February 25, 2018 £1.80 No. 5862 - E POWER OF SCOTLAND 10 years of hurt banished by 80 minutes of sublime brilliance DAVID SOLE’S VERDICT: Lacklustre England sent home with their tails between their legs Pages 70&71 SORT IT OUT M OR ELSE i ni ster s will o rd er aid charities to halt the exploitation scandal or risk losing millions. Scots ministers order aid charities to get a grip of exploitation scandal The Scottish Government has launched a review of all international aid bids and will call charity bosses to crisis talks within days. The SNP’s development spokesman Chris Law MP said: “The charities have to know there are consequences. Actions speak louder than words.” Full story: Pages 4&5 Puppies to the rescue The 14-strong litter who could save an entire breed BORN IN SCOTLAND BUT THESE CUTIES WILL PROTECT THE FUTURE OF ENDANGERED ENGLISH MASTIFF PAGES 10&11 2 February 25, 2018 News sundaypost.com Celebrity MAGAZINE Dancing king? It’s a strict no from Alan Comic Jenny Eclair explains why she’s proud to be prickly page 17 OPiniOn issues Are ready meals as harmful as smoking? SPORT GREEDY BANKS’ CARD MARKED - PAGE 23 Movie star’s artfelt plea for kids like her pages 18 & 19 Science Lessons in life on Mars for prisoners page 27 Karen calls for more funding for creative children Books TV’s sally has the write stuff all right pages 28 & 29 By Murray scougall email@example.com M Karen starred with Dwayne Johnson, left, and Jack Black in the new Jumanji film The 30-year-old, who was in Glasgow last night for the world premiere of her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, believes education chiefs’s should be backing creativity just as much as academic success. She said: “Art funding is always the first to be cut, but it’s so important we support the arts, especially for young people. “So much emphasis in school is on academic stuff but some people’s brains just don’t work in that way. “ That’s how my brain is. Anything numerical isn’t going to work for me, but when it’s artistic that’s where I excel and I think a lot of other people are the same. “I think we need to look at intelligence overall, because some people can only communicate their intelligence through artistic medium.” The Scottish Government gave its formal backing to a purposebuilt film and TV studio in Midlothian in December and Karen thinks that will be a great thing for the Scottish entertainment industry. “It could become a hub for the industry if we allow it to be. “Some of the Avengers film I’m in was shot in Edinburgh last year and everyone involved raved about it and thought it was a great place to shoot.” Karen wrote the script f o r T h e Pa r t y ’s Ju s t Beginning when she was 24 after seeing a statistic that revealed there was a higher suicide rate in the Highlands among young men in Inverness than anywhere else in the country. “That was a huge surprise to me. It’s idyllic and often voted one of the best places in the UK to stay, so immediately there was a strange contradiction between the postcard images and the dark imager y, so the film is me explaining why.” Ka re n , o f In ve r n e s s, h a s publicly given her backing to the Time’s Up campaign to end sexual h a r a s s m e n t i n t h e m ov i e sundaypost.com/news InsIde ovie star Karen Gillan yesterday called for more arts funding in Scotland’s schools. Editorial poliCy The Sunday Post is committed to journalism of the highest standards, producing our newspaper with accuracy, honesty and fairness. Our journalists adhere to the Society of Editors’ Code of Practice, administered by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). It is our policy to publish clarifications and corrections as quickly as possible. To make a complaint, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Editor, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 9QJ or call 01382 575541. If we cannot resolve your complaint, IPSO can be contacted at www.ipso.co.uk, by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 1232220. industry but says it is only the start of dramatic change. She said: “I feel we are at the beginning of a change, there is a lot of work and a lot of change still to happen, but it’s a step in the right direction. “Women are starting to speak up and be heard. There is still a lot sundaypost.com sundaypost.com Match Post Health HEARTACHE FOR TEAM MUIRHEAD - PAgE 67 Cartoons Guitar man strikes a chord with charity King Kenny on today’s massive matches ADVICE Wullie’s picture perfect scheme QUIT YOUR BAD MONEY HABITS - PAgE 38 RELAX go go go and it’s a relief when I can come back here – it makes me feel calm and tranquil and back to normal almost, and that just is really good for me to do. “I always come home for Christmas. My mother would kill me if I didn’t!” Ironically, though, both her parents, Marie and Raymond, missed last night’s Glasgow of work to do but this is the beginning of a very positive change for women. “I’ve seen a lot of women just in general be treated in ways I’m not happy with and I’m glad they are speaking up about this and talking of their experiences of that.” Karen said she faced no opposition to directing the film, even though she’d never directed a feature before and with the number of female directors in the industry being very low – something the star hopes she can do her bit to change. “The number of female directors is shockingly low,” she continued. “In all my time working I think I’ve worked with two, maybe three, female directors and I’ve worked with so many directors because I’ve done TV and they change over every week. “It seems bizarre there are so few. It’s shockingly low. I want to do my bit to change that and I hope it inspires other females to get into leadership positions.” Karen arrived in Scotland on Thursday and spent the next two days going round whisky shops February 25, 2018 3 P L U S 5 pages of puzzles TWIT TWOO! THE HONEST TRUTH ABOUT OWLS - PAgE 49 No matter how much Irn-Bru I drink from the specialist shop, LA will never feel like home Karen has just recently moved from Los Angeles to New York, but she still misses home despite spending almost half her life away from the Highland capital. “I’m constantly homesick. I love exploring new parts of the world but of course I miss home,” she admitted. “I feel healthier when I’m there – I think it’s the clean air. “No matter how much Irn-Bru I drink from the specialist shops over there, I’m still homesick. I’ve just tried the new recipe and it’s really good! “I come home about twice a year, but really as much as possible. It’s really healthy for me to do that because everything is NeWs premiere of her debut as director and writer as they were on holiday in the States. “They’re actually in LA enjoying the sunshine, which is so funny, but they’ve already seen it anyway.” But she has loved getting the chance to catch up with old pals. “When I’m back it’s exactly the same, nothing has changed since I was 16 and I still do the same things,” said the former Doctor Who favourite. “I’ll go round to my friends’ houses and some of them have kids now, which is the only difference. “I realise then we’re adults now and get confused – when did this happen?” trying to buy 400 miniatures for the audience at the premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival at the city’s Film Theatre – even though she doesn’t actually like our national drink. “I have a cousin who drinks whisky and I’m constantly in awe of her. I would love to be the cool girl who drinks whisky, but when I try I just start coughing!” Karen has appeared in some of the biggest-grossing blockbusters of the decade, including the two Guardians of the Galaxy films, current smash hit Jumanji and the upcoming Avengers films. But she says she can still walk down the street without being noticed – and would be gutted if that ever changed. “I feel I can still walk around, although I have noticed a shift since Jumanji and I’m getting recognised more. What I value most is my freedom, being able to walk down the street and have a coffee. “I work with so many actors who don’t have that in their lives any more and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that.” 450-mile bike ride for Doddie An England rugby fan has cycled 450 miles from London to Edinburgh to meet his hero, former Scotland star Doddie Weir. Russell Kelsey, 47, completed the marathon cycle from Twickenham Stadium to Murrayfield in just two days. And, when he stepped off his bike in the capital on Friday afternoon, Doddie was there to welcome him with a refreshing pint of Guinness. Physiotherapist Russell, who has survived cancer, completed the cycle ride in aid of his hero’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, raising £2000. Doddie, 47, who earned 61 caps, announced he had motor neurone disease in June last year. He set up his foundation to help other MND sufferers Doddie Weir and fund research. Russell said: “I first saw Doddie play when he was with Newcastle Falcons more than 20 years ago. He is probably one of the most talented players you could ever see on the field. This was a brilliant chance to meet him. “As a failed and not very good former player, when I heard about Doddie’s condition, I thought it would be a good idea to raise some cash by pedalling up to Scotland. “He took me for pint of Guinness when I arrived on Friday. I have to say I watched the Scotland-England clash with divided loyalties.” Doddie said: “Russell came from London in just 48 hours. It is an amazing feat and one that is really appreciated. “I did say it would be easier on the return run because it is downhill all the way! But Russell got a deserved rest by taking the train home.” British EuroMillions winner nabs £78m A UK ticket-holder has claimed the £77,798,898 jackpot they won in Friday’s EuroMillions draw, the National Lottery has said. Two players shared the £155 million jackpot, with the second winning ticket bought in Spain. There were also seven £1 million winners in the UK in the special event draw – and all players are urged to check their tickets to see if they are a winner. The win is the 10th biggest prize ever won by a UK lottery player. 4 NewS February 25, 2018 sundaypost.com Dibley star Emma dies aged just 53 By Marion Scott firstname.lastname@example.org The Vicar Of Dibley star Emma Chambers has died aged 53. A statement from her agency yesterday said the actress died from natural causes, adding: “Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many.” She was best known for playing Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy show The Vicar Of Dibley which starred Dawn French. In 1998, Chambers won the British Comedy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the show. A year later, she found international fame in the Hugh Grant comedy Notting Hill, written by Richard Curtis. Broadcaster Emma Freud, who is married to Richard Curtis, tweeted: “Our beautiful friend Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53. We’re very, very sad.” The Vicar Of Dibley Emma Chambers originally ran from 1994 to 1998 but returned for numerous festive and comic relief specials, with the latest episode airing as recently as 2015. Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who grew up in Doncaster near Chambers, wrote: “I’m sad about Emma Chambers. “Knew her when she was a kid in Doncaster. She was very funny.” Hollywood star Hugh Grant wrote: “Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.” Well wishes for Stephen Stephen Fry has received warm wishes from famous fans after he announced he had undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Former footballer Gary Lineker told the actor and comedian to stay well, while presenter Les Dennis said he would be visiting his GP after Fry pleaded with other men to go for a check-up. Man dies after crash in Aberdeenshire A man has died after a crash involving a car and a bus in Aberdeenshire, police confirmed yesterday. The accident happened on the A93 Ballater to Braemar road at Bridge of Gairn on Friday evening. The man was driving a red Vauxhall Astra when it collided with a bus at 6.20pm. Police have spoken to a number of witnesses but have asked anyone else who saw either vehicle to contact them. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Sadly the male driver of the Astra died from his injuries and our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy. “I would ask that anyone who has not already given their details to police and who saw either vehicle in the area to please get in touch.” Crisis talks Scots ministers urge aid charities NO MORE Good causes told it is a time for action not warm words S cottish ministers are to order international aid charities to take urgent action to deal with the escalating exploitation scandals or risk losing millions in support. Charity chiefs have been called to crisis talks as all bids for grants from Scotland’s overseas aid budget are re-examined by Holyrood officials. The review comes amid “deep concerns” over the growing number of allegations of misconduct in the aid sector, and SNP politicians said ministers will want assurances. Ye s t e rd a y, t h e SNP’s international development spokesman at Westminster, Chris Law, said: “We have heard a lot of apologies. Saying sorry is one thing Alasdair Allan but we really need to know what safeguards – or lack of safeguards – are in place. This has been going on for a long time and my feeling is this is far wider and far deeper than the first few agencies we have heard about. “The Scottish Government will be looking at all their procedures and will be robust. The charities cannot be allowed to undermine public confidence. “ T h e y h a ve t o k n ow t h e re a re consequences. Now the genie is out of the bottle, they have to get their houses in order. Actions speak louder than words.” The Scottish Government’s summit can be revealed the Red Cross confirmed 20 workers were sacked or quit following cases of sexual misconduct. British children’s aid charity, Plan International, confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and child exploitation by its staff. International Development minister Alasdair Allan will this week hold the talks with charities aimed at improving the safeguards for vulnerable groups in countries where charity work is supported by Scotland’s £10 million annual aid budget. He said: “I will attend a meeting with international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and open a discussion on ‘ safeguarding and how improvements could be made. I have also written to all international NGOs to seek discussions on their safeguarding policies to protect vulnerable groups and we are in the process of reviewing all applicants with live funding applications. “We are also in regular dialogue with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and the UK Government on its own activity on these matters. The Scottish Government will also take part in forthcoming discussions at the Safeguarding Summit in March which will be co-hosted by the UK Government. The outcome of these discussions will inform decisions on how we continue to take this matter forward.” SNP ministers have made clear they will take action if any problems are uncovered in the projects they fund. This week’s meeting with Mr Allan is There have been too many cover-ups, too many mealy-mouthed sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 5 APOLOGIES CHARITy CRISIS to halt escalating exploitation scandals or risk losing millions Aid worker: I blew the whistle on my boss. Then I lost my job By Janet Boyle Red Cross: We should have been vigilant More than 20 workers at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been sacked or quit their roles following cases of sexual misconduct, the international aid charity revealed yesterday. It said it was “deeply saddened” to report the figures and admitted it should have been “more vigilant” in preventing the behaviour. It found that, since 2015, 21 staff members were either dismissed for paying for sexual services or resigned during an internal inquiry. A further two staff workers suspected of sexual misconduct did not have their contracts renewed. The Swiss-based charity, which was set up in 1863 to help victims of war, said its decentralised structure means it is “difficult to accurately compile overall figures”. In a statement to staff, ICRC director general, Yves Daccord, said: “This behaviour is a betrayal of the people and the communities we are there to serve. “It is against human dignity and we should have been more vigilant in preventing this.” Women carry a sack of seeds distributed by the Red Cross in Thonyor, South Sudan expected to be attended by all of the main charities operating internationally, but with bases in Scotland, including Oxfam, Mary’s Meals and Christian Aid. Last week Oxfam Scotland withdrew two applications for Scottish Government grants because of the sexual misconduct crisis engulfing the charity. Managers at the Scottish wing of Oxfam decided to pull applications for grants that would have funded projects in Malawi until it could prove that it deserved the “confidence” of ministers and the public. Oxfam Scotland has been one of the main beneficiaries of the Scottish Government’s overseas aid, receiving more than £7m grants since 2008. A number of Scotland-based charities have made disclosures about their staff since the scandal first broke when it was revealed Oxfam staff in Haiti had sexually exploited young women. Last week Dumfries-based landmine charity, Halo Trust, revealed a male employee in Southeast Asia was under investigation after a sexual assault complaint in January. Since April 2016, when OSCR introduced a policy requiring Scottish charities to flag serious incidents, 15 cases involving children or vulnerable adults and “some element of alleged sexual misconduct” have been reported. apologies. It is damaging our faith in good causes Mandy Rhodes Page 19 email@example.com An aid charity whistle-blower has told how she lost her job after reporting her boss’s inappropriate relationship with a local woman. Sheila MacIsaac said her contract was not renewed but her boss kept his job and is now working for another charity in Africa. Sheila, 68, from Edinburgh, worked in Africa in the late ’90s for the charity and witnessed cases of alcohol and sex abuse by bosses. “One was so drunk we had to try to sober him up before he gave a speech in Zanzibar. “He then spent the evening in a club with women. One woman he struck up a sexual relationship with was given a job in the charity and then left after becoming pregnant. “My contract with the charity was not renewed after I reported him to his UK boss. “He kept his job and is now working with another charity, ‘ We had to sober him up before he gave a speech still in Africa. As far I am aware, he has never been disciplined.” Sheila, who does not want to identify the charity, is backing calls for an international disclosure register for charity workers. She says it is desperately needed because of the shocking abuse she has seen while she worked in Africa, Zanzibar, Somalia and Kenya. “Anyone who has misused money or acted unprofessionally, through alcohol or sexual relations and subsequent favours, should be removed from the register. “I have also witnessed other serious incidents where charity staff lived in mansions in Kenya with swimming pools. “Meanwhile, we were working in the field over the border in Somalia helping refugees who had not eaten for days. “Good condition Land Rovers were used to ferry ex-pats about when we were using ones with no windows. “We worked five weeks on and one off in the staff house in Nairobi. Some of the staff used the house as a place to take prostitutes. “None of this was stopped or frowned upon. “There was an abuse of funds which involved a charity boss flying his friends out to see his work in Africa to be shown around.” 6 News February 25, 2018 sundaypost.com By Kieran Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org A senior officer who withdrew her complaint about Chief Constable Stephen House when he stood down has revealed her anger after he got a top job at the Met. Former Tayside Police Deputy Chief Constable Angela Wilson said the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) encouraged her to withdraw her complaint when Sir Stephen retired as head of Scotland’s single force. She spoke out after he was appointed an assistant chief constable with the Metropolitan Police in a move that has “disgusted” Ms Wilson. She is now considering formally raising her grievance – that Sir Stephen’s hiring of Wayne Mawson as one of his top lieutenants at Police Scotland was unfair – with the London force. Ms Wilson, who is now retired, said: “I was encouraged to drop my complaint by SPA when House retired and did so reluctantly because there seemed no point in pursuing as he w o u l d n’t e v e r appear before a disciplinary hearing if retired. “But I am disgusted that House has been employed by the Met when he had this and many Angela Wilson o t h e r i s s u e s unresolved. “I will be inquiring as to whether I can resubmit the complaint – possibly directly to the Met. There are very many talented people in policing so I find it hard to believe they need to employ someone with such a poor record in Scotland.” Her complaint concerned Sir Stephen’s role on a panel interviewing Mr Mawson for an assistant chief constable role with Police Scotland. Under the job specification, it was “essential” for candidates to have passed a “relevant” Strategic Command Course (SCC) but Mr Mawson, who worked with Sir Stephen during his first spell at the Met, was appointed without passing the SCC and was allowed to sit the course around two years later. He was later found not guilty of cheating on the command course, following a year-long investigation. While Ms Wilson’s complaint was withdrawn, we revealed last week that another was still outstanding against Sir Stephen when he retired. ‘ MET WITH DISBELIEF Douglas Yates Watchdog: The chief kept us all out of loop By Marion scott email@example.com They told me he was retiring. If I had known he was going to a top job at the Met, I would never have withdrawn my complaint – Sir Stephen retired before a complaint was lodged against him. He now has a job with the Met It was automatically dropped under the current regulations and the Met refused to say if it was taken into consideration when they hired the Glaswegian. Ex-SPA board member Moi Ali is launching a petition to the Scottish Parliament to change the regulations to allow misconduct probes into police officers to continue if they leave the force. An SPA spokesperson said: “Complaint and conduct matters are confidential and the SPA would not comment on individual cases.” A Met spokesperson said: “Any complaint made to the Metropolitan Police Service is assessed and processed in line with the Police Reform Act, and ultimately passed to the relevant force to investigate if it relates to a matter outside the MPS.” Chief: Force culture has to change to win public confidence Mike Barton COMMENTARY Complaint officer’s anger at former chief’s top job in London Police Scotland needs a culture change to increase public confidence in the force, according to senior officer who led a misconduct probe into the force. Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton told The Sunday Post policing across the UK had been “tainted” by the fallout from an illegal spying operation linked to the unsolved murder of Emma Caldwell. He was brought in to carry out a probe into a molehunt launched by the force after a newspaper revealed a forgotten suspect but he claimed some within the force “chose to erect unnecessary obstacles”. The withering analysis comes days after he told MSPs a culture of secrecy and ineptitude exists within the service. Mr Barton said: “When one force gets it so wrong, we are all tainted. “I have a sense there remains an overly defensive culture in the professional standards and legal departments in particular. “It is only when you change this culture we grow public confidence.” A Sunday Post poll found 47% of people are either “very” or “quite” confident Police Scotland is keeping their communities safe. According to the research, 26% are either quite or very unconfident. A former board member of the Scottish Police Authority blames ministers for politicising Scotland’s single force. Douglas Yates, a former SNP councillor, said Police Scotland’s first chief constable, Stephen House, used to bypass the SPA and go directly to then justice secretary Kenny MacAskill. He spoke out after current justice secretary Michael Matheson and his civil servants were accused of putting inappropriate pressure on police watchdogs. Mr Yates, a former police officer, who also served as deputy leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said Sir Stephen kept the SPA “out of the loop” during his time at the head of the service. He said: “Stephen House often went directly to the justice secretary Kenny MacAskill to float ideas or seek consent. “A chief constable needs to have a good relationship with the Justice Secretary, but I was surprised he’d entertain Stephen House. I thought he’d tell him to talk to the SPA. “I was disappointed he didn’t discourage that behaviour which kept us out of the loop.” He added: “I suppose that was his way of operating, to make sure things got done. But it often meant there was no proper consultation process.” Mr Yates also claimed the SPA was given “misinformation” by the force at various points during his four-year stint as a board member. He said that members were given figures that were shown to be “inaccurate” by Freedom of Information requests. Police Scotland said Mr Yates’ comments were a matter for the SPA. The SPA did not comment. sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 7 Terribly-injured mum celebrates end of nine years of surgery By Yvonne Bolouri firstname.lastname@example.org A CCTV shot of Linda Concern for missing woman Fears are growing for a woman who has gone missing from a hospital. Linda Cairney, from Prestwick, was seen on Friday afternoon leaving Woodlands View Hospital in Irvine. The 52-year-old was spotted on CCTV at the facility around 3.55pm and, at 5.15pm, she was seen on surveillance cameras at a sports shop in Kilmarnock. Police also believe she may have been in a shop on West Woodstock Street at the junction of North Hamilton Street, Kilmarnock, around 6.20 am yesterday. The woman is around 5ft 4in tall, slim and with shoulder-length greying hair and when last seen she was wearing a silver puffer jacket and blue joggers. Inspector Andy Dolan, Irvine Police Office, said: “Police officers have been following various lines of inquiry in a bid to trace Linda and now know she was in the Kilmarnock area this morning. We also believe she may be trying to travel to Glasgow.” Eddy Amoo Real Thing singer dies Eddy Amoo, of soul band The Real Thing, has died aged 74, the group has announced. The singer-songwriter died on Friday, according to a statement from his brother Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who are still in the Liverpool band that formed in 1972. On the band’s website, he was honoured as “a showman, a songwriter and a legend in British music”. The band’s hit singles include You To Me Are Everything, Can You Feel The Force? and Can’t Get By Without You. T here were dark times after a horrific car crash when Debbie Stewart feared she had nothing to live for. Exactly nine years after her accident, and after the last in a long series of skin grafts and operations, she admits she could not have been more wrong. On a late February morning in 2009, as she drove from her home in Neilston to her work in Paisley, her car spun out of control, and skidded along the road on its side with Debbie’s head hanging out the window, her face scraping along the road. Debbie was virtually scalped and Delighted Debbie faced years of with baby Sydney surgery to repair her injuries. She said: “This year, I finally had my final op and I’m now recovering. “That should be the end now. It’s been a long time coming. “Nine years ago I wanted to die. I was in such pain I thought I wouldn’t survive, and I was OK with that. Then they told me my injuries would probably affect my fertility and I wouldn’t be able to have children.” After surgery at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, Debbie was transferred to the spinal unit at Glasgow’s Southern General, now part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan. She was on morphine, banned from looking at her face and encased in a back brace which prevented any movement for four months. Debbie now 37, said: “What was there to live for? I didn’t know if I’d be paralysed. “My face was horribly disfigured, I couldn’t shut one eye. I’d lost my eyebrow, cracked my teeth and when I saw my face, I looked like a monster. “Worst of all, I’d probably never be able to have children because of all the damage. What was left to live for?” But fate had other ideas. Within weeks, Debbie discovered she was pregnant. Debbie said: “I was overjoyed. This was my reason to go on. Despite everything I had been blessed, after all. “Without any shadow of a doubt, my sweet, funny, drama queen daughter Sydney, is the reason I’m still here. After my car crash, I thought I had nothing left to live for. I couldn’t have been more wrong – Survivor Debbie Stewart Debbie’s car was destroyed in the accident that almost claimed her life “Sweet and funny” Sydney gave Debbie a reason to live “Her dad and I are no longer together but Sydney and I have built a good life. “From the absolute depth of despair and depression, I’m at the end of this painful and challenging road. “But I remember the accident as if it was yesterday. I was driving to work in Paisley when I lost control on a bend. My car skidded and flipped on to its side with my head hanging out the window scraping along the ground. “I didn’t realise I was badly hurt. I was more concerned about the damage to the car and being late for work. “A man in the car behind rushed to help and he was a physio at Ross Hall Hospital. “He kept me awake by talking to me, and he visited me in hospital. I’ll never forget the kindness I was shown.” Debbie credits her mum Janice, 60, and her sister Michelle, 41, a mum of five, for being her lifelines. She said: “I’m very grateful. When my mum was told about the accident she had to wait hours to find out if I was dead or alive. That must’ve been torture. “All I want to say is if anyone is feeling life isn’t worth living, take heart. You don’t know what’s around the corner. “As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the hormones kicked in and I had a brilliant pregnancy.” Seven-year-old Sydney may never fully appreciate the hope and joy she brought into Debbie’s life. Debbie said: “Since Sydney arrived my life has got better and better. I was a recluse at one time because I didn’t want people staring. “Now my scars are fading and I’m no longer so self-conscious. At one stage, I wouldn’t leave the house after a wee boy called me a monster. “Now I’m a karaoke presenter at weekends as well as my job working with the same company in Paisley.” While romance is not on the horizon, Debbie hasn’t ruled it out. She said: “It would be nice to have a partner but Sydney seems much keener than me about it. “It’s not the first time she’s nudged me when we’ve been out, and whispered,“What about him?” sundaypost.com Probe into body found inside flat Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Glasgow. Forensic teams spent yesterday inside a flat at Copland Quadrant, close to Ibrox football stadium. But Police Scotland were last night refusing to release details of the 40-year-old man or confirm whether he had been murdered. The streets around the flat where the man’s body was found late on Friday night, were sealed as officers went door to door. A Police Scotland spokesman said they are treating the death “as suspicious in the meantime”, and a post mortem will be carried out. Fans travelling to Ibrox yesterday were warned of delays due to street closures. News February 25, 2018 9 JUST MAGIC sundaypost.com DID YOU KNOW? Harry Potter writer casts her spell as Murrayfield heroes triumph As a small boy, Roald Dahl made a pilgrimage to see Beatrix Potter. When he got there, all she said was: “Well, you’ve seen her. Now, buzz off!” Man, 51, airlifted to hospital A man is fighting for his life after his motorcycle collided with a tractor. The 51-year-old was airlifted to hospital after the crash on the A947 between Oldmeldrum and Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. Emergency services described the biker as suffering “life-changing injuries”. It happened at about 10.30am yesterday. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A male motorcyclist has sustained, serious, life-changing injuries. “He has been taken by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.” The road remained closed throughout most of the day, with locals taking to social media to warn of likely disruptions. J.K. Rowling and her husband Neil Murray were among thousands of rugby fans watching Scotland’s victory at Murrayfield last night. The Harry Potter author could be seen cheering from the stands during the Six Nations match against By Hannah Rodger email@example.com F orecasters have warned of blizzard conditions when weather fronts from Scandinavia and the Mediterranean collide over Britain this week. The Met Office said Scots should brace themselves for up to four inches of snow falling over Tuesday and Wednesday, with as much as eight inches possible on higher ground. Yellow weather warnings have been issued for Tayside, Fife, Lothians, Borders, Strathclyde and the Highlands. Temperatures are set to plummet as low as -6ºC, with a high of 1º C on Tuesday and top temperatures just reaching freezing on Wednesday. Conditions are predicted to mimic those seen in March 2013, when roads were brought to a standstill and some parts of the England. Scotland secured the Calcutta Cup for the first time in a decade, winning 25-13. It is the national team’s second win of the Six Nations, following their victory against France two weeks ago. Scotland captain John Barclay said their win “blows the competition open” following a crushing defeat by Wales in their first game of the tournament. Team-mate Finn Russell said: “It’s amazing, just listen to the crowd. “But it’s unreal for us, it’s been 10 years since we won it, so it’s great to be a part of it. It’s been a tough few weeks for me, but I’ll keep smiling. We might not have had the best few games, but we kept going and to come out with the win is brilliant.” Reports & reaction Pages 70&71 Freeze a jolly cold comeback Blizzards, lightning and freezing temperatures set to cause more misery for millions as storms return with a vengeance country faced power cuts. Lightning has also been forecast for some coastal areas towards the end of the week. The underlying cause, according to the national weather body, is hot and cold systems from Scandinavia and the Mediterranean meeting over the North Sea, combining with cold air before falling as snow over the UK. Filotas Paschos, a Met Office forecaster based in Aberdeen, said: “Showers will be snowy and wintry down to very low ground levels, and will be more frequent across eastern parts of the country. “At this time of year the cold air from the continent is passing across the north sea, which is relatively warm, creating showers that hit the UK. “It is cold, so these showers are falling as snow. “This happened in 2013, when there was quite a cold March with loads of wintry showers coming across the North Sea. It is a similar situation.” The east coast is expected to be the worst hit by the storm when it arrives on Tuesday. However, most of Scotland and some parts of Northern Ireland will be affected. Drivers have been warned to expect “poor visibility” and “blizzard conditions” on Wednesday, with snow predicted to fall across most of Scotland. 10 February 25, 2018 News sundaypost.com Top Trump aide hit with new charges US prosecutors brought new charges against a Donald Trump campaign chief just hours after his fellow former aide pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators. Paul Manafort denied the allegations and said he has no plans to strike a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, who finalised an agreement with Rick Gates on Friday. Mr Gates is now the third associate of President Trump to strike a cooperation agreement with Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the campaign. The charges against Mr Manafort include an allegation he secretly recruited and funded a group of former European politicians to lobby in the United States on behalf of Ukraine. It is alleged that he paid the politicians two million euros from offshore accounts in 2012 and 2013 to lobby members of Congress and other US officials. It is illegal for Americans to direct foreigners to lobby the US without informing the Justice Department. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Manafort said: “I continue to maintain my innocence.” White House lawyer Ty Cobb said: “The White House, as it has said from the outset, will not be commenting on matters involving Mr Manafort or Mr Gates.” President Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt” and insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians. Sharon Stone Sharon’s basic rules She is best known for that infamous scene in the film Basic Instinct. But now, at 53, and the mother of three boys aged 11, 12 and 17, actress Sharon Stone says it is she who is shocked by the morals of young people. “I’m horrified by some of the crazy things kids do to prove themselves these days. “To see some of the texts in my kids’ phones – pictures of girls half-naked that they’ve shot themselves, it makes my jaw drop.” She even gives her sons’ friends a chat about personal safety adding her boys hate it when she does that. “They say, ‘Why do you have to embarrass us?’ “And I just say, ‘Because embarrassing you is part of my job!’” BREED Revealed The incredible litter of 14 Scots pups that will help save the endangered English Mastiff The 14 Mastiff puppies in litter, above headline, with mum Karma, left, and in the arms of owner Hazel Manson, right By Janet Boyle firstname.lastname@example.org T hey are some of Britain’s biggest dogs but English Mastiffs have been facing an even bigger threat to their future. The increasing popularity of smaller dogs has seen numbers dwindle and only 166 were registered with the Kennel Club last year. Now one super Scots dog has done her bit for the breed by giving birth to 14 puppies in the Scottish Borders. English Mastiff Karma’s litter was so large her vet had to give her an emergency caesarean section after she struggled to deliver them all. Her owner, Hazel Manson, from Jedburgh, revealed that the supersized bundle began to arrive early in the morning three weeks ago. Mum-of-two Hazel, 32, said: “The first thing I knew about the birth was when I was woken at 5am by the sound of tiny pups yelping. “I rushed through to see that she had delivered three and was in the throes of delivering more. “One arrived but had not survived and I could see she was struggling. Three more arrived dead. “I quickly called the vet who asked me to make my way with Karma and the surviving pups “The vet’s practice in St Boswells was just a few minutes away in the car. “So we loaded Karma and her pups into the car and arrived to see vet Neil Cameron waiting for us. “She is a gentle giant and had sailed through a long and tiring nine-week pregnancy. “But the huge number of pups was proving too much for her.” Karma was scanned and the huge litter, which will sell for £2000 each, came up on the image. They were all lined up ready to be born and the decision to carry out an immediate Caesarean section was made. It was the best chance for the tired mum and her brood to survive. Neil rallied his staff, including the practice receptionist, to take each pup as it was delivered. It was the biggest litter he had delivered in 25 years as a vet. Neil 47, said: “She is a big gentle dog and sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 11 ALL ABOUT US What the lion is to the cat, the Mastiff is to the dog, the noblest of the family. His courage does not exceed his temper and generosity – Natural historian Sydenham Edwards Mastiffs have a long, proud history and natural historian Sydenham Edwards praised the dogs character in 1800. He said: “What the lion is to the cat the Mastiff is to the dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sink before him. His courage does not exceed his temper and generosity, and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race. His docility is perfect; the teasing of the smaller kinds will hardly provoke him to resent, and I have seen him down with his paw the terrier that has bit him, without offering further injury. In a family he will permit the children to play great mum, but her life and that of her pups depended on a Caesarean section. “This is her first litter and she had done well to carry 18 to full term. “I had a vet nurse assisting me and another nurse carrying out the anaesthetic. “The operation took around an hour. “You make a pup-size incision in the bitch’s abdomen and deliver them carefully, one by one. “As each pup arrived I handed them to the nurse and they were passed on to another waiting pair of hands. “It was vital to make sure their airways were clear and then rub their little bodies with a clean towel to get their circulation going.” With 14 live pups yelping and lined up on a long theatre room table, the mass delivery was complete. Mum was then transferred to a recovery room. The bumper delivery had boosted English Mastiff numbers in the UK overnight. It exceeded by far the maximum number of pups even a Mastiff is with him, and suffer all their little pranks without offence. The blind ferocity of the bull dog will often wound the hand of the master who assists him to combat, but the mastiff distinguishes perfectly, enters the field with temper, and engages in the attack as if confident of success: if he overpowers, or is beaten, his master may take him immediately in his arms and fear nothing.” Despite their loyal, lovable nature, Mastiffs have fallen out of favour, not just in Britain but around the world. expected to deliver. A good-sized litter is usually a maximum of 16, say experts. Registered breeder Hazel explained: “It was Karma’s first litter and she is just starting her adult life as a dog at two-and-a-half years. “It took us a while to find a good mate for her. “Mastiffs have a long history stretching back to before the Roman Invasion of Britain in 55 BC. “They were used to protect their owners’ sheep and sometimes lives. “I am keen to keep the breed alive and Karma’s certainly done her bit.” The love match was made by the Kennel Club. It pointed Hazel in the direction of Ozzy, a 19 stone male Mastiff, who lives with his owners more than three hours down the motorway in Doncaster. “It’s been a great match as they have produced a fine litter,” Hazel smiled. “But not one is the colour of the dad. He’s fawn and they are all Karma’s brindle colour.” Looking after the new mum has proved a handful and involves round the clock care. Hazel had to ensure that none of the little scraps of life were unwittingly crushed under their An English Mastiff mum as they all scrambled to be fed. “She’s a big dog and wouldn’t have been able to move fast enough to stop them being suffocated,” she explained. “She didn’t have enough teats for all the pups, being two short at feeding time. “Any stragglers were bottle-fed and they have all thrived. “They are only three-weeks-old and growing fast. Some already weigh 11lbs. “As you can imagine, she is tired feeding 14 pups but happy with her litter. “We often take them into another room to give her a chance to sleep but when they are let back in, there’s a mad scramble to be fed. “A pup’s life is just feeding, sleeping, playing and pooping.” Two of the pups have been sold to a German family and the others are going fast. “Owners will be closely vetted and many have small-holdings,” Hazel added. “It is only right that these adorable pups grow up with lots of room to play. “It’s also vital they go to homes that understand them. “Too much exercise, too young, can cause bone problems.” e lipse Holidays with style & a smile A NEW ERA OF HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR FRONT DOOR EASTER BREAKAWAYS Durham, Beamish & Holy Island County Hotel – Newcastle 5 Days only £349 Sun 1 Apr Oxford, Cambridge & Windsor Aubrey Park Hotel – Redbourn 5 Days only £309 Sun 1 Apr A Tale of Two Cities Four Seasons Hotel – Monaghan 5 Days only £369 Sun 1 Apr NEW TOURS Eastbourne at the Imperial Based at the Imperial Hotel which has an ideal position across from the promenade and bandstand. 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Last week, Anton Rodwell, 19, admitted breaking in to Orkney’s St Magnus Cathedral on November 11 last year, stealing the charity box and damaging the Book of Remembrance. The tribute was left covered in blood after Rodwell cut himself during the wrecking spree, causing £6000 worth of damage. A funeral that was due to be held at the cathedral that day had to be moved to another venue, while the book was removed for restoration. His lawyer said Rodwell wanted to put on record “his sincere remorse”. He will be sentenced next month. email@example.com sigN up today Weekly Newsletter Would you like to receive specially-crafted news and features from our writers during the week? Our newsletter will deliver top stories straight to your inbox. Sign up at: sundaypost.com Man knifed at home A man is being treated in hospital after being stabbed inside his home. Police said the 34-year-old was attacked by a man who entered the flat in Dumbarton on Friday night. The victim was attacked with a knife before the man ran off. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where staff described his condition as stable. The attacker is described as white, 6ft tall and was wearing a blue jumper. Detective Inspector Scott Hamilton of Police Scotland said: “Although we are trying to establish a motive for this violent attack we strongly believe that this was not random. “Nevertheless, we will not tolerate such acts of violence .” By Hannah Rodger T he father of a boy killed by an unsafe gravestone has condemned council chiefs for spending £180,000 on lawyers to defend their reputation. Ryan Williamson said the local authority’s legal bill for the Fatal Accident Inquiry into his son Ciaran’s death was obscene. The eight-year-old was fatally crushed when an 8ft gravestone fell on him in May 2015. Ryan and Ciaran’s gran, Margaret Aitken, said they were “disgusted” to learn how much was paid to lawyers during the FAI, arguing if the cash had been spent on graveyard maintenance the tragedy wouldn’t have happened. Ryan said: “I am absolutely furious, and it’s sickening to know that if they had invested that money in making sure the cemetery was safe my son would still be here. “They have absolutely no grip on reality. If the council had spent £180,000 on making their graveyards safe instead of on their lawyers, my son might still be alive – Ciaran Williamson’s father Ryan Ryan Williamson ‘ They have absolutely no grip on reality “On top of this, I applied for legal aid for the inquiry and was refused it, twice, while tax payers are footing the bill for their team of top lawyers to try and get them out of accepting that they didn’t do their jobs properly. It’s an utter sham, and whoever agreed to these fees should have a look at themselves.” Margaret added: “This is absolutely disgusting. “During the inquiry, we heard a few times that things weren’t done and it was put down to a lack of funding. “How can they find this kind of money for lawyers’ bills but not have the cash for public safety? It’s a complete disgrace.” The inquiry into Ciaran’s death lasted 10 months, finishing in August 2017. A council employee said he had raised concerns about the lack of inspections in 2013, but was told they were “beyond current resources”. Within four days of Ciaran’s death, up to 900 headstones had been laid flat in the cemetery where he died and all of the city’s cemeteries were then fully checked for unsafe memorials. G l a s g ow C i t y C o u n c i l ’s Eight-year-old Ciaran Williamson was crushed to death by an unsafe gravestone. Below: Police probing the incident in May 2015 spokesman said: “The purpose of a Fatal Accident Inquiry is to allow court to examine and determine the circumstances of a death – and it is important that any individuals or organisations that can assist the sheriff are represented appropriately. “Given the length and complexity of this Inquiry, it was appropriate to instruct counsel.” It comes as The Sunday Post can reveal that headstones in at least five local authorities’ graveyards have not been safety checked, while other councils rely on staff or the public to report problems. Du m f r i e s a n d Ga l l ow a y, Falkirk, Fife, South Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire are still checking all of their headstones following Ciaran’s death while two councils, Perth and Kinross and Moray, admitted their inspections are done ad-hoc, if a member of the public or employee raises concerns. Ciaran’s family is campaigning for a change in the law to make sure councils step up to ensure their burial grounds are safe. The calls are backed by the family’s lawyer Eilish Lindsay, of Thompsons solicitors, who said: “We’re pleased to see that some councils have taken steps to make some changes, and we hope the Scottish Government does implement the changes that have been suggested by Sheriff Ruxton. “It shouldn’t be that each local authority is left to their own devices with something so serious, where the gravity of injury is such that it can result in disastrous consequences.” Industry guidance varies on how to properly carry out safety c h e c k s . A b i d i n g by t h e i r policies is not mandatory in Scotland and neither is ensuring staff are professionally trained on how to do it. Seven local authorities said staff had not been trained by professional bodies, while the numbers of trained inspectors in other councils vary hugely. In the Highlands, just one trained member of staff, backed up by untrained colleagues, is responsible for inspecting headstones in 146 graveyards, while Argyll and Bute has 16 trained employees covering their 130 sites and East Ayrshire employs 37 qualified testers for just 45 graveyards. A S c o t t i s h G ov e r n m e n t spokesman said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances and our sympathies remain with Ciaran’s family. The Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016 enables Scottish Ministers to make regulations which will ensure the safety of headstones. “In addition, Ministers will appoint inspectors to oversee the operation of burial authorities, including burial grounds. “These important measures will ensure that burial ground safety is given appropriate priority.” 14 February 25, 2018 News sundaypost.com By Bill Gibb firstname.lastname@example.org A Heston Blumenthal Heston is a dad again TV chef Heston Blumenthal has become a father again at the age of 51. The chef and TV presenter has three older children with his ex-wife Zanna. It has now emerged that his fourth child, with French estate agent Stephanie Gouveia, was born towards the end of last year. The maverick chef – known for serving up unusual dishes such as snail porridge at his awardwinning eateries – and Zanna divorced in April last year after more than 25 years of marriage. They had been separated since 2011. After their split, Blumenthal dated US food writer Suzanne Pirret. The chef’s spokeswoman said: “I can confirm Heston and Stephanie have had a child.” She said there would be no further comment. multi-coloured version of Oor Wullie is a smash hit with fans of our lovable mischief-maker. Steven Brown, the man behind the best-selling Highland Cow McCoo paintings, last week launched a special commission featuring his stunning portrayal of The Sunday Post’s famous cartoon hero. And readers can’t seem to get enough of his range of exclusive Oor Wullie collectables. More than 2000 items have been sold within a week – and they have been viewed by more than 1.5 million people on Facebook. The most popular Oor Wullie and Big Tam McCoo products include collector’s edition prints, wooden plaques, cushions, keyrings, chopping boards, coasters and mugs. Steven has been overwhelmed by the reaction. “I have been blown away by the response to my Oor Wullie and Big Tam McCoo painting,” he said. “The feedback from the public has been phenomenal. “This has been my biggest Coopendous rush for multi-coloured Wullie Artist thrilled as fresh spin on cartoon scamp proves a big hit and most successful launch ever. It was a real privilege for me to be able to paint such an iconic image, and I’m delighted that everyone has responded so well, especially Oor Wullie fans like myself.” Newly-launched platinum edition limited edition prints are also in demand with people trying to snap up the 295 available. Fans have been singing the praises of the new range on social media. Jennie McCombie said on Facebook: “Ooh I love this one, Wullie was always a favourite of mine, and the Bucket Trail Wullies were so successful in Dundee. Brilliant, Steven.” Linda Bruce posted: “My mum bought me The Broons at Christmas, always looked forward to receiving it. Fabulous painting – looks like a smart Oor Wullie lol. Would love to own this.” And Wendy Lewis raved: “Loved Oor Wullie and The Broons, always had them for Christmas, they used to alternate each year. I would love to have this picture as I already have two McCoos.” Steven’s wife Caroline and their three kids Linzi, 28, Jordan, 22, and Megan, 19, are all heavily involved in his booming business empire. 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Offer valid until Tuesday 27th February 2018. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. No cash alternative. Artist Steven Brown unveils his Oor Wullie painting canvases have found growing numbers of celebrity fans with Katie Price and Rebekah Vardy among the devotees. However, it’s his influence on a new generation that gives him most pride. “When I was a kid, if my dad hung a painting on the wall I’d have thought it was just all right. But now parents are buying a McCoo and their kids are really excited.” sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 15 Dominique Worrall Tributes to mum found dead by the side of M20 The boyfriend of a woman found dead by the side of the M20 has paid tribute to her. Dominique Worrall, 32, was discovered by police on the London-bound carriageway near Ashford in Kent on Tuesday evening. A man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after officers appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward has been released on bail, Kent Police said. The circumstances surrounding Ms Worrall’s death remain a mystery. Police are still appealing for drivers who were on the road at the time to check their vehicles for signs of a collision, and for anyone with dashcam footage or who saw a Nissan Qashqai with the registration KY15 WWX at the time of the incident to come forward. Her boyfriend, Terry Dunne, 31, said: “I’m just in mourning. It’s tragic what happened to her and difficult to come to terms with.” Friend Martin Collins said: “She was such a lovely, bright, bubbly, fun-loving girl.” It was reported yesterday that police officers are looking into claims she was murdered at a nearby holiday park before being dumped on the road. Ms Worral lived with her boyfriend and two daughters at a Camber Sands caravan park in East Sussex. Arrest after robbery A man has been arrested and charged after a lollipop lady was robbed during the school run. The incident happened when the 36-year-old woman was working in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, after schools finished on Tuesday. She was not injured during the incident. Police Scotland said a 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged with robbery. He is expected to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Monday. Covertly-filmed footage of the Dumfriesshire and Stewartry hunt, first two pictures, and Fife, above right, shows frightened sheep fleeing By Billy Briggs email@example.com F ox hunts have been accused of endangering pregnant ewes, despite a new police campaign to stop sheep worrying. Undercover footage shows a number of Scottish hunts riding with packs of hounds through the countryside, scattering flocks in terror. Sheep worrying is an offence in Scotland but the law allows an exemption for fox hunts’ hounds to be at large, if they are hunting legally. The League Against Cruel Sports secretly recorded 20 incidents of hunts in fields with sheep, dating back to 2015, and is calling for the law to be reviewed. The hunts say they act within the law at all times. Police Scotland’s new campaign coincides with the spring lambing season to prevent livestock worrying. The campaign says “significant damage” can be caused by a dog simply being present in a field. Pregnant ewes can abort their lambs or lambs can be separated from their mothers, causing distress and in some cases malnutrition. The campaign also points out that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code says that dogs should not be taken into fields where there are lambs or other young farm animals. The League’s covert footage shows mounted hunts with packs of hounds riding through fields with sheep. One clip of the Lauderdale Hunt shows a pregnant ewe falling heavily as hounds run nearby. Other footage captured shows flocks of sheep running away from dogs and trying to leap over walls and fences. Secret footage included Fife Fox h o u n d s a n d t h e Du k e o f Buccleuch’s hunt, which was filmed last spring at Ettrickbridge. Robbie Marsland, director of The L e a g u e A g a i n s t Cr u e l Sp o r t s Scotland, said: “The League recently reviewed footage obtained over past hunting seasons for evidence of sheep worrying and was shocked and alarmed by what we saw. If the sight of one dog can devastate a pregnant ewe we can only stagger at the prospect of what a pack of over 30 dogs in full cry must have.” Harry Huyton, director at animal welfare charity OneKind, said: “This appears to be a case of one rule for the hunts, another for everyone else. Yet for the sheep being terrified by packs of dogs, the fact that they are part of a fox hunt is completely irrelevant. The list of reasons why the Terrified sheep filmed fleeing fox hunt hounds Footage captures flocks scattering in fear as campaigners say huntsmen should not be exempt from loose dogs ban The Duke of Buccleuch’s hunt at Rawflat, near the Borders village of Ancrum last month Scottish Government needs to get on with it and introduce a complete ban on fox hunting just keeps on growing.” SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said: “Sheep worrying is a huge issue for farmers, particularly at this time of year when pregnant ewes are preparing to lamb so it is deeply concerning that hunts are routinely causing so much chaos to flocks of sheep with no regard whatsoever for their welfare.” But Jamie Stewart, Scottish Countryside Alliance director, said: “It would seem that having failed to film foxhounds chasing foxes that LACS have returned to their deceitful tactic of misleading the general public with this ridiculous footage of foxhounds not chasing sheep. “The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 stipulates that foxhounds can only operate by permission, it would be ridiculous to think that this would be granted if the hounds were worrying the sheep or causing a negative impact on lambing ewes. “Far from making complaints, many farmers welcome the assistance of hunt staff who live and work within the farming community as they give off their own time to help during the lambing effort.” Po l i c e S c o t l a n d s a i d t h a t i t recognises the impact of sheep worrying and urged people to report incidents. 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Sat & Sun 10am-5pm sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 17 Strictly speaking? I’d rather be in my garden The Nancy Glen trawler Song for Nancy Glen crewmen is a hit A new song in memory of two Scots fishermen who were lost when the Nancy Glen prawn trawler sank is storming the charts. Yesterday morning, within hours of its release, Please Bring Our Boys back Home was racing up the download charts of both Amazon and iTunes. By midday, the poignant song, featuring a mix of talented Tarbert musicians, was sitting at No. 1 on Amazon’s movers and Shakers chart and No. 2 on Amazon’s hot new releases list. Proceeds will go to the families of Tarbert fishermen Duncan MacDougall, 46, and Przemek Krawczyk, 38, who lost their lives when their boat sank in Loch Fyne, just a mile from their home village, on January 18. A third crewman, John Miller, 34, also from Tarbert, survived after being rescued by a passing vessel. Gosia Krawczyk, the widow of Prsemek, said: “All it takes is one song to bring people together, a song whose lyrics are my story, the story of my life, a story that still has no end, a song that means so much to me. “It’s a song that shows me that I’m not alone.” Meanwhile, a crowdfunding site, set up by the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust, has raised more than £258,000, thanks to events in Tarbert and further afield. Gun lobby backlash America’s National Rifle Association is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre. A handful of companies have ended discount programmes with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week. The moves came amid online petitions targeting companies offering discounts to NRA members. Green-fingered presenter on his five offers from TV dance show really. I’m six years older that my dad ever was, which is an impossible thing to get your head around. “My mum died later, in 2002. I think about them every day. What they gave you and how you’ve turned out. A lot of that is down to them – manners and just your view on life. I think in those formative years it’s extremely important. “Who knows when it’s all going to end? It really is live for the day. I’m so blessed in what I do, people I work with, family and friends that I have no right to complain about anything.” Despite pulling back on his commitments, Alan still has telly bosses beating a path to the door of his Hampshire home. He’s back with a new 12-part second series of Channel 5’s Secrets Of The National Trust, which goes behind the scenes of some of the glorious properties saved for the nation. Hosting a series about distinguished homes and gardens is a real busman’s holiday. “It’s the kind of thing I do when I’m not being paid – going round stately houses with my wife. About 10 years ago or more I made her a life member so we can go round together. “They were built on such an extraordinar y scale. Not even Russian oligarchs build houses on this scale nowadays. You think, ‘why did you want to make them so massive, with hundreds of rooms? No one needs all of those.’ But it was at the time when it was the done thing to extol your wealth.” Despite the workload, more of Alan’s time is spent at home with the kids – albeit not leisurely taking in his own garden. “I try and try and try,” he insists. “Sometimes I manage 30 seconds before I see something that needs doing. I do try to sit and just look but generally there’s something else waiting – ‘Oh when did that come out? Is it flowering?’ “I am trying to pace myself as I get older but so far I’ve failed.” By Bill Gibb firstname.lastname@example.org H e was twice voted the world’s second sexiest man – after George Clooney – but Alan Titchmarsh turns 70 next year. And, before his milestone birthday, the popular presenter has revealed why he’s scaling back his TV appearances. Home is now where the heart is for the nation’s favourite gardener who revealed his careful selection of projects means he has turned down Strictly Come Dancing five times. “I am much more selective about what I do,” said Alan, who has two daughters, Polly and Camilla, with his wife Alison. “I don’t want to be going off for months at a time. It’s very nice doing the Ecuadorian rain forest but it means you don’t have a life outside of filming and that’s not my bag. “I have a life with a very close family and some extraordinarily good friends. They are my anchor. “Most proposals that arrive now say: ‘Alan travels the length and breadth of . . .’ No, not for me. I’m not going to be on my deathbed saying, ‘I wish I’d made that series about X.’ “It’s going to be ‘I wish I’d had enough time with my family.’ I’ll never retire completely and twiddle my thumbs, but there are things I want time to do, which isn’t necessarily making films.” He enjoys watching TV as well as being on it but admits his niggles increase year by year, from loud music in programmes which means he can’t hear the dialogue, to men not taking off their hats when entering houses in period dramas. Nor are reality shows, where “people whinge at each other”, his idea of fun. But Strictly, the hit dance show featuring Darcey Bussell among its judges, is different, he admits. “I’ve been asked five times, which is very kind of them,” he said. “My wife’s a dancer and she says my knees wouldn’t take lifts. That’s my excuse at the moment. “I don’t think I’ll ever give in but it’s lovely to be asked and I do enjoy watching it. It’s the only show like that I would consider.” Over the years he has presented Gardener’s World and made Ground Force a phenomenon watched by 12 million people, beaten only by EastEnders in the BBC ratings. He’s hosted his own ITV chat show, made insider films with the Royal Family and is one of Britain’s Alan with wife Alison, who reckons his knees would buckle on Strictly biggest-selling authors. Spending time with his grandkids, though, is now right up his priority list. “I’ve got four grandchildren – two boys and two girls aged five, four, three and two – now, as well as my daughters and I want to be with them,” he confides. “I don’t want to miss that. You don’t get those first 10 years back. “They’re really crucial in terms of a relationship with a grandparent. And also in terms of me seeing them growing and showing them things. “All four of them love being outside and that’s a delight for me when they come and want to go in the garden. It shows you’ve got something through. It’s important they connect with the great outdoors. “The reality of life is that landscape out there which is enduring. I want my grandchildren, as I did my children, to grow up being aware of their responsibility to it. And also what it will give them in return in physical and spiritual sustenance.” What’s also – although in a reflective, not maudlin manner – focusing his mind is the passing of time, with his dad having died when he was 62. “You do think about the old thing of 70 being your allotted time span. Your three score years and 10. Anything over that’s a bonus. “I’ve lived longer than my dad did anyway so that’s quite haunting Secrets Of The National Trust, Channel 5, Tuesday 8pm. Strictly’s Darcey Bussell February 25, 2018 sundaypost.com the issues insight 18 It has never been about the money. It’s the only route I have left A former student says suing a man cleared of raping her is about justice not cash I never took Eastern European diplomats at face value Lord Robertson, then Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman, on Czech spy Jan Sarkocy, who claims Jeremy Corybn was a contact in the 1980s INNumBErS 7000 donors have cancelled their monthly donations to Oxfam after aid workers’ sex scandal £75 for an autograph from former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi at London Comic Con event £6m fine for bookies William Hill after failing to do enough to stop money laundering If a deal to buy Hampden doesn’t stack up, they’ll move to Murrayfield. They’re not kidding on An SFA source says owners Queens Park need to think about selling national stadium They put that before those they were there to help and protect ...a complete betrayal of trust International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt says Oxfam put reputation first after sex scandal claims There is an issue with our regulatory and healthcare system and we are determined to address it Prime Minister Theresa May announces review of vaginal mesh surgery scandal Expert warns consumers are being confused, duped I t is fast, easy and, experts fear, lethal. What we eat is under the microscope again after a French study linked socalled ultra-processed foods – which make up half our diet in the UK – and cancer. The findings did not surprise Joanna Blythman, an acclaimed writer who has been investigating the food industry for years. She believes industrial food manufacturers should be treated like the tobacco industry 50 years ago. Her new book details the manufacture of processed foods – like chicken nuggets, ready meals and noodle pots – called Swallow This: Serving Up The Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets. It exposes the methods used by supermarkets to sell us food we presume are safe – a mistake, according to Joanna. “Our food industry is like the tobacco industry of yesterday,” she said. “People were saying for decades it was harmful but the industry said, ‘No, no, no – ever ything’s fine.’ “Eating ultra-processed food is the same – we have to treat it like smoking. “What we’re talking about is not simply processed foods but ultra-processed foods – which includes everything from noodle pots to sliced bread. “Given it makes up more than 50% of our diet, Britain has got a problem. “We’re going to get fat, we’re going to get Type 2 diabetes and we’re going to get cancer. “The prognosis is not good – the status quo is not an option if you want to be healthy.” Ultra-processed foods contain long lists of ingredients. These, combined with the industrial methods used to prepare them, takes much of the nutrition from the food and causes the associated health problems. Some items like frozen pizzas contain nearly 50 ingredients. “There are two issues with what we eat,” she explained. “One is with hightech ingredients being added – ones we wouldn’t use at home like xantham gum or monoglycerides of fatty acids. “There are a whole battery of ingredients which are part of the modern food manufacturer’s arsenal. “And then you’ve got the processes the factories use to make these products. “These destroy the natural nutritional qualities of food. “When processed it comes out beige and has lost its taste, so manufacturers then add chemical flavourings and colouring. “We’re buying items that start off natural but by the time it comes out the other end of the factory it is ‘ Today’s food industry is like the tobacco industry WHEN GOOD FOOD GOES BAD transformed. The food technologists take food apart and take the components to make them more functional. “For instance, they don’t use fresh eggs, they might use egg powder because it’s easier to use and lasts longer. “The basic ingredients have to be cheap, it has to work in a factory setting, and it has to have a long shelf life. And that’s why you end up with very processed products.” Some of the additives used in ultraprocessed foods aren’t recognisable as food, says Joanna. “In 2013 I went undercover to a food fair in Frankfurt which was like an arms fair but for the food industry,” she said. “Exhibitors at most food exhibitions are often keen for you to taste their Writer: The reason everything is wrapped in Packaged peppers Meat, vegetables and even bananas bought in the supermarket now comes in plastic wrapping. This can extend its shelf-life – but it’s also there to make the product on sale look more attractive. “Supermarkets overpackage things to a lunatic degree,” explained Joanna. “Look at the recent Cauliflower Steak in Marks and Spencer. It’s no accide n t. Pl a s t i c - w ra p p e d items have been marketed as being more appealing – a bunch of flowers apparently looks better if it’s wrapped in cellophane. “But the reason things are so heavily packaged is, because very few people work there opposed to conventional shops, they need it all to be scanned through the tills quickly with a sundaypost.com sundaypost.com February 25, 2018 and killed by industry’s unnatural ingredients THe siMple slice oF BReAd? noT so MucH This labelling system isn’t working, according to Joanna, and the average shopper has been left baffled. They don’t have the time to ponder why a loaf of supermarket bread, for example, has so many additives. “If you listen to the Real Bread Campaign they’re very clear – proper bread should have three main ingredients,” said Joanna. “Flour, salt and some kind of raising agent. When you then look at a supermarket loaf you’ll find a long list of ingredients. “Britain has lost the plot with food.” Tesco TigeR BlooMeR loAF IngredIents ● Wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate iron, niacin, thiamin) ● Water ● Yeast ● Rapeseed oil ● Salt ● Emulsifier (mono- and di-acetyltartaric esters of mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids) ● Palm oil, soya flour, flour treatment agents (ascorbic acid, L-cysteine hydrochloride) ● Barley malt extract powder ● Stabiliser (tetrasodium diphosphate) ● Flavouring ReAl BReAd cAMpAign loAF ● Flour ● Water ●Yeast ● Salt products, but few standholders had anything edible to offer. Ingredients like glucono-delta-lactone – a ‘cyclic ester of gluconic acid’ that prolongs shelf life – and minced ham colour texturised soy protein were being sold to manufacturers as additives for their food. “The conference was for people who work in the laboratory and the factory – not the kitchen, the farm or the field.” Manufacturers are now aware that careful shoppers check ingredient labels for telltale E-numbers. So they have switched to more benignsounding products – but they’re ones Joanna campaigns against artificial food which are, according to Joanna, unrecognisable as food. “Over the past few years, the industry has removed the most glaring industrial ingredients and additives, replacing them with substitutes that sound more benign. “In some cases the content has improved, but some manufacturers have turned to a range of cheaper substances that allow them to present a scrubbed and rosy face to the public. “You might relax when you see ‘rosemary extract’ on the ingredients list – but this is a substitute for the old techie-sounding antioxidants (E30021), such as butylhydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylhydroxytoluene (BHT). “With the similar ‘extract of rosemary’, the herb’s antioxidant chemicals are isolated in an extraction procedure that ‘deodorises’ them, removing any rosemary taste and smell. “Extraction is done by using either carbon dioxide or chemical solvents – hexane (derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum), ethanol and acetone. Neutral-tasting rosemary extract is then sold to manufacturers, usually in the form of a powder. “Its connection with the freshly cut, green and pungent herb is remote. “In the 80s and 90s we all just seemed to say we’re too busy to cook, and food was something we could just devolve to the food industry. “People are only now beginning to realise what happened and what this plastic is about barcodes, tills and speed b a rc o d e. In d i v i d u a l l y weighing and scanning loose fruit and veg takes too long at the checkout.” Supposed health salads in plastic bags are washed in chlorine baths before being vacuum sealed in gas-filled plastic bag. And that’s before the environmental cost is taken into account. “If you buy a steak, you go to the butcher and he’ll wrap it in brown paper and give it to you,” said Joanna. “In a supermarket it’s in a rigid plastic pack with a tight cellophane top. It’s modified air that’s filling the steak – that’s to extend the life and keep the meat looking red. This packaging is not needed. If we’re lucky it’ll get recycled but in all likelihood it’ll go into landfill – if not then, well, we’ve all seen Blue Planet.” opinion the issues 19 By Mandy Rhodes insidE holyRood Enough mealy-mouthed apologies and cover-ups, this is a time for action Lesley Agams, Oxfam’s country director in Nigeria, accused a senior manager of a serious sexual assault. Three months later, he sacked her. It’s a depressingly familiar response that goes right to the heart of the abuse scandal currently engulfing the aid sector and exposes it to the same shame of cover-up and lies that has hit Hollywood, politics and business. It also shatters the assumption that those working in the charity sector are any more charitable to each other and calls into question the ethos of service and support that is the glue holding the sector together. The horrific stories of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse pouring out of charities such as Oxfam, Save The Children and UNICEF – just like the stories that followed Weinstein and the #MeToo campaign – are littered with mealy-mouthed apologies, inaction and cover–ups. Maybe, it should come as no surprise that supposedly good men can do bad things. But this scandal, in all its manifestations, from the raping of children in Haiti in exchange for food to the pestering of staff for sex in Britain, betrays the passion and sacrifice invested by hard-working staff and volunteers in non-governmental organisations who, day in day out, pour their efforts into defending the human rights and dignity of the most vulnerable. How dispiriting could it be for women who work unrelentingly in the pursuit of the welfare of others, to discover that for them, exploitation is just another day in the office? Decades of internal policing bolstered by old boy networks – often forged in the political world – have maintained a misogynist culture which is at the root of what is now seen as a widespread cover Brendan Cox had to stand down up of sexual misconduct and abuse. How cynical that in agencies where the language and architecture of equality are built into the very fabric of their being, holding the moral high-ground just conspired to mask what was really going on. And all of this compounded by the underlying threat, that to speak out would risk the good work that goes on to improve the lives of others less fortunate. Both Justin Forsyth, who has resigned as deputy executive director of UNICEF after it was revealed he faced three complaints about his behaviour towards female staff when he was the chief executive of Save The Children, and Brendan Cox, widower of the murdered MP Jo Cox, who also previously resigned from Save The Children following allegations of sexual misconduct, worked together as aides to Gordon Brown. And it’s perhaps no coincidence that both Forsyth and Cox cut their teeth in that toxic culture of Westminster politics where bullying and intimation were reportedly rife and where many were revered as gods. For charities to regain trust and credibility, they must ask whether it is that style of macho management it wishes to import in its efforts to compete in an ever more financially challenging world. If so, is it willing to ignore the frailties that then allowed men to be rewarded for the harm that they caused to women? Mandy RhodEs is EdiToR oF holyRood MagazinE www.holyrood.com FolloW on TWiTTER @holyroodmandy 20 February 25, 2018 opinion sundaypost.com By Bill Gibb view Charity scandals require swift and firm investigation The role charities play in society has become so much greater in recent years. At home, spending cuts by national and local Government have seen voluntary bodies step into the breach, helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Further afield, environmental disasters and bloody civil wars have seen charities rush to the aid of those who can’t be helped by their own politicians. It means the charitable sector has become big “business”. Some organisations are dealing with multi-million pound budgets and paying senior executives healthy salaries with the expectation they bring in top-level results. In the vast majority of cases, charities continue to deliver their services with compassion, diligence and professionalism. However, in recent weeks it has become clear that those organisations are not immune from the problems that affect society at large. First, we had Oxfam beset by a sex scandal, quickly followed by a raft of other bodies admitting they had fired workers for various types of misconduct. The Sunday Post has previously revealed how some charity directors were paying themselves vast sums of money while as little as 13p in every pound raised was actually finding its way to the good cause involved. Therefore, it’s vital that the bodies set up to police our charities have the funding and power to swiftly and vigorously investigate complaints as they arise. Any delay in pursuing allegations could be catastrophic, allowing potential criminals and abusers to carry on unhindered. Such robust action is also needed to ensure the public’s faith in charities is maintained so we continue giving to those in need. Perverse pride in owning a rifle We can only hope that Judy Murray is right – that America’s youth can help bring an end to the gun savagery in America. For Scots, it is almost incomprehensible to imagine that the solution to gun violence in schools is to bring in more guns. However, given the strength of the National Rifle Association – and its political influence – it’s unlikely that anything will change. Indeed, President Donald Trump was once a critic of the NRA but soon changed his tune when he needed its endorsement in the race for the White House. However, what will perplex most of us is why any American would take pleasure in owning a deadly killing machine such as the AR-15 machine gun? technology email@example.com S ilver surfers flocking to Facebook could be more easily duped by fake news, experts fear. A report suggests over-55s will become the second-largest demographic on the social media site this year. And it’s feared they might not be as sophisticated as more tech-savvy youngsters in spotting fake news. Youth-aimed publisher Tab Media are among those concerned, saying younger users are much more able to check the source of a meme or the reliability of a viral video than relatively new older users. The latest prediction of UK Facebook-user numbers has just been released by eMarketer. In 2018, 2.2 million 12 to 17-year-olds are expected to use the site, which is 300,000 down from 2017. In the 18 to 24-year-old age group the decline is 400,000. While other age groups after that are largely flat, 3.5 million 55 to 64-year-olds will use it, up by 200,000. The increase of 300,000 in the 65-plus age group will take that figure to 2.9 million. They are also the most active Dr Richard Fletcher in passing on of news reports they’ve read, according to other research by content marketing agency Fractl. It found the older generation were 19% more likely to share news than anyone else, with political issues of particular interest. Oxford University has been leading the way in research into fake news. “Our data shows the way young and old people use Facebook is slightly different,” said Dr Richard Fletcher, from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the university “Older people often use it for staying in touch with their family, for instance. “But our data also shows that many do use it for news as well as getting it from TV or print media. “So it’s possible that fake news online could be counteracted by other media they consume. But with people drifting away from traditional TV and from catching up with set news bulletins there is a risk they would be more likely to pass things on without checks. That is certainly a possibility. “Digital media literacy is becoming more and more important as growing numbers of people get their news information online.” Julian Calvert, senior lecturer in journalism at Are younger, more computer-literate users more likely to check if stories are true? As 50-somethings flood on to Facebook, will this new wave of silver surfers fall for fake news reports more easily than tech-savvy teens? Glasgow Caledonian University, said part of the move away from Facebook may come because their parents were now on it. “It may well be that younger people do have a specific knowledge and can check things online in a more instinctive way than older people,” said Julian. “If there is more fake news around and more older people exposed to it, it is a concern. “But don’t underestimate the intelligence of readers. “I think looking to trusted brands is really important.” There is a growing awareness of the dangers among younger users with a recent Ofcom report revealing that nine out of 10 older children would check whether news they saw on social media was true. The government have set up a unit to tackle fake news and lessons are already taught in some schools, with talks underway about establishing that much more widely. However, there is no such platform for sharing lessons with older users. President Donald Trump had been the world leader talking most about fake news. Last week his latest attack on broadcaster CNN accused them of a fake news report on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Florida school which left 17 dead earlier this month. According to Dr Fletcher, it can be difficult to tell what is fake and what’s genuine. “A lot of stories that start off life as satire intended to make people laugh can be re-appropriated by others and turned into news that is designed to deceive. “In those cases it can be deliberately hard to spot. “I think the platform companies like Facebook have a responsibility to highlight stories that are clearly false. “I don’t think it’s clear that it is already happening and I think the dust needs to settle about what has happened in the past few years. “Once we have a better idea of that, we can come to a decision about what Facebook and others can do.” sundaypost.com sundaypost.com opinion judy murray February 25, 2018 21 passing shot Follow me on TwiTTer @JudyMurrAy Another school, another tragic shooting. The heartbreak and horror remain the same but, this time, there is new hope Oh, GOSH, what can they do? GOSH – Great Ormond Street Hospital – has indicated it may now keep donations from a scandal-hit charity. The Presidents Club hit the headlines a few weeks ago following allegations of sexual harassment at a men-only fundraising dinner. GOSH then announced that it would not accept the cash raised at the dinner. The Presidents Club has since closed, making it difficult to return the £530,000 donation. So GOSH is in a tricky situation. If the hospital decides to keep the cash, I don’t think we have any right to criticise them. The funds were donated in good faith, just in dubious surroundings. Fashionable Anna shades it A © 2018 Judy Murray, all rights reserved s someone who lived through the Dunblane tragedy, I have watched the reaction to the Florida school shooting with a mix of horror, disbelief – and hope. I say hope because of the way so many of America’s young people have reacted to this awful incident in which 17 students and staff members were murdered. It has galvanised them. The youth activist movement that has emerged so swiftly in the tragedy’s aftermath is demanding stricter background checks for gun buyers, and a national school walkout is planned for March 14. There have been so many mass shootings, so many lives lost. America’s youth are saying enough is enough. The impressive and moving speech by 18-year-old pupil Emma Gonzalez really caught my attention. She was there. She knew the killer. She hid from the gunfire. She lost friends. Her message is that it is only young people who can change gun laws. The parents have failed, the politicians have either developed gun law Students Maria Reyes, Stacy Buehler and Tiffany Goldberg light candles at a service for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida US President Donald Trump meets survivors Carson Abt and Ariana Klein at the White House rigor mortis or are joined at the hip to the National Rifle Association, which gave $11m to Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign coffers. It’s great to see teenagers pull together like this. They are the future. They want their voices heard. And they want action. It is as impressive as it is ridiculous, though. Teenagers are out in front. Adults are nowhere to be seen. Aren’t we supposed to show our kids the way? The gun culture in America is so alien to us. I remember watching TV with Andy when we were in the States and there were adverts for gun shops, like we have ads for supermarkets. I was gobsmacked that a 19-year-old who can’t vote or buy a beer can buy an AR-15. It makes zero sense to me. Donald Trump has announced that he has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices. These enable a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute. A trifling concession. He is also talking about arming teachers. It beggars belief. None of us will ever forget the Dunblane tragedy. Again, it was a lone person with a grudge who had hundreds of rounds of ammunition. It should never have happened. The gun laws and checks of the time were not stringent enough. Because of that, so much heartbreak and tragedy occurred. The difference is that the we in the UK took measures to change the law and make sure similar tragedy and heartbreak could never happen again. So, Mr President. Surely it’s time to start listening to your nation’s youth? Didn’t you love the Queen in the front row at London Fashion Week? I’m never quite sure who actually buys catwalk clobber, though. I certainly never see anyone wearing it down Dunblane High Street. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour sat next to the Queen. And didn’t remove her sunglasses. Indoors, in February? “Wearing shades,” she explained, “means I can sit in a show and, if I’m bored, nobody will notice.” That’s me at Wimbledon! I’m ageing, just like a fine wine An expert on ageing has said the recipe for a long life includes 15 minutes daily exercise and wine – in moderation. Simple, but sometimes getting out and about is easier said than done. At this time of year, it can be tempting to sit indoors with the heating on. But we need fresh air and have to keep moving. And the wine? Well, this week I read red wine contains chemicals that combat tooth decay and bad breath. I’m happy to raise a glass (or two) to that. email judy your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org February 25, 2018 opinion sundaypost.com Yourview How not to dodge the young arm of the law £25 star letter Playing cops and robbers recently, I was the robber and Callam, aged three, was the policeman. I was arrested by the back of my trousers. As we were walking back to the police “car”, I managed to escape. In hot pursuit, however, I fell on the carpeted hallway. Immediately, Callam was no longer a policeman, but just himself. He bent over me, little face full of concern and asked if I was all right. He then attempted to help a 13st 3lb 85-year-old man off the floor. God bless him. C. Sankey, Liverpool Old times What is the problem with today’s young women? They don’t like it if, when passing a building site, they hear a wolf whistle. When I was a girl I would be right chuffed if one was directed at me. I was also quite happy to take the offer of a seat on a crowded bus or train. I know I’m never going to get any compliments now, except from my husband, as I am 80 years old. Ah well, at least I have a good memory of times gone by. J. Farnworth, Preston Pride of place I recently watched the film Darkest Hour and do not think I have ever been so emotionally moved and so proud to be British. I think these feelings seem to be prevalent to my generation. The majority of our younger generation do not seem to have the same passion for national pride. Their selfish priorities are what might affect them, their pensions and standard of living, and not what benefits future generations. R.W. Hughes, via email Pet hate I was absolutely disgusted to read that at least £200 million had been spent on Valentine’s Day gifts for straIGHt FrOm tHe Heart readers’ letters 22 lorraine FOllOW mE ON TWITTER @reallorraine It’s hard to keep up with the number of celebrity splits. I wonder if couples can learn a right royal lesson in relationships T pets. This money would have been better spent on starving children across the world. Aileen Greer, Kelty here have been so many celebrity break-ups in the past couple of weeks it’s hard to keep up. A sore point With the introduction of health and safety, things have got far more complicated for nurses and patients. With bed-blocking due to social care failings, bedsores are becoming more difficult to treat and manage. I wonder if any nurses from the 1960s will remember we treated them very successfully with egg whites and hairdryers. Of course, that never would be allowed now. But the traditional methods are sometimes the best! Gordon Kennedy, Perth No proof How do you prove your age if you do not have a driving licence or carry your passport with you? The answer is a proofof-age card, but trying to find an application form in shops proved difficult. Out of a dozen shops, both large and small, only two had the forms. In the rest I was told to go online or try the Post Office, but the Post Office did not have the forms. This is an unsatisfactory situation as failure to check your age can lead to a fine or termination of employment. Bernard Powell, Southport Write to: Readers’ Page, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 9QJ. Email: email@example.com Claire Foy ‘ claire and Stephen clearly still have a lot of love for one another Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux have split up after just two years of marriage and rumours abound that Cheryl and Liam Payne are on the rocks. The saddest one of all though is that Claire Foy, who was faultless playing the Queen in The Crown is to separate from her husband Stephen Campbell Moore. She recently revealed that fellow actor Stephen had to have life-saving surgery on a brain tumour, and that during filming for the second series of The Crown she was constantly worried about him. Then, just a few days ago, they announced their marriage had come to an end, and they had actually decided to split some months ago. It’s such a shame, because they have been through so much together since meeting on the set of the movie Season Of The Witch in 2011. They also have a twoyear-old daughter Ivy Rose. It’s all very civilised and they are both grown-ups who will try to work things out to make sure their daughter grows up knowing both mum and dad love her. I’m sure they tried very hard, but you can’t help but compare Claire’s real life to that of the Queen. Her Majesty and Prince Philip have been married for 70 years and as we saw in The Crown at times that their marriage was a turbulent one. Prince Philip is a real alpha male and, in the early years, he resented the fact he em@il Jury Being stuck high up in a burning building or trapped in a vehicle if I had an accident. I love flying! Judi Martin, Aberdeenshire Today’s generation has a long way to go before they grow up. Everything seems to upset them and if they don’t agree they have a tantrum. Bill Bell, Nottingham My biggest fear is spiders, even though I know there is no good would always be second place to his wife. He didn’t even get to live where he wanted to, he had to give up his beloved role in the Navy and was frustrated at being little more than someone who “smiled and waved”. The couple argued over how to bring up the children with Philip getting his way and sending Prince Charles to the rough and tumble of Gordonstoun in the Highlands, instead of Eton. Sensitive Charles hated his time there and it caused a deep rift in the relationship with his father. Somehow the royal couple have stayed together and now they are both in their 90s, they seem stronger than ever. Now, I don’t think anyone should ever stay in a marriage where they are utterly miserable, and obviously should leave if there’s any physical or emotional abuse, but I do think some couples these days don’t try hard enough to stay together. Divorce is a lot easier now, and that is no bad thing in some cases, but there are too many young couples in particular who split up over a trivial row and don’t try to sort things out. No one really knows what goes on inside anyone’s relationship behind closed doors, but every marriage has its up and downs and overcoming those problems is what makes you stronger. I’m sad for Claire and Stephen because they obviously still have a lot of love and respect for one another. Perhaps there might still be a chance to sort things out in the future when the dust settles. I hope so. We asked our Email Jury what their biggest fear is and if reason for it. Lorna Smith, North Yorkshire I used to be terrified of flying until I flew on a budget airline and found an information booklet on my seat. It explained what all the different noises on a flight meant. That helped. Margaret Gibb, Fife Face up to your fears instead of running away and expecting someone else to protect you. Fight your own battles! Davie Kerr, Lochaber My biggest fear is drowning. When I was learning to swim at 15 a person pulled my back legs from under me and I went right under the water, it was very frightening. Ever since I have been afraid to go on a ship. Margaret Brown, Rutherglen JOIN THE JURY! VIsIt www.tIny.cc/jOInemaIljury AND FIll IN THE ONlINE FORm . sundaypost.com Kelly One of the joys about going away on holiday is catching up on all those movies you missed when they first came out. I finally got to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and although I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype, it was utterly brilliant. Frances McDormand is my alltime favourite actress and I didn’t think she would ever outdo that Oscar-winning performance in Fargo, but she excelled herself. Last Sunday, she won the Best Actress BAFTA and if there’s any justice she will go on to win her second Oscar. there can be only one sundaypost.com opinion FOllOW mE ON TWITTER @DONALDCMACLEOD A Hampden roar but of disapproval by continually pushing contactless cards, banks show they are out of touch o Cone-y no do that, Angus? Another sad, shocking tale from Hollywood One of my wee puppy Angus’s claws had become damaged last week. Luckily the vet sorted him out and he’s on the mend. He had to have his poor paw wrapped in a bandage and one of those “cones of shame” to stop him gnawing at it. The wee mite looked so miserable and the cone drove him mad. Surely there’s an alternative out there. I’ve a real soft spot for Brendan Fraser after his goofy role in George Of The Jungle and as the hero in the Mummy films. He disappeared for a long time, and it turns out the poor man has been battling severe pain after doing his own stunts for years. This week he also alleged the reason he was off our screens for so long was because a high-powered man in Hollywood sexually harassed him back in 2003. It’s a shocking tale which must be investigated. Brendan went on to suffer from depression, his marriage broke up and his career was badly affected. It’s another sad reflection of the dark side of Hollywood. they think the younger generations are too sensitive If I was meant to fly I would have wings. Allison Scotland, Roxburghshire of nettles and couldn’t get out as the bike was on top of me. Elizabeth O’Regan, Lincoln My greatest fear is forgetting where I have parked my car and walking around trying to find it. Lorraine Anderson, Edinburgh To lose one of my children or grandchildren. I don’t think I could ever recover. Jean-Claude Huntzinger, Lochgelly I fear being trapped. When I was six I fell off my bike into a ditch full The younger generation is no different to what they were when I was 16, more than 50 years ago. Margaret Gibb, Fife TO bEcOmE paRT OF THE TEam 23 Donald MacLeod Bank of England’s chief cashier Victoria Cleland Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson starring in Three Billboards February 25, 2018 ur greedy banks are becoming more invisible and contactless by the day, Invisible because they are closing more and more branches every week, contactless over the phone because they make you wade through mind-numbing, soul-destroying telephone automated menus. They, and major credit card companies, have decided – without asking any of us mere customers – to pursue their profit-driven dream of a cashless society and the standard issuing of contactless credit cards. Slightly upping the swipe limits year-on-year, quietly replacing your old chip and pin cards with contactless ones, advertising their ease of use and the milliseconds you save using them. It was brilliant to hear the Bank of England’s chief cashier Victoria Cleland, the woman whose signature appears on every new Bank of England note, refuses to use contactless cards as she doesn’t trust the technology. In other words, she doesn’t think they are safe either. Woah, what a swipe at the banks – Vicky has flicked the Vs to contactless cards and if anyone knows about their lack of security, surely it’s her. So tap and no go Vicky has clicked that these cards aren’t secure, but don’t expect our banks and credit card chumps to listen to Victoria. She firmly believes the end of physical cash won’t come any day soon, saying: “Cash is here to stay”. Well I would say that as well if my name was scrawled across all the notes but, sadly, I fear she is wrong. In Sweden they are already talking about putting microchips into people’s bodies so a sale can be registered with just a swipe of your hand. The tipping point from cash to cashless has already been passed. Of all consumer transactions in 2016, only 44% were in cash, down 6% on the previous decade. Last year, shoppers spent a whopping £25 billion by tap and go transactions. So contactless cards are definitely here to stay. In fact, their use is only going to become more widespread as each year passes. However, the crooks will also get more clever in this evolutionary arms race, and the amounts they steal will rise and rise. And when it reaches an eye-watering level, no doubt the banks will stop covering your losses. You can’t stop this march of madness but you can make your voice heard. If, like me, you don’t trust or want to go contactless, and are enraged you haven’t been given a choice in the matter, then contact them and demand they issue you with a chip and pin. If they then refuse as MBNA will because, to their shame, they now don’t issue them, then make a complaint to your local MP, MSP and financial regulator. Contactless shouldn’t mean unaccountable and lacking in transparency. Incompetent, shambolic, self-serving, gutless and cack-handed and are just some of terms of endearment that have rightly been levelled at the Scottish Football Association in recent months. Oh, and it seems that the SFA are totally skint, too. Run Scottish football? I wouldn’t let them run a bath. Now the bunglers in charge have threatened to quit Glasgow’s Hampden Park and move to rugby’s Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. However, they will stay put if they can buy Hampden on the cheap, for just for £2 million, from owners Queens Park FC. I wonder what biscuit tin they will even get the £2 million from. Classroom wars? How disturbing After yet another massacre, this time in Parkland, Florida, America’s students are now mobilising to march in demand of tighter gun controls. They threaten politicians who continue to support the NRA with humiliation at the ballot box in the future. It will take years, but if they stick to their guns, the students will succeed. In a disturbing turn of events, President Donald Trump reckons arming teachers is the way forward – when I was a schoolboy, they only had the belt! How long before a crazed teacher, armed with a semi-automatic, takes out a classroom? 24 February 25, 2018 News sundaypost.com Best-selling crime writer hails Corbyn faces new grassroots revolt over single market Jeremy Corbyn is facing demands from thousands of grassroots Labour members in Scotland to campaign to keep the UK a member of the European Single Market after Brexit. Mr Corbyn has long insisted the UK cannot be a member of the single market after the country’s affiliation with the EU ends. But at least 10 local branches in Scotland have put forward motions to the party’s conference in Dundee next month which back permanent Jeremy membership of Corbyn the single market and customs union. If passed, the vote would deliver a bloody nose to Mr Corbyn and new Scottish leader Richard Leonard, who backed the UK leader on the issue. Faced with mounting criticism of Labour’s Brexit position, Mr Corbyn will deliver a speech tomorrow when he is tipped to back the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU. The move comes ahead of a speech by Theresa May on Friday when she is expected to say how the UK wants its relationship with the EU to work. Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray said: “Labour members in Edinburgh South and across the country are making their voices heard – they want our party to support permanent membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union. “Given the strength of feeling among ordinary members, it’s vital that we debate this at conference. If we are to leave the EU, the least-worst option for limiting the damage caused by Brexit is to remain as a participant in the Single Market and Customs Union. “This is the only way to tackle austerity, protect jobs, and defend our hard-won rights for workers and consumers. “Our party was founded to protect the workers of the UK: if we fail them now we will never be forgiven.” Gavin Williamson Anthrax jab for soldiers British troops may need anthrax jabs in the face of a growing terror threat and tensions with North Korea, it has been claimed. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is said to be “seriously considering” the vaccinations for thousands of soldiers who could be mobilised at short notice. Speaking in an interview yesterday an unnamed Whitehall source said: “It is something that has gone through the planning phase and the secretary of state is seriously looking at it.” It is believed the possibility of a war between the US and North Korea is a driving factor in his thinking as is his fears that terror group ISIS could use anthrax on British soil. Escape to the country with... Tummel Valley Holiday Park Denzil Meyrick says its imperative action is taken to save the NHS PAYMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE Deposits from 10%... Escape to the country with your own Static Caravan Holiday Home at Tummel Valley Holiday Park near Pitlochry. A great range of new and pre-loved 2 and 3 bedroomed statics in stock now, ranging from £18,995. Fully-sited and connected. An investment in family leisure time with sub-let income possible. For more information call us on 01796 484 505 or visit us at Sat Nav: PH16 5SA sundaypost.com sundaypost.com NewS hospital staff after almost dying but warns service is stretched The NHS saved me. Now we have to save the NHS By Sally McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org O ne of the UK’s best loved crime writers is recovering after a brush with death. Denzil Meyrick, 52, author of the DCI Daley series, told the Sunday Post he owes his life to the “amazing” NHS medical teams who treated him when he suffered heart failure. The writer has spoken out to hail hospital staff but also to highlight his fears for the NHS after he was treated at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley. He claims staff were overworked and underpaid while the hospital also suffered shortages in bandages, bed sore pads and Elastoplast and even water jugs. Denzil spent three weeks in RAH before being transferred to Vale of Leven District Hospital in Alexandria to recuperate for two weeks prior to discharge in October last year. But it is only now – after his latest scan showed a major improvement in his heart – that the author feels able to talk about his ordeal. Denzil said: “At one point I thought I was a goner. I owe my life to the professionalism and dedication of the amazing medical team at RAH. “The treatment I received was second to none. If I had gone undiagnosed much longer I would have died, or at the very least my life would have been significantly reduced. Now, thankfully, I am almost back to normal. “But I was shocked by the conditions in which these people have to work and the overall state of the NHS.” Denzil – who has for years suffered both debilitating psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, which causes painful inflamma- Denzil Meyrick was given life-saving treatment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital tion of the spine – was taken to the RAH last summer to be treated for pneumonia but doctors discovered serious problems with his heart. Medication improved his condition but by then he had lost three stones, had been bed-bound for four months and suffered so much muscle wastage he couldn’t walk. After five weeks in hospital – two of which were spent in physiotherapy at Vale of Leven – he was allowed home. Better but still not completely recovered, the writer has spoken out in praise of his treatment and also to highlight worrying problems he saw in hospital. However Denzil claimed: “During the time I was in hospital I witnessed the full gamut of what is happening to the NHS. “I witnessed a terrible shortage in staff and long waits for equipment, like my echocardiogram. “They ran out of things like the pads they have for people with bedsores, bandages or the padding that goes on the abrasion, Elastoplast; basic stuff like that. They even ran out of water jugs at one point. “I was told about people leaving the profession en masse and those who had to take up second jobs to bolster their income. “To me it seemed like the RAH was under siege in the amount of work they have to handle. And these people haven’t had a pay rise – in real terms – since goodness knows when.” He said: “The heart of the NHS is failing, despite the dedication of those in it. In 10 years’ time, if it carries on along the road it is travelling, our health service will be a shadow of itself or we will be ‘ Denzil Meyrick says the NHS is in a crisis that must be averted forced into a USA type of situation where we have to buy our health care privately. “We cannot afford to let that happen.” Denzil added: “While all this was going on I was supposed to speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Bloody Scotland and the Cologne Crime Festival, followed by a media tour throughout Germany. “I couldn’t do any of it but my agents and publishers across the world were fantastically understanding, as were the events I was supposed to attend. “My wife, Fiona, and my stepdaughter, Rachel, were magnificent. They really held the line when I was going through what was the hardest time in my life.” Now back at the Loch Lomond-side home he shares with his poet wife, Denzil has managed to finish the sixth title in the DCI Daley series, The Relentless Tide, which will launch in September. “The good news is I had a scan about three weeks ago that showed that in just a few months I have gone from having severe heart failure to mild-to-moderate heart failure. “I am now excited and I feel rejuvenated. Before I could only walk two or three steps before gasping for breath. Now I walk every day and I don’t have to stop at all. I have moderated my diet and am very frugal with alcohol. “When I first heard the term heart failure I thought it a terrifying thing. Thanks to the wonderful teams at RAH and Vale of Leven I am almost back to normal.” A spokesman for the RAH said the hospital was well stocked and there was no record of shortages, but he added: “That is not to say that a nurse on a ward might have had to make a call to the hospital’s supplies team to top up the supply of a specific product on a ward. However, that is not the same as the RAH running out of supplies.” He denied issues with staffing, stating: “We have a flexible rostering policy which local ward managers implement to agree work patterns that best suit the needs of patients and staff. “This ensures there are the right numbers and skill mix on duty, at the right time, to deliver care and ensure safe and effective services are delivered.” And he said “patient-facing” nurses’ salaries start at band five or £22,440 for new graduates, rising to £42,205 in band seven. In 10 years time, if it carries on along the road it is travelling, our health service will be a shadow of itself February 25, 2018 25 Shops not sticking to new rules A schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children amid a spate of acid attacks. BBC’s 5 Live Investigates was present during an undercover sting led by Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police last week. The probe saw a 14-yearold girl buy bottles of household cleaning bleach from three out of five high street retailers in Newham. The London borough had been dubbed the “acid attack capital of Britain” after police figures showed it had the highest rates of attacks in the UK. The Government is currently reviewing the regulation of sales of corrosive substances. DID YOU KNOW? Only the males are called peacocks. Females are actually called peahens Newts in danger over rail plans HS2 bosses have defended their plans to rehome newts found at a construction site in London after environmental campaigners accused them of being short-sighted. Campaigners say many species are being disturbed by work going on in a 300-acre woodland area in the west of the city but HS2 bosses have made “mitigation” plans only for snakes and great crested newts. And they claim HS2 plans to “house” snakes and great crested newts in one area – even though snakes eat newts. Their concerns emerged after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and HS2 bosses took legal action in a bid to stop unlawful protest activities at the site. 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Brown also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Harrison also faces a common assault allegation. Brothers Corey and Casper Platt-May were with their mother at around 2pm on Thursday when they were struck by a car. They were taken to hospital with severe injuries, but Casper could not be revived and died a short time later. Corey was rushed into surgery, but later died. Their mother was unhurt. Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police, said: “It is always tragic to lose loved ones, especially when so young, and we are continuing to offer our support to family members at such a devastating time. “We are very appreciative of the overwhelming help we have received from the public and ask anyone with any information to get in touch with us.” February 25, 2018 27 Life on Mars? Try a few years in Saughton Prisoners boldly go to classes on space station design and how crops can grow on moon Inmates at Saughton, right, learn about life on other planets like star of The Martian, Matt Damon, below By Mark Howarth email@example.com P risoners are being taught about life on Mars to help them go straight. Jail bosses are boldly going where no one has gone before by laying on thought-provoking lectures on the possibility of life on other planets. They hope to convince inmates crime only serves to hold back civilisation. Edinburgh University astrobiologists have been delivering talks and workshops behind bars to criminals at Edinburgh’s Saughton prison and HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire. Now the scheme is being rolled out across the country with some inmates even taking part in experiments to see if crops could grow on the moon. The scheme has been welcomed by campaigners who claim it could help reduce crime rates. Pete White, of the chari t y Po s i t i v e P r i s o n ? Positive Futures, said: “Anything that can help people in jail to think beyond that wall and beyond themselves is constructive. “The reading age of over half of the prison population is less than 11. “Many come from chaotic households where they’ve never had the opportunity to excel, their vocabulary is limited and education has always been linked with failure. “And yet you’ll find that sci-fi and fantasy n ov e l s a re among the most popular reads in prison libraries because people don’t stop thinking and they UN Syria ceasefire A resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria has been unanimously approved by the United Nations. At a crunch vote, which was delayed several times as council members tried to convince Russia to agree to a resolution, it was decided that the humanitarian move must take place “without delay”. The agreement came after activists claimed government forces killed more than 500 civilians during a week of intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Damascus. News want to escape the harsh reality of being locked up.” The Life Beyond programme is a collaboration between the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and Edinburgh University’s UK Astrobiology Centre. During the four-week course, experts work with prisoners to “develop innovative plans and designs for human-tended stations on Mars”. Prisoners consider “exploration objectives”, try creative writing and design, and even write “Martian Blues” music. Their work will be published by the British Interplanetary Society and will be made available to space engineers, explorers and agencies around the world. Now the astrobiology team, led by Professor Charles Cockell, is planning to take the scheme into highsecurity Shotts and Low Moss, near Glasgow. But they’ll also be returning to ‘ Sci-fi is popular, as prisoners want to escape the reality of being locked up Glenochil to carry out a research programme in gardens tended by inmates to see whether food could feasibly be grown in soils similar to those on the moon or Mars. Professor Cockell said: “Offenders can be encouraged to see that criminal activity merely slows progress and degrades quality of life. “We live in a civilisation that faces big challenges but has huge opportunities too and we are engaging people in this through space education. Whoever you are, enriching one’s view of science is invaluable.” An SPS spokesman said: “We hope to stimulate the imagination and harness the often latent talents of those in our care.” St Andrews University last month received a £150,000 grant to teach science, technology, engineering and maths in jails. Phones in cells? Scots jail chiefs track English scheme Scots prison chiefs are studying the impact of a pilot scheme in England which has seen the installation of phone lines in jail cells. A total of 10 prisons south of the Border are testing the move which allows inmates to use phones in their cells to contact pre-approved numbers, such as family members. In 2013, Colin McConnell, chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), backed the idea of having phones in cells, claiming, “anything reasonably and safely we can do to help sustain and develop family contact, we should give it a go”. And last year the think tank Reform Scotland proposed piloting landline phones in prison cells to help maintain contact between prisoners and their families. The organisation said evidence suggests maintaining close family ties can help prevent re-offending. In a written answer lodged at Holyrood, Mr McConnell, said: “The SPS is in contact with our colleagues in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service to review the findings of a study carried out by researchers at York University into the impact of in-cell telephones on custodial behaviour and on re-offending by inmates.” A SPS spokesman confirmed the study was under review but added there were no immediate plans to introduce phones in the cells. 28 NEws February 25, 2018 sundaypost.com Fears over the future of sleeper train By Andrew Picken firstname.lastname@example.org Fears have been raised over the future of Scotland’s railways after the operator of the Caledonian Sleeper service warned it might hand the keys back. Serco, which took over running the night trains to and from London in 2015, last week revealed it had taken a £30 million hit on the franchise as a result of a “sharp increase in costs”. The terms of the sleeper contract means Serco can try and get the taxpayer to pay for half of its losses from 2020 but the outsourcing giant also warned it may seek an early exit from the 15-year franchise. It comes just weeks after it was announced the UK East Coast franchise deal will end early and comes amid continuing performance and financial problems for ScotRail franchise holder, Abellio. Transport minister Humza Yousaf, who earlier this month flew to the Netherlands for Humza Yousaf crunch talks with Abellio, has written to MSPs to say he is monitoring the Caledonian Sleeper situation closely, But Scotland boss of rail union RMT, Mick Hogg, said: “The ball is burst when it comes to private franchising. “The East Coast line, the shambles at ScotRail and now with the sleeper, all the problems show that we need radical changes in the shape of public ownership or the passengers and the taxpayer will continue to lose out.” Serco say it is fully committed to the franchise. Actor grateful to NHS Hollywood star Richard E. Grant has thanked NHS staff after he was “clonked” on the head by a metal bar. The Withnail And I actor, 60, praised nursing staff after he was treated at hospital. He wrote on Twitter: “Am truly indebted to nurses for sorting out my head wound.” Ben Nevis human chain plan is axed A plan by Scottish independence supporters to form a human chain up Ben Nevis has been axed over safety concerns. Yes campaigner John Tannock had called for 9000 independence supporters to link hands from the foot to the peak of Scotland’s highest mountain. But the event, planned for August 25, has now been axed after environmental group Nevis Landscape Partnership raised concerns over the “many logistical and environmental challenges” that the massive human chain would have presented. Mr Tannock, from Ayrshire, said: “We’re not doing it now. I have cancelled it. “People were saying that it’s a major hazard and I just saw too much bad stuff about it so I cancelled the event.” Broadcaster Sally Magnusson on telling stories, Icelandic After ten books, a memoir and, now, a novel, maybe I have the write stuff after all Kirkjufell in Iceland, which Sally explores in her powerful debut novel By Paul English email@example.com I t has taken a lifetime of working with words, 10 books, a best-selling memoir and her debut novel, but Sally Magnusson is now willing to accept what her readers have known for many years. She’s a writer. One of Scotland’s best-known broadcasters after years presenting Reporting Scotland and Songs of Praise, Sally has just published her first work of fiction, The Sealwoman’s Gift. And with it, she experienced a professional epiphany at the age of 62. Sally said: “I still can’t take myself quite ser iously when described as a novelist. “But someone asked the other day how they should describe me, and it occurred to me that for years I’ve been described as ‘broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson’. “I thought maybe it should be ‘writer and broadcaster’ now. That feels good to me.” But the mum of five has no inclination to hang up her microphone. “Not to say anything disparaging about the other part of my work,” she said. “It’s just that the writing has come to mean more and more to me over the years.” Her new novel came about in the wake of her best-selling memoir Where Memories Go, a candid account of how a family dealt with the gradual disappearance of a loved one descending through the stages of dementia. It told the poignant story of how Sally and her family learned to cope as her mother Mamie – a former Sunday Post journalist – lived her final years with Alzheimer’s. The book remained on the bestsellers’ list for months and was praised by people in the caring professions as much as literary critics. Yet as well as marking her out as a spokesperson on dementia – and leading to the formation of the charity Playlist For Life – its success posed Sally a happy problem. She said: “My publisher was anxious that I write something else after Where Memories Go did so well. “We talked about the things that interested me, and I considered writing another non-fiction book about music and dementia. “But in the end I felt I needed to go somewhere else completely.” That turned out to be an island off the coast of Iceland in the 1600s. The Sealwoman’s Gift takes as its starting point one of the most terrifying chapters in Icelandic history, when hundreds of islanders were abducted into slavery by pirates from Morocco. Inspired by the country’s literary sagas, the novel’s heart-wrenching fiction is built around the bloodied bones of fact, words hauled from written records of the 17th Century. Sally said: “I came across an English translation of Olafur Egilsson’s memoir, and that really opened my eyes to an extraordinary story: this priest who was abducted with his family, taken to Algiers and then has to leave them behind to make his way back to Europe to raise a ransom for them.” Much of the story centres around Asta, Olafur’s wife. Sally said: “So little was known about the life of women either in Europe or in Algiers. “I wondered what their experience was like and how to make that engaging to a modern audience – writing about the reality of that experience in the 17th Century in a way that speaks to the universal experiences of grief, loss, love and so on.” Years of writing for newspapers didn’t come close to preparing the experienced journalist for the harsh realities of draft-writing works of fiction. She said: “I don’t think I realised how much I’d bitten off until I started. I was at a dinner with Writer Sally Magnusson sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 29 inspiration and juggling her love of television and words on a page Our work will only be done when everyone knows music is key to unlocking anguish of dementia Sally had no notion of starting a charity about music’s therapeutic impact on people with dementia when she started writing a book about her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Even now, as Chair of Playlist For Life, she hopes to see the day when the charity can be wound down. The organisation’s aim is to make the association between music and dementia as intrinsic as that of the graze and the sticking plaster. “Once everyone knows that, we’ll be able to say our work is done,” said Sally, who set up the charity in 2013. “We want to get to the point where anybody who is diagnosed with dementia, or hears the word, will simply know that making their own playlist is the thing to do next. There are still lots of people who don’t know this. We’re still scratching the surface.” Playlist For Life’s Sally as a baby with mum Mamie and dad Magnus impact has seen their work endorsed by the Care Inspectorate, and is changing the approach in some care homes. A free digital app was launched last year, to help families compile playlists, with the help of a virtual “music detective”. Sally said: “If you’re able to make someone less writers James Robertson (author of And The Land Lay Still) and Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), talking to them about my first draft, and how I realised I was going to have to start again because it wasn’t really working. “I was despairing because I’d done 100,000 words which had taken me months. They laughed and told me to come back to them when I was on the fifth draft. “In journalism, you’re used to doing things quickly, to a deadline, as well as you can. I had to get used to the whole mindset of honing and refining and editing and junking and starting again. “But, believe it or not, I’ve already started another one.” And she remains confident that physical books are here to stay, despite the rise of eBook readers. She said: “I’m tremendously evangelical about books. There’s nothing like reading the word on the page, and I think the Kindle moment has passed its peak, and there’s a movement back to book in paper form.” Sally recalls how she read the works of Enid Blyton “by the agitated, more engaged and more lucid just by thoughtfully introducing music to them, especially at the times they find most difficult, that’s transformational and is already informing the culture in care homes.” Visit www.playlistforlife. org.uk bucketload” as a girl, and how reading was encouraged, but never prescribed, by her mother, Mamie, and father, the late journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson. “Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings was a seminal book for me when I was about 12,” she said. “I adored that sense of ‘northerness’, Tolkien playing with the sagas and Norse myths. “I was reading for myself, and going to Iceland with my father at that age, seeing where the sagas had happened, in this crucible of storytelling that Iceland is.” The fact that neither parent is around to see her break new ground in her career is one note of regret for Sally, who is married to film-maker Norman Stone. Magnus died in 2007 and Mamie in 2012. Sally said: “I often think it’s a pity they aren’t here to share things with, that I can’t sit down over a cup of tea and tell my mum I’m stuck, and have her tell me to just plunge in and fix it later; or that I should write an Icelandic novel about sagas and folklore and I can’t talk to my dad about it, can’t show it to him, even if he might tell me it’s a lot of rubbish and to try something else next time. “I miss that. I would like to think that anything I do would please them.” Sally appears at Glasgow book festival Aye Write, Royal Concert Hall, March 18, at 4.45pm Julian Assange UK blamed as Assange negotiations break down Talks between the UK and Ecuador over the future of Julian Assange have broken down, the South American country’s Foreign Minister has revealed. Maria Fernanda Espinosa suggested British officials had been unwilling to negotiate over the Wikileaks founder’s potential release. Earlier this month, a judge upheld an arrest warrant issued when Mr Assange skipped bail as he fought extradition to Sweden in 2012. The 46-year-old has been at the Ecuadorian Embassy ever since as he fears extradition to the US for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves. Ms Espinosa said of the failed talks: “To mediate you need two parties, Ecuador is willing, but not necessarily the other party.” Ecuador said it would continue to protect Mr Assange’s rights, however there was a risk to his physical and psychological wellbeing after spending nearly six years in the building as a “refugee”. The country has assessed more than 30 similar cases in a bid to break the deadlock, including that of British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in prison in Iran accused of spying. In November, Ms Espinosa said Mr Assange had been granted Ecuadorian citizenship. Shops get booze facts Thousands of local offlicence owners will be sent Scottish Government leaflets telling them to prepare for minimum unit pricing on alcohol. Owners of 5300 convenience stores will be the focus of a new awareness-raising campaign. Health Secretary Shona Robison will this week tell MSPs how expensive booze will be under the new laws. She said: “Minimum unit pricing will tackle the scourge of cheap, highstrength drink.” sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 31 Speedway star on returning to the track after terrible smash John McDonnell McDonnell blasts SNP over budget John McDonnell has called on the SNP to “stop playing politics with people’s lives” and “end austerity” in Scotland. The shadow chancellor’s comments came ahead of his visit to Midlothian, Clackmannanshire and Glenrothes yesterday to speak with activists. Mr McDonnell said: “The SNP could have adopted Scottish Labour’s plans to halt austerity in Scotland, but they chose instead to pass a budget that doesn’t deliver a pay rise for the local government workforce and will leave lifeline local services under pressure. “The SNP should stop playing politics with people’s lives and listen to Richard Leonard’s plans to truly end austerity in Scotland.” Speedway star Lewis Kerr lies stricken after the horror crash in Peterborough in 2015; inset, back on his bike By Bryan Copland firstname.lastname@example.org A speedway star has told how he got back on a bike just months after a horror crash that nearly killed him – b e c a u s e h e c o u l d n’t remember a thing about it. KT Tunstall KT’s life on the road is dram good KT Tunstall has confessed to a “love affair” with whisky. The Suddenly I See singer demands a bottle is in her dressing room for every show. The platinum-selling star has been recording her sixth album with Nick McCarthy, formerly of Franz Ferdinand. The 42-year-old now lives in Los Angeles after the break-up of her marriage to bandmate Luke Bullen. She has also forged a new career writing music for Hollywood films. But Edinburgh-born Tunstall still has a taste for a dram on the road. “It’s the classiest rock ’n’ roll tipple you can have, and I would always have a bottle of single malt on my rider.” Lewis Kerr was 25 and about to become a dad when he careered into a safety barrier after colliding with another competitor during a race. He was airlifted to hospital and wife Jessie, who was pregnant with son Cooper at the time, held a bedside vigil for the stricken rider as he spent four days in a coma, fighting for his life. After waking up, Lewis had to learn to walk and read again and suffered severe headaches. But he was back on the brakeless motorcycle to race around tracks at speeds of more than 60mph just months later. Lewis’ memory of the 2015 crash is totally blank – and he says it’s just as well. Remarkably, it was Jessie who encouraged him to get back into the sport. Now h e’s Lewis Kerr with wife Jessie No, the horrific crash that nearly killed me and put me in a coma for four days hasn’t put me off racing...luckily, I can’t remember a thing about it – Speedway rider Lewis Kerr heading north of the border after joining league titlechasing Glasgow Tigers. Speaking from his home in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, Lewis revealed how his life was turned upside down by the crash. “It was awful. At the time my wife was 25 weeks pregnant,” he said. “Plus, I was buying a house, and that sort of fell through because of the accident. “So we had the house situation, she was pregnant, and I was in a coma. “I had to pretty much learn to walk again, I couldn’t read, I couldn’t do a lot of things.” However, L e w i s insisted t h e re w e re “n e v e r a n y d o u b t s” about getting back on a bike, despite the dangers of the sport – which sees four riders compete over four laps on a n oval track, on single-gear machines which broadside round the corners – and the fact he now had a family to look after. He said: “It does help that I can’t remember anything about the crash. “I didn’t want to do anything else other than ride my bike for a living. If I was unable to do that I would be pretty depressed. “But being quite fit, my recovery picked up quickly, so I’m really lucky. “Because of the funding that people set up for me, I was quite lucky, because I didn’t have to work as a carpenter through the winter – I managed to recover properly and spend time with Cooper as well. “After a terrible year it was a good ending. “Jessie absolutely loves the speedway and knew I was never going to quit. And I don’t think she’d let me, because I’d be miserable if I was off a bike and she wouldn’t want that. She’s a great support. “People think I’m crazy and don’t understand – but I just wouldn’t want to do anything else. “Once the headaches had stopped coming I knew it was time to get back. “It’s taken a lot of hard work and determination but I’m really happy with how things are going.” Lewis has always adored bikes – he used to join his dad on road machines as a youngster before collecting enough cash to get his own two wheels when he was 11. He started racing motocross aged 13 before moving into professional speedway when he was 21. The quality of his performances last year for clubs down south encouraged the Tigers to snap him up for their new campaign, which begins on March 23. Lewis said: “I’m really excited. Their support will mean a lot to me at this stage of my career.” 32 News February 25, 2018 sundaypost.com Loss-making airport says land for free By Andrew Picken email@example.com Taxpayer-owned Prestwick Airport is facing criticism for giving away landing slots for free. The Sunday Post has seen emails showing the loss-making Ayrshire facility touting for business by offering to wave all landing and navigation fees for a commercial customer. Transport Scotland, which owns the airport, says the move is fairly common practice in the industry. But an Edinburgh Airport spokesman criticised the tactic, saying: “We’ve continually voiced our concerns from the outset over the Scottish Government’s business case for Prestwick Airport.” And MSP Jackie Baillie also warned: “There are clear anticompetitive and market distortion concerns if this sort of behaviour is going on.” An email seen by The Sunday Post, and passed to the Scottish Government, shows a Thread tycoons mean a little bit of Catalonia is forever Scottish By Bill Gibb firstname.lastname@example.org Jackie Baillie Prestwick official offering a potential commercial customer free landing fees, free navigation fees and free parking at the Ayrshire airport. Last year Prestwick posted a pre-tax loss of £8.6 million in the year to March – down from £9.2m the previous year and bosses at the time insisted the airport is making progress. Prestwick’s only scheduled airline operator, Ryanair, is this week expected to confirm an extension to its stay at the airport. Some £46.5m of public cash is currently tied up in the airport. Perth date for psychic Sunday Post medium June Field will give a public demonstration this week. The popular psychic is at The Salutation Hotel in Perth on Thursday evening. Tickets can be purchased from junefieldmedium.com/events and the charity to benefit is the Petterden branch of the SSPCA. Queen’s hydro plan too noisy for otters The Queen’s plans to build a “green” power plant at her Highland home have been halted. The Cairngorms National Park Authority have called in her application in a Special Area of Conservation. Objectors had claimed that the hydro-electric scheme on a river running through her Balmoral Estate, were too not noisy for the badgers, Forever Buddies: Why to have been Paisley otters and voles living nearby. The two-megawatt turbine on the River Muick was expected to generate enough electricity to supply 1300 homes and an income of £650,000 for Her Majesty. Aberdeenshire Council’s own Environmental Health department lodged a formal objection, because it may disturb protected species living nearby. A little corner of Spain that is forever Scottish is to celebrate the links between the two countries. Borgonya, a tiny village of 300 people an hour’s drive from Barcelona, was one of the key outposts of Paisley-based textile giant Coats. From the end of the 19th Century, a mill churned out thread on a massive scale and expat workers had houses built for them just as they had back in Scotland. The connections were such that streets in the remote village even had Scots names. Market changes saw the factor y finally close its doors in 2000. But the houses re m a i n e d o c c u pied, the village vibrant and the Scots links continue with the local football team playing in St Mirren’s black and white. Now plans for a new museum to tell the fascinating stor y are under way. It is hoped tourists will swap – Jordi Grane Costas for culture and explore the rich industrial history. “We are proud to have a colony with both heritage and historical value for Catalonia,” said Eric Sibina, Mayor of Sant Vicenc de Torello, which takes in Borgonya. “I invite Scots to come and visit as they will find a small part of Scotland in the heart of Catalonia.” The River Ter proved a magnet for ‘ The Scots led the way in setting up the mill Club Deportivo Borgonya, founded by Coats, adopt the famous black-and-white industrialists from the mid-19th Century, with the water used to power turbines and a railway line established in 1879. Coats, as part of a worldwide expansion that included building mills from Russia to America, bought a waterfall in Borgonya in 1893 and opened their factory two years later. “The Coats family came with a philosophy of looking after the workers of the colony,” said Jordi Grane, historian at the regional Museu Del Ter. “And because the industrial revolution began in Britain, the Scots came with much greater knowledge of how to start a mill and set everything up. They really led the way.” As well as using local workers, around 200 Scots were enticed across to Spain to live and work at the new mill. A mix of traditional terraced and detached houses, complete with gardens, were built to make them feel at home. A merger with major Spanish factories in 1903 further expanded the importance Historian: Firm built a park so staff The old Coats mill building in Paisley The Spanish expansion by Coats was a mirror image of their Paisley operation, according to social historian Lil Brookes. “Looking after their workers was key for the Coats family,” said Lil. “In the Ferguslie area they had rows of houses as well as societies and clubs. “They also had what they called the half-time school. “ Yo u n g s t e r s w e r e employed part-time in the works and the other part of their paid time was in education in this school. And Coats built a park so the workers might enjoy their weekend there with their family rather than spend it all in the pub. “There was very much a patriarchal approach – we’ll look after you and you’ll look after us. “The family was well liked and it was often a case that you’d spend sundaypost.com sundaypost.com News February 25, 2018 33 a Spanish village is proud patterned for 123 years Clara McGregor Love split Ewan’s daughter on coping Borgonya, above, remains a vibrant village striped kit of their Scottish cousins St Mirren, as worn here by their 1961 youth team of Borgonya. At its peak, there were 1000 workers using 80,000 spinning wheels to produce more than 60,000kg of yarns every week. Three types of thread were produced: sewing, darning and twisted, the latter used for fishing nets and tarpaulin. “It was seen as being one of the best threads in the world and the quality brought the colony a fantastic reputation,” said Jordi. A whole community flourished during the factory’s heyday, with the provision of a church, school, pub, theatre, post office, railway station, hairdressers and more. Workers were looked after by a company doctor and from the earliest days they were given sick leave, something which was unheard of in most Catalan factories. The mill conditions at Coats were held up as a benchmark for other employers and a 40-hour working week was introduced in 1919. The factory also brought with it Scotland’s sporting heritage. Coats established a football team to give workers something to do and Club Deportivo Borganya still has a saltire as part of its strip. The oil crisis of the early 1970s that sparked industrial unrest in Spain led to a long, slow decline, resulting in the eventual closure of the factory in 2000. However, the community continued to exist with the houses sold off to former workers who then remained in the area. The City Council of Sant Vicenc has been collaborating with the museum since 2006 on a project to conserve and revitalise the mill complex. And Borgonya was declared a Place of National Cultural Interest in 2013. The museum keeps the story alive by staging exhibits of Borgonya’s place in history. But it’s in the city of Manlleu, well away from the village. Now, however, plans are well advanced to bring Borgonya’s past home. “The City Council is working to rehabilitate the house of the doctor and turn it into a museum,” confirmed Mayor Sibina. “We aim to show off the original objects that came from the factory away back in the 19th Century. “Then we can look to develop a further tourism project. “We are a small town with limited resources. But it is very important for us to maintain the colony in perfect conditions.” At the moment most visitors to Museu Del Ter and Borgonya come from Catalonia and more widely from Spain. But tours in English will be introduced to cater for the hoped-for influx of visitors from the UK. “We have a very special feeling for Scotland,” said Mayor Sibina. “It is part of our history. We see the Scottish people as a brother. The Scottish flag flew above the factory for a long time and one our roads is called Paisley Street, so there is so much shared history.” would enjoy time there instead of in the pub your entire life, from youth to retirement, with them. “So it doesn’t surprise me at all that they used that same model in Catalonia to establish a loyal workforce. “Just as in Spain, you can still walk round Paisley and identify Coats houses. They are very distinctive.” But the global expansion came at a cost for the Paisley workforce. “Coats moved into America and when that market became tough they looked elsewhere, like Spain,” said Lil. “They would send experienced staff abroad to set up factories and share their knowledge. “But they did it so well that once factories like the one in Catalonia was running, the threads produced were often cheaper. And it was those threads that were then sold in the local markets. “That meant there was no need to buy from the operation in Ferguslie which led to a reduction in markets and Coats having to take a hard look at their home base.” Burgonya’s mill was built by Coats Ewan McGregor’s eldest daughter Clara, whose parents publicly split after 22 years of marriage, has revealed how she is coping. The star left his wife for Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is just 11 years older than Clara. The aspiring actress, who completed a degree in photography in New York, is now directing her first short film. She has been signed by a modelling agency, and has appeared in Vogue USA. The 22-year-old has publicly backed her mother Eve Mavrakis, since 46-yearold Ewan filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Clara, the eldest of four children, said in her first interview since the split, that if life get tough, “I always remind myself how lucky I am, and how fortunate I am, and that there are so many people suffering in the world. “I try to put my issues in perspective and look at the positives. “I don’t really have a motto, it’s more of a thought process.” She added: “I think this year will always be memorable because I came into myself more than I have before. I’m starting a new portion of my life.” Clara grew up in Los Angeles as a teenager, after moving from London at the age of 12. Inhaler concerns Patients with respiratory diseases and arthritis could struggle to manage their conditions because their inhalers are too fiddly, researchers say. A team from the University of Bath say NHS staff should check that such patients can use their inhalers properly to reduce the risk of them being unable to take the medicine. Respiratory diseases are common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, with an estimated 60,000 people in the UK having both conditions. A D F C O N C E RT S P R ES E N TAT I O N PRINCES STREET GARDENS E D I N B U R G H MON 6 TH AUG 2018 TOM JONES TUE 14 TH AUG 2018 RAG’N’BONE MAN FRI 17 TH AUG 2018 PALOMA FAITH SAT 18 TH DAUG O U T 2018 SOL KASABIAN + SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR ALL SHOWS TICKETS ON SALE NOW WWW.SMMRSESSIONS.COM @SMMRSESSIONS SUBJECT TO LICENCE sundaypost.com sundaypost.com NHS boards across Scotland paid out more than £26 million in overtime to nurses and midwives last year, figures from the Scottish Conservatives have revealed. The figures were released at the same time Scottish Labour bosses launched a consultation on how to tackle the NHS “workforce crisis”. The overall bill for extra hours worked by nursing and midwifery staff in 2016-17 totalled £26,538,293. That is slightly down from the previous year’s £27,109,290. Scottish Conservative health spokesman Miles Briggs said: “The sheer scale of the cost here exposes just how badly the SNP has planned the NHS workforce over recent years.” DID YOU KNOW? For 20 years after Marilyn Monroe’s death, ex-husband Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her grave every week Father hits out at FGM court case A father cleared of causing or allowing his daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) has said the investigation put “intolerable pressure” on his family. The man, from Bristol, was acquitted of child cruelty after a judge at Bristol Crown Court ruled he had no case to answer last week. Judge Julian Lambert directed the jury to find the father, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, not guilty following a three-day trial. Medical evidence to ascertain whether the girl – who has always denied being harmed – had undergone FGM was “wholly inconclusive”, the judge said. February 25, 2018 35 U.S investors on five-year £400m fraud probe that went nowhere By Kieran Andrews email@example.com A n American doctor who lost more than £100,000 after a Scots hedge fund collapsed sparking a fraud probe has revealed his anger with the Scottish legal system. After an investigation spanning more than five years, the Crown Office has dropped the case against four men linked to the £400 million collapse of Heather Capital led by lawyer Greg King. The decision has prompted criticism from alleged victims and warnings from finance experts that police and prosecutors are not equipped to deal with such complex fraud inquiries. A number of US investors lost money when Heather Capital went under, including US cardiologist Dr Paul Laraia. He has spoken of his anger at the failure of the Scottish justice system to put the the men in the dock. Dr Laraia said: “We are very unhappy with the legal system in Scotland.” He suggested Scots prosecutors were not“sophisticated” enough to handle the case. “I was not surprised the case has been dropped,” Dr Laraia said. “I was disappointed, but not surprised. “You need very sophisticated and forensic accounting and there aren’t that many specialists.” He said handed over his money on the advice of a friend who runs a hedge fund. Dr Laraia added he invested around $150,000 (£107,000) adding: “It was a substantial amount of money. “There are people who lost a very large amount of money and they must be very angry. It’s terrible. He (Greg King) is playing golf on the Costa del Sol, as I understand it.” Theresa Payton, an expert on fraud investigation and former White House information officer, says authorities across the world are struggling to cope with complex investment funds which may be fraudulent. Ms Payton, who was President George W. Bush’s chief information officer from 2006-08, works for security firm Fortalice Solutions, specialists in protecting against firms against cyber-crime. She said: “Most law enforcement organisations are severely lacking in resources to combat every crime hitting their borders from physical crimes, to stopping crimes, to investigating cybercrimes and performing forensic investigations – that’s as true in Scotland as it is in the US. “It’s a conundrum. We want to be protected, we want investigations to be thorough and to bring about justice, but how far are we willing to go to fund it?” Lawyer Gregory King, 49, and three other men were reported by detectives who investigated Heather Capital, which was based in the Isle of Man. The hedge fund, launched in 2005, attracted investors from around the world and loaned money to fund property deals. King grew up in Newton reaction Overtime in NHSreaches £26 million News ‘ We are people who have lost a large amount of money. We are not happy with the Scottish legal system It’s terrible... disappointing but not surprising. He’s playing golf on the Costa de Sol, as I understand it Paul Laraia – American doctor Paul Laraia Mearns, Glasgow, and now lives in the gated La Zagaleta millionaire complex in Marbella, with its own golf courses, riding stables and swimming pools, where houses sell for up to £20m. He paid himself around £34m from Heather between 2005 and 2008. After Heather’s collapse in 2010, Paul Duffy, the firm’s liquidator, claimed around £90 million was unaccounted for. A fraud inquiry by police resulted in King and three other men – Andrew Sobolewski, a lawyer of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire; Andrew Millar, of Cambuslang, and Scott Carmichael, of Thorntonhall, near Glasgow – being reported to the Crown Office in 2013. A court judgment in the Isle of Man likened the Heather hedge fund to a Ponzi scheme, a fraudulent operation which generates returns for older investors through revenue paid by new investors. But after almost five years, the Crown has now dropped the case. Brian McConnachie QC, a former lead prosecutor with the Crown Office, last week called for changes to the way fraud is investigated and prosecuted in Scotland. He believes there should be a separate Serious Fraud Office north of the Border and complicated cases should be heard by a judge instead of a jury. King now lives in Marbella Greg King led crashed investment fund that sparked fraud probe ‘ It could be resources being stretched thin. We want protection. We want justice but how much are we willing to pay for it? Theresa Payton In another development linked to Heather, liquidator Mr Duffy dropped a £7.3 million claim against Burness Paull, a leading law firm connected to the hedge fund. A spokesman for Burness Paull said: “From the outset, we considered the allegations behind these proceedings were entirely without merit and were prepared to defend the action robustly to its conclusion. “Wearepleasedthattheseproceedings have now been dropped.” A separate £28.4 million action by Mr Duffy against the law firm Levy & McRae and some of its former and present partners is due to be heard in May. The claim relates to alleged payments in 2007 of £19 million and £9.4 million which Heather allegedly made to the Glasgowbased firm’s client account and were then transferred offshore. A Crown Office spokesman said: “A criminal case must be established beyond reasonable doubt and the Crown can only prosecute where there is sufficient credible, admissible evidence to justify a prosecution. Crown Counsel concluded this test has not been met. “The Crown has reserved the right to take action, should further evidence become available in the future.” ‘ We can only prosecute where there is credible evidence to justify a prosecution. That test was not met The Crown Office 36 February 25, 2018 News sundaypost.com As we see it Our quirky take On the week’s news Bite flight drops in Tea-rrific bargain A shark fell from the sky into a man’s garden last week. James Hill, 26, was making tea when the fish dropped on to his lawn. It’s thought the two-foot long smallspotted cat shark was being carried by a cormorant. James thought it was jawdropping – but perhaps the incident would be better described as Jaws dropping. A teapot with a wonky handle that was picked up for £15 has sold at auction for £460,000. The white and blue porcelain pot was originally thought to be worthless until it was identified as the work of legendary US potter John Bartlam. It was bought by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. After brewing up a fortune, the seller will need a strong cuppa to calm their nerves. Lulu still loving life Images f the w The Queen chats to US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, whose sunglasses raised eyebrows, at a London Fashion Week catwalk show last week National treasure Lulu, 69, is to take to the stage in London’s west end for the first time in 33 years. She is to appear in the musical 42nd Street. “I’m still ticking, so why not?” she says. 55 years after her hit single Shout, if she could bottle whatever it is that gives her boundless energy, she’d make a fortune. Super dad helps son Canine candidate A young boy born without a left hand had one built for him by his dad, using a £160 3D printer. Ten-year-old Jamie Miller can now catch and grip things thanks to Callum, who bought the printer from eBay and downloaded designs from a robotic limbs charity. Jamie says wearing the robotic limb makes him feel like a superhero, but surely the real hero is his dad. A candidate to be the governor of Kansas has been blocked from running for office by state officials. That’s despite being a “caring, nurturing individual” as detailed in the relevant paperwork. It appears that – as a dog – Angus wouldn’t be able to carry out the governor’s duties Seems a bit ruff to us! Around the w Govan-built HMS Forth, the Royal Navy’s newest warship, sails along the Clyde past Ben Lomond on the way to her new home at Portsmouth Italian fashion brand Moncler shun President Donald Trump reveals his notes during a White House meeting with student survivors of mass shootings, held in the wake of the Florida tragedy Shotblaster Stuart Jackson tends to now the only manufacturer of trad rld True love can be found in the unlikeliest of places, as Taylor Givens and Collin Kobelja proved. In 2011, they were both in a hospital in Virginia, gravely ill, each needing heart transplants. Taylor was just 17 and Collin 22. Against the odds they pulled through. Their parents became friendly from spending time in the waiting room, but they never met. They connected on social media but never faceto-face, because Collin lived across the country. When he visited the hospital in 2016 to chat with his transplant team, it so happened Givens was having a procedure. Finally they met and hit it off. The couple are now about to marry and say it’s thanks to their health issues. This was one cloud that really did have a silver lining. week From atmospheric scenery and stunning spectacles to quirky set-ups and pictures that make you scratch your head, here are the most eyecatching images of the week News February 25, 2018 37 mystery sundaypost.com sundaypost.com Isobel Coghill Mum of scot missing in Rio in 15-year hunt for truth A mother whose son disappeared in Brazil 15 years ago says her determination to find out what happened to him has pulled her through two major health scares. This year marks another painful milestone in the disappearance of 31-year-old Mark Swanson, originally from Wick in Caithness. The Scottish oilman went missing in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 in mysterious circumstances. Since then his brave mum, Isobel Coghill, has been battling to find out if he is dead or alive. Speaking from her Wick home, Isobel told how she had fought two potentially lethal strokes in the last five years. And the gran-of-three said her hope of getting to the bottom of her only son Mark’s disappearance had got her through her battle. The 68-year-old said: “The last five years have been hard. Mark Swanson hasn’t been seen since 2003 ns the usual runway presentation in favour of a stunning reflective showcase of their autumn-winter range at Milan Fashion Week o his machine at Walsall’s Kirkpatrick Foundry, ditional black ironmongery left in the UK The race for medals briefly takes a back seat at the Winter Olympics while North Korea’s cheerleaders sing as one in Yongpyong Alpine Centre, Pyeongchang “I suffered a severe stroke around four years ago, which left me paralysed down my right side. “I spent four months in hospital and had to learn to walk again. “Then last November I had another stroke – albeit not as bad compared to the first one. “It’s meant I’ve not been able to concentrate on chasing up what happened in Brazil. “But now I am on the road to recovery I am determined to get back to trying to find out what happened to Mark.” Mark, 31, is suspected to have been killed in the crime-ridden city. Brazilian police previously treated his baffling disappearance as murder – but despite saying they had a suspect, never made an arrest. He is feared to have been killed and his body dumped somewhere in the city. Mark’s last day saw him leave his apartment in the resort of Maceio and travel to the metropolis of Rio, 150 miles away. There he met a friend but, within hours, he disappeared. Mark’s Brazilian girlfriend Gabriella, alerted authorities when he failed to get home to Maceio. 38 February 25, 2018 Raw Deal Making the most of a Bat situation page 40 Health & Family Musician’s Golden moments with mum see page 42 June Field World’s greatest psychic helps you see page 45 advice sundaypost.com M ney MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CASH COST OF DIVORCE Divorcees face being £3800 worse off per year than married people. The average expected annual income for divorcees retiring in 2018 is £17,600 compared with £21,400 for those who are married, Prudential found. Prudential’s Clare Moffat said: “Many may not realise that the cost of divorce can last well into retirement.” OUR TOP 3 MORTGAGES This week: our pick of remortgage rates sainsbury’s Bank: 1.39% fixed until March 31, 2020; maximum loan-to-value: 80%; fee: £745; includes incentives. Metro Bank: 1.89% fixed for five years; maximum loan-to-value: 60%; fee: £999; includes incentives. Advice sainsbury’s Bank: 1.91% fixed until March 31, 2023; maximum loan-to-value: 75%; fee: £745; includes incentives. The Sunday PoSt Source: moneyfacts.co.uk (all rates subject to change) ENROL WITH IT More than one million employers have now placed staff into workplace pensions as part of automatic enrolment, figures from the Pensions Regulator show. The Governmentled programme was launched in October 2012 and has ensured a further nine million people have been enrolled in workplace pensions. OUR TOP 3 SAVERS Source: moneyfacts.co.uk (all rates subject to change) This week: our selection of fixed-rate, two-year cash Isas al Rayan Bank gross rate: 1.70%; min investment: £1000. Virgin Money gross rate: 1.66%; min investment: £1. Leeds Bs gross rate: 1.65%; min investment: £100. Don’t be stupid! How to quit throwing your cash away W hen it comes to parting with our cash, we all have our own peculiar habits. But some of the things we’re doing – or not doing – could be making us significantly worse off. The amount of money being thrown down the drain can become particularly large if the same mistakes keep being repeated, week after week. You might think you are saving money, but the reality is actually very different. Here are some of the most common money mistakes, and how to avoid them... Wasteful bulk-buying Piling goods into your trolley in bulk can be a great way to save cash over the longer term – but there are also pitfalls to this money-saving tactic. More than three-quarters (76%) of shoppers are regular bulk-buyers, with toilet paper, baked beans and soap among the popular items to stock up on, TopCashback.co.uk has found. But while 86% of bulk-buyers say they stock up in a bid to save cash, nearly one in five (19%) admit they don’t end up using all the items they bought in bulk – perhaps because they went out of date, or didn’t have enough room to store them. Needless spending More than a quarter (26%) of people say they bulk-buy without checking supply levels at home. This can increase the chances of being wooed by special offers you don’t really need. Nearly a third (31%) admit to buying items they only think they will need because they are on offer, and 3% buy items they do not need at all. Opting for a higher excess When choosing a car insurance deal, some people may decide to go for a higher excess – the amount you will pay towards any claims you make on your policy – in order to get a cheaper insurance deal, but is this worth it? Comparison website uSwitch.com found the average quote for drivers opting for a £1000 voluntary excess is £318 a year – just £12 cheaper than a policy with a £250 voluntary excess. This means someone could end up taking on up to £750 of additional liability for a saving of just £1 a month. Falling for social media trends Nearly a quarter of social media users have made a purchase as a direct result of something they spotted on somebody’s feed, spending an average of £318 per year, Post Office Money found. But two-thirds ended up regretting what they bought, with 37% wishing they’d put the money towards reaching a savings goal instead. Neglecting to shop around Research from Citizens Advice found loyal customers often get charged more £12k increase in house prices House prices ended last year £12,000 higher on average than the figure 12 months earlier, according to official statistics. The average UK house price was £227,000 in December 2017, £12,000 higher than in December 2016, according to an index released jointly by the Office for National Statistics, Land Registry and other bodies. Annual house price growth accelerated to 5.2% in December, from 5% in November. than new ones for energy, mobile, broadband and home insurance accounts. Analysis suggests customers who stay loyal to their essential service providers could be paying £987 more per year – equivalent to four months’ worth of food for the average household. sticking to your old bank accounts If you’re looking for somewhere to put your savings cash, competition this year has been particularly strong so far among “challenger” banks, according to website Moneyfacts.co.uk. While some of the newer banks may not be that familiar, you may find you can get a better savings rate. Rachel Springall, a finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, says brands such as ICICI Bank, Paragon Bank, Ford Money and Tesco Bank are among those which are offering competitive savings deals. First-footers’ surge The number of people taking their first step on the property ladder reached its highest levels in a decade last year, a trade association representing mortgage lenders has reported. There were 30,800 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in December 2017, 5.2% fewer than in the same month a year earlier, UK Finance said. But across 2017 as a whole, 365,000 first-time buyers were recorded – the highest number since 2006. your questions answered Your ueries What became of the model who used to appear a lot on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday? I think her name was Cat. – L. Model Catalina Guirado was often on Evans’ show in the late ’90s. Still modelling, she is also a TV host, stylist, art entrepreneur, creative director, musician and actress and currently lives in London and Los Angeles. She also appeared in the 2003 series of I’m A Celebrity. I What were “tasty, tasty, very, very tasty”? It’s a tune from an old TV ad that I have just halfremembered for some reason, and it’s driving me daft. – P. Kellogg’s Bran Flakes were tasty, tasty in a couple of ads from the early ’80s. In one, a waiter in the background singing the lines is none other than actor Gordon Kaye, just before his big break playing Rene in classic comedy ’Allo, ’Allo. However, I’m intrigued by the word “Europe”. How did the continent become knows as that, and who coined the name? – S. The continent of Europe, the western part of Eurasia, covers about 3,930,000 square miles, extending as far as the Ural mountains in Russia. Comprising of more than 50 countries, most of which are members of the European Union, it covers 6.8% of the Earth’s land area and, with 750,000,000 inhabitants, has 11% of the world’s population. In Greek mythology, Europa was the daughter of King Aginor. The myths claim Zeus, god of the stORYBEhINDthEMOVIE Any stories you can tell me about the making of X-Men: First Class? – E. Glasgow’s James McAvoy followed in Patrick Stewart’s footsteps by playing X-Men leader Charles Xavier in the big-budget superhero prequel. Keen to get into character straight away, he shaved his head a month before filming If you have a question, write to The Queries Man, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 9QJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org Princess seduced by a bull gave her nametoacontinent ’m sure that I’m not alone when I say I’m sick of all the talk about Brexit and splitting from our European. was due to start. Only then did he find out that producers actually wanted the youthful incarnation of Professor X to sport a full head of hair! He therefore had to use hair extensions during filming. McAvoy, who reprises the role later this year in Dark Phoenix, did lose his locks for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalyse. advice sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice, transformed himself into a bull so he could abduct Europa and take her to the island of Crete to seduce her and make her his wife. Their son was Minos of Crete, of the king who, every seven years sent seven young boys and seven young girls to go into the labyrinth to be eaten by the Minotaur, the monster with a head of a bull and the body of a man. The name Europa was later taken to refer to Crete and Greece as a whole. Over time, as civilisation flourished, the entire continent became known as Europa or Europe. Depictions of Zeus as a bull, the form he took when abducting Europa, are found on the Greek two euro coin and on the UK identity card for visa holders. Could it really be true, as my pal insists, that the actor who played the neighbour in the ’90s US sitcom Home Improvement also played drums for Bob Dylan? – C. Mickey Jones played at his legendary 1966 concerts at The Royal Albert Hall when, to a chorus of boos, folkie Dylan switched to electric guitar. He also played with Trini Lopez before his acting career gave him roles in Total Recall on the big screen and on TV in Justified. February 25, 2018 39 CAN YOu DO ME A FAVOuR? ■ I would like to know of any recordings of Tiny Bubbles on CD by any artist. Andrew Thomson, 65 Baker Street, Poolstock, Wigan, WN3 5HG ■ Does anyone have old photos of Avonspark Street, Balornock, Glasgow and surrounding areas. Will gladly pay postage and any other costs. M. Palmer, 22 Buckfast Square, Corby, Northants, NN18 8DT ■ Do any of your kind readers have an old disc of Chas and Dave? I would be so grateful. Will pay postage and packing. Sheila Clapham, 6 Swincar Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7PF ■ Can anyone help me obtain the Lavenda pattern no.963 of a baby’s hooded jacket in D.K. size 22” to 26”. Will pay costs or copy and return. Jean Haysham, 19 Woodhouse Lane, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7EU As I squeezed into another train for my commute to work this week, I couldn’t help but wonder which is the world’s longest? – K. The Canadian National Railway system runs freight trains of up to 2.7 miles in length. The longest passenger train is Australia’s The Ghan, at 44 coaches long. It travels the 1850 miles from Adelaide to Darwin at an average speed of 53mph. stORYBEhINDthEsONg What can you tell me about Cher’s Believe? – L. The robotic vocals created using an Auto-Tune processor became known as the “Cher effect” and sparked a wave of copycat hits. Producer Mark Taylor enjoyed experimenting with the voice-tuning program but feared the veteran Gypsys, Tramps And here to help sundaypost.com sundaypost.com Thieves singer would be furious he’d tinkered with her vocals. Instead, she loved how soulful her voice sounded. When record company reps suggested the effect be deleted, Cher replied: “Over my dead body!” Believe hogged the top spot in the UK charts for seven weeks in 1998. ■ I am trying to obtain a black pudding make called Muirhead. Janette Gilchrist, 63 Livingstone Crescent, Falkirk, FK2 9BW thANks ■ Thanks to all the people who sent my disabled son all those wonderful ties. We now have a great collection. Alan and Ritson Ross If you’d like to ask readers a favour, write to Favours, The Sunday Post, 2 Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 9QJ, or email favours@ sundaypost.com the page that gets things done 40 February 25, 2018 ADVICE sundaypost.com RawDeal Gift card scam hits older folk Older people should beware a new scam that involves being asked to pay alleged debts or fines using iTunes gift cards. Fraudsters will often try to confuse their victims by throwing technical terms around or, as in this case, asking for fines to be settled using online store cards. Commonly, a fraudster will call a victim claiming to be from a Government authority, such as the police or HMRC. They then inform the victim that an amount of unpaid tax is due, or they are suspected of criminal charges, and to avoid any criminal convictions they must pay a fine. As the over-65s tend not to be frequent users of services such as iTunes, Google Play, or PlayStation Network, fraudsters are able to use this lack of awareness to their advantage, insisting it’s the only way to process payment of the fine. This makes it much more difficult for banks and the police to track the money leaving a victim’s account and arriving in the fraudster’s account. With an average loss of more than £1000 per victim it’s a very profitable scam and, while companies like Apple and organisations like HMRC are actively distributing advice warning people of the con, it’s still a huge threat and shows no signs of slowing down. J ames Swankie was gutted when he discovered the Batman Bike he bought as a Christmas present for his four-year-old son was broken. He had spent Christmas Eve trying to build the gift, which was top of his excited wee boy’s wish list. “I soon realised it was faulty and not fit for purpose,” he said. “My partner and I were extremely annoyed as this was the main present our son had requested. “I had to tell young James the bike had to go back and he was very disappointed.” A week earlier, factory worker James, of Arbroath, had paid £89.99 for the toy from his local Argos store. He returned to the shop on Boxing Day to obtain a replacement but was told it would not be back in stock for a few days. He was offered the option of a gift card to the value of the bike. But he chose to wait and three days later his partner returned to the store, only to be told it would not be back in stock for at least another week. By January 11 there was still no sign so James asked for a refund. “After 16 days waiting I was furious,” he admitted. James said that, despite his protests, he was then told he wasn’t entitled to a cash refund. The 22-year-old then contacted Raw Deal about his situation and we advised him of his rights. We pointed out the terms of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which states a customer’s contract is with the seller, not the manufacturer. That means it is the seller who is compelled, by law, to provide a full refund. Armed with this information, James then called Argos customer services staff who confirmed he was indeed entitled to a cash refund. However, he was also advised that if he still wanted a replacement bike it would unfortunately not be back in stock until the end of March. “I was extremely disappointed with the way Argos in Arbroath attempted to deal with my complaint,” said James. “You would think that knowing customers’ rights and the ability to provide an immediate refund would be basic stuff.” While he was deciding what to do next, James received news from Argos that a replacement James Swankie with the working Batman Bike, secured with Raw Deal’s help, which his son now loves The Dark Knight returns – eventually – after a wheely annoying delay bike had in fact been found and it would be delivered to his house the next day. He accepted the offer. The gift was almost a month late in arriving, but his son is now “over the moon” with his present. “He rides it every day and is delighted that Santa finally came through,” said James. “I can’t thank Raw Deal enough for helping resolve this. You have been fantastic.” An Argos spokesperson said: “We’ve apologised to Mr Swankie for his experience and made sure his son received his new bike.” If you have been refused a repair or replacement in similar circumstances, write to Raw Deal. Remember: l If you return faulty goods to a shop within 30 days, you are entitled to a refund. l If you return faulty goods between 30 days and six months after purchase, you are entitled to a repair or a replacement. The retailer must effect a repair, or return it to the manufacturer for work. If the repaired or replaced item is still faulty, you are entitled to a refund. 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But there were a few tell tale signs this was actually something else – pseudogout. Pseudo, pronounced soo-doh, is ancient Greek for fake so the name literally means “fake gout”. It’s not any less painful, however. To give the condition its proper name, it is acute calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) crystal arthritis. It can be triggered by serious illness, dehydration, thyroid problems, arthritis, too much iron in the blood and long-term steroid use, to name a few potential causes. We’re not sure what happens precisely, but all these can trigger CPP crystals to form in the joints. These tiny crystals settle on joint tissues and irritate the area. This is very similar to gout, where uric acid crystals form in the blood and similarly irritate joints. There are a few differences, though. Gout tends to affect – although it’s certainly not limited to – joints in the foot, particularly the base of the big toe. Pseudogout, meanwhile, is most likely to affect the knees, although it can appear in other joints, too. An x-ray may give a clue. CPP crystals which have accumulated are visible on an x-ray, while uric acid crystals aren’t. But they might not be seen in an acute attack. Taking fluid out of the joint and looking at it under a microscope can detect whether it’s CPP or uric acid crystals. Attacks will generally clear up in a while with painkillers and sometimes steroid injection into the affected joint. But we need to be careful there’s no infection in the joint, which can give similar symptoms. My patient used icepacks, which can help, as does resting the area. Unlike gout, which is helped by medicines such as Allopurinol and making lifestyle changes including cutting down on red meat and alcohol, there isn’t an easy way to prevent pseudogout. But treating any triggers and staying well-hydrated may help, while watching your weight and remaining active should reduce the risks. The Doc Replies I have been diagnosed with stage 1 cancer. What do the various stages of cancer mean? The stages usually refer to how far a cancer has spread and what size it is. When doctors first diagnose a cancer they carry out tests to check how big it is and whether it has spread into surrounding tissues. Staging is important as it helps doctors know which treatments you need. There are two main types of staging systems for cancer. These are the TNM system and the number system. Your doctor can give you further details. I’m a 46-year-old man. Is there anything I should be doing to improve my fertility? Smoking and drinking excess alcohol can reduce your fertility. Keep within your alcohol limit of 14 units per week. Otherwise, eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise can be beneficial. Is fruit juice better for children than a diet fizzy drink? Both fruit juice and diet fizzy drinks can be damaging to tooth enamel. I recommend children only drink juice when they are eating their main meals, and drink water in between. Fruit juice is generally more healthy than diet fizzy drinks. I’m a 14-year-old girl and wonder what a safe amount of calories for me to lose weight would be. Rather than restricting calories I would recommend a healthy, balanced diet with at least five portions of fruit and veg per day. Meals based on starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice. Some milk and dairy options and foods that are a good source of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils. Unfortunately the Doc can’t directly respond to each query, or guarantee a reply. When in doubt contact your own GP sTrIKInG A cHorD 42 One for my mum: heart an anthem Musician’s charity single inspired by brave Jessie’s fight By Murray Scougall email@example.com A fter a particularly hard few days watching his mum’s fight with dementia, musician Paul Murdoch picked up his guitar and started writing a very personal song. What became a way for him to pour his feelings out about his mum’s situation quickly became a soundtrack for thousands of people going through something similar. It has made him realise that no matter how lonely he and his family feel as they go through this process, they are certainly not the only ones. “It was for purely selfish, cathartic reasons that I wrote Golden Rust, but when I let people hear it I received great feedback,” explained 56-year-old Paul, who lives in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire. “After the video for the song was viewed tens of thousands of times in a short while and people got in touch to tell me about their parents, I realised so many others were going through the same thing as our family. “I had gone from sobbing like a baby in the social work office, desperate for help, to hearing all of these other stories about people’s experiences with dementia.” It was five years ago that Paul’s mum, Jessie, displayed signs of having serious memory problems. “We were quite naïve about it,” continued dad-of-four Paul, who has performed around the world as a musician and children’s author. “Mum was getting annoyed. She was forgetting things. Something just wasn’t quite right. “Mum and Dad were spending £800 a month on eating out. She wanted to go out for meals all the time. She would forget they had been out for lunch and asked to go someplace again for dinner. “Eventually, she was diagnosed with a mild form of dementia.” Paul’s 89-year-old dad, Stewart, was Right, Paul in Glasgow last week; above, his mum Jessie who inspired the fund-raising single, left caring for Jessie, 88, but when he suffered a stroke the family was faced with some difficult decisions. “We were advised that we needed to put them into care, but we couldn’t find anywhere that would take both of them,” Paul explained. “After 67 years of marriage, there was no way we were splitting them up now. “So my wife and I had the garage converted and my mum and dad live there. They have a bedroom, walk-in wet room, living room – everything they need – and we have a care package from the council. “I can go in and see them four or five The Doc Replies, The sunDay posT, 2 albeRT squaRe, DunDee DD1 9qJ oR email us aT Doc@sunDayposT.com sundaypost.com sundaypost.com family Paul’s song from the for dementia families Advice Looking for practical advice, relationship help or emotional support? As a mum-of-four, grandmother-of-eight and dear friend to many, Margaret’s years of experience make her the ideal person to turn to with your worries I ripped up my life to be with my long-distance husband. How do we now get the love back? got married, my husband’s firm offered him a well-paid promotion. It was too far away for him to commute, so he rented a room during the week and came home at weekends. His job made him really tired, but we managed like this for three years. Eventually it became too much for him and he persuaded me to give up our home to move nearer to his job. I was sad about it, because I knew I’d miss my family and friends, but I thought it was worth it for us to be together. The problem is, now we’re living together full time again, he seems distant and lacking in affection and even suggested we sleep in separate rooms. I don’t understand why he wanted me to move and I’m not sure how to get the love back into our marriage. Maggie says I can understand why you are disappointed that after making the move to be with your husband, things are not working out as you had planned. You gave up the security of home, family and friends for his sake and hoped that life would be happy for both of you. But it sounds as if he got so accustomed to having his own space for three years that he isn’t able to adjust easily to the change in circumstances. Men are less adaptable than women. It takes them time to understand how the daily routines have changed. During those three years he was on his ‘ times a day, and if my dad’s in hospital my sister or I go in and be with Mum. “I’ve probably only spent about half of the money on the conversion that I would have by now on care home fees – and they’re still living together.” Paul describes his mum as the feisty matriarch of the family, while his dad was a hard-working slater and plasterer. “We had a wonderful childhood and great holidays,” Paul smiled. “I feel this is payback time for all they did for us. “It’s been two-and-a-half years since diagnosis and the medication has stopped it in its tracks. I just wish it had been started four years ago and we would still have more of my mum.” After such a strong reaction to Golden Rust, Paul decided he wanted to use the song to benefit Alzheimer Scotland. All proceeds will go to the charity and 25% of sales from his album, Wilderness, if bought from his website before the end of April, will also be handed over to the organisation. “It was comforting to know other people were going through this,” added Paul. “The song went from being something just for me to touching so many other people.” paulmurdoch.co.uk 43 Maggie listens Dear Maggie Soon after we I was sobbing like a baby in the social work office, desperate for help February 25, 2018 Dear Maggie My two sons, aged 10 and 12, fight all of the time. It honestly feels like they haven’t stopped arguing and winding each other up since they were infants. Sometimes they’re just tussling, but other times it’s like they really hate one another. Maggie says I am an only child and always wanted a brother and sister. I married and had four children – three boys and a girl who squabbled their entire childhood. own, he no doubt missed you, but he got into the habit of working late, coming home to watch TV before falling into bed exhausted. Not much of an existence and he must have hoped that with you there life would be different. But he’s not making the effort to change. Naturally you feel disappointed and let down by his lack of affection. Take him out for a meal next weekend to a local restaurant you want to try. Hopefully both of you will relax and have a pleasant evening. No heavy chat or searching questions, keep it lighthearted. Why not find out what’s going on locally, perhaps join an evening class learning about something which interests you or attending a gym and meeting new people? Create a life for yourself in your new environment and take the pressure off your husband. These small steps towards making a life for yourself are important for your own self esteem and they may just be the wake up call he needs. Hopefully before too long you will both be able to talk about how you are feeling without getting into the blame game. It’s not your job alone to get the love back into your marriage. It’s his responsibility too. Take the first steps towards a more positive outlook for your own life and it may be the wake up call he needs to appreciate the caring woman he married. It puzzled me no end. Where had I gone wrong? They are now all grown up, but guess what – they enjoy nothing more than winding each up with sarky comments. But at the same time they are 100% there for each other when needed. 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June Says It is always so emotionally difficult, as well as heartbreaking, to have to say goodbye to someone you love when they go on with their journey ahead of you. You spent your lives building and creating dreams and visions together and watched as they came to fruition a little at a time, only to find that in the end only one is left to enjoy them. It’s only then, at the moment of their passing, that we realise what is truly important. It wasn’t so much the goals we reached or the creation of our visions, it was our journey together to get there and, most importantly, those who walked along beside us every day, sharing in our dreams and supporting us each step of the way. The journey filled with many memories was what mattered, not the final destination. She knew you were with her, surrounding her with love as she embarked on her final journey, and so it is only fitting that she will be waiting to greet you when you also inevitably cross over to join her. When the time is right, your lovely lady will be waiting so that you can both begin an incredible new adventure together. Dear June On March 3, it will be 30 years since I lost my husband. I still miss him – he was my love and my best friend. I ask him to help when I lose things and I feel he knows when I’m unwell. Illness on his side of the family has caused distress. Can you see a light at the end of the tunnel to ease all The truth only came out after parents’ death Wall and Fence Paint Sprayer SAVE £35 72 H OUR DEAL OFFER O THE WE F EK Dear June My parents separated when I was young and I was taken to live with mum in Wales. I did not hear from my father for more than 20 years. I had been told throughout the years that he left us and was at fault, so I didn’t follow up his attempts to make contact. After mum passed away I discovered she had an affair during their marriage and that was the reason they separated. I never got the chance to make things right with my dad as he passed away before mum. Maureen, via email. June Says It’s unfortunate you didn’t learn the full story of your parents’ break-up before your father passed. Of course your loyalty lay with your mum and you trusted what she told you as you were young and had no reason to doubt it. You should not feel guilty about not putting the situation to rights before your father passed, as you did not know the facts until he’d gone. He knows the full story and would have been able to see what was going on from spirit side. He would have understood your reasons for not wanting any contact. As I make my connection to spirit, I am initially drawn to a lady who I sense is your mum. There are other family members around her but she is in the forefront. I feel your mum’s health gradually deteriorated over the last two years of her life and I am drawn to the chest and leg areas. 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You need not worry about them as they remain close by, accompanied by many other family members who all watch over you and your family. VERDICT My mum did suffer heart failure and had problems with ulcerated legs. I moved to Scotland and Mum and I fell out over it, but when she became ill she moved closer to me and our bond strengthened. Harry was my mum’s younger brother, who passed at a young age. I never met him but Mum talked of him. My father passed away with cancer but I didn’t know until after he died. My parents passed away 11 years apart in February. It is a comfort to know they are on better terms and close by. and will continue. When your physical life eventually draws to a close, he will be there to collect you and you will spiritually fulfil another chapter of your life together. He will have been reunited with all who knew him, who are now also in spirit, but chooses through his love for you to walk by your side each and every day. 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The first of the Bond actors to born after the debut 007 movie, Dr No, was released, as well as after the death of creator Ian Fleming, he was a controversial choice for the iconic role. He quickly dispelled those criticisms following the huge success of Casino Royale 12 years ago, and has since appeared in three more Bond adventures. And – after much speculation – he has signed up for the 25th in the series, meaning he will become the longest-serving Bond when the next movie is released in 2019. Such success wasn’t always easy to come by. Born on March 2, 1968, Daniel spent a long time as a jobbing actor before meatier screen roles came his way. The intensely-private star was born in Chester. His mum was an art teacher and his former Merchant Navy dad ran a pub. When his parents divorced, Daniel and older sister Lea lived with their mum in Liverpool. His first stage appearance was in Oliver! when he was six and he became a regular performer in school plays. Daniel attended the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and, at 16, was accepted into the National Youth Theatre in London. After a number of failed Relax see page 56 FEBRUARY 26, 1993 A terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York killed six people. An truck filled with explosives beneath the North Tower was detonated, with terrorists intending it to crash into the South Tower. FEBRUARY 28, 1975 Daniel Craig was a departure in the role, given that he was the first blond Bond Craig was future gamble for 007’s Casino Royale attempts to land a place in drama school, his persistence paid off when he was accepted to the Guildhall School of Music in 1988, where he studied alongside Ewan McGregor. He made his film debut in The Power Of One in 1992, the same year he married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon and had a daughter, Ella. Various TV guest roles followed, with appearances in Boon, Drop The Dead Donkey and Heartbeat. Supporting roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Road To Perdition saw his stock rise in Hollywood, as did a stand-out role in Guy Ritchie’s Layer Cake in 2004 and Steven Spielberg’s Munich the following year. Rumours of being lined up as the next Bond soon surfaced, and Craig met with the previous incumbent, Pierce Brosnan, who told him: “Go for it.” Craig later described it as the best advice he could have received, but he was still shocked when he learned he’d actually won the part. He was in a shop buying dishwasher tablets when he took the call from producer Barbara Broccoli. He dropped the tablets and bought a bottle of vodka. What, no Martini? Now married to actress Rachel Weisz, Craig’s most surprising role as the tuxedowearing superspy came during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics in 2012, when he starred alongside the Queen in a memorable sketch. For that unlikely moment alone, he’ll go down in history. FEBRUARY 28, 1953 The Sunday PoSt Looking back at what made the news in years gone by Francis Crick probably wasn’t the first person to walk into a pub and declare he had found the secret of life. But he made the declaration with complete justification and no, the secret wasn’t beer. On the morning of February 28, 1953, Crick and his fellow Cambridge University colleague James D. Watson worked out the structure of DNA. Although deoxyribonucleic At 8.46am, a London underground train failed to stop at Moorgate station, and ploughed into a dead end tunnel. The accident killed 43 people and injured a further 74. In the aftermath, a safety system was introduced that automatically stops a train should it approach a dead-end platform too fast. MARCH 1, 1954 Oscar-winning director Ron Howard was born in Oklahoma. He began his career as an actor, famously playing Richie in Happy Days, before leaving to become a director. His hits include Cocoon, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind, for which he won an Academy Award. MARCH 2, 1933 acid (DNA) was discovered in 1869, it took until 1943 before its role in genetic inheritance was shown. Watson and Crick were said to have used the findings of Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin, who were using x-ray diffraction at King’s College in London, in their own research. Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA was a double-helix polymer, or a spiral of two DNA strands that wound around each other. It replicated itself by separating into individual strands, with each serving as the template for a new double helix. Developments that came directly from the breakthrough include testing of evidence to convict or exonerate accused criminals, the ability to identify human remains and pre-natal screening for disease genes. Regarded as one of the most significant and greatest films of all time, King Kong opened in New York to a huge buzz. Crowds queued round the block at Radio City Music Hall to see the story of a huge ape who becomes obsessed by a young lady, played by Fay Wray. sundaypost.com sundaypost.com 5 YEARS AGO RELAX February 25, 2018 47 Model Victor Henry strikes a pose during the Irish Bodypainting Competition at Temple Bar in Dublin Francis Gay MY wEEk 10 YEARS AGO A fan sits in a giant cup of tea with Mrs Doyle pouring milk over him during the annual Father Ted Festival Therealheroesarethosewho simply pass on their love F or all the years that I have known her, Amy has had self-esteem issues. I never knew why then, just last week, she told me she felt she was irreparably broken. When I asked what she meant, she told me about her history of childhood abuse, betrayal, and a desperate, seemingly futile, search for love. To be honest, I was stunned, and didn’t know what to say. Then I heard a noise from upstairs. It was 15 YEARS AGO The designer of The Hot-Desk, the world’s first office car, drives the vehicle through London MORE SPORT MEMORIES IN GOLDEN YEARS - SEE POST MATCH Lisa thought the older man had introduced himself as “mystery”, but maybe it was “Mister A”. They chatted in the street, about the weather, the turning of the seasons, the traffic. Then, as if in passing, he said he was sure she felt the pressures of modern life, but she should remember she was precious, strong, and loved. When he handed her something, she expected it to be a religious tract, but it was a sheet of hand-written poetry about strangers being friends not yet made and the beauty of accidental meetings. When she told a friend, he said: “Oh, I met him years ago. He made my day. I’m glad he’s still doing it!” A poet dedicated to lifting the spirits of random strangers in the street? Mr A’s true identity may be a mystery, but it’s more wonderful world because he’s out there! Write to: the youngest of her three lovely children. “Tell me,” I asked. “Have any of your children had any of those experiences?” Horrified, she said: “No!” “Then you’re not broken,” I said. “You are an overcomer. A genuine hero.” Sometimes life does break us down. And sometimes we pass that feeling on as all we know. But, some of us – like Amy – stop the damage. And heal it with love! George is a spoiled brat! Who says? Well, he does. A keen photographer, he lives on the Ayrshire coast. The other day he was on the beach and he took a photo of the island of Arran. Looking at it, he thought it was nicely framed, the blue of sea and sky came out well, the snow on the hills was clearly visible, seagulls were silhouetted against the white clouds. ‘Yeah, but…’ he thought. ‘It looks ordinary. “That was when I knew I was spoiled,” he told me. “When I could see a view people in crowded cities, or other built-up areas, would love to have – and I thought it ordinary!” Of course George, a lovely, unspoilt man, is his own worst critic. But, it’s a reminder for us all, to look again at the beauty we might think ordinary, the blessings we might take for granted. Skies are often dark and grey, But signs around us show, Brighter days are sure to follow, Spring is on the go; Again the days are stretching, Nights are lighter too, Our land awakening to reveal, A season fresh and new. Renovations meant Caroline and Andy would have a pipe running up their living room wall. In plain view! Lacking options, they started planning how to make it blend in, to make it as unobtrusive as possible. They decided on a good option. Then decided not to do it. Instead, Andy brought home a strip of unvarnished pine and fixed that over the pipe. Then he bought a wood engraver. In the four years since then, they have recorded their three children’s height on the strip, burning in the markers, writing names, and decorating the spaces in between. “We’ll disguise the pipe when we move house, Caroline told me. “But we’ll take the strip with us.” The one who find imaginative ways to make ugly things beautiful? They are some of my favourite people! 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N363 sundaypost.com a sit down with MiRiaM daRLinGton sundaypost.com relax February 25, 2018 49 Honest Truth Miriam Darlington travelled far from her Devon home to study the birds that fascinated her for her new book, Owl Sense (Guardian Faber). Miriam told Bill Gibb the Honest Truth about these beautiful and secretive birds When did your love of owls begin? When I was about nine on summer holiday and seeing a barn owl hunting at sunset. I was smitten. It was so buoyant in its movements and so perfectly silent. We were staying on a farm, so I could go out each night and watch it. That was it, the fascination never left me. We should give more than two hoots for these fabulous feathered friends probably their most powerful sense. They can hear the highpitched sounds of mice nibbling, so they can catch them before they even make a squeak. No wonder our ancestors thought owls had supernatural powers. What did you set out to do for the book? The plan was to try to see the five native species of owl in Britain in their natural habitat – the barn owl, tawny, long-eared, short-eared and little. I wanted to find all of them, and then I found out there were a few pairs of eagle owls that had been introduced, so I had to see those, too. Where did your travels take you? I couldn’t find the eagle owls in the wild here, as their location is very hush-hush for their protection, so I travelled to Finland where a naturalist took me to see some nesting way out in the Taiga forest. This was truly an expedition into the wild, and it whetted my appetite to carry on further. I also saw Ural owls, and then I thought, why not try to see all 13 European species. So I set out to see pygmy owls, scops owls These young tawny owls are one of 260 species of the bird and the elusive snowy, too. I think I became an owlaholic! How long have owls been around and how many species are there? Owls have been around for more than 60 million years. There are at least 260 species and it would be truly awesome to see some of the more exotic species. Blakiston’s fish owl lives in the WIN Deeside Holiday Park, part of Wood Leisure and a member of Thistle Holiday Parks, is a tranquil retreat set in the southern valley of the River Dee, ideal for getting away from it all. Whether you choose to spend your time exploring Royal Deeside or soaking up the atmosphere in the lively city of Aberdeen, Deeside offers the perfect holiday destination. We’ve teamed up with HOW tO eNter: Far East, Korea and Hokkaido in Japan. It has a wing span of nearly two metres and special barbs on its feet for hunting slippery prey. The elf owl, the world’s smallest owl, nests inside cactuses in Arizona. I feel like I am still not quite done with owls. What are the main characteristics of owls? They have amazingly large eyes that in some species take up most of the skull but because of this, they cannot swivel their eyes as they are fixed by special extra strong tubes. This is why they have to swivel their heads 270 degrees in that spooky, exorcist-style fashion. But they cannot see in complete darkness. It is their hearing that is What was the strangest owl you saw? The pygmy owl was probably the most unusual. It has bright, yellow eyes, is speckled all over with whitish-silver spots, nests in old woodpecker nests high in the mountains in an isolated part of France, and flies out to hunt during the day. It has a lovely whistling call that travellers used to feel was a lucky omen. And the most memorable encounter? The time I was at home drinking a cup of tea at dawn and thinking, I really must get on with this owl book, and all of a sudden a beautiful tawny owl landed beside me on the balcony. We stared in surprise at one another for a few moments. 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