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FINAL
Thursday 10 May 2018
telegraph.co.uk
No 50,689 £ 1.80
Dad dilemmas
How we really cope
with teenage daughters
By royal appointment
Cello prodigy
chosen by
Harry & Meghan
Adult ADHD
‘I became a
high flier after
my diagnosis’
Family & Features, pages 19 & 20
Arts, page 22
Family & Features, page 21
B R I TA I N ’ S B E S T - S E L L I N G Q U A L I T Y D A I LY
world news
Trump warns Iran of
nuclear ‘consequences’
Donald Trump yesterday warned Iran
of “very severe consequences” if it
restarted its nuclear programme, as EU
leaders moved to protect businesses
that could be affected by America’s
reimposition of sanctions. Mr Trump
said Iran would soon “find out” what
happens if it started enriching uranium
again. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s
supreme leader, said the president
would be “food of the worms” long
before the regime fell. Boris Johnson,
the Foreign Secretary, challenged the
US to come up with alternative options.
Page 14
news
Williamson told to
stand firm on customs
Gavin Williamson has been warned
that withdrawing his opposition to an
EU customs partnership would be
“career suicide”. The Defence
Secretary was one of two Remainsupporting ministers who helped
block the Prime Minister’s preferred
option for a Brexit customs deal.
Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, came
under pressure to support plans to
keep the UK in the single market after
a House of Lords rebellion on the issue
emboldened MPs.
Page 8
‘I thought I was buying the
Kama Sutra. This is about
Labour and Brexit’
news
Football chiefs scrap
the World Cup anthem
For some football fans they are a
nostalgic reminder of World Cups
past, for others a grim record of
England’s failures. But this year, for
the first time, the FA has neither
commissioned a World Cup single nor
is planning to endorse an unofficial
anthem to mark the competition.
Page 3
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Obituaries
TV listings
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Medics to
assess 999
patients
by video
By Laura Donnelly HealtH editor
MEDICS will ask 999 callers to show
them live video footage of patients
before deciding whether to send
ambulances, under NHS plans.
The scheme, which is already being
rolled out in several parts of the country, is an attempt to ease pressure on
emergency services. Officials said the
policy would expedite help for those
most in need, ensuring minor complaints were given lower priority.
Under the initiative, people calling
999 are being asked to direct their
phone cameras to their injuries so
paramedics can decide whether help is
needed and with what urgency.
It is a response to unprecedented
pressure on ambulance services and
hospitals, which are failing to meet targets to respond to 999 calls or to ensure
swift treatment in Accident & Emergency departments. The NHS is making a concerted effort to use technology
to tailor care to patients and to reduce
needless use of ambulances and other
resources.
Two ambulance services have begun
using a scheme to assess patients from
afar using live video streaming. Another scheme, still in the trial stages,
will reportedly allow crews to measure
a patient’s pulse using video.
The core technology, named “instant on scene”, works by sending a text
message to the 999 caller’s phone. By
opening a link, the caller sends their
location, grants access to their phone’s
camera and the video streaming begins. The 999 call can continue while
the video is streaming, allowing emergency services to provide advice and
assess the patient.
The technology does not store the
video to the phone and does not require an app. Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Air Ambulance and Great North Air
Ambulance are using the technology,
which relies on a platform called GoodSAM, an app that alerts medics and
those trained in life support to emergencies. The firm behind it is in talks to
introduce it in other regions.
Prof Richard Lyon, the associate
medical director of Kent, Surrey and
Sussex Air Ambulance, said: “Time is
critical in saving a person’s life or reducing long-term disability, and often
we have limited information from bystanders about a patient’s or multiple
patients’ injuries to make decisions.
Callers usually aren’t medically trained
so information isn’t always accurate.
“Being able to see the scene of the
incident, not only the patients, but how
many cars are involved, for example, is
game-changing in helping us decide
what additional resources we might
need to send, assessing who we might
need to treat first or what medication
we might need to give.”
Prof Mark Wilson, the co-creator of
GoodSAM, said the technology was
“unbelievably simple” to integrate into
computer systems and that he believed
it could be used across the emergency
services.
At the height of last winter, one in six
patients taken to hospital by ambulance was forced to wait in car parks or
hospital corridors for at least half an
hour.
Health officials believe better use of
technology and artificial intelligence is
key to ensuring extra NHS funding is
not wasted. Earlier this year a leaked
report seen by The Daily Telegraph said
NHS 111 inquiries would be handled by
robots within two years. Patients’
groups have expressed concern about
the safety of such models, raising fears
that those without access to smartphones or computers may lose out.
Britain’s Edmund triumphs over Djokovic
PAUL WHITE/AP
NEWS BRIEFING
Britain’s Kyle Edmund celebrates after beating Novak Djokovic for the first time to reach the last 16 in the Madrid Open. Edmund’s win
is likely to send him into the world top 20 and, with Andy Murray injured, will give tennis fans some hope for Wimbledon Sport: Page 8
Royal Mail accused of encouraging junk letter deluge
By Katie Morley
Consumer affairs editor
HOMEOWNERS are likely to receive
more junk mail after Royal Mail offered
to help businesses exploit a loophole in
new data protection laws.
Firms across the country have been
told they can get around a crackdown
on unwanted marketing by sending
unaddressed letters through the post.
Under EU laws coming into force on
May 25, businesses must have permission or a legitimate reason to send mes-
sages to members of the public. But in
recent weeks, Royal Mail has sent out
pamphlets
reminding
businesses
“don’t forget the power of unaddressed
mail” as a way to contact people without needing their personal data.
Last night, MPs accused the Royal
Mail of encouraging junk mail, which
they described as “frustrating” and “a
waste of paper”.
The average household receives
around 650 pieces of junk mail a year,
despite efforts by government and regulators to curb the problem. Staff at
Royal Mail’s door-to-door leaflet helpline said there had been an increased
demand for their services in recent
weeks, with more boxes of leaflets than
usual waiting to be distributed to
homes.
In 1983, the Mailing Preference Service was established to enable consumers to refuse to receive junk mail.
However, households that sign up to
the service are still not protected from
unaddressed letters, and can expect to
receive as many as seven unaddressed
leaflets per day through their letterbox
from Royal Mail alone. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),
which is regulating the introduction of
so-called “General Data Protection
Regulation” (GDPR), also cannot take
action against unaddressed mail.
Ian Murray, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South, said: “I think the public
would be surprised that, as a result of
tighter and more up-to-date data protection laws, they receive even more
unwanted junk mail.
“Individual businesses will determine if this kind of blanket junk mail
marketing works, but I’m sure most
consumers would see it as an unwanted
waste of paper.”
Julian Knight MP, a member of the
digital, culture, media and sport committee, said: “The new rules are about
positive consent for how your data is
used, so you are always in control of
how are you are contacted.
“For too long, our private personal
data has been used for purposes which
people haven’t consented to, resulting
in frustrating amounts of information
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FINAL
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
News
Labour attempt to curb press freedom fails
Proposals for second
Leveson inquiry and for
newspapers to pay all libel
case costs are defeated
Fears for missing singer
of Frightened Rabbit
Ed Miliband tabled the amendment calling for a second Leveson inquiry, saying it was a matter of honour to meet a promise made to ‘victims’, such as the McCanns
Standards Organisation, which the majority of national and local newspapers
– including The Daily Telegraph – are
signed up to.
“Today marks a great victory for a
free and fair press,” he said. “We will
now work with IPSO to ensure the
press play by the rules but today the
House voted that muzzling the media
would have dealt a blow to democracy.”
During the debate Mr Hancock
warned that the press regulation measures would have a “catastrophic” impact and make it “near impossible” to
conduct investigations into child
abuse.
He added: “The impact on local
newspapers too risks being catastrophic.”
Mr Hancock later told MPs that the
terms of Leveson part two “have already largely been met”, adding “where
action is needed I do not back down
from taking it”.
Ed Miliband, the former Labour
leader who tabled the amendment calling for a second Leveson inquiry, accused ministers of “fearing” the press
and said that their actions had been
“contemptible”.
Accusing the Government of “dumping” a previous commitment, he said:
“How dare they, how dare they (do
that) to the McCanns, the Dowlers, all
those other victims… I say to members
across this House, whatever party they
are in, this is about our honour. “
Kemi Badenoch: Page 16
Editorial comment: Page 17
Another dream in tatters for squeakily indignant Miliband
Sketch
h
By Michael Deacon
I
’ve missed Ed Miliband. I mean it. I
used to love writing about him. Like
all the greatest comedy characters,
he had such a wonderful air of pathos.
Tony Hancock, Harold Steptoe, Alan
Partridge, David Brent, Ed Miliband –
each of them was a little guy with a big
dream: a dream that, as everyone but
they could see, was doomed to failure
from the start. That was what made
Dame Barbara Windsor
has Alzheimer’s disease
Dame Barbara Windsor, the actress,
has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,
her husband has revealed.
The EastEnders and Carry On star
had been living with the degenerative
disease for four years, which had
steadily got worse, her husband, Scott
Mitchell, told The Sun.
“I want the public to know because
they are naturally very drawn to
Barbara and she loves talking to them,”
he said. “Since her 80th birthday last
August, a definite continual confusion
has set in, so it’s becoming a lot more
difficult for us to hide.”
He said he first started noticing
signs of the condition in 2009.
By Steven Swinford
DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR
THE Culture Secretary yesterday
hailed a “great day for a free and fair
press” after Labour failed in its bid to
bring in draconian regulations and
hold a second Leveson inquiry.
Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy
leader, tabled an amendment to the
Data Protection Bill that would have
forced newspapers to pay all legal costs
in libel cases brought against them, regardless of the outcome – unless they
joined a state-sanctioned regulator.
However he abandoned plans to
push the amendment to a vote after the
SNP withdrew its support and the DUP
backed the Government.
Labour also failed in its attempt to
secure support for a second Leveson
inquiry into press standards. MPs voted
against the plans, which Theresa May
had described as “disproportionate”, by
304 votes to 295.
Five Conservative MPs voted for the
second inquiry, including Kenneth
Clarke, a former chancellor, and Dominic Grieve, a former attorney general.
However the Tories managed to secure the support of nine DUP MPs after
they held a meeting with Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary.
The attempt to curb press freedom
was supported by a number of celebrities including John Cleese, the comedian.
He had previously said on Twitter
that he would leave the country if there
was not a second inquiry into press
standards. A spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
After the vote Mr Hancock gave his
support to the Independent Press
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them so special. You always had to feel
for them, however much you laughed.
What a treat, then, after all these
years, to see Mr Miliband launch an
unexpected return to the public eye
yesterday. Journalists glowed with
excited nostalgia. It was as if John
Cleese had announced a new series of
Fawlty Towers.
The former Labour leader had come
to the Commons to give a speech
demanding a second round of the
Leveson Inquiry. And his performance
did not disappoint. Mr Miliband, fans
will be delighted to learn, has lost
none of his unique gifts.
All the old moves were there. The
furious wagging of the index finger.
The startled, goggling stare. The
frantic squawking and spluttering,
that make him sound like Donald Duck
choking on a peanut.
Ah, happy memories. If anything, he
sounded even more squeakily
indignant than I remembered. “We
have a Government saying, ‘Let’s
dump this promise!’” he shrieked.
“How dare they, Madam Deputy
Speaker! How DARE they!”
The more he spoke, the crosser he
got. Soon he’d worked himself into the
most tremendous flap. Whirling,
flailing, reddening, swiping the air. His
hair bobbed around manically,
desperate to keep up with the rest of
him, and only just clinging on.
Jacob Rees-Mogg politely requested
he give way. “No, I will NOT give way!”
shouted Mr Miliband. (This outburst
seemed to take even Mr Miliband
himself by surprise. Ten seconds later,
in a small and somewhat sheepish
voice, he agreed to give way after all.)
Mr Rees-Mogg’s manner was rather
more composed than Mr Miliband’s,
but his views were no less forthright.
The freedom of the press, he declared,
was “so overwhelmingly precious that
we should preserve it even if
sometimes the press upsets us”. To his
deep concern, however, the UK had in
recent years plummeted down the
league table of press freedom. “We are
now behind Trinidad and Tobago,”
tutted Mr Rees-Mogg. “But, perhaps
most insultingly, we are even below …
the French!”
Tory MPs blanched. Below the
French! This was no longer a mere
matter of press regulation. This was a
matter of national honour.
At four o’clock came the time to
vote. Then, to a hushed House, the
results were announced. And what a
heartbreaker it was. By just nine votes,
Mr Miliband’s plea for Leveson round
two had been rejected.
Poor Mr Miliband. Another dream in
tatters. On behalf of the sketch-writing
community, I hope it will not
discourage him from attempting
another comeback.
Young GPs reluctant
to work long hours
By Henry Bodkin
AN UNWILLINGNESS by new GPs to
work as hard as their older colleagues
is threatening to overwhelm surgeries,
a senior medic has suggested.
Dr Laurence Buckman, formerly the
highest-ranking GP at the British Medical Association (BMA), said the appetite
among young family doctors to “go
beyond the extra mile has evaporated”
in recent years.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, he also called for a daily cap on
patient numbers in order to avoid tired
doctors making mistakes. “My generation can still turn it on and keep going
until the last straggler has been seen,
but perhaps the time has come to stop
doing so. My younger partners can do
the extra hours if necessary but they
really don’t like it – younger doctors
really do not want to work a 14-hour
day. Many came into general practice
so they wouldn’t have to.”
Dr Buckman said it was common for
GPs to see some 36 patients each day,
not including walk-in “emergencies”
and those seen in out-visits.
This can amount to around 12 hours
of face-to-face time with patients and
another two hours’ paperwork.
The BMJ article argues the standard
10-minute consultation is too short to
examine adequately and treat patients,
and that the pressure is “now dangerous for doctors and patients”.
Dr Buckman said younger GPs’
unwillingness to work the same hours
as older colleagues stems partly from a
different approach to patient safety,
but is also because many view general
practice as an escape from the notoriously long shifts required in hospitals.
The comments follow the recent proposal by the BMA to cap the daily number of patients seen by each GP.
Meanwhile new research this week
in the British Journal of General Practice revealed the chances of patients
seeing the same GP has fallen by more
than a quarter since 2012.
The Government has promised to
create up to 5,000 extra GP posts by
2020 compared with 2015 in an effort
to ease pressure, as well as increasing
incentives for experienced family doctors to keep practising.
However, a review last year by the
Royal College of GPs indicated that
efforts to stop doctors quitting were
not working, with four in 10 saying
they were planning to retire within five
years.
Royal Mail shows firms how
to exploit junk mail loophole
Continued from Page 1
and junk mail for consumers. Businesses, including Royal Mail, should
not be trying to find ways around this.”
Consumer groups have also criticised Royal Mail for failing to promote
responsible marketing.
James Daley, a director at Fairer
Finance, the consumer group, said: “It
is particularly disappointing to see an
organisation that was until recently
owned by the Government failing to
stick by the spirit of the rules.
“GDPR is being introduced to protect people from spam and unwanted
mail. Clearly, businesses need to be
able to market responsibly, but encouraging unwanted advertising doesn’t
sound particularly responsible to me.
“If we can’t rely on Royal Mail to lead
the way, then we can’t expect much of
anyone else.”
A spokesman for Royal Mail insisted
its door-to-door leaflet service was
“valuable”. He said: “We take our re-
sponsibility as a media owner very seriously and we comply with relevant
advertising laws and regulations.
“Targeted door-to-door mailings
help to underpin the Universal Service.
They provide a very valuable service to
companies of all kinds as they seek to
provide their goods and services.
“We are committed to giving households control over the unaddressed
mail they receive so that they can make
an informed choice. Royal Mail runs a
door-to-door opt-out scheme if customers want to stop receiving unaddressed mail.”
An ICO spokesman said: “If an organisation is sending mail or leaflets to
every address in an area and does not
know the identity of the people at those
addresses, it is not processing personal
data for direct marketing, and the
GDPR rules will not apply.
“However, it may still need to comply with other guidelines and codes on
marketing and advertising.”
The lead singer of indie rock band
Frightened Rabbit has been reported
missing hours after telling his fans to
hug their loved ones.
Police Scotland issued an urgent
appeal for information to help trace
Scott Hutchison, 36, last seen at the
Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry at
around 1am on Wednesday.
Three hours before he was last seen,
Hutchison tweeted: “Be so good to
everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m
so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by
that standard and it kills me. Please,
hug your loved ones.”
Minutes later, he tweeted: “I’m
away now. Thanks.”
‘High levels of bacteria’
in cinema fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks being sold at some of the
UK’s largest cinema chains were found
to contain unacceptably high levels of
bacteria, an investigation has claimed.
Cineworld, Odeon and Vue each had
drinks tested at a total of 30 cinemas,
and salmonella traces were allegedly
found at two branches of Odeon.
Listeria was also found in a drinks
holder, BBC One’s Watchdog said.
Each of the cinemas said they took
hygiene “incredibly seriously”, adding
that drinks holders and dispensers
were cleaned daily and ice machines
weekly. Odeon has launched an
investigation to “further strengthen
procedures” across the UK.
Lotto
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Thunderball
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Angry birds: chips give
gulls a bad case of rage
Junk food may not only be bad for
humans – it could also make seagulls
more aggressive, according to a
researcher looking at their behaviour.
Rebecca Lakin, a PhD student at the
University of St Andrews, is studying
the impact of urban environments on
young gulls across the city, and
whether feasting on stolen fish and
chips makes them increasingly angry.
The 24-year-old’s study compares
the chips and ice cream diet of urban
gulls with the traditional menu of fish
and clams of their island cousins.
Her research explores how food
digested by gulls will affect them later
in life.
Man charged with wife’s
murder after 3 months
A businessman has been charged with
the murder of his wife nearly three
months after she was found dead at
her home.
Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was discovered
unconscious by at the detached family
home in Penn, Wolverhampton, on
February 16. A post-mortem
examination determined she died from
asphyxiation.
West Midlands Police said yesterday
that her husband, Gurpreet Singh, had
been charged with the killing, which
had “shocked the community”.
The 42-year-old will appear at
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today,
the force said.
Lavatory stop ends jewel
thieves’ 15-year spree
Two raiders were each jailed for
six-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown
Court for a 15-year crime spree after
following antique dealers hundreds of
miles home from fairs held across
Britain to steal more than £300,000 of
jewellery.
Their crimes took place in 13 police
force areas. But Alan Skavydis, 56, of
Romford, east London, and Paul
Stephenson, 58, of Dagenham, Essex,
were caught after going to the lavatory
outside one of their victims’ houses.
Police solved the case by analysing the
soiled lavatory paper left behind for
DNA to trap the pair.
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World Cup anthem shown the red card
WITH their jaunty music and supposedly uplifting words they have long
been a familiar feature of England’s repeated attempts to banish what now
amount to 52 years of hurt.
Indeed they were often the last thing
the players heard before jetting off to
the World Cup every four years.
Now, however, the Football Association has kicked the tradition of the
World Cup song into touch, perhaps
hoping that it may herald a change in
fortunes.
The FA has neither commissioned an
official single nor is it planning to endorse an unofficial anthem to mark the
competition in Russia next month.
With Gareth Southgate, England’s
manager, preparing to name his 23man squad for the tournament before
the June 4 deadline, and two friendlies
against Nigeria and Costa Rica coming
up, it was left to an FA spokesman to
announce the decision yesterday.
“There is no official World Cup song
planned,” he declared. The ostensive
reason appears to be that the manager
does not want any off-field distractions.
But the patchy history of some previous World Cup songs may have also influenced the FA’s thinking.
At the last tournament in 2014, Gary
Barlow’s reworking of the Take That
hit Greatest Day, featuring stars of pop
and football, including Pixie Lott and
Gary Lineker, was dropped in the leadup to the competition. A video had
been unveiled for Sport Relief in
March but a single was never released.
In 2010, there was only Shout, an
unofficial release featuring James
Corden and Dizzee Rascal, but it
topped the charts. Four years earlier, World at Your Feet by Embrace,
went to number three.
In 1998 the Spice Girls performed with Echo and the Bunnymen star Ian McCulloch on that
year’s World Cup song (How Does It
Feel to Be) on Top of the World. But it
was outsold by the official track of the
1996 European Championships, Three
Lions, by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner
and the Lightning Seeds – this time
called Three Lions ’98.
Reports that Chas and Dave, who
have just released their first new music
for 30 years, were writing an unofficial
anthem for Russia appeared to be
scotched yesterday by Nik Hodges, the
band’s manager and drummer, who
said: “There’s certainly no solid plan.”
The tradition began in 1970 with the
squad singing Back Home – four years
after England won the tournament –
without an official anthem. Perhaps the
FA have heeded the lesson of history.
Squad songs History of England team tunes
1982
This Time (We’ll
Get it Right), sung
by the England
squad
1970
Back Home,
by the England
squad
By Harry Yorke
1986
We’ve Got the
Whole World at Our
Feet, sung by the
England squad
1990
1998
998
(How Does it Feel
op of the World?
to Be) On Top
ngland United
sung by England
(Echo and the Bunnymen,
ce Girls and
the Spice
Simonn Fowler)
World in Motion,
sung by the England
squad and New
Order
2002
02
2
2014
We’re On the
Ball, sung
ung by
Ant & Dec
Sport Relief’s
Greatest Day, sung by Gary
Barlow, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B,
Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Gary
Lineker, Michael Owen, Peter
Shilton, Glenn Hoddle
and Sir Geoff Hurst
2010
2006
World at Your
Feet, sung by
Embrace
1998
Three Lions ‘98, by
David Baddiel, Frank
Skinner and
Lightning Seeds
o old the official
outs
outsold
song
Shout (Shout for
England), sung by Dizzee
Rascal and James Corden (not an
official song but the FA gave
permission for the England
logo and footage
to be used)
LITTLE MISS books should be renamed “Ms” because they imply
women are worth “less” than men,
Emily Thornberry has claimed.
The shadow foreign secretary yesterday said that the children’s books
helped reinforce gender stereotypes
and were unhelpful in promoting female equality.
It comes after researchers from the
University of Lincoln published a literary study earlier this week which
claimed that the popular books were
sexist because the female characters in
them were seen as more subservient
than the Mr Men, their male counterparts.
The research, which was presented
at the British Psychological Society’s
annual conference in Nottingham,
analysed 81 books written by the author Roger Hargreaves between 1971
and 2014. More than 85 million copies
of his books have been sold worldwide
in 20 languages.
The researchers found that the female characters have to be “saved” in
every other Little Miss story, compared
with just one in three Mr Men.
Meanwhile, male characters are on
average afforded more lines of speech
in the books, while the names given to
some of the female characters – such as
Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Scatterbrain – played to gender stereotypes.
Asked about the books on Good
Morning Britain on ITV, Ms Thornberry claimed that female Little Miss
characters should be referred to as Ms
instead.
“I don’t like this thing about being
little,” she continued. “I think that’s
what my problem with the Mr Men
books is.
“So why is it that you have Mr Men,
and then Little Miss? Do you see what I
mean? There is something about
women being less.”
Asked which character in the series
she identified with, she said: “If it was
Ms, I don’t have any problem with being Ms Trouble.”
Piers Morgan, the host of the programme, criticised the study. He said:
“Why do people bother with these
things? Imagine taking the Mr Men
books seriously, thinking ‘I know what
I’m going to do, I’m going to do a very
in-depth deep dive investigative survey into why Mr Men is sexist’.”
GETTY/ REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/ PLANET PHOTOS/ EMPICS
By Patrick Sawer
Little Miss
books are
a big Ms for
Thornberry
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News
May: Ulster veterans treated unfairly
PM insists terrorist killers
must be pursued but
refuses to commit to
protect ex-soldiers
By Jack Maidment
POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
THERESA MAY has labelled the treatment of Northern Ireland veterans “patently unfair” and insisted terrorists
who killed British service personnel
during the Troubles must be investigated.
The Government is to launch a consultation into the creation of a Historical Investigations Unit to look into
unsolved deaths from the period but it
contains no provision for an amnesty to
protect former soldiers.
The Prime Minister claimed some
terrorists were not being pursued by
authorities but she refused to commit
to introducing the statute of limitations
to prevent British personnel from facing prosecution.
Mrs May also faced pressure from
DUP MPs not to introduce a statute of
limitations solely focused on events in
Northern Ireland because they fear doing so could lead to pressure from the
IRA to give an amnesty to terrorists.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, one of the party’s most senior MPs, warned ministers
must not “equate terrorists with members of the Armed Forces”. Sir Jeffrey
said that a statute of limitations for the
Armed Forces should instead be intro-
duced on a UK-wide basis and should
also cover other conflicts, including
Afghanistan and Iraq.
Senior Tories have criticised proposals that offer British soldiers no protection from prosecution for offences
during the Troubles.
Thousands of people were killed or
injured during 30 years of violence,
most by paramilitaries but a significant
number at the hands of security forces.
MPs had called for a statute of limitations, which would prevent anyone
from facing trial, but such a law is not
expected to feature in government proposals for addressing Northern Ireland’s toxic past.
Downing Street yesterday sidestepped questions relating to whether
a statute would be brought forward.
Mrs May told MPs: “We have an unfair situation – the situation we have at
the moment is that the only people being investigated for these issues that
happened in the past are those in our
Armed Forces or those who served in
‘The only people being
investigated … are our
Armed Forces or those who
served in law enforcement’
law enforcement in Northern Ireland –
that is patently unfair. Terrorists are
not being investigated, terrorists
should be investigated and that is what
the Government wants to see.”
Police Service of Northern Ireland
(PSNI) figures previously obtained by
the BBC suggested investigations into
killings by the Army account for about
30 per cent of the PSNI’s legacy workload, with the remainder concerning
republicans or loyalists.
It is investigating more than 1,000
deaths not previously fully reviewed.
Senior members of the Cabinet,
including Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, are among those understood to have expressed concern at
any proposals that do not seek to prevent soldiers from being prosecuted.
The concept of an amnesty has gained
traction among a number of Westminster backbenchers who claim recent
prosecutions of former British soldiers
amount to a “witch-hunt”.
But prosecutors and police in North-
ern Ireland insist such allegations simply do not stand up to scrutiny.
The DUP’s opposition to a Northern
Ireland-specific amnesty makes pursuing such a policy almost impossible for
the Government given Mrs May’s reliance on the party’s 10 MPs to stay in
power.
Sir Jeffrey said: “If you introduce a
statute of limitations which relates
only to Northern Ireland and our troubled past, organisations like the IRA
would then press for an amnesty for
their members and we believe it would
be completely unacceptable to equate
members of the Armed Forces with
members of an illegal terrorist organisation.”
Editorial Comment: Page 17
Commentary
By Sir Michael Fallon
T
wenty years after the historic
Peace Agreement, the IRA and
their friends in Sinn Fein want
to revisit the Troubles in Northern
Ireland. They’ve always wanted
British troops investigated for their
involvement in peacekeeping
operations. It now looks as if the
Cabinet has gone wobbly on key
proposals to bring this vindictive
process to a halt through a statute of
limitations. This is a serious mistake.
Many of these allegations relate to
events that took place more than 40
years ago or even longer. Nobody in
their right mind would have suggested
in the Nineties that we reopen
allegations of misconduct by British or
American troops on D-Day or in the
battle of Normandy. Who can now be
precise about what they may have
seen or heard on a dark, rain-swept
night in West Belfast in 1971 or 1972?
How could any judicial proceedings
that might flow from an investigation
‘If the Province really
is to find a lasting peace,
at some stage a line has
to be drawn’
possibly be fair to those involved,
given lapses in time and memory?
This will be not just a witch-hunt
but a one-sided witch-hunt. IRA units
did not keep records or operate within
regular command structures. It is our
British servicemen and women who
will be the victims – hundreds of them
in well-deserved retirement now
fearing an early morning knock on the
door, a flight to Belfast and a swift
journey to the cells. All because of a
purely political decision and a craven
surrender to Sinn Fein campaigning.
Most of these alleged incidents have
already been investigated, some of
them more than once. The soldiers
concerned were told that their cases
were completed, that they had nothing
to answer for. Now they face being
arrested out of the blue all over again.
We’ve seen similar investigations
following the Iraq and Afghanistan
campaigns. I really fear for the effect
on future Army recruitment as junior
NCOs and officers see that all three of
the Army’s major operations of the last
50 years are now being endlessly
reopened, and that split-second
decisions taken on the ground can be
second-guessed years after the event.
We need to learn the lessons of the
botched Iraq inquiry. Driven by the
courts, fuelled by the worst kind of
ambulance-chasing lawyers,
thousands of demonstrably false
claims were filed against entirely
innocent soldiers. It took years for us
to unravel it, with all the consequent
worry for so many servicemen and
women and their families.
Instead of pandering to Sinn Fein,
there is a better way. First, there
should be a clear distinction between
our troops who were doing their duty
to the state, and risking their lives to
protect others, and the terrorists who
were happy to blow up or maim
entirely innocent civilians, Protestant
and Catholic alike. It should be a
sufficient defence for any soldier
facing these allegations that they were
carrying out what at the time they
honestly believed to be their duty.
Second, allegations that have
already been investigated should not
be re-opened unless new evidence has
emerged. And that means actual
evidence, not vague conspiracy
theories or suggestions of collusion.
Third, there ought to be some kind
of time limit. That may well be painful
for both communities in Northern
Ireland where there are families still
unsure how exactly their loved ones
died. But if the Province really is to
find a lasting peace, at some stage a
line has to be drawn. Some would
draw it at no earlier than the signing of
the Good Friday Agreement in 1998;
you could go further back with a
30-year rule. But it certainly is time for
the people of Northern Ireland to have
their say about the merits or otherwise
of a statute of limitations.
So the Government needs to think
again. We should bring the current,
quite arbitrary series of cases to a halt;
insist on new evidence before any
previously investigated incident is
re-examined; and ask the people of
Northern Ireland whether they would
be prepared to support a cut-off in
time. That would require a large
amount of courage all round, for the
politicians and more importantly for
the families of those who died. But no
more courage than that displayed by
nearly a quarter of a million British
troops who served there so bravely.
Sir Michael Fallon is former secretary
of state for defence
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‘Cabinet needs to stand
firm and call time on
one-sided witch-hunt’
New head of Army wore Saddam’s son’s belt as SAS trophy
By Anna Mikhailova
and Con Coughlin
THE new head of the Army has a prized
possession from his time with the SAS
– a black studded cowboy belt that belonged to Saddam Hussein’s son.
Lt Gen Mark Carleton-Smith regularly wore the belt, which had a big
metal buckle and would have looked
“incongruous on anyone outside
Texas”, a former SAS colleague told The
Daily Telegraph.
At his leaving party from the special
forces, Lt Gen Carleton-Smith revealed
the belt’s previous owner had been
Uday Hussein, Saddam’s oldest son
who was infamous for his brutality.
Yesterday, Lt Gen Carleton-Smith
was announced as the new Chief of the
General Staff, succeeding Gen Sir Nick
Carter, who has been promoted to head
of the Armed Forces. Until now, Lt Gen
Carleton-Smith was the senior officer
in charge of military operations at the
Ministry of Defence, including the recent air strikes in Syria.
Whitehall sources said his responsibilities during the attack included deciding targets, and that his experience
of leading complex operations and tactical nous helped him secure promotion.
Known throughout the military by
his initials “MCS”, he has had a distinguished career and has a reputation for
political astuteness.
He is understood to be well liked by
Gen Carter, and his appointment will
be popular within the Army, due to his
military record and recent operational
experience.
Educated at Eton, Lt Gen CarletonSmith was commissioned into the Irish
Brig Carleton-Smith with Gordon Brown in
2008, top. Above, Uday Hussein
Guards from Sandhurst in 1982. He
served in Kosovo and went on to join
the 22 Special Air Service Regiment,
where he was reportedly a standout
figure from his intake, rising to commanding officer in 2002.
At the time, the SAS was taking part
in the war in Afghanistan and Lt Gen
Carleton-Smith is believed to have
been involved in its search for Osama
bin Laden.
In 2003, the SAS’s work reportedly
included locating Saddam Hussein’s
two sons, Uday and Qusay, in Mosul,
Iraq. While the US special forces conducted the raid that killed the brothers,
the SAS reportedly ended up in possession of Uday’s cowboy boots – while Lt
Gen Carleton-Smith got his trophy
belt. He would wear it with jeans,
which made him stand out among
more formally dressed SAS colleagues.
Government to apologise to Libyan for role that led to his torture
By Kate McCann
SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
MINISTERS are expected to apologise
to a Libyan man today over claims Tony
Blair’s government and MI6 were complicit in the rendition and torture of
him and his pregnant wife.
Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, will make a statement in the
House of Commons after the Supreme
Court reached a decision in the longrunning civil case brought against the
Government by Abdul-Hakim Belhaj
and his wife Fatima Boudchar. Sources
told this newspaper that the minister is
expected to apologise to Mr Belhaj over
its involvement in his treatment, after
he was placed in a CIA prison in Bangkok airport and then forcibly removed
to Tripoli in March 2004.
Mr Belhaj, who is now a military
commander in Libya but was a member of the dissident Libyan Islamic
Fighting Group at the time, claims he
was tortured on his return to the country, which was under the control of
Colonel Gaddafi.
Justice Secretary attacks level
of online abuse against judges
By Steven Swinford
TWITTER and other social media
giants must do more to prevent judges
receiving online abuse, the Justice Secretary said yesterday.
David Gauke warned that such websites have led to a “coarsening of public
discourse”, and that they need to do
more in the wake of insults directed at
Supreme Court judges after they ruled
Parliament must have a vote on the
triggering of Article 50.
At the time Liz Truss, the then justice
secretary and lord chancellor, was criticised for failing to come to the defence
of the court and its judges sooner.
Appearing before the Lords’ constitution committee, Mr Gauke said: “Social media has in many cases resulted
in a coarsening of public discourse.
There is a level of abuse that almost
anyone in the public eye now receives
which would not have been the case 20
years ago. That’s deeply regrettable.
‘There is a level of abuse…
which would not have been
the case 20 years ago. That’s
deeply regrettable’
“There is a particular issue when it
comes to the judiciary. The independence of the judiciary is central to our
way of life. Most of us feel that social
media platforms could do more.
“But I’m also conscious that there is a
balance in terms of freedom of speech.”
A letter, sent to Gaddafi by Sir Mark
Allen, an MI6 boss, appeared to acknowledge that the UK did play a part
in his removal to Libya but hundreds of
pages of court documents showing the
details of the case could also be published today, which would shine further light on Britain’s role.
The Government has previously
fought to prevent the file from being
released.
Mr Belhaj had demanded the Government apologise for its involvement
in the rendition and pay a token amount
in damages. Legal experts said the decision could open up the possibility of
criminal charges against former politicians and MI6 figures who were allegedly complicit in the removal.
Jack Straw was foreign secretary at
the time of the rendition and Mr Blair
was prime minister.
It is not clear if the resolution of this
case will also spell the end of the challenge to a decision made by the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2016 not
to prosecute Sir Mark.
Mr Wright will make a statement to
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MPs today, although the terms of the
settlement are still unknown. Sources
confirmed he is expected to make a
full apology on behalf of the Government.
Mr Belhaj and Ms Boudchar, who is
Moroccan, launched their fight for justice in 2014. Their lawyers told the
High Court at the time that they would
settle the case for as little as £3, providing they receive an unreserved apology
from the Government.
Mr Belhaj has claimed that, in Bangkok, the couple were detained by
American intelligence and he was tortured while his wife, who was then
pregnant, was chained to a wall in a secret prison at the airport.
Previous High Court hearings heard
details of how the former Labour government under Mr Blair was anxious to
maintain relations with Gaddafi.
Lawyers for Mr Belhaj showed the
court a letter dated March 18, 2004 –
roughly 10 days after Mr Belhaj and his
wife were detained – written by Sir
Mark to Musa Kusa, the head of
Gaddafi’s intelligence agency.
NHS records will no longer be
used to find illegal immigrants
By Henry Bodkin
NHS health records won’t be used any
more to track down illegal immigrants,
the Government has announced.
Margot James, the digital minister,
told MPs yesterday that in the future
records would only be shared with the
Home Office in cases “involving serious criminality”.
The shift follows the Windrush immigration scandal and criticism of the
Government’s policy to create a “hostile environment” for illegals.
It follows an amendment to the Data
Protection Bill tabled by Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP who chairs the
Health Select Committee, which would
have stopped routine sharing of health
records between departments.
Ms James said: “The Government
has reflected further on the concerns
put forward and as a result, and with
immediate effect, the data-sharing
arrangements between the Home
Office and the NHS have been amended.
“The bar for sharing data will now be
set significantly higher; by sharing I
mean between the Department of
Health, the Home Office and in future
possibly other departments of state. No
longer will the names of overstayers
and illegal entrants be sought against
health service records to find current
address details.”
The existing memorandum of
understanding has seen NHS Digital
share the details of approximately
3,000 NHS patients with the Home
Office.
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Make it easier to
prove sex assault,
demand students
at Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE University is considering
lowering the burden of proof for disciplinary cases, after claims that sexual
predators are getting away with their
crimes.
Currently the university relies on
the criminal standard of proof, beyond
reasonable doubt, for all disciplinary
cases other than ones relating to fitness
to study. But students have called for
decisions to be based instead on the
civil standard of proof, the balance of
probabilities.
The University of Cambridge has
previously admitted that it has a “significant problem” with sexual misconduct after receiving almost 200
complaints in a matter of months.
Over 800 students have signed an
open letter to the vice-chancellor, Prof
Stephen Toope, which said that “upholding a criminal standard of proof
actively discourages survivors and victims of sexual harassment, rape and assault from engaging with the
disciplinary procedure”.
Students said that changing the disciplinary system “will give survivors and
victims of sexual assault more confidence to access it”. They added that
proving cases of sexual assault beyond
reasonable doubt “places undue stress”
on complainants and that the criminal
standard of proof “places undue burden
on someone who has experienced a
By Helena Horton
traumatic event”. “By requiring cases to
be proven ‘beyond reasonable doubt,’
the university is implying that there is
unlikely to be consequences for perpetrators in disciplinary cases pertaining
to sexual misconduct, unless the survivor goes to the police,” the letter said.
According to a consultation document released, the university’s discipline review committee is proposing a
change to the proof required for misconduct claims. “It is noted that there
has been an open letter to the vice-
‘Changing the system will
give survivors and victims
of sexual assault more
confidence to access it’
chancellor from the Cambridge University Students’ Union’s Women’s
Officer requesting, amongst other
things, a change in the standard of
proof for student disciplinary cases.
“The Review Committee on Student
Discipline are of the view that if the
student body wants the university to
use the balance of probability as the
standard of proof when considering allegations of student misconduct then
this should be accepted.”
u Eleven students have been suspended from Warwick University after
making jokes about rape and racist
comments in an online conversation.
PA
By Camilla Turner education editor
Automated
libraries ‘shut
out’ the young
and elderly
Flour power A new sail is fixed into place on Wicken Village Windmill in Cambridgeshire.
The 12-sided smock mill was built in 1813 and is still used to grind grain to make flour. It is
said to be the only surviving workable windmill of its type in Britain.
LIBRARIANS are being replaced by
machines, leading children and the elderly to miss out on books, the Library
and Information Association (Cilip) has
warned.
A new CCTV and PIN code entry system, Open Plus, requires users to already have a library card before they
can enter libraries, which allows them
to open without staff.
The number of public libraries using
the technology has increased from 24
in 2016 to at least 109.
There are concerns that the technology is replacing librarians, which could
lock out those who are not tech-savvy.
Over half of councils using Open Plus
have reduced staff hours, according to
an Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) report.
Mark Taylor, director of external relations at Cilip, said: “Most likely elderly people will be affected, including
those with poor digital skills and access, and younger people will be affected as you can’t get in with a
children’s card.
“This technology is really useful to
extend local services. But we don’t see
them as a replacement. There are access reasons – younger children won’t
be able to come in, you don’t get the expertise of a librarian, which reduces
quality of the service.”
Nick Poole, chief executive of Cilip,
agreed: “An unstaffed library is a sham
library. Technology should be used to
extend library opening hours and cannot replace the help that librarians provide. The public deserve far better than
a room with some books, and have a
right to quality libraries that support
learning and discovery, a range of exciting activities, and a safe and welcoming environment.”
Leading private school bans plastic bottles Young offenders rewarded with sweets
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
PUPILS caught drinking from plastic
bottles will be treated like smokers behind bike sheds, the head of one of Britain’s top private schools has said.
Richard Cairns, headmaster of
Brighton College, said under strict new
rules any pupil found taking a plastic
water bottle into the school would face
a formal warning.
“We will treat plastic bottles, straws
and non-biodegradable cups as anti-social, in the same way that for decades we
have banned cigarettes,” Mr Cairns said.
It is the first school in Britain to
brand single-use plastics as “anti-social” and ban them from school premises. Mr Cairns also warned teachers
and staff to follow the new school rule.
To ensure pupils have enough water,
the school is installing more water
fountains and water stations and providing refillable bottles for all pupils.
Mr Cairns added: “Initially, we will enforce the changes with a system of formal warnings for pupils breaking the
rules but there is also the appetite, if it
proves necessary, to use sanctions – in
large part, because the potential for
sanctions highlights the significance of
the issue”.
The new environmental measures
may eventually include banning parents and teachers from driving polluting diesel cars on to school premises.
By Daily Telegraph Reporter
BRITAIN’S most notorious young offenders’ institute has seen assaults
drop by 80 per cent after rewarding inmates with sweets.
Inspectors found an 80 per cent reduction in assaults on staff at HM
Prison and Young Offender Institution
Feltham from a previous visit early last
year. At the time of that inspection, violence was found to be a serious prob-
lem and the unit in west London was
judged to be unsafe.
By the time inspectors visited again
in January this year, safety had improved “dramatically”.
According to a report by Peter
Clarke, HM chief inspector of prisons,
the progress was in part due to a “new
behaviour management philosophy”.
He wrote: “Last year we reported
how the focus had been on sanctions
and regime restrictions; there was a cy-
cle of violence and punitive responses,
with no obvious strategy in place to
break it. This had changed, and on this
occasion we found a focus on rewards
and incentives for good behaviour.”
The young people at the prison took
part in a merit scheme, the report said,
where points for good behaviour could
be exchanged for confectionery.
Inspectors described the scheme as
“motivational”, and said the inmates
had spoken of it positively.
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News
‘Walter Mitty’
jailed over web
of lies to avoid
speeding fine
Police want to
speak to a man
named as Vinko
Osmakcic, right, in
connection with the
theft of three
diamond rings,
below, worth
£2 million, from the
Masterpiece
London art fair, left,
last summer
By Gareth Davies
A “WALTER MITTY fantasist” led police on a two-year chase spanning three
countries by creating an “extraordinary web of lies” in a failed attempt to
avoid a £100 speeding fine, a court
heard.
Christopher Henry was caught
breaking a 30mph limit in his ex-wife’s
Land Rover Freelander but refused to
accept the ticket and went to extreme
lengths to dodge it.
First, he intercepted the initial paperwork for the fine addressed to his
former spouse, returning it to police
and claiming it was a Frenchman called
Grevin Musee who was the new registered owner of the vehicle.
The Musée Grévin is a popular wax
museum in Paris and the address
Henry gave was at a hotel near the mu-
‘Pink Panther’
jewel thief wanted
over Chelsea heist
WHEN three diamond rings worth
£2 million were stolen from an art fair
ce susin London last summer, police
pected they were looking for more
than just an average thief.
However, CCTV images of the
ka
able
raid revealed a rather unremarkable
g hair
middle-aged man with receding
ct.
and glasses to be the chief suspect.
ed the
Scotland Yard have now named
ic – a
alleged thief as Vinko Osmakcic
e other
Croatian-born criminal and none
than the head of the infamous “Pink
ved to
Panther” network – who is believed
have been responsible for some of the
most audacious gem heists of the past
25 years.
rravel
avelUsing a series of aliases and tr
travelcic is
ling on fake documents, Osmakcic
suspected of stealing hundreds off milellery
lions of pounds worth of jewellery
from countries including Japan, Hong
rland,
Kong, Thailand, Monaco, Switzerland,
Germany and the United States.
His latest haul came in July last year,
e diwhen he allegedly snatched three
amond rings from a cabinet at the
Masterpiece London event held at
the Royal Chelsea Hospital.
Scotland Yard has appealed for help
to find Osmakcic, but has admitted he
may not be in Britain and could be any-
where in the world. Even if detectives
do track him down, they could face a
headache in extraditing him back to
face charges.
Det Sgt Chris Taylor, of Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: “This was
a well-planned and audacious theft
committed in the middle of a busy art
fair. We are re-releasing the image of
Mr Osmakcic in an attempt to trace
him. It is highly likely that [he] may be
out of the UK, possibly in Europe.” Police said he could be using the aliases
Vinko Tomic or Juro Markelic.
Osmakcic and his Pink Panther
gang were first identified operating
out of Japan in the early Nineties. In
1992, they were suspected of snatching a diamond worth half a million
pounds from its display stand at an international jewellery show in Hong
Kong and simply walking off with it.
The gang was subsequently linked
to similar heists across the world, but
repeatedly managed to evade capture.
In some cases, the gang used smash
and grab techniques, while in others
they threatened terrified staff with
violence.
In 2003, the gang was thought to
have pulled off a £23 million raid at the
Graff jewellery store in London.
It is not clear how many of the Pink
Panther raids he was involved in, but in
2010 Osmakcic – who is described as
METROPOLITAN POLICE
By Martin Evans
CRIME CORRESPONDENT
Christopher Henry,
who was found guilty
of perverting the
course of justice
speaking in heavily accented English –
was suspected of being part of a gang of
four who stole a necklace worth £1 million from a jewellery store in Las Vegas.
He was arrested seven months later after being spotted by an undercover officer at a jewellery fair in the same city.
In March 2004, he pleaded guilty to
theft and was sentenced to one year in
prison. But before his sentence was
completed he was sent to California,
where he was also wanted.
He again pleaded guilty but while he
was serving his sentence became the
subject of an extradition application
‘It is highly
likely that Mr
Osmakcic
may be out of
the UK ... He
may also be
using aliases’
from the authorities in Hawaii. Osmakcic claimed he had been a soldier
in the Bosnian war, but turned to crime
to support his displaced family. However, the credibility of his claims are
open to question, given that at about
the same time his gang was suspected
of carrying out raids in Japan
In 2006, he was sentenced to 21
months’ jail in Hawaii, but was released
eight months later. Three years later he
was detained in Monaco on suspicion
of casing out a jewellery store. He was
released several months later and subsequently disappeared.
seum. When police redirected the fine
to the new address, Henry was able to
intercept this too, writing back to say it
was another fictitious driver.
The documents were returned to police saying George Harris from the Isle
of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides was the
driver responsible, but when officers
found no trace, Interpol were called in.
Interpol agents made the link to the
wax museum and after calling the postmistress on the Isle of Lewis, who had
no knowledge of a Mr Harris, the
speeding fine circled back to Henry.
Fingerprints on the documents
matched Henry’s, and police obtained
recordings of him calling the AA on
two separate occasions when he broke
down in the Freelander.
The 52-year-old was jailed for 12
months yesterday at Winchester
Crown Court. Judge Andrew Barnett
described him as a “fantasist akin to
Walter Mitty” – a character who first
appeared in The New Yorker in 1939 and
flicked from one personality to another
in a life of vivid fantasy.
Henry, from Weston-on-the-Green,
Oxon, provided false dates of sale to the
DVLA, set up a false email address and
doctored emails from insurers. He was
convicted of three counts of perverting
the course of justice.
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Williamson warned not to back down on customs deal
Brexiteers tell Defence
Secretary that changing
sides to support PM would
be ‘career suicide’
By Gordon Rayner POLITICAL EDITOR
GAVIN WILLIAMSON has been
warned that withdrawing his opposition to an EU customs partnership
would be “career suicide” amid fears
Theresa May will try to “bully” him
into changing his mind. The Defence
Secretary was one of two Remain-supporting ministers who swapped sides
during a meeting last week to help
block Mrs May’s preferred option for a
post-Brexit customs deal with Brussels.
Mrs May has now postponed a meeting of her Brexit “war cabinet” that had
been scheduled for today.
Downing Street says officials are
honing the customs partnership idea,
as well as a second option known as
“Max Fac” – short for maximum facilitation – in the hope that ministers will
be able to reach agreement on a revised
plan. But Brexiteers in the Conservative Party are worried that Mrs May
will simply present “customs partnership 2.0” and that she sees Mr Williamson as the key to forcing it through.
The 11-strong Brexit sub-committee
was divided 6-5 against Mrs May’s preferred option, meaning it would only
take one person to swap sides for her to
have a majority supporting her.
One senior Brexiteer said: “There is a
fear she will try to bully one of the ministers into changing position and sup-
porting the PM’s unworkable customs
plan, but everyone knows that would
be career suicide.”
Downing Street sources denied that
Mrs May or Gavin Barwell, her chief of
staff, would be contacting Mr Williamson or Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary,
who also sided with Leavers in the
Brexit meeting, in an attempt to persuade them to change their minds.
Opponents of the partnership, which
would involve Britain collecting tariffs
for the EU before companies claim rebates, have made it clear that Mrs May
will face another huge battle on Tuesday if she tries to force it through.
One Cabinet source said: “The whole
process is a farce and people are starting to ask very serious questions about
this terrible Remainer Brexit – conducted by a Remain PM, Remain Chancellor, Remain Cabinet Secretary and
Remain chief negotiator.”
The Brexit sub-committee will meet
immediately after the weekly full Cabinet meeting on Tuesday but Whitehall
sources have down-played expectations of a final agreement on the Gov-
ernment’s preferred customs plan. In
the Commons yesterday, Mrs May refused to say which was her preferred
option, but said: “We will need to agree
customs arrangements which will ensure that we leave the customs union,
that we can have an independent free
trade policy, that we can maintain no
hard border between Northern Ireland
and Ireland, and that we have as frictionless trade with the European Union
as possible.”
Nick Timothy: Page 17
Lords rebels
could force
Corbyn to back
single market
By Christopher Hope
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
By Kate McCann
SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
FEARS of an academic “Brexodus”
have been exposed as myth after figures revealed the numbers arriving
have increased in the past year.
A Freedom of Information survey by
The Spectator magazine found that 25
per cent more academics arrived in the
UK than went home to Europe.
In all, 6,801 academics came from
other EU countries to work in British
universities in 2017, compared with
5,416 EU staff who left.
The study of 116 out of 130 universities found that two thirds – 75 institutions – were “net gainers”, 34 saw a net
loss and seven had no overall change.
Among larger universities, including
Edinburgh and LSE, the trend is more
marked: the number arriving last year
was nearly two-thirds higher than the
number leaving.
Robert Tombs, a professor of French
history at St John’s College, Cambridge,
said: “The Leave decision and our limping progress out of the EU are emotionally troubling to many academics. But
‘Brexodus’, though much heralded,
seems not to be happening.”
Last November the British Academy
warned that the university sector could
be under threat due to changes to
immigration rules after Brexit.
In May 2016, Lord Patten of Barnes,
the Chancellor of Oxford University –
which chose not to supply figures for
the FOI survey – warned that the university would suffer after Brexit.
Cambridge University disclosed that
509 staff from EU countries joined in
2017 – outstripping the 382 who left.
JEREMY CORBYN is under pressure to
support plans to keep the UK in the single market post-Brexit after a significant Lords rebellion on the issue
emboldened MPs.
The Labour leader yesterday suggested he would force MPs to abstain
on keeping Britain in the European
Economic Area (EEA), and therefore a
version of the single market, when a
vote is called in the Commons.
But sources within the party said
around 100 Labour MPs were prepared
to rebel and believed they could inflict
a defeat on the Government if Mr Corbyn changed his mind.
The group will demand the leader rethink his opposition to the EEA during a
meeting of the party next Monday,
when peers are also expected to attend.
The Labour Lords ignored the party’s
demand that they abstain in a vote on
Tuesday, causing Mr Corbyn an embarrassing headache over his position.
One Labour MP, Chris Leslie, wrote
on Twitter: “Surely when Shadow Cabinet reflect on overwhelming support
for EEA Single Market among Labour
supporters & members, they will realise what a betrayal of British jobs and
future prosperity this would be? Crucial moment when @Keir_Starmer & @
jeremycorbyn must reject hard
#Brexit.”
 The House of Lords needs a “total
overhaul”, Iain Duncan Smith reportedly said yesterday, as the backlash
against the upper house grew after
peers voted to make amendments to
the EU Withdrawal Bill.
PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH
Prediction of
an academic
‘Brexodus’ has
not come true
Stealing the show Ballerinas from the Central School of Ballet in London had to sew their own costumes after thieves stole
tutus and leotards, estimated to be worth £20,000. Dancers had 100 outfits taken from their van, leaving them without
costumes for their main performance. The total haul, including lighting and sound equipment, was worth around £50,000.
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Stand in line
for your selfie
with Meghan
and Harry
By Helena Horton
FOR those who did not manage to secure an invitation to the royal wedding,
this could be the next best thing.
Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle can take a photograph with
waxworks of the couple from May 18,
the day before the wedding, at Madame
Tussauds.
The museum unveiled the figurines
of Ms Markle and Prince Harry – his
waxwork having been revamped since
it was made for his 30th birthday – yesterday. The waxworks have been made
in a pose reminiscent of the couple’s
announcement of their engagement at
Kensington Palace last November, although then, Ms Markle wore a coat
over the green PAROSH dress that can
now be seen on the figurine. Her waxwork also wears a replica of her diamond engagement ring. The attraction
is holding a “stag and hen do” before
the royal wedding at which visitors can
take photographs with the waxworks.
Tussauds London’s general manager,
Edward Fuller, said: “Excitement ahead
of the royal wedding is reaching fever
pitch and we have been inundated
with questions about when people can
finally meet ‘their royal likenesses’.”
Editorial Comment: Page 17
PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH; GETTY IMAGES
Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle
announce their
engagement at
Kensington Palace
last November
Fans of the happy couple, Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle, are invited to take a photograph with the waxworks at Madame Tussauds, which will hold a stag and hen party the day before the wedding
‘Prince impressed my date, now she’s my wife’
Prince encounter:
after serving
alongside Prince
Harry, far right,
Frankie O’Leary was
walking with his
now wife, Niina,
when the Prince
said hello
As the Household Cavalry
prepare for the wedding,
one former comrade is
ready to return a favour
By Hannah Furness
ROYAL CORRESPONDENT
WHEN a young man from the Household Cavalry hoped to impress his date
while strolling through Windsor, he
could have had no better wingman
than Prince Harry.
Leaning out of his car window to
shout a friendly greeting, the Prince
left the object of Frankie O’Leary’s affection open-mouthed with shock …
and deeply impressed.
Fast-forward to 2018 and that young
lady is now his wife, with Corporal of
Horse O’Leary to return the favour as
he takes a starring role in Prince Harry’s own wedding.
CoH O’Leary, who got to know
Prince Harry as his radio operator in
Afghanistan in 2007, will be riding at
the front of the carriage carrying the
newlywed Prince and Meghan Markle
around Windsor.
Describing the Prince as “a man of
courage, a man of honour, a genuinely
‘I carried on walking. The
young lady was behind with
her jaw on the floor. I played
it cool. She’s now my wife’
honest, kind man”, he joked that he had
“pulled a cracker” in Ms Markle.
CoH O’Leary joined colleagues at the
Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge,
yesterday, where the ceremonial regiment is preparing for its official role at
the wedding. They will provide a stair-
case party at St George’s Chapel and a
mounted escort for the carriage ride
through Windsor.
Asked for his memories of serving
with the Prince, he said he showed the
same love of a joke and trying to keep
spirits up as any other fellow soldier,
coping with being tired and hungry
with that “touch of British officer class”.
On how his former superior – for
whom he used to make sausage and
beans for breakfast every day – had
changed, he admitted: “He’s got a really
untidy beard. If he was still serving,
312,000 BMWs recalled for stalling defect
By Francesca Marshall
BMW is recalling more than 300,000
cars in the UK after finding that a defect
causing them to lose power while driving is more widespread than thought.
The German manufacturer initially
issued a recall of 36,140 cars last year
after a former Gurkha soldier, Narayan
Gurung, 66, died swerving around a
broken-down BMW on Christmas Day
2016.
But now the manufacturer has expanded the recall to a further 312,410
cars amid safety fears.
Yesterday BMW admitted an electri-
cal malfunction causing the engine to
stall was more widespread, after a BBC
Watchdog Live investigation found similar faults in other models.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards
Agency (DVSA) said last week that
BMW had failed to alert UK authorities
to 19 cases of electrical faults in a car
model involved in the fatal crash.
BMW announced that it would contact owners of the affected models in
the next three weeks.
A spokesman said: “We now recognise that there may have been some
cases of similar power supply issues in
vehicles not covered by the original re-
call. In order to reassure customers
with concerns about the safety of their
vehicles, we are voluntarily extending
the recall.
“We are therefore announcing today
that we will take the proactive step of
expanding the existing UK recall to
cover all vehicles potentially affected
by the power supply issue.”
He added that the fault could be
fixed within two hours and involved
replacing a plug.
BMW is recalling petrol and diesel
1 Series, 3 Series, Z4, and X1 models
produced between March 2007 and
August 2011.
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Plastic bag found
at bottom of the
deepest ocean
Happy day The Queen enjoying the opening day of the
Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday. Said to be one of
her favourite events, the show is held at Windsor Castle.
SCIENTISTS have found a plastic bag at
bottom of the world’s deepest ocean
trench, highlighting the spread of pollution.
The bag was discovered at a depth of
36,000ft (10,973m) in the Mariana
Trench in the western Pacific Ocean –
and was one of 3,000 pieces of manmade debris, dating back 30 years.
Using deep-sea remote vehicles,
teams working around the world on
more than 5,000 separate dives helped
trawl through the ocean beds to discover what lay there.
More than a third of the debris found
was micro-plastic, with 89 per cent
from single-use products.
The full findings of the study have
been published in the journal Marine
Policy, showing how human activities
are affecting deep-sea ecosystems.
The report said: “There is growing
concern that deep-sea ecosystems are
already being damaged by direct exploitation of both biological and nonbiological
resources
–
through
deep-sea trawling, mining and infrastructure development, for example.”
Scientists from the Japan Agency for
Marine-Earth Science and Technology
in Yokosuka made the discovery.
he’d be in trouble.” But none of his
memories compared with how the
Prince accidentally helped while he
was on one of his first dates with Niina,
walking back to barracks in Windsor.
“He [Prince Harry] saw me walking
with a young lady. Unbeknown to me,
he was driving on his own, going for a
spin, like you do as an English prince.
“He wound the window down and
said ‘see you later, Frank’. I said, ‘see
you later, Sir’. I carried on walking. The
young lady was a few steps behind with
her jaw on the floor like: ‘was that …?’
“I played it cool. She’s now my wife.”
CoH O’Leary will be one of 24 soldiers and two officers in the escort on
May 19, with Corporal Major Dan Snox-
ell, who was in Prince Harry’s troop for
more than a year, joining the Cavalry
lining the chapel staircase.
Lt Col James Gaselee, the CO of the
Household Cavalry, whose sister was a
bridesmaid at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding and whose father trained
Charles as an amateur jockey, will command the travelling escort and will be
at the side of the carriage.
u The Prince of Wales and Duchess of
Cornwall have spoken of their excitement for the upcoming royal wedding,
saying Ms Markle is a “great girl”.
During a visit to a market in France,
where they are on tour, the Prince said:
“It’s obviously marvellous and I’m sure
it’ll be a very special day for everybody.”
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Foreign snake disease killing native adders
Owners illegally dumping
unwanted pets in the
countryside are spreading
a fatal fungal disease
By Patrick Sawer
A DEADLY new disease introduced
into Britain by exotic snakes has killed
some native adders and grass snakes,
and is threatening to decimate their
numbers.
The National Trust has warned that
owners who abandon unwanted exotic
snakes such as boa constrictors in the
countryside have created a fatal new
disease for already threatened native
species. Experts have found evidence
that a number of native grass snakes
have succumbed to snake fungal disease, which causes lesions on the body,
leading to infection and death.
In the latest case of dumping, a 4ft
(1.2m) Dumeril’s boa constrictor from
Madagascar was found abandoned at
Kinver Edge, on the Staffordshire and
Worcestershire border.
That followed the discovery of four
American western hognose snakes at
the same beauty spot.
The trust has been looking after Kinver Edge for more than 100 years and
its experts have reported that the number of adders and grass snakes at the
site is falling.
They say the habit of abandoning ex-
otic snakes can only serve to threaten
further the native population of grass
snakes and adders, already under
threat from urbanisation and loss of
habitat.
‘It’s totally irresponsible for
people to simply abandon
these snakes like this. They
can introduce diseases.’
The fungal disease pathogen has
been found in 23 species of wild snake
in the US and at least three in Europe.
Nigel Hand, a reptile and amphibian
ecologist, who works with the National
Trust, said: “We have found evidence
of snake fungal disease killing native
grass snakes. It appears the strain is a
European one and there could also be
an indication of the presence of the US
strain.
“Dumping non-native snakes into
the environment could worsen the
threat of snake fungal disease, compounding the threat to what is already
a declining population of native species.”
“If you add non-native species in
there’s a chance pathogens or diseases
can cause real problems to a very small
adder population. We may end up wiping them out if this happens.”
Mr Hand added: “When we found
the first one [non-native snake], we
thought that potentially it was an es-
capee, but as we have found
five snakes, we really think there is a
case they have been released on this
site.”
Releasing foreign species of wildlife
into the British countryside is illegal
and can be punished with a fine of up to
£5,000 or six months in prison.
Ewan Chapman, a lead ranger with
the National Trust, said the discovery
of the boa and western hognoses at
Kinver Edge had highlighted a growing
problem. “This has happened in other
areas. It is not an isolated incident,” he
said.
“It’s totally irresponsible for people
to abandon these snakes like this.
There are plenty of others who would
take them into their homes and look af-
ter them properly if the owner can’t
manage. Our primary concern is they
can introduce pathogens and diseases
and introduce them to native species.”
Mr Chapman said the sizeable cost
of feeding snakes like boas, along with
the effort required to provide them
with a healthy habitat, could lead owners to dumping them, at a time when
ecologists are trying to safeguard native species.
“Snake fungal disease is already having a severe effect on snakes in the US.
We are trying to stabilise our population of native snakes, such as adders
and grass snakes, which are under
threat and this could lead to a further
decline in their numbers and even
localised extinction.”
Crufts judge’s
dog ‘grabbed
chihuahua in
its mouth’
A SENIOR judge at Crufts has been accused of failing to control her deerhound after it allegedly picked up a
chihuahua in its mouth.
Police are investigating the incident
on April 20 at a National Trust beauty
spot, where it is claimed Joan Wragg’s
dog left the smaller pet with a puncture
wound.
Ella Tramonte and her boyfriend, Elliot Hills, both 25, were walking their
chihuahua at Mottisfont in Romsey,
Hampshire, when they say two large
dogs lunged at them. The couple claim
their seven-year-old pet was picked up
by a deerhound and Mr Hills had to
prise open the larger dog’s mouth to
free the chihuahua.
Mrs Wragg was said to have been
dragged down a footpath and Miss Tramonte reported her for owning an outof-control dog.
The chihuahua was left with a
wound that required emergency veterinary attention. The Crufts judge,
who also breeds dogs, agreed to pay the
£314.55 bill and said she was “mortified” by what happened.
Mrs Wragg denied that her pets were
off their leads or out of control: “I’m a
responsible dog owner and immediately apologised for my dogs turning
on the chihuahua.”
But Miss Tramonte, a business analyst from Witney in Oxfordshire, said:
“An experienced dog handler should
not be allowing their animals to pull
them along. I would never have taken
one of those dogs out, let alone both.”
A police spokesman said: “We are
looking into a report of an incident at
Mottisfont Abbey on April 20 between
1.25pm and 1.35pm.
“A 25-year-old man was scratched by
two dogs as he intervened to separate
the dogs from his dog.”
TRIANGLE NEWS
Joan Wragg
has been
accused of
failing to
control her
deerhounds.
Right, Ella
Tramonte
with her
chihuahua,
which was
allegedly
attacked
Barn owl that caused a flap at
wedding is ‘sacked’ by venue
Putting seed on bird tables fuels
the invasion of grey squirrels
AN OWL that disrupted a wedding service by landing on the best man’s head
has been “sacked” for misbehaviour.
Bobby the barn owl made headlines
in March after causing mayhem at
Peckforton Castle, Cheshire.
The venue, which charged £250 for
use of “trained owls”, yesterday confirmed that Bobby was no longer being
used to fly rings to couples.
A second video emerged yesterday,
showing that the owl had previous
form for unauthorised airborne antics
involving wedding guests.
A clip shot at the same venue in November 2016 shows it attempt to deliver the rings but end up perched on
the head of a bemused best man.
A spokesman for the castle said: “Un-
By Sarah Knapton Science editor
fortunately we are not giving any comment on any owl activity at the
weddings. The external company that
we used, we are no longer using as the
Bobby the barn owl
made headlines after
flying towards a
guest and it has
emerged it was not
the first time it did so
handler had a bit of backlash from the
past coverage.”
Peckforton Castle’s website no
longer features the section which once
advertised the owl’s services. After
MP seeks wildflower corridors
to save our bees and butterflies
By Sarah Knapton
A ‘‘ROAD network’’ for insects could be
created throughout Britain to protect
bees, butterflies and moths under a Bill
presented to the House of Commons
this week.
Under the Protection of Pollinators
Bill councils, landowners and the public will be encouraged to cultivate wildflower corridors so that insects can
spread freely throughout the country.
Measures may include re-wilding
roadside verges and abandoning the
mowing of public grassland to support
the growth of insect-friendly plants.
The Ministry of Justice and The Environment Agency are working with
the charity Buglife to identify sites,
such as prisons, seawalls and floodplains where they could create such
wildflower habitats.
Introducing the Bill, Ben Bradley,
the Conservative MP, warned that pollinating insects in Britain face unprecedented challenges.
“They need food, water, shelter and
nesting areas as well as the ability to
roam far and wide … without the barriers placed in their way as a result of urban sprawl,” he said.
“As the concrete jungle grows, their
natural habitat inevitably shrinks.”
Over two thirds of Britain’s pollinators are currently in decline and around
97 per cent of wildflower grassland has
been destroyed since the Forties.
Mr Bradley said the changes would
also benefit the public: “Green spaces
are places of tranquillity and provide a
space away from the hustle, bustle and
stresses of modern life.”
reading about its antics in March, Steph
Revill from Halifax, West Yorks, revealed the barn owl improvised at her
wedding too.
A video shows Steph and her husband-to-be, Joe, waiting at the bottom
of the aisle, anxiously expecting their
airborne ring delivery.
Their best man can be seen with his
arm stretched out, waiting for the owl
to land, and the bird can be heard
screeching as it enters the room.
After the owl refuses to fly, the handler begins walking down the aisle before the bird makes its flight.
The wedding party clap with delight
but as Joe tries to take hold of the rings,
the owl flaps away and lands on the
best man’s head instead.
GARDENERS who put food out on bird
tables or in open feeders are inadvertently helping invasive grey squirrels to
thrive, a new study has warned.
Households in the UK spend around
£210 million a year on bird food. However research from the University of
Reading has found the kindness could
be doing more harm than good because
of pilfering by squirrels.
The study, published in Landscape
and Urban Planning, found that half of
feeder-use at monitored sites was by
squirrels rather than birds. And even
when the squirrels were not present,
the birds ate less frequently at sites
which were visited by the mammals.
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Professor Mark Fellowes, of the School
of Biological Sciences at Reading, said:
“Grey squirrels can polarise opinions.
They are viewed as charismatic and
cheeky, and loved by many, but at the
‘Grey squirrels… can be
a major pest in orchards
and forestry, and they
also raid bird nests’
same time they are the leading threat to
our native red squirrels, can be a major
pest in orchards and forestry, and they
also raid bird nests.”
Grey squirrels were introduced to
England from America in the 19th cen-
tury and spread rapidly through the
country. There are now thought to be
2.5 million in Britain and they are officially classified as a problem invasive
alien species.
In the study, automated cameras recorded more than 33,000 visits to bird
feeders in 20 suburban gardens in
Reading by birds and squirrels.
The team found that cages around
feeders were an effective deterrent.
Dr Becky Thomas, of Royal Holloway University of London, said: “The
work shows that putting up caged
feeders does work to an extent. In our
study, cages around seed feeders reduced grey squirrel visits to almost
none, and cages halved visits to peanut
feeders.”
Beaver family cleans up polluted
river by constructing 13 dams
By Sarah Knapton Science editor
BEAVERS should be reintroduced into
the wild to help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils
from farms, new research suggests.
The study, by scientists at the University of Exeter, found that a single
family of beavers removed high levels
of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus
from water that flowed through a
2.5-hectare enclosure in Devon.
The beavers, which have lived in a
fenced-off site at a secret location in
West Devon since 2011, have built
13 dams, slowing the flow of water and
creating a series of deep ponds along
what was once a small stream.
The dams trapped more than 100
tons of sediment, 70 per cent of which
was soil, which had eroded from ‘‘in-
tensively managed grassland’’ fields
upstream.
The sediment contained high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, nutrients known to create
problems for the wildlife in rivers and
streams and which also need to be removed from water supplies to meet
drinking-quality standards.
Richard Brazier, Professor of Earth
Surface Processes at Exeter, said:
“Were beaver dams to be commonplace in the landscape we would no
doubt see these effects delivering multiple benefits across whole ecosystems,
as they do elsewhere around the
world.”
Beavers have been extinct in Britain
since the 16th century after being
hunted for their pelts, meat and scent
glands.
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The McKay Trading Estate building is a ‘thing of beauty’, according to the register
By Anita Singh ARTS AND
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
COME, friendly bombs, and fall on
Slough. But avoid the industrial estate
off junction 14 of the M25, because it is
now Grade II-listed.
The McKay Trading Estate is one of
16 additions to Historic England’s register of protected buildings, joining the
stately Sainsbury Wing at the National
Gallery as a shining example of PostModernism.
Slough first developed an image
problem when Sir John Betjeman
wrote his poem in 1937. Things went
from bad to worse when Ricky Gervais
chose Slough Trading Estate as the
bleak setting for The Office.
However, according to Historic England, McKay’s is a thing of beauty as
“the building, forecourt and car parking define the space and represent an
urban piazza”. The effect is an “evocation of traditional European squares”,
with architectural flourishes that nod
to Le Corbusier. Designed by John Outram, the warehouses and office space
were completed in 1978 and now house
several freight businesses servicing
nearby Heathrow.
“It was a bit of a shock to find out we
might be listed,” said one employee. Do
workers feel transported to a European
piazza when they arrive each day? “It’s
an industrial estate. It certainly doesn’t
feel like Venice.”
Also listed is Aztec West, a business
park off the M4 near Bristol, which
boasts “a Hollywood glamour, accentuated by elements of Art Deco design”.
Sixteen post-modern buildings have
HISTORIC ENGLAND ARCHIVE
Slough industrial
estate joins the
ranks of listed
post-modernist
buildings
‘These are
scarce
survivals of
a really
influential
period of
British
architecture’
been added to the Historic England
register, recognising a style that had its
heyday in the Eighties.
Duncan Wilson, the chief executive
of Historic England, said: “Post-modern architecture brought fun and colour to our streets. These are scarce
survivals of a really influential period
of British architecture and these buildings deserve the protection that listing
gives them.”
The Sainsbury Wing has been
granted Grade I status. It was opened
in 1991 and designed by the architects
Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown. The
design replaced an earlier, more radical
The main atrium of
the Judge Business
School, above, in
Cambridge was
designed by John
Outram, also
responsible for the
McKay Trading
Estate, Slough
vision by Ahrends, Burton and Koralek, which the Prince of Wales
famously described as a “monstrous
carbuncle” and which was refused
planning permission.
Charles Jencks’s Thematic House, an
“inventive and ingenious” west London home conceived by the architecture critic credited with fostering
Post-Modernism, is on the list. The interiors are based around the seasons
and the passage of the sun and moon.
The new additions to the register include a number of housing schemes,
four of them in London’s Docklands,
and two buildings in Cambridge: Judge
Business School and the Katharine Stephen Rare Books Library at Newnham
College. Truro Crown Court in Cornwall has also been listed, with the architects praised for “creating a place
which is at the same time humane but
reflects its sober purpose”.
The listings were approved by the
Department for Digital, Culture, Media
and Sport.
Britain’s first exhibition devoted to
Britain’s
post-modern
movement
opens at Sir John Soane’s Museum in
London next week, billed as an exploration of “one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history”.
Memory loss could be sign of depression Bouncy castle pair guilty over girl’s death 2m trees face chop to stop leaves on line
could ensure better treatment for
people suffering with undiagnosed
depression by giving doctors more
symptoms to look out for.
Dr Adina Hazzouri, the study’s
senior author, added: “Since symptoms
of depression can be treated, it may be
possible that treatment may also
reduce thinking and memory
problems.”
u Two married fairground workers
have been found guilty over the death
of a girl who was killed when a bouncy
castle she was playing on blew away.
William and Shelby Thurston were
convicted of the gross negligence
manslaughter of seven-year-old
Summer Grant at Chelmsford Crown
Court. Summer, of Norwich, died from
multiple injuries in hospital after the
inflatable blew 300 yards (270m)
across a park in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.
Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby,
26, of Wilburton, near Ely,
Cambridgeshire, had denied the
charge. Prosecutors said they failed to
ensure the bouncy castle was
“adequately anchored” or to monitor
wind conditions. Sentencing was
adjourned until a later date.
u Network Rail plans to cut down two
million trees so that trains are no
longer delayed by leaves on the line, a
leaked company document suggests.
The document sets out a five-year,
£800 million programme involving an
“enhanced level of clearance” of trees
and vegetation from the railway banks
along 20,000 miles of lines in the UK.
Executives say they need to reduce
the risk of leaves and trees falling on to
the lines, improve performance and
safety and cut the hundreds of millions
of pounds Network Rail pays in
compensation for delays.
The document concludes that the
initial level of investment – £41,000
per mile of track for the enhanced
clearance – will result in “a far better
performing, safer railway”.
Care home chain to
pay compensation
for upfront fees
u A leading care home provider is to
pay residents compensation after
charging upfront fees worth
thousands of pounds.
Sunrise Senior Living charged
residents fees for services before they
had even secured a place in a care
home, the Competition and Markets
Authority said.
The “community fee” cost residents
an average of £3,000. Anyone who
paid it after October 2015 and lived in
the home for less than two years will
be eligible for compensation. Around
1,500 people will now receive money
back.
George Lusty, the CMA’s senior
director for consumer protection, said:
“It’s only right that residents at
Sunrise care homes will now receive
compensation if they’ve paid these
fees, and that future residents won’t
have to make such payments at all.”
Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald, UK CEO
of Sunrise Senior Living said: “We’ve
agreed with the CMA that residents
who stayed with us for shorter than
average periods were not able to enjoy
as much of the benefit of our facilities.”
GRAHAM HUNT/BNPS
u Losing the ability to remember
previous experiences could be a
warning sign of depression, according
to a study. Research by the University
of Miami analysed more than 1,100
people with an average age of 71 for
five years and found those with
symptoms of depression had a poorer
episodic memory. Published online in
the journal Neurology, the findings
Mind your head Sunbathers ignore warning signs in
Burton Bradstock, Dorset. The 150ft cliffs, featured in the
TV crime drama Broadchurch, are prone to collapsing.
You’re not immortal, students warned
uThe death of a student who took
Ecstasy as a “final fling” following the
end of her university exams has
prompted a pathologist to warn young
people against fooling themselves into
believing they are immortal.
Joana Burns, 22, was celebrating
with friends the end of her final year of
a maths degree at Sheffield Hallam
University when she took a £7 dose of
the drug, also known as MDMA.
She began fitting before being
rushed to hospital, where she later
died.
Pathologist Kim Suvarna told an
inquest into her death yesterday in
Sheffield: “The young tend to believe
they can do things they wish because
they are young and immortal.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply.”
‘I’m not Britain’s
worst mum,’ says
Karen Matthews
u Karen Matthews, the mother of
Shannon Matthews, insists she knew
nothing about the plot to kidnap her
daughter, saying she is not “Britain’s
worst mum”.
Matthews, 43, was jailed 10 years
ago at Leeds Crown Court for
kidnapping and falsely imprisoning
her daughter, along with Michael
Karen Matthews says
she was made a
’scapegoat’ for the
kidnapping of her
daughter in 2008
Migration ‘poster boy’ killed in crash
u A man labelled as the “poster boy”
for Romanian migration died after
taking cocaine and driving at 110mph
while disqualified, an inquest heard.
Victor Spirescu, the first Romanian
to arrive in the UK to work when EU
rules changed in 2014, was greeted by
Keith Vaz at Luton Airport.
An inquest heard that the 33-yearold, who was not wearing a seatbelt
and had taken cocaine, suffered
multiple fractures in the Jan 15 crash.
Passenger Eugen Condurache said
Mr Spirescu said he would show him a
“proper doughnut” –where the car is
spun 360 degrees. He said the car had
been travelling between 100-110mph.
Milton Keynes coroner Tom
Osborne concluded that he died as a
result of a road traffic collision.
Donovan, her co-accused, to claim a
£50,000 reward. Matthews served
four years of an eight-year sentence.
“I’m not Britain’s worst mum. I
didn’t kill anybody,” she told the
Mirror. “None of it’s true. I’m on the
edge. It makes me want to kill myself
but I’d never do that. I’m scared I’ll die
lonely and alone.”
Shannon was nine when she went
missing in Dewsbury Moor, W Yorks.
**
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
13
World news
First lady stops bogus use of her name to sell anti-wrinkle cream
By Henry Samuel in Paris
BRIGITTE MACRON, the French ‘‘first
lady’’, has ordered lawyers to investigate complaints that con artists used
her name and face to sell anti-wrinkle
cream and even claimed she had a stake
in the “revolutionary” product.
Mrs Macron, 65, launched the legal
action after receiving dozens of complaints from people who bought face
cream from a website that wrongly
claimed that she was its muse, according to Le Parisien. It also suggested she
had a share in the product but could
not say so for political reasons.
The advertising on the website
claimed it had “an anti-wrinkle solution that could change the skin treatment industry forever!”
As proof of its revolutionary breakthrough, the “Beauty and Truth” website reportedly illustrated its claims
with pictures of Mrs Macron, sometimes dubbed the French Jane Fonda
and whose husband, president Emmanuel Macron, is 25 years her junior.
Anne-Marie, 68, one of the duped
Brigitte Macron has
ordered lawyers to
investigate a website
that reportedly used
her name to endorse
anti-wrinkle cream
customers, told Le Parisien: “It said
that Mrs Macron was associated to the
company and that Mrs Obama and
[Carla] Bruni [the wife of Nicolas
Sarkozy, the former French president]
are good customers. I said to myself it
must be serious.” The website supported its claims with false newspaper
articles, including one headlined: “Exclusive: Brigitte Macron reveals her secret and sponsors call for her
resignation.”
Mrs Macron has become a style icon,
with her aides recently telling The
Daily Telegraph: “Many women in their
60s or 70s write to Brigitte to say:
‘Merci, thank you because I didn’t
know it was possible, thank you because I didn’t dare wear that sort of
dress, thank you for showing that one
can still seduce at 65.’” Speaking recently to Elle France, Mrs Macron said:
“Of course, we have breakfast together,
me and my wrinkles, him with his
youth, but it’s like that. If I did not
make that choice, I would have missed
out on my life.”
One alleged victim told consumer
magazine 60 Million de Consommateurs that she had swallowed the claims
that Mrs Macron had created her own
beauty company but “hadn’t informed
the media to not cause confusion with
the president”. She spent €3.95 (£3.50)
on a free sample but failed to read the
small print that said she agreed to be
charged an additional €88 (£77).
Mrs Macron was said to be “really
annoyed” by the use of her name. Her
lawyers contacted the site, which removed any reference to her within
hours. Last month, the Elysée filed a
legal complaint for identity theft after
con men claiming to be the first lady’s
entourage requested bookings in top
restaurants and places at the Australian
Grand Prix.
‘Curse of Quixote’
continues despite
a date at Cannes
By Anita Singh
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
IT HAS been described as “one of the
most famous films never made”, a reworking of Don Quixote so beset by
disaster that it has remained unfinished for nearly 30 years.
Finally, there is good news for its director, Terry Gilliam. A court in Paris
ruled yesterday that The Man Who
Killed Don Quixote will see the light of
day with a world premiere at the
Cannes Film Festival.
A former producer had attempted to
block the release, but a judge threw out
his case. However, what some refer to
as “the curse of Don Quixote” is still in
evidence.
On the eve of the court judgment, it
emerged that Gilliam, 77, had suffered
a minor stroke.
And on the same day, Amazon announced that it had pulled out of a deal
to distribute the film, raising questions
over its future.
Still, Gilliam, right, was in celebraeeted: “AfAf
tory mood last night. He tweeted:
o the gods
ter days of rest and prayers to
I am restored and well again.
“So is The Man Who Killed Don Quixs! We will
ote! We are legally victorious!
he closing
go to the ball, dressed as the
film at Festival de Cannes.”
rmed that
Cannes organisers confirmed
9,
the film would be screened on May 19,
e there.
adding: “Terry Gilliam will be
Let’s make this victory a great
party.”
Gilliam began work on the procade
ject in 1989 and spent a decade
raising funds.
Filming began in 2000, with
Johnny Depp starring as an adrted
vertising executive transported
cenfrom the modern day to 17th-century La Mancha.
pain deFlash floods in arid rural Spain
d day of
stroyed the set on the second
e actor
filming; Jean Rochefort, the
A series of
disasters
 First day of
original footage
is unusable
after jets fly
overhead
 A flash flood
on the second
day destroys
sets and
equipment, and
insurers refuse
to cover the
damage
 Jean
Rochefort, who
plays Don
Quixote, leaves
after being
diagnosed with
a double hernia
 New film
starring Ewan
McGregor is
cancelled due
to lack of funds
 John Hurt is
diagnosed with
cancer after
signing up to
play Don
Quixote
playing Don Quixote, was in too much
pain to ride his horse and was diagnosed with a double hernia, forcing
him to quit. Production eventually
ground to a halt.
For the next 10 years, Gilliam tried to
get the film off the ground again.
A succession of actors were attached
in place of Depp and Rochefort, among
them Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall,
John Hurt and Michael Palin, but all
fell through.
The plight of the former Monty Python animator was captured in a 2002
documentary, Lost In La Mancha,
about his doomed attempts to shoot
the original film.
The final version was shot in 2017,
with Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce
‘We are legally victorious!
We will go to the ball,
dressed as the closing film at
Festival de Cannes’
in the lead roles.
But the production was threatened
again when Paolo Branca, a Portuguese
producer, blocked the French release
by claiming that he owned the film
rights.
However, the judge in Paris rejected
Mr Bran
Branca’s claim.
In a video posted on his Facebook
page last
las week, Gilliam told fans it was
“a mira
miracle” that the film would see the
light of day.
“The film is done. Complete. Finished. W
Work is over. It now exists,” he
said, ad
adding that its worldwide release
depend
depended upon its reception in French
cinem
cinemas.
“I
“If we are a success in France it
will be in all of your neighbourhoo
hood cinemas wherever you live. I
don
don’t care where you live – Japan,
Aus
Australia, America – get yourself
ove
over to France,” he said.
S
Speaking in 2016, Gilliam said he
did not believe the production really w
was cursed.
“It’
“It’s a good story and I like it. It’s
just n
not what’s really going on. But
I’m lik
like Trump, I’ll do anything for
headlin
headlines,” he joked.
ARTHUR MOLA/INVISION/AP
Terry Gilliam’s 30-year
quest is over, but he suffers
a stroke and Amazon pulls
out of distribution deal
Mane feature Penélope Cruz attends a photocall to promote Everybody Knows, which opened the 71st
Cannes Film Festival. The Asghar Farhadi film also stars Javier Bardem, Cruz’s husband. Review: Page 23
Polanski starts legal action against Oscar organisers’ ban
By Harriet Alexander in New York
ROMAN POLANSKI is taking legal action against the body that awards the
Oscars, after it announced last week
that he was being expelled from its
ranks.
Polanski, 84, pleaded guilty in 1977
to statutory rape, and admitted having
sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
He fled the country and has been living
in exile in Europe ever since.
Last week the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Polanski and Bill Cosby from its organisation, following its decision last
year to expel Harvey Weinstein.
Days before, Polanski said in an interview with Newsweek in his native
Poland that the #MeToo movement
was a form of “collective hysteria” and
“total hypocrisy”. He also said people
were taking part in it “mostly out of
fear,” and compared it to North Korea’s
displays of collective mourning for
their deceased leaders which, accord-
Venice says enough is enough to more
takeaway pizzas and picnics in its piazzas
By Nick Squires in Rome
AS VENICE tries to reduce the impact
of mass tourism, the city has banned
the opening of any more takeaway food
outlets for the next three years.
It is an attempt to reduce the number of tourists snacking on church
steps, historic bridges and canal banks,
spoiling the aesthetics of what should
be one of the most romantic and refined cities in the world.
Eating in the streets and piazzas of
the World Heritage attraction also produces litter and encourages unwelcome flocks of pigeons and seagulls.
Large herring gulls have been
known to snatch food out of people’s
hands, as they do in some British sea-
side resorts. The Venetian authorities
are now saying basta (enough) to new
pizza outlets, kebab shops and street
food stalls.
The regulation was approved by
Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice,
yesterday. It covers not only Venice but
also the outlying islands of Murano and
Burano, both of which are popular with
visitors.
Murano is famed for its centuriesold tradition of glass-blowing and does
a thriving trade in selling handmade
ornaments, vases, bowls and even
chandeliers.
Venice has struggled for years to impose a sense of decorum on its millions
of visitors and takes a dim view of tourists holding impromptu picnics, jump-
An average of 60,000 tourists
a day pour into Venice
ing into canals and wandering around
scantily dressed during the summer.
The city has a public information
campaign called #EnjoyRespectVenezia, which calls for tourism that is “in
harmony with the daily life of residents”. Visitors are asked to behave in a
“responsible and respectful” manner.
“Steps of churches, bridges, wells,
monuments and banks of canals are not
picnic areas. Please use public gardens
for this necessity,” the city advises.
Walking around in swimwear such
as bikinis is forbidden, as is feeding the
pigeons or eating and drinking in St
Mark’s Square.
An average of 60,000 tourists a day
descend on Venice – more than its population.
WORLD BULLETIN
Berlusconi will not Hundreds protest ‘British’ MPs quit
veto coalition talks after reporter shot in Australia
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s
former prime minister, gave
the green light yesterday to
his ally, the League, to try to
form a government with the
anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement, potentially
breaking the post-election
deadlock.
5-Star has offered to forge
a coalition with the farRight League on condition it
abandons its long-time
partner, Mr Berlusconi.
His announcement that
he would not veto the deal
could open the way for a
new government to take
office within days, ending
nine weeks of stalemate
following inconclusive
March elections.
The shooting of a prominent
investigative newspaper
reporter has sparked
protests involving hundreds
of people in Podgorica,
Montenegro’s capital.
Olivera Lakic was shot in
the leg by unidentified men
outside her home in the city
and remains in hospital.
The 49-year-old reporter
specialises in exposés of
corruption in the tiny
Balkan nation and organised
crime rings and has been
attacked before for her
work.
Her shooting was the
second recent attack on a
journalist and led to
condemnation from the US
and European Union.
Five Australian MPs have
been forced to resign after
Britain’s Home Office did
not renounce their British
citizenship before the last
election, leaving them
ineligible to stand.
In a further twist in
Australia’s dual citizenship
saga, the country’s High
Court ruled that Katy
Gallagher, an opposition
Labor MP in the upper
house, was a British citizen
when elected in 2016 and
therefore barred from
standing by the
constitution.
The decision prompted
four other MPs who were
previously British citizens
to resign.
Roman Polanski,
84, has admitted
statutory rape
ing to Polanski, are so intensive that
“you can’t stop laughing.”
Harland Braun, Polanski’s lawyer,
said the academy had failed to follow
both its own rules and California law in
denying the Oscar-winning director a
chance to present his case.
He told the Los Angeles Times: “The
only thing we’re asking for is a hearing,
a chance to present his side.”
“I think they thought this was an
easy one: an 84-year-old director is not
going to fight it, right?” he added.
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Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
World news
Iran faces ‘severe
consequences’ if
it restarts nuclear
plan, Trump says
Counting
the cost
Sanctions
bite in West
By Ben Riley-Smith in Washington,
Roland Oliphant in Jerusalem
and Jack Maidment
 Total has a
deal to develop
Iran’s South
Pars Field and
has spent
$1 billion on the
project
DONALD TRUMP yesterday warned
Iran of “very severe consequences” if it
restarted its nuclear programme as allies scrambled to save the nuclear deal
after the United States’ withdrawal.
Amid growing fears of confrontation
following Mr Trump’s decision, the US
president said Iran would soon “find
out” what happens if it started enriching uranium again.
The threat came as Middle Eastern
leaders ramped up heated rhetoric and
the European Union scrambled to protect businesses affected by the reimposition of US sanctions on Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said that Mr Trump
would be “food of the worms and ants”
long before the regime fell, while politicians burned the US flag and chanted
“death to America!”.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli
prime minister, claimed that its longtime adversary Iran was preparing an
“attack” as ex-intelligence sources expressed fears that Iran could now develop a nuclear bomb.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, challenged the US administration to come up with an
alternative to the nuclear deal and
pledged that the UK would not “walk
away” from its commitments.
EU leaders faced fears that tens of billions of dollars of trade with Iran could
be affected by the return of US sanctions. France threatened to take the US
to the World Trade Organisation, which
can settle disputes and allow members
to impose sanctions. The EU could also
reactivate a “blocking” legislation to
deny US sanctions on firms doing business with Iran – the kind of which was
last used in 1996.
Mr Trump on Tuesday made good on
his campaign pledge to pull out of the
2015 Iran nuclear deal, which waived
sanctions in return for the regime curbing its nuclear programme.
Iran has agreed to remain in the deal
for now alongside the other signatories
– the UK, France, Germany, Russia and
China – with urgent talks between the
countries already under way.
However, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, warned that the country
would begin enriching uranium again if
the financial benefits of the deal for Iran
could not be retained.
Speaking in the White House yesterday, Mr Trump said: “I would advise
 BP is trying
to sell its Rhum
North Sea
oilfield project,
which it jointly
owns with the
Iranian Oil
Company. This
deal may now
be in jeopardy
 Airbus has a
deal to sell 98
aircraft to Iran
Air. Only three
have so far been
delivered
 Boeing has
an agreement
for 80 aircraft
 Rolls-Royce
was due to
provide the
engines for
some of the
Airbus planes
 Peugeotowner Groupe
PSA is
understood to
have signed
production
deals worth
€700million
 Renault
ramped up its
investment in
Iran to produce
around 350,000
cars a year
 Siemens, the
German
engineering
firm, signed an
agreement in
2016 to upgrade
Iran’s rail
network
 VW started
exporting cars
to Iran last year
A US flag is burnt in Iran’s parliament
yesterday in a show of defiance
Iran not to start their nuclear programme. If they do there will be very
severe consequences.”
Mr Trump did not elaborate, but he
has previously talked up his willingness
to use military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme and punish
the Syrian regime for using chemical
weapons. John Bolton, Mr Trump’s recently appointed national security adviser, said in 2015 that “only military
action” against Iran could stop its nuclear programme and has previously
backed regime change.
Alistair Burt, the Middle East minister, yesterday sought to play down fears
that the US could launch an attack on
Iran, saying there was a need to “de-es-
‘Trump will turn to ashes
and become the food of the
worms … while the Islamic
Republic continues to stand’
calate tensions”.
The reaction to Mr Trump’s decision
on Iran, where Mr Rouhani is under
pressure from hardliners to prove the
merit of abiding by the agreement, was
visibly hostile in places.
Mr Khamenei, who has the final say
on all state matters, told Mr Trump:
“You cannot do a damn thing”, and
claimed there had been “over 10 lies” in
the US president’s speech.
Iran’s supreme leader added: “The
body of this man, Trump, will turn to
ashes and become the food of the worms
and ants, while the Islamic Republic
continues to stand.” In Iran’s parliament, politicians including a Shia cleric
set fire to a US flag and a piece of paper
representing the deal. US flag burning is
common in Iran but many analysts observed it was the first time they had
seen it taking place inside parliament.
Mr Netanyahu claimed yesterday that
Iran was “trying to transfer forces and
deadly weapons” into Syria with the
“goal of attacking the state of Israel”.
In the UK and the rest of the EU, ministers and officials were attempting to
keep the deal alive to ensure businesses
could continue trading with Iran.
Speaking in Parliament, Mr Johnson
said: “For as long as Iran abides by the
agreement … then Britain will remain a
party to [it]. Britain has no intention of
walking away.” The total trade in goods
and services between Iran and the UK
was £365 million in 2016. A government
spokesman said Britain “continues to
fully support expanding our trade relationship with Iran”.
Allister Heath: Page 16
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AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Fears grow over Middle
East confrontation as UK
and EU rush to protect
threatened business deals
President’s lawyer ‘paid £370,000’ by
firm with links to Russian billionaire
By Nick Allen WASHINGTON EDITOR
DONALD TRUMP’S personal lawyer
has been accused of receiving
$500,000 (£370,000) from a company
associated with a Russian billionaire
shortly after he became president.
Michael Cohen was also facing questions after it emerged he had been paid
hundreds of thousands of dollars by
major US companies with government
business interests.
The claims about payments to Mr
Cohen were initially made by Michael
Avenatti, the lawyer representing
Stormy Daniels, the porn star who
claims to have had an affair with Mr
Trump a decade ago.
The companies involved later confirmed the payments. Around $500,000
was paid to Essential Consultants, Mr
Cohen’s company, between January
and August 2017 by Columbus Nova, a
New York-based investment firm.
It is headed by Andrew Intrater, the
cousin of Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian
billionaire with ties to the Kremlin. Mr
Vekselberg heads the Renova Group
and is worth $14.6 billion.
He attended Mr Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, but was targeted
for US sanctions last month.
The New York Times reported last
week he had been questioned by the
team of Robert Mueller, the special
counsel investigating Russian meddling in the US election.
In a statement, Andrey Shtorkh, a
spokesman for Mr Vekselberg and the
Renova Group, said “neither Victor
Vekselberg nor Renova has ever had
any contractual relationship” with Mr
Cohen or Essential Consultants.
Richard Owens, Columbus Nova’s
lawyer, said the company was “solely
owned and controlled by Americans”
and hired Mr Cohen as a business consultant partly for expertise on property
Malaysia elects 92-year-old
as its next prime minister
By Nicola Smith ASIA CORRESPONDENT
MAHATHIR MOHAMAD is set to become the world’s oldest prime minster
after his opposition party was last night
declared the winner of a fractious general election in Malaysia.
After a short and bitter campaign
marred by corruption allegations,
Mr Mohamad, 92, defeated his former
protégé in a major political upset that
overturns the government’s 60-year
rule, official results showed.
Najib Razak, the incumbent prime
minister, had been widely expected to
lose the popular vote but to win the
most number of seats in parliament in a
first-past-the-post system that opponents claimed was weighted in favour
of his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
Instead, the election result went
down to the wire after a formidable
challenge by Mr Mohamad, the former
political strongman who ruled Malaysia for 22 years and who pulled himself
out of retirement to fight a prime minister he claimed was tainted by a multibillion dollar corruption scandal.
Results from the Election Commission last night showed opposition
group Pakatan Harapan, plus a party in
the Borneo state of Sabah it is allied
with, winning 121 seats – more than the
threshold of 112 seats needed in parliament to form a government.
The elections were dominated by an
investigation into allegations that billions were siphoned from a state investment fund, 1MDB, and laundered
through foreign bank accounts. Mr
Razak has denied any wrongdoing and
has been cleared of any offence by Malaysia’s attorney general.
“We are not seeking revenge, we
want to restore the rule of law,” Mahathir said as he declared victory.
Stormy Daniels, the
porn star who
claimed she had an
affair with Donald
Trump, received
$130,000 from
Michael Cohen days
before the 2016
election
investments. He added: “Neither Viktor
Vekselberg nor anyone else, other than
Columbus Nova’s owners, were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or
provided funding for his engagement.”
Essential Consultants was the same
company Mr Cohen used to pay
$130,000 to Ms Daniels days before the
2016 election. Mr Trump denies her allegations of an affair. According to The
New York Times a total of $4.4 million
flowed through it from shortly before
the election to January 2018.
Other large sums were paid to Essential Consultants by AT&T, pharmaceutical giant Novartis, and Korea
Aerospace Industries.
Novartis said it had been contacted
by Mr Mueller’s office and had co-operated fully. It said Mr Cohen was paid for
advice on health policy. Shortly after
the payments a senior Novartis executive dined with Mr Trump at the World
Economic Forum in Davos.
AT&T said Mr Cohen had been hired
for “insight into understanding the
new administration”. At the time it had
a major merger, with Time Warner, under review by the Justice Department.
Mr Avenatti told MSNBC: “Michael
Cohen appears to be selling access to
the president of the United States.”
Mr Cohen has dismissed Mr Avenatti’s assertions as “inaccurate”.
FINAL
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15
World news
North Korea releases US
prisoners ahead of talks
Triple exchange comes as
Pompeo makes second trip
to country to confirm date
of Trump-Kim summit
By Nicola Smith in Taipei and
Ben Riley-Smith in Washington
THREE American prisoners have been
freed from North Korea and returned
to the United States in a major diplomatic coup for Donald Trump.
Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok and
Kim Hak-seong, who have been imprisoned by the rogue regime for between
one and three years, were all released.
The exchange came as Mike Pompeo,
the US secretary of state, made a second
visit to North Korea in as many months,
spending 13 hours on the ground locked
in talks.
Mr Pompeo told reporters on his way
back to America that all three men were
in “good health” and managed to climb
stairs on their own.
He also confirmed that a date, time
and location for Mr Trump’s historic
meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North
Korean leader, has been agreed and was
now “locked in”.
An announcement is expected in the
next few days. Mr Trump said yesterday
that the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that
separates North and South Korea will
not be the site of the meeting. State media reported the North Korean leader
hailing the planned meeting with Mr
Trump as a “historic” opportunity.
Kim Dong-cheol, 64, a South Koreanborn American pastor, was arrested in
North Korea in 2015 on charges of spying and sentenced to 10 years of hard
labour.
Kim Sang-deok, 59, and Kim Hakseong, believed to be in his fifties, were
both working as academics at Pyongyang’s University of Science and Technology and were arrested last year on
Left to right: Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Hak-seong and Kim Sang-deok have been released
suspicion of “hostile acts” during
heightened tensions over North Korea’s
rapidly advancing nuclear and weapons
programmes.
Following the announcement, the
family of Kim Sang-deok, also known as
Tony Kim, said they were “very grateful” for his release.
They said in a statement: “We want to
thank all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return. We
also want to thank the president for engaging with North Korea. Mostly, we
thank God for Tony’s safe return.”
US officials, including Mr Pompeo,
are believed to have been working for
months alongside foreign diplomats to
secure the detainees’ release.
The goodwill gesture from Pyongyang comes amid a growing détente between North and South Korea, with
America pushing for their release
before the Trump-Kim summit.
Mr Trump announced the news on
Twitter, writing: “I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo is in the air and on his way back
from North Korea with the three wonderful gentlemen that everyone is look-
ing so forward to meeting. They seem to
be in good health.” The president is due
to greet the US detainees when they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base near
Washington this morning.
Mr Pompeo flew to Pyongyang on
Tuesday and met Kim Jong-un – the second time he has seen the North Korean
leader in two months – as well as other
regime officials.
He assured them that the White
House was committed to working with
Pyongyang to resolve a standoff over its
nuclear weapons and to bring peace to
the Korean Peninsula.
Mr Pompeo extended Washington’s
olive branch as he shared lunch with
Kim Yong-chol, who is North Korea’s director for inter-Korean relations.
Mr Pompeo said: “For decades, we
have been adversaries. Now we are
hopeful that we can work together
to resolve this conflict, take away threats
to the world and give your country all
the opportunities your people deserve.”
Mr Kim responded by expressing
“high expectations the US will play a big
role in establishing peace on the Korean
Peninsula”.
CIA chief nominee Haspel rejects torture
By Nick Allen WASHINGTON EDITOR
DONALD TRUMP’S nominee to lead
the CIA said she does not believe torture works and would refuse a presidential order she considered “immoral”
even if it was legal.
Gina Haspel faces opposition from
Democrats because of her role in waterboarding at a secret CIA prison in
Thailand in 2002, and the destruction
in 2005 of 92 tapes showing a detainee
being waterboarded.
The career CIA officer sat calmly as
her Senate confirmation hearing was
twice interrupted by protesters, one in
a suit, who were dragged away after
shouting “Bloody Gina!” and “You’re a
torturer!” Ms Haspel, 61, who would be
the first female leader of the spy agency,
said the years after the September 11,
2001 attacks had been a “tumultuous
time”. She had been “in the trenches”
in the fight against al-Qaeda and was
told by Washington that waterboarding was legal and approved by the US
president.
During the 2016 election Mr Trump
said he supported waterboarding and
“a hell of a lot worse”. He was asked at
the time by The Daily Telegraph what
that meant but declined to elaborate.
Senators asked Ms Haspel if she
would follow a direct order from Mr
Trump that was legal, but that she
found immoral. She said: “No. I believe
CIA must undertake activities that are
consistent with American values.”
Asked how she would respond to a
direct order from Mr Trump to waterboard someone, she said: “We’re not in
the business of interrogating detainees. I would not restart an interrogation programme at CIA under any
circumstances.”
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Comment
Baldness isn’t
an illness – it
doesn’t need
a miracle cure
rhymer rigby
T
he latest miracle
remedy for baldness
has arrived, no doubt
prompting men up and
down the country to wonder
if their prayers might this
time be answered, and their
scalps miraculously
reunited with the luscious
locks of their youth.
A drug originally
intended to treat
osteoporosis has been found
to stimulate hair follicles to
grow. According to Dr
Nathan Hawkshaw of
Manchester University, this
could “make a real
difference to people who
suffer from hair loss”.
As a man with little
remaining hair, I was
intrigued. I went bald in my
30s, though the signs were
there in my late 20s: that
moment when I saw the
light reflecting off
someone’s head on CCTV
and thought: “At least I’m
not that bad”, before
realising that man was me.
There’s no denying that
many men find going bald
terrifying. It’s a visible sign
of ageing about which one
can do nothing to reverse,
or conceal it.
But having had 15 years to
get used to it, I’ve made
peace with my hair loss. In
fact, I take issue with the
idea that baldness needs to
be “cured” – for it is not an
illness, despite what the
$11.8 billion hair-loss
treatment industry would
have you believe.
On the contrary, it’s a
natural process that humans
– many great humans – have
abided with for centuries,
and it strikes me there are
probably more important
treatments on which to be
expending our energy.
I’ve discovered there are
definite advantages to living
as a smoothie. For starters, it
means never going to the
barbers. I own a pair of
clippers and use them
roughly once a week,
depending on the weather
(hot weather means faster
growth). Every haircut is a
number one, and I rather
like the simplicity this has
bought to my life.
Besides, back when I had
hair, I had any number of
strange cuts, including a
bob that at times looked
worryingly like that sported
by Richard III.
Baldness has saved me
from my own poor
judgment. It has also
stopped me chewing my
long hair which, in
retrospect, really wasn’t a
very nice habit.
It was a lesson in
acceptance, too. Going bald
teaches you that there are
things you can do nothing
about and I quite like this.
No currently available
“cure” looks remotely
tempting (I’m looking at
you, Silvio Berlusconi). As
soon as you accept defeat,
life gets easier. Nearly
everyone who is bald gets
there in the end.
I’m not sure I buy into all
that stuff about women
finding baldies more
attractive, although there is
a fair body of research
which suggests bald men
are seen as more
authoritative and dominant,
as well as wiser and more
intelligent.
On the downside, along
with the dearth of cool hats
in the world, we bald guys
have a greater risk of heart
disease and possibly
prostate cancer, although
apparently this may lessen if
we use our bald heads to
make vitamin D in the
sunshine.
But let’s be honest, in
terms of genetically
inherited nasties like
Alzheimer’s and various
cancers, baldness is pretty
far down the list. Losing
your hair teaches you to
focus on the bigger picture.
So I won’t be forking out
for a Wayne Rooney-style
transplant, or signing up to
try this new drug just yet. In
fact, the idea of having hair
again now seems kind of a
hassle. Besides, more and
more of my friends are
joining me every year.
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Yes, it’s unfashionable to say so, but
Trump was right to kill the Iran deal
It’s time for Britain and the
Europeans to stop lying to
themselves: the status quo
was simply not working
allister heath
I
t was about five years ago that
Iran’s expatriates finally gave up
hope. Far from a transient
aberration, they realised that the
evil, vicious regime they loathed
so much was here to stay. Until
then, many members of the large
Iranian communities in London or Los
Angeles remained surprisingly upbeat.
It was as if they were clinging to the
hope that it would all be over by
Christmas, or rather Nowruz, the
Persian new year.
They were quick to share anecdotes
from a relative “back home” about
why democratic pressure was
building, or to relay dubiously upbeat
claims made by pundits on US-based
Farsi-language satellite TV. Yet slowly
but surely, even the most Panglossian
were forced to admit that real change
wasn’t on the horizon. The Green
movement and the 2009-2012 protests
achieved nothing. The victory of the
so-called reformist Hassan Rouhani
was a non-event for minorities and
dissidents, who continue to be
persecuted. Barack Obama’s nuclear
deal in 2015 merely gave the regime a
spring in its step, freeing up vast
amounts of cash to ramp up its
destructive meddling in Syria,
Lebanon and Yemen without
improving ordinary Iranians’ lives.
The result was the furious anti-regime
demonstrations earlier this year – and
they, too, were savagely put down.
Iranian society is now in such a state
of ruin that it will take decades of
freedom to heal. It’s not just the
grossly mismanaged economy that is
in the doldrums. The real crisis is
social: suicides, extraordinary levels of
drug addiction, a mental illness
epidemic, an unhealthy obsession with
plastic surgery, and youth in the grip
of an extreme alienation from
everything bar materialism.
But none of this matters to the
regime, whose sole purpose is to
survive for as long as possible and to
export its ideology. Until recently, it
had been playing a blinder, leveraging
the West’s willingness to appease its
enemies to its advantage, and using
the nuclear deal to fill the post-Iraq
void in the Middle East. Its actions in
Syria, where it supports Assad, are
tantamount to aiding and abetting war
crimes; its funding of Hizbollah and
Hamas, and its decision to locate tens
of thousands of missiles in Syria and
Lebanon, mean that it is now the
world’s number one terror state.
It is therefore absurd that so many
“experts” in the West continue to
support the nuclear deal. It probably
worked on its own narrow terms, but
made Iran more dangerous in every
other respect. It gave up building
nuclear bombs but could focus on
overseas adventures and developing
missiles. It is unfashionable to say so,
but Donald Trump was right to tear up
the deal. Appeasing expansionist,
rogue states rarely works.
The fundamental problem was that
the West negotiated from a position of
weakness. We continue to suffer from
post-Iraq and Afghanistan fatigue:
those wars proved culturally and
politically ruinous, disproving the
conceit that it is easy to impose
democracy on dictatorships with no
relevant history or institutions. There
was (and remains) a huge appetite for
almost any kind of deal that kicked the
Iranian can down the road.
All of this happened in parallel with
the rise of a technocratic, postnational and post-democratic ideology
among Western elites, including the
US State Department and the Foreign
Office. A treaty, however ineffective
and useless, is the perfect diplomatic
tool to signal one’s virtue; a deal is
always deemed better than no deal.
Such people also distrust Israel, that
most traditional of nation states; they
felt able to disregard its objections,
certain of their own superior wisdom.
Then there were the attempts by the
EU to forge a common foreign and
defence policy. The French and
Germans were desperate for the
commercial opportunities in Iran. The
British wanted to be good Europeans.
For Tehran’s canny negotiators, it was
akin to shooting fish in a barrel.
Yet the regime, too, made severe
miscalculations. It didn’t predict that
the Gulf Arabs’ rapprochement with
Israel would turn into something close
to friendship, facilitated by Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s
gradual liberalisation of Saudi society.
For the first time, it isn’t just Egypt
or Jordan who are at peace with Israel:
the other Middle Eastern Arab nations
are joining in, with the exception of
those controlled by Iran. There is now
a tantalising possibility of a grand
Israeli-Arab bargain to resolve the
Palestinian question. No wonder they
have united against Iran, now their
sole mortal enemy. Most important of
all, the Iranians didn’t predict Donald
Trump’s election, and then wrongly
thought he would soon crumble. They
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continued to overreach, and it is that
which sealed the deal’s fate.
One of the mysteries is why
intelligent, pro-American figures such
as Boris Johnson remain wedded to
the deal. Are they simply trying to
placate their own officials, having
calculated that they cannot fight wars
on every front and that Brexit is
enough? Or are they seeking to
ingratiate themselves with the EU,
making support for this deal part of
the Brexit grand bargain? If so they
risk bitter disappointment: the EU will
take and give nothing in return.
The reality is that Britain’s
protestations are useless. We can but
watch as America flexes its muscles.
The situation is far more complex than
that on the Korean peninsula, but Iran
will be faced with three choices.
It could keep on going as if nothing
has happened, relying on the help of
the EU and perhaps Russia, and
clinging to the hope that sanctions
won’t trigger a counter-revolution (or
even a military coup). It could restart
its dash to a nuclear bomb,
guaranteeing a war, with a very high
likelihood of the regime collapsing. Or
it could stage a climbdown, North
Korea-style, withdrawing from Syria
and curtailing its missile programmes.
Trump’s bet is that the outcome will
either be option one – and that this will
encourage the Iranian public to
overthrow the regime – or option
three, and that Mike Pompeo will soon
be flying to Tehran for talks. Trump
could pull it off, or it could go
catastrophically wrong. But whatever
the outcome, the British and
Europeans must stop lying to
themselves: the status quo was not
working. It was either a case of a
near-certain conflict – if not this year
then next – or one last shot at a better,
more peaceful Iran.
A wide climate of fear menaces free speech
It’s not only young people
who are allowing
intolerance of other
opinions to grow
kemi badenoch
noch
F
ree speech is never out of the
news. Although if Labour had had
their way yesterday, Parliament
would certainly have stopped
newspapers from speaking freely.
Thankfully, we defeated their
proposals to muzzle the press,
including the absurd idea that
newspapers should be forced to cover
their opponents’ legal costs whether
they won or lost. Andrew Norfolk, the
journalist who uncovered the
Rotherham child abuse scandal, noted
that if these proposals had been in
place at the time, “it is inconceivable
that we would even have published
that article in the first place”.
I don’t take free speech for granted
because I grew up in Nigeria, where
writers were killed for protesting
against the government, and
newspaper editors died after opening
parcel bombs. Yet freedom of
expression remains under constant
pressure in Britain and too many
people have become complacent.
In a paper I’ve written for the Freer
initiative, published today, I highlight
a new front that’s appeared in the
battle not just for freedom of speech,
but for diversity of thought and
freedom of association, and it needs to
be tackled fast.
The regular vilification of those who
dare to challenge a consensus view is
creating a climate of fear that
undermines these long-held freedoms.
Virtual lynch mobs now congregate
online to intimidate anyone who
doesn’t pass the test of “acceptable”
comment. People are scared to speak
out against the status quo: their jobs
and livelihoods, they believe, are at
risk. Companies such as Paperchase
have found themselves having to issue
grovelling apologies for advertising in
the mainstream press because a few
people online didn’t like the paper in
question.
This isn’t about millennials or
students “no-platforming” speakers
they dislike. In fact, younger people
who’ve grown up living their lives on
social media are more likely to be
targeted, and they are terrified.
There is another worrying
dimension to this: free speech
advocates are often accused of
defending hate speech. The charge is
that they’ve never faced
discrimination themselves and merely
seek to defend already privileged
groups. As someone who is black and
female, I understand this concern.
Ultimately, however, this approach
conflates a number of underlying
issues and the result is less robust and
transparent debate, shouting down,
rather than arguing down, views
people don’t like.
Bigotry and prejudice are not
unique to groups that have held
privilege, and ascribing views to entire
groups rather than to specific
individuals is illiberal. The best way to
fight bigotry, as ever, is through free
expression, so that noxious views – as
opposed to abuse – can be publicly
debated and challenged.
So the limiting of free speech should
not be dismissed as a problem only
among students on university
campuses. It is prevalent across
society. Nor should we look for a
solution involving greater legal
interventions or further laws.
In order to defend freedom of
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expression, we each need to exercise
personal responsibility. We need to
make good choices about how we
behave, based not on fear of strong
legal repercussion or fear of the mob,
but out of respect for ourselves and
others. We also need to look beyond
our personal discomfort, see the
bigger picture – and stand up for what
is right. We must all play our part in
this, whether we are personally
affected by restrictions on freedom of
our expression or not.
Labour’s dangerous amendment on
press freedom was defeated only
narrowly yesterday, and the enemies
of free expression will no doubt return
in a different form. In his 2002 book,
The First Freedom, the late ITN news
editor Robert Hargreaves illustrated
how the principle of free speech had
to be thought out by each succeeding
generation throughout the ages. The
battle, he says, is never over and is
constantly changing.
But free speech is too important for
any of us to be complacent about.
Those of us with strong voices need to
speak out now to save it for the future,
and for those who are too scared to
express themselves today.
Kemi Badenoch is Conservative MP for
Saffron Walden
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17
Letters to the Editor
Our free press is safe
– for the moment
T
here were some splendid speeches in
support of a free press in the
Commons yesterday. Jacob ReesMogg inveighed magnificently
against a parliament that would risk
this country’s ancient liberties by
seeking to shackle newspapers.
Andrew Mitchell, the former Cabinet minister
– who has greater cause than many to dislike the
industry for its role in forcing him from office –
made a powerful contribution, declaring that “a
disrespectful and raucous media is the ineluctable
price we pay for our freedoms”. It was, he added,
the job of a free press “fearlessly to expose
wrongdoing [and] we should not take steps that
diminish their ability to do that”.
Needless to say, we could not agree more.
Fortunately, so did enough of their colleagues to
see off two pernicious measures designed to
control the press. The first was the establishment
of another inquiry into newspaper hacking,
proposed despite the exhaustive investigation
conducted by Lord Justice Leveson six years ago.
This was defeated, albeit narrowly by nine votes.
The second was the threat of draconian financial
sanctions on newspapers that refuse to sign up to a
state-approved press regulator. They would have
been required to pay the costs of both sides in a
litigation even if they won the case. This measure
was abandoned by its Labour backers when they
realised they would lose the vote, rather than
because it runs counter to natural justice and
human rights laws.
A new Leveson-style inquiry would have been a
monumental waste of time and money, though that
did not stop Ed Miliband, the former Labour
leader, launching a splenetic, frankly hysterical,
attack on unsubstantiated newspaper
misdemeanours that he said warranted another
judge-led probe into the press.
Mr Miliband said the Commons had an obligation
to fulfil pledges made by politicians in 2011, even
though at the time some, like David Cameron, were
trying to deflect attention from their own
difficulties. In truth, the main task of parliament is
to defend the nation’s liberties; and yet the vote
showed nearly 300 MPs were prepared to pass
laws inimical to the concept of a free country. The
risk is that their proponents will have another go:
after all, this latest attempt involved hijacking the
Data Protection Bill. We earnestly hope this does
not happen again.
A duty to veterans
H
ow can it be right that 25, 30 or even 40
years after they served in Northern Ireland,
British soldiers still face the prospect of
prosecution for alleged criminal behaviour while
on active duty during the Troubles? Many of those
at risk are in their sixties and seventies, enjoying
their retirement and their grandchildren.
They could be dragged into the ambit of a new
unit which the Government has promised to set up
to investigate unsolved killings. It had been
thought that soldiers would be exempt but this is
no longer certain. Gavin Williamson, the Defence
Secretary, is reportedly at odds with Karen
Bradley, the Northern Ireland Secretary, over
whether veterans who have already been
investigated would be protected.
Julian Lewis, the Tory chairman of the Commons
defence select committee, urged the Prime
Minister yesterday to agree to a statute of
limitations on pursuing these historical cases. But
a consultation on setting up the unit has stalled
because of the deadlock in restoring the Northern
Irish executive, with no provision made for the
anticipated amnesty. The DUP and Sinn Fein have
both raised objections to such a move, with
Unionists concerned it could lead to an amnesty
for IRA terrorists, while the republicans remain
anxious to pursue cases against the military.
However, the British state owes a duty to these
soldiers that transcends the serpentine politics of
the province. Theresa May said she wanted a
solution to protect veterans. She should commit
now to a time limit on prosecutions.
As Sir Michael Fallon, the former defence
secretary, writes today, the alternative is a witchhunt, and a one-sided one at that.
Meghan idolised
H
aving been successfully christened in private
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Meghan
Markle now receives a more public accolade
as our favourite American princess by having her
waxen effigy displayed by Madame Tussauds. Her
fiancé has been spruced up, with longer stubble
tweezered into his waxy chin. Let’s hope, for the
cerophiles’ sake, that he doesn’t shave before the
big day. On the eve of the wedding, a hen and stag
night is to be held at which folk will queue up to
have a selfie with the happy waxy couple. Who can
really complain, since in 1509 Henry VII, the
founder of modern royalty, had his own waxwork
made? True, that was for his funeral but, 500 years
on, it is still displayed by Westminster Abbey.
Waxworks capture the fascination of the public,
just this side of idolatry.
Baffling data rules
SIR – The withdrawal of the United
States from the Iranian nuclear
agreement (report, May 9) is just one
more example of President Donald
Trump’s obsession with undoing all
that his predecessor stood for.
This mean-spirited and dangerous
action is certainly not in the interests of
America, not least since, in trashing the
accord, Trump is throwing away any
trust that other countries, allies
included, can have in his
administration. This does not bode well
for future trade deals with America, as
trade is dependent upon trust.
The American people must take a
long, hard look at what is happening to
their country and come together to
identify and in time elect a man or
woman to the highest office in the land
who can unite the majority of citizens
and restore a modicum of trust in
international relations.
Andrew-Bede Allsop
Pleasley Vale, Nottinghamshire
SIR – I was pleased to read that Charles
Moore was going to his reception
without a Data Protection consent
form (Notebook, May 7). I hope I am
not alone in being dismayed at the
amount of money and effort that
charities, small local clubs and societies
are now having to spend on trying to
interpret the new regulations.
If I have joined, say, a local social
club or support a local charity, then I
expect that body to keep records on
me and to tell me what is happening. I
see no need for further consent, nor
do I expect that body to spend time
worrying over whether sending me an
email about the next meeting could
result in prosecution by the
Information Commissioner’s Office.
Publicising just when consent forms
are really needed would be a start.
Data protection is vitally important,
but the present sea of confusion does
not seem to be the right approach.
Peter Mellor
Harpenden, Hertfordshire
SIR – Donald Trump is a leader who
keeps to his electoral promises and
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delivers. How Britain would benefit
from such a person here.
John Frankel
Newbury, Berkshire
SIR – Boris Johnson went to
Washington, supposedly to persuade
Trump not to ditch the Iran deal, and
instead was seen on the morning
television show Fox & Friends. He
embodies our loss of status in the
world and demeans the once great
office of Foreign Secretary.
We should be rid of him – he will be
talking to President Putin via some
children’s programme next.
Robert Simon
Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex
SIR – Ever since suspicions arose in
2002 that Iran had a military nuclear
programme, Iran’s leaders have denied
the existence of such aspirations,
stressing that nuclear weapons are
prohibited under Islam.
However, the Israeli foreign
intelligence agency’s discovery of
thousands of incriminating documents
in a secret nuclear archive in Tehran
shows that the 2015 Obama deal did
nothing to derail Iran’s drive towards
developing nuclear warheads and
integrating these on to new, longrange, ballistic missiles.
For the West to believe that the
current regime is solely motivated by
religious values on this matter would
be dangerously naive.
Rev Dr John Cameron
St Andrews, Fife
SIR – Donald Trump has done the right
thing by pulling out of the 2015 deal,
and it is clear that the cosignatories
of that deal have placed their interest
in trade deals with Iran over any
concern that the country has deceived
the world about its nuclear ambitions.
I feel particularly concerned for the
ordinary Iranian people. Everyone I
have met from that country has been
extremely pleasant and genuine. They
have all, with one accord, expressed
total distaste for the leadership there.
Brian Hammond
Wimborne, Dorset
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Tough-talking officers
SIR – I am surprised at the letters (May
8) supporting Andy McNab’s view
(Comment, May 7) that the verbal abuse
of soldiers in training is acceptable in
order to make them “tough”.
Perhaps they have forgotten the
rules outlined in the Queen’s
Regulations for the Army 1975,
paragraph 5.061: “Officers, warrant
officers and NCOs are to adopt towards
subordinates such methods of
command and treatment as will ensure
respect for authority and foster the
feelings of self respect and personal
honour essential to military efficiency.
They are not to use intemperate
language or adopt an offensive manner.”
I realise these regulations might
have been superseded by now, but
they certainly existed during my
service from 1960 to 1999.
Major (QM) Bill Clarke (retd)
Salisbury, Wiltshire
SIR – Our Royal Marines commando
training was once – famously and
correctly – encapsulated in an article
titled: “You can’t get hard in a soft bed”.
Lt-Col Ewen Southby-Tailyour RN
Ermington, Devon
The case for charity
SIR – I cannot agree with Michael
Thomas (Letters, May 8) that central
government should take over the
charity work of “the wonderful public”.
It’s great that the people of Britain
are compassionate towards fellow
citizens who are less fortunate than
they are. The coffee mornings,
marathons, hospices and lifeboats
which Mr Thomas mentions are
examples of “cheerful giving”.
Carla Stainke
Alness, Ross-shire
Hold the front page
SIR – The problems with handling The
Daily Telegraph on the Tube or in
breezy weather (Letters, May 9) are
easily cured by purchasing a longreach stapler.
Three staples in the middle of the
centre page will ensure the paper stays
together while being enjoyed
wherever read.
Ian Wiseman
Ivybridge, Devon
SIR – Despite Malcolm Watson’s
enthusiasm (Letters, May 9) for
touchscreen devices over print
newspapers, I find that the former are
useless for adding the final polish
when I am cleaning my windscreen.
John Pearson
Sleaford, Lincolnshire
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Avoid being overstretched by bad yoga teachers
sir – You report (May 4) that Paul Fox
is standing down as chairman of the
British Wheel of Yoga amid claims
that members of the body wanted to
relax qualifications for yoga teachers.
As an evidence-based
musculoskeletal chartered
physiotherapist, I have often had to
treat patients who have been
overstretched and sometimes
inappropriately forced into
damaging yoga positions.
I endorse a stringent governing
body for yoga teachers. I have also
been asking for a similar body to be
established for personal trainers, as
my colleagues and I have had to
treat some serious health problems,
including cervical and lumbar disc
prolapses, arising from incorrect
training from personal instructors.
Lay people wishing to practise
yoga should seek expert, evidencebased advice, particularly if they
already suffer from musculoskeletal
conditions.
Clare Fone
The Westminster Physiotherapy and
Pilates Centre
London SW1
Planning laws that put people and nature first
SIR – This week James Brokenshire, the
new Secretary of State for Housing,
Communities and Local Government,
inherits the task of reforming the
planning rule book for England, with
the aim of finding a balance between
supporting growth and protecting our
precious natural assets.
To build as much as we can as quickly
as possible would be disastrous. Our
natural world is vanishing before us,
and people feel disconnected from
nature.
While more homes are certainly
needed, our planning system cannot
exist purely to facilitate economic
growth and new housing. It is about
managing land in the public interest –
socially, environmentally and
economically – to create and support
resilient, healthy and sustainable
communities.
We should recognise how we can
use planning powers to deliver
benefits to health, education and the
environment: benefits we’ll only
realise if we resist the temptation to
reduce housing development to a
numbers game. Mr Brokenshire can
make his mark by refocusing the
planning system on delivering the
globally agreed Sustainable
Development Goals. To earn public
confidence, the Government must
focus on the needs of communities
and the environment, building enough
high-quality homes while protecting
our fragile natural world.
Paul O’Brien
Chief Executive, Association of Public
Service Excellence
Stephen Joseph
Chief Executive, Campaign for Better
Transport
Crispin Truman
Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect
Rural England
Craig Bennett
Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth
Chris Corrigan
Director, RSPB England
Kate Henderson
Chief Executive, Town and Country
Planning Association
SIR – James Weymouth (Letters, May 5)
perpetuates the myth that the Empire
Windrush brought the first postwar
Jamaican immigrants to Britain.
In fact the first ship to bring
migrants to Britain was my father’s
ship, the (then HMT) Ormonde. My
father served on her as ship’s surgeon
during the Second World War. This
first postwar migrant voyage, from
Jamaica to Liverpool’s Albert Dock,
occurred over a year before Empire
Windrush. Ormonde was returning
demobbed Caribbean soldiers and was
advertised in the Sunday Gleaner
newspaper on March 2 1947 for
passengers wanting to travel to Britain
on the return. This was to be at their
own cost; 108 people applied.
Tim Twist
Matlock, Derbyshire
Sentenced to Brexit
SIR – Would a judge accept a jury’s
majority verdict of guilty if only seven
out of the 12 agreed? I think not. By the
same token, can a mere 52 per cent
majority be taken as a clear measure of
the wishes of a nation over Brexit?
My question is of course rhetorical,
since 12 people is a very small sample.
Nevertheless the referendum majority
hardly feels large enough to justify the
major upheaval we are witnessing,
especially as many people were not in
possession of the full facts and perhaps
voted to some extent on instinct.
John Gordon
Datchworth, Hertfordshire
Going the distance
SIR – I must disagree with the
suggestion that men with flashy cars
are not interested in a lasting
relationship (report, May 9).
I met my husband at a party in San
Francisco in 1964 and he offered me
a lift home in his Porsche Speedster.
When he allowed me to drive the car
a few weeks later, I knew it must be
love. We have been happily married
for 53 years.
Shirley Page
Caxton, Cambridgeshire
No plastic, please
SIR – The fishing village of New Quay
in West Wales was recently awarded
plastic-free status.
I fear the locals are taking this too
literally. In the window of a gift shop I
saw a banner with the words: “Say no
to plastic”. Above it was a handwritten
note which read: “Sorry, we no longer
accept credit/debit cards”.
Roger Bryan
New Quay, Ceredigion
There is a way out of the PM’s Brexit bind
Neither the customs union
nor the new customs
partnership will work. Mrs
May should try ‘max fac’
NICK TIMOTHY
THY
Y
esterday, Theresa May
confirmed that Britain will leave
the EU’s customs union. On
what should come in its place,
however, the Prime Minister finds
herself boxed in.
The House of Lords supports a new
customs union with the EU. So do Tory
rebels in the Commons, who might
vote in favour of one with Labour.
Watching eagerly is Michel Barnier,
the EU’s Brexit negotiator, who has
been told by rebel MPs that he need
not engage seriously with alternative
customs proposals.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister
knows her Cabinet is divided, and so
too is her Parliamentary party.
Eurosceptics threaten a vote of no
confidence unless Britain can pursue
an independent trade policy. But
Europhiles will make that impossible if
they vote for a customs union.
So how can she keep her party
together, avoid defeat in Parliament,
and meet her policy objectives?
To critics, those objectives seem
irreconcilable. They are to allow
Britain to strike its own trade deals,
avoid a hard border in Ireland, and
minimise friction in cross-border
trade. And this is the rub. If Britain and
the EU have different tariffs and
different product standards
agreements with other countries,
customs checks between Britain and
Europe will be needed. If we want to
avoid checks, we must sign up to EU
tariffs and regulations, and accept we
cannot sign trade deals with other
countries.
This is what a customs union
requires. It would also mean that
Brussels could grant trading access to
Britain to other countries without
seeking reciprocal access for the UK.
And it could agree deals that could
cost British jobs – or open up public
services to private sector competition
– without any say for MPs. This is why
Norway and Switzerland, despite their
close links to the EU, refuse to join a
customs union.
But if the Government opposes a
customs union, it needs to agree its
preferred approach. Downing Street
wants to keep open its “new customs
partnership” (NCP) proposal, in which
Britain would effectively form the EU’s
external border, running customs
checks for goods heading to Britain
and Europe.
This is a neat idea in theory but in
practice it risks becoming a customs
union by another name. Because of the
complexity of running dual customs
checks and tracking goods on their
onward journey, and the need for UK
alignment with EU regulations, it
would be almost impossible to agree
trade deals with other countries. Even
if we did, many businesses would
choose to avoid the bureaucracy by
paying higher EU tariffs.
The Brexit Cabinet Committee
rightly rejected the NCP last week.
But even if it had not done so,
Downing Street would have struggled
to proceed without the support of the
International Trade and Brexit
secretaries and many Eurosceptic Tory
MPs. It should be dropped.
The only alternative is known as
“maximum facilitation”. Critics say
“max fac” will create friction in trade
with Europe. And it would require a
customs border. But this can be made
efficient by sensible policy and
technology, and the costs can be offset
by the opportunities provided by trade
deals with the world’s fastest growing
economies.
This option is dismissed by
Europhiles but it is no unicorn: as a
Swiss trade negotiator told Policy
Exchange recently: “We have a
smoothly operating frictionless border
with the EU, even though we are not a
member of the customs union.”
Downing Street’s reluctance to
choose “max fac” is driven by concern
about the Northern Irish border. But
“max fac” does not demand a hard
border. Checks do not need to be
conducted along the border: the
administration can be done in advance
through pre-registration and trusted
trader schemes, and monitoring
can be conducted in each country.
Small businesses can be exempted,
more powers devolved to Belfast, and
more all-Ireland governance
arrangements can be agreed to
facilitate trade.
The Commission says this is
impossible, but their negotiating
stance is hardly surprising when they
believe Parliament might force the
Government into a customs union.
And whatever Barnier says, “max fac”
would be no anomalous lacuna in the
EU’s border. Two years ago, more than
a million migrants simply walked into
Europe. And as anybody who has
driven into France from Switzerland
knows, there are no checks along
whole sections of the EU border.
The EU is ignoring its own
negotiating guidelines. They say “the
unique challenges of Ireland will
require flexible and imaginative
solutions”. The responsibility to find
these solutions is not only British but
European too.
If there is a compromise to be made,
ministers might accept that “max fac”
will take longer to be introduced than
the current implementation timetable
suggests. But to get its way with
Brussels, and to convince Parliament
that there is an alternative to a customs
union, the Government needs to get
on with it, choose “max fac” – and start
making its case.
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The Gap Mum
It’s time to pick my
baby’s birth date
Page 20
Party hard: daughters can be
their dads’ worst nightmare
grandparent have to see a
granddaughter flash a huge fake
pubic beard?). But I also know Mum,
too, would be proud and happy that
Grace is coming good after all the
sleepless nights she used to give us.
Simon Mills, journalist
FEATURE
FOOD
Cook off
Mary Berry watches
her language Page 20
ARTS
Astérix’s origins
The story behind the
famous small Gaul
Page 23
GETTY IMAGES; REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; HEATHCLIFF
Adult ADHD
‘My diagnosis made
me a high-flyer’
Page 21
The perils of being a
dad of teen daughters
Secret spycams, professional bouncers and police call-outs – five
fathers confess how they handled their little girls growing up...
I
t’s a father’s worst
nightmare: your teenage
daughter throwing a party
in your absence while
errant boys run amok,
turning your family pile
into a pit of adolescent
hormones, pilfering spirits
from your drinks cabinet
and staining sofas that no amount of
artful cushions can conceal.
Worse still, then, for James Shaw,
who made the fatal error of checking
his home CCTV app while out at
dinner – only to see his daughter
kissing a boy at the gathering
he had been promised
would be “all girls”.
On his return, an
altercation ensued,
which resulted in the
father-of-two being punched
in the face. Not the kind of
post-party infamy his daughter
was likely looking for. While the
technology Shaw employed may be
new, when it comes to parenting
teenage girls, some things never
change, as fathers below report
from the frontline…
Alastair Campbell,
author
There are quite a few
contenders for the prize of
which of my daughter Grace’s
teenage misdemeanours sparked
the highest score on my exasperation
meter. There was the time her mother
Fiona and I were dining at Chevening
with then-foreign secretary David
Miliband and then-Australian PM
Kevin Rudd when Grace rang to say
Starbucks had called the police,
because she was messing around in
one of their cafés.
Or the time I looked out of the
top-floor window at home to see
Grace and a group of pimply youths
passing round what looked like a
giant spliff in the garden.
Or the time she insisted on
booking her own flights
from Greece – “I’m not a
child, Dad” – then
discovered on arrival at
Athens airport she had paid
on my credit card for a plane
that flew a month earlier, and I
had to call in all my BA contacts to
get her home. I could go on.
Nor was she that great at gratitude
when I got her out of a hole. “Dad, if
you talk to me like that again, I will
not even mention you in my first Bafta
acceptance speech,” she would tell me
when I dared try to pull her up.
Yet she has never lacked
confidence, or the ability to make me
laugh, which meant my frustration
never lasted too long. That’s why
Fiona and I will be bursting with pride
at 10pm tonight when she makes her
TV debut with feminist prank show
Riot Girls on Channel 4.
Admittedly, there are parts of it that
I am moderately relieved my mother is
not here to witness (should any
No sooner is the front door closed
and the car pulling away from the
drive than mayhem begins. Music.
Booze. Chocolate. Cigarettes.
Bouncing on furniture. Breaking
stuff. Boys are rounded up and arrive
with cannabis in their pockets and
their tongues hanging out.
Oh, you can try to keep a lid on
things by hanging out at your
own kid’s party for a while
like some perky copper
and saying “I’m not
here!… just have fun!”
while you pass around
the cheese straws, but
really, your daughter will
hate you for this and her
friends will leave early and call it
“the worst party ever” on Facebook.
In my experience, it’s much better
to lay down a few basic rules, hide
the valuables and hope for the best.
My ex-wife and I once went away
on a skiing trip leaving my eldest
daughter, Laurie, at home.
She claimed tiredness and an
urgent need to revise for her GCSE
mock exams. What she actually did
was have a big party, which was
evident as soon as we walked
through the front door; the
distinctive smell of flat lager, sticky
alcopops and Marlboro Lights in the
air. Furniture arranged all skewwhiff; cushions turned over to hide
stains. Oh, and an official note from
the Kensington and Chelsea police
who had, apparently, dropped in at
around 3am.
What did I do? I lost it for bit,
moaned about the damage, made
some half-hearted threat about
grounding her… and then plugged in
the Hoover.
How may people did you have in
here? “Just a couple of friends,” she
lied. Any boys? Actually, don’t
answer that.
Peter Stanford, writer
My daughter’s 17th birthday
coincided with beginning at a new
school. We thought we had prepared
well, supplying modest amounts of
low alcohol beer, and her older
brother had come home from
university with two friends to
be on the door.
It started at 8pm. By
8.30pm there were
about 50-60 people
who weren’t on the
guest list loitering in our
front garden. We had planned
to go out, but at that point we
decided it was probably better to
stay put.
From the roof terrace, I suddenly
saw all these people climbing over
our neighbours’ back gardens and
breaking down their fences to get in:
I was shouting, “go back you can’t
come in here”, but they didn’t listen.
At 12.30am, the whole thing was
still going on, and at one point, a
scuffle resulted in a gaggle of
teenage boys falling into the
dustbins. I had to go and break it up.
By the end of it all the kitchen was
trashed, there was a strong smell of
something illegal – and some very
odd stains on the Aga. The next
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FAMILY
T H R E E T E E N S A N D A B A BY
D I A RY O F A G A P M U M
LIZ FRASER
‘For her
18th there
was only
one
option:
bouncers.
We hired
six of
them’
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19
morning I had a lot of knocking
around doors and offering to pay for
broken fences. It cost a couple of
hundred quid – a bill I told my
daughter she would be footing.
When it got to her 18th birthday,
we nervously asked if she wanted
another party. She said, “God no”.
We had a much more relaxed
evening with a bunch of her friends
in our local Italian restaurant instead.
As the father of an 18-year-old girl I
say yes to spycams; to girls-only
parties; and to dads being in charge.
In theory.
In practice, well, you can have a
plan, but as the great Mike Tyson
famously said, “Everybody has a plan
until they get punched in the mouth.”
The first answer is to find a way of
holding it off-site. I know it will cost
money, but so does rebuilding the
whole house.
Friends of mine threw a 16th
birthday party for their daughter
during which everyone behaved
quite well – but after which they had
to get a new patio door because the
existing one had been wrenched so
hard by unforgiving teenage hands.
So we duly arranged Martha’s 16th
in the upstairs room of a local pub.
Very successful. But having been
lulled into a false sense of security,
her 17th was at home and that was
tough. It is a rite of passage for any
dad, but you have to face it. You
cannot control your daughter’s
boyfriend, as you might your own
son: he thinks you’re past it, as do his
mates. Mates who have been
drinking vodka before arriving, and
see the cans of Stella you’ve bought
in as an insult, rather than a gift.
“Time to go home now,” I said at
the time I had pre-agreed with
Martha that they had to leave. They
swayed a bit, but took no notice. We
eventually managed to get rid of
them by calling a fleet of Ubers and
stuffing them in.
For the 18th, then, there was only
one option: bouncers. We hired six of
them and they were just wonderful
NATASHA PSZENICKI; BIG TALK PRODUCTIONS/ITV
Justin Webb, BBC broadcaster
Daddy’s girl: Justin Webb and
his daughter Martha, who had
an eventful 17th birthday party
– even when the rugby boys set
upon the football boys from
another school. Good bouncers
diffuse tension, because they
are focused on keeping
everyone out of trouble.
And that means you,
too. Keeping Dad out of the
picture, where we should be.
Mike Bullen, creator of
‘Cold Feet’
There’s no such thing as a “small”
party, or there isn’t for long. At my
elder daughter’s 18th, there were
PARANOID PARENTS THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
Geo-fences
A new type of
smart watch
includes a GPS
tracker, which
allows parents to
log on to their
phone or laptop
and see where
their child is. They
also allow the
creation of
“geo-fences”
around areas like a
schools, sports
clubs or parties,
which means if the
child leaves that
space, you get a
message. Overkill
or entirely
sensible?
Cameras
This week:
Agonising
over
picking a
name – and
a birth date
There are any
number of
webcam video
apps available to
paranoid parents
these days.
Something like
iCam lets you
watch live feeds
from your home
on your mobile.
Apps
Would you like a
photo of your
child looking at
his or her phone to
prove they’re
ignoring your
texts? There’s an
app (Teenage
Tracker) for that.
What about a
phone monitoring
service where you
can see a child’s
texts, photos and
Snapchat stories
from your phone?
Yep, that’s possible
too (KidGuard).
Whether this level
of helicopterparenting is
healthy or not is
up to you.
Microchips
Sydney-based
microchip
company Chip My
Life has reportedly
been “flooded”
with calls from
parents wanting to
get their children
implanted with a
tracker chip, yet to
be approved.
The idea would be
to plant a chip
under the skin
that transmits the
child’s location
and vital signs at
all times.
about 40 guests. Only two of those
present got drunk to the point of
throwing up – the birthday girl
and her younger sister. I
fondly remember holding
the 18-year-old’s hair
from her face as she
chucked her guts up into a
bucket. I felt a strange
mixture of love and revulsion.
A few months before, the same
daughter (I’m not using her name to
protect the guilty) had started going
steady with a lad.
I’d always imagined that I would
conform to the stereotype and hate my
daughters’ boyfriends on sight and on
principle. Instead, I found I was
predisposed to like them.
My wife and I had “The Discussion”
about when we’d allow our daughter
and her boyfriend to sleep together
under our roof. Once we’d established
that they were “serious” (or as serious
as a couple of 17-year-olds can be), we
gave them our blessing.
One morning I had to ask the
boyfriend to move his car. Seeing
them in bed together, the duvet pulled
up to protect my daughter’s modesty,
was the only occasion I questioned my
liberal values.
So, advice to fellow fathers: take a
chill pill. There’s no security app that
can stop them growing up.
‘Nothing
this baby
has done so
far has been
plain
sailing, so
this is bang
on form
for her’
‘A
re you ready
to pick your
baby’s
birthday?”
It’s yet
another of the
many weird questions I
have been asked during
this eventful pregnancy,
and yet another that I’ve
never had to answer
before. And, yet again, it’s
because of my age.
It would seem that these
days, if you’re over the age
of 40, you might be advised
to have the baby a little
earlier than the full term of
40 weeks. At around 38
weeks, in fact.
The reason for this
baby-gun-jumping is
because when a woman is
over “a certain age”, there
appears to be a rise in the
numbers of stillbirths after
week 38, in babies that had
seemed perfectly healthy.
It can be safer to take the
baby out, I am advised,
rather than let it cook for
another couple of weeks.
But it is not compulsory,
and amazingly enough
there is something called
Mother’s Choice.
This is a new one for me;
my previous three showed
spectacular laziness, all
arriving well after their
due dates. Taking a baby
out before time has never
been something that I’ve
wanted, and it feels
especially important to
keep this little lady in as
long as possible, having
been in pre-term labour
for the last eight weeks
with exhausting, painful
contractions continuing
day and night.
Her bumpy ride thus far,
and her existence at all at a
stage in life when I didn’t
think I could even have
another baby, has made
her incredibly precious,
and I want her to be as
strong as possible before
she comes to greet us.
So off to Google I go to
do some research. And
pretty quickly, I decide
that the most sensible
thing to do is to take the
advice I’ve been given. If
there’s any increased risk
to her health in the home
straight – and, given my
age, there could be – then I
don’t want to run it.
The good news is that
we will meet her two
weeks sooner. The bad is
that she will have to be
induced.
I’ve heard a lot about
induced labour, and none
has been anything other
than blood-curdlingly
awful. So, as you can
imagine, I’m looking
forward to it immensely.
To try to distract myself
from the looming
awfulness, I try focusing
on two slightly less
terrifying things: picking a
birthday, and a name.
The date part is, oddly,
the harder of the two. A
name can be changed, but
the date we are brought
into the world, our first
breath, is with us for life.
For every birthday party.
The latter seems very
important, so I write down
a few potential dates, and
study them carefully like
paint samples on a wall.
Is 23 nicer than 24?
What about the 25th? Like
Christmas. No, I loathe
Christmas. The 22nd?
Alliterative birthday. Nice.
Ah, but no, then I would
need to buy two packets of
number candles for the
cake because they never
have duplicates. I’m too
mean for that. But does it
look pretty on forms? Does
it have style?
We plump for the 24th.
Even, mathematically and
aesthetically pleasing.
We are then told that the
only available date is the
23rd. Honestly, I’m
relieved. Nothing this baby
has done so far has been
plain sailing, so this is
bang on form for her.
Now all we need is a
name – adventurous,
strong-willed, unusual,
independent, challenging,
wonderful, razor-sharp.
Then it comes to me in a
moment, one evening.
So there we are. Ready.
The hospital bag is still
packed. Our baby has a
birth date, and a name.
We have only a few
weeks left before we
become parents together, I
go back to having a
newborn and all that
comes with it, for the first
time in 15 years.
I can hardly wait.
Next time: Will the family
finally flip out?
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FEATURES
‘My ADHD diagnosis made me a high flyer’
As adult cases soar,
Sandra Scott says
discovering she had
the condition in her
40s only spurred
her on to greater
business success
I
LORNE CAMPBELL / GUZELIAN
was no stranger to ADHD
when I first realised the
condition might, in fact,
affect me. I was in my
early 40s and working at a
school for children with
social, emotional and
mental health needs,
almost all of whom were
on medication for their behavioural
symptoms. In the middle of a Spanish
lesson, a pupil said something that
made me laugh. We were dancing
around the classroom when he
looked at me and said: “Mrs Scott,
you’re just like us – you’ve got ADHD,
too.”
Incredulous, I returned his look
and said, “No I haven’t”, then let the
thought lie. Soon after, the
headteacher gave me a book to read
about girls with ADHD to help me
understand the problems I was
facing with one pupil. I couldn’t
believe what I was reading: with the
turn of every page, I thought: “That’s
me…”
So began the long road to being
diagnosed with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an
adult, aged 44.
This week, the number of
prescriptions for ADHD medication
was reported to have doubled over
the past decade. Like the 204,000
British adults who are now believed
to suffer from the condition, I had
spent my life feeling different.
Decades of misbehaviour,
forgetfulness and unending energy
finally made sense when the doctor
told me I have ADHD, hypermobility
and dyscalculia (the numerical
equivalent of dyslexia). After the
initial shock, I felt empowered. No
more would I castigate myself for
tidying too vigorously or missing an
appointment. I could accept myself
for who I was: different, but for a
reason.
ADHD has made me a talented and
driven person, but also landed me in
a fair amount of trouble. As a child, it
Empowered:
Sandra Scott in her
office in Liverpool.
She found out she
has Attention
Deficit
Hyperactivity
Disorder when she
was 44 and says
she has used it to
her advantage
had more of the latter effect. The
prevailing memories I have of my
strict Catholic primary school are of
the punishments teachers doled out.
From the age of eight, I would be sent
to the corner of the classroom, having
been slapped around, three or four
times a week.
If anyone was up to mischief, I
would normally be involved – and
always be caught. I was outspoken and
often said the wrong thing, offending
people even if I didn’t mean to. And
when I zoned out in lessons, I’d be hit.
Maths was always a particularly bad
lesson.
It was the Seventies and the label for
ADHD, let alone widespread
understanding of its symptoms, was a
still a decade away. Rather than
addressing my behavioural problems,
the teachers wrote me off as the
product of a broken home. After my
parents divorced, my mum brought
me up on her own. For all of the grief I
gave her, she did a brilliant job. She
only had to blink to find I had done
something to cause trouble.
Once, we were about go to the shops
and I was standing ready by the door
when Mum popped upstairs to get her
coat. On her descent, I was gone. To
where? The backyard with a pot of
Polyfilla that I was swiftly pouring
down the drain in an attempt to fill it.
On another occasion, Mum asked
me to dust the mantelpiece. Fed up
with having to move all of her
Wedgwood ornaments out of the way
every time, I decided to take action. I
glued the antiques to the surface so I
could whizz around them unimpeded.
To me, it was a perfectly logical
timesaver; I actually thought I was
being helpful.
As an only child, I cut my own path
Glug, drizzle, pan-fried… why
we love Mary’s fuss-free style
‘N
igel Slater is
annoying,” reads
the title to a lengthy
online thread
discussing the
irritating traits of
our nation’s best-loved cooks. “The
way he talks as if everybody has
these magical leftovers in their
fridge. ‘Transform your unwanted
bits and bobs’, he says, but his recipes
have ingredients you’d have to go out
to buy, specially. ANNOYING.” One
cook’s bits and bobs, it seems, are
another’s only-ever-at-Christmas
special order.
Nigella, meanwhile, is berated for
every innuendo-laden phrase; and
who could forget the saucy magazine
cover that pictured her with salted
caramel oozing down her cheeks, her
face an expression of complete
rapture?
Newspaper columnists have
devoted many an inch over the years
to picking apart the long list of things
that annoy them about Jamie Oliver’s
particular brand of patter. Forever
peppered with four-letter words and
instructions to approach a dish
“proper old school styleey”, you feel
as if you’re being sold a Ford Focus,
rather than a recipe for rabbit ragout.
Queen of cookery:
Mary Berry was
told to write her
cookbooks as she
talks, and it’s paid
off
BBC/SIDNEY STREET PRODUCTIONS/ENDEMOL SHINE
When it comes to TV
cooks’ books, Berry’s
patter comes up a treat,
says Eleanor Steafel
“SLAM it in the pan, let it do its thing,
and BISH BASH BOSH, this dish means
business.” Why do they always have to
“mean business”? It’s a sausage, Jamie,
not a heavyweight boxer.
However, Queen Mary of Berry has
always represented a welcome
antithesis to the frippery and
frivolousness favoured by so many TV
cooks. In fact, “fanciness” of any sort is
verboten in Mary Berry world. During
one episode of Bake Off she banned
“fancy blowtorches” after several
contestants used them to *gasp* finish
off their meringues.
“I am not too happy that they are
nearly all using a blowtorch,” she
muttered to Paul through pursed lips,
“to me, meringue topping is best put
in the oven to get a crunchiness.”
So it is unsurprising, then, that the
83-year-old favours a fuss-free
approach, both to her recipes –
“simplicity is the key”, she says in
Classic Mary Berry, one of her 70
books – and to writing them up.
The cookery doyenne told this
month’s BBC Good Food magazine: “My
best advice was given to me by my boss
at the time, Olwen Frances. I was asked
to do some writing for a magazine and I
said, ‘I can cook, but I didn’t pass
English in School Cert’. And she told
me, ‘Write as you talk’. So I leave out all
the fancy words in my recipes.”
Hail Mary: here’s some other
cookbook lingo we could all do
without…
COOKBOOKS DECODED
‘A healthy
amount of ’
Jamie has a lot to
answer for here,
suggesting you
dash, dollop,
blob and chuck
to your heart’s
content.
But how much is
a healthy
amount
of double cream?
And isn’t that an
oxymoron
anyway? Food
writers take
note, some of us
require a little
more clarity. NB:
the same goes
for “splash”,
“pinch” and
“handful”.
Enrobe
En
Re
Recipe
writers
wr
went
we
through a
thr
phase in
pha
the
Nineties of
“enrobing”
things in puff
pastry or parma
ham. As one
food critic put it,
the description
makes one think
of Hugh Hefner,
and thus puts
you off your
dinner entirely.
Source
These days, we
don’t simply
“buy” our
ingredients. No,
we “source”
them, or better
still – “forage”
for them.
Cookbooks now
include helpful
guides to
sourcing your
ingredients,
with mindboggling lists of
independent
grocers and
niche spice
shops (I’m
looking at you,
Ottolenghi), and
suggestions for
good spots to
winkle out wild
garlic and wood
sorrel. Let’s be
honest, if it isn’t
available in
Waitrose or
Sainsbury’s, it’s
not going in the
dish.
Toothsome
Anything with a
bit of texture is
“toothsome”.
Utterly
unappetising.
Undertones of
dentist waiting
room.
Freshly
ground
pepper
What other kind
of pepper is
there? If you are
spending your
Sunday evenings
grinding pepper
for the week
ahead, I would
suggest you take
a good look at
yourself.
Luscious
Often used to
describe creamy
sauces or
buttery mash.
Sounds like the
name of an R’n’B
singer from 1997.
‘I could
accept
myself for
who I was:
different,
but for a
reason’
at school. I spent my teenage years
avoiding classes at a local grammar
school, only showing up on the days
that I had French and Spanish. I
finished with nine O-levels (three with
a U grade) and a smattering of poor
A-levels. But I wasn’t an unmotivated
dropout.
In addition to my passion for
languages, I loved working, which is
common for people like me with
ADHD, who are high functioning and
need to fill their time.
Throughout my adult life, I have
thrown myself into work, starting with
a weekend retail job in my teens. I’ve
worked as an au pair, air stewardess,
interpreter, salesperson for British
Gas, teacher and entrepreneur. In
addition, I have taken endless adult
learning courses, including a French,
Spanish and Italian degree when I was
32, and GCSE maths at the age of 38.
When he diagnosed me with ADHD,
my doctor said: “If you’d been put on
medication, you could have a PhD by
now.”
ADHD has made me a successful
person. Now, aged 50, I run my own
business while holding down a
part-time job and volunteering as an
ambassador for the ADHD
Foundation. That’s not to say ADHD
doesn’t still cause me problems. I
miss appointments, make promises
that slip, forget to pay the bills and
try to juggle too many tasks at once.
As an example, one of my biggest
battles is with parking tickets. I lose
track of time and, before I know it,
there’s another garish yellow sticker
on the car. Although I have been
known to leave washing in the
machine, my husband hasn’t yet
taken over the day-to-day running of
our house. Absolutely not. But he is
supportive in his own way and has
put up with a lot over the years.
One symptom of ADHD in adults is
the inability to hold down
relationships, making people with
the condition more likely to get
divorced. This isn’t something I have
struggled with. I have been happily
married for 24 years. We also have a
son, aged 20, who doesn’t have
ADHD, despite it being a hereditary
condition.
I don’t take medication for my
ADHD. After my diagnosis, I tried a
methylphenidate prescription and it
was amazing. My mind was focused
and all the extraneous noise I
normally can’t block out was
silenced. But the medication gave me
other problems, such as being
tearful, and I decided it wasn’t worth
it. I’ve now spent so many years
medication free, that I know how to
manage.
There’s a misconception that
people grow out of ADHD. That’s
definitely not the case. But you find
ways to cope. I write myself to-do
lists and try to focus on one task at a
time.
On a personal development course
I took recently, I also learnt not to
worry about what other people
think: they should accept me for who
I am. That hasn’t always been the
case.
Having ADHD has been extremely
positive for me. It has made me a
high-flyer, and I will carry on using it
to my advantage. My friends ask me
how I can wake up at 5am, go to a
breakfast meeting, work all day and
then teach a class in the evening. My
response? I’m lucky – and I enjoy it.
As told to Cara McGoogan
22
***
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Arts
ANDREW CROWLEY FOR THE TELEGRAPH
‘Classical
music
isn’t just
for posh
kids’
Ahead of the BBC Young Musician
final, Ben Lawrence talks to 2016’s
finalists as the winner prepares
to play at the royal wedding
N
ext weekend,
cellist Sheku
Kanneh-Mason
will play at the
wedding of Prince
Harry and Meghan
Markle. The event
is predicted to
attract a global
n people,
audience of up to three billion
on isn’t
but 19-year-old Kanneh-Mason
’s not
daunted by the prospect. He’s
actually allowed to talk aboutt it – Palace
rules apparently – but when I ask him if
eels, he
he is allowed to say how he feels,
replies: “I can just say I am
excited.”
He doesn’t sound excited,
but then this Nottinghamborn whizkid has learned to
take everything in his
stride. At nine, he gained
the highest marks for grade
eight cello in the country
n
and then, at the age of 16, won
ian
the BBC’s 2016 Young Musician
competition, becoming the first
black musician to do so.
I was there that night and
aware I was witnessing
something special. It wasn’t just
ce
Kanneh-Mason’s performance
– sinuous, sensitive and technically
sophisticated – but also those of the
other finalists: saxophonist Jess Gillam,
also 19, and Ben Goldscheider, a French
horn player who is 20. It was without
doubt the strongest final in the 40-year
history of the competition, and before
this year’s final I wanted to speak to
them all.
The
They have all made incredible
advanc
advances in their fledgling careers.
Kanne
Kanneh-Mason has released an album,
Inspira
Inspiration, and performed with the
acclaim
acclaimed multi-ethnic orchestra
Chinek
Chineke! Gillam has just been signed to
Decca and been nominated in Classic
FM’s The Sound of Classical poll,
cel
celebrating the best emerging
ar
artists in classical music.
G
Goldscheider has won a place at
tthe prestigious Barenboim-Said
th
A
Akademie in Berlin.
The extraordinary thing is that
th
they have all made their own way.
All three went to comprehensives
and none came from privilege.
Mu
Music education in the UK – or
ra
rather the lack of it – is a hot topic
w
when we meet in a practice room
jjust metres away from the main
auditorium of the Royal Albert
Hall.
“The cuts to music education in this
country are a disaster,” says
Goldscheider, the most voluble of the
three. “In Germany, music is so much
more valued in society, and that is why
this country faces problems with
classical music, because young people
just aren’t exposed to it.”
Gillam agrees: “I don’t know any
school where music is given the same
value as maths or English. At my
primary school, I wasn’t given the
opportunity. You might get the chance
to play the xylophone once a month. At
my secondary school we all got the
chance to participate, but it seems mad
to introduce a child to music at 11. It is
how we express ourselves, so if that is
cut… Most things I have learned I have
learned through music.”
Certainly it has helped that they all
had a tremendous amount of family
encouragement. Kanneh-Mason is one
of seven children, and music was a
consistent presence.
“Because all of my siblings played
music, it was normal for me to do what
I do,” says Kanneh-Mason. “I always
wanted to practise.”
I imagine a cacophonous household.
“Well, it’s a lot quieter now that four of
us have left,” he says.
Kanneh-Mason is incredibly softly
spoken and thoughtful, seemingly
unaware of his talent. I wonder
whether the word “prodigy” was ever
used in his primary-school years.
“The thing is that I had all these
people I aspired to, like Rostropovich
and Jacqueline du Pré and, of course,
even when I was nine I realised I was
nowhere near that sort of level.”
Goldscheider, from Hertfordshire, is
equally hard on himself. Diagnosed
with a chronic lung condition at the age
of six, he took up the French horn and
sports (he trained at the Tottenham
Hotspur academy and played tennis at
national level) to increase his capacity.
His parents, both professional classical
musicians, used their experience to
find him the best teachers. But, despite
his success in the face of such adversity,
he admits to an incredible degree of
self-criticism.
“I think it’s inherent in every
musician,” he says. “You have to attain
the highest standards every day in front
of hundreds of people.”
For Gillam, whose parents run a
tea-room in the Lake District, the road
to BBC Young Musician perhaps
seemed the hardest to travel. Her father
had been a drummer in an indie band
Bright futures:
Young Musician
2016 finalists, from
left, Sheku
Kanneh-Mason,
Jess Gillam and Ben
Goldscheider, at the
Royal Albert Hall.
Winner KannehMason is to play at
the wedding of
Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle, left
before teaching percussion at a carnival
arts centre in a deprived corner of
Cumbria. It was there that Gillam tried
stilts and percussion before picking up
the saxophone when she was seven.
“People at school used to think I was
weird if I said the words ‘classical
music’ because they just didn’t know
what it was,” she says.
That said, none of them thinks of
classical music as elitist, and the
contemporaries they have met at their
various musical schools and academies
have been from deeply diverse
backgrounds.
“Generally, the better schools have
better music provision and I think that
is why it is perceived as posh,” says
Kanneh-Mason, who donated £3,000
to his secondary school so that 10
pupils could continue having cello
lessons. “That is not to say that not
everyone can become a musician – it’s
just difficult if it is not presented to you
as it should be.”
“I think that talking about classical
music as being for posh kids is really
destructive,” says Goldscheider, who
has had his eyes opened in Berlin,
where the great Daniel Barenboim has
taken him under his wing, and one
suspects has given him a soupçon of his
own political fervour. “Seventy-five per
cent of the students are from the
Middle East and have been taken out of
war-torn Syria, from the Lebanon and
the West Bank. They have experienced
three hours of electricity a day, which is
real deprivation. Now they are playing
in the best concert halls in the world,
and that’s proof that classical music can
be for everyone.”
All three have ambitions to compose
as well as to perform. Only Gillam
sounds a note of caution when I
mention André Rieu, the Dutch
violinist whose lightshows fill stadiums
worldwide. “I think the essence of
classical music and its integrity
shouldn’t be taken away. I don’t think
putting fireworks on stage will make
people appreciate music more.”
They all say they get emotionally
attached to their instruments, and for
Gillam this point is particularly
poignant. She lost her £4,000 Japanese
soprano saxophone while trying to
locate her management company’s
offices in Hammersmith last year. She
and her father went to all the local Cash
Converters and scoured eBay, while
every music shop in the country was
notified of its serial number.
“I am just worried that it went in the
dustbin,” she says. “If it had gone to a
charity shop and a kid who would
never have been able to afford one had
got it, then that would be fine.”
And with that they are off, destined,
undoubtedly, for greatness – and for
one very unassuming young man, that
greatness may literally be days away.
The BBC Young Musician final is on
BBC Four at 7pm on Sunday.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Inspiration is
available on Decca Records now
***
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
23
Arts
Astérix: the freedom fighter
who conquered the world
As a new show celebrates the plucky Gaul’s
co-creator René Goscinny, Toby Clements
explains why the books appeal to us all
JEWISH MUSEUM LONDON
A
fter Charles,
Astérix is probably
the world’s most
famous Gaul. The
diminutive,
mustachioed thorn
in Julius Caesar’s
side has been
making children
aged seven to 77 laugh since René
Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
published the first comic strip
in 1959. With their famous
wordplay (the druid
Getafix, the village bard
Cacofonix) and their
stories about a “small
village of indomitable
Gauls” who gain
superhuman strength
when they drink a magic
potion, the books have
sold in their hundreds of
millions and been
translated into more than
150 languages.
So it might seem odd to
find an exhibition dedicated
to the life and work of Goscinny
at the Jewish Museum in London,
an institution with an unstated but
tacitly acknowledged mission to
celebrate the contribution to society
of those at its margins: immigrants,
émigrés and displaced refugees.
In fact, though, the show – which
features original artworks and scripts
as well as Goscinny’s own tools,
sketchbooks and family photographs
– is a fascinating insight into the
origins of Astérix
and proves why it
makes sense to
celebrate the
comics here.
“Characters
such as Astérix
humorously yet
shrewdly tell the
story of a
marginalised
people under
threat, and how a
small village use
their wits to resist
an occupying
force,” says Abigail Morris, the
director of the Jewish Museum. You
might say that knocking back a gourd
of magic potion and then smacking a
Roman legionnaire out of his
sandals is less a demonstration of
wit than of force, but Astérix
uses his brain just as often as his
brawn to defeat the Romans. And this
dauntless ingenuity in the face of
apparently overwhelming
odds is what made
Astérix Le Gaulois so
wildly popular when it
first launched.
Memories of the
German occupation
were still reasonably
fresh in French minds,
so those opening words
– “The year is 50BC.
Gaul is entirely
occupied by the
Romans.
Well, not
entirely … one small village of
indomitable Gauls still holds out against
the invaders” – offered a glimpse of an
alternative, escapist reality that must
have been a salve for anyone who
had suffered through the war. The
strip may also have
provided some comfort to
Jews, like Goscinny
himself, who were still
struggling to come to
terms with the
Holocaust. Other
Jewish comic
book artists, like
Stan Lee, the
former
Scourge of the Romans: Astérix
and Obelix; right, the story
reimagined as Little Fred and Big
Ed; below René Goscinny as a
toddler
editor-in-chief of Marvel
Comics, and Jerry Siegel and
Joe Shuster, the creators of
Superman, Goscinny, says
Morris, “may have been
attracted to the idea of a
magic potion that would give
you the power to hold out
against your enemy”.
Goscinny himself was not in France
during the German occupation, but in
Argentina, where his parents, both of
eastern European descent, had
relocated (from Paris,
where René was born) in
1928. René spent his
childhood in Buenos
Aires, attending the
French Lycée, and was
keen on writing and
drawing, with
ambitions to be the next
Walt Disney. But in 1943
Stanislas Goscinny died,
leaving his family in a
precarious financial position,
and in 1945 René and his
mother left Argentina to join
remnants of her family in
New York, where René
hoped for work as an
illustrator.
These were lean years,
but it was in New York
that he forged the first
friendships and
collaborations that
would lead him back to
France and to illustrator
Albert Uderzo. By the
Fifties, the French and
Belgian comic-book
scene – Bande Dessinée, or
just BD, described as being
the “ninth art”, and highly
respected – was booming as
never before.
Goscinny began working on
numerous strips for magazines
including the seminal Spirou, where
he collaborated with the Belgian
cartoonist Morris on Lucky Luke – he
who could shoot faster than his own
shadow – and with the Frenchman
Sempé, with whom he wrote Le Petit
Nicolas. Both these strips are defined
by the adventures of a little guy
socking it to The Man, and this was
never more true than of Goscinny’s
most famous creation, Astérix, arrived
at in collaboration with Uderzo, a child
of recent immigrants from Italy.
The series, which ran in the first
edition of Pilote magazine, was an
instant success in France and Belgium.
The first Astérix album was published
in 1961 and, since then, there have
been another 37 albums, 14 films, a
theme park, and even a French
satellite channel called Astérix-1.
The first
t
translation
into
E
English
came in
1
1963,
in the pages of
V
Valiant,
in which
A
Astérix
was
t
transformed
into an
a
ancient
Briton, Little
F
Fred.
The translation
w charmless and
was
c
clunky,
and
r
remained
so when
t strip reappeared
the
i the Ranger and
in
L
Look
and Learn a
f
few
years later,
w
where
Astérix was
renamed as Beric the Bold. It was not
until 1969 that the much lauded
translators Anthea Bell and Derek
Hockridge started on more official
versions, and mediated for English
speakers the adventures we know
today, complete with all the puns and
clever wordplay.
In just a few years Astérix became a
central pillar of French culture, a vital
part of what it meant to be French. This
is partly because it continued to be
about the indomitability of the little
guy; partly because nothing awful ever
happened (no one even bled, though all
carried swords) and partly because, by
the last title they colluded on, Astérix
Chez Les Belges, in 1977, Goscinny and
Uderzo had nodded at, alluded to, or
sent up almost anything you care to
mention, from Middle Eastern politics,
property developers, and neoclassical
art (“We’ve been framed by Jericho!”)
to English tea-drinking habits, and the
Olympic Games. And despite being set
nearly 2,000 years previously, the strip
was always alive, and vital, and
inventively engaged with questioning
current events.
By the time he died of a heart attack
in 1977, Goscinny had become, one
obituary suggested, as symbolic of
France as the Eiffel Tower. Uderzo
wanted to stop illustrating the strip,
but by then the Astérix juggernaut had
become unstoppable, and the world’s
second most famous Gaul has
continued on through 13 more
adventures (and counting). A fitting
tribute to a Frenchman without a drop
of French blood in him.
Astérix in Britain is at Jewish Museum
London, NW1, until Sept 30. Tickets: 020
7284 7384; jewishmuseum.org.uk
A sexless and
excessively tidy
family mystery
Cannes Film Festival
Everybody Knows
Cert TBC, 132 mins
★★★★★
Dir Asghar Farhadi
Starring Penélope Cruz, Javier
Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Carla Campra,
Eduard Fernández, Bárbara Lennie,
Inma Cuesta
By Robbie Collin
I
f you are in the mood to watch a
middle-aged man in need of a haircut
trying to solve a mystery muddied by
race, class and family ties, Asghar
Farhadi has you covered. The Iranian
director has made it something of a
hyper-specific stock-in-trade.
Everybody Knows, opening the 71st
Cannes Film Festival, is an ensemble
whodunit that begins with the final
preparations for a wedding in a village
near Madrid. Laura (Cruz), the sister of
the bride, arrives with her children:
husband Alejandro (Darín) couldn’t
make it for reasons that are deliberately
left vague. And it isn’t long before she is
reunited with old flame Paco (Bardem).
The film begins by bombarding you
with snatches of backstory and only
stops with the kidnapping of Laura’s
daughter Irene (Campra). Paco takes it
on himself to investigate, seeking
advice from a detective friend
(Fernández), who believes Irene was
targeted by someone close. In short,
anyone could be a suspect.
Farhadi’s screenplay does an artful
job of keeping vital fragments of each
of its characters secret until the end.
But characters synopsise grievances so
often, and so thoroughly, that many
pivotal scenes have the corny texture of
a “previously, on last week’s show” reel.
This is a more complex take on the
disappearing girl premise, but it’s
sexless and excessively tidy, and invites
no further reflection once its mystery is
tied up. You watch Cruz and Bardem
for chemistry, but this feels like maths.
Lacking chemistry: Penélope Cruz and
Javier Bardem in Everybody Knows
Entertainments
When the Rolling Stones
turned up on my doorstep
Gimme shelter:
Ronnie Wood leaves
rehearsals in
Clapham. Below,
Wood (left) and his
fellow Stones
N
ot much ever happens in
Clapham Old Town.
Apart from the influx of
weekend drinkers, our
corner of south-west
London is pleasantly
dull. We’ve got the Common, the bus
stand and the community-run
Omnibus Theatre.
But like a power chord in a library,
this tranquillity was shattered last
week when The Rolling Stones
secretly requisitioned our little theatre
for a week of rehearsals. It’s not often
that the biggest band in the world
rocks up to the street next to yours.
It’s even less often that such news fails
to leak out.
On a 14-date stadium tour that kicks
off next week, the Stones will play to
close to a million people across
Europe. But for five bizarre evenings,
myself, two super-fans and a handful
of other residents were able to listen
outside this small converted-librarycum-theatre as they ran through their
back catalogue, a pane of glass
between us.
It all began on the night of April 29.
aded
I noticed two lorries being unloaded
ued, I
outside the theatre. Interest piqued,
on. A
wandered past the next afternoon.
couple of thickset ex-army typess were
hanging around outside. Then, as if
from nowhere, a blacked-out
chauffeur-driven Mercedes purred
red
up the street. It drove through the
he
private gates at the theatre’s rear,
r,
dropped someone off, then
reversed out. A second car
appeared minutes later and did the
ur
same. Then another. Half an hour
later, I returned to pick up my own
car. I heard music from inside. Itt was a
band. They were playing Wild Horses.
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Two blokes were standing over the
road, listening. They didn’t look part
of the set-up but were loitering with
purpose. I approached. One of their
phones went off. The ringtone was
Miss You, the Stones’s disco hit from
1978. My jaw dropped.
“It’s not… actually… is it?”
A strange omertà governs superfans. They said nothing – but it was
enough. I listened more. There was a
Jagger-esque “yay-eh”. A Keef-like
guitar lick. It was the Stones, stripped
of backing singers and horns, seconds
from my front door. Bands often hire
entire venues in which to rehearse in
the run-up to a tour. My best guess
was that Omnibus was conveniently
located, available and so unobtrusive
that nobody would suspect a thing.
My moment of rock ’n’ roll revelation
was followed by one of pure comedy.
My car battery was flat. Luckily, as no
one else was around, the chauffeurs
who’d arrived an hour or so before
offered to help. Dressed in three-piece
suits, the men who were clearly Mick,
Keith, Charlie and Ronnie’s drivers
pushed my defunct Golf down the road
in an attempt to, ahem, start me up.
I spent the week popping down in
coffee breaks and after work, and
made friends with the super-fans, who
turned out to be delightful. By the
week’s end, a handful of locals also
knew, but a sort of collective secrecy
had descended.
The band left in the evenings amid
G7-style security. “Nice dogs,” Charlie
remarked to my pooch-owning pub
friend Jeremy, who happened to walk
past th
the moment the drummer left.
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Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Court & Social
Court
Circular
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 9th
The Princess Royal, on behalf of
The Queen, held an Investiture at
Buckingham Palace this morning.
CLARENCE HOUSE
May 9th
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this morning
visited Cours Saleya Flower
Market, Nice, France.
Their Royal Highnesses later
departed from Nice International
Airport for Greece and were
received upon arrival this
afternoon at Athens International
Airport by Her Majesty’s
Ambassador to the Hellenic
Republic (Her Excellency Ms
Katharine Smith).
The Prince of Wales,
accompanied by The Duchess of
Cornwall, afterwards visited the
Memorial of the Unknown Soldier,
Syntagma Square, Athens, and laid
a wreath.
Their Royal Highnesses were
later received by The President of
the Hellenic Republic and Mrs
Peltsemi-Pavlopoulous at the
Presidential Mansion in Athens.
The Prince of Wales afterwards
called upon the Prime Minister of
the Hellenic Republic (His
Excellency Mr Alexis Tsipras) at
Maximo House, Athens. His Royal
Highness later received the Leader
of the Official Greek Opposition
(Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis) at the
Residence in Athens.
The Prince of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall this evening
attended a Dinner given by The
President of the Hellenic Republic
at the Presidential Mansion.
The Duchess of Cornwall this
afternoon visited the Benaki
Museum, Athens.
KENSINGTON PALACE
May 9th
The Duke of Cambridge this
morning officially opened the
redeveloped London Bridge
Railway Station, London SE1, and
was received by Lieutenant
Colonel Kevin Traverse-Healy
(Deputy Lieutenant of Greater
London).
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 9th
The Duke of York, Commodore,
Royal Thames Yacht Club, this
morning attended the
Cumberland Cup at Queen Mary
Sailing Club, Queen Mary
Reservoir, Ashford Road, Ashford,
Middlesex, and was received by
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of
Surrey (Mr Michael MoreMolyneux).
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 9th
The Earl of Wessex this evening
attended the Seventy Five Years of
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Dinner at Coworth Park Hotel,
Blacknest Road, Sunningdale,
Ascot, Berkshire.
The Countess of Wessex,
Patron, Greater London Fund for
the Blind, this afternoon held a
Meeting.
Her Royal Highness,
Ambassador, Women of the Future
Programme, this evening attended
the Asian Women of Achievement
Awards Dinner at the London
Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane,
London W1.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 9th
The Princess Royal, President,
Riding for the Disabled
Association, this afternoon visited
the Hope in the Valley Group,
Plumpton College, Ditchling
Road, Lewes, to mark their
Fiftieth Anniversary and was
received by Mrs Sara Stonor (Vice
Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex).
Her Royal Highness afterwards
opened the Bottling Processing
Plant at Rathfinny Wine Estate,
White Way, Polegate, and was
received by Mr Charles Anson
(Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex).
The Princess Royal, Colonel-inChief, Royal Army Veterinary
Corps, this evening held a
Centenary Dinner at St James’s
Palace.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE
May 9th
Princess Alexandra, Royal Patron,
the Florence Nightingale
Foundation, this evening
attended a Commemoration
Service in Westminster Abbey,
London SW1.
Today’s birthdays
Mrs Barbara Taylor Bradford,
author, is 85; Sir William
Lithgow, industrialist and
farmer, 84; Sir Bill Cash, MP, 78;
Sir Win Bischoff, Chairman of
the Financial Reporting Council;
Chairman, Lloyds Banking
Group, 2009-14; 77; Dr Ken
Kennedy, former Ireland rugby
player, 77; Lady Worsthorne
(Lucinda Lambton),
photographer, writer and
broadcaster, 75; Sir John Laws,
a former Lord Justice of Appeal,
73; Miss Maureen Lipman,
actress, 72; Sir Christopher
Gent, Chairman, ConvaTec;
Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline,
2002-15, 70; Mr Barnaby Lenon,
Chairman, Independent Schools
Council; Head Master, Harrow
School, 1999-2011; 64; Prof
Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor
of Nottingham Trent University,
59; Bono, singer and songwriter,
58; Mr Blyth Tait, three day
event rider; Olympic gold
medallist, Atlanta 1996, 57; Ms
Debbie Wiseman, conductor,
film and television composer, 55;
Ms Deborah Criddle, paraequestrian; gold medallist, team
championship, silver medallist
individual championship test,
Grade II, and individual freestyle
test, Grade III, London 2012, 52;
Mr Jonathan Edwards, former
triple jumper; former Olympic,
Commonwealth, European and
World Champion, now
broadcaster, 52; and Mr Jon
Schofield, canoeist; Olympic
bronze medallist, kayak double
(K2) 200m, London 2012, 33.
Today is the anniversary of
Winston Churchill becoming
Prime Minister in 1940.
FIRST WORLD WAR
Mr H.A. Fife and
Miss O.G. Morton
The engagement is announced
between Harry, eldest son of Mr
and Mrs James Fife, of Langton,
North Yorkshire, and Octavia,
youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs
Donald Morton, of Bagthorpe,
Norfolk.
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16th Punjab Regiment
Ex-serving members of the 16th
Punjab Regiment held their
biannual luncheon yesterday at the
Quilon Restaurant, London SW1.
Capt T.A.F. Barnes and Mr D.C.
Blurton were among those
present.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity
Brig Robin Bacon was the guest
speaker at the annual military fund
raising reception held last night by
the Chester and Wirral ABF The
Soldiers' Charity Appeal
Committee at Eaton Estate,
Chester. Capt Harry Wright,
Chairman of the Appeal, presided.
Legal news
Judge Kearl, QC, has been
appointed a Senior Circuit Judge,
Resident Judge at Leeds
Combined Court Centre, with
effect from June 4, 2018.
Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC,
has been appointed a Senior
Circuit Judge, Resident Judge at
Sheffield Combined Court Centre,
with effect from May 14, 2018.
Ms Charlotte Kate Holland has
been appointed a District Judge
(Magistrates’ Courts) deployed to
the North Eastern Circuit, based
at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, with
effect from June 11, 2018.
Mr Nicholas John Wattam has
been appointed a District Judge
(Magistrates’ Courts) deployed to
the South Eastern Circuit, based
at Guildford Magistrates’ Court
with effect from June 4, 2018.
Ms Margaret Ann Dodd has been
appointed to be a District Judge
(Magistrates’ Courts) deployed to
the South Eastern Circuit, based
at St Albans’s Magistrates’ Court,
with effect from June 4, 2018.
Ms Julie Ann Margaret Joan
Cooper has been appointed a
District Judge (Magistrates’
Courts) deployed to the South
Eastern Circuit, based at Croydon
Magistrates’ Court, with effect
from June 4, 2018.
WINCHESTER COLLEGE
Winchester College announces
the following awards for
September 2018:
College Scholarships:
Ali-Hassan, L.O. (The Pilgrims' School),
Apostolides, P.C.P. (Dragon School),
Brain, C.J. (New College School), Davies,
H.G. (King William’s College), DoréGreen, L.H.J. (The Pilgrims’ School),
Karapetyan, R. (Cothill House), Leung,
C.H.C. (Diocesan Boys’ School), Pang,
V.W.S. (Horris Hill School), Prvulovich,
A. (Cargilfield Preparatory School),
Robert, A.W. (The Pilgrims’ School),
Schultz, O.P.F. (Hazlegrove Preparatory
School), Thomson, W.K. (The Pilgrims’
School), Wilson, C.A.D. (Sunningdale
School), Yu, Z. (Dragon School).
College Exhibitions:
Batten, C.J. (Dragon School), Hepworth,
L.M. (Aldro), Kadarauch, K.R. (Dragon
School), Koval, G. (Caldicott School),
Mackay, C.G. (Horris Hill School),
Pungpapong, N. (Dragon School), Ryan,
L.J.M. (Brockhurst Preparatory School).
Music Scholarships:
Del Mar, S.F.T. (Westminster Abbey
Choir School), Gardiner, G.D.J. (Sussex
House School), Lewis, J.T.K. (St John’s
College School), Robertson, S.F. (The
Pilgrims’ School).
Music Exhibitions:
Brain, C.J. (New College School),
Hoskins, A.F.H. (Thomas's Preparatory
School), Leung, C.H.C. (Diocesan Boys’
School), Porter, A.A. (St Paul's Cathedral
School), Pressland, H.M.A. (The Pilgrims’
School), Robert, A.W. (The Pilgrims’
School), Stimpson, G.M. (Westminster
Cathedral Choir School), Thomson, W.K.
(The Pilgrims’ School), Tsang, S.H.L. (St
Paul's Cathedral School).
Sports Scholarships:
Van Every, F.T. (Cranmore School), La
Fontaine Jackson, W.J. (Papplewick
School), Hall, D.J. (Twyford School), Hall,
C.W. (Old Buckenham Hall School).
Sports Exhibitions:
Wu, Y.H.S. (Summer Fields School),
Batten, C.J. (Dragon School), Fennell,
S.P.A. (Westminster Cathedral Choir
School).
Bridge news
The Schapiro Spring Foursomes, a
prestigious double elimination
event, played at the Hilton Hotel
on the outskirts of Warwick, has
now finished, writes Julian
Pottage, Bridge Correspondent.
In one semi-final, the
undefeated Barton team from
Ireland (Rory Boland, John Carroll,
Tommy Garvey, Tom Hanlon,
Hugh McGann and Mark Moran)
continued its winning ways,
beating the English and
Norweigan team Gillis (Boye
Brogeland. Espen Erichsen, Simon
Gillis, Glyn Liggins, Espen
Lindqvist amd Erik Saelensminde)
by 82 IMPs to 46.
In the other semi-final, the only
remaining all-English team Allfrey
(Alexander Allfrey, Mike Bell, Tony
Forrester, David Gold, Graham
Osborne and Andrew Robson) beat
Oldfield (Simon Cope, Peter
Crouch, Geoff Oldfield, Mikael
Rimstedt and Ola Rimstedt) by 95
IMPs to 89.
In the final, Allfrey defeated
Barton by 98 IMPs to 34.
LONDON, FRIDAY MAY 10, 1918
WAR IN PALESTINE.
EAST JORDAN FIGHTING.
A TURKISH DEFEAT.
From W. T. MASSEY. JERICHO, Sunday
(viâ Cairo, Tuesday).
By dawn this morning an operation east of the Jordan was completed which brought into our hands nearly a thousand Turks and
Germans as prisoners, depleted the enemy force by many casualties, and inflicted severe loss on them in war material. It was
another successful raid in the Mountains of Gilead.
Since the previous raid on Es Salt and Amman, when the Hedjaz Railway was damaged; the enemy had collected a large
force to guard Shunet Nimrin, at the foot of the mountain
pass leading from Ghoraniyeh bridge over the Jordan to Es
Salt. It is hardly possible to conceive a position of greater
strength or more easily defended.
Once across the valley the road winds up for 3,000ft or 4,000ft. Es
Salt lies between steep hills and the Tounth Pass is flanked by hills
which a few determined men could hold against overwhelming
numbers. Six miles northwards there is another track through the
mountains, while a third path alongside the Wadi Meidan forms a
possible, though difficult, route from the Jordan to Es Salt.
It was decided that Londoners should make a holding attack
on Nimrin, keeping the Turks pinned there, while Australian
mounted troops proceeded by the northern road towards Es
Salt. Some Anzac cavalry moved into the foothills south of
Nimrin to harass the enemy if he decided to retire over the
rough track to Amman. On Monday night Australian mounted
troops and Londoners crossed bridges at Ghoraniyeh and
Formen, moved to the east bank of the river. At daybreak on
Tuesday the Londoners engaged the enemy positions at Nimrin. The Anzacs southwards were faced in the foothills by
machine-gunners, but got as far as was intended. Australian
mounted men, overcoming the great difficulties of the country on a narrow front, detached troops to envelop Es Salt from
the north, and by Wednesday had surrounded the town,
securing 350 prisoners and twenty-nine machine-guns.
During the dark hours of Wednesday morning a large force of
Turks from the Nablus area crossed the Jordan well north of Auja,
and crept south along the river bank. They moved towards Redhill
Ridge, a mass of broken ground. A mounted brigade and Horse
Artillery were here guarding the crossing. They had to give way
before superior numbers, and the artillery had to abandon nine
guns.
The situation at this moment was peculiar, for we were
across Nimrin in the Turks’ rear, whole the Turks, in occupation of Redhill, might develop (a movement?) cutting the
road which the Australian mounted troops had taken towards
Es Salt. Anzac cavalry brought from the south made a rapid
march to the high ground north-west of this road. Their swift
progress over the wide plain was easily observable through
the dust columns, but the Turks were powerless, and the Australian mounted troops’ rear was thus made good.
Preparations were made to remove the prisoners from Es Salt,
troops being sent from Es Salt to Howeij to prevent the Turks
marching up the Nimrin road, and others engaging considerable
reinforcements from Amman and some from across the Jordan.
Although greatly outnumbered, the covering troops very successfully held off the enemy, two attacks being heavily defeated. The
Turkish dead about Es Salt were numbered by hundreds.
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ASHCROFT.—Lisette Elfriede, aged 90,
darling wife for 66 years of Lt. Col. (Retd)
James (Jim) Ashcroft, ROAC. Funeral at
St Mary Immaculate, Grantham, NG31
8AT on Wednesday 23rd May at
12 noon. Funeral Director, Robert
Holland 01476 594422. No flowers but
donations please to Cat's Protection
01788 571343.
Online ref: 553484
AYRES.—John William, died suddenly
28th April 2018, aged 83. Adored
husband of Sheila (née Grundy) and
proud father of Nic, Jamie, Ben and Josh
and their families. Thanksgiving Service
at All Saints, Crondall, GU10 5QF on
Wednesday 23rd May at 3 p.m.
Donations, if desired, to the National
Autistic Society or ABF The Soldiers'
Charity c/o A & W Goddard Ltd, Kent
Road, Fleet, GU51 3AJ.
Online ref: 553483
BLACKWOOD.—Robin Henry, of
Caversham, Reading, died 23rd April
2018 aged 92 years. Acclaimed world
authority and published author of The
Old Crown Derby China Works, Kings
Street Factory 1849-1935. Much loved by
his family and many friends. Funeral on
Friday 18th May at 2.15 p.m. at Reading
Crematorium. Details from AB Walker &
Sons. Tel: 0118 957 3650. No flowers but
donations to World Cancer Research
Fund may be made via abwalker.co.uk
Online ref: 553340
BYRNE.—Philip, of Ponteland formerly
of Beverly, passed away peacefully in
hospital on 18th April 2018, aged 88
years. Beloved husband of the late Ray,
loving father of Susan and the late
Gillian, and a much loved father-in-law,
Grandpa and friend. Friends please meet
for Remembrance Service at St Mary's
Church, Ponteland on Monday 14th May
2018 at 1 p.m. Family flowers only please.
Donations in lieu, if desired, to
Parkinson's UK and St Mary's Church.
All enquiries to Richard Bird at
Newcastle Family Funeral Directors,
73 Great North Road, NE3 2DQ.
Tel: 01912 845400.
Online ref: 553473
EMMET.—Lady Miranda Mary
(née Fitzalan Howard) peacefully on
3rd May, aged 90. Much loved widow of
Christopher Emmet, mother to Teresa,
Catriona, Rowena and Robert, sister to
Mark, cousin to Imogen, grandmother,
great grandmother, mother-in-law and
friend to many. She will be greatly
missed by all of us. The Funeral will take
place on Monday 4th June at 2 p.m. in
the Cathedral of St Philip Howard,
Arundel BN18 9AY. Family flowers
only, donations to Sussex Snowdrop
Trust either at the Cathedral or to
Reynolds Funeral Service, 43 Spitalfield
Lane, Chichester PO19 6SG or via the
website www.reynoldsfunerals.co.uk
Online ref: 553456
GAYWARD.—Peter Harry, OBE,
formerly of Oxton, Birkenhead, and
more recently Red Rocks Nursing
Home, Hoylake, peacefully on 6th May
2018, aged 93. Much loved father to Ian
and Ali, Grandad to Steve, Nicki and
Laura, Great Grandad to Jack, Oliver and
Darcey, and partner to Audrey. Service
of Remembrance at St Hildeburgh
Parish Church, Hoylake on 24th May
2018 at 1 p.m., followed by Cremation at
Landican Cemetery and Crematorium,
Birkenhead. No flowers please, but
donations, if desired, to either Diabetes
UK Central Office, Wells Lawrence
House, 126 Back Church Lane, London
E1 1FH, or PDSA, Whitechapel Way,
Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9PQ.
Online ref: A224129
HANCOX.—Keith George, died on 27th
April 2018, aged 85. Beloved husband to
the late Mary Louise. A dearly loved
partner to Elizabeth, father to Mark and
Clare, and grandfather to Alice, Harry,
Alexander and Sasha. The Funeral is to
be held at St James' Church, Fulmer at
1 p.m. on Thursday 17th May. Flowers are
welcome or alternatively donations to
the Alzheimer’s Society would be
gratefully received. All enquiries c/o
Arnold Funeral Service, Gerrards Cross.
Tel: 01753 891892.
Online ref: 553429
HARRISON.—Hazel Armitage,
(née Wood) died peacefully at home on
2nd April 2018, aged 92. Much loved
mother of Henry and Ian, grandmother
of Charlotte, Max and Tamara.
Cremation Service to be held at
Easthampstead Park Crematorium,
RG40 3DW on Thursday 24th May 2018
at 1.30 p.m. Family flowers only please.
Donations, if desired, to Dementia UK or
Garbo GSD via the Much Loved page
hazel-harrison.muchloved.com
Online ref: 553476
HOGUE.—Mike, 52, devoted
schoolmaster at Ashdown House, died
suddenly on Sunday May 6th whilst
marking out cricket pitches. Son of
Terry and Shirleigh of Christchurch,
New Zealand. Sorely missed by family,
pupils, colleagues and friends. Private
cremation. Memorial to be announced.
Online ref: 553474
HUTCHINSON.—Ernest George, aged
93, formerly of Winchester and
Axbridge, peacefully in his sleep at
Greenhill House, Cheddar, on 2nd May
2018. A very much loved father,
stepfather, grandfather and great
grandfather. The Service will be held at
Sedgemoor Crematorium, Huntspill,
Somerset TA6 4SR on Wednesday 23rd
May at 1 p.m. No flowers but donations
to the MS Trust can be sent to C V
Gower Funeral Directors Ltd, The
Square, Winscombe, BS25 1BS.
Online ref: A224110
JEWELL.—Madelon Rosemary
(née Cooper), 98, on 28th April at
Bayford House Care Home, Stockcross.
Beloved widow of John; mother of
David, Sandra, Anthony and Richard;
grandmother and great grandmother.
Funeral Service to take place at the
West Berkshire Crematorium,
Thatcham on 1st June at 3 p.m. No
flowers please but donations, if desired,
to the RNIB c/o Turner Brothers,
Funeral Directors, 15 Hampton Road,
Newbury RG14 6DN.
Online ref: A224137
LANGLEY.—Roger Allen, peacefully at
home on Friday 27th April 2018, aged 78
years. The dearly loved husband of
Myra, beloved and much loved father of
Nicola and Alison, and a cherished
grandfather of Harriet and Eliza. The
Funeral Service will take place at
Macclesfield Crematorium on Thursday
17th May 2018 at 1.20 p.m. Family flowers
only, donations, if desired, to Macmillan
Cancer Support or Cancer Research UK.
Andrew Smith Funeral Services.
Telephone: 01625 433853 or
www.andrewsmithfuneralservices.co.uk
Online ref: A224022
LILLY.—Rebecca Hilary (née Shillam),
peacefully on 5th May 2018 aged 73
years, after a short illness bravely
accepted. Will be greatly missed by her
loving husband Howard, sons Simon and
Mathew, and four grandsons. A Service
of Celebration will be held at St Mary's
Church, Goring BN12 4UZ at 12 noon on
21st May. Donations, if desired, to St
Barnabas Hospice, Worthing BN12 6NZ.
Online ref: A224111
MACKINTOSH.—Eleanor Cornelia
died peacefully on 27th April 2018,
aged 96. She will be sadly missed by
her family and all who knew her. A
Service of Thanksgiving will be held
at All Saints Church, Crowborough on
Thursday 17th May at 3 p.m. Enquiries
to Tester & Jones Funeral Services.
Tel: 01892 611811.
Online ref: 553475
MCLAREN.—Dorothy Anne died
suddenly but peacefully at Kinrara
on Thursday 26th April, aged 79.
Devoted wife of Robin and beloved
sister of Michael and a very special and
adored aunt and great aunt. Services on
20th June, St Mary the Boltons, London
and 25th June at Alvie Church, Loch
Alvie, Scotland, both at 2.30 p.m. No
flowers please but donations to The
Royal Marsden Hospital.
Online ref: 553411
NETTLE.—Robin, Co-Founder of
Winchester Garden Machinery. On 5th
May 2018, aged 69, surrounded by his
family. Much loved husband of Judith,
loving Dad of Toby, Jason and Louise
and an adored Grampy. Funeral Service
at St John the Baptist, Alresford on
Thursday 17th May at 11 a.m. No flowers
please, donations to 'St Michaels
Hospice' or 'The Rosemary Foundation'
c/o Richard Steel & Partners, Alderman
House, 12-14 City Road, Winchester
SO23 8SD www.rsponline.co.uk
Online ref: 553462
PRIDEAUX.—Diana (née Guest).
Peacefully on 2nd May 2018, aged 83
years. Reunited with her beloved
husband Brian, proud mother of
Nicholas, Sarah and James. Loving
grandmother to Philip, Timothy,
Tamsin, Elizabeth, Lucy, Gemma,
Charles, Emma and Clara. Funeral
Service on Monday 14th May at St.
Mary's Church, Tamerton Foliot at
11 a.m., thence interment. Either flowers
or donations, if desired, made payable to
St Luke's Hospice may be left as a
retiring collection, online at wcpltd.com
or sent to Walter C. Parson, Crownhill,
PL6 5DY. Tel: 01752 767676.
Online ref: 553472
SINCLAIR.—Hugh Alastair, aged 74,
died peacefully on 1st May 2018 after a
short illness fought to the end. Devoted
and beloved husband of Angela and
father of Alastair, Lucie and Jonathan.
Irreplaceable Grandpa Shoe to his five
grandchildren. Private family funeral.
Service of Thanksgiving on Wednesday
6th June 2018 at 2.30 p.m. at St.
Andrew's Church, Langar, Notts NG13
9HG. Donations to be shared between
the RNLI and All Saints Church, Granby
- Tower Fund. Enquiries: William
Roberts, Bottesford. Tel: 01949 842401.
Online ref: A224126
TARR.—David John OBE died on 24th
April 2018 after a short illness. Much
loved husband of Joan, father to
Stephen and Peter and Grandpa to Amy,
Jonathan, Daniel and James.
Online ref: 553249
WHITE.—Margaret (née Johnson)
passed away peacefully on 1st May 2018,
after a short illness, aged 88 years.
Beloved wife of the late Colin Athelstan,
mother and grandmother. The Funeral
Service will take place at Stonefall
Crematorium, Harrogate on Friday
11th May at 11 a.m. Donations in lieu of
flowers for the British Heart Foundation
may be given at the service. Enquiries to
G.E. Hartley & Son, Wetherby.
Tel: 01937 588888.
Online ref: 553433
STEWARTBY.—Lord. The Memorial
Service will be held in the Chapel of
Jesus College, Cambridge, on Sunday 1st
July at 2 p.m. For more details please
contact: stewartbyvale@gmail.com
or 01899 830362.
Online ref: A224127
In memoriam
COGHLAN.—Bernard 1935 - 1999. Today
May 10th, would have been our diamond
anniversary, so many happy memories,
always remembered and loved by Ann.
Online ref: 553401
WHEN HE had led them out to the
vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his
hands and blessed them. While he was
blessing them, he left them and was
taken up into heaven. Then they
worshipped him and returned to
Jerusalem with great joy.
Luke 24.50-52
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Obituaries
Bob Bura
Huguette Tourangeau
Canadian mezzo-soprano who
Animator who with John Hardwick made ‘stop-frame’ children’s classics such as Camberwick Green worked with Joan Sutherland
BBC
B
OB BURA, who has died aged
93, was one of the most
innovative animators of his
generation, and with John
Hardwick, helped to bring to
life the Trumptonshire trilogy
of tales that have entertained children and
their parents for 50 years.
Now regarded as classics of their type,
the trilogy of Camberwick Green, Trumpton
and Chigley were originally transmitted
between 1966 and 1968 in the “Watch with
Mother” slot on BBC Television. Gordon
Murray, the creator and producer, provided
the puppets and storylines, while Bura and
Hardwick filmed the series meticulously,
using stop-frame (also known as stopmotion) animation.
Originally called Candlewick Green until
a typing error in the BBC contract altered
its name forever, Camberwick Green (1966)
was set in a world totally divorced from
reality – a traditional English village whose
puppet inhabitants were ignorant of such
modern social blights as crime and
vandalism, and (in an attempt to teach
children to be kind to each other) went
around being friendly and cooperative.
At the start of each episode, a musical box
would play, rotate and open to reveal the
character around which the episode was
based. This might be Mrs Honeyman, the
village gossip, Windy Miller, who made the
flour, or Thomas Tripp, the milkman.
In Trumpton (1967), the stories were set
in a neighbouring market town, each
episode starting with “the Trumpton clock.
Telling the time steadily, sensibly, never too
quickly, never too slowly. Telling the time
for Trumpton.” The day would then begin
with perhaps Chippy Minton in his truck or
Mr Troop, the town hall clerk, who needed
the slightest excuse to call the Trumpton
Fire Brigade – Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew,
Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub.
A third cast of characters inhabited
Chigley (1968), including Lord Belborough
of Winkstead Hall and his butler Brackett,
with his plodding walk; the pair travelled
about in Bessie the steam engine (“Time
flies by when I’m the driver of a train …”).
Bura and Hardwick were already
experienced in the production of stopmotion animation – their company was
named Stop Motion Productions – when
Murray entrusted them with the filming of
Gordon Murray, Bob Bura and John Hardwick working on Toytown for the BBC Puppet Theatre
Camberwick Green. But 13 episodes was an
undertaking on a virtually unprecedented
scale, not least because they were
responsible for all other aspects of the
shooting process including lighting and
camera operation.
Studio assistants were brought in to work
on the animation, while Murray devised a
clockwork camera mechanism that would
take a still frame at regular intervals
without any need for time-consuming
camera maintenance, although this proved
impractical and was soon dropped.
Other innovations were more successful.
Bura and Hardwick rebuilt Murray’s
original puppets (constructed from foam,
ping-pong balls and an articulated metal
framework) to give them greater flexibility,
and came up with the idea of pinning the
creations to a soft base rather than the
traditional time-consuming method of
screwing them in place. There were also
some unforeseen complications which did
not become obvious until the finished film
was played back. Keen-eyed viewers may
have spotted trees descending menacingly
as they warped under the heat of the studio
lights. In another episode, a shot of a bees’
nest being sprayed was noticeably filmed in
real time, with the puppets themselves
remaining motionless throughout.
Eventually Bura and Hardwick were able
to produce an average of two minutes and
30 seconds of footage a week and, such was
their attention to detail, no further editing
was required. Moreover, it was they who
encouraged Murray, who had been toying
with using black and white film to reduce
costs, to make the series in colour to ensure
a longer shelf life.
Robert Barnett Bura was born in London
on September 25 1924, one of 11 children of
a Romanian émigré, Moise Bura, and his
wife Lucy (née Blinkhorn), a vaudeville
singer. The young Bob worked variously as
a vaudeville artiste, conjurer, ventriloquist,
juggler, fire-eater and puppeteer. Helped by
Hardwick, he staged Punch and Judy shows
on Southsea beach.
In 1956 he and Hardwick were taken on
by the BBC Puppet Theatre and it was there,
while working on A Rubovian Legend, that
they met Gordon Murray, for whom they
operated the rod puppets for Toytown. They
also helped Jan and Vlasta Dalibor
manipulate the puppets on Pinky and Perky.
Bura was also commissioned to make
animated illustrations for BBC schools’
science programmes.
With Hardwick, Bura’s first animated
films were cinema advertisements, and the
pair later made animated inserts for Blue
Peter, Pops & Lenny, and Hey Presto! It’s Rolf
[Harris]. Camberwick Green was filmed in a
former church of the Agapemonite sect in
Crouch End (they later shared the space and
eventually sold it to Dave Stewart and Annie
Lennox of the Eurythmics).
Filming the Trumptonshire series was a
painstaking business. Each week Bura and
Hardwick shot a 100 ft roll of 16mm film,
taking an average of one frame every 30
seconds. The result was some 4,000 frames
and about 2 min 45 seconds of puppet
action. Thus the 13 episodes of Camberwick
Green – each of a quarter of an hour – took
about a year to finish. Although the creators
could not see the results until the whole
reel had been processed, it was invariably
perfectly synchronised.
Bura and Hardwick also did the animation
for Mary, Mungo and Midge (1969) and
Captain Pugwash in the 1970s, and made an
acclaimed puppet film of Stravinsky and
Benois’s ballet Pétrouchka (1968).
Around this time they moved their studio
to Somerset; by coincidence, the building
they bought was the original Agapemone
church, the “Abode of Love” where the
breakaway clergyman Henry James Prince
had set up as a polygamist in the 19th
century.
Hardwick died in 2004.
Bob Bura, born September 25 1924, died
April 7 2018
Roy Bentley
R
OY BENTLEY, who has died aged
93, captained Chelsea to the league
title in 1955, the only time that the
club won the championship before
the advent of Roman Abramovich.
Bentley arrived at Stamford Bridge in
1948 after two seasons with Newcastle
United. Although the Toon were then in the
Second Division, he had played up front
alongside the likes of Jackie Milburn and
Len Shackleton. Strong and potent in the
air, despite standing only 5ft 10in, Bentley
had made his mark but struggled with ill
health in the damp Northumbrian air.
A doctor advised him that he risked
contracting tuberculosis, so he sought a
move south and was signed by Chelsea to
replace the great Tommy Lawton. In his
first months, he failed to live up to
expectations and was barracked by fans,
but after moving from the flank to centreforward he found his niche. He would drop
deep to link-up play, a tactic adopted from
the Hungarians to outwit defenders unused
to such fluid positioning. He would be the
team’s top scorer for the next seven seasons.
He was made captain in 1951, though the
side avoided relegation only by winning
their last four matches. Bentley
characterised many of the players as
drinkers and gamblers, recalling when one
ran past him in a match ostensibly to fetch
the ball, but in reality to find out the winner
of a horse race.
It was an age when footballers’ maximum
wages were still restricted to a basic £12 per
week, and Bentley supplemented his
income by working as a stationery salesman
and by advertising Colman’s mustard. He
also appeared in the crime drama Cosh Boy
(1953), with Joan Collins.
Things changed at Chelsea in 1952 with
the appointment of Ted Drake as manager.
Bentley observed that the side became
more disciplined, and Drake favoured
players with families. Bentley, who scored
21 times in their season of glory, believed
the incentive of the £2 bonus for a win was
crucial in their winning the title.
Having had to play twice in two days
during the run-in, Chelsea took it with a 3-0
victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the
penultimate match. There was then an
anxious wait to learn that Portsmouth had
failed to beat Cardiff. Bentley was called to
the microphone to impart the news to the
40,000 spectators still inside Stamford
Bridge.
When, half a century later in 2005,
Chelsea next won the title, the Premier
League trophy was carried on to the pitch
by Bentley.
One of eight children, Roy Thomas Frank
Bentley was born at Shirehampton,
Gloucestershire, on May 17 1924. He grew
up in Bristol, where his father – a rugby
player and bare-knuckle boxer – worked on
the docks.
At Portway Boys’ School, Bentley could
have gone on to play cricket for
Gloucestershire. But by 13 he was already
on Bristol Rovers’ books, originally as a
centre half. Having moved to Bristol City,
he made his debut for them at 15, and
ALLSPORT HULTON/ARCHIVE
Star goalscorer who led Chelsea to the League title in 1955 and was capped 12 times for England
Roy Bentley (right) tackles Jim Taylor of Fulham
during a West London derby in 1949
scored at Walsall, shortly before war put an
end to league football for the duration.
From 1942 Bentley served with the Navy
in destroyers on escort duty in the North
Atlantic. He managed to fit in matches in
Canada, and turned out for Liverpool once
when in port under the name “Smith”.
Ordered not to play for Bristol City when
his ship docked there, he was given away
when the News of the World covered the
game – and him scoring.
Bentley was capped 12 times for England,
making his debut in 1949. The following
year, he travelled to Brazil for the World
Cup, becoming the first Chelsea player to
appear at the tournament when selected
against Sweden. The side’s next match was
a humiliating defeat by the USA.
He scored nine international goals,
including a 12-minute hat-trick against
Wales in 1954, though he treasured most
the memory of the winner against Scotland
in 1950, at Hampden.
Having netted 152 times in 367 games for
Chelsea, he was sold to Fulham in 1956. The
side won promotion from the Second to the
First Division midway through his four-year
spell there.
He then dropped down into the third tier
with QPR, hanging up his boots after two
seasons in 1962 when already 38. He was
appointed manager at Reading, where in
five seasons he earned a name as a martinet.
In 1969 he moved on to Swansea City,
guiding them to promotion to the Third
Division a year later. Bentley left the Vetch
Field in 1972, returning to Reading in 1977 as
club secretary.
He attributed his departure from the club
in 1984 to the failure of a plan to merge with
Oxford United. Bentley subsequently
became secretary at Aldershot FC. In
retirement, he enjoyed golf, followed horse
racing, and was a much-feted guest on
match days at Stamford Bridge.
He married, in 1946, Violet Upton, with
whom he had two daughters.
Roy Bentley, born May 17 1924, died April
20 2018
Nainabahadur Rai
Gurkha rifleman who won two Military Medals for showing coolness under fire in Brunei and Sarawak
H
ONORARY LIEUTENANT
NAINABAHADUR RAI, who has
died aged 77, won two Military
Medals during the “Confrontation”
with Indonesia in the 1960s.
In 1963, Nainabahadur was a rifleman
serving with B Company 2/7th Gurkha
Rifles. In March the Company, which had
been training in Singapore and Hong Kong,
was moved to the islands of Baru Baru at the
mouth of the Brunei River. Their task was
to drive units of the North Kalimantan
National Army out of the mangrove swamps
and prevent them from escaping by boat.
In the early hours of May 18,
Nainabahadur’s platoon embarked on
assault boats and set off for the area where
reports indicated that the rebels were
hiding. They landed in daylight on the
north bank of the Brunei River near
Serdang and formed an ambush line. The
men were placed at intervals of about 100
yards to cut off the retreat of rebels thought
to be in a nearby swamp.
Firing broke out in the swamp and four
rebels came charging down a narrow track
towards Nainabahadur. The leading one
pointed his pistol at Nainabahadur, who
fired and killed two of them at 15 yards with
a single bullet. The other two ran into cover
but Nainabahadur took them on, wounded
both and made them prisoner. One turned
out to be a high-ranking officer.
Nainabahadur was presented with his
first MM by the Queen at Buckingham
Palace. He went to the Savoy Hotel for
lunch and was introduced to Churchill.
Nainabahadur Rai was born on or about
January 1 1941 at Thana Gaun, a village in
the Kotang District of East Nepal, some four
days walk from the nearest town of Diktel.
When he was old enough, he worked on his
family’s smallholding, tilling the terraced
rice fields with a plough drawn by the
family cow. No previous members of the
family had ever joined the Army.
Aged 16, Nainabahadur came down from
the hills to the British Recruiting Depot at
Dharan and was selected. In November 1957
he was sent to the Brigade of Gurkhas
Training Depot. Nine months basic training
followed and he was then posted to B
Company 2/7 GR.
On June 24 1966, reports of enemy
activity in the Bau District of Sarawak were
received. Nainabahadur, then a lance
corporal, was serving in a mortar platoon
attached to C Company. They moved off at
dusk, walked all night and, at first light,
Nainabahadur and three men set about
clearing an overgrown gully.
Spotting the tracks of at least three
people in the swampy ground, he followed
these with his comrades, moving quietly. At
one stage they lost the trail, but
Nainabahadur found a sapling uprooted as
someone had hauled himself up a slippery
slope.
They were crawling through thick scrub,
visibility reduced to a few yards, when two
Nainabahadur: he had been an escort when the
Queen went shooting on an elephant in Nepal
of the enemy emerged but darted back
under cover. Nainabahadur shouted that he
had made contact and, ordering two of his
men to cover him, he took the third
rifleman and plunged into the tangled
undergrowth.
After crawling for about 15 yards, he saw
one of the enemy just three yards away,
burrowed into thick fern. When
Nainabahadur called on him to surrender,
the man drew his pistol and fired at point
blank range. But because of the awkward
position he was in, he missed.
Nainabahadur and the rifleman opened fire
and killed him. Shortly afterwards, three
more of the enemy were captured.
The citation for the award to
Nainabahadur of a Bar to his MM paid
tribute to his coolness, courage and
leadership under fire.
He wrote afterwards: “The Queen sent
for me again. She was very happy and I told
her that I had been one of the escorts when
she went shooting on an elephant after King
Mahendra had died.”
Nainabahadur continued his career with
the battalion. He served in the Far East and
was later posted to Norway where he
served on the house staff of General Sir
Walter Walker, C-in-C Allied Forces
Northern Europe. He eventually reached
the rank of regimental sergeant major of the
battalion. In 1980, after almost 23 years’
service, he retired and was made an
Honorary Lieutenant.
He later served the Sultan of Brunei in
the Gurkha Reserve Unit and reached the
local rank of captain. After finally retiring,
he set up home in Kathmandu.
Nainabahadur Rai married Ratnamaya
Rai. She survives him with their son and
three daughters.
Nainabahadur Rai, born January 1 1941,
died April 6 2018
H
UGUETTE
TOURANGEAU, who
has died aged 79, was
a Canadian mezzo-soprano
best known for her
professional association
with the husband-and-wife
musical double act of
Richard Bonynge and Joan
Sutherland; together they
recorded music ranging
from Handel’s Messiah to
Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Huguette Tourangeau
was often seen in Carmen,
although Bonynge
encouraged her to tackle
lighter parts. “Richard told
me: ‘No, this is not your
voice’,” she recalled of the
heavy roles that she had
been singing in her early
career. He insisted that her
voice was “like that of the
great contraltos of the early
1800s”.
Huguette Tourangeau
first met Bonynge when
singing Cherubino in
Mozart’s The Marriage of
Figaro in Ontario in 1964.
Later he invited her to sing
the servant Mallika in
Delibes’s opera Lakmé in
Seattle with Joan Sutherland
in the title role.
Soon Huguette
Tourangeau was appearing
regularly with Joan
Sutherland – who rarely
sang without her husband
conducting. One of their
greatest successes together
was Esclarmonde,
Massenet’s long-forgotten
opera which Bonynge had
uncovered for his wife, at
San Francisco in 1974.
At Covent Garden she
sang Elisabetta in Maria
Stuarda in 1977, with Joan
Sutherland in the title role
and Bonynge again
conducting. One critic noted
how she “turns the Virgin
Queen into a villainess of
riveting malevolence”,
adding that she “has the
voice, as well as the physical
personality, to carry this
terrific characterisation, the
cavernous alto register
miraculously syncromeshed
to a bright, easy, rasping
top.”
Huguette Tourangeau
was born in Montreal on
August 12 1938 and was
convent educated. Her
mother was director of Les
Grands Ballets Canadiens
and her father was an
amateur singer.
She studied singing at the
Quebec Conservatoire with
Ruzena Herlinger. In the
early 1960s Wilfrid Pelletier,
the Conservatoire’s founder,
recommended her to the
young conductor Zubin
Mehta, who engaged her to
sing Verdi’s Requiem and to
play Mercedes in Carmen.
She successfully auditioned
for the Metropolitan Opera,
‘The more difficult the part,
the more quickly I learnt it’
New York, touring to 56 US
cities with the company –
although not appearing with
them in New York other
than in a gala concert.
She instead went on to
sing in Carmen with the
New York City Opera in 1967
and 1968, while on another
occasion she sang the title
role in Hamburg with
Placido Domingo as her Don
José. This seemingly set a
high bar for future
appearances, with Huguette
Tourangeau declaring:
“After Placido the other
tenors, not that they are not
good, seem pale.”
Yet she did sing the role
again, notably with the
Australian Opera in 1977
when the publicity
described her as “the last of
the great vamps”.
Meanwhile, her first
appearance with the Met
was in 1973 as Nicklausse in
Les Contes d’Hoffmann with
Joan Sutherland conducted
by Bonynge, an appearance
that Desmond Shawe-Taylor
in The New Yorker described
as “admirable”
During that decade she
was often heard with Joan
Sutherland and Bonynge,
including on record.
“Bonynge loved my voice
because of the ample
medium range and the very
low register,” she told Opera
News. He liked the quality of
our voices together, Joan
and I, and he also liked the
fact that I was so
enthusiastic to take up
challenges. The more
difficult the part, the more
quickly I learnt it.”
After a period of ill health
she retired from the stage in
1980, but went on to teach
in Montreal. She was
appointed a Member of the
Order of Canada in 1997.
In 1969 Huguette
Tourangeau married Barry
Thompson, a former
hospital administrator who
ran Vancouver Opera from
1975 to 1978. He died in
2009. There were no
children.
Huguette Tourangeau,
born August 12 1938, died
April 21 2018
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***
Thursday 10 May 2018 The Daily Telegraph
Television & radio
Last night on television Jasper Rees
What to watch
A perfectly handy primer
for the couple of the year
B
Different attitudes to the lens: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
y the end of this month,
only republicans will not
count themselves Harry
and Meghan experts.
Someone could set a
national pub quiz and we’d
all get full marks. What do/did her/his
parents do for a living? Which
detergent advert did she complain
about to the head of Proctor & Gamble
aged 12? Precisely how fast did he
sprint from the camera to his
helicopter when an alert sounded
during that TV interview in Camp
Bastion?
Prince Harry has always had the
look of someone who wants to sprint
away from cameras, but he’s getting
hitched to someone who doesn’t.
Their different attitudes to the lens
was a thread running through Harry
and Meghan: A Love Story (Sky One).
This was far from the only
documentary about the shortly-to-benewly-weds, but it was a perfectly
handy primer. It had answers to all of
the above. An array of talking heads
– old teachers, former colleagues
– suggested that some effort had been
made to explore Meghan Markle’s
blameless youth. Not everyone could
be counted on to shed much light. “Oh
my gosh,” gushed the director of the
Californian soup kitchen where
Meghan worked. “Someone I know is
royalty!”
Lacking direct access to the
subjects, these programmes fall
somewhere between psychology and
gossip, the two indispensable skills of
the royal watcher. Thus Diana’s
biographer Andrew Morton shared the
wealth of his fathoms-deep researches
into Meghan. Rhiannon Mills of Sky
attached great significance to an
interview with Harry in which he
talked about wanting children. As
ever, royal observer Penny Junor
seemed to know far more than she
could say.
A shortage of space enforced some
omissions. Harry’s unfortunate party
regalia wasn’t mentioned in
dispatches. Anyone needing to bone
up on Meghan’s character in Suits
should look elsewhere. Also there was
nowt about camping under the stars in
Botswana. At the end their various
chums were invited to face the camera
and wish them well. This is just a
hunch but the happy couple might not
watch it, seeing as they already know
all the answers.
H
ugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
loves collaring a minister.
Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh
and the Ivory War memorably climaxed
with him ambushing Andrea Leadsom,
then the relevant minister. Jeremy
Hunt must have seen that toe-curling
footage and issued a code-red memo to
all underlings at the Department of
Health: on no account let that speccy
irritant into my personal space.
In the concluding episode of
Britain’s Fat Fight (BBC One), the
hunt for Hunt intensified. FearnleyWhittingstall even managed to steal up
on him at the Conservative Party
conference, causing the minister to
back away as if from a suddenly
detonated stink bomb. That was the
closest the quarry came to capture,
resulting in a slightly bathetic
conclusion to this righteous campaign
to confront the obesity epidemic.
Hunt’s elusiveness demonstrated
the limits of direct action. FearnleyWhittingstall (and Jamie Oliver, who
had a cameo) can kick up an almighty
fuss, and spearhead a shouty petition,
but in the end they will have to rely on
the slow, creeping impact of
consciousness-raising.
The Fearnley-Whittingstall way is to
talk good evidence-based horse sense.
The ideas proposed both by him and
the tiggerish neuroscientist Giles Yeo
were simple, sensible and, in many
cases, stealthy. A set of scales in GPs’
waiting rooms. Fewer holes in a
chippy’s salt shaker.
There was no blaming or fatshaming anyone. Rather than wag a
finger (except at the stubborn
resistance of the Department of
Health), Fearnley-Whittingstall
favoured the high five, the comforting
arm. It worked with Janet, an obese
single mother in Newcastle. Her father
had just lost a leg to type-2 diabetes
and his remaining foot looked
gangrenously vulnerable too.
Despite this dread warning, she
couldn’t shake the weight.
Suggesting a little me time, FearnleyWhittingstall took her surfing. The
boost to her morale was remarkable,
and she promptly dropped several
dress sizes.
Not every overweight person can be
personally incentivised by a self-help
guru from BBC One. But as that
ungrammatical slogan has it, every
little helps. The programme’s cogent
argument is that state needs to do
more. As the advertising eminence Sir
John Hegarty put it, “The Government
is not stepping up to the plate.” The
problem is that everyone else is.
Harry and Meghan:
A Love Story ★★★
Britain’s Fat Fight ★★★
Campbell, Jen Wakefield,
Cam Spence and Sophie
Duker, using stunts to
highlight the casual
sexism and gender
inequality in society from
manspreading on the tube
to contraception. It’s as
crude as it is funny and
effective. GT
Safe
NETFLIX, FROM TODAY

For the man who
played serial-killing
forensics expert Dexter
and funeral director David
in Six Feet Under, it’s
fitting that we first
encounter Michael C Hall’s
latest deeply flawed
antihero, Tom Delaney, by
his wife’s grave in this
opening set-piece of his
new drama.
This UK-set eight-parter
then skips forward six
years, with Tom (Hall’s
English accent is pretty
passable) managing two
teenage daughters, his
work as a paediatric
surgeon and life in a “safe”
gated community. What
becomes rapidly clear is
that his neighbours are
also nursing guilty secrets
and haunted by past
failures: from best mate
Marc Warren and Amanda
Abbingdon’s dogged
detective to Nigel
Lindsay’s jovial life-andsoul type. Then Tom’s
oldest daughter goes
missing during a house
party, and skeletons
tumble out of closets
in an enjoyably twistriddled affair.
The first collaboration
between Safe’s co-creators,
bestselling novelist Harlan
Coben and screenwriter
Danny Brocklehurst
Documentary
Red Ape: Saving the
Orangutan
BBC TWO, 9.00PM
 This alarming
documentary makes direct
connections between
Borneo’s plummeting
orangutan population, the
boom in illegal animal
trading and rocketing
global demand for palm
oil, but there are glimmers
of hope, due to the
ceaseless diligence of local
activists. GT
Entertainment
Eurovision Song
Contest 2018
BBC FOUR, 8.00PM
 Rylan Clark-Neal and
Not-so-quiet life: Amanda Abbington and Michael C Hall
(Accused; Ordinary Lies;
Come Home), marries the
former’s love of a
cliffhanger and skill with
Arts
fast-paced narrative with
the latter’s facility for
character and emotional
insight. Gabriel Tate
Comedy
Danceworks: Prejudice
and Passion
Urban Myths: David Bowie
and Marc Bolan
BBC FOUR, 7.30PM
SKY ARTS, 9.00PM
 Choreographer Carlos
Pons Guerra invites the
cameras into his latest
production for children at
the Birmingham Rep, a
work challenging
assumptions of gender and
identity with its story of two
male penguins raising a
chick together. GT
 Luke Treadaway and Jack
Whitehall star as the
teenage David Bowie and
Marc Bolan in this by turns
silly and oddly poignant
comedy of two icons
bonding, bickering and
dreaming of stardom while
earning a crust decorating
their manager’s office. GT
Great Art
ITV, 10.45PM; NOT STV
 Tim Marlow’s admirably
unadorned visual arts series
returns to profile a man not
unscrutinised over the
Danceworks
years, but if this pen
portrait fails to add much
new to the David Hockney
story, it’s an efficient and
entertaining primer,
focusing on his Royal
Academy landscape and
portraiture exhibitions of
2012 and 2016. GT
Riot Girls
CHANNEL 4, 10.00PM
 A gleefully ribald new
prank show from the
supremely talented and
smart quartet of Grace
Urban Myths
Scott Mills are joined by
British Eurovision hopeful
SuRie to introduce coverage
of the second semi-final
from Lisbon, with 10 of the
18 featured acts making it to
Saturday’s final. GT
Factual
Food Unwrapped:
China Special
CHANNEL 4, 8.00PM
 Jimmy Doherty and
his team explore
artisanal and commercial
methods of production
for garlic, noodles, soy
sauce and fortune
cookies. GT
Radio choice Charlotte Runcie
Father and Son
RADIO 4 EXTRA, 10.00AM
 Derek Jacobi and Roger
Allam star in this
dramatisation of Edmund
Gosse’s 1907 memoir,
subtitled “a study of two
temperaments”, about his
life growing up in a devout
and strict non-conformist
Plymouth Brethren home,
Radio 1
FM 97.6-99.8MHz
6.30 am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show with Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo
12.45 pm Newsbeat
1.00 The Matt Edmondson Show
4.00 Greg James
5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Greg James
7.00 Nick Grimshaw
9.00 The 8th with Charlie Sloth
11.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency –
The Black Madonna
12.00 BBC Radio 1’s Residency –
Bradley zero
1.00 am Toddla T
3.00 Radio 1 Comedy – Birthday
Girls House Party
4.00 - 6.00am Radio 1’s Early
Breakfast Show with Adele
Roberts
Radio 2
FM 88-90.2MHz
6.30
9.30
12.00
2.00
5.00
7.00
8.00
10.00
12.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
am Chris Evans
Ken Bruce
Jeremy Vine
pm Steve Wright in the
Afternoon
Amol Rajan
Bob Harris Country
Ana Matronic
The Radio 2 Arts Show with
Anneka Rice
The Craig Charles House
Party
am Radio 2’s Tracks of My
Years Playlist
Radio 2 Playlist: Have A
Great Weekend
Radio 2 Playlist: Feelgood
Friday
- 6.30am Vanessa Feltz
Radio 3
FM 90.2-92.4MHz
6.30 am Breakfast
9.00 Essential Classics
12.00 Composer of the Week:
Boulanger
1.00 pm News
1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert.
2.00 Afternoon Concert
with a scientist father who
nevertheless roundly
rejected the Darwin’s theory
of evolution, and Edmund’s
eventual rejection of his
father’s religious principles.
The book is a subtle portrait
of a sensitive boy and his
stern father, aspects well
preserved by this radio
version dramatised by
Nick Warburton.
5.00
7.00
7.30
10.00
10.45
11.00
12.30
In Tune
In Tune Mixtape
Radio 3 in Concert
Free Thinking
The Essay: The Migrants
Late Junction
- 6.30am Through the
Night
Radio 4
FM 92.4-94.6MHz; LW 198KHz
6.00
8.30
9.00
9.45
9.45
10.00
11.00
11.30
12.00
12.01
12.04
12.15
12.57
1.00
1.45
2.00
2.15
3.00
3.27
3.30
4.00
4.30
5.00
5.54
5.57
6.00
6.30
7.00
7.15
7.45
8.00
9.00
9.30
10.00
10.45
11.00
11.30
am Today
LW: Yesterday in Parliament
In Our Time
FM: Book of the Week: The
Language of Kindness
LW: Daily Service
Woman’s Hour
Crossing Continents
The Intimate Art of Tattoo
News
pm LW: Shipping Forecast
Four Thought
You and Yours
Weather
The World at One
The Assassination
The Archers
Drama: Foreign Bodies:
Keeping the Wolf Out
Open Country
Radio 4 Appeal
Bookclub
The Film Programme
BBC Inside Science
PM
LW: Shipping Forecast
Weather
Six O’Clock News
Alone
The Archers
Front Row
Love Henry James: The
Wings of the Dove
A Celebration for Ascension
Day. Live from St Martin-inthe-Fields, London
BBC Inside Science. The
latest scientific research
In Our Time
The World Tonight
Book at Bedtime: The Valley
at the Centre of the World
John Finnemore’s Double
Acts
Today in Parliament
Assignment: China’s
World Cup Dreams
WORLD SERVICE, 10.06PM
 The Chinese government
has stated its ambition to
conquer the world – when it
comes to football, anyway.
The plan is to host and win
the Fifa World Cup by 2050.
Football has a large
following in China, but
12.00 News and Weather
12.30 am Book of the Week: The
Language of Kindness
12.48 Shipping Forecast
1.00 As World Service
5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing
5.43 Prayer for the Day
5.45 Farming Today
5.58 - 6.00am Tweet of the Day
Radio 5 Live
MW 693 & 909KHz
6.00 am 5 Live Breakfast
10.00 The Emma Barnett Show
with Anna Foster
1.00 pm Afternoon Edition
4.00 5 Live Drive
7.00 5 Live Sport. Premier
League updates from West
Ham United v Manchester
United. Plus, cycling’s Giro
d’Italia, rugby union and
Formula One’s Spanish
Grand Prix
10.00 Question Time Extra Time
1.00 am Up All Night
5.00 Morning Reports
5.15 - 6.00am Wake Up to
Money
Classic FM
FM 99.9-101.9MHz
6.00
9.00
1.00
5.00
7.00
8.00
am More Music Breakfast
John Suchet
pm Aled Jones
Classic FM Drive
Smooth Classics at Seven
The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott explores
music by composers who
were born in the same year,
including pieces by Bach,
Handel, Schumann and
Chopin
10.00 Smooth Classics
1.00 - 6.00am Jane Jones
World Service
DIGITAL ONLY
6.00am Newsday 8.06 The Inquiry
8.30 Business Daily 8.50 Witness 9.00
News 9.06 The Thought Show 10.00
World Update 11.00 The Newsroom
China’s national team has
not been resoundingly
successful: on their one
and only World Cup
appearance, in 2002,
they failed to score a
goal. Celia Hatton visits a
primary school where
children are drilled in
the hope that they will
become superstar
footballers one day.
11.30 The Food Chain 12.00 News
12.06pm Outlook 1.00 The Newsroom
1.30 Assignment 2.00 Newshour 3.00
News 3.06 The Inquiry 3.30 World
Business Report 4.00 BBC OS 6.00
News 6.06 Outlook 7.00 The
Newsroom 7.30 Sport Today 8.00
News 8.06 The Inquiry 8.30 Science in
Action 9.00 Newshour 10.00 News
10.06 ◆ Assignment. See Radio
Choice 10.30 The Food Chain 11.00
News 11.06 The Newsroom 11.20
Sports News 11.30 World Business
Report 12.06am The Thought Show
1.00 News 1.06 Business Matters 2.00
News 2.06 The Newsroom 2.30
Assignment 3.00 News 3.06 Newsday
3.30 World Football 4.00 News 4.06
Newsday 5.00 News 5.06 The
Newsroom 5.30 - 6.00am Science in
Action
Radio 4 Extra
DIGITAL ONLY
6.00am High Table, Lower Orders 6.30
The Parrot Sketch 7.00 Hopes and
Desires 7.30 Alone 8.00 J Kingston
Platt’s Showbiz Handbook 8.30 The
Goon Show 9.00 Listomania 9.30
Alison and Maud 10.00 ◆ Father and
Son. See Radio Choice 11.00 Short
Works: A Season of Murder, Mystery
and Suspense 11.15 IOU 12.00 J
Kingston Platt’s Showbiz Handbook
12.30pm The Goon Show 1.00 High
Table, Lower Orders 1.30 The Parrot
Sketch 2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Shakespeare’s Restless World 2.30
Gillespie and I 2.45 Michael Palin
Diaries: The Python Years 3.00 Father
and Son 4.00 Listomania 4.30 Alison
and Maud 5.00 Hopes and Desires 5.30
Alone 6.00 Night Watch 6.30 Great
Lives 7.00 J Kingston Platt’s Showbiz
Handbook 7.30 The Goon Show 8.00
High Table, Lower Orders 8.30 The
Parrot Sketch. An insight into people
who share their lives with parrots.
From 2003 9.00 Short Works: A
Season of Murder, Mystery and
Suspense. The Birthday Treat, by
Sophie Hannah 9.15 IOU 10.00
Comedy Club 12.00 Night Watch
12.30am Great Lives 1.00 High Table,
Lower Orders 1.30 The Parrot Sketch
2.00 The Secret History 2.15
Shakespeare’s Restless World 2.30
Gillespie and I 2.45 Michael Palin
Diaries: The Python Years 3.00 Father
and Son 4.00 Listomania 4.30 Alison
and Maud 5.00 Hopes and Desires 5.30
- 6.00am Alone
***
The Daily Telegraph Thursday 10 May 2018
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Today’s television
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Main channels
BBC One
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
6.00 am Breakfast (S) 9.15 Rip Off Britain:
Food (S) 10.00 Homes Under the
Hammer (AD) (S) 11.00 A1: Britain’s
Longest Road (AD) (S) 11.45 The
Housing Enforcers (S)
12.15 pm Bargain Hunt (AD) (R) (S)
1.00 BBC News at One; Weather (S)
1.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
1.45 Doctors (AD) (S)
2.15 800 Words (AD) (S)
3.00 Escape to the Country (AD) (R) (S)
3.45 Flipping Profit (AD) (S)
4.30 Flog It! (R) (S)
5.15 Pointless (S)
6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather (S)
6.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
6.00 am Flog It! Trade Secrets (R) (S)
6.30 A1: Britain’s Longest Road (AD)
(R) (S) 7.15 Flipping Profit (AD) (R) (S)
8.00 Sign Zone: David
Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities
(AD) (R) (S) (SL) 8.30 Sign Zone:
Kate Humble: Off the Beaten Track
(R) (S) (SL) 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire
(S) 11.00 BBC Newsroom Live (S)
12.00 Daily Politics (S)
1.00 pm Perfection (R) (S)
1.45 Home Away from Home (R) (S)
2.30 Going Back, Giving Back (R) (S)
3.15 Digging for Britain (AD) (R) (S)
4.15 Tudor Monastery Farm (AD) (R) (S)
5.15 Money for Nothing (R) (S)
6.00 Eggheads (R) (S)
6.30 Great British Railway Journeys
(AD) (R) (S)
6.00 am Good Morning Britain (S) 8.30
Lorraine (S) 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S) 10.30 This Morning (S)
12.30 pm Loose Women (S)
1.30 News; Weather (S)
1.55 Regional News; Weather (S)
2.00 Judge Rinder (S)
3.00 Tenable (S)
4.00 Tipping Point (S)
5.00 The Chase (S)
6.00 Regional News; Weather (S)
6.30 News; Weather (S)
6.00 am Countdown (R) (S) 6.45 3rd
Rock from the Sun (AD) (R) (S) 7.10
3rd Rock from the Sun (AD) (R) (S)
7.35 Everybody Loves Raymond (R)
(S) 8.00 Everybody Loves Raymond
(R) (S) 8.30 Frasier (R) (S) 9.00
Frasier (R) (S) 9.35 Frasier (R) (S)
10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
USA (R) (S) 11.00 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S)
12.00 Channel 4 News (S)
12.05 pm Coast vs Country (AD) (R) (S)
1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers (R) (S)
2.10 Countdown (S)
3.00 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun (R)
(S)
4.00 The £100k Drop (S)
5.00 Four in a Bed (R) (S)
5.30 Buy It Now (S)
6.00 The Simpsons (AD) (R) (S)
6.30 Hollyoaks (AD) (R) (S)
6.00 am Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff
11.15 The Yorkshire Vet (R) (S)
12.10 pm 5 News Lunchtime (S)
12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (AD) (R)
(S)
1.10 Access (S)
1.15 Home and Away (AD) (S)
1.45 Neighbours (AD) (S)
2.20 The Yorkshire Vet Casebook (R) (S)
3.20 FILM: Sinister Stepmother (2017,
TVM) Premiere. Thriller starring
Annie Wersching (S)
5.00 5 News at 5 (S)
5.30 Neighbours (AD) (R) (S)
6.00 Home and Away (AD) (R) (S)
6.30 5 News Tonight (S)
Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan
Great Art: David Hockney
Ambulance
7.00 The One Show Topical stories from
around the UK (S)
7.30 EastEnders Phil gives Kim some
home truths (AD) (S)
8.00 Britain’s Best Home Cook The
cooks create their ultimate fish dish
(AD) (S)
7.00 Back to the Land with Kate
Humble A botanist who has
launched an organic skincare range
(AD) (S)
Riot Girls
7.00 Emmerdale The day of Bob and
Brenda’s wedding arrives (AD) (S)
8.00 Emmerdale Bob and Brenda are set
to tie the knot (AD) (S)
9.00 Ambulance A specialist trauma duo
are called to the victim of a knife
attack (S)
9.00 Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan A
team of medics dedicated to saving
Borneo’s endangered orangutans
See What to watch (AD) (S)
9.00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Quiz, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson (S)
10.00 BBC News at Ten (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Question Time Topical debate from
Kettering, Northamptonshire (S)
10.00 QI With Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr
and Victoria Coren Mitchell (R) (S)
10.30 Newsnight (S)
10.00 News; Weather (S)
10.30 Regional News; Weather (S)
10.45 Great Art The work of British artist
David Hockney See What to watch
(AD) (S)
11.15 Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure
12.15am Versailles 1.10 Versailles
2.05 Sign Zone: The Truth About
Obesity 3.05 Sign Zone: The Secret
Helpers 4.05 - 6.00am This Is BBC
Two
11.45 This Week 12.35- 6.00am News
S4C
8.30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
– India Paul helps a dog that needs
to find a home (AD) (S)
11.50 Give It a Year 12.15am Lethal
Weapon 1.00 Jackpot247 3.00
Russia’s World Cup Gangs – Tonight
3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 - 6.00am
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Northern Ireland
BBC One:
10.40pm The View 11.15
Question Time 12.15am This
Week 1.00 - 6.00am BBC
News
BBC Two:
11.15 - 12.15am Syria: The
World’s War
UTV:
BBC Four
7.00 pm Beyond 100 Days
7.30 Danceworks: Prejudice
and Passion See What to
watch
8.00 Eurovision Song Contest
2018 See What to watch
10.00 The Engine That Powers the
World: Timeshift. The story
of the diesel engine.
11.00 The Magic of Mushrooms
12.00 Tankies: Tank Heroes of
World War II
1.00 am The Trains That Time
Forgot: Britain’s Lost
Railway Journeys
2.00 Danceworks: Prejudice and
Passion
2.30 - 3.30am The Mystery of
Van Gogh’s Ear
ITV2
10.20am The Bachelorette 12.15pm
Emmerdale 12.45 Coronation Street
1.45 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2.35
The Jeremy Kyle Show 6.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold 8.00 Two and a Half Men
8.30 Superstore 9.00 Family Guy 10.00
Celebrity Juice 10.50 Family Guy 11.45
American Dad! 12.40am Plebs 1.15 Two
and a Half Men 1.40 Superstore 2.10
Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records
2.20-5.50am Teleshopping
E4
Noon The Goldbergs 1.00pm The Big
Bang Theory 2.00 How I Met Your
Mother 3.00 New Girl 4.00 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine 5.00 The Goldbergs 6.00 The
Big Bang Theory 7.00 Hollyoaks 7.30
Black-ish 8.00 The Big Bang Theory 8.30
Young Sheldon 9.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9.30 Let’s Get Physical 10.00 The
Inbetweeners 10.35 Friday Night Dinner
11.05 The Windsors 11.40 The Big Bang
Theory 12.35am First Dates 1.40 Tattoo
Fixers 2.35 The Inbetweeners 3.05
Friday Night Dinner 3.30-4.00am The
Windsors
More4
11.35am Four in a Bed 2.10pm Come
Dine with Me 4.50 A Place in the Sun:
Winter Sun 5.55 A New Life in the Sun
ITV3
FV 10 FS 115 SKY 119 VIRGIN 117
10.20
12.30
1.35
2.40
3.15
3.45
4.20
4.50
5.20
5.55
7.00
8.00
10.00
11.00
12.00
1.30
2.00
2.30
am A Touch of Frost
pm The Royal
Heartbeat
Classic Coronation Street
Classic Coronation Street
On the Buses
On the Buses
You’re Only Young Twice
George and Mildred
Heartbeat
Murder, She Wrote. Jessica
investigates foul play.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
The Widower
The Widower
Appropriate Adult
am On the Buses
ITV3 Nightscreen
- 6.00am Teleshopping
6.55 The Secret Life of the Zoo. A giraffe
gives birth at Chester Zoo. 7.55 Grand
Designs. A shed-like home and workspace
built using industrial-style materials.
9.00 The Good Fight 10.05 Emergency
Helicopter Medics 11.05 24 Hours in
A&E 12.10am 8 Out of 10 Cats Does
Countdown 1.15 The Good Fight 2.15
24 Hours in A&E 3.15-3.55am 8 Out of
10 Cats
Dave
Noon American Pickers 1.00pm QI XL
2.00 Top Gear 3.00 World’s Most
Dangerous Roads 4.00 Steve Austin’s
Broken Skull Challenge 5.00 Top Gear
6.00 Taskmaster 7.00 QI XL 8.00 Have I
Got a Bit More News for You 9.00 Live at
the Apollo 10.00 Room 101 10.40 Mock
the Week 12.00 QI 12.40am Mock the
Week 2.00 QI 2.40 The Last Man on
Earth 3.35-4.00am The Indestructibles
Sky Sports Main Event
11.00am Live ATP Masters Tennis. The
Mutua Madrid Open 12.30pm Live PGA
Tour Golf. The Players Championship
3.00 Live Indian Premier League. Delhi
Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad 7.30
Live Premier League. West Ham United v
Manchester United (kick-off 7.45pm)
10.00 The Debate 11.00 Live PGA Tour
Golf. The Players Championship 12.006.00am Sky Sports News
ITV4, 9.00PM ★★★★
 Continuing the story of Jason
Bourne, this sequel sees the former
assassin (Matt Damon) living in Goa
with his girlfriend Marie (Franka
Potente) when a Russian assassin
arrives to plunge him back into the
deep end of a CIA conspiracy.
While this is not quite on a par with
the first film, Paul Greengrass’s
direction is typically exhilarating,
and Joan Allen and Brian Cox
lend excellent support.
7.00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next
Door A York man gets an
unexpected soaking after an
argument (AD) (R) (S)
Cocktail (1988)
SONY MOVIE CHANNEL, 11.10PM ★★★
8.00 Food Unwrapped: China Special
The team reveals the secrets of
food in China See What to watch
(AD) (S)
8.00 Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords
A Mansfield woman whose friend
stopped paying rent (S)
9.00 999: What’s Your Emergency?
Crimes resulting from the rising use
of cannabis (AD) (S)
9.00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!
Stewart and Iain confront a woman
in Cheshire refusing to pay a
veterinary practice (S)
10.00 Riot Girls See What to watch
(AD) (S)
10.30 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
(R) (S)
11.30 Kitchen Nightmares USA 12.25am
The Real Football Fan Show 12.55
Genderquake 1.50 Genderquake:
The Debate 2.45 Holidays Unpacked
3.15 Tricks of the Restaurant Trade
3.40 Fill Your House for Free 4.35
One Star to Five Star 5.05 Vintage
Gems 5.10 - 6.00am Fifteen to One
10.00 Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters
Fake high-premium car insurance
policies. Last in the series (S)
11.05 Where There’s Blame, There’s a
Claim 12.00 SuperCasino 3.10am
GPs: Behind Closed Doors 4.00 Get
Your Tatts Out: Kavos Ink 4.45
House Doctor 5.10 Wildlife SOS 5.35
- 6.00am Nick’s Quest
 Tom Cruise plays a tequila-tossing
barman in this romantic drama,
which cashed in on his heart-throb
image. After leaving the army, Brian
(Cruise) gets a job working in a
Manhattan bar. His Martini mentor is
Doug (Bryan Brown), who soon
teaches him the tricks of the trade,
but when the pair fall out over a
girl, Brian heads for the Caribbean.
It’s a bland concoction but
strangely agreeable.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
FILM4, 11.15PM ★★★★
1.00am Teleshopping 2.30 3.00am ITV Nightscreen
Scotland
BBC One:
No variations
BBC Two:
12.00 - 1.00pm First
Minister’s Questions 7.00pm
The Beechgrove Garden 7.30 -
8.00pm Timeline
STV:
10.30pm Scotland Tonight
11.05 Lethal Weapon 12.00 2.00am Teleshopping 4.05am
The Jeremy Kyle Show 5.00 6.00am Teleshopping
Wales
 This startling debut by Marielle
Heller shows the funny side of a
teenager’s explorations into her
sexuality as a 15-year-old wannabe
cartoonist Minnie (Bel Powley)
seduces her mother’s 35-year-old
boyfriend Monroe (Alexander
Skarsgård). Heller’s nimble
direction and clever script ensure
that the film never paints either
Minnie or Monroe entirely as victim
or predator.
6.00 - 6.30pm ITV News
Wales at Six
ITV Regions
No variations, except:
ITV Channel:
1.00 - 3.00am ITV
Nightscreen
ITV Wales:
FV Freeview FS Freesat (AD) Audio description (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (SL) In-vision signing
Freeview, satellite and cable
FV 9 FS 107 SKY 116 VIRGIN 107
7.00 Channel 4 News (S)
Variations
6.00am Cyw 12.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd
12.05pm Straeon y Ffin 12.30 Ffit Cymru 1.30 Sion a
Siân 2.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 2.05 Prynhawn Da
3.00 Newyddion S4C a’r Tywydd 3.05 O Gymru Fach
4.00 Awr Fawr 5.00 Stwnsh 6.00 Newyddion S4C a’r
Tywydd 6.05 ’Sgota gyda Julian Lewis Jones 6.30
Rownd a Rownd 7.00 Heno 7.30 Pobol y Cwm 8.00 Y
Ty Arian 9.00 Newyddion 9 a’r Tywydd 9.30 Cwymp yr
Ymerodraethau 10.30 Mwy o Sgorio 11.00 - 11.35pm
Ar y Bysus
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords
7.30 Russia’s World Cup Gangs –
Tonight Inside the world of Russian
football hooliganism (S)
8.00 The World’s Most Extraordinary
Homes Piers Taylor and Caroline
Quentin explore four homes in Spain
(AD) (S)
Film choice
ITV4
FV 24 FS 117 SKY 120 VIRGIN 118
Sky One
SKY 106 VIRGIN 110
11.50 am The Avengers
12.55 pm The Protectors
1.30 ITV Racing Live from
Chester
4.00 Snooker v Darts
4.05 The Saint
5.10 The Avengers
6.15 Pawn Stars
6.45 Uefa European U17
Championship Live
9.00 FILM: The Bourne
Supremacy (2004) See
Film choice
11.10 pm FILM: The Bank Job
(2008)
1.30 am River Monsters
2.30 The Protectors
2.55 ITV4 Nightscreen
3.00 - 6.00am Teleshopping
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
5.00
5.30
6.00
6.30
8.00
9.00
10.00
11.00
12.00
1.00
Sky Sports Premier
League
tournament among the season’s 16 best
teams. The two winners (one from each
conference) will go on to contest the
finals 1.00am Live NBA. Action from the
NBA playoffs, a best-of-seven elimination
tournament among the season’s 16 best
teams. The two winners (one from each
conference) will go on to contest the
finals 3.30-4.00am NBA Action
Noon Premier League Highlights
1.00pm Best PL Goals: Newcastle v
Liverpool 1.30 Premier League 100 Club
2.00 PL Best Goals 97/98 3.00 Premier
League Years 5.00 Premier League World
5.30 Best PL Goals: Man Utd v Everton
6.00 Premier League Today 6.30 Premier
League World 7.00 Premier League
Match Pack 7.30 Live Premier League.
West Ham United v Manchester United
(kick-off 7.45pm) 10.00 The Debate
11.00 Premier League Highlights 11.30
Premier League Match Pack 12.00
Premier League Today 12.30am Premier
League Highlights 1.00 The Debate 2.00
Premier League Highlights 2.30 Premier
League Match Pack 3.00-4.00am The
Debate
BT Sport 1
11.00am Live WTA Tennis. Action from
the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid
Open 5.00pm BT Sport Reload 5.15
MotoGP Rewind 5.30 Scottish Football
Extra 6.00 Scottish Professional Football
League 7.30 BT Sport Films 8.30 Live
WTA Tennis. The quarter-finals of the
Mutua Madrid Open 10.30 Gillette World
Sport 11.00 Premier League World
11.30 Bundesliga Weekly 12.00 Live
NBA Countdown. Action from the NBA
playoffs, a best-of-seven elimination
NCIS: Los Angeles
pm Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate SG-1
The Simpsons
Futurama
Futurama
The Simpsons
Arrow
SEAL Team
Golf’s Funniest Moments
The Force: Manchester
Brit Cops: Rapid Response
am Ross Kemp: Extreme
World
2.00 Most Shocking
3.00 - 4.00am Duck Quacks Don’t
Echo
History
Noon Forged in Fire 1.00pm Pawn Stars
2.00 American Pickers 3.00 Counting
Cars 4.00 Storage Wars 5.00 Project
Impossible 6.00 Forged in Fire 7.00
American Pickers 8.00 Forged in Fire
10.00 Ultimate Vehicles 11.00 Ancient
Aliens 12.00 Hitler’s Circle of Evil
1.00am Forged in Fire 2.00 Homicide
Hunter 3.00-4.00am Ancient Aliens
Sky Arts
Noon The Eighties 1.00pm Discovering:
James Cagney 2.00 Watercolour
Challenge 2.30 Art of the Portrait 3.00
The South Bank Show Originals 3.30
Tales of the Unexpected 4.00 Classic
Albums 5.00 The Eighties 6.00
Discovering: John Wayne 7.00 Mystery of
the Lost Paintings 8.00 The Nineties
9.00 Urban Myths: David Bowie and
Marc Bolan See What to watch 9.30
Bowie, Prince & Music Legends We Lost
in 2016 11.00 The Making of Marc Bolan
Sky Atlantic
SKY 108
Noon
1.00
2.00
3.00
5.00
7.00
8.00
9.00
10.10
10.45
11.20
11.55
12.30
1.45
2.45
3.25
Film4
FV 15 FS 300 SKY 313 VIRGIN 428
House
pm Without a Trace
Blue Bloods
The West Wing
House
CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation
Blue Bloods
Billions
Silicon Valley
Barry
Last Week Tonight with John
Oliver
Mike Judge Presents: Tales
from the Tour Bus
am The Sopranos
Blue Bloods
High Maintenance
- 4.00am High Maintenance
12.00 Urban Myths: David Bowie and
Marc Bolan 12.30am A Technicolor
Dream 2.30-4.30am The Beatles,
Hippies & Hells Angels
Sky Cinema Premiere
24 hours, including at:
5.50pm The Stolen (2017) Premiere.
Drama starring Alice Eve 7.30 Anon:
Special 8.00 Dunkirk (2017) Drama
starring Kenneth Branagh 10.00 My
Cousin Rachel (2017) Drama starring
Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin 12.00 Girl
Flu (2016) Comedy starring Katee
Sackhoff 1.50am Zoology (2016)
Russian drama starring Masha Tokareva
3.35-5.30am Austin Found (2017)
Comedy starring Linda Cardellini
PBS America
10.20am The Vietnam War 12.10pm
The Draft 1.20 The War at Sea 2.30 Air
Warriors 3.35 The Vietnam War 5.30
The War at Sea 6.35 Air Warriors 7.50
Ancient Greek Heroes 9.00 Ancient
Worlds 10.15 The Victorians 11.35
Ancient Greek Heroes 12.50am Ancient
Worlds 2.00-6.00am Teleshopping
TCM
24 hours, including at:
5.55pm Cheyenne Autumn (1964) John
Ford’s Western with Richard Widmark
11.00 am Man in the Saddle
(1951) Western
12.45 pm Rage at Dawn (1955)
2.35 Buchanan Rides Alone
(1958) Western
4.15 Pimpernel Smith (1941,
b/w) War adventure
6.40 The Day After Tomorrow
(2004) Disaster thriller
starring Jake Gyllenhaal
9.00 Pitch Perfect (2012)
Comedy starring Anna
Kendrick
11.15 The Diary of a Teenage
Girl (2015) Drama starring
Bel Powley See Film choice
1.20 - 3.25am The Breakfast
Club (1985) Drama starring
Emilio Estevez
9.00 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Second World War drama starring Ken
Watanabe 11.55 The Last Detail (1973)
Comedy drama starring Jack Nicholson
2.10-4.00am Conspiracy Theory with
Jesse Ventura
GOLD
11.20am You Rang, M’Lord? 12.20pm
Are You Being Served? 1.00 Hi-de-Hi!
1.40 Porridge 2.20 The Green Green
Grass 3.00 Last of the Summer Wine
5.00 Are You Being Served? 5.40 You
Rang, M’Lord? 6.45 Dad’s Army 7.20
Hi-de-Hi! 8.00 Dad’s Army. 8.40
Porridge. Fletcher and Godber while
away a long night. 9.20 Harry Enfield
and Chums 10.40 Two Doors Down
11.20 Jack Dee Live at the Apollo
12.20am Goodnight Sweetheart 1.00
Nurse 1.40 Jack Dee Live at the Apollo
2.30 Two Doors Down 3.00-4.00am
Harry Enfield and Chums
Vintage TV
11.00am Throwback Thursday 1.00pm
My Mixtape 2.00 Defining Decades 5.00
Tune In… To 1985 6.00 Tune In… To
1980 7.00 Tune In… To 1978 8.00
Psychedelia 9.00 Acoustica 10.00 Lose
Yourself In The ‘70s 10.30 My Vintage
11.30 The World’s Gone Wah-Wah
12.30am The Night Shift 3.00-6.00am
Neil McCormick’s Needle Time
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Weather and crosswords
Nature notes
‘Remarkable’ seal
pup back at sea
A seal pup has been released back into
the wild six months after it became
trapped under a boulder.
Surfers at Aberavon beach near Port
Talbot, South Wales, heard the seal’s
cries last November and saw it stuck
10ft down a crevice in the rocks.
Officers from the RSPCA, Sea-Lift
Diving and British Divers Marine Life
Rescue worked for two days, using a
heavy-lifting gantry to lift a one-ton
boulder so that rescuers could winch
the pup to safety.
The seal was taken to the RSPCA’s
West Hatch Wildlife Centre in
Taunton, Somerset. After six months
of care, it was released on the north
Devon coast last Thursday, along with
seven other rehabilitated seals.
Ellie West, an RSPCA animal
collection officer, said: “The rescue
was truly one of the most remarkable
the RSPCA was involved with in 2017.
“Six months on, and this release
proves how worthwhile it all was.”
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