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We’re stuck next
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INTERVIEW
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WEDNESDAY
29 NOVEMBER 2017
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IN SPORT
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HEALTH
The Asian
black bear may
solve which
mystery of
nature?
See p.15
The day at
a glance
Testosterone helps
prevent asthma
Researchers believe they have
discovered why women are twice
as likely to have asthma as men.
Testosterone, the primary male sex
hormone, curbs the activities of a
cell in the immune system that is
thought to cause asthma symptoms.
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29
NOVEMBER
Quote of the day
HEALTH
EDUCATION
HEALTH
ZIMBABWE
Children treated on
adult wards ‘to rise’
Vice-chancellor
resigns in pay row
Indian nurses ‘earn,
learn and return’
Amnesty for return
of foreign-held funds
The number of children cared for on
adult wards in UK hospitals will rise
without “adequate investment” for
paediatric services, medics warn.
One in 100 children stay overnight
on adult wards. The Royal College
of Paediatrics and Child Health said
this was “entirely inappropriate”
and only done as a last resort.
The UK’s highest paid vicechancellor is retiring from the
University of Bath amid criticism
over the institution’s handling of
senior staff pay. Professor Dame
Glynis Breakwell earned £468,000
in salary and benefits last year and
leaves in August. Three hundred
staff called for her to resign. PAGE 9
The NHS is employing international
nurses as part of an “earn, learn and
return” programme to help combat
staff shortages. Indian nurses have
been brought to England to work for
a fixed period of time while learning
a new skill, Professor Ian Cumming,
of Health Education England, told
the Commons Health Committee.
Zimbabwe’s new president,
Emmerson Mnangagwa, has
announced a three-month amnesty
for the return of public funds
illegally held abroad by individuals
and companies. From March next
year, the government will arrest and
prosecute those who have failed to
comply, Mr Mnangagwa said.
SOCIETY
Facebook launches
Muslim safety guide
Life being what it is, one
dreams of revenge
PAUL GAUGUIN
Birthdays
Anna Faris, actress,
41; Ryan Giggs (below),
former footballer, 44;
Don Cheadle, actor,
53; John Mayall, blues
singer, 84; Mike Barker,
film director, 52; Gemma
Chan, actress/model, 35
Anniversaries
Thursday 29 Nov 1956
Panic-buying breaks out
at garages across Britain
as the Government
gives details of its petrol
rationing plans. Petrol had
been in short supply since
President Gamal Abdul
Nasser of Egypt took over
the running of the Suez
Canal four months before.
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Facebook has launched a new guide
for the Muslim community to help
improve online safety and give advice
on reporting hate speech. It has
been produced in partnership with
community group Faith Associates
and will be made available online
as well as distributed to mosques
around the UK.
The List
Children’s books that
made musical magic
Enid Blyton’s classic The Magic
Faraway Tree will be brought
to life on the big screen next
year. While the film’s music is
yet to be revealed, here are the
10 best-loved soundtracks from
films based on children’s books,
according to analysis by a music
streaming service.
1. Shrek
2. Matilda
3. Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory
4. Alice in Wonderland (below)
5. Mary Poppins
6. Pinocchio
7. Harry Potter
8. Hunger Games
9. Twilight
10. Wizard of Oz
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plate
A Washington DC jury has acquitted
suspected Libyan militant Ahmed
Abu Khattala of murder charges
over the 2012 attack on a US
diplomatic compound in Benghazi,
Libya, in which US Ambassador
Christopher Stevens and three
others were killed. Khattala was
convicted of terrorism offences.
6.15m
Gordon Ramsay @gordomgram
3.55m
Yolanda Gampp @yoland_gampp
2.63m
PARLIAMENT
Ree Drummond @thepioneerwoman
1.95m
Commercial space
age moves closer
Martha Stewart @marthastewart
1.61m
Elise Strachan @mycupcakeaddiction
1.29m
Dapur Jomblo @dapurjomblo
1.24m
Amber Spiegel @sweetambs
1.17m
Nigella Lawson @nigellalawson
1.12m
Nora & Laura Eisermann @_foodstories_
296kg
Food waste per capita per year
281kg
235kg
222kg
165kg
North
America
& Oceania
Europe Industrialised
Latin
Asia
America
Britain has taken a step closer to
the commercial space age after
Government plans cleared a
parliamentary milestone. The Space
Industry Bill, which aims to create
a framework to allow commercial
spaceflight activities to be carried
out from UK launch sites, received its
third reading in the House of Lords.
0.98m
128kg
Sub-Saharan South &
Africa
South-east
Asia
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Newspapers support recycling
The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
UNITED STATES
Benghazi ‘attacker’
acquitted of murder
Jamie Oliver @jamieoliver
SOURCE: DEEZER
index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Our obsession with photographing our food
before letting a morsel pass our lips shows
no sign of abating - and even chefs are getting
in on the act. With over six million Instagram
followers, Jamie Oliver leads the pack as the
owner of the biggest food-based account.
Here’s how other foodies fare online.
FOOD
PEOPLE
Reid: Morgan’s wife
has lot to put up with
Good Morning Britain’s Susanna
Reid has said she has a “newfound
respect” for writer Celia Walden for
“putting up with” her husband Piers
Morgan on a daily basis. Reid who
co-presents the show with Morgan,
said that she spares a thought for
Walden when he makes outspoken
comments on live TV.
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NEWS
2-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
i WEDNESDAY
29 NOVEMBER 2017
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
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Letter from the
Assistant Editor
ThePage3Profile
GERMANY
JAKKI SMITH,
BEREAVEMENT RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER
Radioactive cards
‘used to rig games’
Andrew Johnson
A German restaurant owner is
accused of marking playing cards
with radioactivity to rig games.
Berlin police said the 41-year-old
woman daubed iodine-125 on cards,
which allowed them to be identified
by a gambler with a concealed
detector. Police were alerted after
radioactive card fragments were
found during a routine inspection at
a waste treatment plant.
Social mobility is
more than a journey
PEOPLE
Bono to break golf
promise for charity
The U2 singer Bono will break a
longstanding promise among the
band members – not to play golf – in
order to raise money for his charity
in the fight against HIV/Aids. The
chance to play mini-golf with U2 is
just one of the celebrity experiences
that are being raffled off as part of
the (RED) Shopathon campaign
for World AIDS Day on Friday at
Omaze.com/RED.
FRANCE
Mammoth price tag
for Ice Age skeleton
Enjoying happier times?
Jakki Smith has won a landmark case
for unmarried couples who suffer
bereavement to have greater legal
recognition. Ms Smith argued in the
Court of Appeal that being denied
bereavement damages following the
death of her partner was a breach of
her human rights.
How long had they been together?
The NHS worker had been in a
relationship with her partner, John
Bulloch, for 16 years. Mr Bulloch,
a former prison governor, died in
October 2011, aged 66. It was then
that Ms Smith, 59, discovered that she
would not be entitled to the £11,800
which is paid out if a person dies as a
result of negligence. In 2013 the figure
was increased to £12,980.
Why wasn’t Ms Smith entitled
to the money?
Only spouses or civil partners are
permitted to claim the “bereavement
award” money. In 2011, Mr Bulloch
underwent the removal of a benign
tumour on his right foot but an
infection was missed and he fell ill
A 15,000-year-old skeleton of a
woolly mammoth, the extinct giant
of the Ice Age, will be auctioned
next month in Lyon. Standing more
while on holiday in Turkey, dying three than three metres tall, the complete
months later.
skeleton has two gleaming threemetre-long tusks that weigh a
What happened this week?
combined 160 kg. Potential buyers
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal allowed of the skeleton, estimated to be
Ms Smith, from Chorley, Lancashire,
worth over £400,000, could include
to challenge a High Court ruling which museums and private collectors.
had dismissed her claim that the 1976
Fatal Accidents Act was incompatible
with her rights under the European
Convention of Human Rights.
How significant is this?
Ms Smith’s lawyer, Zak Golombeck,
said: “This is a historic decision, and
one that is long overdue.” He added:
“We hope that Parliament will
now rectify the incompatibility and
bring this legislation into the 21st
century.” Ms Smith said that her
battle had “never been for the
money” but to have “meaningful
relationships recognised”.
INDIA
7kg of foreign objects
too hard to stomach
Surgeons in Satna in central India
who performed an endoscopy on a
man discovered 263 coins and 100
nails in his stomach. Maksud Khan,
35, had abdominal pains. They found
the coins, 1.5kg of nails, dozens of
shaving blades, shards of glass,
stones, and a 6-in piece of rusted
iron shackle. The doctors operated
immediately and removed 7kg of
Katie Grant objects from the man’s stomach.
i@inews.co.uk
I grew up in Blackpool, which is
near the bottom of Alan Milburn’s
Social Mobility Commission’s
ranking of life chances (page 6).
I’m not surprised it’s so low. It’s
no secret that Blackpool’s glory
days as a tourist spot are over
(although it is mounting a valiant
fightback) and that it is one of the
most deprived areas in Britain.
But, looking back, growing up
there wasn’t so bad. The beach is
huge and provides plenty of open
space for mucking around, there
are summer jobs galore and you
can spend some defining teenage
moments at the Pleasure Beach.
But once you are a grown-up,
the fun stops. You can join British
Aerospace in Preston, get a
job on the pier, or join the Civil
Service on its lower rung. I did
the latter. Deemed “clever” at my
comp school, I was bundled into
sixth form with little guidance
and subjects picked at random. It
wasn’t for me.
University was mentioned
twice at school – I was told at 14
I was a “university hope”, and my
geography teacher told me when
I quit sixth form I could go to
university. As far as I knew, that
meant wearing a cap and gown
for three years and doing strange
equations. Really. So I spent
three years processing claims for
attendance allowance and then –
long story – ended up in Oxford
motorcycle despatch riding.
It was only then that – seeing
students, and having developed a
love of literature – I realised what
university was and that I should
maybe go.
Social mobility isn’t just about
exam results and opportunities.
It’s about horizons and
encouragement, knowing what’s
out there. Even at university I was
told I should think of something
more realistic than journalism at
a careers briefing.
I have no regrets. Things worked
out fine, and taking time out to
find my own way was enormously
beneficial. But it took a lucky night
out in Oxford to make me realise
what was possible.
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Britain agrees
‘divorce bill’ with
EU that could
amount to €55bn
By Nigel Morris and Jon Stone
Britain and the European Union are
close to a final deal over the size of
the “divorce bill” to be paid by the
UK after Brexit.
The two sets of negotiators
are understood to have agreed in
principle on an exit payment of
more than £40bn after agreeing
the “methodology” for calculating
the sum.
Theresa May and the European
Commission President, JeanClaude Juncker, will discuss the
The other big issues
Wrangles over Britain’s financial
settlement with the EU may be
reaching a conclusion, but a number
of other “divorce issues” must be
dealt with before negotiators can
turn their attention to the next
phase – trade talks.
One of the pressing issues is
reaching an agreement over the
rights of EU citizens working
in Britain, and the reciprocal
case of British subjects
who live and work in
Europe – an area of vital
concern for the hundreds
of thousands of British
expats living in France
and Spain.
But the main stumbling
block likely to obstruct a
smooth transition to the second
phase is the question over the
EU- UK land border which threatens
to disrupt trade, politics and possibly
even peace in Northern Ireland.
The problem of how the British
intend to avoid a hard border on the
island of Ireland remains unsolved,
and the Republic is insistent on “a
road map” to how Downing Street
intends to avoid a new border.
Nigel Morris
issue on Monday ahead of an EU
leaders’ summit on 14 December.
A deal would remove one of the
three current stumbling blocks to
progress in the Brexit negotiations,
leaving citizens’ rights and the future status of the Irish border as
unresolved problems.
The eventual payment could
amount to between €45bn
and €55bn (£40bn and £49bn)
depending on fine details, according to one report.
A second suggested that the
UK has agreed to take on €100bn
(£89bn) of liabilities with an aim to
pay less than half of that in net payments over the long term.
British officials said they did not
recognise the figures being quoted
and stressed that negotiations
were continuing.
Sterling jumped 0.7 per cent
against the euro and the dollar as reports emerged of the
tentative agreement.
Prospects of a breakthrough rose
after Mrs May (inset) secured
Cabinet approval last
week to raise Britain’s
initial offer of £20bn in
return for a firm EU
promise of widening
negotiations to begin
talks over its future
trading relationship.
The moves could
face resistance from
Tory Brexiteers who are
hostile to offering any more
money to the EU.
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: “If these numbers
are correct, it means we’re paying
a heavy price to leave an institution that has benefitted the country
for decades.”
A spokesman for the EU’s chief
Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier,
said: “We would not have any comment on it.”
Ireland’s
Deputy
PM quits
Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Frances
Fitzgerald resigned yesterday, averting a
snap general election.
Ms Fitzgerald (above) had been under
pressure over a police whistle-blower
scandal that threatened to bring down the
Irish government, further complicating
WESTMINSTER
Davis could be held in contempt
of Parliament over Brexit papers
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
David Davis has been warned by the
Commons Speaker that he could be
held in contempt of Parliament amid
anger over his failure to hand over full
details of the Government’s private
assessment of the impact of Brexit.
John Bercow instructed the Brexit
Secretary to appear before MPs
“very soon indeed” to justify his decision – and said he would “do my duty”
if a complaint of contempt was made
against the minister.
MPs passed a Commons motion
over three weeks ago calling on the
Government to release to the Brexit
select committee documents on the
ECONOMY
Britain should brace for higher unemployment as economic growth
weakens due to Brexit uncertainty,
falling consumer confidence and a
collapse in investment, an influential
think-tank has warned.
As part of its latest economic outlook, the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development
(OECD) said UK growth is set to fall
further over the next two years to 1.2
per cent and 1.1 per cent, after eas-
potential economic effect of leaving
the European Union.
But the dispute over the “Brexit
papers” degenerated into farce – and
accusations of a cover-up – after Mr
Davis produced an edited 850-page
version of the assessments.
The Government argues that its
stance is justified on the grounds
of commercial sensitivity and because complete disclosure could
undermine its negotiating position
with Brussels.
Conservative backbenchers joined
opposition MPs to protest that he was
ignoring the vote for full release of the
papers. Tempers ran high as the Department for Exiting the European
Union sent a junior minister, Robin
Walker, to the Commons to respond
for the Government. It explained that
Mr Davis could not face questions because he was at a Cabinet meeting.
Hilary Benn, the Brexit committee chairman, said that editing the
material was “both contrary to the
instruction given to the Government in that motion and to the clear
expectations that I set out to you in
our discussions”.
He added: “The committee
will therefore need to consider
whether this is potentially a breach
of privilege.”
Mr Benn said he objected to any
suggestion that he or the committee could not be trusted to handle
the papers.
POLITICS
UK ‘faces higher jobless
rate due to uncertainty’
By Kayyeena Makortoff
any Brexit deal in which the Irish-UK border
arrangement is proving key.
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said he had
accepted her resignation with “deep regret”.
Ms Fitzgerald quit before a motion of no
confidence in her was to be proposed by the
main opposition party, Fianna Fáil.
ing to 1.5 per cent for 2017. It could
ultimately hit the UK’s jobless rate,
which currently sits at a record low
of 4.3 per cent.
“Economic activity is set to grow
at just above 1 per cent in 2018-19,
with the negative impact of uncertainty about the final outcome of
Brexit negotiations being partly
countered by an assumed agreement on a transition period after
March 2019,” the OECD said.
“However, this pace of growth
will not be sufficient to prevent a
moderate rise in the unemployment
rate.” It added that “job creation is
losing momentum”.
In a separate report, from the
University of Leuven in Belgium,
researchers warned that a hard
Brexit could mean the loss of
about 1.2 million jobs in the rest of
the EU, considerably more than
previously thought.
They said the economic damage
from the UK leaving the EU has
been underestimated mainly because global value chains are now so
closely integrated.
But the Belgian researchers’
work also confirms that the UK still
stands to suffer far more than the remaining EU nations when it comes
to the damage in terms of jobs and
growth loss.
Green to stand in for May at PMQs
By Andrew Woodcock
Damian Green is to stand in
for Theresa May at Prime
Minister’s Q uestions
(PMQs) today, despite
being the subject of an
investigation into alleged
inappropriate behaviour.
The First Secretary of
State is Mrs May’s effective
deputy, and Downing Street
said he would stand in for her as
normal during her absence on a trip
to the Middle East. Mrs May’s decision to ask Mr Green (inset) to face
questions at the House of Commons’
weekly showpiece event is likely to be
seen as a public display of support for
her embattled ally.
But her official spokesman
insisted that there was no
attempt to pre-empt the
outcome of the investigation being undertaken by
the Cabinet Office.
Mrs May ordered an
inquiry last month into allegations that Mr Green made
inappropriate advances to a young
female activist, and the inquiry was
later widened to cover claims that
pornography was found by police on
a computer in his office.
6
NEWS
SOCIETY
London offers more to
the disadvantaged as rest
of the UK is ‘left behind’
By Arj Singh
Britain is in a “spiral of division”,
with London providing greater
opportunities for the disadvantaged
than coastal, rural and former
industrial areas which are “left
behind economically and hollowed
out socially”, a report has found.
The capital and its commuter
belt resemble “a different country”
in a “postcode lottery” in which
life chances are increasingly tied
to where people live, the Social
Mobility Commission found.
Young people in “left-behind”
areas face lower rates of pay, fewer
top jobs and commuting times four
times longer than those in cities.
Westminster was the best
performingareaforsocialmobilityin
a ranking of all 324 local authorities
in England, while the worst was
West Somerset. A map of the
nation’s social mobility “hotspots”
was dominated by London, while the
East and West Midlands were the
worst performing regions overall.
Commission chairman Alan
Milburn said: “The country seems
to be in the grip of a self-reinforcing
spiral of ever-growing division. That
takes a spatial form, not just a social
one. There is a stark social mobility
lottery in Britain today.
“London and its hinterland are
increasingly looking like a different
country from the rest of Britain. It
is moving ahead, as are many of our
country’s great cities but too many
rural and coastal areas and the towns
of Britain’s old industrial heartlands
are being left behind economically
and hollowed out socially.”
The independent commission set
up by the Government, highlighted
Local authorities should
become accredited
Living Wage employers and
encourage others to do likewise,
and subsidise public transport
for children in disadvantaged
areas, the report said.
estimates which suggest the
North is £6bn underfunded a year
compared with London, and called
on ministers to boost spending in
areas which need it most.
But this may not be as simple
as directing money to the poorest
areas, as some of the most deprived
are social mobility hotspots,
including most London boroughs.
Meanwhile, affluent areas such
as West Berkshire, Cotswolds and
Crawley are among the worst for
good education, employment and
affordable housing opportunities
for the disadvantaged.
To tackle the divide, the
commission called on the
Government to rebalance transport
spending, provide a fund to back
school partnerships in rural and
coastal areas, and spend £72m to
ensure collaboration between local
education systems and employers.
Regional schools commissioners
should also be held responsible for
ensuring there is a good supply of
teachers in their area, it added.
Comment
‘I always knew
I’d be forced to
move away’
Jem
Collins
G
rowing up in a rural
village on the Devon coast
was idyllic. The endless
beaches and woodlands
were the perfect childhood
playground – but I always knew I’d
be forced to move to away.
Aged just 23, I swapped green
hills, starry night skies and
seaside walks for the crowded
Tube trains, polluted air and overinflated rent of London. It never
felt like I could find a job with
prospects near Fremington.
NEWS
2-27
Young people can
have a wonderful
childhood in
Devon, but what
happens next?
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
Top 10 hotspots
Top 10 coldspots
1
Westminster
London
1
West Somerset
South West
2
Kensington & Chelsea
London
2
Newark & Sherwood
East Midlands
3
Tower hamlets
London
3
Weymouth & Portland South West
4
Wandsworth
London
4
Corby
East Midlands
5
Hackney
London
5
Carlisle
North West
6
Redbridge
London
6
Allerdale
North West
7
Islington
London
7
Wellingborough
East Midlands
8
Hammersmith & Fulham
London
8
Ashfield
East Midlands
9
Barnet
London
9
Derby
East Midlands
10
Ealing
London
10 Mansfield
East Midlands
NORTH
EAST
London
Best 10%
10-20%
45%
0%
20-30%
30-40%
South East
A tiny village with a population
of just over 4,000 and only five
minutes from the nearest beach,
it also sits uneasily between
the border of the Torridge and
North Devon constituencies,
both labelled in the new report as
offering some of the worst chances
of social mobility in England.
My small state comprehensive
was excellent. Our teachers
encouraged us to dream big,
telling us everything could be
realistic if we tried hard enough.
I never felt that becoming a
journalist was out of my reach,
despite my working-class
background, but it was clear this
wasn’t going to happen in Devon.
Our WhatsApp chat group, still
titled “Devon Folk” has 12 people
in it, but only three of them still
live in my home town. Some have
moved to bigger hubs in the South
West such as Bristol or Plymouth.
Others, like me, have relocated
to larger towns or cities. All of
us went in search of better job
prospects or education.
The social mobility report
confirms what we already knew –
that opportunities are scarce and
pay is low. Education, facilities and
the quality of life for young people
can be just as good, if not better,
by the coast. But it’s about what
happens next that really matters.
YORKSHIRE
AND HUMBER
25%
11%
East of England
14%
15%
South West
40-50%
50-60%
60-70%
NORTH
WEST
70-80%
80-90%
3%
9%
Bottom 10%
North West
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‘We found our own ways of fostering creativity’
Lack of resources
can unite a
community. By
Heather Saul
I
was raised in Derby, which is
deemed one of the worst places
to be a child growing up in a
poor family and one of the most
disadvantaged regions in the
UK. Well, I did all right. So did lots
of my friends who also come from
disadvantaged backgrounds. But for
a while, lots of them fared less well.
When you’re a young person living
in an area that lost the postcode
lottery, you soon realise there isn’t
going to be much coming from the
bodies supposed to be helping your
city prosper. So you find your own
ways of fostering creativity and
keeping some sort of buzz alive.
Skint, bored, fed up with the lack
of prospects, you come together.
You innovate in ways that may seem
inconsequential but are instrumental
in driving talent and creativity in a
way successive governments could
not (or would not).
You hold your own music nights
in the biggest pub garden you can
find, and build enough of a following
that DJs at the higher end of that
musical genre come and play. You
charge everyone a fiver to get in
and that way you keep it going. You
make your own exhibitions and
turn cafes into impromptu gallery
spaces. You hold your own minifestivals that sometimes stay small
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and sometimes begin as a party in a
quarry in 2005 and morph into the
Y-Not Festival.
You turn up at your friends’ gigs
religiously, doing your bit to make
sure the place is packed out. Your
houses become creative spaces to
make, record, perform and play.
You run busy open mic nights in
the pub and occasionally amidst
the laughter and humdrum and
cacophony of talent, someone gets
signed. You hold spoken word nights
and showcase the undercurrent of
poetic talent in your community.
You share skills and pool your
talents together. You drag each
other through college and every
course and qualification on offer.
You look out for each other at
work and secure a friend a few
shifts at your place when their
money is tight. You navigate
pregnancies and births together,
taking your mate’s kid to school
when she has an early university
lecture and babysitting when they
need a night out.
When the funding is lacking you
band together and make things to
get excited about. Your community
becomes a microcosm: you carve out
your own space and success within it.
Half of care
homes fail
to meet the
required
standards
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
More than half of the residential
care home beds in parts of
England are not up to standard,
an investigation has found.
Fifty per cent of beds – or more
– are in homes rated as needing
improvement or inadequate in
six local authority areas, analysis
of Care Quality Commission
(CQC) data by the consumers’
association Which? has found.
The worst care homes in the
country can be found right under
MPs’ noses in Westminster,
according to the investigation.
The lack of good-quality care
is by far the worst in the central
London borough, where almost
seven out of 10 beds (69 per cent)
were found in care homes rated as
below standard.
Parts of England have more
than half of their care home
beds in homes rated as requiring
improvement or inadequate. In
Manchester and Wakefield, three
in five beds (58 per cent) are in
below-standard homes, followed
by Kirklees, West Yorkshire (57
per cent), Portsmouth (56 per
cent) and Tameside (55 per cent).
In total, nearly a third of local
authority areas, or 45 councils,
have one in three beds or more in
poor-quality care homes.
Nine of these are in the capital,
with the wealth of the borough not
seeming to play a role in outcomes:
Kensington and Chelsea, one of
the wealthiest areas, had almost
the same number of inadequate
beds as Tower Hamlets, one of the
most deprived areas of the city.
At least nine in 10 care-home
beds are in homes rated as good or
outstanding in a small number of
areas, including the Isles of Scilly,
which had a perfect 100 per cent
score, Richmond upon Thames
(94 per cent), Rutland (91 per
cent) and Blackburn with Darwen
(90 per cent).
Which? said the analysis
highlighted “huge” regional
variation in the provision of quality
local care across the country. The
consumer watchdog warned
that the situation could worsen
as demand starts to outstrip
supply in an increasing number
of local areas. Previous Which?
research found that almost nine
in 10 council areas across England
were predicting a shortfall in carehome places by 2022.
Alex Hayman, of Which?, said:
“Havingtochooseapoorcarehome
isn’t really making a choice at all.”
69%
Proportion of beds in the borough
of Westminster that are in care
homes rated as below standard
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Harry promises a fun Windsor wedding in May
By Padraic Flanagan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are
to marry in May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in a ceremony that
“reflects who they are as a couple”,
Kensington Palace announced.
The couple are planning to involve
members of the public in the proceedings in some form yet to be determined. “It will be a moment of fun
and joy that will reflect the character
of the bride and groom,” said their
spokesman. The 36-year-old American actress, who will be styled Her
Royal Highness once she is married,
also intends to become a British citizen, the spokesman added.
The Royal Family will pay for the
wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the
reception, the Palace said. Wider
security costs, policing and public
order arrangements will be covered
Kensington Palace said
that only one of Meghan
Markle’s pet dogs, Guy, a beagle,
is in the UK, the other, Bogart, a
Labrador-shepherd, will remain
in Canada “living with friends”.
Both were rescue dogs.
by the public purse, however. The Palace declined to comment on whether
the bride’s parents would contribute.
The service is expected to draw a
star-studded congregation. Ms Markle’s friends include the tennis star
Serena Williams and the Made in
Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh.
The chapel usually holds about 800
guests compared with the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey, where
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
married in 2011.
The Prince’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf, said Windsor
was a “very special place” for Harry.
He and Ms Markle had spent time
there together during their 16-month
romance. The exact date will be revealed later.
The couple “want the public to feel
part of their day”, said Mr Knauf.
Kensington Palace also said that
the Prince and Ms Markle will carry
out their first official engagement together in Nottingham on Friday.
Mr Knauf said it was part of Ms
Markle’s plan to get to know her new
home country. “She wants to spend
this time learning about the UK,” he
said. “This is the country that is going
to be her home now.”
Simon Kelner, page 20
RELIGION
Protestant Markle
to be baptised
By Padraic Flanagan
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to involve the public on their big day PA
Bank holiday PM urged to make U-turn on day off
MPs are urging Theresa May to
rethink her decision not to make
the day of Prince Harry’s wedding a
bank holiday.
Conservative MP Andrew
Bridgen backed the idea, saying the
move would be “great news for the
economy and for tourism”.
Labour MP John Woodcock
has also backed calls for the
Government to change its position
tweeting “only curmudgeons will be
in the office anyway”.
The bank holiday for Prince
William’s wedding to Kate
Middleton prompted huge
celebrations, with people lining
the streets of London to see the
royal couple on their way to
Westminster Abbey.
Meghan Markle, a Protestant who
attended a private girls Catholic
school, is to be baptised into the
Church of England and confirmed
before her wedding to Prince
Harry next May.
Harry was christened at
St George’s Chapel at Windsor
Castle in December 1984 when
he was three months old, which,
according to Church of England
rules, means he can marry there.
Ms Markle has been married
but the Church of England agreed
in 2002 that divorced people could
remarry in church. The actress,
36, divorced first husband, Trevor
Engelson, a film producer, in 2013.
Her parents are Thomas
Markle, an award-winning TV
lighting designer, and Doria
Ragland, a yoga teacher from Los
Angeles. Her father is reported
to be a member of the Episcopal
Church of the United States and
her mother a Protestant.
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INDIA
‘Over the
moon’:
Chennai Six
walk free
By Graeme Murray
A standard bearer
leads Roman
troops ashore in
Britain in 55BC
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First evidence of Caesar’s invasion
of Britain ‘uncovered in Kent’
By Padraic Flanagan
The first evidence of Julius Caesar’s
invasion of Britain, including Roman
weaponry and defensive groundwork, has been unearthed, according
to a team of archaeologists.
Researchers from Leicester University say they have identified where
the Roman Emperor’s fleet first landed in 54BC at Pegwell Bay on the Isle
of Thanet in Kent.
A large ditch found at the small
hamlet of Ebbsfleet, at the head of the
bay, near Ramsgate, appears from its
size, shape and date to have been a
defensive position for the Roman invaders during the first century BC,
they say.
The shape of the ditch is similar to
Roman defences at Alesia in France,
and the presence of iron weapons, including a Roman pilum (javelin), adds
to evidence the ditch was used by the
Roman army.
The evidence, explored in BBC
Four’s Digging For Britain pro-
The researchers also
disagreed that Caesar’s
invasion had little impact on the
people of Britain, arguing that
his work helped the Emperor
Claudius to conquer south-east
England 100 years later.
A large ditch in the hamlet of Ebbsfleet, at the head of Pegwell Bay, resembles
Roman defensive positions in France LEICESTER UNIVERSITY
gramme this evening, also matches
Caesar’s own account of the landing,
they argue.
Caesar’s first two attempted invasions of Britain, in 55BC and 54BC,
were believed to have been repelled
by local Celts. Earlier theories sug-
EDUCATION
Vice-chancellor
quits after
£468k pay row
By Claire Hayhurst
The UK’s highest paid
vice-chancellor is retiring from the University of
Bath amid criticism over
the institution’s handling
of senior staff pay.
Professor Dame Glynis
Breakwell (inset), who reportedly earned £468,000 in salary and
benefits last year, is stepping down
from her position in August. She said
she had served Bath to the best of her
gested the invaders landed 10 miles
to the south of Pegwell Bay, around
Walmer Castle.
Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, of Leicester University School of Archaeology
and Ancient History, said: “Thanet
has never been considered as a possi-
ble landing site before because it was
separated from the mainland until
the Middle Ages. However, it is not
known how big the channel [Wantsum Channel] that separated it from
the mainland was.
“The Channel was clearly not a significant barrier to people of Thanet
during the Iron Age and it certainly
would not have been a major challenge to the engineering capabilities
of the Roman army.”
Dr Fitzpatrick said the evidence matches Caesar’s own account of landing in Britain in
54BC after sailing from Gaul
(modern-day France).
HEALTH
ability for 17 years and will continue
to do so until the day she leaves office.
Her retirement announcement
comes following months of criticism
over her pay, with more than 300 staff
calling for her resignation. Last
week, she survived a no-confidence vote in a secret ballot
of the university’s senate,
which oversees the institution’s academic work.
Bath student union held
a vote of no confidence and
hundreds are to march in
protest at her pay tomorrow.
Dame Glynis will live in her
university-provided accommodation
in Bath until 31 August, when she will
take a sabbatical on full-pay. She will
formally retire in February 2019.
NHS data loss a ‘staggering’ blunder
By Ella Pickover
Patients have been “badly failed” by
an NHS data loss scandal which saw
hundreds of thousands of confidential NHS patient letters mislaid, MPs
have said.
And 18 months after the “staggering” blunder came to light, officials
still cannot confirm that no patients
have been harmed, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.
A damning report by the group
of MPs criticises the Department
of Health and NHS England which
“failed in their oversight” of NHS
Shared Business Services (SBS).
The blunder, which covers five
years up to early 2016, relates to
many types of medical documents,
including treatment plans, blood and
urine tests and cancer diagnoses.
Sensitive documents relating to child
protection were also included.
The documents, sent between GPs
and hospitals, did not reach their recipients because they were piled up
in a warehouse by NHS SBS – which
had been contracted to redirect mail.
Originally more than 709,000
documents were found to be missing. But during PAC’s investigation, it
emerged that a further 162,000 items
of correspondence had been found.
Six former British soldiers have
been released from an Indian
prison four years after they were
charged with weapons offences.
The so-called Chennai Six, who
were guards on a ship to combat
piracy in the Indian Ocean, won an
appeal against their convictions
on Monday.
They were jailed in October 2013
after being charged with smuggling weapons and ammunition.
Yvonne McHugh, partner of
Billy Irving of Argyll and Bute,
confirmed the men were freed
yesterday. She said: “Billy called
straight away, he couldn’t believe
it’d happened. He’s over the moon.
“We are hoping they could be
home in two weeks.
“They will now go to a hotel in
Chennai and be able to sleep in a
bed and have a proper shower for
the first time in two years.”
It could take several weeks for
their documents to leave India to
be ready. The other five men are
Nick Dunn, 31, of Northumberland, John Armstrong, 30, of Wigton, Cumbria, Nicholas Simpson,
47, of Catterick, North Yorkshire,
Ray Tindall, 42, of Chester, and
Paul Towers, 54, of Pocklington,
East Yorkshire.
UTILITIES
Yorkshire Water
to hire 50 leak
inspectors
By Holly Williams
A water company says 50 leak inspectors will be among 300 new
jobs as it pledges to make dramatic reductions in water escapes,
supply interruptions and sewage
pollution incidents.
Yorkshire Water says the jobs
are part of a multi-million pound
package aimed at raising its performance compared with other
water firms and will include engineers, sewer technicians, data scientists and analysts, both on staff
and on contract with partners.
The firm has pledged that by
2020 it will reduce sewage escapes
causing pollution by 40 per cent,
incidents resulting in internal
sewer flooding by 70 per cent and
the average interruption to water
supply by two-thirds.
Yorkshire Water also plans to
invest in new technology to improve the management of both its
sewer and water networks. Part
of this will be a new team of data
scientists tasked with triangulating leak and other data across the
firm’s huge area of operation to
make its reaction more efficient.
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Viagra to be sold over the counter
by chemists to beat online trade
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Viagra is to be made available as an
over-the-counter drug after being
reclassified yesterday.
Men aged 18 and over will no longer
need to see a GP for a prescription for
the impotency drug Viagra Connect
after the decision by the Medicines
and Healthcare products Regulatory
Agency (MHRA).
US pharmaceutical company
Pfizer said it was working on plans to
launch the non-prescription version
of the medicine in the UK next spring.
A four-pack of the tablets,
containing 50mg of active-ingredient
sildenafil, will cost around £20 and an Viagra will be available from
pharmacies from next spring after
eight-pack £35.
Men who are sold it will be advised being reclassified AFP/GETTY
that they can take a 50mg tablet an
hour before having sex, but should
Erectile dysfunction
not use more than one pill a day.
medicines are a popular
Sildenafil is already available on NHS
target for criminals selling
prescription free of charge.
unlicensed and counterfeit
The decision to reclassify the drug
medicines. In the past five years
follows a public consultation and
the MHRA has seized more than
means the medicine can be sold from
£50m of these medicines.
chemists following a discussion with
the pharmacist, the MHRA said.
Pharmacists will be able to
determine whether treatment is
appropriate for the patient and can
give advice on erectile dysfunction,
usage of the medicine, potential
side effects and assess if further
consultation with a GP is required.
But some men, including those
with severe heart problems, those
at high risk of heart problems, liver
failure, kidney failure or those taking
certain “interacting medicines”, will
still need to be prescribed the drug
under the supervision of a doctor.
It is hoped that making the drug
more widely available will mean than
men who may have not previously
sought help will do so.
Health officials also hope that the
move will help to steer people away
from buying the drug from websites
operating illegally.
“This decision is good news for
men’s health,” said Mick Foy, the
MHRA’s group manager in vigilance
and risk management of medicines.
“The move to make Viagra Connect
m o re w i d e l y acce s s i b l e w i l l
encourage men to seek help within
the healthcare system and increase
awareness of erectile dysfunction.”
History of the blue pill
1989 British Pfizer scientists Peter
Dunn and Albert Wood create a drug
called sildenafil citrate that they
believe will be useful in treating high
blood pressure and angina.
1991 Dr Nicholas Terrett, viewed as
“the father of Viagra”, is named in the
British patent for sildenafil citrate as
a heart medication.
Early 1990s Pfizer completes early
trials of sildenafil citrate that provide
little hope for its use as a heart
disease treatment. But volunteers
report increased erections.
March 1998 The US Food and Drug
Administration approves the use of
Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction.
June 1998 Newsweek calls Viagra the
“hottest new drug in history”.
2000 Viagra sales accounted for
92 per cent of the global market for
prescribed erectile dysfunction pills.
2012 the NHS in England spent £88m
on providing erectile dysfunction
drugs to 180,000 men.
November 2017 Viagra reclassified
to be available over the counter in
pharmacies from spring 2018.
Sounding a lot
like Christmas
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TRANSPORT
Rail lines lost in Beeching cuts may
be brought back to boost economy
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Rail lines closed under the Beeching
cuts of the 1960s could be restored
to help increase house-building
levels and boost the economy, the
Government has said.
Thousands of stations and
hundreds of branch lines were
shut over six years on the
recommendation of the British
Railways chairman Dr Richard
Beeching. Some of the closures
– forced by declining passenger
numbers as car use increased
rapidly – could be reversed in an
expansion of Britain’s rail network
to ease overcrowding.
The Transport Secretary,
Chris Grayling (inset), said
he wanted to identify
potential routes that
would unlock sites for
housing development and
stimulate growth.
Speaking before the
launch of a new railway
strategy, he said much of the
network is operating close to
capacity,makingitdifficulttoprovide
punctual and reliable services. The
Department for Transport has
pledged to “accelerate” the planned
reopening of a rail link between
Oxford and Cambridge.
The aim is have services
running between the
two university cities
in the mid-2020s.
But
Andy
McDonald, the
Shadow Transport
Secretary, described
the proposals to
reopen lines as “more jam
tomorrow from a Government
which has run out of ideas”.
CONSUMER
Action against secondary ticketing sites
By Josie Clarke
Organ tuner Chris Wintle had his
work cut out for him yesterday as he
began his festive task to make sure
Canterbury Cathedral’s organ is in
perfect pitch. Mr Wintle has to tune
the vast instrument’s 3,000 pipes in
the organ loft in time for the start of
the Christmas services. PA
The competition watchdog is to take
action against secondary ticketing
websites suspected of breaking
consumer law.
The Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) said it had
identified “widespread concerns”
about the information consumers
are given when using the sites and
gathered evidence that it considered
to be breaches of the law.
It said it was raising its concerns
with “a number” of unnamed
websites and would require them to
take action if necessary. Sites must
be clear if there are restrictions on
using a resold ticket which could
result in buyers being denied access
to an event. They must also ensure
that customers know who they are
buying from and be told exactly
where they will be sitting.
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TECHNOLOGY
First Read
Rolls-Royce
joins team
to develop
first electric
aircraft
By Simon Calder
Fans celebrate the
release of EL James’s
new novel ‘Darker:
Fifty Shades Darker
as Told by Christian’
yesterday PA
Bar the occasional squeal of joy, Mr Grey
and Anastasia’s new affair left me cold
Darker
BY EL JAMES
HHHHH
Was there a particularly huge tax
bill that we didn’t know about? EL
James adds another bow to her
string with this second instalment
of her Fifty Shades of Grey series
rewritten from the viewpoint of
its brooding hero, Christian Grey.
James’s original books began
as fan fiction about Stephenie
Meyer’s Twilight series and, like
Meyer’s, have become films. Yet
James appears to struggle with
new ideas, so it’s back to spinning
Christian Grey as an all-powerful
BDSM-loving billionaire, who,
in Anastasia Steele, managed to
find the only 21-year-old girl in the
Western hemisphere without an
email address or more than
one-and-a-half friends,
and subsequently
succumbed to the
enchantments of
her being really
quite boring.
In this new take on
book two, Christian and
Anastasia rekindle their
romance and essentially
argue a lot in between some lighthearted shagging over a pot of Ben
and Jerry’s and, most memorably,
a half-made stir-fry.
James’s original trilogy was
addictive in its awfulness. She
was on tricky footing for her
first reimagining, Grey, which
confused lengthy boardroom
scenes for character
development and
italics for personality.
These are thankfully
in shorter supply in
Darker. (Although
dear Lord, who
knew one man could
be so enthused about
solar-powered tablets?)
If the original books were easy
to get through, and Grey felt like
a woodpecker had hit find-andreplace on a work document of
Fifty Shades, Darker feels as
though James (inset) has left the
game entirely. The overwrought
language that her fans adore, and
that gives me the will to carry on
reading out of sheer hilarity, is
largely absent.
There is the occasional squeal
of joy to be had but overall James’s
copy feels distinctly toned down.
This simply leaves us a boring
plot and far too much talk about
Anastasia’s coy refusal to eat food.
James’s golden goose is getting
more tarnished with each
rewriting. I don’t know about
Anastasia, but my inner goddess
cannot take any more.
Kat Brown
The great electric air race has
begun. Three European heavyweights have teamed up against
a US startup and Britain’s biggest
budget airline to develop the first
commercial electric aircraft.
Within a decade, according to
the Californian firm Wright Electric, passengers could be flying on
battery-powered flights between
London and Amsterdam, causing
far less environmental damage
than conventional aircraft.
European developers are more
cautious, forecasting hybrid commuter jets will start flying routes
of up to 621 miles between 2030
and 2035.
But the deal signed yesterday
by Rolls-Royce with Airbus and
the eAircraft division of Siemens
shows the mainstream industry is
now taking electric propulsion for
commercial aircraft seriously.
The three firms announced the
collaboration at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.
A British Aerospace 146 aircraft
will be adapted to carry two tons
of batteries, a powerful generator
and one of its four engines will be
converted to run on electricity.
The plane will be used to evaluate the concept that electricity
can be generated efficiently and
safely in flight, and that an electric
jet engine is capable of working as
safely and effectively as one that
burns kerosene. THE INDEPENDENT
SCIENCE
Mild climate ‘produces emotionally stable people’
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Children who grow up in mild climates are more likely to be agreeable,
conscientious, emotionally stable and
open to new experiences than those
from less clement environments, a
study suggests.
That could be because mild temperatures make it easier to socialise
and participate in a wider range of
activities than permitted by hot and
cold weather extremes, the researchers say, while acknowledging the thermometer reading is only one of many
factors behind our personalities.
The most comfortable tempera-
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ture for humans to operate in is 22°C,
and so the closer the thermometer
reading is to this, the milder the climate, says the report, published in
the journal Nature Human Behaviour.
Its author, Lei Wang, of Peking University in Beijing, suggested that the
world’s personality could undergo a
fundamental change in the coming
years as global warming shakes up
the climate.
The research was based on two
large-scale studies in China and the
United States – countries which
are culturally very different and big
enough to have a wide variety of temperatures. It found similar patterns
in both countries.
The E-Fan X hybrid plane will be
based on a BAe 146 aircraft
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AUSTRALIA
Tourist’s lucky escape as crocodile pounces
By Charlotte Birch
A British woman had a lucky escape when a crocodile attacked
tourists as they filmed by a river in
Queensland, Australia.
Mobile phone footage shows a fish
splashing about at the water’s edge
before the 6-8ft crocodile suddenly
appears and the laughter turns
to screams. The tourist suffered a
bite wound to her leg, but was
discharged from Mossman Hospital near Cairns
after treatment.
The short clip was
posted online with a picture of cuts and blood on
the woman’s thigh.
Queensland’s Department of Environment and
Heritage Protection said the
tourist was bitten by a saltwater crocodile while she was
standing on a creek bank
in Cape Tribulation.
It also renewed warnings to people to be
aware of the dangers
from saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up
to 17ft long, and take heed
of warning signs and stand
back from the water’s edge. The
crocodiles, known locally as “salties”, are the world’s largest living
reptile species and lie in wait submerged in water before pouncing on
their prey at speed, clamping them
in their powerful jaws before dragging them into the water.
They are responsible for an average of 2.3 attacks per year on
humans in Australia, which can be
fatal, according to Charles Darwin
University’s CrocBITE worldwide
crocodilian attack database.
The woman suffered a bite wound to
her leg in the attack in Queensland
Saltwater crocodiles
can live more than 70
years. They were hunted close
to extinction in Australia until
given protection in the 1970s.
HEALTH
Mushrooms could hold
key to new antibiotics
By Padraic Flanagan
British scientists have discovered
how to generate desperately needed
new antibiotics by combining genetic
material from mushrooms.
Biologists and chemists from Bristol University found a novel way to
create cost-effective antibacterial
drugs by taking genes from one variety of mushroom and inserting them
in another fungus.
They describe, in a paper published in Nature Communications, how
they focused on derivatives of the antibiotic pleuromutilin, with the core
ingredient taken from the mushroom
Clitopilus passeckerianus.
Pleuromutilin derivatives are wellknown as potent antibacterial drugs
but they often require difficult chemical modifications to make them useful, say the scientists.
They have now created a semisynthetic form of pleuromutilin with
“enhanced antibiotic activity” by taking seven key genes from the mushroom and inserting it in the fungus
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Aspergillus oryzae, traditionally used
to make soy sauce.
The combination generated a
unique platform of aspergilluslines
which allow new, stronger antibiotic
compounds to be synthesised.
The scientists say the new compounds show promise in treating antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
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The Abominable
Snowman and
the bear facts
‘Trophy hunting’
threat to most
prized species
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
The Abominable Snowman was
probably just an extremely impressive bear rather than the mysterious
ape-like creature said to inhabit the
high mountains of Nepal and Tibet.
A study into the creature – also
known as the Yeti – analysed the DNA
of purported samples of its bone,
teeth, skin, hair and faeces and discovered most of them to be from bears.
“Our findings strongly suggest
that the biological underpinnings
of the Yeti legend can be found in
local bears, and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able
to unravel other, similar mysteries,”
The scientists sequenced
the DNA of 23 Asian bears,
including the purported Yetis,
and compared this genetic data
to that of other bears worldwide.
said the lead scientist, Charlotte
Lindqvist, of the University at Buffalo in New York state.
Of the nine samples taken from
museums and private collections,
eight were from Asian black bears,
Himalayan brown bears or Tibetan
brown bears. The other one was a
dog, according to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of
the Royal Society B.
“This study represents the most
rigorous analysis to date of samples
suspected to derive from anomalous
or mythical ‘hominid’-like creatures,”
Dr Lindqvist said.
It is the latest example of science
debunking an animal myth as new
information comes to light, she said,
noting that in Africa, the longstanding Western legend of an “African
unicorn” was explained in the early
20th century by British researchers,
who found and described the fleshand-blood okapi, a giraffe relative
that looks like a mix between that
animal and a zebra and a horse.
By Tom Bawden
Some of the
purported
Yeti samples
were found to
be from Asian
black bears
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Besides tracing the origins of the
Yeti legend, Dr Lindqvist’s work is
uncovering information about the
evolutionary history of Asian bears.
They found that while Tibetan
brown bears share a close common
ancestry with their North American
and Eurasian kin, Himalayan brown
bears belong to a distinct evolution-
ary lineage that diverged early on
from all other brown bears.
The split occurred about 650,000
years ago. Expanding glaciers and
the region’s mountainous geography may have caused the Himalayan
bears to become separated from others, leading to isolation and an independent evolutionary path.
Trophy hunting threatens to wipe
out the most vulnerable populations
of highly prized animals such as lions
and antelope because the strongest
animals are often targeted, a study
has found.
Hunters often prefer male lions
with large manes, antelope with
big horns and deer with impressive
antlers because they make for a better “trophy”.
However, these so-called secondary sexual traits are an indicator that
the male in question is powerful with
good genes.
As such, removing them from
the population will make it harder
for the species to survive – especially against a backdrop of habitat
destruction from human development and climate change, according
to the study.
When hunting is managed well,
the game reserves ensure that the
healthy males are off limits.
However, illegal or badly managed
hunting means that all too often the
prime animals are killed, the report
published in the journal Proceedings
of the Royal Society B finds.
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BREXIT
OPTIMISM
ROYAL
WEDDING
LABOUR
‘PURGE’
BALI
VOLCANO
TRUMP’S
‘JOKE’
GRAMMY
NOMINATIONS
It’s time to
shake off the
negativity
Great news
for British
tourism
It’s not a
purge – just
democracy
Why live
near a
volcano?
Context was
everything in
his latest gaffe
A radically
diverse
lineup
The Times
New YorkTimes
TheGuardian
The Daily Telegraph
The Atlantic
Salon
There are said to be
five stages of grief.
Remainers are stuck at
stage one: denial. Faced
with this inconsolable
distress, one must
in all compassion
suggest a course of
grief counselling. For
the rest of us, Brexit
means a celebration
big band tour.
(Melanie Phillips)
Prince Harry defiantly
dating Ms Markle
made me, a black
British woman, see
the royals slightly
differently. Suddenly
they seemed more
open-minded. When
the announcement
came, the reaction
from people of colour
on both sides of the
pond was explosive.
(Irenosen Okojie)
Labour’s membership
has the right to decide
who will represent
the party in elections,
based on their record
and policies. Expect
the press onslaught
to escalate as their
fear grows. But the
truth is that the
democratisation of the
party is a good thing.
(Owen Jones)
What is it about
volcanoes that
fascinates and attracts
humans? Around the
world, 750 million
people live within 60
miles of them. Some
have little option,
while others depend
on the rewards that the
volcanoes can provide.
(Amy Donaldson)
Trump’s comment
was astonishing.
During an event
honouring a specific
group of Native
American veterans
of the Second
World War, Trump
suddenly veered into
congratulating the
men as exemplars of
all Native American
peoples since time
immemorial.
(David A Graham)
In the last few years,
nomination slates,
particularly those
of the Oscars, have
received strong
criticism for honouring
white artists
disproportionately.
But here, the most
nominated artists were
all people of colour
including Jay-Z with
eight. (Rachel Leah)
BBC News
What the Bank was not
saying is that everyone
can relax. It’s tempting
to think that it is a
no-brainer that the
result of a disorderly
Brexit will be less
devastating than the
dire economic vision
in his simulations.
Mr Carney is
not complacent.
(Simon Jack)
Americans already
loved the royals.
Imagine how fast
they’ll flock over
(especially with the
pound so cheap) now
a Hollywood star is
marrying into it. The
Government should
declare the big day a
bank holiday.
(Editorial)
Kate Middleton
The Duchess of
Cambridge on
the forthcoming
royal wedding
Full re-selections
appear to have been
used for factional
purposes to a greater
degree since 2015
than under Miliband’s
leadership. Centre-left
activists argue that
they are being used to
force out councillors
under the guise of
increased democracy.
(Peter Edwards)
As a stranded
holidaymaker,
my budgets are
being stretched,
accommodation
is being extended
and paid for on a
day-by-day basis
and we now need to
do laundry and find
a doctor to get more
supplies of daily
medications.
(Tyler Brown)
NBC News
While Pocahontas’s
name is not a racial
slur in and of itself,
the use of her name
to describe one of
his political enemies
is certainly meant
to be an insult in his
own easy-to-decrypt
coded language.
(Arvina Martin)
Los Angeles Times
This year’s
nominations virtually
ignore the rear-viewmirror sensibility
that’s often been a key
factor in the general
categories. In years
past, Grammy voters
have awarded heritage
artists decades after
they made their
initial contributions.
(Randy Lewis)
LifeInBrief
Quote of
the day
It’s a really
happy time
for any couple
and we wish
them all the
best
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LabourList
The Sun
RODNEY BEWES ACTOR
“He’s the chubby one” was how a 1965
Tatler article identified Rodney Bewes,
who has died aged 79, in a photoshoot
with James Bolam.
Bolam was his opposite number in
sitcom The Likely Lads, which ran from
1964 to 1966.
One of BBC2’s earliest offerings, the
series was then seen as innovative,
reflecting the kitchen-sink movement
in Terry and Bob, its two young
chancers from the North East.
But rarely for a sequel, and even
more rarely for a revived sitcom,
Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?,
which ran from 1973 to 1974, proved a
greater success in ratings.
Bob, as played by the black-haired,
plaintively voiced Bewes, had now
advanced to the Elm Lodge housing
estate, marriage and besuited
responsibility, while Terry was still
getting into scrapes in the city centre.
In a real-life reversal, while Bolam
continued to command lead roles,
Bewes was to have a more haphazard
career, touring solo shows filleted
from humour classics around modest
theatres and arts venues.
Bewes was in fact a Yorkshireman,
born in Bingley to a clerk father and
teacher mother. After answering a
newspaper ad, he made his acting debut
in the short children’s television drama
Mystery at Mountcliffe Chase (BBC, 1952).
After playing Joe, the fat boy, in
The Pickwick Papers (BBC, 1952), he
started at Parada, the old preparatory
academy for the actor-training school
Rada, which he quit after a year. During
national service in the RAF in 1956,
Bewes and a friend were questioned
by police after climbing Big Ben at
midnight, and leaving behind a pair of
black lace knickers.
At a time when British television
actors were strictly employees, Bewes
co-wrote, co-produced, and sang and
co-wrote the theme song for Dear
Mother… Love Albert (1969), a sitcom
in which his character owed more to
Walter Mitty than Bob Ferris. In 1968,
he was Mr Rodney to Basil Brush. He
was also a storyteller on Jackanory
between 1966 and 1982, and announced
“I’m a Dalek agent” in Doctor Who (1984).
Bewes, regularly courted for
interviews by the tabloids, lamented that
after he let the cat out of the bag to the
press that Bolam was about to become a
father, his co-star vetoed repeats of The
Likely Lads. “To stop other people earning
money is cruel,”Bewes said, and the pair
didn’t speak for the next four decades.
BBC2 nonetheless did carry the series
again from 1995 onwards.
Bewes first performed his one-man
version of Three Men In A Boat in
1995. He toured with it for the rest of
the decade, then premiered Diary of a
Nobody at Edinburgh in 2000. If his 2005
autobiography A Likely Story contained
echoes of Mr Pooter, a series of spoof
ads in Viz, depicting a tattily dressed
“TV’s Rodney Bewes”, showed a capacity
for self-mockery. He is survived by his
daughter Daisy and triplet sons Tom,
Billy and Joe, all of whom were born to
his second wife Daphne, who died in
2015. THE INDEPENDENT
Born 27 November 1937
Died 21 November 2017
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Is any deal with Brussels worth £40bn?
With challenges stacking up, Eurosceptics may rebel against divorce bill
T
here’s a whiteboard
in No 10 that only
a few people know
about and even fewer
have seen. Written
on the board are the
things the Government needs to be
mindful of that day – questions from
government departments, potential
problems on the horizon and, on
a rare occasion, simply the name
of a Cabinet minister who is yet
to master the art of keeping their
mouth shut. One Downing Street
civil servant calls it “the Orbit” – it
marks out the political universe in
which the Government is operating.
This week, the Government
would struggle to fit every potential
meteor onto the board. On the
matter of Brexit alone, there’s the
row over the EU impact reports, the
Irish border problem, next month’s
crunch EU council meeting and the
small matter of the Withdrawal Bill
which has the whips working against
the clock to dissuade Tory rebels
such as Anna Soubry and Dominic
Grieve from voting against the
Government. But the issue which
ought to worry the Government the
most relates to those MPs sitting on
the other side of the Brexit debate.
Westminster has long assumed
that the MPs most likely to try
and veto a Brexit deal or stop the
Government’s plans are those
on the Remain wing who could
conclude that the final deal does not
keep the UK close enough to the
EU. This is the group that makes
the most noise in the Chamber. But
the fact remains that the choice
presented come 2018, when MPs
vote on the final deal, will be to take
what’s on the table – or take no
deal at all. For all their hustle and
bustle, it’s hard to see how even the
most vociferous Remain rebel could
conclude that no deal with the EU
was better than a bad deal.
For the Brexiteer MPs, it is a
different proposition entirely.
As Theresa May and David
Davis prepare to make some
big concessions ahead of next
month’s EU Council meeting in a
bid to finally get the green light to
talk trade, a number of MPs are
beginning to wonder if the hoops
being presented by the EU are
worth jumping through. If Brussels
says “no” in December, May will be
under huge pressure to walk away
from the talks completely – but even
if they say “yes”, there are growing
doubts about what’s on the table.
From a £40bn Brexit bill and a
continued role for the European
Court of Justice to demands over
Patel said
that if she was
in charge, she
would have told
the EU to ‘sod off’
over the Brexit bill
An unshackled Priti Patel, the former International Development Secretary, broke ranks this week to question Theresa May’s tactics LEON NEAL/GETTY
the Irish border, members of the
Brexit wing of the party are making
their own calculations and some
are concluding that any deal with
Brussels will be a bad one. What
should trouble the Government
more than any other Brexit worry
is that these are the MPs who could
actually vote to reject a deal and
take a chance on “no deal”.
Frustrations on the Brexit wing
of the party were evidenced this
week when, at a Spectator debate
on the future of the Conservative
Party, Priti Patel made her first
public speaking appearance since
being forced out of government.
Relishing the chance to speak
freely, the Brexit-backing MP
pulled no punches – claiming it was
a “failing” that the Prime Minister
had not set out a full vision for
Britain post-Brexit and adding that
if she were in charge she would
have told the EU to “sod off” over
the rumoured £40bn Brexit bill.
Although the majority of the
public would probably still back
May’s diplomacy over Patel’s,
the intervention lifts a lid on
the current thinking on the
Eurosceptic wing of the party. As
one senior Tory source puts it: “The
question to be asked from now
on is, is the deal worth 40 billion
quid?” And if the Brexit bill were
to go up even higher – something
that can’t be ruled out – what kind
of trade deal would be good enough
to justify a £60bn price tag? The
potency of Vote Leave’s message
– let’s send £ 350m a week to the
NHS, not the EU – showed how
easily weaponisable money is.
At the moment the number of
MPs who would be prepared to
vote against the deal is limited – but
with each concession, anxiety over
what is sellable to their constituents
rises. If they can’t sell it back home,
they can’t vote for it. There may
not be enough Conservatives to
bring about “no deal”, but Labour
could provide the extra numbers
they would need. What Opposition
could resist the chance to bring
down the Government? Eurosceptic
Conservatives point to the
Maastricht Treaty, where Labour
voted against it on the grounds that
Britain was opting out of the Social
Chapter even though they agreed
with the treaty in principle.
It’s an argument that appears
to hold weight with the financial
sector. This week Morgan
Stanley told clients that there is
a two-thirds likelihood of snap
elections in the second half of
2018 once the Conservative Party
starts to fracture over Brexit. If
the orbit is going to keep ticking,
the Government will have to start
working out which red lines will
bring their universe crashing down.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at ‘The Spectator’
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A different
royal wedding
Shame on you, Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown, for castings so many shadows
on the forthcoming
marriage of Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle (i,
28 November).
A lot of water has
flowed under the bridge
since Charles married
Diana. Meghan is
somewhat older than
Diana, and has certainly
had much experience
of life and its pitfalls.
Similarly, Harry is so
much more worldly than
his father was.
Give them a chance,
and be happy for them
and their courage to face
the world.
TRICIA BLAZEBY
SALCOMBE, DEVON
Like your correspondent,
Sean O’Grady, I wish
Harry and Meghan well.
I have just read that
Meghan has agreed to
become a British citizen
(i, 28 November.)
My Kenyan wife
has been waiting
nearly five years as a
British resident for her
citizenship, and has
been told to wait five
more with all the costs,
which now run into
thousands. She is one
among many who have
to take the “10-yearroute” just to apply.
I wonder how long
Meghan’s application
will take. I hope for her
sake not so long – but
like Sean O’Grady, I don’t
expect to be billed for it.
NICHOLAS WOOD
COLCHESTER, ESSEX
‘De-extincting’
the mammoth
would be fraught
with problems
A barman’s
wisdom
Unlike your
correspondent Barry
Sheppard in the 1960s,
I was never given any
definitive advice when
I stared working a busy
bar in Newcastle-uponTyne in the 1980s (Your
View, 27 November).
However, I did learn
quickly that a key part
of the job, in addition to
taking orders, mixing
drinks, and adding up
the bill was knowing
in what order the
customers had arrived
at the bar and then
serving them in
that order.
There is nothing
more annoying than
bar staff unable to do
that, employing a left
-to-right style approach
to serving instead.
As for queuing in
pubs, I hope it remains a
December phenomenon,
when “amateur” drinkers
are out in proliferation.
MARTIN DRIVER
WAKEFIELD,
WEST YORKSHIRE
Mammoth
obstacles
A potentially interesting
article on mammoth
“de-extinction”,
was unfortunately
undermined by Britt
Wray’s flights of
fancy (i, 28 November).
The mammoth’s
“characteristic reddishbrown hair” is that colour
after thousands of years
in the freezer.
And to “repopulate
tundra” would mean first
persuading the Arctic
tundra to grow enough
food. Food found in
mammoths’ stomachs
and even mouths is now
only found thousands of
miles to the south.
GEOFF PARTINGTON
Reluctant
Remainers
No serious research
seems to have been done
on what proportion
of Remain voters had
negative attitudes to the
EU. I was certainly one. I
thought that negotiating
a way out of more than
40 years of EU rules and
regulations would be a
nightmare for the UK and
so it is proving.
During the
referendum debate,
I do not recall any
clear reference by the
Remain side to the
possibility that the UK
would be required to
pay a “divorce bill” and
that the settlement of
this eye-watering sum
would have to be agreed
as a pre-condition
to beginning
negotiations on a future
trade relationship.
This might well have
deterred many people
from voting for Brexit.
MARTIN LITCHFIELD
WIMBORNE, DORSET
Getting on
with the job
Jill Stephenson (Your
View, 27 November)
misrepresents Green
tax policy. Under our
proposal for a fairer
income tax system, most
people would pay less,
while more revenue
would be raised overall to
repair the public services
that have been devastated
by years of UK austerity
and that face further
damage from a hard Tory
Brexit that Edinburgh did
not vote for.
Scots did vote for
more Green MSPs last
year, to deliver a bolder
Holyrood and a better
Scotland. We’re getting
on with that, while other
opposition parties sit on
their hands.
ALISON JOHNSTONE,
GREEN MSP
EDINBURGH
Another route
to the food bank
The Government has
apparently allocated
£50m to fund space
travel for the masses (i,
28 November).
It is my understanding that most
people walk or drive to
their local food bank.
RICHARD FINCH
WIGTON, CUMBRIA
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Dawn French has been open about the
battles she has endured over the years
with Billie Henry, the daughter she
adopted with ex-husband Sir Lenny
Henry. The comedian admits that she
finds them all too familiar: she had a
similarly tempestuous relationship
with her own mother, Felicity. It’s
something that French says that
she believes is actually an act of
self- preservation. “When you have
to tear apart, and that must happen,
Is it fair to blast
Armie Hammer?
There are worse people out there
to take aim at than Armie
Hammer, even the most
cursory scan of Hollywood
news will attest. Yet an
article on the Buzzfeed
website has absolutely
lambasted Hammer
for being only partially
successful in his acting
career, also on account of
his privileged background.
Hammer has now quit Twitter
because of the piece, titled “Ten
Long Years of Trying to Make
Armie Hammer Happen”, which he
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you,” French said. “So you start the
warring early on and I remember
being utterly allergic to my mum for
a long time, and then realising that
she was my dearest… and that she was
going to always have my back.” French
added that she was hopeful she and
Billie, now 27, would come out “the
other side” too: “I am always hoping
that might be the case with my own
daughter... Time will tell,” she said.
pointed out was a “bitter” attack.
The article does make a not unfair
point, however, when it suggests:
“Ultimately, the problem isn’t that
Armie Hammer was given this many
chances to happen. It’s that the system
that ensured those chances
– along with those given
to so many other white
men – also withholds
chances, leeway, and
faith from those who
need and would benefit
from them most.” But
Hammer, who is in the
critically acclaimed gay
coming-of-age film Call Me
By Your Name, tweeted his own
valid argument: “Maybe I’m just a guy
who loves his job and refuses to do
anything but what he loves to do …?”
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Susan Sarandon (inset) says her
eyes are “open” for a West End
role — but says she’d have to play
an American as she would struggle
with an English accent. The actress,
71, has never starred on the London
stage and has not appeared in the
theatre since 2009.
There are two main reasons,
she explained: “It’s hard for me
to be separated for long periods from
my kids and my grandkids,”she said,
adding: “I also definitely don’t want
to do an English accent — that’s not
something I’m crazy enough to try
to do. I have done an English accent
before, but not in an entire country
full of that accent!”
Give it a go, Susan. We’re not at
all judgemental about these things.
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Simon
Kelner
“C
hange is difficult for
people, upsetting
a norm that’s
comfortable,” said
the actress-turnedactivist. “The biggest obstacles [to
progress] are people set in their
ways. Even if you’ve been doing
this for a long time, it doesn’t mean
it’s right.” Meghan Markle, for it
was she, speaking to Larry King on
American TV, is soon to discover
how true those words are.
In the acres of press coverage
yesterday, painting Ms Markle as
a reforming, modernising force at
the heart of the Royal Family, the
one question left hanging in the air
is whether she will be allowed to be
her own person, bringing change
in her wake. Only time will tell, but
the portents are not good. This is
an institution which doesn’t like to
upset a norm that’s comfortable, and
usually only modifies through force
of circumstance.
Once she becomes part of what the
Duke of Edinburgh calls “The Firm”,
will Ms Markle be able to be as outspoken on the injustices of gender
inequality? This has been a primary
focus of her work as a UN
Women’s advocate for Political Participation and
Leadership. Political,
you say? The very mention of the word will
have the Palace panjandrums on red alert.
The interview she
did with King in February 2016, in which she
promotes the work of UN
Women, is well worth watching to
get the measure of Ms Markle. It reveals a poised and intelligent young
woman, with a formidable command
of her brief. At her fingertips, she
had the background to Rwanda’s
political situation, and responded to
King’s airily uninterested questioning with grace and courteousness.
She’s going to need all these qualities and more in her next role: Larry
King is one thing, Prince Philip quite
another. Equality of the sexes has
never been particularly high on his
agenda, and she’d be advised to keep
off the subject at dinner parties.
“If women are uplifted, the entire
community is,” is Ms Markle’s position on this matter. In April this year,
she closed down her lifestyle website,
The Tig, presumably believing that
the promotion of beauty products –
“Rather than go for the in-your-face
bright red push-up bras and the
like, try something understated and
ladylike from one of our favourite
influencers,” she wrote about a Heidi
Klum underwear set – was inconsistent with the discreet public
life of a putative royal. Likewise, she has retired from
her role in the American
TV series Suits.
So will her humanitarian work be the next
to go? The Buckingham Palace machine
has devoured outsiders
before, and the imposition
of royal protocol – the centuries-old norm – will be a significant
challenge to someone as seemingly
single-minded as Ms Markle. But
she’s gone into this with her eyes
open, and even if she’s dazzled by the
baubles, we can assume that she’s
got a grasp of modern royal history.
Harry’s life has been blighted by
the loss of his mother at such an early
age. Princess Diana never quite managed to negotiate the line between
public life and private conviction and
found herself isolated. Meghan Markle has already shown a political acuity in that respect. But for her sake,
for Harry’s, and – if you care about
such things – for the future of the
Royal Family, we must hope that she
doesn’t lose that sense of herself.
TECHNOLOGY
the team in the past month alone.
Stronger measures to support
Facebook users going through
a difficult time are vital, and the
company should be praised for
recognising the duty of care it owes to
its billions of users. Yet Facebook also
has work to do to improve its record
on managing its users’ emotions.
In 2014 it was revealed it
had conducted a psychological
experiment on users by hiding a
“small percentage” of emotional
words on people’s news feeds to
examine the effect on their statuses
and reactions. The company later
said it was “surprised” by the
negative reactions to the experiment,
and the public outcry suggests that
however good their intentions,
tech companies need to show their
workings and be transparent if
they’re to keep our trust.
In Facebook’s new suicide
prevention strategy, users won’t
be given the option to duck out of
having their interactions scanned for
concerning turns of phrase, while the
firm had no answers on protections
against similar scanners being used
to detect users who are posting, say,
anti-government messages.
It also sets a precedent around
the language we use: what about
the cries for help which fall outside
of Facebook’s carefully trained
identification system? And can AI
understand that “I want to die” is
sometimes used light-heartedly?
Facebook’s greatest strength is
promoting communication. It should
play to that strength by keeping
users in the loop about its plans.
Rhiannon
Williams
Facebook’s
suicide alert is
a good thing
T
he relationship between
social media and our mental
health is complicated. It
both unites and divides
us, providing a platform for both
positive social interaction and harm.
It allows us to feel seen, but also
hideously overlooked.
So it’s good news that as part of a
drive to take responsibility for the
welfare of its users, Facebook has
created artificially intelligent (AI)
tools to identify when someone is
“expressing thoughts about suicide”
on the platform and flag them to its
teams of moderators.
The technology currently
uses speech recognition to single
out potential red flags, such as
comments by friends asking if
someone is okay, but could also
be trained to pick up more subtle
signals in future. CEO Mark
Zuckerberg said the tools had helped
identify more than 100 concerns to
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BBC challenges Netflix with Christmas present
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
The BBC fired a Christmas salvo
against Netflix by inviting viewers
to binge on box sets of hit shows
including Sherlock, Wolf Hall and
Line of Duty, which will return to
its iPlayer catch-up service.
Classic programmes and
family favourites such as
Gavin and Stacey, which are
regular features on Netflix’s
subscription service, will
be shown free on iPlayer
during the festive period.
Netflix is attempting to
make 2017 a “streaming Christmas”
with the launch of season two of The
Crown and its first UK screening
of the Richard Curtis film Love
Actually, a seasonal favourite.
But Charlotte Moore, the
BBC’s director of content,
said: “There is no need to
go anywhere else this
Christmas because we
have an even richer offer
across the BBC than
ever before.”
T h e B B C ’s T V
schedules have
suffered a double
blow. Charlie Brooker
cancelled 2017 Wipe, his satirical
review of the year, claiming he
had run out of time to finish the
programme. And BBC1’s flagship
Agatha Christie drama has been axed
following rape allegations against its
star Ed Westwick, which he denies.
But the BBC is making a virtue out
of repeats. The iPlayer will offer the
first three series of Peaky Blinders,
starring Cillian Murphy (pictured);
all four seasons of the police
corruption drama Line of Duty;
David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny; the
hit comedy Fleabag; and the original
series of The Blue Planet.
The BBC, which is planning a new
subscription on-demand service,
has chosen several classic shows
from its archive which are repeated
on streaming services for paying
customers. The festive iPlayer
offering includes Ryan Murphy’s
new eight-part series, Feud: Bette
and Joan, about the legendary rivalry
between Hollywood icons Bette
Davis and Joan Crawford, which will
be available as a box set.
Separately, the corporation
plans to give Charles Dickens the
Peaky Blinders treatment in a “new
interpretation” of the author’s
classic novels, adapted by the writer
of the cult gangster drama. The
screenwriter Steven Knight, actor
Tom Hardy and director Ridley Scott
will join forces to create a screen “box
set” of Dickens’ most famous novels.
A three-part adaptation of A
Christmas Carol will be the first to hit
screens in December 2019. Knight
said: “Any question about narrative
storytelling is answered by Dickens.”
Steven Knight, whose Peaky
Blinders won acclaim for
its evocation of Birmingham, will
bring his “trademark style” to
Dickens’ novels, the BBC said.
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MUSIC
Both Weinstein brothers
accused by British actress
Dylan croons his
way to Grammy
nomination
By Padraic Flanagan
A British actress broke down in
tears last night as she claimed that
the disgraced Hollywood film mogul
Harvey Weinstein allegedly groomed
her in London before sexually
assaulting her in Cannes.
Kadian Noble (inset), 31, who has
waived her right to anonymity, said
the 65-year-old producer promised
her a role in one of his films if
she went along with his
demands for sex.
At a news conference
in New York, the actress,
accompanied by her
lawyer, said she had filed a
lawsuit against both Harvey
Weinstein and his brother
Bob, under sex-trafficking laws.
She alleged that in February 2014,
both men were in Cannes when
Harvey Weinstein asked her to visit
the Majestic Hotel, where he would
review her showreel and discuss her
future. Ms Noble claimed that, once in
the hotel room, Mr Weinstein began
massaging her shoulders, asking her
to walk up and down the room for
him “for audition purposes”. He then
allegedly pushed her into a bathroom
and sexually assaulted her, forcing her
to perform sex acts.
The lawsuit claims Bob Weinstein,
whofoundedTheWeinsteinCompany
(TWC) with his brother, facilitated
the sex acts by either knowing of or
recklessly disregarding Harvey
Weinstein’s modus operandi.
Harvey Weinstein, the
lawsuit claims, repeatedly
solicited young female
actors “knowing he would
then use fraud, force or
coercion to engage in sex
acts” in violation of the
sex trafficking statute. Holly
Baird, Harvey Weinstein’s
spokesman, said: “Mr Weinstein
denies allegations of non-consensual
sex.” Bob Weinstein’s spokesman did
not respond to requests for comment.
In 2010, the Jamaican-born Ms
Noble was a competitor on Britain’s
Next Top Model.
By Adam Sherwin
Bob Dylan will compete
against Michael Bublé
and Tony Bennett for the
Grammy AFP/GETTY
His distinctive rasp has been
compared to “sand and glue”. But
Bob Dylan has been nominated
for best pop vocal performance
at the Grammy awards after
discovering the crooner within.
Dylan, 76, competes for the
Best Traditional Pop Vocal award
at the US music ceremony, for
Triplicate, his latest album of
cover versions.
The triple-album continues
Dylan’s exhaustive interpretation
of American standards
performed by Frank Sinatra.
Although in live performance
Dylan’s weathered croak can
test the patience of fans, critics
praised his singing on the album.
His voice is “surprisingly supple,
even lovely”, according to one
critic, while another praised his
“sensitive” singing.
Dylan competes for the award
against Michael Bublé, 42, and
the 91-year-old Tony Bennett.
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Why women are
more prone to
asthma: it’s all in
the sex hormones
More toilets
to be made
unisex
By Tom Bawden
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
A solution has been offered to the
mystery of why women are twice as
likely as men to suffer from asthma
– and it’s to do with the effects of
sex hormones.
Testosterone, the primary male
sex hormone, curbs the activities
of a cell in the immune system
that is thought to cause
asthma symptoms such
as inflammation and the
production of mucus in
the lungs, researchers
in the US found.
The finding caught
them by surprise. They
believed the difference
between men and women
was more likely to be related
to female hormones sparking an
increase in asthma symptoms, rather
than male hormones promoting
a decrease.
“When we started this study, we
really thought that ovarian hormones
would increase inflammation, more
so than testosterone making it
better,” said the lead author Dawn
Newcomb, of Vanderbilt University
Medical Centre in the US.
“I was surprised to see that
testosterone was more important in
reducing inflammation.”
Her team conducted research in
humans and mice, focusing on lung
By Pippa Crerar
cells called group 2 innate lymphoid
cells, or ILC2 cells. These produce
proteins called cytokines, which
cause inflammation and produce
mucus in the lungs, making it harder
to breathe.
Researchers collected blood from
people with and without asthma and
found those who had the condition
had more ILC2 cells than those
who did not. Of that group,
asthmatic women had
more ILC2 cells than
asthmatic men.
When the scientists
added ovarian
hormones, such
a s oe s t roge n an d
progesterone, to the
ILC2 cells, they did not
see much of an increase
in the cell’s ability to
make cytokines.
But when they added testosterone,
t h ey s aw t h at t h e h o r m o n e
prevented the cells from expanding
and reduced the production of
cytokines. Their study is published
in the journal Cell Reports.
Plans for scores more genderneutral toilets across London to
help transgender and non-binary
people feel more comfortable have
been revealed by the Mayor.
Sadiq Khan will call on
developers to provide more
gender-neutral facilities in public
places such as shopping centres,
leisure centres and cinemas to
reflect the capital’s diversity.
The Mayor envisages more
unisex toilets, like those in
Starbucks, with individual
cubicles that can be used by either
gender and disabled people as well
as parents with babies.
Aides at City Hall said the
toilets should be well designed so
that users of all genders feel safe
and comfortable, with full-length
doors and partitions, clear layout
and good lighting.
The issue of gender-neutral
toilets has been controversial, with
critics arguing that they remove a
“safe space” for biological women
and girls.
Mr Khan said: “Toilets are a
vital public service and can help
to shape the experience of the
capital for those who live here and
for those visiting. We need a range
of toilets that reflect the incredible
diversity of this city – giving
people the confidence to move
around London with dignity.”
Although the proposals are only
a guideline for town halls, council
planners have tended to adopt
the proposals wholesale into their
decision-making.
Sing a song of Christmas
A woman walks past this year’s
Christmas tree in the grand
entrance of the Victoria and Albert
Museum in Knightsbridge, west
London. ‘The Singing Tree’ is an
audio-visual installation by Es
Devlin, a set designer who has
Dr Newcomb said
testosterone was one
of many factors that could be
regulating airway inflammation.
“This is not the only important
mechanism in asthma,” she added.
worked with artists including
Beyoncé and Adele. It blends
thousands of words collected from
the public with an interactive choir
of human and synthesised voices.
Visitors are invited to contribute a
festive word. AFP/GETTY
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GERMANY
Pope’s failure to mention Rohingya
disappoints human rights groups
Town’s mayor
knifed for
‘welcoming
refugees’
By Nicole Winfield
IN NAYPYITAW
By Kirsten Grieshaber
Myanmar’s future depends on
respecting minority rights, Pope
Francis said during an official visit
to the country yesterday. But he
disappointed human rights activists
by failing to use the word “Rohingya”
– the name of the Muslim group said
by the United Nations to have been
ethnically cleansed by the military.
An unusually timid speech by
the Pope also failed to mention the
recent military crackdown on the
Muslim group – as he delivered a
speech to Myanmar’s leader Aung
San Suu Kyi and other diplomats in
the capital, Naypyitaw.
But he did mention how
Myanmar’s people have suffered
“and continue to suffer from civil
conflict and hostilities”, and insisted
that everyone who calls Myanmar
home deserved to have their human
rights and dignity guaranteed.
Rohingya Muslims have faced statesupported discrimination in the
predominantly Buddhist country for
decades, deprived of citizenship and
unable to access basic services such
as education and health care.
In August, the army began what
it called “clearance operations” in
Rakhine state following an attack on
police posts by Rohingya insurgents.
The violence, looting and
burning of villages has forced more
than 620,000 Rohingya to flee to
neighbouring Bangladesh.
In the most anticipated
speech of his week-long trip
to Myanmar and Bangladesh,
Francis expressed support for Ms
Suu Kyi’s efforts to bring about
reconciliation among different
groups after decades of military
dictatorship, and insisted that
religious differences must never
be a cause for division or distrust.
“The future of Myanmar must
be peace, a peace based on respect
for the dignity and rights of each
member of society, respect for
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Why we can
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deal’ Brexit
I
am fed up with the latest round
of Brexit negotiation drama.
It’s not millennial snowflakes
I worry for but our “Brexitterrorised” baby boomer
establishment – pathologically
fearful of change, risk-averse and
IN BERLIN
Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw yesterday AP
each ethnic group and its identity,”
the pontiff said. But his avoidance
of the term “Rohingya” and his
encouragement for Ms Suu Kyi’s
government disappointed human
rights groups who have criticised
her for a weak response to the
military crackdown.
Observers had warned that by
mentioning the Rohingya, the Pope
would have prompted a backlash
against Christians in Myanmar.
The United Nations Human
Rights Council said yesterday that
it would examine the situation of
the Rohingya and other minorities
in Myanmar in a special session on
5 December in Geneva. AP
OXFORD
City strips Suu Kyi of award for ‘inaction over violence’
Aung San Suu Kyi has been
stripped of the honour granting
her the Freedom of the City of
Oxford because of her “inaction”
over the Rohingya crisis.
Oxford city councillors
agreed that they did not want to
honour “those who turn a blind
eye to violence”.
The de facto leader of
Myanmar, who is an Oxford
University graduate, was granted
freedom of the city in 1997 for her
“long struggle for democracy”
after spending years under
house arrest in Rangoon while
she fought for democracy in her
homeland of Myanmar.
A cross-party motion was
unanimously supported at a
special county council meeting
in Oxford Town Hall. Councillor
panic-stricken at any thought of
leaving their comfort zone.
Their negativity is simply
not warranted. Take the recent
question of the Irish border, just 310
miles of it, that’s sent them running
back into the arms of nanny. The
histrionics are absurd. Norway and
Sweden manage all their crossborder (one thousand miles of it)
trade electronically.
Then there is their mortal fear
of economic collapse on 29 March
2019. Our economy has long
faced challenges, such as
weak growth, and low
productivity (and worse)
and overcome them.
Brexit, ironically, is
exactly the incentive
policymakers need to
once and for all deal
with our homegrown
skills shortage,
uncompetitive
education system, uncontrolled
migration and low wages. In short,
the catalyst we need to deal with
our chronic productivity problem.
Mass migration has not mitigated
our debt or boosted GDP other
than spuriously. The sooner the
Chancellor can no longer keep
turning a blind eye to it in order to
keep his metric of GDP to national
debt and the deficit – or to claim
that the rising national debt is
under control – the better.
Brexit offers us an escape route
before the British Ponzi scheme
that is our economy collapses.
An IMF study suggests
new free-trade
agreements that reduce
all tariffs to zero can
lead to productivity
gains worth more
than 0.6 per cent of
GDP. Further targeted
deregulation can
By Rachel Roberts
Mary Clarkson, who proposed
the motion, said: “Today we have
taken the unprecedented step of
stripping her of the city’s highest
honour because of her inaction
in the face of oppression of the
minority Rohingya population.”
She added that the reputation
of the city of Oxford was
being “tarnished” by Ms Suu
Kyi’s inaction.
THE INDEPENDENT
Our economy
has long faced
challenges and
overcome them
bring another boost; removing
non-tariff barriers between the UK
and US another, translating into
another 0.9 per cent boost to GDP,
and providing UK consumers and
businesses with lower-cost and
better-quality imports, generating
increased competition, which in
turn should stimulate innovation.
We should be looking forward to a
“no deal” (that is, a return to WTO)
as infinitely better than a bad or
poor deal. As Roberto Azevêdo, the
director general of the WTO, said a
couple of days ago: “It’s not the end
of the world if the UK trades under
WTO rules with the EU.” “Despite”
The mayor of a small German town
said he is happy to be alive after being
knifed in the neck by a man opposed
to his welcoming of refugees.
The attack on Andreas Hollstein,
the 54-year-old leader of Altena in
the western state of North RhineWestphalia, was immediately
condemned by Chancellor Angela
Merkel. She said: “I’m shocked by
the knife attack on Mayor Andreas
Hollstein – and very relieved that he
is back with his family. Thanks also to
those who helped him.”
Police said the incident on Monday
night appeared to be motivated by the
attacker’s hatred of foreigners. The
suspect was identified as a 56-yearold called Werner S, whose full name
was withheld because of
German privacy laws.
Mr Hollstein (right)
appeared shaken
as he answered
reporters’
q u e s t i o n s
y e s t e r d a y. “ I
feared for my
l i f e ,” s a i d t h e
father of four, who
is a member of Ms
Merkel’s conservative Christian
Democratic Union party, said after he
was discharged from hospital.
He receive a 15cm-long cut on the
left side of his neck and suggested
that the man had singled him out
for attack.
Mr Hollstein was at a kebab shop
at about 8pm when the assailant
approached him, held a knife to his
throat and took him to task over
his policies toward refugees. The
restaurant’s owner and his son
helped to overpower the man, who
was later arrested.
Germany took in more than a
million asylum-seekers in the period
2015-16. AP
Brexit, UK exports to Australia
have increased by 3 per cent to
£8.6bn in 2016, and exports to New
Zealand by an impressive 27.2 per
cent to £1.3bn in the same year.
And while Donald Tusk and
Jean-Claude Junker may bluster
and bully, this far from reflects the
attitudes of the men who really
matter – Germany’s industrialists,
who want to help strike a postBrexit EU-UK trade deal that is
good for Britain. Either way, we
should be thinking positively. The
banks are not all departing London,
nor will they. EU nationals are not
departing in droves either.
The clock may be ticking – but
not for us. It is the EU that the
absence of a deal will hurt, saving
us money but putting a hole in their
finances that they can ill afford.
Kathy Gyngell is co-founder of the
website ‘The Conservative Woman’
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BURUNDI
Opposition group
vows to boycott
peace talks
By Jeremy Gaunt
IN NAIROBI
Burundi’s main opposition
group said it is boycotting peace
talks that resumed yesterday in
Tanzania, leaving little chance
the talks will end violence that
has claimed hundreds of lives.
President takes oath but
tensions remain in Nairobi
By Tom Odula
IRAN
Migrants’ ship
Wrestler loses
escorted to port ‘to avoid Israeli’
Romania’s coastguard has
rescued 60 migrants aboard
a Turkish ship on the Black
Sea after its crew sent out a
distress signal.
The ship was detected 35km
(21 miles) from the coast early
yesterday after asking the
authorities and a commercial
ship in the area for help. The
coastguard dispatched two
vessels and escorted it to the
port of Constanta.
Migration to Romania has
increased this year as other
routes into Europe have
been closed. AP
KENYA
Iranian wrestler Ali Reza Karimi has
claimed that, only one minute before
the end of a match at the Under-23
World Championships in Poland, he
was told to throw the match to avoid
facing an Israeli competitor.
He told the semi-official ISNA news
agency: “In a moment, my whole
world seemed to come to an end.”
Israel and Iran are bitter
adversaries and Iranian athletes
traditionally refrain from competing
against Israelis. Karimi claimed
he was beating Russian Alikhan
Zhabrailov when coaches told him to
lose. Iran’s sport ministry praised him
for supporting “human values”. AP
Burundi has been gripped by
unrest since April 2015, when
President Pierre Nkurunziza
announced he would stand for a
third term. The opposition said
this violated the constitution
as well as a 2005 peace deal
that ended the country’s two
decades-long civil war.
He won a vote largely
boycotted by the opposition, but
protests sparked a government
crackdown that has killed more
than 700 people, displaced
over 400,000 to neighbouring
countries and left the economy
moribund. REUTERS
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya
was sworn into office for a second
term in front of tens of thousands of
people who gathered in the country’s
largest stadium to celebrate what
they hoped would be the end of
months of election turmoil.
But during the ceremony, police
fired guns and tear gas in other
parts of the capital, Nairobi, to try
to stop peaceful demonstrations by
the opposition in memory of dozens
killed by police and militia during
weeks of election protests. A witness
said one person was shot dead.
Kenya’s election drama meant
Women take photos
in a Christmas steam
train decoration
outside a shopping
centre in Singapore’s
Orchard Road
commercial district
yesterday. REUTERS
GREECE
Nine held after bomb-making equipment found
Security services raided apartments
in Athens and found bomb-making
equipment yesterday.
Nine people were detained over
suspected links to a leftist militant
group outlawed in Turkey, ahead
of an anticipated visit by Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan.
A police official said: “So far, nine
people have been detained. They are
Afghans and Kurds based on their
identity papers. Police found jars
containing unspecified explosive
material and cables to connect to
detonators and laptops.”
A second police official confirmed
authorities were probing links to
DHKP/C, an outlawed group blamed
for a string of attacks and suicide
bombings in Turkey since 1990.
Eight men and a woman were held
after the raid by anti-terror police at
three addresses in two districts in the
Greek capital. REUTERS
AFGHANISTAN
SPAIN
EUROPE
Taliban and Isis
in gun battle
Retail sales in
Catalonia fall
HIV ‘growing at
alarming pace’
A gun battle has been taking place
over the last two days between
Taliban and Isis-affiliated
insurgents in eastern Nangarhar
province, an official confirmed.
Attahullah Khogyani, the
provincial governor’s spokesman,
said yesterday that hundreds
of families were displaced from
villages in Khogyani and Sherzad
districts. He said air and ground
forces had begun to eliminate both
insurgent groups from the area. AP
Spanish retail sales fell for the
first time in more than three years
last month, with sales in Catalonia
dropping sharply after the illegal
independence vote on 1 October.
That prompted a tense stand-off
with the central government, which
then took control of the region.
The political deadlock with
Catalonia left eight of the regional
cabinet in jail awaiting trial after a
declaration of independence which
the courts ruled illegal. REUTERS
The number of people newly
diagnosed with HIV in Europe
reached its highest level in 2016
since records began, showing the
continent’s epidemic growing “at
an alarming pace”, UN officials say.
“This is the highest number of
cases recorded in one year. If this
trend persists, we’ll not be able to
achieve the target of ending the
HIV epidemic by 2030,” said World
Health Organisation director
Zsuzsanna Jakab. REUTERS
IN ATHENS
Mansoura
A prison-themed restaurant
in Egypt? It might seem
distasteful in a country where
thousands of regime opponents
are languishing in jail on what
human rights groups believe to
be trumped-up charges.
Nevertheless, one venue in
the coastal city of Mansoura
called Food Crime is doing
good business. Props including
handcuffs, inmate number
plaques, a prisoners’ cage
and even an electric chair are
served up as selfie-fodder.
“It’s a catchy idea and I did
not want to do something that
is traditional,” says owner
Waleed Naeem, 37. “Our
prices are competitive – our
most expensive sandwich on
the menu is just 15 Egyptian
pounds (65p).”
He is irked by anyone who
tries to link the restaurant’s
theme to the large-scale
crackdown on dissent since
the military ousted an Islamist
president in 2013.
“The people of Mansoura
really like this restaurant
and think it’s a great idea. But
others are making a huge deal
out of this on social media,”
he says.
The restaurant’s unusual
decor attracts many
customers, includingYasmeen
Khouly. “The idea is crazy, but
it’s all about trying something
new and seeing what’s out
there,” she says. “Obviously,
seeing handcuffs and an
electric chair is strange.” AP
Nariman El-Mofty
months of uncertainty in east Africa’s
economic hub. The Supreme Court
nullified the August election result,
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Postcard
From...
Supporters of President Uhuru
Kenyatta at the inauguration AP
citing irregularities, after a legal
challenge by opposition leader Raila
Odinga, and ordered a new vote.
It was the first time an African
court had nullified a presidential
election, and Kenya’s events have
been closely watched across the
continent. Mr Odinga and his
supporters boycotted the repeat
election last month, saying electoral
reforms had not been made. He has
called Mr Kenyatta’s inauguration a
“coronation” instead.
Several regional heads of state
attended the inauguration amid tight
security as the country attempted
to move forward, even as questions
about electoral reforms lingered. AP
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Raising
runners’
spirits
Migrants
forced out in
mass evictions
A shaman asks the
spirits to protect all
the endurance runners
ahead of the start of
the first Marathon
des Sables in Peru on
Monday. The 250km
race, in Cahuachi, is
divided into six stages
through the Ica Desert.
MDS Peru got under
way yesterday and
the runners are due
to reach the finish line
next Monday. GETTY
By Emily Wang
IN BEIJING
JAPAN
Fishermen and experts clash over
radioactive water at nuclear plant
By Mari Yamaguchi
IN ONAHAMA
More than six years after a tsunami
overwhelmed the Fukushima No. 1
nuclear power plant, Japan has yet to
reach consensus on what to do with
a million tons of radioactive water,
stored on site in around 900 large
tanks that could spill should another
major earthquake or tsunami strike.
The stalemate is rooted in a fundamental conflict between science and
human nature.
Experts advising the government
have urged a gradual release to the
Pacific Ocean. Treatment has re-
moved all the radioactive elements
except tritium, which they say is safe
in small amounts. Conversely, if the
tanks break, their contents could
slosh out in an uncontrolled way.
Local fishermen are vehemently
opposed. The water, no matter how
clean, has a dirty image for consumers, they say. Despite repeated tests
showing most types of fish caught
off Fukushima are safe to eat, diners
remain hesitant. The fishermen fear
any release would sound the death
knell for their nascent and still fragile recovery.
“People would shun Fukushima
fish again as soon as the water is re-
leased,” said Fumio Haga, a drag-net
fisherman from Iwaki, a city about
30 miles down the coast from the nuclear plant. And so the tanks remain.
On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9
offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 18,000
people along the coast. The quake
and massive flooding knocked out
power for the cooling systems at
the Fukushima nuclear plant. Three
of the six reactors had partial meltdowns. Radiation spewed into the air
and highly contaminated water ran
into the Pacific.
A government panel recommended last year that the utility, known as
Tepco, dilute the water up to about
50 times and release about 400 tons
daily to the sea — a process that
would take almost a decade to complete. Experts note that the release of
tritiated water is allowed at other nuclear plants. But in Japan opposition
to this approach remains fierce. AP
Fish catches in the area
meet the world’s most
stringent requirement: less than
half the radioactive cesium level
allowed under Japan’s limit and
one-twelfth of the US or EU limit.
Authorities in Beijing have
launched sweeping evictions of
workers who have migrated from
elsewhere in China, triggering a
public outcry over the treatment
of low-paid residents.
Families have been evicted,
often with little notice, leaving
them scrambling to transport belongings in freezing weather.
“They called us at 5am
and by 8am they
had arrived with
demolition
equipment,”
said Bi Yan’ao,
a 5 4 -y e a rold migrant
worker who
has lived in
Beijing for 13
years, describing what it was
like to have to leave
his apartment in Daxing district
last week. “In just one hour, they
flattened a 100m (330ft) stretch of
land. How scary is that?”
Most tenants living in such
homes on the outskirts are factory
workers, labourers, delivery people, drivers, cleaners, or hairdressers who come from the poorer parts
of China. Some have lived there for
years with their children.
The evictions met with
widespread criticism online.
Independent political
commentator Zhang Lifa said it
showed rapid economic growth
has resulted in a vast accumulation
of wealth and rising inequality and
a sense of unfairness. AP
UNITED STATES
Trump repeats ‘Pocahontas’ slur to Native American war veterans
By Andrew Buncombe
IN NEW YORK
Donald Trump has told a group of
Native Americans there is a member of Congress called “Pocahontas”
– the racial slur he frequently uses
against Senator Elizabeth Warren in
reference to her Native American an-
cestry. Speaking in the White House
to Navajo Native American “code
talkers” – military veterans who used
their indigenous language as a code
to pass messages during the Second
World War – the US President said:
“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long
time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
As Mr Trump spoke, the veterans
stared at him. Nobody laughed.
His comments were condemned
as racist by Ms Warren. She told
MSNBC: “It is deeply unfortunate
that the President of the United
States can’t even make it through a
ceremony honouring these heroes
without throwing out a racial slur.”
Mr Trump said no offence was
meant. He also pledged to end the
“war on Christmas” by ensuring
his official Christmas card wishes
Americans a “Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year” instead of “happy
holidays”, which he deems to be excessively politically correct.
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‘It’s faceless
and it makes
you feel out
of control’
Claimants living on the edge tell
Emily Goddard how universal
credit turns lives upside down
L
ily* can smell the
cigarette smoke from
the next room along the
corridor seeping through
the crack under the door
of her Croydon bed-and-breakfast
room that she shares with her
seven-year-old daughter. They
have spent nearly a month here
already after becoming homeless
when they were evicted from
their privately rented home in
another part of town. Lily couldn’t
make the rent payments while
waiting for her first universal
credit payment.
Every day, the 39-year-old
returns from working her two
low-pay, part-time jobs with her
daughter to this room, which
contains two single beds. They
both use a potty in the room to go
to the toilet because they don’t
have a bathroom of their own –
nor a shower, kitchen or washing
facilities – and all the communal
rooms that are shared by the other
40 to 50 residents are filthy.
Sometimes the noise is
overwhelming, with doors banging,
arguments raging on and “sex
sounds”. People smoke joints in
the kitchen that every resident in
this wholly inadequate emergency
accommodation has to share.
While her daughter sleeps, Lily
spends the evenings wondering if
there is ever going to be a way out,
after being plunged into a world of
instability by universal credit.
The controversial system,
which is replacing six different
benefits, is a monthly payment
being introduced in stages across
the UK, aimed at helping with
living costs for people on a low
income or who are out of work.
The Government has come under
pressure to delay its roll out
because of problems affecting
recipients. Ministers are pressing
ahead after announcing changes
in the Budget last week, but critics
argue this won’t be enough to help
people such as Lily.
“My daughter keeps saying,
‘Mummy, we can’t live here. I miss
where we used to live’,” Lily says.
“My daughter is a strong girl like
me, she doesn’t cry, but it’s not
nice. I really don’t know what’s
going to happen.”
Lily has survived on handouts
from friends and the church, but
stress is also having an effect on
her health. “It’s all because of what
we’re going through. The doctor
has signed me off work for four
weeks,” she says.
Lily only found herself on the
flagship welfare programme after
securing two jobs and coming off
jobseeker’s allowance. “When I
told my local jobcentre about the
change to my circumstances, they
said the only way I could receive tax
credits and help with the rent was to
apply for universal credit,” she says.
But the payments arrived too
late and when they did appear
they were much less than she
anticipated. Lily – who was refused
an advance because she had just
started working – could not meet
the final demands for rent and her
overdraft had been exhausted by
ensuring her daughter was fed.
Being a lone parent makes Lily
especially vulnerable, as single
parents are likely, on average, to be
worse off than other households
on universal credit, according to
the charity Gingerbread. Single
parents already make up one in
eight households receiving the
benefit and this is expected to
increase by tens of thousands as
the rollout expands because nearly
all of the UK’s two million single
parent families will be eligible. But
Gingerbread warns that the system
“is simply not ready to take on the
complexity of their situations”.
Mary’s story
Many lone parents are already
experiencing significant
financial hardship because of
a lack of knowledge around
entitlement, delays, errors and
fluctuating payments.
Among them is Mary*, aged 43
and from Hartlepool, who found
herself on universal credit when
her temporary employment came
to an end earlier this year.
The lone parent of two boys –
who are 11 and 13 years old, one with
Asperger syndrome and dyspraxia,
the other with low mood and
learning difficulties – feels like she
is “living on a wing and a prayer”.
She is uncertain of her income each
month since she found herself in
debt because of delays and errors
in universal credit and an advance
payment that she desperately
needed to take just to be able to
feed her children.
The unexpected deficit in her
income meant that Mary’s rent
went underpaid – marking the first
time she had been in arrears in
the six years she has been a social
housing tenant. She believes that
she too could have been made
homeless like Lily if it was not for
the understanding shown by her
housing association.
“I was getting texts from them
saying that my house was at risk
of repossession and it triggered a
visit from someone to my house,”
she says. “It was humiliating and
really stressful. Once I explained
to them what was happening they
were quite sympathetic and even
asked if I minded them contacting
social services because I needed
more support.”
Mary has also been forced to
delay buying her sons the new
school shoes they both need
because she simply does not know
if they will have enough money
to live and instead of looking
forward to Christmas it has
become a huge worry.
“My youngest son’s birthday was
on 3 November and my eldest’s
is Christmas Eve, so I’ve got
Christmas and birthdays and I’m
worried because I can’t bank on
what I’m getting each month,” she
says. “I’m thinking that we won’t
be able to have much this year.”
“The Government is trying to
send a message that work pays
but it certainly didn’t for me,” she
adds, saying universal credit is
“faceless, it lacks accountability, it
lacks transparency and it makes
you feel out of control. It makes
you feel more vulnerable. And it
needs to be really looked at again”.
Jessica’s story
For Jessica*, who is in her thirties,
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Career politician was reviled for his First
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Work pays, but
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the cold winter months are a
particular worry. She lives in West
Lancashire with her two sons, aged
15 and four, and she has already
had to borrow money from her
eldest son, who has a paper round,
to top up the utility meter to warm
their home. “My gas is going to cost
me more and I don’t know where
I’ll find the money,” she says.
Her story bears haunting
parallels to that of Elaine Morrall,
the 38-year-old mother of four
who tragically died at her home in
Runcorn earlier this month – she
was found wrapped up in a coat
and scarf, the house freezing cold
because she was only able to turn
the heating on when her children
came home from school after
her employment and support
allowance was stopped.
Jessica says the only reason she’s
not had to visit her local food bank
is because her parents frequently
have her boys over for dinner.
“A significant proportion of the
single parents I’ve spoken to have
used food banks during the waiting
period for the first time in their
lives,” says Daisy-Rose Srblin, a
policy officer at Gingerbread.
“These are parents who have
not used food banks before, these
are parents who are embarrassed
and ashamed and emotional
about using food banks. And they
shouldn’t be ashamed because
that’s what they are there for, but
they also shouldn’t have to rely on
food banks to feed their families.”
From April, existing housing
benefit claimants will continue to
receive those payments for another
two weeks while waiting for their
universal credit to start.
Rosie Ferguson, chief executive
of Gingerbread, said after the
announcement: “Cutting
universal credit waiting
times and extending
the repayment period
for advances are
welcome changes for
which Gingerbread
has been calling,
but it is the tip of the
iceberg – with significant
welfare cuts continuing
to undermine the Government’s
mantra that it will ‘make work pay’.”
Matthew Reed, the chief executive
of the Children’s Society, said the
revision “does not go far enough
and it will leave too many parents
Following the Battle of
Passchendaele, a disaster for
the Allies, he decided that it
was time to speak up
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*Names have been changed to
protect interviewees’ identities
Benefits Will the changes be enough?
In his Budget speech last week the
Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said
“the switch to universal credit is a
long overdue and necessary reform,”
arguing that the previous benefits
system “discouraged people from
working more than 16 hours a week”
and “trapped 1.4 million on out-ofwork benefits for nearly a decade”.
However, he announced several
changes to universal credit under “a
£1.5bn package to address concerns
about the delivery of the benefit”.
These mean: from January, loans
available for new claimants are
rising from 50 per cent of their
estimated monthly entitlement
to 100 per cent, while the
repayment period is doubling from
six months to 12.
From February, people claiming
the benefit will have to wait five
weeks rather than six to receive
their first payment.
ne hundred years ago
today, a letter was
published in a national
newspaper that caused
its author to become
one of the most reviled men in
England overnight.
Lord Lansdowne was a mutineer
in the politics of 1917. His scandalous
“Peace Letter” was a 2,000-word
document written in protest against
the bloodshed of the First World
War that by then had already lasted
three years.
Lansdowne (born Henry PettyFitzmaurice in 1845), was the fifth
Marquess of Lansdowne, and the
great-grandson of the former prime
minister Lord Shelburne. After
taking his seat in the House of Lords
in 1868, he had risen quickly, being
appointed Governor General of
Canada in 1883, and Viceroy of India
in 1888. In 1900, he was made foreign
secretary under Lord Salisbury.
When war broke out in 1914,
Lansdowne was on side. But as the
death toll rose – adding to it his
younger son, Charles – Lansdowne
grew more dismayed. Following the
Battle of Passchendaele, a disaster
for the Allies, he decided that it was
time to speak up. He wrote a letter,
parts of which he showed to the
foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour. At
the end of November 1917, following
desperately trying to find a way
to feed their children and pay for
other essentials. We believe that
the longest anyone should have to
wait to receive their entitlement
to universal credit is two weeks
and that, from then on, claimants
should get payments weekly if
that is what they want.”
Many figures criticising
the system are not
calling for it to be
scrapped completely.
Most want the rollout to
be paused to allow for the
problems to be fixed.
The Department for
Work and Pensions remains
committed to the rollout, which,
it says, it is executing “in a safe
and secure way, monitoring its
impact and making improvements
to ensure people are getting the
support they need”.
Lenin’s power grab in Russia, the
time had come to publish.
Lansdowne first approached The
Times, but the paper refused the
letter. Harry Burnham, proprietor of
The Daily Telegraph, agreed to take
it. The letter, titled “Co-ordination of
Allies’ War Aims”, opened with the
claim that “those who look forward
to the prolongation of the war…
[differ] only in the degree from that
of the criminals who provoked it”.
Lansdowne’s words caused quite
a stir. The Times said that his words
reflected “no responsible phase of
British opinion”, while the Daily
Express reported that the letter
would “serve no useful purpose”.
On the morning of the letter’s
publication, prime minister David
Lloyd George was in Paris for
the Inter-Allied Conference at
Versailles; he told Lord Islington
that Lansdowne’s letter nearly broke
up the conference. The government’s
statement said: “Lord Lansdowne
spoke only for himself. Before
writing it he did not consult… with
any member of the Government.”
This was incorrect, but the foreign
secretary denied any involvement
Lord Lansdowne was Secretary of
State for War and Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs GETTY
and Lansdowne never contradicted
the claim that he had acted alone. “It
was typical of his complete loyalty
and patriotism that he would not
embarrass his colleagues or the
wartime government,” says Simon
Kerry, his great-great-grandson
and the author of a new biography,
Lansdowne: The Last Great Whig.
Some individuals privately
supported Lansdowne, including
the former prime minister Herbert
Asquith. In December 1917,
Lansdowne wrote to his daughter,
Evie Devonshire: “I have been
snowed under with letters… The
prevailing note is: you have had the
courage to say what we have been
thinking for so long.”
The armistice was signed less
than a year later, and a peace
conference held in Paris in January
1919. Lansdowne was not invited. His
efforts had not been in vain. While
the letter alone was not enough
to bring about peace in 1917, its
sentiments later encouraged Lloyd
George to embrace the vision of a
League of Nations.
Lansdowne died in 1927, aged 82,
and went to his death believing that
what he had done was right. “He was
right to speak up,” says Kerry. “But
circumstances were against him.”
Kerry speaks warmly of
Lansdowne, whose bedroom at the
family’s Wiltshire home, Bowood,
he grew up in. “He wasn’t the sort of
politician that would dish [the dirt].
He was ambitious, but he wouldn’t
stab someone in the back.” Would he
succeed in politics today? “He would
probably struggle,” says Kerry.
“He’d look at the political terrain
and see that some things are really
not that different.”
‘Lansdowne: The Last Great Whig’
by Simon Kerry (£25, Unicorn Books)
is out now
Television Wednesday 29 November
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
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The Channel: The World’s
Busiest Waterway
Mary Berry’s Country
House Secrets
9pm, Channel 4
The MOL Trust is the world’s
biggest ship – four times the size
of the Titanic – and it is navigating
the world’s busiest seaway, the
English Channel. It’s just one of
600 vessels (and the odd swimmer)
jostling for position on any given
day, ferries having the right of way,
and this eye-opening new series
looks at the logistics of safeguarding
a waterway that 50 years ago saw
one collision a week. Of all the
goods we buy 93 per cent come
by sea, half of them from the EU,
and the question over-arching the
programme is: what will happen
to this well-oiled operation
after Brexit?
8pm, BBC1
The abdicated queen of Bake Off
continues her genteel series at
Scone Palace in Perthshire. Since the
17th century it has been the home of
the very English-sounding Earls of
Mansfield, whose current scion at
one point addresses Mary as “mate”.
That solecism aside, it’s the usual
well-mannered mix of guided tour,
cookery demonstration and
outdoors activities – in this case
salmon fishing on the River Tay.
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The Apprentice
9pm, BBC1
It’s the always popular round in
which the contestants get to exercise
their limited culinary skills – this
time by creating a new recipe kit
and then branding it. Unavailable
for preview, but apparently the
fun climaxes promisingly with the
teams making their pitches to a
panel of food experts with live
cooking demonstrations.
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Man Down
10pm, Channel 4
The current series of Greg Davies’
cartoonish sitcom ends with a race
against time to stop a child custody
hearing that will see Dan refused
access to his infant son – hardly
surprising given last week’s events
(well worth catching up on with All4,
in case you missed it). The episode
also sees the return of a face from
the past and the prospect of the
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Put Your Money Where
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Wright Stuff 11.45 FILM: A
Bride For Christmas (Gary
Yates 2012) Romantic
drama, with Arielle Kebbel
and Andrew W Walker (S).
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(S). 1.30 Neighbours
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2013) Fantasy comedy,
starring Shiri Appleby (S).
3.40 FILM: My Christmas
Love (Jeff Fisher 2016)
Premiere. Romantic
comedy, starring Meredith
Hagner (S). 5.30 5 News At
5.30 (S).
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Takes Two (S).
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Mark persuades
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Jones (S).
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Conley and Nick
Owen hunt for
antiques (S).
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Street Mary
is accused of
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grandson (S).
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(S).
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8.00 Mary Berry’s
Country
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Mary visits
Scone Palace
near Perth in
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Professionals
The final
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continues (S).
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Coastal Escape
(S).
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Street (S).
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The candidates
are tasked with
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Changretta
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armour (S).
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10.00BBC News At
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Coming (S). 12.15 Bargain
Hunt (R) (S). 1.00 BBC
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(S). 1.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather (S). 1.45
Doctors (S). 2.15 Armchair
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Late
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1.00 BBC News (S).
hapless teacher finding a place of his
own. “He won’t survive,” says his
mother. “He’s the runt of the litter
and we only had him.”
===
Detectorists
10pm, BBC4
If viewers of Peter Kay’s Car Share
were willing John and Kayleigh
to get together, then Detectorists
fans are hoping Lance (Toby Jones)
will appreciate what he has in
Toni (Rebecca Callard), but their
tentative romance takes a severe
denting when ex-wife Maggie (Lucy
Benjamin) moves into Lance’s flat.
It’s one reason why Lance and Andy
(Mackenzie Crook) are camping in
their field when we rejoin them.
The other reason is, of course, to
strike gold before the solar-energy
Lance goes looking for a
thief in ‘Detectorists’
10pm, BBC4
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
The Cube: Christmas
Special (R) (S). 9.00 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (R)
(S). 9.50 Dinner Date (R)
(S). 10.50 I’m A Celebrity…
Get Me Out Of Here! (R) (S).
11.50 Planet’s Got Talent
(R) (S). 12.20 Emmerdale
(R) (S). 12.50 The Guide
To You’ve Been Framed!
(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! Iain
Lee tackles the
Space Your
Fears challenge
(R) (S).
Scotland’s Scone Palace
is the next port of
call in ‘Mary Berry’s
Country House Secrets’
8pm, BBC1
David McGoran solves
‘How To Build A Robot’
10.35pm, Channel 4
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Special –
Carjacked (R) (S).
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Days (S).
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2009) Sci-fi
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Of The Zoo
The keepers
are concerned
about a Andean
bear cub (S).
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Closed Doors A
special episode
from Horfield
Health Centre
in Bristol (S).
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West Was Won
With Ray Mears
The adventurer
explores the
Great Plains (R)
(S).
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Interview
Special With
Sam Claflin,
Max Irons
and Holliday
Grainger (R) (S).
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Men Walden
tries to spice up
his relationship
with Zoey (R) (S).
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Men (R) (S).
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Get Me Out Of
Here! Celebrity
survival
challenge (S).
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The World’s
Busiest
Waterway New
series (S).
9.00 Wallis: The
Queen That
Never Was
Dramadocumentary
about Wallis
Simpson (S).
9.00 Digging For
Britain Alice
Roberts visits
archaeological
digs in the east
of the country
(S).
9.00 FILM: The Riot
Club (Lone
Scherfig 2014)
Premiere.
Drama, starring
Sam Claflin (S).
9.00 Family Guy
(R) (S).
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Peter makes a
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friends (R) (S).
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You’re Fired
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A Robot David
Tennant
narrates (S).
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Following eight
people with
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they battle to
find work (R) (S).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
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Jonnie Peacock
and Rachel
Riley. Last in the
series (R) (S).
11.40 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
(R) (S).
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2017 Highlights
of the event
at First Direct
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With Mark
Gatiss And
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Kormakur
2013) Action
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starring Denzel
Washington (S).
11.00 Family Guy Meg
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for her (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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12.55 Revolution And
Romance: Musical Masters
Of The 19th Century (R) (S).
1.55 How The Wild West
Was Won With Ray Mears
(R) (S). 2.55 Digging For
Britain (R) (S). 3.55 Close
1.15 FILM: Wall Street:
Money Never Sleeps
(Oliver Stone 2010) Drama
sequel, starring Michael
Douglas (S). 4.00 Close
12.00 American Dad!
(R) (S). 12.30 Ghosted (R)
(S). 1.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S). 1.30 Release
The Hounds (R) (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
10.00Detectorists (S).
10.30 The League Of
Gentlemen
A theatre
company visit
the local school
(R) (S).
10.00I’m A Celebrity:
Extra Camp
Companion
programme to
the show (S).
NEWS
2-27
farm is built. Could the magpies
supply a vital clue?
===
How To Build A Robot
10.35pm, Channel 4
Not so much how to build them, but
how to make robots unthreatening
and relatable – huggable even.
Bristol-based Canadian puppeteer
David McGoran believes that lifelike
movement is the key and to this
end he is employing the techniques
used in Disney and Pixar animated
films. Indeed, an experiment in
which he abandons his robot on a
street corner shows that children
are more receptive to this forlorn
machine than suspicious adults,
an outcome that was predicted
by another movie-maker, Steven
Spielberg, in ET.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
The Riot Club
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
9pm, Film4
(Lone Scherfig, 2014)
Adapted and expanded by Laura
Wade from her 2010 play Posh, this
is a vicious social satire about the
appalling views and behaviour of
an elitist, Bullingdon-like Oxford
University dining club for future
captains of industry and Tory
cabinet ministers. The ensemble
of handsome young British
actors (including Sam Claflin, left)
donning the requisite tailcoats and
arrogant airs are all too seductively
believable, and it is the film’s few
representatives of the lumpen
bourgeoisie – the people the Riot
Club trample over, figuratively and
literally – who can make the film
seem just a touch schematic.
8pm, Sky Cinema Select
(Joel and Ethan Coen, 2000)
This is a loose retelling of Homer’s
Odyssey as a screwball musical
comedy set in Depression-era
Mississippi, with George Clooney,
John Turturro and Blake Nelson as
escaped chain gang convicts who
become a popular bluegrass combo.
===
Northwest
2.25am, Channel 4
(Michael Noer, 2013)
A bleak but absorbing drama about
two young men – kids really,
still living with their mum in the
Copenhagen suburb of Nordvest
– who get involved with a local
gang of pimps and pushers.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
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A Touch Of Frost (R) (S).
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Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
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(S). 5.50 Heartbeat (R) (S).
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I Met Your Mother (R)
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The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
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Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
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Goldbergs (R) (S).
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Four In A Bed (R) (S). 10.30
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Sun (R) (S). 1.40 A Place In
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(S). 11.30 Modern Family
(R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
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Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
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House (R) (S).
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Wrote A
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Theory (R) (S).
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car (R) (S).
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two of four. The
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6.30 The Simpsons
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7.30 First Dates
Abroad
Sharlene is
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beefcake
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7.55 Grand Designs
A home
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periscopes in
Norfolk (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Homer helps
Moe defraud
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company (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Warrick testifies
at a rape and
murder hearing
(R) (S).
8.00 DC’s Legends Of
Tomorrow The
team ends up in
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8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny
investigates
when an exofficer goes
missing (R) (S).
9.00 Walks With My
Dog With Bill
Bailey, Kirsty
Wark and Julian
Clary (R) (S).
9.00 Marvel’s
Inhumans
Gorgon and
Karnak take on
Auran and her
army (S).
9.00 Band Of
Brothers Easy
Company
reaches
breaking point
(R) (S).
10.0024 Hours In
A&E Patients
include an
84-year-old
man who has
fallen down the
stairs (R) (S).
10.00Bounty Hunters
Barnaby and
Leah have to fly
to Mexico. Last
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10.40 The Simpsons
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10.35 Band Of
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Winters ignores
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8.00 Doc Martin
Louisa leaves
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Theory (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
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9.00 Midsomer
Murders Two
couples vanish
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of Monks
Barton (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: A Good
Day To Die Hard
(John Moore
2013) Action
adventure
sequel, starring
Bruce Willis (S).
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48-56
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 Annie
Mac 9.00 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 Huw Stephens
1am Benji B 3.00 BBC Radio 1
And 1Xtra’s Stories – Music By
Numbers: Tinie Tempah 4.00
Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am A.Dot 10.00 Mim Shaikh
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
1Xtra Residency 1am Benji
B 3.00 1Xtra Mixes 4.00 Sian
Anderson
BBC Radio 2
11.05 Blue Murder
A child’s body
is discovered
(R) (S).
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Theory Penny
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Theory (R) (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
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11.10 The Simpsons
Marge takes a
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agent (R) (S).
11.35 A League Of
Their Own With
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11.50 The Sopranos
AJ causes
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12.35 A Touch Of Frost (R)
(S). 2.20 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
12.00 Rude Tube (R) (S).
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The Inbetweeners (R) (S).
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(S). 4.00 Black-ish (R) (S).
4.20 Black-ish (R) (S). 4.40
Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
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A&E (R) (S). 3.05 8 Out Of
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12.30 Road Wars (R) (S).
1.00 The Force: Essex (R)
(S). 2.00 Night Cops (R)
(S). 3.00 It’s Me Or The
Dog 4.00 Stop, Search,
Seize (R) (S). 5.00 The Dog
Whisperer (R).
1.05 The Sopranos (R)
(S). 2.20 Requiem For
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Californication (R). 4.20
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10
The West Wing (R) (S).
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2.00 Steve Wright In The
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Mark Kermode’s Celluloid
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Mumford 12mdn’t Pick Of The
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Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
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6.30am Breakfast 9.00
Essential Classics. Featuring
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Of The Week: Koechlin. The
artist’s compositions for
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Harvey. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio
3 Lunchtime Concert. Music
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2.00 Afternoon Concert. Tom
McKinney presents a selection
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Evensong. Live from the Chapel
of the Old Royal Naval College,
London. 4.30 New Generation
Artists 5.00 In Tune. With
guests including the Choir of
Clare College, Cambridge. 7.00
In Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. The BBC Symphony
Orchestra’s Sibelius cycle.
10.00 Free Thinking 10.45 The
Essay: More Letters To Writers
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Life Drawing 9.45 Living
With The Gods 10.00 Woman’s
Hour 10.55 The Listening
Project 11.00 A Picture Held
Us Captive 11.30 It’s A Fair
Cop 12noon News 12.04
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ONDEMAND
Ozark
Netflix
Jason Bateman relocates
after a scheme goes wrong.
Inspector George
Gently
BBC iPlayer
Last chance to catch Martin
Shaw’s swansong as the
1960s-70s Geordie copper.
LAST CHANCE
Joe Orton Laid Bare
BBC iPlayer
A terrific profile of the
murdered playwright.
Women. Hetty’s old diaries
turn up some uncomfortable
home truths for Maggie. 7.00
The Archers. Alan does some
buttering up. 7.15 Front Row.
Arts programme. 7.45 Living
With The Gods. Attempts
by some societies to outlaw
certain faiths seen as a threat.
8.00 The Moral Maze. An
ethical debate on a issue behind
the week’s news. 8.45 Four
Thought. Michael Merrick
challenges assumptions about
social mobility. 9.00 Science
Stories. How a 13-year old girl
mapped metamorphism in
the 1600s. Naomi Alderman
presents. 9.30 Only Artists. The
painter Rose Wylie meets the
comedian Stewart Lee. 10.00
The World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
Rabbit Redux. By John Updike.
11.00 Lenny Henry: Rogue’s
Gallery. A white boy from West
Virginia is forced to join the Klu
Klux Klan by his father. 11.15
Joseph Morpurgo’s Walking
Tour. An audio adventure
through London’s East End.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
Presented by Susan Hulme.
11.55 The Listening Project
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: Lou
Reed: A Life 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
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Winston Churchill’s boozy 69th birthday
banquet started with Champagne and ended
with Stalin’s interpreter being covered in
ice cream. Struan Stevenson reports
T
he Second World War
was at a tipping point.
The Russians had won the
Battle of Stalingrad, but
at a terrible cost, and they
were still engaged on the Eastern
Front. Russians were dying by the tens
of thousands and they badly needed
a diversion – a new front in Western
Europe to draw German forces away.
The British needed guarantees over
their risky plans in the Mediterranean.
America wanted Russian help in
dealing with Japan. If they couldn’t
reach a consensus now, perhaps they
never would. It was time to talk.
So Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin
gathered for a four-day conference
in Tehran in November 1943. Even
getting these men in the same room
had been a challenge: Stalin didn’t
want to leave Moscow and hated flying,
while Roosevelt was physically disabled
and found any sort of travel difficult.
There was one final and apparently
insurmountable stumbling block: after
two days in the Iranian capital it was
clear they weren’t getting on. The air
fizzed with arguments and insults.
Then, on 30 November, it was
Winston Churchill’s 69th birthday and
he was to host a dinner. This was the
last throw of the dice. Could he pull off a
remarkable piece of diplomacy and get
these powerful statesmen to thrash out
a strategy for defeating Hitler?
Churchill had arrived in Tehran
with a bad sore throat and made
his apologies to Roosevelt, who had
organised a steak and baked potato
dinner for the three leaders’ first gettogether on the opening evening of the
conference. It was planned for each
of the leaders to host a dinner, but a
disgruntled Churchill ate his meal
alone, in his bed in the British legation.
Stalin hosted a dinner on the second
night, when the taunts and barbs were
aimed at Churchill by the US President,
aided and abetted by the Soviet
dictator. Once again it was not a good
night for the British Prime Minister.
The first two days of the conference
did not go well. The key focus was how to
win the war against fascism and Stalin
repeatedly emphasised the need for the
Allies to launch Operation Overlord in
northern France in early May 1944 to
take the pressure off his troops in the
east. He quickly won the support of
Roosevelt, but Churchill would not
be moved. The arguments continued,
and it looked as if the conference was
heading for disaster.
Onthethirdday–Churchill’sbirthday
– arguments raged all morning. But
at last an agreement was reached
about the timing and conditions
for the Allied landings in northern
France. So, after three days of gigantic
personality clashes, psychological
manoeuvring and stormy meetings,
Churchill,
after several
attempts,
blew out all
the candles
to applause
Churchill’s 69th birthday dinner took
place. Although the groundbreaking
agreement had raised everyone’s
spirits, there was still vital business to
conclude. Churchill was determined
to patch up his differences with
Roosevelt and Stalin, and he prepared
the birthday banquet meticulously,
fretting over every detail with his staff.
The evening began with Champagne,
Johnny Walker Black Label whisky and
Bloody Mary cocktails. Churchill later
wrote in his memoirs that everyone
seemed to be in a good mood. The 34
guests included Churchill’s children
– Captain Randolph Churchill and his
sister Sarah, the lone woman here –
and two long tables had been laid with
sparkling silver cutlery, candelabra,
linen napkins and crystal glasses.
Stalin, still in rumbustious form,
criticised the profusion of silverware,
claiming that this was a typical sign of
British bourgeois decadence, although
he then asked Churchill’s interpreter
to point out which knives and forks he
should use for which course.
Churchill ignored this jibe and took
his seat in the middle with Stalin on
his left and Roosevelt on his right. A
birthday cake with 69 candles in the
shape of a “V” for victory was carried
in and set down in front of the three
leaders. Summoning up as much
breath as he could, Churchill, after
several attempts, blew out all the
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candles to thunderous applause from
the assembled guests. Toast after toast
followed, with embassy staff racing to
refill the constantly drained glasses and
most of the guests spending a large part
of the evening on their feet.
The elaborate menu included a
starter of a Persian soup made with
chicken stock, pearl barley and lime
juice. This was followed by boiled
salmon trout from the Caspian Sea
garnished with Caspian Beluga caviar.
The fish was followed by roast turkey,
with boiled potatoes and vegetables.
The meal was washed down with
copious glasses of French Chablis and
Persian Shiraz wines.
The pièce de résistance was a pudding,
which the chef had named the “Persian
Lantern Ice”, an extravagant affair
consisting of a large block of ice, 4in
thick, which formed the base, into the
centre of which had been drilled a 3indiameter hole. A perforated steel tube
had been placed precariously in this
hole, concealing a huge candle, the
light from which glittered through the
perforations. On top of the steel tube
the chef had placed a circular plate
dusted with icing sugar on which sat an
enormous mound of Persian ice cream.
White-gloved waiters ceremoniously
carried two of these sumptuous
concoctions around the room to great
applause. However, as one of the
waiters headed back to serve Stalin, the
heat from the candle had begun to melt
the block of ice, and the steel tower and
plate of ice cream was now starting to
lurch sideways like the Leaning Tower
of Pisa. Valentin Berezhkov, Stalin’s
interpreter, was standing behind the
Soviet leader when the entire pudding
collapsed, splattering down his front
and covering his shoes. This crisis
provoked guffaws of laughter around
the room and Air Chief Marshal Sir
Charles Portal was heard to mutter
“missed the target”, no doubt referring
to Stalin. The final course of the
birthday banquet was a cheese soufflé,
after which the port was served along
with tea and coffee.
An exhausted Roosevelt retired to
his quarters around 11pm. But the now
jovial Soviet leader was in party mood
and keen for Churchill to join him. Soon
the pair were clinking their glasses
for the umpteenth time, toasting each
other in increasingly extravagant
terms. At one point Churchill was heard
to say to Stalin: “Call me Winston; I
call you Joe behind your back.” “No,”
Stalin replied. “I want to call you my
friend. I’d like to be allowed to call
you my good friend.” This led to yet
another toast with Churchill raising
his glass “to the proletarian masses”
and Stalin proposing a toast to “the
Conservative Party”.
At 1am, Sir Alexander Cadogan,
Permanent Under-Secretary at the
Winston Churchill
(above left) is flanked
by Franklin D Roosevelt
and Joseph Stalin at
the Prime Minister’s
69th birthday dinner in
Tehran on 6 December
1943; the menu (above
right) included poached
salmon and beluga
caviar; (top right) Tony
Singh prepares Persian
barley soup on BBC
Radio Scotland’s ‘The
Kitchen Café’, watched
by presenter Neil Forbes
(left) and author
Struan Stevenson
FOX PHOTOS/GETTY; BBC
The jovial
Soviet leader
was in party
mood and keen
for Churchill
to join him
Foreign Office, went to check on
Churchill only to find him sitting with
Stalin, surrounded by “innumerable
bottles” and complaining of a slight
headache. Cadogan noted that Stalin
and Churchill did not engage in much
military talk during the evening, but
that Churchill did probe the Soviet
dictator about what had happened
to the Kulaks, the relatively rich
farming class that Stalin had vowed to
liquidate. Cadogan reported that Stalin
responded “with great frankness”,
stating that the Kulaks had been given
land in Siberia but that they were “very
unpopular with the rest of the people”.
Few of the dinner guests stirred
until late morning on 1 December.
The previous evening’s excesses had
cemented better relations between the
three leaders and their ministers and
chiefs of staff now felt almost anything
was possible. When Stalin, Roosevelt
and a slightly jaded Churchill met
for their final plenary session, Stalin
agreed in principle that the USSR
would immediately declare war on
Japan once an Allied victory had been
secured over Germany.
Provisional agreements were made
about post-war borders, which would
later define the boundaries of the Iron
Curtain and the opposing sides in the
Cold War. Roosevelt outlined his plans
for a global organisation that could
resolve conflict and secure peace for
Serves 6
3 litres chicken stock
50ml olive oil
100g red onion, finely diced
90g uncooked pearl barley
1⁄2 level tsp turmeric
juice of 2 limes
6 ripe or overripe tomatoes blended to a
purée in food processor
Salt
Black pepper
150g pumpkin, peeled and diced
A good handful chopped fresh parsley
6 lime wedges
Bring stock to a gentle simmer in a
pot. Heat the oil in a large pot over
medium heat and sauté the onion until
translucent. Add the pearl barley to the
pot and stir for one minute.
Stir in the hot chicken stock, turmeric,
lime juice, tomato, salt and pepper.
Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce
heat to low, and simmer for one hour.
Mix in the pumpkin and continue
simmering for 30 minutes or until the
soup has thickened and the pumpkin
and barley are tender. If the soup is too
thick, add hot water or more stock if you
have to, one tablespoon at a time. Stir
in the fresh parsley. Serve with fresh
lime wedges.
This soup can be served with crème
fraiche if desired, although Churchill
disliked creamy soups.
the future. He had in mind a “United
Nations” run, effectively, by the four
great powers of America, Britain, China
and the Soviet Union acting as global
policemen. All three leaders departed
fromTehranbelievingthattheywerethe
winners. Churchill, having withstood a
constant barrage of insults and affronts
from Stalin and Roosevelt, was satisfied
that his “dinner diplomacy” had paved
the way to a solid agreement. Following
lunch on 1 December, the three leaders
signed a final agreement which set
out all of the points on which they had
reached an accord. Details of the key
decisions taken were not revealed until
after the end of the war
The decisions taken in Tehran
opened a new chapter that influenced
the political and strategic realities for
months and years ahead. There was
no doubt that the climax of the Tehran
Conference had been Churchill’s
birthday banquet, which had brought
the three leaders closer together and
cemented agreements that shaped the
world for years.
This is an edited
excerpt from ‘The
Course of History:
Ten Meals That
Changed the World’ by
Struan Stevenson with
recipes by Tony Singh
(£16.99, Birlinn)
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I
t is 7.30am on a Sunday. A
crescent moon hangs low
in the sky, kissing the top of
the steep, snowy slope. The
sun is hidden behind the
towering peaks, but the mountain
is beginning to take shape in the
early morning light. Ahead, the
deep-cut walls of the valley flatten
out and I can see where the path
swings left, towards our goal:
Mount Toubkal. I’ve been awake
for three hours and walking for
two. I pause to take a deep breath
of the thin air, hands on hips,
staring at my boots.
“You have to suffer to remember
it,” says my guide Mohammed,
grinning as he pats me on the
back. He has the look of a man out
for a casual stroll rather than one
leading a group of hikers to the
top of Morocco’s highest peak. At
4,167m (13,671ft), Toubkal is the
tallest mountain in North Africa,
a challenge for even the most
seasoned of hill walkers.
I’m here with Much Better
Adventures, a British travel
company that recently launched
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to maximise their time off with the
minimum of fuss.
“Things like climbing Toubkal
are the kind of once-in-a-lifetime
experiences that sit on our bucket
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we either run out of annual leave
or are put off by the usual prices
and complexities,” says Sam
Bruce, the co-founder of Much
Better Adventures, who I chat
with before leaving the UK. “We
have done the hard work to strip
all that away.”
The tour I have joined, Climb
Mount Toubkal and Explore
Marrakech, requires two days
away from my desk. There’s the
chance to snoop around the souks
and mosques of Morocco’s most
famous city on the Friday, before
staying at a traditional riad and
striking out for the mountain on
Saturday morning, overnighting
t o a m o u n t a i n r e f u ge i n
preparation for the final assault on
the summit. Visitors can choose
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to the UK late on Sunday if they
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return flight on Monday morning.
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the chaotic streets of Marrakech’s
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– seven nervous walkers checking
rucksack straps, water pouches
and supplies of blister plasters –
past irrigation channels, through
verdant woods and on to the path
towards the refuge.
In terms of difficulty, the initial
ascent is more akin to a long yomp
in the Lake District than a walk
in the High Atlas. That, however,
is where the comparison ends.
Huge, snow-capped mountains
loom in the distance, the spring
warmth forcing me to strip down
to shorts and T–shirt within
minutes of setting out. We cross
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a floodplain, locals hand-mining
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lamb tagine, mackerel and fresh
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sweet mint tea.
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out of the village and on towards
the refuge. The final hours of the
hike take on a distinctly British
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temperature plummeting. I reach
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thinning air, I feel as if I could be on
a damp spring walk in Scotland.
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me and points up the steepest,
snowiest slope. “That’s our route
to the summit tomorrow,” he
says. I gulp and nod in reply.
After a fitful night in a bunk
room with my fellow walkers, I
awake in the dark and search for
my head torch. I dress quickly,
eat the bowl of porridge proffered
by Abdullah, and head outside.
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my boots and I follow him out
towards the slope. High above, the
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As I switch off my head torch
and the sun crests the ridge, I take
another break and turn to look at
the view. Wispy clouds streak the
summits of far-off hills, the rugged,
remote beauty of the High Atlas
gleaming in the morning light.
The snow peters out and we
reach the rocky ridge at last,
after three and a half hours of
strenuous climbing. From here,
the path skirts alongside sheer
cliff faces, the metal pyramid
at the top of Toubkal visible in
the distance. Mohammed helps
point out the best footholds and
soon I’m racing across the final,
shallow incline towards the
summit. The clouds are beginning
to set in, but the views are still
spectacular. Row after row of
ridges, peaks and snowbound
valleys reveal themselves.
Mohammed pours out hot mint
tea from a flask and we toast our
success. “I’ve been up here more
than 150 times,” he says, “But it’s
always magical.” He’s not wrong.
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will be disappointed to learn that while
making it there was no meta-moment
of behind-the-scenes tension – largely
because Gere was unaware of Coogan’s
work on the show.
“He mentioned something about it
at one point,” says Gere, “but I guess
I didn’t care enough to ask him about
doing it. I’ll have to look it up.” Ouch.
The veteran movie star is, of
course, full of praise for Coogan’s
performance in The Dinner. The film
itself is a chamber piece about a gladhanding politician (played by Gere)
who convenes his nearest and dearest
at a posh restaurant to discuss a moral
dilemma involving their children that
has potentially huge ramifications for
all of their futures. Coogan – whom
Gere had seen in Philomena – plays
Gere’s brother, a history teacher with
mental health issues and a fractious
relationship with his older, more
successful sibling.
“He’s very brave and goes into
some very dark territory – not just
emotionally, but psychologically as
well,” says Gere of Coogan’s tricky
role, which is a world away from
Alan Partridge and his pseudo-autobiographical work for the film-maker
Michael Winterbottom. “You think he’s
initially the truth-teller in our story and
then the film shifts and you realise that
he has some really serious problems
and the movie starts to take on another
point of view.”
I t’s a n i n t r i g u i n g f i l m
and marks Gere’s latest
collaboration with indie
director Oren Moverman.
They first met when
Moverman scripted Todd
Haynes’s left-field Bob
Dylan biopic I’m Not
There, which cast
Gere as one of the
many incarnations
of the music
legend (Gere and
Dylan are friends
Top table: Steve Coogan,
Laura Linney, Richard Gere
and Rebecca Hall in ‘The
Dinner’ VERTIGO RELEASING
Table talk with
Gere and
Coogan
Richard Gere talks to Alistair Harkness
about his latest film project with Steve
Coogan – who hilariously sent up the
film star in ‘The Trip’
in real life, but what Dylan thought of
his performance has, apparently,
“never come up”).
They worked together again
on last year’s Time Out of Mind,
in which Gere did some fine
work playing a homeless man in
New York. In some respects, the
new film plays like a companion
piece, albeit one told from the
perspective of characters who
are at the opposite end of the
economic spectrum. “Yeah, I
was curious about that when
I read the script, but this was actually
in the works before Time Out of Mind,”
Gere says. “Oren is always interested
in people in extremis; he’s interested in
society, how people fit into society and
the responsibility of culture and society
to the individual.
“The Dinner is about that. Who are we
responsible to, and on what level? Are
we here just to protect our closest family,
or even just our kids? Or do we teach
them responsibility for our actions? So
you have this argument coming from
four different points of view.”
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televis on
SEAN O’GRADY
An architectural gem
fit for a pharaoh but
unfitting for our times
» Grand Designs: House of the Year Channel 4, 9pm
» Jo Brand’s Cats and Kittens Channel 5, 8pm
Kevin
McCloud
visits the
vast Kent
property
Caring Wood
in ‘Grand
Designs:
House Of
The Year’
P
In the film, Rebecca Hall and
Laura Linney play Gere and Coogan’s
respective wives and fellow diners.
Gere describes them collectively as
“race horses” – necessary, he says, for
powering through the dialogue-heavy
script when money and time were both
very tight. “You need people who know
what they’re doing,” he says.
Linney’s presence, though, brings to
mind her first collaboration with Gere
on Primal Fear back in 1996. The legal
thriller is remembered now mainly
for launching the career of Edward
Norton, and I’m curious if Gere – as a
former hotshot actor himself (watch
him raring to go opposite Diane Keaton
in 1977’s Looking for Mr Goodbar) – can
always spot that sort of talent and
hunger in younger actors. “I think you
can tell when an actor has something
special,” he says. “It’s pretty obvious.”
Maybe so, but when I ask if he saw
something special in Charlie Plummer,
the 18-year-old who plays his nephew in
The Dinner, and whose career is about
to go stratospheric as the star of Ridley
Scott’s forthcoming All the Money in the
World, he doesn’t seem to know who I’m
talking about.
“Charlie Plummer?” says Gere. “I
don’t know who that is.”
“Charlie Plummer,” I say cautiously,
fearing I’ve made a mistake. “The
young actor who plays your nephew in
the film.” And around whom the entire
movie revolves (I don’t say this last part).
“Oh, the young actor,” says Gere,
scrambling. “I don’t have any scenes
with him.”
“He’s a wonderful young actor,” he
adds, somewhat unconvincingly, just
as I’m about to ask if he has actually
I think you
can tell when
an actor has
something
special.
It’s pretty
obvious
seen his own movie. “But I didn’t work
with him. I didn’t have any personal
experience with him.”
The publicist jumps in to wrap
things up. We finish by talking about
his career, which really got going with
Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, went
stratospheric with American Gigolo,
An Officer and a Gentleman and later
Pretty Woman, and which has settled of
late into an interesting groove of lowbudget passion projects. Did he ever
have much of a plan for his career?
“Maybe my agent had a plan, but
I never did,” laughs Gere. “That’s
probably why you see it going in so
many directions. Which I like. It
makes it more interesting for me to
discover my life, my career, whatever
I do, as it’s happening. It’s always filled
with surprises. I’ve been extremely
fortunate that way.”
‘The Dinner’ is on general release
from 8 December
On the road: Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in ‘The Trip To Italy’ BBC
roperty porn – still legal,
I’m afraid, whether in print,
digital or video format –
usually has an unsettling
effect on me, a mixture of envy and
queasiness at the obscene amounts
of money lavished (ie wasted) on
the conspicuous consumption of
the wealthy.
That, I think, is why I’ve never
cared that much for Grand
Designs: House of the Year, despite
the unpretentious charm and
knowledge of its host, Kevin
McCloud, and the sometimes
spectacular displays of exquisite
taste that we are treated to. For
what is, in essence, a real estate
version of The Apprentice it is all
very sensitively executed.
This year more than most, I
would have thought that, with all
the coverage of the housing crisis
and the plight of the millennials,
the Royal Institute of British
Architects might have shown a bit
more care in its choice. But no, it
still had its traditional tin ear (or
maybe that should be Modernist
tin ear) for public opinion and
chose Caring Wood.
It looks like something out
of a Dr Seuss book, all random
pointiness and witch’s hat
peaks, the higgledy-piggledy
scarlet buildings sticking out
of the countryside at curious
angles. Apparently designed for
occupation by three generations
of what I assume is an especially
well-heeled dynasty in Kent with
pharaonic delusions, it’s set in 84
acres of ancient woodland and is
larger than most council estates.
It’s all traditional materials, its
asymmetric shapes and colours
inspired by old Kent oast houses,
and rendered with some chutzpah,
I must say, by James Macdonald
Wright and Niall Maxwell. It will
never, I suggest, qualify for the
Help to Buy scheme, and I just
found the whole spectacle deeply
demoralising.
I doubt that the rival entry
“Hidden House”, a one-storey
CHANNEL 4
dwelling tucked away on a tiny plot
on a former school yard in central
London, would be within reach of
most first-time buyers either, but
at least this was showing some
invention and ingenuity entirely
focused on today’s cramped times.
However, like so many of the other
homes on display there seemed
an obsession with hiding away
all the untidiness and detritus of
life behind great big oak screens.
Architecture is designed to stand
the test of time, and so I wonder
what a future generation will make
of our paranoia about having a
stranger accidentally encounter
a pair of discarded socks or some
Lego in our beautiful show homes.
These houses, as McCloud noted,
resembled galleries or museums,
not lived-in homes. Perhaps we
have all succumbed to some sort of
property-related mental plague, a
disease on such a scale only a truly
violent housing crash could cure it.
On Have I Got News for You
recently Jo Brand had to remind
the all-boy panel that acceptable
sexual harassment is in fact
precisely what it has always been
– unacceptable sexual harassment.
Jo Brand’s Cats and Kittens isn’t
exactly central to the feminist
mission, but no matter.
For the very, very many cat
fans out there – of every gender
– there were lots of lots of cute
felines being very cute, including
the 105 being cared for by one
devoted cat lady. (She spends
£12,000 a year on cat food and
£40,000 on vets’ bills. No further
comment.) I especially enjoyed a
YouTube video from America of a
runaway kitten rescued by a biker
on a busy intersection. We were
told that the cat now lives with
his rescuer, who has named him
Skidmark, a line delivered with
an impeccably seriousness by the
ever-professional Ms Brand.
There. Not too catty, was I?
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Arts
Arts
reviews
‘Bad Roads’ swings
queasily between
matter-of-fact horror
and bitter comedy
HELEN MURRAY
THEATRE
Bad Roads
ROYAL COURT THEATRE
HHHHH
This savage look at the
dehumanising impact of war at
the Royal Court has been written
by the leading Ukrainian dramatist
Natal’ya Vorozhbit. Set in the
Donbass region of Ukraine, where
war has been raging since 2014,
the play has been put together
from the recorded first-hand
accounts of people caught up in
the conflict.
The chief focus is on what it is
like to be a woman in wartime,
and the play’s structure of vivid
vignettes that swing queasily
POP
CLASSICAL
James Blunt
Vadim
Gluzman/
Johannes
Moser/Yevgeny
Sudbin
EVENTIM APOLLO, LONDON
HHHHH
“We play the same songs every
night,” James Blunt said. He
sounded almost as bored as the
crowd looked.
Moments earlier, he’d also
managed to inadvertently insult
half of them with his deadpan
humour: “You guys up there in the
balcony – you’ve made a major
cock-up,” he said. “The people on
the floor are going to have a way
better night…”
In an upbeat opening, Blunt
put all his energy into “Heart to
Heart” and “I’ll Take Everything”.
He encouraged the crowd to
stand; a third did. His observation
that “now Adele has given up
music, I’m all you’ve got left”
was sobering.
Although Blunt has reinvented
himself on Twitter, his everyman
routine grated. “You’re Beautiful”
and “Same Mistake” received the
most praise from the audience.
Other songs veered between
forgettable middle-of-the-road
guitar rock and bland balladry. He
also ventured into politics with
an anti-Trump song, but it was an
insipid protest piece.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
between matter-of-fact horror
and bitter comedy is served well
by Royal Court artistic director
Vicky Featherstone’s brilliantly
acted production.
It uses a tonally agile translation
by poet and playwright Sasha
Dugdale, and arranges the
audience along three sides of
Camilla Clarke’s clever, creepy
stage design, with its birch trees
that spring up from an industrial
tiled floor and recede into dark,
unsettling secrecy.
“Our women have gone
crazy for soldiers this past
year,” declares the 40-year-old
journalist (the excellent Kate
Dickie), who kicks things off with
a long monologue about how
she became erotically obsessed
with a soldier and travelled with
him to the front line. How crass
and cringe-worthy to talk of
love in wartime, she admits, that
first kiss against a backdrop of
bombing. But she also accuses us
of envying her.
When the big moment comes,
though, the journalist finds
that PTSD has left the soldier
impotent and that she must earn
her medal as an Ukrainian patriot
in other ways.
The longest and most appalling
of the episodes depicted is set
in the dark basement, where
a separatist insurgent (Tadhg
Murphy) inflicts unspeakable
abuse on a young woman whose
attempts to find some common
humanity with her persecutor
have a harrowing gentleness and
compassion in Ria Zmitrovich’s
superb performance. Bringing
out the hideous closeness of
racism and misogyny and
showing the horrible things that
war does to already disturbed
men, it’s a play about poisoned
power relations, and it’s staged
with terrific rhythmic finesse
(Nick Powell’s sound-design
making my heart thud).
A masterly and woundingly
memorable evening.
To 23 December (020 7565 5000)
PAUL TAYLOR
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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON SE1
The UK’s first major exhibition
of artists’ responses to war and
conflict since 9/11, featuring work
from Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry,
Mona Hatoum, Jenny Holzer and
others. (020 7416 5000) to 28 May
Roy Lichtenstein
TATE, LIVERPOOL
More than 20 works chart Roy
Lichtenstein’s career, from his
early interest in landscape to his
pop paintings influenced by comic
strips and advertising. The free
display also presents a threescreen installation, his only work
with film, made after spending
two weeks at Universal Studios in
1969. (tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun
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
and also very perceptive about
racism and hypocrisy in middleclass white America. Julianne
Moore and Matt Damon star.
Nationwide release
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). The
Little Miss Sunshine directors deal
with serious subjects (inequality,
homophobia and addiction) in a
playful way. Nationwide release
TALKS & POETRY
Ali Smith
TOPPING & CO, ST ANDREWS
The author discusses the second
in a new quartet of novels related
to the seasons, Winter. (01334
585111) tonight 8pm
WIGMORE HALL, LONDON
COMEDY
HHHHH
Before the curtain rose at the
Royal Opera last Wednesday,
musical director Antonio
Pappano appeared on stage to
announce – to gasps of dismay
from the audience - that the
evening’s performance would
be dedicated to an artist who
had died a few hours previously:
the Russian baritone Dmitri
Hvorostovsky.
The memory of his great voice,
said Pappano, would long resonate in the minds of all who had
heard him. When violinist Vadim
Gluzman introduced Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor at the
Wigmore Hall two days later, he
too announced that the performance would be dedicated to
Hvorostovsky’s memory.
Hvorostovsky was 55 but he
had seemed eternally youthful,
despite the prematurely grey
locks. The Siberian-born singer
wasn’t a great actor, and he
VISUAL ARTS
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
Margaret Cho
VARIOUS VENUES
The late Russian baritone
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
was remembered at the
Wigmore Hall
CATHERINE ASHMORE
always tended to play to the
gallery but his glorious sound
and magnetic presence brought
compelling magic to his Onegin,
Boccanegra, and Germont père.
In the Russian song repertoire he
was incomparable.
Though their chosen
Tchaikovsky work, with its
funeral march, was appropriate,
the concert by Gluzman, cellist
Johannes Moser, and pianist
Yevgeny Sudbin sadly proved
in the end disappointing.
Schubert’s Notturno in E flat
lacked the requisite mystery, Arno
Babadjanian’s rarely performed
Piano Trio came over as mere
pastiche, and the Tchaikovsky
was strident.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
The US star tours her latest
excoriating routines on race,
sexuality and gender in Fresh Off
the Bloat. Glee, Birmingham (0871
472 0400) tonight; Lowry, Salford
(0843 208 6000) Thur; O2 Academy,
Sheffield (0844 477 2000) Fri
Milton Jones
VARIOUS VENUES
The master of oddball one liners
– with hair and shirt combo to
match – tours Milton Jones Is Out
There. Alban Arena, St Albans
(01727 844488) tonight; Engine
Shed, Lincoln (0871 220 0260) Thur;
City Hall, Hull (01482 300306) Fri
No Such Thing as a Fish
VARIOUS VENUES
The bookish team behind all
of those curious facts on QI
(and here’s another one: their
all-conquering podcast gets 1.2
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a pairing of the enigmatically
disconcerting Fourth and the
cryptically concise Sixth, plus
the UK premiere of Swedish
composer Anders Hillborg’s 2016
Violin Concerto No 2, performed
by its dedicatee Lisa Batiashvili.
(0845 120 7511) tonight 7.30pm
JAZZ
Jose Feliciano with
Jools Holland
million downloads a week) hit the
road with fresh revelations. Grove
Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080)
tonight; New Alexandra Theatre,
Birmingham (atgtickets.com) Thur
DANCE
Serge Gainsbourg’s male selfaggrandisement and Sleaford
Mods’ kitchen-sink jabs, Prince
of Tears is a spiky, self-lacerating
near-classic from a singer fulfilling
his long-percolating promise.
(ticketweb.co.uk) tonight
Mark Lanegan Band
Sylvia
VARIOUS VENUES
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Post-punk reverberations and
pummelling electro-rock add
throbbing currents of intensity
to Lanegan’s rueful fatalism on
Gargoyle, spiked by a wit as dry as
his six-feet-under growl. Wulfrun
Hall, Wolverhampton (seetickets.
com) tonight; Boiler Shop, Newcastle
(seetickets.com) Thur; Academy,
Liverpool (seetickets.com) Fri
The Royal Ballet dance Frederick
Ashton’s extravagant tale, with
a pretty Delibes score and a plot
full of gods and nymphs. Natalia
Osipova makes her debut on
Thursday. (020 7304 4000) tonight,
Thur and Fri
POP
Gorillaz
VARIOUS VENUES
Damon Albarn and Jamie
Hewlett’s cartoon-hop concept
take the all-in-this-together
festivities of Humanz to the
masses, no doubt with guests
on hand to help the fusionz go
with a pop. SSE Hydro, Glasgow
(ticketmaster.co.uk) tonight; Arena,
Manchester (seetickets.com) Fri
Baxter Dury
KOKO, LONDON NW1
Break-up albums often cosset
the emotions depicted within,
but Baxter Dury’s latest is a
more hilarious, heart-breaking
variant. Pitched between
CLASSICAL
London Philharmonic
Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON SE1
Vladimir Jurowski pairs the
belated UK premiere of postromantic Austrian impressionist
Joseph Marx’s sumptuous 1922
Autumn Symphony with Ottorino
Respighi’s rarely heard Autumn
Poem and Ernest Chausson’s
rapturous Poème. (020 3879 9555)
tonight 7.30pm
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BARBICAN HALL, LONDON EC2
Sakari Oramo continues his
Sibelius symphony cycle with
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THEATRE
Romantics Anonymous
SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE,
LONDON SE1
Emma Rice’s big-hearted
swansong as artistic director is
a musical adaptation of the 2010
French-Belgian rom-com Les
Emotifs Anonymes about two shy
chocolate-makers who meet and
fall in love. (020 7401 9919) to 6 Jan
First
Chance
Opening
this week
FILM
Happy End
VARIOUS VENUES
Ink
15, MICHAEL HANEKE, 108MINS
The legendary guitarist and singer
has joined up with Jools and
his orchestra to tour their new
album, As You See Me Now. Theatre
Royal & City Hall, Newcastle (0844
811 2121) tonight and Thur; SEC
Armadillo, Glasgow (0844 395
4000) Fri and Sat
DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis
Trintignant star in a family drama by
the director of Amour. Opens Fri
FOLK & ROOTS
A splendid Fleet Street drama
about the birth and spectacular
growth of that most mocked and
mocking of British institutions,
The Sun. Rupert Goold’s direction
is a kinetic delight and Bertie
Carvel is reptilian as Rupert
Murdoch. (0844 871 7627) to 6 Jan
THE VAULTS, LONDON SE1
OLD QUEENS HEAD, LONDON N1
This musical portrait of
bohemian New York seems a
period piece, yet it’s still a joyous
experience, infused with the
chaotic spirit of the Sixties.
(hair50.com) to 13 Jan
For their latest album, Below
Ground, the London-based
instrumental folk trio descended
to the subterranean Effra river,
and at the Old Queens Head
they bring to the light the deep
and flowing streams of their
immersive music. (020 7354 9993)
tonight
VISUAL ARTS
Richard Long:
Drawn from the Land
DERBY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Photographs, prints and sculpture
by the British land artist.
(derbymuseums.org) opens Sat
Hair: the Musical
Effra
JAZZ
Double Spiral Infinity Quartet
VORTEX JAZZ, LONDON N16
Veteran saxophonist Marshall Allen
touches down for a three-night
residency. (020 7254 4097) opens Thur
8 days
from on
ly
£899pp
WORLD MUSIC
DakhaBrakha
VARIOUS VENUES
Indian, Arabic, African, Russian
and Australian instruments
make up the Ukrainian world
music quartet’s powerful
transnational sound rooted in
their own musical culture. Oval
Space, London E2 (020 7183 4422)
tonight; Attenborough Centre for
the Creative Arts, Brighton (01273
678822) Thur; Pontio Arts Centre,
Bangor (01248 382828) Fri
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Mother Courage and
Her Children
SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE,
LONDON SE1
Josie Lawrence shines
in this revival of Bertolt
Brecht’s 1939 play, in a
production that embraces
the vaudeville character of
the play’s songs and music.
Casting Lawrence in the
title role is a brilliant choice,
raising the production from
passable to first-class and
hinting at Courage as a sad
clown, an improviser on her
last legs. (020 7407 0234)
to 9 Dec
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ECONOMY
UK banks ‘equipped to cope
with a disorderly Brexit’
By Josie Cox
The UK’s biggest banks would be able
to cope with a “disorderly Brexit”
without having to be bailed out by
taxpayers, the Bank of England
(BoE) said yesterday in a report
published on the back of its rigorous
annual stress test.
The BoE said it was the first year
since it started conducting the
tests in 2014 that none of the major
lenders would need to strengthen
their capital positions as a result of
the outcome.
Last year, Barclays and Royal Bank
of Scotland failed their tests when
examined on the basis of how much
capital they held at the start of the
year. The BoE said that since then,
the situation at both had improved
sufficiently. The results are likely to
come as a relief to the Government
as it dusts off plans to reprivatise the
taxpayer-backed RBS.
In last week’s Budget, the Treasury
announced plans to restart sales of
shares in the lender by the end of the
financial year 2018-19. It aims to sell
off £3bn a year over five years – or
around two-thirds of the 72 per cent
stake currently held by the state.
The stress test result could
diminish the chances of the
Government having to offload its
stake at an even greater discount.
“The 2017 stress test shows the UK
UK taxpayers stand to lose
£22bn from the bailout
of RBS as the Government sells
back shares below the 502p it paid
in 2008, the Office for Budget
Responsibility said.
banking system is resilient to deep
simultaneous recessions in the UK
and global economies, large falls in
asset prices and a separate stress of
misconduct costs,” the BoE said.
Other banks that passed the test
were HSBC, Lloyds, the UK division
of Santander, Standard Chartered
and Nationwide Building Society.
The report comes at a critical
time for the economy, with the Paris
based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
issuing a dire warning for the UK.
Yesterday, the OECD said it
expected Brexit to result in a sharp
slowdown, predicting growth of just
1.1 per cent in 2019 when the UK
leaves the EU.
Last week, the Office for Budget
Responsibility also downgraded
its forecasts, predicting that the
economy would expand by 1.5 per
The Bank of England said none of
the major lenders would need to
strengthen their capital positions
cent this year and 1.4 per cent in
2018, compared with its previous
estimates of 2 per cent and 1.6 per
cent, respectively.
Some forecasting bodies have said
that if the UK fails to strike a trade
deal with the EU ahead of Brexit,
growth could be even weaker. But
the Bank of England’s Financial
Policy Committee said the UK
banking system “could continue to
support the real economy through a
disorderly Brexit”.
THE INDEPENDENT
CURRENCIES
Bitcoin
smashes
$10,000
barrier
By Ben Chapman
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
STAYCATIONS
If economics or
economic policy
is elitist and
inaccessible to
most people, it is
not doing its job
Andy Haldane
The Bank of England’s
chief economist speaks to
pupils in Birmingham
Are we enjoying more staycations?
It certainly seems so, with more and
more British families choosing to
holiday close to home.
So what?
According to the Office for National
Statistics, fewer of us went abroad
in August compared with the same
Where are people going?
The great outdoors. Sales of
camping equipment at Halfords
were the highest on record in the six
months to 29 September.
What other companies could benefit
from staycations?
Other firms with a stake in the
camping market. JD Sports acquired
the tent retailer Go Outdoors in
November to add to its Blacks
Outdoor chain. The company says
its outdoor division swung to a
profit for the first time in the
26 weeks to 29 July, primarily due
to the acquisition.
And if I don’t like camping?
Hoteliers are also reporting an
upturn in business. At Fuller Smith
and Turner – which operates a chain
of boutique inns – like-for-like
accommodation sales were up
by 8 per cent in the six months to
30 September.
Are staycations good for the UK?
If we can’t afford to go abroad,
it is possible that the UK leisure
sector could derive a real boost
from increased spending at home.
However, this has the potential to
be offset by falling revenues at
holiday airlines.
month last year. This suggests a
rise in “staycations” as the fall in the
value of sterling and declining living
standards have a big influence on
families’ travel plans.
The value of the bitcoin has passed
$10,000 for the first time, sparking
fresh fears that the digital cryptocurrency has created a bubble that
could be about to burst.
Yesterday morning, one bitcoin
was trading at $10,035 (£7,558) on
the CEX exchange. Some other
exchanges were offering bitcoins for
sale at about $9,900 each.
The total value of bitcoins in
circulation, around £226bn, now
exceeds the stock market valuation
of corporate giants including
McDonald’s, IBM and Disney.
The bitcoin’s value has surged
more than tenfold this year and has
jumped by a fifth this week alone.
Anyone who put their money into
the crypto-ocurrency at the start of
October would have already seen a
100 per cent return.
Digital currencies have largely
been shunned by traditional traders
in London and New York, but the
prospect that they could soon cross
over into the financial mainstream
has encouraged speculators to pile in.
Coinbase added 300,000 users
between Wednesday and Sunday and
now has more than 13.3 million.
Even JPMorgan, the US
investment bank headed by one of
the bitcoin’s staunchest critics, Jamie
Dimon, is said to be considering
helping its clients to trade contracts
linked to the currency.
But data from the World Coin Index
shows that the amount of bitcoins
being traded has not kept pace with
its value, which is potentially a sign of
a bubble. THE INDEPENDENT
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ECONOMY
EMPLOYMENT
Corbyn is a ‘worse threat to
business than leaving EU’
Thousands of
young women
being shut out
of jobs market
i WEDNESDAY
29 NOVEMBER 2017
39
From the
business
pages
By Ben Chapman and Rebecca Jones
By Alan Jones
The US investment bank Morgan
Stanley has warned that Jeremy
Corbyn becoming prime minister
would be worse for British business
than Brexit.
Analysts at the firm said that
the Labour Party winning power
could usher in “the most significant
political shift in the UK since the
end of the 1970s”, when Margaret
Thatcher entered Downing Street.
The bank said that a “radical
change in policy direction” – meaning
nationalisation of industries, higher
taxes on corporations and more
spending on low-income households
and the public sector – could
decrease the value of UK companies.
In this context, “domestic politics
may be perceived as a bigger risk
than Brexit,” Morgan Stanley’s
European equity team wrote in a
report for clients.
Morgan Stanley suggested that
Mr Corbyn could become prime
minister towards the end of next year
if it became apparent that Theresa
May’s government could not deliver
the Brexit deal it had hoped for.
Responding to the claim, a Labour
source told i: “As Jeremy said in his
first major speech of the general
election, ‘If I were... the CEO of a taxavoiding multinational corporation,
I’d want to see a Tory victory’.
Morgan Stanley claimed a radical policy change under a Labour government
led by Mr Corbyn could decrease the value of British companies GETTY
The next Labour government
will provide the major boost to
investment that business groups like
the Confederation of British Industry
and the Financial Stability Board
have been calling for, protect 95 per
cent of people from any tax rises and
ensure our public services work for
people, not profiteers.”
The value of the FTSE 100 index
of the UK’s biggest companies has
soared since Brexit, helped by the
dramatic fall in the value of sterling,
which has boosted profits of the 30
per cent of firms that report in US
dollars. Meanwhile, the falling pound
has pushed inflation higher, driving
up the cost of living, while average
workers and those reliant on benefits
have seen their incomes fall in real
terms as wage growth has stagnated.
THE INDEPENDENT
Morgan Stanley said that
retailer Ocado and pubs
operator Wetherspoons would be
among the firms most negatively
affected by a Labour government.
CONSUMER
Reduced ATM fees ‘may threaten network’
By Vicky Shaw
MPs are seeking assurances over
the accessibility of free-to-use cash
machines amid concerns that a
reduction in the fee that funds the
network will not mean a loss of
machines throughout the country.
Outlook
ANTHONY
HILTON
Industrial plan is
welcome but there
is still much to do
E
ver since the early 1980s,
when Ronald Reagan
said that the first duty of
government was to get out
of the way, and Margaret Thatcher
echoed this by saying that markets
rather than government should
decide what Britain was good at, the
Conservative Party has refused to
Nicky Morgan, the Tory MP
who chairs the Treasury Select
Committee, has written to the Link
network about its plans to reduce
the rates that banks and building
societies pay ATM operaters, from
about 25p to 20p per withdrawal.
The trade body the ATM Industry
Association has warned that the
move could create “ATM deserts”.
Ms Morgan said: “It seems
intuitive that a 20 per cent reduction
in the interchange fee received
by an ATM operator may mean
that some machines are no longer
economically viable.”
have an industrial policy. This belief
that markets always know best is still
deeply entrenched – indeed the whole
economic justification for Brexit
relies on the dubious proposition
that free trade will lead to the most
efficient allocation of resources
between countries, even when we are
the only country embracing it.
With this legacy, it is therefore
remarkable that the Government
should now unveil an industrial
strategy and, while it may fall short
of what is needed, that should not
blind us to the significance of the
shift. As Samuel Johnson once said of
dogs walking on their hind legs, the
surprise is not that it is done well but
that it is done at all.
But on the other hand,
governments have always had an
industrial strategy, even if only by
default. It influences the business
climate through tax and regulation.
It establishes national priorities,
invests in skills and infrastructure
and buys vast quantities of goods
from the private sector. Arbitrary
immigration targets, restrictions
of foreign students, and price caps
on energy companies are also an
industrial strategy, albeit not one
with a great deal of coherent thought.
What this week’s announcement
signifies, however, is the new
awareness in government that it
needs to be able to articulate a vision
for the kind of economy this country
Liike dogs walking on
heir hind legs, the surprise
th
is not that it is done well,
but that it is done at all
should have in decades to come. The
voters have said loud and clear that
almost 40 years of unfettered free
markets, deregulation and flexible
labour forces have not delivered an
economy that is working for them.
Theresa May agrees, so the pressure
is on the Government to deliver a
Hundreds of thousands of jobless
young women are being “written
off ” as economically inactive and
going without support to find work,
despite many of them having good
qualifications, a report suggests.
Most of the 264,000 women aged 16
to 24 classed as economically inactive
say they want to work but are not
included in official unemployment
statistics and not given the right
support to prepare for work, said the
Young Women’s Trust.
Its study found that having children
had a greater impact on a woman’s
chances of being in work than their
level of education. New mothers and
those with a dependent child are six
times more likely to be economically
inactive than those without children.
By contrast, the trust found that
having children did not affect whether
or not men were in work.
The trust’s chief executive, Carole
Easton, said: “Young women are
telling us they want to work but they
are getting shut out of the jobs market
in their hundreds of thousands.
Women can have a degree and be just
as likely to be out of work and training
as a man with no qualifications.
“While the Government focuses on
reducing its unemployment figures,
over a quarter of a million young
women who are not included in the
numbers are being forgotten.”
The report calls for support
and mentoring to help ease young
women’s transition back into work,
a commitment to invest in jobs and
skills for women, access to affordable
childcare, and reducing the time
taken to process welfare claims.
264,000
Women aged 16 to 24 who are
classed as economically inactive and
receive no support to find work
long-term plan for sustainable and
equitable growth throughout the UK.
Brexit is a catalyst but the issues
have been building for a quarter
of a century. The country has an
ageing population that will have to
be supported somehow; robotics
and machine intelligence will
soon transform the world of work;
globalisation underlines how little
of UK business is competitive
against the best of what is found
abroad; too much of management
is mediocre in the businesses where
the majority of the population are
employed; our levels of educational
attainment are too low for much of
the population. We invest less, and
have lower productivity and a bigger
trade deficit than most. Income and
geographic inequality are persistent
and growing.
What has taken 25 years to build
will take another 25 to resolve, but
we have to start somewhere.
EVENING STANDARD
Thai economy
‘has stabilised’
The Bangkok Post
Thailand’s economy and
inflation rate are stable and
salaries are likely to rise in the
short term, according to the
advisory firm Willis Towers
Watson. It predicts that salaries
will go up by 5.5 per cent in 2018,
following a 5.2 per cent increase
this year. Willis questioned
more than 4,000 respondents
in the Asia-Pacific region, with
132 firms in the Thai market
participating in the poll.
Women in business
scheme extended
The Astana Times
The European Bank
for Reconstruction and
Development is pumping more
money into its two-year-old
Women in Business scheme in
Kazakhstan. A $42m (£31.5m)
credit line will be provided to
local banks, which will lend the
funds to small and mediumsized enterprises run by women.
The programme will also benefit
from technical assistance.
NNPC ready to pick
biofuels investor
The Daily Post (Nigeria)
The state-run Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
has almost selected a core
investor for its proposed biofuel plant in Benue. The NNPC’s
managing director, Dr Maikanti
Baru, said arrangements had
been finalised to name the
prospective investor in the
coming weeks. The investor
will provide 70 per cent of the
funding required for the project.
Coffee exports
to Japan surge
Today Nicaragua
Exports of Nicaraguan coffee
to Japan in the first 11 months
of the 2016-17 harvest totalled
$17.6m (£13.2m) – 53 per
cent more than in 2015-16.
The average sums paid for
coffee in Japan are higher
than in other markets. The
Nicaraguan Centre for Exports
said: “In 2016-17, the value of a
hundredweight of gold grain
was $171.4m, almost 5 per cent
higher than the average price of
all coffee sold in that period.”
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Admiral
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BT
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610.5
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RETAIL
CONSTRUCTION
Ocado shares rise
on French tie-up
Office building
trade slumps
Shares in Ocado surged by more
than 20 per cent in early trading
yesterday after the online
supermarket announced that it
had struck a deal to co-operate
with the French retailer Groupe
Casino. Ocado said that it had
sealed a deal with Casino for
the latter to use its e-commerce
platform to help bolster its
online business.
The number of new office
developments in London is
falling as higher costs and
Brexit uncertainty lead to
delays. Construction began on
25 office schemes in the capital
during the six months to 30
September, compared with 28
started in the preceding six
months, a survey by Deloitte
Real Estate showed.
TRANSPORT
PEOPLE
Travel fares are
frozen again
Pets at Home boss
to step down
The Mayor of London, Sadiq
Khan, has frozen transport
fares in the capital for a second
year. Pay-as-you-go single fares
on buses, Tubes, trams and the
Docklands Light Railway, and
Santander Cycles hire fees, will
be frozen until 2020. Travelcard
prices and daily and weekly
caps are set by train companies,
not the Mayor, and so may rise.
The chief executive of Pets At
Home, Ian Kellett, is to leave the
company. Mr Kellett intends
to pursue his own personal
business interests, the retailer
told the stock market yesterday.
Peter Pritchard will succeed Mr
Kellett, who will remain as chief
executive until the end of May
to ensure a smooth transition at
the pet stores chain.
PEOPLE
COMMODITIES
Palmer & Harvey
in administration
Firms ‘failing on
palm oil moves’
Around 2,500 staff have been
made redundant at Palmer
& Harvey after it went into
administration despite
attempts to secure a lifeline.
P&H, the UK’s biggest supplier
of cigarettes, employs 3,400
and provides alcohol, groceries
and frozen food to 90,000 retail
accounts, including Tesco.
Companies which have
committed to eliminating
deforestation from their palm
oil supply chains by 2020 are
off target, a Greenpeace report
suggests. Just one of the 11
traders that supply much of the
world’s palm oil had made any
“meaningful” commitment to
protect forests, it claimed.
BREXIT
BORROWING
Unilever delays
decision on HQ
Guarantor lender
receives FCA nod
The Anglo-Dutch consumergoods group Unilever wants to
consolidate its headquarters
in the UK or the Netherlands,
but Brexit is making it harder
to choose. The chief executive,
Paul Polman, told the Financial
Times that he would advocate
delaying the decision.
Buddy Loans has received
full accreditation from the
Financial Conduct Authority.
The Cheadle-based company
was established in 2013 to
provide guarantor loans – which
require a third-party backer –
to borrowers who are turned
down by mainstream lenders.
the
markets
The pound jumped close to 1 per
cent to $1.3367 against the US
dollar and 0.8 per cent against the
euro to € 1.1279 in late trading
yesterday, after reports surfaced
that the UK and the EU were on the
verge of agreeing a €44-55 bn (£39
-49bn) divorce deal for Brexit.
***
In markets the FTSE 100 ended
the day 1 per cent up boosted by
a 4 per cent gain in Worldpay
shares on strong profits ahead of
its merger with US firm Vantiv.
The FTSE 250 was boosted by
a massive 20 per cent spike in
Ocado’s shares on news of a tie-up
with French firm Groupe Casino.
i WEDNESDAY
29 NOVEMBER 2017
41
DEFENCE
Military contracts with
US under fire from unions
By Alan Jones
Th e G ove rnment’s defe nce
procurement strategy came under
attack as union leaders questioned
why so much spending on defence
equipment went to US factories.
Officials from the Unite union
told MPs that by 2020 almost a
quarter of all defence spending
would be supporting US jobs.
Britain’s ability to design and
manufacture defence equipment
independently could be lost unless
the Government steps in and backs
programmes such as the advanced
Hawk jet aircraft, Unite told the
Defence Select Committee.
Speaking before the session,
Steve Turner, Unite’s assistant
general secretary, said: “The
Government appears to be actively
undermining the UK’s ability
to independently manufacture
defence equipment.
“By 2020, nearly 25p in every
pound of defence spending will go
to supporting jobs in US factories
rather than here in the UK.
“Not only does it undermine
the UK’s sovereign defence
capability, it also undermines the
Government’s desire to have a
joined up industrial strategy.
“The crossover between defence
and civilian manufacturing is
well known and the economic
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There are several types
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In addition to the £3,000 annual
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The financial education charity
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teachers. The hub will provide readymade lesson plans and training
resources on topics including how to
budget, save, invest and give back. The
charity has been working with schools
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By Heather Somerville
Japan’s SoftBank is reportedly
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per cent discount to its most
recent valuation of $68.5bn.
The investment, which
was approved by the
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string of governance
changes at Uber that
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chief executive Travis Kalanick.
The investment and board
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come at the end of a year of scandals
and change for Uber, including
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in 2016.
“We are committed to
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consumers,” Uber said.
The consortium, led by
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least 14 per cent in the ride-services
company. The tender offer will launch
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NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
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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:
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How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how
many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Killer Sudoku No 1146
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
GROOVE
HIGHWAY
FLAN
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BUDGE
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How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow
Louisa Shepherd’s chicken paprika
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Recipe from aldi.co.uk
GLITCH
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SERVES 4
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas
Mark 4. Chop the bacon into chunks and
sauté in a frying pan with the oil for five
to six minutes until just coloured.
Peel the potatoes and cut into slices.
Chop the leeks into slices, wash well and
drain. Put the potato and leek slices into a
pan of cold, slightly salted water, bring to
the boil, cover and cook for five minutes
then drain well.
Put the potato, leek slices and the
bacon into the baking dish, pour over the
soup and gently mix. Season with some
black pepper. Sprinkle over the grated
cheese and bake in the oven for 20 to
25 minutes until golden. Meanwhile,
peel the carrots and cut into thick
matchsticks. Cook in some boiling salted
water for three minutes.
Cut the mangetout in half lengthways,
add to the carrots and cook for a further
three minutes. Drain and serve alongside
the bake.
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400g smoked back bacon
1kg white potatoes
300g leeks
300g carrots
150g pack mangetout
400g tin Soupreme Classic Chicken Soup
75g mature grated Cheddar cheese
Sea salt and black pepper
15ml Solesta Sunflower Oil
1 x 22cm square deep ovenproof dish
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1867
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
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3 Unit of mass (8)
4 Glossy fabric (5)
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6 Surely (2,5)
7 Woolgatherer (10)
9 Whip (10)
12 Malign (Informal) (8)
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Maul, 3 Tease (Maltese), 8 Ticket machine, 9 Emu, 10 Treachery, 12 Other,
13 Maple, 16 Fieldmice, 18 Ore, 19 Convalescence, 21 Embed, 22 Axed.
DOWN 1 Matter-of-fact, 2 Uncouth, 3 Timber, 4 Arc, 5 Exile, 6 Fettered, 7 Very Reverend,
11 Commence, 14 Phoenix, 15 Big end, 17 Ernie, 20 Alb.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 22;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 14; One-Minute Wijuko, page 25
Puzzle solutions See page 49 and minurl.co.uk/i
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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
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Concise Crossword No 2189
ACROSS
1 Went under (4)
4 Deliberately
avoided (7)
8 Noteworthy
occasion (3-6,3)
10 Party to a
lawsuit (8)
11 Cat’s sound (4)
13 Crude laugh (6)
15 Sacred word (6)
16 Praise (4)
17 First public
performance (8)
21 Sweet pastry (5,7)
22 Rapture (7)
23 Dislike intensely (4)
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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.
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column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
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Word Wheel
This is an open-ended puzzle. How many
words of three or more letters, each
including the letter at centre of the wheel,
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SPORT
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tips
Title has gone but
Crowley still on
the hunt for wins
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
The title race is over and all the big
Turf prizes have been played for, but
Jim Crowley is as busy as ever on the
all-weather circuit.
Last season’s champion Flat jockey has enjoyed another brilliant year
– 157 winners and counting – and he’s
hungry for more, especially on days
like this when both Wolverhampton
and Kempton put on quality races.
Crowley will take in Wolves this
afternoon (four rides) and Kempton
this evening (two more) and has excellent prospects of landing the main
events at both fixtures for in-form
trainer William Haggas.
Seniority, his final ride at the
Midlands venue in the Betway
Handicap, is a bit tricky. He all but
threw away a win two outings ago by
hanging badly after hitting the front
and then last time pulled far too hard
in a slowly-run race.
Even so, his form reads well and
Crowley is likely to enjoy a more
comfortable time settling the threeyear-old over this shorter trip behind
KEMPTON
5.40
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
6.40
32RED ON THE APP STORE HANDICAP (CLASS 5)
£5,000 added 6f
114260
-76000
834553
015343
115266
943281
365642
BEST BET
Seniority
(2.20pm, Wolverhampton)
Not straightforward, but has the
form to win this and race should
be run to suit.
NEXT BEST
Daphne
(6.40pm, Kempton)
Progressive mare; has another
race like this in her before she’s
finished on the track.
Jim Crowley rides the in-form Daphne (left) at Kempton today GETTY IMAGES
two confirmed front-runners, Roll On
Rory and Rainbow Rebel. Seniority’s
smart turn of foot may do the rest.
Daphne is by no means a stand-out
on ratings in the listed Wild Flower
Stakes at Kempton, but has been in
cracking form since returning from
a summer break, her third win from
four starts in a listed all-fillies’ affair
at Lingfield early this month being
her best yet. Owned and bred by the
32RED WILD FLOWER STAKES (LISTED) (CLASS 1)
£40,000 added 1m 4f
1
174005 WESTERN HYMN (CD) J Gosden 6 9 11................R Havlin B 4
2 400601 MASTER THE WORLD D Elsworth 6 9 9................S Levey C 5
3
538-81 NOT SO SLEEPY H Morrison 5 9 6...........................A Kirby H,T 1
4
742632 RED VERDON (D) E Dunlop 4 9 6..................P J McDonald B 2
5
21-141 DAPHNE (D) W Haggas 4 9 4..............................................J Crowley 7
6
-13245 INDULGED J Fanshawe 4 9 1.................................................G Wood 10
7
1312-4 MOUNTAIN BELL (D) R Beckett 4 9 1...........Martin Harley 6
8
11502- TENERIFE SONG J Osborne 4 9 1.................................D Costello 9
9
1-309 ASTRONOMY’S CHOICE J Gosden 3 8 10........N Mackay B 8
10 531251 GREAT COURT (D) R Varian 3 8 10 ...............................J Mitchell 3
- 10 declared BETTING: 5-2 Mountain Bell, 4-1 Red Verdon, 13-2 Master The World, 7-1
Western Hymn, Daphne, 10-1 Not So Sleepy, 12-1 Astronomy’s Choice,
Indulged, 14-1 others.
KINGLAMI (C)(D) J G O’Shea 8 9 7....................Fran Berry C 10
ARLECCHINO’S LEAP M Usher 5 9 6 ...................S Drowne C 1
VERY HONEST (D) B Johnson 4 9 4 ...............C Shepherd (3) 4
GEOFF POTTS (CD)(BF) R Fahey 4 9 4.....................J Garritty 3
DEEDS NOT WORDS (CD) M Wigham 6 9 4.D Probert C 2
HIGHER COURT (CD) Emma Owen 9 9 4..................A Kirby 11
PRETTY BUBBLES (C)(D) J R Jenkins 8 9 3..........................................
.....................................................................................................Josephine Gordon V 6
8 556641 BAHAMIAN HEIGHTS (D) R Cowell 6 9 3..............................................
....................................................................................................Jonathan Fisher (7) 12
9
16 STRAIGHT AWAY (BF) A Balding 3 9 2.......................L Keniry 5
10 6-4160 MISTER FREEZE (D) P Chamings 3 9 0................J Haynes T 9
11 320292 ARNARSON E Dunlop 3 9 0...............................................L Morris B 8
FORM VERDICT
12 906-91 RUN WITH PRIDE (CD) D Shaw 7 8 11..................... P Mathers 7 MOUNTAIN BELL drops in grade after contesting two Group 3 contests
BETTING: 9-2 Geoff Potts, 6-1 Kinglami, 7-1 Very Honest, Arnarson, at Newbury and demonstrated an ability to handle a tight track when
Pretty Bubbles, 8-1 Straight Away, Run With Pride, 10-1 others.
landing Listed honours at Chester in September. Daphne struck at
this level at Lingfield last time and has place claims now turned out
FORM VERDICT
GEOFF POTTS took a keen hold when third behind Pretty Bubbles under a penalty. Others capable of picking up some minor money are
Western
Hymn, who was poorly placed to challenge here last time and
(second) over this trip at Lingfield last time but if he can settle better
on this occasion he has every chance of returning to the winner’s Red Verdon, who was denied by a neck by the enterprisingly-ridden
enclosure off a mark which appears very workable. Deeds Not Words Titi Makfi in the same race as the last-named latest. Churchill winner
could be sharper for a couple of recent spins in this sphere and merits Master The World needs to prove he stays this longer trip.
shortlist inclusion along with Higher Court, who has crept up 2lb in the
ratings for winning over C&D last month.
WETHERBY
6.10
32RED CASINO HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £19,000 added 6f
1 034644 INTISAAB (D) D O’Meara 6 9 7 ........................Martin Harley C 1
2
418053 OUT DO (CD) D O’Meara 8 9 6 ..............................................A Kirby V 3
3
437539 STRAIGHT RIGHT A Balding 3 9 5..............................L Keniry H 8
4
384-52 DOUBLE UP (D) R Varian 6 9 2.....................................J Crowley T 5
5 613320 MAZZINI (CD)(BF) J Fanshawe 4 9 2 ............. G Wood (3) C 12
6 900101 RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR (D) J Osborne 4 9 0...D Costello 4
7 000050 OUTBACK TRAVELLER (D) R Cowell 6 8 11 ....L Morris V 6
8
445018 TOMILY (D) R Hannon 3 8 11....................................T Marquand 10
9 502059 KASBAH (D) Mrs A Perrett 5 8 11...................................J Mitchell 9
10 23103- LEO MINOR (D) R Cowell 3 8 11.............................P J McDonald 2
11 -13102 CARTOGRAPHER (D) M Meade 3 8 8....Josephine Gordon 7
12 859738 STELLARTA (CD) M Blanshard 6 8 6............... Rob Hornby 11
BETTING: 9-2 Double Up, 6-1 Intisaab, 7-1 Cartographer, Out Do, 8-1
Reckless Endeavour, Leo Minor, 10-1 Mazzini, Straight Right, 12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
OUT DO fared best of those racing from off the pace when third in a
Listed contest over this trip at Lingfield last time (with Intisaab back in
fourth and Mazzini finishing in the rear) and is expected to give a good
account off a mark of 104 now moving back into handicap company. Leo
Minor and Reckless Endeavour debut for new stables and merit market
checks, while Straight Right, who travelled strongly at Ascot last time, is
interesting now dropping back from 7f. Any money for the capable Double
Up, who returns from a 201-day absence, may also be worth heeding.
12.25
WETHERBYRACING.CO.UK JUVENILE MAIDEN HURDLE
(CLASS 4) 3YO £5,000 added 2m
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
ALBERT’S BACK M W Easterby 10 12............................B Hughes
BID ADIEU T Cooper (IRE) 10 12................................A Coleman H
DOCTOR BARTOLO A King 10 12..........................................I Popham
2 FALCON SUN D Skelton 10 12.................................................H Skelton
GEORDIELAD O Sherwood 10 12............................................. L Aspell
PP MANGATA P Kirby 10 12 ...................................................N Moscrop (5)
224 MICK THE POSER Jennie Candlish 10 12...Sean Quinlan C
PREROGATIVE A Carroll 10 12............................................J Nixon (7)
376 RICHARD STRAUSS P Kirby 10 12............................T Dowson (3)
THE BLUES MASTER A King 10 12.......................W Hutchinson
2253 SATIS HOUSE S Corbett 10 5.......................................J Corbett (5) T
- 11 declared BETTING: 11-4 Doctor Bartolo, 9-2 Richard Strauss, 6-1 Mick The Poser,
13-2 Bid Adieu, 7-1 The Blues Master, 8-1 Falcon Sun, 12-1 Satis House,
14-1 Prerogative, Albert’s Back, 33-1 others.
12.55
WATCH RACING UK IN STUNNING HD NOVICES’ CHASE
(CLASS 4) £6,000 added 3m
1
43F-61 CAPTAIN CHAOS D Skelton 6 11 9.............................. H Skelton B
2
54/35- LANSDOWNE ROAD Miss J Foster 9 11 2 .......T Dowson (3)
3
6/14-5 SECRETE STREAM (C) J M Jefferson 8 11 2 ............B Hughes
4
5418-2 THREE WAYS (D) J Snowden 6 11 2.....................G Sheehan C,T
BETTING: 6-4 Captain Chaos, 2-1 Three Ways, 9-4 Secrete Stream, 20-1
Lansdowne Road.
FORM VERDICT
Captain Chaos benefited from the first-time blinkers when winning
at Aintree earlier in the month but it remains to be seen whether
they have the desired effect for the second time so preference goes
to THREE WAYS. Jamie Snowden’s gelding jumped well on his chase
debut when runner-up in a match behind Give Me A Copper at
Kempton and has first-time cheekpieces to sharpen him up. Secrete
Stream is entitled to improve from his return at Carlisle.
1.25
RACINGUK.COM NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,000
added 2m
1
2/P-FP ALFIBOY Mrs S Smith 7 10 12........................................................D Cook
2
013-6U DESTINED TO SHINE (D) Kerry Lee 5 10 12...Jamie Moore
3
24- FIN AND GAME D McCain 5 10 12..........................Will Kennedy
4
21 JERSEY BEAN (D) O Sherwood 4 10 12 ............................ L Aspell
5
9-113 KING VINCE J Snowden 4 10 12.......................................... G Sheehan
6
76 MAH MATE BOB G Bewley 5 10 12.............................J Bewley (3)
7
75/30 MUTAWAASEL Mrs S Smith 5 10 12 .................. Sean Quinlan
8
1-P NOT THAT FUISSE (D)(BF) D Skelton 4 10 12 ......H Skelton
9
FF1-3 THE DAWN MAN Henry Oliver 6 10 12....................A Coleman
10 7P-F15 THE ROAD HOME Miss L Russell 5 10 12...........Derek Fox T
11
PANTOMIME Rebecca Menzies 5 10 5................................. T Kelly
BETTING: 5-2 Jersey Bean, 7-2 Not That Fuisse, 5-1 King Vince, 7-1 The
Road Home, 15-2 Destined To Shine, 8-1 The Dawn Man, 10-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
JERSEY BEAN showed an excellent attitude when landing a bumper at
Ascot earlier in the month and is taken to continue winning ways now
making his debut over timber. Not That Fuisse hung badly when running
at Market Rasen last time so should prove a lot happier going back left
handed, while King Vince and Destined To Shine look best of the remainder.
2.00
BET AT RACINGUK.COM HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
£10,000 added 1m 7f
1
2216-3 GINO TRAIL Kerry Lee 10 11 12 ...............................Jamie Moore C
2
2501-8 PAIN AU CHOCOLAT Rebecca Menzies 6 11 10......... T Kelly
3
143-21 NEVER UP Mrs S Smith 6 10 5 .....................................................D Cook
4
31123- CASUAL CAVALIER G Bewley 9 10 0.........................B Hughes C
BETTING: 6-4 Gino Trail, 7-4 Never Up, 4-1 Casual Cavalier, 7-1 Pain Au
Chocolat.
FORM VERDICT
DOCTOR BARTOLO had some very solid form on the Flat for Charlie
Hills in middle-distance handicaps and has made the move to Alan
King who has a fine record with juvenile hurdlers. He is higher
rated than stable companion The Blues Master who also warrants
consideration, while others to respect include Bid Adieu, a maiden
winner at Dundalk last time, and Mick The Poser who sets the standard
over timber.
Queen, Daphne will be retired to the
paddocks soon, but connections feel
there is more to come on the racecourse and this looks another ideal
opportunity for her.
David O’Meara’s old pro sprinter
Out Do is not the easiest to predict
and not many saw his Wokingham
Stakes victory at Royal Ascot last
June coming.
When he’s good, he’s very good
FORM VERDICT
GINO TRAIL could be a tactical danger to all from the front in this
small field and it is hoped he can step up on his reappearance effort at
Exeter and play a leading role in first-time cheekpieces. Never Up may,
however, provide some initial competition for the lead if he repeats the
tactics which worked at Carlisle last time. Casual Cavalier is worth a
market check now returning from an absence and, now 4lb higher than
when winning at Newcastle in January, he has claims.
2.30
ONE TO WATCH
Verni travelled well for a long
way on his seasonal return at
Haydock and should be winning
again soon.
and also seems to have a liking for
Kempton’s Polytrack surface (two
wins from three visits, including this
32Red Handicap in 2014); he gets the
nod over Reckless Endeavour.
FOLLOW RACING_UK ON TWITTER HANDICAP HURDLE
(CLASS 4) £6,000 added 2m 4f
1U221- BECKY THE THATCHER M Hammond 4 12 0...F O’Toole (5)
2524-7 ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES M Hammond 8 11 13................................
.............................................................................................H Thompson Brown (10)
3
1P51/4 AWAY FOR SLATES D Skelton 7 11 12 ..........................H Skelton
4 UPP5/P U NAME IT (D) R M Smith 9 11 12....................................C O’Farrell
5
0121-1 MR SNOOZY (CD) M Walford 8 11 8............................H Brooke C
6
-44112 THORPE (D)(BF) Miss L Russell 7 11 7.....B Campbell (5) C,T
7
3133-8 REVERANT CUST P Atkinson 6 11 5............................B Hughes T
8
120-P5 GLINGERSIDE R M Smith 6 11 5......................................A Coleman
9 544P16 SIR TOMMY M Barnes 8 11 3..........................................D Irving (3) T
10
33/51- MCVICAR J J Davies 8 11 3..........................................Will Kennedy C
11 2/4P2- ROAD TO ROME O Sherwood 7 11 2..................................... L Aspell
12 17678P BILLY FLIGHT N Wilson 5 11 2 .........................................A Thornton
13 48/P3- STAIGUE FORT S Corbett 9 11 1.................................... J Corbett (5)
14
P4-35 FREEWHEEL Miss T Jackson 7 10 8........................................A Nicol
- 14 declared BETTING: 4-1 Thorpe, 9-2 Mr Snoozy, 6-1 Becky The Thatcher, Away For
Slates, 8-1 Road To Rome, Mcvicar, 12-1 others.
1
2
WOLVERHAMPTON
2.20
1
2
3
4
BETWAY HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 1m 1f
104yds
-11823
413059
200368
210090
PRIMERO D O’Meara 4 9 12..................................................P Makin 10
THIRD TIME LUCKY (CD) R Fahey 5 9 12....T Hamilton H 3
KYLLACHY GALA M Botti 4 9 10.............................T Marquand 1
MYTHICAL MADNESS (CD) D O’Meara 6 9 10.................................
...................................................................................................................... K Shoemark V 2
5 489432 PACTOLUS (CD) S C Williams 6 9 8....Aaron Jones (3) H,T 5
6
0-8373 BRONZE ANGEL (D) M Tregoning 8 9 7..................................................
............................................................................................................ T Saunders (7) V 12
7
611048 FORCEFUL APPEAL (CD) S Dow 9 9 7.........P Bradley (5) 11
8
026259 SANDS CHORUS (CD) J Given 5 9 7.........................B McHugh 13
9 504050 BATTLE OF MARATHON J Ryan 5 9 4............P Mulrennan 8
10 3204P0 MOUNT TAHAN K Ryan 5 9 3..................................................... K Stott 7
11 255342 RAINBOW REBEL M Johnston 4 8 13.............P J McDonald 9
12 -75313 SENIORITY W Haggas 3 8 13...............................................J Crowley 4
13 443241 ROLL ON RORY J Ward 4 8 11.............................................T Eaves B 6
- 13 declared BETTING: 9-2 Seniority, 5-1 Rainbow Rebel, 11-2 Pactolus, 6-1 Bronze
Angel, 10-1 Third Time Lucky, Primero, Mount Tahan, 12-1 Kyllachy Gala,
Roll On Rory, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
SENIORITY has taken time to mature after winning well on his debut
last year at Newmarket but the penny looks to have dropped, albeit over
a longer trip, and he should have enough speed to cope back down to
1m1f. Sands Chorus should prove a lot happier back down in handicap
company having been found out at Listed level the last twice, while
Bronze Angel and Pactolus are both in decent form and complete
the shortlist.
Results service
LINGFIELD
Going: Soft-heavy in places; aw: standard
1.00 1. DIDTHEYLEAVEUOUTTO (L Aspell) 6-1; 2.
Ceara Be 16-1; 3. Haasab 16-1. 8 ran. 6-4 jt-fav It’s Got
Legs (4th), 6-4 jt-fav Cavernous (6th). 10l, 41/2l. (N Gifford). Tote: £6.70; £2.20, £3.90, £3.60. Exacta: £87.30.
Trifecta: £955.90. CSF: £94.51.
1.30 1. FIRST FLOW (D Bass) 13-2; 2. Al Shahir 5-6 fav;
3. Lost History 16-1; 4. Larry 8-1. 16 ran. 4l, 8l, 6l. (K
Bailey). Tote: £6.90; £2.10, £1.20, £4.30. Exacta: £16.50.
Trifecta: £128.90. CSF: £12.46.
2.00 1. CHURCH HALL (J Banks) 10-1; 2. Becauseshesaidso 2-1 fav; 3. Sir Hubert 16-1. 11 ran. 10l, 21/2l.
(Miss E Baker). Tote: £10.10; £2.90, £1.40, £3.50. Exacta:
£43.20. Tricast: £333.18. Trifecta: £356.40. CSF: £32.39.
2.30 1. NARANJA (G Sheehan) 4-5 fav; 2. Miss Adventure 20-1; 3. Miss Yeats 7-2. 8 ran. 33/4l, 1/2l. (J Snowden).
Tote: £1.70; £1.10, £4.10, £1.30. Exacta: £21.60. Trifecta:
£55.80. CSF: £21.13.
3.00 1. FULL IRISH (L Aspell) 4-1; 2. Two Smokin Bar-
1.20 1. VINNIE LEWIS (H Bannister) 11-8 fav; 2.
3.20 1. RHYTHM OF SOUND (A P Cawley) 7-2; 2. Roxy-
1.40 (7f14yds nov): TALLOW (R Kingscote 4-6F) 1;
rels 13-2; 3. Saint John Henry 10-1. 7 ran. 10-3 jt-fav
Solstice Star (4th), 10-3 jt-fav Chef D’oeuvre (Pulled
Up). 7l, 11l. (Miss E Lavelle). Tote: £4.30; £1.90, £3.20.
Exacta: £29.00. Tricast: £240.44. Trifecta: £287.20. CSF:
£29.02. NR: Crystal Lad.
3.30 1. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (H Skelton) 9-4 fav;
2. Molly Carew 5-2; 3. Ballyheigue Bay 14-1. 7 ran.
13/4l, 1l. (D Skelton). Tote: £3.50; £2.30, £1.50. Exacta:
£10.40. Tricast: £59.34. Trifecta: £66.60. CSF: £8.46.
NR: Vicenzo Mio.
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £15,968.83 carried over to .
Placepot: £169.60. Quadpot: £13.90.
Place 6: £89.83. Place 5: £14.50.
Red Danaher 5-2; 3. Cabragh 9-1. 8 ran. 14l, 9l. (H
Whittington). Tote: £2.40; £1.10, £1.40, £1.80. Exacta:
£5.60. Tricast: £20.45. Trifecta: £31.10. CSF: £5.55. NR:
Velvet Cognac.
1.50 1. MAIN FACT (C McCormack) 28-1; 2. Sleep In
First 8-1; 3. Hear The Chimes 13-2. 12 ran. 4-1 fav
Lucarno Dancer (5th). 5l, 6l. (Mrs D Sayer). Tote: £27.30;
£5.30, £2.40, £2.40. Exacta: £212.20. Tricast: £1651.52.
Trifecta: £4016.90. CSF: £225.26. NR: Mitcd.
2.20 1. ROBBING THE PREY (B Hughes) 15-8 jt-fav; 2.
Derintoher Yank 5-2; 3. Delegate 10-1. 4 ran. 15-8 jt-fav
Barrys Jack (Unseated Rider). 11l, 8l. (J M Jefferson).
Tote: £2.30; Exacta: £6.90. Trifecta: £13.80. CSF: £6.77.
NR: Cracking Find.
2.50 1. DIEG MAN (H Reed) 4-5 fav; 2. Free Range 5-4;
3. Secret Passenger 12-1. 6 ran. 12l, 8l. (N Mulholland).
Tote: £1.60; £1.30, £1.02. Exacta: £2.30. Trifecta: £4.40.
CSF: £2.11. NRs: Royal Summit, Western Morning.
fet 13-2; 3. Sky Full Of Stars 4-1. 9 ran. 11-4 fav Bollin
Line (4th). 1/2l, 6l. (M Hammond). Tote: £4.50; £1.30,
£1.90, £1.40. Exacta: £21.60. Tricast: £91.82. Trifecta:
£170.80. CSF: £25.62. NR: Monbeg Cave.
Placepot: £35.30. Quadpot: £14.10.
Place 6: £59.56. Place 5: £31.64.
2.10 (7f14yds nov): ON THE WARPATH (L Morris
SOUTHWELL
2.40 (7f14yds): POWERFUL SOCIETY (B McHugh
SEDGEFIELD
Going: Soft
12.50 1. BULKOV (Joe Colliver) 11-8 fav; 2. Porto Du
Sud 33-1; 3. Chookie Royale 12-1. 12 ran. 12l, 1l. (M
Hammond). Tote: £1.80; £1.10, £10.90, £4.10. Exacta:
£33.90. Trifecta: £208.00. CSF: £49.54.
Going: Standard
12.10 (1m4f14yds h’cap): GOOD TIME AHEAD (J
Gormley 5-2F) 1; Ominotago (5-1) 2; Speciality (5-1) 3.
9 ran. 2l, 21/4l. (P Kirby). NR: Up Ten Down Two.
12.40 (1m4f14yds mdn): SUMMER NAME (T J
Murphy 33-1) 1; Epitaph (9-2) 2; Gakku (4-6F) 3. 10
ran. 41/2l, 6l. (Miss R Curtis).
NRs: Deshan, Frown. Frown| Rule 4 applies to All
Bets, deduct 25p in the pound.
1.10 (6f16yds h’cap): KOMMANDER KIRKUP (T
Eaves 22-1) 1; Borough Boy (12-1) 2; Llewellyn (20-1)
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England can win World Cup with
or without O’Loughlin, insists Hill
Drivers remain
sceptical about
women’s event
» Continued from back page
By Ian Laybourn
IN BRISBANE
World Cup final line-ups
England forward Chris Hill says captain Sean O’Loughlin is on the mend
ahead of Saturday’s World Cup final
but insists he is not irreplaceable.
O’Loughlin was considered doubtful by head coach Wayne Bennett
after picking up a quad injury during
England’s 20-18 semi-final win over
Tonga last Saturday but has been
named in the team to face Australia
at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
“He’s doing everything possible
to get fit,” said Hill. “I saw him this
morning and he’s moving a lot better.
We’ve got a couple of days yet so we’ll
wait and see.
“If he doesn’t play, obviously it’s a
loss but that’s why we’ve brought a
squad, someone else will step in.”
Bennett has recalled the veteran
forward Chris Heighington in the
only change to his semi-final line-up.
The 34-year-old Cronulla secondrower has been handed the vacant
bench spot, with James Roby starting
at hooker in place of the injured Josh
Hodgson.
Roby, who won his 30th cap at
Mount Smart Stadium, is the only
other specialist hooker in the 24-man
squad but Hill is confident the St Helens No 9 will be able to play most, if
not all, of Saturday’s game.
“Nothing changes,” the Warrington captain said at a fans event in
the centre of Brisbane. “Robes can do
80 minutes, he’s done it for 15 years in
Super League and he’s done it internationally. He’s more than capable.”
After reaching the final for the first
England G Widdop; J McGillvary, K
Watkins, J Bateman, R Hall; K Brown,
L Gale; C Hill, J Roby, J Graham, S Burgess, E Whitehead, S O’Loughlin (capt).
Replacements A Walmsley, B Currie, T
Burgess, C Heighington.
Australia B Slater; D Gagai, W Chambers, J Dugan, V Holmes; M Morgan, C
Cronk; A Woods, C Smith (capt), D Klemmer, B Cordner, M Gillett, J McGuire.
Replacements W Graham, J McLean, R
Campbell-Gillard, T Frizell.
time for 22 years, Bennett’s national
side now have the opportunity to
carve themselves a slice of history
as they seek to pull off the first World
Cup triumph since Great Britain lifted the trophy in 1972.
Hill, who has started all five games
so far, says the England players are
aware of the huge spoils that await
them as well as the size of their task.
“It would be a massive boost,” Hill
said. “A lot of lads here have made a
lot of sacrifices over these last seven
weeks.
“We’ll do it for our group and hope-
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fully it has a massive roll-on effect for
the English game.
“Everyone is buzzing. I think we’ve
improved massively under Wayne.
“Australia are favourites for a reason, they’re on home soil and they’ve
won it so many times, but let’s concentrate on ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Hill says he has no
problems with the final being refereed by an Australian after Gerard
Sutton was awarded the game.
“He’ll do his job, whether he’s English, French or from Australia or New
Zealand: it doesn’t matter,” he said.
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claims that a number of
television companies have
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broadcasting the series.
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biggest sport which does
not offer an alternative
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understood to be sceptical
and believe a women’s-only
championship may harm and
undermine their position
within the industry.
SHE Championship was
the name proposed for the
series, but it has since been
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hope all-rounder may feature
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disciplinary process would
kick in, the board meeting
within 48 hours to decide on
an appropriate cricketing
punishment. Yet any
arrangement that allowed Stokes
to play in the Perth Test – which
begins on 14 December – would
clearly open the ECB to criticism,
both in England and Australia.
The more intriguing
possibility is that England
unilaterally decide to lift Stokes’s
suspension during the Ashes
series, deferring any internal
disciplinary procedure until the
new year.
Technically, Stokes has yet to
be charged with a crime and the
more time passes, the less likely
it becomes that Stokes will be
required to attend a court date
during the Ashes series itself,
even if charges are issued.
As a very general rule of
thumb, it can take at least a
couple of weeks from charges
being brought to ‘first
listing’ in magistrates’
court, which might
just allow Stokes
to play in the Test
series before flying
home for his court
hearing.
Yet picking a player
who has been charged
with assault would attract
a high level of hostility, much of
it presumably directed at Stokes
himself when he takes the field.
For all the conjecture,
therefore, Stokes missing the
entire Ashes series remains
the likeliest outcome. And
certainly Australia coach Darren
Lehmann was unperturbed by
the latest developments when
he faced the media in Adelaide
yesterday. “You’d have to ask
the ECB about that,” he said. “I
really don’t know what’s
going on. I’d rather you
were asking about
Australian players.”
Meanwhile Keaton
Jennings and Ben
Foakes both impressed
for England Lions in
front of England head
coach Trevor Bayliss
(above) on the second day
of the three-day match with a
Queensland side in Brisbane.
Jennings scored 89 in a secondwicket stand of 144 with Foakes,
who hit 67, before declaring
England’s innings on 250 for 5 but
by the close, the home side had
raced to 198 for 2. THE INDEPENDENT
What’s gone
wrong with
Suarez?
Comment
If ECB deems Stokes eligible to play
for Canterbury, why not England?
difficulty with him resuming his
they were allegedly threatened by
career if only informally.
homophobic thugs.
Two months have passed since
Since we cannot give any weight
Stokes traded blows in the early
to that claim until the police
hours in Bristol. Repeated
acknowledge its validity
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
appeals for witnesses to
we must disregard it.
The ECB
come forward have so far
Similarly, Stokes has yet
claims
its
o Ben Stokes is free to play yielded nothing.
to be charged.
protocols
cricket in New Zealand,
The information in the
While it is of course
are governed essential that the course
under consideration for
public domain, revealed
Canterbury Kings in the
via webcam, shows Stokes by the police
of justice run true there
50-over Ford Trophy
brawling in the street and inquiry. That has to be a reasonable
competition this weekend, no less.
knocking another man to changed when limit to the length of time
Since he does so with the blessing the ground.
process can pin a man
Stokes got on the
if not the official sanction of the
What we don’t have
to his armchair without
the plane
England and Wales Cricket Board,
is an explanation for
charge, especially when
you have to wonder what principle
his behaviour, save for
the individual concerned
is at stake that is preventing him
the testimony of two gay men,
is prevented from resuming the
rejoining the England Test team?
who told The Sun that Stokes had
day job.
The ECB certainly has no ethical
jumped to their defence when
Should the police determine
there is a case to answer then
Stokes must face the wrath of the
law. Until then he is guilty only
of gross professional stupidity
for being out at 2am while on
international duty.
A sanction by the ECB, a fine,
possibly a ban and a warning as
to his future conduct would all be
appropriate, but, as unprofessional
as it might be, having a few beers is
not against the law.
The ECB claims its protocols
are governed by the police inquiry
and thus they have not been able to
move forward. But all that changed
when Stokes boarded a plane
waving his No-Objection Certificate
issued by the ECB.
He is either cleared to play or he
is not. If the certificate gives him
permission to resume cricketing
activities, he might as well turn out
for England, where there is a need,
rather than a team in New Zealand
to which he has no affiliation other
Ben Stokes could be playing in New Zealand as soon as Sunday GETTY
than family ties.
Kevin
Garside
S
With Neymar gone, the
Barcelona striker has struggled
to impose himself this season.
Kieran Canning finds out why
A
s an uncharacteristically
effusive Lionel Messi
picked up a fourth
Golden Boot in a
dolled-up Barcelona
beer factory on Friday, the man
handing him the prize offered a
sobering lesson in how quickly a
forward’s fortunes can change.
A year ago Luis Suarez was in
Messi’s position, picking up the
accolade for Europe’s deadliest
striker on the back of a 59-goal
season, and becoming the only
man to break Messi and Cristiano
Ronaldo’s hegemony of the award
since Diego Forlan in 2009.
Handing over the prize to Messi
was the closest to an assist Suarez
has provided to his friend and strike
partner all season (right). The
latter’s lack of fitness and form has
left the Argentine almost singlehandedly carrying the offensive
burden for a much more solid but
unspectacular Barcelona under new
coach Ernesto Valverde.
Messi said as much himself when
quizzed on how Neymar’s exit has
affected Barcelona.
“The departure of Ney has meant
a change in the way we play. We
lost a huge amount of attacking
potential, but that has benefited
us in a defensive sense,” Messi told
Marca . “Now we are more solid in
midfield, we have more structure
and that has made us stronger
defensively.”
Neymar’s departure has been
beneficial to certain members of
the Barça squad. Jordi Alba said his
return to form has been aided by
the space freed up on the left, as he
showed in grabbing the equaliser at
Valencia on Sunday, inevitably aided
by a brilliant Messi assist.
However, it is Suarez who has
suffered more than anyone else.
Whereas before defences were
stretched the width of the field from
Messi on the right, to Neymar on
the left, trying to somehow plug
the gaps against the all-conquering
‘MSN’ [Messi, Suarez, Neymar],
now Suarez is their only fixed target.
As Messi drops deep into midfield
assuming the role of playmaker,
Suarez has also been forced out of
his natural habitat to look for space.
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Luis Suarez has
scored only five goals
in 17 matches for
Barcelona this season
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Allardyce set to be named
next manager at Goodison
By Ed Malyon
Sam Allardyce held further talks
with Everton yesterday and is now
expected to be confirmed as their
new manager.
The former England manager resumed talks with the Goodison Park
club on Monday after Everton failed
to spring Marco Silva from his contract with Watford.
They were hoping to secure Allardyce on a deal until the end of
the season, with sources claiming
they plan to return for Silva next
summer, but Allardyce is keen for a
longer-term contract to offer more
job security.
The 63-year-old isn’t expected to
be in the dugout for tonight’s visit of
West Ham and former boss David
Moyes. He could be in charge by
the weekend, however, and David
Unsworth appeared to acknowledge
in his pre-match press conference
that the West Ham match would be
the last of his spell as caretaker.
Sam Allardyce has been out of the
game since leaving Crystal Palace
“As we sit here right now, I believe
the board are talking to a few people,” Unsworth said.
“Talks are ongoing, but nothing
has been finalised yet with anybody.
So I continue to do what I was asked
to do five weeks ago.”
Asked directly about Allardyce,
Unsworth said: “Sam is a top man-
ARSENAL
“When there was a player of the
pressure on my body, was fit just in
class of Ney it was different,” Suarez time for the national team and, until
said earlier this month. “The coach
now, there hasn’t been a break,”
doesn’t send me out to the left, I do it said Suarez before sitting out the
out of habit if I see no one is there.”
November international break.
Those movements will be
Since returning, he has played
familiar to Liverpool fans who
every Barcelona game bar a 6-1
watched Suarez burrow his way
thrashing of Eibar and a Copa del
past defenders with a mixture of
Rey tie at Murcia for which he was
brute strength and brilliant skill
suspended.
on a regular basis. At 30, the man
There was some reward for
who could “nutmeg a
resting as he ended a
mermaid” according
five-game goal drought
When there with a scrappy double at
to the Kop, would now
struggle to get through
Leganes last weekend. Yet,
was a player
the Mersey tunnels.
while his speed of thought
of the class
His movement has been of Ney it was
may remain, quite simply
hampered by a knee injury
Suarez’s body can’t move as
picked up in the summer. different. The quickly as his brain.
Suarez should have been coach doesn’t
Since he signed in
out for a minimum of four send me out to 2014, Suarez has been a
weeks with surgery as an the left, I do it resounding success for
option. Instead, he was
Barcelona. On 126 goals from
out of habit
back in action two weeks
164 games, one more will
later across the Atlantic
take him into the top 10 of the
Ocean, putting his body on the line
club’s all-time top scorers. However,
for his country as Uruguay faced
since hitting his first century in
Messi’s Argentina in Montevideo.
record time, the steady stream has
Clearly hobbled, Suarez limped
dried up. The Catalans’ concern has
off after 83 minutes seemingly with
to be that five in 17 this season is not
a recurrence of the injury. Yet, five
just a blip, but the new norm.
days later, he played the full 90
“I would be lying if I said I was
minutes in a win at Paraguay that
happy with my performance, I know
put Uruguay on the road to Russia.
I can give more,” Suarez said.
“After the injury, I pushed the
The questions remains, though,
knee a lot and in the long term
whether he has much more to give.
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that can damage you. I put a lot of
Petr Cech has lost weight in his
attempt to prolong his career,
Arsène Wenger has revealed.
The veteran goalkeeper will be
36 at the end of this season and
Wenger hopes he can emulate
Edwin van der Sar and play on
until he is 40.
Cech has faced criticism that
he is not at the same standard
he was during his 11 years at
Chelsea. But Wenger, speaking
ahead of tonight’s home game
against Huddersfield Town,
applauded his hard work and
“perfectionism”.
“He gets older, we all do that,”
Wenger said. “But as he gets
older, I think he is fitter than
ever. He puts a lot of attention to
the preparation. He is slimmer
than before. He has lost some
weight. Not too much – two,
three kilos only. He has done it by
looking after his whole lifestyle.
“He has done it because he feels
better and because he wants to be
at the best,” Wenger added. “Petr
Cech is a perfectionist. And you
don’t make a career he has made
if you have not that obsession
always to be at your best.
“Can Cech play on to 40 too? I
don’t rule it out.”
CHELSEA
Conte leads tributes to
former coach Drummy
By Miguel Delaney
Antonio Conte has led tributes to
the late former Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy, who died on
Monday at the age of 56.
Drummy (right) worked
at Stamford Bridge
as a hugely successful academy, reserve
and under-21 coach between 2009 and 2016,
before leaving to take over
Crawley Town.
“Today we had bad news that
our former youth team coach, Dermot Drummy, died,” Conte said. “I
want to pass my condolences to his
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Perfectionist Cech can play
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By Jack Pitt-Brooke
ager, but I think it would be wrong
of me to talk about individuals. I
have seen the names that have been
bandied about – all top managers.
Whether there’s truth in the names
of some, or all, or none, I don’t know.
“But whoever gets the honour of
being Everton manager will have my
full support and my full backing.”
Everton have won just one of
their seven games under Unsworth,
losing five, and fan opinion turned
sharply with their last two outings –
a 5-1 home loss to Atalanta and 4-1
defeat at Southampton.
Unsworth added: “I think we need
our best players fit – quickly – some
proven Premier League recruitment in early January, and we need
to win a couple of games and get confidence flying again.
“When confidence is low, it takes
a bit of time to build that back up.
I don’t think there’s a quick fix –
whoever gets the job needs time,
patience, support and backing.” THE
family and friends. I think it is of great
importance to have this type of figure
to work for Chelsea in the academy,
to develop the young players. For
sure, this is a big loss.
“This type of person is
a great person who have
great value for the club,
to work with the young
players not only on the
pitch but especially off
the pitch, to teach them
what is ‘life’.”
New England cap Ruben
Loftus-Cheek, who worked with
Drummy at Chelsea, tweeted: “RIP
coach, thanks for everything.” THE
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Guardiola’s
success a shock
for Pellegrino
By Ed Elliot
Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he never expected his former
team-mate, Pep Guardiola, to be so
successful as a manager.
The pair, who won La Liga
together at Barcelona in 1999, will
be in opposing dugouts tonight
when Pellegrino’s Southampton attempt to end the unbeaten record
of Guardiola’s Premier League leaders, Manchester City.
While Pellegrino (below) has
yet to lift silverware as a coach,
Guardiola has picked
up three Spanish
league titles, three
Bundesliga titles
and two Champ i o n s L e ag u e
trop hies with
Barcelona and
Bayern Munich.
“I never imagined
that he can achieve
something like he did,”
said Pellegrino, who joined Barça on
a season-long loan from Argentinian
club Velez Sarsfield.
“But Pep was one of these type of
players always looking for new ideas
– asking how we were training in
Argentina, in different places.
The 46-year-old former centreback retains fond memories of his
single campaign playing alongside
Guardiola at the Nou Camp, under
Louis van Gaal.
“We won the league – for me this
experience in Barcelona was really
good. My career in Europe started
in Barcelona.”
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Connolly heads Ipswich
to victory over Derby
By Sports Staff
Nikita Parris scored two second-half
goals for England last night
Parris the star as
Marley aces her
interview for
England job
ENGLAND WOMEN
Lawley 15, Kirby pen 64, Parris 68, 75;
Christiansen 76
KAZAKHSTAN WOMEN
Callum Connolly’s fifth-minute
goal for Ipswich Town was
enough to lift them to within
three points of the play-off
places as they beat
Derby County 1-0.
Connolly (right)
headed his first ever
goal for Ipswich
home from Martyn
Waghorn’s cross, but
the ball parried off
keeper Scott Carson on
to the bar then in goal. But
another bonus for manager Mick
McCarthy was his side managed
to keep just their second clean
sheet in the last 12 games.
Derby, who remain in sixth,
went into the game on the back
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Kane 79
Mahrez 45
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Watford (0)....................................... 2 Man Utd (3) ...............................4
Deeney 77 (pen)
Young 19, 25
Doucoure 84
Martial 32
Lingard 86
West Brom (1)................................ 2 Newcastle (0)..........................2
Robson-Kanu 45
Clark 59
Field 56
Evans 83 (og)
Att 25,534
P
W D
L
F
A Pts
Man City
13 12
1
0
42
8
37
Man Utd
14 10 2
2
32
8
32
Chelsea
13
8
2
3
24
11 26
Arsenal
13
8
1
4
23
16 25
Tottenham
14
7
3
4
22
12 24
Liverpool
13
6
5
2
25
18 23
Burnley
13
6
4
3
12
10 22
Watford
14
6
3
5
24
25 21
Leicester
14
4
5
5
19
20 17
Brighton
14
4
5
5
13
14 17
Southampton
13
4
4
5
13
15 16
Newcastle
14
4
3
7
13
19 15
Huddersfield
13
4
3
6
9
19 15
Bournemouth
13
4
2
7
11
14 14
Stoke
13
3
4
6
16
26 13
West Brom
14
2
6
6
12
21 12
Everton
13
3
3
7
13
28 12
West Ham
13
2
4
7
12
26 10
Swansea
13
2
3
8
7
15
9
Crystal Palace
14
2
3
9
8
25
9
By Sports Staff
Four goals in 12 minutes helped
England to a comfortable win over
Kazakhstan, to enhance interim
manager Mo Marley’s chances of
getting the job full time.
Melissa Lawley scored her first
senior goal for England Women and
Nikita Parris hit a double, while Fran
Kirby added one from the penalty
spot and Izzy Christiansen added
further gloss to the scoreline.
Lawley opened the scoring in the
15th minute from the right of the box
after being set up by Jill Scott.
Substitute Kirby added the second
from the penalty spot after the break
before a quickfire Parris brace eased
England to victory.
Christiansen scored the fifth goal
after an excellent ball in by Alex
Greenwood which was played on
by Kirby. The win left England just
a point behind Group One leaders
Wales with a game in hand.
It was Lawley’s first start for
Marley’s side and despite the Lionesses’ dominance in the first half,
they only had the 23-year-old’s goal
to show for it.
But Kirby made it 2-0 in the 64th
minute – seconds after coming on
in place of Jodie Taylor – with her
second penalty in as many games,
after Yekaterina Babshuk was
adjudged to have handled the ball.
Parris then blasted home a fine
Kirby through-ball before notching
her second in the 75th minute. Christiansen was at the far post to tap in
Kirby’s ball as England, unbeaten in
their qualifying campaign, again outclassed their opponents.
Wales women remain
unbeaten in World Cup
qualifying Group 1 after a 1-0
victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina
yesterday. Kayliegh Green scored
the winner with a crisp finish in
the 58th minute.
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
Derby (0).............................................0 Ipswich (1)..................................1
Att 24,475
Connolly 5
Reading (2)........................................ 3 Barnsley (0)............................ 0
Edwards 20
Att 13,317
van den Berg 29
Bodvarsson 88
P
W D
L
F
A Pts
Wolverhampton 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
19
9
5
5
29
21 32
Middlesbrough 19
8
5
6
24
18 29
Leeds
19
9
2
8
29
24 29
Ipswich
19
9
2
8
31
28 29
Nottm Forest
19
9
0 10 26
29 27
Sheff Wed
19
6
8
5
23
21 26
Fulham
19
6
8
5
25
24 26
Preston
19
6
8
5
22
21 26
Brentford
19
5
9
5
28
26 24
Norwich
19
6
6
7
17
23 24
Reading
19
6
5
8
23
23 23
QPR
19
5
7
7
22
28 22
Barnsley
19
5
5
9
23
28 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 Albion
19
3
5 11 12
37 14
Bolton
19
2
7 10 16
36 13
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool (1).................................... 2 Blackburn (2) ..........................4
Mellor 29
Antonsson 25
Philliskirk 75
Dack 45
Mulgrew 63
Att 5,302
Downing 67
Charlton (0)...................................... 2 Peterborough (1).................2
Holmes 90 (pen)
Edwards 11
Ahearne-Grant 90
Marriott 58
Att 9,532
P
W D
L
F
A Pts
Wigan
19 13
3
3
36
12 42
Shrewsbury
19 12
4
3
26
13 40
Scunthorpe
20 11
5
4
26
14 38
Blackburn
19 11
4
4
34
17 37
Bradford
20 11
3
6
29
22 36
Charlton
19 10 5
4
29
23 35
Peterborough
20
8
5
7
31
29 29
Portsmouth
20
9
2
9
25
24 29
Oxford Utd
20
7
6
7
34
27 27
Fleetwood T
20
7
6
7
29
30 27
Blackpool
20
7
6
7
26
27 27
Rotherham
19
8
2
9
32
28 26
of two victories, but were unable
to break down a resolute Ipswich
team.
Reading, meanwhile eased
their troubles with a 3-0 win at
home to Barnsley as they
posted their first victory
in four games.
Dave Edwards’s
header got Reading
off to a flying start on
20 minutes, before
Joey van den Berg
doubled the home side’s
lead. Harvey Barnes
hit a post for Barnsley in
the second half, but Jon Dadi
Bodvarsson settled Reading’s
nerves with a header two
minutes from time, after Adrian
Popa’s shot had rebounded off
the crossbar.
Walsall
19
6
7
6
27
28 25
Southend
19
6
7
6
22
29 25
MK Dons
20
6
6
8
22
29 24
Doncaster
20
6
5
9
21
25 23
Oldham
19
6
5
8
30
36 23
Bristol Rovers
19
7
0 12 27
35 21
Rochdale
19
4
8
7
20
24 20
AFC Wimbledon 20
5
5 10 15
22 20
Gillingham
20
4
8
8
15
22 20
Northampton
20
5
4 11 15
32 19
Bury
20
4
5 11 19
28 17
Plymouth
20
4
5 11 15
29 17
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN SECTION
SECOND ROUND
Rochdale 1 Doncaster 1 (Rochdale win 5-4 on penalties).
CHECKATRADE TROPHY SOUTHERN GROUP C
Wycombe 2 West Ham U21 0.
Leading Positions: 1 Swindon P 3 pts 6, 2 West Ham
U21 (3-6), 3 Bristol Rovers (3-3), 4 Wycombe (3-3).
GROUP D
Exeter 1 Chelsea U21 3; Yeovil 2 Plymouth 1.
Leading Positions: 1 Yeovil P 3 pts 7, 2 Chelsea U21 (35), 3 Plymouth (3-4), 4 Exeter (3-1).
GROUP F
Barnet 2 Tottenham Hotspur U21 1.
Leading Positions: 1 AFC Wimbledon P 3 pts 6, 2 Luton
(3-6), 3 Barnet (3-4), 4 Tottenham Hotspur U21 (3-1).
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Dumbarton (1)............................... 2 Queen of South (0).............2
Fordyce 11 (og)
Dobbie 70 (pen)
Morrison 81
Carswell 84 (og)
Att 474
St Mirren (0).................................... 3 Livingston (1) .........................1
Morgan 51, Eckersley 66
Carrick 30
McShane 78 (pen)
Att 3,177
Inverness CT (2)............................4 Brechin (0) ............................... 0
McKay 8, Baird 9
Att 1,801
Bell 52, Oakley 87
P
W D
L
F
A Pts
St Mirren
14
9
2
3
29
18 29
Dundee Utd
14
8
3
3
18
13 27
Livingston
14
7
4
3
24
18 25
Dunfermline
14
6
5
3
29
15 23
Queen of South 14
6
4
4
23
19 22
Morton
14
5
5
4
20
15 20
Inverness CT
14
4
4
6
17
18 16
Dumbarton
14
3
6
5
13
20 15
Falkirk
14
1
6
7
9
25
9
Brechin
14
0
3 11
9
30
3
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Bromley (0)......................................0 Aldershot (1)............................2
Mensah 28
Att 1,171
Rendell 68
P
W D
L
F
A Pts
Aldershot
22 11
6
5
37
24 39
Sutton Utd
22 11
6
5
31
25 39
Wrexham
22 11
6
5
20
14 39
Macclesfield
22 11
5
6
24
21 38
Dag & Red
22 10
7
5
37
25 37
Dover
22 10
7
5
27
15 37
Boreham Wood 22
9
8
5
33
22 35
Bromley
22 10 5
7
33
25 35
Woking
22 10 3
9
29
30 33
Maidstone Utd
21
9
6
6
25
27 33
Tranmere
22
8
7
7
25
18 31
Ebbsfleet Utd
22
7
10 5
29
24 31
Hartlepool
22
8
7
7
23
22 31
Maidenhead U
22
7
9
6
32
32 30
Gateshead
22
7
8
7
27
21 29
AFC Fylde
20
7
7
6
32
27 28
FC Halifax
22
6
8
8
24
31 26
Eastleigh
22
5 10 7
27
30 25
Barrow
22
5
7 10 27
34 22
Leyton Orient
22
5
6 11 27
39 21
Chester FC
22
3
9 10 21
36 18
Torquay
22
4
5 13 21
34 17
Guiseley
21
3
8 10 19
36 17
Solihull Moors 22
3
4 15 20
41 13
FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING
Bath City L Margate L.
FA TROPHY THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING REPLAY
Warrington Town 3 Tamworth 0; Kidderminster 2 Boston Utd 0; Workington 5 Glossop North End 1; Bognor
Regis Town L Hemel Hempstead L; Slough L Hendon L;
Royston Town L Eastbourne Borough L.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
England (1)........................................ 5 Kazakhstan (0)...................... 0
Bosnia-Herz (0)............................0 Wales (0).....................................1
Slovakia (1)........................................ 1 N Ireland (1)..............................3
Repair job facing
Pardew laid bare
after West Brom
throw away lead
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Robson-Kanu 45, Field 56
2
NEWCASTLE UNITED
Clark 59, Evans 83 og
2
By Steve Madeley
AT THE HAWTHORNS
Alan Pardew will take charge of a
West Bromwich Albion side without
a Premier League win since August
after they squandered a 2-0 lead in
Gary Megson’s final game in caretaker charge.
The popular former manager
signed off his unexpected second
spell at the helm in frustrating
fashion as a Jonny Evans own-goal
completed an unlikely Newcastle
comeback.
Pardew will take charge later this
week of a side winless in 12 league
games.
But it had looked like that depressing run would end when Hal RobsonKanu and teenager Sam Field put
them 2-0 up. Newcastle looked beaten until Ciaran Clark’s free header
from a Matt Ritchie corner halved
the Baggies’ lead.
And another Ritchie free-kick then
struck Evans and beat goalkeeper
Ben Foster to give Rafael Benitez’s
side a point and end their run of four
straight defeats.
Salomon Rondon started brightly
for West Brom, turning powerfully
on halfway and holding off two challenges before winning a free-kick.
He attempted to get his head to a
cross from Matt Phillips that came
indirectly from the resulting freekick but the ball flew over his head.
Matt Ritchie then screwed a
shot wide of goal after cutting into
the penalty area from the right for
Newcastle.
Rondon was at the heart of more
encouraging play as West Brom won a
free-kick 25 yards out, but the striker
blasted it into the Newcastle wall.
West Brom then flirted with embarrassment when they made a mess
of dealing with a simple cross from
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53
Fireworks remain in stands
as M23 rivals settle for a point
nied by the second act of an outstanding double-save from Albion
goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
Christian Benteke might have
CRYSTAL PALACE
Ryan
scored before him, but the keeper
0
got down well to parry. He had no
right to get to Zaha’s follow-up but
Duffy
Dunk
S ttner
Bru o
By Ed Malyon
managed to steer it wide and keep
AT THE AMEX STADIUM
Brighton in the game, not for the
Stephens Propper
first time this season and surely not
Izquierdo
Knockaert
Honours even, bragging rights
the last.
G s
split and, possibly, a point closer
Benteke’s return to the starting
to safety for all concerned. Crystal
line-up after a lengthy lay-off was
Murray
Palace travelled to Brighton hopa boost to Roy Hodgson, who only
ing a win against their most-hated
counts on one senior striker in his
Bent e
Z a
rivals could help propel them up the
squad. But the Belgian didn’t look
table but a 0-0 draw in the freezing
fully fit and was more danger as a
Townsend
e
k
Loftus-Chee
Sussex hills meant the spoils were
decoy than his usual marauding self.
Milivojevic
Cabaye
shared on a night when either could
Helping nullify Benteke’s goal
have won but neither could stomach
threat while providing his own, the
a loss.
player who marked him for much of
ard
A total of 90 minutes of huff and Schlu p Sakho Tomkins
the evening was the man who had
puff produced not a single goal,
Brighton’s two best chances. Lewis
though Palace do at least look a
Dunk headed a Pascal Gross corHennessey
functional team again and Brighton
ner too close to Wayne Hennessey
continue not to look out of place in Crystal Palace
before the break, but his near-post
the Premier League.
backheel that went narrowly wide
Substitutions: Brighton March (Izquierdo, 71), Brown
In the end, the most explosive (Gross, 82), Hemed (Murray, 85); Crystal Palace
just after half-time was probably
(Cabaye, 66).
thing on show was the series of fire- McArthur
even more dangerous with the deBooked: Brighton Izquierdo, Dunk; Crystal Palace
crackers and smoke bombs going off None.
fence and keeper caught napping.
Man
of
the
match
Gross.
in the away end, which will only add Match rating 5/10.
Gross’s sensational set-piece deto questions over the policing of a Possession: Brighton 53% Crystal Palace 47%.
livery continued to be Brighton’s
on target: Brighton 3 Crystal Palace 4.
game where Palace fans with tickets Attempts
biggest
threat as the game wore on,
Referee A Marriner (Birmingham).
were turned away at the turnstiles.
and the hosts looked the more likely
Attendance 29,889.
At its best, though, this match
scorers as the game wore on.
boasted exactly the sort of frenetic
Even when the German had deattacking play you’d expect from a
With that in mind, it was the er- parted, replaced by Izzy Brown, a
derby game, with the tricky duo
rors that more obviously betrayed late Knockaert corner had the Eaof Anthony Knockaert and
this game’s derby status than gles in all sorts of trouble, with HenWilfried Zaha the most
the sort of tackles that nessey desperately clambering to
dangerous man on eimade this rivalry what it keep Glenn Murray from scoring the
ther side.
decisive goal – as he had done in red
is in the 1970s.
But when the play
Well, that and the and blue stripes against his current
slowed enough for a
steady stream of py- employers back in 2011.
Crystal Palace have
sequence of passes
The final minutes were frantically
rotechnics emerging
failed to score in
to break out, it was
from the Crystal Pal- sloppy, with enough desperation
their last nine away
matches
if the players could
ace end. Their team from both sides but not enough qualsuddenly remember
showed that level of ity when it mattered.
what this rivalry meant
spark only in fits and
Next time these two meet it will be
to those in the stands, and
starts, but started the bet- mid-April, and the stakes are likely
sterile possession gave way
ter and should undoubtedly to be far higher. It won’t just be rito nervy passes and players looking have taken the lead in the opening valry in play, but almost certainly
to take the easy way out.
exchanges, only for Zaha to be de- relegation. THE INDEPENDENT
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Hal Robson-Kanu
opens the scoring
for West Brom at the
Hawthorns last night
GETTY IMAGES
West Bromwich Albion
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Hegazi
Nyo
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Phillips Livermore
Barry
ibbs
Field
Robso -Kanu Ron on
Joselu
Ritchie
Merin
Mbem a
Murphy
Perez
den
Clark
Lejeune
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Darlow
Newcastle United
Substitutions: West Brom Yacob (Barry, 67), McLean
(Gibbs, 80), Krychowiak (Field, 84);
Newcastle Aarons (Murphy, 64), Mitrovic (Joselu, 73),
Shelvey (Hayden, 80).
Man of the match Robson-Kanu.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: West Brom 48% Newcastle 52%.
Attempts on target: West Brom 4 Newcastle 4.
Referee L Probert (Wiltshire).
Attendance 25,534.
Ritchie. Foster looked odds-on to
claim it before he was obstructed by
team-mate Ahmed Hegazi, forcing
him to spill the ball. Fortunately for
the hosts, the Egyptian rectified his
error by clearing off the line.
Rondon was then close to meeting
another cross by Phillips before giv-
ing Newcastle a real scare from distance. He let fly from 30 yards after
being given space to weigh up his
options, with his effort skimming the
crossbar on its way for a goal-kick.
Ritchie then sent a shot wide for
Newcastle, for whom Isaac Hayden
then tried his luck from the edge
of the box with a shot that Foster
claimed.
Karl Darlow then had to take a
catch at full-stretch for the visitors
when Robson-Kanu got his head to a
cross by Hegazi.
And Robson-Kanu missed a decent
chance at the near post when he fired
wide from a Rondon cross.
But he scored at the third time of
asking to give his side the lead on the
stroke of half-time. A fine crossfield
pass by Evans created the opening by
releasing Kieran Gibbs, whose cross
from the left was nodded home by
Robson-Kanu.
Field, the Stourbridge-born midfielder, was in ecstasy on 56 minutes
when he grabbed his first senior goal
for the club his family supports. He
produced a crisp left-footed volley at
the far post from a fabulous cross by
Phillips.
But just three minutes later the
game was back in the balance when
Clark rose to head home a Ritchie
corner. And it was Ritchie again who
laid on the winner on 83 minutes with
a free-kick.
It hit Evans, whose tame attempt
at a block only resulted in a deflection
past a helpless Ben Foster.
Newcastle pressed for a winner
but West Brom at least held firm to
give Megson an unbeaten stint in
temporary charge. THE INDEPENDENT
0
Brighton & Hove Albion
9
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FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Young leads
charge as
United brush
off Hornets
WATFORD
Deeney pen 77, Doucouré 84
2
MANCHESTER UNITED
Young 19, 25, Martial 32, Lingard 86
4
Watford
Gomes
ariappa Kabasele
Prodl
By Miguel Delaney
AT VICARAGE ROAD
Femenia
A night of contradictions at Vicarage
Road, aptly settled by one supreme
moment of single-minded directness from Jesse Lingard. The England striker’s composed, confident
and coruscating winning goal was
not just timely – coming in the 86th
minute and with the score at 3-2 –
but arrived as Manchester United
looked set for a nervous collapse
in the face of a forceful Watford
comeback.
United held on, and you couldn’t
really begrudge them victory, given
that it had looked as if they had won
the game in the first half with what
had been a resounding lesson in
ruthless. That was one of the many
contradictions. United had been
ruthless but yet so sloppy; Watford
so assertively composed but also
so self-destructively calamitous.
Marco Silva could reasonably say
the 4-2 end result was unfair on his
team, but then it was a just reward
for United.
Ashley Young, who began his
career at Vicarage Road, had been
the best attacking player on the
pitch, and the one who ultimately
showed Watford the true value of
converting chances with two utterly
brilliant goals.
Young continues to improve as
a converted left wing-back. That
is testament to Jose Mourinho’s
coaching of the player, while the end
result was just about testament to
his tactical approach to this game,
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Manchester United
Substitutions: Watford Carrillo (Prodl, 58), Pereyra
(Hughes, 58), Deeney (Gray, 72); Man Utd Herrera
(Matic, 54), Rashford (Martial, 65), Ibrahimovic
(Lingard, 88).
Booked: Watford Doucouré, Mariappa; Man Utd Rojo.
Man of the match Young.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Watford 59% Man Utd 41%.
Attempts on target: Watford 3 Man Utd 7.
Referee J Moss (W Riding).
Attendance 20,552.
especially against such a highly-fancied Portguese compatriot in Silva.
The greater frustration for Watford and Silva was that they started
quite well, with the Brazilian, Richarlison, at the centre of everything
and looking like the best player on
the pitch – for about 18 minutes.
It was at that point that United
– and, more specifically Young –
showed the Brazilian what it meant
to take your chances. It didn’t help
Watford that the incursions that
allowed Richarlison to be so involved
FORMULA ONE
Aston Martin a step
closer to entering F1
Aston Martin look set to enter
Formula One in 2021 as an engine
supplier – if key areas are addressed.
Those issues include: reducing
engine development costs and
making the sport more exciting.
Aston Martin chief executive
Andy Palmer said: “It moves from
probably I wouldn’t propose it to
the board, to probably I would.
The issue is making the sport
entertaining again. Which means,
put the driver back at the centre.”
also gave Mourinho’s team space
in behind – and they really helped
themselves.
There had already been warnings,
but they weren’t heeded. After 18
minutes, Lingard found himself in
space and fed the ball to Young. The
wing-back teed himself up with one
touch, before firing in with the next.
Young is a player in form and
his next big contribution was even
better, a 25-yard free-kick that he
curled perfectly into the top corner.
Watford were all over the place at
the back, further emphasised when
Romelu Lukaku played a fine ball in
the air to send Anthony Martial run-
ning through to drive the ball low had hit the bar from a header just
and hard past Heurelho Gomes.
before half-time and Sebastian
It couldhave beeneven worse
Prodl might have had a penalty
for Watford had Gomes not
for a push by Chris Smallpulled off a brilliant save
ing just after it. It was
to deny Lingard from
just that United smelt
what initially looked to
blood every time they
be an open goal. At 3-0
surged forward.
Seasons since
going into half-time,
This was the oddity
Ashley Young has
the dilemma for Silva
of the game: Watford
scored twice in a
was whether to just
were actually playgame for United –
against Spurs
forget about this match
ing quite well, their
in March
and see it out… or look
calamitous first-half
2012
to try to get something
openness at the back
out of it.
notwithstanding.
Watford clearly did sense
For a time. It wasn’t long until
something, given that Richarlison Lukaku started missing chances,
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no drugs cheat
Tiger Woods feels “fantastic” ahead
of his return to competitive
golf at the Hero World
Challenge – but admits
to being unsure about
what shots he will be
able to play at Albany
this week.
The 41-year-old
(right), who has been
out for 10 months after
undergoing a fourth major
operation on his back, said:
“I don’t know how hard I can hit it
or what shots I can or can’t play. I
don’t know what the future holds
in that regard because I’m still
learning this body.
“I’ve come out the other
side and I feel fantastic. I
just hadn’t realised before
how bad my back was.
“It’s hard to imagine
how I was living the way I
was living, with my foot not
working, my leg not working,
and the hours I wasn’t able to sleep
because of the pain.”
Tyson Fury has admitted he may
have been “a bigot, a sexist and a
homophobe” – but not a drugs cheat.
The former world champion is due
to hear whether his UK Anti-Doping
charge will be lifted next month,
freeing him up for a return to the
ring. Fury, 29, said: “Of all the things
I’ve been called – a bigot, a sexist, a
homophobe – I may have been those
but the one thing I’m not is a drugs
cheat. That’s the worst a sportsman
can be.”
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
16-20
TV
28-29
IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
i WEDNESDAY
29 NOVEMBER 2017
55
Tottenham title
aspirations falter
after Vardy and
Mahrez strike
LEICESTER CITY
Vardy 13, Mahrez 45
2
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Kane 79
1
By Tim Nash
Leicester City
Schmeichel
Simp on Morgan Maguire C lwell
AT KING POWER STADIUM
Mahrez
Ndidi
Iborra Albrighton
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» Premier League table, page 52
Jamie Vardy’s 100th League goal
piled on Tottenham’s Premier
League frustrations against a determined Leicester City.
Vardy struck a devastating early
blow to show the Foxes’ intentions
before Riyad Mahrez doubled their
lead, only for Harry Kane to ensure a
nervous finish for Claude Puel’s side.
Victory for Leicester made it
three Premier League games without a win for Spurs, who improved
markedly after the break and rained
pressure on the Foxes’ goalmouth.
Tottenham were denied what
appeared to be a certain penalty
at the death when Danny Rose was
caught by Wilfred Ndidi.
Leicester looked to take the
initiative from the first whistle, and
a towering header by Wes Morgan
was hooked off the line by Rose from
Marc Albrighton’s corner.
The home side continued to look
to catch Spurs on the counter-attack
and took the lead with a brilliant
move in the 13th minute.
Albrighton sent Vardy through
into the space between defenders
Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier.
The England striker showed superb
awareness to produce a stretching
volley which gave Hugo Lloris no
chance.
Tottenham looked to respond and
Kane put Moussa Sissoko in on goal
but the France international’s shot
was superbly blocked, with his legs,
by Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester midfielder Vicente
Iborra was having an outstanding
night and he showed Kane the way
in the 26th minute when his volley
CRICKET
RUGBY UNION
Injury rules Westley
out of Lions tour
Faletau set to play against Boks
Jesse Lingard’s
brilliant solo goal
snuffs out the
Watford fightback
REUTERS
and Watford started taking theirs.
Just moments after the Belgian had
missed two big opportunities at one
end, Marcos Rojo wildly took down
substitute Roberto Pereyra in the box
for Troy Deeney to score a penalty.
Abdoulaye Doucouré then made
it 3-2 with six minutes of normal
time left but, just when it looked as
if United might fall apart, Lingard
embarked on his mazy, solo run.
It was capped by one last display
of ruthlessness, to punish one of the
many moments of sloppiness. THE
INDEPENDENT
Tom Westley will fly home from the
England Lions’ tour of Australia
today after injuring a finger. The
England and Wales Cricket Board
said the Essex batsman had a
middle finger injury on his left hand
that will probably require surgery.
Westley, who failed to stake a
claim for a place on the Ashes tour
during five unconvincing Tests this
summer, had been due to bat at
No 3 for the Lions in their clash with
Queensland Select.
Taulupe Faletau is set to be the only
one of Wales’ Premiership-based
players who will start Saturday’s
clash against South Africa.
Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts
reported back for training with
his club yesterday. Quins host
European champions Saracens at
the Twickenham Stoop in five days’
time and it is thought that Roberts
faced disciplinary action from Quins
if he had not returned.
Welsh preparations have been
dealt a double blow with lock Jake
O
Vardy
Kane
Eriksen
Alli
Rose
Dem
Ve tonghan
é
soko
Dier
Aurier
Sanch z
Lloris
Tottenham Hotspur
Substitutions: Leicester Gray (Mahrez, 77),
Choudhury (Okazaki, 83), Slimani (Vardy, 88);
Tottenham Son (Sissoko, 57), Llorente (Dembélé, 69),
Lamela (Eriksen, 77).
Booked: Leicester Schmeichel; Tottenham
Vertonghen, Lamela.
Man of the match Vardy.
Match rating 7/10.
Possession: Leicester 37% Tottenham 63%.
Attempts on target: Leicester 4 Tottenham 6.
Referee A Taylor (Cheshire). Attendance 31,950.
bounced a couple of feet wide after
some dazzling footwork on the right
from Mahrez.
Counter-attacking was looking
the best route to goal and Spurs
looked to create one of their own
from a Leicester corner in the 32nd
minute.
Christian Eriksen surged forwards and, with Kane in hot pursuit
to his right and Dele Alli beyond
him, he chose the latter but the England international failed to connect
properly and his effort rolled wide.
Leicester went close to a second
goal from an unexpected source
when Rose’s clearance from Vardy’s
Ball (right) and flanker Justin
Tipuric both being released from
the squad due to injury – the former
needs surgery on his shoulder while
the latter has a thigh problem.
Bath, meanwhile, could be
sanctioned by Premiership Rugby
if, as expected, Faletau plays against
the Springboks in Cardiff.
Wales’ finale falls outside the
World Rugby autumn Test match
window and England’s Premiership
clubs have a blanket approach not to
release players for those games.
Jamie Vardy puts Leicester ahead after just 13 minutes last night REUTERS
cross drifted inches the wrong side run from Chilwell took him past two
of Lloris’s post.
challenges and, from Vardy’s cross
Puel’s side went close again when whipped in fiercely from the right,
a glancing header from their left- Shinji Okazaki could only glance
back, Ben Chilwell, sailed just
over from a free header.
wide from Mahrez’s curlSpurs forward Eric
ing free-kick.
Lamela, who had been
Leicester deservedly
out of action for 399
made it 2-0 with andays after surgery on
other superb goal in
both hips, came off
Leicester and Spurs
time added on at the
the bench to clinihave
played
each
end of the first half.
cal effect in the 77th
other
22
times
with
Mahrez took a
minute.
Leicester edging the
short pass from Ndidi
Within a minute
victory count 10-8
and, with Rose caught
of his arrival, the Arout of position, cut inside,
gentinian had escaped
exposing Jan Vertonghen.
his marker to accept Son
The Belgian defender conHeung-min’s pass and find Kane,
tinued to back off and Mahrez’s who fired into the roof of the net.
punishment was ruthless as he
Spurs’ frustrations were comunleashed a fabulous curling shot plete when they were denied a penwhich ripped past Lloris into the top alty in added time after substitute
Fernando Llorente produced a glarcorner of the net.
Leicester should have made it ing late miss in front of goal. THE
3-0 in the 55th minute. A slaloming INDEPENDENT
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Women-only
motor racing
plan offers
promise of
F1 drive
By Philip Duncan
Plans have been drawn up to stage
an historic women-only motor racing championship which could be
launched in 2019.
In a proposal circulated earlier
this year, the potentially groundbreaking series intends to have
women drivers compete at six
races – five of which will be staged
in Europe and the other in America
– with the champion promised a
Formula One test drive.
The London-based company
behind the project is believed to
carry the financial muscle required
to get the landmark proposal off
the ground – and its ambitious organisers expect the championship
to be second only to Formula One
as the biggest international motor
racing series within three years of
its launch.
It is understood that the aim is to
run a condensed summer-time calendar. The series has the support
of Felix Porteiro – a former Spanish
racing driver who competed against
Lewis Hamilton in F1’s feeder series
GP2 – and the leaked document also
» Continued on p49
Sport
Watford gap
United withstand
fightback for
impressive win
» Match report, p5455
29.11.17
P52
FOOTBALL
West Brom
throw away
two-goal lead
against Toon
P55
Ashley Young
celebrates
scoring his, and
Manchester
United’s second
last night GETTY
FOOTBALL
Leicester on the
up as they
cause Spurs to
stumble
Stokes’ Kiwi journey raises
hopes of Ashes appearance
By Jonathan Liew
IN ADELAIDE
P50
FOOTBALL
What has
happened to
Suarez at
Barcelona?
Ben Stokes is in talks with New
Zealand regional side Canterbury
having been given permission by the
England and Wales Cricket Board
to return to action, raising hopes he
could yet play a part in the Ashes.
If a deal is struck with Canterbury,
he could play as soon as this Sunday
in a 50-over match against Otago.
Stokes has not played cricket
since being arrested in September
after getting involved in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol.
He is currently suspended and
has missed the start of the Ashes
tour as he waits to hear whether
Avon & Somerset Police decide to
charge him with an offence.
But after being photographed
at Heathrow Airport on Monday
night with his cricket kit, the ECB
confirmed that he was on his way
to New Zealand – the country of his
birth – to train and to see family. The
ECB issued Stokes with his No-Objection Certificate – essentially giving him their blessing to play abroad
– last Friday.
Contrary to some reports, there
has been no indication from the
police that a decision on the Stokes
case is imminent. Certainly the top
brass at the ECB are none the wiser
on the matter, and indeed were unaware of Stokes’s trip, which he organised himself, until the very last
minute. Nevertheless, it is a bold
move by Stokes, acclimatising himself to the time difference and placing him just a few hours away from
Australian turf should England request his services at any point.
In order for that to happen, a
number of hurdles would need to
be cleared. Stokes would need to
be exonerated by Avon & Somerset
Police, at which point the ECB’s own
» Continued on p50
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