mason’s decision to
penalise the centre-back for a push
on Aaron Ramsey provoked debate,
and Ramsey’s fall did seem exagARSENAL
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but there was contact and
Sanchez pen 90
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Alexis Sanchez squeezed the spotkick past goalkeeper Nick Pope to
by Mark Critchley
lift Arsenal into the top four.
AT TURF MOOR
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger
said: “It looked 100 per cent a penAt some point, their luck was bound alty.” Dyche questioned whether his
to run out. No Premier League team own side would have been granted
has allowed more shots on goal than the same decision. “It probably is a
Burnley this season, yet only the top
penalty but it was never not going
two have conceded fewer. For
to be given,” he said wrily.
more than 90 minutes yesIt was, in any case, a
terday, it was much the
cruel result for his side,
same story, with Sean
who began the day
Dyche’s side putting
level on points with
in a typical display of
the Gunners and did
Goal attempts
dogged but rarely desnot deserve to lose.
by Arsenal, to
perate defending.
Arsenal always
Burnley’s eight – yet
It seemed Arsenal
looked likeliest once
Cech made more and
would have nothing
they had recovered
better saves than
Pope
to show for their domifrom a slow start, havnance – but just as they did
ing arrived just 50 minhere last year and on Burnley’s
utes before kick-off after their
visit to the Emirates in January, team coach was caught in traffic.
deep into stoppage time they found
Burnley could argue they dea controversial way to get a winner.
served a spot-kick of their own early
This time, a foul by the otherwise on when Nacho Monreal appeared
excellent James Tarkowski did for to nudge Ashley Barnes, then Petr
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Southampton
Forster
Van Dijk
Cedric
Hoedt
Hojbjerg
Bertrand
Davis
Ward-Prowse
Boufal
Tadic
Austin
Calvert-Lewin
Mirallas
Sigurdsson
Gueye
Baines
Lennon
Schneiderlin
Keane
Jagielka
Kenny
Pickford
Everton
Subs: Southampton Lemina (Tadic, 78); Long (Austin,
80); Yoshida (Boufal, 86);
Everton Williams (Baines, 27); Lookman (Mirallas,
64); Vlasic (Keane 75).
Man of the Match Austin.
Rating 6/10.
Possession: Southampton 67% Everton 33%.
Attempts on target: Southampton 5 Everton 2.
Referee K Friend (Leics & Rutland).
Attendance 30,461.
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Lowton Takowski
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Brady
Hendrick Barnes
Lacazette
Iwobi
Sanchez
Kolasinac
Xhaka
Monreal
Ramsey
Mustafi
Bellerin
Koscielny
Cech
Arsenal
Subs: Burnley Wood (Defour, 78); Arsenal Wilshere
(Iwobi, 67); Welbeck (Lacazette 79).
Booked: Burnley Defour, Brady.
Man of the Match Sanchez.
Rating 6/10.
Possession: Burnley 36% Arsenal 64%.
Attempts on target: Burnley 2 Arsenal 2.
Referee L Mason (Lancs).
Attendance 21,722.
Cech touched a drive from Johann
Berg Gudmundsson onto the post,
but after that it was mostly Arsenal.
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Adelaide day-nighter’s a must-win
Crushed England need to follow the
example of peerless Aussie Smith
302 & 195 Brisbane scoreboard
ENGLAND
Root 51, Starc 3-51
AUSTRALIA
Warner 60,
Bancroft 51
328 & 114-0
By Jonathan Liew
AT THE GABBA
AUSTRALIA V ENGLAND
BRISBANE (Day 4 of 5): Australia, with all second-innings wickets in hand, require 56 runs to beat England
England won toss
ENGLAND — First Innings 302 (Vince 83, Malan 56,
Stoneman 53)
AUSTRALIA — First Innings 328 (Smith 141no, Marsh 51)
ENGLAND — Second Innings 33-2
Second Innings Contd
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
27 0 4 81 125
M D Stoneman c Smith b Lyon
51 0 5 104 159
*J E Root lbw b Hazlewood
4 0 0 17 28
D J Malan c Smith b Lyon
40 0 6 64 84
M M Ali st Paine b Lyon
†J M Bairstow c Handscomb b Starc 42 1 2 75 130
17 0 2 57 62
C R Woakes c Smith b Starc
2 0 0
9 15
S C J Broad c Paine b Starc
1 0 0
5
5
J T Ball c Handscomb b Cummins
0 0 0
1
4
J M Anderson not out
Extras (nb2)
2
Total(71.4 overs)
195
Fall: 1-11, 2-17, 3-62, 4-74, 5-113, 6-155, 7-185, 8-194, 9-195.
Bowling: M A Starc 16-1-51-3, J R Hazlewood 16-3-463, P J Cummins 12.4-4-23-1, N M Lyon 24-4-67-3, S P D
Smith 3-0-8-0.
AUSTRALIA — Second Innings
Runs 6s 4s Bls Min
C T Bancroft not out
51 1 5 119 141
D A Warner not out
60 0 8 86 141
Extras (lb2 nb1)
3
Total(for 0, 34 overs)
114
Bowling: J M Anderson 8-2-17-0, S C J Broad 7-2-14-0, M
M Ali 4-0-23-0, C R Woakes 7-1-31-0, J T Ball 4-1-17-0,
J E Root 4-1-10-0.
Umpires: Aleem Dar and M Erasmus.
Summertime, and the batting was
easy. It was Australia who moved to
the brink of a 1-0 Ashes lead late on
the fourth evening, marching unfussily towards their target of 170 after
doing the hard part: breaking England’s batting resistance, gradually
at first, and then all at once.
Having competed so well for
much of the game, England offered
their opponents a helping hand here.
Too many surrendered their wickets when well set. A single substantial score from Joe Root (51), Jonny
Bairstow (42) or Moeen Ali (40)
might have been decisive. A single
century stand – not a single partnership passed 50 in the second innings
– might have given Australia pause.
Six Englishmen –Alastair Cook,
Instead, the lower order subsided Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott,
again, from 185 for 6 to 195 all out, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Matt Prior
providing Australia with a moral as – passed three figures on England’s
well as an actual victory ahead of last successful visit. Trying to pick
the four remaining Tests, beginning six Ashes centurions out of the curwith the day-nighter in Adelaide rent squad looks a far tougher task.
next weekend. Too early for panic, of
England resumed on day four at 33
course: England dropped no sitters, for 2, a lead of seven. Stuart Broad
faced no unplayable spells, have suf- described it as England’s best posifered no catastrophic breakdown tion at Brisbane for 30 years. It still
of morale. Australia, the wonderful couldn’t hold. Nathan Lyon made
Steve Smith apart, are nursing plen- the early breakthroughs, Mark
ty of flaws of their own.
Stoneman and Dawid Malan
But the Adelaide Test,
both caught at slip. Root
which begins at the
was trapped lbw by
weekend, is now a
Josh Hazlewood one
must-win. There has
ball after reaching
never been a draw in a
his 50: another start
Years since the only
day-night Test match
unconverted. Moeen
occasion
Australia
a ny wh e r e i n t h e
was his regular, ebulhave
successfully
world, and it would
lient self. He counterchased a bigger
be unwise to expect
attacked
Lyon with
Ashes target (188)
one there. England need
abandon, hitting two
at the Gabba
greater penetration from
fours in the first over
their first and second change
after lunch. Bairstow joined
seamers. They need more durabilin with a big six over mid-wicket,
ity from their lower order. Most of and without too much difficulty Engall, they need big scores from their land had pushed the field back and
batsmen.
were milking the singles.
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It was as comfortable as they were
allowed to feel all day. The shrilly
persistent Lyon continued to wheel
away, and after being beaten by
the turn a couple of times, Moeen
plunged forward once more, allowing his back toe to slip forward
just a quarter of an inch. Tim Paine
knocked away the bails, and after
around a dozen replays, third umpire
Chris Gaffaney gave the most marginal of calls in Australia’s favour.
Chris Woakes hung around for an
FOOTBALL
Cardiff remain hot on Wolves’ tail
Cardiff closed the gap on
Championship leaders Wolves to
four points with a 2-0 victory over
Nottingham Forest at the City
Ground. Junior Hoilett’s header
and a screamer from Danny Ward
secured the win for the visitors, who
stay second in the Championship.
While Cardiff’s manager, Neil
Warnock (right), said he “could not
be any more pleased, particularly
given that Forest had won their last
four games at home”, his opposite
number, Mark Warburton was angry
that a number of key decisions had
gone against his side.
Warburton believes a foul was
missed in the build-up to the first
goal and Cardiff defender Bruno
Manga had got away with a handball
in the penalty area.
He said: “I have to be careful what
I say, because there was a clear foul
on Tyler Walker in the build up to
the first goal. It was inexplicable that
it was not given. I thought [Manga]
was a nailed-on handball, having
seen the replay.”
inconsequential hour until Mitchell
Starc found a little extra bounce and
the shoulder of Woakes’s bat: taken
by Smith at third slip, his fourth
catch of the innings.
Finally, the decisive blow: Bairstow,
trying to ramp Starc over the slips,
perhaps unaware that Peter Handscomb had been stationed at third man
for precisely that shot. Stuart Broad
offered a fine edge four balls later.
Jake Ball tried to withstand Pat Cummins’s bumper attack from around
the wicket, and lasted exactly four
balls. Once again, England’s lower
order had crumbled like good Stilton.
Their only chance was early wickets. Instead, Cameron Bancroft and
David Warner simply blocked and
nudged and prodded and left until
the new ball was shiny no more.
No team had successfully chased
more than 130 at the Gabba in a generation, yet England looked spent: mentally as much as physically. They knew
the game was up. THE INDEPENDENT
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Exeter end Sarries’
home winning run
Replacement prop Moray Low
scored the winning try as Exeter
extended their lead over Saracens at
the top of the Premiership with an
impressive 20-18 win at Allianz Park.
It ends a run of 19 successive league
victories at Saracens’ north London
home, as the hosts suffered a fourth
straight defeat in all competitions
for the first time since 2010. In
yesterday’s other game, London
Irish lost their eighth game in a row
as Wasps rallied to win 17-13.
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now – and it will take bigger scores
Moeen: ‘Smith was the difference,
but we’re hungry for hundreds’
By Jonathan Liew
Moeen Ali tried to pick the
positives out of the wreckage of
the first Ashes Test, declaring
Australia “not as good” as people
think they are, and pinpointing
the absence of big hundreds from
the batsmen as England’s main
deficiency in a match in which
they competed well at times.
“Obviously very disappointed,”
he said. “I thought the first three
days, we played well, we were
right in the game. [On day four]
we let ourselves down – with the
bat, especially. We got in and
never got the big score that we
needed. That’s cost us.
“The wicket was still good. It
was a good pitch to bat on. To
have any chance of Australia not
winning here, guys had to get
hundreds. The good thing is that
the batters are quite hungry to
score. That is a positive. The new
guys batted quite well.”
Moeen identified two big lost
opportunities: the needless
run-out of James Vince for 83
on day one, and the failure to
capitalise on a good start with
Moeen Ali said of his stumping: ‘If I
was bowling, I’d want it out’
the ball, as Australia slipped to
76 for 4.
“Steve Smith was the big
difference,” he admitted.
“Without him, they would have
struggled to get anywhere
near 300. Those two are the big
situations that we regret.”
There were few regrets,
however, over his controversial
stumping off Nathan Lyon.
Moeen’s toe was on the very cusp
ECB to investigate claims
of Bairstow ‘head-butt’
By Jonathan Liew
Story of day four
Shot of the day
England were 143 for 5 – a lead of
117 – when Jonny Bairstow took
the attack to the dangerous Nathan
Lyon and deposited him high over
midwicket for six runs. It did not
change this game, unfortunately, but
demonstrated that the England team
are up for the challenge here - come
what may.
England’s last
five wickets did
not amount to
a great deal, although as their record
of trademark collapses goes of late,
this was far from extreme. However,
given that England’s final firstinnings wickets fell for 56, there is
ample space for concern.
RUGBY UNION
TENNIS
Coach of the Year
award for Jones
England’s head coach Eddie Jones
has been named coach of the
year in the World Rugby Awards.
The 57-year-old Tasmanian led
England to Six Nations success
this year, presiding over a total of
nine victories, as well as a clean
sweep in their autumn international
programme. It meant he beat the
British and Irish Lions’ Warren
Gatland and New Zealand’s Steve
Hansen to the prestigious award.
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England’s ill-starred Ashes tour
has taken its latest curious twist.
As Australia closed in on a comfortable victory at the Gabba, reports
emerged of an altercation between
England wicket-keeper Jonny
Bairstow and Australia opening
batsman Cameron Bancroft at a
bar in Perth three weeks ago, during
which it is claimed Bancroft (right)
was head-butted.
The alleged incident is believed
to have taken place near the start of
England’s tour, while Bancroft was
playing for Western Australia, and
Pouille wins Davis Cup for France
France won a 10th Davis Cup title
after Lucas Pouille beat
Belgium’s Steve Darcis in
a decisive final rubber in
Lille yesterday. Pouille’s
comfortable 6-3, 6-1,
6-0 victory gave the
hosts a 3-2 win and
their first title since
2001, following defeats
in the final in 2002, 2010
and 2014. France started
the final day of singles with
a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie but
David Goffin overcame Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 to take it to a
decider. Pouille, the world
No 18, was never threatened
by an opponent ranked 58
places below him.
“This is a feeling from
another world,” Pouille
(left) said. “There are no
words needed, just look at
the atmosphere and hear the
emotion. I am so proud of my
team, we really wanted this trophy.
After 16 years, we finally got it.”
before he was called up for his Test
debut this week. Sources suggest it
was more of a coming together than
a violent assault, and the police
were not called.
A representative of
the England and Wales
Cricket Board met with
Bairstow after the close
of the fourth day’s play
in Brisbane to hear his
version of events, and afterwards the body released
a statement: “At close of play in
Brisbane, we were made aware of
allegations of an incident in Perth
three weeks ago. There has been
RUGBY LEAGUE
England thrashed
by New Zealand
England’s women were thrashed
52-4 by New Zealand in the World
Cup semi-finals at the Southern
Cross Group Stadium in Sydney,
Australia. Tara-Jane Stanley ran
over England’s only try in the 21st
minute as they trailed 14-4 at halftime, and New Zealand produced a
strong second half. Honey Hireme
scored a hat-trick of tries for the
Kiwi Ferns, who face Australia in
the final.
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of the line when the bails were
removed, but he admitted: “If
I was bowling, I’d want it out.
The replay did look very tight.
It’s what happens. You’ve got to
respect the umpire’s call, try and
move on.”
No team has come from behind
to win an Ashes series since
Michael Vaughan’s 2005 side.
But even though Moeen conceded
the inevitability of defeat in
Brisbane, he had seen enough
here to be confident. “Australia,
they are a good side, but probably
not as good as we sometimes
make out,” he said. “We know we
can compete. ”
Meanwhile, Australian
paceman Mitchell Starc warned
England’s fragile tail they can
continue to expect a trial by
bouncer. “We got stuck into
that tail pretty quickly,” he
said. “We’ve got plans to all the
English batters, and spoken a bit
about their tail. The way our boys
bowled against them in the last
Ashes [in Australia, in 2013-14],
we used that as a blueprint. They
can expect some more short stuff
as the series goes on.”
no report of any incident from the
venue, security or police, and there
was no injury reported. Following
an initial conversation with Jonny
Bairstow tonight, we understand
the context and will follow up with
England players and management
after the Brisbane Test.”
Central to the ECB’s investigation will be to establish
whether this is a cause for
alarm or a mischievous
attempt to derail England’s Ashes challenge.
If Bairstow is deemed
to have been out drinking against team guidelines, that may earn its own
rebuke. And should he be withdrawn from the side, his place would
be taken by Surrey’s Ben Foakes.
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By Luke Brown
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Klopp refuses
to resort to
‘streetwise’
tactics
Alan Pardew yesterday described
the West Bromwich Albion manager’s job as “attractive” after confirming he has held talks about taking
over at the Premier League club.
Pardew, 56, is the bookmakers’
favourite to replace Tony Pulis,
who was last week sacked after
nearly three years in charge at the
Hawthorns.
And, while working as a pundit on
yesterday’s Premier League coverage, Pardew revealed that he has
been in talks over replacing Pulis.
“I’ve had discussions with them. It
is an attractive job so we’ll see where
it goes,” Pardew (right) said.
“It is a club that has a really
good set of players and I
think it is a good opportunity for a manager and if
it is me then it is me.
“They’ve got good
quality in there and
maybe they should be
doing slightly better than
they are. I think looking at
them and the depth of the squad it
definitely has improvement in there
so hopefully that’s what they’ll do.”
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Gary Megson is currently in temporary charge of West Brom, who sit
17th in the Premier League, and
helped the team to win an
impressive point against
Tottenham Hotspur on
Saturday.
However Megson,
who previously managed West Brom between 2000 and 2004, has
insisted that he is not auditioning for the job full-time.
“This is absolutely not an audition
for me and while everyone aspires
to be in the Premier League, this is
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in the most unfortunate of circumstances,” he said last week.
West Brom had considered
appointing Sam Allardyce only
for the former England manager
to announce that “going back into
football isn’t on the agenda”.
Slaven Bilic had also been lined up
as a potential replacement for Pulis.
But Bilic last week rejected the
chance to speak to the club about
the position, leaving the path clear
for Pardew, who has been out of
work since he was sacked as Crystal
Palace manager in December 2016.
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