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QUA L I T Y, C O N C I S E – T H E F U T U R E O F I N D E PE N D E N T JOU R NA L I S M
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
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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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Religious organisations +308%
Charitable trusts +167.4%
Food trucks/carts +23.5%
Beauty/barbers +15.5%
Taxis/limos +15.2
Recreation/entertainment +13.1
Bars/clubs +11.9%
Food/groceries +6.3%
General retail –4.4%
Apparel –7.3%
Hotels/accommodation –7.5%
Cafés/restaurants –9.1%
Fast-food restaurants –12.5%
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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
i@inews.co.uk
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.
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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:
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“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.
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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.”
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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
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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-
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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.”
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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threatening or abusive words
Lauren Leigh, 19, pleaded not
guilty to a related offence and was
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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.”
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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sentences each for murdering four
children in a petrol bomb attack on
their home while they slept.
Zak Bolland and David Worrall
were told they would serve a minimum of 40 and 37 years respectively
for the petrol bomb attack on a home
in Walkden, Greater Manchester.
The blaze claimed the lives of siblings
Demi Pearson, 15, her brother, Brandon, eight, and sisters, Lacie, seven,
and Lia, three. All had been asleep in
a front bedroom.
Courtney Brierley, 20, who was
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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)
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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.”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
Producer James Prichard
said: “The ABC Murders is one
of my great grandmother’s most
unsettling and intense stories and
Hercule Poirot one of her most
intriguing characters. I am most
excited to experience the unique
approach John Malkovich will
bring to the role.”
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Missile that downed flight MH17
‘came from Russian army brigade’
By Anthony Deutsch
IN BUNNIK
Dutch prosecutors say a Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight
MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014,
killing all 298 people on board.
The airliner, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a
Russian-made “Buk” anti-aircraft
missile on 17 July, over territory held
by pro-Russian separatists. There
were no survivors. 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
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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.
In 2014, Cho Hyun-ah had a tantrum when she was served macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on
a dish, and forced the Korean Air
plane to return to a boarding gate.
SWEDEN
Formal consent
needed before
having sex
New Swedish legislation dictates
that sex without consent will
be considered rape, regardless of
whether or not threats or violence
are involved.
The law, which takes effect in
July, means “it is no longer necessary for the offender to use
violence or threats, or to exploit
the victim’s particularly vulnerable situation” for rape charges to
be brought.
In December, when presenting
proposals to change the law in line
with other countries in Europe,
prime minister Stefan Lofven
said that if sex was not voluntary,
“it’s illegal”. His deputy minister,
Isabella Lovin, said the recent
“#metoo” anti-harassment campaign has shown the “need” for
new legislation.
“Today’s vote marks a huge victory for women’s rights activists in
Sweden who have been campaigning tirelessly for this change for
more than a decade,” said Amnesty International.
Critics, including the Swedish Bar Association, argue that
the changes will not lead to
more convictions.
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Israel to build
2,500 new homes
in West Bank
By Jeffrey Heller
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BANK
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Jerusalem
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Some 500,000 Israelis
live in the West Bank
and East Jerusalem, areas that
are also home to more than 2.6
million Palestinians.
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
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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-
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history. Donald Trump
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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.”
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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BUSINESS SPORT
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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
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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
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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
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VOICES
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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
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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.
It’s a lot stricter now, the rules, but
the high jinx on the nights out still
goes on.”
‘Stable Lass: Riding out and mucking
in - tales from a Yorkshire racing
yard’, published by Sedgwick &
Jackson, is out now
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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.
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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
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Want to find out how he meets
Chewbacca? Check. Want to
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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
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met Chewbacca
Filmof
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Han’s solo
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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (12A)
HHHHH
Ron Howard, 143 mins, starring: Alden
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Review by Alistair Harkness
As with the excellent Rogue One,
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The departure of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher
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He served his apprenticeship
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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ofthe
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
BBC Radio 1
6.00 Classic Coronation
Street (S). 6.25 Classic
Coronation Street (S).
6.55 Heartbeat (S). 7.55
The Royal (S). 9.00 Judge
Judy (S). 9.25 Judge Judy
(S). 9.55 Judge Judy (S).
10.20 A Touch Of Frost (S).
12.35 The Royal (S). 1.35
Heartbeat (S). 2.40 Classic
Coronation Street (S). 3.15
Classic Coronation Street
(S). 3.50 On The Buses (S).
4.20 On The Buses (S).
4.55 Rising Damp (S). 5.25
George And Mildred (S).
5.55 Heartbeat (S).
6.00 Hollyoaks (S). 6.30
Hollyoaks (S). 7.00 Couples
Come Dine With Me (S).
8.00 New Girl (S). 8.30 New
Girl (S). 9.00 2 Broke Girls
(S). 9.30 2 Broke Girls (S).
10.00 Black-ish (S). 10.30
Black-ish (S). 11.00 How I
Met Your Mother (S). 11.30
How I Met Your Mother
(S). 12.00 The Goldbergs
(S). 12.30 The Goldbergs
(S). 1.00 The Big Bang
Theory (S). 1.30 The Big
Bang Theory (S). 2.00 How
I Met Your Mother (S). 2.30
How I Met Your Mother (S).
3.00 New Girl (S). 3.30 New
Girl (S). 4.00 Black-ish (S).
4.30 Black-ish (S). 5.00
The Goldbergs (S). 5.30 The
Goldbergs (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (S).
9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 10.30 A
Place In The Sun: Winter
Sun (S). 11.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.05 Four In A
Bed (S). 12.35 Four In A
Bed (S). 1.05 Four In A Bed
(S). 1.40 Four In A Bed (S).
2.10 Come Dine With Me
(S). 2.40 Come Dine With
Me (S). 3.15 Come Dine
With Me (S). 3.50 Come
Dine With Me (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (S).
4.50 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.55 A New
Life In The Sun (S).
6.00 The Big Bang
Theory Sheldon
is upset about
his career (S).
6.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
6.55 The Secret Life
Of The Zoo A
power struggle
emerges among
the female
chimpanzees (S).
6.00 Futurama Fry
unearths the
remains of his
beloved dog (R)
(S).
6.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.00 House The
team treats a
mobster (R) (S).
7.00 Murder, She
Wrote A florist
is killed (S).
7.00 Hollyoaks Ste
is furious to
learn that Leah
has sold a story
to a gossip
magazine (S).
7.30 Black-ish (S).
7.55 Grand Designs
Plans to build a
“floating” house
on the River
Thames (S).
7.00 The Simpsons
Lisa tries to
save her school
radio station (R)
(S).
7.30 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
7.00 CSI: Crime
Scene
Investigation
A warehouse
freezer
becomes a
crime scene (R).
8.00 Agatha
Christie’s Poirot
A Halloween
party becomes
the venue for a
murder (S).
8.00 The Big Bang
Theory Penny
gets drunk
and seduces
Leonard (S).
8.30 The Big Bang
Theory (S).
8.00 The Simpsons
Bart receives
visits from
ghosts.
8.30 Modern Family
Last in the
series.
8.00 Blue Bloods
Danny’s
brother-in-law
gets caught up
with the mob (R)
(S).
6.00 RSPCA Animal
Rescue (R) (S). 6.30 RSPCA
Animal Rescue (R) (S). 7.00
Monkey Life (R) (S). 7.30
Monkey Life (R) (S). 8.00
Monkey Business (R) (S).
8.30 Monkey Business (R)
(S). 9.00 Motorway Patrol
(R) (S). 9.30 Motorway
Patrol (R) (S). 10.00
Highway Patrol (R) (S).
10.30 Highway Patrol (R)
(S). 11.00 Sanctuary (R) (S).
12.00 NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
(S). 1.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 (R)
(S). 3.00 NCIS: Los Angeles
(R) (S). 4.00 Stargate SG-1
(R) (S). 5.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S). 5.30 Futurama
(R) (S).
6.00 Storm City (R) (S).
7.00 Fish Town (R) (S). 8.00
Urban Secrets (R) (S). 9.00
The West Wing (S). 10.00
The West Wing (S). 11.00
House (R) (S). 12.00 House
(R) (S). 1.00 Without A
Trace (S). 2.00 Blue Bloods
(R) (S). 3.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 4.00 The West Wing
(R) (S). 5.00 House (R) (S).
6.30am The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show With Nick Grimshaw
10.00 Clara Amfo 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Scott Mills
4.00 The Official Chart With
Greg James 5.45 Newsbeat
6.00 Radio 1’s Dance Anthems
With Greg James 7.00 Danny
Howard 9.00 Pete Tong 11.00
Danny Howard 1am B.Traits
4.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix
BBC Radio 1Xtra
6am Dotty 10.00 Ace 12.45pm
Newsbeat 1.00 Yasmin Evans
4.00 Sian Anderson 5.45
Newsbeat 6.00 Sian Anderson
7.00 DJ Charlesy 9.00 Semtex
11.00 Sir Spyro 1am Kan D
Man And DJ Limelight 4.00
Diplo And Friends
BBC Radio 2
9.00 FILM: The
Purge (James
DeMonaco
2013) Horror,
starring Lena
Headey (S).
9.00 24 Hours In
A&E A 10-yearold needs
surgery for a
broken femur
(S).
9.00 A League Of Their
Own US Road
Trip Jamie, Jack
and Andrew
compete in
challenges across
America (R) (S).
9.00 Game Of
Thrones The
Night’s Watch
stands behind
Alliser Thorne
(R) (S).
10.00Brief
Encounters A
nervous Pauline
prepares to host
her own party
(S).
10.40 The Big Bang
Theory Tension
mounts when
the gang attends
a weekend
science
conference (S).
10.00Rough Justice
A cyclist finds
a body hanging
from a tree. 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.
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 Desert Island
Discs 9.45 Climate Change And
Me 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00
Parole: A Calculated Risk 11.30
Victoria Wood – From Soup
To Nuts 12noon News 12.04
Witness 12.15 You And Yours
12.57 Weather 1.00 The World
At One 1.45 The Questionnaire
2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama:
Polyonymous 3.00 Gardeners’
Question Time 3.45 Short
Works 4.00 Last Word
4.30 More Or Less 4.55 The
Listening Project 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News
6.30 The News Quiz. Topical
comedy panel game, hosted by
Miles Jupp. 7.00 The Archers.
Alistair plans his future. 7.15
Front Row. Arts programme.
7.45 Wuthering Heights.
By Emily Bronte, adapted
by Rachel Joyce. 8.00 Any
Questions? Political debate
from the Radio Theatre at
Broadcasting House, London.
ON DEMAND
An Evening You Will
Forget For The Rest Of
Your Life
Netflix
Two amigos Steve Martin and
Martin Short in a live special.
Imagine: Rupert Everett
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The actor seeks funding for his
movie about Oscar Wilde.
Manchester: A Year
In Hate Crime
All4
How the Manchester bombing
led to abuse against minorities.
8.50 A Point Of View. With
Amit Chaudhuri. 9.00 Chinese
Characters Omnibus. Parts
16-20. The history of China
through 20 key personalities.
10.00 The World Tonight. With
James Coomarasamy. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: The Female
Persuasion. By Meg Wolitzer.
11.00 Late Night Woman’s
Hour. A debate on the pursuit
of happiness. 11.30 Today In
Parliament. Political round-up.
11.55 The Listening Project.
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
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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
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“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.
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finely honed screenplay to the
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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
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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,
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nudity and hand-held immediacy
far beyond his previous work. Test
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so far over the edge.
Before David Lynch took over
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told his friend Gore Vidal in 1982.
Welles was trying to secure a star
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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
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family’s elegiac 20th-century decline. That missing fall was “the
whole point”, Welles has said.
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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
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Doing up
the dream
Ben Alden-Falconer
I’m back up
against the
kitchen wall
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25 MAY 2018
F
acing the end of the kitchen
with a sledgehammer I am
slightly nervous; I have
never knocked down a wall
before. 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. It is hot and dusty
work, the kitchen is now a total mess
– no floorboards, a half-filled hole and
one largely missing wall.
On the plus side, the new space
I’ve created is transformational.
The light pouring through the door
by the sink helps brighten the dark
room with the fire.
Having largely missed a beautiful
day, I run down to the sea to wash
off the dust and sweat; good job I
like a cold water swim as I still have
no shower!
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B&Q is blown off course and
forced into store closures
By Helen Cahill and Ben Chu
Sales at B&Q were pummelled by
the “Beast from the East” in the first
quarter as the retailer was forced
to close stores in the face of the
extreme weather.
Figures from the DIY chain’s
parent company, Kingfisher, show
that like-for-like sales in the three
months to 30 April dropped by
9 per cent.
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.
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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
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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
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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. Herman Gref
said criminalising compliance
with US sanctions could force
international firms to pull out.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
FTSE 100 down 71.7 at 7716.7
Company
Price
Chg
High
3i Group
Admiral
Anglo Amer
Antofagasta
AB Foods
Ashtead Group
AstraZeneca
Aviva
BAE Systems
Barclays
Barratt Dev
BHP Billiton
BP
BAT
Berkeley Grp Hldgs
British Land
BT
Bunzl
Burberry
Carnival
Centrica
Coca-Cola HBC
Compass
CRH
Croda Intl
DCC
Diageo
Direct Line Ins
Easyjet
Evraz
Experian
Ferguson
Fresnillo
G4S
Glencore
GSK
Halma
985.4
1943.5
1801.0
1061.5
2710.0
2320.0
5428.0
534.0
645.6
205.3
554.8
1714.0
566.5
3800.0
4203.0
678.6
203.2
2275.0
1970.0
4883.0
144.6
2632.0
1609.5
2740.0
4774.0
7280.0
2745.5
370.7
1717.5
480.7
1865.5
5824.0
1298.5
273.5
376.6
1494.2
1352.0
-28.6
+2.0
-28.8
-6.0
-40.0
+10.0
-26.0
-9.4
-0.4
-3.5
-8.2
-30.0
-10.5
+36.0
+14.0
-6.0
-3.1
-43.0
-33.0
-54.0
-3.0
+23.0
+11.0
-19.0
+39.0
-130.0
+37.5
+0.5
-18.5
+0.7
+14.5
+16.0
-6.5
+1.8
-6.4
-13.4
+10.0
1038.0
2184.0
1933.8
1103.0
3387.0
2375.0
5520.0
554.6
682.5
220.2
705.5
1786.8
593.5
5643.6
4282.0
703.0
318.0
2472.0
2029.0
5435.0
213.0
2711.0
1765.9
2901.0
4791.0
7762.5
2772.5
411.3
1796.5
520.0
1883.0
5892.0
1746.0
342.6
416.9
1724.5
1363.1
Low
836.0
1766.0
950.1
11.1
2386.0
1523.0
4260.0
482.2
533.5
177.3
6.3
1121.5
436.9
3553.0
3031.0
589.0
201.2
1918.5
1481.5
4427.0
123.1
2176.0
1396.5
27.0
3612.0
6445.0
2234.0
340.0
1136.0
169.8
1428.0
4427.0
1150.5
233.8
274.4
1179.4
1064.0
Company
Price
Chg
High
Hargrve Lans
HSBC Hldgs
IAG
Imperial Brands
Informa
IntCont Htls
Intertek
ITV
Johnson Matth
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Land Secs
Legal & Gen
Lloyds Bk Gp
Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Mediclinic Intl
Melrose Ind
Micro Focus Intl
Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
National Grid
Next
NMC Health
Old Mutual
PaddyPwrBetfair
Pearson
Persimmon
Prudential
Randgold Res
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rio Tinto
Rolls-Royce
RBS
Shell A
1948.5
730.2
684.6
2761.0
761.2
4848.0
5350.0
166.2
3470.0
845.2
296.9
944.8
278.2
66.0
4489.0
304.1
615.6
242.0
1326.5
2089.0
245.2
879.9
5832.0
3756.0
244.7
8855.0
901.2
2804.0
1870.5
5796.0
5981.0
1634.0
339.5
4242.0
849.4
290.2
2598.0
+3.5
-9.1
-1.4
-56.0
-5.8
+2.0
+176.0
-3.6
-4.0
+2.0
+1.5
+0.5
-5.2
-0.6
+20.0
-2.8
-64.0
-4.7
-31.5
-19.0
-9.2
-5.3
+4.0
-18.0
-4.9
+225.0
-12.0
-11.0
-38.0
+78.0
-1.0
-8.0
+0.7
-33.0
-2.4
-4.2
-50.0
1989.5
798.6
707.4
3693.0
781.6
4944.0
5470.0
208.2
3555.0
906.0
366.0
1165.9
289.4
73.6
4572.0
397.8
863.5
261.9
2970.5
2145.0
258.6
1097.0
5912.0
3806.0
263.1
8967.0
929.8
2901.0
1992.5
8255.0
8110.4
1784.0
342.7
4428.5
994.5
304.2
2755.0
Low
1258.0
650.6
569.0
2298.0
638.5
3656.0
4137.0
141.0
2681.0
596.0
277.3
900.2
248.1
62.2
3369.0
262.0
495.4
2.1
26.8
1684.0
203.3
733.0
3565.0
2060.0
185.5
6027.4
563.0
2214.0
1712.5
5540.0
4973.4
1399.0
257.4
2970.0
800.0
239.6
2013.5
Company
Price
Chg
High
Shell B
Royal Mail
RSA Insur
Sage
Sainsbury(J)
Schroders
Scot Mort Inv Tst
Segro
Severn Trent
Shire
Sky
Smith&Neph
Smith (DS)
Smiths Gp
Smurfit Kappa Grp
SSE
Stan Chart
Standard Life Aber
St James Place
Taylor Wimpey
Tesco
TUI AG
Unilever
United Utilities
Vodafone
Whitbread
WPP
2677.0
545.4
666.4
670.2
318.5
3348.0
509.5
643.6
2033.0
4103.0
1345.0
1347.0
554.8
1712.0
3000.0
1415.5
754.2
357.0
1210.0
200.6
245.6
1729.0
4169.5
794.2
194.9
4131.0
1273.0
-61.5
-0.6
+0.2
-1.2
-0.2
-74.0
+0.5
+1.2
-45.0
-51.5
-17.5
+21.0
-1.6
-3.0
-24.0
-25.0
-16.1
-5.7
+10.0
-1.8
-0.7
-2.5
-26.0
-8.8
-2.6
-68.0
-29.5
2845.5
632.6
679.2
825.2
339.9
3784.0
516.5
656.8
2575.0
4791.6
1402.0
1442.0
565.4
1731.5
3254.0
1554.0
864.2
448.6
1279.5
211.9
251.2
1816.0
4557.5
1078.0
239.7
4573.0
1762.0
Low
2039.0
367.8
591.4
536.2
222.4
3069.0
388.2
477.3
1664.0
2940.5
11.4
1173.0
5.3
1354.0
2127.0
1176.5
688.6
349.4
1051.0
173.0
165.3
1098.0
3678.5
648.6
190.1
3499.9
1074.0
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12855.1
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5548.4
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30760.4
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22437.0
-252.7
-113.9
-121.8
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-33.6
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OIL
Brent crude,
per barrel
MINING
PROPERTY
Shares in Petra
Diamonds plunge
Capco may break
up London sites
Shares in London-listed mining
group Petra Diamonds tumbled
after it made a $178m (£133m)
cash-call to investors and
warned it may run out of money
if they do not back the rights
issue. 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.
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From sowing
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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.
The investment firm said retirees
should consider switching their
pension into the currency of their
new home country if they want to
avoid volatility. It pointed to the
example of the euro. In January
2007, £1 was worth €1.48, before
dropping to €1.06 in January 2009.
Today it is worth around €1.14.
***
The average pension pot of
pensioners living abroad is
Lloyds has set aside
£100m for victims of the
fraud by HBOS Reading staff
between 2003 and 2007, and is
currently paying compensation.
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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
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RHYME LETTERS
6
10
3
12
6
LEG
4
17
8
29
LION
34
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3
10
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8
4
17
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6
2
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How to play Each row, column and 3 by 3 box must contain
each number (1 to 9) only once. The sum of all numbers
contained in a dotted area must match the number printed
in its top-left corner. No number can appear more than
once in a dotted area. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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14
17
10
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16
10
10
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15
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once in each row
and column. The
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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.
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Recipe taken from riverford.co.uk/recipes
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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
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SPORT
GOODWOOD
RACING
Mutawaffer
breezes into
Ascot place
at Goodwood
Mutawaffer booked his ticket to
Royal Ascot when getting off the
mark at the second attempt in the European Breeders Fund Novice Stakes
at Goodwood.
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
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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
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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.
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‘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.
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leo; flag; three; smog;
trio; flog; trim; whim;
whip; prune; ship;
june; shop; prude;
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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.
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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.”
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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
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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
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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.
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“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.”
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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
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Henry 98, Le Sommer 99, Hegerberg
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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England fall
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ENGLAND
Cook 70; Abbas 4-23,
Hasan 4-51
PAKISTAN
Sohail 21*
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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
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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.
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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. We had no need
for the bouncer.”
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