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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
Scotland rejects
Brexit bill
Political
crisis looms
P9
Scotlandarejects
Taking
Brexit bill
stand
in
Cannes
against
sexism
Babies put
at risk after
watchdog lied
to families
Pxx
P23
P8
Millennial
railcards
hit buffers
WEDNESDAY
16 MAY 2018
Number 2,332
Key Tory pledge to win over younger voters has
been derailed b Cabinet row i learns
The mother
whose child
was killed
by an Israeli
bullet
»
SPEC IAL RE PORT
BY DONALD MAC I NTYRE
P11
P7
i@inews.co.uk
@theipaper
theipaper theipaper
Bonfire
of the
Vanities
author
Tom
Wolfe
dies
Midweek
Money: your
retirement
pot plan
A chapel fit for
a royal wedding
Inside St George’s
P26
P19
PLUS KOREA TALKS CANCELLED
P43
P25
I MATTHEW NORMAN
P22
I TV GUIDE
P28
I PUZZLES
P44
The
News
Matrix
MIDDLE EAST
Which singer
claims to have
reached
creative
Utopia?
See p.17
The day at
a glance
WEDNESDAY
16
MAY
Quote of the day
If the wind will not serve,
take to the oars
LATIN PROVERB
Birthdays
Robert Fripp, guitarist, 72;
Janet Jackson, singer, 52;
Pierce Brosnan (below),
actor, 65; Mary Anne
Hobbs, broadcaster, 54;
Janette Tough, comedian,
71; Judy Finnigan,
presenter, 70; Glenn
Gregory, musician, 60
Anniversaries
Saturday 16 May 1964
Mary Wells has a
US No 1 hit with
“My Guy”. Wells,
an aspiring young
songwriter, had been
signed by the Detroitbased label’s founder,
Berry Gordy, in the
early 1960s.
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A senior Tory has called on the
Government to deliver a “less limp
response” to the violence in Gaza.
On Monday, Israeli forces killed 60
Palestinians and injured more than
2,700 during protests along the
border. Sir Nicholas Soames called it
an “excessive use of force”. PAGE 7
TRANSPORT
IRAN
Rail strikers resort
to illegal action
Johnson believes in Nurses vote to
value of nuclear deal legalise cannabis
HEALTH
Same-sex marriages
overseas ‘not valid’
French rail chiefs reported 50
examples of illegal action on
train lines on the 18th day of an
ongoing rail strike over concerns
about privatisation. Officials say
that overhead cables were cut in
Normandy and protesters and
rail workers occupied the track
in Marseille.
Britain continues to believe the Iran
nuclear deal “has value” despite
the US walking away from it, Boris
Johnson said as he arrived in
Brussels for talks with his French
and German counterparts. The
talks yesterday will be followed by
a meeting with the Iranian foreign
minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
has voted to decriminalise cannabis
for medical use. It will lobby
government after a vote at its
Belfast conference yesterday. RCN
chief executive Janet Davies said it
was “frustrating” they were not
allowed to give patients a drug which
could help them.
Italians who marry their same-sex
partner abroad will not have their
marriage recognised in Italy, the
country’s top court said. Instead,
they will have to register for a civil
union. The decision came after
an Italian-Brazilian couple, who
married in Brazil, argued this was
“downgrading” their relationship.
ITALY
FOOTBALL
SOCIAL MEDIA
NATURE
SAFETY
Players criticised for Facebook ‘removed Whale sharks head
Erdogan photos
837m pieces of spam’ to Madagascar
Young ‘would ignore
level crossing lights’
Football’s governing body in
Germany has strongly criticised
Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan
for posing for photos with Turkish
president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Arsenal and Manchester City
players gave signed shirts to Mr
Erdogan, who has been accused of
human rights abuses.
One in five (22 per cent) of young
people would ignore warning lights
at a level crossing if they were in
a rush, a survey suggests. Just 36
per cent of those aged 18 to 24 think
going on to tracks is “extremely
dangerous”, Network Rail research
found. In the past five years 32 people
have been killed on level crossings.
Facebook has said it took down 837m
pieces of spam content between
January and March. The social network site said “nearly 100 per cent” of
this content was found and removed
before it was reported, and around
583m fake accounts were also pulled,
most of which were disabled within
minutes of being activated.
HISTORY
The List
Finding things to
lose sleep over
A national anxiety audit has
revealed Britons spend on average
two and a half hours a day
amounting to six and a half years
of an adult life worrying.
Mobile phone batteries are a main
preoccupation for millennials
while weather and losing their
wallet worry the over 55s.
The survey, commissioned for the
television channel Dave found the
biggest worriers are 36-year-olds.
1. Not getting enough sleep – 39%
2. Personal appearance – 28%
3. Being in when a parcel
is due to arrive – 26%
4. Leaving the windows/door
unlocked – 23%
5. Phone battery dying – 22%
6. Losing keys – 21%
7. What to wear – 20%
8. No Wi-Fi – 19%
9. Losing wallet – 19%
10. The weather – 19%
Dambusters
Madagascar is a hotspot for
endangered whale sharks a study
published in the journal Endangered
Species Research has revealed.
Juvenile whale sharks swim to feed
off Madagascar where 85 individual
sharks were identified in a single
season using photographs of their
distinctive spot patterns.
Britain's last surviving Dambuster has spoken of the "exhilarating feeling" of
taking part in Operation Chastise on the 75th anniversary of the raid.
Squadron Leader George "Johnny" Johnson, 96, was a member of 617
Squadron, which carried out the daring night raids on German dams in 1943 in
an effort to disable Hitler's industrial heartland during the Second World War
Backspun drum-bombs
skipped torpedo nets
protecting the dam
Lancaster bomber
approaches at just 60
feet; two spotlights
used to gauge altitude
Crew: 7
Length: 169ft
Wingspan: 102ft
Range: Up to 2,530 miles
160ft
Anti-torpedo nets
1.5m
Weight: 4.6 tons
After impact the bombs spun down to base and exploded
Motor spins bomb 500rpm
Operation Chastise
RAF
Scampton
UK
Attack route on the primary targets
Second wave
Sorpe
First and
third wave
Mohne
NETHERLANDS
Diemel
Eder
BELGIUM
Ennepe
100 miles
Newspapers support recycling
The recycled paper content of UK
newspapers in 2017 was 64.6%
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bomb
Carrying
arms open to
drop bomb
Dam
breaks
index
Crossword.............21
TV & Radio...........28
Travel.........................33
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................44
Weather...................47
Senior Tory calls for
better Gaza response
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JAPAN
TINI OWENS,
WANNABE DIVORCEE
No excuses as train
leaves 25sec early
How did Mrs Owens end up in the
Supreme Court?
Tini Owens has been trying to divorce
her husband Hugh since 2015 when they
separated after 40 years of marriage.
Her case is unusual in that the 67-yearold was refused a divorce after her
husband contested it.
Judge Robin Tolson QC concluded
in 2016 that her husband’s behaviour
towards her had not been unreasonable
and his attitude was merely “old school”.
The divorce was then refused at the
Court of Appeal, but this week Tini will
take her case to the Supreme Court.
What are her grounds for divorce after
almost 40 years of marriage?
Mrs Owens claims her 78-year-old
husband prioritised work over home life.
She said she feels “locked in” a marriage
where she is “unloved, isolated and alone”.
And she has accused her millionaire
mushroom farmer husband of “continued
beratement” over an affair she had in 2012.
What does Mr Owens have to say about the
divorce proceedings.
Hugh Owens has contested the divorce
claiming he has forgiven Mrs Owens for
her “misguided” fling in 2012.
And he has argued he would like to
remain married as he believes they “still
have a few years of old age together”.
Since their marriage in 1978, they have
built up a mushroom farm business with a
reported £5 million turnover a year.
Why is this divorce a big deal in the
legal world?
Mrs Owens’ legal team will argue in the
Supreme Court that the emphasis in
previous hearings on trying to find that
Mr Owens’ behaviour was “in some way
‘unreasonable’” was wrong.
Philip Marshall QC said: “It will be
argued that the (law) does not require
unreasonable behaviour, but simply
behaviour such that (she) cannot reasonably be expected to live with (him).”
The case has raised questions about
whether there should be a fundamental
change to divorce law in England
and Wales and the creation of a “no
fault” divorce.
Sally Guyoncourt
A Japanese rail company has
apologised for “any inconvenience”
caused to customers after a train
left Notogawa station 25 seconds
early. West Japan Railways admitted
the incident was “truly inexcusable”,
but pointed out that the train
arrived at its next stop precisely at
“the prescribed time”.
SCIENCE
Rotten teeth of the
past go on show
A new exhibition features rotten
teeth and a selection of “crude” tools
once used for their extraction. The
Wellcome Collection in King’s Cross,
London, is tracing the evolution of
“our relationship with our teeth”. It
is showing a 19th-century skull, with
rotten teeth encased in plaque, and
Napoleon’s toothbrush.
SCIENCE
Dorset just like Mars
billions of years ago
Streams in Dorset are being
analysed by scientists who are
looking for life on Mars. Researcher
Jonathan Tan, from Imperial
College London, who is studying
highly acidic sulphur streams on
the Red Planet, said: “St Oswald’s
Bay is a present-day microcosm of
middle-aged Mars.
SPORT
Former Arsenal boss
‘has political future’
Former Arsenal boss Arsène
Wenger could move into politics
given his experience of “orderly
exits from Europe”, according to
the Sports minister. Tracey Crouch,
a Tottenham Hotspur supporter,
joked about the Gunners’ European
competition woes as she paid tribute
to his contribution to football.
i WEDNESDAY
16 MAY 2018
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Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Now we know what
turns off i readers
Yesterday’s Letter from the Editor
about sleepless nights, which
promised even duller prose than
usual to help insomniacs, appears
to have done the trick and prompted
outbreaks of narcolepsy in i-reading
hotspots around Britain.
Chris Gale, a head gardener (rather
than the West Indian cricketer), is
among the i readers to have nodded
off – hopefully not at the wheel of
his ride-on mower, or there’ll be hell
to pay for that trail of destruction
through the rose garden.
Stuart Gregson of Alton,
Hampshire, has advice for any
fellow i readers with insomnia. For
reluctant risers who stumble into
consciousness at 5am, like him, he
recommends turning on Radio 4. “If
the Shipping Forecast or Prayer for the
Day don’t send me back off to sleep,”
Stuart writes, “then Farming Today
usually does the trick. I can often get
another hour or more of sleep after
that.” I suppose success is contingent
on how interesting or not you find the
Rural Payments Agency.
Christine Swann of Leigh-on-Sea
stages an intervention: “Please accept
this extremely dull letter for the
benefit of the sleep-deprived among
your staff and readers alike. Hopefully
it will save your editor from having to
compose one and allow everyone to
get a good night’s rest. Sleep tight.”
Welwyn’s Tim Hogan proposes a
compendium of “the duller letters”
from readers, “names and addresses
withheld, of course”. No can do. Five
years in the editor’s chair has taught me
that very little of your correspondence
is anything other than scintillating.
And I’m sticking to that line.
Needless to add, the high levels of
excitement bordering on euphoria
experienced while reading a copy of i
mean that most medical professionals
now advise against consuming our
newspaper for at least 30 minutes
before bedtime.
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NEWS
PENSIONS
Nest egg of ‘£260,000 needed’ when you retire
By Vicky Shaw
Retirement savers need to build up
a “pension mountain” of more than
a quarter of a million pounds to live
comfortably in their older age, a report has suggested.
Analysis from Royal London has
found an average earner now needs
a retirement pot of around £260,000
to avoid a fall in living standards.
And non-home owners who are
privately renting into their retirement could need a total pot as high
as £445,000 to avoid a slump in living standards when they stop work,
the research indicates.
The report said that “as a broad
rule of thumb”, people whose combined pension income equates to
around two-thirds of their gross
wages before they retire, should not
see a major change in their standard
of living when they stop earning.
The calculations for the average
amounts needed for retirement
make several assumptions about
someone’s life – including that they
will stop work at 65, and that they
will also have a full state pension to
top up their savings and that they
will have paid off their mortgage.
The research also assumes they
ment as well as that people are now
living for longer. However, annuity
rates have improved over the last
year, it said, and the £260,000 pension mountain is smaller than a peak
figure of nearly £290,000 that would
have been needed in 2017.
Are you a pensioner with an income
that is around £20,000 a year? If so, we
would love to hear about how you are
able to manage your finances. Please
contact us by email to elizabeth.anderson@inews.co.uk
will use their pension savings to buy
an annuity retirement income.
The typical £260,000 pot has increased by £110,000 compared with
2002, when the average pension
mountain needed was £150,000,
Royal London found.
Falls in the annuity rates being
offered generally are behind the
fluctuations, Royal London said,
reflecting the low interest environ- Personal finance, page 43
POLITICS
Windrush fiasco:
63 may have been
deported from UK
By Nigel Morris
POLITICAL EDITOR
Sixty-three members of the Windrush generation could have been
wrongly deported or removed from
Britain, Home Secretary Sajid Javid
has admitted.
They have been identified after
officials trawled through
8,000 records amid fears
that people living lawfully
in the UK for decades
could have been forced to
leave the country.
Mr Javid (inset) revealed the figure in his
first appearance before
the Commons Home Affairs Committee since replacing Amber Rudd, who resigned last
month over the Windrush scandal.
She had previously said she was unaware of any Windrush person being
wrongly deported.
Although Mr Javid stressed the
figure was provisional, his admission
gave an indication of the scale of the
exercise facing the Home Office. He
said: “I’ve asked officials to be absoSadiq Khan, Mayor of
London, said he was
shocked by the potential number
of erroneous deportations and
called for urgent answers.
lutely certain and thorough and check
over every record and make sure.”
Mr Javid told MPs that the department were examining the removal of
32 “foreign national offenders” and 31
other people forcibly removed from
the country.
He said a Home Office helpline had
received more than 11,500 calls, of
which 4,482 were identified
as possible Windrush cases
and referred to a departmental taskforce.
Nearly 1,500 appointments had been booked,
resulting in 526 people receiving documents which
confirmed their right to live
in Britain, he said. He did not
know how many people had been
detained because of false suspicions
over their immigration status.
The Labour MP David Lammy
said: “This is the worst human rights
and home affairs crisis in my time
in politics.” He pinned the blame on
Theresa May’s vow as Home Secretary to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants.
The Windrush generation arrived
mainly from the Caribbean – many as
children – between the late 1940s and
1973. After new rules were brought
in some were threatened with deportation, denied hospital care and
lost their jobs because they lacked
paperwork to prove their right to live
in Britain.
HEALTH
‘Postcode lottery’ for diabetes test
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Thousands of people with diabetes
are being denied life-changing technology that could help them to manage their condition safely, according
to Diabetes UK.
The charity said a postcode lottery
has emerged, which has left the Flash
Glucose Monitoring system available
only to those in Northern Ireland,
Wales and some areas of England and
Scotland who meet the criteria.
Local decision-makers have decided against prescribing Flash in 52
areas in England. In Yorkshire, Flash
is available in Sheffield but not in the
nearby city of Wakefield.
The variation in care is similar
across the UK, with Preston and
Blackburn in Lancashire having a
blanket ban while Wigan and Manchester provide access to those who
meet local criteria.
Experts say Flash helps people test
more frequently and improves their
control of the condition.
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Fine view for
a sunny day
People walk up the Seven Sisters
chalk cliffs on the south coast
yesterday as temperatures
reached the mid-twenties across
the country.There was expected to
be a dip in the temperature today,
but things were set to warm up
this weekend ahead of a predicted
glorious late May Bank Holiday at
the end of the month. GETTY IMAGES
Weather, page 47
SCIENCE
TERRORISM
Women keep out of arm’s
way when looking at men
More than 800 still affected
by the Manchester bombing
By Paul Gallagher
It might be thought that knuckledragging arms would put women off
a man, but not a bit of it.
The stereotypical caveman attribute turns out to be of little relevance in how attractive a woman
finds a man.
While scientists have just established that men with longer than average legs have a tendency to make
women go weak at the knees, they
were surprised to find arm length
barely got a look-in.
Even when men have extremely
long arms that might provoke allusions to knuckle-dragging, it makes
no difference to how attractive he is
perceived to be by women.
A team of psychologists and
evolutionary anthropologists from
the University of Cambridge had
women rate the attractiveness of
CGI male figures that were designed
using state-of-the-art software and
based on a large database of males
from the US military, meaning their
proportions were lifelike.
Height was kept the same while
changes were made to leg and arm
length, as well as the ratio between
the lower and upper arm, before
given a rating by the women, aged
between 19 and 76.
The scientists said they were sur-
Careful with figures
The authors said caution should
be used in interpreting the results
because they did not compare limb
proportions to other areas, such as
overall body and face shape, which
are likely to be considerably more
important.
“We have focused on the
preferences of heterosexual
women for male figures;
clearly, it will be important to generalise our
approach to test the
preferences of male
judges, and to examine
preferences for female
figures,” the team said.
prised to find that extreme
arm length does not hinder a
man’s attractiveness. Longer
legs are preferable, although
resembling a giraffe offers
no advantage, bad news perhaps for people such as footballer Peter Crouch (inset)
and comedian Stephen Merchant – both over 2m (6ft
7in). The scientists came
up with some theories as
to why those with slightly
longer than average legs
ooze appeal: they offer
a balance between greater size and
“averageness”, which is associated
with good health.
Lead researcher Dr William Skylark said: “LBRs [leg body ratios]
that are slightly above the mean are
associated with high socioeconomic
status, good nutrition and developmental stability.
“High LBRs are also
linked with larger overall stature (because leg
length is the main
contributor towards
height increases beyond the average),
which suggests
that LBR can
serve as a proxy for
overall size.”
In contrast, legs that
deviated significantly
from average in either
direction – short or long –
were associated with poor
health. Short legs were
linked to diabetes, heart
disease, high blood pressure and dementia, while
very long legs “often indicated deleterious genetic conditions”.
The results are published in the Royal
Society Open Science
journal.
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
More than 800 people have
been left with physical
and deep psychological
injuries following the
Manchester terror
attack almost a year
ago, police have
confirmed.
Officers released
the figure with days to
go before the city honours
the 22 people who died when
22-year-old suicide bomber
Salman Abedi killed 22 people
at an Ariana Grande concert on
22 May last year.
Detectives investigating the
bombing have been granted a
warrant for the arrest of the
bomber’s brother Hashem.
A request has been
made to the Libyan
authorities for him
to be extradited
to the UK so he
can appear at
Westminster
magistrates’ court.
Russ Jackson, Assistant
Chief Constable of Greater
Manchester Police, said a
team of around 100 officers are
continuing to work full-time
on the investigation into the
terror attack.
CRIME
Burglar had taste for the high life
By Tristan Kirk
A prolific burglar who abseiled
through a theatre skylight to steal 32
bottles of Champagne has been jailed
for 20 months.
Terence Carroll, 50, used a rope
to enter the Gillian Lynne Theatre,
Drury Lane,London, next to the block
of flats where he lived.
He was caught on CCTV carrying
the Champagne away in bins on 11
January. Six days later he broke into
a dental surgery near his home and
stole a £600 TV and a £7,000 camera,
Blackfriars Crown Court heard.
The day after that Carroll, who has
54 previous convictions, was jailed for
five months for a separate break-in.
He was released last month, but
on 12 April, broke into Bunga Bunga,
Drury Lane, and stole vodka. He admitted three charges of burglary.
EVENING STANDARD
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PEOPLE
MONARCHY
Meghan’s father ‘wants to be part of history’
By Tony Jones
Meghan Markle’s father has
reportedly said that he now
wants to walk his daughter
down the aisle at St George’s
Chapel in Windsor on Saturday
but has been admitted to hospital
with serious chest pains.
Thomas Markle’s apparent
change of mind comes after
Ms Markle contacted him amid
speculation over his attendance,
a US website claimed last night.
The actress’s father
reportedly said: “I hate the idea
of missing one of the greatest
moments in history and walking
my daughter down the aisle.
This is a historic moment. I’d
like to be a part of history.”
The former television lighting
director is in hospital for
tests after he complained of
serious chest pain following
an apparent heart attack
last week.
But he appears determined
to make his daughter’s big day
and told TMZ that if doctors
discharge him from hospital he
will travel to England.
Mr Markle allegedly staged
paparazzi photographs of
himself in the run-up to the royal
nuptials at Windsor.
Arch-royalists Terry Hutt and John Loughrey are interviewed yesterday as
they begin camping out in Windsor, four days before the royal wedding GETTY
Royal wedding
background
noise to be erased
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Like any couple, Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle want the perfect
record of their wedding. So a leading
music producer will digitally erase
the sound of planes flying over Windsor Castle before the official album of
the event is rush-released.
The entire ceremony will be made
available by Decca Records on Spotify and other streaming platforms,
within hours of the couple saying “I
do” on Saturday.
Anna Barry, a Grammy-nominated
record producer who has worked
with Andrew Lloyd Webber and José
Carreras, will oversee the recording.
She has been tasked with removing
extraneous ambient noise from a
“live album” boasting the highestquality audio fidelity.
Ms Barry told i: “We are under the
Heathrow flight path so we’re hoping
for a fair wind to take much of that
noise away. We want to release a polished audio jewel. So we have a very
small window of time to tidy up the
sound with the engineers before we
upload the file.”
Although no drones or aircraft
will be permitted to fly below 2,500ft
on the day of the wedding, commercial flights will continue as scheduled. The Queen has previously
complained of aircraft noise at her
Windsor retreat. Ms Barry, who will
be listening intently through headphones in an audio truck in the Castle
grounds, said St George’s Chapel had
a “wonderful, reverberant acoustic.”
But she believes the wedding vows
themselves will be “the big moment”
so any dropped hymn books, intrusive bird chirrups or coughing fits in
the chapel will be digitally removed.
“The Palace wants a perfect record
of this event so it needs to be beautiful. If the vows are muffled it will
disappoint lots of people around
the world.”
Decca hopes performances by the
teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
and Welsh soprano Elin Manahan
Thomas will make the charts.
Ms Barry, who recorded
the 2011 wedding of the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
for a Decca album, said: “The
album should be available at 6pm
that day. We have alternative
escape routes planned.”
CELEBRATIONS
Appetite for street parties fades
By Adam Lusher
Far fewer street parties are due to be
held to celebrate Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle’s wedding than
were staged for the marriage of Prince William and
Kate Middleton.
Figures from across
Britain show dramatic reductions in the number of
street parties compared
with the 5,500 held for the
2011 royal wedding.
Hertfordshire, declared the
“street party capital” of the UK for
mustering the highest county total
of 298 celebrations in 2011, is down 83
per cent to 51 street parties in 2018.
It is thought there are 17 planned
across Wales – less than a 10th
of the 2011 total of more than
200 celebrations.
L o c a l go v e r n m e n t
officials have offered
varying reasons for the
decline, including the
fact that Harry is unlikely
to be crowned king. And
there is competition – the FA
Cup Final is also being held on
Saturday afternoon.
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NEWS
HEALTH
Watchdog failings put lives
at risk in maternity scandal
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
(NMC) not only failed the families
who lost babies during the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal but
also continued to put further lives
at risk due to its “frequent incompetence”, a report reveals today.
Complaints from bereaved families
were either ignored by the watchdog
or not taken seriously, the “lessons
learnt” review into the NMC’s handling of the scandal concluded.
Errors that contributed to the
deaths of 16 babies and three mothers between 2004 and 2016 included
the NMC failing to take action – after
concerns were raised – to satisfy itself
that the midwives at Furness GenHarry Cayton, the head
of the Professional
Standards Authority, said: “What
happened at Furness General
Hospital remains shocking, and
the tragic deaths should never
have happened.”
eral Hospital, part of the Morcambe
Bay trust, were fit to practise. “The
NMC’s handling of the cases before
2014 generally was frequently incompetent,” the review found. “Even after
that cases took longer to be investigated than was necessary, causing
distress to families and registrants.
The full range of the conduct
allegedly involved – clinical
concerns, collusion and individual dishonesty – was
not fully explored.
“All of the bereaved families were unhappy with
aspects of the way in which
they were treated or their
cases handled by the NMC,”
the report said.
An investigation, published in
2015, found major failures at almost
every level. There were mistakes
by midwives and doctors, a failure
to investigate and learn from those
mistakes, and repeated failures to
be honest with patients and families
– including the possible destruction
of medical notes. The Kirkup report
concluded that different clinical care
would have been expected to prevent the deaths of one mother and
11 babies. Last year, Jeremy Hunt,
the Health Secretary, ordered the
Professional Standards Authority
to investigate the NMC’s handling of
the scandal. It did not make any findings about midwives, individuals or
organisations, other than the NMC.
Jackie Smith (inset), the NMC chief
executive and registrar, who
has announced her resignation, apologised for the
failings. “The NMC’s approach to the Morecambe
Bay cases – in particular
the way we communicated with the families – was
unacceptable and I am truly
sorry for this,” she said.
“We take the findings of this review extremely seriously and we’re
committed to improving the way we
communicate with families, witnesses and all those involved in the fitness
to practise process.”
A group of bereaved parents said
in a statement: “Even when police
directly raised significant issues, the
NMC effectively ignored the information for almost two years… Avoidable
tragedies continued to happen that
could well have been prevented.”
Case Study
‘No honesty over death of baby boy’
JOSHUA TITCOMBE, died at nine
days at Furness General Hospital
(FGH) in November 2008.
His father, James, was unhappy
with his son’s treatment and
began a lengthy campaign to find
the truth about why Joshua died
and for lessons to be learnt.
In June 2011, an inquest heard
midwives repeatedly missed
chances to spot and treat a serious
infection which led to the death
of Joshua. His observation chart
went missing and has never been
found, while South Cumbria
Coroner Ian Smith accused
midwives of “colluding” over
mistakes made in Joshua’s care.
Three years later, the then
NHS Ombudsman Julie Mellor
issued a follow-up report in
Joshua’s case and upheld three
out of four complaints made by his
father and grandfather against
the University Hospitals of
Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation
Trust. She said the Trust’s lack of
honesty in handling complaints
caused the family “unnecessary
pain and further distress”.
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‘Millennial railcard’ plan hits the buffers
By Katy Balls and Nigel Morris
The roll-out of the “millennial
railcard” has been kicked into the
long grass following wrangling
within government over who will
pick up the bill for subsidised travel.
Plans to offer railcards to
travellers aged 26 to 30, giving
them a third off most ticket prices
in England, Wales and Scotland,
were announced in the Budget by
Chancellor Philip Hammond.
The scheme received a mixed
response from its target audience
when it emerged only 10,000 railcards
were being produced on a pilot basis –
despite four million people falling into
the eligible age bracket.
The promised wider launch has
been delayed because ministers
have become embroiled in a row
over how the scheme will be funded,
i has learnt. A Treasury source said
bluntly last night: “No one wants to
pay for it.”
It is understood that the Treasury
does not want to be landed with
the bill while detail of the scheme’s
funding is worked out. “It would set a
bad precedent,” said an insider.
A discount travel card for rail
users aged 16 to 25 has existed since
1974. Mr Hammond told Parliament
in his Budget speech in November:
“I can announce a new railcard for
those aged 26 to 30, giving 4.5 million
more young people a third off their
rail fares.”
Labour has in turn promised free
bus travel to under-25s in some
areas of England. Younger voters
have been receptive to some of the
policies proposed by Labour under
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
The shadow Transport Secretary,
Andy McDonald, said yesterday:
“It was always a promise that did
Tickets, please Rail companies to update system
The UK’s controversial rail fares
system is set for a major overhaul,
with the rail industry preparing to
cull the number of season
tickets and passes offered
to commuters.
Rail companies are
launching a public
consultation to find
ways of simplifying
the “outdated” system
in the face of widespread
criticism from the public
about the expense and complexity of
buying train tickets.
The revamp follows a survey by
KPMG, which revealed that only
one in three passengers was “very
confident” they purchased the
best value ticket for their
last journey. Only 29 per
cent were “very satisfied”
with the ticket-buying
experience.
KPMG outlined a
number of principles for
ticketing, including making
it transparent, predictable and
easier to use, as well as introducing
personalised, flexible fares.
not bear scrutiny. It was not a real
policy, it was an announcement.
Ministers need to explain exactly
how it is going to be delivered and
where the money is going to come
from.”Last night, the Treasury
insisted that it remained committed
to the railcard and would continue
to “work with industry to extend the
benefits of discounted rail travel to
ensure those aged 16 to 30 can access
appropriate concessions”.
The new railcard was launched
in March but actually rolled out
initially to those living in areas
served by Greater Anglia trains.
Other regions of the rail network
were expected to be offered the card
at some point this year.
The cost to Greater Anglia for
piloting the scheme was put at £20m,
in part subsidised by the Treasury.
Huge demand saw the
26-30railcard.co.uk website crash
and made buying the discount card
almost impossible. Many frustrated
customers attempted to get through
on the phone but faced delays of
more than an hour before getting
through, only to be told that no
railcards were available
Katy Balls, Page 15.
ART
Modigliani’s ‘best’
nude sells for $157m
By Ellie Cullen
A painting of a nude once considered obscene
has sold for more than $157m (£116m) at an
auction in New York. Nu Couche (Sur Le Cote
Gauche) by the Italian modern artist Amedeo
Modigliani was said by Sotheby’s to be the best
painting from his series of 22 nudes.
Painted in 1917, it was also the largest painting
(89.5cm x 146.7cm) of his career.
Modigliani shocked Europe in the early
20th century with his series of nudes – and his
exhibition at a Paris gallery was closed by police
on its opening day.
Ahead of Monday’s auction, the painting was
given a $150m price tag – the highest estimate
placed on a work of art at auction.
It broke the previous $140m record for an
estimate, held by Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger
(Version ‘O’), from 2015.
Before the auction, Simon Shaw, the co-head
of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art
department, said: “This painting reimagines
the nude for the modern era.”
CONSUMER
New Look shamed over ‘fat tax’
By Ruchira Sharma
The high-street fashion
chain New Look has been
criticised after it was
revealed that its clothing
above a certain size was
more expensive.
The company was
accused of introducing a
“fat tax” after a shopper
noticed a pair of trousers
from its Curve range was
being sold for 15 per cent
more than an identical pair
in the store’s main collection.
Maria Wassell, a retail
supervisor from Kent, found a pair
of green stripped trousers (inset)
were being sold for £22.99 in the
Curves range, but just £19.99 in
the standard range.
She told The Sun: “The
average size for a British woman
is now a size 16. Why should we
be penalised for being slightly
bigger? A lot of retailers do this.”
She also found that a size 18
T-shirt, for which she had paid
£12.99 the previous weekend,
was being sold for £9.99 in
the standard range.
Ms Wassell said the
differences in prices were
“discriminating against those
customers who are larger” and
pointed out that trousers in the tall
section, which would require more
material too, were not similarly
priced higher.
A spokesman for New Look said:
“To ensure pricing differences like
these don’t happen in future, we
are in the process of reviewing the
pricing structure of our plus-size
collection in a way which works best
for our customers and our business.
“We are proud of the ranges we
offer to our plus-size customers and
value all customers, no matter what
their body shape or size.”
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First Night
The adventures of
young Han show
it’s worth flying Solo
in exhilarating fashion here) is
like a galactic version of the Artful
Dodger crossed with a young
cowboy. He has been stealing and
Normally, we would have to
scamming on the mean streets
wait until Christmas for a new
of Corellia since he was 10. He
Star Wars movie, but this one is
dreams of becoming the best pilot
arriving barely five months after
in the universe. He may be a bit of
The Last Jedi. It’s another prequel a reckless rascal but at least he
shows some defiance.
“origin” story in which we meet
familiar characters at an earlier
We are in a “lawless time” with
crime syndicates running amok in
stage of their lives.
The film is the usual rip-roaring some parts of the galaxy while the
fare. We’re still in a galaxy far, far fascistic Empire keeps everybody
away. The familiar music blasts
under its yoke in others.
away on the soundtrack. Hans
The film begins in tremendous
Solo (whose early life is chronicled fashion with action and romance
Solo: A Star Wars Story
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shoe-horned into the very first
minute. We see Han have his first
kiss with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke
from Game of Thrones). We get a
thermal detonation and a frantic
chase as the young lovers plot
their escape. Only one makes it.
The veteran director Ron
Howard, who has the safest
hands in Hollywood, has done
a commendable job. The film
plays like a galactic western. It
interweaves the action, humour,
romance and nostalgia in very
deft fashion. We are shown the
moment that Han first encounters
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Acupuncture ‘has
no effect on IVF
pregnancy rates’
Vegan adverts banned for
‘milk causes cancer’ claim
in the first group, versus 17.8
per cent in the second – a nonAcupuncture has no significant significant difference.
effect on the chances of a woman
Professor Caroline Smith,
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has found.
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The results, published in the course of acupuncture may not
American Medical Association improve pregnancy outcomes,
Journal, showed a live birth rate a “psycho-social” benefit was
of 18.3 per cent among women reported by women having IVF.
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An ad by veganism activist
group Viva! has been banned for
including “misleading” claims
that hormones in cows’ milk are
linked to cancer.
The poster, displayed on buses
last year, featured an image of a
cow’s udder and included the
claims: “Some dairy industry
facts we bet you don’t know…
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his hairy sidekick, Chewbacca.
They meet in a muddy dungeon
and immediately strike up a
rapport. It helps that Han knows a
few words of Wookie.
Alden Ehrenreich, who plays
the young Solo, is quite different
from Harrison Ford in the same
role. He’s smaller and less intense.
Thankfully, he shares Ford’s
deadpan humour and folksy,
all-American quality. He never
gets flustered and always has
a wisecrack, even at the most
precarious moments. He grins
cheerfully after the space ship he
is piloting is very nearly blown
to smithereens and pretends
he was in control all along. It’s
an engaging performance that
strikes just the right balance of
humour and heroism.
There is nothing much here
that will surprise Star Wars fans
but there is nothing that should
disappoint them either. No light
sabres are on display and nor is
there any sign of Darth Vader
– but the film delivers exactly
what you want and expect.
Geoffrey Macnab
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Most cows are pregnant when
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oestrogen… some of these are
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the poster’s implication that
drinking cows’ milk could cause
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KatyBalls
A Tory pledge runs out of steam
The millennial railcard has disappeared into a Cabinet tunnel
“F
or those who don’t
stretch to a private
jet, I can announce
a new railcard, for
those aged 26-30,”
said the Chancellor
in November’s Budget, “giving 4.5
million more young people a third
off their rail fares.”
But six months on the so-called
“millennial railcard” is proving
about as elusive to a 28-year-old
as luxury air travel. Only 10,000 of
the 4.5 million who are meant to
be eligible were allowed one on the
day of the “national” launch. Little
wonder that the website launching
them crashed.
If this wasn’t enough, us
millennials were then mocked.
Virgin Trains, in typically gimmicky
fashion, announced that if you
turned up with – wait for it – an
avocado, then they would give you
a third off a single rail journey. This
was far from Philip Hammond’s
promise of a third off all rail fares.
My reason for bringing this up is
not just that I am one of the millions
to miss out, but that the incident
reveals much about the row
currently going on in government
over spending. The reason the
26-30 railcard resembles a mythical
artefact rather than a travel ticket is
that there is no consensus on how it
should be funded.
“No one wants to pay for it,”
explains a Treasury source. When
it was announced, the Government
hoped it would be a cost-neutral
policy on the premise that extra
passengers generate extra revenue.
Network Rail aren’t so sure, so
it is being slowly trialled – and
in the short term the Treasury
don’t want to be landed with a bill
while everything is worked out.
“It would set a bad precedent,”
explains one Treasury insider. The
trouble is, this fits into a pattern.
The Government is conflicted on
whether to save or splurge – a tussle
between big state or small state.
On one side of the party are the
fiscal hawks, who in the Cabinet
are represented by the likes of
Sajid Javid, Philip Hammond and
Liz Truss. They go by the mantra
that the Tories should be reducing
costs, not adding to them – leave
that to Labour.
This strand of thinking was put
to the test when Labour announced
its own version of the policy: a bus
pass for the under-25s. Tory deputy
chairman James Cleverly took to
Twitter to suggest it was patronising
– “when it comes to elections Labour
think you’re an adult at 16, when it
The Chancellor announced a railcard for 4.5 million more young people, only for wrangling over funding to stifle the scheme GETTY
comes to bus travel you’re not an
adult until 25”. The Conservative
MP seemed unaware of his party’s
own rail policy.
On the other side are the big
spenders. Conservatives joke that
Theresa May has always been more
Miliband than Thatcherite on the
economy. She is joined by Jeremy
Hunt, at least when it comes to his
own department, where he wants to
see a great deal more spending.
In the middle are those who are
unsure. Michael Gove “changes
his opinion on the economy all
the time” and “loves stirring
the pot”, according to a cabinet
colleague. Others are tired of
being good for little gain. When
Patrick McLoughlin was in
cabinet, he made the point that
the Conservatives often clean up
the economy and make difficult
decisions only for Labour to come
in and reap the benefits – providing
milk and honey for five years. Why
should the Tories have to be the
responsible ones?
In the next few months these
On one side of
the Conservative
party are fiscal
hawks, on the
other side are the
big spenders
different arguments will come to a
head. No 10’s current approach to
confronting difficult decisions, with
no majority, is to delay them. This
means that there are several big
spending reviews under way – on
defence, health and education.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies
puts the current tax burden at its
highest level in 30 years. If May
is going to meet the spending
recommendations for her various
departments, a decision is
beckoning. Should the Tories raise
taxes, make more cuts, borrow or
sit and hope the economy will grow?
As dry as it may seem, the
decision will have a big impact
on the next elections. Do the
Conservatives want to pitch
themselves as the party of freedom,
deficit reduction and low tax or do
they want to compete with Labour
and splurge on public services?
If they go for the former, they
can attack Corbyn for irresponsible
spending – but they also risk a
backlash from voters who are
tired of austerity. If they go for
the latter, bang goes the promise of
a long-term economic plan and in
comes a Corbyn-lite pitch for
public services.
Whatever path May treads, the
risks of getting it wrong are a lot
greater than a bunch of millennials
missing out on discount travel.
Katy Balls is political correspondent
at ‘The Spectator’
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Knowledge for
its own sake
The Sixties were
not so simple
I feel great sympathy
for Mr Froggatt (Your
View, 15 May) if he
cannot see the point of
gaining knowledge for
knowledge’s sake. Most
of us who now work as
scientists (cheers for
calling us “elite”) were
originally inspired to
follow that path by things
that were discovered, not
for any purpose, but just
for the point of knowing.
Some of us now work
in the NHS, diagnosing
your illnesses, or trying
to find new cures for
things that are currently
incurable (and using
technologies that
originated in the space
programme to do so).
Tim Berners-Lee
didn’t invent the World
Wide Web with the goal
of changing utterly
how we communicate
globally - he did it so that
scientists studying the
fundamentals of physics
in Cern for the sake of
finding out more could
share data with each
other.
Even now there will
be children who will see
the pictures from the
Hubble telescope, or will
read stories of those
alien microbes, who will
similarly be inspired, and
will go on to change the
world in ways we can’t
imagine.
JO SELWOOD
OXFORD
I think Yasmin AlibhaiBrown has had a case
of selective memory
(My View, 15 May). As
a child of the 60s I was
too scared to watch the
news as the finger had
actually been placed on
the nuclear button.
SUE RYNN
RAINHILL, MERSEYSIDE
pertinent piece,
identifies attendance
at such a university as
a precursor to financial
success. When will
consumers look at
what they are actually
getting for their tens of
thousands of pounds?
KATHY MOYSE
EASTCOMBE,
GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Eating alone
together
Wedding day
wrecked
Congratulations to
the Gutter Press for
wrecking Harry and
Meghan’s wedding day in
one foul swoop!
At best, this week
would be a very daunting
time for Megan’s
immediate family. Her
father very naively made
a bad decision due to the
pressure of the media,
and as a result, on one of
the most important days
of her life, Megan will
not have her father at
her side when she walks
down the aisle.
Walking his daughter
down the aisle is one of
the best days of a father’s
life. This privilege has
been taken from both
of them.
JACKIE MCINTOSH
LANCING, WEST
SUSSEX
National
nave-gazing
Like many republicans,
Shared
knowledge: the
Cern physics
laboratory
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I shall have to grit my
teeth and put up with the
Royal Wedding hysteria
next weekend.
However, it would
mollify me to some
extent if only someone
would correctly
announce that whoever
stands in for Thomas
Markle is walking
Meghan down the nave
to meet her future
husband. The aisles are
the passages at the edges
of churches and chapels,
not the central one.
HELENA NEWTON
ILFORD, GREATER
LONDON
Wedding
integrity
When my wife and
I got married our
i was wrong
Ian Craine
A letter that was published on 14 May by
Ian Craine was edited in such a way to
suggest that he was critical of the NHS
and its approach to chemotherapy. Mr
Craine is fully supportive of the health
service and we are sorry that we omitted
vicar persuaded us to
change our intended
photographer because he
had previously lied about
permission not given to
use their vicarage garden.
REVD RICHARD JAMES
HARROGATE
A salve for
mental health
While I would agree
that all six of your
suggestions for mental
health (i, 15 May) are very
important, I think – in
fact, I know – that you
have left out one of the
most important, which is
regular aerobic exercise.
As someone who is
prone to depressive
episodes, I know that
exercise (for me and
others) is by far the most
important single factor.
ROBERT DAVID YATES
DEVIZES, WILTSHIRE
Russell Group:
not so great
The so-called Russell
Group of universities
has pulled off one of the
best branding exercises
in history. In recent
league tables a number
of these self-identified
elite institutions fared
considerably less well
than non-members,
such as the University of
East Anglia.
I read that some
schools won’t even
allow non-Russell
Group universities to
pitch to their pupils, and
Sam Leith (Voices, 15
May), in an otherwise
It may be OK for Lena
Dunham to eat alone
in a restaurant (“How
Lena is coping with
sadness and meals for
one” 14 May) – but for
many people eating
alone in a restaurant can
be a pretty miserable
experience.
As a regular traveller
for business I often stay
at a hotel in Birmingham
which has a great
approach. When I book
for dinner they ask if I
wish to eat alone or on
the “Club Table”.
The latter means
joining a few other lone
diners, who are usually
complete strangers,
to have a sociable and
friendly meal. I have had
all sorts of interesting
chats – much nicer than
eating alone or eating
in my room. Today
when loneliness is such
an issue, how difficult
would it be for all
restaurants to do this?
TIM WILLIAMS
CHELTENHAM
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Why go
to Ibiza if
you can
film in
Serbia?
Björk at her bravest, nerdiest best
Björk has said she feels that female
performers are often pushed into
stereotypes with their music.
The Icelandic singer’s previous
album, Vulnicura, in 2015 was her
heartbreak opus and dealt with her
break-up with artist Matthew Barney.
She told this week’s Time Out:
“Vulnicura was tapping into territory
that I’d felt pressure in since I was
a teenager: the tortured Edith Piaf/
Joan of Arc woman with strings and
beats. Western civilisation wants this
chanteuse archetype who sings and
sings, then she sets on fire, big smoke
comes and she dies.
“I have a lot of characters in me, like
every woman – at least 50. That’s just
one of them.”
She added that her new album,
Utopia, was a chance for her to explore
new ideas through the lens of an idealistic new way of living: “Utopia was
an attempt to try to invent a new texture. It’s a more creative album for me
as a producer and a braver statement.”
Björk continued: “It’s me in my
element as a music nerd.”
Juggling films
and fatherhood
He replied: “That’s so nice when
you ask a dude this. For me, it’s
really about prioritising. We’re lucky
enough – and this is an obscene
luxury – that we can avoid sort of
saying: ‘OK, well, Blake [Lively, his
wife] you’re gonna go to shoot
a movie in Thailand, while
I’m shooting this movie in
Vancouver.’ We sort of
trade off.”
He added that after
this promotional tour,
he would be heading on
to Lively’s film set to look
after his children.
If he’s being really honest, the
million-dollar fees from both parents’
work probably helps matters, too.
It’s a question every female in the
public eye who also happens to
have children is bored with
being asked: how do you
manage to work when
having kids?
But in a pleasing
role reversal at a press
conference for Deadpool
2, someone asked Ryan
Reynolds – who has two
children and is also, gasp, a
working dad – this same question
that’s so rarely put to men.
TV
28-29
Actress Gillian Jacobs – who plays
the divisive Mickey Dobbs in Love –
is set to star in a comedy movie
called Ibiza, about a girls’ trip
that ends up on the party isle.
But Jacobs has revealed that
the Netflix film doesn’t even
get within a glowstick of the
Balearic island – it was all filmed
in Croatia and Serbia instead.
She said: “It was great, but we
would have to move every couple of days to another island in
Croatia because they’re trying
to create Spain, so they could
only shoot certain scenes on
certain islands.”
Does Europe just look like one
homogeneous mass to American
film studios? Apparently so.
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an you imagine, in this
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an advertisement for a
holiday destination that
offered “sun, sea and sex”? Or
a poster showing a man in his
underpants with the slogan: “Girls,
can we interest you in a package
holiday?” Or a series of crude
and provocative invitations, like,
“Discover your erogenous zone”
(most of the others are too rude for a
family newspaper)?
Such was the world of Club 18-30,
which, 25 years ago, was able to
sell the proposition of casual sex
and licentious behaviour to a mass
audience.
This was another, very different,
time, it’s true. It’s hard to imagine
even Tinder being able to sell their
wares, i.e. love, sex and everything
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or mosquito bites. Perhaps more
significant is the show-off culture
that Instagram has inspired. No selfrespecting 18- to 30-year-old today
would post a picture of themselves
in Ibiza playing drinking games or
topless volleyball with the hashtags
#livingmybestlife or #blessed.
People go on Instagram to make
their friends and followers
jealous, so it has to be a
beautifully shot sunset,
or a deserted beach or,
perhaps their dinner
of grilled mahi-mahi
with pomegranate
salad. No one will
respond to the picture
of you as part of a
conga line in a Hawaiianthemed restaurant with
a “wow”. Plus, no one wants a
compromising holiday snap on their
public feed.
It’s a funny world, all right. And
the idea that one would choose a
holiday destination on the basis of
whether it’s suitably photogenic for
Instagram rather than whether it
offers balm for the soul is something
that older people would find strange.
Of course, there was nothing
soulful about Club 18-30 and its
bacchanalian excesses, and its time
has clearly come and gone. It will
be mourned by few. The 18-30 age
group of modern times is a more
serious, censorious bunch, whose
interests may not have changed, but
whose tastes certainly have.
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Uniquely among OECD countries,
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better than 55- to 64-year-olds.
This is contributing to low levels
of productivity and pay across the
UK. So it should come as no surprise
that the costs of this rising tide of
innumeracy, for individuals and for
societies, are equally staggering.
Innumeracy has been estimated
to cost the country tens of billions
of pounds each year. Or around
£750 per year, on average, for every
household in the UK. By rising to the
challenge of innumeracy, we could
unlock those gains. But how?
A start would be to begin a
national conversation about
numeracy. That conversation starts
today, the first National Numeracy
Day, organised by the charity
National Numeracy. The aim is
to raise social awareness of the
potential gains from improved levels
of numeracy. National Numeracy
Day also aims to help people start
improving their number skills.
It is about equipping every
adult in the UK with the skills and
confidence with numbers they need
to make good choices, at work and
at play. Some of the free online tools
available at www.numeracyday.com
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In its heyday around the
millennium, Club 18-30 – basically
a holiday camp in places like Corfu,
Tenerife and Majorca for young
people lured by the prospect of a
hedonistic escape – sent 110,000
young, predominantly single, people
off to the Mediterranean
sun, and held 65 per cent
of the youth travel
market. But the mores
of the current 18-30
generation are very
different. So much so
that Thomas Cook,
which now owns Club
18-30, has announced
that it is trying to offload
the brand.
So what happened? Surely, no
matter what the prevailing sexual
and gender politics, young people
still want a good time, and the
promised attractions of Club 18-30
– the holy trinity of sun, sea and
sex – are as alluring to them as they
were to previous generations. The
streets of our towns and cities on a
Saturday night would certainly tend
to suggest that.
But the earthly pleasures of a Club
18-30 holiday have, it seems, fallen
foul of the virtual world. For a start,
there are a myriad apps, like Tinder,
which make it much easier for the
millennial generation to meet others,
for whatever purpose, without going
to the trouble of getting sunburn
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Maths brains
aren’t quite
what we think
A
s chief economist at the
Bank of England, you’d
expect me to have a
head for figures, a maths
brain. I need one to do my job of
keeping the economy and financial
system stable. But not all jobs need
those numeracy skills, right? And
not everyone has a maths brain,
right? Wrong.
All of us use numbers in the
course of our jobs, whether it is
working out how long it will take to
complete that school drop-off or how
long it should take to return inflation
to target. All of us use numbers
to make everyday decisions, from
choice of pasta sauce to choice of
phone tariff to choice of mortgage
deal. And all of us, I promise you, do
have a maths brain.
Staggeringly, around half of all
adults in the UK have levels of
numeracy no better than those
expected of a primary school child.
EVENING STANDARD
The writer is chief economist at the
Bank of England and trustee of the
charity National Numeracy
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APPRECIATION
‘The Right Stuff’
writer Tom Wolfe
dies aged 88
By Bill Trott
IN WASHINGTON
The US writer Tom Wolfe, an early
practitioner of “new journalism” who
captured the mood and culture of
America for five decades with books
including The Bonfire of the Vanities,
The Right Stuff and The Electric KoolAid Acid Test, has died aged 88.
His agent said he passed away
in hospital in New York. The city’s
Governor, Andrew Cuomo, said
that Wolfe’s “wry wit and sharp
observations defined an era of life in
New York”.
Wolfe’s works, both fiction and nonfiction, ranged from the art world to
Wall Street to 1960s hippie culture
and touched on issues of class, power,
race, corruption and sex.
He had a knack for coining phrases
– such as “radical chic” to brand
pretentious liberals, “the me decade”
to sum up the self-indulgent 1970s
and the “right stuff” to quantify the
intangible characteristics of the first
US astronauts and their test pilot
predecessors. He was never deterred
The write stuff: Tom Wolfe developed
‘a new journalistic idiom’ AP
Wolfe referred to his
literary rivals Norman
Mailer and John Updike as
“two old piles of bones”. John
Irving denounced Wolfe and
said: “I can’t read him because he’s
such a bad writer.”
by the fact that he often did not fit in
with his subjects – partly because
he was such a dandy, known for his
white suits.
Wolfe started his writing career
at the Springfield Union newspaper
in Springfield, Massachusetts, and
also worked for The Washington Post,
the New York Herald Tribune and
New York magazine. He was present
at the birth of what was known
as “new journalism,” a loose style
that featured lots of dialogue and
detail and allowed reporters to
narrate and develop characters in
ways more akin to fiction.
Wolfe’s style was not for everyone.
“The question is not only whether
Tom Wolfe can be taken seriously
but whether he can be taken at all,”
a Time magazine critic wrote in 1968.
“He is irritating, but he did develop
a new journalistic idiom that has
brought relief from standard MiddleHigh Journalese.”
His first try at fiction was the bestselling The Bonfire of the Vanities in
1987, which captured the cultural
feel of free-wheeling Wall Street
“masters of the universe” as well as
his non-fiction books did.
The book portrayed class struggles
in New York against a backdrop of
Wall Street ambition, racial stress
and tabloid journalism.
He is survived by his wife and two
children. REUTERS
The opening ceremony will feature an 80-metre long water sculpture and music by Maxïmo Park and Kate Rusby
CULTURE
The North prepares to party with
its own 80-day ‘Great Exhibition’
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
The poet Lemn Sissay will unveil a
new “anthem for the North” as part
of a showcase of events to launch the
region’s Great Exhibition.
The 80-day “Great Exhibition of
the North” will run in Newcastle
upon Tyne and Gateshead from 22
June and is expected to draw three
million visitors, in a celebration of
the region’s creativity.
The opening day will feature a
performance from the Mercury
Prize-nominated Newcastle band
Maxïmo Park and a film uncovering
the talents of the North. Sissay, who
was born in Wigan, will perform his
anthem for the region.
Visitors will also see the UK’s
largest water sculpture, which
is 80 metres long. After dark,
the sculpture will turn on in
sync with a light display and
specially commissioned musical
collaborations by Maxïmo Park
and Kate Rusby, with the Royal
Northern Sinfonia and Darkstar.
Carol Bell, the exhibition’s
executive director, said: “As the
programme is jam-packed full of
incredible experiences, we had to
make sure it started in spectacular
fashion, so we have created an event
which we hope the whole of the
North, and beyond, will be proud of.”
Other events over the opening
weekend include a show about
northern women from the standup poet Kate Fox; Trailblazing, a
musical performance about life in
the North featuring three choirs;
and 105+db, a sonic artwork spilling
on to the streets.
TELEVISION
SCIENCE
BROADCASTING
Parton sister joins the mix
for ‘Celebrity MasterChef’
Chimp nests
‘cleaner than
human beds’
Radio’s biggest battle is
with streaming, says BBC
By John von Radowitz
By Sherma Noah
Chimpanzees’ beds are cleaner
than those used by humans,
scientists have discovered.
The apes build complex tree
nests out of branches and leaves
each day to sleep in, which contain
fewer body bacteria shed by
faeces and skin than beds in most
human households.
US researchers studied
chimpanzee nests in Tanzania
and found that they had a much
greater variety of bacteria than
human beds, but were far less
likely to harbour “dirty” faecal,
oral or skin bacteria.
The research is reported in
Royal Society Open Science.
Streaming companies such as
Spotify have “set their sights on
radio”, the BBC’s director of radio
and music claims.
Bob Shennan said the
corporation’s radio output was
being “reinvented” because it faced
competition from streaming. He
suggested that streaming, rather
than commercial UK radio stations,
was now the BBC’s main rival,
saying: “Our competition isn’t even
based on this island.”
Mr Shennan told the Radio
Festival in London: “The new
competitive set is global. Streaming
services are the new best friend to
music. They have transformed the
By Kerri-Ann Roper
Dolly Parton’s younger sister will
join TV personalities including
the actor Keith Allen and
Made in Chelsea’s Spencer
Matthews in the next
s e r i e s o f Celebrit y
MasterChef.
Stella Parton (inset) is
in the 20-strong line-up
of celebrities who will be
hoping to impress judges
Gregg Wallace and John
Torode when the BBC1 show
returns this summer.
The 69-year-old will be joined by
actors Chizzy Akudolu from Holby
City, Lisa Maxwell of The Bill and
John Partridge from EastEnders,
as well as the former England
cricketer Monty Panesar. Also
hoping for culinary success will be
TV presenters Michelle Ackerley
and Jean Johansson, and
designer Jay Blades.
Comedian Zoe Lyons,
former rugby union star
Martin Bayfield and
Paralympian Stefanie
Reid are also in the
eclectic mix.
Completing the line-up
is Union J’s Josh Cuthbert,
radio presenter Clara Amfo,
80s pop star Carol Decker, singer
Anita Harris, Frankie Bridge, of The
Saturdays, dancer AJ Pritchard
and The Only Way Is Essex star
Gemma Collins.
financial fortunes of a sector that
was on its knees. But they have set
their sights on radio. BBC radio –
in fact all UK radio – plays an even
more important role in the lives of
our audiences and in ensuring the
wellbeing of popular and classical
music. In a world of global impacts,
only radio still genuinely commits
to promoting the new. That’s why
we’re reinventing and growing
BBC radio.”
He announced a three-day “music
discovery” festival later this year.
The BBC Introducing live event
will help musicians looking for
advice and those hoping to break
into the industry. It takes place in
Tobacco Dock, east London, from
8 to 10 November.
SYRIA CRISIS
SAVING LIVES IN THE RUBBLE
Dr Javid Abdelmoneim
recently returned from the
Syrian city of Raqqa, which
was taken from the Islamic
State group in October 2017.
“I’m an A&E specialist in London and I’m used to dealing
with major trauma cases. But in just one month in Raqqa,
I treated more severely wounded people than I’ve seen in the
past ten years in A&E.
Raqqa has been mostly destroyed. The streets are littered
with improvised explosive devices and residents trying to
rebuild their city are being wounded and killed.
A boy from Raqqa is treated for burns in MSF’s clinic in Ain Issa camp. Photograph © Chris Huby
MSF opened an emergency room in Raqqa within three
weeks of the end of the offensive. It’s just an ordinary house
with a few rooms, but we’ve been inundated with patients.
The blast victims ranged from people with shrapnel wounds
to people whose arms or lower limbs had been blown off.
Our job was to stabilise the patients with the aim of
transferring them for surgery.
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In all my years with MSF, I’ve seen nothing more impressive
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IRAN
POLITICS
Tehran regime
change ‘not
necessarily
for the better’
Europeans band
together to save
Iran nuclear deal
By Robin Emmott
IN BRUSSELS
Iran’s talks with EU countries to save
the nuclear deal are on the right path
despite the US withdrawal, Iran’s
foreign minister claimed yesterday,
after meeting the European Union’s
foreign policy chief.
At a dinner last night, Foreign
Secretary Boris Johnson, his French
and German counterparts and the
EU’s senior diplomat were expected
to say that they would stick by the
terms of the 2015 pact giving Iran
sanctions relief in return for an end
to its nuclear ambitions – despite US
threats to slap secondary sanctions
on EU firms that continue to do
business with the Islamic Republic.
The EU foreign policy chief
Federica Mogherini, who met Iranian
foreign minister Mohammad Javad
Zarif yesterday, said it was up to the
European powers “to preserve a deal
we have achieved together. We will all
save it together”.
The EU, which along with
Germany, France, Britain, Russia,
China and the US, signed the accord
with Iran, does have some steps it
can take to shield European business
in Iran. They include retaliatory
sanctions, allowing the European
Investment Bank to invest directly
in Iran, and coordinating eurodenominated credit lines from
By Harriet Line
European governments. But the
reach of the US financial system, the
dominance of the US dollar, and the
presence of European companies’
operations in the US all weaken any
potential EU measures.
“It is going to be very difficult for us
to preserve the economic benefits of
the Iran deal,” one senior European
diplomat said. “We will try to uphold
our side of the bargain.”
After yesterday’s talks in Brussels,
all 28 EU leaders are expected to
discuss their next steps at a summit
in Sofia, Bulgaria, today. Senior
Iranian officials say Europeans need
to make good on their promises if
they want to salvage the nuclear deal.
Ira n w i l l re s t a r t u ra n i u m
enrichment if the EU cannot find
a way to save the deal, an Iranian
government spokesman, Mohammad
Bagher Nobakht, said yesterday.
“If our interests are not preserved,
we will pull out of the deal and will
resume our enrichment to 20 per
cent, or any level that we desire to,”
Mr Nobakht added.
The US said it was
designating the head of
Iran’s central bank as a terrorist
and hitting him with sanctions
intended to further isolate Iran
from the global financial system.
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the better”. He made his remarks
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Hamilton, asked whether Mr
Johnson agreed that regime
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advantages in maintaining the
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Pressure grows on
‘rogue’ Venezuela
Latin leaders call for election to be
suspended, reports Dave Graham
U
nderlying the sense
of crisis surrounding
Venezuela, the Lima
Group of largely Latin
American nations
has urged Caracas to suspend
the presidential election set for
Sunday, calling it “illegitimate and
lacking in credibility”.
In a joint statement, Argentina,
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico,
Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Lucia,
Spain and the US condemned
Venezuela’s government and
vowed to consider steps if the
vote went ahead.
The countries, not
all of which belong
formally to the group
established last year
in Lima to address the
crisis in Venezuela,
said they had analysed
possible scenarios
and identified a series of
“actions” they could take.
They did not provide details on
what those might be.
Venezuela’s main opposition
coalition is boycotting the election,
saying it is a farce intended to
legitimise a “dictatorship” led by
President Nicolás Maduro (inset).
Mr Maduro’s main opposition
rivals are barred from standing in
the ballot, and most Venezuelans
regard the election board as
answerable to Maduro.
Foreign and finance ministers
from most of the countries in
the Lima Group met in Mexico
City and said they would
consider steps to be taken either
individually or collectively at a
diplomatic, economic, financial or
humanitarian level.
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Matthew
Norman
Will Trump’s
latest move
doom us all?
W
hether it’s dead or
frozen in cryogenic
stasis, there is
now no American
leadership of the
free world for the first time since
Pearl Harbour. The four-step
“The [Lima] group is making
a final call to the Venezuelan
government to suspend the general
elections planned for 20 May,
as they have been called by an
illegitimate authority,” Mexican
foreign minister Luis Videgaray
said, reading the statement.
The statement cast Mr Maduro’s
government as “authoritarian”.
US Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo urged Lima Group
members to block Venezuelan
leaders from using their financial
systems and to bar entry to their
countries. Last week, the US
unveiled fresh sanctions
and urged more nations
to increase pressure
on Caracas.
Peru’s foreign
minister, Nestor
Popolizio, told a news
conference that there
were now more than
200,000 Venezuelans in his
country, while his Argentine
counterpart, Jorge Faurie, said
that more than 90,000 had sought
refuge in Argentina.
Large numbers have also
crossed into the neighbouring
countries of Brazil and Colombia.
Meanwhile, Venezuela’s
state-run oil firm PDVSA has
bought nearly $440m (£310m)
worth of foreign crude and shipped
it to Cuba on friendly credit terms
– and often at a loss, according to
leaked internal company files.
Venezuela made the discounted
deliveries, which have not been
previously reported, despite its
dire need for foreign currency to
bolster its collapsing economy and
to import food and medicine amid
widespread shortages. REUTERS
abrogation process began with
Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris
climate change accord, speeded up
with his floating of pernicious trade
tariffs, and gathered more pace
with his reneging on the Iranian
nuclear deal. It concluded this
week with his relocation
of the US embassy
to Jerusalem.
To ignore the
pleas of every major
democratic ally once
might be considered
a foible. To do it twice
begins to look like
disdain. To complete the
hat-trick is palpably a gigantic
f**k-you. Notching a fourth,
by jettisoning any pretence of
impartiality between Israel and the
Palestinians, is a declaration of longterm isolationist intent.
Any lingering doubt about that
died before the 58th Palestinian
Solar panels
require little or
no water to install
and maintain
AFP/GETTY
ENERGY
Middle East urged to go solar to save water
By Sebastien Malo
IN NEW YORK
Thirsty Middle Eastern and North
African countries could tap into their
solar-energy potential to cope with
fresh-water scarcity, according to an
expert group.
Water could be saved by switching
to renewable solar energy from fossil
fuel electricity generation that uses
up water, said the World Resources
Institute (WRI).
The findings show moving to
clean energy has benefits aside from
cutting planet-warming greenhouse
casualty of Israel’s bespoke
interpretation of the phrase
“proportionate response”.
The scriptural demand that
Jerusalem be the Jewish people’s
eternal capital is generally sourced
to Chronicles. But the flavour
of footage from Gaza in
the hours since the US
embassy opened there
belongs more to the
Book of Revelation.
While the tangerine
horseman of the
apocalypse laps up the
plaudits on Fox News, a
shivering world looks for
a saviour; or at least for some
force to emerge to counterbalance
brazen American imperialism run
riot. But who? Only China has both
the economic and military force,
hence the paradox that eyes in the
democratic West are coyly glancing
towards a brutal totalitarian regime
gas emissions, said Tianyi Luo, a
senior WRI manager.
Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Libya,
Algeria, Morocco, the United Arab
Emirates and Jordan ranked among
the countries that could benefit the
most from such a switch.
“These countries have highaverage resources for both solar
and wind that could be put to
very productive uses, and it could
potentially assist them in their water
challenges,” said Jordan Macknick,
an energy and water analyst at the
US National Renewable Energy
Laboratory. Fresh and sea water is
There is now
no American
leadership of
the free world
to protect their liberal values
against the onslaught from the
land of the free. Even ignoring the
implications of that, China remains
inherently isolationist itself, and
unwilling or unready to lead.
The EU has the aggregated
financial muscle, and the ambition
to project liberal democratic
values beyond its borders. But it
couldn’t fight its way out of choux
pastry handcuffs – and in its fragile
political condition, this is hardly
the moment to create the federated
United States of Europe required
to build the military capability that
could restore some global balance.
often used in the process of cooling
fossil-fuel power plants, ubiquitous
in the Middle East and North Africa.
Over the course of one year, one
60-watt incandescent light bulb lit
for 12 hours a day can consume up
to 6,000 gallons of water, according
to the US-based Virginia Water
Resources Research Centre.
Solar panels require little or no
water to install and maintain.
Yemen, an impoverished nation in
the grip of civil war, topped the WRI
ranking in terms of water scarcity
and how much potential electricity
solar farms could produce. REUTERS
Russia is so enfeebled that
it’s reduced to playing a Knock
Down Ginger variant of the
guerrilla warfare game. Japan is
a non-nuclear power that likes
to keep itself to itself. As for us,
nothing need be said there beyond
the fact that leading the British
flank in the rearguard to rescue the
Iranian deal is Boris Johnson.
This is, in other words, a counsel
of despair. For almost 30 years,
the absence of a rival superpower has created the vacuum
responsible for every post-Cold
War geopolitical disaster.
Ultimately, a vacuum can end
in only two ways. It is filled, or it
implodes. If the planet’s secondrank powers decide they have no
viable option but to wait Trump out
for another 80 months (although
at this tumultuous rate another 32
may suffice), that would appear to
leave one. THE INDEPENDENT
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Stewart makes strides for equality
with barefoot red carpet entrance
Disability
row drives
abortion
debate
PROTEST
By Sally Guyoncourt
Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart
flouted a ban on flat shoes at this
year’s Cannes Film Festival, opting
for a barefoot fashion statement on
the red carpet.
The Twilight star, who is a member
of this year’s jury at the film festival,
wore black Louboutin heels as she arrived at the premiere of the Spike Lee
film BlacKkKlansman.
But just before she entered the
screening, she slipped off her shoes
and walked up the stairs barefooted.
Her action had apparently not been
sanctioned by the festival organisers.
The 28-year-old has a history of
taking exception to high heels; she
has previously worn trainers to red
carpet events.
And speaking to the Hollywood
Reporter last year about the Cannes
ban on flat shoes, she said: “There’s
definitely a distinct dress code, right?
“People get very upset if you don’t
wear heels or whatever. I feel like you
can’t ask people that any more - it’s
a given. If you’re not asking guys to
wear heels and a dress, you cannot
ask me either.”
Stewart isn’t the first to go barefoot
at Cannes. In 2016 actress Julia Roberts went shoeless to the premiere of
Money Monster.
In 2015, it was reported Cannes
had implemented a heels-only policy.
At the time ScreenDaily said
women in their fifties were being
turned away from film premieres at
the festival because they wore flats.
The festival declined to comment
on the report at the time but confirmed women were required to wear
high-heels to red carpet screenings
although this has since been disputed
by festival director Tierry Fremaux.
Away from the footwear controversy, the screening proved to be a
success story at Cannes. Spike Lee
received a ten-minute standing ovation for BlacKkKlansman. The Hollywood Reporter said the film also
received applause “a half-dozen”
times throughout the screening.
Violence in ‘vile’
movie is ironic,
says Von Trier
By Sally Guyoncourt
Flat refusal: Kristen Stewart arrives at the screening REUTERS/ERIC GAILLARD
The film is set in the early 1970s
and follows the fortunes of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the
first African American detective on
the Colorado Springs Police Department, who set out to infiltrate the Ku
Klux Klan and expose it while posing
as a racist extremist.
CHINA
One-minute Wijuko
Co-pilot almost sucked out
of broken cockpit window
By Brenda Goh
The co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines
flight that was forced to make an
emergency landing on Monday was
saved by his seat belt only after being
“sucked half-way” out of the plane
when a cockpit windshield blew out.
Captain Liu Chuanjian, who was
hailed a hero after having to land
the Airbus A319 manually, told the
Chengdu Economic Daily that his aircraft had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000ft when a deafening
sound tore through the cockpit.
Salma Hayek called on
male stars to take pay
cuts for equality. “Time’s up,” the
Mexican actress said in Cannes.
“You had a good run but it is time
now to be generous.”
It lost pressure and, when he
looked over, the cockpit’s right windscreen was gone. “Everything in the
cockpit was floating in the air. Most
of the equipment malfunctioned,” Mr
Liu said. “The plane was shaking so
hard I could not read the gauges.”
The co-pilot, who was wearing a
seatbelt, was pulled back in. He suffered scratches and a sprained wrist.
Another cabin crew member was
hurt in the descent. None of the 119
passengers were injured and the jet
made an emergency landing in the
city of Chengdu. REUTERS
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A No vote in Ireland’s abortion
referendum will protect unborn
children with Down’s syndrome
– despite government assurances
that disability will not be grounds
to end a pregnancy, activists
have claimed.
The Love Both campaign,
which is calling for people to
vote against repealing the Eighth
Amendment on 25 May, launched
a video yesterday featuring
23-year-old Conor O’Dowd, who
has Down’s syndrome.
The launch came after the
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said it
was “wrong” for the group to use
people with the condition in campaign posters. He said the posters
were an effort to “muddy the waters” and it was clear in proposed
legislation that disability would
not be grounds for an abortion.
Cora Sherlock, of the Love Both
campaign, said claims that the
proposed legislation specifically
excluded disability were wrong.
“The reality is that there is no
such exclusion in the Bill, specific
or otherwise,” she said.
The campaign video shows Mr
O’Dowd, from Co Louth, saying:
“I love my life. Please save babies
with Down’s syndrome.”
Ms Sherlock said: “Conor is
just one of the people with Down’s
syndromewhohavecomeforward
in the last few weeks to speak
out against the Government’s
abortion proposals.”
Mr O’Dowd was at a campaign
press conference at Buswells
Hotel in Dublin with his mother,
Audrey, and Monica Haderean,
who found out that her baby Cris
had Down’s syndrome while she
was pregnant.
Ms Haderean said: “You get no
support in hospital, you are just
pushed to terminate the pregnancy. They will make arrangements
for you to travel to England.”
UNITED STATES
School ‘sorry’ for bringing
caged live tiger to prom
By Lucia Binding
8
13
Danish director Lars Von Trier
yesterday defended his new film’s
intense cruelty and violence,
particularly to women, which
reportedly saw more than 100
people leave the premiere in
Cannes in disgust.
The 62-year-old admitted the
film The House that Jack Built,
was violent but said “the whole
thing is kind of ironical”.
Asked if that was not just an
excuse, Von Trier (inset) replied:
“Yes, it is just an excuse, but I’m
old enough now for excuses.”
Von Trier denied
he himself had
psychopathic
tendencies.
“After reading
a lot about
psychopaths,
I think not,” he
said. “But also,
psychopaths
would say the
same: Certainly not!”
The film has been described as
an extremely dark comedy about
a serial killer who uses mutilated
corpses to create art.
Matt Dillon plays Jack – who
fills his walk-in freezer with
dioramas of human flesh. Uma
Thurman plays his first victim,
whose killing gives him a taste for
murder and torture.
Variety magazine said more
than 100 people left before the end
due to its “disgusting” content.
“Gross. Pretentious. Vomitive.
Torturous. Pathetic,” wrote
another viewer. Entertainment
reporter Roger Friedman
described it as a “vile movie”.
By Eleanor Barlow
A school caused an uproar when
it hired a caged tiger to entertain
students at their prom.
Christopher Columbus High
School in Miami, Florida, hosted
the jungle-themed event at a Hilton
hotel on Friday. The big cat was
wheeled in “for entertainment”
with a large collection of exotic
animals including a two macaws
and an African fox.
Thousands of social media users
expressed concern for the tiger’s
welfare after a clip of the scene was
shared online.
The principal of the private
Catholic school, David Pugh, has
since apologised for causing offence
“Some individuals have
expressed their sentiments about
the use of animals as part of a
performance at prom,” he said. “We
recognise this decision has offended
some and we apologise. ”
Another video showed firebreathers dancing next to the tiger
as it walked around the cage.
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EGYPT
Date is set for
Madsen appeal
Fare protesters
kept in prison
The Danish inventor Peter
Madsen’s appeal against his
life sentence will take place
in September.
Prosecutors said yesterday
that the appeal would take
place from 5 September
at the Eastern High Court
in Copenhagen.
Madsen’s defence lawyer has
said he still denies murdering
Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
Madsen was found guilty
on 25 April of murder, sexual
assault and the dismembering
of Ms Wall during a trip in
his submarine. AP
Egyptian prosecutors have ordered
20 people be detained for another 15
days pending an investigation, after
their arrest for taking part in protests against a decision to increase
fares on Cairo’s subway system.
The Supreme State Security
Prosecution said that the suspects,
who were arrested on Saturday,
are accused of membership of an
outlawed group, Egyptian parlance
for the Muslim Brotherhood. They
also face charges of illegal protesting.
The price rises, the second in just
over a year, are part of austerity
measures meant to overhaul the
country’s battered economy. AP
Public sector
workers reject
15% salary rise
By MacDonald Dzirutwe
IN HARARE
Zimbabwe’s public sector
workers have rejected an
improved salary offer of 15 per
cent from President Emmerson
Mnangagwa’s government and
want wages for the lowest-paid
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employees to more than double,
the main public sector union
said yesterday.
The government agreed last
week to raise salaries by 10 per
cent for the army, police and
other civil servants from July,
when Zimbabwe is expected to
hold its first general election
since Robert Mugabe left power
last year.
Zimbabwe’s Poverty Datum
Line (PDL) is $591 (£438), while
the lowest government worker
earns $253 a month. The nation
spends 90 per cent of its budget
on salaries and pensions. REUTERS
When protests against a
change to Nicaragua’s social
security system turned
confrontational last month,
the favourite targets of
some demonstrators were
the so-called “Trees of Life”
that line some of Managua’s
main thoroughfares.
The huge steel trees, in an
array of bright colours, are lit
at night by thousands of tiny
bulbs. They were erected at the
behest of Nicaragua’s first lady
and current vice president,
Rosario Murillo. Some locals
refer to them as “Chayo
poles” because the first lady’s
nickname is “Chayo”.
There were more than
130 in Managua before the
protests felled at least eight
of them. Others were burnt or
otherwise defaced with antigovernment graffiti.
At the Jean Paul Genie
roundabout, a tree of life was
pulled down and later replaced
with a memorial to the dozens
of victims of the government’s
crackdown on protesters.
Demonstrators placed flowers
and candles in what remained
of the jagged base and planted
real trees and shrubs in the
earth surrounding it.
The local La Prensa
newspaper investigated
the installations in 2015
and reported that each cost
$25,000 (£18,500). The paper
said it cost more than $1m just
to power their lights in that
year alone.
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Talks with South scrapped
over US military exercises
North Korea last night cancelled
high-level talks with South Korea
because of anger over military
exercises, its state media reported.
The North’s official KCNA news
agency described the exercises
between the US and the South as
a “provocation”.
It also warned the US over the fate
of the historic summit between Kim
Jong-un and US President Donald
Trump set for 12 June.
Senior officials from the two
Koreas had been scheduled to meet in
the “truce village” of Panmunjom on
their border today to discuss putting
North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un,
held a historic meeting with South
Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in, at
the border only last month AP
in place an agreement to improve
ties between the countries that their
leaders signed on 27 April.
But in a move that caught South
Korea off guard, North Korea called
the South last night unilaterally
announcing that the talks will be
“postponed indefinitely,” the South’s
Unification Ministry said.
The North cited as a reason the
annual “Max Thunder” air force drill
South Korea and the United States
started last week, it said.
Mr Trump is expected to meet
with Mr Kim on 12 June in Singapore.
The US State Department said that
it was continuing to plan for the
summit between President Trump
and Mr Kim despite the news that
Pyongyang was suspending talks
with the South.
Crimea
bridge
opens
A bridge linking Russia
and the Crimean
peninsula was opened
yesterday by President
Vladimir Putin. It is the
first direct road link
between Russia and
the peninsula, which
was annexed from
Ukraine in 2014. The
12-mile bridge across
the Kerch strait is the
longest in Europe. It
cost the equivalent of
£2.7bn. AP
AFGHANISTAN
Provincial capital could fall to ‘fast-moving’ Taliban
Taliban fighters were yesterday
threatening the provincial capital of
Farah in western Afghanistan, with
fighting under way on the outskirts
of the city where government forces
were defending two police districts.
Security forces were said to be
engaged in fighting around 4km from
the city centre.
“The Taliban are moving very
fast. If the government does not
take serious and speedy action, the
province is going to collapse to the
Taliban,” said Hamidullah, a resident.
Other residents said Taliban forces
began their operation at around 2am
local time, attacking the city from
several directions.
A military spokesman in Farah
said security forces had repelled
the attack, but some residents said
the Taliban had set up checkpoints
around the city and were preventing
people from fleeing. REUTERS
AUSTRALIA
CALIFORNIA
HUNGARY
Trial begins for
Sydney attacks
Sexual diseases Soros closes
hit record high Budapest office
A 71-year-old man went on trial
yesterday over a series of Sydney
bombings and shootings that
terrorised Australia’s legal
fraternity more than 30 years ago.
Leonard Warwick pleaded
not guilty in the New South
Wales state Supreme Court to
four murder charges and 20
other charges relating to crimes
between 1980 and 1985. The crime
spree became known as “the
Family Court bombings”. AP
The number of cases of sexually
transmitted diseases in California
reached a record high last year and
officials are particularly concerned
by a spike in stillbirths due to
congenital syphilis, state health
authorities have said.
More than 300,000 cases of
chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis
were reported in 2017, a 45 per
cent increase from five years
ago, according to the California
Department of Public Health. AP
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Managua
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George Soros’s Open Society
Foundations will close its office
in Budapest and move to Berlin,
the organisation said yesterday,
leaving what it called a repressive
political environment.
Hungarian Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán has blamed the
Hungarian-born US financier
for a host of ills and is planning
a “Stop Soros” bill as part of a
crackdown on non-governmental
organisations. REUTERS
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Kate Wickers is given a tour of
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t George’s is not how
most people would
envision a chapel. “A small
building or room used
for Christian worship” is
the general definition. Windsor
Castle’s venue for the royal
wedding, on the other hand, is a
cavernous church with a soaring,
vaulted roof and room for up to
800 guests – though Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle have invited
a modest 600.
In fact, St George’s Chapel is
considered to be one of the finest
examples of Gothic architecture
in the UK, notable for the perfect
symmetry in its stonework, the
intricate wooden quire, and some
exquisite stained glass. Ten former
monarchs have been buried here,
from Henry VIII in 1547 to George
VI, the present Queen’s father,
in 1952. It was also the scene of
Prince Harry’s christening in 1984.
There are plenty of historical
facts to be found in the guide
books. But for anyone lucky
enough to have visited on a tour,
the Chapel Stewards, who act as
both the welcoming committee
and guides, are keen to impart
their specialist knowledge of the
grand venue on visitors.
Besides pulling a few legs
– “There’s a fine example of
15th century CCTV,” I hear one
telling a group of schoolchildren
– they happily reveal many
fascinating details.
Our guide points to an ornate
piece of stonework in the ceiling
of the south quire, revealing it is
actually a tiny window in a secret
room. “Henry VI put that in
because he liked to keep an eye on
the money that visiting pilgrims
put in the alms boxes,” he tells us.
In the quire, where service is
sung, the stalls lift up to reveal
intricate, oak-carved misericords
– basically medieval shelves for
one’s bottom, to give support
during long periods of prayer.
The designs are eclectic,
ranging from biblical and
historical scenes such as the
assassination attempt on George
III, to humorous – a pig playing
the bagpipes – to the downright
bawdy. Funnily enough, the
carving of a monk’s excrement
morphing in to a demon isn’t on
public display.
The risqué humour continues
on the seat reserved for the
monarch’s spouse. On the left
armrest there’s a carving of
a goblin-like man mooning,
displaying a wonderful shine on his
highly polished oak buttocks.
All is not quite as it appears
with Henry VIII’s leger stone. The
king is actually buried further
back below the flagstones in a
broken coffin. It’s hard to decide
whether to be titillated or horrified
when we learn that Henry’s coffin
exploded, due to a build-up of
methane gas, but the group of
10-year-olds lap it up.
Our guide also shares a ghost
story about Henry wandering the
chapel at night, dragging his goutridden leg and groaning in pain
while looking for Anne Boleyn, his
beheaded queen, who is supposed
to haunt a room overlooking the
Dean’s Cloister.
It’s unlikely that any of these
stories will have influenced Prince
Harry and Ms Markle in their
choice of venue, but there are
romantic elements of design to be
discovered here, too.
Not to be missed is the lovely
wooden oriel, a bay-windowed
balcony, that Henry VIII built for
his first wife, Catherine of Aragon,
so that she could attend chapel
services unobserved.
The beautifully carved
pomegranates that decorate the
oriel – chosen because the fruit
HISTORY
‘Belle’ of the US Air Force is
restored to her former glory
Bomber whose crew survived 25 missions became
symbol of second World War heroism. By Mitch Stacy
he Memphis Belle took
off from Britain on
the morning of 17 May
1943, with a wave of
159 other B-17 Flying
Fortresses to drop bombs on the
concrete Nazi submarine shelters
at Lorient, France. When the
T
bomber landed unscathed that
afternoon, the 10 men aboard were
celebrating; they had just become
one of the first bomber crews of
the war to survive 25 missions
when most weren’t making
a dozen.
Tomorrow, on the 75th
anniversary of that final mission,
the lovingly restored Memphis Belle
– with the swimsuit-clad pin-up
girl freshly repainted on the nose
– will be unveiled at the National
Museum of the US Air Force near
Dayton, Ohio.
It will be the result of more than
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Why you won’t
see this film star
on the red carpet
Wim Wenders tells Jake Coyle how he
made his documentary about the Pope
W
Inside the Gothic
masterpiece you
will find hidden
rooms and risqué
carvings AFP/GETTY
was Catherine’s personal emblem –
were apparently worn away by her
nervous caress.
Edward III was a romantic
chap, too. His Arthurian ideals of
chivalry were established here in
the formation of the Order of the
Garter in 1348, when he brought
the 25 most powerful knights in the
country together.
In the south quire aisle is
Edward’s impressive two-metre
long sword, next to a striking
portrait of him carrying the
weapon, looking as if he is about
to nip off and rescue a damsel
in distress.
There are also many images
of St George slaying the dragon
dotted around – England’s patron
saint can be seen in stained glass,
statues and ceiling carvings known
as roof bosses.
Outside, the chapel roof is
encircled by grotesques – weird
and wonderful stone figures –
pleasingly poised to poke their
tongues out at the congregation.
To replace some of the eroding
medieval grotesques, 13 new ones
were installed in 2016, the work of
students from the City & Guilds of
London Art School.
Sticking with the traditionally
bizarre design scheme, there
is now a mouse with a human
ear grafted on to its back, and a
fish with a human head, à la The
Shape of Water. Further up on the
roof there are 76 stone beasts,
including 14 associated with the
Plantagenet and Tudor royal
families, such as Jane Seymour’s
impressive panther and Edward
III’s unicorn – which were
considered sinister beasts in the
14th century, in contrast to their
cutesy image today.
Oh, and there’s one more feature.
Hopefully it won’t be needed on
Saturday, but should Ms Markle
change her mind at the last
moment, there’s a handy sally
port – a secret trap door – just
behind the chapel, leading to a
tunnel wide and high enough to flee
through on horseback.
a dozen years and 55,000 hours
of fastidious work by staffers and
volunteers to renew one of most
celebrated aircraft of the war.
The bomber was rescued from
an Oklahoma scrap yard after
the war, purchased by the
mayor of Memphis for
$350 (£260). It was
displayed outdoors
there for decades,
deteriorating
from weather and
vandalism.
“I hope I don’t
break down and
start bawling, but
that’s a possibility,” says
Dr Harry Friedman, the
Memphis neurosurgeon who
has worked for decades to have the
plane restored and displayed.
Battling Nazi fighters and flying
through anti-aircraft bursts for six
miserable months in 1942-43, the
men who served on the Memphis
Belle beat the odds just by surviving
the requisite 25 trips. Two out of
three young men – their average
age was 20 – who flew on
those B-17 missions did
not come back.
“We were lucky,
and we know that
well,” Memphis Belle
pilot Robert Morgan
said after returning
to the US. “There
were other crews that
did things that make
what we did seem small.”
Contrary to legend,
neither the Memphis Belle nor its
crew were the first to complete 25
missions in the war. At least one
other bomber crew in the UK did
it first. The Belle just happened to
be the one made famous, thanks
to newspaper reporters eager
to lionise war heroes, and to
Hollywood director William Wyler,
who decided to film a documentary
about the 25th mission.
Wyler was taken by the
plane’s sexy nose art and
romantic moniker inspired by
Morgan’s 20-year-old sweetheart
in Tennessee.
Army public relations seized
the moment and sent the Memphis
Belle and most of the original crew
back home on a barnstorming
swing in the summer of 1943. The
highly publicised 32-city war bond
tour made celebrities of the crew,
along with Morgan’s sweetheart,
Margaret Polk, and a black
Scotty puppy named Stuka who
accompanied the crew. AP
hen Wim Wenders
first met the Pope
before shooting
the documentary
A Man of his Word,
the pontiff warned the German film
director that he was no movie buff.
“He said: ‘I’ve heard a lot about
you but you must know I don’t know
much about cinema and I haven’t
seen a single one of your films.
Actually, I don’t know almost any
movies,’” says Wenders.
Later, once the film was nearly
completed, Wenders inquired if
Pope Francis wanted to see it. The
response came that while the Pope
was satisfied with the experience, he
wouldn’t see the movie: “It’s just not
my thing.”
A Man of his Word premiered at
the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday,
though the Pope, who is meeting
Chilean bishops this week in Rome
to discuss Chile’s sex abuse crisis,
was not in Cannes – robbing the
festival of the sight of the pontiff on
the red carpet.
The unprecedented profile of the
Pope is being released on Friday,
pitting the world’s most recognised
religious figure against the likes of
superhero comedy Deadpool 2 at
the box office.
Wenders, the Oscar-winning
72-year-old maker of Wings of Desire
and Buena Vista Social Club, says
he received “carte blanche” from
the Vatican in making his film. He
conducted four lengthy interviews
spread out over four years, all inside
Vatican walls, and was granted
extensive access to the Vatican’s
video library.
The film, shot with Errol
Morris’s “Interrotron” camera
apparatus, which allows a subject
to speak directly into the camera,
is essentially an intimate audience
with Pope Francis as he ruminates
on challenges facing the world.
In between footage of Pope
Francis visiting everywhere from
a joint session of US Congress to a
Philadelphia prison, from an African
children’s hospital to a Greek
migrant camp, the spiritual leader
discusses faith in the modern world,
poverty, pollution, female equality,
church sex scandals, the suffering of
migrants and economic inequality.
Pope Francis arrived for their
first interview, Wenders says,
unaccompanied and without a
mobile phone.
“My first question was: How come
for many people today, God is no
longer a reality?” Wenders said in
My first question [to the
Pope] was: ‘How come for
many people today, God
is no longer a reality?’
Wim Wenders and Pope Francis
during the filming of ‘A Man of his
Word’ FOCUS FEATURES/AP
an interview at the Cannes festival.
Wenders lets the audience see the
world through the eyes of the Pope,
whom he calls “a man who lives what
he preaches”.
“You don’t really realise that
whenever he travels, he’s also
seeing prisons, hospitals, he’s seeing
camps, he’s seeing slums. He goes
to all these places it hurts to go,”
said Wenders. “And nobody else on
this planet does that. I don’t know
of any other person who meets both
heads of state and goes to see the
prisoners. I don’t know that person.”
The project was the brainchild
of Monsignor Dario Vigano, the
Vatican’s head of communications
until earlier this year, when he
resigned in a scandal over falsifying
a letter from the Pope Emeritus,
Benedict XVI. “He said, ‘No one’s
going to think you can make a movie
with the Pope, but I want to plant the
idea,’” said Wenders.
The Argentine-born, 81-year-old
Pope Francis, the first pontiff
from the Americas, has in his five
years on the papal throne been
a globally beloved figure hailed
by many for his humility and for
transforming the Church. But he
has also stirred disquiet from the
Vatican’s conservative elements
– and Wenders was conscious of
the possibility that turning Pope
Francis into a movie star might be
objectionable to some.
“We did the film under the radar
from the beginning,” says Wenders.
“We didn’t want it to be public
knowledge, but it was also maybe
not to, inside the Church, arise too
much attention. But the primary
concern was to keep it under the lid
before we knew that we had a film.”
Wenders, who was raised Catholic
and converted to Protestantism,
identifies himself as a Christian and
a believer who attends different
kinds of churches and admires
theologians of various faiths. AP
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Love In The Countryside
Police Under Pressure
9pm, BBC2
That the suitors might have to fork
horse manure or check a sheep’s
testicles (“it’s all part of the package,”
says Christine’s date Josh, left) adds
to the charm of this rural dating
show – that and the fact that the
agrarian singletons are so obviously
strangers to swiping Tinder and
what is expected of them by a
reality television series. This week,
Heather, a 28-year-old equine vet,
takes a shine to Callum despite his
admission that he doesn’t like horses.
Meanwhile, cattle and sheep farmer
Christine’s dates arrive and divorcee
Pete reckons it’s “too close to call”
between Caroline and Helen, Franny
having wisely re-packed her fake tan
and fled back to Leeds.
9pm, BBC1
Considering how many
documentaries and dramas feature
cops of one sort or another, it’s
strange how little attention is paid
on TV to the fact/perception that
there seem to be fewer of them
out there in real life. This timely
Panorama special investigates the
challenges facing four police forces
around the country after eight years
of austerity – with a national
shortage of detectives and fewer
crimes resulting in convictions.
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24 Hours In A&E
9pm, Channel 4
Returning for a 15th series, the
success of this observational
documentary is of course down to
the human stories revealed by that
ambulance ride to accident and
emergency. First into the operating
theatre is 83-year-old Eve, who
arrives at St George’s with a nasty
leg break, and whose husband John
fills us in with the circumstances
of first meeting 63 years ago, when
he was selling fruit and veg at
Covent Garden and she worked
at the nearby telephone exchange.
It’s a cockle-warmer.
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The Last Man On The Moon
9pm, BBC4
After all the effort to put a man on
the Moon, it seems that we soon lost
interest, and indeed the last manned
lunar landing was only three years
after the first. On that final mission
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Hosted by Alex
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Oduba (S).
7.00 Back To The
Land With Kate
Humble Kate
travels to the
Midlands to
visit a family
farm (S).
7.00 Emmerdale
Chas and Paddy
make a pact (S).
7.30 Coronation
Street (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
7.55 The Political
Slot (S).
7.00 Police
Interceptors
Paul “Jacko”
Jackson is
forced to draw
his Taser (R) (S).
7.00 Beyond 100
Days; Weather
(S).
7.30 History Of The
Future: Cars (S).
8.00 Watchdog
Live The team
report on the
broadband
companies (S).
8.00 The World’s
Most
Extraordinary
Homes
Exploring
unique homes
in India (S).
8.00 Heathrow:
Britain’s
Busiest Airport
(S).
8.30 Coronation
Street (S).
8.00 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
Spider monkey
Kiara becomes a
mother for the
first time (S).
8.00 GPs: Behind
Closed Doors
Doctors deal
exclusively with
the vital issue
of mental health
(S).
8.00 Cosmonauts:
How Russia
Won The Space
Race (S).
9.00 Police Under
Pressure
Investigating
the challenges
facing four
police forces (S).
9.00 Love In The
Countryside (S).
9.00 Innocent Alice
and Rob’s
relationship
continues to
disintegrate (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
A&E New
series. A woman
is brought in
with suspected
sepsis (S).
9.00 Rich House,
Poor House
Families from
West Yorkshire
and Hartlepool
swap places for
a week (S).
9.00 The Last Man On
The Moon (S).
10pm
10.00BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.30 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.45 A Question Of
Sport: Mind
Games (S).
10.00Detectorists
Andy and
Lance go to
great lengths
to protect their
land (R) (S).
10.30 Newsnight (S).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Uefa Europa
League
Highlights (S).
10.00What Makes
A Woman?
Munroe
Bergdorf
explores the
changing world
of gender (S).
10.00When Kids TV
Goes Horribly
Wrong A
compilation
of children’s
television
mishaps (R) (S).
10.30 Dambusters
Declassified
Martin Shaw
explores the
1943 raid by 617
Squadron (S).
11pm
11.15 FA Cup: The
Road To
Wembley (S).
11.45 Ambulance (R)
(S).
11.15 Atlanta
Comedy drama,
starring Donald
Glover (R) (S).
11.40 Atlanta Earn
and Paper Boi
are arrested (R).
11.45 Play To The
Whistle With
guest panellists
Wilfried Zaha
and Rochelle
Humes (R) (S).
11.05 Gogglebox
Portillo’s
Hidden History
of Britain, Who
Wants to Be a
Millionaire? are
assessed (R) (S).
12.50 BBC News (S).
12.05 Versailles (R) (S).
1.00 Versailles (R) (S).
1.55 Sign Zone: Britain’s
Biggest Warship (R) (S).
2.55 Sign Zone: Murder,
Mystery And My Family
(R) (S). 3.40 This Is BBC
Two (S).
12.20 Jackpot247 3.00
Grantchester (R) (S). 3.50
ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (R) (S).
12.05 Friday Night Dinner
(R). 12.35 High & Dry (R). 1.00
How’d You Get So Rich? (R).
1.45 FILM: The Descendants
(Alexander Payne 2011) (S).
3.45 Gok’s Fill Your House
For Free (R). 4.40 Steph And
Dom’s One Star To Five Star .
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Ill Gotten Gains (S).
10.00 Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
A1: Britain’s Longest
Road (R) (S). 11.45 The
Housing Enforcers (S).
12.15 Bargain Hunt (R)
(S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 Doctors
(S). 2.15 The Doctor Blake
Mysteries (S). 3.15 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 3.45
Royal Recipes: Wedding
Special (S). 4.30 Hardball
(S). 5.15 Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
Late
1.00 SuperCasino (S). 3.10
GPs: Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 4.00 Get Your Tatts
Out: Kavos Ink (R) (S). 4.45
House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10
Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35
Wildlife SOS (R) (S).
was Eugene Cernan, the last Apollo
astronaut to walk on our planetary
satellite, back in 1972. Cernan, a
former US navy pilot who died last
year just after this film was
completed, travels back to Cape
Canaveral to recall his lifelong
ambition to travel into space.
===
What Makes A Woman?
10pm, Channel 4
Channel 4 follows up its recent and
highly insightful experiment,
Genderquake (catch it on All4) with
this documentary by Munroe
Bergdorf, the activist and former
model you might have seen being
heckled during the debate that
followed the programme. The film
follows Bergdorf, who was also
briefly and controversially an LGBT
Eve ends up spending
‘24 Hours In A&E’
9pm, Channel 4
Munroe Bergdorf asks
‘What Makes A
Woman?’ in an
insightful report
10pm, Channel 4
6.00 The Planet’s Funniest
Animals (S). 6.20 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 6.45 Totally
Bonkers Guinness World
Records (S). 7.10 Who’s
Doing The Dishes? (S).
7.55 Emmerdale (S). 8.25
The Cube (S). 9.25 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show
(S). 10.20 The Bachelor
(S). 12.15 Emmerdale (S).
12.45 You’ve Been Framed!
Gold (S). 1.15 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold (S). 1.45 The
Ellen DeGeneres Show (S).
2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show
(S). 3.45 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 4.55 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (S).
Jon Richardson is the
‘Ultimate Worrier’
10pm, Dave
6.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
6.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
6.30 FILM: Runaway
Jury (Gary
Fleder 2003)
Courtroom
thriller, starring
John Cusack (S).
7.00 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
7.30 You’ve Been
Framed! Gold
(S).
8.00 Two And A Half
Men Alan offers
Jenny some
relationship
advice (S).
8.30 Superstore (S).
9.00 FILM: Paper
Towns (Jake
Schreier 2015)
Mystery,
starring Nat
Wolff and Cara
Delevingne (S).
9.00 FILM: Fast
& Furious
5 (Justin Lin
2011) Action
adventure,
starring Vin
Diesel (S).
11.30 Planet Ant:
Life Inside
The Colony
Investigating
the workings of
a leafcutter ant
nest (S).
11.10 FILM: The
Last Days On
Mars (Ruairi
Robinson 2013)
Sci-fi horror,
starring Liev
Schreiber (S).
11.40 Family Guy
Part one of two.
Peter presents
his own version
of The Empire
Strikes Back (S).
1.00 The Last Seabird
Summer? (S). 2.00
Cosmonauts: How Russia
Won The Space Race
(S). 3.00 History Of The
Future: Cars (S). 3.30 Close
1.05 FILM: The Dance
Of Reality (Alejandro
Jodorowsky 2013)
autobiographical
drama, starring Brontis
Jodorowsky (S). 3.45 Close
12.10 Family Guy (S). 12.35
American Dad! (S). 1.05
American Dad! (S). 1.35
Two And A Half Men (S).
2.00 Superstore (S). 2.30
Teleshopping
NEWS
2-27
adviser to the Labour Party, as she
undergoes dramatic facial
feminisation surgery as part of
tackling her gender dysphoria and
questions the science and social
norms of gender.
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Jon Richardson:
Ultimate Worrier
10pm, Dave
The BBC may have sworn off
creating any new panel shows but
Dave has no such qualms, and it
follows its triumphantly silly
Taskmaster with this variation
on Room 101, in which comedian
Jon Richardson shares his concerns
about everything from lifts to
dry-roasted nuts and Elon Musk.
The guest panellists are Josh
Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
The Hustler
Ransom
5.40pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Robert Rossen, 1961)
The Hustler is much less a sports
movie than a film about character and
atmosphere, and it has an abundance
of both. Paul Newman (left) plays
“Fast” Eddie Felson, a good-looking
and cocky young pool shark who will
need to find out some more about
human weaknesses before he takes on
Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) – the
incumbent king of their seedy little
world. Piper Laurie plays the alcoholic
woman who inadvisedly falls in love
with him; George C Scott his slick
and heartless manager. The action on
and off the table, and the look of the
pool halls and cheap hotel rooms in
which it takes place, are convincing
down to the smallest detail.
10.30pm, ITV4
(Ron Howard, 1996)
Mel Gibson stars as a man whose
young son is kidnapped. But rather
than pay the ransom, this won’t-bepushed-around tough guy millionaire
decides that he’ll use the money to
put a bounty on the kidnappers’ heads.
The Descendants
1.45am Channel 4
(Alexander Payne, 2011)
This study of a mid-life everyman
in crisis stars George Clooney as a
Hawaiian lawyer and father of two
whose wife is in a coma. It’s a literate
film, full of gentle comedy, subtly
shifting sympathies and unexpectedly
touching moments.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Hollyoaks (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (S). 7.00 Couples
Come Dine With Me (S).
8.00 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 8.30 How I
Met Your Mother (S). 9.00
New Girl (S). 9.30 New Girl
(S). 10.00 2 Broke Girls
(S). 10.30 2 Broke Girls
(S). 11.00 Brooklyn NineNine (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (S). 12.00 The
Goldbergs (S). 12.30 The
Goldbergs (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (S). 1.30 The
Big Bang Theory (S). 2.00
How I Met Your Mother
(S). 2.30 How I Met Your
Mother (S). 3.00 New Girl
(S). 3.30 New Girl (S). 4.00
Black-ish (S). 4.30 Blackish (S). 5.00 The Goldbergs
(S). 5.30 The Goldbergs (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (S).
9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 11.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.05 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 1.05 Four In A Bed
(S). 1.40 Four In A Bed (S).
2.10 Come Dine With Me
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.55 A New
Life In The Sun (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo
A rare okapi
has mating
problems (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A
psychic predicts
the death of a
missing tycoon
(S).
7.00 Hollyoaks (S).
7.30 Black-ish Dre
is chosen to
lead Stevens
and Lido’s
new charity
campaign (S).
8.00 Lewis A college
reunion takes
a tragic turn
when a guest is
found murdered
(S).
8.00 The Goldbergs
(S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.00 Animal 999 (R) (S).
6.30 Animal 999 (R) (S).
7.00 Meerkat Manor (R)
(S). 7.30 Meerkat Manor
(R) (S). 8.00 Monkey
Business (R) (S). 8.30
Monkey Business (R) (S).
9.00 Motorway Patrol (R)
(S). 9.30 Motorway Patrol
(R) (S). 10.00 Road Wars (R)
(S). 11.00 Sanctuary (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.00 Richard E Grant’s
Hotel Secrets (R) (S). 7.00
Fish Town (R) (S). 8.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
The West Wing (S). 10.00
The West Wing (S). 11.00
House (R) (S). 12.00 House
(R) (S). 1.00 Without A
Trace (S). 2.00 Blue Bloods
(R) (S). 3.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 House (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Scott Mills 10.00
Clara Amfo 12.45pm Newsbeat
1.00 Matt And Mollie 4.00 Greg
James 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00
Greg James 7.00 Annie Mac
9.00 The 8th With Charlie Sloth
11.00 Huw Stephens 1am Benji
B 3.00 Radio 1 Comedy – Niki
And Sammy’s Peachy Podcast
4.00 Adele Roberts
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 MistaJam 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 MistaJam 7.00 DJ Target
9.02 The 8th With Charlie
Sloth 11.00 1Xtra Residency
– Snoochie Shy 1am Benji B
3.00 1Xtra Playlists 4.00 1Xtra
Residency
BBC Radio 2
7.55 Grand Designs
Transforming
a 1960s
forester’s lodge
into a unique
Japanese home
(S).
6.00 Futurama (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
A comingof-age story
chronicling
Bart’s life (R) (S).
6.00 House Pilot
episode of the
medical drama,
starring Hugh
Laurie (R) (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.30 The Simpsons
Bart realises he
has a crush on
his new teacher
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation A
comedian drops
dead on stage
(R) (S).
8.00 Carnage More
vehicles go head
to head (R).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny and
Linda clash (R)
(S).
9.00 The 100 Octavia
is forced to
accept guidance
from an unlikely
ally (S).
9.00 Building The
Dream Charlie
Luxton heads
to Woking in
Surrey (S).
9.00 A League Of
Their Own
With Wojciech
Szczesny,
Alex Brooker
and Jennifer
Saunders (R) (S).
9.00 Occupied Jesper
flees to Paris (S).
10.00The Street
A depressed
postman takes
an illiterate
teenager under
his wing (S).
10.00Timeless The
team travel back
to New York
City in 1919 (S).
10.05 999: What’s
Your
Emergency?
The work of
the emergency
services in
Wiltshire (S).
10.00FILM: Scream
2 (Wes Craven
1997) Horror
sequel, starring
Neve Campbell
(S).
10.00Patrick Melrose
Drama, starring
Benedict
Cumberbatch
(R).
11.20 The Street A
new resident
harbours a dark
secret. Last in
the series (S).
11.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
11.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
11.05 24 Hours In
A&E A builder
is rushed into
A&E after
falling 18 feet
onto concrete
(S).
12.35 A Touch Of Frost (S).
2.20 ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
12.00 First Dates (S). 1.10
Tattoo Fixers (S). 2.10 The
100 (S). 3.00 Timeless (S).
3.45 The Goldbergs (S).
4.10 Rude(ish) Tube (S).
4.35 Couples Come Dine
With Me (S).
12.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats
Does Countdown (S).
1.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (S). 2.15
Building The Dream (S).
3.15 8 Out Of 10 Cats (S).
3.55 Close
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. With
Georgia Mann. 9.00 Essential
Classics 12noon Composer
Of The Week: Brahms. 1.00
News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime
Concert. 2.00 Afternoon
Concert. The BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra in
concert at Sage Gateshead.
3.30 Choral Evensong. From St
Pancras Church in London. 4.30
New Generation Artists. 5.00 In
Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An
eclectic non-stop mix of music.
7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
play Stravinsky and Beethoven.
10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45
The Essay: To The Barricades!
11.00 Late Junction. 12.30am
Through The Night.
BBC Radio 4
11.10 High
Maintenance (S).
11.45 Silicon Valley
Richard decides
to give Laurie a
helping hand (R)
(S).
12.10 Brit Cops: Law &
Disorder (R) (S). 1.05 Ross
Kemp: Extreme World (R)
(S). 2.00 Most Shocking (R)
(S). 3.00 Jamestown (R) (S).
4.00 Highway Patrol (R) (S).
4.30 Highway Patrol (R) (S).
5.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R).
6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken
Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine
2.00 Steve Wright In The
Afternoon 5.00 Jo Whiley &
Simon Mayo 8.00 The Folk
Show With Mark Radcliffe 9.00
Old Grey Whistle Test 40 10.00
Sara Cox 12mdn’t OJ Borg 3.00
Pick Of The Pops 5.00 Vanessa
Feltz
12.20 Barry (R) (S). 12.55
Billions (R). 2.05 The
Sopranos (R) (S). 3.10 High
Maintenance (R) (S). 3.45
Anon: Special (R) (S). 4.10
The West Wing (R) (S). 5.05
The West Wing (R) (S).
6am Today 9.00 Only Artists
9.30 Classified Britain 9.45
Book Of The Week: The Book: A
Cover-to-Cover Exploration Of
The Most Powerful Object Of
Our Time 10.00 Woman’s Hour
10.56 The Listening Project
11.00 A Church In Crisis 11.30
Ability 12noon News 12.04
Dr Broks’ Casebook 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
The Assassination 2.00 The
Archers 2.15 Drama: McLevy
3.00 Money Box Live 3.30 All
In The Mind 4.00 Thinking
Allowed 4.30 The Media
Show 5.00 PM 5.57 Weather
6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30
Daliso Chaponda: Citizen Of
Nowhere. Daliso Chaponda
examines the people who
want to help the relationship
between the UK and Africa.
7.00 The Archers. Alistair
confesses all. 7.15 Front
Row. Arts programme. 7.45
Wuthering Heights. By Emily
Bronte, adapted by Rachel
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Radio
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (S).
6.50 Heartbeat (S). 7.55
The Royal (S). 9.00 Judge
Judy (S). 9.25 Judge Judy
(S). 9.55 Judge Judy (S).
10.20 A Touch Of Frost (S).
12.35 The Royal (S). 1.40
Heartbeat (S). 2.40 Classic
Coronation Street (S). 3.15
Classic Coronation Street
(S). 3.50 On The Buses (S).
4.20 On The Buses (S).
4.55 You’re Only Young
Twice (S). 5.25 George And
Mildred (S). 5.55 Heartbeat
(S).
i
BUSINESS SPORT
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48-56
BBC iPlayer
An improvised one-off episode.
My Next Guest Needs
No Introduction
With David Letterman
Netflix
Letterman’s latest guest is
30 Rock star/creator Tina Fey.
Joyce. 8.00 FutureProofing.
How to protect and improve
mental health in future.
8.45 Four Thought. Laiba
Husain discusses life before,
and after, marriage. 9.00
Costing The Earth. Tom Heap
investigates the decline of
Britain’s rabbits. 9.30 Only
Artists. Cellist Steven Isserlis
meets novelist and playwright
Sebastian Barry. 10.00 The
World Tonight. With Ritula
Shah. 10.45 Book At Bedtime:
The Female Persuasion. By
Meg Wolitzer. 11.00 The John
Moloney Show. New series.
The stand-up comic returns
with his trials of modern life.
11.15 Terry Alderton’s All
Crazy Now. Fifteen minutes
of unpredictable comedy
and music. 11.30 Today In
Parliament. Analysis of the
day’s developments. 12mdn’t
News And Weather 12.30
Book Of The Week: The Book:
A Cover-to-Cover Exploration
Of The Most Powerful Object
Of Our Time 12.48 Shipping
Forecast 1.00 As BBC World
Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast
5.30 News Briefing 5.43 Prayer
For The Day 5.45 Farming
Today 5.58 Tweet Of The Day
Leopard In Autumn 5.30 Daliso
Chaponda: Citizen Of Nowhere
6.00 2001 – A Space Odyssey
6.15 The Book Of Strange
New Things 6.30 The Tingle
Factor 7.00 The Navy Lark
7.30 Round The Horne 8.00
The Doomed Oasis 8.30 Reel
Histories – Dam Busters 9.00
Opening Lines 9.15 Faith, Hope
And Charity 10.00 Comedy
Club: Daliso Chaponda: Citizen
Of Nowhere 10.30 Comedy
Club: 2525 10.55 Comedy Club:
The Comedy Club Interview
11.00 Comedy Club: Clayton
Grange 11.30 Comedy Club:
Delve Special 12mdn’t 2001
– A Space Odyssey 12.15 The
Book Of Strange New Things
12.30 The Tingle Factor 1.00
The Doomed Oasis 1.30 Reel
Histories – Dam Busters 2.00
The Secret History 2.15 Britain
On The Bottle: Alcohol And The
State 2.30 Gillespie And I 2.45
Falling Upwards 3.00 The Mill
On The Floss 4.00 Foul Play
4.30 The 27-Year Itch 5.00 The
Leopard In Autumn 5.30 Daliso
Chaponda: Citizen Of Nowhere
BBC 5 Live
8.30am Yesterday In
Parliament 9.45 Daily Service
12.01pm Shipping Forecast
5.54 Shipping Forecast
6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00
The Emma Barnett Show With
Anna Foster 1pm Afternoon
Edition 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5
Live Sport 10.30 Phil Williams
1am Up All Night 5.00 Morning
Reports 5.15 Wake Up To
Money
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC 6 Music
6am The Doomed Oasis 6.30
Reel Histories – Dam Busters
7.00 The Leopard In Autumn
7.30 Daliso Chaponda: Citizen
Of Nowhere 8.00 The Navy
Lark 8.30 Round The Horne
9.00 Foul Play 9.30 The
27-Year Itch 10.00 The Mill
On The Floss 11.00 Opening
Lines 11.15 Faith, Hope And
Charity 12noon The Navy Lark
12.30 Round The Horne 1.00
The Doomed Oasis 1.30 Reel
Histories – Dam Busters 2.00
The Secret History 2.15 Britain
On The Bottle: Alcohol And The
State 2.30 Gillespie And I 2.45
Falling Upwards 3.00 The Mill
On The Floss 4.00 Foul Play
4.30 The 27-Year Itch 5.00 The
7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00
Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark
Radcliffe 4.00 Steve Lamacq
7.00 Marc Riley 9.00 Gideon
Coe 12mdn’t 6 Music
Recommends With Mary Anne
Hobbs 1.00 Hitsville USA – The
Story Of Motown 2.00
Parklife – The Blur Story
2.30 6 Music Live Hour 3.30
6 Music’s Jukebox 5.00 Chris
Hawkins
BBC Radio 4 LW
Pick
ofthe
day
Old Grey
Whistle Test 40
9pm, BBC Radio 2
Robert Plant
(above) and
former Whistle
Test producer
Mike Appleton
have a catch-up,
while Paul Weller
performs a Jam
track and some of
his solo work.
Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm AnneMarie Minhall 5.00 Classic FM
Drive 7.00 Smooth Classics
At Seven 8.00 The Full Works
Concert. Highlights from a
Young Classical Artist Trust
concert. 10.00 Smooth Classics
1am Sam Pittis
Absolute Radio
6am Christian O’Connell’s
Breakfast Show 10.00 Leona
Graham 1pm Andy Bush 4.00
Dave Berry 7.00 Danielle Perry
10.00 Pete Donaldson 1am
Chris Martin
Heart
6am Jamie And Emma
9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt
Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy
7.00 Sian Welby 10.00 Kat
Shoob 1am Simon Beale 4.00
Jenni Falconer
TalkSPORT
6am The Alan Brazil Sports
Breakfast With David Ginola
10.00 Jim White 1pm
Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00
Danny Kelly And Darren Gough
7.00 Kick-off 10.00 Sports Bar
1am Extra Time With Adam
Catterall
A plateful
of hope
It’s a supper club with a difference, staffed by
young people who live in hostels but are being helped
to find their own homes. By VictoriaStewart
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The stage adaptation
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he first time 26-yearold Emmanuel Bejedi
was invited to take part
in a supper club event,
he didn’t turn up. “And
then, later, I changed my mind. It
wasn’t an easy decision to make,”
he remembers, sitting opposite
the North London YMCA hostel in
Crouch End, where he’s currently
staying. “But I had to make that
decision myself – no one forced me
to do that. And there was no point
just hanging around in the hostel…
and then when I got there, it was an
amazing feeling. Even on my first
day helping out in the kitchen, it felt
like I’d been there a while - that it
was another family I had.”
The supper club was one of many
hosted by the London-based social
enterprise, Fat Macy’s, which
gives young people who are living
in temporary accommodation the
chance to work their way towards
living in a rented property. It
was set up by former teaching
assistant Meg Doherty in mid-2016
after she’d completed the social
innovation course, Year Here.
She now runs five-day
intensive training
courses, which
include personal
development,
a food hygiene
certificate and
an introduction
to cooking. After
this, anyone
who signs up is
i nv i t e d t o w o rk
as a volunteer at a
supper club.
B e j e d i , wh o wa s bo r n in
Cameroon and has lived in the UK
for eight years, is happy to discuss
life in the hostel, but says it hasn’t
been easy. “I never expected to
be homeless or be in a hostel [his
mother had kicked him out of the
house after they disagreed over
his desire to become a footballer;
they aren’t on speaking terms],”
he says. “I’ve been in this hostel
for two years, but I was in a night
shelter in Holloway for three years
before that. Looking back to being
homeless and to sleeping in bus
stations, and so on, I just think of
how cold it is and you don’t know
where you’re going. You’re moving
in a different world.”
When I ask him what the idea of
rented accommodation would feel
like, he says he can’t imagine it:
“Things are just so different now,
and that might take me years. But
my time will come – I’m not going
to rush. But I just want to be here at
Fat Macy’s as much as possible. If
we didn’t have an event coming up
or doing training, I’d just be in the
hostel with the noise, and the stress.
There are 154 people in there, and
you can hear everything. But when
you spend all day out of the building,
you don’t have any noise.”
Running food events as a way
of offering training to vulnerable
people is not new – but what makes
Fat Macy’s different is that for
every hour worked each trainee
accrues £10 that goes directly into a
trust fund and, eventually, towards
future rental fees. Once they reach
the 200-hour milestone, they are
given more coaching to enable
them to move on.
For Doherty, supper clubs were
“the best way to test the concept
without too much investment [and]
excellent for people to learn as we
have a set menu (food is themed
around a particular cuisine, with
Jamaican jerk chicken popular)
which our trainees will cook over
five-six nights. This means they
really have time to learn. The
setting of a supper club also feels
really inclusive [which] helps our
trainees build confidence.”
In s p i r i n g co n f i d e n ce a n d
focusing on mindset are key to
Doherty. “The people we’re working
with have often just been screwed
over in so many ways, whether it’s
by the system, or something else.
So many are just waiting around. In
the hostel [everything] is done for
them, so much of it for us is about
trying to get them to understand
that it’s their life and they can
change it with the right support.”
Bejedi doesn’t consider cooking
easy, he believes it’s “a good skill –
whether you’re living alone or with
a partner. I love making breakfast
– eggs are my thing!”
Front of house work is what he
really looks forward to. “It’s not just
because I’m chatting to people. I
remember someone once saying
to me that even if you don’t put
the food down properly, if you’re
smiling, that’s already better. Plus
I’ve done front of house a lot. My
sister had her own restaurant in
The setting feels
really inclusive –
which helps trainess
build confidence
Good food
for a good cause
Social Bite is a Scottish social
enterprise. Through a chain
of cafés and restaurants
it employs more than 100
people, many of whom have
struggled with homelessness.
It is the largest distributor
of fresh free food to the
homeless in the UK, giving
out more than 100,000 items
of food and hot drinks per
year. The café encourages
customers to pay extra
to buy food for those who
can’t afford their own.
Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle visited the Edinburgh
café earlier this year.
This week sees the launch
of the Social Bite Village of
10 two-bedroom houses
built to accommodate
homeless tenants.
Emmanuel
Bejedi,
like all the
trainees,
has learnt
to cook up
a variety
of dishes in
Fat Macy’s
BENOIT
GROGANAVIGNON
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Cameroon, and before I moved
here, I was there all the time.”
When Doherty reveals to Bejedi
that he has racked up 24 events so
far, a grin spreads across his face.
“Really?! Wow! That is really,
really cool. I just love it!” he laughs.
“You are certainly winning the
Most Keen prize at the moment,”
Doherty explains.
Of the 15 people from Fat Macy’s
first cohort, two are employed
and living in rented properties,
having notched up £1,300 each,
whilst the remaining
13 continue to rack
up hours, and
12 newcomers
have arrived.
As for Bejedi,
he
says:
“Sometimes
I a s k my s e l f
where I am
now compared
to what I was
coming from. I
was struggling, but
without the support
of Meg, I don’t know
how else it would have
been. This was a big
life change for me.”
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Travel essentials
HOW TO GET THERE
British Airways flies to
Santorini and Mykonos
from London City and
Heathrow airports,
ba.com, easyJet also flies
to Mykonos and Santorini
from Gatwick, easyJet.com,
while Norwegian flies to
Santorini from Gatwick,
norwegian.com. Ferries
from Santorini to Ios take
under an hour and cost
around €32pp (£28), and
take around two hours
from Mykonos, costing
€54 (£47) seajets.gr.
JamesLitston
WHERE TO STAY
Hideout Suites cost
from €170 (£150), b&b,
hideoutsuites.gr.
MORE INFORMATION
Mylopotas Water Sports
offers private three-hour
speedboat tours for €200
(£176). visitgreece.gr.
I
t is early evening on the Greek
isle of Ios. From the barren hilltop above Chora (Ios Town), I’m
watching the sun sink. Everything below me, from the roofs
of the town’s whitewashed houses to
the Aegean Sea beyond, is bathed in
glorious, golden light.
It’s a scene that’s made all the
more magical for knowing that I’d
be watching this same spectacle
through a forest of selfie-sticks were
I on neighbouring Santorini. In contrast, I’m one of two dozen people
who’ve hiked to this elevated spot.
While Ios lacks the jet-set buzz
of its sister Cyclades, being sandwiched between Santorini and
Mykonos has advantages. With no
airport, the island benefits from easy
access via its better-known neighbours without being swamped. And
Tucked among folds
in these cliffs lies a
series of deserted
natural beaches
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although Ios Town is just as lovely as
Santorini’s cliff-top villages, its jumble of churches and sky-blue painted
doorways feels more authentic.
But while it’s long been happy to
let its high-profile siblings hog the
limelight, the past few years have
seen Ios upping its game. Though its
formula of lazy days and late-night
partying remains unchanged, glitzy
beach clubs, chic hotels and cool new
restaurants are drawing a more sophisticated crowd.
Hideout Suites is a case in point.
I’m staying in one of 12 avant-garde
villas carved into a hillside five minutes by bus from Ios Town. They’re
owned by the Mikoniatis family, who
effectively put Ios on the map 30
years ago by opening a party venue
and campsite on Mylopotas Beach.
From these humble beginnings
grew today’s phenomenally successful Far Out Village, which combines
a 3,000-capacity mega-club with
budget digs for a youthful clientele.
Built from local stone and whitewashed plaster, Hideout Suites blend
island architecture with contempo-
rary Scandi style. My one-bedroom
unit is minimal and chic, with a sunsoaked terrace and glass-fronted
infinity pool overlooking Mylopotas
Beach. Up here I feel a world away
from the holidaymakers, yet it’s only
a 10-minute stroll down to the shore.
This puts the suites within easy
reach of another newcomer, Free
Beach Bar. Its palm-thatched cabanas come with king-size beach beds,
cocktail menus and laid-back tunes.
Mylopotas Beach itself is lovely,
but while it may be the largest, others claim to be prettier. I take a private speedboat tour down the coast
with Mylopotas Water Sports. We
cruise past sun-bleached cliffs
and an empty hinterland.
Tucked among folds
in these cliffs lies a
series of deserted
natural beaches.
On Tripiti, I find
crystal pebbles
scattered on the
sand, while Pepper Beach bears
the tell-tale tracks
of a turtle coming ashore to nest. We
pause at each and take a dip in waters of extraordinary clarity.
Ios’s upmarket makeover extends
even here. Having acquired a huge
chunk of the island, entrepreneur
Angelos Michalopoulos and his wife
Vasso are preserving swathes of
countryside while pumping millions
into a scattering of high-end, lowdensity developments.
I meet up with them at Pathos
Sunset Lounge, another of their
projects. As they tell me about Calilo,
their luxury spa hotel opening this
summer, revellers dance beneath a
sky turning various shades of vermilion. I tell Vasso that the scene
looks more like something
from Mykonos, and she
smiles. “Ios is truly
spectacular in its
simplicity,” she
muses, “but we
like to think we’re
helping to deliver
the future this island deserves.”
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As a stage production of ‘The Girl on the Train’ opens, Holly Williams
talks to the playwrights who have adapted Paula Hawkins’ best-seller
S
o what attracted you to the
multimillion-selling novel The
Girl on the Train? That could
be my first question to Rachel
Wagstaff and Duncan Abel
– but the pair of playwrights
seem too full of enthusiasm to warrant
such cynicism. It was something of a
dream ticket: they were approached by
producer Simon Friend to adapt Paula
Hawkins’s best-selling thriller for the
stage. The show opens at the West
Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds
this month, and is considered
such a safe bet that a national
tour is already being planned for
next year.
But that’s because they’re
starting with such good material,
they insist. “We only do things
we love. But everything
that we tend to love, well, it
makes sense other people
love it too,” laughs Wagstaff.
She has previously adapted
Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong
for the stage.
“I thought I would love to
see [The Girl on the Train]
on stage, and I would love to dramatise
it. So while other people might view it
with a raised eyebrow, we know we’re
doing it out of love, and because we think
it will make a brilliant play.”
The story of an alcoholic young
woman who becomes obsessed with
solving a crime involving a couple she
watches from a train has already been
adapted into a film with Emily Blunt –
but a theatrical version is quite a
different proposition.
In fact, at first glance, it
doesn’t necessarily seem like
obvious material. Hawkins’s
book takes the reader inside
the minds of three female
protagonists; such tripled
perspectives and such
interiority could be a
challenge to convey
onstage while
maintaining the pace
and zip of a thriller.
No wonder, then,
that Wagstaff and
Abel have decided
to focus just on
Rachel: the gin-in-
Th
he audience
is on the train,
looking into
the lives of
the people on
the stage
a-tin swigging train rider, who is indeed
a compelling character.
“Rachel’s so interesting we wanted
to stay with her,” Abel explains. “We
thought it was worth really exploring
her. She’s a flawed, complex character:
sometimes weak, sometimes strong,
sometimes frustrating. Because it’s a
mystery thriller, people could think it’s a
plot-based thing, but we really saw it as
a character piece.”
Wagstaff explains they see the
material as “a psychologically driven
thriller in which a woman is trying to
solve a mystery – but in trying to piece
together the mystery, she’s actually
putting herself back together”. It was
the thought of this journey arc becoming
clear in front of an audience that made
them excited about it, as a play –
“because you want a reason, you don’t
simply want to cut and paste”.
And it was this that led to them
working with Joe Murphy, who recently
directed Woyzeck at the Old Vic: “We
knew we wanted him to do it within
five minutes of meeting him. He has an
excellent storytelling brain,” Abel says.
With such a well-known title, many
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SEAN O’GRADY
On the right
track: Lily
Arnold’s
ingenious set
design (main);
adaptors
Duncan Abel
and Rachel
Wagstaff
(above); Emily
Blunt (top
right) in the
film version;
and (inset)
Jill Halfpenny
as Rachel in
the new stage
production
in the audience will already be familiar
with the story. Wagstaff and Abel are
aware of the challenges of making it
comprehensible to someone coming
to it the first time while also providing
enough depth for fans, and of balancing
the need for faithfulness with the need
for freshness.
They’ve been brutal with paring the
book back to its essence, to make the plot
tightly wound. Some characters are also
cut or amalgamated, Wagstaff explains,
in order make sure the show isn’t slow
or saggy: “We wanted it to have the pace
of a train out of control – once it’s set in
motion, there’s a feeling of escalation.”
And there might be a little surprise at
the end, so that even those who know the
story still experience the enjoyable jolt
an unexpected denouement brings.
Any changes come with Hawkins’s
blessing, however; when the pair met up
with her to discuss the script, it turned
out their minor twist was actually an
idea she had played around with during
the writing process.
“She was very kind and encouraging,” Wagstaff says. “If she approves,
hopefully that means something to the
fans – that we’ve written it in a spirit
of honouring her brilliant and hugely
popular work.”
But what about the train? One of
the brilliant things about Hawkins’s
book is the central trope of a woman
starring out of the train window and
into the houses of seemingly perfect
couples, colouring in their lives with her
imagination. We’ve all been there – but
gazing out of a grubby commuter train
is hardly the most dynamic image to
present on stage…
“What we very consciously didn’t
want to do is mime a train going back
and forwards,” Wagstaff says. Instead,
they place the audience in the voyeur
position: the whole stage is framed by
a set, by Lily Arnold, that resembles a
train window: we become the peepers.
“We’ve set it up as if the audience is on
the train looking through the windows
into the lives of these people we have on
stage,” says Abel. “It was a way of dealing
with the train, but also [recreating] one
of the strengths of the novel: watching
people when they don’t know they’re
being watched.”
Casting a show based on a beloved
book is also always tricky – we can’t help
but cling to the image of Rachel that
formed as we read. Their Rachel is Jill
Halfpenny, best known for her stints
in Coronation Street and EastEnders. It
seems the perfect choice: Halfpenny
makes a good Everywoman.
“We all have strong pictures in our
head and we know the responsibility
we have for characters from a book
you love,” Wagstaff acknowledges. “You
want a Rachel who looks real, who is
human, one of us – but actors tend to
be better looking. And Jill Halfpenny is
very attractive and brilliant, but she’s
also warm and down-to-earth and very
real. We were so pleased.”
With such popular material at their
disposal, why open in Leeds and not the
West End? It was about swerving away
from the cynicism that might dog such
a project, they say. “We love working in
the regions – there’s a really generous
spirit and nature there,” Wagstaff says,
cautiously contrasting that with her
experiences in some London theatres.
“If you open a play in the West End,
audiences might approach it with a
slightly different attitude, more of the
‘Are you trying to do a big hit?’”
She had noticed this with Birdsong,
which was more warmly received at
regional theatres than in the capital:
“When it was touring, people just came
because they wanted to see that play. It’s
a huge generalisation, but there can be a
different feeling in the room.”
“The important thing for us is to do a
good show for Leeds, rather than using
Leeds as a try-out,” Abel insists. Still,
with 15 million copies of Hawkins’s book
sold worldwide, you wouldn’t bet against
the show going full steam ahead into the
West End – and beyond.
‘The Girl on the Train’ is being staged
at the West Yorkshire Playhouse,
Leeds, until 9 June
Harry and Meghan?
Beatrice/Eugenie are
the real fun couple
» The Windsors Royal Wedding Special Channel 4, 9pm
» Pangolins: the World’s Most Wanted Animal BBC2, 8pm
L
ike the regular series of
Channel 4’s comedy The
Windsors, the special
wedding edition was
devastatingly well-scripted and
acted, and it was great to see all
the old cast lined up again – the
“Fab Four” (Wills, Kate, Meghan,
Harry), the bitter old Camilla, the
bitter old Princess Royal and the
bitter young Pippa Middleton.
The richly crafted attention
to verbal and visual detail is so
compelling it demands a second
viewing, the comedy as coruscating
as any dowager duchess’s
tiara. I especially admired the
climactically constructed list of
Prince Harry’s proposed stag do
mates – “Rupes, Johnny, Grunter,
Spunky, Nobbles, Shagmonster,
Vomalot, Lord Piss Bucket and Mr
Dirt Chute” – all excluded from
Meghan’s sanitised alternative
(“But, Meghan, if you could just
meet Lord Piss Bucket”).
So thanks for that, Channel 4,
and writers George Jeffrie and Bert
Tyler-Moore.
The Windsors performs the
invaluable public duty of reminding
us at times such as this that the
royals really do not matter, and
haven’t since the Bill of Rights
was passed in 1689. And the sixth
in line to the throne matters even
less than most of the rest of them.
As Prince Charles, once again
rendered with a magnificent
display of double-breasted gurning
by Harry Enfield, gently vouchsafes
Th
he royals do not
matter, and haven’t
since the Bill of Rights
was passed in 1689
to his younger son, the increasingly
redundant, albeit lovable, “spare”:
“It would take quite the plane crash
to see you on the throne.”
As usual, the grotesque ubersloanes Beatrice and Eugenie,
plus Mum Fergie, (Ellie White,
Celeste Dring and Katy Wix) steal
the show, and the introduction of
a dishy version of Jeremy Corbyn
as a bit of love interest for one of
either Bea or Eugenie (as in real
life, I can never remember which
is which) was inspired. Hearing
Beatrice/Eugenie drawl that the
wedding is “a vulgar display of
money by the ruling elite” was
exactly right.
“The wedding is really the whole
point of having a royal family,”
Eugenie/Beatrice declares,
shrewdly enough. The institution
Kathryn Drysdale as Meghan
and Richard Goulding as Harry
is indeed just a branch of showbiz,
a sort of never-ending Gilbert and
Sullivan-inspired, scripted reality
soap, there purely to entertain us
with gossip, trivia and the poignant
pleasures of class envy and
resentment towards entrenched
privilege and unearned wealth.
I’m not sure how many more
wildlife documentaries along the
lines of Pangolins: the World’s Most
Wanted Animal I can cope with. Too
many deaths at once, I feel. This
sub-genre conforms to a template
roughly as follows: Sir David
Attenborough narrates; attention is
focused on an endearing, critically
endangered creature and some
plucky humans trying to save them
from extinction; heart-rending
scenes of the conservationist
encountering bagged-up corpses of
their smuggled favourite creature
at some airport terminal, usually
in East Asia; plus, at the end,
some scant hope represented
by the work of the hopelessly
underfunded endangered species
reserve/hospital/orphanage/
park wardens.
So I was sort of ready for the
pangolin to get the usual moving
treatment, and sympathetically
so, but, as I say, it’s just so
overwhelmingly depressing and
the battle to save these creatures
so plainly unwinnable I feel like just
letting the poachers get on with it
and save us all more upset. Sorry,
pangolins, elephants, rhinos, orangutans, gorillas, pandas, sea cows,
snow leopards, whales, butterflies
and bees, but I reckon you’ve all
had it. We’ll miss you, though, if
only for the footage.
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Arts
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David Birrell as Nikolai
Yezhov and Steve John
Shepherd as Vova in
‘Describe the Night’
MARC BRENNER
THEATRE
Describe the Night
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, LONDON
HHHHH
The title of Rajiv Joseph’s
ambitious and intricate play
comes from an entry in the
journal of its most haunting
character, the Jewish-Ukrainian
writer Isaac Babel. He was shot
dead in 1940, a victim of Stalin’s
Great Purge. Hopping back and
forth across almost a century
of Russian history, the piece
connects the paranoid orgy of
disinformation that kept the
Soviet state in business with the
post-truth world of Putin.
The proceedings begin in
CLASSICAL
POP
Pierre-Laurent
Aimard
Rita Ora
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, LONDON
HHHHH
HHHHH
Gyorgy Ligeti’s piano Études
stretched the limits of what
it was thought technically
possible for a human to play.
Yet the spur for their creation
was his own inadequate piano
technique. He drew a parallel
with artist Cezanne’s trouble with
perspective. “But what wonders
Cezanne accomplished with
his harmonies of colour,” Ligeti
wrote. “That’s what I would like
to achieve: the transformation of
inadequacy into professionalism.”
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is
one of the few pianists who can
satisfactorily deliver these works,
so to hear him play 18 of them live
was a rare bonus.
I once asked Aimard whether he
watched the score, or his fingers.
“It depends on the Étude,” he
replied. That made the sudden
slide into a heap of the loose pages
that his assistant was turning
for him at the QEH – negotiated
without missing a beat – all
the more remarkable. It was an
extraordinary performance.
MICHAEL CHURCH
THE INDEPENDENT
1920 and an imagined meeting
between two real-life figures:
Babel (Ben Caplan), who was
then a war correspondent, and
Nikolai Yezhov (David Birrell) a
young captain in the Russian Red
Cavalry who would later become
the head of Stalin’s secret police.
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ACADEMY, GLASGOW
It has been six years since the
Kosovo-born British singer Rita
Ora released her eponymous
debut album and five since she
last embarked on a proper largescale tour. But the fact that she
has managed to keep busy through
reality television and acting in
the Fifty Shades films while an
acrimonious legal battle with
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label played
out is testament to how hard she
obviously works at being a stillin-development pop icon.
Although her second album is
still nowhere to be seen, a new
song that relates to past legal
troubles, “Soul Survivor” (“I made
it through the fire / I started out
with nothing, I’ve got nothing to
lose”), suggested here that a new
beginning is imminent.
Despite telling us that the
choice of venue was optional and
not demand-enforced (“I wanted
to see you face-to-face,” Ora
hollered), it felt somewhat strange
to see what’s obviously planned
as an arena pop show condensed
into a concert venue. Having
rather impressively acquired
a trench coat and minidress
patterned in sequinned Bay City
Yezhov is baffled and threatened
by Babel’s need to “describe”
his personal impressions in his
journal. Despite himself, though,
he’s drawn to the author’s storytelling powers and for a while
it looks as though the pair will
become close friends. But Babel
has an affair with Yezhov’s wife
and this, plus the strain of the
purges, in which truth and lies
swap places, propel the pair to a
grisly date in a torture chamber.
Babel’s manuscripts are burnt
in front of him. Only the diary
survives, becoming a recurrent
preoccupation in this play which
flits around flashpoints: Moscow
in the 40s; East Berlin as the Wall
fell; Smolensk in 2010 after the
crash that obliterated the Polish
president and his cabinet.
Compounding the
complications is the mischievous
way Joseph himself mixes the
historical with the imaginary.
He takes the liberty of having
Yezhov survive to the end of
the Cold War. Babel’s diary did
genuinely survive but was it
really recovered from a dying
passenger amidst the wreckage of
that doomed 2010 flight?
The US dramatist is too clever
not to realise that this opens
him to the charge of wanting it
to have it both ways. The blurred
lines between truth, fiction and
conspiracy theory exposed by
methods that resort to magical
realism and a little creative
reshaping of the record? But the
intellectual daring and emotional
nuance of the piece come through
strongly in Lisa Spirling’s
undaunted production. The show
is nearly three hours long – but it
is a challenge that is cumulatively
most invigorating.
To 9 June (020 7722 9301)
PAUL TAYLOR
VISUAL ARTS
A New Era: Scottish Modern
Art 19001950
SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF
MODERN ART, EDINBURGH
More than 100 paintings,
sculptures and works on paper
charting Scottish modernism,
from the early years of the century
when JD Fergusson and SJ
Peploe experienced at first-hand
the radical new work produced
in Paris by artists such as Pablo
Picasso and Henri Matisse, to the
turn of the 1950s, when emerging
Scottish artists such as Alan Davie
and Eduardo Paolozzi were at the
forefront of contemporary art.
(0131 624 6200) to 10 Jun
FILM
How to Talk to Girls
at Parties
15, JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL,
103 MINS
Based on a short story by Neil
Gaiman, this film about growing
pains, first love and germ-filled
punk adolescence is a wondrously
bizarre affair and one of the
oddest and most original that
will hit British cinemas this year.
Elle Fanning (as the young alien
heroine) and Alex Sharp (as the
young hero from Croydon in 1977)
show an obvious rapport as a
couple from different sides of the
galaxy. Nationwide release
COMEDY
Danny Baker
VARIOUS VENUES
Buoyed by the success of last
year’s Cradle to the Stage tour, the
marvellously verbose broadcaster
hits the road again with more
meandering anecdotes and tall
tales in Good Time Charlie’s Back!
De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116 233
3111) tonight; White Rock Theatre,
Hastings (01424 462288) Thur;
Spotlight, Broxbourne
(01992 441946) Fri
Richard Herring
VARIOUS VENUES
Richard Herring finds himself
face-to-face with his half century –
and his dodgy knees, low-hanging
testicles and demanding
family – in Oh Frig I’m 50!
Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
(01622 758611) tonight; Gloucester
Guildhall (01452 503050) Fri
DANCE
Ballet Black
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
Rollers tartan, she and her four
dancers – one woman and three
men – condensed their moves
into the modest space before a
backdrop-filling video screen.
Her current anthem to sexual
curiosity “Girls” – complete with
female audience members on
stage – and “Summer Love”, the
upcoming single with Rudimental,
aside, this set celebrated the hard
work and hits that Ora has enjoyed
to reach this point.
The evening flourished as it
progressed, kicking in through
the wobbly dubstep bass of
“Black Widow” and the swooning
romance of “For You”.
“Lonely Together” was presented
with a visual tribute to her
collaborator on the track, the late
Swedish artist Avicii, and served to
link Ora to the kind of generational
artist she may become.
On tour to 19 May
DAVID POLLOCK
A double bill from the company
celebrating dancers of black and
Asian descent. Cathy Marston’s
The Suit is a tense marital drama,
while Arthur Pita’s A Dream within
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a
riotous take on Shakespeare.
(0115 941 9419) tonight
POP
US Girls
VARIOUS VENUES
Dancing with rage in her heart,
Chicago’s art-pop outsider returns
with her keenest, catchiest
politico-pop payloads yet. On In
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VOICES
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Maisha
KOMEDIA, BATH
As part of the Bath Festival, the
multicultural London ensemble
fuse the spirit of jazz with west
African and Afrobeat rhythms,
plus a tincture of Pharoah
Sanders suffusing the mix.
(01225 489070) tonight
Russian Circles
OVAL SPACE, LONDON E2
Like appointed soundtrack artists
for the end times, Chicago’s
post-metal trio return. Despite
tectonic shifts in the line-up last
year (Brian Cook replaces Colin
DeKuiper on bass), dynamic
detonations of instrumental noise
remain the elemental, hypnotic
and frequently sublime order of
things. (seetickets.com) tonight
electro-pop, shoegaze ecstasies
and unashamed sax solos merge
with introspective lyrics on the
cosmic Soft Sounds from Another
Planet. (alttickets.com) tonight
Josh T Pearson
GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM
After the guilty confessions
of 2011’s Last of the Country
Gentlemen, the former Lift to
Experience miscreant executes
an about-turn. The Texan juggles
barrelling barroom rock’n’roll
and country-billy workouts on
The Straight Hits!, consistent only
in his refusal to be pinned down.
(seetickets.com) tonight
JAZZ
An Evening with
Deva Mahal
Japanese Breakfast
RICH MIX, LONDON E2
THEKLA, BRISTOL
The singer-songwriter is the
daughter of the blues musician Taj
Mahal, her music embracing blues
and soul with an infusion of gospeltinged vocals, funk rhythms and
jazz-inspired arrangements.
(020 7613 7498) tonight
After the intimate dream-pop
meditations on grief of
Psychopomp, Michelle Zauner
tours the more expansive
intimacies of the follow-up.
Sci-fi drone-scapes, glistening
BUSINESS SPORT
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Australian singer and guitarist
Emily Barker in support. Bath
Forum (0844 888 9991) tonight;
Theatre Royal, Norwich (01603
630000) Thur
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First
Chance
Opening
this week
THEATRE
This House
FOLK & ROOTS
John Smith
a Poem Unlimited, Meghan Remy
dismantles male abuses of power
in slippery hybrids of girl-group
fizz and sci-fi disco, celebrating
women’s multifarious voices with
multi-faceted joy and bite. Scala,
London N1 (seetickets.com) tonight;
Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
(seetickets.com) Thur; Soup Kitchen,
Manchester (wegottickets.com) Fri
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VARIOUS VENUES
A brilliant rumbling fingerpicker
as well as a slide guitarist,
the Devon-born singer embarks
on some solo dates, drawing on
his four albums, including 2017’s
Headlong. Grand, Clitheroe
(01200 421599) tonight;
St Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings
(01424 715880) Thur
Lima Limo Presents
KINGS PLACE, LONDON N1
Alt-folk duo violinist Flora Curzon
and cellist Francesca Ter-Berg,
both veterans of Sam Lee’s band
and of numerous travels across
Europe to study with the masters
of Eastern European Roma
and Klezmer music, join Hejira
and alt-soul singer Tawlah on
Hejira’s new label showcase.
(020 7520 1490) tonight
MALVERN THEATRES
An outstanding production
of James Graham’s masterful
political comedy about Harold
Wilson’s mid-70s minority Labour
government struggling to cling
on to power. It romps along at
a sprightly pace and all those
flares, wide ties, bad haircuts
and moustaches are lovingly
reproduced. (01684 892277) to Sat
TALKS & POETRY
Charleston Festival
CHARLESTON FARMHOUSE, FIRLE
Highlights include Ali Smith, Gemma
Arterton, Antony Beevor, Hilary
Spurling, Robert Harris and Juliet
Nicolson. (charleston.org.uk) opens Fri
THEATRE
Killer Joe
Miss Saigon
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON SW1
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
Orlando Bloom stars in
Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller.
(atgtickets.com) opens Fri
Laurence Connor’s production
of Boublil and Schonberg’s
sung-through drama from 1989
is a breathtakingly spectacular
and gripping piece of ensemble
theatre, which relocates the story
of Puccini’s 1903 opera, Madam
Butterfly, to 1970s Saigon during
the Vietnam War. Sooha Kim
stars. (miss-saigon.com) to 23 Jun
POP
The Great Escape Festival
VARIOUS VENUES, BRIGHTON
Brighton’s multi-venue rampage
returns. (greatescapefestival.com)
opens Thur
Mary Chapin Carpenter +
Emily Barker
8 da
half-boys
from onard
ly
VARIOUS VENUES
Mary Chapin Carpenter
comes with her latest album,
Sometimes Just the Sky, featuring
new versions of her finest songs
from a 30-year career, with the
£1,149pp
If you only see
one thing today
Switzerland, the Matterhorn
& the Glacier Express
Departures up to September 2018
and May to September 2019
GARDEN CITY COLLECTION
Your tour includes...
VISUAL ARTS
Barry Parker: Architecture for All
BROADWAY GALLERY, LETCHWORTH
A free celebration of the life and work of Barry Parker (1867-1947), architect of the world’s first garden city.
This is the first major exhibition to re-examine his contribution to architecture, exploring the work done
at New Earswick, Letchworth, Hampstead, Porto, Sao Paulo and Wythenshawe through photographs
(including the interior at Hilltop, Caterham c1909, above) watercolours, architectural plans and sketches,
as well as furniture and fine art. (broadway-letchworth.com) to 15 Jul
Visit Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn, probably the world’s most
instantly recognisable peak
Travel on the Glacier Express, twisting its way through breathtaking alpine
scenery and one of the world’s greatest rail experiences with ticket included
Enjoy an included trip on the Bernina Express, another world-class
railway journey
Visit Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva, known as the Swiss Riviera
Travel on the charming Centovalli railway to Locarno – ticket included
Visit Italy’s fabulous Lake Maggiore and the delightful town of Stresa plus
take an included lake cruise around the beautiful Borromean islands
Seven nights in three and four-star accommodation with breakfast and dinner
Return travel from a selection of airports
Services of our experienced
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
+4420 7361 5718
business@inews.co.uk
ECONOMY
Slow wages growth makes
interest rate rise unlikely
By Ben Chu
Wages continued to grow at a sluggish
pace in March, further diminishing
the chances of an interest rate rise
from the Bank of England.
Average earnings grew year-onyear by 2.6 per cent in the three
months to March, down from the
2.8 per cent growth seen in the three
months to February, the Office for
National Statistics (ONS) reported.
The Bank of England has said it
will be looking closely at pay growth
for signs of inflationary pressure in
the economy. It decided to keep rates
on hold at 0.5 per cent last week due
to the slump in GDP growth in the
first quarter.
The odds on an imminent rate
rise from the bank have reduced
dramatically since March, pushing
down the value of the pound.
“Today’s labour market numbers
add further weight to the argument
that higher rates really aren’t
warranted just now,” said Ben
Brettell, of Hargreaves Lansdown.
Inflation was 2.5 per cent in
March, meaning that real wage
growth turned negative again in the
month, after rising by 0.2 per cent in
February – the first increase since
March 2017.
Real wages remain around 6.5 per
cent below their peak in early 2008,
a period of prolonged weakness not
The news that average pay
is outstripping inflation
and growing should be music to
workers’ ears - but in real terms
it is still £14 per week, or £700 a
year, lower than a decade ago.
seen since the early 19th century.
However, some analysts pointed out
that, excluding bonuses, which can be
volatile, nominal wage growth picked
up slightly to 3 per cent in March,
from 2.9 per cent in February. By this
measure, real pay growth picked up
to 0.4 per cent, from 0.2 per cent in
the previous month.
“Tight labour markets should push
nominal wage growth higher over the
medium term as inflation gradually
trends towards a rate of about 2 to
2.5 per cent,” said Kallum Pickering,
an analyst at Berenberg Bank.
“If the labour market data surprise
to the upside in the coming months
and wage growth accelerates to well
above 3 per cent year-on-year on a
sustained basis in the second quarter,
then August could come into play for
the next [rate] hike.”
The ONS also said that the
More than 197,000 jobs were added
to the UK economy in the three
months to the end of March
economy added 197,000 net new jobs
in the three months to March, helping
to take the overall employment rate
to a new record high of 75.6 per cent.
The jobless rate was 4.2 per cent, the
lowest rate seen since 1975.
Unemployment in Scotland fell
by 6,000 in the same period, while
Northern Ireland had the lowest
regional unemployment rate at 3.1
per cent. THE INDEPENDENT
BANKING
TSB ‘rejected
help from
Lloyds’ over
IT meltdown
By Laurie Havelock
Quote of
the day
It’s likely to affect
the UK’s economic
performance and
also services,
with the NHS
and social care
under particular
pressure
Dr Heather Rolfe
The principal research
fellow at the National
Institute of Economic and
Social Research is worried
that fewer EU workers are
coming to the UK
The 30
Second
Briefing
MOTHERCARE
Why is Mothercare in the news?
The baby goods retailer is finalising
a rescue deal with creditors after
several years of dwindling profits.
Any deal is likely to take the form
of a company voluntary agreement
(CVA), which should mean closed
stores and renegotiated rents rather
than entering administration.
What happened?
The 57-year-old chain has been a
fixture on British high streets for
most of its life, but poor footfall
and a downturn in consumer
spending meant the maternity
specialist slashed its earnings
forecast for January and quickly
spoke to creditors about changing
the terms of several loans.
What went wrong?
Rising competition is probably one
of the main contributing factors,
with pressure from supermarkets’
and fashion retailers’ own maternity
lines – as well as online orders for
toys and similar products through
Amazon and Argos – eating into
Mothercare’s profit margins. Some
commentators say that the chain’s
200-strong portfolio of stores (down
to 137 over the past few years) could
have dragged down profits too,
while others say the chain lost that
all-important link to new parents
when it stopped prioritising in-store
advice and product support.
Can it turn things around?
The going looks tough: though
there are pressures on almost
all of the UK high street’s chains,
most of Mothercare’s problems are
specific to the firm. Its international
business is doing well but drastic
changes are needed to bring down
domestic costs. Reconnecting with
its customers – both mums and dads
– is another priority.
TSB reportedly rejected support
from its former owner Lloyds
Banking Group as last month’s
IT troubles were first discovered,
temporarily leaving 1.9 million
customers without access to their
online bank accounts.
According to the Financial Times,
representatives from Lloyds reached
out to TSB on the morning of 23 April
after it became clear that something
had gone awry when transferring
accounts and customer credentials
to a new IT system designed by TSB’s
new owner, Spanish bank Sabadell.
TSB was spun out from Lloyds
in 2013, but until recently was still
paying to use its former owner’s
computer systems.
The Labour MP John Mann, part
of a cross-party Treasury select
committee that scrutinised the
problems, said TSB’s failure to accept
help indicated that it was “hoping to
get away with it”.
“They were playing fast and loose
with the customers and also with
their reputation, which has been so
damaged by it now,” he said.
A spokesman for TSB declined to
comment yesterday on the bank’s
refusal of help from Lloyds, saying:
“Our teams have continued to work
around the clock to put things right
for our customers.”
TSB customers are still reporting
problems accessing some areas of
online banking four weeks on from
the transfer of IT systems. TSB has
promised that affected customers
would not be left out of pocket as a
result of the ongoing issues.
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GAMBLING
Vodafone chief Colao to
leave after decade at helm
Betting stake
curbs ‘will leave
Hill open to
foreign buyout’
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From the
business
pages
By Simon English
By Ravender Sembhy
The chief executive of Vodafone,
Vittorio Colao, is quitting after 10
years in which he built the business
into one of the biggest telecoms
companies in Europe while returning
billions of pounds to shareholders.
He will be succeeded by the chief
financial officer Nick Read, whose
duty will be to expand Vodafone’s
digital offering and ensure that
the firm’s giant deals in India and
Germany are a success.
Under Mr Colao’s stewardship,
Vodafone scrapped sprawling
global ambitions, most notably with
the $130bn (£96bn) sale of its joint
venture with US giant Verizon.
Over the period, Vodafone became
the biggest payer of dividends in
the FTSE 100, and therefore a core
holding of almost every pension fund.
Vodafone handed out about £100bn
in dividends and shares buybacks.
Mr Colao, an Italian, was paid £14m
in 2012 but usually took home less
than that. Sources said that there
would be no “golden goodbye” when
he leaves in October.
A hint of the future came in annual
results which showed that Vodafone
signed up 750,000 new customers in
the year – a record. The aim is that
more and more customers will take
their internet, mobile phone and
cable TV from Vodafone – a “triple
Under Vittorio Colao,
Vodafone handed out
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play” deal, in the industry jargon.
It has been clear, unlike rival BT,
that it will focus on “pipes and wires
“rather than attempting to move
into content. In the year to March,
Vodafone bounced from a €6bn
(£5.3bn) loss to a €2.8bn profit.
Mr Colao said Vodafone was
“beginning a new chapter”, with a
digital transformation which meant
it was the right time to go.
The appointment of Mr Read is
seen as a logical choice and a sign of
good succession planning. Last week,
the telecoms firm spent $22bn to buy
Liberty Global’s cable and broadband
networks in Germany and eastern
Europe, but he is thought unlikely
to do further large deals for a while.
EVENING STANDARD
Despite news of Mr Read’s
appointment, which was
expected to please the City,
Vodafone’s share price fell by 4.26
per cent yesterday to 198.38p
CURRENCIES
Reuters forex unit in Dublin move due to Brexit
By Caitlin Morrison
Thomson Reuters is planning to
move its foreign exchange trading
business from London to Dublin
because of Brexit.
The company is reported to have
applied to the Irish central bank for
Outlook
JAMES
MOORE
US ruling opens
huge gambling
opportunity
T
here wasn’t much sign
of a hangover yesterday
morning following a party
in the UK gambling sector
that started after the US
Supreme Court decided to allow
states to legalise sports betting. More
than £1.5bn was added to the sector’s
value at the stroke of the justices’
a licence. The group’s forex derivatives arm trades more than $300bn
(£221bn) a day, and is currently in the
process of being bought by private
equity house Blackstone, which is
taking over Thomson Reuters’ trading operations in a $17bn deal.
The forex trading operation is
pen, and it largely held on to that as
the shares started trading.
The ruling has clearly opened up
a huge opportunity. Americans love
to bet on sports. Lots of them find
ways to do so despite the restrictions
currently placed on it. Legalised, it’s
the mother lode. The mere thought
used to get gambling execs more
excited than watching a Grand
National favourite falling at the final
fence. But are they smart enough to
fully capitalise on it? Ask gambling
industry types about the quality of its
managers and they’ll often sigh and
shake their heads.
Elsewhere? Well… an example
of the sector’s sometimes less than
sharp thinking can be seen in the
reports of a letter from William Hill
chairman Roger Devlin to Theresa
May, fretting about an unwelcome
foreign takeover if her government
cuts the maximum fixed odds betting
terminal stake to £2, a possibility
that has kept the suddenly sprightly
operated by Reuters Transaction
Services Ltd (RTSL). The company
said: “We expect that RTSL will not
be able to continue to access the EU
market after the Brexit date due to
the anticipated termination of passporting rights into the EU.”
William Hill has warned that new
government regulations relating
to fixed-odds betting terminals
(FOBTs) will leave the company
at risk of a foreign takeover and
jeopardise 20,000 British jobs.
In a strongly worded letter, the
bookmaker’s chairman, Roger Devlin,
rebuked the Culture Secretary
Matt Hancock for what he called a
“catastrophic” decision.
He wrote: “The jobs of around
20,000 people are at risk if the
decision is made to cut… gaming
machine stakes to £2.
“C o n s o l i d at i o n w i t h i n o u r
sector continues and I would also
not want to see the impact of a
disproportionate triennial outcome
being a factor in the name of William
Hill being added to the list
of companies now in
foreign ownership.”
Mr Hancock
(inset) is thought to
be poised to cut the
maximum stake for
fixed-odds betting
terminals (FOBTs) to
£2, a move the industry
expects will have a devastating
impact on profits.
The recommendations of a
review carried out by the gambling
regulator earlier this year said the
maximum stake for FOBTs, which
have been described as the “crack
cocaine” of gambling, should be set
at or below £30.
But the Government is widely
expected to follow advice from
campaigners for a more drastic
reductionto£2.Afinalannouncement
on the change is due later this week.
Mr Devlin added that the move will
see £1bn “forfeited to the Treasury at
a time when funding of public services
is under considerable pressure”.
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Outlook, below
shares under a cloud for months.
While the questions raised about
jobs in the same missive might have
found some sympathy, it looks illjudged at best.
Winning a gamble on this new
playing field will require the likes of
Mr Devlin to show improved form.
New Jersey’s attempt to offer licences
had been knocked back at every level
before reaching the Supreme Court,
which ruled as unconstitutional a
favourably inclined. They’d all now
like some form of federal structure
over the 23 states that could now take
the plunge because that would make
it a lot easier for them to monetise
their piece of the pie. Other interests
have different ideas. There’s a lot of
politicking to be done between here
and a payday.
Shore Capital had the right of it
when it suggested that it will be some
time before the bookies and their
excitable shareholders see much
in the way of profits. Unless they
succumb to the sort of bid Mr Devlin
fears, and there will be a lot of eyes
now cast in direction of Hills on that
front. He’s right there.
The biggest immediate winners by
far will be the lobbyists and the Las
Vegas-based compliance consultants,
both of which will be spending
the next few weeks wandering
around boardrooms making glossy
presentations. If only we could bet on
them. THE INDEPENDENT
Some £1.5bn was
ded to the US gambling
add
sector’s value at the stroke
of the justices’ pen
1992 law prohibiting states from
licensing sports gambling.
The four big leagues (the NFL,
NBA, Major League Baseball and
the fourth-place National Hockey
League) have different levels of
comfort with the activity, with the
more progressive NBA the most
Dutch tax officials
to strike over pay
De Telegraaf
Customs officials and staff
at the Dutch tax service, the
Belastingdienst, are poised
to strike next week in a pay
dispute. The Netherlands
Trade Union Confederation is
demanding a 3.5 per cent pay
rise – a figure the government
says is too high. Civil servants’
wages were frozen for four years
at the height of the economic
crisis, edging up by 3 per cent in
2016 and by 1.4 per cent last year.
Seattle to tax
businesses $48m
The Washington Post
Seattle’s city council has
passed new laws taxing the
city’s largest employers –
such as Amazon – in order to
generate $48m (£35.5m) to
tackle its housing crisis. A $275
per worker levy is intended
to dissuade companies from
building large commercial
premises, after a broader tax
proposal halted Amazon’s plans
to construct a large office block.
Deutsche trader’s
sentence is upheld
Deutsche Welle
A former Deutsche Bank
trader accused of taking part
in a carbon emissions permit
trading scam will serve a threeyear jail term after the German
Federal Court of Justice
confirmed his sentence. The
unnamed man and five other
bank employees are accused
of fraudulently taking tens of
millions of euros of sales taxes
using the credits.
Toshiba makes first
profit in four years
Nikkei Asian Review
Toshiba, the embattled
Japanese technology group,
has reported its first net
profit in four years of Y804bn
(£5.4bn) thanks to the sale
of Westinghouse-related
assets and a reduction in tax
payments, despite a 2.4 per cent
drop in sales and 22 per cent
decrease in operating profit
for the year. The firm said that
the sale of its highly valued
memory chip business remains
on course as a result.
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550.0
682.5
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Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
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Next
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Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
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Randgold Res
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RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
1921.5
738.6
685.8
2745.5
757.0
4714.0
5092.0
165.7
3444.0
805.8
290.0
950.0
282.7
66.8
4475.0
288.0
684.8
232.6
1269.0
1998.0
252.4
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5628.0
3540.0
252.0
7760.0
908.4
2817.0
1925.0
5808.0
5800.0
1586.5
318.2
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2691.0
+46.5
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707.4
3728.1
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4944.0
5470.0
208.2
3511.0
906.0
369.8
1209.6
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397.8
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338.8
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20784.9
-16.0
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4241.9
+5.0
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1540.5
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24715.9
+2.2
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12970.0
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650.6
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638.0
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495.4
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5540.0
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800.0
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502.0
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1369.5
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2039.0
367.8
591.4
536.2
222.4
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378.0
477.3
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MEDIA
MARKETS
Murdoch faces
Fox sale revolt
Investors urged to
retain Börse boss
Some of the biggest investors
in US media group Fox are
reportedly open to terminating
an agreement made last year to
sell many media assets to Disney
should Comcast launch a rival
cash-only bid of $60bn (£44bn).
Fox’s executive chairman,
Rupert Murdoch (left, with his
wife Jery Hall), would prefer to
deal with Disney.
The shareholder advisory
group Hermes EOS has
urged investors to re-elect
Joachim Faber, the chairman
of Deutsche Börse, for a limited
time to allow for a smooth
succession. Shareholders are
meeting today to discuss how
to move on from a year that saw
the exchange fail to carry out a
merger with the LSE.
PROPERTY
BANKING
Sugar to sell
offices in City
RBS branch cuts
strategy leaked
Amsprop, a property company
owned by Lord Sugar, has
agreed to sell offices in the
heart of the City of London
to the US private equity
investor Carlyle for around
£43m. Carlyle will in turn
use the property to host its
new serviced offices brand
Uncommon, which was
launched last year.
Staff at Scottish branches of
Royal Bank of Scotland were
set targets for how many
customers they should sign up
to online banking and the RBS
mobile app in an effort to reduce
branch footfall, according to
documents leaked to Scottish
Labour. The bank recently
announced plans to close up to
62 of its Scottish branches.
SERVICES
METALS
Uber axes sexual
assault clause
Anglo American
to sell finance unit
The ride-sharing app Uber has
removed a clause requiring
victims of sexual harassment
or assault to use mandatory
arbitration to settle claims.
It will also publish a safety
transparency report, including
data on assaults, in an effort “to
do the right thing”, said chief
executive Dara Khosrowshahi.
Anglo American plans to spin
out its internal venture capital
unit to raise funds to invest
in hydrogen technologies
such as fuel cells. The world’s
biggest producer of platinum is
attempting to increase demand
for a metal currently in oversupply. Platinum’s biggest use is
in diesel vehicles.
MINING
TECHNOLOGY
Rio Tinto boss in
sector unity plea
Twitter to spot
would-be trolls
The chief executive of the
mining multinational Rio Tinto,
Jean-Sébastien Jacques, wants
to build “the United Nations of
the mining industry” to tackle
rising resource nationalism
and cost inflation. The latter
has been driven by increased
energy prices and wage costs.
Twitter has announced that it
has revised its policy for dealing
with abusive online “trolls” who
target other users. The microblogging site said it would
examine behavioural signals
to identify would-be harassers
on its social network before
limiting who sees their tweets.
the
markets
housebuilding group Taylor
Wimpey (up 3.69 per cent) and
budget airline EasyJet (up 3.32
per cent) were the biggest risers.
The largest fallers were Vodafone
(down 4.26 per cent) and Fresnillo
(down 3.39 per cent).
After a mid-afternoon stumble,
the FTSE 100 recovered and
rose by 0.16 per cent – or 12
points – to reach 7,722.98 by the
close of trading yesterday. The
In Europe, the CAC40 index in
Paris closed up 12.48 points (or
0.23 per cent) at 5,553.16, while the
DAX30 in Frankfurt was down
7.7 points (0.06 per cent) at 12,970.
***
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VOICES
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28-29
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30-37
i WEDNESDAY
16 MAY 2018
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38-43
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41
AVIATION
BANKING
EasyJet flying
high as new chief
plans to boost
hotel bookings
Yorkshire Bank
owner slumps
to £95m loss
By Angela Jameson
EasyJet’s chief executive is to pitch
the discount airline against his old
company by selling more holidays
and introducing a customer loyalty
scheme, it emerged yesterday.
Johan Lundgren, the former head
of travel company TUI, said easyJet
would step up investment in its
holidays business to persuade more
travellers to book hotels through it.
Mr Lundgren (inset) has hired
Garry Wilson, a former colleague at
TUI, to build the firm’s holidays
division. Only 500,000 of
its passengers, out of
a possible 20 million,
currently book hotels
through the airline.
Mr Lundgren, a Swede
who took over the top job
on 1 December, also wants
to increase easyJet’s focus on
data and will introduce a loyalty
programme, which he said would
increase profit per seat.
Calling the plans an evolution of a
strategy launched by his predecessor
Dame Carolyn McCall, Mr Lundgren
said the airline would not abandon its
roots in low fares. “The company has
evolved, but low costs will absolutely
be at the core of what we do,” he said.
EasyJet’s plans were unveiled as
it reported record winter revenues
of more than £2bn in the first six
months of its financial year, to the
end of March. Passenger numbers
rose by three million to 36.8 million,
helped by the collapse of rival carriers
including Monarch and Air Berlin,
as well as the winter withdrawal of
Ryanair from the UK market and the
launch of a new base at Tegel Airport
in Berlin. Total revenue per seat – an
important measure of any airline’s
profitability – increased by 10.9 per
cent to £54.10. EasyJet also recorded
a small winter profit of £8m, against a
£220m loss the previous year.
Mr Lundgren also said the early
Easter holiday contributed to
what he called a “record number of
passengers” – and that the airline
expected pre-tax profits for the
full year to be between £530m and
£580m, at least 30 per cent higher
than the £408m of 2017.
EasyJet said its forward
bookings for its third
quarter were 80 per cent
ahead of 2017’s and up 57
per cent for the second
half. EasyJet booked a
£19m charge for the sale
and leaseback of 10 A319
aircraft in the period, a £1m
charge linked to an organisational
review and a £4m charge for “Brexitrelated plans”.
News of easyJet’s strong financial
performance – particularly over a
traditionally fallow winter – helped
its shares to rise by 3.32 per cent
yesterday to 1,741. EVENING STANDARD
Mr Lundgren studied
classical trombone from an
early age. He has said that he once
dreamed of becoming a solo artist
but was thwarted by his choice
of instrument. He still collects
high-end analogue recording
equipment and co-owns the
Palma Music Studios in Mallorca.
Wickes cuts 100 jobs at HQ
after DIY market weakens
The DIY retailer Wickes is axing 100
jobs at its head office as part of a costcutting drive.
The group, owned by Travis
Perkins, said the cull would affect
workers at its headquarters in
Watford, Hertfordshire, where it
employs a total of 300 people.
A spokeswoman for Wickes said:
“In order to continue to drive growth
for our business, we have been reshaping our support centre to allow
us to be leaner and more agile, and
focus on key areas of growth in our
multi-channel and digital businesses.
“The new structure will result in
the reduction of approximately 100
out of 7,000 roles in the business.
Tasty sales for Premier Foods
Shares in Premier Foods, the
owner of household brands such as
Bisto, Mr Kipling and Hovis, rose
more than 0.6 per cent by market
close at tea-time yesterday, after
the group reported increased
sales and profit for last year. Chief
executive Gavin Darby said the
drivers of the group’s positive
performance were “innovation,
our international business and
our strategic partnerships”.
The business is committed to fully
supporting all those affected.”
Only last month, Travis Perkins
posted a solid set of first-quarter
results, despite taking a hit from
March’s extreme weather. But the
firm posted a 4.6 per cent fall in
like-for-like sales at Wickes and
bemoaned “weakness in the UK DIY
market” and a dilapidated consumer
sentiment. It also pledged to take
more costs out of the business and
improve efficiency, while pointing
to “mixed” market indicators, such
as mortgage approvals, housing
transactions and property prices.
John Carter, the chief executive
of Travis Perkins, said that he
was “confident in the longer-term
outlook” for the industry.
CYBG, the holding company that
owns the Clydesdale and Yorkshire
bank brands, fell to a loss of £95m
from a profit of £46m last year after
putting aside £350m to deal with
more payment protection complaints.
Bank customers have until August
2019 to complain about mis-sold PPI,
and the City regulator has stepped up
a campaign to ensure that as many
people as possible claim refunds and
compensation if they are eligible.
CYBG estimates that 110,000 of
its customers will complain in the
year running up to the deadline. The
bank also earmarked £18m for “other
legacy and conduct issues”. Stripping
out one-off costs, CYGB reported a 28
per cent jump in profits to £158m for
the six months to the end of March.
The mid-sized bank is currently
in talks with Sir Richard Branson’s
Virgin Money about a potential
£1.6bn takeover which could create
a challenger to the UK’s biggest
lenders. It did not provide an update
on the bid yesterday.
CYBG has until 5pm on 4 June to
make a firm offer or withdraw its
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daily
money
Think carefully
before you put
your pensions
into one pot
Ask
Harry
Your questions
about money
Dear Harry,
If I took out independent financial
advice, would it cost me more than
simply doing nothing? I have paid
into my personal pension with the
Prudential for the past 35 years
and also a company pension with
Hargreaves Lansdown for 10 years
and they have offered to transfer
both pensions into the one pot.
Should I consolidate these into one
pension and pay one fee or leave
them separate? I am due to retire in
four years.
Jeff Parkin
Harry says: Consolidating numerous
pensions into one account has
obvious appeal, especially in the
run-up to retirement. Having
everything in the same place means
one company to deal with, one
statement to check and so on.
And when you do retire, you will
be able to decide what to do with
your entire pot, in terms of turning
it into an income to fund your
retirement, rather than making two
separate decisions or needing to
first consolidate your pensions. You
might also consider transferring to
reduce costs, as you suggest, or to
increase investment choice.
However, transferring a pension
is never a decision to be taken
lightly, not least because if you’ve
been paying into your Prudential
pension for 35 years it no doubt now
contains a substantial sum.
There are numerous risks to
be aware of when considering a
The royal wedding of Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle this Saturday is
expected to cost £2m. But it would
take the average person 2,000
months – or 166 years – to pay back
that sum at a rate of £1,000 per
month, a survey suggests.
Over the past 12 months, Britons
have collectively requested more
than £260m in loans to fund their
own weddings, according to data
from Money Super Market.
Couples in London have
particularly expensive
tastes when it comes
to tying the knot,
with wedding
loan applications
from Londoners
averaging
£7,500 – 25 per
cent higher than
elsewhere in the
UK. Those getting
hitched in Yorkshire or
the West Midlands manage
to get by on an average of £5,000,
the figures show.
pension transfer, though many of
them are unlikely to apply to you
as the pension you are proposing
to transfer is a personal plan
rather than a workplace scheme or
a defined-benefit pension, such as
a final salary scheme.
The main things to check are
that, by transferring, you will not
face any exit charges and that your
Prudential plan does not include a
guaranteed annuity rate (GAR) or
any other benefits that you would
forfeit by moving.
IF YOU DO DECIDE TO TRANSFER
The investments in your Prudential
pension will probably be sold,
with the proceeds passed to
Hargreaves Lansdown. This means
that you will need to know where
you want to reinvest the cash in
your consolidated pension with
Hargreaves Lansdown, assuming
you don’t want to pay for advice.
It also means that while the
transfer is going through, you will
be out of the market. If investments
go up in value while you are out of
the market, you will end up worse
off and buying back in at higher
levels. Of course, the opposite
could happen and assets could get
cheaper. This is a risk you would
need to feel comfortable with.
Ultimately, the case for
consolidating pensions is most
compelling when people have so
many pots that they struggle to
keep track and managing them
becomes onerous. With two
pensions, you probably don’t face
too much of a challenge, so even
if there aren’t any prohibitive
exit charges and you won’t lose
any benefits, I would move only
if you have a clear preference
for the service you get from
Hargreaves Lansdown.
It is renowned for its customer
service, slick online accounts and
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If your retirement is approaching fast, the stakes on your pension are high
its huge investment choice, but it is
often more expensive than some of
its rivals (depending on the value
of your portfolio). If cost-cutting is
what’s most important to you, it is
worth considering alternatives.
IF YOU’RE IN ANY DOUBT
If does make sense to get advice
from an independent financial
adviser – with your retirement fast
approaching, the stakes are high.
You can find a good financial adviser
via directories offered by the Money
Advice Service or the Personal
Finance Society.
There are specialist qualifications
for advice on pensions transfers
– and you can check if an adviser
holds them using the Financial
Conduct Authority register. Making
a sound decision now could save you
large amounts in the longer term.
If you just want to sensecheck your options further, you
can also contact the Pensions
Advisory Service. It offers free and
impartial guidance on pensions
(0300 123 1047).
IF YOU HAVE
A DIFFERENT PENSION
For any i readers with other types of
pension who might be considering
a transfer, a further note of caution:
if you have a defined-benefits
pension, it will almost certainly not
be worth transferring your pension
into a personal scheme. As well
as a guaranteed income, definedbenefit schemes also offer generous
benefits to your spouse or partner
once you die.
It’s also normally not worth
moving if you are a current
member of an employer’s defined
contribution scheme either, as
you would therefore lose your
employer’s contributions.
Harry Rose is editor of ‘Which?
Money’ magazine. To have your
question featured on this page,
email business@inews.co.uk
Another Money Super Market
study has found that the typical
homeowner could save an average
of £439 a year by remortgaging
their property. According to a
study of 2,000 people, 70 per cent
have not considered remortgaging
despite the potential savings they
could obtain by changing providers
or getting a new offer.
Despite this, more than eight
million of borrowers (72 per cent
of the total) have never been
approached by their provider with
an updated deal.
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UK holidaymakers pay out an
average of 35 per cent over the odds
at airport currency exchanges,
research shows, losing up to £354 if
they change £1,000.
According to research by the
online currency exchange Travel
Money Club and the University
of Wolverhampton, the total
cost to British tourists is about
£1.1bn a year through hidden fees,
commissions, transaction charges
and mark-ups.
The chief executive of Travel
Money Club, Don Clark, is lobbying
for regulation of the industry.
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Pork souvlaki with feta salad
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 51
RHYME LETTERS
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Killer Sudoku No 1289
How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
PLAY
VEHICLE
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Tomorrow
Chickpea and squash pakora
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Recipe from waitrose.com
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Soak eight wooden skewers in cold water
for 30 minutes. Place the chunks of pork,
onion and pepper in the marinade bag
from the pack of spice rub. Sprinkle over
the rub, add one tablespoon of oil and
the garlic, then season. Shake the bag to
coat everything, then marinate in the
fridge for 30 minutes, or up to three to
four hours. Discard the marinade and bag
after removing the meat for cooking.
Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas
mark 6. Thread the meat on to the
skewers, interweaving with the onion
and pepper. Cook on a hot griddle pan or
barbecue for 10 to 12 minutes, turning
every two to three minutes, until charred
all over, then transfer to a foil-lined
oven tray and roast for another 10 to 15
minutes, ensuring the pork is cooked
thoroughly until there is no pink meat
and the juices run clear.
Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes,
cucumber, beetroot, lettuce, salad onions,
lemon juice and remaining tablespoon
of oil in a large bowl. Season, then scatter
with the feta. Serve the souvlaki and
salad with flatbread, if preferred.
DOLE
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SERVES 4
4 pork shoulder steaks, trimmed of
excess fat and cut into 3cm chunks
1 red onion, quartered and cut
into 3cm chunks
1 red pepper, cut into 3cm chunks
20g pack of spice rub
2tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 tomatoes, chopped
½ cucumber, chopped
250g cooked beetroot, chopped
2 little gem lettuce, chopped
2 salad onions, finely chopped
1 lemon, juice
50g feta cheese, roughly crumbled
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 2010
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 51.
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9 Nobleman (4)
13 Slightly hungry
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Solution to yesterday’s Concise Crossword
ACROSS 1 Lope, 3 Hour (Low power), 7 Ultra, 8 Therapy, 10 Housing, 11 Scull, 12 Tonic,
17 Order, 18 Parasol, 19 Faux pas, 21 Cease, 22 Stay, 23 Glut.
DOWN 1 Louche, 2 Put out, 3 Hue, 4 Uranus, 5 Radiator, 6 Staging post, 9 Yell,
11 Sack race, 13 Golf, 14 Adjust, 15 Assail, 16 Albeit, 20 Pry.
Today’s other puzzles Cryptic Crossword, page 21;
Five-Clue Cryptic, page 11; One-Minute Wijuko, page 23
Puzzle solutions See page 51 and minurl.co.uk/i
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3 Refers to (8)
7 Television
station (7)
8 Turning tool (5)
10 Spirit-dispensing
device (5)
11 Month (7)
12 Winter
sportsperson (5,6)
17 Wind
instrument (7)
19 Deadly (5)
21 Reverse side of a
coin (5)
22 Erect (7)
23 Brown colour (8)
24 Fishing pole (3)
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Sudoku Harder
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word at the bottom
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in between. On
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four-letter word
that is identical
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one-letter change.
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RUGBY LEAGUE
Harry’s back to challenge
Tasleet in thriller at York
By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Hull’s Fetuli Talanoa is set to miss
the next 10 weeks through injury
Hull lose eight
players ahead
of derby clash
By Ian Laybourn
Hull will be without eight firstteam players for the derby
with Hull KR after discovering
the full cost of their feisty
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win
at Featherstone.
Coach Lee Radford says prop
Josh Bowden is expected to
miss the rest of the season after
knee ligament damage, while
winger Fetuli Talanoa and
centre Carlos Tuimavave will be
sidelined for the next 10 weeks
with ankle injuries.
They join prop Brad Fash and
half-backs Marc Sneyd, Albert
Kelly and Jordan Abdull on the
casualty list, with none of them
likely to be back in the short
term. Leading scorer Sneyd
could be out for another 12
weeks with a knee injury.
The Black and Whites have
also been hit by a two-match
ban imposed on winger
Bureta Faraimo following his
dismissal for a high tackle at
Featherstone.
However, Radford has
confirmed that front-row pair
Scott Taylor and Mickey Paea
are set to return against their
former club on the second day
of the Dacia Magic Weekend at
St James’ Park, and Jack Logan
has recovered from a leg injury.
The club have been linked
with a move for Castleford
forward James Green and are
reported to be considering
bringing centre Kirk Yeaman
out of retirement to help them
through their injury crisis.
Final Oaks and Derby trials figure
largely at York’s Dante meeting this
week, but there’s much else besides
to look forward to over the three days
of this always charming and informative May fixture, including this afternoon’s return to action of the world’s
top-ranked six-furlong sprinter of
2017.
God’s own county has been missing
an angel since Mecca’s Angel, twice
a winner of the Nunthorpe Stake at
York’s Ebor fixture and herself rated
the world’s best female sprinter, was
retired to the paddocks at the end of
2016.
But Harry Angel is a worthy replacement, more at home over the
six furlongs of today’s Duke Of York
Stakes than the five furlongs over
which the flying grey Mecca’s Angel
winged, but just as rapid when his
buttons are pressed.
The sun is shining, the ground is
fast and everything looks in place for
a burn-up across the Knavesmire turf
with Harry Angel, who always likes Harry Angel faces a tough challenge from Tasleet, seen here winning the Duke
to get on with things, blazing away in Of York Stakes with jockey Jim Crowley (blue and white cap) last year GETTY
the front rank.
Clive Cox calls Harry Angel his
last year but is a very classy sprinter
“once in a lifetime horse” and can’t
at his best and will certainly add
At level weights, Harry
wait for today’s return to the fray Angel would be hard to
hugely to the spectacle.
following last year’s heroics in two oppose but Tasleet has every
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori
of the major Group One sprints:
have won the last three editions of
Newmarket’s July Cup and Hay- chance of causing an upset
the Musidora Stakes and so their
dock’s Sprint Cup.
representative in this renewal, High“We had a tricky spring and I think decisive winner of this contest last garden, is naturally of great interest.
it’s fair to say this is a starting point,” year. Tasleet met Harry Angel three
It’s hard to get too excited about
said the trainer. “So I’ll be pleased times after that and though ham- her form – Haggas’s Give And Take
when he has got his first run under mered in the July Cup – reportedly finished in front of her at Sandown
his belt. But he is in good nick and
unsuited by the undulating track recently and there seems no obvious
the yard is going well at the
– and the Sprint Cup, did fin- reason why she shouldn’t again – but
moment.
ish in front of him when some fillies just blossom at this time
“He is a once in a
runner-up in the Cham- of year and perhaps Highgarden will
lifetime horse. He
pions Sprint at Ascot in be one of them.
makes the heart race
October.
Ceilidhs Dream, who isn’t entered
on every occasion
At level weights, in the Oaks, overcame a slow start to
Tasleet has a 5lb
you see him on the
Harry
Angel
would
win
at Newmarket last month and
advantage over
racetrack.
be hard to oppose, has bags of potential.
Harry Angel which
“Last year he was
but Tasleet has every
But I fancy Lubinka, who I think is
might just be
enough to bring
rated the highest-rated
chance of causing a being underestimated. Trainer Peter
victory
six-furlong horse in the
minor upset in receipt of Chapple-Hyam’s daughter of Masterworld, which is an amazing
5lb.
craftsman may have been a little flataccolade.”
His trainer William Haggas tered when finishing midfield in the
Today’s Group Two might seem is worried that the ground might be Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmareasy meat for a sprinter that has too fast but it was quick enough when ket last autumn, but it is much the
dominated at the highest level, but he almost won the Diamond Jubilee best form on offer here and she did
Harry Angel has to give weight away at Royal Ascot last summer.
win without turning a hair on her reto everything, including Tasleet, the
Local star Brando flopped in this appearance at Lingfield last month.
5
top
tips
BEST BET
Orion’s Bow
(2.55pm, York)
On verge of Group class two
years ago and signs of a return to
form at Pontefract recently.
NEXT BEST
Lubinka
(4.05pm, York)
Others likely to step forward, but
this filly sets the standard and has
scope for improvement, too.
EACH-WAY
Cavatina
(4.35pm, York)
Too keen for her own good on
her seasonal return in a hot little
Chelmsford handicap.
Results service
CHEPSTOW Going: Good to firm-good in places
5.15 (5f16yds nov): WHATAGUY (Megan Nicholls
11-2) 1; Country Rose (20-1) 2; Pink Iceburg (7-2) 3.
John Betjeman 3-1F. 12 ran. hd, 11/2l. (P Nicholls).
NR: Merarani.
5.50 (1m14yds nov): MAYPOLE (T Marquand 7-2) 1;
Golden Iris (20-1) 2; Zain City (7-2) 3. Diocles Of Rome
5-2F. 10 ran. 11/4l, 11/2l. (R Hannon). NR: Lopito.
6.20 (1m14yds h’cap): HAPPY ESCAPE (T J Murphy
10-1) 1; Zlatan (11-2) 2; Mr Tyrrell (9-2) 3. Hats Off
To Larry 5-2F. 13 ran. nk, nk. (N Mulholland). NR:
Sir Roderic.
6.50 (6f16yds h’cap): HARRY BEAU (Fran Berry 6-1)
1; Oeil De Tigre (11-1) 2; Awesome Allan (6-1) 3. Tifl
5-1F. 12 ran. 1/2l, 31/4l. (P Evans). NRs: Kinglami, Mad
Endeavour.
7.20 (1m2f h’cap): QASWARAH (J Crowley 7-1) 1; Show
Of Force (9-2) 2; Maid Up (15-8F) 3. 11 ran. 1/2l, hd. (E
Dunlop). NRs: Golden Image, Happy Ending, Lady
Alavesa, Pink Phantom, So Enjoy.
7.50 (1m4f h’cap): RIVER DART (S De Sousa 4-1F)
1; Innoko (7-1) 2; Frantical (25-1) 3. 12 ran. nk, 8l. (A
Carroll). NRs: Anton Chigurh, Dancing Dragon, Time
To Sea, Upended, Wildomar.
8.20 (2m h’cap): BAILARICO (R Kingscote 11-4) 1; The
Way You Dance (5-2F) 2; Grams And Ounces (10-1) 3.
9 ran. 2l, 9l. (W Greatrex). NRs: Jalors, Massini’s Trap,
Ocean Gale, Southern States.
Placepot: £201.70. Quadpot: £14.80.
SOUTHWELL Going: Good
5.30 (2m4f62yds h’cap ch): TOO MANY DIAMONDS (H
Skelton 11-4JF) 1; Global Domination (11-4JF) 2; Little
Jimmy (10-1) 3. 10 ran. 1l, 21/2l. (D Skelton).
6.00 (1m7f153yds h’cap ch): OLIVER’S GOLD (Miss E
Todd 5-1) 1; Mccabe Creek (12-1) 2; Ulis De Vassy (7-2JF)
3. Get Rhythm 7-2JF. 7 ran. 33/4l, 2l. (M Walford). NRs:
Conna Cross, Salto Chisco.
6.30 (2m4f62yds ch): PASS THE HAT (Mr J M Andrews
13-2) 1; Galway Jack (1-3F) 2; Sam Cavallaro (8-1) 3. 7
ran. 1l, 7l. (D Holmes). NR: Such A Legend.
7.00 (2m7f209yds h’cap nov hdle): FLYING VERSE (D
Bass 11-1) 1; News For Pascal (12-1) 2; Powerstown
Park (16-1) 3. Arthur’s Reuben 13-8F. 9 ran. 16l, 41/2l.
(David Dennis).
7.30 (2m4f62yds mdn hdle): SETTIE HILL (N De
Boinville 1-14F) 1; Simply Mani (16-1) 2; Delirious Love
(8-1) 3. 5 ran. 13l, 11l. (N Henderson).
8.00 (2m4f62yds h’cap hdle): GI JAYNE (H Skelton
11-4F) 1; Visage Blanc (9-2) 2; Gold Bonne Raine
(20-1) 3. 13 ran. hd, 6l. (D Skelton). NRs: Barely Black,
Floramoss, Western Sunrise.
8.30 (2m7f209yds h’cap hdle): LAUGHARNE (D G
Noonan 6-1) 1; Ozzy Thomas (12-1) 2; Frozen Flame
(8-1) 3. Notnow Seamus 5-2F. 11 ran. 11/2l, 21/2l. (T
Vaughan).
Placepot: £98.10. Quadpot: £13.60.
NEWS
2-27
YORK
GOOD TO FIRM
SKY BET FIRST RACE SPECIAL JORVIK HANDICAP
(CLASS 2) £50,000 added 1m 4f
1
85-233 BANKSEA C Appleby 5 9 10..........................................James Doyle 3
2
367-20 GRANDEE (D) D O’Meara 4 9 9........................Daniel Tudhope 6
3
343-41 CROWNED EAGLE M Botti 4 9 5.................................. D Muscutt 1
4
3-1121 ISLAND BRAVE (D) Mrs H Main 4 9 2..........................L Morris 2
5
1112-8 CONTANGO A Balding 4 8 13............................................. O Murphy 5
6
321/1 HAMADA (D) C Appleby 4 8 12...............................................W Buick 7
7
211/1 NOW CHILDREN C Cox 4 8 11.................................P Mulrennan 8
8
022-42 TUFF ROCK (BF) Ed Walker 4 8 8 ..............................E Greatrex 4
- 8 declared BETTING: 9-4 Hamada, 6-1 Now Children, Crowned Eagle, 7-1 Banksea,
Contango, 8-1 Grandee, Island Brave, Tuff Rock.
2.20
FORM VERDICT
Both HAMADA and Now Children (who was debuting for Clive Cox)
were having their first outings since 2016 when scoring on the allweather last time. The former is particularly interesting with winning
distance form already in the book and appears fairly handicapped.
Banksea strengthens Charlie Appleby’s hand further and was running
consistently well at the Dubai Carnival earlier in the year, while
Contango is worth a market check with his reappearance outing at
Epsom now behind him.
2.55
INFINITY TYRES HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £30,000 added 6f
1
4114-6 TERUNTUM STAR (CD) K Ryan 6 9 7............................K Stott C 7
2
4-3405 FINAL VENTURE (D) P Midgley 6 9 6 ............ O Murphy H 10
3
1328-8 FLYING PURSUIT (CD) T Easterby 5 9 6...R Richardson (3) C 15
-05074 DANZENO (D) M Appleby 7 9 6 .......................................L Dettori 18
4
5
1-1111 FOOLAAD (D) S Bowring 7 9 5 .................................. R Winston T 8
6
5-6434 OUT DO (C)(D) D O’Meara 9 9 5 ..............Daniel Tudhope B 11
7
331138 TOMILY (D) R Hannon 4 9 3..........................................Hollie Doyle 6
8
49139- GOLDEN APOLLO (CD) T Easterby 4 9 2 . P Mulrennan 16
9
3211-0 EL HOMBRE (D) K Dalgleish 4 8 11 .........................R Scott (3) 14
10 10-425 OWER FLY (D) Mrs R Carr 5 8 10 ..........................J P Sullivan 17
11 0290-5 CLASSIC SENIORITY (C)(D) Mrs M Fife 6 8 9.....B McHugh 12
12 0070-3 ORION’S BOW (D) T Easterby 7 8 8.................................... D Allan 9
13 30-842 GEORGE BOWEN (D) R Fahey 6 8 7.......................C Beasley V 5
14 0608-1 GIN IN THE INN (D) R Fahey 5 8 7 ...........................P Hanagan 19
15 580-36 DARK DEFENDER (CD) K Dalgleish 5 8 5.........L Morris B 13
16 789-03 PRIVATE MATTER (D) R Fahey 4 8 4.......................P Mathers 3
17 1-D724 QUICK LOOK (D) M W Easterby 5 8 2.............Nathan Evans 2
18 9004-2 LUCKY BEGGAR (D) D C Griffiths 8 8 2 ....................A Mullen 4
19 9-2444 FIRMDECISIONS N Tinkler 8 8 2........................................C Hardie 1
- 19 declared BETTING: 11-2 Orion’s Bow, 7-1 Gin In The Inn, 8-1 George Bowen, 10-1
Foolaad, Teruntum Star, Final Venture, 12-1 others.
FORM VERDICT
ORION’S BOW endured a frustrating 2017 but he’s come down the
ratings as a consequence and is now 13lb lower than when runnerup in the 2016 Stewards’ Cup. His recent Pontefract third behind the
thriving Foolaad, who chases a double hat-trick, hinted his turn may be
fast approaching. C&D winner Teruntum Star is expected to step up on
his reappearance effort at Ripon, while recent Doncaster second George
Bowen could emerge as the pick of Richard Fahey’s trio.
DUKE OF YORK CLIPPER LOGISTICS STAKES (GROUP 2)
(CLASS 1) £125,000 added 6f
HARRY ANGEL (D)(BF) C Cox 4 9 13 ................................A Kirby 3
BRANDO (D) K Ryan 6 9 8 .............................................................T Eaves 7
ORNATE D C Griffiths 5 9 8.............................................D Allan H,T 4
PERFECT PASTURE (D) M W Easterby 8 9 8. P Makin V 5
SIR DANCEALOT (CD) D Elsworth 4 9 8........ James Doyle 6
TASLEET (CD) W Haggas 5 9 8.....................................J Crowley C 2
ARTISTICA (D) D Moser (GER) 4 9 5.............................A Starke 1
- 7 declared BETTING: 8-11 Harry Angel, 4-1 Tasleet, Brando, 12-1 Sir Dancealot, 25-1
Perfect Pasture, 33-1 Artistica, 50-1 Ornate.
3.30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
121141976-1
4432-8
0112-1
6215-2
120221169-4
FORM VERDICT
Tasleet (second) finished ahead of HARRY ANGEL (fourth) in the Champions
Sprint Stakes at Ascot back in October, but that track doesn’t play to the
strengths of Clive Cox’s star four-year-old and the placings can be reversed.
The former won this race last season, but the suspicion is that he needs
softer ground to be seen at his best and might just struggle to live with
the Godolphin-owned inmate this time. Brando can chase the pair home.
TATTERSALLS MUSIDORA STAKES (FILLIES’ GROUP 3)
(CLASS 1) 3YO £100,000 added 1m 2f
CEILIDHS DREAM R Beckett 9 0 ....................................H Bentley 1
DANCING BRAVE BEAR E Vaughan 9 0 ....................A Atzeni 3
EJTYAH D M Simcock 9 0.................................................. J P Spencer 2
EXPENSIVE LIAISON (D) H Palmer 9 0...................... W Buick 6
GIVE AND TAKE W Haggas 9 0................................. James Doyle 5
HIGHGARDEN (BF) J Gosden 9 0.....................................L Dettori 4
LUBINKA P Chapple-Hyam 9 0........................................O Murphy 7
- 7 declared BETTING: 5-2 Ceilidhs Dream, 11-4 Highgarden, 7-2 Give And Take, 5-1
Lubinka, 8-1 Ejtyah, 14-1 Dancing Brave Bear, 25-1 Expensive Liaison.
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
921-4
22261122222
34-3
312-37
431-4
252243341
65-24
42008-
FLAVIUS TITUS (D)(BF) R Varian 8 8........................... Doubtful 1
CLUBBABLE R Fahey 8 7.......................................................P Hanagan 7
MONTAGUE (D) D O’Meara 8 7............................................S James 14
VALDOLOBO K Burke 8 7...........................................P J McDonald 10
EXCELLENT TIMES T Easterby 8 5 ........................J P Sullivan 4
CAVATINA (D) W Haggas 8 5 ..............................................H Bentley 9
POET’S DAWN (D) T Easterby 8 4........................... D Fentiman 3
CITRON MAJOR N Tinkler 8 4...........................................A Mullen 12
LORD VETINARI A Balding 8 3............................................M Dwyer 8
INTERNATIONAL MAN (C) R Fahey 8 2..............P Mathers 13
- 16 declared BETTING: 9-2 Commander Han, 7-1 Three Saints Bay, Cavatina, 8-1
Queen’s Sargent, 10-1 Desert Doctor, Clubbable, Citron Major, Excellent
Times, 12-1 others.
3-1
1-1
152-41
221-2
1-3
236-1
FORM VERDICT
GIVE AND TAKE and Highgarden finished second and third respectively
in a hot Sandown novice contest last month and William Haggas’
daughter of Cityscape can confirm the form here having arguably ran a
career-best then following 223 days off the course. The latter holds all
the right future entries and should be close by once again, while Ceilidhs
Dream looked a useful prospect at Newmarket and her handler has a
fine record with fillies.
CONUNDRUM HR CONSULTING HANDICAP (CLASS 3)
3YO £20,000 added 7f
115163 DESERT DOCTOR Ed Walker 9 7....................................... L Morris 6
94-12 COMMANDER HAN (D)(BF) K Ryan 9 4 ......................K Stott 15
65562- ZAP (C) R Fahey 9 4...............................................................T Hamilton 16
1420-0 JOHN KIRKUP M Dods 9 1............................................P Mulrennan 5
4214-1 THREE SAINTS BAY (D) D O’Meara 9 1..Daniel Tudhope 2
2428-1 QUEEN’S SARGENT (D) K Ryan 9 0...................................S Gray 11
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FORM VERDICT
COMMANDER HAN has some strong all-weather form in the book and
could be fairly treated on his handicap debut off 92. The son of Siyouni
looks a type who should continue to improve and represents a handler
who does well at this venue. Three Saints Bay got the better of the
selection in a maiden at Redcar back in October and looks a threat, while
Valdolobo has possibilities on his debut in the handicap ranks.
5.05
BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF NOVICE STAKES (PLUS
10) (CLASS 3) 2YO £20,000 added 5f
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1 MAYSON MAC (D) D O’Meara 9 8..................Daniel Tudhope 6
31 DELFT DANCER (D) M Johnston 9 3...........................J Crowley 3
CHARMING KID R Fahey 9 2..............................................P Hanagan 5
DUKE OF HAZZARD P Cole 9 2............................................ L Morris 8
RATHBONE K Ryan 9 2.....................................................................T Eaves 4
31 TARRZAN (D) J Gallagher 9 2....................................P J McDonald 2
2 WORLD ORDER D Carroll 9 2 .................................... James Doyle 9
BEIKA T Coyle 8 11.........................................................................B McHugh 1
LEOUBE R Hannon 8 11.................................................................A Atzeni 7
- 9 declared BETTING: 11-4 World Order, 9-2 Leoube, 11-2 Delft Dancer, 6-1 Mayson
Mac, 13-2 Charming Kid, 10-1 Rathbone, Tarrzan, 12-1 Duke Of Hazzard,
20-1 Beika.
FORM VERDICT
Declan Carroll took this last season with a smart performer and holds
leading claims once again with WORLD ORDER, who had the form of his
debut second to No Lippy franked at Chester last week. Mayson Mac and
Delft Dancer have both done nothing wrong when winning in the early
part of the season, while Leoube, Rathbone and Charming Kid all look
newcomers to note and the market could prove the best guide.
OAKS FARM STABLES HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £20,000
added 1m 4f
MUTADAFFEQ (D) D O’Meara 5 9 8 ..............................D Nolan 18
OKOOL (D) Owen Burrows 4 9 7.....................................J Crowley 2
MICHAEL’S MOUNT (D) I Williams 5 9 7................W Buick 20
CARNAGEO (C) R Fahey 5 9 7............................... T Hamilton B 10
VISITANT (C) D Thompson 5 9 6 ......................................A Mullen 8
JE SUIS CHARLIE (D) J J Quinn 4 9 6............................J Hart C 13
DAAWY D O’Meara 4 9 5.................................Daniel Tudhope C 17
ARMANDIHAN K Ryan 4 9 5......................................................T Eaves 5
MOOLTAZEM M Dods 4 9 4.......................................P Mulrennan 1
MOAYADD (D) N Mulholland 6 9 4....................Hollie Doyle 12
RAKE’S PROGRESS Mrs H Main 4 9 1 .....................G Mosse 16
REVEREND JACOBS (D) W Haggas 4 9 0..... James Doyle 9
SKY EAGLE (D) Ed Walker 4 8 12 ...............................P Cosgrave 4
GHAYYAR T Easterby 4 8 12.............. Rachel Richardson (3) 3
DOCTOR CROSS R Fahey 4 8 11................................... P Hanagan 6
ZEELANDER R Varian 4 8 10..............................................A Atzeni 14
CAPTAIN PUGWASH (BF) H Spiller 4 8 9 ......P J McDonald 19
REGAL MIRAGE (D) T Easterby 4 8 8(6ex)...............D Allan 11
SELLINGALLTHETIME (CD) M Appleby 7 8 7..L Morris C 7
LIQUID GOLD (BF) R Fahey 4 8 7................................P Mathers 15
- 20 declared BETTING: 5-1 Zeelander, 6-1 Reverend Jacobs, 8-1 Sky Eagle, 10-1 Okool,
12-1 Regal Mirage, Mooltazem, Doctor Cross, Michael’s Mount, 14-1
others.
5.35
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1431412313159-78
41237751251286-9
17724132-02
111215148-8
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0467-8
/325-3
9/351-51315
586-01
525426147-8
FORM VERDICT
Four-year-olds have a strong recent record in this contest, winning six of
the last eight renewals, and William Haggas looks to have an ideal type in
REVEREND JACOBS. The son of Nathaniel has been patiently handled
so far in his career and is open to progression this term. Zeelander
represents a yard that does very well on the Knavesmire and has scope
for improvement, as does Michael’s Mount, who enjoyed success over
hurdles during the winter.
NEWTON ABBOT
4.05
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3
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5
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VOICES
14-18
GOOD
WELLBEING SHOW HERE ON SATURDAY 2 JUNE
HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 3) £12,800 added 2m 2f 110yds
1
55051- DINO VELVET A King 5 11 12...................................................T Bellamy
2
22184- SPORTING BOY (CD) J Farrelly 10 11 7 .......N Scholfield C,T
3
4/7F2- ROYAL IRISH HUSSAR N Henderson 8 11 5.....J Bowen (3)
4
33231- SHADOW’S BOY B J Llewellyn 9 11 2 .........Rob Williams (3)
5
F342-3 HERE’S HERBIE (D) Mrs S Gardner 10 11 1 .......................................
..............................................................................................................Lucy Gardner (3) C
6
/2221- ARIAN J Flint 6 10 12 .................................................................R T Dunne C
7
/21P5- LETS GO DUTCHESS (C)(D) K Bishop 8 10 8.......................................
......................................................................................................................Conor Smith (5)
8
11P1-1 OSKAR DENARIUS (D) B Pauling 7 10 4 ...................D Bass H,T
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Oskar Denarius, 7-2 Dino Velvet, 5-1 Royal Irish Hussar,
7-1 Shadow’s Boy, 8-1 Sporting Boy, Arian, 10-1 Lets Go Dutchess, Here’s
Herbie.
RACING PARTNERSHIP TRP HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS
4) £9,550 added 2m 5f
1
16P51- BESTWORK (D) C Longsdon 7 12 0................. Paul O’Brien (5)
2
12454- CALIN DU BRIZAIS (C)(D) N Hawke 7 12 0...................S Bowen
3
7P467- MICK THONIC C Tizzard 8 11 12.......................................H Cobden T
4
1/28P- MR SATCO (D) C Down 10 11 6.......................................J M Davies C
5
54146- MOORLANDS JACK (CD) J Scott 13 10 13............N Scholfield
6
6865P- TIKKEN AWAY R Walford 7 10 9...........................J Sherwood (3)
- 6 declared BETTING: 5-6 Bestwork, 5-1 Calin Du Brizais, 6-1 Mick Thonic, 8-1
Moorlands Jack, 10-1 Tikken Away, 14-1 Mr Satco.
3.10
3.45
The peloton rides near Rigopiano during yesterday’s 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia AFP/GETTY
Yates extends Giro lead as
Chaves has day to forget
By Gareth Cox
British rider Simon Yates extended
his overall lead in the Giro d’Italia as
Matej Mohoric took the honours in
stage 10 yesterday.
Yates (right) picked up three more
seconds on defending champion
Tom Dumoulin by taking bonuses
from the intermediate sprint, but
saw Mitchelton-Scott team-mate
Esteban Chaves lose second place
overall and drop out of the top 10 in
a blow for his team.
Yates now leads by 41 seconds
from Dutchman Dumoulin, with
Thibaut Pinot in third at 46 seconds.
Chris Froome finished safely in
the pack and now sits two-and-ahalf minutes off pink, in 10th place.
Yates finished safely in the peloton as he looks to become the first
British winner of the Giro.
Colombian Chaves had been in
second, 32 seconds down on Yates,
after winning on stage six on Mount
Etna and staying with Yates on Sunday’s steep finish up Gran Sasso
d’Italia.
But, despite Monday’s rest-day,
the 28-year-old – apparently suffering from allergies – lost a whopping
25 minutes overall and all hope of a
high overall finish.
“Chaves just had a bad moment
on the first climb of the day,” Yates
That’s the
Giro, I’ve got
a difficult
relationship
with Italy,
it’s love and
hate. Our
goal doesn’t
change, we
plan to win
said afterwards. “Straight after the
rest day, you don’t know how the
body responds. I’m very disappointed for him because he’s worked hard
for this Giro.
“He just had a bad moment and
like that, it’s over. It was a really hard
chase. I know he’s worked extremely
hard for this.”
Chaves himself said: “That’s the
Giro… I’ve got a difficult relationship
with Italy, it’s love and hate.
“Just a few days ago I enjoyed one
of the best days of my career and
now it’s hard for my morale. But
that’s life, we can only do our best.
“The important thing is that we’ve
still got the leader’s jersey. Our plans
won’t change.
“I just didn’t have the strength
and couldn’t stay with the best on
the first climb. We tried to chase
with the team and got to within one
minute but it didn’t work out.
“Our goal doesn’t change... We
started with the idea to win the Giro
and we’ll continue with that plan.
Slovenian Mohoric won yesterday’s stage after out-sprinting Nico
Denz in the final 300m to take his
team Bahrain-Merida’s first stage
win of this 101st Giro.
Mohoric said: “This year I made
a big step forward. I’m super happy
about it and I hope there’s more to
come over the rest of the season.”
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Cricket
SPORT
ENGLAND TEST SQUAD
Bold selections
of Buttler and
Bess suggest a
new England era
By Jonathan Liew
First Test squad
In the stunning call to bring Jos Buttler out of the Test wilderness, the
To face Pakistan at Lord’s, startnew national selector Ed Smith has
ing Thursday 24 May
already offered a telling insight into
his thinking.
Age Tests
The inclusion of the destructive
JE Root (Yorks; capt)
27
67
Buttler for next week’s first Test
JM Anderson (Lancs)
35 136
against Pakistan is an indication that
JM Bairstow (Yorks; wkt) 26
52
future England cricketers will be
DM Bess (Somerset)
20
0
picked not purely on form and pediSCJ Broad (Notts)
31 116
gree, but impact and personality.
JC Buttler (Lancs)
27
18
Doubtless Smith would stop well
AN Cook (Essex)
33 154
short of saying as much himself. He
DJ Malan (Midds)
30
12
was eager to stress that there was
BA Stokes (Durham)
26
41
no such thing as a formal selection
MD Stoneman (Surrey) 30
10
policy in itself, nor a cast-iron set of
CR Woakes (Warks)
29
23
principles to which he would be held.
MA Wood (Durham)
28
11
But in his frequent references
not simply to Buttler’s transformative capabilities with the bat, but his Vince’s Test career: dropped not
qualities as a fielder, team-mate and simply for a poor winter, but for a
leader, Smith made it clear that runs basic meekness, a long-standing inalone would not be sufficient to win ability to play the match-winning inselection. And certainly not runs in nings required of a Test No 3. Mark
the much-maligned County Champi- Stoneman, who has had a shocking
onship, in which Buttler has played start to the season for Surrey, has
just six times since 2014. Rather, it been reprieved on the basis of his
is the full package that will be con- chemistry with Alastair Cook. Joe
sidered: form, flair, fielding,
Root, meanwhile, will move
character, impact, and
up to No 3.
runs (or wickets).
But it is the inclusion
These are the same
of Buttler, who yesterfactors that earned
day narrowly missed
20-year-old off-spinout on a record sixth
England have won
ner Dom Bess a first
consecutive half-cenjust three of their
call-up, capitalising
tury for Rajasthan
last eight Test
on the misfortune of
Royals in the Indian
matches at Lord’s
his Somerset teamPremier League, that
mate Jack Leach in sufis the most seismic sefering a broken thumb on
lection. He has not played
the day the squad was being
a Test since being dropped
selected. Bess has played just 16 after the tour of India 18 months ago,
first-class matches, but what Smith since which time he has almost exdescribed as his “character and phi- clusively played white-ball cricket.
losophy”, as well as his capacity to His selection is essentially an admisrise to a challenge, saw him edge out sion by the new England selection
Amar Virdi or Moeen Ali.
committee that playing four-day
It was a theme repeated elsewhere cricket is no longer a requirement to
in the side. Not even an eight-hour being picked for England.
double century for Hampshire this
Yet Smith, Root and coach Trevor
week was enough to save James Bayliss have decided to gamble not
3
Dom Bess (left) has
been included for
the first time, while
Jos Buttler (right)
last played a Test
18 months ago
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just on Buttler’s form and counterattacking ability at No 7, but his galvanising effect on team-mates and
a home crowd. Whether this now
opens the possibility to the likes of
Morgan and Hales returning to the
Test side via the side door was a
question Smith was not prepared to
engage with.
“I wouldn’t say a special case is
being made [for Buttler],” he said. “I
wouldn’t say we’ve thought about all
the ramifications of what this does
for the qualification criteria. The
first thing we wanted to do was to get
the team we wanted to play against
Pakistan. That was as far as it went.
The first topic of conversation was
how we could improve England’s top
five. The view of the selection panel
was that Jonny Bairstow m oving
up to No 5 was a really good move.
He has the physical capacity to keep
wicket and keep his excellent form as
a top batsman. That left an opportunity at No 7.
“I’ve always been interested in Jos
playing that role. But overwhelmingly, we felt that for a player of his
unique gifts, what he brings to the
team as a competitive presence, as a
dynamic athlete, as someone playing
with such confidence and flair, this
was the right time. It’s absolutely not
my job to tell people how to play. But
Jos playing his way has the potential
to be a really positive force.”
Whatever team England pick will
probably be good enough to see off
Pakistan in home conditions in May.
And the first Test of a summer has
always been the perfect time to wipe
the slate clean. Nevertheless, the
feeling of newness and possibility is
unmistakable. English Test cricket is
entering a new era, one in which the
hard rationales of the past will not
necessarily apply. THE INDEPENDENT
Ireland fall just short of pulling off stunning win over Pakistan
310-9dec
& 160-5
IRELAND
130
O’Brien 118,
Abbas 5-66
& 339
Pakistan win by five wickets
PAKISTAN
Imam 74 not out,
Babar 59
By Liam Blackburn
AT MALAHIDE
Man of the Match Kevin O’Brien
was unable to add to his 118
Ireland came up short in their bid
to pull off a miracle in Malahide as
they were beaten by five wickets
in their enthralling 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 3, but 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 on Sunday
when Pakistan made Ireland
follow-on due to their 180-run
lead, but Kevin O’Brien’s century
guided the hosts to 339 second
time around.
That knock ended on 118 to his
first ball yesterday and despite
further fireworks early in
Pakistan’s innings, Ireland were
unable to record what would have
been only the fourth win in Test
history for a side following on.
Mohammad Abbas took the
final three Irish wickets within
40 minutes. O’Brien fell chasing a
wider delivery and nicking to slip.
Boyd Rankin and Tyrone Kane
soon followed, both bowled by
Abbas, who returned 5 for 66 in
the innings, and nine for 110 in the
match, as Ireland added just 20 to
their overnight score.
The 160 target was still enough
to make the chase intriguing
and the drama grew once Tim
Murtagh and Rankin made early
inroads. Babar was run out for 59,
but Imam safely guided Pakistan
over the line, finishing unbeaten
on 74.
“The biggest thing was how we
fought back in the second innings
with the bat – that showed the
character we have,” said captain
William Porterfield.
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RUGBY UNION
I chose Gloucester after
England call, says Cipriani
By Phil Barnett
Danny Cipriani has confirmed he
turned down lucrative offers from
abroad to join Gloucester after
Eddie Jones recalled him to the England squad for the summer tour to
South Africa.
The 30-year-old fly-half will leave
Wasps when his contract expires
this summer and when considering
his options, his desire to remain eligible for England was a huge factor.
Cipriani, who scored three tries
and 64 points in 14 Tests, returns for
England after a three-year absence.
He said: “I was waiting on a possible
England call-up. It definitely wasn’t
expected and it happened and obviously made the decision for me to
stay in England. That’s not to say I
was definitely going to go abroad if it
Cipriani revealed Gloucester
didn’t happen, but it was something head coach Johan Ackermann and
I was looking at. It was a difficult po- director of rugby David Humphreys
sition, having to keep putting clubs inspired him to make the move. “I
off, and it kept happening.
decided on Gloucester
So it was very timely and
after meeting with David
I’m very grateful for the
and Johan and hearing
I decided
call-up.”
on Gloucester the vision they have for the
“I’ve played rugby my after meeting squad and what they’re
whole life so I could try to
building there,” explained
play for England. I’ve had with David
Cipriani, who insists his
and
Johan
and
moments when I’ve had
best is still to come.
that and moments when I hearing the
“There’s always time to
haven’t,” he continued.
keep learning, getting betvision they
“When you’re young you have for the
ter and improving. I make
don’t quite savour those squad
sure I do my self-analysis
moments as much but at
and work with the coachthis point in your career,
es to find learning points
just coming into my prime, you re- in order to keep improving – and
ally do appreciate moments, be it there are definitely areas to keep
training days or match days.”
improving.”
TENNIS
Cornet avoids ban after three missed tests
control officer arrived at her
Cannes apartment to test her on
behalf of the ITF.
On each occasion,
Cornet (right) had
specified she would be
available between 8am
and 9am but had left
her apartment early to
get to the airport for a
tournament. According to
World Anti-Doping Agency
rules, three missed tests within
a year are the equivalent of a
By Matt Slater
Alize Cornet has avoided
a doping ban after an
independent tribunal
cleared her of missing a
third test within 12 months,
the International Tennis
Federation has announced.
The 28-year-old French
woman, who beat Serena
Williams at Wimbledon in 2014,
missed tests in November 2016
and July 2017 when a doping
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
steed; bowl; grass;
simmer; reed;
boil; reel; spool;
spoil; feel; mar;
touch; may; fell;
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5-CLUE CROSSWORD
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WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD antiviral
OTHER WORDS air, anvil, aria, atrial, avail, avian,
lain, lair, liar, lint, lira, lit, nail, nil, nit, rail, rain,
rival, tail, tiara, tin, trail, train, travail, trial, trivia,
trivial, vain, valiant, variant, via, vial, viral, vital
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failed test. The third strike was
again in Cannes on 24 October
2017. Cornet’s legal team
successfully persuaded
the tribunal to strike
out the third missed
test.
According to the
tribunal, the doorbell
of her apartment was
broken and Cornet did
not realise it had not been
fixed until two days after the
missed test.
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Y O X G
THE SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF
SEMI-FINAL SECOND LEG
Aston Villa (0) ..................0 Middlesbrough (0).... 0
Att 40,505
Agg: 1-0; Aston Villa win 1-0 on aggregate.
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Bristol City (0).................0 Chelsea (1) .........................2
Spence 10
Andersson 88
Leading Positions: 1 Chelsea P 17 pts 41, 2 Man
City (16-32), 3 Reading (17-31), 4 Arsenal (16-31), 5
Birmingham (17-29), 6 Liverpool (17-28).
CRICKET
FIRST TEST MATCH
Pakistan v Ireland, Dublin: Pakistan 310-9dec.
(96.0 overs; Faheem Ashraf 83, Asad Shafiq 62,
Shadab Khan 55; T J Murtagh 4-45) & 160-5
(45.0 overs; ul-Haq 74no, Babar Azam 59).
Ireland 130 (47.2 overs; Mohammad Abbas
4-44) & 339 (129.3 overs; K J K J O’Brien 118,
S R Thompson 53; Mohammad Abbas 5-66).
Pakistan beat Ireland by 5 wickets.
INDIAN PREMIER LGE
Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals 142 (19 overs, K
Yadav 4-20); Kolkata Knight Riders 145-4 (18
overs, Stokes 3-15). Kolkata Knight Riders win
by 6 wkts.
CYCLING
GIRO D’ITALIA: Stage 10 (Penne - Gualdo
Tadino, 244 km): 1 M Mohoric (Sloven)
Bahrain-Merida 6hrs 04mins 52secs, 2 N
Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale at same time,
3 S Bennett (Rep Ire) Bora-Hansgrohe at
34s,15 C Froome (GB) Team Sky, 17 S Yates
(GB) Mitchelton-Scott, both at same time.
Others: 27 N Roche (Rep Ire) BMC Racing
Team at same time, 73 H Carthy (GB) EF
Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at
4m 55s, 131 A Dowsett (GB) Katusha-Alpecin
at 25m 25s, 149 R Mullen (Rep Ire) TrekSegafredo at 30m 14s. Overall: 1 S Yates (GB)
Mitchelton-Scott 43h 42m 38s, 2 T Dumoulin
(Neth) Team Sunweb at 41s, 3 T Pinot (Fr)
Groupama-FDJ at 46s, 10 C Froome (GB)
Team Sky at 2m30s.
RUGBY UNION
PRINCIPALITY BUILDING SOCIETY
PREMIERSHIP
Cross Keys ......................11 Ebbw Vale ...................... 15
Merthyr ........................... 48 Aberavon ........................ 19
TENNIS
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA, ROME: Men’s
First round: D Dzumhur (Bih) bt F Verdasco (Sp)
6-3 6-1; D Shapovalov (Can) bt (15) T BERDYCH
(Cz Rep) 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5); N Basilashvili (Geor)
bt F Baldi (It) 6-3 4-6 6-4; (14) D SEBASTIAN
SCHWARTZMAN (Arg) bt N Jarry (Chile) 6-4
6-1; S Tsitsipas (Gr) bt B Coric (Croa) 4-1 ret;
(16) L POUILLE (Fr) bt A Seppi (It) 6-2 3-6 7-6
(7-3). Second round: (9) D GOFFIN (Bel) bt M
Cecchinato (It) 5-7 6-2 6-2.
Women’s First round: T Babos (Hun) bt S Errani
(It) 6-3 7-6 (8-6); M Sharapova (Rus) bt (16) A
BARTY (Aus) 7-5 3-6 6-2; S Hsieh (Taipei) bt A
Sabalenka (Bela) 6-2 6-4; M Sakkari (Gr) bt K
Bertens (Neth) 6-2 4-6 6-3; I Begu (Rom) bt S
Peng (Chin) 4-6 6-4 6-1; (11) A KERBER (Ger) bt
Z Diyas (Kaz) 6-2 7-6 (8-6); (14) D KASATKINA
(Rus) bt A Tomljanovic (Aus) 6-0 6-4; D Collins
(US) bt S Cirstea (Rom) 6-3 4-6 6-4; E Vesnina
(Rus) bt L Siegemund (Ger) 7-6 (7-5) 6-2; S
Kuznetsova (Rus) bt P Hercog (Sloven) 6-2 6-4;
(15) A SEVASTOVA (Lat) bt K Mladenovic (Fr) 6-3
3-0 ret; Second round: (5) J OSTAPENKO (Lat) bt
S Zhang (Chin) 6-2 7-5; (4) E SVITOLINA (Ukr) bt
P Martic (Croa) 6-1 6-2.
TODAYS FIXTURES
(Football 7.45pm unless stated)
FOOTBALL
EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL
Marseille v Atletico Madrid..................................................
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFFS SEMIFINAL SECOND LEG
Rotherham (2) v Scunthorpe (2) .........................................
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE: Man City v
Yeovil (7.0), Sunderland v Arsenal (7.0).
BASKETBALL
NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAY-OFF
FINAL: Houston v Golden State.
CRICKET
INDIAN PREMIER LGE: Mumbai: Mumbai
Indians v Kings XI Punjab (3.30pm).
CYCLING
GIRO D’ITALIA (Italy) Stage 11 (Assisi to
Osimo, 156km).
ICE HOCKEY
NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAY-OFF
FINAL: Vegas Golden v Winnipeg.
TENNIS
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA (Rome).
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SPORT
CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIER LEAGUE
United confident they can
sign £40m Alderweireld
By Simon Johnson
Manchester United are confident
they will win the race to sign Toby
Alderweireld from Tottenham this
summer. Spurs will sell the Belgium
international after failing to agree
a new contract with the centre-half
and will use the money to buy Ajax
starlet Matthijs de Ligt.
It is understood that United are
ready to spend more than £40million
on 29-year-old Alderweireld.
Talks between Tottenham and
Alderweireld broke down this
year after he rejected their last
offer, believed to be worth around
£120,000 a week, which is more than
double the £50,000 a week he earns. Toby Alderweireld has two years left
With Chelsea, Paris Saint- to run on his Tottenham contract
G e r m a i n a n d B a rce l o n a a l l
interested, United are prepared to
Before the club’s final game of
pay him considerably more than the season, Pochettino appeared
Spurs’ final proposal.
to suggest that another
Un l i ke t h e n o r t h
meeting would be held
London club, United
with Alderweireld this
are also willing to give
week in an attempt to
him a long-term deal
resolve matters.
that will keep him at
However, no talks
Premier
League
Old Trafford into his
were scheduled and
starts made by
mid-30s.
the
former Atletico
Toby Alderweireld
A
serious
Madrid star is now
since October
hamstring injury
on holiday in Greece.
was a key factor in
A l d e r w e i r e l d ’s
the player making just
si tu at io n i s fu rth er
13 Premier League starts
complicated by a clause in
for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this his contract, which has two years
season, but he was barely used after left to run. It states he can leave for
returning to fitness.
just £25m next year if no fresh terms
3
are agreed. Tottenham have already
decided to let him go.
PSG are United’s main rivals for
his signature. Chelsea have admired
him for some time, but Newcastle
United’s Jamaal Lascelles is their
priority.
It has been reported that a bad
relationship between United and
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could
scupper any deal for Alderweireld
and if that is the case, PSG are most
likely to take advantage.
Jose Mourinho, who considered
taking him to Chelsea in 2015, has
criticised his backline for much
of the campaign and is willing
to sell in order to make room for
Alderweireld.
Spurs have been monitoring De
Ligt for some time and he has five
caps for the Netherlands despite
being just 18. He played alongside
Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez
in the Europa League final for Ajax
against Manchester United 12
months ago.
De Ligt broke through into the
first team last season and formed a
good understanding with Sanchez
before Spurs bought him for £42m
last August.Ajax value De Ligt at
around £50m, but Alderweireld’s
sale will ensure meeting that will not
be a problem.
Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder
Mousa Dembélé is trying to secure a
move to a Chinese club this summer.
EVENING STANDARD
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
As Chelsea eye Poch,
Spurs say he’ll only go
if he decides to walk
By Dan Kilpatrick
To t t e n h a m w i l l r e j e c t a ny
approaches for manager Mauricio
Pochettino this summer after he
emerged as a surprise contender for
the Chelsea job.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich
and director Marina Granovskaia,
the key decision makers at Stamford
Bridge, admire Pochettino’s work in
guiding Spurs to three consecutive
top-three finishes, and he has been
discussed as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte. The Italian is almost certain to leave the
club after Saturday’s FA Cup final
against Manchester United.
Spurs, however, would not entertain an approach for Pochettino
from any club and they would like
him to extend his contract, which
has three years remaining. They insist the only way he would go is if he
chose to walk away.
There is a longstanding animosity at boardroom level between the
London rivals and, although it has
cooled in the past few years, they
remain particularly reluctant to do
business, which would further hamper Chelsea’s chances of poaching
Pochettino.
Christian Eriksen has emphasised Pochettino’s value to
Tottenham. “He’s really important,”
Eriksen said. “You can see what he
has achieved with this club.
“When I arrived, there was a
season with a lot of ups and downs
at first but ever since [Pochettino
joined a year later] it’s really been
very stable.
“We’re going into every game and
winning games with the right mentality with exciting football. The fans
in particular, I hope, enjoy how we
play.
“I enjoy how we play under the
manager. I think the style of play
is something that suits me and the
players we have. You’re going into
every game with excitement.”
Pochettino came close to issuing Daniel Levy with an ultimatum
after Sunday’s win over Leicester by
Villa book final
spot as keeper
escapes red card
ASTON VILLA
MIDDLESBROUGH
Aston Villa win 1-0 on aggregate
0
0
By Nick Mashiter
AT VILLA PARK
Pochettino has again refused to
commit to Spurs in the long term
calling for the chairman to “be
brave, take risks and create a new
idea” at Spurs.
The Argentine also refused, again,
to commit to the club long term,
insisting his future is out of his
hands.
The 46-year-old is holding talks
with Levy this week, when he will
ask the chairman to release the
financial shackles and waste no time
in offloading trio Toby Alderweireld,
Mousa Dembélé and Danny Rose.
He also wants this summer’s signings to be completed before the
World Cup, which begins on 14 June.
EVENING STANDARD
Aston Villa reached the Championship play-off final after a 1-0 aggregate win over Middlesbrough.
Steve Bruce’s men largely dominated the second leg but there was
some controversy in the closing
stages when Boro forward Adama
Traore’s seemingly goalbound shot
was saved by Sam Johnstone outside
his area. The Villa goalkeeper was
perhaps fortunate to receive only a
yellow card while the resulting freekick from Stewart Downing rattled
the crossbar.
The hosts held on, however, and
are now one win away from returning
to the Premier League. They will face
Fulham, who beat Derby, in the final
at Wembley a week on Saturday as
they look to end a two-year Premier
League exile.
Boro spent around £50million in
search of an instant return to the Premier League but sacked Garry Monk
after just over six months in charge.
Replacement Tony Pulis took them
to fifth but they now face another season in the second tier.
The sides each made one change
from their first-leg line-ups. James
Jokanovic wants more
‘perfection’ from Fulham
By Jonathan Veal
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic
wants more of the same at Wembley
after describing his side’s play-off
semi-final second-leg win over Derby
as close to perfection.
Jokanovic’s men overturned a firstleg deficit in fine style at Craven Cottage as Ryan Sessegnon scored one
and made another for Denis Odoi in a
2-0 win which booked a first national
stadium appearance in 43 years.
It was sweet reward for Fulham,
who went half of the regular season unbeaten, and put Derby to the
sword in Monday’s second leg.
And now the Serbian wants his
side to finish the job next Saturday
against Aston Villa.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
Everton still courting
Silva with Allardyce
set for Goodison exit
from West Brom recently – Everton
still believe he is the right man to reMarco Silva is Everton’s top tar- vitalise the club. Silva is still just 40
get to replace Sam Allardyce, after years old and had a stellar record at
deciding to remove the former
Estoril, Sporting CP and OlEngland manager followympiakos before his brief
ing a disappointing spell
spells with Hull City
at Goodison Park.
and Watford.
They will turn their
Everton have also
attention back to the
eyed Porto’s Sergio
The position
Portuguese coach
Conceicao, who has
Everton found
after making an apjust won the Portuthemselves in when
proach for Silva, then
guese league title,
Sam
Allardyce
under contract at Watbut who is interested
arrived
ford, in November last
in a move to the Preyear. While Silva wanted
mier League. But he
to leave Watford for Everwould be harder to sign
ton, the two clubs could not
and Silva is understood to be
agree a deal.
the preferred choice.
It was not until later
Allardyce’s five-andthat month that Evera-half-month reign at
ton gave up on their bid
Everton was expected
to lure Silva away and
to be brought to an end
decided to appoint Altoday.
lardyce (right).
The writing has
Watford’s form debeen on the wall for
clined and Silva was disseveral months despite
missed in January to protect
Allardyce’s public protestathe club’s Premier League status.
tions to the contrary. The former
But now that Silva is a free agent England manager has failed to win
again – he turned down interest 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
finish eighth.
Allardyce seemed to accept his
fate after the Toffees’ final match
of the season, a 3-1 defeat by West
Ham, on Sunday.
He said: “Contract for next year.
Confident? I can’t quite say confident after all the rumours I’m reading in the paper. 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 had Everton fearing a relegation battle but stability
and a push for a Europa League spot
did not placate the Everton faithful after Allardyce was given an 18month contract. THE INDEPENDENT
CHELSEA
ARSENAL
Fate of Conte
is not a factor
in my plans,
says Hazard
Arteta names
potential
backroom staff
By Jack Pitt-Brook
13
Villa keeper
Sam Johnstone
saves from
Ryan Shotton
PA
Bree came in for Villa with Ahmed
Elmohamady missing out after he
suffered a hamstring injury in Villa’s
1-0 first-leg win at the Riverside last
Saturday.
Dael Fry replaced the injured Daniel Ayala for Middlesbrough, while
former Villa striker Rudy Gestede,
who was expected to miss the end of
the season, returned from a broken
ankle and was on the bench.
In a game short on clear chances,
Conor Hourihane headed off the
line from Boro’s Ryan Shotton while
at the other end, Darren Randolph
saved from Lewis Grabban.
Villa rarely looked like losing and
their early energy was in contrast
to Boro’s nerves and the visitors survived when Hourihane charged down
Randolph’s clearance.
Bree had already shot wide dur-
Play-off final
Fulham v Aston Villa
Saturday 26 May, 5pm
Wembley Stadium
Television Sky Sports Main Event
“We know how important it is to get
the team there but it is more important to show our quality and win the
game,” Jokanovic (right) said.
“All of the season will depend about this last game.
What we want to do now
is clear our minds and
rest our bodies and prepare for this game to try
and get in the Premier
League. We haven’t played
at Wembley for 43 years so
it is great for us. We have beaten
many records this season, we are really satisfied and happy.”
ing Villa’s bright start as they tried
to kill the tie off. Slowly, though, Boro
gained momentum without opening
Villa up in a scrappy first half-hour.
Despite losing their early punch
Villa still created openings and
George Friend produced a splendid tackle to thwart the onrushing
Hourihane.
Seven minutes before the break
Grabban nodded down for James
Chester to shoot narrowly wide.
But Boro nearly levelled the tie on
40 minutes when Shotton’s header
was cleared off the line by Hourihane.
Nerves began to grip Villa Park
and Boro’s Mo Besic dragged a shot
wide seven minutes after the break
as the game opened up and the teams
raised the tempo.
It was Villa’s tie to lose and Grabban nearly sealed it when Randolph
turned over his 30-yard effort with 20
minutes left.
“We fought hard tonight,” Grealish said. “Now we’re looking forward
to the final. I put a lot of my good
form lately down to John Terry and
I thank him for that. It’s all to play for
at Wembley. It’s a one-off game. With
the quality in our team, we’ve got
enough to go at [Fulham].”
On his side’s performance
Jokanovic added: “This season is
49 games, many times we played
close to a brilliant level, we
were close to being perfect. I have to be satisfied
for the work on the field.”
Goalscorer Odoi
added Fulham’s style
would suit the Premier
League. The Belgian
said: “A few of my friends
play in the Premier League
and they say we’d be a good
team. It is a big compliment but we
are still not there to let’s take it easy.”
» Continued from back page
after Chelsea went from
champions last year to
fifth-place.
“I think it is not my last game,”
said Hazard, who will be a key
player for Belgium at the World
Antonio Conte is under huge
Cup in Russia “It’s the last game
pressure after Chelsea finished fifth
of the season, that’s it. For me
in my mind, I’m here, I have one
is not dependant on whether
week to play now. Saturday is a
current manager Antonio Conte
massive game, I just want to win
remains in charge. The Italian is
for me and them as well.
under huge pressure after failing
“I’m waiting for new
to qualify Chelsea
players next season. You
for next season’s
I am
know. We’ll see. I want
Champions League.
good players, because I
“I don’t think about
waiting for
want to win the Premier new players.
that,” Hazard said.
League next season. A
“We’re
just focusing on
I want good
lot of things, then we will
the game. We have one
players
see.”
game to play and we will
The forward would not because I want see what happens at
commit to a time-frame to win the
the end of the season or
for making a decision on league next
at the start of the new
his future. If he leaves,
season.”
season
it will come as a huge
The player is,
blow to Chelsea. “I’m
however, intrigued
taking my time, it is something
by the challenge of completing
big so I will need to think of a lot
his set of trophies at Stamford
of things. But one thing is for
Bridge. “I need two more
sure is I’m happy here,” he said.
trophies: Champions League and
But, Hazard revealed, his stance
FA Cup,” he said.
Everton have kept faith in Marco
Silva as the man to take them places
By Miguel Delaney
Mikel Arteta is very close to becoming the next Arsenal manager, after
another day of progress and productive talks between the former
player and the club. Although CEO
Ivan Gazidis wants to complete
a thorough process in the search
for Arsène Wenger’s successor, no
candidate ticks the boxes like the
36-year-old does. It is
now highly likely that
Arsenal would not
be able to come
to an agreement
with Juventus’
Max Allegri and
in the meantime
talks with Arteta
and his representatives have reached
the point where he has
named potential staff and the
financial package required.
Arteta (above) would seek to
bring in at least three of his own
appointments. It has been mooted
that Santi Cazorla could be offered
a new player-coaching deal, with a
role like Michael Carrick’s at Manchester United.
Wenger’s assistant Steve Bould
has been offered a new role pending
the next manager’s approval, but is
understood to be weighing up a position at Stoke City. THE INDEPENDENT
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Football
SPORT
WORLD CUP 2018
No sentiment for Southgate
England manager will announce his
23 today but those who miss out are
unlikely to be let down gently
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
33
The stories you
need to know
ON THE PLANE Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
Southgate’slikelysquad
Most of the players are on the beach
Goalkeepers J Butland (Stoke),
or by the pool, with their feet up,
J Pickford (Everton), N Pope
probably spending the day looking
(Burnley)
over the edge of those sliders they
Defenders K Walker, J Stones
all seem to wear these days, resting
(both Man City), K Trippier, D Rose
tired hamstrings and calves, while
(both Spurs), T Alexander-Arnold
back home in England the frenzy
(Liverpool), G Cahill (Chelsea), H
around who is in and who is out of
Maguire (Leicester), P Jones (Man
Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England
United)
squad for the World Cup increased.
Midfielders E Dier, D Alli (both
Southgate has been keeping his
Spurs), J Henderson (Liverpool), A
cards as close to his chest as humanYoung, J Lingard (both Man Unitly possible, instructing those closest
ed), R Sterling, F Delph (both Man
to him to maintain the strictest seCity), R Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
crecy around his selection.
Forwards H Kane (Spurs), M
But, as always, a corner revealRashford (Man United), J Vardy
ing the ace of hearts or seven of
(Leicester), D Welbeck (Arsenal)
diamonds is flashed to someone, as
England’s manager did when he informed Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere
that they would not be included
Yesterday, there was certainty
when his squad is revealed this af- amongst many figures in football
ternoon. Not entirely unexpected that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has done
calls, but they are both big names enough to prove his fitness and conwith plenty of experience.
vince Southgate to include him. The
In a break from many of his Chelsea midfielder, on loan at Cryspredecessors, Southgate let the tal Palace, was phenomenal in the
players in contention take a holi- friendly against Germany in Novemday this week, out of the way. Nor- ber, only to come off injured against
mally they are required to
Brazil. He played on for Palace,
stay in the country. Harry
only to pick up an ankle inKane, certain of a place,
jury in December.
went to the Bahamas.
After a two-and-aBack home, Southhalf month absence,
gate could not have
Loftus-Cheek finished
Days until England’s
been further from
the season strongly,
opening World
a holiday. England
scoring once in eight
Cup match against
managers do not get
games in five CrysTunisia
in
Group
G
many World Cups and
tal Palace victories as
in Volgograd
they can be won, or as
they avoided relegation.
usual lost, in the squad
Central midfield has
selection.
been one of the toughest
Jonjo Shelvey is set to miss
decisions. Alex Oxlade-Chamout, despite calls for his inclusion berlain was sure to go to Russia after
after his recent form for Newcastle. transforming his career under JürSouthgate does not appreciate his gen Klopp since his move from Arseattitude and is not prepared to risk nal in January, until the devastating
squad unity on a player who former knee injury in Liverpool’s ChampiEngland manager Roy Hodgson re- ons League match against AS Roma.
vealed turned down the opportunity But that has not opened up space for
to play for Southgate’s Under 21s. Wilshere, who was handed a chance
Shelvey, it should be said, denies this. in the friendlies against Holland and
The
Sport
Matrix
ON THE PLANE Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Italy, but withdrew from the squad
with a minor knee problem. Fabian
Delph has played his way into the
squad, largely due to his versatility,
proving his ability to cover effectively as a left-back for Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola was one of several
championing his cause.
Not all were extended the courtesy afforded to Hart and Wilshere
by Southgate. Plenty will find out
today, at the same time as everyone
else, if they are in or out. “I’ll wake
up and see if I’m in,” defender Gary
Cahill said yesterday. “If I’m in, I’ll
go and give everything I’ve got. If I’m
not in, I’ll go away with my family and
reflect and rest.”
Southgate is incredibly statesmanlike in his conduct: always po-
lite, well-spoken, intelligent in his
responses to questions, however
difficult or sensitive; unafraid to
wade in on politics – putting foreign
secretary Boris Johnson in his place
earlier this year – or racism, when
other managers would not have
got involved. Yet underneath it all,
47-year-old Southgate is a cold, hard,
bloke (putting it politely).
Before Euro 2016, Hodgson called
together a 40-strong squad for a
meeting to inform them they were
all in the frame. No one else was in
the running. Southgate, however, has
already made very public the players
who have not impressed him.
He eviscerated Manchester
United centre-back Chris Smalling by explaining that he could not
sufficiently play the ball out from
the back, calling up Liverpool’s
uncapped 20-year-old Joe Gomez
for high-profile friendlies against
Germany and Brazil instead. There
was no blow-softening phone-call,
no heart-to-heart. Southgate got on
with his job. And why shouldn’t he?
He is the England manager, not the
players’ best mate.
The phone call he did make to
Theo Walcott in March 2017 to let
him know he was out of the World
Cup qualifier against Lithuania and
Germany friendly turned into a small
row. Walcott argued that he was one
of the highest scoring English players. There were heated words.
It was Walcott’s 28th birthday. But
that’s Southgate for you.
FOOTBALL
RUGBY UNION
Title triumph
gives Chelsea
second double
in four seasons
Vunipola back for
Saracens’ semi-final
A goal in each half from Drew
Spence and Jonna Andersson
earned a 2-0 win at Bristol City and
their second Women’s Super League
title in four years.
Spence flicked home Ji So-yun’s
cross after 10 minutes at the Stoke
Gifford Stadium before Andersson
converted a Fran Kirby cut-back
with two minutes to go.
Requiring just a point, the
Blues – coached by assistant Paul
Green with manager Emma Hayes
pregnant – took all three to open
up a nine-point gap at the top of
the table, an unassailable lead over
second-placed Manchester City.
“We’ve deserved it,” Spence (left)
said. “The season wouldn’t have
been complete without the league
[title].”
Chelsea have also won a second
double in four years after beating
Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley this month
in the FA Women’s Cup final. Hayes’
side also reached the last four of the
Champions League for the first time
last month, but lost to Wolfsburg.
Billy Vunipola will hand England
an injury boost by returning for
Saracens in their Premiership semifinal match against Wasps. The
25-year-old No 8 missed Saracens’
victory against Gloucester last
month after he suffered another
injury setback. But Vunipola, who
has played just 249 minutes of rugby
all season, trained with his teammates this week and is in contention
to start at Allianz Park on Saturday.
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when he names his squad
ON THE BEACH Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
ON THE BEACH Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Why I would include
Jadon Sancho in my
squad to go to Russia
Sam
Cunningham
J
No World Cup places for Hart and Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was set
to be included by Southgate,
had opened up a space for
another central midfielder,
but Southgate has shown
he is unconvinced by the
injury-prone Arsenal
midfielder.
All indications are that
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22,
who shone in the friendly
with Germany in November
in an experimental England
team, had done enough to make the
squad, despite missing two-and-ahalf months of the season, in which
he has been on loan from Chelsea
at Crystal Palace, with an ankle
injury.
There have been calls
for Jonjo Shelvey to
be included for his
performances at
Newcastle United
this season, but the
midfielder is also set to
miss out. Southgate (left)
has been unimpressed by his
attitude.
Hart’s exclusions means that
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL
» Continued from back page
Villa tribute after
Samuel dies in crash
The world of football has been
paying tribute to former Aston
Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd
Samuel, who was killed in a car
accident in Cheshire. Police said
Samuel, 37, died in a crash between
his 4x4 and a van at High Legh. Villa
wore black armbands during their
Championship play-off semi-final
against Middlesbrough last night.
Samuel was capped by England
U18s and U21s.
» Villamatch report,p52-53
Burnley’s Nick Pope is expected
to be brought in as England’s third
goalkeeper, alongside Everton’s
Jordan Pickford and Stoke City’s
Jack Butland.
It could well bring to an end Hart’s
England career, which has spanned
the past decade.
This season, after being told he
was not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans
at Manchester City, he has struggled
to impress during his loan spell at
West Ham.
Southgate will reveal his squad
selection at a press conference this
afternoon.
Europa final leaves Simeone tense
Diego Simeone has played down
the significance of Atletico
Madrid’s big-game
experience ahead of
tonight’s Europa
League final against
Marseille in Lyon. The
Argentinian guided
Atletico to success in
the competition in 2012,
a victory which provided
a springboard for runs to
the Champions League finals of
2014 and 2016.
The Rojiblancos also won La Liga
in 2014 but Simeone (below) said:
“Experience is a little thing
that can help but it’s not
going to have too much
influence. We’ll be excited,
up for it, but also tense.
We need to take the game
where we want it and do
damage where we can.”
Marseille’s Dimitri Payet
said: “We believe against
Atletico because this season has
shown that we are a real team.”
adon Sancho has snubbed
Pep Guardiola, lifted a
World Cup and scored in
the Bundesliga – and all well
before his 18th birthday.
The fearless, free-spirited winger
only turned 18 in March but has
already made some huge calls and
major life changes in his young career. It is why I’d have him in my
England squad for Russia.
He opted to leave Manchester
City for Borussia Dortmund
last summer against Guardiola’s
wishes, making the brave move
abroad in search of first-team
football. Sancho’s stock rose even
higher when he starred in Steve
Cooper’s England Under 17s side
which won the World Cup in India
last October.
The players, relatively unknown
back home, were embraced as
though they were David Beckham
or Lionel Messi in India and played
in front of packed stadiums
averaging crowds of
60,000. Playing in the
senior World Cup would
not be completely
unfamiliar.
Last season, Sancho
(right) became the
youngest Englishman to
score in the Bandesliga.
Even with a spell out
injured, he already
has a highlights reel to
envy.
He does not have a
weaker foot, which is a
rare talent in a player.
Against the world’s
most talented
teenagers and
the Bundesliga’s
RUGBY LEAGUE
Trio suspended for
Magic Weekend
Leeds’ Anthony Mullally, St Helens’
Kyle Amor and Hull’s Bureta
Faraimo will miss the Magic
Weekend through suspension.
Front row forward Mullally has
been banned for four incidents of
illegal use of his knees during the
Rhinos’ win over Widnes last Friday.
Winger Faraimo has also been
suspended for two games for a high
tackle against Featherstone. Amor
was handed a one-match ban for a
dangerous tackle against Castleford.
My England squad
Goalkeepers J Butland (Stoke),
J Pickford (Everton), N Pope
(Burnley)
Defenders K Walker, J Stones
(both Man City), K Trippier, D
Rose (both Spurs), T AlexanderArnold (Liverpool), G Cahill
(Chelsea), H Maguire (Leicester)
Midfielders E Dier, D Alli (both
Spurs), J Henderson, A Lallana
(both L’pool), J Wilshere (Arsenal),
A Young, J Lingard (both Man U), R
Sterling (Man C), R Loftus-Cheek
(Chelsea), J Sancho (B Dortmund)
Forwards H Kane (Spurs), M Rashford (Man U), J Vardy (Leicester)
Sancho would give
British sprinters a run for
their money and has more
tricks than Dynamo
best, Sancho has not altered his
game. Whether it’s controlling the
ball perfectly, audaciously on the
left flank with the outside of his
right boot, cutting inside and
sweeping the ball into the far
corner, or picking out a teammate with a pass that no-one
else could even see, he would
be a curveball sure to catch
out any of England’s
World Cup opponents.
The Dortmund
winger would give
British sprinters a
run for their money
in the 100m and
has more tricks than
Dynamo.
There is no English
player like him. Gareth
Southgate should set him
loose on the pitch and let
Sancho work his magic.
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Champions
Chelsea seal
league and
cup double
with game
to spare
» Match report, p54
16.05.18
Buttler back
in England
Test squad
By Gareth Cox
Jos Buttler has made a surprise
return to England’s Test squad at
the expense of James Vince.
England’s new national selector Ed Smith announced a 12-man
squad to face Pakistan at Lord’s
next week. There is no place for
Vince but opener Mark Stoneman hangs on to his spot at the
top of the order and there is also
a potential debut for 20-year-old
Somerset off-spinner
Dom Bess.
V i n c e ’s r e cent unbeaten
double-century
for Hampshire
looked to have
kept him in the
mix but Smith
has instead been
persuaded by Buttler’s superb form at
the Indian Premier League.
Buttler, who played the last of
his previous 18 Tests in December
2016 but is a first-choice whiteball player for his country, will
be back as a specialist batsman –
with Jonny Bairstow retaining the
wicketkeeping gloves.
Smith (above) said: “The selection panel feels that this is the perfect moment to reintroduce Jos to
Test cricket.”
» Jonathan Liew, p50
P52
No finals
for Hart or
Wilshere
FOOTBALL
Villa in play-off
final after tense
stalemate against
Middlesbrough
P51
RUGBY UNION
Cipriani: England
call-up made
Gloucester move
an easy choice
Katie Chapman
(left) and Gilly
Flaherty hoist
the Women’s
Super League
trophy after a
2-0 win over
Bristol City PA
By Sam Cunningham
FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT
a week to convince him to extend
his six-year association with
the club and reject advances
from Real Madrid. But
more than the money,
Hazard is adamant that
Chelsea owner Roman
Abramovich must invest
over the summer to bring
in the calibre of player to
compete for the title next
season. He has been hugely
disappointed at missing out on
next season’s Champions League,
Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere will
not be in Gareth Southgate’s
England squad for the Russia
World Cup.
Southgate rang both players
this week to inform them that
despite their experience in an
England shirt they had not made
the cut and will not be included in
the 23-man squad, to be revealed
this afternoon.
Goalkeeper Hart
(right), 31, who
has won 75 caps,
will miss out
on the chance
to play in his
fifth successive
m a j o r
tournament.
Many people
expected him to be
part of the squad due to
the experience he could offer.
Wilshere, 26, was on the cusp
after returning to full fitness for
Arsenal this season following so
long out through injury. He played
his way back into Southgate’s
plans, only to withdraw from the
last squad, for friendlies against
Holland and Italy, with a minor
knee problem.
A serious knee injury to Alex
» Continued on p53
» Continued on p55
Hazard: I’ll stay
if Blues buy big
Chelsea must greatly improve squad, warns Belgium forward
By Sam Cunningham
P49
CYCLING
British rider Yates
strengthens grip
on leader’s pink
jersey in Giro
Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea
is dependent on the club making
major signings this summer, with the
player waiting to ensure they bring
in enough quality to compete for the
Premier League title next season before committing himself to the club.
Hazard (right) has so far resisted
signing the latest deal on the table,
even though he remains happy at
Stamford Bridge.
At 27 years old, he appreciates this
is likely to be the last big contract
of his playing career and he wants
to make sure he comes to the right
decision.
The Belgian has two years
remaining on his current deal, worth around
£200,000 per week, and
does not expect the FA
Cup final at Wembley
against Manchester
United on Saturday to be
his last game for the club,
but does expect some significant improvements to the squad
which fell well short this season.
Hazard has reportedly been offered improved terms of £300,000
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