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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
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WEDNESDAY
9 MAY 2018
Number 2,266
News.co.uk
We baby
boomers do
owe a debt to
desperate
millennials
Simon Kelner
P18
Team behind
Glastonbury will stage
music festival at Kim
Jong-un’s checkpoints
P30
P9
Trump pulls
out of Iran
nuclear
agreement
Ferguson wakes
from coma and
talks to friends
P11
The far right
has weaponised
free speech
Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown
P15
» Middle East plunged into
uncertainty after President
announces US withdrawal
from deal that was backed
by other Western powers
» Prime Minister joins with
France and Germany to
express ‘regret and concern’
» Fears of new conflict and
disruption to oil supplies
Johnson
challenges PM
to sack him
P6
IN SPORT
The Saints go
marching on…
but West Brom
are relegated
P4
P56
ANALYSI S IRAN ’S ROUHANI MAY REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE DEAL KI M SE NGUPTA P5
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WEDNESDAY
9
MAY
Quote of the day
A painting in a museum
hears more ridiculous
opinions than anything
else in the world
EDMOND DE
GONCOURT
Anniversaries
Saturday 9 May 1964
The jazz trumpeter and
vocalist Louis Armstrong,
63, breaks The Beatles’
stranglehold on the US
pop charts with his No 1 hit
“Hello Dolly”. It ended the
Fab Four’s 14-week run
at the top of the Billboard
Hot 100 with “I Wanna
Hold Your Hand”.
PEOPLE
PEOPLE
SPACE
HEALTH
Ballot open to public
for Hawking service
Astronomers search
for intelligent life
Cranberry juice ‘not
a cure for cystitis’
Theresa May is the world’s 14th most
powerful person, according to Forbes’
annual list. The business magazine
said Mrs May’s position – dropping
one place from the previous year
– came after her snap election
decision “backfired”. China’s Xi
Jinping tops the list, followed by
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
The public can enter a ballot for
tickets to the Westminster Abbey
service of thanksgiving for Professor
Stephen Hawking on 15 June.
The ashes of the world-renowned
cosmologist, who died on 14 March,
will be interred at Westminster
Abbey between the graves of Sir
Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Radio astronomers have started
scanning millions of stars in the
Milky Way in the biggest hunt yet for
signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Scientists from the Breakthrough
Listen project in Berkeley will spend
more than two months searching
for signals transmitted by alien
civilisations across our galaxy.
Patients with cystitis and other
urine infections should be told there
is little evidence that cranberry juice
will help, according to the National
Institute for Health and Care
Excellence. Doctors are advised to
ask about the severity of symptoms
before prescribing antibiotics, amid
rising drug resistance.
SOUTH KOREA
TECHNOLOGY
POLITICS
Facebook hub to
monitor fake news
Abrahams sacked by Seoul proposes air
Labour for ‘bullying’ route through North
Sacred Sioux pipe
sold at auction
Facebook is to tackle the rise of fake
news from a new hub in Barcelona.
It will employ around 500 people
to monitor content shared by two
billion users. Facebook has been
criticised for being slow to tackle
fake news and for its possible role in
influencing the outcome of the 2016
US presidential election.
Labour Party frontbencher
Debbie Abrahams has been sacked
from the Shadow Cabinet after
an investigation into workplace
bullying. The shadow Work and
Pensions Secretary was asked to
stand aside in March while claims
she had bullied her staff were
investigated. She denies the claims.
A clay pipe considered sacred by
Native Americans in Minnesota is
being returned to the Sioux people
after being bought at auction by
an anonymous bidder. The Lower
Sioux Indian Community had
unsuccessfully tried to stop the sale.
The pipe fetched $40,000 (£29,500),
nearly twice its estimated value.
TRAVEL
The List
Heroes without a
movie franchise
Around the
world in 245 days
Not all heroes wear capes – some
have hoses, stethoscopes or
simply an exhausted expression
as they complete the school
run. The jobs and roles Britons
consider to be the most heroic
have been revealed in a poll.
The top 10 are:
1 Firefighter
2 British Forces
3 Nurse
4 Police officer
5 Doctor
6 Mother
7= Teacher
7= Father
9 Fundraiser/volunteer
10 Astronaut
SOURCE: ODEON
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Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Food & Drink......33
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Workers at Greater Anglia and
Arriva Rail North will launch a fresh
strike today in the long-running
dispute over the role of guards
on trains. Members of the Rail,
Maritime and Transport union will
walk out for 24 hours, mounting
picket lines outside stations.
May drops a place in
Forbes’ power list
Birthdays
Albert Finney, actor,
82; Dave Gahan (below),
singer, 56; Sir Vince Cable,
politician, 75; Glenda
Jackson, actress, 82;
Rosario Dawson, actress,
39; Billy Joel, singer, 69
Why have
Guns N’ Roses
slashed and
burned some of
their lyrics?
See p.19
Fresh strike in train
guards dispute
UNITED STATES
South Korea says that North
Korea had proposed a new air
route through the two countries, as
relations between them thaw after a
meeting of their leaders last month.
At the summit, North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un agreed to end military
hostilities against the South in every
area, including airspace. PAGE 9
Cruise operator Viking has announced plans for the world’s longest
continuous cruise, which will take 930 passengers to 58 countries over an
eight-month period. The round-the-world trip will begin on 31 August 2019
and will call at 113 ports over 245 days. But it’s going to cost you - the
cheapest rate for those hoping to join the Viking Sun cruise liner is £66,990.
22
number of port
overnights
245
number of days
in voyage
58 - number of
countries the
cruise will visit
England
Ireland
Wales
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Norway
Denmark
(Faroe Islands)
Iceland
Greenland
Canada
United States
Bermuda
Antigua
Dominica
St Kitts and Nevis
St Martin
British Virgin
Islands
St Thomas
930
number of
passengers
Puerto Rico
Barbados
French Guiana
Brazil
Uruguay
Argentina
Falkland Islands
Chile
Peru
Ecuador
£66,990
cheapest rate
£194,390
most expensive rate
Panama
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Mexico
French Polynesia
Cook Islands
Tonga
Fiji
New Zealand
Australia
Indonesia
Brunei
Malaysia
Philippines
China
Vietnam
Thailand
Cambodia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
India
Oman
Jordan
Egypt
Malta
Tunisia
Italy
Algeria
Spain
Portugal
SOURCE: VIKING OCEAN CRUISES
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GERMANY
TRENTON McKINLEY,
BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM DEATH
They say timing is everything...
It was for Trenton McKinley, who
regained consciousness just after
his parents had signed the papers
for his organs to be donated.
The 13-year-old had been on
life support since a freak accident
involving a car trailer and had
even died on the operating table,
according to his mother Jennifer
Reindl. But the teenager, from
Mobile, Alabama, made a “miraculous” recovery the day before his
life support was to be withdrawn.
Berlin police say three baby girls
found abandoned in and around
the German capital in recent years
are siblings. They were discovered
almost one year apart beginning
in September 2015 and ending in
August 2017. Police said that DNA
showed they have the same mother
and most likely also the same father.
Cool heads are needed
A man in the Greek resort of Parga
has been arrested after artefacts
dating back thousands of years
were found in his restaurant. Police
confiscated about 90 fragments
that archaeologists identified as late
medieval. The artefacts appeared
to have been fished out of the sea,
probably from old shipwrecks.
TELEVISION
‘Corrie’ double bill
pulls in viewers
Shayne Ward’s departure from
Coronation Street as his character
Aidan Connor committed suicide
gave ITV the two most watched
programmes on Monday night.
The first episode of the double bill
was watched by six million viewers;
the second was watched by
5.9 million viewers.
NATURE
What lies behind this
remarkable recovery?
Ms Reindl has called it “a miracle”.
Samuel
Sales Advisor
Sidcup
Trenton himself believes he was in
heaven while he was unconscious,
describing it as “being in an open
field walking straight”.
And he credited God with his
miraculous change in fortunes.
He said: “There’s no other
explanation but God. There’s no
other way. Even the doctors said it
had to be that.”
Sally Guyoncourt
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
GREECE
able to speak in full sentences.
Since then, he has had three
brain operations and will need to
undergo further surgery. Despite
suffering nerve pain and seizures
every day, he has been able to
walk, talk, read, write and play
basketball in the hospital gym.
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i WEDNESDAY
9 MAY 2018
Babies found years
apart are siblings
Ancient shipwreck
artefacts confiscated
What happened on the journey
from no hope to health?
Trenton was taken to hospital two
months ago, after a car trailer he
was in flipped over.
“I hit the concrete and the
trailer landed on top of my head.
After that, I don’t remember
anything,” he told Fox News.
He suffered seven fractures to
his skull and died four times on
the operating table, once for 15
minutes. His mother said: “When
he came back, they [the doctors]
said he would never be normal
again. They told me the oxidation
problems would be so bad to his
brain, he would be a vegetable.”
How did he defy the odds?
With apparently no hope of
recovery, his parents signed
consent forms for Trenton’s
organs to be donated to children
needing transplants.
Ms Reindl said: “Five kids
needed organs that matched him.
It was unfair to keep bringing
him back, because it was just
damaging his organs even more.”
But the day before his life
support was to be ended, Trenton
began to show signs of brain
activity and movement. His final
brainwave test was cancelled
and since then he has gone from
strength to strength. He began
breathing without assistance and
his mother said that, by the end of
March, he had woken up and was
TV
28-29
Spider trained to
jump on demand
A spider called Kim has been trained
to jump on demand by scientists
keen to learn the secrets of her
acrobatic ability. The circus act
study could help engineers design
agile mini-robots that are currently
beyond human technology. Kim is
a “regal jumping spider”, Phidippus
regius, a species famed for its leaps.
i@inews.co.uk
This is serious. Just when we were promised
optimism on one “rogue state”, North Korea,
the international community’s nuclear deal
with another may implode.
Donald Trump’s decision last night to
violate world powers’ agreement with Iran
– which took seven years to create through
sanctions and diplomacy, with the help of
China and Russia – is his most extreme
response possible in the circumstances.
The US President’s announcement
thwarted hopes that he might leave some
wriggle room for allies to broker a solution to
this sudden crisis of his creation. He is trying
to force those allies – the UK among them – to
choose sides, rather than allowing any grey
area for diplomats to improve the deal.
Last night, the leaders of Britain, Germany
and France released an extraordinary joint
statement (page 4) condemning his decision,
insisting they would abide by the deal, and do
everything they could to protect the Iranian
economy and people. Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani says that may be enough for
his country to stick to its side of the bargain.
Does Iran sponsor terrorism and
insurgency in neighbouring countries? Does
it menace rivals? Does it wish ultimately to
become a nuclear power? Yes.
However, collapsing the deal would make
the region and world a more dangerous
place, as well as emboldening hardliners in
Iran. As Boris Johnson pointed out during his
weekend trip to America to bend Trump’s ear,
if Iran does now develop nuclear weapons,
it could prompt a nuclear arms race in the
Middle East, with the Saudis, the Emiratis
and the Egyptians all wanting atomic
arsenals of their own.
Mr Trump likes to think of himself as a
master of deal-making. His credentials
there are questionable, as his business
record shows. Regardless, in business,
the consequences of a collapsed deal
can prove serious, even devastating, but
rarely apocalyptic.
If Mr Trump were to succeed now in
forging a tougher new deal with Iran, it might
be regarded as a bold triumph of foreign
policy-making. That prospect is doubtful.
Hopes rest with the collective leadership of
Britain, France, Germany – and Iran.
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NEWS
COVER STORY
Middle East plunged into
uncertainty as Trump pulls
plug on Iran nuclear deal
By Michael Day
US President Donald Trump last
night risked major rifts with his
closest allies and plunged the world
into a new period of uncertainty by
announcing America’s withdrawal
from the Iran nuclear deal.
His decision was not unexpected.
But its ramifications will reverberate around the Middle East and beyond. It is feared now that Tehran
will resume its quest to develop a
nuclear weapon and adopt a more
aggressive stance towards Israel
and the West.
The decision is likely to increase
the risk of conflict in the Middle
East and disrupt global oil supplies.
The re-application of previous sanctions will not occur for at
least three months. The window
of 90 days or more before financial
penalties are re-applied means Mr
Trump avoided the most hardline
option open to him – and offers the
slender possibility of last-minute
bargaining with Iran to patch up the
accord to America’s liking.
But in describing the Iranian regime as the “leading state sponsor
of terror across the Middle East”,
he warned America would be reapplying the “highest level” sanctions
in an indication he intended to get
as tough with Iran as he had with
North Korea,
In his most conciliatory comment
he said America was ready to strike
a new, improved deal with Iran:
“The fact is they are going to want
to get a new and lasting deal that
will benefit the Iranian people.”
Iran has already said, however,
that the deal could not be re-negotiated and last night analysts said Mr
Trump’s announcement marked
the unravelling of the key foreign
Tehran’s reaction
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
last night warned that his country
could face “some problems”
following President Donald Trump’s
announcement on the nuclear deal
between Tehran and world powers.
“It is possible that we will face
some problems for two or three
months, but we will pass through
this,” said Mr Rouhani (pictured on
the front page).
He suggested Iran’s economy
would not be hurt whatever
happened, but its rial was near
record lows against the dollar in
the free market as Iranians tried to
buy hard currency fearing financial
turmoil ahead of the US decision. AP
policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Mr Trump has called the nuclear
agreement, in which Iran gave up its
nuclear weapons programme in return for the lifting of crippling sanctions, an “insane” deal that “never,
ever should have been made”.
His decision follows the failure
of last-ditch efforts by the three
European signatories to the agreement to convince Trump that his
concerns about “flaws” in the 2015
accord could be addressed without violating its terms or ending
it altogether.
The objection of Mr Trump and
some right-wing advisers centred
on the deal’s limited time frame –
Tehran’s ability to enrich uranium
was limited only until 2025 – and
its failure to impede Iran’s ballistic
missile programmes and expanding
presence in the Middle East.
The fellow signatories to the deal,
including France, Germany and the
UK, say the deal was only meant to
limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The
accord’s effectiveness has been certified by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.
The Iranian President, Hassan
Rouhani said Iran wanted to keep
“working with the world and have
constructive engagement with the
world.” That appeared to be a nod
to Europe, which has struck a series
of business deals with Iran since the
landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
EUROPE
Britain, France and Germany committed to agreement
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Theresa May has joined forces with
the leaders of France and Germany
to register their “regret and concern” over Donald Trump’s decision
to pull the United States out of the
Iran nuclear deal.
They also urged the President
against action preventing other signatories from continuing to abide by
the agreement struck in 2015.
Mrs May issued a joint statement
with President Emmanuel Macron
and Chancellor Angela Merkel after
they held a three-way phone conversation to agree a common position.
The leaders said the deal “remains
important for our shared security”
and they “will work to ensure this
remains the case including through
ensuring the continuing economic
benefits to the Iranian people that
are linked to the agreement”. They
asked the US to “avoid taking action
which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal”.
They pointed out that the agreement had been unanimously en-
dorsed by the United Nations
Security Council and that the International Atomic Energy Agency had
reported that Iran was abiding by its
obligations, adding: “The world is a
safer place as a result.”
Former US president Barack
Obama said the decision was a “serious mistake” that will erode America’s global credibility.
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i WEDNESDAY
9 MAY 2018
5
Analysis
President is fixated on fulfilling
promises made to his supporters
David Usborne
O
Donald Trump in the White
House yesterday after
announcing the United
States’ withdrawal from the
Iran nuclear deal REUTERS
Analysis
US withdrawal is no
surprise to anyone
Kim Sengupta
E
ven before Donald
Trump’s announcement
last night that he intends
to withdraw from the
Iran nuclear deal, the
US attitude to Tehran was clearly
hardening. The Defence Secretary
Jim Mattis had been one of the
voices for caution, along with the
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
and National Security Adviser,
HR McMaster. But now Mr Tillerson and Lt Gen McMaster have
gone in the extraordinary churn
of the Trump administration to be
replaced by two hardliners, Mike
Pompeo and John Bolton.
Mr Bolton has, in the past,
advocated bombing Iran. Shaul
Mofaz, a former Israeli defence
minister, revealed that Mr Bolton,
while US ambassador to the UN,
pressurised Israel to bomb Iran.
Mr Mofaz declined, saying “ I
don’t think it is a smart move”.
Mr Bolton has been noticeably
quiet publicly about Iran, but
Mr Pompeo was in Israel for Mr
Netanyahu’s presentation, which
he declared was proof “beyond
any reasonable doubt” that the
“Iranian regime was not telling
the truth”. Mr Trump, in his tweet
saying he would announce his
decision four days earlier than the
expected date of 12 May, berated
John Kerry, one of the architects
of the agreement, for speaking to
international statesmen about
ways to save it.
Mr Kerry was not, of course,
doing anything illegal, but the
tweet showed which way Mr
Trump was heading.
Some Iranian officials have
warned that Mr Trump’s
withdrawal from the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA) would lead to reduced
access by UN inspectors to what
is stipulated for member states
of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, and raise uranium
enrichment to 20 per cent. Iran’s
President Hassan Rouhani has
said he will remain committed
to the deal as long as the other
signatories also abide by it.
But Aaron David Miller, a senior
US diplomat now with the Wilson
International Centre for Scholars,
said: “It can’t be saved; whatever
Trump decides, it’s the beginning
of the end of the accord, either
death by one or a thousand cuts.”
THE INDEPENDENT
ne of the principal
complaints against
Donald Trump’s
foreign policy is its
incoherence. He quits
a Pacific trade deal then ponders
rejoining it. He abandons the
Paris climate train before teasing about barging back on board.
Steel tariffs for all! Well, unless
you are exempted.
Trump has said it’s not
chaos he’s presiding over but
a conscious strategy. “We
must as a nation be more
unpredictable,” he said during
the 2016 campaign. That way, he
reasons, everyone is kept on their
toes. Vladimir Putin could read
Barack Obama like a book. Not
so him.
That’s one way to make sense
of his actions – including his
latest shocker, the decision to
exit the nuclear deal negotiated
with Iran by the permanent five
members of the UN Security
Council plus Germany. He saw
where the boundaries of accepted
diplomacy lay and skipped
across them.
The other way is to look back to
the campaign. Trump is fixated
on fulfilling promises made
to his base. Some have proved
beyond his reach. Like the wall.
But where he can deliver he has
and the last of the very big ones
was this: to kibosh the “insane”
Iran deal that “never, ever should
have been made”. Look at it that
way and what he’s doing was
entirely predictable.
Almost certainly it was also
because the deal was something
Obama delivered. Undoing the
Obama legacy is another of his
main compass points.
Perhaps he was also
emboldened by progress on North
Korea. His two freshly installed,
and entirely hawkish, members
of his national security team –
John Bolton (above left, with Vice
President Mike Pence) helped
influence the Iran decision GETTY
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
and |National Security Adviser
John Bolton – surely nudged him
forward. It was Bolton hovering
by the door as Trump did his
thing. “The United States no
longer makes empty threats,” Mr
Trump declared. “When I make
promises I keep them.” As alleged
proof, he revealed that Pompeo
was within minutes of departing
to Pyongyang for a second round
of talks.
Of course, the biggest promise
of all in 2016 was the one about
putting “America first”. After
signing his exit decree, he was
forced by questions shouted by
reporters to offer a variation
on the theme. “This will make
American safer!” How so? No
sooner had he finished speaking
than the Pentagon was plunged
into high alert about the
possibility of imminent Iranian
strikes against Israel.
Trump has created a whole
new nuclear crisis unnecessarily.
And this is an additional crisis
in a region already riven by
tensions. Hopes of stabilising
Syria and Yemen seem suddenly
further out of reach. Nor is it
clear that this action won’t
render the task of finalising a
lasting deal with North Korea
more difficult. THE INDEPENDENT
No deal Regional ramifications
How Donald Trump’s decision could
have knock-on effects across the
Middle East:
IRAQ
When Isis seized much of Iraq in
2014, Iran was quick to support
Baghdad. Iran has since helped arm
and train thousands of Shia fighters
in Iraq to fight the terrorist group.
If the deal fails through, thanks to
America’s withdrawal, Iran could
encourage some of the Shia militias
to step up attacks against US forces.
SYRIA
Iran and paramilitary allies such
as Lebanon’s Hezbollah have been
involved in Syria’s war since 2012.
Iran has armed and trained thousands of Shia paramilitary fighters to
shore up the government. Israeli officials say they will never let Tehran
or Hezbollah establish a permanent
military presence in neighbouring
Syria. If the nuclear deal falls
through, Iran will have little incentive to stop its Shia militia allies
in Syria from carrying out attacks
against Israel.
LEBANON
In 2006, Hezbollah fought Israel to
a standstill in a 34-day border war.
According to Israeli and US officials,
Iran is now helping Hezbollah build
factories to manufacture precisionguided missiles or refit longer-range
missiles with precision-guidance
systems. But if the nuclear deal
falls through, Iran could pressure
Hezbollah to isolate its opponents, a
development experts believe could
destabilise Lebanon. “Hezbollah literally controls Lebanese politics,” said
Hilal Khashan, a professor of political
studies at the American University
of Beirut.
YEMEN
Iran has never acknowledged direct
military involvement in Yemen.
But US and Saudi officials say it
is supplying rebel Houthi fighters
with missiles and other arms. The
Houthis have fired missiles at Riyadh
and Saudi oil facilities, saying they
are retaliating against air raids on
Yemen. Iran and Saudi Arabia are
locked in a regional power struggle.
Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal
say it has prevented the conflict from
descending into open warfare. AP
DIPLOMACY
Tehran: deal can survive without the US
By Babak Dehghanpisheh
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
said he would send his foreign minister to negotiate with countries
remaining in the nuclear deal, warning that if it collapsed they would
resume enriching uranium “in the
next weeks”.
Mr Rouhani stressed that the deal
could survive without the US.
“If at the end of this short period,
we’ve concluded that we are able to
achieve our demands in the deal, the
deal will survive,” he said. Experts
said that Iran was unlikely to announce its immediate withdrawal
from the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), and that its next steps
could depend on reaction from the
other signatories to the deal.
That will depend on the extent to
which France, Germany and Britain
insist their companies can continue
to do business with Iran under what
is an international agreement rati-
fied by the UN Security Council; the
level of diplomatic support for Iran
from Russia, its partner in Syria;
and how much China wishes to bind
Iran into its Belt and Road initiative.
There will be a test of wills if the
Trump administration restores
sanctions and threatens violators
with being shut out of the US banking system.
Of the other signatories, only
China, the biggest buyer of Iranian
oil, could brush this off. REUTERS
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NEWS
BREXIT
COURTS
Johnson throws
down gauntlet
to May over EU
customs plan
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Boris Johnson challenged Theresa
May to fire him after he launched a
stinging attack on her favoured plan
for a post-Brexit customs partnership with the European Union.
The Foreign Secretary made clear
he had no intention of resigning despite describing her Brexit blueprint
as “crazy” and against the spirit of
the 2106 referendum result.
Downing Street backed off from a
confrontation with Mr Johnson, insisting the Prime Minister retained
full confidence in him. It is keen to
lower the temperature around the
Cabinet table following his open show
of defiance, effectively challenging
her to sack him.
The Prime Minister now faces a
daunting race against time to produce a compromise plan for Britain’s
Confused Thornberry
muddles Labour position
Emily Thornberry appeared to
contradict her party’s own position
on Brexit after she insisted that
Britain would remain in the customs
union under Labour.
The shadow Foreign Secretary
sowed further confusion over
Labour’s stance on the UK’s future
customs arrangement with the EU
by stating it would stay within the
current system. Labour’s official
position is to leave the tariff-free bloc
and to broker a new customs deal
with the EU once Britain leaves.
But Ms Thornberry cast doubt over
the plans during a radio interview.
post-Brexit customs arrangements
that unites her feuding Cabinet.
Mr Johnson’s intervention came
a day after the Business Secretary,
Greg Clark, said thousands of jobs
could be at risk unless the Cabinet
endorsed her post-Brexit blueprint.
Tensions between her top team
burst into the open after the Brexit
“war Cabinet” rejected Mrs May’s
preferred option of a customs partnership under which Britain collects
tariffs on imports heading for the EU
on behalf of Brussels.
Supporters say the proposal is
backed by exporters and avoids the
need for a “hard border” in Ireland.
Senior ministers also failed to
reach agreement on her alternative
suggestion of a so-called “maximum
facilitation” model relying on technology to minimise checks at the border.
The strength of the backlash
against Mrs May’s proposal has
shaken Downing Street, and the
Prime Minister has now instructed
officials to revise both plans in time
for a fresh discussion towards the
end of next week. They have little
more than seven more days to find a
scheme that satisfies apparently irreconcilable points of view.
Mr Johnson said her scheme would
create a “whole new web of bureaucracy” and not deliver on the Government’s commitment to the UK taking
back control after Brexit.
Speaking in Washington, he told
the Daily Mail: “It’s totally untried
and would make it very, very difficult
to do free trade deals. If you have the
new customs partnership, you have
a crazy system whereby you end up
collecting the tariffs on behalf of the
EU at the UK frontier.”
Parkinson’s
daughter in
‘financial
hardship’
By Jan Colley
Boris Johnson warned of a ‘whole new web of bureaucracy’ REUTERS
LORDS
Peers give PM fresh mauling
as more amendments passed
By Nigel Morris
Brexit legislation suffered a fresh
mauling in the House of Lords yesterday as rebel Tories joined opposition
peers to inflict further defeats.
Ministers now face the challenge
of trying to overturn most of the
amendments to the European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill when they return
to the Commons.
On the final day of the Bill’s report
stage in the Lords, peers voted by
298 to 227, a majority of 71, to allow
Britain to continue to take part in
EU agencies after Brexit. The crossparty amendment would also ensure
that future EU laws can be replicated
on the British statute book. Just over
an hour later, peers voted to remove
the Brexit date of 29 March 2019 from
the Bill. The move, spearheaded by
the Conservative Duke of Wellington,
was backed by 311 votes to 233, a majority of 78.
Supporters argued that allowing
flexibility over the timing of the exit
could help Britain to obtain a better
deal and avoid the danger of falling
out of the EU without agreement.
The Government suffered a third
defeat, and its 13th in total, as peers
backed retaining key aspects of the
single market by continued participation in the European Economic Area.
The vote, by 245 to 218, majority 27,
came in defiance of both the Government and Opposition frontbenches.
The disabled daughter of
the late Conservative Party
chairman Cecil Parkinson is
living in “serious financial
hardship”, the High Court
has heard.
Flora Keays, 34, has
reasonably severe mental
and physical problems and
her mother, Sara, 70, the
politician’s former secretary,
cares for her. Until his death in
2016, Lord Parkinson (inset)
made provision for Flora of
£20,000 a year but she did not
benefit from his £1.14m
will, which said
separate provision
had been made.
This referred to
a £350,000 life
insurance policy
held on trust.
The trustees
are a son-in-law
of Lord Parkinson
and a former partner
of Farrers law firm. In March
2016, Farrers made a final
payment of £5,000 to Ms Keays.
“Ms Keays’ evidence is that
this has placed her, and the
claimant [Flora], in severe
financial difficulties; resulting
in her being unable to meet the
mortgage payments.”
The judge said that, in
March 2017, Ms Keays issued a
claim, seeking £12,000 to pay
mortgage arrears, and also to
buy a house and to invest in
order to provide maintenance
of £50,000 a year.
By April 2017, Ms Keays was
facing possession proceedings
but was able to pay the
arrears with a fee from a
newspaper interview.
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ENVIRONMENT
‘Thoughtless’
litterbugs called
out after heatwave
By Jack Hardy
Sun-seekers have been accused of
“destroying” Britain’s beauty spots
with litter over the scorching bank
holiday weekend.
Images posted on social media
showed bins overflowing with refuse
at locations ranging from the beaches of Wales and Southend-on-Sea in
Essex to the parks of Camberwell in
south London. The campaign group
Keep Britain Tidy called on visitors
to take their rubbish with them if bins
reached capacity.
Its chief executive, Allison OgdenNewton, said: “Some people seem to
think it is acceptable to walk away at
the end of the day, leaving their rubbish behind and destroying the very
beauty they went there to enjoy.
“It is not. If the bins are full, then
you should take your rubbish home
with you. You took it there, you take
it away again. Those thoughtless people who leave their litter are damaging our environment for everyone.”
The cherry blossoms in Harrogate, north Yorkshire, looked glorious yesterday as much of Britain continued to enjoy warm weather DANNY LAWSON/PA
HEALTH
Just half of patients see their own GP
despite push for continuity of care
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
People are finding it increasingly difficult to see their own GP and this is
having an undesirable affect on their
health. In 2012 almost two-thirds (65
per cent) of us were able to see their
family doctor “always or almost all
of the time” – but that figure fell to 55
per cent last year, a study published
in the British Journal of General Practice, reveals
The decline in “relationship continuity of care” is “marked and
widespread” the authors discovered, despite patients having better
health outcomes if they see their
preferred GP. Continuity of care in
GP services has also been linked
to greater patient satisfaction and
fewer hospital admissions.
The authors noted: “Relationship
continuity is generally valued both
by clinicians and by patients, especially those who are older or who
have complex or worrying health
problems.”
The authors, who called for more
research to examine the factors
behind the decline, said: “Greater
relationship continuity of care is
one mechanism for delivering safe,
efficient, and co-ordinated care to
increasingly complex patients.”
Health and Social Care Secretary
Jeremy Hunt has previously pledged
that people over the age of 75 would
have a named accountable GP to
take lead responsibility for the co-
ordination of all services. Yet the authors concluded: “The contractual
return to a named doctor has, so far,
not led to improved continuity.”
They said the situation is “unlikely to improve continuity unless
the causes of its decline are found
and addressed”.
Professor Kamila Hawthorne,
vice chairwoman of the Royal
College of GPs, said: “GPs across
the country are striving to provide continuity, even if not in the
traditional sense.
“Some practices, for example,
are using innovative approaches to
continuity of care whereby patients
might not always see the same GP,
but they will see, and build relationships with, one of a small team
who will all have access to their
medical records.
“But, ultimately, we urgently need
NHS England’s GP Forward View
– which promises an extra £2.4bn a
year for general practice and 5,000
more GPs by 2020 – delivered in full,
so that we have the resources and
workforce to provide the care our
patients need and deserve.”
Researchers from the
University of Leicester set
out to examine whether people
who lived in more deprived parts
of England were less likely to
have an ongoing relationship
with their GP.
HEALTH
Hunt backs use of Serco to run breast cancer helpline
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Almost 14,000 calls have been received by the helpline set up after
the breast cancer screening scandal
was revealed, amid Labour calls to
run the phone line in-house.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
defended the decision to use Serco to
operate the helpline, with staff said
to have received one hour’s training.
A computer error has been
blamed for 450,000 women aged 68
to 71 not being invited to their final
routine screening. Between 135 and
270 women potentially had their
lives shortened as a result of the
breast cancer screening error, according to the Government.
Some 65,000 letters were sent out
to those affected last week and the
helpline has taken nearly 14,000 calls
to date, Mr Hunt told MPs.
“Further letters are going out
this week and the first invitations
for catch-up screening will go out
next week,” he said. “Due to the lack
of clinical consensus about the effectiveness of screening for older
women, we will provide advice and
support for all who miss scans and
support them in making their own
decision as to whether to proceed.”
He also said the terms of reference
for the independent inquiry into the
scandal will be published “shortly”,
adding that “no stone will be left unturned in uncovering the truth”.
Shadow Health Secretary Jon
Ashworth said the women affected
“deserved better” than having the
outsourcing company Serco run the
An IT error was blamed for 450,000
helpline. Mr Hunt accused Mr Ashwomen not being invited to screenings worth of “posturing”.
SCIENCE
Osteoporosis
drug ‘could treat
hair loss’
By John von Radowitz
Baldness could be beaten by an
experimental drug originally
designed to treat brittle bone
disease, research suggests.
In lab experiments the
osteoporosis drug had a dramatic
effect on donated follicles,
stimulating them to sprout
growing hairs.
At a molecular level
the compound, known as
WAY-316606, targeted a protein
that acts as a potent brake on hair
growth and plays a key role in
baldness. The discovery, still to
be tested in clinical trials, could
open up a whole new approach to
treating hair loss in both men and
women, researchers believe.
Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, the lead
scientist from the University of
Manchester, said: “The fact this
new agent, which had never even
been considered in a hair-loss
context, promotes human hair
growth is exciting because of its
translational potential: It could
one day make a real difference to
people who suffer from hair loss.
“Clearly though, a clinical trial
is required next to tell us whether
this drug or similar compounds
are both effective and safe.”
Currently only two drugs,
minoxidil and finasteride, are
available for the treatment
of male pattern baldness
(androgenetic alopecia) – the
classic type of receding hairline.
The research was published
in the journal Public Library of
Science Biology.
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TECHNOLOGY
Google ‘to tell users when to switch off’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Google is encouraging its users
to take a break from their phones
with the introduction of new features which will notify its owner
when they have been using their
device for too long.
Chief executive Sundar Pichai
asked developers at the company’s
developer conference to embrace
“jomo” – the joy of missing out –
and to know when to switch off.
He unveiled a new feature for
Google’s Android smartphone
and tablet operating system called
Dashboard, which will gather information including the number
of times they’ve unlocked their
phone, how much time they spend
inside apps and the number of notifications they’ve received, “helping users with digital wellbeing.”
It is one of several new tools
which are part of the company’s
new digital wellbeing initiative.
Users can also check how
much time they spend watching
YouTube. “We’re creating tools
and features that help people better understand their tech usage,
focus on what matters most, disconnect when needed, and create
healthy habits for the whole family,” Google said.
Movies
like Jagger
Georgia May Jagger
attends the screening of
‘Everybody Knows (Todos
Lo Saben)’ at the opening
gala of the 71st Cannes
Film Festival yesterday
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ENVIRONMENT
Government plan
to ban wet wipes
in war on plastic
By Katie Grant
Environmentalists have welcomed a
proposed ban on wet wipes as a step
towards the end of modern “flushaway culture” that could mean
Britain “restores nature instead of
destroying it”.
The Government is pulling the
plug on wet wipes and other singleuse products in favour of eco-friendly
alternatives as part of a drive to eliminate plastic waste.
Wet wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic and are not recyclable
nor flushable.
The wipes account for 93 per cent
of the material causing sewage blockages across the country, a study published by Water UK found.
“As part of our 25-year environment plan, we have pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste, and
that includes single-use products like
wet wipes,” a spokeswoman for the
Department for the Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs said.
The proposal may strike fear into
the hearts of parents who rely on the
disposable cloths to deal with stickyfingered children on a daily basis, but
it has been welcomed by environmental bodies.
“Phasing out wet wipes may well
make many parents shudder at the
thought of cleaning up their kids
without these handy go-to items. But
if we can develop the technology for
driverless cars, surely we can design
a way of keeping our kids clean without plastic,” said Mike Childs, head of
science at the environmental charity
Friends of the Earth.
Mr Childs expressed hopes that
the announcement will “be the
nudge” manufacturers needed to
create products which do not damage the environment.
Lang Banks, a spokesman for
WWF, echoed Mr Childs’ comments.
“Many consumers don’t realise
that wet wipes contain plastic and
flushing them is clogging up our
riverbeds, oceans and natural areas,”
Mr Banks said.
“Banning all avoidable single-use
plastic by 2025 would force companies to develop new products that
don’t fill our oceans with waste that
never disappears.
“We can become the generation
that changes our flush-away culture.”
More than 150 million
tonnes of plastic waste
clogged the oceans in 2016,
according to the World Economic
Forum and this figure is expected
to rise to 250 million tonnes
globally by 2025.
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DIPLOMACY
Kim makes
nuclear pledge
on China trip
By Christopher Bodeen
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
has pledged his continuing commitment to denuclearisation ahead of
his expected summit with US President Donald Trump during a meeting
with Chinese president Xi Jinping in
a northern Chinese port city.
The two-day meeting in Dalian,
which ended yesterday was the second between Mr Xi and Mr Kim in
recent weeks, following the North
Korean leader’s March trip to Beijing
– his first since taking power in 2012.
Neither leader was quoted as
directly referring to either the
planned Trump meeting or Mr Kim’s
summit with South Korean president
Moon Jae-in late last month.
However, state broadcaster CCTV
quoted Mr Kim as telling Mr Xi that
North Korea remained committed
to denuclearisation as long as a “relevant party” dropped its “hostile
policy and security threats”, a clear
reference to the United States. AP
President Xi
Jinping and
Kim Jong-un
meet in Dalian
yesterday
REUTERS
MUSIC
No Glasto this year, but there is
the Korean Demilitarised Zone
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Looking for an alternative during
Glastonbury’s summer off ? Then
why not head to the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) for the first
music festival staged at the world’s
most dangerous border.
Inspired by the thawing of relations between North and South
Korea, Martin Elbourne, who books
the bands for Glastonbury, has been
granted permission to create a new
“peace” festival on the dividing line
between the two nations.
The first DMZ Peace Train Music
Festival will take place in June, during the idle week in the festival cal-
endar as Glastonbury’s fields enjoy a
fallow year. Elbourne is encouraging
bereft Glasto regulars to head to the
alternative free event, which he believes will become an annual feature.
He has secured the closed
Woljeong-ri railway station in the
DMZ as the site for the festival. The
line-up features a mix of Korean indie
and underground artists as well as
Western acts such as Scottish band
Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5.
Elbourne told i: “The DMZ could
become one of the world’s great festival sites. There’s a beautiful gorge
nearby, hotels, restaurants and additional space nearly half the size of
Glastonbury. There could be space
for 100,000 people.”
Make music not war Peace festivals
Woodstock
The grooviest mudfest of all time
attracted 400,000 peace-and-love
worshippers to upstate New York in
1969 where Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson
Airplane and The Grateful Dead
provided the epochal soundtrack.
Rolling Stones in Hyde Park
The July 1969 event marked the
height of the counterculture in the
UK. Somewhere between 250,000
and 500,000 hippies watched Mick
Jagger release boxes of butterflies,
while the Hells Angels provided a
brusque approach to security.
Glastonbury
The first Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk
Festival, staged by dairy farmer
Michael Eavis on 19 September
1970, and attended by 1,500 people,
planted the seed for the granddaddy
of the festival calendar, which a
decade later allied itself to CND.
Moscow Music Peace Festival
Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi and
Mötley Crüe tore a massive hole in
the Iron Curtain at a 1989 televised
perestroika-era event which showed
metal-loving Russians just what they
were missing.
The historic meeting between
the North’s leader Kim Jong-un and
South Korean President Moon Jae-in
has opened more doors. “We are hoping to get a North Korean act on the
bill,” Mr Elbourne said. “But things
are moving quickly. They’re talking
about reopening the train station.”
The idea of a festival began when
a Korean delegation attended the
Palestine Music Expo conference.
Palestinian musicians will perform
in Korea, as part of a programme designed to create a dialogue for peace
in disputed territories through music.
Mr Elbourne visited the DMZ last
year. “I was, frankly, getting bored on
this coach tour. Then we got to the
railway station and I thought ‘this
would make a great festival site’. It’s
got toilets, car parking and barbed
wire fences.”
Han Kyung-rock, bassist with Crying Nut, one of the headliners, said
the band will play a song that includes the line “Korea will be united
soon.” He said: “We wish... messages
of peace to resonate during the festival instead of gunfire.”
TERRORISM
POLICE
Salisbury Skripal sites are
‘released for decontamination’
Forensic tests in
33 cases ‘botched’
Across
By Margaret Davis
3
Thirty-three criminal
investigations including 21 sex
attacks are being reviewed after
forensic examinations were
allegedly botched.
Scotland Yard said a member
of its Forensic Services staff
allegedly failed to carry out tests
and lied to investigators.
The force said: “All victims
in the affected cases have been
contacted, where it has been
deemed appropriate to do so.”
4
By Andrew Woodcock
Police have released all sites linked
to the Skripal poisoning case in
Salisbury for decontamination,
apart from the former spy’s house,
cabinet ministers have been told.
Prime Minister Theresa May and
the Cabinet were given an update
yesterday on what was described
as “one of the largest and most complex” counter-terrorism investigations the UK has ever seen.
They heard that more than 400
police officers – including some 250
counter-terrorism specialists – have
been involved in the inquiry into the
4 March poisoning.
Ministers praised the “resilience”
of Salisbury residents in the face of
disruption, which they blamed on
“Russia’s reckless actions”.
Mrs May’s official spokesman
said: “The police have now released
all the sites for decontamination, except for the Skripal house. Clean-up
work is well under way and the priority is making the sites safe so they
can be returned to use and Salisbury
can get back to normal.”
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MEDIA
PM urges MPs to defend free
press against Labour attack
By Adam Sherwin and Nigel Morris
The Prime Minister has urged MPs
to reject Labour plans that would
“undermine our free press”,
ahead of a knife-edge Commons vote today.
Local newspapers have
warned that amendments
to the Data Protection
Bill, put forward by Ed
Miliband and Tom Watson,
could cripple investigative
journalism and allow politicians
to muzzle publications they don’t like.
Mr Watson (inset), Labour’s deputy leader, has tabled an amendment
that would require publishers to
pay all claimants’ costs of legal actions brought against them as well as
their own – win or lose – unless they
sign up to the state-approved regulator Impress. Most national newspapers have rejected Impress, which is
indirectly funded by the privacy campaigner Max Mosley, and have signed
up instead to the Independent Press
Standards Organisation (Ipso).
The amendment put forward by
Mr Miliband would pave the way for
a “second Leveson inquiry”, six years
after the original report into the
phone-hacking scandal set out a new
regulatory structure for newspapers.
Theresa May’s spokesman said
she told the Cabinet that the
plan would “undermine
our free press”. Mrs
May would “consider it
against natural justice
that, even if a newspaper
was found not to be at
fault, they could still end
up having to pay costs”.
Gary Shipton, deputy
editor-in-chief of Johnston Press,
which publishes i, said: “Local news-
paper editors uphold an extremely
high set of journalistic standards
as underpinned by the law of the
land and the effective and robust
regulation of Ipso. The sustained
attempts to blackmail us into joining a state-backed regulator are
deeply insulting.”
Mr Watson said he was proposing
an exemption from the Section 40
costs sanctions “for local and regional newspapers whose owners have an
annual turnover of less than £100m”.
MPs predicted that the vote would
go down to the wire with some Tories
supporting the amendments.
‘Deeply worrying’ Editors speak out
Maidenhead Advertiser editor
Martin Trepte said: “As a point of
principle, we stand united against
these attacks on free speech and
urge all MPs to do likewise by
voting against all the amendments
on Wednesday.”
Richard Neville, editor-in-chief of
DC Thomson morning newspapers,
said: “The fact that the consequences
of these laws will be to make it much
harder for newspapers to shine a
spotlight on the conduct of people
of power and influence is deeply,
deeply worrying.”
Express & Star editor Keith
Harrison said: “One of the
fundamental principles at the
Express & Star is our unwavering
commitment to independent
journalism which is completely free
from any form of state interference.”
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POLITICS
MP quits to join London mayor’s team
By Richard Vaughan
Heidi Alexander is to quit as a Labour MP in order to take up the role
as London’s deputy mayor for transport in Sadiq Khan’s team. She will
replace Val Shawcross, who is stepping down after 18 years in the role.
In an apparent snub to Jeremy
Corbyn, Ms Alexander has stepped
down from national politics, sparking what is likely to be a furious in-
ternal battle for her ultra-safe seat
of Lewisham East in south London.
Mr Corbyn said: “I wish Heidi
well in her new role as deputy
mayor for London in Sadiq Khan’s
team, where I know she will put her
talents and knowledge to great use
for the people of London.”
Brandon Lewis, chairman of the
Conservative Party, said: “This
highlights a complete lack of faith in
Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership.”
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Sir Alex sitting up and talking in hospital bed
By Ben Moore-Bridger
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be
“sitting up” and “asking about his results” following emergency surgery
on a brain haemorrhage.
The 76-year-old is reportedly
out of an induced coma and showing promising early signs of recovery after collapsing at his home in
Wilmslow, Cheshire, on Saturday.
Sir Alex, Britain’s most successful football manager, was taken to an
intensive care unit at Salford Royal
Hospital in Greater Manchester
after suffering a seizure.
He is said to have complained about feeling unwell on Thursday before
collapsing two days later.
Friends and family are
said to be cautiously optimistic about his chances of recovery following
the surgery.
Former United captain
Michael Carrick joined the legions
of well-wishers as he spoke about
his former boss’s surgery. Carrick
told MUTV: “I was devastated.
I couldn’t quite believe it. He
means a lot to me, as he
does to this club.”
Former rival manager
Rafael Benitez, who is
now with Newcastle
United, stressed the
need for the football family to continue to come together and offer support to Sir
Alex (above).
He said: “I would like to wish a
speedy recovery to Sir Alex Ferguson. At these times, it’s really important to have all the support that he
can get. It’s something you cannot
control. It’s just to wish him all the
best and a speedy recovery.”
BBC commentator John Motson
hailed Ferguson’s “unique character”. Motson, who will deliver his
final Match of the Day commentary
this weekend, said: “I’ve been following the bulletins day by day, and like
everyone else I wish him all the best.
“He is a unique character. For all
his great achievements as a football
manager – and they are far in excess
of anybody else’s – he was a very
forward-thinking human being.”
EVENING STANDARD
Ferguson won 13
Premier League titles
with Manchester United, as well
as five FA Cup titles and two
Champions Leagues.
PEOPLE
COURTS
One-armed bride tells
how British husband
saved her from croc
Murderer made
teenage son take
blame for crime
By Jamie Pyatt
A bride whose arm was bitten off
by a crocodile five days before her
wedding described how her British
husband-to-be helped her to fight off
the beast.
Former tennis player Zanele Ndlovu, 25, was canoeing in Zimbabwe
with her fiancé Jamie Fox, 27, when
the 8ft Nile crocodile shot out of the
water and tried to drag her to the bottom of the river.
She said: “The waters were very
calm when the crocodile just jumped
out. It bit a chunk of my right arm
together with the side of the canoe
which started deflating and it all
just happened so fast. The crocodile bit me again and pulled me into
the water.”
Mr Fox, from London, was thrown
to the opposite side with the boat between the pair as he desperately tried
to help his future wife.
“Jamie swam over to where I was
struggling with the crocodile and
grabbed my waist and with the other
hand he rained blows down on the
crocodile. The pain was excruciating but Jamie was by my side and
I summoned the strength to fight
through it and, although he was in
shock, he calmed me down.”
One of the tour guides applied a
tourniquet while the other called for
a helicopter to whisk Ms Ndlovu to
the nearest hospital. Doctors amputated what was left of her arm.
Five days after the attack on 30
April the couple went ahead with the
wedding, marrying at the Bulawayo
hospital chapel.
Ms Ndlovu said: “I spent a lot of
time preparing for my wedding day.
I didn’t know that fate would have
me being wed in a hospital chapel
with one limb missing. But in all this
I am not complaining and my wedding was the best and I am so happy
we proceeded despite all the drama
and I have a wonderful husband.”
The crocodile was hunted and
killed last week. EVENING STANDARD
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A man who pressured his son to take
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has been jailed for at least 26 years.
Tree surgeon Matthew Moseley,
50, shot Lee Holt, 32, dead before he
handed the firearm to son Thomas,
14, and told him to tell police he was
the one who pulled the trigger outside their home near Accrington,
Lancashire, last October.
Thomas made the fake confession
but the teenager later changed his account of the incident and told police
that his father was the shooter.
Last week Moseley was found
guilty of murder by a jury at Preston
Crown Court following a three-week
trial. Yesterday, at the same court,
he was jailed for life and ordered to
serve a minimum term of 26 years.
Mr Holt went to Barnard Close
with his partner, Kate Phelan, 34, and
her 15-year-son, Wesley Metcalfe, to
confront Thomas over an ongoing
dispute between the two schoolboys.
Matthew Moseley opened the front
door and shot Mr Holt in the chest
with a semi-automatic shotgun.
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A database used by Britain’s largest
police force to track suspected gang
members is “racially discriminatory”
and should be overhauled or scrapped
as part of efforts to deal with the wave
of violent crime assailing big cities, a
report warns today.
The Metropolitan Police
“Gangs Matrix”, set up after
the 2011 riots to help officers
better understand youth
rivalries, holds data on
nearly 4,000 young men
in London – of whom 78
per cent are black, despite
forming just 13 per cent of
the capital’s population.
Amnesty International said
one of the criteria for being included
in the listing was the sharing on
social media of videos by grime music
artists that include gang names or
signs. The human rights group said
there was a high risk that young
black men were being targeted for
being part of a subculture rather than
presenting a genuine risk.
It said the database breached
human rights law after its study
identified what it said were serious
failings, including officers covertly
befriending individuals online.
It emerged yesterday that Rhyhiem
Barton, 17, who was shot dead in south
London on Saturday, had featured in
a “drill music” video by the former
BBC DJ Tim Westwood (inset),
who champions hip hop
and grime.
Last night, Scotland
Yard insisted its database
only included individuals
who were the subject of
two separate pieces of
“corroborated” intelligence.
It added that part of the
role of the database was to divert
gang members away from violence.
The force added: “The style of
music that someone listens to has
no bearing on whether someone
is placed on the matrix. However,
evidence that someone is glorifying
gang violence in a music video posted
on social media can be used as an
intelligence source.”
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A major collection of
Scottish art is expected to
spark a bidding war when it
comes up for auction.
More than 30 works by
the celebrated “Scottish
Colourists”, which are being
sold by the family of Glasgow
shipping magnate Major
Ion Harrison, are expected
to fetch £5m at Sotheby’s in
London on 12 June.
The pictures – including
‘Houseboats, Loch Lomond’
by George Leslie Hunter –
went on display at Glasgow
Art Club yesterday.
SOCIETY
Private police force to go national after London success
By Tom Powell
Britain’s first private police force
is set to be rolled out across the
nation following its success in
three of London’s wealthiest
neighbourhoods. The force, called
My Local Bobby, makes citizen’s
arrests and can gather evidence to
launch private prosecutions.
Clients who pay up to £200 a
month are given a direct line to a
local officer, whom they can also
track on an electronic tablet.
The scheme, set up by former
Metropolitan Police officers David
McKelvey and Tony Nash, is
currently being trialled in Belgravia,
Mayfair and Kensington. Forces will
be rolled out to other cities.
The agency says it has achieved
more than 400 convictions for fraud,
intellectual property theft and other
offences in two years.
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GIULIANI
‘HOW TO TALK
TO GIRLS…’
May at odds
with her
Cabinet
Generational
gap must be
bridged
How to
contain Iran’s
influence
The end of
press
freedom?
What is his
real role for
Trump?
A bit too
weird to
work
The Daily Telegraph
Spiked
Washington Post
Empire
Daily Mail
The local elections
showed that Brexit
remains a powerful
vote-winner. And yet
the Prime Minister
allows her Downing
Street team, who
for the main backed
Remain, to continue
with their crazy
appeasement of
Brussels with this
customs proposal.
(Quentin Letts)
New Statesman
Something will have
to give if May is to
present a workable
customs deal to next
month’s EU council,
and, given the tone
of [Boris] Johnson’s
intervention, it is
unlikely to be the
resolve of the inner
cabinet Brexiters.
(Patrick Maguire)
Quote of
the day
It’s cold in
here, init?”
Mark Williams
The snooker
player delivers
on his promise
of appearing at a
press conference
naked if he won
the World Snooker
Championships
The Times
With politics ever
more polarised, the
Conservatives are in
danger of turning into
the party of the old,
and Labour becoming
the party of the young.
Yet voters of all ages
understand there’s a
balance to be struck
because they see the
consequences of
not doing so in their
own families.
(Rachel Sylvester)
The Spectator
Problems with housing
and jobs require
major political and
economic solutions.
They demand a
radical rethink of
how and where we
build, work, earn and
care for children and
the elderly.
(Joanna Williams)
The best answer to
the Iranians’ regional
troublemaking is not
to go back on the one
agreement made with
them. It is to maintain
strong counterweights
to their influence.
That includes being
fully supportive of the
security of Israel, but
now also the prospect
of a reformed Saudi
Arabia. (William Hague)
Section 40 would be
a gift to the powerful
and the begrudged. It
would enable anyone
to launch lawsuits
aimed at shutting
down publications
they dislike. This is
an opportunity that
people who have
been exposed by the
press would take in a
heartbeat.
(Tom Slater)
MarketWath
The Guardian
The NPT
[Non-Proliferation
Treaty] has brought
years of nuclear
stability. Even
countries that have
refused to sign the
treaty have a stake in
its survival, given the
global implications of
its unravelling.
(Ramesh Thakur)
Leveson himself is
emphatic that it must
be completed. This is
about honouring our
previous promises to
the victims, but also
about the future. How
can we act to protect
the public if we don’t
know the facts about
past abuses?
(Ed Miliband)
There is madness in
Rudolph W. Giuliani’s
incoherence on behalf
of President Trump,
but there is also
method. He’s following
the Trump playbook:
Confuse, distract,
provoke and flood
the zone with factoids
and truthiness
until nobody can be
sure what’s real and
what’s not.
(Eugene Robinson)
The Atlantic
The confusion of
aim applies not only
to Giuliani’s press
appearances, but to his
very presence on the
Trump legal team. Is
he a spokesman?
A litigator?
A go-between?
A strategist?
(David A. Graham)
There are things to
recommend — the
seriously eye-catching
costumes from the
legendary Sandy
Powell, for one — but
often in isolation.
When you throw shit at
a wall, more often than
not you’re just left with
a wall covered in shit.
(Chris Hewitt)
Shortlist
If you are in need of
assistance in the art
of speaking to girls
at parties, don’t be
surprised if you’re left
wanting after seeing
this adaptation of a Neil
Gaiman story. It’s less
instruction manual,
more peculiar film
about groups of latexclad aliens who lick the
faces of teenagers in
Croydon. (Ralph Jones)
LifeInBrief
MICHAEL ANDERSON FILM DIRECTOR
Michael Anderson, a British director
whose 1955 film The Dam Busters
became one of the most popular
wartime dramas ever, has died aged 98.
Anderson was born in 1920 into
an acting family and entered British
cinema as an errand boy and movie
extra. He became an assistant to
directors Noël Coward and David
Lean on the Second World War film
In Which We Serve (1942) and began his
professional rise after service in the
British Army’s Royal Signal Corps.
His first outing as a solo director was
Waterfront (1950), a melodrama about
a sotted Liverpool merchant mariner
(Robert Newton) who abandons his
pregnant wife, only to stir further
trouble upon his return years later.
His breakthrough was The Dam
Busters, about the 1943 British raid
against dams in Germany’s industrial
heartland. The mission involved
the dropping of “bouncing bombs,”
which skipped along the surface to
avoid torpedo netting, hit the dam
and exploded. The British Lancaster
bombers, flying at the perilous height
of 60 feet above water, were raked by
German anti-aircraft fire, and 53 of the
133 men in the aircrews were killed.
Anderson began filming a decade
after the war, at a time when the
British public had wearied of screen
propaganda about stiff-upper-lip
bravery in combat. The film emphasised
the rigours of scientific trial and error
as well as the sardonic humour among
the principal players, who included
Michael Redgrave as aeronautical
engineer and bouncing-bomb
mastermind Barnes Wallis and Richard
Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson,
who led the squadron on the mission.
The Dam Busters was Britain’s
top-grossing film of the year, and
vaulted Anderson to the attention
of Hollywood producers. He was
recruited to Mike Todd’s big-budget
adaptation of Jules Verne’s Around the
World in 80 Days (1956), starring David
Niven as balloonist and adventurer
Phileas Fogg. The film was shot in
more than 100 locations, with cameos
by Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton
and Marlene Dietrich. It earned five
Academy Awards, including best
picture, and earned a best director
Oscar nomination for Anderson.
His subsequent career included
promising material often hampered by
uneven scripts. His adaptation of 1984
(1956) featured the jolt of an alternative
“happy” ending for American audiences.
One of Anderson’s finest mid-career
efforts was Conduct Unbecoming (1975),
based on Barry England’s play about an
officer in colonial India accused of rape.
The next year, he directed Logan’s
Michael Anderson with Sophia Loren on
the set of ‘Operation Crossbow’ in 1964
Run, a special effects-laden drama
about a futuristic society that
encourages hedonistic abandon by
young people – until they are killed
aged 30, to control population growth.
It was a commercial hit but critical flop.
His final credit was The New Adventures
of Pinocchio (1999), a live-action movie
starring Martin Landau as Geppetto.
Survivors include his third wife,
Adrianne Ellis. THE WASHINGTON POST
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Died 25 April 2018
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The right has weaponised free speech
Liberals need to fight back to keep it a universal liberty
L
ast Sunday Lord
Adonis apologised to
Sajid Javid, the new
Home Secretary, for
retweeting a cartoon
about his BritishPakistani family. The image was of
Javid saying once he had settled
into his job, he would set about
deporting his parents. Nasty. Javid
responded with a tweet: “Not like
you, Andrew Adonis. You are better
than this.” Adonis apologised and
said, on reflection, he realised the
cartoon was “too personal and in
poor taste”.
This exchange shows two things:
one, society needs us all to be
mindful of the hurt and damage
we can cause with words; and
secondly, that verbal incontinence
is not an absolute right. Both
men understood that and settled
what could have been yet another
head-banging Twitter scrap
between themselves.
On the very same day, thousands
of men and women – including a
group named “Veterans against
Terrorism” – demonstrated in
Whitehall for “freedom of speech”.
They were anti-migrant, anti-EU,
xenophobic, sexist nationalists.
They went to hear their heroes,
ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson
and Milo Yiannopoulos, Trump
groupie and “radical” who despises
progressives and believes victims
of child sexual abuse are “whinging,
selfish brats”. Also present was
Ukip’s Gerard Batten, whose
favourite hobby is Muslim-goading,
and Mark Meechan, a hideous
vlogger who trained his girlfriend’s
dog to do Nazi salutes and
proudly showed the anti-Semitic
“entertainment” on YouTube.
These freedom fighters want to
get rid of minorities, to ban Islam,
to silence liberals, to eradicate
equality and diversity policies,
and make their country great,
masculine and white again. Some
have fallen foul of the law while
others have been barred by social
media companies. And so they
proclaim martyrdom.
Be warned. These people have
appropriated a central democratic
tenet and are using it to break
western democracies and snatch
away modern choices and rights.
They are trying to rescind abortion
on demand, to extinguish crossracial friendships and love and
destabilise multi-ethnic societies.
Incredibly, most Brits are dozing
as the threat builds up. They rightly
fear Islamicist terrorism but seem
unbothered by or blasé about
Members of Stand Up To Racism
at a counter-demonstration
to the Day for Freedom rally in
Whitehall on Sunday PA
the hard-right peril. Support for
neo-Nazis has risen dramatically.
Tommy Robinson is just as big a
danger to social cohesion as the
hard-line preacher Abu Hamza
was, yet while the latter languishes
in a US prison, Robinson is free to
spread his messages.
Freedom of speech is apparently
now a right-wing right or privilege
claimed by xenophobic nativists
and adamant sexists. Those who
most defend freedom of speech are
also most selective in who should
have access to it. Feminists are
mercilessly trolled to stop them
from speaking out; Remainers
cannot argue their corner without
being declared “enemies of the
people”; racial minorities are
demonised if they complain about
racism; defenders of migration are
horribly abused and trashed.
Sam Gyimah, the black Tory
universities minister, has warned
strong measures will be taken to
stop universities from removing
certain books from libraries and
disallowing certain speakers.
According to Adam Tickell, vice
chancellor of Sussex University,
there is “vanishingly little
evidence” that freedom to read
Debates on
Palestine or Iraq
are controlled
on campuses
because of rules
on radicalisation
or speak is being curtailed in the
way or to the extent the minister
alleges. To me it seems a cheap
ploy to thrill the right-wing press
and commentators.
Gyimah must know debates
on Palestine or Iraq are severely
controlled on campuses because
of new government rules on
radicalisation. Staff are instructed
to report students who hold “antiWestern views”. Some people in this
country are seemingly more free
and equal than others.
Sunday’s march revealed the
influence of a new fascism in our
country. Far fewer people than ever
before turned up for the counterdemo. One of them, Sharon, a
student of fashion design, told me in
tears that she felt like her relatives
must have in Lithuania during the
Second World War when Nazis
encouraged locals to get rid of
the “Jewish problem” and decent
people did nothing. Mohamad, a
Muslim engineer, also went, with
a group of anti-racist friends. He
came away intensely worried that
white supremacists were taking
charge of the narrative and winning
over millions.
In autumn, I am publishing a
book on how freedom of speech
and political correctness have
been weaponised in today’s culture
wars. It’s a shout out to all those
who love this hitherto open, mixed,
dynamic country. So come on,
trembly liberals, stand up and fight
back. You do not have to tolerate the
intolerant. Your forebears took on
Hitler. Can’t you take on Robinson
and his motley lot?
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Loan them
a future
I welcome the Resolution
Foundation’s proposals
but feel they have not
gone far enough.
As well as the £10,000
grant to all young adults,
why not make loans
available to all of the age
group on the same terms
as student loans?
Many would choose
to spend such loans on
higher education, but
they could also be used
to start businesses.
In addition, why not
make all those above
state pension age pay
national insurance
contributions instead
of only those still
in employment?
There can be no
employer’s contribution
but I do not see that as
an impediment to us
well-off pensioners
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Talk of bank holiday
temperatures
breaking records
needs some
qualification PA
Why vote
Conservative?
Almost all of Mark
Wallace’s criticism and
complaints of Labour
could be equally applied
to the Conservative
Party (i, 8 May), but he
does what so many Tory
politicians do, which is
simply bad-mouth the
Opposition, yet offers
nothing of value from
his own party on why
people should vote
Conservative.
Therein lies the
problem. Most Labour
voters don’t believe
Jeremy Corbyn is
god-like. They simply
believe that someone
who is more concerned
with the caring of the
many over the few is
more suited to leading a
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Not so hot
after all
The new record bank
holiday temperature
does not stand up to
close inspection.
Comparisons should
be like for like. The early
May bank holiday in 1995
was on 1 May - almost a
week earlier in the year
than this year.
It would be better
to compare the 7 May
temperature with
all previous 7 May
temperatures. It could
be possible that higher
temperatures have
prevailed many times
previously – even from
the days before global
warming was invented!
DAVID BERESFORD
FINDERN, DERBY
A problem
passed on
I enjoyed Alan
Titchmarsh’s article
about making the garden
a haven for butterflies (i,
8 May), but was amused
by his last paragraph
on removing slugs and
snails. He said to go out
at night to catch them
and then “release them at
a safe distance from your
plot,” ie pass the problem
on to somebody else!
ROSINA DAVIES
CARDIFF
Stealthy
walkers
John Howat (Your View,
8 May) seems to be
troubled by the fact that
mobility scooters are
both “stealthy” and using
the pavement.
Perhaps I can explain
that many such scooters
are designed to be used
on the pavement and
cannot be used on the
road.
I cannot walk very
far, so my scooter is a
godsend. I go at a slow
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I am becoming bored and
to an extent depressed
at the self-loathing and
moaning of contributors
to your pages who tell us
about their over-use of
social media. Well girls
and boys, stop using.
When I grew up in the
Sixties and Seventies,
we had friends (real not
imagined), we telephoned
each other in advance to
make arrangements to
meet, we photographed
scenes of interest and
had them printed and
pasted into albums, and
we were happy (cold war
worries accepted) and
neither angst-riven nor
self-obsessed . We cared
about our friends and
not about our egos.
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Adding a watery sound
to electric cars sounds
very pleasant and is
essential for people with
limited vision.
It does seem to me
though that despite the
fact that roads have
become so much busier,
people walking on to the
road without any visual
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walking pace and am
uber careful to avoid
pedestrians, often having
to stop instantly as yet
another pedestrian
chooses to dash across
my path.
Does Mr Howat really
expect mobility scooter
users to be emitting a
noise as they go? Maybe
this should extend to all
pedestrians as they can
be quite stealthy too!
GILLIAN MOWBRAY
NEWBRIDGE-ON WYE,
POWYS
check has become
the norm.
What has happened
to the mantra of “Look
left , look right, look left
again”? The added word
“listen”, when it became
the Green Cross Code,
seems to be the only part
of road safety crossing
that remains and, given
the fact that many people
now wear headphones
etc, this isn’t particularly
effective. Perhaps a
nationwide blitz is
needed to remind people
to look before they cross.
Common sense? I
think so.
JANE LAMBERT
LONDON
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Musk and Grimes – what a surprise
Businessman Elon Musk, 46, seems
to prefer the company of celebrities
to his Silicon Valley peers. The
founder of Tesla was married to St
Trinian’s actress Talulah Riley, dated
Johnny Depp’s ex Amber Heard, and
is now dating the rather-too-coolfor-him Canadian singer Grimes.
The unlikely pair made their
surprise debut at the Met Gala in
New York on Monday night (arriving
within minutes of Musk’s ex, Heard).
They are said to have met when Musk
Play takes its
toll on Jones
Suranne Jones was forced to pull
out of the final weekend of Bryony
Lavery’s Frozen because the play had
taken its toll. Jones was playing a
grief-stricken mother trying to find
answers to her daughter’s abduction.
After pulling out of a matinee
performance, Jones wrote: “This
show has taken its toll on me and the
subject matter was deeply affecting.
You as the audience experience it
once and always say how you are
moved and drained by it. I’m certain it
has contributed to my feeling under
the weather.”
Jones will next appear in ITV’s
adaptation of Vanity Fair alongside
Olivia Cooke and Michael Palin.
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messaged Grimes, 30, whose real
name is Claire Boucher, on Twitter
about an obscure joke she had made
about Roko’s Basilisk – a theory about
a future where AI rules the world.
A month ago Musk tweeted a
video Grimes directed for the song
“Venus Fly”, calling it the “best music
video art I’ve seen in a while”. Their
relationship has prompted one
commentator to muse: “Elon Musk
dating Grimes is all the proof you
need to know we’re in a simulation.”
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Hard partying is no longer Benedict
Cumberbatch’s cup of tea, thank
you very much. He says, in
fact, he is “very happy with
near-sobriety”.
Cumberbatch (inset), who plays
a heroin addict in new Sky drama
Patrick Melrose, adds, “I have the
odd blow-out, now and again – but I
prefer yoga and meditation.”
Having been to some full-on A-list
parties in his time, Cumberbatch
says he prefers the quieter life
with his wife Sophie Hunter and
their two children.
“Even with that thing of having
a glass of wine when the kids have
gone to bed, I’m like: ‘I’m quite tired,
and I don’t fancy that glass of sugary
alcohol’,” the 41-year-old told Radio Times.
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KELNER’S VIEW
Simon
Kelner
I
n a dystopian vision for our
country, it is possible to imagine
society breaking down as a result
of the growing disparity between
rich and poor, between urban and
rural, or even between North and
South. But what about between
young and old? That’s an altogether
more frightening scenario, but is
one which a respected think-tank
posits as a real prospect unless a
serious amount of social engineering
is undertaken. The Resolution
Foundation, chaired by former
government minister David “Two
Brains” Willetts, says that the
contract between young and old has
“broken down”.
We have already seen evidence
of this in the aftermath of the
Brexit referendum, with a stark
age difference in the results, with
under-25s being twice as likely as the
over-65s to vote remain. The activist
young felt that their future was
being decided by people who had
no stake in it, and they have been
voluble in pointing this out.
Britain’s youth are depressed
about their prospects, and a global
survey last year revealed that our
young people feel very strongly
that they will enjoy a worse life than
their parents. Compared to their
international peers, Britons under
25 are particularly pessimistic about
the future. The political, social and
financial pressures on them thus
provide the backdrop to Mr Willetts
and his team, who are attempting to
narrow the generational divide.
As a baby boomer, I accept that
we’ve had it easy. Our parents had
little, but worked extremely hard
to give us every opportunity. We’ve
had decades of peace and prosperity,
we took advantage of the property
boom, we consumed the Earth’s
resources with scarcely a second
thought, and we have bequeathed
to our children a world that is more
unstable, more competitive and
much more unequal. It’s no wonder
they are feeling less than enchanted
about their situation.
“We’ve got a very serious problem
of ensuring there’s a fair deal across
the generations,” said Mr Willetts.
“When you look at public policy,
sadly when it comes to a properly
funded healthcare system, houses
available so that people can achieve
the goal of owner-occupation and a
fair deal in pay for younger people
– in all those ways, that contract
between the generations has not
been maintained.”
In other words, young people
want well-paid jobs and to own
a property, the old are worried
about healthcare, and successive
governments have not squared
this circle. Mr Willetts’ most
eye-catching proposals are that
workers of pensionable age should
pay more national insurance, and
the wealthier pensioners should pay
an extra “NHS levy”. Meanwhile,
all 25-year-olds should get a one-off
payment of £10,000 to help buy a
home, start a business, or gain skills.
This will go some way to
equalising the playing field, and
I heartily endorse this initiative.
We baby boomers have a lot to
answer for, and instead of wrapping
our young in a cocoon, trying to
protect them from the outside
world, perhaps we should support
the policies that will enable them independently – to earn some of the
privileges we have enjoyed.
EDUCATION
in such high numbers. Is this a
simple case of unconscious bias?
Perhaps, but the way I see it, the
blame lies elsewhere, and starts
before the application form has even
been filled.
The private system is geared
towards priming pupils for Oxford
or Cambridge. Anywhere else is
considered a lesser option. On the
whole, the state secondary system
is geared towards getting pupils
in anywhere. And here lies the
problem: the underfunded state
system is not producing eligible
children in the first place, and not
encouraging them to apply.
When university entry time
rolled around at my London state
school, just two in the year were put
forward for Oxbridge mock tests.
We were taught that you
were doing well to make
it through at all (even if
you were, ahem, one
of the brightest in the
year). I wonder what
was being taught at
the posh school down
the road?
In a wellintentioned move,
Cambridge will offer
places to state school
pupils with lower A-level
grades than their private school
peers and give them an extra
“foundation year” of teaching.
This new plan requires the
universities to pick up the slack of
an education system which fails to
allow the brightest to thrive. Who
should really come under fire here,
the universities for maintaining
high academic standards, or the
politicians themselves for failing to
provide for our kids?
Laura
Weir
Oxbridge is
and always
will be elite
O
nce again, the race is on
for Oxbridge to prove it’s
not the preserve of the
elite as it publishes
figures on the academic
background of its
incoming class.
The good news is
that it has beaten
last year when just
62.5 per cent of
students accepted
to Cambridge were
state-educated: sure,
that’s more than half,
but when about 93 per
cent of British kids go to state
schools the situation is still clearly
far from ideal.
But to accuse Oxbridge of just
being elitist misses the point.
Because newsflash: it is and always
will be, and that’s exactly what
makes the pair such world-class
universities. They are elite, in the
sense that only the brightest and
best are accepted to study there.
But since the privileged aren’t
genetically brighter, you have to
wonder why they are being accepted
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MUSIC
Guns N’ Roses cut racist song from reissued LP
By Sally Guyoncourt
They rose to fame in Los Angeles in
the 1980s, embodying the sex, drugs
and rock ’n’ roll scene.
Guns N’ Roses defied convention
and courted hedonism but, 30 years
on, age may have mellowed them as
the band prepare to reissue their
1987 album Appetite for Destruction
with a significant omission from the
bonus tracks.
The track “One in a Million”, from
the 1988 EP G N’R Lies, containing
racist and homophobic references,
will not be included.
It caused outrage at the time because of its use of the word “n****r”
and its reference to “immigrants and
faggots... they come to our country,
and think they’ll do as they please”.
Justifying the lyrics a year later,
the band’s singer Axl Rose told Rolling Stone magazine: “Why can black
people go up to each other and say,
‘n****r’, but when a white guy does
it, all of a sudden it’s a big putdown?
“I don’t like boundaries of any
kind. I don’t like being told what I
can and what I can’t say. I used the
word ‘n****r’ because it’s a word to
describe somebody that is basically a
pain in your life, a problem.”
He is said to have chosen to use the
word “faggot” after “very bad experiences with homosexuals” which
included an attempted rape. And his
reference to immigrants stemmed
from his dissatisfaction with customer service at convenience stores.
He reportedly said at the time: “A
lot of people from countries like Iran,
Pakistan, China, Japan, get jobs in
these convenience stores and gas
stations. Then they treat you like you
don’t belong here.”
The singer subsequently appeared
to back down from his hardline views,
admitting in 1992 that his racist language had come in retaliation for an
Fans will be able to get
hold of the 1987 Appetite
for Destruction reissue, including
extra tracks, from the end of June
in a variety of formats including a
wooden box set for £849.
Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses perform last year. The track, ‘One in a
Million’ has been cut from the ‘Appetite for Destruction’ reissue AFP/GETTY
TECHNOLOGY
NATURE
Self-driving car’s software
bug ‘caused fatal collision’
Traffic noise
‘poses risk for
butterflies’
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
A bug in the software used in
Uber’s self-driving cars caused one
of the vehicles to run over and kill
a pedestrian as she crossed a road
in Arizona this year, according to
reports yesterday.
Sensors in the Volvo sports
utility vehicle detected
Elaine Herzberg, 49,
wheeling her bicycle
across a road, but
classified her as a
“false positive” – an
object in its path which
would not normally
trouble the vehicle.
The software was tuned to
dictate that it did not need to react
immediately to the obstacle, and
that resulted in the car hitting Ms
Herzberg, sources told a technology
website, The Information.
“There’s a reason Uber would
tune its system to be less cautious
about objects around the car,”
said the website’s senior reporter,
Amir Efrati. “It is trying to
develop a self-driving car that is
comfortable to ride in.”
Ms Herzberg’s death is believed
to be the first pedestrian fatality
involving a self-driving car and
has raised questions about
the safety of Uber’s
system. Uber reduced
the number of light
detection and ranging
(lidar)sensors on its
prototypes in 2016
when it switched from
Ford Fusion to Volvo
cars, so the vehicles have
more blind spots.
The crash is being investigated
by the US National Transportation
Safety Board. A spokesman for
Uber said it was co-operating with
the inquiry and had “initiated a
top-to-bottom safety review”.
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incident in which he claimed he was
the victim of an attempted robbery
by a group of black people.
And in a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Sir Elton John came to the
defence of Axl Rose, claiming “never
in a million years did I think [Axl
Rose] was homophobic”.
Now as the band prepares to
reissue their multi-million selling
1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction along with G N’R Lies and
additional tracks, “One in a Million”
has not made the final cut.
The band have not made any comment on the omission.
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By Sally Guyoncourt
The constant noise of heavy
traffic on motorways could
be disastrous for butterflies,
scientists have revealed.
A study of monarch butterfly
larvae at the University of
Georgia in the US, published
in the journal Biology Letters,
found if they were exposed
to two hours of simulated
motorway noise they became
stressed, indicated by an
increased heart rate.
But larvae exposed to
continuous traffic noise
over a seven or 12-day period
showed no signs of stress.
The researchers believe this
means the butterflies become
“desensitised” to the noise
which could then impair their
reactions to real-world stress,
the study concluded.
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SOUTH GEORGIA
UNITED STATES
By Tom Bawden
Gun lobbyists
elect former
Reagan aide
as NRA leader
Alien rats are finally kicked off the
island they invaded 250 years ago
SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
Two centuries after seal-hunters’
ships accidentally set off a rat
invasion of the island of South
Georgia, the pesky chick- and
egg-eating rodent has finally been
eradicated – paving the way for the
return of tens of millions of seabirds.
The world’s most southerly
songbird, the South Georgia pipit,
and South Georgia pintail – both
endemic species found only on the
British Overseas territory in the
South Atlantic – are expected to
benefit most from the biggest-ever
rodent cull.
“For the past few months we
have been on tenterhooks,” said
Professor Mike Richardson,
the chairman of the
eradication project.
“Would we find signs of
one rat, or an enclave
of rats somewhere, or
even that whole areas
still have rodents?
“I am delighted to
say that we didn’t find
a single sign of a rodent in
that time and so, to the best of
our knowledge, for the first time in
two-and-a-half centuries, this island
is rodent-free.”
Captain James Cook sailed
around the island and made the first
recorded landing in 1775. Shortly
afterwards, the first rats began
to arrive, transported there as
“stowaways” on ships used by seal
hunters. Their introduction upset
the balance of nature, most obviously
in their voracious consumption
of seabirds’ eggs, which caused
populations to plummet.
The number of rats before the
cull is estimated to have been in the
hundreds of thousands, if not the
millions, and they had killed about
95 per cent of the island’s seabird
population. This was thought to
By Lisa Marie Pane
IN ATLANTA
The inhospitable British island of South Georgia is home to the South Georgia pipit (left) and vast colonies of penguins
Habitat Restoration Project Timeline
The rise and fall of South Georgia's rat population - how a seven
year cull hopes to have reduced the population back to zero...
1882
Scientists set up first
base on South Georgia
1775
Captain James Cook first visits
South Georgia. Rodents arrive on
the island from visiting ships
PHASE1-2011
2 = helicopters drop bait
50 = tonnes of bait dropped
1916
Sir Ernest Shackleton crosses
the island to rescue his
ill-fated expedition
PHASE2-2013
25 = Team Rat members
8,000 = Teabags ordered
number tens of millions in Captain
Cook’s time – a level that it may
eventually reach again following the
cull, although experts say the process
will take decades, even centuries.
As part of the eradication phase,
US POLITICS
Off-message Giuliani ‘is
starting to annoy Trump’
By Jonathan Lemire
IN NEW YORK
Donald Trump is growing
increasingly irritated with his new
lawyer Rudolph Giuliani’s
frequently off-message
media blitz, which has
included muddying the
waters on hush money
paid to the adult film
actress Stormy Daniels,
and making claims that
could complicate the
President’s standing in the
special counsel’s Russia inquiry.
Mr Trump has begun questioning
whether Mr Giuliani (inset), an old
friend and former mayor of New
York City, should be sidelined from
1966
Final whaling operations
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television interviews, according to
sources close to the Oval Office.
Mr Trump fears that Mr Giuliani
may have breathed new life into the
Daniels story. It is a concern shared
by Trump allies who think that
Mr Giuliani is generating
legal and political trouble
for the White House.
He first rattled the
White House when he
seemed to contradict
Mr Trump, by saying the
President was aware of the
$130,000 payout to Daniels
from his attorney, Michael Cohen.
He also suggested the October 2016
settlement had been made because
Mr Trump was in the home stretch
of his presidential campaign. AP
2008
Planning starts for the
Habitat Restoration Project
2005
South Georgia
Heritage Trust
(SGHT) founded
PHASE3-2015
3 = helicopters to drop bait
95 = tonnes of bait dropped
4,686 rodent detection devices,
such as camera traps and chewing
sticks flavoured with peanut oil and
vegetable butter, were installed in a
passive hunt for rats and mice.
The team said that rigorous
PHASE4-2017
Three rodent detection
dogs cover a total of
2,420km searching for
signs of rodents
biosecurity measures were being
implemented to ensure no rats now
make it to South Georgia. Only the
Royal Navy, the British Antarctic
Survey and a government supply
ship are allowed to dock there.
The American gun lobby group
the National Rifle Association
(NRA) has elected Oliver North, a
former aide to President Ronald
Reagan, as its new leader.
Mr North was at the centre
of the Iran-Contra scandal in
which he helped run Mr Reagan’s
covert and illegal weapons supply
programme to help right-wing
terrorists in Nicaragua in the
1980s. The programme was
funded by secret arm deals with
the Iranian regime.
The 74-year-old
Texan (inset) was
convicted of three
felonies in 1989
for his part in
the scandal.
These were only
overturned on
appeal because
of the previous
immunity grant.
“Oliver North is a
legendary warrior for American
freedom, a gifted communicator
and skilled leader,” said the NRA’s
executive vice president and chief
executive, Wayne LaPierre.
Avery Gardiner, the
co-president of the anti-gun
group the Brady Campaign, said:
“The gun lobby, will be led by a
man whose own concealed carry
permit was revoked because he
was not of good character.”
John Feinblatt, president of
Everytown for Gun Safety, said:
“The NRA is floundering in the
face of plummeting popularity,
scrutiny into its Russia ties and
state lawmakers who are defying
the gun lobby left and right. The
NRA doesn’t need a new leader – it
needs an entirely new direction.” AP
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WORLD FOCUS
Violence grips
Burundi ahead of
presidential ballot
Politicians call for castration of
opponents. By Eloge Willy Kaneza
I
t is the sort of hateful language
that preceded the 1994
genocide in neighbouring
Rwanda. Now in Burundi,
an official of the ruling party
official has urged supporters “to
castrate the enemy”. Another has
called for drowning the regime’s
opponents in a lake.
Such vile demagoguery spells
trouble in the small central African
nation, which is still reeling from
President Pierre Nkurunziza’s
decision in 2015 to rip up the
constitution and seek a third term
in office. This provoked street
protests and led to an estimated
1,200 deaths – and has caused tens
of thousands of Burundians to flee
to refugee camps in neighbouring
Rwanda. Now Mr Nkurunziza’s
government is pressing ahead with
a vote next week that could further
extend his rule and usher in a new
A vote next week could further
extend the rule of the autocratic
President Pierre Nkurunziza GETTY
wave of bloodshed. “We are shocked
by such kinds of speech,” said
Gerard Hakizimana, the president
of a Burundian civic group known
as Folucon-F. “All Burundians must
live together in peace.”
Burundians are being asked
to vote Yes or No to a proposal to
extend the President’s tenure from
five years to seven, which would
allow Mr Nkurunziza to rule
for another 14 years when his
current term expires in 2020. His
opponents are desperate to avoid
that scenario, but they also seem
powerless to stop him in the face of
murderous threats.
Human Rights Watch has
noted “widespread impunity”
for authorities and their allies,
including the ruling party’s youth
wing, as they try to swing the vote
in the President’s favour. Two
men recently died after beatings
allegedly at the hands of state
agents, the rights group said.
The US has also denounced
“violence, intimidation, and
harassment” against those thought
to oppose the referendum and
expressed concern about the
“non-transparent process” of
changing the constitution.
Burundi’s government strongly
denies allegations that it targets its
own people, saying that the charges
are malicious propaganda spread
by exiles. Last week, it suspended
BBC broadcasts in the country for
six months, accusing it of spreading
ideas that discredit the President.
Broadcasts by the Voice of America
network were also suspended.
The international community,
however, has long expressed alarm
over alleged abuses. Judges at the
International Criminal Court last
year authorised an investigation
into allegations of state-sponsored
crimes in Burundi, a country that
the UN human rights chief has
called one of “the most prolific
slaughterhouses of humans in
recent times”.
Concerns have risen in recent
days. Burundi’s government
arrested a party official who told a
crowd last week that he wanted the
referendum’s opponents thrown
into Lake Tanganyika. Melchiade
Nzopfabarushe, who once worked
as an adviser in Mr Nkurunziza’s
office, was swiftly convicted of
threatening state security and sent
to prison for three years.
But rights activists were not
impressed by the punishment,
noting that many others who have
made similar comments are still at
large, including Cyprien Sinzotuma,
a provincial secretary of the ruling
party, who said at a recent rally:
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‘Heavenly Bodies’
at New York’s
Met Gala ruffle
church feathers
Catholics accused the organisers
of New York’s famous Met Gala –
one of the high points of America’s
fashion calendar – of “religious
appropriation” over the event’s
religious theme, which encouraged
celebrities to wear outfits inspired
by Christianity.
Critics said the “disrespectful” and
“blasphemous” ball should not have
taken place on Monday night because
it involved celebrities sexualising,
commodifying and undermining the
Catholic religion and the Church.
The annual fundraising event was
held at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art’s Costume Institute, with this
year’s party subtitled “Heavenly
Rihanna turned up at the fundraiser
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Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic
Imagination”. The Barbadian singer
Rihanna caused the biggest stir,
attending in a short skirt, a robe and
mitre-like hat reminiscent of the
headgear worn by the Pope.
Fellow pop star Katy Perry, who
met the pontiff only last month, was
dressed as an angel, complete with
huge feathered wings.
Some social media users were
upset by the more outrageous outfits
– with some saying they were “upset
and distraught” by the choice of
theme. One wrote: “My religion is
not your costume.” Another said:
“Among the worst things I’ve ever
seen in my life. Heresy at its finest.”
“Surprised people aren’t calling out
the #MetGala #MetHeavenlyBodies
for being offensive to Catholics,”
added another Twitter user. “But if it
was another religion everyone would
be up in arms.”
Many online commentators
argued that the outfits appeared to be
examples of cultural appropriation.
The accusation follows the social
media backlash faced by Keziah
Daum, a white American teenager,
who wore a traditional Chinese dress
to her high school prom in the US
state of Utah.
One response on Twitter – “My
culture is NOT your goddamn prom
dress” – has been retweeted more
than 40,000 times. THE INDEPENDENT
Court rules coffee
cups must carry
cancer warnings
By Brian Melley
IN LOS ANGELES
A US court has ruled that all cups of
coffee sold in California must come
with cancer warnings.
Judge Elihu Berle, presiding at
Los Angeles Superior Court, said
that Starbucks and other coffee
shops had failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed
any risks from a carcinogen that is a
by-product of the roasting process.
A campaign group sued about 90
coffee companies, operating under
a state law that requires warnings
on consumer products and in places
where chemicals that can cause
cancer are present.
The coffee industry did not deny
that the chemical acrylamide was
found in coffee. But they argued it
was at harmless levels and their
product should be exempt from the
law because the chemical results
naturally from the cooking which is
necessary for flavour. AP
JAPAN
Sterilisation
victims fight back
for compensation
By Elaine Lies
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ISRAEL
Soldier who killed wounded Palestinian freed from jail
By Luke Rix-Standing
An Israeli soldier convicted of
manslaughter for shooting dead a
wounded Palestinian attacker has
been released from prison after
nine months.
Elor Azaria (inset) arrived home
yesterday after serving two-thirds
of his 14-month sentence. He was
greeted by supporters and
banners welcoming his
release. A parole board
granted him early release
earlier this year.
Azaria
began
serving an 18-month
sentence in August
after he was convicted
of manslaughter. Israel’s
military chief later reduced the
sentence by four months.
Azaria, a combat medic,
was caught on video
deliberately shooting
dead a wounded
Palestinian attacker on
24 March 2017.
He was found guilty last
year of killing Abdel Fattah
al-Sharif, who several minutes
earlier had attacked two IDF soldiers
with a knife.
His case sharply divided the
nation. Israel’s military pushed for
his prosecution, saying he violated
its code of ethics.
Many Israelis, particularly on
the nationalist right, defended
his actions.
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Victims of Japan’s forced sterilisations, many of whom were in their
teens or younger when they were
sterilised, are fighting back, demanding justice from a government they
say violated their human rights.
A mentally disabled woman in her
sixties has sued for an apology and
11m yen (£70,000) in compensation,
and other suits may follow soon, related to the programmes that continued until 1966. The campaigners are
likely to embarrass the government,
which insists that the surgeries were
done legally, as Japan prepares to
host the Paralympic Games in 2020.
“After the war, rebuilding the country and its people was paramount, so
in the name of building better citizens
for the nation, the law came into effect,” said Keiko Toshimitsu, who
heads an activist group supporting
those who were forcibly sterilised. AP
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SYRIA CRISIS
SAVING LIVES IN THE RUBBLE
Dr Javid Abdelmoneim
recently returned from the
Syrian city of Raqqa, which
was taken from the Islamic
State group in October 2017.
“I’m an A&E specialist in London and I’m used to dealing
with major trauma cases. But in just one month in Raqqa,
I treated more severely wounded people than I’ve seen in the
past ten years in A&E.
Raqqa has been mostly destroyed. The streets are littered
with improvised explosive devices and residents trying to
rebuild their city are being wounded and killed.
A boy from Raqqa is treated for burns in MSF’s clinic in Ain Issa camp. Photograph © Chris Huby
MSF opened an emergency room in Raqqa within three
weeks of the end of the offensive. It’s just an ordinary house
with a few rooms, but we’ve been inundated with patients.
The blast victims ranged from people with shrapnel wounds
to people whose arms or lower limbs had been blown off.
Our job was to stabilise the patients with the aim of
transferring them for surgery.
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One man was brought to us whose leg had been blown off at
thigh level, while the other one was attached just by skin and
muscle. We couldn’t even feel a pulse, there was so little blood.
But we managed to save him. We got his blood pressure back
to the point where he was agitated and fighting us,
and stabilised him so we could transfer him for surgery.
people have returned to
Raqqa so far. In a city
with no functioning public
hospital, MSF’s emergency
room is often the difference
between life and death
for patients.
“There were usually six of us in the room –
two doctors and four nurses – working on
patients in three beds. We were a mixture of
Syrian doctors and nurses and international
staff, all working together as a team.”
In all my years with MSF, I’ve seen nothing more impressive
than the work of that clinic in Raqqa. It’s the right work in
the right place at the right time. The people of Raqqa – and
of Syria as a whole – have been through so much, and it’s not
over yet. We’re one of the only medical organisations working
in that area, and I’m proud that we’re there, playing a part.”
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GERMANY
CAMEROON
Red Cross to start
providing aid
before crises hit
By Inna Lazareva
IN YAOUNDE
A fund launched by the Red
Cross aims to deliver life-saving
humanitarian aid before – rather
than after – floods, droughts and
other natural hazards hit, in
an effort to reduce damage and
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Sharjah
A Saudi-led military coalition,
of which the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) is part, appears
to have turned a blind eye to the
dhows that regularly carry cars
from Port Khaled in the emirate
of Sharjah to a small dock at
As Shihr, a port in Yemen’s
Hadramout province controlled
by UAE-backed forces.
“I make this journey around
30 times a year,” Ali al-Mahry
said, surrounded by 180 cars
taking up every corner of a
dhow he has chartered for the
voyage. The cars have become a
nice earner for traders in both
the UAE and Yemen.
Yemeni dealers gather daily
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Seventeen Nigerian survivors of a
migrant boat sinking last year have
filed a case with the European Court
of Human Rights accusing Italy
of violating their human rights by
subcontracting their rescue to the
Libyan coast guard.
The case poses a direct challenge
to Italy’s 2017 deal with Libya that
has greatly reduced the number of
asylum-seekers reaching Europe.
The Nigerians say that the policy,
which involved using EU funds to train
and equip the Libyan coast guard,
had subjected would-be refugees to
slavery, torture and other degrading
and inhuman treatment. AP
trauma in some of the world’s
most disaster-prone areas.
The “Forecast-based Action
Fund” of the International
Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
uses weather predictions and
historical data to trigger the
distribution of money when a
natural disaster looms.
The German government has
committed SFr3.6m (£2.7m) to
the new forecast-based fund.
It will sit within another of the
IFRC’s disaster relief funds
that is worth Sfr25m to Sfr30m.
REUTERS
at Dubai’s Al-Aweer market
to bid as a big screen flashes
prices for Japanese cars, with
as many as 80 sold in a day at
one auction house.
Once sold, the cars are taken
to Port Khaled, where up to
200 vehicles are stacked on to
each dhow. “It is much cheaper
for me to buy and ship,” he
said, adding that Japanese
cars in particular were a good
business for him.
In Japan, strict safety and
pollution regulations force
many drivers to sell their cars
after a few years, so there are
always plenty of good quality
vehicles available.
Such cars can sell for as little
as $1,000 (£740) at auctions in
Japan. A Toyota can be bought
by traders for around $1,900
in Dubai and sell in Yemen for
more than twice that. REUTERS
Maha El Dahan
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Anti-corruption protesters
hail election of new leader
IN YEREVAN
NIGERIA
i WEDNESDAY
9 MAY 2018
ARMENIA
An opposition leader was elected
prime minister of Armenia yesterday,
capping a peaceful revolution driven
by weeks of mass protests against
corruption and cronyism in the
former Soviet republic.
Nikol Pashinyan has suggested
that he will push for recognition
of the sovereignty of the NagornoKarabakh region in Azerbaijan,
which has been under the control of
ethnic Armenian forces backed by
Armenia since the end of a separatist
war in 1994.
Fighting periodically breaks out
Nikol Pashinyan celebrates with his
supporters in Yerevan after being
elected prime minister yesterday AFP
between those forces and Azerbaijani
troops stationed on the other side of a
demilitarised zone.
Any move to advance the region’s
sovereignty would probably be met
with considerable hostility from
Azerbaijan and its ally, Turkey.
Te n s o f t h o u s a n d s o f M r
Pashinyan’s supporters celebrated
yesterday in the central square of
Armenia’s capital, Yerevan. Many of
the supporters wore white clothes,
symbolising their hopes for a fresh
start in the country.
“We chose a new road in Armenia
where the driver will be the people
and not clans. Jobs will appear,
people will return and corruption
will disappear,” said demonstrator
Tigran Azizian, a 42-year-old worker
on the city’s subway system. REUTERS
Romania
honours
its heroes
A serviceman takes a
photograph of a grave
at the Soviet Heroes
cemetery during
Romania’s Victory
Day celebrations in
Bucharest yesterday.
Veterans, diplomats
and troops marked
the 73rd anniversary
of the end of the
Second World War
and the defeat of Nazi
Germany. AP
ITALY
President to appoint a ‘neutral’ prime minister
The Italian President Sergio
Mattarella plans to use his powers
to name a “neutral” prime minister
and temporary government after
stubborn political parties in a hung
parliament failed to agree on a
coalition government despite two
months of talks.
After a third round of talks failed
to produce a government, Mr
Mattarella said that “one can no
longer wait”, adding that he wanted
to avoid an immediate election that
would distract Italy from preparing
a 2019 budget. He is proposing that
the new technocrat government
replace the caretaker prime minister
Paolo Gentiloni’s team with one that
will stay in place until December. He
also specified that this government
would resign if parties could cobble
together a workable majority.
But new elections within a year
seem unavoidable.
UNITED STATES
CUBA
MALAYSIA
By Jennifer Clark
IN MILAN
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By Margarita Antidze
Police hit people Boat migrants
smuggling ring to sue Italy
Police have raided premises in
four German states as part of a
inquiry into a suspected people
smuggling ring.
The gang is suspected of
helping mostly Moldovans
enter Germany using fake
Romanian documents.
Twenty-one offices and homes
were searched in Hamburg and
Bremen, Lower Saxony and
Saxony Anhalt states.
Three main suspects – two
Germans and a Russian – were
arrested in Hamburg. The gang
– comprising eight people – is
also said to include Ukrainians.
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Tribute to victims Artists replace
of gay club attack official festival
Rivals join forces
in bid to oust PM
An interim memorial for 49
people killed at a gay nightclub in
Florida has opened.
The temporary tribute is at the
site of Pulse nightclub in Orlando,
which has been closed since the
June 2016 shooting. Planning and
design processes for a permanent
memorial continue.
Omar Mateen pledged
allegiance to Isis during a threehour stand-off with police at the
nightclub before he was killed. AP
The jailed Malaysian opposition
leader Anwar Ibrahim has urged
voters to choose his former
political nemesis, Mahathir
Mohamad, less than a day before
the most hotly contested general
election in the country’s history.
Scandal-hit prime minister
Najib Razak, whose Barisan
Nasional alliance has ruled
Malaysia for more than six
decades, is pitted in a duel against
the charismatic duo. REUTERS
A group of Cuban artists has
launched an alternative arts festival,
the “00Biennial”, in Havana in
response to the official biennial
being postponed by a year to
prioritise funding on rebuilding after
Hurricane Irma.
The artists were indignant at the
delay of the state-run arts gala, which
typically takes over Havana for a
month and allows them to showcase
their art to international collectors,
galleries and curators.
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‘My dad died from a
brain tumour – it
wasn’t because of
his mobile phone’
Susannah Keogh on a
childhood holiday with
her father and twin sister
Harriet; she now works as
a young ambassador for
the Brain Tumour Charity
Reports blaming an aggressive form of cancer
on this essential tool for modern life are wide
of the mark, writes Susannah Keogh
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I
am on my mobile phone a lot.
Obviously – I’m a 22-year-old
millennial who feels
practically naked without it.
What doesn’t run through my
brain while I moan to my friends
on the phone or call home for life
advice is that this little piece of
metal could kill me.
But, according to articles
that appeared in numerous
publications, a new study
published in the Journal of Public
Health and Environment says
that the increasing rate of an
extremely aggressive kind of
brain tumour could be down to
mobile phones. In other words,
our daily companion causes
an extremely deadly kind of
brain tumour, known as a
Glioblastoma multiforme.
Except – news flash – there
is no sufficient evidence to
prove that they do. Zilch.
Zero. Nothing. And trust
me, if there was, then
there is no way I would
be using my phone every
day. If someone showed
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Teacherr
Kids need
someone to
look down on
T
he other day, I decided
to dedicate a Year
7 lesson to a poetry
competition run
by Oxfam and End
Hunger UK. It asks students to
write about food poverty, and the
me a piece of rigorous, scientific
evidence that proved mobile
phones cause brain tumours, my
much-loved iPhone would be in
the bin just like that, because I
know first hand the devastating
impact that a brain tumour can
have on someone’s life.
My dad died of a brain
tumour when I was 11
years old. His decline
was sudden and painfully
rapid – a matter of months
– and the powerful, funny
man I adored was taken over
by this cancer. He needed
24-hour care, suffered
charities hope to use the poems
to lobby MPs. About a third of
children in the town I teach in
live in poverty, so I thought that
the issue would be relevant and
engaging if handled sensitively.
The kids – aged 11 and 12 – did
find it relevant and engaging. But
they completely missed the point.
I’m genuinely worried that I’ll
have to enter a pile of poems about
benefits cheats and homeless
scroungers. I don’t think this is
what Oxfam had in mind.
Programmes such as Benefits
Street and hysterical articles
about “shameless” welfare
fraudsters in The Sun attract
reams of criticism from middleclass liberals, but that’s really not
who they are aimed at.
My kids love Benefits Street. It
is so hyperbolised that it allows
children to reject the label
of “poor”. If their street isn’t
quite that bad, they feel more
secure and can safely distance
themselves from the narrative
of poverty perpetuated by the
right-wing media.
Terms such as “on benefits”
and “council housed” have
become so derogatory that
children don’t want to identify
with them, and use them against
each other as slurs.
Kids experience a kind of
cognitive dissonance, where they
must denounce a part of their
existence to evade the abuse
levelled at people quite – but not
quite – like them.
“I saw this programme about
people on benefits!” they will say
whilst bolting down their free
school meal. Whenever they got
their benefits, they just went to
Starbucks with their friends.
They should be saving up for
a house.”
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seizures on our kitchen floor and
eventually became incapable of
speech and unable to recognise my
face by his bedside.
Of course, he used his mobile
phone for work – but probably
far less than anyone I know now.
This was in the early 2000s, when
mobile phones were pretty much
just that – phones – without jazzy
lifestyle apps and a 101 different
social media channels.
To take these scientists at their
word, as reported by a number
of media outlets, the rise in brain
tumours which they put down
to phones, had already begun by
(I’m a millennial, debt-laden
renter, and we had an interesting
discussion about whether I
should be allowed in Starbucks.
Apparently it’s fine.)
I saw another example of
this tension recently in a bitter
slanging match between two
students. “At least I don’t live on a
council estate like you do,” spat one
girl. “Your nan lives on a council
estate,” her adversary retorted.
An accusation of perceived
poverty was the most hurtful
insult this furious teenager
could hurl – but her own reality
was not far away. The vitriol
turns inwards; their own social
standing is so precarious that
they must always find someone to
look down on.
Disadvantage has become
normal. Nearly a third of children
live in poverty now, with that rate
set to increase. It’s pretty average
the time of his death in 2007.
Professor Denis Henshaw, who was
part of the group that carried out
the study, said that their results
showed the need to “look more
carefully at, and try to explain
the mechanisms behind, these
cancer trends, instead of brushing
the casual factors under the carpet
Of course, he used his
mobile phone for work –
but probably far less than
anyone I know now
to have crisps for breakfast
because that’s the only food in,
so kids don’t think the statistics
about welfare and poverty even
apply to them.
Middle-class people – and often
the charities they work for – like
to homogenise poor children. In
reality there is a vast spectrum of
shades, of which kids themselves
are acutely aware.
You might not ever have been on
holiday, but you have nicer trainers
than the boy who sits next to you.
It’s a desperate scramble not to be
bottom of the pile.
Whenever they
got their benefits,
they just went
to Starbucks
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and focusing only on cures.”
No patient with cancer would
disagree with this. Figuring out
the complex reasons why people
develop cancer is vital if we are to
beat this awful disease.
Except cancer is just that –
complex – and it’s simplistic to
reduce its causes down to everyday
objects. The problem is, when
a press release such as the one
describing the findings of this new
study gets sent out, it’s easy for
journalists to report what seem to
be the facts – that scientists have
linked the rise in brain tumours to
increasing use of mobile phones.
But reporting that mobile
phones cause brain tumours is
dangerous – and offensive and
upsetting to anyone who has a
brain tumour, because they know it
simply isn’t true. It’s akin to saying
that if you got off your phone
more often, you wouldn’t have this
terminal illness. You wouldn’t be
spending your days in hospital on
borrowed time.
Through my work as a Young
Ambassador for the Brain Tumour
Charity, I’ve met people with all
kinds of tumours and heard the
stories of hundreds who fight a
battle alongside their families
every day. Some of them were
diagnosed as children, others as
adults. Their conditions, diagnosis
and their symptoms are all unique,
which is just one of the reasons
why brain tumours can be so
challenging to diagnose and treat.
I can tell you one thing though:
there is no evidence to suggest that
any of them developed this lifethreatening illness because they
couldn’t be bothered to put down
their phones.
It is so important that when
it comes to issues of health, we
investigate and are careful about
the terms we use, rather than
sensationalising the facts to make a
better headline. Of course, this isn’t
the first time – or, sadly, likely to be
the last – that such headlines are
published. But we all – journalists
and readers – have a duty to call
bad takes out when they happen,
and to make sure we don’t just
publish or read a buzz-worthy
story without properly looking at
the science behind it.
thebraintumourcharity.org
At the same time as poverty is
burgeoning, it has become less
socially acceptable to struggle.
The right-wing media feeds, and
feeds on, this absolute contempt
for a largely fictionalised
underclass minority.
It’s all very convenient for
the Government – people hate
those beneath them rather than
challenging those above them.
Meanwhile, charities like
Oxfam need to develop a critical
understanding of the plurality of
poverty. It is not an absolute, but a
beast with many faces.
I wonder whether any of the
winners of this poetry competition
will have experienced hunger
themselves. My pupils are
compassionate, switched-on and
articulate, but wronged by the
media meant to serve them.
They can’t see the wood – they
are too busy condemning the trees.
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SOCIETY
A mining village
dragged from
the pit of despair
Grimethorpe is no longer overshadowed
by its broken past, writes David Behrens
T
he village of Grimethorpe,
seven miles from
Barnsley, came to
symbolise Yorkshire’s
mining industry in its
death throes. Perhaps it was the
name; perhaps the fact that they
filmed the movie Brassed Off there.
It is 25 years this week since the
pit closed for good, when more than
6,000 people still worked there
and at the merged Houghton Main
and Dearne Valley collieries. In a
community in which 44 per cent
listed their occupation as “miner”, it
looked like a fatal blow – and within a
year, Grimethorpe had been named
by the EU as Britain’s poorest village.
“It really was a coal mining
community in every sense of the
word,” says Sir Stephen Houghton,
a former colliery worker down the
road at Shafton, who helped to lead
the regeneration effort and who now
heads Barnsley Council.
“The Coal Board owned the
houses and provided the leisure
facilities in the village, training and
jobs. So when the pit went, the whole
infrastructure went with it and the
village went into freefall. We actually
debated at the time whether we
should literally bulldoze the village,
grass it over and forget about it.
That’s how big the impact was.”
“The council thought everyone
would leave, do a flit, when the pit
went. Where they thought everyone
would go I don’t know,” says Danny
Gillespie, who spent 36 years at the
colliery and four on the council.
But a generation on, Grimethorpe
has survived. Much has changed
and a great deal for the better – yet
it has faced challenges. Grimethorpe
used to be a coal community; now
it is a collection of estates, some
nice, some less so, which could be
anywhere in the North of England.
The village hub, where May Day
parades were once staged and
which served as a social centre, is
abandoned grassland now – its place
taken, after a fashion, by the Asda
supermarket down the road. A few
hundred yards away, the former
vicarage and one-time community
centre is burned out and awaiting
demolition. “We have got lawyers,
police, all sorts, living here now,”
adds Mr Gillespie. “But the new
people haven’t connected with the
rest of the village.”
Grimethorpe’s housing stock
is unrecognisable from that of 25
years ago, as it its landscape. Its first
private estates went up 15 years ago,
at about the same time as the last
We actually debated at
the time whether we should
bulldoze the village, grass it
over and forget about it
Elsie Smith and Danny Gillespie
still remember the old Grimethorpe
with fondness SCOTT MERRYLEES
traces of the pit began to vanish. Few
would know that the land alongside
the new link road to the industrial
estates which now provide some
work for locals, were once spoil
heaps. They didn’t dismantle the pit;
they blew it up. Millions of pounds
of German coal-cutting machinery
remains forever buried beneath
the Tarmac.
The road and the vast, barnlike workplaces are the fruits of
unprecedented investment in the
area. About £164m of public and
private money is estimated to have
been pumped into the village. A
lot of the public cash came from
Europe – an irony given the 70 per
cent pro-Brexit vote registered in
the Barnsley district. “It was Europe
that stopped Grimethorpe from
going under,” says Sir Stephen. Even
so, the money did not buy a quick fix.
“People shouldn’t underestimate
what’s been achieved. We had to
completely rebuild the community
from scratch,” he adds. “The
deprivation was far worse 15
years ago than it is now. That’s
not to underplay the problems
Grimethorpe still has, as have a lot of
other places. There are now the big
employers which the area needs but
the economy has changed. It isn’t
skilled and well-paid work now – it
tends to be minimum wage jobs.”
Yet nostalgia for the better times
and for the village they had known
has not left Grimethorpe’s older
residents hankering for the past.
“My husband suffered with
his chest and died at 69,” says
Elsie Smith, who to helped
set up Grimethorpe’s model
Neighbourhood Watch scheme. “Do
you want that kind of life for your
kids? One of my boys is a biochemist
now. If the pit had been here, he’d
have gone down it. That’s the kind of
institution it was. I don’t miss it.”
Television Wednesday 9 May
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
10pm, BBC4
Joan Bakewell, who was then one of
the few female TV presenters, looks
back at the events in France in May
1968. While much of the rest of the
western world was convulsed by
anti-war protests, the US civil rights
movement and the flowering of
youthful self-expression, the French
president Charles de Gaulle seemed
immune to change. The country was,
however, a tinderbox of frustration,
ignited when student Daniel CohnBendit confronted a government
minister. Sit-ins, strikes and riots
ensued, deposing de Gaulle, but the
most enduring long-term legacy of
les événements, argues Bakewell (left),
was the feminist movement.
8pm, BBC2
It’s the grand final for this
competition for artisan-food
producers, and the seven heat
winners are challenged to supply the
shop for a month, but this time
without being there to tempt
customers to buy their goods.
Vive La Revolution!
Joan Bakewell On May ’68
Top Of The Shop
With Tom Kerridge
===
Britain’s Fat Fight With
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
9pm, BBC1
It’s like the coming together of
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, or
the Traveling Wilburys, as Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie
Oliver form a sort of supergroup, or
superduo, of crusading chefs.
Separately, the two men have been
fighting the fat- and sugar-saturated
products that are contributing to
Britain’s obesity epidemic but now
jointly take their concerns to the
food industry. Oliver argues that
fresh vegetables need the sort of
advertising that traditionally goes
into glamourising junk food while
HF-W heads off to the Conservative
Party conference in an attempt to
gain an audience with the Health
Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
dairy farmer Ed. Things turn a bit
Blind Date as the women jostle for
attention. Pete clearly fancies
Francesca, who arrives dressed more
appropriately for a nightclub in
Leeds, but her unsuitability for an
agrarian existence is so glaring that
Helen and Caroline shouldn’t look as
worried as they do. Meanwhile, at
Ed’s farm, former favourite Rebecca
has gone strangely quiet as animalloving widow Meghan blossoms.
===
Taskmaster
Love In The Countryside
9pm, BBC2
“Things could get pretty lively,”
promises Sara Cox as the shortlisted
would-be farmers’ wives head off to
visit fun-loving Yorkshire divorcee
Pete and sweet young Lancashire
6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets
(R) (S). 6.30 A1: Britain’s
Longest Road (R) (S). 7.15
Flipping Profit (R) (S). 8.00
Sign Zone: Super Fast
Falcon (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria
Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC
Newsroom Live (S). 11.30
Daily Politics (S). 1.00
Perfection (R) (S). 1.45
Home Away From Home
(R) (S). 2.30 Going Back,
Giving Back (R) (S). 3.15
Digging For Britain (R)
(S). 4.15 Tudor Monastery
Farm (R) (S). 5.15 Money
For Nothing (R) (S).
6.00 Good Morning
Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine
(S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 10.30 This
Morning (S). 12.30 Loose
Women (S). 1.30 ITV News;
Weather (S). 1.55 ITV
Regional News; Weather
(S). 2.00 Judge Rinder (S).
3.00 Tenable (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (S).
6.00 Countdown (R)
(S). 6.45 3rd Rock From
The Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd
Rock From The Sun
(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 Summary (S).
12.05 Coast Vs Country (R)
(S). 1.05 Posh Pawnbrokers
(R) (S). 2.10 Countdown (S).
3.00 A Place In The Sun:
Summer 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 Milkshake! 9.15
The Wright Stuff 11.15
Paddington Station
24/7 (R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors (R)
(S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15
Home And Away (S). 1.45
Neighbours (S). 2.15 The
Yorkshire Vet Casebook (R)
(S). 3.15 FILM: Driven Off
The Rails (David Jackson
2017) Premiere. Drama,
starring Hannah Barefoot
(S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S).
5.30 Neighbours (R) (S).
6.00 BBC News At
Six; Weather (S).
6.30 BBC Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.00 Eggheads Quiz
show, hosted by
Jeremy Vine (R)
(S).
6.30 Great British
Railway
Journeys (R) (S).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks Sami
tells Imran to
start behaving
himself (R) (S).
6.00 Home And
Away Maggie
is devastated
when she finds
a lump under
her arm (R) (S).
6.30 5 News Tonight
7.00 The One Show
Hosted by Alex
Jones and Ore
Oduba (S).
7.00 Back To The
Land With Kate
Humble Kate is
in Yorkshire (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street Johnny
makes an
upsetting
discovery (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.00 Police
Interceptors
Liam
investigates
a gang of
suspected drug
dealers (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 Danceworks:
Choreographing
History (S).
8pm
8.00 Watchdog
Live The team
report on
some alarming
concerns with
a major car
manufacturer.
8.00 Top Of The
Shop With Tom
Kerridge Last in
the series (S).
8.30 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest Airport
(S).
8.00 The Secret
Life Of The
Zoo Chester
Zoo’s penguins
move into a
temporary
home (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors A
musician who is
worried about
his hearing (S).
8.00 George III – The
Genius Of The
Mad King (S).
9pm
9.00 Britain’s Fat
Fight With
Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Love In The
Countryside
Dairy farmers
Pete and Ed’s
dates arrive on
their farms (S).
9.00 Who Wants
To Be A
Millionaire?
Quiz, hosted
by Jeremy
Clarkson (S).
9.00 One Born Every
Minute Lauren
and Rachel
arrive in the
maternity ward.
Last in the
series (S).
9.00 Rich House,
Poor House
Families from
Beverley and
Hull swap
places for a
week (S).
9.00 Elizabeth I’s
Secret Agents
Robert Cecil
learns of a plot
by Catholics
to blow-up
Parliament (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 Joshua V
Klitschko:
Return To
Wembley (S).
10.00 Detectorists
Lance is
persuaded to try
hypnotherapy
for an awkward
affliction (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Sunday Night At
The Palladium
(R) (S).
10.00First Dates
Voiceover artist
Nick is set up
on a date with
golfer, Laura (S).
10.00Tortured By
Mum And Dad?
– The Turpin 13
The shocking
story of David
and Louise
Turpin (S).
10.00Vive La
Revolution!
Joan Bakewell
On May ’68 The
protest that
took place in
France in 1968.
11pm
11.30 Ambulance
The specialist
trauma team
attend a series
of serious
incidents (R) (S).
11.15 Syria: The
World’s War
Two-part
documentary
about the civil
war in Syria
(R) (S).
11.45 British
Touring Car
Championship
Highlights
Action from
Donington
Park (S).
11.05 Naked
Attraction A
man wants to
find a partner
who shares
his love of
adventure (R).
11.05 Criminals
Caught On
Camera A
gang of armed
robbers are
caught on CCTV
(R) (S).
12.35 BBC News (S).
12.15 Syria: The World’s
War (R) (S). 1.15 Sign Zone:
Stephen: The Murder That
Changed A Nation (R) (S).
2.15 Sign Zone: Pilgrimage:
The Road To Santiago (R)
(S). 3.15 This Is BBC Two (S).
1.00 Jackpot247 3.00
Grantchester (R) (S). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.10 Friday Night Dinner
(R) (S). 12.35 High & Dry (R)
(S). 1.05 Genderquake (R).
2.00 FILM: The Quiet Ones
(John Pogue 2014). 3.40 Gok’s
Fill Your House For Free (R).
4.35 Steph And Dom’s One
Star To Five Star (R) (S).
12.05 Diced To Death:
Countdown To Murder (R)
(S). 1.00 SuperCasino (S).
3.10 GPs: Behind Closed
Doors (R) (S). 4.00 Get Your
Tatts Out: Kavos Ink (R) (S).
4.45 House Doctor (R) (S).
5.10 Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Rip Off Britain: Food
(R) (S). 10.00 Homes
Under The Hammer (R)
(S). 11.00 A1: Britain’s
Longest Road (S). 11.45
The Housing Enforcers
(S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30 BBC
Regional News; Weather
(S). 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15
800 Words (S). 3.00 Escape
To The Country (S). 3.45
Flipping Profit (S). 4.30
Flog It! (S). 5.15 Pointless
(S).
6pm
7pm
Late
===
9pm, Dave
Anyone wondering where gameshow maestro Alex Horne dreamt up
the daft challenges for his new BBC
series The Button, look no further
than his brilliantly silly Dave
creation Taskmaster. The difference
Sara Cox presents ‘Love
In The Countryside’
9pm, BBC2
Will Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall manage
to meet Jeremy Hunt
in ‘Britain’s Fat Fight’?
9pm, BBC1
Alice Levine tries to
please the ‘Taskmaster’
9pm, Dave
7.00 FILM: The
Seeker: The Dark
Is Rising (David
L Cunningham
2007) Fantasy,
with Alexander
Ludwig (S).
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (S). 6.20 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 6.45 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 7.10 Who’s
Doing The Dishes? (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (S). 8.25
The Cube (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
10.20 The Bachelorette
(S). 12.15 Emmerdale (S).
12.45 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (S). 1.15 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold 1.45 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(S). 3.45 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 4.55 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (S).
6.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
6.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
Comical clips
(S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Walden
invites actress
Lynda Carter
over for dinner
(S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9.00 FILM: A Walk
In The Woods
(Ken Kwapis
2015) Factbased drama,
starring Robert
Redford (S).
9.00 FILM:
Hercules (Brett
Ratner 2014)
Mythological
adventure,
with Dwayne
Johnson (S).
11.00 Timeshift:
Mods, Rockers
And Bank
Holiday
Mayhem (S).
11.05 FILM: AVP:
Alien Vs
Predator (Paul
WS Anderson
2004) Sci-fi,
starring Sanaa
Lathan (S).
11.05 Family Guy
Quagmire
discovers his
sister needs
help (S).
11.30 Family Guy (S).
12.00 Tankies: Tank Heroes
Of World War II (S). 1.00
Top Of The Pops: 1983
(S). (S). 2.05 Danceworks:
Choreographing
History (S). 2.35 Vive La
Revolution! Joan Bakewell
On May ’68 (S). 3.35 Close
12.55 FILM: Q&A (Sidney
Lumet 1990) Police thriller,
starring Nick Nolte (S).
3.40 Close
12.00 Family Guy (S). 12.30
American Dad! (S). 12.55
American Dad! (S). 1.25
Two And A Half Men (S).
1.55 Superstore (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
here is that it’s mostly comedians
undertaking the surreal tasks, which
are then discussed by host Greg
Davies and a prize (brought in by the
guests; this week’s being “hairy but
not alive”) duly awarded.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
First Dates
10pm, Channel 4
Whoever chooses and matches the
dates in this show deserves some
sort of Bafta (for casting?). This week,
a human resources officer and
former Miss Essex hopes, somewhat
conceitedly perhaps, that plumber
Billy isn’t looking for a trophy
girlfriend; Brodie, who would prefer
a man with quirks, is paired with
autistic telecoms analyst Ketan;
and Team GB boxer Jordan meets
Thai boxer Chloe.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-36
FILM OF THE DAY
===
10.10pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
Spanning millions of years of
pre-human, human and post-human
evolution, Kubrick’s trippy sci-fi
symphony in four movements – set
to existing classical music by Johann
Strauss, Richard Strauss and György
Ligeti – is singularly awesome and
mesmeric; one of the great cinema
experiences. In fact, it probably comes
closer than any other movie to some
kind of platonic ideal of cinema.
With its space-age optimism, shiny
but dated 1960s futurist design, and
visual effects that were light years
ahead of their time, it continues to
look like nothing else, and yet it has
influenced virtually every sci-fi film
since. Keir Dullea (left) stars.
9pm, Sky Cinema Comedy
(David Gordon Green, 2008)
This Judd Apatow production is
an unlikely combination of highoctane action movie and amiable
stoner comedy. Slacker Seth Rogen
witnesses a murder and has to go on
the run with his dealer, James Franco.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Pineapple Express
===
Q&A
1.55am, Film4
(Sidney Lumet, 1990)
Another solid thriller about
corruption in the New York City
police department from the director
of Serpico and Prince Of The City,
with a powerhouse performance by
a beefy, impressively moustachioed
Nick Nolte as a veteran cop gone bad.
Radio
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (S).
6.50 Heartbeat (S). 7.55
The Royal (S). 8.55 Judge
Judy (S). 9.25 Judge Judy
(S). 9.50 Judge Judy (S).
10.20 A Touch Of Frost (S).
12.30 The Royal (S). 1.35
Heartbeat (S). 2.40 Classic
Coronation Street (S). 3.15
Classic Coronation Street
(S). 3.45 On The Buses (S).
4.20 On The Buses (S).
4.50 You’re Only Young
Twice (S). 5.20 George
And Mildred (S). 5.55
Heartbeat (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote Jessica is
kidnapped (S).
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s Poirot
An elderly
psychiatrist is
murdered (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (S). 7.00 Couples
Come Dine With Me (S).
8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 8.30 How I
Met Your Mother (S). 9.00
New Girl (S). 9.30 New Girl
(S). 10.00 2 Broke Girls
(S). 10.30 2 Broke Girls
(S). 11.00 Brooklyn NineNine (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (S). 12.00 The
Goldbergs (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (S). 1.30 The
Big Bang Theory (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 3.00 New Girl
(S). 3.30 New Girl (S). 4.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S).
4.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(S). 5.00 The Goldbergs (S).
5.30 The Goldbergs (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (S).
9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 11.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.05 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 1.05 Four In A Bed
(S). 1.40 Four In A Bed (S).
2.10 Come Dine With Me
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.55 A New
Life In The Sun (S).
6.00 Animal 999 (R) (S).
6.30 Animal 999 (R) (S).
7.00 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 7.30 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 8.00 Monkey Life (R)
(S). 8.30 Monkey Life (R) (S).
9.00 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 9.30 Motorway Patrol
(R) (S). 10.00 Road Wars
(R) (S). 11.00 Warehouse
13 (R) (S). 12.00 NCIS: Los
Angeles (R) (S). 1.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 2.00 Hawaii
Five-0 (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS:
Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00
Stargate SG-1 (R) (S). 5.00
The Simpsons (R) (S). 5.30
Futurama (R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
The British (R) (S). 8.00
The Guest Wing (S). 9.00
The West Wing (R) (S).
10.00 The West Wing (R)
(S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
12.00 House (R) (S). 1.00
Without A Trace (S). 2.00
Blue Bloods (R) (S). 3.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 4.00
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.00
House (R) (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Leonard
is offered a job
opportunity (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo A
giant anteater
is about to be
reunited with
his long-term
mate (S).
6.00 Futurama Fry
meets an exgirlfriend (R) (S).
6.30 The Simpsons
There is a death
in Springfield
(R) (S).
6.00 House Chase
returns to the
hospital after
his stabbing (R)
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Black-ish Ruby
gets scammed
and Dre worries
she is not as
sharp as she
used to be (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
A couple clash
over plans for
a new home in
their garden (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Moe falls
in love with
a Nigerian
princess (R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
Warrick
investigates a
spate of driveby shootings (R).
8.00 Carnage Mad
Max-style
vehicles go head
to head in three
arenas in the
desert (R).
8.00 Blue Bloods A
friend of Jamie’s
files a lawsuit
against one of
Danny’s buddies
(R) (S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
goes to Las
Vegas to make
some money (S).
i WEDNESDAY
9 MAY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 1Xtra Residency – Kenny
Allstar 1am Benji B 3.00 1Xtra
Playlists 4.00 1Xtra Residency
9.00 The 100 New
series. Clarke
struggles to
survive on the
desolate, planet
surface (S).
9.00 Building The
Dream Charlie
Luxton visits
East Yorkshire
(S).
9.00 Harry &
Meghan: A Love
Story Exploring
Prince Harry
and Meghan
Markle’s
relationship.
9.00 Occupied The
group holding
Jesper are
willing to sell
him back to
the Norwegian
authorities (S).
10.00The Street A
man’s night
of lust has
devastating
repercussions
(S).
10.00Timeless The
team visit Texas
to save the
legacy of blues
legend Robert
Johnson (S).
10.05 24 Hours In
A&E A 91-yearold is airlifted
to hospital after
a car crash (S).
10.00FILM: Scream
(Wes Craven
1996) Horror,
starring Neve
Campbell.
10.00High
Maintenance (S).
10.35 Silicon Valley
(R) (S).
11.20 The Street A
night out ends
in tragedy (S).
11.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
11.55 First Dates (S).
11.05 8 Out Of 10
Cats Does
Countdown
With Jon
Richardson, Joe
Wilkinson and
Katherine Ryan.
12.40 Agatha Christie’s
Marple (S). 2.15 ITV3
Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
1.00 Tattoo Fixers (S). 2.05
The 100 (S). 2.45 Timeless
(S). 3.30 The Goldbergs
(S). 4.00 The Goldbergs
(S). 4.15 The Goldbergs (S).
4.40 Couples Come Dine
With Me (S).
12.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (S). 1.10
24 Hours In A&E (S). 2.10
Building The Dream (S).
3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats (S).
3.55 Close
11.10 Barry (R).
11.45 Billions Axe
tracks down a
critical piece of
evidence that
could destroy
him (R).
12.05 Brit Cops: Rapid
Response (R) (S). 1.00 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R) (S).
4.00 Highway Patrol (R) (S).
4.30 Highway Patrol (R) (S).
5.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 The Matt
Edmondson Show 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Dan From
Bastille And Grimmy 9.00 The
8th With Charlie Sloth 11.00
Huw Stephens 1am Benji B
3.00 Radio 1 Comedy – Niki
And Sammy’s Peachy Podcast
4.00 Radio 1’s Early Breakfast
Show With Adele Roberts
12.55 The Sopranos (R)
(S). 2.10 Togetherness (R)
(S). 2.45 Happyish (R). 3.25
Happyish (R). 4.00 The
West Wing (R) (S). 5.00 The
West Wing (R) (S).
BBC Radio 2
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Amol Rajan
7.00 The Folk Show With Mark
Radcliffe 8.00 Ana Matronic
10.00 Kylie Minogue From A
To Z 11.00 Old Grey Whistle
Test 40 12mdn’t Pick Of The
Pops 2.00 Radio 2 Playlists:
Country Playlist 3.00 Radio
2 Playlist: Easy 4.00 Radio 2
Playlist: Radio 2 Rocks 5.00
Vanessa Feltz
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc
Trelawny. 9.00 Essential
Classics. 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Boulanger. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. 3.30 Choral Evensong.
4.30 New Generation Artists.
5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune
Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 In
Concert. 10.00 Free Thinking.
10.45 The Essay: The Migrants.
11.00 Late Junction. 12.30am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Classified Britain 9.45
Book Of The Week: The
Language Of Kindness 10.00
Woman’s Hour 10.56 The
Listening Project 11.00
Bearing Grudges 11.30 Ability
12noon News 12.04 Four
Thought 12.15 You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 The Assassination
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Rumpole 3.00 Money Box
Live 3.30 All In The Mind 4.00
Thinking Allowed 4.30 The
Media Show 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 Daliso Chaponda:
Citizen Of Nowhere. Daliso
Chaponda continues his
exploration of the relationship
between the UK and Africa.
7.00 The Archers. Fallon is
put on the spot. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
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Of The Dove. Dramatised by
Linda Marshall Griffiths. 8.00
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Diane Morgan’s thick alter ego
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with animals may change in
the future. 8.45 Four Thought.
David Baker asks what happens
to the families of people shot
by the police. 9.00 Costing The
Earth. Peter Hadfield reports
on a surprising threat to the
Australian outback – camels.
9.30 Only Artists. Tracey Thorn
meets the film-maker and
screenwriter Carol Morley.
10.00 The World Tonight.
With Shaun Ley. 10.45 Book
At Bedtime: The Valley At
The Centre Of The World. By
Malachy Tallack. 11.00 Six
Degrees Of John Sessions.
The actor, raconteur and
impressionist John Sessions
tells stories linked to him. 11.15
Terry Alderton’s All Crazy Now.
11.30 Today In Parliament.
12mdn’t News 12.30 Book
Of The Week: The Language
Of Kindness 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
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5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 Farming
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BBC Radio 4 LW
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
BBC Radio 4 Extra
6am High Table, Lower
Orders 6.30 Conversation
Piece – Dame Freya Stark
7.00 The Leopard In Autumn
7.30 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen
Of Nowhere 8.00 The Navy
Lark 8.30 Round The Horne
9.00 The Write Stuff 9.30 The
27-Year Itch 10.00 Two On A
Tower 11.00 Short Works: A
Season Of Murder, Mystery
And Suspense 11.15 Chopping
Onions 12noon The Navy Lark
12.30 Round The Horne 1.00
High Table, Lower Orders 1.30
Conversation Piece – Dame
Freya Stark 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 Two On A Tower 4.00 The
Write Stuff 4.30 The 27-Year
Itch 5.00 The Leopard In
Autumn 5.30 Daliso Chaponda:
Pick
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day
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With Mark
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7pm, BBC Radio 2
The DJ (above)
continues his
appreciation of all
things acoustic,
here welcoming
Boston indieAmericana fourpiece Darlingside
for a live session.
Citizen Of Nowhere 6.00
Night Watch 6.30 The Tingle
Factor 7.00 The Navy Lark
7.30 Round The Horne 8.00
High Table, Lower Orders 8.30
Conversation Piece – Dame
Freya Stark 9.00 Short Works:
A Season Of Murder, Mystery
And Suspense 9.15 Chopping
Onions 10.00 Comedy Club:
Daliso Chaponda: Citizen Of
Nowhere 10.30 Comedy Club:
2525 10.55 Comedy Club: The
Comedy Club Interview 11.00
Comedy Club: Clayton Grange
11.30 Comedy Club: Delve
Special 12mdn’t Night Watch
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High Table, Lower Orders 1.30
Conversation Piece – Dame
Freya Stark 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 Two On A Tower 4.00 The
Write Stuff 4.30 The 27-Year
Itch 5.00 The Leopard In
Autumn 5.30 Daliso Chaponda:
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The Emma Barnett Show With
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Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5
Live Sport 10.00 5 Live Sport: 5
Live Football Social 10.30 Phil
Williams 1am Up All Night 5.00
Morning Reports 5.15 Wake Up
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Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie
4.00 Tom Ravenscroft 7.00
Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon Coe
12mdn’t 6 Music Recommends
With Mary Anne Hobbs 1.00
Hitsville USA – The Story Of
Motown 2.00 Street Corner
Soul 2.30 6 Music Live Hour
3.30 6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00
Chris Hawkins
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Aled
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Pieces for instruments that
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time of writing. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
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Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
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9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
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Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
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Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Adrian Durham And Darren
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Access all areas
for a great day out
Routes that show off Britain’s diversity, whether you’re
on your feet, with a buggy, or are mobility-challenged
N
ational Walking
Month, throughout
May, is an initiative
to get active, but
accessibility can be
a hurdle for those with limited
mobility. Here, Ramblers
recommends a selection of its
routes for all to enjoy around
the UK.
Edinburgh Union Canal:
Edinburgh Quay to Sighthill
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Walking time: 4 hours
Distance: 5.2 miles
Starting point: Fountainbridge
junction
Details: bit.ly/
UnionCanalEdinburgh
The 19th-century Union Canal
provides a tranquil strip of blue
and green through Edinburgh
to its outskirts and beyond. This
easy walk along the towpath
is a route for all seasons and
weather conditions, joining
the canal where it begins at
Edinburgh Quay. On your way,
you’ll pass the Leamington Lift
Bridge and the aqua bridge that
crosses over the Water of Leith,
a designated Urban Wildlife site,
home to a host of wildflowers
and more than 80 species of
bird. Pop into the visitors’ centre
to see the interactive river
exhibition. The path is paved
along its length and there are
good public transport links.
Chester-le-Street a stroll
along the river
Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: 3 miles
Starting point: Chester-leStreet Amateur Rowing Club
Details: bit.ly/ChesterRiver
A lovely riverside walk along
the banks of the River Wear
and through Riverside Park.
The circular route follows a
meander in the river, meaning
you’ll have bankside views most
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of the way. Watch the rowers on
the river or stop in the park to
feed the swans and ducks. There
are refreshments and toilets in
the park.
Manchester Park life
Walking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Distance: 2.6 miles
Starting point: Woodhouse Park
Lifestyle Centre
Details: bit.ly/
ManchesterParkLife
Escape from the urban hustle
on this pleasant walk through
parks and green spaces
around the Wythenshaw
area of Manchester. First up
is Painswick Park, a serene
spot with a lake and children’s
playground, where you might
be lucky enough to spot some
rare orchids. Next you’ll head
to Kirkup Gardens and on to
Tayfield Park - look out for
the Parish Church of William
Temple, a fine example of
post-war church architecture.
As you continue
alongside the river,
keep an eye out for
pieces of public art
Leicester Town Hall
to Castle Gardens
and Bede Park
Walking time: 1 hour
Distance: 1.8 miles
Starting point: Town Hall
Square
Details: bit.ly/LeicesterBedePark
This stroll from the centre of
Leicester passes through the
pretty Castle Gardens in the
heart of the former medieval
city, a treat for history lovers,
where you can enjoy the
beautiful lawn and flower beds.
As you continue on the path
around Bede Park alongside
the river, keep an eye out for
some of the pieces of public art,
including the Making a Place
sculpture, in the shape of a
large rolled-up map of central
Leicester. The walk can be
shortened via the canal path.
Newport Wetlands Loop
Walking time: 1 hour
Distance: 2.4 miles
Starting point: Wetlands car
park
Details: bit.ly/NewportWetlands
A leisurely loop around the
Newport Wetlands with lovely
views of the Severn Estuary,
taking in some of the Wales
Coast Path. There is ample
opportunity to spot wildlife
with plenty to keep birdwatchers
busy, and on summer days there
are dragonflies and butterflies
flitting about.
Somerset Portishead
Marina
The Union Canal
(above); Dulwich
Picture Gallery
(top right); a
statue of Richard
III in Leicester
(left)
OLI SCARFF
Walking time: 50 minutes
Distance: 1.6 miles
Starting point: Portishead
Leisure Centre car park
Details: bit.ly/PortisheadMarina
This accessible amble takes
you around Portishead’s
marina with its wonderful
harbour views. Head along
the dockside, enjoying the
waterfront scenery, before
passing through London Square,
an attractive, fenced garden
area containing a modern
stone sculpture. From here,
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head to Jubilee Park, stopping
to admire the impressive Arc of
Angels sculpture by Rick Kirby.
You’ll return to the waterfront,
passing Kirby’s second sculpture
on this route, Echo. The walk
finishes by passing through
the harbour and marina, where
you’ll be treated to views across
Avonmouth, the wetlands, the
Bristol Channel and all the way
to South Wales.
London Leafy Dulwich
Walking time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Distance: 3.9 miles
Starting point: West Dulwich
train station
Details: bit.ly/LeafyDulwich
This circular route takes you
through Dulwich, passing some
of the area’s most celebrated
sights. You’ll head to Belair
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Park and pass the Georgian
grade II listed Belair House
and the impressive Dulwich
Picture Gallery, before visiting
the grounds of Christ’s Chapel,
which was consecrated in 1616
by George Abbot, Archbishop
of Canterbury, as part of the
Dulwich College Foundation.
The route heads through
Dulwich Village, before looping
through Dulwich Park, which
started its life as farmland and
a group of meadows known as
“five fields”. Look out for the
ancient boundary oaks, many of
which survive today.
East Sussex On the trail
of the Daddy Long Legs
Railway, Brighton
Walking time: 2 hours
Distance: 3 miles
Starting point: Paston Place, Kemp
Town, Brighton
Details: bit.ly/LonglegsRailway
This linear ramble follows the course
of the famous “Daddy Long Legs”
railway. The Brighton and Rottingdean
Seashore Electric Railway was a
unique coastline railway that ran
through the shallow coastal waters
of the English Channel between
1896 and 1901 from Brighton to
Rottingdean. Starting from the Volks
Electric Railway at Paston Place,
where passengers would disembark to
join the Daddy Long Legs, you’ll carry
on to Brighton Marina, then join the
undercliff walk to Rottingdean. At low
tide the concrete blocks that mark the
route of the Daddy Long Legs railway
can be seen. This walk is mostly level
and wheelchair accessible, with a
couple of steep slopes.
Dorset Radipole Park and
Gardens, Weymouth
Walking time: 1 hour
Distance: 1.8 miles
Starting point: Weymouth Library
Details: bit.ly/RadipolePark
This walk by the River Wey is a great
introduction to the nature reserves
and parks of Weymouth and a nice
alternative to coastal walks. The
route will take you past the Marina,
Weymouth Swannery – where there
have been swans since the 1930s
– and the RSPB nature reserve at
Radipole lake, where numerous water
birds can be spotted. You may want
to stop in the lovely, leafy Radipole
Park for a picnic and to enjoy the
year-round flower displays, before
returning the same way.
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he could produce that would
most help chefs maintain their
standards, while also saving time,
kitchen space and labour.
Stock was his “eureka” moment.
“You only have to visit the small
basement kitchen of somewhere
like Brett Graham’s The Ledbury
to see that it’s almost impossible
to find room for one stock pot, let
alone three or four. The lack of
chefs skilled in classic techniques
plays a part and, often, insurance
companies would tell hotels and
restaurants that their insurance
was invalid if they left their stock
on the hob!”
Mitchell sought scientific
advice when he started, 11 years
ago, about the kind of bones to
use, how long they should cook
for, and how best to clarify the
stocks. All stocks are properly
handmade – whether beef, lamb,
chicken fish, shellfish or vegetable
and passed through muslin twice.
The company regularly makes up
to 10,000 litres a day.
“We make stock as traditional
chefs would do, I’m still a chef at
heart, says Mitch, “and stock is
fundamental to every menu”.
I genuinely enjoy the ritual
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are saucy
y ultimate comfort
fo o d i s F re n c h
onion soup. It’s
the dish I was so
determined to try
on my first visit to Paris, aged 13,
with my grandma. We traipsed
for what seemed like hours until
we happened on the legendary
brasserie Chartier. One evening
late last week, I was feeling lazy
and after more immediate results.
First I slowly sweated onions
(sliced finely in the food processor)
with butter, olive oil and a couple
of teaspoons of sugar. Then I
added the magic ingredient that
was recommended to me by
Michel Roux Jr at the recent Roux
Scholarship Finals. He confesses
to using it in many of his kitchens:
it’s stock in a pouch by Yorkshirebased True Food. In this case, beef
stock, something I would never
make at home. Where would I
get beef bones, especially living
with a pescatarian son? A good
slug of fino sherry, seasoning and
voila! I was stunned. The soup was
sensational, deeply savoury with
just the right touch of sweetness
and transported me back to my
Proustian Parisian moment.
It seems that buying in stock
of this calibre is an open secret
in some of the best kitchens
around the UK, From Mark
Hix, Chantelle Nicholson and
Clare Smyth in London to Paul
Ainsworth in Cornwall, who says
it has “revolutionised his kitchen”.
Yorkshire-based True Food even
ships its stocks to Thomas Keller
in the US. The founder, Mitch
Mitchell, is a former chef who
worked in high-end country-house
hotels in the UK and as private
chef to the King and Queen
of Jordan.
Wanting to change direction, he
started researching what product
Using the carcass
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Pierre Koffmann, who
trained Marco Pierre White
and Gordon Ramsay, shares
his opinion of stock.
“Stock is used to make
sauces, and sauces are there
to complement a dish, not to
transform or overpower it.
Maybe I’m old school, but that
is how I’ve always thought. I
ate at Ducasse’s restaurant
at Le Meurice in Paris last
week, and the sauce was so
beautifully made, I wanted to
lick the plate.”
Taking stock
While some of the UK’s top chefs swear by pre-made
stock and others favour a more traditional approach,
they all agree it’s essential, as SudiPigottdiscovers
of making stock and am fairly
scrupulous at saving asparagus
ends, odd carrots and herbs for
vegetable stock. However, I can
certainly see the lure of other preprepared stocks.
Plenty of home cooks are
happy to pick pre-prepared, too.
Booths was one of True Food’s
first customers. True Foods
also makes own-label stock for
Waitrose besides supplying
Wholefoods, Fortnum & Mason
and many independent butchers.
Still, many purists remain.
M o e n ’s , m y t r a d i t i o n a l
neighbourhood butcher, has
£7,000 worth of kit, an oilheated insulated and customised
stockpot from Holland that
keeps the stock at a constant
temperature all night for making
veal or beef stock.
“We have all the carcasses,
the knowledge; many of our
customers say they are too busy,
squeamish or don’t always cook
from scratch. This means, they
don’t have the bones and other
basics when they need stock to
rustle up something special,” says
Gary Moen.
Margot Henderson waxes
lyrical about the joy of stocks:
Good ingredients are needed for
quality stock (top); Tom Kitchin
(right) uses stock in all his dishes
“They are so much part of
our lives, both at home [her
husband is St John’s Fergus
Henderson] and at the Rochelle
Canteen restaurants.”
She is full of advice on perfecting
stock. Most fundamental is using
cold water and bringing it to a
slow meditative simmer, never to
the boil; skim frequently and don’t
skimp on passing through a fine
sieve at least once (twice is better
still). For chicken stock, Margot
uses chicken wings and cautions
not to brown them too much.
She keeps it light with fennel
and parsley.
“The stockpot is not a bin; all
stocks should start with good
ingredients,” says Andre Garrett,
executive chef at Cliveden. Among
the stock essentials he was taught
when training with the Galvin
brothers was to keep the bones
and vegetables large enough not
to break down during cooking as
this will affect the quality.
“Nearly every dish I serve
utilises stock in some way...
using the carcass imparts so
much natural flavour and depth,”
says the classically trained Tom
Kitchin, who worked with Alain
Ducasse in his formative years
and now runs Edinburgh’s The
Kitchin and Scran & Scallie. his
“desert island” stock is made with
mussel shells.
Four different stocks go into
the braised duck ravioli de plin
signature dish of the stock fiend
Louis Korovilas, who is now head
chef at Covent Garden’s new
Bancone. A rich, yet incredibly
clear stock, it is a combination of
pork, veal, duck and chicken stock
brought up to a simmer from
fridge cold. The key to good stock
is clarification, says Korovilas.
To achieve such clarity, he adds
what looks like a cloudy mess of
whipped egg whites, ice and
soffritto. All the impurities
stick to the egg white and
leave a completely clear
stock underneath.
It’s delicious, but the next
time I fancy a quick onionsoup supper, I’m pretty sure
I’ll be reaching for a True
Foods pouch rather than a
carton of eggs.
Arts
It’s a weird
job. It can easily
breed anxiety
Gaz Coombes talks
teenage fame, grief and
domestic rock ‘n’ roll
with Elisa Bray
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Jasper has
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magnificent
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infuriated by the lack of
progress under police chief
Bill Willoughby (Woody
Harrelson). The film deftly
juggles ghoulish comedy
and heartrending tragedy.
W
ith his sideburns,
thick dark hair,
hat and shades,
it’s easy to spot
Gaz Coombes,
former frontman
of Supergrass, as he sits in a café. He’s
jetlagged after an American tour of his
new songs, but the shades come off as
soon as we begin.
We are here to discuss Coombes’
new album World’s Strongest Man. It’s
the follow-up to his Top 20, Mercury
Prize and Ivor Novello-nominated
Matador, and his third solo outing. “I
joked that it was the first time I had to
follow up a successful album,” he says.
“It just relaxed me to know that when
I’m really honest and direct with what
I want to do creatively, it kind of works.
And that’s a great feeling to have; I don’t
have to try to be someone or try to be
a certain way to fit my music into the
latest trend.”
Coombes has never been one to
pursue trends. Even while they were
riding the Britpop wave in the Nineties,
Supergrass seemed a sideways step
from the pack. For a start they stayed in
their hometown of Oxford rather than
move to London.
Where Matador was honest and
direct in a more introverted way,
World’s Strongest Man is bolder and
more extrovert, with strident, Neu!esque propulsive riffs, interspersed
with expansive soundscapes, brimming
with musical ideas and surprises. In
his quest for musical exploration, he
moved his studio from the basement
of the family house up to the ground
floor. From there he started taking over
different rooms – to his two daughters’
delight – after being inspired by
musician friends’ “free and open” way
of life in California.
“I love that… the house was just
stuff everywhere: the living room was
a bit of a live room, the kitchen had
been converted into a control room
and I thought, ‘That’s my life, why not
surround myself with what I do, not
keep it buried away?’”
Does the new studio set-up not pose a
problem, a blurring of chaotic home life
with a musician’s creative space? “The
kids steam in and I’m in the middle of
a take, but I can’t get frustrated with
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their enthusiasm. Sometimes I’ll just
give them a mic to freestyle on. My
[older] daughter sings all the time.”
He set up the drums in a study
area, where the walls were lined with
bookshelves, the ceiling high. Acoustics
are integral for Coombes, who plays
most of the instruments on his albums.
Get him talking about musical details
and you have the feeling he’d happily
talk all day.
“I try to be distinctive,” he says,
talking excitedly about the guitar sound
on World’s Strongest Man being mainly
based on one guitar and a tiny 3-watt
Audition amp sold in Woolworths in the
Seventies. “It’s got this one sound and if
you put it on full volume it’s really cool.”
“It did really affect the early writing,”
he says of his new open space. “Because
of the open vibe, maybe it was a bit
more open with the ideas. ”
Continuing with the honesty in
his writing, he followed Matador’s
exploration of his anxiety. But where
that album’s “Detroit” explored a panic
attack through melody and gospel,
“Vanishing Act” on the new album
presents a panic attack as a powerful
stream of consciousness, raw and
unflinching. “I wouldn’t want to paint
a picture of it as an everyday thing,”
he says in a measured tone that’s the
opposite to the anguish of the song.
When we started
touring I had to stop my
mum sending me off
with a packed lunch
“It’s just a weird job, it can easily breed
anxiety. I would worry a lot as a kid, but
then you hit your teens and life moves
so much faster and you don’t have
too much time… I remember riding a
wave through my twenties, and then I
remember when my mum died. I was
27, and that changed a lot,” he reflects.
“The repercussions are still there;
it never really goes away. You just
evolve with it, but it changes your way
of thinking and maybe you become
a bit more delicate in certain ways.
So yeah, I’ve definitely had anxiety
over the years. Not so much when
I’m performing, it’s more if I’m left
on my own for too long. Panic attacks
are pretty horrible. Luckily it doesn’t
happen too often.”
Life certainly moved faster for
Coombes than they do for most
teenagers. He was just 17 when he
formed Supergrass with school friend
Danny Goffey, and 19 – in 1995, the
height of Britpop – when their debut
album I Should Coco catapulted them to
the top of the chart. “I remember doing
homework in the back of a transit van
travelling up to Manchester, the boys
taking the piss out of me, and trying to
stop my mum doing me anything that
resembled a packed lunch. I’m in a
f***ing rock’n’roll band!”
He credits his upbringing with
keeping him sufficiently rooted. “It was
never a case of rolling up in a limo back
at my mum’s house and falling out with
a bottle of champagne. She would’ve
sorted me out.
“Obviously when you go around
America for eight weeks as a 17-yearold on a tour bus there’s no grounding
really – we were pretty mental. I’ve
used all the mad elements of growing
up like that to help me create this stuff. ”
The song “In Waves” delves back into
his boyhood: the point at which he chose
the path of music, when he bought a
guitar aged 12 or 13 – his “Sliding Doors
moment”. “It’s about being 14 or 15 and
my dreams of being an astronaut or
whatever I wanted to be and realising
with five GCSEs it wasn’t really going
to happen, and then you start playing
guitar. I could have picked something
else up – I could have picked up a
tennis racquet.”
He recalls when he and Goffey
first got together, with his piano and
the trumpet Goffey was given for
Christmas, thinking, as they jammed
together, that it could all sound a
lot better. Coombes decided to pick
up something “more rock’n’roll”.
“I remember going to buy my first
guitar and never looking back. It
changed everything.”
When we meet it’s the start of a few
days off for Coombes. “I like to find cool
films and switch off. I guess I’m a bit of
a sci-fi nut, but not cheesy sci-fi,” he’s
keen to impress. “I wasn’t a Star Wars
kind of guy, but 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I like cold, claustrophobic sci-fi films
where everyone is a study in behaviour.”
He appreciates the soundtracks as
much as the films; he’d like to write one
himself. “Maybe these three records
have been my soundtracks. Maybe
it goes back to the Supergrass stuff.
We always did key changes and time
changes. I still really like to write with
those moments in mind rather than:
‘Right, I’m going to get a big singalong
chorus and it’s going to be a big hit on
Radio 2.’ That doesn’t really interest
me.’”
Instead, the lyrics took inspiration
from toxic masculinity, and Grayson
Perry’s exploration of the crisis in
modern masculinity, The Descent of
Man. “I guess being a dad of two girls
can maybe give me a slightly more open
view of that. There’s no room for any
alpha male behaviour in that way.”
‘World’s Strongest Man’ is out now on
the Hot Fruit label
Dedicated and devoted
to snaring the grisly
Croydon cat killer
» To Catch a Cat Killer Vice TV, available now
» Back to the Land BBC2, 8pm
S
trange to say, but by the
end of Vice TV’s To Catch
a Cat Killer, I found myself
wanting more. Not more
slaughtered cats, of course, on
top of the astonishing 361 (thus
far) that have fallen victim to
the so-called “Croydon Cat
Killer”, plus, if you’ll pardon the
expression, various possible
copycat killers, or even colluders.
Rather, I wanted to know more
about the fascinating detective
work being carried out by the
police and RSPCA to try to
apprehend this bizarre sadist but,
more particularly, the dedicated
amateur sleuth work of the
impressively named Boudicca
Rising and, rather less imposingly
named, Tony Jenkins, of Snarl – the
South Norwood Animal Rescue
and Liberty group. Vice rightly
made these two, the catman and
catwoman of south London and
Surrey, the focus of its attention.
Boudicca and Tony, who
incidentally are in a relationship
with each other as well as many,
many cats, started out as two
average feline eccentrics. Tony
lives with 18 cats and Boudicca
tries not to get too lonely
surrounded by 14, and their lives
used to revolve around the worthy
but routine tasks of rehoming
abandoned and maltreated
moggies. Until, that is, cats started
to be killed – perhaps murdered
is the right word – all over
south London, Surrey and then
They note that many
a serial killer of human
beings starts out as a
torturer of animals
nationally. As Tony puts it, “The cat
killer seems to be dictating a large
part of my life at the moment…
What the f**k has my life become
that I spend more time collecting
dead cats than live cats?” The
stress has put his relationship with
Boudicca under strain.
The killing pattern has been
broadly the same for all the cases.
A cat would be killed around
its owner’s home, then it would
be taken off-site to be ritually
mutilated. Then the carcass
would be returned to the home,
often dumped on the patio or the
like. Sometime later the rest of
the grisly remains would also be
returned, to the obvious horror and
upset of the doting owners.
Tony, noting the way the killer
disrupted the grieving process
Boudicca Rising spends her days
trying to solve the killings VICE TV
for the pets’ parents by leaving
bits of body around their gardens,
shrewdly saw that we were not
dealing with someone with a
grudge against cats so much as
someone who wants to attack
humans. He and Boudicca noted,
again wisely, the way that many a
serial killer of human beings starts
out as a torturer of animals.
The vet interviewed said that
while the basics of the mutilation
were common, the skill and style
varied wildly, which, along with
the extensive geographical area
covered, suggest there is more than
one single obsessive at work.
On the plus side, there is a lot of
evidence left behind by the killer(s),
and at some point mistakes will
be made that will lead to an arrest
(indeed, one may well already have
occurred). But I would have liked to
know more about the background
to the cases, how similar cases ever
get solved, and how on earth the
police/RSPCA/Snarl think they
can end the cruelty.
For those concerned about the
future of British farming postBrexit, I have two words: duck
sausages. We are assured by Kate
Humble, presenting a new series
of Back to the Land, that they
are “incredibly juicy” and have
succeeded in revitalising at least
one small Cornish farm, thanks to
the creative flair and lively “duck
you” attitude of owners Roger and
Tanya. This and other examples
found by Humble show a future
for rural businesses when the
subsidies dry up and UK farming
is laid wide open to the cheapest
imports of produce from anywhere
on Earth. Duck Europe, then.
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Arts
Arts
THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
Cloud Gate Dance
Theatre of Taiwan
Objects from the discovery in
1974 of the underground army
of terracotta warriors. (liverpool
museums.org.uk) to 28 Oct
Formosa is inspired by Taiwan,
poetry and the way writing can
distort memory and history.
(020 7863 8000) to Sat
WORLD MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL
FILM
Lean On Pete
15, ANDREW HAIGH, 122 MINS
Freddie Fox plays Lord
Goring, the dandy with
hidden depths, opposite
Sally Bretton
THEATRE
An Ideal Husband
VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
Freddie Fox was brilliant a
few years ago as Oscar Wilde’s
nemesis, Bosie, in David Hare’s
Judas Kiss. Now he’s back in Wilde
country, giving an enchantingly
comic performance as Lord
Goring, Bosie’s temperamental
opposite, in this shrewd,
very enjoyable revival of An
Ideal Husband directed by
Jonathan Church.
Goring is the dandy who
keeps his considerable goodness
and wisdom under the wraps
of a reputation for flamboyant
flippancy and affectation. Fox’s
performance beautifully shows
you the generosity and lack of
self-importance with which
the character makes light of his
hidden depths.
There is more buoyant mischief
and less underlying melancholy
than you get in some portrayals
of Goring, but you never doubt his
right to be Wilde’s spokesperson,
DANCE
Breakin’
Convention
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON
HHHHH
Breakin’ Convention celebrated
a milestone birthday by breaking
new ground. For its 15th
anniversary, the hip hop dance
festival launched into live music,
working with 15 musicians
from Jazz re:freshed. It’s a joyful
collaboration. From Mufasa’s
slinky cello duet to Boy Blue
Entertainment’s triumphant
finale, the new works glow with
shared inspiration.
Founded in 2004, Breakin’
Convention has always focused
on hip hop dance theatre,
making a heartfelt plea for a life
that acknowledges the primacy of
love and forgiveness over rigid,
pitiless perfectionism. For all his
preening, you come to see that it is
the righteous folk who are the real
egomaniacs in this play.
The “ideal husband” is a man
haunted by the threat of imminent
exposure. In its preoccupation
with blackmail, scandal and
the gap between public and
private morality, this play eerily
prefigures the fate that was about
to engulf the author just months
after its opening.
But Church’s revival – the latest
in Classic Spring’s year-long
Wilde season at the Vaudeville –
happily does not weigh the piece
down by having the shadow of
Reading Gaol fall across it. You
emerge, rather, marvelling at
the golden good humour and
delicious sense of the absurd that
never left Wilde even in times of
extreme stress.
encouraging storytelling and
combinations of art forms
alongside the dance battles and
celebrations of past artists.
It’s determined to showcase
the variety of hip hop: away
from the main stage there
are workshops, an open mic
programme and plenty of chances
for the audience to start dancing.
This year’s main stage show
has a rather conventional first
half, with a changing line-up of
international artists. But the show
really takes off with the live music.
The festival and Jazz re:freshed
make a marvellous team, with
a commissioned score from
Jason Yarde and a wide range of
responses. Dressed in striped
T-shirts and period suits, UK crew
The Locksmiths whiz through
dapper footwork, playful in their
Frances Barber plays the
melodrama to the hilt as the
adventuress Mrs Cheveley who can
destroy the career and marriage
of Sir Robert Chiltern (Nathaniel
Parker) unless he gives his support
to a fraudulent Argentine canal
scheme. She possesses a letter that
proves that this rising politician
founded his wealth and career on
selling a Cabinet secret. No one can
throw their head back and let loose
dastardly laughs like Barber.
Susan Hampshire is an absolute
delight as Lady Markby, wittering
away about modern manias in a
hilarious tour de force of emptyheaded high society prattling. And
the venerable Edward Fox creates
a delicious double act of mutual
exasperation with Freddie: his reallife son playing his fictional one.
“Do you really always understand
what you say, sir?” asks the crusty
old buffer. Freddie’s hesitation is
exquisitely poised between the
provoking and the affectionate.
“Yes, father, if I listen attentively.”
Unimprovable.
To 14 July (0330 333 4814)
PAUL TAYLOR
DANCE
China’s First Emperor and
the Terracotta Warriors
Writer-director Andrew Haigh
follows the exceptional 45 Years
with a new film whose main
character is a teenage American
boy from a broken family. Charlie
Plummer gives a stand-out
performance. Limited release
TALKS & POETRY
AJ Pearce
VARIOUS VENUES
The author reads from her
debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird, set
in London during the Blitz.
Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye
(01989 564 464) tonight 7pm;
Booka Bookshop & Cafe, Oswestry
(01691 662244) Thur 7.30pm
COMEDY
100 Club Presents
100 CLUB, LONDON W1
Ace Nish Kumar tops the bill,
while enticing back-up comes
from rising star Jamali Maddix,
Suzi Ruffell and Rhys James.
(showandtelluk.com) tonight
SADLER’S WELLS, LONDON EC1
JAZZ
John Etheridge and
Arun Ghosh
VORTEX JAZZ, LONDON N16
British guitarist John Etheridge
and award-winning Indo-jazz
clarinetist Arun Ghosh join forces
for an evening of improvised
music. (020 7254 4097) tonight
FOLK & ROOTS
Daoiri Farrell
VARIOUS VENUES
The singer and bouzouki player’s
2016 album, True Born Irishman,
won him two BBC Radio 2 Folk
Awards. A new album is due
in October. Philharmonic Hall,
Liverpool (0151 709 3789) tonight;
Witham, Barnard Castle (01833
631107) Thur; Folk at the Grove,
Leeds (0113 244 2085) Fri
THEATRE
The Band
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Tim Firth’s musical about Take
That is an infectious homage to
Britain’s best-loved boy band
(thebandmusical.com) to Sat
If you only see
one thing today
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reactions to the orchestra. Breakin’
Convention founder Jonzi D
finds the orchestra responding
with a new chord whenever he
touches a different part of his
body – head, shoulder, elbow. It’s
a comic exchange that builds in a
spoken word solo about culture
and identity.
Netherlands crew The Ruggeds
show off tight canon and tighter
acrobatics, while French artist
Mufasa dances a gorgeous duet
with singer and cellist Ayanna
Witter-Johnson.
And in a rousing finale Boy
Blue Entertainment unleash the
full orchestra and a large cast
of dancers, moving with taut,
ritualistic power before breaking
into explosive celebrations.
ZOE ANDERSON
THE INDEPENDENT
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Arts
agenda
reviews
POP
Protomartyr
VARIOUS VENUES
Detroit’s post-punk powerhouse give their fourth album the
victory-lap treatment. Literacy and bristling rage merge
for urgent interrogations of modern political falsehoods on
Relatives in Descent, an album with things to say and plenty of
brash, bracing ways of saying them. Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
(ticketweb.uk) tonight; Scala, London N1 (seetickets.com) Thursday
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PROPERTY
House prices can grow after
volatility, says Halifax
By Caitlin Morrison
UK house prices fell 3.1 per cent in
April, according to the Halifax house
price index, hitting an average price
of £220,962.
While prices went up on an annual basis, by 2.2 per cent, the drop
between March and April, and a
0.1 per cent decline over the quarter,
reflect “volatility in the short term”,
Halifax said.
“Housing demand has softened in
the early months of 2018, with both
mortgage approvals and completed
home sales edging down. Housing
supply – as measured by the stock of
homes for sale and new instructions
– is also still very low,” said Halifax
managing director Russell Galley.
“However, the UK labour market
is performing strongly with unemployment continuing to fall and wage
growth finally picking up. These factors should help to ease pressure
on household finances and as a result we expect annual price growth
will remain in our forecast range [of]
0 per cent to 3 per cent this year.”
Some property experts have pointed out that, early in April, markets
were still preparing for the Bank of
England to raise interest rates, which
would have made prospective home
buyers wary, although a rate rise now
looks more unlikely following a series
of underwhelming data releases in reOptimism in the housing
market may also have
been hit by dropping mortgage
approval rates – recent Bank of
England statistics found there
were 1.4 per cent fewer in April.
cent weeks. In addition, the extreme
wintry weather that continued into
March led to depressed sales over
the quarter.
“With two Bank Holidays in May,
it will be interesting to see if the sunshine tempts both buyers and sellers
back into action this month, as an
influx of new listings is very much required in many areas in order to stop
the market stagnating further,” said
Brian Murphy, head of lending for the
Mortgage Advice Bureau.
Meanwhile, Sam Mitchell, CEO of
online estate agents Housesimple.
com, said the market is “listless and
needs a spark, but it’s hard to see
where that spark will come from”.
Mr Mitchell added: “The economy
is weak and consumers lack confidence but inflation is falling and an
interest rate rise any time soon is now
less likely.”
Some analysts believe the market will
remain listless unless given a spark
Howard Archer, chief economic
adviser to the EY Item Club, said
that the market for house buyers was
likely to “remain challenging” in the
foreseeable future.
“Consumers have faced an extended serious squeeze on purchasing
power, which is only gradually easing,” he said.
Recent ONS statistics show that
the squeeze on wages by higher inflation is easing. THE INDEPENDENT
ENERGY
CMA refers
SSE-Npower
merger to
full inquiry
By Ben Chapman
Quote of
the day
Was this a taste
of my own
medicine? Sort
of. I’ve now
experienced for
myself the impact
of the mortgage
market review
Lynda Blackwell
Former FCA mortgage
chief who was refused a
home loan this week
The 30
Second
Briefing
VW’S
E-GOLF
Is Volkswagen making a new VR
sports videogame?
Not quite; the German carmaker has
opened the doors to its Gläserne
Manufaktur – loosely translated as
“transparent factory” – in Dresden
to shed light on how it produces the
e-Golf, the electric-powered version
of one of its most popular models.
What’s a “transparent factory”?
At the leafy Dresden facility, which
looks more like the headquarters of
trendy start-up than a car factory,
visitors can watch vehicles as they
are put together through a glass
façade that runs along the length of
the building.
Though the factory used to make
petrol-powered cars, the plant’s 130
technicians now hand-assemble
control units, cockpits, seats
and doors to the central chassis,
delivered from elsewhere, to form
the e-Golfs.
The firm says it hopes it makes
the process more transparent and
accessible, while the site also offers
electric vehicles in front of the
factory for visitors to test-drive.
Transparent? That doesn’t sound
like Volkswagen...
In the light of the carmaker’s
2015 emissions scandal– when
Volkswagen admitted that several
thousand vehicles were fitted
with “defeat devices” designed to
circumvent emissions tests – it is
a fair comment. US prosecutors
heard only last week how former
CEO Martin Winterkorn was
allegedly not only fully briefed
about what his engineers were up
to, he also authorised a continuing
cover-up operation.
The facility could mark a new
chapter in VW’s life, however. By 2025,
it aims to be the leading provider
of electric vehicles and sell two to
three million such vehicles a year.
A merger between SSE and Npower
has been referred for a full investigation by the competition watchdog over concerns it could lead to
higher gas and electricity prices
for consumers.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its initial probe
found the tie-up could reduce competition and that it will now mount a
full “stage-two” investigation, which
could take around six months.
SSE, which is the second-largest of
the “Big Six” energy suppliers, and
Npower, which is the smallest, did not
provide proposals to allay fears that
the tie-up could reduce competition.
The CMA will make a final decision
on whether to clear the merger by a
deadline of 22 October.
An Npower spokesman said: “We
did not put forward measures to address the CMA’s concerns because
we firmly believe this merger will be
good for competition as it stands.”
The combined company would be
the UK’s second-largest energy provider, with 11.5 million customers, just
behind British Gas. Iberdrola (Scottish Power), E.On and EDF make up
the remainder of the Big Six.
Larger suppliers have been facing
stiff competition from smaller rivals
who have been winning increasing
numbers of customers. They have
also faced heavy criticism from
consumer groups and MPs after
increasing energy bills for consumers, though a government-enforced
price cap is set to be introduced on
expensive standard variable tariffs.
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BANKING
Virgin Money in all-share
takeover talks with CYBG
By Caitlin Morrison
Virgin Money and CYBG, the owners
of Clydesdale Bank, have confirmed
they are in talks about a potential
merger, which would see the challengers combining to provide a fullservice bank for six million personal
and business customers.
In a statement to the London Stock
Exchange, Virgin Money said it had
received a “preliminary and conditional proposal” from CYBG to buy
the entire issued and to-be-issued
share capital of Virgin Money.
CYBG, which also owns Yorkshire
Bank, has offered to pay 1.1297 new
CYBG shares for each Virgin Money
share, in a deal that values Virgin
Money at approximately £1.6bn. According to the terms set out by CYBG
on Monday, Virgin Money would own
around 36.5 per cent of the combined
group if the deal goes ahead.
CYBG said that its proposal “provides the Virgin Money shareholders
with an attractive up-front premium
and the opportunity to participate in
the continuing progress of the combined group”.
“CYBG recognises the strength
and appeal of the Virgin Money
brand. Our proposal would ensure
that the Virgin Money brand would
play a significant role in the combined group, subject to reaching
agreement with Virgin Group,” the
CYBG, which owns
Clydesdale Bank,
‘recognises the
strength’ of the
Virgin Money brand
bank said. CYBG added that it believes “the combination would create
the UK’s leading challenger bank,
offering both personal and SME customers a genuine alternative to the
large incumbent banks”.
“There can be no certainty either
that an offer will be made nor as to
the terms of any offer, if made. Accordingly, shareholders are advised
to take no action in relation to this
proposal,” Virgin Money said.
According to UK takeover rules,
CYBG now has until 5pm on 4 June
to make a firm offer or withdraw its
proposal. Analysts say the stage is
set for a possible bid war and that the
informal offer increases the chances
of deals for other challenger banks.
THE INDEPENDENT
Shares in Virgin Money
were boosted by 9.89
per cent at the close of trading
yesterday, while CYBG’s stock rose
1.13 per cent.
Shire accepts £46bn takeover by Takeda
Takeda, the Japanese pharmaceuticals giant, has convinced Shire’s
board to back a £46bn takeover of
the Dublin-based company at the
fifth time of asking.
The deal is the biggest takeover
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
Customers should
not be forgotten
in bank merger
W
ith one challenger
bank (TSB) having
fallen flat on its face,
is another about to
rise to take its place
by injecting some much needed
competitive vim into the market?
StepforwardCYBGwithaproposal
to join forces with Virgin Money and
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BANKING
Lloyds lashes
out at Standard
Life Aberdeen
over challenge
By Michael Bow
PHARMACEUTICALS
By Angela Jameson
IQ
30-36
of a foreign company by a Japanese
buyer, dwarfing Softbank’s $40bn
(£30bn) takeover of Sprint last year.
Takeda raised its offer for Dublin-based Shire to over £49 a share,
representing a 60 per cent premium
on Shire’s Marsh 27 closing price of
£30.70, to clinch the deal.
The merger will bring together
Takeda’s expertise in gastroenterology and neuroscience with Shire’s
leading position in rare diseases.
Shire’s shareholders will own
about 50 per cent of the combined
group, with shares listed in Tokyo
and New York. EVENING STANDARD
stick it to the (banking) man. The
logic of putting them together is that
it would create a much more effective
challenger to the established order; a
bigger, badder challenger than either
individual bank could hope to become
on their own, and one with more than
six million customers and a balance
sheet approaching £70bn.
The problems faced by TSB
presents an opportunity for the two
to show how it should be done. TSB’s
reputation and brand have, you may
recall, been trashed by an IT snafu,
compounded by poor communication
and a quite staggeringly bad
appearance before the Treasury
Committee by Paul Pester, the CEO,
who managed to embody almost
everything that’s bad about banking.
My own less-than-stellar
experience as a customer is relevant
here. I’ve had to make multiple
complaints over the past few years.
What became clear while trying to
get things done is that it wasn’t the
bank’s people who were the problem –
they were as sympathetic and helpful
as they could be, something that isn’t
always true of banks. No, the problem
was with the systems the bank’s
bosses had given them to work with,
systems that repeatedly prevented
me from, for example, paying off a
credit card. On another occasion I
was told that to do X, I’d have to go
into a branch. Needless to say, they’ve
been closing. My nearest one is miles
Th
he problems faced by
TSB
B present an opportunity
for the two banks to show
how it should be done
away and not easily accessible with a
mobility impairment.
In the wake of the financial crisis
the Government said it wanted to see
more competition in Britain’s overly
concentrated banking market to
make things better for long-suffering
consumers. Over the subsequent
Lloyds Banking Group hit back at
Standard Life Aberdeen yesterday
over the fund manager’s decision
to challenge the end of a £109bn
investment mandate.
The FTSE 100 fund manager, led
by co-chief executives Martin Gilbert
and Keith Skeoch, said the lender had
no right to call time on the contract
because it was not “in material competition” with Lloyds and its subsidiary Scottish Widows.
A Lloyds spokesman said the
claims were “not credible”, adding:
“We note and are disappointed by
the comments made by Standard Life
Aberdeen, particularly in the light of
our position as a major customer.”
Lloyds cancelled the
mandate – the firm’s
biggest – in February after claiming the merger
of Standard
The percentage of
Life and AbStandard Life’s
erdeen had
annual revenue
made the busithe deal is
ness a “material
worth
competitor”.
The two sides have
entered a dispute resolution process,
which will see senior executives from
Standard Life Aberdeen and Lloyds
thrash out a compromise. “Standard
Life Aberdeen does not consider that
Lloyds… has the right to terminate
the long-term asset management
arrangements,” the Scottish-based
firm said.
The agreement contributes about
£129m, or 4.4 per cent, to Standard
Life’s annual revenues.
Lloyds is seeking a selection of new
managers to run the money ahead of
the deal expiring next June.
Aberdeen bought Scottish Widows
Investment Partnership – the fund
management arm of Scottish Widows – from Lloyds in 2013 for £650m.
4.4%
EVENING STANDARD
years genuinely new entrants
emerged, such as TSB, Virgin Money
and CYBG themselves. All that lovely
competition, and yet the complaints
data from the Financial Conduct
Authority suggest there is no sign
of an downward trend in the overall
numbers lodged, if you exclude the
ongoing PPI scandal.
Meanwhile, Lloyds, the behemoth
of retail banking, has been noticeably
improving its margins. Competition
was supposed to make that harder to
do, too.
If a deal can be thrashed out there
may be benefits to be had for investors
in both banks. But whether that
will also prove true for consumers,
who saw billions of their tax pounds
injected into the industry to prop
it up, is open to debate. A look over
what has happened since the crisis
suggests that while today’s banks are
more digitally savvy than they were,
they still don’t treat the consumer
any better. THE INDEPENDENT
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From the
business
pages
Comcast lines up
bid for Fox assets
The Wall Street Journal
US cable TV network provider
Comcast is reportedly lining
up a hostile bid for some of 21st
Century Fox’s entertainment
assets, after it was reported to
be lining up various financing
options and monitoring
the outcome of AT&T and
TimeWarner’s antitrust trial
before proceeding. Fox has
already agreed to sell the assets
in question to Walt Disney for
$52.4bn (£38.8bn) in stock.
Shell sale will be
one of the biggest
The Globe and Mail
Royal Dutch Shell is selling its
8 per cent stake in Canadian
Natural Resources as part of a
C$4.3bn (£2.45bn) secondary
offering that will rank as one
of the largest Canadian share
sales. The deal will be watched
as an indication of investor
appetite for Canadian energy
stocks, say experts, following
a long period of negative
sentiment in the industry.
Norway fund gets
tough on methane
E24 Næringsliv
Norway’s sovereign wealth fund
is adding to the pressure on US
firm Kinder Morgan, saying
it will vote for a shareholder
resolution forcing the energy
firm to set rigid targets for
methane reductions. The
£740bn oil fund hopes to send
a signal to companies that they
need to have a strategy for how
they handle methane emissions
and report on such efforts.
Latvian bank starts
EU court complaint
The Baltic Times
Latvia’s ABLV Bank and its
biggest shareholders have filed
a complaint with the EU Court
of Justice against the European
Central Bank and the Single
Resolution Board over decisions
made to force investors to vote
on a voluntary liquidation of
the bank. ABLV was previously
accused of enabling large-scale
money laundering, bribing
EU officials and facilitating a
breach of sanctions against
North Korea.
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SPORT
ENERGY
Football transfer
buoys Dortmund
Chairman of
Centrica to retire
Borussia Dortmund, the
only publicly quoted football
club playing in the German
Bundesliga, has announced that
its profits for the past three
months have risen to €70.8m
(£62.1m) – thanks largely to
player transfers, buoyed by
Arsenal’s record £55.4m fee to
bring striker Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang to London.
The owner of British Gas,
Centrica, said yesterday that its
chairman, Rick Haythornwaite,
has given notice of his intention
to retire, opening up a search
for a replacement at a testing
juncture for the UK’s “Big
Six” energy suppliers. Mr
Haythornthwaite joined
the board of Centrica in
October 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
ENERGY
Founder of games
firm to hit jackpot
E.On profits soar
after price hike
Team17, the Yorkshire-based
video game publisher, has
announced plans to float on the
AIM exchange for a projected
value of £230m. Strong results
for the studio, known for titles
such as Worms, Overcooked and
The Escapists, will see founder
Debbie Bestwick receive
£50m for selling her stake in
the company.
Energy firm E.On has reported
a 41 per cent increase in profit
for the first quarter of the
year, just weeks after hiking
energy bills for most of its UK
customers. The utility group
posted a profit of €1.03bn
(£904m), compared with €735m
in the same period of 2017, while
earnings rose 24 per cent from
€1bn to €1.3bn.
OUTSOURCING
ADVERTISING
Carillion job loss
total up to 2,300
Sorrell: I may
start again
The Official Receiver, which
took control of Carillion after
its liquidation in January, has
announced that another 35 of
the outsourcer’s employees
have lost their jobs. The news
means that, in total, almost
2,300 of the company’s 20,000
workers have been laid off, while
11,489 have been saved.
The former WPP chief
executive Martin Sorrell has
revealed that he could “start
again” after abruptly quitting
at the advertising firm. He
added that he was “not going
into voluntary or involuntary
retirement” and that WPP did
not require him to enter into a
“non-compete” agreement.
FINANCE
TRANSPORT
Men ‘check their
investments more’
Buyout firm ends
FirstGroup bid
A study has found that men
are more likely than women
to check their investments
regularly. Two-thirds (66 per
cent) of men check their
portfolios at least once a month,
compared with only 38 per cent
of women, according to data
from M&G Investments.
Great Western Railway
operator FirstGroup has seen
off a takeover bid from US
private equity firm Apollo.
The investment group said it
would walk away from a firm
offer after facing a “put up or
shut up” bid deadline from the
Takeover Panel.
the
markets
The FTSE 100 endured a small fall
yesterday, finishing at 7,565.75 or
down 1.39 points (0,02 per cent) at
the close of trading. Though it was
brought up by the day’s biggest
climbers, including Shire (up 4.63
per cent at 4,034.5p) and Ashtead
Group (up 3.4 per cent at 2,158p),
the index was dragged down by
particularly large falls including
Fresnillo (down 2.44 per cent at
1,277p) and Sainsbury’s (down 1.96
per cent at 295.4p).
***
The French Cac 40 index was down
0.17 per cent at 5521.93 yesterday,
while Frankfurt’s Dax lost 0.28 per
cent to reach 12912.21.
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EMPLOYMENT
Employers paying
into pensions hits
a record high
schemes has “clustered” at the minimum levels possible.
The proportion of the UK’s employThough the minimum contribution
ers who contribute to a workplace rate rose last month from 2 per cent
pension is at a record high level, to 5 per cent of an employee’s earnaccording to the latest statistics ings – and employer minimums rose
from the Office for National Statis- from 1 per cent to 2 per cent – almost
tics (ONS).
half of workers in 2017 contributed
Around 73 per cent of UK employ- less than 2 per cent of their pay, comees had an active workplace
pared with 6 per cent in 2012.
pension in 2017, the ONS
The ONS says that autosays, up from under 47 per
matic enrolment may have
cent in 2012.
led to “an influx of new
The ONS attributes
savers at low rates”.
much of this increase to
Total contribution
Percentage of UK
the Coalition Governrates are set to rise
employees with a
ment’s introduction of
again next April, growworkplace pension
automatic enrolment in
ing to 8 per cent, of which
in 2017
October 2012, which makes
3 per cent must be paid by
it compulsory for employers to
an employer.
automatically enrol eligible workers
Robert Cochran, retirement exinto a scheme and make a contribu- pert at pension provider Scottish
tion towards their employees pen- Widows, says the high numbers “may
sions. So far, it has seen 9.5 million be providing a false sense of security”
people automatically enrolled into a to pension savers, amid reports that
pension scheme.
only 56 per cent of people are saving
The ONS data also shows that enough for a comfortable retirement.
since automatic enrolment was
“It’s equally important for younger
introduced, the value of contribu- generations to be planning ahead and
tions made to defined contribution it’s brilliant to see so many twentysomethings starting their pension
savings journey,” he added.
The ONS’s statistics also
“While retirement may feel like a
show that only one in
long time away for those in this age
three employees contributed
group, it’s really important they start
more than 3 per cent of their
to think about it as soon as possible.
pay to their pension schemes,
“Using the right platforms, techsuggesting that most only meet
nology and content to engage young
their minimum obligations
people in formats they appreciate is a
critical first step.”
By Laurie Havelock
73%
Taiwan’s new airline promises flights to Japan
Starlux Airlines, a new player in
the Taiwanese airline business,
has promised to prioritise
flights to Japan and serving
higher-end customers at a
news conference marking the
company’s registration.
The firm’s founder, Chang
Kuo-wei (above), is better known
in the country as the chairman of
EVA Airways. He was ousted after
his father, Chang Yung-fa , died in
January 2016.
The Starlux boss said that its
maiden flight was expected to take
off in 2020, with Japan the first
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By Laurie Havelock
The Association of British Insurers
(ABI) and British Insurance Brokers’
Association (Biba) have launched
new efforts to crack down on excessive premium costs charged to longstanding customers.
The two trade associations have
published a set of “guiding principles and action points” that set out
how lenders can avoid the issue of
loyal customers paying excessively
more on renewed policies than
new customers.
The plan has suggestions for products including home, motor and travel insurance, and calls for the new
approach to be built into lenders’ procedures for determining a customer’s
premium when they renew. According to Citizens Advice, long-standing
home insurance customers can pay
£110 a year more than new ones.
Pet and health insurance are
not included as many products
provide cover at renewal for medical conditions that arise after the
priority destination. Other nearterm destinations could include
South East Asia and the West
Coast of the US after a few years of
operating. Mr Chang warned that
flights to Europe would be farther
off, however, as continental flight
routes were hard to obtain.
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FINANCES
You may be owed hundreds of
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You’re a click
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Martin Lewis
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efund, refund, refund. No,
I’m not stuck on repeat
– I’m trying to hammer
home that people are
owed hundreds of
millions of pounds that they’re just
not claiming, most of which can be
done with just a quick click or phone
call. Here’s what you need to do…
POWER OF ATTORNEY FEES
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a
legal document which allows you,
while you still have the mental
capacity to do so, to nominate a
trusted friend or relative to look
after your affairs if you lose capacity.
And they’re not just for the elderly, I
have one, I’m 45.
Yet if you’ve already got one, and
did it between 1 April 2013 and 31
March 2017 in England and Wales,
you paid £110, which is more than
it should’ve been, so if you did that
you’re owed up to £54 per Power
of Attorney. To claim a refund go
to www.gov.uk/power-of-attorneyrefund or call the Office of the Public
Guardians on 0300 456 0300 and
select option six. You’ll need details
of the person who it was set up for
and the name of one of the attorneys.
I’m swamped with people telling
me how easy it is, like Barbara who
tweeted me: “Thanks to you, I have
£75.42 back. How else would I have
known about this?”
MARRIED TAX RELIEF
Three years ago, the Government
launched the marriage (and civil
partnerships) tax allowance.
It applies where one is a basicrate taxpayer and the other a
non-taxpayer. The non-taxpayer
can apply to have 10 per cent (£1,190)
of their tax-free allowance shifted
to the taxpayer. This means £1,190
of income they were taxed on at 20
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money
The number of fraudulent
current account applications
being detected increased in 2017,
according to analysis by creditchecking company Experian, with
criminals masterminding 159
in every 10,000 current account
applications last year (up from
138 in 2016).
Experian’s data also suggests
that account fraud is more likely
to affect men than women. Other
people more vulnerable to identity
fraud are those aged 18 to 25, those
living in shared low-cost housing,
and those that move regularly –
thanks to the likelihood of their
post being intercepted. The firm
suggests a series of steps to avoid
being the victim of such scams,
which include shredding personal
documents, being vigilant for
“phishing” scams and reading bank
and card statements regularly.
***
These brides and grooms, on
a wedding dash in London
yesterday, may be entitled to
married couples’ tax relief PA
per cent is now tax-free – a £238 gain
this year done via altering your tax
code. Yet still more than one million
eligible couples are missing out. As
you can back claim a refund to when
it started too, that’s a cheque for
£662 – a total of £900. It takes five
minutes to do at gov.uk/marriageallowance/how-to-apply. It’s the
non-taxpayer who must apply.
RECLAIM OVERPAID ENERGY
With winter long gone this is the
perfect time for those who pay
energy by monthly direct debit,
which is the vast majority, to check
if you’ve got too much credit. This is
because energy firms estimate your
usage, and then bill you based on
their estimates. If those are set too
high you can end up overpaying.
Only do this if you’ve been
providing regular meter readings,
or have a smart meter doing it
for you. If not, send them a meter
reading. Assuming all is up to date
go online or call up to check whether
you are in credit and if so how much.
Direct debits are meant to smooth
out your usage over the year so
normally you’re in surplus going into
winter and in deficit after. So right
now if your credit is more than a
month’s worth of bills, ask them for
the amount over that back – it can
be £100s, and ask them to lower the
direct debit going forward.
If you switched providers you
should have been credited with any
excess then, yet they didn’t used to,
so check even if it was years ago.
EARLY STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS
In the past three years alone, more
than 100,000 university leavers
started to repay their loans too
early, and are due some of it back.
Plus, as this could go all the way
back to 1998, it’s likely there are
100,000s more.
You are only eligible to start
repaying your student loan in the
April after graduation – often
around nine months after leaving,
and even then only if you earn
over a set threshold. However, if
your employer has the wrong info
about your uni leaving date, or
simply does it wrong, you may start
repaying early. To check and get it
back is easy. Just call the Student
Loan Company on 0300 100 0611 – it
takes five minutes
UNIFORM TAX REBATE
If you wear a recognisable uniform
to work, even if it’s just a branded
T-shirt, and you wash it yourself, you
may be able to reclaim hundreds
of pounds of tax back. The amount
you get varies from £12 to £74 a year
depending on your tax rate and the
industry you work in, plus you can
go back four years in total.
Fill out the P87 claim form at www.
gov.uk/guidance/claim-incometax-relief-for-your-employmentexpenses-p87. Once you’ve
registered, your tax code will change,
so you’ll be taxed less in future.
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HSBC has launched a new banking
app that lets customers see all of
their accounts at once – including
those held with other banks.
The Connected Money app will
allow users to see their current
account as well as online savings
accounts, mortgages, loans and
cards held across 21 different
banks in one app. Tools in the
app to help people manage their
money include a spend analysis
feature, helping people see their
spending across categories and
keeping track on spending habits,
as well as a “bills calendar” so users
can plan around money leaving
their accounts.
***
Money may not the be-all and
end-all for the UK’s employees,
according to a study that finds
seven out of eight workers believe
factors other than pay are the most
important in their jobs.
According to a study of 2,500
UK workers carried out by job
website Indeed, only 12 per cent
said that salary was of paramount
importance, ranking behind good
relationships with colleagues (21
per cent) and enjoying the job (24
per cent). More than half (55 per
cent) said they would turn down a
pay rise if it meant working in an
environment they did not like.
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Heat three tablespoons of the oil in a
large pan. Add the onions and cook over a
low heat for 10 minutes.
Increase the heat, add the aubergines
and cook for two minutes. Stir in the
peppers, garlic, sugar, vinegar, seasoning
and half the basil. Stir well, cover and
cook over a low heat for 20 minutes.
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4 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, roughly chopped
2 aubergines, roughly chopped
2 red peppers, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1tsp sugar
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small bunch fresh basil, roughly torn
4 large ripe tomatoes
4 large courgettes
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ACROSS 1 Loo, 3 Soap (Lose hope), 7 Adults, 8 Lapdog, 9 Bloody Mary, 12 Trusty,
14 Pliers, 15 Signet ring, 18 Karate, 19 Monkey, 21 Dome, 22 Bet.
DOWN 1 Ladybird, 2 Oil, 3 Supermini, 4 Anon, 5 Used, 6 Clam up, 10 Obstinate,
11 Fragment, 13 Yonder, 16 Tame, 17 Taco, 20 Nab.
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Hunting Horn could
show Oaks potential
for O’Brien at Chester
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Last year’s Oaks and Derby winners
both warmed up at Chester’s May
meeting, but while nobody was too
surprised that Enable’s comfortable
win in the Cheshire Oaks led on to
a Classic triumph (and much more
besides), few imagined that the Vase
runner-up, Wings Of Eagles, would
be the one to give Aidan O’Brien his
sixth winner of Epsom’s Blue Riband.
That’s the trouble with O’Brien. He
has so many talented three-year-olds
under his care at Ballydoyle every
year – and all progressing at different
rates – that it is well-nigh impossible
to guess with any degree of certainty
who will deliver on the big days.
Jockey bookings aren’t always
much of a clue, either. It was Padraig
Beggy, unheard of over here, who
partnered the 40-1 outsider in the
Derby, swooping from the clouds to
snatch the coveted prize from the
main stable fancy, the Ryan Mooreridden Cliffs Of Moher.
This year seems to be a little more
straightforward, as far as the Derby
is concerned ,with O’Brien’s Saxon
Warrior a red-hot favourite following
his impressive success in the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket last Saturday.
But you never know. As usual,
O’Brien has a deep and formidable
back-up squad for Epsom, including Family Tree, Flag Of Honour
and Hunting Horn, who all line up at
Chester’s unique, tight circuit in a bid
to give their trainer his sixth Chester
Vase in a row and ninth in all.
Moore rides Hunting Horn and
although, for reasons stated, he can’t
always be on the right one, I fancy he
is this time.
Godolphin’s Ispolini just had his
top
tips
O’Brien’s
Saxon
Warrior is
a red-hot
favourite
after his
2000
Guineas
success
Trainer Aidan
O’Brien is
seeking his
sixth Chester
Vase in a row
BEST BET
Hunting Horn
(3.35pm, Chester)
Progressing with
every run and this
step up in trip
should bring further
improvement.
measure when the pair were placed
in a recent Sandown trial, but Hunting Horn finished best of all after
coming from some way off the pace
and this move up to a mile and a half
seems sure to suit.
It’s a similar scenario in the Cheshire Oaks with O’Brien’s Dramatically
(Seamie Heffernan), Forever Together (son Donnacha) and Magic Wand
(Moore) all promising to improve
upon ordinary form having now
stepped up in distance.
Dramatically, taken off her feet
over the seven furlongs of the Nell
Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket, will be a
much better proposition over a mile
and a half, judging by her breeding,
and might fare best of the trio.
But Kinaesthesia may have the
measure of all of them. Trained by
Ralph Beckett, who is on a great roll
just now (five winners from his last
six runners), this daughter of Sea
The Stars has bags of potential.
We should pay close attention
whenever trainer Joseph Tuite books
jockey Oisin Murphy. They most
famously got together when Litigant
won the 2015 Ebor at York at 33-1
and they also teamed up for sprinter
Looks A Million’s only victory to date
at Sandown last summer.
Murphy’s back in the saddle for
the first time since in the Boodles
Diamond Handicap. Looks A Million
has been running respectably in
better company than this and has the
plum stall one draw this afternoon.
The importance of a low draw in
Chester sprints can’t be over-stated.
Research by At The Races revealed
that more than half of the five-furlong
handicap winners in recent years at
the Roodee were drawn one or two;
betting blind on horses in the two lowest stalls would have shown a profit.
NEXT BEST
Looks A Million
(3pm, Chester)
Fairly treated
on first run in a
handicap and has
all-important low
draw.
EACH-WAY
Jensue
(1.50, Chester)
Also well-drawn
and can be
expected to step
up on encouraging
Beverley debut.
CHESTER
GOING:GD TO SFT-GD IN PLCS
STELLAR GROUP LILY AGNES CONDITIONS
STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 2) 2YO £25,219 added 5f ITV4
1
821 ARTHUR’S SPIRIT (D) W G M Turner 9 2.............W Carson 10
2
3 DARK THUNDER T Dascombe 9 2................................R Kingscote 6
3
33 FIVE AMARONES T Dascombe 9 2......................................M Harley 7
4
90 GINGERSDUNTHELOT David Loughnane 9 2........................................
............................................................................................................................ Rossa Ryan C 1
5
211 KINKS (D) M Channon 9 2............................................................C Bishop 11
6
41 LIHOU (D) P Evans 9 2..................................................................Fran Berry 5
7
5 JENSUE T Dascombe 8 11 ................................................... A Rawlinson 2
8
213 LADY PRANCEALOT (D) P Evans 8 11 ............................... J F Egan 8
9
1 LIGHT MY FIRE (D) T Dascombe 8 11 ...............................Doubtful 3
10
1 NO LIPPY (D) M Johnston 8 11.....................................P J McDonald 4
11
692 THEGREYVTRAIN R Harris 8 11.....................................................J Fahy 9
- 11 declared BETTING: 9-4 No Lippy, 3-1 Lihou, 7-2 Kinks, 7-1 Dark Thunder, 14-1 Lady
Prancealot, 16-1 Jensue, Five Amarones, Arthur’s Spirit, 25-1 others.
1.50
DEEPBRIDGE CAPITAL MAIDEN STAKES (PLUS 10)
(CLASS 3) 3YO £20,335 added 1m 2f
ARGENTELLO (BF) J Gosden 9 5 ...........................................L Dettori 3
BARITONE (BF) Sir M Stoute 9 5..................................R L Moore 10
CHIEF IRONSIDE W Jarvis 9 5.........................................K Shoemark 6
HEART OF SOUL I Williams 9 5.................................... James Doyle 7
HOWMAN R Varian 9 5...................................................................... A Atzeni 5
INFRASTRUCTURE M Meade 9 5......................................O Murphy 2
MOON OF BARODA C Hills 9 5...................................P J McDonald 8
ROCKESBURY David Loughnane 9 5...........Jane Elliott (5) C 1
SOLDIER TO FOLLOW (BF) A Balding 9 5................ D Probert 4
SNOOP David Loughnane 9 0...................................................... J F Egan 9
- 10 declared BETTING: 9-4 Argentello, 3-1 Baritone, 4-1 Howman, 7-1 Soldier To
Follow, Chief Ironside, 12-1 Infrastructure, 16-1 Moon of Baroda, 25-1
Heart Of Soul, 66-1 others.
4.05
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
23
5-2
8-4
273
6
55
896-6
2200-
FORM VERDICT
BARITONE bumped into a useful stablemate when finishing second
at Leicester 11 days ago and on that form he just gets the nod in a
competitive contest. Chief Ironside took a step forward on his second
FORM VERDICT
start and that form appears to be very good. Argentello is another with
The hat-trick seeking Kinks certainly sets the standard but stall 11 is plenty in his favour, while Howman and Soldier To Follow complete
massively against the front-running colt, while Tom Dascombe loves to the shortlist.
have winners at his local track and jockey bookings would suggest that
EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND HANDICAP (CLASS 3) 3YO
Dark Thunder is his leading hope. David Evans saddles two interesting
runners in Lady Prancealot and Lihou but preference is for to NO LIPPY.
£20,335 added 6f
She overcame greenness to make a winning debut at Doncaster and
1
0075-9
NEOLA (D) M Channon 9 7.............................................................A Atzeni 8
should be able to grab a handy early position from gate four.
2
39019- ENCRYPTED (D) H Palmer 9 7..............................................Doubtful 10
3
3131-6 CAPTAIN JAMESON (D) J J Quinn 9 5 .................................. J Hart 11
ARKLE FINANCE CHESHIRE OAKS (FILLIES’
2312-4 MR TOP HAT (D) P Evans 9 3........................................ P J McDonald 3
ITV4 4
LISTED) (CLASS 1) 3YO £76,000 added 1m 3f
5 0D9-02 REQUINTO DAWN R Fahey 9 2 .........................................T Hamilton 2
23110- GINBAR (CD) T Dascombe 9 2..........................................M Harley C 12
1
61 AWARD WINNING J Gosden 9 0 ...........................................L Dettori 5 6
56-214 LAST PAGE (D) P Evans 9 0...................................................... J F Egan C 1
2
015-9 DRAMATICALLY A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0............J A Heffernan 8 7
218- NO I’M EASY (D) T Dascombe 9 0.................................R Kingscote 7
3
43- FOREVER TOGETHER A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0 .......D O’Brien 3 8
225122 BUNGEE JUMP (D) Grace Harris 8 12 .........................C Noble (5) 4
4
3-7 HAZARFIYA Sir M Stoute 9 0 .................................. James Doyle V 6 9
5
8 HERE’S ALICE C Hills 9 0...................................................P J McDonald 7 10 2312-3 EXCELLENT TIMES (D) T Easterby 8 11.........................D Allan 14
11
122222
MONTAGUE (D) D O’Meara 8 11........................ C McGovern (5) 13
6
1- KINAESTHESIA R Beckett 9 0................................................O Murphy 9
7
7-3 MAGIC WAND A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0....................... R L Moore T 1 12 312711 MARIETTA ROBUSTI (D) Mrs Barclay 8 10.............R Hornby 6
23-4 GABRIAL THE SAINT R Fahey 8 10...............................P Hanagan 5
8
311-53 PRINCESS YAIZA G Cromwell (IRE) 9 0.................F Norton 10 13
9
73231- SHAHEREZADA R Varian 9 0..................................................... A Atzeni 2 14 1060-3 PILKINGTON J Bethell 8 10.................................................................... G Lee 9
- 14 declared 10
1 SHAILENE A Balding 9 0.............................................................. D Probert 4
BETTING: 5-1 Requinto Dawn, 11-2 No I’m Easy, 7-1 Last Page, 8-1
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Magic Wand, 4-1 Kinaesthesia, 6-1 Shaherezada, Award Gabrial The Saint, Mr Top Hat, 10-1 Marietta Robusti, Bungee Jump, 12-1
Winning, 7-1 Princess Yaiza, Dramatically, 12-1 Shailene, Forever Montague, Captain Jameson, Excellent Times, 14-1 others.
Together, 16-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
4.35
2.25
FORM VERDICT
Aidan O’Brien has won five of the last 10 renewals of this contest and he
fires three bullets this year, with Dramatically looking to be the main
hope. SHAHEREZADA gets the nod for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni,
though. She ended a progressive juvenile campaign by running away
with a 1m1f handicap at HQ and this longer trip, as well as a few months
at grass, should see her improve. Seasonal debutant and Nottingham
scorer Kinaesthesia and the John Gosden-trained Award Winning are
others to note.
3.00
BOODLES DIAMOND HANDICAP (CLASS 2) 3YO
£35,102 added 5f
ITV4
175-43 SPOOF (D) C Hills 9 7 ..............................................................C Shepherd H 3
5936-0 LOOKS A MILLION (D) J Tuite 9 0......................................O Murphy 1
311-32 BIG TIME MAYBE (D)(BF) T Dascombe 8 13 ...........................................
..........................................................................................................................P Pilley (3) C,T 7
4
1047- FORMIDABLE KITT (D) T Dascombe 8 11............R Kingscote 6
5
-14295 GLOBAL ACADEMY (D) Miss G Kelleway 8 11....G Mosse B 2
6
320-92 BILLY DYLAN (CD) D O’Meara 8 10......................................A Atzeni 8
7
414256 JOEGOGO (D) P Evans 8 9.............................................................J F Egan 10
8
321-4 SHOWMETHEDOUGH R Fahey 8 9................................P Hanagan 4
9
21515- PORCHY PARTY (CD)(BF) T Dascombe 8 7.......... F Norton C 9
10 550-85 ANGEL FORCE (D) D C Griffiths 8 6 .................... Nathan Evans 5
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Formidable Kitt, 6-1 Showmethedough, Spoof, 7-1 Global
Academy, Big Time Maybe, 8-1 Porchy Party, Looks A Million, Billy Dylan,
12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
Showmethedough is entitled to strip fitter for his comeback spin
at Thirsk, where fourth behind subsequent winner Savalas, and he
warrants plenty of respect off 1lb lower with Paul Hanagan aboard.
Handicap debutant FORMIDABLE KITT rates the one to beat, though.
She certainly didn’t disgrace herself in three Pattern races after
winning a Newmarket maiden first time up last season and an opening
mark of 85 might be underestimating her ability. Past C&D scorer Billy
Dylan makes up the shortlist.
MBNA CHESTER VASE STAKES (GROUP 3)
ITV4
(CLASS 1) 3YO £101,000 added 1m 4f
DEE EX BEE (BF) M Johnston 9 0.....................................F Norton 10
FAMILY TREE A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0...............................D O’Brien 5
FLAG OF HONOUR A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0..... J A Heffernan 4
HUNTING HORN A P O’Brien (IRE) 9 0......................R L Moore 1
ISPOLINI C Appleby 9 0 ................................................................W Buick T 3
JETSTREAM C Hills 9 0...............................................................R Winston 6
MILES CHRISTIANUS R J Osborne (IRE) 9 0...............R Scott 8
PERFECT ILLUSION (D) A Balding 9 0...................O Murphy H 7
PROSCHEMA (D) T Dascombe 9 0...............................R Kingscote 9
YOUNG RASCAL W Haggas 9 0.....................................James Doyle 2
- 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Hunting Horn, 4-1 Young Rascal, Ispolini, 6-1 Dee Ex Bee,
7-1 Flag Of Honour, Proschema, 10-1 Family Tree, 16-1 Perfect Illusion,
25-1 others.
3.35
6312-3
19151-3
42-13
41-2
0-1
7
11
23-11
2-1
FORM VERDICT
5.05
GREENHOUS HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £13,900 added 7f
1
1
2
3
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
LAST PAGE was not disgraced when finishing fourth in a Class 2 event
at Sandown late last month and this fast three-year-old will be tough
to stop from stall one. Bungee Jump is another who has the early speed
to take advantage of a good draw and she has been knocking hard on
the door of late. The unexposed No I’m Easy and Requinto Dawn are
others to consider.
The improving Proschema is sure to attract plenty of local support while
Sandown runner-up Ispolini must enter calculations representing
in-form connections. Aidan O’Brien has won seven of the last nine
renewals of this event and jockey bookings point to Hunting Horn, who
was a place behind Ispolini latest. YOUNG RASCAL shades the verdict.
William Haggas’ charge justified strong market support when running
away with a Newbury maiden last month and there looks to be plenty
more to come from him.
40-720 ROARING FORTIES (C)(D) Rebecca Bastiman 5 9 5.......................
...................................................................................................................................M Harley C 8
2
-51739 HEAVEN’S GUEST (D) R Fahey 8 9 5.......................T Hamilton 14
3
2689-0 SULTAN BAYBARS (D) D O’Meara 4 9 5....... Daniel Tudhope C 2
4
21708- KENSTONE (C)(D) A Wintle 5 9 5................Finley Marsh (5) C 9
5
33197- THE FEATHERED NEST R Fahey 4 9 5 ..................... P Hanagan 7
6
2-6898 INTRANSIGENT (C)(D) A Balding 9 9 4...................W Cox (5) V 1
7
027-07 STORM AHEAD (D) T Easterby 5 9 4..................................D Allan 12
8
1-4550 TWIN APPEAL (D) T D Barron 7 9 3 ............P J McDonald B 11
9
2-7945 RIGHT TOUCH (C)(D)(BF) R Fahey 8 9 3.....................J Garritty 6
10 2410-5 ROLL ON RORY (C)(D) J Ward 5 9 3.............................J F Egan V 10
11 31148- CHEERFILLY (D) T Dascombe 4 9 3 ......................R Kingscote C 3
12 764-04 ALEJANDRO (C)(D) David Loughnane 9 9 3.........R Winston 4
13 411348 OUTER SPACE (D) J Flint 7 9 2....................................D Muscutt C 13
14 37-222 MY AMIGO Mrs M Fife 5 9 2 ............................................. B McHugh T 5
- 14 declared BETTING: 5-1 Right Touch, 11-2 My Amigo, 6-1 The Feathered Nest,
8-1 Cheerfilly, 10-1 Kenstone, 12-1 Twin Appeal, Roaring Forties,
Intransigent, Sultan Baybars, Alejandro, 14-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
MY AMIGO finished second on his debut for these connections at
Doncaster late last month and can go one better. The five-year-old
is now 3lb higher in the ratings but he likes to go forward in his races
and he may be hard to peg back. The Feathered Nest won a competitive
sprint handicap at Newmarket in October last year, from just 1lb lower,
and she may be suited by 7f around this tight track. Others to note are
Alejandro and Right Touch.
NEWTON ABBOT
GOING:GD TO FM IN PLCS
NEWTONABBOTRACING.COM MARES’ NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £13,000 added 2m 6f
1
860- AUDORA M Hill 7 10 12 ...................................................................James Best
2
1- DESIRABLE COURT A King 5 10 12.............................................. D Jacob
3
50- FRIZZLE Emma Lavelle 5 10 12...............................Jonathan Burke
4
F/143- KILCULLEN BELLAMY E Williams 6 10 12................... C Ring (3)
5
9396P- KIWI MYTH Mrs F M Shaw 6 10 12.................Mr M Legg (5) C,T
6
3110-6 OLDTOWN POLLY B Powell 6 10 12...................................B J Powell
7
/85-22 ROSEMARY RUSSET H Fry 6 10 12 ..........................N P Madden T
8
22/2U- SWATOW Emma Lavelle 6 10 12................S Twiston-Davies H
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-1 Swatow, 5-2 Rosemary Russet, 11-4 Desirable Court,
7-1 Kilcullen Bellamy, 16-1 Frizzle, 20-1 Kiwi Myth, 33-1 Audora, 50-1
Oldtown Polly.
2.10
FORM VERDICT
DESIRABLE COURT was an impressive winner of an Irish point-to-point
a year ago and she subsequently cost connections 80,000 pounds. The
daughter of Court Cave makes her Rules debut in a winnable race and
she gets the nod today ahead of Swatow. The latter unseated her rider
last time out but her previous form gives her a big shout today. Others
to note are Kilcullen Bellamy and Rosemary Russet.
NEWS
2-27
NEWTONABBOTRACE ON TWITTER BEGINNERS’
CHASE (CLASS 3) £15,800 added 3m 2f
ALL KINGS R Buckler 9 10 12.................................Sean Houlihan (5)
MIGHTY LEADER (CD) F O’Brien 10 10 12.............P Brennan T
OVERLAND FLYER P Nicholls 7 10 12........................... H Cobden T
THE EAGLEHASLANDED P Nicholls 8 10 12..........................................
..........................................................................................................S Twiston-Davies B,T
5
554PP- BROWN REVEL S Flook 9 10 5................................M Kendrick (5) T
- 5 declared BETTING: 11-8 Overland Flyer, 13-8 The Eaglehaslanded, 10-3 Mighty
Leader, 16-1 All Kings, 66-1 Brown Revel.
2.45
1
2
3
4
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FORM VERDICT
OVERLAND FLYER has not had a lot of racing in recent years but if
he arrives here at his best then the seven-year-old will be very hard
to beat. All Kings was out of his depth in the National Hunt Chase at
the Cheltenham Festival last time out but will obviously find this a lot
easier, while Mighty Leader and The Eaglehaslanded are others who
have valid form claims.
3.20
SKY SPORTS RACING COMING IN 2019 NOVICES’
HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,200 added 2m 1f
1
2
3
4
5
LINGFIELD DERBY TRIAL SATURDAY ON AT THE RACES
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 5) £7,844 added 2m 1f
UNSAFE CONDUCT C Tizzard 5 12 4.............................. H Cobden T
BERRY DE CARJAC Grace Harris 7 12 4 ................................L Heard
COME ON CHARLIE P Hobbs 6 12 3....................................R Johnson
GLIMPSE OF GOLD T Vaughan 7 11 12....................D G Noonan T
FRANZ KLAMMER C Longsdon 6 11 9............Jonathan Burke
UDOGO B Powell 7 11 9 .....................................................................B J Powell
BARON VON CHILL D Skelton 6 11 8...................................H Skelton
INDIGO STAMP M Gillard 7 11 8...............................Mr T Gillard (7)
KUBLAI A Dunn 8 11 7.............................................................. R McLernon T
SCORPION STAR M Hill 9 11 6 .............................................J McGrath C
ICE TRES (CD) C Down 9 11 5.....................Miss Page Fuller (5) C
BEE AN ARISTOCRAT J Frost 9 11 4................Bryony Frost (3)
TEMIR KAZYK Henry Oliver 4 11 2...........................................D Crosse
ICE KONIG (C) J Frost 9 11 0...............................................A Thorne (7) T
RUSSIAN SPY E Williams 5 11 0.............................................. C Ring (3)
THUNDERING HOME (D) N Mitchell 11 10 12 ........T Bellamy B,T
CENTREOFEXCELLENCE S Flook 7 10 9........J Bowen (3) H,T
AARYAM J Flint 6 10 9.....................................................................D Jacob C,T
- 18 declared BETTING: 4-1 Centreofexcellence, 5-1 Come On Charlie, 11-2 Baron Von
Chill, 13-2 Bee An Aristocrat, 7-1 Ice Tres, 8-1 others.
5.25
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111111 BLU CAVALIER P Nicholls 8 11 10.......................................... H Cobden
4021- HIGGS (CD) S-J Davies 5 11 6.................................................................D Bass
1/8- PETERBOROUGH E Williams 5 11 0 ................................... C Ring (3)
JUMBO’S BOY P Bowen 4 10 10...........................................J Bowen (3)
FF-66 POET’S CHARM M Hill 4 10 10..........................................K Edgar (3) H
- 5 declared BETTING: 2-5 Blu Cavalier, 7-2 Higgs, 14-1 Peterborough, 16-1 Jumbo’s
Boy, 25-1 Poet’s Charm.
1
2
FORM VERDICT
BLU CAVALIER arrives here having won his last three starts and he 3
4
is the one to beat once again, despite having to carry a 10lb penalty.
Higgs is another proven winner, having been successful over C&D late 5
last month, and he is an obvious threat to the selection. The rest do 6
not inspire too much confidence but Peterborough did at least win a 7
8
point-to-point last year.
RACING PARTNERSHIP TRP HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
2) £22,500 added 2m 5f
ALCALA (CD) P Nicholls 8 11 12............................................ H Cobden T
SIZING PLATINUM (C) C Tizzard 10 11 11..............R Johnson T
HENRYVILLE (CD) H Fry 10 11 8 ............................N P Madden H,T
BALLYBOLLEY (D) N Twiston-Davies 9 11 7............... D Jacob T
ROMAN FLIGHT (D) David Dennis 10 11 2 ................................................
................................................................................................................S Twiston-Davies V
6
1111-P PLAY THE ACE (D)(BF) P Bowen 9 11 1............. J Bowen (3) C,T
7
3/07-0 CASINO MARKETS (D) Emma Lavelle 10 10 10........N Scholfield
8
45233- CUT THE CORNER (D) A Ralph 10 10 9............................L Edwards
- 8 declared BETTING: 2-1 Sizing Platinum, 9-2 Alcala, 13-2 Play The Ace, 7-1 Cut
The Corner, 8-1 Ballybolley, Roman Flight, 10-1 Henryville, 12-1 Casino
Markets.
3.55
1
2
3
4
5
11U4-5
13-062
05U0P135-60
91410/
FORM VERDICT
SIZING PLATINUM leaps off the page in this handicap following his
latest second-placed effort in a better race at Ayr. He’s gone up 5lb for
that effort behind Value At Risk but has performed well off a similar
mark in the past and the booking of champion jockey Richard Johnson
is a positive one. Alcala knows his way around here and must be
respected for an in-form yard, likewise last year’s winner Henryville
and Play The Ace.
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HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,800 added 2m 1f
WATCOMBE HEIGHTS (CD) C Tizzard 8 11 12 ......... H Cobden
POINTED AND SHARP P Hobbs 6 11 6 ......................R Johnson H
NELSON’S TOUCH J W Mullins 5 11 5 ........................N Scholfield
CLENI WELLS (C) M Hill 7 11 5 ............................................ C Deutsch H
ENGLISH PALE J Flint 5 11 5.....................................................D Jacob C,T
FLIGHT TO MILAN E Williams 5 11 3.................................. C Ring (3)
TREASURE THE RIDGE (CD) M Hill 9 11 0.............J McGrath B
NABHAN B J Llewellyn 6 10 11......................... Rob Williams (3) T
SHRUBLAND (D)(BF) D Skelton 5 10 11..................... H Skelton C
GLOBAL THRILL (CD) B J Llewellyn 9 10 8..............................................
................................................................................................................Sean Houlihan (5) T
- 10 declared BETTING: 11-4 Shrubland, 10-3 Pointed And Sharp, 4-1 Nelson’s Touch,
6-1 Watcombe Heights, 8-1 English Pale, 10-1 Flight To Milan, 14-1
Nabhan, 20-1 Global Thrill, 33-1 others.
4.25
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8
9
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226644
663322
771133
33659/P30460325150-00
756-88
1121331307-
FORM VERDICT
Shrubland landed minor money off 1lb higher at Market Rasen back
in November and is expected to be thereabouts now returning from
a break, though preference is for NELSON’S TOUCH, who picked up
some minor money in a 2m novice hurdle at Kempton last time and is
expected to remain competitive now moving into handicap company
on a mark of 115. Recent Fontwell second Pointed And Sharp has been
raised 1lb but could play another supporting role.
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HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £14,291 added 3m 2f
1
75603- DELL’ ARCA D Pipe 9 11 12.........................................T Scudamore B,T
2
93-PP3 SOUTHFIELD THEATRE (BF) P Nicholls 10 11 9........H Cobden B
3
3126-P SONNEOFPRESENTING K Bailey 8 11 8...................................D Bass
4
P/292- DRUMLEE SUNSET T R George 8 11 6.......Jonathan Burke T
5 10043P FOURTH ACT (BF) C Tizzard 9 11 0 ....S Twiston-Davies B,T
6
/PF0-2 LAMB OR COD (CD) P Hobbs 11 10 11 ..........................R Johnson T
- 6 declared BETTING: 9-4 Dell’ Arca, 3-1 Drumlee Sunset, 4-1 Southfield Theatre, 11-2
Lamb Or Cod, 13-2 Fourth Act, 12-1 Sonneofpresenting.
4.55
FORM VERDICT
DRUMLEE SUNSET kept on well at the finish when second over 2m4f
at Warwick when last sighted in February and promises to be suited
by this stiffer test on his return to action. Dell’ Arca returned to
form with a creditable third off this mark at Cheltenham latest and
is the one expected to put up most resistance. Southfield Theatre
has dropped to a good mark at present and could feasibly pick up
some minor money.
VOICES
14-18
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450F090375UP465U80776-99
893UP666600
2-4488
9-88PP
5/5618-8822
7P70400-00
0785P330077
443311
PPP/8-
KELSO
GOING:GD-GD TO FM IN PLCS
JOHNNY JEFFREYS NIGHTMARE CHAPTER NOVICES’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,511 added 2m 6f
22/82- BLACK JACK ROVER (D) D McCain 9 11 12....................B Hughes
1/50P- CHERIF DE L’ISLE Miss L Russell 6 11 12.....................Derek Fox
422444 FREE RANGE M Hammond 8 11 11.............................A P Cawley V
11UUP1 ALWAYS TIPSY (CD) N Alexander 9 11 10....Lucy Alexander
445323 ROMULUS DU DONJON (BF) Mrs R Dobbin 7 11 8......L Murtagh (5)
/FF-66 ROBINTHEAULAD A M Thomson 7 10 12.............J Hamilton T
77261- BOCASIEN DESBOIS M Todhunter 7 10 10 ..................H Brooke
556666 ROYAL MANDATE Rebecca Menzies 6 10 7.......C O’Farrell V
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Black Jack Rover, 4-1 Bocasien Desbois, 9-2 Romulus Du
Donjon, 5-1 Always Tipsy, 7-1 Free Range, 8-1 others.
BELHAVEN BREWERY HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
£8,035 added 2m 7f
1
77325- MINSTREL ROYAL P Kirby 8 12 0........................T Dowson (3) C,T
2
46245- DANCEINTOTHELIGHT D McCain 11 11 12.........Miss A McCain (7) T
3
1-5500 BENNY’S SECRET (C) N Alexander 8 11 12.... Lucy Alexander H
4
0P0/33 ELMONO Miss L Russell 7 11 11...............................................Derek Fox
5
16433- NO SUCH NUMBER M Barnes 10 11 8................. D Irving (3) C,T
6
/6P-55 SHEPHERD’S BIGHT Ruth Jefferson 6 11 7 ..................B Hughes
7
2PPP2- CHAMPAGNE TO GO R Menzies 8 11 7 .................N Moscrop (5)
8 66PP33 GRAYSTOWN W Coltherd 6 11 7..........................Sam Coltherd (5)
9 PF3P5- CHRISTMAS TWENTY M Hammond 8 11 2.........F O’Toole (3)
10 63461- WITNESS M Hammond 9 10 13.................Miss Becky Smith (5)
11 54876- CHOCOLAT NOIR M Todhunter 5 10 10.......................H Brooke C
- 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Witness, 11-2 No Such Number, 6-1 Champagne To Go, 7-1
Elmono, 8-1 Benny’s Secret, Graystown, Shepherd’s Bight, 10-1 others.
BEDMAX HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,511 added
3m 2f
1
/7-PP7 SCOTSWELL (CD) Mrs H Graham 12 12 0............ T Dowson (3)
2
/2644- AMILLIONTIMES (C) Mrs J Stephen 10 11 12.........C Bewley (3) T
3
1/PP3- COBAJAYISLAND M Scudamore 10 11 10...........................B Poste
4
143-33 SHAKE IT UP M Hammond 9 11 9...........Miss Becky Smith (5)
5
1/P8-P CLASSICAL MILANO G Bewley 7 11 6 ......................... J Bewley (3)
6 44-UF4 GOLDEN INVESTMENT (C) D McCain 9 11 6.......B Hughes H,C,T
7
4133-2 PRETTY MISS MAHLER M Todhunter 7 10 11......................................
.....................................................................................................................Ross Chapman (3)
8
1F13P- ATTENTION PLEASE (D) Mrs R Dobbin 8 10 10..R Day (3) C
9
725614 ACHILL ROAD BOY (D)(BF) W Coltherd 9 10 9.... C O’Farrell
- 9 declared BETTING: 3-1 Pretty Miss Mahler, 9-2 Shake It Up, 5-1 Achill Road Boy, 6-1
Golden Investment, 7-1 Cobajayisland, 8-1 Amilliontimes, 10-1 others.
SCOTTY BRAND HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) £13,000
added 2m 1f
1
/50-59 DOUBLE W’S Ruth Jefferson 8 11 12.....................................B Hughes
2
51P-77 BRAVE SPARTACUS (D) G Boanas 12 11 12..Miss E Todd (7)
3
U3424- IFANDBUTWHYNOT (D) T Easterby 12 11 3............H Brooke T
4
6173-1 SUDSKI STAR (CD) Mrs H Graham 10 11 1....... T Dowson (3) B,T
5
-34133 APPLAUS M Hammond 6 11 0..............................................S Quinlan C
6
/3132- CHAIN OF BEACONS (CD) Katie Scott 9 10 5.........C Bewley (3) T
7
-131P1 OAK VINTAGE (CD) Mrs A Hamilton 8 10 3 ..Ross Chapman (3)
- 7 declared BETTING: 11-4 Sudski Star, 10-3 Oak Vintage, 9-2 Double W’s, 5-1
Ifandbutwhynot, 13-2 Chain Of Beacons, 8-1 Applaus, 16-1 Brave Spartacus.
2.35
3.10
3.45
4.15
FONTWELL
GOING:GD-GD TO FM IN PLCS
MYRACING.COM FOR FONTWELL TIPS HANDICAP
CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,511 added 3m 2f
1
1/P16- IN THE HOLD E Williams 8 11 12.................................................A Wedge
2
P7-334 ROYALS AND REBELS (D) C Mann 8 11 10.H Bannister B,T
3
4P6/P- FORT SMITH O Sherwood 9 11 9 .............................H Beswick (7) B
4
36/U1- CHILL IN THE WOOD D F Davis 9 11 1...................................M Grant
5 P98PP- FLUGZEUG (C)(D) J W Mullins 10 10 0....................T J O’Brien C
- 5 declared BETTING: 2-1 In The Hold, 5-2 Chill In The Wood, 4-1 Royals And Rebels,
9-2 Fort Smith, 8-1 Flugzeug.
GOODWIN RACING TELEPHONE BETTING MARES’
HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4) £8,511 added 2m 6f
1
458/F- ATLANTA ABLAZE (BF) H Daly 7 12 2.................................A Tinkler
2
PU3/P- CHANTARA ROSE P Bowen 9 11 12..............................S Bowen C,T
3
332P4- LEE SIDE LADY (C) N Mulholland 8 11 7........................R T Dunne
4 2FUP1- TARA MAC T Vaughan 9 11 1......................................................... A Johns C
5
34111- BENNYS GIRL D L Williams 10 10 6...Mr Shane Quinlan (7)
- 5 declared BETTING: 7-4 Bennys Girl, 5-2 Atlanta Ablaze, 3-1 Tara Mac, 9-2 Lee Side
Lady, 25-1 Chantara Rose.
5.45
7.15
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30-36
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9 MAY 2018
BUSINESS SPORT
38-43
48-56
Results Service
HORSE RACING
PREMIER LEAGUE
Swansea (0) ......................0 Southampton (0)...........1
Gabbiadini 72
P W D L F A Pts
Man City (C)
36 30 4 2 102 26 94
Man Utd
36 24 5 7 67 28 77
Liverpool
37 20 12 5 80 38 72
Tottenham
36 21 8 7 68 32 71
Chelsea
36 21 6 9 61 34 69
Arsenal
36 18 6 12 72 48 60
Burnley
37 14 12 11 35 37 54
Everton
37 13 10 14 43 55 49
Leicester
36 11 11 14 49 54 44
Newcastle
36 11 8 17 36 46 41
Crystal Palace
37 10 11 16 43 55 41
Bournemouth 37 10 11 16 43 60 41
Watford
37 11 8 18 44 63 41
Brighton
36 9 13 14 33 47 40
West Ham
36 9 11 16 45 67 38
Southampton
37 7 15 15 37 55 36
Huddersfield
36 9 9 18 27 56 36
Swansea
37 8 9 20 27 54 33
West Brom (R) 37 6 13 18 31 54 31
Stoke (R)
37 6 12 19 33 67 30
2.00 (5f60yds h’cap): ROUNDABOUT
MAGIC (N Mackay 10-1) 1; Pride Of Angels
(9-2) 2; Foxtrot Knight (6-5F) 3. 4 ran. shd,
hd. (S Dow).
2.30 (5f60yds nov): SOUMEI (P Cosgrave 11-4)
1; Haylah (9-4F) 2; Hedonism (5-1) 3. 8 ran. 1l,
11/2l. (Ed Walker). NR: Maximum Power.
3.00 (6f210yds h’cap): KACHUMBA (S
Woods 9-2) 1; River Rule (12-1) 2; Following
Breeze (13-2) 3. Silverturnstogold 3-1JF,
Racehorse 3-1JF. 11 ran. 1/2l, ns. (R Guest).
3.35 (7f211yds h’cap): ATEEM (S Levey
13-8F) 1; Spirit Of Belle (3-1) 2; Black Caesar
(10-1) 3. 7 ran. 21/2l, 41/2l. (R Hannon).
4.05 (1m3f198yds h’cap): ESSPEEGEE
(Darragh Keenan 5-1) 1; Roy Rocket (17-2)
2; Archimento (15-8F) 3. 7 ran. 33/4l, 11/2l. (A
Bailey). NR: Amuletum.
4.35 (7f211yds): SHARP OPERATOR (W
Carson 7-2) 1; Joyful Dream (3-1JF) 2; Baby
Gal (3-1JF) 3. 8 ran. 21/4l, 1l. (C Wallis). NRs:
Navarra Princess, Spike’s Princess.
5.05 (6f210yds h’cap): NUTINI (L Keniry 11-8JF)
1; Balgair (11-8JF) 2; Daring Guest (11-1) 3. 6
ran. hd, 3l. (M Saunders). NR: Duke Of North.
Placepot: £255.00. Quadpot: £21.90.
EXETER Going: Gd-gd to fm in plcs
6.50 (2m7f25yds h’cap hdle): MAX FORTE
(Bryony Frost 4-1) 1; Waterloo Warrior (9-2)
2; Katy P (12-1) 3. Jully Les Buxy 7-2F. 10 ran.
31/2l, 11/4l. (C Down). NRs: Coningsby, Join The
Clan, Just A Sting, Mon Palois, Zero Grand.
7.20 (2m3f48yds h’cap ch): KINGS LAD (T
Scudamore 17-2) 1; Triple Chief (5-1) 2; Lip
Service (4-1F) 3. 8 ran. 21/2l, 31/4l. (C Tizzard).
NRs: Above Board, Admiral’s Secret, Bredon
Hill Lad, Conna Cross.
Placepot: £119.60. Quadpot: £33.30.
FAKENHAM Going: Good
2.10 (2m3yds sell hdle): ASCENDANT (P
Cowley 5-6F) 1; Hatem (14-1) 2; Tiger Trek
(11-8) 3. 6 ran. 3/4l, 22l. (J Farrelly).
2.40 (2m5f44yds h’cap ch): MILLEN
DOLLAR MAN (R McLernon 5-1) 1; Caviar
D’Allen (3-1) 2; That’s The Deal (10-1) 3.
Midnight Mustang 11-4F. 6 ran. 7l, 23/4l.
(A Dunn). NRs: How About It, King Cool,
Postbridge.
3.10 (2m4f1yds mdn hdle): POTTERS
HEDGER (J Sherwood 7-2) 1; Hatchet Jack
(5-4F) 2; Touchy Subject (11-1) 3. 6 ran. 11/2l,
13/4l. (Mrs L Wadham). NR: Flynnvincible.
3.45 (3m5f24yds h’cap ch): EMERALD ROSE
(M Grant 14-1) 1; Set List (6-1) 2; Court King
(10-1) 3. Some Kinda Lama 5-1F. 13 ran. 13l,
41/2l. (J S Smith).
4.15 (2m4f1yds h’cap hdle): APACHE SONG
(H Bannister 5-2) 1; Amron Kali (9-2) 2;
Northern Beau (10-1) 3. Potters Midnight
2-1F. 6 ran. 7l, 1/2l. (J Eustace).
4.45 (3m38yds ch): STROLLAWAYNOW (Mr
Benedict Shaw 12-1) 1; Can Mestret (5-1) 2;
Caulkin (100-1) 3. Bound For Glory 2-1F. 9
ran. 10l, 11l. (D Arbuthnot).
Placepot: £415.30. Quadpot: £98.80.
LUDLOW Going: Good
6.30 (1m7f212yds h’cap ch): NIGHTFLY
(Jonathan Burke 4-1) 1; Walden Prince (14-1)
2; Jackthejourneyman (6-1) 3. King Spirit
7-2F. 13 ran. 1l, 41/2l. (C Longsdon).
7.00 (2m4f11yds h’cap nov ch): MONBEG
LEGEND (N De Boinville 9-4F) 1;
Sumkindofking (5-1) 2; Solatentif (5-1) 3. 5
ran. 41/2l, 4l. (N Henderson).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £12,288.53 carried
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Aberdeen (1)......................1 Rangers (0) ...........................1
McLean 14 (pen)
McCrorie 63
Att 17,745
Hamilton (0).....................1 St Johnstone (0)..............2
Imrie 82
McMillan 65 (pen)
Wotherspoon 80
Att 2,367
Partick (0)...........................0 Motherwell (0).................1
Bowman 60
Att 3,320
Ross County (0)...........0 Dundee (0).............................1
Murray 51
Att 3,976
P W D L F A Pts
Celtic
36 24 9 3 73 24 81
Aberdeen
37 21 7 9 55 37 70
Rangers
37 21 6 10 71 45 69
Hibernian
36 18 12 6 56 39 66
Kilmarnock
36 15 10 11 48 47 55
Hearts
36 11 13 12 37 37 46
Motherwell
37 12 9 16 40 49 45
St Johnstone
37 12 9 16 41 52 45
Dundee
37 11 6 20 36 56 39
Hamilton
37 9 6 22 47 65 33
Partick
37 7 9 21 30 62 30
Ross County
37 6 10 21 39 63 28
CYCLING
GIRO D’ITALIA, CATANIA - CALTAGIRONE 202KM: Stage 4: 1 T Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix
All 5h 17m 34s, 2 M Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale, 3 E
Battaglin (It) LottoNL-Jumbo, 4 S Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott same time, 30 C Froome
(GB) Team Sky +21s, 33 N Roche (Rep Ire)
BMC Racing Team same time, 44 S Bennett (Rep Ire) Bora-Hansgrohe +36s, 56 A
Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin +1m 17s, 66
H Carthy (GB) EF Education First-Drapac
p/b Cannondale +1m 28s, 156 R Mullen (Rep
Ire) Trek-Segafredo +10m 52s.
Overall: 1 R Dennis (Aus) BMC 14h 23m 8s,
2 T Dumoulin (Neth) Team Sunweb +1s, 3
S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott +17s, 20 C
Froome (GB) Team Sky +55s, 36 A Dowsett
(GB) Katusha-Alpecin +1m 30s, 37 N Roche
(Rep Ire) BMC +1m 32s, 45 S Bennett (Rep
Ire) Bora-Hansgrohe +1m 44s, 106 H Carthy
(GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale +7m 59s, 139 R Mullen (Rep Ire)
Trek-Segafredo +11m 46s.
Puzzle solutions
3
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
7
NINE-LETTER WORD character
OTHER WORDS act, art, ate, cachet, carat, cart,
cat, catarrh, catch, catcher, cater, chart, charter,
chat, cheat, crate, crater, earth, eat, eta, etch, hart,
hat, hate, hater, heart, heat, rat, rate, rater, rather,
react, retch, tar, tea, teach, tear, the, trace, tracer,
trachea
YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 2003
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Across: 1 Lad-IDA, 3 Daphne*, 4 Pomade
Down: 1 le-ad-uP<, 2 Arsen-(a-l)e
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over. Placepot: £200.50. Quadpot: £191.00.
BRIGHTON Going: Gd to fm-gd in plcs
8
32
1.50 (5f nov): FASTMAN (Daniel Tudhope
7-1) 1; Dragon Beat (5-1) 2; Victory Command
(10-3) 3. Bengali Spirit 6-4F. 9 ran. 11/4l, hd.
(D O’Meara).
2.20 (7f mdn): MYSTIC MEG (D Brock 2-1F)
1; Margie’s Choice (5-2) 2; Lady Safeara
(12-1) 3. 10 ran. 11/2l, 11/2l. (H Palmer). NR:
Herringswell.
2.50 (7f218yds h’cap): FEATHERY (S
Donohoe 6-5F) 1; Yeah Baby Yeah (5-2) 2;
Palenville (9-1) 3. 5 ran. 31/2l, ns. (C Fellowes).
NR: Forever A Lady.
3.20 (1m4f8yds nov): BLAZING SADDLES
(Daniel Tudhope 9-5F) 1; Lucky Deal (8-1) 2;
Caliburn (11-1) 3. 7 ran. 11/4l, shd. (R Beckett).
NR: Colenso.
3.55 (5f h’cap): ACCLAIM THE NATION
(J Hart 7-1) 1; Poyle Vinnie (15-2) 2;
Computable (16-1) 3. Rasheeq 4-1F. 14 ran.
1
/2l, 11/4l. (E Alston). NRs: Elysian Flyer,
Signore Piccolo.
4.25 (5f mdn): MILITIA (P Hanagan 4-5F) 1;
Hop Maddocks (5-2) 2; Madam Devious (7-1) 3.
7 ran. 3/4l, 13/4l. (R Fahey). NRs: Capla Demon,
Cavendish Place, Fairy Falcon, Paco Escostar.
4.55 (7f218yds h’cap): WHITKIRK (J Garritty
7-2) 1; Zeshov (11-4F) 2; Midnight Macchiato
(7-1) 3. 8 ran. 33/4l, 3/4l. (J O’Keeffe). NR:
Planetaria.
5.25 (7f218yds h’cap): MANGO CHUTNEY
(P Makin 7-2) 1; Vive La Difference (15-8F) 2;
Mywayistheonlyway (11-1) 3. 8 ran. nk, 13/4l.
(J J Davies). NR: Dreamofdiscovery.
Placepot: £32.60. Quadpot: £7.90.
TENNIS
ATP & WTA MUTUA MADRID OPEN:
Men’s First round: B Coric (Croa) bt (9) P
CARRENO-BUSTA (Sp) 6-4 6-2; J Struff
(Ger) bt M Copil (Rom) 6-4 6-4; (11) R
BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp) bt J Donaldson (US)
6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4; P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt
Y Sugita (Japan) 6-4 6-3; R Haase (Neth) bt
H Chung (S Kor) 6-2 6-0; K EDMUND (GB)
bt D Medvedev (Rus) 6-4 6-0; R Harrison
(US) bt G Garcia-Lopez (Sp) 6-4 7-6 (9-7); A
Ramos-Vinolas (Sp) bt P Gojowczyk (Ger)
5-7 6-2 7-5; P Cuevas (Uru) bt (12) J SOCK
(US) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-0; L Mayer (Arg) bt (16)
F FOGNINI (It) 6-3 6-4; F Verdasco (Sp) bt
P Lorenzi (It) 7-5 6-4; E Donskoy (Rus) bt
S Tsitsipas (Gr) 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Second
round: (4) J M DEL POTRO (Arg) bt D
Dzumhur (Bih) 6-3 6-3; D Lajovic (Serb) bt
R Gasquet (Fr) 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1); D Shapovalov (Can) bt B Paire (Fr) 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4.
Women’s Second round: (1) S HALEP (Rom)
bt E Mertens (Bel) 6-0 6-3; K Pliskova (Cz
Rep) bt S Sorribes Tormo (Sp) 7-5 6-2; (14)
D KASATKINA (Rus) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 6-3
6-1; (10) P KVITOVA (Cz Rep) bt M Puig
(PR) 6-3 7-6 (10-8); A Kontaveit (Est) bt A
Sasnovich (Bela) 6-2 4-6 6-2; C Suarez
Navarro (Sp) bt (4) E SVITOLINA (Ukr) 2-6
7-6 (7-3) 6-4.
TODAY’S FIXTURES (7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea v Huddersfield ......................................................
Leicester v Arsenal.................................................................
Man City v Brighton (8).......................................................
Tottenham v Newcastle (8) ..............................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
Celtic v Kilmarnock................................................................
Hearts v Hibernian .................................................................
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
PLAY-OFF FINAL FIRST LEG
Alloa v Dumbarton .................................................................
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SPORT
BASEBALL
MLB joins the London land
grab by American sports
Kevin
Garside
CHIEF SPORTS
CORRESPONDENT
I
f you don’t know your runs
batted in from your stolen
bases or strikeouts, fear not,
expertise is not exactly the
point when baseball’s two
grandest teams, the New York
Yankees and the Boston Red Sox,
arrive in London next summer.
The transplanting of two regularseason home games for the Red Sox
against the Yankees 3,000 miles
east is not really about baseball at
all in the conventional sense. It’s
about the business of baseball. Not
the growing of the game per se,
but the growing of the profit to be
mined from the game.
Cynicism aside, there will be
plenty of aficionados from the
nascent leagues on this side of the
Atlantic flush with excitement at a
first meeting in Europe of baseball’s
elite on consecutive nights at the
London Stadium next June. But
that is not the first concern of
the high rollers who bowled into
London yesterday to broadcast
their ambitious scheme.
And they certainly delivered the
goods with the owners of the New
York Yankees and Boston Red Sox,
Hal Steinbrenner and his sister
Jennifer, and John W Henry, latterly
a football fan via the purchase of
Liverpool, respectively holding
court. Also on the stage playing
trumpet were London mayor Sadiq
Khan and Major League Baseball
commissioner Rob Manfred.
Khan gets to be the enlightened,
outward-looking figure cementing
the status of London as the
world’s go-to capital for sport and
entertainment. As he said, he wants
the world to know “London is open
for business”. And Commissioner
Manfred, to indulge America’s
obsession with titles and rank,
gets to be the executive who took
baseball to a brand new territory.
It is a wonder it has taken
so long to get here having
already colonised Japan,
Australia and Mexico.
The truth is baseball has
exhausted its potential
for growth in the United
States, and is more than a
little envious of the global
appeal of basketball’s NBA,
not to mention the NFL, which
is well advanced in its migration
to Britain and might yet have a
permanent home in London if the
owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars,
Shahid Khan, is successful in his
land grab at Wembley Stadium.
No doubt he has a supporter in
the mayor’s office. “This is the fruit
of hard work of lots of people. The
ambition is to be seen as a sporting
capital of the world, to get an NFL
franchise, more basketball and
maybe one day, a baseball team
permanently,” said Khan (above).
Commissioner Manfred liked
the sound of that. There is nothing
random about the choice of teams.
This is Manchester United v
gkok or
Liverpool in New York, Bang
wherever chief executivee Richard
Scudamore might take the Premier
League’s biggest ticket-sellers
should he get his wish to globalise
English football in the flesh as well
as via broadcast rights.
“It is our intention to be in London
more than once and on a more
regular basis, to play games
and see if we can develop a
fanbase,” Manfred said.
“I hope these games can
be a success because
we are bringing our two
best franchises here.
It is our intention... to
have a franchise outside
of the United States and
look at places like London as a
permanent home.”
In a prepared address, Henry
dipped into history to rekindle a
British association with baseball
that goes back more than 100
years when Winston Churchill and
George V watched teams from
the US Navy and Army go at it at
Stamford Bridge, a venue which
hosted all parties for the visit of
Henry’s Liverpool on Sunday.
Of course it’s a stretch. The
real action between these teams
unfolds over the next three nights
at Yankee Stadium in front of an
aggregate 162,000 punters who
are invested in the occasion via the
heart not the pocket. How quaint.
Our exclusive
story from May
last year
RUGBY UNION
WALES
Players tried to
convince me to pick
them – Townsend
By Iain Morrison
Gregor Townsend shuffled his
pack of playing cards and came
up with six uncapped players for
the summer tour to Canada, USA
and Argentina.
They will fill the gaps created by seven players who
are rested ahead of what
is sure to be an arduous
2019 with the World Cup
kicking off in Japan in
September. In addition to
the seven rested there are
four regulars who miss out
due to injuries or elective surgery: John Hardie, Hamish Watson,
The Boston Red Sox host
the New York Yankees at
Fenway Park. Next year,
the fixture will play out
in London GETTY IMAGES
Huw Jones and WP Nel whose knee
is the latest body part to buckle.
According to the coach several of
those who were stood down fought
hard to get onto the summer tour.
“Yes, quite a number of them,” he
said when asked if some players
had tried to change his mind.
“Sometimes you have to
look at the long term
benefits. They probably
don’t see that when they
see three Tests in three
great countries, two of
them in the northern hemisphere which you don’t get
often on summer tours.
“For some an extra few weeks of
pre-season and three fewer games
should give them help for a massive
season ahead.”
In the absence of John Barclay and
Greig Laidlaw, the men who have
captained Scotland in the last two
seasons, that honour falls to Stuart
McInally (below) who has enjoyed a
stand-out season at hooker.
“The last twelve months he’s made
a huge breakthrough,” Townsend
said of McInally.
“So much of it is down to Stuart,
he’s an intelligent man and an intelligent player and he knows what he
has to do.”
Just one player had the journalists rushing to Google. Harlequins’
James Lang has played most of his
rugby this season as the back-up
No 10 to Marcus Smith. He qualifies
thanks to a Scottish grandfather.
Scotland squad
Forwards S Berghan, J Bhatti, M Bradbury, F Brown,
L Carmichael, A Dell, D Denton, M Fagerson, Z Fagerson, G Gilchrist, R Gray, L Hamilton, M McCallum, S
McInally, J Ritchie, TSwinson, G Turner, B Toolis
Backs N Grigg, C Harris, A Hastings, S HidalgoClyne, A Dunbar, S Hogg, G Horne, P Horne, R
Jackson, L Jones, B Kinghorn, J Lang, B McGuigan, A
Price, D Taylor.
Hill and Jenkins named as
Dragons co-captains for Tests
By Andrew Baldock
Dragons lock Cory Hill and Cardiff
Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins have
been named as co-captains for
Wales’ Test matches against South
Africa and Argentina next month.
Wales head coach Warren
Gatland has rested all but two
players – wing George North and
back-row forward Ross Moriarty
– who were original British and
Irish Lions selections in New
Zealand last summer.
It means that the likes of
regular Wales skipper Alun Wyn
Jones, No 8 Taulupe Faletau,
flanker Justin Tipuric, fly-half
Dan Biggar, wing Liam Williams
and full-back Leigh Halfpenny are
among those who take a breather.
Gatland has named one
uncapped player, Cardiff Blues
scrum-half Tomos Williams, in a
31-man squad.
Wales face the Springboks in
Washington DC on 2 June, then
travel to South America for
appointments with the Pumas on
9 and 16 June.
Gatland said: “We have picked
Cory and Ellis as co-captains.
“They are both leaders and have
experience captaining at regional
level, so this is an opportunity for
them to build on that.
“This summer is another step
on our 2019 World Cup path and
a great opportunity to build on
recent campaigns.”
Wales squad for Argentina tour and Test match
against South Africa in Washington DC:
Forwards R Evans, W Jones, N Smith, T Francis, S Lee,
D Lewis, E Dee, R Elias, A Beard, B Davies, S Davies,
L Charteris, C Hill (co-captain), J Davies, E Jenkins
(co-captain), R Moriarty, J Navidi, A Shingler.
Backs A Davies, G Davies, T Williams, G Anscombe,
R Patchell, H Parkes, O Watkin, S Williams, J Adams,
H Amos, S Evans, G North, T Prydie.
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Jonathan
Liew
Kohli’s arrival shows
reports of county’s
death are exaggerated
A
ENGLAND
Vesty in the frame as Jones’s backs coach
By Will Macpherson
England announce their squad to
tour South Africa tomorrow and
Eddie Jones will this week add an attack coach to his backroom staff for
the trip.
The squad have been without
a backs coach since Rory Teague
joined the coaching team at Bordeaux-Begles 12 months ago.
England struggled in this year’s Six
Nations, losing their last three games
and finishing fifth, so South Africa
looms as a vital tour on the road to
next year’s World Cup.
“Certainly, we need to bring in another coach to help with the attack,”
Jones said. “We are looking to take
another coach on tour and I’ve got
the right person for this tour.”
Jones revealed the coach, who is
unlikely to join up with England permanently, has worked with him before. That opens up the possibility of
Sam Vesty worked with Eddie Jones
on England’s tour of Argentina
a secondment for Sam Vesty, who will
make the switch from the Worcester
coaching team to Northampton’s
this summer. He was on England’s
tour to Argentina last summer, when
Jones’s side beat the hosts 38-34 and
35-25 in two test matches.
Australian Glen Ella is another
name in the frame. He worked with
England on the triumphant tour of
Australia in 2016, while Ali Hepher,
the Exeter head coach, looked after
the Saxons that summer. His club’s
involvement in the Premiership playoffs would complicate things, however.
Meanwhile, Jones’s predecessor as
England coach, Stuart Lancaster, has
ended speculation he could become
director of rugby at Harlequins.
Lancaster is preparing Leinster,
where he is senior coach, for their
Champions Cup Final with Racing 92
in Bilbao on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t even contemplate doing
it. For me, it’s all about Leinster,” said
Lancaster, who left the England job
after the team’s pool exit at the 2015
World Cup. EVENING STANDARD
couple of weeks ago,
Trafford, James Anderson against
The Spectator – a maga- Matt Renshaw is a potential 2019
zine which appears to
Ashes match-up. At Chelmsford,
be produced entirely
a match with 13 internationals
for the benefit of the
on show saw Yorkshire fielding
sort of people who make a face
a middle order of Cheteshwar
when their phone call gets puts
Pujara, Joe Root, Gary Ballance
through to an overseas call centre
and Jonny Bairstow, boasting over
– published an article entitled “The 15,000 Test runs between them.
Strange Death Of English Cricket”.
This summer marks the 50th
In it, the author laments
anniversary of the official
the “terminal” decline of
admission of overseas
Seven of
the first-class game, the
players to the county
proliferation of what he the world’s top game. And while the days
describes as ‘Twenty20 10 batsmen
when Mike Procter and
Trash’, and the vulGordon Greenidge and
will play
garity of the Indian
Clive Lloyd and Bishan
Championship
Premier League.
Bedi turned the humble
cricket this
This sensation of
Championship into the
summer. The game’s greatest showcase
endemic decline has
followed English cricket county game
are long gone, it has been
around for about as long feels elite
a while since we saw this
as it has existed. Around
many elite international
this time of year, too, it
cricketers on our shores.
has become customary to the point Seven of the world’s top 10-ranked
of cliché to juxtapose our poor,
Test batsmen – excluding the
dishevelled County Championship
suspended Steve Smith and David
– with its empty grounds, shivering Warner – will play Championship
fielders and lunches that consist
cricket this summer. For the first
of a single lump of coal – with
time in a while, the county game
the starlit entertainment of the
feels genuinely elite.
IPL, where the cheerleaders are
And in a few weeks’ time, the
Amazons, a six is hit every 4.7
biggest fish of them all will arrive.
seconds and Hardik Pandya’s hair
At the start of June, Virat Kohli
wax contains actual jaguar tears.
(below) will join Surrey to play
The early weeks of the county
six domestic games, the biggest
season seemed only to reinforce
star county cricket will have seen
this, as the sight of Rishabh Pant
since Brian Lara’s last season at
and Sanju Samson belting it miles
Warwickshire in 1998. Though he
in front of sweaty, shrieking
will only be here for a few weeks
crowds brushed up
as a tune-up for India’s Test
against the sight of
series here in August, his arrival
Peter Siddle bowling
has the potential to electrify the
in a beanie hat because
Championship in a way no player
of the freezing April chill.
since Lara has managed. At some of
The exodus of top England
the smaller grounds where he will
players seemed to have left
play next month – Beckenham,
county cricket denuded,
Guildford, Scarborough –
demoted. The ECB’s
sold-out crowds are not an
100-ball competition felt
outlandish possibility.
like an admission of
The most heartening
surrender.
thing about this is
At which point,
that even a player of
enter stage left:
Kohli’s calibre has
round four, in which
no guarantee of
the Bank Holiday
success. But as
weekend brought with
county cricket
it glorious weather,
prepares for
heartening crowds and
his arrival, it can take
some genuinely startling
comfort in the fact that
matches.
this his signing is so
For the first time this
much more than a PR
season, it felt like the
coup, a quick fix, an
County Championship
eye-catching headline.
had come to life. What
What we can say is
was particularly striking
that his presence
about some of the cricket on
affirms the place of
display was just how high
the Championship
the standard was. At Trent
as – still – the pinnacle
Bridge, Hampshire’s
of the domestic game, a
Hashim Amla and James
cause worth fighting for.
Vince grappled with a
Ignore the merchants of
Test-level attack of Stuart
doom. It could be a golden
Broad and Jake Ball. At Old
summer. THE INDEPENDENT
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SPORT
Football
CHELSEA
MANCHESTER CITY
Touré is good
enough to stay
at top level,
says Guardiola
By Mark Critchley
Antonio Conte expects a decision on his future after the FA Cup final AP
Conte expects
his future to be
resolved quickly
season with a trophy, although that
is unlikely to influence the decision
Antonio Conte expects the on whether Conte stays or goes.
months of uncertainty that have
The Italian, though, believes
surrounded his position as Chelsea the decision will come quickly and
head coach to be resolved quickly at that his future will be determined
the end of the season.
soon after the meeting with Jose
The Italian has a year left on his Mourinho’s United on 19 May. “As
contract but is widely expected to I said before, it is very difficult
leave Stamford Bridge this summer to comment on any speculation
after a troubled campaign.
also because there is
Conte has expressed his
speculation around me
S
o
on
you
dissatisfaction at the
from the start of the
will
know
club’s efforts to add to
season after the first
the squad that won last if there is
game,” said Conte. “And
season’s Premier League a different
I think you understood
title, while inconsistent situation, or
that this speculation is
performances have done if you will see not important for me
little to strengthen the me again next also because my focus
head coach’s position.
is only to work in the
Victory in tonight’s season and we best possible way with
start
again
meeting
with
my players.
Huddersfield Town will
“There are only two
ensure Conte’s side retain some weeks and this season will finish and
hope of climbing into the top you will know if there is a different
four on the final day of the league situation or if you see me again next
programme after an improved season and we start again with
run of recent form, although the speculation about my future. But I
odds suggest Chelsea will miss out am very focused on trying to finish
and be forced to compete in next the season in the best possible way
season’s Europa League. The FA and I try to transfer my will to my
Cup final with Manchester United players, and also because the fans
offers the possibility of ending the deserve this.” THE INDEPENDENT
By Ian Winrow
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Pochettino rallies players for
last Champions League push
By Ian Baker
Mauricio Pochettino has issued
a battle cry ahead of Tottenham
Hotspur’s final two matches,
insisting his players must be
prepared to “die” to ensure
they finish in the Champions
League positions.
A disastrous run of just one
victory in five matches has put
Spurs’ top four spot in doubt and
failure to win tonight’s match
against Newcastle and Sunday’s
clash with Leicester, both at
Wembley, could let in Chelsea.
“We are in a fight, a battle, for
the top four,” said Pochettino. “To
win the Champions League is a
dream of everyone and for me it’s
impossible to not give your best in
the last two games to win.
“And it’s massive because
the Champions League is, with
the Premier League, the best
competition in the world. It’s in our
own hands and we need to die to try
to achieve that.”
Pochettino is still aiming to finish
third. “At the start of the season
it would be a dream to be in this
position,” the manager said.
“I’m so excited to fight with
Liverpool and Chelsea, big sides,
and we are there.”
England midfielder Eric Dier
misses tonight’s game with a
48-hour sickness bug.
Pep Guardiola believes Yaya Touré
is still capable of playing at the
highest level as the midfielder prepares to make his final appearance at
the Etihad.
Touré will leave Manchester City
when his contract expires at the end
of the season and tonight’s meeting
with Brighton and Hove Albion will
see the Ivorian given what Guardiola
last week called a “beautiful farewell”.
The City manager believes that
Touré, who turns 35 years old on
Sunday, will be a success if he decides
to stay on in Premier League football
but he stopped short of offering his
departing player any career advice.
“I am not the right guy to say to
him what is the best. He will choose,”
Guardiola said.
“He still has the desire to play. He
loves to play football. He likes the
game and he enjoys the training sessions, especially with the ball.
“My advice, if he still has desire to
play, he has to continue. If you have
doubt, you have to retire, it is over.”
Asked if he felt Touré could still
deliver in the Premier League, Guardiola said: “Yes, he can.”
Touré has won three Premier
League titles, one FA Cup and two
League Cups during his time in Manchester, making 315 appearances and
scoring 79 goals in the process.
Despite that excellent record, the
former Barcelona midfielder has
made just 16 appearances this season and has not been granted a single
league start by Guardiola.
“I am not going to judge Yaya for
what happened this season,” the City
manager said. “Maybe I was wrong
this season. We have to analyse a career, not just in Manchester, in Barcelona and Monaco.
“Football players make clubs
bigger and bigger and without
doubt he was, and is, one of the most
important players in our history.
“He is a player with a huge
personality, he doesn’t feel the
pressure, it doesn’t matter where
he plays.
“He loves to play football. Every
day in the training sessions I saw
nothing changed my opinions.
“His behaviour was good. Hopefully,
he can stay in football and come back
maybe here.” THE INDEPENDENT
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak with
Yaya Touré at City’s training ground
Yaya Touré raises
the Premier
League trophy
on Sunday GETTY
‘When I am retired
from football I will
get more respect’
Yaya is still feeling underappreciated
ahead of farewell. By Mark Critchley
M
anchester City will
say farewell to one of
their modern greats
tonight when Yaya
Touré plays against
Brighton. There will also be a
more permanent tribute – a corner
of east Manchester that will be
forever Yaya.
A pitch at the City Football
Academy has been named after the
midfielder and will be signposted by
a mosaic of his celebration following
his decisive goal in the 2011 FA Cup
final against Stoke City at Wembley,
a goal that ended the club’s 35-year
wait for a major trophy and kickstarted the Sheikh Mansour’s
growing collection of silverware.
It was a symbolic moment in
Touré’s Etihad career, but perhaps
not quite as symbolic as the semifinal that preceded it, when Sir Alex
Ferguson’s Manchester United were
downed by another Touré strike and
a significant blow was struck in a
Manchester football’s burgeoning
power struggle.
Ferguson once famously boasted
of knocking Liverpool “off their
perch”. Touré believes City have
now done the same to United, and
he considers that to be the greatest
achievement of his eight years here.
“When I came to City, for them to
be a big club, we had to put [United]
in their shadow,” he said on the eve of
his farewell. “That was the purpose.
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SCOTLAND
All still to play for as McCrorie
leaps highest to frustrate Dons
ABERDEEN
McLean 14 pen
1
RANGERS
McCrorie 63
1
By Stephen Halliday
AT PITTODRIE
The quest to be the best of the rest in
the Scottish Premiership will go down
to the final day of the season after
Aberdeen and Rangers could not be
separated after a bruising encounter.
Kenny McLean looked to have
given an ideal parting gift to the home
fans in his final appearance for the
Dons at Pittodrie when the Norwich
City-bound midfielder converted a
14th-minute penalty to give them
the lead.
But Derek McInnes’ team were
denied the victory which would
have sewn up a fourth consecutive
runners-up spot in the top flight
when Ross McCrorie (below) levelled
midway through the second half.
It leaves Aberdeen just a point
ahead of third-placed Rangers going
into Sunday’s final round of top-six
fixtures. If fourth-placed Hibs, now
three points behind Rangers,
lose tonight’s Edinburgh
derby, then both Aberdeen
and Rangers will be at
least assured of Europa
League participation.
With a differential
in SPFL prize money of
£560,000 between second
and fourth place in the table, it
was not only status and the guarantee
of European football which was on
the line at Pittodrie.
Not that any additional incentives
are needed when these two bitter
rivals cross swords. While the quality
of the football may have left much to
be desired for long spells, there was
no shortage of intensity and referee
Steven McLean cautioned 10 players
– six from Rangers.
Aberdeen’s breakthrough from
the contentious penalty he awarded
came very much against the run
of play. Alfredo Morelos
conceded the penalty when
he challenged McLean
as Rangers struggled to
clear a corner. Once the
protests had subsided,
McLean stepped up
and confidently sent Jak
Alnwick the wrong way.
McLean also struck the
crossbar from distance but Rangers
levelled after a shot from Morelos
had been blocked by Scott McKenna.
As the ball spun into the air, McCrorie
leapt highest to head beyond the left
hand of Joe Lewis.
FIFA
But the semi-final was a big part of
my computer and I watch the
it. United was in our way. We had
games. After training, after games,
to remove them, they were such
recovery time, I am still able to go
a force – they won the league that
to the gym and work on it. It was
year. They had such confidence,
like that all these years.”
they thought they were going to
This last year has been
beat us.”
particularly challenging, with just
A league title was memorably
16 appearances in all competitions.
won at United’s expense the
He has been ushered into a
season after, but Touré’s best form
mentoring role by Pep Guardiola,
arguably came in the lead up to
who confirmed that Touré will
City’s second Premier League title
play from the off against Brighton,
win, in the 2013-14 campaign.
but it will be his first start of the
The Ivorian scored 24
league campaign.
goals from midfield, but
“I am very sad about
the season ended with
it,” he said. “I wanted
his agent, Dimitri
to be more part of
Seluk, claiming that
it on the field. But
his achievements
look in our dressing
Goals
scored
by
Yaya
should command
room and they are
Touré
from
midfield
more respect within
all competitors now,
for Manchester City
English football.
with
the will to win
during the 2013-14
Four years on,
and
to achieve. It’s
season
Touré still believes he
a great ability, and I
deserves to be shown
love it.”
more appreciation. “I think
Touré hopes to remain
maybe when I am retired from
in the Premier League, even if
football I will have more respect.”
that means playing against City.
But not enough yet? “No, I don’t
As for tonight, he does not expect
think so. What I have achieved and
to become overwhelmed with
what I have done, I don’t think so.
emotion. “I will be happy. Why?
“People don’t know how
Because I’m going to say what
dedicated I was. This football club
these fans and what this club
was my first wife to be honest.
wants from me, I have given to
Even my wife knew it,” he added.
them. It’s like I’m empty. I’m free to
“I was going home and I have
go.” THE INDEPENDENT
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Kick It Out has questioned Fifa’s
ability to respond to potential
incidents of racism at this
summer’s World Cup after the
world governing body handed the
Russian Football Union a “pitiful”
£22,850 fine following racist
chants made by fans in March.
Fifa yesterday handed down
a fine following the monkey
chants that were heard during
France’s 3-1 win over Russia
in St Petersburg. Manchester
United midfielder Paul Pogba and
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé
were reportedly the players
subjected to the abuse.
In a n n o u n c i n g t h e f i n e,
FIFA highlighted a “three-step
procedure” which will be in place
to deal with any incidents this
summer, but Kick It Out chair
Lord Herman Ouseley issued a
statement criticising Fifa.
“Kick It Out firmly believes that
the disciplinary code is simply not
fit for purpose if racist chanting
can result in such a pitiful fine,
particularly when this is the latest
in a long line of incidents of racism
involving Russian football clubs or
supporters,” the statement said.
“Today, the organisation
reiterates its belief that the lack of
effective action from Fifa against
the issue of racism in Russian
football will likely result in the
further abuse of black players.
“Ultimately, with this outcome,
Kick It Out has little confidence
that Fifa can effectively deal with
potential incidents of racism
during this summer’s World Cup
and protect those black players,
staff and supporters who will be
in attendance.”
Fifa had said Russia’s fine took
into account “the limited number
of fans involved”.
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Gabbiadini plays
perfect super-sub
role as Saints
celebrate safety
SWANSEA CITY
SOUTHAMPTON
Gabbiadini 72
0
Swansea City
Fabianski
1
By Jack Pitt-Brooke
Naughton Fernandez Mawson
Olsson
AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM
Southampton and Mark Hughes are
on the brink of a thrilling vindication
by masterminding Premier League
survival no one thought possible. By
beating Swansea City 1-0, they put
three points between the two sides,
meaning that only a nine-goal swing
against them on Sunday can send
Saints down, or keep Swansea up.
That is quite something given that
Saints looked dead just 19 days ago
after drawing 0-0 with Leicester
City. But since then they have beaten
Bournemouth, drawn with Everton
and won again here. In the final
weeks of the season, it is the latest,
most valuable managerial bounce.
Suddenly Southampton sacking
Mauricio Pellegrino and gambling
on Hughes, his aggression, his snarl,
looks far-sighted. And Hughes’ own
decisions here, throwing on Shane
Long and Manolo Gabbiadini in
the second half, going all-out on the
attack, paid off. It was Gabbiadini
who bundled in the £50m goal, just
when it appeared that Charlie Austin
would never score.
It illustrated the nerve that
Swansea never showed, and the
firepower they never had. That is
why they are going down, unless they
can overhaul Huddersfield. Carlos
Carvalhal’s motivational effect wore
off two months ago and since then
Swansea have scored two goals
and taken three points from eight
Premier League games.
The home crowd were ferocious
from the start, the only way
they could be. Nerves had to be
suppressed for as long as possible.
Buoyed by the noise, Swansea threw
everything they had at Saints in the
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King
Ki
Roberts
J. Ayew
Redmond
A. Ayew
Austin
Bertrand Hojbjerg
Hoedt
Clucas
Tadic
Romeu Soares
Stephens
Bednarek
McCarthy
Southampton
Substitutions: Swansea Abraham (Olsson, 62),
Narsingh (Naughton, 75), Carroll (King, 82);
Southampton Long (Redmond, 64), Gabbiadini
(Bednarek, 68), McQueen (Tadic, 83).
Booked: Swansea Ki, Fernandez; Southampton
Romeu.
Man of the match McCarthy.
Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Swansea 54% Southampton 46%.
Attempts on target: Swansea 3 Southampton 8.
Referee M Oliver (Northumberland).
opening minutes, desperate for an
early goal.
This Swansea team is short of
quality and confidence but the one
thing they do have is the speed of
Jordan and Andre Ayew up front.
They ripped into Saints from
the start, having shots blocked,
pressuring the Saints back three,
doing anything to force a mistake to
let them in.
The mistake never came and, the
longer the first half went on, the more
comfortable Southampton looked.
They had better players, especially
in midfield, and when Pierre-Emile
Hojbjerg and Oriol Romeu started
to pass the ball, Swansea found it
difficult to match them. Soon enough
CYCLING
Yates third in Giro as
Froome loses time
Belgian Tim Wellens claimed
victory on stage four of the Giro
d’Italia in Sicily as British rider
Simon Yates closed up on race
leader Rohan Dennis – but Tour de
France champion Chris Froome lost
more ground. Yates finished fourth
behind Italian Enrico Battaglin and
second-placed Canadian Michael
Woods, moving to third in the overall
standings. He is 17 seconds behind
Australian Dennis at the front with
Froome almost a minute back.
gaps started to appear in Swansea’s
backline, gaps for Austin to exploit.
Late in the first half, Austin
wasted one good opening on the
break, then forced a low save from
Lukasz Fabianski. When Romeu
flicked on a cross, Austin’s acrobatic
volley flew straight at Fabianksi, who
did not even have to move. Then, six
minutes after the restart, Austin
forced a third save from the Polish
goalkeeper from the edge of the box.
The game was slowly turning in
Southampton’s favour. Swansea
knew it was getting away from them,
so on came Tammy Abraham for
Martin Olsson, a striker for a leftback. Belatedly, Swansea had some
presence up front. So Hughes raised
Substitute
Manolo
Gabbiadini
scores from
close range,
to the despair
of Swansea
manager Carlos
Carvalhal (left)
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MLB games at London Stadium
West Ham’s London Stadium
will host two Major League
Baseball games next year.
The former Olympic
Stadium will need
re-configuring as a
baseball field for the
first MLB regular
season games to be
played in Europe. New
York Yankees will face
rivals Boston Red Sox on
29 and 30 June in front of an
estimated crowd of 55,000. London
Mayor Sadiq Khan launched the
London Series alongside Red Sox
owner John W Henry – who
also owns Liverpool Football
Club – and Yankees chief
Hal Steinbrenner in
London yesterday.
Khan (left) said: “It will
be a fantastic two days
next year. In future years,
there may be many more
games in London and maybe a
baseball team permanently.”
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TENNIS
Djokovic up next for
Edmund in Madrid
Kyle Edmund will play Novak
Djokovic in the second round of the
Madrid Open after beating Daniil
Medvedev 6-4, 6-0. Edmund saved
five break points in the first set –
including one in the final game – to
take the first set in 52 minutes. The
second set took only 25 minutes as
the world No 22 took control of the
match by breaking Medvedev in all
three of his service games to claim
victory. Next up for Edmund will be
former world No 1 Djokovic.
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ARSENAL
Wenger receives ‘more job offers
than expected’ ahead of his exit
By James Olley
Arsène Wenger has opened up on his
post-Arsenal future, revealing that
he has already received more offers
than expected while also admitting
that he would find it “difficult” to
manage another club in England.
The Frenchman steps down this
summer after a 22-year spell in
charge of Arsenal, during which time
he has won three Premier League
titles and a record seven FA Cups.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s
match at Leicester – his penultimate
as Gunners manager – Wenger was
asked if he had been contacted
about managerial opportunities
for next season. “Yes, more than I
expected,” he said. “At the moment,
I am focusing on doing my job well.
I’m not considering anything.
“I want to work well here until the
last day of my contract and then I
will rest a little bit and think about
where I will go from there.
“What is for sure is that I will be
active. My brain demands work and
is active. I have a huge experience
o f m a n age m e n t a n d p e o p l e
management. Overall, I will work.
What will I do? I don’t know yet.
“I don’t look very good on the
beach,” the 68-year-old added. “How
long would I like to work for? As long
as I feel I want to. I have not made the
decision so, at the moment, I would
say yes [I’d like to stay in day-today management], spontaneously,
the stakes: first Shane Long for a
furious Nathan Redmond, then the
big gamble of Gabbiadini for Jan
Bednarek, after the Polish centreback went off with a head injury.
T h e d raw wa s u s e l e s s t o
Southampton, so why not spend
the last 20 minutes playing 4-2-4,
the classic Hughes formation, and
getting the ball forward as fast as
possible? And when Austin kept
going so close, why not finally get him
some help? Because it was Austin’s
fifth chance, from Romeu’s header
following a corner, that gave Saints
the lead. After Austin’s shot was
blocked, there was Gabbiadini, the
gangly poacher, to tuck in his first
goal since February.
Here was the goal Hughes had
gambled on, but it was also the goal
Southampton deserved. They had
been steadily creating chances,
showing a precision, imagination and
nerve that Swansea never managed.
Even at 1-0 down, as Swansea slipped
to the last rung of the slippery ladder,
Southampton were the better team.
The home team’s only chances fell
to Abraham: one header was tipped
over by Alex McCarthy but blown as
a foul, another shot on the turn flew
over the bar.
The season is not over yet but
Swansea are in danger of going
down without a whimper, while
Saints’ nerve has saved them.
RUGBY LEAGUE
SNOOKER
Dream debut turns
sour for Wardle
Huddersfield teenager Jake Wardle
has been handed a three-match
ban, just four days after making a
memorable Super League debut.
The 19-year-old centre scored two
tries on his first senior appearance
for the Giants to help them to a 28-18
victory over Widnes last Friday.
However, he was sin-binned for a
dangerous throw on Widnes fullback Rhys Hanbury 12 minutes from
time and has been hit with a threegame suspension and a £250 fine.
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yes. But maybe with distance, I
will think: ‘No, maybe it’s a time to
change a little bit of direction’.
“But I enjoy going out there every
day, of course. You know I didn’t
miss a training session in 22 years, I
never stayed in my office. Every day
I was out there. That is something
that I will miss.”
Pressed on whether he has
received managerial offers from
other English sides, Wenger said:
“I don’t want to go any further into
detail on that at the moment. It
is difficult for me [to think about
managing another English team]. I
don’t envisage that at the moment.”
Koscielny is ruled out for
six months after surgery
By James Olley
Arsenal defender Laurent
Koscielny will be out for six months
after undergoing surgery on a
ruptured Achilles.
A rs è n e We n ge r ye s t e rd ay
described the 32-year- old as
“devastated” when confirming
an operation was necessary for
an injury sustained in Thursday’s
Europa League semi-final exit at
Atletico Madrid.
Last night, Koscielny released a
Champion Williams in party mood
Mark Williams pledged to go
out drinking until the sun
came up and delivered
on that promise as
he marked his third
World Championship
triumph.
The 43-year-old
toasted the last of his
world titles, in 2003,
with half a pint of milk
before bed. This time,
having beaten John Higgins
18-16, the celebrations were infinitely
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bigger. During a colourful press
conference in which he turned up
naked as part of an earlier
pledge, Williams (left) said:
“I’m going to party the
night away. It’ll be daylight
before I get to bed.”
At around 6am, he
posted a selfie on Twitter
adding: “I said the sun will
have to come up. Still going.”
Williams has vowed to do
cartwheels in the nude if he retains
his title next year.
statement on social media saying
that the operation “went well”.
Koscielny will miss the World
Cup with France but has a chance
of resurrecting his Arsenal career
under Wenger’s successor, given his
present contract runs until 2020.
“Koscielny is, of course, devastated because he has surgery,” Wenger
said. “You will not see him before the
end of December, or maybe the beginning of December at best.
“We always try to be positive.
What is unusual in his case is that
TENNIS
Halep hammers
Mertens in Madrid
Simona Halep stayed on track for a
third successive title at the Madrid
Open by sweeping past in-form
Elise Mertens in the second round.
Belgian Mertens went into the clash
on a 13-match winning streak but
has been battling illness and needed
eight games just to get on the board
before going down 6-0, 6-3. Halep,
whose world No 1 ranking is also on
the line, has dropped just four games
in two matches and faces Czech
Kristyna Pliskova in the next round.
Arsenal are continuing to scour
Europe for Wenger’s replacement
with Max Allegri and Luis Enrique
two of the more favoured candidates.
Whoever they go for, though,
Wenger has urged the club to make
a quick decision. “The earlier, the
better,” he said. “People want hope
and they need as well to prepare for
the next season.
“I must say, the squad doesn’t
need much, because there’s a huge
potential in there.
“It needs two or three additions
and this team will compete for
the championship next year.”
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he had a tendon issue for a long time
and usually they don’t rupture. That
is a bit surprising. In this case, it
went and I don’t know why.”
Arsenal visit Leicester tonight
without Mesut Özil due to a back
problem, prompting fresh criticism
over his commitment to the club.
Former Gunners defender
Martin Keown claimed in the wake
of Arsenal’s defeat in Spain that
the midfielder was “picking and
choosing” matches.
“Football players are not like that,”
insisted Wenger. “When he’s injured,
he’s injured. It looks like that sometimes when a player can get over the
pain for one game but then after that
there’s a recurrence of inflammation.
That’s what happened to him. He
wanted to play.” EVENING STANDARD
Sport on tv
Tennis: Madrid Open
BT Sport 2/Sky Sports Arena, 11am
Cycling: Giro d’Italia day five
Eurosport, midday
Racing: Chester May Festival
ITV4, 1.30pm
Cricket: Knight Riders v Indians
Sky Sports Cricket, 3pm
Football: Chelsea v Huddersfield
Sky Sports Premier League, 7.30pm
Football: Juventus v Milan
Sky Sports Football, 7.55pm
Baseball: Yankees v Red Sox
ESPN, midnight
Saints Alive
Sport
Gabbiadini strike keeps
Hughes’ side up, leaves
Swansea on brink... and
sends West Brom down
By Miguel Delaney
» Match report, p54-55
09.05.18
Southampton manager
Mark Hughes celebrates
after their vital victory
last night AFP/GETTY
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Mourinho
prepared to
swap Martial
for Willian
at Chelsea
Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho would be open to letting
Anthony Martial join Chelsea,
but on the provision that Willian
comes in the other direction.
The Old Trafford future of
22-year-old Martial looks increasingly uncertain, with Mourinho
understood to have run out of
patience with the player’s perceived lack of development and
inability to follow tactical orders.
Mourinho sees Willian as the
opposite in that regard, viewing
the Brazilian as virtually his ideal
attacking wide player. It is understood a deal for Martial (right) to go to
Stamford Bridge
in exchange for
Willian and a
fee has already
been mooted by
intermediaries.
Martial had
bee n s een by
United as one of
the stars of the future,
with the club hierarchy’s keen to
hold on to him, amid interest from
abroad – particularly Juventus
– as well as Tottenham Hotspur.
Executive vice-chairman Ed
Woodward is, however, willing to
back any decision that Mourinho
makes, and trusts the manager’s
judgement on team affairs.
The Portuguese is increasingly
minded to let Martial go, and it
would be even more palatable to
him if it meant a trusted lieutenant
such as Willian – whom Mourinho
signed for Chelsea in 2013 – joined.
Mourinho again made clear his
exasperation with Martial – and
Marcus Rashford – after the 1-0 defeat to Brighton last Friday. Rashford’s situation is not said to be as
uncertain as Martial’s, although
the young Englishman has often
struggled with Mourinho’s hardline approach. THE INDEPENDENT
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