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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
IN SPORT
Game of the season
Nasa finds a
‘snowman’
at the edge
of the Solar
System
Man City vs
Liverpool
8pm
P5
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THURSDAY
3 JANUARY 2019
Number 2,530
Sheridan
Smith
Learning to clean
for my new role
– and my massive
meltdown
P34
Cancer
breath test
trialled
in the UK
» Simple device could save thousands of lives a
year through early detection, scientists believe
» Cheaper method sounds alarm quicker by
spotting changes to the molecules that we exhale
» Medics say breathalyser has ‘potential to
revolutionise the way we diagnose cancer’
P4
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@theipaper
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Javid warns of
crackdown on migrants
‘If you are a genuine asylum
seeker, why have you not
sought asylum in the first
safe country you arrived in?’
Worst overcrowding on
British trains in decades
P7
A petty cruelty
too far
Deborah Orr on
Britain ‘billing’ girls
who escape from
forced marriage
P8
PUZZLES
P42
I RETURN OF THE CASSETTE TAPE
P15
P11
I BREAK UP WITH YOUR MOBILE
P26
I SIMON CALDER
P17
The
News
Matrix
PEOPLE
Who is this
Argentinian
demonstrating
the ‘hand of
God’?
See p.22
The day at
a glance
3
JANUARY
Quote of the day
ENTERTAINMENT
ECONOMY
BOOKS
CONSUMER
Tax reform ‘could
add £7bn to coffers’
Prolific romance
author dies aged 82
White chocolate egg
could net £10,000
The video games sector accounts for
more than half of the entertainment
market. The Entertainment
Retailers Association said the
gaming market’s value rose to
£3.8bn, more than double what it
was worth in 2007. It is the first time
it has done better than the combined
music and video market.
Tightening up Britain’s wealth taxes
and subsidies could raise almost
£7bn for the Treasury, a think-tank
has said. The Resolution Foundation
has urged ministers to consider
reforms to pensions, council
tax, inheritance tax, a limit to
entrepreneurs’ relief and scrapping
the Help to Buy ISA.
Author Judy Turner, who wrote
under the pseudonyms of Katie
Flynn and Judith Saxton, has died,
aged 82. The best-selling author
of historical and romantic fiction
penned more than 90 books,
including The Liverpool Rose and
Sunshine and Shadows, selling more
than eight million copies.
Cadbury is offering prizes of up to
£10,000 to anyone who can find a
white chocolate Creme Egg this year.
The White Cadbury Creme Eggs
will be camouflaged as regular milk
chocolate eggs in shops and buyers
could win a cash prize of between
£50 and £10,000, a significant
increase on last year’s £2,000.
TELEVISION
‘Doctor Who’ special
suffers ratings dive
A hat should be taken off
when you greet a lady and
left off for the rest of your
life. Nothing looks more
stupid than a hat
P J O’ROURKE
Viewing figures for Doctor Who’s
New Year’s Day special are set to be
the lowest since Jodie Whittaker
took over the lead role. The episode,
which saw the Daleks return, lost
around 150,000 viewers. Estimated
overnight figures, which do not
include those watching on catch-up,
show it had only 5.15 million viewers.
UNITED STATES
Happy on British rail
Britons remain among the most satisfied rail users in Europe despite
service delays, cancellations and price rises. A European Commission
survey of passenger satisfaction with rail services across Europe,
including obtaining tickets, complaint
handling, train punctuality, reliability
and frequency, found those in
Austria, Ireland, Portugal,
Luxembourg, Slovakia and the
UK were most likely to be
satisfied with rail
8
transport overall.
12
19
Birthdays
Mel Gibson (below), actor,
63; Michael Schumacher,
racing driver, 50; John
Paul Jones, bassist,
73; Sarah Alexander,
actress, 48; Rory Stewart,
politician, 46
Anniversaries
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index
Crossword.............22
TV & Radio...........28
Arts..............................34
Business..................38
Puzzles.....................42
Weather...................45
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5
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1 The fall of the Berlin Wall (30th
anniversary) – 9 November 1989
2 The first Moon landing (50th)
– 20 July 1969
3 The Beatles’ last public
performance on the roof of Apple
Records in London (50th)
– 30 January 1969
4 The D-Day Landings (75th)
– 6 June 1944
5 The Treaty of Versailles (100th)
– 28 June 1919
6 Lady Nancy Astor elected as
an MP, becoming the first
woman to sit in the House
of Commons (100th)
– 15 November 1919
7 Births of Queen Victoria and
Prince Albert (200th) – 24 May and
26 August 1819
8 Births of the Duke of Wellington
and Napoleon Bonaparte (250th)
– 1 May and 15 August 1769
Donald Trump has told fellow
Republican Mitt Romney to
be a “team player” after the
ex-presidential candidate criticised
the President. Republican party
chair Ronna McDaniel also hit back
at Mr Romney, saying his “attack”
was “unproductive”. Ms McDaniel is
Mr Romney’s niece. PAGE 23
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Big dates to
remember in 2019
24
25
3
23
7
Los Angeles Police have arrested
a man they say burgled Hollywood
Hills homes including those of
celebrities after casing them while
pretending to be a potential buyer.
More than 2,000 items worth several
million dollars have been recovered.
Singers Usher, Adam Lambert and
Jason Derulo are among the victims.
Trump fires back in
row with Romney
21=
6
Man posing as home
buyer robbed stars
UNITED STATES
13
2
The List
Several landmark anniversaries
will be marked this year. Here
is English Heritage’s pick of
what is to come in 2019 in the
field of remembrance at home
and abroad
Wednesday 3 January 1990
After holing up for 10
days at the Vatican
embassy in Panama City,
the then Panamanian
dictator Manuel Noriega
surrenders to US troops
to face charges of drug
trafficking. He was flown
to Miami the next day and
later jailed for 40 years.
Curb Your Enthusiasm star Bob
Einstein has died at the age of 76.
He was best known for playing
Marty Funkhouser in the satirical
US comedy series starring Larry
David. He also played the beaten
and abused stuntman Super Dave
Oborne in Super Dave.
Video games ‘make
up half of market’
TRANSPORT
THURSDAY
Comedy actor Bob
Einstein dies aged 76
21=
26
20
Overall rail satisfaction index (average)
1
Austria
29.6
10 Czech Rep.
26.9
18 Germany
24.5
2
Ireland
29.5
11
26.8
19 Estonia
24.0
Denmark
3
Portugal
28.2
12 Sweden
26.3
20 Greece
23.7
4
Luxembourg
28.1
13 Latvia
26.2
21= Lithuania
23.1
5
Slovakia
27.8
14 Belgium
25.9
21= Croatia
23.1
6
UK
27.6
15 Poland
25.7
23 Italy
22.8
7
Spain
27.4
16 Slovenia
25.6
24 Hungary
22.5
8
Finland
27.3
9
Netherlands
27.0
SOUTH AFRICA
17
EU average
25.4
25 Romania
21.2
France
25.1
26 Bulgaria
20.8
SOURCE: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Drought hits water
shortage runner
Australian activist Mina Guli, who is
running 100 marathons in 100 days
to highlight global water shortages
and to encourage people to conserve,
is “struggling”. Currently in South
Africa, where there is a drought, she
said: “It’s much heavier going than I
expected. I should have thought that
through a little more.”
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Evening Standard, beyond those
accredited as such.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
ThePage3Profile
GREECE
JESSE STOLLINGS,
‘ROMANS’ SUPERFAN
Hero migrants
granted citizenship
Three migrant fishermen have
been given Greek citizenship after
rescuing people forced into the sea
by a wildfire near Athens that left
100 people dead last summer. Gani
Xheka, from Albania, and Egyptians
Emad El Khaimi and Mahmoud
Ibrahim Musa were honoured in
Athens yesterday. PAGE 25
CONSUMER
City’s eBay hook-up
boosts small shops
A partnership between eBay and a
city’s small retailers has sparked a
41 per cent increase in sales after
three months. The Retail Revival
programme in Wolverhampton
offers support to firms who want
to expand their online presence.
Businesses taking part have reached
£1m in sales since it started.
ENERGY
Renewables power
third of UK needs
Kicking off the New Year with
a winner...
Bath City FC football fan Jesse
Stollings was in the crowd
on New Year’s Day to see his
favourite team storm to victory
against Chippenham Town.
For the US high school history
teacher it was all the sweeter
as he had travelled 4,000 miles
from his home in Hickory, North
Carolina to be there.
How do you go from a southern
US state to Somerset?
The unlikely Bath fan “fell in
love” with the club, nicknamed
The Romans, three years
ago when he discovered
them on the computer game
Football Manager.
Since then he has become a
firm fan, tuning in to internet
radio coverage of every match
and vlogging his management
of the virtual team. In fact,
the superfan has become so
enamoured of the team that
there was only one thing on his
Christmas list in 2018 – tickets
to the New Year’s Day match at
Twerton Park.
No substitution allowed...
His wife bought tickets for the
couple to come to England in
December. During their first few
days in London, Mr Stollings
fell and injured his right arm.
But this did not deter him from
making his way to see his team.
He tweeted: “Nothing will stop
me getting to see @BathCity_FC
play on NYD!!”
And was the road to The Romans
paved with goals?
The match exceeded all
expectations with a decisive
5-0 win over local rivals
Chippenham. And the club rolled
out the red carpet for their
long-distance supporter with a
pre-match meal and the chance
to meet the team.
Bath City general manager
Carole Banwell said: “We know
our fans are among the most
committed in the country but
this is a totally different level.”
Mr Stollings said: “It’s a great
club with awesome staff. They
remember the supporters – no
matter where we are from.
That’s why I wanted to come and
experience it myself.”
Sally Guyoncourt
A third of the UK’s electricity came
from renewables in 2018 as overall
power generation fell to its lowest
levels since 1994. Wind accounted
for 17 per cent of the total power
generated, while solar contributed 4
per cent and burning plant material
or biomass for electricity produced
11 per cent. PAGE 4
INDIA
Riots after women
enter Hindu sites
Two women entered one of India’s
largest Hindu pilgrimage sites
that had been forbidden to females
between the ages of 10 and 50,
sparking protests which saw police
firing tear gas. The Supreme Court
lifted a ban in September on women
worshipping at Sabarimala temple
in Kerala state. PAGE 24
i THURSDAY
3 JANUARY 2019
3
Letter from
the Editor
Oliver Duff
i@inews.co.uk
Channelling ambition
Scapegoating an already-persecuted group of
people in the name of personal ambition isn’t a
great look.
On a point of fact, Sajid Javid is correct: people
claiming asylum in the UK have rarely done
so in the first EU country that they reach, as
EU rules insist. Greece, Italy and Bulgaria are
unwelcoming and overwhelmed. The desire to
reach Britain is, I suppose, a compliment and
reflects our economic health, common language,
relatively liberal society and good governance.
(Yes, really.)
As the Home Secretary will know, though, the
UK receives relatively few claims for asylum
– 26,350 last year, out of total net migration to
the UK 10 times higher – and rejects most. That
compares with 198,000 claims in Germany,
126,000 in Italy and 91,000 in France.
Mr Javid’s over-excitement about 239 migrants
crossing the Channel has two motivations. First,
deterring other asylum-seekers from making
the journey. Second, Mr Javid’s ambitions to lead
the Conservatives.
In an ironic twist, the rules that allow Britain
to return asylum seekers to their point of entry
within the EU will be abolished after Brexit...
unless the UK uses up negotiating capital to
include it in the final withdrawal deal.
****
“Dear Oly,” writesi subscriber Susan Ord, who
lives in Whittingham, a village near Alnwick,
Northumberland. “Could you mention the
value of subscription coupons in your editorial
column, please?” Susan’s local supermarket tried
to charge her 5p extra (on top of her subscription
voucher) after the 2019 cover price increase.
As you would expect, all existing subscription
vouchers should be honoured by retailers at the
new retail price. Our guidance is very clear, and
retailers are reimbursed for 65 pence. Susan has
announced her intention to return to the store
clutching this paragraph. We have also contacted
their head office on your behalf, Susan.
We heard from five other readers with
similar problems: David Karle (also Alnwick),
Arno Martens (Polegate, near Eastbourne), Paul
Varcoe, Andy Southall (Bewdley, Worcestershire),
and Rose Thacker (Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North
Yorkshire). I apologise to each of you, and we trust
that you will have no further difficulties.
Thanks to i readers – and shopkeepers – for
your support so far in 2019. As we all find our
feet in a new year, I hope it brings you peace,
prosperity and happiness.
4
NEWS
ENERGY
Renewables create record
33% of UK’s electricity
By Emily Beament
A third of the UK’s electricity came
from renewables in 2018 as overall
power generation fell to its lowest
levels since 1994, analysis shows.
Wind accounted for 17 per cent
of total power generated last year,
while solar contributed 4 per cent
and burning plant material or
biomass for electricity 11 per cent,
analysis by climate and energy website Carbon Brief reveals.
With nuclear power supplying
just under a fifth of the total and
renewables overall generating a
record 33 per cent, low carbon
power sources accounted for more
than half (53 per cent) of UK electricity generation in 2018.
Wind accounted for 17 per cent of total power generated last year GETTY
Despite fears that high wholesale
gas prices would prompt a rebound in
burning coal for power, it accounted
for a record low of just 5 per cent.
Gas was also down, to 39 per cent,
as fossil fuels fell to their lowest share
of the mix, according to Carbon
Brief’s analysis.
Overall, electricity generation was
an estimated 335 terrawatt hours –
the lowest level since 1994 and down
16 per cent from its peak in 2005.
Meanwhile, the amount of electricity generated per person has fallen
to its lowest levels since 1984, and is
down almost a quarter (24 per cent)
since 2005.
SCIENCE
Breathalyser for
cancer‘could save
thousands of lives’
By John von Radowitz
A breathalyser test that could revolutionise cancer diagnosis is being
trialled in the UK.
The Breath Biopsy device is designed to detect cancer hallmarks in
molecules exhaled by patients. Scientists hope it will lead to a simpler,
cheaper method of spotting cancers
at an early stage, when they are more
likely to respond to treatment.
The cancer breathalyser has the
potential to save thousands of lives
and save millions of pounds in healthcare costs, its developers claim.
The two-year trial, taking place
at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, is recruiting 1,500 participants, including healthy individuals
as well as cancer patients.
Initially patients with suspected
oesophageal and stomach cancers
will be asked to try the test.
Later the trial will be extended to
include prostate, kidney, bladder,
liver and pancreatic cancers.
The lead investigator, Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, from the
Cancer Research UK Cambridge
Centre, said: “We urgently need to
develop new tools, like this breath
test, which could help to detect and
diagnose cancer earlier, giving pa-
Research race
A race has been on for several years
between researchers to see who can
develop the first cancer breath test for
clinical use.
Last year, researchers from
Imperial College London and the
Karolinska Institute in Sweden
presented early findings on whether
it is possible to detect cancers of the
stomach and oesophagus using a
breath test.
Their breath test was able to
correctly indicate cancer in around
80 per cent of patients who had the
disease. It was also able to correctly
exclude cancer in around 80 per cent
who did not have the disease.
Both oesophageal and stomach
cancer tend to be diagnosed late
because of early-stage symptoms.
The PAN Cancer Trial
For Early Detection
of Cancer in Breath is being
run by Cancer Research UK in
conjunction with the British
company Owlstone Medical,
which invented the test.
tients the best chance of surviving
their disease.
“Through this clinical trial we
hope to find signatures in breath
needed to detect cancers earlier. It’s
the crucial next step in developing
this technology.”
Participants will be asked to
breathe into the cancer breathalyser
for 10 minutes.
Airborne molecules called volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) collected
by the test will then be sent to a laboratory in Cambridge for analysis.
Cells in the body produce a range
of VOCs as part of their normal metabolic processes. The molecules find
their way into the lungs and emerge
in the breath.
The idea behind the test is that
cancer can cause recognisable alterations in the pattern of VOCs.
If the technology is shown to be reliable and accurate, cancer breathalysers could become common sight in
GP surgeries.
Billy Boyle, who is the co-founder
and chief executive of Owlstone
Medical, said: “There is increasing potential for breath-based
tests to aid diagnosis, sitting alongside blood and urine tests in an
effort to help doctors detect and
treat disease.
“The concept of providing a wholebody snapshot in a completely noninvasive way is very powerful and
could reduce harm by sparing patients from more invasive tests that
they don’t need.
“Our technology has proven to
be extremely effective at detecting
VOCs in the breath, and we are proud
to be working with Cancer Research
UK as we look to apply it towards the
incredibly important area of detecting early-stage disease in a range of
cancers in patients.”
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
SPACE
i THURSDAY
3 JANUARY 2019
5
CONSUMER
In-store trial
has recycled
thousands
of bottles
The first images
received of Ultima
Thule revealed a
snowman-shaped
structure NASA/AP
By Katie Grant
Nasa captures very frosty snowman
on the outer edge of the solar system
enough, so I really want to say, what
this spacecraft and this team accomplished is unprecedented.
“We were basically chasing it down
in the dark at 32,000mph.”
He said the images, which were unveiled yesterday, were “just the tip of
the iceberg” and only one per cent of
the data stored on the craft had currently been received by scienitsts.
It will take up to two years for New
Horizsons to beam back all of its obsevations of Ultima Thule. Picture of
the object were taken as the probe
was 17,000 miles from it.
“New Horizons is like a time machine, taking us back to the birth of
the solar system,” said Jeff Moore,
New Horizons Geology and Geophysics team lead.
New Horizons blasted off from
Cape Canaveral in Florida in 2006.
By Sally Guyoncourt
A Nasa probe has sent back the “historic” first images of the most distant
object ever explored and it looks remarkably like a snowman.
The New Horizon spacecraft captured the photograph in a flyby of the
frozen object, named Ultima Thule,
which scientists believe may hold
some of the secrets to how plants
are formed. New Horizon’s Principal
Investigator Alan Stern said: “This
flyby is a historic achievement.
“Never before has any spacecraft
team tracked down such a small body
at such high speed so far away in the
abyss of space. New Horizons has set
a new bar for state-of-the-art spacecraft navigation.”
The high-resolution images appear to reveal a tall snowman-shaped
object, with one larger sphere (Ultima) connected to a smaller sphere
(Thule). Mr Stern said: “It is only really the size of something like Washington DC and it is about as reflective
as garden variety dirt. It’s a snowman
if it’s anything at all.
“I don’t think we have stressed
Principal
investigator
Alan Stern
(above, centre)
said the images
received by the
New Horizons
prove (right) of
Ultima Thule
were the ‘tip
of the iceberg’
End to end, this new world
measures about 19 miles
in length, is red in colour and
situated in the Kuiper belt about
6.5 billion km from Earth.
NASA/AFP/
GETTY
CRIME
Police officer tackled knife terror suspect ‘on instinct’
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
A police officer has described how
“instinct took over” as he ran towards a terror suspect attacking
tram passengers with a knife in
Manchester on New Year’s Eve.
Sergeant Lee Valentine, of British
Transport Police, suffered a knife
wound to his shoulder as he and
three colleagues overpowered the
man at the city’s Victoria Station.
A couple, both in their fifties,
are recovering in hospital after
they were injured in the attack on
a Metrolink platform just before
9pm on Monday. Specialist detectives have been assisting the couple.
The man is expected to be released
from hospital in the coming days,
while the woman will remain in care
for longer.
Sgt Valentine said: “We had no
idea what we were running towards
when we heard the screams on New
Year’s Eve. When we saw the man
wielding a knife, instinct took over.”
Greater Manchester Police said a
25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been
detained under the Mental Health
Act and is in a secure medical facility.
i understands that under the Act
there is no limit on how long the man
can be detained.
The supermarket chain Iceland has
recycled more than 310,000 bottles
since it began trialling “reverse vending machines” six months ago.
The frozen food retailer became
the first UK supermarket to install
the machines in store last June,
ahead of Morrisons, which introduced them the following month, and
Co-op, which installed them at music
festivals over the summer.
The reverse vending machines
reward people for recycling, offering money or vouchers in return for
empty plastic containers.
Iceland’s machines accept empty
own-brand plastic beverage bottles,
“paying” customers with a 10p voucher for each recycled bottle.
Over the past six months a total of
311,500 bottles have been scanned
into five reverse vending machines.
The machines are located in Wolverhampton, Mold in Wales, Fulham,
south-west London, and Musselburgh, East Lothian, and there is also
one for staff use at the retailer’s head
office in Deeside, Wales.
The supermarket now plans to extend the trial for a further six months
in order to collect additional information on the environmental impact of
a potential national roll-out, which
could come later this year.
SOCIETY
UK winner of
EuroMillions
picks up £115m
By Jemma Crew
A UK Lottery player has come forward to claim the £115m jackpot won
in the first EuroMillions draw of the
year, operator Camelot said.
One lucky ticket-holder started the
New Year with a bang by scooping the
entire £114,969,775.70 jackpot and becoming the fourth biggest winner in
UK history.
A further 10 players have also
pocketed £1m each in the New Year’s
Day draw.
Camelot said the prize money will
be paid when the ticket is validated
and that the winner will choose
whether to go public.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said:
“Imagine kicking off the New Year
with an extra £114m to your name.
“What an amazing win and year
ahead for one lucky UK ticket-holder.
“This win ranks number four in the
list of the biggest ever National Lottery winners and we look forward to
helping them enjoy their win.”
The winning main EuroMillions
numbers were 01, 08, 11, 25, 28 and
the winning EuroMillions Lucky Star
numbers were 04 and 06.
6
NEWS
EQUALITY
Government ‘mishandled’ trans issues
By Harriet Line
A former minister has accused the
Government of “mishandling” its
approach to transgender issues.
Maria Miller, the Conservative
chair of the Commons Women and
Equalities Committee, said many
trans people did not have access to
basic healthcare, and claimed that
ministers should have focused on
improving service provision in-
stead of reforming the legal recognition process.
Ms Miller said the committee
had recommended improving
healthcare access in its report on
transgender equality three years
ago. “Many trans people simply
don’t have access to the basic
healthcare that the rest of us take
for granted – things like cervical
smears are often things that trans
men are not able to access,” she
said. “The provision of services
seems to have somewhat been
eclipsed by an announcement by
the Government on the Gender
Recognition Act – that was one of
our recommendations, but only
one of 33.”
Ms Miller said that the focus
on the legislation was “wrongheaded”, instead arguing that
provision of services be given
greater attention.
The foggy doggy paddle
It was foggy start to the year as the
sun rose over Tynemouth beach on
the North East coast yesterday as
rough seas at greeted dog walkers.
Today, it will be another cold but
generally dry day across the UK. PA
Weather, page 45
EDUCATION
Life-saving skills
to be taught to
every pupil
By Richard Vaughan
EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
Every pupil in England will be expected to know how to administer lifesaving skills such as resuscitation by
the time they leave secondary school,
under government plans.
Education Secretary Damian
Hinds stressed the importance of
children being taught basic first aid
as part of proposals to make health
education compulsory in every
school from 2020.
Knowing first aid skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) –
chest compressions often combined
with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
– could “potentially save a life”, Mr
Hinds said.
Education First aid skills
The Government is due to set out its
proposals in full, but guidance issued
last year showed that pupils will be
taught basic first aid as part of a new
health education curriculum.
It means by the end of primary
school, children should know how to
make a “clear and efficient” phone call
to the emergency services. They will
also be expected to have a grasp of the
concept of first aid, including dealing
with head wounds.
By the end of secondary school,
students should be able to treat
common injuries. They will also be
expected to know “life-saving skills”,
such as administering CPR, and
knowing when to use a defibrillator.
The British Heart Foundation described the Government’s decision
as a “decisive moment”, highlighting
the fact that in countries where CPR
is taught in schools survival rates are
double that of the UK.
According to the Government, for
every minute without treatment the
chances of surviving a cardiac arrest
drop by about 10 per cent. A recent
survey by the British Red Cross
found that 95 per cent of adults would
not be able or confident in helping
with life-threatening emergencies.
The Department for Education is
due to publish its full plans later this
year as it looks to introduce new relationships, sex and health education
lessons in England’s schools.
Mr Hinds underlined the need to
teach first aid as NHS England figures from 2016-17 showed a spike in
cardiac arrests during the winter
months, with survival rates lower
than at other times of the year.
The minister said during his
own time at university he had been
“struck” by the number of American
students who knew how to give CPR
whereas “I didn’t have a clue”.
“As a father I want my children to
have the knowledge and skills they
need to keep themselves safe and
help others, and as Education Secretary I want that for every child,”
he said.
“Each day people needlessly die
because bystanders don’t have the
confidence or knowledge to perform CPR and defibrillation,” Simon
Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said.
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TRANSPORT
POLITICS
Overcrowding on trains ‘the worst
in decades’ as fares increase again
Corbyn calls
for Grayling to
quit and rail to
be nationalised
By Dean Kirby
Commuters are facing some of the
worst overcrowding on Britain’s
trains in decades, it is claimed, as
they start 2019 paying average fare increases of 3.1 per cent in England and
Wales and 2.8 per cent in Scotland.
Analysis of Department for Transport data suggests the most overcrowded train routes are on average
187 per cent over capacity – amid
predictions that overcrowding on
peak trains will increase in the coming years.
Protesters gathered at train stations across the UK yesterday to
demonstrate against the increase in
fares. Yesterday i told how the rise
has pushed the cost of intercity travel
for some commuters above £1 a mile.
Last year cancellations or significantly late services were at their
highest level in 17 years, according to
Labour’s study.
Andy McDonald, the shadow
Transport Secretary, said fares have
risen three times faster than average
wages under the Conservatives and
passengers had faced a “miserable
year” with severe disruption “blighting the network”.
He said: “Making passengers pay
more in real terms to travel on increasingly overcrowded trains is
simply not sustainable. The Government’s blind obsession with privatisation is putting the future of the
railway at risk.”
Labour, which carried out the
analysis, said the most overcrowded
route in 2017 was the 4.22 from Glasgow Central to Manchester airport
– with twice the number of passengers than the service was designed
to carry.
i reported last September of how
train punctuality was at the worst it
had been since 2006, with fares rising
56.6 per cent in the same period.
The DfT said: “We are investing
£48bn into modernising our rail network, to relieve overcrowding and
deliver significant improvements in
performance, punctuality and capacity. Our investment in new projects
like HS2 and East-West Rail is also
creating the space our rail network
needs for the future.”
Bruce Williamson, from the campaign group Railfuture, said of yesterday’s increases: “After a terrible
year of timetable chaos, passengers
are being rewarded with yet another
kick in the wallet.”
By Simon Calder
Jeremy Corbyn has demanded the
resignation of the Transport
Secretary, Chris Grayling, and
called for “a fully publicly owned
railway system” at a
demonstration against fare rises
of 3.1 per cent in England and
Wales and 2.8 per cent in Scotland.
Speaking outside King’s Cross
station in London, Mr Corbyn said:
“We have the highest rail fares in
Europe and they’re going up even
more. As a result, commuters
have to pay more, and as a result
some will stop travelling by train
and we’ll have an increase in
traffic. The Labour plan is public
ownership of railways.”
When asked what he would like
to see change, Mr Corbyn
answered: “Chris Grayling not to
be Transport Secretary.”
He also described the increase
as a “disgrace” and said Labour
would provide free bus travel for
everyone under the age of 25.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today
programme, Mr Grayling said:
“I’m not going to take lessons
from a party that in its last year
in government put up fares by
10 per cent.
“Services will improve on the
railways, I hope, on the back of the
biggest investment since the
steam age.
“The problem with
nationalisation is that we ended
up with far less investment.”
The Transport Secretary said
that the Government was getting
rid of “knackered old pacer trains
from the British Rail days”.
He also blamed fare rises on rail
unions. “The reality is the fare
increases are higher than they
should be because the unions
demand – with threats of national
rail strikes if they don’t get them –
higher pay rises than anybody
else,” he said. This claim was
described as “scandalous” by
The Rail, Maritime and
Transport Union. THE INDEPENDENT
Jeremy Corbyn joined a protest against rail fare hikes outside Kings Cross station in London yesterday PA
The busiest services
The most overcrowded route in 2017
was the TransPennine Express 04.22
from Glasgow Central to Manchester
Airport, according to the analysis.
In 2016, it was the Southern 07.16
from East Grinstead to London
Bridge and, in 2015, it was Govia
Thameslink’s 08.20 from Brighton
to Bedford. According to the study,
the 04.22 from Glasgow Central to
Manchester Airport also had the
dubious notoriety of being the most
overcrowded in 2014.
In 2013, it was the London Midland
16.46 service from London Euston
to Crewe, while, in 2012, it was
the Heathrow Connect 08.27 from
Heathrow to London Paddington.
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery
Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “Money
from fares is crucial to underpinning
over £13bn of private sector investment in 7,000 new and refurbishedlike-new carriages. This will mean
more seats, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi
and improved accessibility.”
TRANSPORT
‘Millennial railcard’ sales
suffer delays on first day
“Surely it should be easier and
quicker to buy the railcard than
this, or at least be possible to buy
Rail passengers complained at them at the station?”
missing out on discounted fares
In March, 10,000 cards sold out
and having to wait hours
on the first day of a nationfor the new 26-30 Railwide trial, despite probcard after it went on
lems with the website.
i later revealed that a
sale yesterday.
row over who should
The much-anticifund the card was
pated railcard was
Annual
saving
for
behind the delay to
available at noon
26-30 Railcard
a nationwide launch.
but a number of
holders, according
The cards cost £30
people said they
to industry body
a year and save a third
were unable to buy
the Rail Delivery
off most fares.
the so-called “millenGroup
National Rail refused
nial railcard”, despite
waiting in an online queue
to confirm sales figures because they were “commercially
for several hours.
Mark Dryden wrote on Twitter: sensitive”. It denied the website
“What should I do about the queue had crashed.
The company added that high deif I have 26-30 tickets for a 14.33
train from Manchester Victoria mand was resulting in longer waiting times than usual.
to Newcastle?
By Dean Kirby
NORTHERN CORRESPONDENT
£125
I’m
m not going to take
lessons from a party that, in
its last year in government,
put up fares by 10 per cent
CRIME
Bouncer killed on New Year’s Day ‘came to UK for better life’
By Andy Johnson
A security guard who was stabbed to
death as he tried to stop gatecrashers
storming a party had come to London
“for a better life”, his girlfriend said.
Tudor Simionov, 33, was working
outside the private event at Fountain
House in Park Lane in the capital’s
West End when he was attacked at
around 5.30am on 1 January.
His girlfriend, Madalina Anghel,
told the Evening Standard: “Right
now, I can’t think about him in the
past. He was my future husband and
we came to London from Romania
for a better life. I can’t explain in
words how much pain I am in.”
Two of Mr Simionov’s colleagues,
aged 29 and 37, were also stabbed
during the fight, as was a 29-yearold woman. Their injuries were not
life-threatening.
A 26-year-old man was arrested on
suspicion of murder yesterday and
taken to a police station in central
London. Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge
said: “Some people may have left the
scene immediately after having witnessed the attack, possibly not knowing how serious it was at the time.
“But now, knowing this has resulted in murder of Mr Simionov and
the serious injuries inflicted upon
the three other victims, they should
come forward.”
Tudor Simionov with his girlfriend,
Madalina Anghel, in October 2018
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IMMIGRATION
Javid’s doubts about Channel
migrants condemned by charities
By Richard Vaughan
Refugee charities and MPs have
condemned Sajid Javid after he cast
doubt on whether migrants making
the journey across the English Channel were “genuine asylum seekers”.
The Home Secretary questioned
why those risking their lives to come
to Britain did not remain in France if
they were refugees fleeing persecution in their homelands.
In taking an increasingly hard line
on the issue, Mr Javid also raised
the prospect that people picked up
by UK authorities faced having asylum requests denied as a deterrent
to prevent others undertaking the
same dangerous journey. The comments immediately drew fire from
campaigners and opposition MPs,
who warned any refusal of asylum on
that basis would be unlawful.
Speaking during a visit to Dover,
Mr Javid said: “A question has to be
asked: ‘If you are a genuine asylum
seeker, why have you not sought
asylum in the first safe country you
arrived in?’
“Because France is not a country
where anyone would argue it is not
safe in any way whatsoever, and if
you are genuine then why not seek
asylum in your first safe country?”
And in a stark warning to migrants
considering making the crossing, he
added: “Also, if you do somehow make
it to the UK, we will do everything we
can to make sure that you are often
not successful because we need to
break that link, and to break that link
means we can save more lives.”
It comes just days after Mr Javid
was criticised for describing the
arrival of several migrants to UK
shores over the Christmas period as
a “major incident”. Anger over the
Government’s handling of the situa-
tion forced the minister to cut short
his family holiday in South Africa to
take personal control of the issue.
But refugee groups hit out at the
Home Secretary’s remarks, warning
that his comments would contravene
the 1951 refugee convention.
Dr Lisa Doyle, director of advocacy
at the Refugee Council, described the
remarks as “deeply concerning”.
She added: “The outcome of an
asylum application cannot be prejudged before it has been made and
must be processed on its individual
merit, irrespective of how that person reached the country.”
Her comments were echoed by
Tough talking From compassionate to hardliner
Sajid Javid employed softer language
when he became Home Secretary
in April last year. He disowned the
phrase “hostile environment” when
he assumed the post in wake of the
Windrush scandal.
He said: “It’s a compliant environment, I don’t like the phrase ‘hostile’.”
On the Windrush scandal itself,
which saw a generation of people
wrongly classed as illegal immigrants
despite living for decades in the UK,
he showed empathy. “I thought, that
could be my mum... my dad... my
uncle... It could be me,” he said.
He said he wanted to create a “more
compassionate” immigration system.
He bemoaned the fact that the treatment of those affected by the scandal
was not “personal enough”.
Following talks with
officials on Monday, Mr
Javid redeployed two cutters
from overseas to join HMC
Vigilant in the Channel, which is
patrolling off the south coast.
Oxfam’s head of government relations, Jon Date, who said rejecting
an asylum claim “because we don’t
like the manner in which they arrive
would be illegal and is an affront to
fairness and decency”.
Paul Hook, head of campaigns at
the charity Refugee Action, added:
“The Home Secretary must remember that these are people who have
fled their homes and they each deserve a decent, humanitarian, and
understanding response.”
The Labour MP Stella Creasy, who
has visited migrant camps in Calais,
accused Mr Javid of normalising
“anti-refugee rhetoric online”.
She added: “People will continue to
die and be at mercy of traffickers all
the time politicians pretend to play
tough for votes rather than recognise
why people flee.”
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CONSERVATIVES
Second Brexit
vote ‘would be
devastating’
By Richard Vaughan
Sajid Javid meets
Border Force
staff on HMC
Searcher in Dover
yesterday PA
POLITICS
Corbyn ‘at odds with 72 per cent’
of Labour Party on People’s Vote
By Alain Tolhurst and David Hughes
Jeremy Corbyn has continued to
resist calls to back a second EU referendum despite a poll suggesting
almost three-quarters of Labour
members want one.
A survey of more than 1,000 party
members found that 72 per cent
would like to see their leader throw
his weight behind a so-called People’s Vote.
Mr Corbyn said yesterday: “What
we will do is vote against having
no deal and vote against Theresa
May’s deal. At that point, she should
go back to Brussels and say ‘this is
not acceptable to Britain’ and renegotiate a customs union – form a
customs union with the European
Union to secure trade.”
At last year’s Labour Party conference a motion was passed that
if another general election was not
called, Mr Corbyn should pursue
another referendum on Brexit.
Yesterday, he said that this policy
was “sequential” on a range of
issues, adding: “The issue of another
referendum was of course one of
the options, but that was after a vote
in Parliament.
“The vote has been delayed and
delayed and delayed – the Govern-
ment should be ashamed of itself.
It’s finally going to take place in
the second week of January, but it
should have taken place more than
a month ago.
“The Government is trying to run
down the clock and create a sense of
fear with two completely unacceptable options of no deal or May’s deal.”
Professor Tim Bale, from Queen
Mary University of London, which
was involved in the research, said:
“Mr Corbyn recently reiterated his
stance that he wants the UK to leave
the EU, but this is at odds with the
views of an overwhelming majority
of Labour’s members and voters.”
BREXIT
Grayling defends £13m for new sea venture
By David Wilcock
and Jennifer McKiernan
Awarding a £13.8m contract for nodeal Brexit ferry services to a company with no ships is an example of
the Government “supporting new
business”, Chris Grayling has said.
The Transport Secretary (inset)
defended the decision to do a deal
with Seaborne Freight, despite it
never having run a Channel service.
It was one of three firms awarded
contracts totalling £108m last week
to lay on additional crossings to ease
the pressure on Dover when Britain
pulls out of the EU.
Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4’s
Today programme that Seaborne
had been properly vetted before
being chosen, after concerns
were raised over its ability to
fulfil the contract. He said:
“It’s a new start-up business, [the]Government
is supporting new business and there is nothing
wrong with that.
“We have looked carefully
at this business and have put in
place a tight contract that makes
sure they can deliver for us.This
has been looked at very carefully
by a team of civil servants who have
done due diligence. We believe they
are on track to run services from
April, yes.”
Seaborne aims to operate freight ferries from
Ramsgate in Kent to
the Belgian port of
Ostend, beginning
with two ships in late
March and increasing to four by the end
of the summer.
It was established two
years ago and has been in
talks about running freight ferries
between Ramsgate and Ostend, but
no services are currently running.
Jeremy Hunt has warned that a second Brexit referendum would have
“devastating” social consequences
that would be “incredibly damaging”
for the UK.
The Foreign Secretary insisted
that another vote on leaving the European Union would be as disruptive as pulling out of the bloc without
a deal.
Speaking at an event in Singapore
during a three-day trip across Asia,
Mr Hunt said leaving the EU without
an agreement was not something
“any government should willingly
wish upon its people”.
And he added: “But a second referendum would also be incredibly damaging in a different way because we
are a democracy. We have been given
our instructions by the British people
and they have asked to leave the European Union and they are expecting
us to get on with that.”
Going back to voters for a second
time on the terms of Brexit would
leave the public questioning the UK’s
democratic principles, he said.
“The social consequences – in
one of the oldest democracies in the
world – of not going ahead and leaving the EU on the 29 March as we
have been instructed to do, would be
devastating,” he said.
His comments chime with those of
other MPs, such as Labour’s shadow
International Trade Secretary, Barry
Gardiner, who last year claimed a
second vote would provoke “civil
disobedience” and embolden the
“extreme right”.
But it marks a major shift in stance
from Mr Hunt, who called for a second referendum on the UK’s Brexit
terms in the immediate aftermath of
2016 vote.
Virendra Sharma, the Labour MP
and supporter of anti-Brexit Best for
Britain group, said: “Mr Hunt was
one of the first people to call for a vote
on the Brexit deal”.
“While he seems to have decided
it’s no longer advantageous for his
personal leadership prospects to
back a people’s vote, the arguments
for putting this decision back in the
hands of the people have grown and
grown over the past two-and-a-half
years,” Mr Sharma said.
MPs are to start debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal on 9 January
ahead of the crucial vote due to be
held the following week beginning on
14 January.
It comes after the Prime Minister’s
decision to postpone the original vote
last month in the face of mounting opposition to the proposal.
Mr Hunt said yesterday he was
confident that the deal would pass
through Parliament, adding that Mrs
May was seeking further clarifications from Brussels on the issue of
the Northern Irish backstop.
“She will find a way to get this deal
through Parliament,” he added.
Rohingya refugees
Hunt to seek support
Jeremy Hunt will today pledge the
UK’s support for media freedom
in Malaysia and discuss action to
support Rohingya refugees from
neighbouring Burma, as part of his
three-day trip to Asia.
He will hold bilateral talks with the
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin
Abdullah, meet prime minister Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad and attend a
round table with businesses.
Mr Hunt will also meet the
minister of communications Gobind
Singh Deo and media practitioners to
discuss strengthening press freedom.
He said: “The UK is leading international efforts to support and protect
media freedoms.
“At a time when these freedoms are
increasingly under threat across the
world, I applaud the new Malaysian
government for the positive commitments and early steps it has taken.”
SOCIETY
MPs criticise
policy on forced
marriage
By David Wilcock
and Ryan Wilkinson
Jeremy Hunt said he is investigating
after it emerged the Foreign Office
has made British women forced into
marriages abroad pay hundreds of
pounds for their own rescue.
The Foreign Secretary said Britain
should always act with “compassion
and humanity” after MPs attacked
the policy of recouping the cost of
helping citizens return home.
Reports have emerged that victims
have to either pay for plane tickets,
basic food and shelter themselves or,
if they are over 18, take out emergency loans with the department.
It prompted criticism, with one MP
likening it to the Windrush scandal in
showing how differently Britons from
minorities are treated in comparison
to their white counterparts. Mr Hunt,
who is in Singapore at the start of a
three-day visit to Asia, said he wanted “to get to the bottom” of the issue.
The Foreign Office, which jointly
runs a Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)
with the Home Office, said it has an
obligation to recover money spent
on repatriating victims when public
money is involved, such as the cost
of a flight back to the UK. It is understood the women are not charged for
staff costs and the department does
not profit from the repatriations
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HEALTH
NHS hopes £420m
boost will avoid
crisis this winter
By Paul Gallagher
HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Part of the
damaged freight
train near
Storebaelt bridge
yesterday AP
DENMARK
Six killed in train accident on bridge
By JanM Olsen
Six people have been killed and 16 injured in a train accident on a Danish
bridge linking the central islands of
Zealand and Funen.
The victims were passengers
travelling from Odense to Copenhagen, Danish Railways said.
A police spokesman said the
passenger train “hit an unknown
object” but did not make any
further comment.
Danish media reported that a
tarpaulin on a freight train travelling in the opposite direction hit
the passenger train, prompting it to
brake suddenly.
The Storebaelt bridge is part of a
system of bridges and a tunnel linking the Danish islands. The accident
took place at about 8am on a road-
and-rail bridge, part of a transport
system consisting of a road suspension bridge and a railway tunnel.
The transport system was closed
to cars overnight because of strong
winds, but trains could pass.
A 2015 study by Boston Consulting Group found that Denmark tied
with Britain as having Europe’s
safest-rated railway system, and the
third best in system in general.
The NHS in England has said it is
“better equipped” to deal with a
surge in demand for services during
winter thanks to a “£420m boost”.
Part of the extra money has gone
towards upgrading emergency departments by expanding space,
creating new treatment areas and
adding bed capacity at 80 hospitals
across the country. Most of the improvements were put in place before
Christmas, officials said.
NHS England said the funding is
making it easier to transfer patients
from A&E to different wards and
speed up test results, helping to better manage the number of patient
beds in use. Health officials said they
expect the benefit from the schemes
will be the equivalent of an additional
900 beds this winter.
A total of £240m of the extra funding was also made available to local
authorities for adult social care to
help reduce pressures on the NHS by
getting patients home quicker, freeing up hospital beds across England.
Councils are planning to provide
more than 30,000 additional packages of care to support people in their
homes, and will also use the funds for
an additional 9,000 care home beds.
Ambulance trusts were given
£36.3m to pay for more than 250 new
ambulances, with 100 delivered by
Christmas Eve.
The Department of Health and
Social Care is desperate to avoid a
repeat of last year’s winter crisis,
which was the worst on record. Official figures showed patient waiting
times, bed shortages and ambulance
queues hit unprecedented levels.
Health minister Stephen
Hammond urged the public to help support staff during the
winter period by using alternatives to A&E for minor problems,
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MUSIC
SOCIETY
Tale of the tape: Kylie
and The 1975 help spur
revival in cassette sales
Lack of loos
for women in
theatres is
flushed out
By Adam Sherwin
ARTS AND MEDIA CORRESPONDENT
Sales of the music cassette, considered an obsolete format until
recently, soared by 125 per cent
last year, the music body BPI
has revealed.
The 1975 and Kylie Minogue led
the cassette revival, which helped
fuel a 6 per cent overall increase in
music sales during 2018.
Nearly 50,000 cassette albums
were bought – up 125.3 per cent on
2017. It was the largest volume sold
since 2004.
Pop-rock band The 1975 sold
more than 7,500 cassettes of their
No 1 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. A limited edition
tape version of Kylie Minogue’s
Golden album was an instant hit.
However the BPI was cautious
about the “mini-revival” in cassette sales, attributed to “hipster
nostalgia” for an 80s era of Sony
Walkmans, which are now traded
for £600 on eBay.
Music fans appear to be reaching
“peak vinyl” with 4.2 million LPs
bought in 2018, a rise of just 1.6 per
cent. Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility
Base Hotel + Casino was 2018’s mostpurchased album on vinyl and the
fastest-selling LP for 25 years.
Physical music sales are now far
outstripped by digital streaming,
which accounted for 63 per cent of
the music market. The absence of
a new Adele or Ed Sheeran album
contributed to a 23 per cent decline
in CD sales, a factor in HMV’s collapse into administration.
Dua Lipa was the biggestselling female artist of 2018 but
was the only woman to have
an album in the UK’s top 10
of the year. Lipa’s self-titled
debut album was the ninth
top-selling record of 2018,
despite being released in
June 2017.
A bumper year for film
Top 10 Cassettes
1 The 1975 A Brief Inquiry into Online
Relationships
2 Kylie Minogue Golden
3 The Prodigy No Tourists
4 Guardians of the Galaxy –
Awesome Mix 2
5 Ariana Grande Sweetener
6 Mumford & Sons Delta
7 Now That’s What I Call Music
8 Guardians Of The Galaxy –
Awesome Mix 1
9 Snow Patrol Wildness
10 Take That Odyssey
2018 hits Top 10 albums
1 Motion Picture Cast Recording
The Greatest Showman
2 George Ezra Staying At Tamara’s
3 Ed Sheeran Divide
4 Now That’s What I Call Music 100’
5 Now That’s What I Call Music 99
6 Motion Picture Cast Recording
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
7 Drake Scorpion
8 Now That’s What I Call Music 101
9 Post Malone ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys
10 Motion Picture Cast Recording
A Star Is Born
Top 10 Singles
1 Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
(right) “One Kiss”
2 Drake “God’s Plan”
3 George Ezra “Shotgun”
4 Keala Settle & The Greatest
Showman Ensemble “This
Is Me”
5 Rudimental ft Jess Glynne,
Macklemore & Dan Caplen
“These Days”
6 Ed Sheeran “Perfect”
7 Drake “Nice For What”
8 George Ezra “Paradise”
9 Ariana Grande “No
Tears Left To Cry”
10 Portugal The Man
“Feel It Still”
NATURE
A limited edition ‘Golden’ cassette by
Kylie Minogue was an instant hit
soundtracks kept music sales buoyant. The Greatest Showman album,
released in December 2017, was the
year’s biggest-selling title, occupying
the No 1 spot for almost half the year.
George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s
was the biggest-selling album outside the soundtrack section. Music
fans listened to 91 billion audio
streams, up by 34 per cent, with
“God’s Plan” by Drake most popular.
TheGreatestShowman was the first
movie soundtrack to top the yearend sales chart since Saturday Night
Fever in 1978, shifting 1.6 million BritCertified sales, helping
total album sales reach
143 million, up by 5.7
per cent on 2017.
Howeve r, G e o f f
Taylor, chief executive BPI and Brit
Awards, warned:
“As we are already seeing,
with the news
that HMV
has gone into
administration, continuing
g row t h co u l d
be put at risk if
a hard Brexit
further harms
consumer confidence or the
Government fails
to ensure that all
platforms using
music pay fairly
for it.”
By Sally Guyoncourt
The perennial problem of the loo
queue for women in West End theatres has finally been flushed out with
a collection of stark statistics.
For female theatre-goers it will
come as little surprise to learn the
average venue has just one toilet for
every 38 women in the audience.
Research by industry journal The
Stage found a West End theatre at
full-capacity would need to have a
57-minute interval rather than the
usual 20 minutes to allow all women
in the audience to spend a penny.
If an average-sized West End venue
was to follow British Standard sanitary provision guidelines it should
have at least 36 women’s toilets.
According to The Stage, on average
there are just 21.
And it is a similar story for disabled
access toilets.
Of the 42 theatres which responded to the survey, 26 have just one
disabled access toilet and two – Ambassadors and Wyndham’s
– have none.
The Theatres
Trust, which gave
£125,000 for theaThe minimum
tres to improve
number of
toilet provision in
female loos a
2016, pointed out
West End
that not all auditheatre
ence members will
should have
use toilet facilities
during an interval.
But Tom Stickland, of the
Trust, told The Stage: “The challenge
historic theatres face providing
enough toilets is one theatre operators and audiences know well.
“Major refurbishments of these
theatres often look to address this,
particularly surrounding the underprovision of ladies’ loos, but they are
often limited by the front-of-house
space found in Victorian and Edwardian theatres.”
One of the worst offenders is Grade
II listed The Old Vic, currently fundraising to improve its facilities, which
has one toilet for every 56.7 women.
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Nosy mare stuck in middle
of New Year’s ‘Eve’ rescue
By Sally Guyoncourt
A horse with a nose for trouble found
itself stuck in a Second World War
gun emplacement and had to be
freed by firefighters.
The horse had decided to investigate the small building in her field in
Gotham, Nottinghamshire, on New
Year’s Eve, but soon realised that
getting in was much easier than
getting out.
East Leake Fire Station’s animal
rescue team were called out to
help the mare, who they nick-
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Eve slices of apple to keep her calm
named Eve. They eased her out of
her temporary trap and later
dubbed their efforts a New Year’s
“Eve” Rescue.
An online post from the fire
brigade read: “Getting through
the tiny entrance did not seem any
problem when going in, but proved
impossible to get out.
“With the help of firefighters
from Beeston, Highfields station,
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
Service, the entrance was made
nearly 10 inches bigger to allow her
to be coaxed out with some tasty
morsels and an apple.
“Eve is now reunited with her pals
in the field.”
Eve’s owner is reported to be
securing the building to keep inquisitive horses at bay in future.
Hotel guests ‘leave behind pets’
By Alan Jones
A cockatoo called Brexit, a glass eye,
a 5ft tall chocolate Easter bunny
and a gallon of water from
Loch Ness were among the
items left behind in Travelodge hotels last year.
The budget hotel chain
said there had been a growing trend of pets being left
in rooms, including fish and
two Persian cats along with the
politically named bird.
A royal enthusiast from Houston,
Texas, who was staying at the London City Travelodge, had to make
a return journey from Heathrow
airport and buy a new airline ticket
when she left behind her much treasured Meghan Markle replica
wedding dress.
Other unusual items
included a bottle of vintage champagne, a chest
of semi-precious stones
and a Coutts cheque
book and account card.
Shakila Ahmed, from
Travelodge, said: “We have
seen a rise this year in important business papers, valuable items
and lucky charms being left behind in
our hotels.”
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A female climber has died after falling around 500ft from Ben Nevis on
New Year’s Day.
The 22-year-old Bristol University
student, who has not been named,
was climbing with three friends on
a planned trip to Britain’s highest
mountain when she plunged to her
death in the “horrific” fall.
It is the second death on the
country’s highest peak in recent
weeks. Patrick Boothroyd, a 21-yearold student from West Yorkshire,
died in a fall on 16 December.
Bristol University said the latest
tragedy would be felt deeply by
students and staff.
A spokeswoman said: “It is with
great sadness that we can confirm
that on 1 January one of our students
died in an accident whilst on a hiking
trip to Ben Nevis in Scotland.
“The student was part of a larger
group of students who had organised
this new year trip to the Highlands.
“Our hearts go out to the family
and friends of this student. This
tragic accident will be deeply felt
across our university community.”
John Stevenson, from Lochaber
Mountain Rescue Team, said the
woman and her friends had been
climbing what is known as the “ledge
route” on the Carn Dearg area of
the mountain.
He said: “The rocks are very icy at
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the moment and where she slipped
there was an almost vertical drop
of 500ft. He added that she “would
have stood little or no chance”.
The team received an emergency
call at around 10.30am on Tuesday.
Mr Stevenson said: “We had to get
the other three off the mountain –
they were stuck.
“The weather cleared and the
helicopter managed to get in and
airlift them. The woman was located.
She hadn’t survived.”
A statement posted on the
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team
Facebook page passed on the
team’s “sincere condolences” to the
woman’s family and friends.
The team also thanked the
Coastguard helicopter crew from
Inverness for their “fantastic
support” after what it called
“another example of exceptional
flying” in getting the rescuers to
a “very difficult location” on the
mountain. Last month the team was
involved in recovering the body of
Mr Boothroyd, a Cardiff University
student killed in a 1,600ft fall.
He suffered a fatal head injury
when overhanging snow collapsed
and swept him down the mountain
as he climbed Tower Gully with a
friend. The second climber was not
seriously injured.
Lochaber mountain
rescue said the group
were well equipped and may
have gone slightly off route into
unexpectedly difficult terrain.
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COURTS
Google Maps
hampered search
for missing man
Crash-for-cash
fraud scheme
couple jailed
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
By Anthony France
and Isobel Frodsham
Australian police overlooked the
body of a missing man after relying
on incorrect Google Maps data, a
coroner has claimed.
Darrell Simon, 46, went missing
after leaving his partner’s home 50
miles west of Brisbane in November 2014. Police conducted a search
around 12.5 miles from Mr Simon’s
home the following week, using a
printed copy of a Google Maps image.
The map displayed the boundaries
of the property incorrectly, meaning
search teams only searched about
half of the property.
Mr Simon’s body was eventually
found in May 2016. His death was
ruled a suicide.
Deputy State Coroner John Lock
criticised Queensland Police Service’s decision to use Google Maps
when the local council possessed a
more informative aerial map.
“It is quite apparent the quality
of the images of the property on this
map is far superior to the Google map
images used in the search of the property,” he said.
An aspiring Bollywood actor staged
a crash-for-cash scam in which his
girlfriend lied about being pregnant
and had to be cut free by firefighters.
Nasir Ghaffar, 34, and Shabina
Kassim, 35, admitted trying to swindle £15,554 from insurers.
An innocent motorist told how a
Vauxhall Vectra suddenly changed
lanes in front of him at traffic lights
and slammed on its brakes, causing
him to crash into the back.
Kassim was seen by a witness moving into the driver’s seat and later
told police she was pregnant.
Paramedics were called over fears
she had fractured her spine and firefighters had to cut the Vectra’s roof
off to get her out.
Ghaffar and Kassim had been passengers in the Vectra being driven
by a third man, who ran off and was
never identified.
The pair were convicted of fraud at
Inner London Crown Court.
They were both sentenced to 15
months in prison, suspended for 18
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“Your Army Needs
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Put trafficking
gangs out of
business
The rise is
low – but so
are wages
His fighting
talk has
not abated
A Luddite
vision of
utopia
The most
dysfunctional
currency
A welcome
move to New
Year’s Day
Daily Telegraph
New Statesman
New YorkTimes
The Times
The Spectator
Radio Times
Hopefully, ministers
will learn some
important lessons
from this fiasco, not
least that the British
authorities have a
fundamental duty to
ensure we have the
appropriate resources
in place post-Brexit
to protect Britain’s
southern shoreline
from boatloads of
illegal migrants.
(Con Coughlin)
A 3 per cent increase
in fares may not sound
unreasonable – but by
the same token, neither
would a 3 per cent
increase in wages. The
latter, however, has
not been forthcoming.
Being told it’s going to
cost you more just for
the privilege of getting
to your underpaid job
just feels like taking
the piss.
(Jonn Elledge)
There is considerable
uncertainty about
how closely President
Bolsonaro will
resemble the gruff,
indignant and
uncompromising
candidate who
pulled off a victory
by promising to
dismantle a culture
of corruption and use
draconian means to
restore security.
(Ernesto Londoño)
Tech entrepreneurs
almost all revere
books, amassing
libraries rather
than art. Evan
Spiegel, co-founder
of Snapchat and a
compulsive reader,
said he was limiting his
stepson to 90 minutes
screen time a week to
encourage him to pick
up a book.
(Alice Thomson)
In truth, the euro is the
most dysfunctional
currency ever created
– the gold standard of
the 1930s, but worse.
With its toxic mixture
of depression, stalled
growth, financial
chaos and mass
unemployment, its
only real achievement
is to erase a generation
of economic progress.
(Matthew Lynn)
Wired
Irish Times
Do I miss Doctor Who
being on Christmas
Day? No. Though
pleased the Beeb held
the programme in
such esteem to place
it slap bang in their
yuletide schedule for
13 years, I was never
sold on the idea of
festive Who. This time
it means my extended
family didn’t once
switch on the TV on
25 December.
(Patrick Mulkern)
The Guardian
The Sun
Deutsche Welle
It is easy for these
politicians to condemn
the gangs of traffickers.
But our governments
could put these gangs
out of business and
alleviate the mass
of human suffering
by opening up legal
routes to sanctuary
(Diane Taylor)
This latest inflationbusting hike of 3.2 per
cent comes after a year
in which passengers
suffered strikes,
timetable chaos and
disruptive engineering
works. Punctuality is
at its lowest level for
13 years.
(Editorial)
According to his way of
thinking, everyone is a
socialist, a communist
or a Marxist who
doesn’t agree with
him and whom he
feels he needs to,
with the help of God,
stop from bringing
down Christianity.
(Thomas Milz)
Alexa is the result
of the desire to push
technology into a less
intrusive place. This
will continue in 2019,
as we finally abandon
the notion that the
meaning of life resides
in the somewhat
Luddite illusion of the
digital detox.
(Carlo Ratti)
Ireland took a decision
to break the link with
sterling and join the
euro, thus moving
itself more into the EU
economic sphere. Now
the UK has decided
to move in the other
direction, and Ireland’s
unique position is
again in focus.
(Cliff Taylor)
DigitalSpy
Resolution leaves
Doctor Who on a far
stronger note than
its underwhelming
series finale did a few
weeks back. The series
is now on a much surer
footing heading into
further adventures.
(Morgan Jeffery)
LifeInBrief
JUNE WHITFIELD ACTRESS
Quote of
the day
Vegans are
not all lefties
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The Conservative
MP on her New
Year’s resolution
Dame June Whitfield, who starred
in the TV sitcoms Terry and June and
Absolutely Fabulous, has died aged 93.
The comedy actor also appeared in
four Carry On films and the popular
series Last of the Summer Wine during
her long career, which stretched over
eight decades.
She was made a Dame in the 2017
Birthday Honours for her services to
drama and entertainment, having been
appointed previously OBE in 1985 and
CBE in 1998.
Dame June was born to a telephone
company executive and an amateur
actress in Streatham, south London,
in 1925. In an interview with The Daily
Telegraph, the veteran actress said she
knew from an early age she wanted
to perform.
“There was never one moment when
I decided,” she said. “I went to dancing
classes and elocution classes and
the appeal was simply that I loved it all.”
She trained at Rada and her big break
came in 1953 when she was cast as Ron
Glum’s fiancée, Eth, in “The Glums”, a
regular sketch on Frank Muir and Denis
Norden’s radio comedy Take It From
Here. Her first starring role was in the
sitcom Beggar My Neighbour in 1966 as
Rose Garvey.
Two years later, she joined Terry
Scott in Scott On... marking the start
of their working relationship. The pair
would go on to star together in Happy
Ever After and its popular successor
Terry and June.
In 1971, she recorded a spoof version
of the late of the 1960s hit “Je T’aime”,
originally made famous by Jane Birkin
and Serge Gainsbourg, with comic
actor Frankie Howerd. Its audience
was limited after it was banned from
the BBC for being too risqué due to its
comical heavy breathing.
In the 90s, Dame June’s comedy
skills found a new generation of fans
when she joined Absolutely Fabulous,
becoming one of the show’s best-known
characters as the mother of Jennifer
Saunders’s character Edina Monsoon.
She continued to be a regular face on
British television, appearing in comedy
series such Last of the Summer Wine
and The Green Green Grass.
Appearances on Britain’s bestloved soaps, including a short stint
on Coronation Street in 2010 and a
one-off appearance in Albert Square
for EastEnders in 2015, kept the veteran
actress on the small screen well after
the turn of the century.
In an interview published in the
Daily Mirror on the day that her death
was announced, Dame June bemoaned
the amount of sex and violence in
current shows, adding: “And where’s
the humour gone?” She said mobility
problems meant she now could only
play someone “in bed going to sleep”.
She was given the Lifetime
Achievement Award for Comedy by the
British Comedy Awards in 1994. Dame
June, whose husband Tim Aitchison
died in 2001, is survived by their
daughter, Suzy Aitchison, who is also an
actress, best known for her role as Susie
on the BBC sitcom Jam & Jerusalem.
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Died 28 December 2018
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A price that no victim should pay
The Government’s treatment of women bundled abroad is shameful
S
ometimes, in a long
string of gross cruelties,
the petty cruelties
become all the less
forgivable. That families
in Britain send their
daughters to “correctional schools”
abroad, where they are imprisoned
and tortured until they are broken
enough to accept a forced marriage,
is horrific enough.
But, as The Times reports, it has
emerged that when a young woman
is resourceful enough to escape, her
government – our government –
confiscates her passport and gives
her six months to pay the charge
that has been made to her for her
rescue, or face a hike in the bill.
I simply cannot imagine how
anyone can expect a young woman
to recompense her government
because it rescued her from kidnap
and slavery.
God knows that families are
capable of inflicting unspeakable
abuse on their daughters, simply
because they are daughters – quite
often in God’s name.
Our government, however, has
supposedly undertaken the task
of protecting vulnerable women
against the worst excesses of
discrimination and misogyny.
Parliament has supposedly
undertaken the task of ensuring
that the Government is doing so.
How the hell did no MP get wind of
this travesty, take it up and fix it?
No doubt, now that the story
has been carried in a newspaper,
with the prominence it deserves,
the policy will be abandoned. It
has become a cliché to remark
that the demands of Brexit have
left Westminster febrile and
dysfunctional, at the expense of
vulnerable people all over Britain.
But the sheer inhumanity of this
latest exposure still shocks.
It is plain that the No 1 reason
why these young people were
bundled out of Britain in the first
place is because they are female,
and because the global fight to free
women from cultures that demand
control of their bodies is still in
its infancy, here and elsewhere.
In Ireland, on New Year’s Day,
abortion services became available
for the first time.
There’s another reason why these
women were bundled out of Britain,
and another reason why they were
expected to pay to return. People of
colour, people who can be identified
at a glance as “other”, are not seen
as equal citizens in this country
– not even by the officialdom that
is under as large an obligation to
British victims of forced
marriages overseas are
being asked to cover
costs associated with
their rescue AFP/GETTY
protect and advance racial equality
as it is sexual equality.
Our Parliament is cowed before
the demands of xenophobes and
racists. It is perfectly possible that
the Foreign Office feared a different
headline in a different newspaper
– one that complained of “our taxes
being squandered on Britain’s failed
experiment in multiculturalism”.
It is perfectly possible, as well,
that the person who has done the
longest stint as Foreign Secretary
lately was too busy burnishing his
image in arrogant preparation for
the top job to concern himself with
actual graft.
The amount of money that is
being recovered from these women
must be paltry in the context of
state spending. Just 27 women
were assisted in escaping from
forced marriage abroad by the
Parliament
has become
cowed by the
demands of
xenophobes
and racists
Foreign Office last year. But the
sum can only be impossibly large
in the context of the budget of a
young woman who is estranged
from her family, perhaps fearing
for her life, recently escaped from
imprisonment, recovering from
physical and psychological abuse,
including dehumanisation and
almost certainly suffering from
traumatic illness.
One woman, Jasmin Osman,
escaped from a prison/“school”
in Somaliland and prompted the
rescue of 25 other women, seven of
them British. Her name should have
been in the papers for receiving a
New Year’s Honour. Not for this.
Four women rescued from a
prison/“school” in Somalia were
charged £740 each for the privilege.
Unsurprisingly, they are not
thriving back in Britain. Two live in
refuges. Two have drug problems.
Their hopes of living happy and
productive lives must seem more
distant with every hour that passes.
How anyone with an eye on
government purse strings can think
that this makes sound financial
sense in the medium to long term
is far beyond logic. The policy fails
catastrophically, even on its own
miserable and shameful terms.
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Peterloo was
not a one-off
Seeing the year
in with a bang
For Dean Kirby to
describe the Peterloo
Masscre as “the darkest
day in British political
history” (i, 2 January)
– however wrong and
shameful it was – is, with
respect, giving a false
picture of our history.
It was not some sort
of isolated incident but
just one moment in the
costly history of ordinary
workers trying to make
themselves heard.
To name but one
of so many examples
before and after, a few
years earlier, in 1813,
14 Luddite textile
workers were hanged
(deliberately!) outside
York Castle, in effect
for seeking to defend
themselves, their jobs
and their wellbeing.
Pretty dark.
MIKE HARWOOD
KIRKSTALL, LEEDS
New Year’s Eve was like
World War Three in
my area. The fireworks
started at 10pm and
went on until 2am. My
head felt as if it had
been bashed by a cricket
bat. The poor dog, even
though she had some
medication from the vet,
was also beside herself.
Is it possible to get
the firework makers to
reduce the volume of the
bangs? I don’t want to
have fireworks banned or
spoil people’s pleasure,
but it is becoming a
constant worry.
J CONNOR
Please step in,
Parliament
I so disagree with Chris
Meadows on the need for
Parliament to “back off”
on Brexit (Your View,
1 January). My regret
is that we had a
referendum at all.
I voted for my MP
to make complicated
decisions for me in
order to achieve the
best way forward – one
that benefits the whole
nation. On this basis,
Parliament would have
decided it was best
for the UK to remain
in Europe by a clear
majority. This is still
the case. Thank God we
haven’t had a referendum
on capital punishment.
RICHARD POWELL
WHITE
MONMOUTH
On the subject of the
mess left by the Thames
after New Year’s Eve,
I lived in Berry, New
South Wales, where the
Rotary Club put on free
fireworks each year. I
helped clear up and, on
my last occasion, picked
up just three pieces
of litter after 10,000
revellers had been there.
The Lions Club put
on free fireworks on the
Beverley Westwood last
November. After a balmy
night, with a similar
number of people, we
needed an army of
volunteers to clear up.
If the Australians can
do it, why can’t we?
JUDITH GUNHOUSE
CHERRY BURTON,
BEVERLEY
Heartening
proposals
I felt encouraged by
your reporting of plans
for train stations to be
overhauled to reduce
suicides (i, 31 December).
The proposals seem
to reflect thoughtful
consideration to allow us
convention of Christmas
tipping: 19 deliveries,
five tips. No i is delivered,
however – it’s mainly
the Daily Mail and The
Daily Telegraph.
RACHEL JACKSON
LEICESTER
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ball park
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all to be more aware of
vulnerable people in the
public places we share.
MARIE STEWART
PRESTON
Stoke-on-Trent
on the move
Cahal Milmo’s article
(i, 1 January) left me
bemused as to why
Stoke-on-Trent had
moved 35 miles south of
the Potteries, of which
it is undoubtedly the
capital, to its South
Staffordshire neighbour,
the Black Country.
As a Yorkshireman
married to a Black
Country lass, I am
acutely aware of how
jealously they guard
their identity – as I’m
sure the Potters of
Stoke do.
ALAN MACDONALD
OTLEY,
WEST YORKSHIRE
Paying for
no-shows
With thousands of
patients apparently
not turning up for
appointments, is it
not time for the NHS
to introduce a deposit
scheme, similar to that
employed by hotels?
When making a
booking, you have to
provide details of a
credit or debit card to
reserve the room; if you
fail to turn up, your card
is charged.
Surely a similar
system could be used
by health centres, and a
fine imposed for those
Generosity and
handwriting
Brian Sillett comments
on the poor handwriting
of his delivery boy (i, 2
January). As the parent of
a paper delivery girl who
wrote Christmas cards, I
noticed many customers
had forgotten the
Dieting decoded
Owing to a production error, the last
two words of the Dieting decoded panel
(1 January, page 25) were omitted.
It should have read: “But try to
understand food better, to work with
it, rather than fear it, the next time you
go to the supermarket or look in the
cupboard for the next meal.”
We apologise for the error.
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I’ll correct Ken Smith
(Your View, 2 January). It’s
not a bus station, it is a
bus depot; a tram station
is a tram shed; a train line
is a railway line; a train
engine is a locomotive;
a movie is a film; and a
biker is a motorcyclist.
The French long ago
protected their language
from foreign words – do
we need to do the same?
NEIL CAIRNS
LEIGHTON BUZZARD
i was wrong
In tomorrow’s
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“no-show” patients who
cost the NHS millions of
pounds each year?
STUART ACKLAND
MILTON KEYNES
Letters from readers
about Americanisms
(Your View, 2 January)
reminded me of my
time at BT in the
1990s, when managers
started to use imported
Americanisms. My least
favourite was “ball park
figure”. I continued to use
“estimate”, which is just
one word.
ROGER LANE
LINCOLNSHIRE
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On playing
Keira
Knightley’s
lover in ‘Colette’
Sandra Bullock
on motherhood
and Netflix cult
hit ‘Bird Box’
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any travellers, I find, are
lousy at risk assessment.
Judging from the
questions (and heckles)
that reach me on social media, they
will worry deeply about the dangers
of terrorism in Egypt or Tunisia,
but not fret about the atrocious road
safety record in each country (three
times as bad as the UK in Egypt;
seven times worse in Tunisia).
The Ebola virus is a vile scourge
for some communities in western
and central Africa, but poses almost
zero risk for everyone else. Yet
tourists cancelled trips to Kenya
and South Africa to avoid being
in the same continent as the few
unfortunate carriers of the disease.
And even my close family and
friends pay hundreds of pounds
extra to avoid airlines that they
regard as “dangerous”.
The fatality figures for 2018
may intensify that miscalculation.
According to figures provided to
me by the Dutch aviation safety
consultancy To70, 534 passengers
died in commercial aircraft
accidents last year. That death toll
was much worse than the previous
year, with 13 people fatalities in plane
crashes, and represents a sharp
increase on the recent average.
If you wish to fuel your fear of
flying, you could deduce that aviation
became 41 times more dangerous in
2018 than in the year before. But that
would be to draw entirely the wrong
conclusion. For a headline, try this
instead: “Another incredibly safe
year for airline passengers.”
That is not to diminish the tragedy
of those 534 lost lives. But please
place that number in the context of
the 4.34 billion individual journeys
that the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) says were
undertaken in 2018, giving odds of
better than eight million to one.
Not all airlines are equally safe.
The UK and Ireland are, happily,
at the extreme end of air safety:
easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Ryanair,
Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin
Atlantic have never experienced
a fatal accident, and Aer Lingus
and British Airways have had
outstanding safety records for
decades. The 30th anniversary of
the last fatal accident involving a
UK airline, the Kegworth crash of a
British Midland Boeing 737, is on
8 January 2019.
I would not for a moment shun
other carriers, because accidents
are thankfully so rare that it
is difficult to draw meaningful
conclusions. But for nervous
passengers anxious to learn
something from the statistics, let me
drill into the crashes last year with
the highest death tolls.
The Lion Air crash in which
189 died in October, happened in
Indonesia, a country whose safety
oversight has been a source of
concern for Western governments.
Next, Cuba has had a poor safety
record over the decades – partly
attributed to the US economic
embargo. But the domestic flight
tragedy near Havana airport in May,
in which 112 people died, involved a
jet leased from a small Mexican firm.
The plane was a 39-year-old Boeing
737. While aircraft age is no reliable
indicator of danger, had I seen the jet
from the departure lounge of Jose
Kathmandu Airport has had more
than its fair share of crashes, but
airlines operating out of the UK
are generally safe AFP/GETTY
Accidents
are so rare that
it is difficult
to draw
conclusions
Marti airport in Havana, I might
have had second thoughts about
stepping aboard.
Old age and poor maintenance
are not unknown in Iran, again with
American sanctions sometimes
blamed. So a domestic flight on an
elderly prop jet is, in global terms,
high-risk – as it proved when 66
people lost their lives in the Zagros
Mountains in February.
The ninth fatal accident in
eight years in Nepal took place at
Kathmandu Airport in March. A
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 propeller
aircraft belonging to US-Bangla
Airlines went off the runway after
landing from Dhaka, following
confusion between the captain and
air-traffic controllers. Fifty-two
of the 71 people on board died.
Kathmandu Airport has seen many
more than its fair share of accidents,
and I would fly in and out of the
Nepali capital only on an established
international carrier, rather than a
small Bangladeshi airline.
What did all these calamities have
in common? The characteristic that
looks clearest to me is: they did not
involve the types of airlines that you
are very likely to fly on.
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DIPLOMACY
Sean
O’Grady
S
everal years ago, I enjoyed
an excellent lunch with the
Chinese ambassador to the
UK, prior to embarking
on a press trip to the People’s
Republic to witness its impressive
economic achievements. During
coffee, I made what I thought to be
a conciliatory remark about the
status of Taiwan. It was a mistake.
Whether he misunderstood me or
not, he declared, that any challenge
to China’s claim of sovereignty over
Taiwan would mean war.
It was a very forceful reminder of
just how sensitive an issue Taiwan
is for the Chinese government. The
very word “Taiwan” is guaranteed to
raise the hackles of any official as I,
in my own small way, discovered.
Now, Xi Jinping has again raised
the issue, on the 40th anniversary of
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the “message to compatriots” urging
Taiwan to embark upon peaceful
reunification. The President was
conciliatory – but refused to rule out
military action if Beijing’s ambitions
were thwarted by a declaration of
independence from Taiwan.
This matters more than most
distant territorial scraps because it
is part of a long list of Chinese
geopolitical grievances.
Though its support of
Taiwan is far weaker
than it used to be,
America is still the
guarantor of Taiwan’s
security and is a third
party in the dispute.
Donald Trump’s trade
war with China also adds
to the tensions.
The obvious answer is for
Trump and Xi to settle all these
matters with a “grand bargain”. The
prize for Beijing is reunification,
and the US should usher Taiwan
towards reunification under the
“one nation, two systems” model
proposed by China – and which, of
course, was broadly followed when
Hong Kong and Macau were handed
back by Britain and Portugal in
the 1990s. In return, China would
stop manipulating its currency and
distorting its economy, and reduce
its still vast trade surplus with the
US to trivial levels.
It should also settle up its more
outrageous claims to the seas
around its coastline. The world
could be a much safer place. The
Chinese claim to Taiwan is difficult
to argue with. Taiwan is simply a
post-Cold War anomaly. China’s
offer was perfectly clear and was
fair – especially if, as seems fairly
obvious, Taiwan is accepted to be
part of China. Xi (inset) said, for
example: “On the basis of ensuring
China’s sovereignty,
security and interests of
development, the social
system and way of
life in Taiwan will be
fully respected, and
the private property,
religious beliefs and
legitimate rights and
interests of Taiwan
compatriots will be fully
protected.” More ominously,
there is a threat: “We make no
promise to renounce the use of force
and reserve the option of taking all
necessary means.”
There seems to be a growing
mood of hawkishness towards China
in the US administration – a hostile
speech by US Vice President Mike
Pence last year being one prominent
example. Western security services
fret about the power of Chinese
companies such as Huawei, and
arrest its executives.
Time for a Xi–Trump summit and
a “grand bargain”. If Trump can do
it with North Korea, why not with
China? THE INDEPENDENT
EMPLOYMENT
I have a brain and a purpose (or at
least the need to act as though I do)?
As it happens, I know I’m not.
I have a friend who regularly
volunteers to look after his
company’s office between Boxing
Day and New Year’s Eve simply to
escape the existential angst that too
much time off can precipitate. When
he first told me about it I assumed it
was an act of selflessness, though he
assures me it is anything but.
Hanya Yanagihara, the author of
2015 literary sensation A Little Life,
juggles her writing with an office
job – a fact which perplexes many,
given her literary kudos. Why does
she do it? It’s partly financial, yes,
but also something more: “I love
having structure in my life,” she told
podcast The Readings. “It makes you
use your time off more wisely… I love
listening to my colleagues.”
Who hasn’t quietly mused
whether they’d keep up the day
job if they won the lottery – and
how many have concluded that
they would? In my late twenties,
I swapped the nine-to-five for a more
free-range way of working: writing
from home, juggling projects,
carting my laptop to the local park
whenever I fancied. It was fun for
the first six months but it wasn’t
long before I found myself craving
the camaraderie of colleagues, tea
runs – even meetings.
So, sad though it is to tidy away
the fairy lights, prepare your packed
lunch and return to the land of
Outlook calendar, aren’t you ever so
slightly relieved? Whisper it, but I
certainly am. EVENING STANDARD
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o, congratulations — you
survived. Everyone knows
that this week is harder than
any other post-holiday return.
No Easter ennui, bank holiday
blues or September comedown
can compare. The only way to get
through it is to grit your teeth and
remind yourself that from here on,
things can only get better (unless,
of course, you’re Theresa May, in
which case that might be optimistic).
And yet, as real as the postChristmas struggle is, there is
something undeniably satisfying
about resuming normal operations
once again: alarm clock, commute,
office and all. Surely I can’t be alone
in feeling a twinge of satisfaction at
the return of structure, rhythm and
timetables? The chance to talk with
adults you aren’t related to about
things other than who ate the last
After Eight? At being reminded that
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SOCIETY
TELEVISION
‘Let’s put Scots on
equal speaking
terms with English’
Netflix bows
to Saudi
request to
pull show
Academic wants a conversation to
end discrimination. By Chris Green
Netflix has been criticised for removing an episode of a satirical comedy
series in Saudi Arabia because it was
deemed to be too critical of the kingdom’s rulers.
Episode two of the American comedian’s Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot
Act was pulled after it criticised the
Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed
bin Salman, over the murder of the
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in
Turkey. Mr Khashoggi, a vocal critic
of the kingdom’s rulers, was killed
at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
in October.
Netflix confirmed to i that it had
pulled the episode after receiving a
complaint from the kingdom’s Communications and Information Technology Commission, which said it
violated Saudi anti-cyber crime law.
Netflix said: “We strongly support
artistic freedom worldwide and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal
demand from the government – and
to comply with local law.”
The streaming firm said the Saudi
government did not request that the
episode be taken down from Netflix’s YouTube channel. In it, Minhaj criticises Saudi Arabia for Mr
Khashoggi’s death and the country’s
involvement in the war in Yemen.
“Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, also known as ‘MBS’, was
hailed as the reformer the Arab
world needed,” Minhaj says in the
removed episode. “The revelations
about Khashoggi’s killing have shattered that image.”
Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the death of Mr Khashoggi,
though it has strongly denied that
the crown prince ordered the killing.
In December, the US Senate passed
a resolution saying that the crown
prince was responsible for the journalist’s death.
Karen Attiah, Mr Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post, said the
decision by Netflix was “quite outrageous”. She wrote: “Hasan Minhaj of Patriot Act has been a strong,
honest and funny voice, challenging
Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin
Salman in the wake of Mr Khashoggi’s murder. He brought awareness
about Yemen.
“Quite outrageous that Netflix has
pulled one of his episodes critical of
Saudi Arabia.”
T
he first lesson that Dr
Michael Dempster
recalls being taught
when he went to school
was: “You cannae talk
right.” The words he had learnt
for everyday things were suddenly
wrong. He was not going to school
in France, Germany or Spain,
but his local primary in West
Dunbartonshire. The problem
was that he had been brought up
speaking Scots.
The feeling has stuck with him
all his life. Now the academic and
linguist is on a mission to start a
national conversation about the
Scots language, bringing it back
into the public eye.
Six months ago, Dr Dempster
was named as the Scots Scriever. A
joint initiative between the National
Library of Scotland and Creative
Scotland, it is a two-year role aimed
at raising awareness, appreciation
Dae ye talk Scots?
Useful phrases
“There mair fir thaim thit wants it!”
There is more here for those who find
themselves without some!
“Ye dinnae like yer auld claes an
purritch, daen’t ye no?”
You don’t like day-to-day life, do you?
“Dae ye no unnerstaun iz?”
Don’t you understand me?
“Whit did ye dae that fir?”, “Hou did
ye dae that?”, “Whit wey did ye dae
that?” or “Whit fir did ye dae that?”
Why did you do that?
“A’m awa tae hae ma denner”
I am going to go and eat dinner.
“A’m urnae” or “I amn’t”
I am not
and use of the language as well as
producing original artistic work.
An important part of Scotland’s
culture and heritage, the Scots
language has appeared in songs,
poetry and literature for centuries
and is still in daily use in many
communities.
The collective term for a range
of Scottish dialects which vary
from place to place, it is one of
three native languages spoken in
Scotland today, the other two being
English and Scottish Gaelic.
The 2011 Census included a
question about the Scots language
for the first time, with 1.9 million
people reporting that they could
speak, read, write or understand it
in some way.
Dr Dempster, who recounted his
experience at school in a TEDx talk,
which has been viewed more than
50,000 times on YouTube, has spent
years exploring the language.
He has written librettos and
graphic novels in Scots, explored
how it can be used with dementia
sufferers in the NHS and worked
with schools to tackle stigma
surrounding the language.
In an interview with i, the
39-year-old said his experience
at primary school was “almost
universal” among Scots speakers.
“A lot of the work I’ve done over
the years is supporting people who
are confronting either physical or
emotional violence that they’ve
been met with throughout their life
for speaking in this way,” he says.
“A lot of people have lost jobs,
a lot of people have been treated
badly by institutions. I think
we’ve got a particular problem
institutionally with hostility
towards monolingual Scots
speakers.” He adds that some Scots
speakers actively resist going to
university or applying for certain
jobs because they know that to
do so, they will have to effectively
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Michael Dempster’s
brief as Scots Scriever
is to promote the
traditional language
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switch languages. “It’s a fracture in
our society that needs to be healed,”
he says.
Dr Dempster believes the
nation needs to hold an “open
conversation” about the stigma
faced by Scots speakers – and
he has an idea about how this
can begin. By the end of his
scrievership, he intends to establish
a network of Scots language cafés.
The first opened in Glasgow in
September, with another set to
start in Edinburgh this month.
The cafés will be free to attend
and open to anyone with any level of
Scots – from those who have spoken
it throughout their lives to complete
beginners who want to learn more
about how it works.
“A lot of people who come to
Scotland instantly recognise
Scots as a language separate from
English,” says Dr Dempster. “They
say ‘What is this thing that people
are speaking?’ We have had a
number of people like that in the
café [Glasgow]. They don’t need any
convincing that Scots is a linguistic
system that behaves under different
rules and has a massive number of
different words from English.”
ONLINE
Social media gives language a boost
By Chris Green
SCOTLAND EDITOR
Although many people have
suggested that Scots is dying
out, Dr Dempster vehemently
disagrees. In fact, he believes the
language is enjoying a “massive
resurgence” thanks to the rise of
social media.
He argues that the widespread
use of Scots on social media
platforms has made it easier for
anyone to access. A tech company
has even created a predictive text
app for the language.
Scots neologisms are also
still being invented, notably
“clusterbourach”, which was
used in the Scottish Parliament
to describe the Brexit talks.
“It’s a productive language,” Dr
Dempster says. “That doesn’t
happen in dying languages.”
PEOPLE
TECHNOLOGY
‘Just enjoy TV’, urges judge Cheryl
Fighting deepfake porn ‘useless’
By Craig Simpson
Cheryl has called on
viewers to value
entertainment
rather than expect
singers and dancers
to “revolutionise
the world”.
The singer (inset),
who was criticised for
recent TV appearances,
called for different priorities
from viewers ahead of her role in
BBC show The Greatest Dancer.
She said performers
who appear on TV and
leave themselves open
to criticism from the
public – or judges
– are only trying to
entertain and not
change the world. She
added: “It makes me sad
that we really put a lot of
focus on to criticism. Just enjoy.”
By Rhiannon Williams
TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT
Scarlett Johansson has told of her
“useless pursuit” in trying to prevent
internet users from putting her face
on to the bodies of porn actors.
The fake clips, known as deepfakes, use artificial intelligence (AI)
to realistically map the faces of celebrities to porn videos uploaded to
social media and websites.
Celebrities who have been target-
ed by deepfake technology include
Johansson and fellow actresses
Emma Watson and Gal Gadot.
Tackling those who create these
videos is “a useless pursuit, legally,
mostly because the internet is a vast
wormhole of darkness that eats itself”, she told The Washington Post.
“Even if you copyright pictures
with your image that belong to you,
the same copyright laws don’t apply
overseas. I have sadly been down
this road many times,” she added.
The American comedian Hasan
Minhaj criticised Saudi Arabia over
the death of Jamal Khashoggi
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Beijing threatens force to bring Taiwan ‘under control’
By Jon Sharman
IN BEIJING
China will not rule out using force
to bring Taiwan under its control,
Xi Jinping, China’s President, said
yesterday. Beijing reserves “the option to use all necessary measures”
to extend its rule to the independent
island republic it claims as part of
“one China”, Mr Xi said in a speech .
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s President, said Mr Xi should use peaceful
means to resolve the mainland’s differences with Taiwan and respect its
democratic values. Mr Xi has made
reunification a key policy issue and
gave his address on the 40th anniversary of China’s decision to cease
artillery bombardment of Taiwanese
islands and open up communication.
The Chinese government has sent
military aircraft and warships to circle Taiwan in recent years, with Mr
Xi piling pressure on the democratic
island since Ms Tsai, from the proindependence Democratic Progressive Party, became president in 2016.
In his speech at Beijing’s Great
Hall of the People, Mr Xi said: “China
must and will be united, which is an
inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese
nation in the new era.
Q&A Reunification – the right path?
Q: Why is there tension between
China and Taiwan?
A: Taiwan and China split in a civil
war that brought the communists
to power on the mainland in 1949.
The rival nationalists set up another
government on the island, which lies
about 100 miles (160km) off the coast
of China.
that independence “would only bring
profound disaster to Taiwan”.
Q: What does Xi Jinping want?
A: President Xi has called
reunification “the right path”. He said
Taiwanese people must recognise
Q: What is America’s position?
A: Officially, the US recognises only
one China – including Taiwan – but
also pushes for peaceful resolution.
Q: What does he think will happen
when Taiwan accepts Chinese rule?
A: “After peaceful reunification,
Taiwan will have lasting peace and
the people will enjoy good and
prosperous lives,” he said.
“China won’t attack Chinese people. We are willing to use the greatest sincerity and expend the greatest
hard work to strive for the prospect
of peaceful reunification.
“After peaceful reunification, Taiwan will have lasting peace and the
people will enjoy good and prosperous lives. With the great motherland’s support, Taiwan compatriots’
welfare will be even better, their development space even greater.”
But he added that “we do not
promise to renounce the use of
force and reserve the option to
use all necessary measures” to
achieve reunification.
VIETNAM
Freedom fears as
criticism of state
is banned online
By Eleanor Ross
Vietnam has begun the new year by
clamping down on internet freedom
with a new law that makes criticising
the communist government online a
criminal offence.
The new legislation also forces
internet providers and websites
including Twitter and Facebook to
hand over user data to authorities
when requested.
Vietnamese websites have been
instructed to remove any content
that may be deemed inappropriate
and “against the state”.
The country’s ministry of public
security said that the law had been
brought in to “tackle hostile and
reactionary forces”, but human
rights groups across Europe and the
United States argued that it was only
designed to prevent free speech.
They have described the move as
“totalitarian” and claimed that the
law bears resemblance to China’s
oppressive online censorship.
Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia
director of the global charity Human
Rights Watch (HRW), said: “This
law is designed to enable the govern-
ment’s pervasive surveillance team
to spot critics and deepen the Communist Party’s monopoly on power.”
Last August, a performer at a
concert and two activists in the
audience were attacked by security officers and Mr Robertson
condemned the incident. “This kind
of shocking and brutal physical
assault against human rights activists, bloggers and artists is rapidly
becoming the new norm in Vietnam,”
he said. “By failing to investigate or
hold accountable those committing
these thuggish acts, the authorities
are signalling that attacks against
dissidents will enjoy impunity.”
The Asia Internet Coalition, the
industry body representing both
Facebook and Google, said the law
“raises serious privacy and civil
liberty concerns for the people of
Vietnam and stands to significantly
damage the country’s growth prospects, resulting in severe limitations
on its digital economy”.
The gradual erosion of internet
freedom in Vietnam began with a
free speech crackdown in 2016, since
when many dissidents and critics of
the government have been jailed.
PAKISTAN
Cow poo to
power green
bus network
By Imran Mukhtar
IN ISLAMABAD
In a city famous for traffic jams and
pollution, Karachi may have hit upon
a solution by introducing cleanerrunning buses powered by a decidedly “unclean” fuel: cow poo.
With funding from the international Green Climate Fund, Karachi will
launch a zero-emission Green Bus
Rapid Transit (BRT) network, with
200 buses fuelled by biomethane.
The system is due to start operating in 2020. But commuters have
their doubts. “[Karachi’s] public
transport system has totally collapsed and most people have to use
online taxi-hailing services [and]
auto rickshaws,” said Afzal Ahmed,
a medical sales representative.
The network will cater for 320,000
passengers daily, and is projected
to reduce emissions by 2.6 million
tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent
over 30 years.
An escalator at
Khoroshevskaya
metro station in
Moscow AFP/GETTY
RUSSIA
Goodbye, Stalin: Moscow metro
sheds Soviet past for bright future
By Eleanor Ross
Moscow’s famous “palace for
the people” Soviet-era metro
stations, with their glittering
chandeliers and extravagant
murals and tiles, are getting
an update. The new designs are
more relaxed and significantly
more practical – seats are made
from light-boxes and designs
depict the platforms now flooded
with natural light.
In a break with tradition,
Moscow’s city government let
architects submit applications
for new stations in a competition
that let the public vote via a
phone app. It has paved the
way for “truly interesting and
original stations that are outside
any tradition,” architecture
journalist Nina Frolova told news
agency AFP.
The new designs mean new
A wall covered with Russian writers’
and poets’ names at Rasskazovka
station (top); CSKA station on the
Bolshaya Koltsevaya line GETTY
stations. The first of these to
open is in the high-rise suburb
of Solntsevo, once notorious for
being home to local mafia.
Moscow’s Nefa Architects won
with a design inspired by the sun.
“We wanted to let the sun
inside,” Nefa’s lead architect,
Dmitry Ovcharov told AFP. To let
more light in the design showed
holes punched into the walls of
the station to create a light and
shadow effect.
In 2018, the transportation
system opened 16 new stations
and carried 2 billion passengers.
Ms Frolova, the editorial
director at the architecture
website Archi.ru, said that
Solntsevo is a bright example of
new metro transit trends.
“There’s a concept that any
passenger can see,” she said.
“It feels pleasant being in
the station.”
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Beijing to make history on
the far side of the Moon
By James Morris
A Chinese probe is set to become the
first spacecraft ever to land on the
far side of the Moon.
Chinese state media has reported Chang’e-4 will land early today,
UK time. It will descend on thrusters and touch down on the moon’s
rugged terrain.
The mission is seen as an important step for the country as it looks to
push forward its space programme.
The Moon is tidally locked to
Earth, rotating at the same rate that
it orbits our planet. This means the
far side – or “dark side” – is never
visible from Earth.
The far side remains comparatively unknown and has a different composition from sites on the
near side.
Previous spacecraft have seen the
far side of the Moon but none have
landed on it.
Chang’e 4 will explore both above
and below the lunar surface after
arriving at the South Pole-Aitken
basin’s Von Karman crater following its journey.
China launched the probe last
month. It includes a lander and
a rover to explore the surface of
the Moon.
The tasks of Chang’e 4 include astronomical observation, surveying
Controllers on Earth
will talk to the Chang’e 4
mission through a relay satellite
named Queqiao – or “Magpie
Bridge” – after a Chinese folk tale.
the Moon’s terrain, landform and
mineral composition, and measuring the neutron radiation and neutral atoms to study the environment
on the far side of the Moon.
Chang’e is the goddess of the
Moon in Chinese mythology.
China is trying to catch up with
Russia and the United States to become a major space power by 2030.
However, while China has insisted
its ambitions are purely peaceful,
the US defence department has accused it of pursuing activities aimed
at preventing other nations from
using space-based assets during
a crisis.
China landed its Yutu or “Jade
Rabbit” rover on the Moon five years
ago and plans to send its Chang’e 5
probe there this year to collect samples. EVENING STANDARD
Francis receives a papal ball
Pope Francis spins a football during
his weekly general audience at the
Vatican yesterday. A member of the
Circus of Cuba presented the gift to
the Argentine pontiff, who
is a devout fan of San Lorenzo
Football Club in his native city of
Buenos Aires. GETTY
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BRAZIL
ISRAEL
New President unveils plan to curb
protection for indigenous people
Trump’s backing
blamed for rise in
new settlements
By Josef Federman
IN JERUSALEM
By Eleanor Ross
Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, issued an executive order
yesterday making the agriculture
ministry responsible for ruling on the
land claims of indigenous peoples – in
a victory for agribusiness that looks
set to enrage environmentalists.
The temporary decree, which will
expire unless it is ratified within 120
days by Congress, strips the staterun National Indian Foundation
(Funai) of its power to arbitrate on
land claims. Mr Bolsonaro decreed
that the agriculture ministry would
become responsible for “identification, delimitation, demarcation and
registration of lands traditionally
occupied by indigenous people”.
During his presidential campaign,
he claimed that tribal lands should
be opened up for commercial activities that are currently banned. But
critics say his plan will destroy native cultures and languages and endanger the Amazon rainforest.
In all, 817,000 Brazilians identify
Brazil’s Association of
Indigenous Peoples
said: “Bolsonaro is rolling back
environmental protections,
authorising the invasion of
indigenous territories and
endorsing violence against [us].”
Indigenous Brazilians mark Indian Day with ceremonies every April GETTY
as indigenous, and about 67 uncontacted tribes live in the country,
often deep in the jungle. They make
up less than 1 per cent of the population but live on lands that cover 106.7
million hectares, or 12.5 per cent of
the country. Logging, mining and
other industries represent a huge
threat to their survival.
Amazon rainforest deforestation
is taking place at its fastest pace for a
decade, according to official government data. The government blames
illegal logging for destroying forests
the size of London between August
2017 and July last year.
Mr Bolsonaro took office two
days ago, saying he had freed Brazil
from “socialism and political correctness”. Referring to indigenous
peoples yesterday, he declared: “Less
than a million people live in these isolated places… where they are exploited and manipulated by NGOs. Let us
together integrate these citizens and
value all Brazilians.”
Marina Silva, a former environment minister who was beaten by
Mr Bolsonaro in October’s election,
said she was horrified by his plans,
saying: “[He] has begun his government in the worst possible way.”
UNITED STATES
Shutdown continues as Trump seeks deal on wall funds
By Jef Mason and Amanda Becker
Donald Trump has suggested he
may be willing to strike a deal with
the Democrats that would give legal
status to hundreds of thousands of
young immigrants in exchange for
funding for his controversial border
wall with Mexico.
The President’s demand for $5bn
(£4bn) in wall funding has already
triggered a partial government
shutdown which enters its 13th day
today. Democrats oppose the wall
and Mr Trump’s funding demand.
Federal courts have blocked Mr
Trump’s effort to end a programme
begun in 2012 under former President Barack Obama that protected
from deportation hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants,
k n ow n a s D re a m e rs ,
brought into the United
States as children, and
gave them work permits.
At a Cabinet meeting,
Mr Trump said he would
keep the government partially shut for “as long as it
takes” while he seeks wall
funding in any legislation to keep the
government funded.
‘Not fit for office’
The former Republican
presidential candidate Mitt
Romney has suggested that
Donald Trump is not fit to
be US President.
Mr Romney (left) wrote
in The Washington Post:
“With the nation divided...
presidential leadership
in qualities of character
is indispensable.”
He added that Mr Trump’s
“shortfall has been most glaring”.
The shutdown could last for a
“long time”, he added.
The Cabinet meeting came ahead
of a border security briefing at the
White House for Democratic and
Republican congressional leaders
by US Department of Homeland Security officials.
The briefing for lawmakers, coming on the last day that Mr Trump’s
fellow Republicans control both
chambers of Congress, is set for
3pm local time in the White House
Situation Room, generally used for
high-level security concerns such as
military planning. REUTERS
Israeli settlement activity in the West
Bank has risen since Donald Trump
became US President, with campaigners claiming that a fresh surge
in construction is on the way.
Statistics compiled from government sources by the anti-settlement
group Peace Now showed an increase
in building last year, and plans for
thousands more homes in the area.
Last week, the European Union and
others criticised Israel’s approval of
more than 2,000 homes in the West
Bank as “illegal under international
law”. Palestinians want the West
Bank and East Jerusalem for their
own state, along with the Gaza Strip.
Backers and opponents of settlements believe the atmosphere surrounding projects has changed since
2017, when Mr Trump entered the
White House.
NETHERLANDS
Ship’s cargo
lands on islands
By Toby Sterling
IN AMSTERDAM
Dozens of containers with items including flat-screen televisions have
washed up on Dutch islands in the
North Sea after a ship lost part of its
cargo in heavy seas, bringing a windfall for local treasure hunters.
The Dutch Coastguard said up
to 270 containers had fallen off the
Panamanian-flagged MSC Zoe, one of
the world’s biggest container ships,
in rough weather near the German
island of Borkum and floated southwest toward Dutch waters.
Containers broke open on the
shores of the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. Others were
floating or stranded off the coast.
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RUSSIA
Police detain
12 Isis suspects
Flats collapse
death toll rises
Turkish police have detained
12 suspected Isis militants,
including two women who are
wanted in France.
The suspects were held
during raids in the northwestern Bursa province earlier
this week, the Anadolu Agency
reported. The group included
French citizens of Syrian or
Algerian descent who settled in
Bursa after allegedly carrying
out unspecified “acts” on behalf
of Isis in Syria.
Police detained dozens of
suspected Isis followers in the
final days of December. AP
The death toll at a collapsed block of
flats reached 26 last night as emergency crews pulled more bodies out
of the rubble.
The victims recovered yesterday
in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk
included a three-year-old girl.
An 11-month-old boy who was
pulled alive from the wreckage on
Tuesday, 36 hours after the building
collapsed following a suspected gas
leak, remains in a serious but stable condition in a children’s hospital
in Moscow. He was flown 1,000-plus
miles from the Ural mountains to the
capital in a plane dispatched by the
health ministry. AP
Palestinians flock
to flesh-eating
foot spa
By Fares Akram
IN GAZA
A café owner says that business
is booming after he launched
a fish pedicure service in the
beleaguered Gaza Strip.
A 30-minute session costs
about £6.30 – a huge sum in the
Women form 385-mile ‘wall’
in protest over temple ban
By Eleanor Ross
TURKEY
GAZA
INDIA
impoverished coastal enclave.
But people seem willing to pay
for a temporary escape from
difficult living conditions in the
Palestinian territory.
After getting Israeli approval,
Mahmoud Othman imported
hundreds of small freshwater
fish nicknamed “doctor fish” and
added a fish spa section to his
cafe. The fish, which feed off the
feet’s top layers of dead skin, are
used in spas around the world.
Among the benefits, Mr
Othman believes that the
treatment “helps the body get
rid of negative energy”. REUTERS
Millions of people in India formed
a 385-mile long “wall” in protest
against women being banned from
entering a hilltop religious shrine.
Clashes broke out across the
southern state of Kerala after two
women secretly entered the Hindu
temple of Sabarimala yesterday.
Footage later emerged showing
part of the human chain in the city
of Thrissur after the “women’s wall”
was organised by Kerala state’s leftwing coalition government. Local
media reports suggested that some
of those in the chain were heckled
and stoned by right-wing activists.
Floods hit coastal
towns in northern
Germany yesterday
almost 12 months to
the day after a similar
inundation struck. The
scene in Wismar (left)
resembled last year’s
chaos, when Storm
Axel caused the worst
flooding for 11 years
in the states of
Schleswig-Holstein
and MecklenburgWestern Pomerania.
MYANMAR
Thousands flee as police battle Buddhist militia
Fighting between police and an armed
group representing a Buddhist ethnic
group in Myanmar’s troubled western state of Rakhine has intensified,
state-run media said yesterday.
About 2,500 people have been
driven from their homes since early
December, when clashes broke out
with the Arakan Army – one of several groups fighting for more autonomy
for ethnic minorities.
Last month, the military called
a four-month halt to fighting in the
north of the country in an effort to
kick-start stalled peace talks with
the armed groups. But Rakhine state
was excluded from the pause, stoking
doubts about the army leadership’s
willingness to bring an end to all of
the country’s conflicts.
The United Nations said that 1,500
people had been displaced in the past
week, in addition to the 1,000 already
forced from their homes. REUTERS
SYRIA
UNITED STATES
RUSSIA
Dozens die in
renewed fighting
Driver kills girl
in shooting
US officials visit
alleged spy
Fighting in rebel-held parts of
northern Syria has killed dozens
of people as militants linked to
al-Qaeda press their offensive
against rebels backed by Turkey.
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said that two days
of fighting in Aleppo and Idlib had
killed 31 people, mostly fighters.
Syrian Central Military Media
said that the militants were now
in full control of the strategic
town of Daret Azzeh. REUTERS
Authorities in the US are searching
for a driver who fired several shots
into a car carrying a family, killing a
seven-year-old girl and wounding the
child’s mother.
Investigators have released a surveillance video image of a red, fourdoor pickup truck from which the
driver fired gunshots in the Houston
area of Texas. Harris County Sheriff
Ed Gonzalez declined to speculate on
what prompted the driver to fire into
the car. AP
Russia said yesterday that it had
allowed a former US Marine held
on spying charges to have access
to US officials seeking answers
about his arrest.
American officials were able
to visit Paul Whelan, the head of
security for a Michigan-based car
parts supplier, for the first time
since he was detained in Moscow
on Friday. The Russian security
service claims he was caught in
“an espionage operation”. AP
IN YANGON
Kuravilangad
The stories spill out in the
sitting rooms of Catholic
convents, where portraits of
Jesus keep watch and fans spin
quietly overhead. They spill
out in church meeting halls
bathed in fluorescent lights,
and over cups of cheap instant
coffee in convent kitchens.
Across India, the nuns talk of
priests who pushed into their
bedrooms and of priests who
pressured them to turn close
friendships into sex. They talk
about being groped and kissed,
of hands pressed against them.
“He was drunk,” said one
nun. “You don’t know how to
say no,” said another.
At its most grim, the nuns
speak of repeated rapes, and
of a Catholic hierarchy that
did little to protect them.
But this summer, one Indian
nun, Josephine Villoonnickal,
forced the issue into the open.
When repeated complaints
to church officials brought no
response, the 44-year-old nun
filed a police complaint against
the bishop who oversees her
religious order, accusing
him of raping her 13 times in
two years. Soon afterwards,
a group of nuns launched
a two-week public protest
in Kerala, India’s Catholic
heartland, demanding the
bishop’s arrest.
Sister Villoonnickal, who has
been a nun for 23 years, scoffs
at the idea that she wants to
harm the church. “We want to
die as sisters,” she said. AP
Tim Sullivan
Officials told the BBC that about five
million women had helped to form the
human chain, which stretched along
the length of Kerala. Thousands of
men formed a second human wall
Déjà vu as
floods hit
Germany
By Simon Lewis
Postcard
From...
Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini
hurried into the temple with their
heads bowed and wearing black tunics
in solidarity. But protests broke out
yesterday after two women secretly
breached a blockade to enter the
Hindu pilgrimage site. They entered
the temple, which is a four-hour uphill
trek from the nearest village, under
police protection just before dawn.
India’s Supreme Court ruled in
September that the temple must
open its doors to women of all ages,
but right-wing protesters attacked
female visitors and and prevented
them from entering.
Repeated efforts by women to
enter the shrine after the ruling have
been rebuffed by Hindu devotees,
who believe that women of menstruating age would defile the temple.
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MALI
37 villagers are
killed as ethnic
violence worsens
By Eleanor Ross
Armed men believed to be traditional
hunters killed at least 37 people in an
attack on a village in central Mali.
Many homes were burned in the
village of Koulogon in the central
Mopti region on Tuesday, officials
said. The government has launched
an investigation into the atrocity.
Last year, hundreds of people died
in clashes between Dogon hunters
and members of the largely nomadic
Fula ethnic group, often over access
to land and water.
Allaye Yattara, a Fulani villager,
told the AFP news agency that he was
outside the village with cattle when
he heard shots. He said: “Our village
chief, Moussa Diallo, was killed in the
attack, along with old women and a
girl – all members of his family.”
The mayor of the nearby town of
Bankass, Moulage Guindo, said that
the assailants targeted the part of
the village where Fulani people lived,
rather than the area inhabited by the
Dogon group.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers in Tokyo REUTERS
MONARCHY
‘Happy’ Emperor delivers final new
year message to people of Japan
IN TOKYO
Emperor Akihito of Japan has
performed his final new year
appearance before he abdicates
later this year.
“I am truly happy to celebrate
the new year with all of you
under such cloudless skies,” the
85-year-old ruler told hundreds of
thousands of people who gathered
outside the Imperial Palace in
Tokyo yesterday.
Akihito succeeded his father,
Hirohito, in 1989 and will abdicate
on 30 April, with his son, Crown
Prince Naruhito, ascending to the
Chrysanthemum Throne.
Japan’s imperial family is far
more cloistered than its Western
counterparts, and Hirohito was
once viewed as a god.
An abdication is also a rarity.
Akihito announced his desire to
step down in a video message,
citing a worry about performing
his duties as his health declined.
GREECE
Crowds gather near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday to hear the
emperor’s final new year message before he abdicates in April AFP/GETTY
JAPAN
Fears of ‘immigration problem’ after
laws on foreign workers are relaxed
By Eleanor Ross
A Japanese opposition leader has
accused the prime minister, Shinzo
Abe, of creating an “immigration
problem” as the number of foreign
workers continues to rise.
Yuichiro Tamaki, a member of
the House of Representatives who
heads the centre-right Democratic
Party for the People (DPP), suggested that Japan was not prepared
for the changes to immigration laws
planned by Mr Abe’s government
that could allow up to 345,000 migrant workers to enter the country.
Recent revisions to the law could
mean that the number of foreign
workers rockets over five years,
although Mr Abe (pictured) has
claimed that the new visa system is
not the same as an official immigration policy. Instead, he said that new
workers were essential to combat
Japan’s ageing population
and labour shortage. Currently, foreign workers in
Japan are mostly trainees or students, and it is
impossible for them to
make Japan their home
in the long term.
At a conference last
month, Mr Abe said: “We
will clearly present a cap
for the numbers and time frame
for acceptance. This is not an
immigration policy.”
In Saturday’s
The prediction that more than
a quarter of a million workers will
head to Japan comes a year after it
became easier for people to become
permanent residents.
In March, the federal government reduced entry
requirements for the
highly skilled and for
high earners.
However, in an interview with the Financial
Times, Mr Tamaki said
that the last-minute revisions to immigration controls amounted to a “stealth
immigration law”.
The DPP leader said it was a
“complete change to our exist-
ing policy… This is how you get an
immigration problem”.
Mr Tamaki said he was most concerned by Mr Abe’s decision to create work visas for unskilled workers
in industries where there were acute
labour shortages, such as retail.
The plan was rushed through
parliament and also contains the
controversial decision to allow key
workers to bring families with them.
New Japanese citizens
no longer have to take a
Japanese-sounding name, but
they do need to show that they
are of “good conduct”.
President grants
citizenship to
wildfire heroes
By Jasper Harkness
IN ATHENS
Three migrant fishermen have been
awarded Greek citizenship after rescuing scores of people forced into the
sea by a wildfire outside Athens that
killed 100 people last summer.
The President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, hosted the ceremony yesterday for Gani Xheka, from Albania,
and two Egyptians, Emad El Khaimi
and Mahmoud Ibrahim Musa. They
pulled survivors from the sea and
took them to a port after the out-ofcontrol wildfire reached the shoreline and gutted hundreds of homes.
People were trapped inside their
homes or along narrow roads as they
tried to flee the village of Mati. Many
raced to the sea and some drowned.
Mr Pavlopoulos said the ceremony
was also aimed at “sending a message
to Europe” to counter anti-immigrant sentiment ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.
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a gay bar in Walford.
Kate Oates, who
moved to the BBC soap last July
after a successful stint on ITV’s
Coronation Street, revealed her
idea during a question-and-answer
session on Twitter, when a fan
asked whether she had “plans
to bring a more diverse blend of
characters more representative of
a multicultural London”.
After explaining that the cast
was going to be getting more
diverse with the arrival of two new
members of the Masood family,
Oates, who was responsible for
highlighting sexual assault against
men in Coronation Street, explained
that she was also focusing on
echoing the importance of
including members of the LGBTQ
community on the soap. She said:
“I’m really interested in bringing
some more LGBTQ characters in
– maybe we’ll have a new precinct
for them as well.
“We’re looking at opening a gay
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Put the phone down Top tips to detach yourself
Create a charging station
I have a “charging station” for all my
devices (watch, tablet and phone)
based in the kitchen. It means I charge
my phone at night there, and often
leave it in the kitchen when I’m sitting
in the living room, too.
Buy an alarm clock or use a
smart speaker
I’m obsessed with my Sonos music
system and I use it as my alarm clock
in the bedroom, waking myself up
to my favourite music. This means I
don’t rely on my phone as an alarm
and can keep it out of the bedroom.
Have a dedicated phone drawer
Out of sight is the only way to
guarantee out of mind, so have a
drawer in your desk where your
phone lives. Even better, keep a
battery pack in the same drawer, so
that you can charge the phone while
it sits in the drawer. Giving it a reason
to be there will help your motivation.
Fill the spaces in your life
Just like smokers “need something
to hold” when they give up smoking,
phone addicts need something else
to cling to. If you’re not quite ready
to embrace boredom in the spaces
between activities, keep a book or
magazine with you, or perhaps a
notepad for ideas and reminders.
Morning rituals
Get up. Do some exercise. Eat
breakfast. Drink some water. Have a
shower. There’s no reason to involve
your phone in any of these activities.
Leave it alone and spend the first
hour of the day without it. Even
better, put it in your bag and go to
work. Similarly, create “phone zones”
and “no-phone zones” in your house.
Ninja stealth mode
Using airplane mode on your phone
is a great way to deliberately “slow
down the world” and give yourself
rest in the evenings, or focus during
the workday.
App minimalism
If you’re finding it hard to change
your behaviour, why not change your
phone instead? You don’t need to
buy one of those retro Nokia 3210s.
Instead, delete any app you’ve not
used for a few weeks, and restrict the
bar on Albert Square which will
be a super cool precinct where
gay and straight characters can
all just hang out and stories can
cross. It should just be something
exciting and really fun, really
visual and feel really true to
multicultural London.”
EastEnders was the
first soap to feature
a same-sex kiss
on screen when
characters Barry
Clark and Colin
Russell shared an
intimate moment
in 1987. The scene
received a record number
of complaints from viewers
at the time.
In the years that followed the
storyline, actor Michael Cashman
(now Lord Cashman), who played
the role of Russell, went on to
start Stonewall, which has since
Trans on the small screen
Soaps adapt to society
Hayley Cropper became the first
transgender character in a British
soap in Coronation Street in 1998.
In 2015, Riley Carter
Millington became the
first trans actor to play a
recurring transgender
role in EastEnders.
That year, the first
female trans actor
landed a full-time trans
role. Annie Wallace
(inset left) played transgender
teacher Sally St Clair in Hollyoaks.
The charity Mind has advised on
plots including Ian Beale’s 2012
breakdown (EastEnders) and Steve
McDonald’s depression (Corrie).
home screen only to high-function,
low-distraction apps. I deliberately
“hide” messaging apps away from
the home screen. Apps like Freedom
(iOS) and QualityTime (Android) also
allow you to schedule timed sessions
where you set in advance what apps
you’re allowed access to or not.
Remove email
Of course, there are times when
you need to access emails on your
phone, especially if you’re travelling
or need access to an event or ticket
confirmation message. But on a
day-to-day basis, you can survive.
Remove notifications
You’ll learn to put your phone down
much more easily when it doesn’t feel
like it’s tapping you on the shoulder
to remind you about your next
dopamine hit every five minutes.
Move to a low-data tariff
Constraint can be a wonderful thing,
and this will give you a financial
incentive to be off your phone.
Go black and white
In your phone’s settings, you can
probably strip the colours out from
your screen. This makes your phone
feel less addictive, because all your
apps look boring in monochrome.
Night-time settings
All the studies point to how overuse
of phones affects our sleep, but there
are a range of things you can do
to help. I use my Fitbit app to set a
reminder about winding down and
coming off my phone, which flashes
up just before 10pm each night.
Apps like Twilight strip out the blue
light and make your phone screen
gradually darker. You can also set
your phone to automatically turn off
at bedtime.
Vary devices for different tasks
If you have a phone and a tablet, or
a phone and a laptop, then the usual
way we tend to deal with this is to use
all the same apps across both devices.
But why not make a rule that each app
can only be on one device? Perhaps
your tablet becomes just for “reading
and gaming”, whilst your phone is
for “music apps and photos”.
Switching between devices can help
to break the habit.
become the largest LGBT rights
organisation in the UK.
Praising Ms Oates’ plan and
highlighting the importance of
reflecting the city’s community,
Kim Sanders, of Stonewall, told i:
“It’s been more than 30 years since
EastEnders became a trailblazer
by featuring the UK’s first
on-screen same-sex kiss. Having
LGBT representation on prime
time TV not only helps increase
understanding of what it means to
be lesbian, gay, bi or trans, it also
provides characters and storylines
that LGBT people can relate to.”
However, Alison Camps, the
co-chairman of Pride in London,
warned that the setting would
need to be genuine. She said:
“While we welcome a new gay bar
– fictional though it is – it will need
to feel genuine and reflect what’s
really going on and not descend
into tokenism.”
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
i THURSDAY
3 JANUARY 2019
27
CRIME
On the beat with
the team tackling
wildlife offences
In Leeds, farmland and woods are a new
front line for police. By Georgina Morris
A
Land Rover bumps
along a muddy lane on
the outskirts of Leeds,
winding its way through
woods and farmland that
are a prime target for those involved
in poaching, hare coursing and
other wildlife crimes. It is only a few
miles out of the suburbs but it feels
a world away from the city streets
where issues such as robberies, drug
dealing and the use of knives are
more common concerns.
The car passes a gate where hay
bales have been piled up as a natural
defence to prevent the theft of
tractors after just such an offence
on the nearby farm. Investigating
crimes like these and raising
awareness among the farming
community are a major focus for
the recently formed Leeds District
Wildlife and Rural Crime Team.
Sergeant David Lund says: “They
were having a spate of tractor thefts
that we’re looking at. There’s an
opportunity for us to get in early
doors with farmers, tell them this
is what’s happened, this is what you
can do to prevent it.
“Our team looks at two aspects
– wildlife and then the rural crime
like tractor thefts, quad bike thefts,
thefts from outbuildings. People
have got to help themselves, though.
They leave quad bikes with the
keys in. It’s getting people out of that
culture of when they were young
they didn’t have to think about it.”
The cost of rural crime in the UK
rose to £44.5m last year, the insurer
NFU Mutual’s annual Rural Crime
Report revealed in August. The
financial impact of rural crime was 13
per cent higher than the year before.
Analysts say they are seeing “a
new breed of determined and brazen
thieves” with quad bikes, all-terrain
vehicles and 4x4s their prime
targets. Other persistent issues for
farmers include people on quad bikes
and off-road bikes trespassing and
leaving valuable agricultural land
unfit for use. Poachers are a problem,
too, particularly in East Leeds,
where calls regularly come in to
police as lights are spotted out in the
fields at night.
Being able to rapidly share this
kind of information about suspicious
activity with the policing team
and local farms is the reason for
the creation of new Farm Watch
networks. This model was already
well established in the eastern
area of the county, where PC Andy
Katkowski has led on this kind of
work for a decade.
There have been reports
of quail fighting, which is
similar to cock fighting,
and abandoned ponies
Members of the newly formed wildlife
and rural crime team in Leeds
Sgt Lund says: “Andy has
always had a core of farmers that
he’s worked with, but he’s always
working with ones that are a bit
harder to reach. The ones who don’t
have that confidence in us.”
Building that trust among the
rural communities in Leeds is
crucial to the team’s success, but
Sgt Lund is clear that catching
those involved in crimes such as
burgling farms or poaching has
wider benefits. “What we’ve found
statistically is people involved in
wildlife crime or rural crime are
already known to police either for
acquisitive crime or your more
serious violent crime,” he says.
The team also works alongside
others within the force, North
Yorkshire’s Rural Taskforce and
the likes of the RSPCA and Angling
Trust to investigate wildlife crimes
such as the killing of red kites,
animal cruelty and reports of quail
fighting. PC Katkowski says: “You’ll
have heard of cock fighting and it’s
a similar sort of thing. There are
certain people from certain ethnic
backgrounds that are interested in
it instead of cock fighting. There’s
money to be made there as well.
“We’ve also been dealing with 16
Welsh and Dartmoor ponies that
had been abandoned on some land.
Working with the RSPCA and the
Hope Pastures sanctuary, we were
able to rehome them.
“We suspect they belonged to
someone who’s been put on a lifetime
ban so probably they couldn’t come
home forward as the owner.”
The team has picked up on a
rising number of badger setts being
disturbed too. “We feel it’s because
it’s been under-reported,” Sgt Lund
says. “It’s not that the police haven’t
taken it seriously over the years, it’s
more the fact that it had just been
Andy for so long.”
Television Thursday 3 January
CRITIC’S
CHOICE
GERARD GILBERT
PICK OF THE DAY
===
Back In Time For School
Food Unwrapped Diet Special
8pm, BBC2
Twenty children and four teachers
(left, with Sara Cox) experience a
century of secondary education
– a luxury in 1895, with only four
per cent of children attending after
the age of 11. “I would normally be
cracking jokes and smiling,” says
one teacher as he grimly leads the
hymn-singing at morning assembly,
while his colleagues balk at the more
brutal methods of their Victorian
forebears, like strapping the arm of
left-handed pupils so that they have
to write with their right one. While
the girls get lessons in bed-making,
the boys have musket practice . But
all of them must swallow tapioca
pudding and insidiously racist
colonial history lessons.
8pm, Channel 4
After the feast, the famine, as
January brings us a glut of dieting
programmes to counteract the
Christmas over-consumption. Matt
Tebbutt finds out if ditching alcohol
can make a person look younger, Dr
Helen Lawal explores long-term
dieting, and Kate Quilton asks if
replacing carb and meat classics
with veg and fruit-based alternatives
is a good way to cut calories.
===
Morecambe And Wise
In America
8pm, Gold
In the 60s, Morecambe and Wise
made several trips to New York to
record The Ed Sullivan Show, the TV
series that first broke the Beatles
in America, with bemused US
audiences slowly warming to the
duo. But while Ernie was keen on
Stateside success, Eric was less sure,
as Jonathan Ross explains as he
introduces some rare footage.
===
Mississippi: Earth’s
Great Rivers
9pm, BBC2
The last of these epic fluvial
documentaries follows the
Mississippi, whose fingers stretch
into nearly half of the US, collecting
water from 31 states. It all starts in
the towering Rocky Mountains of
Wyoming and Montana, where
billions of tons of water, ultimately
destined to flow south, are trapped
as ice and snow.
6.20 Wanted Down
Under (R) (S). 7.05 Sign
Zone: MasterChef: The
Professionals (R) (S). 8.05
FILM: Angels One Five
(George More O’Ferrall
1953) Adventure, starring
Jack Hawkins (S). 9.40
FILM: The Happiest
Days Of Your Life (Frank
Launder 1950) Comedy,
starring Alastair Sim (S).
11.00 BBC Newsroom
Live (S). 1.00 Coast (R) (S).
1.30 Growing Up Wild:
Natural World (R) (S). 2.30
A Place To Call Home (R)
(S). 3.20 FILM: The Odd Life
Of Timothy Green (Peter
Hedges 2012) Fantasy,
starring Jennifer Garner
(S). 5.00 The Hairy Bakers
(R) (S). 5.15 Flog It! (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 Celebrity
Catchphrase (R) (S). 3.00
Tenable (R) (S). 3.59 ITV
Regional Weather (S). 4.00
Tipping Point (S). 5.00 The
Chase (R) (S).
6.00 Kirstie’s Handmade
Treasures (R) (S). 6.10
The King Of Queens (R)
(S). 7.50 Everybody Loves
Raymond (R) (S). 8.50
Frasier (R) (S). 9.20 Frasier
(R) (S). 9.50 Frasier (R) (S).
10.20 Ramsay’s Kitchen
Nightmares USA (R) (S).
11.15 Undercover Boss
USA (R) (S). 12.10 Channel
4 News Summary (S).
12.15 FILM: The Princess
Bride (Rob Reiner 1987)
Comic fantasy adventure,
starring Cary Elwes
(S). 2.10 Countdown:
Champion Of Champions
(S). 3.00 A Place In The
Sun (S). 4.00 The Secret
Life Of The Zoo (R) (S). 5.00
Couples Come Dine With
Me (S).
6.00 Milkshake! 9.15
Jeremy Vine 11.15 GPs:
Behind Closed Doors
(R) (S). 12.10 5 News
Lunchtime (S). 12.15 The
Yorkshire Vet (R) (S). 1.10
Access (S). 1.15 Make You
Laugh Out Loud (R) (S).
1.45 Neighbours (S).
2.20 FILM: The Wrong
Babysitter (George
Mendeluk 2017) Thriller,
starring Daphne Zuniga
(S). 4.00 Friends (R) (S).
4.30 Friends (R) (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 (S).
6.30 Galapagos Liz
Bonnin helps
tag and track
hammerhead
sharks (R).
6.00 ITV Regional
News; Weather
(S).
6.30 ITV News;
Weather (S).
6.00 The Simpsons
(R) (S).
6.30 Hollyoaks (R) (S).
6.00 The Yorkshire
Vet Julian
Norton risks his
life to inject a
ferocious pig (R).
6.50 5 News Tonight
(S).
7.00 Wallace &
Gromit: The
Wrong Trousers
(R) (S).
7.30 EastEnders (S).
7.30 University
Challenge
Christmas 2018
The second
semi-final of
the festive
contest (S).
7.00 Emmerdale (S).
7.30 Losing Weight:
Six Months To
Save A Life –
Tonight The
first of a twopart special (S).
7.00 Channel 4 News
(S).
8.00 Celebrity
Mastermind
With Mike
Bushell
and Stanley
Johnson (S).
8.30 EastEnders (S).
8.00 Back In Time
For School New
series. Travelling
through 100
years of
education
history (S).
8.00 Emmerdale
A life hangs in
the balance (S).
8.30 The Cruise:
Shanghai To
Sydney New
series (S).
9.05 Luther The
detective’s
friend is in
danger (S).
9.00 Mississippi:
Earth’s Great
Rivers
A journey along
the American
river. Last in
the series (S).
10pm
10.05 BBC News At
Ten (S).
10.35 BBC Regional
News (S).
10.50 Mrs Brown’s
Boys New Year
Special (R) (S).
11pm
Daytime
6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15
Countryfile Winter
Diaries (R) (S). 10.00
Homes Under The
Hammer (R) (S). 11.00
Wanted Down Under (S).
11.45 Caught Red Handed
(R) (S). 12.15 Bargain Hunt
(R) (S). 1.00 BBC News At
One; Weather (S). 1.30
BBC Regional News;
Weather (S). 1.45 The Blake
Mysteries (S). 2.30 Escape
To The Country (R) (S). 3.30
Money For Nothing (R) (S).
4.15 Celebrity Antiques
Road Trip (R) (S). 5.15
Pointless (S).
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
Late
===
21 Kids And Counting
9pm, Channel 4
The Radford family got even bigger
in November when mum Sue gave
birth to her 21st child, Bonnie Raye,
despite having sworn she’d finished
procreating. With their converted
care home in Lancashire now filled
to the rafters, cameras follow
parents sue and Noel as they take
the whole family to Benidorm.
===
Island Of Dreams
10pm, BBC2
This one-off spoof was unavailable
for preview, but having been written
by Bert Tyler-Moore and George
Jeffrie, creators of the very funny
Royal Family takedown, The
Windsors, it comes recommended
Kate Quilton offers tips
in ‘Food Unwrapped’
8pm, Channel 4
Harry Enfield stars in a
spoof about Sir Richard
Branson, who lives on
the ‘Island Of Dreams’
10pm, BBC2
Jonathan Ross profiles
Morecambe and Wise
8pm, Gold
7.00 The Dog
Rescuers:
Best In Show
Revisiting
abandoned dogs
featured in the
series (R) (S).
7.00 The Celts:
Blood, Iron And
Sacrifice With
Alice Roberts
And Neil Oliver
(S).
6.55 FILM: Volcano
(Mick Jackson
1997) Disaster
thriller, starring
Tommy Lee
Jones (S).
8.00 Food
Unwrapped
Diet Special
Tips on losing
weight after
overindulging
(S).
8.00 Animals
After Dark An
emergency
patient is
brought to
the hedgehog
hospital (S).
8.00 Sicily: Wonder
Of The
Mediterranean
Michael Scott
concludes his
history of Sicily
(S).
9.00 Who Wants
To Be A
Millionaire?
Big-money
quiz, hosted
by Jeremy
Clarkson (S).
9.00 21 Kids And
Counting
Following
Britain’s largest
family (S).
9.00 The Secret Life
Of The Holiday
Resort New
series. Life in
an all-inclusive
hotel on the
Costa Brava (S).
9.00 Waco: Madman
Or Messiah –
Storyville Part
two of two (S).
9.00 FILM: Babylon
AD (Mathieu
Kassovitz
2008) Sci-fi
adventure,
starring Vin
Diesel (S).
10.00Island Of
Dreams One-off
comedy (S).
10.30 The “Christmas”
Misadventures
Of Romesh
Ranganathan (R).
10.00ITV News At Ten
(S).
10.30 ITV Regional
News (S).
10.45 Gordon, Gino
And Fred: Road
Trip (R) (S).
10.00First Dates
At Christmas
The restaurant
hosts a festive
party (R) (S).
10.00FILM: Vacation
(John Francis
Daley, Jonathan
M Goldstein
2015) Comedy,
starring Ed
Helms (S).
10.30 Basquiat –
Rage To Riches
The enduring
popularity of
the self-taught
American
artist’s work (S).
10.45 FILM: Along
Came A Spider
(Lee Tamahori
2001) Detective
thriller prequel,
starring Morgan
Freeman (S).
11.25 FILM:
Flatliners (Joel
Schumacher
1990) Thriller,
starring Kiefer
Sutherland (S).
11.30 Ed Sheeran:
Radio 2 In
Concert The
singer performs
at the BBC
Radio Theatre
in London (R).
11.45 20 Years Of The
Black Eyed Peas
Will.i.am and
his bandmates
celebrate their
musical journey
(S).
11.00 The
Undateables:
A Festive
Proposal (R) (S).
1.20 BBC News (S).
12.25 No Activity –
Christmas Special (R) (S).
1.15 Sign Zone: Nadiya’s
Asian Odyssey (R) (S).
2.15 Sign Zone: This Is
My Song (R) (S). 3.15 Sign
Zone: Countryfile (R) (S).
4.10 This Is BBC Two (S).
12.40 Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire? (R) (S). 1.30
Jackpot247 3.00 Losing
Weight: Six Months To
Save A Life – Tonight (R) (S).
3.25 ITV Nightscreen 5.05
The Jeremy Kyle Show
(R) (S).
12.05 Naked Attraction
(R) (S). 1.05 What Britain
Bought In 2018 (R) (S).
2.00 Supershoppers Sales
Special (R) (S). 2.55 The
People’s Vet (R) (S). 3.50
Embarrassing Pets (R).
4.15 Food Unwrapped (R).
6.00 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(S). 6.20 Totally Bonkers
Guinness World Records
(S). 6.45 You’ve Been
Framed! Top 100 Talent
(S). 7.40 Emmerdale (S).
8.05 Coronation Street (S).
8.35 Coronation Street (S).
9.05 The Ellen DeGeneres
Show (S). 10.00 FILM:
What A Girl Wants (Dennie
Gordon 2003) Comedy,
starring Amanda Bynes (S).
12.15 Emmerdale (S). 12.45
Coronation Street (S). 1.20
Coronation Street (S). 1.50
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(S). 2.45 The Jeremy Kyle
Show (S). 3.55 The Jeremy
Kyle Show (S). 5.00 The
Jeremy Kyle Show (S).
6.10 FILM: Star
Wars: Episode II
– Attack Of The
Clones (George
Lucas 2002)
Sci-fi adventure
prequel (S).
9.00 FILM: Hot
Fuzz (Edgar
Wright 2007)
Action comedy,
starring Simon
Pegg (S).
11.25 Family Guy
Quagmire
accidentally
gets married to
a prostitute (S).
11.55 Family Guy (S).
12.10 Named & Shamed:
Greatest Celebrity
Scandals (R) (S). 1.05
Teleshopping 3.05
Access (S). 3.10 Christmas
Cruising With Jane
McDonald (R) (S). 4.00
Tattoo Disasters UK (R) (S).
12.00 Arena: Nicolas
Roeg – It’s About Time
(S). 1.00 Disco & Beyond
With Ana Matronic And
Martyn Ware (S). 2.00
Sicily: Wonder Of The
Mediterranean (S).
12.50 FILM: Spirited Away
(Hayao Miyazaki 2001)
Animated fantasy, with the
voice of Rumi Hiragi (S).
3.20 Close
12.25 Family Guy (S).
12.55 Family Guy (S). 1.25
American Dad! (S). 1.50
American Dad! (S). 2.20
Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2
Nightscreen
NEWS
2-27
sight unseen. Harry Enfield is Sir
Richard Branson here, welcoming
various illustrious guests to his
exclusive Necker Island, including
JK Rowling (Samantha Spiro), Adele
(Morgana Robinson) and Gregg
Wallace (Al Murray). What does it
all have to do with the Virgin boss’s
secret masterplan for space travel?
FILM
CHOICE
LAURENCE PHELAN
===
Basquiat – Rage To Riches
10.30pm, BBC4
Another chance to see the arts
documentary that beat Blue Planet II
to a Bafta, telling the story of the
Brooklyn graffiti artist who became
an art world supernova in 80s New
York and who died of a heroin
overdose at the age of 27. In 2017,
his painting Skull sold for more
than $100m.
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
FILM OF THE DAY
===
Once Upon A Time In The West
The Princess Bride
3.25pm, Sky Cinema Classics
(Sergio Leone, 1968)
After the US success of his Italianmade spaghetti westerns, Leone
made this one – his masterpiece
– in America, for Paramount. He
cast Henry Fonda (left) brilliantly
against type as a remorseless
badass gunslinger who is hired by
a railway magnate to intimidate a
landowner, and Charles Bronson
and Jason Robards as the guns for
hire who go after him. It is epic,
elegiac and cruel, and thoroughly
demythologises the Old West and
any sentimental notions of heroism.
And it is richly, intensely cinematic
and uniquely styled: no one else
made films that looked or sounded
even remotely like this.
12.15pm, Channel 4
(Rob Reiner, 1987)
William Goldman’s modern fairy tale,
all about a kidnapped princess and
the dashing stableboy who comes to
her rescue, has romance, magic and
swordplay in spades – and a good bit
of fun slyly critiquing the genre, too.
Hot Fuzz
9pm, ITV2
(Edgar Wright, 2007)
The Shaun Of The Dead team have
a lot of fun with the conventions
of Hollywood action cinema,
incongruously applying them to the
story of a police investigation in a
sleepy country village. Indeed, there
may be a few gun battles too many.
BBC Radio 1
7.00 Murder,
She Wrote
The sheriff’s
brother-in-law
is murdered (S).
8.00 Endeavour A
protest at a hair
salon exposes
escalating
racial unrest in
Oxford (S).
10.00Vera A dock
worker falls to
his death from
a multi-storey
car park. Last in
the series (S).
12.05 Vera (S). 2.00
ITV3 Nightscreen 2.30
Teleshopping
6.00 Hollyoaks (S). 6.55
Hollyoaks (S). 7.30 The
Goldbergs (S). 8.00
Melissa & Joey (S). 9.00
The Goldbergs (S). 9.30
The Goldbergs (S). 10.00
The Big Bang Theory (S).
10.30 The Big Bang Theory
(S). 11.00 Brooklyn NineNine (S). 11.30 Brooklyn
Nine-Nine (S). 12.00 Young
Sheldon (S). 12.30 Young
Sheldon (S). 1.00 The Big
Bang Theory (S). 1.30 The
Big Bang Theory (S). 2.00
Melissa & Joey (S). 2.30
Melissa & Joey (S). 3.00
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S).
3.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
(S). 4.00 The Goldbergs
(S). 4.30 The Goldbergs (S).
5.00 Young Sheldon (S).
5.30 Young Sheldon (S).
8.55 Food Unwrapped (S).
9.30 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 10.35 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). 1.10 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). 3.45 Come
Dine With Me (S). 4.20
Come Dine With Me (S).
4.55 A Place In The Sun:
Winter Sun (S). 5.55 The
Supervet (S).
6.00 Futurama (R) (S). 6.30
Futurama (R) (S). 7.00
Futurama (R) (S). 7.30
Futurama (R) (S). 8.00
Modern Family (R) (S).
8.30 Modern Family (R)
(S). 9.00 The Simpsons (R)
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(S). 8.00 Storm City (R) (S).
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(R) (S). 11.00 House (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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decides he
needs a
computer (S).
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of derelict
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(R).
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Lisa stays with
a Broadway
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month (S).
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Scene
Investigation
A rare-book
restorer’s body
is found (R) (S).
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(R) (S).
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With the voices
of Lucy Lawless
and Tom Arnold
(R).
8.00 Blue Bloods
Frank clashes
with a journalist
(R) (S).
9.00 FILM: Saving
Private
Ryan (Steven
Spielberg 1998)
Drama, starring
Tom Hanks (S).
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Thrones
Cersei finds
herself seeking
forgiveness
(R) (S).
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Theory The
girls go on a
weekend trip to
Las Vegas (S).
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Theory (S).
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9.00 The World’s
Best Diet Jimmy
Doherty and
Kate Quilton
rank 50 of the
world’s diets (S).
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Inbetweeners
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Inbetweeners
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A&E Cameras
follow a woman
involved in a
car crash with
her husband (S).
10.10 Game Of
Thrones
The fate of
Jon Snow is
revealed (R) (S).
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Theory (S).
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Theory (S).
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A&E Patients
include a
man hit by a
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Thrones The
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The Big Bang Theory (S).
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Does Countdown (S).
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The Force: North East
(R) (S). 2.05 The Force:
Manchester (R) (S). 3.00
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(S). 5.00 Futurama (R) (S).
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Edmondson 10.00 Adele
Roberts 12.45pm Newsbeat
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Spellman 4.00 Jordan North
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Mix 4.00 Early Breakfast With
Adele Roberts
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Parkinson 12.45pm Newsbeat
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Rich but troubled Californian
mums become involved in a
terrible crime in this dark drama.
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Coronation Street (S).
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Street (S). 3.50 Midsomer
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6.30am Radio 2 Breakfast Show
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Afternoon 5.00 Ore Oduba 8.00
Bob Harris Country 9.00 Bryan
Adams Rocks! 10.00 Richard
Bacon 12mdn’t OJ Borg 3.00
The Craig Charles House Party
5.00 Nicki Chapman
BBC Radio 3
6.30am Breakfast. Presented by
Georgia Mann. 9.00 Essential
Classics. Robert Rinder shares
his cultural inspirations.
12noon Composer Of The
Week: Gershwin. The story of
Gershwin’s excursions in the
concert hall. 1.00 News 1.02
Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
2.00 Afternoon Concert.
Frank Martin’s chamber
opera Le Vin Herbé from
Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen.
4.30 Words And Music 5.45
New Generation Artists 7.00
BBC Proms 2018. Gilbert and
Sullivan’s Trial By Jury from
Alexandra Palace, London. 9.00
BBC Proms 2018 11.00 Late
Junction. Including a mixtape
by Hamburg DJ and producer
Helena Hauff. 12mdn’t Slow
Radio 12.30 Through The Night
BBC Radio 4
6am Today 9.00 As Others
See Us 9.45 Book Of The
Week: Brief Answers To
The Big Questions 10.00
Woman’s Hour 11.00 Crossing
Continents 11.30 The Art Of
Now: Identity Crisis 12noon
News 12.04 Adrian Mole: The
Cappuccino Years 12.15 You
And Yours 12.57 Weather
1.00 The World At One 1.45
New Year Solutions 2.00
The Archers 2.15 Drama: The
Receiver Of Wreck 3.00 Open
Country 3.27 Radio 4 Appeal
3.30 Open Book 4.00 The
Film Programme 4.30 BBC
Inside Science 5.00 PM 5.57
Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock
News 6.30 John Finnemore’s
Souvenir Programme. The
sketch show features a man
on the way to St Ives. 7.00 The
Archers. Elizabeth attempts
a brave face. 7.15 Front Row
BBC iPlayer
Check out how Lee Mack and cast
coped with their live episode of
the quick-fire suburban sitcom.
Torvill & Dean
ITV Hub
The British ice-skating legends
are followed from childhood to
Olympic glory in this drama.
7.45 Curtain Down At Her
Majesty’s – A Play In Five Acts.
By Michael Chaplin. 8.00 Black
Girls Don’t Cry. Marverine
Cole explores why some black
women are more prone to
anxiety and depression. 8.30
In Business. Companies trying
to fundamentally change the
way houses are built. 9.00
BBC Inside Science. Presented
by Adam Rutherford. 9.30 As
Others See Us. Neil MacGregor
explores the relationship
between Britain and Canada.
10.00 The World Tonight. With
James Coomarasamy. 10.45
Book At Bedtime: Adrian Mole:
The Cappuccino Years. By Sue
Townsend. 11.00 Tez Talks.
Comedy chat with Tez Ilyas.
Last in the series. 11.15 Dr John
Cooper Clarke At The BBC. The
Bard of Salford performs at
the BBC’s Radio Theatre. 11.30
The Digital Human. How the
information others have about
people can affect their lives.
12mdn’t News And Weather
12.30 Book Of The Week: Brief
Answers To The Big Questions
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BBC Radio 4 Extra
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Boy Who Bought A Field 7.00
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Programme 8.00 Something
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ofthe
day
New
Generation
Artists
5.45pm,
BBC Radio 3
Romanian cellist
Andrei Ionita
(above) performs
Beethoven and
Ashley Riches sings
Copland. Plus,
pieces by Schubert
and Bartok.
Write Stuff 4.30 Rent 5.00
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Programme 6.00 Ghost Stories
Of Walter De La Mare 6.30
Great Lives 7.00 Something
To Shout About 7.30 The Goon
Show 8.00 Strong Poison 8.30
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9.00 The Montana Stories
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Club: The News At Bedtime
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With Steve Lamacq 1.00 Wise
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Classic FM
6am More Music Breakfast
9.00 John Suchet 1pm Jane
Jones 5.00 Classic FM Drive
7.00 Smooth Classics At Seven
8.00 The Full Works Concert.
Catherine Bott presents great
music written by lesser-known
composers. 10.00 Smooth
Classics 1am Bob Jones
Absolute Radio
6am Bush And Richie 10.00
Leona Graham 1pm Ben
Burrell 4.00 Pete Donaldson
7.00 Danielle Perry 10.00
Sarah Champion 1am Chris
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TalkSPORT
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Breakfast With Ally McCoist
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With Adam Catterall
Dry January:
does it work?
Many people choose to go without alcohol for
a month despite a surprising lack of evidence
about the benefits, writes IanHamilton
D
Education
The radical sabbatical
What happened when one
20-something tried 25
jobs to find a new career
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Sheridan Smith
On her role as a cleaner
turned insider trader –
and that meltdown
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‘The Truth about Vegans’
and the twins testing
health assumptions
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ry January is more
popular than ever. But
does quitting booze
for a month actually
make a difference to
your life? Looking at the official
website for the annual challenge,
managed by Alcohol Change UK,
you’re left in little doubt: four
weeks without drinking will help
you lose weight, save money, sleep
better and have more energy.
There is certainly evidence
to support the negative impact
of alcohol on all of these things,
but does that mean a month
of abstinence causes these
positive effects?
To figure out the true benefits,
you need to think about what you
do when you give up alcohol. For
instance, do you start exercising
more or eating healthier food?
If you do, then that’s great, but
the positive impacts you will
experience are not solely due to
quitting alcohol temporarily.
Despite its popularity, the
impact of Dry January on
health has not been robustly
investigated. The most recent
attempt in 2017 did not look
at whether people made other
healthy lifestyle changes when
they gave up booze, and a still
more significant problem was
the number of participants who
dropped out.
While the results looked
positive, they could be misleading,
particularly if those who stopped
midway did so from feeling worse
as a result of quitting drinking.
A l s o, t h e r e s e a r c h w a s
sponsored by Public Health
England, the group that endorses
the Dry January campaign.
An independent evaluation
would avoid a perceived conflict
of interest.
Rather than viewing Dry
January as a threat to its business,
the alcohol industry views it
as a neat distraction from an
inconvenient truth. Although
alcohol consumption is declining
overall, just 4.4 per cent of the
population account for more than
30 per cent of all the alcohol sold
in the UK.
But Dry January is not aimed
at high-risk drinkers, as Alcohol
Change UK makes clear. It would
be potentially life-threatening
for people in this group to stop
drinking suddenly. They need
specialist support to reduce their
alcohol intake.
So there is a danger that these
campaigns play well with the
drinks industry as they distract
attention from a group of people
who are at the greatest risk of
dying prematurely due to alcohol.
In this way, Dry January might
cause more harm than good,
because it attracts those least at
risk of developing problems due
to alcohol, while neatly distracting
attention from those at the
greatest risk.
The industry is adept at
influencing policy to protect its
business model. Public Health
England recently faced criticism
for its own relationship with the
industry after it joined Drinkaware, an organisation funded
by the alcohol industry, in an
“alcohol-free days” campaign
that many experts believed
was an ill-judged tie-up. The
Doesitmake
scientific
sensetotake
yourcoat
offindoors,
tofeelthe
benefit
outside?
If you work in a
draughty office,
warehouse or
classroom, you can
be forgiven for being
tempted to keep your
coat on inside. But
you have probably
also been advised
against it because you
won’t “feel the benefit”
when you go outside.
This seems
counter-intuitive. If
you’re cold already,
surely you should
do whatever you can
to retain warmth?
Yet things aren’t
that simple.
Your body is
covered with tiny
ByMikeEvans
campaign’s message appeared
to minimise the risks associated
with excessive drinking, based on
a self-assessment drinking tool.
Those facing the greatest risks
to their health from alcohol get
the least in the way of services
compared to those with more
modest risks from drinking.
Alcohol treatment services
continue to be cut, while alcoholrelated harm continues to rise.
This is a classic example of the
inverse care law, which describes
a situation where those who most
need medical care are least likely
to receive it.
There is a health apartheid as
low-risk drinkers are served by
campaigns like Dry January and
high-risk drinkers are denied
support. This is demonstrated
by social differences – those from
the most socially deprived groups
are the most likely to die due to
alcoholic liver disease.
Alcohol is a drug that happens
to be legally regulated and, as
with all drugs, there are vested
interests that control access to
credible information about the
health risks.
Robust evaluation of the Dry
January campaign is overdue.
Popularity should not be used
as a proxy for effectiveness and
millions of participants need a
more accurate idea of whether or
not they should bother.
Money would be better spent on
those who need support the most
and on tackling the root causes of
excessive drinking.
4.4 per cent of the
population account
for 30 per cent of the
alcohol sold in the UK
Ian Hamilton is an associate
professor at the University of York
cold-sensitive
receptors located
on specialised
nerve fibres in the
skin. When the
temperature drops,
these receptors start
to signal the brain, in
effect encoding the
temperature into
the nerve.
The signals travel
to a multi-sensory
gatekeeper in
the centre of the
brain, called the
thalamus. From
there, signals pass to
the somatosensory
cortex, which creates
the sensation and
awareness of feeling
cold. It’s from this
process that the
brain can work out
both the location
of the cold spot on
the body surface,
and to some extent
how cold it actually
is. At temperature
extremes, hot or cold,
you also feel pain due
to skin damage.
When you go
outside, or anywhere
that is colder than
where you’ve just
been, your nervous
system detects the
temperature through
your exposed skin,
in particular the
face. Wearing a coat
indoors is likely to
raise your average
skin temperature,
including the
exposed parts.
So when you
go outside, the air
will feel colder,
particularly on the
exposed skin, than
it would have done
otherwise since
the difference in
temperature is
now greater.
Your coat will
insulate your body,
but not your face.
This feeling would
be accentuated even
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Naming new discoveries
in space is a fun job, but
there are some strict rules
Volcanoes and craters millions of miles away can take their titles from
historical figures, mythical gods, and other objects, explains DavidRothery
he New Horizons
spacecraft has flown
by Ultima Thule, a
19-mile wide object in
the furthest reaches
of the solar system that was only
discovered in 2014.
Its title is a fitting one,
signifying a distant unknown
place, but it is just a nickname.
The official names of Ultima
Thule and the features on its
surface may not be decided
for years by the International
Astronomical Union (IAU).
Planetary scientists would
find life difficult without globally
agreed names for at least the
largest or most prominent
features on a body. Locating them
by numbers or map coordinates
would be cumbersome and
unmemorable. But how are the
names chosen?
The IAU, which celebrates its
centenary in 2019, imposed order
by establishing themes for the
names of features on each body.
For example, large craters on
Mars are named after deceased
scientists and writers associated
with Mars (there’s an Asimov
and a Da Vinci), and craters less
than 60km across are named
after towns and villages on Earth
(there’s a Bordeaux and a Cádiz).
Apart from craters, most
names are in two parts, with a
“descriptor term” of Latin origin
added to denote the type of
feature that has been named.
On Mars we find neighbouring
valleys called Ares Vallis, Tiu
Vallis and Simud Vallis, all using
the Latin word for valley. This
is preceded by the word for
“Mars” in different languages
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further if wearing
your coat indoors
made you sweat,
which would cool
your exposed skin
down more quickly.
However, once you
get over the initial
coldness, your coat
will still do its job
and you will feel its
benefit. Your body
is very effective at
maintaining its core
temperature of 37ºC
unless you are ill.
Even if you feel
colder when you first
go outside, your coat
will make it easier to
maintain your core
temperature, as well
as keeping the cold air
away from your skin.
If you do feel cold,
your body does have
an effective way
of trying to warm
itself up, raising
its temperature,
particularly the core
temperature, by its
coordinated system
of shivering, moving
blood away from the
skin, and increasing
your heart rate and
breathing to boost the
circulation and the
oxygen and nutrients
it provides.
It is through
this multi-organ
response that the
body conserves heat,
by preventing heat
loss through the
skin and generating
heat through
muscular activity
and biochemical
reactions.
So whether you
choose to keep your
coat on or not, you’re
probably not going
to suffer too much
as long as you do the
sensible thing in any
British winter and
wear it outdoors.
Mike Evans is a
senior lecturer in
neuroscience at
Keele University
An artist’s illustration of the ‘New Horizons’ passing Ultima Thule NASA
– in these examples Greek,
Old English/Germanic and
Sumerian respectively.
The IAU has struggled to
achieve cultural balance for some
features. For example, the theme
for Rupes, the large escarpments
on Mercury, is “ships of discovery
or scientific expeditions”. By the
nature of world history, there
is a preponderance of Western
ship names.
For example, we find
Adventure, Discovery,
Endeavour, and Resolution – all
four ships from Captain Cook’s
18th-century voyages to the
Southern Ocean and Pacific.
Personally, I am content that
these were primarily journeys of
scientific discovery rather than of
conquest or colonisation. Cook’s
first voyage was undertaken to
observe a rare transit of Venus,
and his second voyage reached
further south than ever before.
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see !
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on
That said, it would be nice to
redress the balance.
In connection with a European
planetary mapping project, one
of my PhD students and I hope
to get at least one of Mercury’s
as yet unnamed Rupes named
after a canoe in which the
Maoris arrived in New Zealand.
Ultimately, space exploration is
for all of humanity.
David Rothery is a professor of
planetary geosciences at the
Open University
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find a selection of the best
science, environment and
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TheConversation.com
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our two generations, at a
conservative estimate.
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salaries will buy us
25 per cent of a home
when we reach our
mid-thirties, or a home
without a living room or
one that is dependent on
us continuing to have a
partner or reliance on the
bank of mum and dad.
The bank of mum and
dad, or Bomad as it has
been acronymised, is the
ninth-largest lender in
the UK, with more than
£6.5bn in loans going to
their children. The scale
of Bomad in particular
shows us that something
has changed, something is
not working in our system
as our young people
try to transition into
the total independence
of adulthood.
While such generosity
is something that our
generation is incredibly
grateful for, it leaves us
dependent on our parents
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It is also dependent on
us having parents who
are fortunate enough to
be able to subsume such
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later in life, with long
saved-for pensions often
liable. For millennials who
are reliant on this, it only
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and their magnanimity –
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a form of prolonged
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are always dependent on
others, whether that is on
a bank that owns up to 75
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which is guaranteed by
a government; on the
continued love of our
partners as it becomes
a financial necessity;
or on the generosity of
our family members, or
sadly, sometimes on the
generosity of their wills.
The pressure to be a
property owner in the
UK is inherited from the
success of baby boomers,
who have seen huge
capital growth on their
properties, benefiting
from its affordability when
they themselves were
in their twenties. From
their perspective, renting
is madness and a waste
of money.
The family life that many
of our parents took for
granted, a reward for their
hard work that they never
needed to consciously
think about, has been
pushed further and further
back into the futures of
millennials. For many it
is becoming a choice of
career or children, with the
added problem of women
still facing a pay penalty
for choosing the latter.
The social contract has
been broken. But despite
this broken social contract,
we demand more than any
before us and many of our
elders have been vocal in
criticising us for that. We
have been accused of being
lazy, fickle and ungrateful.
We want flexibility and
fulfilment on top of a
better salary, a home and,
at some point, a family.
We want it all and we have
been raised to expect it all.
How can we level
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time when the average
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How can we be the first
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We are no longer willing
to settle for the status quo.
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Jewish Comedy:
A Serious History
BY JEREMY DAUBER
This rich
survey takes
in everything
from the Book of
Esther, through
medieval
satirical
rabbinic poetry
to the present-day satire of
The Daily Show and supreme
sitcom of embarrassment,
Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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CERTIFICATE 15, 102 MINS
Idris Elba’s
directorial
debut is a
pacy crime
drama based
on Victor
Headley’s
novel about
a young Jamaican in
1980s Hackney. Aml Ameen
plays the hero ‘D’ with
compelling swagger.
S
he’s used to immersing
herself in research to inhabit figures such as Cilla
Black and Ronnie Bigg’s
wife, Charmian Biggs.
But for her latest role, Sheridan
Smith had to learn how to become
a real-life cleaner.
“I was no good at cleaning but
we did a whole course in it and
now I know its dab before wipe.
I also learned how to tie a bin.
I’m getting a bit better at it,”
said the actress and singer of her
method preparation to play Sam,
a contract cleaner at a City firm
who discovers lucrative insider
trading secrets.
A sobering New Year morality
tale, the ITV series Cleaning
Up, written by Mark Marlow, is
unashamedly political. Sassy,
working class mother of two Sam
is drowning in debt as a result of
an addiction to internet gambling
sites targeted at women. Her ex is
angling to take away her children.
But isn’t the high-stakes
speculation engaged in by the
bankers, who routinely ignore
Sam and the twilight army of
Canary Wharf cleaners, just
another form of gambling? Would
someone as desperate as she is,
offered the chance to use insider
trading secrets to reset her
life, be justified in succumbing
to temptation?
Could Smith imagine stepping
over that line? “Yes. Deffo,” says
the Bafta-winner from Doncaster,
famed for speaking candidly
about her own personal struggles.
“She’s a good mum and she’s got
a reason. She wants a better life
for her girls. She makes some bad
decisions but I could understand
why the character wanted to do it.
“Sam thinks if a few people in
this company are getting away
with it, why shouldn’t she? But
there will be some viewers who
are frustrated that she’s doing
the wrong things and it’s a big
moral dilemma.”
Smith herself is in a happier
place following the “massive
meltdown” she suffered
following her late father’s cancer
diagnosis. She disclosed in an
ITV documentary last year how,
during her acclaimed 2016 West
End starring run in Funny Girl,
she suffered from anxiety and was
self-medicating with alcohol.
Was she ever tempted by the
kind of web gambling sites that
exploit vulnerable women? “I don’t
know about gambling myself. I’ve
got plenty of other vices but that
isn’t one,” she said. “But I loved
the working class-ness of it. I used
to know people who went to the
bingo. These are the kind of people
I would naturally be attracted to
and want to be around, so that’s
what I enjoyed most.”
Getting up at the crack of dawn
to mingle with Canary Wharf ’s
real contract cleaners on set
was a crash-course in workingclass consciousness. “I met a lot
of cleaners. It was interesting
when we did the scenes where the
stockbrokers are arriving and the
cleaners are still there, they didn’t
even notice us. They just barge in
with their briefcases and you’re
unseen to them.
“So they would never suspect
one of us – ‘It can’t be that little
cleaner (insider trading)’. It’s
terrible really. Why can’t it be, just
‘Things are
changing for
the better’
Sheridan Smith scrubbed offices to get
to grips with her latest drama. She talks
working-class roles, meltdowns and
taking back control with Adam Sherwin
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SARAH CARSON
A gimmicky take on
the fascinating topic
of identical twins
Th
he stockbrokers
didn’t even notice
us when we worked
– you are unseen
because we haven’t been educated
like you?”
Last seen in Care, the BBC
drama in which she played a
daughter battling to get social care
for her mother after she suffered a
stroke, Smith, 37, is on a mission
to get a greater representation for
working class women on screen.
“I’ve been out of the TV game for
a couple of years and the scripts
that I’m booked to do in 2019, I
can see that things are changing
for the better, in every way,” she
says of the seismic changes in the
entertainment industry following
the #MeToo accusations.
“There are more working class,
female-driven roles. The album
I released (A Northern Soul, a
collection of highly personal
Sheridan’s
character snoops
on traders in
the TV drama
‘Cleaning Up’ ITV
songs) was therapeutic to make
but acting is what I love and I
really want to get back to it.”
However, Smith had to push
herself out of her comfort zone
to play Sam. “I find playing real
people easier. It’s what I like to
watch but I can’t just do that. I find
it hard not having the research.
“There was years of Cilla
material I spent months throwing
myself into, or meeting Charmian
Biggs or Julie Bushby (the
community leader Smith played
in BBC drama The Moorside). I
thrived on the responsibility of
telling someone’s real story so this
was a bit scary to start off with –
‘Aaargh, I don’t know what to do.’”
Smith was inspired by the
genesis of Cleaning Up. The writer,
newcomer Marlow, was watching
Oliver Stone’s Wall Street when
he was struck by an office breakin scene, which used cleaners,
dotted in the background, like set
dressing. “They’re unimportant
and overlooked, and it was at that
moment the ideas hit me all at
once,” Marlow said.
Twe n ty ye a rs a f t e r h e r
breakthrough as Ralf Little’s
girlfriend in The Royle Family,
Smith is taking greater control
over her career. “I’m in the process
of setting up my own production
company,” she revealed.
“I’ve got a lot of my own
ideas going forward. It’s just so
empowering to go and take control
a bit more. To try and do things I
really want to do and try and be a
bit more grown up nowadays.”
With her rollercoaster
private life feasted upon by redtop tabloids, retreating from
the media spotlight is part of
that maturity.
“I’ve learned not to read
anything about myself,” says the
Olivier-winner who found going
in to record her album A Northern
Soul “without make-up and
cameras” a liberating experience.
She disclosed her engagement
last year to insurance broker
Jamie Horn but Smith admits her
home life will always be messy. “I
didn’t pick up too many cleaning
tips,” she said. “We all had to wear
our tabards on the course and
they showed us lots of different
surfaces. We wrote down what all
the sprays and colours were. My
housemate said: ‘Why aren’t you
bringing any of that stuff home
with you?’ I said: ‘I’ve cleaned all
day, you can at least do it when I
get home.’”
‘Cleaning Up’ begins on 9 January
on ITV at 9pm
» The Twinstitute BBC2, 8.30pm HHHHH
» The Truth about Vegans Channel 4, 10pm HHHHH
A
new year predictably
encourages some degree
of self-loathing and
lifestyle reassessment.
Last night’s TV was bleak for
anyone still basking in that odd fug
of gluttony, regret and listlessness
that can plague the mind in this odd
lull before routine coaxes us back
into the noisy chaos of normal life.
First was The Twinstitute, in
which identical twin TV doctors
Chris and Xand van Tulleken set
up a gemellological hub in which
they split up 30 pairs of identical
twins for a series of head-to-head
experiments. Fittingly for this
week, the bulk of this first episode
centred around attempts to find
out whether diet or exercise is the
more influential variable when it
comes to losing weight.
I’m not sure which answer
would have been more of a relief
to hear but the result – after two
sets of twins spent a month either
consuming markedly fewer calories
per day or doing two hours of
exercise – proved it was diet. Other
tests assessed whether cramming
or sustained studying was the more
effective memorisation technique
(unfortunately, and disproving
my own lifetime of evidence to
the contrary, cramming lost)
and the van Tulleken brothers
themselves bravely entered a
tattoo parlour to see whether
meditation or swearing would
be the more soothing pain relief.
Meditation won, but had real
expletives been used more freely
from the start instead of words
like “cumberworld” I suspect the
results may have been different.
Identical twins fascinate lots
of us and certainly this felt like a
fun and simple way to test some
“what ifs”. But the whole thing felt
a little too gimmicky. Which is an
odd criticism – the entire premise
for the show is a gimmick, after
all – but identical twin bouncers
(bouncers?) and receptionists
at the “Twinstitute”? Matching
uniforms and bright geometric
logos had me thinking about
some apocalyptic Black Mirror
daydream. The brothers have an
easy charisma and theirs is an
unchallenging avenue into popular
science. Whether that will be
enough to sustain it for the next six
weeks, however, I am not convinced.
As many of us do indeed
reconsider our diet, the Dispatches
team attempted to uncover The
Truth about Vegans. An ambitious
undertaking for a topic and group
so broad, particularly with only 35
minutes to play with. Yet this, in
which reporter Morland Sanders
considered turning vegan and
spoke to activists and farmers, was
a timely and interesting addition
to the debate about animal welfare.
Veganism has never been more
trendy (or, some would argue, more
necessary), and this encouraged us
to consider the ideological plight of
its most extreme crusaders and the
impact that widespread veganism
could have on agriculture.
Activists did not come off well: in
particular blogger Cath Kendall’s
ludicrous claim that she would find
it “equally as heartbreaking” to see
someone eat a human baby as a
lamb chop debased her arguments
entirely. Victimised farmers,
false claims about supermarkets
succumbing to campaign pressure,
and footage of anti-Semitic
protests were shocking to witness.
Obviously, the arguments of
moderate vegans were far more
persuasive and the fact is, by now,
most of us know we ought to adopt
a more plant-based diet. Ethically,
environmentally, the merits of
not eating meat are impossible to
ignore, as are its health benefits.
And it is, as Sanders found, easier
than ever to assume if not all, then
some aspects of a vegan lifestyle.
As this film proved, farmers
receiving death threats will
convince nobody of anything other
than the barbarism and hypocrisy
in some activist communities.
Doctors and
identical
twins,
Xand and
Chris van
Tulleken,
guided
viewers
through ‘The
Twinstitute’
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THE CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
YOU HAVE TO SEE
VISUAL ARTS
Swan Lake
LOWRY, SALFORD
English National Ballet dance
Derek Deane’s handsome
production, a traditional and
well-paced view of the ballet with
fairytale designs by Peter Farmer.
(020 7845 9300) to 13 Jan
Free exhibition exploring
LS Lowry’s passion for the
Pre-Raphaelites.
(thelowry.com) to 24 Feb
Viviana Troya’s installation
‘Hatchery 2018’ is one of the
works on show at ‘Bloomberg
New Contemporaries’
VISUAL ARTS
Kobby Adi is an explosion of
meanings and also sensually
delicious. It made me look at
African sculpture, a Ghanaian
5,000-cedi banknote, coloured
fabric, innumerable logos, photos,
and a pair of trainers – but also
muted colours, subtle textures,
and positive and negative space.
Painter Yanghwa is interested in
recording signs of gentrification.
A Bright Future 2017 is in a plain
illustrational style. There is
nothing much there as far as
handling goes, but it’s in an
interesting set of colours, mostly
green. You’re looking at a pot plant
by a window, and there is a distant
construction crane. Light falls
on the leaves. Perhaps it signifies
an idea dawning. It’s a morbid,
circular work: trouble is coming,
was coming all along, while it was
being made. Yanghwa will soon
have to pack up and get out.
In an intriguing category of its
BRITISH LIBRARY, LONDON NW1
Treasures from the British
Library’s collection, including
the Lindisfarne Gospels.
(01937 546546) to 19 Feb
The Favourite
SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, LONDON
You have to have just finished
art school to have your work
featured in the annual New
Contemporaries exhibition.
There are 57 participants this
year, and as a viewer you get used
to an impression of constantly
changing codes or secret language.
Tribal masks by Carrie Grainger
lean in a corner, and one might be
made of a mop. A man in trunks
stands by a pool, in a video by
Bella Riza. He might be her father.
He reminisces about bringing up
Bella in Greece and does a dance,
all with fat jolliness. A caption
introducing a video by Holly
McLean reads: “For nine months,
my sister has had a stalker.”
How much you want to get into
anything is an open question. A
buzzing atmosphere of disjointed
signs and enigmas is fun to go
along with in cruising mode.
A more-or-less sculpture by
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms:
Art, Word, War
FILM
Bloomberg New Contemporaries
own, Camilla Hanney’s Penance
seems to be simply a large white
linen cloth with a lacy decoration.
It turns out every tiny hole of the
complex pattern was hand-burnt
by the artist.
A good proportion of the works
are straight painting. It seems to be
on its way back. Sometimes they’re
sophisticated, with paint handled
as if the artist has been doing it
for decades and must be due for a
prize. Maïa Regis makes a fabulous
surface of marks on crumpled
fabric; Francisco Rodriguez
summons up a creepy atmosphere
of geometric shapes.
It’s surprising how quickly you
forget the artists are all students or
recent graduates. But at the same
time you can’t forget it — the issues
confronting them are constantly
present, if only in coded fragments.
To 24 February (020 7703 6120)
MATTHEW COLLINGS
EVENING STANDARD
DANCE
Lowry and the
Pre-Raphaelites
COLISEUM, LONDON WC2
JAZZ
Scott Hamilton Quartet
PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ, LONDON W1
The mellifluous American
saxophonist wields his songbook
with his regular quartet of John
Pearce on piano, bassist Dave
Green and drummer Steve
Brown. (020 7439 4962) to Sun
12A, YORGOS LANTHIMOS, 120 MINS
A deranged and unsettling period
drama with Olivia Colman,
Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.
Nationwide release
THEATRE
Wicked
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
Mary Poppins Returns
U, ROB MARSHALL, 130MINS
Emily Blunt is the magical
nanny in this classy sequel
to the 1964 original.
Nationwide release
Amy Ross and Helen Woolf
star as the two witches in Joe
Mantello’s lavish touring show.
(0844 871 3019) to Sat
A Christmas Carol
LIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE
COMEDY
Sam Simmons
A blast of highly entertaining
and original comic theatre
from Spymonkey.
(0151 709 4776) to 12 Jan
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON W1
The gleefully surrealist,
wonderfully moustached
Aussie gets involved in some
boggle-eyed, Christmas-derived
horseplay in Away in a Stranger.
(020 7478 0100) to Sat
Nine Night
TRAFALGAR STUDIOS, LONDON SW1
Natasha Gordon’s poignant,
punchy look at the mourning
rituals of a Jamaican family in
London. (0844 871 7632) to 23 Feb
If you only see
one thing today
THEATRE
Circus 1903
SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON
Playful
puppet
elephants
were the
highlight of
‘Circus 1903’
HHHHH
This sparky show is a tribute to
the heyday of the big top – in 1903,
Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest
Show on Earth returned to the US
after a five-year tour of Europe
– with one delightful difference.
Instead of sad live animals, this
circus boasts a graceful life-size
articulated puppet elephant,
designed by some of the original
puppetry team behind War Horse.
Stately Queenie is manoeuvred
by a trio of three handlers,
while just one person works
her inquisitive calf, Peanut, who
rollicks in excitement around the
stage. With the greatest respect to
the high-wire act (two unicyclists
linked by a wooden shaft, on
top of which an acrobat does a
headstand, with no safety net),
this pair of playful pachyderms
MANUEL
HARLAN
were the highlight of my evening.
I must confess that I felt slightly
on edge throughout much of Neil
Dorward’s production. The relative
proximity of the seats, of the stalls
at least, to the RFH stage makes
one appreciate more profoundly
the fragile equilibrium of so many
of the acts: just one foot slightly
misplaced could lead to disaster.
Pleasingly, there are none
of the tiresomely wafty moral
messages that weigh down Cirque
du Soleil shows. Instead this cracks
on briskly, under the jovially
exasperated supervision of
ringmaster William Winterbottom
Whipsnade (David Williamson).
One after another there arrive
performers of sinuous grace and
eye-boggling skill. Contortionist
Senayet Asefa Amare seemed
in danger of turning her body
inside out, while juggler François
Borie managed a pile of straw
hats, followed by seven batons
simultaneously.
To 5 January (020 3879 9555)
FIONA MOUNTFORD
EVENING STANDARD
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agenda
reviews
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FILM
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Business Editor Elizabeth Anderson
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business@inews.co.uk
MARKETS
FTSE reverses early losses
in rocky return to trading
By Simon English
Stock markets gave little sign of a
happy new year yesterday, with the
FTSE 100 managing to eke out the
smallest of gains as the first trading
session of 2019 saw global turmoil
amid growing economic fears.
Last year was the worst in a
decade for equities across the globe
and the early signs are that the
next 12 months are unlikely to be
much better.
As traders returned to dealing
screens in earnest, the FTSE 100 fell
by almost 2 per cent in the morning,
but by the end of the day had managed
to claw back those losses, with the
index closing up by 0.01 per cent, or
6 points, to 6,734.23.
There was also some relief on the
FTSE 250 index, which ended the day
up 85 points at 17,586.7.
Overnight, shares had fallen across
the board. The Shanghai Composite
lost more than 1 per cent, Hong
Kong’s Hang Seng fell by 2.4 per cent,
and Australia’s ASX 200 was down by
1.6 per cent.
The falls came as China suffered
its f irs t outright d e clin e in
manufacturing for 19 months, with
the index falling from 50.2 to 49.7.
Any number below 50 shows a fall in
factory activity.
Chris Beauchamp, chief market
analyst at online trading firm IG,
The FTSE 100 dropped
by 12.5 per cent in 2018,
its biggest annual decline since
the 2008 financial crisis. Tobacco
firms and housebuilders were
among the worst affected.
said: “Europe is creeping into
positive territory after a very shaky
start to the new year. Bruised by the
volatility of the past few months,
investors aren’t yet grabbing the
chance to buy the dip with both
hands, but it is at least encouraging to
see a continuation of the move higher
instead of the relentless selling of the
past few weeks.”
The biggest riser on the FTSE 100
yesterday was Next, up by 4.7 per
cent at 4,177p ahead of its Christmas
trading update today. Analysts at
UBS are predicting that sales rose
by 1 per cent in the fourth quarter,
which includes Christmas.
The biggest faller was mining
conglomerate Glencore, down by 3
per cent at 282.5p on the back of a
gloomy commodities price outlook.
Economists are forecasting that
UK growth this year will hold steady
China suffered its first outright
manufacturing decline for 19 months
at 1.5 per cent but remain nervous
over a potential no-deal Brexit.
With bank shares wobbling almost
everywhere, the European Central
Bank has appointed administrators
to oversee Italy’s Carige, whose roots
stretch back to 1483.
The chief executive of the bank
quit yesterday after the firm failed
to shore up its financial position. The
ECB said it would “take charge” of
the lender. EVENING STANDARD
ECONOMY
Businesses
report
stagnating
growth
By Alan Jones
Quote of
the day
The 30
Second
Briefing
The UK has vibrant,
world-class
creative industries,
and demand for
our content has
never been higher
Dame Carolyn McCall
The ITV chief executive
says she’s still investing
in new content despite
Brexit uncertainty
ICELAND
The supermarket chain Iceland is
embroiled in an unusual dispute
with HMRC. What’s it about?
Iceland is facing a £21m bill from
HM Revenue & Customs over
claims the discount supermarket
chain broke minimum wage rules
with a Christmas savings scheme.
The scheme has been running for
several years and allows low-paid
staff to set aside money over the
year to help pay for Christmas.
those in the 21 to 24 age bracket and
£6.15 for those aged 18 to 20.
What’s the cause of the dispute?
HMRC says the money deducted
from employees’ weekly pay
packets meant their pay had
fallen below the minimum wage,
according to The Times, which
first reported the story. HMRC
says the underpayment comes to
about £3.5m a year. A spokesman
from the tax authority said: “All
businesses, irrespective of size
or business sector are responsible
for paying the correct minimum
wage to their staff.” The 2019
UK National Minimum Wage is
£8.21 per hour for workers aged
25 and over, falling to £7.70 for
What now?
Iceland founder Sir Malcolm Walker
said he intends to fight the claims.
Iceland is also accused of breaching
minimum wage rules after advising
shopfloor staff to wear “sensible
shoes”. HMRC thinks staff should be
compensated for shoes they have to
buy to wear for work.
Who owns Iceland?
The chain, founded by Sir Malcolm
in 1970, is privately owned. It is
majority owned by Brait, a South
African investment company.
Iceland employs around 25,000
people and has more than 800 stores.
The UK economy ended last year
stuck in a “weak holding pattern”
with uncertainty over Brexit hitting
sales and recruitment, according to
a new report.
Problems hiring staff are at nearrecord highs, suggested a survey of
6,000 firms. The British Chambers
of Commerce (BCC) said its study
indicated that growth in the economy
had “stagnated”.
Four out of five manufacturers
were struggling to recruit suitably
skilled workers, with almost as many
services companies having similar
problems, the BCC said. Collectively,
the 6,000 firms that took part in the
survey employ more than one million
people across the UK.
The percentage of manufacturers
expecting to raise prices is at its
highest level in a year, said the report.
Dr Adam Marshall, director
general of the BCC, said: “Throughout
much of 2018, UK businesses were
subjected to a barrage of political
noise and drama, so it’s no surprise
to see firms report muted domestic
demand and investment.
“In this new year, the Government
must demonstrate that it is
ready to act to turbo - charge
business confidence.”
Suren Thiru, head of economics
at the BCC, added that it is likely the
Bank of England will keep interest
rates on hold in 2019 despite signs
that businesses are pushing up
prices, which is likely to lead to
higher inflation.
The UK’s base interest rate is
currently at 0.75 per cent.
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
46-55
RETAIL
INVESTMENTS
Last-minute Christmas
shopping helps John Lewis
Christian asset
manager urges
Ted Baker
investigation
i THURSDAY
3 JANUARY 2019
39
From the
business
pages
By Ravender Sembhy
By Ravender Sembhy
A surge in shoppers looking for lastminute gifts helped lift sales at John
Lewis over the festive period as the
retailer gave the first glimpse of how
trading fared over Christmas.
In the week to 29 December, sales
at the department store chain were
up 4.5 per cent, driven by a 103 per
cent increase in gift food purchases.
It said it was boosted by shoppers
buying last-minute Christmas
presents, adding that it experienced
“very strong sales on Christmas Eve
and a confident start to clearance
sales both online and in shops”.
The previous week, in the seven
days to 22 December, sales had risen
by just 4.2 per cent, suggesting that
many Britons left their shopping to
the last minute.
Retail analyst Nick Bubb
calculated that like-for-like sales
were up 2 per cent over the two-week
period, but cautioned that this would
have been “driven by discounting”.
Meanwhile, sales at its sister
company, Waitrose, rose 19.2 per cent
in the week to 29 December, helped
by a surge in Christmas dinner
shopping. However, in the week up to
22 December, sales dropped 11.7 per
cent, although the group said that
the figures were “heavily distorted”
by the fact that Christmas fell on a
different week last year.
business has now been wound up.
The move comes despite high sales
of the luxury slippers, which retail
at £69.99.
In a statement, the company said:
“During the four years since we
launched, we sold nearly a million
pairs of slippers to customers in over
100 countries; we are all desperately
disappointed at this outcome.”
Meanwhile, menswear brand
Greenwoods has also called in
administrators and closed its chain
of shops in the north of England,
resulting in the loss of more than
100 jobs.
Ted Baker has been chastised by
the Methodist Church over the
controversy surrounding its chief
executive, Ray Kelvin, who was
forced to take a leave of absence amid
allegations of harassment.
It is understood that Epworth, an
ethically conscious asset manager
owned by the Methodist Church,
wrote a letter to the retailer’s board
demanding an investigation.
Epworth, which boasts £1.4bn of
assets under management including
a stake in Ted Baker, wrote to
express its concern over the claims
that Mr Kelvin enforced a “hugging”
culture at the company. Accusations
were also made that he massaged
employees, kissed
t h e i r e a rs a n d
asked some to sit
on his lap.
E xe c u t i ve s
at Epworth
a r e t h o u gh t
to have been
perturbed by
the allegations
and the letter urged
swift action, including
changes to the corporate culture if
Ted Baker’s internal investigation
unearths wrongdoing.
It is understood that the letter
was one of the factors that forced
the company to appoint lawyers at
HerbertSmithFreehillstoinvestigate
the harassment allegations.
Mr Kelvin is taking a temporary
leave of absence after Ted Baker
was made aware of “further serious
allegations” last month.
Founded in 1996, Epworth is an
investment manager dedicated
to serving the needs of churches
and charities and carefully selects
investments using Christian
ethical criteria.
Ted Baker and Epworth declined
to comment on the letter.
predicting they are poised for lift-off
this time. But HSBC’s in much better shape than before and pays a nice
dividend which is surely safe, unless
it really is the end of the world.
PRIMARY HEALTH PROPERTIES
DIGNITY
This could be just the thing for hungry property investors looking to
make a buck or two out of shares. The
firm’s 313 buildings are used as medical centres or GP surgeries with the
NHS paying the rent for non-private
practices. Medical buildings could be
a bright spot in an uncertain property market.
Whether Theresa May gets her
Brexit deal passed or we end up with
a no-deal scenario, Britons are going
to die. And when they do, Dignity, the
listed undertaker with 800 funeral
parlours, will be cashing in. Brexit
brings potential medicine shortages,
a dearth of food, soaring energy prices and stockpiling. It doesn’t bode
well for the health of Britons.
Sales at John
Lewis stores in
the week to 29
December were
up 4.5 per cent
REUTERS
John Lewis said a more meaningful
picture of its performance for the
six weeks to 29 December will be
released on 10 January. The figures
come ahead of what is expected to be
another tough year for department
store chains following a disastrous
2018 that saw House of Fraser
collapse and Debenhams issue a
string of profit warnings.
In September, The John Lewis
Partnership itself revealed a 98.8 per
cent crash in half-year profits as it
battles against “challenging times”
and the most promotional market for
nearly a decade.
Retailers have been battling
against the rise of online shopping,
higher costs and plummeting
consumer confidence.
Notable high street names
Poundworld, Toys R Us and
Maplin went bust in 2018. Others,
such as Superdry and Carpetright,
issued profit warnings.
RETAIL
Luxury slipper brand Mahabis ceases trading
By Caitlin Morrison
High-end slipper brand Mahabis
has ceased trading after going into
administration last month.
The company called in
administrators on 27 December, but
a buyer could not be found and the
Outlook
JIM
ARMITAGE
Never mind the
chaos, investors
can boom in 2019
T
ips over shares have never
felt more hazardous, but
we ride into the Valley
of Death in good cheer.
Here’s some top picks.
HSBC
Last year HSBC shares didn’t do
much to shout about. And I’m not
Tipped at 646.9p
THOMAS COOK
Thomas Cook had a shocker last year.
But boss Peter Fankhauser is getting
to grips with the troublesome UK
arm and, though it’s a shame to say it,
the UK also won’t get long hot summers every year like the one we’ve
just had.
Tipped at 30.75p
POLAR CAPITAL
Tipped at 110.98p
Consumers ‘won’t
notice rise in VAT’
The Irish Times
The Irish government has said
that plans to end the special
discounted VAT rate for hotels
and restaurants would have a
minimal impact on the public.
A 9 per cent rate was introduced
to help the hospitality sector in
2011, down from the original 13.5
per cent rate. The government
is now planning on restoring
the original rate, as it believes
consumers would not notice
higher prices.
New phone system
will be simpler
Mexico News Daily
Making phone calls in Mexico
will become less complicated
from 3 August with the
implementation of a new and
simplified dialing system. Phone
numbers will be standardised,
making them all 10 digits long
– whether local or domestic
long distance. A long-distance
call from abroad to a mobile in
Mexico will no longer need the
number 1 before the area code.
Germans fear
insecure old age
Deutsche Welle
More than half of all Germans
are afraid of being financially
insecure in old age, according to
a study from consultancy firm
EY. With Germany’s pension
system under stress, and rising
living costs, low interest rates,
and the growth in temporary
and low-wage employment,
many people face challenges to
achieving financial security for
their retirement.
Machines dispense
toys for grown-ups
The Asahi Shimbun
Tipped at 696.5p
Tiips over shares have
never been more hazardous,
but we ride ahead into the
Valley of Death in good cheer
The fund manager’s shares are a far
cry from the 738p of the 12-month
high reached at the end of June. But
Polar Capital’s distribution strategy
is good; its managers are near the top
of the charts; and the company is focused on growth.
MICRO FOCUS INTERNATIONAL
Tipped at 472p
Tipped at 1383p
Micro Focus will come good again.
The shares fell 50 per cent last March
but the firm has been vastly oversold. A special dividend is due in the
next few months and the company is
also buying back more shares.
MELROSE
There’s a decent chance the engineering conglomerate will make
some healthy disposals this year –
heating and aircon group Nortek,
perhaps? That would see it pay cash
back to shareholders and reduce the
debt pile built up from the GKN acquisition. Added to which, the dividend’s yielding around 3 per cent and
the directors have been buying lately.
Tipped at 163.85p
EVENING STANDARD
Small vending machines filled
with toys and other goodies
in plastic capsules aren’t just
for children any more. By
inserting a coin and turning
the crank, capsules containing
pottery works, Hakata dolls,
traditional crafts and faithfully
reproduced artworks are
being dispensed. Small capsule
toy vending machines are
ubiquitous in Japan and are
increasingly catching the hearts
of sightseers and foreigners.
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BUSINESS
The
Business
Matrix
The day at
a glance
The Grand Central
shopping complex
in Birmingham,
owned by
Hammerson GETTY
FTSE 100 up 6.1 at 6734.2
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Admiral
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Lon Stock Ex
Marks&Spen
Melrose Ind
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Mondi
Morrison (Wm)
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Next
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Ocado Group
PaddyPwrBetfair
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Persimmon
Prudential
Reckitt Ben
RELX
Rentokil Initial
Rightmove
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$55.83
3681.4
Shell A
2340.5
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2363.5
RSA Insur
508.8
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599.4
Sainsbury(J)
261.5
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2473.0
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458.9
Segro
597.6
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1849.0
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1429.0
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300.8
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1382.5
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Spirax-Sarco Eng 6160.0
SSE
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606.4
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955.0
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136.8
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191.6
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+ $2.62
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Company
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per barrel
RETAIL
INSURANCE
Hammerson halts
share buyback
Reinsurers’ rates
flat at renewal
The shopping centres
owner Hammerson’s shares
were on the back foot after
it temporarily suspended
its £300m share buyback
programme. The move is
reportedly due to its inability
to change the amounts it buys
during the closed period ahead
of next month’s results. The
shares fell 2.1 per cent to 322p.
Reinsurers had a disappointing
start to the new year after a glut
of capital in the market dashed
hopes of higher renewal prices
despite one of the costliest
years on record. Broker JLT Re
said contract terms were flat on
a year ago. A spate of disasters,
including the California
wildfires and Hurricane
Florence, hit in 2018.
LEISURE
OIL & GAS
Lulu Guinness
reduces losses
Ophir shares rise
on takeover talk
The accessories firm Lulu
Guinness, founded by the
eponymous designer, has
narrowed losses and increased
sales, its latest accounts show.
The firm, which has many
celebrity fans including Kate
Moss, posted an annual pre-tax
loss of £188,710, against a loss of
£802,358 before. Turnover rose
6 per cent to £10.1m.
Shares in the gas exploration
firm Ophir Energy rocketed
after confirming it received a
takeover offer from Indonesia’s
Medco. Ophir said the pair are
in discussions about a cash
offer, but added there could be
“no certainty” of a firm offer.
Medco has until 28 January to
make a firm offer. The shares
rose 29 per cent to 46p.
ENERGY
MOTORING
RockRose eyes
more acquisitions
Hyundai warns of
slowing demand
RockRose Energy said lower oil
prices were presenting further
acquisition opportunities
as it updated the market on
production. It said production
from its current portfolio for
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The South Korean carmaker
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In Saturday’s
ECONOMY
Manufacturers stockpile
goods ahead of Brexit
By Ben Chu
Nervous UK manufacturers
stockpiled goods and materials in December ahead of Brexit,
the latest snapshot survey of the
sector shows.
The Purchasing Managers’
Index (PMI) showed inventories
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“Stocks of purchases and finished goods both rose at near
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abroad took new orders growth
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to a six-month high of 54.2, up from
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50 indicates growth. But analysts
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ers remained close to a 27-month output in [the second quarter],
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12 months.
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“Whilst the road to
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Samuel Tombs of
Brexit remains mired
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ment, there is likely to
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Simple beef casserole
Kakuro
Zygolex® In i every day
How to play Fill the white squares so that the total in each
across or down run of cells matches the total at the start
of that run. You must use the numbers from 1-9 only and
cannot repeat a number in a run. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
Find the missing words by following the RHYME, LETTERS and MEANING links
– eg, a word that rhymes with ‘cheek’, has one letter different from ‘pear’ and
has the same meaning as mountain, would be ‘peak’. Full rules at zygolex.com.
Solution, page 46
RHYME LETTERS
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How to play
Place the numbers
from 1-5 exactly
once in each row
and column. The
greater than and
less than signs
(‘>’ and ‘<’) indicate
where one cell is
greater/less than
the adjacent
cell indicated.
Solution:
minurl.co.uk/i
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and bold-lined jigsaw region. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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INFERTILE
Jigsawdoku
Recipe from aldi.co.uk
RASHER
3
ARRAN
Place a large saucepan on the stove, add
the three tablespoons of olive oil and
heat. Remove the beef from the packet
and dry well on kitchen towel.
Season the beef with a little pepper,
then gently brown in the hot olive oil.
Once well browned, add the packet of
vegetables straight from the freezer.
Mix well, then add the zest and juice
from the oranges, the potatoes, water
and a little more pepper and mix really
well. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat
right down to a simmer, place a lid on
the saucepan and simmer for 1½ to two
hours, or until the beef is really tender,
but not falling apart.
Once cooked, add the gravy granules
and stir until thickened, then serve.
5
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SERVES 4
3tbsp olive oil
800g lean diced beef
Coarse ground black pepper
1 bag frozen roasted vegetables
2 medium oranges
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut
into 3-4cm cubes
200ml water
3-4tbsp meat gravy granules
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Killer Sudoku No 1486
Tomorrow
Pork loin and apple bake
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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many mines there are in the neighbouring squares, including diagonally touching
squares. Mines cannot be placed in squares with numbers. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Maths Puzzle
Codeword No 2208
How to play Fill the empty squares with
numbers that will make the across and
down calculations produce the results
shown in the grey squares. Each numeral
from 1 to 9 must only appear once. The
calculations should be performed from
left to right and top to bottom, rather than
in strict mathematical order.
How to play The numbers in the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Solve the puzzle and fill in the letters in the key as you discover them.
Three letters are provided to give you a start. The solution will be printed in
tomorrow’s paper, the solution to yesterday’s codeword is on page 46.
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8 Teenage years (11)
14 Whaling spear (7)
15 Type of crayon (6)
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appear (once only) in the squares forming the
red letter i. Solution: minurl.co.uk/i
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Tomorrow: Harder
Concise Crossword No 2530
ACROSS
1 Ponder (4)
3 Alcoholic drink (6)
9 Accomplish an
aim (7)
10 Truck (5)
11 Ceremonial acts (5)
12 Sentinel (7)
13 One’s own legs
(Informal) (7,4)
17 Slaughter (7)
19 Writing tablet (5)
21 Worthless
matter (5)
22 Narrow fissure (7)
23 Strip of carpet (6)
24 Matted fabric (4)
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in between. On
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must put a valid
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column. Each row and column has two
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By Jon Freeman
RACING EDITOR
Nicky Henderson and his team
of vets and experts haven’t managed to find anything wrong with
Might Bite after his King George
VI Chase flop and it may be that
this popular champion has simply
had his day.
He’s only 10 and it would be a
shame if we have seen the best of
him so soon after his thrilling duel
with Native River in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March.
But the bare facts tell a worrying tale. From the start of 2017
to April 2018, Might Bite (below)
was beaten only by only one horse
–Native River - in seven starts.
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beat anything. He finished last of five in
the Betfair Chase
at Haydock
and then last
of seven in the
King George at
Kempton.
B ut th ou gh
part of the great
appeal of National
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reality is that horses such as Cue
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28007/ WHIRL ME ROUND R Brisland 5 8 8 ............Robbie Walsh (7) 2
- 8 declared BETTING: 3-1 Robero, 7-2 Weld Al Emarat, 5-1 Angel Palanas, 6-1 Kyllachy
Dragon, The Right Choice, 13-2 Hammer Gun, 14-1 others.
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3
74321- GLORY OF PARIS (CD) M Appleby 5 9 6 ................... R Winston 5
4
73564- GLORY AWAITS (CD) D M Simcock 9 9 5.........C Shepherd B 8
5
232801 GLENN COCO (CD) S C Williams 5 9 5 ...............R Kingscote T 2
6
69347- SAMPHIRE COAST (CD) D Shaw 6 9 5..............P Mathers H,V 9
7
05555- LACAN (CD) B Johnson 8 9 4............................................... Rossa Ryan 4
8
20/77- BADENSCOTH (CD) D Ivory 5 9 3 ...............................J Duern (3) H 6
9
40724- AMBIENT J Chapple-Hyam 4 9 2.........................................J F Egan C 3
10 70172- SCOFFLAW P Evans 5 9 2 .............................................................A Kirby V 1
- 10 declared BETTING: 3-1 Holy Heart, 7-2 Glory of Paris, 6-1 Glenn Coco, 8-1 Lacan,
Scofflaw, 10-1 Ambient, Samphire Coast, 14-1 others.
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50775- TROPICS (CD) D Ivory 11 9 4 ............................................ R Winston H 8
3
84023- TERUNTUM STAR (D) K Ryan 7 9 1 ......Josephine Gordon V 7
4
29954- ROYAL BIRTH (CD) S C Williams 8 9 0 .............R Kingscote T 5
5
57909- JUMIRA BRIDGE (D) R Cowell 5 8 12............................E Greatrex 3
6
51134- VERNE CASTLE (CD) M Wigham 6 8 12 ........................................................
.......................................................................................................Darragh Keenan (5) H 6
7
22178- CAPTAIN LARS (CD) Archie Watson 10 8 7 Hollie Doyle B 4
8
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- 8 declared BETTING: 5-2 Gracious John, 11-4 Teruntum Star, 5-1 Verne Castle, 7-1
Royal Birth, 8-1 Tropics, 10-1 Something Lucky, 14-1 others.
5.20
5.55
FORM VERDICT
Gracious John is the class horse in the race and he performed well on
his only previous start at this track, while Tropics is 3-5 here (2-4 over
C&D) and is another to take seriously. Teruntum Star wouldn’t be a
surprise winner judged on his recent form but VERNE CASTLE, who
doesn’t know how to run badly, gets the nod. He has a nice racing weight
under a 5lb claimer and the five-time track-and-trip scorer has been
dropped 1lb for what was a creditable effort behind Corinthia Knight
at Lingfield last time.
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55937- RED PIKE B Smart 8 9 7..............................................Harry Russell (7) 2
3
54647- JOEGOGO (D) P Evans 4 9 6 ........................................................... J F Egan 4
4
51201- IT’S ALL A JOKE (CD) Archie Watson 4 9 6................................................
..............................................................................................Pierre-Louis Jamin (7) B 7
5
12065- MOON SONG C Cox 4 9 3................................................................H Crouch 3
6
07082- THE ESTABLISHMENT (BF) P Evans 4 9 1. E J Walsh (3) H 8
7
2/004- GOLDEN SALUTE (D) A Balding 4 9 0...............................J Watson 1
8 54469- MIDNIGHTLY (CD) R Guest 5 9 0 ....................................D Probert T 6
9
37642- BECKER (CD)(BF) R Cowell 4 8 11.............................E Greatrex H 9
- 9 declared BETTING: 7-2 Becker, 4-1 It’s All A Joke, 9-2 Shamshon, 5-1 The
Establishment, 8-1 Moon Song, 10-1 others.
6.25
DARTS
Smith the latest to
claim he can oust
Van Gerwen from
his lofty perch
Michael Smith walked into the press
room at Alexandra Palace nursing a
sore hand and a wounded ego. The
wounded ego was from his mauling
in the world championship final. The
sore hand was from punching the
wall of his dressing room in frustration midway through it.
Still, as he began to reflect on his
7-3 defeat by Michael van Gerwen, it seemed like both
hand and ego were well
on the way to a full recovery. There was none of
the homage or humility
you might expect from
a world No 10 without a
single ranking title, who
had just been schooled by
one of the greatest darts players of this or any generation. Just a
seething self-reproach. “I had a dart
for the first set, four for the third set,
a dart for the fourth, two darts for the
fifth…” he complained. “I had so many
chances, even playing rubbish.”
Someone asked Smith if the right
man had won. He shook his head. “It’s
annoying, because I know if I turn up,
I’m a better player than Michael,” he
said. “Michael isn’t the best player
out there. He might be world No 1, but
he’s not. I’m just waiting for that one
big win, and as soon as I get that, you
Puzzle solutions
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2.40 (2m5f91yds h’cap hdle):
AYE RIGHT (C Bewley 9-4F)
1; Road To Gold (7-1) 2; Fine
Rightly (14-1) 3. 8 ran. 11/2l, 3/4l.
(Mrs H Graham).
HEREFORD
12.50 (2m3f147yds h’cap nov
hdle): UNO MAS (R Dingle
9-1) 1; Bahama Moon (6-1)
2; Arqalina (20-1) 3. Don
Herbager 9-2F. 15 ran. 1l, 11/2l.
(Christian Williams). NR: The
Major.
1.20 (3m1f44yds h’cap ch):
SOME FINISH (Miss T Worsley
20-1) 1; Quinto (9-1) 2; Royals
And Rebels (10-1) 3. Georgina
Joy 3-1F. 11 ran. 1/2l, 3l. (R Dickin).
1.55 (2m53yds mdn hdle):
POUCOR (M Goldstein 2-1F)
1; Astra Via (7-1) 2; Little Rich
(13-2) 3. 9 ran. 15l, 13/4l. (M
Channon).
2.30 (2m8yds nov ch): GO
LONG (A Wedge 15-8) 1; First
Drift (15-8) 2; Charming Zen
(7-4F) 3. 6 ran. 13/4l, 17l. (E
Williams).
3.00 (3m1f119yds h’cap hdle):
GARDINERS HILL (S Bowen
6-1) 1; Western Wave (9-2JF)
4.10
(1m5yds
h’cap):
TREVITHICK (J Fanning
11-4F) 1; My Target (8-1) 2;
Come On Tier (7-2) 3. 6 ran. 1/2l,
3
/4l. (B Smart).
6.45 (6f h’cap): NICK VEDDER
(C Hardie 11-2) 1; Equiano
Springs (9-2) 2; Athollblair
Boy (9-1) 3. Royal Prospect
6-4F. 9 ran. nk, nk. (M
Wigham). NR: Discreet Hero.
WOLVERHAMPTON
2.20 (1m1f104yds h’cap):
MILITARY LAW (R Havlin
6-4F) 1; Illustrissime (7-1) 2;
This Girl (7-1) 3. 7 ran. 1l, hd.
(J Gosden).
2.50 (7f36yds): ISLAND OF
LIFE (R Kingscote 11-4JF)
1; Castle Hill Cassie (9-2) 2;
Pattie (6-1) 3. Crossing The
Line 11-4JF. 7 ran. 3/4l, 1/2l. (W
Haggas).
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LEFT TO RIGHT:
pin; prick; pet;
slice; peg; price;
keg; key; fee;
barrel; fez;
barren; says;
carol; hat
5-CLUE CROSSWORD
Across: 1 Saving, 3 ting-le, 4 P-hob-1-A
Down: 1 Sho-TU-p, 2 Gen-era
WORD WHEEL
NINE-LETTER WORD bewitched
OTHER WORDS beech, bewitch, cede, chew,
chewed, chi, chide, chit, cite, cited, deceit, dice,
ditch, edict, etch, etched, ethic, ice, iced, itch,
itched, tic, twice, witch
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best watch out. I’ll take him from that
No 1 perch. When I do get it, it’s the
end for him.”
You’d expect nothing less, of
course: from Smith (below) or from
anyone else. In a sport where the only
limits on a player’s potential are very
often the limits they place on themselves, a healthy appetite for delusion
is frequently par for the course.
The trouble is that ever since Van
Gerwen’s astonishing rise to supremacy in the second half
of 2012, plenty have talked
about knocking him off
his perch, but few have
managed it. Phil Taylor
kept him at arm’s length
just long enough to eke
out one final world title
against him in 2013 – a win
that in hindsight may come to
be regarded as his greatest – but was
eventually forced to surrender to the
dimming of the light. Gary Anderson’s peak years are beginning to run
out. Peter Wright and Rob Cross have
intermittently threatened to storm
the keep without ever quite sustaining a challenge. Now Smith believes
he is the chosen one. One problem:
there isn’t currently a vacancy.
Sitting alongside the trophy for
the third time, Van Gerwen was in
characteristically bullish mood. Why
had none of the putative challengers
By Jonathan Liew
Z
V
X U A C
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Bournemouth (3) ...3
Ake 34
Wilson 37
Fraser 40
Chelsea (0).......................0
Watford (3)....................3
Deeney 14, 27
Sema 38
Att 10,261
Southampton (0) .. 0
Att 40,668
Huddersfield (1) .......1 Burnley (1).....................2
Mounie 33
Wood 40
Att 23,715
Barnes 74
Newcastle (0)...............0 Man Utd (0)....................2
Att 52,217
Lukaku 64
Rashford 80
West Ham (0)............... 2 Brighton (0)..................2
Arnautovic 66, 68
Stephens 56
Att 59,870
Duffy 58
Wolves (0)........................0 Crystal Palace (0)...2
Att 30,666
Ayew 83
Milivojevic 90 (pen)
P W D L F A Pts
Liverpool
20 17 3 0 48 8 54
Tottenham
21 16 0 5 46 21 48
Man City
20 15 2 3 54 16 47
Chelsea
21 13 5 3 38 16 44
Arsenal
21 12 5 4 46 31 41
Man Utd
21 11 5 5 43 32 38
Leicester
21 9 4 8 25 23 31
Watford
21 8 5 8 30 31 29
Wolves
21 8 5 8 23 25 29
West Ham
21 8 4 9 29 32 28
Everton
21 7 6 8 31 31 27
Bournemouth 21 8 3 10 31 40 27
Brighton
21 7 5 9 24 29 26
Crystal Palace 21 6 4 11 19 26 22
Newcastle
21 4 6 11 15 29 18
Burnley
21 5 3 13 21 42 18
Cardiff
21 5 3 13 19 41 18
Southampton 21 3 7 11 21 38 16
Fulham
21 3 5 13 19 47 14
Huddersfield 21 2 4 15 13 37 10
TENNIS
ATP & WTA BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA: Men’s Second round:
(7) A DE MINAUR (Aus) bt J Thompson
(Aus) 6-4 6-2; D Medvedev (Rus) bt A
MURRAY (GB) 7-5 6-2; (5) M RAONIC
(Can) bt M Kecmanovic (Serb) 6-3 7-6 (72); J Chardy (Fr) bt (8) N KYRGIOS (Aus)
6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3; Y Uchiyama (Japan) bt
(3) K EDMUND (GB) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4; (6) G
DIMITROV (Bul) bt J Millman (Aus) 6-3
6-4; (2) K NISHIKORI (Japan) bt D Kudla
(US) 7-5 6-2. Women’s Second round:
A Sasnovich (Bela) bt (1) E SVITOLINA
(Ukr) 6-4 0-6 6-3; D Vekic (Croa) bt (6)
K BERTENS (Neth) 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-5; A
Tomljanovic (Aus) bt J KONTA (GB) 6-2
7-6 (7-2); (5) K PLISKOVA (Cz Rep) bt M
Bouzkova (Cz Rep) 7-5 6-2; A Kontaveit
(Est) bt (4) P KVITOVA (Cz Rep) 7-5 7-6
(7-1); (8) A SEVASTOVA (Lat) bt H DART
(GB) 6-2 6-0.
HOPMAN CUP, PERTH, AUSTRALIA:
Group A: France v Germany - Women’s
Singles: A Kerber (Ger) bt A Cornet (Fr)
5-7 6-2 6-4. Men’s Singles: A Zverev
(Ger) bt L Pouille (Fr) 6-3 6-7 (8-10) 6-2.
Mixed Doubles: L Pouille & A Cornet
(Fr) bt A Zverev & A Kerber (Ger) 4-3 (54) 4-3 (5-3). Germany bt France 2-1.
Australia v Spain - Men’s Singles: D
Ferrer (Sp) bt M Ebden (Aus) 7-6 (7-1)
7-5. Women’s Singles: A Barty (Aus) bt G
Muguruza (Sp) 6-3 6-4. Mixed Doubles:
D Ferrer & G Muguruza (Sp) bt M
Ebden & A Barty (Aus) 4-3 (5-3) 3-4 (0-5)
3-4 (3-5). Spain bt Australia 2-1.
ATP EXXONMOBIL OPEN, DOHA,
QATAR: Second round: (1) N DJOKOVIC
(Serb) bt M Fucsovics (Hun) 4-6 6-4
6-1; (5) N BASILASHVILI (Geor) bt A
Rublev (Rus) 6-3 6-4; S Wawrinka
(Swit) bt N Jarry (Chile) 6-4 7-6 (7-3); (7)
R BAUTISTA AGUT (Sp) bt G GarciaLopez (Sp) 6-1 6-4; D Lajovic (Serb) bt
R Berankis (Lith) 7-6 (7-4) 0-6 7-5; (4) M
CECCHINATO (It) bt G Pella (Arg) w/o;
T Berdych (Cz Rep) bt (8) F VERDASCO
(Sp) 4-6 6-3 7-5; P Herbert (Fr) bt M
Marterer (Ger) 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (8-6).
TODAY’S FIXTURES
FOOTBALL
PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City v Liverpool (8.0)........................................
CRICKET
FOURTH TEST—SECOND DAY OF FIVE:
Australia v India (Sydney, 11.30pm).
SECOND TEST—FIRST DAY OF FIVE:
South Africa v Pakistan (Cape Town,
8.30am).
GOLF
USPGA TOUR SENTRY TOURNAMENT
OF CHAMPIONS (Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii).
NEWS
2-27
VOICES
14-18
TV
28-29
IQ
30-37
BUSINESS SPORT
38-41
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3 JANUARY 2019
47
RUGBY UNION
to his throne been able to dethrone
him until now? “Because they’re not
good enough,” he retorted. “You can
say whatever you want. But you also
need the mindset and the balls to do
it. A lot of people tried to match me.
But it’s about talent.”
Brexit affects me
really hard. I get paid in
pounds so it costs me
10 per cent of my prize
money. It is horrible
Van Gerwen had just got off the
phone with the Dutch Prime Minister
Mark Rutte, who had called to congratulate him on a third world title.
What did Rutte have to say? “That
I did it for Holland and… blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah,” van Gerwen replied,
to laughter. “He probably had a list of
what to say. But I’m quite happy with
him as a prime minister. He needs to
keep tax down, please!”
Perhaps it was only natural that
financial matters were on Van
Gerwen’s mind after picking up
£500,000, the biggest prize cheque
ever seen in darts. The top players
are fabulously wealthy, to the point
where they now moan about the effects of Brexit.
“It affects me really hard,” Van
Gerwen explained. “Just look at the
pound. I get everything paid out in
pounds, so that costs me 10 per cent
of my prize money straight away. It’s
horrible, isn’t it? Did you vote for it?
It’s horrible. I don’t like it.”
But to more important numbers.
And the real question: having joined
the likes of John Lowe and John Part
on three world titles, how much higher can van Gerwen go?
He turns 30 in April, and having set
himself a target of retiring by the age
of 40, accepts that Taylor’s mark of 16
world titles will always remain out of
reach. Van Gerwen was feeling confident enough to talk about adding “a
few more world titles”. The longer he
stays in pole position, the harder it
will be to shift him.
Not that it will stop anyone trying.
Smith, for his part, is adamant he’ll
be back before long. “That loss won’t
define me,” he insisted, and perhaps
it’s not the best time to inform him
that 10 of the 13 first-time world
championship finalists in the PDC
era never got a second chance. “That
one big win,” he repeated, as if for emphasis. “As soon as I get that, you best
watch out.” THE INDEPENDENT
England’s Underhill in doubt
for start of the Six Nations
By Andrew Baldock
Flanker Sam Underhill is a doubt for
England’s opening Six Nations games
against Ireland and France. Underhill’s club Bath have confirmed that he
suffered an ankle ligament injury during last Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Leicester.
The West Country club say “further
detail around his expected return” will
be provided after he is examined by a
specialist.
It is understood that
Underhill (right) could be
out for at least four weeks,
and that will give England head coach Eddie
Jones cause for concern
as he prepares for the Six
Nations.
England face champions
Ireland on 2 February, and tackle
France at Twickenham eight days
later. Underhill, 22, produced outstanding performances for England
during this season’s autumn Tests,
most notably in the one-point defeat
by world champions New Zealand. He
has nine caps and has quickly become
a key player for Jones.
Bath, meanwhile, say that forward
Matt Garvey faces around three
months out after breaking his ankle
during the Leicester match. “Bath
Rugby can confirm that Matt Garvey
and Sam Underhill are going to be out
of action following injuries sustained
in the win against Leicester Tigers on
Sunday,” the club said in a statement
on their official website.
“Garvey suffered a fracture to his
ankle and is expected to need surgery,
which will keep him out for around
three months.
“Underhill sustained ligament damage to his ankle, and further
detail around his expected
return will be provided
after his specialist review.”
Gloucester lock Tom
Savage will face a disciplinary hearing tomorrow
after being cited. Savage,
who will appear before an independent panel, was cited for
dangerous play at a ruck during
last Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership
game between Gloucester and Sale.
The Rugby Football Union said: “Savage was cited by independent citing
commissioner Paul Hull following the
match Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks
on Saturday 29 December 2018. This
was for dangerous play in a ruck, contrary to Law 9.20, where Savage was
seen to make contact with the head of
Robert Du Preez of Sale Sharks.”
#ONENORTH
PARALYMPICS
Steadman aims
to inspire us
all, Strictly
speaking
By Matt McGeehan
Lauren Steadman hopes her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing
proves an inspiration for all.
The 26-year-old swimmer and
triathlete, born without a lower
right arm, became the second Paralympian athlete on the hit Saturday
night show, after Jonnie Peacock.
But while his prosthetic legs
were less obvious, covered by trousers, Steadman’s arm was always
visible as she and AJ Pritchard
reached the semi-finals.
“The bit I enjoyed the most was
having an impact on the whole nation with AJ and inspiring so many
people,” says Steadman.
“We received so many beautiful messages from children, their
parents – of disability children
and able-bodied children – just
all saying they believe they can
do what they want. For me that
Lauren Steadman is targeting the
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was the most positive part, seeing
I’m encouraging people to get out
there and do something that they
wouldn’t have thought about doing.
“We wanted to show people it
isn’t about what you can or can’t do,
it’s about how you attack it.
“It’s about believing that you can
do it and if you want something bad
enough you can achieve it. For me,
the most beautiful thing is a year
ago kids used to look at me and say,
‘Oh, Mum, Mum, she’s got one arm.’
After Strictly, it’s no longer that,
it’s: ‘Mum, look, it’s Lauren from
Strictly’.
“Kids don’t doubt what I can do.
They don’t see it as different, they
see it as normal. Giving that perception across is encouraging for
other people with limiting disabilities and showing everybody else
everything is possible.”
Steadman was speaking in support of British Triathlon initiative
Tri January, which encourages people to try multisport activitvities.
She will tour with the Strictly
dance show in the New Year and
says: “My coach is very excited, because this is the first year I’ve gone
into a season where I’m extra mobile and extra flexible,” she added.
Gold at the 2020 Paralympic in
Tokyo is her target but Steadman
also wants to compete there in the
road race, as a support rider for
Dame Sarah Storey.
“If I’ve got the power to do it,
then why not? Sarah is a phenomenal athlete. I’d be very honoured to
race alongside her.”
lTo take part in Tri January, sign up at
www.trijanuary.org
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JonathanLiew
TENNIS
Ashes in World Cup shade, as
reality of cricket in 2019 bites
I
n one important aspect, the
summer of 2019 promises to
be unique. For the first time
since England v Australia
series began to be known by
their popular name in the early
20th century, a home Ashes
encounter is not the most
eagerly-anticipated event of the
forthcoming English season.
Instead, in a measure both
of the increasing importance
of limited-overs cricket and
England’s perennial uselessness
at it, it is the Cricket World Cup
– to be held on these shores for
the first time in the 21st century
– that will be the showpiece of the
summer. Over six weeks between
May and July, Eoin Morgan’s side
have a chance not only to win
England’s first ever World Cup in
the men’s game, but to resurrect
a sport that in so many ways feels
like it is retreating to the margins.
If it feels a touch melodramatic
to describe the World Cup as
English cricket’s last chance, then
it certainly represents its best
chance. On the field, Morgan’s
team are worthy favourites: a
side with daring and cunning
and cohesion and experience and
home advantage. Even if their
bowling occasionally looks a
touch light they are deservedly
No 1 in the world rankings. Even
so, it’s a packed field – at least six
of the 10 participating teams have
the feel of potential winners.
Off the field, an England
triumph would provide an
unparalleled opportunity to
reverse the game’s endemic
decline over the last decade or so.
One of the more quietly damning
indictments of English cricket’s
ebbing relevance in 2018 was
entity in their own right.
the Ben Stokes criminal trial,
And yet as ever, a familiar
in which person after person
existential angst over the future
claimed in court that they had no
of Test cricket is only ever
idea who the defendant was.
part of the story. In countries
The ECB woke up far too late
like Afghanistan and Nepal,
to the sport’s decline, chasing
the game has scarcely been
the short-term gains of lucrative
stronger. The ICC’s enlightened
pay-television contracts at the
decision to remove the barriers
expense of long-term exposure.
to T20 status has given smaller
Its response would be laughable
countries an instant foothold
if it weren’t so utterly appalling: a
in the international game, even
new 100-ball competition to
if its stubborn reduction
launchin2020,featuring
of the World Cup to 10
existing players in
teams smacks of the
completely new
usual Old-World
teams, playing
exceptionalism.
under completely
In fact, it’s possible
Australia have won
new rules. The
that a talented
cricket’s World Cup
coming year will
cricketer born
five times. England
see further details
outside the major
are yet to win it
emerge on the new
Test-playing nations
competition, but as
has never enjoyed a
with the other great
better chance of seeing
calamity of the age –
their gifts rewarded.
Brexit – perhaps it’s too much
This is equally true of women
to hope for the entire grotesque
cricketers, even if the continuing
project to be shelved indefinitely.
dominance of the Big Three
Around the world, crowds for
nations at international level
Test match cricket have never
remains a concern.
been lower. In many countries,
For England’s women, 2019
the most talented players are
brings another Ashes series in the
spurning the international
now-established format of three
game altogether for the riches
T20s, three one-day internationals
of franchise cricket. Indeed, for
and a single Test. For Ireland’s
smaller countries like Sri Lanka,
men, May brings a historic first:
Zimbabwe and New Zealand, this 164 years after an Irish national
appears to be their longer-term
team first took the field against the
fate: as a sort of talent factory
Gentlemen of England in Dublin,
to the big T20 franchise leagues
they will step out at Lord’s for their
rather than a viable cricketing
first official Test match against
their neighbours.
And in July 2019, Test cricket
Morgan’s team are
will enter yet another new era:
worthy favourites: a side
the dawn of the World Test
with daring, cunning,
Championship, to be heralded by
cohesion and experience
the start of the 2019 men’s Ashes.
If the potential for fatigue is
ever-present in the sport’s oldest
rivalry – this will, after all, be the
fifth Ashes series in six years –
then at least there are plenty of
intriguing storylines. How will
Steve Smith and David Warner (if
selected) be reintegrated to Test
cricket? Will Joe Root make a
genuine grab for greatness? And
has Jimmy Anderson got one last
golden Ashes summer in him?
The apparent timelessness
of Anderson is perhaps the
clearest example of Test
cricket’s new golden age of fast
bowling, exemplified too by the
magnificent Mohammad Abbas
from Pakistan, the thrilling
Kagiso Rabada of South Africa,
the talismanic Jason Holder
of the West Indies. One of the
year’s Test highlights should be
South Africa’s trip to India in
October, where the world’s best
pace attack will come up against
perhaps its most formidable
batting line-up. THE INDEPENDENT
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Murray’s Aussie
Open warm-up
ends with defeat
to Medvedev
Lack of movement remains a concern
for Scot in comeback from hip surgery
way that Murray moved in the 7-5, 6-2
defeat to the 22-year-old Russian. It
Look on the bright side: at least Andy did not look like the movement of a
Murray has played two more
man who can withstand five
matches than this time last
sets of a major. And he adyear in his build-up to the
mitted as much – that
Australian Open. InMedvedev had exposed
deed, a year ago there
his shortcomings in
wasn’t even a chance
brutal fashion.
Andy Murray’s
that he would play in
The defeat was
world ranking after
the opening Grand
just part of a bad day
a
hip
injury
dealt
to
Slam of the year. And
for British men’s tenthe majority of his
his straight-sets loss in
nis, as Kyle Edmund
2018 season
the early hours of yesalso made an early
terday morning in Brisexit from the Brisbane
bane to Daniil Medvedev, one
International.
of tennis’s up and coming stars, is
And Murray says that his conno embarrassment.
tinuing hip problems – which did for
What is concerning, however, is the most of his 2018 season after surgery
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Andy Murray
contemplates his
defeat by Daniil
Medvedev AFP/GETTY
at the beginning of the year – remain utaka Uchiyama of Japan, in straight
an issue.
sets.
“As you play up the levels, any isThe British world No 14 reached
sues with your game – like if you’re the semi-finals of last year’s Australnot serving as well, or not moving as ian Open at the beginning of a breakwell – the better players exploit that,” through season in which he won
Murray said. “And he is a top player his first Tour title and beat Novak
and he is able to do that. So I need to Djokovic.
try and find a way of working out how
He was seeded third in the Bristo get around some of the things I bane tournament, despite playing
struggle with right now, and
his first match since last
I will try to do that.
October and held his serve
A
s
you
play
“[The hip was] not perthroughout the first set,
up
the
levels,
fect but that was also the
but lost it after conceding
case yesterday as well. I any issues
four points in a row in the
am not expecting to feel with your
tiebreak .
great all of the time but OK. game, like
Uchiyama wrapped up
Better than I was feeling a not moving
the second set in 36 minfew months ago when I was
utes, breaking Edmund to
as well, the
playing back-to-back days.”
love in the third game.
After Murray’s first- better players
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile,
exploit
that
round victory over James
has placed a question mark
Duckworth on New Year’s
over his participation in the
Day, he said he didn’t know how long Australian Open by pulling out of the
this latest comeback will last. The Brisbane International.
easy answer on the evidence of the
The Spaniard opted not to play his
defeat to Medvedev is “not long”.
second match at an exhibition event
Although he started well, Murray in Abu Dhabi last week after tweakfaded badly in the second set, allow- ing his thigh and is worried about the
ing the Russian to race into a 4-0 risk of exacerbating the problem.
lead. Medvedev said afterwards that
He said: “I did an MRI and it shows
“when I was leading 4-0 in the second a small strain on my left thigh. I tried
set I started to think, ‘who will be my to play, I wanted to play, but recomnext opponent?’”
mendations from the doctors [were
Before Murray’s defeat, Edmund otherwise].
was on the wrong end of an upset in
“I feel better than I did four days
Brisbane as he crashed out 7-6, 6-4 to ago. It’s a risk to damage my body for
a world No 185-ranked qualifier, Yas- one month if I play here.”
British pair
suffer straight
sets losses
in Brisbane
Johanna Konta and Harriet Dart
tumbled out of the Brisbane International with straight-sets defeats in
the second round.
Konta was beaten 6-2, 7-6 by Ajla
Tomljanovic of Australia, an opponent ranked nine places below her
at No 46, while Dart lasted less than
an hour as she went down 6-2, 6-0 to
Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.
The defeats, along with counterpart Andy Murray’s loss, ended
British interest in the hard-court
tournament that serves as a warmup for the Australian Open, which
begins a week on Monday.
At the same event, world No 7 and
fourth seed Petra Kvitova suffered a
7-5, 7-6 defeat to Anett Kontaveit.
The upset of the day was supplied
by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who dispatched world No 4 and defending
champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
to reach the quarter-finals.
At the ASB Classic in Auckland,
top seeded 2017 WTA Tour Finals
winner Caroline Wozniacki beat
Laura Siegemund of Germany 6-3,
6-2, while No 3 seed Su-Wei Hsieh saw
off Monica Puig 6-1, 7-6.
Cramp came to Maria Sharapova’s
rescue as her Chinese opponent
Wang Xinyu was forced to retire
from their second-round match at
the Shenzhen Open.
Wang, the youngest player in the
tournament at 17 years old, led 6-7, 5-2
when she was forced to pull out and
she sat on her chair receiving medical attention with a bandage on her
left thigh.
Sharapova comforted the wild
card at the side of the court, saying
“You played unbelievable, OK? Unbelievable. You take care of yourself.
If you play like that you’ll be No 1. I
promise”.
Once the match had finished, the
31-year-old Russian had more encouraging words. “Obviously it’s a
tough situation. It’s not the way either
of us want to finish,” Sharapova said.
“I thought Wang was absolutely
the dominant player in this match
and had all the opportunities to win
it, even though I felt like I was finding my stride and getting a little bit
closer to the line and being more aggressive.” PA
Johanna Konta lost to Ajla Tomljanovic,
ranked nine places below her
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Schumacher ‘in the
best possible hands’
on his 50th birthday
former manager Willi Weber said in
2017: “I find it very unfortunate that
Michael Schumacher’s family is- Michael’s fans do not know about
sued a rare public statement about his health. Why are they not being
his medical condition on the eve of told the truth?”
his 50th birthday, stating that they
Yet Brawn (below), who helped
are “doing everything humanly pos- mastermind Schumacher’s success
sible” to help the seven-time For- at Benetton and Ferrari, has visited
mula One world champion.
the former champion in SwitzerThe most successful driver in land and does not agree.
F1 history turns 50 today but has
“I am constantly in touch with
not been seen in public since he Corinna and I totally agree with
crashed into a rock while skiing
their decision,” he said. “Michael
in the French Alps five years
has always been a very priago. He is understood to
vate person and that’s
be receiving medical
been a guiding princicare at the family home
ple in his career, his
near Lake Geneva in
life and his family alSwitzerland, but upways agreed with that
dates regarding his
choice.
health have been few
“ I t ’s c o m p l e t e l y
and far between.
understandable that
The wall of secrecy, enCorinna has wanted to
forced at the request of his wife
maintain the same approach,
Corinna, was established
even after the tragic
to protect one of the bigand it’s a decision
Michael has event,
gest names in modern
we must all respect. I’m
always
been
a
sporting times. But the
sure the millions of people
sporadic news about a private person who are still Michael fans
driver who won a record and that’s
will understand it, too.”
seven world champion- been a guiding
Ferrari will celebrate
ships, 91 grands prix and principle in his the German’s birthday
commanded a following of career, his life, today by launching a spemillions around the world,
cial exhibition at their
have led some to ponder and his family Maranello headquarters
whether more details agree with that in northern Italy.
should be made public.
The display, which runs
The family seemingly obliged by in association with the Keep Fightreleasing a statement yesterday ing Foundation – of which Brawn
though any medical information and FIA president Jean Todt are
was again kept private.
trustees – will honour Schumach“You can be sure that he is in the er’s remarkable success with the
very best of hands and that we are Italian team.
doing everything humanly possible
Schumacher added to the two
to help him,” it read. “Please under- titles he won at Benetton with five
stand if we are following Michael’s triumphs for Ferrari, setting a sewishes and keeping such a sensitive ries of records many viewed as
subject as health, as it has always untouchable. But after surpassing
been, in privacy.
Schumacher’s pole position tally in
“At the same time we say thank 2017, Lewis Hamilton is now only 18
you very much for your friendship wins and two championships away.
and wish you a healthy and happy
“Lewis is certainly capable of
year 2019.”
matching and surpassing Michael’s
Ross Brawn, one of only a handful other records,” added Brawn.
of people to have visited the strick“There’s no doubt that Lewis and
en driver, believes Schumacher’s Michael are amazingly talented.
family are right to conceal his In fact, it’s their natural talent that
medical condition. Schumacher’s unites them.”
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Chelsea secure
Pulisic for £57m
– then return
him to Dortmund
By Simon Johnson
Chelsea have completed the
£57.6million signing of Christian
Pulisic before loaning him back to
Borussia Dortmund for the rest of
the season.
Winger Pulisic has become the
third most expensive signing in
Chelsea’s history – and the eighth in
English football. The USA international had just 18 months left on his
contract at Dortmund, who were
refusing to let him go until the end
of the campaign.
Chelsea, though, wanted to get a
deal agreed now to avoid competition for his signature and were prepared to pay a higher sum to do it.
Pulisic, 20, said: “In summer I
move to Chelsea and to a new competition, the Premier League. It’s a
privilege to sign for a legendary club
and I look forward to working hard
towards being a contributor to their
team of world-class players. Looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team.”
Chelsea first earmarked the
20-year-old as a potential signing in
the summer but they did not make
an approach until last month.
The Blues have four attacking
wide players in their squad – Eden
Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Callum
Hudson-Odoi – all of whom are out
of contract next year.
Pulisic’s arrival increases speculation over the future of Hazard and
Hudson-Odoi in particular. They
have refused to sign new deals and
Sarri admitted at the weekend he
wanted the club to buy a winger.
Sources within Chelsea, however,
Pulisic joins top 10
The transfer fee paid by Chelsea
for Christian Pulisic is the eighth
highest by an English club. The
Blues hold three of the top 10:
1. Paul Pogba JuventusManchester United (2016)
£89m
2= Romelu Lukaku EvertonManchester United (2017)
£75m
2= Virgil van Dijk SouthamptonLiverpool (2018)
£75m
4. Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic
Bilbao-Chelsea (2018)
£72.1m
5. Riyad Mahrez Leicester CityManchester City (2018)
£60m
6. Angel Di Maria Real MadridManchester United (2014) £59.7m
7. Alvaro Morata Real MadridChelsea (2017)
£58m
8. Pulisic Borussia DortmundChelsea (2019)
£57.7m
9. Aymeric Laporte Athletic BilbaoManchester City (2018)
£57m
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Borussia Dortmund-Arsenal (2018)
£56m
suggest Pulisic’s arrival is unrelated
to the futures of any of their players.
Chelsea director Marina
Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s
most sought-after young players.
He has the potential to become an
important Chelsea player for many
years to come.”
The deal comes just two days
after Chelsea announced they had
made a record £62m profit for the
year ending June 30, 2018. It is
understood the winger stressed
he was happy to be loaned back to
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AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Yet another low-scoring, low-chance
game and just one other big reason
why Chelsea have paid so much for
Christian Pulisic. Also one reason
why they were – briefly but audibly –
booed off.
They need something different.
They certainly need something different to endless, incremental sideways passing, that brought another
0-0 draw, this time against a resolute
Southampton. It is now just 11 goals
in 10 games since their first 0-0 of
the season, at home to Everton in
November. They are a team that
trudges through games rather than
flows through them, in the way that
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli did.
This wasn’t just about Chelsea of
course. Ralph Hasenhüttl claimed
his seventh point from his five games
so far and first in three, as he also
showed the kind of impressive tactical adaptability he has become admired for. Southampton offered up
very little.
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Eriksen keeps Pochettino
guessing on new contract
Toffees get stuck but Silva
shrugs off comparisons
By Dan Kilpatrick
By Phil Medlicott
Christian Eriksen is stalling on a
new deal with Tottenham despite
a fresh offer from the club.
Eriksen, who scored for the
fourth time in six games in
Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Cardiff, has
18 months left on his contract
and Spurs would be forced to
listen to offers for the 26-year-old
midfielder in the summer if the
situation remains unchanged.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona
admire the playmaker.
Eriksen is believed to earn
£75,000 a week on the four-year
contract he signed in September
2016 and any new deal would at
least bring him in line with Dele
at the end of the season, was
targeted by Chinese Super
League clubs last summer and
Spurs are hoping for renewed
interest from the Far East, where
Alli, who agreed a £150,000-ahe could more than double his
week deal in October. Real or
reported £80,000 a week.
Barça could offer the Denmark
Dembélé also has admirers
international significantly more
in Italy, including Inter Milan,
but he is said to be happy
but they were put off by
in London.
a £20million asking
Asked about
price in the summer
Eriksen’s situation,
and would prefer
manager Mauricio
to discuss a free
Pochettino said:
transfer with the
Eriksen has scored
“In this case, I
player, rather than
more Premier
don’t know. No
negotiate with
League goals from
news is good news.”
Spurs chairman
outside the box than
Meanwhile,
Daniel Levy.
any player since his
Spurs are keen to sell
Spurs are also
debut in 2013
Mousa Dembélé this
hoping to sell Vincent
month rather than risk
Janssen, Georges-Kévin
losing the midfielder for nothing
Nkoudou, Victor Wanyama,
next summer.
Fernando Llorente and Michel
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Everton appear to be treading water.
They are in almost exactly the same
position as they were for the past two
seasons. But manager Marco Silva
has stressed he is not interested
in a comparison between Premier
League campaigns.
The club’s 1-0 home loss to Leicester on New Year’s Day, their fourth
defeat in five matches, left them 10th
in the table with 27 points from 21
games. After 21 matches last term
they had the same amount of points
and were ninth.
At that time Everton were managed by Sam Allardyce who ended
up guiding them to an eighth-placed
finish before being replaced by Silva
in May. Silva’s men, lacklustre against
Leicester, have won only once in their
last eight outings.
When asked if he was worried by
a lack of progress, the Portuguese
said: “I am not here to compare these
type of things, about last season. I am
concerned with the result we didn’t
achieve, with our performance, with
the performance we had in the last
away game as well [Saturday’s 1-0
loss at Brighton].
“This is what is my concern now,
and to change the situation – not
about the points we have now and we
had last season at the same moment.
I have more things to think [about)]
in this moment and the most important thing is why we didn’t play well
[against Leicester].”
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Substitutions: Chelsea Loftus-Cheek (Willian, 37),
Fabregas (Barkley, 68); Southampton Long (Ings, h-t),
Austin (Armstrong, 89), Stephens (Redmond, 90).
Booked: Chelsea Rüdiger; Southampton Bednarek,
Romeu.
Man of the match Gunn.
Match rating 4/10.
Possession: Chelsea 72% Southampton 28%.
Attempts on target: Chelsea 6 Southampton 2.
Referee J Moss (West Yorkshire).
Attendance 40,668.
Southampton goalkeeper Angus
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There were so many moments in
this match when Chelsea could have
done with Pulisic – or, more pointedly, just something, anything, other
than this. It was so much of the same:
pass, pass, pass until it feels like life
is passing you by, rather than one of
their attackers passing you by.
This isn’t completely Sarri’s fault,
even if it might reasonably be expected that Chelsea are that bit more
rapid now he’s five months in the job.
While Sarri has genuinely made a
virtue of just coaching whatever players are available to him - and there
have been notable improvements or
changes in players like N’Golo Kanté,
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much with a lop-sided squad. Chelsea
are just missing that element of extra
fantasy, or individual inspiration, beyond Hazard. Alvaro Morata was admittedly a bit more lively than usual,
but he was still just getting the occasional balls through out of so many
passes sideways.
It was a canny set-up from Hassenhüttl, meanwhile. Southampton
were simply unwilling to offer up any
space. And Angus Gunn was inspired
in goal.
It got to the point in stoppage time
when Marcos Alonso was making the
most of the minimum of contact, to try
and get a penalty. That as the extent of
Chelsea’s ideas They weren’t offering
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Tim
Wigmore
I
n 2002, the Houston Rockets had the first draft pick
in the NBA. They plumped
for China’s Yao Ming, who
would become one of the finest basketball players of his day,
selected in eight All-Star games.
In the process he galvanised an
entire nation’s interest in a sport:
more than half of the Chinese
population now watch the NBA
every year. Yao’s professional
basketball career is long over, but
the Yao Ming effect lives on.
Yesterday, Chelsea spent
£58million on 20-year-old Christian
Pulisic (right), who became the
eighth most expensive player in
Premier League history. They did
not pay for his rich talent alone.
Pulisic has long been predicted
to become the greatest men’s
footballer that the USA has ever
produced. He is a player who can
win global acclaim in a way that
Landon Donovan, declared the
USA’s finest in a survey by The
Guardian in 2015, never quite did.
So while Chelsea have invested
in a footballer they want – even if he
was no longer a guaranteed starter
for Borussia Dortmund, after
Jadon Sancho’s emergence – they
have paid a premium on account of
Pulisic’s nationality and, therefore,
marketing potential.
Pulisic’s market value, based
upon his age and performance is
£38m according to the respected
method developed by the CIES
Football Observatory. Chelsea have
paid £20m more – an extra outlay
that is entirely justified if Pulisic’s
marketability can help them make
up the difference.
The signing aligns with
Chelsea’s longstanding emphasis
on the US market. Chelsea are
frequent visitors for pre-season
friendlies – as well as a charity
game in Massachusetts this May
– and created a dedicated Twitter
account for US fans this year.
“The Pulisic signing is not just a
matter of acquiring playing talent,
it also represents an investment in
commercial potential,” says Simon
Chadwick from Salford Business
School. “Pulisic will be a point of
engagement with Chelsea for US
fans, and, given the player’s age, he
is likely to have considerable lifetime
value for Chelsea.”
Nike, Chelsea’s kit manufacturer,
will be particularly pleased at
acquiring a US prodigy, says
Rob Wilson, a football finance
expert. “It’s likely that there
will be a number of commercial
partners that will be interested in a
relationship both locally in the US
and globally, given that the US is a
relatively untapped territory.”
Manchester United and
Liverpool are regarded as the
most popular English clubs
in the US. Now, Pulisic will
make Chelsea the default
first-choice side for the
majority of Americans
who do not have any
strong affinity to a
Premier League club,
says Jake Cohen,
a sports lawyer
from the US. “The
long-term effect will
come down to how
Pulisic performs.”
The Pulisic signing
is also welcome news
for the Premier
League. The price
of the next cycle of
domestic broadcasting
rights, which begins later
this year, has dropped £500
million compared with
the 2016-19 cycle. Now it is
overseas markets that the
league needs to underpin its
commercial growth and it needs
to build upon its status in the US
as comfortably the most popular
European football league.
The US has been one of the
Premier League’s greatest success
stories this decade. The league’s
broadcasting rights in the US, worth
£18m a year from 2010-13, are now
worth £130m a year, three times
as much as those for La Liga. NBC
Sports now shows Premier League
matches free-to-air and a record
1.7 million Americans watched the
Manchester derby last April.
Rival leagues are envious of the
Premier League’s competitive
advantage in the US – hence La
Liga’s attemptsto play regular
season games there. With Pulisic
no longer playing in the Bundesliga,
the Premier League is even more
attractive to US football fans.
Yet – for Chelsea, the Premier
League and US Soccer itself –
the great hope is that Pulisic at
Chelsea will create avid football
supporters in the US. Replicating
what Yao did with basketball in
China will be impossible, for
the US sports market is
more mature. But, despite
the men’s team failing
to qualify for the 2018
World Cup, football in
the US is increasingly
competitive against
baseball, basketball
and American football.
Football is the third
most-played game
and is increasingly
popular among
younger viewers.
What they have lacked is a
superstar who can transcend
his sport. If Pulisic can establish
himself as America’s first elite men’s
football player, the Premier League
and Chelsea will each enjoy a bigger
share of the country’s football
market. And, most importantly, the
market itself will become larger.
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Dubravka drops
Newcastle in it as
Rashford sparks
fourth win for Ole
NEWCASTLE UNITED
MANCHESTER UNITED
Lukaku 64, Rashford 80
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AT ST JAMES’ PARK
So the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer red revival rolls on. Four games, four wins
and for the first time, a clean sheet
to go with it.
The Old Trafford caretaker manager said that he rarely enjoyed
going to Tyneside but he was punching the air in the 80th minute when
Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United’s second goal.
Sixteen minutes earlier Rashford’s free-kick had been dropped by
Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka,
allowing substitute Romelu Lukaku
to score with his first touch.
Some might say it was an inspired
Solskjaer substitution; others will
say, correctly, that it was a goalkeeping error. But it was the breakthrough just when Newcastle had
been at their most threatening following Jonjo Shelvey’s arrival. That
it turned into another home defeat
infuriated manager Rafa Benitez.
It would have been worse if Paul
Pogba had not missed a great chance
in injury time but the Old Trafford
statisticians can compare Solskjaer’s start to Matt Busby’s.
More relevant, on a night when
Chelsea drew is that Manchester
United are now six points off Jose
Mourinho’s target of fourth place. It
was 11 when he departed.
Newcastle’s home record has been
a drag on progress. On five occasions
this season a conservative tactical
away point gained has been followed
by a demoralising home defeat. It
was no surprise therefore to see the
home side line up with three centre-
Yedlin
Schar Lascelles Dummett
Ritchie
Hayden
Diamé
Perez
Atsu
Rondon
Rashford
Martial
Shaw
Pogba
Mata
Matic
Herrera
Lindelof
Jones
Valencia
De Gea
Manchester United
Substitutions: Newcastle United Shelvey (Diamé,
53), Kenedy (Perez, 69), Muto (Schar, 81); Manchester
United Sanchez (Mata, 63), Lukaku (Martial, 63),
Lingard (Rashford, 87).
Booked: Newcastle United Lascelles; Manchester
United Lindelof, Shaw.
Man of the match Rashford. Match rating 6/10.
Possession: Newcastle United 35% Man Utd 65%.
Attempts on target: Newcastle United 3 Man Utd 7.
Referee A Marriner (West Midlands).
Attendance 52,217.
halves and two wide men – DeAndre
Yedlin and Matt Ritchie – either side.
The five in front were left to try
to score – something Newcastle had
done only seven times at St James’
this season. As Benitez would no
doubt point out, the cost of those five
was around half of what Manchester
paid for Victor Lindelof.
They kept Lindelof and Phil Jones
occupied though, during an eventful if goalless first half, during which
Christian Atsu delivered some of his
most lively football at Newcastle.
With a bit more composure, he could
have scored at least once.
David de Gea made one save dipping free-kick nine minutes in
while Atsu pulled another left-foot and 15 minutes later Rashford proshot across the six-yard box. In
voked some panic between Jamaal
between those shots, Ayoze
Lascelles and Fabian Schar
Perez robbed Jones and
but Dubravka was quick
set up Salomon Ronoff his line.
don but the big striker
But considering
looked clumsy as he
that Newcastle were
took his time to shoot
prepared to sit back
Ole Gunnar
and Jones recovered
at times, United will
Solskjaer is the first
to clear.
have felt they could
United manager to
That was probably
h ave d o n e m o re.
win his first four
league games since
Solksjaer’s greatest
Pogba was influential
Matt Busby
concern at half-time.
but in a sporadic kind
Going forward the visiof way, as was Anthony
tors had periods of flow and
Martial.
movement and Dubravka made deTen minutes into the second half,
cent interventions to halt Rashford. Michael Carrick was the visiting
On the first occasion it was from a coach standing on the touchline not-
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ing that there had been an increase
in noise and intensity, coinciding
with Shelvey’s enforced introduction
for the injured Mohamed Diamé.
Shelvey remains Newcastle’s
most creative player. Given how difficult Benitez’s team finds breaking
down the opposition here, it is puzzling that he does not always start.
Within five minutes Shelvey had
played three precise forward passes.
One of them – to Perez – was superb
and had the Spaniard free in the
area. Perez’s first touch, however,
reduced his options and the chance
vanished.
It was costly. Having looked at his
bench, Solskjaer called forth Luakau and Sanchez. Off went Juan
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Lukaku scores from
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Rashford’s shot GETTY
Fraser caps six-goal thriller on south coast as
Burnley and Palace pick up victories on road
By James Mariner
Ryan Fraser rescued a point for
Bournemouth on the south coast as
the Cherries played out a remarkable 3-3 draw with Watford at the
Vitality Stadium.
In an extraordinary first half,
Watford twice surrendered the lead
to head in level, as Fraser’s strike
capped a whirlwind spell of four
goals in six minutes. A Troy Deeney
double had put Watford two ahead
before the Dorset defences parted.
In a match where kick-off was
delayed for 15 minutes after a
fire alarm went off in one of the
Vitality Stadium stands, it was Watford who warmed up proceedings
on the pitch with two early strikes
from Deeney.
The burly forward headed in the
first after 14 minutes, meeting Ken
Sema’s cross after good work from
Abdoulaye Doucouré. Deeney did Nathan Aké heads Bournemouth’s first in the 3-3 draw with Watford REUTERS
not have to wait to long to double his
and Watford’s advantage, sidefoot- val lead when Sema restored their would have done little to benefit eiing in from close range just before advantage within a minute, finding ther teams’s relegation fights.
the half hour following a strong run the net for his first Hornets goal
Mounie became the first striker to
from Gerard Deulofeu through the with the assistance of Deeney. Two score for Huddersfield this season as
centre of the Bournemouth
breathless minutes later and he headed in Isaac’s Mbenza’s cross
rearguard.
Bournemouth were level at the far post just after the half hour,
The winger’s slaloagain, ending a run of for his first goal since April.
ming run was halted
four goals in six minThe Terriers’ lead lasted just
by Steve Cook inside
utes. Junior Stanislas’ seven minutes, however, as Burnley
the Cherries penalty
ball was dummied by hit back. Dwight McNeil impressed
Goals conceded by
area, but Nathan Aké
Joshua King to leave
Bournemouth in
was unable to stop
Fraser to level again.
three matches since
Deeney from reaching
The second half
Christmas
the loose ball.
proved something of
The central defensive
a non-event, both sides
pair then combined to
seemingly worn out from
atone for their error, reducthe first 45 minutes. The
ing the deficit to 2-1 with
point lifts Watford into
10 minutes remaining.
eighth, while BourneCook headed Fraser’s
mouth remain in 12th.
free-kick across goal
Elsewhere,
and, after Dan GosBurnley recorded
Defeats in seven
ling saw his effort rejust their second
home matches for
pelled by Ben Foster,
away league win of
Wolverhampton
Aké nodded in from
the season as Ashley
Wanderers
close range against his
Barnes secured a 2-1
former side.
victory at struggling
The frenetic action
Huddersfield – who have
continued three minutes
now lost eight consecutive
later, Callum Wilson’s header
matches. First half goals from
from another Fraser delivery giv- Steve Mounie and Chris Wood had
ing Foster minimal chance. Watord the sides level at the break at the Marko Arnautovic scored twice to
appeared to have secured the inter- John Smith’s Stadium, a score which help earn a point for West Ham
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Mata and Martial. As they trotted off,
Rashford lined up a free-kick from
30 yards. He struck it with the same
amount of whip and dip as in the first
half. Then Dubravka had fumbled it
and once again he spilled the shot. It
was straight at him.
Unfortunately for Dubravka,
Lukaku had come in at full throttle
and was there before everyone else
to tap the ball in. It was the first of
two major moments from Lukaku.
The next came 16 minutes later when
he and Rashford broke from inside
their own half as Newcastle pressed.
Sanchez joined them and, after he
took a pass from Lukaku, slipped the
ball to Rashford who calmly slide in
the second. It was done.
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on Sunday, scoring his first Premier
League goal in just his second start,
and the 19-year-old maintained his
form to help haul the Clarets level
here. The forward changed direction
twice before firing across goal for
Chris Wood to poke in the equaliser.
Huddersfield’s task was made
harder before the break as they
were reduced to 10 men, Christopher Schindler given his marching
orders after picking up a second
booking after bringing down McNeil.
Burnley made that advantage pay
with 15 minutes remaining, Barnes
collecting from Ashley Westwood
to beat Jonas Lossl and extend
Burnley’s unbeaten run against Huddersfield to seven matches. Sean
Dyche’s side were also reduced to
10 men in added time, Robbie Brady
shown a straight red card after a
poor challenge on Mbenza.
Crystal Palace followed up their
victory at Manchester City last
month with another maximum on
their travels, Jordan Ayew and Luka
Milivojevic finding the net late on to
earn a 2-0 win at Wolves.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have
impressed on their travels but this
reverse represented a fifth home defeat in seven and extended their run
to one clean sheet since October.
Ayew controlled a Patrick van
Aanholt mis-hit well before grabbing
his first Eagles goal on 83 minutes,
before Milivojevic confirmed the
points in added time from the spot.
Wilfried Zaha was brought down by
Ryan Bennett and the visitors doubled their lead to secure the points.
Marko Arnautovic’s first goals in
two months rescued a point for West
Ham as they drew 2-2 with Brighton
at the London Stadium. Two goals
inside three minutes early in the
second period from Dale Stephens
– with a fine effort from the edge of
the box – and Shane Duffy, after a
mistake from Issa Diop, appeared to
have put the Seagulls in the box seat.
Arnautovic then took centre stage
with two quickfire strikes of his own.
The Austrian reduced the arrears
with a finish from Mark Noble’s
through ball on 66 minutes, before
converting from Michail Antonio’s
cutback two minutes later.
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Next time,
insists Smith,
after defeat by
Van Gerwen
ad dancing is over. It’s
Klopp dancing now, the
kind of bullet-proof behaviour a coach can pull
off when his team is six
points clear at the top of the league.
Jürgen Klopp’s other great
contribution to the festive season
is to place a Manchester City scarf
around neutral necks in the hope
a victory for the champions might
intensify the title race.
After eight wins on the spin in
December, a ninth at the Etihad
would uphold Pep Guardiola’s claim
that Liverpool might just be the best
club side in the world and leave a
team as magnificently equipped as
City pushing boulders up hills.
Who would have thought it
possible to pull for City in the era
of Guardiola dominance, a period
in which City’s grip on matches
has been so commanding that
outcomes were all but assured
before a whistle was blown? There
is nothing so detrimental to the
health of the game as a foregone
conclusion. Watching City’s
suffocating excellence had become
a bore, opponents boarding up their
windows and hunkering down in the
hope they might see out the storm .
Liverpool’s stripe is at the nascent
stage. They have yet to win a pot
under Klopp. Indeed it is 29 years
since they last won the title. That
kind of narrative sweep: an historic
institution ascending the throne
after so long is a hell of a tale. And
with due respect to City, we are all so
grateful to witness the rolling back
of the sky blue tide, to have another
team make a game of it.
Was it only 18 months ago that
those devoted red men, the Jamies
Carragher and Redknapp, were
bemoaning Liverpool’s defending
at the start of the 2017-18 season
when they opened with a 3-3 draw
at Watford and shipped five at the
Etihad in match four? Sniping away
their frustrations in the Sky studios
they wondered what Klopp had
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been doing all summer. Not doing
defensive drills the inference drawn.
Maybe Klopp wondered too.
Those were the days when Simon
Mignolet was fighting for hegemony
between the sticks with Loris Karius
and Virgil van Dijk was still six
months from changing the world.
Now Dejan “calamity” Lovren gets
a game only because the estimable
Joe Gomez is crocked and behind
them all is a keeper with hands the
size of a satellite dish and the feet of
Neymar Jnr. Well, you know what I
mean.
The swatting aside of Arsenal
after falling behind at Anfield was
almost evidence of a team being
pulled along by destiny, as if it could
not be any other way.
There is a sense that this is
their moment, that fate is calling
Liverpool forwards. We have
moved beyond the dynasty phase
in football. The days of club
dominance lasting a decade or two
in the manner of Liverpool’s great
flowering in the Seventies and
Eighties and Manchester United
in the first 20 years of the Premier
League appear over.
United are the last team to retain
CYCLING
Froome mulls Tour de Yorkshire
Chris Froome has hinted he could
take part in the Tour de
Yorkshire this year as part
of his preparations for
the Tour de France. He
has already confirmed
that he will not be
defending his Giro
d’Italia title so that he
can focus on competing
in France, where he
has another chance to
equal the all-time record of
five victories. The Yorkshire event
takes place between 2-5 May, a week
before the season’s first Grand Tour
gets under way. “Yorkshire
hosted the start of the Tour
de France a few years ago
and the atmosphere was
just incredible. The Tour
de Yorkshire has been
growing year on year and
I’d love to get out there this
year,” said Froome (left).
Yorkshire will also host the
UCI road World Championships in
September.
the title, completing a hat-trick of
wins in 2009. Though the riches
of Roman Abramovich and the
Abu Dhabi royals have skewed the
competition in favour of Chelsea
and Manchester City respectively
there is notional scope for any of
the top six to challenge the monied
monopoly.
This then is Liverpool’s moment.
Should they lose they would still be
FOOTBALL
Bruce named new
Wednesday boss
Sheffield Wednesday have named
Steve Bruce as the club’s new
manager. The 58-year-old, whose
first managerial job was with the
Owls’ city rivals Sheffield United
in 1998, will take over the role
on 1 February. Bruce’s long-time
coaching associates Steve Agnew
and Stephen Clemence will take
charge of the team in the meantime.
“Steve Bruce brings a first-class CV
to Hillsborough,” a club statement
read.
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to hijack Liverpool’s sense of destiny?
History is not on our side in
title battle, says Guardiola...
By Mark Critchley
Pep Guardiola believes that Liverpool’s history gives them an advantage over Manchester City in the
Premier League title race as the
two sides prepare to meet at
the Etihad tonight.
The City manager
(right) said: “Maybe
people expected we
would always be top
but we are Manchester City, we are not Liverpool or Manchester
United. We are Man City. In
that situation, [not being top] is
quite usual in the club’s whole history. That is why it is nice after what
we have achieved in the last decade
to still be up there.
“When I was a little boy I looked at
the Premier League from Catalonia,
from outside, it was always two or
three teams and City was not there.
The last decade our club has been
incredible: every time here in the
last six or seven years qualifying
for the Champions League but that
doesn’t win games.”
Even if the Anfield trophy cabinet
is fuller, City have been the more
successful side recently.
The last of Liverpool’s
18 league titles was 29
years ago but three of
City’s five were won in
the past decade.
“Yes but history is not
10 years, it’s much more,
it’s longer,” Guardiola
added. “Anfield is Anfield,
Old Trafford is Old Trafford and
the history is there and the Champions Leagues are there and the people when they put theT-shirt on from
thenknow what theyhave to defend.”
City’s hopes of victory have been
boosted by Kevin De Bruyne’s
return to training and he will have
a fitness test this morning. THE
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...but Pep’s men are best in
the world, insists his rival
By Eleanor Crooks
Jürgen Klopp dances down
the Anfield touchline
during Liverpool’s victory
over Newcastle United on
Boxing Day REUTERS
four points clear and favoured to
convert that advantage.
Guardiola seems genuine in his
embrace of the challenge Liverpool
present, as if he has tired of all
those one-sided victories. That
said, Guardiola knows his words
will be heard at Anfield and must
be hoping the flow of propaganda
from the Etihad might lower
Liverpool’s guard. For his part
FOOTBALL
Adam interested in
return to Rangers
Charlie Adam admits he is
“absolutely” interested in a return
to Rangers. The 33-year-old Stoke
midfielder, who began his career at
Ibrox, has played only three games
in the Championship this season and
is looking for a move this month.
“The Rangers thing is something
that would interest me,” he said.
“Absolutely. I can see it is going in
the right direction. Steven [Gerrard]
has obviously put his authority on
the club.”
Guardiola seems genuine
in his embrace of Liverpool’s
challenge, as if he has tired of
all those one-sided victories
Klopp is trying perhaps a little too
hard to make the special ordinary;
to maintain a sense of routine lest
his players become consumed
by the scale of what they might
achieve. Maybe the dad dancing
was a calculated move to shift the
focus; to create room for his team
to breathe.
Fat chance. The whole world
is tuned in to this one, the latest
edition of an emerging rivalry just
waiting for its own “clasico” brand
launch: old money versus new; red
versus blue, the Mersey-had derby.
OK, you have a go.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
Arsenal sign up winger Veje
Women’s Super League leaders
Arsenal have signed Denmark
winger Katrine Veje from
French side Montpellier.
Veje, 27, has won
more than 100 caps
and had spells playing
in Denmark, Sweden
and the United
States. “Katrine will
bring experience and
professionalism. She
understands what it takes to
win trophies,” said Arsenal manager
Joe Montemurro. “Her variety of
experience playing in different
leagues around the world
should help her adapt to the
competitive standard of
the WSL.” Veje (left) said:
I really like the style they
[Arsenal] play and the
group, so I’m very happy
to be here.”
The length and terms of
her contract have not been
disclosed. The WSL resumes on
Sunday after its winter break.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp
insisted Manchester City remain
the best team in the world.
Klopp’s team goes into the meeting with a seven-point lead over
title rivals City at the top of the
Premier League.
Klopp was keen to
ignore the hype, saying
he saw it “as a normal
game against Manchester City”.
He added: “A very
difficult one; one of the
most difficult games you
can play in the modern football world. We felt that plenty of
times. It’s a really strong football
team with an outstanding manager.
“We have to be prepared as good
as possible, we have to be brave, we
have to be full of desire, angry, like
in all the other games. But with the
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Buttler key for
Thunder victory
Jos Buttler was in impressive
form with the bat once again as
Sydney Thunder secured a one-run
Big Bash League victory over
Perth Scorchers. The England
wicketkeeper-batsman scored
55 runs from 54 balls at the top
of the order. His England captain
and Thunder team-mate Joe Root
was less impressive, however, as
he managed only five from four
deliveries in his side’s 142 for 6,
which the Scorchers failed to reach.
knowledge the opponent is, for me,
still the best team in the world. Only
the points changed, not the preparation for the game.”
Klopp and Pep Guardiola have
both talked up the strengths of
their opposition, with the City boss
returning the compliment by
hailing Liverpool as the
world’s premier side.
“He said, ‘in the moment’,” said Klopp.
“Yes, with the record
we had in December,
we had a good moment
and we have a very, very,
very good football team.
“That’s why we have the
amount of points, that’s why we
had the results. But we prepare for
one game.”
Klopp must decide whether to
play James Milner (above), who
missed the Boxing Day win over
Newcastle with a muscle injury.
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