60 p 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 Lord’s Test Summer books What to read on holiday in 2018 Broad strikes after England batsmen make wobbly start to summer P62 PLUS SALMAN RUSHDIE ● STAR WARS ● TV ● ANN DOWD ● MUSIC North Korea peace talks cancelled FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 Number 2,340 COMMENT This PM wants to stay on and fight 2022 election » Pyongyang warns of ‘nuclear showdown’ as thaw ends » International dismay as meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un collapses Stephen Bush » American president feared embarrassment if talks backfired » White House doubted Kim’s intentions after China intervened » Pentagon promises to redouble support for South Korea P4 P17 email@example.com @theipaper theipaper theipaper Alexa, pray for me Amazon teams up with Church of England P5 MARK STEEL P20 I PUZZLES P52 Bine ati venit! * P10 * Or ‘welcome’ ... as Romanians become third biggest population in UK I JELENA OSTAPENKO INTERVIEW P56 Ireland’s shameful secret Relief, as my homeland votes today on legalising abortion SIOBHÁN NORTON I HAMISH MCRAE ON ECONOMICS P28 P28 The News Matrix HEALTH Why are producers sniffy about the film ‘Show Dogs’? See p.13 The day at a glance CONSUMER FRIDAY 25 MAY Quote of the day Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast EPICTETUS ARTS Bed occupancy rates ‘worst-ever this year’ Overnight bed occupancy rates in NHS hospitals were the worst ever between January and March this year. Bed occupancy levels reached 92.6 per cent, exceeding the recommended 85 per cent. In the same period last year, the ﬁgure was 91.4 per cent. HEALTH UNITED STATES Commons food waste Royal Academy gets doubles in 3 years stamp of honour Quick liver test can save lives Weinstein ‘facing arrest’ in New York Food waste from the House of Commons has more than doubled in the past three years. A “staggering” 282 tonnes of food was discarded by parliamentary estate caterers. The Commons Commission, which runs the parliamentary estate, admitted the volume of waste increased from 130 tonnes in 2015 to 282 this year. A set of stamps is being issued to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts. The six stamps feature specially commissioned original artworks by artists including Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. The Royal Mail said the stamps will be available from 7,000 Post Ofﬁces from 5 June. Researchers have designed a quick blood test that can detect liver damage before symptoms appear. University College London said liver disease goes unnoticed until its late stages, when the damage is irreversible. They believe the new test will be used routinely in GP surgeries. Disgraced Hollywood ﬁlm producer Harvey Weinstein will face sexual misconduct charges in New York today. Weinstein will be charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s ofﬁce, according to The New York Times. The charges follow an investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted women. SPORT WILDLIFE CRIME Badger culling cap may be lifted ‘Worst attack’ in UK Boxing legend football investigated granted pardon Woman fought bear – then walked to car UNITED STATES A cap on badger culling will be lifted to include low-risk areas if TB outbreaks in cattle are linked to the animals, the Government has announced. Farming minister George Eustice said the move would “strengthen disease control” in England and expand options to tackle new outbreaks of bovine TB. Police and football authorities are investigating an attack on a referee during an amateur match. It has been described as “the worst assault on a match ofﬁcial on British soil”. The attack happened during a game organised by the Turkish Community Football Federation in north London. A woman fought off a grizzly bear attack and then walked nearly two miles to her car with a fractured skull and severe cuts to her head, neck and back. Amber Kornak, 28, a researcher for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Libby, Montana, is recovering in hospital. She fought off the bear using pepper spray. Boxing’s ﬁrst black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, has been granted a posthumous presidential pardon. In 1913, Johnson was found guilty of transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes”. President Trump called Johnson’s conviction “a racially motivated injustice”. PAGE 25 Birthdays Sir Ian McKellen (below), actor, 79; Anthea Turner, presenter, 58; Mike Myers, comedy actor, 55; Frank Oz, puppeteer, 74; Cillian Murphy, actor, 42; Paul Weller, musician, 60; Julian Clary, comedian, 59 A new missile defence system designed to protect the Royal Navy’s ships has entered into service. Developed at a cost of about £850m, Sea Ceptor can intercept and destroy enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds. It will be deployed aboard the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates. DEFENCE The List British business gets a royal boost The Royal Navy’s supersonic shield 500 MISSILE FACTS Businesses across British industry were boosted by the royal wedding. Here is a snapshot of the increases they had over last weekend, based on 350,000 payment transactions. Anniversaries Saturday 25 May 1878 The English light opera HMS Pinafore, written by WS Gilbert and Richard Sullivan, has its premiere at the Opéra-Comique in London, beginning a run of 571 performances. 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Also printed at Carn Web, Carn Industrial Estate, Portadown. Back issues available from Historic Newspapers, 0844 770 7684. Friday 25 May 2018. Registered as a newspaper with the Post Ofﬁce. 600 number of jobs being supported by the development and installation of Sea Ceptor in Bristol, Stevenage and Bolton 28 knots top speed Select journalism in i is copyright independent.co.uk and copyright Evening Standard, beyond those accredited as such. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 3 ThePage3Profile UNITED STATES GARETH GLYNN, BLOOD STEM CELL DONOR Foam ‘ingots’ prove to be fool’s gold Oliver Duff Fake promotional gold bars appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a ﬂooring shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take them. Foam rubber gold bars featuring the company’s logo, used for stress relief, were strewn about after the thief used a rock to break a window and gain entry. Going, going, gone. AUSTRALIA Cat-proof fence to protect rare birds Australia has built the world’s longest cat-proof fence in an attempt to prevent the felines from wiping out endangered native marsupials and birds. The 27-mile fence, in the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary in the Northern Territory, will also help the reintroduction of 11 types of threatened mammal. NEW ZEALAND Transport minister makes a bad call A wedding gift with a difference? Newlywed Gareth Glynn sacriﬁced his honeymoon to save the life of a stranger. The 30-year-old, from East Lothian, registered as a blood stem cell donor with DKMS (dkms.org. uk), a blood cancer charity, in May 2016. Less than two years later – just as he was about to head off on his honeymoon with wife Heather – he received a phone call telling him he was a matching donor. Talk about timing. Quite. The pair, who tied the knot in March after six years together, had been planning to travel around the Scottish coast when they heard the news. They rescheduled because, as Gareth explained, “the coast of Scotland isn’t going anywhere”. So, how does it all work? Gareth made the donation by means of a peripheral blood stem cell collection, where the blood is passed through a machine that isolates and collects the stem cells. This method is used in 90 per cent of cases and the other 10 per cent of procedures are done through a bone marrow collection. That’s brave. What inspired him? The main inspiration for joining the registry was his father’s diagnosis with liver cancer. Gareth, who works for a packing company, was researching what he could do to help him and others in need and came across the DKMS website. He signed up online for his home swab kit and returned the cheek swabs in order for his details to be added to the registry. He then went on standby as a potential donor. What about their honeymoon? Gareth said it was worth delaying their trip to help save someone’s life. He explained: “If I had to summarise my donation experience I would say it’s been rewarding, heartwarming and an extremely proud moment that I will never forget.” To make up for the delay, Gareth and Heather got themselves a new dog – Honey. Florence Snead New Zealand’s transport minister will no longer oversee aviation safety after he broke the rules by using a phone while on a plane. Phil Twyford made the call while on a ﬂight from Wellington to Auckland. He said the plane was not airborne but the doors had been closed for take-off – after which point, phone calls are banned. UNITED STATES Feathers fly as driver sleeps at the wheel A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state, dumping 40,000lbs of chicken feathers across Interstate 5. State patrol said the driver told investigators he fell asleep in the early hours north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a crash barrier and overturned. Letter from the Editor firstname.lastname@example.org The most improbable Nobel Peace Prize for 45 years – since Henry Kissinger’s in Vietnam – has slipped through Donald Trump’s ﬁngers. Coming so soon after Mr Trump’s unnecessary escalation of hostilities with Iran, his decision to cancel a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un makes the world more dangerous. His administration now faces two nuclear problems, as it grapples daily with a lack of diplomatic expertise and common sense. The best-case scenario for 2018 is that we don’t see a return to last summer’s poison, when the two leaders exchanged insults – “dotard” and “Little Rocket Man” – and edged closer to military conﬂict. There are two villains in play, not including the dimwitted American president or paranoid Mr Kim. US National Security Adviser John Bolton started this row, talking about a “Libya model” for North Korea. The Libya model didn’t end well for Gaddaﬁ... The second villain appears to be China. Its leaders were blindsided by Mr Trump’s initial diplomatic coup, but have since intervened with Kim Jong-un – moves that Washington blames for the collapse in co-operation. To mark the event, the US Treasury has been busy minting commemorative coins, certain to become a collector’s oddity. **** Speaking of collectors’ items... It is not only party bags from royal wedding guests being sold on eBay. I was entertained to see copies of iweekend’s one-off “second edition”, published on Sunday to cover the nuptials and bumper live sport, are already up for auction. Purveyors of historic newspapers and royal memorabilia/tat have set reserves at £5.90. In an attempt to spark a Modiglianistyle price war, I shall join bidding. 4 NEWS DIPLOMACY Comment Trump cancels peace talks amid war of words with North Korea By Catherine Lucey IN WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has dramatically cancelled next month’s peace summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements from Pyongyang. Mr Trump announced his abrupt withdrawal from what would have been a first meeting between a serving US president and a North Korean leader, in Singapore on 12 June, in a letter to Mr Kim. North Korean ofﬁcials warned of a “nuclear showdown” if diplomacy failed. A White House ofﬁcial said a North Korean official’s condemnation of US Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy” was “the last straw” that led to the cancellation of the summit that was to have started denuclearisation in North Korea. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Mr Trump wrote. “Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.” Adding his own threat, he said that while North Korea talked of its nuclear capabilities, “ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used”. However, he appeared to leave the door open to a last-minute change of heart: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.” Even though it was the US that cancelled the meeting, critics of Mr Trump said careless remarks from senior US ofﬁcials, which compared North Korea to Muammar Gaddaﬁ’s Libya, had eroded a tentative diplomatic thaw. Others said that Wily dictator shows Trump how to stay ahead of game Michael Day FOREIGN EDITOR President Trump left the door ajar for next month’s meeting to take place AP Mr Trump had overestimated his diplomatic prowess. Nancy Pelosi, the most senior Democrat in the House of Representatives, said Mr Trump had legitimised a “thug” and the head of a “police state” in Mr Kim. “He got global recognition and regard. He’s the big winner. He must be having a giggle ﬁt right now.” AP Mr Trump’s letter came as Mr Kim made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions as foreign journalists looked on. Timeline Trump-Kim Jan 2017: Two weeks before his inauguration Mr Trump tweeted: “North Korea just stated that it is in the ﬁnal stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US. It won’t happen!” Aug 2017: The UN Security Council passed further sanctions against North Korea. Pyongyang responded by saying it would make the US pay “a thousand-fold”. 19 Sept 2017: In his ﬁrst speech to the UN, Mr Trump used his new nickname for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission.” Nov 2017: North Korea hits back: WHAM! 4 DAY FLASH DEALS Our lowest price ever on Samsung S9/S9+ “Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance.” 1 Jan 2018: Mr Kim, in a dramatic shift, said he hoped the two Koreas could meet “immediately” as the South prepared to host the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang 10 May 2018: Mr Trump welcomed three Americans freed from detention in North Korea. Hours later he tweeted that he would meet Mr Kim on 12 June. 23 May 2018: Mr Trump announces he has pulled out of the summit blaming the “open hostility” of a recent North Korean statement. £59.99 upfront cost £38 a monthx with 15GB data WE COMPARE, YOU SAVE 1Subject to credit check and min. 24 months’ contract on 02. All information is accurate at time of going to print. Networks may increase monthly price in line with Retail Price Index (RPI). In his letter to Kim Jong-un cancelling the highly anticipated peace summit, Donald Trump tried to sound statesman-like. Still, he couldn’t resist boasting that his nuclear arsenal was bigger than that of the North Korean dictator. We all know, though, it doesn’t take a nuclear arsenal the size of America’s to create a catastrophe. The truth is Trump and the sycophants and gung-ho neo-cons surrounding him have underestimated the wily dictator in Pyongyang. The US President considers himself the master of the deal. But big business is relatively easy when, like Trump, you’re born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Kim has survived, and even prospered, surrounded by ofﬁcials and millions of countrymen who would like to stick a knife in his back. Senior US ofﬁcials’ ill-timed comparisons between North Korea and Libya haven’t helped diplomatic efforts. But the fact that Kim suddenly got cold feet and caught the US government off guard in the process, speaks of an administration – and a president – distracted by its own hubris. The senior Democratic senator, Bob Menendez, said the fact that Trump felt forced to withdraw from the planned summit showed the consequence of his failure to prepare properly. “The art of diplomacy,” he said, “is a lot harder than the art of the deal.” NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 5 RELIGION Church says let us pray with Amazon’s Alexa By Rhiannon Williams TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT The Church of England is encouraging Christians to pray and ask questions about their faith through Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, as part of reforms to integrate the Church more fully with technology. Alexa, the smart helper present in the company’s Echo speakers and in other devices via an app, will now be able to read prayers of the day, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. Users can also ask Alexa (inset) to recite grace before a meal, or to locate their nearest church through the A Church Near You feature. The AI-powered helper can also answer questions including what it means to believe in God, how to be- come a Christian and about Church of England funerals. Answers to the queries will be taken from the Pilgrim discipleship course and The Pilgrim Way: A Short Guide to the Christian Faith, the Church said. The Church of England is planning to develop the same skills for Google’s Assistant and Apple’s Siri helper. The Alexa skill is part of the Church’s digital transformation project designed to attempt to reach new worshippers through the power of technology. The Archbishop of York, the Right Reverend John Sentamu, said it would “enable regular churchgoers and those exploring faith to connect with God in another way at a time that’s right for them. A quarter of UK households now own Digital alarm Technology brings church on time Embracing digital assistants and contactless payment technologies are just two ways in which the Church of England (CoE) is seeking to modernise itself. The Church is currently in the middle of a three-year digital transformation programme, which includes free training courses for churches to help promote their parishes through social media. Dr Rachel Jordan, the CoE’s adviser for national mission and evangelism, has said the Church is taking “seriously the challenge of ageing congregations and is sharpening its focus and work on the opportunities of reaching new generations.” It recently signed a deal with the Government to install wireless transmitters in church spires and towers to boost broadband, Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity in rural areas, which could help to livestream services online. The Church reaches more than one million people each month through its social media output on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, a study in October found. a smart device and… this fast-growing area was identiﬁed as a priority for development.” Dr Rachel Jordan, the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, said: “The Church of England has taken seriously the challenge of ageing congregations and is sharpening its focus and work on the opportuni- Amazon is notoriously secretive about the exact number of Alexa-enabled devices that is has sold, with the online retailer only conceding it has shifted “tens of millions” of the devices that sell for about £80 ties of reaching new generations in different ways – church growth starts young.” It came as churches and cathedrals across England announced they would be accepting contactless donations in March, installing portable card readers in religious sites across the country. “There is a clear need for our parishes to introduce card and contactless facilities and we are excited to make this available,” John Preston, National Stewardship Ofﬁcer of the Church of England, said. NHS Walk me to the Moon Tory MP: 3 per cent rise in budget ‘disastrous’ A visitor gazes up at a 23ft, seven-metre diameter, replica of the Moon in Liverpool Cathedral. The display is Luke Jerram’s installation Museum of the Moon, a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. The idea of the work is to allow people to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, “where we all live below the same Moon”. The display is part of the Changing Tides creative programme for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and Bordeaux Wine Festival in Liverpool. By Nigel Morris POLITICAL EDITOR Anything less than a substantial rise in spending on the National Health Service would be “disastrous” for the quality of hospital and social care, the Conservative MP and GP Sarah Wollaston has warned. Dr Wollaston registered her alarm over a report that ministers are planning to announce a three per cent rise in NHS budgets to help the service cope with soaring demand and the rising cost of drugs. Theresa May has announced plans for a long-term overhaul of health funding in an effort to avert the regular winter crises which have left hospitals struggling to meet demand. She is expected to set out her conclusions in time for the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5 July. Dr Wollaston (inset) told BBC Radio 4: “The difficulty would be if [the Government] make a funding announcement that is way below expectations, I think that would be disastrous. The figure we are hearing touted today – of three per cent – that simply wouldn’t be high enough.” The MP, who chairs the Commons health and social care committee, pointed to an analysis that budgets need to rise by four per cent to keep the health service on track. “If we look at the long-term average [spending rise] since the start of the NHS, that’s been around 3.7 per cent.” HEALTH ‘Obese paradox’: how extra weight fights off chronic infections By Alex Matthews-King Heavier patients are twice as likely to survive after being admitted to hospital with an infection in what researchers have called the “obesity paradox”. While being overweight generally contributes to poorer health outcomes for surgery and other proce- dures, as well as earlier death, it can be a lifesaver when a person is forced into intensive care by infectious diseases, or conditions like pneumonia. In these circumstances, it appears the heavier you are the better, as being clinically “obese” was even more protective than being classed as “overweight”. This may be down to obese people having more energy reserves to fight off infection, or a result of the chronic inﬂammation they experience which means their immune systems are always primed to respond to infection. Danish researchers at the European Congress on Obesity this week reported the ﬁndings from a study involving 35,406 patients admitted to hospital for an acute medical or surgical procedure between 2011 and 2015. They found that overweight patients were 40 per cent less likely to die within 90 days of being discharged from hospital, while obese patients had half the risk of death in that period. This trend remained even for patients who smoked or had other health conditions. THE INDEPENDENT 6 NEWS EMPLOYMENT Disabled pay gap widens to record level By Alan Jones The pay gap between disabled and other workers has increased to its highest level since records began, researchers have found. Average hourly pay for disabled workers was £9.90 last year, £1.50 an hour lower than non-disabled employees, according to research by the TUC. The so-called disability pay gap is now £2,730 a year, the highest since 2013 when ofﬁcial ﬁgures were ﬁrst published. The union said disabled people are less likely to be in work, and when they are in a job, the employer is likely to pay them less than it pays its other workers. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “New rules to make bosses reveal gender pay gaps have been successful at shin- ing a light on the problem. We’d like the Government to consider a similar law requiring employers to publish their disability pay gap, along with the steps they will take to close it.” Neil Heslop, chief executive of disability charity Leonard Cheshire, said: “This report conﬁrms our fears that disabled workers are even further disadvantaged in the workplace than we could have imagined.” BREXIT Cutting UK out of security loop will ‘put public at risk’ By Nigel Morris POLITICAL EDITOR Millions of European citizens will be at greater danger from terrorism and crime if Brussels blocks close security co-operation with Britain after Brexit, the Government has warned. It is alarmed at the prospect of Britain being cut out of EU crime-fighting and information schemes, arguing that loosening security ties would create “unnecessary risks to public safety and our ability to uphold justice in the UK and the EU”. A document issued by David Davis’s Brexit department argues that it is in the interest of both sides – which participate in 40 policing and judicial schemes – to continue working closely together. Its warning comes three months after Theresa May (inset) called for a wide-ranging post-Brexit security partnership and forecast “damaging real-world consequences” if such a deal is not reached. The department’s intervention suggests little progress has been made in negotiations over security with less than a year to Britain leaving the EU. It warned in a position paper that the remaining 27 EU members and Britain will be more exposed to terrorism and crime if the UK is treated as a “third country”. “The UK’s analysis indicates there will be a serious drop-off in our ability to cooperate to tackle internal secu- NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 7 NORTHERN IRELAND I’m calling for dialogue, not for border poll, insists Corbyn Mr Johnson believed he was speaking to the new Armenian leader REUTERS DIPLOMACY By Sam McBride POLITICAL EDITOR NORTHERN IRELAND The Labour leader, speaking at Queen’s University Belfast, called for the Northern Irish parties to work together PA rity threats if we do not seek to move beyond existing precedents for EU co-operation with third countries on individual measures,” it said. “That shortfall would affect law enforcement agencies and judicial authorities in the UK and the EU, and would have a direct impact on their ability to bring criminals to justice – and by extension, on public safety.” The government pointed to the European Arrest Warrant, which has been used to extradite more than 1,400 wanted people from other EU states to the UK. It also warned that exclusion from the scheme would lead to extradition delays and pointed to the sharing of data about travellers moving between member states under the Passenger Name Record directive. Without continued EU-UK cooperation, it would become more difficult to “identify and intercept suspects, to identify and protect victims of trafﬁcking, and to disrupt terrorist and organised criminal travel across Europe”, it concluded. The paper stated: “The security of our citizens must be our overriding priority and that will not be achieved by a marked – and avoidable – reduction in our ability to combat serious crime and terrorism.” TECHNOLOGY Warning fired to Europe over Galileo project By Shaun Connolly Britain has told the EU that shutting it out of the Galileo satellite navigation project will cost Brussels hundreds of millions of pounds and cause years of delay. London has threatened to launch its own version of the system if the EU does not change its stance, according to a document issued by the Brexit Department. It also makes clear that the UK will seek to have the £1bn it has already invested in the project – a rival to GPS – refunded if it withdraws from the venture. Britain has rejected the EU’s view that it cannot remain a full member of the project after Brexit. Excluding the UK from full participation in Galileo will cost the EU £880m and set the project back by three years, the document states. The stance adopted by Brussels “risks being interpreted as a lack of trust” in the UK, the paper said, and it warned that the UK would go its own way if its demands were not met. Jeremy Corbyn insists he is not advocating or calling for a referendum on Irish unity, regardless of the Brexit border outcome. The Labour leader said that if he were to become prime minister, he would only trigger a border poll under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement – which speciﬁes that a vote can only be called if there is evidence of a Northern Irish majority for it. He said he would remain neutral in any future referendum – in sharp contrast with former prime minister David Cameron, who pledged to “never be neutral on the Union” and campaigned with Labour for Scotland to remain within the UK. Mr Corbyn said the Good Friday Agreement allowed the people of Ireland to decide on their future but added: “We’re a long way off that.” In an interview with i during his first official visit to Northern Ireland as Labour leader, he clariﬁed comments he made earlier in the day calling for the British–Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIC) to be convened. He said that, in the absence of Stormont, there was a “democratic deﬁcit” in Northern Ireland and he wanted to see the Northern Irish parties agree to re-enter devolved government. “I think if they can’t do that, then the BIIC would be a good boost to it,” he said. The DUP has dismissed the body as “a talking shop”, stressing that under the agreement, it cannot discuss devolved matters. Mr Corbyn also put distance between his position and that of Sinn Féin, who argue it could see the Irish government p r o v i d e “a p p r o p r i ate political direction and governance” and “governmental oversight” in the absence of Stormont. The Labour leader defended the Irish government’s tough line with London in the Brexit talks, which the DUP has objected to as being unnecessarily inﬂexible. And he defended his contacts in the Republican movement and IRA members during the Troubles. “My position has always been: I want to see peace through dialogue and through justice,” he said. Mr Corbyn ruled out an amnesty for all those involved in the Troubles – terrorists or members of the security forces. “Our view is the PSNI should go where the evidence takes them,” he said. TRADE Britain may end up ‘forced to stay in customs union’ By Nigel Morris POLITICAL EDITOR Britain could be forced to remain in the European Union’s customs union beyond 2020 because of the Government’s “unsatisfactory” failure to produce a viable alternative, MPs said. In a cross-party report, they were ﬁercely critical of ministers’ failure – nearly two years after the EU referendum – to agree a position on the central question of the Brexit negotiations. They also raised doubts over the Home Ofﬁce’s ability to handle the post-Brexit registration of EU nationals in the light of the Windrush scandal. The committee, which includes both Leavers and Remainers, condemned the Cabinet’s lack of progress on a customs agreement. It noted that while Brexit Secretary David Davis (inset) had ruled out remaining in the customs union, “in the absence of any other plan, such an extension will be the only viable option”. The customs issue was “absolutely integral to the future EU-UK relationship and the UK’s trade relationship with the rest of the world”. And they also noted in the cross-party report: “There is disagreement in Cabinet over which option to pursue, while it has been reported the European Union has rejected both proposals on the grounds that they are seen as unworkable.” Johnson’s 18-minute call with Russian pranksters By Louis Doré The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has been targeted by Russian prank callers impersonating the new prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan. In an 18-minute recording posted online, Mr Johnson congratulates the caller on his election victory and discusses the Salisbury nerve agent attack and Syria. He goes on to vow to continue restricting the inﬂuence of London-based Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin. The call has been attributed to Russian pranksters Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov, who are frequently promoted by Russian state media. They previously posed as the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, in a call with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They also spoke with Sir Elton John, claiming to be President Putin. The private ofﬁce of foreign minister Alan Duncan gave the callers the number for the Foreign Secretary on his recommendation. Mr Johnson told the pranksters that he wanted to avoid another Cold War with Russia, but that the United Kingdom wished to see better behaviour in the international community from Russia. “If I have a message to Putin, it’s that we don’t want a cold war but we do want to see an improvement in the way Russia behaves,” he said. “We will continue to tighten the squeeze on some of the oligarchs who surround Putin.” He advised the fake prime minister to show “determination and ﬁrmness” in dealing with Mr Putin. He also reacted with surprise to the claim that Mr Putin had inﬂuence over Labour leader Mr Corbyn. He asked for more information, before saying: “I am sure our intelligence will be listening on this line and they will draw the relevant conclusions.” 8 NEWS TRANSPORT Hike in profits for Southern owner despite rail chaos By Ravender Sembhy The group behind the troubled Southern Railway franchise has said it will rake in bigger proﬁts than expected, just days after passengers suffered disruption from a major timetable overhaul. Go-Ahead Group, which is also behind the Govia Thameslink franchise, said it is “conﬁdent” the ﬁrm will deliver full-year results that are “slightly ahead of its previous expectations”. It said good progress in the delivery of an efﬁciency programme and the revamp of London Bridge station had brightened its outlook. Major changes to timetables affected commuters this week, with customers on Go Ahead’s Southern and Southeastern franchises particularly badly hit. Northern Rail passengers were also especially badly hit. Chris Grayling said those calling for Northern to be renationalised are “shooting at the wrong target” as he issued more warnings to Network Rail. Go-Ahead said the overhaul would “boost capacity” for Govia passengers with almost 400 more trains running every day, resulting in extra space for 50,000 passengers in the morning peak time. Go-Ahead chief executive David Brown said: “In partnership with the industry, this week we began the introduction of the largest timetable change in decades. “The modernisation of the network will lead to new routes, greater connectivity and increased peak frequency through central London with the new technology of automatic train operation.” Commuters forced to endure months of recent strike action on Southern were faced with cancelled trains on several journeys. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was forced to issue an apology for the disruption, but insisted it was only a “teething problem” that would lead to longer-term beneﬁts. TRAVEL Fans face queues for Wembley final By Neil Lancefield Football fans could be forced to queue for longer than the duration of a match if they travel to Wembley by train this weekend. Rail bosses are warning the 38,000 Aston Villa supporters heading to the Championship play-off ﬁnal against Fulham tomorrow that the quickest Birmingham to London route will be blocked by engineering works. Chiltern Railways is adding capacity to its slower Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone route, but fans are being told to expect station queues in both directions in excess of one-and-a-half hours. Eleni Jordan, the operator’s commercial director, said: “Queuing systems will be in place at Birmingham Moor Street, London Marylebone and Wembley Stadium stations.” Members tickled pink Doormen at a private members club in Mayfair dressed for the occasion yesterday, to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. Annabel’s Club was adorned with thousands of ﬂowers as part of London in Bloom. REUTERS . * c r . w t , r nCor less. bosc h e.c . n er manufact rers co q c c i u . y u rger 1 rdles B). in h ared e ket. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 9 INTELLIGENCE CRIME No, Mr Bond, we expect you to diversify: MI6 seeks new recruits ‘Greedy’ charity boss jailed for seven years By Martin Bentham MI6 screened its first TV advert yesterday as part of a campaign to attract ethnic minority recruits and widen the pool of talent that it deploys against terrorists and hostile states. The unprecedented effort, which also includes a drive to hire more women and parents, was announced by the spy agency’s chief Alex Younger as he appealed to the “best people” from all parts of society to consider a career in espionage. It has been prompted by concern that some Britons, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds, may be put off from applying because of the James Bond image of the service, and a misconception that MI6 only wants applicants from traditional backgrounds. MI6 said it was determined not to miss out on talent as the population becomes more diverse, and that it was important for its “legitimacy” that its ranks reﬂect the people it serves. The campaign comes as the agency seeks to recruit an extra 800 spies by 2021. The TV advert, which is the ﬁrst by MI6, is the centrepiece of the drive, appearing on Channel 4, digital channels and Spotify, the music streaming service. It depicts an ethnic minority mother and her young child watching a shark in an aquarium. It ends with the strapline: “Secretly, we’re just like you”, suggesting that the woman is a spy. The phrase will also be used as a hashtag on social media. MI6 said the ad is a deliberate attempt to ﬂip the service’s “James Bond image”. Mr Younger, who is known as C, said that diversity in MI6 would increase the agency’s effectiveness and urged ethnic minorities and mothers to consider applying to become a spy. “I want people who have never thought of joining MI6 to join MI6,” he said. “My message is simple: there is no standard MI6 ofﬁcer. If you have what it takes, then apply to join us. Our work is exciting, intellectually challenging, and it matters. Regardless of background, if you have the TRANSPORT A lorry transporting a dozen novelty cars including a Batmobile caught fire, destroying the replica ﬁlm vehicles. The truck was carrying classic cars including a Dukes of Hazzard General Lee, a Transformers Ford Mustang and a Starsky and Hutch Ford Torino. It was engulfed in flames as it skills we need and you share our values, I want you to consider a career in intelligence, in a service that reﬂects today’s society.” He added: “I want to dispel the myths that still too often see potential candidates rule themselves out. MI6 needs the best people that this country has to offer.” Mr Younger’s appeal came as MI6 revealed that it has seen a surge in applications since the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. EVENING STANDARD AUCTION Batmobile destroyed in M4 lorry fire By Adrian Hearn By Tom Wilkinson A still from the new MI6 ad campaign, which is a far cry from the womanising ‘Bond’ image (below) travelled westbound on the M4 near Bath, Somerset, on Wednesday night. Highways England was forced to shut two lanes of the motorway as ﬁreﬁghters battled the blaze into the early hours. The extent of damage to the cars is unknown, but Highways England said a number of specialist vehicles along with the transporter cab had been destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze. Rare 3-6-9 Rolex hits big numbers By Rod Minchin A rare Rolex watch bought for £69 in 1966 has sold for nearly £100,000. The Rolex Submariner 5513, bought from a jewellery shop in Doncaster, is one of only a small number manufactured in the early 1960s with an Explorer 3-6-9 dial, which shows the numbers 3, 6 and 9. The vast majority of Rolex Submariners have no numbers on their dials. The watch was never serviced by Rolex as its owner, who had it from new, discovered that the Swiss company would have replaced the face with its standard no-number dial. It was sold with its original receipt, guarantee booklet and a 1965 Rolex sales catalogue. It was bought by a UK collector. David Hare, from Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers in Corsham, Wiltshire, said: “We’ve had a great day.” The chief executive of an Age Concern branch has been jailed for seven years for pocketing a “breathtaking” £700,000 of the charity’s money. John Briers, 57, was taking up to 20 per cent of the South Tyneside branch’s annual gross income during his eight-anda-half year fraud, Newcastle Crown Court heard. He wrote himself 60 cheques, gave himself 11 unauthorised bonuses and 19 pension top-ups and used fear to stop staff at the branch from investigating what was happening too closely. Judge Tim Gittins said: “The only conclusion I am driven to is it was pure selﬁsh greed on your part to cushion with extravagance your life and that of your family now, and in a planned retirement.” In a victim statement, Graham Cassidy, the new CEO, said the charity had lost £250,000 in donations and six staff have been made redundant. The court heard the total cost to the branch was more than £500,000, as well as damage to its reputation. Briers, of Gateshead, was convicted of three counts of fraud following a trial earlier this month. He duped trustees and staff with carefully created false invoices. At trial, he claimed that he paid himself cheques to then pay local ﬁrms in cash for services. The fraud unravelled when Mr Cassidy challenged Briers about an invoice, was rudely rebuffed and made further investigations. He found the ﬁrm on the false bill had changed its address. The judge said some of the cheques Briers wrote himself were “breathtaking”. He banned Briers from being a director for 10 years. Hearings under the Proceeds of Crime Act will follow. SOCIETY Ban on second homes: locals vote on saving coastal towns By Dean Kirby NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT Residents in one of the most scenic parts of northern England will ﬁnd out today if a radical plan that could ban the construction of new holiday homes will go ahead. Towns and villages in parts of Northumberland are dying, it is claimed, because they have been overrun by second homes. Less than one in ﬁve homes in the coastal vil- lage of Beadnell are now occupied throughout the year. The North Northumberland Coast Neighbourhood Plan, which was being put before locals in a referendum yesterday, proposes to ban the construction of new holiday homes in the area. The result was due to be announced late last night. The proposal comes after areas including St Ives in Cornwall, where second homes form more than a quarter of the housing stock, brought in a ban. Other areas are considering plans to increase council tax for second homes. Beadnell Under Threat campaigner Andy Brown told the Northumberland Gazette: “A Yes vote in A Yes vote would demonstrate a united front against the march of the developers the referendum would demonstrate a united front against the march of the developers.” The Northumberland Coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The Grade I listed Bamburgh Castle attracts nearly 150,000 visitors a year. Under the radical plan, developers in the parishes of Beadnell, North Sunderland and Bamburgh would only be able to create new homes if they were restricted for primary occupation “in perpetuity”. The proposals also include restrictions on the design of any new build homes to ensure they ﬁt the character of the area and plans to address trafﬁc and the availability of community facilities. Northumberland County Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson told the Evening Chronicle the plan would not affect existing second homes, but would make it easier for families to live in the area in future. 10 NEWS SOCIETY Romanians second largest non-UK group in Britain By Ian Jones Romanian has become the second most common non-British nationality in the UK, ﬁgures show. The number of Romanian nationals living in the UK in 2017 was estimated to be 411,000 – a jump of 25 per cent on the previous year, and the largest increase for any country. Polish remains the most common non-British nationality, with an estimated one million in the country. Romania has overtaken the Republic of Ireland and India to move from fourth to second in the list. A total of 350,000 Irish nationals and 346,000 Indians were resident in 2017. The ﬁgures from the Ofﬁce for National Statistics (ONS) show the total number of non-British nationals here in 2017 was 6.2 million, up 4 per cent on 2016’s total of six million. This is The proportion of non-British nationals with EU nationality throughout Britain in 2017 – 61 per cent – was roughly the same as in 2016. a smaller rise than that recorded between 2015 and 2016, when the number rose by 8 per cent. Nicola White, of the ONS migration statistics division, said: “NonUK born and non-British populations continued to increase in 2017, as more people continued to come to the UK to live than move to live abroad for a year or more.” London had the largest proportion of non-British nationals in 2017, with the highest numbers in the boroughs of Newham (38 per cent), Westminster (36 per cent) and Brent (34 per cent). The ONS data is based on a survey of households and does not cover most people living in communal establishments, some NHS accommodation, or students in halls of residence with non-UK resident parents. The number of people recorded who were not born in this country – different to non-British nationals – increased from 9.2 million in 2016 to 9.4 million in 2017, up 3 per cent. Pollution levels were higher inside some schools than they were outside PA ENVIRONMENT Where is ‘Little Romania’? Burnt Oak, a suburb in north-west London, has been dubbed “Little Romania” as a large number of Romanians have settled there. Smaller communities also live in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Belfast. The majority of Romanian men are employed in the construction industry, but according to ofﬁcial ﬁgures there are 3,775 Romanians working in the NHS – the 11th most prevalent nationality. Of those, 649 are doctors. Dirty air in schools ‘breaches rules’ Famous Romanians in the country include the actor and singer Simona Armstrong, who sought to represent the UK in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest; the architect, Șerban Cantacuzino; the ballerina, Alina Cojocaru, who is the principal dancer with the English National Ballet and former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet; and Sir George Iacobescu, a civil and industrial engineer and chairman and chief executive of Canary Wharf Group. By David Hughes Pupils are being taught in classrooms where the air is so polluted it breaches World Health Organisation guidelines, a study has found. In some cases, pollution levels inside schools were higher than those outside, researchers said. The study, which looked at five primary schools and a nursery in London, was commissioned by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has launched a £1m fund to protect pupils from toxic air. The research, from University College London and the University of Cambridge, found that the levels of tiny particulate matter in the air in the schools “may be higher than WHO 2010 guidelines”. Exposing children to such pollution can result in reduced lung function, “increasing susceptibility to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases”, the report concluded. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 11 CRIME HEALTH Parachute trial: husband guilty of trying to kill his wife Device that blocks smell ‘helps obese lose weight’ By Ben Mitchell A “very dangerous, coercive and manipulative” Army sergeant has been found guilty of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute and sabotaging a gas valve at their home. A jury convicted Emile Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, of two attempted murder charges and a third count of damaging the gas ﬁtting recklessly endangering life, following a retrial at Winchester Crown Court. The defendant showed no emotion as he was convicted unanimously on the two counts of attempted murder and by a majority of 10 to two on the criminal damage charge. Victoria Cilliers, a highly experienced parachuting instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries when both her main and reserve parachutes failed when she took part in a jump at the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon in Wiltshire, in April 2015. Describing Cilliers as “dangerous”, Detective Inspector Paul Franklin, of Wiltshire Police, said it was “cold, calculated, deliberate, and done for financial and sexual motives, and there was absolutely no consideration of his wife. He serves his own needs and that makes him a very dangerous man.” Ms Cilliers survived the fall but remains traumatised by the incident. Describing the impact on Ms Cilliers, Mr Franklin said: “I don’t think we can overestimate the ordeal that she has been put through. Physically she is well but obviously she is still traumatised.” The court heard that Cilliers wanted his wife dead “whether that be to start a new life with his lover Stefanie Goller, benefit financially from the death of Victoria Cilliers, or both”. Cilliers, who had “out of control” debts racked up by taking his lover on expensive holidays, ﬁrst attempted to kill his wife by tampering with a gas valve at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, at the end of March 2015. After his wife discovered the gas leak, Cilliers, who was also in contact with prostitutes and seeing his former wife for sex, made a second attempt on Ms Cilliers’ life by sabotaging both her main and reserve parachutes, causing her to fall 4,000ft to the ground, which she “miraculously survived”. Prosecutor Michael Bowes QC said the defendant should be considered “dangerous” and added: “We submit the defendant has shown himself to be of quite exceptional callousness who will stop at nothing to satisfy his own desires, material or otherwise.” Remanding the defendant in custody until sentencing on 15 June, Mr Justice Sweeney said he would ask for a probation report to be prepared on Cilliers. He added: “Because dangerousness plays such a signiﬁcant part in this sentencing, it does seem to me that I ought, in fairness to the defendant, get a view.” By Jennifer Cockerell A nasal device which impairs ability to smell could help obese people to lose weight, researchers have claimed. The soft silicone contraption is inserted inside the nostrils, enabling users to continue breathing but causing air to bypass the olfactory. The device, named NozNoz (inset), was found to aid weight loss in obese people under the age of 50, according to a study shown at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria. Inventor Adva Beck likened the product to wearing contact lenses, with users able to wear them for 12 hours a day and each pair suitable for two weeks’ worth of use. The pilot study examined 65 obese adults who reduced their diet by 500 calories every day, with 37 told to use the device and 28 given a placebo. Overall there was no significant difference in weight loss between the two groups; however there was when looking at under-50s alone. In this group, those who used the device daily for five to 12 hours lost an average of 8.3kg in 12 weeks, compared with 4.3kg in the placebo group. Meanwhile, under-50s who used it for more than eight hours a day lost on average 10.1kg. This may be because ability to smell declines with age, typically from the age of 50, studies show. Previous studies have shown food odours and sense of smell can inﬂuence our appetite and dietary choices, according to the researchers. The team, from the Rabin Medical Centre in Israel, said: “Further studies should be conducted to explore this new option for treatment of obesity and diabetes.” The “wellness” device will go on sale in the coming months, costing $89 (£67) for two sets for four weeks. Emile Cilliers (above) was found guilty of tampering with the parachute of his wife, Victoria Cilliers (right), before she jumped from a plane PA Victoria Cilliers survived falling 4,000 feet after both her parachute and reserve failed only because she landed on a soft ploughed ﬁeld, experts said. Prosecutors said it was a “miracle” that her husband was not facing murder charges. COURTS Across Student admits race charge over ‘disgusting’ chants By Flora Thompson A law student has admitted racially aggravated harassment after mobile phone footage captured “disgusting” racist chanting at a hall of residence. Joe Tivnan, 19, was heard on a video which went viral on social media in early March. He had been taking part in a fellow undergraduate’s birthday celebrations at Nottingham Trent University. He was recorded by ﬁrst-year student Rufaro Chisango as he chanted “we hate the blacks” – which distressed her enough for her to move accommodation. Mr Tivnan, of Erdington, Birmingham, admitted using threatening or abusive words, which caused distress to Miss Chisango, at Nottingham magistrates’ court. He was ordered to pay Miss Chisango £500 compensation as well as £310 in ﬁnes and costs. D i s t r i c t J u d ge L e o P y l e said: “These words were described by other students as shocking, disgusting, appalling and disgraceful.” 1 Gross saying about Muslim decrees (6) 3 Sweet song for two about Elsie, say (6) 4 Robbery is heartless sin at church (6) Down Joe Tivnan admitted using threatening or abusive words Lauren Leigh, 19, pleaded not guilty to a related offence and was granted unconditional bail until her trial on 19 July. 1 Frozen food company to discover America (6) 2 Good person has skin irritation, which is a pain (6) No 2340 Solution, page 57 12 NEWS HEALTH CONSUMER Wanted: public urged to join UK’s clinical trials New push to save Britain’s high streets By Jane Clinton People are being urged to join clinical trials to help the NHS create better treatments, after a survey revealed there are “misconceptions” about such tests. Although 85 per cent of people say they want to help the NHS ﬁnd better ways to treat illness and disease, only 14 per cent of people have ever taken part in one. A survey of 2,000 people for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) uncovered confusion about who could take part – with 23 per cent believing they were only for ill people, and almost six out of 10 (58 In the poll, people said the top three research priorities for the next 30 years should be cancer; Alzheimer’s or dementia; and genetic diseases such as cystic ﬁbrosis. per cent) believing children could not participate. How to take part and what was involved was unclear, with two-thirds (66 per cent) believing you had to be invited and 38 per cent thinking it involved new drug testing. A third said they had never seen information on clinical trials. More than half (56 per cent) of adults also had concerns about safety. In 2006, trials at London’s Northwick Park Hospital in London resulted in six men experiencing serious reactions to a drug test. No one died but one man had toes and part of his ﬁngers amputated. Separate data found that the majority of patients who do take part say it is a positive experience (87 per cent) and take part again (83 per cent). Simon Denegri, of the NIHR, said: “Research has played a massive part in transforming the healthcare we all have access to today – from the discovery of penicillin to the production of the contraceptive pill.” By Richard Wheeler and Harriet Line Clinical trials are needed to develop new treatments and drugs GETTY In demand Parkinson’s research needs volunteers A proposed trial to verify whether or not Parkinson’s Disease can be diagnosed earlier needs volunteers. Doctors want to develop skin swab tests as a diagnostic tool for Parkinson’s after a woman used her sense of smell to identify people with the illness. Trafford General Hospital became the ﬁrst in the world to incorporate video games into its physio programme for people recovering from shoulder surgery after a successful clinical trial. Patients were divided into two groups: one received traditional physio and the other also played motion sensor “Exergames”. Doctors were so pleased that the games are now part of day-to-day physio. Marks & Spencer’s planned store closures could “devastate town centres”, ministers have been warned, as MPs celebrated the high street retailer’s inﬂuence. SNP MP Lisa Cameron issued the warning as she asked an urgent question in the Commons about the prospects for high streets. Business minister Claire Perry said she believed all MPs are likely to have at least one item of clothing from M&S: “All of us I’m sure now buy many more of our unmentionable items online – or even in stores.” She said the closures were “concerning” but were designed to help the chain compete with online retailers. Ms Perry added that staff were being consulted about redeployment to other stores, telling MPs: “All of us should think it is a worrying time for those 600 staff.” Speaker John Bercow noted: “I share the minister’s enthusiasm for M&S – it’s a most admirable institution, and I think what she said about almost every member having items from Marks is incontrovertible.” NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 13 NATURE Birds ‘had to rediscover flight’ after meteor wiped out dinosaurs membership By John von Radowitz Birds had to rediscover flight all over again after the meteor strike that killed off the dinosaurs, scientists believe. The cataclysm 66 million years ago not only wiped out Tyrannosaurus rex and his relatives, but also ﬂying birds which lived in trees. As forests burned around the world, the only birds to survive were ﬂightless species that lived on the ground. Every bird alive today is descended from these emu-like ancestors, the scientists believe. Dr Regan Dunn, a member of the team from the Field Museum in Chicago, US, said: “Looking at the fossil record, at plants and birds, there are multiple lines of evidence suggesting that the forest canopies collapsed. “Perching birds went extinct because there were no more perches.” Hot debris raining from the sky is thought to have triggered global wildﬁres after the impact. It took hundreds or even thousands of years for the world’s forests to recover. Fossil records from New Zealand, Japan, Europe and North America all showed evidence of mass deforestation. They also revealed that birds for a whole year* Every bird alive today is believed to be descended from ﬂightless ancestors surviving the end of the Cretaceous period had long sturdy legs made for living on the ground. They resembled emus and kiwis, said the researchers, whose findings are reported in the journal Current Biology. British co-author Dr Daniel Field, from the University of Bath, said: “The ancestors of modern tree-dwelling birds did not move into the trees until the forests had recovered from the extinctioncausing asteroid.” Dr Field added: “Today, birds are the most diverse and globally widespread group of terrestrial vertebrate animals – there are nearly 11,000 living species. “Only a handful of ancestral bird lineages succeeded in surviving the mass extinction event, and all of today’s amazing bird diversity can be traced to these ancient survivors.” A six- to ninemile-wide meteor, which may have been an asteroid or comet, struck the Earth off the coast of Mexico, releasing a million times more energy than the largest atomic bomb. FILM NATURE ‘Show Dogs’ producers remove offending scenes from hit movie Farne puffin numbers fall By Adam Sherwin ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Family ﬁlm Show Dogs has been cut to remove scenes of a man groping a canine’s testicles which campaigners said sent the wrong message to children about sexual abuse. The film, about a police dog who inﬁltrates the world of dog shows, featured a scene in which the dog, Max, voiced by Ludacris, is advised to go to his “zen place” to get through the dog show’s genital inspection. FREE Dine The US National Centre on Sexual Exploitation said the scenes echoed “similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children – telling them to pretend they are somewhere else and that they will get a reward fo r w i t h s t a n d i n g their discomfort”. Producer Global Road Entertainment initially defended the scenes in the comedy, which stars Will Arnett, Shaq- uille O’Neal and Stanley Tucci. It said the “dog show judging in this ﬁlm is depicted completely accurately as done at shows around the world”. But after cinemas threatened to pull the ﬁlm, Global Road cut two scenes, despite the British Board of Film Classiﬁcation saying the comments about grooming were misdirected. The revised version will be in cinemas from this weekend. In tomorrow’s Champions League final n Jurgen Klopp interview n Sadiq Khan on his love of Liverpool FC n Football and identity on Merseyside n Michael Owen talks to Kevin Garside By Emily Beament The numbers of puffins on the remote Farne Islands may have fallen 12 per cent in ﬁve years, the National Trust has warned. Initial numbers from the latest count on the islands off the Northumberland coast, which are managed by the Trust, suggest the population on one island is down 42 per cent. It is an alarming decline for the birds, known as the “clowns of the sea” due to their colourful beaks and clown-like faces. At the last count, in 2013, close to 40,000 breeding pairs were recorded. Get 2for1 main meals for a whole year with a FREE Dine membership (worth £49.99) when you buy car, home, van, bike or pet insurance through us.* 21 for Mains *T&Cs and Limits apply 14 NEWS CRIME ‘No god will forgive monsters’ guilty of killing French nanny By Emily Pennink A couple who killed their French nanny over a bizarre obsession with an ex-Boyzone pop star were branded “monsters” as they were convicted of murder. Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, built a warped fantasy around music mogul Mark Walton and accused Sophie Lionnet of being in league with him. Having beaten, imprisoned and tortured to death the 21-year-old at their home, they threw her body on a bonﬁre, the Old Bailey heard. Fashion designer Kouider collapsed in tears and her banker husband Medouni hung his head as a jury found them guilty of murder after nearly 30 hours of deliberations. Ms Lionnet’s mother, Catherine Devallonne, also wept as Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said the defendants’ claims about her daughter contained “no truth whatsoever”. Mrs Devallonne said: “Those monsters repeatedly beat Sophie. They starved, tortured and broke her until she could no longer ﬁght. They took away her dignity and ﬁnally her life. When ﬁreﬁghters were alerted to the bonﬁre with its pungent smoke, Medouni tried to pass off Ms Lionnet’s charred remains as a sheep. Sophie Lionnet, above, was murdered by couple Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider, below PA Our Sophie will soon be laid to rest. No God will ever forgive you both for what you have done to our daughter.” The court heard Kouider was ﬁxated with her ex-boyfriend, Mr Walton, and Medouni bought into the fantasy. Over five years, Kouider reported the wealthy musician to police more than 30 times and received a caution for branding him a paedophile on a fake Facebook profile. She also accused him of sexually abusing a cat and using black magic. The mother of two went on to claim Mr Walton had seduced Ms Lionnet with promises of Hollywood stardom. She and Medouni interrogated Ms Lionnet for hours to get to “the truth” . In her ﬁnal days, Ms Lionnet was hit with an electrical cable and beaten so badly she had ﬁve broken ribs and a cracked breast bone. She died after being tortured with water in the bath. Afterwards, the defendants burned her body in the garden of their flat, near Wimbledon, southwest London. Remote vote: Presiding Ofﬁcer Carmel McBride on the island of Inishboﬁn PA ! ! ! " " # " $"" % & "' &&( &&( )* # " $"" % + " & "' &( *&( " # $%& ' ( ( ) *+ ( &,-&.-,/ &0-&1-,/- .# $1& ' ( ( ) + ( ",-&.-,/ .,-&0-,/- 2 3 ) ! ) -45 .&-&1-,/- 6 !- 7 !- 8 -3 , 63 3 3 6. 18- 8 9 - ) 0&%/::- NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 15 IRELAND Islanders get the first say in referendum By Eleanor Barlow The ﬁrst votes in the Irish abortion referendum were cast yesterday as islanders were allowed into polling stations a day early. An electorate of just over 2,000 on islands off the west coast were able to vote ﬁrst, as the rest of the Republic of Ireland decides whether to reform some of the strictest termination laws in Europe today. Ballot boxes were taken by boat to 12 islands off counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo yesterday to prevent delays in transportation and counting of ballot papers. On Gola Island in Donegal, the polls opened shortly after 11am for the 29 registered voters. The home of Jimmy Sweeney, 65, was used as the polling station. Eleven voters cast their ballots before the box was taken back to the mainland. The country is voting on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which effectively outlaws abortion in all cases unless a mother’s life is in danger. If people vote Yes in the referendum, the Government intends to allow terminations within the ﬁrst 12 weeks, and between 12 and 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances. News feature, page 28 EDUCATION ‘Drop physics to bring in female engineers’ By Richard Vaughan EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT Universities must drop the demand for students to have A-level physics and lower their entry requirements if there are to be more female engineers, a former universities minister has said. Lord David Willetts (inset), who served in David Cameron’s cabinet for four years, warned that engineering departments faced a “record decline” in numbers unless they followed the example of subjects such as the Classics. “Classicists realised that to save their courses from disappearing they had to drop the requirement for A-level Latin or Greek and broaden their approach,” Lord Willetts said. “It’s the same in science. Each year, thousands of girls go down the medical route but become frustrated when they can’t study medicine as it is so competitive. “Because of this, they don’t have A-level physics, so if they did want to study engineering instead, they find they are not accepted.” Lord Willetts warned that it is now imperative that the university engineering departments “stop requiring A-level physics and challenge themselves to bring students up to the level of highly qualiﬁed engineers”. “That’s what other advanced Western countries are doing, so we should be able to do the same,” he said. £12 6 £ each 2.5ltr Dulux More great offers online on d an e or in st COURTS Two jailed for murdering four children By Pat Hurst Two men have been handed four life sentences each for murdering four children in a petrol bomb attack on their home while they slept. 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Dulux Matt and Silk Emulsion Paint Pure Brilliant White 2.5ltr (£2.40 per 1ltr). 16 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence TheOpinionMatrix COMMENT FROM HOME AND ABROAD ITALIAN POLITICS ABORTION REFERENDUM DAVID LAMMY MARK CARNEY KEN LIVINGSTONE MARKS AND SPENCER Residents blame EU for troubles Change must come to Ireland Labour MP’s attack on Oxford Bank boss should keep views quiet More work to do on fixing Labour Is this the death of the high street? The Times The Guardian Daily Mail The Spectator New Statesman Scottish Herald Rome’s habit has been to use protests to focus minds in Brussels, and then fall into line. But recent history is a poor guide to the future. Brussels should plan for continued chaos. (Editorial) If Ireland votes No, another generation of Irish women will suffer. If it votes Yes by a narrow margin, anti-repeal politicians will play havoc with the proposed legislation. Either result would give heart to all those seeking to manipulate public opinion. (Editorial) David Lammy condemns Oxford University as “a bastion of white, southern privilege”. The proportion of Oxford students describing themselves as BAME has risen to 18 per cent – higher than the proportion in the UK population. Doesn’t this suggest Oxford has been successful in its drive to be inclusive? (Editorial) Mark Carney made the great mistake of taking sides during the referendum. He was recruited by George Osborne for this job, and may have felt honour-bound to help the Government. He ought to have conﬁned himself to saying that the Bank stood ready for all eventualities. (Editorial) For the Jewish community, his exit brings more relief than joy. The party he leaves behind, led by a man with a default blindness to its fears, remains a cold place to anyone who claims to be a victim of Jew hate. Labour must deal with the rest of the iceberg. (Richard Ferrer) The bottom line is that the bottom of M&S chinos are baggy. It’s sad. Job losses will be tragic. Marks and Spencer is part of our lives, as Woolworths once was. But what’s become obvious is that while the world has changed, Marks and Spencer hasn’t. (Brian Beacom) Jewish Chronicle Sky There is an institutional anti-Semitism on the British left which cannot be reduced to individuals who happen to hate Jews. And it cannot be purged with the exit of its most explicit, articulate and popular spokesperson. (David Hirsh) Yes, the ever-growing use of internet shopping will mean we need fewer shops – but we also need places for people to live. Let’s celebrate the fact that Britain has an incredible e-commerce sector, and embrace the fact that good local shops will still thrive. (Adam Parsons) Financial Times Many Italians blame Europe for their plight. That may be unfair, but it is inevitable, since so many of the decisions that now affect them are made in Europe. The attempt to break out of the straitjacket, for which they have now voted, seems sure to fail. But that will not resolve the crisis. It could even make it worse in the long run. (Martin Wolf) The New Yorker New laws will also help women in more commonplace predicaments, who aren’t prepared, for any number of reasons, to bear a child, and who should not be forced to. It will allow women, in other words, the ordinary autonomy that all men have. (Margaret Talbot) Quote of the day Daily Telegraph Ultimately, universities are intended to help individuals reach their full potential, not to correct the failings of state schools. Oxford should be proud of its results. (Editorial) EveningStandard We need fewer “front of house” governors airing views beyond their remit. When their actions are felt long after the crash, reining in the powers of the superhero bankers might be the best way to preserve their independence. (Russell Lynch) LifeInBrief PHILIP ROTH WRITER Correspondents don’t know when they might be arrested. If you didn’t have a book to read, it would be terrible John Simpson The BBC veteran explains why he always has a book to hand Philip Roth, whose sexually scandalous comic novel Portnoy’s Complaint brought him literary celebrity in 1969, would come to be hailed as one of America’s greatest living authors for the blunt force and controlled fury of his dozens of later works. Roth, who has died aged 85, published 27 novels, two memoirs and several more story collections by the time he publicly retired from writing in 2012. His lifelong themes included sex and desire, health and mortality, as well as Jewishness and its obligations – arguably his most deﬁnitive subject. Philip Milton Roth was born in 1933 to Herman Roth, an insurance salesman, and Bess Finkel. He winced when referred to as an AmericanJewish writer. “Growing up Jewish as I did and growing up American seemed to me indistinguishable,” he wrote in The Facts. Roth left Newark for Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, where he edited the literary magazine. He also began to ﬁnd his writer’s voice, critiquing a colleague in print and discovering “a ﬂash of talent for comic destruction”. After graduating in 1954, he received a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and served in the army for a year. He then returned to Chicago and taught English at his alma mater while writing ﬁction. In 1957, his short story Defender of the Faith was accepted by The New Yorker. When Goodbye, Columbus was accepted for publication in 1958, Roth left his teaching post and moved to Manhattan. He married his ﬁrst wife, Margaret Martinson, in 1959. They separated in 1963, and in 1968 Martinson died in a car accident. A year later, Roth published Portnoy’s Complaint, the riotous tale of one young Jewish man’s anxiety and excessive masturbation. This made Roth a household name. If few American writers compare with Roth’s frank analysis of the male body’s desires and decline, it is because Roth wrote with near-unbearable clarity about so many of his own physical challenges. He endured knee surgery and then a quintuple bypass in 1989, a period when he was addicted to the drug Halcion. That, in turn, triggered depression and emotional instability. Roth’s powerful, probing, mocking literary voice failed to translate to Hollywood. A version of Portnoy’s Complaint in 1972 received scathing reviews. The Human Stain (2003) starred Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. Elegy (2008), based on The Dying Animal, starred Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, and was seen as lacking Roth’s trademark ferocity. In a 2013 PBS documentary, Roth said: “In the coming years, I have two great calamities to face: death and a biography. Let’s hope the ﬁrst comes ﬁrst.” “Am I Lonoff? Am I Zuckerman? Am I Portnoy?” Roth asked in a 1981 interview. “I could be, I suppose. I may be yet. But as of now I am nothing like so sharply delineated as a character in a book. I am still amorphous Roth.” THE WASHINGTON POST Born 19 March 1933 Died 22 May 2018 Nelson Pressley NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 17 MyView StephenBush May could extend her lease on No 10 PM is in no hurry to leave, despite what many in her party may wish I n the 1970s, the then Labour Chancellor, Denis Healey, used to talk about “Sod Off Day” – the day when he would pay off the United Kingdom’s loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and be able to tell them to sod off and stop telling him what to do. Conservative MPs are dreaming of a similar occasion but it’s not the IMF they want to tell to sod off – it’s Theresa May. And the date of that happy occasion is 29 March 2019, when the two-year period of negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will expire. Most Tories see this parliament as having a before and after. “Before” stretches from June 2017 to 29 March 2019, during which time Brexit must be navigated, negotiated and resolved, and “after” runs from 30 March 2019 to the election, when the Conservative mind can turn to the thorny problem of seeing off Jeremy Corbyn and winning a fourth term in power. Business before pleasure, you might say. There are a couple of problems with this view of events, not least that May doesn’t share the prevailing view that the best way forward is for her to step down before the next election. A minority of Tory MPs have begun to realise that her ﬁrst preference is to ﬁght the next election and that her decisions – who she promotes and demotes, how she runs the Government day-to-day – aren’t based on the idea that she will gracefully give way. If they want shot of her, they will have to do it the hard way. But the bigger problem is not that May doesn’t want to go, but that Sod Off Day is never going to arrive – at least, not any time this parliament and not in the next. Brexit will not be “resolved” by 29 March 2019. At the absolute best, what will be agreed is the vaguest of assurances about what the ultimate relationship between the UK and the EU will be, plus the terms of the transitional arrangement – which will be a fancy way of saying that the UK will continue to pay in to the EU’s budget as if it were a member of the EU, will continue to follow the rules of the customs union and single market as if it were a member of the EU, but will have no say in its rules, and no participation in its decision-making structures. This period will run as long as it The Prime Minister seems determined to hang on and ﬁght the next election. If the Tories want rid of her, they will have to do it the hard way JOHN THYS/AFP/GETTY takes for the British Government to reach a conclusion about what it wants from its post-Brexit relationship with the EU, but there’s an important catch: the UK’s transition period will have to align with the EU’s budgeting period, so that waiting period will probably have to be rounded up to suit the needs of the EU’s accountants. The reason why that matters, as far as May’s future and Sod Off Day goes, is that the “before and after” theory rests on the idea that during the “before” period, the Government will make a number of painful compromises that will disappoint at least some Remainers and at least some Leavers, and that it is better for all concerned – with the exception of May herself – if the departing Prime Minister carries the can. But with so little resolved by 29 March 2019, those compromises will still be in the future – and so Sod Off Day may have to wait. The worse news for the Tory party – and for the rest of us, who May doesn’t share the prevailing view that she should step down before the next election are mostly bored to the back teeth by Brexit already – is that it’s not just on the British side that delays can happen. Elections, political crises and changes of government among the 27 remaining nations of the EU will throw spanners in the work. Inventions and technological breakthroughs, too, will mean new agreements between the UK and the EU have to be negotiated, which will add to the time that Brexit takes. There is a signiﬁcant and growing number of Tory MPs who know full well that Brexit will last far beyond 29 March 2019 as the dominant project of British political life. Indeed, that was why so many Conservative MPs with no love of the European project, with politics as otherwise divergent as Liz Truss and Nick Boles, backed a Remain vote: because they simply didn’t want to spend the rest of their careers having to talk about the EU. The bad news for them is that it is increasingly clear that they were wrong. Brexit won’t take up just the rest of their careers but probably the rest of their lives. To May’s delight, Sod Off Day, too, may have to wait a bit. Stephen Bush is special correspondent for the ‘New Statesman’ Twitter: @stephenkb firstname.lastname@example.org 18 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence @ M&S misses target again Your View TWEETS AND EMAILS I am an average M&S target customer. I always buy their lingerie and whenever I have a shopping trip, I always look at the whole women’s offering. Yesterday was a typical trip to Cribbs Causeway with my friend. At the end of the day I had bought four tops, a dress and a pair of trousers. None of these came from M&S and I couldn’t even ﬁnd something worth trying on. The offering was just appalling. If Steve Rowe would like to accompany me on a stroll around the shop, I will happily point out why we Mrs Averages are deserting them. SHIRLEY HATT DEVIZES, WILTSHIRE The M&S problems aren’t caused by a “ﬂatlining economy and the continued slump” (i, 23 May). The problems stem from the fact that the buyers have lost touch with the customers’ requirements. Some of their fashion garments are too hideous to put on Guy Fawkes on 5 November. Those patterns... the styles... oh dear. TERRY SAVAGE SOUTHAMPTON Sound economics One-minute Wijuko How to play Place 1 – 9 once in the grid, obeying the sums between pairs of squares 11 11 16 12 8 9 Solution: minurl.co.uk/i IN MO Jeremy Corbyn has come out in favour of a United Ireland, (i, 23 May) which comes as no surprise. From an economic point of view, would it not be better all round if the Republic of Ireland was to rejoin the UK? JAMES ANNETT LONDON Speaking up for statesmanship Criticism of John Bercow’s behaviour (i, 23 May) reminds me AY’S of a visit to Arlington House, the National Trust property near Barnstaple which houses a carriage museum, including the Speaker’s State Coach. The coach is magniﬁcent – but one elderly gentleman commented that surely a requirement for John Bercow to have a State Coach would be that he ﬁrst become a “statesman”. JOHN ALLISON MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE Sweetening plastic debate Your report that Tesco is planning to eliminate plastic packaging by the end of 2019 is good news (i, 24 May). At the same time, we are told that suppliers of soft drinks and cereals have been encouraged to reduce sugar content in their products by 5 per cent, but so far have achieved only a 2 per cent reduction. I have no scientiﬁc background but the thought occurs that if the bofﬁns could develop compostable plastic from sugar, this would help to solve two problems, on a win-win basis. RODNEY E JONES TIMPERLEY, CHESHIRE It’s a matter of taste In his letter (Your View, 24 May), Tony Schoﬁeld clearly illustrates the point that Tesco is making with its proposal to remove “best before” dates. These indicate that the product will look and taste its best before that date. It does not mean that after the date it will immediately become inedible or poisonous – it is perfectly possible to eat foods after this date. If there were no date attached to fresh fruit and veg, then it might prompt people to think about the product and M&S clothes: not good enough even for Guy Fawkes, according to onei reader GETTY/HULTON ARCHIVE make their own decisions about its ﬁtness to eat. We managed for thousands of years to make decisions about what to eat. Perhaps we need to exercise that logic a bit more. NICK HAWARD HAVANT, HAMPSHIRE Sorry seems to be easiest word Just what is an apology worth nowadays? For example “Minister apologises to rail travellers for disruption” (i, 24 May). Surely an apology means taking note of an error or mistake and not making it again? RICHARD BROOM ENFIELD Unsung heroes of Minack It was with interest that I read that Rowena Cade “almost single-handedly” built the Minack Theatre here, in the west part of Kernow (i, 22 May). Unfortunately, Billy Rawlings (gardener to Rowena Cade for 40 years) and Charles Thomas Angove, both local Cornishmen, seem to have been airbrushed out of the story. In reality, these men spent six months building the original stage, together with basic seating, throughout the harsh winter of 1931-32. They then spent seven years building terraces and hand cutting granite boulders to make those terraces. JAN WILLIAMS KERNOW, CORNWALL cheese as a place of origin foodstuff (i, 24 May). My local supermarket sells cheddar cheese from Canada, Wales, Cornwall – the one thing I couldn’t ﬁnd was any from Cheddar itself. Try Stilton next time. RAY BARROW TELFORD, SHROPSHIRE on retuning to Radio 7 (sadly renamed Radio 4 Extra), where humour, drama and no news were perfect medicine. Give me Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock, Peter Jones and Nicholas Parsons over Nick Robinson et al any day. STEPHEN CAMERON LEEDS Red card for citizen Boris Banish ‘Today’ and smile again Writing is on the wall for Roth As the previous mayor of Ipswich has been denied UK citizenship (she was born in Denmark), would it not be appropriate to deny UK citizenship to another previous mayor who was born in the USA? IAN KINNAIR NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE I gave up on the wretched Today programme years ago. I was recovering from clinical depression and found its presenters’ (always negative) obsessions with politics, politicians and economics were the last thing to listen to ﬁrst thing, or anytime. I’d read advice to avoid news generally but the Today programme is spectacularly bad, particularly with the current batch of presenters. I found peace Your description of Philip Roth as “a literary giant with a leaping imagination” reminded me of the erudite grafﬁti I saw on the toilet wall of the Leicester University School of Education, half a lifetime ago. It read: “Not so much a pleasure, more a sense of joy, I got to the liver before Portnoy!” Alas, the kids I taught were far too young to appreciate Portnoy’s Complaint. RAY SYLVESTER DERBYSHIRE Cheese choice was a bit off You picked a poor example in Cheddar MORE COMMENT oninews.co.uk Our commitment We take very seriously our responsibility to maintain high editorial standards, and are grateful to readers for pointing out any errors. i adheres to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) code of practice. If you wish to complain about our editorial coverage, especially with relation to inaccuracy or intrusion, please write to The Editor, i, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact Ipso directly at Gate House, 1 Farringdon Street, London, EC4M 7LG, telephone 0300 123 2220, or by email on email@example.com. Plus TRAVEL LIFE The science of bringing up a child Raise a glass to Menorca’s food and wine ARTS Learning the craft of stand-up comedy NEWS 2-29 People VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 By Jessica Barrett TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @jess_barrett Swapping dragons for lightsabers Paltrow: Pitt threatened to ‘kill’ Weinstein Having ﬁlmed eight series of Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke went straight to the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Starring in two of the most analysed and dissected franchises in the world has meant Clarke has had to learn how to keep mum about her work. “Everything in my life is a spoiler,” she told Vanity Fair. The ﬁnal series of Game of Thrones is due to air next year, and Clarke wants to use the inﬂuence it’s given her (including 17 million followers on Instagram) to good use. She recently became an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, focusing on the effect that Brexit will have on the NHS. Clarke explained: “That’s the s**t that gets me going personally.” Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that Brad Pitt threatened to “kill” Harvey Weinstein after the ﬁlm mogul harassed her in a hotel room during the early stages of her career. Of the incident, which took place in the mid-90s, Paltrow said that she told her thenboyfriend Pitt “right away”. She added: “I was very shaken by the whole thing. We were at the opening of Hamlet on Broadway. Harvey was there and Brad Pitt – it was like the equivalent of throwing him against the wall, energetically.” Paltrow told Howard Stern on his US radio show: “He said, ‘If you ever make her feel uncomfortable again, I’ll kill you.’ Or something like that. It was so fantastic. He leveraged his fame and power to protect me at a time when I didn’t have fame or power yet.” More than 60 women have so far accused Weinstein of various forms of sexual assault and misconduct. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. Replying in the Grande manner Ariana Grande was criticised by a Twitter user for breaking up with her boyfriend Mac Miller. They suggested it was a crime to dump someone who had recorded an album about her (Miller is a rapper) and insinuated it was somehow Grande’s fault that Miller had subsequently been arrested for drink-driving. Grande answered back with perfect poise, writing: “How absurd that you minimise female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw isn’t the case.” She added that Miller had struggled with sobriety and that it wasn’t her job to ﬁx him, explaining: “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. “I have cared for him and prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s**t together is a very major problem. Let’s please stop doing that.” Keep an eye out for series two... The reboot of Netﬂix’s Queer Eye carried so many of us away in February, when it arrived with its cockle-warming inclusivity. Although Netﬂix doesn’t release streaming ﬁgures, reports have suggested that the makeover show has been one of its most-watched series of the past year. So it’s no surprise that the Fab Five are coming back for a second series – and soon. It has been announced that Bobby, Karamo, Antoni, Jonathan and Tan will return on 15 June. Get ready, henny. 19 20 @theipaper facebook.com/theipaper email@example.com Please include a contact address with all correspondence Of course Dr King would have liked Trump – bigly POLITICS Mark Steel W asn’t it sweet to see Donald Trump’s old “chief strategist” Steve Bannon say that Martin Luther King would have been a proud supporter of the American President’s policies? Bannon explained, “Martin Luther King would have said, ‘You’ve ﬁnally stopped the illegal alien labour forces coming in and destroying the schools and destroying the healthcare’.” And he’s right, because although everyone remembers the bit in the reverend’s speech about “I have a dream”, it’s often forgotten the next bit went: “Mind you, they come over here, taking our bleeding jobs, the parasites, millions of them there is, don’t even speak English.” Dr King’s insistence on non-violent direct action puts him very much in line with Trump’s support for the National Riﬂe Association. Trump enthusiastically backs the right of everyone in America to hold a sideboard full of guns, and Dr King also backed people’s rights, even calling his movement a demand for civil rights. Some people complained about Bannon’s remarks, such as Dr King’s daughter, Bernice King, who said Bannon “dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father’s name, work and words. His assertion that my father would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy’s commitment to people of all races, nationalities, being treated with dignity and respect.” What a way to react when someone tries to pay a compliment. Everyone now loves Dr King (inset), which makes you wonder what he was on about when he said “we face a mountainous struggle”, needing “all our strength” and so on. Politicians who said in 1965 that he was “a monster threatening our American way of life because it is against the laws of nature to allow a black man to look in your direction, so he must be attached to a giant ﬁrework and sent into space”, now claim: “We may have disagreed on some issues, but he always said he enjoyed getting battered by the cops after an order from me, as we’d have a clean contest and later on when he regained consciousness, we’d have a good laugh with no hard feelings.” And look how much Trump is doing for the environment. His bans on immigration from a variety of countries will greatly reduce the carbon footprint of many people, who would otherwise have travelled miles to ﬂee some dictator or other. But now they’ll stay where they are to get tortured, instead of dangerously pufﬁng exhaust fumes into the air. At last we have an environmentoriented, feminist President who would be adored by Dr King, and yet still these liberal types aren’t happy. It makes you wonder how he doesn’t sometimes become irrationally angry. THE INDEPENDENT DIPLOMACY access. Here was Yulia Skripal saying that she did not wish to meet Russian diplomats, at least not now. What we have here is an attempt by the UK to limit the damage to its own reputation – damage perhaps it never envisaged, because it assumed everyone would “buy” the “wicked Russia” story. And the reason this had to be done, now, or at all, was that the UK’s silence about the Skripals had become embarrassing; it invited unwelcome questions, and perhaps it also risked the UK’s “triumph” in orchestrating a collective Western expulsion of Russian diplomats. There are many still unanswered questions in this case. Precisely where and when were the Skripals poisoned? Sowing confusion is often seen as a typically Russian technique to blindside and divert the enemy. The Russians have hardly needed to sow any chaos here, because the British have done it for them. Was the nerve agent a substance or a spray? Was it in their car, in Yulia’s suitcase, in a packet of Russian cereal brought by a friend, or smeared on the front-door handle? What could have been the motive for such an attack? Why is there no suspect, beyond “Russia”? What did Sergei Skripal do with his time in Salisbury, aside from joining the Railway Club? Did he keep contact with his ex-MI6 handler and neighbour? Nearly three months on, there are so few answers. But I rather suspect that both the UK and Russia know more than they have told. This would help to explain both the relatively mild diplomatic response from Moscow in the last few weeks and the recent summary halt to the UK’s anti-Russian invective. Alas, we may get no closer to the truth than this. THE INDEPENDENT Mary Dejevsky Yulia Skripal’s speech keeps us in the dark E ighty days after being found with her father, collapsed on a bench near a Salisbury shopping centre, Yulia Skripal has made a reappearance. She was ﬁlmed at an anonymous location, reading a handwritten statement about her plight. What she said added almost nothing to the earlier statements issued by the Metropolitan Police in her name. The whole short recording was crucial in the messages it was designed to send. It was drafted to reiterate the ofﬁcial British version of what happened. So, she said, she and her father had been the victims of a nerve agent attack; she had been in a coma for 20 days; the medical treatment had been unpleasant in many respects. But there were also conspicuous differences from the ofﬁcial British version. There was no blaming of Russia. There was no naming of the nerve agent. She gave no indication that she envisaged her long-term future anywhere other than Russia. There was a message addressed speciﬁcally to Russia, countering its charges that the UK had “kidnapped” one of its citizens and was unlawfully refusing consular NEWS NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 21 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 FILM TELEVISION Goldblum insists his flirting is ‘not creepy’ Being Hercule Poirot: Malkovich takes on Christie By Jane Clinton By Adam Sherwin ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum has admitted he is a “ﬂirt” but believes his attentions have never been “creepy”. Goldblum acknowledged that the #metoo movement required Hollywood stars to be more “vigilant” in their interactions with women. The actor told GQ: “Yes, I am a ﬂirt probably. But I hope not in a way that would violate my otherwise deep devotion to my sweet wife. My flirtations, if we call them that, are not trying to score any results. I certainly don’t want to be creepy or do anything that would be thought creepy.” Goldblum, 65, once interrupted a woman reading on a ﬂight and asked if he could read the book aloud to her. His quirks include giving palm readings to complete strangers. “With the climate as it is, and with the page turned as it should be in Hollywood now, one has to be vigilant,” said the actor, who is returning to the Jurassic World in a new sequel, Fallen Kingdom. “Never would I want to do anything that is disrespectful and I am more aware of that now than ever. It was never creepy and I hope my ways have been gracious, even in my robust moments of enthusiasm for whomever it was.” Goldblum, who performs with a jazz band, said: “I do like the physical form and, yes, people’s hands do interest me. Is that a bad thing?” See the full interview and shoot in the July issue of ‘GQ’, available for digital download now and on sale on Thursday 31 May The Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich is to play the legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a new BBC adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic The ABC Murders. Harry Potter star Rupert Grint will co-star as Scotland Yard’s Inspector Crome. Based on the 1936 novel, it will see Poirot on the trail of a murderer who kills victims in alphabetical order. Malkovich (inset) follows the likes of Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, Kenneth Branagh and Alfred Molina in taking on the role. 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Two-thirds of those killed were Dutch. “The Buk that was used came from the Russian army, the 53rd brigade,” the Dutch chief prosecutor, Fred Westerbeke, said. “We know that was used, but the people in charge of this Buk, we don’t know.” Investigators appealed to the public to come forward and help identify members of the crew who operated the missile and determine how high up the chain of command the order originated. “The Russian Federation didn’t help us in providing us the information we brought out into the open today,” Mr Westerbeke said. Russia repeated yesterday that it had nothing to do with the incident. Hours after the plane was shot down, the Buk was seen being driven back towards the Russian border minus one of its four missiles, before the convoy left Ukraine. REUTERS Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down near Hrabove in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in July 2014 REUTERS Analysis Frosty relations with Kremlin more likely to worsen Kim Sengupta T he announcement by international investigators that they have uncovered evidence of Kremlin culpability in the shooting down of ﬂight MH17 comes at a time when relations between Russia and the West are possibly at their worst since the Cold War. The Joint Investigation Team that had been examining the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people, says it has “legal and convincing evidence which will stand in a courtroom”. Not only had the Buk missile system come from across the Russian border but it has been narrowed down to the 53rd antiaircraft brigade based in Kursk, the investigators said. The inquiry had been carried out by crash experts, police and prosecutors from the Netherlands – where the ﬂight took off – Ukraine and Malaysia. Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch member of the investigation team, told a press conference that “all the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missiles were part of Russian armed forces”. The Netherlands’ chief prosecutor, Fred Westerbeke, stated that there was more incriminating material that would be kept sealed until court hearings were underway. “We don’t want to tell everything we know because then we are opening our cards to the other side and we don’t want to do that,” he said. The “other side” in this highly contentious and emotive affair is Vladimir Putin’s government, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the destruction of the plane, and put forward a number of other scenarios, including that the Ukrainians shot it down and then tried to blame Moscow. Russia has used its veto at the United Nations to block attempts to set up an international tribunal to try those responsible, which has meant that any court case taking place will be in the Netherlands. Dutch prosecutors stated two years ago that more than 100 people were under suspicion for direct or indirect involvement in the attack. Mr Westerbeke said the list has now been reduced to a few dozen. But he declined to disclose names, maintaining that this will hinder investigations. Requests to the Russian authorities for information about the 53rd brigade have been ignored, he said. The Dutch authorities can, theoretically, ask Moscow to extradite the suspects, a request unlikely to be met, or take out Interpol warrants that could lead to their arrest if and when they travel abroad. A damaged Russian Buk missile is displayed by the Joint Investigation Team in Bunnik, the Netherlands, yesterday REUTERS The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines plane took place during a brutal and prolonged war in Gaza, and when international attention drifted after an initial ﬂurry of interest. But Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian President, said in a Facebook post following yesterday’s announcement that he would “spare no effort to ensure that the actions of the Russian Federation as a state which supports terrorism get an appropriate assessment” in the International Court of Justice. Unilateral Ukrainian action is not going to achieve anything much. Mr Poroshenko can, however, ask the West to take punitive measures against Russia on top of the sanctions already in place over the Russian annexation of Crimea and support for Ukrainian separatists. Britain’s Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, warned of continued danger from the Kremlin in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London yesterday. What is emerging about the shooting down of MH17 is another blow to the prospect of relations with Moscow thawing any time soon. THE INDEPENDENT i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 23 SOUTH KOREA Nut rage heiress questioned over ‘illegal’ maids By Conrad Duncan A Korean Air heiress whose tantrum over nuts delayed a flight nearly four years ago is being investigated by South Korean immigration ofﬁcials on suspicion that she unlawfully hired housekeepers from the Philippines. Cho Hyun-ah bowed and apologised for “causing troubles”, before entering a Korea Immigration Service ofﬁce in Seoul for questioning. Ms Cho (inset) and her sister resigned from their executive positions at Korean Air in April following public criticism over their behaviour and allegations that their family mistreated employees. Investigators are also looking into suspicions that the Cho family evaded taxes and used airline services to smuggle luxury goods. Ms Cho’s sister, Cho Hyun-min, is under investigation for allegedly hurling a cup of water during a business meeting. 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IN JERUSALEM Israel intends to construct 2,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, said he planned to seek approval next week for the construction of the homes. It was an announcement that prompted immediate Palestinian condemnation. “We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large,” Mr Lieberman said, using the biblical names for the West Bank. He issued the announcement two days after the Palestinians asked VOICES 16-20 prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to launch a full investigation into accusations of Israeli human rights abuses on Palestinian territory. “Lieberman’s decision is an Israeli message to the world, the ICC, the United Nations and human rights organisations that Israel is foiling all international efforts exerted to rescue the peace process,” said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Settlements are one of the main issues hampering efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014. Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider settlements that Israel has built in territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war to be illegal. Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. REUTERS Bernice King and Martin Luther King III next to a portrait of their father AFP ‘My father would not be proud of Trump’ By Andrew Buncombe A daughter of Martin Luther King has rejected a claim by Steve Bannon that the late civil rights activist would have “been proud” of what Donald Trump has done for black communities in the US. Mr Bannon, Mr Trump’s pugilistic and populist former senior adviser, told the BBC that King would have approved of the President’s anti-immigration policies as they prevent “illegal alien labour forces” compet- CRYPTIC CROSSWORD No 2276 BY POINS ing with black Americans for jobs. “Donald Trump has the lowest black unemployment in history. Donald Trump has the lowest Hispanic unemployment in 25 years,” said Mr Bannon, who was ﬁred from the White House last summer. “If you look at the policies of Donald Trump, anybody…Martin Luther King would be proud of him.” But Bernice King, the only surviv- 1 2 3 ing daughter of King, said Mr Bannon (inset) had “dangerously and erroneously” co-opted her father’s name. She added that her father would have been “ext remel y di s t urb ed by leaders, who have emboldened people to easily express and demonstrate cruelty, predominantly toward people of colour and immigrants”. 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Full terms and conditions can be found on page 53 29 25 26 NEWS Panorama Around the world in 10 stories SAUDI ARABIA DRC Infection fears spread as Ebola death toll rises By Conrad Duncan Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry says the number of conﬁrmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including at least 22 deaths in the three affected health zones in the country’s Equateur province, as health Postcard From... Cairo In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds puppets from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing marionettes inspired by Egyptian life – farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity. He devotes special care to the faces, making them as realistic as possible, and then he puts on shows. Puppet shows were traditionally performed for adults and children alike, often as nightly entertainment during Ramadan, the holy Airlines accused of flying fighters and arms to Syria By Tim Ahmann IN WASHINGTON CHINA Women’s rights ‘Strange sound’ activist released upsets diplomat Saudi Arabia has released veteran women’s rights activist Aisha al-Manea following her arrest last week with several other campaigners in a crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, Amnesty International said yesterday. “We welcome her release but we still do not know the conditions around it, and we call on authorities to release the other human rights defenders,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty’s Middle East campaigns director. REUTERS IRAN China says it has not yet found any explanation for a US government employee’s report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure while working in Guangzhou. The incident recalls the experiences of American diplomats who fell ill in Cuba last year, often after hearing a strange sound. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China has begun a “careful investigation” and has already given the US preliminary ﬁndings. He added that the probe has not found “any reason or clue leading to the situation described by the US”. workers race to remote regions to warn people how to protect themselves from infection. The ministry announced the toll after surveillance teams in the capital, Kinshasa, were deployed along the Congo River to monitor people arriving. Aid health brigades have also been set up at various entry points into Kinshasa and other cities as part of prevention. As of yesterday, the ministry had reported 58 cases of hemorrhagic fever: 30 conﬁrmed Ebola cases, 14 probable and 14 suspected. month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The art form has deep roots in Egypt. When the Ottoman Sultan, Selim the Grim, sacked Cairo in the 16th century, he was said to have been so amused by a show depicting the hanging of the vanquished Mamluk ruler that he sent the puppeteer to Istanbul to perform it for his son, the young Suleiman the Magniﬁcent. The most famous show of recent times is “El-Laila El-Kebira” or “The Big Night”. Characters include a village leader, a lion tamer and a belly dancer. “We all dream of having an academy in Egypt that would teach the art of puppetry,” Mr Bakkar said. “I really dream of having my own theatre.” AP Ahmed Hatem The United States has imposed sanctions on several Iranian and Turkish companies in a move targeting four Iranian airlines. The companies targeted were linked to Mahan Air and Meraj Air. The US said it was targeting a number of their aircraft, as well as those from Caspian Airlines and Pouya Air. The United States said the two airlines had ferried weapons, ﬁghters and money to proxies in Syria and Lebanon. Washington also threatened sanctions to those granting landing Mahan Air has been accused of ferrying weapons to Syria AFP rights and providing services to the aircraft. “The deceptive practices these airlines employ to illegally obtain services and US goods is yet another example of the duplicitous ways in which the Iranian regime has operated,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The sanctions are the latest in US efforts to economically strangle Iran with the hopes of blocking the country’s military capability. Earlier this month, the US withdrew from a 2015 nuclear accord that had lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme. Washington is now on a collision course with the EU, threatening to slap sanctions on companies from France, Germany and the UK if they continue to trade with Iran. REUTERS Crowning glory A new portrait of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, by Ralph Heimans, has been unveiled at the National History Museum at Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød. The painting of the prince, in celebration of his 50th birthday, was made to accompany Heimans’ portrait of Crown Princess Mary in 2005. KELD NAVNTOFT/RITZAU SCANPIX/REUTERS IRAQ Ramadan suicide bomber kills seven in Baghdad A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a crowded park in Iraq’s capital, killing at least seven people in the first such attack in Baghdad since the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan a week ago. Security officials said police and emergency workers intercepted the bomber as he entered the park but he managed to set off his bomb before being caught. At least 16 people were wounded in the attack in Shoala, a mainly Shia district in northern Baghdad. Ofﬁcials said the attack would have claimed many more victims had the bomber gone deeper into the park before blowing himself up. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which bore the hallmarks of Isis. Iraq has been plagued by nearly daily attacks, blamed on militants, for most of the 15 years since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. MALAYSIA PAKISTAN SPAIN By Conrad Duncan Drugs trial verdict Sunni fanatics Catalans raided in is death sentence destroy mosque corruption inquiry An Australian woman is to appeal to Malaysia’s highest court after being sentenced to death for drug trafﬁcking, after her earlier acquittal by a lower court was overturned on appeal. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto was exonerated by the High Court last December on the grounds that she did not know there were 1.5kg of crystal methamphetamine in her bag when she was arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2014. AP Sunni extremists have demolished a mosque belonging to Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi sect in the eastern city of Sialkot, the latest mob attack on minorities in the country. No one was inside the Ahmadiya Mosque and there were no casualties in the pre-dawn assault. The mosque is said to have been visited by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the Ahmadi faith in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century. His followers believe he was a prophet. Police have raided several public and private ofﬁces across Catalonia in an operation against the alleged misappropriation of public development aid money. The raids are part of a probe into at least €2m (£1.7m) in development grants from the local government that were allegedly misused in an unspeciﬁed manner. Private news agency Europa Press reported that 22 people had been arrested. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 UNITED STATES WORLD FOCUS Air force crews took LSD at nuclear missile base By Robert Burns Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk, was stripped of his position REUTERS Scandal-hit Thai temples target for Buddhist reforms Prominent monks held in crackdown. By Panu Wongcha-um I t’s not only the morals of the Roman Catholic Church that are under ﬁre. Thai police have raided four Buddhist temples, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers, in the year’s biggest such operation, as part of a crackdown on corruption and sexual impropriety. Yesterday’s raids were the military government’s latest attempt to reform Buddhism, which is followed by more than 90 per cent of Thailand’s population of 69 million but whose image has been tarnished by money and sex scandals involving monks. “This is the investigation stage... it will all come down to facts and evidence,” Thitiraj Nhongharnpitak, of the Central Investigation Bureau, which is investigating the monks, said. 27 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 More than 100 police commandos raided four temples in Bangkok, the capital, and the adjacent central province of Nakhon Pathom, in the early hours yesterday. Among those arrested was Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk who led street protests in 2014 and launched a campaign to clean up Buddhism but gained enemies by publicly naming other religious leaders he accused of wrongdoing. Buddha Issara was formally stripped of his position as a monk and sent to Bangkok remand prison to await trial on charges of robbery, forgery and illegal detention of ofﬁcials during the protests, said his lawyer, Theerayuth Suwankaesorn. Phra Phrom Dilok, 72, a member of the Sangha Supreme Council, which governs Buddhist monks in Thailand, was also arrested over alleged embezzlement of temple funds, police said. Two other senior monks, Phra Sri Khunaporn and Phra Wichit Thammaporn, both assistant abbots of Bangkok’s Golden Mount temple, were also arrested over alleged embezzlement. Representatives of the three monks did not immediately respond to telephone calls to seek comment. The deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, said the arrests were about getting to the bottom of the allegations. Thailand’s temples, which earn billions of dollars every year from donations, have been embroiled in scandals ranging from murder, sex and drugs to shady ﬁnancial dealings. Under pressure from the junta, Thailand’s body of Buddhist monks has been trying to clean up its own act since last year, by enforcing tougher discipline for more than 300,000 monks. The military took power in a 2014 coup it said was needed to restore order after months of anti-government protests and has promised to hold elections next year, despite postponing the date several times. Buddhist monks are highly respected in Thailand and taking action against them was historically considered taboo. But recent scandals have forced authorities to rethink how they handle allegations against Buddhist religious leaders. REUTERS US airmen took LSD and other mindaltering drugs while on a military base that had nuclear missiles. Air Force records show how the ring of drug-abusing staff was able to party undetected for months on the highly secure military base. One airman revealed he felt paranoia, another marvelled at the vibrant colours and a third admitted: “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” “Although this sounds like something from a movie, it isn’t,” Captain Charles Grimsley, the lead prosecutor of one of several courts martial, said. A slip-up on social media by one airman enabled investigators to crack the drug ring at FE Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming in March 2016. Fourteen airmen were disciplined, six of whom were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. None of the airmen was accused of using drugs on duty. But the revelations are another blow to the reputation of the US Air Force’s nuclear missile corps, which has struggled at times with misbehaviour, mismanagement and low morale. Although seen by some as a backwater of the US military, the missile force has returned to the spotlight as President Donald Trump has called for strengthening US nuclear firepower and exchanged threats last year with North Korea. The accused service members were from the 90th Missile Wing, which operates one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles that stand “on alert” 24/7 in underground silos scattered across the northern Great Plains. AP Travel Offer NLS3233856 8 Days By Air £ now only 849pp The Italian Riviera Portofino & Monte Carlo Departing Saturday 15 Sep From Heathrow (LHR) Price Includes... 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Single supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to availability. Additional entrance cost may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP. For more information or to book, please call: 01283 523447 www.ipariviera.co.uk ABTA No. V4744 I didn’t hear the word “abortion” growing up in rural Ireland. Every once in a while I’d hear a gossipy whisper about someone “getting the boat”, or someone muttering that a problem would get “sorted out”. No wonder. It was shameful, secret, illegal. It still is. While the days of Magdalene Laundries – workhouses where girls who had “got into trouble” were sent – seem rooted in another time, the last one closed in 1996. Today, a woman pregnant by rape could potentially face a longer sentence for procuring the abortion pill than her rapist would for his crime. I don’t know anyone planning to vote “no” in today’s Irish abortion referendum. Then again, I didn’t know anyone voting for Brexit. I could easily be convinced that the referendum motion will be carried easily, on a wave of celebrity endorsements, slogan tees and exuberant #hometovote tales of young people trekking from all over the world – but I know I’m in an echo chamber. Friends at home tell me that the atmosphere is tense. People I know have been physically assaulted, have been called “bitch” on the street for wearing a ‘yes’ badge. Emotive campaign posters compete for attention at every turn; the newspapers are ﬁlled with ads. There is no getting away from it – and the nation is deeply divided. A recent Sunday Independent poll suggested that Dublin is 51 per cent in favour of repeal, with that ﬁgure falling to 37 per cent in Connacht/Ulster. I’m sad that I’m not going home to vote. I have been out of the country longer than 18 months, so I have no vote. In fact, my family could be a microcosm of modern Ireland: my Irish Catholic mother, a former midwife; my English father (can’t vote); my sister, a doctor living in Australia (can’t vote); another sister, a mum of three; a brother living in the UK (unable to vote); and my youngest brother, living in Cork. Out of seven of us, only three have the vote. My family in north Cork say that there are still many people undecided, uncertain – troubled by some of the fudged facts and half-truths that have been peddled during the campaign. I would have voted yes – to Another View Hamish McRae Everyone agrees: expect a downturn in 2020 Leo Varadkar (centre) and Fine Gael colleagues support legalising abortion PA Repeal the 8th and relax the laws surrounding abortion. Over the past few weeks and months, so many personal, tragic stories have emerged about women enduring illness, grief and fear – and even death – that there could never be any doubt in my mind. In debates and in the media there have been many references to the “hard” cases – fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest. But the stories No campaigner ‘Unborn children need their rights’ CATHERINE O’SULLIVAN is campaigning for ‘No’ in the North Cork area I intend to vote “No” in today’s referendum because I believe every unborn child has the right to life and it should not be legal to take their rights away. When out canvassing I have found that the mood is mostly A headline this week jumped out: “Experts say next recession in US will begin in 2020”. The experts were in property and had been surveyed by Zillow, the real estate website – an American equivalent of Zoopla. Since the last recession was triggered by a property downturn in the US, the implications for the rest of us are obvious enough. It isn’t just Zillow. Google “recession in 2020” and vast wodges of stuff come up. It is the view of people at the rating agency Moody’s, at the ﬁxed-interest fund manager PIMCO, at Guggenheim Investments… the list goes on. The one I like the most is JP Morgan, who surveyed its ultrarich clients (those with more than $30m of investments) and found positive, although there is some confusion around the subject. I am campaigning for “No” because I believe the motion is very extreme. If a “Yes” vote was to pass, the risk is that all rights of unborn children would be removed from the constitution – whether the child is wanted or not. This also has an impact for future medical negligence cases. that three-quarters of them expect a recession within two years, and half in 2020. If getting the timing of the investment cycle right is a good way of becoming ultra-rich, the rest of us should take notice. The business cycle is one of the few enduring features of economic life, but there is no single satisfactory explanation of it. Crop cycles – the Bible’s seven fat years and seven lean ones? Not now, surely. An investment cycle, where there is a lag between an investment decision and the investment coming on stream, by which time production ﬂoods the market? And/or a property cycle, driven by the same motivation and mathematics? Maybe, but surely businesses ought to be wise to that and, to some extent, invest counter-cyclically. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 Yes campaigner ‘If you are against compassion, you are on wrong side’ LILLIAN MEADE has been canvassing with ‘Mallow for Yes’ around North Cork emerging prove that there are no easy cases. One of the most memorable campaign posters from the “no” side is of a picture of a foetus with the slogan: “I am nine weeks old. I can yawn and kick. Don’t repeal me.” It’s troubling, it’s emotive. But this is not about a lack of sympathy for the unborn child – it’s a grim, horribly sad affair no matter what the circumstances. But those circumstances exist, and a woman should be cared for properly, in her own country, rather than being forced to travel with crippling pain on packed public transport in a foreign city, or to bleed on a budget airline’s seats. But what do I know? I am neither a mother nor have I ever had an abortion. I’m not even living in Ireland, why should I even deserve an opinion? Well, I would like to return one day, perhaps even raise a child there. But I wouldn’t risk living in a country that didn’t put my healthcare ﬁrst. I don’t know if I could endure the trauma experienced by so many. I fear that this referendum will come down to the wire, and it will be the large number of “undecideds” who may swing it. But whatever the result, perhaps one positive is that we can never sweep this under the carpet again. The word “abortion” is now being uttered on the pulpit, in the canteen, down the pub. It is the focus of television debates and academic discussion. We have spent decades exporting our “shameful” abortion problem. But now our chickens have come home to roost. The ﬁnancial cycle seems to lead the economic one by about 18 months – markets turn down a year or more before the economy does. In the UK, equities are close to their all-time highs. On the other hand, while London property is down quite a bit from the peak, UK property is generally quite strong. If this sounds unhelpful, here is a more positive thought. This is not so much about timing, either of ﬁnancial markets or of the real economy, but more about amplitude. Economy ﬁrst. There will be a downturn and 2020 is as good a time to expect it as any. But there is no need for it to be a serious one, at least for the US, for a number of reasons. One is that the hi-tech industries of the US are as vigorous as ever. I think their stratospheric share valuations are expecting too much of them, but the actual products and services are racing ahead and will continue to do so. Another is that the memory of the crash of 2008 is so searing that a similar ﬁnancial crash will not happen again for, gosh, another generation – until, in fact, the memory of 2008 fades. Still another is that the US energy industry is transforming US competitiveness. America’s access to cheap energy makes it an attractive place to build things again. The Fed is independent, Markets turn down a year or more before the economy does We’ve had experiences I’d much rather forget and experiences I’ll treasure forever. Every canvass is different; it is very difﬁcult to predict how an area will receive us. Parts of Cork have been exceptionally positive. In Mallow, we have experienced verbal abuse and physical assault. It has been at times traumatic and emotionally draining, but it has been an incredible learning experience. I don’t feel that women or girls, particularly working-class women and girls, are held in the same regard I feel we should be. There is a dim view of women in Ireland. We can no longer blame “Catholic Ireland” for that, it is ingrained in society. That there is little compassion for women pregnant after a rape has been particularly difﬁcult for me to accept. There is a common feeling among men and women equally, that while a man is responsible for a rape it is the woman’s responsibility thereafter to ensure she isn’t pregnant. It is her responsibility to attend a sexual assault clinic or seek the morning-after pill. We are ﬁnding that older people are more compassionate. It’s as if experience has taught them life isn’t black and white. Their views aren’t formed out of prejudice, but love and understanding. Older men have been exceptional and emotional at times. We’ve stood outside doors where we see a holy water font or cruciﬁx hanging inside the hallway – more often than not, these are the most compassionate people. I hope compassion can win out. Activists have put everything into this campaign and wounds have reopened for some. Women are repeatedly talking about their devastating experiences – we are worn. If you are arguing against compassion, if you are arguing to continue a woman’s suffering – you are on the wrong side. competent and experienced. It will not make big mistakes. The property market is the property market and there will be swings and bumps. But valuations are not ridiculous, and so the downturn – as and when it comes – need not be too serious. Equities are hugely resilient. We all know they go up and down, and we know that even a sharp fall need not do too much damage to the real economy. Bonds I am worried about, but so far the US has adjusted to a necessary repricing with calm acceptance. I am much more worried about European bonds, which have not repriced, but that is another matter. My prediction? There will be a downturn, but it won’t be a bad one. Fingers crossed I am right. THE INDEPENDENT TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 29 PEOPLE A stable working environment Gemma Hogg recounts a life mucking out Yorkshire racehorses. By Tom Richmond T o Gemma Hogg, days don’t come any better than this. She’s at the wheel of a sturdy horse box on her way to a sun-soaked afternoon at the races. Even better, there’s no manure hidden inside her riding boots as she presses her foot against the accelerator. She laughs at memories of this prank that was played on her, recounted in her memoir, Stable Lass. “It’s not happened for a while now,” she says of the “joke”. “No one has been brave enough. As I get older, and further up the pecking order, the pranks become less frequent.” Today Hogg, 36, is assistant trainer at the Middleham yard of former jockey Micky Hammond and oversees a string of 60 Flat and National Hunt racehorses. As a child, Hogg became obsessed with horses from the moment she spent an afternoon with family friends and was taken to see their pony. She only went because her parents couldn’t get a babysitter. That afternoon, when she sat on a cream-coloured pony with black legs called Candy, changed her life. From then on, every spare hour was spent helping out at the stables, before some character-building work experience at the Hammond The best thing is when you have winners. The worst is when you lose a horse and come back with an empty box yard and a stint at Doncaster’s Northern Racing College. It was an eye-opener for a teenager who had spent an idyllic childhood cosseted by her parents. For her, just operating a washing machine was an ordeal and Hogg Gemma Hogg oversees a string of 60 Flat and National Hunt racehorses Hard yards The idea of being a jockey might sound an attractive proposition to some people, but Gemma Hogg says most wouldn’t give a second glance to any job advert for stable staff. Hours 40 hours a week over six days. Pay Starts at £157 a week. Risk of injury High! Early mornings Inﬁnite! Weekends off Not many! Out in all weathers Yes. Career prospects Minimal. The personal rewards are priceless, though. Gemma says that nothing can beat the pride of leading up a horse at the races and, better still, winning. recounts her father’s words when she told she wanted to become a stable lass. “You bloody well will not, young lady!” he said. “Once you start having to pay your own way, you’ll realise that there’s more to life than horses.” She took no notice and looks back with pride when her parents told their friends: “Isn’t our Gemma being brave, becoming a stable lass?” before an emotional journey from Leeds to Middleham – it felt like a move into another world – to begin a new life. Her father’s words, after a 20-minute awkward silence, will resonate with any parent as their children leave home: “You’re on your own now, love.” She was. Her shared B&B had, to be polite, seen better days. In her pristine riding boots, nothing could have prepared her for the task of mucking out four stables before breakfast 15 minutes late. Hogg recounts these anecdotes, and her traumatic ﬁrst mornings trying to ride thoroughbreds on the gallops, to illustrate to stable staff that punctuality, patience and persistence can pay off. She also believes racing and, in turn, the wider public don’t truly appreciate the long hours, and lifetime of sacriﬁce, given by 6,000 stable staff who are responsible for 14,000 horses. “The best thing is when you have winners, because you know how much hard work has gone in. The worst is when you lose a horse and come back with an empty box. You never get over it. “But I hope the book shows there’s great camaraderie. Maybe there are not so many pranks these days. 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PFCKV1 25.05.2018 FR DAY Film Music Comedy Theatre GoingOut Staying In Television Books Enjoy your moment in the sun REX FEATURES From Cold War thrillers to state-of-the-nation novels, travel to true crime, music to wellness, Sarah Hughes picks the 30 must-read books for this summer FR DAY 32 BOOKS FICTION undertones and a satisfyingly bitter aftertaste. THE FAMILY SAGA THE ONE WHO WROTE DESTINY Nikesh Shukla Atlantic Books, £14.99 Shukla’s third novel is a big-hearted and frequently very funny multi-generational story set in the UK, Kenya and New York which asks important questions about race, identity and how to ﬁnd your place in the world. THE YOUNG ADULT NOVEL DREAD NATION Justina Ireland Harperteen, £12.99 Writing’s on the Wall Jack Grimwood’s thriller traps British intelligence ofﬁcer Major Tom Fox in Cold War East Berlin; below, Amanda Craig AFP Ideas don’t come more highconcept than Ireland’s alternative history, which imagines a world in which the dead have risen from American Civil War battleﬁelds and black teenagers are trained to kill them. Cleverly plotted, with one of the year’s best heroines. THE LITERARY GIANT THE PREQUEL THE SPARSHOLT AFFAIR Alan Hollinghurst Picador, £8.99 Spanning 60 years without wasting a sentence, Hollinghurst’s latest tells the story of a handful of characters as they move in and out of each other’s lives while society changes around them. THE HISTORICAL HIT THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK Imogen Hermes Gowar Harvill Secker, £12.99 Hermes Gowar’s immersive debut thrusts readers straight into the heart of Georgian England for this gripping story of a merchant, a courtesan and the “mermaid” that brings them together. THE MUST-READ DEBUT IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY Guy Gunaratne Tinder Press, £12.99 Gunaratne’s fast-paced ﬁrst novel follows three friends growing up on a London estate. Selvon, Ardan and Yusef want nothing more than to hang out, playing football and talking about music – then a British soldier is killed, riots start spreading across the city and nowhere is safe. THE EXPERIMENTAL NOVEL CRUDO Olivia Laing Picador, £12.99 (out 28 June) Best-known for her awardwinning non-ﬁction, Laing’s ﬁction debut is a ﬁzzy and thrilling tale of a woman who may or may not be experimental novelist Kathy Acker, preparing for marriage in the summer of 2017. Beautifully written with a voice that grabs from the off. THE THRILLER NIGHTFALL BERLIN Jack Grimwood Michael Joseph, £12.99 Grimwood’s sequel to the gripping Moskva raises the stakes still higher in a twisty tale of Cold War conﬂict, which sees tormented intelligence ofﬁcer Tom Fox caught up in a dark story of establishment lies and long-buried secrets. THE NOVEL TO GET LOST IN THE HUNTERS Kat Gordon The Borough Press, £14.99 Gordon’s second novel, an evocative coming-of-age tale set in 1920s Kenya and drawing heavily on the lives of the Happy Valley set, is just the thing to read while sipping a cocktail or two. THE NOVEL THAT WILL HAVE EVERYONE TALKING PUTNEY Sofka Zinovieff Bloomsbury, £12.99 (out 12 July) Zinovieff’s dark and disturbing novel delicately probes the lines between abuse and consent in this atmospheric, intelligent and ambiguous story about a very problematic relationship in bohemian London in the 1970s. THE BREXIT NOVEL THE LIE OF THE LAND Amanda Craig Abacus, £8.99 Craig deserves to be far better known. Her latest – a pin-sharp satire about a debt-ridden pair of middle-class Londoners who downsize to Devon – should help. A funny and thoughtful story for our times. THE CLEVER BEACH READ SOCIAL CREATURE Tara Isabella Burton Raven Books, £12.99 (out 14 June) If you crossed Gossip Girl with The Talented Mr Ripley and added Whit Stillman’s dialogue to the mix, you might come close to the feel of Burton’s glittering story of identity theft. Sure to be on every smart beach lounger this summer. THE MURDER MYSTERY THE DEATH OF MRS WESTAWAY Ruth Ware Harvill Secker, £12.99 (out 28 June) OLD BAGGAGE Lissa Evans Doubleday, £14.99 (out 14 June) The best-selling fourth crime novel from Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game) feels like a modern-day Mary Stewart novel, as penniless Tarot-card reader Hal Westaway is caught up in a deadly game of mistaken identities after receiving a surprise inheritance. Fans of Evans’ 2014 hit Crooked Heart rejoice, as the author takes a minor but important character from that novel, the indefatigable former suffragette Matilda Simpkin, and places her centre stage in a warm and witty story about what happens once the battle is won. THE BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO’S EVER HAD A BAD BREAK-UP THE PAGE-TURNER PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN Caroline O’Donoghue Virago, £16 (out 16 June) O’Donoghue’s beautifully paced and very clever debut is an acerbic story about ﬁnding ofﬁce love in all the wrong places, with some surprising Gothic CROSS HER HEART Sarah Pinborough HarperCollins, £12.99 The reigning queen of the out-ofnowhere twist returns with an addictive tale of hidden pasts and troubled relationships narrated by three women – none of whom might be telling the truth. THE REISSUE KINDRED Octavia Butler Headline, £8.99 Butler’s masterpiece asks serious questions about race, gender and power while spinning a dark, compelling and horribly resonant time-travel story in which heroine Dana ﬂits between 70s California and a pre-Civil War plantation in Maryland. i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 NON-FICTION THE HISTORY BORDER Kapka Kassabova Granta, £14.99 Mixing personal memories with deeply researched history, Kassabova’s vivid, vital book illuminates an often-ignored corner of Europe: the border where Bulgaria meets Turkey and Greece. ONEMINUTE WITH… Salman Rushdie, author THE ONE TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY Where are you now and what can you see? BEHOLD AMERICA Sarah Churchwell Bloomsbury, £20 Subtitled “A History of America First and the American Dream”, Churchwell’s thorough, fascinating history of the birth of the America First movement uses the past to throw disturbing light on present-day politics in the US. THE ONE WITH THE GOSSIP THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES Tina Brown, W&N, out in paperback from 28 June, £9.99 Just deserts William Atkins visits Burning Man in Nevada; Afua Hirsch (below) dissects race in Britain REUTERS THE ONE FOR LITERARY LADIES ABOUT TOWN SHARP: THE WOMEN WHO MADE AN ART OF HAVING AN OPINION Michelle Dean Fleet, £20 This beautifully written, wellresearched biography delves deep into the lives of a group of disparate literary women, united by their refusal to play nice. Anyone who was anyone in Eighties New York can be found in Brown’s polished account of her time editing US magazine Vanity Fair. The result is a pageturning hymn to a vanished media age. THE ORAL HISTORY THE POLEMIC From Wendell Pierce reminiscing about his relationship with Dominic West to Michael B Jordan talking about how he felt when his character, Wallace, died, this oral history is the ideal read for anyone who ever binged through the US TV drama. BRIT(ISH) Afua Hirsch Vintage, £16.99 (out in paperback on 2 August) Melding the personal with the political, Hirsch turns a sharp eye on race relations in the UK, asking what it means to be British, and looking at our complicated and complex relationship with our past. ALL THE PIECES MATTER: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WIRE Jonathan Abrams No Exit Press, £12.99 THE NATURE BOOK UNDER THE ROCK Benjamin Myers Elliott & Thompson, £14.99 Best known for his bleak and brilliant crime ﬁction, Myers turns his focus to nature writing with absorbing results in this lyrical exploration of Scout Rock in Yorkshire’s Calder Valley. THE MEDICAL MEMOIR THIS IS GOING TO HURT Adam Kay Picador, £8.99 Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Kay’s account of his time as a junior doctor will have you wincing while leaving you with a new-found appreciation for those who work in the NHS. THE GUIDE TO GROWING UP EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE Dolly Alderton Fig Tree, £12.99 From bad dates to worse break-ups. Alderton, an irrepressible former dating columnist, is an effervescent guide to millennial life. THE TRUE CRIME MUST-READ I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK Michelle McNamara Faber & Faber, £12.99 Northern Ireland winger Ferris’s account of growing up Catholic in Protestant Lisburn – and the football career that promised him a way out – stands out for its honesty and humour. THE WELLNESS READ WITH A DIFFERENCE THE ART OF NOT FALLING APART Christina Patterson Atlantic Books, £14.99 After losing her job at The Independent, Patterson’s world did fall apart – until she decided to put her journalism skills to use by interviewing others whose lives had collapsed. The result is a very different kind of self-help book: witty, wise and wonderfully relatable. True-crime blogger McNamara’s harrowing account of her time tracking the elusive Golden State Killer became even more relevant with the news last month that the Californian police may ﬁnally have got their man. THE TRAVEL BOOK THE MUSIC MEMOIR Atkins travelled to ﬁve continents over three years for this epic. Each of the eight chapters is dedicated to a journey – among them an exploration of the “sand seas” of China and the riotous Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Read it for the vicarious thrill. COAL BLACK MORNINGS Brett Anderson Little Brown, £16.99 A bittersweet coming-of-age story, Anderson’s account of his childhood and early years in Suede beautifully captures a very particular kind of Englishness. THE SPORTS BOOK THE BOY ON THE SHED Paul Ferris Hodder & Stoughton, £20 In a genre too often mired in platitudes, former Newcastle and THE IMMEASURABLE WORLD: JOURNEYS IN DESERT PLACES William Atkins Faber, £14.99 (out 7 June) THE REISSUE ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE David Seabrook Granta Books, £10 First published 20 years ago, Seabrook’s weird and wonderful slice of psychogeography follows the author as he meanders through the decaying seaside towns of the Kent coast. I’m at home in New York, looking at a big old sycamore tree in the backyard of the building opposite. Night-time is more interesting because many of the apartments are illuminated and, well, all human life is there. What are you currently reading? Mostly old books. Madame Bovary, Don Quixote, Lolita. I’m also trying to make time for Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success. The ﬁrst 50 pages are terriﬁc. Who is your favourite author? I don’t have a single favourite author. My favourites include: Joyce, for his under-appreciated sense of humour; Dickens, for his occasional surrealism (the dust heaps in Our Mutual Friend, the Circumlocution Ofﬁce in Little Dorrit); William Faulkner, RK Narayan and Gabriel García Márquez for creating, in Yoknapatawpha, Malgudi and Macondo, perhaps the three most memorable ﬁctional microcosms of the 20th century; and Franz Kafka, for having foreseen the world in which we now all live. Describe the room where you usually write... Books, desks, computers and a window into other people’s lives. There’s a ludicrously comfortable Eames armchair in which I stretch out to “read” – that is, to sleep. Which ﬁctional character most resembles you? People have constantly tried to ﬁnd autobiography lurking in my own characters. So I’m variously supposed to be Saleem Sinai in Midnight’s Children, Malik Solanka in Fury, Emperor Akbar in The Enchantress of Florence, and so on. I own up to being quite like Joseph Anton, the title character in my autobiography. Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature? The correct answer to this question is always “Nelson Mandela.” ‘The Golden House’ is published in paperback on 31 May (Vintage, £8.99). Salman Rushdie will be appearing at the Hay Festival on 29 May 33 34 FILM FR DAY Solo: A Star Wars Story certainly does that. Want to know the origin of that surname? Check. Want to find out how he meets Chewbacca? Check. Want to see how he wins the Millennium Falcon? Check. Want a plot built around a throwaway line of dialogue in the original ﬁlm? Double check. Want to ﬁnd out why Jabba the Hutt puts a price on his head? OK, maybe it holds something back for the next instalment. But the point is, in a film that also shows why Han always, always shoots first, there’s really not much for fans to complain about here. Even the casting is ﬁne. Alden Ehrenreich (who first showed his comic chops as the chiselled if hopeless actor Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!) does a fair job of capturing the Want a plot built around a throwaway line of dialogue in ‘Star Wars’? Check… Me and my Wookiee The ﬁlm reveals how Solo met Chewbacca Filmof theweek Han’s solo spin-off is a force to reckon with SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (12A) HHHHH Ron Howard, 143 mins, starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe WallerBridge, Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis Review by Alistair Harkness As with the excellent Rogue One, the buzz around this Han Solo origins story has been terrible. The departure of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) suggested that risk and irreverence had been sacrificed for safety and profit, especially when Ron Howard replaced them. But after die-hard fans had Phantom Menace-style meltdowns over The Last Jedi’s contentious treatment of Luke Skywalker, Howard’s hiring now seems like a canny move. He served his apprenticeship with George Lucas, after all, starring in American Graffiti (alongside a very young Harrison Ford) and directing the Lucas-penned fantasy adventure film Willow (not a great movie, but still…). Given the way these spin-off sagas seem intent on embracing the past rather than overturning it, a talented caretaker is maybe all that’s required to provide the requisite fan service demanded so vociferously online. spirit of Solo without doing a slavish impression of Ford, embracing the cocky attitude and the wry sense of humour to play the self-styled scoundrel whose reluctance to admit he’s the good guy doesn’t stop his heroism shining through. He is complemented by man of the moment Donald Glover, who delivers the film’s real star turn as the roguish, licentious Lando Calrissian. Story-wise, it’s essentially an action-packed heist film, with set-pieces that echo sequences from the original trilogy (especially The Empire Strikes Back) mixed in with daring escapades anew, all designed, like the aforementioned Rogue One, to join the dots between hitherto unexplored story points in the saga’s over-arching mythology. If if offers nothing new, it does what it does with craft and skill. It’s the cinematic equivalent – to paraphrase one character – of a comforting hug from a Wookiee. ALSOSHOWING Reviews by Geoffrey Macnab THE BREADWINNER (12A) HHHHH Nora Twomey, 94 mins, voiced by: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah The most dispiriting aspect of this otherwise enrapturing Oscar-nominated animated feature is that, while it is set during the Taliban rule, which ended 17 years ago, it doesn’t feel like a period piece. Depicting an Afghan society in which women don’t have a face, the storyline still seems so current. We meet 11-year-old Parvana on the streets with her father, a teacher who lost his leg in the war. They’re in near-poverty but, as her father keeps reminding her, when all else is gone, they still have their stories – and he spins colourful yarns about the country’s myths and history. The ﬁlm, based on Deborah Ellis’s young adult novel, is about Parvana’s heroic efforts to keep her family fed and to rescue her father, who is arrested by the Taliban on trumped-up charges. To lighten the tone, director Nora Twomey tackles her story as if it’s a Kabul-set version of Huckleberry Finn. Twomey and her colleagues were also behind Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells – mystical stories rooted in Irish folklore. This ﬁlm shares some of their fantasy elements as well as their visual style. We see events from Parvana’s child-like point of view. Her good humour and deﬁance stop the ﬁlm from seeming too grim – and against the odds, the tone is optimistic about human nature. ZAMA (15) HHHHH Lucrecia Martel, 115 mins, starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín Zama is set in the late 18th century. Its main character is the world-weary South Americanborn corregidor Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho.) He is working very far from home as an administrator for the Spanish colonial government in a backwater of a country. Cholera is rife, the heat is oppressive. Zama is desperate to go home. We are used to stories such as Aguirre, The Wrath Of God or Heart of Darkness which portray colonial adventurers as dark or tormented souls who lose their moral bearings the further they venture away from western civilisation. In adapting Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel for the screen, writer-director Martel offers a very different perspective on the experience: she doesn’t just show the casual cruelty toward the indigenous people, she also shows the mind-numbing boredom the colonialists experience in their day-to-day lives – and how this boredom warps their behaviour. Zama is prey to lust, petty jealousy and even to hallucinations. There is violence and bloodshed, but it is ﬁlmed in a matter-of-fact way. The ﬁlm is the story of a breakdown: Zama is slowly going mad. His solemnity only adds to the pathos. He is a Quixotic ﬁgure with such an exaggerated sense of his own dignity that he is always setting himself up for a fall. He expects the worst – which is almost always what he gets. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR (15) HHHHH Nancy Buirski “The number of black women raped by white men in our country’s past is staggering,” reads the intertitle at the start of Nancy Buirski’s harrowing documentary. Recy Taylor was a young mother from Alabama who was assaulted at gunpoint by a gang of six white youths as she left church. The attack took place in 1944. Buirski has interviewed Taylor’s siblings and contemporaries. Her approach to the material is sombre, matter of fact and quietly devastating. Taylor’s case became an important staging post in the Civil Rights movement – but she herself was left behind. Buirski’s doc acknowledges her role in a bigger story. THE INDEPENDENT i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 Film Matrix WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW RELEASES ‘You can’t judge the character. You would just shut down’ Ann Dowd, star of this summer’s scariest horror film and the arch villain in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, talks coping strategies with Jacob Stolworthy SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (12A) “Howard and the Kasdans play the series game without ever raising the stakes, defaulting to dull and dutiful when they might have blasted off into creative anarchy. Rolling Stone “It’s got a couple of gasps, a lot of action and a built-in audience, pretty much everything a movie needs except one: a compelling reason for being.” The Arizona Republic THE BREADWINNER (12A) “A well-crafted and inspiring story with an important message about female empowerment, embodied in heroic Parvana – something people of all ages should embrace.” Toronto Star “Paints a powerful picture of a vibrant culture and people under stiﬂing repression… a glorious demonstration of the power of myth to deal with brutal reality.” TheWrap ZAMA (15) “Martel has an exquisite, inventive command of sound and image, and a knack for subtly violent exposure of social and racial prejudice on the upper rungs of the class ladder.” Variety “Mr. Giménez Cacho anchors Zama beautifully in an expressive yet reserved performance that pulls you in intellectually rather than emotionally.” The New York Times A nn Dowd is the most terrifying person on TV right now. Not only did she recently play the formidable cult leader Patti Levin in the HBO sleeper hit The Leftovers, she’s also the dark, beating heart of the dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which has just returned to Channel 4. Indeed, as the God-fearing matriarch Aunt Lydia – a disciplinarian required to police the fertile “handmaids” who bear children for the brutal theocrats of a government called Gilead – she is all the more unnerving for occasionally showing the tiniest glimmer of humanity. Hers is a performance that makes the viewer fluctuate between sympathy and scorn. Born in Massachusetts to a religious family and later educated by Irish Catholic sisters for 10 years, Dowd says that she mined her own experiences to bring Lydia to life. “I was very familiar with that world,” explains the 62-year-old, who now lives in New York. “No, I was never treated in any way resembling Lydia, but what did I learn? A work ethic.” We meet in LA ahead of the season two premiere. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, this unﬂinching, nerve-shredding piece of television was the best new show of last year, its central theme of women suffering in a misogynistic world capturing the zeitgeist. It won multiple Emmy Awards, including one for Dowd I didn’t age in a way that took me out of the running of what I’d been getting, you know? for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In person, Dowd is the antithesis of her on-screen alter ego. Holding my hand throughout our interview, she has a maternal manner and frequently asks questions about my family. Dowd, who acknowledges she is continually “ﬁghting to understand” her character, says the role is about surrendering to the process. “You make a decision early on and, as in a friendship, you don’t judge, because if you feel like you’re being judged in a relationship, you just shut down.” Success has not come overnight for Dowd. Having spent four “gruelling” years training to become a surgeon, she turned to acting and landed her first role in director Peter Weir’s 1990 comedy Green Card. Although she has since appeared in films such as Hell’s bells As Aunt Lydia in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Philadelphia (1993), Garden State (2004) and Side Effects (2013), only now is she being recognised as a major Hollywood player. “I was never hired for my looks,” she says. “My face is perfectly ﬁne, but you know what I’m saying? I didn’t age in a way that took me out of the running of what I’d been getting.” I ask if she has experienced ageism in Hollywood. “You don’t know this yet, honey, but ageing is underrated,” she says, laughing. “It’s perspective. You think: ‘I can’t worry about that, I’m too tired’. You can land on your feet and just say: ‘Yep, it’s gonna be messy, but it’s all right’.” It was The Leftovers that turned the tide for Dowd. The series – from Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof – deals with the aftermath of an event that sees 2 per cent of the world’s population vanish into thin air. Starring Justin Theroux, the drama initially debuted to middling ratings in 2013, before ending with two further seasons, which positioned it as TV’s greatest hidden gem. “I’ll never get over The Leftovers,” she tells me. “It didn’t have a huge following and people say: ‘Why do you think that is?’ I don’t know the reason, but it asks you to sit with grief so the ﬁrst instance is to say: ‘You know what? I’m going to watch something else’.” For a role that ﬁlls Dowd with such enthusiasm, it’s strange to think she almost passed up the opportunity. “It’s embarrassing, but I read it and dismissed it – I was such an idiot,” she says, clutching my hand. “So I re-read it, went for the audition – then the tug began. I was heartbroken [when the show ended]. I didn’t realise how attached I’d gotten. I was so all-in, I couldn’t see straight.” The series reunited her with director Craig Zobel, with whom she’d previously worked on little-seen indie thriller Compliance. Released in 2012, the film was based on a real-life incident in which a restaurant manager – played by Dowd – carried out unlawful procedures on an employee at the order of an anonymous caller posing as a police ofﬁcer. Dowd finds herself gravitating towards this type of “complex” role. “If you show me a character who’s a loner going her own way, right away I’m like: ‘I’d love to know her’,” she explains. “So lucky me to have played these solitary women who are actually interesting beyond being in a sexual relationship. I love these characters. It’s been a pleasure to come to know them.” This year, she’ll add ﬁve more to her catalogue, including in crime thriller American Animals, drama A Kid Like Jake and horror Hereditary, which was described as “the scariest ﬁlm in years” on its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Next year, she’ll head four-part series Lambs of God opposite Essie Davis (The Babadook) and The End of the F***ing World’s Jessica Barden, playing one of three nuns residing in an isolated convent. “You know what the goal is for me?” asks Dowd rhetorically. “It’s to go back to that simple place. I want to jump into a story, be these characters and just have fun. I’ve learned the skills and now I want to do that make-believe part. I want to get up and do a play and not be terriﬁed from start to ﬁnish.” She flashes yet another smile. “I’m tired of that shit.” THE INDEPENDENT The second series of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is on Channel 4 on Sundays at 9pm. ‘Hereditary’ is out in cinemas on 15 June 35 MUSIC FR DAY 36 I THE = PLAYLIST= What we’re listening to right now NINE INCH NAILS GOD BREAK DOWN THE DOOR Ever pushing the boundaries, Trent Reznor and co (above) have shared the ﬁrst track from new LP Bad Witch. Reznor lets loose in customary uncomfortable style over a frantic drumbeat. JIMMY EAT WORLD LOVE NEVER The Arizona band are back with bite on this single, which goes back to the sound of “The Middle”and “A Praise Chorus”. Catch the band at Slam Dunk Festival later this weekend in Hatﬁeld, Leeds and Birmingham. CULTURE ABUSE BEE KIND TO THE BUGS Produced by Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Jimmy Eat World), the second single from the Californian punk rockers’ second album, Bay Dream (out 15 June), is a sublime, kaleidoscopic track. COMMON HOLLY LULLABY The folk-indie artist is immaculate on this wayward, quiet track featuring pianist Jean-Michel Blais. Her album Playing House is out now. SAM EVIAN IDGAF New age reverbed Americana is the feel on this single, which celebrates personal freedom. Taken from Evian’s new album, You, Forever – out on 1 June. MIDDLE KIDS BOUGHT IT The Sydney trio – who list Elton John as a fan – have released this indie-folk single, the third from their debut album, Lost Friends. CAVEY WHAT A NIGHT The London band’s latest is a woozy Sunday morning tune that sounds like it was made in the 70s. Listen to it today. OVLOV SPRIGHT In 2013, the Connecticut band released their debut album to an excitable response from alt-rock fans. Now they’ve ofﬁcially returned, announcing new full-length Tru, featuring this fantastic track. Giles Bidder t has been four years since Mark Oliver Everett – better known as E, the singer and creative mainstay of American alt-indie stalwarts Eels – released an album, the longest period of inactivity in his career. What was he doing? “Well”, he says, reclining on a sofa in a London hotel room, “I got married, brieﬂy.” Brieﬂy? “Yeah. It wasn’t a good match as a marriage, but I had a son as a result of it. So we decided to split up and co-parent. And when I say we decided, really she decided.” He lets go a full-bodied chuckle, and looks at me with a whatya-gonna-do? expression. Followers of Eels will know that Everett rarely enjoys the sunshine without enduring the rain. His personal life has been punctured with so much tragedy that to list his misfortune would seem sadistic, were it not for the fact that Everett has therapeutically mined it for inspiration for more than 20 years. At 19, he found his distant father, renowned physicist Hugh Everett III, collapsed dead at home, and recalls his attempts I hope everyone else learned something from my cautionary tales. But of course I didn’t to resuscitate the body was the first physical contact they ever shared. His mother died of cancer 18 months after his sister killed herself in 1996, both of which were dealt with in fearless detail on 1998’s bleak triumph Electro-Shock Blues. In 2001, his cousin and her husband were on the plane that was hijacked on 9/11 and ﬂown into the Pentagon. Relationships have been fraught with difficulty: he was first married in 2000; his last album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, was a sparse mea culpa about his own failings and behaviour towards others. Four years on, did he heed his own advice? “No!” he says with a guffaw. “Like, I hope everyone else learned something from my cautionary tales. But of course I didn’t.” Unprompted, he offers some self-examination. “I think I’ve come to realise a lot of what’s going on with my life all this time is because I lost all of my family early. I’ve been in these situations where I’m always trying to construct surrogate families. But because my original family were dysfunctional weirdos, that seems normal to me. “So it’s like I’m red ﬂag-blind. I tend to construct or make these surrogate families that aren’t going to work out for long because that’s what I know. But I’m trying to understand that now.” He takes a sip of coffee. “I guess I have to make a whole new set of cautionary tales.” Given Everett’s history and Eels’ reputation for misery, you might expect him to be dour company. But like Eels’ music, he has ‘With life, there’s always something’ As Eels release their first album in four years, frontman Mark Oliver Everett tells Shaun Curran that the interim has been filled with marriage, divorce, fatherhood, TV stardom and trying to clone his ‘perfect’ dog, Bobby Jr a dry, understated humour and a way of ﬁnding shards of positivity in the gloom. Now 54, he is in good shape and high spirits sat not far from where he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2014. “I’d forgot until you just reminded me, thank you,” he says, before offering a very Eelsian take. “It’s ironic – I’m here for ﬁve days of work and I have no freedom at all.” Everett is in town to talk about Eels’ 12th album, The Deconstruction. Four years ago, “vulnerable, wounded and totally worn out”, he questioned his desire ever to make music again. “My life had been too one-sided for too long. I needed to do anything but work”. He started acting, landing a role in Judd Apatow’s Netflix romcom series Love (“It’s harder than it looks”), and took in two dogs, Manson and Bundy (again, very Eelsian) after the death of band mascot Bobby Jr. “Bobby Jr was the perfect dog. I looked into having him cloned. Manson and Bundy are little shitheads.” But, somewhere in between marriage, divorce and changing nappies, the itch returned, and songs sporadically began to pile up. Like Eels’ best work – notably 1996 debut Beautiful Freak (which includes signature tune “Novocaine for the Soul”) and 2000’s exquisite Daisies for the Galaxy – The Deconstruction offers up Everett’s ruminations on hope, despair and mortality, sometimes all at once: “I had a premonition it’s all gonna be ﬁne/You can kill or be killed, i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 Skips a beat Everett has a new-found philosophy of making the most of any situation; on stage, below AFP but the sun’s gonna shine” he sings on “Premonition”. It’s by no means a bold reinvention – these are still melancholic songs, rooted in blues and rock, with sweet melodies sung in Everett’s gruff tones – but after a decade or so where quality control had gone awry, it represents Eels’ strongest set since 2005 opus Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. In “Today is the Day”, it boasts a song from the periodic sunny-side-up Eels tradition à la the Shrek-soundtracking “My Beloved Monster”. “You gotta have one of those once in a while to remind everybody that things aren’t so bad.” It does seem that Everett is in glass-half-full mode. He laughs often today, and unlike in the past, these songs have been written not just as catharsis but with a consideration to helping others. The press release for The Deconstruction speaks of the “great beauty to be found” in life and implores us to be nicer to each other. Is this Everett doing his bit for world peace? “Yeah, it’s all I have to offer,” he smiles. “It’s not exactly Barack Obama, but it’s my little bit.” The Deconstruction’s closing track, the beautiful “In Our Cathedral”, best exempliﬁes Everett’s new-found philosophy. “The key to happiness is to accept your reality. You can be happy with any situation if you decide to be. The song is saying there’s a place you can always go to. But it’s all got to come from within you. I hear myself saying this like I’m some expert, but I’m telling myself. These are all messages to myself. The trick is to remember. It just takes vigilance and energy and a lot of work.” The birth of Everett’s son, Archie, has undoubtedly altered his outlook. Everett’s complicated relationship with his own father, the subject of a 2007 awardwinning documentary, Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, which explored Hugh Everett’s misunderstood genius and social anxiety, has shaped, and cast a shadow, over his entire life. The phrase “like father, like son” has become a preoccupation. “That was one of the best things that ever happened to me. When I watched it, not only did I understand my father better, I understood me better. It really was a gift.” In his bittersweet 2008 memoir Things the Grandchildren Should Know, Everett contemplated whether he’d ever have kids, and how it would be if he did. “I always thought, as the only survivor of my family, that it was going to be the end of the Everett name. But now my book title might make sense one day. I can’t believe it”. Has fatherhood been all he expected? “All the clichés are true. Even if you think you’re not a baby person, it’s different when you have your own. It’s a hugely different role to play. It feels amazing to be so responsible for someone.” Was it a shock? “Yeah. I’m not used to having responsibility, other than raising the perfect dog. I was always open to the idea, but thought realistically that it wasn’t on the cards for me. It’s a big surprise at this point in my life. I’m old for this, I feel that. But it’s awesome.” He does appear a happier soul at the moment. “I’m definitely doing better. But it’s not like everything is fantastic. With life there’s always something.” Well, there is for you. “Yeah, exactly. There always is for the red ﬂag-blind.” ‘The Deconstruction’ is out now. Eels tour the UK from 2-4 July (eelstheband.com) ALBUMREVIEWS Taking on the world’s behaviour CHVRCHES Love is Dead HHHHH Album ofthe week Download Never Say Die, Graves, Grafﬁti, Get Out Throughout Chvrches’ sevenyear career, the Scottish synth-pop band has juxtaposed darkness and light in their music. On Love is Dead, Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty examine these two sides – weighted by the political climate and underlying melancholy plaguing the world. Beneath the heavier aspects of the record is an acute observation SNOW PATROL Wildness HHHHH Download What if This is All the Love You Ever Get, Soon Snow Patrol decided before crafting their ﬁrst album in seven years that it had to be different from their past releases. Mission accomplished: it is different. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. “Don’t Give In” ineffectively attempts to be raw with the chorus: “Don’t give in/ Don’t you dare quit so easy”, while the band experiments with bizarre time changes on the haphazard “A Dark Switch”, which feels like a misstep. One bright spot on a record full of inconsistencies is “What if This is All the Love You Ever Get”, a simple ballad that Snow Patrol fans of old will probably enjoy. Ilana Kaplan DEAR NORA Skulls Example HHHHH Download Skulls Example, Sunset on Humanity, Morning Glories, Creature of Habit Dear Nora’s ﬁrst album in 10 years continues to examine vocalist Katy Davidson’s fascination with topics such as humanity, technology, capitalism and love. Lyrical references to 2018 vernacular such as “drop a pin” or “sponsored by PT Cruiser” take aim at how dependent our society is on technology and branding. Lead single “Sunset on Humanity” sees Davidson croon about how she sees the world from an oversaturated commercial perspective, while “Morning Glories” is a ﬁnger-plucked track about the beauty of nature. Ilana Kaplan of hope and love when faced with an existential crisis. Instead of honing in directly on her own heartbreak as she has in the past, Mayberry narrates for a wider audience. The singer – who has been an unrelenting voice against sexism in the music industry – continues to use her perspective and platform to dismantle problematic behaviour. Love is Dead instinctively feels more conceptual than 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe and 2015’s Every Open Eye. It’s not an overtly political album, but the undertones are undeniable. As the stellar lead single, “Get Out” is a cinematic blend of synth and the craving for a great escape. Opener “Grafﬁti” stems from a similar space, as Mayberry wistfully muses about the crushing effect of time. A stand-out on the album, “Never Say Die”, parallels All We Know is Falling-era Paramore, clad with its dark pop-punk ethos and disillusionment of the world. “I feel like but I’m falling but I’m trying to ﬂy, where does all the good go?” Mayberry pleas on “Miracle”, returning to the larger theme of dark versus light on the record. “Deliverance” follows suit, paying homage to Depeche Mode and The Cure while questioning religion. THE INDEPENDENT Ilana Kaplan 37 — IF YOU THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T AFFORD A CONSERVATORY - THINK AGAIN! — BUILD YOUR OWN * 4 for 50% LESS! 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ConservatoryLand Limited, Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate, Mansﬁeld Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, NG19 9BG, act as a credit broker and not the lender, and offers products from a range of ﬁnancial providers. i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 TELEVISION 39 FR DAY 1 IBIZA FROM TODAY, NETFLIX It turns out that America has just discovered this great party island near Spain. It’s called eye-bee-zah. Ever heard of it? Returning, 18 years later, where Kevin & Perry Go Large left off, this Netﬂix movie follows a raucous girls’ trip that starts in Barcelona, where Harper (the affable Gillian Jacobs) falls for a DJ and deliberates whether to follow him to Ibiza. Given the title of the ﬁlm, you can probably guess the result. However, if you’re tuning in for a trip down memory lane to see the danceﬂoor at Amnesia, the views from Dalt Vila or Talamanca beach, you’ll feel slightly cheated: the movie was ﬁlmed in Croatia and Serbia. To paraphrase the Vengaboys: whoah, we’re going to Dubrovnik. 2 THE BIGGEST WEEKEND TODAY FROM 7PM, BBC FOUR It’s a music-ﬁlled Friday – and the rest of the three-day weekend – as BBC Music present The Biggest Weekend, a series of festival-esque concerts taking place in four sites across the country. Taylor Swift, Beck, Sam Smith, Noel Gallagher and Young Fathers are among a stellar line-up who will be playing in Belfast, Swansea, Perth and Coventry, over the course of 96 hours. Tune in for the ﬁrst night of proceedings from Belfast, where Father John Misty, Manic Street Preachers and The Breeders will be hitting the stage, headlined by 90s dance duo Orbital. 3 MODERN FAMILY TODAY 8.30PM, SKY ONE It’s the last in the ninth series of this super-popular THIS WEEK’S Tento watch Chosen by Laura Martin mockumentary about the dysfunctional but still fully functional American family. There’s a bit of role play going on as Mitchell and Phil dress up as their favourite Clash of Swords characters for a comic-book convention. It’s the ultimate nerds’ day out – until Phil commits a cringe-inducing faux pas. Meanwhile, Gloria gets caught up in party wars when the dinosaur-themed bash she throws for Joe is upstaged by an event thrown by her archenemy, Dr Donna Duncan (Jane Krakowski), next door. 4 HIDDEN BRITAIN BY DRONE SAT 9PM, MORE4 Using 2018’s most annoying park toy for good, this series utilises the latest technology to get into the nooks and crannies of parts of the country that we never knew existed. Sir Tony Robinson excitedly wields control of these airborne cameras and gets access to billionaires’ private estates, military manoeuvres and a village that’s not on any maps, because it is completely fake and used only for training exercises. Perfect viewing for anyone who’s frequently told to stop being nosy. 5 KING LEAR MON 9.30PM, BBC2 “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is, to have a thankless child,” King Lear berates his daughter, Cordelia, who refuses to lavish him with a sycophantic performance of her love. This star-studded retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies is set in a not-toofar-off dystopian future. It’s given heft by Sir Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous royal, Jim Broadbent as Gloucester, Emma Thompson and Emily Watson as Goneril and Regan, and Florence Pugh as Cordelia. 6 PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE: THE FINALE MON 10PM, BBC1 Clockwise from top ‘Ibiza’; Sir Anthony Hopkins plays ‘King Lear’; Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ The power of the public led to this ﬁnal ﬁnale of the car-based sitcom being scripted, as the audience apparently felt cheated by the previous one. More than 100,000 people signed a petition to demand a proper conclusion to the series, when they were left hanging after Kayleigh ﬁnally admitted her true feelings to John. The co-creators – including actor Peter Kay – acquiesced, so tune in to ﬁnd out whether the fans get the happy ending they’re so desperate for. 7 4 MEN, 175 BABIES: BRITAIN’S SUPER SPERM DONORS TUES 10PM, CHANNEL 4 This show, as the title suggests, meets four men who, between them, have managed to conceive more than 175 babies. They’ve done this by donating their fresh sperm to women through unregulated sperm websites and even Facebook groups, taking the social media’s tagline of “connect and share” to whole new levels. Is this a selﬂess or irresponsible act, asks this intriguing documentary. 8 UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT FROM WEDS, NETFLIX The third series of the show went a little off-kilter at times, but there were still regular laughs to be found in the unlikely comedy about a woman rejoining society after being held in a cult for 15 years. As the fourth series begins, Kimmy has somehow managed to get a job at a tech start-up and scenestealer Titus (the mighty Tituss Burgess) is struggling for a follow-up to his unexpected hit song “Boobs in California”, and can only ﬁnd work posing for stock photo images. 9 GREY’S ANATOMY WEDS 9PM, SKY LIVING Grey’s Anatomy is now the 10th longest-running prime time series in America (the ﬁrst is The Simpsons, pub quiz fans) and it’s the end of the 14th season for the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial in Seattle. We join the characters on the day of Jo and Alex’s wedding, but, like all good thrillers, it doesn’t go exactly as planned and it’s high drama situations for much of the day instead. Will they make it down the aisle? Meanwhile, one character has to be rushed off for surgery, another goes into anaphylactic shock and someone else discovers that she’s pregnant. Told you it was dramatic. 10 URBAN MYTHS: SEX PISTOLS VS BILL GRUNDY THURS 9PM, SKY ARTS The controversial 1976 interview lasted only 90 seconds, but it catapulted the Sex Pistols to fame, mainly for Johnny Rotten swearing and Steve Jones calling host Bill Grundy a “f**king rotter”, live on the Today show. So it’s perfect fodder for Urban Myths’ comedy re-do of the whole story. Starring The League of Gentlemen’s Steve Pemberton as the bemused Grundy, the plot might be embellished slightly for effect, but what an epic tale it is – especially when you ﬁnd out that Freddie Mercury’s teeth are essentially the catalyst for the birth of punk. Television Friday 25 May CRITIC’S CHOICE GERARD GILBERT PICK OF THE DAY === 7pm BBC2 You don’t have to go to the ends of the Earth for an adventurous experience – that’s the gist of this new travel show that’s like 48 Hours In… with more adrenaline and less sarcasm. To qualify, destinations must be less than three hours’ ﬂight from the UK and cost under £100 each way. Presenters Anita Rani (left) and former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers’ ﬁrst stop is the Italian Dolomites – their three-day break including an “Alpine spa” (sweating under wet hay, basically), “Schuhplattler” (a dance that mimics the courting ritual of wild grouse) and lots of ruddy-faced men in lederhosen. Chalmers likens the mountain landscape to Alaska. 7.30pm, Channel 4 Ade Adepitan travels to Rio de Janeiro to join a team of young journalists reporting from inside one of the city’s most violent favelas. For the ﬁrst time in 30 years, Brazil’s president has ordered the army on to the streets of the city to help the police take on drug gangs that control the slums – and getting caught in the crossﬁre is a now a constant danger. Wild Escapes Unreported World === The Biggest Weekend 7.30pm, BBC4 The music festival season is upon us, the harbinger being BBC Music’s multi-venue extravaganza taking place in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry. Televised coverage tonight comes from the Titanic Slipway in Belfast. The line-up has a strong 1990s ﬂavour to it as Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital take the stage, but it starts with Father John Misty in a unique collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra. Lauren Laverne and Colin Murray are front of house. === Have I Got News For You 9pm, BBC1 The last time that Jo Brand hosted HIGNFY, she rebuked into silence the all-male panel for not taking allegations of sexual misconduct seriously – interestingly, her intervention generating more complaints than any other BBC programme that week. Anyway, she’s back and is joined by journalist 6.00 Flog It! Trade Secrets (R) (S). 6.30 Ill Gotten Gains (R) (S). 7.15 Hardball (R) (S). 8.00 Sign Zone: Antiques Roadshow (R) (S). 9.00 Victoria Derbyshire (S). 11.00 BBC Newsroom Live (S). 12.00 Daily Politics (S). 1.00 Perfection (R) (S). 1.45 Going Back, Giving Back (R) (S). 2.30 Ray Mears Goes Walkabout (R) (S). 3.30 Victorian Pharmacy (R) (S). 4.30 Street Auction (R) (S). 5.15 Antiques Road Trip (R) (S). 6.00 Good Morning Britain (S). 8.30 Lorraine (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S). 1.30 ITV News; Weather (S). 1.55 ITV Regional News; Weather (S). 2.00 Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories (S). 3.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (R) (S). 3.59 ITV Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The Chase (S). 6.00 Countdown (R) (S). 6.45 3rd Rock From The Sun (R) (S). 7.10 3rd Rock From The Sun (R) (S). 7.35 3rd Rock From The Sun (R) (S). 8.00 Everybody Loves Raymond (R) (S). 8.30 Everybody Loves Raymond (R) (S). 9.00 Frasier (R) (S). 9.35 Frasier (R) (S). 10.05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (R) (S). 11.00 Undercover Boss USA (R) (S). 12.00 Channel 4 News Summary (S). 12.05 Coast Vs Country (R) (S). 1.05 Posh Pawn (R) (S). 2.10 Countdown (S). 3.00 A Place In The Sun: Summer Sun (R) (S). 4.00 The £100k Drop (S). 5.00 Four In A Bed (R) (S). 5.30 Buy It Now (S). 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 The Wright Stuff 11.15 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (R) (S). 12.10 5 News Lunchtime (S). 12.15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors (R) (S). 1.10 Access (S). 1.15 Home And Away (S). 1.45 Neighbours (S). 2.15 Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming (R) (S). 3.15 FILM: Stranger In The House (Allan Harmon 2016) Thriller, starring Emmanuelle Vaugier and Jordana Largy (S). 5.00 5 News At 5 (S). 5.30 Neighbours (R) (S). 6.00 BBC News At Six; Weather (S). 6.30 BBC Regional News; Weather (S). 6.00 Eggheads Quiz show, hosted by Jeremy Vine (R) (S). 6.30 Great British Railway Journeys (R) (S). 6.00 ITV Regional News; Weather (S). 6.30 ITV News; Weather (S). 6.00 The Simpsons (R) (S). 6.30 Hollyoaks Tony and Diane are waiting for news about Dee Dee (R) (S). 6.00 Home And Away Ash has trouble processing the truth about Robbo (R) (S). 6.30 5 News Tonight (S). 7.00 The One Show The ﬁnal edition of the week (S). 7.30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (S). 7.00 Wild Escapes (S). 7.30 Extreme Wales With Richard Parks (S). 7.00 Emmerdale Graham covers his tracks (S). 7.30 Coronation Street (S). 7.00 Channel 4 News (S). 7.30 Unreported World Violence on the streets of Rio de Janeiro (S). 8.00 EastEnders The doctor breaks bad news to the Kazemis (S). 8.30 The Button (S). 8.00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 How the event inﬂuences gardening styles of the future (S). 8.00 Countrywise: Guide To Britain (R) (S). 8.30 Coronation Street Nicola is rushed to hospital (S). 9.00 Have I Got News For You Satirical quiz (S). 9.30 Home From Home Last in the series (S). 9.00 The Bridge Saga and Henrik try to expose an uncooperate interviewee. In Danish and Swedish (S). 10pm 10.00BBC News At Ten (S). 10.25 BBC Regional News (S). 10.35 The Graham Norton Show (S). 11pm Daytime 6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Ill Gotten Gains (S). 10.00 Homes Under The Hammer (R) (S). 11.00 Neighbourhood Blues (S). 11.45 Close Calls: On Camera (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt (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 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 (S). 4.30 Hardball (S). 5.15 Pointless (S). 6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm Late Mona Chalabi (who’s also on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order on BBC2 tonight) to help balance the gender bias – but not precisely, because Ross Noble makes up the quintet. === The Bridge 9pm, BBC2 Three episodes in, and the potential suspects are stacking up nicely in the case of the murdered politician, what with the menacing father of the sick child who hates clowns, the violent taxi driver (too obvious) whose wife and son have decamped to the sinister village run by the witchy Harriet, or the victim’s dodgy husband with his furtive phone calls. Oh, and not forgetting Red October, although they feel more like a red herring. All this is secondary, of Ade Adepitan is in Rio for ‘Unreported World’ 7.30pm, Channel 4 What a dummy: Martin revives his old ventriloquism act in ‘Friday Night Dinner’ 10pm, Channel 4 Jo Brand hosts ‘Have I Got News For You’ 9pm, BBC1 7.00 Cricket On 5 England vs Pakistan (S). 7.00 World News Today (S). 7.30 Father John Misty And Courtney Barnett At The Biggest Weekend 7.15 FILM: Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker 1984) Spy spoof, with Val Kilmer 8.00 How To Get Fit Fast Part one of two. Shortcuts and hacks based on up-to-date scientiﬁc research (S). 8.00 Kilimanjaro: Wonder Of The World Last in the series (S). 8.00 Manic Street Preachers And The Breeders At The Biggest Weekend (S). 9.00 Lethal Weapon An argument on a construction site leads to a fatality (S). 9.00 Gogglebox The households’ opinions on recent television (S). 9.00 The Story Of Cliff Richard Friends and journalists reﬂect on the life and times of the singer (S). 9.00 Beck At The Biggest Weekend (S). 10.00Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (S). 10.30 Newsnight (S). 10.00ITV News (S). 10.30 ITV Regional News (S). 10.45 The Keith & Paddy Picture Show Last in the series (R) (S). 10.00Friday Night Dinner Dad ﬁnds his old ventriloquist dummy Lord Luck (S). 10.30 High & Dry (S). 10.30 An Audience With Cliff Richard The singer performs before a celebrity audience (R) (S). 10.00 Orbital At The Biggest Weekend A set from the reformed and rejuvenated Hartnoll brothers (S). 11.25 Would I Lie To You? With Clara Amfo (R) (S). 11.55 Young, Welsh And Pretty Minted (S). 11.05 Front Row Late 11.35 FILM: The White Countess (James Ivory 2005) Drama, with Ralph Fiennes (S). 11.15 Through The Keyhole With Craig Charles, Fearne Cotton and Dave Berry (R) (S). 11.00 First Dates Carnival dancer Ruth meets Michael, who wants a woman with perfect rhythm (R) (S). 12.25 FILM: Lucky Them (Megan Grifﬁths 2013) Comedy drama, starring Toni Collette (S). 2.00 BBC News (S). 1.40 Sign Zone: Grenfell: Who Is To Blame? – Panorama (R) (S). 2.10 Sign Zone: Britain’s Fat Fight With Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall (R) (S). 3.10 Sign Zone: Back To School With Mum And Dad (R) (S). 12.10 Change Your Tune (R) (S). 1.00 Jackpot247 3.00 Take On The Twisters (R) (S). 3.50 ITV Nightscreen 12.05 Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap! (R) (S). 1.00 FILM: Apocalypto (Mel Gibson 2006) (S). 3.20 Humans (R) (S). 4.15 Gok’s Fill Your House For Free (R) (S). 5.10 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems (R). 5.25 Fifteen To One (R) (S). 12.10 SuperCasino (S). 3.10 Liberace: In Life And Death (R) (S). 4.00 The Last Hours Of George Best (R) (S). 4.45 House Doctor (R) (S). 5.10 Great Artists (R) (S). 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R) (S). 6.00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals (S). 6.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (S). 6.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (S). 7.10 Who’s Doing The Dishes? (S). 7.55 Emmerdale (S). 8.25 Emmerdale (S). 8.55 You’ve Been Framed! Gold (S). 9.25 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (S). 10.20 The Bachelor (S). 12.15 Emmerdale (S). 12.45 Emmerdale (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). 6.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold A grandad is sick on a rollercoaster (S). 7.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold Featuring a seemingly possessed toddler (S). 8.00 Two And A Half Men (S). 8.30 Superstore Lottery fever hits the store (S). 9.00 FILM: The Heat (Paul Feig 2013) Action comedy, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy (S). 9.00 FILM: Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers 2004) Adventure, starring Hugh Jackman (S). 11.15 One-Hit Wonders At The BBC Compilation of hits by artists hardly heard from again (S). 11.20 FILM: Kiss The Girls (Gary Fleder 1997) Thriller, starring Morgan Freeman (S). 11.30 Family Guy Joe cheats on Bonnie (S). 12.15 Agnetha: Abba And After (S). 1.15 Oh! You Pretty Things: The Story Of Music And Fashion (S). 2.15 Play It Loud: The Story Of The Marshall Amp (S). 3.15 Close 1.35 FILM: Five Deadly Venoms (Chang Cheh 1978) Martial arts adventure, starring Chiang Sheng (S). 3.45 Close 12.00 Family Guy (S). 12.35 American Dad! (S). 1.05 American Dad! (S). 1.30 Two And A Half Men (S). 2.00 Superstore (S). 2.30 Teleshopping i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 course, to the ongoing saga of Saga who, after last week’s breakdown, now visits a therapist in a scene that provides this week’s comic relief. === Friday Night Dinner FILM CHOICE LAURENCE PHELAN 10pm, Channel 4 Fans of Paul Ritter’s paterfamilias Martin will be licking their lips at the prospect of this week’s scenario: Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) has brought his depressed, lovelorn friend Ben (comedian Liam Williams) home for supper, and Martin decides to cheer him up by retrieving his ventriloquist dummy, Lord Luck, from the loft. Instead of lightening the mood, Martin naturally makes matters worse by delivering a string of home truths though Lord Luck’s wooden mouth. FILM OF THE DAY === 9pm, TCM (Robert Clouse, 1973) Bruce Lee died six days before the release of his one Hollywood ﬁlm and the realisation of his lifelong dream of popularising kung fu in the west. The sub-Bond plot is perfunctory: Lee (left) is asked by the UK government to enter a martial arts tournament so as to inﬁltrate the island lair of a renegade Shaolin monk. But the scale of the ﬁlm – a co-production between Warner Brothers, Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest and Lee’s own Concord Production Inc – was unprecedented in the genre. And Lee’s ineffable screen presence, zen cool and superlative ﬁght choreography mean that it remains the undefeated champion of martial arts cinema. 5.05pm, TCM (John Huston, 1948) It probably ranks only third out of the four ﬁlms that Bogie and Bacall made together, but this hostage drama, set one stormy night in a Florida hotel, is still a ﬁrst-class thriller with a terriﬁc supporting cast. Enter The Dragon Key Largo Billion Dollar Brain 3.20pm, Film4 (Ken Russell, 1967) By his third movie, working-class spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) was ﬁrmly in James Bond territory. The story, involving a plot to destroy Communism with the titular roomsized computer, is outlandish, but Russell directs with ﬂair. 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In Flemish (S). 10.00The Late Late Show With James Corden: Best Of The Week Highlights of the talk show (R). 10.00Game Of Thrones Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (R) (S). 11.00 Brief Encounters Nita gives Kieran an alibi for the hit-andrun (S). 11.10 The Big Bang Theory Sheldon receives acting lessons (S). 11.40 Tattoo Fixers (S). 11.10 24 Hours In A&E A 78-yearold man is rushed in with breathing difﬁculties (S). 11.00 Bulletproof Bishop and Pike get word that a notorious criminal has shown up in London (R). 11.00 Game Of Thrones Jorah and Daario undertake a difﬁcult task (R) (S). 12.05 Vera (S). 1.55 A Touch Of Frost (S). 3.35 Tales From Northumberland With Robson Green (S). 4.30 Love Your Garden (S). 5.20 Judge Judy (S). 5.40 ITV3 Nightscreen 12.40 Gogglebox (S). 1.40 First Dates (S). 2.40 Rude Tube (S). 3.35 Rude Tube (S). 4.00 Rude(ish) Tube (S). 4.30 Couples Come Dine With Me (S). 12.15 Outlander (S). 1.25 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (S). 2.20 24 Hours In A&E (S). 3.20 Food Unwrapped (S). 3.45 Close 12.00 FILM: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu 2004) 2.00 Most Shocking (R) (S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (S). 4.00 Highway Patrol (R) (S). 4.30 Highway Patrol (R) (S). 5.00 It’s Me Or The Dog (R). 12.10 Patrick Melrose (R) (S). 1.20 The Sopranos (R) (S). 2.30 The Sopranos (R) (S). 3.40 Ballers (R) (S). 4.15 The West Wing (R) (S). 5.10 The West Wing (R) (S). 6.30am Chris Evans 9.30 Ken Bruce 12noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Jonathan Ross 5.00 Jo Whiley & Simon Mayo 7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour 8.00 Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra: Live From The Perth Arts Festival 10.00 Sounds Of The 80s 12mdn’t Anneka Rice: The Happening 2.00 Claudia On Sunday 4.00 Huey Morgan BBC Radio 3 6.30am Breakfast. With Petroc Trelawny. 9.00 Essential Classics. With mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. 12noon Composer Of The Week: Ravel. The composer’s legacy. 1.00 News 1.02 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. Two complete concerts by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. 5.00 In Tune. Sean Rafferty live from BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Perth. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An eclectic non-stop mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3 In Concert. The BBCSSO, conducted by Martyn Brabbins at Scone Palace in Perthshire. 10.00 The Verb. 10.45 The Essay: The Shopping News. 11.00 Music Planet. 1am Through The Night. 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Janet and Vicki discuss their friendship. 12mdn’t News And Weather 12.30 Climate Change And Me 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 IPM BBC Radio 4 LW 8.31am Yesterday In Parliament 9.45 Daily Service 10.30 Test Match Special 12.01pm Shipping Forecast 12.04 Test Match Special 5.54 Shipping Forecast 5.57 Test Match Special 6.45 The News Quiz BBC Radio 4 Extra 6am Van Der Valk: Love In Amsterdam 6.30 Before Your Very Ears! 7.00 Minor Adjustment 7.30 Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning 8.00 I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again 8.30 Brothers In Law 9.00 The Motion Show 9.30 After Henry 10.00 Eugenie Grandet 11.00 Podcast Radio Hour 12noon I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again 12.30 Brothers In Law 1.00 Van Der Valk: Love In Amsterdam 1.30 Before Your Very Ears! 2.00 The Collected Works Of AJ Fikry 2.15 Britain On The Bottle: Alcohol And The State 2.30 Lady Audley’s Secret 2.45 Maggie And Me 3.00 Eugenie Grandet 4.00 The Motion Show 4.30 After Henry 5.00 Minor Adjustment 5.30 Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning 6.00 2001 – A Space Odyssey 6.15 The Book Of Strange New Things 6.30 Mastertapes 7.00 I’m Sorry Pick ofthe day I’ll Read That Again 7.30 Brothers In Law 8.00 Van Der Valk: Love In Amsterdam 8.30 Before Your Very Ears! 9.00 Podcast Radio Hour 10.00 Comedy Club: Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning 10.30 Comedy Club: Sketchorama 10.55 Comedy Club: The Comedy Club Interview 11.00 Comedy Club: Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall 11.30 Comedy Club: Chain Reaction 12mdn’t 2001 – A Space Odyssey 12.15 The Book Of Strange New Things 12.30 Mastertapes 1.00 Van Der Valk: Love In Amsterdam 1.30 Before Your Very Ears! 2.00 The Collected Works Of AJ Fikry 2.15 Britain On The Bottle: Alcohol And The State 2.30 Lady Audley’s Secret 2.45 Maggie And Me 3.00 Eugenie Grandet 4.00 The Motion Show 4.30 After Henry 5.00 Minor Adjustment 5.30 Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning BBC 5 Live 6am 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Chiles On Friday 1pm The Friday Sports Panel 2.00 Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review 4.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1am Up All Night 5.00 5 Live Sport 5.30 Under The Weather BBC 6 Music 7am Shaun Keaveny 10.00 Lauren Laverne 1pm Mark Radcliffe And Stuart Maconie 4.00 Steve Lamacq 7.00 Mary Anne Hobbs 9.00 Tom Ravenscroft 12mdn’t Nemone’s Electric Ladyland 2.00 6 Music Classic Concert 3.00 6 Music Live Hour 4.00 The Rory Gallagher Story 5.00 Chris Hawkins 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. Catherine Bott introduces the BSO’s birthday concert and season ﬁnale. 10.00 Smooth Classics 1am Katie Breathwick 4.00 Jane Jones Absolute Radio In Tune 5pm, BBC Radio 3 Sean Rafferty reports live from BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Perth, with acts including Jamie Cullum (above), Eddi Reader and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. 6am Richie Firth 10.00 Danielle Perry 1pm Andy Bush 4.00 Pete Donaldson 7.00 Absolute 80s With Claire Sturgess 10.00 Sarah Champion 4am Jay Lawrence Heart 6am Jamie And Emma 9.00 Toby Anstis 1pm Matt Wilkinson 4.00 JK And Lucy 7.00 Club Classics 10.00 Lilah Parsons 1am James Stewart TalkSPORT 6am The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast With Ally McCoist 10.00 Jim White 1pm Hawksbee And Jacobs 4.00 Danny Kelly And Darren Gough 7.00 The Season Ticket With Laura Woods 10.00 The Two Mikes 1am Extra Time With Tom Latchem FR DAY 42 AGENDA What’sontoday... Visual Arts AMERICA’S COOL MODERNISM: O’KEEFE TO HOPPER Ashmolean Museum, Oxford An exploration of the “cool” in American art in the early 20th century, from early experiments in abstraction by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove and Paul Strand to the strict, clean precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth. (01865 278112) to 22 Jul ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE MARGINS Barbican Gallery, London EC2 The continuing fascination of artists with those on the margins of society, as seen through the photographic medium, with work by 20 image-makers, among them Bruce Davidson, Paz Errázuriz, Larry Clark, Mary Ellen Mark, Boris Mikhailov, Daido Moriyama and Dayanita Singh. The show brings together more than 300 works from the 1950s to the present day, including vintage and contemporary prints, archival material, specialist magazines, rare ﬁlm and photo books. (020 7638 8891) to Sun CEDRIC MORRIS: ARTIST PLANTSMAN Garden Museum, London SE1 Cedric Morris (1889-1982) was the only person of his generation to achieve national stature both as a painter and a plantsman. This exhibition of paintings, the majority of which are on loan from private collections and have never been seen in public before, explores the close relationship between his two practices. (020 7401 8865) to 22 Jul Travel Offer Derek Phillips PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: KÄTHE KOLLWITZ Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea This free exhibition of the pioneering German painter, printmaker and sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th century focuses on her portraits of working women and her two great series concerned with social injustice: Ein Weberaufstand (A Weavers’ Revolt) and Bauernkrieg (Peasants’ War). (01792 516900) to 17 Jun SURFACE WORK: ABSTRACT WOMEN PAINTERS Victoria Miro, London N1 and W1 A cross-generational group show across Victoria Miro’s two London galleries, featuring more than 50 women artists who have shaped, and continue to inﬂuence, the language and deﬁnition of abstract painting during the past century, including Liubov Popova, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Lygia Clark, Mildred Thompson, Alma Thomas, Betty Parsons,, Angela de la Cruz, Adriana Varejão, Varda Caivano and Dala Nasser. (victoria-miro. com) to 16 Jun THE HOUSE OF FAME: CONVENED BY LINDER Nottingham Contemporary Ste day tarm ip from £ 109 pp Part retrospective, part kinship jamboree, this celebration of British artist and musician Linder is a riotous exchange between art, fashion, music and architecture, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance, starting with her early photo collage for the Buzzcocks’ 1977 single “Orgasm Addict”. As well as her own work, the exhibition includes almost 200 works by 30 artists, stretching from the 1600s to today. (0115 948 9750) to 17 Jun A TASTE OF HONEY AT 60 British Library, London NW1 ROY LICHTENSTEIN Tate, Liverpool (0843 208 1144) tonight 7pm More than 20 works, drawn from the Artist Rooms collection, chart Roy Lichtenstein’s career, from his early interest in landscape to his pop paintings inﬂuenced by comic strips and advertising imagery. The free display also presents a three-screen installation, his only work with ﬁlm, which was made after spending two weeks at Universal Studios in 1969. (tate.org.uk) to 17 Jun LANGLANDS & BELL Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell mark the 40th anniversary of their artistic partnership with a new series of relief sculptures, installations, digital animations and portraits exploring the inﬂuence of the global Internet companies. The highlights are the precise, scaled-down versions of the headquarters of all the major companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, all handmade from white card by the artists. (0121 248 0708) to 10 Jun Talks CITY OF LITERATURE WEEKEND Chapelﬁeld Gardens, Norwich On the bill are Viv Albertine, Sarah Perry, Johann Hari, Hilary Spurling, Hugh Lupton and Rachel Hewitt. (01603 766400) to Sun Two cast members from the early productions of Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play – Murray Melvin and Joan Plowright – are joined by Delaney’s daughter Charlotte and historian Selina Todd for this celebration of the groundbreaking drama. KATE MOSSE Shire Hall, Monmouth The writer discusses her latest novel, The Burning Chambers, set in 16th-century Languedoc. (01989 564 464) tonight 7pm Dance RAMBERT Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 Kim Brandstrup’s Life Is a Dream is Rambert’s ﬁrst evening-length work this century. Set to music by Lutoslawski, it’s an otherworldly tale of revenge, reconciliation and longing for the outside world. (020 7863 8000) to Sat Comedy HOWTHELIGHTGETSIN Various venues, Hay-on-Wye The “world’s largest philosophy and music festival” also has room for some top comedy, including, today, Pierre Novellie, Luke McQueen and James Acaster trying out his latest show, with Ahir Shah, Harriet Kemsley and Sean McLoughlin to follow. (hay.htlgi.iai.tv) to Mon WELLS COMEDY FESTIVAL Various venues Work-in-progress and polished shows rub up together at this wonderfully staffed bash. Among today’s many picks, there’s Mark JONATHAN KEENAN Pick ofthe day The Cumbrian Mountain Express Steam over the Settle & Carlisle Line Saturday 14th July and 11th August 2018 Departing London Euston 07:10, Watford Jn* 06:40, Milton Keynes 08:00, Northampton** 07:40, Rugby 08:25 (times approx) Take the journey of a lifetime including steam across the challenging Settle & Carlisle Line and the dramatic Cumbrian Fells. We head to Carnforth to meet a magnificent steam loco for an exciting journey up steep gradients to Grayrigg, through beautiful Lune Gorge and to Shap summit. At ancient border city Carlisle, stretch your legs with a visit to the castle, cathedral, museum or shops before heading by steam for the breathtaking Settle & Carlisle Line, passing over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and enjoying magnificent Three Peaks views. Our train will leave its steam loco at Farington Jn for a fast run home hauled by electric loco. Price includes: ✔ Standard £109pp/£332 family – a reserved seat usually at a table for four ✔ First £169pp/£506 family – morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies ✔ Premier £259pp/£780 family – a full English breakfast, light lunch and a four course dinner silver served at your seat Enjoy The i £10pp discount when you book using code KWQ To join our train passengers from *Watford Jn travel to Milton Keynes by service train and passengers from **Northampton travel to Rugby by service train – fares included. Buffet car available. Junior fares available. Tables for two can be guaranteed in First/Premier for a £25pp supplement subject to availability. Organised by The Railway Touring Company. The Railway Touring Company’s Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel apply – see website or brochure for details. For more information or to book, please call: 01553 661 500 use code KWQ or visit: www.railwaytouring.net THEATRE OTHELLO Everyman, Liverpool Golda Rosheuvel is the ﬁrst female incarnation of Othello in a major modern British theatre, and Gemma Bodinetz’s production is the ﬁrst interpretation that transforms the Venetian general’s romance with Desdemona into a lesbian marriage. But the innovations do not feel contrived, and Rosheuvel’s Othello is, in fact, quite a traditional one: full of jealousy, wounded pride, pig-headedness and passion. (0151 709 4776) to 10 Jul i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 Watson, Paul Foot and Sara Pascoe, with James Acaster, Lucy Pearman, Rhod Gilbert, Tim Key, John Kearns and much more to follow. (wellscomfest.com) to Sun JOSEPH MORPURGO Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Hammerhead is another feat of ambitious, multimedia brilliance from character comic Joseph Morpurgo – here playing a wonderfully conceited luvvie getting bogged down in his own reimagining of Frankenstein. (01227 787787) tonight JOHN KEARNS Battersea Arts Centre, London SW11 Resplendent in trademark tonsure wig and hideously discoloured buck teeth, John Kearns manages to wring unexpected wisdom from surrealist meanderings in Don’t Worry, They’re Here. (020 7223 2223) to Wed Folk & Roots BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST Civic, Barnsley The duo’s perform their trademark eclectic and eccentric mix of songs and tunes and rather excellent repartee. (01226 327 000) tonight Pop LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Victoria Park, London E9 Festival season beckons in the company of electro-dance-punk’s arch-deconstructionist trailblazers, kicking off London’s new All Points East jamboree. A spifﬁng support bill includes Phoenix, Glass Animals, Young Fathers, Hookworms, Hercules and Love Affair and the resurgent Yeah Yeah Yeahs. (allpointseastfestival.com) today THE ROLLING STONES London Stadium, E20 Recent surprises from the Stones camp have included a decent album, Blue & Lonesome, but can they still keep a stadium on its toes? Find out as they hit the UK. (axs.com) tonight UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA SWX, Bristol After the polyamorous adventures and hazy funk-soul stylings of Multi-Love, the New Zealand-raised, Portland-based Ruban Nielson expands his horizons again. Psych-rock, stoner-pop, falsetto-pop, bluesgrunge and more feature on Sex and Food, a full plate from a reliably exploratory outer-limits thinker. (seetickets.com) tonight FIELD MUSIC Barbican, London EC2 Sunderland’s intelli-pop brothers return with brains, grooves, political beefs and an orchestra from their best album yet. Peter and David Brewis face down ﬁrst-world moaning, Brexit, gender stereotypes and more on Open Here, apportioning warmth, bite, intricacy and melody in roughly equal measure. (barbican.org.uk) tonight Theatre MISS SAIGON Bristol Hippodrome Laurence Connor’s production of Boublil and Schonberg’s great sung-through drama from 1989 is a brilliant musical for our time and a breathtakingly spectacular and gripping piece of ensemble theatre, which relocates the story of Puccini’s 1903 opera, Madam Butterﬂy, to 70s Saigon during the Vietnam War. Sooha Kim gives a soul-stoppingly powerful and poignant performance as the Saigon bar-worker whose passionate romance with a US soldier ends in tragedy. (miss-saigon.com) to 23 Jun WAR HORSE Mayﬂower Theatre, Southampton The National Theatre touring production of an elegant adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel about a young Devon farm boy who, despite being too young to enlist, heads for the killing ﬁelds of the Western Front after his feckless father sells his beloved horse to a cavalry ofﬁcer. The puppetry is breathtaking. The greatest films that never happened As a new book dissects Stanley Kubrick’s epic ‘Napoleon’, which never got beyond the planning stage, Nick Hasted explores how directors from David Lean to Orson Welles found some of their most ambitious projects stymied Devil for detail Kubrick put together 17,000 images from the Napoleonic era to inform his ﬁlm GETTY (warhorseonstage.com) to 9 Jun BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL New Wimbledon Theatre, London SW19 Marc Bruni’s touring production of the Carole King tribute musical, with Bronté Barbé in the lead. This journey through the world of pop, beginning in 1958, tells a gripping human story with real feeling, and has some hugely enjoyable 60s showbiz moments. (beautifulmusical.co.uk) to Sat EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Apollo Theatre, London W1 A joyous musical inspired by a BBC documentary about a Durham schoolboy with ambitions to be a drag queen. (0330 333 4809) to 6 Oct LEGALLY BLONDE New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Lucie Jones stars in Anthony Williams’s brilliantly energetic and witty production of the legal musical, based on the 2001 ﬁlm and telling the story of how an apparently air-headed California valley blonde goes to Harvard Law School and becomes a seriously brilliant lawyer, without ever giving up on her right to wear pink at all times. (legallyblonde themusical.com) to Sat MAYFLY Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond This debut play by Joe White, previously a member of the Orange Tree’s increasingly important Writers’ Collective, is a delicate and tender examination of rural isolation and familial grief, set in a small village in Shropshire, where the formerly much-loved local pub is about to close. It’s sensitively directed by Guy Jones and powered by a quartet of superb performances. (020 8940 3633) to Sat “I expect to make the best movie ever made,” Stanley Kubrick confidently predicted in 1971. The project was Napoleon – which he would, in fact, fail to make at all. A lavish new 800-page book, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, is the next best thing. From Kubrick’s finely honed screenplay to the 17,000 painstakingly ﬁled images he assembled from the Napoleonic era to evoke it as realistically as possible, this intended masterpiece has all its pieces laid out. Napoleon stands out in Kubrick’s career for the huge expense and effort he put into preparing it. It is an example of cinema’s history of unrealised dreams. The director tried three times to follow up the landmark success of 2001: A Space Odyssey with Napoleon, vacillating between actors as different as Ian Holm and Jack Nicholson for his Bonaparte. A change in regime at MGM, and the commercial failure of the lavish epic Waterloo (1970), ﬁnally forced him towards A Clockwork Orange instead. Kubrick had other unmade obsessions. The Aryan Papers was his Holocaust ﬁlm, ready to go into production when he saw Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, and gratefully abandoned a project he had found deeply depressing. The perfectionism seen within the pages of Kubrick’s Napoleon could have been the director’s worst enemy. But this was by no means unique to Kubrick. It was also the undoing of David Lean, and his efforts to make Nostromo. Bolstered by the success of A Passage to India (1984), in 1986 the master film-maker started work on an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel – but the ﬁlm took endless rewrites. “He won’t budge until he can smell perfection,” Katharine Hepburn wrote of him. Lean laboured too long, and the immortality he seemed to feel in a newspaper proﬁle in 1989 was cut short by throat cancer, soon after shooting was finally set to start in 1991. In 1966, Alfred Hitchcock fought to arrest his post-Psycho decline with a transgressive pushing of its murderous themes. Kaleidoscope’s sympathetic protagonist was a gay bodybuilder who murders women, and contained degrees of brutality, nudity and hand-held immediacy far beyond his previous work. Test stills and the screenplay exist. But perhaps for his own sake, Universal wouldn’t let its star director go so far over the edge. Before David Lynch took over the reins, Alejandro Jodorowsky spent $2m on an adaptation of Alejando Jodorowsky’s adaptation of ‘Dune’ would have lasted 14 hours Dune which would have lasted 14 hours, starring Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger and Orson Welles. “If not Newman, there’s Nicholson or Beatty,” Orson Welles airily told his friend Gore Vidal in 1982. Welles was trying to secure a star for The Big Brass Ring, his screenplay about a young senator running for president in 1984. He never made the ﬁlm, but it was “purest Welles”, said Vidal, not least in the theme his friend described as “the devil of self-destruction that lives in every genius” – Welles’s own inescapable trait. This characteristic made the director the great auteur of unmade ﬁlms. Even his follow-up to the revolutionary dazzle of Citizen Kane, The Magniﬁcent Ambersons (1942) can only be watched unﬁnished today. Welles became fatally distracted in Brazil as the studio lopped off and lost 40 minutes of his cut, excising the titular golden family’s elegiac 20th-century decline. That missing fall was “the whole point”, Welles has said. Welles’s phantom ﬁlmography is, as Vidal wrote of The Big Brass Ring, “now just one more cloudy trophy to provoke one’s imagination”. So are Kubrick’s Napoleon, Lean’s Nostromo – and the images of what they might have been are as much a part of film-making as the classics they completed. 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Of course, I have checked that there is nothing structural here; the lath and daub ceiling even goes above the bricks, so the plastering was done before the wall was built – but I’ve put up acrow props (temporary supports) on all the nearby joists as a precaution. This is the ﬁrst stage in creating a modern, open-plan kitchen. The beginning of unifying the collection of little rooms with speciﬁc functions that the Victorians liked so much. By taking down this barrier, the room with the sink – the scullery – will join a larger space with a coal stove that both heated a hob on its top and the hot-water tank hidden alongside. I take the plunge, swing the 10lb sledgehammer up and take my ﬁrst hit. I consider myself reasonably strong, but there is hardly a dent in the wall. The plaster has cracked a What I learned this week ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL? From 1850 the quality of bricks improved considerably. Deeper clay quarries, new moulding machines and improved ﬁring techniques allowed the production of a far greater number that were also dense and strong. Fashion had always dictated the colour of bricks, but now they were available in a huge range of colours, strengths and sizes simultaneously. Going. Going. Gone. The kitchen gets enlarged. Below: decorative bricks on the exterior little – that is it. I am not quite sure what I expected from a solid brick wall, but clearly more than this. I repeat the process... whack! Slightly more of a dent; I begin to get the hang of using the sledgehammer. Again: whack! The plaster falls away and the bricks themselves are exposed. A few more direct hits to the bricks and one begins to crumble. I build up a rhythm, swinging and slamming the wall in an almost circular motion, and soon a section begins to bulge outwards and falls with a crash. I plan to lower the kitchen ﬂoor by a foot, and, luckily, beneath the ruined floorboards and rotten joists there’s a space a metre deep. The idea is that the rubble from the wall will partly ﬁll this, before a new concrete floor and underfloor I consider myself reasonably strong, but there is hardly a dent heating can be added directly on top. The ﬁrst tumble of bricks conﬁrms my strategy, as the rubble and broken masonry fall straight into the void below. At least that will mean less clearing up, and less money spent getting hold of rubble that you compress to ﬁll the hole. I soon realise, though, that some of the bricks are coming out whole. Knowing period bricks that match your house are hard to ﬁnd, and the couple of quid per brick quickly adds up, I begin to pick them out. I start building a pile of bricks which will need cleaning up; the bits of mortar knocked off them more carefully. Half the wall is down, the door frame ripped out. 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Total sales at B&Q in the period also fell, by 8.8 per cent to £828m. Veronique Laury, Kingfisher’s chief executive, confirmed that the freezing weather had forced some stores to shut. She added: “It was a challenging start to the year, with exceptionally harsh weather across Europe and weak UK consumer demand. “This impacted footfall, especially sales of weather-related categories.” Total sales at the group, which also owns Screwﬁx, were down by 1.2 per cent to £2.8bn, while UK sales dipped by 3.7 per cent to £1.2bn. In separate retail news, official ﬁgures showed sales bounced back from March’s snowstorms by more than expected in April. The Ofﬁce for National Statistics (ONS) said sales volumes rose 1.6 per cent in April, following a 1.1 per B&Q is in the middle of an overhaul, which has seen it shut 65 stores and slash around 3,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland over the past two years. In total, it has almost 300 stores. cent slump in March thanks to the cold snap. The 1.6 per cent rise was better than the 0.7 per cent increase that City of London analysts had forecast However, the ONS stressed that the underlying trend “remains subdued”, with retail volumes up by just 0.1 per cent on a quarterly basis. Retail sales account for around 20 per cent of the economy and are an important barometer of household spending momentum. The overall economy is estimated to have grown by just 0.1 per cent in the ﬁrst quarter of 2018, the weakest growth rate in more than ﬁve years. However, the Bank of England believes the slowdown was severely exaggerated by the bad weather in the quarter, which disrupted shoppers and construction work. Total sales at B&Q in the ﬁrst quarter fell by 8.8 per cent to £828m PA It believes the ﬁrst-quarter ﬁgure will ultimately be revised up to 0.3 per cent and the growth will return to 0.4 per cent in the second quarter, the economy’s estimated trend rate. “Looking ahead, with employment still rising at a robust pace, real wages on the up again, and consumer confidence high by past standards, we are upbeat about the outlook for consumer spending,” said Andrew Wishart of Capital Economics. TELECOMS BT chief executive receives £1.3m bonus By Ravender Sembhy Quote of the day I would rather give up an hour to go running and then catch up the hour working in the evening Charlotte Jones Investment ﬁrm Jupiter’s chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer says her ability to deal with stressful situations is improved by exercise The 30 Second Briefing MOUNTAIN WAREHOUSE One retailer continues to defy the general gloom on the high street. Outdoors retailer Mountain Warehouse has cheered another rise in annual sales, with revenues up 22 per cent to £225.3m in the year to 25 February. The retailer, which employs around 3,000 people, has seen sales rising at an average of 20 per cent a year for the past few years. empty stores in the places where we want to open,” he says. And what about proﬁt? Earnings before interest, tax and other business expenses grew by 30.4 per cent to £32.6m. Online sales account for a quarter of Mountain Warehouse’s business, having climbed 32 per cent year-on-year. Other retailers have been struggling. Mountain Warehouse has been picking up stores from brands that have been shutting up shop. New Look is undertaking a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) which involves the business shutting 60 outlets. Mountain Warehouse is picking up ﬁve of these stores. Landlords ultimately take a hit if a CVA is approved because the process allows retailers to break their lease agreements to shut stores and reduce rents. Landlords fear some businesses are using it when they are not in signiﬁcant ﬁnancial distress. What next for the business? Founder and chief executive Mark Neale says his focus is to continue opening new stores this year. The retailer has opened 25 new stores over the past year, creating around 300 jobs. “We do not subscribe to this ‘death of the high street’ story. We’ve found it quite difﬁcult to ﬁnd BT chief executive Gavin Patterson is celebrating a £1m increase in his annual pay, weeks after announcing 13,000 jobs are to go. Mr Patterson took home a total of £2.3m last year after a £1.3m annual bonus, the ﬁrm’s annual report has shown. The pay packet also includes a £997,000 base salary and £299,000 in pension payments. The chief executive’s take-home pay compares with the £1.3m he received in the previous year, when he was stripped of his annual bonus following an accounting scandal at the ﬁrm’s Italian division. The latest annual bonus was awarded for the company meeting a series of targets, including for customer service improvements and cash ﬂow. But it comes weeks after BT said it was culling 13,000 jobs as part of a revamped cost-cutting drive. A BT spokesman said: “This has been a challenging year for the company but good progress has been made in a number of key areas. “Gavin’s total remuneration for the year was £2.3m, as a result of targets being met for customer service improvement and cash ﬂow.” BT is looking to cut costs by around £1.5bn as part of a threeyear plan. The telecoms ﬁrm is also hiring around 6,000 new employees “to support network deployment and customer service”. BT has around 106,400 employees globally, with 82,800 in the UK. Shares in BT were down 1.5 per cent yesterday at 203.15p. NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 BANKING London in firing line as Deutsche Bank axes 7,000 By Ravender Sembhy Deutsche Bank is to cut more than 7,000 jobs in a move that is likely to affect London staff, as the struggling lender reshapes its trading and investment banking operations. The German bank said yesterday that it would cut its workforce from 97,000 to “well below” 90,000 and that reductions are under way. It said headcount in its stocks trading business, mostly based in New York and London, would be reduced by about 25 per cent. The move, which will cost the bank €800m (£701m), is part of new chief executive Christian Sewing’s turnaround strategy, in which the bank will refocus on its European and German customer base. Deutsche Bank has struggled with high costs and regulatory issues and the lender replaced its British boss, John Cryan, in April after three years of losses. Mr Sewing said the bank was committed to its international investment banking operations but must “concentrate on what we truly do well”. The new strateg y marks a retreat from decades of global expansion in which the bank sought to compete with Wall Street firms Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. The announcement came before the Protesters call for the bank to stop investing in weapons and tax havens GETTY board faced investors at yesterday’s annual shareholder meeting. Chairman Paul Achleitner told shareholders that Mr Cryan had “set the ball rolling for fundamental c hange” b ut later di sp laye d “shortcomings in decision-making and implementation”. “You are right to expect the bank and its management to hit the targets it has set itself,” he said. “If there are signs those targets are in jeopardy... then we on the supervisory board have to act swiftly and decisively.” Protesters who gathered outside Deutsche Bank’s annual general meeting in Frankfurt called on the bank to pull out of investments that support coal, weapons and tax havens. Deutsche Bank employs approximately 8,500 people in the UK, mostly based in the City of London. The bank was founded in Berlin in 1870. FINANCE Electra Private Equity to bow out after 42 years By Michael Bow After 42 years one of the City’s best-known investment companies, Electra Private Equity, is to bow out. The TGI Fridays owner has put itself up for sale after activist Ed Bramson stepped down from the Outlook RUSSELL LYNCH Central banks are the ‘poster boys of unelected power’ N obody ever put their c r o s s i n a b ox b y Mark Carney’s name, although – directly and indirectly – the Bank of England Governor wields immense power over our lives. He chairs the committee that sets interest rates and pumps hundreds of billions into board. The private equity group has appointed investment bank Greenhill to wind down the business. The whole company will be sold or broken up. Electra also owns Hotter Shoes and has minority stakes in Photobox, Knight Square and Sentinel. “The company has received expressions of interest from several parties,” Electra said in a statement. Mr Bramson stepped down in March after turning his attention to Barclays. He seized control of the group through his Sherborne vehicle in 2015 after a boardroom battle. the economy via quantitative easing (QE). And, since the Bank gained expanded powers five years ago reunifying bank supervision and monetary policy, its tendrils have stretched ever further. In 2014 the Financial Policy Committee – again chaired by Carney – limited home loans to no more than 4.5 times a borrower’s salary: you might not have got a mortgage because of him. For 10 years, since the blizzard of unconventional monetary policy unleashed to tackle the financial crisis, central bankers have been the only game in town. Carney has overseen a monetary stimulus programme with very political consequences, as the Bank’s recent analysis of the distributional effects of QE has shown. The wealthiest 10 per cent saw a £350,000 increase in wealth compared with the £3,000 rise for the bottom 10 per cent, its number crunchers said. To be clear, politicians set the 2 per cent inﬂation target for the Bank and let it do whatever it likes to achieve it. The Bank also has a transparent and regular system of accountability to ministers, Parliament and the press. Carney argued to MPs this week that the Bank estimates there were two million more people in work as a result of QE. But the impact of the scheme nearly a decade on still leaves us in an uncomfortable democratic Th he impact of the scheme nearly a decade on still leaves us in an uncomfortable democratic place place, when it looks more and more like part of the furniture rather than an “emergency” measure. The former Bank of England deputy governor Sir Paul Tucker shared these concerns this week at the launch of his new book, in which he calls modern central banks TV 40-41 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 RETAIL Unions and MPs lash out over Sainsbury’s pay row stand-off By Helen Cahill Sainsbury’s has enraged unions and MPs after refusing to back down in a row over staff pay. The supermarket group, which is attempting a £12bn merger with Asda, has been accused by more than 100 MPs of using an increase in its basic pay as a “smokescreen” for the erosion of workers’ beneﬁts such as paid breaks and premium pay for work on Sundays. Sainsbury’s hit back yesterday by saying talks with staff were ﬁnished, and it would invest an extra £10m in its proposed pay rates. Sainsbury’s wrote to MPs to defend its proposals, but Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh (inset) said the plans will still leave 9,000 staff worse off. “How can a company that made pre-tax profit of £59m last year, with a CEO that receives £930,000 before bonuses, think it is right to force a pay cut on thousands of their most long-standing members of staff ?” she added. Unite, the union representing shop staff, said the supermarket has failed to consult staff meaningfully. Sainsbury’s staff will be moved on to the new contracts in September, and the business will give top-up payments to those negatively affected for 18 months. The supermarket will review pay again in March 2020. Basic pay will be increased from £8 to £9.20 per hour, but employees will no longer be eligible for a staff bonus. “The changes we are introducing will make pay and contracts fair and consistent for all of our colleagues, regardless of age or length of service,” Simon Roberts, Sainsbury’s retail and operations director, said. “the poster boys and girls of today’s unelected power”. Though recognising that independent central banks have added credibility in markets, he sets out “delegation principles” over when politicians should grant powers to unelected bodies. His rules would “restrict the roles and activities of central banks rather more than we have seen in recent years”. We have to make sure that central bankers have the firepower they need for dealing with a crisis, but maybe “sunset clauses” for the more extreme tools could help to tackle perceptions of a democratic deﬁcit. When the side effects of their extraordinary actions are still being felt for good and ill throughout the economy so long after the crash, reining in the powers of the central bankers might be the best way to preserve their independence from jealous politicians. EVENING STANDARD 49 From the business pages Fifteen family heirs to sell BGC Group The West Australian The multibillion-dollar BGC Group founded by Len Buckeridge in 1960 is being put up for sale by his family heirs. The group employs 4,300 people and turns over A$3bn (£1.7bn) a year from construction products. Mr Buckeridge’s 15 family heirs have been in a legal dispute over his will for three years, as some beneﬁciaries are seeking to unlock their inherited shares. Chipotle moves its HQ to California The Denver Post After nearly 25 years in Denver, Chipotle Mexican Grill is saying “so long” to its home town and moving its headquarters to Southern California, where its new chief executive lives. The fast-casual restaurant chain, which has had a rough few years ﬁnancially, will settle in Newport Beach, near fastfood neighbours Taco Bell and In-N-Out Burger. South Korea asks China to play fair The Korea Herald South Korea has asked China to create a fair business environment for its electric vehicle battery makers, which have been excluded from the list of Beijing government subsidies. Subsidies can cover half of the price of the cars sold in the largest electric vehicle market. Allowances for electric cars that use Korean batteries were withdrawn in 2016. Response to US sanctions criticised The Moscow Times The head of Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, has said a proposed law that could result in people being jailed for helping enforce US sanctions would backﬁre on the Russian economy if implemented. ProKremlin hawks want a tough response, while economic liberals say that could hurt the fragile economy. 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The group said the cash will allow it to boost its balance sheet and reduce debt. Shares dropped by 19.8 per cent, or 15p, to 60.95p yesterday. Property ﬁrm Capital & Counties is considering breaking off its Covent Garden site in London as a separately listed company. It said the Covent Garden estate had been valued at more than £2.5bn, with its share worth £759m. The demerger would leave Capco with its Earls Court assets as the core of its business. TELECOMS AGRI-BUSINESS TalkTalk ‘poach’ up their shares’ Tate & Lyle aims for £75m boost TalkTalk shares rose by 10 per cent at one point yesterday, as the telecoms ﬁrm talked of success in luring more customers from Sky and Virgin Media. But it also announced losses of £73m for the year to March – compared with a £70m proﬁt the previous year. By the end of the day the shares had fallen 0.2 per cent to 121p. The new Tate & Lyle chief executive outlined plans for $100m (£75m) of cost savings and to boost proﬁts as part of an overhaul after taking over last month. Nick Hampton said the group would focus growth efforts on categories including drinks, dairy, soups, sauces and salad dressings, while also reducing supplier costs. SHIPPING HOSPITALITY Export firms ‘hit by staff shortage’ Pub firm Young’s in crafty sales rise Firms that send goods and services abroad are being hit by “widespread” labour shortages, especially in manufacturing, a report warns. A survey of 3,300 exporters by the British Chambers of Commerce and DHL found that two-thirds of manufacturers are struggling to recruit suitably skilled staff. Pub ﬁrm Young’s revealed sales growth fuelled by demand for gin and craft beers. It said revenues in the year to 2 April jumped 6.2 per cent to £279.3m. Chief executive Patrick Dardis warned Young’s is not immune from issues like high business rates, but said it will continue to invest in growth with new pubs. RETAIL TECHNOLOGY NewRiver ‘will be hit over closures’ Apple staff to self drive in VW vans Retail landlord NewRiver announced yesterday it will take a £900,000 hit from tenants such as Mothercare and New Look closing shops. The property ﬁrm said a number of chains have recently entered into Company Voluntary Arrangements to exit sites. Apple has signed a deal with Volkswagen to turn some of its T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for Apple employees. The tech company has come to an agreement with VW after negotiations with BMW and Mercedes fell through, US media reported. the markets The FTSE 100 was treading water for most of yesterday, but ended the day down by almost 72 points at 7,716.74.The FTSE 250 was also down, by 15 points to 20,989.49. It came amid a wider sell-off on global markets as investors were spooked by US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a summit with North Korea. *** The biggest risers on the FTSE 100 were Intertek Group, up by 3.4 per cent to 5,350p, and Paddy Power Betfair, up by 2.6 per cent to 8,855p. The biggest faller on the index was Mediclinic , down by more than 9 per cent at 615.6p. i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 51 In tomorrow’s BANKING Guy Barter’s gardening jobs for the weekend From sowing coriander seeds and runner beans to planting fuchsias No deal: Noel Edmonds accused Lloyds of ducking his questions at bank’s AGM PA www.policyexpert.co.uk/press Edmonds berates Lloyds as investors rebel over pay By Ravender Sembhy and Paul Ward Lloyds Banking Group has suffered double humiliation after a ﬁfth of investors voted against a pay deal for top bosses, while TV star Noel Edmonds publicly berated the board for the bank’s behaviour. At its annual meeting yesterday, 20.88 per cent of the bank’s shareholders cast ballots against the directors’ remuneration report, which included a £6.42m pay packet for boss António Horta-Osório. It came after advisory group Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) recommended that the report be rejected on the grounds that Mr Horta-Osório’s pay packet is nearly 100 times that of the group’s average worker. It also ﬂagged an “unduly complex” bonus structure and discrepancies between “pay and relative performance”. Lloyds chairman Lord Blackwell daily money The proportion of people searching for tracker mortgages jumped in May as the Bank of England base rate was held at 0.5 per cent, according to Experian. said: “The vote has been carried. However, we are disappointed that a number of shareholders did not support the resolution this year and we will of course note and respond to them.” The result will see Lloyds placed on a public register of ﬁrms in which more than 20 per cent of shareholders have rebelled over a resolution. To compound the embarrassment Mr Edmonds, who had purchased one share in Lloyds for 67p in order to attend the Edinburgh AGM, used the opportunity to rip into the company’s board as part of a long-running dispute with the lender. The former Deal Or No Deal presenter is seeking ﬁnancial redress from the bank after allegedly falling victim to fraud by former staff at HBOS Reading, which Lloyds rescued at the height of the ﬁnancial crisis. During the meeting, Mr Edmonds said: “If you want to turn it into a game show, the way you treat us I would call it Pointless. “If you want to turn it into ‘Jail Or No Jail’ you are going in the right direction. Things are very serious, but I keep asking questions and you keep ducking them.” Mr Edmonds has secured litigation funding from Therium to pursue Lloyds through the courts as he seeks up to £60m in compensation from the banking group and he plans to lodge legal papers by the end of June. He is pursuing Lloyds for damages over losses allegedly suffered when his former business Unique Group was destroyed because of the fraud. The credit-checking ﬁrm said nearly half of people browsing its mortgage comparison webpage looked at trackers, up from a third in April. Trackers are a type of variable-rate mortgage which commonly track the Bank of England base rate at a set margin. If the base rate changes, the mortgage interest rate also moves. £210,000, but this can ﬂuctuate by as much as 20 per cent depending on the value of the pound, according to ﬁgures from Hoxton Capital Management. 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Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. ieat Games&Puzzles daily recipe Spring green mung dal and chickpea curry with shiitake 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 57 RHYME LETTERS 6 10 3 12 6 LEG 4 17 8 29 LION 34 H E TR AL E A TH T Y 3 10 4 POLLUTION 5 4 7 3 19 15 9 18 4 THREW 6 8 15 8 4 17 RHYME Futoshiki 6 3 5 2 9 6 2 8 2 Killer Sudoku No 1297 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 13 14 17 10 4 16 10 10 11 20 11 ✂ 17 16 12 13 4 9 6 1 0 9 15 11 ∨ ∧ 4 < 4 0 1 11 < MEANING ∨ < ∧ ∧ > 3 ∧ < How to play Find all the mines in the grid. Numbers in certain squares indicate how many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i 6 3 14 12 15 LETTERS < 1 11 10 ∧ LINEN Minesweeper 7 17 17 13 ∨ 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 BOUTIQUE DINER INCLUDE 1 5 7 16 5 PRIG 9 1 BOP 4 5 How to play Place the numbers 1-9 once in each row, column and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i 4 4 4 Jigsawdoku 7 4 5 MONTH JUTE 5 SMUG 4 4 11 10 Boil a kettle of water. Put the mung dal lentils in a large heatproof bowl (or use a saucepan) and pour over 600ml of boiled water and leave to soak until needed. Heat 2tbsp of oil in a saucepan. Add the onion. Fry gently for 10 minutes, stirring now and then, until the onion is soft and translucent. If it looks like catching at any point, add a splash of water. Once the onion has cooked for 10 minutes, add the garlic, ginger, chilli and curry powder. Skim off and discard any scum from the top of the lentils using a spoon. Add the lentils and their soaking liquid to the onion mixture in the pan. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the greens. Bring the lentil pan to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender (red lentils may take slightly less time). It’s worth noting at this point that you’ll need to cook the shiitake mushrooms about 5 minutes before the lentils are ready. Keep an eye on the liquid and top up with a little more water if needed to stop the lentils drying out. You want a sloppy consistency but not too wet at the end. Once the water is boiling, add the greens and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until tender. Drain and refresh the leaves in a bowl of cold water (or just run under cold water in the colander), then drain. Once the lentils are about 5 minutes from being done, stir in the chickpeas. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the shiitake mushrooms. Fry, stirring now and then, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season them once cooked. Stir the greens into the lentils for 1 minute or so to warm through. Stir in most of the coriander. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and season to taste. Serve topped with the fried shiitake, sprinkled with the remaining coriander. 4 3 13 SERVES 2 Recipe taken from riverford.co.uk/recipes TAG BEE 7 7 150g mung dal lentils (or use red lentils) Oil for frying 1 onion, peeled and ﬁnely diced 1 large or 2 smaller garlic cloves, peeled and ﬁnely chopped 3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and ﬁnely chopped 1 chilli, deseeded & ﬁnely diced – add to your taste for heat 1tbsp curry powder 250g spring greens, pointed cabbage or kale, leaves shredded 1 tin chickpeas, drained 150g shiitake mushrooms, larger ones halved or quartered 1 bunch coriander, leaves chopped 1 lemon Salt and pepper BANNER 14 21 3 MEANING 27 0 2 2 0 1 1 2 3 3 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 2 1 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 1 1 4 4 3 1 1 2 4 1 1 4 6 3 1 1 0 2 3 NEWS 2-29 VOICES 16-20 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 40-41 Maths Puzzle Codeword No 2018 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. 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Fourth on his debut just 12 days earlier, the 160,000 guineas purchase made all the running when stepping up to six furlongs. The Kodiac colt broke smartly and Jim Crowley was able to grab the near rail from his good draw. Mutawaffer (5-4 favourite) kept on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths from Shaybani. Li Kui, who was short of room at a crucial stage, was two and threequarter lengths back in third place. Trainer Charlie Hills is thinking of dropping Mutawaffer back to the minimum trip at the Royal meeting. “He has shown a lot of speed there, a n d h a s re a l l y woken up from his first run,” said Hills (left). “He’ll definitely go to Ascot now, as there is a nice time between now and then. “We’ve got to decide which race we go for and, at the moment, I’ll probably bring him back to ﬁve (furlongs) and the Norfolk would be the favourite. “He’s naturally a very fast horse. He’s got a good action and a good mind as well.” Roger Charlton’s Aspetar can build on a hugely encouraging debut when he tackles the British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood. A rarity in that he is by Al Kazeem, who was formerly trained by Charlton but has suffered some troubles in the breeding shed, Aspetar has obviously inherited plenty of his father’s ability. Unraced at two after a setback, Aspetar routed a decent looking ﬁeld at Windsor on his debut in April, coming home four and a half lengths clear. The form has yet to be really tested, but the fact Charlton, who never overfaces his horses, has given him an entry in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot shows the regard in which he is held. PA top tips BEST BET Aspetar (3.45, Goodwood) NEXT BEST New Queen (2.45pm, Bath) GOOD TENNIS THAMES MATERIALS RECYCLED/PRIMARY AGGREGATES HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £11,600 added 7f 1 173452 CUSTARD THE DRAGON (D) J Mackie 5 9 7.......J Fanning C 10 2 1460-5 PASTORAL PLAYER (CD) H Morrison 11 9 7...C Bennett (3) 4 3 717-50 BERKSHIRE BOY (D) A Balding 4 9 6................... R Hornby B 2 4 4913-1 PORTLEDGE (D) J Bethell 4 9 3..........................J P Spencer B 11 5 0476-6 PARNASSIAN Mrs A Perrett 4 9 3.....................................P Dobbs 1 6 11031- DOURADO (D) P Chamings 4 9 2 ....................................J Crowley 8 7 2007-9 SIR TITAN (D) M Tregoning 4 9 2.....................Hayley Turner 5 8 554-80 EXECUTIVE FORCE M Wigham 4 9 1 ...................T Queally C 3 9 1373-2 ANOTHER BOY (D) R Beckett 5 8 11...... Emma Wilkinson (7) 9 10 52-023 MR TYRRELL R Hannon 4 8 11.................................. T Marquand 7 11 646-94 SEA SHACK (CD) W Knight 4 8 7...................................L Morris V 6 - 11 declared BETTING: 4-1 Portledge, 9-2 Custard The Dragon, 13-2 Dourado, 7-1 Mr Tyrrell, Pastoral Player, 8-1 Another Boy, 10-1 Parnassian, 12-1 others. THAMES MATERIALS LAND RESTORATION FILLIES’ HANDICAP (CLASS 4) 3YO £11,600 added 1m 1 312-41 ODYSSA (D) R Hughes 9 10(6ex).......................................S W Kelly 4 2 1-13 TALAAQY W Haggas 9 9.......................................................J Crowley 10 3 3-710 HEART POWER (D) I Mohammed 9 8........................T Queally 6 4 811-54 ZORAYA (C) P Cole 9 8 ............................................................ C Bishop H 9 5 2223-5 BUBBLE AND SQUEAK S Kirk 9 7 ......................................L Morris 3 6 231-8 FILLE DE REVE Ed Walker 9 7........................................P Cosgrave 1 7 6-1215 NO MORE THRILLS R Hannon 9 6.........................T Marquand 5 8 42267- DAYBREAK H Morrison 9 4........................................C Bennett (3) 2 9 01U-71 INDISCRETION (D) J Portman 9 3 ..................................R Hornby 8 10 743- ADMIRED Sir M Stoute 9 2 ........................................................P Dobbs 7 - 10 declared BETTING: 7-2 Admired, 4-1 Talaaqy, 13-2 Fille De Reve, 7-1 Bubble And Squeak, 8-1 Odyssa, 10-1 No More Thrills, Heart Power, 12-1 others. BRITISH STALLION STUDS EBF COCKED HAT STAKES (LISTED) (CLASS 1) 3YO £45,000 added 1m 3f 1 1 ASPETAR R Charlton 9 0 ..................................................K Shoemark 3 2 06-21 BILLY RAY M Channon 9 0.......................................................C Bishop 4 3 31-2 BOMBYX (BF) J Fanshawe 9 0 ........................................D Muscutt 6 4 31-3 HIGHBROW D M Simcock 9 0...................................... J P Spencer 5 5 6221-7 LYNWOOD GOLD M Johnston 9 0..................................J Fanning 7 6 51-1 MAIN STREET J Gosden 9 0....................................................L Dettori 2 7 118 PERFECT ILLUSION A Balding 9 0..........................R Hornby H 1 - 7 declared BETTING: 9-4 Highbrow, 5-2 Aspetar, 9-2 Main Street, 5-1 Lynwood Gold, 7-1 Bombyx, 20-1 Perfect Illusion, 25-1 Billy Ray. 2.35 3.10 3.45 FORM VERDICT BOMBYX marked himself as a horse to follow this year with two encouraging displays as a juvenile and the son of Sir Percy confirmed that promise by finishing second on his seasonal return at Newbury last month. Aspetar appears to be a well above-average performer based on his debut success and he cannot be discounted. Highbrow is another who brings strong form to the table and he looks sure to be in the mix. THAMES MATERIALS BULK EXCAVATIONS HANDICAP (CLASS 2) £25,000 added 6f SOLAR FLAIR (D) W Knight 6 10 0...............................J Crowley 4 PETTOCHSIDE (CD) J Bridger 9 9 11...................Hollie Doyle 6 GEORGE BOWEN (D) R Fahey 6 9 11(6ex).S Woods (5) V 1 RAUCOUS (D) R Cowell 5 9 6...............................J P Spencer C,T 3 SPARKALOT (D)(BF) S Dow 4 9 5......................................L Morris 5 OPEN WIDE (D) Mrs A Perrett 4 9 3 ................ M Dwyer B,H 2 LADY DANCEALOT (CD) D Elsworth 3 8 0.....Hayley Turner 7 - 7 declared BETTING: 2-1 George Bowen, 4-1 Sparkalot, 5-1 Open Wide, Pettochside, 7-1 Raucous, 12-1 Lady Dancealot, Solar Flair. THAMESMATERIALS.COM HANDICAP (CLASS 4) £11,600 added 2m 1 /00-33 SEAPORT S Durack 7 9 11.............................................J P Spencer T 4 2 31-671 UBER COOL J Chapple-Hyam 4 9 9................................L Dettori 1 3 733-17 MEDBURN CUTLER (D) P Hedger 8 9 9.............J Crowley C 2 4 35-342 GAVLAR (CD) W Knight 7 9 9.......................................... J Fanning 10 5 /6330- HIGH COMMAND (BF) G L Moore 5 9 8..................S W Kelly 7 6 2831/5 POINTEL J Fanshawe 5 9 8..................................................D Muscutt 8 7 1111-3 IMPHAL (CD) M Tregoning 4 9 8..................T Saunders (7) C 5 8 3519-0 ARTY CAMPBELL (D) B J Llewellyn 8 9 7 ............C Bishop 11 9 7/047- TREASURE THE RIDGE M Hill 9 8 12.................... M Dwyer B 6 10 5356-0 KING CALYPSO (D) D Coakley 7 8 5.................................L Morris 3 11 -33524 I’M A BELIEVER (BF) M Channon 4 8 5.....Hollie Doyle H 9 - 11 declared BETTING: 7-2 Uber Cool, 9-2 Imphal, 5-1 Gavlar, Seaport, 10-1 High Command, Pointel, Medburn Cutler, I’m A Believer, 20-1 others. 4.20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 68-479 130-81 0-8421 00-545 1-7113 153-22 37241- 4.55 PONTEFRACT GOOD TO FIRM EBF STALLIONS YOUNGSTERS CONDITIONS STAKES (PLUS 10) (CLASS 2) 2YO £25,000 added 6f 1 1 CELEBRITY DANCER (C) K Ryan 9 6..................................K Stott 4 2 1 NINETYTHREETWENTY R Fahey 9 6.....................P Hanagan 1 3 31 VICTORY COMMAND M Johnston 9 6............P J McDonald 2 4 3 THEGREATESTSHOWMAN Miss Amy Murphy 9 2....D Costello 3 5 LINCOLN PARK T Coyle 8 13.................................................A Mullen 5 - 5 declared BETTING: 2-1 Ninetythreetwenty, 9-4 Celebrity Dancer, 7-2 Victory Command, 4-1 Thegreatestshowman, 25-1 Lincoln Park. 7.30 FORM VERDICT CELEBRITY DANCER kept on strongly in the finish when making a winning debut over 5f here earlier in the month and this longer trip is expected to continue his improvement. Ninetythreetwenty was putting in his best work at the finish when striking over 5f at Doncaster first time out and is another for whom this extra furlong appear ideal. Mark Johnston has won the last two runnings of this contest and his Doncaster winner, Victory Command, gives him a viable chance of completing a hat-trick. Results service GOODWOOD Good to firm 1.30 1. MUTAWAFFER (J Crowley) 5-4 fav; 2. Shaybani 33-1; 3. Li Kui 4-1. 11 ran. 21/4l, 23/4l. (C Hills). Tote: £2.00; £1.10, £7.90, £1.80. Exacta: £53.20. Trifecta: £307.90. CSF: £62.88. NR: Memento. 2.00 1. LOVE DREAMS (P J McDonald) 9-4 fav; 2. Charles Molson 8-1; 3. Swift Approval 10-1. 8 ran. 21/4l, 31/2l. (M Johnston). Tote: £3.10; £1.50, £2.80, £2.60. Exacta: £20.40. Tricast: £147.49. Trifecta: £137.70. CSF: £19.99. NRs: Mostahel, Take The Helm. 2.35 1. CANBERRA CLIFFS (J Watson) 9-1; 2. Lady Bergamot 5-2 fav; 3. Twenty Times 12-1. 7 ran. nk, 1/2l. (G L Moore). Tote: £9.90; £3.60, £1.90. Exacta: £22.60. Tricast: £273.16. Trifecta: £241.50. CSF: £31.15. NR: Lorelina. 3.10 1. SING OUT LOUD (J Crowley) 9-2; 2. Legal History 20-1; 3. Soldiers Bay 10-1. 9 ran. 11-4 fav Rich Identity (5th). 1l, 2l. (G L Moore). Tote: £4.70; £2.00, £4.70, £2.60. Exacta: £96.10. Tricast: £843.38. Trifecta: £802.00. CSF: £85.51. NR: Martineo. 3.45 1. MAGNOLIA SPRINGS (C Bishop) 11-4; 2. Shaherezada 4-1; 3. Herecomesthesun 5-1. 6 ran. 2-1 fav Derrymore (6th). 23/4l, 11/4l. (Eve J-Houghton). Tote: £3.50; £2.10, £2.10. Exacta: £12.50. Trifecta: £40.20. CSF: £13.87. NR: Mrs Sippy. 4.20 1. HEART OF GRACE (James Doyle) 9-1; 2. Anasheed 7-2; 3. Bayshore Freeway 3-1. 10 ran. 7-4 fav Romantic Talk (4th). nk, 21/2l. (W Haggas). Tote: £7.60; £1.80, £1.40, £1.70. Exacta: £44.30. Trifecta: £142.90. CSF: £38.87. 4.55 1. GATHER (P Dobbs) 6-1; 2. Sacred Path 13-8 fav; 3. Leigh’s Law 16-1. 8 ran. 1l, nk. (Mrs A Perrett). Tote: £6.20; £2.00, £1.20, £4.10. Exacta: £18.40. Trifecta: £240.50. CSF: £16.61. NR: Hulcote. 5.30 1. OEIL DE TIGRE (Sophie Ralston) 2-1 fav; 2. Pour La Victoire 6-1; 3. Kinglami 12-1. 8 ran. 11/4l, 11/4l. (A Carroll). Tote: £3.00; £1.40, £1.80, £3.40. Exacta: £15.30. Tricast: £114.26. Trifecta: £55.10. CSF: £14.38. NR: Sea Shack. Jackpot: Not won, pool of £19,795.35 carried over. Placepot: £166.30. Quadpot: £50.60. Place 6: £86.80. Place 5: £57.83. Jelena Ostapenko tells Paul Newman about how she is preparing to defend her French Open title A sk most players whether they have watched a video of a past triumph and they will tell you they just do not have time. Jelena Ostapenko, who won the French Open here last year in one of the most remarkable upsets in the tournament’s history, is different. “I’ve maybe watched it ﬁve times,” the 20-year-old Latvian said with a smile. “Every time I watch it I’m like: ‘Oh, I played really well!’” This year’s French Open begins here on Sunday, with Ostapenko having packed in Ever since I started playing I’ve wanted to really go for it, to win points by myself and not just wait for my opponent to miss plenty of experience over the last 11 and a half months. She arrived in Paris last year having never won a match at Roland Garros and having never won a senior tour title. Ostapenko was the ﬁrst unseeded player to win the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Britain’s Peggy Scriven in 1933 and she won playing a remarkable style of tennis, going for her shots at every opportunity. Although she has won only one title since, in Seoul last September, Ostapenko has performed consistently at the Grand Slams, RUGBY UNION Fernandez Lobbe to captain Barbarians By Andrew Baldock Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe will mark the ﬁnal game of his outstanding rugby career by captaining the Barbarians. The former Argentina captain leads the Baa-baas in Sunday’s Twickenham clash against England. The 36-year-old bows out having won 71 Test caps, played in three World Cups and enjoyed European and domestic title successes with French club Toulon. Fernandez Lobbe (left) had a threeyear spell in the Premiership with Sale Sharks before joining Toulon in 2009. And he carved a reputation as a world-class back-row forward, performing with enviable consistency for club and country. NEWS 2-30 VOICES 12-16 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 57 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 Results Service ‘My mum is a great coach but it can be hard because she’s my mum too’ reaching the quarter-ﬁnals at Wimbledon and the third round at the US and Australia Opens. She is currently world No 5. There is a youthful exuberance about Ostapenko, who will turn 21 early next month. She still lives at home with her parents in the Latvian capital of Riga and is still coached by her mother. But at the end of last year her entourage was bolstered by the recruitment of David Taylor, who worked with Sam Stosur throughout his fellow Australian’s best years. Having done her pre-season training with Taylor as a trial, Ostapenko now has a longerterm deal with him. He will work with her for about 15 weeks of the year focusing on the Grand Slam tournaments. “My mum is a great coach but sometimes it’s hard because she’s my mum too,” Ostapenko said. “We needed someone else and he was available. We did some trial weeks, liked each other, and decided to work together.” Taylor will not be changing her attacking style. “Ever since I started playing I’ve wanted to really go for it,” Ostapenko said. “I really liked to win points by myself and not just wait for my opponent to miss. I think I was like that from the beginning. I don’t think you can teach those things.” Living at home means her best friend is still an old classmate. “She’s studying at medical school,” Ostapenko said. “I’m really good friends with her and some other Jelena Ostapenko still lives with her parents in Riga but admits her life has ‘changed a lot’ since her triumph in Paris a year ago GETTY people I went to school with, plus some Latvian tennis friends who played with me in juniors. There are a couple of girls I’ve known since we were 10 and played together in summer camps. “That hasn’t changed since I became a big name in my country. I think old friends, those who have been with you in your tough moments, they’re your best friends.” Ostapenko has, nevertheless, become quite a celebrity in Lavtia. “Of course it’s changed a lot, especially after I won the French Open and became a top 10 player,” she said. “If I go to walk in the city people often recognise me and ask me for some photos. For most of the time that’s nice, but there are times when you would like some privacy. It’s very difﬁcult because the country is quite small and we don’t have many famous people.” Ostapenko said she had not been tempted to move to Monte Carlo or the Middle East or any of the other havens for tennis players seeking warming weather or lower taxes or both. “I really love Riga,” she said. “I’m so used to it and it’s a beautiful city. You have everything you need there. There’s usually never any problem with the trafﬁc. Everything in Riga is quite close, but at the same time the city’s not that small.” Ostapenko has trained for the last 10 years at the same club. The only difference now is that the outside courts have been named after her and a cabinet inside the clubhouse displays her French Open trophy. Her post-Roland Garros celebrations included breakfast with Latvia’s president the following week and she further cemented her place in her compatriots’ hearts by leading the way in a historic Fed Cup victory last month as Latvia (population 1.9 million) beat Russia (population 144 million) for the ﬁrst time to secure a place in the World Group for the ﬁrst time. Remarkably, Latvia has two top 20 players in Ostapenko and 28-year-old Anastasija Sevastova. “After my French Open win, I think our Fed Cup win has been the biggest story in Latvian tennis in the last year,” Ostapenko said. “To beat a country like Russia, which produces so many top players, is a great achievement for Latvian tennis.” Ostapenko lists hard and grass courts as her favourite surfaces, but that may change. “The clay at the French Open is different to everywhere else because it’s very fast,” she said. “But now after we beat Russia on clay as well maybe it will become my favourite surface.” THE INDEPENDENT Lomax leads the way for dominant St Helens Super League leaders St Helens produced an eight-try masterclass to inﬂict a third comprehensive defeat of the season on Castleford. Hammered 46-6 in the opening game in February and knocked out of the Challenge Cup a fortnight ago, the Tigers succumbed 40-18 in their latest meeting and have conceded 122 points to Saints this year. Full- GOLF BMW CHAMPIONSHIP, Wentworth Club, Surrey, First round: 65 L Bjerregaard (Den); 66 D Burmester (SA); D Fichardt (SA); 67 R Bland; R McIlroy; S Horsfield; M Fitzpatrick; 68 K Aphibarnrat (Thai); L Jensen (Den); M Korhonen (Fin); C Paisley; N Bertasio (It); B Dredge; 69 R Ramsay; M Kieffer (Ger); C Ford; A Noren (Swe); B Grace (SA); M Southgate; G Fernandez-Castano (Sp); T Jaidee (Thai); H Tanihara (Jp); J Morrison; R Rock; S Gros (Fr); T Olesen (Den); S Lowry; F Zanotti (Par); 70 F Molinari (It); D Brooks; R Fox (NZ); M Kaymer (Ger); A Dodt (Aus); A Saddier (Fr); A Levy (Fr); T Fleetwood; D Lipsky (US); E Van Rooyen (SA); B Hebert (Fr); L Westwood. RUGBY LEAGUE BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE Castleford (4)....... 18 St Helens (22) ........40 Castleford: Tries: McMeeken, Hitchcox, Trueman, Holmes. Goals: Ellis. St Helens: Tries: Amor, Barba, Lomax, Peyroux, Morgan (2), Fages (2). Goals: Richardson (4). P W D L F A Pts St Helens 16 14 0 2 532 200 28 Wigan 14 12 0 2 415 186 24 Warrington 15 10 0 5 329 251 20 Hull 15 9 0 6 374 307 18 Castleford 14 9 0 5 296 278 18 Leeds 14 7 1 6 262 272 15 Wakefield 14 6 0 8 288 291 12 Salford 15 5 0 10 238 344 10 Huddersfield 15 4 1 10 221 457 9 Catalans Drg 14 4 0 10 205 357 8 Widnes 14 3 0 11 257 353 6 Hull K R 14 3 0 11 255 376 6 TENNIS FRENCH OPEN ROLAND GARROS PARIS FRANCE, Selected - Men’s Draw (seedings in brackets): R Nadal (Spa) (1) v A Dolgopolov (Ukr), J Sock (USA) (14) v QUALIFIER, D Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) (11) v C Hemery (Fra), P Lorenzi (Ita) v K Anderson (Rsa) (6), M Cilic (Cro) (3) v J Duckworth (Aus), F Fognini (Ita) (18) v P Andujar (Spa), A De Minaur (Aus) v K Edmund (Gbr) (16), J Isner (USA) (9) v N Rubin (USA), J Chardy (Fra) v T Berdych (Cze) (17), N Mahut (Fra) v J M Del Potro (Arg) (5), D Goffin (Bel) (8) v R Haase (Ned), P Carreno-Busta (Spa) (10) v QUALIFIER, R Bautista Agut (Spa) (13) v D Istomin (Uzb), N Djokovic (Ser) (20) v QUALIFIER, V Troicki (Ser) v G Dimitrov (Bul) (4), DThiem (Aut) (7) v QUALIFIER, K Nishikori (Jpn) (19) v Maxime Janvier (Fra), F Tiafoe (USA) v S Querrey (USA) (12), L Pouille (Fra) (15) v A Medvedev (Ukr), G GarciaLopez (Spa) v Stan Wawrinka (Swi) (23), R Berankis (Lit) v A Zverev (Ger) (2), P Gojowczyk (Ger) v C Norrie (Gbr). Women’s Draw (seedings in brackets): Simona Halep (Rom) (1) v Alison Riske (USA), H Watson (Gbr) v Oceane Dodin (Fra), V Lepchenko (USA) v E Mertens (Bel) (16), A Kerber (Ger) (12) v M Barthel (Ger), A Sabalenka (Blr) v K Bertens (Ned) (18), S Zhang (Chn) (27) v K Kucova (Svk), Y-Y Duan (Chn) v C Garcia (Fra) (7), G Muguruza (Spa) (3) v S Kuznetsova (Rus), M Rybarikova (Svk) (19) v L Kumkhum (Tha), L Siegemund (Ger) v C Vandeweghe (USA) (15), K Pliskova (Cze) v S Williams (USA), N Vikhlyantseva (Rus) v A Barty (Aus) (17), K Pliskova (Cze) (6) v QUALIFIER, J Ostapenko (Lat) (5) v K Kozlova (Ukr), K Siniakova (Cze) v V Azarenka (Blr), Q Wang (Chn) v V Williams (USA) (9), M Keys (USA) (13) v S Vickery (USA), A Tomljanovic (Aus) v E Svitolina (Ukr) (4), P Kvitova (Cze) (8) v V Cepede Royg (Par), A Sevastova (Lat) (20) v QUALIFIER, S Stephens (USA) (10) v QUALIFIER, D Kasatkina (Rus) (14) v K Kanepi (Est), D Collins (USA) v C Wozniacki (Den) (2). FRENCH OPEN Q’FYING, Roland Garros, Paris, Women, 2nd rd: M Duque-Marino (Colombia) bt G Taylor (GB) 6-4 6-4. ATP BANQUE ERIC STURDZA GENEVA OPEN, SWITZERLAND: Men’s Quarterfinals: (6) S JOHNSON (US) bt G Pella (Arg) 6-3 6-4; M Fucsovics (Hun) bt (3) S WAWRINKA (Swit) 6-4 6-0; P Gojowczyk (Ger) bt (7) A SEPPI (It) 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3; (2) F FOGNINI (It) bt T Sandgren (US) 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5). ATP OPEN PARC AUVERGNE-RHONEALPES LYON, LYON, FRANCE: Men’s Singles Quarter-finals: G Garcia-Lopez (Sp) leads (1) D THIEM (Aut) 7-6 (7-4) 6-6; D Lajovic (Serb) bt T Harry Fritz (US) 7-5 6-1; G Simon (Fr) bt M Kukushkin (Kaz) 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5); C NORRIE (GB) bt (2) J ISNER (US) 7-6 (7-1) 6-4. WTA NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP, GERMANY: Women’s Quarterfinal: J Larsson (Swe) bt K Pliskova (Cz Rep) 5-7 7-5 6-4. PLAYING TODAY CRICKET FIRST TEST MATCH—SECOND DAY OF FIVE: England v Pakistan (Lord’s, 11.00am). ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP - GROUP A: Derbyshire v Leicestershire (Derby, 11.00am). Durham v Worcestershire (Emirates Riverside, 11.00am). Lancashire v Warwickshire (Blackpool, 11.00am). Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire (Emerald Headingley, 11.00am). GROUP B: Essex v Somerset (Chelmsford, 4.30pm). Gloucestershire v Hampshire (Bristol, 4.30pm). Kent v Glamorgan (Canterbury, 11.00am). Sussex v Middlesex (Hove, 11.00am). IPL—Q’fier 2: Kolkata: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders (2.30). CYCLING GIRO D’ITALIA (Italy). GOLF FORT WORTH INVITATIONAL (Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas). BMW CHAMPIONSHIP (Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey). LPGA VOLVIK CH’SHIP (Michigan). RUGBY LEAGUE SUPER LEAGUE (8.0): Hull K R v Wigan, Salford v Huddersfield, Warrington v Hull (7.45), Widnes v Wakefield. Puzzle solutions 6 x 8 3 x 2 + 1 4 x + - + x 7 17 BASH 5 240 6 + - 9 -3 + 4 9 + 11 GULL BASE GULF BANE GOLF BANG GOLD GANG GOOD GONG FOOD 8 5 x x x + 10 5 1 3 44 x - + 4 7 2 x 2 2 22 26 ZYGOLEX LEFT TO RIGHT: leo; ﬂag; three; smog; trio; ﬂog; trim; whim; whip; prune; ship; june; shop; prude; liner 5-CLUE CROSSWORD RUGBY LEAGUE Fernandez Lobbe said: “It’s a real honour to lead the Barbarians. Since I was a kid I’ve been watching them play, and to me they represent the purest values of rugby. “Playing England is a massive challenge as they are a top nation, but we have the sort of players here who love that kind of challenge. “It’s my last game ever, but I’m OK and at peace. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and this last year I’ve enjoyed every minute.” CYCLING GIRO D’ITALIA, stage 18 (Abbiategrasso to Prato Nevoso 196 km): 1 M Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 4hrs 55mins 42secs, 2 R Plaza (Sp) Israel Cycling Academy at 10s, 3 M Cattaneo (It) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec at 16s. Also: 12 D Pozzovivo (It) BahrainMeridaat +11m 03s, 13 T Dumoulin (Neth) Team Sunweb, 14 C Froome (GB) Team Sky both at same time, 20 S Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott +11-23. Overall: 1 S Yates 75hrs 06mins 24secs, 2 Dumoulin+28s, 3 Pozzovivo +2-43; 4 Froome +3-22. Across: 1 Fat-was<, 3 Du-LC-et, 4 S(i)n-at-Ch. Down: 1 Find-US, 2 St.-itch WORD WHEEL back Ben Barba, (left) who is Super NINE-LETTER WORD perceived League’s top tryscorer, was inevi- OTHER WORDS deceive, deceiver, deprive, derive, tably among the scorers but he was device, dive, diver, drive, eve, ever, perceive, receive, over-shadowed by the man wearing received, reeve, veer, veered, vice, vie, vied, viper number one, Jonny Lomax. Playing at stand-off, Lomax stood YESTERDAY’S CODEWORD 2017 out by scoring one try and creating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 three others in a man-of-the-match Q J P E S R M Y G L T W I performance as Saints emphasised 14H 15N 16D 17U 18B 19V 20K 21A 22C 23O 24Z 25F 26X their superiority. 58 SPORT GOLF FORMULA ONE Trigger-happy snapper mars McIlroy’s return to form at Wentworth By Phil Casey AT WENTWORTH par by Ryder Cup team-mate Matt Fitzpatrick and fellow Englishman Former champion Rory McIlroy Richard Bland, whose effort was found the spark he was looking for witnessed by his brother Heath as with his best ever opening round in he recovers from a life-threatening the BMW PGA Championship, de- illness which saw him placed in an spite a ﬁnal hole which was far from induced coma for a month at the picture perfect. end of last year. McIlroy was distracted by a Bland, who is seeking a ﬁrst Eutrigger-happy photographer on ropean Tour title at the 433rd athis second shot to the par-ﬁve 18th tempt, said: “It’s going to take some at Wentworth and needed a lucky more time but he’s on the road to bounce off a tree to avoid going out recovery. We were a close famof bounds. ily anyway but this has brought us If looks could kill the photogra- even closer. pher would have been in jeopardy “He thought he had the flu and – “I wouldn’t say dead,” McIlwas just feeling a bit rough, roy joked afterwards – but it turned out he had and after almost holing a virus which stopped the resulting pitch for his heart and they an eagle, McIlroy’s had to put him in an mood was hardly induced coma. It Rory McIlroy shot improved by missing knocked us for six, 67 – one better than from three feet for a especially as it was the opening round birdie. over Christmas. on his way to victory However, a five“I’m certainly not in 2014 under-par 67 was still going to make excuses one shot better than he for my golf [he has missed managed in the ﬁrst round ﬁve straight cuts] but it was on his way to victory in 2014, with not easy, especially at the start of Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard set- the year, but it certainly puts things ting the clubhouse target on seven into perspective. Even though I’ve under, a shot ahead of the South Af- had a tough time on the course, it’s rican duo of Dean Burmester and really not that bad.” Darren Fichardt. Fitzpatrick admitted he is en“It’s a tough enough golf shot joying the comforts of home after without something going off at the spending much of the season on the top of your swing, but it happens,” PGA Tour, but knows the pressure McIlroy said of the incident on the is now on to secure a second consec18th, for which he received a swift utive Ryder Cup appearance. apology from the photographer. Points earned from now on are “It’s ﬁne. I’m sure he didn’t mean to multiplied by 1.5 and the 23-year-old do it. from Shefﬁeld, who is just outside “I’m frustrated I couldn’t get a the automatic qualifying places, birdie or two out of the last couple said: “That makes it a little bit exof holes, but overall it’s a really good citing. I think it will be interesting start. I played a lot better than I come the end of all the points to see have done the last couple of weeks. what the team is. “I saw some good shots out there, “If you throw in one or two unlikebetter drives, and putted well for ly winners it could skew things a litthe most part. If I can just do more tle bit. It probably puts pressure on of the same over the next three days, the boys that are kind of expected to I should have a decent chance.” make the team because they’ve got McIlroy was joined on ﬁve under to play well.” ‘Grotesque’ amount of money is delaying Hamilton talks: Horner By Philip Duncan IN MONACO Lewis Hamilton’s failure to put pen-to-paper on a new Mercedes contract is due to the “grotesque” amount of money involved, rival team boss Christian Horner has claimed. The Briton, 33, is yet to sign on the dotted line of a new deal estimatedtobeworthupto£40million a year. It is proving an unwelcome distraction for Mercedes. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff emphasised again in Monaco that contract talks are a “work in progress” and that he is conﬁdent Hamilton will extend his stay beyond the end of this season. However, Horner – whose Red Bull drivers set the pace in practice for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix – believes cash is the contributing factor to the hold-up. “I imagine that a delay can only involve money,” Horner, the Red Bull team principal, said. “I should think it is such a grotesque amount of money that Toto’s talking about it is probably what’s making his and [Mercedes’ nonexecutive chairman] Niki Lauda’s eyes water at the moment. “Lewis has got an expensive lifestyle.” 67 CYCLING Yates’s Giro lead slashed in half after summit stutter By Matt Butler Richard Bland shot 67 in his opening round, watched by his brother who has recovered from a life-threatening illness GETTY Simon Yates’s grip on the Giro d’Italia loosened after his lead was halved by the defending champion, Tom Dumoulin. The 25-year-old Briton’s ride to Rome was looking more than likely to ﬁnish with him in the leader’s pink jersey – especially after Tuesday’s positive time trial result – but yesterday he cracked for the ﬁrst time in the race, to allow his rivals a shaft of hope. Yates’s stutter came on the climb to the summit ﬁnish at Prato Nevoso. Dumoulin followed an attack from Team Sky’s Chris Froome inside the final two kilometres of the 196km stage from Abbiategrasso. Team Sunweb’s Dumoulin took 28 seconds out of Mitchelton-Scott’s Yates, halving his advantage in the leader’s jersey. Up ahead, Quick-Step Floors’ Maximilian Schachmann (below) beat veteran Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) to the line, with the trio emerging from a 12-man breakaway which hit the ﬁnal climb with an advantage of 16 minutes over the peloton. This was the ﬁrst time Yates has appeared to be in any trouble since taking the pink jersey on stage six. He had survived what was seen as his main test, emerging from Tuesday’s time trial with a 56-second advantage over Dumoulin and what appeared to be favourable terrain still to come. But the sight of him being distanced on this long climb to the ﬁnish will give his rivals hope ahead of two mountainous days to come today and tomorrow before Sunday’s traditional procession and sprint in Rome. Dumoulin had been the first to make a move but Yates was able to hold his wheel. It was when Froome, initially distanced, caught back up and then pushed again that Dumoulin and thirdplaced Domenico Pozzovivo followed but Yates fell behind. “I didn’t have great legs so I did the best I could and that’s it,” Yates said. “I’m still in front so it’s all good.” Dumoulin remains in second, with Pozzovivo two minutes and 38 seconds further back in third and Froome still fourth but closing to within three minutes 22 seconds of the lead. Dumoulin played down the signiﬁcance of his gains after the race. “At NEWS 2-30 VOICES 12-16 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 59 FOOTBALL Max Verstappen, pictured, was second fastest in practice, behind his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Lewis Hamilton was fourth, behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel GETTY 2km to go, I tried to see what was possible. Then Froome attacked, and I suddenly found out he [Yates] was dropped, and that was nice,” the Dutchman said. Of course it’s a good day but I know the coming two days are going to be different and much harder than today, so we’ll just have to see.” Froome’s attack also saw him pick up time on the pink jersey but with Pozzovivo part of the move he remains 39 seconds behind Pozzovivo in the ﬁnal podium spot. Schachmann’s win is a ﬁfth of the race for the Quick-Step Floors team, for whom Elia Viviani has taken four victories in sprint ﬁnishes to lead the points classiﬁcation. The German rider said: “I feel amazing. It’s great to win a stage on my ﬁrst Grand Tour. I think everyone here agrees it’s a really hard Giro, which makes it even nicer to be on top here. Of course, I am going to help Viviani as much as possible. It doesn’t matter who wins in our team.” Today’s stage ends with another summit ﬁnish, following a 185km ride from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia. World Cup duty brings mixed feelings for family man Delph Surprise England call up means City utility player may miss birth of his third baby. Sam Cunningham reports I n the summers between football seasons, Fabian Delph prefers to switch off from football, let his young daughters paint his nails pink and put angel wings on his head. His wife, Natalie, and daughters Sophia and Aleya couldn’t care less about the game and given how much commitment he puts into the season, almost to the point of family neglect, he prefers to give them all his attention. Delph is an incredibly family-orientated person — he has, in his own words, “literally three friends” — and not giving them his undivided attention for the other nine months of the year is hard. So this summer, having been one of the less expected call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad, the girls are, understandably, gutted he won’t be around. Whose nails can they paint, now? Family matters are complicated further by a baby due on 30 June, two days after England play Belgium in their ﬁnal group game. He is as yet unsure if he’ll be able to make it back for the birth. “We’re not 100 per cent certain,” he says. “There might be an opportunity to ﬂy back and then get back fast.” Who knows, England could be out by then. Delph has discussed the impending birth with Southgate, who has been hugely supportive. “There’s nothing more important than family to me, as you’ve probably gathered family always comes ﬁrst and always will. If I do have the opportunity to get back I will, but if not she’s tough, she’s a Yorkshire lass, she’ll deal with it.” “They all hate football. They couldn’t care less. My daughters are absolutely devastated I’m going to be away. But the missus is buzzing! She was thinking about doing a back ﬂip! They’re great and I’d probably prefer it to be like that. I ﬁnish a game and whether I played well or didn’t, I can switch off. GETTY “It’s hard to watch it with my family, but I honestly I try my hardest once the season’s over [to ignore it], because I put absolutely everything into what I do daily, 100 per cent, once the season’s ﬁnished I try my hardest to switch off. “I watched snippets of [the last World Cup]. It’s like an agreement I have with my missus and kids – no football. I’m very very intense, I train extremely hard and, I don’t neglect them, but there’s times when I can’t do as much with them because I need to make sure my preparation is spot on. “I’ve literally got no outside distractions. I’m a family man. I’ve got about three friends. I’m a very family orientated person. If you think about what goes on outside of your bubble it could drive you mental, couldn’t it?” Delph, 28, is Yorkshire throughand-through. He met Natalie through a team-mate at Leeds United in his younger playing days. “There’s only Yorkshire tea bags in my house,” he declares, although he forgot them for the trip to St George’s Park to meet up with his England team-mates, prompting a There’s nothing more important than family. My daughters are devastated I’m going to be away Vardy focused on England despite Atletico rumours By James Olley Simon Yates (in pink) follows Tom Dumoulin during yesterday’s stage ‘I’ve got about three friends’ admits devoted family man Fabian Delph Jamie Vardy yesterday admitted a move to Arsenal played on his mind during Euro 2016 and is now targeting a World Cup free of disruption this summer. He said: “It wasn’t an irritation. There was just a lot of time when we were in our rooms to think about it. It wasn’t something you could just put to the back of your mind. Vardy was recently linked with a move to Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone eyes up a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to move to Barcelona. But the striker insists he is now only focused on a successful spell in Russia. “The boss has picked a lot of players who are in form and rightly so,” he said. “They deserve to have their call up and he is going for it. It is a young squad, anything can happen and everyone wants to be going out there in our heads thinking we can win it. call from Natalie. He won’t forget them for Russia. Delph’s accent is so thick that Manchester City manger Pep Guardiola often cannot understand him. “He’s always saying ‘pardon?’ or ‘what?’ There are a few Yorkies in t’squad, but they’re posh Yorkshiremen them, like John Stones. He’s neglected his roots. I’m Bradford – ’tis reet proper there.” The midﬁelder came “so close” to leaving for Stoke City last summer, so he could easily have been going through relegation, facing the Championship come August, rather than with a Premier League and League Cup winners’ medal for his cabinet and a late decision for Southgate. When players talk about putting the team ﬁrst and themselves last it often comes across as some spiel they learnt at PR school, but not with Delph. He was aware he was unlikely to play much for City last summer, but was determined to stay and plug away. Sure enough, full-back Benjamin Mendy was ruled out injured so the versatile central midﬁelder turned left-back, where he often trains, and made a place for himself in Guardiola’s star-studded side. It is almost sad to hear him admit that with Mendy in the side it would’ve been a “more exciting” style of player in that position. “I’m a team player and I think the manager values people like me, who pretty much put themselves last and put the team ﬁrst,” Delph says. “I knew that if I kept working and kept putting in a shift daily, that if there was an opportunity I would get to play and prove that I could play with that bunch of players, and that I would be able to prove myself. Luckily I managed to do that.” Unfortunately for Sophia and Aleya, it also means there will be no daddy around to practice their nail painting for the majority of the summer. Vardy’s incredible rise – he was playing non-league football in 2012 – is being turned into a ﬁlm entitled Fearless, although its release has been delayed. He hopes those involved can add a World Cup to his Premier League winners’ medal from 2016. “I’m not really sure [what the hold up is] but I do know it is happening,” he said. “That’s just down to the directors and the scriptwriters. “The waiting is nothing down to me. They know what they want and if this is what they are waiting for — a fairytale ending — then so be it.” EVENING STANDARD 60 SPORT Football CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL Henry takes joy in leading Liverpool back to the top By Rob Harris IN KIEV Preparing for the pride and angst of watching Liverpool contest the biggest game in club football, John Henry is ready to take stock of the fraught, eight-year journey as owner. The perilous plight of the club he inherited; the early mistakes as the Boston Red Sox ownership group found its feet in football; the challenge of restoring the team to the pinnacle of the European game. And the toughest decisions of them all: reluctantly selling players adored by fans. “Maybe it’s because I’m an American, but I have a difﬁcult time understanding why anyone would want to leave Liverpool,” Henry says. “The club is so rich in history and tradition, supported by so many millions around the world, in virtually every country of the world.” That global standing wasn’t enough to prevent Barcelona twice in the past four years tempting Liverpool’s star forwards, paying around £210m for Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho. “You don’t want to be in the position where players want to go somewhere else, even if it is a great club like Barcelona,” Henry says. “It’s hard to understand why players would want to go to a league where the competition is so weak. They must play 30 or so meaningless matches per year waiting for Champions League matches.” When the ﬁnal of the Champions League is played tomorrow, it will be Liverpool taking on Real Madrid in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium. For Coutinho and Suárez, the Champions League ended in the quarterfinals. “They’ll be watching this weekend and could have been playing,” Henry says. The squabbling and financial strife of the previous American owners – Tom Hicks and George Gillett WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE reinvested in paying £35m for an unproven Andy Carroll, who was blighted by injuries. “Football isn’t easy,” Henry says, “and building from that squad, if you remember that squad, took a lot of time.” While fan unrest was dissipated with the return of an Anﬁeld hero as manager, Kenny Dalglish was only a short-term ﬁx. Unity had been restored but it took Brendan Rodgers to come within touching distance of winning the Premier League in 2014. Rodgers was fired in October 2015, but FSG was working behind the scenes to create an appealing environment to attract Jürgen Klopp. “It took Michael Edwards winning more and more of the battles internally to get us to the point John Henry has revitalised Liverpool that when we met with Jürgen,” since taking over the club in 2010 Henry says. “He [Klopp] has done a tremendous job getting us into this Jr – left Liverpool facing not just position. He has been just as effecrelegation from the Premier League tive in inspiring not just our players but bankruptcy in 2010. It took a but everyone who loves this club. He court battle instigated by the Royal is an inspired, natural leader who is Bank of Scotland in the midst of a sensitive to what some might see as global financial crisis for Henry’s small things, but are very important Fenway Sports Group to be able to over the long term.” wrest control of the club. For all the mistakes Henry acIn the heat of the knowledges have been October 2010 Merseyside made at Liverpool, deciM aybe it’s derby – Henry’s ﬁrst game sions can bring unexpectas principal owner – the because I’m edly fruitful consequences. hazardous state of his new American, None more so than the asset was brought home but I can’t £34m deal to sign Moby taunts from Everton understand hamed Salah from Roma fans. Relegation was loomlast year. After struggling why anyone ing after a 2-0 loss left Livto make an impact at his erpool off the bottom of would want ﬁrst Premier League club the Premier League only to leave – Chelsea – the Egypt foron goal difference. ward has been the revelaLiverpool “ Evert oni ans we re tion of the season, netting chanting ‘You’re going 44 goals in 51 games. down’,” Henry recalls. “We were 19th Henry says: “It is highly signifiat the time, but we managed to stay cant for a global club with a particuup despite a lot of early mistakes.” lar set of values to have a huge star Such as when then-director of who personiﬁes what can be accomfootball Damien Comolli oversaw plished with unity rather than the the £50m generated by selling Fern- divisions among people we see so ando Torres to Chelsea in 2011 being often these days.” Mané turning home village red for big night By Mark Critchley If Sadio Mané walks off the pitch in Kiev tomorrow night as a Champions League winner, at some point during a long night of celebrations, his thoughts will turn back to his home village of Bambali in south Senegal. Mané has sent 300 Liverpool shirts to his place of birth so that those he grew up with can watch him and his team-mates take on Real Madrid while sporting the same shade of red. It was there too that the winger, one third of the devastating front three that has brought Jürgen Klopp’s side to Kiev, remembers watching Liverpool’s last European Cup triumph back in 2005. Mané was a Barcelona fan then and so a neutral observer on the night but his Liverpool-supporting friend Youssouph Diatta was watching with him – for the first half, at least. “I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and at 3-0 down he was completely out,” Mané recalls, taking up the story. “He stopped watching until the end and ran like crazy to get away. Then he came back at the end and he could not believe. Even to this day he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won!” Mané (right) and Diatta still speak regularly. “He asked me that this time, do not be 3-0 down,” the winger says. “If you had said then I would be playing in the final I would say it is something incredible in my life. Hopefully we are going to win.” While Mané is in Kiev, Diatta will be watching back in Senegal, cheering on his childhood friend, as will many of Mané’s relatives in Bambali. “My family still live in the village. They are all going to be watching,” he says. “Nobody in the village will work this day! I will be going back in the summer and hopefully I will be showing a [winner’s] medal.” The 26-year-old believes it would be a stretch to claim that ‘the world’ wants Liverpool to win but he does believe their cavalier approach and status as underdogs will endear them to many. “Maybe everyone who is not a Real Madrid, Everton, Man United and Man City fan,” he suggests. “I think everyone else would like to see Liverpool win the trophy. It would be good for football.” Lyon conquer Europe again after dramatic extra-time fightback WOLFSBURG Harder 93 1 LYON Henry 98, Le Sommer 99, Hegerberg 103, Abily 116 (aet: FT: 0-0) 4 Lyon lifted the Women’s Champions League trophy for a record-breaking ﬁfth time by beating Wolfsburg 4-1 after extratime in the ﬁnal in Kiev. The French club hit back after Pernille Harder had given Wolfsburg the lead early in the ﬁrst period of extra-time with goals from Amandine Henry, Eugenie Le Sommer, Ada Hegerberg and Camille Abily. England’s former Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze won her ﬁrst Champions League winners’ medal, asLes Lyonnaises celebrated another triumph. Wolfsburg were reduced to 10 women two minutes after NEWS 2-30 VOICES 12-16 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 MANCHESTER UNITED Lyon’s players celebrate after winning the Women’s Champions League REUTERS CHELSEA Mourinho closes in on £50m Fred to add muscle to midfield By Miguel Delaney and Oliver Young-Miles Manchester United are close to agreeing the signing of Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk, as the club hope to get much of Jose Mourinho’s transfer plan completed before the World Cup. The deal for Fred is very close, with United set to agree a deal of just under £50m. With Michael Carrick retiring and Marouane Fellaini seemingly on his way out too, Mourinho required a new central midﬁelder, hence the interest in Fred. Interestingly, though, Fred is neither a deep-lying playmaker in the Carrick mould nor does he offer the niche target man qualities that Fellaini does. Instead, he is an all-action midfield powerhouse who is strong in the tackle, resourceful on the ball and able to move his team up the pitch through lung-busting runs forward. In many ways Fred (above) is quite similar to Paul Pogba. Both players possess pretty complete skill sets that you’d typically expect from a central midﬁelder. They can tackle, pass, dribble and score the odd goal, but there are differences in their styles. Pogba plays with more finesse and is a flashier player, capable of producing magical moments. Fred, meanwhile, is more of a powerhouse, who looks to commit opposition midﬁelders through driving runs upﬁeld. The most likely scenario if Fred signs for United will be Pogba lining up in his favoured left-sided central midﬁeld role with Fred on the right and Nemanja Matic sitting in between them. From Internacional to Shakhtar to Manchester United with international recognition from Brazil sprinkled in for good measure. Fred’s career has been pretty successful thus far. It hasn’t all been completely plain sailing for the 25-year-old, though. In 2015, he tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide while representing Brazil in the Copa America. A deal for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is looking increasingly unlikely, however, due to a series of complications. That will lead Mourinho to assess other midﬁeld options, as the area is one of hid priorities for this summer, especially if – as expected now – Marouane Fellaini leaves for Milan on a free transfer. The club had been hopeful of adding Milinkovic-Savic, but Lazio are said to want a “ridiculous fee” – around £80m – amid a host of other technical and contractual complications. THE INDEPENDENT SWANSEA CITY Swans hope Potter will bring overseas success back home By Ed Malyon Harder’s low long-range effort in the second period as Wolfsburg had given them the lead in the visibly tired, with Abily brilliantly 93rd minute. converting their fourth goal after Striker Alexandra Popp was a sweeping counter-attack. shown a second yellow card The French outﬁt, who for her challenge on extended their unbeaten Delphine Cascarino, run in all competitions and Lyon midﬁelder to 41 consecutive Henry lashed home games, became the equaliser two the ﬁrst women’s minutes later. team to lift three Wolfsburg took Lyon turned the consecutive the lead in the 93rd game on its head European minute, then had a player sent off within 60 seconds Champions League before conceding when Le Sommer titles. Having four goals turned home Shanice knocked out English van de Sanden’s cross side Manchester City and Hegerberg converted in the semi-ﬁnals, Lyon their third from close range at the deserved their victory over the end of the ﬁrst period. 120 minutes. In what was a repeat It was Hegerberg’s 15th goal in of the 2013 and 2016 ﬁnals, Lyon the tournament – a new record – were appearing in their seventh and Lyon threatened to run amok ﬁnal in nine seasons. 93 61 Swansea City are expected to announce the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager next week, with the Englishman set to end his incredible run with Ostersunds by taking charge one ﬁnal time this weekend. The Swedish league takes a monthlong break for the World Cup after the next round of fixtures and it is seen as the perfect time for Potter to end his successful spell with the team from remote northern Sweden. Potter took Ostersunds on a historic Europa League run this season, and was the last British coach left in continental competition before his team would eventually succumb to Arsenal in the last-32 stage. Swansea parted company with Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal earlier this month after their late-season dip consigned them to Premier League relegation. The majority owners of the club, American duo Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, are keen to rediscover some of Swansea’s identity and ﬁnd stability after cycling through a number of managers in recent seasons as they desperately tried to stay Swansea are expected to appoint Graham Potter early next week aﬂoat in the top ﬂight. Potter has little experience in the upper reaches of the EFL but has enjoyed signiﬁcant success abroad and the Swans are conﬁdent that this will translate back to British football. Swansea must now agree compensation with Ostersunds but sources with understanding of negotiations do not expect this to be an obstacle to the appointment, which is likely to be announced on Monday or Tuesday. THE INDEPENDENT Maurizio Sarri has his eye on the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge Sarri stands by as Conte waits to learn his fate By Simon Johnson Maurizio Sarri is waiting anxiously to see if Chelsea make him an offer to replace Antonio Conte as manager. Sarri was left stunned on Wednesday after being effectively sacked by Napoli and seeing ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti installed at the helm. The situation is all the more confusing because Napoli claim the 59-year-old is still under contract and the £7million release clause, which is in his deal and expires at the end of the month, remains in place. With Chelsea’s managerial situation unclear, three clubs have moved to sign striker Alvaro Morata after only one season at Stamford Bridge. Sarri has already been offered a contract by Zenit St Petersburg but his preference is to move to Stamford Bridge. It has been reported in Italy that Sarri’s agent, Alessandro Pellegrini, is ﬂying to London to meet Chelsea for talks. But the Blues have yet to dismiss Conte. The Italian, who has one year left on his deal, will be paid his weekly salary in compensation until he ﬁnds another job if he is ﬁred. Sarri has impressed the Chelsea hierarchy with his style of play at Napoli, whom he led to second place in Serie A. However, he is renowned for having a ﬁery personality, which has led him to fall out with Napoli chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis. That, along with not wanting to pay his release clause, are the reasons why Chelsea are hesitating. Conte’s relationship with the board became increasingly tense over the past 12 months, as he complained about the club’s transfer business. De Laurentiis broke the news that Sarri’s reign at Napoli was over on his Twitter account. He wrote: “I’d like to thank Sarri for his valuable contribution to Napoli. He brought joy and prestige to Naples and Napoli fans with an entertaining brand of football.” EVENING STANDARD 62 Cricket FIRST TEST Sport England fall flat again as Pakistan take charge ENGLAND Cook 70; Abbas 4-23, Hasan 4-51 PAKISTAN Sohail 21* 25.05.18 P56-57 TENNIS Success hasn’t changed me, says Ostapenko as she returns to Paris P60 FOOTBALL Mané remembers his roots while preparing for final showdown The Sport Matrix The stories you need to know 184 50-1 By Chris Stocks AT LORD’S Lord’s scoreboard Pakistan are trailing England by 134 runs with 9 first-innings wickets in hand England won toss ENGLAND — First Innings Runs 6s 4s Bls Min A N Cook b Amir 70 0 14 148 222 M D Stoneman b Abbas 4 0 1 12 17 *J E Root c Ahmed b Hasan Ali 4 0 0 24 45 D J Malan c Ahmed b Hasan Ali 6 0 1 3 8 †J M Bairstow b Ashraf 27 0 4 59 93 B A Stokes lbw b Abbas 38 1 5 64 78 J C Buttler c Shafiq b Hasan Ali 14 0 2 15 29 D M Bess c Shafiq b Abbas 5 0 1 14 17 M A Wood c Amir b Hasan Ali 7 0 1 9 21 S C J Broad lbw b Abbas 0 0 0 2 1 J M Anderson not out 0 0 0 1 3 Extras (b1 lb6 w1 nb1) 9 Total(58.2 overs) 184 Fall: 1-12, 2-33, 3-43, 4-100, 5-149, 6-168, 7-168, 8-180, 9-180. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 14-3-41-1, Mohammad Abbas 14-7-23-4, Hasan Ali 15.2-2-51-4, Faheem Ashraf 9-2-28-1, Shadab Khan 6-0-34-0. PAKISTAN — First Innings Runs 6s 4s Bls Min Azhar Ali not out 18 0 2 72 104 Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Broad 4 0 1 16 23 Haris Sohail not out 21 0 2 50 79 Extras (lb7) 7 Total(for 1, 23 overs) 50 Fall: 1-12. To Bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, *†Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas. Bowling: J M Anderson 5-2-11-0, S C J Broad 7-410-1, M A Wood 6-3-9-0, B A Stokes 4-2-9-0, D M Bess 1-0-4-0. Umpires: R J Tucker and P R Reiffel. This was meant to be a fresh start for Joe Root’s England following a winter of discontent. Instead, this was more of the same from a team whose confidence and belief still appears shattered by their chastening experiences in Australia and New Zealand. Perhaps it was the fact Root, entering his second summer as captain, opted to bat ﬁrst after winning the toss under dark skies at Lord’s. Maybe we should also give credit to Pakistan’s seam attack, who utilised ﬁne bowling conditions to the full – literally in this case as they reaped the rewards for pitching the ball up. However, the one fact that England cannot escape is they were made to look every bit the poor side their ranking of ﬁfth in the world suggests they are as they were bundled out for 184 on the opening day of this first Test of the summer. The truth is that Pakistan, 50 for 1 at the close, are in complete control of this Test. England’s plight would be even more desperate had Alastair Cook not reminded everyone of his talents, England’s all-time leading runscorer overcoming a lean winter with a composed knock of 70. The opener came into this summer with fresh questions over his future, as he scored just 23 runs in the two most recent Tests played in New Zealand. But on a day that saw him equal Australian great Allan Border’s record of 153 consecutive Test appearances, he showed his class. Cook had one just one real scare before he was dismissed 20 minutes before the tea interval. At that stage England were 165 for 5. Without Cook, they simply surrendered in the fashion that saw them dismissed for just 58 in the Auckland Test back in March. But rather than Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the New Zealanders who shared all ten England wickets at Eden Park, it was the inexperienced ﬁgures of Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas who did the damage here. The pair had played just eight Tests between them before this. And that’s the number of wickets they shared here as they tormented England’s batsmen with an unerring line and length. Those batting weaknesses displayed in the winter were meant the day. Root’s summer also stalled to have been addressed with the early on, the captain caught bechanges made before this hind on four chasing a wide match. delivery from Hasan. O ut went James Dawid Malan also Vince at No 3, with failed as his weakness Root stepping up to against the moving ball take on the pivotal was shown up when he Alastair Cook No 3 position. Jonny was caught behind off equalled Allan Border’s record of Bairstow was moved Hasan. England, 72 for 153 consecutive up to ﬁve and Jos But3 at lunch, fought back Test match tler came in at No 7 in the afternoon session appearances after being recalled for as Cook reached his 56th his ﬁrst Test in 18 months. Test half-century during a The inclusion of Dom stand of 57 with Bairstow. Bess, the 20-year-old Both went before tea, Somerset off-spinner, though, as Bairstow also added a touch of was bowled by Faheem youth to this team. Ashraf and Cook by But for all the Mohammad Amir. The number of changes, nothing has Then came the colwickets shared really changed on the lapse as Ben Stokes by Pakistan’s evidence of this first and Buttler fell within Hasan Ali and Mohammad day of the summer. three deliveries of each Abbas Mark Stoneman other. Abbas and Hasan started with another poor then mopped up the tail as return when he was bowled by England were forced to endure Abbas for four in the fourth over of Groundhog Day. THE INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL FOOTBALL TENNIS Mohammad Amir celebrates after taking the wicket of Alastair Cook GETTY 153 8 CRICKET Pochettino signs new Ronaldinho to marry Edmund handed five-year Spurs deal ‘two women at once’ tricky French draw Kohli’s Surrey stay off after neck injury Mauricio Pochettino has committed himself to Tottenham by signing a new ﬁve-year contract. The Argentine, who has led Spurs to three successive top-three Premier League ﬁnishes, has agreed terms to keep him at the club until 2023. The news will relieve chairman Daniel Levy after Pochettino cast doubt on his future at the end of the season by challenging the club to match his own ambition and “take risks” in the transfer window. India captain Virat Kohli’s eagerly anticipated stint with Surrey will not go ahead due to a neck injury. Kohli was due to play for the Brown Caps throughout June in what would have been his ﬁrst overseas contract. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced he is no longer available after suffering a neck problem in an IPL match last week. He is still expected to be ﬁt for India’s tour of England later this summer. Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho is planning to marry two women at the same time, according to reports in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro’s daily newspaper O Dia claims Ronaldinho, 38, has organised an August ceremony at which he will celebrate his love for live-in girlfriends Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza. Bigamy is illegal in Brazil and O Dia reports that the wedding at his condominium in Barra da Tijuca, Rio, will therefore be unofﬁcial. Britain’s Kyle Edmund has been drawn to face Alex de Minaur, a 19-year-old Australian considered to have great potential, in the ﬁrst round of the French Open. De Minaur is also at a career-best position of No 106 in the rankings list. Johanna Konta has been given a challenging task against Yulia Putintseva, a 23-year-old from Kazakhstan who has a good record on clay courts. » Full Roland Garros draw, p56-57 NEWS 2-30 VOICES 12-16 FRiDAY 31-43 TV 38-39 BUSINESS SPORT 48-51 56-63 i FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018 63 Cook refuses to give up the fight despite humbling day for batsmen By David Clough AT LORD’S Alastair Cook acknowledges that Pakistan are on top in the ﬁrst Test after a woeful opening day for England but believes his side are not yet down and out. The veteran opener, who made 70 as he equalled Allan Border’s record of 153 consecutive Tests, remains optimistic despite England being bowled out for 184. “We’re behind a little bit, I think Pakistan have had the better day,” Cook told Sky Sports. “But with a ﬁve-day Test match, you’ve got the chance to come back and it starts tomorrow morning. Suddenly 50 for one can very quickly become 80 for four and the game’s back evenstevens. Credit to Pakistan, they bowled well and they showed some ﬁght with the bat. “We were probably 60 or 70 short on that wicket and it’s probably going to be a ﬁrst innings versus fourth innings game. With it drying out, chasing 250 on that last day could be hard work. We’ve got to get ourselves in a position to do that.” On his record-equalling Ben Stokes is back in the England side for the start of the summer 153rd consecutive Test and the possibility of setting a new benchmark, Cook added: “You strive to break records and then if you’re lucky enough to break records, you realise that it’s not actually that important. But it would be quite a nice one to knock off. “Someone showed it to me about seven or eight years ago when I was on about 50 Tests and I thought it would be impossible to do that, so to possibly maybe break it is a pretty good effort.” Captain Joe Root, meanwhile, is enthused by Ben Stokes’ return at the start of the home summer after the all-rounder missed last winter’s Ashes defeat. Stokes will feature in just one Lord’s Test this summer – he is due in Bristol Crown Court to answer a charge of affray when India are the opposition in August – but, Root insists, gives England a “different dimension” whenever he takes the ﬁeld. “You can see he’s buzzing and desperate to get back out there,” said Root. “You watch Ben train, and he sets the standard. He is a stand-out. If you watch a whole [practice] session, he does everything at match intensity and he helps drive it. “To have his bowling as well will add to our attack and give us a different dimension.” Hasan Ali, who took four wickets for Pakistan, believes Pakistan made full use of the beneﬁcial pitch conditions. He said: “The pitch was fresh and there was a bit of moisture so I just tried to bowl a full and straight length. 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