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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Touching
moment:
The two
presidents
put on an
affectionate
display at
the White
House
PICTURES: AFP/AP
T HE WORL D’ S M O ST P O PU L AR FRE E N E WSPAP E R
IT MUST BE
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Trump, Macron
and a very
special
relationship
n Pippa pops into the palace to see new nephew Page 5 » n May’s customs plan a ‘betrayal of good sense’ Page 2 »
TOXIC ARCTIC
n Microplastics
found to have
reached record
levels in the ice
n Pollutants
entering food
chain and could
be health risk
RECORD levels of harmful microplastics that threaten the health of
humans and wildlife have been found
in the Arctic.
Up to 12,000 of the particles per litre
of sea ice were found – up to three times
more than previously recorded. Some
by DANIEL BINNS
are about a sixth of the width of a
human hair and can be eaten by tiny
creatures that prop up the food chain.
Researchers say it shows how the
once-pristine polar regions have been
turned into a ‘sink’ for pollutants.
Dr Ilka Peeken, of Germany’s Alfred
Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine
Research, warned: ‘No one can say for
certain how harmful these tiny plastic
Continued on Page 9 »
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Rees-Mogg: May’s
customs plan after
EU exit ‘cretinous’
by JOEL TAYLOR
LEADING Brexiteer Jacob ReesMogg has hit out at Theresa May’s
post-Brexit customs plan, branding it
‘completely cretinous’.
The Tory backbencher questioned the prime minister’s
attitude towards leaving the
EU and added that while she
was ‘carrying out the will of
the British people’ it was
‘hard to read what level of
enthusiasm she has for it’.
Speaking in parliament at
an event organised by
the Open Europe
THE Department for Business
has made ‘virtually no attempt’
to free up staff to ensure a smooth
Brexit, say MPs. Meg Hillier, who
chairs the public accounts
committee, said the department
was ‘operating in a parallel
universe where urgency is an
abstract concept’.
think tank, Mr Rees-Mogg (pictured) dismissed Mrs May’s idea
of a customs partnership, one of
the two options she has put forward
to deal with future customs
arrangements. He said:
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‘It’s completely cretinous. It’s a
betrayal of good sense. I cannot
understand why the government is
faffing around with this system.’
He played down the prospect of the
government collapsing over the issue
but warned that the House of Lords
was ‘playing with fire’ by passing
amendments which he claimed were
attempts to overturn the referendum.
Hammond hails ‘turning point’ for economy
HOPES that an end to austerity is
in sight increased yesterday as
data showed government
borrowing slipped back into the
black for the first time since 2002.
Chancellor Philip Hammond
said the UK banked £100million
more than it spent on day-to-day
operations in the year to March.
Hailing the news as a ‘turning
point’ for the economy, he added:
‘It’s thanks to the British people
debt is falling.’ The boost comes a
week after data revealed wages
are rising faster than inflation for
the first time in a year.
The overall deficit dropped to
£42.6billion last year – the lowest
level in a decade. But figures show
Britain’s national debt is up to
£1.79trillion – 86 per cent of GDP.
Palma bans
tourists from
renting flats
Sky-high: Rents in Palma surged ALAMY
ISLAND resort Palma is to become
the first Spanish city to ban
apartment owners from renting
their properties to tourists.
The restriction follows
complaints from residents who say
rising rents mean they can no
longer afford to live in the city
(pictured) on Majorca.
Mayor Antoni Noguera said the
city council will vote for the ban
because ‘there is nothing worse
than having residents who can’t
live in their city nor afford a rent’.
Houses will be excluded from the
ban – which could be introduced
as soon as July – unless they are in
protected areas, next to the airport
or in industrial areas.
Rents on the Balearic island have
risen 40 per cent since 2013. Many
blame the price rise on internet
sites and apps that allow travellers
to rent apartments on a short-term
basis directly from homeowners.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 3
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t
Winning
smile: Mr
Macron with
his host
A FINE BROMANCE...
TRUMP AND MACRON
French cheek: A welcoming kiss
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
DONALD TRUMP hailed his ‘very
special relationship’ with Emmanuel
Macron when they met at the White
House yesterday.
The French president was the first
foreign leader to be honoured with a
state visit since Mr Trump entered the
White House, and seemed delighted to
bask in the attention.
The US president even took Mr
Macron by the hand as he led him to
the Oval Office in one of several handholding moments throughout the day.
But Mr Trump was almost too attentive when he pointed out ‘dandruff’ on
his guest’s shoulder during a photocall. ‘We do have a very special relationship,’ he said. ‘In fact I’ll get that
little piece of dandruff off, we have to
make him perfect. He is perfect. So it
is really great to be with you and you’re
a special friend.’
The high-level bromance risked
High office:
Mrs Macron,
left, with
Melania
A pat on the Mac: The leaders pose with their first ladies at the White House
overshadowing the UK’s special relationship with the US, which cooled in
November when prime minister
Theresa May ticked off Mr Trump for
retweeting anti-Muslim claims from a
British far-right group. Before then,
Mrs May had a hand-holding moment
of her own – during her trip to Washington soon after the president took
office in January last year. However,
Mr Trump had less luck with his wife
Melania, who appeared reluctant to
take his hand as they posed in the
White House Rose Garden with Mr
Macron and his wife Brigitte.
France has impressed Mr Trump
with its military response to the alleged
Syrian chemical weapons attack in
Douma earlier this month.
But Mr Macron is keen to persuade
his US counterpart not to tear up the
nuclear deal with Iran signed by
Barack Obama. Mr Trump warned
yesterday: ‘If Iran threatens us in any
way they will pay a price like few
countries have ever paid.’
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Monumental Millicent...
statue is a first for women
Momentous:
Crowds gather at statue
of suffragist Millicent
Fawcett, created by Gillian
Wearing, in Parliament
Square yesterday
PICTURES: PA/GETTY
Thandie turns the
heat on Time’s Up
THANDIE NEWTON claims she
‘wasn’t hot enough’ to be
involved in the Time’s Up
movement.
The 45-year-old British
actress (pictured) has alleged
she was abused by a director
aged 16. But she says she
wasn’t invited into the sexual
inequality group set up after
the Harvey
Weinstein
allegations,
because she
was not
‘mainstream
enough’.
She told
The Daily
Telegraph: ‘I
wasn’t hot enough. I wasn’t
mainstream enough and I
wasn’t going to be at the
Oscars this year, even though
I am having a renaissance in
my career.’ She previously told
Australia’s Herald Sun that it
was ‘painful’ to have been left
out of the movement.
Lumley stands up
for the good guys
A SUFFRAGIST leader has been
honoured with the first statue of a
woman in Parliament Square.
The monument to Millicent Fawcett
was unveiled after a two-year campaign led ‘from petition to project
manager’ by women.
Immortalised in bronze,
Fawcett stands 8ft 4in and
is the only female statue
alongside 11 historical male
figures. Crowds – including members of the
public in suffragette
by JAMIE JOHNSON
costume (pictured) – gathered to
watch the ceremony in Westminster.
Theresa May, speaking at the
unveiling, said: ‘I would not
be here today as prime
minister, no female MPs
would have taken their
seats in parliament, none of us
would have had the rights
and protections we now
enjoy, were it not for
one truly great
woman, Dame Millicent Garrett
Fawcett.’ She said the statue will
serve ‘not just as a reminder of Dame
Millicent’s extraordinary life and legacy, but as inspiration to all of us who
wish to follow in her footsteps’.
Activist Caroline Criado Perez
started the campaign in 2016 after
noticing the ‘woeful under-representation’ of women in the square. It
gained the support of mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Mrs May, and
the sculpture was created by Turner
Prize winner Gillian Wearing.
Ceremony: Criado Perez, May and Khan
BAFTA host Joanna Lumley
has warned not to ‘deride all
men’ as bad guys in the wake
of Hollywood’s #MeToo sexual
harassment movement.
The Absolutely Fabulous star
(pictured) told Good
Housekeeping: ‘The spirit of
the
suffragettes
is with us and
we’re
speaking out
about women
being treated
badly. That
said, I am
terrified that
all men are seen as bad. I love
and respect men. I am
married to one, I work with
some wonderful men. We
mustn’t deride all men, as
only the few are bad.’
At the Bafta awards in
February Lumley applauded
Britain’s response to the sex
scandals in the film industry.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 5
Expect-aunt:
Pippa
Middleton
yesterday
visiting her
new nephew
Still
waiting for
the name:
Kate shows
the world
her new son
on Monday
WENN
Meghan pulls
strings to ask
cellist to play
SAMIR HUSSEIN/
WIREIMAGE
Auntie Pippa
pops in to see
baby prince
by DANIEL BINNS
PIPPA MIDDLETON was spotted visiting the new royal baby yesterday as
the world continued to wait to find out
his name.
The 34-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly pregnant
herself with her first child, was seen
arriving at Kensington Palace following the birth on Monday morning.
Bells were rung at Westminster
Abbey and gun salutes fired in Hyde
Park and the Tower of London to mark
the birth of the duke and duchess’s
third child, born on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles, who is
expected to visit his new grandson
later this week after he returns from a
trip to France to mark Anzac Day
today, said he was ‘so pleased’ at the
latest addition to his family – the eighth
grandchild between himself and his
wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
He said: ‘It is a great joy to have
Welcome: A 62-gun royal salute at the Tower of London
another grandchild; the only trouble is
I don’t know how I am going to keep
up with them.’
Last night, the new prince’s name
had yet to be revealed, and it was
unclear if William and Kate had even
chosen one. The Countess of Wessex,
when quizzed by reporters yesterday
on the name, replied: ‘The jury’s out
PA
Proud: Wills leaves the palace yesterday GETTY
on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just
going to have to wait and see.’
Arthur remains the favourite among
bookies, although Philip, in honour of
the baby’s great-grandfather Prince
Philip, is also a close contender.
Kensington Palace would only say
that the name would be announced in
‘due course’. The new baby prince’s
great-grandmother
the Queen, 92, is
still at Windsor
Castle for Easter
Court with the
Duke of Edinburgh, who is recuperating following a
hip operation.
Honour: Sheku Kanneh-Mason PA
A CELLIST was ‘bowled over’
when Meghan Markle rang to ask
him to play at her wedding.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a rising
star of the classical music world,
agreed immediately to the request
from Prince Harry’s fiancee.
The 19-year-old winner of the
BBC Young Musician 2016 award
is among artists and choral groups
who will perform at the wedding in
Windsor Castle on May 19.
He said: ‘I’m so excited and
honoured. I was bowled over when
Ms Markle called me.
‘What a privilege to be able to
play the cello at such a wonderful
event. I can’t wait!’
Kensington Palace said: ‘Both
Prince Harry and Ms Markle have
taken a great interest and care in
choosing the music for their
service, which will include a
number of well-known hymns
and choral works.’
St George’s
Chapel will also
echo to the gospel
sounds of the
Kingdom
Choir.
In tune:
Harry and
Meghan
chose their
wedding
music
6 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Jewish leaders
label Corbyn talks
‘a missed chance’
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
‘Disappointed’: Members of the Board of Deputies (from left) Gillian Merron, Jonathan
Arkush, Jonathan Goldstein and Simon Johnson speak to reporters after meeting PICTURE: PA
JEWISH leaders last night dismissed a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss anti-Semitism in the
Labour party as a ‘disappointing
missed opportunity’.
It came after they wrote to the
Labour leader with a list of demands
following a protest attended by
hundreds of Jewish people outside
Parliament last month.
The meeting with the Jewish
Leadership Council (JLC) and
Board of Deputies for British Jews
in Mr Corbyn’s office lasted 90
minutes longer than scheduled, but
ended without agreement.
Mr Corbyn called it ‘positive and
constructive’, and insisted he was
‘absolutely committed to rooting
out anti-Semitism from our party
and our society’.
But a statement from the Jewish
groups said: ‘We welcome the fact
that Mr Corbyn’s words have
changed. But it is action by which
the Jewish community will judge
only he who can tell people this is
enough.’
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said ‘words in letters and newspaper articles will never be enough’.
him and the Labour Party. Our sole
Mr Corbyn said: ‘When members
objective from this meeting was to of Jewish communities express
build trust with Mr Corbyn, but this genuine anxieties, we must recogwill not be possible until and unless nise them as we would those of any
he and the party turn their many other community.
strong words against anti-Semitism
‘Their concerns are not “smears”.
into equally strong actions in
Jews belong in the Labour Party
order to bring about a deep
and we are utterly committed
cultural change in his supto making it a safe and welporters’ attitude to Jews.’
coming place for them.’
The JLC’s Jonathan
Mr Corbyn said he had
Goldstein said: ‘We are
asked Labour’s general secrelooking for a behavtary Jennie Formby to
ioural change in the
improve disciplinary
party and lookprocedures and ensure
ing for him to
complaints are dealt
‘Positive
and
act with paswith swiftly and
constructive’:
sion
and
fairly. Further steps
enthusiasm as
would be outlined
Jeremy Corbyn REX
he said he
‘in the coming
would. It is
weeks’.
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‘Sort this out’ says Lammy as
more Britons face deportation
THE Home Office is facing
by HAYDEN SMITH
fresh anger over the Windrush
scandal amid ‘heartbreaking’
he will be deported despite
new cases.
having a National Insurance
Labour MP David Lammy, a
card from 1974 & NHS
prominent figure in exposing
documentation from 1964.’
Mr Lammy posted an image
the fiasco, reported that his
of a ‘notice of removal’ letter. It
office had received six further
cases before midday
said: ‘You are considered a
yesterday.
person who has been
In one, a man who
unable to show evidence of
arrived from Jamaica in
lawful entry because you
1964 was warned he faces
cannot produce the
removal despite having
passport on which you
paperwork
claim to have entered
the UK.’
dating back
The MP for
decades.
Mr Lammy
Tottenham called
‘Shameful’: MP
tweeted: ‘My
on ministers to
constituent
‘sort this today’.
David Lammy AFP/GETTY
arrived aged
He said: ‘This is
6. The Home
an outrageous
Office [is]
miscarriage of
telling him that
justice. Grant
him his citizenship and
passport.’ He said each new case
‘is heartbreaking and an utterly
shameful indictment of this
government’.
Controversy erupted after it
emerged residents who settled
in the UK from the late 1940s to
the early 1970s had wrongly
been identified as illegal
immigrants because they lack
documentation.
Home secretary Amber Rudd
has announced that thousands
who arrived from the
Commonwealth will be offered
the chance to obtain British
citizenship free of charge and
without taking language tests.
The Home Office said a new
team was helping people get the
documentation they need, while
it was attempting to get in touch
with Mr Lammy’s constituent.
Foreign Office official says
sorry for Sikh temple gaffe
THE Foreign Office’s top
official has apologised after
calling one of the most revered
Sikh temples a mosque.
Sir Simon McDonald said ‘I
was wrong’ after referring to
the Golden Temple in Amritsar,
India, as the ‘Golden Mosque’.
His blunder came as Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn
promised he would launch an
independent inquiry into
Britain’s military role in the
Indian army’s 1984 raid on
the Golden Temple if he
became prime minister.
Sir Simon made the gaffe
on Twitter below a picture of
social activist Harjinder Singh
Kukreja and the UK’s deputy
high commissioner to India.
Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman
of the Sikh Federation, said:
‘It demonstrates a remarkable
level of ignorance from
someone in his position.’
In a mud
ddle: Sir Simon’’s Twiitter postt
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 7
Devastated:
Dad Tom
Evans talks
outside Alder
Hey hospital
where Alfie
(pictured left,
breathing on
his own in his
mum’s arms)
has been at
the centre of
a life-support
battle PA
‘Sex cult TV
star tried to
recruit Emma’
Little Alfie
is too sick to
fly to Rome,
rules judge
THE family of Alfie Evans have lost
their legal bid to take their severely ill
son to Italy for treatment.
A judge ruled yesterday that a flight
to Rome would not be in the child’s
best interest but urged doctors to consider letting him go home.
Parents Tom Evans and Kate James
won support from the Pope and the
Italian ambassador after doctors at
Homeless
debate:
Tory MP
Adam
Holloway
called for
focus on
people ‘in
real need’
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital decided
to withdraw Alfie’s life support.
The 23-month-old boy, who has an
undefined neurological condition, was
hailed as ‘extraordinary’ by Mr Justice
Hayden yesterday afternoon.
The Manchester court heard a military air ambulance was on standby to
transport the youngster, and that doctors at the Liverpool hospital had been
left in ‘genuine fear’ from hostile protesters outside.
Mr Evans claimed doctors had been
‘gobsmacked’ as his son continued to
breathe for himself after his life support
was withdrawn at 9.17pm on Monday.
Paul Diamond, representing the parents, told the hearing: ‘This really is an
appeal, in our submission, for common humanity and common sense.’
But the judge interjected: ‘I don’t think
it’s helpful to use emotive terms.’
In a witness statement, Mr Evans
suggested his son’s condition was ‘significantly better’ than had been previously believed. But Alder Hey doctors
and independent medical experts say
there is no cure and no hope for Alfie.
Tory MP: Rough sleeping cushier than Army
A TORY MP and ex-Army captain
has described his own experience of
bedding down on London’s streets
as a ‘lot more comfortable’ than
going on exercise in the forces.
Adam Holloway, MP for
Gravesham, told a Westminster
Hall debate: ‘If you are fit and of
sound mind, there are all sorts of
services that make it possible to
sleep out.’ But he said for addicts,
the mentally ill or the elderly,
‘then it is a very different thing’.
Labour MP Laura Smith said
she had been out with homeless
people, adding: ‘I don’t relate to
what you’re saying at all.’ She said
the high rate of benefit sanctions
among the homeless should
be examined.
Mr Holloway replied:
‘We’re going to get nowhere
in solving the problem if we
just feel sorry for
everybody, we’ve got to
focus on the people in
real need.’
SMALLVILLE star Allison Mack
may have tried to recruit
actress Emma Watson to join
a sex cult, it has been alleged.
Tweets sent by Mack in 2016
show she contacted Harry
Potter star Watson, 28, about
becoming involved in an
‘amazing women’s movement’.
In another post, she wrote:
‘@EmWatson I participate in a
unique human development &
women’s movement I’d love to
tell you about. As a fellow
actress I can relate so…’
Three years earlier, the TV
star, 35, reached out to singer
Charged:
Allison
Mack and
(above),
her tweet
to Emma
Watson
(below) REX
Kelly Clarkson, 36, saying: ‘I’m
a fan of yours. I’d love to chat
sometime.’ The posts emerged
yesterday after Mack
appeared in court in
New York accused of
recruiting women
for the Nxivm sex
cult run by Keith
Raniere.
Both deny charges
of sex trafficking and
conspiracy to
commit forced
labour.
They have
been
remanded in
custody until
next month.
Neither Watson
nor Clarkson
were available
to comment.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 9
DON’T MONKEY WITH ME! TOURIST GETS HIS COMEUPPANCE
Iggy serious?
Lizard steals
boy’s burger
THIS is the moment a cheeky
iguana made off with a
British boy’s burger.
Nine-year-old Max Mannion
was with his family on a
Mexican beach when the 2ft
lizard jumped on his sunbed
and grabbed his lunch.
The brazen reptile then
sprints away as Max is heard
yelling: ‘Get off me burger!’
Mum Lindsey, 43, filmed the
theft while the family were in
the Riviera Maya over the
Easter holiday.
She said the Grand Sirenis
hotel had warned them not to
A TOURIST became a victim of
instant karma when he tried to
push a monkey into a pond for
a laugh.
The prankster was left with
scrapes and scratches on his hands
and face when the animal chased
him down and attacked him.
A video of the incident, at the
Xitian Temple in Dehua County, in
east China’s Fujian Province,
shows the man approaching the
unsuspecting monkey, which is
sitting on a railing next to water
at the tourist hotspot. The man
shoves it and sends it flying over
the edge, but the monkey quickly
gets back on its feet and chases
the tourist around the compound.
The film shows more monkeys
joining in the attack before
tourists drove them away.
The victim later shared a photo
online of his injuries.
Brazen: The iguana steals the bun
Ice ‘binds plastic for up to
11 years’ until it can melt
» Continued from Page 1
particles are for marine life, or ultimately also for human beings.’
Microbeads from cosmetics, synthetic fabrics, packaging, paints and
cigarette butts have been blamed for
threatening wildlife living in the Arctic,
which includes walruses, polar bears,
seals and whales.
Polyethylene and polypropylene
along with paints, nylon, polyester,
and cellulose acetate – used in ciga-
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rette packaging – accounted for half
the samples gathered on three trips to
the Arctic Ocean in 2014 and 2015.
Dr Peeken said sea ice ‘binds this
plastic litter for two to a maximum of
11 years’ – the time it takes floes from
Siberia or North America to reach the
Arctic’s Fram Strait, where they melt.
Sources included the huge ‘garbage
patch’ in the Pacific Ocean, while the
high percentage of paint and nylon
pieces pointed to intense shipping and
fishing in parts of the Arctic Ocean.
A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads in the UK
came into force in January, while a full
ban on their sale becomes law in July.
The Arctic study is featured in the
journal Nature Communications.
Polluted: Glaciers in the Arctic ALAMY
feed the animals but ‘loads of
iguanas roamed the beach’.
The accounts manager,
from Derby, added: ‘My little
girl Nancy was screaming,
“mummy!” We were oblivious
until he jumped under the
umbrella ready to pounce.
‘I moved my foot. He looked
at Nancy – but she didn’t
have any food. Max (pictured)
was trying to guard his burger
and it jumped up and
ran off with it.
Max loves his
food and he
won’t let
anyone near it
but an iguana
cleared off with
his burger.
‘The kids
thought it
was hilarious.’
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Cor! Apple to show Ed movie
ED SHEERAN The Movie is coming to a
screen near you after Apple reportedly
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oughed
up a ‘seven-figure sum’ for the
iights to show it.
The documentary feature, expected to be
called Songwriter, will feature never-seen
ootage of the superstar’s continual rise.
o
The 27-year-old is keeping the flick in the
family, too, as his cousin Murray Cummings
s said to be at the helm.
I will be dead, warned Avicii
AVICII feared he
would end up
dead if he kept on
performing, the
tragic DJ reveals in
a documentary.
In Avicii: True
Stories, the Swedish
star tells film-maker
Levan Tsikurishvili: ‘I
have said, like, “I’m going
to die”. I have said it
so many times.’ Avicii
had cut down on
shows after being
diagnosed with
acute pancreatitis
caused by drinking.
He died in Oman
on Friday, aged 28.
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
Mouseketeer Gosling
was goofy about Brit
Xtina spills the beans on Mickey
y Mouse crushes
R
YAN GOSLING had a crush
on Britney Spears. But she
and Christina Aguilera fancied
the pants off Justin
Timberlake – that’s the
complicated love quartet of the Mickey
Mouse Club, revealed for the first time.
The four superstars were all
Mouseketeers on the Disney TV show in
1993, and now Dirrty singer Xtina has
spilled the beans on how Britney, now
36, and 37-year-old JT later emerged as a
celebrity couple.
Grilled in James Corden’s Carpool
Karaoke hot seat, Christina, 37,
confessed the feelings that both she and
Britney had for Trousersnake: ‘It was a
good time. He had
swag I have to say...
[even] back then he
had swag.
Minnie me: Xtina in
‘Me and Britney
were, you know,
Carpool, and with
like... well, you
Mickey co-stars
know, there was like a REX/CBS
thing back then...’
Despite Gosling, also
37, turning out to be the
big-screen heart-throb he
is today, Christina wasn’t
too keen on him at the time, insisting:
‘I think there were crushes, but I wasn’t
on the train.’
The La La Land star was too busy
try
ying to distract Britney
frrom Timberlake, she said,
ad
dding: ‘I know Ryan
acctually, pretty much, he did
haave a crush on Britney. I
mean, I think so! I think so.
m
Id
don’t know.’
Britney eventually
em
merged triumphant with
Tiimberlake, who she dated
fo
or three years.
When Corden, 39,
su
uggested Britney might
have had regrets once Gosling became
one of the world’s most pined-for movie
stars, Christina replied: ‘No! She got
Justin! They were like a big ol’ couple.’
12 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Tom, Glasses And
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THANK you to the kind guy at
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in London!
THANK you to all good-hearted
neighbours from Holbeck who
helped search for my naughty
husky dog, who ran off. After
three hours, the dog was found
Georgiana, Leeds
safe.
HUGE thanks to the guy in the
white top and the staff at
Salford Crescent station after
I collapsed on the platform at
THANK you to the kind person
who found my brown wallet in
Gosforth on Saturday afternoon
and posted it at my home.
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May, don’t cave in
on
customs
union
But without such a deal exporters will suffer
n Theresa May, do not back down over
staying out of the EU customs union
(Metro, Tue). You have the silent majority
behind you. We voted out of the customs
union and single market. Labour will lose
their 60-plus seats if they take such a
policy to their northern heartlands.
Mrs May, your Remoaner MPs will
back down. Brexit means Brexit and just
being in the World Trade Organization is
not the end of the world. If you
capitulate, why would the EU give us
anything but a bad deal?
Brexit Backer, London
n What a mess! Such an important
decision and nothing is clear yet. The
Tories are just a big joke.
Bart Polski, London
n It’s not too much to ask what better
benefits trade deals with non-European
countries will bring us when we actually
already have the biggest and best trade
deal by being in the customs union.
New trade deals may bring benefits in
ten or so years for business people but in
the meantime, ordinary citizens will face
higher food prices, roaming charges,
queues at airports, being a puppet of the
US, blue passports and God only knows
what else. I don’t like blue passports and
I don’t like puppet shows.
Tom, Edinburgh
n It could cripple the UK to leave the
customs union. We have a lot of goods
to export on our doorstep.
Daniel Sullivan
n We are leaving the EU and that means
the customs union and everything else.
What planet are these Remainers on?
Anon, Liverpool
My nt: W wll
qt ctom non
THERESA MAY has insisted that the UK
must leave the customs union after Brexit
so it can strike trade deals around the
world.
The prime minister said she would not
change course despite facing a series of
parliamentary battles over future customs
arrangements with the EU.
Mrs May will face the concerns of proEuropean MPs on Thursday, following a
massive defeat in the House of Lords.
But she said arrangements which are as
‘frictionless as possible’ with the EU and
by david hughes
the ability to sign trade arrangements with
other countries were both achievable
under the government’s proposals.
‘Coming out of the customs union
means that we will be free to have those
deals, deals that suit the UK,’ she told the
BBC on a local election campaign visit to
a firm in the West Midlands.
It comes as Mrs May is set to face calls
tomorrow from leading Brexiteers Boris
Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox to
abandon her preferred form of a ‘customs
partnership’ involving some regulatory
co-operation. The trio will tell her at a
meeting of the Cabinet Brexit committee
that such an arrangement would be
unworkable, according to The Times.
Though the looming Commons vote on
a pro-customs union motion would be a
non-binding one, it has the potential to
deepen Tory wounds on Brexit.
The PM’s spokesman played down its
significance, saying Thursday’s event was
a ‘routine backbench business debate’.
Making a
stand: Mrs
May poses
with Derek
Whitehouse
at furniture
firm Boss
Design in
Dudley PA
Better
e out: Metro’s report yesterday
n We should definitely leave the customs
union. The EU should not be allowed to
dictate who we can and can’t trade with.
When other EU states see the UK thriving
after Brexit they will want to leave as
well and make their own trade deals.
Avid Brexiteer, Glasgow
n Have Brexiteers considered what will
happen to industries that currently enjoy
the protection of the EU? Yes, prices may
drop as the market is flooded with cheap
imports, but that will decimate the
already beleaguered farming and clothing
sectors. Be careful what you wish for.
Neil Dance, Birmingham
n I think everyone who voted us out
of the European Union should take note
of the MPs who are still trying to keep
us in. They should be voted out at the
next general election. The people of
Britain voted us out – those MPs should
respect this.
Anon
n Anon of London (MetroTalk, Tue),
the ‘little EU box’ is the area we have
most of our trade with. By leaving the
customs union we lose our ability to
trade freely with that area. We will only
be able to trade freely with any other
parts of the world that we manage to
make agreements with.
Rich, Hertfordshire
My Thai wife is still barred
n I cannot bring my Thai wife to the
UK as I am on a pension and so
don’t earn enough. We have been
legally married for 13 years. So why
should the Windrush people have a
right to stay (Metro, Tue)? I cannot
bring my wife because of the change
in the law.
Will, Sheffield
n With the deepening Windrush
scandal, if this is how people who
were invited to the UK are treated,
how are European citizens such as
myself going to be treated in five or
ten years’ time?
Clint, Guildford
n Forgetting about the ‘Windrush
factor’ when controlling immigration
is an unfortunate oversight but not
an act of racism. We should be able
to put this right if people calm
down and stop trying to use the
situation as a political lever.
Mike Faux, Streatham
n My ancestors on both sides of
the family were illegal Huguenot
immigrants. Should I be worried?
Peter, Wolverhampton
n Good old Great Britain has been
trying to deport Caribbeans and
other nationalities since the 1980s,
and all political parties are guilty.
Shame on you all for using it to
score points.
Anon, Stretford
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 13
RUSH-HOU R C RU SH
LOVE is all around, as
shown by the messages by
our commuter cupids. Are
they talking about you?
Tell us if you get together!
TO the silver fox with the blue
checked shirt last Thursday on
the Northern line who got off
at Old Street at 7am. Drink?
Blonde, Mustard Dress
SLIM, blonde babe with blueeyed hunk, your stares and
flirting were hot, I’d gladly be
your third wheel!
Banana Guy, Southampton
INDIAN Girl with the green
midi skirt and white shirt. You
gave up your seat on the
Central line and then you tried
to drink your hot chocolate.
Would love to take you for a
hot chocolate sometime
Tall Indian Guy With
Tattoos On Left Arm
Broadgate Circle last
Wednesday evening. We locked
eyes. Wish I’d come over and
said hi but I chickened out.
Maybe a drink?
Tall Floppy Haired
Guy, Dark Coat
GIRL with curly-haired guy
who wished me a lovely
evening as she got off the
Thames Clipper at Greenwich
pier last Wednesday evening.
We bonded through laughter.
Coffee?
Girl In Patterned Pink Scarf,
Black Dress And Heels
BARBIE-LIKE girl with short
hair in a grey skirt, white
blouse and pink scarf. We
caught each other’s gaze on
the Circle line from Paddington
around 8am last week. I offered
you the seat. Meet again?
Grey-Suited Indian Guy
BRUNETTE with stunning eyes
and a tattoo on her right arm
drinking with friends at
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AND ANOTHER THING...
n The issue is not whether Prince
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Brixton recently GETTY
DON’T WORRY, PROF, YOU ARE GROWN-UP
n In Guilty Pleasures (Mon), Professor Green compares himself to people
he sees as ‘grown-up’. I saw his TV documentary on depression and
dealing with his father’s death. I don’t think he need worry. He seems
pretty grown-up to me.
Jacoby Thwaites, London
Charles has the skills (MetroTalk,
Mon) but rather whether the
Commonwealth is anything other
than a colonial anachronism,
under the sway of Britain and an
unelected royal. The leadership
needs to be rotated around
states, and the idea that it is a
hereditary plaything scrapped.
Sian, Bristol
n Why do people think Charles
should be bypassed for William
or Harry? Charles probably did
more royal engagements before
his 21st birthday than his sons
have done.
Anon
n Ben of London (MetroTalk, Mon),
glasses and ceramic mugs instead
of plastic cups in school would be
carnage! The school is setting an
example encouraging reusable
bottles. And Paul Grant, my
children have used their own
plastic water bottles for years
and are quite healthy!
Jo, Kent
n Graham of Hume asked why
Marvel films failed to get major
awards (MetroTalk, Tue). An Oscar
nomination can increase the gate
by 20 per cent so producers
court the nomination panels. On
the flipside, Star Wars, Harry
Potter, Avengers etc tend to
market heavily to their in-built
fan base. Titanic, Unforgiven and
Philadelphia all swept the board
at the Oscars but were so boring
I never got to the end! I’d rather
watch the Avengers.
Anon
60
14 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
You’re a divorce lawyer
in The Split. That’s a
dressing-down look, I’m much
change in fashion style
more of a slopping-aboutfor you – did you like
in-sweatshirts kind of
power dressing?
person. But the thing with
my character Hannah
You mean, where are
A legend:
my dungarees? Yes, it’s
is that she puts on her
armour to do her job – she
quite a change from the
Andrew Marr
SECONDSwith
NICOLA WALKER
The star of new legal drama
The Split, 47, talks schoolgirl
crushes, why she’d make
a rubbish lawyer and the best
shoes for a quick getaway
finds a place of safety in looking
that way. And the people she is
dealing with expect her to look a
certain way. But that was the thing
I found hardest, to look like that –
the heels killed me, for a start. I was
in tears.
You’re not a heels type of
woman, then?
Absolutely not. The only type of
shoes I feel comfortable with are
trainers, so you can make a quick
getaway if you have to. I think
that’s down to where I grew up, in
east London. I’m not making out
I was running away from trouble all
the time but I was asking myself,
‘how would I get away in these
heels?’ And I couldn’t run – I could
barely walk!
The plot is based around a
family divorce firm. Did you
know much about the subject?
No, it was all really new to me. I’ve
known people who have got divorced
but I really had no idea about the
mechanics of how it worked. This show
is driven by family law and it’s a subject
that’s so totally ripe for television
drama – I found it incredibly surprising
we hadn’t seen these characters before.
Because you see the relationship
between lawyer and client develop the
more you spend time with them.
How did you prepare for the
role?
I spent a day with a fantastic female
divorce lawyer so I could at least act the
part. This is television, so the divorces
are quicker than you’d get in real life,
but the actual circumstances that get
dealt with are pretty accurate.
There are women
getting into positions of
power in television and
they know there are all
kinds of stories to tell
REX
The Split is a big one for you –
you’re the lead. You do seem
quite excited.
I’m a bit flustered, to tell the truth.
I’ve just been interviewed by
Andrew Marr. He’s a bit of a legend,
isn’t he? And the thing is, when
I was younger, in my schooldays,
I had a real thing about newsreaders.
I think it was because I thought they
knew everything and they always
told the truth. I know Andrew Marr’s
not exactly a newsreader but it
took me back there.
game in that respect and it’s taking
television a long time to catch up.
You’re getting your best roles
now you’ve turned 40. Does that
surprise you?
It used to be that you were told ‘when
you’re over 40 as an actress, it all shuts
down’. But because, thankfully, our
culture is changing and there are roles
for all kinds of women, that’s no longer
the case. There are women getting
into positions of power in television
and they know there are all kinds of
stories to tell.
Do you think you would have
made a good lawyer?
Terrible! What I found was that my
empathy levels as an actor would be
totally useless for a lawyer – I’d be
in tears the whole time listening
to the stories and that’s no
What next on your
good to your client. You’re
agenda, a new series of
not their therapist, which
Unforgiven… sorry,
Unforgotten?
is what I’d be like. What
you’re trying to do is come
Unforgotten! Unforgiven
to some sort of resolution.
is the Clint Eastwood
Too much empathy is
film. It’s all right, I keep
absolutely no use to
getting that mixed up too.
your client.
.Unforgotten co-star:. I think it’s something
about that title [laughs].
.Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Yes, I’m filming that at
The show centres on
the moment and it’s a joy. There
three sisters and their
are some roles and character
mother and the production
relationships that feel completely right,
company is run by women. Did
and Sanjeev Bhaskar and I had that easy
that feel like a different way of
relationship right from the beginning.
working?
It’s got a real, genuine feel to it.
Do you know, it didn’t feel strange to
me, because at the start of my career
KEITH WATSON
I did a lot of theatre and there were
a lot of female directors and all-female
The Split is on BBC1
on Tuesdays at 9pm
panels. I think theatre was ahead of the
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 17
Nifty step into ballroom
is Strictly from the heart
T
HIS stage version of Baz
Luhrmann’s much-loved
Aussie film doesn’t feel as
unique as it did on screen. Will
Young’s decadent compere has
a whiff of Cabaret’s Emcee about him.
And the moment when our hero,
championship ballroom dancer Scott,
played by former EastEnder Jonny
Labey, discovers his wallflower dance
partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) comes from
a family of hot-blooded paso dobledancing immigrants, it’s as if the cast
had sashayed into West Side Story.
I’d bet my last sequin that both
classics are in director/choreographer
Drew McOnie’s list of top five musicals.
But it says something about this one
that the best bits are where it makes
you think of other shows.
There is, though, much here that fans
of Luhrmann’s 1992 movie will enjoy.
Not least the way his story both
lampoons and loves the kitsch world of
ballroom dancing, where dancers grin
to the point of gurning.
Despite the small-town setting, it’s a
tale of big themes: freedom versus a
megalomaniac dictator. Australia’s
REVIEW
JOHAN PERSSON
Strictly Ballroom, The Musical
Piccadilly Theatre, London
HHH
by JOHN NATHAN
ballroom dancing establishment – a
bloke called Barry with Trump hair and a
tyrant’s taste for power – expects Scott
to stick to official dance steps. No
improvising, and definitely no dancing
from the heart the way Scott likes to. It
has to be strictly ballroom.
This is a show with a lot of heart.
Although arriving from Australia via the
West Yorkshire Playhouse, it feels small
in the West End.
Young sings beautifully but is
underemployed by the 1980s popmedley score. Strallen is excellent as the
blossoming Fran and the lantern-jawed,
athletic Labey is also very good, if you
enjoy dance as an Olympic sport.
For me, only Fernando Mira as Fran’s
paso doble-dancing dad has the moves
to justify the price of a ticket. But then I
admit I’m probably not ballroom
dancing’s greatest fan, strictly speaking.
Make sure he rots:
Abused girl helps
jail stepdad from
beyond the grave
by JULIA ROBERTS
‘Blatant abuse of trust’:
Brett Connell STEVE FINN
A STEPFATHER who sexually abused
a teenage girl who later killed herself
by running in front of a train has been
jailed for nine years.
Brett Connell, 36, repeatedly targeted
his stepdaughter Georgia Walsh.
The 16-year-old jumped in front of a
train at Dunton Green station near
Sevenoaks, Kent, in March last year.
Four weeks previously, she told police
about the abuse she suffered at the
hands of the former pub manager up to
three years earlier.
Georgia was able to give her account
from ‘beyond the grave’ when video
of her interview was played during his
trial at Maidstone crown court.
She spoke of how Connell touched
her inappropriately while tucking her
in bed at their home in Swanley when
she was aged 13 or 14. She said it left
her ‘confused, lost and scared’.
A suicide note left near the tracks
read: ‘I can’t do this anymore. The
stress from the current situation is too
much to handle. 24/7 I feel guilty
because of what happened.
‘Make sure that b****** rots in hell
for what he has done.’
Connell, of Sevenoaks, had claimed
the allegations were ‘wicked lies’. He
was convicted of five offences of sexual activity with a child by majority
verdicts of ten to two. He was also
Moving on up:
Zizi Strallen
and Jonny
Labey. (Inset)
Will Young
Video testimony: Georgia Walsh FERRARI
found guilty of eight similar charges in
relation to another child.
Jailing Connell, recorder Peter Guest
said he had committed ‘a blatant abuse
of trust’, adding: ‘Georgia has lost her
own life because of you and because
of the pleasure you sought to obtain.’
Afterwards Georgia’s grandmother,
Carol Sharpe, said she was ‘incredibly
beautiful, funny, talented, and a great
artist’. Mrs Sharpe also urged any
other child in the same position to tell
a family member or police.
18 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Terror fears after mum
is sent 20 US passports
Frightened: Nicole Mitchell SWNS
A MUM who ordered shampoo
online was shocked to open a
parcel of 20 new US passports.
The package, which was
collected from a Robert Dyas
store by her partner, should have
gone to the US embassy.
Fearful Nicole Mitchell, 46,
called 999 but said a police
handler told her the DHL parcel
was ‘not a police matter’.
She called a US embassy
emergency number and several
hours later staff arrived at her
home in north-west London to
pick up the passports.
School administrator Nicole
said: ‘The implications of this are
massive. That’s why I was really
frightened. It’s a massive security
breach – what if they had gone
into the hands of a terrorist?’
The mum-of-one said DHL
staff told her the label on the
passports parcel was covered
with a label for her £35 order
from cosmetics company iHerb.
The US embassy said security
of such documents was a top
priority and it was investigating.
It said it was ‘grateful’ to Ms
Mitchell for her prompt action.
DHL said the mix-up was due
to ‘human error in the
relabelling of the parcel and we
apologise to all concerned’.
Blunder: One
of the 20 new
American
passports that
were delivered
by accident
Arrest gaffe
as councillor
is mistaken
for a suspect
A COUNCILLOR who went to report a by SARAH LUMLEY
crime at a police station was arrested
after being mistakenly identified as a the ‘extremely serious’ incident at the
Trinity Road station earlier this month.
suspect.
‘The member of staff on the front desk
Afzal Shah says instead of being asked
to give a statement about the allegation, was very dismissive. Had they not been
he was read his rights because he ‘looked like that none of this would have haplike’ a person accused of making threats pened,’ said Mr Shah, who represents
the city’s Easton ward.
of violence.
‘I was later told it was a misunderDespite explaining he was in a council
meeting at the time of the alleged standing, and that the person police were
offence, he was arrested and put in the looking for looked like me. But they
back of a police car in a public car park didn’t listen to me when I explained
who I was.’
as the station has no custody cells.
But the incident has not diminished
He was held there for 45 minutes until
his ‘unwavering determination’ to
officers realised their error.
The Labour councillor, who sits on deliver ‘community policing which
Bristol city council’s police and crime reflects and respects the diversity of
panel, said police had offered ‘profuse local people’, he said.
He added that he has been invited to
apologies for my wrongful arrest’, but
meet Avon and Somerset’s chief constahe is seeking legal advice.
ble Andy Marsh and police and crime
‘Given that I went in to
commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
report a crime, what tranSupt Andy Bennett apologised
spired was unbelievable,’
for the ‘distress and embarrassMr Shah said. ‘All that was
ment caused’ but said officers
needed was a bit of due dilihad acted in ‘good faith’.
gence. I sincerely doubt
‘Another man who was in the
many of the other [predomistation reporting an offence visunantly white] councillors who
ally identified Mr Shah as one
sit on the panel would
of the people involved.
have received the
This
identification
same treatment.’
was later found to
He said he had
Held
in
police
car:
Afzal
Shah
be incorrect,’ he
unanswered
said error was ‘unbelievable’
said.
questions about
Prisoners ‘should get elocution lessons’
EX-OFFENDERS should receive free teeth whitening and elocution
lessons when they leave jail, according to a rights campaigner.
A £1,000 ‘aftercare’ package – including clothes and a smart hair-do –
would ‘enable them to find work and boost self-esteem’.
Author and former prisoner James Carré-Rice said the proposals will
help ‘develop skills and cut reoffending rates’ in England and Wales.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 19
I HAVE A GUN,
IN BRIEF
Bush in hospital
after wife’s death
SHOOT ME!
FORMER US president George
H W Bush is in intensive care
with an infection, a week after
the death of his
wife Barbara.
A spokesman
said the 93-yearold contracted
an infection that
spread to his
blood but he is
‘responding to
treatments and appears to be
recovering’. Mr Bush (pictured)
was admitted to hospital in
Houston on Sunday – the day
after Mrs Bush was laid to rest.
Van attack driver in gun stand-off with police
Dozens injured as
quake hits village
DOZENS of people were
injured when an earthquake
flattened homes in Turkey.
The 5.2 magnitude quake hit
the village of Samsat in the
country’s south-eastern
Adiyaman province yesterday.
Most victims were hurt as
they fled their homes in panic,
and at least 35 people needed
treatment, said health officials.
Villager Zeynep Berk and
four members of her family
survived after neighbours
pulled them from their
wrecked home. A total of 13
aftershocks were recorded.
by CHARMAINE NORONHA
A DRIVER arrested for killing ten
pedestrians and injuring 13 others was
involved in a tense stand-off with
police moments after his rental van
came to a stop.
Alek Minassian drove the white van
on to a pavement in Toronto and continued for a mile before being confronted by police. The 25-year-old,
who claimed to be armed and pointed
an object at police, was filmed
shouting ‘kill me’.
When he said he had a gun,
one officer – who has been
praised for not opening fire –
said: ‘I don’t care. Get down.’
Minassian was arrested without any shots being fired on
Monday. Police chief
Body found in hunt
for missing tourist
Praise: The man is arrested without a shot fired
Mark Saunders said later: ‘The incident definitely looked deliberate.’
Minassian (pictured), described as a
college student from the Richmond Hill area of the Canadian
city, was yesterday remanded
in custody on ten counts of
murder and 13 of attempted
murder.
Asked if there was a terrorist
link, Mr Saunders said: ‘Based
on what we have, there’s
Tribute: People light candles and lay flowers on Yonge Street GETTY
nothing to compromise the national
security at this time. We need every
single piece of this puzzle so we can
have a fulsome picture and account as
to exactly what took place here.’
Flowers have been laid and candles
lit in tribute to those who died in the
incident at Yonge Street.
Motorist Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, said the
driver appeared to move deliberately
through the crowd at more than 30
mph. ‘He just went on the sidewalk,’ a
distraught Mr Shaker said. ‘He just
started hitting everybody, man. He hit
every single person on the sidewalk.’
Another witness, Phil Zullo, said he
saw police arresting the suspect and
people ‘strewn all over the road’.
Canada’s prime minister Justin
Trudeau expressed his sympathies
but added: ‘We cannot as Canadians
choose to live in fear every single day
as we go about our daily business.’
Man is held over karaoke arson that killed 18
POLICE have caught a suspected
arsonist accused of setting fire to a
karaoke bar, killing 18 people and
injuring five others.
Fugitive Liu Chunlu, 32, was
held over the blaze in a threestorey building in the city of
Qingyuan in Guangdong province,
southern China.
Police had offered a £22,000
reward for information in their
hunt for the man they say started
the fire early yesterday.
Chunlu was arrested in the
nearby city of Yingde. The public
security bureau revealed that he
had burns on his hips.
It did not provide a motive for
the arson but state broadcaster
China Central Television reported
that the attack on the bar had
followed an argument.
The entrance of the venue had
been blocked with a motorcycle
and was then ignited, setting it
ablaze. The building reportedly
had only one exit.
Emergency services received a
call about the fire just after
midnight and had extinguished it
by 12.55am, with injured people
taken to hospital.
China suffers frequent deadly
‘Motorbike set
ablaze’: The karaoke
bar in Qingyuan and
(right) suspect
Liu Chunlu AP
fires and industrial accidents. Last
year, police arrested a man over a
fire that killed 22 people at a twostorey house in Jiangsu province in
the eastern part of the country.
Investigators found traces of
petrol at the scene of the
pre-dawn blaze and all the doors
of the house were locked.
A BODY found by fishermen in
India has been identified as
missing tourist Liga
Skromane.
Latvian-born
Liga (pictured),
33, who was
living in Dublin,
was on a
wellness holiday
in Kerala with
her sister Ilze
when she disappeared on
March 14.
She was last seen leaving a
retreat with a taxi driver to
buy cigarettes.
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Bank offers freebie
to tempt switchers
by VICKY SHAW
FIRST DIRECT has launched a range
of welcome gifts including self-development courses and gadgets in a new
bid to woo customers from rivals.
The online and telephone bank,
which regularly tops satisfaction surveys, had previously offered up to
£125 to customers who switched
their current account.
Instead of cash, it is now offering a
choice from 300 online courses
including help with business ven-
BANKING giant Santander
suffered a 21 per cent slump
in profits after taking another hit
from failed construction giant
Carillion. The lender also blamed
‘competitive pressures’ as first
quarter profits fell to £414million
from £525million last year.
tures, or masterclasses on travel photography, bartending or drink mixology. Alternatively, customers could
choose a £150 Expedia e-voucher
or gadgets including Bose on-ear
wireless headphones or an Amazon
Echo Spot.
Joe Gordon, head of First Direct,
said: ‘Cash when you join is great
but it can get lost on day-to-day
spending. These new incentives
offer something that can be enjoyed
over a longer period of time.’
The move comes as payments
body Bacs reported that 273,000
customers changed their bank or
building society in the first quarter
of this year – the highest total
since 2016.
BUSINESS BRIEFING
Google parent
in web clover
GOOGLE’S parent
company Alphabet has
reported a 26 per cent
increase in revenue of
£22.3billion on the same
period last year.
The vast majority of
revenue came from
Google’s portion of the
business, which includes
the search engine, as
well as hardware such
as the Pixel smartphone
and Google Home line of
smart speakers.
Cyber threat
A QUARTER of small
businesses have fallen
foul of online fraudsters,
a study suggests.
And the average cost
of fraud is £35,000 – but
half of all victims don’t
report crimes to police.
Barclays Bank said the
cost of cyber crime had
stopped firms investing
in up to 50,000 jobs.
PARK’S WITCHING HOUR
ZOMBIES invaded Thorpe Park as the Surrey
attraction opened at midnight for the first
time. Visitors in fancy dress got a free ride
on the new Walking Dead roller coaster SWNS
Hamleys toy with takeover
THE Chinese owner
of Hamleys is in
talks to buy a stake
in House of Fraser.
The news C Banner
International could
invest in the
department stores
comes after owner
Nanjing Xinjiekou
announced a
restructure.
TOURIST RATES
Australia (A$)............................. 1.74
Canada (C$) ............................... 1.70
Euro (€).......................................1.09
New Zealand (N$) .....................1.82
Poland (zloty) ............................4.21
Singapore ($) ............................. 1.72
South Africa (rand) .................. 16.11
US ($)...........................................1.33
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Your love of the
good life may be
costing you more
than you think.
Lily Canter does
the maths...
WAYNE’S WORLD
The Red Or Dead founder on
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W
E ALL enjoy a treat,
whether it be a fresh
coffee on the way to
work, or a meal out
with friends during the
week. But cutting luxuries in the short
to mid-term can lead to massive
savings and help you to get your foot
on the property ladder.
Buying your own home remains the
number one life goal in the UK, ahead
of paying bills, marriage and children,
according to recent research by Direct
Line. But with the average first-time
buyer house price ranging from
£126,000 in the north of England to
£422,000 in Greater London, saving
for a deposit has never been harder.
The minimum deposit for a
mortgage now stands at five per cent
but most first-time buyers opt to put
down a larger sum to decrease their
monthly payments. The average
deposit for a first-time buyer is now a
whopping £33,000, although it is still
possible to buy with a deposit of
under £10,000. Charlotte Burns,
money champion at the Money
Advice Service, says saving carefully
does not mean cutting out all treats,
but it is important to prioritise. ‘Take
a look at what you are spending
money on and see where you can cut
back. This will be different for
everyone. For example, it is easy not
to realise that you are spending
hundreds on eating out. It is about
getting smart with your money rather
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 21
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REALLY
than missing out.’ There are a variety
of tools online to help you budget and
calculate savings at moneyadvice
service.org.uk.
IT ALL ADDS UP
So, what are the things that can
ultimately save you the most cash?
According to Scottish Trust Deed,
cutting back on minor purchases can
make all the difference. The average
price of a coffee is £2.45, so it might
be time to drop the daily habit of
picking one up on the commute to
work. If you buy one every weekday,
this costs in the region of £600 a year,
including a break for four weeks’
holiday. Buying breakfast or lunch
every weekday can be expensive,
even if you take advantage of meal
deals, which range from £3.50 to £4.
Spending £3.50 a day on food will
cost you at least £840 a year, so
taking sandwiches will be much more
cost effective.
Jumping in a taxi home instead of
walking or waiting for the bus may be
convenient, but it comes with a heavy
price tag. One Uber a week on the
average journey will cost £10, an
annual amount of £520. If you get an
attack of fomo (fear of missing out)
when your mates go out after work,
remember the average price of drinks
and a taxi home is £75, which will
cost you £900 over 12 months, even if
you only do it once a month. And
what about the cinema?
According to Statista, the statistics
portal, the average UK cinema ticket
price is £7.49 and this is before you
add snacks and drinks. A night out at
the movies can cost around £15 a
time, while a Netflix subscription is
just £7.99 a month. Even if you only
go to the cinema a couple of times a
month, this can add up to £360 across
the year. Gym membership can also
be a big drain on your wallet with an
average cost of £47 a month, racking
Continued on Page 22 »
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Slice of the pie: Cutting
out small things can
make a big difference
up £564 a year. Taking part in free
events, such as local park runs, or
commuting to work on your bicycle
would be a cheaper way of staying
fit. Forking out for a haircut and
colour every six weeks can also
quickly mount up with the national
average prices being £25 and £35
respectively. If you have an
appointment eight times a year, as is
usually recommended, than you will
be paying out £480.
And do you really need a £16
tanning session every month, or
could you convert to a tinted
moisturiser for less than £10?
Male grooming is also an
expensive treat, with the average cost
of a hot towel shave at the barber’s
being £14.10 and a beard trim £5.
Cutting this weekly treat could save
you between £260 and £733.
Going to a football match is
another expense that quickly adds
up. The average price of a
Premiership ticket is just over £29,
with a half-time pie and a cup of tea
costing around £5. Together with
after-match drinks and travel this can
soon add up to £100 a game.
ONE-YEAR PLAN
So you have identified what you
need to cut down on but where is the
best place to put your money?
For first-time buyers there are a
number of options that can give you
great rates of return within just one
year. The Help to Buy Isa and
Lifetime Isa both give you a 25 per
cent bonus a year.
In the Help to Buy scheme you can
put in an initial £1,000 deposit plus a
maximum of £200 each month,
meaning that within a year you could
make a return of £4,250 including
your £850 bonus. The maximum
bonus you can receive is £3,000
once you have saved £12,000.
A Lifetime Isa will let you save a
bit more, up to £4,000 a year which
will gain a £1,000 bonus on top of
this. Only those aged 18 to 40 are
eligible and the money must be used
for a first-time buyer property
purchase or for retirement from age
60 onwards. The maximum bonus is
£33,000. By giving up daily coffee
and meal-deal lunches plus cutting
out cinema trips and after-work
drinks, within a year you could save
£2,688 which would receive a £672
bonus in either of the Isa schemes.
This would mean you were halfway
towards a deposit on a £126,000
property.
SHORT-TERM SAVING
If you plan to save for five to seven
years then the biggest expense to cut
might be an annual holiday, as the
average Brit spends £856 on this.
Invest this money in a Help to Buy
or Lifetime Isa and you will make a
return of £7,490 in seven years. This
would be enough to secure a five per
cent deposit on a property worth
£150,000. If you are maxed out on
Isa allowance, then you can put any
remaining money into a regular
savings account earning a return of
up to five per cent interest. But
always make sure you have an
emergency fund for any unexpected
payouts such as car repairs or buying
a new washing machine.
Andrew Johnson, money expert at
the Money Advice Service, says
having a buffer of at least three
months’ expenditure is vital. ‘This
should be in an account that allows
you to access the money instantly,
without a penalty or fee.’
LONG-TERM INVESTMENT
If you are hoping to save enough
money for a property within five to
seven years then low-risk cash
options are best, says Warren Shute,
certified financial planner and author
of The Money Plan. But if you have
more than seven years to save, then
you may want to consider higher risk
investments and introduce a global
equity fund to boost the longer term
returns.‘Your returns will reflect
your experience and the economic
climate at the time you’re invested,
so it’s impossible to be certain what
you will achieve,’ Warren says.
‘Cash will return about one per
cent and the long-term stock market
return is nearer ten per cent, but only
if you hold tight during the roller
coaster.’ Use index funds. They keep
your expenses low, helping you keep
more money. Lexo.co.uk has ten
portfolios on offer, ranging from 10
per cent stock market and 90 per
cent fixed interest to 100 per cent
stock market.
‘How we
managed to
saved £8,000
in just a year’
A SURVEY of 2,000 young Brits by
Bellway Homes revealed that 87
per cent would not give up avocado
toast in order to save for a house
deposit. But Jessica, 27, and James
McDonnell, 29, (inset) saved £8,000
in just a year and still ate their
favourite snack. Their landlord was
putting their house on the market
and they wanted to buy it. They had
only a year to save. ‘We had zero
pounds in savings and were in
overdraft. But now we have an
eight per cent deposit,’ says Jessica,
from Huddersfield. The couple, who
have an income of £40,000 saved
£200 a month each into two Help
to Buy Isas and put away another
£150 to £200 a
month by
selling on
eBay,
mystery
shopping
and doing
online
surveys.
Much of their
saving came
from curbing
eating out to once a month, rather
than several times a week, and
using a cheaper supermarket.
‘When we ate out we would spend
£80 between two of us. We got our
weekly food shop down from £50 to
£20 on a good week and £30 on
other weeks.’ Jessica, a PR account
executive, cut her clothes
spending, took lunch to work and
bought a coffee once a fortnight.
They stopped going to the cinema
regularly and axed holidays, but
kept their gym membership and
Netflix. ‘It has been a bit difficult,’
Jessica admits. ‘Especially work
social events, but my friends have
been incredibly supportive and are
going through the same thing.’
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Check your tax
Your tax code is used by your
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The average person eats around 84.2kg of
meat per year, according to the most recent
data from the Food and Agriculture
Organization Of The United Nations. But
meat is expensive – costing the average Brit
around £15 a week. In a bid to cut costs, a
growing number of Brits are going flexitarian
— or semi-vegetarian. According to Mintel
research, a third of us are now flexitarian.
Follow #MeatFreeMonday on
Twitter for some tasty meal
ideas you won’t be able
to resist.
Protect your
personal details
Turn off that heating
More than half us admit to heating
our homes when we are out. A
study from Direct Line Home
Insurance, shows that British
homeowners heat their
properties for nearly 59 hours per
week, with the heating on
unnecessarily 11 per cent of the time. With
an average annual heating bill of £747,
turning off the heating when not needed
could save a household £82.52 each year.
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If you’ve ever wondered if you have been ripped off at a
garage, why not try a comparison site to cut costs?
WhoCanFixMyCar.com is the quick, simple way to
compare prices and reputations of garages near you.
Provide details of what work you require
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home. You probably have no idea that you have
it. Typically, legal costs of £50,000-£100,000 are
paid. It can help if you are negotiating a contract
when returning to work after maternity leave,
applying for flexible working, or if you feel you
have been wrongfully dismissed.
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Money
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Why it pays to
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STATE
PENSIONS
With Which?
money expertt
Gareth Shaw
What’s been your biggest
financial regret?
Cash or card?
What was your first job?
Have you spent a lot
of money at car
boot sales?
Your best investment?
Are you a saver or spender?
.
What would be your ‘money no
object’ purchase?
.
What luxury wouldn’t you
give up?
Are you savvy with
personal finances?
What was your last impulse
purchase?
n
THE state
pension is
a weekly
payment from
nt
the governmen
that you receive when
you reach state pension age.
On April 6 it rose by 3%. This is what
it means:
n You build up state pension by
paying National Insurance. The
minimum you need is ten years’
worth to get anything at all; you
need 35 years’ to get the full
amount.
n People who receive the state
pension can be divided into two
categories. The first includes those
who reached state pension age
before April 2016. The recent rise
sees the maximum basic state
pension rise from £122.30 to £125.95
per week for this group, equivalent
to an extra £189.80 a year. Any
additional state pension, based on
your contributions to the relevant
schemes, also goes up by 3%.
n The second category is those who
reached state pension age on or
after April 6 2016 and qualify for the
new state pension, which brings
together the basic and additional
state pension into a single payment.
For this group the full amount is
rising to £164.35 a week, up from
£159.55. That’s an extra £250 a year.
n The amount you get depends on
how many National Insurance
qualifying years you have and how
much additional state pension.
n The age for eligibility is due to
become the same for men and
women – 65 – in November this year.
See: which.co.uk/statepension.
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IT’S MARVEL
D
EEP in the plush corr
rridors
of London’s Corinthia
Hotel, the world’s most
famous superheroes and
villains are sitting, poised,
ready for the biggest Marvel
blockbuster ever.
There’s Tom Hiddleston, Benedict
Cumberbatch and Letitia Wright,
James Mottram checks in with Cumberbatch, Hiddleston
and Letitia Wright ahead of what might just be the
most ludicrously jam-packed Avengers movie ever…
laughing and joking on a superhuman
scale. The reason they are here is the
forthcoming blockbuster Avengers:
Infinity War, a two-part superhero
extravaganza in which Iron Man, the
Hulk and the other Avengers team up
with just about anyone in the Marvel
world to do battle with mega-villain
Thanos as he seeks to obtain the six
all-powerful Infinity Stones.
‘On the face of it, Avengers: Infinity
War should be an impossible jigsaw
puzzle, but it works,’ says British star
Tom Hiddleston, who returns as Loki,
Thor’s mischief-making brother.
Even by Marvel’s standards, the
enormity of this can’t be overstated
and praise abounds for directors (and
brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo.
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PLAC E YO U R B ETS W H I CH CH A R ACT E R W I L L D I E I N AV E N G E R S: I N F I N I T Y WA R?
Iron Man
Nebula
Hawkeye
Vision
Captain America
Will it be first in, last out? Also,
Robert Downey Jr isn’t getting
any younger – or cheaper.
Nebula, Thanos’s vengeful
adopted daughter, seems the
most likely to perish poignantly.
Remember him? Grumpy-faced
family guy with the bow and
arrow? An expendable Avenger.
One of Thanos’s Infinity Stones is
embedded in Vision’s forehead.
It doesn’t bode well for him…
Chris Evans is keen to ditch the
Marvel universe but, panic not,
that doesn’t mean ‘Cap’ will die.
26 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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I S TH I S A S U PE R H E R O FI LM TO O MANY?
BACK when the Avengers first
assembled in 2012, writer/
director Joss Whedon (right)
got much praise for the way
he deftly apportioned screen
time to six major
superheroes and one
supervillain (Iron Man,
Thor, Hulk, Captain
America, Hawkeye,
Black Widow and
Loki) within the same
blockbuster. That
line-up would barely
fill up one corner of
the screen in Avengers: Infinity
War, which lists more than
30 major characters drawn
from all the 18 previous
Marvel Cinematic Universe
(MCU) movies. Surely
that’s just too much
of a good thing? Even
if you allow these
characters, say, five
minutes each, that’s
already a two-anda-half-hour movie.
The prospect,
unless you’re a rabid
Marvel fan, isn’t so much
thrilling as exhausting. Its very
selling point is how much is
crammed into it. It’s a film
too big to fail and will
most likely make over
a billion dollars even if
it’s dismal. But such a
superhero megalith
also begs the question –
where can the MCU go
from here? Durr, to
Avengers 4, of course:
it’s due out in May 2019.
Purple
bum
grape:
LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH
Marvel flexes
its muscles...
a once-in-a-lifetime film, though.
‘Getting to be on that set is a cool thing,’
says Hiddleston. ‘It doesn’t happen
‘They have this incredible task of
every day. Of that I am aware.’
sewing these tiny little beads
Of course, this superhero
together in this massive
get-together is to save us
tapestry,’ says Benedict
from Thanos, whose arrival
Cumberbatch, back as the
has been teased since
mystical Dr Strange.
2012’s The Avengers.
‘That’s the stuff that
Played by Josh Brolin, he’s
would make my head
also ‘really, really ugly’,
ache. I don’t know how
laughs Cumberbatch: ‘He
they slept at night.’
The seeds for this superhero .Mystical: Benedict. looks like a haemorrhoid
smackdown have been
.Cumberbatch as. gone horribly wrong. Purple
bum grape was our
planted ever since Robert
.Dr Strange.
affectionate name for him!’
Downey Jr first slipped into
The good news is Infinity War won’t
his metal suit in 2008’s Iron Man.
stop abruptly as if it’d been cut in
‘He’s like the godfather of
two (yes, we’re looking at
Marvel – him and [comicyou, The Twilight Saga:
book legend] Stan Lee,’
Breaking Dawn).
says Letitia Wright, the
And if you think Infinity
24-year-old Guyana-born
War is going to be huge,
actress fresh off playing
what about the follow-up?
Shuri in the most recent
Due in 2019, Avengers 4 –
Marvel film, the $1.3bnfull name to be revealed –
grossing Black Panther.
will bring Phase 3 of the
With so many disparate
.Naughty:
Hiddleston.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
characters being pulled
to a resounding close.
together – Ant-Man, Spider.as Loki, Thor’s.
Man, the Guardians of the
.troublesome brother. Despite rumours about
possible deaths for major
Galaxy, Black Widow, the
list goes on – Infinity War comes across characters, we can be certain it won’t
be T’Challa or his sister Shuri, with a
as like a Marvel-only Comic-Con. No
sequel to Black Panther in the works.
wonder the cast started geeking out.
Wright also hints that these
‘Just sitting opposite Robert
siblings at least make it into
Downey Jr having lunch –
next year’s film.
what the heck?!’ laughs an
‘You see how that strong
incredulous Wright. ‘Mark
bond plays out in the next
Ruffalo has been amazing!
two films,’ she says.
He’s like my uncle now.
Whatever happens,
Love him. Uncle Hulk!’
Avengers 4 is going to
What about Spider-Man?
blow our tiny minds.
Surely meeting Marvel’s
.Excited: Letitia.
‘The next film,’ promises
famed web-slinger has got
to be high on the checklist?
.Wright as Shuri,. Cumberbatch, ‘is going to
‘Not really – not if you
.Wakanda’s princess. be bonkers!’
know Tom Holland!’ jokes
Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas
Cumberbatch about his fellow Brit.
from tomorrow. For review see
You don’t need Spidey sense to see
tomorrow’s digital edition of Metro
just how these actors are aware this is
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Music | Film | TV | Comedy
Bad girl and
a Jersey boy
THE BIG RELEASE
BEAST 15 ####$
E
VER since she shot to fame
competing to play Nancy in
Oliver! on BBC talent show
I’d Do Anything ten years ago,
Irish actress Jessie Buckley
has been linked to fictional bad boys.
And we’re talking very bad boys:
in Taboo she had a thing for Tom
Hardy’s incestuous, murderous
cannibal and in Beast, well,
we won’t spoil it for you.
The title sounds like a
horror and initially there’s
a Wicker Man vibe to this
remarkable British debut: sunny
island setting, chanting vocals on the
soundtrack, bountiful nature and
something unmentionable beneath.
Welcome to Jersey, where 27-year-old
Moll (Buckley) is still living at home
with her ‘naice’ middle-class parents. It
quickly becomes clear there’s an
unspoken Bad Thing in Moll’s past that
means her mother (Geraldine James – a
marvel) keeps Moll on a suffocatingly
short leash. Even more so with reports
of a serial killer loose on the island.
But after an excruciating birthday
party for her perfect pregnant sister,
Moll rebels and goes off on a bender,
ending up with Pascal (Johnny Flynn –
a star is born), a wild blond of grunting
sex appeal and no fixed abode. Sparks
instantly fly. ‘What do you do?’ Moll
asks him. ‘I work with my hands,’
Pascal replies. Needless to say, Moll’s
mummy does not approve. The
charismatic Flynn imbues Pascal with
convincing mystery, while
Buckley is simply mesmerising.
You could watch her, silently,
for hours and see a whole
story in her face.
There are times where Beast
tries too hard to be odd but this
psychosexual thriller boasts its
own confidently distinctive voice
courtesy of debut writer/director
Michael Pearce. The rural setting and
swirling passionate undercurrents recall
elements of God’s Own Country and
Lady Macbeth, other extraordinary
debuts of the past year. New British
indie cinema has rarely felt so alive and
thrilling. LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH
THE VERDICT
Hot new talent abounds
in this unique Jersey island
serial-killer thriller
The man who digs up mines
THE DEMINER 15 ###$$
‘IT’S like an action movie – but it’s
for real,’ says the son of Colonel
Fakhir (right) as he watches footage
of his father disarming bombs with
his bare hands. He’s right:
the explosions here are very
real. This documentary is a
memorial to Fakhir, an Iraqi
‘de-miner’ who disarmed
more than 600 mines in
Mosul in one year, his method
basically to poke at the ground for
mines with a stick and defuse them
with a pair of clippers.
Why this Kurdish father took
these insane risks, what his
comrades thought of him
and why he even wanted to
record his actions (he left
behind a suitcase full of
tapes) is left largely
unprodded. Luckily, the trove
of astonishing archive
footage speaks for itself. LI-Z
Scene
Forbidden love and circumcision
THE WOUND 15 ###$$
MALE viewers will be crossing their legs –
possibly over their eyes – at the circumcision
scenes in this eye-opening feature.
Undergoing the snip without anaesthetic
(or much in the way of sterilisation),
is a masculine rite of passage in
South Africa’s Xhosa tribe – Nelson
Mandela underwent it in 1934
and it’s still practised today, with
regular fatalities.
This fictional tale, inspired by
the practice, sees a factory worker
known as X (an impressive Nakhane
Touré, right) return every year as
a ‘care giver’ to the next round of young boy
‘initiates’ and guide them into manhood. This
year he’s charged with looking after a sulky city
boy from Johannesburg (Niza Jay Ncoyini),
who is rumoured to be gay, which adds an extra
tension to X’s own forbidden passion for
another, bullishly heterosexual care giver
(Bongile Mantsai).
Controversially, director John
Trengove is not from this
community and it shows in his
observational approach. But this
Xhosa take on Brokeback Mountain
still makes for a fascinating reflection
on African masculinity, even if it hits
predictable dramatic beats. LI-Z
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Music | Film | TV | Comedy
MUSIC MAESTRO, PLEASE!
SHEARS ON HIS NEW ALBUM
‘BACK in the Scissor
Sisters days, it was
basically me and
[fellow ‘Sister’]
Babydaddy that
were trying to
shoulder the
burden of the
band. I learned
how to deal with
that in the years
after. Now I’ve been
having a blast making
a record on my own.
Everything right
now, with the book
and the record, is a
bit more personal.
I can go places
that I couldn’t
necessarily go with
a band because
what you write,
everyone has to be
able to represent.
GETTY
Scene
‘The music on the solo
album is definitely 100
per cent me. There’s
an absolute link to
Scissor Sisters and
that sound but
I think in a very
interesting way.
I got to play with
all the toys and
all the sounds
and that made me
super happy.
‘I’m the only voice on
the album but I did
do some songs with
Babydaddy (left)
and [Birmingham
musician] Mr
Hudson (top left)
wrote some too.
He was living in my
basement in LA and
he’s been a wonderful
part of my life.’
.Going it alone: Jake Shears,.
.with fellow Scissor Sister.
.Ana Matronic (inset above).
SHEAR FORCE
T
Jake Shears is hanging up his
heels and putting the past behind
him with a tell-all memoir and
new solo album, says Simon Gage
HERE comes a time in
every man’s life when
he’s ready to put away
the thigh-high stiletto
boots and move on. For
Jake Shears, that time is now. For
years he’s been honing those calves
loved me,’ he says, admitting that
thanks to his role as lead singer of
even in dark times he’s a pretty
global glam-rock phenomenon
upbeat person. ‘I could have gone
Scissor Sisters and, more recently,
down a lot of different roads at the
as drag queen-collaborating
time. There were a couple of dodgy
cobbler Charlie Price in Kinky
years there where it could have
Boots on Broadway.
gone south.’
But it’s turning-point time for
The racier parts of the book
Shears, something that has
include drugs and lots of detail on
manifested itself in an as yet
his dancing-for-money days – he
untitled solo album, due later this
actually kept his routine relatively
year, and – most excitingly – an
autobiography. The latter tracks his PC by imagining his mother
journey from suburban son of a pilot watching him as he did his bump
and grind. Was he tempted to tone
through dancing on New York bars
things down?
while punters stuffed dollar bills in
‘No, I’m not ashamed of
his underwear to superstardom…
anything,’ he smiles. ‘The only
and, yes, high boots.
thing I regret is hurting people’s
‘I had a ridiculous amount of fun
feelings. But I wanted to paint a
on Broadway,’ says Shears over
proper picture of what my life was
coffee in his New York apartment,
like and what New York was like
‘but now it’s all about the book.
from my perspective.’
Some of it wasn’t the easiest to
He pulled the material
write. I underestimated what it
together thanks to journals
would take out of me.’
he has always kept, a
That’s because there is
pretty good memory and
darkness – like the death of
chance encounters with
his best friend, the split with
characters from his past
his partner and tricky
who would jog his
moments like coming out
memory about details
as gay to his parents.
he’d forgotten,
‘That was hard to write
like the time he
but at the same time it
proposed to his
made me realise
boyfriend while
how lucky I was to
they were
have amazing
.Kind: Shears’s bff, Kylie,.
both… let’s just
parents and mentors
say ‘overand people looking
.keeps him grounded.
refreshed’ at
out for me who
Glastonbury. But even if that
relationship with film-maker Chris
Moukarbel, the man who became
his boyfriend after that night on the
tiles, happened quickly and while
not entirely sober, it was a great
success… and still is.
‘It lasted 11 years,’ says Shears.
‘I love him a lot and he’s a
wonderful guy. We have a great
friendship – he’s the only longterm relationship I’ve ever had. I’ll
always consider him family.’
And Shears has been masterful at
surrounding himself with the right
people, whether it’s lovers or the
right best girlfriend.
‘Kylie is great,’ he says of the
pop princess who has become his
go-to girl. ‘I’m really proud of her,
with all the stuff she’s got going
on. Whenever we’re in the same
town we always hang out. She’s
a grounding force and a very kind
and sweet woman.’
He admits he is hit by depression
every so often.
‘Having a break-up was really
tough but I stay on top of those
things and do my best to take care
of myself,’ he says. ‘I still go to
therapy and I think I’m pretty
adjusted. Basically, I’ve got a
pretty heightened kind of life but
I’m generally a very happy person.’
The book, Boys Keep Swinging
(Omnibus Press), is out now
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 29
NER
IN PART
ITH
SHIP W
METRO
ared Harris off-duty
is an unsettlingly
casual proposition.
More commonly seen
on screen in regal finery
(King George VI in The
Crown), waistcoat and
pocket watch (Lane Pryce in Mad
Men), or military uniform (Ulysses
S Grant in Lincoln), today he’s
sprawled on a sofa in a London hotel,
his jeans, checked shirt and jazzy tie
creating the impression of the world’s
trendiest geography teacher. He is
jovial and entertaining company,
displaying none of the buttoned-up
reserve of his most famous roles or,
indeed, his most recent one in new
ten-part AMC drama The Terror.
Part adventure yarn, part
psychological thriller, part monster
movie, it’s based on Dan Simmons’
doorstop fictionalisation of a true
story about two Victorian naval ships
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JARED HARRIS PLUNGES INTO THE TERROR
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BRINGING YOU ALL THE SHOWS YOU KNOW
‘WITH NO HERO
OR VILLAIN, THE
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on a mission to discover the fabled
Northwest Passage that would allow
access from Europe to the Pacific via
the Arctic Ocean.
‘They’d bitten off way more than
they could chew, in a world they
weren’t prepared to deal with,’ says
Harris of the crew who, stranded,
starving and freezing, begin to turn
on each other. Harris plays Francis
Crozier, second-in-command of the
expedition and a supremely gifted
sailor. Barred from the highest ranks
by his humble background, he
appears to be the voice of reason on
the doomed venture.
‘But he has his demons!’ laughs
Harris. ‘There’s no hero or villain in
this story and it feels a lot richer for
that. It’s a bunch of white guys on a
boat dressed in the same costumes
and covered in facial hair, all looking
the same, so every character has to
be really distinct.’
Jared Harris relished the
comradeship on his chilly new
drama, he tells Gabriel Tate
Harris’s co-stars include Ciarán
Hinds, Ian Hart and Tobias Menzies,
and the esteemed cast kept each
other sane on the long shoot, which
took place in Hungary and Croatia.
‘It was a difficult, tiring shoot and
you’d understand if someone had a
wobble but it was very supportive,’
says Harris. ‘No one fell out with
anyone, no one was a giant d***,
there were no personality clashes.’
The camaraderie was forged in the
face of a brutal Budapest cold snap.
‘That breath you see on screen is
genuine,’ he says. ‘They were going
to refrigerate the soundstages but
realised they didn’t have to and
could save a bunch of money. You
didn’t have to do “cold acting”.’
Buckingham Palace and Sterling
Cooper must have seemed a long
way away, I suggest.
‘The Crown and Mad Men were
both wonderful experiences,’ Harris
smiles. ‘Everyone was aware they
were working on something special
but Mad Men seemed to penetrate
the cultural consciousness. Suddenly
cocktail culture was popular again
and men didn’t dress in shorts and
sports shirts any longer. It was
amazing to watch.’
Has he ever spotted any surrogate
Lanes? He roars with laughter. ‘I
don’t think anybody wanted to copy
Lane Pryce! During my fitting with
Janie Bryant, the costume designer,
I was going, “This looks like my
BARRY
The comedian Bill Hader, a
Saturday Night Live regular
in the States, is the deadpan
heart of this dark Sky Atlantic
comedy. Barry (below) is a
hitman who, out of the blue,
discovers he’s got a calling to
fatalities. So what gives? The
secrets of Simon’s apparently
perfect life slowly unravel…
Series available now.
be an actor. But how to give
up the day job that pays the
bills? Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler
has a ball as the acting guru
tapping into Barry’s inner
thesp. Episode one is available
tomorrow.
FLIGHT HS13
This Dutch
thriller has
a neat hook –
handsome
surgeon Simon (Daniël
Boissevain, pictured right)
was supposed to be on a
flight that’s crashed with no
survivors but his name is
not on the list of
INTO THE BADLANDS
This adventurous mix of the
apocalyptic and the medieval
(above), which packs plenty of
swordplay into its tale of
warlords and warriors,
is building an audience
of Outlander-style
devotion. We’re up to
season three, which
sees the formidable
Babou Ceesay join
the cast as a very
scary-looking Pilgrim.
Season three is
available now.
WILD WILD COUNTRY
Not since Making A Murderer
has a Netflix documentary
picked up such a buzz by word
of mouth. So catch up now with
the fascinating six-part saga of
how the arrival of a bunch of
devotees of spiritual guru
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
(above) in the tiny town of
Antelope, Oregon, in 1981,
provoked a showdown. Series
available now. KEITH WATSON
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in partnership with
AND LOVE ON DEMAND
Jared Harris: an actor for all seasons
to hellraising, was a constant
stepfather, Rex.” And it turned out
inspiration to Jared.
she had been watching My Fair
‘I learnt a lot watching him tell
Lady for inspiration.’
stories at the dinner table,’ says
Yes, that’s ‘Rex’ as in ‘Harrison’.
Harris, ‘how he’d respond to
Harris is from distinguished
people’s interest. He’d
thespian stock: his parents
elaborate in certain areas
were actors Elizabeth Rees
of the story where
and Richard Harris. The
he hadn’t before
latter, twice Oscarbecause a person
nominated and as hugely
In
command:
Harris
had got tickled by
gifted as he was prone
as Francis Crozier
something he’d said, so he’d see how
long he could keep that ball in the air
before he goes on with the story.’
But acting wasn’t inevitable for the
shy, argumentative young Jared.
‘I was a middle child, trying to
elbow my way into the picture,’ he
says. ‘Because I was good at winning
arguments, it was thought I’d have
a career in law, but I hadn’t had the
opportunity to figure out who I was.’
IT THREW UP SO MANY QUESTIONS…
LENNIE JAMES ON JUMPING SHIP TO JOIN FEAR THE WALKING DEAD
Double take:
Lennie James
as Morgan in
Fear The
Walking Dead
(above) and in
The Walking
Dead, right AMC
‘It took me by surprise,’ says
James, on hearing the news that
his character Morgan, who has
been in and out of epic zombie
saga The Walking Dead since
episode one, was to switch
shows. ‘I didn’t think it was going
to be that conversation at all.’
So what kind did he expect?
‘The one everyone on The
Walking Dead expects – the
death conversation. All I could
think of to say to showrunner
Scott Gimple was, “so I’m not
going to be bitten, then?” It
was afterwards that I had so
many questions.’
Questions – and the exciting
prospect of finding out what
made Morgan, one of The
Walking Dead’s most intriguing
characters, who he is.
‘It’s a unique opportunity to
take a character I’ve been
familiar with for so long and
explore his history,’ he says. ‘I’m
not aware of that kind of switch
being done on television before.’
Being on The Walking Dead
was not without its benefits,
though. ‘I wrote three episodes
of Save Me while working on
The Walking Dead,’ chuckles
James. ‘You have a lot of time
between takes.’
Fear The Walking Dead is on
AMC on Mondays at 9pm. Episode
one of season four available now
KING GEORGE VI
THE CROWN, 2016-17
A heartbreaking, scenestealing turn as the monarch
whose steadfast devotion to
duty and ribald sense of
humour is eventually worn
down by his ailing health.
MORIARTY
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME
OF SHADOWS, 2011
A more wry, underplayed turn
than Andrew Scott’s divisive
take on Sherlock’s foe,
Harris’s Moriarty leaves the
scenery nicely unchewed.
LANE PRYCE
MAD MEN, 2009-12
Initially the nemesis of Jon
Hamm’s Don Draper, the British
ad man falls for his adoptive
country, becoming an unlikely
civil rights champion before
being undone by money.
HENRY VIII
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, 2003
Five years before Eric Bana
took the role, Harris plays a
slimmer, smarter Merry
Monarch opposite Natascha
McElhone and Jodhi May’s
Mary and Anne Boleyn.
While at college in North Carolina,
he was seduced (by beer) into an
audition at the college theatre.
‘I loved the camaraderie, the
urgency, the terror, the adrenaline
and the instant community of it,’ he
says. ‘You didn’t have time to slowly
get to know everyone, you had to
figure out who everybody was and
get the job done.’
Harris’s next roles come in Sky
Atlantic’s Chernobyl, recreating the
nuclear catastrophe, and Amazon’s
Carnival Row, an apocalyptic allegory
of the migrant crisis. He claims his
own daredevil streak may be in the
past – ‘It hurts when I fall now’ – but
I don’t entirely believe him.
The Terror is on AMC on Tuesdays
at 9pm. The first episode is free to
view on YouTube now
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Puzzles
METROSCOPE
by Patrick Arundell
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
Across
1. Take what is suitable? (11)
9. Disentangle one French
composer (7)
10. Lawless law (5)
11. It is in fact a long claw (5)
12. Shoots something to eat (7)
13. I’ve now become available for
inspection (2,4)
15. Hostilities cut capital (6)
18. Sing in French first to delight (7)
20. After getting bail somehow, I find
an excuse (5)
22. It often does in periods of
depression (5)
23. He tells you whose turn is next (7)
24. Sports club dances hard hit by
rackets perhaps (6,5)
QUICK CROSSWORD
Down
2. There’s a risk in such a caper, I’ll
be bound! (5)
3. Be sorry about unrising
income (7)
4. Smooth tongue? (6)
5. He won’t do much to earn his
reputation (5)
6. Mouth organs? (7)
7. They will have lots to offer (11)
8. Is he found in literary haunts?
(5,6)
14. Inject a cubic centimetre into a
climbing plant as a safeguard (7)
16. It may make people turn pale (7)
17. Old punishments may still
provide interest (6)
19. Crime of one who satisfied a
burning desire? (5)
21. I have timber that’s perfect (5)
Yesterday’s solutions
Cryptic
Across: 1 Malinger; 5 Asia; 9 Emit; 10 Athletic;
11 Snarl; 12 Rankles; 13 Press fastener;
18 Sporting; 19 Peep; 20 Epicure; 21 Awash;
22 Site; 23 Stirrups.
Down: 2 Almoner; 3 Interns; 4 Entertainment;
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Down: 2 Popgun; 3 Tennis; 4 End; 5 Joker; 6 Acclaim; 7 Very; 8
Random; 12 Belle; 13 Jonah; 14 Nudes; 15 Beige; 16 Bangs; 18
Corgi; 19 Buskers; 21 Viewer; 22 Albert; 23 Ostler; 25 April; 26
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Irritate (3)
Number (3)
Wear away (5)
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Large sea (5)
Dance, informally (3)
Diocese (3)
European country (7)
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The Assassination Of
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Powerful: The Versace drama finale
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Guerdon (6)
Refuse (6)
Moose (3)
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TV CHOICE
THE BEST OF THE
REST ON TONIGHT
NEW Britain’s Fat Fight
With Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall BBC1, 9pm
Obesity shock-horror headlines
roll around with regularity but as
a nation we are still getting fatter.
So here’s suitably trim organic
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While it can be easy to
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and talk things through.
This may not be as easy as
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Personal aspects of
your life may be moving
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especially where family
issues are concerned.
If close ones stay quiet,
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fiend Hugh F-W weighing in to the
crisis by pointing the finger at
supermarkets that sell sugar-loaded
cereals and sweet-talk us into buying
chocolate.
Occupied Sky Atlantic, 9pm
Timing can be crucial when it comes
to giving a story extra punch and the
current frosty relations with Russia
add chilling spice here. Yes, it’s
Norway and missiles, not Salisbury
and nerve gas, but you get the
point. Tonight, Norway’s new PM is
on thin ice when she confronts the
Russian ambassador.
First Dates C4, 10pm
You’ve got to hand it to First Dates,
they cast the net wide when it comes
to setting up potential couples. Who
would you choose to pair up with
sumo wrestler Sharran, who’s fed up
with men being put off by her size?
Will train manager David see beyond
her weight? KEITH WATSON
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Sport
SNO OKER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
FROM
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RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS
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Job to do: Trump begins
his campaign to win a
first world title today
MULLINS’ QUARTET
DESERVES RESPECT
WILLIE MULLINS is throwing his four
best staying chasers at today’s Coral
Punchestown Gold Cup, including Grand
National flop Total Recall, hoping to
upset favourite Road To Respect.
An early error put much-fancied Total
Recall on the back foot at Aintree and he
never threatened to get involved.
‘Total Recall made an early mistake or
two and it knocked his confidence. Paul
(Townend) wasn’t hard on him, so it
didn’t take much out of him,’ said
assistant trainer Patrick Mullins.
Killultagh Vic, Bellshill and Djakadam
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also represent Mullins, who has won the
race with Florida Pearl (2002), Sir Des
Champs (2013) and Boston Bob (2014).
Mullins’ big rival Gordon Elliott fields
the enigmatic Outlander, who has been
pulled up on his last two starts but did
win a Grade One earlier in the season.
‘He’s a great little horse,’ said Elliott.
‘If the ground doesn’t dry up too much,
hopefully he’ll be there or thereabouts.’
Noel Meade is hoping to gatecrash the
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party with Road To Respect (pictured),
who ran a fine race to finish fourth in last
month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, one
place in front of Djakadam.
‘He’s had an easy enough and light
enough season, so hopefully that will be
to his advantage,’ Meade said.
The sole British challenger is Colin
Tizzard’s Sizing Granite, third in the
Melling Chase at Aintree.
Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard said: ‘He
ran a big race and is a horse that comes
right with sun on his back. Whether he is
good enough to beat them, I don’t know.’
Runners in today’s Derby trial at Epsom (14.45), including John Gosden’s
Dansili colt Crossed Baton who has won two of his three outings to date
STABLEBITES
n NICKY HENDERSON’S superstar
Altior, winner of the Queen Mother
Champion Chase, is likely to face a
small field as he signs off for the
season at Sandown on Saturday
in the Celebration Chase. The race
was reopened yesterday as it did
not receive sufficient entries and
still there are only eight possible
rivals, including Special Tiara, who
won the race in 2015 and was
runner-up last year.
n GRONKOWSKI will not run in the
Kentucky Derby next week after
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suffering a setback. Jeremy
Noseda’s colt is named after
England New Patriots tight-end
Rob Gronkowski, who last week
acquired a share in the horse. A
tweet posted by owners Phoenix
Thoroughbreds read: ‘We regret
that #Gronkowski will miss the
@KentuckyDerby after spiking a
fever over the weekend and being
treated with antibiotics.’
n MARTYN MEADE’S stable star
Eminent, fourth in last year’s
Derby, is likely to make his
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month’s Huxley Stakes at Chester.
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Judd avoids social
scene for title bid
JUDD TRUMP believes a selfimposed social media ban can help
him land a long-awaited first world
title, as he begins his latest Crucible
challenge today.
Trump has dialled down the hype
this season and, heading into his
world championship campaign, the
28-year-old is five months into an
exile from Twitter and Instagram.
His mid-match tweets fuelled the
Trump buzz when he reached the
2011 final. In his early twenties, he
described himself on Twitter as a
‘part-time snooker player and fulltime international playboi’.
During a match against Ding Junhui in 2016, he became embroiled
in an online row with Welsh cueman Dominic Dale. Trump took offence at a comment about his technique and fired out a mid-session
by NICK METCALFE
interval tweet, labelling Dale ‘clueless’, before losing four frames in a
row to Ding and later the match.
‘I think I’ve just grown up and
you try not to take notice of other
people’s opinions too much,’ Trump
‘I musn’t cherish
the moment but play
the tournament’
said. ‘A lot of time was spent on it,
a little too much, and now I’m able
to live my life and not depend on
what other people are saying to me.
‘I’m the same as any other person
my age who’s grown up with it. I’d
Crucible stroll for
Ding as Williams
makes flying start
DING JUNHUI coasted
into round two of the
world championship
yesterday, beating Xiao
Guodong 10-3.
Former finalist Ding
had a 6-3 overnight
lead and took less than
an hour to win the four
frames needed for
victory, with the
31-year-old making breaks of 61, 78, 51 and 98.
‘I scored heavy. I started very strong and just
tried to play my shots,’ Ding (pictured) said. ‘I
am confident and playing well, scoring well
and playing good safety. I am happy.’
Elsewhere at the Crucible yesterday, Ricky
Walden saw off Luca Brecel 10-6 to reach the
second round. Mark Williams, champion in
2000 and 2003, stormed into a 7-2 lead over
Jimmy Robertson. Williams will only need
three more frames to finish the job today.
always be checking my phone after
every couple of frames and it was
just a bit of a hindrance.
‘At some point I’ll go back on but
at the moment I’m happy in the
background. It was my decision.
‘It’s given me more time to practise and be out there in the moment,
and work on myself. I’ve practised
very hard for this event and I’m
more than ready.’
A jarring defeat to Rory McLeod
in the first round last year may have
also focused Trump’s mind.
Ahead of his opening match
against debutant Chris Wakelin,
which starts this afternoon, Trump
added: ‘This time it’s important for
me not to cherish the moment but
to play the tournament. You start to
enjoy it rather than remembering
you’re here to do a job.’
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 35
CRICKET
Root insists he’s not bitter over IPL snub
ENGLAND Test captain Joe Root is
not bitter about his exclusion from this
year’s Indian Premier League but
believes his team-mates playing in the
Twenty20 tournament will hugely
benefit from the experience.
Root went unsold in the IPL auction
in February but does not begrudge
several England players who are in
India to showcase their talents in the
ongoing tournament.
‘It’s not frustration watching the
other guys,’ Root (pictured) said.
‘I went into the IPL auction to get a
bit more exposure to T20 cricket, it
didn’t materialise, it would have been
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IN BRIEF
nice to be involved but I’ve got no
bitter feelings towards the other guys.
‘They’ll benefit hugely from it and
we, as a side, will benefit hugely from
it. Hopefully that can happen on a
wider scale with more and more
players going out there. It can only be
a good thing for us in the long term.’
Cook: I must justify my
place after winter woes
PICTURE: GETTY
by DAVE FILMER
THEY
S A I D I T. . .
ALASTAIR COOK admits he has no ‘Godgiven right’ to play for England and needs
runs to justify his spot at the top of the order.
England’s all-time leading runscorer and
most capped Test player had a poor tour of
Australia as the Ashes were surrendered –
aside from a double century in Melbourne –
and then during the defeat in New Zealand.
He will search for form for county champions Essex ahead of the two-Test series against
Pakistan, which begins on May 24.
Cook said: ‘It’s never good when you lose
the Ashes and then you lose the next series. I
didn’t score enough runs. I had quite a good
‘There has to be
a place for fiveday or four-day
cricket. The
difference, for
me, is the
satisfaction of a
long game
compared to the
thrill of a
shorter game.’
244
Of Cook’s 376 runs in the
Australia series came in one
innings, while he mustered scores of
five, two, two and 14 in New Zealand
Alastair Cook says he is
‘cautious’ about the
proposed new 100-ball
competition and tells
the BBC first-class and
Test cricket must be
‘protected’
game in Melbourne but apart from that I was
pretty poor.
‘I think if you play a long time, unless
you’re Don Bradman – which I’m certainly
not – you have periods in your career where
run-making is harder than other periods.
‘It was one of those winters where things
didn’t quite click. It can happen against the
best bowlers in the world at the top of
the order. The hunger’s still there, the desire’s
still there. No one has a God-given right to
play for England, you’ve got to score the runs
to justify your place and I’m no different to
anyone else.’
Agreeing that nobody’s place in the side is
safe, England Test captain Joe Root said:
‘Looking forward, there will be changes, especially long-term and then it is up to guys to
come in and take the opportunities.
‘I want us to keep searching for ways to
be a really effective side in a number of different conditions.’
■ BOXING Tyson Fury has been
granted a licence (above) by the
British Boxing Board of Control as
he closes in on a ring comeback.
The former world heavyweight
champion will return on June 9 in
Manchester after two-and-a-half
years out. He has also been given
a licence to manage himself.
Sky announce squad
for Froome’s Giro bid
CYCLING
TEAM Sky have named the squad
who will help Chris Froome bid for
a third successive Grand Tour win
at next month’s Giro d’Italia.
Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees
and Sergio Henao – all of whom
helped Froome win a fourth Tour
de France title last July – will be
joined on the startline by Philip
Deignan, Wout Poels, David de la
Cruz and Salvatore Puccio.
Froome is still seeking to prove
his innocence over an adverse
finding for levels of salbutamol
during his victory at last year’s La
Vuelta. He denies any wrongdoing.
0
English, Welsh or Scottish
players shortlisted for rugby
union’s European Player of the
Year award. Leinster trio Johnny
Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and Scott
Fardy are in the running, alongside
Racing pair Maxime Machenaud
and Leone Nakarawa
It’s drinking-up time,
says legend Habana
Out of form: Cook’s bails
go flying as he suffers
another early dismissal
in New Zealand
Hartley: The fat lady is not singing for me
RUGBY UNION
DYLAN HARTLEY has posted
a defiant message on social
media after it was revealed he
will miss England’s tour to
South Africa with concussion.
The 32-year-old, who has
sustained two previous significant concussions, has been stood
down until pre-season for the
2018-19 campaign, meaning he
will sit out the June series
against the Springboks.
The Northampton hooker
(pictured), who has captained
England in all-but one Test
under Eddie Jones, has released
a post on Instagram titled
‘Dylan Hartley statement on
Dylan Hartley’ beside a
photograph of himself singing
the national anthem.‘Believe it
or not this is a photo of me
‘I’m only listening to
medical professionals
and myself’
singing and not what is rumoured to be a fat lady (difficult
to tell apart I know),’ wrote the
player.
‘I see there’s a lot of so-called
experts out there in newspapers,
pubs and podcasts recommending what I do with my career.
‘Funnily enough I’m only
listening to the medical professionals and myself.
‘Fortunately/unfortunately for
some I’ll be back next season to
help my respective teams push
on. Thanks for your support.’
RUGBY UNION
SOUTH Africa
World Cup winner
Bryan Habana will
retire when his
contract at Toulon
expires in June.
‘The inevitable
moment has come
knocking on my door and I’ve
welcomed it in for a drink,’ the
2007 World Player of the Year,
(pictured), wrote on Instagram.
Habana, 34, lost his place after
knee surgery and added: ‘It’s time
to say goodbye and thank you to
the game I so dearly love.’
Catalans star Walsh
forced to call it a day
RUGBY LEAGUE
CATALANS Dragons scrum-half
Luke Walsh, 30, has been forced to
retire after failing to recover from
an ankle injury.
Walsh suffered ligament damage
at Hull KR in February.
Catalans coach Steve McNamara
said: ‘Luke has tried everything
possible to get himself into a
position to play again but
unfortunately that can’t happen.’
36 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Sport
G Y M NA S T I C S
Wolff’s up for ‘intense’ challenge
FORMULA ONE
TOTO WOLFF believes the intensity
of this season’s fight for superiority
has moved on to another level as his
under-pressure Mercedes team head
to Azerbaijan bidding to get their
stuttering title charge back on track.
Baku plays host to the fourth race
of an unpredictable championship,
with Mercedes – the dominant force
in recent seasons – winless from the
opening three rounds.
‘We know that we have a massive
challenge on our hands,’ said Wolff.
‘Last year, we were in a tough fight
with Ferrari. However, it was
nothing compared to the intensity of
this year’s battle. Both Red Bull and
Ferrari will do everything they can
to beat us. Their cars, their teams,
their drivers – all of them operate at
a high level and will continue to put
us under pressure.
‘Not everyone likes this kind of
challenge but we love it.’
Lewis Hamilton (left), nine points
behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in
the title race, was off the pace in
Shanghai as he qualified behind
team-mate Valtteri Bottas for a
second time in as many races before
finishing fourth.
Q& A
with
Max Whitlock
Britain’s double
Olympic champion won
team gold at the recent
Commonwealth Games
but had to settle for silver
in the pommel and was sixth
on the floor. Interview by Matthew Nash
‘The future is even
clearer after Games
failed to go to plan’
How has missing out on a
clean sweep of golds in
Australia affected you?
I feel really motivated and
fired up to get back in the
gym. Gold Coast didn’t go
completely to plan and now I’m
itching to get back. It’s three
months until the European
championships and I’m
just building.
Twists and
turns:
Whitlock in
Gold Coast
action earlier
this month
PICTURES: PA/AP
Have you taken the criticism
that came with those results
in your stride?
It’s what sport is all about – I’d
say there are still huge positives.
I never thought I’d be learning so
much at this stage of my career.
The plan for the future is even
clearer in my head now than
it was.
How do you feel about it now?
Gymnastics is harsh. You spend
all that time preparing for 60
seconds, you do the hardest of
routines and then show your
best one.
What went wrong on the floor
and the pommel horse?
It’s not something I can pinpoint
but it is that kick-start I needed.
I’m happy it happened now and I
can make the changes I need to
make. I have to think of the
bigger picture and that’s the
Tokyo Olympics.
Is there expectation on
you to win gold every
time you compete?
It does bring pressure
but these are the
people who are
watching you and
supporting you. You
have to use that to
your advantage.
It’s a nice feeling
really and I put far
more pressure on
myself than anyone
else does.
remembered as
someone who
helped make
gymnastics as
big as it is in
Britain today.
What do you
have planned
for the rest of
this year?
What are your longterm aims?
After the
European
championships, there is the
world championships at the
end of the year and that will
be tough.
I want to do two more
Olympics if I can. I think about
my legacy and I want my own
move, ‘The Whitlock’, that people
will remember and do for years
to come. I want to be
Team England official partner
npower organised for gold medallist
Max Whitlock to return to his former
school, Nash Mills Church of England
Primary School Hemel Hempstead,
to celebrate St George’s Day
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 METRO 37
F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
Mor the merrier:
Schneiderlin is
winning over
Everton supporters
PICTURE: GETTY
Sam: Schneiderlin’s
back to his old self
SAM ALLARDYCE believes Everton fans are beginning to see the real
Morgan Schneiderlin, after they gave
the midfielder a standing ovation for
his performance against Newcastle.
The France international has struggled to replicate the form he showed
during a productive seven-year spell
with Southampton.
A big-money move to Manchester
United in 2015 did not work out and
subsequently the player joined the
Toffees for £20million last year.
Since then, it has been a battle to
win over the Goodison faithful for
Schneiderlin but he finally appears to
be doing just that.
Just two months ago, sections of
the club’s support booed his appearance as a substitute against Crystal
Palace but, when forced off against
2
Red cards and
no goals from
37 appearances for
Schneiderlin in a
Toffees shirt this
season
NEW WRITERS’ AWARD IS FRAN-TASTIC
CHELSEA and England forward Fran Kirby is
the inaugural winner of the Women’s
Footballer of the Year award from the
Football Writers’ Association.
The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals for
the Women’s Super League leaders across
all competitions this season.
She secured more than 50 per cent of the
vote, with Euro 2017 Golden Boot winner
Jodie Taylor finishing second.
England colleagues Lucy Bronze, Izzy
Christiansen and Jordan Nobbs were also
on the shortlist.
Kirby said: ‘I was really proud to be
nominated in the first place but to actually
win is a real honour.
‘To be the first recipient of this honour
and award is so special.’
The accolade follows Kirby (pictured),
whose side are top of Women’s Super
League 1, landing the Professional
Footballers’ Association’s Women’s Player
of the Year award on Sunday night.
THE Football Association has announced Michael Oliver will referee the FA Cup final between
Manchester United and Chelsea, and confirmed the game on May 19 will kick off at 5.15pm.
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Still Mad for it despite Juve defeat
4/5
BAYERN Munich v Real Madrid would
defeat to Juventus in the quarter-final,
have made a dream Champions
second leg when Real were
League final but the bright
without Sergio Ramos and
side of the semi-final draw is
distinctly off key as a result.
we at least get two bites of
It goes without saying
the cherry.
Cristiano Ronaldo is worth
Paul Dunne
The first is in Germany
a punt to score at any time
each-way to win
this evening with the
at 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
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defending champions from
Have a flutter too on Real
(Sky Bet)
Spain big at 14/5 with
target Robert Lewandowski
Bet365 to be leading when
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they head back to the Bernabeu.
same firm. Over 2.5 goals is also
That looks an overreaction to the 3-1
worth a dabble at 8/13 with Betfair.
■ PABLO
Carreno-Busta is
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22/1
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Barry Hawkins
to defeat Lyu
Haotian by over
3.5 frames
by MATTHEW NASH
Newcastle late on in Monday’s 1-0
win with a dead leg, Everton followers took to their feet to salute the 28year-old’s display.
After a woeful start to the cam-
‘Morgan has improved
very, very well over
the last four games’
paign, Allardyce came in and kept
the club in the Premier League and
they sit eighth ahead of Saturday’s
trip to 16th-placed Huddersfield.
Schneiderlin is finding his feet having at one point been left out of the
squad entirely following a trainingground incident in November.
Allardyce said: ‘Sometimes it takes
a while to find yourself after, I think,
probably a disappointing move that
didn’t work at United. Obviously the
whole team suffered a lack of confidence at the start of the season.
‘Morgan, if he continues to play
like that and show that consistent
level of form that he’s shown in the
past, particularly at Southampton,
we will all get better as a team with
him. Fans will always like to see you
show your best and show commitment. They will always support you.
‘If you’re not playing so well, they
will show their disapproval. At the
moment his game has improved very,
very well over the last four games,
which we’re very pleased to see.’
SEMI-FINAL,
38 METRO Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Champions League semi-final, first leg
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Zidane’s warning for
out-of-favour Gareth
ZINEDINE ZIDANE hinted Gareth Bale’s
days at Real Madrid could be numbered
ahead of tonight’s Champions League
semi-final, first leg with Bayern Munich.
Bale is set to be on the bench against a
Bayern team featuring James Rodriguez,
who Zidane allowed to leave last summer.
Asked about that decision, the Madrid
coach’s answer could have repercussions
for Bale, who wants to stay at the club.
‘I never had any problems with James.
He just wanted to play more,’ he said. ‘This
year will be the same – there are important
Uncertainty: Bale
players but they have to sit on the bench.’
Salah 35, 45, Mane 56, Firmino 61, 68
3
Year ban from European
competition for Greek
giants Panathinaikos for
failing to pay their debts.
They have also been
fined £88,000
FIVE-STA
Injury blow: Oxlade-Chamberlain
WORLD CUP SCARE
FOR INJURED OX
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN was stretchered
off after just 17 minutes last night with a knee
injury which could be bad news for both
Liverpool and England.
The Reds midfielder seemed to twist his right
knee during a challenge with Roma’s
Aleksandar Kolarov, raising fears he may have
suffered ligament damage.
Oxlade-Chamberlain left the field with his
knee in a brace and a lengthy absence would
be a big blow to Gareth Southgate, with the 24year-old a key part of England’s plans for the
World Cup, which is just seven weeks away.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: ‘OxladeChamberlain is probably a really bad injury.’
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ROMA 2
O O T B A L L C H A M P I O N S L E AG U E
Dzeko 81, Perotti 85 (pen)
Sport
MAIN PICTURE: PA
IN BRIEF
Timely reminder: Salah
curls home the first
against his former club
but Dzeko (inset) scored
one of two late goals for Roma
■ DERBY climbed into a
Championship play-off place as
they came from behind to beat
Cardiff 3-1 at Pride Park. A
second-half brace from Cameron
Jerome (above) either side of a
Matej Vydra effort sealed a win
which also puts a dent in Cardiff’s
hopes of automatic promotion.
Leeds under fire over
Myanmar tour plans
R REDS EYE FINAL
Salah leads onslaught but late goals give Roma hope
by JUSTIN PALMER
MOHAMED SALAH’S glorious
season reached new heights at
Anfield last night as rampant
Liverpool crushed Roma to
leave a Champions League
final place at their mercy.
PFA Player of the Year
Salah, who left Roma to join
Liverpool for £39million last
summer, scored a brilliant
first-half double and then set
up goals for Sadio Mane and
Roberto Firmino in a stunning
semi-final, first-leg display from
Jurgen Klopp’s (left) side.
Roma, who staged a remarkable
comeback to beat Barcelona in the
quarter-finals after losing the first
leg 4-1 at the Nou Camp, must hope
for a repeat 3-0 win in next week’s
return following two late strikes –
after Salah had been substituted –
for the Serie A side.
Salah’s 42nd and 43rd goals of an
incredible campaign were both
sublime. His opener after 36
LEEDS’ post-season tour to
Myanmar next month has been
questioned by Amnesty
International over the country’s
‘brutal’ human rights record.
The Championship club are
scheduled to play an All-Star XI in
Yangon on May 9 and Myanmar’s
national team in Mandalay two
days later despite Foreign Office
travel warnings in place for various
parts of the country.
Amnesty’s Kate Allen said: ‘It
certainly seems like an odd choice
of country to choose to tour.’
3
Match ban for Millwall forward
Tim Cahill after accepting a
charge of violent conduct. Cahill
was charged retrospectively
after the Australian had escaped
punishment having appeared to
elbow Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks
Les Bleus favourite
Michel is dead at 70
Second-half blitz: Mane makes it 3-0 (above, left) before a brace from Firmino (centre and right) left Roma reeling
minutes was a curling finish beyond
Alisson from the edge of the box.
Then, in first-half injury time, the
Egyptian played a one-two with
Firmino before calmly slotting
home. His celebrations were somewhat muted, no doubt out of respect for his old club.
Liverpool, who lost Alex OxladeChamberlain to an early injury,
were good value for their first-half
lead, although Aleksandar Kolarov
had struck the bar for Roma before
Salah took control. In between the
forward’s magical double, Reds defender Dejan Lovren rattled the
woodwork with a header and Mane
missed two good chances.
If Roma, with a poor away record
in the competition having won only
one of their previous 14 matches,
hoped for some respite after the
break, they were mistaken. Liverpool went for the knockout blow
and left Roma on the ropes.
Salah crossed for Mane for the
third and then repeated the act by
picking out Firmino to tap home a
fourth goal. With Roma coach
Eusebio di Francesco slumped in
his seat, Firmino headed in his second, and Liverpool’s fifth.
But remarkably, Roma still had
fight left in them and bagged two
away goals in the final ten minutes.
Edin Dzeko finished well past
Loris Karius, then Diego Perotti
netted a penalty after James Milner’s handball. Game on, still. Just.
Fans are attacked but visitors
sneak in after change of ends
ROMA’S team made a peaceful arrival
at Anfield last night but there were
violent scenes outside the ground as
supporters clashed before kick-off.
The build-up to Liverpool’s quarterfinal, first leg against Manchester City
was marred when the visitors’ bus was
hit by bottles and cans, leading to a Uefa
charge and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp
urging fans to respect Roma. Liverpool’s
bus (left) was welcomed by the thousands
who lined the streets but the visitors’
coach came in the opposite end of the
ground where no fans were congregated.
However, there was violence when a
group of men – believed to be Roma
supporters – attacked Liverpool fans.
Merseyside Police said: ‘We are
investigating a serious assault of a man
Vantage point: Supporters climb on the roof of a police van
outside the Albert pub.’
FORMER FRANCE
midfielder and
manager Henri
Michel has died
at the age of 70.
Michel was
capped 58 times
by France and
coached them from 1984 to 1988,
leading Les Bleus to a third-place
finish at the 1986 World Cup.
In all, Michel (pictured) coached
eight countries. He was also at
the 1994 World Cup with
Cameroon, 2002 with Tunisia and
2006 with Ivory Coast.
Villa promotion key
to JT’s future plans
JOHN TERRY hopes to help Aston
Villa seal a return to the Premier
League before making a decision
on his future.
The Chelsea legend, 37, signed a
12-month deal with Villa last
summer and has helped them to
fourth in the Championship with
two matches remaining.
The centre-half said: ‘I still have
the appetite and hunger. I just
want to get this season finished.
One last push and hopefully we
can go out with a bang and make
it an easy decision at the end.’
COOK’SFIGHT
TOTHEMAX
‘I’ve not been good
enough – I need to
score some runs’
Whitlock: Missing out
has fired me up to
come back stronger
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Gymnastics: Page 36 »
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Flying high:
Firmino celebrates
in style after Salah
(right) scores his
second goal last night
by NICK METCALFE
MOHAMED SALAH led the way with two
wonderful goals as an irresistible Liverpool
thrashed Roma 5-2 at Anfield last night,
but two late strikes for the Italians gave them a glimmer of
hope for the second leg.
Liverpool are still
big favourites to reach
the Kiev final but
Roma came from 4-1
behind to Barcelona in
the quarter-finals, and another 3-0 secondleg win in Italy would put them through.
The first goal arrived after 36 minutes,
Sadio Mane feeding Salah and he brilliantly
curled the ball into the top corner.
Then, just before half-time, Salah played a
one-two with Roberto Firmino, before clipping home his 43rd goal of the season.
It was initially more of the same after the
break, with three goals in 13 minutes. Salah
set up Mane and fed Firmino for a fourth,
the same player heading No.5.
Roma scored twice late on through Edin
Dzeko and Diego Perotti’s penalty after
James Milner was penalised for handball.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said: ‘Perfect performance for pretty much 80 minutes or so. We
made defensively one mistake.
‘At this moment it doesn’t feel all positive
because they scored these two goals but tomorrow I will see the really good part of the
game. The penalty is not a penalty but that is
the situation and now it is 5-2.’
Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco insisted: ‘We’ve got to believe in the comeback.’
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SALAH STARS IN STUNNING TRIUMPH FOR LIVERPOOL
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