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SOCIETY
She bangs
the drum
Fighting
misogyny in
the music
industry
NATURE
Diver fends off tiger shark
in five-mile swim to shore
P26
P5
May shrugs
off Juncker
‘leaks’
TUESDAY
24 OCTOBER 2017
Number 2,158
News.co.uk
» Prime Minister upbeat as
she sets out ‘mission’ to fight
for best deal in Brexit talks
» EU leader hastily denies
claiming May ‘begged for help’
and needed sleep in leaked
report to newspaper
» We have no time for
gossip, says European
Commission spokesman
Anthony
Joshua
‘Takam’s a Mike
Tyson type.
I know he
believes he can
beat me’
P50
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper
theipaper
P6
HISTORY
Remembering red Russia
Angus Roxburgh reflects
on the legacy
of the USSR
P30
CULTURE
GRACE DENT
TOURISM
What do Peep Dubai? I’d
rather go to
Show and
Blackpool
Buddhism
P15
have in
common?
Writer Sam
Bain takes us
on retreat P36
INSIDE TWO PAGES OF PUZZLES
P44
I TV & RADIO
P28
Why the
Japanese are
flocking to
North Wales
I RACING
P9
P48
The
News
Matrix
HEALTH
Who has
become Doctor
Who’s oldest
companion?
See p.19
The day at
a glance
EDUCATION
TUESDAY
24
OCTOBER
Quote of the day
People demand freedom of
speech to make up for the
freedom of thought which
they avoid
SOREN AABYE
KIERKEGAARD
Anniversaries
Hundreds of parents and teachers
from across England and Wales are
expected to descend on Westminster
today to raise concerns about school
funding cuts. Campaigners said the
action will call on Chancellor Philip
Hammond to release more money
for schools, arguing that they are
currently “seriously underfunded”.
Giorgio Armani says he has devised
a succession plan to prevent his
fashion empire from being split
up. The 83-year-old is one of the
founding designers of Milan readyto-wear. He told the Corriere della
Sera that after he dies, three people
will run the foundation he created
last year as a succession tool.
Amazon says it has received 238
proposals from cities and regions
hoping to be the home of the
company’s second headquarters.
The online retail giant, based in
Seattle, began its hunt for a second
headquarters last month, promising
to bring 50,000 new jobs and spend
up to $5bn (£3.8bn).
Women MPs have talked about
experiencing sexual assault and
harassment. Labour’s Mary
Creagh and Jess Phillips and the
Conservatives Theresa Villiers
and Anne Jenkin are among those
to share their stories to encourage
others to do the same after the
Harvey Weinstein scandal. PAGE 4
CZECH REPUBLIC
ART
ENVIRONMENT
SCIENCE
Site of Nazi camp to
be bought for £14m
Churchill’s final
painting auctioned
Forest fires lead to
record loss of trees
New diabetes drug
could fight obesity
The Czech government is to spend
the equivalent of £14m to buy a
Communist-era pig farm at the site
of a former Nazi concentration camp
for Roma. Rights groups and Roma
activists have long demanded the
removal of the farm from Lety, 60
miles south of Prague, which will be
replaced with a monument. AP
The final painting by Sir Winston
Churchill – which he gave to the
bodyguard who prepared his brushes
– is going under the hammer. The
Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, depicting
the wartime leader’s “most special
place”, is expected to fetch £80,000 at
Sotheby’s. An earlier painting of the
same subject sold for £1.8m in 2014.
Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia
contributed to a record loss in global
tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the
size of New Zealand, Global Forest
Watch has said. Man-made global
warming increases the risks of
wildfires by adding to extreme heat
and droughts in some regions, the
monitoring body said.
An experimental diabetes drug
that suppresses appetite could
prove to be a powerful weapon
against obesity, research suggests.
Obese patients taking part in a
study lost 5kg in just four months
after receiving weekly injections
of semaglutide, developed by the
Danish company Novo Nordiskas.
TECHNOLOGY
The List
Top 10 foods we
hate on our plate
1. Seafood (above)
2. Fish
3. Meat
4. Offal
5. Vegetables
6. Ketchup
7. Banana
8. Baked beans
9. Curry sauce
10. Brown sauce
Poll by Fanta
Gone
phishing
£613.22
Amount of
money lost
on average
by cybercrime
victims
£214.70
Tech-savvy teens who live their lives online are now more than twice as likely to
fall victim to internet fraudsters than over-55s. Despite claiming to be more
digitally aware than their older counterparts, under-35s also lose significantly
more money as a result of online ruses, according to research from the online
safety organisation Get Safe Online to mark Get Safe Online Week.
Phishing is the
practice of sending
emails purporting to
be from reputable
companies in order to
induce individuals to
reveal personal
information, such as
passwords and credit
card numbers
1 in 10
18- to 24-year-olds
have fallen victim
to a ‘phishing’ scam
Under-35s Over-55s
of people
believe
hackers are
likely to be
young
50%
of Britons
have been
targeted
27%
of victims are
estimated to
report the crime
number of cases reported in the year to June 2016
Bank account fraud
index
1 in 20
people aged 55+
have fallen victim
to a ‘phishing’ scam
38%
The five most common forms of cybercrime in the UK
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Crossword.............20
TV & Radio...........28
The 10 Best...........34
Business.................40
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................46
FASHION
Armani outlines
succession plan
Over a quarter of the nation
(26 per cent) has a food phobia,
according to a poll. Seafood
tops the list of the meals and
ingredients we can’t stand the
sight of. Here’s the top 10.
Wednesday 24 Oct 1945
The United Nations
Organisation is formally
inaugurated in a ceremony
at the US State Department
in Washington. A total of
29 countries ratified
the UN Charter.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons
may be taking statins unnecessarily,
a study suggests. Researchers
said there could be “significant
over-treatment” among patients
who have less than a 10 per cent
chance of developing cardiovascular
disease within 10 years. PAGE 8
Female MPs reveal
Parents and teachers Amazon gets 238
to protest over cuts
offers to host new HQ harassment stories
Birthdays
Roman Abramovich,
entrepreneur, 51; Wayne
Rooney, footballer, 32;
Sarah Greene, presenter,
59; Esther McVey, (inset)
politician, 50; Drake,
rapper, 31; Kevin Kline,
actor, 70
PARLIAMENT
TECHNOLOGY
Patients take statins
‘unnecessarily’
2.4m
Computer virus
1.3m
Non-investment fraud
1.0m
Hacking
Advance fee fraud
681,000
117,000
SOURCE: GET SAFE ONLINE, ONS
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The recycled content of UK
newspapers in 2015 was 71%
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NEWS
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VOICES
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IQ
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BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i TUESDAY
24 OCTOBER 2017
3
ThePage3Profile
TELEVISION
RON AYERS,
ROCKET SCIENTIST
A new spin on the
special relationship
Siobhán Norton
The US embassy in London has
thrown open its doors to a Channel
4 film crew in a move the Trump
administration hopes may generate
positive PR. The series promises to
explore attempts by Ambassador
Woody Johnson, a billionaire Trump
supporter, to “strengthen and
expand the special relationship”.
Let’s stop bitching
and start talking
SCIENCE
Sleepwalkers have
enhanced ‘autopilot’
Sleepwalkers have an enhanced
“autopilot” that allows them to
control their body movements
without thinking, a study has found.
University of Central Lancashire
scientists made the discovery after
testing the ability of somnambulists
to ignore distractions while
performing a walking task. PAGE 5
PEOPLE
Spitfires and Hurricanes flying over
and doodlebugs being shot down. You
could not be other than interested in
engineering in those days,” he said.
The Fast and the Furious pensioners’
special?
Ron Ayers may not look like
your typical speed merchant
but this octogenarian is the chief
aerodynamicist working on the
world’s most advanced straight-line
racing car, Bloodhound.
So much for a quiet retirement…
“I like to push boundaries and
someone of my age does not
normally get the opportunity to do
so,” said Mr Ayers, who was made a
MBE for his services to engineering
in 2014. It took the engineer three
years to perfect the shape of the
Bloodhound, which must be both safe
and capable of achieving astonishing
land speeds.
What part has he played in the
process?
Mr Ayers, 85, designed Bloodhound,
the British-built car aiming to reach
1,000 miles (1,609km) per hour. He
is also responsible for making sure
the vehicle doesn’t actually become a
rocket and take off.
I see why the project needed a rocket
scientist on board
You can’t put a price on experience
either. Mr Ayers has worked in the
industry since he embarked on an
engineering apprenticeship nearly
70 years ago. “Back when I was an
apprentice in 1950, 1,000mph hadn’t
even been achieved in the air,” he
told the BBC programme Inside Out
South West.
When did he become drawn to life in
the fast lane?
Mr Ayers’ interest was piqued as a
child during the Blitz. “I used to see
Whenwillhegetthisshowontheroad?
Bloodhound is currently at Newquay
airport undergoing low-speed trials.
The team plans to attempt reaching
1,000mph in 2019. Mr Ayers said:
“1,000mph is about the maximum
that I think is physically achievable so
we are aiming at an ultimate record.”
Katie Grant
Hawking crashes
university wesbite
Demand for Professor Stephen
Hawking’s PhD thesis crashed part
of Cambridge University’s website as
fans tried to read his work yesterday.
His 1966 paper “Properties of
expanding universes” was made
available for the first time. By last
night, 60,000 people had accessed his
work as a 24-year-old postgraduate.
UNITED STATES
Great-gran, 94, takes
skydiving plunge
A Pennsylvania woman has
celebrated her 94th birthday by
skydiving with her granddaughter
and great-granddaughter. Eila
Campbell said she might not “make
it for another year” so took the
10,000ft “kind of a wow” plunge at
Hazleton Regional Airport. She said
she would do it again.
Letter from the
Assistant Editor
i@inews.co.uk
We’ve all been guilty of it once in
a while. You’ve had dinner with an
acquaintance, someone you have
had a difficult relationship with
over the past few months. You’ve
had a few glasses of wine.
“She looks as if she’s been
burning the candle at both ends,”
you murmur to a friend when she
nips to the loo. “Have you seen
those dark rings under her eyes?”
A bit of mild bitching isn’t very
classy, but it’s relatively harmless.
Unless you’re running a bloc of
countries from which one country
is trying to extricate itself, and
your acquaintance in the loo is in
charge of running that country.
It gets even more awkward
when some of your dinner-party
pals aren’t the best secret keepers,
and in fact are quite likely to run
and tell everyone what you said.
Or leak it to a newspaper, say.
Jean-Claude Juncker has denied
making comments about Theresa
May being sleep-deprived after
she joined him for dinner in
Brussels last week. Perhaps he
didn’t breathe a word of it. Perhaps
they are rumours spread by
interested parties who would like
to undermine the Brexit process.
Either way, the damage has
been done: at a time when
friendly relations are crucial,
everyone is too busy squabbling
and gossiping to tend to the job
at hand. May’s ex-adviser Nick
Timothy engaged in a Twitter war
with EU official Martin Selmayr.
Is Selmayr the mole? Or… ooh…
could it be… Boris?
Considering he was labelled a
“dream-merchant” in the report,
it seems unlikely. And it was in
fact Johnson himself who struck
the most sensible tone yesterday,
urging the EU to “get on” with
talks. He’s right: the only thing
worse than bitching is gossip, so
let’s just get on with it, shall we?
4
NEWS
SOCIETY
TRANSPORT
Female MPs break silence on sexual
assaults in bid to help other victims
Train hit
buffers ‘due
to driver’s
fatigue’
By Kate Proctor
Female politicians have revealed
their experiences of being sexually
assaulted and harassed to encourage
victims to speak out.
The Labour MPs Mary Creagh and
Jess Phillips told of harrowing events
that spanned back to their childhoods to help other women break
their silence in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Tories Theresa Villiers and Anne
Jenkin, a baroness, have also spoken
about how harassment and unwanted advances featured in the early
days of their careers.
The catalogue of incidents experienced by the four women includes an
attack in a school playground; a sexual
assault in a bar; an attack at a party;
being fondled by an MP in their car,
and being groped at a political event.
Today, the shadow women and
equalities minister, Dawn Butler,
called for a new human resources
body to be set up in Parliament to
support staff and MPs.
Ms Creagh, the former shadow Environment Secretary, said “silence
has to become abnormal” in cases of
sexual assault and harassment.
Ms Phillips said she was speaking
out for the sake of the women who
Baroness Jenkin, founder
of the Tory Women2Win
campaign to boost the number
of female MPs, said she
brushed off incidents when
she arrived in Parliament as a
22-year-old secretary.
Clockwise from top left: Mary Creagh was attacked in a playground; Jess Phillips
wasassaultedbyherboss;TheresaVilliersandBaronessJenkintoldofharassment
“don’t have power to”. The politician,
who chairs the women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, said she was attacked by her boss in her twenties
before she became an MP. She said:
“I was working in a bar and I remember going to a party and we went back
to someone’s house and my boss was
there. I had fallen asleep on the sofa
and when I woke up he was undo-
ing my belt and trying to get into my
trousers. I was absolutely paralysed
with fear. He was loads older than me
– maybe 25 years older.
“Someone else came in the room
and dragged him off me. Then I went
back to work the next day... It’s hard
to comprehend that these things are
happening until after the event.”
Ms Creagh, 49, has told of how she
was attacked aged seven in her school
playground. She said: “I had my underwear torn off during a game of
kiss chase and was sexually assaulted by about 12 boys. They were older
than me, about 10 or 11 years old.”
Ms Creagh said that when she was
16 her parish priest pinched her bottom. She had forgotten about this but
the priest ended up in jail for assaulting other people. She said she had no
idea when she was younger that he
had hurt others. “He was very charismatic,” she said. EVENING STANDARD
PEOPLE
Film director accused of sexual harassment by 38 women
By Lindsey Bahr
Hollywood writer and director James
Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing Bugsy, has been
accused of sexual harassment by 38
women in a report published in the
Los Angeles Times.
Many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets
of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end
with sexual questions and Toback
performing a sex act in front of them
or simulating intercourse with them,
according to the accounts.
The 72-year-old director (inset) denied the allegations to the Los Angeles
Times, saying he never met any of the
women, or if he had it “was for five
minutes and [I] have no recollection”. Thirty-one of
the women spoke on the
record, including Louise Post, from the band
Veruca Salt, and actress
Terri Conn.
Meanwhile, the studio
co-founded by disgraced
mogul Harvey Weinstein,
the Weinstein Company, is
to be investigated by New
York’s top prosecutor,
Eric Schneiderman.
He has launched a civil
rights investigation related
to complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination.
People, page 17
By Neil Lancefield
A driver of a train that crashed
into buffers was suffering from
fatigue, an accident investigation
has found.
The woman was coming to the
end of a “relatively demanding
night shift” when the collision occurred at London King’s Cross
station at 6.23am on 15 August,
the Rail Accident Investigation
Branch (RAIB) said. Four passengers and one member of staff reported minor injuries in the 4mph
crash, which pushed the buffers
back by over one metre.
The four-carriage train involved
was the 5.13am Great Northern
service from Royston, Hertfordshire. The driver, not identified
by the RAIB, “briefly closed her
eyes because they felt tired” in the
seconds before the collision. When
she opened them she applied an
emergency brake but it was too
late to avoid hitting the buffers.
The RAIB said it was her first
night shift after a period of rest
days and she was “not sufficiently
well rested”. It noted that the Rail
Safety and Standards Board “advocates a limit of eight hours for the
first night shift” due to concerns
over fatigue, but the woman’s shift
was due to be 35 minutes longer.
The driver told the RAIB that
her tasks were “more intensive
than other night shifts” with less
opportunity for rest.
She had two years’ experience
of driving trains on the lines out of
King’s Cross.
Passenger Natasha Coella, 36,
said at the time: “We just all went
flying. It’s as if while we were slowing down it kind of accelerated
again. No one expected it and people just went from one end of the
carriage to the other.”
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i TUESDAY
24 OCTOBER 2017
AUSTRALIA
5
ENVIRONMENT
Attenborough
rails at post
in plastic
envelopes
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
John Craig hugs
his wife after
being picked
up by a rescue
team PA
‘The shark was no longer trying to get
me – it was escorting me to the shore’
By Ray Wilinson
and Henry Vaughan
A British diver has told how he was
forced to fend off a 13ft tiger shark
with a spear gun as it followed him
during a 4.7-mile swim to the Australian shore.
John Craig said he had been spearfishing with a friend near Shark Bay
in Western Australia when he got into
difficulty and lost sight of his boat.
The 34-year-old, who is reportedly originally from Sunderland but
moved to Australia two years ago,
described his panic as he was left
stranded alone in open water.
“I was trying to splash and scream
and shout to get my friend’s attention,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“I was panicking that I had been
left, and after about five or 10 minutes
of this I just put my head in the water.
And then, at arm’s reach, there was
this huge four-metre tiger shark.
“It was at that moment I realised I
have just got to forget about the boat
and go totally into survival mode.
Tiger sharks Curious and aggressive towards humans
The tiger shark is second only to the
great white in number of attacks on
humans. They are known to act with
curiosity and aggression towards
humans, and have been linked to a
number of fatal attacks.
They frequent tropical and
subtropical waters. Large specimens
can grow to 25ft (7.6 metres) in length
and can weigh more than 130st
(825kg). In the wild, males and females
live for about 27 years.
The tiger shark is included
as a “near-threatened” species
on the International Union for
Conservation of Nature Red List,
which monitors the status of
endangered and vulnerable species.
This is a result of commercial and
recreational overfishing.
“It kept coming back towards me.
It would circle me and kind of dart in,
and I just had to use my spear gun to
try and fend it off.
“I knew the boat wasn’t coming
back, so my only option was to swim
to shore, and I knew it was 7.5km [4.7
miles] to get to the beach, and that’s
an awful long swim with a four-metre-long tiger shark.”
Mr Craig, who has worked as a
diving instructor for 10 years, said
the shark followed him as he swam
towards the shore. He tried to calm
himself down, and after a few minutes the shark accelerated and started swimming beside him.
He added: “It was just swimming
with me, next to me. It was just one
of the most surreal experiences because it was no longer trying to get
me – it was kind of escorting me
to shore.”
But Mr Craig still faced a swim of
“around three hours” to get back to
safety, reaching the shore in an isolated location, exhausted and barely
able to stand.
Sir David Attenborough has
pleaded with viewers to stop sending him letters in plastic folders.
The television naturalist explores the damage caused by plastic pollution in his new BBC series,
Blue Planet II. Asked what people
can do to help, he told Radio Times:
“I opened yesterday’s post and
I found people were sending me
letters in plastic folders. For no
reason at all they put it in a plastic envelope. All we can do is tell
people. One despairs really.”
The series highlights problems
caused by rubbish in the sea, such
as an albatross feeding its young
with plastic instead
of squid. “There’s
nothing which
we, or anybody
listening to
this, can do
much about the
raising of the
temperature
because the die is
already cast,” Sir
David (inset) told the
Today programme. “But we
can do something about what we
tip into the sea – there are some
tragic stories to be told as to the
effect this is having, not only to the
creatures that live in the sea, but
by the sea.”
He called for a global deal to
tackle overfishing, similar to that
which outlawed most whale hunting. Sir David, 91, believes Donald
Trump could reverse his decision
to withdraw the US from the Paris
climate change agreement. “One
is distressed that one nation has
abrogated itself from that,” he said.
“But a lot of places, such as India
and China, have agreed to be doing
things about this. I think that the
US will be changing its policies and
indeed shows signs of doing so.”
Blue Planet II begins on BBC1
on Sunday.
SCIENCE
NATURE
Enhanced ‘autopilot’ helps
sleepwalkers find their way
The shrew’s incredible shrinking head
By John von Radowitz
Sleepwalkers have an enhanced
“autopilot” that allows them to control their body movements without
thinking, a study has found.
Researchers made the discovery
after testing the ability of sleepwalkers, or somnambulists, to ignore
distractions while performing a
walking task when they were awake.
A virtual reality technique was
used to study any difference between
sleepwalkers and non-sleepwalkers.
Sleepwalkers’ walking speed and
accuracy were less affected by having to count backwards during the
test, the scientists found.
Somnambulism affects 2 to 4
per cent of adults and can involve
complex actions such as dressing,
driving a car or playing a musical
instrument while asleep.
Study leader Dr Oliver Kannape,
a lecturer in cognitive neuroscience
at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “Little has been known
about daytime markers of sleepwalking, mostly because of the difficulty in investigating this condition
By Padraic Flanagan
Sleepwalkers used VR to test their
ability to ignore distractions
experimentally... Our research provides a clear scientific link between
action monitoring, consciousness,
and sleepwalking.”
Anyone who has noticed how some
body parts can shrink in the cold
should spare a thought for the
red-toothed shrew.
Scientists have found
that shrew heads shrink
by up to a fifth as winter
approaches, only to regrow when spring appears.
“We found that each
shrew undergoes a dramatic
decrease in braincase size from
summer to winter,” said Javier Lazaro, a biologist at the Max Planck
Institute for Ornithology in Germany.
“Then, in spring, the braincase regrows, almost reaching the original
size in the second summer.”
The Polish zoologist August
Dehnel first observed the
phenomenon in 1949, but
the researchers in Germany are the first to follow individual animals
through the seasons.
For the study, published
in Current Biology, the team
trapped shrews for three
seasons in southern Germany.
Mr Lazaro said it is believed that
the animals reduce their size in winter to cope with food scarcity.
6
NEWS
COVER STORY
Juncker denies report that May
begged for his help over dinner
By Padraic Flanagan
Jean-Claude Juncker moved swiftly
last night to repair relations with
Downing Street by denying leaked
reports that Theresa May had
begged for his help over Brexit at a
private dinner.
The European Commission’s
president insisted that the Prime
Minister had been in “good shape”
and “fighting” as he attempted to
quash reports that Mrs May had,
instead, been pleading for her
political life at last week’s talks.
His comments came hours after
his chief of staff, Martin Selmayr,
publicly denied being the source
of an account of the 16 October
meal in Brussels, published in the
German newspaper Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung.
According to the paper, Mrs May
appeared “anxious”, “tormented”,
“despondent and discouraged”. Mr
Juncker is said to have described
her as looking extremely tired “with
rings under her eyes”. She reportedly
told Mr Juncker that “friend and foe
at home were breathing down her
Jean-Claude Juncker said Theresa
May was ‘in good shape’ GETTY
neck, ready to strike”, adding that
she had no room for manoeuvre and
that “the Europeans would have to
make it for her”.
But the EC president, on a visit
to Strasbourg University, sought to
limit the fallout by insisting that the
claims and comments attributed to
him by the newspaper were untrue.
“I am really surprised – if not
shocked – about what has been
written in the German press,” he
said. “Nothing is true in all of this. I
had an excellent working dinner with
Theresa May. She was in good shape,
she was not tired, she was fighting as
is her duty, so everything was OK.”
Asked whether Mrs May, who is
struggling to keep both her divided
Cabinet and party together, had
begged for help in progressing
Brexit, Mr Juncker replied: “No,
that’s not the style of British
prime ministers.”
His comments came after Mr
Selmayr insisted he had nothing to
do with the contentious report.
Nick Timothy, Mrs May’s most
senior aide until he resigned after
the general election, had blamed
Mr Selmayr for the disclosures.
No 10 has declined to comment on
the affair, which is the second leak
of a private dinner between the two
leaders in as many months.
Mr Juncker’s spokesman,
Margaritis Schinas,
said: “Some like to point at us
to serve their own political
agendas. We have lots of work
and no time for gossip.”
‘Anxious and tormented’
Theresa May “begged” for help and had
“dark rings under her eyes”, according
to the account of her dinner with
European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker last week.
She seemed “anxious” and
“tormented” as well as “despondent
and discouraged” at last week’s dinner,
according to the German newspaper
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
It reported how she was reduced
to pleading for help to overcome her
domestic problems. “She indicated
that back home friend and foe are
at her back plotting to bring her
down,” the paper said. “May said she
had no room left to manoeuvre. The
Europeans have to create it for her.”
The report added: “May’s face and
appearance spoke volumes, Juncker
said later. She looks like someone
who can’t sleep a wink.” She smiles for
the cameras, it went on, “but it looks
forced”, unlike in the past, when she
could shake with laughter.
Both sides described the meeting as
“constructive and friendly”.
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May tells MPs
she is positive
about EU talks
By Shaun Connolly
and David Hughes
PEOPLE
Husband’s plea over mother jailed in Iran
By Adam Lusher
A British husband whose wife is being
held in an Iranian jail has accused
the Tehran regime of torturing her.
Richard Ratcliffe also called on the
Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson,
to publicly condemn the “complete
violation” of a British citizen’s rights.
Mr Ratcliffe said the treatment
inflicted on Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, who was arrested in April
last year after a holiday in Iran
with their 21-month-old daughter,
Gabriella, was “spectacularly cruel”.
The 42-year-old accountant said
his wife had spent most of her time in
jail in solitary confinement, and that
she was repeatedly interrogated by
the elite Revolutionary Guards, who
falsely accused her of being a threat
to Iranian national security before
subjecting her to a trial that was “a
mockery of justice”. The conditions
she endured were, he said, so harsh
that after a month her hair was falling
out and she could not walk unaided.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, a charity
worker, has dual British-Iranian
nationality. Mr Ratcliffe said Iranian
officials kept Gabriella’s passport
until May this year. The Iranian
regime, he claimed, “effectively
detained my daughter, a little girl
– and a British citizen – in Iran, for
more than a year”.
While this was happening, he
revealed, his wife’s interrogators
taunted her, saying: “Nazanin, your
husband has abandoned you. He has
taken your child away. You will never
see Gabriella again.”
Gabriella, who is now three and
able to visit her mother in jail, remains
with her Iranian grandparents
in Tehran. After his wife became
suicidal, Mr Ratcliffe promised her
that he would never return Gabriella
to London without her permission.
Gabriella has been in Iran so long
she has gradually forgotten nearly all
of the English words she once knew,
except “I love you”, Mr Ratcliffe said.
He called on Mr Johnson to
intervene personally. “The time for
softly, softly and nothing else is over.
“It is time for Boris Johnson to say
loud and clear there are no grounds
for Nazanin’s detention and she must
be released immediately.”
The Iranian embassy in London
accused Mr Ratcliffe of spreading
“black propaganda”. THE INDEPENDENT
DIPLOMACY
Johnson: Trump has ‘duty to keep America safe’
By David Hughes
BorisJohnsonbackedDonaldTrump’s
approach to the North Korean crisis –
but urged the US President to stick to
the Iran nuclear deal.
The Foreign Secretary said the
President had an “absolute duty” to
prepare “any option” in response to
Kim Jong-un’s regime. But he said
no one wanted a military response
to the crisis and suggested that the
Iran process represented the kind
of “diplomatic imagination” that
could provide a solution. Comparing
the situation to the Cold War, Mr
Johnson (inset) added: “The public
can be forgiven for genuinely starting
to wonder whether the nuclear
sword of Damocles is once
again held over the head of
a trembling human race.”
In a speech to the Royal
Institute of International
Affairs, Mr Johnson said
the Pyongyang regime’s
nuclear ambitions would not
make the country safer.
“No one wants any kind of military
solution to the problem,” he said. “But
Kim andthe world need to understand
that when the 45th President of the
US contemplates a regime led by
a man who not only threatens to
reduce New York to ‘ashes’,
but who stands on the verge
of acquiring the power to
make good on his threat,
I am afraid that the US
President – whoever he
or she might be – will have
an absolute duty to prepare
any option to keep safe not
only the American people but
all those who have sheltered under
the American nuclear umbrella.”
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Theresa May has vowed that it is her
“mission” to negotiate a new postBrexit partnership with the EU.
The Prime Minister gave
an upbeat assessment of the
withdrawal talks to the Commons
following last week’s EU summit
but made clear that no deal was still
an option as she insisted that her
Government was preparing
for every eventuality.
She told MPs: “I am
ambitious and positive
about Britain’s future
and these negotiations.
If we are going to take
a step forward together
it must be on the basis of
joint effort and endeavour
between the UK and the EU.
“I believe that by approaching
these negotiations in a constructive
way in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, we can and will deliver
the best possible outcome that
works for all our people.”
Every eventuality to “ensure we
leave in a smooth and orderly way”
was being taken but she said she
was “confident we will be able to
negotiate a new, deep and special
partnership between a sovereign
United Kingdom and our friends in
the European Union”.
The Government was going
through its financial commitments
WELFARE
to the EU “line by line” she added,
saying that she wanted to “put
people first” on citizens’ rights
issues. On the Irish border, she
said “significant progress” had
been made.
Jeremy Corbyn claimed it was
“Groundhog Day” over Brexit
before warning Mrs May (inset)
that her biggest battle was with the
“warring” Tory factions rather than
the EU. The Labour leader said that
the Prime Minister was “too
weak” to do anything about
it, and this increased the
prospect of “crashing
out” with no deal.
Brexit talks were
“stuck in an impasse”, he
said. He also questioned
M r s M ay a b o u t t h e
InternationalTradeSecretary
Liam Fox’s claim that leaving
without a deal “would not be the
Armageddon that people project”.
Mr Corbyn asked: “Does the Prime
Minister believe an outcome that is
not Armageddon might be setting
the bar a bit too low?”
In a Parliamentary reply,
Mrs May said a second
referendum was “out of the
question”, adding, “This is about
whether the public can trust
their politicians to put into place
the decision that they have taken.”
POLITICS
Mayor hints he
Universal
credit ‘could be might back new
EU referendum
catastrophic’
By Ashley Cowburn
By Ashley Cowburn
Universal credit has the potential
to be “catastrophic” and lead to a
spiral of debt for claimants unless
major flaws are addressed, according to a new report by two councils
among the first in the country to roll
out the new regime.
The report into the
Government’s flagship
welfare programme by
Southwark and Croydon councils claims that
after 20 weeks of transferring to Universal credit the average claimant had
£156 of arrears.
Claimants who were still on the
old benefit system, the analysis
added, had overpaid four per cent
of their rent due.
The report, compiled independently by the Smith Institute, claims
if the trend is reflected nationwide
arrears could reach “many hundreds of millions of pounds”.
Sadiq Khan has hinted that he
would back a second referendum
on the Britain’s withdrawal
from the European Union if
Parliament rejects a Brexit deal.
Asked whether the UK
required a second
referendum, the London
mayor (inset) replied:
“Let’s wait and see
what Parliament
decides. Parliament
must have a vote.”
He told BBC Radio
4’s Today programme:
“I think it depends how
Parliament votes surely – if
Parliament was to vote in favour
of the deal our Government does,
then that makes redundant the
referendum. But if Parliament
was to reject any deal, that opens
up a whole host of questions.
Either Parliament is sovereign
or it is not.”
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HEALTH
So what
happens if
I push this?
Low-risk patients
‘over-treated’
with statins
The Queen took on
an active role when
meeting fire crew
members on the frigate
HMS Sutherland at
West India Dock in east
London yesterday, on
a visit to mark the 20th
anniversary of the
ship’s commissioning.
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
ARTHUR EDWARDS/
REUTERS
SCIENCE
Dozens of new breast cancer genes are identified
By Paul Gallagher
Scientists have identified dozens of
common inherited genetic variants
that increase the risk of breast
cancer by about a fifth.
They analysed genetic data from
275,000 women, including 146,000
diagnosed with breast cancer.
They discovered 65 common gene
variants that predispose to breast
cancer and a further seven that
predispose breast cancers which do
not respond to hormonal therapies,
such as the drug tamoxifen.
Breast cancer is caused by
complex interactions between a
large number of genetic variants
and environmental causes.
The study by the OncoArray
Consortium project involved
550 researchers from around
300 different institutions on six
continents. Professor Doug Easton,
a lead investigator from Cambridge
University, said: “These findings add
significantly to our understanding of
the inherited basis of breast cancer.
“There are some clear patterns in
the genetic variants that should help
us understand why some women are
predisposed to [it], and which genes
and mechanisms are involved.”
More than a million Britons may be
taking statins when they do not need
the cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Researchers found that patients
are prescribed statins despite being
at low risk of having a heart attack
or stroke. They said there could be
“significant over-treatment” among
people with less than a 10 per cent
chance of developing cardiovascular
disease (CVD) within 10 years.
National guidelines state that only
patients with a 10 per cent or higher
risk of developing CVD should be
A US study has linked
statins to a 36 per cent
higher risk of developing type
2 diabetes. The study, in BMJ
Open Diabetes Research and
Care, examined data from 3,234
overweight participants.
offered statins, which are taken by an
estimated eight million people.
The researchers found that among
patients who started on a course
of statins after 2012, only 27.1 per
cent had a documented risk score
recorded. “One in six statin initiations
were to low-risk patients, indicating
significant over-treatment,” the
researchers found. “It is possible
that clinicians were responding to
individual patient preference when
prescribing to low-risk patients.”
The Birmingham University study
of 200,000 patients on statins also
found potential “under-treatment”
among those at high risk (a 20 per
cent or higher chance of CVD within a
decade).Amongthese,justoverathird
(35 per cent) were prescribed statins.
“It is not possible to establish
if those patients who were above
the threshold to be prescribed a
statin did not receive treatment
because they were not offered it or
because they declined an offer,” the
authors reported.
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DUBAI
CRIME
Briton jailed for
touching man’s
hip is set free
Police ‘fail to
tackle human
traffickers’
By Conor Riordan
A Briton who was sentenced to three
months in a Dubai jail for touching a
man’s hip has been freed, according
to his representatives.
The ruler of the emirate, Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
made a special order for cases against
Jamie Harron to be dismissed.
The 27-year-old, from Stirling, was
arrested in July over the incident in
which he said he put his hand on a
man’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a
crowded bar.
The campaign group Detained in
Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced
to three months’ imprisonment at
a court on Sunday, but had since
A British man who
raised his middle finger
at another driver in Dubai
was arrested for “offensive
behaviour” on 10 September.
had his passport returned. Radha
Stirling, the DiD chief executive, said:
“We wish to express our deepest
gratitude to Sheikh Mohammed
for his personal intervention in this
case, and for exonerating Jamie at
long last. This was a courageous and
honourable decision on [his] part, and
while it highlights the urgent need
for judicial reform in the country, it
is also a hopeful sign that the United
Arab Emirates’ leadership possesses
the will and vision to pursue such
reforms in the future.”
Mr Harron had been working
in Afghanistan and was on a twoday stopover in the United Arab
Emirates at the time of the incident.
He was said to have been holding
a drink moving through a crowded
bar and held a hand in front of him to
avoid spilling it on himself or others.
He then “touched a man on his hip to
avoid impact”.
After being charged with public
indecency, he was initially jailed for
five days and then released on bail
By Hayden Smith
Jamie Harron, 27,
was on a two-day
stopover in Dubai
at the time of the
incident PA
with his passport confiscated. He
lost his job and was told he could have
faced up to three years in jail.
Before Sunday’s hearing, he
had already been sentenced in
absentia to 30 days for failing
to appear in court for making a
rude gesture and drinking alcohol
during the same incident in July. DiD
had said there plans to appeal against
both decisions, but Mr Harron was
called by police in Dubai yesterday
and told the cases against him were
being dismissed.
Grace Dent, page 15
Slave drivers and human traffickers
have been allowed to carry on
offending unchecked because of police
failings, a watchdog has warned.
Cases are being shelved
prematurely, investigations delayed
by several months amid clear signals
of crimes missed, inspectors found.
As a result of the shortcomings,
those suffering at the hands of
perpetrators were not always
recognised as victims. Instead they
remained in the hands of those
exploiting them or were arrested
as offenders or illegal immigrants,
according to the assessment from
the Inspectorate of Constabulary and
Fire and Rescue Services.
It also found there was “variable
commitment” among police leaders
to tackling human trafficking and
modern slavery, which are thought
to affect tens of thousands of people
in the UK.
Some senior officers openly
expressed a reluctance to “turn
over the stone” and proactively look
for offences in the categories, citing
concerns about the “potential level of
demand”, the report said.
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EUROPE
Number of disabled set to soar over the next 30 years
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
A quarter of women and one in six
men aged 65 and above will be physically disabled in Europe by 2047,
according to an analysis of living
conditions in Europe.
In the UK, prevalence rates of
women and men in that age group
with “severe long-term activity limitations” today is just over 20 per cent
and 16 per cent respectively. Although
the proportions are not set to change
over the next 30 years, absolute numbers will rise significantly as populations age, the authors said.
The researchers, who publish
their findings in the online journal
BMJ Open, warn the situation is likely to have considerable implications
for supported care and the training
of healthcare professionals.
They base their findings on SILC
(EU Statistics on Income and Living
Conditions) survey data in 26 highand middle-income European countries, collected annually between
2008 and 2014, and sex specific lifeexpectancy tables and population
projections from 2015 to 2050 provided by the United Nations.
The survey does not cover people
in care homes, but it includes a question on long-term health problems
that restrict routine activities. The
people whose daily lives would
researchers focused on the responses from those aged at
be severely restricted as
least 55, up to the age of
a result of long-term
85 and above.
health issues. They
They combined all
also took account of
the data to calculate
cultural differences
Percentage
of
remaining life expectand the generosity of
women
in
Europe
ancy free of severe
welfare systems.
who will be
limitations on physiThe proportion of
physically disabled
cal function by sex, age
the
“unhealthy” popuby 2047
and country, to predict
lation was very similar
the proportion of older
across the 26 countries.
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HEALTH
Freshly
shaved...
Joy for Jasmi
as celebrity stem
cell plea pays off
By Ella Pickover
A stem cell donor has been found for
an eight-year-old cancer patient after
musician Ed Sheeran encouraged
fans to sign up to the register.
The blood cancer charity DKMS
said thousands more people
had signed up to its
registry since the star
and others backed
an appeal to find a
matching donor
for Jasmi Lindberg
Cooke (inset).
The schoolgirl,
who celebrated
her eighth birthday
on October 14, has
b e e n b at t l i n g ac u t e
lymphoblastic leukaemia
for three years. Jasmi, from Bury St
Edmunds in Suffolk, was told that she
urgently needed to find a matching
blood stem cell donor to give her the
best chance of survival.
In July, Sheeran posted a picture
of himself holding a piece of paper
with the phrase “#JoinforJasmi” to
encourage people to sign up to the
registry. Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz
from the Beastie Boys, musician
Frank Turner and former Nizlopi duo
John Parker and Luke Concannon
– who rose to fame when their “JCB
Song” topped the charts in 2005 –
also backed the campaign.
Jasmi’s mother, Rena Cooke, said:
“Jasmi has been through so much
but still manages to keep smiling and
keep us all laughing.
“Thank you from the bottom of our
hearts to everyone who has taken the
time to support the #JoinForJasmi
campaign and register as a
potential blood stem cell
donor. We’re over the
moon that a donor has
been found but know
that we still have a
long and tough road
ahead of us over the
next few months.”
Lisa Nugent, head
of donor recruitment
at DKMS, added: “Each
year around 2,000 people
living with a blood cancer are
searching for a lifesaver.
“If you are aged between 17 and
55 and in general good health please
register for your home swab kit at
dkms.org.uk and you’ll go on standby
to give someone like Jasmi a second
chance of life.”
A spokeswoman for DKMS
said that Jasmi and her
family discovered a donor had
been found around the time of
her birthday. The transplant has
yet to take place.
This Saturday, in your new
More in-depth news features
PLUS 7 Days, the essential
review of the week
New students at St Andrews
University in Fife celebrate the
traditional freshers’ fancy-dress
shaving foam fight yesterday. The
‘Raisin Monday’ event evolved
from a thank-you gift from new
students to their older mentors PA
HEALTH
Northern Irish women to get free abortions in England
By Padraic Flanagan
Women from Northern Ireland will
gain free access to abortion services
in England by the end of the year.
Justine Greening, the Women
and Equalities Secretary, said the
Department of Health would pay
providers of the procedure directly.
The Government agreed to cover
the costs for women from Northern
Ireland, where terminations are
severely restricted, in June, after a
campaign led by Labour MP Stella
Creasy. The women have not been
charged since then.
The announcement came a day
before the Supreme Court begins
examining whether Northern
Ireland’s strict abortion legislation
breaches human rights.
Women from Northern Ireland
have been charged around £900 to
have a termination in other parts
of the UK. Research suggests 700
women a year travel to England,
Wales or Scotland for the procedure.
Women from Northern Ireland
will be able to use a central
telephone booking system to make
an appointment with a healthcare
professional in England. Travel
costs may be provided.
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UNITED STATES
‘The world is a dangerous place’:
military set to arm nuclear bombers
By Chris Baynes
The United States is preparing to put
nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert for
the first time since the Cold War, a
senior air force official has said.
A fleet of B-52s loaded with nuclear
weapons could soon be readied to
launch within a day’s notice amid
growing tensions with North Korea.
General David Goldfein, the US
Air Force chief of staff, said Pentagon
leaders were being forced to adapt to
“the reality of the global situation we
find ourselves in”.
“The world is a dangerous place
and we’ve got folks that are talking
openly about use of nuclear weapons,”
he told the national security news
website Defense One.
P yong yang has made rapid
progress on its nuclear weapons and
intercontinental missile programmes
this year, while North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un and President Donald
Trump have exchanged threats.
General Goldfein stressed an
order had not yet been given to put
nuclear bombers on alert, but said
preparations were underway in
anticipation that it might be.
“This is yet one more step in
ensuring that we’re prepared,” he
said during a tour of USAF bases.
“I look at it more as not planning for
any specific event, but more for the
reality of the global situation we find
ourselves in and how we ensure we’re
prepared. It’s no longer a bipolar
JAPAN
Threat from North Korea at an ‘unprecedented level’
By Phil Stewart
The threat from North Korea has
grown to a “critical and imminent
level” and the US, Japan and
South Korea must address the
matter, the Japanese defence
minister, Itsunori Onodera, told
his American and South Korean
counterparts during talks in the
Philippines yesterday.
His remarks underscored the
deep concern in Tokyo after the
North Korean weapons tests,
including the test firing of missiles
over Japan, as Pyongyang seeks to
develop a nuclear-tipped missile
capable of reaching the US.
His comments followed more
measured words from the US
Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis, and
South Korea’s defence minister,
Mount Washington
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Song Young-moo, as the three
met during the gathering of Asian
defence chiefs.
“[The] threat posed by
North Korea has grown to the
unprecedented, critical and
imminent level. Therefore, we
have to take calibrated and
different responses to meet with
that level of threat,” Mr Onodera
said through a translator. REUTERS
world where it’s just us and the Soviet
Union. We’ve got other players out
there who have nuclear capability. It’s
never been more important to make
sure that we get this mission right.”
Renovations are reportedly
currently being made to Barksdale
Air Force base, home to the 2nd
Bomb Wing and Air Force Global
Strike Command, which oversees
the US nuclear forces. Beds are being
installed for more than 100 crew
members – enough to man bombers
that would be positioned on nine
concrete alert pads.
Last week, North Korea threatened
to launch an “unimaginable” strike
on the US, accusing the Trump
administration and its South Korean
“puppet” allies of seeking to “ignite a
war on the Korean peninsula at any
cost”. THE INDEPENDENT
CIA director Mike Pompeo
has said that “we ought to
behave as if we are on the cusp
of [North Korea] achieving” the
objective of being able to launch a
nuclearstrike on the US.
Myeshia Johnson,
the widow of La
David Johnson,
with their daughter,
Ah’Leeysa REUTERS
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President denies forgetting name
of dead soldier in call to widow
By Catherine Lucey
Thewifeof adeadUS soldier hassaid
Donald Trump could not remember
her husband’s name when he phoned
to offer condolences.
Myeshia Johnson, the widow of
SergeantLaDavidJohnson,whowas
killed in Niger by Islamist militants
this month, told ABC News that the
President’s tone in the phone call
and his lack of preparedness had
“hurt her the most”.
“The President said that he knew
what he signed up for but it hurts
anyway,” Ms Johnson said.
“The only way he could remember
my husband’s name was he told me
he had my husband’s report in front
of him and that’s when he actually
said La David.” Mr Trump denied
her version of events.
He wrote on social media: “I had
a very respectful conversation with
the widow of Sgt La David Johnson,
and spoke his name from beginning,
without hesitation!”
Monday’s exchange was the latest
in an ongoing dispute over how Mr
Trump responded to news that four
service personnel were killed in the
African nation of Niger.
Mr Trump responded yesterday
after Ms Johnson appeared on
ABC’s Good Morning America.
It was Ms Johnson’s first
interview after congresswoman
Frederica Wilson, a Democratic
representative from Florida,
accused Mr Trump of being callous
in his dealings with the bereaved
woman. AP
PEOPLE
McCain makes veiled attack on ‘draft dodger’ Trump
By Harriet Agerholm
John Mc Cain has appeared
to criticise billionaire Donald
Trump’s reputation as a draft
dodger by saying it was “wrong” for
wealthy Americans to avoid being
conscripted into the Vietnam War.
“One aspect of the conflict that I
will never ever countenance is that
we drafted the lowest income
level of America and the
highest income level found
a doctor that would say
that they had a bone spur,”
Mr McCain said. “That
is wrong. That is wrong.
If we’re going to ask every
American to serve, every
American should serve.”
The Arizona Senator
(inset) did not name Mr
Trump but appeared
to reference the
President, who avoided
military service five
times, once because a
doctor’s report said that
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Labour
leader’s EU
interference
Chancellor is
trying to cling
to power
Finally, we are
going to build
more homes
May needs to
rethink this
step for DWP
Behold the
war warnings
from DC
Gruesome
executions
split viewers
The Daily Express
Politico
City AM
Financial Times
CNN
The Times
What happens if
Parliament throws out
a proposed agreement?
The EU will hardly
offer Britain better
terms nor will the
Government be able to
survive. Corbyn’s party
hopes that meltdown
at Westminster will
pave the way to his
accession to Downing
Street. That is clearly
what EU figures
hope too.
(Leo McKinstry)
Until recently fêted
as “the most powerful
European leader”,
Angela Merkel is
trying to reach out to
improbable coalition
partners in order
to cling to power.
Summing up the
exploratory talks, a
stern Bavarian leader
observed that they
were still thousands of
kilometers apart.
(Michael Ivanovitch)
Economists have
been arguing that
Britain should have
taken advantage of
rock-bottom interest
rates to trigger a surge
in housebuilding
following the recent
great recession. If
Sajid Javid can do
anything to lift the
supply of homes,
he will deserve
enormous credit.
(Julian Harris)
Reversing some of
these cuts to make
universal credit more
generous would be
desirable. If Mrs May
ignores the warnings
of her MPs, as well as
the evidence presented
by charities and local
councils, she could pay
a heavy political price.
(Editorial)
Experts believe that Kim
Jong-un will give up a
nuclear programme.
There seems little
room for compromise.
Neither Donald Trump,
nor Kim is leaving
himself any facesaving off ramps from
confrontation. War talk
in Washington should
be taken seriously.
(Stephen Collinson)
Like Taboo, its forerunner in Saturday
night blood and guts,
Gunpowder was blokey
and gruesome in
places, but also well
cast, adeptly paced and
coherently plotted. I’m
ready for fireworks.
(Gabriel Tate)
TheDaily Telegraph
Politico
TheSun
Germany may soon
get its own Sebastian
Kurz. For the sake of
the EU and the future
of Germany, it will
be crucial that he or
she remains more
committed to the
European project than
the Austrian original.
(Timo Lochocki)
Sajid Javid is right
to call for billions of
pounds to build homes,
but it must be part of a
package. Some “nimby”
Tories might balk at
the idea of building
on green belt but
much of it is ripe for
development.
(Editorial)
Labour is reluctant to
make Brexit happen.
A majority in the
Commons is in favour
of leaving the EU.
Those who claim to
support Brexit must
not use parliamentary
tactics to obstruct it.
(Editorial)
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the day
The Big Issue
Some families could
lose up to £2,800 as a
result. The financial
black hole set to open
up in thousands
of homes before
Christmas may extend
beyond the holiday. Iain
Duncan Smith wanted
universal credit to be
part of his personal
legacy. He may come to
regret that.
(Adam Forrest)
The New YorkTimes
We must tell the truth
about the ambitions of
North Korea and list
it as a state sponsor
of terrorism, a move
that strengthens our
hand and weakens that
of Kim Jong-un. I urge
the State Department
to meet this challenge
with the resolve it has
demanded.
(Ted Cruz)
The Daily Mail
Violence is a necessary
part of any costume
drama set in Tudor
times, with blooddrenched tragedies
such as Hamlet. BBC
executives criticised
for showing the
Gunpowder executions
might pretend that
their drama is in this
gory tradition. But
on TV, violence has to
leave something to
the imagination.
(Christopher Stevens)
LifeInBrief
ROY DOTRICE ACTOR
I get it that
lions now
roam Africa
but it’s
about the
symbolism,
not the
biology of it
Henry Bolton
The new Ukip leader
explains the party’s
refreshed logo
The actor Roy Dotrice lit up the West
End and Broadway stages for more
than half a century, often playing
characters much older than himself. He
was never a major screen star, but he
became familiar to television viewers
worldwide as Father, the recluse who
raised the “beast”, Vincent, in the late
1980s fantasy series Beauty and the
Beast. He also memorably played
Leopold Mozart, domineering father of
the composer, in the 1984 film Amadeus.
Even in his late seventies, Dotrice
was still captivating stage audiences.
He won Tony and Drama Desk best
actor awards for his portrayal of Phil
Hogan, the impoverished Irish tenant
farmer, in the acclaimed 2000 revival of
A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Dotrice also entered the Guinness
World Records book in 2004 for the
longest-running solo performance:
1,782 shows, as the reclusive
17th-century diarist John Aubrey
giving his unique take on Elizabethan
history in Patrick Garland’s Brief Lives.
Dotrice was born in Guernsey, the
son of Louis and Neva (née Wilton),
both bakers. In 1940, when the Germans
occupied the Channel Islands, he fled
to Britain by boat with his mother and
lied about his age to join the RAF as an
air-gunner. Two years later, he was shot
down and captured, spending the next
three and a half years as a prisonerof-war in Stalag Luft III in Poland.
Dotrice was a performer and
organised concerts to entertain
fellow POWs. On being repatriated
to Britain at the end of the war, he
won a scholarship to study at the
Royal Acadamey of Dramatic Art. He
also began 10 years of performing in
repertory theatres across the country,
often with his wife, the actress Kay
Newman, whom he married in 1947.
In 1958, Dotrice joined the company
at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre,
Stratford-upon-Avon, and remained
with it until 1965. He appeared in all the
Elizabethan plays, taking the title roles
in Julius Caesar and Edward IV.
Dotrice’s Broadway roles included
David Bliss, alongside Rosemary
Harris, in Hay Fever, while one-man
shows gave him the chance to play
Abraham Lincoln in Mister Lincoln and
Winston Churchill in Churchill.
After making his film debut in the
prison drama The Criminal (1960),
Dotrice had supporting roles in The
Heroes of Telemark (1965), Nicholas and
Alexandra (1971), as a Russian general,
and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).
In 2010, Dotrice – who moved to the
US in the 1980s – had been cast in the
role of Grand Maester Pycelle in Game
of Thrones, but he had to withdraw for
medical reasons. Six years earlier,
he earned his place in the Guinness
World Records book again for voicing
the largest number of characters in
an audio book – 224 – for A Game of
Thrones, the first in George RR Martin’s
A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Dotrice was created OBE in 2008.
His wife had died a year earlier,
six days before the couple’s 60th
wedding anniversary. All three of their
daughters, Michele, Karen and Yvette,
followed them into acting.
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Wayne and Coleen can keep Dubai
I won’t holiday in a place where homophobia is very much alive
T
he British electrician
Jamie Harron’s threeyear sentence for
accidentally “touching
a man’s hip” in a Dubai
bar thwarted any
remaining urge I had to holiday
in the emirate. Harron’s sentence
for public indecency was finally
overturned yesterday, but my
squeamishness remains. Clearly,
this news will be balm to the sort of
UK holidaymakers who flock there.
I’m sure that Coleen Rooney,
the long-suffering wife of errant
multimillionaire and Spud-uLike Wayne, does not jet off to
Dubai hoping to bump into me.
The Rooneys do not long to
meet myself, plus social justice
campaigner Bidisha and the crossdressing ceramic artist Grayson
Perry, by the infinity pool, debating
global gay rights, intersectional
feminism and the problem of
modern slavery.
They don’t want to hear me
banging on about my concerns
about the United Arab Emirates’
construction industry. Heavens,
no – Premier League Wags or
Michelle Keegan and Mark
Wright no doubt adore Dubai
precisely because it is not a
holiday destination for whining,
metropolitan liberal elite
windsocks. Dubai, for increasing
numbers of Britons, is heaven as
it’s freshly built, luxuriously hewn
and always sunny.
Of course, how those gorgeous
gleaming hotels are built so
efficiently might not bear thinking
about, but it seems to me that if
you’re a Brit booking a holiday in
Dubai, the trick is to suspend all
heavy thinking. Instead, one must
treat the place like a less cerebral
Las Vegas, wilfully forgetting that
it is almost always OK and sunny in
Dubai until the moment authorities
decide that, for you, it isn’t.
Tourist Scott Richards was
detained for three weeks last year
for posting on Facebook that he had
bought a blanket for refugees in
Afghanistan. The DJ Grooverider
forgot himself to the point that he
passed through Dubai airport with
two grams of cannabis in his trouser
pocket and received a sentence
of four years. Jamie Harron was
having a lovely time until he
touched another man’s leg.
This has made no impact, as
far as I can see, on tourism. But
why do we turn a blind eye to Mr
Harron’s confiscated passport,
his £32,000 in legal costs or his
painful four-month legal battle
to avoid prison for seeming
gay? I have no knowledge of Mr
Harron’s sexuality, and neither is
it important, but his lawyers have
always insisted that he was merely
moving through a crowded bar, and
momentarily touched another man
I’m reticent
about the Gulf state’s
growing schtick as
a heavenly holiday
destination for
heteronormative
families
to steady himself. In Dubai, this
touch was enough.
Many commentators have argued
that the crux of this case is the vast
difference in Dubai between open
and private behaviour. They say
that if you want to be gay in private
in Dubai, please yourself, but open
touching of any kind is forbidden.
Being openly gay – or, worse still,
shamelessly – will be your downfall.
The casual, openly stroked ear.
The momentarily openly cupped
waist. The quick, silly, open kiss.
These things may seal your fate
as a tourist. And as I only ever
holiday with enormously open gay
people, I think we should just stick
with Puglia. Or in the full spirit of
Brexit, let’s just go to Blackpool; the
North West of England may not be
great for tanning, but this is why
spray-tan booths and bronzing balls
were invented.
I am certain that Dubai is full
of closeted gay men and goodnatured tolerant types who
couldn’t give two stuffs what Jamie
Harron did or didn’t do with his
hand. But I’m reticent about the
Gulf state’s growing schtick as a
heavenly holiday destination for
heteronormative families, as well as
a playground for Western straights
willing to play by its rules.
All of this comes at a point
where I see homphobia very much
alive in other global settings. It
is painful to hear of gay purges
and gay pogroms in Chechnya, or
of the torture and murder of the
Russian pop singer Zelim Bakaev,
or to see six-year sentences for
lewdness handed out to students
who waved rainbow flags in Egypt,
or be told any global battles over
homophobia began and ended with
a smattering of equal marriage.
Or to feel like no one really cares
about things like the sentence
handed down to Jamie Harron
because “that’s just what it’s like in
those places, isn’t it”.
I’m leaving Dubai to the likes
of Coleen and Wayne Rooney. I
am certain they’ll be absolutely
devastated.
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Giving badgers
the brush-off
Without badgers, where
would we traditional
shavers obtain our
shaving brushes from?
We should avoid
chemically designed,
expensive foam products
because the process of
manufacturing them is
hardly “green”.
DAVID CULM
LITTLEOVER,
DERBYSHIRE
‘Gunpowder’
plot is flawed
Adam Sherwin’s article
on the complaints about
Gunpowder, the new BBC
period drama, suggests
that perhaps we have
not moved on too far
from the days of Mary
Whitehouse.
Surely, by now, every
home in the UK is in
possession of its own
censorship device, more
commonly known as a
TV remote?
While I applaud the
BBC’s refusal to “tone
down” scenes of the
unimaginable brutality
prevalent at that time,
I was annoyed at the
portrayal of the Catholic
Church as an innocent
and uniquely persecuted
party. Any knowledge of
the history of this period
will tell you this is very
much not the case. I hope
subsequent episodes
reflect this.
BRIAN RICHARDSON
PRESTWICK, AYRSHIRE
The production of
Gunpowder was good,
but the images of the
executions were so
strong that I could not
get them out of my
mind and my sleep on
Saturday night suffered.
The warnings were there
at the beginning, but this
was the most disturbing
scene I have ever seen
on television. It certainly
gave the viewer a new
and vivid realisation
of what lies behind
Bonfire Night.
COLIN SMITH
BATTLE, EAST SUSSEX
MP’s shocking
voting record
Apparently, the SNP
MP Mhairi Black
currently has the
worst voting record
out of all 650 MPs,
voting only five times
since the Westminster
election. Quite an
achievement. Don’t the
good folk of Paisley and
Renfrewshire South
deserve better?
MARTIN REDFERN
EDINBURGH
‘Queendom’
is more PC
As the Queen approaches
her 66th anniversary as
the Queen of England
on 6 February next
year, would it be more
politicaly correct to
refer to England as “the
Queendom of England”
rather than “the Kingdom
of England” (or even
Scotland) – or would that
be political correctness
gone too far?
JAMES ANNETT
LONDON
Smartphone
syndrome
Ian Birrell nailed it in
his article regarding
smartphones (My View,
23 October). When using
public transport or
waiting to be served in
the local chippy, I feel
like a superbeing as I
overlook all the clones
glued to their smart
IN
Some viewers were shocked by the scenes of execution and torture in ‘Gunpowder’
technology, unable to
make a move or make a
decision without that
infernal machine. With
my mobile tucked firmly
and smugly away in my
pocket, I am master of
my own destiny.
LEN NORRIS
DORSET
Bordering on
absurdity
The photograph of the
road sign near Newry
in your piece about
the Northern Ireland
border (i, 23 October)
inadvertently highlights
a long-standing
British absurdity.
The sign reads:
“Welcome to Northern
Ireland” and “Speed
limits in miles per hour”.
Between them is the
ludicrous “derestricted”,
or “national speed
limit” emblem of a
white disc with a black
diagonal slash.
What exactly is the
arriving motorist to
make of this meaningless
symbol with regard to
the speed limit?
Would it really cost
any more to have the sign
show “60”?
AIDAN HARRISON
MORPETH,
NORTHUMBERLAND
History lesson
for Remainers
Being a Remainer is
a little bit like being
a Catholic during the
reign of Henry VIII. The
corrupt, interfering
foreign yoke has been
cast off. The new faith has
been enshrined. Dissent
must be crushed. Our
borders must be fortified
against pernicious
European influence. The
king (or in this case “the
people”) has spoken and
all must fall in line and
accept the new dogma.
Those who stubbornly
persist in clinging to
their old faith – that the
Much as I agree with
the description of the
Bullingdon Club as a
“truly shameful vignette
of almost superhuman
undergraduate
arrogance” – having
seen and heard some
of its more prominent
former members in
action – I cannot help
but think that, given that
it was Boris Johnson
who so described it,
it was intended as a
compliment rather
than a criticism.
CRAIG HARRISON
MORPETH,
NORTHUMBERLAND
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I voted to remain in
Europe because I could
not see any intelligent
reasoning on either side,
so it was better to stay in
Europe, at least for now.
As a democrat, I accepted
the outcome. However,
I am embarrassed and
The arrogance
of youth
Chip off the
old Blockhead
Baxter Dury
on growing up
in his father
Ian’s shadow,
Brexit and
break-ups
For the start of their ourney
www.wellbaby.com
best thing for us is to
stay in the EU – may not
quite be traitors but they
are, in all probability,
saboteurs and enemies
of the people, and at least
guilty of heresy. They
must recant and “get
behind Britain”. Papist
(sorry, Remoanist) plots
are daily being hatched.
These must not be
allowed to derail the
great mission. It is rather
like being verbally burnt
at the stake.
JIM BASTOW
NOTTINGHAM
appalled at the negativity
and self-interest of a lot
of our politicians who
are allegedly pro-Europe.
The smug Corbyns,
Sturgeons, Cleggs and
their respective parties
should be getting behind
the Prime Minister.
Watching her sitting
alone waiting to speak
to 27 European heads of
state was gut-wrenching.
Where was the support?
She may have made
mistakes, but at present
she is all we have got to
get a decent Brexit deal
for all concerned.
As usual it will be the
working classes who will
suffer in the long term.
The politicians will not,
no matter what mess
they leave the country in.
ROGER PEART
ARBROATH, ANGUS
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Rolereversal
“I feel like I said that before I
saw Heath Ledger’s
performance. After
that I think it’s
untouchable
– you retire
that jersey.”
The young
British actor
Will Poulter
withdraws
his hat from
the ring and says
that he is no longer
keen to play The Joker in the next
Batman film.
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and George Clooney attend the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Suburbicon’ REUTERS
Weinstein affair must be a
wake-up call for Hollywood
For the time being, Hollywood
film premieres will be
overshadowed by the seismic
shift in the industry caused by
the alleged abuse committed by
producer Harvey Weinstein.
Things can’t be all businessas-normal, smiles and anodyne
questions – particularly when the
film in question stars two close
collaborators of Weinstein:
Matt Damon and George Clooney.
The pair appear together in
Suburbicon with Julianne Moore,
and the red carpet questioning at
Sunday night’s premiere swiftly
turned to the Weinstein affair.
Clooney has said he never knew
about any of Weinstein’s alleged
misdeeds, although he has now
Timberlake set
to bowl over
football fans
Justin Timberlake will be following
in the footsteps of Madonna,
Beyoncé and Lady Gaga when he
performs in the halftime show at
the Super Bowl next year.
Timberlake, who was confirmed
yesterday as the star guest
entertainer, has big hits, dance
moves and is popular enough. But
he might struggle to surpass his
part in the now infamous “wardrobe
malfunction” at the 2004 American
football championship final, when
he ripped off Janet Jackson’s catsuit
during a dance move and revealed
her left breast.
The incident was said to have
insisted that people need to be
more aware. “I’m not quite sure
what else you can do, except
if you hear a word of it,
don’t hire those people,”
Clooney said. “And don’t
ever work with those
people, clearly.”
Earlier, Clooney
admitted that
Weinstein had boasted
to him of affairs he
had had with women in
Hollywood, but he did not
believe the mogul because “to
believe would be to believe the
worst of some actresses who were
friends of mine”.
Damon, whose 1997 film Good
Will Hunting was produced by
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24 OCTOBER 2017
Weinstein, has now admitted that
he knew about Gwyneth Paltrow’s
claims of harassment against
Weinstein after the actress (below)
told her then-boyfriend, Damon’s
close friend Ben Affleck. Damon
insisted that the succession of recent
claims would be a watershed. He
added: “If somebody as
powerful as Harvey can
be brought down by
this, what we need
is for it to filter all
the way down to
somebody who is a
single mom, who’s a
waitress, who’s getting
harassed and she’s
afraid to speak up because
she’s going to lose her job.”
Clooney and Damon have to
keep talking or these comments are
meaningless. They also need to put
their money where their mouths
are and publicly refuse to work with
any other suspected abusers.
been carefully choreographed, but
it still broke the internet before
we even knew what breaking the
internet meant.
Timberlake (left) has insisted that
nothing like that Jackson moment
will happen again, declaring simply
that he wants to “unify” everybody
with his performance.
The 52nd Super Bowl game will
take place at the US Bank Stadium
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on
Sunday 4 February. The show will
be directed by Hamish Hamilton,
who filmed the opening and
closing ceremonies of the 2012
London Olympics.
This will be 36-year-old
Timberlake’s third time on the
halftime show stage, “giving him
the distinction of having the most
appearances by an individual
entertainer”, the National Football
League said.
Frankadvice
“You can answer a lot
of questions with
‘Yes’. But you can
answer many more
with ‘No’. No is run of
the mill. Yes is a gem.”
Frank Ocean gives life
lessons in the winter issue of
‘iD’ magazine.
Quoteoftheday
“Madonna done it and
I done it.”
The Only Way
Is Essex’s
Gemma Collins is
philosophical after
falling off the stage at
the Radio 1 Teen Awards.
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EUROPE
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Wallace
B
ack in April, Theresa
May, David Davis, JeanClaude Juncker and
Martin Selmayr, the EU
Commission President’s sidekick,
dined together at Downing Street.
Shortly after, a peculiar report
appeared in a German Sunday
newspaper. An anonymous source
recounted a dire tale from inside
the room. The Prime Minister’s
demands were unreasonable, it was
claimed, and Juncker had rejected
them as “it felt to the EU side like
she does not live on planet Mars but
rather in a galaxy very far away”.
The leaker was either Juncker
himself or – more likely – Selmayr, a
brutal operator known in Brussels
as “The Monster”.
Team Juncker aimed its message
not at us but at the German
government. The EC President’s
influence on the negotiations was
weakened by suspicion among
member states that his commitment
to “ever-closer union” at all costs
might obstruct a solution. In the
power games of Brussels, he needed
to demonstrate that he was faced
with unreasonable British demands.
One leak was impolite. But
now it has happened a
second time.
Last week, the same
group dined together
in Brussels. Again,
a negative account
has been leaked. This
time, the briefing is
even more negative
and far more personal.
The source claims
that the Prime Minister
was “begging for help”, looked
“despondent” and had “rings under
her eyes”.
Selmayr (inset) has denied that
“Juncker ever said this” – but the
report never named its source;
Juncker might not have said the
words, but Selmayr might have.
Furthermore, the EC President
once described his own diplomatic
strategy as follows: “When it
becomes serious, you have to lie.”
That rather undermines his righthand man as a provider of alibis.
The first leak was a sign that
Juncker feared that his reputation
threatened his role in the
negotiations. This time, the more
aggressive, personal tone indicates
his position has worsened – the
leaker is becoming more shrill
because he (or his boss) is finding it
harder to be heard.
That isn’t surprising. Last week’s
EU meeting saw the pragmatic
member states assert themselves,
aided by pressure from Michel
Barnier, the EU’s chief
negotiator. While progress
is still slow, the door
has now been opened
to future trade talks,
conditional on getting
an offer of more
money. While the EC
operates in a world of
integrationist theory,
the member states
must deal with real
voters and real cash. The
agenda is shifting away from the
Brussels ideologues and towards
the pragmatists in the national
capitals who want an eventual
deal. As the agenda slipped away
from the EC President, his power
slipped, too – so now we get this
new leak to place him back at the
centre of the story.
The lesson for May is obvious.
While she rightly retains the option
of walking away, now is not the
time to end the Brexit talks. But it
most certainly is time to stop having
dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker.
KELNER’S VIEW
you read in print, is the message.
The campaign could not have come
at a more apposite time, given the
financial and structural challenges
that newspapers face. And it is
especially pertinent when set in a
context where, only a day ago, the
leader of the free world tweeted: “It’s
finally sinking through. Forty-six per
cent of people believe major national
news orgs fabricate stories about
me. Fake news, even worse. Lost
cred.” This reference to a US poll
from last week should serve as an
alarm to us all.
But there is another side to this
story. Donald Trump’s poisonous
attacking of the press, like most
of his policies, has served only to
divide people. At the same time as
he weakens faith in the news outlets
he deems as oppositional, there
is evidence that young adults are
discovering a new enthusiasm for
the printed word. Subscriptions to
newspapers and magazines among
the millennial generation have,
according to the Reuters Institute,
grown by 7 per cent in the past year.
Most significantly, there has
been a surge in interest in the sort
of rigorous reporting which has
scrupulously examined the Trump
presidency: subscriptions to The
New Yorker, for example, have
increased by 109 per cent among
18- to 34-year-olds. This offers hope
to those of us who believe in the
primacy of independent journalism.
It is time to get real: the future
of democracy itself rests on our
support for the news outlets which
monitor the institutions of state.
Simon
Kelner
Forget fake,
Trump is gift
to ‘real news’
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t was an advertisement
calculated to stop a reader in his
or her tracks, a powerful doublepage spread in yesterday’s
edition of this newspaper. On
one page was a black-and-white
photograph of a woman cradling
a distressed child in the midst of
a seemingly chaotic scene, while
opposite was merely an emoji of a
crying face. It was the juxtaposition
of old and new imagery that was
so effective, and would lead the
inquisitive reader to find out what
product was being sold.
“It’s time to get real” was the
slogan, and the product it was
promoting was something in
increasingly rare supply today – real
news. A series of ads running in i this
week is the work of an organisation
called Newsworks, whose brief is to
make Britain’s national newspapers
more attractive as an advertising
medium and more relevant to the
reading public. You can trust what
Mark Wallace is the executive editor
of ConservativeHome.com
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TELEVISION
Walsh ‘thrilled’ to
be Doctor Who’s
oldest companion
By Ian Jones and Ryan Wilkinson
Bradley Walsh is set to become the
oldest actor to have been cast as one
of Doctor Who’s regular companions.
Walsh will be 58 when he makes
his first appearance in the show next
year. The average age of actors making their debut as the Doctor’s companion is 28.
The oldest actor to play such a role
is Matt Lucas. He was 43 when he became a regular member of the Doctor
Who cast in April.
Walsh and Lucas are the only actors
to have joined the show’s permanent
cast aged over 40. By contrast, three
actors were in their teens when they
joined the show: Deborah Watling
(who played Victoria) in 1967, Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) in 1980 and
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) in 1981.
Walsh will be joined in the BBC series by Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole,
who have also been unveiled as new
Doctor Jodie Whittaker’s co-stars
when she becomes the 13th person to
take on the role.
The trio will appear as the Doctor’s
“companions” in the next 10-week series slated for autumn 2018.
Broadchurch and Trust Me star
Whittaker will take over in the Tardis
from Peter Capaldi when the Time
Lord regenerates as a woman for the
first time after the Christmas special.
From left: Mandip
Gill, Bradley
Walsh, Jodie
Whittaker and
Tosin Cole BBC/PA
Actor, comedian and quiz show
host Walsh was widely tipped to be
the Doctor’s new assistant, although
further details are yet to emerge.
A fan of the show for 50 years, he
said: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor.
PEOPLE
Rockers pay tribute to brother
who helped AC/DC hit the big time
By Roisin O’Connor
Pioneering Australian songwriter
George Young has died aged 70.
Young, the brother of AC/DC’s
Angus and Malcolm Young, was a
member of the Easybeats and cowrote the band’s hit “Friday On
My Mind”.
He was also a driving force behind his brothers’ rock band, helping as producer to turn AC/DC into
one of the biggest-selling groups of
all time.
Born in Scotland in 1946, he
migrated to Australia with his
family as a teenager, forming The
Easybeats with Dutch-born Harry
Vanda in Sydney.
After the band broke up in 1969,
Vanda and Young embarked on a
songwriting career that saw the
pair produce dozens of hits. They
became two of Australia’s bestknown songwriters, with Young’s
George
Young,
writer of the
classic single
‘Friday On
My Mind’,
was the
‘beloved
brother and
mentor’
of AC/DC
members
Angus and
Malcolm
Young PA
work including “Love Is In The Air”
and “Yesterday’s Hero” for John
Paul Young.
AC/DC said in a statement
yesterday that the band would not
have existed without Young’s “help
and guidance”.
“As a musician, songwriter, pro-
MUSIC
George Michael
on course for
return to No 1
By Padraic Flanagan
George Michael is on
course to top the UK
album chart on Friday,
10 months after his
death. Listen Without
Prejudice Vol 1 spent a
week at No 1 when it was
originally released in 1990.
It has now been reissued with a
bonus disc including the singer’s
ducer, adviser and much, much
more, you could not ask for a more
dedicated and professional man,”
the band said. “You could not ask
for a finer brother. We will always
remember him with gratitude and
hold him close to our hearts.”
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One-minute Wijuko
1996 MTV Unplugged session. The
album is outselling the former
One Direction singer Niall Horan’s solo debut album, Flicker, by
almost 25,000 copies after three
days, according to the Official
Charts Company.
The Listen Without
Prejudice re-release coincides with the airing
of a documentary about
the singer’s career.
George Michael: Freedom, which was shown
on Channel 4 last week, focused on the period leading up
to and following the original release
of the album.
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in the grid, obeying the sums
between pairs of squares
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Black-and-white made it very scary
for a youngster. Even though I’d
watch most of it from behind the sofa
through my fingers, I became a fan.
“Am I thrilled to be part of this
whole groundbreaking new dawn for
the Doctor? Oh yes!”
Tosin Cole, who has had
roles in Star Wars and
EastEnders, said he was excited
to be “jumping in this Doctor
Who universe”.
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More than a quarter of military
veterans admit to feeling suicidal
after their career ends, a charity
survey claims.
Research commissioned by
armed forces charity SSAFA
found that 27 per cent of more
than 2,000 veterans admitted to
having suicidal thoughts after finishing their service.
More than two in five questioned spoke of feeling lonely or
isolated since leaving the military.
The reasons veterans gave for
depression and isolation included
losing touch with friends in the
Forces (41 per cent), physical or
mental health issues (33 per cent),
and struggling to relate to anyone
in civilian life (23 per cent).
Sir Andrew Gregory, the
SSAFA chief executive, said: “A
great strength of military service is the team ethos, comradeship and belonging that flows
from being part of a group with a
common purpose... Our research
shows just how many veterans can
become isolated as they struggle
to adjust to life after the Forces.”
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JAPAN
Tokyo spared
onslaught of
Typhoon Lan
By Elaine Lies
IN TOKYO
A section of road in Kishiwada is washed away after Typhoon Lan brought landslides and flooding to Japan. Thousands were evacuated KYODO/VIA REUTERS
Typhoon Lan made landfall in
Japan yesterday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted
evacuation orders for tens of
thousands of people, but largely
sparing the capital, Tokyo.
Four people were reported
killed, hundreds of flights were
cancelled and train services were
disrupted. The typhoon had maintained intense strength until it
struck west of Tokyo in the early
hours, before heading out to sea.
Among those killed were a man
hit by falling scaffolding, a fisherman tending to his boat and
a young woman whose car was
washed away by floodwaters.
Another casualty was in a coma
and a man was reported missing.
Around 130 others suffered minor
injuries, according to TV reports.
Rivers burst their banks in several parts of Japan and fishing
boats were tossed up on land.
A container ship was stranded
after being swept on to a harbour
wall but all 19 crew members escaped injury. Some 80,000 people
in Koriyama, 124 miles north of
Tokyo, were ordered to evacuate
as a river threatened to break its
banks. By afternoon, water levels
were starting to fall. REUTERS
CAMBODIA
WORLD FOCUS
Abe to grasp the nettle on economy and
Korea after securing free hand in election
PM pledges
to ban the
opposition
By Prak Chan Thul
IN PHNOM PENH
Japan’s shrinking
population is at
top of the Prime
Minister’s agenda,
reports Mari
Yamaguchi
J
apan, the economic
superpower, occupies a
strange and increasingly
tenuous place in the world.
Its population is slowly but
surely dying and it retains its pacifist
constitution despite being directly
in the firing line of a rogue state and
soon-to-be nuclear power.
Now, speaking after his decisive
election victory, Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe has pledged to tackle
what he called Japan’s two national
crises: an ageing and shrinking
population, and the military threat
from North Korea.
“I will pursue decisive and strong
diplomacy to tackle North Korea’s
missile, nuclear and abduction
issues and put further pressure to
get it to change its policy,” he said.
On his ruling coalition being
returned to power in elections
for the country’s more powerful
lower house, Mr Abe said Japan’s
decreasing and ageing population
was “the biggest challenge” for his
Abenomics policy, aimed at Japan’s
economic recovery from deflation.
“The problem is progressing, and
we cannot afford waiting around,” he
said. He promised a comprehensive
package by the end of the year to
deal with Japan’s demographic
challenges, including investments in
education, pension system reform
and productivity improvements.
Mr Abe’s Liberal Democratic
Party and a small coalition partner
together secured at least 313 seats
in the 465-member lower house,
passing the 310-barrier for a
two-thirds majority. Three seats
remained undecided.
He said the result showed “strong
support” from the people and
thanked them for backing stability
and his government’s policies.
The victory boosts his chances of
winning another three-year term
as party leader next September.
That could extend his premiership
to 2021, giving him more time to
win a reluctant public over to his
long-time goal of revising Japan’s
pacifist constitution.
In the immediate term, the win is
likely to mean a continuation of the
policies Mr Abe has pursued since
he took office in December 2012 – a
hard line on North Korea, close ties
with Washington, including defence,
as well as a super-loose monetary
policy and push for nuclear energy.
Mr Abe said he would have a
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
has been returned to power REUTERS
“deep discussion” on North Korean
policies with US President Donald
Trump during his planned visit to
Japan from 5 to 7 November.
Mr Abe’s coalition already has
a two-thirds majority in the less
powerful upper house. Having a
so-called supermajority in both
houses gives them virtually a free
hand to push for divisive legislation.
It would also increase Mr Abe’s
chances of achieving a constitutional
revision, a goal his party and
its nationalist supporters have
advocated for years. They view the
1947 constitution as the legacy of
Japan’s defeat in the Second World
War and an imposition of the victor’s
world order and values.
The charter renounces the use of
force in international conflicts and
limits Japan’s troops to self-defence,
although Japan’s military works
closely with the US.
Any change to Japan’s
constitution, which has never been
amended, requires approval first by
two-thirds of parliament, and then in
a public referendum. Polls indicate
that the Japanese public remains
opposed to amendment. So Mr Abe
still faces a huge challenge. AP
On the anniversary of a peace
agreement that established Cambodia’s multi-party democracy,
the country’s Prime Minister, Hun
Sen, yesterday pledged to ban the
main opposition party.
More than 50 rights groups
have called on the countries that
signed the Paris Peace Agreements in 1991 to reconvene urgently because of the threat to
democracy in the South-east
Asian nation.
Mr Hun Sen’s government has
asked the supreme court to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) after its leader,
Kem Sokha, was arrested in September and charged with treason.
The court has yet to rule on whether the CNRP will be dissolved.
Dissolving the party would
eliminate the challenge to him
prolonging more than 32 years in
power in next year’s election, but
Western donors have criticised
the move and called for the release of Mr Kem Sokha.
Mr Hun Sen’s critics accuse
him of trying to turn the country
into a one-party state. REUTERS
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CRIME
Romance scam detectives
seek fugitive’s family
By Henry Vaughan
Police hunting one of Britain’s most
wanted fugitives have released details of his wife and two daughters in
the hope they could provide the key
to his capture.
Mark Acklom, 44, who is alleged
to have fleeced a divorcee out of
£850,000 in life savings in a romance
scam, was last spotted in Geneva,
Switzerland, on 10 May.
Avon and Somerset Police believe
he is with his wife, Maria Yolanda
Ros Rodriguez, 47, and their two
daughters, aged six and eight.
The force has released a photograph of Acklom’s wife, who is
also known to use aliases including Yolianda Ross, Maria Long and
Mary Moss, and said she may be
working as a yoga teacher or attending yoga classes.
Both Acklom and his wife have
previously set up property businesses, and police believe their
daughters may be attending a feepaying school.
Detective Inspector Adam
Bunting said: “Mark Acklom is a
convincing fraudster and we’re
In 1991, Acklom, then aged
16, was detained for a
£466,000 mortgage fraud after
he posed as a City stockbroker. He
also stole his father’s credit card,
and swindled a former teacher
and a private jet company.
Mark Acklom
is thought to
be with his
wife, Maria
Yolanda Ros
Rodriguez,
and their
two young
daughters PA
working hard to locate him as soon
as possible.
“We believe he’ll be with his wife,
Maria Rodriguez, and their two
young daughters, who we know, up
until last year’s appeal, were enrolled in El Limonar International
School in the Murcia area of Spain.
“In the days following the appeal
he removed his children from the
school and, together with his wife,
he disappeared.”
Police are appealing to British
expats with children in private international schools, who may have
noticed the recent arrival of a family
from Spain.
Last year a European Arrest
Warrant was issued for Acklom
and he was believed to be at large
in Spain, having been released from
a Spanish prison over a £200,000
property fraud.
He is said to have left Carolyn
Woods financially and emotionally devastated after promising to
marry her. She alleged that he posed
as an MI6 agent and conned her into
“lending” him her savings during a
year-long romance in Bath.
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SPAIN
Throwing
a light on
lives lost
The Lake of Lights
at Talkin Tarn
near Brampton in
Cumbria, where
hundreds of lights
in the surrounding
woodland and on the
water represent a
memory of a relative
or friend who has died.
OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA
Catalonia debate over Madrid’s
threats may lead to secession
By Aritz Parra
IN BARCELONA
Catalonia’s regional parliament will
hold a debate on Thursday over
Spain’s plan to take direct control
of the north-eastern region. But already many fear the meeting could
become a cover for a vote on declaring independence.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
(inset) announced on Saturday that
he planned to trigger Article 155 of
the constitution, which allows the
central government to intervene in
running Catalonia. The threat came
after the Catalan regional government claimed a mandate to secede
following a banned 1 October independence referendum.
Catalan authorities will
not follow orders from the
Spanish government if
Madrid moves to reassert
control over the region,
Catalan foreign affairs
spokesman Raul Romeva
has told the BBC.
The far-left pro-independence CUP party in Catalonia is
calling for “mass civil disobedience”
in the region following the Spanish
government’s unprecedented move
to trigger Article 155.
Meanwhile, a small proautonomy group based
across the border in
France is offering
shelter to Catalan
president Carles
Puigdemont. Robert
Casanovas, president
of the Committee for
the Self-Determination of North Catalonia,
said he has a villa and flats
ready for Mr Puigdemont and colleagues in the village of Theza. AP
ITALY
Northern regions ‘vote yes’ to more autonomy from Rome
By Colleen Barry
The presidents of two of Italy’s
wealthy northern regions have
claimed victory in autonomy referendums that seek to grab additional
powers and tax revenue from Rome.
More than 90 per cent of voters in
Lombardy, home to financial capital
Milan, and the Veneto region around
Venice, voted yes in the non-binding
referendum, their leaders said.
The regions hope to leverage
strong turnout in talks with Italy’s
centre-left government. As leading
members of the Northern League,
they want to keep more tax revenue
and have autonomy over immigration, security and education.
Unlike in Catalonia, Spain, the referendums do not seek independence
and were approved by Italy’s constitutional court. But they remain a
threat to Rome’s authority. AP
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RUSSIA
Liberal radio journalist
stabbed in her studio
By Oliver Carroll
IN MOSCOW
PHILIPPINES
INDIA
Army defeats
pro-Isis rebels
Myanmar ‘must
take Rohingya’
Five months of military
operations in a Philippines city
held by pro-Isis rebels ended
yesterday, as troops fought
their way into its centre.
Rebel gunmen had clung on
inside several buildings in the
heart of Marawi in an urban
conflict that has marked the
country’s biggest security
crisis in years.
The bodies of 40 rebels and
two of their wives were found
in two buildings and a mosque
yesterday, while artillery and
automatic gunfire were still
heard. REUTERS
India has told Bangladesh’s government that Myanmar must take back
Rohingya Muslims to end one of
Asia’s worst refugee crises.
The foreign minister, Sushma
Swaraj, conveyed the message in a
meeting on Sunday with the Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina,
who ordered border guards to allow
the Rohingya to cross the border and
shelter in makeshift camps in the
coastal district of Cox’s Bazar.
Nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslims
have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state
since 25 August to escape persecution described by the United Nations
as ethnic cleansing. AP
A well-known journalist for Russia’s
top independent radio station was
stabbed in the throat yesterday by
a man who burst into her studio –
the latest attack on journalists and
opposition activists in Moscow.
In the minutes before he attacked
radio presenter Tatiana Felgenhauer, the assailant fired tear gas at a
ground-floor security guard. Then,
after running down a corridor and
catching a lift that never usually
works, he went up to the 14th floor and
entered the editorial offices of Moscow’s leading liberal radio station,
Tatiana Felgenhauer’s injuries were
not thought to be life-threatening AP
Ekho Moskvy. Turning left into an
editorial meeting, he approached Felgenhauer, embraced her, and stabbed
her just below the jawline.
The 32-year-old is being kept in a
medically induced coma at the city’s
Sklifosovsky Emergency Institute,
where she remains in a “moderately
serious” condition. Her injuries
are not believed to be immediately
life-threatening.
The man was eventually detained
by a second security guard.
The suspect has been identified
in local media as 49-year-old Boris
Grits, and is a citizen of Israel. It is
not yet clear if the man had dual Russian citizenship, although he did communicate to investigators in Russian.
Investigators said he claimed to
have been tormented “telepathically”
by Felgenhauer. THE INDEPENDENT
SYRIA
At least 67 dead
after ‘massacre’
by fleeing Isis
By Sarah El Deeb
IN BEIRUT
EGYPT
Gay dating apps
give safety tips
amid crackdown
By Heba Kanso
IN BEIRUT
US-based gay dating apps, such
as Grindr and Hornet, are now
providing Egyptian users with
extra safety tips in Arabic.
It comes after an anti-gay
crackdown in the country since
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Havana
A play parodying the lengths
some Cubans will go to in order
to earn a few tourist dollars
set against the backdrop of
socially critical graffiti is
adding punch to Havana’s
annual theatre festival.
The first-time collaboration
between veteran director
Nelda Castillo, 64, and street
artist Yulier Rodriguez, 27,
underscores unease among
some Cubans at the recent
influx of tourists on the
communist-run island.
Rodriguez’s eerie murals
of creatures that look
malnourished and malformed
had become ubiquitous
a rainbow flag was hoisted at a
concert in Cairo last month.
“It will make people take
more precautions,” said Jack
Harrison-Quintana, of Grindr.
“We know the police are under
pressure to arrest people and
they are doing that through all
the avenues that they have.”
The flag was raised at a gig
headlined by Mashrou’ Leila,
a Lebanese rock band whose
singer is openly gay. Since then,
nearly 70 people have been
arrested, with more than 20
handed sentences ranging from
six months to six years. REUTERS
throughout Havana over the
past three years. Graffiti is
seen as vandalism in many
countries, although Rodriguez
suspects the authorities
stopped him painting more
because they did not like the
content of his work.
“Now I am limited in what I
can do in the streets, any space
where I can exhibit my work
becomes a space of resistance
for me,”he said.
Castillo said she invited
Rodriguez to paint the walls
of the renowned El Ciervo
Encantado theatre because she
knew his graffiti would enrich
her play.
“The piece is about the
Cubans’ struggle in the street
in the context of the new
relations with the US and the
influx of American visitors,”
she said. REUTERS
Sarah Marsh
the five-day funeral of the much
loved monarch are taking place in
the Thai capital. His body will be
cremated in a royal crematorium
on Thursday, with further
processions after that to collect the
ashes and take them to the Grand
Palace. GETTY
The bodies of at least 67 Syrian
civilians, many summarily killed by
the Isis, have beenfound in a town in
central Syria that government forces
retook from the extremists over
the weekend, the government and
activists said yesterday
A senior Syrian official
described the attack as a “shocking
massacre”, saying the search for and
documentation of those killed in the
town of Qaryatayn is still under way,
and the number of bodies was likely
to rise. Some victims were shot in
the street as Isis militants retreated
from the town because they were
suspected of working with the
government, according to activists.
At least 35 had been shot dead, their
bodies dumped in a shaft.
An Associated Press video showed
several bodies in the streets. In the
film, a resident of the town says
Isis ”monsters” killed more than
a 100 people, including soldiers
and civilians. AP
ROMANIA
INDONESIA
Thailand bids farewell to King
Mourners outside the Grand Palace
pay their respects to Thailand’s
late King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
as Bangkok prepares for his
cremation. The world’s longest
serving monarch, on the throne
for more than 70 years, died on 13
October. Elaborate rehearsals for
ENVIRONMENT
12 major cities join Two attacked
emissions pledge by wild bear
Police clash with
Papua gunmen
Twelve major cities including
London, Paris, Los Angeles and
Cape Town have pledged to buy
only zero-emissions buses from
2025 and to make major areas free
of fossil fuel emissions by 2030
to protect the environment. The
12, with a combined population of
almost 80 million, will promote
walking, cycling and the use
of public transport under a
joint “fossil-fuel-free streets
declaration”. REUTERS
Three days of clashes between
Indonesian police and gunmen
near a US-owned gold and copper
mine in easternmost Papua
province have killed one officer
and wounded six others.
Police spokesman Ahmad
Mustofa Kamal said the latest
attack happened yesterday
morning and injured four officers.
A low-level insurgency for
independence has simmered in
the region since 1963. AP
Two people have been taken to hospital after they were attacked by a wild
bear in central Romania.
A 39-year-old man received
scratches and a 14-year-old girl was
bitten and scratched during the attack
early yesterday in the mountainous
city of Fagaras.
An emergency services official said
the bear had left the forest and had
come to the city in search of food.
The animal ran off after the attack,
frightened by the screams. AP
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Wake up
and smell the
coffee: we are
lacking real
leadership
Travelling light at the start of an Olympic journey
Actress Katerina Lehou as high priestess (right) holds
a torch after the Olympic Flame was lit from the sun’s
rays, during the final dress rehearsal for the lighting of
the Olympic flame at Olympia in Greece. The flame will
be transported by torch relay to Pyeongchang, South
Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. AP
ISRAEL
Conjoined twins ‘could die
if they don’t leave Gaza’
By Edward Rowe
A pair of conjoined twins could die
unless they are able to leave the Palestinian territory of Gaza, their doctor has warned.
Shifa Hospital neonatal care director Alam Abu Hamda said the “complicated condition” of the girls could
not be dealt with by medics in Gaza,
and that they should be transferred
abroad for a separation.
The girls, born on Saturday by
Caesarean section after a full-term
pregnancy, are joined at the abdomen
and lower body. One is reported to be
weaker than the other.
The twins have one shared leg, but
separate hearts and lungs. Conjoined
twins that share key organs generally
have lower chances of survival.
“Their lives are in danger, it’s a
complicated case,” Dr Abu Hamda
told The Times of Israel. He said that
while the condition of one of the twins
was “OK”, her sibling was “suffer-
ing” and required ventilation. “The
quicker they are transferred abroad,
the better their chances are to be
saved,” he said.
An image of the two babies was shared on Palestinian social media. “We
don’t know which centre can deal with this,”
he said. But he added he
would be glad if Israel
would be willing to treat
the twins. Other potential
destinations are the United
States and Saudi Arabia.
The doctor said a request to be
International medical
rights groups in Gaza have
said that the Palestinian Authority
based in Ramallah has cut aid sent
to the Strip as well as medical
referrals, to try to force the
Hamas group to give up power.
treated abroad was given to the Palestinian health ministry on Sunday
morning. In order for the newborns
to leave the Gaza Strip, they
would require approval
from the Israeli defence
ministry’s Co-ordinator
of the Government’s
Activities in the
Territories (Cogat).
Cogat said it had received no request for the
twins to exit.
A number of infants
in Gaza have died in recent
months, according to officials in
Gaza, after requests for medical referrals were denied. This is the third
case of Siamese twins being born in
Gaza in recent years, the Palestinian
Authority news site Wafa reported.
Israel and Egypt have been
blockading the enclave for a decade
because of the threat of attack from
militants. The area also suffers from
power cuts.
A
generation ago, the
coffee in this country
tasted terrible. Mochas
and cappuccinos
weren’t usually on
the menu; ordering a skinny latte
wasn’t an option. Ask for a coffee in
many a London café, and you were
given a cup of something bitter,
tepid and often instant.
Today, of course, we no longer
put up with bitter, tepid coffee. Any
hipster coffee joint that tried to
serve up instant would go under.
Quality is now so important that
some of the big chains are losing
market share to a new generation
of small independent coffee shops
that serve only the best. Our
expectations of what is acceptable
have changed. Now that we know
better, we will no longer tolerate
that which we used to put up with.
Of course, this is not just true of
coffee. It’s also true of our attitude
towards something much more
important: leadership.
For as long as anyone can
remember, Britain has had a blind
deference to those that run things.
“If so-and-so is a minister,” we say
to ourselves, “they must be rather
good”. “If he or she is the leader
of the council, surely they’d have
thought of it.” But actually, it turns
out that the quality of leadership is
often pretty dire.
The Prime Minister is exhibit
A: she struggles to give straight
answers to some of the most basic
questions of the day. When asked,
a couple of weeks ago, how she
might vote if there were a second
EU referendum, she did not seem
to know. How was she supposed
to know? She’s only the Prime
Minister.
I don’t want to be unfair to Mrs
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May. She’s not the first person
inside No 10 whose first instinct
appears to be obfuscation. Like
Gordon Brown, she just seems a
little less sure-footed than David
Cameron or Tony Blair.
It’s not only at a national level
where there’s often a lack of real
leadership. Local government
is full of box-ticking officials.
Council leaders are often
focused on compliance, rather
than delivering a vision for local
communities. Many local councils
are run primarily for the benefit
of those on the council payroll,
not local council taxpayers. FTSE
executives often turn out not to
be entrepreneurial whizzkids, but
those adept at worming their way
to the top of the corporate cartels
we call big business. Those that
hold independent vantage points
from which they might call out this
dire leadership – the Archbishop of
Canterbury, for example, or some
of the bigwigs at the BBC – not only
fail to do so, but at times, it seems
as if they side with the mediocrities
that hold office.
Let us not despair at the state of
things. Change is coming because
expectations are rising. There is
a mood of restlessness across the
country because folk are starting
to realise how bad things are.
As long as we were in the
European Union, those that made
vast swathes of public policy were
Many councils
are run for the
benefit of those
on the payroll
shielded from accountability to the
public. At times, it seemed to me
as if every third-rate minister and
over-promoted council chief had a
ready-made excuse to conceal their
own inabilities.
Big business cartels could
collude with lobbyists to rig the
rules – and incidentally that’s why
they employ an army of lobbyists
in Brussels.
Not for much longer. Leaving
the EU doesn’t only mean taking
back control, as they say, of public
policy-making, but it also means
that those who make public policy
will have to answer to the public.
It will brutally expose just how
badly served we have been for
years – and force us to rethink the
sort of leadership that we expect in
politics and business.
@DouglasCarswell
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speak out
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my May has been
up until 3am several
nights in the past
week, but it has not
been her toddler, her
movie score-writing work or her
forthcoming gig performing with
the Royal Shakespeare Company
that has been keeping her awake.
A classically trained viola player
who has toured with high-profile
acts such as Kylie Minogue and
Elbow, she has known her share
of late-night parties, but it is not
those either that are now keeping
her from bed. It is an inbox full
of stories that paint an alarming
picture of the world in which she
has worked for two decades.
Less than a fortnight ago,
May quietly set up a simple
website – SheBangstheDrum.
org – and posted a story by a
nameless contributor about her
experiences of sexual harassment
in the music industry. Since then,
what she describes as a “spur of
the moment” move prompted by
conversations with friends in the
wake of the Weinstein revelations
has taken on a life of its own.
The site is a simple one.
Underneath the tagline “Stories
of sexism and misogyny in the
music industry”, visitors can
click on one of two links. One
produces a form via which people
can, anonymously if they wish,
submit their own experiences on
the subject. The other produces
a list of posts, containing some of
the contributions that May has
already received.
These stories suggest the
39-year-old was on to something
when she decided that the culture
of silence now being condemned in
Hollywood needs to be exposed on
the musical side of show-business.
“I’ve seen other females sacked,
either because they’ve rejected
sexual advances, or they’ve
accepted them and then become
‘a problem’,” writes that first
contributor about life on tour.
But the testimonies are
by no means limited to the
stereotypically hedonistic world
of rock and pop. There are music
students, orchestral performers
and sopranos. Stories involving
church services and renditions of
Poulenc’s Gloria.
Some stories are funny in the
telling – one woman writes of
being asked to “dance sexily”
before lamenting that she
dances “like David Brent” –
and some are, as May puts it,
“horrifying nightmares”.
Under the heading “Finding the
Voice”, a singer writes of being
raped by someone who worked
for the opera company she was
about to join. She kept quiet for
fear of losing her career, but “the
resulting stress meant I ended up
losing my voice and therefore my
career anyway”.
And then there are the ones that
can not go online. May, who lives in
rural Hampshire with her partner,
Lee, and two-year-old son William,
says that since establishing the
site she has been contacted by
women for whom even posting on
the site is too much.
She has heard “graphic” stories
of rape “that I am completely
ill-equipped to deal with”, she
says – though she does try to
help, by suggesting sources of
potential support and by posting
links to advice services and crimereporting guidance on the site.
The reasons these victims give
May for not speaking out publicly
or prosecuting their attackers
sound eerily similar to those
that we have heard from across
ST HELENA
Napoleon’s former prison
seeks wealthy visitors
Can tourism boost the island economy, now the world’s
most useless airport is open, asks Christopher Torcia
T
he Gates of Chaos, Lot’s
Wife, Old Woman’s
Valley, Man and Horse
Cliffs. These are some
of the evocative names
people on St Helena are hoping
will appeal to tourists now that the
island’s airport is finally open.
Though it was condemned as
“the world’s most useless airport”
after dicey wind conditions were
found to cause havoc with flights,
islanders hope the travel industry
will boost the sagging economy.
Tourists with time and money will
be able to survey the forbidding
volcanic cliffs, humpback whales
and the brown noddy seabirds
nesting in the crags.
Anthony Thomas, owner of the
Sub-Tropic Adventures diving
company, tells his guests about
the lore associated with the giant
coastal walls of rock 180 metres or
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been astonished
at the response
to her website
ALEXANDRA BONE
the movie world in recent weeks.
There is the fear of not working
again, or of receiving no sympathy
because “banter” is part of the
job and who would feel sorry for
someone with a story to tell that
is set in a glamorous hotel in an
exotic location? There is also the
“terror” of having their “testimony
picked apart by some barrister, of
having someone tell them that they
are a liar”.
It is striking that this articulate,
campaigning and apparently
confident woman has her own
story on the site, but will not reveal
which one it is. “I wanted to take
my stories out of it, it is about a
collective experience,” she reasons.
But then she admits concern that
she might be “labelled as a whistleblower and a troublemaker. I am
not comfortable with speaking
out… but I hope that will change”.
As to the credibility of the
stories she receives, May says: “I
take them at face value.” There is
little motive for anyone to make
false allegations anonymously,
she argues, describing herself as
a “neutral party” and the site as a
place for people to articulate their
experiences openly. “It is not for
me to judge what is and isn’t true.”
so high: a couple whose car rolled
over the cliff edge, spilling them to
their deaths, and a boy who suffered
a similar fate after stepping over a
fence to retrieve a ball.
Visitors can also experience the
sense of stepping into history on an
island that until recently was only
reachable by boat and lies about
1,200 miles from Africa.
The Saints, as islanders are
known, speak English with a strong
accent that is sometimes hard to
understand. “You don’t need to peel
many layers. You’ll find we’re more
rogues than saints,” says Basil
George, an elderly guide with a spry
step, while escorting his visitors
around the capital, Jamestown.
The “city” is something of an
architectural oddity, jammed into
a narrow valley floor with one
main road up the middle. One stop
on the tour is what is said to be
the oldest Anglican church in the
southern hemisphere.
The island’s population numbers
around 4,000. One question that
has arisen in local politics is
whether a jury trial can be fair on
an island where everybody knows
just about everybody.
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She has heard names – including
high-profile ones – but will not post
details that identify individuals.
So what does May hope to
achieve? “What I have found
exciting is how much conversation
the site has sparked among friends
and colleagues,” she says. “I’ve had
people say that they never really
even realised the everyday sexism
they experienced because it was
just part of the job.”
A couple of people have taken
their own complaints further
since reading her site, she adds,
describing that progress as
“inspiring”. Certainly, her website
feeds into a conversation, a
moment that an optimist might
see as a tipping point for the
performing arts, in accepting and
beginning to deal with its sexism
and sexual violence problems.
While May has been quietly
collecting anonymous stories,
high-profile figures within the
music world have been talking,
too. Tom Jones has publicly
described his own experience of
sexual harassment – May has also
heard account of male victims –
while promoter Sarah Bowden
has told the BBC that the sexual
exploitation of women in the music
industry is “as bad, if not worse”
than in Hollywood.
Yet the aim is not to smear the
music business as a whole. “There
are a lot of wonderful, sensitive
men and women in the industry,”
says May, who met her own partner
while on tour and has worked
mostly with “lovely people”.
She is “bracing herself for the
backlash” against what could be
perceived as a project that will
“tar the industry with the brush of
sexual harassment”. That is not the
plan, she stresses.
Clearly, May loves her line
of work, and is drafting a
motion calling for wide-ranging
change – including action on
pregnancy discrimination and
the establishment of confidential
telephone support lines – which
she hopes the Musicians’ Union
will adopt.
“I didn’t really have any
expectations,” she says of setting
up the site. “I thought either
nobody is going to do this, or lots
of people are going to. As to where
it goes next, I have no idea. I am
hoping that greater forces than me
start to sit up and take notice.”
used to anchor on the island,
which was uninhabited when it
was discovered in 1502 but became
a critical way station for trading
vessels travelling between Asia
and Europe. Later, the UK used
the island as a prison for Napoleon
and for the rebellious Zulu king
Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo. Settlers
were dispatched here after the
Great Fire of London in 1666 and
the island was also used as a base
for British anti-slavery patrols.
Through this historical sweep,
the Saints have lived modestly,
some learning how to build their
own homes or fashion harpoons out
of broom handles. “But if you’ve got
a good family, you’re not that bad
off,” says Mario Green, a taxi driver.
“They’re always going to make sure
you’ve got a roof over your head, or
you’ve got something to eat.” AP
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Schoolgirls team
hits the cricket
world for six
Success at a college which was once in
special measures. By Chris Bond
“G
ood shot that,” Zaheer
Jaffary shouts, as
one of the players
hits a textbook cover
drive. The youngsters
decked out in their blue training kit
take their cricket practice seriously
– the deliveries fly in at pace and the
shots zip across the squeaky floor of
the new sports hall.
It’s a far cry from the day Zaheer,
a PE teacher at Carlton Bolling
College in Bradford, started the
girls’ cricket team in 2014. “Three
years ago they couldn’t throw a ball
and they didn’t know anything about
cricket,” he says.
The team was set up when the
school, which has a mainly Muslim
intake, had been put into special
measures after an Ofsted report found
it wasn’t doing enough to tackle the
potential risks posed by extremism.
There has been much debate
about encouraging more girls to
participate in sport and Zaheer
took it upon himself to do something
about it. He stood up in school
assembly one day and asked if any of
the girls, many of them from South
Asian backgrounds, fancied playing
cricket. “I said: ‘Look on the bright
side, if you join the cricket team
you’ll get a lot of time off school.’ So
we had about a hundred turn up for
the first training,” he says, laughing.
The numbers were soon whittled
down to 12 and after six weeks of
practice the girls took part in their
first competition. “The first team we
played scored 122 and I remember
the girls came upstairs crying and
saying: ‘I told you we weren’t ready,
sir.’ So I said to them: ‘You just need
to go out there and make 123,’” says
Zaheer. “They did and I think that
moment changed their lives.”
They won their next seven
matches, winning the Yorkshire
championships. Since then the team,
like the college itself, which was
brought out of special measures two
years ago, has flourished – they’re
now three-time county champions,
North of England champions, and in
September they were runners-up in
the national final.
What makes their story all the
more remarkable is that some of
the girls in the team had never even
picked up a cricket bat before.
Their success has earned them
a string of accolades, including a
special recognition award at the
England and Wales Cricket Board’s
Chance to Shine Annual Awards,
and being invited down to London
for a special training session at
Lord’s. They’ve also become minicelebrities in their own school with
younger pupils coming up to them in
the canteen and asking for a selfie.
However, it has at times been a
challenge. The parents of some of
the girls were unhappy to begin
with about the idea of them playing
cricket amid concerns it might
impact on their studies.
The team’s success and the
growing recognition of their
achievements is slowly changing
attitudes in the local community.
“When we went to the national
cricket finals last month, I had a
couple of parents who came up to me
and apologised. They said they didn’t
know the magnitude of what the
girls were doing and wished they’d
supported us from the outset.”
Zaheer says the team’s success
has had a knock-on effect for the
girls. “They didn’t know one another
when we started and they’re like a
family now. It’s helped them develop
their social skills and it’s boosted
their academic progress as well as
their attendance levels.”
Fifteen-year-old Zainab has been
playing from the outset. “The most
important thing is how much of a
team we are. In other teams you get
individuals who stand out but there’s
no ‘I’ in this team, we all help each
other. It’s like a big family,” she says.
Kainnat, who has just turned 16, is
a wicketkeeper who also opens the
batting for the team, but three years
ago she was starting from scratch.
“I’d never played before but it’s
become a love,” she says, with a
beaming smile. “I’m not a sporty
girl but when we’re playing cricket
we really support each other.” It
has boosted her in other ways, too.
“Before we were quiet and now
we’re much more confident. I would
always cover my face in photos and
now I do photo shoots.”
Howzat: coach
Zaheer Jaffary
with the
Carlton Bolling
College girls
cricket team
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This World: Calais, The
End Of The Jungle
The Great British Bake Off
9pm, BBC2
The largest migrant camp in Europe,
the so-called Jungle near the French
port of Calais, was burned to the
ground last October while being
cleared by riot police, and the
Bafta-winning film-maker Dan Reed,
embedded in the camp, was there to
record its destruction. He interviews
the volunteers, police chiefs and
politicians, as well as the lorry
drivers playing cat-and-mouse with
the would-be stowaways who have
blocked approach roads with felled
trees and burning mattresses. It’s
only at the end of his fascinating
documentary that we hear directly
from an actual migrant, describing
his successful passage to the UK.
8pm, Channel 4
It’s the semi-final, and the four
remaining bakers must produce 24
“exquisite choux buns”. Prue Leith
also sets a complex technical test for
her first semi-final which leaves
everyone stumped, while there’s a
meringue sculpture showstopper.
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The 18-30 Stone Holiday
9pm, ITV
The sort of programme you
might think more associated with
January’s glut of TV programmes
about dieting, except this isn’t a
weight-loss documentary as such
– more a free advert for The Resort,
an establishment in the Bahamas
which is apparently “the world’s only
plus-friendly hotel”. The sun
loungers are supersized, the beds
are reinforced with steel and
the guests can strip off without
humiliation. Cameras follow eight
Britons after they check in.
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Retreat: Meditations
From A Monastery
9pm, BBC4
A new season of “slow TV”, which
basically means no background
music or narration and not very
much happening, and a break from
the attention-grabbing priorities
of most television (probably good
for one’s blood pressure, too). It
begins with a series showing over
consecutive nights in which cameras
take up residence in three different
British monasteries. Downside
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain (R) (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (S). 11.00 A
Matter Of Life And Debt (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
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One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
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Impossible (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (S). 3.45
Money For Nothing (S).
4.30 Antiques Road Trip
(R) (S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6.00 Real Lives Reunited
(R) (S). 6.30 Money For
Nothing (R) (S). 7.15 A
Matter Of Life And Debt
(R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone:
Billion Dollar Deals And
How They Changed Your
World (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00
BBC Newsroom Live (S).
12.00 Daily Politics (S).
1.00 The Code (R) (S). 1.45
Restoration Home (R)
(S). 2.45 Family Finders
(S). 3.15 World’s Busiest
Railway 2015 (R) (S). 4.15
Sea Cities (R) (S). 5.15 Flog
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Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
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Show (R) (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Dickinson’s
Real Deal (R) (S). 3.00
Alphabetical (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S).
4.00 Tipping Point (S).
5.00 The Chase (S).
6.20 The King Of
Queens (R). 6.45 The
King Of Queens (R). 7.10
The King Of Queens
(R). 7.40 Everybody
Loves Raymond (R).
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Raymond (R). 8.35
Everybody Loves
Raymond (R). 9.05 Frasier
(R). 9.35 Frasier (R). 10.05
Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (R) (S).
11.05 Undercover Boss
USA (R). 12.00 Channel 4
News Summary (S). 12.05
Come Dine With Me (R) (S).
1.05 A New Life In The Sun
(R) (S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 Find It, Fix It, Flog It
(S). 4.00 My Kitchen Rules
(S). 5.00 Four In A Bed (S).
5.30 Steph And Dom’s One
Star To Five Star (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Hotel Inspector (R) (S).
1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.20
NCIS (R) (S). 3.20 FILM:
Abducted: The Jocelyn
Shaker Story (Conor
Allyn 2016) Thriller,
starring Kathleen
Rose Perkins (S). 5.00
5 News At 5 (S). 5.30
Neighbours (R) (S).
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Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads (R) (S).
6.30 Strictly Come
Dancing – It
Takes Two With
the winners of
Sunday night’s
dance-off (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
The family
encounters
Sideshow Bob
in Italy (R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (S).
6.00 Home And Away
(R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 The One Show
Topical reports
and chat (S).
7.30 EastEnders
Luke makes Jay
an offer on the
car lot (S).
7.00 Further Back
In Time For
Dinner The
Robshaw family
journey through
the 1930s (R) (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Tracy arranges
a date for
Vanessa (S).
7.30 Save Money:
Good Diet (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 Holby City Nina
must decide if
she can trust
Fredrik (S).
8.00 Autumnwatch
2017 Gillian
Burke reveals
the latest in her
fox intelligence
test (S).
8.30 Call The
Cleaners
Yvonne and
Angela try to
help a hoarder
in Kent. Last in
the series (S).
9.00 Our Girl – Nepal
Tour After a
mission goes
wrong, 2-section
find themselves
taking casualties
(S).
9.00 This World:
Calais, The
End Of The
Jungle Cameras
document the
final days of the
“Calais Jungle”.
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
10.45 Valley Cops (S).
Abbey in Somerset is first, following
14 Benedictine monks over the
course of one monastic day.
===
Celebrity Hunted
9.15pm, Channel 4
“It’s the very reason I dropped out
of public life… I was relentlessly
pursued,” says Anneka Rice,
commenting on the irony of her
participating in this charity edition
of the reality game show. Rice seems
to have forgotten to tell her bosses
at Radio 2 that she might be missing
for a week or two, as donning a wig
and dark glasses, she attempts to
travel into central London to record
her show. One celeb who has made
it into London and back out again is
Made In Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews,
who’s feeling pretty cocky now.
Alice unwinds on ‘The
18-30 Stone Holiday’
9pm, ITV
Anneka Rice embarks
on a mission to record
her weekly radio show
in ‘Celebrity Hunted’
9.15pm, Channel 4
Hollywood and Leith
assess more bakes
8pm, Channel 4
7.00 Tony Robinson:
Coast To Coast
The presenter
visits Whitby
and Robin
Hood’s Bay
(R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days (S).
7.30 The Gardeners
Of Kabul
Exploring the
world of Afghan
gardeners (S).
6.45 FILM: Shallow
Hal (Bobby
Farrelly, Peter
Farrelly 2001)
Comedy, with
Gwyneth
Paltrow (S).
8.00 The Great
British Bake
Off Challenges
include choux
buns and a
meringue
sculpture (S).
8.00 The Yorkshire
Vet Julian
Norton
rushes to an
emergency
with an unborn
calf (S).
8.00 Handmade
The crafting
of handmade
objects (R) (S).
8.30 Handmade On
The Silk Road
(R) (S).
9.00 The 18-30
Stone Holiday
Cameras follow
eight British
tourists at
a plus-size
friendly hotel (S).
9.15 Celebrity
Hunted Spencer
Matthews
attempts
to dodge
capture (S).
9.00 Ben Fogle: New
Lives In The
Wild – Canada
A couple who
made their
home on a
floating island.
9.00 Retreat:
Meditations
From A
Monastery
New series (S).
10.00Later Live –
With Jools
Holland With
Stereophonics
and Moses
Sumney (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At
Ten; Weather
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.40 After The News
(S).
10.20 The End Of The
****ing World
New series.
Comic road
trip tale. (S).
10.45 Gogglebox
(R) (S).
10.00When Celebrity
Goes Horribly
Wrong
Recollections
of sex scandals
and televised
meltdowns (R).
10.00Buddha:
Genius Of The
Ancient World
Bettany Hughes
investigates
the Buddha’s
philosophy (R).
11.30 Double
Mastectomy
Twins (S).
11.15 Elizabeth I’s
Secret Agents
The spy
network that
protected the
queen (R) (S).
11.15 Lethal Weapon
The festive
holiday season
weighs heavily
on Riggs (R) (S).
11.45 My Week As
A Muslim A
woman spends
a week living
in a Muslim
community
(R) (S).
12.05 BBC News (S).
12.15 NFL This Week
(S). 1.05 Sign Zone: The
Apprentice (R) (S). 2.05
Sign Zone: Russia With
Simon Reeve (R) (S). 3.05
This Is BBC Two (S).
12.05 Jackpot247 3.00
Loose Women (R). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.40 Music on 4: Live From
Abbey Road Classics (S). 1.10
The Supervet (R) (S). 2.05
Grand Designs Australia (R)
(S). 3.00 Phil Spencer: Secret
Agent (R) (S). 3.55 Best Of
Both Worlds (R) (S). 4.50
Draw It! (R) (S). To 5.15am.
1.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 The Nightmare
Neighbour Next Door (R)
(S). 4.00 Criminals: Caught
On Camera (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Divine Designs (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
6.00 The Cube (R) (S). 6.50
Totally Bonkers Guinness
World Records (R) (S). 7.15
The Great Indoors (R) (S).
7.40 The Great Indoors (R)
(S). 8.00 Emmerdale (R) (S).
8.30 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 9.00 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 9.30 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(R) (S). 10.20 The Great
Indoors (R) (S). 10.50 The
Great Indoors (R) (S). 11.15
Dress To Impress (R) (S).
12.20 Emmerdale (R) (S).
12.50 Coronation Street
(R) (S). 1.20 Coronation
Street (R) (S). 1.50 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S). 3.50 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (R) (S). 4.55 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
6.00 Dress To
Impress Three
singletons
try to win the
affections of a
photographer
(R) (S).
7.00 Best Of You’ve
Been Framed!
Gold Including
a clip of a boy
struggling
with a heavy
sandwich (R) (S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men (R) (S).
8.30 Two And A Half
Men Charlie
tries to help a
stripper (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Alien
(Ridley Scott
1979) Sci-fi
horror, starring
Sigourney
Weaver (S).
9.00 FILM: The 40
Year-Old Virgin
(Judd Apatow
2005) Comedy,
starring Steve
Carell (S).
11.00 The Art Of Fly
Fishing: Kiss The
Water The work
of fishing fly
maker Megan
Boyd (R) (S).
11.20 FilmFear
Interview
Special (S).
11.55 FILM:
Sightseers (Ben
Wheatley 2012)
Comedy (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Stewie tries to
save a recalled
teddy bear (R) (S).
11.55 Family Guy
Meg goes on
a date (R) (S).
12.00 All Aboard! The
Country Bus (R) (S). 2.00
I Know Who You Are (R)
(S). 3.10 The Gardeners Of
Kabul (R) (S). 3.40 Close
1.40 FILM: Stonehearst
Asylum (Brad Anderson
2014) Gothic horror,
starring Kate Beckinsale
(S). 4.00 Close
12.20 American Dad! (R) (S).
12.45 American Dad! (R) (S).
1.15 Celebrity Showmance
(R) (S). 2.15 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(R) (S). 2.25 Teleshopping
5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
“So far I’m very unimpressed
with the hunters,” he opines,
as right on cue fellow fugitive
Jamie Laing starts cracking up.
FILM
CHOICE
===
LAURENCE PHELAN
The End Of The ****ing World
10.20pm, Channel 4
Two angst-ridden teens embark on
a road trip in this promising dark
comedy based on Charles Forsman’s
award-winning comic book. James
(Alex Lowther) has long believed
himself to be a psychopath and now,
aged 17, has decided to graduate
from killing small animals, alighting
on an alienated schoolmate, and now
girlfriend (of sorts), Allysa (Jessica
Barden) as a potentially perfect
target. Both leads are excellent and
the script by Charlie Covell full of
both bounce and mordant humour.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-39
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Sightseers
Die Hard 2
11.55pm, Film4
(Ben Wheatley, 2012)
Paying homage to Mike Leigh’s Nuts
In May, this hilarious black comedy
follows Chris (Steve Oran), a tightly
wound little man recently made
redundant from his job, and his
unworldly new partner Tina (Alice
Lowe), on their caravanning tour of
such visitor attractions as the Crich
Tramway Museum and Keswick
Pencil Museum. As well as the welldrawn central relationship, there is a
wealth of comic material to be found
in the signifiers of Little England:
terrace housing, net curtains,
porcelain figurines and, for that
matter, caravans. But Sightseers has
another gag: it is also an unexpectedly
believable serial-killer film.
9pm, E4
(Renny Harlin, 1990)
This sequel reconvenes all the key
elements of the successful 1988
hostage thriller. This time, terrorists
take over an airport control tower
as part of a fiendish plan that would
seem to have accounted for every
contingency – except wisecracking
cop John McClane (Bruce Willis).
===
11pm, Sky Cinema Greats
(Joel Schumacher, 1985)
This brat-pack movie is an ensemble
piece about a group of friends
mismanaging their 1980s aspirational
lifestyles, overly complicated love
affairs, and post-college hangover.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
7.00 Charmed (R) (S). 8.00
Charmed (R) (S). 9.00
Melissa & Joey (R) (S).
9.30 Melissa & Joey (R)
(S). 10.00 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 10.30 Baby Daddy (R)
(S). 11.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 11.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R)
(S). 12.00 New Girl (R) (S).
12.30 New Girl (R) (S). 1.00
The Big Bang Theory (R) (S).
1.30 The Big Bang Theory
(R) (S). 2.00 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 2.30 The Goldbergs
(R) (S). 3.00 How I Met Your
Mother (R) (S). 3.30 How
I Met Your Mother (R) (S).
4.00 New Girl (R) (S). 4.30
New Girl (R) (S). 5.00 The
Goldbergs (R) (S). 5.30
Stage School (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (R)
(S). 9.30 FILM: Legend Of
The Lost (Henry Hathaway
1957) Adventure, starring
John Wayne and Sophia
Loren (S). 11.40 River
Cottage Bites (R) (S). 12.05
Time Team (R) (S). 1.10
Time Team (R) (S). 2.15
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 2.45
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 3.15
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 3.50
Four In A Bed (R) (S). 4.20
Four In A Bed (R) (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S). 5.50
A Place In The Sun:
Summer Sun (R) (S).
6.00 Heartbeat
A face from the
dead returns
(R) (S).
6.00 The Big
Bang Theory
Sheldon’s
mother comes
to visit (R) (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
6.55 The Supervet
The team
examines a
Bengal cat
involved in a
road accident
(R) (S).
6.00 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
Marge joins
an online taxi
service (R) (S).
6.00 House A bride
collapses
with internal
bleeding (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote An
old case is
reopened (R) (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Adam
panics when
Darcy goes
missing (S).
7.30 Extreme Cake
Makers (R) (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Update on an
experimental
house in
Scotland (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Moe falls
in love with
a Nigerian
princess (R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
An elderly
woman is
murdered (R) (S).
8.00 The Flash Barry
takes on a
dangerous meta
who can control
technology (S).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank’s first
partner plans to
release a book
detailing their
early days on
the force (R) (S).
9.00 Premier League
Greatest
Moments
9.00 A Plastic Tide
A documentary
exposing the
impact that
plastic waste is
having on the
planet (R).
8.00 Midsomer
Murders The
president of an
ornithological
society is killed
(R) (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
and Penny bond
as they miss
Leonard (R) (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Die Hard
2 (Renny Harlin
1990) Action
thriller sequel,
starring Bruce
Willis (S).
10.05 Lewis A college
reunion takes
a tragic turn
when a guest is
found murdered
(R) (S).
12.00 Inspector Morse (R)
(S). 2.10 ITV3 Nightscreen
2.30 Teleshopping
9.00 The
Dambusters’
Great Escape:
Secret History
(R) (S).
6.00 The Flash (R) (S). 7.00
Modern Family (R) (S).
7.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 8.00 It’s Me Or The Dog
(R) (S). 8.30 It’s Me Or The
Dog (R) (S). 9.00 The Dog
Whisperer (R) (S). 10.00
David Attenborough’s Wild
City (R) (S). 11.00 Modern
Family (R) (S). 11.30
Modern Family (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 4.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
10.00The Plane
That Saved
Britain Arthur
Williams pays
tribute to the
De Havilland
Mosquito (R) (S).
6.00 Fish Town (R) (S). 7.00
Richard E Grant’s Hotel
Secrets (R) (S). 8.00 The
British (R) (S). 9.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 10.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
11.00 House (R) (S). 12.00
House (R) (S). 1.00 Without
A Trace (R) (S). 2.00 Blue
Bloods (R) (S). 3.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.33am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills 4.00
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James 7.00 MistaJam
9.00 BBC Radio 1 And 1Xtra’s
Stories 10.02 Huw Stephens
1am Rockwell 4.00 Adele
Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
7am A.Dot 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin
Evans 4.00 Kan D Man And
DJ Limelight 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Kan D Man And DJ
Limelight 7.00 DJ Target 10.00
Jamz Supernova 1am Annie
Nightingale 4.00 Logan Sama
BBC Radio 2
10.00The Deuce
Bobby tries
to change
Vincent’s mind
about Rudy’s
offer (S).
11.25 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.55 The Big Bang
Theory (R) (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 78-yearold man is
rushed in
with breathing
difficulties
(R) (S).
11.00 The Russell
Howard
Hour Topical
comedy and
entertainment
show (R) (S).
11.10 Curb Your
Enthusiasm
(R) (S).
11.50 Ray Donovan
Jay asks for a
secret meeting
with Daryll (R).
12.25 Rude Tube (R) (S).
1.25 Tattoo Fixers (R) (S).
2.30 First Dates (R) (S).
3.25 Rude Tube: Heroes
And Villains (R) (S). 4.20
Rude(ish) Tube (R) (S).
4.45 Charmed (R) (S).
12.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
1.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
2.00 24 Hours In A&E (R)
(S). 3.05 8 Out Of 10 Cats:
Best Bits (R) (S). 3.55 Close
12.00 A League Of Their
Own (R) (S). 1.00 The Force:
Essex (R) (S). 2.00 The Last
Ship (R) (S). 3.00 Bounty
Hunters (R) (S). 4.00 Stop,
Search, Seize (R) (S). 5.00
The Dog Whisperer (R) (S).
12.50 I’m Dying Up Here
(R) (S). 2.05 The Deuce (R)
(S). 3.30 Californication (R)
(S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 The West Wing
(R) (S).
TUESDAY
24 OCTOBER 2017
29
ON DEMAND
Vietnam
BBC iPlayer
This superb documentary is
one of the highlights of 2017.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Netflix
The deft musical romcom
about a lawyer in pursuit
of her childhood sweetheart.
St Elmo’s Fire
Radio
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (R) (S).
6.50 Heartbeat (R) (S). 7.50
Wild At Heart (R) (S). 8.50
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.15
Judge Judy (R) (S). 9.45
Judge Judy (R) (S). 10.10
Inspector Morse (R) (S).
12.30 Wild At Heart (R)
(S). 1.35 Heartbeat (R) (S).
2.40 Classic Coronation
Street (R) (S). 3.15 Classic
Coronation Street (R)
(S). 3.45 Inspector Morse
(R) (S).
i
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30
Fearne Cotton 12noon Vanessa
Feltz 2.00 Steve Wright In
The Afternoon 5.00 Simon
Mayo 7.00 Jamie Cullum 8.00
Jo Whiley 10.00 Who Is My
Neighbour? 11.00 Nigel Ogden:
The Organist Entertains 11.30
Listen To The Band 12mdn’t
Sounds Of The 80s 2.00 Radio
2’s Folk Playlist 3.00 Radio 2
Playlist: 90s Hits 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Wednesday Workout
5.00 Penny Smith
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Patricia Routledge
reveals the cultural influences
that have inspired her. 12noon
Composer Of The Week: Bellini.
Donald Macleod examines
Bellini’s rapid success in the
opera world. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
The Belfast International Arts
Festival 2017. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. The BBC Symphony
Orchestra in concert at the
Barbican in London. 5.00 In
Tune. Guests include Akram
Khan. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape.
Including music by Gossec,
Mendelssohn and Berlioz.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert.
Judith Weir curates a concert
at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.
10.00 Free Thinking. Anne
McElvoy talks to the man who
popularised the term “open
source”. 10.45 Meditations
From A Monastery. Five “slow
radio” soundscapes, featuring
themes from the monastic life.
11.00 Late Junction 12.30am
Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 The Life
Scientific 9.30 One To One 9.45
Living With The Gods 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 Natural
Histories 11.30 The Headline
Ballads 12noon News 12.04
Four Thought 12.15 Call You
And Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00
The World At One 1.45 Book
Of The Week: Daemon Voices
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Fat Little Thing 3.00 The
Kitchen Cabinet 3.30 Costing
The Earth 4.00 Word Of Mouth
4.30 A Good Read 5.00 PM
5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Ed Reardon’s Week.
LAST CHANCE
Landscape Artist Of
The Year, Now TV/Sky
Catch up with The Great
British Bake Off (some say
better than) for painters.
Ed returns with a new idea
for a novel and an exciting
new home. 7.00 The Archers.
Matt makes a new enemy. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Living With The Gods.
Neil MacGregor focuses on
perpetual fire in the Temple
of Vesta in Rome. 8.00 File
On 4. The urban gangs using
children to flood rural Britain
with drugs and violence. 8.40
In Touch. Presented by Peter
White. 9.00 Inside Health. Dr
Mark Porter separates medical
fact from fiction. Last in the
series. 9.30 The Life Scientific.
Ellen Stofan, former chief
scientist at NASA, talks to Jim
Al-Khalili. 10.00 The World
Tonight 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
The Book Of Dust, Part One:
La Belle Sauvage. By Philip
Pullman. 11.00 Fred At The
Stand. Fred MacAulay presents
from The Stand Comedy Club
in Edinburgh. 11.30 Today
In Parliament. Presented by
Susan Hulme. 12mdn’t News
And Weather 12.30 Book Of
The Week: Daemon Voices
12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00
As BBC World Service 5.20
Shipping Forecast 5.30 News
Briefing 5.43 Prayer For The
Day 5.45 Farming Today 5.58
Tweet Of The Day
BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 6.30 Who’s
The Pest? 7.00 One Foot In The
Grave 7.30 The Tim Vine Chat
Show 8.00 Listen To Les 8.30
The Men From The Ministry
9.00 The News Quiz Extra
9.45 Paperback Hell 10.00
Alexander 11.00 Scottish
Shorts 11.15 The Second Son
12noon Listen To Les 12.30
The Men From The Ministry
1.00 Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 1.30 Who’s
The Pest? 2.00 Jane Eyre 2.15
In Pursuit Of The Ridiculous
2.30 The True Story Of Bonnie
Parker 2.45 Patrick Leigh
Pick
ofthe
day
Fermor – An Adventure 3.00
Alexander 4.00 It’s Not What
You Know 4.30 Ballylenon 5.00
One Foot In The Grave 5.30
The Tim Vine Chat Show 6.00
Undone 6.30 That Reminds
Me 7.00 Listen To Les 7.30
The Men From The Ministry
8.00 Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 8.30 Who’s The
Pest? 9.00 Scottish Shorts 9.15
The Second Son 10.00 Comedy
Club: The Tim Vine Chat Show
10.30 Comedy Club: In And
Out Of The Kitchen 10.55
Comedy Club: The Comedy
Club Interview 11.00 Comedy
Club: Revolting People 11.30
Comedy Club: Vent 12mdn’t
Undone 12.30 That Reminds
Me 1.00 Sherlock Holmes With
Carleton Hobbs 1.30 Who’s
The Pest? 2.00 Jane Eyre 2.15
In Pursuit Of The Ridiculous
2.30 The True Story Of Bonnie
Parker 2.45 Patrick Leigh
Fermor – An Adventure 3.00
Alexander 4.00 It’s Not What
You Know 4.30 Ballylenon 5.00
One Foot In The Grave 5.30 The
Tim Vine Chat Show
BBC 5 Live
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 5
Live Daily With Adrian Chiles
1pm Afternoon Edition 4.00
5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport
7.45 5 Live Sport: Carabao Cup
Football 2017-18 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
To Money
BBC 6 Music
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Tom Ravenscroft 1pm
Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve
Lamacq 7.00 Marc Riley 9.00
Gideon Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Tom
Ravenscroft 1.00 Island Rock
2.00 A Beginner’s Guide To The
Blues 2.30 6 Music Live Hour
3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Jon
Hillcock
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Music by the Britten
Sinfonia, marking the 25th
anniversary of its founding.
10.00 Smooth Classics 1am
Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
Ed Reardon’s
Week
6.30pm,
BBC Radio 4
Ed (Christopher
Douglas, above)
finds himself
temporarily living
in a hotel trying to
write a novel about
his eponymous
hero Inspector
Masterson.
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Sarah
Champion 1pm Andy Bush
4.00 Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle
Perry 10.00 Pete Donaldson
1am Chris Martin
Heart
6am JK And Lucy 9.00 Toby
Anstis 1pm Matt Wilkinson
4.00 Zoe Hardman 7.00 Sian
Welby 10.00 Kat Shoob 1am
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or many years I had the
privilege, if that is the word,
of living in the Soviet Union.
My first experiences were
under the stifling rule of
LeonidBrezhnev in the 1970s. Later, as
a journalist, I witnessed the system’s
collapse under Mikhail Gorbachev,
as well as the chaotic rebirth of postCommunist Russia under Boris
Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin.
The USSR may seem a long while
ago, but for me, those days have
felt a lot closer over the past two
years. During that time I have been
surrounded by my notebooks and
reports from those four decades,
writing a memoir and trying to
assimilate everything I experienced.
The exercise has helped me to
appreciate the trauma suffered
by the Russian people – and to
understand just how hard it is for
them to shake off the legacy of
their dark history, starting with the
Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
The second revolt to hit the
country in a single year, it caused
waves of both terror and hope. Those
who stood to lose – the aristocracy,
the landowners, the factory owners,
the rich – were terrified, and many
fled. But downtrodden millions were
filled with enthusiasm, as a whole
new civilisation seemed to dawn.
It began on the evening of 7
November (25 October according
to the old Julian calendar, then still
in use in Russia), when Red Guards
seized the Winter Palace in the
capital, Petrograd, and arrested the
government, declaring that power
was now in the hands of workers’
councils, or “soviets”. The coup d’état
was almost bloodless, but the forces
it unleashed would wreak havoc
across the country, and the world, for
decades to come.
It’s worth reminding ourselves
what that entailed. First came a
protracted and bloody civil war. The
Communist leader Vladimir Lenin,
and then Joseph Stalin, crushed
dissent, set up a merciless secret
police force, banned private property,
seized land from the peasantry,
and industrialised the country at
breakneck speed – all under the
control of an all-powerful party.
In the 1930s Stalin instigated his
reign of terror, in which millions
of innocent people, accused of
subversion or espionage or any
number of trumped-up charges, were
executed or sent to the sprawling
system of labour camps known
as the Gulag. Millions of peasants
who opposed collectivisation were
murdered. Tens of millions more
died in the Second World War, made
worse by Stalin’s ineptitude (he
murdered his most capable generals
in the Great Purge of 1937-38).
After the war came more purges,
then the fight to replace Stalin after
his death, followed by a brief thaw
and decades of “stagnation” that
lasted right into the 1980s, as the
Soviet Union faced off against the
West in the Cold War, threatening
each other with nuclear annihilation.
It was under this cloud that I first
went to work in Moscow in 1978, as
a translator for a Soviet publisher,
discovering a society that was totally
isolated from the world.
The Soviet Union I knew
Foreign travel was banned for all
but the privileged few. The Kremlin
had an almost complete grip on
information, through censorship
and the jamming of foreign radio
Back in the
USSR
A century after the Bolshevik
Revolution, how does the Russia of new
tsar Vladimir Putin look back on the
tumult? Angus Roxburgh, who reported
from Moscow for many years,
says we must look to the scrapbooks
stations. Russians who wanted to
hear the truth struggled to listen to
the faint warbling sound of foreign
“voices” such as the BBC on shortwave radios. The Communist Party
operated cells in every place of work,
deciding who deserved promotion
(for loyalty, not ability) and holding
obligatory political indoctrination
sessions for all employees.
And history could be rewritten.
I experienced this myself after
translating a book about the
composer Shostakovich. My editor
suddenly removed the name of Kirill
Kondrashin, who had conducted the
premieres of some of Shostakovich’s
symphonies. I asked why she had
scored it out. “Oh,” she replied,
“didn’t you hear? He defected to the
West last week.” Such was the fate of
anyone who “betrayed” the Kremlin.
You just disappeared.
When Stalin’s henchman Lavrenty
Beria was arrested and shot, the
Great Soviet Encyclopedia sent its
subscribers four new pages about
the Bering Strait, and asked them
kindly to cut out the pages about
Beria with a razor blade and glue in
the four new ones.
With so much effort devoted to
propaganda – and the arms race –
the economy struggled to provide
people with the most basic foodstuffs
or consumer goods. With the free
market abolished, state planners,
sitting in huge offices in Moscow,
were supposed to work out exactly
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Meeting Mr Putin
a nation. They got him in Vladimir
Putin. Under his authoritarian
rule, political and press freedoms
are trampled on, and elections
are rigged, but most personal
freedoms are guaranteed, and for
many Russians that seems to be
enough – and certainly better than
under Communism.
How will Putin mark
the revolution?
A rally in Moscow marks the
anniversary of the Russian
Revolution; Angus Roxburgh
in Red Square (below); a
department store in 1987
(bottom); Petrograd in 1917
(facing page) AFP/GETTY
what people “needed”, and ensure
that factories and farms produced
it all. Every industrial part, every
carrot, every link in the supply chain,
was supposed to be masterminded by
the great planning apparatus.
The result was factories that stood
idle waiting for parts or supplies
to turn up; consumer goods that
lagged years behind the West’s;
fashions dreamt up by apparatchiks
in Moscow; and kilometres of empty
shelving in supermarkets.
Russians went shopping with
a string bag known as “avoska”
or “lucky bag”, so they could buy
whatever little treat happened to
appear in the shops (or from the
backs of lorries) – usually in huge
quantities so they could share with
friends.
How the Russians survived
The strange thing is that, despite
so much adversity, I didn’t find that
people were noticeably less happy
than people in the West. Russians
found joy in the smaller, simpler
pleasures of life – the friendships,
the sharing, the walks in the country
(where you could speak freely,
away from hidden microphones), in
laughter, or in listening to subversive
songs. People turned their backs on
the oppressive state, and retreated
into the private sphere of family and
friends, which as a result was often
richer than in the West. There was
a sense of togetherness that today
has gone. Intellectuals went into
“internal emigration”, where free
thinking was actually stimulated by
the lack of official freedom.
However bad it was, Soviet
society was stable and provided a
basic standard of living and relative
equality. It was less violent than
most Western societies, and there
was less poverty and homelessness
– I remember how horrified Soviet
friends were when I told them about
the film Cathy Come Home and the
deprivation it depicted.
The trauma caused by the system’s
collapse in 1991 – the outrageous
inequality, the impoverishment
of millions, the sudden loss of
superpower status – left many
Russians longing for a strong leader
who would restore their dignity as
I remember meeting one of my
Russian idols, the great singersongwriter Bulat Okudzhava, in
1997, shortly before he died. I asked
him where he thought Russia was
headed, after all the traumas of
Communism. “Russia has a penchant
for authoritarianism,” he said. “It’s
our slave psychology, it’s in our genes.
A man might drive a Mercedes and
put on modern clothes, but in his
soul he is a slave and doesn’t even
understand that’s what he is. He has
a desire to subjugate himself, to see a
god above him.”
That mentality is part of the legacy
of seven decades of Soviet rule, and
it helps to explain why so many
ordinary Russians support Putin.
The vast majority of them have no
direct experience of a functioning
democracy, nor of a Western-style
social-market economy, and after
so much turmoil in
the last century all
they long for is peace
and quiet.
It all leaves the
Kremlin with a big
headache about how
t o c o m m e m o ra t e
the anniversary of
the Revolution next
month. Putin himself
hates the very idea of
popular uprisings –
he is paranoid about
street protests leading
to his own downfall.
He is nostalgic for
aspects of the USSR
– for the multinational state, led by
the Russians, which disintegrated
in 1991. And his world-view was
formed under Brezhnev: he sees
his country encircled by a hostile
West. But he is not nostalgic about
Communism: Putin is a full convert
to capitalism, especially the kind of
crony capitalism from which he and
his clique of friends benefit.
So the Kremlin will not celebrate
the anniversary of the Revolution.
Only the Communist Party – still an
active force – will do that, probably
in great style, with red banners and
portraits of their heroes, Lenin and
Stalin, who symbolise for them the
days when Russia “stood proud” and
was “respected” – that is, feared – by
the West.
What will assuredly not happen
– and what is sorely needed – is a
thorough and truthful assessment
of the bloodshed and terror that the
October Revolution visited upon the
Soviet people. Instead of that, there
is a growing tendency to find excuses
for Stalin’s crimes. Until Russians,
like the Germans after Hitler,
condemn their tragic past, the nation
is doomed to live under the shadow
of totalitarianism.
Given Vladimir Putin’s
authoritarian rule of Russia,
his crackdown on human rights
and backsliding on democracy,
I am often asked how it could
have happened that I ended up,
from 2006, working for three
years as a media consultant to
his press secretary.
Towards the end of my
time with the BBC, the whole
direction of TV news was
getting me down. What I had
loved about the job was the
human side – getting out and
meeting ordinary people,
spending days gathering
material for a crafted, original
package. Now the stress was on
instant, live reporting.
Working in television is
also a fickle business. One day
your face doesn’t fit any
more. Suddenly, I
found myself being
dropped from
the main news
programmes.
My confidence
stumbled. I
began to dry up
sometimes during
live interviews.
I decided to go
freelance, but soon
found myself struggling
professionally and emotionally.
I shrivelled up like a potted
plant without water, and
for six whole months I did
almost nothing except stare
mindlessly out of the window.
That was the situation in
March 2006, when I got a call
from two former journalist
colleagues who now working
in PR. They had just secured a
nine-month contract with the
Kremlin’s press office – and
had no one on their staff who
spoke Russian, knew about
Russian politics, and also knew
about the media. The prospect
of using my skills again was
irresistible. How could I refuse?
It certainly wasn’t a future I had
ever imagined for myself, and
I didn’t like the idea of it. But if
I was going to sell my soul to
the devil, I could at least use the
time to find out what the devil
was like.
When I finally got to
meet Putin, in a session
with invited reporters and
academics, having a chance
to shake his hand and watch
his mannerisms was clearly
Vladimir Putin arrives for a
meeting in the Kremlin (above)
and greets the BBC journalist
Angus Roxburgh (inset below)
the best way to get a sense of
the man. There’s nothing like
waiting in an anteroom for
two hours just for him to turn
up, to understand that he sees
himself as unconstrained by
the niceties of normal social
behaviour – a tsar who keeps
visitors waiting (whether a
foreign president or a bunch of
hacks), as a deliberate display
of power.
Close up, you see what
angers or amuses him. The
persistence of what he called
“stereotypes” about Russia in
the West was one of the things
that angered him most.
It was certainly
easy, in the
presence of such
a commanding
figure, to be
cowed – and
some of the
academics
(more so than
the journalists)
tended to preface
their questions with
sickeningly sycophantic
verbiage: “I just want to thank
you…” And the atmosphere was
such that hardly anybody dared
to ask a follow-up question if
Putin had dodged answering
the first.
At the end of one session,
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry
Peskov, told me: “Why do they
behave like this? Putin detests
it! He comes here hoping for a
good argument, and all he gets
are these boring, soft questions.
They should challenge him.”
I came to see Putin as a
ruthless narcissist, a boorish
control-freak, a man who
instilled fear and trampled on
human rights - though I still
also think we must criticise
Western policies, over many
years, towards his Russia.
This is an edited excerpt from
‘Moscow Calling:
Memoirs of
a Foreign
Correspondent’
by Angus
Roxburgh
(£17.99, Birlinn),
which is out now
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The photographs of James Ravilious’s Devon, although only taken in the
1970s, show vivid scenes that seem to come from a bygone age.
SimonO’Hagan on a unique record of rural intimacy
J
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ames Ravilious loved to
photograph snow, and
in the 1970s and 80s,
there were winters in
north Devon, where he
lived with his family, that did not
disappoint. It was a time when
Ravilious – the son of the great
English landscape painter Eric
Ravilious – was devoting much of
his life to photographing the world
on his doorstep, and that world
occasionally turned white.
The beauty of snow – its power
to transform – can never have been
captured more strikingly than in
Ravilious’s image of a tree high on
Exmoor bent almost horizontal
by the wind, with a patchwork of
fields in the distance.
That wasn’t all snow meant,
though. In the photograph of a
small flock of sheep following a
farmer up a snowy lane, we’re
invited to think of it a little
differently – as just another
contributor to what, for many
local people, was a harsh
existence. The farmer isn’t
thinking how lovely everything
looks. He just wants to get his
sheep to the slaughterhouse.
Ravilious, who died in 1999
The farmer isn’t
thinking how lovely it all
looks. He just wants to
get his sheep to slaughter
aged 60, is the subject of two new
books celebrating his life and
work. The Recent Past gathers
together around 80 of his Devon
photographs, and they portray
rural life with an intimacy that
probably only someone who
lived among the subjects of his
pictures could achieve. James
Ravilious: A Life is a very fine
biography by his widow, Robin
Ravilious.
As longtime Ravilious fans such
as Alan Bennett have observed,
there is nothing sentimental about
his depictions of the countryside.
He was interested in the
unvarnished everyday. The magic
lay in capturing a vivid moment
or scene, in understanding the
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1 Looking south-west from Five
Barrows under snow, Exmoor, 1986
2 Turkeys for Christmas, Towell Farm,
Beaford, 17 December 1974
3 Irwin Piper leading his sheep,
Upcott, Dolton
4 Archie Parkhouse in a wood at
Addisford, near Dolton, 1974
5 Instow Sands, 1974
6 Pigs and Woodpile, Parsonage Farm,
Iddesleigh, 1976
PHOTOGRAPHS 1-6 BY JAMES RAVILIOUS
© BEAFORD ARTS
7 Portrait of James Ravilious
PORTRAIT BY © ROBIN RAVILIOUS
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interplay between man and
nature. And he had a genius for
composition. None of us sees
so much snow these days, and
that’s just one of the ways that
Ravilious’s photographs seem to
belong to a bygone age.
And, of course, 40 years ago is
a bygone age. But not so bygone,
and this is what might be the most
remarkable aspect of his work:
the 1970s can often look like the
1770s. Ancient farming methods
were clinging on, and Ravilious
provides a unique record of them.
He’s the photographic equivalent
of those musicologists who gather
up centuries-old folk songs before
there is no one left alive who
knows them.
North Devon is now much
changed, surely? Not so, according
to Robin Ravilious, who still lives
in the house she shared with her
husband. “Houses have become
holiday lets, and there are fields
with plastic sheeting on them,
but if anything the countryside is
rather more unkempt,” she says.
“People don’t fell trees or cut
hedgerows like they did.”
The big difference that James
would notice, says Robin, is the
arrival of wind turbines.
“I think he’d be in two minds
about them,” Robin says. “They
are rather interesting, and they
don’t destroy the ground around
them. But, of course, you do lose
that medieval landscape.”
At least, it is preserved in
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Swap floaty shirts for a knitted top, add
a pair of knee-high boots and you’re good to
go this autumn, writes Sarah Young
A
utumn and its
creeping chill
always means
workwear
conundrums. But
just one or two pieces can make
a world of difference.
A good start is switching your
sheer blouses for knitted tops,
which you can pair with tailored
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you can still keep the shirts
if you already have a jumper
or cardigan you’re keen to
start layering up in again.
When investing in a
new-season suit with thicker
fabric, the choice is yours on
whether to go for high fashion
with an oversized, boxy
fit or something more
figure flattering.
If a suit is a little too
formal for your liking,
you can always swish
about the office in a pair of
super-wide-leg trousers, a silk
T-shirt and plain white trainers.
Don’t rule out a floral dress
either – a trophy midi can
quickly become the cornerstone
of your new season wardrobe
and takes all the hassle out of
getting dressed in the morning.
You need only pair yours with
knee-high boots and a
wool coat to ensure it’s
still suitable for the cold
months ahead.
As for colour, grey,
black and blue are
undeniably key shades
for autumn, but don’t
limit yourself. Add pops
of mustard, burgundy
and duck-egg blue here
and there – not only
will they flatter your
sallow winter skin but
they’re also far more
interesting sartorially.
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How to Survive
a Plague
BY DAVID FRANCE
The story of
how HIV hit the
human race, and
how the human
race reacted. In
1978, people
began to notice
strange purple
lesions on their bodies.
These were symptoms of
Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare
condition that usually
afflicted the elderly, but the
new patients were young
men. France gives us all
of the sexual, cultural and
political details of
the epidemic.
DVD/BLU-RAY
Rock Dog
CERTIFICATE PG, 99 MINS
Bodi (voiced by
Luke Wilson)
is a young
Tibetan
mastiff, who
has been
raised by his
stern father
(JK Simmons) to
guard their village but is
more interested in his rock
hero Angus Scattergood
(Eddie Izzard).
Ten
days
that
inspired
my
comedy
A silent meditation retreat
gave Sam Bain the idea for
‘Peep Show’. Now he’s
written his first play about
trying to live by
Buddhist principles in
the modern world
I
’m sitting in a rehearsal
room at the Park Theatre
watching Yasmine Akram,
Samuel Anderson and
Adam Deacon rehearse my
first stage play, The Retreat,
under the watchful eye of director/
national treasure Kathy Burke.
I’m nervous but excited. Even
with years of experience of
writing for TV, it’s my first taste of
live theatre – it feels both very new
and very familiar.
The play revolves around Luke,
a former high-flyer in the City,
who’s doing a silent meditation
retreat in a remote hut in the
Scottish Highlands – until an
uninvited guest appears in
the form of Tony, his elder
brother. Tony refuses to
take his retreat seriously
and suspects that the real
reason Luke is there is that
a beautiful female
Buddhist, Tara,
is also doing a
retreat nearby…
As I watch
t h e c a s t at
work, my
mind spins
back
to
when
I
first started meditating, 17
years ago. I’d taken it up initially
in an attempt to improve my
concentration. My comedywriting career with my partner,
Jesse Armstrong, was finally
starting to take off, and as the
deadlines mounted up I became
painfully aware of how poor my
concentration could be. I was
relying on my brain to produce the
goods day in, day out, so I thought
it would make sense to take it for a
tune-up with a meditation class at
my local Buddhist centre.
I was taken with meditation
from that first class. It wasn’t
easy, but there was something
about the challenge of working
d irectly with my min d
to let go of distractions
and gently increase my
concentration that I found
immensely appealing – and
I immediately felt the
benefits when I sat
down to write.
It wasn’t long
before I decided
to go a bit deeper,
a n d t rav e l l e d
to a farmhouse
in Wales for
a
10-day
silent meditation retreat. I was
apprehensive – how was I going to
get through 10 days without books,
music, TV or conversation? It felt
a little like taking a trip into outer
space. However, with the hyperstimulations of daily life removed,
I found myself having a much
deeper experience of meditation.
I got my first taste of the “skylike mind”, the endless blue that
simply abides when the clouds of
disturbance are blown away.
More surprising and alarming
was having to experience my
mind directly between meditation
sessions, now all the castle walls
of distraction around it had been
demolished. In an attempt to deal
with the flood of thoughts washing
over me, I kept a diary, dividing all
my thoughts into categories:
n Reasons why I’m great right
now;
n Reasons why I’m shit right now;
n Reasons why I’ve been great in
the past;
n Reasons why I’ve been shit in
the past;
n Plans for the future;
n Regrets about the past;
n Debates with myself;
n Debates with others (me playing
both parts);
n Resentments;
n Paranoid vanity (“I bet that guy
over there hates me/thinks I’m
amazing”);
n Describing what I’m doing as a
story;
n Random excerpts from songs;
n Random quotes from films;
n Sexual fantasies.
It was a shock, and not a little
humbling, to realise that 95 per
cent of my inner life could be
divided into these not particularly
awe-inspiring categories. One
thing that helped me deal with
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DAISY WYATT
Fear and laughter in
Katie’s week as an
undercover Muslim
» My Week as a Muslim Channel 4, 9pm
» Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents BBC2, 9pm
E
Sam Bain’s ‘The Retreat’ stars
Yasmine Akram as Tara, Samuel
Anderson as Luke and Adam
Deacon as Tony; Sam Bain
(bottom left) and his TV hits
‘Peep Show’ and ‘Fresh Meat’
(below left) CRAIG SUGDEN
this revelation was my sense of
humour. I had enough perspective
to see how ridiculous the majority
of my thoughts were.
That insight served me well
when, the following year, Jesse
and I were approached by the
producer Andrew O’Connor with
a pitch for a TV show.
His idea was for a kind of liveaction Beavis and Butthead, with
two flatmates talking over TV
clips. David Mitchell and Robert
Webb were approached to play
the flatmates, and since we knew
them well (we’d already co-written
a sitcom pilot with them for the
BBC), Andrew thought we’d make
a good fit as writers.
But Channel 4 felt the idea
wasn’t enough on its own and
wanted us to come up with an
additional element. Jesse and
I brainstormed and ultimately
settled on the idea that not only
would you hear the flatmates’
observations about TV, but you’d
also hear their inner reflections
about every aspect of their lives
in voiceover. It was an approach
that had worked in other comedies
– in particular, a subtitled scene
in one of our all-time favourite
films, Annie Hall. Plus our writing
days often began with a long
and detailed discussion of the
minutiae of our everyday lives,
our imagined pathetic victories
and mundane humblings.
It was also informed by my firsthand experience of the absurdity
How was I going to
get through 10 days
without books, music,
TV or conversation?
of my mental ramblings during
those 10 days in Wales. The show
became Peep Show.
I intensified my daily
meditation practice and moved
into a Buddhist centre while we
wrote the first few series. I also
went on several more retreats,
including a solitary three weeks
up a mountain in Spain chanting
100,000 mantras.
I moved out of the Buddhist
centre when I met my wife, and
as I reflected on those retreats, I
started work on the play which is
now taking shape in front of me.
My hope is that it brings to life
the comedy and drama of trying
to live according to the teachings
of a 2,500-year-old religion in the
middle of the hectic modern world.
I no longer meditate every day,
but the experience of mindfulness
is something that will always stay
with me. If you don’t have time to
co-write nine series of a sitcom,
I’d recommend meditation as an
excellent alternative to dealing
with your inner Mark or Jeremy.
‘The Retreat’ is at Park Theatre,
Finsbury Park, London, from
2 November to 2 December
(020 7870 6976)
very so often a
documentary about
modern Britain comes
along that knocks the
wind out of you with its sobering
portrayal of just how divided our
country is. Channel 4’s My Week as
a Muslim is one of those. Told with
heart and humour, it is a reminder
of both what an awful and amazing
place Britain can be.
The premise sees a white British
woman transformed by a team
of professional make-up artists
into a Pakistani Muslim, where
she lives among Manchester’s
Muslim community in disguise
for a week. It sounds like a crass
social experiment, but the lessons
learnt are life-changing. Not least
because the week coincided with
the Manchester terror attack in
May this year.
Katie, from Winsford, Cheshire,
one of the whitest towns in the UK,
is the perfect candidate for such
an experiment. She believes the
burka should be banned, the NHS
is overburdened by foreigners, and
the country is losing its way because
of other cultures. She speaks on
behalf of a Britain that metropolitan
elites are rarely exposed to.
Xenophobia means a fear of
foreigners, as well as a dislike of
them. Time and again, Katie spoke
of feeling scared. She was fearful of
living with teacher Saima and her
five children. She was scared when
the cosmetic artists took a mould of
her face. Her heart raced when she
She was shocked
by just how similar
she is to the Muslim
women she meets
appeared in public for the first time
as a Muslim woman.
Time and again she was also
shocked by just how similar she is
to the Muslim women she meets.
Every conversation led to the
realisation: “They are just normal
people like me.” In one brilliant
scene she had a good laugh with
Saima about how even “Muslim
sisters” wearing the hijab are wolfwhistled at by men.
Katie was also honest about the
areas they would never agree on.
After being asked to chaperone
the “first date” between two young
Muslims thinking about marriage,
her response was: “What the hell
was all that about?” Saima laughed
when Katie explained she met her
husband in a more natural setting:
hanging out of a nightclub window
Katie, from Cheshire, was the perfect
candidate for the experiment
because she thought she was going
to be sick.
My Week as a Muslim has been
criticised for suggesting that a
white person should have to dress
up as a Muslim to understand
Islamophobia. But the documentary
is as much about Katie overcoming
her internal Islamophobia as it is
about the threats facing British
Muslims. With her humour
and honesty, Katie made this a
surprisingly moving watch.
With booming dramatic music
at the introduction of almost every
character, Elizabeth I’s Secret
Agents felt more like a thriller than
a historical documentary. The
music was not tongue-in-cheek.
This series about the spies used in
Elizabeth I’s court appeared to take
itself very seriously indeed.
In this catalogue of spies and
traitors, one character sounded
rather familiar. Anthony Babington,
a young Catholic playboy, went to
desperate lengths to undermine
the sovereign. Born into a gentry
family, he was convicted of plotting
with fellow Catholic Mary, Queen
of Scots to assassinate Elizabeth
I. It makes Jacob Rees-Mogg’s
efforts to undermine Theresa
May’s leadership seem like a mere
parlour game. And despite the high
drama of the Brexit talks, this was
a reminder of what real political
treason looks like. Historians
recounted how Mary, Queen of
Scots managed to anger her cousin
Queen even in death. When the
executioner held up Mary’s head
in victory, she was wearing a wig –
leaving her head to fall to the floor.
Forget Brexit, this was truly taking
back control.
Twitter: @daisy_wyatt
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Arts
Arts
reviews
‘Venus in Fur’ starred
Natalie Dormer and
David Oakes but never
felt challenging
DARREN BELL
THEATRE
Venus in Fur
THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET, LONDON
HHHHH
Tables turned in the sexual power
play of an audition? Recent
revelations have given the British
premiere of David Ives’s 2010 play
a certain timeliness. But despite
a pair of strong performances in
Patrick Marber’s slick production,
this 90-minute two-hander
never felt to me as dangerous
or challenging in its determined
tricksiness as it thinks it is.
The Game of Thrones star Natalie
Dormer shows off her formidable
theatrical talent as the enigmatic
Vanda, a Noo Yawk actor who
COMEDY
POP
Ivo Graham
The Corrs
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SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
“The worst thing about going to
Eton is that you get pigeonholed,”
says Ivo Graham. “On the plus side,
you do get a pigeonhole.” Now
aged 27, Graham has produced
his finest show yet in Educated
Guess, in which he marshals
his trademark material about
privilege, nerdiness and social
awkwardness into an endlessly
amusing hour.
Graham is the politest man in
comedy – the kind of guy who
“likes to kick down doors, but only
if they’ve been left ajar”, who still
goes on holiday with his parents
and whose hobbies include
learning and quizzing.
Given the strength of his
material, he could be a bit bolder
with his delivery – there’s still a
touch of mumbling – but he crams
an awful lot into an hour and
much of it is beautifully written,
from the eccentricities of his
family relations to plenty of fishout-of-water gags about playing
Glastonbury (“A young man raised
on Status Quo and the actual
status quo”) and joining protests
only to realise his placard gives
him away as a phoney. Top class.
ALICE JONES
turns up late to audition for the
female lead in a play adapted by
writer-director Thomas Novacek
(David Oakes) from the novella
Venus in Furs by Leopold von
Saser-Masoch, the Austrian author
who gave his name to masochism.
Vanda arrives in the attic
rehearsal space in a clap of
thunder, bearing a big bag of
costumes and bombarding him
with her Brooklyn brashness. He is
increasingly intrigued as, slipping
a dress over her skimpy black
PVC outfit, she demonstrates an
uncanny ability to flip between
streetwise, sceptical New Yorker
and the sophisticated lady in the
Saser-Masoch adaptation who has
the role of dominatrix arguably
foisted on her by the hero. This
latter part – a man whose taste
for submission was fixed by the
early experience of being birched
by a fur-wearing aunt – is read by
the playwright/adaptor through
a rehearsal that has the feel of a
kinky cat-and-mouse game.
Dormer portrays this teasing
elusiveness with a pungent,
flighty wit and commanding
charisma. Her character assumes
the whip hand as the reading
proceeds and the boundaries
between life and art blur. Who
calls the shots? is the question
that exercises Vanda. Oakes’s
fine, understated Thomas is
mountingly rattled and defensive
in his protestations that there’s no
autobiographical element in his
preoccupation with the novella.
And there are powerful stage
pictures – Vanda’s thigh-length
boots pulled on her by the abased
hero in his footman’s jacket.
But there is a hermetic,
over-studied quality to the
proceedings. Its own implication
in the issues it raises (given what
we are offered to gawp at) is an
irony that’s never made truly
provocative. And the jokeyserious tone is curiously bland
rather than jolting. The play
wields the whip and tips the wink
without drawing blood.
To 9 December (020 7930 8800)
PAUL TAYLOR
THE INDEPENDENT
CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY,
NORWICH
Rembrandt was a supreme
communicator through light
and shadow, whether portraying
divine transcendence or human
concerns. This exhibition focuses
on the Dutch master’s uses of light
and shade, with etchings from
Norwich’s collection alongside oil
paintings and drawings on loan.
(01603 493625) to 7 Jan
Matisse in the Studio
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON W1
This cracking exhibition offers a
rare glimpse into Henri Matisse’s
personal collection of objects,
which included Buddhist statuary
from Thailand, Bamana figures
from Mali, and furniture and
textiles from North Africa.
These are displayed alongside
the paintings, sculptures and
drawings they inspired.
(020 7300 8090) to 12 Nov
FILM
The Death of Stalin
15, ARMANDO IANNUCCI, 104 MINS
Armando Iannucci’s new satire
follows in a long tradition of
interpreting Russian history
through British eyes. The film
is funny and shocking by turns,
portraying the Central Committee
of the Communist Party of the
Soviet Union in 1953 much as
if it is a slightly more violent
version of a leftist militant British
city council in the 1980s. It’s
an irresistible romp, skilfully
walking the tightrope between
horror and horrified laughter, and
always thoroughly entertaining.
Nationwide release
Brawl in Cell Block 99
18, S CRAIG ZAHLER, 127 MINS
S Craig Zahler is a writer-director
with an utterly distinctive style,
and many of the elements that
made his previous feature, the
Western Bone Tomahawk, so
distinctive are pursued in this
prison drama. In terms of its
storyline, this is a bit of a potboiler,
but the dialogue is razor sharp
and the performances, especially
that of Vince Vaughn, are far more
nuanced and poignant than you’d
expect. Limited release
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON
Twenty years after their
breakthrough album, Talk on
Corners, Irish pop favourites The
Corrs brought a nostalgic, joyous,
career-spanning set to the Royal
Albert Hall.
“It really is very emotional for
us to be back,” lead singer Andrea
told the audience. Describing
watching clips of their St Patrick’s
Day concert at the hall in 1998,
she joked: “I saw that I had three
earrings. I thought it helped bring
the cool that you just can’t get
when you’re in a family band.”
The Corrs have never really
been synonymous with cool,
but their fiercely loyal fanbase
descended for the concert on
Thursday night – and their
enthusiasm proved infectious.
“I asked you then and I’ll ask
you now,” Andrea began, before
the chords of “What Can I Do”
were strummed. The first half was
a well-judged balance of classics
and hits. “Son of Solomon” and
“Road to Eden”, from forthcoming
album Jupiter Calling, revealed a
simpler, stripped-back musical
style juxtaposed with a more
profound lyrical and thematic
one. They suited the maturity of
VISUAL ARTS
Rembrandt: Lightening
the Darkness
I Am Not a Witch
12A, RUNGANO NYONI, 93 MINS
Cool to be Celtic: the
Corrs attracted a
fiercely loyal fanbase
NICKY J SIMS/GETTY
their new material, arguably some
of the strongest to date.
“Radio” and “Runaway” showed
what the Corrs are capable of, with
each sibling deftly playing a range
of instruments. After a lengthy
interval, the two encores that
followed included all the old hits.
“Dreams”, “I Never Loved You
Anyway” and “Only When I Sleep”
were sung joyfully by the fans,
who knew every word. The end
of each section was marked by
traditional Irish instrumentals,
both of which had the entire
audience on their feet, dancing
and clapping as though at a cèilidh.
It may not be cool to be a
Corrs fan, but it is most certainly
a lot of fun.
ELIZABETH AUBREY
EVENING STANDARD
Rungano Nyoni’s debut is a
delicately observed modern-day
fable about a little Zambian
girl accused of being a witch.
Margaret Mulubwa plays the little
girl in a quizzical, earnest and very
poignant fashion, and the director,
who was born in Zambia but
raised in Wales, tells her strange
story in down-to-earth, matter-offact fashion. Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
Armistead Maupin
VARIOUS VENUES
The chronicler of San Francisco
in the Seventies looks back on
his own life in his new memoir,
Logical Family, which follows him
from growing up in the ultra-
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conservative Old South to life
on the freewheeling West Coast.
Oh Me Oh My, West Africa House,
Liverpool (0151 709 9820) tonight
7pm; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
upon Tyne (0191 261 7757) Thur 7pm;
Hope Park and Martyrs Church, St
Andrews (01334 585111) Fri 1pm
Claire Tomalin
DAUNT BOOKS, MARYLEBONE HIGH ST,
LONDON W1
After more than 40 years writing
about other people, one of the
country’s leading biographers
turns to herself in her new book, A
Life of My Own, in which she looks
back at her turbulent childhood,
her years in Cambridge and the
death of her first husband, the war
correspondent Nicholas Tomalin.
(020 7224 2295) tonight 7pm
Joanne Harris
VARIOUS VENUES
The writer talks about her latest
novel, A Pocketful of Crows.
Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry (01691
662244) tonight 7.30pm; Topping &
Co, Bath (01225 428111) Thur 8pm;
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (01935
422884) Fri 12noon
POP
The Horrors
VARIOUS VENUES
Back after an extended lay-off,
Southend’s garage-goth waifsturned-psychedelic buccaneers
dream big again on album five.
Between its squalling guitars,
Numan-oid synths, EDM bangers
and sky-scraping melodies, V
brims with the focused ambition
of a band revitalised. Academy,
Birmingham (gigsandtours.
com) tonight; Bierkeller, Bristol
(gigsandtours.com) Wed; Junction,
Cambridge (junction.co.uk) Thur
Public Service
Broadcasting
VARIOUS VENUES
After 2015’s The Race for Space,
the dapper electro-pop troopers
redirect to earthier matters for
their latest high-concept wheeze.
The history of Welsh mining
is chipped away at on Every
Valley, an album of heart, art and
political fire to spare. Pyramid
Centre, Portsmouth (musicglue.
com) tonight; De la Warr Pavilion,
Bexhill-on-Sea (musicglue.com)
Wed; Eventim Apollo, London W6
(musicglue.com) Thur
COMEDY
Mark Thomas
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE,
LONDON WC2
Ace comic/agitator Mark Thomas
turns to his audience in A Show
That Gambles on the Future –
and asks what kind of world
the messy, unstable present-day
is going to leave us with.
(020 7734 2222) to Sat
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FOLK & ROOTS
Bella Hardy
VARIOUS VENUES
The folk singer, songwriter and
fiddle player tours her latest
album, Hey Sammy. National
Centre for Early Music, York (01904
658338) tonight; Lakeside Arts,
Nottingham (0115 846 7777) Wed; St
John on Bethnal Green, London E2
(020 8980 1742) Thur; Turner Sims,
Southampton (023 8059 5151) Fri
Return to Camden Town
Irish Music Festival
VARIOUS VENUES, LONDON
The opening week’s line-up
features fiddler Claire and
guitarist Sinéad Egan (tonight),
Matt Molloy, John Carty and
Arty McGlyn (Wed), fiddler
Matt Tighe (Thur) and the fiddle
and concertina of Noel Hill
and Brian McGrath on Friday.
(returntocamden.org) to 30 Oct
THEATRE
Hair: the Musical
THE VAULTS, LONDON SE1
When Hair premiered 50 years
ago, it shocked conservative
commentators with its nudity
and relentless glorification of
getting high. Today 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. It’s exultantly performed –
and energetically choreographed
by William Whelton. (hair50.com)
to 13 Jan
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is a truly witty and exhilarating
show, full of satirical energy,
hilarious one-liners, and superb
musical numbers, all driven
along by Andrew Hilton’s
impressive live eight-piece
band. (atgtickets.com) to Sat
DANCE
China National Peking
Opera Company
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
With a blend of stylised and
acrobatic movement, song
and spectacular costumes,
the company present A River
All Red, the tale of a betrayed
general, and the romantic comedy
The Phoenix Returns Home.
(020 7863 8000) tonight 7.30pm
Kenneth MacMillan: A
National Celebration
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON WC2
Marking 25 years since the
choreographer’s death, this
festival brings together the Royal
Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet,
Scottish Ballet and English
National Ballet for a shared
celebration of his works. (020 7304
4000) tonight, Thur and Fri
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VISUAL ARTS
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON SE1
Responses to war and conflict by more
than 40 British and international
artists. (020 7416 5000 ) opens Thur
TALKS & POETRY
Yeovil Literary Festival
VARIOUS VENUES
On the bill this year are Joanne Harris,
Harriet Walter, Alan Johnson and
Lauren Child. (01935 422884) opens Thur
OPERA
Rodelinda
LONDON COLISEUM, WC2
Christian Curnyn conducts a revival
of Richard Jones’s disturbing
Fascist-era staging of Handel’s opera.
(020 7845 9300) opens Thur 7pm
8 days
from on
ly
£ 6 3 9 pp
The Addams Family:
the Musical Comedy
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
A brilliantly revised and
re-energised version of Andrew
Lippa’s 2010 Broadway hit,
based on the original cartoons by
Charles Addams. Lippa’s musical
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Cockpit
LYCEUM THEATRE, EDINBURGH
Cockpit, by screenwriter
Bridget Boland, is a
remarkable play written
in 1947 and set in a grand
19th century theatre in a
provincial German city that
is being used by British
troops as a temporary
transit camp for refugees.
This long-neglected play is
not really a great piece of
drama but what emerges
from this intense and
brilliant Lyceum production
is an essential show for
our time, put together by a
world-class Scottish-based
team. (0131 248 4848) to Sat
MIHAELA BODLOVIC
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Lake Garda,
Venice & Verona
Departures from April to October 2018
from a selection of regional airports
Your tour includes...
✓ Full-day tours to both Venice and Verona
✓ Full day exploring beautiful Lake Garda both on land and by boat
✓ Full-day tour of the breathtaking Dolomites – with some of the world’s
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BREXIT
Commerce chiefs urge Davis
to agree swift transition deal
By Arj Singh
Business leaders are calling for a
Brexit transition deal to be agreed
“as soon as possible” as firms
are preparing to make “serious
decisions” with consequences for
jobs and investment early next year.
In a draft letter intended for Brexit
Secretary David Davis and obtained
by Sky News, five of Britain’s
biggest business lobby groups also
called for the transition period to
match as closely as possible with
current trading arrangements with
the European Union.
EU leaders have agreed to begin
scoping work on a future relationship,
but they have made clear to the
Prime Minister she must make more
concessions on a divorce payment to
unlock talks on trade and a transition.
The private letter was reportedly
signed by the CBI, British Chambers
of Commerce, manufacturing
trade body EEF, the Institute of
Directors and the Federation of
Small Businesses.
It read: “Agreement [on a
transition] is needed as soon as
possible, as companies are preparing
to make serious decisions at the start
of 2018, which will have consequences
for jobs and investment in the UK.
“A n d t h e d e t a i l s o f a n y
transitional arrangement matter:
the economic relationship the
UK and EU has during this timeTheresa May has
requested a time-limited
transition of around two years
with the UK and EU trading on
broadly similar terms as now.
limited period must match as close
as possible the status quo.”
The letter added: “It is vital that
companies only have to undertake
one adjustment as a result of the
UK’s withdrawal, not two – and that
businesses, the UK Government and
authorities in the EU have enough
time to make the changes needed to
deliver Brexit successfully.”
Commenting on behalf of the
Open Britain campaign group for
close ties with the EU, Labour MP
Chuka Umunna said: “Business
groups are understandably
alarmed by the Government’s lack
of progress in the talks.
“And the full-blown Cabinet
disagreements over how a transition
period would work make it even less
likely that a deal will be reached.
“No deal would be devastating
for business, for people’s jobs and
Chuka Umunna said failure to reach a
deal would be ‘devastating’ GETTY
wages and for national security. The
Prime Minister needs to face up
to the reality of the situation, stop
pandering to the ideological zealots
driving the country towards a cliffedge, and commit to staying in the
Single Market and Customs Union.”
The letter appeared amid reports
that the Government may use the
coming weeks to step up preparations
for no deal in an attempt to force the
EU’s hand.
COMPANIES
Mining adds
lustre to
dividend
payments
By Josie Cox
Quote of
the day
This sector is so
resilient. It never
gave up or chased
the quick buck. It
focused on good
content and the
right messaging,
which paid off
Vicki Willden-Lebrecht
The founder of the
Bright Group agency on
children’s publishing
The 30
Second
Briefing
DR MARTENS
I hear sales are up at Dr Martens?
The bootmakers had a great year up
to 31 March.
Full-year operating profit rose 27
per cent, to £37.5m. Group revenue
increased 25 per cent to £290.6m,
or 12 per cent up on a constant
currency basis.
The bestselling boot globally was
the 1460 Black Smooth model.
Not bad! How did it manage that?
Dr Martens is powering ahead in
Asia. Revenue in Japan alone was up
88 per cent to £22m, while revenue
across the Asian region was up 43
per cent to £66.4m.
The company has opened five
new stores in Japan and two in
Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, growth in
e-commerce was up 54 per cent.
Who owns Dr Martens?
Permira Funds, a global
investment firm headquartered
in London, acquired the company
in 2013. Most of the boots are now
made overseas, although 70,000
are still made at its factory in
Northampton each year.
Were the boots invented in the UK?
The air-cushioned sole was the
creation of the Munich-based Dr
Maertens and Dr Funck, but the
patent was sold to the R Griggs
Group, which started making the
boots in the 1960s.
Why are they seen as so fashionable?
Dr Martens has a history of being
associated with counterculture.
Initially sold as a work boot, the
shoes were adopted by the skinhead
movement in the 1970s.
According to the company, Pete
Townshend of the Who said he used
to go bed with two things: a cognac
bottle and a Dr Martens boot. The
style came back into fashion in the
1990s, and remains popular today.
Dividend payments were up by
more than 14.3 per cent in the three
months to the end of September
compared with the same period in
2017, according to figures compiled
by professional services firm Capita.
Special dividends rose two-fifths
to £1.5bn.
Capita found mining companies
were accountable for the largest
proportion of the windfall. Twothirds of all dividends were paid by
mining companies, thanks to a surge
in cash flow within that sector.
Overall, though, 12 of the 17 sectors
measured paid higher dividends in
the third quarter of 2017 than during
the same quarter a year ago.
“We had high hopes for 2017, but
the dividend seam is proving even
richer than we expected,” said Justin
Cooper, from Shareholder Solutions,
part of Capita Asset Services.
He warned that the “lustre will
dim” in the fourth quarter as the
“potential for further upside surprise
has diminished”.
“Exchange-rate gains will be gone
in 2018, unless the pound takes
another jolt downwards as the Brexit
talks unfold, and most of the big
companies who cancelled dividends
in recent years have already restarted
them, so that additional sparkle will
have dulled,” he said. “Even so, the
overall value distributed by UK plc
is likely to remain at or near 2017’s
record levels.”
Other sectors that saw market
improvements in dividends included
airlines and travel, and industrial
goods and support. THE INDEPENDENT
NEWS
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VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
MARKETS
Merrill Lynch fined £35m
for failing to report trades
By Kalyeena Makortoff
Britain’s financial watchdog has fined
Merrill Lynch International £34.5m
for failing to report 68.5 million exchange traded derivative transactions, in what the watchdog said was
the first penalty of its kind.
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA) said the fine was related to
unreported transactions that took
place between 12 February 2014
and 6 February 2016 and was the
first enforcement against a firm for
this kind of activity under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (Emir).
The fine had been cut down by
30 per cent after the firm agreed to
settle during an early stage of the investigation. Without that discount, it
would have faced a fine worth £49.3m,
the FCA said.
Mark Steward, the FCA’s executive
director of enforcement and market
oversight, said: “It is vital that reporting firms ensure their transaction reporting systems are tested as
fit for purpose, adequately resourced
and perform properly.
“There needs to be a line in the
sand. We will continue to take appropriate action against any firm that
fails to meet requirements.”
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
said in a statement that it had selfreported the issue to the watchdog,
The bank said it
was ‘committed’
to complying with
regulators GETTY
and confirmed that none of its clients
had taken a financial hit.
“We are wholly committed to complying with all applicable regulatory
requirements.
“When we discovered that certain
trades had not been fully reported to
a trade repository, as required following the introduction of Emir, we immediately reported the matter to the
FCA,” the statement continued.
“We have re-evaluated and improved our related processes and
can confirm that no clients were financially impacted as a result.”
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
reported a 13 per cent increase in net
profits to $5.6bn (£3.8bn) for the three
months to September.
Since 2013, firms must
report derivative
transactions under Emir to reduce
risk and increase transparency.
Britannia fails to fly flag in survey of UK hotels
Britannia has fared poorly in a travel
survey of large hotel brands.
The chain, which owns 54 hotels
across the UK, ranked at the
bottom of the Which? travel survey
of large hotel brands, with guests
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Mediclinic will be
back for more
Spire medicine
A
fter inventing the gall
bladder, Dr Samuel Gall
made his fortune as “a
specialist, specialising in
diseases of the rich”. If
you believe the comic Tom Lehrer,
that is.
Many a private healthcare
company has attempted to follow
BUSINESS SPORT
40-43
48-56
i TUESDAY
24 OCTOBER 2017
BANKING
RBS unit did not
try to fleece
troubled firms,
says watchdog
By Ben Woods
TRAVEL
By Hazel Sheffield
IQ
30-39
complaining about stained carpets, a
cracked sink, a lumpy mattress and
“an air of neglect”.
Which? members said they paid
£78 for a Britannia room – £2 more
than at Premier Inn. Premier Inn was
awarded the top spot after receiving
the maximum five stars in several
categories, including bedrooms,
bathrooms and comfort of the beds.
Alex Neill, Which? managing
director of home products and
services, said: “Premier Inn shows
the rest how to do it.
“You don’t necessarily get higher
standards for higher prices.”
the mythical Dr Gall and coin it by
treating the desperate wealthy.
Fewer have succeeded. The high
costs of health insurance have meant
that 500,000 fewer Brits have cover
now than in 2008.
Spire Healthcare had been
mitigating this drop-off by selling
its spare capacity to the NHS, but
austerity means the state can’t afford
it so much these days. The cure for
Spire has stopped working.
So, seeking to heal itself, Spire has
gone back down the traditional route
– selling to the public on a fixed-price
basis, pay-per-op. A hip job, madam?
£11,401. The new model may work,
but will take years before it makes up
for the shortfall in NHS income.
Those fundamentals, and the
one-off horror of having a “butcher”
surgeon on the books in Ian Paterson,
hammered the share price in
September, making a lowball bid
from Mediclinic all but inevitable.
But for all the negatives around
Spire, Mediclinic’s opening offer of
298.6p grossly undervalues the thing.
While it’s true that Spire fell
to 223p after the Paterson profit
warning, it had recovered to 250p,
and would have gained further as
the dust settled – particularly as its
new Manchester and Nottingham
hospitals have only just opened
for business.
Spire has gone back
down the traditional route
– selling to the public on a
fixed-price basis, pay-per-op
Mediclinic knows this: after all, it
paid 360p a share for its 30 per cent
stake in June 2015. Mediclinic would
hardly walk away from its investment
with no deal and a loss.
Instead, it will return with an
eventually acceptable offer – 340p
would be nice.
By Christmas, Mediclinic will be
Britain’s financial watchdog has
published its interim report into the
treatment of small businesses shifted
into Royal Bank of Scotland’s Global
Restructuring Group, adding that it
was still investigating the lender.
The Financial Conduct Authority
identified a number of failings at RBS,
but said the bank had not engaged
in the “systematic inappropriate
treatment of customers”.
However, in a statement, FCA chief
executive Andrew Bailey said: “As we
reported in November 2016, while
the most serious allegations were not
upheld by the Skilled
Person [external
co n s u l t a n c y ] ,
the report did
identify other
concerns
about the
treatment
of
SME
customers.
“ We
are
investigating the
matters arising from
the Skilled Persons’ Report
and are focusing on whether there is
any basis for further action within
our powers.”
RBS said it was pleased that
the “most serious allegations
made against the bank have not
been upheld”.
The state-backed lender has
been dogged by allegations that it
intentionally pushed businesses
towards failure in hopes of picking
up their assets on the cheap.
Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of
the Treasury Select Committee,
has ramped up pressure on the FCA
to publish details of misconduct by
RBS and threatened to use “formal
powers” to demand publication of
the full leaked report into the lender.
The FCA has so far refused to
publish the report in full.
trying its luck at playing Dr Gall with
Britain’s wealthy.
***
With its boring phone and telly
masts, Arqiva sounds like a pretty
dull utility. But, in fact, if you believe
its boss Simon Beresford-Wylie, it
is the next British tech superstar.
How so? Because, at present, it is
trialling technology that would
break BT’s Openreach monopoly on
delivering broadband.
The plan is to install mini-5G
transmitters in lampposts across
town which would beam a broadband
signal to your home. All you’d need
to receive gigabyte speeds would be
an Arqiva box on your windowsill to
pick up the signal. If the technology
moves from trial stage to reality, this
could be a game-changer for London
and other cities held in thrall to
Openreach’s miserable service. That
alone must make Arqiva a float worth
backing. EVENING STANDARD
41
From the
business
pages
Hong Kong’s stock
exchange to shut
Shanghai Daily
Hong Kong’s last remaining
stock market floor traders are
taking their final orders as the
exchange prepares to shut its
trading hall. Operator Hong
Kong Exchanges & Clearing
says it will close the hall by the
end of the month and turn it
into a showcase for financial
markets. It marks the end of an
era for the stock market, which
symbolised the city’s ascent as
an Asian finance hub.
EU investigation of
auto ‘cartel’ widens
Der Spiegel
The EU Commission’s
investigation into cartel
accusations against German
carmakers continues. Daimler
and Volkswagen headquarters
were visited by inspectors
following a probe at BMW last
week. A Daimler spokeswoman
confirmed a review was taking
place, while Volkswagen said
the EU Commission had
“examined documents”.
Catalonia crisis
‘will slow markets’
La Vanguardia (Catalonia)
The National Securities Market
Commission has warned that
the prolongation of the political
crisis in Catalonia may have “a
significant impact on markets
and economic activity” and
paralyse investments. The
commission’s October Financial
Stability Report claims markets
will face tighter financing and a
“loss of confidence”, leading to a
spike in volatility.
Soft drinks makers
fight sugar tax
Sydney Morning Herald
The soft drinks industry said
its fight against a sugar tax
was “consuming vast amounts
of resources”, but by lobbying
politicians and bureaucrats
it had managed to keep the
policy off the table. The
Australian Beverages Council
– representing many large
soft drinks makers, including
Coca-Cola and Pepsi – claims
it has successfully warded
off “any legitimate threat of a
discriminatory tax”.
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The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 up 1.2 at 7524.4
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
Babcock Intl
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
ConvaTec Group
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Experian
Fresnillo
G4S
GKN
Glencore
GSK
945.5
1916.0
1444.0
1003.0
3371.0
1886.0
5140.0
503.0
824.0
599.5
195.4
696.0
1380.0
490.9
4867.0
3945.0
603.5
273.8
2256.0
1905.0
4970.0
175.4
2585.0
1584.0
213.0
2818.0
3915.0
7205.0
2579.0
378.0
1320.0
1567.0
1385.0
282.2
319.0
379.8
1519.5
+0.5
-5.0
+12.0
+3.0
+46.0
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-22.0
-2.5
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-0.2
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-3.5
-0.9
+17.5
-2.0
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+2.9
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+2.3
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—
-1.4
+28.0
+34.0
+40.0
+11.5
-1.7
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+1.0
+18.0
+1.8
+15.6
+1.6
-4.0
974.5
2184.0
1529.0
1071.0
3377.0
1921.0
5520.0
570.5
1038.0
682.5
267.3
698.0
1518.5
521.2
5643.6
3960.0
675.5
400.7
2472.0
1923.0
5435.0
236.9
2682.0
1765.9
349.1
3342.0
4025.0
7595.0
2616.0
411.3
1444.0
1708.0
1864.0
342.6
379.3
386.7
1724.5
Low
599.5
1680.0
950.1
496.3
2335.0
1202.0
3996.0
411.3
794.5
532.0
175.5
430.4
1103.0
432.1
4237.0
2286.0
566.4
268.0
1963.0
1367.0
3733.0
119.7
1602.0
1351.0
191.2
2297.7
3066.0
5780.0
1946.0
328.4
906.4
1380.0
1052.0
217.0
295.2
230.6
1444.0
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hammerson
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Merlin Ent
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
521.0
1538.0
743.5
657.0
3153.5
683.0
4071.0
5160.0
171.9
3471.0
303.2
967.0
268.1
67.0
3845.0
346.9
623.5
373.9
2521.0
1884.0
232.2
935.2
4877.0
2901.0
195.3
7715.0
695.5
2857.0
1885.0
7435.0
6600.0
1691.0
321.6
3586.0
934.0
279.5
2313.0
-8.0
+2.0
-5.1
-0.5
+13.5
-7.0
+9.0
+25.0
-3.0
+36.0
-0.2
-8.0
-0.5
—
-4.0
—
-17.0
-1.1
+54.0
-6.0
-3.0
+9.4
+12.0
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-1.9
-35.0
+1.0
+8.0
+18.5
+40.0
-10.0
—
—
-14.0
+8.0
-2.8
-0.5
614.5
1552.0
772.0
663.5
4007.0
725.0
4492.0
5230.0
221.8
3513.0
371.2
1217.1
279.9
73.6
4069.0
397.8
941.5
537.5
2887.8
2145.0
254.4
1174.3
5355.0
2982.0
229.8
9219.8
832.5
2861.0
1891.0
8255.0
8110.4
1728.0
322.8
3805.5
994.5
286.2
2325.5
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520.5
1122.0
518.2
358.3
3112.5
480.0
3088.5
3037.4
152.4
2681.0
269.6
961.0
204.1
53.2
2611.0
306.7
620.5
355.0
2098.7
1495.0
210.2
910.3
3565.0
1277.2
182.3
6635.0
552.0
1600.0
1290.0
5410.0
6496.0
1273.0
204.5
2616.0
635.0
180.0
1922.5
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4127.4
-0.5
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1536.0
+1.7
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23346.1
S&P 500 *
2574.6
+17.4
Nasdaq *
6623.1
DAX
13003.1
+11.9
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5386.8
+14.4
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28305.9
-181.4
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21696.7
+239.0
-0.6
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630.0
734.0
246.4
3484.0
434.6
545.5
2137.0
3672.5
940.0
1418.0
1573.0
2240.0
1397.0
767.7
435.3
1170.0
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187.5
1328.0
4121.0
840.5
216.2
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406.0
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1685.0
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219.4
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302.1
384.5
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322.8
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RESTAURANTS
LISTINGS
Dishoom warns of
staff shortages
TV tower firm
Arqiva set to float
The Indian café chain
Dishoom has warned about
potential staff shortages after
the UK leaves the EU, rising
rates and competition in its
freshly filed accounts. Its sales
rose 47.5 per cent to £27.8m in
2016, thanks in part to several
new openings, and pre-tax
profits doubled to nearly £1.8m
from £872,000.
TV and mobile infrastructure
firm Arqiva has announced
its intention to float on the
London Stock Exchange in
a £6bn listing. The company,
owned by Canada Pension
Plan Investment Board and
Macquarie, is Britain’s largest
owner of mobile, TV and radio
towers and works with the BBC,
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
AUTOMOBILES
OUTSOURCING
Pendragon hit by
new car slump
BBC extends
Interserve deal
Shares in Pendragon tumbled
after the car dealership owner
warned that profits will take a
hit from falling demand for new
cars amid a decline in consumer
confidence. The group, which
is behind the Evans Halshaw
brand, said that the downturn
in demand means it expects full
year profit to come in at £60m,
down from last year’s £75.4m.
Interserve has clinched a BBC
contract extension worth
£140m, marking its second
major deal since being forced
to issue a profit warning last
week. The troubled outsourcing
and construction group will
continue providing services to
the BBC until 2023, extending
an account that was first
awarded in 2014.
IPO
FRAUD
Russian firm tests
market’s appetite
Former HSBC boss
found guilty in US
Oleg Deripaska’s aluminium
business En+ set the terms
of its float in London and
Moscow today at $14-17 per
share, valuing the company
at $7bn-$8.5bn (£6bn). En+
intends to raise $1.5bn from its
IPO, which will test investors’
appetite for Russian assets
three years after sanctions.
Former HSBC executive Mark
Johnson, who headed the bank’s
global foreign exchange desk in
London, has been found guilty
of defrauding Cairn Energy in
2011 by ramping up the price
of sterling ahead of a $3.5bn
(£2.7bn) currency trade. US
prosecutors told jurors Johnson
made millions via the scheme.
PROPERTY
TRANSPORT
West End shrugs
off Brexit jitters
Drivers to vote on
Southern Rail deal
Firms worried about dwindling
office supply have been
shrugging off Brexit jitters and
signing for new headquarters.
The West End is on track for
its biggest year of leasing deals
since 2007, reaching at least 4.2
million square feet, agent JLL
said yesterday.
Drivers on Southern Railway
are to start voting on whether
to accept a proposed deal to
end their long dispute over
driver-only trains. Ballot papers
are being sent to members of
Aslef, with a recommendation
to accept. The drivers have
rejected two previous attempts.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 ended the day
relatively flat, rising 1.2 points to
7,524.4. It was nudged higher by
the likes of GKN, which topped the
index after rising 15.6p.
***
The biggest risers on the FTSE 100
were GKN, up 15.6p at 319p, Micro
Focus International, up 54p to
2,521p, Associated British Foods,
up 46p at 3,371p, and Centrica, up
2.3p at 175.4p.
The biggest fallers were
Mediclinic International,
down 17p at 623.5p, ITV, down
3p at 171.9p, RSA Insurance
Group, down 11p at 630p, and
Hammerson, down 8p at 521p.
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FINANCE
One million complaints
about PPI made this year
By Josie Cox
A third of the 3.32 million official complaints made to financial
companies in the first half of 2017
related to payment protection
insurance (PPI), figures released
yesterday show.
Data compiled by the Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed
that, overall, the number of complaints rose by just over 9 per cent
from the 3.04 million recorded during the first half of 2016.
About 43 per cent of all complaints in the first half of 2017 were
related to “advising, selling and arranging”, down from 59 per cent in
the first half of last year. “General
administration and customer service” complaints accounted for 27
per cent in the first half of last year,
and inched higher to account for 38
per cent of all complaints this year.
The total number of PPI complaints increased by 24 per cent,
from 899,000 in 2016 to 1.11 million mis-sold PPI. The FCA is acceptthis year.
ing complaints about mis-sold PPI
In August, the FCA launched until 29 August 2019.
a campaign featuring Arnold
It is advising customers who
Schwarzenegger to raise
have taken out loans, credit
awareness of the August
cards, store cards, mort2019 deadline to make a
gages and other kinds
complaint about PPI.
of debt to check paperAt the time, FCA
work to see if the loan
Total number of
chief executive Anincluded PPI.
complaints
to
drew Bailey said that
Problems of misfinancial
institutions
the campaign aimed
selling go back as far
in the first half of
to “cut through the
as the Nineties. The
this year
noise on PPI”.
FCA started fining PPI
Over £27.4bn has been
companies in 2006, but
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it wasn’t until 2011 that comthe FCA first introduced rules for pensation payouts happened on a
complaining about PPI in 2011.
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1990s and 2010.
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The FCA data yesterday showed
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Games&Puzzles
daily recipe
Asparagus macaroni cheese
with bacon crumble
Kakuro
NEW Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 49
RHYME LETTERS
24
29
11
22
24
15
8
14
IMPRISON
13
11
35
4
3
FOX
3
CO
FOMF
ODOR
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4
3
5
7
15
19
16
35
3
4
FUSE
10
11
SERVES 4
Heat the grill and cook the bacon on
each side until very crisp. Chop into
small chunks and combine with the
breadcrumbs and a quarter of the cheese,
then set aside.
Boil the kettle to fill a large pan. When
boiling vigorously in the pan add a pinch
of salt and the macaroni. Cook for nine
minutes then add the asparagus and cook
for a further two minutes.
While the macaroni is cooking,
melt the butter in a small thick-based
saucepan, sprinkle in the flour and stir
with a wooden spoon. Cook while stirring
for a minute then add the milk a little
at a time, stirring continuously so it is
absorbed into the flour and slowly makes
a smooth sauce. If you get any lumps,
don’t panic, just beat vigorously with the
wooden spoon and they’ll disperse. Stir
in the mustard, some black pepper and
the remaining cheese.
Once the macaroni and asparagus are
cooked, drain well and return them to the
pan. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir
to coat well. Tip the macaroni into a large
oven dish, sprinkle over the breadcrumb
mixture and return to the grill for the top
to melt and brown.
EDGE
PRESUME
20
24
8 rashers streaky bacon
50g breadcrumbs
150g Cheddar cheese
300g macaroni
2 bunches asparagus
(spears trimmed and cut in half)
40g butter
40g plain flour
400ml milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
HYMN
CAKE
23
17
MEANING
15
5
16
6
9
16
3
4
Killer Sudoku No 1115
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
19
7
3
15
12
15
14
11
5
14
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3 >
∧
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0 0
1 2
6
0 2
15
15
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1
2
3
14
23
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∧
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MEANING
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
6
10
11
4
7
LETTERS
Minesweeper
19
11
16
12
13
7
11
6
HARSH
Futoshiki
How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
OBSTRUCT
MARCH
RHYME
7
3
5 9 3 6
4 1 8 7
2 5 1 7
6 9
5
3
2 4 8 3
9 6
6
8
5
AGREEMENT
1
5 3
1
4
CLOT
4
SMACKED
How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column
and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
16
3
4
Jigsawdoku
Tomorrow
Rocket and salmon puttanesca
3
4
STRING
LANE
Recipe from enjoyasparagus.com
STICKS
5
4
10
13
3
4
2 1
2
3
1 2
2
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3 3
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NEWS
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TV
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IQ
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 1836
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 49.
Easier
7
+
x
x
+
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+
+
68
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6
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26
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How to play
Convert the word
at the top of the
ladder into the
word at the bottom
of it, using only
the four rungs
in between. On
each rung, you
must put a valid
four-letter word
that is identical
to the word above
it, apart from a
one-letter change.
There may be more
than one way of
achieving this.
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DOWN
1 Prominent tuft of
hair (5)
2 Suffer (3)
3 Cadaver (4)
4 Moral
correctness (9)
5 Infer (6)
6 Applaud (7)
7 Staple food (5,2,4)
11 In very high spirits
(4-1-4)
13 Obstetrics nurse (7)
15 Skin complaint (6)
18 Scorch (5)
19 In this place (4)
22 Self-image (3)
1
2
3
6
9
10
11
12
FUSS
13
14
Terms &
Conditions
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Feign, 4 Tope (Faint hope), 7 A bit, 8 Bungalow, 9 Fleet-footed, 13 Au fait,
14 Ireful, 15 Oktoberfest, 17 Onlooker, 20 Oink, 21 Deaf, 22 Mitre.
DOWN 1 Fabulous, 2 In the dark, 3 Nib, 4 Tea, 5 Prop, 6 In no time, 10 Fetlocks,
11 Eyes front, 12 Nuisance, 16 Ante, 18 Oaf, 19 Ram.
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idoku Exclusive to i
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
5 6
2
3
2 4
6 9
8
8
1
1 5 7 3 4
3
9
7
2
7 9
5
8 4
9 3
7 6 8
1
9
4
7
3 2
7
1
3
1 9
5
8 2
6
8
7
2 4
4
8
4
8
6 5 7
Tomorrow: Easier
Concise Crossword No 2158
ACROSS
1 Wharf (4)
3 Fed up (5)
8 Forbidden by
law (7)
9 Cubed (5)
10 Cosmetic surgery
procedure (8)
12 Metal (4)
14 Bitter (11)
16 Crustacean (4)
17 Perfect (8)
20 Eat away (5)
21 Rugby Union
team (7)
23 More than
enough (5)
24 Snooze (4)
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24 OCTOBER 2017
Sudoku Harder
15
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Word
Ladder
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÷
22
26
3
23
23
x
17
11
11
3
2
19
17
26
Harder
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2
+
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38
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column. Each row and column has two
blank cells. The letters at the edge of a row/
column indicate which of the letters is the
first/last to appear in that row/column.
Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
C
C
B
A
C
A
C
A
A
C
A
B
B
C
Word Wheel
This is an open-ended puzzle. How many
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including the letter at centre of the wheel,
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Sternrubin has
enough quality to
upset Yanworth
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
All eyes will be on Yanworth at
Exeter this afternoon as he embarks
on his new career over fences in the
Best Mate Beginners’ Chase.
The winner of Grade Ones at
Kempton in December and Aintree
in April and a beaten favourite in
the Champion Hurdle in between
times, Yanworth has reportedly
been schooling well at home and is
already among the favourites for the
big novice chases at the Cheltenham
Festival next spring. As he is officially
20lb better over hurdles than today’s
chief rival, Sternrubin, trainer Alan
King is entitled to expect a smooth
introduction, despite predicting that
he will “come on for the run”, his first
of the campaign.
But alarm bells are ringing. Sternrubin, also making his chasing
debut, was indeed a rank or two
below Yanworth over hurdles, but
Philip Hobbs’s six-year-old is no mug
and he’s as tough and game as they
come. And, perhaps crucially, he is
likely to strip fitter than Yanworth
EXETER
2.50
FORM VERDICT
All eyes will be on smart bumper performer Lalor who rounded
off last season with a Grade 2 success at the Grand National
meeting. He makes obvious appeal on his hurdles debut with similar
sentiments applying to Harefield, while JP McManus holds a seemingly
strong hand with French import Kapcorse and point-to-point winner
Onefortheroadtom. As always in these events, the market seems
sure to prove a useful guide but Colin Tizzard takes the wraps off
KILBRICKEN STORM and this son of Oscar looked a smart prospect
when winning between the flags back in the spring.
Results service
2.20 1. ICONIC CODE (J F Egan) 16-1; 2. Milan Reef 8-1;
3. Normandy Blue 10-1. 13 ran. 9-2 fav Hyanna (5th).
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Exacta: £135.30. Tricast: £1365.20. Trifecta: £2930.70.
CSF: £139.37. NR: Dance Emperor.
2.50 1. DAWN BREAKING (L Edmunds) 7-2 fav; 2.
Fortunate Vision 5-1; 3. Brigand 7-1. 11 ran. hd, nk. (R
M Whitaker). Tote: £4.80; £1.50, £2.30, £2.30. Exacta:
£22.40. Trifecta: £94.70. CSF: £21.02.
3.20 1. SILVERY MOON (D Allan) 9-2 fav; 2. Tuff Rock
11-2; 3. Rashford’s Double 10-1. 13 ran. 11/4l, 1/2l. (T
Easterby). Tote: £5.40; £2.00, £1.80, £2.50. Exacta:
£37.60. Tricast: £240.84. Trifecta: £373.90. CSF: £28.88.
3.50 1. CONNECT (A Kirby) 9-1; 2. Lisheen Castle
14-1; 3. Dark Acclaim 7-1. 8 ran. 6-5 fav Old Persian
(7th). 23/4l, hd. (C Cox). Tote: £9.80; £2.30, £3.60, £2.20.
Exacta: £131.00. Trifecta: £812.20. CSF: £123.22. NRs:
Alfa McGuire, Simpson, Three Saints Bay.
4.20 1. DARKSIDEOFTARNSIDE (B A Curtis) 13-2; 2.
Tranquil Star 7-2; 3. Know Your Limit 6-5 fav. 8 ran. hd,
5l. (Sally Haynes). Tote: £8.30; £2.00, £1.20, £1.02. Exacta:
£29.60. Trifecta: £90.70. CSF: £29.35. NR: Delatite.
4.50 1. DOMINATING (P J McDonald) 6-4; 2. Suegioo
6-1; 3. La Fritillaire 14-1. 5 ran. 6-5 fav Minotaur (4th).
3
/4l, 23/4l. (M Johnston). Tote: £1.90; £1.10, £3.00. Exacta:
£7.60. Trifecta: £26.50. CSF: £10.27.
Sternrubin (right) is as tough and game as they come GETTY IMAGES
following a successful stint on
the Flat.
This is the kind of scenario –
superior player (or team), not quite
on their game, versus fit, relentless
underdog – which can spawn a shock
in any sport.
Perhaps Yanworth’s class will
carry him through, but if Sternrubin takes naturally to fences, I
sense an upset. Barry Geraghty,
Tom George looks to hold a strong hand here, with his JP McManus
candidate and Bangor winner Cernunnos holding leading claims. He
also saddles a handy second string with the veteran Kilbree Kid who
rolled back the years when scoring at Perth in the summer. Alvarado
is another old favourite returning and could go well on his seasonal
bow, while Dueling Banjos looks well handicapped on the best of his
hurdles form and was a progressive chaser during his novice campaign
last year. Preference, though, is for Jonjo O’Neill’s TIMEFORWEST, who
ran up a hat-trick over hurdles last season and it is interesting he is
pitched into handicap company over fences after just one start over
the larger obstacles.
who rides Yanworth, also partners
the interesting Kapcorse, a J P
McManus-owned French import, in
the Novices’ Hurdle.
He showed considerable promise
at Auteuil last year, while 10-time
champion trainer Paul Nicholls has
struck top form early this season
– four of his six Kempton runners
on Sunday won and the other two
were second.
FORM VERDICT
BURCAN is the class act on show here and looks particularly well
treated at these weights. A three-time winner on this surface, he should
be able to take advantage of this big drop in class. Fayez impressed
when winning a mile handicap easily here last month but he must
concede weight all round and perhaps Wolverhampton victor Zabeel
Star can give the selection most to think about.
2.40
32RED.COM EBF NOVICE STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 4)
2YO £10,000 added 7f
8 ALTERED METHOD H Palmer 9 2.......................P J McDonald 1
2 BIG KITTEN M Johnston 9 2.................................................J Fanning 6
GOWANBUSTER S Corbett 9 2.......................P Mulrennan T 11
HOWBAAR J Bethell 9 2.................................................................K Stott 12
188BET BEST MATE BEGINNERS’ CHASE (CLASS 3)
32
MOQARRAR Sir M Stoute 9 2.......................... Daniel Tudhope 7
£11,500 added 2m 1f 109yds
32022 PORTH SWTAN C Hills 9 2...................................................Doubtful 10
1
3/146- BEHIND TIME (BF) H Fry 6 11 2.....................................N P Madden
2322 QIANLONG R Varian 9 2.............................................................J Mitchell 3
337 SKITO SOLDIER K Burke 9 2......................................................C Lee (3) 5
2
562-13 MUFFINS FOR TEA (D)(BF) C Tizzard 7 11 2.R M Power T
43 SPARK OF WAR K Dalgleish 9 2...................................................G Lee 4
3
32675- NORPHIN J W Mullins 7 11 2....................................D Sansom (7) H
WINDSOR CROSS R Fahey 9 2......................................T Hamilton 2
4
1P2PP- PHOBIAPHILIAC (BF) Nicky Martin 6 11 2 ...........M Griffiths
7 WOWSHAM K Dalgleish 9 2................................................R Scott (3) 8
5
0/150- STERNRUBIN (CD) P Hobbs 6 11 2.................................. R Johnson
LEAHCAR J Ewart 8 11.......................................................................T Eaves 9
6
111D1- YANWORTH (CD) A King 7 11 2......................................B J Geraghty
- 12 declared - 6 declared BETTING: 1-3 Yanworth, 3-1 Sternrubin, 20-1 Behind Time, 25-1 BETTING: 5-2 Qianlong, 3-1 Big Kitten, 10-3 Moqarrar, 10-1 Altered
Method, 12-1 Windsor Cross, Spark of War, Skito Soldier, 20-1 others.
Phobiaphiliac, 33-1 Muffins For Tea, 150-1 Norphin.
4.50
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FAYEZ (C) D O’Meara 3 9 10.............................Daniel Tudhope 12
LAT HAWILL (C) K Dalgleish 6 9 9 .................P Mulrennan V 7
THA’IR (D) M Appleby 7 9 4..........................................R Winston H 1
EVERY CHANCE J Osborne 4 9 0..................................D Costello 9
BALTY BOYS B Ellison 8 8 13................................................ T Eaves 11
DANCE OF FIRE (D) N Alexander 5 8 13 .........................G Lee 10
LUV U WHATEVER Mrs M Fife 7 8 10 ......... B McHugh C,T 3
BURCAN (D)(BF) M Botti 5 8 9 ...................................... P Hanagan 8
GERRY THE GLOVER (C) B Ellison 5 8 9.....................J Hart C 2
MUQARRED Roger Fell 5 8 9................................T Hamilton C 13
RESTIVE (D) I Jardine 4 8 9..................................................J Gormley 5
ZABEEL STAR (D) K McLintock 5 8 9..........P J McDonald 14
TOBOGGAN’S FIRE Mrs A Duffield 4 8 4........J P Sullivan 6
LA CASA TARIFA M Johnston 3 8 0............................J Fanning 4
- 14 declared BETTING: 9-2 Every Chance, 5-1 Balty Boys, 6-1 Burcan, 7-1 Fayez, 10-1
Zabeel Star, Gerry The Glover, 12-1 Toboggan’s Fire, Tha’ir, Lat Hawill, La
Casa Tarifa, Dance Of Fire, 25-1 others.
5.20 1. VAN GERWEN (J Fanning) 4-1; 2. Henley 28-1;
3. Eccleston 14-1. 10 ran. 7-2 fav Royal Brave (6th).
11/4l, 11/2l. (J L Eyre). Tote: £3.90; £1.10, £5.10, £4.20.
Exacta: £87.70. Tricast: £774.66. Trifecta: £3872.40. CSF:
£83.76. NRs: Aleef, Hoofalong, Rosina, Tahoo, Ziggy Lee.
Hoofalong was withdrawn. Rule 4 applies to all bets,
deduction 20p in the pound.
Placepot: £785.60. Quadpot: £49.00.
Place 6: £194.39. Place 5: £37.08.
PLUMPTON
2.30 1. HIGHWAY ONE O ONE (T Cannon) 7-2; 2.
Cohesion 10-3; 3. Trust The Man 200-1. 13 ran. 11-10
fav Action Replay (5th). 8l, nk. (C Gordon). Tote: £4.90;
£1.60, £1.50, £21.80. Exacta: £17.10. Trifecta: £2526.50.
CSF: £16.45.
3.00 1. STOICAL PATIENT (Jamie Moore) 9-4 fav; 2.
Mrs Burbidge 4-1; 3. Venetian Lad 9-1. 7 ran. 8l, nk.
(G L Moore). Tote: £2.90; £1.60, £2.80. Exacta: £16.40.
Tricast: £65.99. Trifecta: £100.30. CSF: £12.05. NRs:
Orchestrated, Pretty Reckless.
3.30 1. KENYAN (C O’Farrell) 8-1; 2. Cheltenam De
Vaige 5-2; 3. Cheque En Blanc 6-4 fav. 11 ran. 1/2l, 21/2l.
(S Durack). Tote: £10.60; £3.00, £1.10, £1.40. Exacta:
£45.20. Tricast: £47.85. Trifecta: £158.20. CSF: £28.77.
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FORM VERDICT
The main attraction on the entire card has to be the dual Grade 1-winning
hurdler YANWORTH’s eagerly awaited chasing debut. His only blip
last season came when finishing down the field behind Buveur D’air
in the Champion Hurdle (subsequently disqualified) and this looks the
ideal place to begin life over fences. He should prove too classy for
Sternrubin, who has spent his summer on the Flat, and Behind Time,
who has the scope to be a decent type over the larger obstacles.
DOWNLOAD THE APP AT 188BET HANDICAP CHASE
(CLASS 3) £14,000 added 3m
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4324P- VIEUX LILLE (C)(BF) P Hobbs 7 12 0.............................. R Johnson
2 6F6P4- ALVARADO (D) F O’Brien 12 11 12.......................................... L Aspell
3
3-6515 KILBREE KID (D) T R George 10 11 12Mr N George (7) B,T
4
23212- DUELING BANJOS K Bailey 7 11 12..................................D Bass C,T
5
FF-599 JAYO TIME Kerry Lee 8 11 8.............................................Jamie Moore
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1116-6 TIMEFORWEST (D) Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 7...................A Coleman
7
-2121P GINGILI (C)(D) J Farrelly 7 11 7.........................................N Fehily T,V
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P/615- ZEPHYROS BLEU (D) H Whittington 7 11 5 H Bannister C
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P-3U71 CERNUNNOS (D) T R George 7 11 4..............B J Geraghty B,T
10 71U74- UMBERTO D’OLIVATE (CD) R Walford 9 11 4 .James Best
11 31U7P- SARTORIAL ELEGANCE C Tizzard 6 11 4........R M Power B
12 42514- BINDON MILL (CD) V Dartnall 8 11 3........................N Scholfield
13 P1/24- KING OF GLORY Miss V Williams 9 11 1...........C Deutsch (3)
14 4V17P- BEARS RAILS (C)(D) C Tizzard 7 11 0.......................H Cobden B
15
262P-3 TALK OF THE SOUTH (D)(BF) P Henderson 8 10 10.... T J O’Brien
16 3321P- LAC SACRE (D) J Flint 8 10 6 .............................M Bastyan (7) B,T
- 16 declared BETTING: 6-1 Cernunnos, 8-1 Dueling Banjos, Bindon Mill, 10-1 Vieux
Lille, King Of Glory, Kilbree Kid, Talk Of The South, 12-1 others.
PONTEFRACT
NEXT BEST
Cernunnos
(3.20pm, Exeter)
Rejuvenated by first-time
blinkers last time and remains
on a winnable mark.
FORM VERDICT
PRYDIS NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4) £6,000 added
2m 1f
1
2-1 ALKA STEP N Gifford 6 10 12...................................................T Cannon
2
744P6- CORBETT COURT Mrs D Hamer 5 10 12.....................T Whelan
3
7P3-1 GENTLEMAN FARMER R G Hawker 5 10 12...Robert Hawker (7)
4
851-15 GOOD MAN VINNIE P Henderson 6 10 12..........N Scholfield
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342-F5 HANDS OF STONE E Williams 5 10 12.......................A Wedge T
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24- HAREFIELD A King 4 10 12 ...........................................W Hutchinson
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P6F-2 HATCHET JACK P Henderson 5 10 12 ........................T J O’Brien
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4- KAPCORSE P Nicholls 4 10 12........................................B J Geraghty
9
45-1 KILBRICKEN STORM C Tizzard 6 10 12..............R M Power T
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2211- LALOR (D) R Woollacott 5 10 12................................T Scudamore
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LORD DUVEEN P Hobbs 4 10 12......................................... R Johnson
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06-46 MIDNIGHT MAGIC D Pipe 5 10 12.....................D G Noonan H,T
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1- ONEFORTHEROADTOM H Fry 4 10 12............................ N Fehily
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4 READY AND ABLE Jonjo O’Neill 4 10 12..................A Coleman
15
42 ROCKET RONNIE B Barr 7 10 12...............................T Garner (3) T
16
24 SNAPDRAGON FIRE Tom Lacey 4 10 12..................R T Dunne
17 3PP1-0 THOMAS PATRICK Tom Lacey 5 10 12Mr Thomas O’Brien (7)
18 PP-R4P WINTER SQUAW Mrs S Gardner 5 10 5 Lucy Gardner (3)
- 18 declared BETTING: 4-1 Lalor, 5-1 Kapcorse, 11-2 Onefortheroadtom, 13-2
Kilbricken Storm, 8-1 Lord Duveen, Alka Step, 10-1 others.
3.20
BEST BET
It Don’t Come Easy
(3.10pm, Newcastle)
The one to beat here following
his fine York effort last time.
Qianlong sets the standard on form, the son of Dragon Pulse running
another fine race for second at York last time. Nevertheless, he has had
plenty of chances now and preference is for MOQARRAR. Sir Michael
Stoute’s colt was no match for the exciting Glendevon at Kempton but
he still ran a lovely race for second and faces nothing of that calibre
here. Big Kitten made a promising start to his career when runner-up
at Beverley and he is another with more to come.
32RED CASINO CONDITIONS STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS
2) 2YO £25,000 added 6f
BEATBOX RHYTHM (D) K Burke 9 9 ................P J McDonald 7
ENCRYPTED (D) H Palmer 9 9 .................. Josephine Gordon 1
LAKE VOLTA (D) M Johnston 9 9.................................... J Fanning 2
IT DONT COME EASY R Fahey 9 6............................. P Hanagan 6
SAROOKH (D) R Varian 9 6.....................................................J Mitchell 9
THREE SAINTS BAY D O’Meara 9 6 ...........Daniel Tudhope 4
YOGI’S GIRL P Evans 9 4.................................................................T Eaves 3
RIVER BOYNE G Elliott (IRE) 9 2................................R Winston 8
SHAYA (D) Roger Fell 9 1 ....................................................T Hamilton 5
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 It Dont Come Easy, 7-2 Beatbox Rhythm, 5-1 Encrypted,
6-1 Sarookh, 8-1 Lake Volta, 10-1 Three Saints Bay, 12-1 others.
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4.00 1. RIDGEWAY FLYER (S Twiston-Davies) 7-2; 2.
Resolution Bay 8-1; 3. Theo’s Charm 3-1. 7 ran. 11-4 fav
Accord (4th). 1/2l, 6l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £4.30; £2.30, £2.90.
Exacta: £28.70. Tricast: £94.07. Trifecta: £86.00. CSF:
£31.17. NRs: Ballinure, Miss Crick, Octagon.
4.30 1. OH LAND ABLOOM (H Teal) 6-1; 2. Linguine 7-2;
3. Night Generation 8-1. 8 ran. 9-4 fav Clondaw Bisto
(4th). 3/4l, 7l. (N King). Tote: £7.10; £1.70, £1.50, £2.90.
Exacta: £34.70. Tricast: £172.13. Trifecta: £206.10. CSF:
£28.79. NRs: Beneficial Joe, Teak.
5.00 1. SAFFRON PRINCE (Callum Mckinnes) 3-1;
2. Crafty Roberto 4-1; 3. Barney From Tyanee 7-4
fav. 6 ran. hd, 11/4l. (D Bridgwater). Tote: £3.60; £2.40,
£3.30. Exacta: £16.90. Trifecta: £34.50. CSF: £15.62.
NR: Dark Mahler.
5.30 1. SMART BOY (I Popham) 6-1; 2. Bennachie 10-1;
3. Homers Odyssey 5-2 fav. 13 ran. 30l, 12l. (Jack Barber).
Tote: £7.70; £2.50, £2.90, £1.40. Exacta: £82.20. Tricast:
£196.71. Trifecta: £330.50. CSF: £64.43. NR: St Andrews.
Placepot: £175.60. Quadpot: £34.10.
Place 6: £100.37. Place 5: £49.00.
WINDSOR
FORM VERDICT
It Dont Come Easy makes obvious appeal following his fine second at
York recently but he hasn’t looked the most resolute in a finish and
the stiff six furlongs here might just catch him out. Sarookh shaped
well on debut here and duly built on that showing when landing a
Kempton maiden in good style subsequently, while fellow recent
scorer Encrypted and the consistent Lake Volta must be respected.
However, owner John Dance has enjoyed a fruitful few weeks with
his string and BEATBOX RHYTHM looked a colt firmly on the upgrade
when finishing strongly to land the spoils at York last time.
1.40 1. ICONIC KNIGHT (L Keniry) 9-2; 2. Big Brave Bob
ANTE-POST
Hughie Morrison’s Marmelo
is the new 11-2 favourite for
the Melbourne Cup following
his eye-catching prep at the
weekend.
Sarookh is facing tough company
in the 32Red Conditions Stakes at
Newcastle and preference is for Richard Fahey’s It Don’t Come Easy, who
boasts decent form at a higher level.
SUNBETS.CO.UK CLASSIFIED STAKES (CLASS 5) £7,300
added 1m
BAHAMIAN BIRD R Fahey 4 9 5.................................. P Hanagan 4
LUCKY VIOLET I Jardine 5 9 5..............................................D Allan H 7
PALAWAN J Osborne 4 9 5..................................................D Costello 3
BORN TO BOOM (D) K Burke 3 9 2.....................................C Lee (3) 1
BREANSKI (D) D O’Meara 3 9 2................. Daniel Tudhope V 6
JACQUARD M Johnston 3 9 2...................................P J McDonald 5
SUBHAAN R Varian 3 9 2.........................................................J Mitchell 8
VENTURA SECRET (D) T Easterby 3 9 2.................................................
................................................................................................ Rachel Richardson (3) 2
- 8 declared BETTING: 5-2 Subhaan, 4-1 Ventura Secret, 5-1 Lucky Violet, 7-1
Bahamian Bird, 8-1 Palawan, Born To Boom, 10-1 Jacquard, 12-1
Breanski.
BETWAY SPRINT HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £12,500 added
6f
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135563 BAHAMIAN DOLLAR (D) P Evans 4 9 5...................................................
.........................................................................................Katherine Glenister (7) 14
2
151080 ART OBSESSION (D) P Midgley 6 9 5 ......................D Costello 9
3
214242 NEZAR (D) D Ivory 6 9 5.........................................................R Winston 7
4 265931 FLORENCIO (D) Roger Fell 4 9 11(6ex) ...........T Hamilton C 3
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253652 JOHNNY CAVAGIN (D) Ronald Thompson 8 9 5G Lee T 11
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204217 TRICKY DICKY (D) Olly Williams 4 9 5..........................S James 5
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471240 KENNY THE CAPTAIN (CD) T Easterby 6 9 4....................................
................................................................................................Rachel Richardson (3) 6
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931364 BOY IN THE BAR (D) I Williams 6 9 4........................................................
.....................................................................................................Josephine Gordon B 2
9
428491 INEXES (D) Mrs M Fife 5 9 4....................................... B McHugh C 4
10 571252 SUMMERGHAND (D) D O’Meara 3 9 2 .Daniel Tudhope 13
11 -66326 SFUMATO (D) I Jardine 3 9 2...................................................T Eaves 12
12 8-0008 START TIME (BF) P Midgley 4 9 2................ P Mulrennan V 8
13 1-0479 SUMNER BEACH B Ellison 3 9 2............................................... J Hart 1
14 503207 TOMMY G J Goldie 4 9 2..........................................Phil Dennis (3) 10
- 14 declared BETTING: 11-2 Summerghand, 7-1 Nezar, Boy In The Bar, 8-1 Johnny
Cavagin, Florencio, 10-1 Start Time, Bahamian Dollar, Inexes, 12-1
others.
BETWAY DASH HANDICAP (DIV 1) (CLASS 5) £8,000
added 5f
1 283460 FREDRICKA (D) I Furtado 6 9 10...................Renato Souza C 8
2
667598 IMPART (D) D O’Meara 3 9 7............................... Daniel Tudhope 7
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362506 FRUIT SALAD (D) J Bethell 4 9 7........Josephine Gordon C 2
4
217492 LIQUID (D) T D Barron 3 9 6 ...............................................B A Curtis 9
5 530-04 BONDI BEACH BOY (D2) A Brittain 8 9 4 ................. C Lee (3) 6
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153225 THE BIG SHORT (D) C Hills 3 9 3......................P J McDonald 10
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045632 DUKE COSIMO M Herrington 7 9 3................................T Eaves C 1
8
430736 ORIENTAL SPLENDOUR (D) Mrs R Carr 5 9 2.................................
.......................................................................................................................J P Sullivan C 4
9
785011 INDIAN PURSUIT (CD) J J Quinn 4 9 0 ............................... J Hart 3
10 382894 SAVANNAH BEAU (CD) D Shaw 5 8 13......P Hanagan H,V 5
- 10 declared BETTING: 4-1 Indian Pursuit, 5-1 The Big Short, Duke Cosimo, 7-1 Fruit
Salad, Bondi Beach Boy, Liquid, 10-1 Oriental Splendour, 12-1 Fredricka,
Savannah Beau, 16-1 Impart.
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25-1; 3. Axe Cap 7-2. 11 ran. 7-4 fav Lord Riddiford (4th).
21/4l, nk. (Ed Walker). Tote: £4.50; £1.50, £5.60, £1.30.
Exacta: £88.90. Trifecta: £580.50. CSF: £112.44. NRs:
Crikeyitswhykie, Sienna Says.
2.10 1. ROAD TO DUBAI (Hayley Turner) 15-2; 2.
Bazooka 10-1; 3. Haulani 8-1. 14 ran. 7-2 fav Lunar Jet
(4th). 3/4l, 11/2l. (G Scott). Tote: £7.40; £2.40, £3.40, £3.00.
Exacta: £83.10. Tricast: £620.30. Trifecta: £840.50. CSF:
£77.98. NRs: Omotesando, Tomahawk Kid.
2.40 1. BALLESTEROS (P Hanagan) 10-11 fav; 2. The
Big Lad 12-1; 3. Morache Music 5-1. 8 ran. 13/4l, shd. (R
Fahey). Tote: £1.60; £1.02, £3.10, £2.00. Exacta: £12.80.
Trifecta: £34.40. CSF: £13.60.
3.10 1. GHALIB (R Kingscote) 8-1; 2. Dark Devil 13-2;
3. Glorious Poet 16-1. 12 ran. 5-1 fav Sir Roderic
(10th). 11/4l, nk. (Miss Amy Murphy). Tote: £6.40; £2.70,
£2.90, £5.30. Exacta: £39.40. Tricast: £827.34. Trifecta:
£2439.70. CSF: £58.05.
3.40 1. FLOWING CLARETS (M Godwin) 4-1; 2. Awesome Allan 7-4 fav; 3. Silver Penny 12-1. 13 ran. 11/4l,
shd. (J Bridger). Tote: £4.60; £1.50, £1.30, £3.10. Exacta:
£12.60. Tricast: £81.45. Trifecta: £123.20. CSF: £11.29.
NRs: Swendab, Tally’s Song.
4.10 1. LOVE AND BE LOVED (William Cox) 10-3 fav;
2. Edgar Allan Poe 8-1; 3. Born To Please 8-1. 11 ran.
2l, 1l. (J Flint). Tote: £4.30; £1.80, £2.50, £2.50. Exacta:
£36.50. Tricast: £202.73. Trifecta: £200.30. CSF: £30.11.
NR: Groor.
4.40 1. EAST COAST LADY (David Egan) 13-2; 1. INTERNATIONAL LAW (T Marquand) 9-1; 3. Caledonia
Duchess 6-1. 12 ran. 7-2 fav Green Howard (6th). dht,
shd. (W Stone, B Meehan). Tote: East Coast Lady £3.40,
International Law £4.50; East Coast Lady £2.30, International Law £2.30, Caledonia Duchess £1.70. Exacta:
East Coast Lady, International Law £36.60, International Law, East Coast Lady £41.30. Tricast: East Coast
Lady, International Law, Caledonia Duchess £191.12,
International Law, East Coast Lady, Caledonia Duchess
£197.00. Trifecta: East Coast Lady, International Law,
Caledonia Duchess £351.80, International Law, East
Coast Lady, Caledonia Duchess £536.00. CSF: East
Coast Lady, International Law £32.80, International
Law, East Coast Lady £34.07.
5.10 1. BETSALOTTIE (Mr B James) 6-1; 2. Seventii 7-2;
3. Dakota City 7-1. 12 ran. 5-2 fav Moojaned (6th). shd,
1l. (J Bridger). Tote: £6.90; £1.80, £1.30, £2.10. Exacta:
£33.50. Tricast: £156.09. Trifecta: £258.30. CSF: £27.46.
Jackpot: £17,820.60.
Placepot: £116.70. Quadpot: £13.40.
Place 6: £154.05. Place 5: £61.59.
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since it was announced that she
was top of the singles ranking for
the first time. The 26-year-old has
yet to win a Grand Slam title.
Garcia’s 11-match winning
streak came to an abrupt end with
Halep’s 6-4, 6-2 success.
“I feel great that the first
tournament where I’m No 1, I
won the first match,” Halep said.
“It’s nice and I did enjoy the time
on court.
“I’m in a place that I have never
been, with the happiness – also
with my inside feelings about
everything that
happened
this year.
“I think it
was my best
year so far, and
after I had so
many difficult
moments, I was
able to come back
stronger. It’s really
nice and for sure I will
never forget.”
In the day’s other contest,
Caroline Wozniacki (above) was
an even more convincing winner
as she dropped just two games en
route to a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.
The Dane, who has also yet
to win a Grand Slam, had never
beaten Svitolina in their previous
three meetings but had no
difficulties as she won the final 10
games in a row to clinch victory.
“I think I just kind of broke her
down a little bit,” Wozniacki said.
“Then I think she lost the belief
or she tried to go a little bit more
for it. She just couldn’t find a
break or find a way to break me.”
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL
NFL: Buffalo 30 Tampa Bay 27; Chicago 17 Carolina 3; Cleveland 9 Tennessee 12; Green Bay 17
New Orleans 26; Indianapolis 0 Jacksonville 27;
LA Chargers 21 Denver 0; LA Rams 33 Arizona
0; Miami 31 NY Jets 28; Minnesota 24 Baltimore
16; NY Giants 7 Seattle 24; Pittsburgh 29
Cincinnati 14; San Francisco 10 Dallas 40; New
England 23 Atlanta 7.
BASKETBALL
NBA: Brooklyn 116 Atlanta 104; LA Lakers 112
New Orleans 119; Oklahoma City 113 Minnesota
115.
CRICKET
FIFTH ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL
Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Sharjah: Sri Lanka 103 (26.2
overs; Usman Khan 5-34). Pakistan 105-1 (20.2
overs). Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets.
FIRST TEST MATCH
West Indies v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo: West
Indies 219 (82.5 overs; S D S D Hope 90no, K O
A Powell 56; A G Cremer 4-64) & 369-8 (121.4
overs; R L Chase 91no, K C Brathwaite 86).
Zimbabwe 159 (61.3 overs; D Bishoo 5-79).
CYCLING
UCI WORLD TOUR TOUR OF GUANGXI, CHINA:
Leaders after Stage 5 (Liuzhou to Guilin — 212.2
km): 1 D Groenewegen (Neth) Team LottoNlJumbo 5hr 4min 21sec; 2 F Gaviria Rendon
(Col) Quick-Step Floors; 3 M Cort Nielsen (Den)
Orica-Scott both at same time. Selected others:
17 N Roche (Rep Ire) BMC; 24 O Doull (GB) Team
Sky; 56 H J Carthy (GB) Cannondale-Drapac
all at same time; 82 J Dibben (GB) Team Sky at
5min 35sec; 113 A Dowsett (GB) Movistar at
16min 44sec. Overall: 1 T Wellens (Bel) Lotto
Soudal 17hr 13min 19sec; 2 B Mollema (Neth)
Trek-Segafredo at 6sec; 3 Roche at 11sec.
Others: 15 Carthy at 41sec; 78 Doull at 10min
23sec; 90 Dibben at 15min 25sec; 113 Dowsett
at 25min 17sec.
FOOTBALL
DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP
Linfield 2 Crusaders 5.
IRISH LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Finn Harps 2 Drogheda Utd 3.
SPANISH LEAGUE
Deportivo La Coruna 1 Girona 2; Real Sociedad
1 Espanyol 1.
ICE HOCKEY
NHL: Detroit 1 Vancouver 4.
TENNIS
WTA FINALS, SINGAPORE: Group A: S Halep
(Rom) bt C Garcia (Fr) 6-4 6-2; C Wozniacki
(Den) bt E Svitolina (Ukr) 6-2 6-0.
ATP ERSTE BANK OPEN, VIENNA, AUSTRIA:
First round: (1) A ZVEREV (Ger) bt V Troicki
(Serb) 6-3 4-6 6-4; G Simon (Fr) bt E Gulbis (Lat)
6-3 6-3; P Herbert (Fr) bt B Tomic (Aus) 7-6 (7-4)
7-5; P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt (5) J ISNER (US) 7-6
(8-6) 6-4; R Gasquet (Fr) bt F Lopez (Sp) 6-2 6-3.
ATP SWISS INDOORS, BASEL: First round: D
Shapovalov (Can) bt Y Sugita (Japan) 4-6 6-2 7-6
(7-3); H Chung (S Kor) bt P Lorenzi (It) 6-3 6-1; (6)
R B AGUT (Sp) bt M Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-0 6-3.
At last, Dodgers
have talent to
rule world again
league rated as one of the sport’s
best pitchers but has struggled
All season, the dominant Los to translate regular-season domiAngeles Dodgers have insisted that nance to post-season glory.
World Series titles aren’t won in
“Winning the World Series is
the regular season – “they’re won really all that we play this game
in October”.
for,” he said this week. “All the indiNow it’s time for the big dance vidual stuff is great, but at the end
and, having been the best team in of the day, I just want to win a
baseball for much of the punish- World Series.”
ing 162-game regular season, the
Standing between him and his
Dodgers are ready to make good on dreamaretheAstros,a101-winteam
their promise.
just four years removed
Standing in their way
from a 100-loss season
After the
are the Houston Astros,
in 2013.
the only team who could devastation
That turnaround is
claim to have toppled the caused by
extraordinary and, after
Dodgers as kings of base- Hurricane
the devastation caused
ball this season and thus Harvey, the
by Hurricane Harvey
fitting opponents for what
during the season, the
Astros
would
promises to be a highAstros would represent
be
a
popular
quality finale.
a popular winner among
It gets under way to- winner among neutral fans.
night at Dodger Stadium, neutral fans
They, too, made a big
and in a city renowned for
trade on the deadline to
shunning losers but flockstrengthen their bullpen
ing to see winners, the
and rang y veteran
stratospheric ticket
Justin Verlander has
prices have given
proven an astute acaway the local fans’
quisition from the
desperate thirst for
Detroit Tigers.
Years since
World Series ball.
Dallas Keuchel
LA Dodgers
Twenty-nine years
remains the firstlast appeared
in the World
have passed since the
string pitcher and,
Series
Dodgers won the last
alongside Verlander,
of their six World Series
forms one of the best
titles. They haven’t even
one-two punches in the
played in the Fall Classic since
league. However, their lack of
that 1988 title, an astonishing run depth compared with the Dodgers
considering they have reached the will be tested in game three back
play-offs 11 times subsequently.
in Houston.
For much of 2017 they looked an
The hope is that Jose Altuve, the
unstoppable juggernaut and the leader of their offense, can prodeadline-day trade for pitcher Yu vide the big-moment plays when it
Darvish looks to have had the de- matters, be that with the bat or at
sired effect. Their bullpen rotation second base.
boasts fearsome quality, and in
The Dodgers remain the favourClayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and ites, though, and LA is desperate
Cody Bellinger there is a good mix for another chance at glory.
of talent in a team boasting both Houston just wants to smile again.
up-and-comers and players in The two best teams in baseball are
their prime.
ready and waiting. October is here,
The left-handed Kershaw has and the World Series is ready to be
spent much of his 10 years in the won. THE INDEPENDENT
By Ed Malyon
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TODAY’S FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
EFL CUP FOURTH ROUND
AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough................................
Arsenal v Norwich...............................................................................
Bristol City v Crystal Palace......................................................
Leicester v Leeds..................................................................................
Man City v Wolverhampton (8.0)...........................................
Swansea v Man Utd............................................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
Oldham v Bury .......................................................................................
CHECKATRADE TROPHY NORTHERN GROUP
B: Wigan v Middlesbrough. GROUP F: Bradford
v Man City (7.30). GROUP G: Lincoln City v
Everton, Notts County v Mansfield.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE: AFC Fylde
v Wrexham, Aldershot v Sutton Utd, Bromley
v Maidenhead Utd, Chester FC v Barrow,
Dagenham & Redbridge v Macclesfield, Dover
v Woking, Eastleigh v Solihull Moors, Ebbsfleet
Utd v Torquay, FC Halifax v Maidstone Utd,
Guiseley v Boreham Wood, Hartlepool v
Tranmere, Leyton Orient v Gateshead.
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Hamilton v Partick..............................................................................
Hibernian v Hearts .............................................................................
St Johnstone v Ross County ......................................................
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH—FOURTH DAY OF FIVE:
Zimbabwe v West Indies (Bulawayo, 8.30am).
CYCLING
SIX DAY SERIES (London).
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RUGBY UNION
Hartley’s discipline
again a cause for
concern for Jones
– is no stranger to disciplinary committees, having spent 60 weeks of
England captain Dylan Hartley is his career suspended for various
one of three Red Rose forwards to brushes with authority.
have been cited after the weekend’s
He was yellow-carded during
European action.
Northampton’s clash with ClerHooker Hartley, No 8
mont Auvergne on SaturNathan Hughes and prop
day and is alleged to have
H
artley
is
Joe Marler will all have disstruck Rabah Slimani.
no
stranger
to
ciplinary hearings today
The offence – if proven
disciplinary
after alleged offences dur– carries sanctions of two
ing the Champions Cup, committees,
weeks at the low end, four
European Professional having already at the mid-range and anyClub Rugby announced spent 60
where between eight and
yesterday.
52 weeks at the top end.
The news will be of great weeks of
Wasps’ Hughes has
concern to England coach his career
been accused of danEddie Jones, who names suspended
gerously tackling Harhis squad for the autumn
lequins fly-half Marcus
internationals on ThursSmith, while Marler is
day. England’s commitments start charged with alleged use of the
against Argentina on 11 November elbow on Will Rowlands of Wasps in
before appointments with Australia the same match.
and Samoa.
In better news for Jones, Jonny
Hartley – one of Jones’s key foot- May says he feels “sharper than
soldiers since taking the job in 2015 ever” after underlining his autumn
Test credentials in front of the head
coach at the weekend. The Leicester wing’s two-try performance
during a 54-29 European Champions Cup drubbing of Castres made
it nine touchdowns in eight games
since his pre-season move to the
Tigers from Gloucester.
Jones, who watched as May and
company cut loose, could find it difficult to ignore him for England’s
autumn opener against Argentina.
“I came here to get better and test
myself, and I am enjoying the challenge,” May said. “I just want to keep
going how I’m going. I physically feel
sharper than ever, and I am learning a lot each week. I definitely feel
like I am getting better.
Dylan Hartley will learn his fate at
“I am desperate to be the best and
today’s disciplinary hearing
play for England.”
By Nick Purewal
Lomax not taking his
World Cup role for granted
England coach Wayne Bennett expects Jonny Lomax to be in contention for Friday’s World Cup opener
against Australia, but the St Helens
full-back knows from bitter
experience not to build up
his hopes.
Lomax (right) had
the world at his feet,
appearing in back-toback Grand Finals in
2010 and 2011 before
serious knee injuries
wrecked his seasons in
2014 and 2015.
Lomax, 27, is accustomed to
battling adversity. He is renowned
for the skull cap he has worn since
sustaining a head injury playing for
his school, which resulted in him
having to undergo emergency open
‘You can keep
punching
Takam
and he’s
still going
to be in
your face’
Anthony
Joshua
TRIPLE HEAVYWIEGHT
WORLD CHAMPION
RUGBY LEAGUE
By Ian Laybourn
BOXING
skull surgery to relieve the pressure
on his brain.
He battled back from his latest
setbacks to regain full fitness in
2016 and was rewarded with a first
England cap against France, before
keeping the No 1 jersey for the
Four Nations Series.
“That was a bonus, as
well as an honour and
privilege,” Lomax said.
“It was something I
thought I’d never get to
do, having had the setbacks I have.
“The World Cup was at
the back of my mind but I take
things week by week because you
don’t know what’s around the corner. In the past, I’ve looked ahead
and something’s gone wrong and
it’s devastating. That’s why I deal
with the immediate.”
I
t’s another fight week, another
sold-out stadium, but with the
added twist of a new opponent.
Kubrat Pulev’s injured bicep
means Carlos Takam steps up as
my mandatory challenger in Cardiff
on Saturday night.
I found out the news last Monday
when I came into the gym and
my trainer, Rob McCracken, said:
“Before you hear it from somewhere
else and so you’re kept in the loop, be
prepared for a change of opponent
because Pulev might be injured.”
After training, Eddie Hearn
messaged me saying, “Pulev is out
and Takam is in, call me if you need
anything” and that was it.
We haven’t had Pulev-clones
coming in for sparring, my coach
trains me to be better, not to
have a certain style or beat a
certain opponent.
Okay, I’ve been watching Pulev
for months but now it’s Takam. I
just switch my search in YouTube
from Pulev to Takam, that’s all that’s
changed, I’ve got to do the same job.
I’ve got to change my approach a
bit but I still need to box to the best
of my ability and I hope I can still
show my boxing technique as well.
I like to show what I’m capable of
against boxers and he’s got a very
different style.
This is actually a tougher fight.
You can keep punching Takam and
he’s still going to be in your face.
Some guys you hit once, twice and
then they are taking steps back and
not engaging. Hit Takam, he comes
forward looking for more and to
get inside.
Eddie’s a smart businessman, he
knows the sport. He told Carlos’s
team that he was next in line in the
IBF so to stay in shape as this is a
mandatory fight and you could be
next — and Carlos is a professional
and that’s what he has done.
He’s been called in and he’s got
a massive opportunity. I worked
hard for these titles so I don’t want
to have to just give them up, I want
to defend them because I’m a
proud champion.
It makes perfect sense to fight
Takam (right) and the only real
negative for me is that we haven’t
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Anthony Joshua trains in
Sheffield ahead of his title
defence against Carlos
Taka while (below) doing
pad work with trainer Rob
McCracken GETTY IMAGES
Verstappen: Bad decisions
by stewards are killing F1
By David Tremayne
AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
Niki Lauda called it the worst decision he had seen. Red Bull boss
Christian Horner said it was time
for a rethink on track limits. Jos Verstappen went into orbit on Twitter
about his son’s misfortune.
And Max Verstappen himself was
brutally critical of the race stewards’
decision to penalise him for the dramatic overtaking move that won him
the final podium position after a brilliant drive from 16th to third place,
that had the crowd in Austin on their
feet during Sunday’s United States
Grand Prix. He said that such decisions were “killing the sport”.
The Dutch prodigy – he has just
turned 20 – was one of the stars of
the race, after hunting down Kimi
Raikkonen’s Ferrari before diving
down the inside to take third.
But it was clear that in doing so
he put all four wheels the wrong side
of the white line that marked the
notional edge of the track, and the
stewards acted quickly to avoid the
embarrassment of Mexico last year
in which three drivers thought they
were headed for the same podium Verstappen, who is having the
slot. Rules are rules, right?
career that his father, Jos, once
But the problem here was two- seemed on the verge of. And rather
fold; others had transgressed
than Sebastian Vettel, it is
similarly over the weekend
Verstappen (left) that will
and gone unpenalised. It
be the danger man for
turned out to be the one
Lewis Hamilton in the
major blot on a great
years to come.
weekend for Formula 1.
Verstappen has long
Lauda, the chairhad Mercedes conman of the Mercedes
nections and it was exteam that won their
pected that they would
fourth consecutive consnap him up to partner
structors’ world chamthe Englishman when his
pionship in Austin, was
contract with Red Bull
outspoken as he made some
ended at the end of 2019.
This
interesting points.
decision is the But last week Verstap“This decision is the worst I have
pen surprised everyone
worst I’ve ever seen, he did
by agreeing an extension
ever
seen,
he
nothing wrong,. We’re racuntil 2020.
did
nothing
ing drivers, it’s ridiculous to
“Red Bull have always
wrong.
Why
destroy the sport with this
shown faith in me. They
kind of decision. There was cannot you
have always backed me
nothing to interfere with, it drive over
and I know we share that
was a normal overtaking.
ambition,” he said.
white lines?
“Charlie [Whiting, F1’s
Verstappen is F1’s
race director] argues all
future. Nobody will be
the time there’s white lines and you more aware of that than Hamilton,
cannot drive over them. Why cannot and Verstappen’s decision not to do
you drive over white lines?”
what is predictable will have come as
Controversy is nothing new for no surprise to him. THE INDEPENDENT
Hamilton ‘in
best shape’
after clearing
air with Wolff
I went to see him [Wolff]
last year and we both put
everything on the table. We
are stronger as a result
By David Tremayne
had 10 weeks build-up on him in the
and he’s always said he wants to
media. He’s a proper opponent and
fight me so I know that he believes
one that has been in camp knowing
he can beat me. He has nothing to
this fight could happen, so he’s
lose and everything to gain and
prepared for this.
that makes him a very
If Pulev had not been
dangerous proposition.
I was set
in the picture and we’d
Pulev came through
for a chess
announced that I was
the Olympic system, he
fighting Takam as my
match [against won World Championship
mandatory and No 3 in the Pulev], now
bronze and has that
rankings, that’s definitely a we get a Mike eastern European style so
credible defence.
he’s a very good boxer – I
Tyson-type:
Takam has been fighting
was looking for that being
shorter, thick- a bit of a chess match. Now
big guys for years. My
set
and
loves
a
last fights and camps
we get a Mike Tyson-type
left hook
have all been for tall men
in Takam: shorter, thicker
– Wladimir Klitschko is
set and loves a left hook.
6ft 6in, Eric Molina is 6ft
We all face injuries and
4in, Dominic Breazeale
niggles but you crack on.
is 6ft 7in, Pulev is 6ft
That’s my mindset but
4½in – now I am fighting
everyone is different.
a guy who is shorter at
You want to be 110
6ft 1½in and will be well
per cent, though, for a
under six foot when
world-title fight so you
crouched down and
have to respect that if he’s
rolling shots.
got the injury. It’s scary
It’s a completely different
and dangerous. Everyone
ball game and now I am going
is interested in what’s going to
to have to get ready for a guy who
happen in 2018 but, if I can’t get past
wants to get to work on the inside
Takam, it puts a massive dent in
and do a better job than some of his
those plans. EVENING STANDARD
other opponents.
Sky Sports Box Office will show the
We were talking about fighting a
world heavyweight title fight between
couple of years ago but I’ve never
Joshua and Takam exclusively live. To
sparred him, though. He’s so game
order, visit skysports.com/joshua
After his ninth victory of the season, Lewis Hamilton needs only to
finish fifth in Mexico this weekend
to clinch his fourth world championship, even if arch-rival Sebastian
Vettel wins.
Three races remain, but with his
66-point lead that is the hard reality
that the German and Ferrari have to
face after losing the lead to the Englishman in his Mercedes on the sixth
lap of Sunday’s US GP, and seeing
him control the race thereafter.
As Mercedes celebrated their
fourth consecutive constructors’
world title, team boss Toto Wolff
Lewis Hamilton is expected to clinch
his fourth F1 world title in Mexico
said that he thought Hamilton has
this year been driving at a new level.
He put that down to a meeting the
pair had had in his kitchen over the
winter. There, he said, they had discussed everything, and after three
acrimonious years teamed with
Nico Rosberg, who beat him to last
year’s title after his engine blow-up
in Malaysia, Hamilton had left with
no baggage.
“I went to see him at the end of
last year and our meeting was crucial in solidifying longevity with the
team,” Hamilton confirmed last
night, as he tried to smoke a celebratory cigar after offering a box to all
his engineers and quickly admitting
that it tasted “disgusting”.
“We both put everything on the
table and as a result we were able to
build an even stronger relationship.
“Toto does an exceptional job of
running this team. I’m in the best
shape, physically and mentally. I
changed my diet around Singapore.
I’m trying to live and drive to my
utmost potential, and today I was in
that zone.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Forget cup win and focus on Ashes, says Shrubsole
By Ed Malyon
World Cup hero Anya Shrubsole
has told her team-mates to forget
about those heroics and focus on
their multi-format series against
Australia.
England’s women beat the Matildas en route to glory in July, but
found themselves on the wrong end
of a tight game at the weekend.
And 25-year-old seamer Shrubsole (right), who took six for 46 in
that memorable World Cup final
victory over India, said: “It
has been a really long summer but if you can’t get
up for an Ashes series
when you haven’t got
the Ashes, then there’s
something wrong.
“What happened in
the World Cup can give us
a huge amount of confidence
coming out here, but equally we
know that it counts for nothing – it’s
a completely new series in different conditions.
“The teams are so close
together. I know we
snuck ahead of Australia but it was by the
smallest margin possible, so we always knew
it was going to be a tightly fought series. The first
game showed that and I’m
sure it will continue all the way
through.” THE INDPENDENT
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Spurs need to win trophy to
silence critics, admits Kane
By Tom Collomosse
Harry Kane admits Tottenham
will struggle to silence their
detractors until Mauricio
Pochettino (right) delivers his
first trophy as manager.
After challenging for
the Premier League
title in each of the
past two seasons,
Spurs have made
another fine start
to the campaign,
demolishing Liverpool
4-1 at Wembley on Sunday
to move level on points with
second-placed Manchester
United and five behind leaders
Manchester City.
Kane appeared to feel
discomfort in his hamstring
when he was substituted in the
89th minute and is likely to be
rested for tomorrow’s Carabao
Cup clash against West Ham.
The 24-year-old said the problem
was only cramp but, with United
around the corner, Spurs
will be hoping Kane’s
diagnosis is correct.
They visit Old
Trafford on Saturday
and will do so full of
confidence.
Tottenham have
also been impressive
in the Champions
League, yet Kane realises
they must win a major trophy
– their last was the League Cup
in 2008 – to move to the next
level. “People will always have
this little doubt about us until we
start winning things,” said Kane.
EVENING STANDARD
MANCHESTER CITY
Guardiola wary of threat
from table-topping Wolves
By Sports Staff
Manchester City manager Pep
Guardiola has stressed he is not
looking beyond tonight’s Carabao
Cup fourth-round tie against Wolves,
warning that “any team can beat us”.
With City having won 12 and
drawn the other of their 13 matches
in all competitions so far, there has
been plenty of talk about what they
might go on to achieve this season.
And the Premier League leaders
are certainly expected to make it
through the home tie against Championship table-toppers Wolves and
into the quarter-finals.
Guardiola is taking nothing for
granted, though, and has emphasised the importance of thinking
only one game at a time, with a
“serious” approach for every fixture. “The only thing as a manager I
said since my career started is think
about the next one,” he said. “The
next one is Wolves. It doesn’t matter
where or if they are in the top five or
six, any team can beat us.
“Only we can see in every single game, and [tonight] is another
game, to try to be so serious and
play as good as possible to deserve
the respect from our opponents.
“We deserve the respect of opponents when they look at us, when
they watch us on TV, on the field,
and say ‘that team makes a lot of
good things’. That is all I want.
“I am here to win the next one and
then next one and arrive in May and
say ‘how was the season’ and analyse what we can do to get better.”
Dangerous
weekend in
the offing for
Howe insists cup run will not
impinge on league campaign Mourinho
CARABAO CUP ROUND-UP
By Gareth Cox
Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth
manager, insists his side’s
Carabao Cup run will not
have a detrimental effect
on their Premier
League campaign.
The Cherries,
who sit second
bottom in the top
flight, entertain
Championship
Middlesbrough in
the fourth round of the
cup tonight.
“We want to get as far as we
can,” Howe (above) said. “I don’t
see it as a distraction [from the
Premier League], it’s a game we
want to win.”
Leicester City’s caretaker
manager, Michael Appleton, is
also keen on building momentum
in the cup competition. The
41-year-old will remain in
charge for Leeds’ visit to the
King Power Stadium tonight,
with Leicester’s Thai
owners working to have
a new manager in
place for Sunday’s
home league game
against Everton.
Appleton said:
“Winning is a good
habit to get into and
gives you momentum.”
Roy Hodgson has
pledged to hand starts to a
host of Crystal Palace players in
tonight’s trip to Bristol City.
Defenders James Tomkins and
Martin Kelly plus goalkeeper
Wayne Hennessey are all in line
to start at Ashton Gate.
Pochettino’s Spurs present great danger
to United, while Arsenal run into form
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
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A
way from the grim
tumult at Goodison
Park and the cut-throat
imperatives that govern
the game at the foot of
the table, there is a clear separation
at the top of the Premier League as
we enter half-term week.
In broad terms, with almost 25
per cent of the season completed, or
more accurately in the interests of
pedantry, 23.7 per cent, the contest
centres on Manchester and London.
In style and substance everybody is
chasing Manchester City, the gold
standard set at 25 points from nine
games, five more than their nearest
rivals, with a goal difference of 28,
superior by 10. I’ll go out on a limb,
here. I think City will win the league.
No, really.
Manchester United and
Tottenham Hotspur, who meet on
Saturday, share identical records in
second place, separated only by goal
difference, and four points further
back, also with records that match,
sit Chelsea and Arsenal.
It is with the Arsenal that this
half-term report begins since it was
only a week ago that an embattled
Arsène Wenger was being lectured
by Watford hard case Troy Deeney
on the fine art of duffing up posh
boys from Highbury and Islington.
Wenger has since seen his team
win in Belgrade courtesy of a
beautiful goal from Olivier Giroud
that owed much to the creative
impulses of one Jack Wilshere.
And on Sunday, Arsenal came
from behind to pick off Everton
with a selection that featured all
three of Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre
Lacazette and Mesut Özil for the
first time.
OK, Red Star Belgrade are not
Paris Saint-Germain and Everton,
alongside West Ham, are the
Premier League’s gifts to teams in
need of rehabilitation. Nevertheless,
we appear to have reached the
point in the season when football’s
biorhythms favour Arsenal.
Tonight, they have what should
be a Carabao Cup gimme at home
to Norwich City before hosting
Swansea City in the Premier League
on Saturday, as good an opportunity
as any to take advantage of the
impossibility of Spurs and United
both taking maximum points.
For the moment at least, Wenger
appears to have reached an
accommodation with Sanchez and
Özil, who despite the daily rumble
of speculation surrounding their
futures at the club, have at least
found a focus on the pitch.
Özil in particular made the
most of the beneficence bestowed
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Celtic fined after fan
attempted to kick
PSG striker Mbappé
By Ronnie Esplin
Harry Kane scores the
first of his two goals in
Tottenham’s 4-1 win over
Liverpool on Sunday
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Celtic have been fined €10,000
(£8,900) after a one-man pitch invasion against Paris Saint-Germain.
Uefa’s disciplinary body handed
out the punishment after a fan ran
on and aimed a kick at PSG striker
Kylian Mbappé during Celtic’s 5-0
Champions League defeat at Parkhead on 12 September.
The supporter was taken away by
stewards after failing to make contact with the teenage forward.
The supporter, 21-year-old John
Hatton, was later sentenced to
community service after admitting
assault and behaviour likely to incite
public disorder during an appearance at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
PSG have also been punished following the hearing, which took place
last Thursday. The French champions were fined €5,000 after some
of their supporters broke seats at
Celtic Park. Celtic’s fine is their 12th
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Hoops’ charge sheet
Dec 2011 £12,700 fine from Uefa for
fans singing pro-IRA chants in
Europa League.
Mar 2012 £21,000 after supporters
set off fireworks and unveil an insulting banner aimed at UEFA.
Sep 2012 £4,200 after fans set off
fireworks at Celtic Park.
Dec 2013 £42,000 after the Green
Brigade unveils “illicit banners”
featuring IRA hunger striker
Bobby Sands.
Sep 2014 £15,900 after fans display a
Palestinian flag during a Champions
League qualifier.
Feb 2015 £7,300 after fans clash with
rival supporters and Croatian police
in Zagreb.
Mar 2015 £3,600 after flares are set
off in Milan.
Feb 2016: £10,000 for fans using
fireworks following a Europa League
tie in Istanbul. A portion of the fine
relates to team’s “improper conduct” .
Aug 2016: £8,616 after fans again
fly Palestinian flags in Champions
League qualifier against Israeli side
Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Feb 2017: £16,050 for more fireworks
and crowd disturbances against
Manchester City at the Etihad
Stadium.
Jul 2017: £20,000 for assorted
crowd-related offences at home
to Linfield.
RANGERS
Caixinha: Players were an
embarrassment to club
By Andy Newport
by Everton to remind us of his
even find a reason to slow the
exceptional ability to shape a game
progress of their new house build if
and take it away from opponents.
Wembley continues to be as fecund
Indeed, the attributes
as this.
displayed were precisely
Even the luck is with
those lacking in the visiting
them to the extent that
Without
team at Huddersfield,
Harry Kane can limp
Pogba, Jose
where United inverted
off clutching the back
might
descend
the experience of Anfield
of his left leg without
further into
by dominating the ball
consequence. No six weeks
and still losing. Mourinho melancholy
and counting rehab for
and park the
blamed an attitude
him in Miami, from where
problem to explain the first bus against
United’s absent talisman
defeat of the season. In
Spurs just to Paul Pogba (below) teases
truth, after nine games the spite the world with regular bulletins
table is a fair reflection of
from the South Beach
the relative merits of the
treadmill centre.
leading teams.
Without Pogba, Mourinho might
The Özil upswing coinciding with
descend further into his gathering
the United downturn will doubtless
melancholy and park the bus at
throw the two ever closer
home against Spurs just to spite
together in the rumour cycle, not
the world. It is a dangerous
least as a result of the maddening
weekend for Mourinho against
failure of Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Mauricio Pochettino, a
to make anything of the
manager looking increasingly
opportunity he has been
special, not only in respect
given in the No 10 role at Old
of the tactically astute,
Trafford. How about a swap
positive football his team
deal in January?
plays, but in the way he
Spurs followed the
presents himself, always
impressive Champions
courteous, fair and without
League draw in Madrid
the tedious artifice of the
with a performance of
mumbling Portuguese.
commensurate authority
Chelsea seem capable
at Wembley to shred the
of anything, depending on
credibility of Liverpool as a
the state of Antonio Conte’s
top-four outfit.
brittle psyche. At full tilt with
What we are seeing is
Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante
the maturing of a team
and David Luiz all on the pitch,
and a manager with very
Conte is less likely to implode,
good players delivering
in which case Chelsea might
consistently. Spurs might
win the chase for second.
from Uefa for supporter behaviour
inside six years.
Their previous punishment was
a £20,000 fine in July for crowd
offences in their home qualifier against Linfield, including the
display of a banner featuring a paramilitary-style figure.
Meanwhile, Celtic manager
Brendan Rodgers revealed that
assistant referee Frank Connor
came looking for him to apologise
for the penalty Hibernian were
awarded in the Hoops’ 4-2 Betfred
Cup semi-final win on Saturday.
Celtic were 2-0 ahead at Hampden Park when referee Kevin
Clancy, after a word with Connor,
pointed to the spot even though
Dedryck Boyata had nicked the ball
away from Martin Boyle. Anthony
Stokes converted the penalty.
Rodgers said: “The young linesman came in after the game and
apologised, so that takes courage to
do that.”
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Pedro Caixinha has launched an
astonishing attack on his Rangers players after their Betfred Cup
semi-final loss to Motherwell, accusing them of embarrassing him, the
club and the fans.
The under-pressure coach (right)
did not hold back as he held a postmortem of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat
by Stephen Robinson’s Steelmen.
Twenty-hours on from insisting he
would accept responsibility for that
Hampden disappointment, he
accused his team of lacking the mental strength
to cope with playing
for Rangers before demanding the players
prove they are behind
him.
Yet Caixinha will
give the players who let
him down against Motherwell a second chance against
Kilmarnock tomorrow. Asked if his
players were tough enough to cope
with wearing the Light Blue shirt, he
said: “It doesn’t look like that. I’ve already told the players and that’s why
I’m telling you. I’ve told the players,
‘You are embarrassing me, you’re
embarrassing our club, you’re
embarrassing our fans. Now
it’s time for you to react’.
“If I could pick the same
XI, those guys who didn’t
do the work [on Sunday]
would start on Wednesday. These players play
for this club, for me. Are
they behind me? That’s what
they need to show. It is the next
stage for them to prove it.”
Martens and Giroud claim glittering Fifa prizes
Cristiano Ronaldo won the Fifa
men’s player of the year award last
night. The forward retained the
prize after scoring 44 goals in 48
appearances in 2017, including 33
for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal.
He collected his award at a ceremony held at the London Palladium.
Lieke Martens (above, right)
won the women’s player award
after inspiring the Netherlands to
victory on home soil at Euro 2017.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud (left)
won goal of the year for his scorpion
finish against Crystal Palace in
January ahead of Venezuela’s Deyna
Castellanos and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.
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FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Koeman is unlucky
but fans could never
identify with him
By Simon Hughes
Arsenal scored twice in the final five
minutes against Everton on Sunday.
Goodison Park, though, had already
given up. So often a “bear pit”, as
Frank Lampard once described it,
the mood had sunk to a new eeriness,
a sad acquiesce.
When Arsenal made it 5-2, the
calls for Ronald Koeman to go were
more audible, more aggressive and
widespread. For chairman Bill Kenwright, sitting uncomfortably in the
directors’ box, the horror was written on his face. “Oh no,” he appeared
to say, before nuzzling his chin into
his heavy coat, trying to escape the
cold and maybe the embarrassment.
A group of Evertonians had flown
to Tanzania for a summer friendly
carrying a banner with a message:
FC SEXY, it read, in recognition of
a popular social media hashtag. It
reflected general confidence: new
money, new players, a bigger squad,
an exciting youth team, European
football on the horizon, a new stadium on the docks to look forward to.
In less than four months, that
mood has changed completely, with
Koeman paying the price. There had
been a feeling inside Goodison that
the Dutchman should get until next
month’s international break to improve Everton’s state. Chelsea in the
Carabao Cup, Leicester, Lyon and
Watford were to follow. Yesterday, it
Moyes not
in frame but
Giggs keen
to speak
to owners
The
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The stories you
need to know
Ronald Koeman
lasted 16 months as
Everton manager
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Wa l s h , t h e m u c h - v a u n t e d
director of football, also be examined? It was not Koeman’s fault that
Huddersfield 9 3 3 3 7 10 12 the fixture list at the beginning of the
Brighton
9 3 2 4 9 10 11 season was so unkind. Koeman also
West Brom 9 2 4 3 7 10 10 inherited an ageing defence, which
Leicester
9 2 3 4 12 14 9 needed re-shaping and really could
Swansea
9 2 2 5 6 10 8 not afford to do without Seamus
West Ham
9 2 2 5 8 17 8 Coleman, who has been injured for so
Stoke
9 2 2 5 10 20 8 long – as was Yannick Bolasie, his big
Everton
9 2 2 5 7 18 8 signing from 2016.
B’mouth
9 2 1 6 6 13 7
Ultimately, though, he has been
C Palace
9 1 0 8 2 19 3 sacked because none of these issues
were managed well enough. Conwas realised that if Koeman did not fidence drained quickly and, amid
get it right, Everton would be out of the bad results, his tactics and team
two cups and facing a relegation bat- selections have been puzzling.
tle with a crowd that was not behind
It is likely, in the short term, that
the manager.
Everton will turn to David
In truth, it probably
Unsworth, their former
never was. From the
defender. There are other
beginning, Koeman
candidates, Burnley’s
never really soundSean Dyche and
ed like he wanted
Bournemouth’s Eddie
Everton victories
to stick around – his
Howe among them.
under
Ronald
comments about
One thing is certain,
Koeman in 17
ambitions to manthe appointment needs
matches – in all
age Barcelona one
to
involve someone
competitons – this
day adding to that imEvertonians can identify
season
pression. It is fair to say,
with – and maybe Dyche fits
he never seemed to really
the bill best. “My biggest probget what Everton was all about.
lem was that he called us Everton, he
There are mitigating circum- never called us ‘us’,” Kevin Ratcliffe
stances. Any manager would find it said yesterday, Ratcliffe having
hard when a 30-goal-a-year striker captained Everton to two First Diviis sold and not replaced, as Romelu sion titles. The next man in line at
Lukaku was.
least has to make Everton feel like a
Will the position of Steve destination. THE INDEPENDENT
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search for a new manager that is set
to fit with their ambitious spending
from the summer.
They will consider Burnley’s
Dyche, who has already attracted the
interest of Leicester City after they
sacked Craig Shakespeare last week.
However, it is understood Dyche
would want a firm commitment to
consider leaving Turf Moor having
been irritated by Crystal Palace’s
DOPING
Doctor claims China
doping scandal
Claims that more than 10,000
Chinese athletes used banned
substances during the 1980s
and 1990s will be investigated by
the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Chinese doctor Xue Yinxian told
German broadcaster ARD that “all
international medals” won by her
country during that period should
be declared void because, she
alleges, they are “tainted by doping”.
The 79-year-old is seeking political
asylum in Germany.
tactics in the summer when he was
courted but ultimately lost out to
Frank de Boer. The perception was
that Palace were keener to appoint a
foreign coach and Everton may well
do the same.
Ancelotti (right) is also an option,
although it has been suggested by
those close to him that he would take
a lot of convincing to get back into
the game so soon after being sacked
by Bayern Munich.
The Italian has talked about how
he would like to take a season out.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss
Thomas Tuchel may also be looked
at, having left the German club in the
summer.
Former Manchester United
assistant manager Ryan Giggs last
Everton are a fantastic
club with a fantastic history.
I would be interested in
[becoming the manager]
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Taylor banned for illegal action
Gloucestershire’s Jack Taylor has
been suspended from bowling
for a year after his action
was found to be illegal.
The off-spinner,
who has served two
previous bans, in
2013 and 2016, was
again reported for
throwing this summer
and sent for independent
testing at Loughborough
University. It showed a degree
of elbow extension in excess of the
permitted 15-degree limit. His case
was heard by the ECB bowling
review group on Friday.
Taylor (left), 25, took 13
wickets at an average of
47.61 in this year’s County
Championship Division
Two for Gloucester. His
batting average was well
above his career mark
at 39.11 and he scored four
Royal London One-Day Cup
half-centuries.
» Shrubsole’s rallying call, p51
night revealed he was interested in
both the Everton and Leicester jobs.
Giggs is looking to get into management following his stint as Louis
van Gaal’s No 2 at Old Trafford, having been interviewed for the job at
Swansea last season.
“I think you look at those two
teams, Leicester being champions
two seasons ago, Everton being a
fantastic club with a fantastic history, for me these are clubs I would be
interested in,” Giggs told Sky Sports.
GOLF
Austrian Open to be
played against clock
The European Tour will set a time
limit at next season’s re-branded
Austrian Open in a bid to combat
slow play. The Shot Clock Masters
in June will be the first professional
tournament to place a restriction on
every shot, at the risk of a one-shot
penalty. Each group will have 50
seconds for the first player to play
any given shot, and 40 seconds for
subsequent players. Each player will
have two time-outs per round when
their allotted time will double.
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WEST HAM UNITED
Bilic looks set to be
next to pay price
for poor showing
this season and a good chunk of
the previous one, is the football
When Slaven Bilic began the
equivalent to slow torture.
final year of his contract in the
Every few games, when West
summer, it had even then the
Ham have either dropped into, or
feeling of a long goodbye.
near to, the bottom three
David Sullivan and
of the Premier League
David Gold had
table, the result has
justifiably earned
been that he has “X
the reputation
number of games
of “reluctant
to turn it around”.
Goals West Ham
sackers” from their
It could be
have
conceded
time in football
three, four or, in
from set-pieces this
as co-owners of
the present case
season. More than
Birmingham and
apparently, two:
anyone else
then West Ham.
the Carabao Cup tie
Sullivan, in his TV
against Tottenham
interview before the
tomorrow night and
latest disaster to befall
the Premier League
Bilic and his team – a 3-0
It is much encounter away at
home defeat by Brighton less a matter Crystal Palace three
– called it morality.
days later.
of ‘if’ rather
It could be that or
It’s much less a
than ‘when’
it could be financial
matter of “if” rather
and Bilic
expediency, but to be
than “when” and Bilic
fair to the West Ham
knows it, his knows it, his players
co-chairman, the
players know know it – and the
managers employed by
fans know it. Now the
it – and the
him know that, as long as
situation has become
fans
know
it
things are moving along
more immediate and
OK they should, unlike
precarious.
many of their contemporaries,
Going into the match against
have the length of their
Brighton, Bilic was expecting a
contracts to prove they deserve
big performance from his team.
another one.
This was to be the real lift-off
Sullivan did add a caveat to
to West Ham’s season as they
his answer by saying things
disposed of Brighton and moved
would only change if the
away from the relegation zone.
position became desperate. He,
Bilic has been there a few times
Gold and vice-chairman
before at West Ham it is true, but
Karren Brady must
the manner of this defeat seemed
now decide whether or
like a red line had been crossed.
not, after the horror
It is not irretrievable, of
show against Brighton,
course, and Bilic has managed
desperation has been
redemption before.
reached.
The feeling seems
Bilic (right) has
somehow different
many qualities,
this time. The
one of the biggest
tightrope upon
being his honesty.
which Bilic has
He said he took
been balancing
full responsibility
for so long now
for Friday night’s
seems only a
debacle. What has
strand or two
been happening
from severing
to the Croatian,
completely. EVENING
though, for much of
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By Ken Dyer
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“However, there are a lot of coaches
out there who would be interested in
those positions.
“I’ve said all along that I’d be open
to clubs which share the ambitions
of myself. I want to improve clubs
and improve players, to enjoy working for them and for players to enjoy
the challenge.
“There are clubs in the Premier
League which would be good jobs
but also in the Championship and
League One. It’s more about the phi-
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Sri Lanka suffer yet
more ODI misery
Pakistan completed a 5-0 one-day
series whitewash over Sri Lanka
with a nine-wicket win in Sharjah. A
12th successive 50-over loss for Sri
Lanka was delivered in emphatic
fashion, Usman Khan taking five for
34 as the tourists were dismissed for
103 inside 27 overs. Pakistan chased
down the target in 20.2 overs, for the
loss of Fakhar Zaman (48). It was
the third series whitewash of the
year for Sri Lanka, who were also
outplayed by South Africa and India.
losophy for me than the stature of
the club.”
Former Everton manager David
Moyes has been mentioned, but it
is understood that he is not currently close to the top of the list of
desired candidates.
Unsworth, who briefly acted as
caretaker when Roberto Martinez
was sacked at the end of the 2015/16
campaign, is expected to be in charge
for tomorrow’s Carabao Cup tie at
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Zebo sacrifices World Cup place
Simon Zebo will sacrifice his place
at Rugby World Cup 2019
by leaving Munster and
heading overseas at the
end of the season.
Munster have
confirmed that the
Ireland wing (right)
will leave the Thomond
Park province next
summer, and is set to
join French club Racing 92.
Zebo has won 35 Ireland
caps since his 2012 debut, but the
Irish Rugby Football Union policy of
refusing to select overseas-based
players means he will not be
in head coach Joe Schmidt’s
plans next season.
French-speaking Zebo,
27, has never hidden his
desire to play abroad,
and said he put his family
first when opting to leave
Munster. “This club has
moulded me into the player
and person I am and I will forever
be grateful for that,” Zebo said.
FORMULA ONE
Toro Rosso drop
Kyvat again
Daniil Kvyat’s Formula One career
at Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso
appears to be over after he was
dropped for a second time in four
weeks. The 26-year-old Russian
made way for Pierre Gasly in
Malaysia before sitting out the next
race in Japan. Kvyat was brought
back into the fold for the US Grand
Prix and finished 10th on Sunday,
but he has not been retained for this
weekend’s race in Mexico.
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Kane: I can
become
as good as
Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
collects his Fifa
award at the
London Palladium
last night AFP/GETTY
By Miguel Delaney
Sport
Harry Kane is determined to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and become
the best player in the world.
Real Madrid forward Ronaldo
was last night crowned world
player of the year at Fifa’s The Best
awards in London, having scored
44 goals in 48 appearances for club
and country in 2017.
“That’s what I want to do,” said
Kane of Ronaldo’s record after
Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 win over
Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
“At some stage I want to be the
best player in the world and to do
that you have to be up there with
these players. They set the standards, Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi,
so for the rest of us it’s about trying
to catch them and get up there.
“The numbers are good but, for
me, it’s more important to be winning these big games against big
teams. It shows we are coming
together as a team and getting better. We will see where we finish at
the end of the year but it’s my aim
to be up there with the very best.”
That is increasingly likely to
happen if he keeps scoring at the
rate he is, and it should also mean
Tottenham keep winning games
and finally win trophies, because
Kane has the air of one of those
rare players who could well put in
“a Ronaldo season”: a blockbusting campaign in which his statistics defy all modern trends and he
scores more than a goal game.
Kane (below) already has eight
in nine in league games this term
and 13 in 12 in all competitions, following 35 in 38
last season to put him on
45 goals in 2017. It won’t
take too much for him to
reach 50 for the year.
“Fifty would be
nice,” he added.
“We’ll see.” THE
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Hartley’s future
in doubt once
more after
latest citing
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Joshua talks i
through his
big-fight
preparation
Everton target Ancelotti and
Dyche after sacking Koeman
By Miguel Delaney
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BASEBALL
Dodgers finally
have the talent
to claim World
Series again
Everton will look at Sean Dyche and
Carlo Ancelotti in what is expected
to be a wide-ranging search for their
next manager, after sacking Ronald
Koeman yesterday following a dismal start to the season.
Despite the club’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, saying just
three weeks ago that the Dutch
coach had his “total support”,
Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal
proved the final straw in a run of five
defeats in nine games that has left
them in the relegation zone, with the
club board making the decision after
the match at Goodison Park.
Koeman took training yesterday
morning, only to be told subsequently of the decision in a meeting with
chairman Bill Kenwright.
The fact Everton spent £140m in
the summer on players that Koeman
had identified specifically increased
the pressure on the coach when
results went against him, but there
was also growing concern about the
dysfunctional nature of the team
and the striking and sudden lack of
cohesion this season.
In total, Everton have won
just six of their 17 matches in all
competitions and there were no indications of any pick-up coming soon.
A statement yesterday afternoon
read: “Everton can confirm that
Ronald Koeman has left the club.
Chairman Bill Kenwright, the board
of directors and major shareholder
Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for
the service he has given to the club
over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last
season’s Premier League campaign.”
It is now expected that under-23
coach and former player David
Unsworth will take charge of firstteam duties, as Everton begin a
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