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Tuesday December 26 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72415
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Universities
warned over
free speech
Thousands
given hope in
cancer care
revolution
Oliver Moody Science Correspondent
Student beliefs must be challenged, says minister
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Universities must ?open minds, not
close them? and face tough new penalties if they do not promote freedom of
speech, Jo Johnson will warn today.
Students should expect to encounter
controversial opinions and ?frank and
rigorous discussions?, the universities
minister will argue.
His defence of open debate comes
amid a row at Oxford University, where
dozens of academics have criticised a
professor for arguing that Britain?s
imperial history was not entirely
shameful. Nigel Biggar, regius professor of moral and pastoral theology at
the university, has been criticised by
colleagues and students after writing
an article in The Times calling for a
more nuanced appraisal.
In a speech to be delivered in
Birmingham at the Limmud Festival, a
celebration of Jewish learning and culture, Mr Johnson sets out the dangers of
shielding students from views that
differ from their own through ?safe
spaces? and ?no-platforming?.
Next year the newly created Office
for Students (OfS) will be given the
power to fine, suspend or deregister
universities that fail to uphold free
speech.
?Universities should be places that
open minds, not close them, where
ideas can be freely challenged,? Mr
Johnson says. ?In universities in
America and worryingly in the UK, we
have seen examples of groups seeking
to stifle those who do not agree with
them.
?We must not allow this to happen.
Young people should have the resilience and confidence to challenge controversial opinions and take part in
open, frank and rigorous discussions.
That is why the new regulator, the
Office for Students, will go even further
to ensure that universities promote
freedom of speech within the law.?
The OfS will become fully operational in April, with Nicola Dandridge as its
chief executive. She is the former head
of Universities UK, which represents
vice-chancellors. The Department for
Education is proposing that, as a condition of registration to the OfS, universities benefiting from public money must
show that their governance is consistent with the principle of free speech.
The OfS will also be able to hold
universities to account and will have a
range of measures if freedom of speech
is not upheld, including formal sanctions such as monetary penalties or
deregistration from the regulator.
Mr Johnson says that free speech
must not be used as a smokescreen by
those who wish to limit the rights of
others. Universities must ensure, while
protecting free speech, that students
are not exposed to hatred or
discrimination such as racism or
antisemitism. ?A racist or antisemitic
environment is by definition an illiberal
one that is completely in opposition to
the liberal tradition of our universities,?
he says.
Nearly 60 Oxford academics signed
an open letter attacking Professor Biggar?s views but he has retained the
backing of the university authorities,
who say that he is right to consider the
historical context of the British Empire.
Professor Biggar accused the academics of ?collective online bullying?.
Mr Johnson initially set out his ambitions in The Times in October after
several speakers had been told that they
were not welcome by groups of students. These included Peter Tatchell,
the human rights campaigner, and
Germaine Greer, the feminist, over
their views on transgender issues.
Mr Tatchell said last year: ?Some
students seem more intent on political
Continued on page 2, col 5
Take a bow Meghan Markle joined the royal family for their Christmas service at
Sandringham ? and performed her first public curtsy for the Queen. Pages 6-7
Thousands of people with common
cancers stand to gain access to a ?revolutionary? personalised treatment that
has been restricted to a tiny number of
cases until now.
Patients with breast or pancreatic
cancer, which together kill more than
20,000 people a year in Britain, could
be among those to benefit.
Genetically modified immune cells
that are programmed to hunt down tumours have been hailed as one of the
most promising medical developments
of the past decade. In some trials the
white blood cell therapy has put more
than nine out of ten patients into remission after they had been failed by all
conventional medicines.
At present it is only available to a
handful of patients with ?liquid? tumours such as leukaemia because of its
tendency to attack healthy tissue in
people with common cancers. It also
costs hundreds of thousands of pounds
a time and takes a fortnight to prepare.
Scientists believe they could solve all
three problems with a new version of
the treatment that has been tested on
?solid? cancers such as those of the
breast and pancreas.
Next year 15 patients with metastatic
ovarian cancer or mesothelioma will
begin the largest trial yet of the method,
in which the use of RNA, a genetic messenger chemical, may allow doctors to
limit the side-effects. Nine preliminary
studies involving 20 people suggest that
the RNA-based immunotherapy is safe
and shows signs of efficacy against a
wide range of solid tumours.
Last month researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published a
paper in the journal Cancer Immunology Research showing that the technique
had caused no problems for six women
with advanced breast cancer. It also
killed off large numbers of tumour cells
in the two patients who were biopsied.
?The goal is to harness our immune
system as a living and adaptive anticancer agent,? Julia Tchou, one of the
scientists who led the experiment, said.
She added that the method was in its infancy but could in theory work for all
kinds of cancer.
Simon Vincent, director of research
Continued on page 2, col 3
IN THE NEWS
Double, double . . .
Council investigation
Secret DUP offer
Christians targeted
Hedge funds cash in
England look north
The country?s two leading
theatres, the National and the
Royal Shakespeare Company,
will face off this spring with
rival takes on Macbeth in an
unprecedented clash. Page 3
Over five years almost 10,000
council staff were suspended
on full pay after allegations
including child abuse and sex
harassment, an investigation
by The Times has found. Page 4
The Democratic Unionist
Party was secretly offered a
cabinet seat as part of efforts
to strike a deal after the June
election, according to a former
senior official. Page 18
Isis militants have stormed
Christian homes, businesses
and churches in north Sinai,
warning the nine million
Christians living in Egypt of a
?river of blood?. Page 36
Hedge funds are set to profit
from any weak post-Christmas
trading updates from retailers,
which make up half of the top
ten most shorted stocks on the
London Stock Exchange. Page 43
England are in line to play a
World Cup warm-up game at
Leeds United?s Elland Road to
rouse support across the
country before they travel to
Russia in the summer. Page 64
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High-spending tourists give
retailers a happy Boxing Day
T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
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FESTIVE VIEWING
From Victoria to Doctor Who,
Carol Midgley reviews the
must-watch Christmas TV
PICTURES OF THE YEAR
A selection of the best images
from around the country by
Times photographers
NEWS PAGES 20-21
NEWS PAGES 14-15
COMMENT 31
LEADING ARTICLES 35
WORLD 36
BUSINESS 43
REGISTER 49
LAW REPORT 52
SPORT 55
CROSSWORD 64
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HUGO RIFKIND, PAGE 33
DINNER
TONIGHT
Boxing Day citrus
fruit salad with
lemongrass syrup
There?s sure to be
citrus fruit in the house
today and here?s a
great way of using
some in a palatecleansing salad. The
ratio of oranges to
other fruit depends on
what you have but the
idea is to arrive at a
pretty contrast of size,
colour and taste. This
is also good made with
thinly sliced pineapple.
Pineapple creates lots
of liquid as it steeps, so
bear that in mind. Save
leftover juices for
vodka cocktails.
Serves 6-8 Prep
45 min Cook 15 min
Ingredients: 1 bird?s eye
red chilli; 4 kaffir lime
leaves (fresh, frozen or
freeze-dried); 2
lemongrass stalks;
100g white sugar;
400ml water; 5 large
navel oranges; 2 large
lemons; 3 limes; 3 red
grapefruits; 1 pomelo
Split the chilli, scrape
out the seeds, slice
into skinny batons and
then into tiny dice.
Bruise the lemongrass.
Place both in a pan
with the lime leaves,
sugar and 400ml cold
water. Swirl the pan to
melt the sugar as it
comes to the boil,
reduce the heat and
simmer for 15
minutes. Leave to
cool. Slice the skin
off the citrus fruit,
removing all white
pith. Rotate each piece
of fruit as you slice
between the
membrane to remove
the skinless segments.
Split any fat segments;
you are aiming for thin
and dainty. Transfer to
a glass serving bowl
with all the juices.
Discard the
lemongrass and lime
leaves then pour the
cooled syrup over the
fruit salad. Mix, cover
with clingfilm and chill
before serving.
Lindsay Bareham
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High street retailers are preparing for
a record Boxing Day with sales driven
by tourists, many from China, spending more than �000 each.
British shoppers are also expected to
spend heavily as prices are reduced.
Last year sales fell away after a
period of discounting from Black Friday, but according to Barclaycard a
third of Britons will go to the Boxing
Day sales, up from 23 per cent last year.
Vouchercodes and the Centre for
Retail Research, who spoke to 80 retailers and 1,000 shoppers, are expecting a similar turnout with sales of
�3 billion, up 12 per cent on last year.
In London, the New West End Company, which represents 600 businesses
on Bond Street, Oxford Street, Regent
Street and the surrounding area, has
predicted � million of sales today, up
4 per cent.
Of the �0 million expected to be
spent in the capital?s busiest shopping
streets this week, � million is set to
come from overseas visitors, with an
average of �043 per head. According
to experts, the value of purchases by
Chinese shoppers has jumped in the
past year and they will account for one
in five of all purchases from non-EU
nationals in the West End this week.
Jace Tyrrell, the chief executive of
the New West End Company, said that
on top of large numbers of ?traditional? domestic customers he also
predicted a boost from tourists. ?A
high number of international visitors
will take advantage of currency fluctuations and low-cost flights to come to
the West End,? he said.
Retailers are in desperate need of
strong Boxing Day sales, with the
latest figures from the Retail Traffic
Index showing that footfall last week
was down 6 per cent on last year. In the
previous three weeks it was down by
9.9 per cent.
While a poll of 1,000 shoppers for
BBC Radio 4 found that 56 per cent
thought Boxing Day sales had lost
their appeal, many people were expected to queue outside shops from
the early hours of this morning. Some
shops are opening their doors at 6am
while many were hoping to benefit
from record online sales on Christmas
Day, which were expected to break
�billion for the first time.
The surge will be fuelled by shoppers
spending cash gifts and vouchers online and as well as those who had been
waiting for prices to come down.
Joshua Bamfield, director of the
Centre for Retail Research, said
Christmas Day was ?getting stronger
every year for online spending?. He
added: ?Shoppers want the bargains
retailers make available when postChristmas sales start early online.?
The spending patterns reflect many
shoppers waiting for the sales to ease
their budgets after ?feeling the
squeeze?, Barclaycard said.
Paul Lockstone, a managing director
at Barclaycard, said: ?Last year, Black
Friday overshadowed Boxing Day
sales. This year value-seeking consumers appear to be more eager to buy cutprice items across both sales periods as
they try to combat rising prices.?
Hedge funds set to cash in, page 43
Millions take to road as snow looms
Neil Johnston
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Motorists have been warned to expect
delays today as more than five million
drivers take to the road amid forecasts
of heavy rain and snow.
The RAC said that Boxing Day would
be the busiest day for trips to family and
friends, with 5.3 million journeys
planned. Roads will be most congested
between 10am and 2pm.
The motoring group said that there
would be 17.5 million leisure trips
between Christmas and the new year.
Only three of Britain?s train operators
are running timetables today ? Chiltern Railways, ScotRail and Merseyrail
? all with reduced services. Labour
continued from page 1
Cancer hope
at the British charity Breast Cancer
Now, said that the study could open a
new frontier against the disease. ?We
very much look forward to further clinical trials to test this concept of delivery
in a larger group of patients,? he said.
The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient?s blood, separating out
the T cells, which seek and destroy any
threats to the body, and giving them
new genetic instructions so that they
can locate and kill off the cancer.
At the moment these instructions
usually take the form of a snippet of
DNA that is ferried into the cells by a
virus. While this makes the T cells very
good at destroying tumours, it also
makes it hard to prevent them from
turning on the rest of the body.
By sending in rapidly decaying RNA
instead of DNA, researchers believe
they can gain a much finer control over
this process so that it could safely be
used to treat patients with the most
widespread and deadly forms of cancer.
Next year?s trial will be based on
Carma, a new bio-engineering technology developed by MaxCyte, an AngloAmerican company with facilities at
Alderley Park in Cheshire, which can
prepare the RNA-modified T cells in
less than 24 hours. Doug Doerfler, the
company?s chief executive, said that if
the experiments went well the treatment would be available at ?a fraction?
of the cost of viral T cell therapies. Raj
blamed the government for failing to
improve services over Christmas.
Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, accused the Conservatives of ?hypocrisy?, saying that the
party had been highly critical of the
shutdown when it was in opposition.
Rail firms use shutdowns for engineering works. Although Labour criticised the lack of services it did not suggest an alternative time for works to be
carried out and only stated that
National Rail would be renationalised.
While the rail network will be largely
out of use today, Highways England
said 99 per cent of the roads it managed
would be open and free of roadworks.
Forecasters urged drivers to take care,
with the Met Office issuing two yellow
Behind the story
?T
he most exciting thing I?ve
seen in my lifetime.? ?A
game changer.? ?This is
revolutionary.? From the way
sensible scientists talk about
CAR T-cell immunotherapy, you
may assume that it had radically
altered the balance of the war on
cancer (Oliver Moody writes).
It has ? but only for a very
small number with leukaemias
and lymphomas. Getting it to
work on the ?solid? tumours that
make up most cases is tough.
The promise of CAR T is to
turn the immune system into a
cancer-fighting machine, with
cells dedicated to assassinating a
particular kind of tumour. In the
cancers that kill most Britons ?
lung, breast, prostate, bowel and
pancreas ? these assassins easily
mistake healthy parts of the body
for tumour cells. If this can be
fixed, it will turn the personalised
drug from a niche marvel into a
pillar of cancer medicine.
Chopra, of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, who has not been involved in the work, said: ?It?s a great
concept and may be a step forward, but
it?s yet to be proven that this is going to
be any better than the conventional approach. Theoretically it could be safer.?
weather warnings. From this evening
rain turning to snow is expected across
Wales and the Midlands and snow and
ice is forecast for Scotland and parts of
the north and Pennines. Rod Dennis of
the RAC said: ?It only takes a single accident or breakdown in some locations to
bring traffic grinding to a halt.?
6 Motorists spent part of Christmas
morning stranded on the M1 after a
three-car crash caused tailbacks. The
collision occurred at about 9.20am near
junction eight for Hemel Hempstead,
Hertfordshire. No one was injured.
Delays peaked at about an hour, Highways England said, and an alternative
junction was opened to ease traffic. The
road was running as normal from
12.20pm, the agency added.
continued from page 1
University warning
purity than building the broad alliances
that are necessary for successful social
change.
?The NUS no-platform and safe
space policies don?t refute offensive
ideas. They simply exclude them. That
doesn?t solve anything. The most
effective way to defeat bad ideas is by
exposing and countering them in open
debate.?
Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of
Universities UK, said: ?Universities are
absolutely committed to promoting
and securing free speech and will not
allow legitimate speech to be stifled.
?There is already a legal duty on the
higher education sector to secure free
speech within the law and universities
take these responsibilities very seriously. They have a duty, not only to secure
freedom of speech, but also to protect
the safety of students and staff.
?This is not always easy to balance,
but universities are becoming increasingly experienced in this area and
have policies in place.
?It is important that universities do
not become discussion-free zones.
They must continue to be places where
difficult topics are discussed and where
people, however controversial their
views, should be allowed to speak
within the law, and their views
challenged openly.?
Letters, page 34
Leading article, page 35
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David Sanderson Arts Correspondent
Spring is shaping up to be the season of
the witches as the country?s two leading
theatres go head to head with rival
takes on Macbeth.
Throw in a Royal Opera House
production of Verdi?s Macbeth and a
new feature film of the Scottish play ?
also due in the same month ? and one
can see ?double, double toil and trouble? ahead.
In an extremely rare clash of the
clans, the National Theatre?s production of Macbeth opens on March 6, with
the Royal Shakespeare Company
following one week later.
?We can?t quite believe it,? said Polly
Findlay, who is directing the RSC version with Christopher Eccleston and
Niamh Cusack. ?It is ridiculous, completely ridiculous ? all the reviews are
going to compare and contrast.?
The rivalry has been heightened by
the National nabbing Rory Kinnear
and Anne-Marie Duff for the leading
roles. They first performed together as
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in an RSC
production in 2016.
Findlay said that she took a ?policy
decision? to share her notes
with Rufus Norris, the artistic director of thee
National who directs its
production.
?We did not talk
about it as we were
coming up with the
ideas but after we had
met our [design] deadliness
toit was felt it was safe territon,? she
ry to have a conversation,?
said. ?Although we have quite similar
thoughts about what the text is doing
and what it means and what we think is
important, when you look at what we
are producing I am confident they are
going to be completely different.?
Oliver Mears, the Royal Opera
House?s director of opera, said the
themes of the play and Verdi?s opera
ensured productions continued to be
relevant. Its revival of Phyllida Lloyd?s
production opens on March 25.
?In many ways the reasons why it has
endured in the way it has derives from
the power of Shakespeare?s extraordinary text and these themes he explores,? he said. ?In particular, ambition
and the thirst for power and the way it
can turn human beings into corrupt
animal figures is something that I am
sure has a resonance with us today.?
Completing the quartet is a feature
film from the British director Kit
Monkman, which is to be shown at
cinemas across the country on March
13. His film, which deploys computer
modelling, was described by Peter Holland, chairman of the International
Shakespeare Association, as ?the most
innovative rethinking of what it means
Neil Johnston
The Royal Opera
House will stage
Verdi?s Macbeth.
Christopher
Eccleston, far left,
stars for the RSC
while Rory Kinnear
and Anne-Marie
Duff reprise their
RSC roles of 2016,
left, at the National
Choice is maddening
1 National Theatre Macbeth The
first Shakespeare under Rufus
Norris, the artistic director, with
Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff
in lead roles. It will be the first time
Norris has directed Shakespeare for
25 years.
2 Royal Shakespeare
Company Macbeth
Directed by Polly Findlay,
who said a ?good
proportion? of her
budget would be spent
on ?how I do Banquo?s
ghost?.
to put Shakespeare on film for decades?.
Mr Monkman said: ?Is there a risk of
Macbeth burnout? One of the extraordinary things about Shakespeare is that
he is somebody that people return to
again and again to explore technological ideas and cultural ideas.?
Findlay said that Macbeth remained
popular ?because of its intensity and
immediacy?. Then there is the superstition. Duff is one of many who will only
refer to it as ?the Scottish play?. Findlay
said: ?People do flinch when you say it.
I am sitting in the foyer of the National
now merrily Macbething away and
suddenly people do give you odd looks.
Maybe I will come to regret it.?
Leading article, page 35
3 Royal Opera House
Macbeth Conducted by
Antonio Pappano, the
revival of Phyllida Lloyd?s
production will tell the
story with ?real clarity?
and sparseness, according to Oliver
Mears, director of opera.
4 Macbeth the film Shot on green
screen with background painting
and computer modelling used to
create a ?multi-tiered globe?.
From champagne socialism to apple
juice socialism; Jeremy Corbyn has
taken the fizz out of the Labour Party.
While Theresa May opted for a
Welsh whisky as her drink of choice
over the festive period, the teetotal
leader of the opposition said that
yesterday he would be enjoying an
apple juice ?like most days?. However,
he added: ?On Christmas Day, I make
sure it?s a particularly good one.?
The leaders were asked to pick their
favourite Christmas drink for the website Politico and Mrs May said she
would be sipping a glass of Penderyn,
distilled in the foothills of the Brecon
Beacons, on ?those (hopefully) quiet
winter evenings over the holidays?.
It is not the first time Mr Corbyn, a
vegetarian, has revealed his preference
for healthy treats. When asked in a chat
on Mumsnet last year what his favourite biscuit was, the Labour leader said
he would only take one if he was
?forced?. ?I?m totally anti-sugar on
health grounds so eat very few biscuits,?
he said. ?But if forced to accept one it?s
always a pleasure to have a shortbread.?
Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, was also having an apple
juice but only as his first drink, which he
would be having with some children in
care. He later planned to have a rum
and coke while watching the Strictly
Come Dancing Christmas special.
Caroline Lucas, the Green co-leader
and Brighton Pavilion MP, said she
would be having a ?Brighton gin and
tonic?, adding: ?With so much rich food
around, it gives you a bit of light
refreshment and you can drink plenty
of it without getting too full.?
Although Mr Corbyn was avoiding
the drink, his colleagues were a bit
more adventurous. Angela Rayner, 37,
the shadow education secretary, whose
family was celebrating their first
Christmas with her granddaughter
Lilith Mae, said she would be at home in
Stockport ?having a snowball with my
mum?. A snowball is a cocktail made of
advocaat and lemonade.
On the Tory benches, Jacob ReesMogg said he was looking forward to ?a
cup of hot chocolate on returning from
Midnight Mass?.
Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat
deputy leader, who is expecting her
second child, said: ?I?ll be dreaming of
prosecco but, being pregnant, I?ll have
the driest Christmas for years, except
for 2013 when I was trying to figure out
how to look after a three-day-old baby.?
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Councils spend up to �m a year
on salaries of suspended workers
Rising numbers of council staff are
being suspended on full pay over allegations that include sexual harassment,
child abuse, fraud and incompetence.
Nearly 10,000 local government
employees have been sent home from
work while continuing to receive a
salary over the past five years, a Times
investigation has revealed.
Many of those suspended are senior
officials. Politicians accused councils of
?paying for rotten practice?.
Analysis of suspension length and
salary data suggests the bill to the
public purse could be more than
� million a year, if the figures are
extrapolated across the country. The
investigation found:
6 One Derbyshire council employee
has been on paid leave for more than
three years after being suspended for
safeguarding reasons in August 2014.
6 A social services worker for Monmouthshire council on a �,000 salary
was suspended for 678 days for ?management irregularities? and then dismissed.
6 Harrow council suspended a staff
member for 444 days after a conviction
for assault before allowing the worker
to return with a written warning.
Freedom of information requests
were sent to the UK?s 418 city, borough
and district councils. Among those that
supplied information there were a total
of 1,709 suspensions in 2012-13 , 1,803 in
2013-14, 1,932 in 2014-15, 1,959 in 201516 and 2,062 last year.
The highest number of disciplinary
suspensions was in Birmingham, which
amassed 330 suspensions over the
period. Glasgow suspended 283 staff,
the second highest total, followed by
194 at Brighton & Hove.
Dozens of local authorities provided
details of cases related to sexual harassment. In one case, a worker for
Behind the story
B
irmingham
city council,
Britain?s
largest local
authority,
has been bedevilled
by problems (Peter
Yeung writes).
More than 300 of
its employees have
been suspended in the
past five years, the
highest level in the
country. Scores of
incidents relating to
fraud include false
inputting of working
hours and falsification
of documents.
About a dozen
cases of sexual
harassment in five
years prompted the
End Violence Against
Women Coalition to
ask whether
Birmingham had a
?problem?.
One staff member
made unwanted
comments of a sexual
nature and was
involved in bullying,
resulting in a dismissal
without notice. Other
records reveal an
environment in
which a worker
threatened colleagues
with violence and
touched them
inappropriately, one
spread ?malicious
rumours? about
female staff and
another sent explicit
Rising toll
Council staff suspensions
2,100
Source: Times research
Peter Yeung, Sean O?Neill
2,000
1,900
1,800
1,700
Year ending
2013
14
15
1,600
16
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Birmingham city council was found to
have committed inappropriate conduct
and sexual harassment but received only a written warning.
Hull council revealed there were
selfies. Two employees
were suspended for
playing football and
?committing an act of
alleged gross
indecency in a public
park?. Nine cases
were for workers
sleeping on duty.
Birmingham city
council said: ?We take
conduct issues of any
of our employees
extremely seriously
and we always
investigate fully and
take the appropriate
action. Where there
are serious issues this
will result in
disciplinary action
which could result
in dismissal.?
nearly twenty suspensions for abuse of
clients, while Suffolk sacked three
workers for abuse of vulnerable people.
Wolverhampton suspended a worker
for raising concerns over ?institutional
abuse? with reference to safeguarding
issues and the misuse of medication.
Within the 117 councils that provided
details of suspensions, there were 402
cases of fraud and theft, 242 of inappropriate behaviour, 123 of harassment, 127
of mistreatment of children, 167 of alcohol or drug offences and 81 of assault.
Kensington and Chelsea, the council
at the centre of investigations into the
Grenfell Tower tragedy, was among the
scores of councils that refused to
release data on suspensions and disciplinary cases. Others included Essex,
Hampshire, Bristol and Wandsworth,
which cited a danger of identifying ?living individuals?.
Of the 127 councils that provided
salary data, more than a hundred of the
staff suspended were on �,000 or
more. One case was that of Ruth Bagley,
who as chief executive of Slough council
was suspended for six months on a
�0,000 salary because of alleged gross
misconduct and subsequently left under
a settlement agreed at about �0,000,
according to the annual accounts.
Bob Blackman, a member of the
communities and local government
committee and Conservative MP for
Harrow East, said: ?You often see
sweetheart deals where someone
leaves a local authority with a payoff,
and often that?s not published. And
then they move off to another local
authority or public body and they are
once again richly rewarded for their
work. Any payoffs or any arrangements
made should be open to full public scrutiny. It shouldn?t be hushed up.?
According to the Local Government
Association, councils across the country employ the equivalent of about one
million full-time staff.
Wera Hobhouse, the Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for communities
and local government, raised concerns
over the use of public money to ?pay for
rotten practice?. She added: ?Further
light needs to be shone on this problem
? it needs to be rooted out. The lack of
transparency is not acceptable, particularly because these are people being
employed with taxpayers? money.?
A spokesman for the Department for
Communities and Local Government
said: ?It is the responsibility of local
councils to deal with all staffing matters, including suspensions. We expect
councils to take reports of misconduct
extremely seriously and have the appropriate measures in place to handle
such issues appropriately and swiftly.?
Heather MenziesUrich, the Canadian
actress known for
playing the part of
Louisa Von Trapp in
The Sound of Music,
died on Christmas Eve aged 68
after being diagnosed with brain
cancer four weeks ago. She was 15
when the musical film, which
won ten Oscars including best
picture, was released in 1965. Her
son Ryan said: ?She was an
actress, a ballerina and loved
living her life to the fullest.?
Jo Cox tweet goes viral
The widower of Jo Cox, the
Labour MP who was murdered
last year, has told of his surprise
that a tweet he wrote on
Christmas Eve was retweeted at
least 12,000 times. ?I?d encourage
everyone to take a moment to
imagine losing the person you
love most in the world,? Brendan
Cox wrote. ?Imagine what you
would wish you had said to them.
Then take a moment to say it.?
Russian navy tracked
A Royal Navy crew yesterday
escorted a Russian warship
through the North Sea near
British waters. HMS St Albans
tracked the Admiral Gorshkov
frigate?s progress through ?areas
of national interest?. HMS Tyne
and a Wildcat helicopter were
also scrambled to track Russian
vessels after what the navy
described as a recent ?upsurge? in
activity.
Christmas Eve killing
A father of three was stabbed to
death on Christmas Eve as he
made a food delivery to the
Manjaros restaurant, a favourite
with celebrities such as the rapper
Tinie Tempah and the boxer
David Hayes, in Middlesbrough.
Mazhar Ali, 41, ran a fruit and
vegetable shop in Leeds with his
wife, Samera, 40, who said she
had ?no idea? why he was attacked.
Police arrested a man aged 20.
Beirut diplomat appeal
The family of Rebecca Dykes, a
British woman murdered in
Beirut where she worked for the
Department for International
Development, launched a charity
appeal in her memory hoping to
raise �0,000 for humanitarian
causes. Family and friends want it
to go to helping her work
supporting refugees, with a focus
on empowering and preventing
violence against women.
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Woman in Egypt
drugs trial faces
death penalty
Bel Trew Beirut
Gabriella Swerling
A British woman held in Egypt on drugsmuggling charges appeared in court
yesterday but the session was adjourned because she was too distraught
to speak, her family said.
Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, is
facing the death penalty for taking
illegal painkillers into the country.
On Christmas morning Ms Plummer, a shop assistant, was taken
handcuffed to a hearing in Safaga, a
Red Sea town 300 miles south of Cairo.
The opening session was quickly postponed to today because she was ?not fit
to be in court?, her sister Rachel told
The Times. ?Laura was too distraught to
answer the questions by the judge. She
didn?t sleep all night, she was very
nervous,? she said.
Her mother, Roberta Sinclair, and
Ms Plummer?s partner, Omar Caboo,
33, who is from Egypt, were not allowed
to attend the hearing. Rachel said the
car sent to pick them up arrived too late.
?The family weren?t allowed in. It was
devastating for my mum not to be able
to be in the courtroom with Laura,? she
added. Her family have said her imprisonment has left her ?unrecognisable?.
Ms Plummer was arrested in Octo-
ber at Hurghada international airport
when she was found to be carrying 290
Tramadol tablets in her suitcase. Tramadol, an opioid painkiller, is banned in
Egypt without a special prescription.
Her family said that she had brought
them for Mr Caboo?s bad back and did
not know they were illegal.
Ms Plummer could face 25 years
behind bars or the death penalty if convicted of drug smuggling. Mohamed
Osman, her lawyer, said that even if she
was cleared of drug smuggling she
could still receive two years in prison
for possessing a banned substance.
Mrs Sinclair said last month that her
daughter ?did not realise? there was a
ban and made no attempt to hide the
medicine, which has a street value of
only � and was given to her by a
friend. Ms Plummer was held in a
squalid 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 women
for a month and said she was badly
treated by fellow inmates.
Karl Turner, her MP, said that
Foreign Office officials had been trying
to appeal to the Egyptian authorities
for clemency.
?Foreign Office ministers have continually made representations to their
counterparts in Egypt and as recently
as last week in face-to-face meetings in
order to make it clear that Laura is a
Inmates get
� payouts
over property
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Laura Plummer with her partner, Omar Caboo. She was too upset to speak in court
decent, honest, hard-working British
woman and that any alleged criminality was absolutely without intention,? he
said. ?I hope the court will see this and
make a decision that brings this dreadful experience to a happier conclusion.?
More than 60,500 supporters have
signed a petition calling on the Foreign
Office to get her home.
?My heart is aching. I don?t think any
of us can cope with this anymore,? Ms
Plummer?s sister said. ?She is not the
drug smuggler they are making her out
to be. It was just a massive mistake.?
Nearly �million in compensation has
been paid to prisoners for damaged
property over the past four years.
More than 10,000 taxpayer-funded
payouts totalling �0,000 have been
made since 2013 for items including an
e-cigarette, hair clippers and trainers.
The prisons watchdog said in July
that jails needed to do better in managing inmates? possessions and were
?using scarce resources paying compensation for lost and damaged property?. Nigel Newcomen?s final annual report as ombudsman said: ?The method
of recording property needs to be
brought into the 21st century; staff need
time to follow the proper procedures;
and prisoners? property needs to travel
with them when they transfer between
establishments (instead of following on
weeks or months later).?
MoJ data released following a freedom of information request shows
10,357 compensation payments were
made to inmates in England and Wales
for lost and damaged property from
2013-14 to 2016-17. Six-figure sums were
awarded in each of the four financial
years, adding up to a total of �5,541. In
2014-15 the bill topped �0,000.
The Taxpayers? Alliance said the
numbers ?paint a terrible picture?,
while the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said
it defended claims robustly and was
successful in two thirds of cases.
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Meghan puts her own twist on
traditional royal walk to church
Dominic Kennedy
Meghan Markle made her first public
curtsy to the Queen on her debut at the
royal family?s traditional Christmas
Day service.
The American actress and the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge both curtsied as the Queen was driven away in a
Bentley, accompanied by the Duchess
of Cornwall. Ms Markle, 36, joined the
rest of the family, led doughtily by the
Duke of Edinburgh, 96, in walking back
from the service across the windswept
Sandringham estate.
She and Prince Harry, 33, continued
their practice of updating royal convention by being tactile in public. Wearing
a brown beret, the actress smiled up at
her fianc� as they climbed the steps into
the churchyard, cheered by crowds
who had begun camping out at 2am for
a glimpse of the royals.
While most of the family walked stiffly apart, Ms Markle threaded her arm
through Harry?s and pressed against
him. Her beret, with long pointed swirls
emerging on one side, quickly grabbed
attention. Elle magazine described it as
a ?hat with a festive twirl? that ?looked
great?. Comments on social media were
less supportive. One compared it to a
Walnut Whip.
Ms Markle chose a �6 camel coat
from Sentaler ? a Toronto brand that
the Duchess of Cambridge has also
championed ? high-heeled brown
boots costing �7 from Stuart Weitzman and �500 Maison Birks earrings.
She carried a Chlo� Pixie fashion bag
available for about �100.
By the television star?s standards, this
was dressing down. For her engagement photograph released last week,
she chose a dress designed by the
London label Ralph & Russo, estimated
to be worth �,000.
The duchess opted for a bold tartan
Miu Miu coat costing �655, the
Queen chose a vivid tangerine coat and
hat, and the Countess of Wessex wore
an almost summery floral print.
The loyal crowds were relieved to see
the return of the Queen after she was
too ill, with a heavy cold, to go to the
service last year.
Before entering the parish church of
St Mary Magdalene, Ms Markle held
her fawn gloves in one hand, giving onlookers a glimpse of her engagement
ring. The chilly Norfolk air forced her
to wear the gloves when she left the service. Ms Markle and Harry made a beeline for a group of admirers in wheelchairs, stopping for a relaxed chat.
Ms Markle became engaged to Harry
last month, just in time to be invited to
join the Queen?s traditional Christmas
gathering.
The young couple have been noted
for breaking royal taboos by touching.
The family refrains from displays of
affection during public engagements,
which are regarded as work. However,
the Christmas service is a private event.
Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, unusually, were holding hands.
Romance was in the air for another
American woman outside the church
yesterday. While waiting for a glimpse
of the royal party, Ashley Millican, 20,
from Texas, received an unexpected
proposal from her boyfriend.
Mike Metz, also 20, popped the question when a Sky News correspondent
asked him why it was so important for
him and Ms Millican to see the royal
family as part of their trip to Britain.
Unfolding a little white box, Mr Metz
said: ?I want to spend the rest of my
Christmases with you Ashley, so I don?t
know if you want to marry me??
Ms Millican put her hand to her
mouth and replied: ?Yes. Oh my God.?
Mr Metz, from Wisconsin, who said
he had begun planning the proposal in
August, added: ?It?s memories to
cherish for ever.?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Pope hits back at Trump
Tom Kington Vatican City
The Pope used his Christmas Day
address in St Peter?s Square to attack
the US decision to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
Putting more distance between himself and President Trump, he said that
?a negotiated solution can finally be
reached? on Jerusalem, ?one that would
allow the peaceful coexistence of two
states within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders?.
After Mr Trump announced his
plans for Jerusalem this month, the
Pope said he was ?profoundly concerned? about the move, and described
Jerusalem as a sacred place for Jews,
Muslims and Christians. On Thursday,
the UN voted 128-9 to rebuke the US.
In his Urbi et Orbi address at St Peter?s
yesterday, Francis said: ?We see Jesus in
the children of the Middle East who
continue to suffer because of growing
tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.? As the ?winds of war? blew in the
world, he said that Jesus was also visible
in the faces of children in Syrian, Iraq,
Yemen, Africa, Ukraine and Burma.
The Pope has clashed with Mr
Trump over plans to build a wall on the
Mexican border to keep out migrants,
and yesterday he argued that migrants
should be embraced, not rebuffed. ?We
see Jesus in the many children forced to
leave their countries to travel alone in
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2017
The Queen wore
a dress by
Angela Kelly and
a diamond
brooch while
delivering her
Christmas
broadcast. She
referred to her
first address,
broadcast from
Sandringham in
1957 when she
was 31, saying
the presenter
had evolved
1957
Queen remembers
victims of terrorism
Dominic Kennedy
joined Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a more publicly affectionate display than has been traditional in the royal family
over ?sacred? Jerusalem
inhuman conditions and who become
an easy target for human traffickers,?
he said. ?Through their eyes we see the
drama of all those forced to emigrate
and risk their lives to face exhausting journeys that end at times in
tragedy.?
He added: ?Jesus knows well the
pain of not being welcomed and
how hard it is not to have a
place to lay one?s head.?
Referring to Mary and
Joseph?s arrival in Bethlehem, he said: ?May our
hearts not be closed as
The Pope said migrants
should be embraced
they were in the homes of Bethlehem.?
By drawing a parallel between Mary
and Joseph and migrants, the Pope returned to a theme from Mass on
Christmas Eve, when he said: ?So
many other footsteps are hidden in
the footsteps of Joseph and Mary.
We see the tracks of entire families
forced to set out in our own day.? Migrants were fleeing ?the
Herods of today, who, to
impose their power and
increase their wealth,
see no problem in shedding innocent blood.?
Jesus, he said, gave
us our ?document of
citizenship?.
The Queen made light of ageing in her
Christmas Day broadcast, joking that
no one had expected her to reach 70
years of marriage. She also praised the
courage of survivors of terrorism.
Musing about her wedding anniversary in November and the Duke of Edinburgh?s retreat from public duties, she
said: ?I don?t know that anyone had invented the term platinum for a 70th
wedding anniversary when I was born.
You weren?t expected to be around that
long. Even Prince Philip has decided it?s
time to slow down a little, having, as he
economically put it, ?done his bit?.?
The Queen, 91, said that despite stepping back from solo engagements, ?I
know his support and unique sense of
humour will remain as strong as ever?.
The theme was home, including
people?s home towns. Home should be a
sanctuary but ?this Christmas I think of
London and Manchester whose powerful identities shone through over the
past 12 months in the face of appalling
attacks. In Manchester those targeted
included children who had gone to see
their favourite singer?. She recalled
meeting some among the 120 people
injured in the suicide bombing which
killed 22 people at Manchester Arena
during a concert by Ariana Grande.
Footage was shown of her at Royal
Manchester Children?s Hospital talking
with Millie Robson, 15, and her mother
Marie from Co Durham, and Evie Mills,
14, and parents Karen and Craig from
Harrogate. ?I describe that hospital
visit as a privilege because the patients
I met were an example to us all, showing extraordinary bravery and resilience,? she said.
She added: ?And here in London,
who can forget the sheer awfulness of
the Grenfell Tower fire?? She was
shown meeting rescue workers near
the tower where 71 people were killed in
June. The Queen said: ?Our thoughts
and prayers are with all those who died
and those who lost so much; and we are
indebted to members of the emergency
services who risked their own lives, this
past year, saving others.?
A clip was shown of her first televised
Christmas address, aged 31, from Sandringham in 1957, when she spoke about
the new medium. ?Six decades on, the
presenter has evolved somewhat, as has
the technology she described,? the
Queen said yesterday. She wryly said
her family ?look forward to welcoming
new members into it next year?. As well
as the wedding of Meghan Markle and
Prince Harry in May, the Duchess of
Cambridge is expecting a baby in April.
She concluded with a return to the
origin of Christmas, saying: ?It is Jesus
Christ?s generous love and example
which has inspired me through good
times and bad.?
. . . as Welby condemns ?deceitful populists?
Kaya Burgess
Religious Affairs Correspondent
The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against ?populist leaders that
deceive their people? in a Christmas
Day sermon that made reference to
Star Wars and Harry Potter to deliver a
message about freedom and humility.
The greatest freedom that people
could enjoy came from God?s love expressed through the birth of Jesus
Christ, the Most Rev Justin Welby said
at Canterbury Cathedral.
He said that God brought ?more freedom than all Earth?s most powerful
leaders?, adding: ?In 2017, we have seen
around the world tyrannical leaders
that enslave their peoples, populist
leaders that deceive them, corrupt
leaders that rob them, even simply
democratic, well-intentioned leaders of
many parties and countries who are
normal, fallible human beings.?
He did not refer to any world leaders
by name yesterday. Last month he criticised Donald Trump, describing it as
?deeply disturbing? that he had chosen
to retweet videos posted by a leader of
the far-right Britain First group.
The archbishop said that Jesus went
on to live most of his life ?in obscurity?,
unlike fictional protagonists who go on
to lives of great fame and glory: ?In Star
Wars, an abandoned orphan on a desert
planet turns into a knight leading the
struggle for freedom. Platform nineand-three-quarters takes Harry Potter
into a world of magic and purpose. Not
so in the gospel stories, even those of
Christmas.?
He revealed that one of his favourite
pictures, found in Coventry Cathedral,
was drawn by a Nazi medical officer
during the Second World War. It is the
Stalingrad Madonna, a picture of the
Virgin Mary drawn in charcoal on
paper as Russian troops besieged
German forces in the city over Christmas in 1942, adorned with the words
Licht, Leben, Liebe, or ?light, life, love?.
?Every human being is invited to
share that life and freedom,? he said.
?Christians are its witnesses.?
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Drop foxhunting vote at your peril, May is told
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Theresa May has been told to expect a
backlash from rural communities if she
scraps a pledge to give MPs a free vote
on overturning the hunting ban.
Yesterday Downing Street downplayed but did not deny a Sunday Times
report that Mrs May was preparing to
drop the longstanding commitment in
a speech early next year.
Labour is demanding that Michael
Gove, the environment secretary,
clarify whether the government still
intends to give parliamentary time for a
free vote.
Tim Bonner, chief executive of the
Countryside Alliance, warned Mrs
May that she risked alienating rural
communities ? and powerful lobbying
groups. Mr Bonner believes the Conservatives drew the wrong lesson from
the election, during which many posts
on social media were critical of Mrs
May?s decision to stick with the plan for
a free vote. Their true impact was far less
than many strategists thought, he said.
The Tories had pledged in their
manifesto to hold a free vote on a bill in
government time to allow parliament
to decide the future of the Hunting Act
2004. The Times revealed last month
that Mrs May had overruled Andrea
Leadsom, the previous environment
secretary, to maintain the commitment, which was also made by David
Cameron. Allies said that the prime
minister felt she had to do so because
she had previously backed overturning
the ban. During a visit to Leeds during
the election, Mrs May said: ?As it happens, personally I have always been in
favour of foxhunting, and we maintain
our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative
Party, to allow a free vote.?
The policy?s omission from the
Queen?s Speech was the first indicator
that the plan had been shelved.
The law, introduced by Labour, bans
the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other
wild mammals in England and Wales.
Eduardo Goncalves, chief executive of
the League Against Cruel Sports, said:
?It?s nearly 2018, not 1818, so it?s a little
strange we?re celebrating because a
government has renounced foxhunting. But yet, this is still good news.
?There?s been a shift this year, as the
government has realised quite how important it is to recognise the compassionate nature of the British public.
?The cynical will say that this statement won?t hold in the future when the
pro-hunting lobby exerts its influence
once more, so we shall have to see if an
anti-hunting stance is indeed the future
of the Conservative Party, or a tactical
move at a politically sensitive time. For
the sake of our animals we hope it?s the
former.?
Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, said: ?The vast majority
of the public do not want a return of this
cruel and barbaric activity. The Tories
need to put the debate to rest and
pledge that they will never again try to
bring back foxhunting. If the Tories?
claims about animal welfare were true,
they would have ruled out the return of
foxhunting months ago, rethought
their poorly regulated badger cull and
not tried to water down existing EU
standards on animal welfare.?
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BMW passenger killed in
crash after police pursuit
Fiona Hamilton Crime & Security Editor
A man died after the BMW he was
travelling in collided with a lamppost
following a police chase. The man, in
his 30s, was a passenger in the vehicle.
The driver was arrested at the scene.
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said that it was investigating
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the crash, which happened
at about 4.30am yesterday in Old Swan, Liverpool. The vehicle was
very badly damaged
when it hit the lamppost
outside a Salvation Army shop. The passenger
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was taken to hospital but
later died. Officers were
dentity
working to confirm his identity
and inform next of kin.
An IPCC spokeswoman said: ?We
were notified of a fatal road traffic
incident in Liverpool this morning by
Merseyside police. We have begun an
independent investigation as initial
information suggests the collision was
preceded by a short police pursuit.?
Another man died last week after a
police chase in Huddersfield. The 34year-old driver, from Bradford, failed to
stop when officers asked him to pull
over. After a pursuit his Audi A4 hit a
barrier on the M606. That crash is also
being investigated by the IPCC.
Many officers believe that police
drivers in pursuit of suspects do
not have
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Amber Rudd, the home secretary,
has promised to change the rules
governing police pursuits so that
officers feel that they have the legal
protection they need to chase moped
and scooter gangs.
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Ex-SAS man held
over ch鈚eau heist
Adam Sage Paris
A former SAS soldier arrested on suspicion of robbing a ch鈚eau in the Dordogne will also be questioned over allegations that he was growing cannabis at
his French home.
The soldier, named only as Derek by
French prosecutors, was remanded in
custody last week in connection with
the robbery of Ch鈚eau La Durantie a
year ago.
The 57-year-old man was arrested
after a hair from a Jack Russell terrier
was found at the scene, prompting gendarmes to investigate British expatriates in France known to own that breed
of dog. Their suspicions fell on Derek,
who had been a member of the SAS for
three years.
Two masked men burst into the ch鈚eau on November 15, 2016, and held up
Ralph and Victoria Heinig, the AngloGerman owners, at gunpoint. The
couple were at home with friends,
whose children were asleep upstairs.
The robbers spoke English without
an accent and addressed the owners by
name, leading detectives to the conclusion that they had inside information
and were British. They forced Mr Heinig to open the safe.
Police said the robbers appeared to
believe it contained a lot of money, but
there was only about �000 in cash and
a Cartier watch worth an estimated
�,000. Mrs Heinig said that one of
the thieves was calm and collected,
while the other was nervous. ?He hit me
over the head with the butt of his gun so
that I didn?t move,? she said.
The robbers tied up the owners
before leaving on foot. Police believe
their car was parked in the countryside
near by. The gates of the ch鈚eau had
been left open that evening so that the
Heinigs could enter the grounds. Detectives suspect that the robbers had
been told that the ch鈚eau would be
easily accessible.
Derek was placed under surveillance
before being arrested at his house in the
village of Charm� in western France,
where gendarmes said they discovered
130 cannabis plants along with cocaine,
cannabis resin and Ecstasy pills.
A 28-year-old man also suspected of
having taken part in the robbery was arrested in Lux�, also in west France. His
nationality has not been disclosed.
A 71-year-old man and his 50-yearold wife, who are suspected of having
provided the robbers with a tip-off that
led to the crime, were also arrested but
were granted bail. Two others were arrested but released without charge.
The Heinigs bought the ch鈚eau
more than a decade ago for ?1.6 million
so that Mrs Heinig could expand the catering business she had launched in
Britain. They spent ?600,000 refurbishing the ch鈚eau to let it for holidays
and weddings. It can accommodate 33
guests and costs up to �,000 a week.
Hats off Jacob Rees-Mogg
M g and
Melania Trump were among the
public figures to wish their
social media followers a happy
Christmas. The Tory MP shared
a picture of his family on
Instagram with the caption: ?On
the way to the Eve of Christmas
mass with the troops.? On
Twitter, Mrs Trump used a filter
to superimpose a Santa hat and
golden reindeer on her selfie.
Smut-free panto Dick is a joke, says Biggins
Elizabeth Burden
Christopher Biggins has said that toning down the innuendo in pantomimes
since the Harvey Weinstein scandal is
?getting out of hand? after a joke was removed from Dick Whittington at the
London Palladium.
Biggins, who plays Widow Twankey
in Aladdin, said it was ridiculous that a
scene in which a male character looked
up a female?s skirt had been cut. Michael Harrison, of Qdos Pantomimes,
which is staging Dick Whittington, said:
?This year it just feels wrong.?
Biggins told Sky News: ?The whole
thing is ridiculous and is getting out of
hand. In a way I?m pleased I?m nearing
the end of my pantomime career.
?I?m 69, I?ll be 70 next year, hopefully
I?ll do one more pantomime and then
I?ll retire from pantomime because it?s a
joke, you soon won?t be able to do anything anywhere. Innuendo is fantastic
and is wonderful and is joyous for the
parents and the children.?
Mr Harrison said that innuendo was
not behind us, adding: "What I have not
done and what I won?t do is change any
jokes, as I don?t believe there is a link
between sexual harassment and pantomime. Nobody touches anybody in
pantomime.?
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Son treks on after
Antarctic odyssey
defeats his father
Katie Gibbons
A father and son on the first solar-powered Antarctic expedition spent Christmas apart after poor health forced the
older explorer to return to base camp.
Robert Swan, 61, was the first man to
walk to both the South and North poles,
a feat he accomplished in 1989. He returned to the Antarctic in November
with his son, Barney, 23, to break
another record: to reach both the poles
using entirely renewable resources.
The Swans and their team have relied
solely on solar energy and renewable
biofuels made by Shell to cook, melt
water and keep warm in temperatures
as low as minus 40C, to raise awareness
of the damage to the Antarctic from
climate change. Despite gruelling conditions the team hit the halfway point
Weddell Sea
FilchnerRonne
Ice Shelf
500 miles
Robert Swan forced
to return to base at
halfway point
South
Pole
Start
80�
Union Glacier
logistics base
ANTARCTICA
A
Ross Ice Shelf
last week. It was then that Swan admitted defeat. He had vowed never to
return to the Antarctic after his
?nightmare? expedition last time,
during which he struggled mentally,
but this time it was his body that
failed him.
?The lowest point for me was realising that I simply did not have it
in me to average more than ten
miles a day,? he said. ?My pride
is hurting for being slower
than the others. Age eventually catches up with all of us
and this is my moment.? Swan
made the difficult decision
because he realised
that the team were
running out of time.
Daylight started to
fade on December
20 and temperatures plummeted.
By the end of January the Antarctic
season ends and ?things get very dangerous, fast?, said Swan, who was born
in Durham and now lives in California
with his son.
?The other three explorers, who have
an average age of 30 years younger
than me, had the strength to travel
more than ten miles each day,? Swan
said. ?I kept up for 500km at a terrible
physical cost to my body and in the end
I realised I could not push myself any
further.
?If I had stayed I would have slowed
them down, which was a risk to all of us.
I offered my son, Barney, the chance to
return with me to base camp and he
said, ?No, I will continue on for us both?.
He has his father?s spirit inside him.?
Swan, who has spent the past 26 years
working to help to preserve Antarctica
through his 2041 Foundation, was inspired to take the trip by his son?s efforts
to fight climate change.
Before setting off Barney said that it
was his duty to make a stand. He added:
?Our expedition is a small example of
how we can all make choices to help us
transition to a cleaner-energy future.?
Accompanied by the explorer Martin
Barnett, who has climbed the highest
summits of all seven continents, and
Kyle O?Donoghue, a cameraman and
adventurer, Barney is determined to
carry on. ?Of course I?m worried about
him,? his father said. ?But I know he will
push as hard as he can. Barney is
so brave at 23 to carry on. This is
his moment but he?s not doing it
for fame.?
Christmas for Swan was to
be spent at the Union Glacier
base camp, where he hoped
to speak to his 102-year-old
mother in the northeast
of England via satellite
phone. Barney was
expecting to settle for a
celebratory toast of
Ardgowan scotch and
extra rations.
Swan?s advice to his
son was: ?Eat as much as
you can, look after
your feet, hands and
face, and know that if
deep down you think
you can do it, you
will.?
Pot of gold dust could
offer treatment for spots
Acne patients are being sought to try a
new treatment that aims to banish
spots with gold dust.
Scientist are looking for 50 people of
all ages to take part in a trial of a treatment called Sebacia. Already approved
by the US Food and Drug Administration, it involves massaging a cream containing tiny particles of solid gold into
skin pores.
A low-power laser is then used to
heat up the dust particles and reduce
inflammation, which should cause
spots to disappear over a few days.
The leader of the trial, the consultant
dermatologist Howard Stevens, who
founded the private London clinic The
Skin Care Network, said: ?Acne is one
of the most common and distressing
conditions for anyone to suffer. It is unsightly and causes embarrassment and
can undermine a person?s confidence
and even lead to psychological problems. Stubborn cases may need medicinal creams rubbed into the face daily
and some people don?t want to use
strong medicines on their face or use
treatments that don?t work or to take
tablets with a poor safety record. This
new system could be the answer for
these patients.?
Some 60 per cent of Britons either
have acne or have suffered from the
condition at some time, according to
the British Skin Foundation.
Dr Stevens wants to find out how effective Sebacia is as a treatment. ?If we
can show that the gold particles are as
effective as the current treatments,
then this could be a real breakthrough
for those people for whom topical medicines don?t work well,? he said.
Robert and Barney
Swan tackling the
Antarctic and,
below, at the start
of Swan Sr?s 1997
expedition
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Clever readers
bearing gifts
John McDonnell is our hero.
Take the Marxist route to zero.
We rejoice in adolescence.
When grown-up we?ll learn our
lessons. Fa la la la la la la la la.
It?s time for our annual carol
competition, when readers fill this
column with reworkings of Christmas
songs. We had almost 200 entries and,
eager to get a spread of topics and
songs, I settled on these 15. Thanks all.
Bill Mouland adapted Silent Night
Let?s get the B word out of the way
first, with this from Richard
Simmons.
We three kinds of Brexit perceive:
Hard or soft or never quite leave.
Boris Johnson: ?Bring it on, son.?
?Dilute it,? begs D Grieve.
Chorus: Oh, start of blunder,
Start of fight,
Start of talking through the night.
Still proceeding, never leaving.
Where are those uplands bright?
J Rees-Mogg cries: ?Let?s walk away.?
Leo Varadkar says: ?You must stay.
We can?t afford a hard Irish border,
Align us, Mrs May.? Chorus.
Theresa May, refusing to budge,
Had to shift when she felt a nudge.
Arlene Foster said: ?This?ll cost yer.?
Then came a Brexit fudge. Chorus.
John Carroll covered the election
with the help of Boney M
A long time ago in Downing Street,
the polls began to say:
Elections held in future weeks
would promote Mrs May.
But Boris joked, the PM choked and
voters seemed to sway.
Now Corbyn covets No 10,
Momentum?s here to stay.
Jeremy Hornsby found inspiration
in Deck the Halls
Let?s all join for Mr Corbyn. Fa la
la la la la la la la
Politics is self-absorbin?. Fa la la
etc.
It?s so cool to join Momentum.
Tell the party we resent ?em.
Pollution must be brought to nought
And London must go green;
The air we breathe will purer be
And in our lungs be clean.
It doesn?t help a bit.
Advice he?s never sought.
As leader he?s not fit.
Kim Jong-un?s the one
He wants to bomb to hell.
?Destroy the world, it?s tons of fun
And makes me feel real swell!?
their doors, left our town alone.
Now our swimming pool has gone
Games hall shut down too.
Hope your bladder?s really strong:
They?ve closed the public loo!
Damian Green, Damian Green,
Told the world he was clean.
Had some images up on his screen.
Which the rozzers have blooming
well seen.
Christ! They say it is po-orn.
Christ! They say it is porn.
So London will be diesel free
In 20 years or so,
And batteries will power our cars
From Kew to Walthamstow.
Oh, Donald Trump, Donald Trump,
wants to go to war.
One H-bomb won?t be enough, he?ll
have to send some more. Repeat
Suzie Marwood captured
succinctly another topical subject
And to Ding Dong Merrily on High,
from Sandy McLennan
Away in a palace not far from Buck
House
Prince Harry asked Meghan to
please be his spouse.
He did it correctly, got down on one
knee,
And all this while making roast
chicken for tea.
Let?s take a break from the gloom
with Vivien McCoubrey
Miss Holly and Miss Ivy,
Now they are both full grown,
Have had gender reassignment
And are now called Sid and Tone.
Kim Jong?s rockets flew so high
They started Donald whingeing.
Kim Jong fired them in the sky
And now the world is cringeing.
Ko-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oo-o-o-o-o-orea.
This could become a crisis.
Ko-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oo-o-o-o-o-orea
It could be worse than Isis.
Away in the Arctic, the ice is so thin.
For the poor baby walrus
No room at the inn.
The oceans are warming
We know that it?s true,
Saint David has warned us
On Blue Planet II.
There?s a whole world of wonder
In each coral reef.
For an hour on Sundays
It was blessed relief.
A respite from Brexit
Was our fervent wish.
?Oh no! I can?t stand it ?
Here comes a TUSKfish.?
Christopher Kevill Davies
tackled the environment
with a take on While
Shepherds Watched
When diesel owners
bought their cars on
government advice,
High mpg made
London town
A drivers? paradise.
But paradise is
lost and now
Is low
emission
zoned;
Exhaust and even breaking wind
Can never be condoned.
David Buxton wrote a hymn to
football managers. This was the first
verse, to Good King Wenceslas
Guardiola?s come to town,
Here to manage City.
Left Mourinho with a frown,
Showing him no pity.
?Don?t know how long this will
last,?
Mutter Blue supporters,
Thinking of their troubled
past,
Fearing stormy waters.
Now another grim subject
by Bridget Cashman,
to Jingle Bells
He tweets
his every
thought.
Robert Colbeck, via Once in Royal
David?s City, gave us business news
Once I bought a pile of bitcoins
Ere their value multiplied.
But I dumped them in the dustbin
And can?t find them, how I?ve tried.
Now my dreams of wealth have
crumbled.
I?m left skint and feeling humbled.
France also had an election,
recalled Eddie Cottrell
How come, how come, Emmanuel,
That you beat Fillon then Le Pen as
well?
While youth, good
looks and charm
brought you far,
Your policies are
not so popular.
En Marche! Seems
harsh, Emmanuel,
How swiftly your
approval rating fell.
Sheila Webster
seemed a bit glum
In the bleak midwinter
Folk began to moan.
All the banks have closed
But Catherine Parsons was chipper
Ms Markle doth sparkle and so does
her ring,
Created by Harry, a beautiful thing.
I?m sure they?ll be happy, but this
much I?d say:
Theresa, please make it a bank
holiday!
Finally, Pauline Baycroft covered a
lot of bases and sends us towards
the new year with this tale of
modern life
Once in Royal David?s City
Stood a branch of DFS.
Where a mother laid her baby
On a sofa bought for less.
You can take it home today.
Two years? time you?ll have to pay.
He came down to earth from heaven
On a flight with EasyJet.
And his ticket was a cheapie
And his luggage not here yet.
Next time fly with Ryanair
If a pilot can be there.
And through all his wondrous
childhood
He would play computer games.
And experiment with smoking,
See his room go up in flames.
Busy fireman can?t be there;
Claim insurance: Go Compare.
For he is our childhood?s pattern,
Day by day like us he grew.
Eating sausage rolls and pasties
Bought from Asda, three for two.
Realised it was bad for him,
Got some Lycra, joined the gym.
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News 2017 in photographs
News pictures
of the year
Times photographers Jack Hill, Richard Pohle
and James Glossop were there to capture it all
follow us on instagram @thetimes
Moments of colourful
celebration and quiet
reflection such as those
marking Indian
independence in
Edinburgh and the
centenary of the Battle of
Passchendaele in Ypres
were tarnished by a run
of terror attacks, including
a Tube bomb at Parsons
Green station, west
London, in September.
Theresa May had a
bruising year with an illjudged election campaign,
but amid the tumult, The
Times showcased the best
of nature and dance
photography such as
these stags in north
Scotland and the Scottish
Ballet production of
Hansel & Gretel
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News
Thousands of soldiers
were deployed on the
streets after the terrorist
attack on Manchester
Arena, which killed 23, in
May. It was a year of
commemorations. Police
lined the roads of London
in honour of PC Keith
Palmer, killed as he tried
to stop an attacker from
entering the Palace of
Westminster in March
and Tony Blair cut a
lonely figure at a
ceremony for soldiers
who died in Iraq and
Afghanistan. But at least
Scotland had some sun,
above, and Prince George
had his first day of school.
And so, with as much
certainty as the changing
of the guard, time passed
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Reporter gives Kremlin
access to Scotland Yard
Dominic Kennedy Investigations Editor
A Kremlin-controlled news service has
gained a foothold in Scotland Yard by
hiring a veteran crime reporter with
access to senior officers.
Chris Summers, a journalist and
rising star of the Labour Party who
describes himself as a ?loyal Corbynite?,
has begun working for the Russian
state?s Sputnik organisation, which is
frequently accused of spreading
disinformation.
An investigation by The Times previously exposed how Sputnik ran a false
propaganda story claiming that Jo Cox,
the Labour MP, may have been killed by
supporters of the European Union to
sway the Brexit referendum result.
The Russian website, created in a
decree by President Putin in 2013, is the
international wing of a Kremlin-controlled news agency. Analysts say
Sputnik serves Russia?s military
doctrine, which specifies the use of
?informational and other non-military
measures? in conflicts.
Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrat
foreign affairs spokesman, said he
would write to Matt Hancock, the
Conservative media minister, about
Sputnik?s relations with Scotland Yard.
?I have very strong concerns about the
representative of an organisation like
Sputnik, which I believe is dedicated to
working against the liberal democracies, potentially being in the room
Chris Summers, right, ran against
Boris Johnson in the 2015 election
when the deaths of Russian dissidents
or investigations into Russian organised crime are discussed,? he said.
Keir Giles, an expert in information
warfare at the Chatham House
think tank, said: ?It is a mistake to
confuse Sputnik with a journalistic
organisation. This is an arm of the
Russian government.?
Mr Summers, a respected crime
reporter, has never been involved in
misreporting. Sputnik ran photographs
by Mr Summers in July showing ?firearms on display at a special briefing by
the Metropolitan Police firearms unit
in London? to illustrate an article explaining how specialist armed officers
respond to terror attacks.
His name appeared on an article
where Paul Gibbins, the Yard?s forensic
firearms manager, was quoted telling
Sputnik about the threat posed by 3D
printed guns. The Yard said both those
briefings had been open to all media.
Mr Summers is a member of the Crime
Reporters Association (CRA), which
has been given confidential briefings by
Scotland Yard on sensitive topics.
Members are usually journalists reporting on policing for national newspapers and broadcasters.
The CRA was created in 1945 with
the aim of maintaining and improving
relations between journalists and Scotland Yard. Mr Summers, 49, joined the
association in 2007 when he was a
senior broadcast journalist at the BBC.
He has also edited totalcrime.co.uk, a
lively news blog about villains. Of his
membership of the CRA, he said: ?I
have been a crime reporter for a long
time and used to work for the BBC so
that?s why I am a member.?
Mr Summers stood as Labour?s parliamentary candidate against Boris
Johnson in Uxbridge in 2015, coming
second. He has been a Labour councillor in the London borough of Ealing
since 2010.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan
Police said the role of the CRA ?is important to building understanding
about some of the complex areas of
policing. The association?s membership
is determined by members of the
national media, not by the [police]?.
A spokesman for Sputnik said it was
wrong ?to undermine the qualifications
and ethics of our reporters?.
dkennedy@thetimes.co.uk
ANDREW MCCAREN
Earning her stripes At seven years old, Poppy Hall from Peterborough is the
youngest Pig Dyke Molly dancer. Originally, the dancers were out-of-work
ploughboys who performed with faces covered in soot to avoid being recognised
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OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA
You can join cabinet,
DUP deputy was told
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Gavin Williamson secretly offered a
cabinet seat to the Democratic Unionist Party as part of frantic efforts to
strike a deal to prop up Theresa May,
according to a former senior official.
Mr Williamson, then chief whip, is
said to have gone ?well beyond his mandate? in seeking a formal coalition deal
with the DUP during protracted talks.
In the aftermath of Mrs May?s election humiliation Mr Williamson was the
most enthusiastic supporter of an
agreement. He argued that without the
Gavin Williamson is said to have lined
up Nigel Dodds for international trade
DUP?s ten MPs Mrs May could not
hope to run a successful minority government and was backed by Sir Jeremy
Heywood, the cabinet secretary.
The negotiations with the Unionists
went on for almost two weeks, requiring the repeated postponement of a
vote on the Queen?s Speech, the constitutional test of a government?s viability.
Eventually the Conservatives agreed
a confidence and supply deal under
which the DUP pledged to vote with
the government on finance and Brexit
legislation while maintaining its independence on other issues.
The deal ensured that Mrs May?s
government was mired in controversy
from the start as she signed off an extra
�billion in public spending for Northern Ireland to secure the DUP?s
support. Mr Williamson, however, was
prepared to go even further, a wellplaced source said.
?One afternoon fairly early on Gavin
came back and it became apparent that
instead of agreeing a confidence and
supply deal he was offering a full
coalition with the DUP, including a full
cabinet post,? the former official said.
It is understood that Nigel Dodds had
been lined up to replace Liam Fox as
international trade secretary in the putative coalition. Mrs May, however, is
said to have told her chief whip to withdraw the offer. ?We were pretty horrified. He was told to take it back off the
table pretty sharpish.?
The defence secretary?s spokesman,
however, said: ?The story is not true.?
Mr Williamson?s profile has risen
markedly since he replaced Sir Michael
Fallon as defence secretary last month
at the height of the Westminster sexual
harassment scandal. The choice of
someone with no previous experience
of running a Whitehall department
angered many Tory MPs, who suspected that he had engineered his own
promotion.
Cold turkey Sunrise at Tynemouth lighthouse heralded chilly weather but bright spells are expected today. Forecast, page 54
Children?s presents stolen by burglars
Fiona Hamilton Crime & Security Editor
Burglars stole about �000 worth of
Christmas presents and food before
dumping the wrapping paper in the
street near by.
Thames Valley police said the thieves
broke into a house in Oxford in the
early hours of Christmas Eve. Children?s toys, games and clothes were
among the items stolen.
PC Rebecca Nightingale appealed
for information from anyone who
suspected they knew who was responsible. ?Christmas presents were opened
and wrapping paper dropped in
the street following the burglary,? she
said.
In Holt Heath, Worcestershire,
burglars smashed through a living
room window before taking all the
presents under the tree on Saturday
night. They also stole Chanel perfume
from the bedroom. Lina Baker, 23, who
was at her work Christmas party when
her home was targeted by the thieves,
told the Worcester News: ?I am disgusted that people are capable of doing
that. They probably do not work
themselves and think they can go
around stealing from someone else.
They probably don?t even feel guilty
about it.?
Anyone with information about
either incident should call police on 101
or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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More animal deaths
at lynx scandal zoo
Lucy Bannerman
A python and a squirrel monkey have
allegedly become the latest animals to
die in mysterious circumstances at a
disgraced zoo.
Borth Wild Animal Kingdom has
been closed since Lilleth the lynx had to
be shot after escaping from her enclosure in November, and a second lynx,
Nilly, was accidentally strangled on a
catchpole in the rush to move her
ahead of an inspection.
The owners are appealing against the
council?s decision to ban them from
keeping Category One animals, such as
lynx, lions and leopards, but the caf�
remains open and the rest of the
animals remain on site until the appeals
process is exhausted.
The Times understands that a Burmese python and a squirrel monkey
have also died since the lynx escaped, in
a series of deaths described by one wildlife expert as a ?strange coincidence?.
The zoo, in Mid Wales, was run for
17 years by Jean and Alan Mumbray
under the name Borth Animalarium,
until they sold it on their retirement last
year to Dean and Tracy Tweedy. The
Mumbrays? son, Mark Cook, claims
that ?the python froze to death? and
that the squirrel monkey ?died because
it wasn?t being fed properly?.
Ceredigion council said the python
had been put down by a vet because it
was suffering stomatitis, or inflamma-
tion of the mouth. Another source said
Dana, the squirrel monkey, was ?very
old?, and died ?after an illness?.
Mr Cook is calling for a post-mortem
examination to confirm the cause of
death, and a full record of the animals
that have died in the Tweedys? care.
?There?s going to be none left if they
continue like this,? he said. ?How many
others have died? And what was the
cause? I want a post mortem.
?They know nothing about how to
care for these animals. We tried to give
them advice, but they haven?t listened.
It?s very upsetting. I?m concerned for
the whole zoo.?
Mrs Tweedy refused to
confirm or deny the deaths.
She said: ?All I will say is
that all of my animals have
proper veterinary care,
which is more than they
had before. Vets are the
ones who make these deciy.
sions at the end of the day.
How many animals die at
London Zoo??
The zoo?s vet, at Ystwyth Veterinary
Practice, in Aberystwyth, declined to
comment.
There is no centrally held data on
how many animals die in zoos, and no
obligation for owners to declare deaths.
Animal rights campaigners have
called for an overhaul of zoo regulation,
requiring owners to give updates on the
number of animals that die. They also
Four meerkats
feared to have
died in blaze
Four meerkat brothers remain missing
presumed dead after a fire that killed a
nine-year-old aardvark named Misha
at London zoo.
Dominic Jermey, director-general of
the Zoological Society of London, said
that the meerkats were called Robbie,
Norman, Billy and Nigel. A post-mortem showed Misha most probably died
from smoke inhalation while sleeping.
He said: ?We?ve been overwhelmed
by the hundreds of emails, phone calls
and letters of support from all over the
country ? these kind and generous
messages range from families offering
to give up their Christmas Day to help
A nine-year-old
aardvark called
Misha was killed
The Tweedy family took over the wildlife park last year. It has
been closed since Lilleth the lynx, left, was shot after escaping
acc
accuse
the licensing
syste of allowing even the
system
p
worst performing
zoos to go
on operating and say that animal
deaths often go unnoticed in smaller
zoos because the person inspecting
zoos with fewer than 50 dangerous or
conservation-sensitive
species
is
usually a local environmental health
officer, with responsibility for tattoo
parlours and kebab shops, who is unlikely to notice whether, for example,
an alligator on one inspection is the
same alligator from an earlier
inspection.
Paul O?Donoghue, a wildlife biologist, said: ?When I visited [Borth], I
asked the birdkeeper why there was only one hornbill. I was told the other
hornbill had died of ?old age?. That
seems like a strange coincidence. During my visit, I saw animals which were,
in my opinion, in inadequate shelter.?
Ceredigion council said the deaths
were unlikely to have any impact on the
Tweedys? appeal against their ban.
us clean up, to offers from local builders
to rebuild the enclosures for us. On a
desperately tough day, it was a wonderful reminder of the place the zoo holds
in the hearts and minds of so many.?
The fire broke out at about 6am on
Saturday in the Animal Adventure
section, destroying the caf�, shop and
about half the adjacent petting zoo. It
was closed, leaving families with tickets
for the Meet Santa experience unable
to go. They will be offered a refund. The
zoo reopened on Christmas Eve.
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News Christmas TV
Christmas specials get seriously
entertaining with dose of reality
Slavery, war and the
meaning of life made
for surprisingly
stonking TV,
Carol Midgley
writes
W
ell, that was pretty
serious stuff for
Christmas Day. We
are used to
Christmas being
about the Argos catalogue, unwanted
foot spas, Iceland?s party sausage rolls
and Boxing Day sales not slavery,
incest, war, syphilis or even, heaven
forfend, the meaning of life. But we
got all of this plus a small helping of
TV history. In Doctor Who the Time
Lord finally found his feminine side
as Peter Capaldi, fire streaming from
hands and head, regenerated into the
Time Lady, Jodie Whittaker. As his
blue eyes morphed into her brown,
long-lashed ones, it definitely felt
time. Hard to believe it?s taken 54
years and 13 incarnations to bring
gender equality to time travel.
Let the records note that the first
Doctor Who
BBC One
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Victoria
ITV
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Mrs Brown?s
Boys
BBC One
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The Great
Christmas
Bake-Off
Channel 4
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Call the
Midwife
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female Doctor Who?s first words
were: ?Aww, brilliant? in a northern
accent. Excellent. This is telling. A
ring fell off her finger and then she
seemed to push the wrong button and
everything went haywire. Or was the
Tardis/universe/world order outraged
that a woman was in charge?
Whatever. It?s all gone pear-shaped
for the start of the next series.
This was the first episode of Doctor
Who in recent years that I actually
understood. Steven Moffat kept
things simple but profound, weaving
in the First World War Christmas
truce on the Western Front and
featuring Mark Gatiss as a
disorientated Ypres soldier frozen in
time. Moffat?s final episode was kept
monster-free ? a bonus in my
opinion ? featuring only nice beings,
including that rarity, a good Dalek.
David Bradley, 75, played the
politically incorrect first incarnation
of the doctor (the original actor
William Hartnell died in 1975). ?Over
to you, Mary Berry?, quipped Capaldi,
which was actually quite funny.
When told which war he was a
soldier from, Gatiss asked: ?What do
you mean ? one?? ?Ah, sorry ?
spoilers?, replied the Doctor, darkly.
The best moment came at the end
as Capaldi was afforded a dramatic
valedictory speech as he prepared to
exit and hand over to Whittaker.
?Hate is always foolish and love is
always wise. Be kind,? he said,
somehow managing to make that not
sound cheesy. As a Christmas
message it will never catch on.
Meanwhile, Victoria was wading
through slave trading, orphaned
children and sexually transmitted
disease although at a stonking two
hours long and umpteen ad breaks
you may not have lasted the course.
The Christmas special was
better than I expected ?
it has gone a bit soapy
lately ? and featured
Sarah, a west African
child from a royal
dynasty whose family
was murdered in a slave
hunt and who was taken in
by Queen Victoria, a
storyline that had
the merit
of being
true,
which is
not always
a given
with
Victoria.
Aside from
a daft
scene in
which
Prince Albert fell
into a frozen pond
and was rescued
by his pregnant
wife, plus some bad
fake shots of
Peter Capaldi bows out as the Doctor
with some good lines and feminine
grace, Victoria eases away from soap
toward gritty realism and Call the
Midwife tugs the heartstrings. Mrs
Brown?s Boys, however, delivers a
rather tired round of double entendres
London, it acquitted itself quite well.
Prince Albert obsessed over
Christmas trees, Nancy, the Queen?s
dresser, refused an inherited fortune
because it was built on slavery and
Prince Ernest: poor Ernest. He finally
got Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland,
and her heaving bosom into his
bedroom but couldn?t ?close the deal?
because he was riddled with syphilis,
which he caught carousing in Paris.
He humiliated her by pretending that
he didn?t fancy her because she was
too ?available?. It was almost as cruel
as passing on the clap.
The Great Christmas Bake Off gave
us 80 minutes of mince pies and cake
at 7.40pm: exactly when everyone
feels bilious. But it was all
perfectly pleasant featuring the
former contestants Selasi, Val,
Beca and Paul. Yet without the
nerves and urgency which
gives the regular show its edge,
it all felt rather flat and ?sowhat?? It was nice to see Prue
Leith recovered from her
Twitter gaffe and
Noel Fielding
relaxing for once
on stage with
Wizzard. Paul
was hailed the
?star baker?
winner but
he won?t
be
getting
many
spin-off
deals from
that.
A mere 90
seconds into
Mrs Brown?s
Boys we got our
first testicles gag.
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?It?s what I dreamt of for Christmas
? a nice tree with swinging balls?,
said Mrs B. Really ? that?s your
opening double entendre for the
year?s prime-time comedy slot? A
pound-shop panto would reject it as
too lame. But there was more. ?I
smell shit?, said grandad. ?Yes, you
do? said Mrs Brown. Again, let?s
remind ourselves this was the
Christmas Day comedy
HIGHLIGHT. I wanted to be kind to
Mrs Brown?s Boys as it is fashionable
to sneer at it. When Winnie and
Agnes discuss sex in the pub, for
instance, it can be funny. Yesterday,
however, it was not ? it was old
wives? stuff about what sexual
positions will result in a female or
male baby, the punchline being that
Cathy should have been a puppy. In
fairness it was inventive to deal with
a new actor playing Rory via a
deliberately preposterous plot about
him having plastic surgery. And one
can?t deny that people like it. I
wonder though how many times you
can deliver tired lines such as: ?I can?t
reach my knob? and get away with it.
A
nd finally, Call the Midwife
left me shocked. Was that
really Anita Dobson? It
seems only five minutes
ago that she was shaggypermed Angie Watts in EastEnders.
Now she was playing a frail, greyhaired pensioner with an abusive
husband who had raped their
daughter ? there was more darkness
where that came from. This made me
feel very old. The ?stillborn? baby
delivered in a caravan during the big
freeze of 1963 was so harrowing I
wondered if a Christmas miracle
would make the infant spring to life.
Sure enough, from the midwife?s
medical bag, where the body had
been placed, came a little cry. A hot
water bottle had done the trick. It
was an absolutely shameless tug on
the heartstrings, but I suppose if you
can?t do that at Christmas, when can
you?
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GPs ?wasting money on
prescriptions for pasta?
Dominic Kennedy
Gluten-free biscuits and pasta and antidandruff shampoo are being wastefully
prescribed by the NHS, an investigation
has found.
The everyday products, many of which
could be purchased cheaper by choosing
non-branded versions, were a waste of
money that could be spent on new treatments, the Taxpayers? Alliance said.
Researchers inspected data on prescriptions made by GP practices in England last
year and compared the prices paid with
cheaper alternatives on offer.
Gluten-free pasta was bought from a
specialist retailer although a supermarket
own-brand equivalent was 40 per cent
cheaper. Ketopine, a type of anti-dandruff
shampoo, would have been available over
the counter in most pharmacies. Vitamin
E, Gaviscon, hay-fever relief, Colgate Total
Advanced toothpaste, Ultradex oral rinse,
zinc and cod-liver oil were all also wastefully prescribed, according to the study.
Rennie, the indigestion and heartburn
medicine, was given on prescription although a product with the same ingredients was available 32 per cent cheaper and
a branded version of ibuprofen was prescribed despite the generic drug being
available for a fraction of the cost.
Gluten-free products such as quinoa,
Warburtons bread and Yakult were prescribed at what was deemed an unnecessary expense. Ambre Solaire factor-50 sun
cream was prescribed when a non-branded version was available for half the price.
The report argues that doctors should
not give patients branded medicines when
cheaper, non-branded alternatives offer
the same benefits. The same rule should
apply with remedies and specialist foods.
John O?Connell, chief executive of the
Taxpayers? Alliance, said: ?At a time when
the NHS is failing to meet basic targets for
cancer diagnosis, it can?t be right that taxpayers? money is being wasted on basic
items that are much cheaper to buy in the
supermarket.
?We know that groundbreaking new
drugs are often refused funding so it?s time
that the NHS cuts out wasteful spending
on everyday items and thinks again about
its priorities.?
NHS England has launched a crackdown on such prescriptions and has begun
consulting on practicalities.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JACK HILL; JOHN LITTLETON/CHILDREN ON THE EDGE
Charity workers
dig wells of hope
for the Rohingya
christmas
appeal
Richard Lloyd Parry
Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh
Before the soldiers arrived and the
shooting and burning began, Hussin
Ahmed enjoyed a quiet, dignified life.
The schoolmaster was an admired local
leader. His children always had enough
to eat. Now he and his family have been
reduced to specks in the multitude of
Rohingya driven out of Burma.
Mr Hussin, 43, lives with his wife and
nine children, aged from 8 months to
17 years, in two 8ft x 7ft huts. There is no
work and no doctor to treat his diabetes. But even this life of helplessness
and uncertainty is preferable to the one
the family escaped.
?My children have nightmares,? says
Mr Hussin, whose family saw Rohingya
being shot dead by the Burmese army
as they made the week-long trek from
his village to the Kutupalong refugee
camp in Bangladesh. ?They wake up
crying, ?The soldiers are coming?.?
Since the end of August, when Muslim Rohingya began to flee a campaign
of arson, rape and murder by the Burmese security forces, the Bangladeshi
government and international aid
agencies have been straining to bring
the humanitarian crisis under control.
Shelters have been built, food deliveries organised and a vaccination programme started to head off an epidemic
of diphtheria that has struck more than
900 people and killed at least 15 this
month. Seven hundred thousand new
arrivals have been accommodated, on
top of 213,000 Rohingya who fled
earlier persecution. But it is becoming
clear that this is a disaster that will continue for years. Official plans to send
Rohingya back to Burma appear to be
little more than a cynical public relations exercise to quell international
outrage. Satellite images show that
villages are still being burnt.
When asked, almost all Rohingya feel
the same way as Mr Hussin: without
international security guarantees overseen by the United Nations, they are
determined to stay on the safe side of
the border. Aid groups in Bangladesh
are discreetly making plans for a disaster that could continue for decades.
Among them are Children on the Edge,
(Cote) one of the British charities that
The Times is supporting in its Christmas Appeal.
?We?re deeply grateful for the response to the appeal so far, which has
been remarkable,? says John Littleton,
Asia manager of Children on the Edge.
?It?s essential for the work we do in the
Rohingya camps because clearly this is
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Christmas, or next Christmas.?
Part of that work involves rectifying
mistakes made in the early days of the
crisis. Although almost no one in the
camps is starving, the danger now is
disease. In the scramble to keep up with
the surge of refugees, thousands of
latrines and tube wells were dug, but
not deeply enough. Many of the latrine
pits are leaking, adding to the risk of
epidemics. Most of the wells are less
than 200ft deep, producing water with
dangerously high levels of iron. Children on the Edge is drilling safer 600ft
wells, and hopes to use the money
R hingya refugees in
Rohingya
the Kutupalong camp in
Bangladesh and, above,
Hussin Ahmed and his
family, who trekked for
a week from his home
village to escape
persecution from
Burmese security forces
donated by Times readers to install biogas latrines that use the gas produced
by human waste to power stoves.
The effort to help families such as Mr
Hussin?s is complicated by politics.
There are about one million Rohingya
in Bangladesh and aid workers must
negotiate rules to prevent life in the
camps being attractive. Children on the
Edge wanted to make small cash payments to families, for example, to buy
fresh food and household goods. This
was banned so instead, the charity
bought 4,900 solar-powered lamps,
which can make it safer for women in
the camp at night.
Aid agencies are permitted to use only the flimsiest materials ? bamboo
and plastic sheets ? for refugee shelters, because of the government?s fear
that the camps will acquire an air of permanence. The result is obvious on a
visit to Kutupalong ? a slum city of
more than half a million people, built
on low hills. ?If there?s an outbreak of
disease, it could massacre that community,? says Bimal Chandra Dey Sarker,
of the Bangladeshi aid organisation
Mukti. ?A fire, too, could kill so many.?
?These shelters have no foundations,? says Mr Littleton. ?When the
monsoon rains come, the hillsides will
slip and whoever?s at the bottom will be
buried. Landslides, flooding and stagnant water are not topics that attract
donor attention but within six months
these could become huge problems. To
give these people the help they need, we
have to commit to the long term.?
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Architecture award ?lacks
Jonathan Morrison
Architecture Correspondent
Sir James Stirling would be ?turning
in his grave? if he saw the quality of
recent winners of the architecture
prize that bears his name, according
to the former business partner of the
acclaimed designer.
The Stirling prize for the country?s
best new building was awarded this
year to a restored Victorian pier in
Hastings by the Royal Institute of
British Architects (Riba), a decision
that caused bemusement in many
quarters.
Michael Wilford, who worked with
Stirling from 1960 until his sudden
death in 1992, has called for the prize
to be awarded only if there is an
exceptional building on the shortlist.
?The fact that it went to a pier just
shows what a dearth there is of
decent, exciting buildings,? said
Wilford, who won the Stirling prize in
1997 for the Stuttgart music school.
Hastings
Pier
Controversial
winner
The architect Sir
James Stirling
gave his name to
the best new
building award
?If he knew what some of the recent
winners were Jim [Stirling] would be
turning in his grave.?
Wilford, who designed the new
British embassy in Berlin and the
Lowry in Salford, was also scathing
about the choice for Riba?s house of
the year award. It was presented last
month to Caring Wood, a huge
orange mansion built on green belt
land in Kent. ?They were just after
something sensational and dramatic,? he said. ?And yet there are many
modest houses being built that are
fantastic pieces of architecture.?
Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, was also unimpressed with
Caring Wood, which is about the size
of 13 three-bedroom houses. ?Good
design doesn?t have to mean grand
designs,? he said.
Hastings Pier, which was extensively refurbished after a fire in 2010
and had a new deck added by the architecture firm dRMM, was hailed as
a ?masterpiece of regeneration? by
Ben Derbyshire, the Riba president,
but some questioned whether a pier
first built in 1872 even qualified for the
award. ?The prize is supposed to be
for the best new building, not for
rebuilding a pier,? Alan Dunlop, a
leading Scottish architect, said.
He questioned whether there was
an ?anti-Celtic bias? after Reiach and
Hall, responsible for the City Campus
at the City of Glasgow College, one of
the shortlisted schemes, was overlooked for the third year in succession.
God turned me away, says actress
Elizabeth Burden
Dame Diana Rigg almost died during
heart surgery two months ago only
for God to turn her away, she said in
an interview.
The 79-year-old Christian was resuscitated by doctors when her heart
stopped during a cardiac ablation, an
operation to restore a normal heart
rhythm. ?When I came round, the
nurse said, ?You might find a bit of a
burn mark on your chest.? That?s
where they jump started me.
?My heart had stopped ticking during the procedure, so I was up there
and the good Lord must have said,
?Send the old bag down again, I?m not
having her yet!??
She had the operation after being
seriously ill and said that it had encouraged her to stop smoking and
that she was ?fine now?.
In her role as the Duchess of Buccleuch in Victoria, she is the only
member of the young queen?s household apart from Prince Albert who
regularly dares to voice criticism.
?That?s good for a mistress of the bedchamber: somebody who?s not too
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make
clarity and vision? Sellers
�0,000
FRANCESCO MONTAGUTI/RIBA; ALAMY
Glasgow
College
?Anti-Celtic
bias?
profit from
their homes
Neil Johnston
Caring
Wood
?Search for
sensation?
Bill Ferris, chief executive of the
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust,
whose own project had been tipped as
the likely winner, called for greater
clarity as to what the prize was for. ?It?s
not sour grapes,? he said. ?If the goalposts are not clear how can the wider
public buy into the prize??
While it might be tempting to dismiss the criticism as differences in
taste, Ian Ritchie, who missed out on
the prize in 2004 with the Spire of
Dublin, believes that it is important
that the right decisions are made for
the sake of architects? careers. ?For an
architect in the UK, being shortlisted
for new projects depends to a large
part on the awards you?ve already received,? he said. ?If the Stirling prize is
to retain its prestige, Riba can?t afford
to let the standard of judging drop.
And yet the widespread controversy
over recent nominations, and omissions, indicates a softening of the
quality of juries and their decisions.?
Riba declined to comment.
whose heart stopped
sycophantic, who?s got a grasp on
reality,? she said.
Rigg, who starred in The Avengers
and appeared in Detectorists with
her daughter Rachael Stirling,
was rumoured to have requested a bottle of prosecco
Dame Diana Rigg stopped
smoking after a heart scare
each day of filming Victoria,
but she said: ?I bought the
prosecco myself and yes, I
shared it. I had a lovely
driver who used to go to
Waitrose because it was
cheaper. we had this
wonderful clink in
the boot from my
bottles.?
The average house seller made close
to �0,000 profit from their home in
2017, with one in five doubling their
money, an analysis of official data has
shown.
Just over 92 per cent of those who
sold their homes in England and
Wales this year did so for more than
they had paid for it, up 2 per cent on
the previous year. Sellers made an
average profit of �,466.
With the exception of London,
sellers in every region saw bigger
gains than last year, according to the
study.
In the capital sellers still gained
three times more than elsewhere, at
an average of �2,196, compared
with �,367. About a third of
Londoners sold their home for at
least twice what they bought it for,
compared with just under a fifth outside the capital.
Homeowners selling in 2017 had
lived in their properties for an average of nine years, researchers found.
The study of Land Registry data by
Hamptons International, the estate
agent, found that sellers in Kensington and Chelsea gained most, with an
average profit of �0,494. This was
down on the �060,875 average gain
there in 2016. All of the top ten areas
where sellers made the biggest profits
were in London.
The smallest average gain was
�,639 in Burnley, Lancashire, while
sellers in the northeast were least
likely to make a profit, although
79 per cent still did so.
Johnny Morris, head of research at
Hamptons
International,
said:
?Many sellers will have added value
by renovating, extending or developing but the bulk of their gains come
from price growth. Even with slowing
price growth, most owners are still
sitting on plenty of growth from
previous years.?
The study comes amid warnings of
a slowdown. Nationwide Building
Society said last week that it expected
house price growth ?to be broadly flat
in 2018, with perhaps a marginal gain
of around 1 per cent?.
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Millions in criminal
cash hidden abroad
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
Only a tiny fraction of the �8 billion
owed by criminals to the taxpayer will
ever be recovered as crooks hide their
assets or move them overseas, officials
have conceded.
The latest figures show that the
amount recovered from crime lords
and their organised gangs has fallen by
almost � million in the past year.
Gangsters have been so successful at
thwarting government efforts to seize
their ill-gotten gains that a review of
confiscation laws will be undertaken to
try to improve enforcement.
The outstanding confiscation order
debt was �8 billion at the end of March
but HM Courts and Tribunals Service
estimates that only �8 million, less
than 7 per cent, would be recovered by
the authorities.
Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the
Commons public accounts committee,
said: ?We recognise it can be difficult to
get these assets but this performance is
woeful. The criminals are getting away
with it. These are criminals who are
rich enough to hire quite talented
people to hide their assets.?
Confiscation orders are issued by the
courts and are the main method
through which the government tries to
deprive criminals of their ill-gotten
gains. Critics say failure to get more
money back sends a message to the
public that crime pays. Almost
�0 million of the outstanding �8 bil-
lion is comprised of assets believed to
be hidden, and �9 million relates to
offenders who are dead, have been
deported from the UK or cannot be
located. Another �7 million is in assets
held overseas.
Enforcement action is under way
against �8 million of assets and about
�billion of the debt is more than five
years old, with criminals fighting legal
battles to avoid handing over the cash.
This month the former crime boss
Terry Adams paid �0,000 due under
a confiscation order made ten years
ago. He had claimed that he was broke
and that paying the money would
breach his human rights.
The figures are revealed in an HM
Courts and Tribunal Service report.
They show a fall in the amount recovered from criminals last year, with law
enforcement agencies confiscating
�1 million, down from �8 million in
2015-16. The Home Office said that the
fall was because several unusually large
confiscation orders had been paid in
the previous year.
The Law Commission is to undertake
the study of the law on confiscation to
improve the process of issuing the
orders and enforcing them, the Home
Office said.
A spokeswoman added: ?We will not
allow criminals to profit from their
crimes . . . We are always looking at new
ways to innovate in this policy area and
we will use the widest tools possible to
recover assets from crooks.?
BILL COOPER/ROYAL BALLET
More utility
firms fined
for roadworks
Neil Johnston
Ready for take-off Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nu馿z will star in the Royal
Ballet?s production of Swan Lake, for which booking opens on April 4 next year
A scheme that allows councils to bill
utility companies by the hour for
digging up roads is to be extended, the
government has said.
The pilot scheme, operating in Kent
and London, allows local authorities to
charge utility firms �500 a day for
carrying out roadworks on busy roads
at peak times and was due to end in
March 2019.
However, Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, said that local authorities would be able to continue beyond
that date, making it more likely that the
scheme could be rolled out across the
country.
Roadworks cost the economy about
�billion a year from employees and
deliveries arriving late and Mr Grayling
said that the scheme had halved disruption. More than 2.5 million roadworks
are carried out in England a year and
charging companies by the hour or the
day on busy routes encourages them to
avoid peak times and work on quieter
routes. The Lane Rental scheme has
persuaded companies to work together,
with more than 600 collaborations
since the trial began in 2015, compared
with 100 before that.
Mr Grayling said: ?Roadworks cause
no end of problems for drivers when
they?re done on busy roads and at peak
times. We?ve seen disruption to road
users severely drop when works are
carried out on quieter stretches.?
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Muslim scouts are leaders of the pack
JOEL GOODMAN FOR THE TIMES
Greg Hurst Social Affairs Editor
On a sodden field beside a canal, a
group of scouts huddles around a log
fire. Scenes like this have been familiar
across the ages. The difference is that
this is an all-Muslim troop, part of the
fastest-growing movement in British
Scouting.
Most members swear their scout?s
promise to Allah rather than God and
they meet on Saturday mornings, as
many Muslim children go to mosques
on weekdays after school. Beyond that
they take part in traditional scouting.
These children cooking bread on an
open fire are members of One Voice
Scouts, one of four predominantly
Muslim troops in Blackburn, whose
waiting lists run to hundreds.
Across Britain there are 70 Muslim
Scout groups, with 5,000 scouts and
leaders. Among the newest is a beaver
colony for children aged between six
and eight in Theresa May?s constituency in Maidenhead, Berkshire, that
opened at the behest of a local mosque.
One Voice Scouts was set up three
years ago by Nisbah Hussain, prompted
by disappointment that she could not
join the Brownies as a girl.
?At the end of my mum?s street there
used to be a brownies? hut,? she says.
?They used to finish when I used to finish at the mosque. I used to see them all
with their sashes on and it was just
something I could never do. I didn?t
want another generation to miss out.?
She googled the phrase ?How to set
up my own scout group?, contacted the
local scouts, met the district commissioner in Starbucks, and roped in her
One Voice Scouts are one of four predominantly Muslim troops in Blackburn
sister, brother, sister-in-law and niece
as leaders. It is now full, with 83 beavers,
cubs, scouts and explorers.
They?ve had a summer camp, the first
time many children had spent a night
away from their parents. ?Something
we are lacking generally in our community is getting everyone outdoors and
scouting is perfect for that,? she says.
Last year she took 18 scouts to
London to visit the Houses of Parliament and spent a night in the Natural
History Museum. Half of them had
never been on a train. ?Nobody had
ever caught the Tube before,? she
laughed. ?We were dragging 18 kids on
and they just assumed the doors would
stay open until they went on and I was
saying, ?No, no they are going to shut.??
Parents have been very supportive.
The troop is mixed, and girls and boys
join in all activities.
A handful of girls camping in the field
wear headscarves, but most wear woolly hats to keep out the chill. Even when
it drizzles, then rains heavily, making
the fire hiss, the children carry on
cheerfully. Near by a leader is teaching
first aid and the boys and girls take
turns to tie their neckerchiefs into
slings.
Aamenah Ahmed, 12, won five medals in the Muslim scout fellowship
Olympics in Sheffield. She is most
proud of her scouting badge. ?It shows
I actually do things on a Saturday
instead of sitting on the sofa,? she says.
Aleene Asif, 11, agrees: ?Usually I am
at home doing nothing but by going to
scouts you can explore the world.?
Qasim Hussain, 13, who became a
scout a year ago, says: ?At first my
friends were a bit surprised and they
asked a lot of questions like, ?What kind
of things do you do?? They were curious. But they are really impressed and
they want to join as well. A few of them
are scouts now.?
The troop is all-Muslim, reflecting
the population where they meet in
Bastwell, Blackburn, although as a
community group it is open to all.
Ms Hussain, 36, a lawyer, is called
Hawkeye by the children and next year
she plans a troop expedition to Malaysia, headquarters of the world scout
organisation. Her ultimate ambition,
she says, is a scout hut of their own; they
meet in a primary school and the field
where they are cooking is shared
between local scouts and guides.
?It gets to a point where you literally
carry stuff around all the time,? she
says. ?People have been really good at
providing storage space but it would be
a dream come true if we had our own
little hut and could spread out the times
we meet.?
Tractor driver
?on drunken
pizza quest?
Gabriella Swerling
A tractor driver desperate to satisfy his
craving for pizza was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.
Police officers in Cumbria were confronted with the unusual sight of a large
green tractor parked in The Crescent,
Carlisle, in the early hours of Christmas
Eve.
They tracked down the driver, who
had come into the city because he
fancied a pizza.
The force then tweeted a picture of
the tractor, which has since been
re-tweeted hundreds of times, with the
caption: ?Driver of this trying to get
pizza in Carlisle. Arrested drink/drug
driving @DrugWipeUK #Unlucky
#Hungry #FatalFour.?
While the tractor driver was widely
ridiculed as ?stupid? on social media,
the incident also prompted some gentle
mockery, with one Twitter user suggesting that it ?must have been some
mega pizza on order to require that to
get it home?.
Another Twitter user said: ?What
kinda mushrooms did they put on your
pizza?.
Stephen Foster suggested that the
driver?s problems would have been
solved had they used a delivery service.
?Should have used Hungry House,? he
said.
A Cumbria police spokesman said: ?A
26-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving.?
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News
JACKSON DAVIS/NETFLIX
Television sleuths get
set to expose Netflix?s
secret viewing figures
Matthew Moore Media Correspondent
One of the most closely guarded secrets
in entertainment could soon be revealed as the British television industry
tests technology to measure Netflix
viewing figures.
Audiences for Stranger Things, House
of Cards, Narcos and other Netflix hits
are never disclosed by the on-demand
service, fuelling speculation about
which are most popular.
Ratings for hundreds of terrestrial and digital channels
in the UK are calculated by
the Broadcasters Audience
Research Board (Barb) but,
until now, Netflix and its
streaming rival Amazon have
remained outside its measurement systems.
Netflix has more than
104 million subscribers
but maintains it is
under no obligation to
declare audiences for
individual shows as it
does not feature adverts.
The Times can reveal that Barb is piloting new technology capable of monitoring Netflix viewing
levels without the service?s co-operation. More than 5,100 households
are fitted with Barb boxes that
record exactly which programmes
they watch ? generating the viewing figures issued by the BBC, ITV,
Channel 4 and Sky.
Some of these homes are
now trying out router
meters that detect the
number of hours that residents clock up watching
streaming services like
Netflix. These meters
could be rolled out to establish credible figures
for Netflix viewing in 12
to 18 months, it is hoped.
In addition, Barb is experimenting with new techno-
Audience figures for Stranger Things, Narcos, top left, and House of Cards, left,
have never been revealed, fuelling speculation about which are most popular
logy that could one day provide viewing
figures for individual Netflix programmes. In October the US ratings
company Nielsen announced that it
had developed a system for calculating
how many American viewers watch
Netflix episodes, reportedly using
audio recognition software. It is believed that Barb is experimenting with a
similar approach.
Justin Sampson, Barb chief executive, said that it was vital for TV measurement companies to keep up with
changing viewing habits. More than
9.5 million British households pay for at
least one subscription video on-demand (SVOD) service, according to research to be published in the new year.
?We have been testing a router meter
in the field, with the understanding of
the test panel households that we?re
only monitoring TV streaming activity,? he said.
?We?re encouraged by findings that
show the potential for understanding
the total level of viewing to services
such as Netflix. We were interested to
see the recent announcement from
Nielsen in the US that it is now offering
a solution for measuring aggregate
viewing and programme-level viewing
to SVOD content. We have been able to
replicate some of these findings in
preliminary field tests we?ve conducted
here in the UK.?
According to Nielsen, 15.8 million
people in the US watched the first episode of Stranger Things 2 in the three
days after its October launch, while the
first episode of the latest season of
House of Cards attracted 4.6 million
viewers in its first week.
Netflix has strongly disputed the accuracy of Nielsen?s figures, which do
not include viewing on mobile devices.
?The data that Nielsen is reporting is
not accurate, not even close, and does
not reflect the viewing of these shows
on Netflix,? a spokesman said. Netflix
believes that measurement companies
capture only a fraction of its members?
viewing, overlooking on-the-go consumption on different devices.
The fact that Netflix series are
designed to have global appeal also
makes it difficult for national agencies
to get a full picture of a series? success.
Barb is a not-for-profit company
owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4,
Channel 5, BSkyB and the Institute of
Practitioners in Advertising.
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The self-loathing male
is in need of help
Hugo Rifkind
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Comment
Let?s rid our cities of the urban fox menace
With fears growing about their impact on public health and child safety, it?s time we reclassified these invaders as pests
IAN WADE/GETTY IMAGES
Rachel
Sylvester
@rsylvestertimes
A
while ago I was woken in
the middle of the night by
an eerie screech. As I lay
there wondering what it
could be, the truth
dawned. There was a baby fox under
the bed. It was the size of a small
teddy bear and very sweet but I
didn?t want it in the house, with the
children asleep along the corridor.
My husband and I chased it outside.
This, however, was just the start of
a long battle to reclaim our home
from a family of foxes that had
moved in under the shed.
They have destroyed the garden
and left disgusting debris all over the
place ? used nappies, torn surgical
gloves and old takeaway boxes have
been strewn everywhere, along with
stinking fox poo.
I have tried everything from fox
repellent powder and chilli pepper to
a motion-sensitive water spray ?
although I stopped short of hiring a
sniper, as some have done. I couldn?t
afford the pest-control company that
offered to remove the animals
humanely for several thousand
pounds. An infrared fox deterrent,
which emits a high-pitched noise,
combined with old-fashioned
mothballs scattered around the
garden, seems to be working for now
but I fear they?ll be back next
month, when the young males start
looking for their own territory.
Of course there are many more
important issues to worry about ?
Brexit, social care, North Korea?s
nuclear threat and climate change.
But, in a small yet significant way,
urban foxes are also about power.
Like people who voted Leave in the
EU referendum, I want to take back
control of my garden and I?m far
from the only one.
Today, the traditional Boxing Day
hunts will set out across the
countryside, accompanied by the
equally traditional saboteurs, but the
men in red jackets are riding in all
the wrong places. There is no
mention of Hackney, my part of
London, in Horse & Hound?s seasonal
list of ?82 meets you really won?t
want to miss this year? but it is urban
foxes not rural ones that are the
problem these days.
Theresa May has abandoned her
manifesto plan to repeal the ban on
foxhunting. She was punished in
the general election last June for
suggesting that the Tories would
revisit the issue in an attempt to woo
Even Corbynistas joke
that it?s time to set
up a ?Hackney hunt?
rural voters. She might have had
more success if she had focused on
the townies and drawn up a plan to
deal with the foxy invasion of cities
instead.
This may seem heartless. There is,
of course, something magical about
seeing one of these beautiful
creatures trotting down a city
pavement in the glow of a street
light, a piece of nature in the
concrete jungle.
From Beatrix Potter to Roald Dahl,
foxes have an almost mythical status,
although, don?t forget, they are often
the baddies. These wily omnivores
are also wild animals that have been
known to maul babies in their cots,
and can spread disease. We would
think twice about having jackals or
hyenas roaming our streets and
would never tolerate a human
vandalising the garden. Although
dog owners are fined for allowing
their pets to foul the pavement, there
can be no such controls on foxes.
Strict penalties for fly-tipping exist
but these animals are free to spread
litter at will.
Local authorities that are
normally so keen on health and
safety have no responsibility for
dealing with foxes because they are
not officially classified as pests.
When I rang my council to ask for
help, an official referred me to a fox
preservation charity. The Hackney
council website advises installing
?a secure barrier at least 2m
high . . . with a 30cm overhang and
buried to a depth of at least 45cm
into the ground? which seems
excessive for a small London
garden.
In some cities the fox population is
getting out of control. According to a
study by Brighton and Reading
universities, the number of red foxes
(Vulpes vulpes) in urban areas of
England has more than quadrupled
in the past 20 years from 33,000 in
1995 to almost 150,000 now.
This is not just a London issue,
Bournemouth has the highest
concentration of urban foxes at
23 per square kilometre, compared
with 18 in the capital, 16 in Bristol
and ten in Newcastle. More than
90 per cent of towns that reported
no foxes in 2001 are now home to
them even though the number of
foxes nationwide has declined by
34 per cent in the past two decades,
meaning that the population is
shifting from the countryside to
towns.
Dawn Scott, a mammalian
biologist at Brighton University,
argues that foxes have adapted
up a ?Hackney hunt?. I can?t help
wondering whether the Labour
leader might secretly agree with
them if he has had the same
amount of trouble with foxes
marauding through the marrows on
his allotment as I have had with
them scavenging amid the scabious.
It?s time that we reclassified foxes
as pests. They could then be
returned to rural habitats ? where
They should have a
healthier diet than
leftover pizzas or KFC
The red fox may be a beautiful sight in
the concrete jungle but the population
in some cities is getting out of control
extraordinarily well to modern city
life because of what she calls their
?parkour? skills. ?Foxes benefit from
a cat-like agility to navigate around
the urban landscape,? she says. Rural
communities have long-established
strategies for controlling the
population but city dwellers,
squeezed together with little outdoor
space, are struggling to reconcile
their animal-loving metropolitan
instincts with the need to manage
their environment.
In my neighbourhood, which is a
Labour stronghold, even the loyal
Corbynistas joke that it?s time to set
they would have a healthier diet than
the half-eaten pizzas or KFC so
many seem to live on ? or be
sterilised, as pets routinely are.
Michael Gove has won over nature
lovers as environment secretary by
supporting an ivory ban and by
tackling plastic waste, so he is in a
stronger position to argue that it is
kinder for foxes to be encouraged
back to the countryside.
The latest conservation trend is
called rewilding and aims to
reintroduce species such as bears and
wolves to the countryside. We should
start by dewilding the cities.
The government can no longer
ignore an issue that could soon turn
into a public health or a
child-safety problem.
Civilisation is about imposing
order on the world around you ?
and that does not include finding a
fox under your bed.
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Comment
Words I thought I?d never write: I?m a novelist
Despite my best efforts to persuade myself I?m not a Real Writer, my characters have escaped
Melanie
Phillips
@melanielatest
M
any people fondly
imagine they ?have a
novel inside them?. I
certainly did. That,
though, was where for
most of my life it stayed. Firmly
inside.
For as long as I can remember, I
believed some people had the gift of
writing creatively while others did
not and that I was without doubt in
the latter category. So the disjointed
fragments of stories and characters
that swirled around in my head
stayed there.
Until now. For, to my surprise, I
find that I have written a novel.
What?s more, it is to be published in
April. Since you so kindly ask, it?s
called The Legacy, it?s about history
and mystery and Jewish identity
and you can pre-order it now
from Amazon.
Whatever reaction it may get,
it?s a wonder it was written at all.
Years ago, I first plucked up the
courage to tell my literary agent the
bare bones of the story. Sounds
terrific, he said. Yes, but I can?t
write it, I said, because I?m not a
Real Writer.
Thus started the first of many such
encounters with my agent which
went roughly as follows. Him: How?s
it going? Me: Er, haven?t got very far;
I really, really can?t do this. Him: Get
some discipline! Just write; you know,
one word after the other. If you don?t
like those words, change them. Or, as
the old joke goes, writing a novel is
10 per cent inspiration and 90 per
cent perspiration.
This wasn?t actually my first foray
into creative writing. Back in the
Eighties I was persuaded to write a
play by a director, Julia Pascal,
with whom I had similar
conversations. Me: Can?t do this.
Her: Just get on with it!
My play was about antisemitism in
Britain. The only theatre that would
put it on was the Drill Hall in central
London. The Drill Hall was then a
lesbian theatre. People were a little
surprised and looked on me in a new
light. My reputation in certain
fashionable quarters briefly soared
(sadly, that didn?t last).
The Drill Hall team were
To begin with, writing
the novel was like
peering through fog
magnificently supportive. They
identified with my theme because
they too felt like outsiders within
British society.
We had no money, even for
costumes; the male actors had to
wear my husband?s suits, which
mysteriously fitted all of them. They
spoke lines I had written and
brought to life characters I had
created. It was magical, entrancing
and enormous fun.
The reviews were horrible except
for the one in The Sunday Times,
which was flatteringly effusive. No
matter; I concluded the horrible ones
were right and I threw away every
copy of my typescript (this being the
days before computers).
Writing the novel was, to begin
with, like peering through thick fog. I
had the basic plot and the main
characters, but the whole thing was
deepest murk.
I sat looking at a blank screen. I
did everything possible to avoid
looking at a blank screen, like
making the sixth cup of coffee
that morning or finding an urgent
need to clean those dirty windows.
Then at some point something
changed. By some mysterious
alchemy the novel started taking on
a life of its own. The characters
started to act in ways that took me
by surprise. How could that possibly
be? It became all-engrossing.
Writing it came to provide an
extraordinary feeling of release and
transmutation, as if I were escaping
not just the everyday world but
also myself.
Yet it?s exhausting to tap into the
subconscious, to peel away the layers
of concealment and obfuscation
beneath which lie our deepest
thoughts and feelings that help
create a narrative.
It also requires trust that these
things will survive being exposed to
the light of day. For it leaves you
vulnerable to being mocked or
rubbished over what may be crucial
to your sense of self. Imagination is
very revealing.
Our culture puts a high premium
on the creative imagination. This
is surely because it means
fashioning something original. It?s
the way we make a unique mark, and
that gives lives significance and
meaning. The remarkable thing is
that these imagined worlds have a
far greater impact on us than factual
writing. Madame Bovary and Anna
Karenina have been credited with
making adultery acceptable.
Charles Dickens was a journalist
but it?s his novels that have framed
the way we think about Victorian
England.
The characters in my novel are
with me in my mind as if they were
real people, far more so than the
The book characters
are with me in my
mind like real people
stage characters I created in the
Eighties.
There was a somewhat surreal
coda to my play. Having thrown
away every copy, I needed one day to
refer to it. Since every play script has
to be deposited with the British
Library, I went off to read it there.
It was presented to me in the rare
books department on a large wooden
tray from which I had strict
instructions not to remove it. So
there was my typescript, bashed out
on my little Olivetti portable
typewriter and with the pages bound
by the cheap plastic spine I?d bought
in Ryman, sitting in splendid
isolation inside its protective
enclosure as if it were a priceless
literary artefact.
It was like something in a comic
novel. Maybe it will appear in my
next one.
Ann Treneman Notebook
Gig economy
servants
deserve a
present too
Y
ou are reading this on
what is, for me, the most
puzzling day of the year. I
understand that back in the
day postmen and servants
received gifts on this day, Christmas
boxes if you will. I quite like the idea
of resurrecting that because I feel
sorry for those frantic men (as they
mostly are) delivering endless
parcels to our doors for a pittance
per package.
Indeed, I would go so far as to say
that everyone sweating it out in the
so-called gig economy deserves one.
They are the new servants, really, for
they work for everyone and no one
at the same time.
Even the question of giving gifts to
public servants is slightly vexed
these days. We still give to our
postman but over the past few
years we no longer put out bottles
for the binmen as I think it is now
frowned upon. I am not going to
reject an extra day off, of course, but
another day of eating, drinking and
(most sinful of all) daytime TV is
something I cannot endure.
I shall spend today doing the
obvious thing that people who live in
two places do: driving from one
home to another.
Echoes of Hamilton
M
y post-Hamilton high
continues. It is the mark of
a great show that, as
you remember it, as the songs
keep popping into your head,
it gives you more energy. I?ve
been bouncing around
singing You?ll be Back, the
fab Britpop-style
song that George
III warbles to the
colonists as they
insist on fighting
for their
freedom. The
other earworm
is The Room
Where it
Happens
which
is all
about
the allure of being at
the centre of power.
Actually, in one
week I happened to be iin
two rooms where it was
happening. First I was in the
room with George III at the Victoria
Palace Theatre (admittedly with a
few others). Then, a few nights later,
I went to Windsor Castle, reviewing
a production of A Christmas Carol
(my third of the season), when I
looked up and there on the wall of
the massive Waterloo
Chamber was, yes, George!
I?ve always thought he was
a silly billy but now I?m
warming to him.
Brum bites back
R
eaders have set
me right on my
frustration with
the fact that the
Midlands spends no
time bigging itself up
and has no image to
speak of. ?As for Brum
having no brand,?
writes Nick Dixon, ?we
do that for a reason,
anything else would be just
a little bit grubby.? OK, but I
would still argue that it?s not a
bad thing to trumpet
Shakespeare, the Industrial
Revolution, canals and
Tolkien.
I go to Brum often to
review shows and,
other than the
endless rebuilding and
the baffling roundabout
system, I like it fine. Now a
reader has sent me this ?Intro to
Brum? kit: 1. Listen to the carillon in
Bournville. 2. Research ?Birmingham
Small Arms?. 3. Dig out The
Maharajah of Brum by Lance
Percival. Tick, tick and tick.
Not that I?m going to shout about
it or anything though. (But I still
believe, whisper it, that parliament
should move there.)
My dead good new year
I
am looking forward in the new
year to visiting two of my old fave
graves and discovering another.
Highgate is giving Marx an
upgrade: in preparation for the
200th anniversary of his birth, he is
getting a ?paved apron? that
involves ?flamed finish black
granite?. I think that might be code
for a barrier. God knows what he
would think of it all.
Then I shall be dropping by
Richard III?s car park, as I think of it,
in Leicester, which is to become a
?scheduled monument?.
Finally, I shall be seeking out the
grave of Blackie, an equine hero of
the First World War, buried in
Halewood, Merseyside, which has
been given heritage protection by
Historic England.
It?s going to be a great year for
graves.
@anntreneman
The Christmas film
stalked by ghost of
Harvey Weinstein
Lucy Bannerman
U
ntil last year, Love Actually
was merely the worst
Christmas film ever made.
After the ruin of Harvey
Weinstein, it becomes
even more fascinating. It?s a morality
tale in the spirit of Charles Dickens,
only with a missing final act.
If, during the relentless sex-assault
allegations, you ever wondered what
kind of culture enables such
predators, watch Love Actually. The
answers were there all along in 2003.
That culture. Right there. The one
that takes multiple storylines about
powerful men trying to have sex and
garlands them in tinsel; that serves up
an adorable spread of workplace
harassment and Kris Marshall yelling
about his genitals as festive fayre for
the family. The message is not so
much feelgood, as feelyoursecretary
? or, as in everyone?s favourite
storyline when it comes to #peakcreep
? stalkyourbestmate?swife. Who can
forget Keira Knightley discovering
that her husband?s best friend has a
secret video of close-ups of her face?
He turns up later at her door, finger to
silent lips, to declare he?ll love her till
she?s dead and shows her a picture of
a corpse. Happy Christmas!
Colin Firth makes a maid his wife,
like he?s doing the whole of Portugal
a favour. She has two characteristics:
she can?t speak English and she?s not
as fat as her sister. He knows he
loves her because she once took her
clothes off to fetch him something.
Love Actually understands
romance about as much as
Weinstein understands consent.
?How do I get a girl to like me, Dad??
is the theme for Liam Neeson and
his son. Easy. Never talk to her, stare
at her from afar, then chase her
through an airport.
?Who do you have to screw
around here for a cup of tea and a
chocolate biscuit?? asks prime
minister Hugh Grant, as Martine
?plumpy? McCutcheon heaves
herself and her tea trolley into a
cabinet meeting, too ?chubby? for
everyone else in the script but
thankfully not too fat to be groped
by the American president.
On and on it goes. Only now,
there?s the ghost of Harvey
Weinstein, waving around the
lawsuits like Jacob Marley rattling
the chains he forged in life, urging
the redemption of every Love
Actually lech.
Go on, Richard Curtis! Write that
missing finale in which the blokes
who?ve spent the film coveting sexual
conquests, like Scrooge counts his
coins, wake up on Christmas Day to
realise the error of their ways, and
check themselves out of their west
London homes and into rehab,
quicker than you can deliver a turkey
to the Cratchits. All the gropers and
grabbers get their comeuppance and
all the chubby teamaids, cheated
wives and stalked brides get their
revenge. Now that?s a Christmas
movie I?d actually like to see.
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The self-loathing male is in need of help
It?s great that we are at last talking openly about the exploitation of young women but that ignores half the story
Hugo
Rifkind
@hugorifkind
I
t has not been a good year for
men. Bloody men. Disgusting
men. With their grabbing and
groping and dubious excuse
that it was a tablecloth. With
their harassment and obscene
befouling of innocent pot-plants. You
know what, for me, was the low
point for men? The absolute
nadir? It didn?t cause much of a stir
in Britain because we?ve never heard
of him but in America the downfall
of the NBC television host Matt
Lauer was up there with that of
Harvey Weinstein. Among the
accusations made against him, one in
The New York Times suggested that
he had a secret button under his
desk which he used, when making
his sexy, sexy moves, to remotely
lock his office door.
That?s . . . that?s . . . what even is that?
Creepy, obviously. Terrifying,
probably. Also, it is shaming. It
makes me as a man feel ashamed.
And that is where, for the purposes
of this column, things get interesting.
Because why should it? I?m not Matt
Lauer. More to the point, while I?ve
no particular interest in anatomising
my sexuality in The Times, the whole
?locking a frightened woman in a
room? kink isn?t one I?m into. Nor,
definitely, is the Weinstein plant-pot
thing. Nor, even, the alleged
tablecloth thing. Nor, to the best of
my knowledge, am I wildly unusual
in this regard. Not that I?d
necessarily know.
One unspoken fact about
heterosexual men is that we don?t
really talk about sex that much. At
least, not real-world sex. Not
actual stuff that we have done or
would like to do. That whole
Donald Trump thing? The whole
Women seem to think
that men sit around
in pubs being rapey
?grab them by the pussy? stuff? Real
men don?t talk like this. Lately, I?ve
got the strong impression that
many women think we do; that we
all sit around in pubs being rapey or
at least complicit versions of
Samantha in Sex And The City. Not
so. Never so. In a way, maybe that?s
the whole problem.
Still, that all-pervading sense of
guilt is there. If you are a man, and
this has all been about men, then
inevitably it is also about you. In
the wider scheme of things, so what?
If women are on the cusp of
escaping millennia of violently
oppressive patriarchy, and the major
cost of that is an inconsequential
sense of frankly whiny defensiveness
from the likes of me, then break
out the tiny violins. It?s hardly the
major issue.
The actor Matt Damon fell foul of
this last week when he suggested, in
the middle of lots of otherwise
sensible stuff that nobody cared
about, that it was a shame nobody
was talking about the way that the
vast majority of men, even in
Hollywood, were quite nice. As if the
mild disquiet of these quite nice men
was a cost not worth paying to
expose the nasty ones, or the
systemic abuse, exploitation and
even rape that they inflicted upon
the industry in which he works.
For Damon, and indeed for me, the
degradation of male self-image is
actually pretty inconsequential. Is
that true for everybody? Perhaps not,
because for some men that image is
already fairly heavily degraded.
Hidden behind the curtain of
powerful men still ruling the world,
other men are failing fast. They are
failing in school as boys and falling
out of work as men. One recent
study from Princeton suggested that
over a fifth of twentysomething
American men are removed from
the labour force altogether and
spend their time playing computer
games. Suicide is the biggest cause
of death for British men aged
between 20 and 49. To be male,
increasingly, is a strong signifier for
being a mess.
The manner of our mess does not
always elicit sympathy. Nor, frankly,
should it. A fortnight ago, like
Men kill themselves
at three times the rate
of their female peers
everybody else, I read Cat Person,
that short story by Kristen
Roupenian that ran in The New
Yorker. In pr閏is, it?s about a girl,
Margot, who meets a guy, Robert.
She?s young and beautiful, he?s old
and gross. They have sex, she regrets
it, he turns nasty, that?s about it. It
caused a stir and deserved to,
because it utterly caught the
zeitgeist. Although it didn?t just catch
the zeitgeist about women. It also
caught it about men.
For a few days, Cat Person seemed
to fill half the internet with
comment and response, most of it
wholly and reasonably pro-Margot.
Here and there, the odd defensive
male went Team Robert, but even
they were mainly concerned with
Margot?s motivations, rather than
his. The idea that he was an ogre, a
gross, disgusting thing, to be
navigated or avoided altogether, was
pretty much a given. And indeed, he
was. Also fat, hairy, weird, smug,
unappealing, friendless, gauche.
Porn-obsessed. Friendless. Destined
to die alone.
These men exist. You know what
they do, at three times the rate of
their female peers? They kill
themselves. Also, they kill other
people.
?I am going to die friendless,
girlfriendless and a virgin.? So wrote
Christopher Harper-Mercer, a
British-born 26-year-old American
who killed nine people, then himself,
at a community college in Oregon in
2015. He sounds quite Robert.
Indeed, all mass-shooters sound
quite Robert. They are, in many
respects, the extreme incarnation of
the self-loathing male.
It strikes me that, even if for
reasons that are wholly good, our
society is giving men ever more
reasons to loathe themselves and
fewer not to.
It also strikes me that we are
having an utterly vital conversation
but still only having half of it. And I
wonder in the long run whether
that?s going to be okay.
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Letters to the Editor
Vision of church
Sir, The primary task of the Crown
Nominations Commission (CNC) is
not to suggest Anglican bishops who
will ?demonstrate commitment to
maintaining the diversity of the
tradition of the Church of England?
(letter, Dec 22), unless our highest
aspiration is the appointment of
Private Eye?s satirical vicar, the Rev
J C Flannel, to episcopal office.
On the contrary, they are ?ordained
to be shepherds of Christ?s flock and
guardians of the faith of the apostles?
as the service for consecrating
bishops itself declares ? a far
stronger, bolder vision. With a
continuing review into the CNC
commissioned by our archbishops
already under way, let us hope that
this robust aim is renewed.
the rev david a baker
Rector, East Dean with Friston and
Jevington, E Sussex
Bodyline bowling
Sir, If the present Ashes umpires do
not implement the clearly worded
cricket laws designed to prevent fast
bowlers from either damaging
batsmen or unduly threatening them
(leading article, Dec 21, Sport, Dec
22), then it follows that the death so
tragically suffered by Phillip Hughes
is within the logic of the game,
especially when a bowler is operating
at his most lethally quick and the
crowd is ?baying for blood?.
Surely, Test match bowlers know
the rules and do not expect umpires
to allow them dangerous leeway,
though crowds may be less
knowledgeable and probably
sometimes need to be reminded that
the spirit of their engagement with
play is less than sporting. A relevant
rubric might be included on
scorecards, for example. Captains, too,
need to exercise a duty of care.
david day
Ackworth, W Yorks
Tackling technique
Sir, I disagree with Alex Lowe?s
comments on rugby tackling (?New
rules have removed all common
sense?, Sport, Dec 20). As a player I
was taught to tackle low, around the
thighs, thus avoiding contact with my
opponent?s head (accidental or
otherwise). I commend the authorities
for cracking down on forceful contact
in the head and neck area. If some
players are taught to drive up, isn?t it
their responsibility to ensure they stop
before the move becomes too high?
fraser morrison
Banff, Aberdeenshire
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Need for a balanced view of colonial history
Separate carriages
Sir, Dr James McDougall of Trinity
College should be ashamed of himself
(?Oxford academics attack professor
who defended colonialism?, Dec 21). It
is one thing to engage in rational
debate. It is quite another to organise
what can only be described as a mob,
in order to howl down one?s
opponent. Where do ?liberals? get the
idea that they have a God-given right
to inflict their beliefs on other people?
Whether it is the excoriation of the
BBC for a single deviation from the
party line on global warming or the
moral blackmail of companies for
advertising with ?proscribed?
newspapers, the cognoscenti display
all the tolerance and reason of
17th-century Puritans.
dr john paul marney
Heriot-Watt University
Sir, I was shocked to discover that rail
companies are considering removing
the quiet carriage (News, Dec 7). I am
on the autistic spectrum and only just
cope with rail travel because quiet
coaches are available ? they are as
vital to disability inclusion as step-free
access. Moreover, it seems to me that
first and standard-class divisions do
not segregate passengers into the
groups that would most easily share a
carriage. I think there is a need for: a
family-friendly carriage; a loud
business carriage for people who want
to use phones and laptops in a
child-free environment; a carriage
that is a quiet child-free, talk-free
place to work on electronic devices;
and a carriage that is for real quiet
with all electronic devices put away
and talk kept to a minimum.
caroline henthorne
London SE24
Sir, Whether at Oxford or the
National Archives (report, Dec 21), in
the evaluation of history it is
important that a fair balance be
struck between the evils and benefits
of colonialism. I belonged to a
generation of colonial officers who
saw it as their duty to prepare their
territory for independence. This often
resulted in a deep love for their
territory and mutual affection
Passport to Pimlico
Sir, If leaving the EU is supposed to
herald a dynamic, forward-looking
UK, reverting to a passport cover
design that stems from 1921 sends the
wrong message (reports, Dec 22 & 23).
A very traditional blue cover implies
that we want to return to the
comforting certainties of the past.
Instead we need a 21st-century design.
In addition, the inside pages,
illustrating ?the best achievements of
the last 500 years?, are bizarre ?
Bournemouth Pier Theatre, the Orbit
Tower in the Olympic Park, Chinese
New Year and a museum on the
Titanic. They are a committeeproduced mishmash and need a total
rethink. Other counties such as
Norway and Sweden show that it is
possible to produce a modern passport
design combined with high-security
features. The Home Office needs to
go back, not to the drawing board but
to computer-aided design software.
kenneth parsons
Blagdon, Somerset
on this day december 26, 1917
CHRISTMAS
AT
THE FRONT
On Christmas Eve the frost broke
and a rapid thaw set in. The result
was that the sun rose this morning
on a ?piebald? landscape, with the
remaining snow patches dully
reflecting the rosy brilliance from
their slushy face. It is my impression
that there is less of the spirit of
Christmastide in the trenches this
year than on the three previous
Christmas Days our troops have
spent in France. I do not suggest that
between the races. For six years
immediately after independence it
was my privilege to teach law to
Zambian students in Lusaka. They
went on to be judges, barristers,
magistrates and prosecutors. There
was none of the rather toxic hostility
against the former colonial regime
alleged by the Oxford anti-racist
group Common Ground. Instead
there was widespread recognition of
the vital role of the rule of law in
keeping the peace, and in the
upholding of human rights and
parliamentary government.
Zambia has benefited by the
avoidance of military coups and
violent civil war. In addition it has
maintained democracy, and has seen
presidents step down peacefully when
defeated at the ballot box.
jeremy collingwood
Member of Overseas Civil Service
1961-70, Saffron Walden, Essex
Sir, The National Archives are not
alone in misrepresenting issues
relating to the British Empire. Similar
criticisms can be levelled at the BBC?s
series on Indian independence earlier
this year. The series concentrated on
the Punjab, where the violence was
most horrific, and failed to mention
Sir, I was delighted to learn that the
important question of the colour of
UK passports in a post-Brexit world
has been settled. Perhaps the
government will now have time to
apply its considerable talents to
resolving such trivial matters as the
protection of UK intellectual property
after 2019.
anthony kinahan
Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Smell of disease
Sir, As a young radiographer in the
1960s I worked briefly with a
radiologist who became very
frustrated when patients were
wearing perfume because, he said, it
prevented him from smelling their
disease (report, Dec 19, and letters,
Dec 21 & 22).
Those of us who were ignorant of
the phenomenon thought it an
amusing idiosyncrasy. I have since
wondered if we were mistaken.
kate roberts
Ilkley, W Yorks
there is any flagging of cheerfulness.
But it seems to me that the men
have a consciousness that this is no
very fitting time for demonstrative
festivity. Not that this has blunted
their appetites for the very excellent
fare provided for them. The
Christmas dinner of the troops this
year has been supplemented, for the
first time, by plum pudding as a
regular ration. Heretofore private
generosity has made ample provision
in this direction. But today plum
pudding was a regular issue, and I
am assured by those who sampled it
that it was excellent.
There has been a good deal of
artillery activity on both sides during
the past 24 hours, which served as a
grim reminder that there was to be
no attempt at fraternizing. The
Germans are manifesting great
curiosity about what we may be
doing in various parts of the line,
and frequently attempt to raid our
trenches, but with a very small
measure of success. Probably they
have not yet quite recovered from
the shock of the great Tank surprise
of November 19 last.
that in large parts of India the
violence was much lower.
The significant transfer of power to
the Indians that took place in the
1920s and 1930s was ignored. Other
omissions included the fact that Lord
Mountbatten took his decisions with
the agreement of the Indian leaders,
the final partition plan was devised by
V P Menon (a senior Indian civil
servant) and the British officers
played a role in ending the violence.
r p fernando
Epsom, Surrey
Sir, There is more to the British
Empire than the unforgivable
atrocities of slavery and the Amritsar
massacre mentioned in the open
letter from 58 Oxford academics.
Colonisation brought law and order
and many other benefits that these
academics have chosen to ignore.
As Professor Nigel Biggar believes,
there needs to be a more balanced
view of the empire and its history.
Alternatively, what might have been
the future of these countries had
they not been colonised?
Perhaps the Oxford academics
could enlighten us.
dr kusoom vadgama
London NW11
Greenfinch see red
Sir, That greenfinch are heading for
the red list due to a trichomonosis
outbreak is a cause for concern (Dec
22). I had never seen a greenfinch in
my garden until this week. As the bird
flew towards the feeder it was headed
off by our resident robin. The finch
disappeared and hasn?t been seen
since. Perhaps territorial robins
hogging urban winter food offerings
have contributed to the decline.
dr sarah nachshen
London NW11
Pigeon pie
Sir, I found that pigeons promptly
removed themselves when I put a
couple of blow-up snakes (such as one
puts in Christmas stockings) out of the
windows (letter, Dec 22). My husband
thought that they would have lost any
evolutionary instincts but it seems not.
dr ruth mACgillivray
London SW11
6 king?s christmas greetings
The following messages have been
received from the King and Queen.
To The Navy and Army: I send to all
ranks of the Navy and Army my
hearty good wishes for Christmas
and the New Year. I realize your
hardships, patiently and cheerfully
borne, and rejoice in the successes
you have won so nobly. The Nation
stands faithful to its pledges, resolute
to fulfill them. May God bless your
efforts, and give us victory.
George RI.
To The Sick and Wounded: Our
Christmas thoughts are with the sick
and wounded sailors and soldiers.
We know by personal experience
with what patience and cheerfulness
their suffering is borne. We wish all a
speedy restoration to health, a
restful Christmastide, and brighter
days to come.
George RI. Mary R.
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Cull of the wild
Sir, Further to the letters (Dec 20., 22
& 23) on the predation of leverets by
red kites, I have also seen ducklings
and baby birds being taken. The
RSPB quotes a 2000 study by the
government?s raptor working group
that ?there is no scientific evidence
that birds of prey have affected
population levels of British songbirds?.
However, this study was conducted
before 2000; the population of red
kites has since multiplied. It is time to
consider control of their numbers.
andrew millar
Wallingford, Oxon
Sir, Red kites were culled under licence
from Benson airfield in Oxfordshire
owing to the risk of bird strike; local
residents were feeding the raptors in
their gardens, which resulted in larger
numbers spilling over to the airfield.
There is little doubt that kites prey on
leverets, but the removal of habitat
(shorter grass) to dissuade kites from
hunting over airfields would have a
greater impact on the hare population.
rob yorke
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Plastic bag ban
Sir, Before Kenya?s plastic bag ban
(letter, Dec 21) every settlement in the
country was surrounded by a sea of
plastic bags. This plastic was choking
the environment and the livelihoods
of the 75 per cent of Kenyans who live
off the land. The soil and the stomachs
of livestock and wildlife were polluted
by plastic. Since the ban you can drive
hundreds of kilometres without seeing
a single plastic bag. Michael Gove
need look no farther than the
leadership of African and Asian
countries that have banned disposable
plastics and which uphold the basic
principles of reduce, reuse and recycle.
henry bailey
Mugie Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Shark-roof house
Sir, I shall follow with interest the
campaign to establish Headington?s
shark-roof house as a listed building
(report, Dec 21). If it is successful then
I presume any future development of
the property would be subject to
stringent conditions. Might
developers find themselves required
to commission further marine
creatures to ensure a sympathetic
roof extension? Many sharks are
solitary creatures, so it would be wise
to establish the exact species of the
shark before any further works.
merrigan bee
Stroud, Glos
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: Boxing Day bank holiday.
Australia: The fourth Ashes Test begins.
Vatican City: Pope Francis delivers the
Angelus prayer in St Peter?s Square.
Nature notes
Out in the cold and
muddy fields, the
grey partridges
lurk under the
hedges. They
are nondescript
grey-brown birds
above, but have barred flanks and a black
horseshoe mark on their breast. However,
these are often hidden by tall vegetation.
More easily seen are their bright orange
faces. They have a creaking call that rings
out over the fields. If they are startled they
fly up with whirring wings, then glide away
with their wings curved down. They are
far less common than they once were, and
more often seen are the red-legged or
French partridges, which are bolder
birds, more regularly out and about in the
daytime. These also have barred flanks,
but they have a dramatic white cheek
bordered with black that easily identifies
them. Large numbers of them are released
in the fields in summer for shooting, but
most of them die or are slaughtered by
foxes, or are shot. derwent may
Birthdays today
Heather Knight, pictured,
cricketer, captain of the
2017 world cup-winning
England women?s team,
27; Tomma Abts, artist,
Turner prize (2006),
50; Simon Beaufoy,
screenwriter, Slumdog
Millionaire (2008), 51; Carlo Benetton,
co-founder of Benetton Group, 74; Yohan
Blake, Jamaican sprinter, two-time Olympic
gold medallist (2012, 2016), 28; Prof Joy
Carter, vice-chancellor, University of
Winchester, 62; John Horton Conway,
British mathematician, emeritus professor at
the University of Princeton, 80; Mark Cueto,
rugby union player, England (2004-12), 38;
Jenny Edwards, chief executive, Mental
Health Foundation, 63; Andrew GrahamDixon, art historian and broadcaster, Secrets
of the Mona Lisa (2015), 57; Emma Forrest,
writer, Your Voice In My Head (2011), 41; Kit
Harington, actor, Game of Thrones (2011-17)
and Gunpowder (2017), 31; Peter Hillary,
mountaineer, patron of the Everest Rescue
Trust, 63; Toomas Ilves, president of Estonia
(2006-16), 64; Rohan Kanhai, cricketer,
West Indies (1957-74), 82; Jane Lapotaire,
actress, Casualty (1996-2009), Downton
Abbey (2014), 73; Prof Stephen Lee, chief
executive, CentreForum (2012-15), 60; Jared
Leto, actor, Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and
musician, Thirty Seconds to Mars, 46; Hugo
Lloris, footballer, captain of Tottenham
Hotspur and the French national team, 31;
John Lynch, actor, Sliding Doors (1998),
The Fall (2013-16), 56; Shane Meadows, filmmaker, This Is England (2006), 45; Edward C
Prescott, economist, and 2004 Nobel
laureate, 77; Aaron Ramsey, footballer,
Arsenal and Wales, 27; Lars Ulrich,
musician, Metallica, 54; Sir Alan Wilkie,
High Court judge (2004-Jan 2017), 70.
On this day
In 1898 Marie and Pierre Curie discovered
radium; in 1943 the German battlecruiser
Scharnhorst was sunk in an engagement
with British cruisers and the battleship HMS
Duke of York; in 1948 Bertrand Russell
delivered the BBC?s first Reith Lecture.
The last word
?Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch.?
WC Fields, humorist, in the film You Can?t
Cheat an Honest Man (1939).
In Desperate Need
Children on the Edge is a charity committed to the long-term rehabilitation of
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. It deserves our support this Christmas
When Hussin Ahmed?s children, aged between
8 months and 17 years, wake from their nightmares
in Kutupalong refugee camp they cry out, ?The
soldiers are coming?. As Mr Ahmed and his family
fled their burning village in Burma?s Rakhine
state, they saw other Rohingya villagers being shot
dead by Burmese soldiers. Kutupalong is the
world?s largest refugee camp, and 60 per cent of its
population are children. They arrive deeply
traumatised, having witnessed systematic
violence inflicted on their friends and families by
the Burmese state.
Satellite photographs show that the burning of
villages in Rakhine state has continued even after
official repatriation plans have been agreed by the
governments of Burma and Bangladesh. Understandably, few Rohingya refugees are willing to
return. There are no homes left for them to return
to, and there is every likelihood that the
expulsions will restart when the world turns its
attention elsewhere. Thousands continue to
arrive in camps like Kutupalong every day. The
breakneck pace of the Burmese army?s campaign
of arson, rape and murder has left the usual aid
infrastructure overwhelmed.
The Times? Christmas Appeal is supporting an
experienced charity, Children on the Edge, which
recognises that the education and protection of
children is the most urgent need in Kutupalong.
Set up by the late Dame Anita Roddick, the charity
has been working with Rohingya Muslims in
Bangladesh since 2010, before most of the world
was aware of their plight. As well as responding to
the immediate relief needs of hundreds of new
arrivals, it is making plans to continue its provision
of services once the plight of the Rohingya recedes
from the international spotlight.
Children on the Edge is mobilising partners in
the field to expand the provision of basic services.
The charity intends to set up 100 additional
learning centres in the Kutupalong camp,
educating 10,000 refugees. These centres will be
safe spaces where children can play, talk and begin
to come to terms with the horrors they have seen.
Early intervention is vital for deeply traumatised
children, but so is continued support. John
Littleton, the charity?s Asia manager, explained
that ?to give these people the help they need, we
have to commit to the long term?.
Well-meant mistakes made by others in the
early days of the crisis risk threatening the camp?s
future. In the scramble to keep up with the surge
of refugees since August, aid workers dug
thousands of latrines and tube wells. Most of them
were too shallow, increasing the risk of cholera,
diphtheria and other potentially fatal outbreaks.
Children on the Edge is at work drilling deeper,
safer 600ft wells, and hopes to use the money
donated by Times readers to install biogas latrines,
which hygienically power cooking stoves with the
gas produced by human waste.
This and other aid efforts in the area are
dependent on the continuing support of the Bangladeshi government. At the moment, aid agencies
are allowed to build shelters only with vulnerable
materials such as bamboo. The government fears
that allowing the use of sturdier building materials
will mean that camps such as Kutupalong are seen
as permanent, reducing the pressure on Burma
and other actors to move the Rohingya elsewhere.
Governments across the world should respond
by offering support to what is already one of the
world?s poorest nations. The international
community needs to put more pressure on the
Burmese government to identify and sanction
those responsible for the atrocities. In the meantime the humanitarian goal is to support those
who have managed to escape, especially the most
vulnerable. Children on the Edge understands the
scope of the problem. It is a deserving charity on
the front line of tragedy.
Speech Therapy
Universities must safeguard free expression and should face sanctions if they fail
In his classic work on The Idea of a University
(1852), John Henry Newman argued that the
academy is ?a place of teaching universal knowledge?. Its purpose is intellectual, not moral, and its
goal is to spread knowledge. Newman?s thesis has
been highly influential but needs reasserting in
modern Britain. Universities have in some cases
shown reluctance to insist on protecting the
means by which knowledge advances: the clash of
ideas in free debate. Such indifference to the
principle of toleration cannot be tolerated.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister, will
announce today that higher education
institutions will face penalties if they fail to ensure
open debate on campus. He proposes that, as a
condition of registration to the Office for Students
(the new regulator, which will become fully
operational in April), universities in receipt of
public funds will need to demonstrate that their
governance is consistent with free expression. If
the liberty of speech and ideas is not upheld, then
a university may face financial penalties or even
deregistration. Mr Johnson?s intervention is
timely and right, and deserves support. The
minister?s warning ought not to be necessary, yet
the spirit of the times shows a worryingly widespread disinclination, even in the academy, to
listen to contentious ideas. The default for some
students and even for some academics is not to
squarely face controversy in open debate but to
shut down ideas deemed offensive. The most
visible application of this aversion to free speech is
the explicit ?no platform? policy of the National
Union of Students (NUS), under which speakers
can be barred from appearing on student premises
if they hold views considered off-limits.
The NUS?s guidelines include the sophistical
advice that their affiliate unions should ?balance
freedom of speech and freedom from harm?.
Among the speakers who have been either banned
or harried under this iniquitous policy are not only
genuine extremists such as the British National
Party and the proscribed Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun but people who are, on any reasonable
definition, advocates of openness and liberal values.
These include Peter Tatchell, the human rights
campaigner, and the feminist advocates
Germaine Greer and Julie Bindel. All of these
campaigners have been excluded or had their free
expression curtailed because of supposed
prejudice against transgender people. Even an
official of the Hope not Hate anti-racism group
has fallen foul of the NUS?s policy on the preposterous grounds that he is ?Islamophobic?.
Nor are academics immune from the
temptation to denounce rather than debate. Only
last week, 60 Oxford dons wrote to Nigel Biggar,
an ethicist at the university, to denounce views he
expressed in the Times urging a balanced
appraisal of British colonialism.
The instinct to suppress ideas sooner than argue
with them is inimical to the ethos of the university.
It is telling that Mr Johnson, in his speech to a
Jewish audience, will also rightly castigate hate
speech and antisemitic propaganda. The principal
objection to Holocaust denial, to take one
example, is not that it is racist and offensive
(though it is certainly both) but that it is flat-out
false. Historical scholarship demonstrates the
fraudulence of this conspiracy theory. Scholarship
is the right way to confront bad ideas such as
xenophobic fakery; suppression of speech is not.
Double Toil and Trouble
Rival productions of Macbeth in 2018 show the ageless vitality of great material
Theatrical superstition holds that it is unlucky to
speak the title of ?the Scottish play? by Shakespeare. In an episode of The Simpsons, the actor Sir
Ian McKellen says ?Macbeth? and is immediately
struck by lightning. Yet in 2018 critics and
audiences will be hard-pressed to avoid uttering the
title of one of the shortest yet most celebrated plays
in the Shakespearean canon. Rival productions will
be staged, opening in March, by the National
Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company
(RSC). A new film of Macbeth, directed by Kit
Monkman, opens the same month, as does a Royal
Opera House production of Verdi?s Macbeth.
Polly Findlay, the director of the RSC version,
states brusquely that the clash of productions by
two national theatre companies is ?ridiculous?, as
critics will focus on comparing and contrasting
them. She should be reassured.
These competing attractions may seem a surfeit
of Shakespearean Scottish tragedy; yet they demonstrate the vitality of the greatest of English writers 400 years since his death, his intimate connection with the stage rather than some more ethereal
artistic realm, and the immense variety of interpretations that great art can yield. In Britain?s
thriving arts scene, there is space for them all.
Anyone who doubts this should consider the unlikelihood that Macbeth?s subject matter should
have modern resonance at all. The play was written
in 1606 with clear allusions to the Gunpowder Plot
of the previous year. The witches were, to
Shakespeare?s contemporaries, representative of
real supernatural forces. King James I wrote a book
on the subject, titled Daemonologie (1597).
Yet Macbeth speaks to modern audiences owing
to its clash of ambitions and murderous temptations. There is never a definitive production of a
great work. With such material at hand, the
theatrical world can let a thousand flowers bloom.
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Christians forced to flee
from Isis? river of blood
SAMER ABDALLAH/AP
Egypt
Bel Trew Ismailia
William had just returned home to
north Sinai when masked militants
came for him at his corner shop at dusk.
They shot him in the head, dragged his
body outside and, screaming ?apostate?, beat his corpse in the street.
The Christian shopkeeper had fled
the town of Arish months earlier after
seven Copts had been shot by jihadists.
Yet despite death threats from Islamic
State, the authorities told him to return
to the city to collect his sons? school certificates, so they could sit their exams.
William, 43, is one of at least 115 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt by suspected Isis militants in a year. Isis has
warned the estimated nine million
Christians living in Egypt that they will
pay for their faith with ?a river of blood
from their sons?.
Isis militants have stormed Christian
homes, businesses, churches and cathedrals and have fired on buses of
Coptic pilgrims. More than 300 Christian families fled north Sinai in February after jihadists drew up a hit-list of 40
and started working through it. William was murdered in May.
His widow Mariam, 35, said: ?The situation in Arish is getting harder. After
William was killed Christians there realised they would never be safe.? She
was speaking from Ismailia beside the
Suez Canal, where she is living with her
two sons, aged ten and 12. ?Some families go back to check on their homes but
it?s usually only women. They have to
be extra careful, they always take supplies with them so they don?t risk going
to the shops. They keep their doors and
windows bolted. Some just stay in the
church there.?
Last month Isis militants stormed a
Sufi mosque near Arish killing more
than 300 people, the single largest
terrorist attack in Egyptian history.
President Sisi vowed to crush Isis in
Copts mourn their dead after a suicide bomb at St Mark?s Cathedral In Alexandria
Mediterranean
Sea
Gaza
Arish
EGYPT
Cairo
ISRAEL
North
Sinai
River
Nile
Sharm
el-Sheikh
50 miles
Sinai within three months. ?You can
use all brute force necessary,? he told
his security forces.
The interior ministry cancelled
annual leave for its employees and deployed 230,000 personnel to protect
more than 2,900 religious buildings
over Christmas, but Mariam has seen
little change. Christians are bracing
themselves for another onslaught in
the festive period which culminates
with the Coptic Christmas on January
6. Last Friday hundreds of Muslims
chanting
anti-Christian
slogans
stormed a church just south of Cairo,
destroyed the interior and injured three
people. The authorities have detained
15 people.
Ishaq Ibrahim, from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, estimated
that at least 115 Christians had been
killed in suicide bombings and shootouts claimed by Isis since the bombing
of Cairo?s main cathedral which left 29
people dead in December last year. On
Palm Sunday 49 people were killed in a
double suicide bombing of a cathedral
in Alexandria and a church in Tanta. In
May gunmen shot dead 29 people on
buses taking families to the monastery
of Saint Samuel the Confessor.
At least eight Christians in north
Sinai were picked off by Isis militants in
the first six months of the year, prompting a mass exodus. ?The government is
trying to deal with this by restricting
the movement of Christians themselves. They are not solving the root
problem,? Mr Ibrahim added.
Attacks against Christians rose dramatically after the violent overthrow of
President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Supporters of the Islamist leader unleashed a wave of assaults, torching and
raiding dozens of churches and homes.
Few people have been held accountable for the attacks, even those perpetrated by Isis. Instead the government
favours reconciliation deals, by which
Christians are encouraged to pardon
their Muslim attackers in exchange for
money. Two weeks ago a court in Minya acquitted defendants accused of
burning Christian homes in Samalut
last year. They were pardoned in a reconciliation agreement.
Magda, 52 a Christian whose husband Masiq, 58, was murdered by Isis in
February, had to return to Arish this
month because she was worried her
home would be burgled. Two of her
three sons are still at school and university there. ?They are teenagers who
could be going back home one day and
get arrested by the government or get
shot at by terrorists in a shootout. I just
keep praying everything will be OK.?
She estimated 20 Christian families
were still in Arish because their children were at school or they were concerned for their homes and businesses.
A few months after William was
murdered, Mariam?s family tried to sell
the stock in their shop in Arish to
support the children. Militants returned in a truck, broke into the shop,
cleared it out and drove away.
But she is defiant. ?I?m not going to
change my behaviour. I will keep going
to church even for Christmas,? Mariam
said. ?Even if I hear the church will be
bombed I will go to it to be reunited
with my husband.?
Journalists in court as Erdogan tightens his grip
Turkey
Bel Trew
More than a dozen journalists appeared
in court in Turkey yesterday on terrorism charges after the failed military
coup in 2016. At the same time President Erdogan released new decrees to
boost his powers and sacked about
2,700 academics and military figures
whom he blamed for the failed coup.
Yesterday 17 newspaper executives,
writers and cartoonists from Cumhuriyet, one of the country?s last independent newspapers, went on trial in Istanbul. Each faces up to 43 years in prison
accused of links to terrorist groups.
A judge ordered one of the defendants, Ahmed Sik, an investigative journalist, to be removed from court after
he delivered a withering criticism of the
state. ?There is a judiciary controlled by
the government that is translating this
?terrorist? term into preposterous accusations,? Mr Sik told Judge Abdurrah-
man Orkan Dag. ?If you want to play
politics, become a member of parliament,? the judge replied. ?I cannot
allow him to defend himself like this.?
The 17 are accused of supporting the
banned Kurdistan Workers? Party
(PKK), the Revolutionary People?s
Liberation Party-Front and Fethullah
Gulen, a 76-year-old Turkish cleric
living in the US who Ankara believes
was behind last year?s attempted coup.
Akin Atalay, Cumhuriyet?s chairman, and Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief, have already been in
prison for more than 400 days.
Mr Sik has been behind bars for
360 days. As well
as sacking 2,756
people, believed
President
Erdogan fired
2,700 more
people for
supposed links to terrorists
to be regime opponents, for supposed
links to terrorist groups, the president
decreed that 17 institutions including
two newspapers must close.
The second decree granted civilians
immunity from prosecution for actions
taken to suppress the coup. The defence
procurement agency will now answer
to Mr Erdogan rather than the defence
ministry. The intelligence service is
already under Mr Erdogan?s control.
The head of the Ankara and Istanbul Bar Associations said the
vaguely worded decrees were ?the
last two nails in the coffin of the
law? and would allow vigilante groups to
carry out political violence
against opponents suspected
of involvement
in the coup.
in
About
50,000
people have been arrested
on suspicion of links to Mr Gulen and his
Hizmet movement, which denies any
links to last year?s events.
Metin Feyzioglu, the head of the
Turkish Bars Association, said: ?You
have brought out an article that leaves
civilians killing and lynching each
other unpunished and without compensation. Are you aware of what you
have done Mr President?? he asked.
Even Abdullah Gul, a former president and ally of President Erdogan, said
that the wording was worrying and
hoped the decrees would be revised.
The Republican People?s Party, the
main opposition group, said that it
would appeal against the decree at the
constitutional court.
Yesterday?s hearing was adjourned
after dozens of supporters of the journalists inside the courtroom chanted
?You are all going to be tried one day?.
Crowds gathered outside holding Cumhuriyet, whose front page headline was
?Justice immediately?.
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CAROLYN KASTER/AP
America
is great
again, says
Trump
P
resident Trump
wished
Americans and
the world ?a
very Merry
Christmas? yesterday in
a video message sent
from Mar-a-Lago, his
Florida resort where he
is spending the festive
season (Ben Hoyle
writes).
At the end of a
tumultuous first year of
his presidency that polls
suggest has deepened
the partisan divide in
America, Mr Trump
reminded viewers that
it was the season to
?renew the bonds of
love and goodwill
between our citizens?.
On Christmas Eve he
and the first lady,
Melania Trump, took
calls from children
participating in the
defence department?s
annual Santa Tracker
programme.
The system was set up
in 1955 after a local
newspaper misprinted a
telephone number in an
advert for children to
call Father Christmas. It
was actually the direct
line to a secret military
base in Colorado.
Children calling the
number were so
distressed that the
North American
Aerospace Defense
Command unit now
?uses military
technology to track
Santa and relay his
co-ordinates to waiting
children?. Mr Trump
and his wife were
patched in to a handful
of the 150,000 calls
from children directly
to their Mar-a-Lago
living room.
Mr Trump also
retweeted a picture that
showed him in the back
of a car with a bloodied
CNN logo on the sole of
his shoe, complained
about ?the fake news?
and boasted about his
recent policy successes,
including the repeal of
a pivotal health
insurance mandate
under the tax reform
legislation that he
signed on Thursday.
He tweeted: ?Nobody
is going to beat us.
Make America Great
Again!?
The president and his
wife, Melania, took calls
from children as part of
the annual Santa Tracker
programme
Florida faces up to green
terror in the lavatory
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Italy vows to bring
in 10,000 migrants
from Libya by plane
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Italy has airlifted migrants from Libya
to Rome for the first time, as the country?s interior minister pledged to bring
another 10,000 by plane next year to
save them from people traffickers.
The 162 migrants, mainly women,
children and the disabled, were flown to
Rome in two Hercules aircraft after
being released from detention centres
where beatings and torture are common.
Marco Minniti, the Italian interior
minister, who was at Ciampino airport
to meet the migrants, said: ?This is a
historic moment because we have
created the first humanitarian corridor
to save migrants given refugee status by
the UN from the clutches of criminals.?
It is understood that Italy prefers to
airlift refugees because it wants to limit
treacherous Mediterranean crossings
but also so that officials can vet migrants in camps in the North African
country and select who they want.
The arrival of migrants in Italy has
become a key campaign issue before
the general election in March, with
right-wing parties encouraging hostility to African migrants waiting on asylum requests at reception centres. The
most recent polls indicate that rightwing parties ? including the antimigrant Northern League ? are likely
to emerge as the strongest force.
Mr Minniti said the flights were the
first of a series that would bring 10,000
migrants to Europe next year. The
passengers were chosen by UN staff
visiting detention centres in Libya that
hold African migrants who have travelled north only to fall into the hands of
traffickers. Officials said nearly 1,000
visits had been made this year.
?For the first time, we have been able
to evacuate extremely vulnerable
refugees from Libya directly to Italy,?
Vincent Cochetel, an official for the
United Nations high commissioner for
refugees, said. ?Many of those evacuated spoke of great suffering and were
kept prisoners by traffickers in inhuman conditions.?
The scheme follows humanitarian
flights of 1,000 Syrians to Italy organised by the religious charity St Egidio.
Italy has been criticised after it
trained the Libyan coastguard to intercept migrants as they set sail and return
them to land, allegedly handing them
back to traffickers.
The number of migrants arriving in
Italy this year after being rescued at sea
by the Italian coastguard or charity
vessels has fallen 34 per cent year-onyear to nearly 119,000 after the increase
in Libyan coastguard patrols. Italy has
defended the move to block sailings,
claiming that it has saved lives. However, 2,832 migrants have still drowned
on the route this year.
Mr Minniti added that humanitarian
aid was arriving in parts of Libya where
migrants were being held, and justified
the flights on the grounds that only
genuine refugees would now arrive in
Italy. He said he expected the International Organization for Migration, a
UN agency, to fly 30,000 migrants
home from Libya next year if they did
not have a right to asylum in Europe.
This year the agency has already
arranged voluntary flights home for
17,774 migrants stranded in Libya, including one flight this month taking 89
people back to the Comoros islands in
the Indian Ocean.
Even as detention centre visits increase, migrants still face real danger.
Father Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean priest
who works in Italy with migrants,
reported last week that 1,050 Eritreans
and Ethiopians had been imprisoned
for six months near Sabha, 400 miles
south of Tripoli. With the help of local
government officials, a gang run by a
Sudanese trafficker was torturing the
migrants to force them to pay for their
freedom, threatening them with death
or slavery as an alternative.
Teachers stop children seeing
nativity film starring Jesus
France
Adam Sage Paris
Catholics have expressed indignation
after it emerged that primary school
children were banned from watching
an animated film about Christmas
because teachers said that it infringed
the country?s secular values.
France became a secular nation in
1905 as republicans sought to separate
church and state. In recent years
secularism, orginally a barrier against
Catholicism, has been invoked in the
fight to halt the influence of Islam.
More than 80 children from Langon
in southwest France were taken to the
cinema to see The Star, but halfway
through the film, their teachers ordered
them to leave after decreeing that it
?was not very secular?, according to
Le R閜ublicain. The film is about a
donkey, a sheep, a dove and three
camels who become involved in the
first Christmas, but teachers were
horrified to discover that the film drew
from the gospels to recount the birth of
Jesus.
Emmanuel Raymond, the manager
of the Rio cinema where the film was
shown, was accused of failing to warn
schools of its religious content. ?I must
admit that I didn?t see this film beforehand [since] it comes from a big American studio.?
Although Christmas trees and decorations are common in schools there is
scant reference to the religious origins
of the festival. Nativity plays are seen as
an infringement of secularism.
Abb� Grosjean, a priest, expressed
astonishment that teachers had
stopped a film on ?Christmas because
they discovered that it was about Jesus?.
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Boycott election,
says Putin critic
barred from poll
Russia
Tom Parfitt Moscow
Four dead as
bus crashes
down steps
of subway
F
our people were
killed in Moscow
yesterday when a
bus careered off
a road and down
the steps of a subway
(Tom Parfitt writes).
At least ten others were
taken to hospital after the
accident, which happened
near Slavyansky Bulvar
metro station in the west
of the city.
The 58-year-old driver
said the brakes had failed.
He was detained and a
criminal investigation has
been launched.
A video of the crash
showed the bus starting
suddenly from a
stationary position and
then veering on to the
pavement. It went down
the steps to a pedestrian
underpass and smashed
into a lintel. Some of the
casualties were hit as
they came out of the
subway and others were
struck on the pavement.
Three passengers were
inside the bus at the time.
Russia?s main opposition leader has
called for an election boycott and
promised nationwide protests after he
was barred from running for president.
Alexei Navalny, 41, announced that
he would run a year ago but was formally ruled out yesterday because of a
fraud conviction that supporters say
was trumped up to discredit him.
The decision by the central electoral
commission clears the way for President Putin, 65, to reclaim the Kremlin
practically unopposed for a fourth term
? which would extend his effective
rule over Russia to 24 years.
Mr Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner, accused the commission of carrying out a political order
to exclude him from the March 18 vote.
?There will be no elections because
Vladimir Putin is extremely frightened.
He?s afraid of competing with me,? he
said in a video address online. He called
for a boycott on election day. ?This procedure in which we are being asked to
participate is not an election. Only Putin and the candidates he has personally chosen and who represent absolutely
no threat to him are taking part . . . To
come to the polling station now is to
vote for lies and corruption and against
the future of the country.?
Asked on Twitter if there would be
demonstrations over the decision to bar
him, Mr Navalny said: ?Yes, of course,
we are going to hold a nationwide protest action. And we are going to prepare
it thoroughly.? The decision was widely
expected but it had been unclear when
it would be announced. It was confirmed at a hastily arranged hearing at
the commission in Moscow after he
submitted documents late on Sunday to
show that he had gathered 500 supporters to endorse him.
Mr Navalny was convicted of fraud in
2014 and given a five-year suspended
sentence. The European Court of
Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the
prosecution was ?arbitrary? and unfair
inside today
He?s no longer
the Special
One but Jos�
Mourinho still
deserves
praise, says
Henry Winter
Sport, page 61
Alexei Navalny has been officially
banned from running in the election
two years later. Russia held a retrial and
issued the same punishment again.
?For once in your life, do the right
thing,? Mr Navalny told the electoral
commission. Ella Pamfilova, the chairwoman, replied: ?We are not biscuits
here, that have to be liked.? He cited the
ECHR ruling and a constitutional provision that only people behind bars can
be banned. She said that his documents
were in order but that the commission
was obliged to take his conviction into
account, despite ECHR rulings.
Among the candidates expected to
run against Mr Putin is Ksenia Sobchak, 36, a journalist and former socialite who is the daughter of the president?s former boss and political mentor.
Others are expected to be unknowns,
or fringe candidates who have reliably
lost to Mr Putin for almost two decades.
Mr Navalny is de facto banned from
state TV. His rallies are often broken up
and those present are fined or jailed. He
was jailed three times this year.
Mr Putin claimed this month that
Russia?s opposition was weak because it
had no positive programme. He likened
Mr Navalny to Mikheil Saakashvili, the
former president of Georgia and a critic
of Ukraine?s government who was
recently charged with plotting a coup in
Kiev. ?Do you want us to have dozens of
such Saakashvilis running around on
our squares?? he asked.
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An egg is more than a day?s pay as prices soar under Maduro
Venezuela
Lucinda Elliott Montevideo
Prices of basic items in Venezuela are
rising so fast that an egg now costs more
than a worker on the minimum wage
can earn in a day.
The country already has the world?s
highest inflation rate and next year it is
expected to reach 2,300 per cent. Many
people cannot afford basic goods such
as nappies, engine oil or medicines.
Even flour and milk are so expensive
that they are beyond the reach of many.
Last week the daily pay of a worker
on the minimum wage sank to 5,333.33
bolivars, or 3p at the popular black
market exchange rate. An egg from a
supermarket costs 7,333.33 bolivars.
There are three exchange rates: the
official one, a middle rate that some
companies are allowed to use and a
third on the black market, the chief
beneficiary of which is the army, which
is responsible for food distribution.
President Maduro blames speculators, not market forces, for price increases. In a television address on Sunday he said that the country had
achieved peace and political victory
over right-wing and imperial efforts to
oust him. ?So many battles in this 2017,
with the strength rooted in love we defeated darkness and sadness. It was the
victory of peace. It was the victory of
life,? said Mr Maduro, who is expected
to run for a second term next year.
This month he approved a one-off
500,000 bolivar [�20] ?special Christmas bonus? for 4 million
poorer households,
adding that the government
would
give every child a
toy
and
each
household up to
6kg of pork shoulder, a seasonal favourite that few
can afford.
The economy is
collapsing. In November,
prices rose by 50 per cent,
meeting economists? definiNicolas Maduro is giving
out a bonus of �20
tion of hyperinflation. Corruption, low
productivity and a fall in the price of
oil, the sole significant export, are
blamed by those who oppose Mr
Maduro?s authoritarian government. At the weekend, in a rare sign
of goodwill, the authorities released some of those detained during antigovernment protests
this year and in 2014
that left 170 people
dead. Mr Maduro?s
government has repeatedly tried to
prop up an artificially high official
exchange rate by
fixing the price of
certain goods and ordering the central
bank to print more money. The bank
cannot hide the economic reality,
however. It has just printed the first
100,000 bolivar note, worth �480 at
the official exchange rate but barely �on the black market.
One of the main hilltop slums in the
capital Caracas has set up its own currency. A community group started selling tokens known as panals a week ago
to help 4,000 residents. ?It?s complicated to buy products because we do not
have cash in our community, so we
decided to boost the communal economy,? Jose Lugo, a member, said.
Hyperinflation means that cashpoints are often empty because the
bank cannot print notes fast enough.
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Racist kills
disapproving
parents of
girl he dated
Ben Hoyle
Champagne cellar and bedroom with
pool in world?s most expensive house
United States
Ben Hoyle Los Angeles
The mansion going on sale early next
year is billed as the most expensive in
the world and sprawls over a hilltop
with 360-degree views of Los Angeles.
The largest of its 20 bedrooms will be
a 5,500 sq ft master suite, with its own
office, pool and kitchen, a retreat for the
billionaire owner when he or she has
tired of floating in their four swimming
pools, riding their five lifts or entertaining in their in-house nightclub. The
average British house covers just under
1,000 sq ft.
The One, as the house is called, has
been under construction for five years
and is expected to be completed in the
spring. At 100,000 sq ft the Bel-Air
property will be among the biggest private homes in America. And if it sells
for its $500 million (�4 million) asking price it will be the most expensive.
Last year the Playboy Mansion in
LA?s Holmby Hills sold for half its asking price of $200 million.
The highest price achieved in the
United States is the $137million that
Barry Rosenstein, a hedge fund manager, spent on a spread in the Hamptons
in 2014. The most expensive home ever
sold in the world is believed to be a
54,000 sq ft modern French ch鈚eau
near Versailles which is said to have
sold in 2015 for $301 million.
The buyer?s name has not been revealed but according to The New York
In spite of its views, vast size and endless opulence, property experts say that The One?s $500 million asking price is too high
Times the ultimate owner, through a
series of shell companies, is Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi
Arabia, who is leading an austerity drive
at home but who has also been identified
in the past year as the buyer of a
$500 million yacht and a Leonardo
painting for $450 million.
Nile Niami, 49, the developer of The
One, is a former B-movie producer who
was brought up by his mother, a special
needs teacher, in an 1,100 sq ft home in
Los Angeles.
He has already built more than 30
houses in the city, specialising in luxury
speculative houses in affluent neigh-
bourhoods. In 2012 he bought the hilltop site for The One for $28 million. He
flattened the 10,000 sq ft house he
found there, lopped the top off a hill to
improve the views from the new property and brought in the architect Paul
McClean to build it.
Mr McClean, who also designed a
Bel-Air home for which Jay Z and
Beyonc� paid $88 million this year, said
that The One would be as much an
entertainment complex as a house.
Mr Niami imagines a buyer who
already has four or five other homes
and essentially wants a private hotel
that they could visit a few times a year.
?They would have a full staff with uniforms,? he told The New York Times.
There is a separate on-site building
with seven bedrooms for those staff,
one of the many striking features of the
property ? along with a commercialsized beauty salon and a lounge where
the walls and ceilings are made of
aquariums full of jellyfish.
Property experts think that Mr
Niami is extremely unlikely to get his
asking price, but he could still make a
vast profit.
He and his real estate partner say on
the other hand that the property?s size
and vantage point make it unique.
A 17-year-old boy sneaked into his girlfriend?s home and shot her parents dead
after they had forced her to break up
with him because of his racist views.
The boy, who had shot himself in the
head and was in a ?life-threatening
condition? in hospital, has been
charged with two counts of murder,
police in Fairfax County, Virginia said.
In recent weeks Buckley KuhnFricker, 43, and her husband Scott, 48,
had put pressure on their 16-year-old
daughter to break up with the boy, who
they feared was indoctrinating her with
hateful views. She responded by refusing to eat.
Tensions escalated after Mrs KuhnFricker, a lawyer and businesswoman,
discovered social media messages that
she believed were connected to the boy
but were posted under an assumed
name on her daughter?s phone.
On December 17 she alerted the head
teacher of the private school the pair
attended of the social media account
which had retweeted messages praising Hitler, calling for ?white revolution?
and featuring an image of a man hanging from a noose beneath an insult
towards gay people.
Ordinarily she ?would feel a little
bad? sharing private messages from a
teenager with his school, she wrote,
?but he is a monster, and I have no pity
for people like that?. She added: ?He is
spreading hate.?
On Wednesday the family met their
daughter at a friend?s house to try to
persuade her to give the relationship
up, Janet Kuhn, her grandmother, told
The Washington Post.
There were tears, anger and a lot of
discussion about the Nazis but eventually the girl agreed to leave him. On
Thursday Mrs Kuhn-Fricker texted a
friend saying that the ?Neo Nazi? was
out of their lives.
But at about 5am the following
morning she and her husband went to
check on their daughter?s bedroom at
the house in Reston, Virginia where
their extended family had gathered for
Christmas.
They found the boyfriend in the
room with her. Scott Fricker yelled at
him to get out and never come back.
The boy pulled a gun and killed both
adults, then shot himself in the head.
?I?m in shock,? Ms Kuhn said. ?I
haven?t been able to cry yet.?
Neither of the youngesters has been
named because they are under 18. The
boy?s family has not commented.
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Car bomb fails as driver crashes through doors of German party HQ
Germany
Adam Sage
The headquarters of Germany?s Social
Democratic Party party survived a car
bomb attack yesterday when a vehicle
laden with petrol and gas canisters was
driven into the building.
It failed to explode and caused only a
small fire that was extinguished by the
sprinkler system in the headquarters in
Berlin. The driver was taken to hospital
with minor injuries. Police said that he
was a 58-year-old man but declined to
give further details.
Officials said that the car had
smashed through the glass doors of
Willy Brandt Haus, named after the
forrmer West German chancellor,
about midnight. Berlin police said that
the driver had told them that he had
wanted to kill himself.
Officers found petrol canisters and
lighter fluid inside the car. Police said
that the man had also placed a bag containing flammable substances in front
of the headquarters of Angela Merkel?s
centre-right CDU party.
There is political tension in Germany
over Mrs Merkel?s struggle to form a
coalition after the CDU?s poor showing
in September?s elections. She hopes to
remain in power by striking a deal with
the SPD, with which she has governed
for the past term. Martin Schulz, the
SPD?s chairman, has grudgingly agreed
to open talks with Mrs Merkel, but the
move has angered some party activists
who reject the idea of a new powersharing agreement. Although Mrs
Merkel?s party won 33 per cent of the
vote in September?s elections, it failed
to obtain enough seats to govern on its
own.
Tensions in Germany have also been
increased by a series of Islamist attacks,
notably one in which 12 people died
when a lorry drove into a Christmas
MORGANE GOULOT/TWITTER/REUTERS; HARRIET MORGAN/REUTERS
market in Berlin a year ago. Last week
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German
president, conceded that officials had
committed errors by failing to deport
Anis Amri, 24, a Tunisian terrorist,
before he attacked the market.
Mrs Merkel?s asylum policies are the
subject of angry debate. Alternative for
Germany, a far-right party that opposes
her on migration, won 12.6 per cent of
the vote to enter the Bundestag for the
first time in September?s elections.
Don?t start
a new battle,
king warns
Catalan MPs
Spain
Alasdair Fotheringham Madrid
Skiers stranded
100ft up after
French cable
car breaks down
Police helicopters winched rescue
workers on to the roofs of cabins,
which have emergency hatches. They
then put harnesses on the passengers
and lowered them to the ground
SWITZERLAND
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ITALY
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More than 150 skiers were stranded for
three hours after a ski lift ground to a
halt in the Alpine resort of Chamrousse.
A rescue operation was launched
after the T閘閏abine de la Croix, which
takes skiers from the resort at 1,650m to
the summit of the ski area at 2,250m,
suffered a ?serious technical failure?.
Helicopters and rescue workers were
summoned but said that repairs to the
gondola would take too long and
needed to be carried out overnight.
Two helicopters, flown by the mountain unit of the national police, were
used to put rescue workers on the roofs
of the 70 cabins, some of which were
suspended more than 30m above the
ground. The rescuers climbed into the
cabins, which can each carry up to ten
people, using an emergency hatch, attached harnesses to the passengers and
winched them to the ground.
One French skier, identified only as
Guillaume, said: ?It was mid-afternoon
and we said to ourselves, ?We?re going
to make a last descent before taking a
break?. Just as we left the departure station the cabin began to slow down.
Then it advanced a little and stopped.
We were 50m metres from the start?.
Resort workers used megaphones to
communicate with the skiers ? telling
them that the lift was broken and an
evacuation would be necessary to free
them. As the light started to fade, it became a race against time. Night-time
evacuations are more complicated and
take longer.
Ski lift breakdowns are fairly common. Lifts are fitted with back-up
engines as well as generators that can
be used in the event of a power failure.
Big evacuations using ropes are rare,
although resort workers and piste
security staff carry out regular training
exercises.
Last year on Christmas Eve a gondola
broke down in Cervinia, a popular Italian resort in the Valle d?Aosta. More
than 130 passengers, including five Britons, were rescued when high winds
caused cables to which the cabins are
secured to become tangled. In September last year, in a similar incident, more
than 30 people were stranded over-
Grenoble
EN
Ben Clatworthy Albertville
25 miles
FR
France
night in a cable car high above Chamonix after cables also became tangled.
After that incident, the Compagnie
du Mont Blanc, which manages the ski
area, spent ?350,000 (�1,000) on improving the safety of the lift, including
installing radios and emergency kits in
the cabins. A new back-up engine, designed to be capable of running the lift
in an emergency and during high
winds, was installed.
Yesterday resort managers in Cham-
rousse said the breakdown had been
caused by the simultaneous failure of
several parts of the lift system. The rescue operation finished at 6pm, after
darkness had fallen. None of the passengers was injured.
The T閘閏abine de la Croix was constructed in 2009 ? replacing an older
cable car and two chairlifts ? but was
given a full maintenance service before
the start of this year?s ski season, said
Franck Lecoutre, the director of the resort?s tourist office.
?I was very bored,? said Emma, an 11year-old French skier who was trapped
with her mother. ?I was very hot in the
cabin and we were all very thirsty.?
6 The body of a 31-year-old Frenchman was discovered on Sunday on the
Glattwang mountain in Switzerland.
The man, who was swept to his death in
an avalanche on Saturday, had been
skiing off piste towards the 2,376m
summit with a female companion who
had waited in a mountain refuge.
According to the police the force of the
avalanche carried his body more than a
kilometre and he was found buried
under 3m of snow.
King Felipe of Spain has urged Catalonia?s new parliament to shun secessionist efforts, warning the region?s leaders
of the danger of ?confrontation?.
?The way forward cannot once again
lead to confrontation or exclusion that,
as we now know, only generates discord, uncertainty, anguish,? the king
said in his televised address on Christmas Eve.
He was speaking four days after
regional parliamentary elections resulted in separatist parties being voted
back into power. Mariano Rajoy, the
prime minister, had dissolved the
previous parliament after it voted in
October to declare Catalonia an independent republic. He hoped a new Catalan parliament would be more sympathetic to Madrid.
Although the pro-unionist Citizens
party won the greatest number of seats
in last week?s election, Catalonia?s political deadlock looks certain to continue
because the parties of the separatist
bloc kept their overall majority.
Two days after Catalonia?s banned
independence referendum on October
1, King Felipe had made a rare live televised address to break with his previously measured words on Catalan nationalism and criticise separatists for
?unacceptable disloyalty?. He made no
mention of the hundreds of people hurt
when police raided polling stations as
they tried to stop the referendum.
On Christmas Eve King Felipe admitted that it had been a ?difficult year
for Spaniards? life in common, one that
has been affected, above all, by the Catalan question?, but he took a notably
more conciliatory tone towards the
separatists.
He called on the region?s leaders to
help ?Catalonia?s society ? diverse and
plural as it is ? to recover its serenity,
stability and mutual respect, in such a
way as to ensure that ideas . . . do not
separate families and friends from each
other?.
Last week Carles Puigdemont, the
ousted separatist leader who is living in
self-imposed exile in Belgium, said that
he believed King Felipe should use his
Christmas address to ?rectify? his ?progovernment? line.
But the king?s markedly less critical
address at the weekend met with a
muted response from separatists as
they gathered in a Barcelona cemetery
yesterday to pay their respects to Francesc Maci�, the Catalan leader whose
death on Christmas Day 1933 led to an
outpouring of grief.
Although recognising the king?s tone
was more conciliatory, Eduard Pujol, a
spokesman for Mr Puigdemont?s Together For Catalonia party, said: ?He is
the king of direct rule again.?
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ATTILA BALAZS/EPA
Japan?s birth
rate falls to
lowest level
in 120 years
Japan
Didi Tang
Spot the difference A zoo in Hungary chose Christmas Day to unveil twin jaguars born a month ago. It is not uncommon for them to be completely different colours
China has world?s biggest flying boat
to tighten control of disputed islands
China
Didi Tang Beijing
The world?s largest amphibious aircraft
has completed a maiden one-hour test
flight in a move that is likely to be interpreted in the West as boosting Beijing?s
ability to extend its territorial claims in
the South China Sea.
In its test flight on Sunday morning,
AG600, codenamed Kunlong, with a
wingspan of 38.8m, was airborne for
64 minutes across the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai. About 3,000 people
watched on television.
It has yet to undergo the more challenging tests on water. However, the
authorities in Beijing said: ?The success
of its maiden flight marks a major
breakthrough in the development of
special-purpose aircraft in our country?s aviation industry.
?It is another important milestone in
the development of China?s civil aviation industry, following the successful
maiden flight of the C919 large passenger plane.?
As part of Beijing?s ambition to
cement its status as a world superpower, China is expanding its aviation
industry. It is building the C919 passenger aircraft to rival models made by
Airbus and Boeing. The country conducted a successful maiden flight of the
C919 in May.
Huang Lingcai, the AG600?s chief
deisgner, said: ?It?s both a boat that can
fly and a plane that can swim.? Kunlong
is the name of a mystical flying fish.
Mr Huang said that the amphibious
aircraft was designed for civilian purposes primarily to extinguish forest
fires and for rescuing people at sea.
On a single firefighting trip, the
Chinese say, the AG600 can carry
enough water to cover an area of 4,000
square metres. With a full tank of fuel,
the plane can carry and dump as much
as 370 tonnes of water.
On the sea it can fly a maximum dis-
The AG600 can carry water to put out
fires or be modified to hold military kit
tance of more than 4,000km and
rescue up to 50 people on a single trip.
Mr Huang said that its flying speed, at
460 km/h, made it far more practical
than rescue ships and it could stay in
the air for up to 12 hours and cope with
ocean waves of up to 2m.
Western
intelligence
agencies
suspect that the aircraft was also devised to help China to press ahead with
its land grab in the South China Sea
islands. Mr Huang said that the plane?s
capabilities would allow it to patrol the
entire South China Sea, where Beijing
is in dispute with Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and
Taiwan over territorial claims. Beijing?s
controversial island-building projects
have raised tensions in the region.
Fu Qianshao, a military expert,
told the state-controlled newspaper
Global Times that the amphibious
aircraft could be modified for military
use as an anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft or an amphibious
early warning plane. Xinhua, the
state news agency, described it as ?protector spirit of the sea, islands and
reefs?.
Mr Fu said that its storage area could
be modified to carry military equipment and weapons. The aircraft?s amphibious abilities could also be used for
the Chinese navy?s increasingly frequent deep sea drills.
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The number of babies born in Japan
this year has fallen to the lowest level
for almost 120 years, when officials
began recording the birth rate.
According to figures from the ministry of health, mothers will have given
birth to about 941,000 children, down
from 977,000 last year.
The sliding birth rate is a cause of
anxiety as the government fears its
shrinking labour force will be unable to
fund an ageing society. Although the
birth rate is higher than that of South
Korea and China, Japan?s fertility rate
? the number of children born per
woman ? of 1.46 is still not enough to
sustain the population at the present
level. Last year the number of births
dropped below a million for the first
time in more than a century.
The population peaked in 2010 at
128.5 million and has been losing
ground since. Its population today is
about 127.3 million, but the median age
has risen, increasing the percentage of
older people as a proportion of society.
Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, says
that his government is seeking ways to
boost population growth, by increasing
spending on education, but he has refused to accept more migrants.
People are marrying later and delaying starting a family, in part because of
the lack of stable, well-paid jobs. In Mr
Abe?s revived economy there are more
temporary jobs, leaving men, who are
mainly the breadwinners, less likely to
marry without permanent work.
About 40 per cent of the workforce is
employed in temporary jobs and Japanese women, who are less likely to find
permanent work, often give up after
their first child is born.
For those with regular jobs, Japan?s
corporate culture, in which death from
overwork is so common that it has its
own word, karoshi, is a challenge in itself for those who want to have families.
Women?s rights groups have blamed
the government for failing to offer financial support to mothers as well as a
pervasive culture that extols the merits
of giving birth without drugs.
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Invading iguanas: Florida faces up
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environment.
A population explosion has caused
disruption, with the non-native lizards
tearing up the landscape, devastating
infrastructure, soiling swimming pools
and even popping up in people?s lavatory bowls after taking a wrong turn
into the plumbing.
?Most of the episodes we?re called to,
they?re all around the house defecating,
consuming all kinds of foliage, they?re
in the attic, they?re on the roof,? said
Tom Portuallo, an iguana trapper
whose business has boomed.
?They just eat and defecate, eat and
defecate, eat and defecate ? and when
there?s 20 of them and that?s on your
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your yard, that?s no fun.?
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Powa founder
loses court
battle over
$2m demand
Alex Ralph
The founder of Powa Technologies has
been served with a bankruptcy petition
after the High Court dismissed his
application to set aside a statutory
demand for the repayment of a $2 million loan as fanciful.
Dan Wagner, one of the UK?s first
dotcom entrepreneurs who founded
Maid, an online information platform
in 1984, secured the loan as he desperately sought to keep Powa afloat shortly
before the mobile commerce company
collapsed into administration last year.
Powa was touted as one of Britain?s
most promising technology companies
and given a potential multibillion-dollar
valuation by Goldman Sachs, but the
appointment of Deloitte as administrator in February 2016 unleashed bitter
recriminations between Mr Wagner
and other investors.
The court judgment, obtained by The
Times, showed Mr Wagner applied to
have the repayment demand from Ben
White, a former Powa director, set aside,
arguing that Mr White had conspired to
have administrators appointed to profit
from the sale of its prized assets at a
?knocked-down price?.
Wellington Management, a leading
creditor, had called time on its debts,
and Deloitte sold Powatag, the prized
asset, designed to enable shoppers to
buy products by scanning adverts with
phones, to Bidco, a company owned by
Wellington and Mr White.
Mr White had lent Powa $2 million in
December 2015 under a signed guarantee as Mr Wagner ?was increasingly
desperate to obtain funds to keep Powa
going?, and was appointed as a director
the following month. He demanded
repayment after Powa entered administration and issued a statutory demand
on Mr Wagner in May last year.
An application to set aside the demand was made by Mr Wagner and
heard by the deputy registrar, Christopher Garwood.
His judgment agreed that Mr White
had sought to persuade Wellington to
appoint administrators to sell Powa assets, but it found ?nothing in the evidence? to suggest the sale of Powatag
had been pre-agreed with Wellington.
Mr Wagner argued that Mr White
had told him that ?if his acquaintances
could not be persuaded to invest he
would personably [sic] be able to provide $10 million from his own funds?.
The judgment said that emails and
board minutes ?never once? referred to
this assurance and ?the inescapable
conclusion is that there had been no
such commitment?.
Mr Wagner said he had been granted
permission to appeal.
Indicators of consumer spending were mixed during the crucial trading period before Christmas. Retailers? updates next week will reveal any evidence of weakness
Hedge funds to cash in
if shops come up short
Investors increase bets against retailers hit by weak Christmas
Alex Ralph
Hedge funds are poised to profit from
any weak post-Christmas trading updates from high-street retailers, which
account for half of the top ten most
shorted stocks on the London Stock
Exchange.
Investors have sharply increased
their bets this year against a number of
the biggest chains, including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Pets At
Home, amid expectations that the
squeeze on consumer spending power
and confidence could hit sales, profits
and share prices.
Short-selling involves paying a small
fee to borrow a share and then selling it
in the hope of buying it back more
cheaply at a later date and making a
profit before returning the security to
its original owner. The technique,
which can generate substantial profits
when share prices fall sharply, has
become increasingly popular among
hedge fund investors.
Indicators of consumer spending
have been mixed during the crucial
trading period before Christmas and
experts expect the results from retailers
next month to be polarised.
Consumer confidence dropped to its
lowest level in four years, according to
an index by GFK, the data company,
last week and, while a CBI survey
showed solid retail sales growth ahead
of Christmas, the business lobby group
said underlying trading conditions
remained tough.
A separate index from Visa, the
global payments company, earlier this
month found consumer spending was
on track for its worst performance in
five years in 2017.
Retailers continue to contend with
the transition from bricks and mortar
shopping to online commerce as well as
competition from discount chains such
as Poundland, Aldi and Lidl. They have
also been put under pressure by the
living wage, the apprenticeship levy
and the fall in the pound.
The challenge was highlighted just
before Christmas when a last-ditch deal
had to be agreed to save Toys R Us from
potential administration.
Next begins the January trading updates next week, followed by Wm Morrison, J Sainsbury, M&S and Debenhams the week after. An index of general retailers across the FTSE 350 index
of companies is down about 2 per cent
this year. The wider FTSE 100 has
rallied 7.5 per cent.
Debenhams, whose shares are down
almost 40 per cent this year, is the
second most heavily shorted company
on the stock exchange at 14.3 per cent,
according to figures issued to the
Financial Conduct Authority and collated by Castellain Capital. The figure,
which relates to the percentage of
shares that are out on loan, is double
the level of this time a year ago. It compares with an average 2.6 per cent short
position in Castellain?s database.
Debenhams, which has been seeking
to revitalise itself under Sergio Bucher,
chief executive, has eight investors betting against its shares, including Odey
Asset Management.
Ocado, whose shares have rallied
37 per cent this year, is also among the
top ten with investors holding doubledigit positions, along with Morrisons,
which is down by 7.3 per cent, Sainsburys, off 4.5 per cent, and M&S, which has
dropped 10.4 per cent.
M&S is under pressure from 12
known short sellers who hold an 11.1 per
cent position. It compares with about
2 per cent at the start of the year.
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Dominic Walsh poses the questions from
a turbulent year in the world of business
Picture round
1) Elon Musk, the boss of the electric
carmaker Tesla, predicted that his
company would deliver 1,500 of its
new Model 3s in the first three
months of production. How many
Model 3s did Tesla actually deliver?
2) Which FTSE-100 gambling
company got into hot water with
Australian politicians and anti-doping
authorities by using the disgraced
sprinter Ben Johnson to promote a
new app?
3) Which financial PR firm?s offices
were targeted by South African
protesters and why?
4) Which hotel heiress became the
latest celebrity to promote a
bitcoin-style cryptocurrency?
5) How did Sir Vince Cable, the
former business secretary and newly
anointed leader of the Lib Dems,
describe people his age who voted for
Brexit?
6) Which petrochemicals tycoon
claims to have launched his project to
develop a successor to the Land
Rover Defender ?after the second
pint? at the Belgravia pub The
Grenadier?
Who said what?
7) ?Silence is the ultimate form of
consent. If you say nothing as things
occur it?s like saying yes.?
8) ?It would be easier to sell
toothbrushes, toothpaste or
shampoo.? Who said this and about
what?
9) ?Some of my best bar staff are quite
grumpy.?
10) ?Sue us.?
11) ?And the food?s good too!?
12) ?Mr Ashley then vomited into the
fireplace in the centre of the bar, to
huge applause from his senior
management team.?
Debutantes: name the new arrivals
on the stock market
13) A pizza delivery firm with
operations in Turkey, Russia,
Azerbaijan and Georgia.
14) It pulled a �2 billion IPO then a
week later revived the listing with a
value of �billion.
15) A Russian gold miner controlled
by the son of the billionaire Suleiman
Kerimov.
16) The owner of some of the most
recognisable lorries on Britain?s roads
returns to the stock market after a
gap of three years.
17) The world?s largest cruise port
operator.
The corporate world
18) Which veteran of the construction
industry switched horses to take on
the daunting task of turning around
the troubled housebuilder Bovis?
19) Which department store chain
announced in October that it was
putting gyms into its surplus
floorspace?
20) Which Bradford institution, which
was launched in 1880 by Sir Joshua
Waddilove to lend small sums to poor
families, almost came a cropper in
2017 when a modernisation plan went
horribly wrong?
21) Which organisation was criticised
for upgrading its sandwiches to Marks
& Spencer?
22) What was the flaw in the launch
of the new Durham-built electric
intercity trains on the Great Western
main line from London to Cardiff?
23) Luis Alvarez carried the can for a
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5
6
set to test your knowledge of 2017
scandal at the Italian business of
which well-known FTSE-100
company?
24) Which Indian billionaire has
splurged more than $30 billion,
causing chaos in the nation?s telecoms
market?
25) Which company, deterred by
falling prices for IPOs, scrapped plans
for a �billion listing in what would
then have been the UK?s biggest stock
market float of the year?
Arrivals and departures
26) Which FTSE-100 CEO, when
asked whether he was planning to
retire, replied: ?I?ve no plans on doing
anything else,? only to announce his
retirement four months later.
27) Xavier Rolet?s exit from the
London Stock Exchange Group
sparked one of the biggest City rows
of the year. But do you know how he
spends his spare time? Is it
bee-keeping, pigeon-racing,
truffle-hunting or hamster-breeding?
28) Which chairman fell on his sword
over an eye-watering �0 million
bonus for his chief executive?
29) Who was sacked over a ?Jeremy
Clarkson? moment in a hotel bar?
30) Which toy company boss was
jettisoned after only eight months in
the job and why?
31) Which pub sector chief executive
was given his marching orders after a
recommended bid by a rival was
vetoed by shareholders?
General knowledge
32) What did the Bank of England
face for the first time in more than
gust?
half a century in August?
33) It was the 50th
anniversary of the
world?s first cash
machine this year.
A British
comedian, right,
cut the ribbon on
the first ATM in
Enfield, North
London, in 1967.
Name the actor
and the sitcom that
made his name.
34) Which former
brewer celebrated itss
275th anniversary att The
Brewery in Chiswelll Street?
b
d
35) To where has Labour
proposed
moving most of the Bank of England?s
operations if the party wins power?
36) According to the Chartered
Management Institute the average
bonus for a male chief executive is
�,230, compared with what for a
woman (a) �,922 (b) �,615 or (c)
�,945?
37) Which hedge fund manager
published a book on his unorthodox
doctrine of ?radical transparency?,
which requires employees to take part
in ?public hangings?, where they are
criticised in front of colleagues so
everybo sees the
that everybody
conseque
consequences
of their
mistak
mistakes
38) B
By what
per
percentage
did
Pr
Provident
F
Financial?s
shares
fa after its profit
fall
w
warning
in
A
August?
39 When Adrian
39)
Ri
Ringrose
ann
announced
that he
was leaving as chief
execu
executive
of
Interser its chairman
Interserve,
Glyn Barke
Barker said he would
be ?leaving a legacy
leg
be
of strong,
fi bl businesses
b i
profitable
with an
excellent market reputation?. Within
how many days of his departure did
Interserve announce the first of
several profit warnings?
40) A web designer from Manchester
managed to dupe numerous banking
figures with fake emails claiming to
be from colleagues and, in one case,
the former chancellor Alistair
Darling. Which five bosses fell for it
(that we know of)?
41) Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the
US Federal Reserve, will step down in
February next year. Who has been
chosen as her successor?
42) Which peer-to-peer lending
platform found itself in hot water for
passing investors? money on to a car
finance company, which collapsed
owing them � million?
Tech talk
43) Which much-fancied British
?virtual worlds? technology business
received $500 million from the
Japanese conglomerate Softbank?
44) Susan Fowler, a web engineer, said
in a blog post that her employer had
ignored a complaint that she had been
propositioned by her manager on her
first day. Who did she work for?
45) What is Thunder Power?
a) a new form of renewable energy
being backed by the government.
b) an electric car from China
intended to take on Tesla.
c) a new craft beer being brewed in
the West Country.
46) Which British tech startup, which
claimed to have raised �.5 million
from investors, was sold by
administrators for �0,000 after
burning through cash as its founder
enjoyed luxury holidays?
47) Which well-known London-based
start-up found itself facing
accusations from the likes of Luke
Johnson that it did not have a
business model after it delivered
annual losses of �9 million, more
than it generated in sales?
48) Which tech company overcame
the loss of its long-standing chief
executive to enter the FTSE 100?
49) Which online gambling operator
is to enter the FTSE 100 two years
after being on the junior Aim market?
50) Still in online gambling, which
female chief executive overtook Sir
Martin Sorrell of WPP to become
Britain?s best-paid boss after paying
herself �7 million?
51) Which organisation successfully
challenged the might of the big
American online travel agents such as
Booking.com and Expedia, the owner
of Hotels.com, to persuade the
Competition and Markets Authority
to launch an investigation into their
practices?
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Quiz answers
Picture round
1) 260.
2) Paddy Power Betfair?s Sportsbet.
3) Bell Pottinger, after it was accused
of sowing the seeds of racial division
for the Gupta family. It later went bust.
4) Paris Hilton.
5) ?Self-declared martyrs. The old have
comprehensively shafted the young.?
6) Jim Ratcliffe, of Ineos.
India will still make saris but technology and infrastucture are predicted to boost its economy to the world?s fifth largest
India to steal Britain?s clothes
Patrick Hosking Financial Editor
The world is heading for its biggest
building boom since the Great Wall of
China?s construction more than 20
centuries ago.
Construction will rise to account for
15 per cent of global output by 2032
thanks to huge infrastructure projects
planned for the booming economies of
China and India, according to a forecast,
which predicts Asian countries continuing to grow faster than the West.
India will leapfrog Britain and France
next year to become the world?s fifth
biggest economy, by output of goods
and services, and third by 2027. China
will overtake the US to be top in 2030.
South Korea and Indonesia will enter
the top ten and Taiwan, Thailand, the
Philippines and Pakistan will be promoted to the biggest 25 economies.
This is in the latest edition of the
World Economic League Table from
the Centre for Economics and Business
Research and Global Construction
Perspectives, the industry think tank.
Graham Robinson, director of GCP,
said the boom would be powered by
ultra-large global projects specifically
in China and India giving ?the highest
share of world GDP construction has
seen since the pyramids or Great Wall
of China were built?.
President Xi of China?s Belt and Road
Initiative is a plan to improve trade and
transport links between China and
others by investing in roads, railways,
ports, pipelines and bridges to create a
?modern Silk Road?. According to
Fitch, the ratings agency, $900 billion
of projects are planned or under way.
India, meanwhile, under Narendra
Modi, the prime minister, sees infrastructure improvements as an important element in economic reforms. The
report said setbacks caused by the withdrawal of high denomination banknotes and the introduction of a new
sales tax would be temporary.
It paints a relatively positive picture
for the world economy, which will pick
up speed compared with the past five
years on the back of cheap energy and
harnessing technology. It suggests that
the oil price will be low for the next 15
years because of efficiency improvements, fracking and renewables. That
does not bode well bodes for some big
oil and gas producers. Saudi Arabia is
seen dropping three places to 23rd by
2032. Russia drops from 11th to 17th and
Nigeria from 31st to 38th.
Britain falls from sixth place to seventh by 2032 in the GDP pecking order,
while France drops from fifth to ninth
and Germany from fourth to fifth.
Outside Asia, Brazil is the big new
force, rising from eighth place to sixth.
Who said what?
7) Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple,
on Donald Trump?s stance on climate
change, immigration and race.
8) Pascal Soriot, Astrazeneca chief
executive, in a thinly veiled attack on
rival Glaxosmithkline after suffering a
setback in an important trial.
9) Tim Martin, chairman of JD
Wetherspoon, says he does not insist
that staff smile to customers.
10) Ross McEwan, chief executive of
RBS, hits out at small business
owners who ?constantly bad mouth?
the bank. A regulatory report later
revealed that it had ?systematically?
mistreated small companies.
11) Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs
chief executive, on Paris as a possible
EU home for the US bank post Brexit.
12) The former banker Jeffrey Blue
tells a court about management
meetings at Sports Direct.
Debutantes
13) DP Eurasia.
14) Chilled food supplier Bakkavor.
15) Polyus.
16) Eddie Stobart Logistics.
17) Global Ports Holding.
The corporate world
18) Greg Fitzgerald, former chief
executive of Galliford Try.
19) Debenhams.
20) Provident Financial.
21) British Airways.
22) Network Rail hadn?t got round to
electrifying the line.
23) BT.
24) Mukesh Ambani.
25) Arqiva, which owns wireless
towers.
Arrivals and departures
26) Richard Cousins, of the caterer
Compass Group.
27) Bee-keeping.
28) Persimmon?s Nicholas Wrigley.
29) Bob McKenzie, chairman of the
AA, dismissed for gross misconduct
after a fracas with a colleague.
30) Bali Padda, a Briton who was
briefly Lego?s first non-Danish CEO
before being deemed too old at 61.
31) Mark McQuater, who stepped
down from Revolution Bars Group
after the failure of Stonegate Pub
Company?s �2 million takeover bid.
General knowledge
32) A three-day strike by some of its
support staff.
33) Reg Varney and On The Buses.
34) Whitbread.
35) Birmingham.
36) c.
37) Ray Dalio, founder and chairman
of Bridgewater Associates.
38) 66 per cent.
39) 14 days.
40) Mark Carney from Bank of
England, Jes Staley from Barclays,
Lloyd Blankfein from Goldman Sachs,
Michael Corbat from Citigroup, James
Gorman from Morgan Stanley.
41) Jerome Powell.
42) Ratesetter.
Tech talk
43) Improbable.
44) Uber.
45) b.
46) Fling, a social messaging app.
47) Deliveroo.
48) Just Eat.
49) GVC Holdings (if it completes the
Ladbrokes Coral takeover.
50) Denise Coates, founder of Bet365
and owner of Stoke City football club
51) UK Bed & Breakfast Association.
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Patrick Hosking
Small firms
will rush to
boost digital
sales in 2018
Bad eggs were plentiful in 2017, but there
were promising straws in the wind as well
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Patrick Hosking is Financial Editor of The Times
It?s turned out to be
a strong year for UK
shares. The FTSE
All Share is set to be
up by almost 8 per
cent assuming no big shock in the
final few trading days left. Chuck in
dividends, adjust for inflation, and
total real returns from British listed
companies are set to come in at
nearly 9 per cent. Not bad at all and
comfortably above the long-run
annual average of 5 per cent or so.
A share market index is of course
no sensible barometer with which to
measure the true performance of
British capitalism. Only an idiot (or
Donald Trump, who trumpets every
fresh record for the Dow Jones)
would seek to find much meaning in a
single year?s equity market
performance.
We won?t know for many years
what kind of a job the stewards of the
nation?s savings ? by whom I mean
the big institutional investors, the
directors of listed companies and the
regulators who police them ? really
did over the past 12 months.
Good news tends to reach the
world immediately. The bad news
takes years, sometimes decades, to
seep out. The �1 million deferred
prosecution agreement agreed
between Rolls-Royce and fraud
prosecutors at the start of the year
centred on dodgy brown envelopes
going back to 1991. Two scandals
constantly in the headlines this year,
Royal Bank of Scotland?s sins over
GRG and reverberations from the
HBOS Reading fraud, refer to events
a decade ago.
Those of us who believe capitalism
to be the least bad way of ordering
the world and want it to be more
efficient, more honest, more patient,
less greedy and less rotten with
conflicts of interest have little to go
on. It will be years before we discover
the horrors no doubt perpetrated in
2017. It doesn?t feel like huge progress
has been made towards a more
enlightened, wiser capitalist nirvana.
Crass management mistakes seem
to have been as common as ever.
Bovis?s decision to pay homebuyers
cash bungs to move into unfinished
houses so that it could meet sales
targets was especially lunatic.
Doorstep loans group Provident
Financial?s strategy shift was
disastrously planned and executed.
The London Stock Exchange?s
decision to press ahead with its
Deutsche B鰎se marriage even after
the Brexit vote was nuts. Then there
was Jes Staley?s rush of blood to the
head at Barclays ? his reckless
decision to try to unmask an
anonymous whistleblower.
Sometimes it?s the trivial episodes
that speak loudest. Who at British
Airways ? its computer systems
poleaxed in May, its stranded
passengers in open revolt ? thought it
a good idea to compound the problem
by misleadingly advising them to claim
on their travel insurance rather than
apply to BA? Who at Vodafone came
up with the wheeze, reminiscent of the
worst type of inertia selling, to force
one million new customers into a �a
month add-on service that they were
only allowed to cancel later?
There is still a visceral temptation
in some companies to try to wriggle
out of the most obvious obligations or
to get one over on customers in the
most alienating of ways. The culture
that fosters this approach comes from
the very top. It?s the same boneheaded, quick-buck mentality that led
housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey
to impose steep upward-only ratchets
on ground rents ? a practice that the
government promised to outlaw last
week. In an ideal world, it wouldn?t
need such cumbersome intervention
to stop companies doing such
reputation-damaging things.
Institutional shareholders had their
own setbacks this year. Having made
the taming of Mike Ashley at Sports
Direct a key goal, they then
completely fluffed it. Despite endless
talk and handwringing by the
corporate governance wonks, Keith
Hellawell, a man regarded as Mr
Ashley?s poodle, remains chairman of
the retailer. Mr Ashley has said he is
incapable of being ?housetrained? and
so it has proved ? to the detriment of
millions of investors in trackers who
have no choice but to own the shares.
In the battle to curb excessive
boardroom pay, investors have had a
little more success. A couple of the
fattest fatcats have had a little cream
removed, notably Sir Martin Sorrell
at WPP and Rakesh Kapoor at
Reckitt Benckiser. Rewards were also
watered down at Glaxosmithkline,
Anglo American and Imperial Brands.
But typical boardroom pay is still
going up three times as fast as
average UK earnings.
The never-ending fight to protect
the rights of asset owners has been a
disaster. Snap Inc, the Americn
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company that owns the Snapchat app,
plumbed new depths with a flotation
where the shares on offer carried no
votes. At least it hasn?t qualified for
share market indices but it sent a
terrible message. So did the City?s
willingness to countenance Saudi
Aramco floating in London and being
given a premium listing despite the
lack of free float. A few institutions
stood up to be counted; most did not.
Which brings us to regulators. The
Financial Conduct Authority was at
the heart of plans to water down
those listing rules. It seems to have
lost a little of its energy in shining
light on misconduct in the last couple
of years. A low point was surely its
refusal to publish its report into GRG
for fear of being sued. Not a good
look for a fearless champion of
financial justice. It has at least started
to investigate the parasitical financial
advisers flocking to Swansea and
Doncaster to feed on British Steel
pension fund members, but it looks
like a case of too little too late.
The other regulator found wanting
this year is surely the Financial
Reporting Council. Its belated
decision to clear KPMG of any
wrongdoing over its audit of HBOS a
decade ago looked terrible. KPMG
gave the bank a clean bill of health
only for it to go bust seven months
later. The FRC, whose senior ranks
are stuffed with Big Four accountants,
looked far from impartial. Its
willingness to buy the line of KPMG,
which argued that it was reassured by
the number of analysts? ?buy? ratings
on HBOS at the time, was
breathtakingly na飗e.
Capitalism won?t work better
without individuals becoming more
personally accountable. There were
some promising straws in the wind
here. It was a pleasure to see the
Persimmon chairman Nicholas
Wrigley admit fault and fall on his
sword over the badly botched bonus
scheme he helped to devise. It was
refreshing to see Richard Cousins
resign from the Tesco board because
he didn?t like the proposed Booker
deal, and to say so publicly. And it was
astonishing to see the number of
shareholder revolts against individual
listed company directors rise fivefold.
Perhaps 2017 will
go down as the year
when things started
to get personal.
Good thing too.
??
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
Nearly nine out of ten small businesses
expect to be selling their goods online
by the end of next year ? a dramatic
increase from the 64 per cent who
already use the internet today.
A ?growth tracker? survey of more
than 1,000 small and mid-sized businesses shows that the great possible rise
in ecommerce in the coming year will
primarily be driven by a surge in companies wanting to use their own websites
and mobile apps to drive sales. More
businesses ? 27 per cent compared with
21 per cent in last year?s survey ? said
they also expected to sell products via
third-party online retailers.
The confidence among smaller business owners about the potential growth
in ecommerce next year will be regarded as a healthy sign for Britain?s vital
smaller business sector, which accounts for about 60 per cent of the
country?s private sector employment.
Doug Gurr, UK country manager for
Amazon, which compiled the report
with Capital Economics and Enterprise
Nation, said: ?The contrast in performance between businesses who use
ecommerce and those that don?t is
significant, so it?s reassuring for the UK
economy to see small businesses
investing in digital.
?The impact digital tools and services
have on a small business cannot be
underestimated. They can improve
productivity, boost revenue growth and
provide real export power for small and
medium-sized enterprises.?
The fourth-quarter SME Growth
Tracker showed that businesses that
were already using ecommerce were
more confident about their prospects
next year and expected ?significantly
faster revenue and jobs growth next
year?, compared with those companies
that had not embraced the internet age.
Emma Jones, the founder of Enterprise Nation, an organisation that helps
people launch and grow businesses, said:
?With the uncertainty of Brexit and the
turbulence of the global economy, small
business owners understand the need to
adapt and innovate . . . and digital adoption is a key enabler of this.?
The survey also found that 57 per
cent of small businesses want Brexit to
proceed ?in some form? and 43 per cent
want the decision reversed.
In positive news for the prime minister, Theresa May, about three quarters
of smaller businesses polled said that
they had not delayed any company
decisions as a result of Brexit.
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A year in obituaries,
from Roger Moore to
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Pages 50-51
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Obituaries
Richard Gordon
Sir Hugh Neill
Wisecracking astronaut who piloted the Apollo 12 command module and was one of the first spacewalkers
Cost-cutting in any line of work can be
a miserable experience, but for Dick
Gordon the pain was especially acute:
budget reductions denied him the
opportunity to walk on the moon.
Gordon was only 60 miles away. For
the Apollo 12 mission in 1969 he stayed
in orbit on the ?Yankee Clipper?
command module while his fellow
Nasa astronauts Charles ?Pete? Conrad
and Alan Bean landed on the lunar
surface. He remained on Earth as the
back-up commander for another moon
expedition two years later, Apollo 15.
He was set to get his chance as the
commander of Apollo 18, but the
mission was cancelled in 1970. As a result, although he spent 316 hours in
space, Gordon was fated to be among
the 24 Americans who flew to the
moon, but not one of the 12 who trod on
it. He took the disappointment with
characteristic good humour. Describing in a 1997 Nasa oral history how it felt
to close the hatch and say bon voyage to
the other two crew members, he said:
?If you knew those two other clowns
that I lived with, you?d been happy to
have a little time alone yourself.?
On the craft his regret was mollified
by the conviction that he need only wait
his turn. However, believing that the
?space race? with the Soviet Union was
won, the US Congress slashed Nasa?s
budget. Another factor was that public
interest in moon landings had declined
after Neil Armstrong?s ?small step? on
He nearly died of
exhaustion during his
first spacewalk
oits of
Apollo 11, although the exploits
Gordon, Bean and Conrad four months
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later were still international headline
news. The programme ended with
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Apollo 17 in 1972 and the agency
moved on to endeavours such ass
the Skylab space station and the
Space Shuttle.
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sociable and self-assured adventurer who was nonetheless
comfortable with the isolation
of flying solo. Not selected to be
one of the second group of Mercury astronauts in 1962, which included Conrad and Armstrong, hee
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shit-hot jet jocks, laughing louder than
anybody in the bar, were known for
closing the place down their share of
times, and then showing up on the flight
line six hours later, clear as bells.?
In his foreword to Falling to Earth,
co-written by the Apollo 15 astronaut Al
Worden, Gordon wrote that he and
Worden would frequently fly from
Houston, Texas, to another Nasa facility in California. ?When arriving at Los
Angeles airport, the two of us would
check out our rental cars,? he recalled.
?As soon as we left, the race was on:
competition was the elixir of our lives.?
Richard Gordon on the Apollo 12 mission. Below, flanked by fellow crew members Charles ?Pete? Conrad, left, and Alan Bean
Gordon?s perseverance was rewarded
when he was picked for the third intake
of astronauts, in 1963, along with Buzz
Aldrin, the second man to walk on the
moon. Gordon was the pilot for the
Gemini 11 mission in 1966, which orbited Earth at a height of 850 miles
(1,368km), a record for a manned flight.
He was tired because of lack of sleep
before his first spacewalk on Gemini 11
and struggled to get the outer visor of
his helmet on. Once outside he became
so exhausted that his heart and respiration rates soared and sweat seeped into
his right eye, temporarily blinding him.
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the University of Washington in 1951. By
then fascinated with aviation, he joined
the US navy, attending the Naval Test
Pilot School in Maryland. It was clear
that he had the ?right stuff? to be an
astronaut when in 1961 he won the
Bendix transcontinental air race in
record time, travelling from LA to New
York in a supersonic F-4 jet in 2 hours
and 47 minutes, an average speed of
almost 870mph (1,400km/h).
Apollo 12 was struck by lightning less
than a minute into launch, but there
was no serious damage. While Conrad
and Bean spent 31 hours on the moon,
Gordon took photographs of possible
landing sights for future missions.
When the pair returned, Gordon made
them strip naked because their suits
were caked in moon dust. ?All I could
see was a black cloud in there. I didn?t
see them at all,? he said in 1997. ?I
looked in there and said, ?Holy smoke.
You?re not getting in here and dirtying
up my nice clean Command Module.? ?
Bean later took up painting; one of his
works, The Fantasy, depicts all three of
the crew standing together on the moon.
After working on designs for the Space
Shuttle, Gordon retired from Nasa and
the navy in 1972 and became the executive vice-president of the New Orleans
Saints American football franchise,
owned by his friend John Mecom Jr.
The astronaut was not an obvious
choice. ?If anybody has any suggestions
on how to run a football team, I?ll be glad
to listen,? he said in his introductory
press conference. The results were
woeful and he left in 1976, becoming an
executive in the oil and gas industry in
Texas, then working in computer
technology in California.
Such work could never compare to
his adventures in space. ?The sheer
beauty of this planet is awesome,? he
said. ?The blues of the oceans, the
whites of the clouds and the khaki
colour, the appearance of the continent.
It?s awesome. It really is.?
Richard Gordon, astronaut, was born on
October 5, 1929. He died of a heart attack
on November 6, 2017, aged 88
Master cutler who ran
a leading toolmaker
Countless spanners and hacksaws
made in Sir Hugh Neill?s Sheffield
factory are still in use in sheds and
garages across the country today.
The tools made by James Neill & Co
were sold under the sometimes
eccentric leadership of Sir Hugh, who
was chairman of the family firm for
more than 30 years until he stood down
when the company was bought by a
private equity group in 1989.
Sir Hugh liked to wear outlandishly
colourful socks, which he displayed
even at white-tie dinners. On one occasion he offered his white Rolls-Royce to
any salesperson who could rake in
�5 million in a year.
As one of the steel city?s leading
citizens, Sir Hugh was high sheriff of
Hallamshire in 1971, president of the
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in
1984-85, and lord lieutenant of
Sheffield from 1985 to 1996. In 1958, like
both his grandfathers, he was master
cutler for the Company of Cutlers in
Hallamshire ? the Sheffield metalworking guild. Aged 38, he was the
youngest master cutler in more than
a century.
James Hugh Neill was born in 1921,
the only son of Colonel Sir Frederick
Neill and Lady Winifred Margaret
Neill, and educated at Rugby school in
Warwickshire. With a place at
Cambridge beckoning, he was called up
in August 1939 and joined the Royal
Bombay Sappers and Miners, rising to
the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
He met his first wife, Jane Shuttleworth, a kennel huntswoman of the
Poona and Kirkee Hounds; they
married in 1943 and had two daughters,
Sue and Jill, who survive him. He is also
survived by his second wife, Anne (n閑
O?Leary), whom he married in 1982,
and their son, Michael.
Sir Hugh went on to lead a field
company of sappers and miners in the
20th India Division through the
Burmese jungle, repairing railways and
bridges. In June 1945 his company had
to reconstruct a bridge built by another
unit after it collapsed under the weight
of army transports. A British general
marooned on the other side ?gave us
hell?, Sir Hugh recalled, ?even though it
had nothing to do with us.?
He cast his philanthropic net wide,
co-founding the South Yorkshire
Community Foundation and overseeing the creation of the Broomgrove
Trust, a Sheffield-based nursing home.
His socks remained garish throughout a long and happy retirement.
Sir Hugh Neill, CBE, master cutler, was
born on March 29, 1921. He died on
November 5, 2017, aged 96
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The first instalment of our three-part round-up of notable people who died in 2017 includes leading figures in film, music,
A year in obituaries, from Roger
A
great obituary omission
at the hands of The Times?
Regency editors was rectified
this year.
Two centuries after her death on
July 18, 1817 Jane Austen received
2,755 words ? lengthy tribute indeed.
The novelist?s death 200 years ago
was little remarked upon, not least
because her books had appeared
anonymously. The golden age of
Times obituaries was also yet to
begin ? it finally got going in the
format that we would recognise
today with a 30,674 word piece on
the death of the Duke of Wellington
in 1852 after the editor decreed,
?Wellington?s death will be the only
topic?. A further 16,013 words ran
the next day.
In keeping with The Times? modern
approach to obituarising the great
and the good ? and the downright
bad (the murderer Charles Manson
ran on our pages this year) ? our
obituarist not only charted the course
of her life from rector?s daughter to
authoress receiving her first cheque
of �0, but some of the quirks and
foibles of her personality ? those
telling details that reveal not just
what our subjects did, but something
of their tastes and thoughts.
Austen was not averse to making
lewd jokes, for instance, and enjoyed
her drink, writing in 1813 that she
was not unhappy about no longer
being young, ?for I am put on the
Sofa near the Fire & can drink as
much wine as I like?.
ali akbar
hashemi rafsanjani
With the exception of his mentor, Ayatollah Khomeini, Rafsanjani was the
most powerful man in Iran after the
Islamic revolution of 1979. He was a political survivor and an immensely skilful
operator who ingratiated himself with
Khomeini by playing the court jester.
He often delivered the weekly sermon
? more political than religious ?
at Friday prayer sessions at Tehran
University and would speak for hours
without notes, clutching an automatic
rifle and cracking jokes.
clare hollingworth
Hollingworth had been a journalist for
only four days when a gust of wind gave
her the scoop that Germany was about
to invade Poland. By turns pushy and
charmingly persuasive, she had been
posted by The Daily Telegraph to Poland
when she obtained the use of a British
consular car, which enabled her to cross
the border into Germany. As she drove
along the frontier she noticed vast
screens of hessian on the roadside. In
that moment a ?great gust of wind?
blew open the rough material to reveal
phalanxes of German tanks, armoured
cars and machineguns.
earl of snowdon
photographer and former husband of
Princess Margaret, was born on March 7,
1930. He died on January 13, 2017, aged 86
A man blessed with good looks and
great charm, Snowdon had five children by four women, one of them born
while he was on honeymoon with Princess Margaret. As one commentator
quipped: ?When it comes to infidelity,
broken families and reckless fatherhood, the underclass are amateurs. The
earl has no peer.? Yet Snowdon was also
a man of great drive and talent. He was
one of the pre-eminent photographers
of his age, introducing an informality
and dynamism to portraits of stars and
royalty and exposing social ills in BBC
documentaries and photo essays for
The Sunday Times.
eugene andrew cernan
pictured above, astronaut who was the last
man to walk on the Moon, was born on
March 14, 1934. He died on
January 16, 2017, aged 82
As Cernan prepared to step into the
towel souvenir and Anthony Gordon
Lennox coached Kate Middleton to
allow the name ?William Arthur
Philip Louis? to trip lightly off her
tongue in Westminster Abbey in
2011.
The 007 franchise has also
featured at large with two Bond
girls ? Molly Peters who found
herself stroked by a mink glove in
Thunderball and Karin Dor who was
fed to Blofeld?s pet piranhas ? and
Roger Moore appearing on our
pages. Perhaps we can take comfort
in knowing that even Bond heroes
must face more mundane obstacles.
During his first days on set Moore
was firmly instructed by the
producer Cubby Broccoli to ?lose a
little weight and get into shape?.
sir ken morrison
designers sent her clothes, and TV
crews sought her views on dating,
etiquette and the monarchy.
outspoken chairman of Wm Morrison
supermarket chain, was born on October
20, 1931. He died on February 1, 2017,
aged 85
calculating former president of Iran, was
born on August 25, 1934. He died of a
heart attack on January 8, 2017, aged 82
intrepid war correspondent who spotted
German forces massing on the Polish
border, was born on October 10, 1911.
She died on January 10, 2017, aged 105
Apart from revisiting our past
omissions, 2017 has seen the passing
of its own big beasts ? Helmut
Kohl, Sir John Hurt and Chuck
Berry to name a few.
But the Times? ever questing eye
to capture a full cast of lives has also
given us obituaries of Khadija Saye,
the young photographer whose work
exploring her Gambian heritage
had recently been exhibited at the
Venice Biennale before she died in
her 20th-floor flat in Grenfell Tower,
or Jack O?Neill, the inventor of the
wetsuit, who spent hours testing his
designs in the near-freezing Pacific
Ocean. Toni Mascolo gave Boris
Johnson his mayoral electionwinning haircut, Pat Albeck
designed the National Trust tea
Apollo 17 lunar module in the TaurusLittrow valley, he inscribed the letters
?TDC? his daughter?s initials in the
dust, then radioed back to Earth: ?We
leave as we came and, God willing, as
we shall return, with peace and hope for
all mankind.? Once in the craft, his
words were less exalted: ?Let?s get this
mother out of here.?
baroness heyhoe flint, obe
cricketer who was the first female
member of the MCC, was born
on June 11, 1939. She died after a short
illness on January 18, 2017, aged 77
?Within a year �2 million was spent
on refurbishing the wonderful old
pavilion,? Flint remarked. ?Typical.
Get a woman involved and they want
to change the curtains and the carpet.?
It was a characteristically dry observation. When she was asked if batswomen wear the equivalent of men?s
?boxes?, she replied, ?Oh yes, we call
them ?manhole covers?.?
sir john hurt
prolific actor who made misfits,
victims and lunatics his speciality, was
born on January 22, 1940. He died on
January 25, 2017, aged 77
Making bold choices was, in many
respects, typical of Hurt. He was often
portrayed as a hell-raiser, and before
he cut down was a prodigious drinker
who once confessed to getting through
seven bottles of wine a day and said
he was surprised to have reached the
age of 30. While he enjoyed carousing
with thespians including Peter O?Toole, he did not let such excesses affect his
work ? although as recently as 2004
he was thrown out of a Spearmint
Rhino bar for boorish behaviour. Love
was also complicated territory. ?I don?t
necessarily agree with marriage,? he
once expostulated, but he was willing to
experiment, marrying four times.
Morrison left little to chance. He walked the shop floors unannounced,
personally recorded the special-offer
announcements played in his supermarkets and checked round the back of
the buildings. ?What?s the most important place I look when I go round a
store?? he would ask. ?The dustbin.
That?s where all the grief ends up.? A
straight talker with a preference for
plain cooking, his modest salary was
never more than a fraction of the
amount paid to other supermarket
bosses. He refused to reveal even the
most basic details of his private life,
shied away from interviews and rarely
left Yorkshire. ?Like a good wine, we
never travel well,? he joked.
dame jennifer jenkins
formidable head of the National Trust,
was born on January 18, 1921. She died
on February 2, 2017, aged 96
Under Jenkins?s stewardship the
National Trust opened up the kitchens,
laundry rooms and servants quarters of
its grand estates, not only their state
rooms. The idea was to show how the
estates were social microcosms, she
said. ?People very often linger much
longer in the laundries than they do in
the state rooms. They know they
wouldn?t have been one of the ones
sitting on the sofa.? Such was her attention to detail she would even sometimes inspect the lavatories to ensure
the provision of paper was adequate.
sir howard hodgkin, ch, cbe
tara palmer-tomkinson
pictured below, socialite who partied with
royalty, was born on December 23, 1971.
She died on February 8, 2017, aged 45
Palmer-Tomkinson was the It Girl of
the Nineties, famous for being famous
and not much else. Although The Times
described her as ?everyone?s favourite
nobody?, her royal connections, her air
of untiring glamour and her outgoing
personality that fizzed like the bottles of
Bollinger she enjoyed devouring made
her an endearing magnet for the gossip
columns. Flying to Venice for afterdinner coffee was ?like going to Starbucks for me?, she said. Advertisers and
modelling agencies adored her, nightclubs threw birthday parties for her,
artist whose work stood between
abstraction and figuration, was born on
August 6, 1932. He died on March 9,
2017, aged 84
Hodgkin believed that he would have
had more sex if he had come out at a
younger age. ?I was middle-aged by
that time and a respectable, ugly man,?
he told The Times. Despite being
married with two sons, his acceptance
of his homosexuality in the Seventies
and his escape from the ?trap? of teaching coincided with a distinctive change
in his work. He had ?a newfound
engagement with the erotic?, said his
friend Bruce Chatwin of the way that
Hodgkin?s work moved up a gear, bringing with it the widespread recognition
that had hitherto evaded him.
chuck berry
rock?n?roll musician who was never far
from trouble, was born on October 18,
1926. He died on March 18, 2017, aged 90
If Elvis Presley was early rock?n?roll?s
pre-eminent singer, Berry was its premier songwriter, acknowledged as such
by pop music?s two most celebrated
poets. Leonard Cohen declared that ?all
of us are footnotes to the words of
Chuck Berry?, while Bob Dylan dubbed
him ?the Shakespeare of rock?n?roll?. As
he boasted in the title of one of his hits,
Berry was also a ?brown-eyed handsome man? with a devilish twinkle in his
eye that women across the racial divide
found irresistible.
martin mcguinness
IRA leader and Northern Ireland?s deputy
first minister, was born on May 23, 1950.
He died on March 21, 2017, aged 66
McGuinness never abandoned his goal
Clockwise from main
picture: Roger Moore in
The Man with the Golden
Gun in 1974; Lord Snowden
with Princess Margaret;
Laura Biagiotti; Chuck
Berry; Clare Hollingworth;
Colin Dexter; and Baroness
Heyhoe-Flint
of a united Ireland, but in the course of
a long and tortuous journey he came to
believe that it was more likely to be
achieved through constitutional politics than through violence. He
mellowed in person as well. The militant young Republican became in later
life an amateur poet. He loved to go flyfishing and supported Manchester
United as well as following the traditionally Protestant sport of rugby.
Strange as it may sound, he was also a
devotee of the England cricket team.
Equally unexpected was his favourite
television series, Last of the Summer
Wine.
colin dexter, obe
author famous for creating Inspector
Morse, was born on September 29,
1930. He died on March 21, 2017, aged 86
One rainy Saturday afternoon in north
Wales in the summer of 1973 Dexter
and his family were huddled in a
cottage on the western edge of Snow-
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was inculcated with an enduring love of
animals. He was a determined boy, and
used to release rabbits from their
snares, until one day an irate gamekeeper upbraided his father about how
the lad was ruining his livelihood.
Young Lawson was expecting a paternal rocket, but none came. He took a
pragmatic and practical approach to
animals, and whenever he found any
that had died he would take them home
and dissect them.
tony rudd
iconoclastic stockbroker who helped to
modernise the City, but was later
investigated by the DTI, was born on
April 24, 1924. He died of heart
failure on May 29, 2017, aged 93
donia. ?There was nothing to do, everybody was fed up and wanted to go
home,? he recalled. ?There were two
detective novels in the house. I read
them and I didn?t think either of them
all that marvellous. So I sat down at the
kitchen table and wrote.?
informed him his wife did not want him
in their house and he was chased out of
a north London antiques emporium
by a knife-wielding shop owner who
thought Merrick had come to burgle
him. The performance won him a Bafta
for best actor.
through life in a comfortable way is
not my goal,? he once wrote on his blog.
tim pigott-smith
ueli steck
actor lauded for his portrayal of the
sadistic Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in
the Crown, was born on May 13, 1946.
He died on April 7, 2017, aged 70
mountaineer and rock climber renowned
for his solo ascents without bottled
oxygen, was born on October 4, 1976. He
is thought to have fallen to his death near
Everest on April 30, 2017, aged 40
For a man who disliked violence,
Moore seemed not the ideal person to
trade it on screen. He lacked the hardboiled approach of Connery?s Bond
portrayal, describing himself as ?a devout coward? who phoned his parents
every day when he was on location. The
gunfight scenes always made him nervous, he said. ?I hate loud bangs ? every
time I had to fire a gun I blinked. They
always had to go through the film and
edit out the frame where I closed my
eyes.? When he first took the role, the
films? producer Cubby Broccoli told
him he needed to ?lose a little weight
and get into shape?. He replied: ?Why
didn?t you just cast a thin, fit fellow and
avoid putting me through this hell??
Before his powerful portrayal of Merrick, Pigott-Smith consulted a criminal
psychologist to gain an insight into his
character?s inner life, an attention to
detail that was to become a trademark.
The result was a compelling characterisation of viciousness so intense that
viewers seemed unable to differentiate
between life and art. In his own words,
it made him ?the man people love to
hate?. He refused to let his nine-yearold son watch the series, an old friend
Steck pushed speed alpinism to a new
level, earning the nickname ?the Swiss
Machine?. Fair-haired and muscular
yet small and bow-legged, he was
extremely agile, and cut a striking
figure on the mountainside. He rarely
suffered from nerves and his mantra
was ?up, up?. He climbed all 82 Alpine
peaks more than 4,000m high in 62
days, travelling between the mountains
by foot, bike or paraglider. ?To walk
roger moore
debonair actor who made millions as 007,
was born on October 14, 1927. He died of
cancer on May 23, 2017, aged 89
laura biagiotti
Italian fashion designer known as ?the
queen of cashmere?, was born on
August 4, 1943. She died of a heart
attack on May 26, 2017, aged 73
Biagiotti was a business pioneer: in 1988
she became the first Italian designer to
show in the emerging market of China,
and in 1995 staged the first show at the
Kremlin. By then the company was
present in 30 countries, had sold lucrative licences for a range of accessories,
had branched out into menswear, plus
sizes and home decoration, and was
turning over $250 million a year.
lord soulsby of
swaffham prior
authority on animal parasites known as
?Lord of the Worms? who was the first vet
to be made a peer, was born on June 23,
1926. He died of pneumonia on
May 8, 2017, aged 90
Growing up on a farm, Lawson Soulsby
When Rudd placed a logo on the front
door of his new stockbroking firm in
1967 and started touting for business,
many traditional City gents considered
it the most unspeakable act of vulgarity
in the Square Mile?s long history. Rudd
was equally innovative in his taste for
stocks. He was one of the first to see the
enormous potential in the telecoms
sector. It made him rich and the firm
might have been bought for a huge sum,
like so many others, by banks positioning themselves to benefit from the ?Big
Bang? deregulation of trading in the
City that Rudd?s innovations had done
so much to herald. However, the onset
of blindness forced him to cease trading.
sir jeffrey tate
conductor born with severe disabilities,
who qualified as a doctor, was born on
April 28, 1943. He collapsed and died on
June 2, 2017, aged 74
Conducting came naturally to Tate, a
tall man whose disability masked his
height. He had long arms, large hands
and a big face, and he was always eager
to learn. ?I was never taught conducting,? he once explained. ?I got my
training by watching other conductors.? He once compared his art with
making pottery on a wheel. ?When
you conduct a vocal line, it?s somewhat
like having wet clay in your hands.?
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Law Report
Lives remembered
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Workers? rights when
paid leave in dispute
Heather Stewart
AFTER the angels had left and gone
Court of Justice of the European
Union
December 26, 2017
King v The Sash Window
Workshop Ltd and Another
(Case C-214/16)
Before J.L. da Cruz Vila鏰, President of
the Chamber and Judges E. Levits
(Rapporteur), A. Borg Barthet, M. Berger
and F. Biltgen
Advocate General E. Tanchev
Judgment November 29, 2017
In the case of a dispute between a
worker and his employer as to whether the worker was entitled to paid
annual leave, European Union law
precluded the worker having to
take his leave first before establishing whether he had the right to be
paid in respect of that leave.
EU law also precluded national
provisions that prevented a worker
from carrying over and accumulating, until termination of his employment relationship, paid annual
leave rights which he had not exercised because his employer had refused to remunerate that leave.
The Court of Justice of the European Union so held on a reference
for a preliminary ruling from the
Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in
proceedings brought by the worker, Conley King, against his former
employers, The Sash Window
Workshop Ltd and Richard Dollar,
concerning Mr King?s request for
an allowance in lieu of annual leave
not taken for the years 1999 to 2012.
The Court said that the right to
paid annual leave was laid down in
article 7 of Parliament and Council
Directive 2003/88/EC concerning
certain aspects of the organisation
of working time. It was implemented in the United Kingdom by regulation 13 of the Working Time
Regulations 1998 (SI 1998 No
1833), which recognised the right
to a period of annual leave, and
regulation 16, which established
the right to remuneration in
respect of that leave.
Mr King had been engaged on
the basis of a ?self-employed commission-only contract? from June
1999 until he retired in October
2012. Under that contract, Mr King
was paid on a commission-only
basis. When he took annual leave,
it was unpaid. Upon termination of
his employment relationship he
sought to recover payment for his
annual leave, both taken and not
paid as well as not taken, for the entire period of his engagement.
It was now common ground that
he was a ?worker? within the
meaning of Directive 2003/88 and
that he was entitled to pay for
holiday accrued but untaken in his
final leave year (2012/2013) and for
all leave actually taken but in
respect of which no payment had
been made. The dispute concerned
holiday pay in lieu of accrued
but untaken leave between 1999
and 2012, that being 24.15 weeks
in total.
The Court of Appeal, noting
that UK law did not allow annual
leave to be carried over beyond
the leave year for which it was
granted and thus did not
necessarily ensure an effective
remedy for breach of article 7 of
Directive 2003/88, had referred
questions on the interpretation of
article 7.
The Court of Justice considered
that when taking his annual leave,
the worker had to be able to benefit
from the remuneration to which he
was entitled under article 7(1) of
Directive 2003/88, but a worker,
faced with circumstances liable to
give rise to uncertainty during the
leave period as to the remuneration owed to him, would not be able
to benefit fully from that leave as a
period of relaxation and leisure.
Similarly, such circumstances
were liable to dissuade the worker
from taking his annual leave and
any practice or omission of an employer that might potentially deter
a worker from doing so was equally
incompatible with the purpose of
the right to paid annual leave. Observance of the right to paid annual
leave could not depend on a factual
assessment of the worker?s financial situation when he took leave.
Accordingly, in the case of a dispute between a worker and his
employer as to whether the worker was entitled to paid annual
leave, article 7 of Directive
2003/88 and the right to an effective remedy under article 47 of the
Charter of Fundamental Rights of
the European Union, precluded
the worker having to take his leave
first before establishing whether
he had the right to be paid in respect of that leave.
The very existence of the right to
paid annual leave could not be subject to any pre-conditions whatsoever, that right being conferred directly on the worker by Directive
2003/88. Thus it was irrelevant
whether or not, over the years, the
worker had made requests for paid
annual leave.
It followed that, unlike in a situation of accumulation of entitlement to paid annual leave by a
worker who was unfit for work due
to sickness, an employer that did
not allow a worker to exercise his
right to paid annual leave had to
bear the consequences.
In the absence of any national
statutory or collective provision establishing a limit to the carry-over
of leave in accordance with the requirements of EU law, the EU
system for the organisation of
working time put in place by Directive 2003/88 could not be interpreted restrictively.
Indeed, if it were to be accepted,
in that context, that the worker?s
acquired entitlement to paid
annual leave could be extinguished, that would amount to validating conduct by which an employer was unjustly enriched to the
detriment of the very purpose of
that Directive, namely that there
should be due regard for workers?
health.
It followed that article 7 of Directive 2003/88 precluded national
provisions or practices that prevented a worker from carrying over
and, where appropriate, accumulating, until termination of his employment relationship, paid annual
leave rights not exercised in respect
of several consecutive reference periods because his employer had refused to remunerate that leave.
Court Circular
Sandringham, Norfolk
24th December, 2017
A Service of Lessons and Carols
was held in Sandringham Parish
Church this morning.
Sandringham, Norfolk
25th December, 2017
Divine Service was held in
Sandringham Parish Church
this morning.
Martin
Evans
writes:
In the
early 1980s
I was once
Heather
Stewart?s
(Obituary,
December 19) sole passenger
on her light aircraft flight
going from Wilson airport,
Nairobi to Juba, southern
Sudan, where I was to visit a
development project.
I sat next to her up at the
front, and after we had reached
cruising altitude she activated
the autopilot and then settled
down to write a letter.
I could see that it started
with ?Darling . . .? and it was
clearly engaging all her attention. After some time I became
aware of the Imatong Mountains dead ahead.
As they came steadily closer,
I became convinced we were
going to fly straight into them
a few hundred feet below the
main ridge. Heather didn?t
seem to have seen them, as she
never looked up.
As I started to panic I wondered whether this was some
sort of ?wimp? test that Heather always gave her passengers.
Would I crack under the strain
and yell out?
Finally, as I was just about to
do this, Heather looked up
briefly and without saying a
word or looking at me, pulled
back on the yoke slightly.
As we sailed over the
mountains, there may have
been just the hint of a smile on
her face.
Heinz Wolff
Dr David
A
Harris
writes:
Twenty
years ago
we invited
Professor
Heinz Wolff
(obituary,
December 18) to speak at the
Aluminium Federation Dinner
at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Typically he suggested that
instead of a speech he would
do a demonstration.
He chose to show the process
of producing aluminium metal
from oxide using molten sodium, a process probably not
used for more than 100 years.
It is hair-raisingly dangerous
? and the Savoy very sportingly agreed to turn off the smoke
alarm and to disconnect the
water sprinklers that were in
the ceiling.
The demonstration worked
perfectly and the piece of aluminium metal that was produced sits on my desk.
Had it all gone wrong and
had the sprinkler system been
working, my future in aluminium would have ended on the
spot. Heinz did us proud and he
was great fun to work with.
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each other, ?Let?s go to Bethlehem and
see what the Lord has told us about.?
They hurried off and found Mary and
Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on
a bed of hay. When the shepherds saw
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angel had said about him.
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Bridge Andrew Robson
Word Watching Josephine Balmer
I am always thrilled when one of Dealer: South, Vulnerability: North-South
my students moves up to duplicate
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bridge and thrives there. Rhonda Pairs
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queen ? his main chance of
Contract: 4? , Opening Lead: ?K
making the thin 4? was East
holding ?Kx.
To cater to both possibilities, at
West beat the queen of hearts trick five West tabled the ace of
with the king and understandably spades to enlist partner?s co-operatried the queen of diamonds ? tion. If he?d had the queen of
partner could have had a single- spades, East would have encourton. This crashed East?s jack, aged the spade lead (playing an
declarer following. The key unnecessarily high spot card ?
moment had arrived.
throw high means aye). West
West paused to consider. would have led a second spade,
Dummy?s diamonds were now set killing the entry, and with partner
up, with the king of spades as a late ruffing the ten of diamonds (if
entry (given that she held the ace declarer led it next), the defence
of spades in front). Declarer?s deci- would score their queen of spades.
sion to cross to the ace of clubs at Here, East signalled with a low
trick two virtually marked him spade (throw low means no).
with no club losers (probably a sinIt was last chance saloon for
gleton, as East had followed with West. She led her third diamond
the two of clubs to indicate an odd and hoped partner could ruff with
number). West knew she needed a meaningful heart. Bingo. East
to find a fourth defensive trick fast. ruffed with his remaining ten of
There were two possibilities. East hearts, an ?uppercut?. Although
could have the queen of spades declarer could overruff with the
(giving declarer ? Jxx, ?AQJ10xxx, jack, West?s nine of hearts was now
?Ax, ?J), or the ten of hearts (giv- promoted. Down one.
andrew.robson@thetimes.co.uk
ing declarer his actual hand).
Oblation
a A charitable offering b A ceremonial washing c A social invitation
Crawmassing
a A large family gathering b Attending church c Eating leftovers
Hypnopompic
a Drowsy b Unable to dance in time c Exceedingly dull
Blitz breakthrough
The American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana clinched victory in
this year?s London Chess Classic,
winning the four-game quickplay
play-off by scoring three draws
and one win. Caruana tied with
Ian Nepomniachtchi in the main
event, necessitating the tie-break.
In this decisive game White?s
dagger blow advance with e5-e6
fatally disrupted the haven of the
black king, which was mercilessly
driven into the open.
White: Fabiano Caruana
Black: Ian Nepomniachtchi
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35 ... Bg7
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White?s knights are dominant.
36 exf7+ Kxf7 37 Nd7 Ncxd4 38
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The black king is forced to
head for the hills as 39 ... Kg7 is
met by 40 Bxd4, when 40 ... Nxd4
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return the piece as 42 ... Kf4 43
g3+ Kf3 44 Re3 is mate.
43 Kf1 Kd4 44 Rxe2 e5 45 Qg3
e4 46 Qe3+ Ke5 47 Kg1 Qxb3
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61 Qe7+ Kb5 62 Qb7+ Rb6 63
Rxd5+ Kc4 64 Qf7 exf2+ 65 Kxf2
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Sunny spells and a few showers, wintry in northern Scotland. Rain in the west later. Max 11C (52F), min -5C (23F)
Around Britain
Five days ahead
Key: b=bright, c=cloud, d=drizzle, pc=partly cloudy
du=dull, f=fair, fg=fog, h=hail, m=mist, r=rain,
sh=showers, sl=sleet, sn=snow, s=sun, t=thunder
*=previous day **=data not available
Generally unsettled
and windy with rain
and wintry showers
spreading eastwards
Temperature
Tomorrow
Flood alerts and warnings
Temp C
Rain mm Sun hr*
midday yesterday
24 hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Aberporth
Anglesey
Aviemore
Barnstaple
Bedford
Belfast
Birmingham
Bournemouth
Bridlington
Bristol
Camborne
Cardiff
Edinburgh
Eskdalemuir
Glasgow
Guernsey
Hereford
Herstmonceux
Ipswich
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Keswick
Kinloss
Leeds
Lerwick
Leuchars
Lincoln
Liverpool
London
Lyneham
Manchester
Margate
Milford Haven
Newcastle
Nottingham
Orkney
Oxford
Plymouth
Portland
Scilly, St Mary?s
Shoreham
Shrewsbury
Skye
Snowdonia
Southend
Stornoway
Tiree
Whitehaven
Wick
Yeovilton
4
10
11
3
12
11
5
11
11
10
11
11
12
6
5
6
11
11
9
9
7
10
11
4
9
4
6
11
11
10
10
11
9
11
9
11
4
10
11
11
12
10
10
5
10
10
3
6
8
4
12
R
R
PC
C
R
PC
R
DU
DU
PC
PC
PC
C
R
R
R
PC
PC
C
PC
R
DU
R
PC
PC
PC
R
PC
PC
C
C
PC
PC
DU
C
DU
PC
DU
PC
DU
PC
DU
PC
PC
DU
PC
S
C
DU
C
SH
**
4.2
13.2
2.8
2.6
0.0
22.8
0.0
1.8
0.0
0.2
2.2
1.6
16.6
38.4
11.2
**
1.2
0.4
0.0
12.8
3.0
38.2
1.8
0.2
10.0
11.8
0.4
1.8
0.6
0.0
0.2
0.0
6.4
1.0
0.2
1.0
0.4
3.2
0.8
7.4
1.4
1.8
**
21.0
0.4
6.2
5.4
39.0
0.6
1.0
**
0.0
0.0
0.0
**
**
0.0
**
0.2
**
0.0
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
**
**
0.0
0.4
0.0
**
**
0.0
**
0.1
0.0
0.2
**
0.0
0.0
0.2
0.1
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**
0.3
0.0
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0.0
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0.0
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Rough
6
1
26
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
19
Edinburgh
Glasgow
26
2
5
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
A largely dry, cold day with sunny
spells for most of Britain. Rain, sleet
and snow will re
s Ireland
and into Wa
e
n England
later.
Max 11C, in C
Belfast
Manchester
LLlandudno
4
2
4
77
20
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
Cork
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
6
6
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
10
CHANNEL
2
Tides
London
7
9
General situation: Many p aces dry
with sunny spells. Wintry showers in
the far north, rain in the west later.
SW Eng, Cen S Eng, W Mids, Wales,
Channel Is: Sunny spells and showers
at ?rst, but turning cloudy with
longer spells of rain spreading in later,
perhaps turning to sleet or snow
inland and over higher ground during
the evening. Moderate southwesterly
winds, becoming gusty and variable
later. Maximum 11C (52F),
minimum -1C (30F).
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
Nottingham
4
7
A band of rain mixed with sleet and
snow, especially over higher ground,
will spread eas a
ss most of
Britain. Drie a
g
spells in th
west later.
Max 12C, n C
29
Sheffield
6
Shrewsbury
8
6
25
Hull
5
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
Dublin
A windy, milder day with bright
spells and blustery showers, wintry
over higher gro d l
er spell
of rain will
outh and
west later.
Max 14C,
86
Yorkk
23
2
Saturday
30
5
6
Galway
10
F
95
Carlisle
4
7
2
C
35
Newcastle
Thursday
Friday
5
6
6
8
19 S
Madeira
3 FG
Madrid
16 S
Majorca
14 S
M醠aga
17 S
Malta
20 S
Melbourne
Mexico City 20 S
27 B
Miami
9
B
Milan
31 S
Mombasa
-6
B
Montreal
-3
C
Moscow
30 S
Mumbai
-1 M
Munich
24 S
Nairobi
14 B
Naples
New Orleans 16 S
4
S
New York
11 S
Nice
17 S
Nicosia
-3 B
Oslo
6
B
Paris
33 F
Perth
4
C
Prague
-3 S
Reykjavik
3
B
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 36 F
28 S
Riyadh
12 F
Rome
San Francisco 11 S
28 F
Santiago
27 S
S鉶 Paulo
-1
F
Seoul
31 B
Seychelles
30 S
Singapore
St Petersburg -3 DU
0
M
Stockholm
20 S
Sydney
17 B
Tel Aviv
20 S
Tenerife
15 S
Tokyo
0
B
Vancouver
5
S
Venice
6
F
Vienna
9
S
Warsaw
S
Washington 5
0
M
Zurich
Moderate
At 17:00 on Monday there was
one ?ood warning and nine ?ood
alerts in England. There were no
?ood warnings or alerts in Wales
or Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
6
Shetland
Sh
4
4
All readings local midday yesterday
F
S
F
C
F
S
B
S
F
B
S
C
B
FG
C
F
F
F
F
S
S
S
FG
C
F
S
S
R
S
M
S
M
C
SH
S
F
S
F
C
F
B
F
S
DU
FG
S
F
0
Slight
4
7
15
9
15
25
29
29
29
9
3
16
10
9
23
5
7
8
6
23
19
24
20
20
-6
8
14
18
25
5
15
8
5
1
13
21
-2
19
27
10
16
27
29
19
19
22
10
22
18
ney
Orkney
Calm
28 (degrees C)
Rain, sleet and snow clearing eastern
England at ?rst, but otherwise largely
dry and feeling l
sunny
spells. Wint
w
r northern,
n co
eastern an w
Max 9C, m n - C
The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
e st te
(mph)
E Eng,
Eng E Anglia
London, SE
Anglia, E Mids,
E Eng, Cen N Eng, NW Eng: Sunny
spells and just a few isolated
showers. An area of rain, sleet or
snow overnight. Moderate to fresh
southwesterly winds, turning gusty
and variable later. Maximum 9C (48F),
minimum 0C (32F).
NE Eng, Lake District, IoM, Borders,
SW Scotland, Edinburgh & Dundee,
Glasgow: Sunny spells and a few
showers, wintry over higher ground.
Moderate westerly winds, becoming
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light and variable later. Maximum
7C (45F), minimum -3C (27F).
Abderdeen, Cen Highland, Argyll,
Moray Firth, N Scotland, N Isles:
Rather cloudy with blustery, wintry
showers, some heavy. Variable winds,
turning fresh northerly. Maximum
6C (43F), minimum -5C (23F).
Republic of Ireland, N Ireland: Heavy
rain in the south, drier and brighter in
the north. Light and variable winds,
strong in the south. Maximum
9C (48F), minimum -2C (28F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
10
13
13
New Year's Eve
Mainly dry in eastern areas, but
showery rain across Ireland and
western Britai A
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spread acro
gland durin
the evenin
Max 11C, n
3
6
11
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Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
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11:59
04:16
11:49
10:31
03:31
04:56
10:14
05:19
04:22
03:18
11:23
07:52
04:05
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10:48
09:39
04:29
03:46
03:54
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10.8
3.1
10.0
4.8
5.9
3.4
4.4
3.1
3.5
4.6
6.2
4.7
7.8
6.2
2.4
5.7
7.6
5.7
5.9
3.3
4.7
4.2
5.3
4.2
7.7
4.4
1.6
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16:03
17:06
22:54
17:34
17:07
15:40
23:36
20:00
16:32
18:55
15:03
23:45
16:31
16:12
22:42
23:01
22:09
16:43
16:10
15:43
23:50
21:11
23:57
Ht
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-3.3
-4.5
5.6
3.6
4.1
3.2
3.5
4.9
6.4
4.7
8.1
6.2
2.1
5.5
7.9
5.4
5.6
3.1
4.4
4.0
5.1
3.9
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4.6
1.4
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16
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Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
I
Synoptic situation
One area of low pressure will
move away to the east of
Britain leaving many places
largely dry with sunny spells
and just a few showers. An
occluded front will bring rain
and snow to northern Scotland.
Another area of low pressure
will spread heavy rain across
Ireland and into Wales and
western and central parts of
England by the evening.
F I V E D AYS FROM
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Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Bude, 12.3C
Coldest: Bealach Na Ba,
Inverness-shire -1.3C
Wettest: Spadeadam, 42.4mm
Sunniest: Wellesbourne,
Warwickshire, 2.6hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 08.05
Sun sets: 15.56
Moon rises: 12.15
Moon sets: 00.37 Wed
Full Moon: January 2
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the doldrums for many
years. And Cornwall is
an important area for supplying
UK-grown cauliflowers at this time
of year. The plants do not like frost,
but grown in fields close to the coast
of Cornwall they get the benefit of
mild sea air, which keeps the crop
free of frost and snow.
Cornwall juts out like a big finger
into the relatively warm sea, and is
exposed to balmy sea breezes along
three sides in what is the second
most exposed maritime area of the
UK after western Scotland. This
makes the winters mild ? in
Penzance, for example, the coldest
month of the year is February,
which averages 7.2C. As the
threshold for much plant growth
is about 6C, that means crops can
grow for much of the time in the
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Parts of Cornwall are becoming
increasingly subtropical ?
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Researchers at the University of
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conditions may create opportunities
to grow exotic crops, the lower
frequency of frosts is also making
Cornwall more susceptible to
invasive species,? said Dr Ilya
Maclean, who led the research
project at the university.
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Ashes mess will not result in cull
STUARTBROAD8/INSTAGRAM
Mike Atherton
Chief Cricket
Correspondent
Melbourne
Ashes defeats in Australia rarely end
well. Four years ago, a whitewash
brought a conclusion to some
significant careers and the break-up of
a top-class team. Kevin Pietersen and
Graeme Swann never played for
England again; Andy Flower stepped
down shortly after returning home and
Matt Prior lasted half a summer more.
More than that, the tour ended amid
recriminations, a sad way for a fine
team to be remembered.
The previous whitewash under
Andrew Flintoff and Duncan Fletcher
in 2006-07 had similar, if not quite so
drastic, consequences. Flintoff never
captained England again and although
Fletcher continued as head coach for a
short while, the Ashes tour hastened his
departure: three months later, following an ill-starred World Cup campaign,
he, too, was gone. Most sporting careers
end in failure, but an Ashes defeat tends
to accelerate the process.
Whatever happens over the next two
Tests, however, there is a good chance
that the consequences will be limited
this time. Joe Root is at the start of his
captaincy not the end, and provided
that lessons are learnt along the way, a
defeat such as this should galvanise a
response. Not many England captains
get the chance to lead more than one
tour to Australia, but Root will have set
his sights on recapturing the urn at
home in 2019. The alternatives are not
readily apparent.
Trevor Bayliss has appeared exasperated on this tour when confronted by
stories of off-field excess, but his main
remit on accepting the job was to win a
global one-day trophy, the next attempt
at which will be the World Cup in
England in 2019. Bayliss has enjoyed
significant success in one-day cricket,
with a much more mixed picture in Test
cricket, but there seems little appetite
for splitting the job, given the tensions
How to follow
the Ashes
Like fathers
like sons in
Santa?s grotto
Today
Updates from Melbourne
online from 6am. Mike
Atherton, Simon Wilde and
Gideon Haigh?s take on the
first day?s play
Tomorrow
Read the best
analysis in the
newspaper
and online
T
om Curran was
making his
England Test
debut at the MCG
today in place of the
injured Craig Overton.
Sitting on Santa?s
knee with Jonny
Bairstow, left, and
Stuart Broad, right, all
three have fathers who
played international
cricket. Kevin Curran
played 11 O
ODIs for
Zimbab in the
Zimbabwe
1980s and died
1980s,
age 53, in
aged
20 Ben
2012.
St
Stokes,
in
inset,
was
a
also in
fe
festive
m
mood after
th
the allro
rounder
retu
returned to
Engl
England after
his spe
spell playing
iin
n New Ze
Zealand.
Read at
thetimes.co.uk/sport
and on The Times
smartphone app
between Flower and Ashley Giles last
time that happened. Bayliss?s job would
seem safe.
Speaking before today?s Test, the
chief executive of the ECB Tom
Harrison emphasised that there would
be no kneejerk reactions in the coming
weeks and that the game generally was
in good shape, taking into account the
five pillars of the ECB?s broad strategy:
increasing participation, increasing
attendances, future-proofing the finances of the game, creating great teams to
challenge in global events, and shaping
a new fully independent board.
?The health of the game is more than
just an Ashes series overseas,? Harrison
said. ?We?ve had record-breaking
attendances in domestic and international cricket, changed our governance structure, hosted two global
events, won the women?s World Cup
and launched a participation initiative
for kids. We?ve had a successful entry
into the broadcast rights market out of
which we have secured the financial
future of the game.
?We are in the process of delivering
cricket across three formats. We are
making huge strides in the white-ball
game, winning 70 per cent or so of our
white-ball matches and the ODI side, in
particular, and the T20 side, is making
good progress.
?In Tests we are finding it very difficult to win away from home. We did win
a series in South Africa, which was a
significant achievement, but we?ve
found it difficult in Dubai, India and
here. We?ve got to take a look at that.
?We have to be careful not to overreact halfway through an Ashes series.
We understand there?s some frustration
and we haven?t been able to close those
matches out. There will be no review.
This is not the moment for kneejerk
reactions or rash decisions about what
we do from here over performance.?
The ECB?s responsibility is broader
than just the performance of the
national team, but unfortunately the
Ashes series carries real significance,
each one against Australia being perceived as a litmus test of where English
cricket stands. And with a putative
Future Tours Programme in which England will play Australia, India and
South Africa more frequently than the
rest, the days of bolstering performance
with facile series wins are gone.
Challenging across three formats will
continue to stretch playing resources
and ask fundamental questions about
the shape and structure of the domestic
season. With the County Championship pushed to the margins to create
space for the high summer months and
T20, it is hard to see how producing
quick bowlers and spinners will get any
easier, unless there is a creation of a
satellite system outside of England.
All is not gloomy, but with the Ben
Stokes saga dragging on, and likely to
bring further PR challenges if the ECB
offers him a No Objection Certificate
for the Indian Premier League at the
same time as withholding his selection
for the national team, and New Zealand
a significant threat on their home turf
in the new year, things may yet get
more difficult before they improve.
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Sport Racing
CLINT HUGHES/PA
De Boinville wants to add
to family?s storied history
The Gold Cup-winning
jockey has another
potential star to partner
in today?s King George,
Mark Souster writes
When many of your forebears were
sent to the guillotine during the French
revolution ? with only one managing
to escape and find sanctuary in Britain
? the prospect of tackling the 18 fences
of the 32Red King George VI Chase
should hold few terrors for Nico de
Boinville, even though he is atop the
maverick that is Might Bite.
Nicolai Chastel de Boinville, to give
him his full name, owes his position ?
albeit indirectly ? as one of the country?s leading National Hunt jockeys to
the resourcefulness of his ancestor
Jean Baptiste de Boinville, who sought
political exile in London, where he
arrived virtually penniless in 1789.
Here he married an English woman,
Harriet Collins, who at one point had
been part of the Percy Shelley set, and
whose father had made a fortune in the
West Indies. Jean Baptiste?s story did
not have the happiest of endings,
though, dying on the retreat from
Moscow at the end of 1812 as part of
Napoleon?s stricken Grande Arm閑.
De Boinville reveals his fascinating
background as we sit in The Pheasant
Inn, near Lambourn, in Berkshire, to
discuss today?s feature race. I wondered
whether his family might have been
Huguenots, which prompts the jockey
to open up. The family were landed
gentry from Lorraine, in the northeast
of France, with Jean Baptiste also at one
time an aide-de-camp to the Marquis
de Lafayette.
?Nineteen of them [my family] got
the chop,? De Boinville, a keen student
of history, explains. ?Jean Baptiste
got away. He was good friends with
Lafayette. A lot apparently went on, the
details of which I?m not totally certain.?
Suffice to say, through the subsequent generations the De Boinvilles
flourished. Nico went to Bradfield
College, in Berkshire, which indulged
his passion for showjumping and
eventing. ?Showing puts you into a
high-pressured environment when
you are very young,? he says. ?Nick
Scholfield [his fellow jockey] did the
same. From the age of seven we were at
the Horse of the Year show. I won to do a lot of failing to get success. You
?Search for a Star? at Wembley when I can translate that into my world. You
was nine.?
fail a lot but eventually it might lead to
He lasted six weeks at Newcastle getting things right.?
University, his history and politics
The turning point came when riding
degree jettisoned for a crack at riding. Cucumber Run into second in the PerHe worked for Patrick and Phillippa temps Handicap Hurdle at Newbury?s
Chamings, his aunt and uncle, before Hennessy meeting in 2012. ?I then rode
moving to Seven Barrows to join Nicky Petit Robin, who won the Listed race on
Henderson in 2010.
Tingle Creek day,? he says. ?The
?I went in as a stable lad. I had an Bradstocks [Mark and Sara] saw that,
amateur?s licence,? he continues. ?You and I was allowed to ride Carruthers on
go in at the deep end and sink or swim. Boxing Day. Then it began to snowball.?
You have to be a bit ignorant and keep
Carruthers led to Coneygree, his
going because you will get
half-brother, and in turn to the
knocked back a few times. It
memorable 2015 Gold Cup
is a tough environment.
success. ?I have been incred?You have to be mentally
ibly fortunate to ride some
resilient. I took a long time
pretty good horses,? De
career winners for
to get going and get myself
Boinville says. ?You have to
De Boinville ? ten of
to a certain standard. I was those have been grade- be in the right place. Luck is
playing catch-up because
involved. I know exactly
one winners (4 per
I?d been in education longer
what it is like to struggle.?
cent of his total)
and my race riding wasn?t up
Among those ?pretty good
to scratch, compared with lads
horses? was Sprinter Sacre. Of
who?d had 200 rides in point-to-points. the present vintage, he says Altior and
David Bass and I started at Nicky?s in Might Bite are horses with all the
the same week. It took me a long time to hallmarks of being something special.
get to his level. I worked away at it.?
?Sprinter arrived at Seven Barrows in
He found inspiration of sorts when my first year,? he continues. ?My name
reading Black Box Thinking by Matthew was put against him and it remained
Syed, the former table tennis inter- there. He just got dolled out ? bang,
national and now columnist for The that?s it, he?s yours. It didn?t take me long
Times. ?It was brilliant. It is all about to realise he was pretty special.?
mindset. He talks about how you have
So what about Might Bite, who a year
ago fell at the last when 18 lengths clear
De Boinville is on
in the Kauto Star Novices? Chase? ?He
board Might Bite,
is straightforward at home, wouldn?t
the unpredictable
put a foot wrong,? De Boinville answers.
favourite, in the
?Sometimes, though, his concentration
King George today
does wander.? One cannot easily forget
his antics in the RSA Novices? Chase at
Cheltenham in March, when almost
stopping after the last, thinking his race
was done. ?He was cruising. Then he
has seen the entrance [from the parade
ring] and virtually came to a standstill.
He did it as a novice hurdler two years
before. I thought he would have
matured and would not have dreamt of
doing it again. I couldn?t do anything.
Luckily a loose horse came to him and
he just took off. He saved my skin.?
At Sandown, in the Future Stars
Intermediate Chase, we saw the other
side of him. ?He couldn?t have been
more straightforward. Is it out of his
system? You can never tell. But if he can
do what he did at Kempton last year, bar
the last, he will put up a really good
show [today].? If he does not, the
Kempton mob might decide to
man the barricades.
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12.45 Simply The Betts
2.30 Buveur D?Air
1.20 Reigning Supreme
3.05 Bristol De Mai
1.55 Mia?s Storm (nb)
3.40 Midnight Maestro
Thunderer: 1.20 Touch Kick. 3.05 Might Bite (nap).
Going: good to soft (soft in places)
Racing UK
12.45
32Red Casino Novices' Hurdle
114-11
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IF THE CAP FITS 41 (D,G,S) H Fry 5-11-8
DIESE DES BIEFFES 26 (D,G) N Henderson 4-11-5
IRISH PROPHECY 24 (C,D,G,S) Miss E Lavelle 4-11-5
SOLOMON GREY 22 (D,S) D Skelton 5-11-5
AIRTIGHT 52 G L Moore 4-11-0
AR MEST 21 (BF) G L Moore 4-11-0
SIMPLY THE BETTS 25 (D,G) H Whittington 4-11-0
STORM HOME 33 C Tizzard 5-11-0
N Fehily
S Bowen
A Coleman
H Skelton
T O'Brien
Josh Moore
B Cooper
T Scudamore
HELL'S KITCHEN 25 (H,T,D,BF,S) H Fry 6-11-8
B J Geraghty
REIGNING SUPREME 277 (D,S) N Henderson 6-11-5 N De Boinville
THEO'S CHARM 31 (B,S) N Gifford 7-11-3
J J Burke
TOUCH KICK 18 (H,T,D,G,S) P Nicholls 6-10-13
S Twiston-Davies
WENYERREADYFREDDIE 44 (BF,S) N Henderson 6-10-13
D Jacob
BEGGAR'S WISHES 18 (T,P,G,S) P Bowen 6-10-10
S Bowen
PRIVATE MALONE 37 (P,D,S) Miss E Lavelle 8-10-10
A Coleman
MISTER WHITAKER 51 (D,S) M Channon 5-10-10
A P Heskin
BAD BOY DU POULDU 21 (B,G,S) G L Moore 6-10-3 Bryony Frost (5)
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10-1 Wenyerreadyfreddie, 11-1 Private Malone, 12-1 Bad Boy Du Pouldu, Beggar's Wishes.
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2-1 If The Cap Fits, 5-2 Diese Des Bieffes, 5-1 Simply The Betts, 6-1 Solomon Grey, 7-1 Irish
Prophecy, 10-1 Storm Home, 50-1 Ar Mest, 100-1 Airtight.
Rob Wright?s choice: Sinply The Betts made a really promising debut over
hurdles when third at Newbury Dangers: Diese Des Bieffes, If The Cap Fits
Blinkered first time: Fontwell Park 2.35 Its?afreebee. Huntingdon 12.40 Trojan Star. 1.15 Seven Kingdoms, Postbridge,
Sisania. 1.50 Whin Park. Kempton Park 3.05 Traffic Fluide.
Market Rasen 2.50 Cry Wolf. 3.25 Satellite. Wincanton 12.55
Madame Claud. 2.40 Coeur Tantre. Wolverhampton 12.40 Blue
Harmony. 3.25 Perfect Symphony.
Wright choice: Reigning Supreme, useful in three starts over hurdles, is
likely to be better over fences
Dangers: Mister Whitaker, Touch Kick
1.55
32Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase
ITV
(Grade I: �,713: 3m) (7)
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1 P5-512 BALLYOPTIC 38 (T,D,BF,G,S) N Twiston-Davies 7-11-7 S Twiston-Davies
161
Bryony Frost
2 111112 BLACK CORTON 24 (T,C,D,F,G,S) P Nicholls 6-11-7
155
T O'Brien
3 00-221 ELEGANT ESCAPE 24 (D,S) C Tizzard 5-11-7
149
4 11-51F FOUNTAINS WINDFALL 24 (D,BF,G,S) A Honeyball 7-11-7 A Coleman
139
H Skelton
5 1016-1 SOME INVITATION 53 (T,D,S) D Skelton 6-11-7
148
T Scudamore
6 PP-131 WEST APPROACH 18 (G,S) C Tizzard 7-11-7
W Hutchinson v162
7 01-111 MIA'S STORM 47 (D,G,S) A King 7-11-0
5-2 Mia's Storm, 4-1 Ballyoptic, 9-2 Black Corton, 5-1 Elegant Escape, 6-1 Fountains Windfall,
7-1 West Approach, 20-1 Some Invitation.
Wright choice: Mia?s Storm has taken off since tried over fences, winning
both starts, and can cope with this step up in class Danger: Ballyoptic
2.30
Unibet Christmas Hurdle
ITV
(Grade I: �,340: 2m) (5)
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1111-1 BUVEUR D'AIR 24 (D,G,S) N Henderson 6-11-7
B J Geraghty
v171
Under
Daryl
Jacob,
Bristol De
Mai won
the Betfair
Chase at
Haydock
last month
Bristol De Mai looks
the King George pick
Rob Wright Racing Editor
Bristol De Mai can put himself in line
for a �million bonus by landing the
32Red King George VI Chase (3.05) at
Kempton Park today.
Dashing greys are synonymous with
the King George and Bristol De Mai
can add to their tally in the Christmas
showpiece, giving himself a chance to
become the first to claim The Jockey
Club?s Triple Crown if he can follow up
with victory in the Cheltenham Gold
Cup.
It is more than 30 years since the
brilliant Desert Orchid claimed the
first of his four wins in this mid-season
highlight and, while fellow greys One
Man and Teeton Mill added their name
to the roll of honour in the Nineties,
none have yet prevailed this century.
Bristol De Mai, who has looked
much-improved in two starts this
season, can put that right. He had to
work hard to beat stablemate Blaklion
on his reappearance in the Charlie Hall
Chase at Wetherby on November 4, but
that form has worked out really well,
with Blaklion bolting up in the Becher
Chase at Aintree, while Definitly Red,
who was 23 lengths back in third, won
in grade-two company on his next start.
Bristol De Mai had rather less trouble
when winning the Betfair Chase at
Haydock Park ? the first leg of the
Triple Crown ? last time, cruising to a
57-length defeat of Cue Card.
Both of those victories came under
more testing conditions but it would be
wrong to write off Bristol De Mai as a
mudlark as he is a grade-one winner on
good to soft ground, too.
It is entirely possible that, at the age
of six, Bristol De Mai is still maturing,
while it is also interesting that he has
been fitted with earplugs for both starts
this year and perhaps that has also
played a part in his improvement.
Whatever the reason, he brings the
best form to this race and rates good
N Fehily
2 0211-0 CHESTERFIELD 37 (D,G,S) J S Mullins 7-11-7
H Skelton
3 03-102 MOHAAYED 10 (T,D,G,S) D Skelton 5-11-7
Bryony Frost
4 -01315 OLD GUARD 10 (CD,G,S) P Nicholls 6-11-7
5 34-142 THE NEW ONE 10 (CD,G,S) N Twiston-Davies 9-11-7 S Twiston-Davies
1-4 Buveur D'Air, 5-1 The New One, 14-1 Old Guard, 25-1 Mohaayed, 50-1 Chesterfield.
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165
Wright choice: Buveur D?Air, last season?s Champion Hurdler, has been
beaten just once over jumps and cannot be opposed Danger: The New One
3.05
32Red King George VI Chase
ITV
(Grade I: �8,138: 3m) (8)
D Jacob v182
1 305-11 BRISTOL DE MAI 31 (D,S) N Twiston-Davies 6-11-10
155
A P Heskin
2 12P-22 DOUBLE SHUFFLE 31 (H,CD,G,S) T George 7-11-10
169
B Cooper
3 211-12 FOX NORTON 17 (H,BF,G,S) C Tizzard 7-11-10
170
N De Boinville
4 F111-1 MIGHT BITE 44 (C,D,G,S) N Henderson 8-11-10
165
Lizzie Kelly
5 1U1-04 TEA FOR TWO 31 (CD,G,S) N Williams 8-11-10
171
T Scudamore
6 1112-5 THISTLECRACK 25 (CD,BF,G,S) C Tizzard 9-11-10
152
Josh Moore
7 632-45 TRAFFIC FLUIDE 31 (V,G,S) G L Moore 7-11-10
168
A Coleman
8 122-12 WHISPER 24 (C,D,G,S) N Henderson 9-11-10
11-8 Might Bite, 100-30 Bristol De Mai, 11-2 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Fox Norton, 8-1 Whisper, 20-1 Tea
For Two, 40-1 Double Shuffle, 50-1 Traffic Fluide.
Wright choice: Bristol De Mai is a fast-improving chaser and is taken to
claim a fourth grade one success
Dangers: Might Bite, Fox Norton
3.40
32Red Download The App Handicap
Hurdle (�,512: 2m 5f) (15)
J J Burke
1 U1PP-P OUR KAEMPFER 24 (T,CD,G,S) C Longsdon 8-11-13
N Fehily
2 320-11 DASHING OSCAR 41 (T,G,S) H Fry 7-11-12
S Twiston-Davies
3 6-0052 CONNETABLE 17 (B,D,S) P Nicholls 5-11-7
W Hutchinson
4 /F3F-F MINELLA CHARMER 72 (T,D,S) A King 6-11-6
Mr A Ferguson (7)
5 1F3F-0 JALEO 24 (S) B Pauling 5-11-4
N De Boinville
6 0-2110 TAKE TO HEART 31 (G) N Henderson 5-11-4
D Jacob
7 2/2-21 KILDISART 32 (S) B Pauling 5-11-0
8 000-00 DOESYOURDOGBITE 24 (P,CD,G,S) Jonjo O'Neill 5-10-13 A Coleman
H Skelton
9 12-0F4 WHATDUHAVTOGET 17 (H,D,S) D Skelton 5-10-13
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value at the 7-2 generally on offer to
maintain his winning streak.
Might Bite is a warm favourite and
he, too, has plenty to recommend him.
He would have won his past six starts
but for falling when well clear in a grade
-one novice chase at this fixture a year
ago and he clearly has the potential to
go right to the top. He does have his
quirks, though, as he showed when
hanging badly on the run-in when beating stablemate Whisper by a nose in the
RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.
If the front-running Might Bite is
allowed to dominate from the outset he
will take some catching but there are
others in this field who like to race
prominently and he may not get things
all his own way.
Thistlecrack was never far off the
lead when an impressive winner of this
prize a year ago. He injured a tendon
when beaten by Many Clouds at
Cheltenham in January, though, and
even though he might have needed
the run after a ten-month break over
hurdles at Newbury this month, the
way that faded was disconcerting.
Fox Norton, a stablemate of Thistlecrack, is a class act but the question is
whether he will stay this trip. He stayed
on strongly when failing by half a
length to peg back Politologue in the
Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park
on December 9, but there has to be a
doubt as to whether this mile-longer
trip is within his range.
Whisper ran a cracker when a neck
second to Total Recall in the Ladbroke
Trophy at Newbury, travelling beautifully but just denied on the run-in. He
deserves his place in this higher grade
but is unlikely to be quite good enough.
Tea For Two was not beaten far when
fourth last year and landed a first topflight success at Aintree in April. He
travelled well when fourth to Bristol De
Mai in the Betfair Chase last time and
this better ground will suit, but this will
require a career-best effort.
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10 21P-60 MIDNIGHT MAESTRO 32 (BF,S) A King 5-10-12
Mr T O'Brien (5) v140
11 3301F1 GOLAN FORTUNE 4 (P,D,G,S) P Middleton 5-10-9
129
A P Heskin
12 3-3625 SHANROE SAINT 17 B Case 5-10-9
136
T O'Brien
13 0P-653 WOLFCATCHER 24 (T,P,S) I Williams 5-10-8
137
M Heard (5)
14 P12-00 MR FICKLE 21 (P,C,D,F,G,S) G L Moore 8-10-3
3-3S22
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ROTHMAN
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(T,P,D,S)
C
Gordon
7-10-0
Bryony
Frost
(5)
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11-2 Dashing Oscar, 7-1 Kildisart, 15-2 Connetable, 8-1 Take To Heart, 9-1 Golan Fortune, Midnight
Maestro, 11-1 Rothman, Whatduhavtoget, 12-1 Jaleo, Minella Charmer, 14-1 others.
Wright choice: Midnight Maestro ruined his chance with an early blunder
at Ascot but is capable of much better Dangers: Golan Fortune, Kildisart
Course specialists
Fontwell Park: Trainer N Mulholland, 34 from 130 runners, 26.2%.
Jockey J Bowen, 3 from 10 rides, 30.0%.
Huntingdon: Trainers N Henderson, 25 from 81, 30.9%; H Fry,
4 from 14, 28.6%. Jockey C Gethings, 4 from 16 rides, 25.0%.
Kempton Park: Trainers P Bowen, 3 from 11, 27.3%; N Henderson,
55 from 204, 27.0%. Jockey N De Boinville, 21 from 80, 26.2%.
Market Rasen: Trainer Julian Smith, 4 from 9 runners, 44.4%.
Jockey A P Cawley, 5 from 26, 19.2%.
Sedgefield: Trainers H Whittington, 3 from 4, 75.0%; P Atkinson,
3 from 7, 42.9%. Jockey H Bannister, 3 from 13, 23.1%.
Wetherby: Trainers F O'Brien, 6 from 16, 37.5%; K Lee, 4 from 11,
36.4%. Jockey Miss G Andrews, 4 from 11, 36.4%.
Wincanton: Trainers P Nicholls, 78 from 236, 33.1%; N Henderson,
6 from 25, 24.0%. Jockey H Cobden, 26 from 72, 36.1%.
Wolverhampton: Trainers S bin Suroor, 43 from 118, 36.4%; H
Palmer, 17 from 62, 27.4%. Jockey Fran Berry, 13 from 70, 18.6%.
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Sport
1.10
Fontwell Park
Rob Wright
12.20 Oskar Denarius
12.50 Quothquan
1.25 Jersey Bean
2.00 Brown Bear
Going: soft
2.35 Knockanuss
3.10 Silent Man
3.45 Ellens Way
At The Races
12.20 Conditional Jockeys' Handicap
Hurdle (�599: 2m 3f 49y) (11)
-1050 ALKA STEP 22 N Gifford 6-11-12
C Hammond (3)
-5242 JEBS GAMBLE 15 (P) N Gifford 6-11-12
C Ring
4-400 MINELLATILLMORNING 28 N Mulholland 5-11-11 H Reed (6)
2-056 YUKON DELTA 203 (C) G L Moore 10-11-4
W Clarke (10)
-404U BE DARING 22 (H,BF) C Gordon 6-11-4
A Thorne (5)
4-P05 ERMYN'S EMERALD 64 P Phelan 5-11-2
T Greatrex (3)
453-1 WILLSHEBETRYING 15 (CD) M Hoad 6-11-2
J Bowen
05BP- RIVER DUN 271 (H) D Pipe 7-11-0
M Heard (3)
-50P1 OSKAR DENARIUS 7 (H,T,D) J Mason 6-10-11 B Hicks (7)
350P- SWEET'N'CHIC 295 R Rowe 7-10-6
J Savage (5)
55-P6 WALK OF GLEAMS 50 Miss A Newton-Smith 8-10-0
T Willmott (7)
7-2 Jebs Gamble, Willshebetrying, 5-1 Be Daring, 8-1 Alka Step, 12-1 others.
1
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12.50 Juvenile Hurdle
(3-Y-O: �249: 2m 1f 162y) (5)
1 OXFORD BLU 22 O Murphy 11-5
I Popham
1
31 AIGUILLE ROUGE 15 (CD) G L Moore 10-12
J E Moore
2
53 COLD SHOULDER 15 T Symonds 10-12
B Poste
3
32 QUOTHQUAN 18 M Madgwick 10-12
M Goldstein
4
SPIRIT OF ROME 133F H Whittington 10-5
J Banks
5
Evens Oxford Blu, 2-1 Quothquan, 5-1 Aiguille Rouge, 16-1 others.
1.25
Novices' Hurdle
(�574: 2m 1f 162y) (13)
1 31122 HIGHWAY ONE O ONE 29 (D) C Gordon 5-11-5 J Bowen (5)
BOOBOROWIE 70F Ali Stronge 4-10-12
Matt Griffiths
2
6 BRESLIN 32 Sheena West 4-10-12
M Goldstein
3
3-1 CANYOURINGMEBACK 72P N Gifford 5-10-12
C Ring (3)
4
4/0-0
CASSIVELLAUNUS
31
D
Steele
5-10-12
Mr
R Dingle (7)
5
A Thornton
6 2-635 FENLONS COURT 28 J S Mullins 5-10-12
213 JERSEY BEAN 27 O Sherwood 4-10-12
L Aspell
7
4-0 JIMMY 80 C Gordon 4-10-12
J Banks
8
A Glassonbury
9 -4600 LAKETOUR LEADER 22 R Rowe 5-10-12
0 NAVAJO WAR DANCE 31 Ali Stronge 4-10-12
I Popham
10
30 NOW LISTEN HERE 8 G L Moore 5-10-12
M Batchelor
11
J E Moore
12 -4500 ROLL OF THE DICE 22 G L Moore 5-10-12
B Poste
13 00-0 MIN TIKY 53 (P) M Bradstock 5-10-5
6-4 Highway One O One, 5-2 Jersey Bean, 3-1 Canyouringmeback, 12-1 others.
2.00
Handicap Chase
(�899: 2m 1f 165y) (6)
61115 BROWN BEAR 26 (P,CD) N Gifford 6-12-1
L Aspell
F14-1 BREDON HILL LAD 44 (T,P,CD) S Gardner 10-11-12
Lucy Gardner (3)
3 2430- ATLANTIC ROLLER 275P (T,P) C Gordon 10-11-12J Bowen (5)
J Banks
4 21-41 BAJARDO 22 (T) Miss E Bishop 9-11-9
J E Moore
5 44-04 LITTLE JIMMY 44 (T,P,D) T Gretton 10-11-4
6 -060P ALBATROS DE GUYE 9 (T,P) Miss A Newton-Smith 7-10-0
B Poste
11-4 Bredon Hill Lad, 3-1 Atlantic Roller, Brown Bear, 4-1 Bajardo, 11-2 others.
1
2
2.35
Handicap Hurdle
(�393: 2m 1f 162y) (8)
J E Moore
1 1/122 KNOCKNANUSS 8 (D,BF) G L Moore 7-11-12
A Glassonbury
2 510-0 LE PRECIEUX 32 (D) G L Moore 4-11-12
J Bowen (5)
3 33-06 VICENZO MIO 24 (T,D) C Gordon 7-11-10
I Popham
4 -P055 ITS'AFREEBEE 20 (B,D) D Skelton 7-11-10
C Ring (3)
5 2-446 NOTRE AMI 32 (C,D) N Gifford 6-11-8
431-6
BROUGHTONS
RHYTHM
29
O
Sherwood
8-11-0
L Aspell
6
7 131/P CHAMPAGNE GEORGE 42 (C,D) N Mulholland 7-10-10
H Reed (7)
Lucy Gardner (3)
8 21-53 RAFAFIE 32 (BF) S Gardner 9-10-7
100-30 Knocknanuss, 4-1 Its'afreebee, 5-1 Champagne George, 13-2 others.
3.10
Handicap Chase
(�599: 3m 1f 210y) (9)
L Aspell
1 5-064 LIKE SULLY 22 R Rowe 9-11-12
Matt Griffiths
2 03P/3 COLMERS HILL 15 J Scott 7-11-11
W Clarke (7)
3 32-25 ITOLDYOU 22 (P,CD) Mrs L Jewell 11-11-11
S Bowen
4 0P1P1 SILENT MAN 9 (T,D) T Weston 7-11-7
C Ring (3)
5 05-PP WHAT LARKS 10 Dr J Naylor 9-11-5
6 23-43 SHANANN STAR 19 (P,D) G Edwards 11-11-3
Miss P Fuller (5)
7 3-531 GORING ONE 19 (C,D) Miss A Newton-Smith 12-11-2
A Thornton
8 P-44P SNOWBALL 19 (D) D Arbuthnot 10-10-4 Mr F Penford (7)
Mr S Quinlan (7)
9 2P-52 BOBONYX 15 Dai Williams 7-10-0
2-1 Silent Man, 13-2 Colmers Hill, Goring One, 7-1 Itoldyou, 8-1 others.
3.45
Mares' Handicap Hurdle
(�249: 2m 5f 164y) (9)
Matt Griffiths
1 01-60 ELLENS WAY 17 (D) J Scott 5-11-12
2 02113 UNDEFINED BEAUTY 27 (H,BF) O Murphy 8-11-11 I Popham
H Teal (7)
3 6322P MARIENSTAR 22 (T) N King 6-11-10
H Reed (7)
4 11-32 MOLLY CAREW 28 N Mulholland 5-11-9
L Aspell
5 236-4 TOBERDOWNEY 234 O Sherwood 5-11-9
M Goldstein
6 -6016 DING DING 6F Sheena West 6-11-9
J E Moore
7 3-012 UNDISPUTED 33 (H) N Williams 6-11-4
J Bowen (5)
8 14-PP SHOOFLY MILLY 41 (T,P) J Scott 8-11-2
B Poste
9 45-44 ROYAL CLARET 21 (T) T Symonds 5-10-9
5-2 Molly Carew, 3-1 Undefined Beauty, 5-1 Undisputed, 6-1 others.
Market Rasen
Rob Wright
12.05 Cliffside Park
2.15 Jepeck
12.35 Ashkoul
2.50 Miss Fleming
1.10 Fair Loch
3.25 Alexander The Grey
1.45 Compadre
Going: soft (good to soft in places) Racing UK
12.05 Selling Handicap Hurdle
(�249: 2m 148y) (5)
C Poste
1 35121 CLIFFSIDE PARK 19 (D) O Murphy 8-11-12
2 55436 NINEPOINTSIXTHREE 34 (H,P) S England 7-10-13 J England
A P Cawley
3 03-5U AKULA 24 (P,D) B Leavy 10-10-9
4 54-60 FRIENDSHIP BAY 23 (D) H J Evans 13-10-0 T Dowling (5)
5 25P0P EXIT TO FREEDOM 19 (H,P) J Wainwright 11-10-0
Miss Becky Smith (7)
10-11 Cliffside Park, 7-2 Friendship Bay, 4-1 Akula, 11-2 others.
12.35
Handicap Chase
(�498: 2m 1f 43y) (7)
Novices' Hurdle (�249: 2m 148y) (9)
22 ASHKOUL 21 (T) D Skelton 4-10-12
Bridget Andrews (3)
1
C Poste
2 -1222 BALLINSLEA BRIDGE 22 O Murphy 5-10-12
00 BRIGHTS PARK 25 N Kent 5-10-12
A Tinkler
3
0-0 CIBOIR 56 N Kent 5-10-12
T Broughton (10)
4
0-16 HIS DREAM 49 (D) Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
K Moore (3)
5
P5 JACBEQUICK 32 D O'Meara 6-10-12
L Heard
6
4 WEEBILL 21 O Murphy 5-10-12
D England
7
60/ ROSIE HALL 46F J Wainwright 7-10-5 Mr J Williamson (7)
8
A Johns
9 5366 SILK RUN 19 T Lacey 4-10-5
15-8 Ashkoul, 3-1 Ballinslea Bridge, 4-1 Silk Run, 6-1 Weebill, 11-1 others.
1-F13 MASTER BURBIDGE 25 (P) N Mulholland 6-12-0 R Dunne
2-P40 FAIR LOCH 45 (C,D) B Ellison 9-12-0
C O'Farrell
224-P BOAGRIUS 58 (T) T George 5-12-0
Mr N George (7)
423F6 ROYAL PLAZA 7 (T,P) O Murphy 6-11-12
C Poste
10-20 ARGENTIX 43 Miss L Russell 7-11-5
D R Fox
56-64 KEEL HAUL 42 (P) H Oliver 9-11-4
T Dowling (5)
54620 THANKYOU VERY MUCH 19 (T,B,D) J Bethell 7-11-3
C Bewley (3)
9-4 Master Burbidge, 4-1 Keel Haul, 5-1 Thankyou Very Much, 11-2 Argentix,
6-1 Royal Plaza, 8-1 Boagrius, 9-1 Fair Loch.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1.45
Novices' Limited Handicap
Chase (�798: 2m 5f 89y) (10)
323-5 JUSTFORJAMES 62 M D Hammond 8-11-8 Mr J Wright (7)
P-553 KIMBERLITE CANDY 24 (D) T Lacey 5-11-6
A Johns
01-60 SOUPY SOUPS 31 N Mulholland 6-11-6
R Dunne
-2031 COMPADRE 31 (H,T) Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-5
K Moore (3)
11-12 FREE RANGE 28 D Skelton 7-10-13
Bridget Andrews (3)
P1/25 PRINCESS TARA 81 (D) J M Jefferson 7-10-11 C Bewley (3)
-1421 RUNNING WOLF 36 (T,CD) A Hales 6-10-9
K K Woods
P4-05 GENERAL MAHLER 24 (T) B Ellison 7-10-7
C O'Farrell
-30P1 ISKABEG LANE 19 (CD) Mrs S Smith 6-10-3
D R Fox
6U553 THE SOCIETY MAN 19 (C) M Chapman 10-10-3
Miss Becky Smith (7)
3-1 Compadre, 4-1 Free Range, 9-2 Iskabeg Lane, 11-2 Running Wolf,
8-1 Justforjames, Princess Tara, 11-1 Soupy Soups, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
2.15
Handicap Chase
(�,512: 3m 3f 123y) (13)
P-1P3 SAINT JOHN HENRY 28 (T,B) D Pipe 7-12-0
C O'Farrell
16-02 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS 28 M Scudamore 8-11-12 R Dunne
1-224 BORIC 24 (P) S Waugh 9-11-12
C Bewley (3)
06123 STRONGLY SUGGESTED 32 (C) Jonjo O'Neill 10-11-11
K Moore (3)
C Poste
5 64-01 VINEGAR HILL 33 (T,C) S Edmunds 8-11-10
44-45
PETITE POWER 40 (T,BF) F O'Brien 8-11-8 Miss L Pinchin (7)
6
7 4-133 EMERALD ROSE 24 (P,C) Julian Smith 10-11-6 M D Grant
T Whelan
8 24-02 CYCLOP 37 (T,P) D Dennis 6-11-4
9 132F- LORD HEATHFIELD 288 (P) G McPherson 11-11-4 K K Woods
10 -1PP2 AMIRAL COLLONGES 33 (P) H J Evans 7-11-1T Dowling (5)
A Johns
11 -34P3 JEPECK 18 R Woollacott 8-10-11
T Cheesman (5)
12 1PP-2 AMBERJAM 22 Mrs L Wadham 7-10-8
A Tinkler
13 60-30 UPBEAT COBBLER 65 (P) H Daly 9-10-6
5-1 Petite Power, 13-2 Jepeck, 9-1 Amberjam, Amiral Collonges, Cyclop, Saint
John Henry, Vinegar Hill, 10-1 Lord Heathfield, 12- others.
1
2
3
4
2.50
Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(�249: 2m 4f 139y) (11)
C O'Farrell
1 65-06 INSTANT REPLAY 52 B Ellison 5-11-13
2 -4523 MISS FLEMING 19 (T) T George 5-11-12 Mr N George (7)
T Whelan
3 F05-0 ARTIC MILAN 239 S Gollings 5-11-11
T Dowling (5)
4 -0634 CRY WOLF 37 (B) H J Evans 4-11-11
A Tinkler
5 26-F4 PICKNICK PARK 33 N Kent 5-11-8
063 BRIDEY'S LETTUCE 23 (H) C Pogson 5-11-8
A Pogson
6
K Wood (5)
7 3/000 RANDY PIKE 28 T Easterby 7-11-7
C Bewley (3)
8 42600 LUSO BENNY 25 P Holmes 5-11-7
A Johns
9 0060- SERGIO 266 (T) T Vaughan 5-11-6
10 54-54 PORT LAIRGE 4F M Chapman 7-10-11 Miss Becky Smith (7)
D England
11 0-006 BISOUBISOU 35 (T,P) O Murphy 5-10-8
11-2 Bridey's Lettuce, Miss Fleming, 13-2 Bisoubisou, Cry Wolf, Port Lairge,
15-2 Instant Replay, 9-1 Randy Pike, 11-1 Artic Milan, 12-1 others.
3.25
2.05
(�498: 2m 2f 140y) (12)
0-120 VIVAS 38 (T,CD) C Longsdon 6-11-12
C H Davies (10)
23403 SHINING ROMEO 34 D Quinn 5-11-12
D Crosse
32201 FOCACCIA 19 (T,P,C) D Skelton 6-11-10 Bridget Andrews (3)
1400/ SEE THE ROCK 129F (H,CD) Jonjo O'Neill 7-11-9 K Moore (3)
1-040 TYRELL 31 (T,P) M D Hammond 4-11-9
A P Cawley
21-14 MR SNOOZY 27 (P,CD) M Walford 8-11-8
R Dunne
044/4 ACERTAIN CIRCUS 26 Mrs P Sly 7-11-6
M D Grant
/10-0 SATELLITE 58 (T,V,D) T Vaughan 6-11-2
A Johns
0-340 BOWIE 23 (CD) N Kent 10-10-13
T Broughton (10)
4-213 GENEROUS DAY 23 (BF) H Oliver 5-10-13
T Dowling (5)
55423 ALEXANDER THE GREY 55 (H,T,BF) G McPherson 6-10-13
K K Woods
T Whelan
12 01255 SOIESAUVAGE 10 (H,T) Mrs S Leech 6-10-2
9-2 Focaccia, 13-2 Alexander The Grey, 7-1 Generous Day, Vivas, 8-1 Acertain
Circus, Mr Snoozy, Tyrell, 9-1 Satellite, 12-1 Shining Romeo, 14-1 others.
Sedgefield
Rob Wright
11.55 Quick Pick
2.05 Oscar O?Scar
12.25 Glimpse Of Gold 2.40 Hit And Run
1.00 The Dubai Way
3.15 Jane Lamb
1.35 Tonto?s Spirit
Going: good to soft (soft in places) At The Races
Novices' Hurdle
1 53-U2 STAR TACKLE 32 (BF) H Whittington 6-11-12 H Bannister
Ross Chapman (5)
2 32113 DICA 39 (CD) P Collins 11-11-10
D Irving (3)
3 35P14 INDIAN VOYAGE 24 (T,C,D) M Barnes 9-11-8
T Kelly
4 U2P-5 AZERT DE COEUR 45 (D) R Menzies 7-11-7
W Kennedy
5 11-32 WHITSUNDAYS 24 (T,C,BF) D McCain 8-11-7
6 -P445 OSCAR O'SCAR 23 (P,CD) M D Hammond 9-11-1 F O'Toole (5)
7 5-625 DARTFORD WARBLER 43 (D,BF) Mrs S Smith 10-10-12
S Coltherd (5)
100-30 Whitsundays, 4-1 Oscar O'Scar, 9-2 Dartford Warbler, 5-1 others
2.40
12.25
Handicap Chase
(�599: 2m 77y) (10)
F2236 MAXIMUS MARIDIUS 75 S Drinkwater 6-12-2 Mr H Nugent (7)
64-P5 JOKERS AND ROGUES 32 (T,C,D) K Slack 9-11-12
Colm McCormack (3)
3 12-05 GLIMPSE OF GOLD 64 (T,D) T Vaughan 6-11-9 W Kennedy
4 40-U3 SKY FULL OF STARS 28 (B,D) J Ewart 7-11-8Steven Fox (5)
5 5-212 OAK VINTAGE 32 (C,D,BF) Mrs A Hamilton 7-11-4
Ross Chapman (5)
F O'Toole (5)
6 60023 ROXYFET 19 (CD) M D Hammond 7-11-4
7 5-P5F ULIS DE VASSY 22 (V,D) L Morgan 9-11-2Mr L Williams (7)
S Coltherd (5)
8 36-40 THEDFACTOR 59 Mrs J Walton 8-10-4
9 6-060 DUHALLOWCOUNTRY 28 (B,CD) V Thompson 11-10-1
Mr A Chadwick (7)
10 -440P REVERSE THE CHARGE 192 (P) Mrs J Walton 10-10-0
Miss A Waugh (7)
3-1 Roxyfet, 4-1 Oak Vintage, 9-2 Sky Full Of Stars, 7-1 others.
1
2
1.00
Novices' Hurdle (�899: 2m 178y) (6)
W Kennedy
1 3-131 ROCKALZARO 32 (D) D McCain 5-11-5
2 21-11 THE DUBAI WAY 34 (D) H Whittington 5-11-5 H Bannister
3 55640 AYE AYE ENYA 62 (T) J Norton 4-10-12 Colm McCormack (3)
N Moscrop (5)
4 03-24 BLACK ART 32 Mrs S Smith 5-10-12
S Coltherd (5)
5 6F3-4 POOKIE PEKAN 59 W S Coltherd 4-10-12
P SECRET MELODY 33 T Easterby 4-10-12
C King
6
6-4 Rockalzaro, 15-8 The Dubai Way, 5-1 Black Art, 11-2 others.
1.35
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 2m 3f 188y) (8)
1 10-03 TONTO'S SPIRIT 17 (H,C) K Slack 5-11-13 Rachael McDonald (7)
H Bannister
2 /2-11 OCTAGON 23 H Whittington 7-11-12
3 P1264 DANCEINTOTHELIGHT 34 (T,CD) D McCain 10-11-8
Miss A McCain (7)
Colm McCormack (3)
4 32F60 IOLANI 20 Mrs D Sayer 5-11-7
Handicap Hurdle
(�599: 2m 3f 188y) (14)
65-06 INSTANT REPLAY 52 B Ellison 5-11-13
C King
3-362 HIT AND RUN 18 D McCain 5-11-12
W Kennedy
14303 ANGE DES MALBERAUX 26 (B,CD) J Ewart 7-11-10
Steven Fox (5)
4 P-P60 WIND OF HOPE 17 (P,D) A Whillans 8-11-7
Rachael McDonald (7)
5 361-0 PARK HOUSE 234 (P) R Craggs 8-11-5 Ross Chapman (5)
T Kelly
6 P50P5 THEATRE ACT 23 (V,C,D) C Grant 6-11-5
7 50001 WIG WAM WIGGLE 34 (D) M D Hammond 5-11-3 F O'Toole (5)
8 0-005 CHARIN' CROSS 28 M D Hammond 5-11-1 Miss C Walton (3)
9 PFP4- PRAY FOR A RAINBOW 261P S Drinkwater 6-11-0
Mr H Nugent (7)
G Cockburn (3)
10 04U-0 CYRANO STAR 43 Andrew Crook 5-10-10
S Coltherd (5)
11 P0P5/ SORY 602F Miss T Jackson 10-10-3
12 24-00 FIDDLER'S FLIGHT 38 (H,C) J Norton 11-10-0Mr A Chadwick (7)
44/04
ONE
IN
A
ROW
46
(V)
J
Brooke
10-10-0
J Kington (3)
13
14 PP-00 GENTLEMAN JAMES 84 (T) Mrs D Sayer 5-10-0 L Murtagh (5)
7-2 Hit And Run, 5-1 Ange Des Malberaux, Wig Wam Wiggle, 15-2others.
1
2
3
3.15
NH Flat Race (�560: 2m 178y) (12)
6/ ALMAHOY 803 J Brooke 6-10-12
J Kington (3)
1
60-2 BIRCH VALE 27 D McCain 5-10-12
W Kennedy
2
BRANSTON DOYEN (H) J M Jefferson 4-10-12
T Kelly
3
ELLA'S DENE T Reed 6-10-12
Rachael McDonald (7)
4
4 ETERNALLY YOURS 26 D Whillans 4-10-12 C Whillans (3)
5
0 INAJIFFY 45 (T) G Bewley 4-10-12
J Bewley (3)
6
23-2 JANE LAMB 35 (T,BF) D Skelton 4-10-12 Mr L Williams (7)
7
JUST CALL ME JENNI Andrew Crook 6-10-12 G Cockburn (3)
8
MINI DREAMS P Atkinson 5-10-12
F O'Toole (5)
9
4 SAMMAMISH 27 J M Jefferson 4-10-12 A Blakemore (10)
10
50- TICKERTY BOO 247 B Ellison 5-10-12
C King
11
0 TROOBLUE 43 Mrs S Smith 5-10-12
N Moscrop (5)
12
9-4 Jane Lamb, 4-1 Birch Vale, Eternally Yours, 7-1 Branston Doyen, 8-1 others.
Wetherby
Rob Wright
12.00 Petticoat Tails
12.30 Moorlands Mist
1.05 Red Ochre (nap)
1.40 Astracad
Going: soft
2.10 Get On The Yager
2.45 Little Bruce
3.20 Something Brewing
1 1-361 SCHIAPARANNIE 38 (H,C) J M Jefferson 5-11-5 B Hughes
3 AUTUMN SURPRISE 38 T Easterby 4-10-12
H Brooke
2
01-2 COCKLEY BECK 52 (BF) N Richards 5-10-12
R Day (3)
3
00 FENCOTE BELLE 192 J M Jefferson 4-10-12 J Hamilton (3)
4
5 034-P GOGO BALOO 17P T Easterby 5-10-12 Mr W Easterby (7)
J Colliver
6 30-50 HERMANUS 17 J Ewart 5-10-12
J Corbett (5)
7 43-PP JOSEPHINE K 26 (T) S Corbett 4-10-12
R Johnson
8 123-3 PETTICOAT TAILS 19 (C) W Greatrex 5-10-12
30-3 THE MISTRESS 27 (T) D Skelton 6-10-12
D Cook
9
13-8 Petticoat Tails, 4-1 Cockley Beck, Schiaparannie, 11-2 others.
12.30 Novices' Handicap Chase
(�549: 3m 45y) (10)
C Nichol
1 2-650 MAHLERDRAMATIC 23 (T,P) B Ellison 7-11-12
2 520/P GRAND INTRODUCTION 34 (T) F O'Brien 7-11-12C Shoemark
B Hughes
3 32-3F PINCH OF GINGER 18 D McCain 6-11-8
J Bargary (3)
4 0-504 JANES BOUTIQUE 21 T Symonds 6-11-8
5 3U352 MOORLANDS MIST 34 (V,D) Sara Ender 10-11-7 T Dowson (3)
J Hamilton (3)
6 0-PP2 HONEST INTENT 88 M Walford 6-11-4
D Cook
7 53-U2 DICK DARSIE 18 (BF) Mrs S Smith 7-11-2
8 1202U CANT PAY WONT PAY 38 (D) Mrs R Dobbin 9-11-0
Mr D Delahunt (7)
H Brooke
9 22P6P INCHCOLM 18 M D Hammond 7-10-3
Ryan Winks (5)
10 -350P GROW NASA GROW 42 P Winks 6-10-2
4-1 Dick Darsie, 5-1 Honest Intent, Mahlerdramatic, 11-2 others.
Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(�574: 2m 3f 154y) (13)
1 0-320 ATLANTIC GREY 37 N Twiston-Davies 4-12-0 J Bargary (3)
D Crosse
2 F1-34 THE DAWN MAN 27 H Oliver 6-11-12
A Nicol
3 21055 NEMEAN LION 25 (T,D) P Kirby 5-11-12
J Kington (3)
4 5-605 ANGUINO 75 P Holmes 4-11-11
5 2-4P0 RAINY DAY DYLAN 18 (T,D) N Mulholland 6-11-10 Doubtful
R Johnson
6 0-112 DALAMAN 33 (BF) N Mulholland 6-11-9
D Cook
7 03-25 NEW LIST 202 B Ellison 4-11-9
8 30-0P ART OF SUPREMACY 151 M D Hammond 5-11-7 J Colliver
B Hughes
9 0-053 RED OCHRE 18 C Grant 4-11-7
H Brooke
10 50-0P WITNESS TIME 34 (H,T) Mrs R Dobbin 5-11-2
11 /4P-2 ALONG CAME THEO 34 Andrew Crook 7-11-2 Ross Turner (7)
C Nichol
12 U-F54 MINELLA SUITE 32 (P) Mrs R Dobbin 6-11-0
T Dowson (3)
13 0-065 BERTIE BLAKE 24 P Kirby 4-10-11
4-1 Dalaman, 9-2 Nemean Lion, 7-1 Atlantic Grey, Minella Suite, 9-1 others.
1.40
F21-5 APPLESANDPIERRES 33 (P,C) D Skelton 9-11-12 H Brooke
420/6 ALWAYS RESOLUTE 10 B Ellison 6-11-11
D Cook
24-03 ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES 27 M D Hammond 8-11-3
H Thompson Brown (10)
B Hughes
4 334-2 RYEDALE RACER 81 (BF) J M Jefferson 6-11-3
A Nicol
5 23225 NICELY INDEED 38 (H) P Kirby 7-11-2
Mr J Dixon (7)
6 4614- PRESENCE FELT 372 (C) J Dixon 9-11-0
7 214P0 CAPE HIDEAWAY 10 (P) M Walford 5-10-12 J Hamilton (3)
T Dowson (3)
8 1-5P3 LITTLE BRUCE 38 (P,CD) P Kirby 5-10-12
Ryan Winks (5)
9 111-0 MODULUS 38 (V) P Winks 8-10-9
10 -5003 BRIGHT TOMORROW 29 (T,P) W Greatrex 6-10-5 R Johnson
5-1 Ryedale Racer, 11-2 Always Resolute, Applesandpierres, Bright
Tomorrow, 7-1 Little Bruce, 8-1 Only Orsenfoolsies, 9-1 others.
1
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3
3.20
A Nicol
1 0F-50 ASUM 79 (H,T,D) P Kirby 6-11-12
R Johnson
2 54151 ROYAL BEEKEEPER 20 (P,D) C Dore 4-11-11
S W Quinlan
3 552-0 ASTAROLAND 43 (D) J Candlish 7-11-7
4 46002 GRAN MAESTRO 10 (T,B,D) P Winks 8-11-6 Ryan Winks (5)
S Mulqueen (3)
5 06004 NO BOUNDARIES 24 S Waugh 5-11-4
D Cook
6 20U1/ GEORGIAN FIREBIRD 678 (D) B Leavy 7-11-4
J Colliver
7 66426 MAC CENNETIG 18 (T) M D Hammond 5-11-1
53-06
STRIKE
WEST
34
M
D
Hammond
5-11-0
8
H Thompson Brown (10)
J Hamilton (3)
9 0054 MISS AMELIA 38 M Walford 4-10-12
14 SOMETHING BREWING 69 (D) I Jardine 3-10-11 H Brooke
10
5-456
JACARNO
24
Andrew
Crook
5-10-9
Ross
Turner (7)
11
J Corbett (5)
12 64434 BAHRIKATE 23 (T,D) S Corbett 4-10-7
5-1 Gran Maestro, 11-2 Something Brewing, 6-1 Georgian Firebird, Royal
Beekeeper, 13-2 Asum, 15-2 Bahrikate, Mac Cennetig, 10-1 others.
Wincanton
Rob Wright
12.25 Camron De Chaillac 2.40 Monsieur Co
12.55 Passing Call
3.15 Jessber?s Dream
1.30 Bastien
3.50 Lechlade Magician
2.05 Shockingtimes
Going: soft
Racing UK
12.25
Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(�549: 1m 7f 65y) (11)
/1112 AMBRE DES MARAIS 26 (D) J Farrelly 7-12-3
B Powell
-4422 QUIZ MASTER 10 (T) C Tizzard 5-11-12
H Cobden
20-65 CAMRON DE CHAILLAC 34 (P) N Hawke 5-11-10
S Houlihan (7)
G Sheehan
4 0-066 BLUE BULLET 46 (T,P) J Snowden 6-11-9
M Bastyan (5)
5 00-3S WINDSPIEL 18 D Arbuthnot 4-11-7
J Best
6 30-0P SUMMER GETAWAY 34 Nick Mitchell 5-11-7
7 4-442 KRISTAL HART 22 (P) N Mulholland 8-11-1 Mr J King (5)
D Noonan
8 -603R MATTS LEGACY 4 T Vaughan 5-10-13
K Edgar (3)
9 0-406 PEPPAY LE PUGH 184 (T) D Dennis 6-10-9
Conor Smith (5)
10 /PP-2 JUST SPOT 18 K Bishop 10-10-6
11 03004 BREAN GOLF BIRDIE 33 (H) C Gray 5-10-0
Mr Jake Bament (7)
11-4 Quiz Master, 4-1 Ambre Des Marais, 11-2 Kristal Hart, 6-1 others.
1
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3
12.55
Mares' Novices' Hurdle
1 4115F DRINKS INTERVAL 19 (T,BF) C Tizzard 5-11-8 M Bastyan (5)
H Cobden
2 11-12 IF YOU SAY RUN 47 (T,D,BF) P Nicholls 5-11-2
0P3 ANNDARROW 26 P Hobbs 4-10-10
M Nolan
3
4 P1U0- BEE CROSSING 269P J S Mullins 6-10-10 Kevin Jones (5)
J Best
5 1P/4- BLACKDOWN HILLS 523 (D) J S Mullins 7-10-10
B0P MADAME CLAUD 15 (B) M Gillard 4-10-10
K Edgar (3)
6
B Powell
7 42-22 PASSING CALL 35 (BF) A King 4-10-10
8 24-15 PRESENTING PEARL 38 (D) J Snowden 4-10-10 G Sheehan
2-1 If You Say Run, 5-2 Drinks Interval, 11-4 Passing Call, 4-1 others.
1.30
Handicap Hurdle
(�,574: 2m 5f 82y) (11)
5P-6U DIFFERENT GRAVEY 24 (D) P Gundry 7-11-12
Mr W Biddick (3)
M Nolan
2 -21F4 WAIT FOR ME 24 (H,T) P Hobbs 7-11-5
G Sheehan
3 5003- BOITE 34F W Greatrex 7-11-0
K Dowling (7)
4 13-31 BASTIEN 26 (D) A King 6-10-12
B Powell
5 411-0 ZERO GRAND 21 J Farrelly 6-10-11
N Curtis (5)
6 440-P PROTEK DES FLOS 29 N Henderson 5-10-9
A Wedge
7 UU30/ PADGE 649 E Williams 8-10-9
D Noonan
8 120-5 POKER PLAY 38 (T) D Pipe 4-10-7
H Cobden
9 231-3 PERSIAN DELIGHT 41 (T,CD) P Nicholls 7-10-5
10 -3443 SAFFRON WELLS 18 (P,D) C Tizzard 9-10-0 M Bastyan (5)
J Best
11 0-205 KANSAS CITY CHIEF 28 (D) N Mulholland 8-10-0
4-1 Bastien, 5-1 Boite, 6-1 Persian Delight, Wait For Me, 15-2 others.
1
2.05
Handicap Chase
(�,660: 3m 1f 30y) (12)
31-21 KRACKATOA KING 30 (V,D) K Lee 9-11-12
R Patrick (5)
42F22 BEAU DU BRIZAIS 26 P Hobbs 5-11-11
M Nolan
1-203 CAPTAIN BUCK'S 26 (T,P) P Nicholls 5-11-10
H Cobden
12-30 REGAL FLOW 39 (D) R Buckler 10-11-10
S Houlihan (7)
30005 ABRACADABRA SIVOLA 11 (T,P) D Pipe 7-11-9 D Noonan
41P/F SHOCKINGTIMES 81 (T,B,CD) J Snowden 10-11-6 B Powell
3421- COBAJAYISLAND 450 M Scudamore 9-11-5
A Wedge
6-143 WIZARDS BRIDGE 19 (B,D,BF) C Tizzard 8-11-4 M Bastyan (5)
4-030 UMBERTO D'OLIVATE 18 (D) R Walford 9-11-3
J Best
1-035 DANCE FLOOR KING 29 (C) Nick Mitchell 10-11-0 G Sheehan
3F-13 WATER WAGTAIL 33 (P,CD) Miss E Lavelle 10-10-6
P Cowley (7)
12 114-5 GENERAL GIRLING 19 (V,CD) R Hodges 10-10-0
Mr Jake Bament (7)
6-1 Captain Buck's, Krackatoa King, 7-1 Cobajayisland, Dance Floor King,
Wizards Bridge, 8-1 Shockingtimes, 9-1 Abracadabra Sivola, 10-1 others.
1
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4
5
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7
8
9
10
11
2.40
Handicap Chase
15-03 BISHOPS COURT 29 (H,T,P,C) N Mulholland 7-11-12
Mr J King (5)
2 1P322 COEUR TANTRE 12 (T,B,BF) A Honeyball 6-11-8 D Noonan
H Cobden
3 14-5F MONSIEUR CO 25 (C,D) P Nicholls 4-11-5
4 21002 NO NO CARDINAL 36 (P,D) M Gillard 8-10-0 M Bastyan (5)
7-4 Coeur Tantre, Monsieur Co, 5-2 Bishops Court, 14-1 No No Cardinal.
1
(�498: 2m 3f 85y) (5)
188Bet Rowland Meyrick
Handicap Chase
Handicap Hurdle
(�574: 2m) (12)
(�495: 1m 7f 149y) (4)
Handicap Chase
R Johnson
1 1P5-1 GREY GOLD 66 (D) K Lee 12-12-2
2 322-6 SPECIAL CATCH 52 (D,BF) J M Jefferson 10-11-12 B Hughes
S W Quinlan
3 455-4 ZARIB 192 (D) Mrs D Sayer 6-11-4
4 4-P33 ASTRACAD 23 (D) N Twiston-Davies 11-11-0 J Bargary (3)
J Colliver
5 2PF-4 CARALINE 23 (T,CD) M D Hammond 6-10-2
5-2 Grey Gold, Special Catch, 3-1 Astracad, 4-1 Caraline, 9-1 Zarib.
2.10
Handicap Hurdle
(�523: 2m 5f 56y) (10)
(�224: 1m 7f 65y) (8)
(�574: 2m 3f 154y) (9)
1.05
2.45
Racing UK
12.00 Mares' Novices' Hurdle
(�899: 2m 3f 188y) (5)
1 2-310 OR DE VASSY 39 (CD) D Skelton 5-11-5 Mr L Williams (7)
D Irving (3)
2 34632 BAFANA BLUE 46 (T) M Barnes 6-10-12
C King
3 3-334 IT'S YOUR MOVE 66 B Ellison 5-10-12
63-3 LE DRAPEAU 43 Mrs S Smith 5-10-12
N Moscrop (5)
4
S W Quinlan
5 2-2U3 QUICK PICK 23 J Candlish 6-10-12
5-4 Or De Vassy, 15-8 Quick Pick, 11-2 It's Your Move, 8-1 others.
Handicap Chase
(�549: 2m 3f 65y) (7)
Handicap Hurdle
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
11.55
232 BAL DE RIO 68 (P) B Ellison 4-11-7
W Kennedy
530-3 ALLFREDANDNOBELL 32 M D Hammond 4-10-13F O'Toole (5)
P-402 DARK AND DANGEROUS 18 (B,C) S Waugh 9-10-12
Miss A Waugh (7)
8 -4302 CHILLY MISS 35 J M Jefferson 8-10-12 A Blakemore (10)
7-2 Tonto's Spirit, 4-1 Octagon, 11-2 Bal De Rio, 6-1 others.
5
6
7
ITV
(Grade III: �,780: 3m 45y) (8)
2P-5P SHANTOU FLYER 31 (T,D) R Hobson 7-11-12
J Reveley
P3-25 WAKANDA 24 (C,D) Mrs S Smith 8-11-4
D Cook
14-3F BAYWING 31 (CD) N Richards 8-11-4
R Day (3)
0-331 DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR 32 (CD) Mrs S Smith 7-11-2
S W Quinlan
5 F-120 ACTINPIECES 25 (CD) Mrs P Sly 6-10-13 Miss G Andrews (3)
J Colliver
6 54P-P DEDIGOUT 24 (T,D) M D Hammond 11-10-9
R Johnson
7 3F-32 ALOOMOMO 21 W Greatrex 7-10-7
H Brooke
8 0-661 GET ON THE YAGER 15 D Skelton 7-10-7
7-2 Aloomomo, 4-1 Get On The Yager, 9-2 Delusionofgrandeur, 5-1 Baywing,
Wakanda, 7-1 Actinpieces, 10-1 Shantou Flyer, 33-1 Dedigout.
1
2
3
4
Wright choice: Get On The Yager relished a step up in trip
at Fontwell and is unexposed Dangers: Wakanda, Baywing
3.15
Mares' Novices' Chase
(�798: 2m 4f 35y) (6)
41-52 ACT NOW 22 (T) A Honeyball 8-11-0
D Noonan
42P-3 JESSBER'S DREAM 45 (T,D) P Nicholls 7-11-0
H Cobden
31503 ON DEMAND 5 (T,C) C Tizzard 6-11-0
M Bastyan (5)
2221- PEARL ROYALE 295 (D) N Hawke 5-11-0
G Sheehan
-3305 SECRET DOOR 17 H Fry 6-11-0
K Edgar (3)
60-22 THEATRE TERRITORY 11 W Greatrex 7-11-0
Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
5-2 Jessber's Dream, 7-2 Theatre Territory, 4-1 Secret Door, 9-2 Pearl Royale,
11-2 Act Now, 10-1 On Demand.
1
2
3
4
5
6
3.50
1
2
3
4
5
NH Flat Race (�949: 1m 7f 65y) (12)
BANG ON J Scott 4-11-2
B Powell
3 BEGBIE 22 W Greatrex 4-11-2
G Sheehan
064- BELLAMY'S GREY 241P C Gray 5-11-2 Mr Jake Bament (7)
5 GOLDEN WHISKY 43 E Williams 4-11-2
A Wedge
GOSHEVEN P Hobbs 4-11-2
M Nolan
LECHLADE MAGICIAN A Honeyball 4-11-2
D Noonan
6
LEMONADE DRINKER M Hawker 4-11-2
Mr J King (5)
7
4 RINGA DING DING 40 (T,BF) P Nicholls 4-11-2
H Cobden
8
2- ROWLEY PARK 265 L Blackford 4-11-2
Conor Smith (5)
9
BURN VALLEY C Tizzard 4-10-9
M Bastyan (5)
10
CHLOE'S COURT R Walford 4-10-9
J Best
11
KENTFORD MALLARD J S Mullins 4-10-9 Kevin Jones (5)
12
5-2 Begbie, 100-30 Ringa Ding Ding, 6-1 Gosheven, 7-1 others.
Wolverhampton
Rob Wright
12.05 Los Camachos
2.15 Miss Liguria
12.40 Blue Harmony
2.50 Intisaab
1.10 King Kevin
3.25 King Of Nepal
1.45 Emenem
4.00 Our Oystercatcher
Going: standard
At The Races
Draw: 5f-7f, low numbers best
12.05 Novice Stakes
(2-Y-O: �205: 5f 21y) (11)
L Morris
1 (6) 221 LITTLE BOY BLUE 14 (D) W G M Turner 9-9
0 CLOUD EIGHT 27 (T) M Botti 9-2
D Muscutt
2 (3)
06 GUNNAR JULIUS 31 E Walker 9-2
K Shoemark
3 (10)
2 LOS CAMACHOS 10 P D Evans 9-2
Fran Berry
4 (4)
C Lee (3)
5 (8) 222d2 MIDSUMMER KNIGHT 24 (T) K Burke 9-2
5 ROYAL PURSUIT 109 K A Ryan 9-2
T Eaves
6 (9)
06 RUSTY BLADE 207 D M Loughnane 9-2
Toby Eley (7)
7 (5)
00 TOMMY BOY 88 I Williams 9-2
S Donohoe
8 (1)
Josephine Gordon
9 (2) 44263 AVON GREEN 14 J Tuite 8-11
Doubtful
10(11) 234 GLOBAL ROSE 111 Miss G Kelleway 8-11
REIFFA W Haggas 8-11
Georgia Cox (3)
11 (7)
7-2 Midsummer Knight, 4-1 Little Boy Blue, 6-1 Reiffa, 7-1 others.
12.40 Nursery Handicap
(2-Y-O: �821: 1m 142y) (6)
M M Monaghan (3)
1 (6) 32201 JELLMOOD 24 (H,C) M Botti 9-7
2 (5) 4215 GUVENOR'S CHOICE 31 (T,CD,BF) K Burke 8-12 K Shoemark
T Eaves
3 (2) 4513 WINDSOR CROSS 10 (B) R Fahey 8-12
4 (1) 64610 PASTAMAKESUFASTER P D Evans 8-10 M Cosham (3)
Josephine Gordon
5 (3) 6035 ISLAND COURT 5 J Moore 8-6
Hollie Doyle
6 (4) 06163 BLUE HARMONY 8 (V) K Burke 8-0
9-4 Jellmood, 100-30 Guvenor's Choice, 5-1 Blue Harmony, 6-1 others.
1.10
Handicap (�911: 1m 1f 104y) (13)
L Morris
1 (9) 31-10 VICTORIOUSLY 19 (P,CD) A Brown 5-9-7
W Cox (5)
2 (1) 20205 MR FRANKIE 4 (CD) A Wintle 6-9-6
K Shoemark
3 (11) 50410 TOP OFFER 38 (B,C) P Morris 8-9-6
4 (8) 63060 THE GAY CAVALIER 13 (T) John Ryan 6-9-6 J Mitchell
5 (6) 54030 MIO RAGAZZO 17 (H,BF) M Botti 3-9-5 M M Monaghan (3)
R Havlin
6 (4) 33112 KING KEVIN 10 (B,CD) E Dunlop 3-9-5
7 (2) 03253 INGLEBY ANGEL 26 (D,BF) D O'Meara 8-9-5 Fran Berry
G Downing
8 (7) 15662 WINDSORLOT 24 A Carroll 4-9-4
9 (13) 51462 TOPMEUP 13 (V) Miss G Kelleway 3-9-4 Josephine Gordon
T Eaves
10 (3) 04030 LORD MURPHY 31 (C) D M Loughnane 4-9-3
11(10) 20632 JOYS DELIGHT 21 D M Loughnane 3-9-3 Toby Eley (7)
12 (5) 0533- HOLD HANDS 391 (T) B Powell 6-9-2 Jenny Powell (5)
13(12) 01106 BORN TO REASON 46 (B,CD,BF) K Frost 3-9-2 D C Costello
4-1 King Kevin, 7-1 Ingleby Angel, Mio Ragazzo, Victoriously, 8-1 others.
1.45
Handicap (�,450: 1m 1f 104y) (8)
C Lee (3)
1 (2) 21223 BORN TO BE ALIVE 90 (BF) K Burke 3-9-8
K Shoemark
2 (5) 36042 KYLLACHY GALA 14 M Botti 4-9-4
3 (8) 00065 MYTHICAL MADNESS 12 (V,CD) D O'Meara 6-9-2
Fran Berry
4 (3) 05031 BATTLE OF MARATHON 24 (CD) John Ryan 5-9-1
J Osborn (7)
S A Gray
5 (7) 04P02 MOUNT TAHAN 27 K A Ryan 5-8-13
6 (6) 33441 GRAND INQUISITOR 31J (P) I Williams 5-8-12
Josephine Gordon
7 (1) 30303 BRONZE ANGEL 14 (B,D) M Tregoning 8-8-12 M Dwyer
L Morris
8 (4) 03321 EMENEM 14 (C) S Dow 3-8-11
4-1 Emenem, 5-1 Kyllachy Gala, 11-2 Born To Be Alive, 6-1 others.
2.15
Handicap (�205: 1m 4f 51y) (9)
G Lee
(9) 00036 RITE TO REIGN 28 (V,C) P McBride 6-9-4
(4) 4-322 OCEAN OF LOVE 17 (H,BF) S bin Suroor 3-9-3H Crouch (3)
T Marquand
(7) 55501 TAN ARABIQ 24 (CD) M Appleby 4-9-3
G Downing
(1) 0-000 FREUD 265 (T) I Williams 7-9-2
L Morris
(3) 00062 BELABOUR 24 (D,BF) W M Brisbourne 4-9-1
Jacob Mitchell (7)
(8) 03313 BEATISA 25 Mrs C Dunnett 3-8-13
55324
EXCELLENT
PUCK
10
(C,D)
S
Lycett
7-8-13
(5)
Josephine Gordon
K Shoemark
8 (6) 53302 MISS LIGURIA 13 E Walker 3-8-12
9 (2) 00603 DOLPHIN VILLAGE 10 (H,D) Shaun Harris 7-8-12
C Bennett (3)
100-30 Belabour, 5-1 Miss Liguria, Tan Arabiq, 6-1 Beatisa, 7-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
2.50
Conditions Stakes
(�,450: 6f 20y) (9)
T Eaves
1 (8) 01040 KIMBERELLA 108 (D) R Fahey 7-9-6
Fran Berry
2 (2) 43522 SALATEEN 121 (C) D O'Meara 5-9-6
J Mitchell
3 (6) 4-521 DOUBLE UP 27 (T,D) R Varian 6-9-3
Doubtful
4 (9) 51511 GRACIOUS JOHN 4 (C,D) P D Evans 4-9-3
5 (3) 21110 GULLIVER 31 (T,P,CD,BF) H Palmer 3-9-3 Josephine Gordon
K Shoemark
6 (4) 46442 INTISAAB 27 (P,D,BF) D O'Meara 6-9-3
L Morris
7 (5) 00002 LINE OF REASON 91 (C,D) P Midgley 7-9-3
G Lee
8 (7) 51202 MYTHMAKER 38 (D) B Smart 5-9-3
S Donohoe
9 (1) 03420 POLYBIUS 122 (D) D Simcock 6-9-3
4-1 Double Up, 11-2 Gulliver, 6-1 Intisaab, 13-2 Mythmaker, 7-1 others.
3.25
Handicap (�205: 7f 36y) (12)
1 (6) 00020 MR CHRISTOPHER 13 (P,CD) T Dascombe 5-9-7
A Rawlinson
P O'Hanlon (7)
2 (11) 54003 MY AMIGO 20 (P,BF) K Burke 4-9-7
3 (12) 31011 RAPID RANGER 17 (H,C) D O'Meara 3-9-7 K Shoemark
L Morris
4 (10) 05311 DUTIFUL SON 13 (D) S Dow 7-9-6
Georgia Cox (3)
5 (1) 04-40 CLEMENT 299 (D) John O'Shea 7-9-4
G Downing
6 (4) 10020 BALTIC PRINCE 13 (CD) A Carroll 7-9-4
7 (2) 00116 FIRE DIAMOND 19 (P,CD) T Dascombe 4-9-3 P Pilley (3)
8 (7) 06000 DARK ALLIANCE 49 (D) D M Loughnane 6-9-2 T Eaves
T Marquand
9 (3) 60010 EBBISHAM 33 (CD) J Mackie 4-9-2
Fran Berry
10 (5) 31-00 KING OF NEPAL 20 (D) H Candy 3-9-2
11 (9) 55400 PERFECT SYMPHONY 8 (V) Mrs S Leech 3-9-0 D C Costello
S Donohoe
12 (8) 36000 PADDY A 48 I Williams 3-8-12
7-2 Rapid Ranger, 11-2 Dutiful Son, 7-1 Fire Diamond, Paddy A, 8-1 others.
4.00
Handicap (�205: 7f 36y) (12)
(1) 53020 RIGHT ACTION 52 (C) R Fahey 3-9-7 Sebastian Woods (7)
D C Costello
(2) 00556 OUTER SPACE 21 (D) J Osborne 6-9-7
Fran Berry
(4) 02200 ENERGIA FLAVIO 10 (P) P Morris 7-9-6
T Eaves
(7) 66304 ROCK WARBLER 13 (T,D) O Greenall 4-9-6
(11) 62145 MAJOR CRISPIES 17 (B) D O'Meara 6-9-4 P Vaughan (7)
(3) 62000 CHOSEN CHARACTER 45 (T,V,D) T Dascombe 9-9-4
Elisha Whittington (7)
7 (5) 05-04 SMOKETHATTHUNDERS 330 (CD) J Unett 7-9-3 G Downing
8 (9) 30000 ANONYMOUS JOHN 20 (CD) D Ffrench Davis 5-9-2
Josephine Gordon
1 OUR OYSTERCATCHER 78 (H) P Hide 3-9-2H Crouch (3)
9 (6)
L Morris
10(10) 021 SMUGGLERS CREEK 81 (D) I Jardine 3-9-1
C Lee (3)
11 (8) 30000 STEAL THE SCENE 59 (P,D) K Frost 5-8-13
12(12) 20601 CAPTAIN PUGWASH 18 (D) H Spiller 3-8-11 S Donohoe
3-1 Smugglers Creek, 15-2 Rock Warbler, 8-1 Energia Flavio, Our
Oystercatcher, Right Action, 9-1 Outer Space, 10-1 others.
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Tuesday December 26 2017 | the times
Sport Rugby union
STU FORSTER/GETTY IMAGES; CHRIS FAIRWEATHER/HUW EVANS AGENCY
?I have that game
within me to still
make World Cup?
After a sabbatical, scuffles
with team-mates, and ten
clubs, Gavin Henson tells
Steve James that despite being
almost 36 he has hopes of
playing for Wales in Japan
S
o this decision to employ two playmakers
in the Wales back line by having another
fly half at inside centre is a wonderful
new sparkling idea, is it?
Sitting across the table last week was a
player who took that role in the No 12 jersey
some 13 years ago. He helped his country to win
grand slams in 2005 and 2008 in that position,
and played there for the British & Irish Lions
against New Zealand after the first clean sweep.
And he is still playing. What?s more ? as
impossible as it may seem ? the Dragons
playmaker still thinks he can make the Wales
side, despite it being six years since the last of
his 33 caps. Gavin Henson may turn 36 in
February, but the belief is undimmed. He
chuckles at the mention of two playmakers.
?Maybe I was ahead of my time,? he says. ?But
I do think you need two ball-players in the
team. Whether that is 10 and 12 I am not too
sure, but it is the way forward. Two is about
right. That?s where Wales have gone wrong just
having one, which has been tough on players
like Dan Biggar, because he was trying to find all
the answers all the time.?
Henson was impressed by Owen
Williams at No 12 in November ? ?he
can grow into it? ? but has eyes on
the shirt himself, even if he realises it
is a very distant dream.
?I think for me, if I have got a
chance of getting back in that Welsh
set-up, it will probably be next season in
the run-up to that [2019] World Cup,? he
says. ?I need to play a lot better than I
am. I need to be 20 or 30 per cent
better than anyone around to
get into that set-up. Because of
my age that is understandable.
?But that is what I will
keep striving for. I still
believe that can happen. I
still believe I have got
that game within me. I
think, I show glimpses
Henson returned to Wales
from Bristol last summer
Huntingdon
Rob Wright
11.40 Amberjam
1.50 Bestwork
12.10 Dandy Dan
2.25 Strike The Pose
12.40 Le Coeur Net
3.00 Becauseshesaidso
1.15 Free Bounty
3.35 Malachite
Going: good to soft (soft in places)
Racing UK
11.40
Conditional Jockeys'
Handicap Hurdle
(�899: 3m 1f 10y) (10)
M Hamill (3)
1 /5-60 LAVAL NOIR 23 (T,C) K Bailey 6-11-12
J Sherwood (3)
2 2242P MISS MASH 34 H Daly 6-11-11
3 -3FPP A TAIL OF INTRIGUE 18 (C) F O'Brien 9-11-9
T Humphries (5)
E Austin (10)
4 40P-0 PREDICT A RIOT 25 (P) I Williams 6-11-9
H Stock (6)
5 2-244 LERICHI BELLE 47 (H,E) M Keighley 6-11-7
C Deutsch
6 42-66 SAMDIBIEN 196 (T) S Thomas 5-11-6
T Cheesman
7 1PP-2 AMBERJAM 22 (CD) Mrs L Wadham 7-11-4
8 /2412 MISS MAYFAIR 31 (P,CD,BF) Mrs L Hill 10-11-4 C Gethings
9 21031 COSMIC DIAMOND 26 (T,C) P Webber 7-10-12
M Kendrick (3)
H Teal (6)
10 /13-2 SACKETT 234 N King 6-10-9
9-4 Sackett, 5-1 Amberjam, 7-1 Miss Mayfair, 8-1 Cosmic Diamond, Laval Noir,
Miss Mash, 10-1 Predict A Riot, 12-1 Lerichi Belle, 14-1 A Tail Of Intrigue,
20-1 Samdibien.
12.10
of it at the moment. But it is about doing it for
80 minutes, every week. There is plenty of time.
Obviously my goal is that World Cup.?
You can see why. For varying reasons, Henson
has never played at a World Cup. And this
ambition is not mere blind braggadocio, typical
Henson as some might say.
He is actually playing fairly decently. The
pass, the vision, the game management and the
siege-gun boot. They are all still there. If his
goal is only self-motivation, then is that so bad?
Henson is at his tenth club ? if you can name
all ten, you should impress your friends at the
pub with that knowledge (Llanelli, Swansea,
Ospreys, Saracens, Toulon, Cardiff Blues,
London Welsh, Bath, Bristol and the Dragons).
That tells a story about one of the game?s more
colourful, controversial characters, a celebrity
first because of his relationship with singer
Charlotte Church, then through his realitytelevision appearances during a sabbatical from
rugby between July 2009 and October 2010.
He appears remarkably relaxed and content
now, although he does show shyness and
humbleness during this interview that would
surprise many. He is back living in Bridgend and
enjoying a low-profile life.
?I am actually a bit of a recluse,? he says. ?I do
like to hide away. If you look at what I have
done on those TV shows, you would think I am
the opposite to that. But I had to go out of my
comfort zone for that. That is not really me. I
just had to earn. I needed money at the time.
?I?d rather not be in the limelight until I go on
that rugby field. That is my area. Then I am like,
?I want to express myself.? ?
He is being permitted to do that at the
Dragons where ? after a Welsh Rugby Union
takeover, extra money from new chairman
David Buttress that has facilitated the
signings of Ross Moriarty and Richard
Hibbard, and the arrival of Bernard
Jackman, the likeable and shrewd Irish
coach ? positivity flows after years of
discontent and failure.
?It?s nice, a great environment for me
to keep on improving, especially
under Bernard,? Henson says. ?It?s a
fit team that suits me, and it is a
young squad.?
Results could do with an upturn
? they are sixth out of seven in
Conference B of the Pro14 ? but
Henson hopes that can start today
at home to Cardiff Blues.
?Maybe results-wise we haven?t
got to where we want to be, but
people can see that it is improving
and that the way we are playing is
quite attractive,? he says. ?These
Novices' Hurdle
1.15
(�899: 2m 3f 137y) (11)
N P Madden
1 F-155 BLACK MISCHIEF 43 (P) H Fry 5-11-4
C Gethings (3)
2 F-221 CLASSIC BEN 22 (D) S Edmunds 4-11-4
112 DANDY DAN 25 (T) K Bailey 4-11-4
D Bass
3
T Bellamy
4 205-4 BOREHAM BILL 25 B Pauling 5-10-12
J Quinlan
5 535-4 COCKER 35 A Blackmore 5-10-12
1 EY UP ROCKY 97 Jonjo O'Neill 4-10-12
R McLernon
6
6-4 LYGON ROCK 33 H Daly 4-10-12
J Sherwood (3)
7
N Scholfield
8 51-50 MINELLA WHISPER 25 R Phillips 6-10-12
P2-S THE CANNISTER MAN 17 S Thomas 5-10-12 C Deutsch (3)
9
0 ASK NELLIE 202 (T) M Bradstock 5-10-5
P Donovan (7)
10
Mr J Nailor (7)
11 24-30 BALLINA LADY 17 G McPherson 6-10-5
9-4 Boreham Bill, 3-1 Black Mischief, Dandy Dan, 5-1 Classic Ben, 7-1 others.
12.40 Handicap Chase
(�574: 2m 3f 189y) (9)
1 -564U LE COEUR NET 15 (T,BF) A Honeyball 5-11-12 R McLernon
T Bellamy
2 34-43 TROJAN STAR 36 (V,CD) K Bailey 7-11-11
C Deutsch (3)
3 04-F3 TORHOUSEMUIR 27 S Thomas 6-11-10
Mr Ed Bailey (7)
4 -0555 SKINT 83 (D) M Scudamore 11-11-5
D Bass
5 46213 NORSE LIGHT 30 (T,V) D Dennis 6-11-4
6 0-64O LICKPENNY LARRY 19 (T) T Gretton 6-11-2 S Sheppard (3)
7 15/5- PANDY WELLS 591 (CD) G McPherson 8-10-13 R Condon (7)
N P Madden
8 -0U23 BENNACHIE 37 (T,P,D) T Vaughan 8-10-13
L Edwards
9 56000 NEXT EXIT 36 (T,D) J Cornwall 12-10-0
3-1 Le Coeur Net, 4-1 Norse Light, Trojan Star, 6-1 Torhousemuir,
10-1 Bennachie, 12-1 Skint, 14-1 Lickpenny Larry, Pandy Wells, 33-1 Next Exit.
14
Conversions kicked by
Henson in a 98-0 Test
win against Japan in
2004. The most by a
Wales player
Henson has
been tasked
with igniting
the Dragons?
young backs
derbies are always tough, but they are not how
they used to be. The Ospreys one earlier this
season shocked me. I think we had 48 minutes
of ball in play, which is huge. Internationals
usually have about 42-44 minutes. I think this
league has improved so much from when I was
playing here previously [2003 to 2009, then 2011
to 2012]. The rugby is tough. It is a lot faster
than the Premiership. It is a lot more attackminded.?
Henson is up for that, given that he has been
setting some personal bests in the gym. Despite
the contrary perception in some quarters, he has
always been the most assiduous of trainers.
?The speed scores are up,? he says. ?My
running metres are faster and further, I lift
more, I have more power output than when I
was younger. I have learnt a lot about my body
over the years now from some bad injuries. I
know how to manage it and that is put together
in my own plan for how I get ready for each
session. It?s been going well.?
Yes, Henson has made a boatload of mistakes,
many drink-related, and a spiky, difficult
reputation has always preceded him, but you
have to admire his tenacity and determination
after seemingly falling out of love with the game
before reappearing in 2010 with Saracens.
A short spell with Toulon ended after a bar
bust-up with team-mates. Cardiff Blues sacked
him because of drunken behaviour on a flight.
Handicap Hurdle
(�198: 2m 4f 145y) (16)
M Hamill (5)
1 31100 STONECOLDSOBA 11 (P,D) D Quinn 4-12-0
R McLernon
2 4-540 CLOTH CAP 38 Jonjo O'Neill 5-11-13
3 52-20 MARVELLOUS MONTY 196 J Farrelly 7-11-12 G Lavery (7)
0-212
SMART
BOY
56
(D,BF)
J
Barber
6-11-12
N
Scholfield
4
N P Madden
5 25-U6 FINULA 42 (T,C) B Powell 5-11-12
6 -5511 OCCASIONALLY YOURS 35 (CD) A Blackmore 13-11-11
Mr A Ferguson (7)
7 1/P-4 SNEAKING BUDGE 36 S Edmunds 5-11-11 C Gethings (3)
T Garner (3)
8 4P2-5 ROAD TO ROME 27 O Sherwood 7-11-10
J McGrath
9 566-0 MILZIPA 29 N Henderson 5-11-10
10 0P64P POSTBRIDGE 22 (B) Mrs S Humphrey 6-11-7 G Carson (10)
11 -5504 FREE BOUNTY 42 (T) N Mulholland 4-11-4 P Donovan (7)
D Bass
12 65-PP DAVERON 34 (D) B Pauling 9-11-4
P Brennan
13 -6UP0 SEVEN KINGDOMS 35 (T,V) D Dennis 5-11-1
14 4645- ALIZEE JAVILEX 253 Mrs L Wadham 7-11-1 M Tissier (7)
J Quinlan
15 4-351 GALACTIC POWER 29 (C,D) R Dickin 7-11-0
C Deutsch (3)
16 P5440 SISANIA 46 (B) G L Moore 4-10-2
9-2 Smart Boy, 13-2 Milzipa, 9-1 Sneaking Budge, 10-1 Sisania, 11-1 Daveron,
Occasionally Yours, Road To Rome, 12-1 Free Bounty, 14- others.
1.50
Novices' Handicap Chase
1
2
3
4
U/4F- BIGPIPENOTOBACEE 395 T George 6-12-1
-1064 LAND LEAGUE 35 S Edmunds 6-11-12
P42-2 SPEEDALONG 19 (T) J Scott 6-11-11
25-50 KING COOL 43 (D) G L Moore 6-11-10
Paul O'Brien (5)
5 51145 BESTWORK 46 (D) C Longsdon 6-11-8
D Bass
6 4-40P WHIN PARK 12 (B) B Pauling 5-11-5
T Garner (3)
7 61/46 KINCORA FORT 23 (T) N Williams 8-11-5
R McLernon
8 0005P AS YOU LIKE 41 Jonjo O'Neill 6-11-1
S Sheppard (3)
9 523-4 APPLETREE LANE 26 T Gretton 7-10-5
7-2 Bigpipenotobacee, 4-1 Bestwork, 6-1 Kincora Fort, 13-2 Land League, 8-1
As You Like, Speedalong, 9-1 King Cool, 10-1 Whin Park, 12-1 Appletree Lane.
2.25
C Gethings (3)
P Brennan
N Scholfield
C Deutsch (3)
NH Flat Race
R McLernon
3 55P60 BASFORD BEN 23 (B) J Candlish 9-11-6
4 5-22P ARMEDANDBEAUTIFUL 19 (P) T Gretton 9-10-12
S Sheppard (3)
N P Madden
5 -303P SHOW'S OVER 44 (T) T Vaughan 6-10-10
6 3411- MIDNIGHT MUSTANG 301 (P,D) A Martin 10-10-9
M Hamill (5)
N Scholfield
7 12-1P CLENAGH CASTLE 29 (T,P) J Barber 7-10-4
8 5263- OVER MY HEAD 276 (T,D) Miss C Dyson 9-10-0 J Quinlan
M Kendrick (7)
9 -064P WISH IN A WELL 19 (V) B Case 8-10-0
2-1 Becauseshesaidso, 7-2 Clenagh Castle, 5-1 Basford Ben, 10-1 others
(Listed: �,390: 1m 7f 171y) (11)
1 DIAMOND GAIT 46 (T,D) K Bailey 4-11-0
D Bass
1
2 5P1-1 DUHALLOW GESTURE 229 A Honeyball 5-11-0 R McLernon
1 EVERLANES 35 (T,D) A Honeyball 4-11-0
T Bellamy
3
P Brennan
4 111d2 GRAGEELAGH GIRL 38 (D) F O'Brien 6-11-0
5-31 KALOCI 55 (D) S Edmunds 5-11-0
C Gethings
5
15 L'CHAMISE 58 J Barber 4-11-0
N Scholfield
6
0 LADY MARWAH 58 M Scudamore 4-11-0
Mr Ed Bailey
7
32 LILLIPUT LANE 20 J Farrelly 5-11-0
J McGrath
8
3 OBORNE LADY 42 J S Mullins 4-11-0
D Sansom
9
1- OUTOFTHISWORLD 274 (D) H Fry 4-11-0
N P Madden
10
1 STRIKE THE POSE 45 (D) J Ewart 5-11-0
L Alexander
11
11-4 Grageelagh Girl, 7-2 Outofthisworld, 4-1 Duhallow Gesture, 8-1 others.
3.00
(�549: 2m 3f 189y) (9)
At Bath, footage emerged of him being punched
by team-mate Carl Fearns. It has hardly been a
smooth return.
?I just needed that break,? he says. ?I wasn?t
enjoying my rugby, which was strange because
it?s all I?ve known and all I ever wanted to do.
Thank God I missed the game, though. I wasn?t
sure if I would. It has been difficult coming back
because I wasn?t really accepted. People doubted
my focus. It is understandable, I suppose.
?I was always being signed not as a first
choice. I just needed to be first choice again and
I got that at Bristol. And, luckily, I have got that
chance here now as well.?
For all the scrapes and scandal, Henson has
one regret ? not playing rugby league.
?I do like watching it,? he says. ?I like the way
they play it. They have got 12 or 13 in the front
line and I like the way they try to break it down.
Once you start watching it, it is like, ?I want to
have a go at that.? There were some offers, but
maybe at the wrong times. I remember Iestyn
Harris phoning me a couple of times. I think he
was coaching the Wales team at the time and he
was keen for me to go across and maybe get in
the Wales team.?
There are too many what-ifs regarding
Henson?s career, but such rumination is
pointless now, really. The truth is that he
remains eminently watchable.
Catch him while you can.
Handicap Chase
(�574: 2m 7f 129y) (9)
1
2
-P362 BECAUSESHESAIDSO 28 (BF) Miss V Williams 9-12-2
C Deutsch (3)
L Edwards
61446 THAT'S THE DEAL 9 (CD) J Cornwall 13-11-12
3.35
NH Flat Race
(�949: 1m 7f 171y) (15)
1- THE BIG BITE 295 (D) T George 4-11-7
C Gethings (3)
1
4-2 COMMODORE BARRY 239P K Bailey 4-11-0
D Bass
2
KATAHDIN L Pearce 4-11-0
J Quinlan
3
3 LITTLE ALLSTAR 204P (T) S Thomas 4-11-0 C Deutsch (3)
4
03 MALACHITE 31 N Henderson 4-11-0
J McGrath
5
3 PERSONAL COACH 40 R Stephens 4-11-0
N Scholfield
6
0
SAVANNA
ROAR
47
B
Pauling
4-11-0
T Bellamy
7
SHAUGHNESSY O Sherwood 4-11-0
T Garner (3)
8
SHOULDAGONETOVEGAS N King 5-11-0
P Brennan
9
R McLernon
10 U1/ SIX GUN SERENADE 982P S Best 6-11-0
TALK OF MONTY Mrs L Wadham 4-11-0
M Tissier (7)
11
30 TOP DECISION 59 (H) S Drinkwater 4-11-0 J Sherwood (3)
12
52 TOTTERDOWN 27 (H) R Phillips 6-11-0
R Condon (7)
13
HIGHWAY GIRL C Longsdon 4-10-7
Paul O'Brien (5)
14
H Stock (7)
15 405- LADY VITESSE 253 (H) M Keighley 4-10-7
5-2 Malachite, 11-2 Commodore Barry, 13-2 Personal Coach, 7-1 others.
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My sporting body by Gerwyn Price
Picture exclusive: Marc Aspland
I wish I had discovered darts ten
years earlier than I did. I grew up
playing rugby union, representing
Wales in all the age-groups and all I
wanted to do was to win a senior
international cap. I had a brief spell
with Glasgow Warriors but spent most
of my career playing for Neath and
Cross Keys. I was in the same Wales
Under-20 team as Jamie Roberts,
James Hook and also Alun Wyn
Jones, who I would have to rank as
the best player I have played with.
When I was 28 I started to think
about life beyond rugby and I
thought I might go to college to
become a plumber or an
electrician. Then my friend
started up a pub league for
darts. I picked up a set of
arrows and realised I was all
right. I started winning local open
competitions and then my friend Barry
encouraged me to go to the qualifying
school. I got my tour card and had to
decide between rugby and darts. There
is a lot more money and a lot more
longevity in darts than rugby so I
decided to bite the bullet and took a
dive in at the deep end.
I never got to experience the
Millennium Stadium atmosphere as a
rugby player but the experience of
playing at Alexandra Palace is
unbelievable. I played Ian White on
Friday afternoon and I was on for a
nine-darter. It was the first time I had
heard the roar of the crowd when you
are on for that seventh treble. The
atmosphere on the stage is
unbelievable.
I have reached the fourth round of
the World Championships, which is
my best performance at Alexandra
Palace, and tomorrow night I am
playing Michael van Gerwen, the best
in the world. I have come this far
without any coaching at all but I did
tweet the former pro and
commentator Wayne Mardle recently
and said that I am at a stage in my
career where I need to push on. I asked
if he would give me some insights into
how I could improve. It hasn?t
happened yet but he said that he
would have a look after this
tournament. As of now, the sport is just
something that I?ve picked up myself.
I played hooker in rugby and so had
to throw the ball into the lineout but
the cross-over skills are more mental
than physical. When you throw the
ball in at the lineout you are using two
hands and aiming at a moving target
? but I learnt how to be professional
about preparation during my rugby
career. I guess I have taken that across
with me into darts. I practise for
about five hours a day in blocks of
about 45 minutes because I find you
can end up just throwing the darts
with no real purpose and that is
counterproductive. I usually
practise at home but I live next
door to a pub which opens at
2pm and sometimes, if my
mother-in-law can pick up my
daughters from school, I will go
in there for some competitive
practice against Barry, who I
met when I was competing at
the open tournaments in
Wales.
I am in the gym between 9-11
every morning. It is not like
when I played rugby. I do lighter
weights and more repetitions, just
trying to keep things ticking over.
Staying in shape makes me feel
better in myself and I feel a lot
more confident. Some of the
players on stage don?t feel
comfortable in themselves
and it shows in their
game, so mentally I think
it helps me a lot. I will
probably go and see a
sports psychologist
next year.
I think 90 per cent
of players have the
ability. It is just the
way their minds
work. If you can
conquer your mind
and keep yourself focused in games,
you will come through them. As long
as you are strong-minded and keep a
clear head you will do better than most
of the guys who don?t look after
themselves. Some of them don?t
prepare right and you can see that in
some of the players. They don?t
prepare right before the games and
you think, ?How can they expect to
win??
I am in bed early. I have a travel
board that I put on my door in the
hotel. I get a good night?s sleep. I don?t
drink at all when I am playing. I don?t
smoke. The hardest part is trying to
keep my diet right because being
away all the time you have takeaways
and the easiest things that come
along. When I am at home I can eat
healthily. I don?t diet but I don?t eat as
much rubbish at home as when I am
away.
I believe darts is a sport. It has come
from a pub game but it has moved on
now. It is much more professional. It
has cleaned up a lot.
You do not have to be especially
good at mental arithmetic. It is just
repetition. If I was to say to you, ?What
is 3x20?? you would know it without
counting. It is the same in darts; you
pick it up along the way because you
work the different scenarios. From
about 300 down you will start to work
out your routes to the checkout. If you
miss your first dart then you know
where you are going next. For
example, if you are on a 126 you would
never start on a treble 20.
I don?t miss the rugby but I miss the
camaraderie, the boys, the banter. I
wouldn?t change anything though. I
love the travel, I love playing darts, I
love getting on the big stage and I love
the feeling of winning. On the other
hand, I hate losing and it feels a lot
worse losing in darts than it did to lose
in rugby because it is all on you.
Interview by Alex Lowe
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Sport Football
?I have aged two years in six months?
JOHN POWELL/LIVERPOOL FC/GETTY; TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
Steven Gerrard tells
Paul Joyce that he is
feeling the pressure of
running his own team
at Liverpool?s academy
Tuesday mornings provide Steven
Gerrard with a brief escape from the
incessant demands that have opened
his eyes to life as a coach and suggest
that he is only half-joking when he
says he has ?aged two years in six
months?.
A kickabout with staff at Liverpool?s academy offers a chance to
roll back the years and, for any
member of his under-18 squad in the
vicinity, the session represents a rare
glimpse of the man in action.
For throughout what has been a
steep learning curve since embarking
on a new career in the summer, one
that has immersed him in the
challenge of controlling 25 egos while
satisfying an ingrained pressure to
win, Gerrard has stubbornly resisted
the temptation to resort to showing
personal showreels to fill any gaps.
?I never bring my playing days up,?
he says. ?I never bring footage up of
when I was involved. If I want to show
them something tactically, then I?ll
always use Liverpool?s first team now
or someone else?s first team now. I
don?t think it?s right to say, ?Look at
this? and I?m running around.
?[For one] they?ve probably seen
it. Don?t get me wrong, if there?s
something obvious that happened to
me ? good or bad ? and I thought
it?d benefit them then I?m not going to
hide it from them. But I just don?t
think it?s right to be saying, ?Look
what I?ve done and look what we
did.? ?
Gerrard is not interested in
flashbacks to the good old days.
Rather than the glory of Istanbul in
2005, he prefers to talk about the
hour-long meeting that followed the
under-18s chastening 4-2 pre-season
defeat at home to Leicester City, a loss
and a dressing-room summit he credits with realigning focus, his own and
his players?, and fuelling an unbeaten
run that has put Liverpool top of the
Under-18 Premier League North table.
The distinction between the tour de
force he once was and what he hopes
to become was important to establish.
?At first, they saw me as the player,?
he says. ?They were very quiet.
They?re getting very comfortable
now and realising I?m serious as a
coach.?
Once Gerrard decided on this
route ? he turned down the chance
to be an assistant in the Premier
League and the Sky Bet Championship, while MK Dons wanted him to
be their manager ? he realised it was
all or nothing. His return to his boyhood club was no sop to the superstar
whereby two days on, three off, turn
up, give a team-talk and disappear
again would suffice.
Instead, he took J黵gen Klopp?s
perceptive advice that he would
benefit from feeling the pressures of
shaping the fortunes of his own team,
rather than a prolonged period
shadowing the Liverpool manager.
?I?m definitely feeling it. I?ve aged
about two years in six months,? he
said with a smile. ?He [Klopp] said to
me, ?I only want you to shadow for a
short period because you need to
have a couple of years making
mistakes, picking your own team, you
need to decide tactics, you need to
find your philosophy, a way of play-
experience Gerrard passes on at the
club?s academy in Kirkby, together
with a tight backroom team, is all with
a view to creating a winning mentality.
?I?m not one of those academy
people who say it is all about development and results don?t matter,? he
says. ?Of course, it is about getting
players through to the first team, but
you?ve got to teach these players
about winning, about what you?ve got
to do to win and create that attitude.?
How that is infused in the modern
game is a balancing act. Gerrard?s
refusal to take a backward step
underpinned his shimmering skills,
but the dressing-room commandments he would, at times, bluntly lay
down at senior level, and his selfcritical eye, are harder to apply
among teenagers.
?I have to hide my emotions at
times in front of the players and you
have to pretend to your players from
time to time,? he says. ?But I don?t
want my emotional side to go missing
either. I think that?s part of the reason
why I became a leader in a team as a
Gerrard gives advice to
captain. I think that?s part of my
some of his under-18
strength as a coach. It is a completely
players during training
different game managing 25 players,
25 egos. They all want to play.?
So do his emotions boil over when
ing, you need to deal with problems,
you need to praise individuals, you things go wrong? ?Do I roar at someneed to try to help individuals, you one in front of the whole group and
need to feel setbacks and then after a try to belittle them? No, I don?t. Am I
couple of years you?ll know if this gig strong with the team at half-time if
they haven?t played well? Yes.
is for you.?
?But I?m not in this to belittle
?He was painting a picture of how it
is and you don?t get that when you anyone or throw a cup at anyone or
shadow because someone else feels embarrass anyone, certainly not at
all that, but in the last five months I?m this age. I?m well aware that you can
feeling all the highs and lows, and ex- kill a player very quickly.?
Gerrard, though, has his own
periencing the daily stuff that managpathway to consider also. The longers deal with.
?A lot of it has [opened my eyes]. term dream remains to manage his
The hours you have to put in ? as a boyhood club at first-team level, but
player I could switch off when the he knows that cannot be scripted.
?I could get a first-team job in this
game was done. That is very, very difficult as a coach. That has been the country, and get sacked after four or
main difference. When you are the five games,? Gerrard says. ?It might
manager of the youth team the day put me off for the rest of my life. I
might take my first job
after a game you are
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then I will sit down with
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of it, but we have a guy here,
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the education and welfare
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side, and he is brilliant. I
years? time there might be
have more respect for
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player I respected the ones
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like a smack in the face.
tried it myself. I have
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learnt loads. I have
ready to lead a club or a
shouted
things
I
team. Am I closer to that
shouldn?t have, I have
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shouldn?t have. I have
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made mistakes ? loads
everyone knows what I want
of them.
but, right now, it?s not worth
?It will help me. It is nott
thinking about that.?
scaring me or putting mee
Not when there are titles to be
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off. For me, it was imporwon. Gerrard has put his Liverd
p
tant to get a taste of it and
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team back to the top, now
experience it away from thee
the focus is on keeping them
cameras, before you go
there. He may be out of the spotinto the madness.?
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d
The knowledge and
nothing has changed.
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Henry Winter
Chief Football Writer
United must back
moaning Mourinho
J
os� Mourinho will never be garlanded
with credit for some of his views, because
of his reputation as the Moaning Minnie
of Management, but he does make
pertinent points about issues bedevilling
the English game. He is also the only manager
in the Premier League who tried, albeit futilely,
to respond to Manchester City?s spectacular
hegemony.
All this discourse about his future as
Manchester United manager needs leavening
with perspective. It would help if he smiled
occasionally, showing an appreciation of the
honour and joy of managing an iconic club, and
being remunerated generously for it, but English
football would be poorer without Mourinho.
The debit side first. Mourinho is deservedly
mauled for negative tactics, especially with
attackers of the talent of Anthony Martial and
Marcus Rashford playing as auxiliary full backs
at times. That?s embarrassing for a club of
United?s history and ambition. Mourinho does
not honour the swashbuckling traditions of Sir
Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.
He can also be rightly condemned for
Machiavellian stunts, such as his very
calculated, very public anger against City?s
players for daring to celebrate a momentous
triumph at Old Trafford.
As he planned, the media leapt on the story,
loving the tunnel bust-up narrative and moving
the headlines away from where they should
have been, dissecting Mourinho?s painfully
cautious game plan, and properly saluting the
genius of Pep Guardiola. Mourinho?s strategy of
deflection worked. Whether railing against
opponents or officials, the tricks of Mourinho?s
tirades are so transparent now.
But he is right to highlight the congested
calendar, which, of course, afflicts all clubs, most
with smaller squads. At The Hawthorns on
December 17, United?s manager came up with a
new description for the hamstring damage
sustained by Antonio Valencia through the
?accumulation of fatigue . . . what I call a
December injury?.
Valencia has played 20 times in the Premier
League and Champions League this season, or
1,758 minutes, as well as three times on
international duty for Ecuador in Porto Alegre,
Brazil, then Quito and most recently in
Santiago, Chile, with all the attendant travel
issues. Something had to give. His hamstring
did.
The FA and the Premier League do not listen
to Mourinho, who speaks regularly of the
physical strain on players, now incapacitating
stars in December, and with a springtime culling
looming in a land that, ridiculously, takes no
break in January. Mourinho has long argued
that English football would be stronger in
Europe, and the national team in summer
competitions, with a winter break.
Mourinho, to his credit, encourages his
players to report for their countries, unlike some
club managers. He had every right to be furious
with Gareth Southgate and the FA for their lack
of care with Phil Jones, who was given six
injections in his thigh to play for England
against Germany in November. In a friendly. In
a season when Jones is required most by his
country in June
and July.
Jones limped off,
depriving
Mourinho of his
most in-form
centre back for a month.
That was reckless by England,
and Mourinho does the game a
favour by drawing attention to the fact
that the guardians of the game jab
footballers.
But because it?s Mourinho, it?s deemed
whingeing, and discounted when actually what
the FA approves and does is a scandal. Only
Mourinho stands up to them.
The main debate about Mourinho revolves
around whether he should continue as United
manager, following ruinous last-minute goals
conceded to Bristol City?s Korey Smith in the
Carabao Cup and Harry Maguire, of Leicester
City, in the Premier League. These heated
discussions, amid speculation linking him to
Paris Saint-Germain, follow fans? frustration
about the cagey nature of the football played
under Mourinho.
He inhabits an age in which the news cycle is
sent spinning by social media, having already
been accelerated by radio phone-ins. Calls
proliferate for Mourinho to go, ignoring the
reality that he has made United a force again.
Do fans really want to return to the anaemic
days of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal? No,
the sensible ones, the majority, continue to back
Mourinho, knowing that he will strengthen an
imbalanced squad in the transfer window,
maybe in January but definitely in the summer.
Those countless United supporters who apply
head as well as heart to deliberations
understand that the shadow cast by City is long
and chilling. Most would doubtless love
Guardiola as their manager, reviving United?s
commitment to fearless football, but he is over
the road, galvanising the neighbours, and United
must work out how to respond. There are not
many obvious alternatives to Mourinho so they
support him.
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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (12.30);
Watford v Leicester; West Brom v Everton.
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QPR; Middlesbrough v Bolton; Millwall v
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10
F
315
336
316
255
269
271
206
280
275
254
196
189
A
190
190
257
282
251
261
263
246
298
293
287
344
B Pts
9 45
7 35
6 34
5 33
6 30
4 28
4 28
8 28
5 25
6 22
6 18
4
8
P
Wolverhampton.....23
Cardiff....................23
Derby......................23
Bristol City.............23
Leeds......................23
6 From London to Edinburgh via the Wirral, fans
yesterday gave up their Christmases to support the
vulnerable of society. Football is frequently perceived
as the home of the greedy, the haughty and the selfish
yet it was the nation?s game doing its bit.
Kadeema Woodbyrne, whose charity Go-Forward
focuses on helping those leaving care to find their feet
again, searched for a venue in north London for its
Christmas Day lunch. Arsenal stepped in, hosting an
event for 40 young adults and eight children. They
played football, watched films, enjoyed a message
from the Arsenal players and then ate a meal cooked
by Sara Danesin, runner-up in Masterchef in 2011,
with food from the Co-op.
Hibs and Hearts put on Christmas Day lunches for
almost 400 people at Easter Road and Tynecastle.
Tesco provided the food, and a local cab company,
Central Taxis, brought people in. Everton and
Liverpool fans remained busy with food
bank donations, while Tranmere Rovers
hosted the Wirral Christmas Dinner for
care leavers.
From non-League, FC United of
Manchester offered the homeless a hot
meal and a warm shower. Other sports,
take note.
In the
Premier League,
only City have scored
more and conceded fewer. In
the Champions League, United triumphed in
five of their six group games. An extended
run in Europe, with Seville the negotiable
next hurdle, would restore more pride. It is
too early to panic. United now face home
games against Burnley and Southampton,
followed by the potential ambush of a trip
to Wayne Rooney?s Everton.
Survive those, strengthen the grip on
second, and the prospect of more
Champions League football next season
comes further into reassuring focus.
Now is the time for United to hold their
nerve, back Mourinho emotionally and
financially, and build for the future
together.
Mourinho himself needs to tweak his
tactics, ?letting the handbrake off? in the
parlance and plea of fans, and he has to accept
that the season?s picture would look gloomy
without David De Gea.
He also has to dial down the rhetoric off the
field. Mourinho?s frustration was clear at
dropping points at the King Power Stadium on
Friday, lamenting the ?childish loss of
possession?, but he had a point. Mistakes by
players with sloppy technique or poor
decision-making hamper United. Paul Pogba
needs to step up and re-find his Juventus
form.
If his players were more consistent,
Mourinho would be less criticised. The
Special Once? He?s not the king of clubs any
more, Guardiola is, but neither is Mourinho a
busted flush.
Mutko steps down as
Russian FA president
Results
Leicester
Calls for Mourinho
to go ignore the fact
that he has made
United a force again,
for all their wobbles
W
17
14
13
12
12
D
3
5
5
8
3
L
3
4
5
3
8
F
43
33
38
37
35
A
17
18
21
24
26
GD Pts
26 54
15 47
17 44
13 44
9 39
Aston Villa.............23
Sheff Utd ............... 23
Preston...................23
Middlesbrough.......23
Ipswich...................23
Fulham...................23
Brentford ............... 23
Nottm Forest.........23
Reading..................23
Sheff Wed..............23
Norwich..................23
Millwall..................23
QPR ........................ 23
Hull.........................23
Barnsley.................23
Burton....................23
Sunderland.............23
Bolton.....................23
Birmingham...........23
10 8 5 31 22 9 38
12 2 9 36 29 7 38
9 9 5 27 23 4 36
10 5 8 30 23 7 35
11 2 10 37 33 4 35
8 8 7 29 29 0 32
7 10 6 35 31 4 31
10 1 12 33 38 -5 31
7 6 10 29 30 -1 27
6 9 8 27 29 -2 27
7 6 10 22 30 -8 27
6 8 9 24 25 -1 26
6 8 9 26 34 -8 26
5 7 11 37 41 -4 22
5 6 12 25 36 -11 21
5 5 13 16 41 -25 20
3 10 10 28 39 -11 19
4 7 12 23 41 -18 19
4 5 14 12 33 -21 17
Sky Bet League One: Blackburn v Rochdale;
Blackpool
v
Scunthorpe;
Bradford
v
Peterborough; Bury v Rotherham; Doncaster v
Northampton; Gillingham v Oxford Utd (1.0); MK
Dons v Plymouth; Oldham v Fleetwood;
Portsmouth v AFC Wimbledon; Southend v
Charlton (1.0); Walsall v Bristol Rovers; Wigan v
Shrewsbury. League Two: Cambridge Utd v
Barnet; Carlisle v Accrington; Cheltenham v
Yeovil; Chesterfield v Crewe; Crawley v
Colchester; Exeter v Forest Green; Grimsby v
Mansfield (1.0); Lincoln City v Stevenage;
Morecambe v Notts County; Port Vale v Coventry;
Swindon v Luton; Wycombe v Newport.
Vanarama Premier: Aldershot v Woking;
Barrow v Wrexham; Boreham Wood v Sutton;
Chester FC v Guiseley; Dover v Maidstone;
Eastleigh v Torquay; Ebbsfleet Utd v Bromley;
Gateshead v Hartlepool; Leyton Orient v
Dagenham & Redbridge (1.0); Macclesfield v FC
Halifax; Maidenhead Utd v Solihull Moors;
Tranmere v AFC Fylde. North: AFC Telford v
Kidderminster; Blyth Spartans v Spennymoor;
Boston Utd v Gainsborough; Bradford PA v
Curzon Ashton (1.30); Chorley v Southport;
Darlington v Harrogate Town; FC United of
Manchester v Salford; Leamington v Brackley;
North Ferriby Utd v York (12.30); Nuneaton v
Tamworth (12.30); Stockport County v
Alfreton. South: Bath City v Weston-superMare; Braintree Town v Chelmsford; Concord
Rangers v East Thurrock; Gloucester v Oxford
City; Hampton & Richmond v Wealdstone;
Havant & Waterlooville v Bognor Regis;
Hungerford v Chippenham; Poole v Truro; St
Albans v Hemel Hempstead (1.0); Welling v
Dartford (1.0); Whitehawk v Eastbourne.
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Dundee v
Celtic (12.30).
Ladbrokes Scottish Championship: Dumbarton
v Livingston (2.0).
Darts
Alexandra Palace, north London: William Hill
PDC World Championships.
Rugby union
Guinness Pro14: Dragons v Cardiff Blues (2.0);
Munster v Leinster (3.15); Scarlets v Ospreys
(5.35).
Vitaly Mutko has announced
that he is temporarily stepping
down from his post as president
of the Russian FA.
Mutko, who is also the deputy
prime minister of Russia and
chair of the organising committee for next summer?s World
Cup, told the Russian news
agency TASS that he will leave
the role for up to six months,
reportedly to fight his ban from
the Olympics for state-sponsored doping. He was banned
for life by the IOC last week.
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Kane overtake
The eleven clubs Can
Messi in 2017?
already worrying
54 53
about the drop
Paul Hirst, Tim Abraham, Ian Winrow
Although it is Boxing Day and the
Premier League title may seem a forgone conclusion, there are only nine
points between the bottom 11 teams in
the Premier League. Nine of those
scrapping to avoid the relegation fight
play today, hoping to drag themselves
away from trouble.
Swansea City (20th, 13pts)
Leon Britton, who takes his side to
Liverpool today, thinks that potential
candidates to replace Paul Clement will
have been encouraged by a 1-1 draw
with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Britton will aim to continue impressing the likes of Frank de Boer, Slaven
Bilic and their former manager Garry
Monk ? available after his dismissal by
Middlesbrough ? at Anfield.
?The game showed we have desire,
even though we are where we are,? Britton, who is temporarily in charge, said.
?If potential managers were watching, they will see the players are fighting
and giving everything we?ve got. If it
was the other way around, they might
be thinking, ?Oh, I don?t fancy that.?
?This club is a great opportunity for
someone. If we can get things right on
the pitch, this is a very, very good club.?
A victory at Anfield ? where Swansea won under Clement last season ?
would not convince Britton to take the
job permanently. ?Even if we win the
next two or three games,? he added. ?I?d
be telling the club I?m not ready yet.?
West Bromwich Albion (19th, 14pts)
Without a win in four games since
taking over, Alan Pardew could lose his
captain in January. Pardew said that
Jonny Evans has not rejected a new
contract, but that he cannot ensure he
will stay at the club next month.
There had been speculation that the
defender, who has 18 months left on his
existing deal, turned down a �0,000a-week offer from West Brom. Evans
has been targeted by Manchester City
and Arsenal, but West Brom want him
for their relegation fight, which continues against Everton today.
?I?m not aware of any contract that
has been offered to Jonny as yet, no,?
Pardew said. ?We?ve still got this year to
run so we?ll see where we are. It would
be a blow to lose him if that was the case.
I lost Andy Carroll on the last day of the
window at Newcastle and I think we?d
already said he wouldn?t leave so I won?t
go down that road [and say that] again.?
Bournemouth (18th, 16pts)
Eddie Howe is missing eight players
because of injury for the match against
West Ham United today, the most
important of whom is Jermain Defoe.
Bournemouth are in the relegation
zone because they have only scored 15
goals in 19 matches, but they will not be
able to rely on their most experienced
goalscorer for eight to ten weeks. Defoe
fractured his ankle in the Carabao Cup
defeat by Chelsea last week.
?The next three matches take on
huge importance for us,? Howe, whose
side are without a win in seven league
How they stand
P
Man City............19
Man United.......19
Chelsea..............19
Liverpool...........19
Tottenham........19
Arsenal..............19
Burnley..............19
Leicester............19
Everton..............19
Watford ............. 19
Huddersfield.....19
Brighton............19
Southampton...19
Stoke..................19
Newcastle ......... 19
Crystal Palace .. 19
West Ham..........19
Bournemouth...19
West Brom........19
Swansea............19
W
18
13
12
9
10
10
9
7
7
6
6
5
4
5
5
4
4
4
2
3
D
1
3
3
8
4
4
5
6
5
4
4
6
7
4
3
6
5
4
8
4
L F A
0 60 12
3 41 14
4 32 14
2 41 23
5 34 18
5 34 23
5 16 15
6 29 28
7 24 30
9 27 34
9 17 31
8 15 23
8 18 25
10 22 40
11 19 29
9 16 29
10 19 35
11 15 28
9 14 27
12 11 26
GDPts
48 55
27 42
18 39
18 35
16 34
11 34
1 32
1 27
-6 26
-7 22
-14 22
-8 21
-7 19
-18 19
-10 18
-13 18
-16 17
-13 16
-13 14
-15 13
matches, said. ?We have so many injuries and that makes it doubly difficult.
It?s not ideal at this time of year.?
Asmir Begovic, the Bournemouth
goalkeeper, said that his team?s chances
of survival could be harmed if they do
not take points today, as well as against
Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
?Those are the teams in and around
us and they?re the teams you have to
pick up points from,? he said.
West Ham United (17th, 17pts)
David Moyes suggested that he will
pick Andy Carroll and Javier Hern醤dez for the trip to Bournemouth today.
Hern醤dez has not started a Premier
League game under Moyes, while
Carroll?s most recent start in a league
game was on November 24 against
Leicester City. Andr� Ayew and
Michail Antonio could be victims of the
3-2 home defeat by Newcastle United.
?Up until the Newcastle game, the
players have been playing well and
showing what they can do,? Moyes said.
?When that happens you reward them
and keep playing them.
?I know what Andy Carroll and
Hern醤dez?s qualities are. The way the
team has been set up has been better
suited to the quicker boys. There will be
occasions when the set-up will suit
Andy or Hern醤dez.?
Stoke City (14th, 19pts)
Mark Hughes is confident that he will
finalise deals for two of his January
transfer targets. A win against West
Brom helped them climb the table and
Stoke are thought to be keen on Daniel
Opare, the Augsburg defender, as well
as a loan move for Danny Ings, the
Liverpool striker. Islam Slimani, the
Leicester forward, is also on Hughes?s
radar.
?There?s a will to do things. We probably need a couple more,? Hughes said
before the trip to Huddersfield Town.
?We?ve got a few viable targets which
are encouraging and if we can do something we probably will. We hope to do
something to make us more resolute.?
Southampton (13th, 19pts)
After one win in the past ten games,
Mauricio Pellegrino faces daunting
away games with Tottenham Hotspur
and Manchester United. Maya Yoshida,
the centre back, says that the mood at St
Mary?s is the lowest he has known it as
Pellegrino fights for his job.
?It?s a really difficult moment for the
club,? Yoshida said. ?Not only for the
players but for the club. I didn?t have
this in the last five years. It?s the most
difficult situation in this club recently.?
Virgil van Dijk has been absent amid
rumours of a transfer in January but
James Ward-Prowse insists that the
speculation will not distract the squad.
?He?s a great player but we?ve got great
players who can step in and show their
qualities,? he said. ?Every team goes
through a tough period in the season
but we have to stick together and keep
believing. I?m sure it will change.?
Brighton & Hove Albion (12th, 21pts)
Despite Lewis Dunk?s family being avid
Chelsea fans, the Brighton defender
hopes that they will cheer him on
against the champions today. ?They?ll
be up there supporting me and I think
they?ll be the blue and white stripes that
day, not the blue of Chelsea,? Dunk said.
?The dog will probably be listening on
the radio. My family dog?s named after
[Didier] Drogba.
?This was the game I was looking forward to, but when that day comes I?m
not a Chelsea fan. I?ll go on the pitch
and I want to win. It doesn?t matter if
I?m a Chelsea fan or not.?
Huddersfield Town (11th, 22pts)
Sitting far higher in the table than
many predicted, Huddersfield are in a
buoyant mood this Christmas before a
winnable set of fixtures, beginning at
home to Stoke today. David Wagner,
the head coach, said it has taken him
time to get used to playing during the
festive period.
?With it being Boxing Day it will be
an outstanding atmosphere and hopefully we can perform at our best,? Wagner said. ?After the third year I have had
in England, I am used to it. I still have to
say from my point of view that Christmas is for family and this isn?t the case
in England in this business.?
Watford (10th, 22pts)
After a brilliant start to the season,
Marco Silva?s side face Leicester without a win in six games and Sebastian
Pr鰀l wants to avoid being drawn into a
relegation fight. ?Maybe we were
dreaming too much, we were too comfortable in our situation,? he said. ?Maybe too confident when we went into
these games. These last few games, we
didn?t deliver. We have to make sure we
are 100 per cent again because we could
face some trouble. Relegation is not a
topic at the moment and we need to
make sure it doesn?t become one.?
Later this week
Newcastle United (15th, 18pts) v
Manchester City, tomorrow, 7.45pm.
Crystal Palace (16th, 18pts) v Arsenal,
Thursday, 8pm.
Harry Kane?s hattrick in Tottenham
Hotspur?s 3-0 win
away to Burnley on
Saturday, right, took
him to 53 goals for
club and country in
2017 and puts him
just one behind
Lionel Messi and
level with Cristiano
Ronaldo. But while
the top strikers in
Europe have gone
on their winter
break, Kane has one
game left this year
to take the top spot
as Tottenham face
Southampton at
Wembley today.
Lionel Messi
(Barcelona and
Argentina)
Harry Kane
(Tottenham and
England)
Edinson Cavani
(Paris Saint-Germain
and Uruguay)
Robert
Lewandowski
(Bayern Munich and
Poland)
Cristiano Ronaldo
(Real Madrid and
Portugal)
*not including
friendlies
Tottenham v Southampton
Kick-off 12.30pm
TV Live, Sky Sports PL Radio BBC 5 Live
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Referee G Scott
Tottenham (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Lloris
Trippier
S醤chez
Vertonghen
Demb閘�
Eriksen
Rose
Dier
Alli
Son
Kane
Gabbiadini
Boufal
Davis
Tadic
Hojbjerg
Targett
Hoedt
Romeu
Yoshida
Stephens
Forster
Southampton (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Klopp: I am defensive
Chris Hatherall
J黵gen Klopp has insisted that his
reputation as a manager who focuses
on all-out attack rather than defending
is untrue and revealed the strategy that
sits at the heart of his philosophy.
Klopp, whose Liverpool team are at
home to Swansea City today on the
back of a 3-3 draw away to Arsenal on
Friday, has won plaudits for playing the
?Fab Four? of Philippe Coutinho,
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Man� and
Mohamed Salah together.
However, the game at the Emirates
was the fourth time this season that
Liverpool have conceded three or more
goals in a game. There have also been
four fixtures in which they have
conceded twice, leading to suggestions
that a porous defence is their Achilles?
heel.
Klopp, however, bridled at suggestions that his philosophy is primarily
attack-focused. ?That?s not true,? he
said. ?I want to defend first of all ?
that?s the basis for everything. But the
best thing is to defend with ten offensive players, then when you have the
ball you are much more likely to score.?
Klopp blamed individual errors,
rather than team tactics, for the goals
conceded in a game in which his side
Liverpool v Swansea City
Kick-off 5.30pm
TV Live, Sky Sports PL Radio BBC 5 Live
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Referee K Friend
Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
Mignolet
AlexanderArnold
Lovren
Klavan
Robertson
Can Wijnaldum Lallana
Salah
Dyer
Carroll
Olsson
Firmino
Abraham
Clucas
Mawson
Coutinho
Ayew
Mesa
Fernandez Naughton
Fabianski
Swansea (probable; 4-3-3)
led 2-0, adding: ?It wasn?t because we
weren?t defending. The goals came
because we let them cross, we let them
shoot. It happens.?
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Today?s Premier League fixtures
Bournemouth v W Ham
Chelsea v Brighton
2 Goals in sixth minute by Marko
Arnautovic for West Ham this month:
against Chelsea and Newcastle United
2 Previous seasons when these clubs
have been in the same division:
second tier in 1983-84 and 1988-89
Kick-off 3pm
TV Highlights, 10.45pm, BBC One
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Referee R Madley
Kick-off 3pm
TV Highlights, 10.45pm, BBC One
Highlights The Times smartphone app
Referee M Dean
Bournemouth (probable; 3-4-3)
Chelsea (probable; 3-4-2-1)
Begovic
Cook
Courtois
Ak�
Simpson
Azpilicueta
Moses
A Smith
Gosling
Surman
Christensen
Bakayoko
Kant�
Alonso
Fraser
F郻regas
Pugh
Cahill
Hazard
Ibe
Wilson
Morata
Hern醤dez
Arnautovic
Hemed
Carroll
Lanzini
Obiang
Cresswell
Gross
Kouyat�
Zabaleta
Ogbonna
Reid
March
Pr鰌per
Suttner
Dunk
Stephens Knockaert
Duffy
Adri醤
Ryan
West Ham (probable; 3-4-3)
Brighton (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Huddersfield v Stoke City
Manchester Utd v Burnley
3 Top-flight clubs without a live TV
match over the Christmas/New Year
holiday: these two clubs and Watford
3 Man Utd failures to win in past nine
games ? all versus Cities: Manchester,
Bristol (both defeats) and Leicester
Kick-off 3pm
TV Highlights, 10.45pm, BBC One
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Referee A Taylor
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Referee M Atkinson
Huddersfield (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Man Utd (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Lossl
De Gea
Young
Hadergjonaj
Zanka
Schindler
Lindelof
Jones
Mooy
Depoitre
Williams Van La Parra
Wimmer
Several factors are behind Manchester
City?s seemingly unstoppable title
charge, but one that is often overlooked
is that Pep Guardiola is starting to
tinker less with his starting XI.
At this stage of last year?s campaign,
Guardiola had made 140 alterations to
his team, mainly because he was unsure
about his defence and goalkeeper, and
also what was the best formation to use
with his new team.
This season, it has been a different
story for the Catalan and his team, who
stretched their record winning streak to
17 league matches with a 4-0 victory
against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The City head coach has kept the
same team on two occasions and has
made 118 changes to his starting XI over
the course of their opening 28 games.
By contrast Manchester United, who
now trail City by 13 points after their
draw away to Leicester City, have made
149 changes. Some have been due to
injury but most of them because Jos�
Mourinho is still unsure of his best XI.
The benefits of a more settled team
are clear. Sergio Ag黣ro, who scored
his 14th and 15th goals of the season
on Saturday, has developed an
Sterling?s developed
an understanding this
season with Ag黣ro
[to cope]. Gabriel [Jesus] didn?t play
against Bournemouth ? he played
120 minutes against Leicester [on
Wednesday] and he?s the best fighter in
the high pressing I?ve ever seen. He
helps us a lot with our intensity. [We
have] Danilo, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay]
G黱dogan, they all helped us against
Bournemouth. We have Yaya [Tour閉.
?Last game, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko
was man of the match and he was
not in the squad against Bournemouth. Of
course
w will
we
ro
rotate
in
p
this period.?
He could rest De Bruyne
f the game away to Newcastle
for
U
United
tomorrow after revealing
t the playmaker has been suffering
that
f
from
a stomach bug. ?He was sick,?
Guardiola said. ?The last two or three
days he was vomiting and had a fever.
He lost two or three kilos and Friday
was the only time he trained.?
Should City defeat Newcastle and
then go on to beat Crystal Palace
and Watford, Guardiola will
eclipse his best run of 19 wins,
recorded in the 2013-14 season with
Bayern Munich.
Rashford
Lukaku
Hendrick
Allen
Shawcross
Cameron
Zouma
Gudmundsson Cork
Taylor
Defour
Arfield
Long
Bardsley
Mee
Butland
City reap rewards from stability
understanding with the likes of
Raheem Sterling, Leroy San�, David
Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
Fielding the same players regularly is
not without risk, particularly with the
intensity at which City play. It
was noticeable during the
dying seconds on Saturday,
with City already 4-0 up, thatt
Sterling sprinted 50 yards as hee
looked to score his second. For
that
reason
Guardiola
will
make
minimall
changes
every
game, meaningg
d
his players should
m
not suffer from
burnout. ?We ran a
lot last season as well. As a
manager, I?m good with
that,? Guardiola said. ?I
am able to let them run
at a high intensity.
?Fatigue? I don?t
think so. It mayy
happen but we?ve a
good enough squad
Matic
Lingard
Barnes
Crouch
Shaqiri
Fletcher
Edwards
Mata
Ince
Choupo-Moting
Rojo
L鰓e
Pogba
Quaner
Paul Hirst
Bruno
Pope
Stoke (probable; 3-4-1-2)
Burnley (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Watford v Leicester City
West Brom v Everton
20 Points for Premier League?s three
W clubs in past 33 games combined
(West Ham 9, Watford 7, West Brom 4)
3 West Brom?s number of wins
obtained during their past 30
matches in all competitions
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Referee R East
Watford (probable; 4-2-3-1)
West Brom (probable; 4-3-3)
Foster
Gomes
Janmaat
Pr鰀l
Kabasele
Capoue
Carillo
Holebas
Doucour�
Pereyra
Nyom
Hegazi
Evans
Livermore Barry
Brunt
Richarlison
Robson-Kanu
McClean
Rond髇
Gray
Calvert-Lewin
Vardy
Albrighton
Okazaki
Iborra
Chilwell
Mahrez
Morgan
Sigurdsson
Rooney
Baningime
Ndidi
Maguire
Gibbs
Dragovic
Schmeichel
Leicester (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Martina
Lennon
Schneiderlin
Williams
Keane
Kenny
Pickford
Everton (probable; 4-2-3-1)
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Paul Joyce
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England are in line to play a World
Cup warm-up game at Leeds United?s
Elland Road as Gareth Southgate looks
to rouse countrywide support before
they travel to Russia in the summer.
Negotiations are continuing, but
Elland Road is emerging as the
preferred venue of the FA for the
second of two friendly matches in the
build-up to Russia 2018.
England have played there twice
before ? a 2-1 defeat by Italy in 2002
and a 3-3 draw with Sweden in 1995 ?
and are committed to going on the
road, as they did before the European
Championship last year, in an attempt
to gain backing for Southgate?s squad.
A game against Nigeria at Wembley
has been proposed and England will
then play their second, and final,
warm-up game away from the national
stadium. There had been discussions
about a third game but that now seems
unlikely.
The FA?s plan to use the 37,890-capacity Elland Road comes after other
grounds, including Anfield, were con-
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Etihad Stadium were used before Euro
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There is a month between the end of
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ith striking volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and average
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ennadi used to be a tiny little ?shing village that was discovered some
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place, a number of resorts and hotels have sprung up in the area. The
town sits between the mountains and the beach and is an easy place to
while away a few days. If you?re searching for some peace and relaxation
on your holiday, then the brand new Gennadi Grand Resort will be the
perfect choice. With a beautiful beachside setting boasting superb views,
this 5 star hotel will ensure you have that stress-free holiday.
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Chief Football Writer
United must back
moaning Mourinho
J
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with credit for some of his views, because
of his reputation as the Moaning Minnie
of Management, but he does make
pertinent points about issues bedevilling
the English game. He is also the only manager
in the Premier League who tried, albeit futilely,
to respond to Manchester City?s spectacular
hegemony.
All this discourse about his future as
Manchester United manager needs leavening
with perspective. It would help if he smiled
occasionally, showing an appreciation of the
honour and joy of managing an iconic club, and
being remunerated generously for it, but English
football would be poorer without Mourinho.
The debit side first. Mourinho is deservedly
mauled for negative tactics, especially with
attackers of the talent of Anthony Martial and
Marcus Rashford playing as auxiliary full backs
at times. That?s embarrassing for a club of
United?s history and ambition. Mourinho does
not honour the swashbuckling traditions of Sir
Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.
He can also be rightly condemned for
Machiavellian stunts, such as his very
calculated, very public anger against City?s
players for daring to celebrate a momentous
triumph at Old Trafford.
As he planned, the media leapt on the story,
loving the tunnel bust-up narrative and moving
the headlines away from where they should
have been, dissecting Mourinho?s painfully
cautious game plan, and properly saluting the
genius of Pep Guardiola. Mourinho?s strategy of
deflection worked. Whether railing against
opponents or officials, the tricks of Mourinho?s
tirades are so transparent now.
But he is right to highlight the congested
calendar, which, of course, afflicts all clubs, most
with smaller squads. At The Hawthorns on
December 17, United?s manager came up with a
new description for the hamstring damage
sustained by Antonio Valencia through the
?accumulation of fatigue . . . what I call a
December injury?.
Valencia has played 20 times in the Premier
League and Champions League this season, or
1,758 minutes, as well as three times on
international duty for Ecuador in Porto Alegre,
Brazil, then Quito and most recently in
Santiago, Chile, with all the attendant travel
issues. Something had to give. His hamstring
did.
The FA and the Premier League do not listen
to Mourinho, who speaks regularly of the
physical strain on players, now incapacitating
stars in December, and with a springtime culling
looming in a land that, ridiculously, takes no
break in January. Mourinho has long argued
that English football would be stronger in
Europe, and the national team in summer
competitions, with a winter break.
Mourinho, to his credit, encourages his
players to report for their countries, unlike some
club managers. He had every right to be furious
with Gareth Southgate and the FA for their lack
of care with Phil Jones, who was given six
injections in his thigh to play for England
against Germany in November. In a friendly. In
a season when Jones is required most by his
country in June
and July.
Jones limped off,
depriving
Mourinho of his
most in-form
centre back for a month.
That was reckless by England,
and Mourinho does the game a
favour by drawing attention to the fact
that the guardians of the game jab
footballers.
But because it?s Mourinho, it?s deemed
whingeing, and discounted when actually what
the FA approves and does is a scandal. Only
Mourinho stands up to them.
The main debate about Mourinho revolves
around whether he should continue as United
manager, following ruinous last-minute goals
conceded to Bristol City?s Korey Smith in the
Carabao Cup and Harry Maguire, of Leicester
City, in the Premier League. These heated
discussions, amid speculation linking him to
Paris Saint-Germain, follow fans? frustration
about the cagey nature of the football played
under Mourinho.
He inhabits an age in which the news cycle is
sent spinning by social media, having already
been accelerated by radio phone-ins. Calls
proliferate for Mourinho to go, ignoring the
reality that he has made United a force again.
Do fans really want to return to the anaemic
days of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal? No,
the sensible ones, the majority, continue to back
Mourinho, knowing that he will strengthen an
imbalanced squad in the transfer window,
maybe in January but definitely in the summer.
Those countless United supporters who apply
head as well as heart to deliberations
understand that the shadow cast by City is long
and chilling. Most would doubtless love
Guardiola as their manager, reviving United?s
commitment to fearless football, but he is over
the road, galvanising the neighbours, and United
must work out how to respond. There are not
many obvious alternatives to Mourinho so they
support him.
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Premier League: Bournemouth v West Ham;
Chelsea v Brighton; Huddersfield v Stoke;
Liverpool v Swansea (5.30); Man Utd v Burnley;
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (12.30);
Watford v Leicester; West Brom v Everton.
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Sky Bet Championship: Barnsley v Preston;
Birmingham v Norwich; Brentford v Aston
Villa (7.30); Bristol City v Reading; Burton v
Leeds; Cardiff v Fulham; Hull v Derby; Ipswich v
QPR; Middlesbrough v Bolton; Millwall v
Wolverhampton (1.0); Nottingham Forest v
Sheffield Wednesday; Sheffield Utd v
Sunderland.
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6 From London to Edinburgh via the Wirral, fans
yesterday gave up their Christmases to support the
vulnerable of society. Football is frequently perceived
as the home of the greedy, the haughty and the selfish
yet it was the nation?s game doing its bit.
Kadeema Woodbyrne, whose charity Go-Forward
focuses on helping those leaving care to find their feet
again, searched for a venue in north London for its
Christmas Day lunch. Arsenal stepped in, hosting an
event for 40 young adults and eight children. They
played football, watched films, enjoyed a message
from the Arsenal players and then ate a meal cooked
by Sara Danesin, runner-up in Masterchef in 2011,
with food from the Co-op.
Hibs and Hearts put on Christmas Day lunches for
almost 400 people at Easter Road and Tynecastle.
Tesco provided the food, and a local cab company,
Central Taxis, brought people in. Everton and
Liverpool fans remained busy with food
bank donations, while Tranmere Rovers
hosted the Wirral Christmas Dinner for
care leavers.
From non-League, FC United of
Manchester offered the homeless a hot
meal and a warm shower. Other sports,
take note.
In the
Premier League,
only City have scored
more and conceded fewer. In
the Champions League, United triumphed in
five of their six group games. An extended
run in Europe, with Seville the negotiable
next hurdle, would restore more pride. It is
too early to panic. United now face home
games against Burnley and Southampton,
followed by the potential ambush of a trip
to Wayne Rooney?s Everton.
Survive those, strengthen the grip on
second, and the prospect of more
Champions League football next season
comes further into reassuring focus.
Now is the time for United to hold their
nerve, back Mourinho emotionally and
financially, and build for the future
together.
Mourinho himself needs to tweak his
tactics, ?letting the handbrake off? in the
parlance and plea of fans, and he has to accept
that the season?s picture would look gloomy
without David De Gea.
He also has to dial down the rhetoric off the
field. Mourinho?s frustration was clear at
dropping points at the King Power Stadium on
Friday, lamenting the ?childish loss of
possession?, but he had a point. Mistakes by
players with sloppy technique or poor
decision-making hamper United. Paul Pogba
needs to step up and re-find his Juventus
form.
If his players were more consistent,
Mourinho would be less criticised. The
Special Once? He?s not the king of clubs any
more, Guardiola is, but neither is Mourinho a
busted flush.
Mutko steps down as
Russian FA president
Results
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Sheff Utd ............... 23
Preston...................23
Middlesbrough.......23
Ipswich...................23
Fulham...................23
Brentford ............... 23
Nottm Forest.........23
Reading..................23
Sheff Wed..............23
Norwich..................23
Millwall..................23
QPR ........................ 23
Hull.........................23
Barnsley.................23
Burton....................23
Sunderland.............23
Bolton.....................23
Birmingham...........23
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Northampton; Gillingham v Oxford Utd (1.0); MK
Dons v Plymouth; Oldham v Fleetwood;
Portsmouth v AFC Wimbledon; Southend v
Charlton (1.0); Walsall v Bristol Rovers; Wigan v
Shrewsbury. League Two: Cambridge Utd v
Barnet; Carlisle v Accrington; Cheltenham v
Yeovil; Chesterfield v Crewe; Crawley v
Colchester; Exeter v Forest Green; Grimsby v
Mansfield (1.0); Lincoln City v Stevenage;
Morecambe v Notts County; Port Vale v Coventry;
Swindon v Luton; Wycombe v Newport.
Vanarama Premier: Aldershot v Woking;
Barrow v Wrexham; Boreham Wood v Sutton;
Chester FC v Guiseley; Dover v Maidstone;
Eastleigh v Torquay; Ebbsfleet Utd v Bromley;
Gateshead v Hartlepool; Leyton Orient v
Dagenham & Redbridge (1.0); Macclesfield v FC
Halifax; Maidenhead Utd v Solihull Moors;
Tranmere v AFC Fylde. North: AFC Telford v
Kidderminster; Blyth Spartans v Spennymoor;
Boston Utd v Gainsborough; Bradford PA v
Curzon Ashton (1.30); Chorley v Southport;
Darlington v Harrogate Town; FC United of
Manchester v Salford; Leamington v Brackley;
North Ferriby Utd v York (12.30); Nuneaton v
Tamworth (12.30); Stockport County v
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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership: Dundee v
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Rugby union
Guinness Pro14: Dragons v Cardiff Blues (2.0);
Munster v Leinster (3.15); Scarlets v Ospreys
(5.35).
Vitaly Mutko has announced
that he is temporarily stepping
down from his post as president
of the Russian FA.
Mutko, who is also the deputy
prime minister of Russia and
chair of the organising committee for next summer?s World
Cup, told the Russian news
agency TASS that he will leave
the role for up to six months,
reportedly to fight his ban from
the Olympics for state-sponsored doping. He was banned
for life by the IOC last week.
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Paul Hirst, Tim Abraham, Ian Winrow
Although it is Boxing Day and the
Premier League title may seem a forgone conclusion, there are only nine
points between the bottom 11 teams in
the Premier League. Nine of those
scrapping to avoid the relegation fight
play today, hoping to drag themselves
away from trouble.
Swansea City (20th, 13pts)
Leon Britton, who takes his side to
Liverpool today, thinks that potential
candidates to replace Paul Clement will
have been encouraged by a 1-1 draw
with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Britton will aim to continue impressing the likes of Frank de Boer, Slaven
Bilic and their former manager Garry
Monk ? available after his dismissal by
Middlesbrough ? at Anfield.
?The game showed we have desire,
even though we are where we are,? Britton, who is temporarily in charge, said.
?If potential managers were watching, they will see the players are fighting
and giving everything we?ve got. If it
was the other way around, they might
be thinking, ?Oh, I don?t fancy that.?
?This club is a great opportunity for
someone. If we can get things right on
the pitch, this is a very, very good club.?
A victory at Anfield ? where Swansea won under Clement last season ?
would not convince Britton to take the
job permanently. ?Even if we win the
next two or three games,? he added. ?I?d
be telling the club I?m not ready yet.?
West Bromwich Albion (19th, 14pts)
Without a win in four games since
taking over, Alan Pardew could lose his
captain in January. Pardew said that
Jonny Evans has not rejected a new
contract, but that he cannot ensure he
will stay at the club next month.
There had been speculation that the
defender, who has 18 months left on his
existing deal, turned down a �0,000a-week offer from West Brom. Evans
has been targeted by Manchester City
and Arsenal, but West Brom want him
for their relegation fight, which continues against Everton today.
?I?m not aware of any contract that
has been offered to Jonny as yet, no,?
Pardew said. ?We?ve still got this year to
run so we?ll see where we are. It would
be a blow to lose him if that was the case.
I lost Andy Carroll on the last day of the
window at Newcastle and I think we?d
already said he wouldn?t leave so I won?t
go down that road [and say that] again.?
Bournemouth (18th, 16pts)
Eddie Howe is missing eight players
because of injury for the match against
West Ham United today, the most
important of whom is Jermain Defoe.
Bournemouth are in the relegation
zone because they have only scored 15
goals in 19 matches, but they will not be
able to rely on their most experienced
goalscorer for eight to ten weeks. Defoe
fractured his ankle in the Carabao Cup
defeat by Chelsea last week.
?The next three matches take on
huge importance for us,? Howe, whose
side are without a win in seven league
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Chelsea..............19
Liverpool...........19
Tottenham........19
Arsenal..............19
Burnley..............19
Leicester............19
Everton..............19
Watford ............. 19
Huddersfield.....19
Brighton............19
Southampton...19
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matches, said. ?We have so many injuries and that makes it doubly difficult.
It?s not ideal at this time of year.?
Asmir Begovic, the Bournemouth
goalkeeper, said that his team?s chances
of survival could be harmed if they do
not take points today, as well as against
Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
?Those are the teams in and around
us and they?re the teams you have to
pick up points from,? he said.
West Ham United (17th, 17pts)
David Moyes suggested that he will
pick Andy Carroll and Javier Hern醤dez for the trip to Bournemouth today.
Hern醤dez has not started a Premier
League game under Moyes, while
Carroll?s most recent start in a league
game was on November 24 against
Leicester City. Andr� Ayew and
Michail Antonio could be victims of the
3-2 home defeat by Newcastle United.
?Up until the Newcastle game, the
players have been playing well and
showing what they can do,? Moyes said.
?When that happens you reward them
and keep playing them.
?I know what Andy Carroll and
Hern醤dez?s qualities are. The way the
team has been set up has been better
suited to the quicker boys. There will be
occasions when the set-up will suit
Andy or Hern醤dez.?
Stoke City (14th, 19pts)
Mark Hughes is confident that he will
finalise deals for two of his January
transfer targets. A win against West
Brom helped them climb the table and
Stoke are thought to be keen on Daniel
Opare, the Augsburg defender, as well
as a loan move for Danny Ings, the
Liverpool striker. Islam Slimani, the
Leicester forward, is also on Hughes?s
radar.
?There?s a will to do things. We probably need a couple more,? Hughes said
before the trip to Huddersfield Town.
?We?ve got a few viable targets which
are encouraging and if we can do something we probably will. We hope to do
something to make us more resolute.?
Southampton (13th, 19pts)
After one win in the past ten games,
Mauricio Pellegrino faces daunting
away games with Tottenham Hotspur
and Manchester United. Maya Yoshida,
the centre back, says that the mood at St
Mary?s is the lowest he has known it as
Pellegrino fights for his job.
?It?s a really difficult moment for the
club,? Yoshida said. ?Not only for the
players but for the club. I didn?t have
this in the last five years. It?s the most
difficult situation in this club recently.?
Virgil van Dijk has been absent amid
rumours of a transfer in January but
James Ward-Prowse insists that the
speculation will not distract the squad.
?He?s a great player but we?ve got great
players who can step in and show their
qualities,? he said. ?Every team goes
through a tough period in the season
but we have to stick together and keep
believing. I?m sure it will change.?
Brighton & Hove Albion (12th, 21pts)
Despite Lewis Dunk?s family being avid
Chelsea fans, the Brighton defender
hopes that they will cheer him on
against the champions today. ?They?ll
be up there supporting me and I think
they?ll be the blue and white stripes that
day, not the blue of Chelsea,? Dunk said.
?The dog will probably be listening on
the radio. My family dog?s named after
[Didier] Drogba.
?This was the game I was looking forward to, but when that day comes I?m
not a Chelsea fan. I?ll go on the pitch
and I want to win. It doesn?t matter if
I?m a Chelsea fan or not.?
Huddersfield Town (11th, 22pts)
Sitting far higher in the table than
many predicted, Huddersfield are in a
buoyant mood this Christmas before a
winnable set of fixtures, beginning at
home to Stoke today. David Wagner,
the head coach, said it has taken him
time to get used to playing during the
festive period.
?With it being Boxing Day it will be
an outstanding atmosphere and hopefully we can perform at our best,? Wagner said. ?After the third year I have had
in England, I am used to it. I still have to
say from my point of view that Christmas is for family and this isn?t the case
in England in this business.?
Watford (10th, 22pts)
After a brilliant start to the season,
Marco Silva?s side face Leicester without a win in six games and Sebastian
Pr鰀l wants to avoid being drawn into a
relegation fight. ?Maybe we were
dreaming too much, we were too comfortable in our situation,? he said. ?Maybe too confident when we went into
these games. These last few games, we
didn?t deliver. We have to make sure we
are 100 per cent again because we could
face some trouble. Relegation is not a
topic at the moment and we need to
make sure it doesn?t become one.?
Later this week
Newcastle United (15th, 18pts) v
Manchester City, tomorrow, 7.45pm.
Crystal Palace (16th, 18pts) v Arsenal,
Thursday, 8pm.
Harry Kane?s hattrick in Tottenham
Hotspur?s 3-0 win
away to Burnley on
Saturday, right, took
him to 53 goals for
club and country in
2017 and puts him
just one behind
Lionel Messi and
level with Cristiano
Ronaldo. But while
the top strikers in
Europe have gone
on their winter
break, Kane has one
game left this year
to take the top spot
as Tottenham face
Southampton at
Wembley today.
Lionel Messi
(Barcelona and
Argentina)
Harry Kane
(Tottenham and
England)
Edinson Cavani
(Paris Saint-Germain
and Uruguay)
Robert
Lewandowski
(Bayern Munich and
Poland)
Cristiano Ronaldo
(Real Madrid and
Portugal)
*not including
friendlies
Tottenham v Southampton
Kick-off 12.30pm
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Referee G Scott
Tottenham (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Lloris
Trippier
S醤chez
Vertonghen
Demb閘�
Eriksen
Rose
Dier
Alli
Son
Kane
Gabbiadini
Boufal
Davis
Tadic
Hojbjerg
Targett
Hoedt
Romeu
Yoshida
Stephens
Forster
Southampton (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Klopp: I am defensive
Chris Hatherall
J黵gen Klopp has insisted that his
reputation as a manager who focuses
on all-out attack rather than defending
is untrue and revealed the strategy that
sits at the heart of his philosophy.
Klopp, whose Liverpool team are at
home to Swansea City today on the
back of a 3-3 draw away to Arsenal on
Friday, has won plaudits for playing the
?Fab Four? of Philippe Coutinho,
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Man� and
Mohamed Salah together.
However, the game at the Emirates
was the fourth time this season that
Liverpool have conceded three or more
goals in a game. There have also been
four fixtures in which they have
conceded twice, leading to suggestions
that a porous defence is their Achilles?
heel.
Klopp, however, bridled at suggestions that his philosophy is primarily
attack-focused. ?That?s not true,? he
said. ?I want to defend first of all ?
that?s the basis for everything. But the
best thing is to defend with ten offensive players, then when you have the
ball you are much more likely to score.?
Klopp blamed individual errors,
rather than team tactics, for the goals
conceded in a game in which his side
Liverpool v Swansea City
Kick-off 5.30pm
TV Live, Sky Sports PL Radio BBC 5 Live
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Referee K Friend
Liverpool (probable; 4-3-3)
Mignolet
AlexanderArnold
Lovren
Klavan
Robertson
Can Wijnaldum Lallana
Salah
Dyer
Carroll
Olsson
Firmino
Abraham
Clucas
Mawson
Coutinho
Ayew
Mesa
Fernandez Naughton
Fabianski
Swansea (probable; 4-3-3)
led 2-0, adding: ?It wasn?t because we
weren?t defending. The goals came
because we let them cross, we let them
shoot. It happens.?
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Today?s Premier League fixtures
Bournemouth v W Ham
Chelsea v Brighton
2 Goals in sixth minute by Marko
Arnautovic for West Ham this month:
against Chelsea and Newcastle United
2 Previous seasons when these clubs
have been in the same division:
second tier in 1983-84 and 1988-89
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Referee R Madley
Kick-off 3pm
TV Highlights, 10.45pm, BBC One
Highlights The Times smartphone app
Referee M Dean
Bournemouth (probable; 3-4-3)
Chelsea (probable; 3-4-2-1)
Begovic
Cook
Courtois
Ak�
Simpson
Azpilicueta
Moses
A Smith
Gosling
Surman
Christensen
Bakayoko
Kant�
Alonso
Fraser
F郻regas
Pugh
Cahill
Hazard
Ibe
Wilson
Morata
Hern醤dez
Arnautovic
Hemed
Carroll
Lanzini
Obiang
Cresswell
Gross
Kouyat�
Zabaleta
Ogbonna
Reid
March
Pr鰌per
Suttner
Dunk
Stephens Knockaert
Duffy
Adri醤
Ryan
West Ham (probable; 3-4-3)
Brighton (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Huddersfield v Stoke City
Manchester Utd v Burnley
3 Top-flight clubs without a live TV
match over the Christmas/New Year
holiday: these two clubs and Watford
3 Man Utd failures to win in past nine
games ? all versus Cities: Manchester,
Bristol (both defeats) and Leicester
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Referee A Taylor
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Referee M Atkinson
Huddersfield (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Man Utd (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Lossl
De Gea
Young
Hadergjonaj
Zanka
Schindler
Lindelof
Jones
Mooy
Depoitre
Williams Van La Parra
Wimmer
Several factors are behind Manchester
City?s seemingly unstoppable title
charge, but one that is often overlooked
is that Pep Guardiola is starting to
tinker less with his starting XI.
At this stage of last year?s campaign,
Guardiola had made 140 alterations to
his team, mainly because he was unsure
about his defence and goalkeeper, and
also what was the best formation to use
with his new team.
This season, it has been a different
story for the Catalan and his team, who
stretched their record winning streak to
17 league matches with a 4-0 victory
against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The City head coach has kept the
same team on two occasions and has
made 118 changes to his starting XI over
the course of their opening 28 games.
By contrast Manchester United, who
now trail City by 13 points after their
draw away to Leicester City, have made
149 changes. Some have been due to
injury but most of them because Jos�
Mourinho is still unsure of his best XI.
The benefits of a more settled team
are clear. Sergio Ag黣ro, who scored
his 14th and 15th goals of the season
on Saturday, has developed an
Sterling?s developed
an understanding this
season with Ag黣ro
[to cope]. Gabriel [Jesus] didn?t play
against Bournemouth ? he played
120 minutes against Leicester [on
Wednesday] and he?s the best fighter in
the high pressing I?ve ever seen. He
helps us a lot with our intensity. [We
have] Danilo, Bernardo [Silva], [Ilkay]
G黱dogan, they all helped us against
Bournemouth. We have Yaya [Tour閉.
?Last game, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko
was man of the match and he was
not in the squad against Bournemouth. Of
course
w will
we
ro
rotate
in
p
this period.?
He could rest De Bruyne
f the game away to Newcastle
for
U
United
tomorrow after revealing
t the playmaker has been suffering
that
f
from
a stomach bug. ?He was sick,?
Guardiola said. ?The last two or three
days he was vomiting and had a fever.
He lost two or three kilos and Friday
was the only time he trained.?
Should City defeat Newcastle and
then go on to beat Crystal Palace
and Watford, Guardiola will
eclipse his best run of 19 wins,
recorded in the 2013-14 season with
Bayern Munich.
Rashford
Lukaku
Hendrick
Allen
Shawcross
Cameron
Zouma
Gudmundsson Cork
Taylor
Defour
Arfield
Long
Bardsley
Mee
Butland
City reap rewards from stability
understanding with the likes of
Raheem Sterling, Leroy San�, David
Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
Fielding the same players regularly is
not without risk, particularly with the
intensity at which City play. It
was noticeable during the
dying seconds on Saturday,
with City already 4-0 up, thatt
Sterling sprinted 50 yards as hee
looked to score his second. For
that
reason
Guardiola
will
make
minimall
changes
every
game, meaningg
d
his players should
m
not suffer from
burnout. ?We ran a
lot last season as well. As a
manager, I?m good with
that,? Guardiola said. ?I
am able to let them run
at a high intensity.
?Fatigue? I don?t
think so. It mayy
happen but we?ve a
good enough squad
Matic
Lingard
Barnes
Crouch
Shaqiri
Fletcher
Edwards
Mata
Ince
Choupo-Moting
Rojo
L鰓e
Pogba
Quaner
Paul Hirst
Bruno
Pope
Stoke (probable; 3-4-1-2)
Burnley (probable; 4-4-1-1)
Watford v Leicester City
West Brom v Everton
20 Points for Premier League?s three
W clubs in past 33 games combined
(West Ham 9, Watford 7, West Brom 4)
3 West Brom?s number of wins
obtained during their past 30
matches in all competitions
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Referee R East
Watford (probable; 4-2-3-1)
West Brom (probable; 4-3-3)
Foster
Gomes
Janmaat
Pr鰀l
Kabasele
Capoue
Carillo
Holebas
Doucour�
Pereyra
Nyom
Hegazi
Evans
Livermore Barry
Brunt
Richarlison
Robson-Kanu
McClean
Rond髇
Gray
Calvert-Lewin
Vardy
Albrighton
Okazaki
Iborra
Chilwell
Mahrez
Morgan
Sigurdsson
Rooney
Baningime
Ndidi
Maguire
Gibbs
Dragovic
Schmeichel
Leicester (probable; 4-2-3-1)
Martina
Lennon
Schneiderlin
Williams
Keane
Kenny
Pickford
Everton (probable; 4-2-3-1)
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Henry Winter
Mourinho is now second best
but still deserves praise
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England are in line to play a World
Cup warm-up game at Leeds United?s
Elland Road as Gareth Southgate looks
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they travel to Russia in the summer.
Negotiations are continuing, but
Elland Road is emerging as the
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second of two friendly matches in the
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England have played there twice
before ? a 2-1 defeat by Italy in 2002
and a 3-3 draw with Sweden in 1995 ?
and are committed to going on the
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to gain backing for Southgate?s squad.
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has been proposed and England will
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wonders of Lisbon and Porto, and immerse yourself in
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pread across the hillsides overlooking the Rio Rejo, Lisbon offers all
the major attractions that you would expect of Portugal?s capital.
Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums are just
a small taste of what you can experience. Porto, is a colourful dream
with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, and extravagant churches. The
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in mystifying Egypt. Start with a three-night stay in Hurghada,
staying at the ?ve-star Jasmine Palace. Then travel down to Luxor to
board the ?ve-star MS Princess Viking on a full-board basis. After
your seven-nights cruise, you will then travel back to Hurghada to
relax for a further four nights at the Jasmine Palace.
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Daily breakfast in
Selected departures January and February, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
All in-resort
transfers included
Selected departures from January to April, 2018.
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Bratislava
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four-star Kossak Hotel
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Krakow and Warsaw
ith possibly a richer history than any other European country,
Poland is easily a destination which has been overlooked over
the past few years.
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With stays in Krakow and Warsaw, book this incredible deal which
also includes a visit to the Auschwitz camp. This twin centre is a
great way to experience the culture and history of Poland.
Selected departures January to March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Three nights? stay at the
four-star Golden
Tulip Center
Daily breakfast in
both cities
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he capital of Austria, Vienna is an amazing city with a ton of
history. You will be amazed by all of the history and culture that
can be found around every corner.
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With a medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets and a hilltop castle, Bratislava is an unique city situated along the Danube
River. The city has character which can not be matched by any other
city destination.
Selected departures January to March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Three nights? stay at the
four-star Prinz Eugen
Train transfer between
Vienna and Bratislava
Three nights? stay at the
four-star Apollo Hotel
Daily breakfast in
both cities
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London (call for
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Park Boutique
Three nights? stay at the
four-star Rixwell
Terrace Design
Daily breakfast in
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Europe?s most important historical cities. You will be able to take
in the rich and varied history of both cities and see some of the most
amazing attractions that can be found in Europe.
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Stay at two beautiful four-star hotels, both located close to the heart
of the city, with all of the major attractions on your doorstep.
Selected departures January to April, June and August,
2018. Other months available at a supplement.
Sri Lanka safari and
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Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and a perfect holiday
destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world,
versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene
in the local historical setting.
the four-star
PK Ilmarine Hotel
Daily breakfast in
both cities
Internal flight between
Selected departures in March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Four-star Moroccan
cities tour
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stay at the four-star
Pegasus Reef Hotel
his exclusive offer lets you visit Udawalawe National Park - Sri
Lanka?s most visited park famous for being home to over 600
elephants. Stay in luxury tents all with a bedroom, living area and
en-suite facilities. Activities include a jeep safari, an evening jungle
walk and a Chef in the Wild experience. End the trip with an allinclusive beach stay.
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Two nights? half-board
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Mahoora Luxury
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Seven nights? all-inclusive
stay at the three-star
Mermaid Club
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aking in the four imperial cities of Morocco, this incredible tour
experiences the hustle and charm of the four historical capital
cities of Morocco. The cities of Morocco are a feast for your eyes and
a treat for your taste buds. Discover the real Morocco, wandering
through the narrow streets and tiny alleyways among ancient city
walls, mosques, bath houses and majestic archways.
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Seven nights? four-star
accommodation
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accommodation
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Selected departures May to June, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Night jungle walk and
jeep safari with
entrance fees
Selected departures in January, February and March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Including a city tour in
each of the cities
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Enchanting Madeira holidays with Broadway Travel
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
SEVEN NIGHTS
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Seven nights? stay at the
four- star Savoy Calheta
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he Savoy Calheta Beach is a
peaceful four-star oasis set on the
lovely, warm south coast of Madeira,
an unspoilt corner of the Island
blessed with an abundance of sun. An
excellent beach hotel with friendly
staff and a relaxed atmosphere, the
shimmering pool and the sun loungers
around it are the perfect setting in
which to sip a long cool drink and
catch up on your reading.
Free late checkout
All-inclusive
accommodation
Selected departures January,
2018. Other months available at
a supplement.
Five-star Madeira stay
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Seven nights? stay at the
five-star Quinta da
Bela Vista
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Santana, Porto Moniz
and Eira do Serrado
half-day tours
Includes 2 x full day tours
of Santana & Porto Moniz
and a half day tour
of Eira do Serrado
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adeira is a wild island, that is
instantly calming from the
moment you set foot on its volcanic
shores. With a ? fth of the island
covered in ancient laurel woodland,
this untamed landscape makes
for some breath-taking scenery.
Brimming with ?ora and fauna, the
villages are welcome idylls of rural
charm to enjoy before heading back
into the glorious scenery
Discover the true beauty of the island
on three tours. Enjoy a full-day tour
of Porto Moniz probably the most
popular excursion of the island,
visiting the ? shing villages of C鈓ara
de Lobos and Ribeira Brava, then visit
Santana home to the famous A-frame
cottages followed by a half day tour of
Eira do Serrado and Monte.
Selected departures April and
May, 2018. Other months available
at a supplement.
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Four-star
Fuerteventura
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Seven nights? stay at
the five-star Bone Club
Sunset Hotel And Spa
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ith striking volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and average
high temperatures of 21癈 even in winter, Fuerteventura is a
perfect year-round destination.
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A four-star golf resort set amongst the famous sand dunes of
Corralejo in northern Fuertevenutra, the Hotel Mirador de Lobos
golf is a picturesque deluxe resort that is perfect for enjoying the
islands year-round warm climate.
Selected departures January to March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Seven nights? stay at
the four-star Mirador de
Lobos Golf
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private pool
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his modern resort hotel is situated just steps from the beach and
20 minutes? drive from the popular seaside resort town of Side.
Guests might wish to visit Side?s stunning historical attractions such
as the Temple of Apollo or the city walls, or simply spend lazy days
sunning at the beach or on the stylish wooden deck by the hotel?s
large outdoor pool.
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Two free dinners per
person per stay
Bed and breakfast
F1 Spanish Grand
Prix break
Free upgrade to garden
Selected departures October, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Five-star Greek
getaway
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FREE TH REE- DAY ENTR AN C E
TI C KE T S TO TH E C I RC U IT
or pool view room
15 minute massage and
wine on arrival
One free a la carte dinner
per person
All-inclusive
accommodation
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Stay at the four-star
Algeria Plaza Paris,
Costa Brava
eld at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Spanish Grand
Prix is one of the most anticipated and well loved circuits on the
Grand Prix calendar.
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Stay for seven nights? at the Algeria Plaza Paris with all of your
transfers and 3 day entrance tickets to the circuit during the
Grand Prix weekend included.
Departures May 7 to 11, 2018.
Three day Grand Prix
entrance tickets
(Fri to Sun)
Return transfers
to the circuit and
airport transfers
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Surrounded by landscaped gardens with pine-eucalyptus and
cypress trees, the elegant Corfu Holiday Palace Hotel enjoys a
wonderful setting close to Corfu Town with stunning views over the
Ionian Sea, a lagoon and the Pontikonissi, the Mouse Island - the
only hotel to have a direct view of this famous place.
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Stay at the five-star
Corfu Holiday Palace,
Corfu, Greece
Free welcome cockatil
on arrival
Half-board
accommodation
Free return
Selected dates in April, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
airport transfers
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Five-star
Rhodes stay
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Four-star
Croatia stay
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ennadi used to be a tiny little ?shing village that was discovered some
years ago by keen widsurfers. While it is still a small and tranquil
place, a number of resorts and hotels have sprung up in the area. The
town sits between the mountains and the beach and is an easy place to
while away a few days. If you?re searching for some peace and relaxation
on your holiday, then the brand new Gennadi Grand Resort will be the
perfect choice. With a beautiful beachside setting boasting superb views,
this 5 star hotel will ensure you have that stress-free holiday.
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Seven nights? stay at
London (call for
ith a view of the sea that connects Pelje?ac with nearby
Korc?ula, Aminess Grand Azur gives you islands for the price
of a peninsula. Just a 10-minute walk from Orebic?, offers you an
oasis of Mediterranean peace. Relax by the sea or on the free pool
lounge chairs and spend your holiday in comfort.
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the five-star Gennadi
Five-star
Zante stay
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Seven nights? stay at
the four-star Aminess
Grand Azur
All-inclusive light
Beach Resort
accommodation
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Selected departures April and May, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
other airports)
Selected departures April, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Four-star
Crete stay
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his adults only hotel is located on a hillside offering breathtaking
views over the sea and surrounding areas. With a swimming
pool and spa on site alongside bar and restaurants with daytime and
evening entertainment, there is something to keep you entertained
all day, should you wish to be busy or just relax in the Greek sun.
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London (call for
other airports)
Seven nights? stay at the
five-star Keri Village
10% spa discount
Selected departures April, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
All-inclusive
accommodation
he largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is also the 5th largest
island in the whole of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its
huge size, there?s a staggering 650 miles of coastline to explore on a
holiday to Crete, from tourist-friendly super beaches to quiet little
coves worthy of a postcard. The City Green Hotel is an adults only
hotel which is located in the centre of famous resort of Hersonissos
on the gorgeous island of Crete. The hotel is just a short walk from
the sandy beach, shops, restaurants and bars, so you can combine
relaxation and fun.
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Selected departures May, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
London (call for
other airports)
Seven nights? stay at the
four-star City Green
Free upgrade to
pool-view room
All-inclusive
accommodation
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City breaks with Broadway Travel
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Four-star Valencia
city break
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et on the South eastern coast of Spain, Valencia has a real mix
in culture. From modern and historic buildings within the
city centre to the ports and beaches of the coast, Valencia offers
something for everyone. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia is a city
which has spent the last few decades building beautiful modern
buildings to present a great contrast to its incredible heritage.
Surrounded by fertile farmland, the city is famous for its rice dishes
such as paella, but its buzzing dining scene offers so much more.
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the four-star Senator
Parque central
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Three-night Krakow
city break
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tiny country in northern Europe, Denmark has in recent
years gained a global reputation as one of the most liberal and
progressive countries in the world and one of its culinary centres.
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Denmark?s capital city Copenhagen, has a long and rich regal
heritage and is the centre of the country?s cultural resurgence which
has seen it surge ahead in the ?elds of design and music.
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Three nights? stay at the
three-star Savoy Hotel
Selected departures January, 2018
Other months available at a supplement.
Three-night
Florence break
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rakow is a city rich in heritage. Since the darkest moments of
WWII, a vibrant and colourful city has emerged. From the
cosmopolitan buzz of the modern urban areas to the picture-perfect
cobbled streets of the old town, there?s a corner of Krakow sure to
delight every visitor. If you?re looking for a gastronomic city break or
short cultural escape, Krakow delivers at every turn.
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Selected departures January and February, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
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Three nights? stay at
the four-star
Sympozjum Hotel
Bed and breakfast
radle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting and utterly
irresistible, Florence is a place to feast on world-class art
and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. Hotel 500 Firenze is set in a 16thcentury building renovated with a modern touch. Surrounded by
the greenery in the medieval town of Campi Bisenzio, it features a
swimming pool.
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Three nights? stay at
the four-star 500
Firenze Florence
Selected departures January, February and March, 2018.
Other months available at a supplement.
Bed and breakfast
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