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Daily Express – May 12, 2018 part 1

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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
Lift Labour’s ban
on new grammar
schools, May told
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THERESA May will face
pressure to lift Labour’s ban
on opening new grammar
schools, a senior Conservative said yesterday.
Backers of the academic
selection system welcomed
the
announcement
of
£50million new funding for
England’s
remaining
163
grammars to expand.
The cash will be dependent
on promising to boost the
number of poorer pupils, as
well as proving their areas
need extra school places.
But the Government still
has no plans to lift the ban
imposed by the last Labour
government on building new
grammars.
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The promise to allow new
schools was a keystone of
Mrs May’s Tory leadership
campaign in 2016 and was in
last year’s Tory manifesto.
But it was dropped after
the Conservatives lost their
overall Commons majority.
Labour and teacher unions
attacked the announcement
of expanding grammars, complaining it was a waste of cash
when the state school system
faced financial shortfalls.
But Education Secretary
Damian Hinds said the extra
money would “give parents
better choice”. It will enable
grammars, which select all
their pupils on the basis of
the 11-plus ability to grow
bigger. In what opponents say
is a loophole, they are also
allowed to develop “spin-off”
Tory Sir Graham Brady
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sites in their local areas. But
the Government made clear
it had no plans to try to
change the law to allow entire
new grammars to be created.
The expansion cash was
welcomed by Sir Graham
Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 committee of Tory
MPs. He said he still wants
new grammars allowed.
Sir Graham added that
Mrs May should still lift the
bar on building new ones,
adding: “Raising the ban was
the most popular policy in
last year’s manifesto.
“In that election, while the
Conservative
Party
lost
its majority, we gained
2.5 million more votes and a
big increase in vote share,
demonstrating
that
the
public has an appetite for
good Conservative policies.
“I strongly welcome the
fact that the Government is
moving forward with the
grammar school expansion
fund and would urge it to
seek opportunities to widen
choice still further by removing the absurd ban on a type
of school that is both popular
and proven to work.”
Mrs May pulled back from
trying to lift the ban because
her lost majority means she
would not get the measure
through the Commons.
Sir Graham insisted the
cash for grammar expansion
just put them on a par with
other types of school, which
had more funding to add new
places, and was in line with a
Tory manifesto commitment.
“It would be perverse to say
there is one type of school,
which is very popular with
parents and for which there is
enormous demand yet should
not be able to meet that
demand,” he said.
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Outrage at £8 charge for a
toothpaste tube in hospital
THE head of NHS England
yesterday slated hospital
shops for selling overpriced
products after it emerged
toothpaste can cost £8.
One newsagent was charging £7.99 for Colgate, which is
on sale for less than £1 in
some supermarkets.
After reviewing prices in
129 hospitals, NHS England
chief Simon Stevens said:
“Retailers should think again
about jacked-up prices.
“Just because some shops
may have the ability to get
away with it, doesn’t mean
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it’s right.” Nappies were being
sold for £6 despite usually
being £2.50 and Listerine
mouthwash was £4.59, when
it is £1.50 in supermarkets.
A tube of Sensodyne
Gentle toothpaste in one
M&S store cost £4.59, when it
is £2.50 at Tesco.
Sainsbury’s sold shaving
cream for £3 – 33 per cent
more than it costs online.
The Patients Association’s
Rachel Power said “jackedup” prices were “cynical”. Age
UK director Caroline Abrahams said that companies
should not be “profiteering”
on NHS property.
Joyce Robins, of Patient
Concern, added: “Hospitals
should not be letting them
get away with it.”
WHSmith pledged two
years ago to slash prices of
goods in hospitals. A store
spokesman said: “We aim to
set our prices as competitively as possible.
“We are reviewing the prices
of all such items to ensure
they comply with this policy.”
Support
for Tories
is rising
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TORY morale was
boosted yesterday by a
poll showing the party
and Theresa May have
seen an increase in
public support.
Both widened their
advantage over Labour
and Jeremy Corbyn, the
survey taken earlier this
week revealed.
The findings, which
come in the wake of
better-than-expected
local election results, will
help to steady frayed
Tory nerves.
When asked how they
would vote if there was
an election tomorrow,
43 per cent of 1,648
people questioned by
YouGov said the
Conservatives, up one
from last week.
Support for Labour
was unchanged at 38 per
cent, while the Lib Dems
were up from seven to
nine per cent.
Asked who would be
the best Prime Minister,
Mrs May extended her
lead over Mr Corbyn
from 10 to 14 points.
Some 39 per cent would
prefer to have her in No
10 than Corbyn on 25.
Taxmen
slam May
on Brexit
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PRIME Minister
Theresa May’s customs
partnership plan
post-Brexit is “unviable”,
HMRC believes.
The tax office claims it
is “incredibly
complicated” and fears
it would be “very hard to
track goods”.
Mrs May favours a
customs partnership
that involves collecting
tariffs for the EU.
Brexiteers have said
they want a clean break
from Brussels.
But Mrs May is
understood to have told
senior Cabinet ministers
that if the high-tech
so-called Max Fac
option is the only way to
reach an agreement,
“then so be it”.
Peter MacSwiney,
co-chairman of the
HMRC-sponsored Joint
Customs Consultative
Committee, told the
Treasury select
committee earlier this
year: “I do not like the
new customs
partnership. I think it is
a ridiculous suggestion.
“I am very sceptical
that that solution would
ever work.”
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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
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LOOKING a sheer delight, singer
Cheryl arrives at the Cannes Film
Festival ahead of a glittering
party for L’Oreal.
The 34-year-old wore a white
beaded gown by Lebanese
designer Zuhair Midas to the
event last night.
And as brand ambassador for
the cosmetics giant she wore its
appropriately named Red Carpet
lipstick.
Earlier after arriving by private
jet she posted pictures of herself
in a wide pin-striped shirt-dress
and jeans.
Tired from the trip she told her
3.8 million Instagram followers:
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“I’ve already had one nap. Trust
us… I am planning on squeezing
in another one!”
But ahead of the party she was
at her sparkly best.
Cheryl, currently recording her
fifth solo studio album, missed
Cannes last year after giving birth
to Bear, her son with One
Direction star Liam Payne, 24.
Their relationship continues to
be dogged by rumours of a split.
But Liam dismissed them
yesterday and praised her new
album saying: “She’s got some
really really cool tracks.”
Casual look before last night’s glamour
Supergran, 91, on
a wing and a dare
Pictures: PA, SWNS
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A DAREDEVIL 91-year-old has
become Britain’s oldest woman to
wing walk.
Adrenaline junkie Norma Howard
flew at 500ft above an airfield to
break the world record – and says
she “wasn’t frightened at all”.
But the sprightly nonagenarian
admitted the hardest part of the
challenge was actually getting up
onto the 1940s Boeing-Stearman
biplane in the first place.
Norma, who took on the challenge
to raise £5,000 for Dementia UK,
took the title of Britain’s oldest
female wing walker from former
nurse Betty Bromage, who took to
the skies in 2017 when she was 88.
She carried out her wing walk at
Rendcomb Airfield near Cirencester
on Thursday.
Speaking yesterday, Norma said
she felt “relieved and invigorated”
after the textbook flight.
But the charitable pensioner
insisted she did it “solely to raise
money for Dementia UK” and “not
for the thrills”.
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nonagenarian
Norma, inset,
takes to the
skies over the
Cotswolds
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Norma said: “I wasn’t frightened
at all – it was a beautiful day and I
felt a sense of immense peace
looking down at the grass below.
“It was very cold up that high,
though. I had so many layers on, I
looked like the Michelin Man.
“By the time I got the gear on, it
was so tight I couldn’t move my
legs – which was actually a good
thing because it was a bit wobbly.”
Norma, who lives in Fleet,
Hampshire, still holds a driving
licence and regularly takes elderly
people living in her hometown to
hospital appointments.
The mother-of-two – whose Nasa
scientist husband Peter died 10
years ago – has done many things
women of her age would never
consider doing.
She rides on the back of her son’s
Harley-Davidson when she visits
him in Ohio, USA, swam the
equivalent of the English Channel
in a leisure centre when she was 80
and, at the age of 83, rode the Wall
of Death on a 1925 motorcycle.
“That was fun,” Norma recalled.
“My son lifted me on to the
handlebars and away I went.”
Norma has already planned her
next adventure – abseiling down
Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.
Son Robin, 64, said: “Mum’s as
mad as a hatter but I’m very
proud of her. She has raised a
lot of money for an important
cause.”
Guinness World Records
confirmed the oldest ever wingwalker was the late Tom Lackey.
He was 93 when he flew over
the Irish Sea in 2013.
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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
Outrage at ‘witch-hunt’ of
British soldiers
patrolling the
bomb-ravaged
streets
of Belfast
in 1972
FORMER Army chiefs yesterday
slammed the Government’s decision to refuse an amnesty for British
soldiers caught up in Northern
Ireland’s Troubles.
Colonel Richard Kemp, who
commanded British forces in
Afghanistan, is so angry that he is
returning his precious officer’s
Commission in protest.
And General Lord Dannatt,
former head of the Army, compared
the hounding of old soldiers with the
very different treatment of former
terrorists.
Meanwhile Conservative MPs
joined furious protests at the Government’s decision – despite its
pledge last year to include amnesties in its consultation on how to
deal with historic issues in Ulster.
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen
Bradley confirmed she was defying
concerns expressed by many, includ-
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ing her Cabinet colleague Gavin
Williamson, the Defence Secretary,
and had decided not to make a
“statute of limitations” an option in
the four-month consultation on
how best to uncover the truth of
so-called “legacy” cases.
The launch of proposals for how
to address the toxic legacy of the
Troubles has been long delayed
by political discord in Northern
Ireland. Ms Bradley hopes now to
inject some momentum into efforts
to make a reality of a blueprint first
agreed in 2014 to help victims of violence find closure.
Three former British
soldiers
already
face
prosecution over killings
in the 1970s – Dennis
Hutchings, 77, of Cawsand in Cornwall, and two
former Paratroopers, now
in their late 60s. Many more
could follow.
Lord Dannatt, pictured
right, who won the Military
Cross in Northern Ireland, described
the process of investigating the historic allegations as “ridiculous”.
He told how in 2009 his final
appointment on the last day of 38
years’ service in the Army involved
meeting two investigators to answer
questions about his platoon in Belfast in 1973. He said: “I thought
it was ridiculous that my
last
appointment
involved talking about
events 36 years earlier.
“What is not fair is
that there is not a level
playing field. The Army
kept detailed records
about all incidents –
times, places,
personnel
involved. But the Provisional IRA’s
record keeping was non-existent.
“If the police go to the MoD they
will be able to get fairly detailed
information but if they go to the
Provisional IRA Army Council they
will get nothing.
“Many of these events go back to
the 1970s. Soldiers who served then
are now in their mid to late 60s and
70s. That is too long a period to start
to reopen these issues.
“I am coming to the view that
there should be a statute of limitations maybe going back 30 years to
1988.
“I was a platoon commander in
Belfast in 1971. When there was a
major incident when rounds were
fired a full report was made and
‘An absolute political disaster’
AILING former soldier Dennis
Hutchings, 77, earlier this week lost his
battle to have charges against him
thrown out. He now faces trial relating
to a shooting in 1974.
Mr Hutchings, from Cawsand,
Cornwall, branded the process “an
absolute bloody political disaster”.
The great-grandfather denies charges
of attempted murder and attempted
grievous bodily harm with intent,
relating to the killing of John Pat
Cunningham, 27, in Co Tyrone.
He was shot in the back as he ran
away from an Army patrol. His family
contend he ran across a field because he
feared men in uniform.
Mr Hutchings’ lawyers had tried to
halt the prosecution, claiming
unavailability of evidence, a delay in
mounting the prosecution and an
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alleged breach of promise relating to an
original decision by prosecutors in 1974
not to pursue charges.
But Mr Justice Colton rejected the
application, saying: “I am satisfied that
a fair trial is possible.”
Mr Hutchings, who suffers from
kidney and heart problems, may be the
first of potentially scores of old soldiers
to be prosecuted over allegations
stretching back to the 1970s.
Tory MP Johnny Mercer, a former
Army officer, tweeted: “A national
disgrace. 77 year old Dennis has been 1.
Investigated already. 2. Cleared in 1975.
Told would face no further action.
3. Other members of his patrol are dead.
4. He’s been given a year to live. Thank
you for your service.”
Dennis Hutchings faces trial
where appropriate the Royal Military Police or RUC conducted an
investigation.
“Why do the authorities think they
will get greater clarity after all this
time than an investigation 30 to 40
years ago?
“If the answer is that there was
not a proper investigation, well, war
is hell, war is chaotic and the IRA
was at war with the UK.
“You cannot judge events in 1971
from the conditions of 2018.”
Lord Dannatt continued: “A statute of limitations might result in
some injustice but the number of
cases will be very small set against
the uncertainty and fear faced by
soldiers who are now elderly and
who were doing their duty.”
He also spoke up for Mr Hutchings, saying: “Dennis Hutchings was
part of the battle group that I was in
in 1974. He is an old man. He should
be allowed to have his old age.”
Retired Colonel Kemp told how
he lost comrades to terrorists on his
seven tours of Northern Ireland.
He said: “As a former infantry
soldier I am so outraged by this
unprecedented betrayal of our fighting men that I am returning the
hard-won Commission awarded to
me by the Queen that I have prized
for 40 years.”
Retired Air Commodore Andrew
Lambert, of the UK National
Defence Association, said: “The
pursuit of old soldiers is going to
make it more difficult to retain the
loyalty of troops if they know that at
some point many years later everything they have done will be gone
through with a fine tooth comb.
“You risk getting into a situation
where personnel think that if they
pull the trigger or drop a bomb they
will be the target of a witch hunt in
20 years’ time – so they won’t do it.
“It also seems unjust and unbalanced to apply a higher standard of
justice to a poor soldier serving
his country than to people who
deliberately and wantonly went out
to commit acts of terrorism.
“It is unjust to go after men after
all this time especially when some of
the terrorists are literally getting
away with murder.”
Defence Committee chairman Dr
Julian Lewis said the Armed Forces
inevitably faced “bias” in investigations of historic incidents because
their record keeping was much
better than the terrorists.
He advocated a South Africanstyle amnesty coupled with a truth
recovery process where the people
involved are encouraged to reveal
what happened without fear of
prosecution.
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Dr Lewis said: “Inevitably there
will be more documentary material
relating to incidents involving the
Army than there will be in the
archives of terrorists.
“This is bound to result in a bias
against the military and a stressful
process even though few if any
convictions are likely to result.”
Last year the Government indicated it could include in the consultation a statute of limitations
protecting security force members
from historical prosecution.
But after a wave of opposition in
Northern Ireland it has been left out
of the proposals. Conservative MP
Andrew Percy said it was a “further
example of imbalance” in the process, given that many terrorists were
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our hero Ulster veterans
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I’M sick of hearing soldiers who
fought to protect the citizens of
Northern Ireland being compared
with terrorists who set out
deliberately to murder, maim and
intimidate those same citizens.
Our soldiers volunteered to
serve their country and were sent
to Northern Ireland, often living in
filthy, cramped conditions,
working round the clock to the
point of exhaustion, patrolling
day and night through cities,
villages and open country, in rain,
cold and mud, carrying heavy
equipment and all the while facing
death and maiming.
Patrolling through the rat-runs
of the Divis Flats in Belfast, they
had fridges dropped on to them
from the walkways above, bins
emptied over them, were spat at,
cursed and had bags of urine or
faeces hurled at them.
That was the easy part.
On patrol in Belfast my friend
Private Steve Gill lost both legs,
half an arm and an eye in a bomb
attack and his mates were blown
across the street covered in his
blood and gore. Steve was lucky:
a few weeks earlier Nick Peacock,
also from our battalion, the 2nd
Royal Anglians, was killed by
another bomb not far away.
Both little more than boys, they
knew the risks they faced yet
cheerfully stood between the
most deadly terrorists on earth
and the defenceless civilians they
Men who fought
to protect us are
being used as
bargaining tools
wanted to murder. How can there
be any comparison between
these brave men and the
mendacious killers who carefully
put together, positioned and set
off the Semtex bombs that killed
and maimed them and countless
others?
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Or the gangs who held children
hostage while forcing their
fathers to drive to a police station
and blow it up and themselves
with it? Or the cowards who stuck
bombs under the cars of civilians
whose only crimes were to fix the
drains in security force bases?
Or the thugs who prowled the
streets of Londonderry using
power drills to disable teenage
boys who stepped out of line?
So many of these evil gangsters
have been given pardons or let
out of jail early when they should
be pursued relentlessly for the
death and suffering they imposed
often for personal financial gain,
status or sheer mindless brutality.
Meanwhile, soldiers who served
their country rather than tried to
destroy it are hounded through
the courts, such as 77-year-old
Dennis Hutchings, more than 40
years after the government sent
him to Northern Ireland.
His is a political prosecution,
part of a pattern of witch-hunts
enabled by the Government
against troops who served in
Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and
Iraq. These men who stepped
forward to fight and die for the
rest of us are being used as
bargaining tools by a Government
that would rather appease its
sworn enemies than defend the
men who sacrificed so much to
defend us. As a former infantry
soldier I am so outraged by this
unprecedented betrayal that I
am returning the hard-won
Commission awarded to me by
the Queen that I have prized for
40 years.
Colonel Richard Kemp says Northern Ireland veterans face persecution
freed early from jail under the Good
Friday agreement.
“Our soldiers, who served in the
most challenging of circumstances,
are treated worse than the terrorist
thugs they were trying to prevent
from killing innocent civilians,” he
said. “At the very least, our soldiers
should have been protected by a
statute of limitation.
“The Government should have
listened to the Ministry of Defence
and offered amnesty.” He warned:
“This could open the way for a witch
hunt of veterans.”
Fellow Conservative MP and
former defence minister Mark Francois said: “What I and a number of
other colleagues on the backbenches
wanted to see was the inclusion of
the option for a statute of limitation
in the consultation.
“So I’m very disappointed. We are
seeing a situation now where Northern Ireland veterans, some in their
70s, are being pursued by the Police
Service of Northern Ireland over
cases that were investigated at the
time, 30 or 40 years ago, and this is
patently unfair.”
Mr Francois also backs an amnesty
for the Armed Forces that covers
other conflicts, such as Afghanistan
and Iraq, where UK personnel have
been harried by repeated inquiries,
in some cases spearheaded by a now
discredited law firm.
Ms Bradley’s £150million proposals include a new independent investigations unit and a truth recovery
body.
She said the people of Northern
Ireland did not want to draw a line
in the sand and pretend the Troubles never happened.
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TWO former paratroopers are due to
appear in Belfast Crown Court next
month, charged with the murder of an
IRA gunman more than 40 years ago.
Joe McCann, 25, was shot dead by an
Army patrol in Belfast in April 1972.
His family have always insisted he
was murdered but an RUC investigation
at the time decided not to prosecute
anyone involved.
The two defendants, who can only be
named as Soldiers A and C, are now in
their late 60s. They have both been
granted temporary anonymity amid
fears their lives could be at risk.
In 1971, “staff captain” McCann’s unit
was linked to the death of the first
British soldier killed by the Official IRA,
Robert Bankier.
Two years ago, Corporal Bankier’s
daughter, who was 23 months old when
her father was killed, said McCann “got
what he deserved”.
Anna-Marie Bankier, 48, from
Ipswich, said: “I believe in karma, and
what goes around comes around. If he
killed my dad, he got what he deserved.
“It seems to me like these men are
being hounded just for doing their jobs.
It is diabolical and disgusting after all
this time. I hope they get off.”
Blair agreed to ‘amnesty’
letters for IRA murderers
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TONY Blair was behind the
infamous IRA comfort letters
which were the result of a deal
hatched between his government
and Sinn Fein.
The letters were messages of
assurance sent to more than 200
suspects telling them they were
no longer wanted by the police.
Critics said the letters were
effectively an amnesty and a “get
out of jail free card.”
As part of the Northern Ireland
peace deal, IRA terrorists serving
prison terms were granted early
release, but that could not apply
to those on the run.
Those no longer wanted by the
police would be sent a letter
informing them of that fact.
The controversy hit the headlines in the case of John Downey,
a suspect in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park which left four
soldiers dead.
In May 2013 he was arrested
and charged with the murders,
but the prosecution collapsed
after it emerged he had been sent
a comfort letter.
Senior criminal judge Mr
Justice Sweeney ruled that the
assurances given in the letter had
to stand even though there had
Tony Blair behind ‘comfort’ letters
Hyde Park suspect John Downey
been a “catastrophic failure” in
the case because Mr Downey had
been sent the letter in error.
The emergence of comfort letters sparked a political row that
almost brought down the powersharing government at Stormont.
An investigation led by Lady
Justice Hallett concluded that
the controversial scheme was
“unprecedented and flawed” with
“significant systemic failures”.
She said that victims of the IRA
were kept in the dark about the
scheme because the government
kept it “below the radar”. However, she ruled that the letters
were lawful and did not amount
to an “amnesty” for those who
received them.
Sinn Fein said the concession
was necessary to restore confidence in the UK government’s
commitment to deal with “On
The Runs” to ensure the success
of arms decommissioning, the
review reported.
London has said it was a
statement of fact carrying no
future guarantees.
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THE Duke of Edinburgh yesterday
looked game for a royal wedding as
he made his first public appearance since a hip replacement.
He joined the Queen at the Royal
Windsor Horse Show just over
a week before next Saturday’s
wedding of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle.
It is understood he has now
stopped using crutches and Royal
sources have suggested it is likely
he will attend.
A final decision is not expected
until shortly before the wedding
at St George’s Chapel, Windsor
Castle, next weekend.
Philip, who will be 97 next month,
was spotted driving through Home
Park at Windsor in a Land Rover
Freelander before pulling alongside the Queen and Countess
Mountbatten for a chat.
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The Duke had a hip replacement
operation on April 4 and left hospital nine days later.
He returned to Windsor after
spending time convalescing at
Wood Farm, a house on the
Sandringham estate in Norfolk
that has been converted into a
country hideaway for him.
His joint had been causing him
pain for about a month before the
operation.
Experts predicted be would be
able to resume normal activities
within two to three months of the
operation.
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Scarlett McNally, a College of Surgeons council member, said: “Every
individual has different needs and
recovers in different ways but the
majority of patients can get back
to their chosen lifestyle a few weeks
after surgery, free from pain and
with improved mobility.”
The Queen Mother underwent
two successful hip replacement
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Kirsty Young will cover big event
THE BBC has been accused of
“short-changing” licence fee payers in Scotland because there are
no big outdoor screens to broadcast the royal wedding north of
the border.
People in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland can watch Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle tie the
knot on giant screens in several
towns and cities including Belfast,
Swansea and Leeds.
However, BBC bosses are not
planning anything similar in Scotland, despite previous public
screenings for royal events such as
William and Kate’s wedding and
the Queen’s Golden and Diamond
Jubilees.
Joe Little, managing editor of
Majesty magazine, said: “It will
obviously
disappoint
certain
people in Scotland and inevitably
there will be people who feel a bit
short-changed but this is obviously
A happy and relaxed Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show was joined by a smiling Philip when he drove up in his Land Rover
operations in the 1990s, first a
planned procedure when aged 95
then later an emergency operation
when 97 after a fall.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for a hip replacement.
The Duke, dressed in a navy
jacket bearing a royal crest,
watched the action through a pair
of binoculars at one point, after an
aide brought him a programme of
events to read.
Later on, the Queen was joined
by VIP guests including the King
of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, and her son Prince Andrew.
The annual show, just a short
distance from Windsor Castle, is
one of the Queen’s favourite equestrian events of the year.
With the countdown to the
wedding now in earnest, final preparations are under way for Harry
and Meghan’s big day.
Meghan’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, are due to
fly into Britain next week and
spend time meeting the Queen and
other members of the Royal Family
before the wedding.
Mr Markle, 73, a retired lighting
director, will walk his daughter
down the aisle, while Ms Ragland,
61, who will stay with her daughter
on the eve of the wedding, will
join her for part of the bride’s car
journey to the ceremony before
changing places with pageboys
and bridesmaids.
They will both join the happy
couple and their best man, the
Duke of Cambridge, and young
Scots left out as nation
prepares to tune in via
chain of big TV screens
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something the BBC has decided
to do for whatever reason.”
The BBC’s royal wedding schedule was announced earlier this
month, with director of content
Charlotte Moore promising the
coverage would “bring the nation
together”.
Kirsty Young, Chris Evans, Huw
Edwards, Dermot O’Leary and
Carol Kirkwood are among the big
names who will be in Windsor next
Saturday to cover the nuptials at
St George’s Chapel.
A statement said: “The BBC will
also bring its live coverage of the
royal wedding ceremony direct to
the nation with big screens situated throughout the UK, including in Belfast, Salisbury, Leeds,
Swansea, Winchester and Ports-
mouth, allowing communities to
come together and share in the
big day.”
In the past, the BBC has helped
to set up a network of LED screens
in towns and cities across the
UK, although they are not directly
owned or operated by the Corporation.
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One was installed in Edinburgh’s Festival Square in 2009
and hundreds of people watched
live coverage of Prince William’s
wedding in 2011 and the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee pageant and
concert the following year.
However, it was taken down and
sold for scrap by the city council
in 2015 after a row over funding,
leaving Scotland as the only part
of the UK without a BBC big
screen. The BBC also installed a
temporary big screen in Glasgow’s
George Square in 2002 to allow
people to watch the Queen’s
Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said last night: “It is very
disappointing that the BBC seem
to have forgotten about Scotland
when they were planning these
big screen events.
“There are many fans of the
Royal Family in Scotland who I’m
sure would have liked the opportunity being offered to other parts
of the UK.
“People in Scotland pay the
same licence fee as everybody else
and there seems no good reason
why they should not be given the
same opportunities.”
It recently emerged that only
one Scottish council has received
an application for a royal wedding
street party, to be held in Elgin,
Morayshire.
bridesmaids and pageboys at wedding rehearsals next week.
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, have
invited 600 guests to their wedding
and after the carriage ride through
the streets of Windsor will join
them for an afternoon reception
hosted by the Queen.
In the evening Prince Charles
will hold a dinner at nearby Frogmore House for the couple and 200
of their close friends and family.
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MEGHAN Markle’s father appeared to
make her mother a peace offering
yesterday as he laid some flowers
outside her house.
Thomas Senior, 73, was divorced
from social worker Doria, 61, in 1988,
nine years after they married.
But Mr Markle was spotted leaving
the pot of flowers outside Doria
Ragland’s Los Angeles home ahead of
next week’s Royal wedding.
Both are expected to meet the Queen
when they jet into London for next
Saturday’s wedding. They will also
meet William, Kate and Charles.
A source said: “Thomas is clearly
trying to work his charm on Doria
before the wedding. With the eyes of
the world on them both, it makes sense.
“There have been various squabbles
in Meghan’s wider family but her mum
and dad have remained largely silent
and want to do their best for her.”
Thomas will walk Meghan down the
aisle while Doria will travel in the car to
Windsor Castle with her.
Kensington Palace said: “It’s
important to Ms Markle that her parents
have roles in her wedding.”
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Prince Philip, 96, was looking confident and dapper in his first public appearance since his hip op at the start of April. Now he hopes to be at his grandson Harry’s big day
Meghan’s winning
in popularity poll
Gaining a growing band of fans… Meghan with Prince Harry
ROYAL bride-to-be Meghan Markle is
slowly winning over public opinion
after making a series of appearances
around the country with her future
husband Prince Harry, an opinion poll
found yeterday.
A majority of Britons, 56 per cent,
believe that Harry’s fiancee will be a
good addition to the Royal Family,
according to Opinium Research’s
Monarchy Tracker.
It also found that 40 per cent have a
favourable opinion of the American
actress, who starred as attorney Rachel
Zane in TV legal drama Suits.
That compares with only 16 per cent
in April last year and 39 per cent in
November.
Only 19 per cent of the public have
an unfavourable view of the 36-year-old
celebrity.
Another 40 per cent are neutral
and the remainder have never heard
of her.
Priya Minhas, of Opinium Research,
said: “The increase in approval for
Meghan Markle this year far outweighs
that seen by any Royal Family
member, largely through winning over
those who were previously unaware
of her.
“And, perhaps more importantly, she
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has retained this popularity for over six
months.
“And that is not always a given
considering the sustained level of press
attention that she has garnered.”
In spite of her increased popularity,
53 per cent of Britons say they will not
watch the wedding on television next
Saturday at Windsor Castle’s St
George’s Chapel.
Just 38 per cent plan to tune into
coverage.
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The Monarchy Tracker, in its ninth
instalment, found that the Duke of
Cambridge is for the first time
Britain’s most popular royal, with
72 per cent viewing him favourably.
Prince Harry sits just behind with
71 per cent, followed by the Queen with
68 per cent.
Public support for continuing the
monarchy remains high at 61 per cent
but only 36 per cent believe Prince
Charles is the best candidate to be
next head of the Commonwealth, a role
he will take up when he accedes to
the throne.
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SPECTATORS planning train trips to
Windsor for the royal wedding are
being advised to begin journeys as
early as 4am.
Rail operator Great Western Railway
(GWR) urged passengers to “travel
early and travel light” to be in time
for the wedding procession.
GWR published a series of train times
under the heading “What time can I
leave?” to aid people travelling to
Windsor, including journeys from
Preston starting at 4.15am, Stafford
at 5.25am and Solihull at 6.24am.
All of these trips are due to arrive
at Slough before 9am for a connection
to Windsor & Eton Central.
Passengers travelling from the
West and South Wales are advised to
change at Reading for services to
Slough, while South Western Railway
services run from London Waterloo
to Windsor & Eton Riverside.
GWR managing director Mark
Hopwood said: “This will be one of the
largest ever one-day events that has
taken place on our network and our aim
is to ensure our customers have a great
day out.”
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HUNDREDS of thousands of hay
fever sufferers are paying over the
odds to relieve their symptoms.
Those who rely on prescriptions
for their medication are seemingly
unaware they can pick up
equivalent over the counter
remedies for 80 per cent less.
Each GP prescription costs
sufferers £8.60 when they can pick
up the same drugs from chemists
and supermarkets for as little as
£1.99.
The farce has cost sufferers
millions of pounds with experts
saying the scandal highlights the
“gross waste” in the NHS.
Dr Ian Campbell, a GP for 30
years in Nottingham, said: “Too
many patients are unaware they
might be overpaying for medicines.
Hay fever medications are an
obvious example.
“My
advice
for
patients
prescribed a medicine is to always
ask the pharmacist: ‘Can I buy this
cheaper over the counter?’”
NHS
data
obtained
by
MoneySavingExpert.com shows
patients in England paid for more
than 180,000 prescriptions for the
three main hay fever remedies in
2016 and 2017.
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ROBERT Downey Jr was caught
talking to the animals in
Buckinghamshire this week –
during shooting for a new Dr
Dolittle film.
The star, who will play the lead
role in The Voyage of Doctor
Dolittle, was dressed for the part in
a straw hat and stylish tail coat.
And with straggly sideburns, the
Iron Man star, 53, looked a far cry
from his usual sharp self.
At one point the actor straddled
a “green-screen” dinosaur in the
middle of a park which had been
transformed into a movie location.
The highly anticipated film,
written and directed by Syriana
and Gold director Stephen Gaghan,
will be a fantasy adventure based
around the doctor who treats
animals after discovering he can
talk to them in their own language.
It is due to be released next April.
The original Dr Dolittle stories
were written by Hugh Lofting and
Rex Harrison famously starred in
the 1963 film, Doctor Dolittle.
These are cetirizine (Piriteze
equivalent), loratadine (Clarityn
equivalent) and chlorphenamine
(Piriton equivalent).
Insiders say it is only worth
getting hay fever remedies on
prescription if you are entitled to
them for free, or need an unusual
type of medication.
MoneySavingExpert.com’s
Steve Nowottny said: “Don’t
assume that just because you’ve
been issued with a prescription,
that’s necessarily the cheapest
way to get the medicine.
“Ideally, pharmacy staff would
warn patients but this doesn’t
always happen.”
The NHS says patients in
England paid for 102,773 hay fever
medicines on prescription in 2016
and 83,530 in 2017. Analysis showed
all of the drugs could have been
bought for less over the counter.
The
Royal
Pharmaceutical
Society said some patients pay for
prescriptions because they do not
know the drug can be bought
without one. A spokesman said:
IT is not entirely clear why
people are paying more for a
hay fever prescription.
It’s likely in many cases that
patients simply aren’t aware
that they can get the same
medicines over the counter
for less.
In some cases, it’s possible
the over the counter cost in the
pharmacy a patient has taken
their prescription to is more
than a prescription – even
though over the counter is
cheaper elsewhere.
For example, currently Lloyds
Pharmacy sells 60 own-brand
cetirizine tablets for £10.48 –
Over the counter drugs, such as Piriteze, can prove much cheaper
How the drugs work
RESEARCHERS focused on the
three main generic hay fever
remedies which can be sold
over the counter: cetirizine
(Piriteze), loratadine (Clarityn)
and chlorphenamine (Piriton).
Collectively, they are known
as antihistamines and they act
to stop the effects of a
naturally occurring substance
in the body called histamine.
This relieves the symptoms
of allergies such as hay fever
and urticaria (itchy rashes).
Cells in the lining of your
nose and eyes release
histamine when they come into
contact with allergens such as
“We advise that most people with
hay
fever
who
require
antihistamines should be buying
them
from
a
community
pharmacy.”
Earlier this year, NHS England
ordered doctors to stop prescribing
“phoney” treatments like fish oil
and herbal remedies in a bid to
recoup £200million a year. It said
the vast majority of prescriptions
issued were appropriate but many
were for products that could be
purchased from pharmacies or
supermarkets for much less.
The blacklist also includes
paracetamol, which is four times
more expensive on prescription to
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more than the £8.60 for a
prescription.
The message for hay fever
sufferers is simple. Don’t
assume that just because
you’ve been issued with a
prescription, that’s necessarily
the cheapest way to get the
medicine. Always check.
Ideally, pharmacy staff would
pollen, pet fur or dust.
This leads to inflammation in
your nose and eyes, which
produces symptoms such as
sneezing and itchy eyes.
Urticaria can be triggered by
an allergy to a substance such
as detergent. A similar reaction
occurs for insect bites.
Chlorphenamine is more
likely to cause drowsiness.
Hay fever affects two in 10
people in the UK. It often
develops during childhood and
tends to be hereditary.
Sufferers are also more
likely to develop asthma or
eczema later in life.
buying it on the High Street. While
most supermarkets sell 32 tablets
for as little as 60p, the same
amount can cost around £34 on
prescription, once dispensing and
GP fees are taken into account.
NHS England chief executive
Simon Stevens said: “The NHS is
one of the most efficient health
services in the world but we’re
determined to make taxpayers’
money go further.”
James Price of the TaxPayers’
Alliance said: “For too long,
taxpayers have been paying for
sun cream and gluten-free food,
items the free market can provide
much more cheaply.”
warn patients if they’re about to
pay for a prescription when
over the counter is cheaper, but
this doesn’t always happen, so
do a quick scan yourself.
The potential savings,
particularly if you’re a
long-time sufferer, are not to
be sneezed at.
What’s known as buying over
the counter involves simply
picking medicine up off the
shelf or ordering online.
Even if you have a
prescription, you’ll get a
generic medicine with the same
active ingredient, though the
packaging may vary.
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The Against
All Odds
singer has a
sit down with
Orianne at the
Miami event.
Below, Phil
on stage
in 1994
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POP star Phil Collins looks frail as he walks
with the aid of a stick next to his wife
Orianne at the grand opening of her
high-end jewellery store in Miami.
The singer, 67, has had health worries
and injured himself in a fall.
But he has not let it get in the way of his
career following a 10-year break and has
been performing gigs from a chair.
He is still on his Not Dead Yet tour and
will perform in the US from October.
Collins turned up casually dressed while
Orianne, 45, who has recovered from a
debilitating back condition, unveiled her
new look in front of guests in a silver mini
dress and Chanel boots while carrying a
silver quilted Chanel bag.
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Phil arrives with a stick for Orianne’s shop opening
The Against All Odds singer announced
his comeback tour in October 2016.
The former Genesis drummer had
planned five nights at London’s
Royal Albert Hall but cancelled
them after his fall.
A statement at the time
read: “Phil has ‘drop foot’
as a result of a back
operation which makes it
difficult to walk.”
But he returned last
June to perform at the
British Summertime
Festival in Hyde Park.
He delivered his sets sitting
down and came on stage with
the aid of a walking stick.
Pictures: JOHN PARRA/GETTY
Lucky break for Millionaire quizzer
He wins £125k by knowing castle’s location – it’s where he lost a leg in crash
Pictures: STELLIFY MEDIA
Gareth in
the hot
seat on
quiz show,
far left.
Urquhart
Castle,
left, and
the deli
owner’s
“One Foot
In The
Grave”
tattoo
pointing
to his
missing leg
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A
ONE-LEGGED
contestant
delighted Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire? viewers by winning
£125,000 – after naming the location
where he lost his limb.
Gareth Kendall, 32, correctly
identified the ruins of Urquhart
Castle in Scotland on the 20th
anniversary edition of the TV quiz.
Delicatessen owner Gareth was
amazed when asked where the castle
ruins were located, replying: “I know
this...because I lost my leg there”.
The audience gasped as Gareth
explained he lost his left leg in a car
smash near the Loch Ness-side
castle while driving to Inverness.
He told yesterday how he is
“keeping his options open” after
scooping the cash, the highest
amount won since the show rebooted
with new host Jeremy Clarkson.
Speaking from his deli yesterday,
Gareth said: “£125,000 is a lot of
money so I am very pleased.
“I wanted to get to £16,000 because
that would have been enough for me
but I knew my general knowledge
could get me further.
“I didn’t revise or swat up on
questions – I just went for it.
“I’m keeping my options open on
what to do with the money.”
Gareth previously said he would
be forced to sell his Ken Deli store in
Wyke, Bradford, West Yorkshire,
following a spate of break-ins.
But he admitted he now wants to
sell the business because he “doesn't
have enough time” to run it.
Gareth originally trained as a
joiner before joining the Army aged
19. He served with the Royal
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
but broke three vertebrae in his
back in 2007 and was deemed unfit
for tours of duty.
He remained with his regiment
but was seriously injured in the 2012
car crash. As well as losing part of
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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
Citizens
Advice
CEO
Gillian Guy
says price
hikes are
adding to
pressures
felt by
families
already
struggling
to make
ends meet
RISING household bills are putting
more pressure on family budgets as
fuel and energy price hikes threaten
more financial misery for millions.
Energy giant Npower yesterday
became the latest of the “Big Six”
to ramp up bills, leaving a million
customers facing a 5.3 per cent
increase next month.
But analysts at the Bank of
America also fear oil could cost
$100 a barrel again next year, with
campaign group Fair Fuel UK
predicting the price surge within
three or four months. Experts told
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the Daily Express that for every
$2 increase in the crude oil price,
petrol prices rise by 1p.
This means if oil prices reach
$100 from their current level of
$77.40, motorists will face average
prices of £1.40 per litre. Petrol and
diesel prices are already at their
highest since December 2014, with
petrol costing, on average, £1.24
and diesel £1.27.
And Office for National Statistics
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Npower, British Gas and Scottish Power
are all increasing their prices over the
next few weeks, affecting millions of
their customers in the process
LG
An earlier report by JCB Energy
said a dramatic fall in Iran’s exports
makes “the probability of a strong
bull run in crude markets – potentially even flirting with triple digits
– near certain”.
Gillian Guy, chief executive at
Citizens Advice, said: “At a time
when many energy customers are
struggling with their bills, this
Npower price rise will be hard to
stomach for the one million customers affected.
“The price rise won’t affect customers who have switched to a
fixed rate deal. But our research
shows that vulnerable customers,
including the elderly and people
with mental health problems, are
among those least likely to switch.
“This means that many vulnerable customers could be disproportionately affected by this hike.
“Price increases only add to the
pressure faced by those families
who are already struggling to manage their household budgets.
“We know many people have to
borrow just to cover their day-today bills. While this can help them
manage their budgets, consumers
should be protected so they don’t
end up in a spiral of debt that has
damaging knock-on effects.”
The Npower price hike will come
into effect on June 17.
British Gas is increasing prices
by 5.5 per cent from May 29, while
Scottish Power is raising prices by
5.5 per cent on June 1.
More than 4 million customers
will be affected by the British Gas
price rise, adding an average £60 to
bills. Scottish Power is increasing
prices by 5.5 per cent – £63 on average, while EDF will see 1.2 million
pay £16 more on average.
Alex Neill, Which? managing
director of home products and
If the cost of oil rises to $100 a barrel
again, drivers can expect price rises at
the pumps to £1.40 per litre. Petrol and
diesel prices are the highest since 2014
LG
figures for March revealed food
prices rose by three per cent in the
past year.
Howard Cox, co-founder of Fair
Fuel UK, said: “We know it is going
to escalate over the next three or
four months.
“There will be massive implications at the pumps. We are looking
at prices going up to £1.35, £1.40.
“There will some optimistic profiteering from wholesalers who are
looking to take advantage of events
in the Middle East.
“The wholesale price is going to
go up, but the price on the forecourt is going to go up even more.”
Luke Bosdet, spokesman for the
AA, said: “This hundred dollar a
barrel prediction is exactly what we
saw in 2008 when speculators in the
oil market drove up the price to
make huge profits at the expense of
motorists.
“Some had to choose between
eating properly and being able to
afford to fill up their car to drive to
work. It’s frightening, absolutely
frightening.
“It’s already putting the squeeze
on workers who need their car and
are facing higher domestic energy
bills, higher pension contributions
and higher food bills.”
Bank of America analysts have
warned that if OPEC and Russia do
not stop withholding barrels, prices
will rise.
They said: “Looking into the next
18 months, we expect global oil
supply and demand balances to
tighten driven by the ongoing
collapse in Venezuelan output.
“In addition, there are downside
risks to Iranian crude oil exports.
“Plus we see a high likelihood of
OPEC working with Russia in 2019
to set a floor on oil prices.”
LG
Squeeze on families as fuel
energy and food bills rise
Prices at the checkouts are also
squeezing shoppers – figures from the
Office for National Statistics show food
prices rose three per cent in past year
services, said: “Npower already has the
most expensive standard tariff available
and has come bottom in our satisfaction
survey for the eighth year in a row.
“This further price increase will
leave customers questioning why they’re
paying even more for their gas and
electricity.
“Npower’s customers looking to avoid
the price rise should look to switch
immediately, as they could be saving up
to £433 a year.”
Npower’s domestic markets managing director, Simon Stacey, said: “While
existing customers who are currently on
a fixed deal, have a prepayment meter
or on the Safeguard tariff are protected
from these increases, we encourage any
customer who is struggling with their
energy bills to contact us.”
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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
Guard ‘turned CCTV away
so her husband could kill
man who had taunted her’
Accused
of murder
…husband
and wife
Marc and
Sarah
Finnie who
both deny
the charge
although
he admits
punching
the victim
at the
shopping
centre
where Mrs
Finnie
worked
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A SECURITY guard used CCTV
cameras to track down a homeless man who her husband then
killed, a court has heard.
Sarah Finnie ensured the
camera was turned away while
husband Marc murdered Tosh
Richardson with two punches to
the head in revenge for taunting
his wife, it was alleged.
She wanted her husband to
“hurt him outside as she had
been hurt inside”, the jury heard.
Finnie’s punches were so powerful, Mr Richardson’s head was
smashed against the pavement,
the court was told.
A CCTV camera should have
filmed the attack near the shopping centre where Mrs Finnie
worked. But she ensured the lens
was shifted away by making a
bogus report of a “suspicious
man” elsewhere, it was alleged.
Mr Richardson, 45, was found
unconscious in Grimsby, Lincs, in
January. He was rushed to
hospital but died later from a
massive head injury, Sheffield
Crown Court heard.
Pictures:
BPM MEDIA
Mrs Finnie, 36, and her 44-yearold husband, both of Grimsby,
deny murder. Finnie admits
manslaughter.
Jurors were told the security
guard had known Mr Richardson
– real first name Anthony – for 10
years. He had often taunted her
about her personal life and even
branded her a murderer over the
death of a mutual friend from a
heroin overdose.
Mr Richardson had threatened
her in the past and accused her of
being a heroin addict, the court
heard. The final straw came on
January 15 when he taunted her
and was ejected from the shopping centre, it was alleged.
Tim Roberts, prosecuting, said:
“She called Marc Finnie to tell
him. She knew her husband’s
personality and wanted him to
come down and physically confront Mr Richardson.”
He said: “Sarah Finnie wanted
her husband to punish Mr Rich-
PASSENGERS hoping
to jet off for spring Bank
Holiday getaways from
Luton airport face travel
chaos after staff called
for a series of strikes
over the long weekend.
Workers including
baggage handlers and
firefighters have voted
to take industrial action
over pay and zero-hour
contracts.
Luton airport said in
a statement: “We are
disappointed that Unite
members have chosen
this course of action.
“We are working with
the 73 per cent of staff
who did not vote to
strike, to mitigate the
impact of any action.”
The airport said it had
offered staff a 2.5 per
cent pay increase.
Unite union official
Jeff Hodge said: “Luton
airport now faces severe
disruption unless
management get
around the table.
“Workers deserve a
decent rate of pay for
their work and to be
treated fairly.”
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Homeless victim
Anthony Richardson
ardson swiftly for what he had
said and done to her that day.”
Marc Finnie later told police he
went to confront the homeless
man after hearing what had
happened and decided “enough
Shortly before the attack, Mrs
Finnie radioed a CCTV operator
and told him about a “suspicious
man” lurking at the centre, the
court heard. The call made sure
the security camera was turned
away, the jury was told.
The Finnies are on trial with
another security guard Gary
Clarke, who allegedly watched
the fatal attack.
Clarke, 36, of Grimsby, denies
assisting offenders.
The trial continues.
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Langdon Cliffs, near Dover
Strikes to
hit airport
getaways
is enough,” said Mr Roberts, who
told the jury that Mrs Finnie used
CCTV to track Mr Richardson’s
movements.
She then told her husband
where the homeless man was, it
was alleged on Thursday.
With the advantage of surprise,
he kneed Mr Richardson in the
face before punching him twice
with his right fist. The second
punch “propelled” the victim’s
head against the pavement, Mr
Roberts told the jury.
He said: “He admits he was the
attacker and the attack was
unlawful and unnecessary. The
issue you will decide is whether
he is guilty of murder or guilty
only of manslaughter.”
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A BOY of 13 was dramatically
rescued by helicopter yesterday as
he desperately clung on to the 300ft
White Cliffs of Dover by his
fingernails.
A Coastguard spokesman said it
was a miracle the 13-year-old
escaped his ordeal without injury.
He added: “He was very, very lucky.
The boy had been clinging on by
his fingernails to stop himself from
falling from the sheer rock face for
just over 30 minutes.
“If he had let go, there would have
been a very different outcome.”
The boy had started climbing a
sheer
rock
face
at
iconic
Langdon Cliffs near the port of
Dover in Kent.
He was about 175ft up when he
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got stuck and was unable to move
up or down.
Coastguard rescuers could not
reach him because of the dense
shrubbery.
Helicopter winchman Rob Chambers was sent down to the boy on a
200ft wire to avoid the helicopter’s
downdraft from endangering him
and they were then both lowered to
the base of the cliff.
Coastguard pilot Captain James
Lorraine said: “Today’s rescue was
particularly difficult in view of the
extremely perilous position the
young boy was in.
“We knew he couldn’t hold on for
much longer.”
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THE voice of showbiz legend Christopher Biggins begins to fade when
he talks of his dear friend Barbara
Windsor’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
Many of his treasured memories
are of wild nights spent in the company of Dame Barbara where the
two inseparable friends would snipe,
gossip and make mischief.
Dame Barbara, 80, was first told
she was suffering with the incurable
illness in 2014.
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Her close companion knows things
will never be the same again as the
disease slowly muddles her brain.
The star told the Daily Express
yesterday: “I think Barbara feels
embarrassed about this diagnosis .
“If I am honest the signs were
there. I have been out for dinner
with Barbara, [her husband] Scott
and my partner Neil.
“She will ask me a question and
then the same question six or so
minutes later.
“Scott would say, ‘You’ve just
I worry my Barbara will
lunches says ailing star’s
asked Biggins that’, and then she’ll
say, ‘Of course, sorry’. ”
Biggins, 69, worries that one day
soon his beloved “Ba”, as he calls
her, will not be able to recall their
boozy nights out and her glittering
60-year career.
He said: “We have had some riotous times at The Ivy, which is right
up our street because it’s such an
extraordinarily theatrical place.
“Ba and I feel right at home there.
We have annihilated so many people
in that place over dinner and drinks
because she likes a good gossip does
Ba, she always wants to know who
has split up with their partner and
who is having an affair with who.”
He added: “I worry, of course I do,
and it’s such a shame.
“None of us wants to lose memories. People say if you could lose a
sense what would it be? Sight,
speech, smell? It’s a very difficult
question, but the thing you cling
onto in old age are memories.”
Biggins is at home playing to
packed theatres and some of the
happiest times of his life have been
on the road with Barbara.
Over the years he has become a
confidant and sounding board but
has always been amazed at how well
she has handled “her baggage”, as
he describes it.
“Ba is the most extraordinary life
force and someone who has lived
every single moment of her life to
the full,” he said.
“She’s had her ups and downs,
problems with men and her career,
but has always pulled through.
“I first met her when her career
was in the doldrums and she couldn’t
really get any work, so we did old
time musicals around the country.
“It was amazing because she had
this incredible career beforehand
but she never felt she was going
through a bad patch, she always had
this positivity.
“Then along came EastEnders
which was perfect for her.
“People were a bit wary of giving
her that part because of all the baggage that came from her East End
roots but she always wanted to do
the show and boy she did play Peggy
Mitchell with aplomb.
“She was absolutely fantastic
right up until her final scenes.”
East End born Dame Barbara’s
Cockney charms have entertained
Britain for decades. Her stellar thea-
Dame Babs has gone ‘downhill rapidly’ with dementia
DAME Barbara Windsor has gone
“downhill rapidly” as she bravely
battles Alzheimer’s, a close friend
revealed yesterday.
Her husband Scott Mitchell
admitted this week that the
Carry On and EastEnders legend
has had the disease for four years.
Friend Paul Bennett said her
condition was now deteriorating,
adding: “I spoke to Scott last week
and he said she had gone downhill
rapidly over the past couple of
weeks. I talked to Barbara and she
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just said ‘I’m not so well now’.” He
said Dame Barbara, 80, was rocked
by the death of her close friend
and entertainer Dale Winton at 62
last month.
He said: “She took that badly.
Since the diagnosis there have
been up days and down days, but
there are more down days now.”
The revelation that the stage and
screen icon is succumbing to the
brain wasting disease has shocked
her army of fans who have flooded
her with messages of support.
But Scott, 55, who has been
married to Dame Barbara for 18
years, revealed she “suddenly has
no recollection of our history”.
He added: “She’ll look at her
wedding ring and say ‘Are we
married?’ But that’s the thing
about this cruel disease.
“Since her 80th birthday last
August, a continual confusion has
set in, so it’s more difficult for us
to hide. I want us to be able to go
out and, if something isn’t quite
right, it will be OK because people
will now know she has Alzheimer’s
and will accept it for what it is.”
Scott said he spotted the first
symptoms in 2009 when, as
EastEnders’ brassy landlady
Peggy Mitchell, she had difficulty
remembering her lines.
By 2016, the year she became a
dame for services to charity and
show business, it was getting so
bad that it was agreed she would
leave the BBC One soap.
Dame Barbara with husband Scott
Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
forget our riotous
old friend Biggins
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Biggins and
Barbara share a
laugh in London’s
Mayfair during her
80th birthday party
tre, TV and film career has spanned
six decades and she is known to
millions as The Queen Vic’s indomitable landlady Peggy Mitchell.
However, to a generation of older
fans she will be remembered for her
roles in nine Carry On films.
Biggins said: “I’ll always be there
for Ba. We will still go to the theatre
and have dinner and I am happy to
pop round to see her for a cup of tea,
just to have a good old gossip.
“I just want to sit with her, talk to
her and be there for her. I just hope
she recognises me.
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“But do you know what, it doesn’t
matter if she doesn’t because I know
who she is and what a fabulous
friend she has been to me for 40
years – that’s all that matters.”
Remembering her good nature, he
continued: “She took us to Venice
once. There were so many people
stopping her asking for pictures and
selfies, but it was never a problem.
“She has always remembered that
it was the public that made her and
they love her for it.
“She is like royalty and has a talent for making someone feel the
most special person in the world.
“I know a lot of international stars
who can’t bear the public, but Ba is
not one of them.”
Barbara is known by millions as landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders
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EMBERS of Britain’s Armed
Forces sign up for dangerous
work and if they are fortunate
enough to survive they find
themselves hounded years afterwards
over decisions made in the heat of
battle. It has happened to people who
have served in the Middle East and
now, under contentious new proposals,
it may happen to those who served
during the Troubles. Eighteen British
soldiers could face prosecution over
events on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
Former head of the Army Lord
Dannatt has called the process of
investigating historic allegations
relating to the Troubles “ridiculous”
and has called for a statute of
limitations going back 30 years to 1988.
With no statute of limitations, soldiers
who are now in their 60s and 70s could
be under scrutiny. And as Lord Dannatt
says, investigations into major incidents
were conducted at the time.
“Why,” he asks, “do the current
authorities think they will get greater
clarity after all this time?”
And where is the justice in
persecuting service personnel when
terrorists have got off scot free? There
will also be consequences for our Armed
Forces in the future. As retired Air
Commodore Andrew Lambert says:
“The pursuit of old soldiers is going to
make it more difficult to retain the
loyalty of troops if they know that at
some point many years later everything
they have done will be gone through
with a fine-tooth comb.”
Accountability is one thing.
Persecution is another.
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ESTERDAY we reflected on how
fortunate we are to have the
Queen as our head of state – today
it is Prince Philip’s turn. It is
heartening to see HRH back in action
after his hip operation. The Firm, to use
his own term for the Royal Family, is
made of hardy stock.
And in all the national rejoicing
whenever he makes a gaffe it is easy to
underestimate how important the
Queen’s consort has been in keeping
the show – the running of this country –
on the road.
As the Queen herself has pointed out
he has been her “strength and stay”.
Elizabeth II has joined the ranks of our
greatest monarchs but chances are she
couldn’t have done it without Philip.
Welcome, sir. It’s good to have you back.
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AVID BECKHAM has said he is
sorry his sons will not be following
him on to the football pitch: a
shame for him, perhaps, but not
so much for them. The junior Beckhams
would have had quite a role model to
live up to. Better that they make their
names elsewhere.
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AMIAN HINDS, the
Education Secretary,
has
announced
a
£50million
funding
package to support
grammar schools that
wish to expand. An underlying
intention is to increase the
number of grammar school
places for children from underprivileged backgrounds. They
may even be given some preferential treatment in the 11-Plus
selection process.
It is thought that between
1,000-2,000 new places could be
created in areas where there is
a high demand from parents.
One cheer only, though, for
the Government. It’s window
dressing. Theresa May’s election manifesto pledged to
expand the number of grammar schools but she seems to
have been too busy with Brexit
to follow through with this
promise. But now what we need
are lots of the promised new
grammar schools – not just new
places – if we really are to
improve social mobility.
Unfortunately the teaching
establishment strongly opposes
grammar schools and the
unions oppose them too. Many
teachers would support grammar schools but because of the
tyranny of the unions they are
unwilling to say so.
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IVEN the choice huge
numbers of parents
would jump at the
chance of sending a bright child
to a grammar school. They like
the traditional values that
grammar schools embrace and
the importance of competitive
sport, music and drama in the
curriculum.
They like the idea of their
child being educated with those
of similar abilities. Not everyone is suited to an academic
education which is why, in parallel with new grammars, we
should see new technical
schools opening up as well.
Mr Hinds has to bite the bullet
and go to the parents and find
out what they want.
Fifty years of comprehensive
schooling and, as ex-PM David
Cameron told his party conference a few years ago, we have
the worst rate of social mobility
in the developed world. Educational and social disasters
do not come much bigger
than that.
Selection by academic ability
at the age of 11 is not perfect
but in terms of fairness it is
streets ahead of selection by
house price, which is at the
heart of our comprehensive
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system. Move to a nice
neighbourhood and you can
effectively “buy” an education
at one of the better comprehensive schools.
In addition to its promotion
of postcode-based social apartheid, the comprehensive system has had a catastrophic
impact on standards. This is
partly because when most
grammar schools disappeared
so too did the grammar school
exam: the GCE O-level. It was
replaced in 1988 by the dumbeddown GCSE exam that more or
less everyone passes.
When the rate of top grades
approached 70 per cent and an
undercover reporter secretly
filmed an examiner admitting
that the system was a cheat,
Michael Gove, then education
secretary, took action. He made
exam syllabuses a bit tougher.
The first reformed GCSEs
were sat last year. In order to
sustain the credibility of this
comprehensive-school
exam
the “good pass” mark has to be
lowered to 15 per cent for
maths. The youngsters were
defrauded into believing they
had achieved something worth
celebrating. The boss of the
exam
regulator
Ofqual
declared: “All our kids are brilliant.” The great lie about comprehensive school attainment
is deeply embedded.
When the BBC gave a GCSE
maths paper to 15-year-olds in
South Korea the pupils completed it in 15 minutes and
admitted that our GCSE was
at the level of what they had
studied in primary school.
The truth is that in order to
compete with the best education systems around the world
our comprehensive schools too
would have to start with GCSE
rather than, for many pupils,
finishing with it.
Employers’ organisations are
forever bemoaning the consequences of the UK version of
comprehensive
schooling.
About 20 per cent of school
leavers lack literacy and numeracy skills. The internationally
respected OECD points to Britain as the only country in the
developed world where grandparents
outperform
their
grandchildren – grandparents
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schooled
under
the
now
maligned grammar/technical/
secondary
modern
school
system.
According to the Institute for
Fiscal Studies, spending on
education in the UK has
increased by 900 per cent in
real terms since the 1950s but
produced
a
comparative
decline in standards.
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HERE
has
the
money gone? Much
of it has gone on
sustaining child-centred teaching methods. This depends on
the employment of thousands
of classroom assistants and
teacher support workers. Many
primary schools have more
assistants than teachers.
Without the classroom assistants, teachers would be forced
to use the traditional, wholeclass, teacher-led methods that
characterise teaching in the
superstar
school
systems
around the world. Such methods are far more characteristic
of grammar schools here in the
UK than in comprehensives.
If the Government wishes to
have three cheers rather than
one it should be balloting parents on setting up new grammar schools alongside technical-vocational schools.
The future of post-Brexit UK
depends on maximising the
talents of our young people.
Grammar schools alongside
top quality technical-vocational
schools are the way forward.
The one size fits all approach
has to go!
Jennifer Selway
Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
Young and
old are not
enemies
LORD WILLETTS wants to
give £10,000 to everyone aged
25 and to tax pensioners
more. It’s a way of levelling
the playing field between the
generations because, he says,
the contract between young
and old has “broken down”.
Has it though? I see plenty
of evidence that young and
old get on much better than
in the past. Parents and
children socialise together
much more, enjoying the
same music, the same
fashions, keeping up on social
media, constantly
communicating, sharing
details of their lives to an
extent which would have
been unthinkable when
I was young.
There are tensions of
course. Resentments. But
there always have been. Sorry
to be unfashionably cheerful
Lord Willetts but I think
you’re talking nonsense.
Eagle flies
once more
SOLO: Musician Glenn Frey
THIS week – dedicated Eagles
fan that I am – I’ve been
listening to the new CD box
set from Glenn Frey
(including one DVD which
inevitably I stuck in the
CD machine and then
wondered why it didn’t
play. Doh.)
It mops up old favourites
and the solo career and is
generally pretty lovely. Funny
but I’d half forgotten he was
dead (since 2016) as music
heroes now drop off their
perch with monotonous
regularity. But the title
reminded me, Above The
Clouds. Boo hoo.
Bristol death
ANOTHER student from
Bristol University has died
suddenly. The cause is not yet
established but 10 Bristol
students have killed
themselves in less than
18 months. The university’s
answer is to invest another
£1million in mental
health services.
But I know a recent Bristol
graduate who doesn’t believe
more counsellors are the
answer. He points to the
teaching practices at this top
Russell Group university:
hardly any one-to-one
sessions, remote email
communication, a lack of
pastoral care from the
academics themselves. Is it
any wonder so many students
are left floundering and
unhappy? No amount of
health services makes up for
this vacuum.
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How to see off bullies at work
A VIDEO has emerged of a female army recruit
being reduced to tears by a bullying corporal
as she was wading through a river during
bayonet drill. Shocking. But… um… aren’t
training exercises supposed to be mentally and
physically tough?
Andy McNab, former SAS man turned
novelist, thinks so. He said of this incident:
“When you’re teaching young men and women
to become soldiers, you’re taking people from
the real world and putting them in another
world. We’re not forming a knitting circle: the
job spec of a soldier is to destroy the enemy at
close combat.”
Well, I expect I’d cry if I was standing in a
river being bawled at but then I don’t want to
be a soldier. Meanwhile distraught
parliamentary aides have been complaining
about the Commons Speaker John Bercow. He
swears and throws things and sets out to
terrify his underlings, it’s alleged. They seem
very upset.
How should one deal with people like this?
Inform HR about unacceptable behaviour? Me,
I find a blank stare can derail most strops but
then I’m too old to care, which helps.
Tears of course do have their place in one’s
personal arsenal but must be deployed – like
weapons of mass destruction – with extreme
caution and exquisite timing.
Yes, ban wet wipes
W
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HEN my children were
little I was in awe of
other mothers who were
DOESN’T
so much better equipthe ghastly
ped than me. They
Met Gala look
never left the house
like the party
without a knapsack filled with juice
you’d least like
cartons, little bits of pitta bread,
to go to?
satsumas, small packs of raisins and
batons of carrots in plastic tubs.
Any indication that their offspring
were hungry or thirsty and they’d
be busily unzipping the bag.
If their children showed signs of
boredom or restlessness on, say, a
long train journey, the same knapsack would yield up an improving
book (this was before the days of
iPads for infants) or a set of colouring pastels and a drawing pad.
Afterwards these paragons would
clean up the kids with a pack of
handy wet wipes. Somehow
I WAS so
– so shoot me – I never
excited by the
seemed to have time to cut
50th anniversary of
up the carrots or the pitta
the Paris student
bread. I don’t recall my
riots of May 1968 on
mother ever having anythe Rive Gauche (Left
thing nutritious in her bag
Bank) that I sprayed
apart from a pack of ancient
myself liberally with
Polo mints which always
YSL’s scent of the
tasted faintly of her face
same name.
powder. So if my lot whined
Political activist,
about hunger or thirst I’d
moi.
say vaguely – as she always
MWAH MWAH: Nicki Minaj, designer Jeremy Scott and Cardi B having a great time
said to me – that we’d be
there soon so they’d have to wait.
True, I sometimes managed to
gent ones like me) are in a state of
They attach themselves to “fataffecting its shape. It looks natural
pack a book or two. But if time was outrage at the news that the
bergs” in the sewers. During a
but when you get close you can
weighing heavily on their hands I’d Department
for
Environment,
clean-up operation, 5,000 of them see that these clumps are comtell them to look out the window
Food and Rural Affairs has said were found alongside the Thames posed of wet wipes mixed with
and play I-spy. As for cleaning them that wet wipes would be among the in an area only half the size of a tentwigs and mud.”
up. If they were lucky I’d find a “avoidable plastic waste” it aimed
nis court. Someone from Thames
Yuk. They used to say that we
tissue in the bottom of my handto banish within 25 years.
21, a London environmental organwere concreting over the world but
bag. And spit on it.
The trouble with wet wipes is
isation, said: “The Thames riverinstead we’re layering it with filthy,
Anyway it seems that parents that people flush them down the
bed is changing. Wet wipes are
used wet wipes. And no amount of
(the virtuous ones not the negli- loo but they are not biodegradable. accumulating on the riverbed and
labelling is going to stop people
chucking them down the loo. So
let’s get rid of the horrible slimy
things, pronto.
And please don’t tell me that
THERE is to be a conference later
of the place I knew, the house that
We live in a throwaway society
they are essential for nappy
this year in Edinburgh on
my mother used to live in.”
and yet we cannot bear to throw
changing or anything else for that
hoarding, newly recognised as
We all, I think, find hoarding
things away. I curate… you
matter. Cotton wool, water, a damp
a mental health condition.
horribly fascinating. There have
collect… he hoards.
flannel. Job done.
Last weekend I read an
been many TV series about it and
Dickens wrote one of literature’s
interview with Susannah Walker
grisly news stories of sad people
most memorable hoarders:
JANE FONDA, 80, says
who has written a book called The
dying in an avalanche of their
Krook in Bleak House who meets
she has finished with
Life Of Stuff about her labour of
own rubbish. As Susannah Walker
his death by spontaneous
dating and has “closed up
love – clearing up the home of her
says: “We’re all stuck with things
combustion. Illiterate, he
shop down there”. Instead she
mother who died in a house full of
and we’re all trying to negotiate
nevertheless accumulates
has rebooted her career in
rubbish. She writes: “Every flat
a truce with them in some way.”
thousands of worthless legal
political protest and, I read,
surface and the floor is stacked
It’s true. We have too many
documents.
has marched for the Dakota
with paper and bags and boxes,
things which is why we’re suckers
Yet in the end the plot turns on
Access Pipeline.
and I can’t see and don’t want to
for articles on how decluttering
one of Krook’s scraps of paper.
No, that isn’t a euphemism.
imagine what else as well, but
will transform our lives and why
That’s why we don’t throw things
underneath I can still see the lines
storage facilities are big business.
away. Just in case.
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Our gruesome fascination with the lives of hoarders
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THE other day I popped into a small
­Ê
branch of Tesco looking for plant food
– Miracle Gro or something similar. When I
couldn’t find any I asked a shelf-stacker. He
looked puzzled for a moment and then
brightened. “I’ll show you,” he said helpfully.
And escorted me to the fruit and vegetable
aisle. “Plant food,” he said. Um…
OH no! Cancel the Archbish, get a refund on
the dress, stand down the bridesmaids, melt
down the Meghan waxwork, post the old dad
back to nowheresville as soon as he steps off the
plane. The royal wedding must be called off
because – OMG! – it turns out that Meghan
Markle, a divorced thirtysomething woman, has
been round the block a few times and dated a
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porn star called Simon Rex. I wonder what she
saw in him…
Well so what? You meet all sorts in showbiz
and everyone has bills to pay. One newspaper
affecting faux outrage fumed about the “gaggle
of lovers she’d rather forget”. Pah. Almost all of
us have lovers we’d rather forget and some of us
have had lovers we can’t even remember.
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A VIGILANTE suspected of
murdering a convicted sex offender
and his daughter had been
living in a communal storage
cupboard for nearly four weeks
before being found dead, it was
claimed yesterday.
Youth worker Nathaniel Henry,
37, is thought to have used the
cramped space in the block of flats
where he lived as a hideout after
killing paedophile Noel Brown and
his daughter Marie.
It is thought Henry may have
believed he was being hunted by
police after the bodies were
discovered at Brown’s flat in
Deptford, south-east London, on
December 4 last year.
Father-of-three Henry was last
seen alive the next day at
Damilola
Taylor
community
centre near his home in Peckham
where he worked as a basketball
coach and mentor. It was not until
a week later that he was reported
missing by relatives.
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cupboard for 4 weeks
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Police launched an inquiry after
discovering his phone had not
been used since the day he disappeared. His bank account had also
not been touched.
Henry’s body was discovered on
New Year’s Eve in the ground floor
walk-in cupboard, which is the size
of a garden shed, at the housing
association-run building where he
lived in a one-bedroom flat on the
first floor.
He is understood to have died
from natural causes.
Detectives revealed on Thursday that Henry had been linked by
forensic evidence to the murders
of Brown, 69, and Marie, 41, and
was a “significant suspect”.
Yesterday neighbours said police
Nathaniel Henry hid from police
had failed to find Henry despite
searching the premises after he
vanished. Father-of-three Tanzir
Ahmed, 42, said: “He would have
been in the cupboard for more
than three weeks. After he went
missing the police came with dogs
but they didn’t find him.
“They broke the door down to
get into his flat. They also broke
into a cupboard on the first floor
where he kept his bikes but they
didn’t go into the downstairs cupboard. It was locked and they
didn’t check it. They came back
again on December 31 and that’s
when they found him in there.
“They found food. I don’t know
what else he had in there. There’s
nothing stored inside. There are
just water pipes and satellite TV
cables. It’s not a big space.
“He must have had a key and
locked the door from the inside.”
Mr Ahmed added: “The last time
I saw him was at the beginning of
December. He was in good spirits.
“In 14 years we never had any
problem with him. As a neighbour
he was as good as gold. He was a
very gentle person.”
After Henry’s body was discovered, a fund-raising website was
set up by friends to help pay for his
son to fly back to Britain for the
funeral. The youngster is thought
to be studying in America on a
basketball scholarship.
The page, which raised £1,480,
read: “Nathaniel was a true pillar
of the community who loved helping to make a difference.
“He would always go above and
beyond his job by helping the
children with any problems they
may have had at home.”
Mr Brown, who was jailed for
eight years in 1999 for abusing two
young girls, was strangled and his
body dismembered. His daughter
is also believed to have been strangled after disturbing the killer.
Murder victims Marie Brown and her father Noel, who was a convicted paedophile
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A HEAD teacher has banned
fancy pencil cases to prevent
poor children who cannot
afford them from being
picked on.
Pauline Johnstone has also
introduced a standard backpack to prevent pupils with
wealthier parents buying
ones with designer labels.
The changes at St Wilfrid’s
primary school in Blyth,
Northumberland, came after
the charity Children North
East carried out a “povertyproofing” audit of the school,
which involved pupils of all
ages giving feedback about
the stigma they experienced.
SCHOOLS often do not
appreciate the full extent to
which poverty affects the
school day since children do
their best to hide the effects.
Some of the ways help is
given stigmatises children
even more.
Non-uniform days are
painful for those without
smart clothes. Even small
amounts of funding for
school trips is impossible.
And asking for homework
using the internet when
there is no broadband at
home means a child comes
in the next day saying they
didn’t do it because they
forgot. Our Newcastle
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But the pencil case ban
was dubbed “ridiculous” last
night by critics.
Conservative MP Philip
Davies said: “I have never
heard anything so ridiculous
in all my life. If they spent
more time worrying about
educating children and less
time pandering to political
correctness then we might
get somewhere with improving the standards of children
in the classroom.”
One angry parent said:
“What will they think of
next? Fines for parents who
dare take their children on
expensive holidays abroad
rather
than
a
schoolordained week in a caravan
in Blackpool?” Another said:
“Don’t work hard at school,
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Pencil cases such as this one have been outlawed by primary school head Pauline Johnstone
don’t strive to get a job that
pays well, because you’ll only
want to buy nice things
which will upset others.
“Everyone is equal and
everyone gets a prize for
being the best pupil. What
has this country become?”
Defending the changes,
Mrs Johnstone said: “As a
school we had thought we
did OK, it was all very equal
and children didn’t feel disadvantaged. It was quite difficult to listen to some of the
feedback from pupils.”
Children reported it was
“very obvious” that some of
them did not have the same
things everyone else had, she
said. She admitted there was
initial anxiety from parents
“but the majority could see
why we were doing it”.
The school calculated it
could cost parents up to £580
a year per child for uniforms,
meals, trips and after-school
events.
It has now begun providing free stationery and has
cut down on the number of
dressing-up and fundraising
days.
Mrs Johnstone added: “We
don’t lose out on the lovely
things we do, we make sure
they are much more cost
effective. Part of our uniform
policy is a standard back-
pack so we don’t have any
designer goods.”
Children North East has
“poverty proofed” more than
100 schools across Teesside,
Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, as well as schools
in Grimsby and Brighton.
Chief executive Jeremy
Cripps said the project had
improved attendance, behaviour and helped more pupils
take part in extra-curricular
activities.
The charity said dressingup days or conversations
about “what we did at the
weekend” could penalise
those from low-income backgrounds.
I REMEMBER looking
wistfully at my classmate’s
new Minnie Mouse anorak,
then down at my hand-medown blue one.
“We can’t afford posh
clothes from M&S,” my
mother told me. So I made
do with what we had.
It’s a small memory from
my childhood, and not a
particularly painful one. It
did, however, introduce me
to the idea that some people
are richer, some are poorer.
What an important lesson.
Life is unequal. Some
children will have snazzier
trainers, trips to Disneyland
and bedrooms full of the
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University evaluation of the
“poverty proofing” project
found benefits to schools
including increased
attendance.
Many changes were cost
neutral such as altering how
school dinners were
administered, so no one
knew who had free meals, or
providing homework clubs
at times to suit pupils.
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latest technology. In the past
weren’t we taught that envy
was wrong? Striving for
success was the honourable
path to material comfort.
What message are we
sending to children by trying
to eliminate all signs of
difference between them?
Education is about the
content of children’s minds,
not of their school bags.
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When does
a fetish turn
into illness?
PEOPLE who suffer from
obsessive compulsive
disorder (OCD) get really,
really angry when people say
things like: “Oh, I’m a bit OCD,
me. I have to have all my socks in
one drawer and my pants in
another.”
They get angry because that sort
of thing isn’t OCD. At. All. Real
OCD is a paralysing mental illness,
as described by my great friend
Bryony Gordon, the journalist,
writer and marathon-runner. As
Bryony will tell you – and wrote
about in her stonkingly fascinating
autobiography Mad Girl – having
organised socks and underwear
drawers is at worst a mild fetish.
Genuine, full-on OCD is where the
brain refuses to recognise what the
eyes keep trying to tell it: it is real.
For example, for years Bryony
routinely took her iron into work.
Not to keep her clothes wrinklefree but because however many
times she checked that she’d left it
unplugged and stashed in the
cupboard under the sink, she had
to return as she left the house
again and again and again to…
well, check.
She would take photos on her
iPhone of every single candlestick
in her house before she left for
work. Why? To prove to herself
that, despite multiple checking
and re-checking, she hadn’t left
any of them alight, risking her
home burning down.
I was accused of “being OCD”
I
this week. A neighbour passing our
drive and clocking me polishing
the windows of my car for the
second time in 48 hours, cheerfully
called out: “Bit OCD, that, Rich! I
saw you doing that only a coupla
days ago! You need to chill out!”
I smiled politely but it set me
wondering. Where is the line
between OCD and a mild form of
fetishism? I think it’s in doing what
you like doing as opposed to what
you feel (like Bryony) forced to do.
For example, I genuinely like
driving a car with nice, gleaming,
clear windows. I always have.
I also like going to bed between
crisp sheets, plumped-up pillows
and a tucked-in, smoothed
counterpane.
In the bathroom I appreciate
neatly folded towels, a big wicker
basket brim-full of luxury toilet
rolls and a decently-filled tube of
toothpaste, not some rolled-up,
squeezed-to-death remnant to
which I have to administer a
death-grip to extract a smear of
content. So I take care to avail
myself of all these things.
Back to the car. I like to keep its
fuel tank topped up. I remember
the tanker drivers’ strike of two
decades ago when everyone
queued for hours at petrol stations
for a miserable couple of gallons.
Never again. Not me. I never let it
get more than two-thirds empty.
OCD? Fetishistic? To be honest I
couldn’t care less. I do what makes
me happy.
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BECAUSE of next weekend’s
royal wedding there’s been a
rash of nuptial reminiscences.
So here’s mine. It was
November 1986. A second marriage
for both of us, hastily arranged only
three weeks after my divorce came
through – our son Jack was then six
months old and we were both eager
to get on with it.
No time to arrange a formal “do”,
just a quick trip to the local register
office with our closest family, my
nine-year-old twin sons, and a
grumpy little Jack.
Imagine my horror when I realised
that the room in Jackson’s Row,
Manchester, where Richard and
I were to be spliced was the exact
same one in which I was married first
time around. I was so embarrassed,
especially when my brother started
taking photos. I felt a bit jumpy and
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so Richard said in a stentorian
whisper: “Come on, Judy, don’t be
silly. You’ve done this before.”
As he subsequently had to explain
to all the guests at our post-nuptial
pub lunch, he just meant I was used
to us both being photographed
together as we co-hosted TV shows.
But I was mortified, convinced he
was referring to my first wedding.
One sweet thing. It turned out I
was carrying something infinitely
more precious than a bouquet. As we
went off for our two-day honeymoon
Richad asked if I felt “different” now
we were married. I told him I did. In
fact I felt very odd indeed. No
wonder. I discovered shortly
afterwards that I was pregnant with
Chloe. She was unplanned and I had
no idea. But I’m so glad she was
there at our wedding. A special little
iced bun in my oven.
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AS THE mother of
identical boys I naturally
take a deep interest in
twins and their
relationships. Although mine live
at opposite ends of the country
they remain close, speaking to
each other by phone almost
every day. When they were little
they didn’t exactly have a private
language but their vocabulary
was sprinkled with peculiar
words unique to them.
“Shadowmamar” was one of
them. “Santamafountain” was
another. They’d point excitedly
out of the car window and
repeatedly say: ‘Shadowmamar!
Santamafountain!” in delighted
unison. Their father and I never
worked out the meaning or what
they were pointing at. They
eventually stopped and now
neither has the faintest memory
of what they meant.
So I was fascinated – and as I’ll
explain, deeply moved – by a
newspaper interview this week
with award-winning
photographer David Loftus (he
takes all the pictures for Jamie
Oliver’s books) who lost his
identical twin John 30 years ago
in a medical blunder and three
decades on remains traumatised
by his loss.
It was the seminal event in his
adult life, he says. “I always feel
empty. There is always
something gone.” This is hardly
A
TRAUMA: David lost his twin
surprising: it’s clear John and
David shared an intense bond.
David remembers their fourth
birthday: they were taken to the
coast and given big spotted
hankies to wave at the boats.
David dropped his into the water
and his twin immediately threw
his own one in after it in an
instinctive act of camaraderie.
Years later John took a gap
year and travelled to the Greek
islands. This was in pre-mobile
phone days but back in England
David had a powerful sense that
something was wrong. So he
went to Greece and somehow
tracked his twin down to Paros,
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actress and
Love Actually star Martine
McCutcheon is on a 20-date
singing tour of the UK. The
41-year-old looks fantastic after
years of ill-health (she was struck
down by ME and then Lyme
disease after being bitten by a tick
while sunbathing on Richmond
Green). But she’s fully
recovered now and says: “I’m
a happy woman.” We’re
happy to see you
back, Martine.
ON the subject of TV
triumphs – reserve a Bafta
for ITV newshound
Tom Sheldrick. He was
filing a live report into Sunday
night’s early evening news from
the scene of a double shooting in
Wealdstone, north-west London.
Moments into his piece-tocamera he was interrupted by
a man in a hoodie, who tried to
push Sheldrick aside while
making weird gestures to the
camera.
Then a second man, unshaven,
pustuled and aggressive, barged
his way into shot. Sheldrick
continued, unperturbed, gently
shouldering both men away
without missing a beat and
making the briefest of apologies
for the interruption. As a former
I
TV news hack I was seriously
impressed by his cool.
But the times they are
a-changing. When I was in that
game the presence of a TV news
crew – soundman, cameraman,
lighting man and reporter – was
usually enough to deter any
interruption or intrusion.
Television had a kind of intrinsic
power to command respect:
people deferred to it, even
drunken, moronic louts. Those
days are gone. I predict a new,
extra member of TV news crews
will shortly become the norm,
especially in inner-city hotspots.
The muscled, seriously
beefed-up security guy. I know
I’d want him on my team if I
were still in the business. What
times we live in, eh? What times.
living alone in a tent and stricken
with loneliness, depression and
desperately missing his twin.
“He just burst into tears when
I arrived… he made me promise
there and then never to go
travelling without him.”
After John’s needless death
David tried to pick up the pieces
with his photographic career.
But one day he suddenly realised
something very strange. All his
pictures were of pairs. If he was
shooting photos for a gardening
magazine he never took one of a
single flower. It was always two
and they would be intertwined.
David says he hates shaving
because it means looking into
the mirror and seeing his
brother’s face. He took part in a
TV programme and when he
watched it, all he could see was
his brother and the gestures he
used to make, he heard John’s
voice, not his own.
Now he’s writing a book The
Diary Of A Lone Twin and it’s
proving cathartic. When it comes
out I’m going to give a copy to
my boys. Maybe they can review
it here. It’ll be fascinating to see
what my twins make of this lone
twin’s story. I just hope it doesn’t
bring them to tears – I’ve already
had a little cry.
And in between snivels I send
David Loftus my warmest wishes
for his future happiness and
peace of mind.
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Clarkson was
brilliant on the return
of Who Wants To Be
A Millionaire? Funny, wry,
faux-rude and irreverent.
It was obvious that the
contestants enjoyed being
ribbed by him for, by turns,
their stupidity, timidity or
mad recklessness. There
were some great one-liners
along the way too (although
obviously pre-prepared).
“This show’s not called
Who Wants A New Loft
Conversion,” he huffed at
the first, faint-hearted
contestant who scurried
away with “a paltry” £8,000.
“You look more nervous
than Donald Trump on a
windy day,” he mocked
another. “Wow, you’re
earning money faster than
Richard Hammond’s
insurance broker,” he told
a more successful, daring
player. Millionaire is a
strong format but it needs
updating with new music
stings, new graphics, new
catchphrases. But it has a
fantastic new host.
ITV would be creatively
bankrupt not to commission
a proper series. I just wish
they’d asked me to front it.
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Contest began back in
1956, just as many column
inches have been dedicated
to the contestants’ eyecatching costumes as they
have their performances.
In 1974 Swedish super-group
Abba blew voters away with
their note-perfect performance of
Waterloo while dressed in what can
only be described as cowboy meets
spaceman ensembles.
Then in 1981 there was Bucks
Fizz’s famous skirt-ripping routine
where Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston
had their long skirts whipped off
by their male bandmates as they
performed Making Your Mind Up.
But in preparation for tonight’s
63rd Eurovision things seem to
have taken a more classic turn – at
least where the UK’s entry, SuRie
is concerned.
The Essex-born singer will take
to the stage in Lisbon in a white,
off-the-shoulder, floor-length jumpsuit which, when combined with
her pixie crop, is just the right side
of space traveller.
But while fans of the show have
been counting down the days to
see SuRie belt out her song Storm
in the futuristic cape, the singer
admits she’s been counting the
days until May 13 so she can take it
off and do some serious snacking.
“I will be hitting the buffet table
hard on Sunday,” she says in her
down-to-earth London lilt.
“Luckily I do love working out
and clean eating but for some reason over the past few weeks I have
been craving sugary, carb-filled
foods such as croissants and pasta.
But the thought of getting into
that white jumpsuit and looking all
bloated on TV is enough to stop
me reaching for Lisbon’s famous
pastéis de nata. On Sunday it will
be a different story though.”
For someone who is representing
the UK in a singing competition
which the UK hasn’t won since
Katrina And The Waves scored a
whopping 227 points in 1997, she’s
very laid back, despite its reputation for being governed by a politically driven voting system.
When asked if she’s concerned
that Brexit will hinder her chances
she seems, worryingly, almost
naively optimistic.
“Those political conversations
are important but for one night of
the year it is about music,” says
SuRie. “The people at home are
responding to something that
really speaks to them musically
and hits them in the heart.
I’ve never seen any evidence of
someone voting based on a
political agenda. It’s not that kind
of night.”
Any avid Eurovision fan reading
this will scoff, knowing that it is
exactly that kind of night.
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much about the performance and
sadly I didn’t get to meet him.”
For an artist already featuring on
BBC playlists it might seem strange
she has gone down the Eurovision
route, as it has earned a reputation
as being something of a poisoned
chalice.
Is she worried that it could cause
her career to nosedive just as it is
about to take off? “If you have the
right ingredients – the voice, the
charm, the performance – it can go
well for your career,” says SuRie.
“Anything is possible at Eurovision
and what’s to say that we haven’t
got the ingredients right this year,
if not for a win at least for a
position on the leader board that
we can be proud of?”
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scoreboard then former stalwart commentator the late Sir
Terry Wogan’s cutting commentary
would leave no one in doubt as to
the tactical voting that takes place
during the competition.
But while SuRie has confessed
that for many years she never
watched the show she knows
exactly what she’s walking into
because she’s trodden that exact
path, not once but twice before.
She is no stranger to the Eurovision stage having performed
twice for Belgium: the first time in
2015 as a backing dancer and
vocalist and the second in 2017 as
musical director. “I guiltily admit
that until I started working at
Eurovision I had never watched
the show in my life,” she says. “I’ve
missed out on so many years of
amazing performances but I’m
more than making up for it now.
“My previous experiences work-
HOPEFUL: SuRie says Netta, top,
is the one to beat, and would love
to perform with chum Sam Smith
ing with Belgium were incredible
but it feels very exciting finally to
have a Union Jack in my hand.”
SuRie – real name Susanna Marie
Cork – has been hailed as the UK’s
best hope in years. She is a classically trained musician who graduated from the Royal Academy of
Music in London.
Growing up in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, she started
writing music at the age of 12 and
says her style was influenced
by piano-singer-songwriters such
as Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and
Tori Amos.
Her forays into Eurovision may
have put her on the international
stage but the 28-year-old has been
quietly carving out a career in the
industry for years.
Her debut album Something
Beginning With… was released in
2016 with the single Inhale making
it on to the BBC’s Introducing…
radio playlist. And she has already
performed for royalty as a soloist in
front of Prince Charles at The
Royal Albert Hall.
“I was nine years old at the time
and had no idea how much of a big
deal it was to perform for Prince
Charles,” she says. “Fast forward
19 years and I now know exactly
how much of a big deal it was. The
running joke is that my career
peaked when I was nine and I had
no idea.
“Unfortunately I can’t remember
ET’S not forget, this isn’t
her first time on the Eurovision stage. Surely her previous performances might give her
the upper hand? “I worked as a
backing vocalist and it really
opened my eyes to the whole experience – to all the coming together
of different cultures and traditions
that I didn’t know much about,”
says SuRie,
“Even if you don’t like the songs
you can respect and celebrate the
diversity that is being represented.
I was clueless about that before
2015. You also have to take a
moment to let it all sink in. You
can’t let the whirlwind whizz by.
You have to try to absorb it. You
don’t just want to see it on
Instagram afterwards.”
SuRie finished in fourth place for
Belgium so can she top that this
year? “I will do my very best. There
are so many elements out of my
control. All I can do is give it my
best shot and hope that’s enough.”
She says there is one contestant
all the other entries have their eye
on as the one to beat and that’s
Israel’s Netta Barzilai.
“Israel has been getting a lot of
love and Netta is such a character.
Her track is fantastic and really
gets the arena pumping. But I have
to say, so does Storm. People have
been responding really well to it in
the arena, it’s just the outside
world that is still hating on the
UK a bit. But we do have a few
tricks up our sleeve – including a
Eurovision first.
“The stage design features a
really beautiful light installation
made up of a puzzle of chevrons,
which will be illuminated using
high-end technology that has never
been used on a Eurovision stage
before. Artistically I didn’t want
too much fuss or noise around me
as I need to get the connection
right with the audience in the
arena and down the camera lens to
the millions of people watching at
home. But the set definitely complements the song.”
No matter where she is placed
on that infamous Eurovision board,
SuRie has lots of creative plans for
the year ahead – including the
release of a new single.
“It’s a nice summery hit so hopefully people will like it. I’m also very
excited about going on tour in the
UK throughout May, June and July.
I’ll be stripping back my sound and
act to a more serious style.”
And if she does need a bit of
advice she can turn to her Grammyaward winning pal Sam Smith, who
is from the same area as her.
SuRie has documented their
friendship on Instagram with pictures showing them at festivals
and enjoying drinks with other
celebrity friends including Radio 1
DJ Nick Grimshaw. But there is
still one more thing she would
like to achieve with her friend by
her side.
“I would love to perform with
Sam Smith. That really would be a
career highlight for me.”
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because of the high ransom
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Last month five Virunga
rangers and a driver were
killed after an ambush, while
a sixth ranger was severely
wounded.
The so-called MaiMai
militia, a group with its roots
in the war against Rwandan
forces, is thought to be
behind the attacks.
The Foreign Office said:
“We are in close contact with
the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
following an incident involving two British nationals.”
TWO British tourists were
kidnapped yesterday while
travelling to see mountain
gorillas in a notoriously
dangerous part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Their convoy came under
attack in the Virunga
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primates in the east of the
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A female ranger was shot
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A park spokesman said:
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but are waiting for more
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DAVID Beckham’s appointment as
a British fashion ambassador is no
surprise, writes Fashion Editor
Antonia Kraskowski, left.
The former top footballer, 43, has
his finger on the fashion pulse and
he’s sure to excel in his new role.
Beckham’s outfits are endlessly
copied by men looking for
inspiration – but no style icon is
complete without a few faux-pas.
The sarong he wore on holiday at
Elton John’s villa in the South of
France was his biggest boob. Then
there were head-to-toe leather
outfits he and wife Victoria sported
at a Gucci fashion show in 1999.
He admitted later: “We always
laugh about that now. We’re like,
‘What were we thinking?’ ”
But the classic Crombie, jeans
and brown Doc Martens he wore
this year to help publicise Brand
Beckham’s new enterprise, House
99, showed him at his best –
groomed yet casual.
And who looks better than
Beckham in a black bow-tie?
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role – as ambassadorial president of
the British Fashion Council.
Beckham, 43, will be responsible for
raising the global profile of the UK
fashion industry, especially in America
and Asia.
David, married to clothes designer
Victoria, is a style icon in his own right,
once being spotted wearing a sarong
on a romantic night out.
In 2007 he modelled his own underwear line. And back in 1998 he was
named most stylish man of the year by
men’s fashion magazine GQ.
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He now has a line of fragrances and
is a business partner with British menswear company Kent & Curwen.
He said: “I have long been passionate
about British style, fashion and craftsmanship, and this role gives me the
chance to get under the skin of an
industry I love.
“I am excited to be working closely
with the British Fashion Council (BFC)
to promote and inspire young talent.
“The fashion industry is one of our
best-performing global exports and I
am looking forward to working with
our future leaders and supporting the
BFC in their global ambitions.” Beck-
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Saturday Clubs, where young people
can study fashion, and look for scholarships and apprenticeships.
BFC chairwoman Stephanie Phair
said the organisation was thrilled at
Beckham’s appointment. She said: “We
identified the need for a figurehead,
with global reach, who is able to shine a
light on our incredible British fashion
talent and ensure we build and create
energy for the British fashion economy
– and David is perfectly placed to help
us do this.”
Beckham may prove more of an
inspiration to his three sons as a fashion icon than as a footballer. He said he
was heartbroken that Brooklyn, 19,
Romeo, 15, and Cruz, 13, have all
shunned the game with only daughter
Harper, six, taking to the pitch.
Beckham told Graham Norton on his
TV show: “Harper is playing every Sunday and loves it. The boys don’t play
and it’s heartbreaking. They have a talent, but it’s down to Harper now. I get
very enthusiastic when watching her.”
A clue to her enthusiasm? Harper’s
middle name is Seven, the number
worn by David when he played for
Manchester United.
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her name down for any class trips
planned for the following year on
the improbable grounds that she
would be sailing around the world
with her family.
“The teacher phoned me because
she thought Bluebell was making it
up,” explains Nichola. And who can
blame her?
After all, it’s not often that a family
of five ups sticks, boards a 53ft
yacht and heads off across the
Atlantic on an epic 35,000-mile
voyage that will ultimately take in
84 harbours in 26 countries.
But that is precisely what Nichola,
46, and her 45-year-old husband
Caspar did in August 2014. Over the
next year and 11 months they
enjoyed all the highs and lows that
could be expected of such an
intrepid venture: 40-knot winds and
40ft waves off South America, catastrophic engine failure in the middle of the Pacific and an onboard
accident to one of the youngsters.
On the plus side they and their
children – Bluebell, by now nine,
Columbus, seven, and Willow, two –
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enjoyed an adventure that included
swimming with dolphins in French
Polynesia, stroking cheetahs on
safari and being greeted with a Zulu
welcome dance in South Africa.
The exotic project was spawned
at a family party in June 2009 when
Caspar’s brother-in-law James idly
mentioned a story he’d read about
a family who had decided to take a
break from normal life and sail
around the world.
It immediately switched on a
light bulb in Nichola’s head and in
the car home she turned to her husband and said: “Shall we do it?”
Caspar, who was working long hours
running his own business and
growing increasingly fed-up with
the drudgery of commuting, was
equally smitten with the idea.
“We were in our mid-30s and I was
working 16 to 18 hours a day in the
business,” he recalls. “I barely saw
Nichola, barely saw the kids and we
were asking ourselves: is this all
there is to life?”
It should be said at this point
that Caspar was already a seasoned
sailor. Brought up in Devon he had
acquired a fishing boat at the age of
14 and within three years had built
TUNED IN: Under her dad’s watchful eye, Bluebell runs the ship’s radio
a booming business exporting half
a ton of crab and lobster to Spain
every week. In 2000 at the age of 28
he had signed up for the BT Global
Challenge – dubbed “the world’s
toughest yacht race” – and spent 10
months negotiating some of the
planet’s most challenging seas.
In the six months following their
road to Damascus moment he and
Nichola sat down together most
weekends to create “a shared picture of the future”. They set a
departure date of August 2014 that
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two hours trying to get him to
concentrate, the blank sheet was
still there.
“So I said, ‘Columbus what are
you interested in?’ ‘Fishing,’ he
said. So we got all the fishing books
and over the next couple of days he
devoured them and he was talking
to us about all the different fish in
the sea, where you catch them, how
fast they swim, how big they get.”
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kayaks and small dinghies just to
get them familiar with the water.”
Given that Caspar had been a
consultant with blue-chip City firm
KPMG for more than five years, you
might have thought their plans
would have been laid with military
efficiency. But there was a reality
check early on as he was struggling
to make his consultancy company
Trovus work. “At the time we had
the idea I would have earned more
stacking shelves in Tesco and the
idea of having the money to do this
– we put on our vision statement we
wanted £5million – was ridiculous.”
In the end Caspar succeeded in
turning round his business and
income from that – plus a property
business and a network of online
marketing sites – enabled them to
raise the £550,000 to buy a boat, an
Oyster 53 called Aretha. They also
now had enough to cover the
courses they had to take to get their
seamanship up to scratch as well as
the running costs of their venture.
So what was the reaction of family
and friends to the idea of them
taking their three children on such
a potentially perilous venture?
“It was mixed,” says Nichola.
“Caspar’s family, who sail, were very
encouraging because I think they
understood what was involved. I
think my parents, who don’t sail,
were more nervous – not about us
but about the children. Even when
we left, Willow was only two.”
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UT in his book about their
adventure Caspar writes:
“One friend confided, ‘I
don’t agree with what the other
people are saying, that you are
mad’.” And he adds: “My mum
would tell us stories about people
who had drowned while sailing.”
Things weren’t helped when, four
months before they were due to
leave, a sailing boat called Cheeki
Rafiki lost her keel in mid-Atlantic
and sank with her four crew. The
tragedy hit the front pages. But by
then the die was cast. Their route
took them first to the Canary
Islands where they joined the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), a
muster of yachts that sails the
ocean in convoy. They then crossed
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En route of course they faced a
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sails and old-style navigation with
compass and sextant.
Medical
emergencies
were
another issue. Caspar says: “We
both trained to become ship’s doctors, the most extensive medical
training you can do outside of
becoming a family doctor or a
nurse.” Just as well. Bluebell caught
– but recovered from – dengue fever,
fortunately during a Polynesian
landfall. And their medical skills
were particularly useful when twoyear-old Willow cut her head badly
mid-ocean.
However it wasn’t all high drama.
“I think one of my favourite things
was the night sailing,” says Nichola.
“You’re in the middle of the ocean,
under the stars, with nothing else
around – just us together.”
Yet amid all the romance of the
voyage it was also important to
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“One specific memory I have was
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went really really deep into it so
that covered literacy, it covered
numeracy, it covered science, it covered business, it covered communications and, because he was
engaged in it, it sent his learning
rates through the ceiling.”
With their children happily settled
into new schools back in England
it’s clear that he and Nichola have
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magical life-changing experiences
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Daily Express Saturday May 12 2018
by Macer Hall
The EU debate
now returns to
the Commons
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HERESA
May
faces
some serious repair work
after a wrecking spree by
ermine-clad vandals at
Westminster. Brusselsbacking peers emasculated her Brexit plans almost beyond
recognition in a series of 14 House of
Lords defeats that came to a climax
this week. Now her team are trying
to calculate whether the Commons
can make good the damage.
Tory whips are already pessi­mistic
about the chances of stitching
together a majority in the elected
chamber to scrap the amendments
to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
The changes to the legislation are
far-reaching:
giving
Parliament
­powers to meddle in the negotiations, raising doubts about next
year’s departure date and threatening to keep Britain locked in the EU
customs union.
One Eurosceptic Tory MP told
me: “If you wanted to effectively
stop Brexit happening you couldn’t
come up with a better way of doing
it than what these Remainer peers
have done.”
Ministers fear a majority of MPs
from across the parties are tempted
by the idea of a “great British compromise” deal that would see the
UK formally leaving the EU while
keeping the existing customs
arrangements. For Brexiteers that
botched idea is even less palatable
than staying in the bloc. “Outside
the EU but inside the customs union
will be the worst of all possible
worlds,” one minister said. “We
would feel the full effects of decisions by Brussels without having a
say on the rules or an independent
trade policy.”
email macer.hall@express.co.uk
M
rs May is considering
delaying the return of
the EU (Withdrawal)
Bill until the autumn to give maximum time for preparing the arguments to try to persuade dithering
Tories not to rebel. Ministers plan to
focus on setting out a detailed case
showing how the mechanics of
­customs union membership would
leave Britain worse off.
“The Government has to move on
from the 2016 referendum debate,”
the minister said. “If we go into this
as a re-run of Leave versus Remain
we will lose. We have got to win over
sensible Remainers. The detail will
be really important.”
Without being able to guarantee
the votes of the most implacable
pro-Brussels Tories the Government may well need the votes of the
small group of principled Brexitbacking Labour MPs who are unwilling to be dragged into manoeuvrings
KEY FIGURE: The Labour MP for Don Valley, Caroline Flint
by Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench on
the customs union issue.
Caroline Flint is expected to be a
key figure in the coming debates.
The former Labour Europe Secretary voted Remain in the EU referendum while 68.5 per cent of voters
in her Don Valley constituency
backed Leave. She has since recognised that anything less than a full
break with Brussels will be seen as a
betrayal by many of those voters.
“Parliament should reject Brexit
game-playing and accept the country’s decision.”
Many other Labour MPs in the
North and Midlands are in a similar
position but few of them so far have
been prepared to be as outspoken
as Ms Flint. One senior Labour
Brexit supporter said: “The votes of
about 10 or 15 Labour MPs will make
all the difference. They could be the
ones who determine the success or
failure of Brexit.”
Some
Labour
MPs
wonder
whether Westminster’s customs
union debate is too esoteric to make
an impression on voters in the
­party’s heartlands. The challenge
for the Brexiteers is to show that, by
imposing Brussels tariffs on imports
of goods from outside the EU, the
customs union is driving up the
prices of consumer goods.
If they can make the argument
that a full Brexit will deliver cheaper
food, clothes and other household
necessities
for
working-class
­families, many Labour MPs will face
intense pressure from constituents
to back the Government on the
issue.
Building an alliance across the
Left-Right divide for her Brexit
plans will be a harsh challenge for
the Prime Minister and her team.
But after the damage wreaked by
the gilded old establishment in the
Lords she needs to find friends
wherever she can.
SPeaker John Bercow refuses to budge
PLOTS aimed at prising John
Bercow out of the Speaker’s Chair
are intensifying after his vow to
carry on in the plum job until 2022.
The Commons Speaker’s many
critics at Westminster were furious
this week that he confirmed he has
abandoned the pledge made on
taking the post in 2009 to only serve
for nine years. That deadline will
be up in the middle of next month.
Tory MP James Duddridge was
given short shrift when he
reminded Mr Bercow of the
promise during Business Questions
on Thursday. “He will recall that I
indicated my willingness to
continue in the chair in June of last
year. That proposition was put to
the House and it was accepted
unanimously,” the Speaker said.
The testy exchange came a day
after Mr Bercow missed Prime
Minister’s Questions to attend the
funeral of his predecessor Michael
Martin in Glasgow. His deputy
Lindsay Hoyle earned a cheer from
MPs at the end of a session that
was refreshingly free from the
usual pompous hectoring from the
chair.
Mr Bercow needs to remember
that he took over his post at the
height of the Westminster expenses
scandal, which exposed widespread
exploitation of parliamentary
allowances by MPs. He said at the
time that his mission was to
rebuild the public trust in
Parliament that had been shattered
by the tawdry episode.
His foes argue that reneging
on his pledge to stand down this
year can only reinforce voters’
suspicions that politicians fail to
keep their promises.
The late Lord Martin was the
first Speaker in more than 300
years to be forced out of the job. Mr
Bercow is in danger of going the
same way. He faces possible
allegations of bullying his staff,
which he denies, and a campaign of
parliamentary mischief by his foes
aimed at getting him out.
Mr Bercow has survived several
other attempts to end his term of
office. Another unseemly tussle
over the Speakership would be
hugely damaging for Parliament.
For the sake of the dignity and
authority of his office the Speaker
needs to stick to his original
promise and hang up his gown.
JOHN McDonnell
makes no attempts to
hide Labour’s hardline socialist ambitions
for Britain’s economy when
meeting business leaders, a
report this week suggests.
“Hello, are you looking
forward to having a Marxist in
Number 11?” the shadow
chancellor asked recently
when greeting a company
executive, according to a
profile in the New Statesman
magazine.
INTERNATIONAL Trade
Secretary Liam Fox has
come up with a new
nickname for his
Whitehall department as it strives
for post-Brexit opportunities for
Britain around the world. “Liam
calls us the Department for
Optimism,” said one insider.
MICHAEL Fabricant was
far from upbeat on the
pressing issue of the UK
entry in tonight’s
Eurovision Song Contest in
Lisbon during exchanges at
Culture and Media Questions on
Thursday. “Does my Right
Honourable friend share my
dismay that Brexit does not mean
that we are leaving the
Eurovision song contest?” the
Tory backbencher asked Culture
Secretary Matt Hancock.
TORY frontbencher
Phillip Lee has risked
riling some of his
Eurosceptic
colleagues with a video
interview posted on the
internet about his work at the
Ministry of Justice. The
pro-Brussels MP seated
himself below a bust of the
arch-Europhile Lord Heseltine
for the talk.
SIR NICHOLAS Soames
intrigued colleagues by
moving from his usual
perch at Prime Minister’s
Questions to the benches
inhabited by the most hard-line
pro-Brussels Tories this week.
“Delighted to welcome Nicholas
Soames to the naughty corner,”
leading Europhile Anna Soubry
said on Twitter. Colleagues
wonder whether his shift is a sign
of positioning for the crucial
Brexit votes to come.
COMMONS offices are
set to get a new
telephone system based
on the Skype digital
network in the coming months,
according to a source in the
parliamentary maintenance
department. Taxpayers may be
surprised to learn of the latest
cash splurge on new technology
given that MPs are soon to
temporarily vacate the palace to
make way for a major
refurbishment.
GAVIN Barwell, the
Prime Minister’s chief
of staff, took a turn as
grand inquisitor as the
Number 10 team held their
annual “pub” quiz on
Thursday evening.
Top boffins at the event in
Downing Street were the
special advisers from the
Prime Minister’s political unit,
competing under the team
name Reservoir Spads.
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Ms Gordon starred in a series of
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Is a quip about ladies lingerie acceptable?
By Gillian Crawley
A PROFESSOR’S joke which revived
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In a scene similar to the hit
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Simona Sharoni, professor of women’s
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College in Massachusetts, USA, the
joke was lost in translation.
After her formal complaint, political theory specialist Prof Lebow has
been ordered to apologise.
Both academics were attending
the International Studies Association’s (ISA) annual conference in San
Francisco last month.
Ms Sharoni said after the lift
incident: “All his buddies laughed.
“After they walked out, the woman
standing next to me turned and said,
‘I wonder if we should have told
them it is no longer acceptable to
make these jokes’.
“As a survivor of sexual harassment
in the academy, I am quite shaken by
this incident.”
ISA executive director Mark Boyer
last week told Prof Lebow that his
DEAR lord, the things
they find to get upset
about these days. There
is absolutely nothing that
will not offend someone,
somewhere.
Professor Lebow was
making a joke. Given his
age and nationality, it is
also extremely likely he
was quoting from Are You
Being Served?
He was not making any
comment on the status of
women nor indeed their
undergarments.
There is a famous story
that took place during
World War II. An air raid
siren went; the locals
YES
Says Virginia
Blackburn
Daily Express columnist
crowded into the shelter
and a warden came to
check they were all right.
“Any babies in there?” he
called. “Give us time,
guv,” shouted one wag in
reply, “we’ve only been
here 10 minutes.” It got a
big laugh. These days
he’d have probably been
arrested. What a world we
live in now.
IT may seem like an
innocent enough joke but
there’s no getting away
from the fact that it
normalises the sexual
objectification of women.
When I was younger I
used to humour these
kinds of throw-away
comments by feigning a
smile. Now, older and
wiser, I refuse to join in
out of politeness.
It’s not that I find these
kinds of joke offensive,
it’s more disappointing,
particularly from an
esteemed academic.
And Professor Lebow’s
response that we should
no
Says Frances
Millar
Daily Express writer
be focusing more on “real
offences” rather misses
the point.
Just like Chinese water
torture, it’s the drip, drip,
drip of everyday sexism
that drives me crazy.
If you’re constantly
being harassed, even in a
small way, it builds up
and wears you down.
Time’s up.
Richard
Ned
Lebow,
top, who
upset
Simona
Sharoni,
left
elevator remarks were “offensive and
inappropriate”. Prof Lebow has
declined the ISA’s instruction to issue
an “unequivocal apology”. He said: “If
I did apologise it would be an acknowledgment that an innocent remark in
an elevator is somehow wrong.”
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EXCLUSIVE
The courageous stories of
30 recipients of the Victoria
Cross and George Cross
have been gathered
together in a new book, with
introductions from some of
our best-loved celebrities.
Here Frank Bruno, Joanna
Lumley and Mary Berry each
share one of their inspiring
stories. By JANE WARREN
DIFFIC
Assistant Section Officer
Daphne Pearson GC,
introduced by Mary Berry CBE
Mary says: “There is something
extraordinary about a person who
will confront danger to help a
loved one.
“I remember a photograph of a
Swedish woman who was seen
racing towards the tsunami of 2004
while everyone else was running,
screaming, in the other direction.
“It transpired that her child was
sitting on the beach and was in
mortal danger.
“As amazing as that lady was, her
actions are explicable on the
grounds that she was acting on the
instinctive love of a mother.
“The story of Daphne Pearson,
however, tells of a woman who ran
towards a burning ‘cauldron’
which was about to explode
with no other motivation
than to try to save the life
of a complete stranger.”
Born in Hampshire in
1911, Corporal Daphne
Pearson was a member
of the Women’s Auxiliary
Air Force (WAAF) at
RAF Detling in Kent. On
May 31, 1940, she was
awoken by the noise of an
aircraft in trouble over the
base. Grabbing her tin hat
she ran outside and saw an
SELFLESS: Corporal
Daphne Pearson
aircraft smashing into trees. A
guard shouted at Daphne to stop
but she ran to the scene and saw
what she later described as, “the
fearsome sight of the plane on fire”.
Two crewmen were dragging
another man out. Instructing them
to leave him and get help she
continued to pull the injured man
away from the blaze by herself.
His face was covered in blood and
he was moaning in pain. A tooth
had pushed through his cheek so
Daphne pulled it out.
“Full tank,” he tried to warn her.
“Bombs,” he gasped. Without
thinking she took off her tin hat
and placed it over the serviceman’s
head. She then laid herself over him
to offer protection from the blast,
digging her elbows into the ground.
At that moment a 120lb bomb
went off and the plane exploded.
“All the air in my stomach was
sucked out,” Daphne later recalled.
She couldn’t see for a few hours but
reported for duty the following
morning. When she arrived for her
shift the commanding officer of 500
Squadron and three other officers
stood to attention and saluted her.
Winston Churchill announced in
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COURAGE UNDER FIRE: Sailor William Hall
Petty Officer First Class William Hall VC,
introduced by Frank Bruno MBE
VALOUR: Tul
Bahadur Pun
with Joanna
Lumley in 2009
Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun VC,
introduced by Joanna Lumley OBE
Joanna says: “My father showed me a
photograph of Tul Bahadur Pun VC
when I was six years old. We were
sitting on the veranda of our army
bungalow in Malaya and, although he
never talked about the Chindit
campaign in which he and Pun had
served, he wanted to tell me about
him: ‘This is one of the bravest men
you will ever see,’ he said.”
Born in Nepal in March, 1923, Pun
enlisted in the British Army in 1940
and after training was sent with his
battalion, 3/6th Gurkha Rifles, to the
Indian border with Burma – then
occupied by the Japanese.
The Chindit campaign was designed
to disrupt lines of communication in
the country and in February, 1944,
Pun was flown in behind enemy lines.
On June 23 the regiment came under
heavy fire as they moved to capture
a bridge.
The whole of Pun’s section was
wiped out with the exception of
himself, his section commander and
one other man. Leading a charge
towards the source of the fire, both
other men were mortally wounded
but Pun carried on alone, seized
the Bren gun and – firing from the
hip as he went – continued the charge
on the heavily bunkered position in
the face of automatic fire directed
straight at him.
Moving 30 yards over open ground
and ankle-deep in mud he reached the
position, killed three of the Japanese
occupants, sent the other five fleeing
and captured two light machine guns
which he then used to give supporting
fire to his platoon.
Says Joanna: “Years later, when my
father had been dead for nine years,
I met Mr Pun VC, just as our Gurkha
Justice Campaign gained momentum.
“I wanted to give him something
from my father and I remembered the
little silver figure of a Gurkha piper
which Daddy loved and left to me in
his will.
“I knelt down beside Mr Pun’s
wheelchair – by 2008 he was a frail
old man – and gave him the little
silver piper.
“When he heard that my father was
dead he put his old hands on my head
and said: ‘You are my daughter now.’
“A few months later we laid flowers
at the Cenotaph together in the biting
cold of a London winter. He was a
legend and a hero and I am so proud
and lucky to have known him. His
selfless valour will live on for ever as an
example of heroism beyond compare.”
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Says Frank: “As a child I wanted to be a world
champion in my chosen sport of boxing. My
sporting hero was Muhammad Ali but what I
thought was hard work getting to the top of
my chosen occupation is nothing compared to
what William Hall VC did.
“My reward was financial and world
recognition. His life was a story of courage
winning against the odds, not for the medal or
the recognition but because it was his duty.”
Hall, who was born in Nova Scotia, Canada,
in 1827, became the first black person to be
awarded the Victoria Cross following his
actions in the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
The sailor was part of the Naval Brigade
which had arrived to bolster the British forces
following the massacre at Cawnpore, India,
when 125 women and children were murdered
at the British military base on November 21.
“The blood of the helpless women was still
upon the walls,” Hall recalled of his arrival.
After defeating the mutineers, Hall’s brigade
moved on to Lucknow, where a unit of British
soldiers had been under siege for six weeks.
Hall, whose parents were former slaves,
volunteered to help man a 24-pound gun in a
bid to break through the city’s walls, despite
being told it was a suicidal mission.
“I will take the chance, sir,” he replied.
Within minutes the entire crew had been
killed apart from Hall and a colleague who was
wounded. Yet somehow he managed to
operate the gun, despite continual fire.
Says Frank: “William used his strength and
endurance to keep the cannon firing against
overwhelming odds. It was a four-man job but
William did it all alone after he witnessed the
death of all his friends and with incoming rifle
and artillery fire all around.
“A lesser person would have collapsed in a
heap but William – who later joined the Navy,
alone in race and nationality – kept going.”
And his courage paid off. He breached the
wall and the waiting Highlanders were able to
scramble inside as the mutineers fled.
“In the narrow story he was amazingly
effective in keeping up the fire. In the
wider story he must have
inspired respect among his
shipmates. Why else would
they have recommended
him for the Victoria Cross
and promoted him to Petty
Officer First Class?
“William Hall VC
ignored the abuse he
must have suffered,
showed what he
was capable of and
what kind of man
he was.
“This makes him
an inspiration to
me and, I hope,
to you too. His
is a life of
triumph.”
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by WILLIAM HARTSTON
Pictures: ALAMY, GETTY
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Q
This self-deprecating poem,
requested by Christine Parker
in an email, celebrates the joy
of not being a Somebody. It is a
typically short, thoughtful and
funny verse from Emily
Dickinson, who was a reclusive
unknown throughout her life
and only found to be a
Somebody when around 2,000
of her poems were found after
her death.
Why do we “clink” glasses
when we have a toast?
Fran Feltham, by email
A
Much nonsense has been
written about this being
something to do with chasing out
evil spirits or spilling wine into
each other’s glass to show you are
not poisoning them. But clinking
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The real reason is a
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taste, smell and touch with which
one can enjoy a glass of wine.
Not everyone is in favour of the
practice however. One dinner
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home was told by an aide as the
toasts approached: “We don’t
clink at Highgrove.”
Q
I understand that King
George III and Queen Charlotte
had 15 children. Is that correct? His
eldest son became King George IV
upon his father’s death and because
the heir of King George IV, Princess
Charlotte, died in childbirth at the
age of 21, the crown passed to the
second son William IV.
King William and Queen Adelaide
had no living heirs so the crown
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daughter of the fourth son, Prince
Edward, who had died when Victoria
was eight months old.
My question is: what was the
name of the third son of King
George III and what became of him?
I have never seen or heard any
mention of this third son so hope
you can answer this query for me.
Barbara Jean Moore, Calgary,
Alberta, Canada
A
My compliments on your
English history but you make
one small error.
As you say, George III and
Charlotte had 15 children (eight
sons and seven daughters).
George IV was the first son and
Edward, Duke of Kent, was the
fourth, but William IV was the
third son, not the second. That
was Frederick, Duke of York
(1763-1827).
Since George IV died in 1830
the throne passed to his eldest
living brother, who became
William IV.
Frederick became commanderin-chief of the British forces in the
Napoleonic Wars, but military
disasters in 1799 led to him being
mocked in the famous song The
Grand Old Duke Of York.
The best fact I know about him
is that in May 1789 he took part in
a duel with Colonel Charles
Lennox, who had insulted him.
Lennox missed and Prince
Frederick refused to return fire.
Q
On a recent journey around the
M25 during heavy rain we
observed what appeared to be a
double rainbow, with the higher one
much fainter than the other and not
complete. Both of these were much
closer to the ground than usual.
Is this unusual and does this
I’m Nobody! Who
Are You?
by Emily Dickinson
(1830-1886)
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH: Prince Charles toasts – but doesn’t clink – with US President George W Bush in 2005
Are you – Nobody – too?
This is called Alexander’s Band,
after Alexander of Aphrodisias
who first described it in 200AD.
It is caused by much of the
sunlight failing to reach that area
because of all the bouncing within
raindrops.
Don’t tell! they’d banish us – you
know!
phenomenon have a technical
name?
Terry and Lin Cox, by email
A
What you describe as a
double rainbow is actually
called a “double rainbow”!
In a normal rainbow sunlight is
refracted (bent) as it enters the
raindrop then reflected off the far
side of the globule of water before
being refracted again as it
emerges.
For the double rainbow the
process is refract-reflect-reflectrefract (in other words it bounces
around once more within the
raindrop).
It’s the refraction that caused
the light to break down into the
rainbow spectrum, bending each
wavelength a different amount.
Next time you see one – they
most often occur when the sun is
low in the sky in the early morning
or evening – take a close look and
you will see that the usual order
of colours is reversed in the
secondary rainbow, which is
caused by the extra bounce.
Also you will notice that the sky
is darker between the rainbows.
Q
When we talk about things
being in the hands or lap of the
gods, which gods are we referring
to? Does this date back to pagan
times, I wonder?
Chris Schuman, Bristol
A
THE origin of the phrase is
generally said to be a passage
in Homer’s Iliad, written around
800BC.
It comes at a critical moment in
the Trojan War when Automedon,
the charioteer of Achilles and
Patroclus, said the battle’s
outcome was, “in the lap of
the gods”.
Homer uses the same
expression a couple of times in
The Odyssey too.
Actually the Greek word used
probably meant “knees” rather
than “lap” and may relate to a
practice common in many ancient
DUEL IN
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drawn, in
May 1789
– and both
survived
cultures of placing gifts on the
knees of seated statues of gods to
curry favour with them.
Then there’s a pair of us!
Q
On April 4, 1972, my family and
I flew from London to
Melbourne, Australia, and when
we flew over the equator we were
each given a document to celebrate
it showing King Neptune of the
Skies.
Was this a one-off on this
particular flight? Nobody I ask has
ever heard of it or seen one.
Val Brookes, by email
A
Qantas gave out such
certificates to travellers
crossing the equator from 1947
until the early 1970s.
The latest I have seen is dated
April 8, 1972, so yours may be one
of the last journeys on which they
were distributed.
Q
In Westerns, cowboys will
sometimes buy something for
“two bits” or “four bits”.
Am I correct in saying a “bit”
had a value of 12.5 cents but no
“one bit” coin existed?
If that’s right, why didn’t they just
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say “a quarter dollar” instead of “two
bits”?
Barrie Longstaff, Darlington,
County Durham
A
The term “bit” was originally
used in the West Indies and the
Southern States of the US for a small
silver coin that was an eighth of a
Spanish dollar.
When that coin became obsolete
the meaning was transferred to an
eighth of a US dollar instead.
As you say in your question there
was no coin worth one bit so in
cowboy films you never hear of an
odd number of bits.
The phrase “pieces of eight”, often
heard in pirate films, has the same
origin: a Spanish dollar, or “piece of
eight” was worth eight bits.
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Grandad kills 6 in family, then himself
A GRANDFATHER is suspected of
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Peter Miles is believed to have
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Police discovered the bodies of
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Two firearms were found at the
scene and police confirmed they
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The young mother was named
locally as Katrina Miles. Her children, Ryan, Taye, Ayre and Kadyn,
were aged between eight and 13.
She lived with her parents Cynda
and Peter on their farm.
Ms Miles, who was separated
By Helene Perkins
from her husband, was described
as a devoted mother who worked
tirelessly to provide for her “smart
and beautiful” children.
Tributes have been coming in
following the tragedy.
One friend said: “I always admired
Katrina for her strength.
“The kids were kind, gentle,
smart and beautiful children.”
Two adults were found outside
the property and the other five
bodies discovered inside.
WA Police Commissioner Chris
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Family run for lives from cheetahs at safari park
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The cheetahs close in on the foolhardy family and a woman with a child, circled, tries to shoo them away before reaching their car and safety
THIS family with children are
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The French tourists were
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People are advised not to leave
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But the family ignored the
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By Helene Perkins
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the cheetahs were sunning
themselves.
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Proof women are
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P
atricia Lascelles may have
caused something of a stir as
a 1950s model in her native
Australia but that was
nothing compared to the
hoo-ha she caused when she
met and fell in love with the Queen’s
first cousin, George Lascelles, 7th
Earl of Harewood.
While she was a divorcee he was
still married to first wife Marion, who
later married Jeremy Thorpe, and by
the time the couple married in 1967
they had already had a son together.
It was a scandal the likes of which
Britain hadn’t seen since Edward
VIII abdicated in order to marry
Wallis Simpson.
From the moment their eyes met
in an airport lounge in Milan in 1959
their fates were sealed. And despite
the controversy which blighted their
early romance they went on to have
one of the most loving and happy
marriages in royal history.
Patricia Tuckwell was born in
Melbourne to a family of musicians.
Her father Charles was a theatre
organist while her younger brother
Barry became an internationally
famed French horn player.
Patricia was a talented violinist
and at the age of 16 performed with
the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Renowned flautist Neville Amado
nicknamed his brown-eyed, longlegged colleague “Bambi”.
She began moonlighting as a
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Women’s Daily and was named
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Lord Peter
Temple-Morris
Former Conservative MP
for Leominster
BORN february 12, 1938 DIED may 1, 2018, AGED 80
CARDIFF-born Peter TempleMorris was elected as the MP
for Leominster in 1974.
But the Europhile became
increasingly disillusioned with
Tory policies, especially during
Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.
He was suspended from his
party for disloyalty in 1997
and represented himself as
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One-Nation Conservative
before crossing the floor to join
Labour in June 1998.
He retained his seat until he
stood down in 2001.
Later that year he was
granted a life peerage in the
House of Lords.
He is survived by his wife and
four children.
Pictures: HAREWOOD HOUSE, ROSS PARRY, GETTY
Model who
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Patricia Lascelles
Countess of Harewood
BORN november 24, 1926 - DIED
may 4, 2018, AGED 91
caught the eye of well-known fashion
photographer Athol Shmith and
when Patricia was 21 the pair married
and went on to have a son Michael
the following year.
Although she enjoyed her success
in front of the camera, Patricia
decided it wasn’t for her and opened
up the Bambi Smith Modelling
School in Melbourne. In 1957 she
and Shmith divorced and for a time
she was separated from Michael.
Two years later her life took an
unexpected turn when she met
George
Lascelles,
the
eldest
grandchild of George V and Queen
Mary. He was immediately captivated
by her beauty and offered to carry
her violin case. She refused but
offered her bag in its place. As she
later explained: “We got talking on
the plane and we’ve never stopped
talking since.”
Despite a quick bond developing
between the pair, George was still
married to concert pianist Marion
Stein, mother to his three sons.
When she refused to give him a
divorce George continued his
relationship with Patricia, much to
the chagrin of his mother Mary, the
Princess Royal, who never mentioned
SIDE BY SIDE: Lord and Lady Harewood fell in love at first sight
the affair and steadfastly refused to
meet her son’s mistress.
Three years after Patricia gave
birth to their son Mark, Marion
agreed to a divorce. In 1967, after the
Queen had given her permission,
George and Patricia married in
America. The Royal Marriages Act
did not allow them to marry in a
register office nor for divorcees to
marry in the Church of England.
After the wedding the pair settled
at Harewood House, near Leeds in
West Yorkshire. For the new countess
life was understandably a little
daunting at first. “I came from a
family of musicians, and we led a
very ordinary life,” she once revealed.
But with some gentle coaxing from
her husband and some much-needed
coaching on how to be a chatelaine
from the family butler, Patricia soon
settled into the role. She became
deeply involved in the preservation
of the 18th-century stately home,
creating an exotic bird garden and
expanding the estate to become a
major visitor attraction.
She shared her husband’s passion
for football. George was president of
Leeds United for 50 years and when
he passed away in 2011 she continued
to support the club and became
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Reflecting on her 44-year marriage
Patricia once said, “Neither of us
could conceive of facing life without
the other.”
She is survived by her two sons
Michael and Mark.
Director with talent for keeping it real
WINNING the Palme d’Or, Cannes
Film Festival’s most prestigious
prize, is no mean feat but Italian film
director Ermanno Olmi made it look
effortless with his neorealist masterpiece The Tree Of Wooden Clogs,
released in 1978.
Set in the Lombardy countryside,
the area where he was born, Olmi’s
film depicts the grittiness and
romanticism of agrarian life during
the late 19th century.
Based on his grandmother’s
recollections of a bygone era, Olmi
was careful to pick actors who would
fulfil the character brief, saying: “In a
film about peasants I choose the
actors from the peasant world. I
don’t use a fig to make a pear.”
The production received critical
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great films of the 1970s.
Born in 1931 Olmi was the son of a
railway engineer, who opposed the
fascist society his son grew up in,
and a textile mill worker. During his
youth the budding film-maker
studied at the Academy of Dramatic
Art in Milan and acted in and
directed amateur theatre productions at Palazzo Litta.
He left his studies at 18 to join his
mother as a clerk at the Edison-Volta
Ermanno Olmi
Film director
BORN july 24, 1931 DIED may 5, 2018, AGED 86
electric plant but continued his
passions of acting and film-making
as a hobby.
However his talent for film shone
through and he impressed factory
bosses enough to manage their new
film department.
Between 1952 and 1959 he shot
40 documentary shorts to promote
company activities. One of these
would become Olmi’s first successful
feature film, Time Stood Still,
in 1959.
Like many of his films his second,
Il Posto, mirrored his own life in
many respects. The plot was based
on a young boy applying for his first
job in an office, who falls in love with
the secretary, who would later
become Olmi’s wife.
After his success at Cannes, Olmi
continued to make films including
Long Live The Lady! and The
RESPECTED: Ermanno Olmi
Legend Of The Holy Drinker for
which he won the Golden Lion award
at the Venice Film Festival in 1988.
He continued to work up until his
final major film in 2014, Torneranno I
Prati, a First World War film which
translates to Greenery Will Bloom
Again, in which he was praised by
one critic for his “talent as a mood
setter”. He is survived by his wife
and their two sons and daughter.
Bruce
Tulloh
Pioneer of barefoot
running
BORN september
29, 1935 - DIED april
28, 2018, AGED 82
INTRIGUED by a story of
epic adventure, Michael
“Bruce” Tulloh set out to
run 2,876 miles across the
US – from Los Angeles to
New York – in 1969.
After a gruelling 64.9
days, accompanied by wife
Sue, who drove a donated
caravan, Tulloh secured his
place in the Guinness
World Records until he was
superseded in 1980.
He wrote about the
experience in a bestselling
book, Four Million
Footsteps, one of 23 he
had published.
Born in Datchet,
Berkshire, Tulloh was
inspired to run by the
Czech runner Emil Zátopek
and won his first race
aged 12.
While studying botany at
Southampton University he
competed in cross-country
and it was here he first
became acquainted with
the idea of shoeless
running.
Tulloh believed that
ditching spikes for a more
natural technique would
give him an advantage over
his opponents.
Joking that barefoot was
“the lightest running shoe
SHOELESS: Tulloh
ran his own way
ever”, the young athlete
was noticed by selectors
for the Olympics.
Any reservations they
had about this novel style
of running were soon
quashed when Tulloh ran
a sub-four-minute mile
barefoot at the 1962
European Championships
in Belgrade, winning the
men’s 5,000m race.
He was also a longstanding biology teacher at
Marlborough College and
coached notable athletes
including Mike Boit and
Richard Nerurkar.
The sportsman
continued to inspire a
generation of runners by
writing regular columns for
Runner’s World and
Athletics Weekly.
Tulloh passed away after
a two-year battle with
cancer. He is survived by
his wife Sue, son Clive
and daughters Jojo and
Katherine.
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“HEY WORLD, THAT GLA MOROUS
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N YOURS. I PROMISE YOU IT’S
THINKING THEIR LIFE IS BETTER THA
NOT!” MULTI-MILLIONAIRE POP STAR JUSTIN BIEBER
SAYS THE HIGH LIFE ISN’T ALL
IT’S CRACKE D UP TO BE
SUE’S IN THE DARK… JUST LIKE US
BAFTA bosses might trust Sue
Perkins enough to host
tomorrow’s television awards for
the second year running but not
enough to tell her the winners, it
would seem. Yet for the 48-yearold, being kept in the dark means
she has to be prepared for
anything and everything – adding
significantly to her workload.
“Genuinely the first time I know
who’s won is when the envelope
is opened. So we have to write
links for every single eventuality.
So 120-plus links are written
because Bafta won’t tell us!” says
Sue – who will be presenting
without best pal Mel Giedroyc
– before admitting: “But they
are right – because if they told
me I would be in a bar and
I would be a shandy north of
where I should be and then
I’d tell everyone and so it’s good
I don’t know.”
The awards ceremony airs live
on BBC One tomorrow at 8pm.
Secret...
WHICH elder statesman of
music claimed to have no idea
his equally famous sibling had
a new record out and stormed off in a huff when
asked his opinion of it?
EDITED BY JACK TEAGUE
Burke almost
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SUCH was the criticism Alexandra
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done if her brother hadn’t convinced
her otherwise,
“It was hard on Strictly. There was
a point where I wanted to quit the
show a few weeks from the final
because of the accusations.
I sat with my brother at the
kitchen table and said, ‘Is
this worth my happiness?’
He said, ‘Look how much
you’ve overcome. Let’s
keep going!”’ she said on
ITV’s Lorraine (Kelly).
Alexandra has
previously spoken
about how her
confidence on the
Saturday night
staple was mistaken
for arrogance but
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front. I’ve been accused of being
arrogant and overconfident
because of it.”
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favourite to lift the glitter ball trophy
the 29-year-old came second to
actor Joe McFadden. It’s more
than five months since the series
finished but the 2008 X Factor
winner is still hurting about
that time, no doubt
compounded by having to
deal with the death of her
mother, former Soul II Soul
singer Melissa Bell, in
August. “Looking back I
didn’t know what I did
wrong to make people
think that way about me.
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from North London and
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is about happiness.”
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urday May 12 2018
DOMINIQUE HINES
Spotted...
Loose Woman STACEY
SOLOMON in Selfridges in
central London… former SATURDAYS singer ROCHELLE
HUMES enjoying a country getaway in Lyndhurst in the
New Forest…
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NIGELLA’S HOT TICKETS
RAUNCHY Rihanna launched
her new lingerie range in New
York – and proved a (virtual) hit!
The 30-year-old debuted the Savage X
Fenty selection but to prevent the Bajan
having to change every three seconds a
series of holograms were used to show
her wearing some of the outfits.
“We put this together especially for
you guys
because
this is a
project
we’ve
been
working
on for a
few years
now,
believe it
or not,”
said
Rihanna.
Billed as
having “90
affordable
inclusive
styles” the
new range
is said to
be suitable
for women
of all
shapes
and sizes.
&
EAGER Nigella Lawson fans crashed
her website in a rush to bag tickets for her
live tour this autumn… at least according to
the self-styled domestic goddess herself.
The 58-year-old announced the news on
Twitter yesterday before saying: “Thank you
all for your enthusiasm for An Evening With
Nigella Lawson. It is heartwarming. It has
also crashed the website! You can get tickets
from the venues individually till the website is
up and running again!”
Intrigued by the post however, Day & Night
decided to see for ourselves and interestingly
had no problems getting through at all…
The gastronomic glamourpuss will be
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6 Be unsuccessful (4)
8 Rub out (5)
11 Sausage, slang (6)
12 Without heat (4)
14 Give weapons to (3)
15 Call on (5)
16 Intention (3)
17 Face part (4)
19 Bits (6)
20Shout applause (5)
21 Songbird (4)
22 Travel document (8)
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ACROSS 1 Princess, 6 Ride, 8 Ovule, 11 Toupee,
12 Cell, 14 EMS, 15 First, 16 Dad, 17 Erne, 19 Magnet,
20 Reach, 21 Vast, 22 Dentures.
DOWN 1 Procedure, 2 Idol, 3 Copyright, 4 Sue,
5 Reasserts, 7 Iterate, 9 Verse, 10 Laments, 13 Lilac,
18 Rear, 19 Mae.
Slight possibility (3,6)
Part of a watch (4)
Enrols (9)
Black sticky
substance (3)
5 Lasting, abiding (9)
7 Do away with (7)
9 Ancient artefact (5)
10 Infer from incomplete
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13 Southern states of the
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18 Brave man (4)
19 Vegetable (3)
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Good 12; very good 18;
excellent 24 (or more).
Solution Monday.
YESTERDAY’S
SOLUTION
again agin align angina anil anima animal annal anti
atman gain gamin
giant glint gnat lain
lamina laming liana
ling lingam lint main
malign MALIGNANT
malting mania manila
manna manta mantling
matinal mating mint
naan nail naming nana
natal taming tang ting
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crusader crossword
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1 A troublesome person
interrupting attempt to create
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embroidery (8)
5 State identified by fellow in a
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company (6)
10 It hopped past pet
unexpectedly beaten at the
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last minute (6,2,3,4)
11 Shrub extremely likely to be
quite old (7)
12 Popular Conservative – one with
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mostly painful tooth (7)
13 Stalemate involving father
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holding European beside section
of canal (8)
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15 Girl getting me small US
coins (5)
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18 Funny type of pear not being
finished (5)
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dress (8)
23 Sue, if in broadcast, makes
one (7)
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25Ten upset by tirade from
competitor (7)
26Hot new wide thing designed for
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2 Fanciful hope revealed by
Philippa and Edward with a
quantity of paper (4,5)
3 Become angry about first of
neighbours having shown
scorn (7)
4 Prepared to study biology
finally (5)
6 Cold journalist after run being
overcharged (7)
7 One man’s golf clubs (5)
8 Driver for second Conservative
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9 Man in street with directions is
seriously affected (8)
14 Work given to new poet is
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16 Spread created by mother with
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17 Second commanding officer
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19 Feature on joker’s talk (7)
21 Female setter, distressed, in
chains (7)
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place (6)
24Meal not starting inside (5)
25Former partner taking to learner
getting praise (5)
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ACROSS 1 Postpone 5 Studio 10 Domestic science 11 Lettuce 12 Element
13 Impelled 15 Steer 18 Oasis 20 Oddments 23 Spanish 25 Harbour
26 Do one’s level best 27 Refuse 28 Blighter.
DOWN 1 Puddle 2 Sometimes 3 Posture 4 Noise 6 Triceps 7 Dance
8 Overturn 9 Ascended 14 Loophole 16 Extrovert 17 Consider 19 Skivers
21 Earplug 22 Crater 24 Aloof 25 Hovel. Prizeword: Enrich
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given letters and the given black squares below the main grid to start.
To add to the fiendish fun, Alphabeater is ‘rotationally symmetrical’. In other words the grid is the
same if you turn the page upside down.
So, for example if there is a six-letter word Across which starts in the top left corner, there will be a
corresponding six-letter word Across which ends in the bottom right corner square.
Every black square has a symmetrical ‘twin’ but the ‘twin’ may not always share the same number.
This can help identify other black squares. Of course if the centre square is black it has no
corresponding ‘twin’. Solution on Monday.
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Today’s full solution
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YESTERday’s solution
Black squares: 4, 7, 10, 11, 12,
16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 34, 37,
38. Across: Lucky, Break,
Zeros, Eclipse, Fajitas, Dry,
Axe, Browser, Ragweed,
Bosom, Valve, Haiku.
Down: Quizzed, Afar,
Glorifying, Acts, Jabbered,
Hype, Two, Dahl, Obelisks,
Brim, Picaresque, Jars,
Examine.
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Dream Gardens
With Alan Titchmarsh
Planting season is finally with us
yours don’t delay because this is
the big weekend for sales of
ready-grown plants at nurseries
and garden centres.
In the quest to better last year’s
display, outdo the neighbours, or
merely get the job finished quickly
a lot of folk cut corners – which is
often disastrous.
Bedding plants and frost-tender
veg are notoriously prone to
teething troubles in their early
stages and it really doesn’t pay to
skimp on soil preparation or rush
your planting technique.
My advice is to clear domestic
chores and other distractions out
of the way then settle down for
the afternoon so you can do the
job properly.
First, fork the soil over. Remove
every scrap of weed, roots and
debris and work in some wellrotted organic matter (which
could be home-made garden
compost, second-hand compost
tipped out of seed trays, last
year’s used grow bags, or a bag of
soil improver bought from the
garden centre).
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SOIL TOIL: Prepare the ground well
water or anti-slug measures. All
that attention to detail really
pays off. Plants establish
themselves seamlessly and go on
to give great results with none of
the usual hiccups.
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IN THE PINK: Perennial bergenias are the gift that keeps on giving
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with a rake, smoothing out the
soil as you go.
Now you’re ready for your
plants. Water them well then take
them gently out of their
containers to avoid tearing off
roots. Plants growing in trays
need prising carefully apart with
your fingers. Those grown in
individual “cells” or multiple
packs can be tricky to get out. If
necessary impale the blocks of
root with a sweetcorn prong or
a cocktail stick to lift them intact.
Lay the young plants roughly
in place so they are evenly
distributed over the space
available then plant each one with
a trowel, making sure each hole
is deep enough to accommodate
all the roots without scrunching
them up.
When they’ve all been planted
water them in. Use a can or a
slow-running hose to trickle water
slowly round the base of each
plant. This helps to settle the
roots in properly so they make
good contact with the soil.
If they’re left hanging in a
pocket of air they’ll just dry up
and die.
Finish off by using an organic
slug and snail remedy all around
newly planted areas but don’t
leave it at that. It’s vital to visit
new plants frequently in the first
few weeks in case they need more
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W
HILE most people are still
on their second cup of
coffee, gardeners all over
the country will be
feverishly plucking trays of plants
from greenhouses, conservatories
and cold frames and ransacking
sheds for trowels and trugs.
That’s because this is the
weekend when you can usually
say it’s safe to plant out the
summer bedding and cold-tender
veg plants such as courgettes,
sweetcorn and French beans.
If you’ve grown your own plants
bring them out and join the fun
but if you still have to shop for
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IF YOU dread the prospect of
another summer spent tending
tubs and hanging baskets,
you’re not alone.
These days many people opt
for an easier and cheaper form
of patio display, using plants
that can stay in the same
containers for several years
with minimal attention and no
winter protection.
The most popular sort are
evergreens since they look the
part for the full year. Bamboos,
dwarf rhododendrons,
camellias, variegated pieris or
standard bay trees are among
the most popular.
Evergreen perennials are just
as good and there are excellent
container-worthy kinds
including bergenia, longflowering modern pinks such as
Doris or the very fashionable
evergreen grasses and sedges.
Dwarf pampas grass makes
a superb specimen for a planter
with its fine foliage and elegant
flowing silvery heads. But if you
fancy something more petite,
small evergreen rock plants
such as houseleek, sea thrift
and silver-encrusted saxifrages
can be teamed together in a
wide shallow container as the
backbone of an entire alpine
garden scheme to which you
can add a few dwarf bulbs for
seasonal highlights.
If winter interest isn’t
essential there are many
year-round plants that make
great summer displays. Patio
roses have a flowering season
as long as any bedding plants
and are bred for a life in tubs.
They need almost no pruning
– just snip off dead bits and
reshape the plants lightly each
March. For perennials choose
from alstroemeria, agapanthus,
hosta, penstemons or the
attractively tricoloured
Houttuynia cordata
“Chameleon” which are all
great long-term tub plants.
And if you fancy something
very different you could use a
large tub without drainage holes
as a “patio pond” in which to
stand water plants – a trio of
a miniature waterlily or water
hawthorn, a spiral rush and
a lythrum looks very attractive.
For more information on gardening and other subjects go to
Alan Titchmarsh’s website: www.alantitchmarsh.com
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