60 p QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M FR DAY Babe Ruth: Davidson reveals her pregnancy joy Wembley sale: FA in talks with American tycoon P4 P5 I don’t know why my husband doesn’t just write me a starring role Busy Philipps interview PLUS FILM ● MUSIC ● BOOKS ● TV PICKS Rudd: I won’t quit Home Secretary defiant despite having to correct mistaken statement on illegal migrant targets FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 Number 2,316 Arsenal slip up against 10 men » Catalogue of errors over Windrush scandal causes uproar in Commons » After latest embarrassment, opposition MPs call for her resignation and claim the Home Office is ‘out of control’ Lacazette goal not enough as Atletico grab equaliser P60 P7 firstname.lastname@example.org @theipaper theipaper theipaper PLUS MARK STEEL We asked David Davis how many tech businesses he had approached to help solve Irish border question His officials told us... none P23 I STEPHEN BUSH P17 Air pollution linked to violent crime P11 P6 I BBC FAKERY P5 Is this the Golden State Killer? US murder mystery I TV GUIDE P38 I PUZZLES P13 P52 The News Matrix COURTS Why will Turner Prize judges need a forensic eye this year? See p.23 The day at a glance FRIDAY 27 APRIL Quote of the day When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not MARK TWAIN Anniversaries Thursday 27 April 1978 The Afghan President, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and murdered the next day in a coup by pro-communist rebels. It marked the beginning of the upheaval that resulted in intervention by Soviet troops in 1979. MOTORING CONSTRUCTION POLITICS ‘Change fire safety law immediately’ Bercow replacement Pompeo off to Middle ‘should be assessed’ East after swearing-in The number of parking tickets handed out rose by almost a million in the past year, the RAC Foundation said. Parking management ﬁrms obtained 5.6 million vehicle keeper records from the DVLA last year – a 20 per cent increase. The ﬁgures suggest a penalty notice is issued every six seconds. Fire experts and building groups urged the Government to upgrade safety standards without waiting for the conclusions of the Grenfell inquiry. In an open letter they called for a legal requirement that all tall and high-risk buildings be ﬁtted with sprinklers and only non-combustible cladding and insulation be installed. The Commons Speaker John Bercow should stand down before the next election, one of his predecessors says. Mr Bercow will serve until 2022 unless there is an election. But Baroness Boothroyd said Speakers should retire mid-term to allow MPs to elect a replacement that they have “assessed”. PAGE 6 UNITED STATES Mike Pompeo has been sworn in as US Secretary of State after winning a 57-42 vote in the Senate. Mr Pompeo immediately left the country to go to Brussels for a meeting before heading on to the Middle East. President Donald Trump applauded the conﬁrmation of his former CIA director, calling him a “patriot”. INQUEST SPAIN FRANCE MEXICO ‘Freak wave’ caused death of girl aged 5 £349m worth of cocaine in bananas Envoy quits EU talks over language issue Kidnapped priest found dead A ﬁve-year-old girl was killed when a “freak wave” washed her out to sea as she walked along a beach, a Bournemouth inquest has heard. Rose Carter, from Salisbury, was walking with her mother and sister at Durdle Door in Dorset on 18 April when she was swept away. The inquest was adjourned to October. Spanish police have seized a record nine tons of cocaine in a shipment of bananas from Colombia. Six people have been arrested after police found the drug at the port of Algeciras. The stash was the largest ever found in a single container in Europe. It would have a street value of up to £349m. France’s ambassador has walked out of talks with fellow EU envoys over a lack of French translation, in a new demonstration of Paris ﬁghting against the dominance of English in post-Brexit Brussels. Philippe Leglise-Costa left a meeting about a new forum on the EU budget, when told translators were not available. A Catholic priest who had been reported kidnapped has been found dead in Mexico. Police in Morelos state said a relative identiﬁed the body of Fr Moises Fabila Reyes, 83. He appears to have died of a heart attack. He is the third priest killed or to have died under suspicious circumstances in Mexico in a week. NATURE The List Where tips are Uber and above the rest Customers in London have been named as the most generous when it comes to tipping Uber drivers, with an average tip of just over £2. It said its average tip across the UK was £1.68, with £1 the most frequent amount. The most lucrative time of day for drivers is 11pm on Saturdays. These are the 10 most generous areas: 1. London 2. Belfast 3. Cambridge 4. Bristol 5. Edinburgh 6. Brighton 7. Southampton 8. Manchester 9. Birmingham 10. Cardiff Birdsongs which could be silenced One in eight of the world’s nearly 11,000 bird species is threatened with extinction, research has revealed. According to the 2018 State of the World’s Birds report, published by BirdLife International, a total of 222 (two per cent) of these 1,469 species are critically endangered. The report states that at least 40 per cent of bird species worldwide (3,967) have declining populations. 1,469 13% species - 13% of extant species (10,966) or roughly one in eight - are globally threatened with extinction - defined as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. 461 (4%) 1,017 (9%) endangered 8,417 (77%) near threatened 222 (2%) least concern 786 (7%) critically endangered vulnerable 90% Humans are responsible for most of the threats to birds Number of species impacted by: Agricultural expansion and intensification 1,091 Logging 734 Invasive alien species 578 Critically endangered: the Yellow-breasted Bunting population has declined by 90 per cent since 1980 517 Hunting and trapping 484 Climate change Subscribe to i at i-subscription.co.uk Countries with the highest number of birds illegally killed per year index Crossword.............24 TV & Radio...........38 Homes......................44 Business..................48 Puzzles.....................52 Weather...................55 Two Italians have been remanded in custody over an attack which left a Liverpool fan in a critical condition before the game against Roma on Tuesday. Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, appeared at South Sefton magistrates’ court, charged with violent disorder. PAGE 12 One parking ticket every six seconds Birthdays Jenna Coleman, actress, 32; Sheena Easton, pop singer, 59; Russell T Davies (below), TV producer, 55; Dame Darcey Bussell, retired ballerina, 49; Tess Daly, presenter, 49; Ace Frehley, guitarist, 67 Roma fans remanded over Liverpool attack Italy 5.6m Newspapers support recycling The recycled paper content of UK newspapers in 2017 was 64.6% Egypt 5.5m Syria 3.9m Lebanon Cyprus 2.6m 2.3m ©Published by Johnston Publications Limited, 2 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PU, and printed at Trinity Mirror Printing, St Albans Road, Watford; Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham; and Cardonald Park, Glasgow. Also printed at Carn Web, Carn Industrial Estate, Portadown. Back issues available from Historic Newspapers, 0844 770 7684. Friday 27 April 2018. Registered as a newspaper with the Post Ofﬁce. Select journalism in i is copyright independent.co.uk and copyright Evening Standard, beyond those accredited as such. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 ThePage3Profile TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 POLICE ARCHIE, LHASA APSO AND ‘MONARCHIST’ ‘Pointed gun’ was a Zimmer frame Police who responded to a sevenyear-old’s report of seeing someone pointing a gun from a window at a nursing home believe that what the child saw was a Zimmer frame. The alarm was raised when the pupil in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, told a teacher about the “weapon” being aimed from a nearby property. UNITED STATES ‘Oh! Susanna’ writer statue is removed A 118-year-old statue of the “Oh! Susanna” songwriter has been removed from a park in Pittsburgh after criticism that the work is demeaning because it includes a slave sitting at his feet. The sculpture of Stephen Foster will be replaced by a statue honouring an African-American woman. ENTERTAINMENT ‘Suits’ to be remade for South Korean TV Is being in the dog house a good thing? Archie, a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso, is sure to be the envy of all his canine contemporaries after his owner commissioned a replica of Windsor Castle for him so that he can enjoy the royal wedding in style. A palace ﬁt for a (canine) king? Complete with red carpet, throne and hot tub, the lavish pad is based on the King George IV Gate at the castle. The £5,000 structure, which is currently in Archie’s back garden, meaures 2m by 2m and took a seven-strong team 244 hours to complete. That’s one royally pampered pooch. Archie’s owner Susan Crossland (right) said: “I love royal weddings and I love the royals. I thought it might be a bit quirky to have something nice for Archie, so I had him a Windsor Castle made and he absolutely loves it.” Wouldn’t the money be better spent on bones and biscuits? Ms Crossland, 53, and her husband Michael, 49, from Mirﬁeld, West Yorkshire, won £1.2m on the National Lottery in 2008 – and the dog-loving monarchist insisted that Archie was worth the expense. “He’s my dog at the end of the day. Why not spoil your dog?” she said. What about all those less privileged dogs out there without a palace to call home? Ms Crossland said she was hoping other dogs, and humans, could enjoy the castle after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. She said: “Although I had it done for Archie – and he does love it – I would like to take it off him after the wedding, if he’ll let me, to donate it to a place where lots of other people can enjoy it – either for dogs, or maybe it can go to a place when children can play it.” Katie Grant The US television series Suits – which starred Meghan Markle – will be remade for Korean television in Seoul. South Korean actress Ko Sung-hee will play Kim Ji-na, who is based on Ms Markle’s former character Rachel Zane. It will be the ﬁrst international remake of the legal drama. IRAN ‘Death to America’ emoji on new app Iran is promoting a mobile app with a “Death to America” emoji to get millions to abandon the popular Telegram service, which it blames for unrest. Emojis on Soroush include a woman holding a picture of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and placards wishing death to Israel, America and Freemasons. i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 3 Letter from the Arts and Media Correspondent Adam Sherwin email@example.com If it’s fake, at least let the audience know It was the day that television viewers lost their innocence. The BBC admitted Blue Peter had rigged an online poll in order to name its new cat Socks instead of the public’s choice, Cookie. More than a decade later, the BBC is still being caught out for “faking it”. Yesterday, the Human Planet series was shelved after a fourth case of what football referees might call “simulation” – scenes in which an Indonesian whale hunter harpooned his prey were the result of misleading editing, the BBC admitted. This followed the disclosure that the building of a teetering tree-top canopy for a Papua New Guinea tribe to move into was entirely confected for the beneﬁt of the producers. Most viewers accept that an element of artiﬁce is involved to create the “narrative” in natural history shows. Animals don’t perform to a production schedule. Sir David Attenborough was even dragged into a “fakery” row over scenes of the birth of a polar bear, which actually occurred in a Dutch wildlife centre rather than the Arctic. Disclosing this fact to viewers would have destroyed the “atmosphere” of the scenes, he said. But the BBC tightened its guidelines nonetheless. Viewers are willing to suspend disbelief as long as they aren’t being wholly taken for a ride. Did it matter that a nail-biting scene showing a baby iguana being chased by snakes in Planet Earth II was stitched together from “takes”, possibly with more than one iguana? Spectacular natural history shows are a huge earner for the BBC. When concerns over “fake news” are paramount, producers must ensure any artiﬁce is transparent to the audience. 4 NEWS SPORT Shahid Khan is the owner of Fulham FC and the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars PA US tycoon plots audacious £500m bid to buy Wembley By Jonathan Prynn and James Olley A US billionaire has launched an audacious bid worth more than £500mtobuyWembleyStadiumfrom the English Football Association. Car parts tycoon Shahid Khan, the owner of Fulham FC and the Jacksonville Jaguars American football team, is understood to have struck an outline agreement with the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, to hand the “home of English football” to a foreign owner for the ﬁrst time. The proposal, which will send shock waves through the sport, was being put before the full board of the FA yesterday. If the takeover gets the go-ahead, more American football games are likely to be played at Wembley, bringing a permanent NFL franchise in London a step closer. A sale is also likely to result in fewer England internationals being hosted at the 92,000-capacity north London The stadium, which replaced the old twin towers at Wembley, was ﬁnished in 2007 at a cost of £800m. The FA still has about £150m of debt to pay off for the redevelopment. venue, particularly during the NFL season in the autumn, should a franchise – most likely the Jaguars – set up permanent residency. However, it would not threaten Wembley’s status as the England team’s home for all major ﬁxtures. Mr Khan, who is estimated to be worth around $8.7bn (£6.25bn) is thought to have been in secret talks with Mr Glenn for about six months. However, the idea was ﬁrst mooted when Mr Glenn and Mr Khan met at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. It is believed that the ﬁnance raised will be ring-fenced to fund up to 1,500 artiﬁcial pitches across England. Mr Glenn and other senior FA figures are understood to see the offer as a “once in a generation” opportunity to upgrade grassroots facilities. England lags far behind rivals such as Germany and Holland in the provision of all-weather playing surfaces. EVENING STANDARD Pages 62-63 DIPLOMACY Trump’s official visit to Britain confirmed for July By David Hughes and Andrew Woodcock We never forget your holiday is something you’ll never forget. Cyprus holidays. Flights + 7 nights hotel from £429pp. Book now at ba.com/cyprus Donald Trump’s visit to the UK was confirmed yesterday – for Friday, 13 July. The long-awaited and controversial trip is expected to be a “working visit” rather than a fullblown state occasion. Britain’s ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, conﬁrmed the visit, which will include face-to-face talks with Theresa May. Downing Street and the White House had hoped to co-ordinate releasing details of the trip, but Mr Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, apparently let slip the information ﬁrst. Sir Kim said he was delighted that Mr Trump would visit the UK. The Prime Minister added: “I ROYAL FAMILY Prince William ‘honoured’ to be Harry’s best man By Tony Jones Prince Harry has asked the Duke of Cambridge to be his best man and now his brother has the job of organising a stag party to remember. William, 35, said he was “honoured” to have been chosen by his younger brother to perform the special role. am looking forward to welcoming President Trump to the UK for a working visit on 13 July.” Downing Street said further details of the visit would be set out “in due course”. But Mr Trump’s arrival is likely to attract major protests, and even his supporters have urged him to stay away from London in an effort to avoid mass demonstrations. In a letter to the US President, six conservative groups recommend he should instead focus his visit on his “ancestral home” of Scotland, including a meeting with the Queen at Balmoral. The letter was signed by the heads of Conservative think-tanks including the Bow Group, Bruges Group and Freedom Association. News, page 14 Harry’s decision was widely expected as the royal siblings are very close and he served as William’s best man at his wedding to Catherine, the future Duchess of Cambridge, in 2011. Beneath the public banter, where they regularly poke fun at each other, the pair share a special bond. Last year, 20 years after the death of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, William (left) spoke of his connection with his brother, telling the Duchess during an interview: “We have been brought closer... We are uniquely bonded because of what we have been through.” NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 Rising star Ruth Davidson, who was born in Edinburgh in 1978, worked as a BBC journalist for seven years before leaving the corporation in 2009 to study International Development at Glasgow University. It was there that she joined the Scottish Conservative Party and, just two years later, was chosen to be its new leader. Ms Davidson was part of the Better Together campaign for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Her party did well at last year’s general election, winning an extra 12 Scottish seats at Westminster for the Tories, in contrast to Theresa May, who saw her branch of the party lose 21 constituencies in England. Last month, a Vogue magazine interviewer predicted that Ms Davidson could become the UK’s ﬁrst openly gay Prime Minister. POLITICS Babe Ruth: Scottish Tory leader is ‘delighted’ to be expecting her first child By Chris Green SCOTLAND EDITOR Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has announced that she is expecting her first child in October after undergoing fertility treatment. The 39-year-old and her partner, Jen Wilson, began IVF therapy last summer and received the news that she was pregnant just before Easter. Ms Davidson said she would be taking a few months’ maternity leave and handing over her leadership duties to her deputy, Jackson Carlaw. “Like all new parents-to-be, we are excited – and daunted – about the months to come,” she said. “Mostly, we are just overjoyed at the prospect of starting a family together. “ W h i l e t h i s n ew s m ay b e unexpected for many people, let me reassure my constituents and voters across Scotland that there is no change to my political commitment or plans to lead the Scottish Conservatives into the 2021 Holyrood elections. I am simply doing what thousands of working women do every year: having a child, taking some time off, and then returning to work soon after. “I also know myself, so it’s highly likely I won’t be able to stay off the phone, demanding regular updates, during this time.” The MSP for Edinburgh Central said she had struggled with morning sickness since becoming pregnant and had to leave the Holyrood chamber shortly before a recent session of First Minister’s Questions. “I’ve had the fatigue, the nausea and the dizzy spells and all the rest of it, and trying to do everything I was doing before and keep up the pace so people couldn’t tell,” she said. “While it often goes unacknowledged, politicians have personal lives too, and I hope people will understand that I want to be able to combine my public role with a family life. “Jen and I are incredibly lucky in the support we have received from our family and friends over the past few months – and know we can rely on them in the months and years to come. I’d like to thank them all again. “We have always dreamed of starting a family and are so pleased to be able to share our happy news.” Ms Davidson told Theresa May of her pregnancy shortly after she found out. The Prime Minister o f fe re d h e r co n g rat u l at i o n s y e s t e r d a y, d e s c r i b i n g t h e announcement as “wonderful news”. Nicola Sturgeon also told Ms Davidson that “the baby box is on its way” – a reference to the box of baby essentials that are sent to all new parents in Scotland. i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 TELEVISION ‘Human Planet’ pulled after fourth faked scene By Adam Sherwin ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT The BBC has withdrawn its Human Planet series from further screenings after admitting that scenes showing a hunter harpooning a whale were faked – the fourth deception uncovered in the series. Last month, it emerged that Human Planet misled viewers into thinking a Papua New Guinea tribe was going to live in a new treehouse, which had actually been built purely at the request of producers. The BBC said it had been alerted to a “further editorial breach” in the series. It said: “In episode one, ‘Oceans’, a Lamaleran whale hunter named Benjamin Blikololong is shown supposedly harpooning a whale. On review, the BBC does not consider that the portrayal of his role is accurate, although the sequence does reﬂect how they hunt whales.” BBC managers were alerted to the faked harpoon scene by an American journalist researching the villagers shown in the episode. Viewers were given the impression that Blikololong, whose story was being followed, had struck the fatal blow – but other members of the whale hunt were responsible, the BBC said. In 2015, the BBC admitted that a semi-domesticated wolf was used after the production team were unable to find a real “wild” wolf to ﬁlm a desert scene. In 2011, the BBC acknowledged the series had ﬁlmed shots of a tarantula spider in a studio for an episode about wildlife in the Venezuelan jungle. The BBC admitted that the portrayal of the harpooning was not accurate RELIGION HEALTH Stolen heart of Dublin’s patron saint is recovered Dark chocolate ‘improves eyesight’ By Aine Fox The 800-year-old heart of Dublin’s patron saint has been recovered by police, six years after it was stolen from a cathedral in the city. The relic – the heart of St Laurence O’Toole – was taken from Christ Church Cathedral in 2012. It has no monetary value but is “a priceless treasure” for the church, the cathedral’s Dean, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, said. The theft of the relic, which had been kept in a wooden heart-shaped box and placed within a small ironbarred cage, sparked a six-year investigation by Gardai. The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson thanked those who had helped recover the relic, and described the return of the heart as a joyful moment for the people of the city. He said: “The return of the heart of Laurence O’Toole brings great joy to the people of Dublin. “For those of us associated with the life of the dioceses, it brings again to the fore the close relationship By Florence Snead The heart of St Laurence O’Toole was taken in 2012 PA between Glendalough [a monastic city ﬁrst settled in the sixth century] and Dublin, a relationship of more than 800 years.” Eating a single portion of dark chocolate could improve your eyesight for about two hours afterwards, research suggests. A US study found that people who had eaten 72 per cent dark chocolate were better at reading letters of different sizes and contrasts, an improvement thought to be linked to increased blood ﬂow. In the trial, scientists tested 30 people with an average age of 26 by giving them either a dark chocolate or milk chocolate bar, and then testing their eyesight just under two 5 hours later. The participants were then tested with the alternative chocolate type 72 hours later to compare the results. Twenty-four of the 30 participants fared better in tests after eating the dark chocolate. Participants refrained from the consumption of caffeine or milk products because these could affect the efﬁcacy of food products rich in ﬂavanols, natural compounds found in plants such as cacao. The testing was carried out from June to August 2017 by scientists at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas. 6 NEWS TRADE BREXIT US farm chief defends chlorine-washed chicken By Ryan Wilkinson Chicken washed in chlorine and beef from hormone-injected cattle should be part of a trade deal with the US, the president of America’s National Farmers’ Union has said. Food produced in the US is “perfectly safe”, according to Roger Johnson, who said there had been “fear-mongering” on the issue. A post-Brexit transatlantic trade deal could open up the huge American market to British farmers. However, it is likely that it would require the same rights for US farmers to sell their products in the UK. Opponents of such a deal have seized on chicken and beef, warning that US products could either pose health risks or undercut UK farmers because they are cheaper to produce. As head of an organisation that represents around 200,000 US farms, Mr Johnson told the BBC that US rules were of a “different” standard, rather than a lower one. “I think it is fair to say that the standards that we follow allow for more rapid scientiﬁc advancement, that a more cautionary approach [from the EU] means that scientiﬁc advances are going to happen more slowly,” he said. Davis has not sought out any tech firms to help on Irish border By Richard Vaughan LIMITED TIME SALE S TA R T I N G AT £329 W H I L E S T O C K S L A S T. Inspiron 15 3000 Inspiron Desktop £359 now £329 Was £449 | Save £120 Was £429 | Save £70 (inc vat & Free delivery) (inc vat & Free delivery) Intel® Core™ i3 Processor Windows 10 Home 8GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive 15.6” HD (1366 x 768) Display Intel® Pentium® Processor Windows 10 Home 8GB Memory 1TB Hard drive with Dell E2016H Monitor - 49.4cm(19.5”) [EVAL CODE CN35602] [EVAL CODE CD66202] The Whitehall department in charge of Brexit has failed to approach a single external company to obtain ideas about how technology will help solve the Northern Irish border issue. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, has repeatedly claimed that a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic can be avoided using new technology. Just last month, he stated that “a whole load of new technology” exists to prevent the need for physical checks and controls at the border. But in response to a freedom of information request submitted by i, officials at the Department for Exiting the European Union admitted that the number of companies it had spoken to about such technology was “nil”. It comes after a report by the Northern Irish Affairs Committee last month said the Government had provided “no evidence” that a technical solution to the border problem could be found. It will heap yet more pressure on Mr Davis, who was accused of trying to build an invisible border “out of nothing but spider webs and magic”. The Government has committed to creating a “frictionless” border in Ireland after Brexit in a bid to avoid a return to checkpoints, last seen during the Troubles. Failure to agree a suitable solution would see Britain revert to the so-called “backstop solution” of keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union and the single market, something strongly opposed Shop Dell.co.uk/deals or call 0800 085 4961 FREE DELIVERY © 2018 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved.Dell, EMC, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Offers available from 26.04.15 to 02.05.18. on select systems, does not include the New XPS 13 OR Alienware products. Dell Products, c/o P.O. Box 69, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1RD, United Kingdom. Subject to availability. Prices and specifications may change without notice. Terms and Conditions of Sales and Service apply and are available from www.dell.co.uk. Dell Services do not affect customer’s statutory rights. Contact our Chat teams for further assistance. Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, and Xeon Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. * The Department for Exiting the European Union said the Government’s “commitment has been to avoid any physical infrastructure, including related checks and controls, on the border”. WESTMINSTER Bercow should resign before election, says former Speaker By David Hughes Intel Inside®. Extraordinary Performance Outside. by the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up Theresa May’s government. Mr Davis (inset) made his first visit to Northern Ireland this week since becoming Brexit Secretary in July 2016. He claimed he would reach an agreement with the European Union by October that would keep the border “free from physical infrastructure”. But Labour MP Chuka Umunna said: “Ministers keep trying to convince us that fantastical sci-fi technology will solve the problem of the Northern Ireland border, but now we learn they haven’t bothered to seek ideas about how this would actually work. “Unless David Davis possesses so far hidden levels of technical k n o w l e d ge, s u c h a s how to build an invisible border out of nothing but spider webs and magic, this is yet another example of the Government’s staggering lack of Brexit preparation.” Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach added: “The Northern Ireland Select Committee report demonstrated there are no viable technical solutions anywhere in the world. “Policy should be made on the basis of evidence.” The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, should stand down before the next election, one of his predecessors has suggested. Mr Bercow has said he intends to serve a full term, keeping him in the Speaker’s chair until 2022 unless there is an early general election. But Baroness Boothroyd, 88, said that speakers should retire midterm in order to allow MPs to elect a replacement they have been able to assess. She told The House magazine: “I always believed, long before I was Speaker, that a Speaker should retire mid-term. “It should never be at the end of a parliamentary session. I was in the unfortunate position of when [Bernard] Weatherill retired, it was at the end of a parliamentary session. “And therefore, you have a new House, you have new members, they don’t know who they are getting. Whereas, if it’s mid-term, they know the weaknesses and strengths of a candidate. “I believe all Speakers should do that courtesy – it is a courtesy – to the House.” The crossbench peer also called for the size of the House of Lords to be slashed from its current 785 members. She suggested that there should be “retirement at about the age of 75 or 80”. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 7 IMMIGRATION Home Office under fire for deportation risk to exiled Chagossians Amber Rudd had wrongly denied there were targets for deportations AFP/GETTY By Richard Vaughan POLITICS Rudd says she is ‘focused on staying in game’ despite Windrush scandal widened into questions about her department’s immigration policies. In angry scenes, opposition MPs called for her to quit and claimed that the Home Ofﬁce was “out of control”. Ms Rudd later declined to disclose whether she had offered her resignation to Theresa May over the storm engulﬁng her department, but made clear that she was determined to remain in her post. Outlining her plans to overhaul immigration rules, she said: “I’m committed to making sure I go on and I make these changes. It’s been a difficult few weeks, but I’m committed to the job.” Ms Rudd, who is tipped as a potential successor to Mrs May, acknowledged that her personal standing had been damaged. Asked whether she regarded herself as a future leadership contender, she told journalists: “I am pretty much focused on what I have got to do now. I am just thinking about staying in the game.” Her problems mounted after she told MPs on Wednesday that the Home Office had not set targets for removing illegal immigrants. When a report emerged hours later contradicting her comments, she was hauled back to the Commons to correct the record. She explained that she had never agreed to use removal targets for migrants, adding that those used by Home Secretary accused of undermining PM on Brexit Asked over how she would vote if she was a backbencher, she said: “I’mcommittedtotheGovernment’s position which, to some extent, we are still working on.” Her comments provoked anger among Leave-supporting Tories who accused her of trying to undermine Mrs May. Ms Rudd played down the significance of her remarks, tweeting: “Of course, when we leave the EU, we will be leaving the customs union.” The Eurosceptic Conservative MP Peter Bone said he “could not understand why Amber Rudd did not support Government policy to leave the Customs Union”. In the Commons yesterday, pro-EU Tories urged Mrs May to press for a “soft Brexit”. By Nigel Morris POLITICAL EDITOR A defiant Amber Rudd insisted she would will not bow to growing pressure to resign as Home Secretary – despite the catalogue of errors over the Windrush scandal. She faced fresh embarrassment after it emerged that she wrongly told MPs that the Home Ofﬁce had not set any targets for deporting illegal immigrants. Ms Rudd was forced to backtrack in the Commons as the furore over the treatment of the Windrush generation – immigrants invited to Britain from Caribbean countries after the Second World War – CABINET By Nigel Morris Cabinet tensions over Brexit were laid bare when Amber Rudd contradicted Theresa May by refusing to rule out Britain staying in a customs union. The Prime Minister has repeatedly rejected calls to sign up to a customs union as that would prevent the UK from striking free trade deals around the world when it leaves the EU. The Home Secretary, regarded as the most pro-EU Cabinet member, suggested that the Government’s position on the issue was yet to be finalised. Her comments came ahead of a Cabinet meeting next week at which ministers will discuss proposals for the UK’s future customs relationship with Brussels. Asked whether it was more or less likely that the UK would stay in the customs union, Ms Rudd told a Westminster lunch: “I’m not going to be drawn on that. We still have a few discussions to be had… among some of my Cabinet colleagues in order to arrive at a ﬁnal position.” her department “were not published targets against which performance was assessed” and were being scrapped. Diane Abbott, the shadow Home Secretary, told MPs: “When Lord Carrington resigned over the Falklands, he said it was a matter of honour. Isn’t it time the Home Secretary considered her honour and resigned?” Ms Rudd denied being a “human shield” to deﬂect Windrush criticism away from Mrs May. She joked that she was unable to employ ministers’ usual excuse of “blaming your predecessor”. ELECTIONS Anti-Brexit party faces its first test Children of exiled Chagos islanders raised in the UK face being split from their parents and deported as part of the Home Ofﬁce’s crackdown on immigration. The Chagossian people were forcibly exiled from their island home in the Indian Ocean by Britain in the late 1960s and early 1970s, after the islands were leased to the US military to build a base there. The inhabitants were sent to the Commonwealth nations of Mauritius and the Seychelles and legislation was subsequently passed to give native Chagossians and the ﬁrst generation born in exile British citizenship. But their children have been denied the same rights. It means that children who came to the UK as dependants of Chagos Islanders with British citizenship since 2003 are viewed as migrants from Mauritius and the Seychelles once they turn 18. Families now face charges of £10,000 to try to gain British citizenship for their children. D i e u m a S o o p ra m a n i e n , a Chagossian woman in the UK trying to secure citizenship for her children, said: “Fifty years ago, they separated us. Now they are doing it again. Nothing has changed. I’ve lost £6,000 to the Home Ofﬁce just trying to keep my kids in the country.” With the Home Ofﬁce alredy under ﬁre over the Windrush scandal, the Chagossians’ plight will be raised by the Tory MP Henry Smith in the second reading of his private members’ Bill today, which would give them a chance to secure British overseas territories citizen status. Mr Smith, the MP for Crawley, said: “Our nation’s treatment of the Chagossian people is a blight on our country’s conscience – one that we can start to put right by helping these Britons all to become British overseas territories citizens.” Earlier this month, the s h a d o w Fo r e i g n S e c r e t a r y Emily Thornberry urged the Prime Minister to support other Commonwealth members in their efforts to right the “historic wrong” of the Chagos Islands. The Home Office was contacted for comment yesterday. By Andrew Woodcock A new political party aiming to overturn Brexit is focusing its ﬁrst electoral challenge on the Remain-voting Conservative borough of Wandsworth. Nine of the 16 candidates being ﬁelded by the Renew party in the English council elections on 3 May are standing in the south London borough, which had one of the strongest Remain votes (75 per cent) in the 2016 referendum. It is also a key target for Labour. The UK’s treatment of Chagossians was described by one MP as a ‘blight on our country’s conscience’ AFP 8 NEWS EDUCATION Fifth of children ‘doubt their academic ability’ By Alison Kershaw Nearly one in five young people shows signs of doubting their academic abilities and self-worth, according to a study. Boys are just as likely to have these feelings about themselves as girls, it suggests. These traits are strong indicators that children’s mental health and wellbeing are at risk, the report by GL Assessment argues. The study is based on an analysis of responses given by more than 850,000 seven to 14-year-olds in the UK to questions relating to how they feel about themselves and school. This information was linked to different factors that can indicate issues with a pupil’s wellbeing – such as their self-regard and work ethic. It concludes that 19 per cent have low to moderately low attitudes to “perceived learning capability”, while the same percentage had low to moderately low attitudes for “selfregard as a learner”. In addition, 18 per cent were in these categories for “attitudes to attendance” and 15 per cent for “general work ethic”. “There is little gender variation in most factors – boys are just as ‘at risk’ and as vulnerable as girls”, the report argues, adding that the main exception was that a significantly higher proportion of boys scored poorly for “preparedness for learning” compared with girls. Greg Watson, GL Assessment’s chief executive, said: “These oftenhidden attitudinal issues can have a big impact on attainment. “When you add in other issues, such as a lax work ethic and a poor attendance record, the chances of children becoming unhappy or ill increase signiﬁcantly.” Mr Watson added that: “These negative attitudes are precisely those that practitioners fear put children’s wellbeing at risk.” TECHNOLOGY Facebook vows more transparency in ads By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT Facebook has promised to ensure greater transparency around political adverts by next May’s local elections in the UK. Ads will be labelled as “political” and details of who paid for them will be displayed, Mike Schroepfer, the social network’s chief technology ofﬁcer, told MPs yesterday. A searchable advert database will also be created, with information in- Mike Schroepfer of Facebook answers MPs’ questions yesterday PA cluding how many times an ad had been viewed, its demographic target and how much money had been spent, he added. “We’re going to mark all political ads prior to the 2019 local elections, and explain who paid for them, and provide a lot more transparency. It’s an important issue,” he said. He was giving evidence to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into fake news and misinformation after the boss of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, declined the committee’s request to attend. He admitted Facebook had made a mistake in not informing its users that their data had been misused by Cambridge Analytica when the company was first made aware of the practice in 2015. “What happened with Cambridge Analytica represents a breach of trust, and we are deeply sorry,” he said. “We made mistakes and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Conservative MP Julian Knight called Facebook a “morality-free zone destructive to a fundamental right of privacy. You aren’t an innocent party wronged by the likes of Cambridge Analytica. You are the problem.” CONSUMER Whirlpool accused of failing to act on fire-risk tumble dryers By Josie Clarke White goods manufacturer Whirlpool and retailers are failing to give correct safety information to customers affected by ﬁre-risk tumble dryers, a consumer group has warned. Which? said its undercover investigation found that customer service staff from Whirlpool and retailers AO.com, Argos, Co-op Electricals, Currys PC World, John Lewis and Very/Littlewoods were not giving full and appropriate safety advice when contacted about tumble dryer models subject to a safety notice. Which? made 12 calls to each of the customer service departments of the six retailers to ask for advice about burning smells coming from either a Hotpoint or Indesit model. The watchdog said customer service staff gave “inadequate, inconsistent and potentially dangerous advice”. Not one call resulted in what it considered an acceptable response. In only one of ﬁve calls to Whirlpool did the operator give the correct safety advice, which is to unplug and not use the tumble dryer until modiﬁed. Earlier this year, a parliamentary report found up to one million defective dryers are potential ﬁre hazards in UK homes. Which? is calling on the Ofﬁce for Product Safety and Standards to take action against Whirlpool and demanded a full product recall of the affected tumble dryers. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 9 ARCHAEOLOGY Hadrian’s Wall holds family secrets ByEmily Beament Burial remains of a woman and ﬁveyear-old child found by Hadrian’s Wall show the famous military fortiﬁcation was also a centre for Roman family life, experts said. The previously unseen Roman cremation urns are going on display at nearby Birdoswald Roman Fort, Cumbria. The remains may have been those of mother and child, challenging the notion that Hadrian’s Wall was the preserve of military men, English Heritage said. At nearby Corbridge Roman Town, infant feeding bottles, the remnants of a doll, a bone whistle and evidence of board games will be on show. The exhibitions are part of a £1.8m investment by the heritage charity to bring to life the stories of people who lived along the Roman empire’s north-western frontier. Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria, and left, an infant’s feeding bottle which was found buried there PA HEALTH ‘Genius’ doctors praised for surgery that saved the life of unborn baby By Tom Wilkinson A mother has praised medics who carried out life-saving surgery on her unborn baby and called the procedure “genius”. Scans at 28 weeks revealed Ruth Elder’s baby had developed hydrops fetalis – an abnormal accumulation of ﬂuid around the heart, lungs and inside the abdomen of her unborn child. An initial attempt to remove the ﬂuid failed, so Professor Stephen Robson led a team at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in performing the in utero surgery, guided by ultrasound. Mrs Elder, 32, from Chester-leStreet, County Durham, said: “It all happened really quickly so there wasn’t a great deal of time to worry about what the procedure would entail, I just wanted them to do what- ever they needed to do to try to save our baby.” Professor Robson placed a chest shunt into her abdomen, through the wall of the womb and into the baby’s chest wall to remove fluid from around the lungs. Mrs Elder, married to Ross and also mother of three-year-old Henry, only had local anaesthetic. Professor Robson said the shunt was risky but it was the only option as the baby was so ill and, without it, her chances of survival were low. He said: “There aren’t a large number of fetal abnormalities that you can treat in the womb, but this option is sometimes available and intervention can be very effective. The procedure was carried out under local anaesthetic so Ruth was very tough.” The operation was a success and six weeks later Ruth gave birth to Ruth and Ross Elder’s daughter, Harriet, had ﬂuid removed from around her lungs while in the womb PA Harriet via caesarean section on 10 July last year. Harriet was allowed home in September after further treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit. Mrs Elder said: “When Harriet was born, we were terriﬁed, we had a desperately ill baby and a twoyear-old who wondered where his mummy was. We just couldn’t have got through it all without all of the amazing staff at the RVI and the Great North Children’s Hospital. “It was just genius what Professor Robson did. Harriet’s condition was so rare and she was so poorly, we weren’t even given odds of survival.” Mrs Elder said that, although Harriet has complex medical conditions, she is doing “really well”. The family arranged a tea party to raise £5,000 for the Fetal Medicine Fund to thank the team. PEOPLE Parents pledge to build bridges with doctors for Alfie’s benefit By Paul Gallagher HEALTH CORRESPONDENT The parents of Alfie Evans have pledged to work with doctors to give him “the dignity and comfort he needs”. Alfie’s father, Tom, 21, also appealed to the family’s many supporters to step aside and allow them to “form a relationship” with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and to “build a bridge and walk across it”. In a statement released after a meeting with Alder Hey doctors, Mr Evans said that in his son’s interests he and Kate would now work together with doctors. He praised Alder Hey staff for their “professionalism”. “Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie. Our little family, along with Alder Hey, has become the centre of attention for many people and it has meant we have not been able to live our lives as we would like.” He said they were grateful for so much support but he asked people to “return to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.” “We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly difﬁcult time for them too. Together we recognise the strains recent events have put upon us all and we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned. “In Alﬁe’s interests we will work with his treatment team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.” CRIME Trial date set for Hatton Garden suspect By Henry Vaughan The ﬁnal suspect in the Hatton Garden safe deposit heist will stand trial in September, a court has heard. Michael Seed, 57, is said to be the mystery member of the gang referred to as Basil. At least £13.7m of gold, cash and gems was ransacked from 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s diamond district after a drill was used to bore a hole into the vault wall. Seed (inset) was arrested in a raid on his flat in Liverpool Road, Islington, north London, last month, almost three years after the 2015 Easter weekend burglary. Prosecutors allege items of jewellery, precious stones and gold ingots found at his home were stolen in the raid. Seed is charged with conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to conceal or disguise criminal property. He failed to appear at Woolwich Crown Court, south-east London, after refusing to leave Wandsworth prison, where he is on remand. The court heard he feared for his safety if he was sent to Belmarsh, the high-security jail next to Woolwich Crown Court. He is expected to enter pleas next month. At an earlier hearing his lawyersaid his client “fashions jewellery” and will deny the charges. Six men have been convicted and jailed. 10 NEWS BANKING SPORT TSB customers’ overdraft fees waived By Catherine Wylie TSB customers will not have to pay overdraft charges this month following IT problems with its internet banking service. The chief executive, Paul Pester, said yesterday that he was “putting things right” after the lender’s internet banking portal was still only working at about 50 per cent of normal capacity. Mr Pester admitted that what happened was “not good enough”. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Many customers may have used their overdraft in April more than they were expected to. “They may not have been able to see their account or manage their account, so today we are announcing that there will be no overdraft fees or any overdraft charges for any of our customers through April.” On Wednesday, the bank said it was working “round the clock” to fix problems that struck following a major IT upgrade on Sunday night. Five out of every 10 customers who tried to access internet banking were still facing persistent problems yesterday. Business, page 48 Skateboarding will become an Olympic sport at the 2020 Games in Tokyo GETTY Top skateboarders come to town By Katie Grant A prestigious skateboarding competition will be staged in the UK as the sport prepares to make its inaugural Olympic appearance at the 2020 Games. London is to play host to the ﬁrst stage in the 2018 Street League Skateboar ding (SLS) Pro Open next month, with organisers declaring the event a “major coup” for the capital. As well as showcasing the world’s best street skaters, the contest will shine a spotlight on the city’s “rich street skating scene, challenging negative perceptions of the sport and celebrating the creativity, physicality, and sense of community at its core”, according to organisers. Participants will compete at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 26 and 27 May in a custom-built concrete skate plaza. The 2020 Games are taking place in Tokyo. EDUCATION One in five college principals ‘is paid more than the PM’ of the University and College Union, said: “College principals who pocket More than a ﬁfth of college principals huge pay rises while pleading took home salaries higher than that poverty on staff pay look greedy of the Prime Minister last year, and hopelessly out of touch. Many of ﬁgures suggest. the worst offenders are at recently About 6 per cent were paid at merged colleges, but we are clear that least £200,000, according to data mergers are no excuse for inﬂating published by the Education and Skills senior pay.” Funding Agency (ESFA). The ﬁgures The salaries of college principals are likely to fuel debate over have some way to go if they pay for leaders working are to rival those in the in the public sector and university sector, where come at a time when vice chancellors t h e p ay p ac kage s t a ke h o m e n e a rl y Number of of university vice £270,000 on average. principals paid at chancellors are ﬁrmly Their spiralling pay least £151,000 in in the spotlight. levels were branded the year to 31 July The data, based on “immoral” by MPs this 2017. The Prime Minister earns the ﬁnancial records of year. The figures come £150,000 304 further education and as it was revealed that sixth-form colleges for the UK universities saw their year ending 31 July 2017, show income rise by £915m, or 2.7 per 17 college principals earning at least cent, between 2015-16 and 2016-17. £200,000. And 66 (22 per cent) took The Department for Education home at least £151,000. Theresa May said: “Further education and sixthearns around £150,000 a year. form colleges are free to set their Colleges receive taxpayer funding, own salaries for staff but we would for example to provide A-level expect these to be fair, appropriate courses and other qualiﬁcations for and justified. We would expect any sixth-formers. pay to reﬂect the complexity and size Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the leadership task.” By Alison Kershaw 66 NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 11 ENVIRONMENT CRIME By Tom Bawden Knife offences soar by 22% to highest level since 2010 Rising crime rates linked to stress caused by high levels of pollution ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT Air pollution pushes up crime rates in Britain’s biggest cities as people’s stress levels increase, researchers have claimed. The study suggests crime rates rise by up to 8.4 per cent on the most polluted days of the year. Writing in an academic discussion paper, scientists suggest shoplifting, car theft, common assault and sexual harassment are among the crimes linked to a rise in pollution. The finding was treated with scepticism by some researchers but Dr Seﬁ Roth, of the London School of Economics and one of the authors of the report, was conﬁdent of the link. “I wasn’t surprised to see a link between air pollution and crime but I was surprised by the magnitude of the increase – it has a really, really strong effect,” he said. He suggested the cause of the crime rise was an increase in the stress hormone cortisol brought on by the additional pollution. The study, published by the Institute of Labour Economics in Bonn, looked at crime and pollution figures in London, but researchers believe the pattern is replicated in other cities with high levels of air pollution such as Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford. Air pollution levels vary from day to day, depending on factors including traffic, temperature and wind direction. It contributes to an estimated 40,000 early deaths a year, as traffic, households and industry spew tiny “particulates” and harmful gases into the air. Serious crimes such as murder, rape and knife attacks, however, appear not be influenced by rising pollution, the study noted. “As well as bringing health beneﬁts, our research suggests reducing air pollution in urban areas could be a cost-effective way to reduce crime,” said Dr Roth. “If numbers of less serious crimes could be reduced, the police could be freed up to allocate more resources to these types of very serious incidents.” By Hayden Smith A Greenpeace protest targets a Queen Victoria statue in London. Many of Britain’s cities breach pollution limits GETTY In February this year, the Government was ordered to do more to tackle illegal levels of air pollution. Mr Justice Garnham ruled that ministers’ current plans were “not sufﬁcient” and “unlawful”. Critics of the study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, said there could be other reasons for the crime rises. “There could be some other factor that causes air pollution to be high on some days, and completely independently causes the crime rate to increase,” said Professor Kevin McConway, of the Open University. Many of Britain’s cities have consistently breached legal air pollution limits. Research LED street lights pose increased cancer risk Exposure to the blue light emitted from modern street LED lighting can lead to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, according to researchers. A team of scientists used nighttime images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station to evaluate outdoor levels of artiﬁcial light and compared that to health data from 4,000 people aged between 20 and 85. The researchers, led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and involving the University of Exeter, found the bluer the light emission that people in large cities were exposed to, the higher the risk of cancer. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspective, also found participants, who were asked to complete questionnaires about their indoor exposure to artiﬁcial light and who lived in homes with darker rooms – for example by using shutters – had a lower risk than those who did not. Dr Alejandro Sanchez de Miguel, from the University of Exeter, said: “Humans have evolved to need light during the day and darkness at night. “As towns and cities replace older lighting, we’re all exposed to higher levels of blue lights, which can disrupt our biological clocks. “It’s imperative that we know for sure whether this increases our risk of cancer. Scientists have long suspected this may be the case.” TECHNOLOGY Across 1 Girl Power article a Spice Girl’s penned (6) 3 Record arriving after the expected time? That shows one’s learning (1-5) 4 No 2316 Solution, page 57 Put fork into ﬁsh sample (3,3) Down 1 Girl in physical training having a ball (6) 2 Stop for a b-break (6) Google swaps gun emoji for water pistol on Android By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT Google has replaced its gun emoji with a water pistol, following in the footsteps of other major tech firms as they seek to distance themselves from realistic-looking ﬁrearm depictions. The icon (right) has changed on Google’s Android operating system for smartphones and tablets from a realistic-looking silver handgun to a bright orange water pistol. Apple, Samsung, the messaging Police have registered sharp increases in knife and gun crime, ofﬁcial ﬁgures have revealed, fuelling fresh concern over spiralling levels of violence. Forces in England and Wales also recorded rises in homicides and robberies last year as statisticians warned that “highharm” offences were on the rise. The ﬁndings prompted scrutiny of the Government’s efforts to make Britain’s streets safer, while Labour seized on the data to pile fresh pressure on the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, after she faced calls to resign over the Windrush scandal. Ministers said overall levels of crime are stable but acknowledged that some of the rise in police-recorded violence is genuine. Data released by the Ofﬁce for National Statistics (ONS) showthat forces logged 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2017, a 22 per cent increase compared with the previous year – and the highest number registered since comparable records started in 2010. Firearms offences were also up, by 11 per cent, to 6,604 recorded crimes. These offences tend to be disproportionately concentrated in London and other metropolitan areas, the ONS said. But it added that most police force areas saw similar rises in violent crime. Homicides were up by 54, or 9 per cent, to a total of 653. In the overall category of “violence against the person”, there were 1.3 million crimes logged, a rise of a ﬁfth on the number in 2016. Recorded burglary and robbery offences went up by 9 per cent and 33 per cent, while the separate Crime Survey for England and Wales showed a 17 per cent jump in vehicle thefts. app WhatsApp and Twitter have all opted for water gun depictions in recent years, meaning Google’s decision was probably due to a desire for cross-platform compatibility, according to Emojipedia. Apple made the change in August 2016 following a spate of gun violence in the US, including the shooting of Philando Castile and ﬁve police ofﬁcers in Dallas during an anti-violence protest. Google had previously been reluctant to make the switch to a water pistol. Samsung and Twitter recently updated their own emoji sets from hand guns to water pistols, and Microsoft has announced its intentions to eventually switch to a blaster-style pistol. 12 NEWS IRAN Steaming up in Somerset British-Iranian professor held for ‘being a spy’ By Jon Gambrell IN DUBAI A British-Iranian academic has been detained in Iran by the country’s hardline Revolutionary Guard, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal was agreed. Abbas Edalat (inset), a mathematician who w o rk s a t I m p e r i a l College London, was one of several people arrested by the guards amid claims that he was part of a “network afﬁliated with Britain”, the Iranian Fars news agency said. Fars, which is believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, cited a source that accused the group of leading the 2009 unrest in Iran surrounding the disputed re-election of hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fars offered no evidence to support the allegation. In London, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was “urgently seeking information” after the New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran ﬁrst reported Mr Edalat had been detained. Imperial College said Mr Edalat had worked there since 1989 and was a “valued colleague”. It added: “We are understandably concerned for his welfare.” Mr Edalat travelled to Iran for an academic workshop and was arrested on 15 April, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran said. Iran does not recognise dual nationalities, so detainees such as Mr Edalat cannot receive consular assistance. Another British-Iranian, charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, has been in prison in Iran since she was arrested in April 2016 while visiting her family with her daughter. She denies allegations that she was plotting against the Tehran regime. AP A 1920s ‘Mogul’ steam locomotive, coupled to a 10-carriage train, leaves Yeovil Junction in Somerset yesterday. The locomotive hauled the train between Yeovil, Dorchester and Weymouth for the ﬁrst time in more than 50 years. Yesterday’s journey was part of a nine-day tour of England, Scotland and Wales which ends at Victoria station in London today. GETTY COURTS Roma fans charged over attack on Liverpool supporter By Eleanor Barlow and Pat Hurst Two Italian men were remanded in custody yesterday when they appeared in court charged over an incident which left a Liverpool football fan ﬁghting for his life. Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, both appeared at South Sefton magistrates’ court accused of violent disorder before the Champions League semi-final at Anﬁeld on Tuesday. Mr Lombardi was also charged with wounding and/or inflicting grievous bodily harm on 53-year- old Sean Cox, who received serious head injuries when he was assaulted before the match between Liverpool and Roma. No pleas were indicated and the case was sent to Liverpool Crown Court, where both men will appear on 24 May. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 13 UNITED STATES ‘Nice grandpa’ arrested in 1970s Golden State Killer inquiry Sheriffs at James DeAngelo’s house; Mr DeAngelo (left) and a 1970s police photoﬁt AFP/GETTY By Don Thompson IN SACRAMENTO A former police ofﬁcer described as a “nice old grandpa” by his neighbours has been arrested by authorities in California, who believe he is the notorious Golden State Killer of the 1970s and 80s. James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested at his home on Tuesday after DNA linked him to crimes committed by the man thought to have carried out 12 murders, 50 rapes and more than 120 burglaries. Initially he was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges relating to crimes across California. Also known as the East Area Rapist, the armed and masked prowler sneaked in through windows at night and surprised sleeping victims who ranged in age from 13 to 41. When encountering a couple, he was known to tie up the man and pile dishes on his back. He threatened to kill both victims if he heard plates crash to the floor while he INVESTIGATION Police fail to acknowledge writer’s work in solving case By Amanda Lee Myers Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones’s detectives “dogged determination” allowed them to take vital DNA samples from items that the Golden State Killer suspect James DeAngelo had discarded. But yesterday another claim was made about who should take the credit for nabbing the suspect. The crime spree was so notorious that writer Michelle McNamara researched and wrote a book on the case. She died in 2016, but her book, published posthumously this year, has become a best-seller – a grim testament to the fact that despite being hunted for nearly half a century, after committing at least 12 murders and 50 rapes between the years of 1976 and 1986, the killer was still at large. The dead writer’s husband said yesterday that her dogged detective work may have helped police ﬁnd the suspect, “though the cops are never going to say it”. He and McNamara’s fans said they were disappointed when police did not give her credit at a news conference. AP raped the woman. He then ransacked the house, taking souvenirs, notably coins and jewellery, before ﬂeeing on foot or bicycle. Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, Mr DeAngelo’s name had not been on the radar of law enforcement before last week, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said. A break in the case and the arrest came together in “light speed” during the past six days, Ms Schubert said, though authorities refused to reveal what led to Mr DeAngelo being identiﬁed as the likely culprit. The wave of horrifying crimes had brought an end to a more innocent era in the Sacramento suburbs when children played outside until dark and people didn’t lock their doors, Ms Schubert said. “It all changed,” said Schubert, who was a teenager at the time. “For anyone that lived here in this community the memories are very vivid. You can ask anyone who grew up here. Everyone has a story.” AP In tomorrow’s Authentic Italy Lonely Planet’s guide to unmissable experiences Mr DeAngelo was a police ofﬁcer in the San Joaquin Valley from 1973 to 1976, at a time a burglar known as the Visalia Ransacker was active. 14 NEWS UNITED STATES Macron believes Trump will ditch Iran nuclear deal By Sandra Maler IN WASHINGTON The French President Emmanuel Macron thinks he may have failed in his efforts to persuade Donald Trump to stick to an international nuclear deal with Iran. “My view is... that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,” Mr Macron said at the end of a three-day state visit to the US. Mr Trump has until 12 May to decide whether to ditch the deal or not. The French President said he had no “inside information” on whether Mr Trump would pull the United States out of the accord but that it was clear he “is not very eager to defend it”. Mr Macron’s remarks to French reporters came at the end of his visit to Washington, during which he discussed Iran as well as trade barriers. On Tuesday, Mr Trump called the deal “ridiculous” but did not say whether he would withdraw the US by the 12 May deadline he has set. Mr Macron pointed out that withdrawing America from the deal was a campaign commitment that Mr Trump took to defend his calls for a new plan to curb Iranian nuclear weapons. Speaking before leaving Washington on Wednesday night, the French President said the new fourpronged agreement would be a “very important complement” to the existing 2015 accord. Western envoys have said that Britain, France and Germany are Lawyer will stay silent Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has said that he will invoke his constitutional right to remain silent in a civil case brought by porn star Stormy Daniels. Mr Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay the case after FBI agents raided his home and ofﬁce earlier this month, seeking records about a non-disclosure agreement Ms Daniels signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Ms Daniels claims she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the conﬁdentiality agreement that prevents her discussing it. nearing a package that seeks to persuade Mr Trump to save the pact. But Iran insisted that the deal cannot be changed or built on. “Any change or amendment to the deal will not be accepted by Iran,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “If Trump exits the deal, Iran will surely pull out of it... Iran will not accept a nuclear deal with no beneﬁts for us.” Mr Macron insisted on the importance of talking to all sides, including Iran’s ally Russia, and said the world should not force anything on Iran. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to visit Mr Trump in Washington today, with the Iran nuclear deal and new US trade tariffs likely to be on the agenda. REUTERS Donald Trump is critical of the 2015 nuclear deal because it fails to address Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its growing sphere of inﬂuence across the Middle East, particularly in Syria. HELPING BRITAIN At Lloyds Banking Group, we’re committed to Helping Britain Prosper by: Lending up to £10bn to help people move into their first home in 2018. Increasing our net lending to SMEs and Mid-Market businesses by up to £2bn in 2018. Supporting a further 700,000 individuals, SMEs and charities to develop their digital skills in 2018. Lloyds Banking Group includes companies using brands including Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland and their associated companies. More information on Lloyds Banking Group can be found at lloydsbankinggroup.com NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 15 PEOPLE We are both dragon energy, says Kanye about ‘brother’ President By Maya Oppenheim Kanye West has been pictured wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball hat in California, apparently brushing off a backlash over his tweets in support of Donald Trump. The rapper strolled out of his office in Los Angeles, holding his phone after a day of ﬁring off over 80 controversial tweets, some of which voiced support for the US President. West (inset, with the President), who has voiced his support for Mr Trump in the past, was holding a smoothie and surrounded by his entourage. A day earlier, the musician, posted a selfie wearing one of Mr Trump’s trademark hats before revealing it was signed by the President. Earlier, he tweeted: “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.” An hour later, he wrote that his wife, the reality TV star and Trump critic Kim Kardashian West, “wanted me to make this clear to everyone – I d o n’ t a g r e e w i t h eve r y t h i n g Trump does”. Mr Trump replied to the first tweet which referred to the President as West’s “brother”. “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” he wrote. THE INDEPENDENT UNITED STATES White House doctor hit with drink-drive allegation Emmanuel Macron is mobbed as he visits George Washington University GETTY By Hope Yen The White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, has withdrawn as Donald Trump’s nominee for the Veterans’ Affairs Secretary role after allegations that he crashed a government car while driving drunk. Democrats had also claimed in a dossier published on the day of his conﬁrmation hearing that Mr Jackson had gained the nickname “Candyman” for his prescribing practices. The hearing was postponed. Dr Jackson said the charges were, “completely false and fabricated” and that he was “regretfully” walking away from the nomination to lead the US government’s secondlargest agency, Shortly after Dr Jackson dropped out, President Trump praised him as an “incredible man” and said there was no proof of the allegations. AP 16 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper firstname.lastname@example.org Please include a contact address with all correspondence TheOpinionMatrix COMMENT FROM HOME AND ABROAD ID CARDS JEREMY CORBYN INCEL MOVEMENT KIM AND TRUMP POLITICAL STATUES WINDRUSH SCANDAL Debate over effectiveness of cards Actions speak louder than words Involuntary celibates are dangerous Presidents prepare to meet Are these works of art worth it? Rudd and May in the dock Financial Times The Sun Vice Washington Post HuffingtonPost BBC The Times The anti-Semitism evinced by the Momentum wing of Labour is tied into an anti-American worldview whose most prominent proponent is Mr Corbyn himself. He has made the required noises against anti-Semitism without doing anything about it. (Editorial) ID cards can provide a simple way of identifying an individual. But they would reshape the relationship between the individual and the state. It does not take much imagination to see how a voluntary system could become compulsory. (Editorial) The introduction of ID cards could create a legal ﬂoor from which to deal with new illegal immigration. Those already here and entitled would register; those trying to enter illegally would lack the essential cards and could be much more easily removed. (David Aaronovitch) Corbyn can write articles saying how keen he is to stamp out anti-Semitism. All that matters is how he acts. The conclusion is that he doesn’t give a damn about anti-Semitism. Why would he? Some of his friends hate Jews. (Stephen Pollard) Daily Telegraph Quote of the day Incels are symptomatic of the rise in the number of young men who hold deep-seated feelings of loneliness and disenfranchisement. These men are isolated until they ﬁnd others who share their views online. As many people are learning, this can have tragic consequences. (Rachel Browne) Donald Trump promotes the prospect of a major breakthrough, while promising to walk out if he doesn’t get it. He should work out what sort of outcome from the summit is realistic, and then design a careful strategy to obtain it. That, after all, is what the Koreans are doing. (Editorial) New Statesman Kim Jong-un has been characterised as an unknown quantity capable of lashing out without reason. Much the same description could be applied to Donald Trump. We can hope they might ﬁnd something in common when they meet. (Editorial) We are not dealing with a movement of miscreant misogynists but a cult where their rage can spill out into terrorist acts of ferocity. We should consider incel no less of a problem than other forms of radicalisation. (Mic Wright) The Spectator We must celebrate this fantastic public art and the achievements of women, but we must also continue the ﬁght. We must truly honour and keep up the work of those who came before us by speaking up until women are equal – all women. (Danielle Rowley) The Guardian The UK should have a different approach to pluralistic memorialisation – no more statues, and instead a lot more high-quality public art in places such as Parliament Square. Britain does not need more statues. Statues don’t tell us what is right and wrong. (Martin Kettle) The Home Secretary’s reputation depends on getting a handle on this mess. One of her colleagues told me the “suspicious attitude” of the Home Ofﬁce culture had to change. There is still a tangle of loose ends – right now it’s not possible to be sure what is going on. (Laura Kuenssberg) Sky Mrs May defends her policy against illegal immigrants as something that the British people support. What the British public don’t support is unfair mistreatment of innocent citizens. When it comes to Windrush she has fallen short. (Beth Rigby) LifeInBrief KHURSHID DRABU JUDGE The Downing Street operation resembles a cross between the deck of the ‘Mary Celeste’ and the set of ‘The Thick of It’ Iain Martin The political commentator on Westminster today Britain’s ﬁrst Muslim judge, Khurshid Drabu, who has died aged 72, had an extraordinary career of public service, and devoted his life to working for community cohesion and dialogue between faiths. Drabu was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, in 1946; coming to Britain in 1971 as a student, he never forgot his Kashmiri roots and all his life remained active in the ﬁght for human rights there. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1977 and in the 1980s became wellknown for his expertise in immigration law, winning several landmark cases. In 1990 he joined the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) as its ﬁrst deputy legal director. Among his responsibilities was carrying out a review of the 1976 Race Relations Act and it was under his watch that the CRE brought attention to the glaring inadequacy of protection for followers of faiths from discrimination. In 1996 he was appointed to the immigration judiciary and became vice president of the immigration appeal tribunal in 2000, serving as senior immigration judge until 2007, when he took early retirement. He continued, however, to sit as a judge at the Upper Tribunal in the Asylum and Immigration Chamber. One of Drabu’s central concerns was the state of the Muslim community in Britain. He was one of the founders of the Muslim Council of Britain, the largest national Muslim body working for the common good. Drabu served it for 15 years as its adviser on legal and constitutional affairs. Concerned about worsening Islamophobia following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he helped to create the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (Minab) in 2007 which aimed to promote good governance in mosques and higher standards of imams. In 2005 he spoke about his fears for a young generation of British Muslims who found themselves alienated, caught between Western modernity and their own religious and social traditions; his concern was that they were “not being listened to“, and that “their anger was not understood”. He spoke eloquently too about the status of women, suggesting for example that the niqab has no scriptural basis and had become a barrier. He wanted Muslim youth “to see the best of Islam without being alienated”. The same could be said indeed of all the non-Muslims who came into contact with him: for his was a life devoted to the meeting of minds. A keen gardener, Drabu’s other great passion was cricket. In his youth, he had been a well-known cricketer for Jammu and Kashmir: he once hit the renowned Indian spinner Bishan Bedi for four fours, a feat he took great pleasure in. Always with a twinkle in his eye, Drabu had a mischievous deadpan sense of humour. Invariably modest in his remarkable accomplishments, he will be greatly missed but warmly remembered. If ever there was a citizen of the world, it was him. THE INDEPENDENT Born March 1946 Died 20 April 2018 Michael Wood NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 17 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 MyView StephenBush Wenger had it easy compared to Rudd But Labour failed to take advantage of Home Secretary’s struggles O ne of the more divisive debates in football is how well Arsenal Football Club should be doing. For some supporters (I include myself in this category), three FA Cups and a European semi-ﬁnal in four years isn’t failure in any way, shape or form. For others, considering the outlay on players of debatable merit such as Granit Xhaka or Shkodran Mustaﬁ, failing to ﬁnish in the Champions League places for two years in a row and no league title for more than a decade is inexcusable for a club of Arsenal’s stature. A similar debate is raging at Westminster about Amber Rudd, the embattled Home Secretary. Rudd has endured a week far worse than anything Arsenal have had to put up with under Arsène Wenger: a grilling in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee in which she came close to misleading Parliament, more horror stories about her department and its treatment of Commonwealth Britons, and a gaffe about whether or not the UK will remain in a customs union after Brexit. No one doubts that Rudd has had a bad week. The question is whether she could have had a better one. On the Conservative right, Rudd has plenty of enemies so it is in their interest to believe the problem is all her. But the reality is that, thanks to the disastrous immigration policy inherited from Theresa May, which she cannot change or criticise, thanks to the undeliverable Brexit she opposed, it is hard to see how the week could have gone better. In fact, it could and should have gone worse. One reason for Rudd’s woes is that voters want two things, which can’t be reconciled with one another: the ﬁrst is an immigration system that ensnares everyone who is here illegally; the second is an immigration system which doesn’t No one doubts that Rudd has had a bad week. In fact, it could and should have gone worse Tough week: Arsène Wenger and Amber Rudd have had to face the music GETTY make life more difﬁcult for people who have been here legally in times gone past, when citizens of the former Commonwealth and Empire could come and go freely. That contradiction can and should have been exposed more effectively by Labour, but it failed to do so. The problem is that the Opposition has a lot in common with the electorate: they aren’t sure if they oppose the Government’s immigration policies in general, or merely when they affect a group of immigrants who command public sympathy. One of the few politicians who knows for sure is David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, one of the handful of politicians who voted against the policies that led to the Windrush mess to begin with. In his heart, Jeremy Corbyn, his leader, agrees with him: he, too, was one of the few politicians to oppose the Immigration Act of 2014, which started the whole sorry mess. But Corbyn is not a natural performer in the House of Commons, the arena where Rudd and May would have something to fear from a sharper parliamentary operator. Corbyn’s political talents lie in other arenas: at rallies, on the campaign trail and within the ﬁeld of Labour’s internal politics. That means the task falls to other politicians who are better parliamentary operators but are less committed as far as the party’s ofﬁcial position – opposition to the policies that made the mess in the ﬁrst place – go. In the absence of a quick-footed Labour leader, the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Labour’s Yvette Cooper, would usually be the next most effective line of opposition. But Cooper supported the Immigration Act in 2014 and her scrutiny of May and Rudd focuses very narrowly on the Government’s net migration target. The Conservative aspiration to get immigration down to “the tens of thousands” has little to do with the Windrush crisis: the problem isn’t the target, but a system that requires British citizens who have been here 30 years to comply with a ridiculously high level of proof. Scrapping the migration target might make it easier for Windrush Britons to avoid deportation – but it wouldn’t save them from the other unintended consequences of the Immigration Act, which is that because the requirements it places on landlords and small businesses are so difﬁcult to navigate, many are starting to discriminate against those with unusual names or dark skin in order to avoid the hassle. The average Labour MP is somewhere roughly between the Corbyn position and the Cooper one: they know that there can be no meaningful respite without dismantling the Immigration Act en bloc but they feel nervous about articulating that. So between a Labour leader in the right position without the ability to take advantage of it and a senior backbencher with the right ability but the wrong policy, Amber Rudd survives. Which is more than you can say for Wenger. Stephen Bush is special correspondent for the ‘New Statesman’ Twitter: @stephenkbush 18 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence @ Your View TWEETS AND EMAILS Sympathy for Rudd and May I actually feel rather sorry for Amber Rudd and Theresa May. The “hostile environment” was a response to the perceived democratically expressed will of the British people in various elections and polls years ago, the catalyst being the rise (at the time) of Ukip. The fact that they were both so spineless that they did not ﬁnd the moral ﬁbre to stand up to this sort of pressure does them no credit. CHRIS CURSON BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX Taxes must not go on Windrush It is right, proper and just that those affected by the Windrush scandal should be fully compensated for their personal losses. However, the question arises as to who should pay for this –certainly not the ordinary taxpayer. The scandal is entirely the fault of Theresa May and Amber Rudd, so the cost should come out of their pockets.The tax I pay I expect to go to the NHS, schools, transport and other things that beneﬁt society as a whole, not to cover up the blatant and deliberate decisions made by those in charge. PETER CRITCHLEY BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK I am sure that you had a piece last year about a Jamaican person who, with about 90 others, was sent back to Jamaica on a chartered ﬂight paid by immigration services. This person had been in Travel Offer Bob Green Ste day tarm ip fr om 109 pp £ The End of Southern Steam Steam to Weymouth Monday 9th July 2018 Departing London Waterloo 08:45, Woking 09:25, Basingstoke 10:05, arriving Weymouth 12:45 (times approx). 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The Prime Minister knows that if Amber Rudd goes she will be totally exposed and have to answer to her actions whilst she was the Home Secretary. RACHAEL WILSON NOTTINGHAM the sugar content of some of our cereals. Why don’t the manufacturers just stop putting sugar per se in their products, so then if the consumer wants a sweet bowl of cereal all they have to do is add it? C T BAKER WELLINGTON, SOMERSET Saintly matters of fact Christian values and Alfie’s case I feel I should comment on the letter of Michael Matthews (i, 26 April). St David is not from Wales, he’s from Ireland. St Patrick is not from Wales or Ireland, but Scotland. CHRISTINE PEARSON CHURCH STRETTON, SHROPSHIRE Deborah Orr (My View, 26 April) almost negates her reasoned comments on the case of Alﬁe Evans by invoking “Christian values” as being instrumental in whipping up protest and outrage. As a Christian apologist I suggest that a majority of thinking Christian people are of the same mind as herself. EVELYN TAYLOR WITNEY, OXFORDSHIRE As a resident of the South East I have felt increasingly excluded from the discussions your correspondents from our Celtic fringes have been having about their patron saints. I would like to propose St Waitrose for the Home Counties and, for London, the patron saint of gin and tonics, St Gordon. BARRY SNELSON STREATLEY, READING Stop putting sugar in cereals I have just seen HughFearnley-Whittingstall’s BBC programme about Deborah has written one of the most balanced articles I have read relating to the sad issue of Alﬁe Evans’ illnesses. I am appalled at some of the treatment meted out to the excellent staff at Alder Hey, some of whom have been distracted from their care of other sick children by protracted court proceedings. I presume a signiﬁcant amount of the cost of these proceedings have been met from the public purse at a time when the NHS is having to cancel treatment for others. To imagine that the staff in the NHS want anything less than the best for that little boy is unconscionable. DARREN EVANS Female chef award Congratulations to Clare Smyth on becoming World’s Best Female chef – but why is there a separate award for women chefs at all? MARTYN BEARDSLEY NOTTINGHAM Straitjacket of education I was much encouraged to see your coverage of the educational views of Sir Ken Robinson (i, 26 April). He is right to be critical of the straitjacket of educational thinking which blights our youngsters. The article raises fundamental questions about the aims of education. The present aims appear to concentrate on producing an academic elite at the expense of everyone else. Would we not be better off with a system in which most pupils leave school as bright-eyed, conﬁdent, responsible young adults with a commitment to life-long learning? DAVID MCKAIGUE WIRRAL Imperial past still present I bought a tape measure recently – can any readers tell me why after all these years tapes still have metric and imperial measurements on them? We have been metric for donkey’s years but there’s still a choice of feet and inches, and millimetres and centimetres. A D CURRANT LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE MORE COMMENT oninews.co.uk Our commitment We take very seriously our responsibility to maintain high editorial standards, and are grateful to readers for pointing out any errors. i adheres to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) code of practice. If you wish to complain about our editorial coverage, especially with relation to inaccuracy or intrusion, please write to The Editor, i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact Ipso directly at Gate House, 1 Farringdon Street, London, EC4M 7LG, telephone 0300 123 2220, or by email on email@example.com. IN MONDAY’S LIFE Plus TRAVEL Finnishing touches My ears turned Helsinki’s art against me and food make How hyperacusis makes everyday noises painful it the best Nordic city to visit right now NEWS 2-29 People McGowan: it’s a miracle I’m still here and sane Pioneer of the #Me Too movement, Rose McGowan, says it is “nothing short of a miracle” that she is “still here and sane” after she revealed the sexual abuse she accuses Harvey Weinstein of, which the ﬁlm producer denies. As one of the ﬁrst to speak out about the abuse which has been taking place in Hollywood for decades, McGowan should be seen as a heroine – instead she says people are avoiding her. “I was a dangerous quantity,” she tells T2. “People didn’t want to catch what I had. When you break it down, it’s pretty strange.” Now, McGowan says, she has quit acting to continue to raise awareness in both the US and UK: “I’m down for a ﬁght.” VOICES 16-20 By Jessica Barrett How Hutchence planted seeds of unlikely duo FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 19 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @jess_barrett Kylie Minogue is famous for making 30 years worth of bona ﬁde pop bangers. So it’s perhaps easy to forget that she once made a track with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. She was introduced to Nick Cave by her then boyfriend Michael Hutchence, and in 1996 they recorded “Where the Wild Roses Grow”. She remembers: “Michael said to me: ‘My friend Nick wants to do a song with you’,” she recalls in an interview with The Guardian. “I didn’t know who Nick Cave was. And I just said: ‘Oh, that’s nice’.” She adds, “The ﬁrst time I met Nick was at the recording studio in Melbourne. I sped-read a biography to understand him a little bit. 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Exclusions apply, ask in-store for details. # Excludes shop ﬂoor clearance models. 20 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence The times they are a-changin’: this is the new normal POLITICS Eleanor Doughty T hey say that you only have to do something for 21 days before it becomes a habit. One of the political establishment’s worst habits has been repeated for far longer than 21 days; the hand-wringing use of the phrase “these are not normal times”. This is wheeled out in times of strife. A few weeks ago, the New Statesman’s political editor George Eaton explained that Boris Johnson could not be sacked over his comments regarding conversations with Porton Down scientists because “these are not normal times”. In November, James Chapman wrote in this newspaper that, again, “these are not normal political times”, and as such the Conservatives “appear to be struggling for any big theme beyond Brexit”. In September 2016, Jackie Ashley wrote in The Guardian that “in normal political times… Tory MPs who don’t like Brexit would argue for… the electorate to have their say.” This expression has been active for some time: in September 2006, a Daily Express editorial opined that “even in normal political times there is little doubt the Chancellor would come down on the side of tax rises”. It is striking that in 12 years, the word “normal” has still not been deﬁned. Management consultants have a phrase that goes “what does good look like?” If everything from Gordon Brown’s tax decisions to Johnson’s slip of the tongue are politically abnormal, what exactly does normal look like? One would imagine that during the last 12 years, this apparently peculiar behaviour would have become normal, if for no other reason than it had happened before. The trouble is that by saying, oh so loftily, that the times we live in are abnormal, we accept the behaviour that is being described. It is true that politics is different now to how it was ﬁve years ago: a far-left politician is the leader of the Labour Party, and the prime minister resigned live on television. But in the 1980s, the far left vied for supremacy over the Labour Party, and, in 1763, the Earl of Bute had to resign after introducing a cider tax, about which the people rioted. This kind of thing has been going on for centuries. Housing minister Dominic Raab is the latest politician to be sucked into the abnormality black hole. When recently he claimed that migrants were pushing up house prices, there was minor uproar, as people pointed out that migrants were more likely to be building houses than buying them. The response of the media was “this is not normal”. What they meant was “this is not nice”. A politician making selective use of statistics to support an anti-immigration agenda is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Going on about how weird all of these to-dos are doesn’t get us any closer to understanding where we are, and how, should we want, to escape. As we approach the two-year anniversary of the EU referendum that sparked a reissuing of this tedious phrase, these truly are normal times. Supposing that any of this is merely a phase is unhelpful. This is the political card we have been dealt, for better or worse. The sooner that we get to grips with this, and stop hand-wringing about how unusual everything is, the sooner we will all be able to understand how to deal with it. SOCIETY disquiet to the one that follows. It takes only a glance at the past halfcentury of our national history to demonstrate just how emphatically the Whig view of comedy has gained the upper hand. Certainly, many of the jokes that were told in my school playground in the mid-1970s wouldn’t be given houseroom there now. After all, three of the great comic staples of the inter-war era were mothersin-law, effeminacy and adultery, and who would care to make a joke about them now? On the other hand, as the Meechan case reminds us, policing a joke is a very difﬁcult business. All very well ﬁning the dog-trainer £800 but, in most cases, someone who wants to be offensive about a minority group will be able to ﬁnd a way of doing it. When British troops were occupying the Falkland Islands in the 1980s, for example, an order went round forbidding the soldiers to refer to locals as “Bennies”, after Benny Hawkins, the somewhat stolid character in Crossroads. A fortnight later, the authorities were puzzled by the frequent references to “Stills” – “still Bennies”, that is. It is not, of course, that the unsayable can no longer (at any rate publicly) be said. But when it is, it tends to come from someone with a much more intimate relationship to the material. The forthcoming Radio 4 series by the Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda is, for instance, full of immensely pointed jokes about slavery. Chaponda, you won’t be surprised to learn, is black. DJ Taylor e Who has the right to police jokes? I f nothing else, the conviction of Mark Meechan on a race-hate charge for training a dog to make Nazi salutes has had the welcome side-effect of igniting a debate about the nature of humour. Meechan (inset), ﬁned £800 for his oversight, has been defended on free-speech grounds and attacked for gross insensitivity. Lurking among the attempts to establish what point he was trying to prove are the makings of a conversation about changing comedic styles. Just as there used to be a Whig and a Tory view of history, in which progress and stasis hotly contended, so there is a Whig and a Tory view of comedy. The latter maintains that some things (bodily functions, say, or banana-skins) are ipso facto funny; the former insists that humour changes over time, and that what is a source of amusement to one generation may cause serious NEWS NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 ART i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 21 TELEVISION Sir Elton to read ‘Bedtime Story’ on CBeebies By Sherna Noah Forensic Architecture works with people affected by social and political violence PA ‘Architectural detective agency’ among Turner Prize nominees By Adam Sherwin ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT An “architectural detective agency” that investigates cases of crime and injustice has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Forensic Architecture, a 16-member collective that comprises architects, filmmakers, musicologists, investigative journalists, lawyers and software developers, has been nominated for its work with communities affected by social and political violence. Also on an overtly political shortlist for the £40,000 contemporary art prize are Naeem Mohaiemen, 49, Charlotte Prodger, 44, and Luke Willis Thompson, 30, whose work tackles “pressing political and humanitarian issues”. Forensic Architecture, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, is nominated for its use of “innovative visualising evidence” to expose the involvement of the German internal security service in a racially motivated murder, presented at the art festival Documenta 14. It has collaborated with Amnesty International to create a 3D model of the state-run Saydnaya military prison in Syria (inset). The group also analysed debris created when 2,000 Israeli bombs, missiles and shells landed in the Gaza Strip, in a bid to test whether the Israelis were operating a policy of attempting to kill captured soldiers. Its next project, at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House, will be to train Yazidi people to docu- Other contenders Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger’s work uses her iPhone “as a prosthesis or extension of the nervous system. Body and device become extensions of each other”. Her ﬁlms build a narrative exploring relationships between queer bodies, landscape, language, technology and time. Luke Willis Thompson’s Autoportrait is a black and white, silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds in the immediate aftermath of the fatal shooting of her boyfriend by a US police ofﬁcer. Naeem Mohaiemen’s ﬁlms and installations explore post-colonial identity, migration, exile and refuge through narratives using ﬁction and social history. An exhibition of work by the artists will be held at Tate Britain from 25 September and the winner announced in December. Zanzibar-born painter Lubaina Himid was last year’s winner. ment evidence of destruction, genocide and enslavement perpetrated by Isis. The exhibition will present the process by which this evidence is collected and reconstructed, alongside the objects used in the training of Iraqis such as rigs made from kites, bottles and helium balloons. Professor Eyal Weizman, founder of Forensic Architecture, said: “The research project that will be displayed is also an important piece of evidence that will hopefully help bring the perpetrators of these war crimes to account.” Sir Elton John has signed up to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story. The singer and father of two, 71, will tell preschool viewers the story of The Dog Detectives: Lost in London. He is the latest big name to sign up for the slot, which has featured Tom Hardy, Dolly Parton, Suranne Jones, Hollywood star Chris Evans, Damian Lewis and Tim Peake. Sir Elton, who recently announced he will stop touring, after a mammoth series of gigs, to spend time with his children, said: “Family is always really important to me, no less so this year, where they have been supporting me on my Farewell Tour launch and working on the movie Sherlock Gnomes. I now get to read a bedtime story to families all over the UK on CBeebies. It was a great day and I hope you enjoy it.” Sir Elton will tell the story of The Dog Detectives on 3 May. PEOPLE Movie to profile reporters behind Weinstein scoop By Sam Blewett The reporters who triggered Harvey Weinstein’s downfall with the ﬁrst report detailing allegations of sexual harassment against the movie mogul will have their roles portrayed in a Hollywood movie. The New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey scooped a Pulitzer Prize for their reports. The rights to a ﬁlm about their efforts was purchased by Annapurna Pictures and the Brad Pitt-run Plan B Entertainment. SYRIA CRISIS SAVING LIVES IN THE RUBBLE Dr Javid Abdelmoneim recently returned from the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was taken from the Islamic State group in October 2017. “I’m an A&E specialist in London and I’m used to dealing with major trauma cases. But in just one month in Raqqa, I treated more severely wounded people than I’ve seen in the past ten years in A&E. Raqqa has been mostly destroyed. The streets are littered with improvised explosive devices and residents trying to rebuild their city are being wounded and killed. A boy from Raqqa is treated for burns in MSF’s clinic in Ain Issa camp. Photograph © Chris Huby MSF opened an emergency room in Raqqa within three weeks of the end of the offensive. It’s just an ordinary house with a few rooms, but we’ve been inundated with patients. The blast victims ranged from people with shrapnel wounds to people whose arms or lower limbs had been blown off. Our job was to stabilise the patients with the aim of transferring them for surgery. £48 can provide metal splints One man was brought to us whose leg had been blown off at thigh level, while the other one was attached just by skin and muscle. We couldn’t even feel a pulse, there was so little blood. But we managed to save him. We got his blood pressure back to the point where he was agitated and fighting us, and stabilised him so we could transfer him for surgery. people have returned to Raqqa so far. In a city with no functioning public hospital, MSF’s emergency room is often the difference between life and death for patients. “There were usually six of us in the room – two doctors and four nurses – working on patients in three beds. We were a mixture of Syrian doctors and nurses and international staff, all working together as a team.” In all my years with MSF, I’ve seen nothing more impressive than the work of that clinic in Raqqa. It’s the right work in the right place at the right time. The people of Raqqa – and of Syria as a whole – have been through so much, and it’s not over yet. We’re one of the only medical organisations working in that area, and I’m proud that we’re there, playing a part.” What is MSF doing in Syria? to treat 6 patients with broken bones in their legs. 90,000 365 MSF operates four health facilities in Syria and has partnerships with five other facilities in the country. In areas where MSF cannot be physically present due to security concerns, we provide support and supplies to approximately 70 health facilities. At the MSF-supported hospital in Tal Abyad close to Raqqa, MSF has two trauma teams and two surgical teams, as well as a paediatric ward and a maternity unit. Teams at the hospital also run mobile medical and vaccination clinics throughout the surrounding region. Thank you We couldn’t do it without you. 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Please tick the box below. 51020 I will make a donation of NEWS NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 23 SOUTH KOREA UNITED STATES By Soyoung Kim Psychological profile of Kim to help Trump at summit Kim to be the first North Korean leader in 65 years to cross border IN SEOUL North Korea’s Kim Jong-un will today travel the short distance across the world’s most militarily charged border into South Korea – the first leader from the North to do so in 65 years – in search of a rapprochement that until a few months ago appeared inconceivable. The summit with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in will set the stage for Mr Kim to meet US President Donald Trump in late May or early June, in what will be an unprecedented ﬁrst encounter between sitting leaders of those two countries. Just months ago, Mr Trump and Mr Kim were trading threats and insults as North Korea’s rapid advances in pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the US raised fears of a fresh conﬂict on the Korean peninsula. Mr Moon will personally greet Mr Kim at the military demarcation line at 9.30am, making Mr Kim the ﬁrst North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. The two will be escorted by South Korean honour guards to an ofﬁcial welcoming ceremony before beginning official dialogue at 10.30am at Peace House, a South Korean building inside the border truce village of Panmunjom. In a dramatic gesture just days before the summit, Mr Kim announced that North Korea would suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests and dismantle its only known nuclear test site. But scepticism is rampant about whether Mr Kim is ready to abandon the hard-earned nuclear arsenal his country has defended and developed for decades as what it says is a necessary deterrent against US invasion. South Korea hopes North Korea’s leader will today directly conﬁrm his will for “complete” denuclearisation of the peninsula. The two neighbours expect to re- Another View Mark Steel Heartbreak hotel – or Parliament? A mber Rudd says she ﬁnds the cases of families who were threatened with deportation, and harangued for documents they never had, “heartbreaking”. So she deserves respect for having By Matt Spetalnick IN WASHINGTON This image of Mike Pompeo meeting Kim Jong-un last week was released by the White House last night GETTY lease a joint statement later today – possibly called the Panmunjom Declaration – that could address denuclearisation and peace, and an improvement in relations, South Korean ofﬁcials said. Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. REUTERS Today’s inter-Korean summit is the third after two former South Korean leaders, Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and Roh Moo-hyun in 2007, met with Kim Jong-un’s late father, Kim Jong-il, in Pyongyang. the strength to carry on, while she suffers from a broken heart. Rudd (inset) also denies there was ever a “target” for removing immigrants, so we can only imagine how poignant a moment it must have been when she was told: “Home Secretary, you know when your government boasted before the 2015 election it would ‘cut net migration to tens of thousands’? And an inspection report stated there was a ‘target of removing 12,000 immigrants?’ It turns out some people in the immigration ofﬁce interpreted that as implying there was some sort of target.” She must have cried and howled: “I know it sounds silly, but I can’t help feeling that makes this government partly responsible.” Theresa May must be even more heartbroken, because she was home secretary at the time. Some people suggest this means she had some knowledge of the targets, but that ENVIRONMENT Nuclear test mountain collapses after blasts By Christopher Bodeen The mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has collapsed under the stress of the explosions, a study by Chinese geologists shows. The ﬁndings by the University of Science and Technology of China may shed fresh light on North Korean President Kim Jong-un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing programme. The data was collected following the most powerful of the North’s six would be unfair, as she was busy sending out vans with signs on the side saying “illegal immigrants, go home”, so she can’t have had time to write down lots of numbers as well. It’s possible a pattern could emerge here, in which Conservatives start to feel sorry about other matters that they get unfairly blamed for just because they caused them. For example, they’re dreadfully shocked about the lack of health and safety regulations in housing, even though David Cameron can’t possibly have nuclear device tests on 3 September 2017 which, it is believed, triggered four earthquakes over the following weeks. Last Saturday, Pyongyang announced it was closing its nuclear testing facility and suspending nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests – a move welcomed by US President Donald Trump as “big progress”. The developments come ahead of a planned summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, which may take place in late May or June. AP predicted that his pledge to create a “bonﬁre of regulations” might lead to a reduction of regulations. Iain Duncan Smith will declare he’s appalled by stories of disabled people having their beneﬁts stopped after being declared “ﬁt for work”, when he can’t possibly have known this was going on, which is why he’s “truly awfully shocked and immeasurably saddened and exploding with volcanic sadness”. Then they’ll announce they are devastated by the revelation that cutting beneﬁts for the poorest US intelligence experts are trying to build a psychological proﬁle of Kim Jong-un to give President Donald Trump a competitive edge in one of the most important summits since the Cold War, as the US leader prepares to try to persuade the dictator to ditch his nuclear weapons. Mr Trump’s spymasters face a huge challenge, however, in ﬁguring out how the North Korean ruler’s mind works. They will rely in part on the impressions drawn by former CIA director Mike Pompeo, who just weeks ago became the ﬁrst Trump administration ofﬁcial to meet Mr Kim. Mr Pompeo, Mr Trump’s pick to become Secretary of State, came back from Pyongyang privately describing the young North Korean leader as “a smart guy who’s doing his homework” for the meetings, according to one US ofﬁcial. The proﬁle will also include intelligence gathered in past debrieﬁngs of others who have interacted with Mr Kim, including ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, Mr Kim’s former classmates at a Swiss boarding school and South Korean envoys. All of this is being used to update the US government’s classiﬁed ﬁle on Mr Kim’s behaviour, motives, personality and leadership style to help Mr Trump and his aides develop a strategy at the denuclearisation summit. REUTERS ‘Target removing 12,000 migrants’ implied there was a target while asking the wealthiest for less in tax made the poor poorer and the rich richer. Labour must be on Valium, because during the coalition, they went along with many measures. They had mugs made, saying “I’m voting Labour, for controls on immigration.” Labour leaders from that time must be heartbroken. So they should make one joint statement, to cover all their heartbreak, that goes: “We’re really sorry, we had no idea our policy of being proudly, relentlessly foul would lead to any foulness – even though it’s not in the slightest tiddly bit our fault.” THE INDEPENDENT 24 NEWS CRYPTIC CROSSWORD No 2252 BY HIEROGLYPH 1 2 3 6 4 9 COURTS 5 7 8 10 11 12 By Lucinda Cameron 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Solution to yesterday’s Cryptic P A I R O F B R A C E S B AOB A S O CH I L L I RR I V E U I A S T A F S O I S T A R UN I L D T OO OA L N I L V E R B L D I E N A D E R M S A R I N R SMO B R L UM U A F D F A M GO T CH A N O Z R A RU T N P E C I ORC S R T M I A OW T O O T H I E S I O T I N A NC E F P OOD A H I P U L L E T 26 ‘Drunk’ pilots cleared after blood blunder 24 25 27 Stuck on the cryptic crossword? For today’s solutions, call 0905 789 3580. Calls cost 80p per minute plus your network access charge. If you are having trouble accessing this number, please call our helpdesk on 0333 202 3390. Full terms and conditions can be found on page 53 The case against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to ﬂy a passenger plane while under the inﬂuence of alcohol has collapsed after their blood samples were destroyed at a prison. The Appeal Court in Edinburgh ruled the Crown had not met its duty to supply Jean-Francois Perreault and Imran Syed with their part of the blood sample used to test for alcohol levels. Prosecutors said that after “full and careful consideration” there would be no further proceedings. Mr Perreault, 41, and Mr Syed, 39, were arrested on 18 July, 2016 before they were due to take off on the Air Transat ﬂight from Glasgow to Toronto. Mr Syed, from Toronto, allegedly had 49 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than double the legal ﬂying limit of 20. Mr Perreault, from Ontario, faced the same charge with an alleged 32 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Both men had denied the charge. THE BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM FEATURES NEW RENDITIONS OF HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY • THE WAY YOUNG LOVERS DO • MAGIC TIME PLUS FRESH INTERPRETATIONS OF JAZZ STANDARDS AVAILABLE 27TH APRIL NEWS 2-29 UNITED STATES VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 25 SCIENCE US and Europe plan mission to Mars By Katie Grant US and European space agencies hope to launch a joint mission to bring back rock and soil samples from Mars. Nasa and Esa announced yesterday they have signed an agreement that could lead to the first “round trip” to another planet. The venture would allow scientists to answer key questions Lawyer Gloria Allred stands with some of Bill Cosby’s accusers after he was convicted on three counts of sexual assault yesterdayREUTERS Cosby faces jail as he is found guilty of sexual assault By Katie Grant Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault and could face the rest of his life behind bars. The entertainer, 80, best known for starring in the popular US sitcom The Cosby Show, was convicted of all three counts of drugging and molesting a female friend in 2004. Scores of women over a 50-year period have publicly accused the awardwinning actor and comedian of being a sexual predator. However statute of limitation laws mean that only one case had been brought to trial. It was the second time he had faced these allegations, after a jury at the ﬁrst trial last year failed to reach a verdict. Some of his accusers were present in court, and cried as the guilty verdict was returned. Speaking outside the court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, US attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of the actor’s accusers, said: “Justice has been done! We are so happy that ﬁnally we can say women are believed.” The conviction was widely greeted on social media. The actress Rose McGowan, who has accused the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, tweeted: “Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.” Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault of the Canadian former basketball player Andrea Constand, who is now 45. Cosby’s lawyer branded Ms Constand a “con artist”, claiming she had fabricated false accusations against him so she could sue him. Cosby (inset) stared straight ahead when the jury’s verdict was announced at Montgomery County Courthouse. He later waved to the crowd outside the courthouse after being bailed, got into an SUV and left without comment. His lawyer Tom Mesereau said he will appeal. Prosecutor Stewart Ryan said at the trial: “It’s time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.” TECHNOLOGY Snap revives camera spectacles By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT Snapchat’s parent company Snap has launched its second version of its Spectacles smart glasses – a pair of sunglasses equipped with a camera. Unlike their predecessors, the second version models of Spectacles are capable of taking photos as well as video clips – to be uploaded via a paired smartphone. The sunglasses sport a camera lens on the righthand side, and a matching circular LED ring on the left, which lights up when the camera is either recording or taking pictures. The ﬁrst generation of Spectacles went on sale the US in late 2016 before arriving in the UK last June. Snap sold around 220,000 pairs of the glasses, which recorded 10 seconds of video before uploading it to Snapchat – just a fraction of the app’s 178 million daily active users. The company lost $40m (£28.7m) on the venture, and has admitted it overestimated initial demand t. Undeterred, it has produced a thinner, lighter follow-up model for £149.99. about Martian history, such as whether the Red Planet (inset) once hosted life. Scientists at the Mars Sample Return Conference in Berlin said there was only so much they could learn from Martian meteorites and the various rovers and static landers sent to the Red Planet. The next step had to be a mission that would retrieve samples from the Martian surface. Dave Parker, of the European Space Agency said: “It’s very important every mission we send to Mars discovers something slightly unusual. It’s on that basis we tend to plan the next mission.” 26 NEWS Panorama Around the world in 10 stories PHILIPPINES HONG KONG Stop human trafficking, says MP By Beh Lih Yi Hong Kong should introduce a law that will stamp out human trafﬁcking and stop illegal proﬁts passing through the ﬁnancial hub, says MP Dennis Kwok, who is spearheading an anti-slavery campaign. Postcard From... Addis Ababa Researchers in Ethiopia are embarking on a quest to create the perfect chicken for African farmers with an unlikely ally – a Belgian conceptual artist who has spent 20 years crossbreeding indigenous chickens, from China and Egypt to Senegal and Cuba. Incubated Worlds, a research and breeding centre in Addis Ababa, will also house a permanent art installation showcasing the work of Koen Vanmechelen, including photographs, videos and books of chickens’ genetic codes. “It’s the most sexy chicken coop in the world,” said New ‘Guam killer’ missile raises tensions in Pacific By Philip Wen IN BEIJING UNITED STATES Activist nun Hawaii flooding faces expulsion ‘could be record’ An Australian nun whose missionary visa in the Philippines was revoked after the President complained about her joining opposition rallies says human rights are part of church teachings. Sister Patricia Fox, of the Notre Dame de Sion group, has 30 days to leave the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into the 71-year-old as an “undesirable” foreigner over what it called her partisan political activities. CHINA A new Chinese missile, dubbed the “Guam killer” for its ability to hit the US Paciﬁc Ocean base with a conventional or nuclear weapon, is now in service – raising tensions further in the Paciﬁc. China is in themidst ofan ambitious modernisation programme for its armed forces, developing stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and advanced missiles as it strives to become a world-class military power by the middle of the century. That, along with an increasingly assertive stance in the disputed South China Sea and around Taiwan, claimed by China as its sacred territory, has rattled nerves around the region and in Washington. Defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian conﬁrmed that the military had begun putting into service the DF-26 intermediate range ballistic missile. The Hawaiian island of Kauai may have experienced record 24-hour rainfall during recent ﬂash ﬂooding, according to the US National Weather Service. A rain gauge recorded 49.69 inches of rain on the north shore of the island during the 24-hour period ending 12.45pm on 15 April. If certiﬁed by the National Climate Extremes Committee, it would break the current US record of 43 inches recorded on 25-26 July 1979 in Alvin, Texas. The ﬂoods swept away homes and triggered mudslides in Hanalei and Wainiha. Damaged roads cut off communities from the rest of Kauai. AP Since 2016, Hong Kong has been placed by the US State Department on the secondlowest ranking in its annual Trafﬁcking in Persons report, alongside countries including Rwanda and Pakistan, for not doing enough to tackle human trafﬁcking. Campaigners say exploitation in the sex industry is common and forced labour is rife among the 370,000 foreign domestic workers in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997. REUTERS Mr Vanmechelen, whose Cosmopolitan Chicken Project set out to create a chicken carrying the genes of all the planet’s breeds. He said that each successive generation of Cosmopolitan Chickens is more resilient, lives longer, and is less susceptible to diseases, proving the importance of genetic diversity. At the centre, scientists from the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will compare different types of Ethiopian chickens and crossbreed them naturally with others, including Mr Vanmechelen’s. A quarter of the world’s 815 million undernourished people are in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the UN. REUTERS Thin Lei Win He gave few details, except to say that it can carry conventional as well as nuclear warheads, and attack targets on land or at sea with precision. China has made little secret of the DF-26 programme. The missile appeared in a major military parade in Beijing in 2015. Meanwhile, China’s air force said that its aircraft had again flown around Taiwan, the latest in a series of exercises Taiwan has described as military intimidation. REUTERS Nuclear disaster marked A survivor visits the monument to Chernobyl victims in Kiev, Ukraine yesterday, the 32nd anniversary of the disaster. An explosion at a nuclear reactor sent a cloud of radioactive material across Europe. About 30 people died in the immediate aftermath and thousands more are feared to have died later from the effects of radiation AP ARMENIA Opposition leader favourite to be prime minister Armenia will get a new prime minister next week after nearly two weeks of street protests, with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan (inset) shaping up as the favourite. The demonstrations, driven by anger over perceived corruption, looked to have peaked on Monday when Serzh Sarksyan quit as prime minister. But demonstrators made clear they want a sweeping change before ending protests – which continued yesterday, despite a pledge by parliament to elect an interim prime minister on May 1. Although the demonstrations have been peaceful, they threaten to destabilise Armenia, an ally of Russia, in a volatile region riven by its decadeslong conflict with neighbouring Azerbaijan. Moscow has two military bases in the ex-Soviet republic, and Vladimir Putin spoke to the Armenian President, Armen Sarkissian, on Wednesday. REUTERS SPAIN SYRIA INDONESIA By Hasmik Mkrtchyan IN YEREVAN Short-term rental Isis territory in ban for Palma capital raided 21 dead after oil well explosion As expected, Mallorca’s capital, Palma, has voted to ban almost all short-term rentals of private homes such as those on Airbnb, which locals say have triggered sharp rises in rental prices. Under the regulation passed yesterday, Palma has restricted the ability of property owners to rent out their homes. In February, the Balearic Islands said it would ﬁne Airbnb £260,000 for advertising unregistered homes. The death toll from a ﬁre at an unregulated oil well in Indonesia’s Aceh province has risen to 21 following the deaths of three more victims. Ofﬁcials said yesterday that 38 people were still being treated at three hospitals. Many had severe burns. The newly drilled oil well in the eastern Aceh district exploded into ﬂames early on Wednesday. Five nearby houses were engulfed in the blaze. AP Government forces have pushed into a Damascus neighbourhood held by Isis and captured buildings on several street blocks and tunnels used by the extremists, Syrian state media is reporting. Dozens of Isis ﬁghters were killed in battles in the southern Damascus neighbourhood of Hajar al-Aswad, State news agency SANA reported, during which ground forces closely coordinated with the air force in bombarding the area. AP NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 SPAIN WORLD FOCUS Thousands of Syrians ask for help to find loved ones lost in the fog of war By Edith Lederer The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been “ﬂooded” with about 13,000 requests in the past six months from Syrians looking for missing family members, its president has said. Before then, Peter Maurer said, the organisation had received only “requests in the hundreds.” In the ﬁrst three or four years of the conﬂict, it received between 30 and 50 tracing requests a month, he said. Mr Maurer said inquiries on the missing have come from all areas of Syria, neighbouring countries, Europe, the United States and the rest of the world. With the conﬂict now in its eighth year, the ICRC chief said the surge in requests is probably related to Syrians returning to “precariously stable” places in the country where there is no active combat and worrying about family members. He said the organisation has also been “slightly more proactive” on the issue of missing Syrians. The ICRC has had very limited success so far in reuniting family members, with numbers “in the tens to ﬁfties rather than in the thousands”, said Mr Maurer. “So we recognise and we want to beef up our capacities to look in much more detail to these requests,” he added. Mr Maurer said some of the missing may have died, some may be in prison and some may have ﬂed. The ICRC has access to prisons, but in Syria it can only go into ofﬁcial detention facilities – state-run prisons, he said. Millions of Syrians have been displaced since the start of the civil war in 2011, both within Syria and around the world AFP/GETTY “We don’t have access to security detention facilities of the army and the secret services,” Mr Maurer said. “Neither do we have access at the present moment to detention facilities of the opposition.” He said the matter of missing Syrians also links to the issue of foreigners who went to fight in Syria and Iraq with extremist groups, including Isis and al-Qaeda. Mr Maurer said the ICRC has been able to visit opposition ﬁghters held by Kurdish forces in northern Syria and opposition ﬁghters in Iraq as well as their families who are being held in camps. The organisation also works with governments and non-government groups on ensuring that international standards in identifying bodies are maintained, he said. “Today, in Yemen and Syria and Iraq, all the authorities, government and non-government, are increasingly exposed to pressures from families to bring back their people, or to know about their respective family members,” said Mr Maurer. The issue of missing Syrians was on the agenda of a meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi in November last year. The three countries have teamed up to promote local ceaseﬁres in Syria and a peace process. In their joint statement after the Sochi summit, the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasised the need for all parties in the Syrian conflict to release all prisoners and hostages, hand over bodies and search for those missing to help create conditions for a lasting ceaseﬁre and the launch of political talks. AP SYRIA Russia accused of ‘obscene masquerade’ over Douma victims By Toby Sterling THE HAGUE Britain and France yesterday denounced as a stunt and an “obscene masquerade” a move by Russia to produce Syrian witnesses who Moscow says were ﬁlmed in “staged videos” in the aftermath of a reported 27 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 chemical weapons attack. Russian ofﬁcials brought the purported witnesses for a briefing at The Hague headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). “The OPCW is not a theatre,” said Peter Wilson, Britain’s envoy to the watchdog. “Russia’s decision to misuse it is yet another Russian attempt to undermine the OPCW’s work, and in particular the work of its fact-ﬁnding mission investigating chemical weapons use in Syria.” Russia and Syria were planning to hold a news conference near the OPCW premises in the Hague later yesterday. An invitation said the event would include “participation of witnesses from Syria who were used in staged videos of the ‘chemical attack’ in Douma”. OPCW investigators are looking into whether chemical weapons were used in the attack on 7 April which killed dozens of people. REUTERS Jet ski migrant trafficking gang broken up By Luke Rix-Standing Spanish authorities have broken up a Moroccan gang who used jet skis to smuggle migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar. The trips of less than 10 miles took half an hour and cost €4,000 (£3,500). Police say each jet ski carried between one and three migrants and a skipper. In the overall total of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa, the number arriving on jet skis is relatively small, but use of the craft has increased sharply. Spain’s Guardia Civil and National Police, along with Europol, said the gang also used jet skis to smuggle cannabis. Ofﬁcials said the trafﬁcked migrants either stayed in Spain or moved on to France or Italy. Earlier this month Italian police claim to have smashed a “luxury” immigrant smuggling ring which may have also ferried alleged jihadists on high-speed dinghies from Tunisia to Sicily. Arrest warrants were issued for six people in the Sicilian cities of Palermo, Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. GAZA Thousands mourn Hamas scientist By Faraz Akam GAZA CITY Thousands of Palestinians joined a funeral yesterday for a Hamas scientist shot dead in Malaysia last week, as Hamas’ leader accused Israel of killing him and vowed revenge. Fadi al-Batsh was laid to rest shortly after his body was returned to Gaza through the Egyptian border. Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh led the funeral prayers at a mosque in Jabaliya, where Mr Batsh grew up. Israel’s defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, had urged Egypt to reject the request to help repatriate the body. One-minute Wijuko Tomorrow, in your Plus l Weekend TV l Going out l 9 culture pages l Books l Comment 9 12 8 15 7 14 5 Solution: minurl.co.uk/i EastEnders to Woman in White Ben Hardy on his rise to Hollywood stardom How to play Place 1 – 9 once in the grid, obeying the sums between pairs of squares 28 NEWS WELLBEING Muscle memory The modern workout was knocked into shape thanks to the YMCA. By Siobhán Norton T he gym ﬂoor can be a fairly prosaic place. Imposing machines here, racks of free weights there, rows of treadmills and bikes. It’s a factory for building bodies, after all, so it makes sense that it’s regimented and systematic. Yet a stroll around Central YMCA in London feels a little different. The space is massive, for one: a modest entrance gives way to an open interior, Brutalist architecture allowing you the chance to peer down past open concrete storeys to the courts below, where two elderly men are playing a leisurely game of badminton. Further along, by the basketball hoop, a teenage girl is practising lay-ups. On the perimeter, a young man is juggling, never once breaking focus. “It’s not like any other gym,” Daniel Lynn, the club director, says. “We’ve got toddlers in here with their parents doing joint activities, we’ve got older adults – our oldest member is 95 and he still comes in ﬁve times a week.” No wonder they have some longserving members: it’s one of the oldest gyms in the country. Central YMCA opened its ﬁrst gym in 1881, with the ﬁrst purpose-built gym opening in 1911 on the Russell Street site where it remains today. 6 days from on ly £599pp Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains Selected departures up to November 2018 and February to April 2019 The original site (which would be rebuilt in 1977) included halls for meetings, restaurants, a gym, swimming baths, social rooms, a boys’ department and 240 bedrooms. In the 1880s, gyms didn’t have electronic treadmills or hi-tech gadgets, but some weights machines were already making an appearance. Swedish doctor Dr Gustav Zander is credited with inventing the exercise machine in the 1870s, using weights and pulleys and even steam pistons to create resistance. Users may not have dressed in Lycra, but some of the machines wouldn’t look so out of place in a modern gym. Some pieces of equipment that would be recognisable today date back even further. Weighted medicine balls, used for strength training and rehabilitation, date back to Hippocrates, who is said to have had patients toss about stuffed animal skins for “medicinal purposes”. In 1711, the poet Joseph Addison referred to using a “dumb bell” for exercise, and competitive kettlebell lifting dates back to 1885 in Russia. “We’ve got photographs of men back in the 1950s, doing press-ups on medicine balls, which were wobbling around all over the place,” James Brotherhood, Central YMCA’s marketing director, says. “Actually, before all this techno-gym stuff came along, people were using medicine balls, using weights and swinging them, using ropes to get ﬁt – and now we’re seeing ﬁtness come full circle.” The YMCA – or Young Men’s Christian Association – was founded by a draper, George Williams, in 1844 and grew into a worldwide organisation. The founding Christian principles – to Weightlifters at the Central YMCA (main), which women began using for the ﬁrst time in the 1970s (right). The gym today (far right) offers everything from ceramics classes to a choir YMCA YMCA Brief history 1844 YMCA founded in the UK 1849 Public lectures begin 1849 Non-Christians welcomed 1881 First gym founded 1911 Central YMCA opens 1914 Central YMCA helps support the troops in France 1977 Current Central YMCA Club opens in Russell Street Late 1970s YMCA Training begins, helping young people ﬁnd new opportunities through work, training and apprenticeships 1983 YMCAﬁt founded to deliver ﬁtness instructor training 1997 Positive Health set up – now the leading exercise referral programme for those with HIV/Aids 2015 Be Real campaign founded in partnership with Dove to combat the rise in concern about body image help people develop a healthy “body, mind, and spirit” – are still adhered to today, say the directors. “To be truly well, you can’t just look after your mind, you can’t just look after your body,” Brotherhood says. “And there is a spiritual element to that, that’s not necessarily about religious spirit; it’s about company, it’s about being an upstanding person, about endeavouring to do Your tour includes... ✓ Stay in vibrant Marrakesh and explore its countless gems including the medieval medina, atmospheric souks and the extraordinary Jemaa el-Fnaa square ✓ Discover Marrakesh on a guided tour, seeing its remarkably preserved medieval walls and the stunning Jardin Majorelle, once home to Yves St Laurent ✓ Experience the spectacular Atlas Mountains, Africa’s greatest mountain range and an ever-present backdrop to Marrakesh ✓ Visit the Saadian Tombs, one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture ✓ Visit Essaouira, one of North Africa’s most attractive ports ✓ Return flights from the UK, plus all hotel transfers ✓ Five nights in four-star superior accommodation, plus breakfast and dinner ✓ The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. 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Now she is giving back to the specialist mental health unit that helped her recover, by sharing her experiences with recently admitted mothers on the ward where she stayed for three months. She admits it has been a long road NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 well. And by looking after mind and body, you develop as a person.” While YMCA has a Christian background and was founded for men (it was also once associated with gay subculture), today it welcomes all comers. Women started attending in the 1970s. “There’s a sense of community in here, where people from all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, religions, are all mixing together,” Lynn says. “We have a multi-faith chapel here, where people can just go for some quiet space, or practise mindfulness. It’s so busy, so hectic outside, being just off Oxford Street. Sometimes you ﬁnd people asleep in there.” With members engaged in everything from ceramics classes to learning languages to a choir, one might think the “gym” part of the club is almost an afterthought. But the YMCA leads the ﬁeld, as well as training around 1,000 professionals a year. “There is probably not a health club in the whole of the UK that doesn’t have a staff member that has been either trained by us, accredited by us or even worked for us at some point,” says Lynn. And the YMCA has been one of the biggest innovators in the gym industry over the years. The term “bodybuilding” came from the Boston branch in 1890, used for businessmen going and getting buff in their lunch breaks. More recently, the club was one of the ﬁrst to introduce female weightlifting classes. “We recognised the beneﬁts for women to strengthen bones and increase metabolism,” Brotherhood says. A recent refurbishment was their chance to push the boundaries even further, with new classes and multi-purpose spaces. “We commissioned artists to come in,” Brotherhood says. “One artist does motivational doodles – we’ve got different size cacti in the weights room, just to remind people that we’re all different shapes and sizes. One that failed badly was the sound of seagulls in the swimming pool – we got a lot of complaints.” Social isolation was an area that the club wanted to tackle, Lynn says. “We invited experts in different ﬁelds of health and ﬁtness to talk about how they feel things are progressing. In a city of eight million people, it can be the loneliest place. “So we thought, how can we create a space where people can meet other people, through group classes, or create lots of ﬂexible spaces where members can lead what they want to do? After all, it’s their club.” One thing that will never change, though, is the club’s ethos of inclusivity. It’s summed up, Brotherhood says, by an almost imperceptible gesture: the gym nod. “Some people want to come here and meet people, some people want to come here and get on with what they are doing,” he says. “When people pass on the stairs they just nod – that means they’ve been recognised and they feel at home. It doesn’t need to be more than that for a lot of people. Those little things mean a lot.” to recovery and that the journey isn’t ﬁnished. But the darkest days are long behind her, thanks to the support of her husband and family and the tireless work of the staff at a specialist Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) near her home in Leeds – one of just 17 in the UK . Bronwen’s problems began ﬁve weeks after the birth of her daughter. “I kept thinking there was something wrong with her. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t looking after myself. I got to the stage where I couldn’t form a sentence, I couldn’t understand language. I thought I had done something really wrong.” One day when she was unable to get out of bed, her husband called for a doctor. “I genuinely thought I was going to die,” she says. Bronwen was diagnosed with postnatal psychosis and admitted to the MBU. The set-up allowed her daughter to stay with her. After being discharged, she continued to be seen by the service until her daughter was a year old. Recovery was a “very gradual process”. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which she now helps control with medication. For the past few years, she has been volunteering at the unit alongside other former patients who go in to speak to mothers who have just been admitted, to share their experiences and help show there is a way forward. “Some ladies want to talk, some just want to listen. By telling them my thought process at the time I was in, it makes them feel like they are not alone. The volunteering is part of my recovery as well – being able to help somebody feel a bit less frightened means a lot.” Bronwen says new mothers who are struggling shouldn’t be afraid to seek help. “It can be frightening but there is nothing the nurses haven’t heard of before. They want to make sure you and your baby are well and will do their utmost to make sure it happens.” TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 29 SOCIETY Did suffragettes use terror to win women’s rights? The use of violence remains a contentious issue for historians, writes Sophie Morris I n the early 20th century, when a suffragette set ﬁre to a public building, sent a letter bomb, or, as happened on one occasion, horse-whipped a young Winston Churchill on Bristol railway platform, the incidents were described as “outrages”. But Emmeline Pankhurst described the campaign in far more serious terms, calling it “continued, destructive, guerrilla warfare against the government” designed to make “every department of English life insecure and unsafe”. Suffragettes suffered for their cause, going on hunger strike and enduring repeated force feedings, but some members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) made others suffer too. They were aggressors as well as victims, soldiers as well as suffragettes, as documented in a controversial new book by historian Dr Fern Riddell. Death in Ten Minutes is a biography of Kitty Marion, an activist who was frequently arrested and was force-fed over 200 times in four months during one stint behind bars. Working as a music hall actress and singer, Marion experienced frequent sexual assaults and attacks, and was sacked by an agent she refused to “kiss”. Her fury at the abuse within her industry led her to the suffragettes. Riddell believes Marion’s story has been largely glossed over because of her violent direct action and beliefs about sex and birth control. But Riddell also looks at wider violence carried out in the name of women’s rights more than a century ago. Churches, MPs’ homes, timber yards, cotton mills, racecourses and Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory were destroyed, she writes, adding how some victims endured terrible burns from chemical attacks. Riddell describes these actions as terror attacks, a position which calls into question the sanctity of the suffragette movement – and has dismayed other feminist historians. She claims that the violent militancy of the suffragettes was suppressed by its leaders, as well as by the group who put together the Suffragette Fellowship Collection held by the Museum of London, as they were afraid it would jeopardise popular support for commemorating the struggle. The fellowship has even been accused of redacting memoirs from the time to suit its own narrative. Churches, MPs’ homes, cotton mills, racecourses and Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory were destroyed The aftermath of a bomb attack by suffragettes on Holloway prison in north London in 1913; TOPICAL PRESS AGENCY/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY “As conservative feminism took a vice-like grip of our history and the suffragettes began to sanitise their own history, the women who saw sex, freedom and independence as a universal right were ignored, as were the real lives and experiences of the women who had fought so hard and risked so much,” Riddell writes. “We need to understand that those who have sought to be in control of our history of women decided to only tell one story and to exclude those voices, those women’s lives, that did not conform. These are stories that need to be told.” We hear a different perspective from Professor June Purvis, who has written biographies of Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst. Purvis – who disputes that Kitty Marion has been ignored by scholars – maintains that the suffragettes were opposed to any harm of human life, and committed acts of vandalism, not terrorism. She says Riddell shows “very little sympathy” with the movement and argues that Riddell “provides no context for the violence that the suffragettes engaged in from 1912”. Purvis says she has never come across evidence of loaded guns being used, which Riddell describes as “second nature” to the activists. Riddell says that acknowledging the direct action of the suffragettes will help dispel the image of them as a group of humourless, sexless feminists, an idea that persists today. She is proud to combat what she sees as a sanitisation of the history of women, showing how they have not been only victims, but also ﬁghters, lovers – and terrorists. ‘Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette’ by Dr Fern Riddell (£20, Hodder & Stoughton) is out now Dear Advertiser, At a time when the measurement and data of some media is highly questionable, UK national newspapers have come together to invest in a new, world-leading audience measurement currency for publishers (PAMCo) in partnership with the IPA, PPA and ISBA. For the ﬁrst time, you, as brands and advertisers, can see who is consuming news across all publisher platforms. Yes, that’s right, mobile and tablet too. We are the ﬁrst medium to achieve this. We can tell you, truthfully and transparently, that 24.6 million people are reading newsbrands every day. We’re really looking forward to ﬁnding new and exciting ways of working with you now that you’re safe in the knowledge that our audience currency is as trustworthy as our advertising environments. Now is the time to harness the power of newsbrands. Be part of it. 27.04.2018 I don’t know why my husband doesn’t just write me a starring role FR DAY Film Music Comedy Theatre GoingOut Staying In Television Books Forever the on-screen sidekick, Busy Philipps has finally become a star in her own right. She talks to Gill Pringle about Insta fame, A-list roles and working with her best friend, Michelle Williams B usy Philipps has built a career out of being a friend. She got her ﬁrst break on the seminal high-school show Freaks and Geeks alongside future box-ofﬁce stars Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel, graduated further into the friend zone with Dawson’s Creek – where she met her BFF Michelle Williams 17 years ago – and her ensuing career has been deﬁned by small-screen roles on ER and Cougar Town. Her husband, the writer-director Marc Silverstein, sees his wife as a best friend, too, which is why he cast her in the role in his new ﬁlm, I Feel Pretty, which he codirected with his long-term writing partner Abby Kohn. “Hey, I don’t mind it at all,” she says gamely when we meet. “Once Amy Schumer came on board, it clearly made sense that I would be one of her friends.” If her feelings are hurt by losing the lead role to Schumer, she doesn’t let on. “We have an ongoing conversation in our house as to why my husband doesn’t just write me a huge starring role in a giantbudget studio movie,” she laughs. This much is clear: Philipps, 38, doesn’t bank on remaining the best friend for ever. She has stepped out of the shadows in the past couple of years as an Instagram must-follow and inadvertent Oscars star (she was front row for the Moonlight/ La La Land mix-up in 2017, when her ubershocked face went around the world), and she now has a career-changing offer – though she won’t reveal what it is just yet. As her social media followers already know, Philipps’ charm is that FR DAY 32 FILM ‘I like engaging with people, even if they’re being negative’ Continued from page 31 she wears her heart on her sleeve, just as any best friend should. In her confessional Insta stories, which typically begin with a conspiratorial “You guys…”, she laughs, cries and sometimes drinks too much, resulting in her hilariously getting locked out of her home after a Golden Globes party with Michelle Williams. Philipps has remained a loyal friend as Williams has enjoyed the glittering heights of stardom, and provided a shoulder to cry on when the four-time Oscarnominated star went through the tragic death of her ex-partner, Heath Ledger. Today her Insta fame has thrust her into the role of professional best friend, winning lucrative endorsements in exchange for shining a spotlight on her private life. She recently signed a book deal for her memoir. “I’m actually pretty good at writing,” she says. Her previous writing credits include Will Ferrell’s comedy Blades of Glory and an unproduced TV pilot with Macaulay Culkin. It’s not all fun, games and money: she was criticised in January for posting pictures of herself weeping on the 10th anniversary of Ledger’s death. She doesn’t back down from the trolls, however. “I read all the comments and I like engaging with the people who follow me, even if it is negative.” Born Elizabeth Jean Philipps, she was given the nickname Busy by her parents as a toddler because she was always on the go. “In ﬁrst grade I tried for a week to be called Elizabeth, because I thought it sounded more grownup, but it didn’t stick.” Her own daughters have equally interesting names: Birdie, nine, and Cricket, four. “Birdie was high on our list of names, but we waited until she was born to see if it suited her. She came out and Marc said: ‘Yup, its Birdie’.” Cricket’s name took a little longer. “She was nameless for the ﬁrst week. Nothing really fitted, but Marc and Birdie chose the name and she’s totally grown into it. Philipps struggled with postpartum anxiety and has acknowl- edged her battles with depression and binge eating. She is, however, very relieved to have had two girls. “I have no interest in raising a boy. I much prefer girls. I have an older sister, I’m from a family of women with a lot of female friends. I’m a girls’ girl. I just prefer women.” Destined to be an actress, during high school she worked the toy-fair circuit as a real-life Barbie and was hired for Freaks and Geeks while still at college and dating fellow actor Colin Hanks. Meeting Silverstein in a bar in Hollywood, it was love at ﬁrst sight. “We pretty much knew that we were each other’s person right from the start. My best friend started calling him my fiancé before we even went on our ﬁrst date. The pressure was very high.” If Silverstein – to whom she has been married since 2007 – doesn’t have much presence in his wife’s Insta stories, that’s because he’s usually behind the camera. “A lot of those pictures of me and our children are taken by him. I don’t ever give him a photo credit because that’s just a part of his job.” Although she has worked in the industry for 20 years, she is still getting used to her new level of fame, as evidenced by a story about seeing Yerma on the New York stage. Another best friend, Jennifer Carpenter, had urged her to check out Billie Piper’s breathtaking performance. Afterwards she wanted to go backstage and congratulate Piper, but felt too shy. “I get really uncomfortable with stuff like that. I always just assume that people don’t know who I am.” Trading her movie-star friends for reality-show pals, her lively chatter is punctuated with casual asides: “Kim [Kardashian] is so lovely and sweet in person”; “Khloe [Kardashian] reached out to thank me for supporting her jeans but I would have done it anyway because I’m a fan.” She is grateful to her husband for casting her in I Feel Pretty, marking the first time that she and Williams have worked together since Dawson’s Creek ended 15 years ago. “It was exciting to work with her again but, in hindsight, we should have picked a project where we actually had scenes together,” notes Philipps. As for what she’s up to right now, aside from mothering, marriage and acting, Insta fame takes a lot of maintenance, she notes. “I’m very busy.” No pun intended. ‘I Feel Pretty’ (12A) opens on 4 May By your side Phillips (centre) with Schumer (right) in ‘I Feel Pretty’ Filmof theweek A triumph of collective will (and one-liners) AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (12A) HHHHH Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, 149 mins, starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Wong, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab How many superheroes can you ﬁt in a movie? This is the question the latest Marvel Studios extravaganza provokes. With so much star wattage to harness, isn’t the ﬁlm bound to short-circuit sooner or later? The answer, thankfully, is ALSOSHOWING THE WOUND (15) HHHHH John Trengove, 88 mins, starring: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay, Thobani Mseleni, Gabriel Mini Tradition and modernity clash head-on in this much-garlanded South African drama. Competing attitudes toward masculinity and sexuality are also exposed. (The ﬁlm’s depiction of a gay romance provoked fury in the Xhosa community and a censorship backlash in South Africa.) Nakhane Touré stars as Xolani, a factory worker with little pride in his work. He does, however, feel a sense of importance about his work as a “guide” in an initiation ceremony for young Xhosa men that takes place deep in the countryside. Kept in remote camps, the men are ritually circumcised. The rite supposedly protects them from evil and marks the passage into adulthood. Xolani is entrusted with a “rich boy”, Kwanda (Niza Jay), whose father wants him to get over his sybaritic city ways. Xolani is gay. If this were known, he’d be ostracised. His only conﬁdante is fellow guide Vija (Bongile Mantsai), his lover. Its fraught sexual politics apart, The Wound is fascinating in its insights into Xhosa culture. There is an obvious poignancy here in the knowledge that the characters will soon have to return from the wilds to their everyday lives back in the city. John Trengove handles complex subject matter in a sensitive and insightful way. There is a surprising twist, too, at the end of this unsettling rites-of-passage story. THE DEMINER (15) HHHHH Shinwar Kamal, Hogir Hirori, 83 mins, featuring: Fakhir Ibrahim Mohammad Iraqi Army Major Fakhir Ibrahim Mohammad was a famed bomb disposal expert, credited with defusing hundreds of IEDs, both after the fall of Saddam Hussein and then again when Daesh wreaked havoc in the country. This feature documentary tells his story. What’s astonishing – and gives the ﬁlm its power – is that he appears to have been accompanied by a ﬁlm crew wherever he went. Those who planted the bombs tried on many occasions to kill him. Those whose communities he freed from bombs revered him – and his legacy lies in the photos of him that are still kept in so many shops and homes across Mosul. i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 A surrealist strain of humour runs throughout the film. Even with the fate of the universe at stake, Steve Rogers (no longer in Captain America guise) and StarLord ﬁnd time to compare beards. Spider-man (Tom Holland) always wants to talk about Footloose and Alien. Thor can’t help mistaking Rocket Raccoon for a rabbit. It helps that the superheroes are played by such skilled comedic actors. Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch are like a pair of catty housewives as IronMan and Doctor Strange. Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord is self-conscious that he might not be quite as goodlooking or husky-voiced as Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. As global destruction looms, Iron-Man is still receiving scolding telephone calls from Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), telling him not to miss their 8.30pm dinner reservation. It’s a sprawling, 149-minute affair, but its momentum rarely slips Four against one Doctor Strange, Iron-Man, Bruce Banner (aka Hulk) and Wong take on Thanos no: Inﬁnity War is a wildly entertaining ride in which teamwork just about carries the day. This is a sprawling affair – 149 minutes long – with multiple changes of locations and plot lines. But its momentum rarely slips. The basic plot is simple enough: the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) is about to wreak destruction on the world. “If he gets all the infinity stones, he can do it with a snap of his ﬁngers,” we are warned. The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are playing tag team to stop him. The hitch is that Thanos is so much stronger than they are. Thanos already has a couple of stones and knows where most of the other four are hidden. Film Matrix The film throws in continual comic references to its own superhero overload. The protagonists confess that they can’t remember each other’s names. But all the comic joshing doesn’t take away from awe-inspiring special effects. We are treated to thundering galactic ﬁght sequences, and some eerie scenes in which characters appear to turn to dust. Thanos is genuinely intimidating – cunning, cruel, vicious and with an immense physical presence. His motivation for his cosmic power grab is a little hard to fathom, though. He doesn’t want to destroy all of humanity, just 50 per cent of it – which might be because a little culling would be to the beneﬁt of the survivors. Brolin brings a certain pathos to the role, which is not what you expect at all. The real marvel about Infinity War, though, is that even after two-and-a-half hours, it leaves us wanting more – which is as well, because the sequel is due out next summer. THE INDEPENDENT Could this Heathcliff be a serial killer? BEAST (15) HHHHH Michael Pearce, 104 mins, starring: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Charley Palmer Rothwell In the course of writer-director Michael Pearce’s impressive debut feature, the troubled heroine Moll (Jessie Buckley) smashes a rabbit’s head to a pulp and vandalises the local golf course. She is in her late twenties, but there are constant references to an incident when she was 13. She is feral and rebellious, even if she does look demure in her summer dresses. Early on, the film seems to be shaping up as a modern-day, suburban Wuthering Heights. Moll has her very own Heathcliff ﬁgure in the form of Pascal (Johnny Flynn), who materialises out of nowhere to rescue her just when it looks as if she is about to be raped. Pascal isn’t big on personal hygiene. “I could smell him a mile off,” Moll’s disapproving mother Hilary (Geraldine James in enjoyably haughty form) says as she holds her nose at the poacher/delinquent. The action unfolds in Jersey, where a serial killer is on the loose. Early on, we are made aware that Pascal is one of the prime suspects. He has been in trouble with the law before, he has a gun, he is a hunter, and he doesn’t have an alibi for the night the last victim went missing. Pearce has clearly watched plenty of Hitchcock. Much of the suspense hinges on whether the hero is a killer and whether the heroine is in danger because she is with him. The screenplay is very cunning in the way it manipulates the audience: Pascal clearly has a capacity for violence but at least he is not one of the snobbish, middle-class islanders who are so censorious about anyone remotely non-conformist. Buckley gives a sly, sympathetic and sometimes creepy performance as island tour guide Moll. She will seem like an ingénue one moment, demonic the next. Flynn’s Pascal is irreverent and impulsive – the opposite of all those buttoned-up types Moll is surrounded by at home. One of the pleasures is the way Pearce combines Gothic elements and social satire. The ﬁlm is full of sex, blood and death, but the most disturbing scenes invariably take place in the most familiar locations – in churches or suburban gardens or hotel dining rooms or, creepiest of all, a high-street clothes shop. In the end, the serial killer mystery elements are secondary. The ﬁlm is more about mood and feelings than a whodunit. Beast is an arresting debut with a primal intensity that atones for the occasional contrivances in the plotting. THE INDEPENDENT REEL = TALK= JESSICA BARRETT Rockwell joins Nazis in Hitler Youth film Jojo Rabbit, about a young boy living in Nazi Germany who dreams of enlisting in the Hitler Youth, now has an Oscar-winning name attached in the form of Sam Rockwell. The Three Billboards… star joins Scarlett Johansson in the Taika Waititi ﬁlm. You ain’t never had a friend like Will Smith Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin had its ﬁrst preview at ComicCon, generating a positive response for Will Smith’s Genie. The character is “a little Fresh Prince, a little Hitch and a whole lot of attitude”, according to one Disney exec. Danny Boyle romcom adds Cuban star Devil and the deep blue Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn in ‘Beast’ WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (15) BEAST (15) THE WOUND (15) THE DEMINER (15) “A deeply satisfying tale of pathos and wit that credibly links dozens of characters, multiple threads and innumerable arguments.” Toronto Star “Upgrades a familiar sleepingwith-the-enemy premise with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading.” Variety “Touré’s superb, internalised performance manages to suggest wellsprings of longing concealed by a scrim of perpetual wariness.” AV Club “Tension runs high – maybe too high – in what is in some ways a non-ﬁction counterpart to Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker.” The Hollywood Reporter “Not even the threat of universal annihilation will keep this assembly line from chugging on with its mechanised efﬁciency.” Los Angeles Times “Polite society and conventional femininity form a suffocating straitjacket in this eerily intoxicating ﬁlm.” The List “The ﬁlm settles into a familiar coming-of-age trajectory, but it’s always enlivened by John Trengove’s intimate, inquiring eye.” Slant “Why this Kurdish father took these risks is left largely unprodded. Luckily, the trove of astonishing footage speaks for itself.” Metro Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy has been shrouded in secrecy – but details of the cast are emerging. Blade Runner 2049’s Ana de Armas (above) has now been conﬁrmed, joining Lily James and Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon. All-Asian cast breaks Hollywood barrier Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of the novel by Kevin Kwan, is the ﬁrst major Hollywood ﬁlm to star an all-Asian cast for 25 years. It is, says Kwan, “long overdue”. Starring Constance Wu, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh (above), the ﬁlm is out in August. 33 MUSIC FR DAY 34 Lean on me Dominic Boyce, Samuel Koisser, Harry Koisser (also inset) and Douglas Castle rediscovered their friendship U sually interviews with rock stars are conducted in the artist’s natural habitat: backstage at a gig or a pub. Harry Koisser, frontman of indie band Peace, has more imaginative suggestions: London’s Wallace Collection, a walk on Hampstead Heath – or a manicure. We opt for the least likely suggestion. It proves less likely still when Koisser shares his fear of anyone touching his nails – on a par, he says, with his fear of the glaze on a brioche burger bun. Koisser is also colour-blind, unable to see reds and greens, “which feeds into all the other colours too”. We choose a midnight blue. “I had to face my fear”, he says, surveying the end result once the ordeal is over. “It’s a lot less painful than I’d imagined.” First manicure aside, this is a time of renewal for Peace: they’ve moved labels, to Ignition (home to Noel Gallagher and Primal Scream), taken on new management, and decamped to a farmhouse in Herefordshire to write their third album, Kindness is the New Rock And Roll. And as of eight months ago, Koisser, 27, has given up drinking and taken up yoga. Originally from Birmingham and comprising Koisser’s brother Sam on bass, and college friends Doug Castle on guitar and Dom Boyce on drums, Peace burst on ‘We lost our crust and then we found it again’ Peace were the next big indie band, until touring tore them apart – and alcohol laid frontman Harry Koisser low. He talks to Elisa Bray about self-destruction, yoga and why there should be ‘No groping’ signs at gigs to the scene in 2012 as one of the most promising new indie bands. Their uplifting melodies and memorable riffs earnt them a spot on the Sound of 2013 poll. But five years of touring two Top 20 albums took their toll. Six months at the farmhouse were an antidote, after the band felt they’d lost their camaraderie. “Everything had become very serious. We only ever saw each other for planning meetings. We’d been best mates, constant horseplay. About two weeks into the farmhouse, it was back to that.” Thoughts of four blokes left to their own devices in a sprawling house in the middle of nowhere conjures up visions of stacked pizza boxes. “Yeah, it was horrible. That’s how bands should write music together. We were all hippie dudes from a small town who didn’t want to get jobs. We were proper crusties, then we kind of lost our crust. And found it again.” When things took off for the band, the trappings of rock’n’roll fame played a part in changing them. “Touring makes you a different person. Being pampered all the time is cool at ﬁrst. When we ﬁrst started staying in really nice places, and having drivers and stuff, I was like ‘Cool, this is what Ellie Goulding would have’!” Then there were the security guards who would have to accompany the band members to the tour bus after gigs, to keep their “swarmy” fans at bay. “After a while, I was like, ‘I used to be shy. What happened?’” He says that he’s never made diva rider demands, once scrapping with a band who treated his guitar technician badly. That characteristic to stand up for what’s right emerged again last year when a teenage female fan was repeatedly groped at one of their shows. Koisser was furious, and called for action. “I started ranting about it on stage. If places have ‘No smoking’ signs everywhere, I wonder if ‘No groping’ signs would work? It’s your duty as an artist – you’re the host – to lay down the rules.” Shyness is not an ideal trait for a rock frontman, but Koisser never intended to be the singer. “I wanted to play drums – then I had to sing. I didn’t want to write lyrics, so I used to make them up on the spot. I don’t know how I did that when I was 16.” He found a way to bring out his “charismatic front dude”: by drinking. “Booze gave me the courage to do what I do, but it f**ked my voice up and I became really self-destructive. It was feeding a beast inside me. It was always encouraged at after-parties – fans like to see you messed up. Then I was drinking all the time.” He gave it up and took up yoga at the suggestion of his new manager. “People have been telling me to do it for ages, but I was always too hung over. I was really hung over the day I went for the first time and I came out feeling amazing. I think that really helped me to give up.” He loves it and spends at least an hour a day practising the Ashtanga style. “I call it climbing yoga mountain once a day. I get up there and see what happens.” Did he enjoy the rock’n’roll days? “It was fun,” he replies, with a “but” hanging in the air. “I know loads of people in bands who love it, but if you do have a depressive streak in you, it can pull you apart. “Before we started making this album I was lost. Living in London, i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 Drinking fed a beast inside me. It was encouraged – fans like to see you messed up partying all the time... It was exhausting and I didn’t really recognise who I was. There were a few really silent moments, sobering up in my ﬂat. I sort of channelled it creatively.” That depressive streak is exposed in the new album, which brims with uplifting melodies despite the sadness. “From Under Liquid Glass” explores Koisser’s anxiety, and was released in 2017 in support of mental health charity MQ. It’s brave territory for a band that called their second album Happy People without irony. Koisser has been writing more personally revealing songs for a while. How did it feel putting these more exposed songs out there? “It was scary. Especially as I’m quite an upbeat guy.” He recently played his first gigs sober and it was fine. “In fact, I really enjoyed it. I have to turn my amps up louder now. I wasn’t just going out there to dance around, I needed to feel it and hear it loud. There was a thirst for vibrations to hit me which I’d never experienced before, I guess because you’re desensitised when you’re drinking.” Koisser also took a less controlling role on the album, allowing his fellow band members to blossom musically. “I wanted to let everyone do what they do best. Making the last record in studios was frustrating for them because I was always going; ‘You should drum more like this Blondie record.’ I’m a really easygoing nice person in general, but the warrior comes out in musical situations. This time I was a lot more Zen about everything.” When Columbia, the record label that released their ﬁrst two albums, passed on Kindness, the band’s response was to record it themselves and seek a label later. They took a gamble, and went to Woodstock in America to record the album with Simone Felice (who has produced bands from The Lumineers to Bat for Lashes), hoping to repay it all later. “It was a massive risk. It was a really expensive album as well. But two days ago we paid off everything.” They struck a deal with Ignition while in Woodstock. We turn to the title of the album, which like all their titles, is non-ironic, and from the heart. “We were called Peace because we were teenage hippies. I always think of songwriting as being a photographer for the ears: if I can take a picture of myself or a snapshot of the world... I feel there’s a tectonic shift; a lot of people I know are ditching their rock’n’roll thing and becoming a lot kinder.” ‘Kindness is the New Rock And Roll’ is out on 4 May on Ignition. Peace play Leeds International Festival on 5 May and are then on tour until 24 May ALBUMREVIEWS A dynamic celebration of diversity Album ofthe week JANELLE MONÁE Dirty Computer HHHHH Download: Crazy, Classic Life, Make Me Feel, Django Jane, Americans What did we do to deserve Janelle Monáe? Just over 10 years since the release of her debut EP Metropolis, aged 21, she releases her third full-length album, a record that will go down as a milestone not just as a work of art in its own right, but as a celebration of queerness, female power and self-worth. “I am not America’s nightmare – I am the American Dream,” she sings on “Crazy, Classic Life”. It works like a cool mirror image ahead of the hand-clapping, footstomping closer “Americans”, which is a joyful rewriting of the American anthem that calls for people to celebrate the unique, the diverse, rather than reject it. “Make Me Feel” has been hailed as a bisexual anthem, but the way Monáe addresses sexuality in this song, and SPEEDY ORTIZ Twerp Verse WILLIE NELSON Last Man Standing HHHHH HHHHH Download: Lucky 88, Can I Kiss You?, Backslidin’, Villain Download: Last Man Standing, Me and You, Ready to Roar, I’ll Try to Do Better Next Time Like many artists, the 2016 presidential election deeply affected Speedy Ortiz. Instead of intimate tracks about love or personal issues, the indierockers here focus on social and political issues plaguing the US. In “Lucky 88”, they include a subtle dig at Mr Trump’s declaration in his inauguration speech that “The American carnage stops right here”, while frontwoman Sadie Dupuis addresses her mental health on “Lean in When I Suffer”, then addresses the topic of sexual consent in the fuzzy “Can I Kiss You?”. A muchwelcomed return to form. “I don’t want to be the last man standing,” Willie Nelson opines, as he releases 11 new songs two days short of his 85th birthday. “Well, wait a minute, maybe I do…” He has little truck here with the rugged nobility expected of icons of his vintage. The recent death of friends such as Merle Haggard “cuts like a wore-out knife”, Nelson admits on the title track. His quaver as he lowers his voice into the intimate regret of “Something You Get Through”, the album’s one sorrowful song about loss, is a rare sign of frail decline. The payday roistering of “Ready to Roar” follows, as if in amiable deﬁance. OKKERVIL RIVER In the Rainbow Rain TWIN SHADOW Caer Download: Famous Tracheotomies, The Dream and the Light, Love Somebody, Pull Up the River Download: Sympathy, Brace, Saturdays, Little Woman Will Sheff’s previous Okkervil River album, Away, buried the band’s old line-up, close relatives and the rock age. Now comes this rebirth, in which he sounds cleansed of old complications. With his spiritual horizons broadened by psychedelics and Quaker services, but battered by America’s new President, he rips up Okkervil’s gorgeous chamberrock for brash 80s synths and saxes, while his abrasive writing has been sacriﬁced for inclusive humility. Even his voice slips from a yearning ache to something more syrupy, as if dazed by this conversion to positive thinking. George Lewis Jr aptly chose the title “Caer” – meaning “to fall” in Spanish – because he felt himself on the verge of destruction. These emotionally complex songs are intimate yet universally relatable. The ﬁrst single, “Saturdays”, was a synth-pop collaboration with glossy sisters Haim, which is a perfect lead-in to the 80s and 90s pop ethos of Caer. Lewis continues his foray in experimentalism through two seamless duets with Rainsford on “Brace” and “Sympathy”, while the bombastic disco track “Too Many Colors” is typical, exploring the depths of his creativity. Ilana Kaplan HHHHH Nick Hasted HHHHH Nick Hasted Ilana Kaplan throughout Dirty Computer, seems to embrace it as something altogether more ﬂuid. “Go on girl and use that sauce/ if you don’t then that’s your loss,” she urges on “I Got The Juice”, which also shows off her considerable skills as a rapper. Her quick-ﬁre delivery contrasts perfectly with Pharrell’s mellow, sexy murmur of a guest feature. There’s a spitﬁre of a rap on “Django Jane”, an ode to black female power and arguably Monáe’s most political track to date, which recalls wordplay akin to hip-hop artist Rapsody. Musical legends appear in various forms, from a conversation with Stevie Wonder to harmonies by Brian Wilson on the title track. But it’s Prince whose spirit is most present, from the synth hook on “Make Me Feel” to the occasionally psychedelic instrumentation. THE INDEPENDENT Roisin O’Connor ANNE-MARIE Speak Your Mind HHHHH Download: Ciao Adios, Friends, Then, Trigger Anne-Marie is an anomaly in the UK pop scene – an artist who sounds as though she should be bigger than she is. She is less polished than most pop fans might expect, but her streetwise sass is what makes her stand out in a very crowded ﬁeld. On “Ciao Adios” you can picture the curl of the lip and the mic drop as she dismisses an unfaithful boyfriend. 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ConservatoryLand Limited, Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate, Mansﬁeld Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, NG19 9BG, act as a credit broker and not the lender, and offers products from a range of ﬁnancial providers. i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 TELEVISION 37 FR DAY 1 CIVILISATIONS ON YOUR DOORSTEP SAT 9PM, BBC2 Mary Beard investigates the stories behind the most beloved works of art on display in Britain, asking why they were brought here, and by whom. The classicist picks apart our national collections of Roman marbles, Egyptian mummies, Renaissance masterpieces and African sculptures and reveals much about the controversies that surround many of them. 2 THE KEITH AND PADDY PICTURE SHOW SAT 9.20PM, ITV Keith Lemon, aka Leigh Francis, and Paddy McGuinness return for a second series of their chaotic entertainment show in which they take on a different famous ﬁlm each episode. This week they are delivering a pastiche of Pretty Woman, with Lemon as Julia Roberts and McGuinness as Richard Gere. They are joined by an eclectic cast including Philip Glenister, Amanda Holden, Louise Redknapp, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Ainsley Harriott. THIS WEEK’S Tento watch Chosen by Jessica Barrett attempt to discover the cause of the rise and fall of empires. The show features animation overseen by Andy Serkis. 4 THE DURRELLS SUN 8PM, ITV Louisa (Keeley Hawes), has realised that nearly all of the men in her life need her help. Larry invites Henry Miller to stay without realising that their new guest enjoys spending time 3 5 GENIUS MON 8PM, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Antonio Banderas appears as Pablo Picasso in this new series, which explores how the painter’s genius ultimately destroyed him. Banderas plays the artist in his later years, while Alex Rich is his younger self. At the beginning of the series we see Picasso’s creation of his masterpiece, Guernica, for the Paris International Exposition of 1938. 6 MY F-ING TOURETTES FAMILY TUES 9PM, CHANNEL 4 Hayley and Richard’s two sons Spencer and Lewis both have Tourette’s syndrome. After years of keeping themselves to themselves, the family want to “come out” to the world. From meals out to day trips and their ﬁrst ever holiday abroad, the family confront the challenges of dealing with the everyday reality of living with the disorder. 7 PERFORMANCE LIVE: THE RUINS OF EMPIRES SAT 10PM, BBC2 Introduced by Bafta Rising Star and Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya, the rapper and writer Akala performs an abridged version of his epic poem “The Ruins of Empires”. A personal interpretation of history, it follows the course of man’s evolution via astral travel and multiple reincarnations, in an in the nude. Meanwhile, Mrs Durrell’s ex-boyfriend Sven is arrested due to his sexuality. THE SPLIT TUES 9PM, BBC1 Clockwise from top Nicola Walker (right) as Hannah in ‘The Split’; Alex Rich as Picasso in ‘Genius’; ‘The Durrells’ Hannah is negotiating a Premier League footballer’s pre-nup – a tricky negotiation made all the more difﬁcult by the fact that the opposing lawyer is her colleague Christie’s ex-wife. Hannah must continue to ﬁght her feelings for Christie, so buries herself in her work. Meanwhile, the McKenzie case grows increasingly bitter. 8 MYSTERY OF THE LOST PAINTINGS WEDS 8PM, SKY ARTS Works of art which have been lost, stolen or destroyed are brought back to life by Factum Arte, who use both digital and traditional techniques to remake the artworks. The ﬁrst episode of this series follows the recreation of a 1954 portrait of Winston Churchill by Graham Sutherland (as detailed in The Crown), which Churchill said made him look “half-witted” and his wife Clementine destroyed in disgust by putting it on a bonﬁre. 9 BRITAIN’S BEST HOME COOK THURS 8PM, BBC1 Mary Berry is back where she belongs, judging a new cookery competition to ﬁll a giant Great British Bake Off-shaped hole on the BBC. Berry’s fellow judges are produce expert Chris Bavin and chef Dan Doherty, while Claudia Winkleman hosts. The contestants will be judged not just on their baking, but a whole range of challenges, some of which are based on improvising a dish around a single ingredient. The ﬁrst episode sees contestants vying to make the ultimate burger. 10 URBAN MYTHS: THE DALI AND THE COOPER THURS 9PM, SKY ARTS The tale of a weekend in 1970s New York, when surrealist Salvador Dali invited shock rocker Alice Cooper to sit for him. Cooper became part of one of the world’s ﬁrst holograms, wearing a tiara worth $2m and holding a shishkebab statuette of the Venus de Milo. Noel Fielding stars as Cooper and David Suchet plays Dali. Television Friday 27 April CRITIC’S CHOICE GERARD GILBERT PICK OF THE DAY === 8pm, Channel 4 Mari is a successful and apparently gutsy London businesswoman who, seven years ago and while on holiday in Ecuador, met and married a local shaman called Kurikindi. Sean McDonnell’s extraordinary ﬁlm follows Mari (left) and Kurikindi, along with their daughter Sami, as they relocate to the Ecuadorian rainforest, building their own house, hunting piranha, eating live ants and generally adapting to a lifestyle that Marie describes as “prehistoric”. Salvation from solitude comes with the acceptance of Kurikindi’s adopted tribe (they had a vacancy for a shaman) and daughter Sami, who seems to thrive on the adventure. 7.30pm, Channel 4 In Our Wildest Dreams (see left), the Amazon is experiencing unprecedented early rainfall, climate change possibly to blame. Global warming is almost certainly having a perverse effect in Siberia, except that here it’s unusually cold. This, as Marcel Theroux learns, is devastating the economy, driving people to cities such as Ulaanbaatar, where they are burning lots of cheap coal and driving pollution levels to 100 times the accepted limits. game-show genius. I’m becoming slightly addicted to his new creation, in which ﬁve families compete in various silly tasks from the comfort of their own homes while watching and commenting on each other’s efforts: effectively, Taskmaster meets Gogglebox. Last week’s winners, the Garstons, recklessly rolled over their £10,000 winnings and face losing it all tonight in challenges that include naming 10 US presidents, cracking eggs over their heads and seeing who can squeeze the most people into their living rooms. One family manages 91. === === 8.30pm, BBC1 Alex Horne, who also created Dave’s Taskmaster, is obviously some kind of 9pm, BBC2 The ﬁnal visit to Ul Qoma and Beszel, as David Morrissey’s Our Wildest Dreams Unreported World The Button The City & The City 6.00 Flog It! 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Last in the series (S). 9.00 Lethal Weapon Bailey’s sister runs into trouble with the law (S). 9.00 Gogglebox The households’ opinions on recent television (S). 9.00 Portillo’s Hidden History Of Britain Michael Portillo explores Orford Ness in Suffolk (S). 9.00 Jeff Beck: Still On The Run The life history of the musical maverick (S). 10pm 10.00BBC News At Ten (S). 10.25 BBC Regional News (S). 10.35 The Graham Norton Show (S). 10.00Episodes Beverly is forced to tell Carol the truth about Merc (S). 10.30 Newsnight (S). 10.00ITV News At Ten (S). 10.30 ITV Regional News (S). 10.45 The Keith & Paddy Picture Show (R) (S). 10.00Lee And Dean Last in the series (S). 10.35 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (R) (S). 10.00Jack The Ripper: Missing Evidence A recent theory as to the identity of the serial killer (R) (S). 10.25 Latin Music USA The history of salsa music (S). 11.25 Wannabe (S). 11.50 FILM: Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller 2008) Comedy, starring Ben Stiller (S). 11.05 Front Row Late The British art scene (S). 11.35 Snooker: The World Championship Highlights (S). 11.15 Through The Keyhole With Jonathan Ross, Ruth Langsford and Alan Carr (R) (S). 11.35 First Dates A dental nurse is set up on a date with a handsome tree surgeon (R) (S). 11.00 Stonehenge: The Final Mystery Archaeologists pore over new evidence about the stone circle (R) (S). 1.35 BBC News (S). 12.25 Snooker: World Championship Extra (S). 2.25 Sign Zone Panorama (R) (S). 2.55 Civilisations (R) (S). 3.55 The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (R). 4.45 This Is BBC Two (S). 12.10 Jackpot247 3.00 Take On The Twisters (R) (S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen 12.35 FILM: Solomon Kane (Michael J Bassett 2010) Period fantasy thriller (S). 2.20 True Horror (R) (S). 3.15 Kiss Me First (R) (S). 4.10 Come Dine Champion Of Champions (R) (S). 5.05 Building The Dream (R) (S). 12.00 SuperCasino (S). 2.50 The Kennedys: Decline And Fall (S). 4.45 House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 Wildlife SOS (R) (S). 5.35 House Doctor (R) (S). 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His rich and varied life and career is recounted with tributes from lifelong friend Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and Slash – the latter recalling telling Beck that he was the Picasso of guitar and being told in Pollution is the focus of ‘Unreported World’ 7.30pm, Channel 4 Borlu awakens in the custody of Breach as ‘The City & The City’ draws to a conclusion 9pm, BBC2 7.00 World News Today; Weather (S). 7.30 Young Musician 2018 The brass category ﬁnal (S). The Marchant family takes on ‘The Button’ 8.30pm, BBC1 6.55 FILM: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Rupert Wyatt 2011) Sci-ﬁ thriller (S). 6.00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals (S). 6.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (S). 6.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (S). 7.10 Who’s Doing The Dishes? (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (S). 8.20 Emmerdale (S). 8.55 You’ve Been Framed! Gold (S). 9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S). 10.20 The Bachelorette (S). 12.15 Emmerdale (S). 12.45 Emmerdale (S). 1.15 You’ve Been Framed! Gold (S). 1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S). 2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 3.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 4.55 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 6.00 Take Me Out Featuring a hairdresser, a rugby player, a children’s entertainer and a student (S). 7.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold Top 100 Sport Stars A rundown of 100 hilarious sportthemed clips (S). 8.00 Two And A Half Men Lyndsey dumps Alan (S). 8.30 Two And A Half Men Alan updates his look (S). 9.00 FILM: Project Almanac (Dean Israelite 2015) Premiere. Sci-ﬁ thriller, starring Jonny Weston (S). 9.00 FILM: Knocked Up (Judd Apatow 2007) Romantic comedy, with Katherine Heigl (S). 11.25 Rollermania: Britain’s Biggest Boy Band Members of the Bay City Rollers recall their rise (S). 11.10 FILM: The Gift (Joel Edgerton 2015) Thriller, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman (S). 11.30 Family Guy Brian tries to get his friends to care more about the lives of dogs (S). 12.30 Duets: The Andy Williams Show (S). 1.30 Jeff Beck: Still On The Run (S). 2.55 Latin Music USA (S). 3.55 Close 1.20 FILM: Bully (Larry Clark 2001) Fact-based drama, starring Brad Renfro (S). 3.40 Close 12.05 Family Guy (S). 12.30 American Dad! (S). 1.00 American Dad! (S). 1.30 Two And A Half Men (S). 1.55 Two And A Half Men (S). 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 reply that Beck felt more like Jackson Pollock. Good to see that the artschool education wasn’t wasted. === Episodes FILM CHOICE LAURENCE PHELAN 10pm, BBC2 “He’s shut down,” says Stephen Mangan’s Sean of Matt, after Matt receives news that his father has just dropped dead in a supermarket. “That’s assuming there’s something to shut,” replies Tamsin Greig’s Beverly, unfairly you might think, because Matt LeBlanc’s version of himself is arguably the most human character in this sitcom. This is a curious episode of Episodes, much of it involving slightly boring phone calls between Matt and his father’s girlfriend and Matt and his mother. FILM OF THE DAY === 1.20am, Film4 (Larry Clark, 2001) This disconcerting ﬁlm is the best of the close-up studies of US teen anomie and violence that the photographer-turned-director Clark has been making since the controversial Kids in 1995. Based on a real case, it tells of a group of bored and affectless teens in Florida who plot to kill the local bully – but are too dazed, drugged up and dumb to think through the consequences. Clark’s raw shooting style and frank depiction of teenage sexuality mean he is often accused of voyeurism and prurience, but this ﬁlm reveals him as a moralist. And a realist – most murders are probably exactly this: shabby, ill-planned and stupid. 11.10pm, Film4 (Joel Edgerton, 2015) A deft psychological thriller, perfectly modulated to keep you guessing and uneasy, about a man (Edgerton himself) who insinuates himself into the lives of a yuppie couple in LA, claiming to be an old acquaintance. Bully The Gift === Tropic Thunder 11.50pm, BBC1 (Ben Stiller, 2008) An overblown send-up of Hollywood types and values, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jnr and Jack Black as pampered stars who get lost in the jungle while making a war movie. Tom Cruise has a hilarious turn as a vulgar studio executive. 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Georgia Mann presents highlights from this year’s Young Musician brass ﬁnalists. 5.00 In Tune. Katie Derham’s guests include Leslie Howard. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. In Tune’s eclectic mix of music: minimalism to Mozart with a helping of jazz and sitar. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. Pianist Simon Trpceski plays works by Grieg, Mendelssohn and RimskyKorsakov. 10.00 The Verb. With Yasuhiro Yotsumoto and Akari Mochizuki. 10.45 The Essay: Dark Blossoms 11.00 Music Planet 1am Through The Night BBC Radio 4 6am Today 9.00 The Reunion 9.45 Book Of The Week: Sharp: The Women Who Made An Art Of Having An Opinion 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 Humiliation 11.30 When The Dog Dies 12noon News 12.04 Home Front 12.15 You And Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World At One 1.45 Chinese Characters 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama: Deliverers 3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45 Short Works. By Linda Cracknell. 4.00 Last Word 4.30 More Or Less 4.55 The Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 The News Quiz. With Andy Hamilton, Isabel Hardman, Lucy Porter and Mark Steel. 7.00 The Archers. Brian continues to scheme. 7.15 39 ONDEMAND 3% Netﬂix Return of the Brazilian drama set 100 years hence. Lifeline All4/Walter Presents This thriller imagines what would happen if transplanted organs carried memories. Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation BBC iPlayer How the 1993 murder led to a change in the law as well as police and societal attitudes. Front Row. Arts programme. 7.45 Curious Under The Stars. By Annamaria Murphy. 8.00 Any Questions? Jonathan Dimbleby presents topical discussion from Sevenoaks School in Kent. 8.50 A Point Of View. With Stella Tillyard. 9.00 Home Front Omnibus. Parts 36-40. By Sarah Daniels. Last in the series. 10.00 The World Tonight. With James Coomarasamy. 10.45 Book At Bedtime: Nikesh Shukla – The One Who Wrote Destiny. By Nikesh Shukla. 11.00 Late Night Woman’s Hour. Lively conversation, with Lauren Laverne. 11.30 Today In Parliament. Political round-up. 11.55 The Listening Project. 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Thursday 6.30 Mastertapes 7.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again 7.30 Brothers In Law 8.00 Rogue Justice 8.30 But Still They Come 9.00 Podcast Radio Hour 10.00 Comedy Club: Tom Allen Is Actually Not Very Nice 10.30 Comedy Club: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: The Secondary Phase 10.55 Comedy Club: The Comedy Club Interview 11.00 Comedy Club: Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall 11.30 Comedy Club: A Look Back At The Nineties 12mdn’t The Man Who Was Thursday 12.30 Mastertapes 1.00 Rogue Justice 1.30 But Still They Come 2.00 Expo 58 2.15 Shakespeare’s Restless World 2.30 Good News 2.45 Catch Me If You Can 3.00 Closed To Visitors 4.00 It’s Your Round 4.30 After Henry 5.00 The Stanley Baxter Playhouse 5.30 Tom Allen Is Actually Not Very Nice BBC 5 Live 6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Chiles On Friday 1pm The Friday Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport: The Friday Football Social 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up All Night 5.00 5 Live Boxing With Costello & Bunce 5.30 Under The Weather BBC 6 Music 7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00 Lauren Laverne 1pm Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Iggy Pop 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft 12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic Concert 3.00 6 Music Live Hour 4.00 Classic Albums 5.00 Chris Hawkins Classic FM 6am More Music Breakfast 9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven 8.00 The Full Works Concert. A ﬁnal evening celebrating the best new recordings of the year so far. 10.00 Smooth Classics 1am Katie Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones Absolute Radio 6am Christian O’Connell’s Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00 Claire Sturgess 7.00 Absolute 80s With Martyn Lee 10.00 Sarah Champion 4am Jay Lawrence Heart 6am Jamie And Rochelle 9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy 7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah Parsons 1am James Stewart TalkSPORT 6am The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast With Ally McCoist 10.00 Jim White, Perry Groves And Bob Mills 1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00 Adrian Durham And Darren Gough 7.00 The Season Ticket With Danny Kelly And Laura Woods 10.00 The Two Mikes 1am Extra Time With Tom Latchem FR DAY 40 AGENDA What’sontoday... Visual Arts QUEEN VICTORIA IN PARIS: WATERCOLOURS FROM THE ROYAL COLLECTION The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle This exhibition brings together 51 watercolours created for and by Queen Victoria to mark her historic state visit to Paris in August 1855, which became a turning point in Anglo-French relations, strained since the defeat of Napoleon I at Waterloo 40 years earlier. (01833 690606) to 24 Jun IMPRESSIONISTS IN LONDON, FRENCH ARTISTS IN EXILE (1870-1904) Tate Britain, London SW1 The ﬁrst exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during the FrancoPrussian War and afterwards. The experience of artists such as Monet, Tissot, Pissarro, Dalou, Sisley and Legros in London and the friendships that developed inﬂuenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene. (020 7887 8888) to 7 May DAVID MILNE: MODERN PAINTING Dulwich Picture Gallery, London SE21 A major show of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne (1882-1953), featuring oils alongside watercolours, drawings and photographs that demonstrate how, through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, the artist developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing inﬂuences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a language of his own. (020 8693 5254) to 7 May LANGLANDS & BELL Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell mark the 40th anniversary of their artistic partnership with a new series of relief sculptures, installations, digital animations and portraits exploring the inﬂuence of the global Internet companies. The highlights are the precise, scaled-down versions of the headquarters of the major companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, all hand made from white card by the artists. (0121 248 0708) to 10 Jun A NEW ERA: SCOTTISH MODERN ART 1900-1950 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper charting Scottish modernism, from JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe in the early years of the century, to the turn of the 1950s, when emerging Scottish artists such as Alan Davie, Doris Zinkeisen, William Gear, Margaret Mellis, and Eduardo Paolozzi were at the forefront of European art. (0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun SURFACE WORK: ABSTRACT WOMEN PAINTERS Victoria Miro, London N1 and W1 A cross-generational group show across Victoria Miro’s two London galleries, featuring more than 50 women artists who have shaped (and continue to inﬂuence) the language and deﬁnition of abstract painting during the past century, including Liubov Popova, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, , Angela de la Cruz, Adriana Varejão and Dala Nasser. (victoria-miro.com) to 16 Jun THE HOUSE OF FAME: CONVENED BY LINDER Nottingham Contemporary Part retrospective, part kinship jamboree, this celebration of British artist and musician Linder is a exchange between art, fashion, music and architecture, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance. As well as her own work, the exhibition includes almost 200 works by 30 artists, stretching from the 1600s to today. (0115 948 9750) to 17 Jun Talks MFEST British Library, London NW1 The UK’s ﬁrst dedicated festival of Muslim culture, literature and ideas, featuring more than 30 events, with Elif Shafak, Reem Kelani, Razia Iqbal, Emma Dent Coad, Saskilla, Ziauddin Sardar, and Akram Khan. (mfest.org) to Sun RAYMOND E FEIST Topping & Co, Bath The fantasy writer talks about King of Ashes, the ﬁrst in a new Firemane series. (01225 428111) tonight 8pm Comedy BALHAM COMEDY FESTIVAL The Bedford, London SW12 This year’s shindig is a scaleddown version of Balham’s normally expansive bash, but it still packs a mighty, weekendlong punch, with acts including Al Murray as the Pub Landlord, Angela Barnes, Carl Donnelly and Rich Hall. (balhamcomedyfestival. com) to Sun MY DAD WROTE A PORNO Cliffs Pavilion, Southend A few years ago, Jamie Morton discovered that his father – under the delicious pen name of Rocky Flintstone – had written a series of erotic novels. With the help of James Cooper and Alice Levine he delves into them here, in a live version of the smash-hit podcast. (01702 351135) tonight BRIAN HARTLEY B O G SQUAD UK PREMIERE MICHAEL MCINTYRE Echo Arena, Liverpool Michael McIntyre settles in to the UK leg of his Big World Tour – and judging by the number of tickets he’s shifted for the arenas, appetite for his broad, hyperactive and very slick observational comedy is undiminished. (0344 8000 400) tonight and Sat DARA O BRIAIN Watford Colosseum The Mock the Week host gets stuck into a huge UK tour. Smart routines on fake news, virtual reality and terror are on the cards in Voice of Reason – but look out, too, for some inspired to-and-fro with the audience. (01923 571102) tonight ED BYRNE Bridlington Spa In Spoiler Alert, Ed Byrne ﬁnds fertile observational ground in the cosseted lives of his two young sons. (01262 678258) tonight Dance WINDRUSH: MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE Peacock Theatre, London WC2 Phoenix Dance Theatre’s new work looks at the experience of Caribbean immigrants coming to the UK 70 years ago. Plus Christopher Bruce’s Shadows and Sandrine Monin’s Calyx. (020 7863 8000) to Sat Pop MERCURY REV CCA, Glasgow Or, how US art-rock’s foremost symphonic romantics found redemption. Recalling how they took a ﬂagging career and gave it wings, the Rev celebrate the 20th anniversary of 1998’s wistful, wondrous Deserter’s Songs with a string of “intimate and acoustic” shows. (seetickets.com) tonight Pick ofthe day THE STREETS Brixton Academy, London SW9 “I know my exit strategies,” said geezer-rap softie Mike Skinner as he retired the Streets name in 2011. Test the mettle of Skinner’s re-entry strategies with the comeback tour, a welcome reminder of just how great those ﬁrst two albums (and bits of the other three) were. Creation (Pictures for Dorian) WED 23 – SUN 27 MAY ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (gigsandtours.com) tonight AGE 14+ MANIC STREET PREACHERS Arena, Birmingham ‘ONE OF THE MOST IMPOSSIBLE, BEAUTIFUL, COURAGEOUS AND EPIC THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES Trust the Manics to ﬁnd the sharp edges in nostalgia. Echoes of their 1990s anthemic peak reverberate through Resistance Is Futile, an album of extroverted tunes and strapping riffs weaponised with introspective bite and prickly intelligence. Duly, the arena tour beckons. YOU CAN IMAGINE’ THE GUARDIAN (gigsandtours.com) tonight brightonfestival.org Co-comissioned by supported by ∏JANE MAINADE THEATRE FLASHDANCE Regent Theatre, Ipswich Joanne Clifton stars a working-class Pittsburgh woman who works as a welder by day and a burlesque-bar dancer by night but dreams of one day becoming a fully trained “proper” dancer in this great adaptation of the 1980s musical. The script and lyrics are as sharp and witty as ever, and Matt Cole’s choreography is smart, sexy and full of explosive energy. (atgtickets.com) to Sat THE LOW ANTHEM Hope & Ruin, Brighton Between its glistening surfaces and hidden depths, The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea is a wondrously immersive comeback album i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 from Rhode Island’s alt-folkies. The cautionary fable referenced in the title provides a fertile backdrop for its delicate details, warm melancholia and misty-eyed epiphanies. (loutpromotions.co.uk) tonight REJJIE SNOW Academy, Manchester After time spent mingling with Loyle Carner and Kendrick Lamar, this Dublin-to-Brooklyn transplant commands centrestage on a strikingly distinct debut album. Executive produced by Lamar associate Rahki, Dear Annie is a wry, jazzy showcase for Rejjie Snow’s charmingly laid-back ﬂow and keen hooks. (seetickets.com) tonight Classical LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 Thomas Søndergård conducts Dvorak’s evergreen Eighth Symphony, prefaced by Prokoﬁev’s virtuosically demanding Second Piano Concerto (soloist Luca Buratto) and centenary composer Claude Debussy’s dreamily erotic Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune. (020 3879 9555) tonight 7.30pm Opera EUGENE ONEGIN Theatre Royal, Glasgow Oliver Mears directs Scottish Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical romance, starring Australian baritone Samuel Dale Johnson and Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw as the ill-matched city sophisticate and provincial ingénue. (0844 871 7647) tonight 7.15pm Jazz MARTIN SPEAKE Progress Theatre, Reading Martin Speake’s new album, Intention brings him together with the Bad Plus’s Ethan Iverson as well as bassist Fred Thomas and James Maddren on drums. (0845 867 9845) tonight Folk & Roots YOU ARE WOLF + DUOTONE Foundling Museum, London WC1 A double album launch night with You Are Wolf (aka Dr Kerry Andrew) fusing English and American folk with leftﬁeld pop and classical on her album Keld, and Duotone, aka Barney Morse-Brown, with his intimate, autobiographical album, A Life Reappearing. (020 7841 3600) tonight VASEN Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea The Swedish instrumental trio’s latest album, Brewed, is a heady collection of trad tunes and originals, on ﬁve-string viola, 12-string guitar and the nyckelharpa. (01273 464440) tonight World Music BAABA MAAL Union Chapel, London N1 A rare solo appearance by the legendary Senegalese singer, travelling light with just his voice, guitar, songs and social and environmental messages, with music from his back catalogue, including his most recent album, 2016’s The Traveller. (020 7226 1686) tonight Can a body in Bergen be the BBC’s ‘Serial’? The World Service is hoping listeners to its podcast will help to solve the mysterious death of a Norwegian woman. Marisa Bate reports on an innovative take on Nordic noir Theatre THE BAND Bristol Hippodrome Writer Tim Firth’s musical about Take That is an infectious homage to the music of Britain’s best-loved boy band and the power of youthful friendship. The on-stage action never takes itself too seriously as it journeys from 90s suburban teenage bedroom to the present day. Into the valley of death Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy recording on location ANETTE BERENTSEN (thebandmusical.com) to Sat BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent Marc Bruni’s touring production of the Carole King tribute musical, with Bronté Barbé in the lead. This journey through the world of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a gripping human story with real feeling, and has some hugely enjoyable 60s showbiz moments. (beautifulmusical.co.uk) to Sat THE GRINNING MAN Trafalgar Studios, London SW1 A pared-back musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel, L’Homme Qui Rit, devised at the Bristol Old Vic by Tom Morris and his creative team, starring Louis Maskell as Grinpayne, who had his face sadistically slashed from ear to ear when he was a small boy. Morris’s production unfolds like a fevered, slightly bonkers but luridly compelling fairy story. (0844 871 7632) to 5 May SUNSET BOULEVARD Lyceum Theatre, Shefﬁeld Nikolai Foster’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is seamless and visually spectacular, evoking vintage Hollywood glamour with ﬁlm clips, high platforms and staircases and an ingenious mix of cinematic and mood lighting. Ria Jones as a faded star of silent ﬁlms drives the piece with an unbelievable stage presence, a brilliant range of convincing emotions and a rich controlled voice,. (atgtickets.com) to Sat DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS Bunker Theatre, London SE1 Kevin Armento’s fascinating play revisits Bill Clinton’s notorious relationship with his intern, Monica Lewinsky, in the light of the #MeToo movement and the allegations against Donald Trump. There is an almost abstract quality to the play, seen here in a ﬂuent production by Joshua McTaggart: a largely bare dais of a stage on which the perspectives of ﬁve women at the centre of the scandal clash. (020 7234 0486) to Sat O n 29 November 1970, in the remote Isdalen Valley outside the Norwegian town of Bergen, a woman’s body was found by two girls, badly burnt and surrounded by a set of peculiar objects (bottles of water, a rubber boot, burnt paper). Her identity, and how she died, has remained a mystery ever since. The life and death of the Isdal Woman, as she is known in Norway, are the subject of a major new podcast from the BBC’s World Service and Norway’s public radio service, NRK. Led by Norwegian investigative journalist Marit Higraff and British BBC radio documentary producer Neil McCarthy, Death in Ice Valley intends to ﬁnd answers that have evaded police, journalists and crime novelists for the best part of ﬁve decades. “There are lots of clues,” McCarthy tells me, “but she’s such an elusive, ghostlike character.” The team hopes the public will help to unlock her mystery: listeners are invited to join a Facebook page, to capitalise on the sense of community that often helps make true crime podcasts successful – both in terms of solving a crime and download numbers. Higraff had been working on the case for almost two years before the BBC approached her. “The NRK project has generated leads from around the world already,” says McCarthy. “There’s a big online sleuth community out there, but we hope the World Service’s massive global audience gives us a bigger reach.” That reach clocks in at 75 million people. Coupled with cuttingedge technology that the pair use in their investigations, they are “optimistic” about their chances of solving the case. The team is still making the final episodes, hoping to be influenced by what listeners know, and promising to follow every lead. Parallels with the first series of the hugely popular true crime podcast Serial inevitably come to mind. Adnan Syed – currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee – was this month granted a retrial, which many attribute to information uncovered in the podcast. Reconfiguring investigative journalism for podcasting is a new priority for the BBC, and it’s being led by the World Service. Last year, it appointed the BBC’s first podcast commissioner, Jon Manel, and in March, the domestic side of the network followed suit, hiring Jason Phipps – former head of audio at The Guardian – in a similar role. “It’s about reaching audiences that are underserved – not only by the BBC, but by podcasting,” Manel says. The team is still making the ﬁnal episodes, promising to follow every lead from listeners Still, there are countless true crime podcasts. What is different about Death in Ice Valley? Both Higraff and McCarthy point to the immersive soundscape, a mix of eerie, haunting music and the atmospheric sounds of the Norwegian landscape itself. In the first episode, they visit the spot where the body was found with the ﬁrst police ofﬁcer on the scene. You can hear the crackle of forest under foot, the wind whipping round, rain relentlessly beating down. “It feels like we’re inside a cloud,” says McCarthy. “We try to take the listeners out in the ﬁeld with us,” Higraff tells me. “Through the Isdalen Valley and around Norway and Europe.” Recently, questions of ethics around reporting deaths in podcasts have surfaced: when something becomes a pop cultural phenomenon, how easily do we forget that victims are someone’s daughter or aunt or friend? What are the moral boundaries of turning brutal crime into a hit series? Higaff seems taken aback at any suggestion of impropriety. “I’m an idealist as a journalist,” she says. “I want to make the world better for people. A couple of times, I’ve asked myself: what is it with this project? Every time I come to the same answer: it’s an individual, a life, a dignity, a family. Someone out there didn’t get her back. I want to be part of bringing that dignity back.” THE INDEPENDENT ‘Death in Ice Valley’ is available via bbc.co.uk now 41 FR DAY 42 BOOKS Strangers connected by deep roots THE OVERSTORY Richard Powers (William Heinemann, £18.99) Review by Anita Sethi T rees stretch their branches throughout many works of literature, from children’s classics such as The Magic Faraway Tree and science ﬁction such as The Word for World is Forest by Ursula le Guin to scenes in nature books including The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane. Richard Powers’ atmospheric 12th novel is named after the word for the highest layer of vegetation in a forest, and is teeming with stories about trees. This intricate novel formidably forks through time and place, from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Pacific Northwest, showing how trees join the lives of a group of nine strangers. A tree literally saves the life of one character, an Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War, who tumbles out of the sky and into a banyan tree that softens the blow. A botanist discovers that trees are communicating with each other. An artist inherits photographic portraits stretching back 100 years, all of the same American chestnut tree. These people and six others are drawn together during the “timber wars” of the 1990s in an endeavour to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest from logging. The Overstory has an idiosyncratic, non-linear structure, rather like the pattern of growth rings inside trees: “Time was not a line unrolling… it was a column of concentric circles”. Powers’ gift for capturing the passage of time is most apparent in the story of the artist who inherits 1,000 photographic portraits of a tree – thumbing through the photos, “three-quarters of a century dances by in a ﬁve-second ﬂip”. This homage to trees is separated into sections including Roots, Trunk, Crown and Seeds, and the author pays close and loving attention to all parts of a tree. He evocatively explores not only the “overstory” but the “understory”, too, the word for the underlying layer of vegetation in a forest, exploring both the literal and ﬁgurative heights and depths, and tunnelling through to the innermost hearts and minds of his characters. Reading this 500-page novel can feel like wading through a dense forest of words that could in places do with being pruned to let the shape of the story more clearly Root and branch analysis Trees loom large, literally and ﬁguratively, in Powers’ novel AFP/GETTY IMAGES emerge. It is at times difﬁcult to see the wood for the trees – but those trees are so magniﬁcently evoked that it is worth getting a little lost for them. Trees come alive in this novel in vivid descriptions, from “two elms that draped their arms around each other and became one tree” to a man lying on his back on the cold ground at dawn, gazing upwards to see “evergreen tops sketch and scribble on the morning sky”. Powers zooms in on the tiny details of those things that are made of trees, such as the “wild loops in the wood” of a desk. Holding this book in the hands, it is impossible to forget that paper, too, is made of trees. Here is a timely reminder of how trees sustain our, and the world’s, existence as they turn the sun’s energy into oxygen. This is a novel about what trees are made of and how trees make us. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks,” writes Powers, quoting the naturalist and conservationist John Muir. This walk through the woods via words is a passionate paean to the natural world that prompts us to appreciate afresh our place on the planet. ALSORELEASED A HIGHER LOYALTY James Comey (Macmillan, £20) “I don’t recall seeing him laugh, ever… his apparent inability to do so… is really very sad in a leader, and a little scary in a President,” writes James Comey, the FBI director ﬁred by Donald Trump last May. In his damning new memoir and broadside against the President, he blasts him as a shabby Maﬁa don who, he thinks, quite possibly cavorted with urinating prostitutes in a Moscow hotel suite in 2013. The claims made in the book have enraged the 45th incumbent, who, in lurid Sopranos-speak, has branded Comey a lying “slimeball”. A Higher Loyalty is peppered with bitchy asides about Comey’s former boss, whom he paints as an insecure ignoramus bafﬂed by words such as “calligrapher”, and who conducts important White House receptions like an episode of The Price is Right. Comey is, as A Higher Loyalty demonstrates again and again, Top5 Books at heart a Christian moralist, inﬂuenced by theologians such as Reinhold Niebuhr. “I can be stubborn, prideful, overconﬁdent and driven by ego,” he admits at the start. The book is at once an earnest, exculpatory confession – justifying his actions in controversies from torture and surveillance programmes under George W Bush to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election – and a jeremiad against a national leader “untethered to the truth”. One of Comey’s overriding missions is the long-term safeguarding of the FBI’s independence from being “waist-deep in the shit” of the Washington cross-ﬁre, to rebuild public trust in such institutions. There’s also an implicit hope that Mr Trump, whom he describes as a “forest ﬁre”, will ﬁnally immolate himself for obstructing justice. Mr Trump’s attempts to sway the inquiry into Michael Flynn – the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying about conversations with the Russian ambassador – are here laid out in disquieting detail. His impulsive decision to ﬁre Comey unleashed a potentially lethal nemesis in the form of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who may ﬁnally bring him down. As Comey makes clear, such is the President’s “unique brand of chaos”. A lot depends, on reading the book, whether Comey’s versions of various events ring true. Mostly they do, and Comey emerges as a decent, wellmeaning and thoughtful public servant willing to reﬂect on his mistakes. The attributes for ethical leadership he advocates – humility, conﬁdence, a willingness to listen and more – are undeniable. “Forest ﬁres, as painful as they can be, bring growth,” he writes in the epilogue. Bullied as a child, Comey is disgusted by the dreary capo di tutti capi who squats behind the Resolute desk, an absurd symbol of a “dangerous” and “vicious” era. If he is right, Mr Trump’s reign might be reduced to ashes sooner than we think. THE INDEPENDENT 1. The Shortest History of Germany James Hawes (Old Street) 2. The History of Bees Maja Lunde (Simon & Schuster) 3. The Midnight Line Bantam (Transworld) 4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins) 5. Bosh! Henry Firth & Ian Theasby (HarperCollins) Alasdair Lees FIRST, CATCH Thom Eagle (Quadrille, £16.99) A chef at restaurant Little Duck – The Picklery in east London, Thom Eagle also blogs at In Search of Lost Thyme, where he shares his thoughts and musings on ingredients and the season. His debut book is an extension of this style. It takes a spring meal – featuring, say, sea trout, celery and rabbit – and breaks it down into its component parts. Just don’t expect a recipe: this book deals less in temperatures, chopping techniques and measurements, and more in the weight of thought and time you apply to each ingredient and process, as you set about curating and cooking a dish. Eagle potters between giving direction (he tells us there’s much joy to be had in watching every form boiling water can take), to waxing lyrical (you can’t miss his devotion to salt) and sliding into the past (his discussion of the ancient herb silphium, now extinct, is quite beautiful). At times the language strays into the twee, but the gentle, meandering tone, short dip-in chapters and beguiling historical asides make it rather an intriguing, and appetite-inducing, read. Ella Walker NEVER GREENER Ruth Jones (Bantam Press, £12.99) The debut novel from Ruth Jones, star of Stella and Gavin & Stacey, is about second chances in relationships. At 22, Kate has a passionate affair with the happily married Callum, which ends in heartbreak. Seventeen years later, now a successful actress, married and with a young daughter, she meets Callum again, and decides to pursue the apparent love of her life. Jones writes a very human portrait of messy marriages. Bridie Pritchard BURNOUT Claire MacLeary (Contraband, £8.99) Claire MacLeary returns to the private investigators from her McIlvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year-nominated debut. She deftly moves between the two women, underlining that misogyny comes in many forms. There is little physical violence here; the pain inﬂicted is more psychological. The darkness of the subject matter is leavened with humour, and the comfort of the relationship between the leads. Louise Fairbairn i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 All the rage TO THROW AWAY UNOPENED Viv Albertine (Faber, £14.99) Review by Fiona Sturges F or years, Viv Albertine never understood where her anger came from. In the 1980s, after the members of her band The Slits had gone their separate ways, she made concerted efforts to quell her rage. She went to ﬁlm school and became a television director, got married, moved to the seaside and had a baby. But, she reﬂects, “I still felt like a furious outsider.” In To Throw Away Unopened, the 63-year-old digs deep into her past and attempts to locate the source of her rage. While her ﬁrst memoir, 2014’s Music, Music, Music. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Boys, Boys, Boys, documented her early musical discoveries, her career in punk rock and subsequent incarnations as ﬁlm-maker, actor and solo artist, her second deals with her family, speciﬁcally her turbulent childhood and the effects of assorted traumas on her adult life. The book is dedicated to Kathleen and Lucien, her late parents, with whom she had a complicated relationship. Kathleen was a ferociously independent woman who, Angry young woman Albertine explores her parents’ fraught relationship having divorced Albertine’s father when Viv was 12, raised her two girls solo in a north London council house and taught them never to rely on a man or look to one for approval. Meanwhile, her father, a Corsican engineer who worked at a London car plant, moved to France after the divorce and didn’t see his children again until they were adults. It’s with a mixture of disappointment and compassion that Albertine examines her parents’ relationship while trying to make sense of her own memories. Clearing out their respective homes after their deaths, she ﬁnds their diaries, in which they detail their marital disintegration. The journals were short-lived, each kept secretly as ammunition for their looming divorce (Kathleen’s was stashed in a holdall and marked in Tipp-Ex with the words “To throw away unopened”), and they don’t make for comfortable reading. While her father’s entries are full of sadness at his isolation within the family, her mother’s are harrowing, detailing violence, manipulation and sexual abuse. The narrative dips in and out of Albertine’s early childhood, adolescence and her current life as a divorced single mother. There are pithy meditations on beauty, class, dating, ageing, the patriarchy and her ﬁtfully explosive bowels. The structure feels scrappy at times, though it’s an apt reﬂection of the author’s enduringly nonconformist outlook and lively mind. To Throw Away Unopened is powered by a defiant spirit and breathtaking candour. Albertine is enormously funny on sex and self-care in one’s sixties, though she readily admits to loneliness and there is melancholy in her sporadic quests for companionship. Albertine also reveals the ferocious rivalry with her younger sister, ﬁrst set in motion as children by their warring parents, who encouraged them to pick sides. Their lifelong antipathy reaches rock bottom in a shockingly violent scene “worthy of the Borgias” over their mother’s deathbed. To Throw Away Unopened is a brave work, a tale of discontent and destructive behaviour across the generations that brims with sadness and wisdom. Viv Albertine is in conversation at The Wardrobe, Leeds, on 7 May (leedsinternationalfestival.com) ONEMINUTE WITH… Elif Shafak, novelist Where are you now and what can you see? I am in a hotel room in the US. Outside the sun is blazing down, I can hear the sounds of people swimming, shouting, laughing… but I am in my room, the curtains are thick and fully drawn and I am sitting at a small desk, writing. And I don’t want to go out. What are you currently reading? How to be a Dictator. It compares the lives of dictators from various countries. The similarities are striking. I’m also reading Vikram Chandra’s novels. Who is your favourite author and why do you admire her/him I have so many favourite authors, I really cannot choose a single one. Novelists from all over the world, from India to Russia, Ireland to Pakistan, South America to Scandinavia. Describe the room where you usually write… I write both at home and in noisy cafés buzzing with energy. It is a habit I picked up while living in Istanbul. At home, my desk is where I feel happiest, despite the awful mess. I hate silence. If the room is too quiet, I immediately put on my headphones, and listen to an industrial metal or gothic metal or symphonic metal song on repeat, over and over again. Which ﬁctional character most resembles you? There is a bit of Scheherazade inside of me, a bit of Elizabeth Bennett, whose stubborn courage and independence I have always found close to my heart, and a bit of Matilda, too, as I love the way she observes the outside world and quietly messes with people and the order of things. Who is your hero from outside literature? COFFEE TABLE CHOICE The words ‘design’ and ‘designers’ were banned in the Soviet Union until the 80s. Yet the innovations of the republics’ anonymous ‘artistic engineers’ (individuals were not to be gloriﬁed) was considerable. ‘Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989’ (Phaidon, £24.95) reveals more than 350 rarely seen images of products and graphics, from children’s toys to fashion, drawn from the permanent collection of the Moscow Design Museum. Collectively, they reveal a glimpse of life under Communist rule – as well as how the industry was inﬂuenced by the West. Pictured: Sputnik wind-up shaver packaging, 1968, manufactured by the Leningrad Patefon Factory. No one is my hero with a capital “H”. That said, how can I not mention Rosa Parks, Simone de Beauvoir, Marlene Dietrich, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Mandela, Diogenes, Rumi and Shams of Tabriz? Elif Shafak opens MFest, the UK’s ﬁrst festival of Muslim literature, culture and ideas, at the British Library, London, tonight (mfest.org) 43 44 How to Homes & Design Art deco-rate Taking inspiration from a golden era, ClaireBingham looks at how you can apply the style to your home D ark woods, chrome and jewel-toned velvets: the vogue for this lush new décor inspired by the Art Deco era is vanquishing the simplicity of Scandinavian interiors. Instead, the use of luxe materials such as marble and gold is on the up, as is the introduction of bold, graphic pattern. Striking black-and-white chevrontiled ﬂoors and marshmallow satins can add some cocktail party glamour to any home. Here are some guidelines on pulling off Art Deco ﬂair – without the luxury price tag that’s synonymous with the halcyon era. To capture the 1930s zeitgeist in a modern interior, start by playing with geometric shapes. A triangular, hexagonal or zigzagpatterned floor looks really effective in a hallway or bathroom. Of course, it doesn’t need to be marble – ceramic tiles will work just as well. The designer’s go-to for tile inspiration is Bert and May (bertandmay.com). Next, go to town with curtains. Cover an entire wall (or two) in a bedroom with a beautiful pinch pleat surround. The decadent look will add more drama to a room and works brilliantly in place of a headboard. To avoid glamour overload, tone the look down with a pastel shade. Velvet is a lovely fabric as it comes in so many shades. Art Deco loves nothing more than a springy, cantilevered chair. Following the lead of super-cool Milanese designer Dimore Studio, do as it did in Palazzo Fendi and pair an Alvar Aalto-inspired recliner (the poang armchair by Ikea is your friend here) with a spectacularly fringed chaise – the longer the fringe, the better. Any fabric shop or haberdashery worth its salt will have a good selection of fringing, which can be easily tacked on to an existing ottoman or chair. Paying homage t o t h e t ro p i c a l retro style that is Art Deco Miami, try the new Cole and Son Miami wallpaper (coleand-son.com). The chalky mint and rose sums up the p a s t e l - co l o u r e d a rc h i t e c t u re a n d glamorous South Beach vibe. It’s kitsch, so combine with a house plant such as Monstera deliciosa and a gold palm tree chandelier such as this beauty from Graham and Green (grahamandgreen.co.uk). Mirrors are also a big deco thing. Large mirrored tiles look great in an alcove – preferably with an aged look if you can. Or look for slim, metal side tables that will provide pure dazzling lines in a room. The glint of metal contrasts nicely with all the matt velvet going on. Art Deco is as much about attitude as it is about style. Art Deco design had a vision of elegance that was total. It affects every aspect of life. With that in mind, choose an appropriate spirit guide to assist with the imagined styling of your home. Jean Harlow or Lee Miller? Glamourpuss or cool panache? Whether your preference is for a toe-sinking chevron carpet and gorgeous, frilly satin chair, vs something more streamlined and moderately adorned, what both of these have in common is a desire to go back to elegant forms and beautiful materials. The result? A luxurious and modern interior that, like Art Deco, will stand the test of time. ‘Living in Style: The New Art Deco’ by Claire Bingham (teNeues Media, £45) is available now NEWS 2-29 Clockwise from main image: zigzag patterns on ﬂoors and mirrors, as used in Chester Terrace by SHH Architecture and Interior Design, are prevalent in art deco; the gold palm tree chandelier, by Graham and Green, adds some Miami-style tropical ﬂavour; Art Deco style is used extensively in the Henrietta Hotel; Art Deco loves a springy, cantilevered chair such as Ikea’s poang chair VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 45 Fiveto view In association with CAMBRIDGE PLACE, WIDCOMBE HILL, BA2 Price: £1,750,000 What they say: This Grade II listed home enjoys stunning views, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Five double bedrooms, a bathroom, showroom and three reception rooms. Landscaped garden. 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Yes, I would like to sign-up to the FREE YouGarden Newsletter. © YouGarden Limited 2018. — AD CODE — TI129 Business Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson +4420 7361 5718 email@example.com BANKING TSB ‘on its knees’ as crisis over computers drags on By Simon English TSB said yesterday that its firstquarter proﬁts had fallen by 40 per cent to £19.3m as its chief executive, Peter Pester, admitted that the bank was “on its knees” but insisted that it would ﬁght back to challenge the “big ﬁve” UK lenders. As the computer meltdown crisis dragged into a sixth day, Mr Pester said TSB would waive all overdraft fees and interest charges for retail and business customers for April. Compensation is likely to cost it £10m, though Mr Pester said that was “the last thing I am worried about”. He added that the bank would worry about the costs later. The interest rate on its Classic Plus account will be raised to 5 per cent to say “thank you” to customers. Mr Pester said the move to a new IT platform at the weekend had been “incredibly bumpy”, but the bank was working around the clock to ﬁx the systems. Asked if he would waive his bonus this year, he said: “That’s not my decision. That’s for the board and the remuneration committee.” He was paid £3.7m in 2016, including bonus, and £1.8m last year. TSB is bringing in IBM to help to straighten out the breakdown, and Mr Pester said he was taking direct control of the issue. Asked how many customers The EU forced Lloyds to spin out and rebrand TSB after £20bn of taxpayers’ money was pumped in during the 2008 bailouts. It pledged to turn TSB into a heritage “local” bank. he might lose, he replied: “I think customers know this is a ﬁght worth ﬁghting against the big banks. We are a bit on our knees at the moment, but we will come back.” Customers still experiencing problems “must get in touch”, he said. Watchdogs have confirmed they are looking into the situation, while MPs have demanded answers from the bank about the IT meltdown. TSB claims its systems are now “up and running”. One customer, Alan Gale, tweeted: “Really? Why then does it keep telling me that the service is unavailable, just as it has done for the past six days now. “If I can’t log in at 4am, it certainly isn’t because everyone else is still up trying to do the same. A complete shambles is what it is.” The bank has made much of its plan to be a simple, straightforward TSB’s chief executive Paul Pester said customers would be compensated for IT failures that froze their accounts business that does not do fancy investment banking or complex financial deals. Customer deposits grew by 3 per cent to £31bn, while lending was ﬂat, also at £31bn. Proﬁts adjusted for tax increased from £28m to £29.5m in the first quarter, despite the end of a mortgage “enhancement” portfolio that had been provided by Lloyds to boost TSB’s proﬁtability after it was spun out. EVENING STANDARD CONSUMER Watchdog worried by Npower and SSE merger By Josie Clarke Quote of the day The 30 Second Briefing We have challenges getting enough resources we need to deal with all the threats on the platform Mike Schroepfer Facebook’s chief technical ofﬁcer is questioned by MPs about security DOMINO’S PIZZA Why is Domino’s looking forward to the royal wedding? The chief executive, David Wild, thinks 19 May is going to be a high point for the pizza chain as people celebrate both the royal wedding and the FA Cup Final. He said: “People will want to watch the wedding without the hassle of cooking.” Does Domino’s need a boost? Its revenues for the ﬁrst quarter of the year rose to £285.5m from £258.5m. Same-store sales were ﬂat compared with the same period a year earlier, while online sales were up 16.2 per cent, and accounted for almost 80 per cent of its orders. Does it normally beneﬁt from royal occasions? Takeaways do well whenever there is something good on the telly. Domino’s busiest day was during the FA Cup’s fourth round, when it sold ﬁve pizzas per second. What other brands will do well when Harry and Meghan get hitched? Clothing companies beneﬁted during the last royal wedding. The market for fancy outﬁts grew by 1.1 per cent between March 2011 and March 2012 after a 1 per cent decline the previous year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The consultancy Brand Finance reckons that Meghan Markle will boost the UK fashion industry by £150m in 2018. What about small brands? Canadian fashion chain Line the Label felt the force of royal fever when Ms Markle wore its white coat at her engagement announcement. The volume of trafﬁc temporarily crashed its website. After she wore jeans by tiny Welsh brand Hiut, the company sold out for months. Hazel Shefﬁeld A merger between the energy companies Npower and SSE could reduce competition and lead to higher prices for some consumers, the competition watchdog believes. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it would refer the deal for a full-blown investigation unless the two providers can address its concerns. Its initial inquiry found that a reduction in the number of large players in the UK energy market caused by the merger could impact on competition and leave some customers worse off. Rachel Merelie, a senior director at the CMA, said: “We know that competition in the energy market does not work as well as it might. However, competition between energy companies gives them a reason to keep prices down. “We have found that the proposed m e rge r b e twe e n S S E R e t a i l and Npower could reduce this competition, and so lead to higher prices for some customers.” She added that the deal warranted “further in-depth scrutiny” but said that the two firms had been given until 3 May to offer measures to address the CMA’s ﬁndings. SSE said it would “take its time” to assess the CMA’s statement. Alistair Phillips-Davies, the chief executive, added: “We remain conﬁdent that the proposed merger will deliver benefits for customers and for the energy market as a whole and that we will be able to demonstrate this to the CMA.” NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 RETAIL Waterstones set to expand after hedge fund takeover By Josie Clarke Waterstones will accelerate its expansion plans after being sold to the US hedge fund Elliott Advisors, the book chain’s chief executive said. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, ends seven years of ownership by Lynwood Investments – the investment vehicle of the Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut – though it will retain a minority stake. The UK bookseller will continue its run under chief executive James Daunt, who was appointed in 2011, and he dismissed any suggestion that closures may be on the horizon as a result of the sale. “No, the opposite. We’re very much in expansion mode,” he said. “We have been very distracted through the sale process and we have still opened eight shops towards the back end of 2017 and we have opened three in the past 10 days, so we expect to grow. I think having a new owner with a certain amount of ﬁrepower should allow us to do a lot more of that.” Waterstones reported sales of more than £400m in the year to April 2017. Mr Daunt said international expansion might be a possibility but stressed that the shop was primarily UK-focused and an English language bookshop. “On the basis of initial conversations and what [Elliott Waterstones will continue to operate under chief executive James Daunt Advisors] have said, clearly they are ambitious and clearly they will make money if we grow,” he added. He said it was an “interesting time” for the business to be facing a takeover given the state of the UK high street, which has been hit by rising business rates and higher inflation that has knocked consumer spending. “We are a retailer that is doing well on a high street which isn’t doing very well,” said Mr Daunt. “While of course we don’t like seeing companies, other fellow retailers, going out of business, it is giving us quite a lot of opportunities to expand which we frankly haven’t had in the recent past because they have been very limited availability of new shops.” Waterstones, founded in 1982, has 283 bookshops across the UK, as well as in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, and employs 3,000 staff. Deutsche Bank plans to cut hundreds of jobs Deutsche Bank’s new chief executive, Christian Sewing, is swinging the axe at its investment banking arm and cutting hundreds of jobs. In his ﬁrst major move since taking over from John Cryan this month, he Outlook JIM ARMITAGE Brexit means a lot of start-ups are failing to thrive W es Nolte is one of those annoyingly brilliant people you seem to meet only in London. A laid-back South African, he is a super-brain entrepreneur who, while building successful tech businesses, somehow manages simultaneously to make a BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 OIL & GAS Former boss of BG Group is named new chairman at BP By Russell Lynch BANKING By Simon English TV 38-39 said the bank would cut jobs in areas where it did not have “a competitive advantage”. That is likely to focus on Wall Street and Asia but could affect some of the 8,000 Deutsche employees working in the UK. “These actions will involve cost reductions,” Mr Sewing said. “These cutbacks will be painful, but they are unfortunately unavoidable if we want to be sustainably profitable in the best interests of our bank, our clients and our investors.” It will focus on its European arm after a 74 per cent fall in investment banking revenue. EVENING STANDARD small fortune as a day trader on the ﬁnancial markets. Having sold his ﬁrst major startup to Accenture, Nolte is now building another, SalesTrip, hoping to improve the way companies handle staff expenses and travel. He just completed a round of seed fundraising and now needs to hire more coders to get the business motoring. But, where he always had little trouble in previous start-ups, this time it’s different. Not only is the hiring market for coders red hot, but a tangle between the Government and the EU has meant the most popular tax scheme to lure workers into start-ups has been put on ice. It’s called the EMI, or Enterprise Management Incentive, and it means employees of small firms pay only 10 per cent tax on profits from share options in the budding young company rather than up to 47 per cent. Offer a programmer £75,000 of EMI options and they’re far more likely to quit that safe job at Deloitte to come join you; after all, double the share price and they pocket £150,000 of stock but pay only £7,500 tax. “Everyone uses them,” Nolte says. Little wonder. EMIs have been successfully driving start-ups’ recruitment for 18 years, but since 2008 governments have had to get European permission Th his Government says it’s doing all it can to get an agreement from the EU on EMIs back on the road because of state-aid rules. This month, the last 10-year licence came to an end, as expected, but the Treasury and Brussels failed to agree to its renewal. For the ﬁrst time since 2000, EMIs are banned. “It’s a nightmare,” Nolte says. He’s far from alone. In 2016, One of the City’s most high-profile jobs, the chairmanship of the oil major BP, has gone to Helge Lund, the industry veteran at the centre of a huge pay row during a short-lived spell running BG Group. Mr Lund (inset), who is taking over from Carl-Henric Svanberg, will join the board of the FTSE 100 company in September before assuming the chairman’s role in January. The Norwegian’s succession brings to an end a turbulent nine years as chairman for Mr Svanberg, overshadowed by the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Mr Svanberg was guilty of a PR gaffe on the White House lawn soon after the disaster, later apologising for his remarks that “we care about the small people”, and was criticised for failing to do more to shield the then-chief executive Tony Hayward. Mr Lund, who will be paid £785,000 for chairing BP, is no stranger to controversy himself. BG Group was forced to cut his £26m pay package by shareholders before he had even joined the company. Weeks after he joined in 2015, Royal Dutch Shell announced a takeover and Mr Lund earned £15.2m more for 11 months’ work. BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley said he “very much looked forward” to working with Mr Lund and said Mr Svanberg “steadily led our board through BP’s darkest days”. The appointment came as Shell posted its highest quarterly proﬁt for more than three years after oil prices surged to $74 a barrel. EVENING STANDARD 23,000 employees were given EMI options; and you can bet most were working in London’s booming start-up community. Ofﬁcials privately hope some form of extension will be ﬁxed in the next 10 weeks. Note the word “hope”. But for Nolte, that could mean he won’t be able to hire with the usual promise of share options until the summer holidays. Private equity money in the bank, customers waiting to buy, but no staff to create the product. This Government says it’s doing all it can to get an agreement from the EU back on the road, and sources say they don’t think the delay is Brexit related. Not entirely, perhaps, but it can’t exactly help. How keen do you think Brussels bureaucrats are to accelerate a tax break that makes Britain more likely to thrive outside the EU? I suspect it’s at the bottom of the EU’s to-do list. EVENING STANDARD 49 From the business pages Southwest Airlines’ bookings falling Toronto Star Southwest Airlines has warned that its ﬁrst passenger fatality has reduced customer bookings. The US discount carrier expects revenue from each seat per mile ﬂown to decline by between 1 per cent and 3 per cent in the current quarter. It blamed some of the decline on weak sales after an accident in which an engine exploded in ﬂight this month, piercing the plane and killing a passenger. AI-operated body scanner developed South China Morning Post A Chinese state-run weapons laboratory that specialises in developing smart missiles has unveiled an artiﬁcial intelligence-powered body scanner for use in civilian applications such as airports. A research institute said its airport screening system could detect 89 banned items within one second, according to a report from a state news agency. Australian dollar falls sharply Sydney Morning Herald The Australian dollar has moved sharply lower over the past week and could fall to fresh lows for this year against the US dollar if investors continue to bid up the greenback. Since 18 April, the Aussie dollar has dropped by as much as 2.8 per cent, towards levels last seen in December. At 1pm yesterday, it was trading at about 75.70 US cents. Air France in strike talks with unions Le Monde Executives at Air France have agreed to speak to striking employees in a decisive week for the company following 11 days of disputes. The direct action, involving 46,771 staff, is already estimated to have cost the airline nearly €300m (£260m). On Wednesday, three unions called for another walkout from 3 to 8 May. 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Carpetright has earmarked 81 stores for closure. A total of 300 staff are at risk of redundancy, although the company hopes to keep as many as possible. Discount chain Poundworld is pursuing a restructuring plan that could see it shut around a third of its shops, putting more than 1,500 jobs in doubt. Poundworld is considering a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), an insolvency procedure which would allow it to slash its rents and close branches. FASHION BANKING Profits slump at Simply Be owner Bradford & Bingley mortgages sold off Proﬁts at N Brown, the owner of the plus-size womenswear retailer Simply Be (left), fell after it had to compensate customers for sales of ﬂawed insurance products. Statutory proﬁts at N Brown, which also owns retail brands such as JD Williams and Jacamo, fell by 72 per cent to £16.2m. The company reported a £56.9m hit. An investor group led by Barclays has agreed to buy two mortgage books from the defunct Bradford & Bingley bank for £5.3bn. The closed books were managed by UK Asset Resolution, the bad bank that looked after assets of Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock following their collapse in 2008. BANKING CONSTRUCTION Barclays reports loss after US fines Taylor Wimpey slowed by snow Barclays swung to a loss in the ﬁrst quarter as further PPI charges and a £1.4bn settlement with the US Department of Justice knocked its proﬁts. The UK bank reported a pre-tax loss of £236m for the three months to 31 March, having reported proﬁts of £1.68bn in the same period last year. Shares in Taylor Wimpey fell after the housebuilder reported a slowdown in sales and build rates, which were partly affected by the poor weather in March. In a trading update covering the ﬁrst four months of the year, the group said the value of its order book had fallen by 2.5 per cent to £2.16bn. ECONOMY TECHNOLOGY High street sales ‘disappointing’ Sonos keen on June flotation Hopes for a high street recovery from the “Beast from the East” blizzards were dashed as the CBI warned that sales “continued to disappoint”. Trading was below average for a second month running with furniture and carpets, clothing and shoe shops worst hit. Sonos, a maker of wireless speaker systems, looks set for a ﬂotation as early as June after conﬁdentially ﬁling the paperwork in New York. The company, founded in 2003, wants to raise about $200m (£143m) from the ﬂotation, which could value it at $3bn. the markets HELEN CAHILL Barclays sank towards the bottom of the FTSE 100 yesterday as it booked a loss on the back of PPI charges and a £1.4bn settlement with the US authorities. The FTSE 100 index climbed by 42.11 points to 7,421.43. *** The biggest risers on the bluechip index were Evraz, up 27.9p to 449.4p, United Utilities, up 22.8p to 737.6p and Severn Trent, which climbed by 56p to 1925.5p. *** The biggest fallers were Legal and General, down 11.3p to 267.1p, Fresnillo, down 26p to 1,251p, and Glencore, down 7.15p to 370.05p. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 PROPERTY Mortgage approvals plunge by 10% amid growing concerns about Brexit By Vicky Shaw The number of mortgage approvals made to homebuyers last month was 10 per cent lower than in March 2017, a report shows. Figures from the trade association UK Finance showed that 37,567 loans for house purchases were given the go-ahead, compared with 41,722 in March 2017. B y c o n t r a s t , r e m o r t ga ge approvals were up year on year. There were 28,321 such approvals in March, compared with 25,780 in the same month the year before. Samuel Tombs, an analyst at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said: “Mortgage approvals continued on their downward trend in March, demonstrating that consumers are not confident enough to make major financial commitments. As with all March data, bad weather might have depressed activity.” H o w a r d A r c h e r, the chief economic adviser at the EY Item Club, said that mortgageapproval numbers for house purchases were now 27 per cent below the long-term average seen over the past 20 years. Jeremy Leaf, an estate agent based in north London and a former residential chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), added: “At the coalface, what we have been ﬁnding since March is that there are more properties coming on to the market and buyers and sellers are negotiating hard to establish what both parties consider is a fair market figure in the new environment.” Meanwhile, outstanding levels of credit card borrowing have grown by 5.8 per cent over the year, UK Finance said. Personal deposits grew by 1.8 per cent, slightly down on the previous six-month average of 2 per cent annual growth. The level of borrowing by UK businesses was up by 0.2 per cent. UK business deposits increased by 3.4 per cent over the year, which was less than the previous six-month average of 6.4 per cent. The housing market remains muted as consumers worry about Brexit and further interest rate rises following November’s increase. LEISURE Woody and Co tell their toy stories in China By Hazel Sheffield Disney has highlighted its connection to China with the opening of Toy Story Land, the ﬁrst major expansion of its $5.5bn (£4bn) Disney Resort in Shanghai, amid worsening trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. The seventh themed land on the park is based on the Disney-Pixar movie series, and its attractions including Slinky Dog Spin, Rex’s Racer and Woody’s Round-up. Disney gave a 57 per cent stake in the resort to the state-owned company Shanghai Shendi Group when the park opened in 2016. “We’re a local company,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Everything here is built and made in China.” i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 daily money Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of people planning to stop working this year will do so before their expected state pension age or company pension retirement date. An annual study by Prudential found that the average expected retirement income, inclusive of savings and state pension, for those retiring early was £18,567, compared with £21,961 for those who worked until retirement age. *** Dog owners spend an average of almost £600 a year on unnecessary luxuries and activities for their pets, according to research by pet food brand Wagg, while some have admitted to spending £300 a month on treats. Almost half (45 per cent) of all dog owners surveyed admitted that the money they spent on their pet was taking its toll on their ﬁnances. Eighteen per cent of owners said they had a savings account just for their pet. *** Visitors meet the residents of the new Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland yesterday AP 51 Forty-ﬁve per cent of parents whose children have moved out of the family home are staying put and have no intention of downsizing, according to research by Lloyds Bank. It calculates that downsizing can typically earn a windfall of £109,659 for a move from a detached threebedroom family home to a bungalow. Looking after grandchildren is a major reason for empty nesters not wanting to move as more than one in four (28 per cent) need the extra space to look after them. A ﬁfth (20 per cent) are reluctant to leave a home full of memories. ieat Games&Puzzles daily recipe Baked aubergine with spiced lamb, mint and pomegranate Kakuro Zygolex® In i every day How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each across or down run of cells matches the total at the start of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links – eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com. Solution, page 57 RHYME LETTERS 15 15 24 15 23 4 6 9 19 INCREASE H R SA VE L A WI D T 4 29 30 4 4 PLUM 19 16 17 24 9 19 3 How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers contained in a dotted area must match the number printed in its top-left corner. 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Solution: minurl.co.uk/i 9 2 11 HARE 8 1 16 6 HEAVEN RHYME 9 7 3 7 9 4 5 3 7 5 8 DETEST 4 5 6 1 2 15 6 4 How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i 19 4 4 CHILDREN Jigsawdoku 9 BANNER 4 SQUIDS 3 4 4 16 16 13 FLAT 3 24 18 6 6 4 23 9 SE MAUL RUE 27 9 Heat the oven to 220˚C/Gas 7. Cut the aubergine in half lengthways. Score the ﬂesh in a criss-cross pattern. Drizzle liberally with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place skin-side up in a baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until the ﬂesh is soft and tender right the way through. Meanwhile, put the almonds in a dry frying pan. Heat gently, stirring, until golden. Remove to a plate and keep to one side. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add the lamb and fry, stirring, on a medium heat to brown. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, dried mint, smoked paprika and chilli ﬂakes and stir for two minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes. Season and simmer for 30 minutes, adding a splash of water if needed to stop the meat drying out. Cut the pomegranate in half crossways. Take a rolling pin or the handle of a wooden spoon. Hold the pomegranate cut-side down in your hand over a bowl and bash the skin; the seeds will fall out (most of them anyway). Pick out any pith that does fall in; there shouldn’t be much with this technique, but it tastes bitter, so remove any you ﬁnd. Once the aubergine ﬂesh is tender, remove it from the oven. Carefully scoop out as much of the ﬂesh as you can, keeping the aubergine skins intact. Add the ﬂesh to the lamb. Stir and simmer for ﬁve minutes. Check the seasoning. Spoon the lamb mixture into the aubergine skins. Sprinkle over the almonds, pomegranate seeds and mint to serve. HAIL 21 SERVES 2 1 large aubergine Sunﬂower oil or light olive oil, for frying and roasting 25g ﬂaked almonds 1 onion, ﬁnely diced 1 large garlic clove, ﬁnely chopped or crushed 300g minced lamb 2tsp ground cumin 1tsp ground coriander 1tsp dried mint ¼tsp smoked paprika ¼tsp chilli ﬂakes 4 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped 1 pomegranate Handful of mint leaves, shredded Salt and black pepper BLOW 8 17 16 MEANING 27 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 Maths Puzzle Codeword No 1994 How to play Fill the empty squares with numbers that will make the across and down calculations produce the results shown in the grey squares. Each numeral from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The calculations should be performed from left to right and top to bottom, rather than in strict mathematical order. How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet. Solve the puzzle and ﬁll in the letters in the key as you discover them. 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Crystal Ocean was last seen just losing out to Capri in the St Leger at Doncaster last September and this drop back in distance of more than half a mile might be interpreted as simply being a warm-up for more suitable tasks ahead. But Stoute (above) was convinced that the Sea The Stars colt did not stay the Leger distance and we can see from his Grade One summer entries this year that he believes that this ten furlongs will be more his bag. The Derby is only five weeks away, but that’s more than enough time for hitherto unheralded dark PERTH good showing this afternoon in the Classic Trial if he is to be taken really seriously. This isn’t the trial it was back in the day when Troy, Henbit and Shergar won in successive years before going on to Derby glory, but trainer John Gosden is hopeful that Sevenna Star might be the real deal. “I’m not sure what he beat at BEST BET Windsor, but he has been pleasing Kings Shield us at home and it’s not normal to go (1.50pm, Sandown) and win by 14 lengths,” he said. Two wins from two so far and Kings Shield is another Gosden has the scope to go on to much three-year-old on the up, rated a better things. realistic French 2000 Guineas prospect, but he, too, needs to be winning NEXT BEST the Esher Cup Handicap if he’s to Pallasator end up anywhere fancy. (6.05pm, Punchestown) Few horses have impressed more Classy Flat stayer really getting on the turf season than Addeybb did the hang of hurdling. in the Lincoln at Doncaster and this much-improved gelding has earned ANTE-POST his crack at the Group Two bet365 Tuesday’s Yarmouth winner Mile. “He is ready to try something Without Parole continues to like this,” said William Haggas, who attract support for the 2000 actually has him entered in Group Guineas and is now a bestOnes down the line. “There is a bit of priced 14-1. rain forecast, so the ground will be slow and that will suit him.” The unbeaten Samcro is the big horses to stake their Clasdraw in Ireland this evening sic claims; indeed, come as Gordon Elliott’s brilthe morning of 2 June, liant novice, fresh from the picture may be his Cheltenham Festiunrecognisable to val victory, moves into what we see now in open company for the Times Sir Michael the ante-post marﬁrst time for a crack Stoute has been ket. It often is. at the Punchestown Champion Trainer Sevenna Star is Champion Hurdle. not exactly a dark He may be overhorse, having won a hyped, but he’s still top Windsor maiden recentclass and probably ready ly by an impressively wide to beat the seasoned Supasunmargin, but he will need another dae and Melon back over two miles. GOING:SOFT-HEAVY IN PLACES SCONE PALACE HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £15,000 added 2m 4f 1 4-5123 ONE FOR HARRY (D)(BF) N Richards 10 11 12.......R Day (3) 2 121-33 DUBAI ANGEL (BF) Ruth Jefferson 7 11 4..................B Hughes 3 14-535 SECRETE STREAM (D) Ruth Jefferson 9 11 2A Blakemore (10) 4 11271P THORPE (CD) Miss L Russell 8 10 9........B Campbell (5) C,T 5 265542 SAINT FREULE (BF) Miss L Russell 5 10 0.T Willmott (7) H,T - 5 declared BETTING: 15-8 One For Harry, 5-2 Dubai Angel, 4-1 Secrete Stream, 5-1 Thorpe, 8-1 Saint Freule. T.B.A. FAIR MAID OF PERTH MARES’ CHASE (LISTED) (CLASS 1) £35,000 added 3m 1 315-P6 PLAISIR D’AMOUR Miss V Williams 6 11 2.........T J O’Brien 2 -14P12 JENNYS SURPRISE (D) F O’Brien 10 11 0.............. P Brennan 3 22121F RONS DREAM (D) P Bowen 8 11 0.........................................J Bowen 4 623411 SAME CIRCUS (D) D McCain 7 11 0..............................B Hughes C 5 3-2232 SONG SAA T R George 8 11 0...................... S Twiston-Davies T 6 2F3217 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS (D) M Scudamore 9 11 0....J Kington - 6 declared BETTING: 15-8 Rons Dream, 7-2 Plaisir D’Amour, 9-2 Jennys Surprise, 5-1 Same Circus, 8-1 Two Smokin Barrels, 10-1 Song Saa. 2.05 2.40 top tips 10 Wind and Motown Mick have to be respected based on their form on the all-weather, while Vintager was not beaten far in two Group 3 contests as a juvenile. 2.25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2137P/ 133126115-1 13187/1432512360925-3 BET365 GORDON RICHARDS STAKES (GROUP 3) (CLASS 1) £70,000 added 1m 2f 3.35 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Faugheen ridden by David Mullins clears the last hurdle to win the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown yesterday PA Faugheen shows he is still a contender with Stayers win ByJon Freeman Barring miracles, Willie Mullins will be crowned champion Irish trainer for the 11th year in a row on Saturday evening with his biggest ever win tally and a record prize-money haul. But when he ﬁnally unwinds with a glass of something nice and reﬂects on this most dramatic of ﬁnal weeks, it may not be the records, or the millions, or even a ﬁrst ever six-timer on Wednesday, that bring on the warmest glow of satisfaction. If it can be crystallized into a single memory, it will surely be the vision of Faugheen, the magniﬁcent Faugheen, sauntering BET365 MILE (GROUP 2) (CLASS 1) £100,000 added 1m 1131-1 /131914-434 31-2D5 528-34 534443016-1 52197- ADDEYBB (D) W Haggas 4 9 1................................... James Doyle 8 HERE COMES WHEN (D) A Balding 8 9 1.......J Crowley H 6 KHAFOO SHEMEMI (CD) R Hannon 4 9 1...........R L Moore 3 MR OWEN (D)(BF) D M Simcock 6 9 1.................... O Murphy 1 ROBIN OF NAVAN (D) H Dunlop 5 9 1 ........................L Dettori 7 SOVEREIGN DEBT (CD) Mrs R Carr 9 9 1.......J P Sullivan 2 STORMY ANTARCTIC (C)(D) Ed Walker 5 9 1P Cosgrave 5 ALJAZZI (CD) M Botti 5 8 12..............................................W Buick H 4 - 8 declared BETTING: 7-4 Addeybb, 5-1 Stormy Antarctic, 11-2 Sovereign Debt, 6-1 Here Comes When, 7-1 Aljazzi, 10-1 Robin Of Navan, 14-1 Khafoo Shememi, 16-1 Mr Owen. ALMODOVAR (D)(BF) R Charlton 6 9 0............K Shoemark 6 CRYSTAL OCEAN (D) Sir M Stoute 4 9 0 ............R L Moore 2 FABRICATE (D) M Bell 6 9 0 .................................. James Doyle C 7 FIRST SITTING (D) C Wall 7 9 0............................................G Mosse 3 MORANDO A Balding 5 9 0.................................................. O Murphy 1 SPARK PLUG (CD)(BF) B Meehan 7 9 0......T Marquand C 4 WHAT ABOUT CARLO (C)(D) Eve J-Houghton 7 9 0.......C Bishop 5 - 7 declared BETTING: 11-10 Crystal Ocean, 4-1 Fabricate, 5-1 Morando, 10-1 Spark FORM VERDICT Plug, 12-1 What About Carlo, First Sitting, 16-1 Almodovar. ADDEYBB was a devastatingly-impressive winner of the Lincoln having looked a Group horse in a handicap - travelling all over his FORM VERDICT rivals before putting the race to bed in a matter of strides. The form Crystal Ocean was given time to develop into a very good performer as a three-year-old and ended last season with a fine second in the has a very solid look to it and he looks capable of handling this rise in St Leger at Doncaster behind Capri. The main concern regarding his class on his seventh start. Stormy Antarctic returned with a win at participation here is the form of the Sir Michael Stoute yard as a lot of Saint-Cloud in a Group 3 and is respected along with Sussex Stakes their runners are shaping as though they need their first outings badly winner Here Comes When. so he may prove vulnerable to the race-fit FABRICATE. He has kept on BET365 HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 3YO £25,000 added 5f improving with time and returned with a Listed success at Kempton FORM VERDICT so he could expose any kind of flaws in the Crystal Ocean armour. RONS DREAM was brought down on her most recent start at Ayr on Morando was sold for 290,000gns at Newmarket’s Horses In Training 1 3366-6 TO WAFIJ (D) R Varian 9 7......................................... David Egan (3) 6 Saturday and providing she is over those exertions, she has the class sale last autumn to Andrew Balding and may have the potential to 2 1175-4 SPOOF (CD) C Hills 9 2.....................................................C Shepherd H 2 edge over her rivals with her being 5lb clear on official ratings. Same improve stepping up to 1m2f for the first time. 3 1901-9 CONSEQUENCES (D) D O’Meara 9 2..........Daniel Tudhope 1 Circus beat the selection in a handicap at Bangor last month but they 4 1350-1 HADDAF (D) J Tate 9 1................................................................R L Moore 5 meet off level terms here so she may struggle to confirm that form, BET365 CLASSIC TRIAL (GROUP 3) (CLASS 1) 3YO 5 2-2470 ALBISHR S Dow 9 0......................................................................O Murphy 8 while Plaisir D’Amour is clearly better than she has showed this season 6 1-1429 GLOBAL ACADEMY (D) Miss G Kelleway 8 9.. G Mosse C 3 £70,000 added 1m 2f and she could improve for a step up to 3m. 7 256-21 LAST PAGE P Evans 8 4................................................... S De Sousa C 4 1 4116-1 CHILEAN M Meade 9 1 ..............................................................O Murphy 4 8 4145-1 DIAMOND DOUGAL (D) M Channon 8 4(6ex) ..... F Norton 7 2 31- COME ON TIER D M Simcock 9 1..............................J P Spencer 6 GOING:GOOD-GOOD TO SOFT IN PLACES - 8 declared 3 42-1 HUNTING HORN (D) A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 1........R L Moore 5 BETTING: 3-1 Diamond Dougal, 4-1 To Wafij, Haddaf, 5-1 Last Page, 6-1 4 41- ISPOLINI (D) C Appleby 9 1 .................................................. W Buick T 8 Spoof, 10-1 Albishr, Consequences, 33-1 Global Academy. BET365 ESHER CUP HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 3YO £25,000 5 0-1 JETSTREAM (D) C Hills 9 1..................................................R Winston 3 added 1m 6 23-1 SEVENNA STAR (D) J Gosden 9 1.................................... L Dettori 9 GOING:YIELDING TO SOFT 1 155- VINTAGER D Menuisier 9 7............................................K Shoemark 2 7 7-1 SOVEREIGN DUKE H Candy 9 1 .................................. Fran Berry 2 2 1-1 KINGS SHIELD (D) J Gosden 9 4.....................................O Murphy 9 8 21- STEPHENSONS ROCKET Ed Walker 9 1.............P Cosgrave 7 EMS COPIERS NOVICE HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE A) 3 1070-3 CHOOKIE DUNEDIN K Dalgleish 8 13 .........................C Beasley 3 9 017- WAFY (C) C Hills 9 1......................................................................J Crowley 1 4 331-5 DREAM WARRIOR (BF) C Appleby 8 11..................... W Buick 6 (CLASS ) €88,496 added 2m 5f - 9 declared 5 1-223 LAWN RANGER (D) M Attwater 8 11 ..................................... K Fox 1 -214F1 KEMBOY (D) W P Mullins 6 11 10..................................P Townend 6 231-22 MOTOWN MICK (D) R Hannon 8 11............................R L Moore 4 BETTING: 11-4 Chilean, 3-1 Sevenna Star, 4-1 Ispolini, 5-1 Hunting Horn, 1 10-1 Wafy, 12-1 Stephensons Rocket, 16-1 Come On Tier, 20-1 Others. 2 4-12P1 KOSHARI (C) W P Mullins 6 11 10..........Rachael Blackmore 7 03-111 DESERT WIND E Vaughan 8 11 ......................................S Donohoe 7 3 P1/214 UP FOR REVIEW (C) W P Mullins 9 11 10............D J Mullins 8 32519- MERLIN MAGIC (D) D Elsworth 8 10......................S De Sousa 5 FORM VERDICT 126362 TOMBSTONE G Elliott 8 11 8 ..................................Jack Kennedy T 9 5341-5 REGULAR INCOME (D) Adam West 8 2........................J Quinn 8 John Gosden has won two of the last four renewals of this contest with 4 5 -FU1U7 MONTALBANO (C) W P Mullins 6 11 6................B J Cooper H - 9 declared Cunco last year and Western Hymn back in 2014. This year he saddles 222P22 DE PLOTTING SHED (BF) G Elliott 8 11 5........D N Russell T BETTING: 11-8 Kings Shield, 6-1 Merlin Magic, 7-1 Motown Mick, Dream SEVENNA STAR, who arrives here on the back of an extremely 6 7 11250P CONRAD HASTINGS H de Bromhead 7 11 4.............. N Fehily Warrior, 8-1 Desert Wind, 10-1 Vintager, 12-1 Others. impressive display in a novice contest at Windsor when looking in 8 113156 THE WEST’S AWAKE (C) E J O’Grady 7 11 2...........A E Lynch a different league to his rivals. This is undoubtedly tougher but he 9 FORM VERDICT -6303B SQUOUATEUR G Elliott 7 11 1...................................B J Geraghty T KINGS SHIELD has appeared to be well above-average in his two starts deserves his place in the field. Chilean has the strongest form by some 10 534281 BEL AMI DE SIVOLA (C) N Meade 7 10 13......S W Flanagan on the all-weather and if he is going to live up to expectations he way in the field having landed a Group 3 at Longchamp on his return 11 3-U114 A RATED H de Bromhead 7 10 12............Dylan Robinson (5) should be winning this race off a mark of 96. Merlin Magic was out of and having finished sixth in the Racing Post Trophy but he needs to 12 1-415P PYLONTHEPRESSURE (BF) W P Mullins 8 10 12 ... D E Mullins his depth in the Racing Post Trophy but he did beat some useful rivals prove himself on this much sounder surface, while Hunting Horn is 13 22211P A SIZING NETWORK (C) Mrs J Harrington 8 10 10......R M Power in a Nottingham maiden prior to that run. David Elsworth’s colt is entitled to take a step forward from his return to action having won a 14 332887 ASK NILE S Neville 6 10 8................................................................B Hayes bred to improve with age and he should not be underestimated. Desert maiden at Naas a fortnight ago. 15 89452P SCOIR MEAR Thomas Mullins 8 10 8..........................M P Walsh 4.05 3.00 SANDOWN 1.50 PUNCHESTOWN 4.20 16 17 18 19 clear in yesterday’s Champion Stayers Hurdle, making very good opposition look very ordinary, and sticking two ﬁngers up at those who wrote him off as a has-been. Including, it has to be said, Mullins himself. “It really was last-chance saloon today,” he confessed. “If he had ﬁnished down the ﬁeld, then that probably would have been it [retirement]. But he loved it, absolutely loved it.” Mullins’ nephew David, who also won Wednesday’s Gold Cup aboard Bellshill, then paid Faugheen the ultimate compliment: “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the greatest horse of all time.” 1312PP 66-414 -34243 6-555P CLOSE SHAVE Mrs J Harrington 7 10 7 ......Jody McGarvey SURF INSTRUCTOR H de Bromhead 6 10 4......P T Enright BRAVISSIMO W P Mullins 7 10 3..........Katie O’Farrell (7) T EXACTORIS Joseph P O’Brien 7 10 3................L P Dempsey T - 19 declared BETTING: 9-2 Kemboy, 13-2 Squouateur, 7-1 Koshari, 8-1 De Plotting Shed, Up For Review, Bel Ami De Sivola, 12-1 others. BETDAQ 2% COMMISSION PUNCHESTOWN CHAMPION HURDLE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1) €243,363 added 2m BLEU BERRY (D) W P Mullins 7 11 12.........................M P Walsh COQUIN MANS (D) W P Mullins 6 11 12.................D J Mullins MELON (D) W P Mullins 6 11 12.......................................P Townend MIN (CD) W P Mullins 7 11 12..................................................... N Fehily SAMCRO (CD) G Elliott 6 11 12...................................Jack Kennedy SUPASUNDAE (C)(D)(BF) Mrs J Harrington 8 11 12 R M Power THE GAME CHANGER (CD) G Elliott 9 11 12D N Russell T WICKLOW BRAVE (CD) W P Mullins 9 11 12.Mr P W Mullins B - 8 declared BETTING: 10-11 Samcro, 9-4 Melon, 8-1 Supasundae, 10-1 Wicklow Brave, 14-1 Min, 25-1 Coquin Mans, 66-1 Bleu Berry, 100-1 The Game Changer. 5.30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 15-014 1122S1 2-1352 1D1224 1-1111 -32122 1P4478 3/71-7 FORM VERDICT Gordon Elliott has decided to take the plunge with crack novice Samcro, who tackles some of the best around. While there is no doubting his potential as a star jumper for years to come, he will never have had to hurdle at this pace and is reluctantly passed over in favour of MELON, who came within a whisker of winning the Champion Hurdle. His stable companion Wicklow Brave was only seventh at Cheltenham but sprung a surprise in this event last year. Supasundae is better over further but did lower Faugheen’s colours in the Irish Champion Hurdle so cannot be dismissed lightly. PROFILE SYSTEMS CHAMPION NOVICE HURDLE (GRADE 1) (CLASS 1) €88,496 added 2m 4f BLOW BY BLOW (C)(D) G Elliott 7 11 10 .Rachael Blackmore B,T BURROWS SAINT (CD) W P Mullins 5 11 10 R M Power T CARTWRIGHT G Elliott 5 11 10..........................................M P Walsh DEBUCHET M S Margaret Mullins 5 11 10........D E Mullins DELTA WORK (C) G Elliott 5 11 10..............S W Flanagan H,T DORTMUND PARK (D) G Elliott 5 11 10......Jack Kennedy T DUC DES GENIEVRES (BF) W P Mullins 5 11 10.. N Fehily GETABIRD (CD)(BF) W P Mullins 6 11 10Mr P W Mullins PALLASATOR (D) G Elliott 9 11 10...............................D N Russell REAL STEEL W P Mullins 5 11 10..............................B J Geraghty SCARPETA W P Mullins 5 11 10......................................P Townend WHISKEY SOUR W P Mullins 5 11 10.......................D J Mullins - 12 declared BETTING: 5-2 Pallasator, 5-1 Scarpeta, 6-1 Whiskey Sour, Debuchet, 7-1 Duc Des Genievres, 8-1 Getabird, 14-1 Dortmund Park, 16-1 Delta Work, Blow By Blow, 20-1 others. 6.05 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 161147 42-120 21415 21-469 324312 161148 13255 -11017 5411 -1F50P 3143 11434 FORM VERDICT PALLASATOR has turned to the NH game late in life but is now showing the quality that carried him to Doncaster Cup glory on the level, and he numbered Scarpeta, Blow By Blow, Duc Des Genievres and Real Steel among his victims when landing a Fairyhouse Grade 2 recently. There is no reason why he shouldn’t confirm that superiority, and perhaps his stablemate Delta Work can give him most to think about after displaying excellent resolution to land the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 BOXING RUGBY LEAGUE Haye marvels at Wilder’s $50m Joshua offer – and then gets in queue David Haye will take on Tony Bellew next week AFP/GETTY ST HELENS + 3 + x 4 - 9 + 1 x 7 + ÷ 2 + 8 280 1 20 -5 10 13 PUCE SETS PUCK SEAS PUNK SEAM 4 - + 3 5 + x x + ÷ - 5 9 36 x 7 2 30 + x - Results Service 6 8 29 x x 22 5 -5 -10 ZYGOLEX PINK REAM WINK ROAM WIND ROOM LEFT TO RIGHT: grow; haul; rum; ﬂag; grog; drag; snog; snug; drug; kiss; sedate; kids; hate; bliss; senate 5-CLUE CROSSWORD Across: 1 P-a-Mel-a, 3 LP-late, 4 Tr-Y-out Down: 1 P-Elle-T, 2 A-r-rest WORD WHEEL NINE-LETTER WORD moderator OTHER WORDS adore, adorer, are, arm, armed, art, dare, dart, dear, doer, door, doormat, dormer, dram, dream, dreamt, drear, ear, era, err, mar, mare, marred, mart, mater, moor, moored, more, mort, mortar, motor, motored, oar, orator, order, ore, ram, ramrod, rare, rat, rate, rated, rater, read, ream, rear, red, redo, retro, road, roam, roamed, roar, roared, rod, rode, rodeo, roe, room, root, rooted, rot, rota, rote, rotor, tamer, tar, tarred, tear, tearoom, term, tor, tore, trade, trader, tram, tread, tremor, trod YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 1993 1 2 3 4 14 15 16 17 E Z N B C S J F 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 K O G T R A Y P I L Q M X H D V U W EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL, FIRST-LEG Arsenal (0)..........1 Atletico Madrid (0)..1 Lacazette 61 Griezmann 82 Marseille (1) ...... 2 RB Salzburg (0)...........0 Thauvin 15, N’Jie 63 BASKETBALL BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield Sharks 103 Glasgow Rocks 61. CRICKET INDIAN PREMIER LGE, Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad 132-6 (20 overs, Pandey 54, Rajpoot 5-14); Kings XI Punjab 119 (19.2 overs, Rashid 3-19). Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 13 runs. CYCLING UCI WORLD TOUR: Tour de Romandie, Switzerland, Stage 2: 1 T De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal at 4hrs 3mins 5secs, 2 S Colbrelli (It) Bahrain-Merida at 2m 4s, 3 S Dumoulin (Fr) AG2R La Mondiale at same time. Overall: 1 P Roglic (Sloven) LottoNL-Jumbo at 8hrs 14mins 25secs, 2 R Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team, 3 G Thomas (GB) Team Sky at 4secs. DARTS UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS, Manchester, England: M Smith (GB) bt P Wright (GB) 7-1 M van Gerwen (Neth) drew with D Gurney (GB) 6-6, G Anderson (GB) bt S Whitlock (Aus) 7-5 R van Barneveld (Neth) drew with R Cross (GB) 6-6. . GOLF VOLVO CHINA OPEN (Beijing) First round: 64 D Jin (Chin); 65 M Wallace; N Bertasio (It); 66 A Bjork (Swe); S Vincent (Zwe); 67 J Scrivener (Aus); S Jamieson; 68 M Kinhult (Swe); P Pittayarat (Thai); J Guerrier (Fr); Y Lin (a) (Chin); A Pavan (It); D Lipsky (US); G Bhullar (India); J Veerman (US); A Otaegui (Sp); S Lee (S Kor); 69 J Campillo (Sp); B Snyder (US); N Fung (Mys); A Levy (Fr); W Ormsby (Aus); M Kawamura (Japan); N Elvira (Sp); A Dodt (Aus); Jin-ho Choi (S Kor); A Quiros (Sp); S Sharma (India); A Atwal (India); S Horsfield; Y Ikeda (Japan); K Horne (SA); J Smith. 10 60 By Ian Laybourn AT THE AJ BELL STADIUM Kevin Garside 6 Injury mars Barba’s star show for Saints SALFORD in the comparatively modest $2-3m ballpark, and concludes that if the offer is genuine, a scramble for tickets will be a thing soon. “If he’s offering $50m, I’m sure he’s CHIEF SPORTS CORRESPONDENT got a deal. Though he will have to put David Haye sat back in his chair and the money in Escrow [a third-party whistled a $50m whistle. As any ﬁght- account]. Eddie [Hearn, Joshua’s proer outside the Floyd Mayweather Jnr moter] is not going to take his word. circle of boxing sauce knows, that is He’s not going to be giving it him after comedy money. the ﬁght. At 37, Haye has earned “What’s Wilder’s biggest his dinero. His return to purse? $2.5m? Take half the ring in the rematch of that for tax. He’s obviwith Tony Bellew in Lonously got some big backer don next week is more a somewhere. If they can measure of his sustainarustle that kind of dough, bility as a warrior rather fantastic. If he can get than augmenting his pen$50m into a bank account sion, though in this game and say to Joshua you have pound notes always matter. got a fight in the MGM If Haye gets past Bellew, Grand, I’m sure he has got as he believes he shall, then himself a deal.” If Wilder he will be in there swinging can get $50m You have to admire w i t h W i l d e r ( ab o v e ) , Wilder’s chutzpah, a purveryor of said $50m into a bank classic all-American ouroffer to Anthony Joshua, account and offer-is-bigger-than-yours Tyson Fury and all the oth- say to Joshua gesture cooked up by ers in heavyweightland lin- you have a former Mike Tyson ading up a crack at Britain’s ﬁght at the visor Shelly Finkel and uniﬁed champion. lawyer-turned-promoter MGM Grand, To throw a light on the he’s got a deal Lou DiBella. Neither go Wilder thunderclap from anywhere quietly. Birmingham, Alabama toFury, meanwhile, is busy wards Joshua, Haye estimates the seeding his own patch for a fight American’s biggest pot to date to be down the line with Joshua, as Hearn Puzzle solutions 57 was happy to broadcast. “We were talking on the phone last week and he sent me a list of four or ﬁve guys [he wants to ﬁght],” Hearn said. “He says to me ‘I’ll fight four of these guys. Then I want 50-50 with AJ.’ I said ‘you’re on another planet’ and he told me he was going to ring Anthony. I phoned AJ and I told him he might get Tyson Fury calling. “And he said ‘hold on, he’s on the other line’. You couldn’t make it up. Then, later on, we were in a meeting and he [Fury] sent me a picture HORSE RACING BEVERLEY Going: Good-good to soft in places 1.30 1. RAPID APPLAUSE (Nathan Evans) 8-1; 2. Tanasoq 16-1; 3. Bogart 7-2 fav. 15 ran. 13/4l, 21/4l. (M W Easterby). Tote: £9.70; £3.40, £6.30, £1.80. Exacta: £223.20. Tricast: £548.99. Trifecta: £1775.80. CSF: £129.49. NRs: Acclaim The Nation, Ghayadh. 2.00 1. AEROSPHERE (G Lee) 9-1; 2. Shumookhi 9-1; 3. Immokalee 9-4 fav. 12 ran. 1/2l, nk. (B Smart). Tote: £10.80; £3.30, £3.00, £1.40. Exacta: £101.60. Trifecta: £900.50. CSF: £89.15. NR: Are You Locking Up. 2.35 1. MONT KINABALU (T Eaves) 7-2; 2. Alfa McGuire 2-1 fav; 3. Placebo Effect 8-1. 6 ran. shd, hd. (K Ryan). Tote: £5.00; £2.10, £1.70. Exacta: £14.20. Trifecta: £74.40. CSF: £11.31. 3.10 1. ARABIAN JAZZ (C Noble) 8-1; 2. Onefootinparadise 7-1; 3. How Bizarre 10-3 fav. 13 ran. 11/4l, hd. (M Bell). Tote: £7.80; £2.70, £2.30, £1.60. Exacta: £63.10. Tricast: £236.56. Trifecta: £336.10. CSF: £65.80. 3.45 1. RITA’S MAN (S De Sousa) 4-1; 2. Detachment 7-1; 3. Clarabel 33-1. 12 ran. 7-2 fav Liquid Gold (8th). 11/4l, 1l. (K Dalgleish). Tote: £4.30; £1.70, £2.60, £14.60. Exacta: £35.10. Tricast: £825.38. Trifecta: £1808.10. CSF: £32.91. 4.20 1. DOSE (P Hanagan) 11-2; 2. Almunther 7-2 fav; 3. Vigee Le Brun 9-1. 10 ran. 11/2l, ns. (R Fahey). Tote: £5.00; £2.10, £1.70, £2.70. Exacta: £26.70. Tricast: £173.45. Trifecta: £198.40. CSF: £25.48. NR: Blue Vision. 4.55 1. TRADING POINT (Daniel Tudhope) 5-2 fav; 2. Jacbequick 12-1; 3. Zeshov 8-1. 7 ran. 41/2l, 1l. (D O’Meara). Tote: £3.40; £2.20, £5.60. Exacta: £35.10. Trifecta: £194.30. CSF: £32.01. 5.25 1. SHAKOUR (Ben Curtis) 14-1; 2. Wind Storm 13-8 fav; 3. I Was Only Joking 3-1. 9 ran. 11/2l, 2l. (J Ward). Tote: £16.80; £2.90, £1.10, £1.30. Exacta: £35.60. Trifecta: £129.40. CSF: £37.61. Jackpot: Not won, pool of £2,536.22 carried over to Sandown. Placepot: £153.30. Quadpot: £23.10. Place 6: £82.92. Place 5: £35.23. message [with his middle ﬁnger up]. Anthony then grabbed my phone and sent the same thing back.” As Fury sees it, he “jabs his [Joshua’s] nut off, slips, then knocks him sparko: job done”. Meanwhile, back in the suitably bling surroundings of the Park Plaza Hotel on the south bank of the Thames, Haye points out that what the British boxing audience really wants to see is Joshua in with a ﬁghter they might recognise. A David Haye, for example. PUNCHESTOWN GOING: YIELDING TO SOFT 5.30 1. FAUGHEEN (D J Mullins) 11-2; 2. Penhill 2-1 fav; 3. Shaneshill 33-1. 12 ran. 13l, 43/4l. (W P Mullins). Tote: 6.10; 2.00, 1.30, 6.80. Exacta: 18.30. Tricast: 340.53. Trifecta: 497.60. CSF: 16.50. 6.40 1. FOOTPAD (D Jacob) 2-5 fav; 2. Optimus Prime 25-1; 3. Asthuria 20-1. 6 ran. 12l, 5l. (W P Mullins). Tote: 1.20; 1.02, 5.40. Exacta: 11.20. Trifecta: 176.10. CSF: 13.87. NR: Calino D’Airy. RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE Salford (6).........10 St Helens (32)......60 Salford: Tries: McCarthy, Welham. Goals: Shorrocks. St Helens: Tries: Makinson, Peyroux, Barba (3), Morgan (2), Grace (2), Percival, Fages. Goals: Richardson (8). P W D L F A Pts St Helens 13 11 0 2 428 152 22 Wigan 11 9 0 2 315 152 18 Warrington 12 8 0 4 248 187 16 Hull 12 7 0 5 280 248 14 Castleford 10 7 0 3 204 188 14 Leeds 11 6 1 4 210 183 13 Wakefield 11 5 0 6 208 224 10 Salford 13 5 0 8 226 288 10 Widnes 11 3 0 8 197 255 6 Hull K R 11 3 0 8 197 268 6 Huddersfield 12 2 1 9 164 379 5 Catalans Drg 11 2 0 9 142 295 4 SNOOKER BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield): A McGill (Sco) bt R Day (Wal) 10-8. TENNIS ATP BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL, BARCELONA: Men’s Singles Third round: (1) R NADAL (Sp) bt G Garcia-Lopez (Sp) 6-1 6-3; M Klizan (Slovak) bt (12) F LOPEZ (Sp) 6-1 6-4; (4) D GOFFIN (Bel) bt (16) K KHACHANOV (Rus) 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-0; (8) R BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp) bt (9) P ANDUJAR (Sp) 6-4 6-1; S Tsitsipas (Gr) bt (10) A RAMOS-VINOLAS (Sp) 6-4 7-5; (3) D THIEM (Aut) bt J Kovalik (Slovak) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2; (5) P CARRENOBUSTA (Sp) bt (11) A MANNARINO (Fr) 6-2 4-6 7-6 (8-6); (2) G DIMITROV (Bul) bt M Jaziri (Tun) 7-5 3-6 7-6 (10-8). PLAYING TODAY FOOTBALL THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP Fulham v Sunderland (7.45) LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP Aberdeen v Hearts (7.45) CRICKET SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP (First day of four, 11am) FIRST DIVISION: Hampshire v Essex (The Ageas Bowl), Lancashire v Surrey (Emirates Old Trafford), Somerset v Yorkshire (Taunton), Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire (New Road). SECOND DIVISION: Leicestershire v Derbyshire (Grace Road), Middlesex v Glamorgan (Lord’s), Northamptonshire v Durham (Northampton), Sussex v Gloucestershire (Hove). INDIAN PREMIER LGE: Delhi: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders (3.30pm). CYCLING UCI WORLD TOUR:TOUR DE ROMANDIE (Switzerland). GOLF USPGA TOUR ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana). EUROPEAN TOUR VOLVO CHINA OPEN (Topwin Golf & CC, Beijing). LPGA TOUR MEDIHEAL CHAMPIONSHIP (San Francisco, California). MOTOR RACING FIA FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX (Baku). FIA WRC, RALLY ARGENTINA (Cordoba). RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE (7.45): Castleford v Wakefield, Warrington v Huddersfield, Widnes v Wigan (8.0). RUGBY UNION AVIVA PREMIERSHIP RUGBY (7.45): Leicester v Newcastle. GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP (7.45): Nottingham v Rotherham Titans. SNOOKER BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). St Helens overcame the ﬁrst-half dismissal of forward Matty Lees to rout Salford and pull four points clear at the top of Super League last night but their victory was overshadowed by a neck injury to star man Ben Barba. The Australian full-back scored his ﬁrst Super League hat-trick, taking him clear at the top of the scoring charts with 15 tries from 13 appearances, but fell awkwardly in a tackle eight minutes from the end. Barba was seen writhing in agony before medics got to him and, after lengthy treatment on the pitch, he was carried off on a stretcher. With England prop Alex Walmsley already sidelined with a fractured bone in his neck, it promises to be another major blow for Justin Holbrook’s side. Barba is a clear favourite for the Man of Steel award after dominating the ﬁrst half of the regular season and he was again in sparkling form at the AJ Bell Stadium where Saints ran in 11 tries to two. CYCLING Thomas stays well placed in Romandie By Gareth Cox Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas remains in third place in the Tour of Romandie after Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt won yesterday’s second stage. De Gendt produced a brilliants solo ﬁnish to win the stage by more than two minutes with Italian Sonny Colbrelli beating Samuel Dumoulin of France to second place in a sprint ﬁnish. Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic kept hold of the yellow jersey in the overall classiﬁcation ahead of Australian Rohan Dennis and Welshman Thomas who is just four seconds behind, going into today’s 10km up-hill time trial. 58 SPORT CRICKET IPL stars to make financial sacrifice for England cause By Chris Stocks England’s World Cup England’s one-day captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed players will be recalled early from next year’s Indian Premier League in an attempt to boost the country’s World Cup chances. Seven probable starters in England’s World Cup line-up, including all-rounder Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, are contracted to IPL franchises until the end of next year’s tournament. However, they will miss almost half of the lucrative T20 competition in 2019, compared to just 10 days this year for those England players called up for the home Tests against Pakistan next month. The England & Wales Cricket Board are set to ask players to return home on 1 May next year ahead of a five-match ODI series against Pakistan that will act as the ﬁnal warm-up before Morgan’s men open the World Cup against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May. “It’s something we discussed before the [IPL] auction this year,” said Morgan. “It’s yet to be decided how much or how little every player is going to play. I think it’s going to be a lot less than this year. “It’s an important part of guys’ development but in the lead-in to a World Cup we want to be together as a side and really go into that series against Pakistan ready to play.” With the 2019 IPL final scheduled for 19 May, it will mean England’s players giving up a signiﬁcant amount of money to return home early. Stokes (inset), for example, Group matches Thu 30 May South Africa (The Oval) Mon 3 June Pakistan (Trent Bridge) Sat 8 June Bangladesh (Cardiff Wales Stadium) Fri 14 June West Indies (Hampshire Bowl) Tue 18 June Afghanistan (Old Trafford) Fri 21 June Sri Lanka (Headingley) Tue 25 June Australia (Lord’s) Sun 30 June India (Edgbaston) Wed 3 July New Zealand (The Riverside) A lot of the opportunities created in the IPL have been around performances in England shirts will lose almost £700,000 of his £1.4million pro-rata salary for Rajasthan Royals. However, Morgan says his players are united behind the plan as they seek to give themselves the best chance possible of winning the World Cup on home soil. “Our whole plan as a squad and a group has been that for the last two years, so I don’t see a problem around the decision,” he said. “A lot of the opportunities created in the IPL have been around performances in England shirts.” England have never won a 50-over World Cup but will be regarded as favourites next year given their remarkable transformation since the last tournament in 2015, when they were knocked out in the ﬁrst round. Asked if he thought his team could be victorious next year, Morgan, whose side have lost just three of their past 24 home ODIs, said: “I hope so. We’ll deﬁnitely give it a good crack. I think the performances we’ve put in at home over the last few years have been as good as we could have hoped. “I feel we’re growing as a team and if we play well between here and the World Cup we’ll be contenders. With the way things have gone on home soil there’s no reason why we haven’t put ourselves in the best position.” As for his own future, Morgan, 31, is keen to play for England beyond the World Cup. “Certainly,” he said. “A lot of it depends on whether at the end of it I feel I can offer more. If it’s less I’ll be happy to walk away. “But if I can still add value, absolutely [I’ll carry on].” Cricket World Cup bosses say “infrastructure costs” were at the heart of the decision to overlook the London Stadium for the 2019 tournament. Hosts England will launch the 2019 World Cup against South Africa on 30 May at The Oval, with Old Trafford and Edgbaston staging the semi-ﬁnals, and Lord’s the ﬁnal. Eoin Morgan is not bothered by the Tournament organisers spent London Stadium’s omission more than 18 months examining the merits of using the ago that we commissioned former Olympic Stadidrop-in portable pitches um, now used by West to be growing, and built Ham, but baulked ready to be potenat the cost. Cricket tially to be sent to the World Cup 2019 London Stadium. Grounds to be used managing director “But after we unfo r the 2019 World Steve Elworthy said: derstood the unique Cup, with two – Lord’s and the Oval “At the end of the day, elements of what – in London the decision was fairly cricket would require easy but it was a long in that stadium, we process to get there. It was found ourselves at the probably more than 18 months point where the infrastructure costs were probably going to be way too much. So we think the decision at the end of the day was the right decision. And potentially too there’s perhaps no legacy for the sport there. It was disappointing because we spent so much time on it, but I think it was the right decision for the tournament.” Organisers have settled on 11 grounds for the 10-team contest, with Lord’s and The Oval taking centre stage in London. Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge and Durham’s Riverside will all be in use, with Cardiff, Bristol, Taunton and Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl also making the cut. Asked if he was disappointed by the London Stadium omission, England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said: “From my perspective, no. It’s a ground that we have no track record on. The wicket we played on wasn’t previously used, I’d imagine that was a contributing factor leading into next year. “I feel more comfortable that we’re playing at grounds where we have a proven record. “It’s deﬁnitely exciting to see the ﬁxtures announced, and the biggest excitement from a player’s point of view is trying to visualise the different venues you’ll be playing at all over the country.” Semi-ﬁnals Tue 9 July Old Trafford Thu 11 July Edgbaston Final Sun 14 July Lord’s London Stadium ‘too costly’ for World Cup By Nick Purewal 11 M itchell Johnson once the Caribbean, not just for the pace regaled English he generated but for the increasing journalists with tales control he appeared capable of of how he almost showing from an angle of delivery became a plumber that could make him a priceless after almost throwing in the towel asset for England. on a career in cricket. After Toby Roland-Jones was Tom Barber, perhaps the quickest ruled out for the remainder of English bowler of his generation, the season with a recurrence of knows how he feels. the stress fracture that kept him Released by Hampshire in out of England’s Ashes party last September 2015, the Dorset-born winter, Barber’s development has bowler retreated to the county of also become critical to Middlesex’s his birth in an attempt to chances of getting out of rebuild his career. Now, Division Two at the ﬁrst I looked less than 12 months on time of asking. at Johnson’s from signing a professional All of which puts an hostility and contract with Middlesex, additional focus on a aggression he’s gearing up for a year cricketer who not too long and thought that could, potentially, ago was forced to almost thrust him into the start from scratch with ‘I want to be international reckoning. his home county Dorset, the guy who That may sound like following his release does that a huge call for a man yet from Hampshire. for England’ to make his debut in the “I suppose when you put County Championship – a it like that it has happened bow that’s likely to come against quite quickly but it doesn’t really feel Glamorgan at Lords today – but like that,” he says on the eve of his Barber has turned many heads in potential Middlesex bow. recent months. If he needs any additional Eoin Morgan, who had his thumb inspiration before marking out his fractured by Barber in the nets run at Lords today he may well before the start of the season, decide to revisit the archives and can testify to the pace that the dig out footage of Mitchell Johnson 22-year-old can generate, as can the terrorising England’s batsmen batsman who represented the North during the 2013-14 Ashes. in their series against the South in Most Englishmen took to Barbados last month. watching Johnson’s rocket-like Barber was hugely impressive in spells from the behind the sofa as NEWS 2-29 Pace demon Barber is taking his lead from Johnson Middlesex bowler tells Richard Edwards his aggressive approach modelled on Aussie has led to rapid rise up county ranks England’s batsmen were left rattled by bowling of speeds that most had never experienced before. Barber, though, ensured he had a front row seat. Munching on the popcorn as Johnson (below) tore in, in front of baying Australian crowds. “That really inspired me, watching that,” he says. “I looked at that and I thought ‘I want to be the guy who does that for England’. “I take a lot of what I saw then into my game now, the hostility, the aggression. I spoke to Michael Carberry [the former England opener, now at Leicestershire] when he came back from that tour and he spoke so highly of Mitchell Johnson, talking of the experience of playing against him on a lightning fast pitch at the Waca. I took a huge amount out of watching that tour, although it was obviously a shame we lost 5-0. “You saw over the winter, and we certainly read about it, the need for pace in Australia over the Ashes. You look at the way [Mitchell] Starc bowled and Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, they were all bowling at 90mph or around there and it made a massive difference.” It might be expecting too much too soon for Barber to leap into county cricket and start ripping through batting line-ups in the way that Starc and Johnson have hungrily tucked into England’s in the past ﬁve years. But Barber is highly regarded at Middlesex, as much for desire to improve as he is for his ability to bowl at over 90mph. If he does get the nod for Middlesex today, then Paul Prichard, his coach at Dorset, should also receive a vote of thanks. “When I met him in the winter of 2015, I think he was understandably unsure of his future,” says Prichard. “It’s tough, to be released as a teenager and to have your entire career suddenly thrown into doubt. “We gave him the encouragement he needed to get back to a place where he could really push on and show people what he’s capable of. And trust me, he’s capable of a lot.” England have shown time and again in recent years that they struggle against left-arm bowling of the highest class and pace. By the time the Aussies next touch down, Barber could help them ensure that they’re up to speed. VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 The Fan Matrix i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 59 ARSENAL We have had to put up with this lemon for over 10 years, now he’s gone lets try to band together as a fanbase, not keep wishing s***e on each other and hoping the club fails because Wonga isn’t here. All the fanboys need to let it go and get behind the new man. Nuggets (Gooners World) What supporters are saying about your club BOURNEMOUTH EDITED BY JAMES MARINER PREMIER LEAGUE Can’t help thinking Southampton would rather not be playing us at this juncture, as all of their remaining games are vital to their survival and the sheer shame of losing to us, as we are an insigniﬁcance to them, must be unbearable. Garbo (Up The Cherries) BURNLEY Seagull4Ever (North Stand Chat) Arﬁeld is in talks with Rangers and Marney is seeing out his contract. Almost an end of an era as the last few players of 2013/14 remain. Hope they both get to play in the last game v Bournemouth, true professionals that represented the club fantastically over many years. Vizeh (Up The Clarets!) CHELSEA CRYSTAL PALACE EVERTON HUDDERSFIELD TOWN LEICESTER CITY LIVERPOOL MANCHESTER CITY st albans fox (Foxes Talk) Only our magniﬁcent, but very occasionally hapless, team could somehow make us feel uncomfortable about being 5-0 up. Thoughts rightly focused on Wednesday but the more cautious among us will see qualiﬁcation for next year’s CL anything but guaranteed. Nick Harrington MANCHESTER UNITED NEWCASTLE UNITED SOUTHAMPTON Rayvin (Toontastic) Can someone please kindly tap Lemina on the shoulder and inform him that he actually has to pull his ﬁnger out once in a while if he wants a move out of the Championship this summer. His lack of application is appalling at the moment. Nick Roberts STOKE CITY SWANSEA CITY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WATFORD WEST BROMWICH ALBION WEST HAM UNITED BRIGHTON & HOVE We could be better at keeping possession, particularly away where too often we panic and give the ball away cheaply when closed down. Often the player on the ball tends to have limited options which is when we go long or give it away. Yet another wrongful booking for Zaha, denying us points which would’ve guaranteed our survival. The crusade against someone who is kicked and fouled more than any player is becoming boring. Players who attract crowds and get them off seats should be protected. Ollie Potts Background noises indicate the owners are likely to get rid of Puel at the end of the season. Some players may already know this and their performances have dropped off. They had better have someone lined up who will play football rather than hoofball. All roads lead back to Wembley for the Cup ﬁnal on 19 May which will prove decisive in our season. Fingers crossed for an upturn for Keylor Navas, whose current performances suggest Real will be back for De Gea. Gabriel Counsell This season has been more of a ski slope than a roller coaster... all downhill. Another 1-1 at the weekend put the writing on the wall and we deserve it. The Potters travel to Anﬁeld this week, probably for the last time for the next 10 years. We are going down. Hugo Parrott With Deeney a doubt for the season, I fear we may not see him in our colours again. Not had his best year, but still plenty to offer. The forgotten Gray should get a run at Spurs, but faces a lonely, thankless task up top. Paul Cohen It would not surprise me if Sam stays. Moshiri possibly sees Sam as having been a solid appointment, after the disasters that went before. Sam will not be here longer than June 2019, assuming we don’t appoint Emery, Blanc or LVG in the meantime. blueblue (Grand Old Team) The club will make enough money in the PL, and by being a tightly-run ship in general by Ashley, that there should be enough for Rafa to spend going forward. It depends on what he thinks he needs. The scars of last week must heal quickly as there is no time to lick wounds. Our home form has been good and with Chelsea having one eye on the Cup ﬁnal this could be a real chance to bounce back. A win and we approach the last three games on the verge of safety. Nye Williams I imagine Jol could work well with Moore, old head and energetic sidekick – Jol’s a decent guy who isn’t the type to resent Moore’s popularity. Think this is just bookies getting bored, though. mulliganstired (Westbrom.com) We ﬁnally look like a team again – it just might all be too late. More concerned with Liverpool and Spurs’ results. They will both win this week, rendering our result futile. We should beat Swansea. Wouldn’t mind Giroud (above) and Morata up front together again. Charlie Gould Four games left. Where has this season gone? It seems only yesterday we were joint top of the League. Realistically Everton is our last opportunity to pick up points with the ﬁnal ﬁxtures being City, Chelsea and Arsenal. Still not safe but beating the Toffees may be enough. Olly Diamond Hard to see anything other than 3-0 or 4-0 at West Ham, if we go for it like we did against Swansea. That’d put the goal record on the line for Huddersﬁeld, at home, before receiving the Premier League trophy, which would be nice to achieve. ChicagoBlue (Blue Moon) A fortnight of bad results. A loss to Man City seemed inevitable but it’s a huge disappointment to drop out of the FA Cup. Spurs’ mindset towards big games has been under considerable scrutiny as a result. We still need to focus on the League and beat Watford on Monday. Charlie Taylor-Kroll A Manchester City cricket score is more likely than a West Ham United win this weekend. With that in mind, we’ve got to hope Pep takes pity on Moyes or Hugill ﬁnally unleashes his inner Salah. Joe Light 60 SPORT Football Jonathan Liew EUROPA LEAGUE Arsenal silenced Zidane knows what he by Griezmann’s is doing far more than sucker punch for depleted Atletico he is given credit for H alf-time at the Allianz minutes, turning a 1-1 draw into Arena, after which a a 3-1 victory. But is not it simply sub-par Real Madrid about substitutions: during last had miraculously year’s Champions League ﬁnal at emerged level against Cardiff, it was Zidane’s detailed Bayern Munich, the joke doing the tactical instructions at half-time rounds was that Zinedine Zidane that helped transform the match. would be clapping furiously in the Quietly and by degrees, Zidane dressing room. The Real Madrid is developing a reputation as a manager is often described in genuine game-changer, or at the Spain, rather disparagingly, as very least someone who might just a “clap-your-hands coach”, one know what he is doing. who rules by inaction rather than There may be little particularly intervention, empty platitudes novel or radical about Zidanerather than genuine expertise. It’s ball, there is clearly a philosophy a way of telling the world that a at work there. There is a clear guy who has won two Champions emphasis on creating numerical Leagues in his ﬁrst two years of superiorities all over the pitch. management simply got lucky. A The importance of playing fraud by any other name. between the lines. Of spreading What happened, instead, was the ball quickly. At the very least, this. Isco was injured, and so Zidane’s reputation as little more Zidane (below) replaced him with than a facilitator has clearly been Marco Asensio. It didn’t look a overplayed a tad. He genuinely straight swap: why not does think about Mateo Kovacic, if you this stuff. Zidane’s wanted to replace Isco’s Perhaps the reason cultured control in the Zidane’s managerial reputation middle of the pitch? talents are underplayed as little Why not the far more is that they defy any sort more than experienced Gareth Bale of easy categorisation. a facilitator or Karim Benzema? Clearly there’s a cerebral has been But Zidane had his element at work there, overplayed. He but on some level it’s reasons. Though he thinks about was happy with how about intuition as much Real were playing in as instruction. this stuff possession, he was less But there are human pleased with their work qualities on show, too: off the ball, where Thiago and the humility to make a change, James Rodriguez were passing essentially admitting your through them with ease. He wanted original game-plan didn’t work. Asensio’s tactical discipline, his The courage to hook Cristiano elastic press, his lightning pace Ronaldo; Zidane was the ﬁrst Real on the counter attack. Within 12 manager who dared to do so for minutes of coming on, Asensio tactical reasons. sprang out of defence after a And of course, there’s still plenty corner, intercepted a stray pass there for his detractors to grasp from Raﬁnha and launched a hold of. Yes, Real have been badly clinical counter-attack to score the found out during this season’s La decisive goal. Liga campaign. Yes, they still look Another problem solved, then. fragile at set pieces. But it’s easy Another clutch game won. And to forget that we’re talking about a even if Zidane was keen to deﬂect coach in only his second full season the praise (“you can’t say it’s in top-level management. my coaching,” he insisted), the It would be obstinate in curious thing about this curiously the extreme to deny the underperforming, potential for Zidane to curiously develop, to learn, even to overachieving improve over time. Zidane team is Yes, his playing that a pattern is career afforded him beginning to emerge. advantages that many For a coach widely of his predecessors derided as a cipher, never enjoyed. And Zidane is developing a yes, he took over the habit of making decisive wealthiest club in the changes in big games. world. But Zidane is on There was, for the verge of becoming example, the late the ﬁrst coach to win double-substitution three Champions against Paris Leagues in a row Saint-Germain, since the 1970s. You in which Asensio don’t do that just by and Lucas Vazquez clapping your hands. ran riot in the last 10 THE INDEPENDENT ARSENAL Lacazette 61 1 ATLETICO MADRID Griezmann 82 1 By Miguel Delaney AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM Rather than the start of a perfect send-off, this was a perfect illustration of why Diego Simeone has made Atletico Madrid masters of two-legged knock-out football and why Arsène Wenger is considered so far behind. It is why he’s leaving. Atletico overcame a 10th minute second booking for Sime Vrsaljko, an immediate red card for Simeone, a vibrant Arsenal atmosphere for Wenger and even an Arsenal lead. The electric Antoine Griezmann aptly bided his time to come alive late on, his silence-causing away goal cancelling out Alex Lacazette’s storming header. That is the great frustration for Arsenal, to add to the great task now at hand. They had looked to rise to the occasion of Wenger’s last European home game, and to the challenge. They had been the better side against a side who have proved themselves so much better in Europe. They had claimed the lead. They were in control. Now they absolutely have to score against a side who are probably the best on the continent at keeping a clean sheet at home. They will need something resembling the ﬁrst hour from this game, and so much more. Arsenal were all over Atletico in the early stages, and this was not down to Simeone’s willingness to deﬁantly sit back away from home. From the start, Arsenal were driving them back and ﬁnding space. Almost Arsenal Ospina Bellerin Mustaﬁ Koscielny Monreal Ramsey Wilshere Xhaka Welbeck Özil Lacazette Griezmann Gameiro Koke Partey Saul Correa Lucas Godin Gimenez Vrsaljko Antoine Griezmann equalises with Shkodran Mustaﬁ grounded REUTERS Oblak Atletico Madrid Substitutions: Arsenal none; Atletico Madrid Gabi (Gameiro, 65), Savic (Correa, 75), Torres (Griezmann, 85). Booked: Atletico Madrid Vrsaljko (twice). Sent-off: Atletico Madrid Vrsaljko (9). Man of the match Lacazette. Match rating 8/10. Possession: Arsenal 72% Atletico Madrid 28%. Attempts on target: Arsenal 8 Atletico Madrid 5. Referee C Turpin (Fr). Attendance 59,066. too much space. Lacazette was found for a volley only to waste it, and then found for a header only for the exceptional Jan Oblak to save it. Then came the fury. In the face of such an onslaught, Atletico attempted to stiﬂe Arsenal using one of their most effective gameplans: gloriously cynical aggression, and snide gamebreaking tackles. It didn’t stop them feeling hard done by, though. Having been booked in the ﬁrst minute for a foul on Jack Wilshere, Vrsaljko went in a little late on Lacazette and was sent off. It infuriated Simeone, to the point he so complained to referee Clement Turpin that he quickly followed his full-back off. The opposition were down to 10 men, and with no manager to guide them. Against Atletico, though, it was the ultimate challenge. The Spanish side relish this. Arsenal would have to find a way to open a side whose manager ensures they thrive on a sense of injustice and deﬁance. The home crowd began to get frustrated at perceived diving, but that’s Snarling Simeone offers Gunners a gritty glimpse of the club’s future Evan Bartlett Few of the Arsenal fans who shufﬂed into the Emirates last night would have counted themselves as members of the ‘Wenger in’ campaign. The atmosphere was a notch up from their last ﬁxture here against West Ham United, no doubt, but there were certainly no chants of “Arsène Wenger, we want you to stay.” After 22 years of routine, the Arsenal faithful are ready for change. While David Moyes would hardly have roused a sense of envious longing from the home faithful when he was here last Sunday, his replacement in the away dugout last night certainly did. Not that Diego Simeone lasted in the dugout for very long – sent to the stands for dissent shortly after his side were reduced to 10 men following Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card. It was an ugly moment from Simeone, wagging his ﬁnger and mouthing expletives at French referee Clément Turpin, who should be praised for the way he handled those helter-skelter opening exchanges. Atletico were rocked early and conceded plenty of chances, with Jack Wilshere, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck all guilty of proﬂigacy in front of goal. But from then on it turned into a masterclass in the kind of backsto-the-wall football Simeone’s side have become renowned for in the past half decade – football a Wenger team would never dream of playing. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 61 LEAGUE TWO Chesterfield’s sad decline is a lesson in mismanagement Graham Smyth says scandal and bad decisions has led to the end of almost a century of League football F all part of the playbook. Arsenal just had to keep the electrical charge, especially against this kind of rustic European experience. Atletico brought basically every player back around their goal, utterly assured of their ability to defend. Then again, they’ve been in this situation with 10 men against Barcelona and Real Madrid plenty of times. Atletico were inviting Arsenal to try crosses, and Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin meeting everyone of them while Lacazette was getting nowhere. You would never have expected the French striker to score in Where Arsenal were pleasing on the eye, all gentle caresses and clever ﬂicks round the corner, Atletico played on the counter-attack, were direct, niggly and happy to indulge in gamesmanship. They are a team packed with wily, streetwise footballers. Four-four-f**kingtwo with just a twist of continental ﬂair. Diego Godin – the Atletico captain and embodiment of Simeone-ball – showcased that approach just as his side were at their most stretched, cleverly putting his body between ball and Aaron Ramsey to draw a foul and a few moments of much-needed breath-catching. This was the kind of football the red half of north London got used to in Wenger’s early years – a hangover from the George the air. But that was precisely what he did, making the run to Lucas Hernandez’s side and getting above him. The great beauty of this gritty Atletico, though, is they don’t get down. They keep fully trusting the Dimitri Payet set up both goals as Marseille beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 in their ﬁrst leg. Former Newcastle midﬁelder Florian Thauvin headed the ﬁrst before ex-Spurs man Clinton Njié doubled the advantage. Diego Simeone reacts after being sent to the stands last night Graham era – but one that has been noticeably absent since the move to the Emirates stadium. For another reminder of how things were – how things might be again should Stan Kroenke plan. They don’t panic. That was shown when Arsenal kept up the pressure after the Lacazette goal, but it didn’t lead anything other than panic at the other end. Gimenez launched the ball up for Griezmann, with Shkodran Mustaﬁ out of position and Laurent Koscielny suddenly caught. He stretched to try and clear the ball, but Arsenal were stretched too far. Griezmann scored. The second leg, absolutely having to score against this team, might be a challenge too far. There’s no better side at spoiling the game, and the party. THE INDEPENDENT and co make a move for Simeone – Atletico were even wearing yellow and navy blue: those traditional colours of Arsenal away. The Arsenal of the 21st century did properly kick into gear on the hour mark though: a series of neat passes ﬁzzed across the edge of the box, Wilshere cantered to the byline and whipped in a cross for Lacazette to nod home. A goal that got better with every replay. Cue the time-honoured chants of “one-nil to the Arsenal”. Sadly for Wenger, that score could not be improved upon – his players lacking that old, ruthless edge of a decade ago that would have put this tie to bed. And then Antoine Griezmann stuck for Atletico. A classic Arsenal performance under Wenger – and a classic Atletico one under Simeone. rom glimpsing Championship football to staring non-league full in the face, Chesterﬁeld’s decline has been eye-watering. Three years of failure on the pitch is bad enough, but for all the defeats, it is off-ﬁeld scandal, gaffes and poor decisions Gary Caldwell had to make do with a that have compounded supporters’ team full of inexperienced players misery. In May 2015, Paul Cook led a An injury crisis and a knack of Chesterﬁeld team that included conceding late goals brought future Premier League star Sam another relegation and his Clucas to the League One play-offs. departure. Three years later Cook is Off the pitch, things haven’t been celebrating a League One title much better. The summer 2016 with Wigan while the Spireites signing of Ched Evans brought are managerless, rock bottom controversy, but few goals. of League Two and will exit the The national gaze was drawn Football League for the ﬁrst time back to the Proact when a rafﬂe in 97 years. It has been a bitter, for a place on a pre-season tour bewildering decline. attracted just a handful of entries, In the club’s 152-year history, so a club employee invented a there have been few darker days winner: James Higgins. than Saturday, when a 4-1 defeat ‘Higgins’ was struck down by at Forest Green Rovers all-butillness and couldn’t go on tour but conﬁrmed their relegation. fans rumbled the ruse and the Fans believe the rot set in when police and council stepped in to Cook made his exit, two days after investigate. their play-off semi-ﬁnal defeat by Just this week, they’ve been Preston. Four men have followed forced to cancel the Player of the him into the Proact dugout. Year award, after a protest vote by The team Cook built was fed-up supporters threatened to dismantled. Players like Clucas crown an unworthy player. and Tendayi Darikwa sold to Owner Dave Allen’s legacy bigger, richer clubs. Dean includes the shiny Proact Saunders’ signings Stadium, Wembley failed to ﬁll the void, trips and that the Welshman swashbuckling Cook blowing money side, as well as the on two-year deals loss of Football Chesterﬁeld have for players who League status. been members of contributed little. Despite the Football League for 97 years Twenty-three impressive player games later Danny sales, the ﬁnancial Wilson was the new performance has been manager. He was gone by poor. The club’s debt, the January 2017, sacked after a vast majority of which is to poor start to the season. the owner, stands at around £10m. Ex Wigan boss Gary Caldwell Allen, who stormed out of the arrived, signed a bunch of kids on 2016 AGM, quit as chairman and loan and watched helplessly as the hasn’t spoken publicly since, has inevitable relegation occurred. continually had to put his hand in The club widened their pitch his pocket. The casino magnate has but signed no wingers. They made put the club up for sale, taken it off striker Chris O’Grady, scorer the market then put it back on at a of three goals this season, their more reasonable price. record wage earner. They marched A Chinese consortium’s bid fell bravely into the League Two land apart amid miscommunication of giants with 5ft 7ins midﬁelders earlier this year and a recent bid and inexperienced youngsters. from a domestic group has been In an all-too familiar scenario, given a deadline of today. a poor start to the season meant The future is uncertain. The another new manager. most oft-repeated question among Director Ashley Carson said he fans and commentators is “where wanted experience and promptly did it all go wrong?” “Can it get any appointed rookie Jack Lester. worse?” is a close second. 97 62 Football FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Wembley up for sale: FA Sport Fulham and NFL team owner tables bid to buy home of football – paving way for London gridiron franchise There is no suggestion Fulham would use the venue and last month The Football Association is in the club were given planning permisadvanced talks over a deal worth in sion to redevelop their Craven Cotexcess of £500m to sell Wembley Sta- tage home. dium to Fulham owner Shahid Khan. The Jaguars play one match in He approached chief executive London per year but moving for the Martin Glenn during a meeting at the full regular season would mean them Super Bowl in February last year over taking up residency between Septhe possibility of reaching a sensation- tember and December each year. al agreement, which has significant England will continue to play the ramiﬁcations for English football. majority of home matches at Weml Wembley will still be home to the bley but once the Jaguars are in situ England team but they are set to play they would be expected to take their more games across the country. autumn ﬁxtures around the country. l £500m raised by the sale will It is understood the FA is keen be spent on building up to to stress Wembley will re1,500 artificial pitches main English football’s nationwide, boosting home and Khan has no grass-roots football. plans to rename the l Khan could one stadium. The ground’s day move his Jackfull name is “Wembley Money raised by sonville Jaguars to Stadium powered by the Wembley sale Wembley, potentially EE” and while Khan is would be used to build 1,500 artiﬁcial dealing a blow to Totlikely to agree a similar football pitches tenham Hotspur’s amsubsidiary sponsorship bition to be home to an deal, the FA has sought NFL franchise. assurances that the Weml Chelsea’s prospects of bley title will remain. moving into Wembley A deal would cast doubt while Stamford Bridge over Chelsea’s ability is being rebuilt could to use the venue while be affected. Stamford Bridge is rel Fulham, who developed. No agreeJacksonville Jaguars have committed to an ment had been reached play one game a £80m redevelopment with the FA over using year at Wembley, but could move in of Craven Cottage, will Wembley in the same for a whole regular not relocate. way Tottenham have season Negotiations over done this season while Wembley have intensified building a new ground at since November, culminating in White Hart Lane, but Twickena offer which was discussed at an FA ham has already been ruled out as a board meeting yesterday. The FA said: temporary home for the Blues. “We can conﬁrm the FA have received Chelsea may attempt to strike an offer to buy Wembley Stadium.” their own agreement with Khan, alShould the proposal be approved, though the club’s desire to use Wema process of due diligence will begin bley for four years from 2020 could – with both parties conﬁdent of com- conﬂict with the Jaguars’ own timepleting a deal in the coming months. frame for moving to the capital. Khan’s long-term ambition is to The news comes just six months move the Jaguars into Wembley on before the ﬁrst NFL match at Spurs’ a permanent basis. A more immedi- new ground as part of a 10-year deal. ate likelihood is an increase in NFL The stadium has been purpose-built matches at the venue, with a view to for both football and gridiron and had establishing a fanbase big enough to appeared the frontrunner as a base sustain a permanent franchise. for an NFL team. EVENING STANDARD By James Olley 27.04.18 1,500 P60 FOOTBALL Griezmann gives Atletico advantage over Arsenal P58 CRICKET Morgan will call IPL players home early for World Cup duty P57 BOXING Haye fancies a piece of Joshua after $50m Wilder offer 1 The Sport Matrix The stories you need to know SAILING Ainslie’s Cup bid gets £110m boost Britain’s largest privately-owned company, INEOS, is teaming up with Sir Ben Ainslie in a £110m bid to win the 2021 America’s Cup. British sailors have been trying to capture international sport’s oldest trophy since 1851, but they have never entered the competition with this much money and experience in their sails. Owned by Lancashire-born industrialist Jim Ratcliffe, chemicals giant INEOS posted annual pre-tax proﬁts of £2bn last month. Flamboyant looks mask a humble billionaire By Tom White Shahid Khan’s bid to own Wembley Stadium is the latest big move in the career of a businessman never afraid to make waves. From having $500 in his pocket when he arrived in the United States from Pakistan aged 16, his net worth is now estimated by Forbes at $7.2billion (£5.2bn), placing him among the 250 richest people in the world. He studied engineering at the University of Illinois and found work with the automobile parts company FOOTBALL Leeds worried about Myanmar Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom admitted players and staff “probably didn’t sleep” after being told about the club’s post-season tour to Myanmar. The Championship club’s controversial plans to play two games in Yangon and Mandalay early next month have been met with ﬁerce criticism, given the government’s human-rights record. Heckingbottom (above) said: “You can imagine as soon as the trip was announced, players, staff, people who might think they’re going, straight on the internet, [thinking] ‘what are we going to face?’ “They probably didn’t sleep that night, but it’s never as bad as you think. But we have to take all the precautions necessary as a club to make sure everything’s OK.” NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018 63 confirms offer worth £500m Wembley will still be the home of England football matches, the FA has conﬁrmed GETTY Horrid vision of golden jaguar next to Moore’s statue must be avoided have grand designs on making the arena the world’s pre-eminent event site with football still at its core. The FA must ensure whatever deal they strike contains assurances this remains the case. embley Stadium The stadium should also retain is both the iconic its Wembley name and protect home of English its past; horrid visions of Bobby football and a lead Moore’s statue stood alongside a weight which has golden jaguar on Wembley Way slowed the Football Association’s must be avoided. investment in the grassroots game. Selling up inevitably leaves Shahid Khan’s move to buy English football vulnerable to Wembley will polarise opinion. For unwelcome change. Yet Khan has many, Wembley is sacrosanct. A developed a strong understanding hallowed arena where memories with FA chief executive Martin are made and legends forged. The Glenn with both parties believing FA may even be accused of selling they can minimise disruption from their soul. such a signiﬁcant transaction. But the FA will argue The FA will have to the game’s soul is not take England on the The FA will road during autumn found in Brent’s bricks argue that and mortar but its internationals if the grassroots. This deal will the game’s Jaguars move their fast-track their ability to soul is not franchise to London improve facilities with but the organisation found in the money – upwards of Brent’s bricks have a track record £500million – earmarked in taking games away for the creation of up to and mortar from Wembley and were but its 1,500 artiﬁcial pitches keen to explore more across the country. The grassroots opportunities even effect of this potential without this sensational sale could be felt for deal on the table. generations to come. For the time being, Khan is The FA have reﬁnanced their privately saying the right things. stadium debt and reduced the His fondness for London and total to below £150m but it sport in general, particularly his still inﬂuences every ﬁnancing track record as a responsible and decision. There will soon be a need committed owner of Fulham, has to replace the Wembley ﬂoodlights curried favour with the FA, who at a cost of £2m. The FA must are mindful of balancing a desire analyse whether that £2m is better to bolster their ﬁnances with spent on, say, developing women’s ensuring the national stadium is football or funding refereeing placed in the right hands. programmes. Khan will have no Selling Wembley should be such ethical complications to avoidable. Many will argue it is. consider. But the FA have come to view it as Wembley remains one of the best a calculated step in delivering a stadiums in the world, just over 11 lasting legacy we can all be proud years on from its opening, yet Khan of. Only time will tell if it is a price and his Jacksonville Jaguars team worth paying. EVENING STANDARD James Olley W Flex-N-Gate, before serving notice of his entrepreneurial ambition when he set up a rival company and returned to buy out his ﬁrst employers. While that company made him his fortune, it is through his sporting investments that his proﬁle has risen on both sides of the Atlantic. He bought NFL franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars, in 2011 and has presided over a rise from unpromising beginnings – the team won just two games in their ﬁrst season under his ownership – to within striking distance of the Super Bowl as they ran the New England Patriots close in this year’s AFC Championship game. He bought Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed in 2013 and strengthened his links to England through the NFL’s International Series, with the Jaguars playing a “home” game at Wembley every season since then as well as hosting community events and tournaments for UK-based players. While his flamboyant facial hair might suggest a man as keen on the limelight as his eccentric predecessor at Craven Cottage, the man behind the moustache has demonstrated a humble management style respectful of tradition and promising to move Fulham forward while retaining the club’s “unique character”. ATHLETICS CRICKET SNOOKER FOOTBALL Euros marathon off Farah’s to-do list Roland-Jones ruled out of summer Tests McGill through after stunning fightback No retirement U-turn for Ibrahimovic Mo Farah will not run the marathon for Great Britain at the European Athletics Championships in August. Farah, who came third at the London Marathon on Sunday in a British-record time, will continue to focus on other events. It is understood that next year’s World Championships in Doha are a priority. Callum Hawkins, who collapsed while leading the Commonwealth Games marathon earlier this month, will also not run. England seamer Toby Roland-Jones will miss this summer’s Test series against Pakistan and India with a back injury. The 30-year-old has suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture which ruled him out of the winter Ashes tour. The Middlesex bowler made an impressive start to his international career last summer, taking 17 wickets in four Tests against South Africa and the West Indies at an average of 19.64. Anthony McGill completed a remarkable comeback to beat Ryan Day 10-8 in their World Championship ﬁrst-round clash at the Crucible. Day was 6-3 up overnight, after scoring the highest break of the tournament with a brilliant 145, and extended his advantage to 7-3 and then 8-5. But McGill then managed to win ﬁve frames in a row to set up a secondround tie with Ding Junhui. “I can’t believe I won,” said the Scot. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup. The 36-year-old striker, who recently left Manchester United to join the LA Galaxy, had hinted that he might resume his 116-cap career with Sweden, having retired from international duty two years ago. 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