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Tuesday 1 May 2018
No 50,681 £ 1.80
Meet the ‘First Bloke’
New Zealand leader’s
partner on baby duty
Super sleep
Why eight
hours may not
be for you
With the band
of a Sixties
rock groupie
Living & Features, page 23
Page 22
Arts, page 27
B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
Nuclear deal
was based on
claims Israel
By Raf Sanchez in Jerusalem
and Rozina Sabur in Washington
ISRAEL last night accused Iran of lying
to the world about its weapons programme, both before and since the
2015 nuclear deal, after Israeli intelligence stole 100,000 files from a secret
“atomic archive” in Tehran.
Benjamin Netanyahu, an arch-opponent of the nuclear deal, made the dramatic public accusation in Tel Aviv less
than two weeks before Donald Trump,
the US president, is due to announce
whether or not he will pull out of the
The Israeli prime minister said that
his spies had obtained “half a ton” of
secret documents which show that
Iran’s leaders had never given a full account of their past nuclear activities as
required by the Iran deal and had
maintained the capability to build a
bomb in the future.
“The nuclear deal is based on lies. It
is based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception,” Mr Netanyahu said. “This is a
terrible deal which should never have
been concluded and in a few days’ time
President Trump will make his decision on what to do with the nuclear
deal. I’m sure he will do the right thing.
The right thing for the US, the right
thing for Israel and the right thing for
the peace of the world.”
Mr Netanyahu’s presentation, made
in front of a large screen at the Israeli
defence ministry, seemed designed to
convince Mr Trump to follow his instincts and pull the US out of the agreement ahead of a May 12 deadline.
In Washington, Mr Trump said the
Israeli presentation “really showed
that I’ve been 100 per cent right”.
“That is just not an acceptable situation,” he said. “They [Iran] are not sitting back idly, they’re setting off
missiles.” Mr Trump refused to say
what his final decision would be but
said he was open to negotiating “a better deal”. Iran and other members of
the P5+1 bloc of world powers have said
it is not possible to renegotiate the
agreement or strike a new pact.
Mr Netanyahu’s talk served as a
counterweight to diplomatic efforts by
Emmanuel Macron, the president of
France, and Angela Merkel, the German
Trump says files stolen from Tehran show
he is ‘100 per cent right’ to criticise pact
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, makes his dramatic declaration about Iran during a news conference at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv yesterday
chancellor, who both visited the White
House last week to implore Mr Trump
not to scrap the agreement. Britain supports remaining in the agreement and
Theresa May spoke to Mrs Merkel and
Mr Macron at the weekend.
Mr Netanyahu said the files had already been shared with the US and that
American intelligence “can vouch for
its authenticity”. Israel plans to share it
with other Western countries and the
International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog.
The speech came as the shadow war
between Israel and Iran in Syria escalated sharply after suspected Israeli
strikes killed 26 Iranian and Assad regime fighters, according to monitors.
One strike tore through a military
base dug into a mountain near the central city of Hama on Sunday night,
causing an explosion so large it regis-
tered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake. A
second strike targeted an airbase near
the northern city of Aleppo.
Iran denied any of its soldiers had
been killed in the attacks but the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 26
people died in Hama and that the “vast
majority” of the casualties were Iranian.
Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, mocked Mr Netanyahu’s speech
before it even began. “The boy who
can’t stop crying wolf is at it again,” he
said. Mr Netanyahu said 55,000 pages
and 55,000 electronic documents had
been secreted out of an archive in the
Shorabad district of southern Tehran.
He said Israeli spies had pulled off one
Continued on Page 4
Con Coughlin: Page 4
Tim Stanley: Page 19
Editorial Comment: Page 19
How Spotify chimes with the nation’s mood Oily fish could help push back menopause
THE type of music downloaded on
Spotify is being used to gauge the public’s mood, the Bank of England’s chief
economist has disclosed.
Andy Haldane said researchers were
increasingly monitoring internet music streaming services and studying the
lyrics of songs in an attempt to understand consumer behaviour. He said it
was “devilishly difficult” to work out
how people felt and that traditional
methods of market research tended to
produce biased results.
In a speech about the opportunities
created by big data, published yesterday, he said Spotify data was already
being used.
“Intriguingly, the resulting index of
sentiment does at least as well in tracking consumer spending as the Michigan survey of consumer confidence,”
he said, referring to a highly regarded
monthly survey undertaken in the US.
“And why stop at music? People’s tastes
in books, TV and radio may also offer a
window on their soul.”
Mr Haldane noted that while not all
attempts to harness online searches
had proved successful, multiplayer online games with “primitive” economies
such as World of Warcraft were being
studied by economists to assess how
individuals would respond to monetary and regulatory policy changes.
By Victoria Ward
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May warned to avoid
Javid starts work with
promise of ‘fairness’
20 EU association deal
Javid has promised a “fair”
29 Brexit deal that Eurosceptics are
immigration policy that “treats people
will amount to “EU Mark II”.
with respect” as he distanced himself
31 warning
The Prime Minister has told her Brexit from his predecessors on his first day
Cabinet sub-committee that the UK
at the Home Office. The new Home
33 could “potentially” accept an
Secretary, who was announced as
association agreement which critics
say would make Britain an EU “rule
taker”. Meanwhile, the Government
suffered its most damaging Lords
defeat on Brexit to date, as peers
passed a “wrecking amendment”
designed to keep Britain in the EU.
Page 12
Amber Rudd’s replacement following
her resignation over the Windrush
scandal, ruled out using the phrase
“hostile environment”. He told MPs it
was “unhelpful” as he vowed to put his
own stamp on the department amid
intense criticism of Theresa May.
Page 6
By Laura Donnelly HealtH editor
EATING oily fish could help delay the
menopause by three years – while a
diet rich in pasta could quicken its
onset, research suggests.
The study of more than 14,000
women in the UK found the average
age of menopause was 51.
But those having a daily serving of
oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and
sardines typically experienced it three
years later. Meanwhile, a portion of
refined pasta and rice a day was associated with reaching the menopause
around 18 months earlier, according to
the study by the University of Leeds.
The research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community
Health, drew on data from women in
the UK over a period of four years.
More than 900 women between the
ages of 40 and 65 had experienced a
natural start to the menopause by that
time. The study – the first to examine
links between food groups and the
menopause – found clear links
between the two.
Oily fish was the food most associated with later onset of menopause,
with a 90g daily portion associated
with a delay of 3.3 years.
A diet rich in fresh legumes such as
peas and beans was also linked to a
later menopause, with a 90g daily
Continued on Page 4
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Competition fears over Tycoon aims to build
roof over Wembley
Sainsbury’s merger
Pressure is mounting on the
competition watchdog to order an
immediate inquiry into the merger
between Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Analysis by The Daily Telegraph
showed that more than one in 10 of the
stores owned by the two companies
are close enough to prompt concerns.
Sainsbury’s share price rose 15 per
cent yesterday, but its chief executive,
Mike Coupe, caused embarrassment
by singing “we’re in the money”
between media interviews.
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Tehran has to comply
with deal it signed or
face the consequences
By Con Coughlin
enjamin Netanyahu’s revelations
that Iran has been running a
secret programme to build
nuclear weapons were delivered
yesterday with one specific aim: to
persuade the Trump administration to
cancel the nuclear deal with Tehran.
Washington has until May 12 to
decide whether or not to renew its
support for the deal, which was finally
implemented in the summer of 2015
after Barack Obama invested an
enormous amount of political capital
in reaching an agreement with Iran.
The former president believed the
agreement negotiated between Iran
and six major powers – including
Britain – was the best means of
persuading the ayatollahs to scale
down their nuclear-related activities,
which most Western intelligence
officials believed was aimed at
developing nuclear weapons. In
return the West agreed to lift many of
the crippling sanctions it had imposed
on Tehran.
Israel, though, remained deeply
sceptical about Iran’s insistence that
its nuclear activities were entirely
peaceful. Its ministers had criticised
Tehran’s decision to continue its work
on developing ballistic missiles
capable of carrying nuclear warheads,
with the ability of making a direct
strike on Israel.
There has been growing disquiet in
Jerusalem, too, about the growing
influence of Iran’s Revolutionary
Guard throughout the Middle East,
particularly in neighbouring Syria,
where Iran has established a network
of self-sufficient military bases.
The seriousness with which the
Israelis view these developments was
demonstrated on Sunday night when
will be
hoping that
his latest
will help to
Mr Trump
to ditch the
deal later
this month’
the Israeli military launched another
missile attack on Iranian positions in
Mr Netanyahu will therefore be
hoping that his latest revelations,
which he insists are “new and
conclusive proof ” that Iran has been
concealing the true extent of its
nuclear ambitions from the outside
world for decades, will help to
persuade Mr Trump to ditch the deal
later this month.
In his presentation, he said the
Jewish state had obtained tens of
thousands of pages of documents
relating to Iran’s clandestine plan to
develop nuclear weapons, known as
Project Amad, which had been hidden
at a secret location in Tehran since the
deal was signed.
The documents are said to show
that Iran has retained the ability and
know-how to continue working on its
nuclear weapons programme.
Iran’s failure to come clean about its
nuclear intentions is nothing new.
For a decade or more prior to
signing the deal, Iranian officials
regularly failed to cooperate with the
International Atomic Energy Agency,
the UN-sponsored watchdog
responsible for monitoring nuclear
On one occasion the Iranians
demolished and removed a key
nuclear installation – including the
soil it was built upon – to prevent UN
inspectors from investigating claims
that traces of weapons-grade uranium
had been found at the site.
But while Iran’s double-dealing
went unpunished by Mr Obama,
desperate to avoid confrontation with
Tehran at all costs, the same cannot be
said for the Trump administration.
On the contrary, with renowned
hawks like Mike Pompeo, the new
secretary of state, and John Bolton,
the national security adviser, holding
key positions in the Trump
administration, Iran could soon face a
stark choice: either comply with the
terms of the deal, or face the
Project Amad Key points of documents stolen from ‘secret atomic archive’
 Iran gave its
scientists orders
to try to develop
five nuclear
warheads five
times more
powerful than
 Iran lied to the
Atomic Energy
Agency about its
past nuclear
activity when it
had to give full
accounts to the
atomic watchdog in 2015.
 Iran retained
the knowledge
to build a
nuclear bomb
which could be
applied when
the restrictions
in the Iran deal
expired in 2026.
 The Project
Amad nuclear
programme was
‘‘shelved’’ in
2003. However,
parts of it
continued in
secret, under the
new name SPND.
Some of the same
scientists have
been involved in
the programme.
Man admits arson ahead
of child murder trial
A man accused of murdering four
children in a house fire has admitted a
charge of reckless arson.
Zak Bolland, 23, entered the guilty
plea ahead of his trial at Manchester
Crown Court.
Bolland, Courtney Brierley, 20, and
David Worrall, 25, all deny four counts
of murder and three of attempted
murder over the alleged arson attack
in Walkden, Greater Manchester, last
Demi Pearson, 15, her eight-year-old
brother Brandon and seven-year-old
sister Lacie died in the blaze. Their
sibling, three-year-old Lia, died in
hospital two days later.
Bolland denies all other charges.
‘Symphony of the sea
silenced’ on coral reefs
A lack of noise on coral reefs damaged
by global warming is impairing the
ability of young fish to find a home,
research has suggested.
Coral reefs are usually filled with
the noise of clicks, pops, chirps and
chattering of fish and crustaceans.
But a study conducted on Australia’s
Great Barrier Reef shows that the
“coral orchestra” has been quietened
in areas damaged by cyclones and
bleaching. Researchers found that
without the din, fish born outside the
reef struggled to find a suitable place
to live and breed.
Lead scientist Tim Gordon, from the
University of Exeter, said: “The
symphony of the sea is being silenced.”
Assisted suicide demand
goes to the appeal court
A terminally ill man challenging the
law on assisted suicide is taking his
case to the Court of Appeal today.
Noel Conway, 68, a retired lecturer
from Shrewsbury, who has motor
neurone disease, wants the right to a
“peaceful and dignified” death with
help from medical professionals.
Current legislation means that
under the 1961 Suicide Act, anyone
who assisted Mr Conway to die would
be liable to up to 14 years in prison.
His lawyers have proposed that
assisted dying should be available to
people aged 18 and above, who were of
sound mind, with less than six months
to live, and that each case should be
reviewed by a High Court judge.
Kent man accused of
‘preparing terror acts’
Speaking out Sienna Miller, the British film star, joined fellow actresses
Julianne Moore and Jurnee Smollett-Bell for a Time’s Up discussion on
workplace sexual harassment at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, New York.
Israel: Iran lied about
its nuclear capability
Continued from Page 1
of their “biggest-ever intelligence
achievements” by getting the files out
of Tehran but he gave no details about
how they ended up in Israeli hands.
The files were from Project Amad,
which Mr Netanyahu said was a secret
Iranian programme to develop nuclear
weapons. Iran’s leaders have said consistently that their nuclear intentions
were peaceful. Project Amad was
shelved in 2003 but elements secretly
continued and remain functional to this
day under the direction of the same Iranian scientists who conducted the original research, Mr Netanyahu said. He
added Iran had failed to “come clean”
about its past nuclear activities in 2015,
after the deal was signed, when it was
required by the agreement to tell the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) about all its previous research.
Iranian officials “denied the existence of a coordinated programme
aimed at the development of a nuclear
device and specifically denied the existence of the Amad Plan”, the IAEA
wrote in its December 2015 assessment. Mr Netanyahu said Iran’s nuclear knowledge could be reapplied in
2026, when parts of the deal expired
and Iran was allowed to return to large
scale enrichment of uranium. But he
did not present any evidence that Iran
was currently violating the terms of the
nuclear deal.
The IAEA consistently said that Iran
had obeyed the terms of the agreement
since it went into force in January 2016.
It last certified Iran’s compliance in
February. Senior US and Israeli military recently suggested the deal may be
flawed but that it was achieving its central purpose of stopping Iranian progress towards a nuclear weapon.
The announcement was typical of
Mr Netanyahu, who has a history of
theatrical flourishes. During a speech
before a security conference in Munich
in February, he brandished a piece of
Iranian drone downed by Israel’s air
force. Six years ago, he brought a cartoon poster of a bomb to the UN, warning against allowing Iran to acquire a
nuclear weapon. One EU diplomat told
The Daily Telegraph: “Israel is a friend
but the Iran nuclear deal is working
and has been verified by independent
international observers.”
Last night, a UK government spokesman said it had “never been naive
about Iran and its nuclear intentions”.
Study links eating oily fish to
delaying onset of menopause
Continued from Page 1
portion associated with a one-year delay. And on average, meat eaters experienced menopause more than a year
later than vegetarians.
A higher intake of vitamins B6 and
zinc were also linked to later onset, the
study found.
The study was observational – meaning it did not demonstrate that the
foods caused the later menopause.
Women who go through the menopause early are at an increased risk of
osteoporosis and heart disease. But
those who do so later are more likely to
develop breast, womb and ovarian cancers. Janet Cade, the professor of nutritional
co-author, said: “The age at which
menopause begins can have serious
health implications for some women.
“A clear understanding of how diet
affects the start of natural menopause
will be very beneficial to those who
may already be at risk or have a family
history of certain complications related
to menopause.” Researchers said the
antioxidants found in legumes might
affect the maturation and release of
eggs, helping to preserve menstruation
for longer.
Omega 3 fatty acids, abundant in oily
fish, are also thought to stimulate antioxidant capacity in the body. Meanwhile, refined carbohydrates can
increase the risk of insulin resistance.
This can interfere with the activity of
sex hormones and boosting oestrogen
levels, leading to quicker depletion of
egg supply, the researchers said.
The women provided information
on potentially influential factors such
as weight history, physical activity levels and reproductive history.
Lead author Yashvee Dunneram, of
the School of Food Science and Nutrition, said: “This study is the first to
investigate the links between individual nutrients and a wide variety of food
groups and age at natural menopause
in a large cohort of British women.
“But further studies are needed to
improve understanding on how this
may impact health and well-being.”
A 26-year-old man has been charged
with terrorism offences, Kent Police
said last night.
Lewis Ludlow, of Rochester, Kent,
was arrested by the South East
Counter Terrorism Unit on April 18.
The force said he was charged
yesterday with two counts of engaging
in conduct in preparation for acts of
terrorism contrary to section 5 of the
Terrorism Act 2006.
He has also been charged with one
count of arranging funds or property
for the purposes of terrorism contrary
to section 17 of the Act.
Mr Ludlow was due to appear at
Westminster magistrates’ court today,
police said.
DHL fined £2m over
depot crush death
DHL, the delivery company, has been
fined £2 million after an employee was
crushed to death at a depot.
The fatality sparked criticism from
a judge who said there was a lack of
risk assessment at the company
following the “shocking and avoidable
accident” that killed Krzysztof
Sontowski, 36.
He was crushed between a lorry and
the wall of a docking bay in Milton
Keynes, Bucks, in February 2015.
The company last year admitted at
Aylesbury Crown Court two breaches
of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Omar Deghayes:
an apology
An article published on July 28 2017
suggested that Omar Deghayes had
used some of the compensation
received from the British government
for its alleged involvement in his
rendition and unlawful imprisonment
in Guantanamo Bay, to pay his
nephews to attend a gym where they
had been radicalised. Two of his
nephews were later killed while
fighting in Syria. We now accept that,
although some of the information we
published was drawn from a local
authority Serious Case Review, Mr
Deghayes had not paid or encouraged
his nephews to attend the gym nor
was he responsible for his nephews
travelling to Syria. We apologise to Mr
Deghayes for any distress caused and
have agreed to pay him damages and
his legal costs.
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Sotheby’s ‘misled’ Sultan to pay £725k for sculpture
‘Misrepresented’ statue’s
selling agent is disclosed to
be the mother of auction
house’s sale consultant
By Colin Gleadell
AN EGYPTIAN sculpture being sold
through the mother of a Sotheby’s consultant has become the subject of a
£725,000 court case, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The sculpture, Au
Bord du Nil by Mahmoud Mokhtar, was
sold in 2016 to Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi,
who now claims he paid 10 times over
the odds for it after the date it was made
was misrepresented in the auction
house catalogue. In a High Court case, it
has now emerged that Nesreen Farag,
the selling agent of the sculpture, is the
mother of Mai Eldib, Sotheby’s consultant to the sale.
The relationship, the Sultan’s legal
representatives say, appears to be contrary to Sotheby’s code of business conduct as it could involve a conflict of
Chick lit book
covers are
putting men
off, says author
time cast was correct. Subsequently,
he claims he found reason to believe
Sotheby’s had misrepresented the
sculpture, that the cast was posthumous and therefore worth less.
The Sultan’s lawyers quoted a
price of £70,000 as being nearer to
its true value as a posthumous cast.
Sotheby’s rejected the Sultan’s
claim for a total refund, so he took
them to court. The case hinges on
responsibility to correctly describe an item for sale, justifying
its 20 per cent buyers’ premium charge,
and whether the client should bear any
responsibility in terms of conducting
their own research, or caveat emptor.
Sotheby’s argued that, in correspondence with the sculpture’s foundry, there
was some vagueness about the dating of
the cast. “The foundry has acknowledged that, in the absence of records to
the contrary, any comments regarding
the markings are necessarily speculative,” the auction house said in a statement. Last week, The Daily Telegraph
asked Ms Eldib to comment on the
allegation that she breached her
company’s code of conduct, but has
received no reply.
With regards to the original charge
concerning the dating and value of the
sculpture, a spokesman for Sotheby’s
told The Telegraph: “We will be vigorously defending our position and are
confident that the court will find the
claims against us entirely baseless.
“As this matter is now before the
court, it would not be appropriate for us
to respond to the claimant’s specific allegations in the media.”
High society
A touch of class
came to Everest on
Sunday as a British
adventurer set a
new record for
hosting the world’s
highest black tie
dinner party. Neil
Laughton (in
baseball cap), held a
trial run at Base
Camp, pictured,
before leading a
team of eight
mountaineers to an
altitude of 23,129ft
(7,050m) where
they donned dinner
jackets and ball
gowns for a threecourse meal by Sat
Bains, a Michelinstarred chef. “It was
-13F (-25C) and the
champagne started
to freeze, but we
managed to toast
Her Majesty,” said
Mr Laughton.
The trip raised
£100,000 for
Sherpas hit by
recent earthquakes.
By Hannah Furness
PINK, glittery book covers are putting
readers off works by female authors
and should be made more gender-neutral, a bestselling novelist has said.
Jojo Moyes, who wrote Me Before
You and its sequels, said the public did
not want to read novels that were marketed to women with clichéd cover
Ms Moyes said she had been “lucky
to get a wider audience”, thanks to covers that appealed to male as well as
female readers.
“So many women who write about
quite difficult issues are lumped under
the ‘chick lit’ umbrella,” she told the
BBC. “It’s so reductive and disappointing – it puts off readers who might otherwise enjoy them.
“If it was up to me, we would all discover things in a huge massive jumble.
“The boundaries are being blurred,
with women writing domestic noir and
thrillers. Supermarkets wanted things
that are easily categorised, but people
don’t want to read something pink and
Several female authors have insisted
their books are marketed differently. In
2014, Jodi Picoult argued that many
books considered as great works of art
by men would be put within “pink
fluffy” covers if they had been written
by a woman.
In 2015, Joanne Harris highlighted a
“growing gender division” in fiction,
which saw a “sea of pastel-pink in the
romance section (as if men were neither interested in romance, nor expected to participate in romantic
interest. Ms Eldib was involved in
the bidding arrangements for the
sculpture, though it is not yet
known whether she placed a bid.
The Sultan is one of the most
prominent collectors of modern
Middle Eastern art, paying record
prices and touring his collection at
galleries around the world. He is
also an important Sotheby’s client.
He bought the sculpture in 2016
for £725,000, nearly 10 times the
estimate, on the understanding that
Sotheby’s description of it as a life-
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Windrush fallout
Javid pledges
to steer ‘fairer’
policy on
By Kate McCann
Senior Political correSPondent
SAJID JAVID has promised a “fair” immigration policy that “treats people
with respect” as he distanced himself
from his predecessors on his first day
in the Home Office yesterday.
The new Home Secretary ruled out
using the controversial phrase “hostile
environment”, telling MPs it was “unhelpful”, as he vowed to put his own
stamp on the department amid intense
criticism of Theresa May.
Mr Javid, who replaced Amber Rudd
as head of the Home Office after her
shock resignation on Sunday night,
faced calls to “retire” some of the policies developed by the Prime Minister
when she carried out the role.
Nick Boles, the Conservative MP,
said the department must change
course after weeks of pressure over the
treatment of the Windrush generation.
It emerged earlier this year that a
number of people living in the UK
legally had been threatened with
deportation because they were unable
to prove their right to remain in Britain. Mr Javid yesterday vowed to put
their situation right.
Ms Rudd quit at the weekend after
she admitted unintentionally misleading Parliament over the existence of
deportation targets, which critics
believe contributed to the plight of the
Windrush generation.
Answering questions in the House of
Commons yesterday, Mr Javid distanced himself from language used
about immigration, describing the hostile environment as “unhelpful”and not
representative of British values.
He revealed that he has requested
more information from officials about
how targets were set and used, and
would make a decision about their
effectiveness in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Mrs May, who stands
accused of using Ms Rudd as a “human
shield” to protect her reputation, admitted she had been aware of targets
during her time in the Home Office. Ms
By Steven Swinford
and Martin Evans
Rudd’s inability to confirm the use of
quotas for removing illegal immigrants
prompted her decision to resign after
she told MPs on the home affairs select
committee they did not exist, before
being told by officials they did.
Speaking yesterday, Mrs May said:
“When I was home secretary, yes, there
were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here
illegally. This is important. If you talk
to members of the public, they want to
be reassured that we are dealing with
people who are here illegally.”
Critics have warned that the Prime
Minister must be held accountable for
her role in the scandal. It has been
claimed she set the tone for the department, which Ms Rudd was unable to
change for fear her boss would not
agree. However, Mr Javid gave a clear
‘My pledge to the
Windrush generation:
I will do whatever it takes
to put it right’
signal that he is prepared to challenge
Mrs May’s record in office as he vowed
to be his own man.
Mr Boles, a former minister, asked if
Mr Javid would be prepared to set a new
tone. He added: “If that means retiring
some legacy policies then so be it.”
Mr Javid, who has previously spoken
of the need for a skills-based immigration policy, replied: “Mr Boles, having
worked with me in a previous department, will know that every department
I’ve worked in I’ve almost certainly
been putting on my own stamp.”
He told MPs: “I don’t like the phrase
‘hostile’ so I think the terminology is
incorrect. I think it is a phrase that is
unhelpful and it does not represent our
values as a country. So it’s about a compliant environment.
“I want to start by making a pledge, a
pledge to those from the Windrush
generation who have been in this country for decades and yet have struggled
to navigate through the immigration
system: this never should have been
the case and I will do whatever it takes
to put it right.”
William Hague: Page 18
Editorial Comment: Page 19
‘Hostile’ phrase unhelpful,
says new Home Secretary
as pressure continues to
mount on Prime Minister
Fledgling Home
Secretary finds
himself on
wrong side of law
No pushover: Sajid Javid has risen rapidly through the ranks since he became MP for Bromsgrove in 2010
Ministerial resignations May losing Cabinet colleagues quicker than previous PMs
To lose one
Cabinet minister
to scandal might
be regarded as
unfortunate. To
lose four in a
year looks like
At her current
rate, Theresa
May is burning
through senior
colleagues faster
than any prime
minister since
Thatcher – and
possibly longer.
First there was
Sir Michael
Fallon, an early
casualty of the
Me Too
movement, who
admitted his
towards women
had “fallen
short”. Then
Damian Green
was sacked after
about alleged
porn on his
office computer.
secretary Priti
Patel held
meetings in
Israel without
telling the
Foreign Office,
so she had to go.
Now Amber
Rudd has joined
reshuffles and
retirements, Mrs
May has lost
ministers at a
rate of 4.5 per
year. Gordon
Brown, who lost
several in one
night after the
2009 local and
elections, only
managed a rate
of 2.1 per year.
John Major,
who suffered a
challenge three
years into his
tenure, still
managed a
peaceful 0.8.
Tony Blair lost
10 Cabinet
ministers in as
many years.
Cameron lost
seven in his six
and a half years
as PM – if we
include his own
AS SAJID Javid faces the customary
warnings from police over cuts to their
budgets in his role as Home Secretary,
he may find himself facing a familiar
adversary – his younger brother.
Chief Supt Bas Javid, of West
Midlands Police, and one of the most
senior Muslim police officers in the
UK, has previously warned on Twitter
of “the very thin blue line” and said
that all forces “face major budget cuts”.
The new Home Secretary is the son
of a Pakistani immigrant who arrived
in Britain in the Sixties with just £1 in
his pocket. He worked in a cotton mill
in Rochdale and later as a bus driver in
Bristol, before running a clothing firm.
Mr Javid and his four highly
competitive brothers were raised in a
two-bedroom flat above a shop on
what he described as “Britain’s most
dangerous street”.
He attended state school in Bristol,
where a careers adviser told him he
had a future as a television repairman.
In a speech to the Union of Jewish
Students in 2014, Mr Javid told how he
had experienced racism after being
called a “Paki” to his face by a
classmate. “I did what any cool, calm
future Cabinet minister would do,” he
said. “I hit him. And then he hit me,
and I hit him back and things sort of
went downhill from there.”
He chose to pursue an academic
path, attending Exeter University,
where he joined the Conservative
Association and his interest in politics
blossomed. After university he went
into the world of finance and by the
age of 25 was a vice-president at Chase
Manhattan Bank, later moving to
Singapore with Deutsche Bank.
In 2010 he became MP for
Bromsgrove, giving up around
£3 million a year in earnings to pursue
a career in politics.
He began a rapid rise, becoming a
Treasury minister within two years
under the stewardship of George
Osborne, before going on to become
culture secretary, business secretary
and most recently housing secretary.
However, his rise was marred by the
EU referendum campaign, which saw
him flirt with backing the Leave
campaign before coming out in favour
of Remain. His decision infuriated
Eurosceptic Tory MPs, some of whom
have still not forgiven him.
He is married to Laura, a practising
Christian. They have four children. Mr
Javid does not practise any religion,
though his parents are Muslim. He
prides himself on being a family man.
In 2015, Buzzfeed reported that he had
laid foil strips around his home after
his daughter’s hamster went missing.
He stayed up all night listening for
rustling. It was later found.
‘Hostilities’ will cease, says the new boy, before laying into Diane Abbott
By Michael Deacon
t was only his first day in the job,
but Sajid Javid was determined to
make his mark. From now on, the
new Home Secretary told MPs, there
was to be no more talk of a “hostile
environment” for illegal immigrants.
“I don’t like the word ‘hostile’,” said
Mr Javid. It was “unhelpful”, and
“doesn’t represent our values as a
country”. Instead, he would use a
phrase that reflected our fairness and
decency: the compliant environment.
Mr Javid did not actually coin “the
compliant environment” himself; the
phrase had been used before him by
both his predecessor, Amber Rudd,
and Brandon Lewis, Tory chairman.
So evidently this is a team effort. I bet
they organised a brainstorming
session specially.
“Right, everyone. New buzzword to
replace ‘hostile environment’ – a word
that makes us sound more humane
but not weak. What’s nice, but tough?”
“Nice but tough. Hmm …”
“What about those toffee pennies
you get in a box of Quality Street?”
“The toffee penny environment.
Thank you, Boris. Anyone else?”
Eventually, someone came up with
“compliant”. Personally I’m not sure
it’s all that much nicer than “hostile”.
It still has connotations of force. “You
will comply.” Sounds like something
RoboCop would say seconds before he
shot you. But at any rate greater
compassion is the message Mr Javid
Brokenshire returns after cancer surgery
By Harry Yorke
Political correSPondent
appointed as the Communities Secretary three months after undergoing
life-saving surgery to cure lung cancer.
The long-term ally of Theresa May
had stepped down as Northern Ireland
Secretary in January in order to receive
treatment for a cancerous lesion found
on his right lung.
While Mr Brokenshire had hoped to
make a comeback to front-bench politics following his surgery, his return to
James Brokenshire
stepped down in
January to have
treatment for
lung cancer
the Cabinet was brought forward following the resignation of Amber Rudd
on Sunday evening.
Mr Brokenshire was asked to take
over at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government after
the promotion of Sajid Javid to Home
Mr Brokenshire said yesterday that
he was “honoured” to have been
appointed and was “looking forward to
taking the Government’s agenda forward especially on building the homes
our country needs”.
His return to the front bench came
as Penny Mordaunt, the International
Development Secretary, was given the
added portfolio of Minister for Women
and Equalities, a position held by Ms
Rudd since Justine Greening resigned
in January.
wishes to get across. “I myself am a
second-generation migrant,” he told
MPs. “My parents came to this country
from the Commonwealth in the
Sixties. So when I heard [about the
Windrush scandal], I thought it could
be my mum, my brother, my uncle, or
even me …”
Those last three words are possibly
an exaggeration: it would have been
something of a turn-up if the Home
Office had attempted to deport a
serving Secretary of State. Then again,
the way the things were going, he
probably didn’t want to take anything
for granted. If Mr Javid does receive a
letter from the Home Office ordering
him to leave, hopefully he can put a
call in to himself to sort it out.
Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow
home secretary, did not seem entirely
impressed. On the other hand it wasn’t
entirely clear that she’d actually
“Is he aware,” she inquired
haughtily, “that this is not just a
matter for citizens from the
Caribbean? The same plight could also
affect Commonwealth citizens from
South Asia and West Africa.”
Given that Mr Javid had just told
her that his own parents were
immigrants from elsewhere in the
Commonwealth, and that he’d feared
the same could happen to them, his
reply was, perhaps understandably, on
the testy side.
“I, too, am a second-generation
migrant,” he repeated.
“I’m angry too. I know she shares
that anger, but she should respect that
other people do. She doesn’t have a
monopoly on it.”
Perhaps not a monopoly, no. But
certainly a dominant market share.
Friends furious at ‘targeted killing’ of Rudd
By Christopher Hope
chief Political correSPondent
CABINET ministers are demanding an
inquiry into how Whitehall leaks
resulted in the “targeted killing” of
Amber Rudd’s Home Office leadership.
Friends of Ms Rudd are furious at the
way civil servants were able to undermine her by apparently leaking documents about immigration policy and
forcing her to quit as home secretary
on Sunday evening.
The Home Office declined to comment on a Buzzfeed report late on
Monday that it had already launched a
series of inquiries.
A leak on Friday, days after Ms Rudd
told MPs on the home affairs committee that deportation targets did not exist, said Ms Rudd was made aware of
the targets last June. A senior Home Office official contacted Ms Rudd’s team
to say “there were no targets” during
the committee hearing, the London
Evening Standard reported. The Home
Office declined to comment when approached by The Daily Telegraph.
One Cabinet minister described Ms
Rudd’s forced resignation as a “tar-
geted killing” by the Civil Service, saying: “There should be a leak inquiry.”
Tim Loughton, a Tory member of
the home affairs select committee,
added: “This needs to be looked into.”
Meanwhile, Nigel Evans, the former
deputy speaker and a senior member of
the backbench 1922 committee, said:
“There needs to be an inquiry. They
need to work out where these leaks are
coming from.”
Friends of Ms Rudd said: “Everything she has done in the past six to
nine months that was important – there
were pre-leaks to spoil it.”
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
By Anita Singh
THE BBC employed household names
on “an elegant form of zero hours contract” a tribunal heard yesterday, as
three BBC news presenters appealed
against a £920,000 tax bill.
Joanna Gosling, David Eades and
Tim Willcox were “pushed by the BBC”
into setting up personal service companies, an arrangement that allowed
the corporation to avoid paying
employers’ National Insurance contributions. But the contracts came with
no benefits and amounted to “no work,
no pay”, the court heard.
When Ms Gosling became pregnant,
the BBC suspended her contract and
p to the BBC to
made clear “it was up
ould have her
decide if and when it would
back”, said Jonathan Peacock
QC, acting for the presenters.
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Peacock said.
HMRC is arguing that
ffecthe presenters were effectively employees of the
BBC and should have paid
more tax. It is claiming
£920,000 in total from
the three presenters, of
which £609,000 has
already been paid. Gosling, Eades and
Willcox, who have all worked for the
BBC’s rolling news services, argue they
were freelancers who received none of
the benefits afforded to employees.
The appeal is a test case, with more
than 100 other BBC presenters facing
similar tax bills.
Opening proceedings at the High
Court in London, Mr Peacock said: “It
is important to see the current predicament of these presenters. They were
pushed by the BBC into contracting
through personal service companies.
The risk does not appear to have been
explained to them. They were henceforth treated as freelancers and not as
staff so they got none of the benefits
such as sick pay, holiday pay, maternity
leave, insurance or pension. This of
course suited the BBC, which did not
have to pay benefits.
“It is, on close analysis, an elegant form of zero hours contract. What is expected from
the presenter is commitment.
The obligations on behalf of
BBC gave Joanna Gosling a
‘no-work no-pay contract’
Channel is not
afraid to upset,
says controller
By Hannah Furness
BBC TWO will “provoke”
and “upset people” with a
season of challenging programmes, its controller has
promised, as he admits he
was shocked to learn of its
reputation as “stuffy, comfortable and complacent”.
Patrick Holland, who
launched the new BBC Two
season last night, said he
wanted to bring the “unorthodox DNA back to the centre of the channel” in a world
‘BBC Two was a
challenger brand
long before the term
even existed’
of stiff competition from
streaming services.
Describing the channel as
“the first TV outsider, the
first to question the mainstream”, he argued that a
new selection of “challenging” shows would serve to
make it “essential in the
modern broadcast landscape”, which includes Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Among the new commissions are an exploration of
Africa in a wheelchair, a documentary on the Assads, a
look at Russian football hooliganism, an insight into
actor David Harewood’s
experience of psychosis, an
exploration of the Jewish
faith, and a series detailing a
murder investigation.
Dramas include a story of
slavery in modern Britain,
an adaptation of Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic
Death and Nightingales, and
Englistan, Riz Ahmed’s tale
of three generations of a
spanning four decades.
Mr Holland said: “It
always surprised me, even
before I joined the BBC, that
anyone might consider BBC
Two stuffy, comfortable or
“It was established in the
Sixties with a mandate to do
things differently, to think
differently, to hear from different voices. It was a challenger brand long before the
term even existed.”
Saying he was “determined to pull the schedule
away from London and the
South East”, Mr Holland said
BBC Two would never be
“afraid of provoking, knowing we may upset people
along the way”.
“TV may have gone
change over the 50 years
since BBC Two was born,” he
said. “But we are still outside
the tent. We are still challenging the status quo.”
World Service editor
claims that white
staff are paid more
By Daily Telegraph
A BBC editor is suing the
corporation, claiming it pays
ethnic minority staff as
much as £20,000 less than
white managers, it was reported yesterday.
Saleem Patka, a senior
manager at the World Service languages unit in London, is suing for racial
discrimination, claiming to
have figures that staff in his
unit were paid, on average,
£7,400 less than network
news staff. He also alleges
that at his level of work, the
difference worked out at
£18,700 a year.
The BBC is contesting the
claims, which have centred
around a two-year legal
battle. However, they first
emerged yesterday in the
Evening Standard, which
had extracts of a preliminary
hearing in front of an employment judge. Outlining
the case, the judge said: “The
claimant’s case … is that on
the grounds of race the salary he was offered at the
three managerial roles that
he held since 2010 was at a
lower level than that which
was offered, or would have
been offered, to white managers in network news at the
same level doing the same
work as him.”
Mr Patka declined to comment to the newspaper, but
reportedly has pursued an
internal grievance. He is a
former night editor of the
Today programme, and editor of BBC Worldwide’s main
news programme World
A BBC spokesman said:
“We are defending this
the BBC are only to pay when programmes are presented.”
All three presenters were contracted
for a minimum number of days per year.
While the BBC had “first call” on their
services, they were able to work for
other employers.
Ms Gosling joined in 1999 and, four
years later, was told to set up a personal
service company. She was accidentally
copied in to an internal BBC email
“which recorded both the pressure put
on Ms Gosling to set up a company and
also what treatment might be offered to
her if she refused”, Mr Peacock said. The
email said that unless Ms Gosling set up
a company she would be offered a job as
producer, not presenter, for a lower fee.
In 2004, she was pregnant with her first
child, and in 2007 with her second.
Mr Peacock said: “Ms Gosling didn’t
work during that period and was not
paid. It was made clear to her at the
time, it was up to the BBC to decide if
and when it would have her back. All
these agreements work the same way:
no work, no pay.” The case continues.
BBC put star presenters
on an ‘elegant form of
zero hours pay’, court told
Caught out
Even the bowlers
wore headgear
yesterday as Essex
played Hampshire
at Southampton
– though as an
Australian, Peter
Siddle may perhaps
be forgiven for
taking to the cricket
field wrapped up
against the cold.
The unseasonally
low temperatures,
rain and wind
caused widespread
disruption to roads,
while a man died
when three people
were swept off a
harbour wall in
Ramsgate, Kent.
The two others
were taken to
hospital. Two
adults and a baby
were rescued after
their car became
stuck in flood water
near Maidstone.
Weather: Page 33
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Church split over ‘gay-friendly’ marriage service
US proposal to scrap the
words ‘husband and wife’
and ‘procreation’ divides
Church of England clerics
By Olivia Rudgard
THE Church of England is split over US
plans to remove “husband and wife”
from the marriage service.
Plans by The Episcopal Church
(TEC) to change its marriage service to
a gay-friendly version, which also
removes mention of the word “procreation”, were criticised in a letter from
William Nye, the Church of England’s
secretary general, last October.
However, the proposals have been
backed elsewhere in the Anglican
Church, with more than 300 members,
including Alan Wilson, the Bishop of
Buckingham, signing an open letter
distancing themselves from Mr Nye’s
His original letter, which emerged
last month, threatened to cut ties with
the US church, which is a fellow member of the global Anglican Communion,
if the new service became standard.
The reworded service removes the
phrase “the union of husband and wife”
and replaces it with “the union of two
people”, and replaces the section which
talks about part of God’s intention for
marriage being “for the procreation of
children” with the phrase “for the gift of
children” to make it more relevant for
same-sex couples who may wish to
adopt. Couples can still use the words
“husband” and “wife” when making
their vows, though the gender-neutral
“spouse” is also an option.
The Episcopal Church asked other
members of the worldwide Anglican
Communion to respond to the new liturgy, prompting Mr Nye’s letter.
He said using the new service as
standard would lead to a growing
“pressure to dissociate” the Church of
England from the US church as conservative members see any move at all
in that direction as “completely unacceptable”. He urged the Church to con-
sider keeping the new service on “trial
status” indefinitely to avoid “irrevocably redefining marriage”, adding that
the new rites “constitute a clear divergence from the understanding of marriage held throughout the history of
the Christian church”.
However, in a letter published on
Sunday evening addressed to the US
church, liberal members of the Church
of England said they were “grateful” for
the move.
They thanked TEC for recognising
“a gender-neutral approach will enable
us to become a loving and inclusive
Church for all”.
“We still have a few problems to sort
out over here with those who keep
threatening to leave, but we know that
your actions have given great hope to
thousands and shown that the Church
is not as homophobic as it can sometimes appear,” the letter added.
Campaigners also cited a 2016 survey which found that 45 per cent of
British Anglicans said same-sex marriage was right, compared to 37 per
cent who said it was wrong.
Boots pulls
makeup palette
after complaint
By Olivia Rudgard
AN OUTRAGED mother has forced
Boots to withdraw what she described
as “sexualised” make-up.
Angela Fitzsimons, 46, was shocked
when her 17-year-old daughter Grace
came home with an Obsession Obsessive Eyes make-up palette, which includes colour shades with names such
as Milf, Foreplay and Sugar Daddy.
The teenager bought the make-up
from Boots’ Loughborough branch last
week. Her mother said the wording
was “unnecessary and crude”.
Now the pharmacy has promised to
remove the product, which costs £12
for 24 eyeshadows.
Ms Fitzsimons, of Shepshed, Leicestershire, said: “Grace brought home
this palette which she bought with
some birthday vouchers. She said they
were nice colours, but the names were
“I looked closer and saw they were
called things like Milf, Homewrecker
and Dealer. It was pretty rank.”
Other names include Housewife,
Safeword, Chauvinist, Wasted, Vape,
Blackmail and Full Package.
“I complained to Boots, and they
replied that it was not marketed at
children,” said Ms Fitzsimons. “But I
don’t think that makes a difference. At
that price you will get children aged 12,
13 and 14 buying it.
“It’s make-up, and it’s there to make
you feel better about yourself – but it’s
like it’s saying you should be proud
to be a home-wrecker or a dealer. It
normalises these words for teens.”
Obsession issued a comment
through Boots, confirming that the
product will be removed from stores
and online “with immediate effect”.
THE Stonehenge tunnel must be abandoned because it will deprive drivers of
the view, the former chairman of the
National Trust has said.
Sir Simon Jenkins, who held the role
between 2008 and 2014, said that the
Wiltshire standing stones were best
enjoyed at a distance by drivers passing
on a nearby road.
In a letter to The Times, the journalist
and author criticised plans to build a 1.8
mile tunnel passing near the stones to
ease congestion on the nearby A303.
The £1.6 billion plan is also designed
to restore the tranquil setting of the
World Heritage Site. But Sir Simon said
that despite the “assumption” that
Stonehenge “belongs to archaeologists
and to English Heritage”, most people
who enjoy the stones do so from their
cars as they pass by.
“The stones look magnificent from
this distance. They have no need of
close inspection. They can be appreciated at a glimpse, without need of visitor centres, car parks, coaches and
multimillion-pound tunnels.
“Why should the overwhelming
majority of those who enjoy Stonehenge be deprived of this pleasure at
vast public expense to satisfy a profession and a quango?” he said.
Plans for the tunnel were detailed
earlier this year and a public consultation ended last week.
Highways England is expected to
seek final government approval later
this year with a view to beginning construction in 2021. The tunnel would
then open to the public in 2026.
tunnel ‘would
spoil the view
for motorists’
Catching the moon A bronze sculpture of an Arctic Tern, by Geoffrey Dashwood, seems to eat the full moon, known as a
pink moon in the month of April, outside the Scottish Seabird Centre on the seafront at North Berwick in East Lothian.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Glacier’s collapse
in South Pole may
leave UK coastal
towns submerged
AN ANTARCTIC glacier the size of
Britain is threatening to submerge UK
coastal towns by collapsing into the
ocean and raising sea levels, according
to scientists.
British and American experts are
launching the largest joint mission for
more than 70 years to investigate how
long the 113,000 square-mile Thwaites
Glacier can last in its current form.
A fleet of research ships, submarines
and aircraft and more than 80 scientists will be dispatched to the remote
West Antarctic region later this year
following warnings that the ice structure could collapse within decades.
Glaciologists predict the collapse of
both Thwaites and the nearby Pine
Island Glacier, two of the largest and
fastest retreating on the continent,
could cause sea levels to rise by more
than a metre.
This, in turn, could trigger the collapse of the entire West Antarctic Ice
Sheet, resulting in ocean rises of more
than three metres.
Climate models indicate that a onemetre rise would significantly increase
the frequency of devastating storm
surges, such as those that hit the UK’s
eastern coastal towns in 2013.
However, a rise of two or more
metres may cause permanent changes
to Britain’s coastline with Hull, Peterborough, Portsmouth and parts of east
London and the Thames Estuary at risk
of becoming submerged.
Yesterday, leaders of the project,
which comprises the UK’s Natural
Environment Research and the US
happens in
the Antarctic
doesn’t stay
in the
has the
potential to
affect sea
Atlantic Ocean
Extent of
sea ice
2,000 mi
300 mi
National Science Foundation (NSF),
said there were “reasons to suspect”
that a Thwaites ice retreat, once
started, would be irreversible.
Scott Borg, NSF deputy assistant
director for geosciences, said: “What
happens in the Antarctic doesn’t stay in
the Antarctic. Thwaites has the potential to affect sea levels worldwide.
“Humanity cannot afford to wait.”
The five-year project will comprise
eight distinct research objectives. It
will be one of the biggest Antarctic
field missions ever launched.
At nearly 1,000 miles from the nearest permanent base, the glacier is one
of the most challenging environments
on the continent. The team will need to
move more than 200 tons of scientific
equipment into place in order to investigate the stability of the ice. The scientists will use unmanned submarines to
examine the underside of the glacier –
including, in the latter stages, the Auto-
By Henry Bodkin
McBoatface. They will also enlist the
help of seals, which will be fitted with
head-worn sensors.
David Vaughan, director of science
at the British Antarctic Survey, said:
“We’re going to be pushing the field
season to the limit of the time you can
spend in Antarctica to make the most of
the opportunity.”
Sea levels are rising by 3.2 mm a year
and some scientists believe that, at a
conservative estimate, oceans may
have risen by approximately 30 cm by
2100 compared to 2000. But others
predict that, mainly due to climate
change, the world should brace for
rises of 1.5 or even two metres.
“It’s not an emergency this year, but
I’m very pleased we’re doing it this
decade because we can’t wait too long,”
said Prof Vaughan.
Thwaites Glacier is already showing
signs of instability. Around 50 billion
RRS James Clark
Ross on the
Thwaites Glacier.
The collapse of the
glacier could
significantly affect
global sea levels
tons of ice is draining into the ocean,
accounting for around four per cent of
global sea-level rise, an amount that
has doubled since the mid-1990s.
Sam Gyimah, the science minister,
said: “Rising sea levels are a globally
important issue which cannot be tackled by one country alone. The
Thwaites Glacier already contributes
to rising sea levels, and understanding
its likely collapse in the coming
century is vitally important.”
Doctors no longer admit errors after prosecution of paediatrician
By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
DOCTORS are unwilling to own up to
mistakes after the prosecution of a
paediatrician over the death of a young
boy, polling suggests.
Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of six-year-old Jack
Adcock in 2011, receiving a suspended
two-year prison sentence and being
struck off the medical register, but
medical professionals have claimed
that the doctor’s attempts to reflect on
her errors had been used against her.
In a survey of 682 GPs by Pulse magazine, 52 per cent said they had
“stopped or adapted” their appraisal
reflections since the 2015 case. A doctor who gave evidence in defence of Dr
Bawa-Garba said his advice was to
“only write down what you would be
happy to have read back in court”.
Dr Bawa-Garba failed to spot that
Jack, from Glen Parva, Leics, was suffering from septic shock, then mistook
him for a different child under a “do
not resuscitate” order and told colleagues to stop life-saving attempts
when his heart stopped.
The case focused attention on the
use of material gained from doctors’
appraisals, with Dr Bawa Garba’s personal development reflections seen by
expert witnesses. Jeremy Hunt, the
Health Secretary, ordered a review of
medical malpractice cases after the
case, saying he was “deeply concerned
about possibly unintended implications for learning and reflective practice in e-journals.”
Dr Mark Howell, a GP from Somerset
told Pulse: “I am now much more vague
in the details I put into my appraisal to
make sure there is absolutely no way
the case discussion can be referred to
an identified case.”
Dr Andrew Sampson, a Gloucester
GP said: “I have removed some reflections from my appraisal which could
have been misconstrued and in future
will only put in positive reflections to
prevent anyone using them against me
in a court.”
Asthma death rate soars to rank
among the worst in Europe
By Laura Donnelly
BRITAIN’S asthma death rate is now
among the worst in Europe with a
20 per cent rise in deaths in five years,
research shows.
Experts said a lack of basic checks
was leading to hundreds of deaths in
Britain, two in three of which could
have been prevented if the right care
was provided.
The analysis shows the UK rates are
the fourth worst in the European
Union, with 1,434 deaths a year.
The rate is almost 50 per cent higher
than the EU average, with only Estonia,
Spain and Cyprus faring worse.
Experts said Britain’s figures were
“truly shocking” and had deteriorated
by 20 per cent in five years.
Asthma UK said their research found
65 per cent of people with the condition are not receiving the basic care
they need, such as yearly reviews to
ensure they are using their inhaler
properly and an asthma action plan. In
2014, a national review found two
thirds of asthma deaths – and nine in 10
involving children – could have been
prevented. Around five million people
suffer from asthma in the UK.
The number of deaths from asthma in
Britain each year – only Estonia, Spain and
Cyprus scored worse within the EU
Dr Samantha Walker, the director of
research and policy at Asthma UK, says:
“It is truly shocking that so many people in the UK are dying from asthma
attacks and that while other countries
are improving, we are lagging behind.”
She said lack of awareness that
asthma can be fatal meant it was not
taken seriously enough. “While we
don’t know for sure why the UK is performing so poorly in preventing deaths
from asthma, we think a lack of understanding could play a part,” she said.
“Asthma kills and we are urging the
NHS to invest in better frontline
asthma services, for people with
asthma to make sure they take their
medication properly, and for healthcare professionals to take asthma seriously, diagnose asthma patients
effectively, and treat them promptly.”
Overall, the rate of asthma deaths in
the UK was 2.21 per 100,000 people in
2015, a rise from 1.83 in 2011. The average rate over the period was 1.98 per
100,000, compared with an EU average
of 1.32. The lowest rates were found in
the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Greece,
with rates of 0.56, 0.52 and 0.15 per
100,000 people respectively.
The 2014 review led by the Royal
College of Physicians, found too many
GPs were prescribing patients with the
wrong medication to keep down costs.
Dog gone A family
who flew a street
dog from Sarajevo
to their Scottish
island home are
still searching for
the rescued
German shepherd
cross seven months
after it disappeared.
Drogo bolted out of
the car boot as soon
as it was opened
ready for its first
walk on the isle of
Arran, and has not
been seen since.
Laughing Asperger’s sufferer ejected from cinema
By Helena Horton
THE British Film Institute (BFI) has
apologised after a woman with Asperger’s was thrown out of a cinema because she laughed too loudly.
The woman visited BFI Southbank
to watch the spaghetti western The
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but was
ejected midway through the screening
after a complaint that she was too noisy.
Her mother claimed she was “forcibly removed”, and witnesses described
how she shouted, “I’m sorry, I have
Asperger’s”, as she was taken out.
Sabrina Parker, the woman’s sister,
later posted on social media: “Shame
on the BFI. This was her favourite
movie and you forcibly removed her.”
BFI Southbank admitted its staff had
“got it wrong”.
A spokesman said: “We are sincerely
sorry to those affected by the incident ... we try hard to provide a good experience to our customers, however
yesterday, in what was a challenging
and complex situation, we got it wrong.”
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Carer ‘helped’
dying banker
sign over his
estate to her
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A CARER steered the pen of a dying
millionaire as he signed over almost
half his fortune to her family, a High
Court judge has ruled.
Donna Henderson “guided the
hand” of Marcel Chu, a retired banker,
as he lay on his deathbed to make out a
will handing almost half his £1 million
estate to her and her children. Dated
May 9 2014, two days before Mr Chu
passed away aged 73, it left 40 per cent
of his wealth to them.
But Judge Nigel Price ruled the will
invalid after a handwriting expert confirmed the signature on it was not Mr
Chu’s, leaving the £60-a-day carer with
an £85,000 legal bill.
Given his condition, the dying
man lacked mental capacity when the
document was signed, the judge ruled.
He made his fortune in banking before retiring to a £700,000 flat in South
Woodford, east London. He had “a relatively close relationship” with his
brothers, Allen and Stanley Chu, and
sister Eva Young, for most of his life –
appointing them executors of the will
he made in 2008. Under that will, the
siblings would each have received 26
per cent of his estate.
But Mr Chu, who worked for Barclays, suffered from a rare auto-immune condition “which caused
memory loss and confusion” and left
him reliant on carers towards the end
of his life. It was at that stage that Henderson, a distant relation by marriage,
“took control of his life” after Mr Chu
“involved her in his care.”
“She ... excluded his siblings from
further involvement with him,” during
his final year, said the judge.
Mrs Henderson had the new will
drawn up and admitted holding the
pensioner’s hand while he signed it.
Insisting that the final will reflected
his true wishes, Mrs Henderson said
she had merely “guided his hand” and
“assisted him because of his infirmity”.
But the handwriting expert’s evidence
supported the siblings’ case that her
“assistance” went too far.
Ruling that the 2008 document was
Mr Chu’s last true will, Judge Nigel
Price added: “Although one might have
expected a small, or even significant,
legacy to be left to a carer, the wholesale change in the will in favour of Mrs
Henderson is surprising in all the circumstances.”
Mrs Henderson did not attend the
hearing and was not represented. She
will not face any charges.
A PRISON officer started a text affair
with an inmate by sending him messages on a secret mobile phone, a court
has heard.
Shauna Cleary, 25, began a personal
relationship with Kurt Jarman while
working at HM Prison Parc in Bridgend, South Wales, which is privately
operated by G4S.
Jarman, 22, was serving a 10-year
sentence for attacking a 77-year-old
with a Stanley knife, having forced his
way into the man’s house in 2015.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Cleary
gave her number to the prisoner and
sent him messages on a contraband
Kurt Jarman forced
his way into a
pensioner’s home
and attacked him
with a knife
Millionaire’s siblings win
High Court challenge after
woman admits ‘guiding his
hand’ to sign new will
Prison officer
had text affair
with inmate on
hidden phone
G4S prison officer Shauna Cleary sent messages to Kurt Jarman using a phone he had hidden in his cell
phone he had hidden in his cell. Prosecutor Joanna James said analysis revealed Jarman called Cleary in August
last year, which was the catalyst for the
relationship “gaining momentum”.
Cleary sent the prisoner two messages on October 1 but the content was
not known. She was later arrested and
her phone and laptop seized.
Sentencing, Judge Williams said the
G4S prison officer had been “terribly
compromised and vulnerable to being
manipulated”. Cleary, from Pontypridd,
South Wales, admitted misconduct in
public office and was given a 16-week
suspended prison sentence.
After he admitted possessing a mobile phone inside prison, Jarman was
sentenced to a further six months.
Son of Beijing official attacked girlfriend in flat
Antiques dealer throttled daughter, 7, in her bed
THE son of a Chinese government official has been jailed for beating his girlfriend “from head to toe”.
Hartao Pan, 25, was captured on
CCTV at The Heron skyscraper in central London on April 2 as he dragged
Jinghan Zhang, 23, out of the cleaning
cupboard in which she was hiding.
The Old Bailey heard how Pan
attacked his girlfriend in their flat after
finding out she had messaged another
man on WhatsApp. He repeatedly
kicked Miss Zhang in the body and the
face and, when she fled to the bath-
By Martin Evans
Crime Correspondent
Jinghan Zhang was
the victim of a
10-minute attack
by Hartao Pan, her
room, he grabbed a knife and repeatedly stabbed the wooden door. Miss
Zhang, who is studying film at Goldsmiths, University of London, has said
she still loves her boyfriend and that the
attack “did not have any real impact”.
However, Judge Michael Topolski QC
rejected pleas to suspend the sentence
for assault occasioning actual bodily
harm, jailing Pan for 18 months.
The judge said: “To describe her injuries as being literally from head to toe
would be to under-describe them.”
Pan, of Moorgate, central London,
had pleaded guilty to actual bodily
harm at an earlier hearing at magistrates’ court. His father was described
as a “team leader” with a responsible
job in the Chinese government.
A WEALTHY antiques dealer who
strangled his seven-year-old daughter
should have killed himself rather than
her, his devastated wife has said.
Robert Peters, 56, who had been
having a two-year affair behind his
wife’s back, was jailed for a minimum
of 24 years after throttling Sophia at
their £1 million home in Wimbledon,
south west London.
Krittiya Peters, Sophia’s mother,
said: “I always think to myself, ‘If Robert was ill, why didn’t he kill himself?
Why did he kill my innocent daughter?’ If only Robert had permanently
left and set up home with his mistress,
I would still have [Sophia].”
Peters murdered his daughter last
November, claiming later that it was
part of a plan to kill the whole family
because he feared his Kensingtonbased oriental antiques business was
going bankrupt. Just over a month earlier, a depressed Peters had been found
not to be a risk by a Merton Council
child protection team, despite two
attempts to kill himself in 2017.
He initially admitted manslaughter
on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but confessed to murder midway
through his Old Bailey trial.
Peters waited until his wife had gone
out before he woke Sophia in bed by
tying a cord around her neck and throttling her for up to half an hour.
Jailing him for life with a minimum
term of 24 years, Mr Justice Edis told
Peters the murder was a “determined,
premeditated killing”.
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
PM open to ‘EU Mark II’ Brexit agreement
Britain could ‘potentially’
sign up to deal that critics
argue would make country
a vassal state of Brussels
THERESA MAY is considering signing
up Britain to a catch-all agreement
with Brussels that Brexiteers fear will
amount to “EU Mark II”.
Mrs May told the Cabinet’s Brexit
sub-committee that the UK could “potentially” accept an association agreement with the EU, which critics say
would make Britain a “rule taker” from
Europe. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, are also open to the idea, which
was first raised at the sub-committee
last week. Mrs May suggested an association agreement could be used as a
“box” containing the different strands
of the Brexit deal.
The Government yesterday suffered
its most damaging Lords defeat on
Brexit to date, as peers passed a “wrecking amendment” designed to keep
Britain in the EU.
The Lords voted by 335 votes to 244
for a “meaningful vote” in the Commons that would give MPs the power to
block a “no deal” Brexit. Among those
voting against the Government were 19
Tory peers, described by one Brexiteer
as a “cosy cabal of Remainers”.
Lord Callanan, a Brexit minister, said
that if the amendment was passed in
the Commons it would “weaken the
UK’s hand in our negotiations with the
EU by giving Parliament unprecedented powers to instruct the Government to do anything with regard to the
negotiations – including trying to keep
the UK in the EU indefinitely”.
Meanwhile the Government last
night branded comments made by
Lord Roberts of Llandudno likening
Mrs May’s approach to Brexit to that of
Adolf Hitler in Germany as “disgraceful, irresponsible rhetoric”.
There were two further defeats last
night as peers insisted Parliament
should be given a say on the Government’s mandate for trade talks with
Brussels and the other was aimed at
making sure refugees in Europe would
continue to be allowed to join family
members in the UK.
The Government has now been defeated in the Lords nine times on
amendments to the EU Withdrawal
Bill, and Mrs May will now try to block
them in the Commons.
The idea of an association agreement
has been championed by Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit
chief. These are usually entered into
with countries wishing to join the EU,
and Brexiteers fear it would be used as
a device by the EU to turn Britain into a
“vassal state” of Brussels.
Michael Gove spoke against the idea
during last week’s sub-committee
meeting and Jacob Rees-Mogg has described association agreements as “second-tier EU membership”. But Mrs
May, Mr Hammond and Mr Davis are
understood to have been persuaded
that “specific terms and frameworks”
are less important than the final objective of taking back control of Britain’s
laws, money and borders. One Whitehall source said: “The feeling now is
that the precise legal structure is less
important than what it achieves.”
However, Peter Bone, the Tory MP
and member of the Leave Means Leave
campaign, said: “If we end up with an
association agreement like the ones
other countries have, then that
amounts to EU Mark II.”
Tomorrow, the Cabinet Brexit subcommittee will debate which of two
options for the Irish border the Government should favour in its negotiations with Brussels.
Mrs May favours a customs partnership with the EU, in which Britain
would collect tariffs at the Irish border
on behalf of the EU. Mr Gove, together
with Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, prefers a combination of technology and trusted trader schemes to
avoid a hard border between Northern
Ireland and the Republic.
Corbyn critic
suspended over
By Steven Swinford
Lost and found A portrait
of Winston Churchill is one
of seven art works being
recreated for a new Sky Arts
series. The original, by
Graham Sutherland, was
commissioned in 1954 for
the then prime minister’s
80th birthday, but he hated
his depiction so much when
it was unveiled that it was
taken away and secretly
burnt. Other pictures in the
series include Vermeer’s
The Concert, stolen from a
museum in the Nineties,
and one of Van Gogh’s
Sunflowers series, destroyed
by bombing during the
Second World War.
Mystery Of The Lost
Paintings is on Sky Arts
from tomorrow.
ONE of Jeremy Corbyn’s strongest critics has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation
into allegations of sexual harassment.
John Woodcock, the MP for Barrow
and Furness, has had the party whip
withdrawn after a decision by Jennie
Formby, Labour’s new general secretary. Mr Woodcock is accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a
former female member of staff between 2014 and 2016.
The party’s disciplinary body previously decided not to suspend him because the case was in the past and did
not involve physical contact. However,
the Huffington Post website revealed
that he has now been suspended.
Mr Woodcock said he was “very concerned” that “selective” details of the
case had been disclosed and that Labour’s new general secretary Jennie
Formby had cited the publicity as a reason to suspend the whip.
He added: “I do not accept the charge
being brought against me but have
been co-operating fully with the process and remain committed to a thorough and fair investigation of the case.”
He said he had been advised to
“maintain the confidentiality of the
case to ensure the fairness of the process” and to reassure other complainants they could bring forward cases
“without being exposed to unwelcome
A Labour spokesman said: “John
Woodcock has been suspended from
the Labour Party pending due process.
It would not be appropriate to comment further on an ongoing case.”
Ireland must have ‘backstop’ to
prevent hard border, says Barnier
By James Crisp
and Peter Foster in Dundalk
MICHEL BARNIER yesterday insisted
that plans to create a border between
Britain and Northern Ireland were justified, as he rejected claims from the DUP
that he was not an “honest broker”.
In a speech in Dundalk, Ireland, the
EU’s chief Brexit negotiator denied trying to force Britain to reverse the referendum vote by insisting on an Irish
“backstop” clause.
If Britain’s preferred solution of a
free trade deal or technological solutions failed, the clause would prevent
the return of a hard border with Ireland, he said. But it would do so by
keeping Northern Ireland in the single
market and customs union, creating a
border in the Irish Sea.
Theresa May had ruled out any such
border but was under pressure for an
alternative that would guarantee no
post-Brexit customs controls.
Despite the looming deadline of the
summit in June, Britain has yet to put
any fresh ideas on the table. Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s DUP
party, accused Mr Barnier of failing to
recognise the constitutional issues
thrown up by the clause, saying he did
not understand the issue and was “not
Michel Barnier, the
EU chief Brexit
negotiator, with Leo
Varadkar, Ireland’s
Taoiseach, at talks
in Dundalk yesterday
an honest broker”. “Michel Barnier is
trying to present himself as someone
who cares about Northern Ireland – if
that is the case, he needs to hear the
fact that we are part of the United Kingdom [and] will remain [so] constitutionally, politically and economically,”
she said.
“His proposal of us being in an all-
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Ireland regulatory scenario with a border down the Irish Sea simply does not
work.” Mr Barnier denied he had approached the negotiations in a “spirit of
revenge” and insisted his “door was
open” to Mrs Foster. “We have no intention of questioning the UK’s constitutional order,” he said.
Mr Barnier said Mrs May had
agreed to respect Ireland’s place in
the single market and so had to accept
that goods exported to Ireland must
comply with EU rules.
“It is called the single market for a
reason,” he said. He insisted the threat
of the backstop clause was not to
force Britain to “stay in the single
market, the customs union, or even to
reverse Brexit.”
He said: “The backstop is not there
to change UK red lines, it is there
because of the UK red lines.”
Earlier, Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, said that Mrs May’s stance left
Ireland no choice but to insist she sign
the backstop clause.
Whisky galore in
England as Scots
raise price of a dram
By Helena Horton
and Simon Johnson
WHISKY shops in Berwick-uponTweed and Carlisle are preparing for
the arrival of Scottish drinkers on
booze cruises after the introduction of
minimum pricing north of the border.
Industry experts warned the new
rules would mean drinkers may cross
the border in search of cheaper alcohol.
As of midnight last night, new rules
to discourage problem drinking
increased the price of the cheapest alcohol in Scotland, with the minimum
unit pricing (MUP) set at 50p.
This means that a 70cl bottle of
whisky (28 units of alcohol) could not
be sold for less than £14.
The House of Malt in Carlisle is
putting on deals for those hopping
across the border. Mike Little, the store
manager, told The Daily Telegraph:
“We are heavily expanding our lowerend line, and we are running promotions for those who live in Scotland.”
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said the cost of around half the alcohol in supermarkets will go up.
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The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Roses will be redder, and
smell sweeter, as scientists
crack flower’s DNA code
By Victoria Ward
A ROSE by any other name would
smell as sweet, so William Shakespeare’s Juliet famously declared.
But a rose that has been genetically
improved would smell even sweeter,
according to scientists who have
cracked the DNA code of Britain’s
favourite flower.
Experts have created the first complete DNA map of the rose, which they
believe could help restore the heady
scent that has dulled in recent years.
Researchers said that by developing
the blueprint – the first high-quality
genome of the flower – they could engineer roses to be more fragrant, more
colourful and longer lasting.
Due to extensive cross-breeding,
modern roses have complex DNA
sequences that are difficult to reconstruct. But now scientists have found a
way to edit the genes of roses, even if
such bouquets are still a few years
down the line.
Researchers used advanced techniques to sequence the genome of the
species Old Blush (Rosa chinensis). The
plant, known for its sweet scent and
delicate clusters of pink flowers, is
thought to have been the first East
Asian rose to reach Europe in the 18th
The scientists, led by Mohammed
Bendahmane, from the University of
Lyon in France, made comparisons
with the genomes of other plants including strawberry, apricot and peach,
to explore rose ancestry and evolution.
They uncovered more than 36,000
protein-coding genes, and a biochemical pathway that coordinated the regulation of scent and colour.
A number of candidate genes for
flowering were identified, which could
be targeted to produce genetically
Steward’s death
inquiry missed
toxic air link
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
‘It troubles me that
the family had to
wait four years for
this to be concluded’
he was pronounced dead
two hours later in hospital.
A test paid for by Mr Bass’s
parents revealed the presence in his body of
organophosphates, harmful
toxins found in engine oil.
But the inquest heard that
Mr Bass had probably gone
into cardiac arrest after
aspirating, caused by a high
alcohol intake.
After the ruling, Mr Bass’s
father, Charles, said he accepted the coroner’s ruling.
THERE were missed opportunities to see if aerotoxic
syndrome led to the death of
a British Airways steward,
an inquest has heard.
The family of Matthew
Bass, who died suddenly
aged 34 at a friend’s house
after feeling ill and falling
asleep, have long campaigned for recognition that
he was poisoned by toxic
cabin air.
A coroner ruled that he
died instead as a result of
misadventure, but the inquest heard that the chance
to determine if the fumes
played a part in his death
was lost at the early stages of
the investigation.
Berkshire senior coroner
Peter Bedford apologised to
Mr Bass’s parents, and said
their son had not been wellserved in the investigation.
He said: “It does trouble
me that Mr Bass’s family
had to wait well over four
years for this inquest to
be concluded.
“They have put their hand
into their own pocket significantly for the purpose of
trying to understand what
happened and I commend
them hugely for that approach.”
Mr Bass, from Clapham,
south London, had returned
from a long-haul overnight
flight from Africa when he
went to a colleague’s home
with two other co-workers
where he drank wine.
He was found by his friend
to have stopped breathing
and blue in the face. The
friend attempted CPR, but
Killing time Orlando Bloom and his
co-star Sophie Cookson in rehearsals for
Killer Joe at the Trafalgar Studio theatre.
Driver imprisoned for
‘motorised pub crawl’
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
A COUPLE have criticised a
driver who crashed into
their living room while on a
“motorised pub crawl” .
James Sparham, 29, was
jailed for five years after
driving his car at high speed
through the living room wall
of a house in Rawcliffe, York,
while almost three times the
legal drink-drive limit.
York Crown Court was
told the crash, on Sept 3 last
year, caused £175,000 damage to the home of David
Garnett, 54 and his wife
Claire, 50.
It also left Mr Garnett with
after he was trapped underneath the car bonnet.
Sophie Armitage and
Nathan Lofthouse, two passengers in the vehicle, were
also injured.
Rachael Landin, prosecuting, told the court the Garnetts had been sat in their
living room on separate
sofas moments before the
3am crash and that Mrs Garnett had just left the room to
enter the kitchen when she
heard a “loud bang”. She
then struggled to try to pull
her husband from the rubble
and their 12-year-old son
came downstairs and witnessed the horrific sight.
In a victim impact statement read in court, Mr Garnett said he thought the car
was going to “explode any
second”. He said: “That moment made my life change
forever. I had to learn to walk
again ... I am a shell of the man
from before the crash and I
am in mental freefall. I don’t
know how I will ever recover
from this incident.”
Judge Paul Batty QC told
Sparham: “You were drunk.
You had been going on a
motorised pub crawl.”
Sparham admitted three
counts of causing serious
injury by dangerous driving
and one of criminal damage.
He was also banned from
driving for seven and a half
improved rose cultivars. “If you go to
the market and look at the cut roses,
they won’t smell like anything. They
smell like plastic,” Dr Bendahmane told
The Times.
“I hope we will be able to change
how these flowers look in the future
and make them last longer, with more
of a scent, which is lost the longer roses
stay in a vase.
“They could also be made more
brightly coloured.”
The research, published in the journal Nature Genetics, is expected to help
researchers and breeders to manipulate rose flowering and colour,
strengthen scent, or increase vase life.
Writing in the journal, the scientists
said: “This genome provides a foundation for understanding the mechanisms governing rose traits and should
accelerate improvement in roses.”
Arthur Bouquet, an American horticulturalist, claimed that just 50 per
cent of today’s roses have a noticeable
scent, compared with 75 per cent in the
19th century.
Experts have identified the
genes to make British
favourite more colourful
and with a stronger scent
Home guard The British
public are being urged to
sign up to a scheme to
respond to terror attacks in
their local towns as it
emerged the British Red
Cross had one of its busiest
post-war years in 2017. Two
London terror attacks, the
Manchester bombing and
the Grenfell Tower disaster
meant the charity assisted
9,300 people last year.
The Red Cross and Aviva
hope to recruit 10,000
community reserve
volunteers in Britain by the
end of 2019.
Actress Amanda Redman,
left, is backing the
campaign. She said: “As a
community reserve
volunteer, you would only
be called upon if there’s a
crisis in your area. Even the
smallest acts of kindness
can make a big difference.”
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Stress therapies could cut future risk of Alzheimer’s
By Laura Donnelly HEALTH EDITOR
MINDFULNESS and meditation could
stave off dementia, research suggests.
Analysis of data involving 30,000
people concluded that those who suffered moderate to severe anxiety in
mid-life were more likely to develop
dementia years later.
The research team, at University
College London, said responses to
stress may speed up brain cell ageing
and degenerative changes in the cen-
tral nervous system, increasing vulnerability to conditions such as Alzheimer’s
disease. They said therapies such as
mindfulness and meditation, which
have been found to reduce anxiety,
might cut the risk of later dementia.
The team examined studies looking
at the association between mid-life
anxiety, depression, and the development of dementia. The findings, published in BMJ Open, identify an
association between moderate to
severe anxiety and future dementia,
with a gap of at least 10 years in between
diagnoses. This supports recent evidence of a link between anxiety and
risk of mild cognitive impairment, and
lends weight to the known association
between depression and dementia.
Researchers said more work was
needed to establish whether reduced
anxiety in middle age could cut the risk
of dementia, but they believed
approaches other than anti-anxiety
drugs were worth exploring.
The study found: “Non-pharmaco-
logical therapies – including talking
interventions and meditation practices
– that are known to reduce anxiety in
midlife, could have a risk-reducing
effect, although this is yet to be thoroughly researched.”
Dr Natalie Marchant, the author of
the study from UCL’s division of psychiatry, said: “Clinically significant
anxiety in midlife was associated with
an increased risk of dementia over an
interval of at least 10 years. These find-
ings indicate that anxiety may be a risk
factor for late-life dementia”.
GPs should monitor patients suffering from anxiety in case of heightened
risks, she suggested. “Given the high
prevalence of anxiety seen in primary
care, we suggest that GPs could consider anxiety alongside depression as
an indicator of risk for dementia.”
Last year, a trial suggested mindfulness – a meditative practice of paying
more attention to the present moment,
is more than twice as good at reducing
stress than gardening. The practice,
which can involve deep breathing, has
been growing in popularity in recent
years, with the NHS recommending it
as a way to reduce stress and anxiety.
The eight-week trial by the BBC and
the University of Westminster showed
it was better than gardening and yoga
at helping people to relax, while US scientists found that an eight-week course
of daily classes can help lower inflammatory molecules and stress hormones
by around 15 per cent.
Smart motorways
to be reviewed
after tenfold rise
in speeding fines
 Scientists have expressed optimism
for those with hard-to-treat breast
cancer after a new chemotherapy
regime proved twice as effective at
shrinking tumours as normal methods.
Women with aggressive “triplenegative” disease fare much better on
a non-standard chemotherapy drug if
they have inherited BRCA (breast
cancer) gene mutations, a trial showed.
Currently most patients with this
type of breast cancer, which does not
respond to hormone therapies or the
targeted drug Herceptin, are treated
with chemotherapy drug docetaxel.
However, the trial findings show
that those with defective versions of
the genes BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 are much
more likely to benefit from a different
chemo drug, carboplatin.
A total of 376 women with advanced
triple-negative breast cancer took part
in the trial, including 43 who had
BRCA gene faults.
Among the BRCA mutation carriers,
carboplatin shrank tumours in 68 per
cent of cases, while docetaxel only had
a 33 per cent success rate. Carboplatin
also produced fewer side effects and
delayed tumour progression for
months longer.
The study, funded by Cancer
Research UK and Breast Cancer Now,
is published in the journal Nature
Medicine. The results are likely to lead
to genetic testing for women with
triple-negative breast cancer.
 A comprehensive review of “smart
motorways” has been ordered after a
tenfold increase in the number of
motorists being fined while driving
below 70mph. There are more than 20
sections of smart motorway, which
aim to ease congestion by monitoring
the driving conditions and varying the
speed limit where appropriate.
However, many motorists have
complained about being hit with fines
for exceeding lower speed limits, even
when roads are relatively clear of
traffic. Highways England explained
that lower speed limits were often set
before congestion built up in order to
better manage the flow of traffic on
some of the busiest roads.
This has led to frustration among
some drivers, who say they are being
forced to drive slowly along stretches
of relatively deserted motorway.
Last year, more than 70,000 drivers
were fined on motorways with
variable speed limits – a tenfold
increase on five years ago, according to
figures obtained by The Times. The
vast majority of fines handed out were
to motorists travelling below 70mph.
A spokesman for the AA said
thousands of drivers could have been
wrongly fined. A Highways England
spokesman said it has “started a
comprehensive review of how variable
speed limits are set, including the
amount of time they are visible to
New chemotherapy
treatment proves
twice as effective
for breast cancer
Blade runners A pilot conducts preflight checks on a Wildcat helicopter aboard HMS Montrose as more than 11,600
personnel from 17 Nato, European and partner nations take part in Exercise Joint Warrior off the northwest coast of Scotland.
No operating instructions for bouncy castle that killed girl
Terror suspect denies sharing Prince George’s details online
 The operating instructions for a
bouncy castle were destroyed in an
arson attack prior to a young girl’s
death, a court heard yesterday.
Seven-year-old Summer Grant died
in hospital after the inflatable was
blown away by winds at an Easter fair
in Harlow, Essex, Chelmsford Crown
Court heard. William Thurston, 29, a
fairground worker, and his wife,
 A suspected terrorist has appeared
in court accused of sharing a
photograph of Prince George and
details of his school online.
Husnain Rashid is accused of
encouraging terrorism with a
photograph of Prince George, along
with the address of his school, and a
black silhouette of a jihad fighter and a
message “even the royal family will not
their caravan at a show in Jersey in
2015. She said her father salvaged a
certificate of safety, which he had
emailed to the Showmen’s Guild.
Prosecutors say the Thurstons failed
to ensure that the bouncy castle was
“adequately anchored” to the ground
and failed to monitor weather
conditions to ensure it was safe to use.
The trial continues.
be left alone”. The charge alleges he
“published statements which intended
members of the public to be directly or
indirectly encouraged to commit,
prepare or instigate acts of terrorism”.
Mr Rashid, 32, of Nelson,
Lancashire, who is accused of being an
Isil supporter, pleaded not guilty to
three counts of engaging in conduct in
preparation of terrorist acts, a count of
encouraging terrorism and two counts
of dissemination of a terrorist
publication at Woolwich Crown Court.
Mr Rashid is also said to have had a
map of Sixth Avenue in New York and a
message stating: “New York Hallowe’en
Parade. Have you made your
preparations? The Countdown begins.”
A provisional trial date has been set
for May 14.
Set of Euro 96
tickets found
in old suitcase
Words of Jack
the Ripper sell
for £22,000
 A set of unused tickets for
every match of the Euro 96
football championship has
been found in a suitcase.
The tournament was held
in England in June 1996 and
the hosts lost to Germany on
penalties in the semi-finals.
The 31 tickets, found
among old cigarette cards in
Stoke-on-Trent, had a face
value of £1,680.
The owner, who wanted
to remain anonymous, said
he found the tickets in a
suitcase his mother had
given him 10 years ago. He
said it was a mystery why
they were not used.
He said: “I have no idea
how they ended up in the
suitcase. I don’t think my
mum was a ticket tout!”
Alistair Lofley, a football
valuer at Hansons
Auctioneers in Etwall,
Derbyshire, suggested that
the tickets might have been
competition prizes.
He said: “For any diehard
football fan, to think of
these tickets going begging
is hard to swallow.”
The set will go on sale at
Hansons on May 23, with an
estimate of £100 to £150.
 A letter believed to have
been sent by Jack the Ripper
warning of two murders has
sold at auction for £22,000.
It arrived at Ealing Police
Station on Oct 29, 1888, days
before the death of Mary
Kelly, the killer’s last victim.
A British collector won
the bidding for the rarity,
“the likes of which have
never come up for sale
before”, said Jonathan Riley,
of Grand Auctions, in
Folkestone, Kent.
In the postcard-size note,
the author warns: “Beware
there is two women I want
here they are bastards, and I
mean to have them my knife
is still in good order it is a
students knife and I hope
you liked the kidney. I am
Jack the Ripper.”
It belonged to an officer
who was given the memento
when he retired in 1966. It is
being sold by his widow.
Mr Riley said no card with
such police provenance had
ever been offered at auction
before, adding: “It is a
unique Ripper item. No one
can prove it is the Ripper,
but equally no one can
prove it is not.”
Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny
manslaughter by gross negligence, and
a health and safety offence, following
the incident on 26 March 2016.
Mrs Thurston, giving evidence, said
she had gone with her father, Billy
Searle, to collect the bouncy castle, in
2014, and they had both had a day of
training but the operating instructions
were destroyed in an arson attack on
Tall tales Rare books that filled a 17-storey
Cambridge University tower – including
The Hobbit in Cornish – go on display from
tomorrow. The books were collected as
part of the university’s copyright library.
Elderly who stay fit are less
likely to be lost for words
 Older people who exercise
regularly are less likely to
be lost for the right words, a
report has claimed.
Researchers found that
older adults’ aerobic fitness
levels are directly related to
the incidence of age-related
language failures such as
“tip-of-the-tongue” states.
The research, published
in the journal Scientific
Reports, is the first of its
kind to examine links
between aerobic fitness and
cognitive lapses.
Those in a tip-of-thetongue state believe they
know a word but are unable
to produce it, which
happens more frequently as
people grow older.
Researchers from the
University of Birmingham,
the University of Agder in
Norway, the University of
Leuven in Belgium and
King’s College London
measured frequency of
tip-of-the-tongue states in
one group of 28 healthy
older adults and one group
of 27 people in their 20s.
They were asked to name
famous people based on 20
questions about them. They
were also given definitions
of 20 “low frequency” and
20 “easy” words and asked
for the word being defined.
Study leader Dr Katrien
Segaert, of the University of
Birmingham, said: “Older
adults free from medical
diseases still experience
age-related cognitive
decline. Significantly, we
found that the degree of
decline is related to one’s
aerobic fitness.”
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Foreigners face
justice after the
defeat of Isil
By Josie Ensor in Baghdad
he woman in a pink
prison uniform greeted
the judge in a lilting
Caribbean English that
took him by surprise.
Judge Suhail replied
somewhat brusquely in Arabic: “Did
you enter Iraq illegally? And do you
believe in the ideology of the Islamic
Standing in the dock at Baghdad’s
Central Criminal Court, Anisa Waheed
Mohammed, 53, from Trinidad and
Tobago, answered yes to the first
question and no to the second. Any
other combination would have
condemned her instantly.
“I had watched Isil videos with my
husband and two daughters and we
decided we wanted to go and be part
of an Islamic society,” she said.
“I did not know it was a war zone.
When we arrived, all we saw was
Iraqis killing Iraqis, Russians killing
Russians, and Turks killing Turks,” she
added, by way of mitigation. “I did not
find Islam here.”
Mrs Mohammed was given just
seven minutes to convince the judge
– through a translator picked at
random from the public gallery – to
show clemency.
“Your honour, I’m just a housewife.
I stayed at home with my daughters
the whole time,” she said before being
led back to the holding cell. Women
from Turkey, Russia, Uzbekistan and a
host of other central Asian countries
line the corridors of the court as they
wait for their turn to stand in the dock.
They are some of the hundreds of
wives and widows of Isil fighters
defeated by Iraqi troops last summer.
Baghdad’s Central Criminal Court
has been churning out terrorism
convictions at a rate of a dozen a day to
deal with the backlog.
Next is Leila Adeel-Hamid, 27, from
Turkey, who bounced her baby
daughter on her hip while another
infant pulled at her skirt.
Both children were completely
silent throughout, as if they
understood the seriousness of their
Mrs Adeel-Hamid said she followed
her husband across the border to Syria
and then on to Iraq in 2015. “I don’t
know what he did, I just know he
carried an AK47 and brought home a
$50 (£36) salary. He’s dead now, killed
in Tel Afar (a former Isil stronghold
near Mosul) in a coalition air strike.”
She said she believes in Isil’s
ideology, but denied joining the
jihadist group.
“Enough evidence,” the prosecutor
general announces to the court and
Mrs Adeel-Hamid, too, is returned to
the cells.
Since declaring victory over Isil in
mid-2017, Iraqi authorities have
detained as many as 20,000 people
with suspected ties to the group,
according to Human Rights Watch.
Among those are 560 foreign women
and their 600 children.
Relatively few Iraqi women have
appeared in Baghdad’s highest court
and even fewer foreign men. “Most of
World news
Leila Adeel-Hamid,
above left, a
27-year-old Turk,
was given 20 years
in jail by the courts,
as was Anisa
Mohammed, 53,
above, from
Trinidad and
the men were killed on the battlefield,”
Judge Suhail explained. “And Iraqi
women are treated differently in
The foreign women are charged
with entering Iraq illegally and with
membership of a terrorist
organisation, though many have tried
– unsuccessfully – to argue that in
conservative Islamic culture women
must obey their husbands and
therefore should be afforded leniency.
“You do not need much evidence in
the cases of the foreign women,
because it is clear they entered
without permission and because they
were caught in Daesh areas,” he said,
using the Arabic acronym for the
group. “These hearings need to be
short, otherwise we would be trying
these people for decades to come.”
He said it was Iraq’s duty to try the
suspects, but thought they should
serve their sentences in their home
countries in order to ease the pressure
on Baghdad’s overcrowded prison
In reality, however, very few states
want their nationals back.
Only the foreigners and most
serious cases are sent to Baghdad from
northern Iraq, where most Isil fighters
and their families were caught.
The suspects first appear in the
city’s investigative court, where they
face a half-hour trial.
Their state-appointed lawyers are
paid just $30 for each case, and most
are not given access to their clients’
files as the intelligence relied on in
terrorism cases is usually classified.
Those observed by The Daily
Telegraph last week appeared simply
to parrot back what the defendants
had said. During the two days this
newspaper spent in court, the cases of
some 17 foreign women were heard
and decided. The shortest sentence
was 20 years and the longest was life
Judicial sources said that some
3,000 cases have been heard in the last
nine months, with a conviction rate of
between 97 and 98 per cent.
Having lived for years under the
threat of Islamist terrorism, many
Iraqis are hungry for quick retribution
against a group that was notorious for
its atrocities.
Foreigners in particular are harshly
judged, as they are considered Isil’s
most fervent adherents who had left
the safety of their homes for the
But there is concern that the desire
for revenge will come at the expense
of real justice.
Iraq’s counterterrorism laws
empower courts to convict people
who are believed to have helped Isil,
even if they were not directly involved
in the fighting.
Human rights groups have
criticised the Iraqi government for
prosecuting all Isil suspects in their
custody under these laws, primarily
for membership, and not focusing on
specific actions or crimes that may
have been committed.
This has resulted in those accused
of merely joining the group – as chefs
or housewives, for example – receiving
the same kind of sentences as those
accused of rape and mass murder.
“Iraq’s handling of Isil trials are a
missed opportunity to show its people,
the world, and indeed Isil, that it is a
nation ruled by laws, due process, and
Sumo ban on
women reviewed
Schröder sued for
‘affair with bride’
The Japan Sumo Association
is to review its ban on
women stepping on to the
wrestlers’ sacred “dohyo”.
The sport’s elders ordered
a survey of public attitudes
into admitting women, who
are considered “ritually
unclean”. They acted after
two female spectators
administering emergency
first aid to a man who had
collapsed during a
tournament were told by a
referee to leave the ring.
Former German chancellor
Gerhard Schröder is
reportedly being sued by
the former husband of his
South Korean bride for
“having an affair with her
while she was still married”
– until 2015 an offence in her
home country. Schröder, 74,
said he would wed Kim
So-yeon, 48, after his fourth
marriage fell apart, earning
him the nickname Audiman, a reference to the car
firm’s four-ring symbol.
Porn star’s action Minister attacks
over Trump tweet rape case judge
The porn star Stormy
Daniels yesterday filed a
defamation lawsuit against
Donald Trump over a recent
tweet that she said falsely
attacked her truthfulness.
The tweet concerned a
sketch of a man that Daniels
said had threatened her in
2011. It included the words
“a total con job, playing the
Fake News Media for Fools
(but they know it)!”. The
filing says the tweet was
“false and defamatory”.
Spain’s justice minister
yesterday faced demands for
his resignation after he
questioned the “faculties” of
a judge in the “wolfpack”
gang rape trial. Spanish
judges and prosecutors
called on Rafael Catalá to
quit over his comments,
which came after five men
accused of the gang rape at
Pamplona’s San Fermín
festival were instead
convicted of the lesser
crime of sexual abuse.
Scientist, 104, opts Alps snowstorm
for euthanasia
leaves four dead
Australia’s oldest scientist
will fly to Switzerland this
month to end his life.
David Goodall, 104, does
not have a terminal illness
but his quality of life has
deteriorated and he has
secured a fast-track
appointment with an
assisted dying agency in
Basel. “I want to die,” he
said. “It’s not sad ... what is
sad is if one is prevented.”
Four climbers died and five
were in a critical condition
yesterday after being
trapped overnight near the
Pigne d’Arolla mountain in
the Swiss Alps by an
unexpected snowstorm.
Seven helicopters were
sent to rescue the 14-strong
French, Italian and German
group. One of the dead was
killed in a fall while three
others died in hospital.
‘I am old and
I have
I am not a
threat to
justice, capable of bringing
accountability for the gravest crimes
and reconciliation for all of the
communities affected by this war,”
said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East
director at Human Rights Watch.
Mrs Mohammed stared blankly
ahead after hearing the judge’s verdict
and then sentence – of 20 years in
prison. Her two daughters were
handed the same sentence the week
before and she had prepared herself
for the worst.
Daoud, her husband, who was
arrested by Kurdish Peshmerga
soldiers near Mosul, faces his own trial
in the coming weeks.
Speaking to The Telegraph from the
court’s holding cell, where she was
handcuffed to another woman, the
grandmother said she wanted to go
home to Trinidad and Tobago.
“I am old, I have diabetes and my
health is deteriorating. I am not a
threat to anyone,” she said, tugging at
the wrist of the stranger next to her,
who was dressed in a niqab and who
spoke no English.
“I can’t do 20 years in here,” she
said, tears beginning to fill her eyes.
“We are kept – 75 women to one
room – and the women have 50 to 60
children between them. When we
sleep there isn’t even space to move
around. We are given only bread and
jam twice a day.
“A few women and babies have
already died from malnutrition.”
She pointed to the infant of a Kyrgyz
woman in the back of the cell with a
flannel on his pallid forehead, lying
limply in his mother’s arms.
“We’re all going to die here, and
for what?”
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Cannes chiefs denounce bid to block Gilliam film
Monty Python director’s
disaster-prone, 20-year
project on Don Quixote
suffers another setback
By Henry Samuel in Paris
THE Cannes festival has launched an
outspoken attack on a producer’s
“ridiculous” legal bid to block the world
premiere of Terry Gilliam’s latest film,
set to close the festival next month. Said
to be the most cursed film in cinema
history, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was finally due to be screened on
May 19 at the festival.
However, the Monty Python director’s ill-fated project – which was 20
years in the making – hit yet another
snag last week when lawyers for producer Paulo Branco mounted a legal
challenge to block the screening.
The Portuguese producer claims
that the film, starring Star Wars actor
Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, is
“illegal” and that his Alfama Films
owns the rights to it, rather than Gilliam. The legal challenge will be considered at an urgent hearing on May 7,
the day before the festival opens.
However, in a furious statement,
Pierre Lescure, Cannes president, and
Thierry Frémaux, general delegate,
said they would not bow to “intimidation”. While they promised to respect
the court ruling, the pair said: “We
stand squarely on the side of film-makers and in particular on the side of
Terry Gilliam. We know how important this project, which has gone
through so many trials and tribulations, is to him. The trouble was caused
on this occasion by the actions of a producer who has shown his true colours
once and for all during this episode,
and who has threatened us, via his lawyer, with a ‘humiliating defeat’.”
“Defeat,” they insisted, “would be to
succumb to threats.”
Lescure and Frémaux said they
decided to feature Gilliam’s film in this
year’s official selection “after careful
consideration”. When they took their
decision, “there was no opposition to
the screening of the film at the festival”.
Judges in France and Britain have
ruled that Branco owns the rights to
the film but the American-born Gilliam
has challenged the French ruling and a
Paris appeal court will give its decision
in June.
Last month, Gilliam claimed that
Branco had “nothing to do” with the
final film. “His demands are laughable,
absurd. He is trying to make as much
money as he possibly can from a film he
did not produce,” he told AFP. However, the producer’s lawyer and son,
Protesters fail
to stop launch
of ‘floating
Riding high
Brazilian surfer
Rodrigo Koxa rides
what has been
judged the biggest
wave ever surfed, at
the Praia do Norte,
or North Beach, in
Nazaré, Portugal.
On Saturday, the
World Surf League
credited Koxa with
the world record at
its Big Wave
Awards. Its judging
panel determined
that the wave,
which Koxa surfed
in November last
year, was 80ft
(24.38m) high.
By Our Foreign Staff
A CONTROVERSIAL ship-borne nuclear power plant has been launched in
St Petersburg as part of a Russian plan
to power remote seaside settlements.
The Akademik Lomonsov, which
Russian green groups have dubbed “a
floating Chernobyl”, was towed from
the shipyard where it was built in the
Gulf of Finland on Saturday.
It will be towed through the Baltic
Sea and around the coast of Norway to
Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk,
where it will be loaded with nuclear
fuel for sea tests.
Russia has planned ship-borne nuclear power plants to provide electricity to remote settlements and oil rigs
along Russia’s frozen Arctic coast since
the early 2000s, but the project has
been plagued by delays and opposition
from environmentalists.
Work on the Lomonosov, which is
meant to produce enough power for a
town of 100,000 people, began in 2007.
It was originally intended for use off
Kamchatka, Russia’s Pacific peninsula.
Rosatom, Russia’s state owned nuclear energy monopoly, now says it will
go into service in Chukotka, the far
eastern province opposite Alaska, in
2019. But the project has drawn fierce
opposition from environmentalists
alarmed at the possibility of a nuclear
accident in stormy, ice-filled oceans.
The Lomonosov was originally
meant to be tested at the shipyard in St
Petersburg, but plans were changed for
an Arctic test after protests from other
Baltic Sea countries.
“Nuclear reactors bobbing around
the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly
obvious threat to a fragile environment
which is already under enormous pressure from climate change,” said Jan
Haverkamp of Greenpeace. Rosatom
said extensive precautions ensured
that the station was safe.
Juan Branco, denied this and said the
film could be released only if Gilliam
reached a deal with his father.
On Twitter, he wrote that Gilliam
and his new producers “knew that the
law was against them, but they have
tried to play a killer poker hand with
Thierry Fremaux” by premiering the
film at the festival.
Gilliam’s disaster-prone attempts to
make the film have led to inevitable
comparisons to the deluded knight
from Cervantes’ 17th-century Spanish
novel, who duels with windmills.
Chinese firms use ‘mind-reading’ devices to monitor workers’ emotions
By Jamie Fullerton in Beijing
WORKERS in China are being hooked
up with brain-reading devices that feed
information about their moods to their
employers, raising fears about the privacy of people’s most basic emotions.
Electronic sensors that fit into hats
and helmets are being used in China on
an “unprecedented” scale to read employees’ emotions, the South China
Morning Post reports, in what firms say
is part of a drive to increase efficiency
and productivity,
But the efforts to tap into the data is
sparking concerns that companies are
reading the minds of their employees,
with one Chinese psychology profes-
sor warning the move could represent
a “whole new level” of privacy abuse.
Although details about how the
technology works are not clear, reports
suggest devices use sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms to monitor
brainwaves and detect spikes in emotions such as rage, anxiety and depression. They can be put in safety helmets
or uniform hats and stream data to
computers accessed by employers.
The Post reports that the technology
is government-backed. Qiao Zhian, the
professor of psychology at Beijing
Normal University, said: “The selling of
Facebook data is bad enough. Brain
surveillance can take privacy abuse to
a whole new level.” The reports come
amid a wider climate of Chinese authorities meddling in private data.
The Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog has said it can access deleted private WeChat messages of
people it investigates, and punishment
for people posting material the party
disapproves of in private messages is
becoming increasingly common.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
World news
Isil marks out
journalists in
double suicide
attack in Kabul
NINE journalists were among 25 people
killed when a coordinated double suicide bombing struck the Afghan capital
in a deliberate Isil attack on reporters.
A bomber on a motorbike struck
close to intelligence service offices in
central Kabul, then a second attacker,
posing as a reporter, detonated a device
as journalists gathered at the scene.
A statement on a website affiliated
with the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (Isil) said it had carried out the
rush-hour attack in the Shash Darak
area of the city.
The blast was the latest in a relentless string of mass casualty bombings
in the country. Last week, an Isil suicide bomber attacked a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people.
The latest to die included Shah
Marai, chief photographer in the country for the French news agency Agence
Najib Danish, a spokesman for the
interior ministry, told Reuters the second bomber appeared to have posed as
a journalist. “He showed his press card
and stood among journalists before
blowing himself up,” he said.
Elyas Mousavi, a journalist at the
scene, told The Daily Telegraph: “After
the second explosion no one remained
at the site because they were afraid of
another explosion … I saw also some
security personal dead,” he said.
Qudrattulah Lashkari, another journalist, said he had escaped the blast by
being late. “So many of my journalist
friends are among the dead and injured,” he said.
Elsewhere, a reporter for the BBC’s
Afghan service was also killed yesterday. Ahmad Shah, 29, was shot dead by
unidentified men in the eastern province of Khost.
By Ben Farmer and Anum Mirza
Mexican wave Nearly 200 Central American migrants seeking asylum in the US have been told they will have to wait until a processing centre in San Diego
has space to accommodate them. After travelling through Mexico for a month, the caravan was stopped at the border in Tijuana and told the facility was full.
Trump wants truce village for Kim meeting
President opts for zone
between North and South
Korea as calls grow to give
him the Nobel Peace Prize
and Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo
DONALD TRUMP has revealed that he
would like to meet Kim Jong-un in the
demilitarised zone separating North
and South Korea for the much-anticipated summit.
Last week, the US president said the
location for the meeting, the first time a
sitting US president will meet a North
Korean leader, had been narrowed
down to two or three locations. Reports
suggested Ulan Bator, the Mongolian
capital, or Singapore as options.
But Mr Trump made his own preference clear in a tweet yesterday, suggesting that the Peace House in the village of
Panmunjom, where Kim met Moon Jaein, South Korea’s president, for the historic summit last Friday, could be a good
“Numerous countries are being con-
sidered for the meeting, but would
Peace House/Freedom House, on the
border of North & South Korea, be a
more Representative, Important and
Lasting site than a third party country?
Just asking!” he wrote.
Expectations for the summit have
been heightened after the success of the
Kim-Moon meeting, during which the
leaders committed to working for denuclearisation and a peace treaty.
Mr Moon has reportedly convinced
Kim the demilitarised zone was the best
site for his summit with Mr Trump, an
official told CNN. Their efforts were
Marvel film’s $250m weekend
sets new US box office record
By Our Foreign Staff
THE superhero film Avengers: Infinity
War earned more than $250 million
(£181 million) in the US box office over
the weekend, edging past Star Wars:
The Force Awakens as America’s highest-earning opening weekend.
Infinity War, which brings together
some two dozen superheroes in the 10year culmination of Marvel Studios’
“cinematic universe,” also set a new
global opening record of $630 million
(£460 million), even though it is yet to
open in China, the world’s second largest cinema market.
According to estimates by Walt Disney Studios, Infinity War overwhelmed
the previous world leader – The Fate of
the Furious, at $541.9 million (£390 million) – but narrowly topped The Force
Awakens in North America. The Star
Wars film opened with $248 million
(£180 million) in 2015, which would
$260 million
(£190 million) accounting for inflation.
But both intergalactic behemoths
belong to Disney, which now owns
nine of the top 10 biggest grossing
opening weekends – six of them Marvel
releases. That includes Black Panther,
which has made $1.3 billion (£940 million) since opening in February and
The amount of money taken worldwide by
Avengers: Infinity War last weekend. It cost
a reported $300 million to make
still managed to rank fifth at this weekend’s box office.
The track record for Marvel made
the record-setting weekend something
of a fait accompli. After 10 years, 18
films and some $15 billion (£11 billion) in
box office, the weekend was an assured
and long-awaited coronation for Kevin
Feige’s Marvel, the most dominant
force in Hollywood, where there are
few certainties.
“To have the biggest movie of
domestic history as one of the Marvel
cinematic universe films seems like a
fitting tribute to the Marvel Studios
team, which has had just an astounding, unmatched run in the last decade,”
said Dave Hollis, head of distribution
for Disney.
Infinity War is one of the most expensive films ever made. With a production
budget of reportedly almost $300 million (£218 million), Joe and Anthony
Russo’s film brings together the stars of
Marvel’s superhero stable, including
Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Chris
Hemsworth’s Thor, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Chris Evans’s Captain America and many more. It was
shot over 18 months back-to-back with
a sequel due out next summer.
Marvel spent years laying the
groundwork for the big showdown,
teasing its villain – Thanos (Josh Brolin)
– since 2014.
Riverbank search
for girl who went
missing in 1981
By Justin Huggler in Berlin
and Francesca Marshall
Birds’ eye view Pigeons roost on the dome of Boudhanath
Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, during the celebration of
Buddha’s birthday, also known as Vesak Day.
ROYAL Military Police are to excavate a
river bank in Germany in the hope of a
breakthrough in the unsolved case of a
British child who disappeared in 1981.
Katrice Lee went missing on her second birthday while at a busy Naafi shop
near Paderborn, where her father was
serving in the Army. Her family
believes she was abducted.
Natasha Lee, Katrice’s 43-year-old
sister, said yesterday: “This search feels
like such a double-edged sword for us.
I don’t want them to find her there, but
if they did that would bring my family
closure.” Forensics experts will conduct a search of the banks of the Alme,
where investigators believe vital evidence may have been missed.
A witness saw a man holding a child
who resembled Katrice get into a green
saloon car on the day she vanished 36
years ago. A similar car was seen the
next day on a bridge over the Alme.
Katrice went missing in the store,
which was unusually busy because it
was the final payday before Christmas.
“She was gone in a matter of seconds,”
Ms Lee told reporters yesterday.
praised for setting a positive tone before
the talks with Mr Trump. Lee Hee-ho,
widow of Kim Dae-Jung, South Korea’s
president from 1998 to 2003, said Mr
Moon deserved the Nobel Peace Prize,
but Mr Moon said it was the US president who deserved it for striving to end
the international standoff with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme. Mr Dae-Jung himself won the
prize for his role in the first North-South
summit in 2000.
Calls were building for a Nobel nomination for Mr Trump even before Mr
Moon’s proposal. The president was met
with chants of “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” at
a rally in Michigan on Saturday. Yesterday it was revealed that Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, and Kim were also
exploring a possible meeting.
Kim told Moon Jae-in on Friday that
he was “ready for dialogue with Japan at
any time.” The message was relayed by
Mr Moon in a phone call to Mr Abe on
Sunday. At least 17 Japanese citizens
were abducted by North Korean agents
in the Seventies and Eighties to help
train spies, an issue Mr Abe had pledged
to tackle during his political career.
Experts have warned that little of
substance was actually decided at the
summit, and that the road to denuclearisation remained difficult. However,
South Korea said it would dismantle its
speakers that broadcast propaganda
across the border and Pyongyang said it
will realign its time zone with Seoul’s.
u Japan’s defence officials have lodged a
complaint with the US after footage of a
fighter jet flying under permitted altitudes went viral on YouTube. The US
apologised earlier this year after a string
of incidents in Okinawa.
Editorial Comment: Page 19
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Andy Murray’s
daubs are just
the tonic against
art pomposity
ndy Murray, the
garlanded star of the
tennis courts, is not
the first famous person to
have sought solace in
painting. Winston Churchill
and Noel Coward were
enthusiastic daubers, and
enjoyed acclaim of sorts.
The Prince of Wales turns to
water colours in his more
reflective moments.
But Murray, in the wars of
late, and with his best
summers behind him, is
surely the first sleb-painter
to have drawn comparisons
with Wassily Kandinsky.
Whatever next? Roger
Federer and Paul Klee?
Maybe they have more in
common than Switzerland.
Murray’s yellow spheres,
which may or may not be
tennis balls, are, we are
invited to consider, distant
cousins to Jackson Pollock’s
action paintings. Actually
the work revealed for our
peepers so far resembles
Kandinsky or Pollock in the
way a dog resembles a
parrot. Those who grew up
in the Seventies will have
seen something like
Murray’s art on LP sleeves
by way-out groups like the
Mahavishnu Orchestra.
But hey, whatever gets
you through the night. At
least he’s not trying to “end
poverty” or “save the
unicorn”, which is what so
many actors and pop stars
like to do in their idle hours.
Murray seems a decent sort.
He is a British sporting hero,
if not an all-time great, and
so long as he doesn’t
frighten the horses he can
while away those empty
afternoons any way he likes.
His work is certainly less
self-conscious than the stuff
being exhibited for this
year’s Turner Prize. It’s easy
to ridicule the berks who
promote that most
overrated of annual
beanfeasts but they clearly
want us to pelt them with
rocks, so why not?
Many lovers of the visual
arts would, I’ll warrant, find
more to admire in Murray’s
playfulness than the earnest
posturing of the Turner
candidates who roll in,
oven-baked, from the
never-ending conveyor belt
of pseuds and frauds.
One of those candidates
has, according to a
breathless critic, produced
work that “deals with the
legacies of colonialism and
the paradoxes of
revolutionary struggle”.
Don’t worry, Doris, you can
get pills for that sort of
affliction. Heavens above!
How do these people
manage to bamboozle one
another year after year
writing tripe like that? Don’t
they know the rest of the
world is laughing at them?
All art is political, say
these arbiters of taste. All art
is struggle. Except it’s not.
By putting a few strokes of
oil on a canvas, in a carefree
spirit, our best tennis player
has proved himself to be a
greater visionary than those
apostles of revolution who
would have us change the
world and fill their pockets
with gold.
Art, said Picasso (who
wouldn’t get a look-in at the
Turner), “is the lie that tells
the truth”.
The problem is much of
the writing about modern
art is done by people who
appear to regard nonspecialists as being below
the salt.
One recalls that smug
critic who thought the
poppy installation at the
Tower of London four years
ago – a popular hit, and
deservedly so – reflected
“the inward-looking mood
that lets Ukip thrive”.
Clearly a man who puts
sugar on his chips.
So carry on daubing,
Master Murray. Coward
became so proficient that
his work was compared
with Raoul Dufy, while
Churchill has been granted
the ultimate accolade: a
television tribute by
Andrew Marr, who knows
all there is to know. Those
yellow tennis balls may yet
be seen in galleries by
people who never knew you
used to hit them on court.
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Javid has the chance to fashion a
new settlement on immigration
The public wants control
of migration. Achieving
that will change the terms
of the political debate
he first thing I would do if
I were Sajid Javid, the
new Home Secretary, is
make sure I have the
people around me to help
get an iron grip on the
Home Office. It is essential in any big
job in government to have special
advisers, private secretaries and a
permanent secretary of the whole
department who spot problems and
detect a crisis in the making even
when their boss is busy with daily
Whatever Amber Rudd did, she
does not appear to have been well
served by such people. Her successor
needs to act with cold ruthlessness in
ensuring the excellence and loyalty of
the people around him – nothing else
will guarantee that the Home Office is
doing what he wants it to do and that
he knows what it is doing.
Provided he can do that, there are
opportunities for this talented
Midlands MP, who is the son of a
Pakistani bus driver. The biggest and
most crucial is to create an
immigration policy that has
widespread and lasting consent from
most of Britain’s population, including
its ethnic communities.
It is obvious that anxieties over
immigration are now determining the
course of politics across Europe and
the US. Without the prominence of
this issue, there would be no Brexit or
President Trump, and elections across
the EU would not be showing huge
support for nationalist parties. And it’s
clear, too, that this problem isn’t going
to get smaller – the inability to control
immigration into and within Europe is
the development most likely to break
the European Union fundamentally in
the future.
British people want something very
simple: control of who comes to their
country. This is not unreasonable. It is
what Australians, or Indians or
Japanese people or Canadians insist on
too. They are not against people
coming here to work hard, or in great
need, or to study, or to do work we
refuse to do, provided we know who is
here and that they leave at a certain
time if that was the basis on which
they were admitted. But being in
control of our own borders is critical.
Sajid Javid could be the first Home
Secretary in decades who can preside
over having that control, and lead the
way to fashioning a new and sensible
settlement on immigration on the back
of it. If he does so, he will not only
escape the graveyard job of most
governments with his political life
intact, he will also give Britain a more
cohesive society and the Tory party a
stronger appeal among people of all
His opportunity arises because two
things are now happening that will
permit the UK to control who enters
and leaves it. First, we are leaving the
EU – this is the most substantial
advantage of doing so, amid all the
many disadvantages and costs.
Secondly, an attempt has been made,
initiated by Theresa May when she
was home secretary, to introduce
comprehensive exit checks so that we
actually know who has left the country
and who is still here.
Both these new factors are
incomplete, to put it mildly. We
haven’t left the EU yet, and a recent
official inspection found that the data
from exit checks was not yet accurate
enough, thorough enough or
sufficiently co-ordinated for it to be
reliable. Let us imagine, though, that
by the end of 2020, we have completed
the Brexit transition and managed to
get the databases of all the travel
companies and immigration counters
working reliably together.
If that could be done, a whole new
situation opens up, in which Britain
can pursue and administer an
immigration policy in the country’s
best interests. Current ideas of what is
a “tough” policy and what is a “soft”
one would become out of date. We
would not be a soft touch on
immigration by agreeing to a labour
mobility scheme with the EU – to let
people come to work on farms, in
restaurants or on construction sites for
perhaps two years – if we could
reliably know that they had left by
then. Even the Prime Minister might
be persuaded to take students out of
the immigration figures: it is great for
our universities and the country to
have people from all over the world
here to learn, provided we know with
confidence that they cannot just stay
without permission when their studies
are complete.
We would not let any of these
people in if they were in any way
associated with terrorism or
extremism. And if they committed a
serious crime while here we would
deport them at once. If the numbers
were at any time too great for our
economy or education system we
would limit the total. We would have
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the confidence and generosity that
comes from being in control.
To enforce this properly, it would be
worth thinking again about bringing
in universal identity cards. We
Conservatives were against this a
decade ago, but times have moved on.
In a nation with a realistic chance of
governing its borders there is a better
case for them, and the growing
prevalence of digital identities being
required for many daily activities
makes a stronger case for a core
system under democratic control.
With the ability to set rules about
who enters the country, the
information to ensure they have left if
required, and the evidence granted to
each individual that they have the
right to be here, many of today’s
fraught controversies about illegal
immigration could fall away. Illegally
remaining here could be tackled more
swiftly, with effective action rather
than a “hostile environment”.
And finally, this would permit an
enormous problem, an elephant in the
room, to be addressed. Boris Johnson
is reported to have upset many of the
Cabinet, including the PM, by arguing
again recently for an amnesty for those
who came here irregularly or illegally
many years ago. At the moment, it is a
strong argument against his proposal
that any amnesty encourages others to
try their luck in the future.
A country that is able to enforce its
immigration policy, however, could
adopt the Boris approach, and can tell
people already here for a decade or
more that they can work, pay taxes and
be with their loved ones. It can say we
will decide who comes in from now
on, but people of industry and talent
are welcome to add to our prosperity.
And it could also have fewer Windrush
scandals, a less divided politics, and a
more settled society. Go for it, Sajid.
Who is the sucker in this Irish bromance?
It’s a tragedy that a naive
PM in Dublin has dropped
his predecessor’s support
for border flexibility
nother week, another bromance,
this time between Michel
Barnier, the EU’s Brexit
negotiator, and the Irish prime
minister Leo Varadkar. The cynical
Brussels game of suckering Ireland by
weaponising its border with Northern
Ireland in the war against a
secessionist upstart is gathering pace.
“Let me first thank you, dear Leo…”
began Barnier’s speech yesterday, “for
inviting me to speak at this 4th
All-Island Civic Dialogue. It is a
privilege and honour to be here and a
pleasure to be in Dundalk.”
Pleasure isn’t quite the mot juste,
especially for unionists, who are not
impressed at the choice of location.
Not only was Dundalk so lawless
during the Troubles and so welcoming
to IRA people on the run that it was
nicknamed El Paso, but Gerry Adams
of Sinn Fein tops the poll there.
But yesterday no one cared about
the unionists any more than they did
about the Brexiteers. Anglophobia is
fashionable again and is being fuelled
by the Commission, which Varadkar
innocently trusts to rescue his country
from the consequences of the
referendum vote. It has been a
constant in Ireland’s history to seek
help against its big – often bullying –
neighbour by seeking succour from
the Continent. That the Irish were
always let down seems to have
escaped the institutional memory.
Solidarity “is an essential feature of
these negotiations,” explained Barnier.
It was in the interests of Ireland that
the EU insists on a backstop as part of
the Withdrawal Agreement, which
means that failing any other agreed
solution, Northern Ireland will stay in
full alignment with the rules of the
single market and the customs union.
As the British Government won’t
accept a border down the Irish Sea, the
UK will have all the constraints of
membership without any power.
Barnier shook his head at any
ignoble suggestion that the backstop is
“part of a negotiation strategy. We are
not playing tactics with Ireland’s vital
interest.” Non, non, non. Or, as he put
it in an article in an Irish Sunday
newspaper: “No matter how big or
small a country is in the EU, we stand
by each other through thick and thin.”
I’m Irish by birth, upbringing and
citizenship, and I know what
pushovers my countrymen are for
flattery. We out-Trump Trump. But
how can the Irish government have so
lost its head as to trust the
Commission, which was party to
forcing its predecessors to put the
interests of German bondholders
ahead of those of Irish taxpayers
during the eurozone crisis?
Did they learn nothing from the fate
of Greece? As Yanis Varoufakis, the
Greek ex-finance minister who in his
fascinating Adults in the Room
published transcripts of conversations
with EU officials laden with mendacity
and duplicity, points out: “Barnier was
appointed to make sure the [Brexit]
discussion failed.”
The misfortune for the UK and
Ireland is that this destructive
negotiation would have been very
different if Enda Kenny had not given
way to Varadkar as prime minister last
June. For like his predecessor, Bertie
Ahern, Kenny was an old hand at EU
negotiations and his early reaction to
Dudley Edwards
on Twitter
the referendum result was to brief
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene
Foster regularly, instruct civil servants
to have regular meetings with their
Northern Irish equivalents and work
on developing an electronic border.
But inexperienced and naïve, with a
foreign minister who wants his job and
ruthlessly plays the nationalist card,
and Sinn Fein – which until recently
was anti-EU – both domestically and in
Brussels making the anti-Brexit
running, Varadkar joined the hardball
team and cancelled the lot. Ahern was
ignored when he pointed out publicly
that no one wants a hard border and
that technology and flexibility would
do the job. Obediently, Varadkar has
followed the Brussels lead by
parroting criticism of all constructive
suggestions as “magical thinking”.
Among all its other foolishnesses, this
is poisoning relations with unionists,
who are just as keen as anyone else on
having a frictionless border.
It’s a crisis manufactured in
Brussels. But if the UK keeps its nerve
and stops negotiating on Barnier’s
terms, his bluff will be called. Barnier
is Jean-Claude Juncker’s man, and
hopes to succeed him. But he won’t
become Commission supremo by
destabilising the UK and the EU. Even
the bromance might come a cropper.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Letters to the Editor
The new Home Secretary will know the dangers of Civil Service targets Funerals delayed
SIR – Sajid Javid, the new Home
Secretary, will be wary of saying too
much against target-setting and
seeking “low-hanging fruit”. He will
know that, in the Department for
Business, which he headed 2015-16,
the Insolvency Service (of which I was
an independent board member) has
targets for the number of directors of
insolvent companies it disqualifies.
It has achieved targets by focusing
on easy cases. The low-hanging fruit
are wives who innocently become
directors of companies owned and
managed by their husbands. They are
disqualified for not having paid
enough attention to their husbands’
business. There were examples of
serious, difficult cases being
abandoned early so that resources
could be reassigned to easier cases.
Wherever government targets are
set, there will be civil servants looking
for the easiest way to achieve them
and that will not necessarily be what
the politicians intended.
Nicholas Ward
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Migrant policy has to
be fair – and firm
n an interview with the Sunday Telegraph at
the weekend, Sajid Javid observed that it
could have been him or his parents caught
up in the Windrush debacle. The son of a
Pakistani-born bus driver, the new Home
Secretary is better placed than most to
understand the implications of his department’s
bungled immigration policy for people who have
lived here for decades, imagining that their British
credentials were beyond challenge. By the same
token, Mr Javid is also in a position to pursue a
robust policy against illegal immigration without
being accused of racism or hostility to lawfully
settled foreign nationals.
It is important to emphasise that Amber Rudd
did not resign because of the way the Home Office
handled the Windrush generation issue, nor did
she stand down because the Government is
pursuing a tough policy against illegal
immigration, which arguably it isn’t. The cause of
her departure was that age-old guarantor of
ministerial defenestration: misleading MPs.
What is important now is not to abandon the
wider policy to atone for incompetence in the
Windrush case. Maintaining proper immigration
control is the proper function of any government.
The problem is that the Home Office has been
woefully bad at doing so. Mr Javid has said his first
priority as Home Secretary is to ensure that no one
who has been here for decades is threatened with
removal and that anyone who has been is
compensated. But his second must be to get a grip
on the Home Office so that it is actually capable of
presiding over an effective immigration policy.
Listening to Labour’s litany of complaints in
recent days, you could be forgiven for thinking
that mass deportations are taking place. In reality,
the number of illegal immigrants removed from
the UK has been falling and is, in any case, only a
tiny proportion of the estimated number who are
in the country unlawfully. Mr Javid said he wants
to preside over a fair and decent immigration
policy. But it must be a firm one, too.
The resignation of the fourth Cabinet minister in
five months has left Theresa May looking
politically vulnerable once more, though her fate is
inextricably tied up with delivering Brexit.
However, unless crucial departments like the
Home Office do their jobs properly, what chance is
there of operating credible frontier controls and
workable citizenship policies after we leave the
European Union?
A dangerous drama
ust two weeks ago, when the US, Britain and
France bombed Syrian chemical warfare
facilities, concern that this would trigger a
wider conflict with Russia and other protagonists
in the civil war was confounded. The action was a
proportionate and limited response to the breach
of international law by the Assad regime.
But a far bigger drama is being played out in the
region and may be about to come to a head: the
stand-off between Iran and Israel. The Tehran
regime has used the Syrian disaster to pursue its
long-standing campaign of hostility towards Israel
through its proxy combatants Hizbollah. In
addition, the deal to halt the Iranian nuclear
programme has failed to dampen Tehran’s regional
ambitions. Donald Trump has said he will scrap the
nuclear deal when it comes up for renewal on
May 12 and reimpose sanctions despite direct
personal appeals from Emmanuel Macron and
Angela Merkel not to do so.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has
been in the Middle East for talks with Saudi and
Israeli leaders. He accused Iran of destabilising the
entire region, adding: “The United States is with
Israel in this fight.”
Meanwhile, a US carrier strike force recently
joined up with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean
with plans to enter the Persian Gulf. Benjamin
Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, last night
set out “conclusive evidence” of how the nuclear
deal with Tehran had allowed Iran to continue its
programme pretty much unchecked. In recent
days, Israeli warplanes have bombed a number of
Iranian targets in Syria. Unless Tehran mends its
ways, all the elements are now in place for the
wider conflict everyone has feared.
English cider galore
he effects on problem drinkers of minimum
pricing for alcohol in Scotland, which comes
in today, remain to be seen. It has already
caught the attention of ingenious Scots hoping to
bring in cheaper booze from England. Savings are
considerable. Supermarket vodka at £13.13 in
Scotland is only £9.99 over the border, and two
litres of strong cider at £5 only £1.99. Bridges over
the Tweed may soon rumble with laden vans and
trailers. Even online orders from suppliers without
Scottish premises can be had at English prices.
Like sex, drink brings out the absurdity as well as
the tragedy of human life. Not so long ago good
people from Aberystwyth, dry on Sunday, would
catch a train to Machynlleth junction for a drink on
board and take the next train back again. The law
in Wales changed. Now it’s Scotland’s turn.
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SIR – Targets are irrelevant. Knowing
people who work for the Home Office
immigration service in Croydon, I am
told that if they worked all day, seven
days a week, for a full year, they would
hardly make a dent in the backlog.
They just move from one crisis to
the next, dealing only with whoever
shouts the loudest at the time.
Mick Lennard
Salisbury, Wiltshire
SIR – Why on earth has the Prime
Minister again let Jeremy Corbyn
muddy the waters, his main stock in
SIR – The High Court (report, April 28)
has overturned the policy of Mary
Hassell, the senior coroner for inner
north London, that no death will be
prioritised in any way over any other
because of the dead person’s religion
or that of their family.
Rabbi Asher Gratt said that “this
legal victory will bring immense relief
for grieving families to bury their
loved ones with respect and dignity,
preventing further unnecessary
anguish at the darkest moment of their
This should apply to every family.
My husband died on December 3 2017
in tragic circumstances and in
intensive care. We were desperate to
have his body released, particularly
before Christmas, so that he would be
back in the loving arms of his family
and not left on his own in a cold
mortuary during this important date
in the Christian calendar.
We were just able to achieve this on
December 22, but this might not have
been the case if we had lived in a
multicultural area where people of
other religions were given priority
over us. Our suffering would have
been cruelly and needlessly
intensified, and I expect situations like
ours were what prompted the initial
decision of Mary Hassell.
Anne Griffin
Bournemouth, Dorset
This time he has linked the
Windrush immigrants with illegal
immigrants. The former are here quite
legally, mistakes have been made and
acknowledged and actions taken to
remedy the situation.
Illegal immigrants are in a totally
different situation. They should be
removed gently but firmly.
Theresa May should have the
courage to separate the two issues, and
to challenge Mr Corbyn. She must ask,
and keep asking, what he would do to
meet the wishes of a large part of the
population to deal with illegal
immigrants and to send them back.
Bill Ferriday
SIR – We are told that it’s essential for
the Cabinet Brexit balance to be
maintained. That means maintaining a
tilt of 24 Remainers to six Brexiteers at
the Cabinet table.
Surely this situation would be more
accurately described as a gross
Martin Burgess
Beckenham, Kent
Raise alcohol prices
SIR – Each day 65 people die from
alcohol-related causes in the United
Kingdom. Hospital admissions linked
to alcohol have doubled in 10 years.
Almost half of all violent crime is
associated with our favourite drug.
And over one in three child deaths and
serious injuries due to neglect are
linked to parental drinking.
Cheap alcohol is at the root of the
problem. The real price of alcohol
compared to other goods has fallen
dramatically over the past 30 years and
this has been most pronounced in
shops and supermarkets. It is now
possible to buy three litres of white
cider containing the equivalent of 22
shots of vodka for around £3.50.
The Scottish government
recognised the problem and today
introduces a minimum unit price for
alcohol which significantly increases
the price of the very cheapest products
consumed by very heavy drinkers and
children. Pub prices will be virtually
untouched and moderate drinkers will
barely notice the difference. More
important, a minimum unit price will
save lives, cut crime, save money and
ease the pressure of Scotland’s public
Meanwhile, alcohol will continue to
be sold at pocket-money prices south
of the border. We urge the
Westminster Government to
introduce a minimum unit price in
England now. A minimum unit price
would save an estimated 1,148 lives and
prevent 74,000 alcohol-related
hospital admissions in England in the
first five years alone.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore
Chair, Alcohol Health Alliance UK
Katherine Brown
Chief Executive, Institute for Alcohol
Professor Dame Parveen Kumar
Chair, BMA board of science
Professor Colin Drummond
Chair, Addictions Faculty, Royal College
of Psychiatrists
and 40 others; see
Better red than dead?
SIR – Your Leading Article on the
rights and wrongs of boiling lobsters
alive (April 26) brought to mind a
question asked of would-be university
philosophy students back in the
If all red, boiled lobsters are dead
and all dead, boiled lobsters are red,
are all red, dead lobsters boiled?
The answer? As the logician said at
the time: work it out.
Dr Christopher Ray
Former High Master, The Manchester
Grammar School
Didsbury, Manchester
Loose cannon
established 1855
SIR – As soon as targets are introduced,
people responsible for implementing
activity will naturally go for “lowhanging fruit”. In the latest Home
Office scandal, heaven help you if you
were a 65-year-old granny from
Jamaica, rather than a convicted
Central European drug dealer with an
Uzi under your bed.
Rod Sinclair
Montjoi, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
Maxine Peake reciting Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy (1819) at the Albert Hall, Manchester
Keeping us in the dark about the risks of LEDs
sir – I was interested to read the
report (April 27) about possible links
between LED lighting and breast
and prostate cancer.
The proposed EU Lighting
Directive 2020 will ban the
production and sale of tungsten
filament bulbs at present used
extensively in television and theatre
This directive will eventually
make large amounts of theatre and
television lighting equipment
obsolete. Theatres will therefore
have to switch to the use of LED
lighting thus increasing the
exposure of performers and possibly
members of the audience to LED
Paul Hayward
Stowmarket, Suffolk
sir – What will happen to all the
amateur dramatic societies and
operatic groups?
The Kemsing Players, to which I
belong, have been providing
entertainment for more than 60
years and would simply be unable to
afford to replace all our lighting
equipment. Kevin Crawley
Kemsing, Kent
sir – It is worrying to read about the
possible cancer link with LED street
lighting, but it is even more
worrying that there is no mention of
a possible cancer link to domestic
LED lighting. Why are we being kept
in the dark?
Alan Belk
Leatherhead, Surrey
Unexpected supermarket in the bagging area
SIR – Living equidistant from an Asda
and a Sainsbury’s, I have little doubt
that those who choose Asda never go
to Sainsbury’s, and those who choose
Sainsbury’s never go to Asda. If they
closed one, its customers would not
necessarily go to the other.
Brian Christley
Abergele, Conwy
SIR – Walmart acquires businesses, it
does not merge. The staff at
Sainsbury’s HQ should be nervous;
there will be job losses across the
combined Sainsbury’s-Asda
organisation. It will also threaten
Morrisons and the Co-Op, and the
combined buying power of Tesco and
the expanded Asda will hit farmers
and suppliers and will threaten the
viability of smaller independent stores.
Shoppers will see a lack of choice
and, once the retail opposition is
brought to its knees, a rise in prices.
We must buy directly from local
farmers if we want to retain choice,
quality and a prosperous, diverse
market place.
Peter Booth
Altrincham, Cheshire
SIR – Whatever will Sainsbury’s
customers think of this socially
downmarket proposal?
Stephen C Edwards
Eyam, Derbyshire
SIR – It is a flaw in Britain’s governing
structures that senior civil servants
hold as much power as they do,
without being properly accountable.
The current situation sees the
Secretary of State responsible for
Brexit having to fight, not just against
the EU’s negotiating team, but also
against a civil servant with the ear of
the Prime Minister (report, April 30).
Senior civil servants either need to
be stripped of their immunity from
being held responsible, or must be
prevented from frustrating the will of
their elected political masters.
Phil Coutie
Exeter, Devon
Not-so-smart meter
SIR – Peter Haine’s experience with the
fitting of his smart meter (Letters,
April 30) is not unique.
Two engineers spent at least two
hours fitting my smart meter, then
discovered no phone signal and spent
another two hours putting the old
meter back.
One would have thought it a “smart”
move to test for the phone signal first.
Chris Thie
Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight
Perfect timing
SIR – Stephen Edwards’ letter (April
30) described a church clock with the
numbers replaced by letters.
Such clocks are a reminder of the
single biggest advantage of the
analogue clock over its digital rival: it
does not need to be read.
Provided that the clock is mounted
with the “12” exactly at the top, the
analogue clock reader knows the time
instantly, simply from the pattern
formed by the hands on the face.
Ian Statham
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
SIR – The loss of a sense of the passage
of time is not the only outcome of the
rise of the digital timepiece.
Twenty years ago, when I last taught
the physics of levers, I found that the
words “clockwise” and “anticlockwise”
had no meaning for an increasing
number of students. There is no
obvious substitute.
Mik Shaw
Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex
On Iran and Korea, Trump’s goal is the same
The president is exploiting
what regional powers want
– with the aim of letting
the world run itself
wo deals, two different takes.
Yesterday, South Korea’s
president said Donald Trump
deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for
getting North Korea to consider giving
up its nukes. Trump says that’s a good
deal. A few hours later, Israel’s prime
minister produced intelligence
suggesting that Iran is breaking its
agreement to abandon its nuclear
weapons programme. Trump says
that’s a bad deal. A little peace won is
followed by a little more conflict – like
some toxic yin and yang.
The world regards Trump’s foreign
policy with alarm, as if he is making
things up as he goes along. I’m most
struck by the continuity of themes.
Iran and North Korea were both
identified by George W Bush as part of
his Axis of Evil all the way back in
2002 – and Bush, Barack Obama and
Trump have all tried to bring the
rogue states to heel. The difference in
Trump’s case is the willingness of
rising regional powers to work with
him. There’s a new sense of movement
in world politics that he is canny
enough to exploit.
Obama and Trump were both
elected on platforms of extracting
America from conflict zones, running
against candidates of perpetual war.
There was a more populist tint to
Obama’s White House than is often
acknowledged: he, like Trump,
expelled illegal immigrants and
restricted migration from Muslimdominated countries. Unlike Trump,
he U-turned on a promise to rethink
free trade and dithered and flipped
when it came to using the military.
The Iran nuclear deal was Obama’s
biggest overseas legacy, an attempt to
regularise a rogue regime through
bribery – but Trump has committed
himself to tearing it up. Benjamin
Netanyahu’s press conference, in
which he tried to convince us of Iran’s
duplicity with some late Nineties
PowerPoint, won’t have persuaded
most signatories that they need to
scrap the deal entirely, but it’s given
Trump material to work with.
If Trump, like Obama, favours
jaw-jaw over war-war, why won’t he
back the Iran deal? Because he is very
close to Israel; there’s evidence other
than Netanyahu’s that it isn’t working;
and Iran is spreading its tentacles
throughout the Middle East in a way
that has to be dealt with – Iraq, Yemen,
Syria and Lebanon. But also because
Trump governs in a subtly different set
of conditions from his predecessors.
Trump did not drag the Koreans to
the table: they walked there, hand in
hand, because they wanted to. Times
have changed. The new South Korean
government is more amenable to
dialogue; North Korea finally has a
working nuclear programme and can
negotiate from strength; crucially,
China wants an end to the matter.
America’s influence is declining in
relation to emerging players, and so it
increasingly works with what other
powers are willing to do, rather than
the other way around. In the Middle
East, one of the key anti-Iranian states
is Israel. Another is Saudi Arabia,
where change proceeds at a dizzying
pace. Last Sunday, Mohammed bin
Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi
Arabia, is said to have told American
Jewish leaders that the Palestinians
need to swallow US demands in the
Middle East peace process. This from a
country that doesn’t yet formally
acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
Like Kim, the Crown Prince is
inheriting a 20th century regime that
he knows has to adapt to survive,
leading to a complex game of give-andtake. The compromise between old
and the new is reflected in the annual
“most beautiful camel pageant” held
outside Riyadh – a celebration of
tradition being opened up to Western
tourists. Old corruptions die hard, alas.
Over a dozen entrants were
disqualified from this year’s event for
cheating. Methods included rubbing
oil into a contestant’s ears, hanging
weights on their lips to make them
droopier and even Botox. Well, camels
and princes are gonna do what they’ve
gotta do if they want that crown.
So, even if Trump appears to be
choreographing change in East Asia or
the Middle East, he is in fact taking
advantage of what the local potentates
are up to – and in some cases simply
giving them what they want. Stability
in exchange for the protection of US
interests. There are moral
consequences. A settlement in North
Korea will abandon that tyranny’s
dissidents; arms sales to Saudi Arabia
enable its horrific war in Yemen. But
Trump never promised us a rose
garden. The long-term goal is to let the
world run itself.
Sixty-five years after the Korean
War ended, the US still has around
28,500 troops in South Korea, while
the US runs a trade deficit with the
nation of about $17 billion. It also has
49,000 troops in Japan and 38,000 in
Germany. That was the Cold War
legacy. America’s involvement in every
aspect of the Islamic world’s politics,
from Libya to Afghanistan, is a
consequence of the War on Terror.
One can hardly blame Trump for
seeking to close the chapter on
historical commitments that cost so
much money and lives and are yet to
bring peace.
One can only hope that, in building
new alliances, he doesn’t end up
creating his own legacy of war for a
future president to inherit.
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It’s good to have
some unfinished
business Page 22
within the catchment area
of Waitrose’s wholesome,
aartisanal, organic embrace so
tthey never have to be more
tthan a mile from cooking
chorizo and Fevertree tonic
ever, ever again. They feel
comforted and a little less alone
iin the world knowing that the
““essentials” range includes
aamber bath foam, profiteroles,
gooseberry fruit fool and
champagne flutes. They don’t
even mind that the explosion
iin the alliteration factory lead
tto perfectly innocent herbs
being labelled “Simple Sage”,
““Romantic Rosemary” and
““Tantalising Tarragon”. A
herb by any other name
would not taste quite so
expensive, after all.
On your Marks, get set,
Up the aisle:
models Joan
Smalls and Cara
Delevingne with
singer Rihanna
at a supermarketthemed fashion
show for Chanel
Super sleepers
Time to bust the
8-hour myth Page 22
Pamela des Barres
Why I’m proud to be
the world’s most
famous groupie
Page 27
‘First Bloke’
The man holding the
baby for New
Zealand’ss PM Page 23
Even among those who have
viciously criticised Marks &
Spencer’s clothes for decades now
(seriously, someone who is in the
market for slow-cooked pork ribs
with pomegranate molasses and
chilli is not going to lose their heart
to a sweater with appliqué and
ribbons all over it), there still
remains a strong core of customers
who are fiercely loyal to the food
hall. There’s a slight whiff of
dad-dancing about the relentless
pursuit of the latest food trends
straight-outta-Dalston, which
sometimes leads them to trip up
(cauliflower steaks, anyone?), but
there’s a soothing feeling that
they’re seldom going to steer you
wrong with their Gastro Pub
lasagnes and fish pies – comfort food
with the ultimate comfort of being
able to enjoy them at home, without
the risk of anything being served up
on a slate of utter wrongness.
Tescoooh, matron
So which trolley
tribe are you?
As Asda and Sainsbury’s look to merge, Debora Robertson takes
a closer look at what your weekly shop reveals about you
his weekend,
there was
over breakfast
tables across the
country as the
news broke that
Sainsbury’s was
striking a deal
with Asda to create Britain’s biggest
supermarket company. So far, so
business pages.
But wait. In some quarters, there is
barely concealed anxiety that where
branches of Asda sit cheek by jowl
with branches of Sainsbury’s, the
latter may be the one to close. (Mike
Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s,
swears there will be no closures, but
let’s see what the Competition and
Markets Authority says about that
before we plough into a celebratory
Taste The Difference Victoria sponge,
eh?) Fans of Sainsbury’s are hitting the
camomile infusion hard.
Forget how egalitarian we’re all
supposed to be now, forget that no
one dresses up anymore as we’re all
athleisuring in no-crease knits and
messy Meghan buns, that aitches are
as likely to be dropped by a duchess
as a dinner lady – we still make
massive assumptions about people
based on where they shop. Perhaps
you remember the breaking news
last year when Lady Somerleyton lost
her diamond and emerald pendant
while doing the big shop? There was
much rattling of teacups across her
home county of Suffolk, not merely
in sympathy at losing a precious
family heirloom, but that she lost it in
the humble, decidedly un-fancypants-y Morrisons.
Sainsbo’s Solid Crew
Solid, dependable Sainsbury’s, like the
good, home-town boyfriend – you
know what to expect, they’re around
when you need them, they’re not
going to let you down, and they might
just surprise you with what they have
to offer. Their kitchen and homeware
department is the secret style weapon
of many keen cooks, cheaper than
John Lewis, chicer than Ikea, copperbottomed smartness in an edge-oftown shopping centre near you.
Unlike the Fauxgalitarians (more on
which later), Sainsbury’s shoppers are
likely to keep their cheap little secrets
to themselves. Thank goodness.
The Asdanaughts
Cheaper, and often distinctly more
cheerful than some of its smarter
rivals, Asda has a place in the hearts of
many because of its no-frills approach
and friendly, well-trained staff. My
brother, a confirmed Asdanaught,
favours the one near his house in
County Durham, I am sure, because it
combines the down-to-earth
practicality of an agricultural store
with a strong chance of being called
“bonny lad”. This better not change,
Sainsbury’s. Just so you know.
The Essentialists
Forget about decent schools, the
Essentialists fork out a premium to
If you were ever in any doubt as to
how much where you buy your
groceries is bound up with class and
snobbery in this country, look no
further than A Chip in the Sugar, part
of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads
series of monologues: “He was had
up for exposing himself outside
Sainsbury’s. As Mother said, if it was
Tesco’s, you could understand it.”
Poor Tesco, but they’re putting up
quite a good fight for hearts and
minds at the moment with their
Food Love Stories campaign of
emergency breakfast pittas and
“cheeky” tortilla quiches. Play to
your strengths – every little helps –
and if that’s a seaside-postcard
matey-ness, go for it.
The Fauxgalitarians
We all know it is incredibly naff to
crow about how expensive
something is, but we are yet to
impose the same kind of sanctions on
those modern-day Micawbers who
can’t get through dinner without
boring on, decidedly uncharmingly,
about how cheap everything is. That
delicious bottle of white? Lidl. The
perfect olive oil they slosh over
everything? Aldi. Those delicious
chocolate-coated cherries? Costco
(they’ve got a whole pallet of them in
the garage). If you give them half a
chance, the Fauxgaletarians will give
you the full PowerPoint on Iceland’s
admirable attitude to plastics and
palm oil over an ironically deployed
Viennetta for pudding. (Don’t give
them half a chance. Please.) And they
may still turn their noses up a bit at
Asda for reasons best known to
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The 8-hour rule is
not for everyone
– and could make
you more tired,
says Rowan Hooper
’m watching a fox curled up
on the grass in my garden,
dozing in the sun. His ears
twitch and he looks up when
children shout in the
neighbouring gardens. He’s
never going to go into deep sleep.
Foxes sleep in snatched periods of
time across a 24-hour cycle: their
sleep is polyphasic, as opposed to
our monophasic sleep.
Many mammals are polyphasic,
especially those with small body
masses, because they burn energy so
quickly, even while sleeping, that
they need to wake up and forage.
In contrast, we humans are
naturally monophasic: we sleep in
one block every 24 hours, preferably
to the tune of seven to nine hours,
according to the National Sleep
However, there are examples of
people who have experimented with
polyphasic sleep – and their
experiences throw fresh light on the
troubles of the 37per
37 per cent of us who
report feeling under-slept.
The American inventor and
architect Buckminster Fuller, who
died in 1983 aged 87, was a man who
marched to his own drumbeat.
When he was in his 30s, Fuller
would work, eat and live – but
mainly work – in four six-hour
blocks, taking a 30-minute nap in
between. He called this hellish
schedule Dymaxion sleep, and
supposedly kept it up for two years.
His example has helped inspire a
community of sleep hackers who
insist that the eight-hours-a-night
standard is not for them.
One of the modern pioneers of
polyphasic sleeping, carrying Fuller’s
torch, is Marie Staver, a project
manager in Boston. Staver adopted
what she named the Uberman system
when she was a student, struggling
with essays and revision and constant
tiredness. The system entails sleeping
in six 20-minute naps, one every four
hours. You get a total of two hours’
sleep in each 24-hour cycle – a
superhuman 22 hours’ waking time
altogether. That’s a lot of time regained.
Staver says the initial adjustment to
this radical sleep pattern is
monstrous, with symptoms of flu,
headaches, and bouts of anxiety and
depression. But, after a couple of
weeks, it pays off because you
become much more productive and
you feel more rested. “It took some
work but, considering the benefits, it
was definitely worth it.”
Staver is no longer using the
system, but for the past nine years
she’s been on a differently patterned
polyphasic system called Everyman 3.
Under this regimen, you get three
hours’ sleep in a block at night, and
then three 20-minute naps
throughout the day. You can fit the
system around a nine-to-five
job too, and it still gives you
four more hours of waking
time than the rest of us in
each 24-hour cycle. “I
have four additional
hours per day and I
Snooze button: pioneers of
polyphasic sleep patterns get
a three-hour block – and naps
throughout the day
‘I have four
hours per day
and I feel more
Why it’s a
good idea
to leave
some things
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Should you give up on
a good night’s sleep?
feel more rested,” says Staver.
I can’t imagine how much effort it is
to keep to a polyphasic sleep pattern,
but Staver says she can easily sleep in
odd locations such as cars, on spare
couches, even outside and says it takes
her around five minutes to drop off,
which is just about healthy and normal,
but five minutes out of a 20-minute nap
time is a significant lost chunk. Does
she really feel awake and alert on this
schedule? “I don’t usually experience
any tiredness until it’s almost the next
nap time. I certainly don’t feel like I
really need sleep any more often than I
did while I was monophasic.”
Is loneliness a factor, I wonder. “It
took a little getting used to, being
awake for so much time that others
were sleeping,” Staver says. “But it’s
very productive time.”
While Staver doesn’t advocate it for
everyone, neither does she think
monophasic sleep is for everyone. A
survey of 66,000 workers between
2004 and 2007 found that 30 per cent
reported sleeping six hours or less per
night. For those in senior management,
the figure was 40 per cent.
Staver feels that the answer to this
ever-increasing societal pressure to
work is not to stop bringing
smartphones into the bedroom, or to
educate people on the need for at least
seven hours of uninterrupted sleep, but
to look at other options: “Being
long-term sleep deprived or constantly
desynchronised is terribly unhealthy –
yet as a society we do very little to give
people options when ‘be unconscious
for eight-plus hours’ isn’t viable.”
But my biggest concern about
polyphasic sleeping is the health
consequences. Doesn’t it take a toll?
Nasa knows that astronauts tend to
manage only six hours’ sleep per night,
and experiments have showed that
naps can help to boost working
“The adaptation process does take a
toll on one’s system, and I certainly
don’t recommend optimising sleep
schedules to the sick or frail,” Staver
says. “But after you’ve adapted, nothing
I’ve seen makes me think that being
polyphasic is doing any damage.”
Maybe those foxes have it right
after all.
‘The slightly
too long
Pilates class.
An hour is
one thing,
but an hour
and a half?
Come on’
e’ve just
of The
that it is perfectly normal
not to finish a book. If
you’re slogging on to the
end simply to get to the
end, you’re proving
nothing – and you might
as well give up.
Well, what a blessed
relief that is. It’s like
discovering that it’s fine to
sign up for 10 Pilates
lessons and only turn up
to two. No guilt necessary.
And if not finishing books
is now allowed, then there
must be plenty of other
activities that we can, on
reflection, recategorise as
Better Left Unfinished.
How about…
u The really bad play. To
be fair, leaving at the
interval is a bigger
decision than abandoning,
say, Fifty Shades of Grey
(the book with the
distinction of being top of
the “most frequently
unfinished” chart). You
must live with the
knowledge that the cast
will, at some point, see
your abandoned seats and,
in that moment, realise
that they have failed in
their job. Then again, half
a play, plus dinner, is a
night salvaged.
u The last bottle of wine
that you said you should
not open – for pity’s sake,
leave it. What is £7.99
down the drain as
compared with sleeping
on the bottom stair and, in
the morning, driving over
your handbag?
u The declutter. It’s a
good idea to bin the seed
catalogues from 2014, and
the out-of-date star anise,
and the Jo Malone boxes
(what are you saving these
for?), but you will need to
stop well before the finish
line. The truth is that most
of your possessions are on
the clutter spectrum.
Pretty much everything
needs replacing or
refreshing and, if you’re
not very careful, you’ll end
up living in a room with
nothing in it but a sofa, the
TV, the Dyson and your
new pasta tongs.
u The game of Monopoly/
Trivial Pursuit. Any board
game really – they never
end. Also, croquet.
u The late-night
argument. Some
arguments are worth
finishing; others pop up
out of nowhere and, even
in the thick of them, you
can’t quite recall what it is
you care about so much. A
good tip for spotting the
Better Left Unfinished
argument is if you find
yourself shouting:
“LISTEN! Whatever I said
Just Before This Is What I
u Catching up on the last
series of Line of Duty (and
all the other programmes
you have recorded). Life is,
literally, too short. And
you need to hurry up and
get on with six hours of
Wild Wild Country.
u The “Go On, Someone’s
Got To Finish It” dish. This
is another myth from the
time before fridges and
cling film. You could easily
put it in a bowl, cover it,
and then throw it out a
week later. Far better call.
u The disastrous haircut.
Always better left
unfinished so it can just
about be salvaged by the
expensive hairdresser the
following day (albeit by
giving you a Henry V bob,
because there’s “not much
to work with”).
u The conversation that
ends “Right, That’s It”
(with the one who’s in the
middle of A-levels, say).
Much better to leave that
unfinished, otherwise
you’re into what “It” is and
if “It” has previously been
hinted at you may have to
see “It” through and, let’s
face it… you’ve got enough
on your plate.
u The slightly too long
Pilates class. An hour is
one thing, but an hour and
a half? Come on. Best to
adopt an “I Will Just Make
It To My Power Point
Presentation” expression,
and duck out early.
u The tour of the historic
site. You know when you
get the strong impression
that the tour guide is the
cousin of the one with the
history of art degree, and
you can’t hear him anyway,
and there are 60 of you
trudging up the stairs of
the tower, one at a time, in
30-degree heat… never
finish those ones.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Meet New
‘First Bloke’
Parental guidance:
Clarke Gayford,
main, has received
tips on fatherhood
from the Royal
family; with
partner Jacinda
Ardern, below, and
the couple with
Prince Charles and
the Duchess of
Cornwall, above
When PM Jacinda Ardern gives birth, her
partner Clarke will take on stay-at-homedad duties, writes Julia Llewellyn Smith
plans though he’s previously said he’s
“no doubt it will happen at some
stage”) on his first official foreign visit
and her last before the baby is born,
packing in Paris and Berlin, before
three days in London, during which
she and fellow leaders discussed
global warming, trade and Prince
Charles’s appointment as
Commonwealth head. Meanwhile, he
enjoyed a “spouses programme” that
included a boat trip down the Thames
and lunch at Somerset House.
“I kind of bonded with Philip May
– he was the only other male partner,”
Gayford says, sitting in the penthouse
reception room of New Zealand House
in Haymarket, with its panoramic
views of the capital, just hours before
boarding their return flight. He also
met several members of the Royal
family. “What was cool is whichever
member of the family we met –
Charles or Camilla or the Queen – all
were really interested in New Zealand,
far beyond the superficial level, they
really had an understanding of what
was going on.”
At dinner at Buckingham Palace the
week before last, Ardern sat next to
Prince William, no doubt comparing
her pregnancy with Kate’s. “She said
they had some good chats. I was next
to Princess Anne, she was really good
fun. Still, I was nervous. New
Zealanders are so relaxed by nature
and suddenly you’re told the protocol
and you’re like ‘Right, do I shake
hands first? How do I address them?’
You don’t want to embarrass yourself.”
The pregnancy, Gayford adds, has
been an excellent icebreaker. “It
means people have heard of us and I’d
far rather ask for baby tips than
discuss the weather – I’ve asked
everyone from Obama to the Royals. I
can’tt reveal what they said, but it’s all
good common-sense stuff.”
Such conversations,
Gayford continues,
have been just
of the “surr
in a
string of
even that
day after the
Arder who’d
only ta
taken over as
Labour Party
leader in July,
called Gayford
with her
wa in the
“I was
remote north in a
fisherman’s hut,
filming, and she
kept tr
trying to call
when I couldn’t
pick up
up, and I was
thinking ‘Why is
‘I kind of
May –
he was
the only
on the
larke Gayford, partner
of Jacinda Ardern, the
prime minister of New
Zealand, is scrolling
through his
smartphone, eager to
show a photo that made the cover of
every New Zealand newspaper.
“Here it is!” he exclaims, showing
me the snap of him in a dinner jacket
on one knee, in front of a bevy of
smiling women in glamorous
evening dresses, spouses of the
Commonwealth leaders attending
the recent London Heads of
Government Meeting. It looks like
a promotional shot for television
dating show The Bachelor.
“Hilarious!” Gayford grins. “My
sister sent it to me, saying ‘You
needed to be wearing more silk!’ The
fact that I’m wearing a suit is
amazing enough,” continues New
Zealand’s “First Bloke”, gesturing at
his current outfit of chinos and a
flowery shirt. “Before Jacinda got the
upgrade, I didn’t own one. I had to
rush out and buy one. Now I have
four on rotation.”
Gayford and Ardern made world
headlines in January when, just a
couple of months after she’d been
sworn in as prime minister, she
announced that she was pregnant.
The baby’s due in June (they know
but won’t reveal its gender), when
Ardern, 37, the second prime
minister in history to give birth in
office after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto,
will take six weeks off work. When
she returns to running the country,
baby duties will be assigned to
Gayford, 40, a former radio host who
now presents television fishing
programme Fish of the Day.
“We’ve just moved into a new
house, which is rapidly filling up
an’t believe something
with stuff. I can’t
ires so
so small requires
ment,” says
much equipment,”
o – so far
Gayford, who
hanged a
– has never changed
urse I’m
nappy. “Of course
not prepared
mentally. I don’t
think anyone is,
though what’ss
great is a lot of
my female
friends have
babies and
they’re pretty
excited aboutt
us hanging out
together for
coffee club in
In the
has been
Ardern (the
couple are
on marriage
she calling? What’s wrong?’ When we
finally spoke, she said: ‘Are you alone?
Hide in the bathroom.’ We’d been told
[the pregnancy] wasn’t going to
happen without medical assistance
and obviously we’d put thinking about
that on hold because there was far too
much other stuff to be dealing with, so
the surprise was huge,” he says.
The couple kept their secret as
Ardern coped with severe morning
sickness (when asked about how she
coped, she replied “It’s what ladies
do.”) “It’s such a terrible and inaptly
named affliction, it’s not just morning,
it’s afternoon, evening, when you’re
asleep,” says Gayford, shaking his
head. “Jacinda had a couple of really
heavy days negotiating a coalition
government when she did not rest for
a second but no one noticed what was
happening, only the two of us knew it.
Then she had the APEC (Asia-Pacific)
summit and was surrounded by all
these world leaders when she was
feeling sick all the time. But she was
so incredibly calm, I thought if she
can get through this she can get
through anything and, luckily, after
16 weeks it went.”
Along with all this, the couple were
having to organise Ardern’s move into
the prime minister’s residence in the
capital, Wellington. “I packed up her
shoebox flat there, putting all the stuff
into six boxes, and called a taxi to take
it to Premier House, where they fitted
into a corner of one of the spare
bedrooms,” Gayford recalls. On their
first night in residence, Ardern
ordered a takeout curry from a local
restaurant. “Someone went to collect
it and they looked amazed, they said:
‘That call was real? We thought it was
a prank.’”
T H E WO R N - O U T E X E C U T I V E ’ S
and writer Mark
Price shares his
workplace fables
– true stories
from the business
frontline that can
teach us lessons
about career
he Worn-out
Executive was
home from an
trip to the Far
East where he had been to
sell the merits of his
Business School. He knew
he shouldn’t have put his
passport in the seat pocket
of the chair in front of him,
but it seemed the easiest
thing to do as the air
steward handed him back
his documents. He was
tired, and anxious to get
some well-earned sleep on
the flight home.
On landing, it wasn’t
until the Worn-out
Executive reached the
immigration self-service
machines that he
realised his passport
wasn’t in his pocket.
Arriving passengers
pushed past him as he
became more and more
agitated, wondering
where on earth his
passport could be, before
remembering that seat
pocket on the plane.
The service
desk employee
was persistent
and charming
He found the airline’s
transfer connections
desk and explained what
had happened.
“I’m sorry there is
nothing we can do,” said
the efficient desk-person.
“As I’ve said already, go to
the immigration desk.
Show them your driving
licence and then go to the
service desk in the
baggage reclaim hall.”
The Worn-out Executive
explained to the service
desk what had happened,
and the airline employee
began to call one
department after another.
On his seventh call, he
eventually persuaded
someone to go to the
executive’s seat and
retrieve the passport. Half
an hour later, the Wornout Executive and his
passport were reunited.
The Worn-out Executive
was so impressed with the
service desk employee’s
persistence, kindness and
charm that he asked to
speak to his manager.
“He’s been made
redundant and leaves in
four hours,” explained the
service desk manager.
“How on earth can any
company let someone that
good go?”
The manager shrugged.
Moral of the tale: Great
service comes from
within, whatever the
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Ardern now spends the weeks in
Wellington, returning to the couple’s
suburban home 400 miles away in
Auckland on Fridays. It was there she
took her first call from Donald Trump,
on speakerphone to the background
noise of their cat’s miaows. “It was so
funny,” he smiles. They used to split
cooking (“Though it’s probably 80/20
to me now”), but Gayford is in charge
of washing “because Jacinda is just not
very good at it”. Sounds like a smart
dodge to me. “Yeah, you’ve got to be
suspicious when a red sock gets flung
in with your whites.”
The couple’s easy-going style and
small-town backgrounds (her father
was a police officer, his a farmer)
sparked nationwide “Jacindamania”
but inevitably she has her critics. Does
Gayford feel defensive of her? “Oh yes,
it’s really hard when you see your
partner having a hard time,” he says. “I
know in the long run she’ll be on the
right side of history, but I also know in
the short term things aren’t going to
be easy – she has to make some
unpopular decisions but they’re
decisions that need to be made.”
The couple met four years ago when
Gayford contacted her as an
“enraged voter” concerned about
changes to privacy laws. They
discovered a shared love of drumand-bass music; to woo her he took
her fishing. “It was one of those
ridiculous days when the sea was flat,
a pod of dolphins showed up around
the boat, then a whale and every time
she put a line over she caught a 12lb
snapper, a huge John Dory…” He
sighs. “That’s the kind of thing we
can’t do now, we went fishing in the
summer but the security boys had to
be in a boat behind us and that killed
the buzz.”
He’s clearly far more bothered
about this loss of privacy than the
impending challenges of fatherhood.
Though he accepts the childcare
buck stops with him, he also intends
to continue working (“Luckily, we
have two sets of grandparents who
are very keen to help”), filming the
third series of his show, which
combines fishing lore with travels
around the most beautiful corners of
the South Pacific and New Zealand.
“Our country has so much, from the
alpine stuff in the South to the
white-sand beaches in the North,” he
cries. “People always say to me they
tagged New Zealand on to an
Australia trip but in hindsight
wished they’d done it the other
way round.”
He’s equally proud of his
country’s record on gender equality:
Ardern is New Zealand’s third
female prime minister and reactions
to his stay-at-home dad news have
been “overwhelmingly supportive.
So many dads have said to me: ‘It’s
the best thing you’ll ever do, you’ll
have such a good relationship with
your kid’”.
He’s excited to spend time with his
baby but it’s not, he says, as if there
was a choice. “When you’re in a
relationship, you’re a team. Whether
you’re buying a house, or getting a
cat or a dog, you’re constantly
making decisions to exist together, so
when it comes to one of you going
for a pretty unique opportunity
and to achieve some incredible
things that will stand the test of
time, why wouldn’t you support
them? It would be selfish of me to do
anything else.”
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
When should
you buy your
holiday cash?
Currency fluctuations and high bank fees
could leave travellers feeling the heat this
summer. Adam Williams finds out more
When should you buy?
Matt Laubscher, of Debenhams
Personal Finance, said: “This regular
fluctuation in rates can make it
difficult for consumers to know
when to buy. The best that people
can do is check for regular news
updates and ensure they’re armed
with the most current information
on market temperament.”
He also advises planning currency
purchases well in advance, so
travellers are more likely to capture
those optimum rates.
Hannah Maundrell, of consumer
finance website, said
that rather than attempting to time
the market, holidaymakers should
buy their foreign cash in installments
in order to spread the risk. “Trying to
predict what will happen to the
exchange rate is impossible because
you never know which way currency
will go,” she warned. “If you see the
rate go in your favour but your holiday
isn’t for a few months, you could buy
half now and half closer to the time,
meaning you won’t feel so bitter if you
wait and the rate drops again.”
Using bank cards abroad
Even if they buy cash at the best rate,
many Britons still pay more than is
necessary for their foreign currency
by using their normal bank cards.
According to WeSwap, which allows
customers to lock in a rate before they
travel, almost a third of UK travellers
withdrew cash for their holiday using
their normal credit or debit card when
they arrived at their destination. This
is a costly option, as a high street bank
typically applies fees of around 5pc.
WeSwap said the average withdrawal
of £170 costs £8.50 in fees – not
including any charges that the foreign
cash machine operator may add.
Lloyds Bank current account
holders are charged a non-sterling
transaction fee of 2.99pc, plus a
foreign cash fee of £1.50 for each
withdrawal. NatWest charges its debit
card users a 2.75pc non-sterling
transaction fee, plus a foreign cash fee
of 2pc (with a minimum charge of £2).
These minimum charges can make
low-value transactions particularly
expensive. For instance, withdrawing
the equivalent of £10 using a NatWest
account would cost £2.28 in fees.
Mrs Maundrell said travellers
should instead consider a fee-free
travel card. The Barclaycard Platinum
Travel credit card has no fees for
either purchases or cash withdrawals
s the poor weather
continues across the
UK, many will be
dreaming of an overseas
trip. But holidaymakers
could be left spending
more than they expected if they don’t
plan in advance, due to the volatile
performance of the pound and the
high charges applied by banks.
Sterling rallied to £1.43 against the
dollar in mid-April, the strongest
performance since the UK’s vote to
leave the European Union in June
2016. However, these gains were lost
by the end of the month amid poor
UK economic growth figures, as
sterling slumped to a 12-week low.
This turbulence demonstrates the
difficulties facing those venturing
overseas, with business travellers
and holidaymakers facing tough
choices on when and where to buy
their foreign currency.
when abroad. In the current account
market, the debit card offered by
digital bank Starling has no fees
applied when used overseas. Digital
banking services such as Monzo and
Revolut also offer fee-free spending
and withdrawals abroad, although
Monzo charges 3pc on withdrawals
above £200 per 30 days. Always opt to
use your card in the local currency.
Where you travel can also have a big
effect. A study published by the Post
Office found that Sunny Beach in
Bulgaria offered the best value for
money for UK travellers in 2018, with
typical holiday expenses costing
around a quarter of those in Singapore,
the most expensive place to visit.
Travellers visiting countries that
have few cash machines may prefer to
exchange currency before travelling.
Ordering cash online
Peter Rudin-Burgess, of Compare
Holiday Money, a comparison website,
said buying online and having cash
delivered through the post was the
cheapest option, although there are
A Post Office survey found that
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, was the
best value holiday destination for
UK travellers in 2018
‘The savings are
typically 10pc when
comparing the best
online providers and
the worst banks’
risks. “Typically, the savings are 10pc
when comparing the best online
providers and the worst on the high
street, such as the banks. This saving is
around 15pc when compared to the
airport or ferry terminal kiosks.”
He added: “However, there are risks
you need to weigh up. While nearly
every online supplier delivers money
by the insured Royal Mail Special
Delivery service, you must ensure you
have left enough time to get your
money before you leave.
“Also, be wary of walking around
with large amounts of cash in your
back pocket or bag.”
Mr Rudin-Burgess said
supermarkets and the Post Office let
customers order online and collect in
their local branch, eliminating the risk
of postal delays and securing better
rates. “The supermarkets are the best
places to buy, but it is best to book
your currency online to pick up in
person,” he said. “Many places have
different online and in-branch rates,
so without booking online you will get
less for your money. The worst high
street rates come from the banks. Not
everyone has a Debenhams on their
doorstep, but of the bricks-andmortar travel money providers, they
offer strong rates at the moment.”
Pre-paid travel cards
While pre-paid travel cards often
offer no fees, they use less
competitive exchange rates than
others in the market, Mr RudinBurgess said.
“The pre-pay currency cards
market is getting very competitive
but remember that ‘fee free’ is like
the 0pc commission claims made by
nearly all bureaus de change. The
profit is made in adjusting the
exchange rates.”
Mr Laubscher advised travellers to
take a bit of cash to pay for small
expenses, such as trips on public
transport and tips in restaurants: “It’s
not easy to know how much travel
money you will need so ensure you
have buy-back options with your
leftover currency and you won’t be
left out of pocket.”
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
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Could 1968
spark a sale
collection of agitprop
posters are to go on
sale at this week’s
London Original Print
Fair at The Royal
Academy, a major
moment for what is currently a
fledgling market. The sale is timed
to coincide with a wider celebration
of the 50th anniversary of the
student and workers protests that
spread throughout the Western
world in 1968, during which a
distinctive artwork flourished –
hurriedly produced graphic posters
and broadsheets designed to catch
the public’s eye and spur the
protesters on to greater efforts.
In London, The Poster Workshop,
set up in a basement in Camden
during the summer of 1968, is
holding until today a pop-up
exhibition commemorating posters
produced by the collective between
1968 and 1971. Among those who
came to their dingy premises
requiring posters were the striking
workers at the Dagenham Ford plant,
anti-apartheid groups, anti-Vietnam
War groups, Black Power
movements, London Fire Brigade
and CND. The workshop productions
Big demand
for a dusty
Top price at
London’s Islamic
art sales last week was
for a small blue and
white Iznik or Turkish
pottery jar dating from
the mid-16th century.
Estimated at £60,000,
it sold at Sotheby’s for
£669,000, to a private
collector. The jar was
will also be remembered at Tate
Modern, where a special display of
photobooks and facsimile posters
relating to the global protests of 1968
is currently on show. Meanwhile,
later this week, Lazinc’s Mayfair
gallery will be showing more than 50
original screen-printed posters,
films, archival imagery and
memorabilia from the “Mai 68” riots,
a collection last exhibited at the
Hayward Gallery in 2008.
Perhaps the most stormy protests
of the time were in France, where
student occupations of the
universities of Nanterre and the
Sorbonne escalated into violent
confrontations throughout the
country. The posters made during
these events were created by the
Atelier Populaire, a studio set up in
various locations specifically to
create agitprop street art. Printed on
old newspaper stock provided by
striking printers, the imagery was
powerful enough to influence not
only the Camden Workshop
collective, but later, punk art of the
Seventies and even Banksy today.
The London Original Print Fair
will provide a rare opportunity to
buy some of these landmark posters.
Gerrish Fine Art is presenting a
selection of 18 original screen-prints
from the approximately 500 or so
images that were created during the
Paris riots denouncing President de
Gaulle, police power and capitalism,
and calling for unity between
students and workers.
At the time, the posters were put to
immediate use, without a thought for
their commercial potential or artistic
credentials. An Atelier statement
made in 1969 reads: “To use them for
decorative purposes… is to impair
both their function and their effect.
That is why the Atelier Populaire has
always refused to put them on sale.”
Georgie Gerrish has managed to
buy 170 original Atelier Populaire
discovered last year in
a warehouse by
London-based art
consultant Diddi
Malek, who previously
established Bonhams’
Islamic art
department, but is now
an independent
Acquired in the
Seventies by the
owner’s father, it was
covered in decadesworth of dust.
Though the owner
was unaware of the
piece’s significance, it
had actually been
illustrated in a survey
Rare: the unusual design of
the jar is possibly unique in
Iznik pottery
posters over the last 12 years. Her
starting point was a supplier to the
Archive of Modern Conflict, the
stunning but little-known collection
of vernacular photography, objects,
artefacts and ephemera owned by
Thomson Reuters’ chairman, David
Thomson. At the fair Gerrish will be
selling her posters priced at
between £350 and £2,250 each.
Works such as these are not yet
part of the modern print market
mainstream, in which prices are
determined by authorship, rarity and
condition. The artists of the Atelier
are anonymous, each work signed
instead with one of five or six Atelier
stamps that relate to the date and
location of printing. It is not known
how many prints were made of each
image – but on average, about 1,000,
says Gerrish. She also thinks,
contrary to normal evaluation
processes for prints, that the best are
those which are frazzled from use.
Given the top end of the original
market (Warhol et al) remains very
strong, would-be collectors looking
for a cheap entry point would do well
to follow Gerrish’s lead and hunt in
out-of-the way sales, private
collections and on the internet. For
similar counter-culture material, a
good starting point would be Carl
Williams, formerly of Maggs Brothers
in Berkeley Square, who is now a
private dealer based in East London.
The most adventurous auction in
this particular market was conducted
by Christie’s online last year.
Uprising! covered numerous political
flashpoints, from the Bolshevik
Revolution to the miners’ strikes, in
photographs, memorabilia and
posters, though it had nothing by
Atelier Populaire. Estimates ranged
around the £1,000 mark, but results
were not disclosed. Perhaps it didn’t
go too well. In an undeveloped
market like this, beginnings can
sometimes be challenging.
Printed word: La Lutte Continue (The Struggle Continues), a 1968 screen-print
of Iznik pottery
published in 1989, but
the author, Julian Raby,
had never seen it until
it appeared at
Its unusual design
dates back to preIslamic times and the
pilgrim flasks of the
Middle Bronze age.
Beautifully decorated
with an intricate
pattern of dogs, hares
and deer playing, it is
perhaps the only
example of this shape,
with its undulating
surface, appearing in
Iznik pottery.
sale? Change
the record
Eyebrows were
raised last week
when Sotheby’s
announced the sale of a
Modigliani nude for
$150 million
(£109 million) – the
highest ever estimate on
a work of art. But sell
they will, because
someone has
guaranteed to pay the
price. The only question
now is whether anyone
will pay more.
For the past 30 years,
Modigliani nudes have
continually broken the
artist’s record. A seated
nude (La Belle Romaine)
that sold for a record
$8 million in 1987, sold
again in 1999 for a new
record of $16.8 million,
and then again in 2010
for a record $69 million.
Sotheby’s $150 million
painting was last sold at
Christie’s in 2003 for a
then record $27 million.
The key factor is that
breaker: Nu
couché (sur le
côté gauche)
by Modigliani
sold for
in 2015, Christie’s sold a
large Modigliani
reclining nude for
$170 million.
However, any
thoughts that we might
have another Leonardo
on our hands, rocketing
from a $100 million
estimate to $450 million,
are tempered by the fact
there are still nine
smaller Modigliani
reclining nudes in
private hands that could
appear for sale.
The rarity factor is
therefore diminished.
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Backstage passes:
Pamela Des Barres
photographed in
London last month,
left; and with Keith
Moon, right, in 1978.
Below, Kate Hudson
as groupie Penny
Lane in the film
Almost Famous, a
role inspired by Des
Barres’ life
‘My only regrets are
the things I didn’t do’
As her rock memoir is republished, legendary Sixties groupie
Pamela Des Barres tells Neil McCormick why she was no victim
amela Des Barres is
the world’s most
famous groupie. And
she’s proud of it. “I’ve
been called the
national slut,” laughs
the 69-year-old. “It’s
such uptight bullsh--.”
She prefers to
consider herself “a sexual pioneer”
and feminist. “I was a young woman
doing what I wanted, against the
odds, in a man’s world. That’s
feminism to me.”
Des Barres’s notoriety stems from
her 1987 memoir, I’m With the Band,
which is republished in a new
anniversary edition this month. It is a
vivid, passionate account of a girl
coming of age in the LA music scene of
the late Sixties and early Seventies.
“God, it was such a time. There was
nothing like it before, I think, and
nothing like it since.”
Des Barres had affairs with Jimmy
Page, Mick Jagger and Keith Moon and
briefer, but equally torrid, liaisons
with Jim Morrison and Gram Parsons.
She hung out with Jimi Hendrix, Frank
Zappa, Alice Cooper, The Doors, Led
Zeppelin, The Who and the Rolling
Stones. She briefly dated Woody Allen,
lived with Don Johnson and was an
inspiration for fictional groupie Penny
Lane, who was portrayed by Kate
Hudson in Cameron Crowe’s 2000
rock drama Almost Famous. “It
p----- me off,” she snorts. “They stole
my persona.”
She still dresses with a glamorous
hippie flair, although her once blonde
hair is now dyed red. Single since her
divorce from the British actor and
rock singer Michael Des Barres in
1991, the Californian earns a living as
an author, journalist and creative
writing teacher. She insists she only
has regrets “for things I didn’t do”
when opportunities arose. “If I could
go back, I would have said yes to Jimi
Hendrix. What was I thinking? And I
would have gone on a date with Elvis
Presley when he asked. I wanted to be
if slightly
out of focus
Shape of Light
Tate Modern
By Gaby Wood
ne of the most
interesting books about
photography is Roland
Barthes’s Camera Lucida
(1980), about the ways in
which photographs
record the past. It’s a magnificent
piece of poetic thought but its
technical naivety is surprising. One of
the purposes of a photo, Barthes
argues, is to say: “this has been”. It’s
evidence, in other words; the camera
never lies. Yet trickery and invention
are in photography’s genes. There
would be no photography without
manipulation. To eliminate this aspect
of the form is to misunderstand it
Shape of Light aligns photography
with abstraction, and asserts quite
definitively that nothing has to “have
been” in order to become the subject
of a photograph. Indeed, many of the
works on display – which begin in the
early 20th century, alongside the work
of painters who were vorticists,
cubists and expressionists – were
created even without cameras, using
photosensitive materials to produce
works on paper that echo what
contemporaries were doing with
Through Man Ray and Brassaï,
working in 1922 and 1933, respectively,
Close-up: LDN5_051 by Antony Cairns,
showing at Shape of Light: 100 Years of
Photography and Abstract Art
the surrealist notion of automatism
comes through, and the idea of
photography as unconscious or
inadvertent is brilliantly at odds with
the perception of it as a functional
enterprise. Man Ray exposed sensitive
paper to light sources – blindly, in the
darkroom – and called the results
“Rayographs”. Brassaï – whose
photographs of graffiti are also
represented here – took a series he
titled Involuntary Sculptures. The
shadowy close-ups of unidentifiable
forms (a rolled-up bus ticket, a
soapflake) were published in the
surrealist magazine Minotaure, with
captions by Salvador Dalí.
In the same period, a rationalist
counter-argument was being made by
Aleksander Rodchenko and László
Moholy-Nagy, who saw in photography
a way to extend the possibilities of
architectural form. Rodchenko left
painting “for dead” in 1921, and MoholyNagy, one of whose canvases is
included here, began to echo his own
work in monochrome. Germaine
Krull’s portfolio of industrial art, Métal,
faithful to Michael. When I told him
he was like, ‘What? You turned down
Elvis? I would have gone!’ Everyone
gets a free pass for Elvis.”
Groupie culture might be frowned
upon by today’s #MeToo campaigners,
but Des Barres believes that that
attitude rests on a misunderstanding.
“People think groupies were
submissive, but there was no coercion.
Music is the universal soulful language
of humanity and people who love it
want to express themselves to
musicians who make them feel that
way. That’s always going to happen.”
Growing up in the Sixties, the
teenage Pamela Miller (her family
name) was passionate about music, but
did not initially consider a career as a
music journalist, even though she
studied English at college and kept
copious diaries about every detail of
the band scene. “I really had no role
models whatsoever. I never met a
female journalist. The way you could
participate and spend time with
musicians was to be a groupie.”
Frank Zappa spotted the potential of
the wild troupe of girls who danced at
his gigs and produced one weird and
wonderful album, Permanent Damage,
with the GTOs (Girls Together
Outrageously), a band made up of Des
Barres and her groupie friends, in 1969.
“Frank was like a walking brain.
Genius barely covers it. There was
stands out in this company, and reveals
her to have been far more radical than
she was given credit for at the time.
The highlights include two
kaleidoscopic collages from the Thirties
made by Luo Bonian and never before
seen outside China; Man Ray’s original
Polaroid abstractions from 1959, taken
by swinging a camera around his Paris
studio; Barbara Kasten’s large-scale
Seventies cyanotypes; Sigmar Polke’s
beautiful and chilling green
“chemigrams” from 1992, made by
exposing uranium; and a series of
photographs made this year by Antony
Cairns using e-reader screens, with a
strikingly tintype-like result.
But the gallery is huge, and the
overall point needlessly broken
down into rather repetitive sections,
often containing similar images by
the same artists. It’s not always clear
when photographs are thought to
have pre-empted the work of
painters and when they have
responded to it. Kandinsky,
Mondrian, Pollock and Riley all
figure. Perhaps the order of influence
was never very clear anyway, or
maybe it’s only the intellectual (or
social) proximity that matters.
Your experience of this exhibition
will depend on whether you see it as
an argument or a historical account. If
it’s a history, then it makes sense that
photography should have had to
consistently assert its position as
abstract art throughout 20th century.
If it’s an argument, though, you’d like
to imagine we’re beyond all that now,
and it’s a shame to have to insist.
The insistence – if it is that – makes
this exhibition seem like a sibling to
the one at the National Portrait
Gallery, in which 19th century
photographers are shown striving for
status. In both cases, the work is
stunning, but the question that has
dogged it and continues to hover – the
matter of whether or not it should be
considered art – is among the least
imaginative ways to think about it.
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really no precedent for what we were
doing. We were so outrageous, really
fearless girls, and he wanted to capture
that moment.” It came to an end when
many of Pamela’s band mates
developed serious drug problems.
Zappa, however, hired Pamela as a
nanny for his children, Moon Unit and
Des Barres insists being a groupie
was never just about sex. “We wanted
to dress rock stars. We helped Alice
Cooper with his make-up, I sewed
buttons on Jimmy Page’s shirts. It was
about looking after them in a joyous
way.” But there was a lot of sex, too.
She talks about the awe she felt the
first time she slept with Mick Jagger.
“It kind of took me out of the
moment,” she says. “But it got better.”
Many of the stars Des Barres loved
died young. “It was a new reality, and
people were willing to go out on the
furthest limb. Drugs were so prolific.
I was with Hendrix in New York, we
went to a party at [Andy Warhol’s]
Factory and as we walked through, all
three members of [Hendrix’s] band
held their hands out and got drugs
dropped in. And they took them all. I
mean, they could have died right there
on the spot.” Few understood the
dangers of drugs, she says. “People
with addictive personalities just kept
going until they passed out, or
completely made fools of themselves.”
Jim Morrison, the “most beautiful,
sensual man” was “just a terrible
drunk. You know, we’d have to step
over him in the gutter, because he was
laying there puking. So he lost some
allure in my eyes.” Keith Moon, she
thinks, would be diagnosed bipolar
today. “He was medicating himself the
best way he knew how, to contain
himself. Trying to keep up with his
highs and lows was not an easy task.
The substances he chose to imbibe
would calm him, they would solve a
momentary problem. Nowadays, he
would probably be OK if he found the
right doctor.”
She observed Gram Parsons, who
died in 1973 aged 26, becoming
addicted to heroin under the influence
of his hero, Keith Richards. “He scared
me,” she says of Richards. “He was
surly and dismissive and I didn’t want
to be around him. Mick was always in
control. Robert Plant too. Amazing
characters. Because neither of them
were addictive personalities. It made
all the difference.”
One of the great loves of Des Barres’
life was Page, a rock star who has come
to epitomise the unease many people
now feel about the excesses of that
She was overawed the first
time she slept with Jagger. ‘It
took me out of the moment,’
she says. ‘But it got better’
period. Des Barres was Page’s LA lover
on-and-off from 1969 to 1973. “Jimmy
is a mysterious guy. He was dark and
moody and dangerous but incredibly
romantic and persuasive. He had many
girlfriends, and we all thought we
were the only one.” Groupie Lori
Maddox alleges her affair with Page
began in 1973, when she was only 15
years old. A recent biography, David
Bowie: A Life, by Dylan Jones, contains
Maddox’s first-person account of how
Bowie took her virginity at 14.
“It was a different reality, somehow.
These young, hot little girls wanted
these rock stars – they just insisted on
it. It wasn’t like Jimmy and David went
after these kids. It was the opposite.”
Asked where she draws a line
regarding imbalances of age and
power in a sexual relationship, Des
Barres responds: “It’s a fictitious line.
[Sex] is an individual expression of
desire. Everybody’s different.” Yet the
arrival on the LA scene of a group of
very young, territorial groupies she
refers to as “the teenage babies” made
Des Barres consider whether it was
time to settle down. “I was 19 when I
first got laid. I was pretty late to the
game.” But she refuses to be
judgmental. “Lori’s 60 and has no
regrets at all. She says it was the best
time of her life.”
In the age of #MeToo, does she
think rock stars have cause to be
nervous about past behaviour? “Yeah,
I’m sure. There were plenty of
underage girls all over the place. It’s
not acceptable now and it wasn’t
acceptable before that time, and I
think that’s right.” Des Barres displays
a tangible unease on the issue,
repeatedly stressing the liberated
spirit and drug-induced madness that
blurred the boundaries of behaviour.
She talks vaguely of “a pocket of time”
when all rules were suspended. Yet,
pressed on the matter, she seems to
acknowledge that her nostalgia for the
era is not really an excuse. “Obviously
girls at that age don’t really know what
they want. And the men, yes, they
were taking advantage of them.” She
does not believe there will ever be
legal consequences, however. “It was a
long time ago. None of them are
complaining. [The girls] remember
those days incredibly fondly as a real
stand-out period in their lives.”
She still meets women who identify
as groupies but “it’s harder to meet the
really big stars. We used to walk into
the Whisky a Go Go [nightspot] and
you only had to have a certain pizzazz
to attract attention.” Today’s stars, she
says, are more protected from the
public, dating models and actresses
rather than the star-struck fans of
yore. But she also points out that
women obsessed with music have
different options now.
“They can become a journalist,
photographer or a rock star
themselves, so it’s changed in every
kind of way. That was just a time
period that, in good ways and bad, is
never going to come again.”
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Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Court & Social
April 30th
The Duke of York today received
Major General Benjamin Bathurst
(General Officer Commanding
London District and Major
General Commanding the
Household Division).
His Royal Highness, Founder,
Pitch@Palace, this afternoon
received the Lord Marland
(Chairman, Commonwealth
Business Council).
The Duke of York received Mr
Matthew Ryecroft (Permanent
Secretary, Department for
International Development).
April 30th
The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of
the Trustees, The Prince Philip
Trust Fund for the Royal Borough
of Windsor and Maidenhead, this
afternoon chaired a Meeting at St
George’s House and this evening
attended a Dinner in the Norman
Tower, Windsor Castle.
The Countess of Wessex,
Colonel-in-Chief, Corps of Army
Music, today held a Meeting.
April 30th
The Princess Royal this afternoon
visited Thales United Kingdom, 1
Linthouse Road, Glasgow, to mark
their Twenty Fifth Anniversary,
and was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of the City of
Glasgow (Councillor Eva
Bolander, the Rt Hon the Lord
Her Royal Highness, Patron, the
Royal College of Midwives, later
opened Alongside Midwifery Unit
at Wishaw General Hospital
Maternity Unit, 50 Netherton
Street, Wishaw, and was received
by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant
of Lanarkshire (the Lady Haughey).
The Week in
Mr A.M.D. Megarry and
Miss V.E.J. Menhinick
The engagement is announced
between Andrew, son of Mrs
Gillian Creevy, of Broughshane,
County Antrim, and Victoria,
younger daughter of Mr and Mrs
Martin Menhinick, of Lindsell,
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Mr D.J. Ferguson and
Miss A.M. Jacobs
The engagement is announced
between Duncan, son of Mr
Graham Ferguson and the late Mrs
Ferguson, and Alexa, daughter of
Mr and Mrs Eddie Jacobs.
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Rotary Club of London
Mr Steven Crawshaw was the
speaker at a luncheon held
yesterday by the Rotary Club of
London at The Chesterfield Hotel,
London. Mr Stephen Potter,
President, was in the chair.
The Athenæum
Prof Dame Sue Black opened a
discussion entitled "Forensics" at a
dinner held at The Athenæum last
night. Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell
Burnell was in the chair.
Other notices
The Master Mariners’ Company
has elected and installed the
following officers for the ensuing
Master, Capt R.B. Booth; Senior
Warden, Capt W.J. Barclay; Wardens,
Capt R.F.A. Batt, Capt D. Chadburn, Cdr
L.A. Chapman; and Immediate Past
Master, Capt M. Reed.
The Company of World Traders
has elected the following officers
for the year commencing October
Master, Dr Edwina Moreton; Senior
Warden, Mr Peter Alvey; and Junior
Warden, Mrs Sue Algeo.
Legal news
Judge McKenna has been
appointed as Chamber President
of the First-tier, General
Regulatory Chamber, and will
take up her appointment with
effect from April 25, 2018.
Bridge news
The Lambourne Jersey Bridge
Festival is taking place at the
Westhill Country Hotel, writes
Julian Pottage, Bridge
Correspondent. The Swiss Pairs
featured 44 pairs playing 12
matches across 4 sessions, and the
winners are as follows:
1st Rune Hauge and Daniel
McIntosh, 177 VPs; 2nd Gary Hyett
and Alan Cooke, 157 VPs; 3rd David
Stimson and Roger Evans, 151 VPs;
4th Roz Bavin and Paul Martin, 147
VPs; 5th= Jeremy Willans and Jill
Skinner, 146 VPs; 5th= Paul Reed
and John Honey, 146 VPs; and
5th= Carolyn Fisher and Pat
Watson, 146 VPs.
Tuesday, May 1
Commons: Oral questions:
Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy (including Topical
Questions). Ten Minute Rule
Motion: Road Traffic Offenders
(Surrender of Driving Licences
etc). Legislation: Sanctions and
Anti-Money Laundering Bill
(Lords), remaining stages.
Money Resolution: Prisons
(Interference with Wireless
Telegraphy) Bill. Adjournment:
Shop Direct in Greater
Westminster Hall: Debates on:
Safeguarding children and
young people in sport; Bowel
cancer screening; NHS cancer
targets; Use of solitary
confinement on children and
young people in the justice
system; Global ban on cosmetic
animal testing.
Lords: Oral questions: Swansea
Tidal Lagoon; Non-disclosure
agreements; Procurement of the
Government’s fleet of vehicles;
Financial Guidance and Claims
Bill (HL); Orders and
regulations; Licensing Act 2003
(Royal Wedding Licensing
Hours) Order 2018, motion to
approve; Combined Authorities
(Borrowing) Regulations 2018,
motion to approve; Transport
Levying Bodies (Amendment)
Regulations 2018, motion to
approve; Employment Rights
Act 1996 (NHS Recruitment—
Protected Disclosure)
Regulations 2018, motion to
approve; Legislative Reform
(Constitution of the Council of
the Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons) Order 2018, motion to
approve; Enterprise Act 2002
(Share of Supply Test)
(Amendment) Order 2018.
Wednesday, May 2
Commons: Oral questions:
Wales. At noon, questions to the
Prime Minister. Ten Minute
Rule Motion: Details tbc.
Opposition Day Debate:
Windrush and the Prime
Minister’s Policy of creating a
“hostile environment”.
Adjournment: Mental health
services in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Westminster Hall: Debates on:
Case for HPV vaccination for
boys; Working conditions of
prison officers; Government
policy on reducing plastic waste
in the maritime environment;
Ticket touting and musical
events; Grandchildren’s access
rights to their grandparents.
Lords: Oral questions: Creative
Industries Sector Deal;
Reducing the amount of plastic
used in packaging; Response of
the NHS to cyber attacks.
Legislation: European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill, Report (Day
Thursday, May 3
Commons: Oral questions:
Exiting the European Union
(including Topical Questions).
Backbench Business: General
Debate on matters to be
considered before the May
adjournment. Adjournment:
Exclusion of under-25s from the
national living wage.
Lords: Oral questions: Impact of
levels of gambling advertising;
Improving the experience of
passengers requiring assistance
when travelling through
airports in the UK; Establishing
a nationwide video relay service
for users of British and Irish
sign language. Debate:
European Union Committee
report: “Brexit: sanctions
The Princess Royal afterwards
opened Healthcare Environmental
Group Limited’s Waste to Energy
Facility, Hassockrigg Eco Park,
Shotts Road, Shotts, and was
received by Mr Gavin Whitefield
(Vice Lord-Lieutenant of
For more details about the Royal
Family visit the Royal website at
Today’s birthdays
Mr Sonny Ramadhin, former
West Indies cricketer, is 89; Mr
Naim Attallah, publisher, 87; Sir
Bob Reid, company chairman, 84;
Prof Phillip King, sculptor;
President, Royal Academy of Arts,
1999-2004; 84; Mr Ian Curteis,
dramatist, 83; Mr Julian Mitchell,
writer, 83; Miss Una Stubbs,
actress, 81; Sir John Wheeler,
former Conservative Government
Minister, 78; Miss Joanna
Lumley, actress, 72; Prof Paul
Wright, Professor of Prosthetic
Dentistry, Barts and The London
School of Medicine and Dentistry,
Queen Mary, University of
London, 2000-11, now Emeritus,
72; Mr Gordon Greenidge,
former West Indies cricketer, 67;
Mr Antony Worrall Thompson,
chef and restaurateur, 67; Lord
Justice Lewison 66; Sir Peter
Smith, a former High Court
Judge, 66; Mr Archie Norman,
businessman and former
politician; Chairman, Marks and
Spencer, 64; Sir Michael Stevens,
Keeper of the Privy Purse, 60;
Judge Hilliard, QC, Recorder of
London, 59; Mr Steve Cauthen,
former jockey; three times
Champion Jockey, 58; and Lady
Sarah Chatto, daughter of the
late Princess Margaret and the
Earl of Snowdon, 54.
Today is the anniversary of the
birth of Arthur Wellesley, 1st
Duke of Wellington, in 1769. It is
also the anniversary of the
opening of the Great Exhibition of
the Works of Industry of All
Nations held in the Crystal Palace
in Hyde Park in 1851.
KINLOCH.—On April 11th 2018, at the
Matilda Hospital in Hong Kong, to
Antonella and Alexander, a daughter,
Freda Mencia.
Online ref: A223888
RONAN.—On 26th March 2018, to
Clementine (née Wigley) and Jack, a son,
Rafferty Michael Galwey.
Online ref: A223886
VANE-TEMPEST.—On 20th April 2018,
to Charlotte (née Oddie) and James, a
daughter, Flora Mary Elizabeth, a sister
for George and Harry.
Online ref: A223876
WALKER.—On 27th April 2018, at
Harrogate District Hospital, to Kate and
Matthew, a son, Maxwell James,
weighing 6lb. He will be loved and
cherished by all his family and friends
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FINDLAY.—It is with great sadness to
announce the passing of Hugh Thomas
Findlay, 81, farmer, at his home in Much
Hadham on 10th April 2018, after a slow
battle with dementia. Widower of
beloved wife Pat and loving father of
Jane and son-in-law Mark,
granddaughters Alex and Maisy. Born in
Hertford, Hugh farmed in partnership
with his brothers T. Findlay & Sons, and
latterly with daughter Jane. In between
farming, Hugh played in the England
Badminton team, with wins in Boy’s
Doubles in 1952 and Men’s Doubles in
1961. A family and friends celebration
will take place on Saturday 2nd June,
1.30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in
Much Hadham, Herts. Memorial
donations may be made to Dementia UK
c/o Powell Funeral Service, 01920
463260. (Private cremation has already
taken place).
Online ref: 553088
FROST.—Effie. Passed away peacefully
on 17th April 2018, aged 95 years.
Beloved wife to the late Peter Frost and
much loved mother, grandmother and
great grandmother. A Memorial Service
will be held at St Mary and St Lawrence
Church, Great Waltham on Wednesday
2nd May at 2.30 p.m. Family flowers
only please. Donations, if desired, to
RABI c/o T Pennack and Sons, Funeral
Online ref: A223884
By Our Agricultural Correspondent.
Many hundreds of people, in town and country alike, who have
either extended their 1917 allotments or are beginning their first
venture in growing potatoes and green-stuffs in 1918, have decided
also that rabbit-keeping can be made a very helpful aid in raising
food which is comparatively cheap after the original outlay for
hutches and breeding stock has been met. In industrial England
rabbit-keeping has long been a hobby, as well as a source of revenue. For thirty years or more there have been “specialist” newspapers dealing with the allied subjects of utility rabbit keeping and
exhibiting fancy stock, of which there are over twenty distinct
varieties. The exigencies of restricted travelling has killed the
show system, which had its yearly cycle akin to that of our agricultural events. But rabbit keepers and breeders have found as an
outcome of the war a growing “cult” of would-be raisers of utility,
or general purpose rabbits, bred more for use in the kitchen to-day
than for display on the show bench.
It is an undeniable fact that everyone with an allotment can
grow sufficient food to raise as many rabbits as he or she can
comfortably house, either at the end of each said allotment
or in the back yard or disused stable or outbuilding that may
be at liberty. It is a mistake to think that the average English
rabbit of pure-bred lineage needs coddling, and must perforce be kept in costly rabbitries or other indoor building.
Bacon boxes, piano cases, and other sturdy wooden structures which used to be bought so cheap in our boyhood’s days
for the purpose of converting into outdoor hutches are scarce
to-day, and dear; indeed, all wooden boxes are so precious
that the grocer and the chandler refuse “big” money for
them. But the average man or woman, handy with a saw, a
hammer, a bag of nails, and some half-inch mesh wire-netting, can go a long way towards converting boxes, or even
plain bought wood, into a convenient type of hutch.
Open-fronted hutches can be reserved for young growing stock
and the bucks. The brood does should have at least one-half of
their hutches either boarded or so left in construction that a cloth
cover or some other protection can be placed over the wire-netting to break the force of any wind. The does also should have a
compartment board reaching from the front of their hutch to
within, say, nine inches of the back, made to run in slots, so that it
can slide backwards or forwards. Hence the necessity of that half
of the hutch being properly boarded up.
As to bedding – another war-time problem – soft hay and sawdust are necessary. The supply of the latter should be well
maintained, and all corners should be stacked up with it.
Hutches must be cleaned out twice a week, and the stock
should be examined on each occasion for any “piners” or baddoers, or others showing signs of having colds or being listless. A tin of disinfectant powder should always be handy, and
must be sprinkled in the corners of the hutches, which, also,
must be lime-washed twice a year.
Correct feeding is half the battle of success in rabbit keeping. It
must not be thought, because an allotment will grew many varieties of green-stuff which might be turned over to the rabbitry, that
all one has to do is to plug green food into the occupants. Some old
fanciers still cling to the one meal a day system of feeding rabbits.
“Moderns,” particularly these with a number of breeding does,
believe that feeding twice a day is necessary. In pre-war days
whole oats were the chief course in the daily menu.
Among green-stuffs raised on an allotment, savoy and curly
greens arc much liked by rabbits, after, perhaps, cauliflower
leaves. Carrot and radish tops and parsley are an especial
delight among some breeds. Cabbage and lettuce leaves,
while they will be eaten and enjoyed, are liable to cause “potbelly” if overdone. For winter feeding carrots, turnips, mangolds, and even beetroots, can be fed. Chicory is, perhaps, the
caviar of the rabbit race. North-country fanciers have long
been growing it specially in their back gardens for their
In summer time dandelion should be given frequently. It is a “tonic
food.” Hemlock is poison; some fanciers feed leaves, bark, and
sprigs of many trees, but danger lurks therein. Apples are appreciated, but certain kinds are apt to scour the rabbits.
AUSTIN.—Carol Margaret (née PowellRees), died peacefully on 7th April 2018
aged 86 years. Widow of Bill, much
loved mother and grandmother.
Cremation and Thanksgiving Service at
East Devon Crematorium on Monday
14th May at 12.15 p.m. Family flowers
only, but donations in lieu of flowers
would be welcomed to Devon Air
Ambulance Trust either at the service or
c/o Layzell Funeral Services, The Old
Court, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ.
Online ref: 553031
CARMICHAEL.—Emily Mary died
peacefully at home, 22nd April 2018.
Over 101 years she brought joy to many.
Wife of late Alasdair Hugh, mother of
Andy (Lisa) and Alasdair (Sheila), aunt of
Elizabeth, Patricia and Sue,
grandmother of Samantha, Lucinda,
Emma and Lynsey and great
grandmother to six. Thanksgiving
Service to celebrate her life at St Mary's
Church, Cheadle, Tuesday 8th May at
1 p.m. Donations, if desired, to St Mary’s
Online ref: A223883
CHILDS.—John Morrison MBE DL, of
Chatteris, died peacefully on 26th April,
aged 89. Dearly loved husband of
Elizabeth, father of Elizabeth (Libby) and
Christopher, stepfather to Penelope,
Andrew and Nicholas and a much loved
step-grandfather. John was brother to
Robert (dec’d) and Alister. Service at
Chatteris Parish Church on 21st May at
11.30 a.m. Family flowers only. Donations
to Chatteris Parish Church and Royal
British Legion. Enquiries: Turner & Son
Funeral Directors 01354 652101.
Online ref: 553075
De BEAUFORT.—Muriel (née Hilary
Jones) died peacefully on 24th April
2017, in Llandough Hospital. She will be
much missed by family and many
friends. Funeral at St Andrews Church,
St Andrews Major, Dinas Powis on
Friday 11th May at 2 p.m. No flowers
please, but donations, if desired, to St
Andrews Church.
Online ref: A223906
EATOUGH.—Margaret (née Evans),
peacefully at home on 28th April 2018
after a long illness. Much loved and
loving wife for 68 years of Christopher,
beloved mother of Paula and Sian, and
proud grandmother of Rowland and
Gregory. Funeral Service at St Mary's,
Horsell, Woking at 12 noon on Monday
14th May 2018. Some colour, especially
Mum's favourite, red, would be
welcome. Family flowers only please,
but donations, if desired, to the Macular
Society at or
01264 350551.
Online ref: A223904
FAVIELL.—Christine Mary, passed
away on Monday 23rd April – 6 weeks
short of her 100th birthday. Beloved
wife of the late "Harry" L.V. Faviell and
cherished mother of Deanne and Chris.
Sadly missed by Caroline and James
and their young to whom she was
"Grandma The Great". Funeral at 3 p.m.
on Thursday 10th April at St Peter’s
Church, Shirwell, North Devon. Family
flowers only please.
Online ref: 553093
GRIFFITHS.—Elizabeth Caroline, died
peacefully on 16th April 2018, aged 90, at
King’s College Hospital, London. Much
loved mother of Charlotte, Conrad,
Bronwen and Barry, grandmother of Kit,
Cameron, Max, Holly, Martha, Charles,
Ali and Char, and great-grandmother of
Florence. Funeral Mass at St Aldhelm’s
Church, Malmesbury at 11 a.m. on 16th
May. No flowers please. Donations, if
desired, to Friends of King’s College
Hospital c/o Matthews Independent
Funeral Directors, Malmesbury.
Online ref: A223877
HILDRETH.—George Henry died
peacefully with wife Brenda and sons
Nicholas and Andrew by his side, on
22nd April 2018, aged 92. Grandfather
to Mercedes and Maximilian. A life well
lived and who was dearly loved.
Funeral to be held at Holy Trinity,
Colemans Hatch, Sussex on 4th May at
1 p.m. No flowers please, but donations,
if desired, to Cancer Research.
Online ref: A223892
HILL.—(née Hinchcliff). Dr Hannah
(Nancy), 98, died peacefully in Woburn
Sands on 25th April. Lovingly
remembered by all her family. Funeral
14th May, Milton Keynes. If desired,
donations appreciated to Macmillan
Cancer Support. Enquiries c/o Masons
Tel: 01908 642700.
Online ref: A223890
JAMES.—Elizabeth “Mary” Clifford (née
Van der Bijl), died peacefully on 24th
April 2018 aged 88. Widow of Henry
James and previously of John Blount.
Much loved mother of Julia and Charles,
and grandmother of Ed, John, Alex and
Arthur. Her Funeral will take place at St
Agatha’s Church, Brightwell-cumSotwell, OX10 0RU on Tuesday 15th May
at 11.30 a.m. Family flowers only but
donations, if desired, to Brightwell
Churches c/o Howard Chadwick
Funeral Service. Tel: 01491 825222
Online ref: A223908
KNIGHT.—Gillian Richards, passed
away peacefully at the Priory Nursing
Home on 21st April 2018, aged 82 years.
Beloved wife of Ron, a loving mother of
Charles, she will be sadly missed by all
her family and friends. Funeral Service
to take place on Monday 21st May at
Robin Hood Crematorium at 11 a.m.
Family flowers only. Donations, if
desired, to the Alzheimer’s Society c/o
Thomas Bragg & Sons, 562 Stratford
Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4AY.
Online ref: A223887
LUCAS.—Thelma, died peacefully at
home on 27th April 2018, aged 89,
surrounded by her family. Beloved
widow of Charles, and mother to
Jonathan, James, Andrew, Elizabeth and
Tessa. Greatly loved by her nine
grandchildren, Ashua, Charles, Henry,
George, Sophie, Frederick, Eleanor,
Luke and Gemma, and her great
grandson, James. There will be a Funeral
Service at 11.30 a.m. in St Margaret's
Church, Warnham on Friday 18th May.
Online ref: 553089
LUCK.—Martin Charles. Passed away
peacefully in the presence of his family
Sunday, 22nd April 2018. Wonderful
husband to Fi and devoted father to
Carmen, Isabella and Paddy. He will be
missed by all who knew him. For
funeral arrangements please contact
Bennett's Funeral Directors in
Brentwood, Essex.
Online ref: A223889
MARITI.—Walter died peacefully after a
short illness early morning on 25th
April. Dearly loved by his wife Penny
and two sons Riccardo and Marco.
Online ref: 553082
MORRIS.—Penelope died suddenly at
home on Monday 23rd April. She will be
much missed by family and friends. A
Thanksgiving Service will be held on
Friday 11th May at 2 p.m. at St. Marys
Church, Homington, Wiltshire.
Family flowers only. Donations, if
desired, to Kidney Research UK.
Online ref: 553053
OHLSON.—Kenneth Banks died
peacefully at home on 22nd April 2018,
aged 94. Greatly loved and loving
husband of Jill, wonderful father of
Richard, Hilary, Christopher and Jonny
and magical grandfather and greatgrandfather. Private cremation. A
Service of Thanksgiving will be held on
Friday 1st June at 12 noon at St Andrew's
Church, Cheam, SM2 7HF. All welcome.
Family flowers only, but donations, if
desired, to Surrey Cricket Foundation,
The Kia Oval, Kennington, London SE11
Online ref: A223891
SAUNDERS.—Tony (Sandy/Pomma),
died on 22nd April 2018, aged 96. Much
loved husband of the late Bunty, father
of Ann, Philip and William, grandfather
and great grandfather. Private
cremation. Thanksgiving Service at St
Mary's Church, Slindon, nr Arundel
BN18 0RB on 9th May 2018 at 1 p.m.
Enquiries to Kevin Holland Funeral
Service. Tel: 01243 868630.
Online ref: 553095
TATHAM.—Anne, on 16th April.
Adored wife of the late Nigel, mother of
Jo, Cally, Edwina and Charlotte,
grandmother of 13 and great
grandmother of 3. Service of
Thanksgiving at the Parish Church,
Midhurst GU29 9PB at 2 p.m. on
Thursday 7th June. Bright colours
Online ref: 553033
WHALLEY.—Major General W.L.
Whalley CB (late RAOC), passed away
peacefully at St Giles Hospice, on
Thursday 26th April aged 88, after a long
battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be
sadly missed by his beloved wife Mary,
devoted daughter Elisabeth (and Kevin),
proud Grandpa to Jason and Kirstin (and
Stefan), and loving Great Grandpa to
Felix, Alexa, Isla and Willow. Private
cremation. Donations, if desired, to Felix
Fund or St Giles Hospice, Fisherwick
Road, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9LH.
Online ref: A223893
FOR WE are saved by hope: but hope
that is seen is not hope: for what a man
seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if
we hope for that we see not, then do we
with patience wait for it.
Romans 8.24-25
WHITTAKER.—John Hartley Edell, of
Seaford, East Sussex, passed away
peacefully on 3rd April 2018 aged 85.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife
Eve, he will be greatly missed by their
children Charles, Sarah, Giles, Emma
and Rebekah, 12 grandchildren, 6 great
grandchildren and his present wife Jane.
A Service is to be held on Friday 11th
May, 1.30 p.m. at St Andrew's Church,
Bishopstone, nr Seaford BN25 2UD.
Family flowers only. Donations, if
desired, to Dementia UK c/o Cooper &
Son, Seaford. Tel: 01323 492666.
Online ref: 553001
WORDIE.—Peter Jeffrey, died
peacefully at Erskine Park Care Home,
Bishopton, on 26th April 2018. Much
loved husband of Alice, loving father of
Roderick, Chantal, Michaela, Philippa
and Charles and adored 'Bumper' to his
thirteen grandchildren. Service of
Thanksgiving at Dunblane Cathedral on
May 10th at 2 p.m. No flowers please but
donations if desired to Erskine Park Care
Home, c/o John Coubrough & Son,
Funeral Directors, 27 Castlehill Loan,
Kippen Stirlingshire, FK8 3DZ, Scotland.
Online ref: A223902
WRISDALE.—Ernest Malcolm,
peacefully on Wednesday 25th April
2018 at home, aged 89 years. Beloved
husband of Joyce, father of Stephen,
Judy and Catherine, and a loving
Grandpa and Great Grandpa. Funeral
Service on Tuesday 15th May at St
Guthlac's Church, Fishtoft at 2 p.m.
followed by burial in the churchyard.
Donations, if desired, will be equally
divided between the British Heart
Foundation and The Lincolnshire Rural
Support Network and may be sent to
Carr Funeral Service, 2 Spilsby Road,
Boston, Lincs, PE21 9DA.
Tel: 01205 311300.
Online ref: 553034
In memoriam
FEARNLEY.—Gordon. May 1st 2002.
My darling husband, I love, miss and
think of you constantly. All my dearest
love as ever. Yvonne.
Online ref: 552988
GODFREY.—Alasdair (Bod), 1st May
2006. So loved. So missed. Always. Mum,
Mike and Don.
Online ref: 553046
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
John Carruthers
David Russell
ADC to Singapore’s last British governor who later became a legend of the overseas banking world
OHN CARRUTHERS, who has died
in Sabah aged 84, was ADC to the
last British governor of Singapore
and later a doyen of the British
community in Malaysia, where for
many years he represented
Barclays Bank.
It was Sir William Goode, as governor
from 1957 to 1959, who steered Singapore
through political turbulence to selfgovernment, statehood and the swearing in
as prime minister of the youthful firebrand
Lee Kuan Yew – who in turn asked Goode to
serve briefly as Singapore’s first head of
state. At Goode’s side on all major public
occasions and in sensitive negotiations
during the crucial 18-month period was
Captain John Carruthers of 2/2 Gurkha
Goode described Carruthers as
“outstandingly competent, shrewd and
reliable … with the happy knack of being
able to take command of an unexpected
situation”. Among other delicate
assignments, the ADC had overseen with
“no semblance of fuss” a visit by the Duke of
Edinburgh; Carruthers’s own recollection
of the famously brisk royal visitor was that
he was “the fastest dresser I’ve ever seen”.
Another memorable guest was the
Australian prime minister Robert Menzies.
Carruthers sat in on a meeting in which Lee
revealed plans to erase a colonial landmark
by building over Singapore’s “padang”
cricket pitch, facing City Hall; waxing
imaginatively about their nations’ shared
cricketing heritage, Menzies achieved the
rare feat of persuading Lee to change his
A newsreel clip, often shown on
Singapore television, captured Goode and
Carruthers descending the steps of City Hall
after Lee’s swearing-in on June 3 1959. As
the crowd surged towards them from the
padang, Goode scanned the scene and made
an apparently statesmanlike aside – which
Carruthers recalled as: “What the hell have
you done with the Rolls, John?”
John Lawson Carruthers was born at
Alexandria on January 21 1934. His
Carruthers ancestry was Scottish, but both
parent families were part of the British
mercantile community of the Levant. John’s
paternal grandfather Walter and father
Hugh were managers of the Anglo-Egyptian
Bank, which became part of Barclays in
Carruthers, followed by the governor, Sir William Goode, in the Singapore Legislative Assembly
1925; Hugh was later local director for
Barclays in Egypt and president of
Alexandria’s cotton bourse. John’s mother
Yolande, née Lawson, descended from
several generations of cotton merchants at
Smyrna in Turkey.
After an eventful wartime childhood in
Alexandria, John was dispatched in 1945 to
Rottingdean prep school and then to Rugby,
where he captained the 2nd XV. An
interlude in France preceded Sandhurst
and a commission in the 2nd King Edward
VII’s Own Goorkha Rifles (The Sirmoor
Rifles) in 1954.
Having joined the regiment on the same
day as a future Field Marshal, (Sir) John
Chapple, and a future chief of the Cresta
Run, Digby Willoughby, Carruthers served
with its 2nd Btn in Hong Kong and Malaya
before his ADC role in Singapore.
Afterwards, promoted major, he was
adjutant of a training depot in the northern
Malay state of Kedah. In 1966, during the
“Confrontation” between Indonesia and
Malaysia, he commanded a company at
Nanga Gaat, a forward base in the Sarawak
jungle close to the Indonesian border.
Next came a staff job at GHQ Singapore
and a posting in Brunei. But by the end of
the decade defence cuts were forcing a
reduction of Gurkha battalions from eight
to four, and Carruthers was one many
officers who chose to leave. In 1970 he
joined Barclays, and after training in the
West Indies and Singapore, he settled in
Kuala Lumpur in 1977.
There his duties ranged from arranging
high-level meetings for visiting directors to
pursuing late payers of credit card accounts.
He was no technical banker, but his charm,
discretion and sharp ear for political and
business gossip gained him a reputation as a
model representative. In an era when
Malaysian officialdom often resented any
British presence, Carruthers was universally
well received – even by the martinet central
bank governor, Tun Ismail Ali.
For some years, Carruthers’s territory
also included Vietnam and Burma – whence
he would return from “correspondent
banking” visits with brown-paper parcels of
dark cheroots, to be enjoyed with dinner
guests on his veranda in the wooded suburb
of Kenny Hill, serenaded by the night
chorus of tropical insects.
Longevity in post made Carruthers a
legend in the overseas banking world, while
his modus operandi inevitably provoked
suspicions of a sideline in British
intelligence. He himself never gave the
slightest hint in that direction, but he was
certainly a master of the kind of fieldcraft
that might have been familiar to Somerset
Maugham. One colleague was surprised to
receive a phone call on a confidential matter
that began, in Carruthers’s unmistakable
drawl, “Mon brave, ils nous ecoutent, donc
aujourd’hui on parle français.”
In 1996 he moved to the Malaysian island
of Labuan, off Brunei, to open a Barclays
office in the “offshore financial centre”
there. He retired in 1999 but happily made
the island his permanent home and became
the “grand old man” of its small expatriate
In his seventies he took up sailing – and
astonished friends by embarking on
seriously intrepid voyages from Labuan
around the southern Philippines
archipelago, where westerners rarely
venture, and as far afield as Australia. He
was also a keen golfer and a devoted
attendee, on visits to England, of regimental
reunions. In his last years of fading health
he was well cared for at Kota Kinabalu in
John Carruthers married first, in
Singapore in 1960, Judith Armstrong, who
came from Bridgetown in Western
Australia; they had a son and two daughters.
The marriage was dissolved in 1978 and he
married secondly, in Kuala Lumpur in 1983,
Rukiah binti Mohd Noor, with whom he had
a son and from whom he was divorced in
His four children survive him; his ashes
were scattered in the South China Sea.
John Carruthers, born January 21 1934,
died April 13 2018
Liam O’Flynn
Member of the Irish folk group Planxty who helped revive the popularity of the uilleann pipes
IAM O’FLYNN, who has died aged
72, was a virtuoso uilleann (elbow)
piper who first came to fame with
the folk group Planxty, but went on
to play with rock stars as well as classical
composers, symphony orchestras and even
the poet Seamus Heaney.
Elegant, stylish and soulful, he was
acclaimed as a master of a notoriously
complex and difficult instrument, lifting its
profile after a period of steep decline.
Partly due to the “untamed” nature of
their instrument, uilleann pipers were
traditionally perceived as wild,
unpredictable characters; but even at the
height of Planxty’s fame, when they
revolutionised Irish traditional music,
O’Flynn remained an unassuming character
who saw his role as continuing a noble and
ancient tradition.
Liam O’Flynn was born on April 15 1945
into a musical family in Kill, Co Kildare,
where his father, Liam, was a teacher and
fiddle player. As a child he had piano lessons
and learnt to play the fiddle and tin whistle,
but it was the sight of uilleann pipes played
by one of his father’s friends that stirred
something within him. Given his first set of
practice pipes as a Christmas present at the
age of 10, his obsession intensified under
the tutelage of Leo Rowsome, a brilliant
piper and pipemaker.
Liam won prizes at various “fleadh
cheoil” festival competitions, while on visits
to Co Clare he met, befriended and was
inspired further by Willie Clancy, another
of Ireland’s great pipers. He then became a
regular at the informal “trad” music
sessions at Dowlings bar in the small
Kildare town of Prosperous. It was there
that he first encountered Séamus Ennis,
another famous piper. who took Liam under
his wing, When Ennis died in 1982, he left
his Coyne pipes to his young protégé.
The informal sessions in Prosperous had
a profound impact on O’Flynn’s career.
Among other musicians who congregated
in the pub were Christy Moore and Donal
Lunny, along with Andy Irvine, and when
Moore returned to Ireland to record a new
LP after a stint working the British folk club
scene, he enlisted Lunny, Irvine and
O’Flynn to help him. The subsequent
album, Prosperous, effectively launched
Planxty, with O’Flynn’s piping proving a key
ingredient of a totally original style.
The flowing purity of his playing lent
Planxty (“three hippies and a civil servant,”
as they were once described) credibility,
and O’Flynn’s respect for tradition was a
critical part of their success. Audiences
roared each time he launched into a jig or a
reel and his reputation soared with each of
the five studio albums the group released
between 1973 and 1980.
After Planxty split in 1983, O’Flynn
diversified, recording with artists from Kate
Bush and Enya to Emmylou Harris, Nigel
Kennedy, Sinéad O’Connor and the Everly
Brothers, as well as the avant-garde
composer John Cage.
He played on a symphonic tribute album
to Led Zeppelin and worked on the film
soundtracks Kidnapped (1979) and A River
O’Flynn (above) with
his pipes, and (left)
with Seamus Heaney
on the cover of their
album The Poet & The
Runs Through It (1992). One of his most
brilliant performances, however, was The
Brendan Voyage (1980), Shaun Davey’s
orchestral suite for pipes based on the
explorer Tim Severin’s re-creation of St
Brendan’s sixth-century crossing to
America. Seamus Heaney observed of his
performance: “Behind these tunes you can
hear freedom as well as discipline, elegy as
well as elation, a longing for solitude as well
as a love of the seisiun.” Heaney and
O’Flynn were good friends and when
Heaney died in 2013, O’Flynn played at his
O’Flynn’s The Poet & The Piper show with
Heaney (and 2002 album) had been a hit
with audiences, while he returned regularly
to Shaun Davey’s compositions, notably
with material from RSC productions of The
Winter’s Tale on the album Out to an Other
Side (1993) and Romeo and Juliet on The
Given Note (1995).
He made five solo albums between 1988
and 1999, the most ambitious of which, The
Piper’s Call (1999), involved collaborations
with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, the
Galician piper Carlos Núñez, the flautist
Matt Molloy, the guitarist Arty McGlynn –
and arrangements by Micheál
O’Súilleabháin with the Irish Chamber
After a brief reunion of Planxty, O’Flynn
linked up again with Donal Lunny and
Andy Irvine, alongside the fiddle player
Paddy Glackin, in another new band, LAPD,
before the rigours of touring started to take
their toll and he effectively retired. He lived
quietly, tending horses in Kildare with his
wife Jane, who survives him.
Liam O’Flynn, born April 15 1945, died
March 14 2018
Patrick Atiyah
Legal scholar who promoted a critical approach to English law in its social and economic context
ATRICK ATIYAH, who has died aged
87, was Professor of English Law at
Oxford from 1977 to 1988 and one of
the most important legal scholars of
his generation in the common-law world.
A younger brother of the mathematician
Sir Michael Atiyah, Patrick Atiyah was
known to generations of law students for
his classic Introduction to the Law of
Contract, first published in 1961 and now in
its sixth edition, an authoritative exposition
which, unusually for a legal textbook,
adopted a critical and argumentative
approach, engaging readers in debates
about the meaning and value of the law and
opening up new ways of thinking about the
law of obligations.
Atiyah was a founder member of the
so-called “law-in-context” movement,
which aims to broaden the study of law by
examining it critically in its social, political
and economic context. In 1970 he was the
author of Accidents, Compensation and the
Law, the first book in an eponymous series
of studies published by Cambridge
University Press.
This dealt with the law of tort, of which
Atiyah was a prominent advocate for
change. Tort governs the implicit civil
responsibilities that people have to one
another – as opposed to responsibilities set
out in contracts – and which, among other
things, guide the process of compensation
for personal injuries.
His key criticism was of the fault
principle that seeks to find the party to
blame before compensating the victim, a
corollary of which is that if fault cannot be
attributed, there can be no attribution of
liability, so a victim may not receive
compensation. Thus a man might slip and
break his leg on a dance floor and recover
damages from the owner of the dance floor,
while a child might have both legs
amputated as a result of meningitis and be
awarded nothing.
The thrust of the book was that the law of
tort should be abolished, especially as it
relates to the law on personal injuries, and
should be replaced with a no-fault state
compensation system similar to that
established in New Zealand in the 1970s.
Later, however, Atiyah changed his mind
and in The Damages Lottery (1997), instead of
a state run system, he suggested that people
should buy personal safety insurance.
One of four children, Patrick Selim Atiyah
was born on March 5 1931. His father,
Edward Atiyah, was a Christian Lebanese
writer who came to England to study at
Oxford University, where he met and
married his Scottish wife Jean (née Levens).
Patrick grew up in Sudan where his father
taught at the Gordon Memorial College, and
Egypt, where he worked in the intelligence
department of the Anglo-Egyptian
The family returned to Britain in 1945
and Patrick was educated at Woking
County Grammar School for Boys, before
Atiyah: proposed the abolition of the law of tort
going up to Magdalen College, Oxford, to
read Law. He was called to the Bar by the
Inner Temple in 1956.
He began his academic career as an
assistant lecturer at the London School of
Economics, returning to Africa as a lecturer
at the University of Khartoum from 1955 to
1959, then as a crown counsel in Ghana
until 1961. Back in Britain, four years as a
legal assistant to the Board of Trade were
followed by a fellowship at New College,
In the early 1970s Atiyah moved to
Australia as Professor of Law at the
Australian National University in Canberra.
He then spent four years as Professor of
Law at the University of Warwick before his
appointment as Professor of English Law at
Oxford in 1977, with a fellowship at St John’s
College. He retired in 1988 and took silk in
1989. He was elected a Fellow of the British
Academy in 1978.
Notable among Atiyah’s other works were
The Sale of Goods (1957), a definitive guide
which ran into eight editions; Vicarious
Liability in the Law of Torts (1967); The Rise
and Fall of Freedom of Contract (1979), a
historical survey of the development of the
freedom of individuals and groups to form
contracts without government restrictions,
and Promises, Morals and Law (1981), a
survey of the various philosophical theories
of promissory obligation, which won the
1984 Swiney Prize, awarded jointly by the
Royal Society of Arts with the Royal College
of Physicians.
From 1981 to 1986 Atiyah was general
editor of the Oxford Journal of Legal
Studies. In later life he moved to Hayling
In 1951 Patrick Atiyah married Christine
Best, who survives him with three sons.
Another son, Jeremy, a travel writer and
one-time travel editor of the Independent on
Sunday, died in 2006 of a heart attack while
on assignment in Umbria.
Patrick Atiyah, born March 5 1931, died
March 30 2018
Collector and authority on
traditional woodworking tools
has died aged 82, built
up a collection of
early woodworking tools
recognised as one of the
most important in the
Western world; his lavishly
illustrated Antique
Woodworking Tools: Their
Craftsmanship from the
Earliest Times to the
Twentieth Century (2010)
has become a standard work
of reference.
David Richard Russell
was born on September 23
1935 at Burneside, near
Kendal, in what was then
Westmorland, the younger
son of Albert, a worker at
Cropper’s Paper Mill in
Kendal, and Alice Russell
(née Mason).
He left Kendal Boys’
Grammar School at 15 to
become apprenticed to the
cabinet-maker and joiner
Albert Benson, in whose
workshop he acquired his
interest in woodworking
tools, beginning with the
foreman’s Norris jointingplane. He was not, however,
allowed to touch it, though
seven years later he bought
his own first “Norris” for
five pounds.
By this time, following
National Service in the
Army in Malaya, he had
switched careers and joined
the building trade, first in
Bournemouth and then in
London, working for George
In 1959 he married Eileen
Wray, and the following
year they returned to
Kendal where David and his
brother Rodney set up a
house building partnership
in 1961. By 1966 they were
employing a staff of 148 and
the business had a turnover
of around half a million
Soon they were
expanding into north
Lancashire and building
schools and commercial
buildings. In the 1970s they
diversified into building
boats and running caravan
sites, setting up
Windermere Aquatic and
Westmorland Caravans.
By the early 1980s, the
house-building business,
which had become David
Russell’s primary
responsibility, had
constructed more than
2,500 homes. In 1985,
following a restructuring,
he became sole director and
chairman of what was now
Russell Armer. He also ran
Beetham Caravan Park.
One project of which he
was particularly proud, a
high-density redevelopment
scheme at Webster’s Yard
off Highgate in Kendal,
devised in conjunction with
the local architect Mike
Russell with a cooper’s plane
Walford, was particularly
commended in Architects’
Following a heart attack,
Russell sold Russell Armer
in 1989 to another firm,
though he continued to
advise his old management
team which, in 1991, set
about buying the company.
A keen sportsman,
Russell was a trophywinning fell runner in his
youth, and later played
wicketkeeper for Burneside
and Westmorland cricket
clubs. Active in the social
and cultural life of Kendal,
he helped to organise events
marking the town’s 400th
Royal Charter celebrations
in 1975, when he was
chairman of the Round
After taking early
retirement for health
reasons, Russell bought and
restored a farmhouse in the
Dordogne, to which he
moved, energetically
pursuing his interest in
woodworking tools.
Over many years he was
to be seen at tool auctions in
England, France and the US
and when, after the
publication of his book, he
decided to dismantle the
collection, he still attended
auctions, taking delight in
seeing items from his
collection end up in the
hands of other enthusiasts.
A keen birdwatcher,
Russell also collected
antiquarian bird books and
20th century bird paintings.
Some years before his
retirement, the celebrated
fell walker Alfred
Wainwright had given him
two stuffed cuckoos from a
discarded display at Kendal
Museum as a model to make
a carving, and Russell found
he had a natural gift for
wielding the gouge. He
went on to make many
carvings of flowers, leaves
and animals.
Russell’s wife, Eileen,
died in 2017. He is survived
by their two daughters and a
David Russell, born
September 23 1935, died
March 21 2018
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
Last night on television Michael Hogan
A diverting social history
told through a royal prism
Becoming a Windsor: the wedding of Lady Diana and the Prince of Wales
TV has become a royal superfan
of late. The channel aired a
highly uninformative Duchess of
Cornwall documentary last
week, while Sunday evening saw
one on royal weddings. There’s
still a programme about Prince Harry
to follow on Thursday but first came
The Royal Wives of Windsor (ITV).
This lively two-parter didn’t feature
an appearance from Sir John Falstaff,
sadly – Shakespeare’s lovable buffoon
was always partial to a married woman
– but explored how those who had
joined the house of Windsor over the
last century have fit into the world’s
most famous dynasty and, in turn,
helped the monarchy refresh and
reinvent itself.
The Windsors’ choice of a suitable
bride has moved with the times, the
film argued, evolving from aristocrats
to commoners and now (clutch pearls
in horror!) a mixed-race foreigner.
Plentiful comparisons were drawn
between American divorcees Wallis
Simpson and Meghan Markle, 80 years
and several worlds apart. More
surprising were parallels with Prince
Andrew’s former girlfriend Koo Stark,
another US actress who came close to
joining the clan.
We saw how life as a princess could
be less of a fairytale and more of a
salutary one – a gilded cage of
isolation, privacy-invasion and close
The calibre of talking heads was
high. Not just the usual royal
correspondents and biographers but
the likes of Jeremy Paxman, acerbic
historian Simon Schama (describing
with relish the Emanuel wedding dress
worn by Diana, Princess of Wales as
“that astonishingly overblown
animated meringue”), journalist Rachel
Johnson (who apologised on-camera
for calling Meghan Markle “exotic”) and
the ever-entertaining Gyles Brandreth.
The archive material was equally
enjoyable, from rare footage of the
young Queen Mother to corgis
splashing about in Balmoral streams.
There were evocative Eighties clips of
a shy Diana and Sarah Ferguson (“Such
fun, too much fun,” said Brandreth).
The royal walk down memory lane
ended with the Duchess of Cambridge:
David Starkey recalled when she was
widely known as “Waity Katie”, which
I’d somehow completely forgotten.
This frothy film told us little that we
didn’t already know. Instead it
repackaged familiar material in a way
which was accessibly insightful and
faintly gossipy. A rewind through
social history, as reflected through the
royal prism. Just don’t say “toilet” or
“pardon”, Meghan. And pour the tea in
before the milk.
he five-part adaptation of Wilkie
Collins’ classic mystery The
Woman in White (BBC One)
reached its midway point by
ratcheting the creepiness up several
notches. Dark corridors were sneaked
down. Secret assignations took place.
Cups of tea were drugged. Moustaches
were twirled.
The secretly skint Sir Percival Glyde
(Dougray Scott) tried to lay his
dastardly hands on the fortune of new
wife Laura (Olivia Vinall) by
increasingly foul means. Through
screenwriter Fiona Seres, their
dysfunctional marriage is rapidly
turning into a study of domestic abuse
and coercive control.
Meanwhile, Marian (Jessie Buckley)
found herself drawn to charismatic
Count Fosco (Riccardo Scamarcio) –
himself a master manipulator and
borderline stalker. One of the most
memorable villains in Victorian
fiction, Fosco is usually portrayed as
older and obese. Broodingly handsome
Italian actor Scamarcio resembles a
tousle-haired member of One
Direction or a young Ian McShane –
which made his sexual chemistry with
Marian all the more plausible.
This adaptation has been criticised
in certain quarters for the odd
historical inaccuracy with costumes,
hairstyles and language (characters do
say “OK” with alarming frequency) but
the drawbacks of modernisation are
outweighed by the contemporary
resonance it provides. Besides, this is
drama, not documentary. Suspension
of disbelief and imaginative immersion
is required, rather than pedantic
nit-picking and “Why oh why?” letters
to Points of View.
The bond between the half-sisters
was affectingly portrayed by the
excellent Buckley and Vinall. The
latter plays a dual role and when she
finally came face-to-face with herself,
it made for an electric scene.
This version is shaping up to be a
compelling psychological thriller.
However, the series has been strangely
scheduled: it aired on Sunday nights
for the past two weeks but is suddenly
now on Mondays as well. I fear a few
devotees will have missed this
episode. Praise be for BBC iPlayer.
The Royal Wives of Windsor ★★★
The Woman in White ★★★★
What to watch
died a week later, know?
Levinson’s clever film
suggests a person can be
complicit even if they are
unaware of the extent of the
crimes committed. SH
My F-ing Tourette’s Family
“Have you ever had
roasted Donald
Trump? He tastes nice,”
announces nine-year-old
Lewis to a surprised
restaurant midway
through this eye-opening
and moving documentary.
Lewis and his older
brother Spencer, 13, both
have an extreme strain of
Tourette’s Syndrome,
meaning that, in addition
to multiple physical tics,
they are prone to swearing
and making uncontrolled
statements. Parents
Hayley and Richard
Davies-Monk admit that
this has made family life
very difficult – “I’ve had
people tell me my children
are possessed by the devil,”
says Hayley matter-offactly – but they’re
determined not to hide
their sons away and thus
embark on a six-month
experiment to get out
more. While the shy
Spencer is acutely aware of
how strangers might
misinterpret his tics,
Lewis is largely unaware
of how his behaviour
might appear, which
inevitably leads to the sort
of half-entertaining/
half-embarrassing scenes
we’ve seen before in
documentaries about
Tourette’s. Yet what marks
Cunk on Britain
BBC TWO, 10.00PM; NI, 11.15PM
 The final episode of the
mockumentary series is
aptly titled The Arse End
of History and sees the
ever-questioning Ms Cunk
find herself at “the point
where olden times end
and now times begin…
where something you
might have heard of actually
happened”. From The
Beatles to Brexit, no stone
is left unturned. SH
Class of Mum and Dad
 This is the last episode
in what has proved an
interesting but flawed
series, and it is also the last
week of term. But that also
means that it’s SATs week
Family bond: Hayley, Lewis and Spencer Davies-Monk
My F-ing Tourette’s Family
out is the close family
bond – it’s obvious that the
Davies-Monks all adore
each other and by the end
of the film you’re rooting
for them to achieve their
dreams. Sarah Hughes
demands. It’s hugely
enjoyable. SH
Paterno: Al Pacino
 This fly-on-the-wall
series ends with a focus on
the increasing pressures
heaped on the NHS. At the
Nottingham University
Hospitals Trust the critical
care unit has been forced to
differentiate between
life-threatening cases and
those which can be
rescheduled, making for
some tough calls. SH
The Split
 Abi Morgan’s sibling
Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks
drama continues as lawyer
Hannah (Nicola Walker)
oversees a high-profile
prenup, middle sister Rose
(Fiona Button) plans her
wedding and the youngest,
Nina (Annabel Scholey),
finds herself caught
in-between her family’s
 The Penn State abuse
scandal, which saw the
college’s American football
assistant coach Jerry
Sandusky jailed for more
than 40 counts of child sex
abuse, is given the biopic
treatment by Barry
Levinson (Rain Man). The
film concentrates on the
team’s celebrated head
coach Joe Paterno (Al Pacino
dialling down the scenery
chewing to good effect)),
and has one main question:
how much did Paterno, who
was sacked following
Sandusky’s conviction and
– can Class 6M cope with
the exam pressure? SH
Tate Britain’s Great
Art Walks
 This engaging mix of
nature and art history
continues with Helena
Bonham Carter joining
Gus Casely-Hayford to
look at Dora Carrington,
who was a member of the
Bloomsbury Group. Best
known for her intense
relationship with the gay
writer Lytton Strachey,
Carrington’s work is ripe
for reappraisal, and this film
begins that process. SH
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
The Life Scientific
RADIO 4, 9.00AM
 A new series of The
Life Scientific begins this
morning, and it starts off
with a dive into marine life
courtesy of Callum Roberts,
Professor of Marine Biology
at the University of York
and expert in the benefits of
marine reserves for fishing
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
6.30 am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show with Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo
12.45 pm Newsbeat
1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 Greg James
5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James
7.00 Stefflon Don and Dotty
9.00 The 8th with Charlie Sloth
11.00 Huw Stephens
1.00 am Snoochie Shy
3.00 Movies That Made Me:
Jennifer Lawrence and
Samuel L Jackson
4.00 - 6.30am Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show with Adele
Radio 2
FM 88-90.2MHz
am Chris Evans
Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
pm Steve Wright in the
Simon Mayo
Jamie Cullum
Jo Whiley
◆ Le Maire. See Radio
One Night Only
Nigel Ogden: The Organist
Listen to the Band
Sounds of the 80s
am Radio 2’s Folk Playlist
Radio 2 Playlist: 90s Hits
Radio 2 Playlist: Wednesday
- 6.30am Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
FM 90.2-92.4MHz
6.30 am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
1.00 pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert
4.30 BBC Young Musician 2018
and conservation. Roberts
argues that it is possible,
and indeed desirable,
to have our fish and eat
them too. He discusses his
research, which goes back
as far the 12th century, and
why marine conservation is
about more than the meagre
and inadequate ambition
of maintaining current fish
In Tune
In Tune Mixtape
Radio 3 in Concert
Free Thinking
The Essay: My Life in Music
Late Junction
- 6.30am Through the
Radio 4
FM 92.4-94.6MHz; LW 198KHz
6.00 am Today
8.30 LW: Yesterday in Parliament
9.00 ◆ The Life Scientific.
See Radio choice
9.30 One to One
9.45 FM: Book of the Week: The
Life and Rhymes of
Benjamin zephaniah
9.45 LW: Daily Service
10.00 Woman’s Hour
11.00 A River of Steel
11.30 Instrument Makers
12.00 News
12.01 pm LW: Shipping Forecast
12.04 Four Thought
12.15 Call You and Yours
12.57 Weather
1.00 The World at One
1.45 Chinese Characters
2.00 The Archers
2.15 Drama: Burn Baby Burn
3.00 The Kitchen Cabinet
3.30 Costing the Earth
4.00 Word of Mouth
4.30 Great Lives
5.00 PM
5.54 LW: Shipping Forecast
5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 Thanks a Lot, Milton Jones!
7.00 The Archers
7.15 Front Row
7.45 Love Henry James: The
Wings of the Dove
8.00 The Invisible Man of
Britain’s Far Right
8.40 In Touch
9.00 All in the Mind
9.30 The Life Scientific
10.00 The World Tonight
10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Valley
at the Centre of the World
11.00 Richard Marsh: Cardboard
11.30 Today in Parliament
Le Maire
RADIO 2, 10.00PM
 Another of BBC Radio 2’s
“Funny Fortnight” of new
pilot comedies is a taut and
funny comedy of manners
with a top pedigree. Written
by and starring Jonny
Sweet, winner of the
Edinburgh Comedy Award
for Best Newcomer in 2009,
12.00 News and Weather
12.30 am Book of the Week: The
Life and Rhymes of
Benjamin zephaniah
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 - 6.00am Tweet of the Day
Radio 5 Live
MW 693 & 909KHz
6.00 am 5 Live Breakfast
10.00 The Emma Barnett Show
with Anna Foster
1.00 pm Afternoon Edition
4.00 5 Live Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport. Mark
Pougatch presents coverage
of the night’s Champions
League semi-final secondleg game between Real
Madrid and Bayern Munich
10.30 Phil Williams
1.00 am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 - 6.00am Wake Up to
Classic FM
FM 99.9-101.9MHz
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Nicholas Owen
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott pays tribute
to the Bach family
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 - 6.00am Sam Pittis
World Service
6.00am Newsday 8.06 BBC World
Hacks 8.30 Business Daily 8.50
Witness 9.00 News 9.06 The Forum
9.50 Sporting Witness 10.00 World
Update 11.00 The Newsroom 11.30 In
the Studio 12.00 News 12.06pm
Outlook 1.00 The Newsroom 1.30 The
Documentary 2.00 Newshour 3.00
News 3.06 BBC World Hacks 3.30
Le Maire also features Rosie
Cavaliero (Jane Eyre;
Hunderby) and Tim Key
(Detectorists; Alpa Papa).
Harriet (Cavaliero) and her
husband Roy (Key) are
living an idyllic expat life in
a French village and getting
involved in local politics,
when Harriet’s chaotic
brother, Ed (Sweet), arrives
to stir things up.
World Business Report 4.00 BBC OS
6.00 News 6.06 Outlook 7.00 The
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today 8.00
News 8.06 BBC World Hacks 8.30 Click
9.00 Newshour 10.00 News 10.06 The
Documentary 10.30 In the Studio
11.00 News 11.06 The Newsroom
11.20 Sports News 11.30 World
Business Report 12.00 News 12.06am
The Forum 12.50 Sporting Witness
1.00 News 1.06 Business Matters 2.00
News 2.06 The Newsroom 2.30 The
Documentary 3.00 News 3.06
Newsday 3.30 The Compass 4.00 News
4.06 Newsday 5.00 News 5.06 The
Newsroom 5.30 - 6.00am Click
Radio 4 Extra
6.00am John Mortimer Presents The
Trials of Marshall Hall 6.30 Chopsticks
at Dawn 7.00 Stockport, So Good They
Named It Once 7.30 Love in Recovery
8.00 As Time Goes By 8.30 The Men
from the Ministry 9.00 The News Quiz
Extra 9.45 Helen Keen’s It Is Rocket
Science 10.00 The Thirty Nine Steps
11.00 After Milk Wood 11.15
Galbraith and the King of Diamonds
12.00 As Time Goes By 12.30pm The
Men from the Ministry 1.00 John
Mortimer Presents The Trials of
Marshall Hall 1.30 Chopsticks at Dawn
2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Shakespeare’s Restless World 2.30 The
Enchanted April 2.45 Sissinghurst: An
Unfinished History 3.00 The Thirty
Nine Steps 4.00 It’s Not What You
Know 4.30 The Wordsmiths at
Gorsemere 5.00 Stockport, So Good
They Named It Once 5.30 Love in
Recovery 6.00 The Man Who Was
Thursday 6.30 The Palace of Laughter
7.00 As Time Goes By 7.30 The Men
from the Ministry 8.00 John Mortimer
Presents The Trials of Marshall Hall
8.30 Chopsticks at Dawn 9.00 After
Milk Wood 9.15 Galbraith and the King
of Diamonds 10.00 Comedy Club
12.00 The Man Who Was Thursday
12.30am The Palace of Laughter 1.00
John Mortimer Presents The Trials of
Marshall Hall 1.30 Chopsticks at Dawn
2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Shakespeare’s Restless World 2.30 The
Enchanted April 2.45 Sissinghurst: An
Unfinished History 3.00 The Thirty
Nine Steps 4.00 It’s Not What You
Know 4.30 The Wordsmiths at
Gorsemere 5.00 Stockport, So Good
They Named It Once 5.30 - 6.00am
Love in Recovery
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Today’s television
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Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00 am Breakfast (S) 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Food (S) 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (S) 11.00 A1: Britain’s
Longest Road (AD) (S) 11.45 The
Housing Enforcers (S)
12.15 pm Bargain Hunt (AD) (R) (S)
1.00 BBC News at One; Weather (S)
1.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
1.45 Doctors (AD) (S)
2.15 800 Words (AD) (S)
3.00 Escape to the Country (AD) (S)
3.45 Flipping Profit (AD) (S)
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S)
5.15 Pointless (S)
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather (S)
6.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
6.55 Party Election Broadcast (S)
6.00 am Flog It! Trade Secrets (R) (S)
6.30 A1: Britain’s Longest Road (AD)
(R) (S) 7.10 The Super League Show
(S) 8.00 Sign Zone: Sea Cities –
Brighton (R) (S) (SL) 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S) 10.00 Live Snooker:
The World Championship. The first
two quarter-finals get under way in
Sheffield (S)
12.00 Daily Politics (S)
1.00 pm Live Snooker: The World
Championship The remaining two
quarter-finals get under way (S)
6.00 Eggheads (R) (S)
6.30 Britain in Bloom (S)
6.00 am Good Morning Britain (S) 8.30
Lorraine (S) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S) 10.30 This Morning (S)
12.30 pm Loose Women (S)
1.30 News; Weather (S)
1.55 Regional News; Weather (S)
2.00 Judge Rinder (S)
3.00 Tenable (S)
4.00 Tipping Point (S)
5.00 The Chase (S)
6.00 Regional News; Weather (S)
6.20 Party Election Broadcast (R) (S)
6.30 News; Weather (S)
6.00 am Countdown (R) (S) 6.45 3rd
Rock from the Sun (AD) (R) (S) 7.10
3rd Rock from the Sun (AD) (R) (S)
7.35 Everybody Loves Raymond (R)
(S) 8.00 Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S) 8.30 Frasier (R) (S) 9.00
Frasier (AD) (R) (S) 9.35 Frasier (R)
(S) 10.05 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (AD)
(R) (S) 11.00 Undercover Boss USA
(R) (S)
12.00 Channel 4 News (S)
12.05 pm Coast vs Country (AD) (R) (S)
1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers (R) (S)
2.10 Countdown (S)
3.00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away
(R) (S)
4.00 Escape to the Chateau: DIY (AD) (S)
5.00 Four in a Bed (R) (S)
5.30 Buy It Now (S)
6.00 The Simpsons (AD) (R) (S)
6.30 Hollyoaks (AD) (R) (S)
6.00 am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff
(S) 11.15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It
Away! (R) (S)
12.10 pm 5 News Lunchtime (S)
12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (AD) (R)
1.10 Access (S)
1.15 Home and Away (AD) (S)
1.45 Neighbours (AD) (S)
2.15 NCIS (AD) (R) (S)
3.15 FILM: Running for Her Life (2016,
TVM) Thriller starring Claire Forlani
5.00 5 News at 5 (R) (S)
5.30 Neighbours (AD) (R) (S)
6.00 Home and Away (AD) (R) (S)
6.30 5 News Tonight (S)
Cunk on Britain
This Time Next Year
The Split
7.00 The One Show Live chat and topical
reports (S)
7.30 EastEnders Phil offers Max a cash
bribe to leave the Square (AD) (S)
7.00 Live Snooker: The World
Championship Coverage of the
concluding session on day 11 (S)
Class of Mum and Dad
7.00 FIA World Rally Championship
Highlights The Rally Argentina (S)
7.30 Devon and Cornwall Cops The
newest batch of recruits are put
through their paces (AD) (R) (S)
8.00 This Time Next Year Featuring a
lady who wants to be able to smile
for the first time in 30 years (AD) (S)
8.00 Class of Mum and Dad It is the last
week of term, and Class 6M are
packing in last-minute cramming.
Last in the series See What to
watch (AD) (S)
8.00 The Yorkshire Vet Peter Wright
battles to save a young cow in
labour (S)
9.00 The Split Hannah faces Christie’s
ex-wife at work See What to watch
(AD) (S)
9.00 Hospital Cameras follow the critical
care team at Nottingham University
Hospitals. Last in the series
See What to watch (S)
9.00 The Royal Wives of Windsor Part
two of two. Exploring the
responsibilities of being a royal wife
(AD) (S)
9.00 My F-ing Tourette’s Family
Cameras follow an Oxfordshire
family who live with Tourette’s
See What to watch (AD) (S)
9.00 British Airways: 100 Years in the
Sky Part one of a two-part
documentary about the airline (S)
10.00 News; Weather (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Harold Shipman: Doctor Death
Detectives reveal how the serial
killer got away with his crimes (AD)
(R) (S)
10.00 Surviving the Island with Bear
Grylls Last in the series (S)
10.00 Missing Flight MH370: Inside the
Situation Room The disappearance
of the Malaysia Airlines aeroplane
11.15 Snooker: The World Championship
12.05am Snooker: World
Championship Extra 2.05 Sign Zone:
MasterChef: The Finals 3.05 Sign
Zone: Secret Agent Selection: WW2
4.05 - 6.00am This Is BBC Two
11.45 Obesity: The Post Mortem 12.456.00am News
11.45 The Durrells 12.35am Jackpot247
3.00 Loose Women 3.45 ITV
Nightscreen 5.05 - 6.00am The
Jeremy Kyle Show
BBC Four
Northern Ireland
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
10.00 - 10.30pm Keepin ’er
Country 11.15 Cunk on Britain
11.45 Snooker: The World
Championship 12.35 2.05am Snooker: World
Championship Extra
FV 10 FS 115 SKY 119 VIRGIN 117
7.00 pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 The Culture Show: Wars of
the Heart
8.00 King Alfred and the AngloSaxons
9.00 The Story of the Jews
10.00 The Celts: Blood, Iron and
Sacrifice with Alice Roberts
and Neil Oliver
11.00 The Mystery of Murder: A
Horizon Guide
12.00 Bombay Railway
1.00 am Top of the Pops: 1983
1.30 Top of the Pops: 1983
2.00 King Alfred and the AngloSaxons
3.00 - 4.00am The Story of the
Million Pound Movers 11.05 24 Hours in
A&E 12.10am 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown 1.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 2.10 My Floating Home
3.15-3.55am 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut
10.20am The Bachelorette 12.15pm
Emmerdale 12.45 Coronation Street
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show 5.50 Take Me Out
7.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold 8.00
Two and a Half Men 8.30 Superstore
9.00 FILM: Knocked Up (2007)
Romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen
and Katherine Heigl 11.40 Family Guy
12.35am American Dad! 1.35 Celebrity
Juice 2.20-5.50am Teleshopping
Noon The Goldbergs 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your
Mother 3.00 New Girl 4.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The
Big Bang Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30
Extreme Cake Makers 8.00 The Big Bang
Theory 9.00 Gotham 10.00 Supernatural
11.00 The Big Bang Theory 12.00
Celebrity First Dates 1.00am Tattoo
Fixers 2.05 Gotham 2.55 Supernatural
3.40-4.05am How I Met Your Mother
11.35am Four in a Bed 2.10pm Come
Dine with Me 4.50 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun 5.55 Ugly House to Lovely
House with George Clarke 6.55 The
Secret Life of the Zoo 7.55 Grand
Designs 9.00 My Floating Home 10.00
11.05 The Secret Life of the Long-Haul
Flight 12.30am Funniest Fails, Falls
& Flops 1.00 SuperCasino 3.10
Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain
4.00 Britain’s Biggest Mosque 4.45
House Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS 5.35
- 6.00am House Doctor
am Agatha Christie’s Marple
pm The Royal
Classic Coronation Street
Classic Coronation Street
On the Buses
On the Buses
You’re Only Young Twice
George and Mildred
Murder, She Wrote
Midsomer Murders
Scott & Bailey
Scott & Bailey
am The Street
The Street
ITV3 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Noon American Pickers 1.00pm Top
Gear 3.00 Sin City Motors 4.00 Steve
Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge 5.00 Top
Gear 6.00 Room 101 6.40 Would I Lie to
You? 8.00 Scrappers – Back in the Yard
9.00 Would I Lie to You? 11.00
Taskmaster: Champion of Champions
12.00 QI 12.40am Would I Lie to You?
1.20 Mock the Week 2.00 QI 2.40
Would I Lie to You? 3.20-4.00am Parks
and Recreation
Sky Sports Main Event
Noon Sky Sports News 3.00pm Live
Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers
Bangalore v Mumbai Indians 7.30 Live
EFL. Scunthorpe United v Plymouth
Argyle (Kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage of
the League One match 10.00 The Road
to Bellew v Haye 10.30 Behind The
Ropes: Bellew v Haye 11.00 Sky Sports
News 1.00am Live WWE Late Night
Smackdown. Spectacular wrestling action
with the over-the-top stars of the States,
profiling fighters causing a stir and
following feuds as they spill out of the
ring 3.00-6.00am Sky Sports News
 Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov
and Aldo Ray star in this charming
comedy as the eponymous “no angels”.
They play three convicts who escape
from an island prison and head to a
nearby town, planning to swindle their
way to boarding a ship. But they are
invited to Christmas dinner by the
owners of the shop they are intending
to rob, and find themselves reluctantly
softening when they learn of the
family’s financial trouble.
Poltergeist (2015)
5STAR, 10.00PM ★★
10.45pm Last Laugh in Vegas:
Showtime 12.10am Give It a
Year 12.35 Love Your Garden
1.00 Teleshopping 2.30 3.00am ITV Nightscreen
BBC One:
7.00 - 7.30pm Islay: For
Those in Peril 8.00 - 9.00
River City 10.45 Holby City
11.45 Life and Death Row: In
Cold Blood 12.45am Obesity:
The Post Mortem 1.45 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
No variations
10.30pm Scotland Tonight
11.05 Harold Shipman: Doctor
Death 12.05am Teleshopping
2.05 After Midnight 3.35 ITV
Nightscreen 4.05 The Jeremy
Kyle Show 5.00 - 6.00am
BBC One:
10.40pm The Wedding Guru
11.10 Life and Death Row: In
Cold Blood 12.10am Obesity:
The Post Mortem 1.15 6.00am BBC News
BBC Two:
11.15pm First Minister’s
Questions 12.05am Snooker:
The World Championship
12.55 - 2.05am Snooker:
World Championship Extra
ITV Wales:
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six 10.45 Last Laugh
in Vegas: Showtime 12.10 12.35am Love Your Garden
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Freeview, satellite and cable
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
11.05 Flight HS13 12.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA 12.55am One Born
Every Minute 1.50 The Supervet
2.45 The Channel: The World’s
Busiest Waterway 3.40 Come Dine
Champion of Champions 4.35 Steph
and Dom’s One Star to Five Star
5.00 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 5.10 6.00am Fifteen to One
6.00am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Y Ty Cymreig 12.30 Cwymp yr
Ymerodraethau 1.30 Only Men Aloud 2.00 Newyddion
S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da 3.00 Newyddion S4C
a’r Tywydd 3.05 Terry Price: Portread O Bencampwr
3.30 Gwyllt ar Grwydr 4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh
6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 6.05 04 Wal 6.30
Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm 8.00 Ffit
Cymru 9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Y Ditectif
10.00 Wil ac Aeron: Taith Rwmania 10.30 Cyfrinachau’r
Meirw 11.30 - 12.05am Pobol y Rhondda
 This searing film of John Osborne’s
play defined the “angry young men”
drama of the Fifties. Richard Burton
stars as Jimmy Porter, a workingclass man with a chip the size of
the Royal Court Theatre on his
shoulder, who torments his uppermiddle-class wife (Mary Ure) and
claims to despise her visiting best
friend Helena (Claire Bloom). It’s
poignant, claustrophobic and
sexually charged.
FILM4, 4.40PM ★★★★
8.00 Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge
Meat producers fight it out for a
place in the final (AD) (S)
10.00 Cunk on Britain Philomena finds
herself in Brexit Britain. Last in the
series See What to watch (AD) (S)
10.30 Newsnight (S)
We’re No Angels (1955)
8.00 Holby City Fletch clashes with
Abigail (AD) (S)
10.00 BBC News at Ten (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Life and Death Row: In Cold Blood
A former US Marine meets a son he
fathered on the run (AD) (S)
Look Back in Anger (1958, b/w)
British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
7.00 Emmerdale (AD) (S)
Film choice
Main channels
FV 24 FS 117 SKY 120 VIRGIN 118
am The Avengers
pm Ironside
Quincy ME
The Saint
The Avengers
Cash Cowboys
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
River Monsters
FILM: The Fugitive (1993)
Thriller starring Harrison
pm FILM: Renegades
(1989) Action adventure
starring Kiefer Sutherland
am Motorsport UK
ITV4 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
Sky Sports Premier
11.00am MNF 3.00pm Best PL Goals:
Man Utd v Everton 3.30 Premier League
Highlights 7.30 Best PL Goals: Liverpool
v Man Utd 8.00 Premier League Review
9.00 Best PL Goals: Newcastle v
Liverpool 9.30 Best Premier League Own
Goals 10.00 The Debate 11.00 Premier
League Review 12.00 PL Best Goals
12/13 1.00am The Debate 2.00 Premier
League Review 3.00-4.00am The Debate
BT Sport 1
10.00am Live WTA Tennis. Day two of
the J&T Banka Prague Open 6.00pm
Vanarama National League Highlights
6.30 World Sailing 7.00 Inside Sailing
7.30 Toyota AFL Highlights Show 8.00
Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights
10.30 30 for 30 12.30am NBA High
Tops: Plays of the Month 1.00 Live
NBA. Toronto Raptors v Cleveland
Cavaliers (Tip-off 1.00am). Coverage of
game one of the Eastern Conference
semi-final, which takes place at Air
Canada Centre 3.30-4.00am Toyota
AFL Highlights Show
Noon Ultimate Vehicles 1.00pm Pawn
Stars 2.00 American Pickers 3.00
Counting Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.30
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
The Flash
The Blacklist
The Late Late Show with
James Corden: Best of the
The Force: North-East
Brit Cops: Frontline Crime UK
am Ross Kemp: Extreme
Most Shocking
- 4.00am Duck Quacks Don’t
Pawn Stars 6.00 Forged in Fire 7.00
American Pickers 8.00 Storage Wars
8.30 Pawn Stars 9.00 Kingpin 10.50
Breaking Mysterious 11.50 The Curse of
Civil War Gold 12.50am Storage Wars
1.20 Pawn Stars 1.50 Homicide Hunter
2.50 Ancient Aliens 3.50-4.50am
Forged in Fire
Sky Arts
Noon The Seventies 1.00pm
Discovering: Humphrey Bogart 2.00
Watercolour Challenge 2.30 The Art
Show 3.30 Tales of the Unexpected 4.00
Trailblazers: Dance 5.00 The Eighties
6.00 Discovering: Burt Lancaster 7.00
The Nineties 8.00 Portrait Artist of the
Year 2017 9.00 Tate Britain’s Great
Art Walks See What to watch 10.00
Discovering: Warren Beatty 11.00 Urban
Myths: Johnny Cash and the Ostrich
11.30 Johnny Cash – Behind Prison Walls
12.30am Johnny Cash: Song by Song
1.00 Tate Britain’s Great Art Walks 2.00
FILM: Confessions of a Superhero
(2007) Documentary film following a
group of aspiring actors 3.45-4.30am
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and Her
Disturbing Black & White Drawings
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
4.50pm Captain Underpants: The First
Epic Movie (2017) Cartoon adventure
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
CSI: Crime Scene
Blue Bloods
Paterno Drama starring Al
Pacino See What to watch
The Circus: Inside the
Wildest Political Show on
am West:Word
The Sopranos
House of Lies
High Maintenance
- 4.05am Happyish
with the voice of Kevin Hart 6.30 Happy
Birthday, Toby Simpson (2017) Premiere.
Comedy drama starring Alexander
Perkins 8.00 Girls Trip (2017) Comedy
starring Regina Hall 10.10 Brawl In Cell
Block 99 (2017) Crime thriller starring
Vince Vaughn 12.30am Where’s the
Money (2017) Comedy starring Andrew
Bachelor 2.00 Palm Swings (2017)
Comedy drama starring Sugar Lyn Beard
3.45-5.30am Broken Vows (2016)
Thriller starring Wes Bentley
PBS America
11.30am JFK: A New Perspective
12.45pm The Aviators 1.45 Azorian:
Raising of K-129 2.55 Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid 4.10 JFK: A New
Perspective 5.20 The Aviators 6.35
Azorian: Raising of K-129 7.45 The
Aviators 8.20 The Nuremberg
Prosecutor: Benjamin Ferencz 9.00 Billy
the Kid 10.15 JFK: A New Perspective
11.35 The Aviators 12.50am Billy the
Kid 2.00-6.00am Teleshopping
24 hours, including at:
5.20pm Heaven with a Gun (1969)
Western with Glenn Ford 7.15 The Blue
Lamp (1949, b/w) Police drama starring
Jack Warner and Jimmy Hanley 9.00
Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford
Coppola’s Vietnam War drama, starring
11.00 am Guns at Batasi (1964,
b/w) Drama starring Richard
1.05 pm Winchester ’73 (1950,
b/w) Western starring James
2.55 The Black Knight (1954)
Adventure with Alan Ladd
4.40 We’re No Angels (1955)
Comedy starring Humphrey
Bogart See Film choice
6.50 Congo (1995) Adventure
starring Dylan Walsh
9.00 Crimson Peak (2015) Horror
starring Mia Wasikowska
11.20 Stoker (2013) Thriller
starring Mia Wasikowska
1.20 - 3.00am Excision (2012)
Comedy horror
Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert
Duvall 12.00 Hairspray (1988) Comedy
starring Ricki Lake 1.50am Conspiracy
Theory with Jesse Ventura 3.50-5.30am
Hollywood’s Best Film Directors
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
The Green Green Grass 1.00 As Time
Goes By 1.40 Waiting for God 2.20 Only
Fools and Horses 3.00 Last of the
Summer Wine 5.00 You Rang, M’Lord?
6.00 As Time Goes By 6.40 The Green
Green Grass 7.20 Dad’s Army 8.40
Only Fools and Horses 9.20 Mrs Brown’s
Boys 10.00 Bridget & Eamon 10.35
Citizen Khan 11.20 Goodnight
Sweetheart 12.00 Live at the Apollo
1.00am Harry Hill’s TV Burp 1.35 Nurse
2.10 Live at the Apollo 3.00 Harry Hill’s
TV Burp 3.25-4.00am A Sharp Intake of
Vintage TV
11.00am Turn It Up Tuesday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Aiming For The ‘80s
5.00 Tune In… To 1990 6.00 Tune In…
To 1981 7.00 Tune In… To 1993 8.00 A
Flock Of Seagulls At Electric Dreams 9.00
From The Rock To The Roll 10.00 That
‘70s Feeling 10.30 Neil McCormick’s
Needle Time 11.30 Live & Acoustic
12.30am The Night Shift 3.00-6.00am
Neil McCormick’s Needle Time
 Much like 2003’s The Italian Job,
this was a remake that no one needed.
The film adds little new to the story of
a family home that is haunted by evil
spirits, but it is a fun scare-fest
nonetheless and those who haven’t
seen Tobe Hooper’s original will see it
as satisfactory everyday horror. Sam
Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star
as the parents who buy a new house,
only to find the electrical items seem
to have a life of their own.
Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 May 2018
Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
Nature reserve
gets green light
The creation of a huge nature reserve
in Suffolk has been given the go-ahead
after a National Lottery donation of
more than £4 million.
The project, spearheaded by the
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, will create a
1,000-acre wetland gateway to the
Broads National Park. By purchasing
348 acres around Carlton Marshes, a
new wilderness will be created to
benefit plant life, wildlife, visitors and
the local economy.
A wetland west of Lowestoft,
including more than 150 acres of
marsh, fen meadow and shallow pools,
will provide habitat for wintering
wildfowl and waders such as lapwing
and redshank – both in decline in the
UK. A new visitor centre will help to
establish the reserve as a national
wildlife destination.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust hopes the
area will become a National Nature
Reserve within five years.
Samantha Herbert
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