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cant rises in conditions such as anxiety,
depression and bipolar disorder.
The Government has faced intense
By Danny Buckland
criticism for failing to deliver improveMENTAL health services will get a
ments in frontline services for young
£2.3billion boost to help fund round-thepeople but new investment will extend
clock crisis care.
tailored services for 18 to 25-year-olds,
In a victory for the Sunday Express
to target issues that develop during a
Crusade for Better Mental Health, the
crucial life period.
measures will direct support to 350,000
New and expectant mothers will also
more young people as well as an extra
benefit, with specialist mental health
380,000 adults, and new and expectant
care for an extra 24,000 women for two
mothers.
years after birth. It follows a Bristol
It forms part of the NHS Long Term
University study which found that the
Plan and will be launched tomorrow.
number of women experiencing depInvestment will be ploughed into
ression and anxiety during pregnancy
helping those aged 18 to 25 – where care
has doubled during a generation.
can be disjointed as people
The NHS will also launch
move to adult services.
the first scheme to test
The largest expansion of
and introduce comprehen:ILJ8;<=FI9<KK<I
mental health services in a
sive access standards for
generation is a triumph for
mental health, taking it a
campaigners and delivers on
step closer towards parity
a pledge from Prime Miniswith physical health.
ter Theresa May.
Paul Farmer, chief execuThe investment will enable
tive of mental health charity
crisis care through the NHS
Mind, said: “It’s good to
THERESA MAY, PRIME MINISTER
111 service, with children,
see that mental health is
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young people and adults
such a key focus in the NHS
being able to connect with
Long Term Plan.
vital support via a 24/7 helpline, seven services and the support and treatment
“If delivered, this will make a
days a week.
it offers those who need it.”
difference to the lives of thousands of
“This investment is a significant part
Poorly funded children’s services have people. The challenge now is developing
of our ambition to deliver true parity been branded a “silent catastrophe”, the workforce needed and in making
between physical and mental health,” with many adolescents slipping through sure the money reaches the frontline.”
said Mrs May.
the cracks or struggling when they
Campaigner Jonny Benjamin, of
“We have already done a lot to end the reach 18 and find their support changed Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, also
stigma people with mental ill-health overnight or even removed.
welcomed the investment but wants
face and make sure they can reach out
The Association of Child Psychothera- funding ring-fenced. He warned: “We
for help, and this expansion – part of our pists recently criticised a chronic lack of also need to make radical changes to
Long Term Plan for the NHS – will make funding and structural defects in the the system and to ensure that good care
a real difference and make the UK a system. Child and Adolescent Mental is at the heart of all services.”
world leader when it comes to both Health Services has been under severe
OPINION: PAGE 14
the money it spends on mental health strain over the past decade, with signifi-
EXCLUSIVE
‘This will make the
UK a world leader
in the money spent
on these services’
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SUPPORT for the elderly
to remain independent and
avoid hospital trips will be
unveiled this week.
With the NHS marking
its 70th birthday Theresa
May is to reveal proposals
to revolutionise it with the
£20.5billion Brexit bonus
for a long-term plan.
A key promise of the
Leave campaign was that
the billions sent to
Brussels each year could
be used to boost the NHS.
The Prime Minister will
also pledge that Britain
will have the world’s best
By David Maddox
POLITICAL EDITOR
maternity care with extra
safety and mental health
support for parents.
There will be a massive
investment in improving
treatment for all major
conditions and help for
those recovering from
serious diseases.
Mrs May promised the
NHS will be brought into
the digital age with more
online access for GP
services and better
appointments procedures.
Finally, the Prime
Minister has vowed that
tens of thousands more
doctors and nurses will be
employed while there will
be a drive to slash wasteful
NHS spending and focus it
on patient care.
She said: “The NHS has
always been the country’s
most beloved public
service – there to provide
outstanding care to us all
whenever it is needed.
“The launch of the NHS
Long Term Plan marks an
historic step to secure its
future and offers a vision
for the service for the next
10 years, with a focus on
ensuring that every pound
is spent in a way that will
most benefit patients.
“This will help relieve
pressure on the NHS while
providing the basis to
transform care with
world-class treatments.
“Backed by our record
investment of £20.5billion
a year in real terms
by 2023/24, this shows
what we can achieve with
a strong economy and
a focus on people’s
priorities.”
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By David Stephenson
TV EDITOR
PRINCESS Diana’s ex-butler has urged
the Duchess of Sussex to make firm
friends with the Queen.
In a TV interview, Paul Burrell advises
Meghan to “stay close to Harry and get
to know his granny [the Queen]. She’s
the one that matters most”.
Burrell suggests Meghan will be up
against “powerful forces” in Royal
circles. He said: “I know the way
Buckingham Palace works. It’s like
Downton on speed. I know that Meghan
will not be popular with everyone; they
like things to stay the same.
“We have Meghan surfacing like quite
a diva in the Royal Family. Well, she’s a
mature woman, she knows what she
wants and she’s out to get it.” Burrell
POWERFUL
ALLY:
Meghan is
thought to
have a good
relationship
with the
Queen
‘William and Harry
were a brilliant
team but were also
fiercely competitive’
concludes: “Buckingham Palace is a
minefield for anyone going into it for the
first time.
“I personally think the Royal household
is far more difficult than the Royal
Family. They made Diana’s life hell.
“One day Meghan will have to curtsey
to Queen Kate and Meghan will have to
understand that. It’s protocol.”
Burrell was being interviewed for a
one-off documentary called Kate V
Meghan: Princesses At War? which
details the speculation that, since her
marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan has
fallen out with the Duchess of Cambridge
and the Royal household.
Kensington Palace has continued to
deny any such rift exists between the
duchesses.
The programme, being shown tonight,
details how the “Fab Four” – Kate,
William, Meghan and Harry – were
once dubbed “the future of the
monarchy”.
But the film-makers suggest
this is not the case any more.
Royal author Katie Nicholl
tells the film: “Meghan did have
an incredible six months in the
media then some of the flaws
started being uncovered and
ADVICE: Former royal
butler Paul Burrell has
shared his wisdom
some of the behind-the-scenes details
were leaked out.”
It has previously been claimed that
Meghan made Kate cry at a
bridesmaid’s dress fitting before her
fairytale wedding last year.
Then there was the so-called
“tiaragate”, where Meghan reportedly
demanded to wear a tiara from the Royal
collection but her request was refused.
Her personal assistant also quit just
six months after the wedding “due to the
Duchess’s demands”.
Speculation about a royal rift
increased in November when Harry and
Meghan announced they would be
moving away from Kensington Palace –
where William and Kate also live – to the
Windsor Estate.
But Nicholl believes the issue
lies with William and Harry, not
their wives.
“It goes back to Harry’s
choice of Meghan,” she said.
“William and Harry were a
brilliant team, but they were
also fiercely competitive.”
l Kate v Meghan:
Princesses at
War? is on
Channel 5
at 8pm
tonight.
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MEGHAN has not closed the door on her Hollywood
career – because she is still a fully paid-up member
of a US actors’ union, it has been revealed.
Fellow SAG-AFTRA card-carriers say she has
forked out union dues for months ahead and could
appear in front of the cameras if she wished.
Bosses at hit TV show Suits would be delighted if
the 37-year-old decides to stage a return.
They are ready to write Meghan a cheque for
millions of dollars if she agrees to appear for a single
scene on her old show.
They want the pregnant duchess to star one last
time on the legal drama in a cameo role lasting less
than two minutes – in return for a virtual “open
cheque” for the charity of her choice.
Executives at entertainment giant NBC Universal
also believe it will be possible to film the short
sequence in the UK, with a storyline concocted to fit.
One senior production source confirmed: “We could
be done in half a day or less.”
He added: “No final figure has yet been arrived at
but negotiations are likely to be opened in the very
near future. I’ve heard sums ranging from two to six
million being kicked around and that sounds a lot
– but it would be one of the biggest marketing
coups in TV history.”
CAMEO: TV
bosses
would
offer
millions
for
Meghan
to appear
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By Berny Torre
AN UNARMED former soldier was shot dead by armed
police in a drugs bust that went wrong, his friend
has claimed.
Sean Fitzgerald, 30, was shot while fleeing the raid on
Friday night, Cory Brown says.
The national police watchdog is investigating after
the car dealer was killed and two men were arrested at
a house in Coventry.
Mr Brown, 28, claims Mr Fitzgerald was visiting two
friends who grew cannabis at the property. Police carried
out a “pre-planned” raid at the address around 6.20pm.
The ground worker, who also served in the Army, said
Mr Fitzgerald would have fled because he was scared.
He said: “All of the lads inside the house were
my friends. They’ve ran and Sean has been shot by
an officer.
“The only reason I can see as to why they raided the
property was because of the cannabis.
“None of the lads were armed and there was no
weapons inside the house. I can guarantee that.”
Mr Brown claimed a neighbour told him a police
officer said it was
“just a warrant
gone wrong”.
He said: “I used
to be in the Army
and so did Sean.
We both know that
unless by your
honest
belief,
you think that
your life or somebody else’s life
is in immediate
threat, you cannot
engage. And that
is in a war zone,
let alone in a residential street.
“A bit of weed
doesn’t equate to
being shot. Sadly,
Sean lost his
parents when he
was younger so
without us, who
KILLED: Sean Fitzgerald, 30
would be asking
these questions?”
Neighbours said they heard “four or five” gunshots
after officers swarmed the front of the house in
Burnaby Road. Other friends paid tribute to Mr
Fitzgerald, with one – who gave his name as Ali – saying
he had been with the “very, very good guy” shortly
before he was shot.
A family member said online that she was “absolutely
gutted” to hear about the death of Mr Fitzgerald, who
another friend described as “one of a kind” who “would
be there for anyone”.
Residents said they were told to go indoors as a
section of the street was closed off and more than
“17 police cars and armed police” arrived.
The fatality was reported to the Independent Office
for Police Conduct by West Midlands Police. A spokesman
confirmed it would be investigating.
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A WOMAN was fighting for her life last night after a
triple stabbing in east London.
Two men were also taken to hospital with slash
wounds following the horrific attack in Leyton
at 3.30pm.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The
woman, aged in her 30s, is in a critical condition.
Both men’s injuries are not life threatening.”
He confirmed that officers were initially called to
deal with one of the injured men, then found the
woman had been stabbed.
He added: “No arrests have been made. A crime
scene is still in place.”
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ARREST: A
police officer
at the flat in
Farnham
yesterday
after a man
was held
THE FAMILY of a devoted father By Jon Coates
stabbed to death on a train while taking his teenage son on a day out have thing. She does not want to say
paid tribute to him, saying he was “an anything.”
honourable man”.
A neighbour two doors down said he
Lee Pomeroy would have celebrated was “shocked” to hear the victim lived
his 52nd birthday yesterday but will on his street.
never get to open the presents waiting
He said: “We don’t know them. They
for him at the family home in Guild- are quite private people. But I am
ford, Surrey.
shocked and disgusted that he has
His 14-year-old son witnessed the lost his life. It’s dreadful.”
“pointless attack” on his father followThe murder suspect and his partner
ing an altercation with another were arrested in a dawn raid which
passenger on the 12.58pm Guildford to shocked neighbours in the street near
London Waterloo train.
Farnham Hospital.
Mr Pomeroy, a computer programGrant Christy saw the police take
mer, was stabbed multiple times near the couple into custody and lead a
Horsley station and declared dead on young child from the property at 6am
the train.
yesterday morning.
A 35-year-old man was being held in
He said: “At six they smashed the
custody on suspicion of his murder door down, woke me up immediately.
last night, while a 27-year-old woman
“Initially I just heard the banging.
was also detained on suspicion of Sounded like someone trying to kick
assisting an offender.
the door in, that’s what it sounded like
They were both arrested in a police to start with. And then I jumped out of
raid on a flat in Farnham, Surrey, in bed, put my ear to the door, listened to
the early hours of yesterday morning. what was going on.
A young child was taken away by
“Then I heard the police shouting,
police.
‘Put your hands up, turn around’, all
Specially trained police officers that sort of thing and then it went
were last night supporting the family quiet. They led her out first with the
and teenage son.
kid, barefoot, put her
In a statement
in a police wagon
released yesterday
over there, then a
afternoon, the vicfew minutes later
tim’s family paid
they pulled him out
tribute to him, sayhandcuffed.”
ing: “Lee took his
Estate
agent
son on a trip to LonWendie Thompson,
don hoping to spend
59, who lives nearby,
some quality time
said that police were
with him which was
guarding the flat all
cut short by a
day.
horrific and pointShe said: “The
less attack.
officers were here
“Lee would have
when I woke at 8am.
had his birthday
Police have been
today but did not get
active all day – on
FAMILY TRIBUTE TO VICTIM guard outside the
to see his presents.
“He was an honflats.
est, bright person,
“I think there
who loved music very much. He knew were detectives and armed response
history and art and he was a bachelor officers.”
of science in maths.
Mr Pomeroy and his son had
“He was a devoted family man and boarded the train at London Road
did everything for his family. He was station in Guildford alongside the
an honourable man and would always killer, described by police as a slim,
help somebody who was in trouble.
black man in his 20s or 30s, who was
“He was a loving husband and approximately 6ft tall with a beard.
father. He will be deeply missed by
After the violent attack the killer
all his family.”
fled the train at Clandon station and
Police revealed yesterday that Mr headed in the direction of Dedswell
Pomeroy and the suspected killer Drive while the service continued to
were involved in an altercation lasting Horsley station, where police and
three to four minutes that moved from paramedics boarded the train and
the carriage where they both boarded tried unsuccessfully to save Mr
the train to another where the argu- Pomeroy’s life.
ment escalated into the stabbing.
A female passenger on the train,
Detective Chief Inspector Sam who asked not to be named, said:
Blackburn, from British Transport “There was a lot of blood everywhere
Police, said: “Nothing justified the in the carriage. I don’t think the poor
extraordinary violence that followed.”
chap stood a chance.”
Mr Pomeroy ran an IT consultancy
A woman who lives in Clandon told
firm with his wife Svetlana, who he other villagers that she had spoken
married in Sheffield in April 2001.
to a “very sweaty and nervous” man in
A woman in the garden of their a field near her home minutes after
semi-detached house in Guildford the attack.
yesterday afternoon said it was “too
Another woman walking a dog in the
fresh” for Mrs Pomeroy to talk about field was accosted by a man thought to
at the moment.
match the description of the suspect,
She did not reveal her relation to who told her “I am in a lot of trouble”.
the family but said: “It is too fresh. It
He ran off after dropping a bloodwas in front of their 14-year-old son.
stained hat.
“She has asked me not to say anyPolice last night said they are not
‘He was a
devoted family
man. He was an
honourable
man and would
always help
somebody who
was in trouble’
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VICTIM: Father Lee Pomeroy was stabbed to death
CRIME SCENE: Forensic officers prepare to examine the train at Horsley station following the attack by a fellow passenger
Effingham
junction
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‘flees the train
at Clandon’
Horsley
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Clandon
Guildford
12.58pm on Friday the
South Western train
leaves Guildford
Farnham
looking for anyone else in connection
with the killing.
Philip Herrington, the Rector of St
Mary’s Church, West Horsley, describing the attack as “lamentable” when
he visited Horsley station yesterday
afternoon to lay flowers.
He told how officers he had spoken
to were shocked by what they had
seen, adding: “You don’t really expect
anything like this to happen generally, not in a place like this, not on a
midday train.”
Both suspects were still being
questioned by detectives last night
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while a post-mortem examination is
due to take place early next week.
More than 40 officers from British
Transport Police were working alongside Surrey Police on the murder
probe yesterday.
Officers from both forces were
searching for the murder weapon
between Horsley and Farnham, which
had not been found last night.
A car was also removed from
outside the flat in Farnham last night
by the police.
DCI Blackburn said: “This is a
fast-moving investigation and I am
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At around 6am yesterday police
arrest a murder suspect in Farnham
– along with a 27-year-old woman
At 1.11pm the
victim is found
as the train pulls
into Horsley
pleased that we were able to arrest
a man following a huge amount of
police inquiries.
“In the moments leading to the
violent killing, both men appeared to
be involved in an altercation lasting
three minutes.
“Nothing justified the extraordinary
violence that followed, and we are
concentrating our efforts on the
ongoing investigation.
“We are continuing our appeal for
information and I would urge anyone
who was on board the train to contact
us as soon as possible.”
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TWO BRITISH special
forces soldiers in Syria
were seriously injured
after being struck by a
missile during an
Islamic State attack
yesterday morning.
The attack is believed
to have taken place near
the town of Deir al-Zour.
A soldier from the
Kurdish-led People’s
Protection Units was
also killed and another
wounded.
It is understood they
were evacuated by US
forces for medical
treatment at a field
hospital.
British special forces
are believed to be
operating in the country
but the Ministry of
Defence refuses to
confirm this is the case.
US president Donald
Trump said in
December that he was
withdrawing US troops
from Syria, where he
claimed IS had been
defeated. The UK has
formed part of the
US-led coalition
carrying out air strikes
against IS in Syria.
Mr Trump said: “We
have defeated Isis in
Syria, my only reason
for being there during
the Trump Presidency.”
Analysts and military
experts, who disagree
with Mr Trump, have
said the threat posed by
IS still remains.
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IN PARIS
PROTESTERS broke
into a French ministry
yesterday – leading to
the “emergency
evacuation” of the office
of one of President
Emmanuel Macron’s
most senior lieutenants.
Benjamin Griveaux
was taken to safety as
Yellow Vests rioted.
“About 15 masked
people dressed in
black broke into Mr
Griveaux’s office at 4.30
on Saturday,” said a
police spokesman. “His
staff had heard the
group approaching, and
managed to get him to
safety. He was unhurt.”
On Friday Mr
Griveaux warned of
revolution as the
country braced for an
eighth “day of rage”.
Yesterday 3,000 rioted
in Paris, and 22,000 in
other parts of France.
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COMMENTARY
STRONG:
Jacob
Rees-Mogg
will not back
agreement
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MP FOR NORTH EAST SOMERSET
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By David Maddox
WHAT terrors will arise on the
morning of March 30 if the UK
does not accept the Prime
Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement
and nothing else is on offer?
The term “crashing out” is
designed to make the flesh creep,
in the hope of bullying people into
accepting a bad deal – one that is
expensive and ineffective, as the
backstop could leave us shackled
to the EU for a generation.
The Government hoped that as
those fears fructified so MPs who
opposed the proposal would soften
under the influence of local party
members. Fortunately,
Conservative Association members
are made of sterner stuff. The
party in the country at large is not
especially ideological and is
usually loyal to its leader. This
sense of duty makes them
sympathetic to Theresa May but
not slavish to her agreement.
Indeed, a recent survey of
POLITICAL EDITOR
JACOB REES-MOGG has warned
Theresa May that Brexiteer MPs have
“not gone soft over Christmas” and will
vote down her Withdrawal Agreement.
His comments come as the Prime
Minister is facing a grassroots revolt
over her proposed deal with the EU.
With MPs returning to Westminster
tomorrow, Mrs May is facing a double
challenge to her authority – despite
surviving a leadership vote of confidence – amid allegations that the party
is run by a “Remainer mafia”.
The Sunday Express has learned that
Tory activists are going on strike and
refusing to campaign or raise cash.
Meanwhile, a legal fund is being set
up to protect constituency associations
from being suspended by Conservative
Central Office if they try to deselect
Remainer MPs.
Mr Rees-Mogg, chairman of the
European Research Group, has made
it clear that the expected rebellion by
more than 100 Tory MPs will go ahead
against the agreement, with DUP MPs
also opposing it. It means Mrs May is
on track to lose the meaningful vote in
the week of January 14.
He also warned that the party should
not threaten its members and urged
them to speak out against the
agreement.
The North East Somerset MP made
it clear that he and other Brexiteers
will not be pushed into voting for it.
He said: “During the recess I read
reports that I could be open to supporting the agreement and that I was even
‘a work in progress’. It was at this time
that it was reported that MPs, when
outside the Westminster bubble, could
be persuaded to back the deal.
“This never seemed likely and in my
own case was wishful thinking – the
backstop on its own is an intolerable
failure of the negotiations.”
Former Brexit minister David Jones,
another leading opponent of Mrs May’s
deal, also warned that there would be
no retreat by Brexiteers.
He said: “It has been clear that the
EU is unwilling to offer anything new of
significance. So there has been no
softening among opponents of the deal.
We will not back it.”
Senior Tory MP Andrew Bridgen
said that as things stand the agreement would put the Conservatives in
an impossible position.
He said: “We have the most Leftwing leader of the Labour Party [Jeremy Corbyn] in our lifetimes and the
challenge for Conservatives will be to
defend free trade.
“To defend free trade we need to be
able to make deals but we won’t be able
to do that if we back this agreement.”
However, Downing Street last night
remained defiant that the agreement
is the best way to leave the EU and,
if it fails, Britain may even end up
staying in the EU.
A spokeswoman said: “In the event
‘Most members
think fears are
exaggerated’’
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the meaningful vote is defeated we will
be in uncharted territory. There are
many ways in which Parliament can
impose its will, such as amending
legislation and motions calling for a
second referendum. The only way to
guarantee we leave in March with a
good deal is to vote for the deal.”
But senior grassroots figures have
warned that members are rebelling
against the party’s Brexit line.
The legal fund to protect associations follows allegations that Conservative Central Office suspended
Portsmouth South association because
the pro-Brexit group had not wanted to
reselect MP Flick Drummond.
She was a former Remainer who
described Ukip voters as “racists”.
Former Portsmouth South chairman
Leonardo Ciccarone said: “The problems began because we did not want a
former MP, who lost the seat after she
described Leave supporters as racists,
to stand again in a Leave constituency.
“I am from Italy and people talk
about the Italian mafia but Conservative Campaign HQ is the worst mafia I
have ever experienced. It’s a Remainer
mafia in a Leave party.
“This was a pro-Brexit association
and we were put into special measures
by a collection of Remain supporters.”
Councillor Robert Perry, chairman of
Hornchurch and Upminster Association, east London, has already claimed
that he received a threat to have the
association suspended after he had
publicly criticised Mrs May’s deal.
Mr Perry said members are disillusioned: “They have expressed their anger at the PM’s failure to deliver the
Brexit the country voted for and a
number have resigned in protest.
“I am concerned that the number of
active campaigners will dwindle as a
result of this Brexit policy.”
There have also been claims that
pressure was put on South Cambridgeshire and Broxtowe associations to not
deselect Remainer rebels Heidi Allen
and Anna Soubry.
And it was also claimed that Central
Office intervened to block former Ukip
member Peter Harris becoming chairman of Dagenham and Rainham
Association, which he had helped
revive in a Tory target seat.
A Conservative spokesman last
night described all the allegations as
“completely untrue” and said that the
Portsmouth South case was “unrelated
to Brexit.”
members shows that 57 per cent
prefer no deal to 23 per cent for the
Withdrawal Agreement and 15 per
cent who still want to Remain. This
is in spite of all the dire warnings.
Most members must either think
that these fears are exaggerated or
are a price worth paying.
It also shows a fundamental
belief in democracy, after voters
decided to leave and not subject
themselves to a half-way house
that would leave us a vassal state.
This strength of feeling ought to
be responded to by the leadership,
not stamped upon. Reports that
Conservative Central Office has
threatened some associations with
special measures and is trying to
stop Brexiteers becoming
candidates are troubling, for it is
improper for the party to try to
impose ideological uniformity.
Tories believe in individual
responsibility and effort – not
central planning and control.
We are fortunate to have the
membership we have.
MPs are elected because of their
efforts and countless councils are
run by such noble spirits. They
accept the democratic norms but,
in return, deserve to be listened to.
Even the thought they are being
pressured to change their minds
would be counter-productive. They
are pillars of their communities
who cannot be pushed around.
Fifty-seven per cent have shown
that they have titanium-plated
backbones.
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macaque
surveys the
rock of
Gibraltar
A TURNER PRIZE
winning artist accidentally
burnt a David Hockney
while working as a
gallery technician.
Jeremy Deller, who
won the art prize in 2004
for a video, told Desert
Island Discs he still has
“nightmares” about what
his future would have held
if he had not become an
artist.
He said: “I tried to work
in a gallery once and it
didn’t go well at all. I
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GIBRALTAR is to have
a £1 coin celebrating
Brexit after the Royal
Mint allowed overseas
nations to design and
mint their own version
of the new 12-sided
coins for the first time.
The Mint says designs
reflecting the history and
By Berny Torre
culture of Britain’s 14
Overseas Territories and
three Crown Dependencies
could be rolled out this year.
A spokesman for the
Government of Gibraltar
said of the new design: “The
current thinking is to have
an outline map of the EU
area without the UK, with
the Union Jack symbolising
the past and the future.”
Round pound coins were
replaced by the more secure
mintage in the UK in 2017.
But overseas nations still
use the old design.
Robert Jenrick, Exchequer
Secretary to the Treasury,
said: “In the same way
that the rose, leek, thistle
and shamrock are used on
our coin to represent
the four nations of the UK,
these new designs will
reflect the rich and varying
British communities across
the world.”
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THERESA MAY is famed for her huge
collection of cookery books but as MPs
return this week to Parliament it is clear
that the Prime Minister has failed to find
a recipe for success on Brexit.
With the Government heading towards
the postponed meaningful vote on the
withdrawal agreement in the next two
weeks it seems clear that Mrs May has
not got the support to get it through.
Jacob Rees-Mogg and other leading
Brexiteer MPs’ intention to vote against
it along with the opposition of the DUP,
Labour, the SNP, Lib Dems and a hotchpotch group of Tory Remainers means
there is virtually no chance of success.
The only thing that could have saved
the deal was an epiphany of realism in
Brussels and a willingness to time limit
the Northern Ireland backstop but that
does not appear to be forthcoming.
Theresa May postponed the vote from
ANALYSIS
By David Maddox
just before Christmas but there seems to
be no avoiding it now, the question is:
what will happen next?
Technically, the Government has to
make a statement within a fortnight of
defeat and come forward with a neutral
motion three months later for no deal.
This can be amended by Parliament
and Tory Remainers along with Labour,
the SNP and Lib Dems seem likely to get
together to try to force a second referendum to reverse Brexit.
Even if no-deal goes ahead – which
appears unlikely given the Parliamentary
arithmetic – then the Government has to
pass a series of bills to legislate for departure from the EU. Each one of these can
be amended by Remainers and Labour. It
is possible that the Government will pursue a managed no-deal which will involve
an offer to pay the EU money to give the
UK the transition period to get the minimal agreements in place on issues like
border control, aeroplane routes and
medication.
But if Mrs May loses the meaningful
vote by more than 200, which seems likely,
her government could face a motion of no
confidence tabled by Labour.
She may also decide to resign or she
could repeat her high-risk strategy of
2017 and call a snap general election
which Labour is likely to back.
Whatever transpires Britain is facing
its greatest political uncertainty since
the Second World War and with continued
pressure from the Remainer elites in
Parliament, business and the public
sector it is far from certain that Brexit
will go ahead.
FACING DEFEAT: Theresa May
NIGHTMARES: Deller
burnt a Hockney on
the first morning of the
first day that I was a
technician.
“It had a sticker on
the back and the
chief technician said,
‘You’ve got to take this
sticker off’.”
Deller said he used
what he thought was a
hairdryer but was in fact a
wallpaper stripper.
He told the show,
broadcast on Radio 4
today: “I turned the frame
around [and] saw a big
black mark on the print
and condensation on the
inside of the frame.
“I put it in the racks and
didn’t tell anyone.”
It came as a BBC arts
expert revealed his cat
had wrecked a £5,000
work by 17th century
portrait painter John
Michael Wright.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor,
who appeared in five
seasons of BBC TV’s Fake
Or Fortune? was
restoring the work when
his pet Padme raked its
claws down the middle of
the canvas, leaving a
gaping hole.
Dr Grosvenor added
Padme is “not a fan of
John Michael Wright, and
regrets nothing”.
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EIGHT suspected people-smugglers
arrested on a Calais beach were freed
within hours – because “buying a boat
is not a crime”.
The incident highlights the difficulty
in clamping down on the illicit trade
and on stopping migrants crossing the
English Channel.
This is despite a new “action plan”
which will involve Britain paying
millions to try to secure France’s
northern coast with technology
including drones.
The eight Iranians were spotted at
Sangatte beach, to the west of Calais,
in the early hours of Friday morning.
“They were arrested by a sea
surveillance patrol,” said an investigating source in Boulogne-sur-Mere.
“It was at around 2pm on Friday that a
boat belonging to them was found.”
The semi-rigid dingy, with a Suzuki
outboard motor, had been bought in
Belgium by one of those arrested.
“Buying a boat is not a crime,” said
the source. “They were released after
five hours of questioning.”
It is believed the vessel was
returned to the group, none of whom
have been officially named. A spokesman for Boulogne prosecutors
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confirmed the incident, saying there
was not enough evidence for a peoplesmuggling trial.
Christophe Castaner, the French
Interior Minister, confirmed that 71
attempted crossings were recorded in
2018, compared to 12 the previous
year, with Iranians making up the
biggest group of would-be migrants.
More than 80 per cent of attempts
came in November and December,
leading to UK Home Secretary Sajid
Javid agreeing to provide “financial
support” for drones, radar and video
surveillance to prevent “irregular sea
departures”.
Mr Castaner said: “The prospect of
Brexit does not alter the need for our
two countries to strengthen bilateral
co-operation to implement co-ordin-
ated measures to combat irregular
immigration. It is in our interests to
make every effort to stop new
networks that could attract irregular
migrants to our coast developing.”
It came as Dover MP Charlie
Elphicke called for the RAF to be
called in immediately to patrol the
Channel. He said: “The Home Office
or MoD working with the French
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should put up 24/7 surveillance so anyone found unlawfully coming from
France can be reported to the French
authorities. We need urgent action, as
the sea temperatures in the Channel
fall dramatically in January.”
He stressed people should seek
asylum in the first safe country they
reach and any found making the crossing should be returned to France.
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Dancing On Ice
hosts Holly
Willoughby and
Phillip Schofield
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TV BOSSES are offering a glut of
new shows after a series of Christmas
Day flops.
After a poor ratings showing for
festive TV, which was won by the
Queen’s Speech, channels are fighting
back by launching more than 30 new
and returning shows.
Between tonight and next Saturday,
viewers can tune into three new
dramas, more than 20 factual shows,
and several comedies.
Christmas Day proved a 24-hour
flop for TV bosses, seeing the Queen’s
Speech beat Call The Midwife,
EXCLUSIVE
By David Stephenson
TV EDITOR
Strictly Come Dancing and Mrs
Brown’s Boys.
The BBC described next week’s TV
menu as “something for everyone”,
including The Greatest Dancer and
Les Miserables, along with the return
of old favourites like Call The
Midwife, Death In Paradise and
Silent Witness.
ITV is focusing on new shows
throughout the year. Sheridan Smith
dabbles as an insider trader in
Cleaning Up and a new series of
skating show Dancing On Ice will be
launched tonight.
In addition, documentary The
Paras: Men Of War, which follows the
28-week training course for the
regiment – one of three new shows
about the armed services – begins
on Thursday.
Channel 4 is banking on Brexit
drama The Uncivil War, with
Benedict Cumberbatch playing
little-known political strategist
Dominic Cummings.
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SIR Tom Jones says he blamed
himself for the death of his wife – and
believes he will never find love again.
The It’s Not Unusual singer, 78, was
devastated when his beloved Melinda
lost her battle with lung cancer more
than two years ago.
At his lowest point he convinced
himself he could have done more to
save his partner of 59 years.
In an emotional interview, The Voice
coach said: “After I lost my wife, lyrics
to a Bob Dylan song reminded me of
her. It’s called What Good Am I?
“The song didn’t really apply to me
because it is about someone who turns
their back and doesn’t see what’s
really happening.
“But I was reading into the lyrics
thinking ‘Jesus Christ...was I partly to
blame? Should I have woken up
before?’ Because she had lung cancer.
I thought ‘What could I have done?’ It
started to mean more.
However, thinking rationally, he
realised he could not have saved
Melinda, who died aged 75 in 2016.
“The reality is I couldn’t really have
done anything because by the time we
found out about her cancer it was too
late. So there’s not a lot you can do.
“But then you do start to think
‘What if I had forced her to go to the
doctor’s?’ Because she didn’t go.
“You think ‘****, maybe I should
have said she had to’. So that song
is very touching.”
Tom and Melinda were childhood
sweethearts in Wales and wed as
teenagers in 1957. Their only child,
Mark, was born the same year.
Tom, added: “When something like
that happens it’s so devastating. It
was something I’d never dealt
with before. When you lose someone
CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS: Melinda with Tom at their home in 1967
that you love it can kick you in the... if
you really love somebody and they
go that’s hard.
“But you’ve got to try or you’ll
crumble completely and other people
will suffer. You’ve got to think about
your family as well.”
Asked if he will ever find love again,
Tom admitted: “I don’t think so.”
Tom has bravely continued to
perform as well as being a coach on
The Voice, which returned to ITV for
a new series last night.
One of his biggest hurdles was
singing What Good Am I? because it
brings back memories of Melinda.
He said: “When she passed away it
was such a blow. I didn’t know whether
I’d be able to do that song again. It
was the one song I was scared of
because she loved it.
“I had therapy in LA. She said to me
‘Don’t make any drastic moves right
now, give it a little time’.
“I told her about the song and she
said ‘That’s the first one you should
try, get the one you’re scared of
over with’.
“I thought as long as I could channel
it with balance then I could return to
music. I tried it. I got some of my musicians together and that was the first
step. And doing that really helped me.
“Time is a healer. Things sink in
and you realise ‘This is it, this is the
way it’s going to be’.
“So you look at it more realistically
as time goes on.”
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FORMER Neighbours
star Darius Perkins, the
original Scott Robinson
in the Australian soap,
has died aged 54.
The actor, who also
appeared in Home And
Away, lost his battle
with cancer on Wednesday,
the Melbourne’s Herald
Sun reported. He appeared
in Neighbours in 1985 as
From Mike Parker IN LOS ANGELES
THE little-known actor who brought
Freddie Mercury back to life is
backed for another blockbuster role...
as Michael Jackson.
Rami Malek is a favourite to land a
Golden Globe tonight and an Oscar
next month for his highly acclaimed
portrayal of the Queen frontman in
hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
It is already the highest-earning
music biopic, taking more than
£565million worldwide so far, as well
as triggering other big-budget films
about icons including John Lennon.
Now Jackson’s family wants Rami
to play their Moonwalking relative in
a new film about the King of Pop.
A synopsis has been penned by two
top screenwriters, reportedly with
the approval of Jackson’s estate and
is being offered to the highest bidder
among Hollywood’s major studios.
A source close to Michael’s mother
Katherine Jackson, 88, said: “She has
long dreamed of a movie that really
captures her most famous son and
was completely enthralled by Rami.
“Her sons Tito and Jermaine
managed to get an early copy of
Bohemian Rhapsody before it hit the
big screen and they played it for
Katherine. She didn’t care too much
for the story of Freddie Mercury’s
life but she was completely charmed
by Rami, who she feels has that same
childlike quality Michael possessed.”
Tito and Jermaine’s brothers – and
former Jackson 5 members – Marlon
and Jackie agree that Malek, 37, who
is the son of Egyptian immigrants,
could handle playing Michael.
The King of Pop’s singing sisters
Janet, La Toya and Rebbie are also
on board, as are his children Michael
Jr, 21, Paris, 20 and 16-year-old
Prince Michael Jackson II.
Nicole Kidman, 51, is up for best
actress in a drama film for her role in
the crime thriller Destroyer.
AWARDS:
Rami Malek
and Nicole
Kidman at
the AACTA
awards
yesterday
and, left,
Rami as the
lead singer
of Queen
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THE CROWN’S new star has told
how she got into a right royal mess
when she came face to face with
the Queen.
Olivia Colman, who will play the
monarch in the hit drama – and is
tipped for a Golden Globe tonight
for her role as Queen Anne in
new film The Favourite – said: “It
happened by accident.
“I went to a British Film Institute reception at Windsor Castle,
which I just thought would be film
people having a chat.
“I ended up in a queue that went
around a corner and there was
The Queen and Prince Philip. I
didn’t know what to do!
“A man in epaulettes said, ‘Don’t
overdo it, just give a little bow’.
The next thing I knew I was going
up to her, but I tripped over and
I did it all wrong.
“Let’s just say, I didn’t cover
myself in glory. So it wasn’t really
a meeting – I just shook her hand
and b******d off!”
Olivia, 44, said: “The more I
learn about our current Queen,
the more I’m impressed by her as
a human being.
“She took to her vow as a young
woman to do her job very well and
she has done. Not many people
have stuck to their guns from their
20s to their 90s in the way she has.
I take my hat off to her.
“There are an awful lot of things
that could have gone wrong in this
country, but we had that mainstay,
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that force at the top keeping it all
neutral. And I wouldn’t want the
royals’ job for anything, but I’m
grateful to them.”
Fans can see Olivia’s Crown
debut on Netflix later this year.
She said: “I sort of hope the
Queen doesn’t watch it. But I
suppose she’s seen so many
things about herself by now,
she’s probably over having any
reaction.”
Another Briton hoping for a
Golden Globe is Bodyguard star
Richard Madden – who revealed a
win could secure his chances of
being the next James Bond.
Richard, 32, won critical acclaim
for his role in the BBC One drama
and has since been tipped to take
over as 007 from Daniel Craig.
He now thinks a coveted gong
will push him closer to
his dream role, admitting it “certainly
wouldn’t harm my
chances, would it?”.
But he added: “I’m
more than flattered.
All this is completely
unexpected. Win or
BONDING: A Globe
could secure
the 007
role for
Richard
Madden
lose, just being here is a career
high.”
However, he said: “I’m trying
not to think about Bond or anything in the future. I’m afraid I
might put a curse on things.”
Richard, who was also Robb
Stark in Game Of Thrones and
will play Sir Elton John’s former
manager John Reid in this year’s
big screen biopic Rocketman,
faces tough competition at the
Golden Globes in Beverly Hills.
His biggest rival is Welshman
Matthew Rhys, 44, a fellow
nominee for best actor in a TV
drama for his role as a Russian
agent in spy series The
Americans.
Matthew declared: “There’s
such a strong field this year.
Anything can happen.”
The biggest head-to-head clash
of home-grown leading ladies will
be between Olivia and Mary
Poppins Returns star Emily
Blunt, 35.
They are competing in the
best actress in a musical or
comedy film category.
And Rachel Weisz, hoping
for a best supporting actress
award as Sarah Churchill
in The Favourite, is up against
Claire Foy, who played
astronaut’s wife Janet
Armstrong in the
movie First Man.
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Robinson, a role later
played by Jason Donovan,
and briefly reappeared in
2013 in the role of Marty
Kranic. Ex-Neighbours
co-star David Clencie, who
played Danny Ramsay in
1985, said: “We had this
incredible bond.
“We were mates to the
very end. He was
completely selfless.”
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SIR BILLY CONNOLLY
has tweeted a cheerful
musical message assuring
fans he is “not dead”
following a programme
documenting his battle
with cancer and
Parkinson’s disease.
The comedian gave a
frank update on his health
on BBC’s Billy Connolly:
Made In Scotland, and
revealed his life was
CHEERY: Connolly
“slipping away”. Sir Billy
reviewed his career and
said he felt “near the end”,
but was not afraid.
But in a less sombre
message yesterday, the
comedian told fans he was
very much alive.
While strumming his
banjo he said: “Not dying,
not dead, not slipping
away. Sorry if I depressed
you. Maybe I should have
phrased it better.”
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A COLLEGE “superhead” has been
found dead in his home, weeks after he
was forced from his job.
City College Plymouth said Garry Phillips died “tragically and unexpectedly”
over Christmas.
Staff paid tribute to him, saying he
was “always keen to make a difference
and to improve the world”.
Mr
Phillips,
whose
£260,000-a-year salary made
him Britain’s fifth highest
paid principal, joined the
college last year.
But he ended up resigning
in November in the wake
of college job losses and a
no-confidence vote over
bonuses of up to £100,000
that he was awarded.
TRAGEDY:
The head, who had served
in the Army and taught subjects as diverse as business and painting
and decorating, helped to drive up standards at the college.
His efforts raised its standing from a
grade four Ofsted report to grade two.
A spokesman for the college said: “It
is with great sadness that we heard
that Garry Phillips, former principal at
City College Plymouth, has tragically
By Liz Perkins
and unexpectedly passed away over the
Christmas period.
“At the request of his family we delayed
sharing this sad news until now. Garry’s
family have asked that their grief and
privacy is respected at this time.
“Garry worked hard as
principal at New College
Telford and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London
College and then briefly at
City College Plymouth.
“He started his career as
an apprentice and took on a
series of challenges in colleges in the North-west and
Midlands. He was always
keen to make a difference
Phillips
and to improve the world.”
His former colleague
Penny Wycherley, City College Plymouth’s interim principal, will represent
the college and its staff at Mr Phillips’s
funeral on Friday.
Mr Phillips, who leaves two grown-up
sons, also served on the Heathrow Skills
Taskforce, chaired by former Labour
home secretary Lord Blunkett and also
represented the Association of Colleges.
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THE Children’s Commissioner for England has vowed to compile figures of the
number of child suicides caused by bullying after revealing no data exists.
Anne Longfield also called for an internet ombudsman, saying the online world
was a “wild west” for children.
She makes the comments in an interview with Dame Esther Rantzen to be
aired on Channel 5’s Do The Right Thing
with Eamonn and Ruth tonight.
The That’s Life! presenter asked Mrs
Longfield if anyone was collecting data
on the number of children who take their
lives because they cannot stand being
bullied any more.
Anne, who has been appointed OBE
for her work, replied: “I don’t think there
are those statistics easily available.
“It’s something I can do as Children’s
Commissioner and I’ll do that.”
She goes on to say the internet is not being designed with
young users in mind.
Calling for an internet
ombudsman she said: “It’s
kind of like a wild west and
in some ways we are leaving children to fend for
themselves on the internet, so I do think there
needs to be better
regulation.
“I’ve been pressing the tech companies to take more
responsibility for
what goes on and
CONCERN:
That’s Life
presenter
Dame
Esther
By Berny Torre
I’d like there to be a duty of care for the
tech companies. That’s one of the things
that I’ve been recommending for the last
couple of years. So my role, clearly, is
about standing up for kids, but I think we
need someone who can actually specialise in the digital world.
“And children have very little faith, they
tell me, in tech companies taking down
posts or providing that kind of level of
protection. They just say ‘Look, we did
that and nothing happened’. So I’d like
to see a kind of digital ombudsmen.
“It would be their job to really keep
check on what is going on and ensure
that consumers and indeed children
weren’t coming to harm.”
Dame Esther, who founded Childline,
said: “Now cyber bullying means
that it no longer stops at the
school gates but follows children
everywhere, even into their
bedrooms.
“I want schools to take
greater responsibility. The
Government should urgently
collect the statistics so
they can assess how serious
this problem is, so I greatly
welcome the Children’s
Commissioner who is
determined to uncover the truth.”
The show airs a
harrowing interview with student
Hannah, 18, who
tried to take her
life aged 15, after
years of bullying.
¬ Do The Right
Thing, Channel 5
9pm tonight.
DECADE
ALL THE HIGH
NEARLY a million jobs have
been lost in the retail sector
since the last Woolworths stores
closed their doors 10 years ago
today.
The loss of the iconic shops
marked the start of a decline
that has left the high street on
its knees, with town centres
across the country unable to fill
the void a decade later.
Since Woolworths shut 112,405
stores have closed in the UK
with the loss of 876,760 jobs,
according to the Centre for
Retail Research.
With up to 22,000 stores forecast to close this year, meaning
a loss of nearly 140,000 jobs, this
will take the total to more than a
million since the last Woolworths
store closed on January 6, 2009.
Last year major names like
Toys R Us, Maplins and Poundworld went bust, with House of
Fraser and Debenhams now
facing an uncertain future.
Music chain HMV also entered
administration for the second
time after poor festive sales.
Increased online competition
combined with soaring business
CRUSADE
SAVE OUR
HIGH STREETS
rates and rents have also seen
smaller, independent retailers
go out of business at an alarming rate.
Figures from the Centre for
Retail Research show that
18,443 stores closed in 2018 with
the loss of 110,658 jobs.
Professor Joshua Bamfield,
from the centre, said: “We did
not realise it at the time but
Woolworths going was the start
of the crisis still gripping the
high street.
“It was such a massive feature
of the high street that it left
gaps which still have not been
filled, in a way that losing House
of Fraser and Debenhams
also will.
“Because it was the first major
chain it went into the high
streets of small towns that
cannot hope to now attract
stores of that size.”
Frank Winfield Woolworth
opened his first store in New
York in 1878, which quickly shut
before opening his first successful store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his brother Charles
in 1879.
They opened their first Woolworths store in the UK in 1909
on Church Street in Liverpool,
selling children’s clothing, stationery and toys.
Due to changing consumer
preferences and demands the
807 Woolworths stores in the UK
EXCLUSIVE
By Jon Coates
CONSUMER EDITOR
went into administration in
November 2008, with the
loss of 27,000 jobs.
The last 200 of these
stores closed a decade
ago today, exactly a century after the first Woolworths store opened in
the UK in Liverpool.
As a result, a total of
79,220 retail jobs in all sectors were lost in 2008 despite
only 3,730 stores closing.
This continued with more
than 12,000 store closures in
2012, 2013 and 2014, before the
high street had a temporary
resurgence in 2015, followed by
three years of marked decline
reaching a crisis last year.
Professor Bamfield said: “In
the last 10 years many other
multiple store retailers have
gone from the high street but
the closure of Woolworths was
the start. I still think it could
have been saved, though
whether it would have
had a long-term future
is more questionable.”
Andrew Goodacre,
chief executive of the
British Independent
Retailers’ Association,
has warned the lack of
a busy festive season
could see more shop
closures before Government relief starts in April.
He said: “We are encouraged
that the Government is now
recognising the problems faced
by retailers by introducing a 30
per cent discount on business
rates and a retail development
fund, but this support is not
available until April 2019.
“The harsh reality is that a
poor festive period for business
will result in many more shop
closures before the extra help
is available.”
A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
spokesman said: “We recognise
that 2018 was a particularly
challenging year for many retailers, confronted by rapidly changing consumer demand and the
rise of online spending. That is
why we are taking measures to
support high street stores across
the country and reduce the
burden of business rates.
“The Budget saw business
rates relief cut small retailers’
bills by a third – building on over
£10billion of business rates
support since 2016.
“We also announced last
month the £675million Future
High Streets Fund to help
improve access to high streets,
put historic buildings back into
use and make town centres fit
for the future.”
OPINION: PAGE 14
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FOR Britain to remain a nation of
shopkeepers, radical action is
required on our high streets
Napoleon Bonaparte is credited
with having described England as
a nation of shopkeepers. And
although this 18th century quip
was intended as a slur, being a
shopkeeping nation has since
become part of our DNA.
Yet today, our high streets are
under attack like never before.
The challenge for town centres,
which commenced with the 1990s
explosion of out-of-town retail
parks, is how to respond to the
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SINCE STORE CLOSED
WENT UNDER FIRST... NOW
ST GIANTS ARE IN DANGER
STORE CLOSURES
YEAR
STORES
CLOSED
LOST JOBS
BIGGEST LOSER
2001
399,780
10,446
73,122
C&A
2009
418,000
4,805
57,660
THRESHERS
2010
410,226
7,774
62,192
SUITS YOU
2012
387,004
12,776
114,984
COMET
2013
374,676
12,328
80,132
BLOCKBUSTER
2014
362,000
12,676
76,056
PHONES 4 U
2015
356,041
5,959
41,713
MFI
2016
344,000
12,041
79,471
BHS
2017
328,84
315,157
101,552
JAEGER
2018
310,400
18,443
110,658
TOYS R US
TABLE COMPILED BY THE CENTRE FOR RETAIL RESEARCH
Alexa, how
on earth did
you run out
of stock over
Christmas?
AMAZON’S latest version of its Echo Dot
smart-speaker has sold out until
February, writes Berny Torre.
Famed for its voice-controlled Alexa
software, it flew off the shelves after the
online retailer cut prices for Black Friday.
Now Amazon’s website said it would not
be available until February, with the most
popular colours out of stock until March 7.
The small cylindrical speaker connects
to the internet using voice-activated AI
and is said to be popular with pensioners.
Echo Dot 3rd Generation became the
world’s best-selling item from the long
Black Friday weekend after prices were
slashed from £49.99 to £19.99.
Britons were shocked after it sold out on
Cyber Monday. One commenter said: “If
there’s a ‘winner’ of Black Friday 2018 it
is, unquestionably, the Amazon Echo Dot.
The damn thing has sold out in basically
every store including Amazon itself.”
The gadget can play music, read news,
control thermostats and TV channels and
even send alerts if its user has a fall.
Simply shout “Alexa, start My Family
SOS” and it will alert pre-set phone
numbers and email addresses.
Amazon did not respond to requests
for comment.
BESTSELLER:
The latest
Echo Dot
action can still rescue our town centres
COMMENTARY
By
Grant
Shapps
MP FOR WELWYN
HATFIELD
phenomenal growth of online
retail. No other country has
embraced home shopping like we
have, with Britons twice as likely
to buy online as Americans.
Eight years ago, I was the
minister responsible for looking
after our high streets. We
launched a blizzard of initiatives
designed to re-invigorate our
towns, with programmes
benefiting from the expertise of
retail guru Mary Portas.
Yet I now see that if our high
streets are to survive, they are
going to need to change. And fast.
So here is my recipe to save the
great British High Street: First,
lower business rates. I started my
printing business in a shop-front
location. Amongst my biggest
costs were business rates. Since
internet retailers don’t have to
maintain shop-front locations
their cost base is much lower.
Ministers have tinkered with
rate reductions and even total
exemptions for very small shops.
But it is time to go much further
and be far more radical.
Second, make town centres
“go-to” destinations. Getting a
haircut, meeting friends or
grabbing a sandwich are things
that you can only do in person. So
high streets need to re-design
themselves as places to visit,
either for the sheer convenience
of it or because they provide a
rewarding experience.
Third, we won’t need as many
traditional shops. A huge amount
of retail has already moved
online. That trend is likely to
continue and accelerate.
Rather than bemoaning this
situation, and filling empty stores
with charity and pound shops, it
is better to accept that the shape
and size of town centres must
change. There are two parts to
this solution: Having accepted
that we need fewer shops with a
more service-based high street,
we can use the space more wisely.
The most obvious use is for
much-needed housing. This, of
course, has the dual benefit of
immediately providing more
footfall for the remaining shops.
There is not one single solution.
Yet, if we do not act far more
decisively to secure the future of
our town centres, then we will
have done ourselves a great
national disservice. There is still
time to act – but only just.
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Mental health boost
will benefit millions
ack in 2012 this newspaper launched a
B
crusade to revolutionise mental health
services in this country which had been
woefully neglected.
To describe them at that point as the
“Cinderella service of the NHS” severely
understated the parlous state that mental
health support had got into.
So something big had to be done.
Today’s announcement by Theresa May
marks a major victory for the Sunday
Express after more than six years of
highlighting the need to put mental health
on a par with physical health.
Millions of people will receive better
support and treatment as a result and that,
in turn, will help the country as a whole.
The Prime Minister should be
congratulated for doing the right thing and
seeing through her own pledge on
improving provision.
It is also an answer to the naysayers who
say nothing significant can happen while
the country is focused on Brexit.
Let us also remember that the funding for
this support will soon be coming from the
billions which we currently have to send
to Brussels.
Shapps’s shop scheme
oday marks the 10th anniversary of
Tstores
the closure of the last 200 Woolworths
in Britain.
Little did we realise a decade ago that
those sad closures were just the start of
the demise of many famous names on the
high streets, with HMV the latest chain
plunged into trouble.
The end of leading stores such as BHS,
and Toys R Us has not only left gaping holes
where shops once stood but has accounted
for almost a million jobs lost.
It is a tragedy which, for the good of the
country, needs to be reversed.
So we would ask the Government to
consider the imaginative ideas from former
high streets minister Grant Shapps in
today’s newspaper. They would change the
high streets for the better and could give
them a future.
As he says, this is not just about money
and business rates or parking but about
creating a new identity with fewer retail
outlets and more service-based units.
In order for our high streets to survive,
people need to want to go to them.
British talent rules
or those who believe that Britain cannot
Ffrom
succeed after Brexit or without a deal
the EU we suggest you switch on the
Golden Globes coverage and see the array
of British talent and glamour on display.
The strength of British identity in the
creative arts and elsewhere is best summed
up by Olivia Colman.
The fabulously talented actress is not only
tipped to win best actress but will also be
the new face of the Queen in The Crown, the
ultimate symbol of British global soft power.
We Leavers aren’t
stupid... whatever
TV’s elite believe
By
Tim
Newark
POLITICAL
COMMENTATOR
H
istory is written by
winners, goes the
quote often attributed
to Winston Churchill
but, in this case, the
story of Brexit is being
dramatised by the losers in
­tomorrow night’s Channel 4 TV
movie, Brexit: The Uncivil War –
and it shows.
Remainer film and TV star
Benedict Cumberbatch says that
we’ll be surprised at how balanced it really is but then says
with faux sympathy how sad he is
that Leave voters will be disappointed by Brexit when it happens. Cumberbatch plays the
Brexit campaign mastermind
­Dominic Cummings.
“Cummings is honest,” said the
Sherlock star in a recent interview. “He tried to cause a revolution and hoped something would
fill the void – but it hasn’t. What
really upsets me is that the people who wanted change to affect
their lives in a positive way are
going to be cheated yet again...”
Oh, poor us. Leave voters are
characterised yet again as too
stupid to fully understand the 2016
campaign and doomed to be
­disappointed by their unrealistic
expectations.
In reality, the only way we’re
going to be cheated is if we don’t
get a proper Brexit in March.
That is the revolution we voted for
and have yet to see after two-anda-half years of wasted so-called
negotiations with Brussels.
The film’s author, James Graham, is also a Remainer but lives
in the strongly Leave-voting area
of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire,
which went from Labour to Conservative in 2017. To give him his
due, he does portray Cummings
as gaining an advantage over his
Remain rivals by actually listening to the views of voters. When
he visits a deprived Essex coastal
town, he is shown putting his ear
to the ground, saying, “The noise
is getting louder. What does it
mean?” It is the sound of antiEstablishment anger finally given
a voice in the referendum.
But like all Remainers who
believe they are cleverer than
Leave-voters, Graham depicts
Cummings as a Machiavellian figure who uses his intelligence to
BIG BEASTS OF BREXIT: Remainer Benedict Cumberbatch plays Cummings as a Machiavellian
mastermind beside Richard Goulding’s bumbling Boris and Oliver Maltman’s Michael Gove
swing the vote. In contrast, Nigel
Farage and Arron Banks are portrayed as vulgar clowns, while
Boris Johnson is a bumbling fool.
I remember at the time being
aghast at how Cummings and the
Vote Leave Westminster-bubble
group
equally
disrespected
Farage and Banks and elbowed
them out of being the official campaign. And yet it was Farage’s
four million Ukip voters and
Banks’s well-funded Leave.EU
that did much of the heavy lifting
work and provided the grassroots
army that motivated so many fedup people to believe their vote
could actually make a difference.
Farage, in particular, should be
regarded as a patriotic hero for
persistently making the case for
leaving the EU over two decades.
It was only the increasingly successful performance of Ukip at a
succession of elections that forced
then-prime minister David Cameron to promise a referendum in
2015. Without Farage we wouldn’t
even be talking about Brexit.
I’d like to see a drama that gives
Farage full credit for correctly understanding the gut-instinct, antiEstablishment sentiment that
delivered the political earthquake
of 2016. But that’s never going to
happen in a media dominated by
left-wing creatives who revile
him. When I tried to get my book
Protest Vote published in 2014,
not one major publisher was interested in it and yet it proved
prophetic of subsequent events.
Remainers like Graham and
Cumberbatch prefer to think it
could only really be clever, shadowy figures like Cummings who
could win Brexit, thus continuing
to fuel the idea that Leave-voters
were tricked by political guile,
data manipulation and spiked
­social media. It is the same attitude taken by left-wing intellect­
uals in the US with their
never-ending quest to discredit
Donald Trump’s 2016 victory by
blaming it on Russian collusion.
When will they ever comprehend that all political parties are
actually out of step with a maj­
ority of voters and we need a new
maverick leader, outside of the
Establishment, to put our nation
back on course.
It is true that Cummings and
his campaign colleague Matthew
Elliott effectively sharpened the
Leave argument with their “take
back control” slogan. Chatting
rec­ently to Elliott he also made it
clear that it was helped by simplifying the message to key figures
such as the pledge to fund the
NHS with £350million of EU
­money plastered on the side of
‘Remainers prefer to think only
shadowy figures could win Brexit’
campaign buses. It was a method
he had honed during his victorious NOtoAV campaign and at the
TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), which
he founded.
Interestingly they first met
when the TPA moved into a London office building shared with
Cummings’s New Frontiers Foundation, which helped win the
North East Says No regional
­referendum back in 2004.
B
oth are undoubtedly
smart
campaigners
who put the Leave
project on a professional footing but to put
them at the centre of
the referendum win in the Channel 4 film does great disservice to
other key players. It only confirms the Remainers’ view that
the result was a conspiracy
­foisted on hapless voters by a
­disruptive cabal. It further justifies the desperate demand for a
second referendum.
When will Remainers finally accept that the biggest referendum
turnout in UK political history
was largely down to decent, concerned people of all ages and
backgrounds seizing the opportunity to send a message of dissatisfaction to the political classes?
We didn’t need any clever people manipulating us to do that. We
just walked out one June day and
put a cross where it was needed.
Thank God for democracy – and
let’s hope our MPs deliver on that
demand sooner rather than later.
NICK
■
A GROUP of
MPs wants
the Government to
set up an absurd
body called Pump
Watch, which will
be tasked with
monitoring prices
at petrol pumps to
ensure motorists
don’t get ripped
off.
While not
excusing such
practices for a
moment, is it
really that difficult
for someone to
look at a sign
that’s probably
10ft high before
they fill up?
What’s next, the
Government
telling us to be
sure to wear a vest
when it gets chilly?
■
GIVEN the
fees they are
allowed to charge,
it seems quite
incredible that our
universities have
been told they are
on the verge of a
“credit crunch”
as they have
embarked on a
record borrowing
spree.
Debts in the
sector have risen
over the past 12
months to an
astonishing
£10.8billion.
Incredibly, that’s
three times more
than before the
financial meltdown.
And we trust
these buffoons to
teach our young
people about
economics, maths
and business
management?
■
PRESSURE
is growing to
cut the number of
peers sitting in the
House of Lords,
which is only
beaten by the
Chinese Assembly
in its bloated total.
As various
measures are
being considered,
surely it is
desperately
simple. Anyone
who turns up for
less than half the
time they could be
on duty has their
membership
reviewed
immediately.
There can be no
other job where
you’d get away
with it.
FERRARI
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The insulting
£14billion we spend
on the international
aid budget may be
reviewed. Er, what’
s
to discuss...
Train bosses have
gone off the rails...
A
S MANY of you are
probably preparing for
a return to work tomorrow –
although
spare a thought for the
emergency services,
hospital and retail staff and many,
many others (including even journalists!) who have toiled through
the lengthy break – here’s a question to get your thought processes
flowing again.
Can you name the service that
has slumped to a 13-year low in
punctuality, costs five times more
than its European counterparts, has
hiked pay to its hapless bosses by, in
some instances, more than 20 per
cent and yet has just announced the
biggest price rise since 2013?
Go straight to a first class seat,
complete with complimentary hot
breakfast, if you said our creaking,
clapped out and almost comedic rail
service. If prizes were handed out
for bare-faced, brazen cheek both
the rail network and the Government that sanctions its demands for
more of our cash would be sure-fire
Oscar winners.
As it was revealed that one in
seven trains had been delayed by at
least five minutes over the past year
and many lines reported a record
level of cancellations, the news that
fares would be increased by an
average of 3.1 per cent was nothing
short of a massive kick in the buffers
for passengers.
The increase way out-strips the
average annual rise in earnings for
most of the country and figures produced by the TUC made for desperately grim reading for the nation’s
workforce. They showed how a commuter earning an average salary
and travelling from Chelmsford in
Essex to London has to spend 13 per
cent of their pay to use the rail network. In France, a passenger would
pay only two per cent of their average salary, in Ireland three per cent
and in Germany four per cent.
Don’t for one moment think this
reprehensible rail rip-off is limited
to the London area. This is a nationwide great train robbery. A season
ticket from Milton Keynes to Stokeon-Trent has risen by 42 per cent
over the past eight years and one
from Norwich into London by 36 per
cent over the same period.
Quite how the country that effectively pioneered the railways revolution in the early 19th century and
therefore rightly earned an esteemed global reputation has
slumped to providing a service that
is akin to a national disgrace is
simply baffling.
The reality for far, far too many is
■
HOW IRONIC that the
eternally publicity hungry
but perpetually inept London
mayor Sadiq Khan has been
caught out by something he has
actually done!
He sought to justify his blatant
politicisation of the annual
£2.3million London fireworks the
city’s taxpayers fund, a display
that included the sentence
“London is Open” in a series of
European languages and
illumination of the London Eye in
the blue colours of the EU
complete with glowing yellow
stars, as an attempt to show
London would be open to all and
ready for business after this
year’s Brexit.
Fair enough. However if that
was really the case, Mr Mayor,
why was there no message of
welcome in Mandarin? Or Hindi?
Or Japanese?
And, seeing as so many of
the Londoners who fund your
£143,911 annual salary are from
the Commonwealth and many of
those have been forced to endure
the hurtful shambles that was the
Windrush fiasco, why was there
no acknowledgment of their
contribution?
Stick to star-studded selfies,
Mr Mayor. When you play politics,
you get it laughably wrong.
Picture: ELLIOTT FRANKS
that when they arrive on their
crowded platforms tomorrow morning they are certain to be faced with
the grim prospect of a cancelled or a
delayed service.
If they’re “lucky” their train will
arrive on time but will be hideously
overcrowded and they’ll be forced to
travel in conditions in which it would
be illegal to move sheep or cattle.
T
O ILLUSTRATE that,
consider this. Last
summer on the service
between Uckfield in
Sussex and London’s
Victoria it was discovered that carriages designed for 107
passengers were actually occupied
by 267! And you just know that, as it
was summer, the heating would be
on full blast and the toilets would be
out of service.
Labour bleats about a return to
nationalisation, naively clinging to
the ludicrous belief that it would
solve all the problems. This shows
the appreciation of recent history
you might expect from a five-yearold. Anyone in their 50s reading this
will recall that British Rail was the
staple diet of comedians. Whether
for surly staff, shocking services or
inedible sarnies, it was soulless,
state-controlled incompetence at its
union-dominated worst.
Not that John Major’s privatisation in the 1990s is anything to get
excited about. That produced the
worst of both worlds: rapacious,
near-monopolistic privately owned
companies bolstered by a state
machine neither able nor willing to
bring about real change.
One of the Conservatives’ main
planks of defence for the price rise
was to point to weighty increases in
pay negotiated by intransigent rail
unions. While they’re not wrong,
how come some of the bosses who
have presided over this shambles
enjoy salaries in the hundreds of
thousands of pounds and annual
rises of around 20 per cent?
It is no easy task but surely
each and every one of us who uses
the rail network deserves to see a
Government battling to get the
services “back on track” in any way
it can.
■
WHEN is the Government going to
declare war on the hopeless herberts at
Capita who preside over the disastrous Army
recruitment campaign?
Keen readers of this column will recall it
highlighted the absurdity of last year’s
£1.6million drive that bizarrely opted to
highlight the fact the service was open for
soldiers who might wish to cry, show emotion
or pray. It led to applications slumping to a
five-year low.
Now this crew of clueless clowns has
decided to ape the Lord Kitchener Your
Country Needs You posters from the First
World War in a bid to lure “snowflakes”,
“selfie addicts” and “me me me millennials”.
Setting aside the gross offence of copying
something that was so symbolically
remembered as recently as last November,
how can this preening garbage cost another
£1.5million.
Both the RAF and Royal Navy handle their
own recruitment and numbers are exactly
where they need to be. Meanwhile, the British
Army – relying on clapped-out Capita – has
slumped to a level not seen since the Crimean
War. That tells you everything you need to
know, surely.
Email nick.ferrari@express.co.uk. And tune into Nick Ferrari at breakfast every weekday morning from 7am on LBC 97.3FM
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
Good news Charles
...flowers can hear
EXCLUSIVE
By Jon Coates
GARDENERS such as Prince
Charles who claim that talking to
plants encourages them to grow
have long been seen as a little potty.
But scientists have discovered
evidence which suggests the Royal
may actually be right and they could
be listening to him.
Biologists at Tel Aviv University in
Israel have found that flowers can
act as a plant’s “ears” to help them
detect the sound of approaching
insects. And they discovered that
not only do plants appear to hear
the buzz of approaching bees, they
also respond to them by producing
sweeter nectar.
When the researchers played
recordings of flying bees to evening primrose flowers, within three
minutes the sugar concentrations
in the nectar of its flowers
increased.
The fluid, produced to attract
pollinating insects, was on average
20 per cent higher in flowers exposed to the buzz compared to those
left in silence or exposed to higher
pitched sounds. Professor Lilach
Hadany, who led the study, said:
SWEET-TALKER: Prince Charles
“Our results document for the first
time that plants can rapidly respond
to pollinator sounds in an ecologically relevant way. We found flowers
vibrated mechanically in response
to these sounds, suggesting a
plausible mechanism where the
flower serves as the plant’s auditory
sensory organ.
“Both the vibration and the nectar
response were frequency-specific.
The flowers responded to pollinator
sounds, but not to higher frequency
sound.” However, Prof Hadany and
her team said a plant’s ability to
respond to pollinators may be
inhibited in city environments or
beside a busy road. “These advantages can be diminished in very
noisy environments, suggesting
possible sensitivity of pollination to
external noises,” she said.
While plants require water, sunlight and the right temperature to
grow, it was widely believed they
did not have senses in the way
animals do. But the study, published
on the open-science website
BioRxiv, suggests the efforts of
gardeners who talk to their plants
may not be in vain.
“Plants’ ability to hear has
implications way beyond pollination
– plants could potentially hear
and respond to herbivores, other
animals, the elements, and possibly
other plants,” Prof Hadany added.
The Prince of Wales is among
those who have publicly admitted to
talking to plants and a month-long
experiment conducted by the Royal
Horticultural Society in 2009 found
female voices appear to speed up
the growth of tomatoes.
The research offers a possible
explanation – women’s voices were
at the right frequency for the plants
to hear.
Picture: BACKGRID
Mike surfs
as Zara has
waves done
MIKE TINDALL
tries to cure his jet
lag with a spot of
surfing after landing
in Australia
yesterday morning.
The former
England rugby
captain, 40, had fun
in the sun on the
Gold Coast while wife
Zara watched from
a beachfront hair
salon.
The Queen’s
granddaughter was
preparing for the
Magic Millions Polo
event where she was
set to saddle up for a
match. The sporty
couple were skiing in
Switzerland with
their two daughters
just a few days ago.
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
10 years wed
Bey’s dress
still thrills
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Cold Feet
Fay: I am
gender pay
gap victim
By Ed Gleave
TV COMEDY Cold Feet was last night at
the centre of a row over pay after actress
Fay Ripley claimed the show’s male stars
earn more.
Her comments come after her co-star
James Nesbitt, 53, insisted they are all
paid the same.
The series, starring six key cast
members, became a ratings hit when it
launched 22 years ago. But in a new
interview Fay, 52, who plays Jenny, said of a
gender pay gap on the show: “That’s an
ongoing issue.
“We can’t lie about that. I’m just saying I
can’t sit here and say we’re paid the same.”
She added: “I look forward to a world
where we don’t have to worry about that.”
John Thomson, 49, Hermione Norris, 51,
and Robert Bathurst, 61, also star on the
show, which was revived by ITV in 2016.
Original cast member Helen Baxendale, 48,
has since left the series.
Previously asked whether the men
earn more, James Nesbitt said in an interview:
“Don’t think so. There
has never been chat
about money. Because
we’re all pretty lucky.”
The row comes days
before the show returns
for a new series.
In 2017 the BBC was
plunged into crisis when
it emerged almost all of
its biggest earners were
men. An investigation into salaries at the
corporation also showed male staff earned
nine per cent more than females.
In 1970 the Equal Pay Act made it illegal
to pay sexes different amounts for the same
job, but research last April showed eight
out of 10 public sector bodies paid men
more than women.
The BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie
became a leading campaigner for pay equality in TV last January when she resigned,
citing pay inequality with male colleagues.
In an open letter, Ms Gracie – who had
been at the BBC for more than 30 years –
PAY INEQUALITY CLAIM: Fay Ripley
accused the corporation
of having a “secretive
and illegal pay culture”.
In 2017 the BBC was
forced to reveal the
salaries of all employees
earning
more
than
£150,000 a year.
Ms Gracie said she
was dismayed to discover the BBC’s two male
international
editors
earned “at least 50 per cent more” than
their two female counterparts.
Hollywood has also been rocked by pay
gap disputes – including the revelation that
Claire Foy, the Emmy-nominated star of
Netflix’s The Crown, made less money
than her male co-star Matt Smith.
The Time’s Up movement in Hollywood,
which campaigns against sexual harrassment and pay inequality, says it has made
huge strides in bringing about change.
And US network HBO revealed it has
fixed all of its gender pay disparity issues.
ITV declined to comment on Fay’s claim.
‘It’s an ongoing
issue. I can’t
sit here and
say we’re all
paid the same’
By Berny Torre
THIS is the first image of Beyonce renewing
her wedding vows with Jay-Z, marking
10 years of their marriage.
The US star gave fans a glimpse of her
off-the-shoulder white couture gown in an
Instagram video of her 2018 milestones.
Beyonce, 37, teamed the dress with a
long veil and white-framed sunglasses as
she embraced her rapper husband, 49.
The Grammy Award-winning pair first
tied the knot in April 2008.
Their renewed vows in June – in the
month they released their joint album
Everything Is Love – followed Jay-Z
appearing to confirm rumours he cheated
on his wife in a series of lyrics in 2017.
Israeli dress designer Galia Lahav
confirmed it was the “first official image”,
adding: “We’re in love all over again!”
GOING STRONG
: Beyonce and
Jay-Z marry
in 2008 and, ab
ove, renew the
ir vows
TOGETHER AGAIN: Cold Feet stars share a moment in the show’s revival
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First Dates star
hits out in row
over hotel skills
THE STAR of Channel 4’s reality
TV First Dates has attacked the
low-skilled label attached to
workers in the hospitality industry
as “totally wrong”.
Maitre d’ Fred Sirieix, who also
manages a Michelin starred
restaurant, has criticised the
Government’s categorisation of
hospitality staff and urged
politicians to
promote the
sector.
He said:
“When you
think that the
Government
has labelled
the hospitality
industry as
low-skilled and
you look at this
programme
ANGRY: Sirieix
and you go ‘My
God, if this is
low-skilled I don’t know what
high-skilled is’.
“Totally wrong, totally wrong.
There is so much that you need to
know and learn. It’s just incredible
how much you need to know.
“When we have been labelled
low-skilled it’s such a shame,
because we are one of the biggest
industries in the country.”
Sirieix is the general manager at
Galvin At Windows at the Hilton
Hotel in London, a Michelinstarred restaurant, and has
displayed his skills as a welcoming
maitre d’ in First Dates.
● Sirieix will be showing the
intricacies of the restaurant trade
in My Million Pound Menu on
Tuesday at 8pm on BBC Two.
Prue: I’m so
mean I can’t
bin any food
By James Desborough
BAKE Off star Prue Leith may be a
wealthy businesswoman but she
still serves leftovers at home.
The 78-year-old confessed she is
“so mean” she cannot bear to
throw anything away and often
creates a “clockwork plate” of
goodies for her husband John on
Sunday nights.
“We call it
that because
you start at the
top and eat
right round,”
Leith said.
“It’s really if
you take
everything out
of the fridge on
a Sunday night,
CREATIVE: Leith
all of those
little bits that
have accumulated over the
weekend, and sort of arrange them
on a plate like canapes. And then
you end up with chocolate – it’s
good fun.”
The TV judge, who says she is
“amazed” by the widespread
appeal of Channel 4’s Great British
Bake Off, is sharing her secrets of
the “clockwork plate” in her new
cookbook. “Now I’ve got all these
young supporters. The youngest is
six who came to have her book
signed,” she added.
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
Rail firms hike
parking charges
HUNDREDS of railway station car parks
have raised their prices in a fresh blow to
hard-pressed commuters.
It comes only days after passengers were
hit by a 3.2 per cent rise in rail fares, with
many season tickets soaring by more than
£100 a year.
Govia Thameslink Railway said parking
charges at 139 stations on its Southern, Great
Northern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express
services will increase by 3.2 per cent from
tomorrow.
At Haywards Heath, West
Sussex, the cost of a daily
parking ticket will rise 25p
to £8.60. At Hitchin, Hertfordshire, it will increase
20p to £8.10 while at Bedford
it rises 25p to £8.65.
Passengers on LNER
trains also face higher peak
time prices from tomorrow.
At York station, a daily parking ticket is rising from £16.50 to £17 while an
annual season ticket goes up by £60 to £1,970.
The RAC’s Rod Dennis said: “Still reeling
from yet another round of rail fare rises, commuters now have yet another reason to be
livid when they discover they will be paying
more simply to park their cars.
“The promise of new ticket machines and
smoother station car parks is unlikely to ease
drivers’ pain, many of whom will doubtless
wonder where on earth the money they
already pay to park already goes.”
TSSA rail union boss Manuel Cortes said:
By Stephen Hayward
“Fleecing passengers in parking charges is
just another sneaky way to milk millions more
a year from passengers’ wallets into shareholder dividends.”
Greater Anglia, which runs trains through
Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk,
says some of its station car parks will also
cost more from later this month.
Martyn James, of customer complaint site
Resolver, said: “For millions
of people, every penny
will count in 2019. So with
commuters already having
to deal with an inflationbusting increase in fares,
hitting them with even
higher charges for parking
at the station may be one
expense too many. This
may make the difference
to whether people can
afford to travel to work.”
Govia Thameslink said: “This is only the
second increase in three and a half years and
helps fund our multi-million pound investment in ticket machines and payment systems, resurfacing and car park extensions, all
designed to give customers a better service.”
An LNER spokesman said: “We want our
car parking facilities to be well used, so
any changes introduced come at the end
of a thorough process which looked at
affordability, occupancy rates and alternative
parking nearby.”
‘Fleecing
passengers is
another sneaky
way to milk
millions more’
19
Picture: KIMIMASA MAYAMA/EPA
£2.4m for
a fish..?
That’s a
raw deal
WHAT a catch! A
sushi boss has
paid a record
£2.4million for a
giant bluefin tuna.
Kiyoshi
Kimura, left,
dubbed the Tuna
King, bought the
612lb giant at an
auction in Tokyo.
Mr Kimura,
who runs the
Sushi Zanmai
chain, beat his
own 2013 record
of £1.1million.
He said: “I
bought a good
tuna. The price
was higher than
originally
thought but
I hope our
customers will
enjoy this
excellent tuna.”
The Japanese
are the biggest
consumers of
bluefin, an
endangered
species which
experts warn
could face
extinction.
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Picture: JEFF SPICER/Getty
★
Now he’s
reached 67,
Sting has been giving
his body an
assessment. “I seem
to be in pretty good
shape,” preens the
Geordie warbler.
“I swim every day
and go to spin class.
I’m not looking
forward to death but
accepting your
mortality makes your
life richer.”
His fans will be glad
to learn the old rocker
is feeling chipper in
every department.
“What really matters,”
preens the tantric
aficionado, “is that I
still feel horny.”
★
Mary Berry has certainly prospered
since she decided to leave the Great
British Bake Off – her latest accounts
show that last year she made £1.5million.
It’s good news too for her hubby, retired
book dealer Paul Hunnings, who was
penniless when he proposed, after losing
all his money in an investment that
had collapsed.
“He had nothing,” she recalls. “He
went to his mother and said, ‘I want to
ask Mary to marry me and I don’t have
anything to give her as a ring’, so she
gave him her diamond earrings.
“He put them in a matchbox and
proposed while we were in Hyde Park.
He rattled the box and said I could
have the diamonds made into a ring
– and that’s what we did.”
Adds Mary, 83: “My mother told me
never to take off my engagement ring.
The number of rings that have been
left on the edges of wash basins!”
★
Nobody could be more
impressed by Jodie Comer’s
dexterity with a lethal hatpin in
compelling series Killing Eve than
the actress’s proud father James.
So taken was Mr Comer with the
drama about the predatory
Russian assassin Villanelle that
he played the series virtually on
an endless loop when Jodie
stayed for Christmas at the family
home in Liverpool.
“My dad watched it so many
times and my family genuinely
loved it. It wasn’t, ‘We’ll have to
watch this because our Jodie’s in
it’,” says the 25-year-old, who has
retained her Liverpudlian accent
and is close to James, a masseur,
and her mother Donna, who
works for the city’s transport
department. Jodie discovered her
★
talent at the age of 13 when she
won a competition at a drama
festival in which she had to recite
a monologue – hers was about the
Hillsborough disaster.
She is thrilled with the success
of Killing Eve: “It’s lovely there is
such a buzz about it. I’ve never
been part of a show that has had
such an enormous response.”
She is giving little away about
the second series, which returns
this summer, except to say: “The
show on the whole has a different
energy but it has the same
humour and dark moments.
“What I like about Villanelle is
that she makes people question
their own morals.
“You relate to her in ways you
wouldn’t admit to. We all have
these dark corners of our minds.”
Self-styled living legend Tony Blackburn, 75, likes to boast that he used to
make music, not just play other people’s tracks on the radio. In the 1960s
his band was called Tony Blackburn And His Swinging Bells. “But we had to
change its name,” he smiles, “because our posters kept being altered to read
something rather more naughty.”
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Jerry makes way
for Richard Gere
W
HEN Jerry Hall married
media
mogul
Rupert Murdoch nearly
three years ago, her
former love Sir Mick
Jagger
generously
agreed she could remain in the £14million house in West London that had once
been their family home.
But now the Rolling Stone, who is renowned for his financial shrewdness, has
taken back full ownership of splendid
Downe House in Richmond and has
promptly begun making money from the
Georgian property by letting it to actor
Richard Gere.
The 69-year-old star of American
Gigolo and Pretty Woman is using the
house as a base while he films an eightpart drama for BBC Two called Mother,
Father, Son.
Living with him is Alejandra Silva, 35,
the Spanish entrepreneur whom he
married last year and who is expecting
their baby in the spring.
The rental was arranged by restaur-
Picture: GOFFPHOTOS.COM
GIMME SHELTER: Jerry Hall with Murdoch in Barbados last week
Harry Hill
wonders:
I will miss my encounters with
Dame June Whitfield who, during
“Why is it just
one of our chats, disclosed that she had
Tudor houses
become concerned about waking up feeling
we mock?”
stiff every morning (her phrase, not a line
from one of her Carry On films) and had
decided to employ a personal trainer.
She told me: “He makes me run up and
down the stairs and touch my toes. He’s very
handsome and I get to move parts of my body
I wouldn’t normally move. The only thing I
can’t do is balance on one leg.”
And, she twinkled, “He gives me a massage
at the end of every session, which is lovely.”
The attentions of her well-toned instructor
would, she added presciently, probably add
years to her life.
And that was undoubtedly one of the
reasons she remained active almost to the
day she died aged 93.
★
Not content with his
seasonal domination
of the children’s book
market, David Walliams
has ambitions for his latest
tale, The Ice Monster, to be
turned into a movie
directed by Stephen
Spielberg.
“The story is about a
woolly mammoth coming
back to life in Victorian
London and you’d need a
huge budget for a CGI
[computer generated
image] mammoth, so if Mr
Spielberg is interested...”
he says. “Actually, Michael
Morpurgo told me he had a
rule when going away for
the weekend that it was
phones off unless Spielberg
called. And one day he did.”
A Hollywood production
would add more loot to the
author’s fortune, last
estimated at £17million,
although he has long
realised that it is a mistake
to equate wealth with
happiness (a theme he
explored in Billionaire Boy).
“All of us get trapped
into thinking, ‘Well, if I had
more money, everything
would be better’,” muses
engineer’s son David, 47.
“But I’ve met a lot of rich
people and they don’t seem
all that happy.”
ateur Gael Boglione, an old girlfriend of
Gere’s who lives in the area, and who
coincidentally was once accused by
former model Jerry Hall of becoming too
close to Jagger.
Sir Mick, 75, remains on friendly terms
with willowy Texan Jerry but his new arrangement over the ownership of Downe
House is an acknowledgement of her
position as the wife of a man who is even
richer than him – Murdoch, 87, is worth
some £15billion through his television,
film and newspaper empire.
Rupert married Jerry, 62, after a fivemonth romance. The Australian-born
tycoon has six children from three former
marriages and, as my picture shows, is
on holiday with Jerry in Barbados.
A source close to Jerry says: “For many
years she considered Downe House to be
her family home and it holds many happy
memories. But she now spends a lot of
time travelling with Rupert and staying
at his various properties around the
world. Her arrangement with Mick is a
very amicable one.”
★
★
“The class system is in the DNA of
the British people,” asserts
Jim Carter, as he muses on the success of
Downton Abbey, in which he has long
played Carson the butler.
“Downton harks back to a more ordered
time, everything in its place. It’s a haven
when we have to cope with the chaos of
modern living – too much information, too
many mad people in charge.”
“But then it’s a good thing that the class
system is breaking down. I think people
should be judged on merit, not on birth.”
As indeed was Carter, having been
appointed OBE for services to drama in the
New Year honours.
★
As she limbers
up for the
forthcoming Spice Girls
reunion tour, Melanie
Chisholm does not want
to be distracted by
hearing any Abba songs.
“I have an aversion to
them,” sniffs the
44-year-old warbler.
“If I’m at a wedding
and an Abba song comes
on, I have to leave.
I don’t know why.
“Maybe there’s
something that
happened that I’ve
blocked out.”
★
At the peak of his
legendary thirst,
the only use that John
Thomson had for CocaCola was as a mixer for
vodka but the actor, who
hasn’t touched alcohol for
over a decade, had to
drink copious amounts of
Coke while making the
forthcoming series of
Cold Feet.
John, 49, was told to
down “masses” of cola to
counter the danger of
contracting Lyme disease
when he had to jump into
a filthy, freezing canal in
Manchester for a scene in
which he rescues a
suicidal man in the
drama, which begins on
ITV on January 14.
“There’s a lot of
rubbish in those canals,”
he shudders, “and you
have to drink full-fat cola
to kill off the Lyme
disease because of all the
rats – although I don’t
think Coke will ever
market it that way...”
Last week marked
Thomson’s 12th
anniversary of sobriety,
after attributing his
dependance on drink to
his success in Cold Feet.
“I had a hedonistic
lifestyle in London. Every
day was a groundhog day
of clubs and parties, and
it just got too much. I
knew something had to
change and I moved back
to Manchester and
focused on my family.
“You learn from your
mistakes – eventually.”
★
In the half-century
since she first sprang
to fame as a model, the
newly honoured Dame
Lesley Lawson – better
known as Twiggy – has tried
all sorts of beauty regimes
but there’s one technique
she won’t touch.
“I would never have
Botox; it’s poison!” she
exclaims. “Why would
anyone do it? Where does
it go in your body?”
Twiggy, who was
discovered aged 16 when
Daily Express fashion
editor Deirdre McSharry
walked into a hairdressing
salon and saw her photo on
the wall, has only one real
piece of advice on a healthy
lifestyle. “Eat what you
fancy, in moderation,” she
declares. “I still have
chocolate in my fridge
but I only eat one square
at a time.”
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
By Jon Coates
CONSUMER EDITOR
AN ANCIENT Silk Road city in Georgia and a town
surrounded by mountains and lakes in Uzbekistan
are among the top up-and-coming travel destinations for this year.
They are joined by a beachside village in southern Albania, a lakeside town in Mexico, a city in
Rwanda, a beachside town in Colombia, a laid-back
Dutch city and a desert wilderness in Jordan often
featured in blockbuster Hollywood films.
Up to 5.2 million Britons are expected to book a
holiday this month, starting yesterday, which has
been dubbed “Sunshine Saturday”.
Research by industry body Abta has shown 25 per
cent of the UK population like to book holidays early
for the “excitement of anticipation”, particularly in
the cold, dark days of January.
After a slump in bookings last year due to the
summer heatwave and football World Cup, tour
operators are already offering huge discounts
with price comparison website TravelSupermarket
listing package deals for the Algarve as down by
36 per cent and Spain’s Costa Brava reduced by
28 per cent.
But for anyone looking further afield than traditional favourites like Spain and Portugal, leading
online travel site booking.com has compiled a list of
up-and-coming destinations by analysing bookings
during the past two
years and polling 21,500
people on their travel
plans for 2019.
A spokesman said:
“Our research reveals
that nearly half of
global travellers want
to be more adventurous in their choice of
destination in 2019 than
they were in 2018.”
It named Samarkand
in Uzbekistan, which
was founded in the 8th century BC and became a
major trading hub on the Silk Road linking China
with the Mediterranean, as a place to consider.
As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities
in central Asia, Samarkand is renowned for its
architecture, with its Registan Square completely
covered in mosaics.
Silk Road destinations have soared in popularity
after featuring in TV programmes including Joanna
Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure on ITV.
Mestia in north-west Georgia, situated at nearly
5,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by
the Caucasus mountains, is another on the travel
hotlist. It has become a major destination for hikers
wanting to explore the Chaladi glacier or the lakes
at the base of Mount Ushba, and is also renowned
for its Svan cuisine, including the kubdari meat pie
and tashmijabi, cheesy mashed potatoes.
Ksamil in southern Albania is listed as a “hidden
gem when it comes to beautiful beaches” with great
seafood and friendly people.
Located on the Albanian Riveria, Ksamil has
“crystal clear waters, secluded beaches and peaceful restaurants”, with a lake Syri I Kalter, a popular
tourist attraction, where bubbles create colours
that look like an eye, .
Bacalar in Mexico has been tipped as “the next
Maldives”, with hotels located near the Lake of the
‘Travellers
want to be
more
adventurous
in choice of
destination’
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on our
minds
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23
‘Watching my
girl’s murder on
TV would send
me into despair’
TRIPLE MURDERER:
Levi Bellfield
TV ROLE: Celyn Jones
plays killer in drama
THE mother of a teenager murdered
by serial killer Levi Bellfield has said she
will boycott tonight’s chilling new TV
drama about his crimes.
Ute McDonnell, whose daughter
Marsha was murdered by Bellfield, will
ensure her TV is off when Manhunt
begins.
She has spent years trying to overcome
the horror of her daughter’s death at
the hands of Bellfield, who also killed
Milly Dowler, 13, and French student
Amelie Delagrange, 22.
Now she fears the TV reconstruction of
one of the murders could plunge her into
new despair unless she avoids it.
In the three-part drama Martin Clunes,
57, plays Chief Inspector Colin Sutton,
who led the hunt for Bellfield.
Ms McDonnell said: “I was informed
about the programme by ITV, but it does
not bring back happy memories for me.
“I will not be watching. I don’t watch
a lot of TV but I will switch it off
tonight anyway.
“My family are grown up now and it is
up to them what they want to do. I don’t
know if they will watch.
“For me, life moves on and I lead a
very busy life. My life is in the future
and not in the past. It happened. I
can’t change that.
“The people from ITV have been
very polite. They told me what
was happening.
“I always get made aware of any
kind of developments or situations
like this. But it is not interesting or
good for me to watch something
like this. It just brings back
bad memories.”
Marsha, 19, was in
EXCLUSIVE
By David Jarvis
sight of her home in Hampton, west
London, in 2003 when she was battered
with a lump hammer by 6ft 1in Bellfield,
50. Tonight’s drama focuses on the
murder of Ms Delagrange, who was
beaten to death by Bellfield on
Twickenham Green in August 2004.
During the murder hunt Inspector
Sutton connected Bellfield to the killings
of Marsha and Milly.
Bellfield, played on TV by Celyn Jones,
owned a wheel clamping business in
west London. He was given three life
sentences in 2008 for the murder of Ms
Delagrange, Marsha and the 2004
attempted murder of Kate Sheedy, 18 –
who gave evidence against him in court.
He was already in prison for the
murders when in 2011 he received a
fourth life term and second whole-life
tariff for the killing of Milly, from
Weybridge, Surrey, in 2002.
Clunes has stressed that the
drama is not “violence
porn”. He said: “Through-
FAMILY TORN APART: From left, Maya, Natalie, Marsha and Jack McDonnell with
Ute. Below, victim Milly Dowler and Martin Clunes, playing Inspector Sutton
out the production process, it was
crucially important to me we respected
the memory of Marsha McDonnell
and Milly Dowler, as well as Amelie
Delagrange.
“We don’t see any of the crimes take
place in the drama. They are real and
abhorrent crimes and to see them
re-enacted would be wrong for this
particular drama.
“The focus is on the police work.
We don’t glamorise anything, we don’t
sensationalise anything.”
Last week it was claimed Bellfield was
part of a paedophile gang which preyed
on more than 17 children in care.
Scotland Yard is now studying a
council report which reveals links
between the triple killer and six men
accused of grooming children as young
as 13 to be raped.
l Manhunt ITV tonight at 9pm.
Locked-in teens killed in ‘escape room’ blaze
By Berny Torre
FIVE schoolgirls died as a fire broke
out while they were playing a birthday
party “escape room” game.
The 15-year-olds suffocated after
they were unable to leave a locked
room as the blaze raged next door.
A 25-year-old man also suffered
serious burns during the fire, which
began on Friday evening at the
attraction in Poland’s north-western
city of Koszalin.
Officials are now checking all escape
rooms in the country after firefighters
blamed the tragedy on poor electrical
wiring and lax safety procedures.
The girls’ bodies were found after
fire crews put out the blaze in the
adjacent room. Police said they were
probably celebrating the birthday of
one of the group. Last night, four of
***
FIRE VICTIMS: From left, Karolina Barabas, Gosia Tymieniecka, Wiktoria Julia Pietras and Amelia Wieczorek
the five were named on news websites
and social media as Karolina Barabas,
Gosia Tymieniecka, Wiktoria Julia
Pietras and Amelia Wieczorek.
They are believed to be in the same
class at school and to have been good
friends.
Escape room games involve being
locked in a room and having to solve a
series of puzzles to get out. Polish
president Andrzej Duda said the
incident was an “appalling tragedy”,
tweeting: “May God protect their
parents and loved ones.”
As Koszalin’s mayor declared a day
of mourning, interior minister Joachim
Brudzinski, said: “I’ve instructed the
chief commander of the state fire
brigade to carry out fire checks on all
places of this type across the
country.”
Poland’s firefighting chief Leszek
Suski said electrical wiring at the
Koszalin site was makeshift and too
close to flammable materials, while
the man in charge was probably not
there when the fire started.
Escape rooms are popular throughout the world and the numbers in the
UK have soared from just seven in
2013 to more than 1,000 today.
They feature in game shows such as
The Crystal Maze, which has Live
Experience attractions in London
and Manchester.
The world’s largest escape room is
in Ontario, Canada.
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
CRISIS IN THE
Medical negligence
Picture: ZACHARY CULPIN/Solent
Caesareans
‘are causing
thousands to
lose babies’
CAESAREAN sections are causing
thousands of women to lose babies in
subsequent pregnancies, according
to a leading obstetrician.
In what experts describe as a
“tragedy” and “hidden disaster”,
some women lose multiple babies
before doctors realise that a c-section
for their first child may be to blame.
Doctors who perform the procedure
late can inadvertently make an
incision low in the womb which
weakens the woman’s cervix,
according to Professor Andrew
Shennan, one of the country’s leading
experts on premature birth.
This makes it more difficult for
women to hold an unborn baby in
subsequent pregnancies.
Often, women don’t even need a
c-section, according to the professor,
from King’s College London, who is
due to publish his findings in a
medical journal later this year.
Caesareans in the
second stage of
labour have become
increasingly common.
But
Prof
Shennan believes
that the trend is
having a “devastating” effect on
women, who are
then
six
times
more
likely
to
suffer a subsequent
miscarriage
or
premature birth.
A series of studies
carried out by Prof Shennan – who
is also the director of the Prematurity
Research
Centre
at
charity
Tommy’s – show that 14 per cent of
women who have a late stage
c-sections go on to have a subsequent
premature birth.
In contrast, only two per cent of
women who did not have a late stage
c-section have a premature baby.
His research also showed that
previous caesareans cause up to 1,000
premature births every year.
Of these children, 500 will die while
many others will suffer problems
such as brain damage, blindness or
deafness because of early delivery.
Most premature births occur before
the baby is 32 weeks, and many
happen before 24 weeks, when the
baby is old enough to survive.
Prof Shennan claims that many
doctors are opting to carry out late
c-sections instead of using forceps or
NEW DIAGNOSIS:
Pregnant
Baleena Mattu,
with husband
Harmail and
daughter Kyira,
hopes a simple
stitch will help
her delivery
EXCLUSIVE
By Lucy Johnston
HEALTH EDITOR
other instruments because of the
mistaken belief it is safer.
He also said “just a handful of
consultants” were currently aware
of the issue and called for “new
guidelines”.
The professor added: “Many people
are unaware of the tragedy of the
fact women are recurrently losing
babies because they are not being
appropriately referred or seeking
appropriate help during a delivery.
“Doctors really need to be aware of
this problem.
“Many senior doctors – even
consultants who qualified in recent
years – avoid using forceps and other
instruments to assist in delivery
because of the mistaken belief this
is less safe but this is not the case.
“Once
doctors
stop doing assisted
deliveries or do
fewer, they rapidly
de-skill, making it
harder for them to
judge when it is
appropriate to do
or how to properly
carry them out.”
Prof
Shennan
said he saw women
affected by the
issue in his clinic
“every week”.
He said: “They
often go through multiple pregnancies
before they find out what the problem
is. This will be by luck, very often.
“What is dreadful is that there
will be women out there who give up
after numerous attempts, unaware
of the cause, and that help could
have led them to carry a child to
term again.
Last night, NHS England revealed
that it is working closely with Prof
Shennan to make improvements to
its services.
Matthew Jolly, national clinical
director for maternity and women’s
health, said: “These research findings
will help obstetricians provide best
practice care when a caesarean
section at full dilatation is required.
“As part of the long-term plan for
the NHS, we want to build on the
excellent work across the country to
make maternity services in England
among the safest in the world.”
‘Women often
go through
multiple
pregnancies
before they find
out what the
problem is’
I lost three babies after having our little girl
Baleena Mattu, 35, had her first child
nearly a decade ago but went on to lose three
unborn babies, two at 19 weeks and one at 20.
The property consultant said: “It is
devastating when it happens so many times
and after each one people tell you it can’t
possibly happen again. The doctors couldn’t
explain why, having gone full-term with my
daughter Kyira in 2010, I should have lost the
next three so early on.
“Kyira was laying in the wrong position
and the obstetrician said they would need to
do a caesarian section to get her safely out. I
agreed. It was an emergency operation but
everything seemed to go well.”
In 2011 Baleena fell pregnant again but
was rushed to hospital with bleeding and told
she was losing her baby.
She lost two more before a new consultant
suspected the problem was related to her
c-section delivery.
“He said he was confident the next time
I got pregnant I could go to full term. He
explained what had happened to me and
offered a stitch in my cervix to strengthen it
so that it was less likely to give way.”
Now 31 weeks pregnant, Baleena is due to
give birth in spring. She said: “Having had it
happen to you three times, I couldn’t believe
it when the weeks went by and I was still
pregnant. Being pregnant still at Christmas
was the best present ever.”
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
HEALTH SERVICE
25
‘to cost NHS £77bn’
CLINICAL negligence claims could soon
eclipse the entire NHS budget of £124billion,
according to chilling predictions.
The Government has £77billion of pending
and expected claims to settle and the figure
is set to climb over the next five years as
campaigners call for radical reform.
A Parliamentary question has exposed
that the Treasury expects to pay out up to
£11.7billion in 2020-21 but medics’ representatives warn that overall liability will burst
through the £100billion mark and stretch even
higher if recent growth rates continue.
The figure is the amount set aside to cover
pending and current claims in the worst case
scenario. It has trebled from £26billion in 2014
over the past four years partly because of a
government tweak to compensation rules that
has boosted payouts by up to 25 per cent.
The NHS paid out £1.6billion on clinical negligence claims covering hospitals in England last
year but its liability is piling up as cases take
years to grind through the legal system.
“The trajectory of these liabilities is alarming
and unsustainable. It is paid for by the taxpayer and it is money which would otherwise
be going straight to frontline patient care,”
said Dr Christine Tomkins, chief executive of
the Medical Defence Union (MDU) that represents doctors and dentists in the NHS and
private practice.
“The amount of money actually paid out
annually is just the tip of the iceberg and the
size of the liability is doubling every seven
years which outstrips any kind of inflation. You
By Danny Buckland
cannot keep a system going at that rate as it
will be more than £100billion by 2020. It has to
be changed.”
The MDU wants to amend 1948 legislation,
which dictates that compensation has to be
assessed at private healthcare rates, and to
have greater flexibility for medical insurers to
buy care packages from the NHS to keep
bills down.
“If someone is negligently treated then they
should be fairly compensated but we have a
system out of control,” added Dr Tomkins.
“The size of liabilities piling up should not
only cause us to gasp and ask what is going on
but to also recognise that it is hurting patients
and reform it.”
The Government has promised to review
PAYOUTS:
Dr Christine
Tomkins says
NHS is facing
a crisis from
legal bills.
But lawyer
Raquel
Siganporia,
right, says
victims
deserve the
money
the complex mechanism that has caused a
sharp rise in payout values next year.
Raquel Siganporia, a partner and head of the
spinal injuries team at leading lawyers Bolt
Burdon Kemp, highlighted that the vast bulk
of the compensation bill was for children with
catastrophic injuries caused by negligence
that need lifelong care.
“It is not the fault of someone who has been
injured,” she said. “It is not a lottery win, it is a
safety net. All it means is that their daily needs,
caused by the injury, are being met and that
they don’t become a burden on local authorities
which are strapped for cash.
“They should have the opportunity to contribute to society. It is not always game over with a
severe injury but the person may need a car
and a care package to help them to continue
contributing to society which many of them
want to do.
“It is about protecting
people who have been
injured through no fault
of their own.”
Danny Mortimer,
deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation,
which
represents health
service organisations across the
healthcare sector,
said: “It is of
course right that
there should be
compensation for patients who have been
harmed by our mistakes and the NHS continues to take action to prevent such harm to our
patients. But we have a free-at-the-point-of-use
healthcare system running on a limited budget
and that must also be protected.
“Reforms to the way clinical negligence
claims are handled will be a key step in addressing the number of claims made to the NHS.”
NHS Resolution, the Government body that
looks after the litigation budget, confirmed
that its balance sheet provision had trebled
over the past four years to £77billion,.
It is making progress to improve efficiencies
and reduce the figure, it said.
An NHS Resolution spokesman said:
“Despite a plateauing in the numbers of clinical
negligence claims, the cost of claims continues
to rise and is at all-time high. The total provisions for all of our indemnity schemes rose
from £65billion to £77billion in 2018. It is important that we do everything we can to learn from
what goes wrong in healthcare.
“Research undertaken by NHS Resolution
demonstrates how important it is to be transparent with patients and their families and to
involve them in investigations whilst supporting the NHS staff involved.
“That is why we are committed to sharing
what we know about the causes of claims with
the NHS in order to improve healthcare and
prevent these tragic incidents happening in
the first place and to finding ways of resolving
cases, such as mediation, which keep patients
and NHS staff out of court.”
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Prisoners allowed sex and drink
PRISON: A harsh regime or home-from-home?
PRISONERS can get away with
brewing their own booze, having
sex with cell mates and taking
drugs under new guidelines
issued to jails across Britain.
They can even escape punishment for absconding – if they are
back under lock and key within 48
hours – the new set of Prison
Service rules state.
Governors are tacitly warned
they face a raft of red tape should
they choose to put a disciplinary
charge before the authorities.
The guidelines suggest inmates
who have drunk homemade alcohol, known as “hooch”, should not
be penalised if they are “exuberant but still manageable”.
They go on to advise prisons to
By Jon Coates
record the illicit alcohol as
“a fermenting liquid” in case
inmates dispute the nature of the
brew, which has to be verified
using expensive scientific tests.
The rules go on to say a charge
may be appropriate if sexual acts
between prisoners offend others.
“But if two prisoners sharing
a cell are in a relationship and
engage in sexual activity during
the night when they have a
reasonable expectation of privacy,
a disciplinary charge may not be
appropriate.”
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TERRORISM: Clergymen carry coffins of priests killed by Fulani in Nigeria
Christians suffer
Islamist genocide
BRITAIN must protect persecuted By Ruth Hughes
Christians in Nigeria by halting £900,000
a day in foreign aid to the country, says that Nigerian military helicopters have
cross-party peer and human rights been dropping arms and other supplies
campaigner Baroness Caroline Cox.
into the areas inhabited by the Fulani.
The UK government is ignoring
It is claimed the government failed to
genocide and must withhold aid in a bid act despite being aware of Fulani milito force the Nigerian government to tant training camps. Villagers say they
take action, warns Baroness Cox.
cannot defend themselves as their
Accounts of Islamist Fulani herds- weapons were confiscated.
men raping and slaughtering Christians
Baroness Cox, founder of Humanitarand driving them off their homeland ian Aid Relief Trust, said: “This year, in
were shared with Baroness
northern and central-belt
Cox during a recent visit.
states, reliable sources reThe Fulani militants are
port that over 6,000 civilians
the fourth deadliest terror
have been killed by Fulani
group in the world, with only
militants. Almost two milBoko Haram, Islamic State
lion have been displaced by
and Al Shabab worse,
jihadist attacks.”
according to the Global
● An Egyptian police officer
Terrorism Index. Many of
was killed yesterday attheir attacks are reported to
tempting to defuse a bomb
begin with shouts of Allahu
found near a church in an
Akbar (God is great).
eastern Cairo suburb, acBaroness Cox was also told ACT: Baroness Cox cording to state television.
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Unexpected Bond in the bagging area
By Ruth Hughes
CHECK out Pierce Brosnan! He’s back as Bond
and he has a licence to... sell groceries.
The suave actor, who played 007 in four
of the hit films, is the face of the supermarket
chain Spar.
In a new advert for Spar Austria’s premium
range the 65-year-old, who appeared in
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is
Not Enough and Die Another Day, is seen
dressed in the spy’s trademark tuxedo.
He enters a chic futuristic home and – after
getting past some state-of-the-art security
– makes his way to the kitchen where he comes
face to face with... himself.
But all is not what it seems as Brosnan’s
double then whips off a mask to reveal a
beautiful brunette underneath.
The pair then cosy up for dinner with
a selection of ham and cheese from the Spar
Premium range.
As they raise a toast, Brosnan gives another
nod to his former Bond role and says: “There’s
only one – the original.”
Brosnan has worked with Spar Austria since
2010. Marketing head Dr Gerhard Fritsch said:
“We are delighted that Pierce has decided to
continue his partnership with us.
“He is one of a few true gentlemen actors and
embodies style, class and luxury, the same
values that Spar Premium stands for.”
Brosnan recently reprised his role as Sam in
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
DOUBLE AGENT: Pierce Brosnan encounters a second ‘Bond’ in the advert but, inset, the mystery is solved and they raise a glass
Thieves target
Halle’s home as
she flees blaze
From Mike Parker
IN LOS ANGELES
HOLLYWOOD star Halle Berry
returned home to wildfire-ravaged
Malibu to find her beachfront
mansion had been plundered
by pirates.
The £6.3million property was
raided after the Oscar-winning
actress and her two young children
were among 295,000 residents
ordered to evacuate the area.
Police believe they fled the scene
in a boat filled with artwork,
jewellery and “other valuables”
worth tens of thousands of dollars.
A friend and neighbour said
Halle, 52, who starred in the 2007
hit film Things We Lost In The
Fire, was “deeply relieved” to learn
her home had not been destroyed
by the flames.
But he added: “As soon as she
walked through the front door,
she realised something was terribly wrong. The place was not
completely ransacked but it was a
mess and she immediately noticed
a hallway painting was missing.
“Insurance assessors are still
working out the value of everything
that was taken.
“The pirates were clever – they
realised the wildfire would give
them all the cover they needed to
pull off their heist.”
The entire neighbourhood was
devastated by the Woolsey Fire
which started in November. The
ransacked: Pirates raided the Malibu home, above, of Halle, inset
blaze, which raged for almost two
weeks, tore through almost 97,000
acres of land, claimed three lives
and destroyed the homes of actor
Gerard Butler and singers Miley
Cyrus and Robin Thicke.
Some celebrities went online to
warn would-be thieves to stay away
after mandatory evacuation orders
were issued.
Pop star Pink’s husband, former
motocross racing champion Carey
Hart, even posted photos showing
armed men – some wearing masks
– standing beside a sign that reads:
“Looters will be shot on site (sic).”
Sources close to Halle – who lives
with daughter Nahla, 10, and fiveyear-old son Maceo – believe she
may decide to sell up and move.
One said yesterday: “It was
terrifying enough having to flee
the fire. But even though she has a
security staff that shadows her and
the kids wherever they go, she no
longer feels safe there.”
A spokeswoman for Halle
declined to comment on “personal
matters”.
Meanwhile, Rihanna is selling
her Hollywood Hills home after
being hit by burglars for the second
time in seven months.
Police have arrested four people
following the latest break-in at the
singer’s mansion.
A close friend said: “She never
wants to set foot in there again.
“The place has nothing but bad
memories so she’s desperate to
sell it and put these traumatic
experiences behind her.”
Picture: ALAMY
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
ON THIS DAY...
WITH SHAUN WALLACE
January 6, 1540
A
NNE OF CLEVES became the fourth wife
of King Henry VIII. The marriage was
politically convenient, with Henry hoping it
would bring him power in Europe. But he had
chosen her from her portrait and when he met
her he found her less attractive than he had
hoped. He wanted the marriage cancelled but
his efforts were in vain. It went ahead, although
remained unconsummated. By July, the king
asked for an annulment. Wisely, she agreed.
Henry’s wives tended to meet miserable
ends. Not so Anne. Her cheerful willingness to
allow them to go their separate ways resulted
in an unlikely friendship; he granted her a
generous settlement and referred to her as
“the king’s beloved sister”.
Thomas Cromwell, the king’s chief adviser
who had arranged the marriage, was not so
lucky. He was blamed for the debacle and
beheaded on trumped up charges of treason
Also on this day
1017: Cnut the Great
becomes King
of England
1929: Mother Teresa
arrives in
Calcutta to
work among
India’s poor
1993: Ballet great
Rudolf Nureyev,
pictured, dies
shortly after the marriage was annulled. The
tangled life of Henry VIII is a must-learn subject
for any Chaser. So here we go.
Henry married Catherine of Aragon, then
annulled the match after 23 years when she
failed to produce a living male heir (their
daughter, Mary, went on to be queen). The split
brought about England’s schism with the
Catholic church.
Next was Anne Boleyn, who lasted nearly
three years before being beheaded for treason.
She hadn’t produced a male heir (although
daughter Elizabeth would go on to be one of our
greatest monarchs). Third was Jane Seymour;
she died shortly after giving birth to Edward,
Henry’s longed-for heir. They had barely been
married a year. Anne of Cleves was next, a
seven-month stint, followed by Catherine
Howard, a teenage bride. She was beheaded 16
months after the wedding, accused of adultery
(equating to treason). Finally Catherine Parr,
who managed to remain married until Henry’s
death in 1547.
And Anne, too plain for a king? She outlived
him by 10 years and was the last wife to die.
“Generous and easy going”, she left money to
her servants, even asking Mary and Elizabeth
to employ them. She lies in Westminster Abbey.
● Last week I asked which English poet and
author was born in India on December 30,
1865? The answer is Rudyard Kipling. This
week: Which comedian who starred in Not The
Nine O’Clock News was born this day in 1955?
● Watch Shaun and his colleagues on The
Chase on ITV at 5pm every day of the week
Poison
plotters...
past and
present
V
LADIMIR Putin has almost
singlehandedly rehabilitated
poison as the malevolent
strongman’s assassination method
of choice. His attempt on the life
of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in
Salisbury in March was particularly
imaginative... a poisoned door knob.
Usually, those who oppose Putin are felled
by something in their food or drink. In 2004,
Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor
Yushchenko barely survived a soup tainted
with TCCD, an ingredient in Agent Orange
170,000 times more poisonous than cyanide,
which left him horribly disfigured.
In 2012, Alexander Perepilichny, an
anti-Putin Russian national living in Surrey,
dropped dead while jogging. He seems to
have consumed gelsemium, a plant found
only in remote parts of China and loaded
with toxins related to strychnine.
In 2006 in London, Putin critic Alexander
Litvinenko drank tea brimming with
polonium-210, leaving such high radiation
levels that doctors waited a week before
performing the autopsy in hazmat suits.
But Putin is merely carrying on a practice
with ancient roots. As the world’s Poisonerin-Chief he has similarities with the Medicis,
the ruling family of Renaissance Tuscany
with a reputation for slaying enemies.
Research into the Medici Archives’ four
million documents in Florence shows their
reputation well-deserved. Correspondence
from 1548 details Duke Cosimo I’s plot to
assassinate a political enemy. “Piero Strozzi
usually stops to drink a few times during his
journey,” wrote an agent in cipher, asking for
“something that could poison his water or
wine, with instructions on how to mix it.”
In 1590, Cosimo’s son, Grand Duke
Ferdinando, thought to have poisoned his
brother Francesco with arsenic three years
earlier to gain the throne, wrote to his agent
in Milan, “You are being sent a bit of poison,
and the messenger will tell you how to use
it... The quantity being sent is enough to
poison an entire pitcher of wine, has neither
odour nor taste, and works very powerfully.”
Duke Cosimo I established the fonder –
laboratories – in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio
to create poisons and antidotes, and test
them on criminals. Putin continues the
tradition in the Kamera, a lab set up in 1921
that reportedly tests toxins on dissidents.
Ex-intelligence agent Boris Volodarsky says
scientists calculate height, weight and eating
habits to select a poison. The optimal dose is
one that kills but leaves no trace, resulting in
a verdict of death by natural causes.
Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza survived
poisoning twice, in 2015 and 2017, from a
substance tests have never been able to
identify. On a 2004 Aeroflot fl ight, journalist
Anna Politkovskaya fell unconscious and
died after drinking toxic tea; her poison was
never determined as her Moscow hospital
ELEANOR HERMAN takes a
quiet look at how the age-old
tradition of silencing enemies
is reborn in Vladimir Putin
from typhoid fever; and Henrietta, duchess
d’Orléans, sister of Charles II, who died of a
ruptured gastric ulcer at 26, for a start).
The only method of determining poison as
cause of death was to scrape out stomach
contents and feed them to a dog. If it howled
and died, poison was involved. Research on
exhumed remains has confi rmed several
poisonings. In 1958, Swedish investigators
substantiated the rumour that insane,
deposed King Erik XIV had been murdered
in 1577 by arsenic in his pea soup. In 2013,
Italian scientists studying the remains of
14th-century warlord Cangrande della Scala
found large amounts of the poisonous plant
digitalis. In 2008, researchers found that
Agnes Sorel, 28, mistress of Charles VII of
France, died from ingesting up to 100,000
times the normal amount of mercury.
R
VICTIMS: Anna Politkovskaya died from
drinking toxic tea; Alexander Litvinenko’s
tea was even more deadly; Yulia and
Sergei Skripal survived the door knob plot
destroyed all blood and urine samples.
Nothing unusual was found in Alexander
Litvinenko’s blood until a physician who had
worked in Britain’s atomic bomb programme
noticed the telltale spike of polonium-210.
The Medicis were not burdened by
toxicology tests. Nor could physicians
distinguish between poison and natural
illness. Many English royal deaths were
inaccurately blamed on poison (Edward VI,
15, who died in 1553 from tuberculosis;
Henry, Prince of Wales, 18, who died in 1612
ENAISSANCE royals, with good
reason, imagined poison lurking
everywhere. They used tasters and
waved what they thought were
unicorn horns (actually narwhal
tusks) over their food, which were
supposed to sweat and tremble in the
supposed
presence of poison. These days, a Geiger
counter would be advised.
It is unlikely that Renaissance royals
feared poisoned door knobs – they never
opened doors themselves – but they feared
everything else. Henry VIII’s servants
kissed all the sheets and pillows they put on
his bed to prove they had not added poison.
Elizabeth I’s ladies-in-waiting tested “all
manner of things that shall touch any part of
her majesty’s body bare”, which must mean
that they tried the royal underpants. Edward
VI’s servants sat on his chamber pot.
Renaissance royals also feared toxic
fumes, although it is unlikely that poison of
the era could have retained the strength to
kill. Moscow, however, has it sorted. Anatoly
Sobchak, a former St Petersburg mayor who
embarrassed Putin in his fi rst presidential
election, died in 2000, seemingly due to
fumes from a bedside lamp. In 2002, Russian
forces intercepted a letter to Saudi-born
Chechen terrorist Emir Khattab from his
mother and drenched it with sarin. When he
opened it, he died within half an hour.
A dagger thrust or a hail of bullets attracts
attention. Poison is silent and the culprits
are often far away before the fall-out. The
same day the Skripals were poisoned, their
two would-be assassins were back in Russia.
Critics, and the public, will likely continue
to sicken from door knobs, letters, tea and
perfume – toxic proof that Putin, like the
Medicis before him, will go to any lengths to
silence his enemies.
● Eleanor Herman is author of The Royal
Art Of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal
Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine And Murder
Most Foul (Duckworth, £14.99).
ANNE
■
DON’T BE
depressed by this
and don’t stop going out
for fear of the sky falling
in on you, but today is
the day for an unusually
high rate of deaths –
every year. More people
have died on January 6
than any other day
between 2005 and 2017,
with an average of 1,732
compared to the overall
daily average of 1,387.
The Office for
National Statistics also
says July 30 is the least
likely day to die, with
1,208 deaths on average,
13 per cent lower than
the daily rate.
Could it be something
to do with the weather?
There’s meant to be an
icy blast over the
coming week with the
return of the Beast from
The East (what the
meteorologists call a
“triple polar vortex”),
with plunging
temperatures and snow
for many. It’s set to go
as low as -11C in some
areas.
So perhaps we should
all stay indoors with our
woolly hats on never
mind the date.
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
DIAMOND
Screen time advice
makes me scream
SO SWEET:
Emily Blunt as
Mary Poppins
■
FRIDAY was FatCat
Friday when the
average executive of a
FTSE 100 company – only
back behind his or her
desk for a couple of days
– had already earned the
equivalent of an average
worker’s annual salary.
Apparently, they’re paid
133 times more than a
typical member of staff.
After a couple of 12-hour
days and a few meetings,
they were walking home
with £29,000 deposited in
their bank accounts.
It didn’t used to be this
bad. Twenty years ago,
top bosses earned only 47
times the average
worker’s salary. Now
they take home the same
as that of 386 minimum
wage workers. We are
told that they deserve it
because of their talent,
hard work, verve and
innovation. But it’s just
not right. A report by the
High Pay Centre thinktank said excessive pay
and the culture of
“superstar” bosses was
hitting trust in business
leadership. And TUC
general secretary
Frances O’Grady said:
“We need to redesign the
economy to make it fair
again.” Just make them
pay it back, or demand
philanthropy in return.
Or threaten a Corbyn
government – because
that’s what they’ll get if
they don’t clean up
their act.
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A
RE YOU becoming allergic
to experts on this and gurus
on that telling us what to
do, changing their advice,
and using statistics to deny
the blinking obvious? There
were a lot of very vocal experts over the
festive season, with their edicts on curing
the obesity epidemic, advice on alcohol
consumption, smoking, sugary drinks,
exercising, reading aloud to our children
and singing nursery rhymes.
Now comes more advice on how to deal
with the Scourge Of Our Modern Digital
Age... “screen time”.
Well, I had thought it was a scourge –
we’ve been warned for years about letting our children have too much. But now
we’re told those fears are unfounded.
Calm down, everyone. Screen time is
OK. We parents shouldn’t be so hung up
about it.
Well, I beg to differ. For any household
with teenagers, all you have to do is look
around your living room to see the detrimental effects of too much screen time.
My tech-addicted teenagers have
grown into adults but I remember when they would
sit on sofas in front of a
huge TV, all with mobile
phone screens in one hand
and many with a laptop or
tablet on the go as well.
At the time, it was called
“second screening”. Well,
mine were into third and
fourth screens. Me too. I
would sit there worrying about it, while
googling it on my tablet to research the
awful effects.
We were told that our children would
become addicted to the dopamine hit
they get from playing online games such
as Fortnite and Overwatch. That alone
would be hard for parents to fight.
We were told that 70 per cent of the
content our children would watch on
YouTube was not what they chose to
watch, it was what YouTube fed to them.
We were told parents should get
together to make a pact, for us all to agree
that our youngsters should be restricted
to a certain number of hours each
week, to reduce the peer pressure to play
for longer.
We were told we’d have to learn how
to build in safety features such as blocks
and passwords.
All of this was scary stuff, especially for
technophobic parents. Now the latest
reports appear to both confirm our worst
fears and dismiss them.
What’s a parent to think?
First, the Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health, in its new guidance on
screen time, announces boldly that
there’s no evidence of a damaging effect
on children’s health at any age.
It does add, however, that there are
risks if “too often it replaces positive
activities” such as socialising, exercise
and sleep. Well, duh.
It then adds that 41 per cent of children
report that screen time is affecting their
playtime or fun, and that 35 per cent said
it had a negative effect on their mood or
mental health.
They want mothers and fathers to ask
themselves four key questions:
● Is your family’s screen time under
control?
● Does it affect what you as a family
want to do?
● Does it affect sleep?
● Are you able to control your children’s
snacking when they’re using a screen?
Then they add a key Mary Poppinstype instruction – ensure your children
don’t use their digital devices for one
hour before going to sleep.
Doesn’t all of that concern rather blow
right out of the water the “no evidence of
a damaging effect” headline of the report? Or at least, if there’s no scientific
evidence, there is perhaps still enough
suspicion of a harmful effect to ask those
questions and seek the evidence? So despite the reassurances,
maybe I was right to be a
worried parent, finding
the whole matter scary?
Next we have a study
reporting that girls’ use
of social media is causing
depression of almost
epidemic proportions.
The University College
London report has found
that teenage girls are twice as likely to
show depressive symptoms linked to
social media than male counterparts.
Campaigners are urging the Government
to do more to recognise the risk of apps
like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Now that is both frightening and fascinating, and perhaps shows that it’s not
screen time that’s the issue.
Because it underlines what my sons
have been trying to tell me for years. That
the scourge of the modern digital age is
not the screen time itself. It’s not the TV,
phone, tablet or laptop. It’s what’s ON the
screen, and what you are doing with it.
I watch a lot of Netflix, iPlayer and
Amazon Prime video on screens big and
little, and I don’t think many of us would
argue that they’re inherently bad for my
health (except perhaps encroaching on
proper sleep time!)
But maybe some apps are causing
problems that must be investigated. Well,
there’s no maybe about it. Clearly, and
particularly for young girls, some interactive apps are extremely harmful.
As a mother myself, I can honestly report that screen time, for all my worries,
doesn’t seem to have had ill effects on my
sons. Maybe they were right to nag me
about it and tell me to chill.
Maybe the biggest fear of “screen time”
is the fear itself.
‘Maybe I was
right to find
the whole
matter scary’
■
LIKE ANYONE my age, I grew up with Mary Poppins a much loved
figure in my life. She has always been there with her practically
perfect Julie Andrews charm and beauty – and that wonderful voice. I
could still sing the entire soundtrack word for word.
So I was scared to see the new Mary Poppins Returns movie for
fear of shattering a beloved dream. Some reports have been critical
but I can tell you, from the heart of an original devotee, the new
movie is spectacular. It is a celebration of everything that was such a
critical success back in 1964, it pays homage to the original in just
the right way (a little, not too much), it is a feast for the eyes, its
song and dance routines are superlative and you really do come out
humming some of those new tunes.
It hasn’t quite got a tune to beat Feed The Birds or Spoonful Of
Sugar but there are still tear-jerkers and feel-gooders, and the
performances – particularly from Emily Blunt and Ben Whishaw – are
award-winning. Oscars all around, I’d say.
You can see Anne Diamond regularly on Loose Women on ITV
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LETTERS
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Write to: The Editor, Sunday Express,
10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN
Email: sunday.exletters@express.co.uk
Fax: 0871 434 7300
Please include your name and address
and a daytime telephone number.
Shops must try harder
I am so sick of the high street bleating about
how hard done by they are (“10,000 more shops
to close”, December 30).
They only have themselves to blame. I would
willingly shop on the high street if they sold
what I wanted to buy and at the right price.
Admittedly, councils have not helped with
high parking charges and rates, nor have they
learnt the lesson that pricing people out is not
in their interest either.
Take M&S, which steadfastly refuses to
accept who its market is – partly due to ageism
and partly buyers being too young to
understand the market.
I may be M&S’s target shopper but I don’t
want to dress as a 16-year-old or like my granny.
There is a marketplace for me but sadly,
currently, it is on the internet and they are
happy to accept my money.
Elizabeth Baigent,
Purley, Surrey
History repeating itself
It was interesting to read in your special
pullout celebrating the 100 years of the Sunday
Express that in 1957 your columnist historian
AJP Taylor wrote “Why Must We Soft-Soap
The Germans?”.
He said that the EEC, the forerunner of
today’s EU, was little more than an attempt by
the Germans to achieve via trade what they
failed to accomplish through arms in two world
wars. How aptly these comments could be
written today.
It is pity Prime Minister Theresa May didn’t
take her firm stand two years ago over Brexit
instead of at the last minute ,
Instead she went with her begging bowl and
was humiliated. This was done in our name.
Shameful behaviour.
Carole Gates,
Swansea
Here’s to next 100 years
I write further to your edition of December 30
and should like to congratulate the Sunday
Express on its centenary.
The souvenir supplement was very
interesting and your editorial regarding the
importance of a free press and holding the
powerful and privileged to account is as
relevant today as it was 100 years ago.
It was good to read Theresa May’s
congratulations for the years to come but I
shan’t be taking the advice of your columnist,
Anne Diamond, to become a vegan.
I hope the Sunday Express continues to be
successful for the next 100 years and look
forward to next week’s edition.
Keeley-Jasmine Cavendish,
London
Vet Noel deserves a gong
While it’s inevitable that there will be people
who earn more in a month or two than the
ordinary working man will earn in his entire
working life included in the New Year’s Honours
list it was refreshing to see what we in Yorkshire
call “run o’ t’ mill folk” included for “just doing
our jobs” as they would say.
One such man, who I have said for years is
deserving of any such recognition for his work,
carried out with such obvious passion as is
very rarely now seen, is TV’s Supervet Noel
Fitzpatrick.
But I imagine to this man the sight of a
waggly tail leaving his practice is worth more
than anything else in the world.
Keep it up, Noel. And let’s hope many more
follow the fine example you set.
Bill Robinson,
Leeds
Lewis is in pole position
Am I the only one who wonders why five-time
world Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton
has not been knighted?
Ken Whibley,
Birchwood, Cheshire
Culture plan gone wrong
We need to start speaking out, or watch our
identity and culture disappear. When
immigration to our country began in the 1950s
there was a consensus that every newcomer
should adopt our language and customs, and
become one of us. Wonderful.
Now, however, people come to live in our
country demanding we adopt their ways and
traditions, and be just like the country they have
come from. Dreadful.
This is what happens when we allow unvetted
people into our society.
Aled Jones,
Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Put us before migrants
A migrant who comes from a land where there
is no welfare, no social housing, no NHS, no
child benefits and no free education will be
given all these things if they get to the UK.
They will also get legal aid to fight being
removed. Many lawyers have become rich
stopping these economic migrants being
removed. Compare this to an Englishman who
has worked and paid taxes all his life. If he loses
his job and has to sell his property he won’t get
any welfare or any help with his council tax. He
will be banned from applying for social housing
as he has money in the bank due to having to
sell his property.
So all the money he worked for and put into
his mortgage will be used up. The rent on his
new flat will make it almost impossible to find a
job that will pay the rent.
When we live in a country that puts economic
migrants before Englishmen whose
grandparents fought for this country can
politicians be surprised that these folk then
have Right-wing views?
Adrian Bonnington,
Northampton
How to end nurses’ hell
(“Stressed nurses taking a million days off a
year”, December 23) is totally unacceptable and
avoidable, and here’s how to do it while saving
the taxpayer billions at the same time:
1. Scrap hospital car parking charges for
hospital staff.
2. Scrap the gruelling 12-hour shifts.
3. End the bureaucratic burden nurses are
saddled with to run the NHS internal market.
4. Ban management bullying of staff and
intimidation of whistleblowers.
5. Slash obscene, bloated salaries for NHS
hospital executives.
6. Install fit-for-purpose changing rooms,
showers and bicycle paddocks.
7. Provide genuine, reliable, frequent, regular
public transport links to hospitals.
8. End harassment of and assaults on NHS staff.
9. Remove all obstructions to nurses returning
to work after a career break.
10. Provide 24/7 creches for working parents.
11. Abolish the failed university nurse graduate
education, pay and study programme and
return to the proven, earn and learn, traditional
hospital ward-based nurse training.
12. Ignore anything that the Royal College of
Nursing has to say.
13. Replace the nursing governing body, the
Nursing and Midwifery Council, with something
that is fit for purpose.
14. Sack Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
15. Bring back the traditional nurse uniform to
reassure patients, particularly the elderly, and
boost the morale of nurses.
16. Promote nursing as a career to school and
college leavers.
17. Priority allocate genuinely local affordable
key worker homes to nurses.
18. Initiate a no-blame clinical incident reporting
system as is operating in Western Australia.
There needs to be an inquiry into how certain
individuals and organisations have been allowed
to push nursing to the brink of collapse.
Ian Brown SEN RGN Dip,
Feltham, West London
Telephone vote results
Last week we reported on new figures that
reveal 90 sick and vulnerable people die every
day while waiting for social care, we asked:
Are the elderly let down by councils?
YES: 98% NO: 2%
We also reported that the Home Secretary
cut short his holiday to deal with the migrant
crisis in the English Channel and we asked:
Should we defend our borders better?
YES: 99% NO: 1%
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The comedian and actor has appeared in
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ready for his third season in the drama
Death In Paradise on BBC One, a series
which has come to define how we get
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Setting a show on the Caribbean island of
Guadeloupe may have something to do with
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the murder mystery series pulls in millions
of viewers every week.
“It has a timeless quality to it,” says
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YOUNG
GUNS
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FOR
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BL ACKPOOL 0
ARSENAL 3
PULLOUT
PAGE 4
Teenager Willock fires a double as
Arsenal enjoy romp by the seaside
Pep aiming for fab four...
PEP GUARDIOLA insists that
Manchester City will go all out for
the quadruple – despite admitting
he is already shattered.
The Etihad boss saw his stars start
2019 in dramatic style with a win over
Liverpool which reignites the title
race after a Christmas wobble.
He also has the Champions League
and Carabao Cup in his sights while
taking on Rotherham in the FA Cup
today in a month packed with games.
By Steve Bates
Guardiola (left) admitted: “I’d like to
have two months’ holiday right now.
This month is really tough but if you
want to be a top, top club for
organisation, you cannot deny any
game or drop any competition.
“The Premier League in December
and January is tough. We have a big
enough squad. Everybody is going to
rotate and everybody is going to play.”
while Alli eyes same prize
DELE ALLI believes Tottenham
have the resources to challenge on
four fronts this season.
The England midfielder starred as
Spurs spanked Tranmere 7-0 on
Friday night to keep their FA Cup
challenge on track.
They are third in the Premier
League, face Chelsea on Tuesday
night in the first leg of the Carabao
Cup semi-finals and then have a
Champions League clash with
By Neil Goulding
Borussia Dortmund next month. Alli
(left) said: “We want to win every
game and every competition.
“We want to win trophies. Some
people might expect you to prioritise
competitions but we believe we’ve got
a strong squad with great players.
“We want to make sure we compete
in every competition. We’ve got to
make sure everyone is on it.”
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2 PREMIER
FA CUP THIRD
LEAGUEROUND
FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL
SPECIAL
JUAN:
Mata
celebrates
after his
penalty put
United
ahead
SPOT ON: Chris Wood scores late winner for Burnley
Dyche is kept
waiting by VAR
VAR couldn’t rescue brave Barnsley a second time as
the League One club suffered added time heartbreak.
The controversial system gave them an unexpected
lifeline in the first-half when Burnley striker Matej
Vydra was halted in his run up after initially being
awarded a penalty. The
Burnley 1 Barnsley 0
spot kick was scrapped
By John Richardson
because VAR ruled Vydra
good for an Oakwell
was offside before the
replay and boss Daniel
illegal challenge on him.
Stendel said: “I’m very
But there was no doubt
frustrated and not in
in added time when
the best of moods at
Vydra was tripped in the
the moment. We are all
box by Liam Lindsay and
disappointed.
Chris Woods netted the
“I know VAR from
penalty.
my time managing in
Burnley boss Sean
Dyche said: “I’m a big fan Germany. It is a good
thing but sometimes in
of the concept (VAR) but
Germany it takes too
I know it will take time to
long. Here the decision
iron out. I’d say it was a
also took too long.”
good 80 to 90 seconds
before they came to a
MATCH FACTS
final decision. Me and
MAN OF THE MATCH: CAM
my staff decided in four
McGEEHAN – looked at ease with his
seconds that it was
energy and passing on a higher stage.
offside.
BURNLEY: Pope 6, Tarkowski 7, Gibson
6, Long 6, Ward 6 (Gudmundsson 59,6),
“The referee should
Hendrick 6, McNeil 8, Defour 7 (Cork 77,6),
have taken hold of the
Taylor 7, Vokes 6 (Wood 74,6), Vydra 6.
ball and moved outside
BARNSLEY: Davies 6, Cavare 7, Pinnock
7, Lindsay 7, Williams 7, McGeehan 8,
the area until a decision
Mowatt 7, Bahre 7 (Dougall 83,6), Hedges
was made.”
7 (Moore 62,6), Thiam 7 (Moncur 77,6),
Woodrow 6.
Before the late winner
Ref: S Hooper
Att: 11,053
Barnsley had looked
HIGH FIVE
AS JOLLY
OLE DAYS
KEEP ON
ROLLING
ROM RAIDER:
Lukaku rounds the
keeper to score
No shine for Silva
as his Toffees toil
MARCO SILVA finally found some home comfort but
this performance will not lift the mood at Goodison.
Everton won their first home game since November
24 as they saw off League Two leaders Lincoln, but
it was a struggle for the Premier League big boys
against the minnows.
Everton 2 Lincoln 1
Everton were 2-0 up
By Chris McKenna
after 14 minutes thanks
Shackell headed a corner
to goals from Ademola
goalwards late on.
Lookman and Bernard,
There would be no
but they were dragged
fairytale finish for Lincoln
into a battle as the Imps
and their managerial duo
pulled one back through
of brothers Danny and
Michael Bostwick.
Nicky Cowley.
“It looked in some
Danny said: “I think we
moments that we didn’t
can be really proud of
want to have a quiet
our efforts. When you are
afternoon,” said Everton
2-0 down at a Premier
boss Silva.
League team you can
“After the second goal
fear the worst, but we
we lost the focus and
had the confidence to go
gave them some hope.
toe-to-toe with Everton.”
“It is something that
has happened in the
MATCH FACTS
last few games and it is
MAN OF THE MATCH: MICHAEL
something we must stop.
BOSTWICK – recovered well from early
goals to keep Everton attack quiet.
“But we achieved the
EVERTON: Pickford 6; Kenny 6, Zouma
main thing which is to
5, Mina 6, Baines 6; Gueye 6, Davies 6
play the next round.”
(Gomes 46, 5); Lookman 7, Sigurdsson
5 (Richarlison 80, 6), Bernard 6;
Lincoln never gave up
Calvert-Lewin 6 (Tosun 46, 5).
the fight and almost got
LINCOLN: Vickers 7; Eardley 6,
their reward but Everton
Bostwick 7, Shackell 7, Toffolo 6;
substitute Richarlison
O’Connor 7 (McCartan 72, 6); Anderson
6, Pett 7 (Chapman 78, 6), Frecklington
cleared off the line for
6, Andrade 6; Akinde 6 (Rhead 71, 6).
the Toffees as Jason
Ref: J Brooks
Att: 37,900
ALERT: David de
Gea’s brilliant
reaction-save
Andy caps happy Hammers return
WEST HAM manager Manuel
Pellegrini hailed comeback pair
Samir Nasri and Andy Carroll after
grabbing a place in the fourth-round.
Former Manchester City and
Arsenal midfielder Nasri was making
his Hammers debut in his first game
since an 18-month doping ban.
And Carroll, who clinched the tie
with a stoppage-time second goal
after Marko Arnautovic’s early
opener, was back on the scoresheet
for the first time since April.
Arnautovic was angry at being
hauled off after just 20 minutes with
a back problem but Pellegrini tried to
deflect from that. “There were a lot
of positives,’’ he said. ‘‘One was that
West Ham 2 Birmingham 0
By Hector Nunns
Samir Nasri played after a long time
without playing an official game. I
was never in any doubt that he could
play again at this level.
“But also we won the game,
through to the next round, clean
sheet, good displays from young
players Xande Silva and Grady
Diangana, and Andy Carroll scored.
‘‘It is good for Andy and I believe
he will soon be back to the player that
we all know.’’
Birmingham had their chances, the
best fell to Maikel Kieftenbeld, who
fired just wide. Boss Garry Monk,
hampered by a threadbare squad,
was upbeat despite the loss.
He said: “The players will take a lot
out of that. That was the 18 fit players
we had out there, our first defeat
over the holidays. But we lacked that
cutting edge at the crucial moment.”
SUNDAY EXPRESS MATCH FACTS
WEST HAM: Adrian 6;
Antonio 7, Diop 7, Ogbonna
7, Masuaku 6; Rice 7,
Obiang 7; Diangana 7, Nasri
6 (Snodgrass 58, 6), Silva 7
(Anderson 78, 6); Arnautovic
7 (Carroll 20, 5).
REFEREE: R East
OUR MAN
OF THE
MATCH
BRUM: Camp 5; Harding 6,
Morrison 6, Dean 6, Colin
6; Mahoney 6 (SolomonOtabor 73, 6), G Gardner
5 (C Gardner 46, 6),
Kieftenbeld 7, Maghoma 6;
Jutkiewicz 7, Adams 6.
ATTENDANCE: 54,840
GRADY DIANGANA: Plenty of
promising touches mark him out
as one to watch at Hammers.
HIT: Arnautovic
scores opener
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37
FA CUPPREMIER
THIRD ROUND
LEAGUE 3
O
LE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has
even got Manchester United’s
reserves winning games and
scoring goals as he chalked up
his fifth win on the trot since
becoming caretaker boss.
It may have been the most low-key
performance of Solskjaer’s short reign,
against a team embroiled in a relegation
fight at the bottom of the Championship.
But don’t forget Jose Mourinho’s United
were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at
home by Derby – so it will do for now.
Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku scored
the goals for a United team that was
selected by Solskjaer to take the strain
after the busy festive period.
United now go to Dubai for a warmweather training camp – followed by a trip
to Tottenham that Solskjaer already views
as an acid test.
He said: “Spurs at Wembley is a proper
test and we’re already looking forward to
it. It will give me more of a reference as to
where we are in relation to the big boys.
“We need to move on and move up the
table. At Man United you always expect to
win the next game.
“That doesn’t mean I expect to win
every game we play because that doesn’t
happen – but I always expect to win the
next game.”
Solskjaer was still able to include
£75million Lukaku, £52m Fred and
£500,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez.
But this was a day when he took a look
at fringe players like Sergio Romero and
Matteo Darmian, as well as youngsters
Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot, Scott
McTominay and Tahith Chong.
“The result probably flattered us,” said
the United boss. “Reading made it very
difficult for us, but individual quality won
us the game.”
He wasn’t wrong. The Royals may be
struggling in the Championship and this
was their 11th game without a win.
But new boss Jose Gomes saw his
team enjoy 61 percent possession. And he
insisted: “If we play like that then we don’t
have to be concerned about the future.
“I was very proud of the performance but it showed we lack a killer instinct.
“I would like to bring in four or five new
players – but only if they are better than
the players we’ve already got.”
United took the lead against the run of
play in the 23rd minute thanks to VAR.
Mata was taken out by Tiago Ilori’s wild
MAN UNITED ........2
Mata pen 22, Lukaku 45
READING .............0
By Simon Mullock
challenge and although the ball ran loose
for Fred to slot home, the Brazilian had
strayed offside.
Referee Stuart Attwell went upstairs for
a decision that confirmed Ilori had fouled
Mata. And United’s Spanish ace sent Anssi
Jaakkola the wrong way from the spot.
Andy Yiadom and Danny Loader
squandered chances for the visitors either
side of Mata’s opener.
And Yiadom forced United keeper
Romero into a smart save just before
Lukaku put the home side further ahead in
first-half injury-time.
The Belgian striker raced clear thanks
to Sanchez’s pass and the limping Ilori’s
flawed attempt to catch him offside.
Lukaku’s third goal since Solskjaer’s
arrival was never in doubt once he had
evaded Jaakkola’s plunge towards the ball.
Gomes opted to replace the injured Ilori
with Sone Aluko at the break because
former United favourite John O’Shea felt a
slight muscle strain during his warm-up.
Romero saved Callum Harriott’s fierce
shot with his legs and later kept out
Aluko’s low effort.
The only thing United fans got to
shout about in the second half was the
appearance of shaggy-haired 19-year-old
Dutchman Chong for his debut, although
the loss of Sanchez with a slight hamstring
pull will be a worry.
Solskjaer, who has emulated Sir Matt
Busby by winning his first five games in
charge, said: “I picked a team that had
never played together before, so I am
pleased we’re through and that we’ve kept
another clean sheet.”
SUNDAY EXPRESS MATCH FACTS
MAN UTD: Romero
7; Dalot 6, Darmian
6, Jones 6, Young 6;
McTominay 6, Pereira
6, Fred 6 (Fellaini 62,
6); Sanchez 7 (Rashford
64, 6), Lukaku 6,
Mata 7(Chong 62, 6).
READING: Jaakkola
6; Yaidom 7, Ilori 5
(Aluko 46, 6), Moore 6,
Richards 6; Rinomhota
6, Kelly 6; Harriott 7
(Meite 76, 5), Swift 6,
McCleary 6 (Barrow 61,
6); Loader 6.
REFEREE: S Attwell
ATTENDANCE: 73,918
OUR MAN
OF THE
MATCH
JUAN MATA: The Spaniard scored
and brought his usual touch of
class to the game.
ACE KEE KO’S LAMBO FLOPS
BILLY KEE headed home to send
League One Accrington Stanley into the
fourth round and make life even more
miserable for lacklustre Ipswich.
Stanley boss John Coleman said: ‘‘If
we can get a plum draw now, the cash
raised can sustain us for next season.’’
Paul Lambert’s Tractor Boys, rock
bottom of the Championship, were
rocked by Kee’s 76th-minute strike.
STUNNER: Elliott List scores
the winner for Gillingham
Accrington 1 Ipswich 0
Freddie Sears missed a late chance for
an equaliser but Stanley, who also went
close through Jordan Clark, were full
value for their win.
Lambert said: “The club needs to be
rebuilt, and some players will be going.
This club should not be in the state it is
in. It’s an absolute disgrace.’’
WARNOCK A VICTIM
OF GILLS HIT LIST
ELLIOTT LIST was the hero
for League one strugglers
Gillingham as he smashed
home a late winner to stun
Premier League Cardiff.
Midfielder List buried his
finish past Bluebirds keeper
Alex Smithies with nine
minutes remaining.
It stunned Cardiff, who
had been the better side
but were unable to make a
breakthrough as they twice hit
the woodwork and squandered
numerous other chances.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
went closest for the visitors
when he curled against the
crossbar 20 minutes from
time, while Gills defender
Gabriel Zakuani earlier
diverted the ball against his
team’s right post.
With top-flight survival the
priority, it looked like Cardiff
would have to be content with
an unwanted replay in south
Wales before List emphatically
intervened.
Cardiff boss Neil
Warnock (right), who
made seven changes
from the side which
lost to Tottenham
on New Year’s Day,
had no complaints
with the result.
But he was
unhappy with the
medical attention his
players got when they
needed it after Danny
Ward had to wait for a
Gillingham 1 Cardiff 0
By Bob Wroe
stretcher. He said: “If you’re
medical people and you’re
waiting for a stretcher – if he’d
had a heart attack he’d be
dead now. So they’ve got a lot
to learn.
“Whatever division you’re in,
you’re concerned about your
players if they don’t get the
right treatment, and we were
waiting for a stretcher for
quite a long time.
“Kadeem Harris is having
an X-ray on a shoulder and
Danny is going for a scan on a
cheekbone.”
As for the performance,
Warnock added: “We made a
lot of changes but I thought
we played well and I’ve no
complaints about our attitude.
‘‘We’ve had so many
chances and we got punished,
so good luck to them.
“They battled well and
we’ve got a couple of lads in
hospital. But I don’t think we
would have scored if we’d
have played for two
more hours.”
Gillingham made
just one enforced
change due to an
injury to midfielder
Billy Bingham and
his replacement,
match-winner
List, had the
first opportunity
of the match.
He turned in space to fire an
effort which was well gathered
by Smithies.
Cardiff began to control
proceedings and should have
been ahead before the break
but Joe Bennett and Joe Ralls
had efforts blocked.
For all of their dominance,
Cardiff were given a warning
minutes before the interval.
Full-back Bradley Garmston
produced an inviting cross
from the left and unmarked
Gills top scorer Tom Eaves
headed narrowly over.
Gillingham, just a point
above the third-tier relegation
zone and on the back of
successive defeats, remained
a threat in the second period.
They should have broken the
deadlock in the 58th minute
but Josh Parker fired over
from close range.
Then Cardiff were made to
pay for their profligacy in the
81st minute as List made the
most of Eaves’ ball into the
box to powerfully find the net
from 15 yards.
SUNDAY EXPRESS MATCH FACTS
GILL’HAM: Holy 7,
O’Neill 7, Lacey 7,
Zakuani 7, Ogilvie
7, Garmston 8,
List 8, Byrne 7,
Reilly 7, Parker 7,
Eaves 7.
CARDIFF: Smithies
6, Peltier 6, Morrison
6, Manga 6, Bennett
6, Damour 6, Ralls 7,
Mendez-Laing 7, Reid
6 (Ward 73, 6), Harris
6 (J Murphy 53, 6),
Paterson 6.
REFEREE: T Robinson
ATT: 7,090
OUR MAN ELLIOTT LIST: Gave his all,
OF THE like his team-mates, and
MATCH capped it with a stunning goal.
Rovers foiled late as Ritchie nets Toon a replay
MATT RITCHIE saved Newcastle
from another early FA Cup exit, but
boss Rafa Benitez faces an uphill
struggle to revive their season.
The Toon were just five minutes
away from a humiliating defeat
against Championship battlers
Blackburn, who held a deserved lead
through Bradley Dack.
But Ayoze Perez was tripped in
the box by Corry Evans and, after ref
Kevin Friend’s decision was checked
by VAR, Ritchie scored the equaliser.
Ritchie turned in a fine stand-in
skipper’s effort, full of hard work, to
earn a replay at Ewood Park.
But it papered over the cracks of a
performance that lacked authority as
Newcastle 1 Blackburn 1
By Simon Bird
a host of shadow players were given a
chance by Benitez and flopped.
Newcastle are attempting to go
beyond the fourth round for the
first time in 13 years, but were
as unconvincing as their league
campaign has been at home.
Benitez’s side have lost eight of
their 12 home games this season and
stopped the rot with a draw that left
no one satisfied.
Tony Mowbray’s Rovers, however,
were magnificent. They scrapped
with passion and intensity and used
the ball far better than their Premier
League opponents. They deserved to
take the lead in the 56th minute – a
bullet header from Dack.
He burst across the Newcastle
defence to meet Elliott Bennett’s
cross and hammered his chance past
keeper Freddy Woodman.
Mowbray’s men should have had
more, but Mulgrew’s volley at the
back post was cleared off the line by
Javier Manquillo.
Newcastle’s play was summed
up when recalled Jacob Murphy
ballooned a shot from 18 yards over
the bar. He is Benitez’s biggest
money signing – £12m from Norwich
– but looks overawed. At least Florian
Lejeune was a huge plus for Benitez.
The defender made his comeback
after just five months out following
cruciate knee surgery.
The French star added power and
passing precision and is now pushing
for a Premier League return next
weekend at Chelsea.
SUNDAY EXPRESS MATCH FACTS
NEWCASTLE: Woodman 5,
Sterry 6, Lejeune 6, Schar
6, Manquillo 6, Hayden 5
(Shelvey 56, 6), Longstaff
6 (Perez 80), Ritchie 6,
Kenedy 6, Murphy 5 (Atsu
75, 5), Joselu 4.
REFEREE: K Friend
OUR MAN
OF THE
MATCH
BLACKBURN: Raya 7,
Bennett 7, Mulgrew 7,
Lenihan 7, Bell 7, Conway
7, Dack 8 (Williams
85), Travis 7, Evans 7,
Armstrong 7 (Reed 70, 6),
Graham 7 (Brereton 79).
ATTENDANCE: 36,436
BRADLEY DACK: Scored a
cracker and his effort summed up
the passion and pride of Rovers.
SPOT ON: Ritchie scores equaliser
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SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
4 FA CUP THIRD ROUND
FOOTBALL
Appiah knockout
blow for Barton
Fleetwood 2 AFC Wimbledon 3
KWESI APPIAH’S dramatic late
winner sent AFC Wimbledon into
the fourth round for the first time.
The Ghana striker (below)
struck from 20 yards to
win a thrilling tie. Joey
Barton’s Fleetwood
recovered from 2-0
down through Paddy
Madden and a Ched
Evans penalty after
Andy Barcham and
Anthony Hartigan put Wimbledon
in front. Wimbledon boss Wally
Downes said: “We got the result.
How we went about it was a bit
jingly on the nerves.”
Barton said: “It’s a sickener.”
Green shock for
10-man Norwich
Norwich 0 Portsmouth 1
PORTSMOUTH substitute Andre
Green struck deep into injury time
to earn the League One leaders a
dramatic win over Championship
high-flyers Norwich.
Green (below) had two bites of
the cherry from inside
the box after Pompey
had caught the hosts
on the break and
took the second one
to sink a home side
who had to play 75
minutes with 10 men after the
early dismissal of Grant Hanley.
The Canaries were unlucky not
to take the game to a replay after
turning in a brave display.
Shea heroics put
Luton in the hat
Sheff Wed 0 Luton 0
LUTON goalkeeper James Shea
ensured his side’s name was in
the hat for the fourth round after
a string of fine saves secured a
replay at Championship side
Sheffield Wednesday.
And although
Hatters’ boss
Nathan Jones (right)
is targeting League
One promotion, he is
hoping for a big name in
tomorrow evening’s draw.
He said: “I thought it was a
well-deserved result. I want a big
name in the draw. I want to have
a carrot dangling ahead of the
replay, a very expensive carrot.”
Rowett vows to
fight for his job
Ayew goal spares Palace’s blushes
JORDAN AYEW’S late goal broke
Grimsby hearts after they had
heroically kept Premier League
Crystal Palace at bay until the 86th
minute with only 10 men.
The substitute’s header from
Jeffrey Schlupp’s free-kick three
minutes from time was enough to
deny the League Two side a replay
– although they had probably had
enough of replays inside the first
four minutes.
VAR effectively killed off another
Crystal Palace 1 Grimsby 0
By Matt Dunn
slice of FA Cup third round
tradition. A clumsy early hefty
challenge by an underdog defender
on a top-flight team’s star man is as
much a part of the tapestry of this
weekend as muddy pitches and
unlikely heroes.
Andrew Fox’s one-footed,
studs-up challenge on Andros
Townsend in the second minute
was nothing more than that.
On-field referee Martin Atkinson
did not even give a free-kick with
Palace still in possession, and it
was only when they put the ball out
of play with Townsend still on the
ground that he rightly booked Fox.
Then, out of nowhere,
presumably following a word in his
ear from video ref Jonathan Moss,
he was suddenly drawing a big TV
screen in the air and reaching to
his pocket for a red card.
TIE-BREAKER: Jordan Ayew heads in
MATCH-WINNER WILLOCK
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
U
BLACKPOOL.........0
NAI Emery certainly
won’t forget his first trip
to Blackpool and his
debut in the FA Cup.
What with a Blackpool fan
Willock 11, 37 Iwobi 82
having a sit-down protest on
From Steve Millar AT BLOOMFIELD ROAD
top of Arsenal’s team bus and
demonstrations outside Bloomfield
Road, his maiden visit couldn’t have
years against the Oyston family’s
been any more eventful.
ownership.
Add to that three well-worked goals
Emery, who confirmed Arsenal’s
and a victory hard-earned on a dodgy
interest in Barcelona’s £20million
pitch in front of a sparsely populated
midfielder Denis Suarez, said: “I
crowd, and the Gunners boss will
think the club is working for the
remember the land of kiss-me-quick
possibility to take some players who
hats for a lifetime.
can help us during these next four
It was tense at times but
months.”
comfortable in the end with Joe
But Emery didn’t want to get into
Willock celebrating a first-half double
the bus protest and added: “I cannot
and Alex Iwobi notching a third to
say a lot for this situation. We know
give the Gunners a carefree passage
there are some problems here with
into the fourth round.
the supporters and the team. We have
Emery, though, had the ride of his
respect for them – the supporters, the
life on the Big One. Not the famed
club, the team.
white-knuckle rollercoaster ride down
“And we prepared for the match
the road on the Pleasure Beach, but
with respect also for this competition.
the FA Cup.
I am very proud of the players, the
The most famous cup competition
commitment and the concentration
in the world which Arsenal have won
for 90 minutes.”
a record 13 times – the most of any
Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips
club in England.
said: “Lady Luck deserted us. But I’m
Emery’s predecessor Arsene
proud of the lads. We had a good go in
Wenger had collected seven himself
the second half. You would have liked,
and the new
though, to get to
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EXPRESS
MATCH
FACTS
Arsenal guv’nor is
half-time 0-0.
ARSENAL: Cech 6;
a small step on the BLACKPOOL: Howard 6
“Their first goal
(Mafoumbi 68, 6);
Jenkinson 6, Lichtsteiner
road to his first.
Nottingham 6, O’Connor
6, Sokratis 6, Kolasinac 6 kills us but there was
6, Daniels 6, Bola 6;
(Medlery 83);
He won’t, of
a cracking
Delfouneso 6, Spearing 7,
Maitland-Niles 6, Willock
course, have a
atmosphere and we
Guy 6, Feeney 6; Taylor 6
8, Elneny 6, Ramsey 7,
more madcap
(Pritchard 62, 6),
Iwobi 7 (Saka 86); Nketiah had a few more fans
Gnanduillet 7 (Davies 83).
7 (Lacazette 64, 6).
introduction to
than normal. We
football life at
knew there would be
REFEREE: M Dean ATTENDANCE: 8,955
Blackpool where
OUR MAN JOE WILLOCK: The young striker protests but we just
kept
a
cool
head
to
hit
his
OF THE
fans have been
concentrated on the
MATCH match-winning double.
protesting for
football.”
ARSENAL .............3
ON SCORESHEET:
Iwobi (right) with
two-goal Willock
Shrewsbury 1 Stoke 1
GARY ROWETT insists he is
determined to fight for his job as
Stoke boss after his side scraped
a replay amid fan flak.
Rowett was indebted to the
201st career goal of Peter Crouch
(left) with a late volley
to earn another shot
at League One
Shrewsbury.
Town were initially
the better side and
took the lead in
first-half stoppage time from the
spot when Ollie Norburn
converted.
Rowett said: “We are still
fighting to turn things around.”
Rescuer Lawrence thrills Lampard
COMEBACK ON: Marriott celebrates
TOM LAWRENCE rescued the
Rams – and was then tipped for the
top by boss Frank Lampard.
The Wales international dragged
the Championship club back into
this tie after it appeared Nathan
Redmond would hog the headlines.
The winger’s deflected goal and a
beauty curled in from the edge of
the area a few minutes into the
second half put the Saints in charge.
But Lawrence, a £7m signing
from Leicester City 18 months ago,
sublimely conjured up a shooting
Derby 2 Southampton 2
By Neil Moxley
chance for Jack Marriott. And then
he went on a run from deep before
finding the net with a magnificent
25-yarder that beat visiting keeper
Angus Gunn all ends up.
Proud Lampard said: “I believe
he has all the attributes to play at
the top level.
“What I see in Tom every day is a
work ethic. When I put him in the
team, I know he is pretty much
going to give me everything. He’s
young and working every day and
doing the right things. That will get
him to that level because he has all
the attributes.”
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl
accused his side of being too
comfortable after Redmond had his
side coasting.
He said: “For 60 minutes we were
comfortable. Then we were sloppy,
losing the ball and our opponents
made two goals. Until then, it was a
good performance.”
***
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
FA CUP THIRD ROUND 5
FOOTBALL
Doubts over Cesc and two-goal Morata
ALVARO MORATA steered holders
Chelsea back towards Wembley but
questions remain as to whether he
will be around to finish the journey.
And fellow Spaniard Cesc
Fabregas left the field waving to
fans, who sensed it was his farewell
before joining Monaco after 198
appearances and 22 goals.
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri’s
assistant, Carlo Cudicini, said: “If
that was Cesc’s last game, then it
was nice he did it in front of our
Chelsea 2 Nottm Forest 0
By Tony Stenson
fans. But we don’t know yet. As for
Alvaro, it will do his morale the
world of good. We know what he
does in training. We have
confidence in him.”
Previously shot-shy striker
Morata scored two goals in 10
minutes after half-time as Chelsea
dominated.
Yet his celebrations were muted
BOURNEMOUTH ...1
Pugh 55
BRIGHTON ...........3
Knockaert 31, Bissouma 34, Andone 64
From Alex Crook
AT VITALITY STADIUM
E
DDIE HOWE saw
Bournemouth’s three-year
wait for an FA Cup win
continue – and admitted his
£19million signing Dominic
Solanke is crocked.
Howe paid the price for making
nine changes as goals from Anthony
Knockaert, a cracker from Yves
Bissouma and Florin Andone sent the
Cherries crashing.
England Under-21 striker Solanke
completed a move from Liverpool on
Friday after a loan switch to Crystal
Palace fell through due to concerns
over his fitness.
Howe said: “He has got a
hamstring injury at the moment, so
he will probably miss most of January
and we are probably looking at
February until he is ready to play.
“We have done all the relevant tests
and a thorough medical. It is a minor
hamstring problem.”
Howe also defended the money
lavished on Solanke, who started just
five Premier League games in 18
months at Anfield. He said: “He is one
of the most talented young strikers in
England.”
Bournemouth were looking for
their first FA Cup win over a top-flight
team since the then Third Division
Cherries famously humbled holders
Manchester United in 1984.
Boss Howe handed an immediate
debut to England right-back
Nathaniel Clyne following his loan
move from Liverpool.
Brighton rested England defender
Lewis Dunk and top scorer Glenn
Murray as they made eight changes.
The game turned in the Seagulls’
favour after a glaring miss from
Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset on
28 minutes.
Jordan Ibe danced into the penalty
area and his effort was blocked into
the path of Mousset but the
Frenchman blazed over. Mousset was
made to pay for that miss three
and Morata went straight down the
tunnel on being replaced.
Cudicini added: “Everyone is
different. Some players don’t smile.
Perhaps he also felt the effects of
what the critics have been saying
about him.”
His tap-in and header, both from
Callum Hudson-Odoi crosses, were
highlights of a lukewarm tie.
Forest manager Aitor Karanka
said: “I can’t complain because our
side never gave up.”
Magennis magic
stuns Saddlers
Bolton 5 Walsall 2
TAKE TWO: Morata scores a second
HOWE’S THAT FOR
A DOUBLE BLOW?
minutes later as countryman
Knockaert fired Brighton in front
against the run of play.
Bissouma then doubled the
Seagulls’ lead with a superb solo goal.
Marc Pugh handed the Cherries a
lifeline 10 minutes after the restart,
curling in his first goal since August
2017 from 20 yards. But Brighton’s
SUNDAY EXPRESS MATCH FACTS
BOURNEMOUTH:
Boruc 5; Clyne 6,
Simpson 5, S Cook 6,
Rico 4 (Daniels 78);
Fraser 6, Surman 5,
Taylor 5 (Brooks 45,
7), Pugh 6; Ibe 5
(Stanislas 70);
Mousset 4.
REFEREE: M Oliver
OUR MAN
OF THE
MATCH
BRIGHTON:
Steele 6; Bruno 6
(Montoya 87), Balogun
6, Duffy 7, Bong 7;
Stephens 7, Kayal 6,
Bissouma 7; Knockaert
8 (Gyokeres 90),
Andone 7, Locadia 7
(March 73).
ATTENDANCE: 10,522
ANTHONY KNOCKAERT: The
architect of most of Brighton’s
attacks and deserved his goal.
Brentford 1 Oxford 0
OXFORD boss Karl Robinson said
he was close to tears after
substitute Shandon Baptiste was
stretchered off with a suspected
ruptured knee ligament.
Baptiste, making his first
appearance since
October, had been on
the field for less
than four minutes.
Robinson said: “I
find it very difficult to
take.”
Substitute Neal Maupay (left)
sent Brentford through with a
penalty 10 minutes from time and
Bees boss Thomas Frank said: “I
can only praise Oxford.”
Middlesbro 5 Peterboro 0
two-goal advantage was restored in
the 64th minute.
Andone headed in from close range
after Shane Duffy had nodded
Knockaert’s corner back across the
six-yard box.
Howe, whose side have now
won just two of their last 12
games, said: “We are in a bad
run and we need to get out of it
very quickly, otherwise the
season could unravel in a way
we don’t want it to.”
Brighton manager Chris
Hughton was pleased to see his
side progress to round four for
the eighth time in nine seasons.
He said: “It was a difficult
game as we all knew it would be,
so I’m really delighted to go
through.”
Hero Sako makes
Moore merrier
WAGNER LOOKS BROWN ’N’ OUT
JOSH BROWNHILL produced
a rare moment of class to drill
home a fine 72nd-minute winner
in this dire contest.
The midfielder’s goal brought
inevitable chants of ‘You’re
getting sacked in the morning’
aimed at beleaguered
Huddersfield boss David
Wagner.
This third-round exit means
his Terriers have now lost nine
on the bounce in all competitions.
While Wagner’s flops have been
in freefall for months, Lee
Dyer (right) and Jay Fulton after
Courtney Baker-Richardson’s
second-minute opener.
Swansea manager Graham
Potter saw nothing but good in
Fer. “I said to Fer afterwards I
thought it was his best game.
“People forget that he’s come
back from an Achilles rupture and
missed a lot of last season.
“Now you are seeing a
performance level closer to the
Leroy Fer I think is there.”
Baptiste’s blow
a crying shame
TONY PULIS saluted his Boro
side’s “application and attitude’’
as they ultimately swept aside
League One Peterborough.
All the goals came in the
second half, including
two from £15million
record buy Britt
Assombalonga (right).
Skipper George
Friend, Lewis Wing
with a wonder goal and
Ashley Fletcher sealed the win
and Pulis said: “We played really
well, especially second half.’’
Posh boss Steve Evans said:
“We gave them real problems and
should have been two or three up.”
DEAN SMITH tore into Swansea
birthday boy Leroy Fer after he
knocked Villa out of the FA Cup.
Fer was in superb form, setting up
two goals, but Villa boss Smith said:
“He could have had five cautions
and it took until the 90th minute for
the referee to give him one. Fer
created a good pass for the second
goal and a good bit of skill for the
third but I’m amazed he was still on
the pitch.”
Fer, 29, ruined £7million
Croatian keeper Lovre Kalinic’s
debut as he set up goals for Nathan
Aston Villa 0 Swansea 3
BOLTON boss Phil Parkinson
saluted hat-trick hero Josh
Magennis, whose goals eased
fears of an FA Cup shock.
Northern Ireland hitman
Magennis (right)
bagged his first
hat-trick for two
years after the
Saddlers went in at
the break leading
through Andy Cook.
“Those goals will do him the
world of good,” said Parkinson.
Clayton Donaldson and a Jon
Guthrie own goal completed the
Bolton tally, Mark Beevers also
putting through his own goal.
Pulis praise for
five-star victors
BRIGHT SPARKS: Andone
heads in Brighton’s third;
below, fellow scorers
Bissouma and
Knockaert celebrate
FER PLAY ANGERS BOSS SMITH
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Bristol City 1 Huddersfield 0
Johnson’s Robins are in fine form. It
is now nine games unbeaten for the
Championship play-off hopefuls.
Wagner said: “I am not the right
person to answer questions about
my future. But I am responsible for
what has happened in the last
three-and-a-half years at the club,
including losing the last nine games.
Losing again hurts a lot.”
Johnson said: “Dare I say it, that
was reasonably comfortable against
Premier League opponents.”
West Brom 1 Wigan 0
BOSSES Darren Moore and Paul
Cook made 16 changes from the
Championship meeting between
these clubs on Boxing Day, when
the Baggies won 2-0.
This time Bakary Sako (left)
sealed the victory on
31 minutes, heading
his first goal since
joining the club in
October.
Manager Moore
said of his matchwinner:
“He has had to sit and watch, and
all the others have been scoring
goals. We have got him fit and
we’re starting to see his speed
and mobility.”
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6 FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL
Myers trio
as Dale go
for Burton
Alexander-Arnold: We’re desperate to win
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
was a seven-year-old schoolboy
the last time Liverpool lifted the
FA Cup.
So when it was put to the Kop
defender that tomorrow night’s
third-round trip to Wolves will
be at the bottom of boss Jurgen
Klopp’s list of priorities, his
reaction was emphatic.
“We’re going there to win,” said
LEAGUE ONE
BURTON inflicted a third
successive heavy defeat
on ROCHDALE, who have
conceded 13 goals in
those three games.
Marcus Myers-Harness
(below) scored a hat-trick
and laid on the other
for Liam Boyce in the
Brewers’ 4-0 away win.
Full-back Reece James
was hero and villain as
SUNDERLAND failed
to climb into the top
two after a 1-1
draw against
CHARLTON
at The
Valley.
James’
cross set up
Luke O’Nien to
put the visitors ahead
after just two minutes
but his own goal gifted
Charlton the point that
keeps them one place
behind their opponents in
the play-off places.
James Perch scored
his first goal for
SCUNTHORPE in their 2-1
victory over COVENTRY.
Levi Sutton added a
second before Conor
Chaplin headed a late
goal for the visitors.
Hope ends
Stags’ run
with brace
LEAGUE TWO
MANSFIELD’S 17-match
unbeaten league run
came to an end with a
3-2 defeat at CARLISLE.
The Stags had
midfielder Neal Bishop
sent off for a clash in the
tunnel during half-time,
when they trailed 2-0,
but almost fought back.
Carlisle took the lead
through Jack Sowerby
and Hallam Hope added
a second. Matt Preston
pulled a goal back with
13 minutes left.
Hope
restored the
two-goal
lead before
Tyler Walker
set up a
tense finale.
BURY replaced
Mansfield in third thanks
a 1-0 win at struggling
YEOVIL. Nicky Maynard
scored the only goal.
Ollie Palmer’s penalty
earned CRAWLEY a
1-0 home win against
CHELTENHAM, while
CAMBRIDGE beat
STEVENAGE 2-0 with goals
from David Amoo (above)
and Jevani Brown.
Sol Campbell’s
MACCLESFIELD suffered
a 2-1 home defeat as Jak
McCourt’s stoppage-time
strike sealed victory for
SWINDON.
By Simon Mullock
F
By Simon Mullock
Alexander-Arnold (left), 20, who
still remembers the last-gasp
Steven Gerrard strike in 2006
that sent Liverpool’s final against
West Ham into extra-time before
the Reds prevailed on penalties.
He said: “It’s not a free hit
against Wolves. It’s a chance to
win a trophy and everyone at
Liverpool wants to win things.
We’re not going there to get
knocked out. We want to win. It
becomes a habit.
“I remember Steven Gerrard’s
goal against West Ham. It was a
great final and a great day for the
club.
“We’re all trying to get back to
those days again and hopefully
that will happen this season.
Liverpool is a great club, with a
massive history, and the players
who are here now must carry that
responsibility.
“We haven’t won a trophy for a
few years. It’s been too long really
for a club like this but we can only
try to do our bit and add to that
history.”
Liverpool’s last trophy was
the League Cup in 2012, lifted
PEP WON’T STOP
KLOPP TITLE WIN
ORMER Manchester
United manager Louis
van Gaal is backing
Jurgen Klopp to beat Pep
Guardiola to the Premier
League – after hailing the
Liverpool boss as a superior coach
to his Manchester City rival.
Van Gaal reckons the Reds will win
the title, despite seeing their lead at
the top slashed to four points by a 2-1
defeat at the Etihad on Thursday.
The Dutchman believes City
possess better players but insists
Klopp is giving Guardiola a
masterclass in coaching.
Van Gaal, a seven-time title winner
in Holland, Spain and Germany, led
Premier League visit to Brighton on
United to finish fourth and fifth in his
Saturday. City face home ties against
two seasons at Old Trafford. He said:
Rotherham in the FA Cup today and
“Klopp has turned Liverpool into
Burton in the Carabao Cup semis on
an absolute fighting machine, both
Wednesday before resuming their
attacking and defending, so if I was to title defence against Wolves at the
put my money on one club for the
Etihad a week tomorrow.
league it would be Liverpool.
Van Gaal felt Thursday’s
“Liverpool’s team is
thrill-a-minute clash at
not based on the highest
the Etihad illustrated the
quality when it comes
strengths of Klopp’s team
to their players. In fact,
and the weaknesses
the highest-quality
Guardiola has to address.
players are at City.
He said: “The match
“But at the same time
proved to me that City
that is the weakness
cannot defend. When
in Guardiola. He only
OUTSPOKEN: Van Gaal Liverpool equalised
coaches his teams in
there were enough City
an attacking way, always.
defenders around to prevent it.
“The moment his team has to
“Most of the time in the Premier
defend they look terrible. Liverpool
League City don’t have to defend
have a team which can defend much
because they outplay most sides.
better. That’s because Klopp has
“When they face a strong side,
trained them to be a fighting force,
like Liverpool, you can see that the
whether they have the ball or not.
City players are not able to defend
That’s exactly what is lacking in
properly. They look erratic.
Guardiola’s team now.
“Just look at Roberto Firmino – he
“City have fabulous football ideas
hardly touched a ball but his running
and a sparkling way of playing but not for the team was incredible.
the right fighting spirit.
“Klopp also has Sadio Mane and
“Don’t get me wrong, I still love
even Mo Salah running their socks
to watch the way City play but the
off in all matches. Those three
way Klopp makes Liverpool play is
help the others to defend, and
absolutely fantastic.”
they have the energy to
City blew the title race wide open
counter-attack and create when
by ending Liverpool’s unbeaten
they win the ball back.
start to the season. Now the
“The excitement is huge
Merseysiders face the first test of
right now. Three teams can still
their resolve, with a trip to Wolves in
become champions because we
the FA Cup tomorrow followed by a
can’t rule Tottenham out.”
Van Gaal backs Liverpool
SUPREME TEAM:
Klopp has instilled
all-round fighting
spirit as the likes
of Firmino (below)
battle hard in
defence as
well as attack
FOOTBALL SHORTS: FA CUP AND OTHER ACTION
No risks with De Bruyne
MANCHESTER CITY are taking no
chances with Kevin De Bruyne’s
fitness as boss Pep Guardiola plans
for the knockout stages of the
Champions League .
Midfielder De Bruyne (right),
27, has made just four starts
this season after two serious
knee injuries. He complained of
muscle soreness after playing 70
minutes of the 2-1 defeat to Leicester
on Boxing Day, then was left out of
the squad that won at Southampton
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and was an unused substitute as
City kept their title hopes alive
with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over
Liverpool.
De Bruyne is in line to play
some part against Rotherham in
the FA Cup, after which a decision
will be taken on his availability to face
Burton in the Carabao Cup semi-final
first leg on Wednesday.
WARNOCK FURY OVER CLYNE
NEIL WARNOCK accused
Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool
of ‘lacking class’ after the
defender snubbed Cardiff and
opted to join Bournemouth.
Warnock, whose Premier League
side were dumped out of the FA
Cup by League One strugglers
Gillingham yesterday, said: “I’m
disappointed not just with the boy
himself but with Liverpool as well
for not ringing me, not telling me.
“It’s a disgrace, just a lack of
class, isn’t it really?”
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Poch: We’ll cope, Son
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is
confident his Tottenham side won’t
pay a price for Son Heung-Min’s
involvement in the Asian Cup.
The South Korean, 26, has been in
sublime form with nine goals in 10
games but heads off on national
duty after next weekend’s clash
with Manchester United.
Son (right) could miss three
league matches and the second leg of
the Carabao Cup semi-final with
Chelsea but Pochettino said: “I’ve
accepted we’re going to lose him.”
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a trophy and end 13 years of FA Cup hurt
once again by Gerrard. Later
that season they were beaten by
Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.
And two years ago Manchester
City defeated them in the League
Cup Final.
Add a couple of runners-up
spots in the Premier League in
2009 and 2014, and it’s easy to see
why a born-and-bred Scouser like
Alexander-Arnold is so desperate
to bring the Anfield trophy
drought to an end.
Liverpool’s need to win at
Molineux became even more
acute on Thursday night, when
City sentenced them to their first
Premier League defeat of the
season to cut their advantage at
the top to four points.
Alexander-Arnold said: “I
probably hurt a little bit more
because I’m a Liverpool lad and a
Liverpool fan but I know the rest
of the players want to win things
as much as I do.
“I’m sure the manager will look
to put a strong team out to give us
the best chance of going through.
“We want to win every
competition. That’s how big clubs
think.”
The Premier League remains
MILLWALL V HULL
Liverpool’s holy grail. Twelve
months ago the Reds inflicted
City’s first defeat of the season in
a 4-3 thriller at Anfield.
And Alexander-Arnold added:
“They responded by going on
another long run of winning
games. That’s what the top teams
do and it’s what we’ve got to do.
We don’t let one defeat ruin our
GLORY: Steven
season.”
Gerrard in 2006
PULISIC’S SWEET
DREAM REALISED
PENN PAL:
Christian
Pulisic is a
hero in his
home state
in the USA
Christian choc-a-block with talent
H
E comes from
‘Chocolate Town’
and American star
Christian Pulisic is
the new flavour of the
moment in Hershey,
Pennsylvania.
The tiny East coast town, with a
population of 12,000, is renowned
across the USA as the country’s
chocolate-making capital and is
nicknamed the ‘Sweetest Place on
Earth’.
But Chelsea’s new Hershey-born
signing Pulisic isn’t far behind
in popularity after his £58million
move from Borussia Dortmund to
Stamford Bridge, the biggest-ever
transfer deal involving a player
from the USA.
The 20-year-old winger’s rise to
fame has captured the imagination
of football followers Stateside but
his mega-money move comes as
no surprise to the man who started
him on the road to stardom.
Steve Klein, coach at local junior
club Pennsylvania Classics, knew
when Pulisic was only six that he
had the desire to succeed.
Klein recalls: “I don’t know if
you’d say he was introverted but
when he first came here aged six
he was a bit on the quiet side.
“He was more about being
focused. Even at a young age he
was focused on wanting to make
it as a soccer player, which is
unusual for a kid. But once you
By Steve Bates
were around him and with him on
a personal level, he was definitely
a very fun kid.
“He liked to joke around and
play table tennis.
“We always knew early on that
he was going to be a special player
but to be honest you never know
how special someone will be.
“At a younger age, probably from
the age of six, he had very good
vision and at eight and nine you
could see he was going to be a very
good player.
“And I would say that once he
was 13 or 14 you thought, ‘This
kid has what it takes to be a great
pro’.”
And Chelsea, who have loaned
Pulisic back to Dortmund for the
rest of the season, haven’t only
signed a top footballer – they have
gained an intelligent, driven and
ambitious athlete who sets his
targets and reaches them.
His maths teacher at Hershey
Middle School, Dave Yingst, said:
“I just taught him algebra but if
you had a class full of kids like
Christian every day then everyone
would be happy.
“He had a soccer talent but
he was also a model student
and we’re extremely proud of
Christian.
“He’s embraced his roots here
in Hershey and hasn’t forgotten
Ranieri: Play well and go
CLAUDIO RANIERI has told
Fulham’s fringe players to use the FA
Cup as a shop window to get away
from the club.
Ranieri (right) admits he has
been unable to rotate his team as
much as he would like because
of Fulham’s precarious Premier
League position but he will ring
the changes for the visit of
League Two Oldham.
And the Italian reckons this home
tie is the perfect platform for those
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feeling unwanted at Craven Cottage
to showcase their talents with the
transfer window in full swing.
The Fulham boss said: “We
are speaking about the transfer
market and the player who
doesn’t play often.
“So if you show some good
football, maybe somebody else can
remember you.”
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NEWPORT V LEICESTER
CLAUDE PUEL insists his
Leicester side must be
mentally strong to avoid an upset
at Rodney Parade. The League
Two Exiles are chasing their first
top-flight scalp since
1964. Newport took
Tottenham to a
replay last season,
drawing 1-1 in South Wales, and
Puel said: “It is important to
look at this team and look at the
history of this team.”
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PRESTON V DONCASTER
ALEX NEIL won’t flinch from
turning Preston into a youth
club again in the FA Cup after
giving kids their big chance in
the Championship.
Ethan Walker became
the youngest ever
Preston player in
a league game last weekend,
coming on at 16 years and 156
days against Aston Villa, and
manager Neil said: “I’m having to
judge it as I see it.”
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where he’s come from. He
even has it on his Twitter
page – ‘Straight outta
Hershey’.
“To all of us here, that
matters to him and to us.
Chelsea are getting not
just a top player but a
top guy too.”
Having moved to
Dortmund at the age
of 15 with his footballer
father Mark, Pulisic
overcame every
obstacle to become
the youngest-ever
Bundesliga Player
of the Year at just 19
years old.
And the attacker
believes that work ethic also
bodes well for his time at
Chelsea. Pulisic said: “As
a kid I had a goal in mind
and I wouldn’t stop until I
reached that.
“I learned a lot,
especially from my dad.
He was the biggest
influence for me.
“Just to go to Germany
and experience a whole
new culture, it was really
tough for me. Next season I
will have a new challenge in
English football at Chelsea.
“And I will put everything into
making it a success, just as I have
done at Dortmund.”
QPR V LEEDS
LEEDS boss Marcelo Bielsa
insists he respects the
traditions of the FA Cup, despite
making wholesale changes for the
trip to Loftus Road.
He has made six
changes to the team
that started the 4-2
defeat at Nottingham
Forest but said: “The FA Cup has a
history... but sometimes you have
players who are not starters but
who deserve to be starters.”
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SHEFF UTD V BARNET
DARREN CURRIE is promoting
a “no fear” attitude as his
Barnet side look to spring an
upset at Bramall Lane.
Barnet, in the
wrong half of the
National League,
face a tough
test at the promotion-chasing
Championship side but boss
Currie said: “I hope we’re going
there with confidence. I want
them to play with no fear.”
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BALOTELLI TO SNUB BENITEZ
Clough’s ‘pure’ test
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NIGEL CLOUGH says Manchester
City’s style would have been “too
pure” for his father Brian’s liking,
though he would have wanted David
Silva at Nottingham Forest.
Before his Burton side visit City in
the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg
on Wednesday, Clough said of his
legendary father: “He would have
been a fan of the way they play, yes.
It might even have been too pure for
him at times – I’m talking about the
way the centre-halves take the ball
and the goalkeeper.”
MARIO BALOTELLI is set to
reject Newcastle for Marseille.
The wantaway Nice striker, 28,
ue
has been offered a Premier Leag
lifeline by Rafa Benitez.
But Marseille have also made an
r
offer for the former Mancheste
City and Liverpool frontman, who
appears to prefer the French
Riviera to north-east England.
The Italian has been banished
from Nice’s training ground after
refusing to commit his future to
the club.
LOANEE Alex Pearce is in
contention for his first start
for Millwall after being cleared to
face the Tigers. Defender Pearce
joined the Lions from
Derby on Friday, just
in time to gain FA
approval to feature
this weekend. “Pearcy brings
a wealth of experience,” said
Millwall boss Neil Harris. “We’ve
lacked a little bit of leadership at
times.”
WOKING V WATFORD
FIT-AGAIN Tom Cleverley
is hoping to maintain his
shock-free record in the FA Cup
when Watford take on non-league
Woking.
Cleverley, 29, is
regaining fitness
after Achilles surgery
delayed the start of
his Premier League season and
he said: “It’s a real good chance
for me to get some good minutes
under my belt.”
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FOOTBALL
TRANSFER ZONE WITH NEIL FISSLER
KLOPP POISED TO
KOP £27M OMUR
LIVERPOOL are close to landing
Trabzonspor wonderkid Abdulkadir
Omur in a £27million move as
they line up a replacement for
Adam Lallana.
Jurgen Klopp is poised to beat
off a challenge from Premier
League champions Manchester
City to sign Omur, who is rated as
the best young player in Turkish
football.
Klopp has been keeping tabs on
Omur since he broke into
Trabzonspor’s first team last
season and is looking to get his
man this month – although
Trabzonspor would like to keep
him until the end of the season.
RAMSEY SETS UP
4-YEAR JUVE DEAL
AARON RAMSEY is on the verge of
agreeing a four-year deal to seal
a summer switch to Juventus.
The Welsh international is out
of contract with Arsenal at the
end of the season and hasn’t
been offered a new deal to
remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Juventus will pick up Ramsey,
28, on a free transfer in July after
Arsenal boss Unai Emery rejected
an attempt from them to sign him
during the winter transfer window.
Ramsey has received a lot of
interest since talks on a new deal
in London stalled.
READ JIM HOLDEN: PULLOUT P12
ROOT GETTING BASHED IN OZ
BRYSON’S STICK SUCCESS
AMERICAN star Bryson DeChambeau
(right) declared his flagstick
experiment a success after he led
the field in putting at the Sentry
Tournament of Champions.
The new rules of golf allow
players to leave the flag in even
when putting on the green to speed
up play. And the American, who uses
irons all the same length, became
the first top player to try and benefit
– and he needed only 25 putts in his
round of 69.
At the 16th, he overhit his
B
EN STOKES has received
a ringing endorsement
from one of the game’s
legends as he prepares
for another potentially
explosive confrontation
with the West Indies.
Sir Gary Sobers has revealed he
is a huge fan of England’s
controversial all-rounder, and
insists Caribbean cricket fans will
be relishing seeing him up close
during the mouthwatering Test
series – as well as the one-day
and T20 battles.
Sobers flows with praise for the
27-year-old who will be
determined to avenge the torment
he has endured at West Indian
hands. Windies star Marlon
Samuels made an outrageous
“salute” after dismissing him in
Grenada in 2015 and Carlos
Braithwaite smashed four sixes
off Stokes in the last over to win
his country the World T20 Final.
England arrive in the tropical
ARSENAL POUNCE
ARSENAL are poised to beat a late
challenge from AC Milan and Roma
to win the £18million race to land
Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.
The deal will reunite former
Manchester City academy star
Suarez, who celebrates his 25th
birthday today, with Unai Emery
who was in charge when he spent
a season on loan at Sevilla.
Emery is lining up Suarez as a
replacement for Wales
international Aaron Ramsey who is
poised to join Juventus on a free
transfer next summer.
JOE ROOT’S lean trot in his
maiden season in Australia’s Big
Bash League continued as
Sydney Thunder were brushed
aside by Melbourne Stars at
Carrara yesterday.
England’s Test captain
laboured his way to 26 from 28
balls, his highest score in the
competition, though he could not
consolidate as he clipped Marcus
Stoinis to midwicket.
That took the Yorkshireman’s
haul to just 93 runs in six innings
GOLF
five-foot birdie putt and saw
it hit the stick and drop into
the hole.
“I maybe hit 20 practice
putts, that’s it,” said the
world No5. “Nothing crazy.
It’s not difficult. People
make it too complicated.
“I felt like for the most
part I needed the pin to be
in and it went in and it was
a very nice help.”
SIR GARY: BIG BEN
IS A NEW BOTHAM
players. I like him – to me he is a
good cricketer. His bowling and
batting are very strong. He is a
islands this week with the first of
fine catcher in any position. He
three Tests starting in Barbados
has all the ingredients you need
on January 23, and Stokes is
to be a world class all-rounder.
keen to continue to let his cricket
“West Indian fans love a
do the talking – and put aside any
cricketer with a bit of fire in his
clouds following his ban for a
belly. Someone who wants to be
Bristol nightclub incident.
confrontational and play
Sobers, now 82, a veteran of
aggressive cricket. So I expect
93 Tests, said: “I don’t know
them to enjoy Stokes.
about his lifestyle off the field but
“Freddie Flintoff was a fine
how he plays the game is an
all-rounder but, for me, this boy
excellent example for young
Stokes is something else. He is
the best England all-rounder
since Ian Botham. I
remember Ted
Dexter who was
also a fine
BEN HUR:
player. He
Stokes is
didn’t bowl as
admired by Sir
Gary Sobers
much but he
(inset) not just
was up there.
for his talent
I’ve seen
but also for his
Stokes
By Gary Fitzgerald
gladiatorial
attitude to Test
cricket
UNDER THE RADAR
ARSENAL’S hopes of landing AS
Roma ace Cengiz Under this month
appear dead.
The Italians slapped a
£45million price-tag on their
Turkish winger, 21, in December to
fend off interest from clubs.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich
were also chasing Under but both
dropped out of the race last week.
Arsenal have failed with a £35m
bid and are unlikely to return with
an improved offer any time soon.
GAB SET FOR EXIT
WEST HAM UNITED could aid
Southampton’s attempts to offload
goal-shy frontman Manolo
Gabbiadini to Sampdoria.
But the Italian club need to
move a couple of players on
themselves before they can afford
to end Gabbiadini’s St Mary’s
nightmare.
A deal would depend on striker
Gregoire Defrel leaving Italy, with
Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers keen
to snap him up.
Additional reporting by GIDEON
BROOKS and HARRY PRATT
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JANUARYTON
KENSING
OVAL
RORY SHINES ON BACK NINE
RORY MCILROY finished three
shots off the pace after a
brilliant recovery in the second
t of
round of the Sentry Tournamen
Champions in Hawaii.
The Brit carded a second-round
68 to leave him chasing American
leader Gary Woodland.
McIlroy had shot a bogey and
the
two birdies before the turn but
Northern Irishman produced a
flawless back nine, holing four
birdies, to keep himself in the
chasing pack.
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CRICKET
for the Thunder at an unwelcome
average of 15.5.
Jos Buttler, Root’s deputy in the
Test side, has fared much better
and leads the BBL run-charts, but
he mustered only 18 from 17
deliveries as the Thunder limped to
135 for eight.
Liam Plunkett took one for 23
from his three overs for the Stars,
who overhauled their target with
eight wickets and 16 balls to spare.
MAC BATTLES TO VICTORY
MARK MCGEENEY did not have it all
his own way as he made it into the
second round of the BDO Lakeside
World Professional Darts
Championships yesterday.
McGeeney, the No1 seed, who
had darts for the title 12 months
ago before Glen Durrant retained
his crown, beat Dutchman Derk
Telnekes 3-1 in the opening match
of the tournament at Frimley Green.
But in the third set he had to hit
back from 2-1 down to take it 3-2
for a 2-1 lead in the game and then
DARTS By Richard Lewis
secured victory 3-1 in the fourth set.
McGeeney missed four match darts
before landing double two to finally
seal his triumph and said: “That was
a hard game because Derk is a
fantastic player.
“I have no doubts he is a future
world champion and this was
probably the hardest first round
game I have had in my life.
“I wasn’t looking forward to it but
I am just relieved to get through it.”
walk out to bat when everyone
else was struggling, and he made
it look very easy. That is the sign
of a great player.
“He doesn’t just go out there
and be aggressive and try and
bash it around. He plays the right
shots at the right time.”
Sir Gary wishes the cricket does
the talking and fills the headlines
rather than any more unsavoury
incidents either on or off the field.
The First Test starts at the
Kensington Oval on January 23
and he says: “Sometimes things
can happen in the heat of the
moment. Players can get carried
away but I am looking forward to
a very competitive series. It would
be good if we see one of the best
series for a long time because the
rivalry between England and the
West Indies has been special for
a very long time, All the way back
to Learie Constantine, Denis
Compton and the others.
“I liked playing against England,
especially on my home ground in
Barbados. The atmosphere is
different there these days with
the England fans coming in their
thousands to make it almost their
home Test. We love the Barmy
Army – they love their cricket and
they also help the economy! It
will be a close series but I
expect England to edge it.”
England start firm
favourites after
whitewashing Sri Lanka
before Christmas and
proving they can win
abroad. They have
also lost just four of the
24 Tests against the Windies
since the start of the new
Millennium.
ROVERS RETURN FOR OPENER
HULL KR have switched their
pre-season friendly against
Widnes to Featherstone on
Sunday, January 13.
The location for their clash with
Toronto Wolfpack has not been
confirmed, but they expect to be
able to host the season-opening
1.
derby with Hull FC on February
Rovers’ home ground has been
was
pylon
closed since a floodlight
in
brought down by strong winds
y
November and the club say safet
work is continuing.
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FOOTBALL
OFF AND RUNNING: Cordero scores for Exeter
MAY AND FORD
PILE ON POINTS
Exeter 14 Bristol 9 By Henry Talbot
From Adam Hathaway
at Welford Road
as duo roar for Tigers
Chiefs top after Masterclass
LEICESTER ................34
hard-fought win GLOUCESTER .............16
EXETER boss Rob
Baxter hailed his side
after a gritty win.
The Chiefs returned
to the top of the table
with victory over
battling Bristol.
Santiago Cordero
and Sean Lonsdale
scored Exeter’s tries,
with Gareth Steenson
and Joe Simmonds
each kicking a
conversion – but for
most of the game they
lacked the creativity to
break down a resolute
and well-organised
Bristol defence.
Ian Madigan kicked
three penalties for
Bristol to earn his side
a deserved bonus
point. Baxter said: “We
need to settle down
43
and not get caught up
in the notion that
victory will be easy in
coming against any
team in the
Premiership.
“Beating Bristol
now takes a bit of
doing and we have to
enjoy the win as it took
some bravery to
achieve it.
“We made too many
mistakes and there is
a lot to work on – but
we have some huge
challenges coming up.”
Bristol head coach
Pat Lam said: “I think
both of their tries
should have been ruled
out as it’s illegal that
backs are joining the
maul in the way they
do.”
EXETER: Tries Cordero, Lonsdale Cons Steenson, Simmonds.
BRISTOL: Pens Madigan (3).
HEEM’S LATE
SHOW SINKS
11-MAN BATH
Worcester 21 Bath 19 By Tony Lewing
WING Bryce Heem was the hero as Worcester
staged an astonishing fightback to defeat 11-man
Bath 21-19 at Sixways.
Bath replacement hooker Ross Batty was sent off
for a dangerous tackle 16 minutes from time as
Warriors laid siege. Bath then saw three players
sin-binned – Max Lahiff, Lucas Noguera and Aled
Brew – in rapid succession during 18 minutes of
additional time.
And in the end, Heem (above) went over for his
second try, which fly-half Duncan Weir, who also
kicked three penalties, converted to snatch a
dramatic win. Worcester trailed 19-3 at half time,
before an opening Heem try hinted at a comeback.
Warriors boss Alan Solomons said: “It went on
and on and on, but the boys held their nerve.”
WORCESTER: Tries Heem (2) Cons Weir Pens Weir (3).
BATH: Tries Mercer. Cons Burns. Pens Burns 4.
J
ONNY May stuck the knife
into his old club – before
being labelled a national
treasure by his governor.
The England wing, who left
Gloucester in 2017, scored
twice as Leicester jumped up to sixth
place in the league from ninth.
There was a master class from
George Ford at fly-half, as he scored
19 points including a try, and some
punishing hits from Manu Tuilagi who
lasted another 80 minutes.
This was the first time Leicester
have won back-to-back home games
since March and Gloucester’s streak
of not winning at Welford Road now
stretches to 12 years.
May was at the centre of it, before
coming off with 15 minutes left,
scoring his ninth and 10th tries of the
season and showing his form ahead of
the Six Nations.
Leicester boss Geordan Murphy
said: “Jonny is world class and he is
always going to be up for it against
Gloucester, his old club.
“Guys tend to have a little point to
prove playing against their mates.
Jonny was great today. I was a bit
concerned in the 65th minute but it
was cramp.
“We got him off pretty quickly and
he will be important for the whole
country in the coming weeks.”
Leicester scored four tries but
Gloucester could only manage one,
their backline missing Danny Cipriani
who is set to return from injury in the
next couple of weeks.
SOAR POINTS: Jonny
May flies over the line
to complete his brace.
Left – George Ford
celebrates his try
Team
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3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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EXETER
SARACENS
HARLEQUINS
GLOUCESTER
SALE
LEICESTER
BATH
NORTHAMPTON
WASPS
BRISTOL
WORCESTER
NEWCASTLE
P
W
D
L
F
A
BP
PTS
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
11
11
12
12
12
10
10
6
6
6
5
5
5
5
4
4
3
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
6
5
5
7
5
6
6
8
8
9
361
370
304
297
241
299
255
269
250
272
255
224
223
258
273
279
252
355
271
248
304
341
290
303
11
7
9
6
3
9
4
6
5
8
5
5
51
47
33
32
29
29
28
26
25
24
21
17
Brown’s day in Harlequins romp
Newcastle 17 Harlequins 38
early in the second half as
Quins threatened to go on a
points-fest. Newcastle
responded with tries from
Vereniki Goneva and Callum
Chick but the deficit was too
much for Dean Richards’ men
to make up – and they remain
rooted to the bottom of the
table. The game saw Quins’
full-back Mike Brown break the
club’s appearance record,
running out for the 308th time
in the clash.
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LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: ACROSS: 5 Zabaleta. 6 Rake. 7 Mercer. 9 Moussa. 10
Foyth. 11 Curle. 14 Defoe. 15 Edson. 17 Davies. 18 Hierro. 19 Cink. 20 Edworthy.
DOWN: 1 Cameron. 2 Kerr. 3 Larmour. 4 Nkosi. 6 Routledge. 8 Catterick. 12
Forster. 13 Dourthe. 16 Davis. 18 Howe. SPORTSWORD: (JOSE) HOLEBAS
In order to
complete
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simply
arrange the
letters that
fall in the
circled
squares into
the surname
of a
Southampton
1976 FA Cup
Final winner.
Across. 4. Kyran, scrum-half; 1993 England Test
debutant against New Zealand (7).
6. Phil, defender; all-time league appearance
record-holder for Cardiff City (5).
8. Garbled noises a Real Madrid 2017 Champions
League Final scorer may make (7).
9. Tyrone, AFC Bournemouth defender signed from
Ipswich Town in 2015 (5).
11. Ruth Cram beguiled Crystal Palace and former
Scotland midfielder (8).
13. England and Sale Sharks flanker born 1998 (3,5).
15. Emiliano, Argentina and Stuttgart defender at
Liverpool from 2007-11 (5).
16. Badly hanged a 2018-19 Eredivisie club (3,4).
18. Adrian, Minnesota United head coach appointed in
2016 whose clubs included Everton and Burnley (5).
19. ------- Town, 2018-19 EFL League Two whose home
is Blundell Park (7).
Watson: I am
battling back
ANTHONY WATSON is aiming to
come back better and faster in
2019 – and give England coach
Eddie Jones a selection headache.
The Bath full-back is hungry to
regain the No15 jersey he was
forced to give up because of
injury.
Watson, 24, has had to put his
international hopes on hold for
the last ten months as he tries to
repair his still well-toned body.
He is now fighting to return for
his club and be involved in the Six
Nations. He said: “I’ve come into
the gym to do eight hours up to
six days a week. But it’s been
worth it. The mental side is the
key. You have to have a good
mindset and put in everything.
“I am getting myself as strong
as possible and I have no issues
about getting back to where I was
before. But I don’t even want to
do that...I want to be a better
player and faster.”
Joe’s return is a
boost for Jones
LEICESTER: Tries May (2), Holmes, Ford.
Cons Ford (4). Pens Ford (2).
GLOUCESTER: Tries Evans. Cons Twelvetrees.
Pens Twelvetrees (3).
FIVE-TRY Harlequins climbed
to third in the Premiership as
they outclassed Newcastle.
Tries from Max Crumpton,
Nathan Earle, Gabriel Ibitoye
and Jack Clifford ensured a
bonus point by half-time. Alex
Dombrandt added to that tally
RUGBY
Down. 1 and 12 Down. Was this annoyed accountant
the first British-trained horse to win Australia’s
Melbourne Cup? (5,7).
2. Course river takes Ivory Coast and Fulham
midfielder on (4).
3. 1986 and 2018 FIFA World Cup beaten
semi-finalists (7).
5. Wimbledon’s 2012 Olympic tennis gold medal
matches venue played correct tune (6,5).
7. Guy, 2012-13 Portsmouth manager (11).
10. Fulham defender, 1975 FA Cup Final runner-up,
sounding delicate (4).
11. Dave, 1965 PGA Championship winner (4).
12. See 1 Down.
14. 2017-18 Aston Villa defender to dance like in
Brazil (5).
17. Rave about former France and West Ham
defender (4).
JOE LAUNCHBURY is set to give
England coach Eddie Jones
another Six Nations injury boost
when Wasps entertain
Northampton today.
Launchbury (right)
missed England’s
autumn
internationals after a
knee operation.
Wasps have lost 11
of 13 games in all competitions
and boss Dai Young says his side
need to start getting results.
He said: “Coaches always talk
about performances but now the
result is a bit more important. If
you can win a couple of games,
you can rocket up the table.”
TENNIS
Osaka KO down
to her ‘attitude’
NAOMI OSAKA criticised her own
efforts after she was knocked out
of the Brisbane International at
the semi-final stage.
The reigning US Open champion
and world number five suffered a
surprise 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Lesia
Tsurenko, who set up a final
showdown with Karolina Pliskova
after the Czech fifth seed
dispatched Croatia’s Donna Vekic
6-3, 6-4.
Osaka said: “I just feel like I
had the worst attitude.”
44
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
FA CUP THIRD ROUND
GABRIEL JESUS TO
SCORE FIRST GOAL
BOURNEMOUTH (0) .. 1 BRIGHTON (2) ........ 3
12-5
Pugh 55
Att: 10,522
EVERTON (2) ............ 2 LINCOLN C (1) ....... 1
Knockaert 31
Bissouma 34
Andone 64
Att: 2,869
ASTON VILLA (0) ...... 0 SWANSEA (1) ........ 3
Baker-Richardson 2
Dyer 47
Fulton 78
Att: 30,572
Results
7-2
Donaldson 58
Magennis 61, 80, 87
Guthrie 63 (og)
Cook 19
Beevers 68 (og)
Att: 5,506
Maupay 80 (pen)
Att: 6,106
COUPON NO
FULL-TIME
RESULT
1
2
3
4
5
6
Assombalonga 47, 70
Friend 50, Wing 63
Fletcher 87
Att: 11,647
Ritchie 85 (pen)
Dack 56
Att: 36,440
ROCHDALE (0) ...... 0 BURTON (2) .......... 4
Harness 19, 30, 86
Boyce 78
Att: 2,666
Perch 67
Sutton 74
Wood 90 (pen)
Att: 11,053
Chaplin 78
Att: 4,692
Morata 49, 59
Att: 40,544
Ayew 86
Att: 19,967
Marriott 58
Lawrence 61
Redmond 4, 48
Att: 17,095
DERBY (0) ................ 2 SOUTHAMPTON (1) 2
WEST HAM (1).......... 2 BIRMINGHAM (0) ... 0
Sako 31
Att: 15,465
Arnautovic 2
Carroll 90
Att: 54,840
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
21
17
16
16
13
12
11
9
8
8
8
7
8
7
6
4
5
5
3
3
2
3
2
0
5
5
5
4
5
5
4
6
3
5
4
6
3
3
7
5
4
1
3
5
3
4
5
8
8
8
9
8
10
9
11
11
13
13
11
13
15
49
56
46
38
46
43
25
30
23
29
31
31
24
19
15
21
19
21
19
13
10
17
21
16
31
32
23
31
25
32
31
40
29
26
29
42
41
38
47
37
39
39
25
22
15
11
2
-1
-2
-3
0
-9
-5
-7
-14
-21
-22
-17
-28
-24
54
50
48
44
41
38
31
29
29
28
27
27
26
22
18
18
18
16
14
10
P
Edinburgh City ......19
Peterhead ..............18
Clyde ......................19
Annan Athletic ......19
Elgin .......................19
Cowdenbeath ........18
Stirling ...................18
Queen’s Park.........18
Berwick ..................18
Albion ....................18
P
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
26
W
15
14
14
13
11
12
9
9
11
9
10
10
10
8
8
8
7
6
7
7
5
5
4
2
D
6
7
5
7
10
7
12
12
6
11
8
6
6
11
10
8
8
10
7
5
10
7
8
9
L
5
5
7
6
5
7
5
5
9
6
8
10
10
7
8
10
11
10
12
14
11
14
14
15
F
44
48
45
54
28
38
39
38
33
49
32
35
36
30
33
32
38
36
33
25
25
17
28
21
A
28
34
28
34
18
32
29
28
34
40
28
31
33
31
41
42
43
36
41
40
41
38
41
46
GD
16
14
17
20
10
6
10
10
-1
9
4
4
3
-1
-8
-10
-5
0
-8
-15
-16
-21
-13
-25
Pts
51
49
47
46
43
43
39
39
39
38
38
36
36
35
34
32
29
28
28
26
25
22
20
15
ELGIN (0).............0
BERWICK (0) ......0
Att: 384
STIRLING (0) ......1
Smith 51
Att: 621
CLYDE (0) ...........2
Love 85
Lamont 86
Att: 754
ALBION (2)..........2
Rodgers 15
Fotheringham 19
Att: 642
W D L F A Pts
14 2 3 34 11 44
13 2 3 40 14 41
12 3 4 33 18 39
8 4 7 29 22 28
8 1 10 28 38 25
6 4 8 23 21 22
6 3 9 22 27 21
5 5 8 15 22 20
4 2 12 19 45 14
1 4 13 16 41 7
(3pm unless stated)
TODAY
Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Fulham v Oldham (2pm)........................
Man City v Rotherham (2pm) .................
Millwall v Hull (2pm) .............................
Newport Co v Leicester (4.30pm) ...........
Preston North End v Doncaster (2pm).....
QPR v Leeds (2pm) ...............................
Sheffield Utd v Barnet (2pm) .................
Woking v Watford (2pm) ........................
(Live on BT Sport 2)
(7.45pm unless stated)
TOMORROW
Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Wolves v Liverpool.................................
(Live on BBC 1)
TUESDAY
Carabao Cup Semi-final
First Leg
Tottenham v Chelsea (8pm)...................
Checkatrade Trophy Third Round:
Accrington v Bury, Cheltenham v Oxford
Utd, Northampton v Bristol Rovers, Port
Vale v Shrewsbury, Rochdale v Man City
U21 (7pm), Southend v Portsmouth,
Sunderland v Newcastle Utd U21.
Vanarama National League:
Bromley v Wrexham, Gateshead v
Solihull Moors.
FA Trophy—1st rnd: Maidenhead
Utd v Oxford City, Salisbury FC v
Braintree Tn. 1st rnd replay: Havant
and Waterlooville v Dover.
1-2-X GUIDE
15 Millwall v Blackburn (5.30pm) ..........1
16 Preston North End v Swansea ........... X
17 Reading v Nottingham Forest ............2
18 Sheff Utd v QPR ..............................1
19 West Brom v Norwich.......................1
20 Wigan v Aston Villa ..........................2
Sky Bet League One
21 Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers ....1
22 Barnsley v Bradford City ...................1
23 Burton v Gillingham .........................1
24 Coventry v AFC Wimbledon ...............1
25 Fleetwood Tn v Oxford Utd ................ X
26 Peterborough v Rochdale ................. X
WEDNESDAY
Carabao Cup Semi-final
First Leg
Man City v Burton Albion .......................
(Live on Sky Sports Main Event)
Checkatrade Trophy Third Round:
Chelsea U21 v Peterborough (7pm)
FRIDAY
Sky Bet Championship
Leeds v Derby ......................................
(Live on Sky Sports Main Event)
(3pm unless stated)
SATURDAY
Scottish League One
Airdrieonians v Raith .............................
Brechin v Dumbarton ............................
Forfar v Stranraer..................................
Montrose v East Fife .............................
Stenhousemuir v Arbroath .....................
Scottish League Two
Albion v Peterhead ................................
Berwick v Clyde ....................................
Elgin v Cowdenbeath .............................
Queen’s Park v Edinburgh City................
Stirling v Annan Athletic.........................
FA Trophy—2nd rnd: AFC Fylde v
Biggleswade, Barnet v Dorchester, Blyth
v Boreham, Chesterfield v Bedford, FC
Halifax v Solihull Moors, Hartlepool v
AFC Telford, Hemel Hemp v Wingate &
F, Hereford v Brackley, Ramsbottom Utd
v Weymouth, Salford v Dag & R,
Stockport v Truro, Wrexham v Leyton
Orient.
27 Portsmouth v Blackpool....................1
28 Shrewsbury v Charlton .....................2
29 Southend v Plymouth ....................... X
30 Sunderland v Luton..........................2
31 Walsall v Scunthorpe ....................... X
32 Wycombe v Doncaster .....................2
Sky Bet League Two
33 Bury v Milton Keynes Dons ............... X
34 Cheltenham v Tranmere ................... X
35 Crewe v Newport Co ........................1
36 Exeter v Morecambe ........................1
37 Grimsby v Macclesfield .....................1
38 Mansfield v Yeovil ............................1
39 Northampton v Carlisle.....................2
40 Notts County v Cambridge Utd .......... X
PORTSMOUTH
LUTON
SUNDERLAND
CHARLTON
BARNSLEY
DONCASTER
PETERBOROUGH
COVENTRY
BURTON ALBION
SOUTHEND
BLACKPOOL
FLEETWOOD
ACCRINGTON
WYCOMBE
WALSALL
SHREWSBURY
SCUNTHORPE
ROCHDALE
GILLINGHAM
BRISTOL ROVERS
BRADFORD
OXFORD UTD
PLYMOUTH
AFC WIMBLEDON
P
26
26
25
27
25
26
26
27
26
26
25
26
25
26
26
26
27
27
26
26
26
26
26
26
W
17
15
14
14
13
13
12
11
10
11
9
9
9
8
8
7
8
8
8
7
8
6
6
6
Att: 2,623
Marsh 14
Richards 37
McCourt 90
Att: 1,964
Jones 27
Porter 90 (pen)
Att: 1,662
Maynard 24
D
6
7
9
5
7
6
8
5
5
2
8
7
7
8
8
9
6
6
4
6
3
8
6
4
L
3
4
2
8
5
7
6
11
11
13
8
10
9
10
10
10
13
13
14
13
15
12
14
16
F
46
49
46
43
40
47
45
29
34
32
26
35
27
34
28
29
34
33
36
25
31
31
31
20
A
24
24
24
31
22
32
33
31
33
31
25
30
35
38
41
32
52
56
43
29
40
41
47
37
GD
22
25
22
12
18
15
12
-2
1
1
1
5
-8
-4
-13
-3
-18
-23
-7
-4
-9
-10
-16
-17
Pts
57
52
51
47
46
45
44
38
35
35
35
34
34
32
32
30
30
30
28
27
27
26
24
22
16 Norwood (Tranmere), Stockley (Exeter)
12 Walker (Mansfield)
11 Agard (Milton Keynes Dons), Aneke (Milton
Keynes Dons)
10 Palmer (Crawley Town), Maynard (Bury),
Amond (Newport County)
9 Akinde (Lincoln City), O’Shea (Bury)
8 Szmodics (Colchester), Matt (Newport
County), Surridge (Oldham), Nadesan (Carlisle),
Pope (Port Vale), Healey (Milton Keynes Dons)
LINCOLN
MK DONS
BURY
MANSFIELD
CARLISLE
FOREST GREEN
EXETER
COLCHESTER
TRANMERE
OLDHAM
STEVENAGE
SWINDON
NEWPORT
GRIMSBY
CRAWLEY TOWN
CREWE
NORTHAMPTON
CHELTENHAM
PORT VALE
MORECAMBE
CAMBRIDGE UTD
YEOVIL
MACCLESFIELD
NOTTS COUNTY
P
25
25
27
25
27
25
26
27
26
26
27
27
25
26
26
27
26
26
26
27
27
25
27
27
W
15
13
13
11
14
11
12
12
10
10
11
9
10
10
10
9
6
7
7
7
7
5
5
4
D
6
8
7
12
3
10
7
7
9
8
5
9
6
4
3
5
12
8
8
6
5
9
6
9
L
4
4
7
2
10
4
7
8
7
8
11
9
9
12
13
13
8
11
11
14
15
11
16
14
F
45
41
49
37
45
39
38
39
38
40
31
29
35
29
33
27
32
31
26
28
24
27
23
29
A
24
19
29
19
32
25
28
30
32
33
34
35
42
32
38
34
35
38
33
44
47
32
44
56
GD
21
22
20
18
13
14
10
9
6
7
-3
-6
-7
-3
-5
-7
-3
-7
-7
-16
-23
-5
-21
-27
Pts
51
47
46
45
45
43
43
43
39
38
38
36
36
34
33
32
30
29
29
27
26
24
21
21
SPORT IN BRIEF
Vanarama National League
P
Leyton Orient ........29
Salford City ...........29
Wrexham ...............28
Solihull Moors .......28
AFC Fylde ..............29
Sutton Utd .............28
Harrogate Town ....29
Gateshead .............28
Ebbsfleet United ...29
Eastleigh................29
Barrow ...................29
Boreham Wood .....29
Bromley .................28
Hartlepool ..............29
Barnet ....................25
Dag & Red .............29
FC Halifax ..............28
Dover .....................29
Havant and W ........29
Maidenhead Utd ....28
Aldershot ...............28
Chesterfield ...........28
Maidstone Utd .......28
Braintree Town .....29
BROMLEY (2)..........3
CHESTERFLD (0) ...3
DAG & RED (3) .......4
FC HALIFAX (0) ......0
GATESHEAD (0).....0
HARTLEPOOL (1) ..1
HAVANT & W (0) ....2
L ORIENT (0) ...........0
W D L F A Pts
16 9 4 49 20 57
16 7 6 56 31 55
15 8 5 36 18 53
15 6 7 43 25 51
13 11 5 45 23 50
13 10 5 38 31 49
13 8 8 54 39 47
14 4 10 36 27 46
12 8 9 43 31 44
12 7 10 33 38 43
11 6 12 32 34 39
9 11 9 32 33 38
10 6 12 40 43 36
9 9 11 31 38 36
10 5 10 26 28 35
10 5 14 34 38 35
7 12 9 26 31 33
8 7 14 30 46 31
7 8 14 41 52 29
8 4 16 28 50 28
7 6 15 24 45 27
4 14 10 27 37 26
7 4 17 25 43 25
4 7 18 25 53 19
AFC FYLDE (1) ...2
EBBSFLEET (3) .3
BOREHAM (3) ....4
BRAINTREE (0) ..0
MAIDENHEAD (1) 1
MAIDSTONE (2) .2
BARROW (0).......0
SALFORD (2) ......3
41 Oldham v Forest Green ....................2
42 Port Vale v Colchester ......................2
43 Stevenage v Crawley Tn....................1
44 Swindon v Lincoln City .....................2
Ladbrokes Scottish
Championship
45 Alloa v Morton................................. X
46 Dundee Utd v Dunfermline ...............1
47 Inverness CT v Ayr ........................... X
48 Partick v Falkirk ...............................1
49 Queen of South v Ross County..........2
PLAYING SUN, JAN 13
Premier League
6 Everton v AFC B’mouth (2.15pm) ...... X
8 Tottenham v Man Utd (4.30pm)........1
2 3 1 1 L 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 3 3 1 1 3 3 1 2 1 1 1
D SD H H L H H SD H A SD A A SD SD A H SD SD A D A H A
DIVIDENDS — With a split pools weekend, the dividend forecast will be announced later today. No claims required for half-times.
Palmer 39 (pen)
LEAGUE TWO TOP SCORERS
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 L 1 L 1 1 L 3 L 1 L L L
H A A H A H H H H H SD H A L H L H H L SD L A L L L
Stead 16, Jones 19
Dennis 32
Att: 3,181
Att: 2,426
THE WEEK AHEAD
PLAYING SAT, JAN 12
Premier League
1 Brighton v Liverpool .........................2
2 Burnley v Fulham.............................1
3 Cardiff v Huddersfield ....................... X
4 Chelsea v Newcastle (5.30pm) .........1
5 Crystal Palace v Watford ...................1
7 Leicester v Southampton..................1
9 West Ham v Arsenal (12.30pm) ........2
Sky Bet Championship
10 Birmingham v Middlesbrough ............1
11 Brentford v Stoke ............................2
12 Bristol City v Bolton .........................1
13 Hull v Sheff Wed..............................1
14 Ipswich v Rotherham........................ X
8
LEEDS
NORWICH
SHEFF UTD
WEST BROM
MIDDLESBROUGH
DERBY
NOTTM FOREST
BIRMINGHAM
QPR
ASTON VILLA
BRISTOL CITY
SWANSEA
HULL
STOKE
BLACKBURN
SHEFF WED
PRESTON
BRENTFORD
MILLWALL
WIGAN
ROTHERHAM
BOLTON
READING
IPSWICH
Szmodics 8
Mandron 45
Pell 67 (pen)
YEOVIL (0) ............. 0 BURY (1) ............... 1
FAST START: Sunderland players
celebrate Luke O’Nien’s opener
LIVERPOOL
MAN CITY
TOTTENHAM
CHELSEA
ARSENAL
MAN UTD
LEICESTER
WATFORD
WOLVERHAMPTON
WEST HAM
EVERTON
AFC BOURNEMOUTH
BRIGHTON
CRYSTAL PALACE
NEWCASTLE
BURNLEY
CARDIFF
SOUTHAMPTON
FULHAM
HUDDERSFIELD
Preston 77
Walker 86
Att: 4,563
Tutte 63
Ellison 84
Crouch 78
Att: 7,512
WEST BROM (1) ....... 1 WIGAN (0).............. 0
Sowerby 4
Hope 26, 79
MORECAMBE (0)... 2 CREWE (1) ............ 2
SHREWSBRY (1) ...... 1 STOKE (0) .............. 1
Norburn 45 (pen)
Att: 4,235
CARLISLE (2) ........ 3 MANSFIELD (0) .... 2
MACCLESFLD (1) .. 1 SWINDON (1) ....... 2
Green 90
CRYSTAL PALACE (0) 1 GRIMSBY (0) .......... 0
Amoo 35
Brown 45
CRAWLEY (1) ......... 1 C’TENHAM (0)....... 0
Att: 16,974
CHELSEA (0) ............ 2 NOTTM FOR (0) ...... 0
CAMBRIDGE (2) .... 2 STEVENAGE (0) .... 0
COLCHESTER (2) .. 3 NOTTS CO (3) ....... 3
SCUNTHORPE (0).. 2 COVENTRY (0) ...... 1
SHEFF WED (0) ........ 0 LUTON (0) .............. 0
BURNLEY (0) ............ 1 BARNSLEY (0) ........ 0
QUEEN’S PRK (1) ..2
McLaren 13
Hawke 69
7
Att: 73,918
Att: 23,201
Brownhill 72
PETERHEAD (1) .....1
Dow 29
W D L F A Pts
15 4 1 45 17 49
11 5 4 47 26 38
10 2 8 30 28 32
9 3 8 28 33 30
9 2 9 30 26 29
8 4 8 26 31 28
6 5 8 22 26 23
5 4 11 30 38 19
4 4 11 23 34 16
5 1 14 20 42 16
BRECHIN (0) .......0
Att: 1,061
FORFAR .............3
Hilson 4
Baird 37
Easton 41
EAST FIFE (1) .........1 AIRDRIE (2).........2
Dowds 20
Wilkie 18
McIntosh 45
Att: 725
RAITH (4) .................5 STENHSMUIR (1)1
Davidson 18
Ross 25
Gillespie 33
Att: 1,398
Murray 38
Vaughan 40
Duggan 52
Mata 22 (pen)
Lukaku 45
O’Nien 2
Att: 16,317
NORWICH (0) ........... 0 PORTSMOUTH (0) .. 1
BRISTOL CITY (0) ..... 1 HUDDERSFLD (0) ... 0
ANNAN ATH (1) ......2
Muir 41, 85
Att: 326
COWDENBTH (1) ...2
Cox 45
Swan 61 (pen)
EDINBURGH C (0)..0
P
Arbroath ................20
Raith.......................20
East Fife.................20
Forfar .....................20
Airdrieonians ........20
Montrose ...............20
Stranraer................19
Dumbarton ............20
Brechin ..................19
Stenhousemuir .....20
ARBROATH (0).......1
McCord 82
DUMBARTON ........2
Barr 18, 85
Att: 7,090
James 50 (og)
NEWCASTLE (0) ....... 1 BLACKBURN (0) ..... 1
BRENTFORD (0) ....... 1 OXFORD UTD (0) .... 0
Ladbrokes League Two
Ladbrokes League One
List 81
CHARLTON (0) ....... 1 SUNDERLAND (1) . 1
MIDDLESBORO (0) ..... 5 PETERBORO (0) ..... 0
BOLTON (0) .............. 5 WALSALL (1) .......... 2
STRANRAER (0).....1 MONTROSE (2) ..2
Cameron 57
Rennie 4 (pen), 16 (pen)
Att: 317
AYR (0).....................0 FALKIRK (0)........1
Rudden 56
Att: 2,729
DUNDEE UTD (0)....1 PARTICK (1) .......1
Fyvie 62 (pen)
Doolan 9
Att: 5,282
DUNFERMLNE (2) ..2 ALLOA (0) ...........2
Keena 18
Trouten 49, 90
Flannigan 28 (og)
Att: 4,723
INVERNESS CT (0) 1 QN OF STH (0) ...2
Walsh 69
Mercer 83
Dobbie 84
Att: 2,225
P W D L F A Pts
Ross County .........20 11 6 3 35 16 39
Ayr..........................19 10 6 3 34 17 36
Dundee Utd ...........20 9 6 5 30 29 33
Morton ...................20 7 7 6 23 28 28
Queen of South .....20 6 9 5 29 23 27
Inverness CT .........19 5 11 3 26 22 26
Dunfermline...........20 6 6 8 22 27 24
Alloa .......................20 4 8 8 21 29 20
Falkirk ....................20 4 4 12 17 31 16
Partick....................20 4 3 13 18 33 15
Barcham 16
Hartigan 55
Appiah 90
Att: 2,131
MAN UTD (2) ............ 2 READING (0) .......... 0
Willock 11, 37
Iwobi 82
Att: 8,955
SCOTLAND
Ladbrokes Championship
Madden 70
Evans 72 (pen)
GILLINGHAM (0) ....... 1 CARDIFF (0) ........... 0
BLACKPOOL (0) ........ 0 ARSENAL (2).......... 3
TROY DEENEY TO
NET FIRST GOAL
Bostwick 28
Att: 37,900
FLEETWOOD (0) ....... 2 WIMBLEDON (1)..... 3
ACCRNGTN (0) ......... 1 IPSWICH (0) .......... 0
Kee 76
Lookman 12
Bernard 14
SOLIHULL (2)..........4 EASTLEIGH (0) ..1
SUTTON UTD (1) ....2 HARROGATE (0) 1
WREXHAM (0) ........0 DOVER (0)...........1
North: AFC Telford 2 Spennymoor Town
1, Blyth Spartans 1 Alfreton Town 1,
Boston Utd 1 Altrincham 2, Brackley
3 Ashton Utd 1, Curzon Ashton 1 York
0, Darlington 3 Kidderminster 0, FC
United of Manchester 0 Chester FC 2,
Guiseley 1 Leamington 1, Hereford FC
1 Chorley 1, Southport 1 Nuneaton
Borough 1, Stockport County 3 Bradford
P A 0. South: Chelmsford 2 Hampton &
Richmond 0, Chippenham 2 Eastbourne
Borough 3, Dulwich 0 Bath City 2, East
Thurrock 2 Gloucester 0, Hungerford
Town 2 Concord Rangers 1, St Albans
1 Oxford City 0, Torquay 4 Slough 0,
Wealdstone 1 Dartford 1, Welling 5 Truro
City 3, Weston-S-Mare 2 Billericay 3.
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER—
Prem: Bamber Bridge 3 Grantham 1,
Basford Utd 3 Hyde United 8, Buxton
2 Whitby 0, Farsley Celtic 3 Warrington
Town 3, Gainsborough 0 Nantwich
Town 0, Lancaster City 1 Matlock Town
0, Mickleover Sports 2 Stalybridge
1, North Ferriby Utd 0 Marine 2,
Scarborough Athletic 5 Hednesford
3, Stafford Rangers 1 Workington 1,
Witton Albion 0 South Shields 1.
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN PREM—
Central: Banbury 6 Barwell 1,
Bedworth Utd 0 Stourbridge 3,
Biggleswade Town 1 St Ives Town 0,
Halesowen 1 Coalville Town 3, Hitchin
Town 3 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4,
Kettering 2 Tamworth 1, King’s Lynn
Town 1 Leiston 1, Lowestoft Town 0
Needham Market 2, Rushall Olympic 1
Redditch 3, St Neots Town 1 Royston
Town 0, Stratford Town 0 Alvechurch 1.
South: Chesham Utd 0 Beaconsfield 0,
Farnborough 2 Swindon Supermarine
1, Frome Town 1 Wimborne Town 0,
Harrow Borough 4 Met Police 3, Hartley
Wintney 0 Basingstoke 2, Hendon
1 Kings Langley 2, Merthyr Town 1
Salisbury FC 2, Poole Town 1 Gosport
Borough 1, Staines Town 1 Walton
Casuals 4, Taunton 1 Dorchester 1,
Weymouth 2 Tiverton 1.
BOSTIK—Prem: AFC Hornchurch 1
Dorking Wanderers 1, Bishop’s Stortford
0 Kingstonian 3, Bognor Regis Town 2
Carshalton Ath 0, Burgess Hill Town 0
Folkestone Invicta 0, Corinthian Casuals
0 Harlow 0, Enfield Town 1 Lewes 1,
Haringey Borough 3 Whitehawk 0,
Leatherhead 2 Potters Bar Town 1,
Margate 1 Worthing 1, Merstham 3
Wingate & Finchley 0, Tonbridge Angels 2
Brightlingsea Regent 2.
BASKETBALL
BBL CHAMPIONSHIP: Leicester 94
Worcester 86, London City 97
Manchester 90.
CRICKET
SECOND TEST MATCH—Pakistan
v South Africa (Cape Town):
Pakistan 177 (51.1 overs; Sarfraz
Ahmed 56; D Olivier 4-48) and
294 (70.4 overs; Asad Shafiq 88,
Babar Azam 72, Shan Masood 61;
K Rabada 4-61, D W Steyn 4-85).
South Africa 431-6 (116.0 overs; F
du Plessis 103, A K Markram 78, T
Bavuma 75, Q de Kock 55no).
FOURTH TEST MATCH—India v
Australia (Sydney): India 622-7dec.
(167.2 overs; C A Pujara 193, R R Pant
159no, R A Jadeja 81, M A Agarwal 77;
N M Lyon 4-178). Australia 236-6 (83.3
overs; M S Harris 79).
SECOND ODI—New Zealand v
Sri Lanka (Tauranga): New Zealand
319-7 (50.0 overs; L R P L Taylor
90, C Munro 87, J D S Neesham
64). Sri Lanka 298 (46.2 overs;
N L T C N L T C Perera 140, M D
Gunathilaka 71). New Zealand beat
Sri Lanka by 21 runs.
ICE HOCKEY
ELITE LEAGUE: Belfast 5 Sheffield 4
(OT), Cardiff 3 Manchester 1, Glasgow
9 Dundee 2, Milton Keynes 2 Coventry
6, Nottingham 2 Fife 6.
RUGBY UNION
Gallagher Premiership
EXETER............... 14
LEICESTER......... 34
NEWCASTLE ...... 17
WORCESTER ..... 21
P
Exeter........12
Saracens...12
Harlequins 12
Gloucester 12
Sale ...........12
Leicester ...12
Bath...........12
North’pton 11
Wasps .......11
Bristol .......12
Worcester .12
Newcastle .12
W
10
10
6
6
6
5
5
5
5
4
4
3
D
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
BRISTOL .................9
GLOUCESTER ......16
HARLEQUINS .......38
BATH .....................19
L
2
2
6
5
5
7
5
6
6
8
8
9
B
11
7
9
6
3
9
4
6
5
8
5
5
F
361
370
304
297
241
299
255
269
250
272
255
224
A
223
258
273
279
252
355
271
248
304
341
290
303
Pts
51
47
33
32
29
29
28
26
25
24
21
17
Guinness Pro14
BENETTON ......... 20 GLASGOW ............17
CONNACHT ........ 24 MUNSTER .............31
EDINBURGH ....... 38 SOUTHERN KINGS ..0
LEINSTER ........... 40 ULSTER...................7
OSPREYS............ 20 CARDIFF BLUES..11
SCARLETS.......... 22 DRAGONS.............13
***
SUNDAY EXPRESS January 6, 2019
NEWCASTLE
Going: Standard
(SSR)
THE SCOUT: 1.00 GALILEO’S SPEAR (nap), 1.30 Belabour (nb), 2.00 Tor (tr), 2.30 Elysees
Palace, 3.00 Kheros, 3.30 Call Out Loud. JASON HEAVEY: 2.30 DOMMERSEN (nap)
GRINDER: Elixir De Nutz (left) wins
Colin’s Elixir a
perfect tonic
RACING
By Jason Heavey
COLIN TIZZARD’S excellent form
continued when Elixir De Nutz toughed it
out to win the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
The trainer has enjoyed a fine few weeks,
picking up big-race successes with Welsh
National victor Elegant Escape and Dipper
Novices’ Chase hero Lostintranslation.
In Elixir De Nutz, he has another exciting
prospect who will be aimed at the spring
festivals. The horse did it the hard way,
leading all the way and repelling his rivals
with slick jumping and a relentless gallop.
Grand Sancy put up a brave fight in
second and only went down by half a length.
Elixir De Nutz was completing a hat-trick
following two wins at Cheltenham and was
cut to 14-1 from 20-1 for the
Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
with both Betfair and
Paddy Power.
Tizzard (right) said: “He
has toughed that out again.
Going from the front like that,
you have got to be tough. He jumps his
hurdles and is away from them so fast.
“If we held him up I don’t know whether
he could do that. That is the beauty of him
– the way he crosses a hurdle he takes a
length out of them every time. Terry
[Warner, owner] said when he sent him to
me he’s the best horse he has had for a long
time. I wouldn’t think there is any chance of
him running between now and Cheltenham
as he has had a tough old race.”
While Elixir De Nutz has a massive
future, Houblon des Obeaux is entering the
twilight of his career. But the 12-year-old
easily won the Veterans’ Chase Final after
an enterprising ride by Charlie Deutsch.
Trainer Venetia Williams said: “It’s just
fantastic and I’m absolutely thrilled. He has
been a wonderful horse and we’ve had him
since he was a three-year-old.
“He has been a mainstay of the yard for a
long time.”
1.00
BETWAY HANDICAP£3,493 (Class 6)
2m 56yds
(9 declared)
1.30
AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP
£3,369 (6)
1m 4f 98yds
(12)
359217- NEVADA (17) S Gollings 6 11-0 .........................Mr S Walker 97
853112/ RAINBOW LAD (602) (D) M Appleby 6 11-0
Miss S Brotherton 96
3
(7) 8/652L5- l BELABOUR (128) (D) (T) W Brisbourne 6 11-0
Becky Brisbourne(3) H99
4 (8) 134455- SOMETHING BREWING (J8) I Jardine 5 10-12
Mr Nathan Seery(7) 98
5
(6) 10767L- ROMANTIC (58) (T) N C Kelly (IRE) 10 10-6
Mr C J Todd(5) 94
6
(5) 4L0969- CROSS SWORDS (34) Roger Fell 4 10-3
Heavelon V’d Hoven(7) 88
7
(1) 507748- HUGOIGO (22) J Goldie 5 10-0.Miss Shannon Watts(7) 88
8 (12)
L0969- EMPEROR SAKHEE (22) K McLintock 9 10-0
A Anderson(3) 89
9
(3) 990604- ELITE ICON (22) J Goldie 5 10-0 ................Miss C Walton 89
10 (11) 073898- ONDA DISTRICT (107) (C) Mrs Stella Barclay 7 10-0
Miss Sophie Smith(5) 88
11 (2) 45/5677- HELLAVASHOCK (J15) A Whillans 6 10-0
Mr Connor Wood(7) 86
12 (9) 0/LL908- KILCORAN (22) P Kirby 4 9-11 .......... Mr Tom Midgley(5) 88
BLINKERS: No. 1 VISOR: No. 11 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 4, 6.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 9, 5.
Forecast: 11-4 Nevada, 7-2 Rainbow Lad, 6 Something Brewing, 7 Belabour,
10 Romantic, 12 Cross Swords, Emperor Sakhee, Elite Icon, 20 Others.
2018: Esspeegee 5-10-7, Jessica Cooley(3) 6-5 Fav (A Bailey), drawn (6), 8 ran.
1
2
(4)
(10)
2.00
BETWAY LIVE CASINO HANDICAP
£4,140 (5)
1m 4f 98yds
(11)
513L6-4 l TOR (2) I Jardine 5 9-10 ..................................S Woods(5) H99
3L1012- TRAUTMANN (22) (C&D,F) Rebecca Menzies 5 9-9
A Rawlinson 88
3
(8) 056394- LUV U WHATEVER (19) (D) Mrs M Fife 9 9-9 . B McHugh 86
4 (10)
508/1- ISLE OF AVALON (11) (D,F) (T) Sir M Prescott 4 9-8
L Morris 98
5
(4) 32/L052- GLAN Y GORS (22) D Thompson 7 9-5 ..................... C Lee 97
6
(6) L/4344- MIDDLESCENCE (22) Lucinda Egerton 5 9-5....K O’Neill 85
7
(9) 435414- CHAMPARISI (27) (C,D) G Tuer 4 9-4 ..............J Mitchell 87
8
(5) 0L4L00- FEARAUN (83) Mrs Stella Barclay 4 9-3................. J Hart 83
9
(1) 554125- ROYAL COSMIC (161) (D) R Fahey 5 9-0 ....... T Hamilton 84
10 (3) 53L72L- FRENCH HEROINE (22) D Carroll 4 8-10 ..........J Fanning 86
11 (11) 224315- PAMMI (22) (C&D) J Goldie 4 8-7 ............ Phil Dennis(3) 87
TONGUE STRAP: No. 2 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 2, 5.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 9, 1.
Forecast: 11-4 Isle Of Avalon, 7-2 Trautmann, 4 Tor, 8 Pammi, 10 Glan Y Gors, 12 Royal
Cosmic, 14 Champarisi, 16 Luv U Whatever, Middlescence, 25 Others.
2018: Theglasgowwarrior 4-8-13, P J McDonald 8-11 Fav (J Goldie), drawn
(8), 9 ran.
1
2
(2)
(7)
2.30
BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP
£4,140 (5)
1m 2f 42yds
(9)
5LL606- DOMMERSEN (18) Roger Fell 6 9-11 ........B Sanderson(5) 92
4/411- l ELYSEES PALACE (247) (C&D,F) (T) Sir M Prescott
5 9-8 L Morris H99
3
(9) 30271L- GOD WILLING (17) (D) D Carroll 8 9-6 ..............J Fanning 90
4
(4) 620252- MAMETZ WOOD (19) K Burke 4 9-6 Jonathan Fisher(7) 90
5
(7)
838771- REMMY D (61) (D) J Goldie 4 9-4 ....... Corey Madden(7) 92
6
(2) 166375- ROCKWOOD (122) (D) K McLintock 8 9-4 .............. J Hart 91
7
(6) 522452- MR CARBONATOR (19) (F) P Kirby 4 9-1 .........J Mitchell 96
8
(5) L11/558- BAHKIT (32) (C&D) P Kirby 5 8-12 .......................A Mullen 88
9
(3) 446612- BERLUSCA (20) (D) (T) David Loughnane 10 8-11
Mark Crehan(7) 91
VISOR: No. 6 TONGUE STRAP: No. 3 CHEEK PIECES: No. 4.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 5.
Forecast: 2 Elysees Palace, 9-2 Mametz Wood, 13-2 Mr Carbonator, 7 Dommersen,
8 Remmy D, 10 Berlusca, 12 God Willing, Rockwood, 16 Bahkit.
2018: No corresponding race.
1
2
(8)
(1)
3.00
LADBROKES NOVICE STAKES
£4,140 (5)
1m 2f 42yds
3YO
(9)
13- l KHEROS (20) (F) (T) Archie Watson 9-7....E Greatrex H99
6- GATE CITY (17) Adrian Nicholls 9-2 .....................A Mullen 77
ONE VISION (F) (T) C Appleby 9-2 ....................J Mitchell 82
5- TOP POWER (37) (T) A Balding 9-2 ...........................G Lee 91
4- WAR TIGER (50) (F) R Fahey 9-2 .................... T Hamilton 94
0- AMBER (22) P Niven 8-11 ........................ Ben Robinson(3) 79
LIZZIE LOCH A Whillans 8-11....................................C Hardie 78
MISS MOROCCO (T) J Gosden 8-11.........................R Havlin 86
7- TRAPANI (25) (T) J Gosden 8-11 ...........................K O’Neill 89
VISOR: No. 2.
Forecast: 2 Kheros, 3 One Vision, 4 Miss Morocco, 6 Top Power, 7 War Tiger, 12
Trapani, 50 Lizzie Loch, Gate City, 66 Amber.
2018: Flag Festival 9-2, T Marquand 2-1 (C Appleby), drawn (1), 4 ran.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
1
(4)
(7)
(1)
(8)
(6)
(9)
(3)
(2)
(5)
3.30
(3)
SUNRACING.CO.UK HANDICAP
£6,728 (4)
7f 14yds
(6)
22045-5 l CALL OUT LOUD (5) (D) M Appleby 7 9-9
A Rawlinson H99
2 (6) 022145- FUWAIRT (74) (D) (T) David Loughnane 7 9-7
Mark Crehan(7) 98
3
(4) 1/11L7L- MADE OF HONOUR (10) (D) K Burke 5 9-5.............. C Lee 94
4
(1) 736L10- PORTLEDGE (37) (C&D) J Bethell 5 9-5...........J Fanning 93
5
(5) 5L407L- ANDALUSITE (17) (D) (T) J Gallagher 6 8-3 .....A Mullen 87
6
(2) 121798- SUPREME POWER (61) (C&D) Miss T Waggott 5 8-3
L Morris 91
BLINKERS: No. 4 VISOR: Nos. 1, 5 TONGUE STRAP: No. 1
CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 3, 6.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 2.
Forecast: 5-2 Call Out Loud, 3 Made Of Honour, 4 Fuwairt, Portledge, 8 Supreme
Power, 12 Andalusite.
2018: No corresponding race.
LINGFIELD: Standard to slow
12.40—FORBIDDEN PLANET (R Kingscote, 6-5
fav) 1; Graceful James (6-1) 2; King Of The Sand (3-1
2nd fav) 3. 7 ran. (R Charlton). Non-runners:
Appenzeller, Sir George Somers.
1.15—MATTERHORN (F Norton, 8-11 fav) 1;
Mythical Madness (16-1) 2; Lexington Law (7-2 2nd
fav) 3. 6 ran. (M Johnston). Non-runner: Breden.
1.45—NYLON SPEED (M Harley, 11-10 fav) 1; Dutch
Uncle (5-1) 2; Tralee Hills (4-1 2nd fav) 3. 8 ran. (A
King).
2.15—SALATEEN (M Harley, 3-1 2nd fav) 1;
Straight Right (4-5 fav) 2; Take The Helm (9-2) 3. 5
ran. (D O’Meara).
2.50—RENEGADE MASTER (Nicola Currie, 25-1)
1; Target Zone (7-2) 2; Coolagh Forest (8-1) 3. 12 ran.
(G Baker; 7-4 fav Harvey Dent).
3.25—KODILINE (Katherine Begley, 8-1) 1;
Highland Acclaim (12-1) 2; Real Estate (33-1) 3. 11 ran.
(P Evans; 5-2 fav Critical Thinking). Non-runner:
Wilson.
Placepot: £153.70
Not won (rollover £1,005,633.00). Scoop Six:
Place £1,330.60. Bonus
Not
won
(£700,180.00 rollover).
Quadpot: £44.00
NEWCASTLE: Good to soft-good
in places; aw: slow
11.55—ROYAL RESERVE (Derek Fox, 6-1) 1;
Wishfull Dreaming (10-3 2nd fav) 2; Suggestion (11-10
fav) 3. 6 ran. (Miss L Russell). Non-runner: The
Character.
12.25—HAWK HIGH (B Hughes, 5-2 2nd fav) 1;
Cool Mix (1-2 fav) 2; Reverant Cust (11-2) 3. 5 ran. (T
Easterby). Non-runner: Ravenhill Road.
RESULTS
12.55—MOUNTAIN HAWK (J Hamilton, 5-1) 1; For
Three (66-1) 2; Point Break (9-1) 3. 10 ran. (T Easterby;
9-4 fav Lord Of The Rock).
1.30—YOUNOSO (Ross Chapman, 2-1 fav) 1;
Monsieur Bagot (11-1) 2; Charlie Snow Angel (14-1) 3. 7
ran. (Miss T Jackson).
2.00—PETITE GANACHE (B Hughes, 11-4 fav) 1;
Call The Cops (6-1) 2; Pinspot (16-1) 3. 10 ran. (N
Richards). Non-runners: Cully Mac, Silk Or Scarlet.
2.35—ASCOT DE BRUYERE (B Hughes, 7-4 fav) 1;
Thedrinkymeister (4-1) 2; Donna’s Delight (3-1 2nd
fav) 3. 6 ran. (J Ewart). Non-runners: Grand Morning,
Samstown.
3.10—ZAKHAROVA (Ross Chapman, 10-11 fav) 1;
Bravantina (16-1) 2; Paris Dixie (6-4 2nd fav) 3. 7 ran.
(Laura Morgan).
Placepot: £86.10. Quadpot: £19.80
SANDOWN: Hurdle: soft-good to
soft in places; chase: good to softsoft in places
12.15—TORPILLO (D Jacob, 3-10 fav) 1; Fukuto
(14-1) 2; Paddy The Chef (12-1) 3. 7 ran. (N TwistonDavies).
12.45—DAREBIN (Jamie Moore, 7-2) 1; Capeland
(evens fav) 2; Poker School (10-3 2nd fav) 3. 4 ran. (G
L Moore).
1.20—LARRY (Jamie Moore, 7-2 2nd fav) 1;
Darius Des Bois (5-2 fav) 2; Western Miller (6-1) 3. 8
ran. (G L Moore).
1.50—LAURINA (R Walsh, 1-8 fav) 1; Sensulano
(5-1 2nd fav) 2; 2 ran. (W P Mullins (IRE) ). Non-
runners: Got Away, Smaoineamh Alainn.
2.25—ELIXIR DE NUTZ (T J O’Brien, 3-1 2nd fav)
1; Grand Sancy (4-1) 2; Southfield Stone (6-1) 3. 5 ran.
(C Tizzard; 6-5 fav Rathhill). Non-runner: Idee De
Garde.
3.00—HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (C Deutsch, 7-1) 1;
Theatre Guide (14-1) 2; On Tour (12-1) 3; Rock Gone
(13-2 ) 4. 17 ran. (Miss V Williams; 6-1 fav Rathlin
Rose).
3.35—MONSIEUR LECOQ (Lizzie Kelly, 11-4 fav) 1;
Our Merlin (9-2) 2; Eragon De Chanay (6-1) 3. 7 ran.
(Mrs J Williams).
Placepot: £107.60. Quadpot: £11.80
WINCANTON: Good-good to soft in
places
12.30—TEXAN NOMAD (L Williams, 20-1) 1;
Desiremoi D’Authie (4-1 jt fav) 2; Working Class (14-1)
3. 15 ran. (R Harris; 4-1 jtfav Midnight Midge).
1.05—PINK GIN (M Grant, 10-1) 1; Cheque En
Blanc (9-1) 2; San Satiro (9-2 2nd fav) 3. 8 ran. (N
Twiston-Davies; 9-4 fav Cesar Et Rosalie).
1.35—KAPCORSE (Bryony Frost, 2-5 fav) 1;
Summit Like Herbie (33-1) 2; Apple Mack (33-1) 3. 9
ran. (P Nicholls). Non-runner: Caro Des Flos.
2.05—MOLINEAUX (R Johnson, 4-1 fav) 1; Enola
Gay (5-1 co 2nd fav) 2; Barton Knoll (6-1) 3. 7 ran. (C
Tizzard).
2.40—TEDHAM (N Scholfield, 4-1 fav) 1; Tight Call
(7-1 jt 2nd fav) 2; Wicked Willy (8-1) 3. 14 ran. (Jonjo
O’Neill).
3.15—CALIPTO (H Nugent, 7-2 2nd fav) 1;
Catamaran Du Seuil (4-1) 2; Opening Batsman (10-1) 3.
7 ran. (Miss V Williams; 7-4 fav Copain De Classe).
Going: Gd to soft
(SSR)
THE SCOUT: 12.40 Brandon Castle, 1.10 Knocknanuss, 1.40 Phoenix Way, 2.10 Lee Side Lady,
2.40 The Two Amigos, 3.10 Cybalko, 3.40 Argyle.
SPORTS RACING IN HD NOVICES’ HURDLE
12.40 SKY
£5,393 (Class 4) 1m 7f 195yds (13 declared)
(8) 466423- l GALILEO’S SPEAR (10) (F) (T) Sir M Prescott 6 10-4
L Morris H99
2 (4) 613253- RUBENESQUE (J23) (D) Tristan Davidson 7 10-3
Phil Dennis(3) 95
3
(6) L9612/1- SHINE BABY SHINE (J15) (D) P Kirby 5 9-12 .J Mitchell 91
4
(7) 97L77/1- GREY MIST (22) (C&D,F) K McLintock 5 9-9 ........ J Hart 91
5
(2) 690008- ISHARAH (18) (C&D) (T) N C Kelly (IRE) 6 9-8O J Orr(3) 89
6
(1) 611220- SEASEARCH (15) (T) A Balding 4 9-7 ........................G Lee 93
7
(9) 216276- HIGHWAY ROBBER (22) (C) W Storey 6 9-0 Paula Muir(5) 89
8
(3) 006053/ SIGURD (J96) Miss J Foster 7 8-10 ................... B McHugh 89
9
(5) 9/33684- DIZOARD (J60) I Jardine 9 8-10 .........................J Fanning 94
TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 2, 5, 7 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 5, 6.
Forecast: 11-4 Galileo’s Spear, 9-2 Shine Baby Shine, 5 Rubenesque, 6 Grey Mist,
7 Dizoard, 8 Seasearch, 12 Highway Robber, Isharah, 25 Sigurd.
2018: No corresponding race.
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PLUMPTON
l BRANDON CASTLE (20) (C&D) N King 7 11-11...Bryony Frost H99
ZOFFANY BAY (22) (C&D) Ali Stronge 5 11-11 .............A Wedge 98
BADDESLEY PRINCE (36) C Gordon 5 11-5 ..................T Cannon
91
CHAIN SMOKER (29) G L Moore 6 11-5 ..................Jamie Moore 86
HARRY HAZARD (24) Miss Z Davison 5 11-5Tom Cheesman(5) 77
LOS CERRITOS (545) M Harris 7 11-5..................... Will Kennedy 82
MR STUBBS (219) P Henderson 8 11-5......................James Best 74
MUDDLE THINKING (34) G L Moore 5 11-5 .........Joshua Moore 74
PEMBERLEY (28) Emma Lavelle 6 11-5 ......................A Coleman 88
ROYAL CONCORDE (20) Mrs L Jewell 8 11-5 ................T Garner 81
TEST RIDE (20) N Mulholland 5 11-5 ............................R T Dunne 86
MADAM ANNA (26) (C) Mrs L Jewell 6 10-12 .. J Sherwood(3) 80
QUESTIONATION (20) P Henderson 8 10-12 ..........N Scholfield 84
TONGUE STRAP: No. 1. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1.
Forecast: 6-4 Brandon Castle, 2 Zoffany Bay, 8 Pemberley, 12 Baddesley Prince, 14
Test Ride, 20 Los Cerritos, Muddle Thinking, Mr Stubbs, 25 Others.
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104 PF34-49
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5F0
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776107 444-367
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7L
109 57-50
110
5/6
111
8L-68
112 15L-06
113 590-5L5
1.10
TWITTER NOVICES’ CHASE
£7,343 (3)
2m 3f 164yds
1.40
‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE
£6,498 (3)
2m 4f 114yds
2.10
AT THE RACES APP HANDICAP HURDLE
£3,119 (5)
2m 4f 114yds
2.40
SUSSEX NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE
£19,018 (3)
3m 4f 102yds
3.10
AT THE RACES ON FACEBOOK HANDICAP CHASE
£5,328 (4)
2m 3f 164yds
(9)
3.40
ATTHERACES.COM HANDICAP HURDLE
£5,328 (4)
1m 7f 195yds
(6)
201 1P4-F11 l KNOCKNANUSS (37) (C) G L Moore 9 11-8 ........Jamie Moore H99
202 311111 MASTER DINO (37) G Macaire (FR) 5 11-3...................... D Jacob 98
2035/22325- GLENLOE (255) G Elliott (IRE) 8 10-12 ................. B J Geraghty 97
204 22411P- GOOD MAN PAT (268) A King 6 10-12 ..................W Hutchinson 90
205 3516-65 ONEFORTHEROADTOM (22) H Fry 6 10-12 ..............R McLernon 94
206 1145F8- SLATE HOUSE (268) C Tizzard 7 10-12......................... H Cobden 90
TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 2, 6. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 4, 1, 2, 6.
Forecast: 11-10 Master Dino, 4 Knocknanuss, 5 Glenloe, 6 Slate House, 12 Good Man
Pat, 16 Onefortheroadtom.
(13)
COMMANCHE RED (18) C Gordon 6 11-8........................T Cannon 96
THIRD WIND (34) (C&D) H Morrison 5 11-8 .............T J O’Brien 86
BRANDY CROSS (35) Miss Z Davison 5 11-2Tom Cheesman(5) 76
DEBESTYMAN (20) Miss S Smith 6 11-2 ..................... G Sheehan 79
ECLAIR DE GUYE (20) Mrs L Wadham 5 11-2 ................ D Jacob 82
EMMPARA (259) D F Davis 5 11-2 ...................................... M Grant 75
FURTHER NORTH (20) J W Mullins 5 11-2........ Kevin Jones(3) 76
GLENO (18) G L Moore 7 11-2 ...................................Joshua Moore 88
IT’S GOT LEGS (15) G L Moore 6 11-2 .....................Jamie Moore 87
MERE IRONMONGER (11) B Powell 7 11-2 ................... B J Powell 79
l PHOENIX WAY (29) H Fry 6 11-2 .......................... B J Geraghty H99
UALLRIGHTHARRY (20) Mrs L Jewell 7 11-2 ................T Garner 83
GLENS COUNTY (26) N Mulholland 6 10-9.................R T Dunne 76
VISOR: No. 9. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 8, 2, 12.
Forecast: 7-4 Phoenix Way, 7-2 Third Wind, 4 Commanche Red, 5 It’s Got Legs,
10 Eclair De Guye, 25 Uallrightharry, Gleno, Debestyman, 33 Others.
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304
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
312
313
316-157
30-1
P-6333
5-157
6-64
LLPP
45/1-7L
3-33236
16/707
1-52
P3-21F
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(15)
401 1U8P1L/ GENTLEMAN MOORE (835) (T) Miss N L-Beavis 9 11-10T Garner 86
402 6P982 REALT OR (26) (F) D F Davis 6 11-9 ................................. M Grant 94
403 132/7-L5 SHIMBA HILLS (20) (C) Mrs L Hill 8 11-9 ...................A Coleman 96
4047PP3/23- GIVE HIM TIME (F25) N Gifford 8 11-5....................... J M Davies 87
405 5-74458 INSPIREUS (42) J W Mullins 6 11-4 .................... Kevin Jones(3) 90
406 L34493 l LEE SIDE LADY (26) N Mulholland 9 11-4 ................R T Dunne H99
407 15P/L8-L GENEROUS HELPINGS (238) G L Moore 10 11-3 Mr N F Houlihan(10)
81
408 64/7L-L7 ZANTE (26) (C) G L Moore 7 11-2...........................Joshua Moore 87
409 4P-18L9 WINDY BOTTOM (34) Miss Z Davison 8 11-2 .....Page Fuller(3) 82
410 51057L SIXTIES IDOL (26) (C&D) Miss S West 6 11-1 ......... M Goldstein 88
411 L55LP-2 TRUCKERS TANGLE (1) A Dunn 7 11-1..............................A Wedge 92
412 80-U658 DUC KAUTO (189) C Tizzard 6 11-0 ................................ H Cobden 86
413 71/1238- BOSTIN (539) (C&D) D C O’Brien 11 11-0 .......................T Cannon 90
414 41-LLP4 SHANROE SMOOCH (38) Mrs R Ford 6 11-0 ............R McLernon 86
415 857L-6P LAKETOUR LEADER (26) R Rowe 7 11-0 ............A Glassonbury 86
BLINKERS: No. 10 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 3, 4, 10, 12 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 2, 3, 6, 8.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 6, 3.
Forecast: 9-2 Give Him Time, 5 Truckers Tangle, 6 Lee Side Lady, 8 Realt Or, 10
Shimba Hills, Zante, 12 Inspireus, Generous Helpings, Bostin, 14 Others.
(8)
501 11-R121 l THE TWO AMIGOS (30) Nicky Martin 7 11-12......... M Griffiths H99
502 411/987- PEARL SWAN (260) (T) P Bowen 11 11-9 .........................S Bowen 89
503 L2001L RIGHTDOWNTHEMIDDLE (18) S Curran 11 11-5 ......... G Sheehan 90
504 514551 I SEE YOU WELL (20) (C) J W Mullins 6 11-2 ...... D Sansom(5) 93
505 U44342 CALIN DU BRIZAIS (59) N Hawke 8 10-12 ....................T Cannon 96
506 P344-3U BIG MEADOW (5) N King 8 10-8 .................................... R Johnson 90
507 64/U-312 THE TIN MINER (20) (C) D Bridgwater 8 10-0 ...T Scudamore 92
508 22242-4 LAC SACRE (30) (T) J Flint 10 10-0 .............................R T Dunne 88
BLINKERS: Nos. 2, 5, 8 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 2, 8 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 3, 6, 7.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 6, 4, 8, 2, 3, 7, 1.
Forecast: 5-2 The Two Amigos, 4 I See You Well, 5 Calin Du Brizais, 6 Pearl Swan, 7
Big Meadow, 8 The Tin Miner, 12 Rightdownthemiddle, 16 Lac Sacre.
601 255422 l CYBALKO (9) D Bridgwater 6 12-0 ...............................T Cannon H99
602 3P-35LP DILIGENT (7) A Dunn 6 11-12 ..........................................R Dingle(7) 85
603 14L-064 MAGUIRE’S GLEN (16) (D) Grace Harris 11 11-8 .....M Hamill(3) 94
604 37-8238 KING VINCE (55) J Snowden 6 11-6 ............................. G Sheehan 95
605 F3F5-43 LE CAPRICIEUX (11) (C) G L Moore 8 11-6 ............Jamie Moore 98
606 147145 TURBAN (31) (C&D) P Henderson 12 11-5..................T J O’Brien 98
607 L/LP2-L6 HERE I AM (26) (D) Mrs D Grissell 12 11-3 ..........Joshua Moore 89
608 3262L5 ALF ‘N’ DOR (23) (D) (T) P Bowen 8 11-2 ......................S Bowen 89
609 1U1-2L3 FINNEGAN’S GARDEN (20) (C&D) Miss Z Davison 10 10-12 ..J Bowen 97
BLINKERS: No. 8 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 2, 4, 8 CHEEK PIECES: No. 4.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 8, 2, 9, 7, 5, 3, 6.
Forecast: 9-4 Cybalko, 5 Le Capricieux, 6 Finnegan’s Garden, 7 Alf ‘n’ Dor, 8 Others.
(10)
4125-U2 l ARGYLE (F32) (C&D) G L Moore 6 11-12..... Mr N F Houlihan(10) H99
5-992 ODEN (27) N Gifford 5 11-12 ...........................................R Dingle(7) 94
L586-14 FIRST QUEST (31) (D) J Boyle 5 11-11 ...........................R T Dunne 98
72-L1L7 TELEGRAPH PLACE (27) (D) C Gordon 6 11-11 ............T Cannon 87
PP43-4L MR JACK (28) Mrs L Jewell 7 11-8 ...................................T Garner
91
5/P531-2 GOLDSLINGER (F3) G L Moore 7 11-6 .....................Jamie Moore 95
84U863 STONECOLDSOBA (35) (D) D P Quinn 6 11-6............A Coleman 93
LP/4357 MAISY BELLE (20) Miss Z Davison 8 11-6 ..........Page Fuller(3) 92
L-4625B GANNICUS (F17) (D) B Powell 8 11-1 ............................ B J Powell 92
830-657 DREAM BAIE (34) M Roberts 6 10-6 ..........................T J O’Brien 84
VISOR: No. 1 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 6, 9, 10 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 2, 7, 9.
SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 6.
Forecast: 7-2 Argyle, 4 First Quest, 5 Stonecoldsoba, Oden, 6 Goldslinger, 10 Others.
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3
4
5
6
7
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9
10
3.50—WINSTON C (N Fehily, 2-1 2nd fav) 1; Grand
Inquisitor (33-1) 2; Colditz Castle (20-1) 3; Le
Ligerien (10-1) 4. 16 ran. (H Fry; 6-4 fav My Way).
Jackpot: Not won, pool of £30,890.70 carried over.
Placepot: £194.40. Quadpot: £16.10
KEMPTON: Standard to slow
4.15—INVITATIONAL (J Mitchell, 20-1) 1;
Vandella (3-1 fav) 2; Pacificadora (6-1) 3. 14 ran.
(R Varian).
4.45—BRAINS (Nicola Currie, 4-1 2nd fav) 1;
Heatherdown (20-1) 2; Lee Roy (12-1) 3. 13 ran. (J
Osborne; 11-4 fav Drummer Jack). Non-runner:
Patronus.
5.15—WITH APPROVAL (L Jones, 10-1) 1;
Molten Lava (5-1 jt 2nd fav) 2; Woggle (5-1 jt 2nd
fav) 3. 13 ran. (Mrs L Mongan; 3-1 fav Luxford).
Non-runner: Polly’s Gold.
5.45—HAPPY ESCAPE (F Norton, 5-1) 1; Pure
Shores (10-1) 2; Roman Spinner (9-2 2nd fav) 3. 9
ran. (A Carroll; 4-1 fav Yusra).
6.15—AMADE (R Havlin, 2-1 fav) 1; Castlelyons
(10-1) 2; Zubayr (14-1) 3. 11 ran. (A G Botti (FR) ).
6.45—XTARA (B McHugh, 5-1) 1; Uncle Jerry
(9-2) 2; Beleaguerment (5-4 fav) 3. 5 ran. (Adrian
Nicholls).
7.15—BLAZON (J Fanning, 14-1) 1; Red
Royalist (11-2 2nd fav) 2; East Indies (16-1) 3. 10
ran. (K Bailey; 10-3 fav Ilhabela Fact). Nonrunner: Buckle Street.Buckle Street| Rule 4
applies to All Bets, deduct 5p in the pound
7.45—SIR PRIZE (R Winston, 20-1) 1; Double
Legend (3-1 jt fav) 2; Turn Of Luck (3-1 jt fav) 3. 14
ran. (D Ivory).
Placepot: £1,748.80
(Race 1) 7, 14, 9; (2) 8, 11, 2; (3) 1, 4,
14; (4) 8, 2, 3; (5) 5, 8, 11; (6) 4, 2;
Quadpot: £50.20
WATSON RULED OUT FOR EIGHT WEEKS
❑
JASON WATSON is expected to be out of action
for around to six to eight weeks following a fall at
Kempton on Friday.
Last season’s champion apprentice suffered two
small hairline fractures of a vertebra in his neck in a
a tumble on Jeremy Noseda’s Teresita Alvarez.
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12 COMMENT
FOOTBALL
Jim Holden
Have your say at: Express.co.uk/jimholden. Or you can email Jim at jim.holden@express.co.uk
Sad that talent like Ramsey
is more appreciated abroad
Brit pair
in titanic
M
battle
ANY football transfers
prompt merely a shrug
of the shoulders and
only the mildest
passing interest in the
financial details.
It doesn’t feel like that with the
impending departure from Arsenal of
their admirably long-serving and
creatively talented midfielder Aaron
Ramsey.
This is a move that saddens the
heart, one that is a matter of regret
over a player who has been with the
Gunners for more than a decade and
who could and should have been a
vital link to the new era under Unai
Emery.
It prompts serious questions.
How good is Ramsey? Well, when
Arsenal withdrew a contract offer
after many months of talks it
sparked an immediate scramble
among all the best clubs in
Europe to snap up the 28-yearold – Bayern Munich, Paris
St-Germain and Juventus at
the head of a long queue.
So why are Arsenal letting him go
at the height of his career?
Only those in charge at the
Emirates Stadium can answer that.
They appear to be in a blinkered
minority about the value of the
Welshman to a high calibre football
team. Ramsey is back where he was
as a 16-year-old sensation at Cardiff
City when every big club in the land
was chasing his signature.
I happened to see his full
professional debut in an FA Cup third
round tie, this weekend 12 years ago,
and his potential was instantly clear.
The kid was the best player on the
pitch by a mile.
All the signs are that Ramsey has
opted to join Juventus in a deal most
likely to be concluded in the summer,
but perhaps even in the next few
weeks of the winter transfer window
if Sami Khedira goes the other way to
Arsenal.
Why Juventus? There is another
question – one answered with
STAR MOVE:
Aaron Ramsey
looks likely to
join Cristiano
Ronaldo (inset)
at Juventus
CAPTION:
words in here
8.5pt franklin
gothic heavy
on 9pt leading
certainty. Ramsey is intrigued to join
the Juventus crusade to win the
Champions League for the first time
since 1996.
He is equally stirred by the
prospect of playing alongside one of
football’s all-time greats in Cristiano
Ronaldo. This is the biggest current
story in European football – the risk
that Ronaldo took in leaving Real
Madrid to help rejuvenate football in
Italy and chase more unique
individual glory.
It could have been a hopeless
failure. It is shaping into a tale for the
ages. He is top scorer in their Serie A
league at the winter break with 15
goals and history beckons on a
multitude of fronts.
If Juventus capture the
Champions League this
season it would mean
Ronaldo has six
triumphs in the
competition to equal
Gento.
He would also
become the only
man, alongside
Clarence Seedorf, to
win it with three
different clubs.
If he stays top scorer
Ronaldo will be the first to
achieve that feat in three
different major European
leagues.
Seven others have done it in two
countries, including John Charles
and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Of course it is an intriguing
challenge for Ramsey.
He will be at the heart of the
game. That’s where the very best
professional footballers
want to be.
It’s why Jadon Sancho
quit the juniors of Manchester
City to move to Germany and become
an integral part of another special
story this season – the rise of
Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho has performed so well that
Dortmund have sold Christian Pulisic
to Chelsea for an astonishing
£60million fee.
Chelsea, in turn, have received a
reported £30m offer from Bayern
Munich for their teenage ace
Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is
struggling to get match time at
Stamford Bridge.
There is a theme here – a sense
that English and British talent is
being tempted away from the
Premier League because they are
more appreciated abroad.
Shouldn’t that make us all pause for
thought as we enter a shiny New Year
of football?
Folly if United make Ole their full-time boss
THE instant revival of Manchester
United is happy evidence that
interim manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer (right) has a fine football
brain and a developing career in
the dug-out.
He is also a man of high
ambition, and that is natural
enough. So, don’t blame him after
four wins in his first four Premier
League matches in charge for
declaring that he wants to be the
long-term boss at Old Trafford. It
would be curious if he said
anything else.
It would also be most curious if
Manchester United were
seriously considering
Solskjaer as the next
permanent manager. It
would be more folly by
executive vice chairman
Ed Woodward to follow
the appointments of Louis
Van Gaal and Jose
Mourinho. A brief look at
the history of interim
appointments handed the
job full-time ought to be
enough evidence.
Craig Shakespeare
did not last long at
Leicester, for
example. Even when
Roberto Di Matteo
rode a chariot of luck
to win the
Champions League
for Chelsea back in
2012 he was swiftly evicted as
manager in the following season.
Interims hold the fort. They do it
superbly or they do it poorly.
Football clubs then choose the very
best candidate. If the previous
managerial work of Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer made him the right
choice for Manchester United he’d
already be the permanent boss.
It did not – and that is the truth
for the powerbrokers of Old Trafford
however this season pans out.
THOMAS
to relish
FROOME
THERE will be many titanic
battles in sport in 2019, not least
at the cricket and rugby world
cups.
But the biggest British duel will
be at the Tour de France, where
team-mates and previous Yellow
Jersey champions Geraint Thomas
and Chris Froome will face a
profoundly difficult showdown.
Cycling teams cannot truly
accommodate two leaders. They
are set up to work for one main
rider, and splitting their energy
would be supremely risky.
It seems as if neither Thomas
nor Froome will budge in their
ambition, with both opting to
ignore the Giro D’Italia and
concentrate on the Tour de
France.
The battle will be as hot as
molten lava even before the race
begins.
Which of title
chasers will
take plunge?
PHEW. There is the prospect of an
exhilarating title race in the
Premier League rather than
another procession to glory.
The victory by Manchester City
against Liverpool the other night,
leaving only six points between the
top three clubs, was a welcome
result for English football.
We have three outstanding
teams right now, because
Tottenham are also in that
category. A race to the wire would
be fabulous, with demons to be
slayed all around.
Liverpool are chasing a first title
in almost 30 years. Spurs have
been waiting for nearly 60 years.
City are aiming to be the first side
to retain the Premier League for a
decade. And the most pressing
immediate question is this: Will
any of them take a plunge into the
window transfer market and sign a
new star who makes the
difference?
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47
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do the show, they just want to do it for the
fun of it. They bring out the best in you.”
He adds, tellingly: “But let’s face it, for the
guest stars, it’s a jolly. For me, it’s very
annoying because I’m stuck there for
five-and-a-half months!”
Two episodes are shot every five weeks,
he reveals. They try to do it in sequence
“but it doesn’t always work out like that. So
for your typical guest actor they might be
here for one to three weeks. They might only
be in it for three or four days’ shooting, too.”
Clearly they’re not suffering for their art
with Death In Paradise. But they can’t
appear in it twice. Or can they?
“I had this great idea,” Ardal tells me, “for
a ‘super’ episode like a Celebrity Death In
Paradise in which you would bring back
your favourite guest stars who would be
suspects in another murder. That would be
possible. I think it would be brilliant.
“From last year, I’d like to see Simon
Callow, Nigel Planer, Sian Gibson and one
other. There could be a ballot for the fourth
‘I can’t reveal who’s
in this series but I
can say in one
single episode there
are three household
names. THREE!’
and then bring back all three detectives and
we solve it together. It’s good, isn’t it? The
BBC should listen to me more often!”
Jack is settling into island life, he reveals,
doing things such as crab racing. “It is a
real thing,” Ardal insists.
“There is a fantastic scene in one of the
episodes. I, too, thought they were making it
up. But when we went to shoot, it was like
cock fighting for some of the older folk. The
crabs are numbered and have to run out of
a circle. Everyone was going mad.”
W
ith all that excitement in
this fictional paradise, it’s good
to hear there’s a downside. “I
don’t like to complain,” he says,
“because people just won’t take it. They
think we’re having a great time out there.
But it is too hot; too humid. The weather is
also very temperamental. So there are lots
of difficulties with filming.
“There is a full-time team of people who
cool you down. The big one, and the main tip
for anyone going there, is to dip a bit of
chamois leather in ice and, when you get a
minute, put it around your neck. Stays cold
for half an hour. Or use big, industrial fans!
“There’s a lot of new clothes, too,
changing out of those soaked with
perspiration. That’s to keep the ‘fantasy’ of
paradise, if you like. It’s not like a Graham
Greene novel where it’s all sweat.”
He stays in a house, not a hotel. “It’s a
five-and-a-half month block. There’s no time
to fly back. It’s tough! OK, there is a break in
the middle for a week but it’s not enough
time to go back. My family do come, though,
for a six-week break in the middle of it.
“To be honest, I’ve loved it and you do get
into the rhythm. The family come to the set
now and then but mostly go off on wonderful
adventures and get to know the marine life!
But there are now loads of British tourists
here, just because of Death In Paradise.”
We talk about the wonderful 1990s comedy
Father Ted, in which he memorably played
Father Dougal. He recalls: “It just had a real
charm about it and a childish quality, which
is good. I think because they’re priests and
they’re on a remote island, it doesn’t date.
“But the writers were clever in that they
made it physical, like a visual cartoon.
There are pop culture references, like
Sinead O’Connor, but not too many. My
favourite episode is Speed III, the one on
the milk float!
“It was, yes, the most fun I’d ever had
doing a series. There was also a little feeling
that we were on to something. Nobody knew
it was going to fly but as we were doing it we
thought it was funny and it turned out well.”
And the current state of sitcom? “I do
think that since The Office there has been
a move away from having the live studio
audience, so there’s more concentration on
character rather than the gag count. It’s
coming up with a good idea. But it’s the holy
grail if you can come up with one.”
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Paradise has some of that magical quality.
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understandably
reluctant to rehearse
new productions over
the holiday season, the theatrical
spotlight this week turns on two
recent West End transfers.
Much has been made of the fact
that Nine Night is the first play by
a black woman to be presented in
the West End but Natasha
Gordon’s debut is a worthy
addition to the commercial scene
regardless of its author’s race or
gender.
The African slaves transported
to the West Indies took with them
the traditions of the continent from
which they had been torn. One of
these is the nine-night, a wake
held on the ninth night after a
death when the bereaved gathered
to mourn, honour, feast, dance, and
at times communicate with the
recently deceased spirit.
The Windrush generation
brought these rituals to England
and Gordon depicts the difficulties
of maintaining ancestral customs
in an alien culture.
Gloria has died and her children
Lorraine and Robert (beautifully
played by Gordon herself and
Oliver Alvin-Wilson) are at odds
over the practical arrangements
that follow.
Their simmering resentments
and sibling rivalries will resonate
with many. But then Lorraine and
Robert’s older half-sister Trudy
(Michelle Greenidge) bursts on to
the stage like a High Wind from
Jamaica.
Meanwhile Gloria’s formidable
cousin Maggie demands that the
full ceremonial be observed. As
played by Cecilia Noble, Maggie is
a glorious comic creation. Her
Caribbean patois meant that I
only understood one word in
IMPRESSIVE:
Sharon
D Clarke in
Caroline Or
Change,
above, and
Cecilia
Noble, left,
as comic
cousin
Maggie in
Nine Night
three but her moues and scowls
spoke volumes.
Although slavery had been
abolished almost a century
earlier, the racial divide remained
vast in early 1960s Louisiana
where the musical Caroline Or
Change is set.
After his epic, epoch-making
Angels In America, playwright
Tony Kushner chose a much
T
WILD: Marta Fontanals-Simmons in The Monstrous Child
smaller canvas on which to
explore the ferment in America’s
Deep South. Revisiting his own
boyhood, he focused on his
relationship with Caroline, his
family’s maid.
Caroline is a conflicted
character. Although bitterly
resentful of her low wages and
gruelling work in the family’s
baking laundry room, she shuns
HIS year sees the Royal Opera
House reopen its 400-seat Linbury
Theatre after a three-year,
£50.7million construction project.
Described as “the West End’s newest and
most intimate theatre”, the Linbury kicks off
on February 21 with the world premiere of
British composer Gavin Higgins’s The
Monstrous Child based on the novel by
Francesca Simon, famous for her series of
Horrid Henry children’s books.
The “monstrous child” in question is Hel,
teenage daughter of Loki, the Norse god of
fire and mischief, so we can expect to meet
some of Wagner’s Ring Cycle characters in
Simon’s black comedy which paints the
mythical deities as a dysfunctional family.
British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta
Fontanals-Simmons makes her Royal Opera
debut as tearaway Hel.
Covent Garden’s main stage has lined up
an impressive array of stars. Norwegian
director Stefan Herheim’s new production of
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen Of Spades, a
tragedy about gambling addiction, opens on
January 13 with Dutch soprano Eva-Maria
Westbroek, mezzo Dame Felicity Palmer and
Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.
Christof Loy’s staging of Verdi’s revenge
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UNUSUAL PAIRING:
Jurgita Dronina and
Isaac Hernandez
in Swan Lake
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E
nglish National Ballet is
firing on all cylinders these
days. At every performance,
the stages, from backcloth
to footlights, achieve an excellence
of which its founders Alicia
Markova and Anton Dolin would
be hugely proud.
However what those British
dance legends would make of
Jurgita Dronina’s Odette/Odile is
another matter.
Yes, she is surrounded by
dancers who are sound in
technique and artistically
committed. And yes, Dronina’s
opera
By Clare
Colvin
tragedy La Forza del Destino is a revival
not to be missed. It opens on March 21 with
a starry cast of Russian diva Anna Netrebko,
German mega-tenor Jonas Kaufmann and
leading baritone Christopher Maltman.
English National Opera re-opens at the
end of January with the return of the
popular La Boheme and Philip Glass’s
spectacular Akhnaten. The first new
production is Franz Lehár’s The Merry
Widow starring Sarah Tynan as Hanna
Glawari and Nathan Gunn as Count Danilo,
which opens on March 1.
From April 21 Deborah Warner stages the
first production at the Royal Opera for
nearly two decades of Britten’s all-male
opera Billy Budd with Jacques Imbrailo,
Toby Spence and Brindley Sherratt in the
leading roles.
From April 26 it’s time to “Dream The
Impossible Dream” as Man Of La Mancha,
dance
By Jeffery
Taylor
technique is first class. But
unfortunately there is far more to
dancing the lead in Swan Lake than
pretty feet and legs.
Dronina’s idea of an
interpretation of love betrayed
appears to go no further than the
simpering smile and pretty poses
she remembers from the rehearsal
room mirror.
Regrettably for her but happily
for us, she was partnered on
Thursday by Isaac Hernández as
Prince Siegfried. His emotional
the musical based on the Cervantes classic
Don Quixote, returns after 50 years for a
six-week run at the Coliseum. It stars Kelsey
Grammer (below) as Don Quixote and
Danielle de Niese as Dulcinea.
Opera Holland Park opens on June 4 with
Puccini’s early opera Manon Lescaut.
Elizabeth Llewellyn is the impulsive
anti-heroine unable to choose between a life
of luxury and love.
Next is Verdi’s Un Ballo In Maschera, a
tale of politics and illicit love based on the
assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden.
Rodula Gaitanou directs, Matteo Lippi is
Gustavo and Anne Sophie Duprels his wife
Amelia. And from July 20, Francesco Cilea’s
rarely performed L’Arlesiana, set in
Provence, tells of a young man’s
obsessive love for a woman from
Arles.
Country house festivals are led
by style-setting Glyndebourne in
East Sussex. It starts on May 18
with Richard Jones’s staging of
Berlioz’s hell-raising
The Damnation Of Faust.
Tenor Allan Clayton is
Faust and bass
Christopher Purves
interpretation of a man prepared
to die for love was profoundly
moving. And his technical abilities
more than matched Dronina’s
which meant that the story told in
the world’s favourite ballet was
wildly lop-sided.
So often the lead male role of
Siegfried in this 19th-century
melodrama is reduced to the
ballerina’s prop. Hernández’s
dramatic conviction puts an end to
that. His technique is as sharp as a
razor, dealing admirably with the
murderously controlled solo
inserted recently as a show-off for
the male lead. He generates guts
and imagination every time he
appears, as do the main body of
ENB dancers.
Technically they are faultless.
Heels are down, legs are straight
the tempter Mephistopheles, with Robin
Ticciati conducting the London
Philharmonic Orchestra, culminating in the
propulsive Ride To he Abyss.
Garsington Opera at Wormsley celebrates
its 30th anniversary with Welsh soprano
Natalya Romaniw as Smetana’s The
Bartered Bride, opening May 29, followed
by Don Giovanni with Jonathan McGovern
as the Don. Garsington marks Offenbach’s
bicentenary on July 1 in the first UK stage
performance of Fantasio with mezzo Hanna
Hipp in the title role.
The Grange Festival in Hampshire opens
on June 6 with new stagings of two popular
operas, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and
Verdi’s Falstaff, plus Handel’s staged
oratorio Belshazzar.
Grange Park Opera in Surrey opens
on June 8 with Gershwin’s Porgy And
Bess and Humperdinck’s Hansel And
Gretel. And the revival of Jo Davies’s
GPO staging of Verdi’s Don Carlo with
Leonardo Capalbo as Carlos and
Clive Bayley as his father King
Philip II of Spain is yet another
performance that promises to
make 2019 an unforgettable
year for opera fans.
and bent only when required and
the corps de ballet is totally
absorbed in what they are doing.
Very refreshing.
The Act One peasant pas de trois
and Act III character dances,
including a czardas and Neapolitan,
are terrifically convincing thanks
partly to the orchestra which plays
with such refreshing gusto that it
shows the audience how exciting
flat-out dancing can be.
If only Dronina could be
persuaded to break a few emotional
barriers and venture beyond the
old-fashioned traditions. The days
when classical ballet was expected
to be wooden and pretty when
wearing a tutu are long gone.
Luckily Hernández, bolstered by
the company’s overall impact,
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the burgeoning civil rights
movement and berates her
daughter Emmie (the powerfully
defiant Abiona Omonua) when she
refers to a man as black rather
than “coloured or Negro, like you
was raised up to”.
Unlike Kathryn Stockett’s
broader exploration of the same
theme in her novel, The Help,
Kushner’s drama remains
exclusively domestic. But it is
domesticity with a difference,
complete with a singing washing
machine and a dryer, as well as a
Supremes-like trio who emerge
from Caroline’s radio to dispense
both cheer and advice.
Stephen Sondheim has nothing
to fear from Kushner’s
surprisingly clunky lyrics but
Jeanine Tesori’s richly eclectic,
fragmented score should make
him look to his laurels.
There is not a weak
performance, adult or child, in
Michael Longhurst’s elegant
production. But the highest
plaudits must go to Sharon
D Clarke as Caroline, never
smoothing her character’s
edges but winning our hearts
through her strength, dignity
and soaring voice.
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the directors keep the stylistic
flourishes to a minimum and let their
subject to do the talking. Faced with
steely US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, this was probably the only way.
The title comes from the blog Notorious
RBG, which has turned this tiny, frail-looking
85-year-old into an icon for the internet age.
In February, we will see how Ginsburg’s
ground-breaking legal cases overturned
gender discrimination in the 1970s in the
rousing biopic On The Basis Of Sex. But her
current notoriety comes from her role as an
eloquent dissenter in a Supreme Court
stacked in favour of the right wing of the
Republican party.
Yet the film shows how most of her
successes have stemmed from her desire to
find common ground with opponents. It was
this that saw her through her student days
when she was one of nine women in her
Harvard Law School class of 500.
When her husband and fellow student
Marty was diagnosed with cancer, Ruth
doubled up on her work and attended
Marty’s lectures as well her own.
At the time she was also a young mother
so she would come home, put the baby to
bed and then start studying, often surviving
on a couple of hours’ sleep a night. According
to her friends “she doesn’t do small talk”.
She probably never had the time.
Her children say they used to see her
smile so rarely that they collated a book of
incidents called Mummy Laughs. But Cohen
and West manage to capture her cracking up
when watching Kate McKinnon play her on a
Saturday Night Live TV sketch.
“She’s like a cyborg,” says her personal
trainer as we see her working out at the
gym. It seems there’s plenty of fight left in
this truly remarkable woman.
However RBG is less ambitious than the
new film by Robert Zemeckis, who has been
pushing at the boundaries of cinema since
he pitted Bob Hoskins’s gumshoe detective
against an ensemble of Looney Tunes
veterans in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
He also wowed us with Forrest Gump and
The Polar Express and returns with the
wildly original Welcome To Marwen,
marrying cutting-edge animation with live
action. You won’t have seen anything quite
like the bizarre motion-capture sequences
in his film about artist Mark Hogancamp.
And I doubt you’ve met anyone like
Steve Carell’s version of the man. After
being thoroughly creeped out by his
supposedly uplifting story, you’ll
probably be glad you haven’t.
If you’ve seen Jeff Malmberg’s
award-winning 2010 documentary
Marwencol, you’ll know Mark’s
art was born out of trauma. In
2000 he was beaten into a
coma by thugs outside a bar
after confessing to being a
cross-dresser. After
painstaking physical
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therapy, Mark managed to teach himself
to walk again. Dealing with the trauma
required more extreme therapy. Mark
created a doll-sized replica of a Belgian town
called Marwencol during the Second World
War. A cast of plastic figurines populated the
town which Mark photographed in a series
of gruesome tableaux.
An Action Man figure called Hogie was his
avatar, five Nazi soldiers represented his
attackers and Barbie dolls stood in for the
women who had helped his recovery. The
pictures formed the basis of an exhibition
that made a victim into a respected artist.
Zemeckis turns the photographs into
animated action movies. A motion-captured
Carell is reborn as grizzled Action Man
Captain Hogie, protected from the Nazis by
heavily armed and very scantily clad Barbies
who look and sound like actresses Janelle
Monáe, Merritt Wever, Eiza González, Leslie
Mann and Diane Kruger.
The dialogue is peppered with one-liners
and the action plays like a pastiche of the
war movie, similar to Roger Rabbit spoofing
1940s film noir. But the subject matter is no
laughing matter. Nobody tried to rape or
torture Jessica Rabbit, which seems to
be a daily threat for the Barbie
inhabitants of Marwen.
In between, we get scenes of
Carell’s live-action Mark fretting
about attending the trial of his
attackers, buying dolls from
Roberta’s (Wever) craft store
and obsessing over his new
neighbour Nicol (Mann).
Here Mark presents
his photos in broadly
feminist terms. In his
head, he fetishises
his female friends in
plastic because
“women are the
saviours of the world”.
But Carell’s Hogancamp
makes this a very tough sell. We
learn little about him except that
he collects ladies’ footwear, watches porn
(to add an extra dose of creepiness,
Zemeckis’s wife plays Mark’s favourite porn
star, Suzette), is obsessed with the Second
World War and used to draw pictures of
topless women.
For the film to pack an emotional punch
we have to be on the lead character’s side.
But when big-hearted Nicol knocks on his
door, you want to tell her to run a mile.
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he painfully pretentious
drama Life Itself is not only
available at the cinema but
subscribers of Sky’s movie package
can also suffer it at home.
Divided into “chapters”, it tells stories
that intersect at a car accident. Antonio
Banderas is the stepfather of a boy who
witnesses the tragedy, Oscar Isaac is a
grieving widower, Annette Bening his
therapist and Olivia Cooke the victim’s
daughter.
Writer-director Dan Fogelman wrote films
for Disney and Pixar, and has come a long
way from Fred Clause and dog animation
Bolt. His eureka moment is revealed halfway
through this meandering, time-jumping
drama. Olivia Wilde’s student is writing an
essay on “unreliable narrators” (think Kevin
Spacey in The Usual Suspects) when she
hits on what she sees as a new angle.
“Life itself is the ultimate unreliable
narrator!” she shrieks to her boyfriend
(Isaac). Fogelman’s idea is that we all lie to
ourselves as we try to make ourselves the
heroes of our own life stories.
The concept is baked into his stupid
movie. We’re shown conflicting viewpoints
and at times a mysterious narrator replays a
scene to show the difference between what a
character remembers and what they did.
Banderas’s section is best. He is so good
as a troubled Andalusian olive farmer that
Fogelman lets him get on with it. The other
strands are wildly over-written. The narrator
is only revealed at the long-awaited end. And
she’s reliably irritating.
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Review: ARTS
MY TV
LIFE
Peter Bleksley
The former undercover detective is
The Chief on Channel 4’s Hunted and
Celebrity Hunted. Peter, 59, has
written four factual crime books
What was your first TV memory?
Hiding behind the sofa for Doctor Who
– I guess that’s everybody’s first
memory! The Daleks and the
Cybermen were terrifying. I love Jodie
Whittaker as the new Doctor.
Who was your first TV crush?
Diana Rigg as action woman spy
Emma Peel in The Avengers. Who
could forget that leather catsuit?
What was your first TV appearance?
The Channel 4 docu-drama Undercover
Cops, along with three other officers.
Gary Love from Soldier Soldier played
me in the dramatised scenes and did it
far better than I could! Sadly, the first
episode was the day the Queen Mother
died – that dominated viewing figures.
What is your favourite current show?
The Heist, which sadly ended last
month. It has similarities to Hunted
but the great joy is I can watch it
without knowing what happens next.
For me, that’s a real treat.
Which TV show would you
take to a desert island?
Grandstand, every episode, although if
I had to narrow it down, the Des
Lynam years. It would be handy if the
island commissioned new episodes so I
could keep up with my beloved QPR.
What TV show would you like
to put out of its misery?
MasterChef. I’m not a foodie so I’ve
never heard of half the things they
cook. If they showed us how to make a
decent omelette, it’d be very helpful.
Guiltiest TV pleasure?
Jeremy Vine’s Channel 5 morning
show. I have it on while working but get
dragged into it. Jeremy has a light
touch, better than Matthew Wright.
What are you up to at the moment?
Hunted, series four. And my new book,
To Catch A Killer. And I still track
down people who committed murder
and think that they’ve got away with it.
GARRY BUSHELL
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Channel 4. To Catch A Killer: My Hunt
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Murder is out now (John Blake, £8.99).
Sorry BBC, sex-free
Les Mis fails to sing
TELEVISION
By David
Stephenson
T
HERE’S a terrible crisis at the BBC.
They can’t fi nd any more Victorian
novels to adapt. They’ve searched high
and low, and on really old bookshelves
made of wood near where they keep copies of
Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective, marked
“never to be repeated”. But it’s true – no more
Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray or Eliot. Even a
Stevenson would do.
So in the spirit of our continuing and now
historic entente cordiale with Europe, we’re
helping the French with an adaptation of one
of their own, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
(BBC One, Sunday).
I can’t imagine ever saying this again but it
could really use the odd song or two to break up
the grinding, relentless tempo. Has anyone ever
tried that? I could even see Les Miserables as a
full West End musical possibly running for years
and breaking records, or maybe a memorable
film, with top stars. I do hope it happens.
In the meantime, we have Andrew Davies’s
take on this classic French house brick of a book
sans song. This writer is known for sexing up
his stories. Tipping The Velvet was his and he
found sex in War And Peace, too, even with all
that trouble – and tea drinking – going on.
But here he’s gone serious on us which will, of
course, have all the French complaining from
the barricades – “Where is our sex then?”
closely followed by “Who’s taken our herring?”
It’s all terribly well done and has a sound cast
but I’m not sure it’s either entertaining or
enthralling enough. It rather trundles along, not
really grabbing you off the sofa. It doesn’t
compel, more confound. But there were two
parts that diverted me from my Quality Street
box. The first was when I thought Britain
momentarily appeared to lose the Battle of
Waterloo. Until I was reminded that the
wounded soldier lying among the corpses and
wondering, “Who won?” was on Napoleon’s
side. Silly me. It’s a story about the French.
Don’t get too excited.
My other excitement was found in Sir Derek
Jacobi reprising his Cadfael with some aplomb.
When he’d finished bestowing all his silverware
on the petty thief Valjean (Dominic West), I too
felt a tiny degree of absolution. Indeed, I might
try knocking on the doors of a few monsignors
when I’m next in France. As it is, the French
will be stopping us all at Calais, wondering
why we made every Les Mis character sound
like a Cockney.
I
S THERE room for another TV celebrity
chef? If you’re Tom Kerridge, yes. He
appears to have lost an incredible amount
of weight which is clearly why he has been
chosen for Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start (BBC
Two, Wednesday), the most patronising show
since Delia showed us how to boil an egg.
This time, eight families who “know they need
to change their eating habits” but can’t be
bothered to look on the internet for a healthy
recipe would like to be filmed on national
television to “turn their life around”.
Why isn’t this show on BBC One? I defy
anyone to decipher the difference between the
two main BBC channels now. BBC Two is
stuffed with food, including a Tom Kerridge
recipe for “sausage and mash”, only the mash is
made from a swede. Or as one volunteer put it,
“What’s that in the corner [in a basket of
healthy food]?”
Back In Time For School (BBC Two,
Thursday) was a little better although again the
GIVE US A SONG: Dominic West as the sensible new face of Europe in Les Miserables
audience were treated as airheads who know
nothing about history. This series is simply
another saccharine nostalgic trip and inevitably
a way to bash the Empire which, yes, was far
from perfect but has now become a plum target
for TV producers or anyone who wants to
grumble about the current state of affairs.
I imagine most of those would have been
apoplectic during the discussion about Empire
Day 1904. They would also have shrieked at
hearing Australian aborigines being described
as “savages” in a late-Victorian English
on’s
Stephenset
Rock
on’s
Stephenset
Rock
They’re so pleased with themselves on Insert
Name Here (BBC Two, Wednesday) that the
panel have started to applaud their own
efforts. Ironic? Alas, no. Self-satisfied, more
like. I have my own name to “insert” into this
dire panel show too but it would be
unprintable. It’s on its fourth series, by some
miracle. Is it to keep Sue Perkins at the BBC?
Surely she should give up too. I’d rather watch
her version of the Generation Game… OK, let’s
not be hasty. Or maybe her daytime chat
show? OK, this is getting silly.
textbook. That’s not news, BBC, or maybe it is
for the snowflake generation. But I’m afraid,
they’re no longer watching. It’s just us.
F
INALLY, Luther (BBC One, TuesdayFriday) continued the festive horrorfest
with one of the creepiest scenes ever, a
serial killer stealthily pursuing a young
woman on a bus. Where was the clippie? On
The Buses’ Jack would have sorted him –
“Wot’s your caper, sunshine?” Biff! The killer’s
wife, played by Hermione Norris, was past
coping with him. What she would have done for
a quiet night in with Robert Bathurst’s
troublesome David in Cold Feet.
Simultaneously, we had the return of femme
fatale Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) who has
always had a particular hold over our hero
Luther (Idris Elba).
Two key questions remain for me, having
seen all of the fifth series. Firstly, why did
Luther’s phone never go flat over four days?
Secondly, in all five series, not once have I seen
him do any paperwork.
Perhaps next season, his incredibly forgiving
boss will finally sit him down for a few days to
write up a report on what happened over the
past four days. Luther was definitely getting
rather careless with his sidekicks. Will there be
a season six? Only once he’s released from
prison... although Luther in maximum security
is sounding like a superb spin-off.
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Review: ARTS
Vera: TV’s brainiest sleuth
B
The mac is back, solving another string of
curious cases, David Stephenson learns
RENDA Blethyn is
celebrating – and so is ITV.
Against all expectations,
and after nine series, Vera
was Britain’s second most popular
drama show last year, falling in
behind the BBC’s runaway success
Bodyguard. Barely able to hide her
happiness as we chat at ITV’s
London HQ, she says: “We’re all
delighted with it!”
Why does she think the detective
drama has been such a hit? “One
12-year-old in the audience when we
were doing a Q&A said it was his
and his friends’ favourite show.
“I said, ‘Why do you like it?’ He
said, ‘Well, she’s in charge telling all
these men what to do, and she’s
funny. She makes us laugh’. So it’s
great that we’ve got young people
who like the show. And then we
learn this morning that it’s the
highest rated ITV drama. Great!”
After nine years, surely it’s about
time Vera was given a promotion, I
suggest. “Well, yes, but Vera doesn’t
ask to be liked. Her team didn’t
warm to her to begin with. Then
they did. And the audience go,
‘Well, what did they see in this
woman? Oh yeah, she’s all right’,
and they warm to her.”
However it’s not her team who
generally deliver the killer. It’s
Vera’s superb brain power which
drives the show and the crime
solving. She has many lightbulb
moments, not least in the first
episode of the new series, when we
have a “double twist”.
In the story, DCI Vera Stanhope
investigates the murder of Joanne
Castell, whose body is found on a
landfill site. Eventually Vera
discovers that Joanne, a trainee
forensic psychologist, has been
investigating the original crime of a
former prisoner. The revelation is
the beginning of a story with many
red herrings...
“Maybe it’s a sort of lateral
thinking that Vera does,” says
Brenda. “For me though, it’s solving
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My dad and me... we didn’t have a
telly or the wireless because we hadn’t
paid the bill or something. So my
dad would set me and my brothers a
riddle to solve, which would keep us
quiet for an hour or so.”
Brenda, 72 years young, was born
in the seaside town of Ramsgate in
Kent, the youngest of nine children.
Despite her relatively poor
upbringing, her parents introduced
her to films, taking her to the
cinema once a week.
“Funnily enough,” she says,
“Ramsgate started an international
film festival two years ago. It was a
tiny little affair, begun by a local
person. It was lovely. And I saw
someone in one of the films and
thought, ‘Gosh, he’s good’. He was
an actor named Gerard McDermott
and I asked him to audition for Vera,
which he did. He’s in the first
episode of the new series,
the father of the victim.”
She also championed a
co-star to direct an
episode in the last series.
Brenda has a very
generous personality
which shines through
from the moment you
meet her. And she shows
her puzzle-solving talents
by setting me a cryptic
crossword clue which I fail to crack
during the interview. As
punishment, she gives me two
others to solve on my way home.
Would she direct an episode of
Vera? “No, I do what I do. I do make
lots of comments on the floor. I pipe
up and don’t know when to shut up
sometimes. But what I do, and what
I do to the best of my ability, is to act.
“You always need new ideas
coming into a production from
directors, otherwise all the episodes
would be the same.”
V
era continues to wear her
stylish mac throughout
most of the episodes. It’s
her signature look. “It’s the
same mac but I’ve got more than
one. They’re identical because
there was a scene where I had to
wade into the sea. If you do a
retake, you’ve got to wait while you
dry it. So there are several if you
want to do any retakes.”
And the hat? Vera rarely seems to
take it off, even inside. “She forgets
she’s got it on! She just takes it off
when she can remember!”
The series could even be
something of an export. “A friend
was on a theatre tour in Italy and
went down an alley full of expensive
designer shops and he said he
nearly fainted because standing in
the mirror was ‘Vera’. It was the hat,
the mac and scarf... it just looked
like her! It’s haute couture Vera!”
She adds: “I think there should be
a Vera ‘line’. There is a store in the
Quayside Market [in Newcastle]. A
big sign saying Vera Hats! So I went
to the store and got talking to the
owner when a couple turned up who
said they were fans. The owner, who
was talking to them, gestured to me
but they didn’t recognise me out of
costume. They finally twigged!”
Is it easy for her to play Vera?
“Well, I like the practicality of her, I
really do. I’m perhaps a little more
vain than her, I might look in a
mirror before I go out the door, but
not for any great length of time. Vera,
I don’t think she’s got a mirror.”
And it seems Brenda’s practicality
also knows no bounds. “I’ve plumbed
a toilet on my own,” she reveals.
“I’ve laid a floor. I’ve taken a
fireplace out on my own. I just did it
with brute force. That was a long,
long time ago and you will be
pleased to know that I don’t do it any
more. Thank God.
“A lot of things, when you read up,
you will know if you can do it. But
when you’ve got no money, you’re
starting out and being paid peanuts
and you need a job doing, you might
have to do it yourself.”
Brenda Blethyn, it turns out, is a
woman of many talents.
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EDITED BY GEOFF HO
Monarch’s creditors repaid in full, says KPMG
GROUNDED: The airline
collapsed in October 2017
THE TAXMAN and employees of
collapsed airline Monarch have got
back everything they were owed,
according to administrator KPMG.
It said that it had paid £2.8 million to
HM Revenue & Customs, former
workers and other preferred creditors
of the stricken airline last month.
Monarch went under in October 2017,
with the loss of some 1,800 jobs. Its
failure left around 100,000 people
stranded, forcing the Government
to launch the biggest-ever peace-time
repatriation.
Greybull bought Monarch for £1 in
2014 from the Mantegazza family of
Switzerland. When it collapsed, the
airline owed Greybull £157 million, of
which £60 million has been repaid by
KPMG, from the sale of Monarch’s
takeoff and landing slots at Gatwick
and Luton airports to British Airways
and Whizz Air respectively.
On Friday Monarch Aircraft
Engineering (MAE) which provided
maintenance services to the collapsed
airline, went under. It employed
553 people, of which around 250 were
made immediately redundant.
MAE had sought out other airlines,
such as easyJet and Norwegian, to build
up its customer base. However, it had
inherited the debts of its former parent
and its use of an insolvency process to
try to cut them in October led to clients
fleeing, and, ultimately, its failure.
Morrisons set to be
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By Geoff Ho
MORRISONS is set to take the Christmas
crown this week, as it is expected to unveil
the best quarterly sales figures of all the
listed supermarkets.
This week Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco
and Marks & Spencer will publish their trading updates for retail’s end of year “golden
quarter”, which includes the key Christmas
period. The figures will be closely watched by
the market, as the retail sector is suffering
from the effects of slower consumer spending, with November being especially tough.
Shore Capital head of research Clive Black
said: “Everyone suffered a setback in
November. It was chronically bad. Our sense
is that there was a pick up for food retailers
in December, who benefited from an extra
shopping day as Christmas was on a
Tuesday. Overall though, we expect figures to
be subdued compared to previous years.”
Morrisons will kick things off on Tuesday
and analysts believe it will say that its likefor-like sales grew 0.5 per cent. Under chief
executive Dave Potts, the supermarket giant
has been revitalised after years of haemorrhaging sales and customers. The following
‘Golden quarter’
will ref lect tough
retail conditions
day Sainsbury’s is expected to report that its
sales for the quarter either stalled or went
into reverse. Analyst estimates range from
flat sales growth to a fall of 0.3 per cent.
Bernstein analyst Bruno Monteyne said
that Sainsbury’s figures are likely to be
weaker than its peers as discounters Aldi and
Lidl have been opening stores in regions that
it traditionally dominates and that its pricing
is not as competitive. “That drives underlying grocery weakness that could make it the
weakest over Christmas,” he said.
Jefferies analyst James Grzinic said: “We
model for Sainsbury’s to report Q3 like-forlikes of minus 0.3 per cent reflecting our
assumption of a softening in both grocery
and general merchandise sales. In particular,
we see the latter contracting a little. We
assume clothing sales to have fallen slightly,
mostly reflecting challenging industry conditions from November.”
On Thursday, Tesco and M&S will reveal
their trading figures. Tesco will say sales at
its UK stores saw modest growth, while M&S
is likely to report further falls in clothing and
food sales, according to City analysts.
Although Tesco’s UK business is poised
to deliver a 12th quarter of consecutive
growth, thanks to the turnaround efforts of
chief Dave Lewis, its overseas businesses
are still likely to be struggling.
“For all the positive strides, in many ways
it is a case of one step forward, one step back
at the moment,” George Salmon, equities
analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said.
Black predicted that sales at M&S food and
clothing and home divisions would both be
down by 2.5-3 per cent. He added that
although chief Steve Rowe and chairman
Archie Norman are presiding over a revamp
of the business, it will take time to bear fruit
given the difficult trading environment.
He said: “We reiterate the time needed to
see through the group’s plans and near-term
expectation of flat-lining earnings, and point
out that M&S remains materially profitable.”
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HOUSE OF FRASER’S secured creditors will get
back even less than expected, as the cost of its
administration has soared by more than 50 per cent.
In a letter to creditors dated December 24,
administrator EY said that costs had gone up from
£850,644 to approximately £1.28 million because of
pre-administration lawyer fees. As a result, secured
creditors, who are owed £400 million but were due to
receive a fraction of that, will now get back even less.
In order to pay the increased costs, EY needs the
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first ever trillion dollar
company in August, but
since then its shares have
tumbled and with growth
coming off the boil, do not be
surprised if its woes continue.
Last week £34billion was
wiped off its market value after
chief executive Tim Cook said
that it had cut its revenue
forecasts due to slowing
iPhone sales in China.
Since then comparisons have
been made between Apple and
other fallen technology giants,
such as Nokia, the one-time king
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of mobile phones. Nokia failed
to move quickly enough when
smartphones hit the market and
the rest is history.
Cook’s challenge is to find a
new flagship product or service
to reduce Apple’s reliance on
the iPhone, which accounts for
60 per cent of its revenue, as the
smartphone market is either
close to or at saturation point.
The major problem with
smartphones is that there is not
much manufacturers can add or
do to them to get people excited.
After all, every smartphone is
basically the same; they have
touch screens, a camera, access
to the internet, apps, they play
music, games and videos and
you can make voice and video
calls with them.
Apple’s iPhones have become
ubiquitous and lack that wow
factor. Also, its strategy of
increasing the cost of its newest
models has alienated fans.
The iPhone helped Apple
leave its rivals in the dust, but
unless it diversifies quickly and
finds a new flagship product, it
could get left behind.
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that the annual growth rate for the
three months to the end of December
was 0.4 per cent.
That compares to the 0.3 per cent
­recorded for November, which was the
slowest growth rate seen in six years.
House prices were growing at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in August, but
since then growth has collapsed as
fears over the health of the economy
and uncertainty over Brexit have made
potential homebuyers more wary.
The growth rate has been steadily
falling since March 2016, when it hit 10
per cent. Last week, Nationwide said
that UK house price growth had slowed
noticeably as 2018 drew to a close.
MPs will get their chance to vote on
Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal the week beginning
January 14. It had been scheduled for
December 10 but was called off by May
as it looked doomed to be defeated. May
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promised to return to Brussels to seek
further concessions from the European
Union, but left empty-handed.
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said that if Britain leaves the EU at the
end of March without a deal house prices could fall around five per cent this
year due to “heightened uncertainty
and weakened economic activity”.
However if there is a deal, he said
prices could rise by two per cent for
2019. Archer added that rising real
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stock should support prices.
“The downside for house prices
should be limited by the shortage of
houses for sale,” he said.
“High employment is also supportive
for the housing market while mortgage
interest rates are still at historically
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Bitcoin needs to be subjected to greater scrutiny and transparency
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criminals, according to the International Monetary Fund.
General counsel and director of the IMF legal department Rhoda
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threat that the crypto-currency and other developing financial
technologies present, without stifling innovation and inclusion.
Tracing the flow of criminal and terrorist money using new financial
technologies will require countries to remove legal and practical
barriers to international cooperation. She said: “Mobile money
transfers, distributed ledgers and virtual currencies have legitimate
uses but can be used to conceal or facilitate criminal activity.
“Put another way, nearly cost-free consumer payments and nearly
untraceable ransom payments are two sides of the same (bit)coin.”
Hometree set to branch out
online boiler installation and services company Hometree is looking to
­expand nationwide, says its founder
­Simon Phelan.
At the moment the firm serves the
south of England up to Birmingham,
but it plans to expand across the country this year, as well as branch out into
other services.
Phelan wants to expand into areas
like electricals and plumbing and
­ ompete with the likes of Homeserve.
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In September Hometree raised over
£6 million from investors, led by insurer
Allianz, to fund its expansion plans.
Hometree users book a consultation
online and speak to an engineer via
video call. It claims it can have an engineer on site and installing a new boiler
for a customer within 24 hours of initial
contact and that users can save up to
50 per cent on British Gas prices.
YOUR MONEY
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PERSONAL FINANCE EDITOR
E
very penny counts these
days, which makes it
astonishing that Britons
have lost track of
pensions, savings and
other assets worth tens of
billions of pounds, yet are making little
effort to locate them.
It is surprisingly easy to lose large
sums, especially if loved ones died
without telling family members where
the money is, but tracing them may be
easier than you think. Even if you have
lost track of old pension schemes,
share certificates, investment plans,
bank accounts or Premium Bonds, that
does not mean they have disappeared
without a trace. Here is how you can be
reunited with your lost wealth.
Orphan assets
There is an estimated £15 billion worth
of orphaned savings, pensions and
investments looking for a home,
although some put the figure as high
as £77 billion. The Government has
even started to dip into the pot of
lost money, spending hundreds of
millions on good causes including
homelessness, financial exclusion,
youth unemployment and debt.
However, you can still claim any lost
funds, provided you can dig up proof
of ownership. Carl Drummond, senior
wealth planner at wealth adviser
Sanlam UK, is urging people to see
the New Year as an opportunity to
reclaim forgotten assets: “This money
belongs to you and could be worth
many thousands of pounds.”
Pensions
The UK’s lost pension mountain
alone could be worth £20 billion,
according to the Association of British
Insurers, while separate research
from advisers Tilney
said one in five has lost
at least one pension.
David Woollett,
customer director at
Phoenix Life, said
policyholders may
have diligently saved
for many years: “It is
a real tragedy if you
let this hard work go
to waste.”
Drummond said
losing track of
pensions is all too easy
as the average worker
has 11 jobs during their
career: “You can also
lose your personal pensions if you
move house or change your name and
neglect to update your details.”
First, try your former employer’s
human resources department,
otherwise the free Pension Tracing
Service can help, even when businesses
have merged or gone bust. Visit Gov.uk/
find-pension-contact-details or call
0800 731 0193. Alternatively, the
Pensions Advisory Service offers free
tips, advice and search tools.
How to track
down your
valuable
lost assets
email enquiries@theia.org. For lost
investment trusts, contact the
Association of Investment Companies
on 020 7282 5555 or via email,
addressed to enquiries@theaic.co.uk. The Unclaimed Assets Register will
search millions of records from around
75 different companies for a fixed fee
of £25 per search.
Banks and bonds
There is an estimated £850 million
sitting unclaimed in bank and building
society accounts, according to the
Money Advice Service. Drummond said:
“These days we are less loyal to our
banks than our parents or grandparents
were, but this increases the likelihood
of losing money as we switch.”
Free online tracing service
MyLostAccount.org.uk covers more
than 30 banks and all
44 building societies
in the UK. “It is
particularly useful in
instances where a
bank or building
society has closed
or merged, and you
should get a response
within three months,”
he added.
It also covers
National Savings &
Investments, including
Premium Bonds where
there are an estimated
1.5 million unclaimed
prizes worth more than
£60 million. Check whether you have
won a prize in the past by completing
an online form at NSandI.com.
‘They will
search their
records for
free, but will
charge a fee
for issuing a
replacement
certificate’
Investments
Jason Hollands, managing director
of Tilney Investment Management
Services, said share certificates and
investment funds are also easy to lose:
“If you find any certificates lurking at
the bottom of a draw or filing cabinet
consider moving these into an online
stockbroking account where you can
track and trade them more easily.”
Drummond said if you think you
hold shares in a company but cannot
find the certificates, check by applying
direct to the three main company
registrars: Capita, Computershare
and Equiniti.
“They will search their records for
free, but will charge a fee for issuing
a replacement certificate,” he said.
Alternatively, the Investment
Association can help you trace lost
unit trusts. Call 020 7831 0898 or
Insurance
Life insurance policies are designed to
run for decades and are therefore
easily forgotten, with an estimated
£2 billion languishing in old policies,
according to Unclaimed Assets UK.
You can check whether a deceased
relative had life insurance by going
through bank statements to see if they
were paying any premiums.
Child trust funds
Tax-free child trust funds were opened
for children born between 2002 and
2011 with a £250 government bonus, but
an estimated one million are classified
as “addressee gone away”, meaning
huge sums are lying around unclaimed.
You can check if one of your children
is eligible at Gov.uk. You will need a
Government Gateway ID, which you will
already have if you submit a tax return.
Lottery wins
Most people dream of winning the
lottery, but there is almost £12 million
worth of unclaimed National Lottery
prizes. You have only 180 days to claim
it, otherwise the money goes to National
Lottery Projects. Check your lucky
numbers at National-Lottery.co.uk.
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GO WITH THE
FLOW:
Champneys
Forest Mere,
left, will help
you get back
into shape
EDITED
BY NIGEL
THOMPSON
Time to put
the boot in
Travel
Have you over-indulged at
Christmas? Time to book a
get-fit holiday. NICOLA ISEARD
and MARJORIE YUE have found
plenty to inspire you...
BOXING IN HAMPSHIRE
Punch away the festive pounds on this one-night
Boxing Boot Camp break at Champneys Forest
Mere in Liphook. Not only is boxing a great way to
burn off those excess calories, it’s also an excellent
cardiovascular workout.
Technical sessions on foot movement and basic
defence moves are combined with speed, agility
and reaction work together with a morning run,
skipping plus a relax and stretch class to deliver a
fun and challenging workout that will leave you
energised for the new year.
The lakeside spa has just had a major refurb so
after the knockout sessions, you can unwind in the
new Thermal Poolside Suite complete with tropical
rain and cool-mist showers, an outdoor relaxation
area with heated water beds and a heated outdoor
Hydropool.
● THE DEAL: Arriving on January 19, Champneys
Forest Mere Boxing Boot Camp break starts at
£350pp including all meals and up to 20 fitness
and relaxation classes (champneys.com).
BOOTCAMP IN PORTUGAL
A STRETCH ABROAD: Yoga and pool facilities
at Longevity Cegonha Country Club in Portugal
Scoffed one too many mince pies at Christmas?
Sign up for the Longevity Cegonha Country Club’s
seven-night Bootcamp programme. You can expect
up to eight hours of workouts each day – think
pulse-racing power hikes, cardio camps, circuit
training and a testing TRX (total body resistance
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Flying direct from a selection of UK airports
Departing April to October 2019
Experience some of the world’s most spectacular scenery as you enjoy
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Tour Highlights
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Rail travel from Inverness to Kyle
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Journey on the steam-hauled
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Cross the famous Glenfinnan
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exercise) camp. Cool down with soothing yoga,
Pilates and Tai chi classes, and enhance recovery
with an osteopathy session and massage to help
relax tired muscles. Take time out to go exploring
– the resort is located just a sweatband’s lob (or
rather three miles) from Vilamoura, with its
picturesque marina and sandy beaches.
● THE DEAL: The seven-night Bootcamp
programme (between February 1 and December
31) starts at £1,600pp (two sharing) on full board
which includes transfers from Faro airport.
EasyJet fly to Faro from Gatwick, Luton,
Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and
Southend (healthandfitnesstravel.com/ 0203 397
8891).
DUNE BUDDIES:
Head to Cornwall
for yoga on the
beach at sunset.
Stay at Sandy
Acres, below,
which has hot tubs
YOGA AND MEDITATION IN CORNWALL
CARIBBEAN
BOOSTER:
The Energie
Retreat
Centre
overlooks
Antigua’s
historic
Falmouth
Harbour
and boasts
classes
from Pilates
to yoga
What better way to kick-start your 2019 fitness
regime than with a weekend in a beautiful Scandistyle lodge, set among the white sand dunes of
Gwithian beach in Hayle?
This month Cornish Gems is offering a three-night
wellness break which includes six yoga and
meditation sessions and two wellbeing workshops
(led by a health psychologist).
You’ll also go on a series of guided walks following
the South West Coastal Path – so you can burn
calories while taking in sweeping sea views.
Afterwards, return to your lodge – a short drive from
St Ives – which sleeps six in three en suite super-king
bedrooms complete with a private hot tub, log burner
and veranda.
Food is sure to be highlight too, with healthy and
hearty meals such as baked banana porridge and Sri
Lankan monkfish curry.
● THE DEAL: Available on January 18 and 25, the
three-night half board wellness break starts at
£390pp based on six sharing a lodge at Sandy Acres
(cornishgems.com/01872 241241).
REJUVENATE ON ANTIGUA
Soak up some Caribbean sun on a restorative break
at the Energie Retreat Centre in Antigua’s historic
English Harbour overlooking Falmouth Harbour.
Just launched by personal trainer, nutritionist and
masseuse Shayne van Beek, the island’s first
dedicated gym and yoga retreat offers classes from
pilates and yoga to kickboxing and belly dancing.
And there’s a chance to work out with a personal
trainer in the state-of-the-art gym then soothe sore
muscles with a Thai yoga massage (from £56 for 60
minutes).
● THE DEAL: Seven nights self-catering in an
Energie apartment sleeping two starts at £959,
including daily yoga and fitness classes and gym
access. Massage, reflexology and acupuncture
treatments (extra charge) can be booked. Flights
extra. energieantigua.com
DETOX IN BATH
Sign up for a one-night detox break at boutique hotel
No 15 Great Pulteney. Feel Prosecco-induced toxins
escaping your body via three 60-minute Ila Spa
treatments; you’ll be treated to a facial, massage and
scrub, each focusing on relieving stress.
In between treatments you can kick back in the
spa’s cedar wood hot tub, barrel-shaped sauna and
steam room or sink into one of the comfy armchairs
in the relaxation room in front of the open fire,
sipping a herbal detox tea.
Afterwards, get some well-earned sleep in one of
the hotel’s 40 luxurious bedrooms, complete with big
beds, wall murals created by local artists and – for
some – bird’s-eye views over Great Pulteney Street.
● THE DEAL: From £499 per room (two sharing),
including breakfast and three spa treatments each
(no15greatpulteney.co.uk/spa15/01225 807015).
REST ASSURED: A luxurious bedroom and
the hot-tub, right, at No 15 Great Pulteney
WALKING IN LANZAROTE
Fancy combining your get-fit regime with some
winter sun? Head to Lanzarote for a week-long
walking trip in February.
With two different levels of walks each day,
you can follow mountain paths through the
Valley of a Thousand Palms, taking in wild sandy
beaches, vineyards, idyllic villages and deserted
coves.
Highlights include an 11-mile walk along the
Femes Ridge, renowned for its panoramic views of
the surrounding peaks and valleys, followed by a visit
to a secluded lava beach.
Be sure to pack your bathing suit – with
temperatures reaching up to 24C this time of year
you’ll need to cool off after all that exertion.
● THE DEAL: From £1,225pp (two sharing),
including B&B at Hotel Lancelot in Arrecife and
dinners at the hotel or local restaurants, return
flights to Arrecife from Gatwick (Manchester and
Birmingham also available at a supplement)
departing February 17 or 24 and transfers
(ramblersholidays.co.uk/01707 331133).
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FIT FOR PURPOSE: The relaxing Hotel Lancelot, left, and right hiking the crater of the Caldera Blanca
From wandering through history...
...to writing your own
IN THE BAG: Fitness gear
HEADPHONES, £69.99
These Jakan headphones
from Urbanears have an
adjustable ergonomic fit,
magnetic earbuds and a
clear sound for 12 hours.
Available in seven colours.
Stockists: urbanears.com
SHORTS, £16
These Supernova Pure Parley
shorts from Adidas are made
of lightweight, moisture wicking
fabric spun from recycled
plastic. They have a zip pocket
and reflecter strips on the
sides for running in the dark.
Stockists: adidas.co.uk
TRAINERS, £105
Hoka’s new Cavu 2 shoe,
features their PROFLY™
cushioning (softer in
the heel for shock
absorption, and firmer
in forefoot for propulsion)
and are as light as a feather.
Available from February 7.
Stockists: hokaoneone.eu
JANE MEMMLER
SOCKS, £13
These 2XU
Vector cushion
crew socks
provide ankle
and arch
stability with a
wide toe box
and a light
cushion on
the sole.
Stockists: 2XU
01189 321
556/2xu.com
T SHIRT, £30
Björn Borg Cynthia long sleeved
tee with iconic BORG print on
sleeves. Made from Hydro Pro
that wicks moisture away.
Stockists: bjornborg.com
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• Deluxe seaview en suite
rooms are air-conditioned
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• Return -ights from
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• Return transfers and
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4 ALOE HOTEL
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GARDENING ADVERTISING FEATURE
Plant some fresh ideas
Spring can’t come soon
enough but plans can be
made for the year ahead,
says Louise Midgley
pests and beneficial insects alike. Provide
a natural form of pest control by growing
annuals that are rich in pollen and nectar,
close to plants that are plagued by aphids.
Lacewings, ladybirds, hoverflies and
parasitic wasps will be lured in by the
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control.
Phacelia tanacetifolia is one of the best,
it’s easy to grow and beautiful too.
G
ardeners are hard wired
to be positive and although
well aware their gardens will
be cold and uninviting for the
next few weeks, they can at
least focus on the fact that the
shortest day of the year has now passed
and each new day promises to be a little
lighter and therefore longer.
So, when the weather prevents any
outdoor activity, do a little armchair
gardening instead.
Look back at the triumphs and failures
of 2018 and formulate new creative plans to
embark upon this year. Think about what
to grow, what not to grow and be sure to
step out of your comfort zone and try
something new.
Your garden should reflect your own
unique taste and not conform to what’s
currently in fashion.
Make it a sanctuary of calm, a hive of
activity or an eclectic mix of designs,
whatever works for you and puts a smile
on your face when you spend time in it.
Here are a few positive ideas to consider.
Visit gardens open to the
public
Pick up ideas and inspiration from other
people’s gardens. Thousands of privately
owned gardens open to the public every
year under the National Garden Scheme
(ngs.org.uk).
Many are average-sized and therefore
relatable to the majority of gardeners.
Highly-motivated garden owners will
share advice, discuss specific plant
requirements and generally wax lyrical
about gardening. You are bound to leave
full of enthusiasm and with masses of
original ideas for your own outdoor space.
Grow your own food
Be more tolerant of insects
Recent studies have shown an alarming
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New year gym’s a tonic
Flats with
fitness
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can bring
us all a
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Deborah
Stone
PERFECT FIT:
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These communal facilities are becoming
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According to Greater London Authority
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popular than going to the theatre – 26 per cent
compared to 14 per cent – so having one
practically in your own home is as convenient
as it gets.
Bellway Homes’ The River Gardens in
Greenwich, south east London, is a case in
point. Its luxury apartments are close to River
Thames walks and residents have a private
gym and swimming pool.
The development is well placed to take
advantage of other leisure attractions such as
Greenwich Park, London’s oldest royal
enclosure, where a walk up the hill to the
Royal Observatory is good exercise in itself.
Greenwich has a range of shops, from high
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market, while transport links include the
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Docklands Light Railway and, from December,
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Woolwich.
The apartments have open-plan kitchen/
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in the kitchen, a fitted wardrobe in the bedroom,
contemporary bathroom and a balcony – with
two balconies for three-bedroom flats.
Prices start from £445,000, rising to £590,000
for two bedrooms and £740,000 for three (0845
257 6065; belway.co.uk).
In north London, Hendon Waterside is
starting the new year by opening its residents’
gym and offering up to £6,000 Stamp Duty
savings for buyers who sign up before the end
of January. The development is next to Welsh
Harp Reservoir, which has sailing and
canoeing clubs as well as footpaths and bike
trails through the surrounding wildlife and
nature reserve – so there are plenty of
opportunities to exercise.
Having a residents’ gym is also a great way
to get to know your neighbours, says Barratt
west London sales director Ed McCoy, who
adds: “It is so convenient not having to travel;
instead you can pop in any time you have a
spare few minutes and build up your fitness
levels with a little-and-often approach, rather
than having to wait all week in the hopes of
having several hours to spare.”
Hendon Waterside will be a development of
2,000 homes with the price of a one-bedroom
apartment at £384,000, although two and
three-bedroom homes are also available
(03331 302 663; barrattlondon.com).
All have parking spaces but Hendon railway
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London St Pancras International taking 17
minutes, while Hendon Central Tube station is
on the Northern Line with trains to Euston.
A
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It’s an exceptional place, full of ancient oak
trees and herds of deer, and is a magnet for
families, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
There’s also a golf course, fishing and even
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WINTER’S
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HE INTOXICATING spirit of discovery has
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street-level views of the planet with satellite
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Renault Kadjar
By Iain Dooley
R
ENAULT’S fast-track to
crossover fame has
certainly been assisted by
partner Nissan. The
Japanese firm might have
donated its popular Qashqai
platform but you can’t accuse the French
carmaker’s Kadjar of being a lazy
copycat offering. First launched in 2015,
Renault has already sold 450,000 Kadjars
globally and its family look linking it to
the Megane hatchback and smaller
Captur SUV is obvious.
But is that enough to differentiate this
second-generation variant from its many
rivals who also promote the virtues of
family-friendly lifestyles? Certainly the
mid-size Kadjar’s organic, flowing lines
contrast with the more upright and
brash stance of some rivals. Its primary
focus on style and comfort has clearly
resonated with customers and it’s a
policy that continues with this updated
model. Tweaks to the exterior include
changes to the car’s nose, lights and
bumpers plus a wider colour palette.
Mechanically, the biggest changes are
under the bonnet, with the new engine
line-up – two turbo-petrol, two turbodiesel – focusing on improved
performance and emissions. The 1.3-litre
petrol pair can be had with 140 or 160bhp
and, frankly, the less-power car is more
than good enough. It’ll zip along on
motorways with ease and also copes well
with twisty country roads with a 0 to
60mph time of 9.6 seconds and 126mph
top speed and 134g/km emissions.
Thankfully the manual gearshift is
precise and slick, proving to be anything
but a chore to use. The auto option is
equally competent, although the lack of
steering wheel paddles to change gear
won’t please everyone and the manual
override is a little clunky. Left to its own
devices it’s fine for the majority of the
Happy families
time. Mated to the same 1.3-litre unit in
160bhp guise, the extra slug of power is
welcome and the overall experience is
equally quiet and capable, with an
almost diesel-like ability to chug along at
low speeds in a high gear.
If you still want a diesel Kadjar it’s
good to know that it’s also a capable
choice. A 1.5-litre unit is available with
115bhp and a 1.7 in 150bhp trim, with the
former engine capable of 67.2mpg
average fuel economy and the latter also
powering the flagship all-wheel drive
model.
And in this guise, with a fancy
switchable drive mode feature, it’ll
happily trundle over modest obstacles
and shrug off the perils of muddy fields
LOGBOOK LOWDOWN
Price range:
£20,595- £29,995
Engine range:
Turbo-petrol – 1.3, 1.3-litre
160bhp; Turbo-diesel – 1.5,
1.7-litre
Power: 0 to 60mph in
9.9 seconds, 130mph top
speed (1.3-litre 160bhp)
Average fuel economy:
67.2mpg (1.5TD)
CO2 emissions range:
111-134g/km
Rivals: Peugeot 3008,
Nissan Qashqai,
Volkswagen Tiguan
Rating: 8/10
and rutted tracks. If you plan on towing
anything, this is the one to have.
Both six-speed manual and sevenspeed automatic gearboxes are available
depending on the specific model. A
dedicated all-wheel drive variant sits
atop the majority front-wheel drive
range, with the former enabling the
driver to switch between more frugal
front-drive running, an auto mode or a
“lock” mode to permanently engage
all-wheel drive at low speeds for genuine
off-roading tasks.
Renault has also engineered the
Kadjar with seven-and-a-half inches of
ground clearance which should do much
to challenge its “soft-roader” tag.
On the road the Kadjar is clearly set
up for comfort but pleasingly body roll is
minimal. The ride comfort itself is good
which is impressive considering Renault
hasn’t resorted to any Citroen-style
suspension trickery. The car’s
redesigned front seats make a valuable
contribution though. Overall, the Kadjar
is a pleasingly rounded package that’s
devoid of any serious quirks.
Inside, the lightly remodelled cabin
boasts an updated infotainment
touchscreen, higher quality materials
and a revised choice of trim.
The basic layout has remained
familiar but there’s a noticeable uplift in
quality and subtle design changes have
improved cabin ergonomics. Storage
space remains good and high-spec
models boast twin USB sockets fore and
aft and the refreshed infotainment
screen is a welcome improvement.
Crucially, cabin space is more than
ample; there’s no complaint when up
front and there’s a decent spread of leg
and head room in the rear even for
adults. Flip the rear seats forward and
the almost flat-load bay and low tailgate
lip makes loading straightforward. With
them up, day-to-day load capacity is a
useful 527 litres.
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HE KADJAR’S a great
family wagon that, in the
right specification, would
happily tow a caravan or
trailer without complaint.
While not offering stand-out
performance in any one particular area,
cumulatively all the various upgrades
have resulted in a driving and ownership
experience that’s slick, thoughtful and
rewarding.
Trying to stand out in a market
groaning under the weight of new
models is hard, yet the Kadjar rises to
the top thanks to its easy-on-the-eye
looks, keen pricing and relaxed driving
experience. Full marks to Renault for
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real world actually want from their cars.
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2 Mercury 3 First Man 4 Sons 5 Neptune
6 Rocketman 7 Orbital 8 Bruno Mars
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1. ‘How I wonder what you are!’ is a line from
which popular lullaby?
2. Hg is the symbol for which chemical element,
a silver-coloured liquid used in
thermometers?
3. Which 2018 American biographical drama
film stars Ryan Gosling, right, as astronaut
Neil Armstrong?
4. What word follows ‘Mumford &’ to form the
name of a British folk/alternative rock band
formed in 2007?
5. In mythology, who was the Roman god of the
sea?
6. Due out later this year, in which film is actor
Taron Egerton cast as singer-songwriter
Elton John?
7. What word comes between ‘London’ and
‘Motorway’ as in the alternative name for the
M25?
8. Doo-Wops & Hooligans was the debut studio
album of which singer born Peter Gene
Hernandez in Hawaii in 1985?
9. For her role in which 1987 romantic comedy
film did Cher win an Academy Award?
10. In which BBC TV drama series does Harriet
Walter play human rights lawyer Eve Ashby?
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ACROSS
1Epochal part on popular
series (5)
4Can nearby girl face
isolation? (9)
9 Labourer sent out with
flag has fun (1,6,2,6)
10 Farm behind rebuilt
Estonian place (9)
11 Live band back from a
town in Scotland (2,3)
12 Fan of country/pop
group set back (7)
13 Indict porter for peculiar
speech (7)
15Man anti construction or
reduction (7)
18 Lights Bill heard about
strobe initially (7)
20Relocated many a
confused dove (5)
22 Insects having to run off
animals (9)
24Cast from Battleship
Potemkin, perhaps (6,9)
25 Fling with girl married to
neutral custodian
formerly (9)
26 Paper erudite scholar
starts to read (5)
1 x Battleship
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say (5)
2Airhead with overtime
gets on (7)
3 Scandinavian worn out
like Scotsman (9)
4Denounce a lady in
authority (4,3)
5Careless worker is
wrongheaded (7)
6 Leading lady, by Jove
(second inspiring
female) (5)
7Occupant of jar won’t
thank you! (7)
8 Satirist oddly supporting
legend’s complaint (9)
12Coating a cloth cover
with film is sensible (9)
14 Girl in front with Bella
worked out (9)
16 Quarters occupied by
sailors on duty looking
up pubs (7)
17 Bread topping? It’s
cooking now (2,1,4)
18A wading bird that’s part
seabird (7)
19 Sharon freely admits
Penny strays (7)
21 Search for water in
widow’s estate (5)
23Crafty promoter
embraced without
joy (5)
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2 Girl playing god after ref
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3 Sound inhaler has one
4Roundheads? They’re
troublemakers
5 Giant tuna tinned uncut
6 Bird raising short odds
7 Boil easy to understand
(3 words)
12 Pan friend briefly about
his first guess
14A mission like many
others initially
19Dictum ending
spoken message
20 How to make all atoll
incorporate (2 words)
22Equals meeting
another goddess
23Determination of King
George I to lead
ACROSS
2 Invented age exalted
8 Perfect male clothing
being worn
9A flower short of value
10Rule diet out, but it’s
started again
11A girl in danger,
it appears
13Cook striking lead kiln
15 The last month I reject
16One down about trouble
close behind...
17 ...small-time wise guy
18 Beasts being
devilish, sadly
21 Large fine irks foremost
mischief-maker
23 Following retreat,
two desert
24Capitulation almost
certain to make...
25 ...baby back away from
object it cut
26Creep happening
upon taps...
4 x Submarine
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1 Shackle (5)
4 Shutting away (9)
9Entertaining (1,6,2,6)
10 US state (9)
11 While broadcasting (2,3)
12 Nationalist (7)
13Regional variety of language (7)
15 Shakespeare’s Merchant of
Venice (7)
18 Signal fires (7)
20 Transported (5)
22 Bovid mammals (9)
24Ejected at sea (6,9)
25 Formerly, the governor of a
castle (9)
26 Written piece of coursework (5)
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1Allege (5)
2 Versus (7)
3 From Oslo, e.g. (9)
4Cry (4,3)
5Casual (7)
6Muse of love poetry (5)
7 Thankless person (7)
8 Inflammation of the lining of
the stomach (9)
12 Practical (9)
14On hand (9)
16 Hostels (7)
17Doing well (2,1,4)
18 Bird of the heron family (7)
19Children without parents (7)
21 Search using rods (5)
23Regrettably (5)
LAST SUNDAY’S SOLUTION: Across:
1 Sword, 4 Debunking, 9 Registered nurse,
10 Trimarans, 11 Heart, 12 Wagered, 13 Demesne, 15 Leander, 18 Pillars, 20 Actor, 22 Melodious,
24 One after another, 25 Tennessee, 26 Tired
Down: 1 Strut, 2 Ongoing, 3 Despaired, 4 Diehard, 5 Blessed, 6 Ninth, 7 Inroads, 8 Greatness,
12 Wild about, 14 Maladroit, 16 Actaeon, 17 Rompers, 18 Pillage, 19 Another, 21 Rifle, 23 Shred
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ULTIMATE ALPHABEATER
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Time? Call for an Extra Letter Clue if you get stuck. Solution next Sunday. DIFFICULTY: 10/10;
TARGET TIME: 30 minutes; CLUE: Utter change bales out result.
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Gazelle, Tiara, Used, Plexus,
Sordid, Hods, Quaff, Bulwark,
Thorn, Time, Staidly.
DOWN: Scrimp, Habit, Curt,
Pendulum, Previous, Regard
(clue), Junket, Confetti, Hillside,
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For up to six extra clue letters
call now on:
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0907 181 2607
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(Deduct three minutes from Target
Time for each extra letter heard).
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Alternatively, for six extra clues
direct to your mobile, text
SXALPHAU to 84901. Texts
cost £1 plus your normal
network rate.
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Target time: 30 minutes
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Full solution: 0907 181 2611
Across only: 0907 181 2609
Down only: 0907 181 2610
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your telephone company’s
network access charge.
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Last Sunday’s solution
ACROSS: Trick, Fairy, Friendly,
Toga, Edible, Cupola, Journey,
Drivel, Hostel, Wail, Sediment,
Think, Meant.
DOWN: Offer, Warpath, Raisin,
Javelin, Canal, Equalise,
Hyacinth, Oxide, Autopsy, Strewn,
Regalia, Blitz.
thinking space
l ALL ALPHAPUZZLE® WORDS CAN BE FOUND IN THE CHAMBERS DICTIONARY
Down only:
0907 181 2597
Last Sunday’s Solution:
Black squares: 4, 7, 10, 14,
16, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30,
35, 39.
Across: Beyond, Belief, Storm,
Ash, Taxidermist, Flash, Vogue,
Smithereens, Two, Japes, Ersatz,
Squeal.
Down: Bleak, Spade, Yacht,
Animals, Sixth, Jut, Nondescript,
Elm, Views, Imbuing, Stoke,
Fight, Vocal.
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For up to six extra letters call 0907 181 2599 (Deduct five minutes from Target
Time for each extra letter heard). Callers will also hear two black squares clues
free of any Target Time penalty. *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your
telephone company’s network access charge. SP: Spoke, 0333 202 3390
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Alternatively, for six extra letter clues direct to your mobile,
text SXBEAT to 84901 Texts cost £1 plus your
usual network operator rate. Reduce Target Time by five
minutes for each extra letter
*SP: Spoke - Helpline 0333 202 3390
BRAIN TEASERS
Here’s the Ultra Alphapuzzle – Sunday’s extra tough version of Britain’s favourite wordpower challenge. Each
number in the grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. All 26 letters are used. Solution next Sunday.
26
Across only:
T
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Full solution:
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1) The doctor can recall three facts about next
week’s operations. She knows that Tony is either
due on Tuesday or for the cataract operation.
Tina’s occurs after the knee operation. The nose
operation is on Monday or Wednesday. If Tyson is
due on Tuesday or Wednesday, on which day and
body part is each person having their surgery?
2) Which two words meaning ‘terse’ and ‘afflicted’
combine into one meaning ‘limited’?
3) Find the Caribbean countries in these
anagrams: a) Advises Instant Knit, b) Daunt Abba
Guardian, c) Did Notating Aboard.
4) Alex, Ben, Chloe and Dan are comparing their
followers on Chirper. Alex, Ben and Chloe have
1,261 followers between them. Ben, Chloe and
Dan have 889. Alex, Chloe and Dan have 1,112 and
Alex, Ben and Dan have 1,283. How many
followers does each person have?
Answers: 1 Tony cataract Monday, Tyson knee Tuesday, Tina nose Wednesday. 2 Curt-ailed. 3 a) Saint Kitts and Nevis, b) Antigua and Barbuda,
c) Trinidad and Tobago. 4 Alex 626, Ben 403, Chloe 232, Dan 254.
THE ULTRA ALPHAPUZZLE
Target time: 46 minutes
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Fill the small squares so
that every column, every
row, and every 3x3 square
includes all of the digits
from 1 to 9.
Level: Gentle
Target: 16 minutes
For extra clues call
0901 322 5600
(Calls cost 77p per call from a BT
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networks and mobiles may vary).
For today’s full solution call
0907 181 2606
(Calls cost 77p per minute from BT
landlines plus network extras, other
networks and mobiles may vary).
YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION
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SPORT
MOYES IN
LINE FOR
STOKE
LVG: LIVERPOOL ARE
GOING TO WIN TITLE
FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER’S PREMIER LEAGUE VERDICT: pullout p6
GILLS JUST WANNA
HAVE FUN:
Gillingham ace
Bradley Stevenson
hails Elliott List’s
matchwinning goal
By Harry Pratt
DAVID MOYES could return to
football as manager of Stoke City.
The Potters are on the brink of
sacking current manager Gary
Rowett following his disappointing
six months in the hotseat.
Moyes, 55, has been out of work
since steering West Ham to safety
last season – and walking away
from the Londoners having failed
to agree a new contract.
The ex-Manchester United and
Everton boss has been waiting
patiently for the right job to come
up. He turned down the chance to
take over troubled Turkish outfit
Fenerbahce in the summer.
But, despite being keen on
working in America, the opportunity
to take the reins at ambitious
Stoke would suit Moyes.
GILLINGHAM CUT
DOWN CARDIFF
GILLINGHAM midfielder Elliott List
Gillingham 1 Cardiff 0
fired the goal that dumped Premier
By Tom Hopkinson
League Cardiff out of the Cup and
Brownhill goal, while League Two
then roared: Now bring on
Grimsby Town held on until four
Manchester City!
minutes from time at top
The Gills star, 21, wrapped
division side Crystal Palace
his right boot around a
after playing with 10 men
loose ball just inside the
from the second minute
box nine minutes from
when full-back Andrew
the end. And despite
Fox was sent off. A late
referee Tim Robinson
goal from Jordan Ayew
playing seven minutes of
finally
broke their hearts.
stoppage time, the
Manchester United
League One strugglers
eased through 2-0
held on.
MATCHWINNER: List
against Championship
List said: “I want
grabbed the only goal side Reading with goals
Manchester City now.
from Juan Mata and
Why? Because they’re
Romelu Lukaku.
the best team in the Premier League.”
Burnley, who hadn’t had a penalty
Boss Steve Lovell added: “Elliott
in the league for two years, finally
took his goal really well. He’s a
got one in the 90th minute
great young player, a great
against Barnsley. Chris Wood
prospect. I’m really pleased
converted for a 1-0 win.
for him because he kept
Struggling Bolton beat
going throughout.
Walsall 5-2 with a Josh
“I haven’t played
Magennis hat-trick and
against a Premier
Middlesbrough also went
League team before so
goal crazy, with a 5-0
this has to be the best
hammering of League
result of my career. To
One Peterborough.
get through this one is
OH BABY! Lukaku made
Accrington continued
lovely. It’s nice to be in
thumb-sucking salute Ipswich’s season of
the hat and we’ll wait to
torment by beating them
see who we get.”
1-0 through Billy Kee’s second-half
Elsewhere, Premier League
goal.
Huddersfield went down 1-0 at
JUBILANT GILLS: PULLOUT P3
Bristol City to a second-half Josh
SOBERS: MY
VERDICT ON
BEN STOKES
PULLOUT P8
IT ALL ENDS IN
TEARS FOR FAB
By Drew Mackenzie
A TEARFUL Cesc Fabregas sobbed
his way off the pitch after Chelsea
beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in
what was almost certainly his last
game for the London side. The
31-year-old (right)
could not hide his
emotion after the
FA Cup win in
which Alvaro
Morata netted
both goals. The
game was
Fabregas’ 501st
in English football –
he has played just six League
games this season – and he is on
the brink of sealing a deal with
Monaco to play under his former
Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry.
CHELSEA IN FOR
£50
M CAVANI
01>
MATCH REPORT: PULLOUT P5
PULISIC TO
BE PRINCE
OF CHELSEA
PULLOUT P7
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CHELSEA are lining up a
£50million bid for Paris SaintGermain’s 31-year-old hitman
Edinson Cavani in a desperate bid
to solve their scoring problems.
Boss Maurizio Sarri is hoping to
bring in the Uruguayan, who was the
most expensive signing in French
history when he moved to PSG from
Napoli six years ago.
Sarri is preparing to revamp his
squad in the next two transfer
EXCLUSIVE
By Neil Fissler
windows and could offload up to
seven players in this month’s transfer
window alone. His side have scored
only 38 goals in the Premier League,
comfortably the lowest number of the
clubs in the top six – and he has lost
faith in his front-men.
Cavani (right) has scored 324 goals
in 519 games and could be the man to
get Chelsea fi ring again – but they
may have competition from clubs in
China.
Chelsea are also interested in
fi nalising a £45m deal for Cagliari’s
international midfielder Nicolo
Barella. Like they did with Christian
Pulisic, Chelsea will agree a deal for
Barella, 21, seen as one of the best
talents in Italy, and he will move to
Stamford Bridge in the summer.
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