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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
n 63 expelled in Windrush fiasco, says Home Office
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n At last Twitter takes a stand against trolls
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will miss royal wedding after having surgery today
Markle is
said to have
had an ‘I
love you’
MARKLE’S father will
yal wedding on Saturday
as he is due to have a
heart op today.
Thomas Markle,
73, told US website TMZ that doctors will ‘clear blockage, repair damage and
in a stent’ after he sufattack a week ago.
follows days of mixed
r whether he would walk
down the aisle after it was
revealed he helped stage a series of
paparazzi-style photographs.
Mr Markle claimed a letter his son
Thomas Jr sent to Prince Harry last
week, urging him not to marry Meghan,
had triggered the heart attack.
In the letter, Meghan’s half-brother
denounced the relationship as a ‘fake
fairytale’ and warned the prince he
would be making the ‘biggest mistake
in royal wedding history’.
After deciding he would not attend
the wedding, Mr Markle said he
changed his mind when Meghan sent
him a text on Monday saying ‘I love
you’ and that she was concerned for
his health, the website claimed.
‘He told us he hoped he could get
out of the hospital and travel to England to walk Meghan down the aisle,
but now he realises it’s all but impossible given the upcoming surgery,’
TMZ said.
Amid the confusion, bookies were
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Harry’s bride: Meghan
2 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Duke praises
Grenfell and
Arena spirit
THE Duke of Cambridge has
praised the community spirit
after the Manchester Arena
bombing and the Grenfell Tower
fire as he joined volunteers
rebuilding a boxing club
destroyed in the blaze.
William, in hard hat and hi-vis
jacket, painted a wall of the Dale
Youth Amateur Boxing Club
filmed by the BBC’s DIY SOS. The
show is helping to rebuild the club
and create a community centre.
He told local volunteers that
Grenfell and Manchester have
been ‘competing as to who has
the most community spirit’. He
said it was ‘amazing’ how people
helped out after both tragedies.
Royal lick of paint:
William with DIY SOS’s
Nick Knowles PA
Uninvited relatives arrive in UK as
Meghan’s sister trashed by Piers
‘You little vulture’: Piers Morgan, with Susanna Reid, lays into Samantha Markle
» Continued from Page 1
taking bets on who will accompany
Meghan down the aisle at her wedding
to Prince Harry on Saturday.
Betfair made her mum Doria Ragland,
61, the 6-4 favourite, but punters could
get odds of 5-1 on the actress making
the emotional walk alone.
Other relatives of the US star arrived
Markle are set to have sunshine
for their big day with temperatures
predicted to reach up to 23C. They
can look forward to mostly clear
skies, said the Met Office. The
thousands of well-wishers set to
line the streets of Windsor have
been advised to pack suncream.
Forecaster Bonnie Diamond said
‘puffs of light, fluffy cloud’ may
form but will not block the sun.
in Britain yesterday – despite not being
invited to the wedding in the grounds of
Windsor Castle.
Tracy Dooley, who used to be married
to the Suits star’s half-brother Thomas
Jr, was spotted at Heathrow Airport with
their sons Thomas, 26, and Tyler, 25.
The family from Oregon, where 51year-old Thomas Jr was arrested last
year on suspicion of pointing a gun at
his girlfriend’s head, are expected to
provide coverage for a TV channel.
Meanwhile, Meghan’s half-sister was
branded a ‘little vulture’ by ITV’s Piers
Morgan yesterday. Samantha Markle,
53, said their father had worked with a
photographer to set up the apparently
off-guard pictures because it was better
than ‘media vultures’ grabbing shots.
But Mr Morgan hit back on Good
Morning Britain by accusing her of
making a fortune through publicly criticising Meghan, 36.
‘You called her narcissistic, selfish –
that Hollywood has changed her and
that Prince Harry shouldn’t marry her –
yet you have the gall to blame media
vultures,’ he said.
‘You’ve made loads of money off the
back of a tenuous link to Meghan, who
you’ve spoken to once in ten years –
you’ve been trashing her for two years,
you little vulture.’
The presenter also pointed out that
Samantha had written a book called The
Diary of Princess Pushy’s Sister.
He asked: ‘How much money have
you made from trashing Meghan?’
Samantha replied it was ‘not very
much’ and also insisted: ‘A book cannot
be judged by its cover or title.’
Meghan’s dad, whose relationship
with her has been strained at times, is
said to have missed a call from her
before she sent the ‘I love you’ text.
The reports of him chatting to US
journalists from his hospital bed come
despite Kensington Palace warning the
British media to leave him alone because
he is a private person.
The Palace responded to speculation
over his attendance at the wedding by
calling for ‘understanding and respect to
be extended to him’.
Mum and dad: A teen Meghan with Thomas, and in 2015 with Doria DAILY MAIL/GETTY
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 3
Family baggage:
Tracy Dooley
arrives at
Heathrow with
sons Tyler (on
the right) and
mas, with
’s girlfriend
S ra Bazan
Royal writer in hospital after suffering stroke
Collapse: Royal author Andrew Morton MARTIN KEENE
ROYAL biographer Andrew
Morton was last night recovering
in hospital after suffering a mini
stroke while promoting his new
The 65-year-old was just
minutes into a talk when he told
an audience at Simpson’s In The
Strand: ‘Sorry, I can’t go on,’
and slumped into a chair. An
ambulance was called and he
was taken to London’s
University College hospital for
He later tweeted: ‘Thank you
for all of your good wishes –
seems I had a mini stroke, but
am doing well & on the mend.’
Morton was plugging new book
Wallis In Love: The Untold True
Passion Of The Duchess Of
Windsor, when he fell ill.
The author was also due to
promote his other new title,
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,
at Waterstones in Chelsea last
night but the event was cancelled.
The bookshop tweeted: ‘Please
accept our sincerest apologies.
We are offering refunds to all
ticketholders so do pop in.’
Morton, who was Princess
Diana’s closest confidante, had
been due to help present US TV
channel ABC’s coverage of the
royal wedding this weekend.
4 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
You’re like Comical Ali! MP mocks
Russian ambassador’s spy claim
RUSSIA’S ambassador to the UK
was mocked by MPs as he claimed
British agents could have been
behind the Salisbury poisoning.
Alexander Yakovenko suggested
the nerve agent attack on Sergei
Skripal and his daughter Yulia
might have been a conspiracy
aimed at justifying British hostility
to Russia. But MPs accused Mr
Yakovenko of ‘doublespeak’ and
compared him with ‘Comical Ali’,
the former Iraqi propaganda chief.
Mr Yakovenko, being questioned
by MPs and peers on the Russia allparty parliamentary group, said
the UK had violated international
law by not granting access to Ms
Skripal and repeated his demand
for Moscow to be given samples
taken from Salisbury.
Suggesting that ‘UK security
services’ were behind the incident
in March, he said Russia had been
blamed but British authorities
admitted they had no suspects. The
UK saw Russia as ‘enemy number
one’ he claimed, adding: ‘The
people don’t buy this kind of policy.’
But Tory MP Bob Seely told him:
‘People treat you like they treated
Comical Ali – someone who is great
entertainment value who relies on
conspiracy theories.’ Mr Skripal is
still in hospital, while Yulia was last
month released to a secure address.
Quizzed: Alexander Yakovenko
‘63 expelled’
in Windrush
fiasco, Home
Office admits
SCORES of people are feared to have
been wrongly removed or deported
because of the Windrush scandal,
home secretary Sajid Javid admitted
Home Office officials have scoured
through 8,000 records since 2002 and up
to 63 people, aged over 45, could have
been expelled from Britain, 32 of whom
were labelled foreign national offenders, and 31 administrative removals.
But Mr Javid (pictured) said the figures were not final and could rise
further. He told the Commons
home affairs select committee: ‘I’ve asked officials to be
absolutely certain and thorough and check over every
record and make sure.’
And he admitted he still had
no idea how many Windrush
immigrants and their relatives had been detained.
Only last week immigration minister Caroline Nokes said she was
still not aware of a single wrongful
deportation of a Windrush citizen,
despite Home Office chiefs admitting
they knew of such cases.
Mr Javid denied there was a ‘systemic’
problem in the department, but acknowledged that in the Windrush cases people
had faced ‘too large a burden’ in proving
their long-term residency.
He also revealed that earlier this year
thousands of letters were sent to banks
requesting the closure of accounts
belonging to individuals the Home
Office believed to be illegal
Labour MP David Lammy,
who has campaigned vigorously
on behalf of those affected by the
scandal, said the admission
was ‘truly a day of
national shame’ and
called for an
explanation from
Theresa May.
UK sees first drop in EU
workers for eight years
THE number of EU nationals
working in Britain has fallen for the
first time in eight years.
An estimated 2.29million were
employed here in the first three
months of this year, official figures
showed. This was 28,000 fewer than
the same period in 2017, and marks
the first yearly decrease since 2010.
The Office for National Statistics
data revealed the figure was driven
by a drop of 91,000 in workers from
the eight eastern European countries
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that joined the EU in 2004, such as
Poland, Hungary and the Czech
Republic. But there was a 58,000 rise
in workers from Romania and
Bulgaria, who saw employment
restrictions lifted in 2014.
There was also a slight increase in
those from 14 long-term EU member
states including Germany, Italy,
Spain and France.
The number of overseas workers
from the rest of the world rose to
1.25million, up 20,000 in a year.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 5
Trio ‘knew killer diet
pills were dangerous’
A BULIMIC student suffered
the ‘most distressing’ death
after becoming addicted to a
toxic slimming aid bought
online, a court heard.
The night before her death,
Eloise Parry, 21, had taken eight
pills containing the poison
Dinitrophenol (DNP). Richard
Barraclough QC, prosecuting,
told Inner London crown court
it was like Russian roulette, ‘you
might survive, you might not’.
Albert Huynh, 33, from
Northolt, Bernard Rebelo, 30,
and Mary Roberts, 32, both
from Gosport, deny two counts
each of manslaughter, and one
count each of supplying an
MPs blast ‘shyster’
bosses at Carillion
BOSSES at collapsed
engineering giant Carillion
were too busy ‘stuffing their
mouths with gold’ to worry
about their workers, according
to a report by MPs.
The government was also
attacked for ‘lacking’
decisiveness and bravery to
tackle failures in corporate
Carillion became a ‘giant and
unsustainable corporate time
bomb’, said the report of the
work and pensions and
business select committees.
‘This is a disgraceful example
of how much of our capitalism
is allowed to operate, waved
through by a cosy club of
auditors, conflicted at every
turn,’ said Frank Field, who
chairs the work and pensions
‘British industry is too
important to be left in the
hands of the likes of the
shysters at the top of Carillion.’
unsafe food. Roberts faces a
count of money laundering.
The court was told the DNP
was imported from China and
each 25kg drum – bought for
£340 to £400 – made a £200,000
profit. The defendants knew
DNP was dangerous, jurors
heard, but made the capsules at
a flat in Harrow, north-west
London, and sold them online.
Before her death on April 12,
2015, Ms Parry, a Wrexham
Glyndwr University student,
was hospitalised numerous
times and sent messages to
friends saying she wanted to
stop taking the pills but was
‘addicted’. The trial continues.
Ecuador’s £3.7m
Assange spy bill
In court: Bernard Rebelo (left), Albert Huynh, Mary Roberts SWNS/PA/BRAIS G ROUCO
We’ll bury trolls, not kick
them offline, says Twitter
TWITTER last night announced new
measures to tackle internet trolls – but
will not kick them offline.
The social network will identify
accounts by potential trolls, such as
those that fail to confirm an email
address, users who sign up for multiple accounts, or those that repeatedly
tweet or mention accounts that do not
follow them back. Posts from flagged
accounts will remain hidden at the bottom of any thread, unless a user clicks
a ‘show more replies’ button.
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey
said: ‘The spirit of the thing is that we
want to take the burden off the person
receiving abuse or mob-like behaviour.’ Early tests saw a four per cent
fall in abuse reports that resulted from
searches and an eight per cent drop
from conversations. Twitter
said it was ‘encouraged’ but
recognises it as ‘one step on a
much longer journey to
improve the overall health
of our service’. Twitter will
also monitor ‘behaviour that
might indicate a co-ordinated attack’,
it said. However Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia said ‘the proposals don’t go far enough’.
revealed it removed 837million pieces of spam content,
583million fake accounts and
21million pieces of content featuring nudity or sexual activity
between January and March.
ECUADOR spent £3.7million on
a surveillance operation for
Julian Assange – who then
hacked into its embassy, it is
The Wikileaks founder has
spent nearly six years in the
country’s London embassy
after fleeing allegations of
sexual assault in Sweden.
Operation Guest had CCTV, a
planned public relations
exercise and round-the-clock
security to monitor Mr
Assange’s visitors, said The
Guardian. But ambassador
Juan Falconí Puig was unaware
of the operation, or that Mr
Assange had penetrated the
embassy’s firewall, giving him
access to personal and
diplomatic emails.
The op ended in 2017 as
relations between Mr Assange
and a new Ecuadorian
government deteriorated.
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Chants: Police keep back the protesters, just yards from Downing Street
No.10 demo greets Erdoğan
as he meets Queen and PM
PROTESTERS gathered near
Downing Street yesterday as
Turkish president Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan arrived for talks with
Theresa May.
Demonstrators chanted
‘Turkish state, fascist state’ and
waved banners branding him a
terrorist. He has been accused of
purging opponents, sacking
thousands of officials and jailing
critics and journalists.
Pro-Kurdish groups also raised
concerns about alleged human
rights abuses in Turkey.
Mrs May shook hands and
posed for photographs with Mr
Erdoğan outside No.10, yards
from the protests in Whitehall.
Earlier, Mr Erdoğan had an
Visit: Mr Erdoğan with the Queen
audience with the Queen at
Buckingham Palace on the last of
his three days in Britain. He used
the Downing Street meeting to
accuse Israel and the US over a
‘horrible massacre’ in Gaza.
ISRAEL was yesterday accused of taking ‘an eye for an eyelash’ after at least
60 Palestinians were killed in protests
at its border fence with Gaza.
A special meeting of the UN Security
Council condemned the deaths after
Israeli troops opened fire and injured
1,360 people in clashes on Monday –
the same day the US opened its
embassy in Jerusalem.
Two more people, including 51-yearold Nasser Ghorab, were shot dead at
the site yesterday as thousands attended
the funerals of those already killed.
Further clashes broke out on the
West Bank where troops responded
with tear gas to hundreds of stonethrowing protesters.
Michael Lynk, of the UN Human
Rights Council said the killings may
amount to a war crime.
‘The blatant use of excessive force
by Israel – an eye for an eyelash – must
end,’ he said. ‘There must be true
accountability for those in military and
political command who have ordered
or allowed this force to be once again
employed at the Gaza fence.’
Israel blamed Hamas for the violence. It said the Islamist group’s
supporters tried to breach the fence,
shooting at its soldiers and throwing
grenades. It added that at least 24 of
the dead were ‘terrorists with documented terror backgrounds’.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF)
tweeted: ‘Most were active Hamas terror organisation operatives, and some
were active operatives of Palestinian
Islamic Jihad.’ Israel’s ambassador to
UN chiefs condemn shooting
of Palestinian protesters that
left 60 dead and 1,360 injured
Flashpoint: Israeli
security forces at the
border with Gaza
yesterday GETTY
Britain Mark Regev said the IDF did
‘everything it could’ to avoid bloodshed. ‘We use live fire only in a very
measured way, in a very surgical way
and only when there is no alternative,’
he told the BBC. ‘If we allow the
Hamas terrorists to enter Israel, we
will have dead Israelis. We must protect our border.’
Here, Theresa May urged both sides
to ‘show restraint and refrain from any
further violence’, and Foreign Office
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 7
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Taking cover:
Palestinians run
from tear gas
shot at them
during a protest
in the West Bank
city of Ramallah
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All smiles: Ivanka Trump unveils a plaque at the new US embassy in Jerusalem
Scores of Palestinians are killed by Israelis in border protests
as Ivanka Trump celebrates new US embassy in Jerusalem
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Firing line:
fires his
catapult at
Israeli troops
minister Alistair Burt told MPs the role
of Hamas ‘has to be opened up’. He
said: ‘It is clear that it was prepared to
use any breaches in the fence for its
own purposes, and it is clearly one part
of this terrible event.’ Shadow foreign
secretary Emily Thornberry accused
Israel of a ‘calculated and deliberate
policy to kill and maim unarmed protesters, who posed no threat’.
She said many were ‘shot in the
back, many of them shot hundreds of
metres from the border, and many of
them children’.
Stephen Pollard, editor of the London-based Jewish Chronicle, called
the shootings ‘shameful’. ‘Hamas
exploited – even organised – much of
Day of mourning: A funeral for one of those killed
the protests. But no one can tell me
that the correct response was to fire
live ammunition at unarmed Palestinians,’ he tweeted.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to
the UN, defended the Israeli response
and denied moving the US embassy
provoked the clashes. She said: ‘No
country in this chamber would act with
more restraint than Israel has.’
She walked out when the Palestinian
representative was asked to speak.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 9
Crowd of residents spring into action ‘like The A-Team’ to catch suspected burglar
THIS is the moment a community rallied round and took to the streets to
catch a suspected burglar.
A crowd of about 50 residents and
members of the Neighbourhood Watch
swung into action ‘like The A-Team’
to block his escape from Canberra
Road, Walsall, after the man was spotted in a garden.
Witnesses said people were heard
shouting ‘I think we’ve got him’ during the commotion on Saturday.
One, who saw the subsequent arrest,
said: ‘I looked out the window and saw
a man jumping over a fence, I went
outside to see what was happening.
‘Neighbours had blocked off all
escape routes with their cars. It was
like The A-Team, they all jumped into
action. One of the neighbours saw him
in a garden and grabbed him.
‘I was amazed how the local community were so quick to help each
other, it’s not something you see a lot
these days.’
Bally Sohal, who runs the Park Hall
Street Watch committee, said it highlighted the importance of such community groups.
‘Because it’s a Saturday and because
of the commotion, everybody’s come
out and that just shows you the strength
of the whole thing, because every-
body’s come out to help,’ he said.
PCSO Tim Littlehales said the suspected burglar had broken into the rear
of a property.
Members of the Neighbourhood
Watch’s WhatsApp group were soon
on the scene helping with the police
search before catching the suspect in a
back garden.
‘This is great work from all the residents involved and I have only received
positive messages from all the residents I have spoken to,’ he added.
The suspected burglar has been
remanded to appear before the courts.
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HEALTH bosses condemned
‘another mindless act of
vandalism’ after an ambulance
window was smashed as a child
was being treated inside. North
West Ambulance Service issued
photos of the damaged window
(left) and shards of glass on the
floor of the vehicle after an ‘object’
was thrown at it in Salford, Greater
Manchester. ‘Our technician and a
children’s nurse were covered in
shards of glass,’ the organisation
tweeted afterwards. ‘Fortunately,
no injuries were sustained.’
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FKA twigs is back in bloom
after fibroid battle ordeal
FKA twigs signalled
her body confidence is
back on song by posing in a
daring frock – days after
revealing she had surgery
to remove fibroids.
The singer teamed her
striking tan dress with red
leather gloves at the
Webby Awards in New
York City on Monday.
The 30-year-old’s outing
Bare-ly there:
came after she shared her
Singer sizzles in
nightmare experience with
fibroids, which were
bold dress after
removed from her uterus
revealing surgery in December. On
nightmare REX
Instagram last week, she
said: ‘They were pretty
huge, the size of 2 cooking
apples, 3 kiwis and a
than 100 critics
couple of strawberries.
walked out of
A fruit bowl of pain
She ended it by
flick, The House
That Jack Built, at
writing: ‘Thank
Cannes – because
you precious body
it was so violent.
for healing, for
But the Lars Von
reminding me to
Trier film earned
be kind to myself,
a six-minute
you are a
ovation from
those who
now go create and
saw it all.
be other once again.’
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
You Cher did
mess that up!
Grace feels a
right tweet...
but didn’t mean to string icon along
they needed the help of modern
technology to make the track happen.
Chatto really wishes she
‘We recorded it over FaceTime. It
could turn back time – after
was crazy,’ Grace revealed.
accidentally snubbing Cher.
‘She was in Alabama in a studio and
The chart-topper recently
we were over here,’ she said. ‘You
reached out to the music legend on
know when the connection is bad and
social media in a bid to score a studio
the speed fluctuates? We couldn’t hear
session with her – and Cher replied.
that well, but it turned out really well.’
But, in an exclusive catch up with
The tune is about overcoming a
Guilty Pleasures, Grace revealed she
break-up and Grace, also 32, has
accidentally ignored the 71-year-old’s
advised fans to master the ‘art of selfprivate message on Twitter.
care’ when battling heartbreak.
‘I messaged Cher and she
‘Exercise, yoga, seeing friends,
did respond but I didn’t see
doing things that you love,’ were
it until like a month later.
just some of the things she listed.
By that time, she wasn’t
‘The worst way is anaesthetising
responding,’ she sighed.
with alcohol or drugs.’
Bet Cher couldn’t
Grace herself is single, but not
Believe it. ‘I wanted to
ready to mingle just yet: ‘I’m not
do a collaboration,’ Grace
ruling it out but I’m not looking.’
added. ‘I’ll keep trying. It
The cellist also assured fans
would be amazing.’
drummer Luke will be
The band, completed
fit for festival season
by bassist Jack
after having surgery on
Patterson, 32, and
his foot.
his brother Luke,
‘He’s recovering
25, have tapped
really well [and]
If I Could Turn Back
up US pop star
he’s playing a
Time: Grace missed
Demi Lovato for
different set-up,’
new single Solo
Cher’s post inviting
she said.
(out Friday). But
her to the studio
Tay’s Joe is a Cannes-do man
IT WAS a case of beginner’s
luck for Taylor Swift’s boyfriend
Joe Alwyn as he found himself in the
winner’s circle on his first trip to the
Cannes Film Festival.
The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
actor bagged the Chopard Trophy,
which rewards up-and-coming stars
of the big screen, for his role.
Joe, 27, from north London, whose
famous lover is on
her Reputation tour,
said: ‘I haven’t been
to Cannes before, so
to receive this award
is amazing and such an
honour – especially after
seeing the list of people who have
won it before. It’s amazing to be
added to that group of names.’
Wannabe at Posh’s Beck and call?
is on the hunt for a
Posh PA.
In an ad on her website,
the 44-year-old explains
the successful candidate
will manage the ex-pop
star’s monthly expenses,
appointments and travel
plans. The prospective PA
will also be expected to
handle ‘confidential
information’ with a ‘high
level of discretion’.
Working from Battersea,
south-west London, her
aide must also ‘maintain
good relationships’.
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Have Cheryl and toy boy Liam
cooked up a surprise wedding?
SO IS it officially now Cheryl Payne? Chez sparked
rumours that she’d secretly remarried by
referring to toyboy Liam Payne as her
‘husband’ in a new interview.
Her slip of the tongue came as she
discussed how the couple survived the
first months of parenthood.
allowed for our
The Girls Aloud star, 34, sent exlatest giveaway –
1D singer Liam, 24, to the kitchen
TWO pairs of VIP tickets to see
while she kipped with son
TLC at Mighty Hoopla festival.
Bear, now one. She advised
You’ll also catch Lily Allen, Mel C
Glamour magazine readers:
and Sink The Pink at London’s
‘Get your husband to cook!’
Brockwell Park, June 3. To win,
Cheryl, who is in Cannes,
follow @Metro_Showbiz and
also revealed she does yoga
tweet us with #MetroMighty by
to keep calm. She provided a
Slip up: Cheryl called
4pm today. Usual
snapshot of her home life as
Liam her ‘husband’
rules apply.
Liam admitted he struggled
to find his role immediately
in new interview REX
after Bear’s birth.
AfroJack gets philosophical about anxiety
AFROJACK has lifted the
lid on his own battle with
anxiety, following the death
of DJ pal Avicii last month.
The 30-year-old said club life
is as stressful as any industry
and he copes by studying
philosophy. The DJ and
Something she’s Throne
together?: Emilia wows
fans in a purple frock and
co-star Donald Glover on
the red carpet with
Chewbacca REX
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looked out of this
of Solo: A Star Wars Stoworld at the premiere
TV’s dragon queen tur
the red carpet for the ned up the heat on
sciat the Cannes Film Fes fi movie’s launch
The 31-year-old actres l last night.
for a galaxy far, far awa s swaps Westeros
femme fatale Qi’ra in y to play mysterious
Also at the screening Star Wars spin-off.
– who replaces Harriso was Alden Ehrenreich
Solo – and Donald Glo Ford as hero Han
ver, who is smoothtalking smuggler Lan
do Calrissian.
Glover had already enj
the week after toppin oyed a great start to
rapper alter-ego Childisthe US charts as
h Gambino.
The actor and musici
an, 36, dethroned
Drake with his no-hol
ds-barred debut track,
This Is America, which
currently sits at No.6
in the UK’s midweek
chart. His much-talkedabout track has also
watched clip on YouTub ome the moste
It garnered 85.3millio so far this year.
week and has now bee n views in its first
n watched more than
117million times.
Directed by Ron How
ard, Solo: A Star Wars
Story opens in cinema
s on May 25.
Timothée gets to
heart of Marta...
Dua relaxed over
Bond girl rumour
James back with
sound of our time
CALL Me By Your
Name’s Timothée
Chalamet was snapped
up in Cannes. The 22year-old was spotted
kissing Marta Pozzan,
an Italian fashionista.
DUA LIPA found a
perfect spot to
find inspiration for her
new project. The singer,
22, is bookies’ favourite
to record a tune for
the new Bond movie.
JAMES’ Tim Booth
says Brexit and
Leicester City’s shock
Premier League win
inspired the title of
new album, Living In
Extraordinary Times.
producer, who is leading’s bid to
find pop’s next big thing,
added: ‘The pressure of
society is the most heavy
thing any young
individual can cope with.
It’s everywhere.’
12 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I WANT to say thank you to the
paramedics and police officers
who prevented me from ending
my life in Edinburgh on
Saturday. You know who you
are and I will work hard to get
better so we never have to
meet again!
THANK you to Feliz at East
Midlands Trains who calmed
me after I missed my train to
Leicester and put me on the
next one, and to Julian, the
driver, who sat us in first class.
You both made my day.
Jenny, Essex
THANKS to the lady in the
corner shop who served the
tired cyclist with chocolate and
paid the last pennies when
I came up short. I had just been
hospital visiting.
Lady In Yellow, Whitley Bay
THANK you to Davitt at
Vauxhall bus station and TfL
colleagues who got back a bag
with a passport that we left on
a bus. We were able to fly for a
break in Amsterdam.
Lynnette Curtis, Cheltenham
THANK you to the person who
handed in my disabled son’s
iPad in Dawlish Warren. You
saved his holiday.
Rich, Derbyshire
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followed by your comment, name
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n Well done young Eleanor
Hanson for highlighting that
clothing retailers are sexist
(Metro, Tue). I have a son and
a daughter and noticed that, in
the winter, stores offer chunky
knitted jumpers for boys while
the girls’ choice is limited to
flimsy short-sleeve tops.
Pippa, Rochester
n No disrespect to the late
Tessa Jowell or her family but
why do we have to wait for ‘one
of their own’ to die of a brain
tumour to get more funding
(Metro, Mon)? What about the
thousands who die of a rare
cancer every year? In other
words, start funding health
properly, Theresa May.
George Curley, London
n Instead of using pets for
stressed-out students (Metro,
Tue) we need to tackle the root
of the problem, which is exams.
Testing is not a fair way to
assess education.
Alex Stuart, Basingstoke
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Come on, Dad, make
your Meghan’s day
Staged photos no reason for him to stay away
n I’m marrying Mike in August in
the Lake District and, like Meghan
Markle, my father isn’t attending
(Metro, Tue). I respect his wishes but
will miss him dearly. I hope your
father gets on that plane, Meghan,
and walks with you down the aisle.
Alison S, London
n Why should Meghan’s dad,
Thomas Markle, be sent to the Tower
(MetroTalk, Tue)? What has he done
that is so bad – had a few cheesy
‘paparazzi’ photos taken that he may
or may not have been paid for?
Celebrities are constantly arranging
to be ‘accidentally’ papped. And
embarrassed the royal family?
They’ve faced worse from their own
members. I think her dad should still
come and walk her down the aisle.
Sue Brown, Wood Green
n I agree with Mark from Gateshead
(MetroTalk, Tue), this marriage does
reduce the royals to reality TV status.
So what if Meghan’s dad has made
money out of a few photos? This will
not be the only hurdle they will have to
jump through. Margaret, Lancashire
n Why shouldn’t Mr Markle
organise, pose and publish photos?
The royal family do it all the time.
Such snobbish hypocrisy needs to be
called out. Jacoby Thwaites, London
n Kevin Gannon (MetroTalk, Tue),
based on your (warped) logic that the
Queen should pay the £30 million
royal wedding security bill, she should
also receive a share of worldwide TV
rights and increased tourism revenue,
which I suspect will be far greater.
Peabee, Essex
n Royal wedding? I’d rather watch the
Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and
Motherwell and I’m a Kilmarnock
fan. Royal wedding, gi’e’s peace!
Shuggybarr, by email
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 13
Love is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter cupids.
Are they talking about you? Don’t forget to tell us if you get together!
driver last Thursday morning
with beard, sunglasses and
shorts. Are you single?
Happy Passenger, Newcastle
TO the guy in checked
trousers on the Piccadilly line
last Thursday. We smiled at
each other while you laughed
with your pal about a guy
who kept falling asleep on
me. I’d love it to have been
you instead. Drink?
Guy In Grey Jacket
Reading Paper
TO the beautiful lady with the
Wimbledon T-shirt I bumped
into at Archway Tube last
Wednesday night. Drink?
Laurence, Archway
Trigger happy? Bulletproof’s Ashley Walters
(left) appears to have his gun trained on fellow
star Noel Clarke’s nether regions SKY TV
n I hope Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters were taught better gun handling
for their new TV series Bulletproof than they demonstrate in your picture
(Metro, Mon), or they will need to be bulletproof! They both have their
fingers on the trigger (a big no-no) and Walters appears intent on giving
Clarke a 9mm vasectomy!
Chris Dean (Ex-Pistol Shooter), Redbridge
TO the gorgeous guy on the
Northern line last Wednesday,
who returned to Morden with
me due to the delays. Drink at
The Hope?
Blonde Accidentally With
Ring On Wedding Finger
TO the nice guy who helped
me put on my bracelet on the
Victoria line last Thursday
morning. Drink? Bracelet Girl
TO the lady with curly hair. I
get on at Clacton with you and
you get off at Chelmsford. Too
shy to approach. Drink?
Black Suit, Orange Briefcase
BLONDE with the black bag
and loud laugh on the 5.45pm
train from Sidcup to Crayford.
I haven’t managed to pluck
up the courage to speak but
I’d love to take you for a drink.
Strong-Jawed, Blond Guy
BRUNETTE doing the
crossword on the train
towards Romford going to a
hen night. Tell me how it went.
Northern Bloke
YOU had on a blue top and
brown Chelsea boots and
blessed me when I sneezed
last Thursday on our late train
into Liverpool Street. Dinner?
Al In White Shirt, Essex
Text CRUSH followed by your
Rush-Hour Crush, name and
where you live to 65700.
Standard network charge applies
Must be a better way to help Gaza
n More than 50 people were
killed in right to return protests
against Israel in Gaza (Metro,
Tue). If Hamas had not asked its
supporters to take action, then
not one single person would
have died or been injured. Hamas
sacrifices the very people it is
supposed to protect.
Iain Miller, London
n No Israeli has been injured
during the protests. While the
Palestinians were killed and
wounded, Donald Trump and
Israeli prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu drivelled on about
‘peace’. These people were
murdered by their jailers for
daring to approach the walls of
their jail.
Sasha Simic, London
n Can the Israelis not have a
small patch of land they can call
their own without people going
berserk? After the Holocaust, we
should support them having a
Anna, Kilburn
n I have great sympathy for the
Palestinians but instead of guns
they need a Gandhi. Red, Ruislip
14 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Where are we with Black
Eyed Peas?
We released a graphic novel,
Masters Of The Sun, last year with
Marvel, which did really well.
Is Fergie on board? There
were rumours Nicole
Scherzinger may
replace her…
You can’t believe everything
you read. Fact is, Nicole has
always been in our lives
from before we met Fergie.
And I talk to Nicole
every day. I’ll show you
our thread [gets out
phone]… we have
our prayer thread,
me, Taboo, Apl.
Still a Pea? Fergie
de.ap [both
The musician, Voice judge
and now glasses designer,
43, talks Kanye, prayer
and gorillas… when he
starts paying attention
from Black Eyed Peas] and Nicole.
[ reads]: ‘Good evening,
God bless and here’s our prayer
for today…’
You have a daily prayer?
[Reads out the prayer] And we’ve
been doing that forever. We add
and contribute to our daily thread.
How do you find time for all
these things? Don’t you ever
just binge on a box set?
I also have time to catch up on my
binges. Have you seen Lost In Space?
What the hell? Avengers? Yep! You
have to know how to utilise your time.
What I don’t have is idle time.
Is that not creative time?
No. You take your phone wherever you
go and if you get an idea [he plays a
hook he’s sung on his phone] then you
send it to your friend and say, ‘Yo, make
a beat around this and send it back.’ You
have to know how to produce wherever
you are, even at the restroom, when you
get an idea. You go to your phone and
I’ll open this [opens an app with beats
and starts to build the song in front of
us… for ages!] Then I send that to my
friend or I’ll make a beat from scratch
[starts making another beat].
I hope Kanye’s slave
comments are not
for effect because
they affect a
lot of people
Anyway, before you make a
whole album in our interview…
I try to maximise what you can do in
an hour. After this, I’ll go work out,
have a meeting…
Does this mean nothing
spontaneous can ever happen?
No, bro, I just made a spontaneous beat
right in front of you. I’m not on a train.
I have coordinates punched in and if
I’m slacking I’ll catch up.
So, these glasses… did you
actually design them or have
they been designed for you?
In 2012 I started my own glasses line
called ill.i Optics. I know most
celebrities get an advance from a
brand but this is self-funded because
it’s a passion.
Do people say, ‘But you need
your protein’?
Gorillas are as strong as f*** and
they’re vegan. Bulls are vegetarian so to
say, ‘I need beef for protein’… well,
what do bulls do for protein?
Has Kanye West gone mad in
saying 400 years of black
slavery was a ‘choice’?
I don’t know. I know him really well,
known him for years, but, erm… I don’t
know. I hope it’s not for effect because
his comments affect a lot of people.
We read you’ve gone vegan.
Are you returning to The Voice?
I have a meeting about that this
Why is that?
morning. I’ve been doing it for seven
First, I had high blood pressure and
years now and I’m not there to win,
high cholesterol and they wanted me
I’m there to give advice for
to take pills. They said, ‘It’s
careers after the show. It’s
preventative. Diabetes runs in
super fun.
your family.’ And I said, ‘So
does eating bad! How about
I change my regime and be
Isn’t it a funny
active? Give me two months
concept? You want to
to get myself in order and if
see a singer, don’t you?
it doesn’t come down I guess
It’s about the person.
.Influencer: Kanye.
I need pills.’ I changed my
The package.
regime and have more energy than ever.
Bob Marley was a good-looking guy
but if he had nothing to say and didn’t
sing well, he’d have nothing. You can
Do you care about the animal
close your eyes and listen to Bob
side of things?
Yeah, you think about the poor animals, Marley and still feel the same. We live
in a day and age where we have this
chewing on them, gnawing on them.
visual hypnosis. What’s talent and what’s
I started thinking about a pig’s life –
not has become blurred. SIMON GAGE
they’re pretty intelligent, by the way.
We love our Yorkies and it’s crazy that
in society we care about these cute little
The collection launches
animals but we’re still, ‘I’d love me
in Specsavers stores on May 23 at
some pork right now.’
£125 per pair. See
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 15
Mini Gwynie ‘takes after dad Chris’
says her mini-me 14year-old daughter
Apple is just like her
dad, Coldplay singer
Chris Martin – as a
budding musician.
The Iron Man actress,
now thought to be wed
to Glee producer Brad
Falchuk, in a birthday
post, wrote: ‘You are
an amazing thinker
and an incredible
The 45-year-old, who
with Martin also has
son Moses, 12, shared
a snap of her carrying
Apple to mark last
weekend’s Mother’s
Day in America.
Apple Martin,
who was
praised by her
mother in a
post to mark
the 14-yearold’s birthday
Maverick of
US literature
Tom Wolfe is
dead aged 88
NOVELIST and essayist Tom Wolfe, the
pioneer of ‘new journalism’ whose books
inspired major Hollywood movies, has
died at the age of 88.
Known for ingenious phrase-making
and white suits, he chronicled US culture across five decades through books
such as The Bonfire Of The Vanities,
The Right Stuff and The Electric KoolAid Acid Test.
Wolfe’s literary agent Lynn Nesbit said
he died of an infection in a New York
City hospital on Monday.
Described as a ‘true American
maverick’, Wolfe insisted the
only way to tell a great story
was to go out and report it.
He coined expressions such
as ‘radical chic’, for rich liberals fascinated with revolutionaries, and the ‘me generation’, which nailed the
self-absorption of 1970s
baby boomers.
‘He was a sweet and
generous man, not
just a great writer but a great soul,’ said
Moneyball author Michael Lewis. ‘He
didn’t just help me to become a writer,
he did it with pleasure.’
Wolfe (pictured) was astonished no one
of his generation had written a sweeping
novel about contemporary 20th century
New York City, so ended up writing one
himself. The resulting bestseller, The
Bonfire Of The Vanities, defined the
late-1980s era of Wall Street ambition,
power and money.
In his space-race classic The
Right Stuff – the American Book
Award winner – he combined
the emotional impact of a novel
with the factual foundation of
hard reporting. As with his best
work, Wolfe mingled it all
in an over-the-top
style that made
life itself seem
like one spectacular headline.
New mum:
Paltrow also
posted this
snap of her
with Apple
n WORKING night shifts is bad
for your health. Disruptions to
the body’s natural clock are
linked to mood swings and can
affect brain function, a study in
The Lancet Psychiatry finds.
n CHIMPANZEE beds are
cleaner than human ones.
They are less likely to contain
faecal, oral or skin bacteria, a
Tanzanian study that
swabbed 41 nests found.
n TEA brand Pukka has been
banned from calling one of
its products Detox. It comes
after two people complained
to the advertising watchdog
challenging its health claims.
16 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
n A LASER dubbed the world’s
‘quickest kettle’ heated water
to 100,000C in under a
trillionth of a second, at the
SLAC National Accelerator Lab
near Palo Alto, California.
Second Brit rugby player
dies on tour in Sri Lanka
n TWO UN peacekeepers are
missing in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. They were
on a mission with 13 others
on Friday in an eastern area
where militias operate.
n POLICE were called by a
neighbour to investigate a
domestic disturbance in
Loerrach, Germany – and
found a man, 22, arguing with
his girlfriend’s barking parrot.
Tributes: (l-r) Mr Howard and Mr Baty
A SECOND amateur British rugby
player has died on tour in Sri Lanka,
his club confirmed yesterday.
Durham City Rugby Football Club
announced the death of Tom Baty, 26,
with ‘great sadness’.
It follows the death of his teammate
Thomas Howard, 25, after the pair
were both admitted to hospital in
Colombo on Sunday suffering from
breathing difficulties. Mr Howard’s
death was announced on Monday.
The players, both from Durham,
were on tour with one of the club’s
teams called the Clems Pirates. The
club asked that the privacy of the men’s
families be ‘respected and upheld at
this difficult time’.
It added: ‘As a mark of respect to the
deceased players, Clems Pirates will
go ahead with their planned charity
work and rugby kit donation in Galle
before the end of the tour.’
The club said the gift will provide
eight school teams with ‘much needed
boots, gum shields and shirts’. It
added: ‘The work in Galle will continue the international charity work
began by Clems Pirates in South Africa
in 2004.’
In both cases the breathing problems
were non-rugby related, the club said.
Durham City RFC president Richard
Wilkinson said: ‘Both players and
Clems Pirates hold a special place in
our rugby family, and our continued
support is unconditional.’
The club is ‘in regular contact’ with
the tour party while the Foreign Office
is assisting both men’s families.
gets insider
on Trump...
IS THE Supreme Leader of
Iran trolling Donald Trump?
A photograph has
emerged of Ayatollah
Khamenei reading Fire And
Fury, Michael Wolff’s wartsand-all exposé of the chaos
in Trump’s White House.
Posted on social media
and published in the Tehran
Times, the photo was taken
as the Ayatollah toured the
International Book Fair in
Iran’s capital last week.
It comes as European
powers sought to keep Iran
in a landmark nuclear deal
ditched by the US president.
British, French and
German foreign ministers
held talks with Mohammad
Javad Zarif of Iran amid
concerns that sanctions
promised by the US will also
damage European trade.
‘The UK and our European
partners view the nuclear
deal as vital for our shared
security,’ foreign secretary
Boris Johnson said.
Page turner: Khamenie glued to Trump exposé
British mum jailed in Iran
could face further charges
JAILED Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe,
the British-Iranian woman being
held in Tehran, could face new
charges, her husband has warned.
Richard Ratcliffe linked the
development to the uncertainty now
surrounding the Iran nuclear deal.
He said his wife (pictured) had
called him on Monday to say the
timing of the threat could have been
designed to coincide with foreign
secretary Boris Johnson’s meeting
yesterday with his Iranian
counterpart Mohammad
Javad Zarif.
The pair, along with EU
signatories to the deal, are
trying to see what can be
salvaged after Donald
Trump’s decision to pull
America out of the
agreement last week.
Mr Ratcliffe said:
‘Failure to make it
safe for people to be free from being
held arbitrarily, free to visit their
families in peace, will make any deal
impossible to sustain.’
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, who
works for the Thomson Reuters
Foundation, is serving five years for
allegedly planning a ‘soft toppling’
of Iran’s government while visiting
her parents with her young
daughter. An Iranian news agency
said another case against her was
‘being processed’. Mr
Ratcliffe fears this could add
16 years to her sentence.
Experts claim Iran uses
such threats to bargain.
The UK is currently
considering repaying
Tehran £400million
from a pre-1979 arms
deal. Both sides deny a
link to the case of Ms
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 17
Arnie back to fight
for green future
has returned to public life
after open-heart surgery to
tackle climate change.
The Terminator star and ex
California governor, 70, was in
his native Austria for a climate
summit and vowed: ‘There’s
going to be a lot of action.’
Arnie, who last month had
surgery to replace a heart
valve, told Austrian leader
Sebestian Kurz and UN
secretary-general António
Guterres: ‘We’re all talking
here about a green energy
future. Right?’
He has spoken of a ‘crusade’
to tackle climate change.
Devoted father gives dozens of his babies a lift across the river
Melania ‘in good
spirits’ after op
DONALD TRUMP has tweeted
that wife Melania is in ‘good
spirits’ after a ‘long-planned’
procedure to treat a benign
kidney condition.
‘Our great First Lady is doing
really well. Will be leaving
hospital in 2 or 3 days,’ the
president tweeted after
visiting her at the Walter Reed
National Military Medical
Center near Washington.
Mrs Trump, 48, is believed to
have had an embolisation – a
procedure to cut off the blood
supply to a non-cancerous
tumour in the kidney.
Vice president Mike Pence
added: ‘Melania is already on
the mend.’
40 missing in river
ferry boat disaster
AT LEAST 40 passengers were
missing last night after a river
ferry capsized in heavy winds
in rural south-west India.
Around 20 people swam to
safety on the Godavari River
but others, including guests
travelling to a wedding, were
still missing, said Andhra
Pradesh home minister
Nimmakayala Chinarajappa.
Fishermen helped in the
rescue, while police and a
National Disasters Relief
Force team were sent to help
in the operation.
But the search was
hampered by poor
communications in the area
and the fall of darkness.
Soros foundation
quits Hungary
THE foundation of billionaire
philanthropist George Soros,
is quitting Hungary, blaming
an ‘increasingly repressive’
The Open Society
Foundations, which funds non
governmental organisations,
said the move to Berlin from
Budapest comes after
government plans to tighten
restrictions on NGOs.
Prime minister Viktor Orban
has accused Mr Soros, 87, of
being part of a strategy to
flood Europe with migrants.
Foundation president Patrick
Gaspard said the government
has ‘repressed civil society for
the sake of political gain.’
THIS doting dad must be feeling swamped by his family
More than 100 of his offspring scrambled on his back to
be given an inaugural trip acrosss a murky river in
Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary in northern India.
Fully grown male gharials – or long-snouted crocodiles
– measure more than 15ft long and have 110 teeth. They
take responsibility for their babies and keep them close
until they can fend for themselves.
This image was captured by professional wildlife
photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee, 43, from Kolkata,
who patiently spent five days following the male. He
found it was ‘super protective and became extremely
aggressive if someone came close to them’.
‘The male gharial is considered the most attentive
father in the animal kingdom,’ he added.
Hop on,
and make
it snappy!
image that
took five
days to
Mother’s shout scares bear into
dropping her 5-year-old daughter
Scavenger: The dead bear’s paw is examined AP
A FIVE-year-old girl mauled by
a bear outside her home is
recovering in hospital after her
mother scared the animal away.
The child needed more than
77 stitches in her back, but
surgeons at a Colorado
hospital expect her to ‘mend
very well’. She went outside
around 2.30am after noises she
thought might be from her
dog. Her mother heard
screaming and found the child
being dragged away by a large
black bear. She yelled at the
creature and it dropped the girl.
A Colorado Parks and
Wildlife official said the
unnamed mum ‘exemplified
the love and courage of what it
takes to be a mother’. Wildlife
officials said they killed the
two-year-old male believed to
be responsible as it
approached a home about half
a mile away from the attack, in
East Orchard Mesa, near
Grand Junction. They suspect
the bear had become used to
finding food near homes.
18 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Next step on the ladder? The £525k lighthouse
Axed... Thronefest
bans fan weapons
been banned from bringing
daggers, axes and crossbows
to a festival dedicated to the
popular TV series.
Thronefest organisers also
warned revellers not to wear
revealing costumes – despite
the 18-rated series depicting
copious amounts of nudity.
And they won’t be able to
drown their sorrows with a
flagon of ale as no alcohol will
be sold at the family event in
Birchington, Kent, on Sunday.
One GoT devotee called the
restrictions ‘a bit of a joke’ but
organisers said metal weapons
were forbidden ‘to make sure
all fans are kept safe’.
Pair used Grindr
app to steal cars
Up in the world: The lighthouse looms behind the former keepers’ cottages – not part of the sale. Inset, the top floor and balcony command stunning views SWNS
FANCY a taste of the high life? If
so then perhaps this is the home
for you.
The 108ft Burnham High
Lighthouse has been converted
with eight storeys of round rooms
and a balcony at the top.
Sarah Lunn, who is handling
the sale of the £525,000 property
for estate agent CJ Hole, said the
buyer will need to be fit because
there are 120 steps. But she
added: ‘It’s perfect if sunset and
champagne are your thing.’
The 186-year-old lighthouse in
Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, was
bought by a member of the
Rothschild banking dynasty in the
1990s after being deactivated.
When he decided against
Tower shower: The bathroom of the seaside bolthole
attempting a conversion and put
it up for auction, TV journalist
Patrick O’Hagan went to cover
the story and liked the building
so much he bought it himself.
After turning it into a home he
rented it to tourists for years. It
has three bedrooms, a French
bath big enough for two and
features that include a ship’s bell.
Lights out: One of the bedrooms in the 108ft tower
We only turn to 5 in
our ‘circle of trust’
Lighthouse keeper’s lunch: The dining room
Murders in the capital are
up by 44% in a single year
MURDERS in London have soared by
44 per cent in a year.
There were 157 killings in 2017/18,
compared with 109 the year before.
With at least 64 suspected murders
in the capital since January alone, the
2018/19 toll of victims is expected to
pass last year’s total if the killings continue at a similar rate.
The figures released by the London
Assembly’s police and crime committee show youth killings had risen by
30 per cent – from 26 in 2016/17 to
34 in 2017/18.
Personal robbery was up from 22,479
to 30,609, a rise of 36 per cent, while
burglaries rose from 43,424 to 58,050,
a leap of 33 per cent.
Steve O’Connell, the committee’s
chairman, said: ‘The unacceptable rise
in the most heinous crimes such as
murder, street robbery and burglaries
is deeply troubling.
‘The mayor of London and the Met
need to take urgent practical steps to
address these crimes, all of which are a
third up from this time last year.
‘Our committee will be asking what
TWO robbers used gay dating
app Grindr to lure men with
the promise of sex so they
could steal their cars.
Keiran Grant, 20, and Aidon
Murthick, 19, threatened a
man at gunpoint during one
of the robberies in Leeds and
wore clown masks in another.
Prosecutor Christine Egerton
told the city’s crown court one
victim was told: ‘Give us the
keys or I will shoot you.’
The pair pleaded guilty to
the robberies in December
2016 and January 2017. Both
were jailed – Grant got eightand-a-half-years and
Murthick seven.
steps are being taken to keep Londoners safe and reverse this appalling
escalation in crime.’
Nationally, the most recent data
released by the Office for National
Statistics showed a nine per cent rise
in murders in the 2017 calendar year.
This is up by 54 to a total of 653,
when cases linked to last year’s terror
attacks were excluded.
In the category of ‘violence against
the person’, there were 1.3million
crimes logged nationally, an increase
of 20 per cent. Police forces recorded
39,598 offences involving a knife or
sharp instrument in 2017, a 22 per cent
increase compared with the previous
year, and the highest number registered since comparable records started
in 2010.
Firearms-related offences rose by
11 per cent to give a total of 6,604
recorded crimes.
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AN AVERAGE social network
consists of 180 people – but
only five of those are relied
upon in the ‘circle of trust’, a
study finds.
Partners are those we turn
to most for help and support,
along with parents and
siblings, researchers said.
Almost half of the 1,500
people polled in the study for
American Express in a new
brand campaign, said the
social support network was
more important today in our
busier, stressful lives.
Digital entrepreneur Jamal
Edwards said: ‘The support of
others can be instrumental to
Women wooed by
slightly long legs
WOMEN go weak at the knees
for men with long legs – but
not too long.
It is because good health is
associated with legs slightly
longer than average, a study
at Cambridge university found.
Legs that deviated
significantly from average in
either direction – shorter or
longer – were associated with
poor health.
Diabetes, heart disease, high
blood pressure and dementia
were linked to short legs,
while very long legs ‘often
indicated deleterious genetic
conditions’, said the team’s Dr
William Skylark.
It’s the platter days! Sta
for MasterChef revealled
SINGER Frankie Bridge and reality
TV star Spencer Matthews are among
the prime ingredients for the latest
series of Celebrity MasterChef.
The former Saturdays star, 29, and
the 28-year-old Made In Chelsea old
boy (and brother-in-law of Pippa
Middleton), will come under the scrutiny of John Torode and Greg Wallace
on the BBC1 show this summer.
o a
They’re up against stars including exEngland cricketer Monty Panesar, 36,
Stella ‘sister of Dolly’ Parton, 69, and
BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, 33.
Actors striving to play kitchen wizards include Keith Allen, 64, Holby
City’s Chizzy Akudolu, 44, Anita Harris, 75, and ex-The Bill star Lisa Max-
well, 54. Towie’s Gem
mma Collins, 37,
Watchdog host Michellle Ackerley, 33,
former EastEnder Josh
h Partridge, 46,
and Union J singer Jossh Cuthbert, 25,
are in the mix. Furnitu
ure designer Jay
Blades, Strictly Come Dancing pro
AJ Pritchard, One Show
reporter Jean Johansso
on and
T’Pau singer Carol Deecker
are also competing.
Bread role:
Keith Allen
Bun Show:
Jean Johansson
He’s a dish:
Josh Cuthbert
From Bill to boil:
Lisa Maxwell
Taste of Essex:
Gemma Collins
Whisk jockey:
Clara Amfo
One to watch?
Michelle Ackerley
Test batch:
Monty Panesar
Designer dishes:
Jay Blades
Mango tango:
AJ Pritchard
Power salad:
Carol Decker
Country licks:
Stella Parton
May 16, 2018 METRO 19
Tuning fork:
Singer Frankie
Bridge and
below (from left)
Anita Harris,
Josh Partridge
and Chizzy
Which transatlantic royal TV show has the Markle sparkle?
a bit, that would be quite the plane
crash.’ H&M’s Harry: ‘People used
to say I couldn’t be my father’s son
because of this [pointing to his
ginger hair]’ All shades of prejudice
duly dispatched to the dustbin/
The Windsors Royal Wedding
Special (C4) vs Harry & Meghan:
A Royal Romance (Lifetime)
The Queen: No Queen in The
Windsors (a satire too far), but the
US gets a wisecracking monarch –
‘You’re not in The Crown are you?
I’d have to send you to The Tower.’
– which gets our vote.
The Windsors 2.5, H&M 3.5
V has been working itself
up into a right royal tizzy
trying to make sure Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle
aren’t off our screens for a
single moment – even if it means
getting actors pretending to be
everyone’s favourite 21st-century
fairytale prince and Suits actress/
But, when it comes to capturing
the heart of the story, who’s better
– the UK or the US? Flying the flag
for the UK, we have The Windsors
Royal Wedding Special.
Cheerleading for the US is Harry &
Meghan: A Royal Romance. Two
nations who speak the same
language… but are worlds apart.
Here’s Our Verdict:
Prince Harry: Richard Goulding’s
posh-but-dim Harry (‘Puppa!’) in
The Windsors was always going to
be a tough act to beat. But Murray
Fraser’s Lifetime version – not a
proper ginger, curious Scottish
accent – is Harry Lite. Much too
skinny. No contest.
The Windsors 1, H&M 0
Meghan: The Windsors’ Kathryn
Wills & Kate: A weird one. The UK’s
Hugh Skinner and Louise Ford ace
it – but the US Wills looks old
enough to be Harry’s Dad.
The Windsors 3.5, H&M 3.5
Grounds for Treason: Both – the
Windsors for mockery, H&M for
crimes against cringe. Meghan on
Harry: ‘He’s got the whole manly
man meets sensitive thing going
on.’ 4-4
Aristocrats across the pond: Channel 4’s The Windsors (left) and Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance
Drysdale is a fun, new-ageb*****ks Meghan. But Parisa FitzHenley nails it in the US version.
You think you’re watching a
Keeping Up With Meghan Markle
reality show. Uncanny.
The Windsors 1, H&M 1
Prince Charles: Harry Enfield has
Chinless Chaz down to a fine art.
But Steve Coulter’s US version
puts surprisingly believable flesh
on one’s bones. A draw.
The Windsors 1.5, H&M 1.5
Camilla: Haydn Gwynne gives us a
monster in a fascinator. The US
haven’t a clue about the special
brand of Parker-Bowles magic.
The Windsors 2.5, H&M 1.5
Sex scenes: US Meghan coyly
drops her robe and asks Harry if
he’s joining her. The UK just
doesn’t do that kind of backlit soft
porn. All our Harry gets is a
sympathy rub off Pippa.
The Windsors 2.5, H&M 2.5
And The Crown (sponsored by The
Crown) goes to… The Windsors.
Come on, one’s British after all.
And they’ve got Pippa and
Beatrice and Eugenie and a sexy
version of Jeremy Corbyn.
Yes, really.
The Race Thing: The Windsors’
Harry: ’We thought Meghan being
mixed race might be a prob?’
Charles (on royal succession): ‘Not
The Windsors Royal Wedding Special
is on All 4. Harry & Meghan: A Royal
Wedding is on TV Player []
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EasyJet flies high
with winter boost
LOSSES at EasyJet narrowed in
the first half of the year after
the budget airline had one of
its best winters.
The carrier had a £68million
pre-tax loss in the six months
to March 31, compared with
£236million for this period last
year. Headline profit before tax,
excluding costs from its new
operations at Berlin Tegel,
came in at £8million against a
£212million loss last year.
Revenue rose 19.5 per cent to
£2.18billion with passengers up
by three million. The early
Easter and the collapse of
rivals Monarch and Air Berlin
helped boost sales.
A cannabis shop
where you drop
in, not drop out...
A SHOP selling cannabis products has opened
in Edinburgh – but the only high it’s
producing is raised eyebrows.
Dan Collins said he wants to ‘change
the public perception’ of cannabis.
His shop Hemp, in Leith, sells
cannabidiol (CBD) food supplements,
which have less than 0.2 per cent of
the psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol, so are entirely legal.
Mr Collins (pictured), 31,
said: ‘I want to put a new face
on cannabis. This isn’t a dark
shop that sells drug, it’s a
bright space for people to ask
questions and have a taste.’
Dan Collins’s
shop Hemp
in Edinburgh
sells legal
Homeless in
Seattle to get
help from city
‘Amazon tax’
SEATTLE is to tax big businesses such
as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness in the US city.
Its council unanimously backed a plan
to charge almost 600 large companies in
the city about £200 per full-time worker
to raise an extra £35million a year.
Some council members had originally
favoured charging £370-per-head but
could not drum up enough support.
One, Teresa Mosqueda, said: ‘People
are dying on the doorsteps of prosperity.
This is the richest city in the state and in
a state that has the most regressive tax
system in the country.’
Amazon vice president Drew Herdener
called the plan ‘a tax on jobs’. He noted
that the city ‘does not have a revenue
problem – it has a spending efficiency
problem’ and said his company was
Popular: Supporters at a council meeting
‘apprehensive about the future created
by the council’s hostile approach and
rhetoric toward larger businesses, which
forces us to question our growth here’.
But Shannon Brown, 55, who lives ‘in
a little shed’ said: ‘I don’t understand
why businesses think it’s wrong to help.’
John Boufford, of the International
Union of Painters and Allied Trades,
said he did not understand why the city
was ‘fostering an adversarial relationship with businesses’.
n THE number of British ‘eBay
millionaires’ has increased by
300 in the past year to pass the
1,000 mark. The small businesses
all have a turnover of at least
£1million, with traders in clothing,
furniture, computers and car
parts among the most successful,
the auction website said.
n WILLIAM HILL has said 20,000
British jobs are threatened by
plans to tackle problem gambling
by cutting the maximum stake
on gaming machines to £2. The
bookmaker and its rivals would
take such a big hit that it would
cost the government £1billion in
lost taxes, chairman Roger
Devlin warned.
n EVERYDAY maths tasks such
as calculating betting odds or
understanding household bills
are hard for some adults. The
survey, to mark today’s first
National Numeracy Day, found 17
per cent of 11,000 adults polled
admitted struggling to work out
currency exchange rates, with 16
per cent having problems with
the effect of a rate change on a
loan or credit card.
Australia (A$)............................................................. 1.71
Canada (C$) ..............................................................1.65
Euro (€)......................................................................1.08
New Zealand (N$) ....................................................1.83
Poland (zloty) .......................................................... 4.27
Singapore ($) ............................................................1.69
South Africa (rand) ................................................ 15.75
US ($)..........................................................................1.29
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Does eating less
meat make your
bank account
healthier, as well
as the planet?
Lily Canter
How being thrown out of
school spurred on an
Apprentice winner
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HERE are now almost two
million vegans and
vegetarians in the UK and
the reducetarian movement,
where people commit to
eating less meat, is also steadily on
the rise. More than half of adults now
adopt vegan-buying behaviours
according to a survey by market
researchers Opinion Matters, and a
fifth have reduced their meat intake.
Statistics from The Vegetarian
Society reveal that the desire to eat
more cheaply is one motivating factor
for people switching to a vegetarian
diet. But with veganism becoming a
trendy lifestyle choice, businesses are
cashing in and selling expensive meat
substitutes or opening up pricey vegan
eateries. So is it really possible to
make big savings by giving up meat
and avoiding items that contain
animal products?
This is the biggest expense and a huge
amount depends on where you shop
and how much you like to cook.
Cut-price supermarkets, like Aldi
and Lidl, sell fruit and vegetables
cheaply and have plenty of beans,
pulses and grains which you can buy
in bulk for under a pound. Markets
are also a great place to source
low-cost staples.
‘If you shop at Planet Organic or
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 21
Whole Foods Market it is going to
cost a lot. Shopping at hip places can
be very expensive, but so can buying
grass-fed organic meat,’ says Flic
Everett, editor of Vegan Living.
‘It is possible to live very cheaply if
you like cooking. If you make lunches
to take out and do bulk cooking from
scratch at the weekend you can save a
fortune. But if you are really busy and
buying a lot of ready meals and eating
at hip vegan cafés, it can cost a lot.’
Meat substitutes, and vegetarian or
vegan convenience food, can be more
expensive than meat versions, and are
best avoided if you are on a tight
budget. For example Tofurky’s smoky
maple bacon tempeh can be £3.75 per
198g packet and a 530g One Planet
three sheese pizza can be around £5.
Almond, soya and coconut milk can
cost between 75p to £1.80 per litre.
But you can save money, although
not time, by making some products
from scratch at home like cashew
butter or oat milk. Jack Monroe, bestselling author of Cooking On A
Bootstrap, originally gave up meat to
save money, swapping chicken and
beef for butter beans and black beans.
But she says a lot of meat substitute
products are ‘astronomically priced’
due to less demand and the moral
margin which works on the belief that
people will probably pay more for
something if they believe it is better.
‘Vegan meats are around four times
the price of their animal equivalents.
It’s an odd world where a life is
deemed less valuable than a hunk of
potato starch with some paprika in,’
she adds.
Jack now spends around £20 a week
on food for herself, her partner and
her son and says it is still possible to
keep costs down and buy some
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organic and Fairtrade items.
‘Most supermarket bananas are
Fairtrade now, even in their
cheapest ranges, and tea, coffee
and sugar not being Fairtrade is an
anomaly rather than the norm.
Organic veg boxes can be pricey,
but if you go large and split it with
a friend or neighbour, you can save
a considerable amount of money,’
she says.
Wine and beer can contain
hidden animal products, such as
bone marrow, milk protein, egg
whites, gelatin and isinglass from
the bladders of fish. But finding
vegetarian and vegan alternatives is
straightforward with apps like
Vgan, VegeTipple, VeggieBeers
and Vegan Wines plus the website
Barnivore. Asda has a large range
of vegan beer, and wine, which are
competitively priced. Aldi lists 17
vegan wines on its website, the
cheapest being £3.55
‘Cost of a vegan
diet sent me back
to eating meat’
Feeding three
for £20 a week:
Food author
Jack Monroe
Buying cruelty-free make-up,
or soaps without animal fat,
Being healthy:
doesn’t have to break the
bank as prices are now
the cost
similar, as long as you
Health supplements: £480
are prepared to put in
Gym membership: £300
Fitness clothing £420
the research.
Organic fruit and vegetable
Flic says quite often
PETAbox: £600
make-up products are
TOTAL £1,800
vegan but industries
Manic Panic
Sources: My Protein/
fail to shout out about it.
hair dyes,
Riverford Organic
‘The beauty industry is
Beauty Bakerie,
a bit behind on this,’ she
adds. And if you are
Formula, One
looking for low cost rather than
Love Organics and L.A. Girls.
luxury items, all of Superdrug’s
‘Slightly more expensive ones
own-brand products are vegan and
include Kat Von D and Urban
not tested on animals.
Decay, but their products last ages
‘It makes shopping for toiletries
and are incredible quality, so I’m
extremely simple, because I don’t
happy to pay the extra,’ she adds.
have to scrutinise the backs of
Vegans can be deficient in vitamin
every bottle, Googling long
B12 and vegetarian diets can lack
chemical names just to buy some
sufficient iron, but supplements can
shampoo,’ says Jack.
be picked up at a low cost.
She also recommends affordable
A one-month supply of Boots
beauty brands Colourpop, who are
brand multi-vitamins are 99p and
two months’ worth of iron tablets is
£3.09, with both of these products
regularly on three-for-two offers.
One trick for vegans is to buy
nutritional yeast enriched with B12,
which gives the much needed
vitamin whilst adding a cheesy
flavour to meals. A 125g tub of this
can be picked up for £3.29.
Avoiding leather, suede, wool and
silk can mean your clothes bill goes
down as synthetic materials are
much more affordable, particularly
if you shop at Primark or H&M.
But ethical, sustainable fashion
does come with a price, as do
leather substitutes such as
pineapple leather used by
companies such as Willique.
‘Anything new or ethical is likely
to be more expensive as there is
less of it and you are paying for the
extra care and attention,’ says Flic.
And avoiding cleaning products,
tested on animals or laden with
chemicals, can mean paying out for
expensive natural brands like
Ecover, which can be three times
the price of own-brand products.
But it is possible to make your
own cleaning products using
relatively cheap items like distilled
vinegar for around 50p,
bicarbonate of soda, 500g for
around £1.80, and lemons, around
£1 a bag.
AS SOMEONE who has tried a meat,
vegan and vegetarian diet, Origym
personal trainer Luke Hughes, is all too
aware that the cost depends on your
eating habits.
When he first turned vegan he
immediately found that he was saving
money. The absence of meat, and
swapping dairy and sugary drinks for
raw snacks and water, meant his
weekly shop was £25 at most.
‘If you shop locally and at markets,
you can buy vegetables and organic
products in bulk at low prices,’ he says.
But the turning point came when he
strayed off the ‘basic vegan diet’ and
tried to get more creative.
‘When I started buying products like
high-quality seitan and tofu, dairy-free
substitutes for milk, which are
comparatively more expensive, and
more niche snacks like edamame, my
weekly shop rocketed to around £40 to
£45 at least.’
The 31-year-old, from Birmingham,
also found that when eating out
vegan-specific restaurants tended to
be located in more affluent areas,
making the prices dearer.
When he switched from veganism he
found he got less bored with stock
ingredients and his allowances for
milk, and occasionally fish, meant his
weekly shop rarely topped £35.
He has now returned to meat-eating,
partly due to iron deficiency, and
spends £25 a week on food due to
not having to pay out for
costly meat protein
substitutes. ‘I think the
more restrictive diets
force you to diversify
and think creatively,
which means you have
to spend more money
on ingredients that are
less readily available in
restaurants and
supermarkets,’ he
Iron deficiency:
Luke Hughes
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Manage your memory
and save money
How annoying is it when you run out
of storage on your mobile? Many of
us are tempted to upgrade our
handsets to get more space, but that
comes at a cost. There are a few
tricks that will mean you can keep
your old Apple handset and that cash.
Moving photos and videos
online to the Google
Photos app will free up
loads of space – and it’s
free. Delete all the
apps you never use.
See which apps are
munching memory
by going to
Settings >
General >
iPhone Storage
(in older
versions go to
General >
Storage &
iCloud Usage,
then tap Manage
Treat the kids to a West End show
For the whole of August, a child aged five to 16 can go to any
participating West End show for free if they’re accompanied
by a full paying adult. Adults can also buy
up to two extra children’s tickets at
half price and there are no booking
fees. Tickets for Kids’ Week 2018
will go on sale at 10am on June
12. Make a note in your diary.
See: officiallondontheatre.
Throw a swishing
i hi party
If you want to freshen up your wardrobe without breaking
the bank, throw a swishing party to swap clothes and
accessories with your friends. Organising a swishing party
is simple: the more you donate, the more clothing there is to
take home. Try
Make do and mend
for a snip
The cost of a cut and blow dry at a
good salon can easily set you back
more than £50. But it is possible to
slash costs by opting for a trainee
stylist. At Vidal Sassoon’s Academy, for
instance, haircuts start at just £12 – or
£5 if you are a student or a nurse.
What’s more, a full set of highlights will
only set you back £30. Appointments
are only available twice a day and you
must allow a minimum of three hours.
Find out more at sassoon-academy.
Having a trusty tailor can save you a
fortune if you need your clothes
repaired. A new zipper for your favourite
dress will set you back about £15 and
will mean you needn’t shell out for a
new item. A skilled seamstress can
lengthen a pair of trousers by dropping
the hem; shorten sleeves on coats,
jackets, and blazers; and shorten straps
and raise a dress to fit properly at the
bust and underarms.
This week: cut-price haircuts
at a top salon, and take the
kids to a West End
show for free,
By Kara
Drive down insurance costs
If you are looking to cut the cost of your
home or car insurance, you may be able
to reduce your premiums by opting for
a higher excess. Many people find
that claiming for damage costing less
than £500 increases the future cost
of insurance and can invalidate
no-claims bonuses, meaning it’s not
always worth making a claim. Most
policies will substantially reduce
premiums for a £1,000 excess.
Cash for your kids
If you shop online, you are missing
out on free money if you aren’t
signed up to a cashback website.
They list product providers and
retailers which pay commission
when shoppers click through to
them. In turn, the cashback
website rebates some of this
commission to the consumer.
In the case of KidStart, the
money is paid into a child’s
bank account. KidStart can
link to any Child Trust
Fund account, most
Junior Isas and any
savings account that
accepts electronic
cash payments.
Opportunities to earn
money are not just
limited to purchases at
high street shops or
supermarkets, like John Lewis and
Iceland, there are more than 1,500
retailers on
Chase down the charity shop bargains
London is one of the top spots for charity shopping, but where
is the best place to bag a bargain? The best shops are in the
wealthiest areas, but while you are more likely to find
designer brands there, staff will inflate the prices to maximise
returns. Keep your eyes on labels, or lack of them. Some
brands have deals with charity shops where they donate stock
that isn’t sold in sale periods, as long as the labels are cut off.
That means you get unworn clothing for a fraction of the cost.
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The Apprentice winner on buying out Lord Sugar, wanting
a superyacht and supporting his mum so she can retire
HEN he was 15,
Joseph Valente
was thrown out of
school. At just 24,
in 2015, he won
BBC show The Apprentice, set up
successful gas boiler business
ImpraGas, was named in the Forbes
30 Under 30 list, and shows no sign
of letting up.
After leaving school, did you
think you were going to
make it financially?
One hundred per cent, though I
knew I had a lot of work to do to
prove it to my mum. I hadn’t done
anything seriously naughty, I just
wasn’t learning and was disrupting
the class as a result. My mum was
heartbroken and that was a defining
moment for me. She worked three
jobs just to provide for our family. I
promised that I would make her
proud of me again, one day.
What drove the confidence?
Self-belief, pure and simple. I
wasn’t afraid of hard work.
Ironically, it motivated me to learn.
At 16, I secured an apprenticeship
with a plumbing company by
offering to work for them for free to
acquire skills on the job. In 2012,
aged 22, I achieved my goal and
founded ImpraGas.
weeks to film. At this time,
ImpraGas had seven employees, a
fleet of vans and 3,000 properties
on contract. I was risking all the
hard work I had put in but was
confident I could potentially win
the show. I had to trust my team to
run the business without me.
And the gamble paid off…
Fortunately. I won and walked away
with £250,000 but more importantly
Lord Sugar became my mentor and
a partner in my business. The next
biggest risk was buying back the 50
per cent shares from Lord Sugar
and regaining control of ImpraGas
once again. That too has paid off as
I have moved the business away
from general plumbing and focused
on installing boilers and central
heating systems. We now cover
over 50 per cent of the UK.
Are you a risk taker when it
comes to money?
I’ve always been happy to take risks
if it will take me to the next level.
When did you start making
serious cash?
In my second year of business.
I took home £100,000 when I
was 24. I bought a BMW
M3 convertible.
How did you raise the cash?
I took out a £15,000 business loan
and bought a van the next day.
What would you love to buy?
A superyacht. My priority, however,
is to earn enough money to support
my mum so she can retire.
What has been your biggest
risk? The Apprentice?
Yes. I needed to go away for nine
Does spending make you
Yes. I believe that money buys you
freedom and choice. It also gives
me pleasure to be able to donate
to charity. I have been donating
to the NSPCC since I was 18
and have participated in a lot
of charity events to support
young people. I think if you
have wealth, the universe
likes to see you give back
and it sends out good
karma vibes into the world.
What is the secret to
being successful?
Multiple streams of income.
I am working on various
business opportunities to
launch later this year
including The Joseph Valente
Academy to mentor young
entrepreneurs and a clothing
range called GentlemanCo.
Are you a spender or saver?
I’m more of a spender than a saver.
I do believe in saving but I’m just
not great at it yet. I recently
invested some money into Bitcoin.
That is a volatile investment but if
you are in it for the long game, I
think it will work out. I don’t have a
pension but if I need a pension by
the time I am old, then I will have
failed in my career.
Where will you be in ten
On the Moon. And ImpraGas will
be installing boilers across the
whole of the UK.
With Which?
money expertt
Gareth Shaw
of British
Insurers and
British Insurancce
Association has just
announced plans to prevent
loyal insurance customers paying
excessively more than new
sign-ups for car, home and travel
insurance. We take a look at how
you can stop yourself being
penalised for loyalty:
n If you stick with an insurer for
more than a year, your premiums
may jump by a considerable
amount at renewal, even though
nothing about your policy has
changed. Following a campaign by
Which? insurers must share the
previous price you paid when
quoting for a renewal, so pay close
attention to the price difference.
n Check out comparison websites
and see what other deals are
n Give providers extra details —
new home security or lower mileage
could help lower your premium.
n Double check if you can buy the
policy you find using a cashback
website to earn money back.
n Haggle. Which? research found
that customers saved an average of
£35 on breakdown cover, £40 on
home insurance and £50 on car
insurance by asking for a deal.
n Make sure you still buy good
quality cover. It’s pointless paying a
cheaper price if it means you’re not
covered if the worst happens.
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Music | Film | TV | Comedy
r u rban g
Suits aside,
Meghan never
quite made it as a
star but you can
still play spot-theMarkle in a number
of movies if you’re
prepared to look
hard. Larushka
Ivan-Zadeh bids
farewell to a
career that
almost was…
Deadpool is
back and as
filthy as ever
Film reviews: Page 27 »
A Lot Like Love 2005
Meghan scores her debut speaking part as ‘Hot Girl/
Passenger On Plane’. She effortlessly masters the art
of shaking hands and smiling with two people in quick
succession while sitting down. The Oscars beckon.
Continued on: Page 26 »
Remember Me 2010
But do you remember Meghan in this RPatz romance? Probably
not, given she plays a barmaid (called ‘Megan’) who says just three
words: ‘Do not speak.’ She doesn’t for the rest of the film.
Get Him To The Greek 2010
After exhaustive freeze-framing we reckon you can
definitely spot MM’s tanned pins in the background of this
comedy in the scene where Russell Brand gives Jonah Hill
a ‘Jeffrey’ (a joint spiked with angel dust).
Our spies on the streets get the inside story of how the town is gearing up for Saturday’s royal celebration
A mug’s game
Neigh bother
Royalty for dummies
Knight of his life
Work to rule
In local gift shops, Harry
and Meghan mugs have
been selling like hot
cakes for £12.99. The Queen,
however, has been demoted
to just £9.99 a mug
All-day champagne parties
are planned – but if anyone
gets too ‘emotional’, Trojan
the police horse, whose
handlers say is ‘tolerant’ of
drunks, will be on hand
Unsure of what to wear on
the day? Local department
store Daniel has dressed
‘his’ and ‘her’ dummies
suitably. Nothing too
racy – this is Windsor!
Inside Windsor Castle,
staff are pointing out the
route Harry used to take
on his bike when he was
little – notably crashing
into a suit of armour
Local businesses have
been warned staff have to
carry ID on the day. Some
Windsor Castle staff have
avoided trouble by quietly
booking the weekend off
26 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
With the royal wedding taking place on the same
day as the FA Cup final this Saturday, is there
anything that could convince football fans
the other is worth a watch? Let me count
the ways.
Firstly, the dress code always produces
entertaining faux pas (remember Victoria
Beckham’s strange forehead hat,
pictured, at William and Kate’s in 2011?).
You, of course, can watch it in your
trackies. Then there’s the fact most of
us are unlikely to be invited to a
wedding at Windsor Castle. This is
one such occasion. Hurrah.
There’s also jeopardy. Royal
marriages to ‘civilians’ – the likes of Kate
Middleton and Meghan Markle – involve
real people who haven’t been
schooled in the ways of the Windsors.
Maybe they’ll wear trainers or mime a
hymn or get caught on camera supping
from a hip flask. Fun!
And just think of this. We’re not going
to have another ‘box office’ royal
nuptials until Prince George gets
hitched, and he’s four. Yes, Eugenie is
getting spliced in October, but no
one’s really going to care unless her
sister promises to wear another pretzel/
loo seat-style hat. NICOLE MOWBRAY
Horrible Bosses 2011
Yay – more than one line! Gets a 30-second scene as
a courier, wherein Jason Sudeikis tells her: ‘You’re way
too cute to be just a FedEx girl.’ Damn right, Jason!
Dysfunctional Friends 2012
Played a photographer called Terry, who firmly tells a
buff chap posing in just his pants that ‘this is not porn,
this is for a Sunday paper’. You tell him, Meghan.
Random Encounters 2013
Zooms up the billing to play BFF to the heroine in this online
dating romcom. Meghan’s character’s top tip for pulling a guy?
‘Look like you’re really bored and have a serious attitude problem.’
Anti-Social 2015
Meghan gets gritty in this low-budget British urban
gangster thriller playing the worried American girlfriend
of a graffiti artist in a cast that includes Skepta. Edgy.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 27
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
Foul: Ryan Reynolds is back as
the potty-mouthed superhero
.Pussy riot: Laetitia Dosch’s.
.Paula and a stolen cat.
Meet France’s new first lady
JEUNE FEMME (15) ####$
DEADPOOL 2 15 ###$$
HE original Deadpool
offered up fresh, filthy
fun. True, the penilecentric gags wore as thin
as one-ply toilet paper,
but arguably they had a function.
Where other Marvel movies are
merely tongue-in-cheek, Deadpool
poked a naughty finger up the bum
of the superhero genre. It was
daring. It was sweary. It was
puerile. And, a mere sequel on, it’s
clear that isn’t enough to sustain a
franchise – though it will make you
gasp and giggle.
To recap, our antihero is
wisecracking Wade Wilson (Ryan
Reynolds), a special forces veteran
who gains superhero powers when
he is cured of cancer by a mad
scientist, a treatment that leaves
him disfigured, hairless and
mottled ‘like an avocado’ (to pick
the only printable insult).
In this sequel, Deadpool is
hoping to make babies with his
sexy fiancée (Morena Baccarin),
join the X-Men and save an obese
14-year-old mutant with anger
issues (Julian Dennison from The
Hunt Of The Wilderpeople), who
asks him: ‘When was the last time
you saw a plus-sized superhero?
Never. They discriminate.’
Despite remarks like that, some
enjoyably left-field casting (hello
Rob from Catastrophe!) and the
first openly gay character in a
Marvel movie (albeit one who is
The X-rated X-Man is back
for more snook-cocking
superhero rudery
disappointingly sidelined),
Deadpool 2 never feels as radical
as it could be. Or as different –
witness Josh Brolin as the movie’s
baddie, Cable. It’s more like a
string of exhaustingly meta winks
to the audience (eg Deadpool
yelling ‘Big CGI fight coming
up!’) and hilarious sex-related
insults linked together by references
to just about every movie from
Annie to Yentl.
That said, it still hits all the
superhero notes of car chases,
punch-ups, token strong female
characters and emotional moments.
Ultimately, it lives or dies by how
tiresome you find its hero, who is,
as Cable puts it, ‘a jabbering butt
plug’. But even if you would
cheerfully rip off his arm and hit
him with it, you’ll likely find
enough one-liners to tickle your
Cold front:
You’d think it would be ashore thing
‘SEXUAL intercourse,’ said poet
Philip Larkin, ‘began in 1963’,
which is a year too late for the
repressed protagonists of this madefor-awards-season-but-missed
adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella.
It’s 1962 when newlyweds
Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and
Eddie (Billy Howle) are about to
finally ‘do it’. However, as they
fumble around awkwardly in their
hotel room, the narrative keeps
flashing back so insistently yet
slowly (there are even flashbacks
within flashbacks) to their ill-suited
courtship, you want to yell, ‘Oh
just s**g her already!’
You can’t blame the cast. AnneMarie Duff does her best as Eddie’s
often naked, brain-damaged artist
mother, while Ronan is, as ever, a
marvel of still waters running deep
and Howle a potentially virile
counterpoint. But you never really
connect with these lovers any more
than they connect with each other.
Florence’s supposed frigidity is
connected with a childhood event
so blink-and-you’ll-miss-it it’s
insulting, while the ending, with the
kind of ageing make-up more suited
to a French and Saunders spoof, is
like La La Land in Latex. LI-Z
WAS there ever a more French-sounding
title than Jeune Femme? It conjures some
art-house odyssey of a wafty nymphette
shot by a drooling male director. Yet
Jeune Femme blessedly isn’t that movie.
Writer/director Léonor Serraille’s
Cannes award-winning debut is a punchy
portrait of Paula (Laetitia Dosch), a
31-year-old Parisian whose life is a
splendiferous mess. A fag-puffing, self-
obssessed mix of Fleabag, Greta Gerwig
and Lena Dunham, Paula is forced to find
herself a new identity other than muse
when she’s dumped by her older
photographer boyfriend.
She starts by stealing his cat, crashing a
costume party dressed as Amy Winehouse
and freewheeling into a knicker bar. In
real life Paula would be a nightmare but on
film you can’t get enough of her thanks to
a snappy 98-minute running time and
Dosch’s magnetic performance. LI-Z
28 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
The American Dream:.
British comedian John.
Oliver hosts satirical US.
late-night show Last.
Week Tonight.(far left).
S PROUD career moments
go, this one is definitely
up there. It’s not the
fact I’m sitting in a room
with comedian John
Oliver, rapidly becoming one of
Birmingham’s most famous exports,
it’s the fact I’ve just made him laugh.
More than once.
We’re bonding over being British
and living in the United States, a more
difficult decision to defend than in
previous years.
‘It’s hard to fall in love with a
country that is behaving like this,’
Oliver says with a somewhat surprising
level of sincerity as we settle in at
HBO’s HQ in Midtown Manhattan.
‘But to the extent that I had control
over it, I chose to fall in love with this
place. I chose to move here and I am
refusing to leave.’
After 11 years in the US, the
comedian has built some pretty firm
ties to the country, including an
American wife and son. Nonetheless,
41-year-old Oliver also makes his
living by exposing everything that is
wrong with today’s America, from
gerrymandering and NRA (National
Rifle Association) TV to bitcoin and
the Iranian nuclear deal, on his
satirical HBO show, Last Week
Tonight, screened in the UK on
Sky Atlantic.
But the impact of the show goes
beyond mere entertainment. For
instance, a segment about net
neutrality prompted such a surge in
traffic to the website of America’s
Federal Communications Commission,
which regulates internet practices,
that it crashed.
‘We have come to realise that we
can function as an amplifier in a
useful way to some of those issues,’
While Meghan Markle is the American making waves
over here, comedian John Oliver is the Brit doing
the same over there. Jane Mulkerrins meets him
says Oliver, who in person is more
buoyant and relaxed than his
excoriating on-screen persona, though
he’s still in his trademark grey suit and
skinny tie. ‘We were by no means the
first people to talk about net neutrality
but we were able to say it in a way
that spread the message wider than
the tech-based communities it had
been stuck in.’
That wasn’t the only example of the
rabble being roused: a piece about the
underfunding of public defenders
resulted in thousands of dollars being
donated by the show’s fans, and a
segment about Edward Snowden,
which included an interview with the
National Security Agency
whistleblower, was equally galvanising.
‘He was incredibly smart,’ says
Oliver, who is himself no slouch – he
studied English at Cambridge, where
he was a member of Footlights
alongside David Mitchell and Richard
Ayoade. ‘But our aim was to find a
way to get the incredibly complex
things out of his head and explain
them to people in a way they could
emotionally understand.’
After Cambridge, Oliver appeared at
the Edinburgh Festival then toured the
UK stand-up circuit, leading to guest
spots on Mock The Week. But only in
the US has he truly hit his stride. Prior
to Last Week Tonight, he spent seven
deadpanning years as ‘Senior British
Correspondent’ on The Daily Show,
Jon Stewart’s seminal news satire.
Does being a Brit in the US help?
‘Definitely,’ he nods. ‘As a
comedian, it helps to be an outsider.
An outsider’s eye, socially or
physically, is always useful.’
He is still not yet a US citizen
and, though he would like to be,
experiences with immigration have
scarred him.
‘At one point, they were only giving
me 12-month visas so I was having to
leave every year,’ he recalls. ‘It was
towards the end of the Bush
administration and I could feel the
aggression in the air – it was very
clear it wasn’t a done deal.
‘When I finally got my green card,
I nearly cried. Which, of course, for a
British person is actually crying a lot.
I realised then that I had been worried
about it every day, that it was the
background noise to everything that
happened in my life. And the more
I loved it here, the more destabilising
that felt, because I would just think,
what if I don’t get to stay?’
I mention Chris Rock’s assertion
in a recent documentary that latenight hosts are the new prophets, the
only people telling the truth in an
era of manipulation, misinformation
and fake news. Oliver is typically
‘What he says sounds impactful but
there are a lot of people in journalism
writing a lot of truth right now,’ he
demurs. ‘But I think what we can do
is call bulls***, call actual bulls***,
without having to talk around it. You
don’t have the handcuffs of any
journalistic, moral responsibility. You
can just hold something up and say:
that’s f***ing bulls***.’
Last Week Tonight With John
Oliver continues on Mondays,
10.40pm, Sky Atlantic
1. The 28-year-old Irish
actress/singer plays the
rebellious Moll, who falls
for a dangerous outsider,
in Beast. ‘Every time
you watch it, you get
different feelings about
what this story is. It’s a
fairy tale, a dangerous
love story which is the
catalyst to unleash…
2. She jammed
with Beast
co-star and
Johnny Flynn.
‘He brought
his guitar in
and we had a little sing in
the trailer. We were like:
“We should gig! We should
bring Beast on tour!”
We’d get a really weird
3. She got her start on
Oliver! talent show I’d
Do Anything. ‘It was
an intense experience.
There’s no filter.
You’re like a child
learning to walk
and it’s very
raw. Sometimes
you have highs,
sometimes you
come crashing
4. Her upcoming slate –
including Judy and The Voyage
Of Doctor Dolittle – is packed.
‘If I can have half as much of a
journey again as what I’ve had
so far – which has been a bit
mental – then the madness [it
induces] is fine!’
5. She managed not to geek
out with Doctor Dolittle
co-star Robert Downey Jr. ‘You
geek out privately watching
Iron Man and then you’re on
set with him and you go: “Holy
Jesus!” But you have to put it
aside and go: “Now then, let’s
talk about the scene.”’
Beast is in cinemas now
Danger signs:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 29
EEN suicide. It’s not
exactly a subject that gets
those appointment-to-view
juices flowing, is it? At
least not until season one of
13 Reasons Why slipped on
to the Netflix menu last year and the
adaptation of Jay Asher’s YA novel
about the ill-fated Hannah – and the
toxic circle of friends she blames for her
tragic self-inflicted demise – became a
cult hit.
No other series gets to the twisted
heart of 21st-century social media life
like this one. Turn over to discover why
its stars and writer want you to tune in
for a second term.
Continued on: Page 30 »
30 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
1. It’s not just for
‘It’s a show about teenagers in
a high-school setting, so my
first thought was “will it be for
everyone or will it just be for
kids?” ’ says Alisha Boe, who plays
rape victim Jess. ‘But the first
person to recognise me from the
show and open up to me about it
was a woman in her forties. Parents
are watching and kids are opening
up to them because of it. I’m
proud to be part of that
It may not sound like a barrel of laughs
but there’s more to 13 Reasons Why
than meets the eye, says Keith Watson
went into that scene,’ says
Katherine Langford, who plays the
troubled Hannah, seen mostly in
flashback. ‘It wasn’t shot
beautifully, it felt real. The reaction
to it made me realise the potential
power of TV.’
2. It’s a talking point
3. You’ll be glad
you’re not at
school any more
‘We knew we’d get criticism
over the suicide scene
but we made the
decision that we
weren’t going to walk
away from the hard
parts,’ says Brian
Yorkey, who
adapted the series.
‘A lot of context
‘The pressure of social
media is everywhere,’
says Yorkey. ‘At
school you just
can’t escape stories
and pictures,
they follow you
Everything is
I have my issues with the TV
Baftas – let’s just say some of
the nominations were baffling –
but at least there was a notable
winner in the single drama
category, one of the strongest
fields of the year. Abigail
Lawrie (soon to return
in the new series of
Tin Star) and Nico
Mirallegro (both
above) are excellent
in the disturbing
story of Sophie
and Robert
young goths
for simply
out from
the crowd.
Available now.
4. The cast is cute. And
there’s something for
There’s a closet gay Asian lesbian
with two gay dads, a handful of
knuckle-headed jocks who do
sports stuff, cheerleaders, poets,
intellectuals, a Latino hottie who’s
good with engines. You name it,
you’ve got your crush sorted.
5. It will help you
understand millennials
‘I can mirror my life through social
media,’ says Boe. ‘We’re all living
with this pressure to Instagram our
lives. I went to a school with 4,000
kids and I didn’t have a lot of
confidence and I know what that
can do to you. I had a tough time
when I was there.’
A third outing for the
People versus Synths
drama (left) that
offers a uniquely
bleak and British
version of
dystopia. As
we rejoin the
story, distrust
humans and
their AI-driven
counterparts is
at an all-time
high following
a mass malfunction – and you
won’t have to look too hard to
spot the allegorical allusions to
prejudice of all shades that
drives the motor of this groundbreaking drama. Episode one
available tomorrow.
This sounds like the premise
for a crazy crime thriller –
a man walks into a bank wired
to a bomb with instructions in
his hand – but this is a
documentary series (top)
charting a true-life crime that
unfolded in Philadelphia in
2003. Which somehow makes it
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 31
in partnership with
10. It’s deep
Some sample lines: ‘What’s the
truth?’ ‘I think we each have our own
truth.’ ‘Are you real?’ ‘Can you see
me?’ ‘Are you corporeal?’ ‘I don’t
think you’re f***ed up, I just think
you’re working through things.’
And that’s just two minutes from
one episode.
11. You’ll really want frat
boy Bryce Walker to get
his comeuppance
Every show needs an out-and-out bad
guy and rich boy Bryce, played with
cock-of-the-walk confidence by Justin
Prentice, is a doozy. But will the
privileged baseball brat, guilty of
rape, be made to pay for his crimes?
12. It’s not just a cash-in
second series
School of life: Dylan
Minnette and Katherine
Langford star as Clay
and Hannah in season
two of 13 Reasons Why
6. There is life after
7. You’ll want to dig out an
old cassette tape player
8. Did we mention the
cast is cute?
‘Season two is all about healing.
I think healing is about speaking your
truth,’ says Yorkey, who really isn’t as
sappy as that makes him sound.
‘Where season one was all about
everyone’s secrets, in season two we
see who they really are.’
Cassette tapes are a key player in the
story as Hannah names her hit list
(ex-boyf Alex, left, is reason three for
her suicide). These tapes unravel in
season two’s court scenes as the
school is put on trial for failing to
prevent her death.
He’s more pale and interesting than
gym bod but Dylan Minnette takes his
top off in season two. A lot. At the
season two launch, his Rome hotel
was surrounded by Italian teens (of
all sexes) trying desperately to look
soulful in his direction. ‘We hoped
all the more gripping as we
learn about the disturbing
characters caught up in the
bizarre chain of events.
Available now.
Benedict Cumberbatch (below)
has got such star-power clout
these days he could probably
say he wants to star as the
sheepskin coat in The John
Motson Story and it would get
made into a five-part series.
Instead, he’s working his way
through his favourite novels,
following up last year’s Ian
McEwan adaptation A Child In
Time with this inspired Sky
Atlantic canter through the
drug-crazed adventures
of Edward St Aubyn’s
novels. It’s dark but very
funny. Episode one
available now.
Taking their cue from
classic cop duos,
Ashley Walters and
Noel Clarke bring
sparky life to
this fresh spin
on detective
action. We’ve
got so used to grim
refreshing change. Episode one
available now.
and gritty reality in cop action
of late that the tone of this Sky
1 series (above), which mixes
larky banter with outbreaks of
violence, will have you adjusting
your mindsets. But it makes a
Lee Ingleby (below)
is one of those
excellent but
understated actors
who can fly under
the awards radar because he’s a
perfect fit for whatever role he’s
in. In this four-parter he plays
David Collins, who may or may
not be guilty of murdering his
wife. The climax is tomorrow and
we’d save it for a binge-watch –
the tension builds brilliantly. All
episodes from Thursday.
the series would have an impact,’ he
says, blushing boyishly, ‘but we didn’t
expect this.’
9. The music is great
‘There’s Arcade Fire, Joy Division,
The Smiths. It’s a real key part,’ says
Yorkey. ‘The music reflects the
‘I think there’s a lot more to learn
about the characters,’ says Minnette.
‘I know I was really excited to find
out what happens to Clay, to see if he
could move on.’
13. There is light at the
end of the tunnel
‘This series is all about recovering
and coming to terms with what’s
happened,’ says Boe. ‘The whole
thing has been a learning experience
for me. It’s my first job and what a
great one – through this show you
really feel you are helping people,
that they are able to talk about their
experiences. That’s a privilege.’
13 Reasons Why: Season 2
is on Netflix on May 18
32 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
by Patrick Arundell
1. Presumably he’s bent on
breaking the law (4-8)
7. Send a telegram for a
conductor (5)
8. Language used in telling-off? (5)
9. She’s among the candidates (3)
10. Dive for a weapon to use in the
dark? (9)
11. A result of some consequence (6)
12. Raise a hand to a superior? (6)
15. There’s a lot to be said for
having it (9)
17. Tune you can’t live without (3)
18. Board and fare (3,2)
19. Quick with the beer about four (5)
21. Hardly descriptive of the time a
final demand arrives! (3-6,3)
1. A sort of split charge? (6,6)
2. Some amicable form of
transport (3)
3. It’s not warmly remembered! (3,3)
4. Unable to relax in a tile sale,
perhaps? (3,2,4)
5. Abolish article missing from the
yearbook (5)
6. Drink with railway-man who’s not
single! (6,6)
7. Rubbish preventing the aircraft
being detected (5)
10. Lot can run off during the
night (9)
13. Custom of employing American
time (5)
14. Child reading part of Captain
Fantastic (6)
16. Improper sort of route (5)
20. Anger of one taking spiritual
instruction (3)
Yesterday’s solutions
Across: 4 Torrent; 8 Amount; 9 Effects; 10 Inroad;
11 Nieces; 12 Full load; 18 Tidiness; 20 Callow; 21
Eclair; 22 Inhabit; 23 Impend; 24 Wreathe.
Down: 1 Satisfy; 2 Mob rule; 3 Entail; 5 Offended;
6 Reeled; 7 Nether; 13 Outweigh; 14 Delayed; 15
Astride; 16 Banner; 17 Alpaca; 19 Income.
Freight (5)
Winner (6)
Non-transparent (6)
Fragment (5)
Object of worship (4)
Dull (6)
Ridicules (7)
Hot beverage (3)
Thick (5)
Of the eye (5)
Not fresh (5)
Fact (5)
Rubbish receptacle (3)
Civilian fighting force (7)
Language (6)
Hair-styling device (4)
Direction (5)
Flag (6)
Deserved (6)
Very small, informally (5)
Across: 5 Oath; 7 Brainpower; 8 Brag; 10 Anon; 12 Rob; 13 Planet;
16 Lasso; 18 Tax; 20 Tsar; 21 Mile; 22 Zip; 24 Novel; 25 Deduct; 26
Ego; 27 Rats; 29 Fool; 33 Exhibition; 34 Pest.
Down: 1 Try; 2 Kiln; 3 Spin; 4 Ewe; 5 Orb; 6 Tract; 9 Broth; 10
Ablaze; 11 Bat; 13 Point; 14 Name; 15 Exiles; 17 Arid; 19 Below; 23
Pug; 25 Drone; 27 Ruby; 28 Tote; 30 Let; 31 The; 32 Toy.
To bypass (5)
Thespian (5)
Type of lettuce (3)
Curved (6)
Spur (4)
Persecute (7)
Short and broad (5)
African country (5)
Total loss of hope (7)
Furious, informally (5)
Regain possession of (7)
Antitoxin (5)
Moral principle (5)
Furniture item (7)
Glove (6)
Gibes (5)
Child’s nursemaid (5)
Urban areas (5)
One’s home (5)
Nucleus (4)
Dried grass (3)
Difficulty rating: Easy
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The Last Man On The Moon
BBC4, 9pm
Everyone knows Neil Armstrong was
the first man to walk on the moon
but – and here’s a factoid to store up
for Pointless – who was the last?
Step forward Eugene Cernan, the
Apollo astronaut who brought the
curtain down on the golden age of
space exploration in 1972. This is a
fascinating insight into the personal
sacrifices astronauts made to be
part of space history. KEITH WATSON
34 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
s n
SIMON YATES added three bonus
seconds to his Giro d’Italia lead on
stage ten but it was a tough day for his
Mitchelton-Scott outfit as team-mate
Esteban Chaves, who began in second
place, dropped out of contention.
What was expected to be a quiet
stage – over the longest distance of the
entire race at 244km – turned into a
frantic day of racing after Chaves was
dropped on the opening climb.
With star sprinter Elia Viviani, in the
points leaders’ jersey, back with Chaves,
the race split into two as general
classification and sprint teams in the
peloton worked to distance them.
With 90km left, focus turned to the
front where Yates nipped ahead of
Thibaut Pinot to take the bonus
seconds at the intermediate sprint.
A series of attacks began late in the
day and, as the tension increased, Tom
Dumoulin was caught in a small crash
before chasing back on.
As the attacks petered out, Slovenian
Matej Mohoric stayed clear alongside
Nico Denz and had enough to hold off
the German at the line, winning 34
seconds ahead of the main bunch, led
by Irish sprinter Sam Bennett.
in, w
urs his st e win
T WAS my 21st birthday on
Saturday and what better way
to celebrate than by going to
Paris hot on the heels of my
Commonwealth Games highjump silver medal in Australia?
It’s been a fantastic month or so for
me, as I extended my trip Down Under
by staying on with my England teammates Niamh Emerson and Katie
Stainton for a holiday.
We had a nice, chilled time at the
beach relaxing after a busy start to the
year which has seen me compete at the
world indoor championships as well as
the Commonwealths.
After finishing fourth in Birmingham, I was able to head to Gold Coast
and pick up a silver behind Levern
Spencer of St Lucia, who cleared
1.95metres to win – two centimetres
higher than I could manage that day.
It was easy enough to regroup after
the disappointment of missing out on a
medal back home in the UK and get
myself together for a shot at the podium in Australia.
The Games had been something I
had missed out on in 2014 – when I
opted for the world junior championships instead. It was the right decision
not to go then but I loved every moment of it in Gold Coast.
The Commonwealths were always
the bigger championships for me but
fourth in Birmingham showed me I’m
in better shape than I thought I’d been
showing during the indoor season.
I felt I could go for a medal in Aus-
‘I know I need to step up
and I believe I am
starting to do that’
tralia, and even win gold. It was a
straight final, with no qualification –
unusual for a major championships.
The final took place in the middle of
the day, in the peak sunshine, and the
crowd were crazy. They were supportive of everyone and the whole stadium
was clapping when I went to jump.
I saw us win two relay gold medals
on the track while I was competing –
including Lorraine Ugen, the long
jumper, brilliantly helping the women’s 4x100metres team to victory.
I’m really happy with how things
went at the Games, especially given
how unusual it is to open up in April
and how well I coped with that.
Next year will also be a slightly unusual schedule given the world championships in Doha begin in late September, when us athletes are usually
finishing our season.
I feel my performance has put me in
good stead for the main event of the
outdoor season, the European championships in Berlin in August, and I feel
I have a lot more to come.
Before that, I’ll open my Diamond
League campaign in Rome at the end
of this month. I’ll probably also do the
Anniversary Games in London in July.
Being a full-time athlete these days, I
know I need to step up and I believe I
am starting to do just that.
Next month is exam time, so I will
be juggling training and revising. It’s
going to be busy but between me and
my coach Fuzz Caan we will have a
plan of how to tackle the rest of 2018.
Raising the bar: Lake jumping to Commonwealth Games silver
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 35
DANNY CIPRIANI has confirmed
his decision to turn down lucrative
offers from overseas to join Gloucester was based on an England lifeline
from Eddie Jones, and has promised
his best is yet to come.
The fly-half will leave Wasps when
his contract expires this summer and
Kingsholm was confirmed as his next
destination on Monday.
Big-money offers from abroad were
among his options but his desire to
remain eligible for England was a
huge factor in a decision made easy
when Jones brought him back into
the national team after a three-year
absence last week.
Mercurial talent Cipriani, 30, who
has scored 64 points in 14 Tests, will
be on the summer tour of South Africa after the Premiership play-offs,
with a semi-final at Saracens coming
up on Saturday.
He said: ‘I was waiting on a
possible England call-up.
It definitely wasn’t expected but it happened
and obviously made the
decision for me to stay in
England. That’s not to
Moving on: Cipriani
is preparing for the
play-off but will
soon leave Wasps
‘hold key
to beating
the Boks’
England must ‘break the
mould’ technically and
mentally if they are to make
an impact on next month’s
tour to South Africa.
England have claimed only
three wins in 13 Tests there
dating back to 1972 and Eddie
Jones’ men travel on the back
of three successive defeats
following their fifth-placed
finish in the Six Nations.
‘We need to break the
mould – we need to prepare
differently and better,’ said
forwards coach Borthwick.
‘In a lot of ways we got some
pretty good feedback from the
Six Nations about what we
need to change and what we
need to work on.
‘That has given us a help,
given us great direction about
what we need to do to face the
challenge of this summer.
‘We have got to change what
we have done previously and
we have got to do things
differently to what England
teams have done before.
‘We have never won a Test
series in South Africa. If we do
things the same as before we
will probably end up with the
same results.’
say I was definitely going to go abroad
if it didn’t happen, but it was something I was looking at.
‘It was a difficult position, having to
keep putting clubs off, and it kept
happening. So it was very timely and
I’m very grateful for the call-up.
‘When you’re young you don’t
quite savour those moments as much
but at this point in your career, just
coming into my prime, you really do
appreciate moments, be it training
days or match days. You’re much
more in the here and now, and that’s
something I’m really enjoying.
‘There’s definitely more to come
from me. There’s always time to keep
learning, get better and improve.’
RUSSIA have now qualified for
next year’s World Cup after Spain,
Belgium and original qualifiers
Romania were all penalised for
fielding ineligible players. They
had points docked by an
will hand England an injury
boost by returning for
Saracens in their Premiership
semi-final against Wasps.
The injury-plagued forward
missed the victory against
Gloucester last month after
his latest setback.
Atletico’s three Diegos can hit the right
note to land Europa League silverware
THEY may sound like an operatic trio but
Gunners eliminated. Marseille will also learn
Atletico Madrid’s three Diegos can
Atleti have a menacing attack, with Diego
make it a miserable night for
Costa set to run them ragged as
Marseille in tonight’s Europa
manager Diego Simeone leads the club
League final in Lyon.
to a third Europa League success at
The Spaniards, with the
3/5 with Betway.
Rotherham to
outstanding Diego Godin in
Costa is 9/5 with Betfair to score at
beat Scunthorpe in any time, with strike-partner Antoine
the centre of their backline,
have kept clean sheets in five
Griezmann 11/8 with Unibet.
One play-off
of their last eight games,
A 2-0 victory for Atleti is 13/2 with
including the semi-final, second
Betfred in what could be a long, painful
leg against Arsenal, which saw the
evening for the French side.
Mastermind: Simeone
(pictured) to beat
Kaia Kanepi in the
Rome Masters
today (William Hill)
was top class when
winning Group One
sprints over six
furlongs at Haydock
and Newmarket
last year and Clive
Cox’s star can prove
too good for Tasleet
in the Logistic
Stakes at 4/5 with
William Hill. A tasty
card at York also
includes Lubinka,
appealing each way
at 7/1 with Coral in
the Musidora.
36 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
in association with
For first Test v
Paksitan at Lord’s
Joe Root (captain),
Alastair Cook, Mark
Stoneman, Dawid
Malan, Jonny
Bairstow (wkt), Ben
Stokes, Jos Buttler,
Dom Bess, Mark
Wood, Stuart Broad,
James Anderson,
Chris Woakes
Cox said: ‘He has done very well over
the winter. He is a once-in-a-lifetime
horse. He makes the heart race on every
occasion you see him on the racetrack.
‘Last year he was the highest-rated sixfurlong horse in the world. That’s an
amazing accolade and I’m very proud to
be in charge of him.’
Last year’s winner Tasleet is back to
defend his crown while Brando lines up
again after finishing last 12 months ago,
despite being highly fancied. John
Gosden’s Highgarden is likely to go off
favourite for the Musidora Stakes at
4.05, a trial for the Oaks at Epsom.
Highgarden is currently a 20/1 chance
for the fillies’ Classic next month. Chief
opposition today is set to come from
Ralph Beckett’s Ceilidhs Dream and
Give And Take, who finished in front of
Highgarden at Sandown last month.
‘She’s a very genuine filly who tries
like hell. Whether that is good enough
we’ll see,’ said Give And Take’s trainer
William Haggas.
Limato with Coral for Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury after
support for Henry Candy’s runner in the Group One showpiece
n NATIVE RIVER has been named
the highest-rated jumps horse of
the 2017-18 season. The Colin
Tizzard-trained charge achieved a
rating of 176 for his thrilling
victory over Might Bite (172) in the
Cheltenham Gold Cup, which puts
him ahead of triple Gold Cup hero
Best Mate (175), but behind recent
winners Don Cossack (177) and
Bobs Worth (180).
n AIDAN O’BRIEN and John Gosden
are doubly represented in the
Dante Stakes at York tomorrow.
England’s new
flat-pack bully?
TRAINER Clive Cox is excited to see
his ‘once-in-a-lifetime horse’ Harry
Angel make his return to action in the
Duke of York Stakes.
The colt claimed successive Group
One triumphs in the July Cup at
Newmarket and the Sprint Cup at
Haydock last term and rounded off his
campaign by finishing fourth on
Champions Day at Ascot.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old
(pictured) must concede weight all round
on his return at York today but will still
be a hot favourite to see off six rivals.
2.20 YORK
O’Brien sends James Cook and
Zabriskie across the Irish Sea in his
bid to win this recognised Derby
trial for a fifth time, while Gosden
has Epsom trial winner Crossed
Baton and likely favourite Roaring
Lion, who was fifth in the 2,000
Guineas at Newmarket earlier
this month.
n JOCKEY Danny Tudhope kept up
his impressive start to the season
with a double at Beverley
yesterday. Tudhope has 13
winners to his name since May 5,
at strike rate of 33 per cent. He
has five rides at York today.
Rating for Altior, the top chaser in the two-mile division. His three
wins last season include the Queen Mother Champion Chase
Sofa, so good:
Bess could make
his England debut
against Pakistan
Early inroads
fail to prevent
Ireland defeat
IRELAND came up
short in their bid to
pull off a miracle in
Malahide as they were
beaten by five wickets
in their inaugural Test
with Pakistan.
Hopes of an unlikely
home victory were
raised on the final day when the tourists,
chasing 160, crashed to 14 for three, yet halfcenturions Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam
helped Pakistan home ahead of their meeting
with England at Lord’s next week.
The result had appeared to be a foregone
conclusion when Pakistan made Ireland
follow on due to their 180-run lead, but a
century from Kevin O’Brien (pictured)
guided the hosts to 339 second time around.
That knock ended on 118 to his first ball
yesterday, with Ireland adding just 18 more.
Bess gets call-up
shopping in Ikea
DOM BESS has revealed he received his first
England call-up while shopping in Ikea.
The uncapped Somerset spinner is the only
specialist slow-bowler in the 12-man squad
for next week’s match against Pakistan.
He is the beneficiary of county team-mate
Jack Leach’s untimely broken thumb – suffered on Monday – and must have a good
chance of getting his chance at Lord’s.
Of the moment he got the call from England’s new selector Ed Smith, 20-year-old
Bess said: ‘I was actually in Ikea shopping
with my girlfriend.
‘I’ve just got a new house so we were looking for some sofas and I was having an argument with my missus! A number popped up
so my girlfriend said, “take it, because you
never know what could happen”.
‘Ed phoned me and it was an amazing moment in Ikea! For me it’s just an amazing
achievement. I couldn’t quite believe it.’
Of the bad luck befalling Leach, who
made his Test debut at the end of England’s
winter tour, he said: ‘I was really gutted
for Leachy. He’s worked so hard.’
Bess has only one wicket to his name
this season but has a good record from
his 16 first-class matches, with 63
wickets at 22.49, and has impressed
for the Lions. He also has a century to
his name with the bat, averaging
Smith said: ‘With Jack Leach missing out through injury, the selection
panel wanted to invest opportunity in a
young spin bowler.
‘Dom’s strong form, character and allround abilities presented a compelling case
for selection.’
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 37
TOTTENHAM’S new ground at
White Hart Lane looks a striking
piece of modern architecture,
although there is still a race to
be ready for next season.
Glass exterior panels have
been placed on the outside of
the hugely impressive 62,000seat stadium, with metal
cladding around other parts of
the exterior and tiling being
placed on the roof.
But cranes around the site
show there is still work to be
done and Spurs may apply to
the Premier League to play their
first three or four games away,
or even return to Wembley.
TOTTENHAM’S club-record signing Davinson Sanchez
has signed a new deal until 2024. The centre-back, 21,
moved from Ajax last summer for a reported £42million.
Sanchez (left), who has been named in Colombia’s World
Cup squad, made 41 appearances in all competitions this
season as Spurs finished third in the Premier League.
Sam facing a
sticky end as
Toffees plan
Silva service
SAM ALLARDYCE’S five-and-a-halfmonth reign at Everton is set to end, with
the axe expected to drop swiftly.
It was reported the 63-year-old would
be informed at a meeting with majority
shareholder Farhad Moshiri his services
are no longer required.
Former Hull and Watford manager
Marco Silva – Everton’s first choice before appointing Allardyce in November
– is favourite to land the job.
The writing has been on the wall for
several months despite Allardyce’s public protestations to the contrary.
The former England manager has
failed to win over a large section of the Everton fanbase
despite lifting the club from
13th in the Premier League
when he took over at the end
of November to an eighthplace finish.
Allardyce seemed to
accept his fate after the
Toffees’ final match of
the season on Sunday,
a 3-1 defeat away to
West Ham, one of his
former clubs.
He said: ‘Contract for
next year. Confident? I can’t
quite say confident after all
the rumours I’m reading.
Generally there’s no smoke
without fire. We’ll wait and
see when we meet up.’
A dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman
CHRIS HUGHTON has agreed a
new deal at Brighton until June
2021 after keeping the club in the
Premier League. The Seagulls were
tipped for an immediate return to
the Championship at the start of
the campaign but finished a
creditable 15th in their first season
back in the top flight for 34 years.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom
said: ‘Chris’ record as our manager
is absolutely superb, he brings out
the very best in all around him.’
had Everton fans fearing being sucked
into a relegation battle but stability and a
push towards the Europa League spots
failed to placate supporters after Allardyce was given an 18-month deal.
Silva (left) could complete the move to
Goodison Park six months after the club
failed to prise him away from
Vicarage Road.
Watford refused to let Silva
go, only to then sack him in
January, citing the disruption caused by Everton’s
‘unwarranted approach’ for
a major dip in form.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach
Paulo Fonseca has also been
linked with Everton – as well
as West Ham, who could yet
replace David Moyes – while
Louis van Gaal, Andre Villas-Boas, Sean Dyche
and Eddie Howe are other
names reportedly in the
frame at Goodison Park.
38 METRO Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Jokanovic has a
special word for
Fulham’s young
hero Sessegnon
Sessegnon as a ‘special’ player after
the teenager guided Fulham to
Wembley for the first time since 1975.
Sessegnon, just 17, fired his 16th goal
of an incredible campaign that has seen
him deployed at left-back or leftmidfield, but quite often simply as a
goalscorer for the Cottagers.
The youngster’s second-half goal
levelled the Championship play-off
semi-final against Derby at 1-1 on
aggregate, with Denis Odoi heading the
winner that took Fulham through to
the final on May 26.
And Cottagers boss Jokanovic
reserved praise for his teenage
sensation, who turns 18 on Friday.
‘He’s 17 and he’s special,’ said the
Serb. ‘He’s shown great self-belief and
confidence, he wants to be top level and
I’m sure he will be at that level soon.’
Jack the lad:
Grealish (right),
is carried off by
Villa fans at the
final whistle
A MINUTE’S applause was
held at Villa Park last night
while fans left tributes for
Jlloyd Samuel (above), who
was killed in a car crash in
Cheshire yesterday.
The former Villa and
Bolton defender, 37, died
after a collision involving
his 4x4 and a van.
ASTON Villa held their nerve to
ease past Middlesbrough last
night and will face Fulham in the
Championship final at Wembley
at the end of the month.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg
at the Riverside on Saturday,
Villa were the better side in a
goalless second leg.
Their best chance of the
opening period fell to centrehalf James Chester but he
dragged his finish wide, while
George Friend prevented Boro
Aston Villa
(Aston Villa win 1-0 on aggregate)
falling further behind with a
superb challenge just as Conor
Hourihane was about to pull the
trigger from five yards.
Boro goalkeeper Darren
Randolph twice denied Lewis
Grabban and palmed away Jack
Grealish’s curling effort.
Boro did not have a shot on
target but Villa goalkeeper Sam
Johnstone was lucky not to see
red when he handled an Adama
Traore shot on the edge of his
area and Stewart Downing hit
the bar from the free-kick.
Villa skipper John Terry said: ‘
“The boys were different class.
The gameplan was superb so
the manager (Steve Bruce)
deserves a lot of credit for that.’
Vieira unhappy at
Arsenal’s ‘token
gesture’ approach
PATRICK VIEIRA has reportedly
been approached by Arsenal over
the vacant manager’s job, but is said
to have been left disappointed by
this ‘token gesture’.
Sky Sports claimed last night the
former Gunners midfielder had
been called by the club about succeeding Arsene Wenger.
However, Sky said Vieira, currently head coach at New York City
in the Major Soccer League, was
left unimpressed by the approach.
Two former club captains in Vieira and Mikel Arteta are among the
favourites for the role.
Massimiliano Allegri, of Juventus, and former Chelsea boss Carlo
Ancelotti also both continue to be
linked with the vacancy.
Arteta has, though, emerged as
the front-runner and is reportedly
the preferred choice of Arsenal chief
executive Ivan Gazidis. The 36year-old, however, has no direct
I hope Moyes is
going to stay as
boss, says Gold
DAVID GOLD last night
claimed he ‘would like to
think’ David Moyes will still
be manager of West Ham
next season.
The Scot, out of contract,
kept the Hammers up and
appears unlikely to stay after
talks with the club.
But co-owner Gold told Sky
Sports: ‘David Moyes is on
the list of managers (under
consideration) and we’ll be
selecting one in due course.
I’d like to think it was David
Moyes, I really hope so.’
managerial experience, having
served under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City since retiring at the end
of the 2015-16 campaign.
And Vieira is ‘ready to manage
Arsenal,’ according to former teammate Robert Pires, who believes all
of the names linked could take on
the role. The Frenchman said:
‘There’s maybe a small advantage
for Allegri and Ancelotti as they
have a lot of experience.
‘Vieira is doing very well with
New York City. He has a very good
profile to replace Arsene Wenger,
because he knows football, he
knows the Premier League and of
course, he knows Arsenal.’
The club has cleared the decks for
the new regime, with backroom
staff including coach Boro Primorac
and Colin Lewin, head of the club’s
medical department, leaving.
It also remains unclear what
Wenger’s next move will be.
Speaking to the Arsenal website,
he said: ‘At the moment if I want to
continue to work, I think I have to
move out of the country, because
my gut feeling at this moment is
that I would feel I would betray my
club by staying in England.’
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 METRO 39
It was right to leave Joe
behind, says Ferdinand
RIO FERDINAND believes it is the
right decision for Gareth Southgate to
overlook vastly experienced former
team-mate Joe Hart for England’s
World Cup squad.
Months of speculation, scrutiny and
intrigue come to a head this afternoon,
when the 23 men charged with taking
on the world’s best this summer are
revealed by the England boss.
Their delight will contrast markedly
with the disappointment of those not
going to Russia, with Hart said to have
missed the cut. Instead, England’s
goalkeeping trio will be Nick Pope,
Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
The trio boast just nine caps between
them, yet Ferdinand believes Southgate would be right to omit Hart from
his World Cup squad.
‘In my eyes it’s the right decision,’
former England defender Ferdinand
said at the BBC’s launch of their World
Cup coverage.
‘What is Joe Hart going to learn
from going to this World Cup? He has
SWANSEA defender Alfie
Mawson’s slim chances of
making England’s World Cup
squad are over. The centreback has had surgery to
resolve a knee issue he
has had since
‘What is Joe Hart going
to learn from going to
this World Cup?’
been to a World Cup before, he has
played tournament football before.
‘What is Gareth Southgate going to
learn about him? Whereas a young
kid... I went to the World Cup in ’98,
didn’t play one minute of football, but
it was a great learning curve for me.
‘When I went to the next World Cup
and played in 2002, I didn’t have anything I needed to learn, I wasn’t apprehensive about things. I’d already seen
what the best methods were.
‘Taking a young kid to go there and
experience that I think is a much better
way to go.’
Most players will meet up on Monday as World Cup preparations begin.
England have friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa
Rica in Leeds on June 7.
Lamps set
to shine for
the Beeb in
Red Square
FORMER England players Frank
Lampard and Rio Ferdinand will
join the BBC’s World Cup 2018
coverage from Russia next month.
Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier
Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta will
add an international perspective
from the Match of the Day studio
in Moscow’s Red Square, where
Gary Lineker leads the coverage.
The BBC will televise 33 live
games, including England’s two
opening Group G matches against
Tunisia and Panama on June 18
and 24 respectively.
However Lineker claims England
have no chance of winning the
tournament and urged Southgate
to name youngsters like Ruben
Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-
On the box: Lampard (left) and Sparks
Hart of the matter: Nick Pope is in the England squad ahead of Joe Hart after a fine season in goal for Burnley
Arnold and Ryan Sessegnon in his
23-man squad today.
‘Just write it off, we haven’t
realistically got a chance,’ he said.
‘You never know what might
happen in tournament football, but
we haven’t currently enough
world-class players.
‘If I was Gareth Southgate I
would sell this on youngsters,’ said
Lineker. ‘I think people will buy
that because in four years’ time we
are going to be a serious force in
world football.’
Vicki Sparks will become the
first woman to commentate on a
World Cup game for British
television during the tournament,
which gets under way when the
hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia
on June 14.
ITV’s team includes Gary Neville
alongside Roy Keane, Ian Wright,
Glenn Hoddle and Lee Dixon.
Champions Chelsea
double up in Bristol
night clinched the
WSL1 league title
following a 2-0
win at Bristol City.
Goals from Drew
Spence and Jonna
Andersson saw
the Blues lift the
trophy (pictured),
ten days after they
beat Arsenal to
win the FA Cup.
Injury list grows for T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
Hull ahead of derby ‘I love
HULL have a growing injury list
ahead of Sunday’s Magic
Weekend derby with Hull KR.
Josh Bowden is expected to
miss the rest of the season after
sustaining knee-ligament
damage in the Challenge Cup
win at Featherstone last week.
Winger Fetuli Talanoa and
centre Carlos Tuimavave, who
also limped out of the 38-20
win, will be out for the next ten
weeks with ankle injuries.
Andy Murray
marked his 31st
yesterday with
this Instagram
post. The Scot’s
comeback from
hip surgery has
stalled and it is
still unclear when he will return or
if he will be fit for Wimbledon
have appointed
Martin Allen as
their new boss.
Allen, 52,
replaces Jack
Lester, who left
the club last
month after
relegation to the
National League.
Last week Allen
quit Barnet, after
they too were
relegated from
the EFL.
BT offers fans free view of final
BT SPORT will make the Champions League final
between Liverpool and Real Madrid available to
watch for free online.
Non-subscribers will be able to view the match
in Kiev on May 26 via YouTube, the BT Sport app
and the broadcaster’s website.
Shrews the first to make stand
SHREWSBURY have begun work to install safestanding rail seats. The League One club will
become the first in England and Wales to provide
safe standing, with 555 rail seats being installed
in the stadium’s South Stand.
Everton target
Silva as Sam
heads for exit
Vieira will not be
next Arsenal boss
after ‘token’ call
Football: Page 37 »
Football: Page 38 »
Hart and Wilshere
(far right) look
certain to miss
out when
Southgate names
his squad today
JOE HART and Jack Wilshere look like
being the highest-profile casualties when
Gareth Southgate names his World Cup
squad today.
Goalkeeper Hart, England’s most
experienced player, is thought to have
missed the cut for the final 23-man squad
heading to Russia next month.
England boss Southgate is reported to
have called the 75-cap goalkeeper on
Monday to tell him he would not be in
the squad, with uncapped Burnley shotstopper Nick Pope getting the nod alongside Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
Hart, 31, has struggled for form and
game-time on loan at West Ham, and exEngland captain Rio Ferdinand yesterday said it was the right decision to leave
him out as it would give a younger keeper
the chance to experience a World Cup.
But it is a big call from Southgate to leave
out the man who has been England’s
first-choice keeper at the last three major
tournaments and during qualifying.
Wilshere has not played for his country
since the Euro 2016 exit to Iceland but
was in line to start against Holland in
March before injury ruled him out.
The Arsenal midfielder, who started
only 12 league games for the Gunners in
the season just finished, is believed to
have been told the news in a call from
Southgate yesterday morning.
When asked about Hart and Wilshere
last night, Southgate refused to be drawn
on whether they have made a squad
which will also reportedly be missing
experienced defender Gary Cahill.
Dropping Joe ‘the right
decision’: Page 39 »
No go for Joe after Southgate
axes keeper from final squad
And woe for Wilshere as he
misses out on World Cup spot
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The time’s Jos right for an England shake-up
Back in the fold: Buttler
JOS BUTTLER has been handed
a surprise recall to the England
team after new national selector
Ed Smith announced his own
arrival by revealing a new-look
batting order.
Buttler, who played the most
recent of his 18 Tests in December
2016, is included in Smith’s 12man squad to face Pakistan in the
first of a two-Test series at Lord’s
next week at the expense of James
Vince, whose double-century for
Hampshire this week had seemed
sure to keep him in the frame.
But Smith has instead been
persuaded by Buttler’s run of form
in the Indian Premier League.
The 27-year-old has not played
first-class cricket this season but
has amassed 548 runs in 13 innings
for Rajasthan Royals. Smith
revealed captain Joe Root would
move back up to No.3, with Buttler
at seven, two below promoted
wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
‘The way we wanted to structure
the side was to get the key runscorers in those positions – Joe at
three, Jonny at five,’ said Smith.
‘Then the opportunity was there,
to do something different and
exciting. It was a very strong
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feeling that we wanted to invest
opportunity in Jos. We felt that a
player of his unique gifts – as a
destructive batsman, fantastic
competitive presence, dynamic
athlete, someone who has leadership skills innate in him, who is
playing with such confidence and
flair – this was the right time.’
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