Daily Express - 2021-12-03
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Daily Express - 2021-12-03

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CAMPAIGNING NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR express.co.uk Friday, December 3, 2021 80p pullout INSIDE TODAY how to serve up a perfect cHRISTMAS Guide to Festive Entertaining 20 festive recipes and tips Exclusive offers inside boris blasts 8-page special bah humbug cancel xmas By Martyn Smith Senior Political Correspondent Bullish Boris Johnson has dismissed doom-monger calls to scrap Christmas. He urged families to carry on with celebration plans, adding: “They shouldn’t be cancelling Turn to page 4 brigade LITTLE ARTHUR The boy who never stood a chance SEE PAGE 9

) ) w m m m m 2 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Weather forecast Temperatures in Centigrade North West: Mainly cloudy, possibly with a few spots of rain or drizzle. Moderate northwesterly winds. High 8C (46F). Northern Ireland: Mostly dull and cloudy with patchy drizzle, mainly later. Gentle southerly winds. High 8C (46F). Wales: Early rain, then largely dry, although remaining cloudy. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 9C (48F). Midlands: Early rain, then largely dry, although remaining cloudy. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 9C (48F). North East/Yorks: Mainly dull and cloudy with drizzle, especially later. Gentle westerly winds. High 8C (46F). Scotland: Mostly dry but cloudy however there will be showers in the west. Brisk westerly winds. High 8C (46F). Today Amsterdam Rain 5C/41F Brussels Rain 4C/39F Dublin Drizzle 8C/46F Frankfurt Cloudy 3C/37F Geneva Cloudy 3C/37F Lisbon Sunny 15C/59F Madrid Fair 11C/52F Paris Sleet 6C/43F Rome Sunny 14C/57F Supplied by MeteoGroup East Anglia: Rain and drizzle, mostly light and patchy though. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 8C (46F). London/South East: Outbreaks of rain or drizzle, mostly quite light. Fresh southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). South: Wet with drizzle or rain at times, mainly light in nature. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). South West: Light rain during the morning turning heavier but more showery. Fresh westerly winds. High 12C (54F). Channel Isles: Wet with rain at times, some of which will be heavy. Near gale force southwesterly winds. High 13C (55F). Sea: North Sea: Moderate. Irish Sea: Moderate. Channel: Moderate. UK OUTLOOK TOMORROW: Rain across southern Britain will clear eastwards tomorrow to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells. A chance of showers which may be wintry. London Belfast Birmingham Cardiff Glasgow Manchester Newcastle Norwich Plymouth Aberdeen 0.0 0.38 0 2 Aberporth 4.9 0.11 4 6 Alnwick 1.7 0.10 1 4 Belfast 2.5 0.04 1 6 Birmingham 7.0 0.02 0 3 B’mouth 6.4 0.01 -2 6 Bristol 6.9 0.03 1 6 Cardiff 6.2 0.01 1 6 Durham 5.1 0.03 -1 4 Edinburgh 1.5 0.00 -1 2 Britain Extremes: (24 hours to 2pm yesterday) LIVE SIX-DAY FORECAST Temperatures in Centigrade SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU 3 7 2 6 3 5 4 9 2 8 3 6 3 6 2 6 4 6 4 7 3 6 2 6 3 6 1 5 2 5 3 6 2 6 1 6 3 9 2 9 3 8 4 9 2 8 3 7 1 7 1 5 3 6 4 7 2 6 2 6 2 6 0 6 2 6 3 6 2 6 1 5 1 5 0 5 1 4 3 5 2 5 1 5 3 6 2 8 2 6 4 6 3 7 3 6 5 9 4 9 7 9 6 10 4 9 5 9 Moon, sun and tides Warmest: St. Mary’s 9C (48F) Coldest: Sennybridge -4C (25F) Wettest: Bridlington 0.61in. Sunniest: Ronaldsway 5.5hr. Britain yesterday Glasgow 0.5 0.00 -1 4 MOON rises: 6.31am, sets: 3.15pm SUN rises London: 7.46am, sets: 3.53pm Hull 4.7 0.21 1 4 Manchester rises: 8.05am, sets: 3.52pm Ipswich 3.8 0.03 1 3 Leeds 5.7 0.00 1 4 New Moon 04 December Lincoln 4.9 0.01 0 4 London 5.4 0.02 1 5 HIGH TIDE Manchester 5.0 0.00 -1 4 London B’ge (12.11am), (12.34pm) Oxford 5.7 0.01 0 5 Liverpool (9.51am), (10.10pm) S’hampton 6.6 0.00 2 6 Greenock (11.26am), (11.30pm) St Andrews 1.9 0.01 1 4 Dover (9.40am), (10.05pm) Lighting-up times Glasgow 3.46pm-8.28am Belfast 4.01pm-8.27am London 3.53pm-7.48am Birmingham 3.56pm-7.59am Manchester 3.52pm-8.06am Bristol 4.03pm-7.57am Newcastle 3.41pm-8.11am Europe forecast Tomorrow Amsterdam Showers 8C/46F Brussels Showers 7C/45F Dublin Fair 6C/43F Frankfurt Showers 7C/45F Geneva Rain 8C/46F Lisbon Fair 17C/63F Madrid Fair 11C/52F Paris Showers 10C/50F Rome Fair 14C/57F WEATHER SERVICE 0906 156 0206 CALL OUR WEATHER LINE WHERE YOU CAN SPEAK LIVE WITH OUR EXPERTS FOR UP-TO-DATE FORECASTS. 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Please go to www.reachplc.com/how-to-complain where you can view our Complaints Policy and Procedure. A How To Complain pack is also available by writing to the Legal and Compliance Department, Reach PLC, One Canada Square, London E14 5AP. DX1ST Weather forecast Tories eyeing by-election victory Temperatures in Centigrade THE Conservatives were By Sam Lister last night Today’s hoping summary: to retain Mainly dry but cloudy North West the Coast: Old Bexley It is expected and toSidcup be wet East Coast: to its After 2019 a wet majority start, the day of will with outbreaks seat as of light voters rain and went drizzleto at the stay mostly 18,952. dry for They a timefeared but cloudythe with row times. A light to moderate south-westerly showers later. A light south-westerly wind. High polls 10C to (50F). choose a new MP. breeze. over High 8C second (46F). jobs in The by-election was parliament would dent South West Coast: It is going to be dull North Central Ireland: It will be wet and with cloudy triggered skies and after with outbreaks the death of of cloudysupport with outbreaks for of Conservative patchy rain or drizzle former light rain. cabinet A freshening minister westerly drizzle. candidate A light to moderate Louie south-westerly French. wind. High James 11C (52F). Brokenshire, 53, wind. High Those 8C (46F). standing included South Central from cancer Ireland: It is in set October. dry Northern Labour’s Ireland: ItDaniel is set to be Francis, mainly dull for a while, Party but it will insiders be cloudy, with said patchy they and cloudy Simone with a Reynolds little drizzle or spots for the of rain expected later. A light south-westerly rain, especially later. A gentle southerly wind. High expected 10C (50F). to hang on to the breeze. Lib HighDems 8C (46F). and Richard Tice constituency but with a cut for the Reform Party. Outlook tomorrow: Ireland Warmest: Valentia 10C (50F) Extremes: Coldest: Katesbridge 0C (32F) Wettest: Portglenone 0.15in. WeatherMinister forecast Temperatures in Centigrade hits back at Macron ‘clown’ dig By Martyn Brown A SENIOR minister said claims that Emmanuel Macron branded Boris Johnson a “clown” belonged in the pantomime season. The French president’s scathing assessment of the PM threatened to add fuel to the bitter diplomatic row between London and Paris. Business Minister George Freeman linked the remarks of sunshine to however the patchy cloud impending build in the French north later. High 16C elections. The Canaries He told willSky have sunny spe and a chance of showers develop News: “Of course the High 22C (72F). Prime Minister isn’t a clown, he is the elected Prime Minister of this country with a very big mandate, North: A lot of leading cloud with the chance this country odd spot of through rain or drizzle. Moderate the pandemic.” westerly winds. High 8C (46F). Scotland: Mostly dry but cloudy how there will be showers in the west. Bris westerly winds. High 8C (46F). Ireland: Mainly dry but cloudy with th chance of some drizzle. Moderate so westerly wind. High 11C (52F). Today’s forecast: Spain, Portugal and the Balearic and Canary Islands Spain will be mainly dry and bright with spells of sunshine however areas of cloud will linger in the north bringing a few spots of drizzle. High 19C (66F). Portugal will be fine and dry with lots Candidate...Tory Outlook: Mostly dry with sunny spells Louie French. Inset, James And back in Britain today London/South Brokenshire East: Outbreaks of rain or drizzle, mostly quite light. Fresh southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). Dry and bright for most with spells of (24 hours sunshine however there will be variable to 2pm yesterday) amounts of cloud cover and a chance of Midlands: Early rain, then largely dry, Alarm as New Moon buy showers developing across coastal areas. although now, remaining cloudy. Moderate 04 December south-westerly winds. High 9C (48F). SIX-DAY FORECAST Temperatures in Centigrade Wales: Early rain, then largely dry, although remaining cloudy. Moderate SAT SUN MON TUE WED THU south-westerly winds. High 9C (48F). London 3 7 2 6 3 5 4 9 2 8 3 6 UK outlook tomorrow: Mostly dry with sunny spells pay Belfast 3 6 later 2 6 4 6 4 7 shoppers 3 6 2 6 Birmingham 3 6 1 5 2 5 3 6 2 6 1 6 SIX-DAY FORECAST IN BRITAIN Temperatures in Centigrade Cardiff 3 9 2 9 3 8 4 9 2 8 3 7 SAT SUN MON TUE WED TH Glasgow 1 7 1 5 3 6 4 7 2 6 2 6 London Manchester 3 7 2 6 3 5 4 9 2 8 3 2 6 0 6 2 6 3 6 2 6 1 5 Belfast 3 6 2 6 4 6 4 7 3 6 2 soar Newcastle 1 5 0 to 5 1 4 record 3 5 2 5 1 5 15m Birmingham 3 6 1 5 2 5 3 6 2 6 1 Norwich 3 6 2 8 2 6 4 6 3 7 3 6 Cardiff 3 9 2 9 3 8 4 9 2 8 3 Plymouth 5 9 4 9 7 9 6 10 4 9 Jibe...French president 5 9 Glasgow 1 7 1 5 3 6 4 7 2 6 2 Britain yesterday Moon, sun and tides Manchester 2 6 0 6 The 2 comments 6 3 6 2 6 1 Aberdeen 0.0 0.38 0 2 Glasgow 0.5 0.00 -1 4 MOON rises: 6.31am, sets: 3.15pm Newcastle 1 5 0 5 attributed 1 4 to 3Mr SUN rises London: 7.46am, sets: 3.53pm 5 2 5 1 Aberporth 4.9 0.11 4 6 Hull 4.7 0.21 1 4 Manchester rises: 8.05am, sets: 3.52pm Norwich 3 6 2 8 Macron 2 6 were 4 made 6 to Alnwick 1.7 0.10 1 4 Ipswich 3.8 0.03 1 3 3 7 3 By Belfast Emily 2.5Braeger 0.04 1 6 Leeds 5.7 0.00 1 4 New Moon Plymouth 5 9 4 9 advisers, 7 9 according 6 10 to 04 December 4 9 5 Birmingham 7.0 0.02 0 3 Lincoln 4.9 0.01 If you’re 0 4 on top of your French satirical weekly B’mouth 6.4 0.01 -2 6 London 5.4 0.02 1 5 HIGH TIDE A Bristol record 6.9 0.03 15 1million 6 Manchester people Cardiffare using 6.2 0.01buy 1 6 now, Oxfordpay 5.7 0.01 can 0 be 5 a Liverpool clever way (9.51am), to (10.10pm) Aberdeen 0.0 0.38 0 2 Glasgow 0.5 It said 0.00 -1 Mr 4 Macron MOON rises: 6.31am, sets: 3.15pm 5.0 0.00 money -1 4 buy Londonnow, B’ge pay (12.11am), later (12.34pm) Le Canard Enchaine. COMMENT Britain yesterday Moon, sun and tides Durham 5.1 0.03 -1 4 S’hampton 6.6 0.00 2 6 Greenock (11.26am), (11.30pm) SUN rises London: 7.46am, sets: 3 later attacked the Prime Edinburgh services 1.5 0.00as -1they Aberporth 4.9 0.11 4 6 2 Stspread spread the cost of large Hull 4.7 0.21 1 4 Andrews 1.9 0.01 1 4 Dover (9.40am), (10.05pm) Manchester rises: 8.05am, sets: 3 Alnwick jAsmine 1.7 0.10 1 4 Ipswich 3.8 0.03 1 3 the Britain cost of Warmest: festive St. Mary’s shopping. purchases over a few 9C (48F) Lighting-up times Minister for seeking to Glasgow 3.46pm-8.28am Belfast 2.5 0.04 1 6 Leeds 5.7 0.00 1 4 New Moon Extremes: Coldest: Sennybridge -4C (25F) months with no interest 04 December Research by credit reference to 2pm yesterday) agency Belfast 4.01pm-8.27am London 3.53pm-7.48am Birmingham 7.0 0.02 0 3 Lincoln make 4.9 0.01 France 0 4 a (24 hours Wettest: Bridlington 0.61in. Birminghamto 3.56pm-7.59am pay. Manchester 3.52pm-8.06am B’mouthbirtlEs 6.4 0.01 -2 6 London “scapegoat” 5.4 0.02 1 5 for HIGH Brexit, TIDE Sunniest: Equifax Ronaldsway 5.5hr. shows Bristol The 4.03pm-7.57am fact that Newcastle retailers 3.41pm-8.11am Bristol 6.9 0.03 1 6 Manchester 5.0 0.00 -1 4 London B’ge (12.11am), (12 28 per cent of UK shoppers Financial expert which had proved Liverpool (9.51am), (10. Today Europe forecast promote BNPL shows Cardiff 6.2 0.01 1 6 Oxford 5.7 0.01 0 5 Tomorrow “catastrophic” Greenock for the (11.26am), (11 use BNPL regularly, making Durham 5.1 0.03 -1 4 S’hampton 6.6 0.00 2 6 that they are also debt. Edinburgh You might 1.5 also 0.00 -1be 2 St Andrews 1.9 0.01 1 4 Dover (9.40am), (10. at Amsterdam least one Rain repayment 5C/41F in Amsterdam benefiting from Showers it, even 8C/46F charged UK. 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SERVICE some OPEN 8AM BNPL - 6PM DAILY. companies SP SPOKE: 0333 202 3390 To spread the cost you over weeks or months, often letter to Mr Johnson, Supplied by MeteoGroup will ask for a settlement could try an interest-free SuppliedFrench by MeteoGroup with no additional interest. prime minister fee or they’ll add a lump credit card, which also But experts warned rising sum of interest to the Jean Castex called for has purchase insurance. prices and interest rates the UK to make itself could hit finances. less attractive to illegal Jayadeep Nair, of Equifax, to shoppers is, ‘Are you sure more than a quarter would migrants, put more said: “As useful as BNPL can you can make the repayments on time? And could Twenty-seven per cent of work and share more struggle without it. checks on black market be, it’s important shoppers don’t see it as a way to overstretch themselves in the chase without BNPL?’.” soften the financial blow A No 10 spokesman you have afforded this pur- young people also say it will intelligence. coming weeks. There are also signs of Christmas. said: “We stand ready “Unless wages keep pace, Christmas worries are fuelling BNPL use. One in five also sparked scrutiny from the spirit of our close The growth of BNPL has to discuss all options in most borrowers will see their finances squeezed over the felt pressure to buy presents the Treasury and the co-operation and coming months. The message for family and friends and Financial Conduct Authority. partnership.” OPINION 12 TV 41 stars 49 LETTERS 51 CITY 53 SPORT 56 PLUS Puzzles pullouT

Pictures: Triangle News DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 3 Poor lambs...ewe look freezing Bleat midwinter... lost sheep coolly emerges after Kate and Nev put backs into saving their prized flock A SHEEP peers from a 10ft deep snow drift – after owners Kate and Nev Barker launched a do-or-die rescue mission. The farmers lost three of their flock when Storm Arwen dumped snow on snow on their fields. And the couple – wielding a crook and their bare hands – set out to bring them home. Kate, 49, said: “We were up to our waists. It was that deep we were just sinking. Panic set By Emily Hall in.” They discovered most of the 50 ewes huddling in a shed then started prodding the deepest drifts with the crook, finally finding one. Video shot by Kate shows Nev, 48, digging the ewe out with his bare hands, coaxing her to freedom – and revealing the other two beasts in the same icy pocket. They too were lured to safety. The farmers later saved their rams after spotting their horns poking from a drift. Nev said: “It’s like you’ve got your dog stuck in the snow – all you want to do is get them out.” They keep Herdwicks in Leek, Staffs, as pets and for wool and breeding. They are known for being incredibly hardy, even reportedly surviving a snow drift for three days by eating their own wool. OPINION: PAGE 12 & Weather: page 14 Gimme, Gimme a Christmas No1 Hopeful... Benny, Anni-Frid Agnetha and Bjorn ABBA are throwing their hats in the ring for a chance to grab the Christmas No1 slot with their first ever festive song, out today. The recently reunited band will be up against Adele as well as Ed Sheeran and Elton John, who are releasing a duet called Merry Christmas. Abba’s song Little Things, taken from Voyage – which was the band’s 10th UK No1 album – is described as a “gentle reflection on the joy By Tom Bryant of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year”. All proceeds will go to Unicef to help support the Global Child Protection Fund, particularly in its fight against sexual violence directed at girls. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad said in a joint statement: “We think it is impossible to eradicate poverty without the empowerment of women. “That’s why we support Unicef in protecting girls from sexual violence and empowering them through the Global Child Protection Fund. We have done so for many years and now we have decided to give Unicef a Christmas gift in the form of a second song.” The band – famous for hits including Dancing Queen and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – face stiff competition from Elton and Ed, who are many bookmakers’ favourites. A number of tracks from Adele’s new album 30 could also easily top the charts, including Easy On Me. But if Abba don’t claim top spot they can reflect on a highly successful year. Voyage, out last month, went straight to No1 in 18 countries.

4 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST coronavirus: COMMENT PROF DAVID ALEXANDER UCL Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction WE all want to see the return of the freedom to meet, socialise and go about our normal business. However, freedom cannot be achieved by putting other people at risk. Nations whose populations have been particularly welldisciplined in terms of masks and distancing have fared the best in terms of infection rates. These are countries in which wearing a mask has not been politicised, and neither has the idea of Covid as a restriction upon personal freedoms. Abundant evidence shows that the association of large numbers spreads the disease and lengthens the time it will take to get it under control. The excess death toll caused by Covid in the UK is still about 1,200 people a week. Infection rates are high. This is no laughing matter. No doubt there will be a burst of exuberance when we can finally show the virus the door. But for now we need to show a strong, continued sense of responsibility. Christmas parties at work, while enjoyable, are not vital and we should think carefully about ways to minimise risks when meeting others too, such as keeping numbers low and meeting in ventilated spaces. Once the risks are low enough, we can get together and celebrate. Sadly, that is not the case this Christmas. Meanwhile, we should behave with prudence, regardless of whether our leaders show the right example. Unjabbed in lockdown By Paul Jeeves JABLESS Germans have been locked down for Christmas as the Government decides whether to make vaccines compulsory by February. Chancellor Angela Merkel said unvaccinated citizens would be barred from nonessential shops and outlets. About 69 per cent of Germany’s population is fully vaccinated – below the theoretical “herd immunity” limit of 70 per cent and way below the government’s 75 per cent target. Ms Merkel said yesterday: “We all hoped that volunteering would be better accepted. [But] there is a vaccination gap that means... the health system is coming to the brink of overload.” Other lockdown measures limit public and private gatherings with the unjabbed to a maximum of four from two households. ‘Vaccine wall will protect us...don’t cancel Christmas’ PM corrects minister and gives thumbs-up to fun from PAGE one things. There is no need for that.” He insisted the Government’s “vaccine wall” would protect people from the Omicron variant of Covid and said family gatherings, parties and nativity plays should go ahead. Contradicting his minister, the Prime Minister gave his thumbs-up to Christmas following days of muddled official messaging which led to revellers cancelling parties and festive meals out. After receiving his vaccine booster at St Thomas’ Hospital in London live on TV, Mr Johnson said: “People should follow the guidance we’ve set out. They shouldn’t be cancelling things, there is no need for that at all and it isn’t what we’re saying. “We’re taking a balanced and proportionate approach to the risk, but...I believe that Christmas this year will be considerably better than Christmas last year.” Scientists are working to assess the risk of Omicron which sprang up in southern Africa. Early indications from the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggest most instances are “mild”. Ten Omicron cases were noted yesterday, seven in England and three in Scotland. Value Total UK cases hit 42 but Mr Johnson said a rapid booster rollout means Britain is well prepared for any onslaught: “We’re building ever higher the wall of protection. “Whatever Omicron may or may not be able to do, it certainly will not negate the overall value of the boosters so everybody should get your booster.” The PM, who said he almost died after having Covid last year, revealed that 18.6 million have had a third shot – the highest proportion of any population in Europe. Mr Johnson has committed to offering all adults a booster dose by January to fend off a fresh spike driven by the super-strain. Four hundred soldiers have been deployed to help with the rollout at vaccine centres. Some 46.4 million people have had two jabs, which is 69 per cent of the population. Covid cases continue to remain relatively steady, with data yesterday showing 53,945 in the previous 24 hours and 141 more deaths. Mr Johnson’s intervention came after days when ministers and public health officials delivered varying thoughts on what Christmas might look like this year. The science minister George Freeman said earlier yesterday his parliamentary team decided it was “probably sensible” to hold its Christmas party online “and wait for the spring. It won’t be the best party in the world”. He also suggested that holding a party in person might depend on how many people are attending. Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons, encouraged schools to press ahead with nativity plays this year. But Cabinet minister Therese Coffey said on Wednesday she did not think there ought to be “much snogging under the mistletoe”. Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who said he would take a Covid test before parties, revealed it was a “family tradition” to kiss his wife under the mistletoe: “People can snog who they wish...it’s got nothing to do with the Government.” He urged revellers to be “cautious” but Dr Jenny Harries, head of the Health Security Agency,

party on, responsibly DX1ST Pictures: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street; Getty Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 5 Boosters ‘can save us from variants’ By Hanna Geissler Health Editor BOOSTER vaccines may offer high levels of protection against all Covid variants – including Omicron – experts have revealed. Scientists behind a major study of top-up jabs said they believe protection against severe disease will remain high, even if Omicron evades some immunity. A Moderna booster generated the best response, followed by Pfizer, but all showed a significant increase. Professor Saul Faust, trial lead at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The T cell data is showing us that it does seem to be broader against all the variant strains. “This gives us hope that a variant strain of the virus might be able to be handled, certainly for hospitalisation and death if not prevention of infection, by the current vaccines.” Asked specifically about Omicron, Prof Faust said: “Our hope as scientists is that protection against hospitalisation and death will remain intact.” Significant warned people not to socialise if they did not need to. She added: “If we all decrease our social contacts a little bit, actually that helps to keep the variant at bay,” she told the BBC. After Omicron was found, ministers Government reintroduced masks in shops and on transport in England and tightened isolation rules and travel curbs. No 10 aides yesterday denied there was confusion over guidance – but hospitality firms accused the Government of being “inconsistent”. The boss of pub group Young’s, which runs more than 270 sites, confirmed his business has had parties cancelled due to concerns over Omicron. Patrick Dardis, Young’s chief executive, said: “I think the messaging has been terribly confusing and inconsistent. “One moment you have Jenny Harries telling people to avoid socialising and an hour later you have Sajid Javid saying the opposite.” He added: “I think the messaging started as a complete over-reaction and, unsurprisingly, it has concerned some people.” Three of the sector’s leading trade groups UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the British Beer & Pub Play on...Jacob Rees-Mogg Association have urged people with festive plans “not to cancel”. Bookings are already down on previous years. Their joint statement added: “The full range of hospitality venues across the UK would usually be experiencing their annual bookings bonanza at this time of year, but it hadn’t materialised even before Omicron was first detected.” Mild Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Covid-19 technical lead, said there have been reports of Omicron cases which “go from mild disease all the way to severe disease”, but stressed it is still early days. Carol Popplestone, chairwoman of the Royal College of Nursing Council, said infections had been on the rise before the variant was discovered. She said “mixed messages” from ministers over Christmas plans might create “even more worry and confusion”. Meanwhile, one scientist assessing vaccines said his group is ready to move “very quickly” on deciding if children aged five to 12 should be given a Covid jab. Prof Adam Finn, of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said it is awaiting safety approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine. The vaccination has been approved for youngsters in the EU and US already. Meanwhile, Mr Javid revealed contracts for the Government to buy 114 million Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna doses for potential use next year and in 2023. Opinion: Page 12 Three and easy...Boris Johnson has booster yesterday The UK’s CovBoost study, involving 2,878 people aged 30 and over, tested a range of boosters. The six vaccines studied were AstraZeneca, Pfizer/ BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax, Janssen and CureVac. They were given three months after a second dose. The research showed all six jabs were safe and led to a significant antibodies boost. Antibody levels were up to 30 times higher in people given a booster when measured 28 days later. Blood samples from the study have been passed to the UK Health Security Agency to test how well the Omicron variant is neutralised. Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said: “This is a fantastic study and it’s great to finally see the data that was no doubt pivotal in deciding the UK’s vaccine booster approach. “We still don’t know how this increase in immunity translates into protection, especially against serious disease. But I am still convinced that our vaccines will continue to provide the protection that we need.” The study was published in the journal Science Advances.

6 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST CORONAVIRUS: £700m to help cut NHS Cases of PTSD to rocket in crisis By Hanna Geissler THE pandemic could trigger more than 200,000 new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, experts warn. And they fear frontline health staff and some severely ill Covid patients are most at risk. PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said latest estimates by the NHS Strategy Unit suggest there could be 230,000 new referrals between 2020-21 and 2022-23. In a poll of intensive care staff working during the first wave of the pandemic, two in five reported symptoms of PTSD. That is more than twice the rate found among military veterans with recent combat experience, the college said. Separate research found 35 per cent of Covid patients put on ventilators suffer PTSD. Warning...Prof Greenberg One such patient, Dee, 52, said: “I experienced severe anxiety about my breathing problems. “This included intrusive visions of staff in PPE suits taking me to hospital.” Professor Neil Greenberg, editor of the college’s new online resource for PTSD patients, said: “It’s a common misunderstanding that only people in the Armed Forces can develop PTSD. “Anyone exposed to a traumatic event is at risk. If left untreated it can ruin the lives of those who suffer from it.” He added NHS staff “are at increased risk as a result of this unprecedented crisis”. Danny Mortimer, of the NHS Confederation, said: “Healthcare leaders are keenly aware of how important it is to offer as much support as possible to a tired and exhausted workforce.” The college’s PTSD tool is at www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealth/problems-disorders/ post-traumatic-stress-disorder By Hanna Geissler Health Editor HOSPITALS have been handed their share of a £700million fund to boost capacity and tackle waiting lists this winter, the Government has announced. The money will fund 785 schemes for improvements including ward expansions, more beds and operating theatres and upgrading diagnostic equipment. There will be a focus on boosting day surgery so more people can be treated without needing to stay overnight as the health service fights to clear its record backlog. Hospitals getting a financial legup include University Hospitals Birmingham, St George’s Hospitals in south west London and Castle Hill Hospital in Hull. The NHS waiting list for routine treatment has swelled to 5.8 million after Covid disrupted nonurgent operations and services. A report this week warned the backlog could more than double to 12 million by March 2025, as millions of “missing” referrals delayed by the pandemic return. The National Audit Office estimated that between March 2020 ‘Investment will help more people to be treated by upgrading wards’ and September this year, there were between 7.6 to 9.1 million fewer referrals for elective care. There were also between 240,000 and 740,000 fewer referrals for patients with suspected cancer, and up to 60,000 fewer people starting cancer treatment than would usually have been expected. The £700million pot is part of a £5.4billion investment previously announced to support the NHS response to Covid in the second half of the year. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our £700million investment will help more people get treated by upgrading wards, operating theatres and diagnostic kit.” The funding includes £330million for upgrading NHS facilities, £250million for new technology and £120million to cover costs. Some 187 hospital trusts in England get boosts including: ● ●£13.8million for new wards at University Hospitals Birmingham, delivering an expected 164 additional adult inpatient beds across the trust. ● ●£14.4million at St George’s Hospitals, London, so it can create a new modular facility providing 20 Tough winter... Prof Stephen Powis intensive treatment unit beds. ● ●£10.2million to develop a new South Mersey elective surgery hub, with two new theatres and recovery areas. ● ●£10million for a day surgery site in Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, which will house four theatres, as well as all supporting services. ● ●£7.1million to build a modular ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with 32 beds. ● ●£5.9million at Bedford Hospital to create 20 flexible multi-purpose outpatient rooms. Prof Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “There is no doubt that this winter is going to be tough with staff contending with the highest ever number of 999 calls in October.” Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This is much-needed funding, which is part of the previously agreed health budget and is a result of NHS organisations making Pictures: SWNS and Jamie Pyatt News Ltd Pat beats virus to turn 107 One of Britain’s oldest Covid-19 survivors has fully recovered to celebrate her 107th birthday. Pat Aldridge beat the disease after a five-day stay in hospital where she needed oxygen on and off. The day after her discharge, she took her daily walk around the care home grounds. Celebrate Pat was also taking part in quizzes, coffee mornings and returned to knitting. Staff say she has suffered no long-term effects of catching the virus at the start of the pandemic – and was able to celebrate her latest landmark in style. Pat enjoyed By Tom Bevan a day of celebrations that included her family visit at Nynehead Court in Wellington, Somerset, followed by a party. Home manager Joanne Fenn said: “We were delighted to be able to help Pat share her special day. She is a remarkable lady, who has reached a wonderful age. “Pat loved her flowers but asked for them to be spread around the home for everyone to enjoy. She is a delight to look after and enjoys nothing more than a lovely sing-song with staff and other residents.” The party girl was born in Solihull on November 26, 1914, four months after the outbreak of the First World War. One of eight children, she is the only one of her siblings to reach the age of 100. Pat was married to husband Ken for 52 years until she was widowed in 1990. She lived independently in the community until recently. Advice Resilient... Pat with care worker Laura Davie Care home staff had noticed she had low oxygen levels during her daily check in April last year and was given antibiotics. She tested positive on arrival in hospital. At the time Pat said: “I don’t remember much about the virus. But my advice to everyone is to take each day as it comes and appreciate the small things.” thorough plans to spend it well.” And he added the money would help “secure care over what promises to be a difficult winter”. Mr Taylor said: “The funding announced by the Health Secretary will help them do more, including investing in new and refurbished facilities and digital improvements.” But he believes that the difficulties facing health services in the coming months will be intense, “particularly with the unknowns around the Omicron variant and the enormous commitments of the

the fightback DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 7 waiting lists this winter quarantine fury as brits quit south africa tourists vented their anger as they boarded the first British Airways flight home from Cape Town since Boris Johnson cancelled all flights back from South Africa. The BA42 flight was full of holidaymakers who will have to pay thousands of pounds to quarantine when they touch down. Wholesale food company boss John Hudson, 53, from Leeds, and wife Tracy, are both double-jabbed and had the booster before their fortnight away. John said: “It is a disgrace to strand UK nationals already abroad. “I can’t let my business partner do another 10 days alone while we quarantine. I am having my business computer and files sent to the hotel so I can set our bedroom up as an office while we fork out £3,800 for the privilege.” Personal trainer Simon Heaton, 45, and wife Kerry, 45, of Chislehurst, Kent, said their eight-day break to Cape Town had been a nightmare. Simon said: “We arrived last Friday and found out when we touched down that South Africa had been red-listed. “We had left our son and daughter with their grandparents and we put our labrador in boarding kennels. We knew we could not leave them for an extra 10 days.” Kerry said: “We tried to get up Table Mountain every day but it was too cloudy, and we went whale booster campaign”. The health chief added: “NHS leaders are eagerly waiting the national guidance on how their teams will be expected to support the booster programme this winter.” He also cautioned Government to look at the bigger picture. Mr Taylor said: “Without proper investment in social care to support people in their own homes and in their own communities, NHS leaders will be tackling Covid, the elective backlog and workforce exhaustion with one hand tied behind their backs.” By Jamie Pyatt watching and didn’t see a single whale – that has kind of summed up our holiday.” Lauren Slack, 41, from Manchester, was on holiday when she got a job offer in the UK. The languages tutor said: “I have spent £800 on four flights that were cancelled which have not yet been refunded, then £800 on this one – and I only had £2,700 left in my bank. After taking out £2,285 of that for quarantine I was nearly skint and have to get to Manchester and was so scared about my new employer cancelling my job offer. “But they were marvellous and told me not to worry.” Photographer Mandy Tredoux, 57, from Leeds, said: “I work out of Cape Town but my daughter in the UK has an autistic child and a toddler and she is a single mum and desperately needs help. “I planned the trip a month ago to help get her get through Christmas and the New Year. I have no choice but to soak up the £2,285 and sit in a hotel in quarantine for 10 days.” Covid figures in South Africa have skyrocketed since November 19, when there were 789 new cases and 7 deaths. On Wednesday there were 8,561 new cases with a reported 28 deaths. Nearly skint...Lauren, above. Mandy, below, is soaking up cost children’s reading knocked back three months after lockdown Younger pupils need more help to catch up on reading lessons – after slipping three months behind in the pandemic. A report found little progress in closing the Covid-19 attainment gap for Year 1 pupils from spring to summer 2021. Despite schools being fully open in the summer term, children had not ‘It’s a disgrace’... John and Tracy, above, will have to turn their quarantine hotel room into an office; while Kerry and Simon, right, have had a nightmare holiday By Eleanor Busby recovered the learning lost during 2020 and 2021, says the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) charity. The report concludes: “By the end of the summer term, Year 1 children remained three months behind where we would expect them to be in reading, with no improvement since spring.” But the study suggests there was some recovery in maths, as Year 1 pupils ended up only a month behind. For Year 2 pupils, the Covid gap in reading and maths was three and two months respectively in the spring term this year. The study looks at assessments taken by more than 10,000 five to seven-year-olds from 168 English primary schools. Professor Becky Francis, chief executive of the EEF, said: “Schools need ongoing access to resources and capacity which will allow them to perform at their best, and to ensure pupils surpass ‘recovery’ and achieve their full potential.” ‘Long Covid’ victims hit 1.2m By Ian Jones More than a million people in the UK are still experiencing “long Covid”, new figures suggest. An estimated 1.2 million people in private households reported having the condition in the four weeks to October 31. The latest estimate is up from 945,000 at the start of July and 1.1 million in early September. It includes 862,000 who first had the virus – or suspected they had – at least 12 weeks previously and almost 440,000 who first had the virus – or suspected they had – at least one year ago. Smell Prevalence of long Covid among young people is also on the increase. Some 1.4 per cent of 12- to 16-year-olds experienced the condition in the four weeks to October 31, the equivalent of 54,000 people – up from 35,000 in the four weeks to September 5. The figure for 17 to 24-year-olds is 2.3 per cent (134,000), up from 112,000. Long Covid was estimated to be affecting the day-today activities of 775,000 people – nearly two-thirds of those with selfreported long Covid – with 232,000 saying their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been “limited a lot”, the Office for National Statistics also found. Fatigue was the most common symptom (said 54 per cent), followed by shortness of breath (36 per cent), loss of smell (35 per cent) and difficulty concentrating (28 per cent).

8 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Concerned US officials slam China missile test By Michael Knowles Security Correspondent US officials yesterday condemned China’s hypersonic missile testing amid fears the country is accelerating its military might. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said Beijing’s strategy “increases tensions in the region”. Hypersonic missiles are capable of orbiting Earth before re-entering the atmosphere and destroying targets. Yesterday Mr Austin said: “We have concerns about the military capabilities the People’s Republic of China continues to pursue. “The pursuit of those capabilities increases tensions in the region. “It underscores why we consider the PRC to be our pacing challenge. “We’ll continue to maintain the capabilities to defend against a range of potential threats from the PRC to ourselves and to our allies.” Beijing has reacted furiously to MI6 chief Richard Moore’s claims that China is now the intelligence agency’s biggest concern. Crisis Liu Xiaoming, a long-serving Chinese ambassador to the UK, said: “The UK is also peddling fake news and false intelligence in its accusation of China setting up ‘data traps’ to erode other countries’ sovereignty.” Concern is growing among the West that China is accelerating its military capabilities and flexing its muscles on countries in the region. Speaking as a Chinese nuclear submarine surfaced in the Taiwan Strait, former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe indicated Japan would intervene if China attacked Taiwan. He said: “A Taiwan crisis would be a Japan crisis and therefore a crisis for the Japan-US alliance.” The prospect of a Chinese invasion has long been regarded as the potential trigger for a super-power conflict. China’s efforts to accelerate its military capabilities were highlighted by its July test of a hypersonic weapon. Experts said the weapons system is clearly designed with a purpose of evading US missile defences. By Sam Lister Deputy Political Editor DX1ST Back off from Ukraine, Liz Truss tells Russia Liz Truss warned Russia yesterday to step back from the brink after it escalated tensions with Ukraine. The Kiev government fears Moscow has plans to overthrow it after it sent 92,000 troops to the countries’ border in the Donbas region. Ms Truss held “robust” talks with Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and called on his country to avoid conflict. The Foreign Secretary said: “I restated the UK’s support for Ukraine sovereignty. We also discussed Iran and Afghanistan and bilateral issues.” The Kremlin had warned yesterday that the risk of hostilities with Ukraine “remains high”. But Ms Truss urged Russian leaders to “de-escalate the situation” in her discussions with Mr Lavrov, which were held on the fringe of international talks in Stockholm. Govern- Robust...Liz Truss talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov ment sources described the meeting as “robust”. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary expressed concern about rising tensions across Europe, and restated the UK’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, urging the Russian government to de-escalate the situation.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Vladimir Putin spoke recently on the phone. Ms Truss said she “hoped to continue frank and productive discussions” with Russia on “critical issues to protect peace and stability”. The spokesman said: “The ministers discussed the importance of Iran resuming nuclear talks and for the international community to take the Atherton Report – written by Conservative MP Sarah Atherton – highlighted “serious challenges”. More than 4,000 women gave evidence to the Defence Sub- Committee on Women in the Armed Forces for its landmark inquiry. It found 64 per cent of female veterans and 58 per cent of serving women had experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace supported the inquiry by allowing, urgent action to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky fears Moscow plans to topple his regime after it massed armoured forces at the border. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has based a special operations brigade at Sennelager in Germany to ensure the UK can react to Russian aggression. Aggressive Observers think Mr Putin is warning Ukraine not to become part of Nato. And Britain’s outgoing Army head General Sir Nick Carter has warned there is a risk of an “accidental” war arising from the border build-up. Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 following the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s for the first time, women serving in the forces to give evidence on their experiences to Parliament. The MoD has pledged greater independence in the handling of complaints, with an “outsourced investigation service” and a central team to handle decisions. But the Centre for Military Picture: Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street pro-Moscow then-president. More than 14,000 people were killed during fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and separatist rebels, supported by Kremlin chiefs. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims it is Ukraine’s “aggressive and increasingly intensive provocative action” which risks sparking a conflict in the region. He warned: “The probability of hostilities in Ukraine still remains high.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Mr Lavrov at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe meeting in the Swedish capital. He said that America had “deep concerns” about Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine. Mr Blinken continued: “If Russia decides to pursue confrontation, there will be serious consequences. The best way to avert a crisis is diplomacy.” Army rape cases ‘won’t move to civilian courts’ By Michael Knowles RAPE and sexual harassment cases involving soldiers will continue to be heard in military courts, despite fears the current system “is failing to deliver justice”. The Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday that the cases would not go to civilian courts – a key recommendation of a landmark report into how women are treated in the Armed Forces. Critics warned conviction rates in military courts are four to six times lower than in civilian courts. Defence chiefs have admitted Support...Ben Wallace Justice said: “The Lords, a judge, a former chief constable, the entire Defence Select Committee and large numbers of service women, men and veterans have all said serious military crimes including rape should be taken out of the military justice system. “It’s extremely disappointing that the Government has rejected all those calls.”

Army vet run over by robber By Alec Whitaker A Brave Army veteran can now barely walk after trying to stop his car being stolen by a thug. Ronald Kenny, 88, was thrown off the bonnet of his Ford Fiesta, rammed into a parked vehicle and run over during a shopping trip in Rochdale. Ronald, who served for 32 years and gained an MBE in 1992, suffered a broken leg and had to have a hip replacement and cosmetic treatment. He now struggles to care for his blind and infirm wife of 63 years. At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Ronald, from Rochdale, relived his ordeal back in May as Ian Gibbons, 37, was jailed for 14 years. Ronald said: “He could see I was elderly and yet he drove the vehicle over me.” Gibbons, from Rochdale, admitted intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery and dangerous driving. Det Con Andrew Whitehill, of GM Police said: “Gibbons’ callous actions left an elderly man with serious and life-changing injuries. “The victim showed incredible bravery.” Killer ‘was incensed at caning’ By John Twomey The killer of hotelier Sir Richard Sutton became “incensed and fixated” when the millionaire failed to apologise for hitting him with his walking stick, his sister said. Thomas Schreiber, 35, knifed the baronet, 83, at his estate near Gillingham, Dorset, on April 7. His mother Anne, 66, who was Sir Richard’s partner, was left for dead. Schreiber’s sister, Rose McCarthy, told Winchester Crown Court Sir Richard had hit her brother during a row last year. She said: “He became quite fixated on getting an apology. “He was incensed by it – it consumed him.” Schreiber admits manslaughter but denies murder and attempted murder. The trial continues. By John Twomey DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 9 A bruise for every day of lockdown... tragic boy, 6, tortured and starved by his father and stepmum Deceptive... a ‘happy’ family shot of Hughes, Tustin and little Arthur THE stepmother of a six-year-old boy who was tortured, abused and battered to death faces life in jail when she is sentenced for his murder today. Emma Tustin, 32, and the boy’s father Thomas Hughes, 29, subjected Arthur Labinjo-Hughes to a campaign of appalling abuse before he suffered an “unsurvivable” head injury. As the little boy lay dying in the hallway, Tustin fetched her phone to take a picture of him. During the trial, jurors were told that 130 areas of bruising found on his body at post-mortem equated to “nearly a bruise for every day of lockdown”. It was also revealed how he had been poisoned with salt. Yesterday, Tustin was found guilty of murdering Arthur at their home in Solihull, West Midlands, during the lockdown in June last year. Hughes was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter following a trial at Coventry Crown Court. The pair were also found guilty of child cruelty. Arthur had been living with his loving paternal grandparents but Hughes took him when he moved in with Tustin. Arthur’s mother Olivia is serving 11 years in jail for the manslaughter of her boyfriend in 2019. Jurors heard how Tustin and Hughes House of hell...Tearful Tustin and her home in Solihull, where Arthur, left, died tortured Arthur by force-feeding him salt-laced meals, starving him of food and drink, verbally intimidating him, routinely beating him and keeping him isolated at home. His cruel father also cut up two of his beloved Birmingham City FC shirts as “punishment”. Jurors were told how Arthur was forced to stand “like a statue” by the front door for hour after hour. His stepmother made 200 recordings as he moaned and wept in despair. In one pitiful outburst, he cries out: “No one loves me.” In another, he sobs: “No one’s going to feed me.” Hughes sent Tustin a chilling tet message 18 hours before the murder, saying: “Just end him.” Other texts read, “Take his jaw off,” and “Gag him.” Tustin told Hughes in a text: “I want you but not him.” Branded “wicked and evil” by the boy’s grandmother Madeleine Halcrow, Tustin is living in fear at HMP Peterborough, after being threatened by fellow female inmates. Salt has been thrown in her face as a reminder of what she did to Arthur. The helpless boy was punched and beaten so often he was convinced his father was going to kill him. The usually “always smiley” child moved into Tustin’s home at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. He was dead in less than three months. Just before he died, a witness thought he looked “broken”. Tustin, pregnant with Hughes’ child at the time, said she made the recordings of Arthur to show how “naughty” he was. She told the jury his fatal head wound was “self-inflicted” and he threw himself down the stairs. Hughes told the jury Tustin had “mentally abused” and “gaslighted” (brainwashed) him into accepting his son’s cruel punishment regime. He accepted he put his relationship with Tustin above the welfare of his son. The court heard social workers were manipulated by the pair to hide their cruelty. An independent review is under way into the authorities’ contact with Arthur. Tustin and Hughes convinced them it was a “happy household”. They claimed he had been bruised while “play-fighting with another child.” But photographs showing deep bruises were then later sent to social services by Ms Hughes. The concerned grandmother also went to the police. Det Insp Laura Harrison, of West Midlands Police, said of the abuse: “It can only be described as evil.” Tustin admitted two counts of cruelty but denied others. She and Hughes both denied murder.

10 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST tale of two THE Duchess of Sussex may have won this battle, but her reputation has hardly been enhanced by some of the revelations that came out of the Court of Appeal. She will now be remembered as someone who suffered “at best, an unfortunate lapse of memory” after admitting she had in fact co-operated with the authors of a flattering biography of her and Prince Harry, despite repeatedly denying it. If that was never central to the case for overturning the High Court’s earlier decision to issue summary judgment in favour of Meghan, some lawyers still felt there was merit in the revelation that the “private” letter she wrote to her father had been Analysis RICHARD PALMER Royal Correspondent constructed in the belief that it was likely to be made public. Yesterday’s judgment was not unexpected because of the way the courts in England often favour the right to privacy over the right to freedom of expression. It is rare too for judgments to go against the monarchy, although it is not clear where the interests of the wider Royal Family lie in this case. They sympathised with the couple as they have all been through periods of scrutiny. But they felt it was crazy to pick a fight, especially when the press often reflects public sentiment. Harry and Meghan claim they were the victims of a racist British public and press. Yet initially they enjoyed a rapturous reception from both, and their marriage should have been a huge asset for Britain and the monarchy. But they got their tone wrong and became divisive figures, forgetting that the mission of the monarchy is to act as a force for national unity, continuity, stability. They could fix it. But for now, the Queen, like many, will not be impressed by Meghan washing the Firm’s dirty linen in public. Fab...Kate checks out the V&A display yesterday Meghan’s Everyone should have food on their plate. When you shop with Co-op, you support local projects, like our Community Fridge partnership with Hubbub, where anyone can help themselves to food, learn new skills and bring their community together. To find out more, visit coop.co.uk 2p for every £1 spent by Co-op Members on selected Co-op products & services goes to communities. T&Cs apply, visit coop.co.uk/membership. THE DUCHESS of Sussex claimed victory in her privacy battle yesterday after senior judges ruled a newspaper should not have published a letter she sent her father Thomas. Meghan, 40, said her Court of Appeal success was a triumph for “anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right.” Prince Harry’s wife took action against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday over articles based on the letter written shortly after their 2018 fairytale wedding. She claimed Associated Newspapers Limited breached her privacy and copyright by using the words she wrote to Thomas, 77. Upholding an earlier ruling, senior appeal judge Sir Geoffrey Vos concluded yesterday that “it was not necessary to publish half the contents of the letter”. But lawyers for Associated Newspapers Limited are considering a Supreme Court challenge in a case which they said “raises issues as to the duchess’s credibility”. At one point, Meghan apologised to the court after admitting she had given misleading information about her dealings with writers. But in his judgment, Sir Geoffrey dismissed the U-turn and an “unfortunate lapse of memory”. The duchess said yesterday her “precedent-setting” win would By Cyril Dixon “reshape a tabloid industry that conditions people to be cruel”. She added: “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right. In the nearly three years since this began, I have been patient in the face of deception, intimidation and calculated attacks. “The courts have held the defendant to account and my hope is we all begin to do the same. “Because as far removed as it may seem from your personal life, it’s not. Tomorrow it could be you. “These harmful practices don’t happen once in a blue moon – they are a daily fail that divide us and we This was a victory for the rich and powerful who can afford expensive lawyers to take on their cases. But for poorer people – like Meghan’s father Thomas – there is limited scope for redress when his reputation is traduced by “friends” of his ingrate daughter in a mass-selling US magazine. In many families and cultures respect for elders and gratitude to parents is hard-wired. People are still aghast that Harry and Meghan could have

duchesses DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 11 A good egg... Kate’s delight By Aine Fox THE Duchess of Cambridge looks awestruck as she admires one of the legendary Faberge eggs at an exhibition yesterday. Kate was a special guest at Faberge In London: Romance To Revolution at the Victoria and Albert Museum – and showed her eye for detail, according to the curator. The exhibition showcases the work of renowned Russian goldsmith Carl Faberge, and features items loaned by the Queen. Wearing black wide-legged trousers and a patterned pussybow blouse, the Duchess also wore a black face mask. Curator Kieran McCarthy said Kate had been “fascinated by the whole subject”. He added: “There was a lot of why and wherefore in the discussion, which was very interesting because it takes a sophistication to look beyond seeing the spectacle to actually probe into the details, and that was there.” The display features the largest collection of Faberge’s Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation, several of which are being shown in the UK for the first time. Kate became the first Royal Patron of the V&A in 2018 and last visited in May this year to mark its reopening after the pandemic. By Alex Green hollow victory... lenge last month, the company unfortunate lapse of memory.” He claimed Thomas wanted to contest remarks made by Meghan’s friends to US magazine People. The court heard she accepted she had misled it by claiming in earlier statements she had not co-operated with writers. Her former aide Jason Knauf said he had, on her behalf, briefed the authors for Finding Freedom. added: “It does not seem to bear on the issues raised in the grounds of appeal. Whilst it might have been proportionate to publish a very small part of the letter for that purpose, it was not necessary to publish half the contents.” He dismissed the newspaper group’s demands for a full trial of the facts, saying the issues in Bitter fight...Meghan, with Harry. Mr Knauf said Meghan had Meghan’s case were clear cut Inset, her father Thomas Markle written the letter to her and no further evidence father with the understanding would have “altered the all deserve better.” Yesterday’s decision blocked a challenge by the newspaper group to the High it could be leaked. But dismissing the newspaper’s demand for a full trial, Sir situation”. The company said: “That judgment should be given Court’s ruling that Meghan’s Geoffrey said the only on the basis of evidence privacy had been breached. duchess’s apology tested at trial, and not on During its Court of Appeal chal- was “an a summary basis in a COMMENT MARGARET HOLDER Royal author treated the Royal Family so badly – and then they look at Thomas Markle and wonder what went so badly wrong. Even the judges included a comment that the infamous letter at the heart of the court case was not a “loving” one but one “reprimanding Mr Markle for talking to the press”. This is the same Mr Markle who had showered love on his youngest child and spent a fortune on her education. But by the time of her elevated wedding, he was relatively impoverished, in poor health and had undergone heart surgery. Meghan claimed she wrote the letter to protect Harry from “constant berating” by the Royal Family over Thomas’s interactions with the media. The family had understandably asked: “Can’t she just go and see him and make this stop?” But the over-privileged, under-employed pair never found the time for a flight to Los Angeles to see Thomas and build a better relationship – and so the letter was sent instead. Meghan won her battle with the Mail on Sunday, but in the court of public opinion she may not come out so well. BBC MAN sorry for SLURs AT PRInCES THE journalist who fronted a controversial BBC show about Princes William and Harry and their relationship with the media has apologised for critical comments he made about the Royal Family. Amol Rajan, 38, described the Duke of Edinburgh as a “racist buffoon” and the Prince of Wales as “scientifically illiterate” in a 2012 article about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for the Independent newspaper. Rajan, who is the BBC’s media editor and a Radio 4 Today programme presenter, said on Twitter: “In reference to very reasonable questions about some foolish commentary from a former life, I want to say I deeply regret it. “I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly. “I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now. I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits.” heavily contested case, before even disclosure of documents. “No evidence has been tested in cross-examination, as it should be, especially when Mr Knauf’s evidence raises issues as to the duchess’ credibility. “After People magazine published an attack on Mr Markle, based on false briefings from the duchess’s friends wrongly describing the letter as a loving letter, it was important to show that the letter was no such thing.” Matthew Dando, a partner at law firm Wiggin LLP, said: “This is a troubling judgment which has very concerning consequences for freedom of expression. “By preventing key evidence being heard regarding the preparation of the duchess’s letter and its intended audience, the Court of Appeal has presumptively elevated the duchess’s privacy rights over matters of public interest. “This decision heightens concerns that privacy laws permit public figures selectively to determine what can be reported about them and manipulate the media narrative. “It also sets a dangerous precedent that anyone arguing against that status quo may not even be entitled properly to test the claimant’s evidence in court.” Ex-aide...Fawcett with Charles Aide’s link to ‘fixers’ revealed By Laura Elston The Prince of Wales’s former closest aide Michael Fawcett co-ordinated with “fixers” over honours for a donor to The Prince’s Foundation, an investigation has found. Mr Fawcett, who quit as Foundation chief executive after several allegations of “cash for honours”, was also involved in directing money from a Saudi billionaire’s foundation to another fund where Charles was patron, it was revealed. Dame Sue Bruce, the Foundation chairwoman, called recent crises about the Prince’s charitable body a “difficult chapter”, but said that “lessons will be learned” so it acts with the “utmost integrity and probity”. A Clarence House spokesman said Charles was “grateful” to independent auditors for their review: “It is important to His Royal Highness that the charities which bear his name operate to the highest standards” and to “rules established by charity regulators”. Arranged He said guidance would be reinforced “particularly in respect of their relationships with supporters”. Findings of the fundraising inquiry by auditors Ernst & Young will be shared with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, which is examining dealings at the Foundation. A summary said that Mr Fawcett and an employee were involved in directing a transfer of funds from the Mahfouz Foundation to the now-defunct Children and the Arts Foundation (CATA) without the knowledge of The Prince’s Foundation trustees. The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into the Mahfouz Foundation into claims that donations meant for the Prince’s Foundation ended up at CATA. The probe also said there was no evidence that employees or trustees of the royal foundation were aware of private dinners being sold or arranged for money.

12 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST Macron must follow One Canada Square, London E14 5AP Tel: 020 8612 7000 (outside UK: +44 20 8612 7000) The cries of children at risk must not be ignored THE account of how six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was tortured and eventually battered to death by his stepmother is distressing, bewildering and frightening. It is impossible to comprehend the sadistic instincts that drove Emma Tustin, 32, and the boy’s father Thomas Hughes to treat this lad so cruelly. Such cases of profound neglect and abuse are mercifully rare but remind us that we all have a role to play in protecting children. If we feel a child is in danger we should speak up. It is heartbreaking to read of how his stepmother made recordings of him weeping in despair. In one, he cried out, “No one loves me.” Every child deserves love and protection. Sadly, in tragic cases such as this, those with responsibility for a child’s safety can be the greatest threat to a young life. It is disturbing to think that such deranged evil lurks in our society. Throughout Britain there are children who are frightened of the adults in their midst and desperate for love; let us all resolve to never ignore the cries of a child in need of rescue. Keep safe but party on A NATION that prizes common sense as one of the highest virtues should be free to make its own decisions about Christmas parties. Boris Johnson has rightly resisted pressure to tell people to scrap planned festivities – in fact he has done the opposite, saying we “shouldn’t be cancelling things”. There is mixed messaging as to whether we should go to celebrations in the coming weeks but this reflects a truth mirrored in households across the country: People feel comfortable with different levels of risk and will make their own assessment. Sensible Brits will think about whether their actions could pose a risk to family members and friends. We should make use of the free Covid-19 tests, follow the rules and take care not to contract the virus or pass it on to others. Intelligent citizens will find ways to have great fun safely this Christmas. Toast of British farmers PEOPLE across Britain will want to doff a cap in recognition of the grit displayed by farmers Kate and Nev Barker who dug their sheep out of a 10ft snowdrift by hand. Their rescue of three ewes reminds us just how tough farming can be. All around the country farmers are working, often in the bitter cold and in darkness, to ensure we have food on our tables. This Christmas we should toast these custodians of the countryside who keep our freezers filled. Barnier...and blame the EU for Brexit Oh, well, I suppose it is better late than never. But wouldn’t it have made life so much more pleasant for everyone had Michel Barnier had his change of heart a little earlier, when Britain was still locked in withdrawal negotiations with the EU? Brexit, now believes Barnier, was “primarily a failure of the EU”. The decision of Britain to vote to leave, he said in an interview this week, cannot be written off as populism. Rather many voters felt “abandoned” by the bloc as it failed to address concerns about the loss of manufacturing jobs and the effects of uncontrolled migration. It is little wonder that Barnier has changed his tune somewhat. As he campaigns for next May’s presidential election, he is coming to realise that many of the issues bother the French public, too. Indeed, if he doesn’t address French disenchantment with the EU he has no chance of winning. An opinion poll published six weeks ago – the Standard Eurobarometer – found that just 36 per cent of the French public trust the EU and its institutions, while 50 per cent say they do not trust them. Barnier has already caused a stir by calling for a moratorium on migration into France – this after spending the Brexit negotiations insisting nothing could be done to compromise the principle of free movement. His latest admission is jaw-dropping. The Barnier we remember from the long, painful years of Brexit negotiations was a stiff official who lost no opportunity to make it clear he wanted to punish Britain for having the temerity to vote to leave. First we had the battles over the Withdrawal Bill – which he insisted on settling before he would even discuss a free trade deal. Even when the Withdrawal CHANGE OF TUNE: Michel Barnier admits the EU were at fault Bill was agreed, he still wouldn’t discuss trade – he simply moved on to pettifogging about the Irish land border instead. He kept talking about “ticking clocks”, yet all along it was him who was frustrating the process. He hardly endeared the EU to voters who had been wavering during the referendum. By the time Brexit finally arrived, public opinion in Britain had not shifted an inch in favour of EU membership – in spite of grim predictions by Barnier and Remainers. It could all have been so different. Imagine if EU leaders Ross Clark Political commentator had not treated David Cameron with such contempt when he tried to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU in 2016. Imagine they had said to each other: you know what, if our second largest economy and net contributor to EU funds is unhappy about the way things are working out, we’ve got to do something about it. Had Cameron come away with meaningful reforms, which preserved free trade and movement, but without, for example, forcing us to give workless Bulgarians full access to our benefits system from the ‘To try to punish Britain for its democratic decision is pathetic’ Picture: FRANCISCO SECO/AFP moment they arrived in Britain, then I am convinced that we would have voted to remain within the EU. Similarly, had Barnier and his colleagues taken a more constructive approach to negotiations, I am sure we would have retained a far closer relationship with the EU than the one we currently have. Had the EU not insisted in trying to force us to follow all EU regulations, we would most likely still be members of the single market. The desire for close relations was certainly there on the British side. Their attitude was: “You’ve made your bed, now lie on it – we are going to make sure you suffer.” Thanks to that, we were steadily driven away from the EU. Barnier may finally have changed his tune, but sadly President Macron has not. His latest wheeze was to exclude Britain from discussions over the cross-Channel migrant crossings because he felt peeved that Boris Johnson had published his views in an open letter to the French president. Now, we learn, he has called Johnson a “clown in charge of a circus”. Macron might well think that Britain has made a mistake in rejecting EU membership. But to continue to try to punish Britain for its democratic decision is pathetic. Macron, in his own way, is doing exactly what he accuses Johnson of doing: playing to the public gallery. He thinks that by talking tough with Britain he will win votes. But as Barnier has belatedly realised, and Macron has not, the mood in France is not anti-British. On the contrary, the French public has, like us, developed a deep dislike of the distant and undemocratic EU. Barnier may well be on to something in thinking that the successful candidate in the French presidential elections will be the one who addresses that disenchantment.

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 13 Frederick Forsyth Surely it’s now game over for the BBC licence fee? Those who love a good rugby match are missing triumph after triumph by the England squad against the Southern Hemisphere unless they can screen it on Amazon Prime, which I don’t happen to have on my TV set. As a national high point each winter, it used to be available to all on the national broadcaster – the BBC. Now they seem to have sold out to almighty Amazon. What is the point of us going on paying a licence fee to the BBC? Its screenings are tenthtime repeats, grinning matches with “celebs” I’ve never heard of, cheapo documentaries of old railways or canals, or just other low-budget rubbish. It is time the fee was abolished apart from the news and current affairs, which should be separated and nationalised into a truly World Service. And rigorously impartial, to boot. ■If I am ever reincarnated I want to come back as a Jack Russell puppy in the possession of a lady known far and wide as the CO and married to a retired author. My own CO has one, which acts as a surrogate baby. She has just acquired her own quilted miniduvet. The other two JRs in the household gave the new bedwear a perfunctory sniff but have now left it alone, aware of the identity of the rising and falling lump beneath. And to think it took me years to acquire my personal duvet and then only for after-lunch naps in my den. ■The anti-vaxxers baffle me. For years we have accepted that the MMR vaccine protects our kids from measles/ mumps/rubella. It must be 60 years since the Salk vaccine started protecting us from poliomyelitis, which once devastated so many young lives. We almost all have the ’flu jab every autumn for a ’flu-free winter. Why the fanatical hatred of the anti-Covid jab? I recall no adverse physical reactions to it. But for a minority of numpties to determine to remain supercarriers and maybe superspreaders is stupid, dangerous and anti-social. The North does not need HS2 to level up How airlines could tempt us back to foreign shores The CO and I used to be regular twicea-year travellers abroad but have not travelled anywhere for almost two years despite daily offers online from British Airways. The reasons are twofold. The advancing years make the whole process more and more tiring, but much more discouraging are grisly reports of Covid-caused chaos and misery at the airports at both ends of the journey. Even as the airlines beseech us to travel, tales flood in of ghastly endurance trials in airport corridors, or yard-long forms to fill or online technology too complex for me. Now we read that Europe is aflame again as another variant sweeps the continent. The beaches may be there, the sun shining, the foreign hotels eager. But who wants to arrive a bedraggled and exhausted mess needing days to recover or the prospect of getting back home a week later in the same state? Or the threat of a sudden, arbitrary lockdown in an airport hotel for inadequate paperwork? So here is an idea for airlines... Institute a service by 50-seat airliners for triple-vaxxed pensioners only, with no-hassle care from front door to hotel lobby and back. Everything taken care of – luggage, airport buggy, passage through checkpoints, escort to waiting car. It would cost a bit more than a firstclass flight-only ticket, but I’d stump up and I suspect so would a lot of others. Something between a scheduled airline service and a private charter. THE NHS CAN BE CURED...JUST get rid of all its bumbling bureaucrats Years ago a major London hospital had fallen on hard times and was generally deemed a useless place to go if ill. Then a certain Field Marshal (Lord) Charles Guthrie was appointed as chief administrator with full powers to reform it. It took him about a week to analyse the problem. The place was choked with over-paid, self-promoted bureaucrats consuming half the Picture: Matteo Colombo/getty The national nightmare now known simply as HS2 rumbles on, though that is more than any trains on it will do for many years. One of the northern spurs is now cancelled and the other one is wreathed in question marks despite the usual political assurances. Even former enthusiasts are quietly admitting that we can no longer afford it. Covid and the spending spree have given us debts unimaginable even five years ago, let alone 10 when HS2 enthusiasm was in its infancy. But with one excuse for it after another being discarded – faster, comfier etc – we now come down to a new one. It is all part of Boris Johnson’s new creed – levelling up. Meaning: closing the gap between the wealthy South and the deprived North. (Until he won 50 ex-Labour Red Wall seats he didn’t give a stuff about that; now it’s part of the Christian faith.) But that very phrase poses a question: why is there such a prosperity gap? A detached Martian would surely be puzzled by this. The North has rivers, streams, hills and valleys; fields and meadows, woods and forests, just like the South. It has spectacular regions like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, that tourists flood to. It has coasts on both the west and the east. There are ports and harbours. So why does the North not prosper like the South? It cannot all be down to the presence of the national capital in London. Manchester, Leeds, York are all major and historic cities. So what went wrong? It must be the people. There is nothing else. Is there a talent drain and, if so, why? Do the talented, eager, ambitious youngsters leave and head south? If so, why again? It was not all that long ago that the driving motor of our country was the union of the great traditional industries, which created our national prosperity and was based in the North. Shipbuilding, engineering, mining – it was all in the North. The South was a sheep meadow with ferries to France. Then came Labour and the rise of the unions, with steady infiltration at the top of them by communism. As a young man I watched industry after industry crippled with strikes. Shop stewards like Red Robbo Robinson and firebrands like Arthur Scargill led stoppages that crippled industry after industry. Unable to produce anything on schedule or of premium quality, we lost contracts. Foreign buyers went elsewhere. Ship-building withered on the vine because the unions forbade new cost-cutting technology. There is nothing in nature or humanity that condemns the North to permanent recession. It was socialism and Marxist- Leninism that did that. Both creeds are virtually discredited. They had their day. They were followed. They failed. Perhaps northern voters have seen that and at the last election changed where they put their crosses. But conservatism is budget but contributing nothing except more and more useless paperwork. He went through the dross like a scalpel through putty, retaining and promoting the few with talent. The place turned around with little delay and became one of the best in London, which it still is. If only our bumbling government had the bottle to appoint another go-getter soldier to still on probation across the North and the Tories have to show that it works, encourages prosperity and makes life better. Which means they have to do a lot better than they are doing at the moment. Frittering a staggering £106billion away on a duplicate railway from London to the Midlands is not the answer. The North needs booming Free Enterprise Zones and other incentives to attract wealth. That is where the hundred billion should be spent. reform the entire NHS it could yet be saved from its bankrupt chaos. I exaggerate not – consult any working surgeon and they will confirm their near despair. Up to 100,000 useless paper shufflers clutching their P45s should do the trick. But to do that would need dynamic and bold leadership from on high and that is what we spectacularly do not have.

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DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 15 Students could get fee refund By Emily Braeger STUDENTS could get partial tuition fee refunds after their campuses were brought to a standstill by another wave of strikes, England’s higher education watchdog has said. The Office for Students said compensation for cancelled classes may be “appropriate” after the three-day walkout, which ends today. It also warned universities could face fines if education quality suffers because of the strike, which involves 50,000 staff at 58 campuses and will affect a million students. The University and College Union (UCU) has warned that more strikes could take place in the new year if two separate disputes over pensions and pay remain unresolved. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said: “Students should not be disadvantaged academically because of any disruption.” The Daily Express has highlighted the plight of students in the pandemic, with strike action being the latest blow to those who already pay £9,250 a year and have missed months of face-to-face teaching due to Covid restrictions. The UCU claims cuts to the Universities Superannuation Scheme would cut guaranteed retirement income of a typical member by 35 per cent. It also suggested pay for university staff has fallen by a fifth after 12 years of belowinflation pay offers while thousands of academic staff are on “insecure” contracts. Disabled jobs pass By Martyn Brown Disabled students should benefit from a new passport scheme when entering the world of work. It will contain information about their condition and support they get. It avoids repeat disclosures when applying for workplace special equipment grants of up to £62,900 once they start a job. The Work Adjustment Passport scheme is being tested by 200 students at the University of Wolverhampton and Manchester Metropolitan University. Minister for Disabled People Chloe Smith claimed: “Schemes like this will help us get one million more disabled people in work by 2027.” Boris snubs out Javid bid to ban smoking in street By Sam Lister Deputy Political Editor the Prime Minister extinguished a bid by the Health Secretary to ban smoking outside pubs, Government insiders have revealed. Sajid Javid wanted to stop people crowding pavements around hospitality venues. But Boris Johnson rejected the proposal after Cabinet colleagues were left “outraged and bemused” by the attempted rule change. They feared it would be a hammer blow for the pub sector as it recovers from the pandemic. Mr Javid inherited the policy from predecessor Matt Hancock. Insiders believe Department of Health officials were trying it on with their new boss. And the idea was said to have gone down very badly when he floated it at a meeting with q Should smoking in the street be banned? Yes: 0901 133 4440 No: 0901 133 4441 Yes text DXYES to 63333 No text DXNO to 63333 Texts and calls cost 50p plus network access charge. You must have the bill payer’s permission. Vote closes at midnight tonight. The Daily Express may contact you by post, SMS and/or email with offers, goods or services that may be of interest to you. To stop receiving SMS messages please text ‘NSNOINFO’ to the originating number. SP: Spoke, 0333 202 3390. Cabinet colleagues. Whitehall sources described the discussion as a “s**t show” that left ministers “bewildered”. Communities Secretary Michael Gove, who has been seen enjoying a cigarette outside, was said to have opposed the plan fearing opposition from local authorities – although his allies deny this claim. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is understood to have been against it because of the impact on the hospitality sector. Mr Johnson finally stubbed it out – and sources close to Mr Javid conceded it is “not happening”. A Government source branded the ban a “bad idea” adding: “It’s not just about taking away freedom of choice but it is putting Pictures: ian vogler (Much to relief of Michael Gove) more red tape on businesses.” Smoking inside pubs has been banned since 2007. But Ash (Action on Smoking and Health), estimates the habit could still kill two million people in the next 20 years. Hazel Cheeseman, chief of the charity – which yesterday marked its 50th anniversary – said it was “tremendously disappointing” the Government rejected the proposal. But critics said the ban would harm hospitality and restrict people’s freedom of choice. Christopher Snowdon, of the Institute for Economic Affairs, said: “It’s pleasing the Government rejected it.” Tory MP Laurence Robertson fumed: “The pub industry has been battered too much already so it doesn’t need any more problems.” Smoking outside venues has been banned by five councils – Northumberland, Durham, North Tyneside, Newcastle and the City of Manchester. we’re split on controversial idea Student Nora Stylianou, 21, said: “Outside, you aren’t hurting anyone else by smoking. You should be allowed to choose if you want to smoke or not.” Law student Saamiyah Khan, 19, from Dewsbury, West Yorks, said: “Where are you going to be able to smoke? If they ban smoking, then what’s next?” Security guard Mark Lartor, 27, from Leeds, said: “I’d support a ban. I hate walking into a cloud of smoke – and there are people with asthma.” Teaching assistant Louise Catlow, 47, from Barnoldswick, Lancs, backed a ban. She said: “When you’re sat and somebody is smoking near you, it’s grim.” Should having a cigarette outside be outlawed? MINISTERS have committed to “make smoking obsolete” by 2030 and must be ambitious. Smoke-free outdoor eating areas are part of the effort. Our poll found that 67 per cent of people support them. The move would help protect those with serious respiratory diseases and help reduce exposure of young people to role Lighting up...Mr Gove smokes as he chats to Carrie Symonds. Health Secretary Mr Javid, below YES Hazel Cheeseman Action on Smoking models who encourage them to start smoking. Smokers need places outside. However, these places don’t need to be where we eat and socialise. BANNING smoking in pavement areas would be insane. There is no justification because there is no evidence that doing it outside is a big risk to non-smokers. Venues with outdoor seating can allow people to light up but only in a separate area. Having survived the pandemic, the last thing the hospitality industry needs is the smoking NO Simon Clark Smokers’ group Forest ban being extended. Tobacco is still a legal product and if people can’t have a cigarette in enclosed public places, they must be allowed to smoke outside.

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 17 Girl saved by pal who punched croc putting her in a death roll Stressed...Martin Hallett Tragedy of lifeboat hero, 58 By James Llewelyn A LIFEBOAT volunteer hanged himself at the boathouse just six days after learning he would lose his navy pension. and might have to pay back £55,000. Martin Hallett, 58, had been medically retired from the Royal Navy reserves after injuring his back on duty which left him needing multiple operations. His sister Elizabeth Aitken told an inquest he was stressed about losing his war pension. She said: “I phoned him. He kept stopping the call to be sick.” On May 11 his body was found in Shoreham, West Sussex. The hearing in Horsham gave a verdict of suicide. ●●You can call the Samaritans free any time on 116 123. Left...tragic Lamara Bell £1m police payout for crash delay By Laura Paterson THE family of a mum who died after lying in a crashed car for three days will receive more than £1million damages from police. A passer-by alerted officers when Lamara Bell, 25, and partner John Yuill, 28, went off the M9 in July, 2015. But when police finally arrived, Mr Yuill was dead. Lamara died four days later. Edinburgh’s High Court previously heard she would probably have survived if she had been helped sooner. Police Scotland admitted health and safety failings and was fined £100,000. The Bell family agreed a civil settlement. Work has begun to initiate a fatal accident inquiry. Backpacker Amelie Osborn- Smith, 18, had surgery to save her leg By Mark Jefferies Prince Charles’s friend Joanna Lumley has blasted The Crown as “awful” – and says she pities the “poor actors” on the show. The Absolutely Fabulous star, 75, thinks it’s bonkers conversations are made up for the hit series, which has starred Oscar winner Olivia Colman and nominee Helena Bonham Carter. But Joanna, who attended Charles’s 2005 wedding to Camilla, said of the Royals: “I don’t think they watch it and I never watch it. I know them, so I know it’s all made up and it’s rubbish. “All the poor actors who are doing their best to copy them, it’s awful. “Imagine somebody making up conversations they think you’ve had. It’s so laughable.” Secrets Joanna, a Prince’s Trust ambassador, added: “People adore it because they are hooked on the idea of monarchy. Secret doors. ‘Ooh, we’re going to learn something’. But you’re not – because it’s fiction. “They’ve used real people, whom they’ve copied, and then made up all the conversations. It’s insane.” A year ago Netflix defied a backlash to the fourth series by refusing to warn viewers some scenes were fiction. The streaming giant said: “We have always presented The Crown as a drama and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work Sex scandal...Claire and Paul in series By Cyril Dixon be alive.” Amelie, daughter of a German Baroness and a former Army Major, had been enjoying a white-water rafting trip when the drama unfolded. She was backpacking after finishing A levels at St Royal stamp of disapproval ...Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin as Charles and Di in The Crown. Right, Charles’s friend Joanna, who thinks the show is laughable Swithun’s School, Winchester. Her dad Brent Osborn- Smith, 60, said: “‘The crocodile saw her leg dangling in the water and thought, ‘There’s lunch’. She’s in a pretty bad state.” The Crown? It’s just awful, says Joanna of fiction.” But Joanna – who wrote a book called A Queen For All Seasons, about Elizabeth II – would prefer the monarch to remain an enigma. Joanna said: “She’s never given an interview. That’s why they frantically try to eavesdrop on what she says. “People always ask, ‘What did the Queen say to you?’ Of course, she usually says completely kind and quite bland things and gets you to do all the talking. “I respect Her Majesty, as much as it is possible to respect somebody...for never having let people down when she made that promise when she was so young, always doing her duty, always courteous and kind. I found cousin, 11th Duke of Argyll Ian Campbell, in 1951. But The Crown star Claire, 37, said: “She’d have been scathing, deeply disappointed that it’s me [playing her] and not many other people. So low class! I love her even more for the fact she’d have hated me.” In a case now seen as the first example of revenge porn, the Duke, played by Paul Bettany, 50, filed for divorce. He claimed she slept with 80 men, including three Royals, during their that terribly touching...especially when our lives are filled with people who don’t keep their promises.” Speaking to The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine, Joanna added: “When she goes, it will be a huge outpouring of grief because it’s losing more than a figurehead; a kind of mothership.” ‘Dirty Duchess’ would hate me, says Foy Claire Foy loved playing the sex-shamed Duchess of Argyll in new drama A Very British Scandal – but says the Sixties socialite would have hated her. The three-part BBC One series charts so-called “Dirty Duchess” Margaret, who married the Queen’s A BRITISH teenager dragged underwater by a crocodile was saved when her friend dived in and biffed it on the snout. Amelie Osborn-Smith, 18, was spun into a “death roll” after the croc seized her leg as she dangled it from a boat on the Zambezi river, in Zambia. But her pal launched himself in to save her – successfully seeing off the 10ft crocodile near Victoria Falls. Amelie was airlifted to hospital in the capital Lusaka, where doctors carried out emergency surgery to save her leg. However, she is still very poorly and her family, from Andover, Hampshire, are trying to get her home. Recalling the river terror, a pal said: “As soon as it happened, the male friend dived under the water and started punching the crocodile furiously. “Then others jumped in to help. It was chaos. There was blood and people thrashing everywhere. She is lucky to By Nicola Methven marriage, and used stolen naughty photos as “evidence”. But Claire said Margaret, who died in 1993, should be celebrated as a feminist. She said: “They did a very good job of diminishing her.” ● A Very British Scandal starts on Boxing Day at 9pm

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 19 ‘Maxwell told me she Fury over 3p petrol price hike was lady of the house’ By Steph Spyro PETROL stations were “taking drivers for a ride” when they hiked the cost of fuel by 3p in November despite a 10p drop in wholesale From Chris Bucktin Pictures: Getty, Adny Stenning bills in his car. He added: “The prices, experts say. in New York Maxwell house needed to be immaculate, like a five-star hotel.” The drivers are now losing The RAC believes enters court Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell told a yesterday and Maxwell trial also heard evidence £5.5million a day. It man working for paedophile in 1995 from clinical and forensic wants retailers to cut Jeffrey Epstein she was the psychologist Dr Lisa Rocchio, prices immediately, by “lady of the house” and he who described five stages of 12p a litre for petrol must not look in Epstein’s grooming victims. and 7p for diesel. eyes, a court heard. Maxwell faces six charges: Despite wholesale Juan Patricio Alessi told conspiracy to entice minors to petrol prices tumbling Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial travel to engage in illegal sex to their lowest level yesterday that the British acts; enticement of a minor to since September, socialite, 59, also told him to travel to engage in illegal sex retailers continue to “only speak to Mr Epstein acts; conspiracy to transport increase the cost of when he asked questions”. minors with intent to engage filling a tank. in criminal sexual activity; Simon Williams, Vulnerable transporting a minor with RAC fuel spokesman, intent to engage in criminal said: “Sadly, our data Epstein’s former girlfriend is sexual activity; sex trafficking shows that drivers are accused of luring vulnerable conspiracy; and sex trafficking being taken for a ride. young girls to be molested by ‘Don’t look into Epstein’s of a minor. “Drivers on lower the billionaire US financier eyes’...housekeeper Mr Alessi She is also accused of lying incomes who depend between 1994 and 2004. under oath by hiding her participation on their vehicles are Mr Alessi, who said he was three years working for him I the house.” told Jeffrey doesn’t like in Epstein’s offences being priced off the called John by Maxwell, told brought my wife to help me. Asked whether he was looking in his eyes so don’t during a separate civil case. road altogether.” jurors she gave him “many, “There were other girls flying instructed by Maxwell how to look in his eyes, just look at Maxwell denies all charges. Omicron is behind with Mr Epstein and Ms speak to Epstein, Mr Alessi another part of the room and many instructions” when he Epstein, 66, was found dead the wholesale price fall was housekeeper at Epstein’s Maxwell to the house. said: “Only that I was supposed answer him.” in jail in 2019 while awaiting – with a barrel of oil home in Palm Beach, Florida. to speak to Mr Epstein “I understood she was the Mr Alessi said preparations trial on sex trafficking charges. falling to $70.90 at the Mr Alessi told the New York lady of the house. She told me when he asked me questions. for Epstein’s arrival included The death was ruled a suicide. end of November from City court yesterday: “After she was going to be the lady of “At the end of my stay I was making sure there were $100 The trial continues. $84.74 at the start. GET READY FOR THE MAIN EVENT WITH THESE FROZEN CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES £17, 2.2kg. £7.73 / kg Serves 8-10 £18, 2.32kg. £7.76 / kg Serves 8-10 £10, 1.6kg. £6.25 / kg Serves 6-8 £16, 1kg. £16 / kg Serves 4 £3, 252g. £11.91 / kg £2, 1kg. £2 / kg £1.75, 400g. £4.38 / kg £6, 700g. 86p / 100g Serves 8 £7, 490g. £1.43 / 100g Serves 8 £3, 1.1kg. 27p / 100g Serves 12 Subject to availability. Whilst stocks last. *Minimum order of £25 required to use online order and delivery service. Additional £3 delivery charge payable. Free delivery for orders over £40. Delivery address must be within the delivery catchment area. Delivery slots subject to availability. Customers must register online to use the service. Terms and conditions apply, see www.iceland.co.uk/terms for full details. From 01.12.21 free delivery for orders over £40 only applies where order is placed for delivery on the next day.

20 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 long arm of the paw...therapy dogs helping police COPE The bark knight...Leonberger dog A UNIT of cuddly therapy dogs has been recruited by police for a new assignment – helping stressed officers cope with the pressures of the job. Traumatised bobbies can now hug the big, gentle Leonberger dogs as part of their recovery process. The pups are regular visitors to the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate, North Yorks, which helps officers from all over the UK deal with stress, anxiety and trauma. Owner Ann Burrell brings her team of Leonbergers – Carnage, Havoc, Riot, Rummy, Reckless and Gangsta – to be hugged and patted by officers once a week. The breed are By Paul Jeeves DX1ST especially known for their gentle temperament. Close contact with dogs is thought to slow breathing, lower blood pressure and reduce stress. A force spokesman said: “Ann has been volunteering with her dogs for almost 20 years, taking them into local hospitals, care homes and hospices. “Police officers are very often the first responders to dangerous incidents, dealing with death, distress and aggression. They see and hear things that most people won’t see in a lifetime.” Recovering... PC Stephen Wales Pictures: West Yorkshire Police / SWNS “He was a no-frills, no-nonsense kind of guy. Direct cremation was perfect” Hit and run PC: I feared I would never see my little girls again Direct Cremation is a simple alternative to a funeral from just £995 * . For more information, visit your local funeral home. coop.co.uk/personalfunerals * Price shown is for a Direct Cremation, excluding fees for doctor’s certificates, these will be an additional charge (excludes pre-paid funeral plans). Co-op Funeralcare is a trading name of Funeral Services Limited, a registered society registered in England and Wales with registration number 30808R and registered office 1 Angel Square, Manchester, M60 0AG. VAT registered 403 3146 04. Part of Co-operative Group. A police officer said he feared he may not live to see his two young daughters grow up after a drinkdriver smashed into him. PC Stephen Wales and two other pedestrians were left fighting for their lives after being knocked over by the vodka-fuelled motorist. The other victims were resuscitated at the scene but both had to have a leg amputated. PC Wales had stopped outside the Black Bull in Wakefield, West Yorks, to deal with an incident when he was hit by Karolina Serafin in a Renault Megane. He said: “I was struck by an almighty bang. “I was thrown 20 to 30 feet into the middle of the road.” The officer, who was pinned against his police van by the car, said: “I could Twice drink-drive feel blood pouring from my limit...Serafin right leg, and as I looked towards my right leg it was bent the wrong way. “At that point I thought I’d never see my two little girls ever again.” He underwent 24 hours of surgery in total – with surgeons rebuilding his left leg with a metal plate and 12 screws. His right leg has 11 pins By Douglas Whitbread and will be disfigured for life. While he faces another year of physiotherapy he has amazed doctors and should make a full recovery. Leeds Crown Court heard Serafin, who was more than twice the drink-drive limit after a night on vodka, had veered off the road after taking a bend too wide. She was travelling at an average speed of 38 mph on the 30mph stretch. She suffered head injuries in the crash, in the early hours of July 11 this year, and also failed to provide a roadside breath test. Serafin, of Worksop, Notts, admitted three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years and eight months. PC Wales is now fronting West Yorkshire Police’s anti drinkdrive Christmas campaign. He said: “I found out it had been a drink-driver immediately afterwards but it’s never really sunk in. It only really started to hit home more as I saw my kids and realised how close I’d come to losing my life that night.”

Picture: Matthew Chattle / Alamy Live DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 21 Not fit fir purpose... the sparse tree is erected in Trafalgar Square Meanwhile in a TINY Norwegian village... Market forces...Leia toy The empire pays back! Star Wars toy hits £9k By Douglas Whitbread A STAR Wars Princess Leia toy in rare original packaging has fetched an out-of-this-world price of more than £9,000. Made by Palitoy to coincide with the film The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, it is thought to be one of only four or five existing. A collector from Wales paid £9,375 at auction house Vectis in Stocktonon-Tees, Co Durham, on Tuesday. Excitement Its owner had been given the toy as a child. Nick Dykes of Vectis said it had an original backing that was quickly replaced with a fulllength picture of Leia, played by Carrie Fisher. A toy with the later packaging can still fetch up to £1,500. Mr Dykes said: “I knew this example would get a lot of excitement, but I did not expect it to go for as much as it did.” Come on Norway, spruce up your act IT’S beginning not to look a lot like Christmas... Norway’s annual Christmas present to London of a mighty festive tree has needled critics who moan that it looks scrawny. One online commentator wrote: “It’s supposed to be the national Christmas tree. Not a national laughing stock.” Another Twitter user was equally cutting: “Interflora By Emily Braeger clearly forgot to include the little sachet of plant feed.” While one joked: “Norway has not taken the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer well”, hinting the sparse specimen was revenge for Man United firing their countryman as manager. Rumours that it was payback for Brexit also seem unlikely, as Norwegians have twice voted against joining the EU. Norway has gifted the UK a giant Christmas tree every year since 1947 as thanks for helping it in the Second World War. The 82ft pine was lit up in Trafalgar Square last night. Its Twitter account run by Westminster Council posted: “My branches are not missing – they are social distancing.” Pine chance...hamlet tree is better From Harvey Jones in Hvitsten Norway is full of trees – in any forest I would find dozens of trees better than Trafalgar Square’s. Locals in the seaside hamlet of Hvitsten also seemed mystified by it – and they know that size matters: this was once the smallest town in Norway, but lost town status in 1964 as only a few dozen residents remained. Yet even its festive fir is more impressive than the one given to nine million Londoners. Jamie Payne, whose father is from England, was unimpressed when he saw the tree being chopped down. “I thought it looked a bit stingy,” he said. Ingrid Fischer defended her country’s choice: “It’s not the tree’s fault it looks like that. The poor thing will have been flatpacked for a couple of weeks while being sent.” She told Londoners: “Your tree will fill out a bit. It will look better by Christmas.” ‘lack of flying’ behind jet plunge By Neil Lancefield THE sudden descent of a Tui Airways plane labelled a “serious incident” could be linked to its pilots being grounded for long periods during the pandemic, investigators said. Sixty-seven passengers and six crew were on board the flight when it made a rapid plunge near Aberdeen airport on September 11. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said there was a “high rate of descent” and an increase in speed “not corrected in a timely manner”. An initial report said: “Pilots returning following extended periods without flying could be at risk of performing below their normal standard.” Drone misses packed passenger plane by 6ft A JET carrying 189 passengers missed a drone by just 6ft in one of the closest dramas recorded in UK airspace, a report revealed. The illegally flown object whizzed past the shocked Boeing 737 pilot as he was coming in to land at Stansted at around 200mph. The report by the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses, said the pilot told air traffic controllers that he “did not know how it did not hit the aircraft”. Investigators rated it as a highest Category A incident with a serious risk of collision. The near miss By Andrew Young happened at 2,700ft – more than six times the legally permitted height for drones of 400ft. The pilot said he was preparing to land “when suddenly a white object believed to be a drone appeared and narrowly avoided hitting the aircraft to the left of the nose cone. It managed to pass without hitting the aircraft. The event happened too quickly for Close thing...drone any avoiding action to be taken.” The pilot said the risks of a collision were “high” and said the device was being flown at exactly the same height as the plane and was just 6ft away horizontally. The Boeing 737, which is believed to have been a Jet2 flight from Menorca, landed safely after the close call three miles north west of Harlow, Essex, on September 13. The investigators concluded: “The pilot’s overall account of the incident portrayed a situation where providence played a major part and a definite risk of collision had existed.” It is believed the drone operator was never found. But they could have been jailed for up to five years for endangering an aircraft. Experts have warned of the danger of a drone smashing the cockpit window of an airliner or causing catastrophic damage to an engine. It is thought some operators fly drones close to flight paths near airports to get dramatic footage of airliners. Jet2 has not commented.

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So today we are asking all readers and their relatives to sign the register to express their desire to give the gift of life – and to inform their families. Catherine Meredith wants fewer people to object to a dead relative’s how to sign up SIGNING the NHS Organ Donor Register and telling your family is the best way to give the gift of life in the tragic event you die. The new opt-out law means you are assumed to be happy to be a donor – whether you have signed the register or not – unless you requested not to be. When you click on the Organ Donor Register you can opt in and sign up, or opt out and request a definite “No”. For those who do neither, doctors will ask relatives if they will consent. Crucially, next of kin are always involved in discussions and all major religions support the donation principle. Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation. ●●To register your decision visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. organs being used. Her daughter Sarah, 29, of Totnes, Devon has cystic fibrosis and needs a liver transplant. Backing our plea, Catherine, 66, said: “Too many desperately ill patients do not get the transplant they need and die. “Most people believe under the new Opt Out law, if they do nothing they will automatically become organ donors – but it’s not that simple. Next of kin will always be asked to give consent – even if their loved one has signed the Organ Donor Register. “If they have signed the register it is clear...what their loved one had intended. So it is essential people keep signing the register to confirm that wish to gift life. “This is why I’ve joined the Daily Express campaign. Be a hero. Join the register and, importantly, remember to tell your family. You might save lives and just maybe, that life will be my daughter.” Nine-year-old Keira Ball died in a Hockey...Tom Wilson, died at 22 50 benefitted after tragedy By Jan Disley TOM Wilson was just 22 when he was killed in a freak hockey accident – struck on the head with a stick in training. The trainee surveyor went into cardiac arrest as frantic team-mates gave him CPR, keeping his organs alive. He could not be saved, but his organs, tissue and bones would save and improve the lives of up to 50 other people - including a girl, now eight, called Fatima. Tom’s mum Lisa, 58, from Hornchurch, Essex, said this was a great comfort to her in the years since the tragedy. Her message to families facing a decision about donating loved ones’ organs is: “Just say yes”. Comforted...Lisa and Fatima crash in Devon in 2017. Her heart saved Max Johnson, 10, and this led to Max and Keira’s Law in 2020. Wales began an opt-out system in 2015 while Scotland’s version for over-16s started this year. Northern Ireland may follow suit shortly. So across most of the UK it is assumed over-18s want to donate their organs unless they opt out or are excluded. Around 26 million people, 40 per cent of the population, are fully opted-in having signed the register. After the law change in England, a third of families vetoed donations from relatives who had not signed. If they signed, only seven per cent did. Some 6,120 UK patients need a

DX1ST join organ donor register now Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 23 of transplant delays COMMENT maria caulfield Patient Safety Minister Terrible loss will become a gift for Grace LITTLE Grace Westwood is being kept alive on a rare medical device as she waits for an urgent heart transplant. In an unwanted claim to fame, Grace, two, has been on the “Berlin Heart” air-driven pump for a record 17 months at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her mum Rebecca, 37, has lived in hospital accommodation for more than a year, while partner Darren and son Joshua, five, are 200 miles away at home in Dudley, West Midlands. Rebecca said: transplant. The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) service says three quarters require a kidney. One donor can save several lives. Health minister Maria Caulfield said: “The Daily Express campaign is an important reminder to register your organ donation decision as well as speaking with your family.” Anthony Clarkson, NHSBT director of organ and tissue donation, said: “People often tell us they struggle to find the right time or words to talk about organ donation.” He added: “Talk to your friends, your family. It is still just as important as ever to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.” Smiling through... Grace on her 2nd birthday and right, with her doting family By Chris Riches “I don’t want to go far from Grace. She’s such a smiley, sassy little girl. We’re now looking to move up here permanently so we can all be together.” Grace was born with a mild left ventricle impairment, but at five months she deteriorated dramatically – and suffered up to eight heart attacks on one day. Darren said: “Her body was starting to shut down. We were told to fear the worst, Working again...Shaun NEW YEAR BEGAN WITH NEW LIVER RESTAURANT owner Shaun Marshall feels like he’s 18 again, three years after a liver transplant. The 53-year-old had a wait of just five weeks before a suitable organ was available after his became infected. He said: “I got the call from London’s King’s College Hospital on New Year’s Eve 2018 at 6.30am. “I joked, ‘You’re having a laugh aren’t you? It’s party night tonight! I can’t take a night off!’ I went to King’s, and there was a nine-hour but then she went back to being stable. She then had further complications and the conversation moved towards Grace needing a heart transplant.” For Grace to get a new heart, another family must face their own personal tragedy. But Rebecca said: “When there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a gift. “You never imagine your own family could be in this position.” By Jan Disley delay because the donor was a 22-year-old boy. His liver was so immaculate they cut a small lobe off and gave it to a four-year-old boy – so he saved two of us.” Now Shaun – a father of five in Newton Abbot, Devon – is working again and has set up a liver support group. He said: “The donor issue is so important. I didn’t know that families can object to donation. That shouldn’t be allowed.” WHEN the first successful organ transplant took place nearly 70 years ago, it marked one of the great miracles of medicine. Since then thousands of such ops have transformed and saved thousands more lives. Each donor allowed something good to come out of even the worst tragedy. Last year we changed the law to an “opt-out” organ donation system, a move which could lead to 700 more lifesaving transplants every year. The decision to become an organ donor is an incredibly personal one and it stays that way, as families are still consulted before donation. We know families are more likely to support donation when aware of their relative’s views – either through family discussion or signing the NHS Organ Donor Register. People should be speaking to their loved ones and registering their decision. Last year, 3,391 lives were saved or improved by a transplant. However, there are over 6,100 waiting for a transplant, and some tragically die before receiving one. We in particular need more donors from Black and Asian backgrounds. With your help we can save many more lives. COMMENT claire williment NHS Blood and Transplant Nine out of 10 families support donation when they know it is what a loved one wanted. But this is much lower when relatives are not aware. While 42 per cent of people have registered a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, only 37 per cent have shared their decision with loved ones. Even though the law around organ donation has changed, families will still be consulted before donation goes ahead. This is to confirm the most up to date decision of a potential donor and to discover any medical history which might not be on their GP records. Please take a moment to register your organ donation decision and speak with your friends and family today.

DX1ST 24 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Job ads at record high as Christmas rush hits firms THE number of job adverts has hit a record high – with a strong demand for prison officers, dentists, vets and scaffolders, a report reveals. Around 210,000 new jobs were advertised last week, taking the total to 3.5 million, said the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The number of By Alan Jones adverts continued to grow rapidly throughout this month as businesses rushed to hire staff in time for Christmas, the confederation found. But there was a notable decline in ads for management roles in the hospitality sector. Pictures: Max Willcock/BNPS Back in action... the Vantage hits the road again Aston Smartin £300,000 restoration for first ever DB6 Vantage Like new...proud owner John with Vantage after its restoration, below By Joseph Draper The first Aston Martin DB6 Vantage ever made has been restored to its former glory after spending 38 years languishing in a garage. The incredibly rare dream car rolled off the production line in September 1965 and went on a 17,000-mile tour of the country to show off the prestigious car maker’s state-of-the-art creation. The sports coupe, powered by a 4.0-litre straight six-cylinder engine, was the first of only 71 Vantages made by Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell, Bucks. But after its glory years as a show car, it passed into private hands, was put into storage in 1976 and left to fall apart. But in 2014, Luxury...the Vantage’s leather interior. Original logbook, left the forgotten Vantage was sold at auction. It was bought by classic car enthusiast John Cook, who spent £300,000 having it returned to factory condition, with original Fiesta red paintwork and leather interior. And now the car, worth £500,000, is up for sale again. John, 56, from Burley, Hants said: “When I bought it, it was in a serious state of disrepair. “It is such a special car and I want to give it to someone else to enjoy. “I’ve got another project in mind so I needed to clear the decks.” Charles Ramsey, owner of car specialists Classic Connection, also in Burley, said it is “the rarest DB6 in existence”. He added: “It was used as a factory demonstration for advertisements and magazine reviews, making it very rare to a collector.” The car even comes with a history file that includes some of those magazine reviews, its logbook, its instruction book and the Aston factory’s build sheets. Charles said: “It’s a blessing this piece of Aston Martin history was restored to such a remarkable degree.”

Picture: BPM MEDIA Service...funeral procession for Gerald, below DX1ST By Phil Corrigan FAMOUS sports broadcasters yesterday shared touching memories of their colleague Gerald Sinstadt at his funeral. The long-serving broadcaster died last month at the age of 91. Gerald’s career began in 1949 and continued for seven decades, taking in World Cups and Olympic Games. He was also known for his work covering domestic football for ITV and the BBC. Mourners heard how Folkestone-born Gerald had earned his broadcasting spurs with Forces radio while he was doing his national service. He quickly went on to report on his first two World Cups in 1954 and 1958. Former Port Vale manager John Rudge and legendary football commentator John Motson, 76, were among those paying their respects at Stoke Minster, near his home in Tittensor, Staffs. John recalled: “The second time I met Gerald I was taking a train from Manchester to London in the early 1970s, and he kindly invited me back to his home for a coffee. “I remember going up the stairs to his office and Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 25 Farewell to a legendary broadcaster Fond tributes to TV’s Gerald seeing an Aladdin’s cave of football memorabilia. “There were box files full of index cards for every player in the old First Division, as well as some for lower divisions, each one showing things like goals scored and matches played. “Gerald was so generous at showing you how to do certain things like that. “Nothing was ever any trouble for him.” Andrew Clement, who worked Gathering of stars... TV’s John Motson, left, was among the big names to pay tribute to the great Gerald Sinstadt at his funeral yesterday at Stoke Minster, right alongside Gerald for many years as a producer at BBC Sport, also praised his skills. He summarised Gerald’s approach as: “Why use 10 words when three will do?” He also read out a tribute from another BBC legend, Barry Davies, who was unable to attend the funeral in person. A tribute from Gerald’s wife Margaret was delivered by Martin Tideswell, a former editor of the Stoke Sentinel newspaper. Bournemouth’s a shore hit with seaside homeseekers THE most popular seaside location for home buyers this year, based on web searches, was Bournemouth. And Padstow in Cornwall was the coastal draw where asking prices rose most – soaring by 20 per cent in just a year. Morecambe in Lancashire saw the biggest jump in seaside buyer interest over the year – up 32 per cent – followed by Blackpool with By Vicky Shaw a 21 per cent surge. Saltcoats in Ayrshire was the seaside hotspot where homes were snapped up the quickest – with properties finding a buyer in just 19 days on average, revealed Rightmove. Its director of property data Tim Bannister said: “Living in coastal areas has become possible for more buyers.”

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 27 Tragedy...Louis Watkiss with parents Chris and Natalie Demand to rent tech and TV gets higher and hire By Rob Knight PEOPLE spend an average £227 a month renting items rather than owning them – hiring designer clothes, the latest mobiles and even their Christmas tree. One in ten splashes out as much as £500. A poll of 2,000 adults found a third are more likely than ever to rent, with 55 per cent admitting they do not feel the need to own goods. Access to services, often through subscriptions, has become more important. The rental revolution was uncovered in OnePoll research for second-hand rental firm musicMagpie. Co-founder Steve Oliver said many people prefer renting to keep up with the latest tech or if they want a costly item for a short time. The most popular rental was streamed TV content such as Netflix provides, instead of owning DVDs. ‘We held our boy as he died after ski slope accident’ Louis’ parents campaign for helmets law By Chris Riches THE parents of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a collision at an indoor ski slope said they lay down and held him as he died. Louis Watkiss was at a tobogganing party with friends at the SnowDome in Tamworth, Staffs. His dad Chris and mum Natalie were at home when they received a call to say Louis had been hurt. Heartbroken Chris told the BBC: “I never thought to tell him to be careful.” Loved He said that despite seeing an air ambulance outside the venue as they arrived, he thought initially the worst case scenario for Louis was a broken arm. Chris then followed paramedics up the ski slope towards Louis, which he described as “a very nerve-wracking walk”. He said: “There was a lot of blood and within a few minutes he was pronounced dead in front of me. “I laid with him for a bit, told him he was a good boy and how much I loved him.” Natalie then joined him and they lay together with Louis, holding his hands for about half an hour. The family, from Sutton Coldfield, are now working with local MP Andrew Mitchell to look at changing the law to make helmets mandatory on all such slopes. Tobogganing has been banned at the SnowDome since Louis died in September until the Health and Safety Executive is satisfied that risks can be managed. Venue bosses said they were Tributes... flowers outside Tamworth Snow- Dome where Louis Watkiss, below, was killed continuing to work with Staffordshire Police to investigate what happened. In a statement, Tamworth SnowDome added: “This loss of a young life is an absolute tragedy. “We have been giving our full co-operation to the investigation being conducted by the authorities.” The management added: “Everyone here is still profoundly shocked and saddened by Louis’ death, and our thoughts remain very much with his grieving family.” BLACKFRIDAYSALE toshoplocal&save UPTO 80% OFF FASHION UPTO 70% OFF TOYS& GAMING UPTO 60% OFF HOMEWARE GetanEXTRA10% OFFsaleitems! Usecode:EXPRESS10 Shopthehighstreetonlineat: downyourhighstreet.co.uk/express

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Please add £4.99 p&p Exp date WHEN TV presenter Melanie Sykes recently revealed her autism diagnosis at the age of 51, she called it both lifeaffirming and a relief. “Finally, so many things made sense,” she said. “I now have a deeper understanding of myself, my life and the things I have endured.” A bubbly, extrovert woman, Melanie has exuded confidence since bursting on to our screens in the 1990s as the straight-talking Northern lass in the Boddingtons beer advert. Someone less likely to be “on the spectrum” would be hard to imagine. But that is precisely the problem, making diagnosis so difficult for thousands of women and girls struggling to get through life with their symptoms unnoticed or ignored because they don’t fit the male model of autism. Similarly, Christine McGuinness, the wife of Top Gear star Paddy, only received her late autism diagnosis at 33, despite having three children, twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and Felicity, five, with the condition. “There is a male stereotype of autism that most of us carry in our heads,” says Professor Francesca Happé, director of the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. Her research found that boys with autism were diagnosed on average at the age of eight, whereas for girls it was 11 or 12. “When a parent or teacher sees a girl who is struggling socially at school then they don’t automatically think of autism, whereas they would if it was a boy and that works all the way through the diagnostic systems,” she says. This was the experience of Beth Rees, 33, who received her clinical diagnosis of autism on November 3, shortly before Melanie and Christine shared theirs. “I had a sense of validation after all those years of not being listened to,” says Beth, a chatty children’s charity worker from Cardiff, who says she has always felt like a “square peg in a round hole”. At school, she was hyper-focused and diligent but regularly dissolved into tears because of struggles with numbers. “I would be sitting at home with my parents, rocking and crying about maths and they would tell me it was fine but I would reply, ‘No it’s not because you’re going to think I’m stupid if I can’t do it’ .” Beth’s brain also shut down in socially stressful situations. “Kids at school wanted to play certain games in the playground and I stood there being awkward, not knowing how to interact,” she recalls. “At senior school, I felt left out and people would tell me some- wrong ‘there’s thing with you’ or call me ‘weird’ or ‘strange’.” Yet when Beth had a mental breakdown in 2017 following a series of stress- ‘I wish I could put a chip in other people’s heads for five seconds so they could understand’ SHARING DIAGNOSeS: Christine McGuinness and Melanie Sykes By Kat Hopps ful jobs, her GP referred her to a psychiatrist who wrongly diagnosed her unstable moods and outbursts as borderline personality disorder (BPD). She was placed on anti-psychotic medication and suffered terrible side-effects. Incredibly, she sought a private autism assessment two months after her BPD diagnosis but was told: “You’re not autistic, definitely not. You don’t match the criteria.” This was despite her displaying classic symptoms, such as several “complete obsessions” – with the TV show Sex And The City and children’s authors including Roald Dahl. “If a boy says he’s interested in Thomas The Tank Engine or has hundreds of photographs of electricity pylons, a red flag goes up,” says Prof Happé. “If a teenage girl says she likes Kate Winslet then it’s easy to think that’s common, but ask detailed questions and you might learn she only collects facts about Kate and doesn’t watch her films.” I t was a similar story for Reading resident Mahlia Amatina, 37, wrongly diagnosed with BPD aged 28, before being told she was autistic at 31. “I’ve always felt a sense of difference,” she says. “At school everyone tried to collect as many stickers as possible so I took that literally. I peeled labels off fruit and CDs and stuck them in my collection. Kids laughed at me because they weren’t cartoons or proper stickers.” Mahlia is sensitive to bright or flashing lights and ticking time. While still seeking a correct diagnosis, she was having an assessment with a new therapist who noticed her ritual of removing the clock from the room. “I was feeling especially anxious and tired and said the lights and sound were affecting me. She asked, ‘Are you on the autism spectrum then?’ ” That question kick-started her eventual diagnosis. “Most of the historic research was done with male-only or majority male participants and that’s partly because 10 years ago we thought there were five to 10 times as many males as females with autism,” explains Prof Happé. “It matters that our research mainly looks at men because much of what we think we know about autism is about autistic men and that data goes into diagnostic criteria and processes.” Recent research states one in three diagnosed is a woman or girl. An estimated one in 100 people has autism in the UK, equivalent to 700,000 adults and children. The term describes a broad spectrum of developmental conditions affecting how individuals see and interact with the world. Common symptoms include taking things literally, difficulties with social situations,

DX1ST The autistic women waiting decades for a diagnosis Despite clear evidence they were on the spectrum, one was told she had PTSD, and others were treated for personality disorders. And the chances are, say experts, it’s because they are female Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 29 Pictures: steve reigate sensitivity to light and sounds, and repetitive behaviours. A 20-year study of UK autism diagnoses published in August found girls are also better than boys at “camouflaging or masking” autistic traits. “I had drama training so my level of masking was ridiculous,” says former teacher Tracy Clements, 53, who finally understood her lifelong struggle with personal and professional relationships following her autism diagnosis this year. “I kept throwing myself back in again and again, and getting more hurt, which is how I ended up physically and mentally drained.” The former retail, hospitality and recruitment worker has held 30 jobs. “I always tell the boss how they can improve and that never goes down well,” she says. Tracy avoids tables near bins in restaurants and requires an aisle seat on a plane or she will stand up and leave. “I wish I could put a chip in other people’s heads for five seconds so they could understand it because it’s overwhelmingly horrific,” she continues. “I would rather run into the street or rip my skin off than be in that seat. I can’t control that. It’s my body’s way of saying I don’t want to be there.” She always assumed she had an “idiosyncratic” personality but now realises autistic brains “operate at a higher level of irritability” so a noisy restaurant “can tip you over”. Four years ago she began shivering involuntarily through exhaustion and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which causes pain and fatigue. But Tracy felt instinctively this was wrong, and a rheumatologist agreed. A clinical psychologist diagnosed her with complex post-traumatic stress disorder but it took two more years of “catastrophic appointments” before her autism was confirmed. It’s no surprise that 70 per cent of autistic adults experience mental health conditions, particularly anxiety and depression. Endless camouflaging “comes at a cost as it’s exhausting and erodes the individual’s sense of self”, says Prof Happé. “Sadly, suicide rates are very elevated in autism, particularly in intellectually able autistic women.” R esearch and campaigning charity Autistica is calling for increased funding for support and treatment. “The inequalities autistic people face are unacceptable: reduced life expectancy, significantly higher rates of mental health problems and exclusion from work,” CEO Dr James Cusack says. “We need research that directly improves lives.” Tracy agrees. After she was diagnosed with complex PTSD, she was told to “go and tell the truth” to people. “They meant I should say I wasn’t well but I told people everything I had always wanted to tell them, which was a disaster.” At one restaurant lunch, she told her friend she thought she was autistic based on her inappropriate footwear, hand gestures and hair flicking. Another friendship was lost. She has developed a strong “flight or fight” instinct to cope. “I literally run away from what I’m doing and drop my bags as my brain is telling me to get out,” she says. “At that moment nothing matters. I’ve sat in the woods in the middle of the night for several hours after a disagreement. It’s a meltdown.” Beth, who also has ADHD and anxiety, believes her diagnosis will enable greater understanding of herself in social situations. “Since being diagnosed, my mum has been so supportive and has read up on what being autistic means so she can help me better,” she says. Mahlia has created abstract art since 2015 when she learned she was autistic. She has won Arts Council England funding and produced works for charity Scope’s Make a Statement range. “Art was the perfect medium to reflect and create,” she says. “It’s become an educational vehicle to show my work and educate people about what I was learning about autism.” Her passengers often compliment her on her careful driving but it took her nine attempts to pass her driving test. “I kept thinking, why is this so difficult?” she says. “Why are driving instructors scared to sit next to me?” Now she concentrates on the positives: “I’m good at focusing and don’t procrastinate, I’m organised and creative – that mix is rare.” All of these women are proud of their unique minds and abilities. “My brain is wired wonderfully: it’s perpetually looking and learning and everything is new, special and worthy of awe and wonder,” says Tracy. “For me, The D in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) is for driven, daring, different and dynamic – not disorder or disability. My brain can become disordered and can present as a disability but only because of external expectations that come with misunderstanding. “If we start to change perceptions then my positive ‘Ds’ will shine through.” LIFELONG STRUGGLES: For Beth Rees, left, diagnosis was a sense of validation while Tracy, right, celebrates being daring and different ‘My brain is wired wonderfully: it’s perpetually looking and learning and everything is worthy of awe’

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Picture: Matt Keeble Sea change... sailing can transform young lives DX1ST Dan Snow’s plea to keep disadvantaged youngsters afloat TV star backs £21,100 Tall Ships appeal Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 31 Offices are ‘out of date’ MILLIONS of office staff believe their firm is out of date when it comes to tech and mental health. In a poll of 1,500 UK employees, 31 per cent cited slow internet as the most dire sign. Half also think their company is behind the times over mental health, with 23 per cent saying they would like a “wellbeing day” to recharge. Solutions specialist Enreach, behind the study, said: “Many firms seem stuck in the ’80s.” OK! ROYAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION OK! SPECIAL KATE AT 40 SPECIAL ROYAL BIRTHDAY COLLECTOR’S EDITION FIRST FOR ROYAL NEWS tV presenter Dan Snow is urging people to push the boat out and help a Daily Express-backed charity to raise funds to send a crew of young people on a life-changing voyage. The historian got on board with the Tall Ships Youth Trust’s Christmas Challenge, which hopes to raise £21,100 – by next Tuesday. Your donations will be matched by the charity’s big backers, including The Childhood Trust and the Big Give Champion. Money raised will be used to help to send 25 disadvantaged young people out to sea on one of the trust’s vintage vessels. On board...TV historian Dan Brilliant Dan, 42, has backed Tall Ships for years and is a firm believer in the “transformative effect” of sailing. He said: “This will give young people the chance to turn their lives around on one of our ‘Vitamin-Sea’ voyages. It’s brilliant. It’s a great charity. It’s a great opportunity. So, please give as little as £1. It will be doubled.” Since its formation 65 years ago, the Tall Ships trust has helped more than 120,000 children and young people aged 12 to 25 to steer a course through life’s By Cyril Dixon challenges. Beneficiaries include those with physical, mental or learning disabilities and those in danger of being exploited or falling into crime. Dan discovered the positive power of sailing when he left Oxford university and joined a group, including people from deprived backgrounds, aboard Tall Ships schooner the Sir Malcolm Miller. He recalled: “We didn’t trust each other at all. But the leaders knew the best way to overcome that was to sail us out into the north Atlantic – all seasick and freezing cold – through the night and make us get on with it. “It had a transformative effect on us all, which is why I continue to fund-raise for the Tall Ships charity to give the opportunity that I had to future generations.” Tall Ships chief executive Alastair Floyd said: “Our voyages have a reputation for equipping young people with the tools and self-esteem to realise their true potential and restore their wellbeing. “With our supporters’ generous donations, we aim to reach our doubled target of £21,100 in just seven days – and change the lives of 25 young people at sea. “Please support our Christmas Challenge.” ●●If you would like to donate, please visit www. tallships.org FOUR DECADES IN WORDS & PICTURES FROM GIRL NEXT DOOR TO DUCHESS MAKING MEMORIES WITH HER CHILDREN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO PRINCE WILLIAM ON SALE NOW ONLY KATE AT 40 A THOROUGHLY MODERN DUCHESS CELEBRATING OUR BELOVED ROYAL’S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE SO FAR AHEAD OF HER MILESTONE BIRTHDAY ‘KATE HAS GOT SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE TO QUEEN AND COUNTRY – AND IS GOING TO KEEP ON DAZZLING’ £4.99 AVAILABLE IN SHOPS AND AT WWW.OK.CO.UK/KATESPECIAL Online purchase price excludes P&P. See website for details.

32 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 HICKEY DX1ST The English village NO stranger to school nativity performances, father-of-six Jacob Rees- Mogg, pictured, announces: “I am hoping to be absent from spectating at Prime Minister’s Questions next week, so I can watch one of my children, young Alfred, appear as a donkey in a Christmas play.” Leader of the Commons Jacob proudly clarifies in the chamber: “I understand my son will be a talking donkey.” APPEARING on ITV’s This Morning, seasoned raconteur and former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth – known to tell the odd tall tale – recalled once being met by a male constituent, clad only in a towel, after ringing his doorbell on the campaign trail. Insisting members of the media were present, Brandreth, who lost his seat in 1997, recounted: “When I handed him my leaflet he stretched out his hand to accept and then his towel fell to the ground with nothing underneath. The photographers captured the entire thing.” Curiously, I’m reminded Gyles told the same story on Radio 4 back in 2017 – only on that occasion he maintained the said constituent had been a woman. Surely a strange detail to mix up? By Rob Crossan IT WAS only when Dorothy “Grace” Grant died at the age of 88 in August 2015 that she was finally allowed to go home – 72 years after she left. It wasn’t a long journey, less than 10 miles, but it might as well have been another planet, because Dorothy, like the other 224 former residents of Tyneham, Dorset, had been banned from the place she once called home. Despite repeated promises of being able to return, a permanent move home was only possible if they were being buried in the local churchyard. Tyneham is England’s “ghost village”, a place where time remains trapped in the year 1943 when the villagers were given just five weeks’ notice to leave so that the area could be used by US troops training for the D-Day landings. Owned in its entirety by the Bond family, the villagers of Tyneham were all tenants. This bucolic corner of Dorset was mentioned in the Domesday Book and, by the start of the 1940s, had a population of 225 who worshipped at a limestone church called St Mary’s, shopped at a post office and could enjoy thousands of acres of surrounding heathland. There was no reason at all for Tyneham to ENERGY minister Greg Hands, Tory MP for Chelsea and Fulham, points out the football clubs in his constituency currently lead the way in the Premier League and Championship. “Chelsea top, Fulham top,” he enthuses. While Hands is keen to celebrate both teams, rival fans are unlikely to ever wish each other well. REBELLIOUS violinist Nigel Kennedy, pictured, wants the Prince of Wales in 10 Downing Street rather than Buckingham Palace. “I think it would be amazing if he was Prime Minister, because he would actually enforce or enact or facilitate some policies which would be beneficial for people at large,” he tells The Spectator. Noting Charles’s environmental track record, Kennedy, 63, adds: “Prince Charles was ahead of us all, he was there about 20 or 30 years before us lot.” Knighthood in the post? OLD romantic Engelbert Humperdinck reveals he lost out on having a hit with 1966 classic Strangers In The Night – despite being offered the song by its composer Bert Kaempfert. After eagerly recording the number, deflated Engelbert was informed by his manager: “You can’t have it...because Frank Sinatra wants it.” The Hump now concludes: “Unfortunately, Mr Sinatra was more powerful.” HAVING made just two series of his acclaimed sitcom Fawlty Towers, John Cleese suggests he’s paid the price for failing to appear in a long-running TV show. “I can get bored quite easily, which has its advantages and its disadvantages,” the 82-year-old now reflects. “It’s probably why I don’t have a great deal of money. People who did six or seven seasons of a television series have a lot of money, but I never did that.” Cleese’s bitter divorce from third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger – setting him back £ – hardly helped matters. be any better known than the many thousands of villages scattered along the southern coastline of England, other than the village’s close location to the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School based at Lulworth Camp, which had been used as a tank firing range since the First World War. As the Second World War ground on, the War Office decided Lulworth was too small and the range needed to be expanded so that troops could train with modern bazookas and anti-tank weapons. The Bond family was handed a compulsory purchase order in November 1943 and received £30,000 for their land. Their tenants by contrast were compensated for nothing other than the vegetables they’d left growing in their gardens. So why did the villagers leave so willingly? Making a sacrifice for the war effort obviously played a huge role. But the real reason the people of Tyneham departed with an almost total absence of argument was because of what became known as “Churchill’s Pledge” – a promise they could return as soon as the war was over. The evacuation of their homes was, as far as the villagers were concerned, temporary, as the notice pinned to the door of St Mary’s church for the attention of incoming troops attested. “Please treat the church and houses with care,” read the note from local Helen Taylor. “We have given up our homes where many of us have lived for generations, to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the All 224 inhabitants moved out in 1943 to make way for D-Day training. Nearly 80 years later Tyneham remains in a time warp, a victim of broken promises village kindly.” Yet that anticipated return never happened. After the war, Clement Attlee’s incoming Labour government decided that, with tensions escalating between the West and the Soviet Union, the nascent Cold War required Tyneham to remain free of residents so military training could continue. The villagers were appeased, at least partially, by a council estate named Tyneham HISTORY LESSON: The schoolroom had been evacuated before the war Close being built a few miles away to house the population – none of whom had ever been homeowners before due to the restrictions imposed on them in Tyneham by the Bond family. And there the story should perhaps have reached a pragmatic albeit melancholy end. Though, to the surprise of many, not least the government and military powers of the 1960s and 70s, the physical remains of the

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 33 that died to set Europe free Pictures: ian woolcock, Rob Atherton, James Osmond & Thomas Faull/getty; Chris Deeney/Alamy England, which has just been reissued, tells the story of the death of Tyneham and the sense of betrayal villagers felt for decades afterwards when promises of being able to return were betrayed. “Tyneham started to glow like Pompeii in the public imagination,” says Wright, “as a pure fragment of England that had, paradoxically, escaped the modernisations of the post-war period. “The village may have been extinguished, but at least there had been no widening of its dimpled lanes, no improvement of its fields with pesticides or deep ploughing, no alteration of the school curriculum or the liturgy.” It became, for many who had never even lived there, a symbol of all that was good, pure and enviable about pre-war England. “Conservative England embraced it as the emblem of a deeply settled organic community destroyed by the modern bureaucratic state.” A Tyneham Action Group, founded to campaign for villagers to return, went as far as “invading” the village and reopening the old Post Office for 10 minutes before being ejected in the early 1970s. But slowly, over the intervening dec- CALL TO ARMS: The phone box is a silent symbol of a past era village slowly began to take on a mythical life of their own. Accessible to the public only on weekends when there was no military training in the area, Tyneham developed a strange, and entirely unexpected, afterlife. From the late 1960s onwards, visitors came to watch this physical time warp surrender slowly to nature. Roofs fell in. Walls collapsed. The 1930s telephone box deteriorated while only the church (thanks to funds raised in the 1970s) was given a basic restoration to avoid it also falling into complete dereliction. It makes for an arresting sight. Cultural historian Patrick Wright explains: “The land swoops down from Flower’s Barrow, exposing a sheet of ocean before circling the odd conical headland known as Worbarrow Tout... There are sheep and cattle in the valley and abandoned farms, their GHOST VILLAGE: Tyneham has become a reminder of idyllic pre-war times BACK HOME: St Mary’s church where original locals returned to be buried yards piled high with great black, plastic bags of silage. “Thistles, gorse, bracken and ragwort grow in the neglected fields and there is scattered evidence of military use too; a scarlet concrete bollard in the middle of a field, rusting target tanks and, down on the beach, concrete dragon’s teeth placed during the Second World War to deter enemy landings.” Wright’s book, The Village That Died For ades, mortality took ownership of the argument as the villagers died out. Dorothy Grant, who had been living in nearby Wareham, Dorset, at the time of her death, was one of the last of the original locals to return for burial. Today the village is home to wild cabbage, kestrels and the occasional deer. The Bond family’s Elizabethan manor house has been demolished but many of the other village buildings remain in varying stages of disrepair, a couple of them damaged by stray mortar shells fired during military training exercises. The schoolroom (closed a decade before the evacuation due to a lack of pupils) is a museum of ancient desks, blackboards and ink wells. Yet what the village represents to nonresidents continues to evolve. In recent years a musical and at least four novels have placed Tyneham centre stage. And although attempts to repopulate the village as a kind of Ruritanian idyll of lost England have long since disintegrated, to walk around the village today is to be reminded that the Second World War wasn’t just a story of the Blitz and Stalingrad; there were innumerable smaller, quieter sacrifices of which Tyneham is one of the saddest and most unusual. As Wright explains in the new introduction to his book: “Tyneham was both extinguished and, by the same measures, launched into a new life as every visitor’s lost or shattered homeland.” ● The Village That Died For England by Patrick Wright is published by Repeater Books for £13.99. For details on how to visit Tyneham go to tynehamopc.org.uk

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36 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST Theatre with NEIL NORMAN bIG VOICE Beverley Knight as The Drifters’ manager THE DRIFTERS GIRL ★★★★ Garrick Theatre until March 26 Tickets: 0330 333 4811 The Drifters are a soul/R&B group more aptly named than most. More than 60 singers have drifted in and out of the line-up since their formation, making them more of a brand than a band. And this is the story behind the enormously successful group of rotating members that formed in 1953 and is still going strong. They were managed and shepherded through most of their eras by the first African-American female manager in the business, Faye Treadwell, played to the hilt by the irrepressible, big-voiced Beverley Knight. The story of her rise from educationalist to formidable music businesswoman is told minimally but effectively in Ed Curtis’ script, based on an idea by Faye’s daughter Tina. Knight’s co-creators – Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud – are part of the ensemble and these four talented actor/singers play a variety of group members across the decades. The opening image of a young girl and a jukebox makes a statement that this is a jukebox musical. And the songs speak for themselves. Save The Last Dance for Me, Under The Boardwalk, and Saturday Night At The Movies are all delivered beautifully, complete with synchronised dance moves. Once the group becomes a trademark and various members leave to form their own spin-off groups, Treadwell is forced to protect her brand. But the upside is that The Drifters becomes a crucible for R&B and soul singers such as Ben E King who went on to launch solo careers. The funniest scenes come after their move to London in the early 1970s where bowler-hat wearing Brits Roger and Roger adopt the band and the boys slip into Booking now THE BOLDS Unicorn Theatre until December 31 unicorntheatre.com Julian Clary’s theatre adaptation of his own book is as appealing to grown-ups as their offspring. hilarious cameos of Cockney producers and a young Bruce Forsyth. A great night out. MANOR ★ National Theatre until January 1 Tickets: 020 3989 5455 Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation play opens with the greatest cliche of gothic fiction – a dark and stormy night. Manor addresses every hot button topic from climate change to the rise of the far right, with nods to Black Lives Matter and lesbianism thrown in. Imagine Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians crossed with Boris Karloff horror The Old Dark House but remodelled as a politicised black comedy in which strangers take shelter in a decaying manor house to escape from a storm of Biblical proportions. Aristo and former wild child Diana (Nancy Carroll) is struggling to cope with failing finances, her drug- and drinkaddled erstwhile rock star husband Pete (Owen McDonnell), and sensible daughter Isis (Liadán Dunlea), when her home is invaded by a nurse and her bolshy teenage daughter, notorious neo-fascist Ted (Shaun Evans, tainting his role as TV’s Endeavour), and other mismatched characters. There is an accidental death, an improbable seduction and a shooting before the final cataclysmic deluge. But Lez Brotherston’s nightmarish set is colonised by hollow caricatures who speak in a language that succeeds in being both florid and banal. Directed by Buffini’s sister Fiona, it is a work of epic mediocrity. MEDIOCRE Evans and Carroll star in Manor ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA ★★★★ Until November 26, 2022 (ntathome.com) Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Ant ‘n’ Cleo in this knockout theatre production of Shakespeare’s sexiest tragedy. Snakes alive!

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 37 Weekend Films with ANDY LEA STAR RATINGS ★★★★★ Excellent ★★★★ Good ★★★ Worth a look ★★ Poor ★ Don’t bother SEVEN UP Another instalment of zombie blaster SILENT NIGHT Cert 15 ★ In cinemas now, on digital from Monday bleakLast Christmas for Keira Be careful what you wish for. While enduring British festive flicks, I’ve often yearned for an apocalypse to overturn the cosy middleclass comedy. Here, it happens, but it’s not half as fun as I expected. We are in Richard Curtis territory as a gang of wellheeled, thinly drawn, and annoyingly quirky former schoolfriends gather with their children for a Christmas meal in a whopping country house. At first, the hiccups are crushingly familiar. The Aga is playing up, Waitrose is out of sparkling water and the hosts (Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode) have forgotten the sticky toffee pudding. But a real crisis is looming. A cloud of poisonous gas is spreading across the country and all British citizens have been issued with suicide pills. This won’t just be their Last Christmas, it will be their last day alive. Slowly, the misfiring comedy gives way to discussions about the ethics of euthanising kids. Merry Christmas! Back in the game RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY Cert 15 ★★★ In cinemas now A distinct lack of undead raccoons is the only disappointment in the surprisingly watchable seventh instalment of the zombie-blasting video game franchise. After the forgettable Milla Jovovichstarring action films, expectations are low. But writer-director Johannes Roberts doesn’t try to replicate the blood-splattered thrills of the game. Instead, he uses the plots of the first two games as a template for something more cinematic – a B-movie horror. The genre switch is signalled by a THE HAND OF GOD Cert 15 ★★★ In select cinemas now, on Netflix from December 15 After winning the coveted Best Picture gong in 2019 with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Netflix is hoping for more Oscar glory with another subtitled film about a famous director’s formative years. This bawdy, quirky but rather self-indulgent drama takes us to late-80s Naples where Paolo Sorrentino’s football-mad alter ego Fabietto (Filippo Scotti) is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Maradona from Barcelona. But before we see the squat reassuringly cliched prologue featuring a creepy orphanage, a jump scare, a ghostly child and an unrealistically creepy child’s toy. Then we jump forward to 1998 as grown-up orphan Claire Redfield (Kaya Scodelario) returns to Raccoon City to reconnect with her estranged cop brother Chris (Robbie Amell). ‘‘ Raccoon City is a ghost town filled with sinister shuffling figures Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant the Umbrella Corporation, the place is now a ghost town, where sinister figures in medical gowns shuffle around the rain-lashed streets. Claire wants to warn Chris about a conspiracy involving nefarious Umbrella experiments she has uncovered on the Number 10 kick a ball for Napoli, we are introduced to Fabietto’s quirky extended family. His dad (Toni Servillo) is a surprisingly good-humoured communist, his mother (Teresa Saponangelo) is a practical joker and his older brother (Marlon Joubert) an aspiring actor. But looming largest is his troubled Aunt Patrizia (Luisa Ranieri) who outrages her husband by sunbathing in the buff and relating tall tales about encounters with a magical monk. It’s beautifully shot and gently amusing, but narrative thrust always plays second fiddle to the director’s rose-tinted musings. new-fangled internet. “What the f*** is a chatroom?” yells her web-illiterate brother. This isn’t going to be easy. But Chris changes his tune after his shouty police chief (an amusing Donal Logue) sends him and his photogenic colleagues to investigate a murder at the Spencer mansion, a location familiar to ageing video gamers. While Chris learns how to blast his first zombie, Claire holes up at the police station with handsome rookie Leon (young Johnny Depp lookalike Avan Jogia) as Umbrella goons seal off the city. The location will push the right buttons for gamers and, for the rest of us, there are solid action scenes, mild scares and wonderfully cheesy one liners. QUIRKY Marlon Joubert and Filippo Scotti swat teamRiz Ahmed, centre, in a bug war ENCOUNTER Cert 15 ★★★★ In cinemas now, on Amazon Prime from Friday A gritty turn from the impressive Riz Ahmed anchors an ambitious genre-bender that blends the thrills of the sci-fi thriller with the heart of a coming-of-age drama. British director Michael Pearce (Beast) opens with a horrifying CGI sequence that could strike a chord with pandemic audiences. A meteor burns through the Earth’s atmosphere and smashes into a forest where the debris is ingested by bugs. When an insect burrows into human flesh, the camera enters the bloodstream as microscopic creatures appear to gorge on human cells. As we watch former US marine Malik Khan (a bulked-up Ahmed) spray himself with insect repellent in a scuzzy motel room, we join the dots. It seems the fate of the human race will lie in the hands of this buff loner. But, first, Malik needs to save his family. After a midnight raid on the Californian home of his sickly wife, Malik takes his estranged sons, 10-year-old Jay (Lucian-River Chauhan) and eight-year-old Bobby (Aditya Geddada), on a road trip to the supposed safety of an army base in Nevada. Malik estimates that half of humanity is now infected by mind-controlling alien parasites. So when they are pulled over by a traffic cop who has bugs swirling around his eyeballs, we know Malik will have to rely on his military training. But gradually, Pearce shifts focus from Malik’s heroism to his increasingly worried 10-year-old son. Malik needs Jay to grow up fast for the sake of his younger brother. But Jay begins to sense it’s his dad who needs his protection. After a tense opening hour, the suspense flags as the sci-fi gives way to a familial psychodrama. Young Chauhan is excellent as the boy grappling with his father’s vulnerability but it’s Ahmed who keeps us hooked as the troubled action hero.

38 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST Books Mernie Gilmore reveals this year’s top seasonal reads Gifts Laura Barnett W&N, £12.99 Sometimes the best things come in small packages and Laura Barnett’s Gifts is a slender volume of 12 interconnected short stories. Gifts has a cleverly intertwined structure, every story linking to the next until we come full circle. Each tale is about someone looking for a gift – Maddy needs a present for her childhood sweetheart Peter, Peter is at a loss as to what to buy his daughter Chloe, while Chloe is hunting for something for her beloved grandmother, and so on. Tender and moving, Gifts is infused with Christmas magic – that bittersweet mix of joy, yearning, sadness and hope that accompanies the festive season. The Wish Nicholas Sparks Sphere, £18.99 Have tissues at the ready for this new tear-jerker from The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks. Maggie Dawes is a successful travel photographer whose life has been a series of adventures but, at 36, she has terminal cancer and is facing her last Christmas. When a new assistant joins her art gallery, they strike up an unlikely friendship and Maggie tells him the story of her first love. A Christmas read packed with emotion and sentiment. The Killer In The Snow Alex Pine Avon, £7.99 Paul McCartney: Inside The Songs The world’s most successful living musician reveals the inspiration behind five decades of songwriting. In one episode, he describes how he wrote Yesterday aged 22 in 1965, dreaming up the tune in his sleep then writing the lyrics in the back of a taxi on holiday in Lisbon with girlfriend Jane Asher. He recalls The Beatles smoking pot with Bob Dylan, and how he pinched himself when he got to meet Elvis Presley. McCartney also shares the bitterness he felt towards John Lennon when The Beatles split and the sense of love and “powerful loss” he experienced when he died. To order any of these books, please visit expressbookshop.com or call 020 3176 3832. Free UK p&p for orders over £20. The Christmas Bookshop Jenny Colgan Sphere, £14.99 If you prefer your Christmas reading drenched in blood rather than festive cheer, try this crime thriller. DI James Walker is tasked with solving a brutal triple murder in his rural village. But these are not the first killings to occur in the remote farmhouse – a young couple died there 20 years earlier. DI Walker embarks on a dangerous mission to discover if the crimes are connected. Podcasts After Carmen is made redundant, she has no choice but to ask her annoyingly perfect sister Sofia for help, and Sofia knows of a local bookshop in need of an assistant. Carmen reluctantly takes the job but can she turn the shop’s fortunes around in the build-up to Christmas? Laugh-out-loud funny, this is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. Murder On A Winter’s Night: Ten Classic Crime Stories Various authors Profile, £8.99 Crime fans will love curling up with this collection of seasonal whodunnits from much-loved writers including Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L Sayers, Mark Billingham and Margery Allingham. From an unfortunate Santa stabbed through the heart to a gaslighting murderer who gets his comeuppance, these crime classics feature twists and turns aplenty. with Charlotte Heathcote Always, In December Emily Stone Headline Review, £8.99 Doomsday Watch Arthur Snell is a terrorismprevention expert who has travelled the world keeping an eye on our greatest threats: from election monitoring in Zimbabwe, to counter-terrorism operations in Yemen. He believes the world is more unstable than at any time since the height of the Cold War and examines the looming unrest he believes threatens our future. In one episode, he looks at problems in America, where nearly half the population believe Joe Biden’s election vote was rigged, and talks to experts about why this is the end of democracy as we know it in the US. Since she lost her mum and dad in a car crash, Christmas holds few happy memories for Josie. But everything changes when she bumps – quite literally – into Max, crashing into him on her bike. This chance encounter leads to love. But life is never simple and there is plenty of heartbreak along the way. This is a festive romance about finding love in the most unlikely places – and the pain of letting it go. Christmas Hope For The Steel Girls* Michelle Rawlins HQ Stories, £7.99 During the Second World War, friends Betty, Nancy and Patty are doing back-breaking, dangerous work making parts for Spitfires while keeping the home fires burning. And at Christmas time, they’re also supporting struggling families in their close-knit Yorkshire community. Despite the bitter cold, rationing and fear for their loved ones, the book is infused with the with ELIZABETH ARCHER The twelve books of Christmas spirit of togetherness like the glow from a hot cuppa (of which they have many). Heartwarming, hopeful and inspiring, it will bring a nostalgic smile to your face. The Merry Christmas Project Cathy Bramley Orion, £7.99 With a heroine called Merry, a love interest called Cole and much of the action set in Holly Cottage, this is festive fiction with (jingle) bells on. Heartbroken after a break-up, Merry moves into the cottage and embarks on establishing a new business. Cole is also bereft because his ex-partner and children have moved to Canada. But when their local town launches a festive event, the two are thrown together and Christmas suddenly looks much brighter. The Christmas Murder Game Alexandra Benedict Zaffre, £14.99 When Lily is invited to her deceased aunt’s manor house to play a festive game, she has no desire to go. Family members must crack clues and find Off The Hook with Jimmy Bullard The former West Ham midfielder and Soccer AM presenter takes footie stars past and present for a fishing trip and a chat about their careers and the game. He explains the basics of fishing in his Cockney patter, leading to giggles when guests don’t know their worms from their wagglers. Jimmy is joined by his old friend, Spurs and United legend Teddy Sheringham, who recalls playing under Brian Clough, winning the Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup with Man United in one season in 1999, and how it felt to go on The Masked Singer dressed as a tree. Get in touch! www.express.co.uk/books keys and the winner will inherit the country pile. But a letter arrives telling Lily that this game could solve the mystery of her mother’s death. Packed with riddles, anagrams and puzzles, this is an engaging murder mystery that will grip you until the end. Underneath The Christmas Tree Heidi Swain Simon & Schuster, £8.99 You’d think growing up around a Christmas tree business would make you a fan of all things festive. But Liza Wynter has no desire to work at Wynter’s World – her late father’s Christmas tree plantation – having lived there as a girl after her mother died. However, when her father’s business partner announces his retirement, she has no choice but to return. There, she meets Ned, and sparks fly. Easy to read, this is a cosy story of redemption and romance. The Winter Of Second Chances Jenny Bayliss Pan, £8.99 Annie Sharpe’s life is blown apart when she catches her husband Max in flagrante delicto with another woman. Furious and set on divorce, Annie jumps at the chance to move to a seaside town to look after a beach house. But with Max determined to win her back, will she take that chance ? You’ll be rooting for Annie all the way in this funny, warm-hearted novel. A Winter Memory Lulu Taylor Pan, £8.99 Family secrets and a mysterious disappearance spark this sprawling saga in which Helen, her husband Hamish and children move back to the family home to live with Hamish’s brother Charlie. But Charlie’s wife Sylla has vanished – and nobody will tell Helen where she is. Over 500 pages long, this family drama will keep you going through Christmas and beyond. *Christmas Hope For The Steel Girls reviewed by Clare Fitzsimons Elevenses with Danielle Perry The Absolute Radio presenter chats to stars over an 11am coffee break, asking them the same 11 questions. Previous guests include Nadiya Hussain, Angelica Bell and Steve Coogan. In one episode, Rob Brydon explains how he once took a bit part in a film where his character sang a Bruce Springsteen song, in the vain hope of meeting the star. He recalls being paralysed with fear when he went on-stage completely unprepared as Keith Barret from Marion And Geoff, and explains how he overcomes pre-show nerves by tidying his house slowly.

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 39 Music Album releases Hot high point of Cool Britannia Oasis Knebworth 1996 They were the greatest British rock band of the 1990s and these concerts were their crowning glory. In August 1996, less than two years after they released their first album Definitely Maybe, more than a quarter of a million fans flocked to Knebworth Park to see Oasis perform over two sold-out nights. The Manchester band were at the height of their powers. They opened with Columbia, Liam’s buzzsaw vocals and cocky certainty firmly to the fore. On stage, Jagger and James Brown never stopped moving, but Gallagher never felt the need to bother. He leaned forwards, arms behind his back, exuding a “Who are you looking at?” insolence. Brother Noel’s superb songs were all it took to keep the crowds hooked. Motown with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra A Symphony Of Soul The RPO gives a tasteful orchestral makeover to 11 soul classics using the original vocals of Motown legends such as Martha Reeves and Smokey Robinson. Studio magic allows Mica Paris and Beverley Knight to perform duets with Jimmy Ruffin and Marvin Gaye. Purists will protest but the results are magical. Champagne Supernova, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Roll With It, Morning Glory… they’re all here, along with The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus performed with an orchestra. This is the soundtrack of the new Oasis documentary of the same name. It comes in a 2 x CD+DVD pack or as a vinyl triple album. During Wonderwall – the first song from the 90s to gain more than a billion streams on Spotify – the DVD shows the warring brothers exchanging a glance that seems to convey Vardis 100MPH@100Club The veteran Wakefield power trio deliver heads-down no-nonsense headbanging. This new double live album recreates their 1981 debut and is “guaranteed no overdubs”. The songs hit like Tyson in a temper. It’s a Vardis Tardis trip back to the sweat-soaked glory days of the new wave of British heavy metal. with GARRY BUSHeLL BIG GIGOasis at the height of their powers amazement at their achievement. The big omission is Rock ’n’ Roll Star, written by Noel in 1994, before their stardom was set in stone. There’s no irony in his words, no ambition – just a statement of fact. They knew where they were headed. Noel’s lyrics were unlikely to give Leonard Cohen sleepless nights but they made a real connection with their audience: “Maybe you’re the same as me, we see things they’ll never see, you and I are gonna live forever…” Yep, we all thought that once. Treetop Flyers Old Habits The London-based Flyers inhabit a soft, relaxing world where folk rock meets Americana with a side serving of country blues. 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DX1ST televisionexpress Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 41 Panefully scary for Tony SHOULD the TV work ever dry up for Tony Robinson – and admittedly I can’t see that happening anytime soon – he might want to consider taking up extreme window cleaning. But I doubt it. He gets to try some of that in this week’s episode of THE THAMES AT NIGHT WITH TONY ROBINSON (8pm), the Channel 5 series that’s a bit like his other show The Thames With Tony Robinson, only darker. And it soon becomes clear he has a problem. Actually, two problems. The first is he’s very, very Picks of the day Mike Ward previews tonight’s TV slow. Admittedly, not so slow that he cleans only one window in an hour, say, but slow enough that he cleans only two. The second problem is, he’s scared witless. The “extreme” part of this job (not a word actually used in the programme, but one I’ve chucked in here just to make my point) reflects the fact that the windows Tony is helping to clean are quite high up. And I’m using the word “quite” here in its traditional sense of meaning “stupidly”. London’s City Hall, the place where the Mayor gets to hang out and do his day job of getting cross with Boris, rises to a height of 45 metres. That’s 10 storeys. This doesn’t make it by any means London’s tallest building, but it makes it tall enough to terrify Tony. Window cleaner Danny, who’s been starting work there at 6am daily since forever, assures him: “Everything will be all right.” But as he clambers somewhat Film: The Holiday, ITV2, 8pm Heartwarming romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law (both left) alongside Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Edward Burns. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Los Angeles film producer and selfconfessed workaholic Amanda is in need of a holiday. An online search persuades her to exchange her California house over Christmas for the remote Surrey cottage of journalist Iris, who has just found out her cheating ex is getting married. 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Less so, arguably, are some of the festive crafting tasks at which Kirstie Allsopp hopes to encourage us to try our hand in KIRSTIE’S HANDMADE CHRISTMAS (C4, 8pm). This show has become a regular fixture in the channel’s seasonal schedules, and I for one am delighted. First, because I like Kirstie Allsopp. Second, because, while I always like to have a go at making the seasonal decorations that she suggests each year, the lifespan of each lot I’ve made in the past has been roughly a week and a half. DID YOU KNOW? Kate Winslet comes from a family of performers. The Oscar winner’s grandparents ran their own theatre company, while her dad was a struggling actor who took on odd jobs to support the family. Music: Top Of The Pops: 1984, BBC4, 8pm Music: Britain’s Biggest Hits, C5, 10pm This 10-part series takes viewers on a journey through the musical highs of the Seventies. Tonight’s episode focuses on the biggest tracks of 1976, with contributions from Dana and Paul Gambaccini. Leo Sayer (left) – whose hits include You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and When I Need You – Tina Charles and Candi Staton recall their best-selling songs, while The Real Thing, Showaddywaddy, Dr Hook and Brotherhood Of Man reminisce about their favourite numbers. This Christmas Day special of the iconic British music show features a host of live performances and festive hits, including Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid, The Reflex by Duran Duran, What Is Love? by Howard Jones, The War Song by Culture Club, Doctor Doctor by the Thompson Twins and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! comprising pop legends George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley (above) Travel: Griff’s Great New Zealand Adventure, ITV, 8pm Comedian Griff Rhys Jones (above) takes the ferry crossing from the North to the South islands, and heads to the old whaling station on Queen Charlotte Sound, which remarkably still operated until the 1970s. 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42 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST All programmes Today’s are listed in Greenwich TV Mean Time previews (GMT). are Apart on from in the Portugal, previous programmes are one hour page later than listed film ratings ★★★★★ Brilliant ★★★★ Very Good ★★★ Good ★★ Average ★ Bad (R) Repeat BBC One BBC Two ITV Channel 4 Channel 5 6.00am Breakfast News headlines. 9.15 Morning Live at Christmas 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Frontline Fightback 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer In London, Lancashire and Stoke-on-Trent. (R) 12.15pm Bargain Hunt Two teams battle it out at the Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 Regional News; Weather 1.45 The Tournament Quiz. 2.30 Garden Rescue The team create an Italian garden for a couple in Fareham. (R) 3.00 Escape to the Country Sonali Shah helps a woman find a home in North Wales. (R) 3.45 Virtually Home Featuring a Glasgow couple seeking to revamp their living room. 4.30 The Repair Shop Leather expert Suzie Fletcher undertakes the repair of a treasured toy horse. (R) 5.15 Pointless Quiz show. (R) 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 Regional News; Weather 6.30am Bargain Hunt (R) 7.15 Virtually Home A retired couple seek advice on how to redesign their living room. (R) 8.00 Sign Zone: Walking with Nick Grimshaw The presenter and DJ walks along the Northumberland coast. (R) 8.30 Sign Zone: Nadiya’s Fast Flavours Nadiya Hussain reveals some quick and easy recipes. (R) 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15pm Politics UK The week’s political proceedings. 1.00 LIVE Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the opening quarter-finals from York’s Barbican Centre, played over the best of 11 frames. 5.15 Flog It! From Rochester Cathedral in Kent. (R) 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Jessie Cave, Ayesha Hazarika, Simon Hickson and AJ Pritchard take part. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two Rylan returns with more Strictly exclusives and gossip. 6.00am Good Morning Britain News, current affairs and lifestyle features. 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. 10.00 This Morning Daily magazine, featuring a mix of celebrity chat, showbusiness news and lifestyle features. Including Local Weather. 12.30pm Loose Women Celebrity interviews and topical debate with the panel. 1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55 Regional News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal David Dickinson lands at Aerospace Bristol. 3.00 Lingo Competitive brothers Jack and Rob from Manchester, couple Rosie and Wes from London, and word-loving Jenny and Dev from Nantwich compete. 3.59 Regional Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz show. 5.00 The Chase Simon, Romer, Sammy and Vicky take part. 6.00 Regional News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 6.10am Countdown (R) 6.50 The Big Bang Theory (R) 7.35 The King of Queens (R) 9.00 Frasier Triple bill. (R) 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA A failing restaurant in Fremont. (R) 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien visit a military vehicle enthusiast. (R) 12.30pm Steph’s Packed Lunch Steph McGovern presents the weekday magazine. 2.10 Countdown With Clare Balding in Dictionary Corner. 3.00 Moneybags Quiz show. 4.00 A Place in the Sun A married couple seek an home with a sea view on the Costa del Sol. 5.00 Four in a Bed The B&Bers settle some scores. (R) 5.30 Bidding Wars The latest three packed pallets are titled beauty, retro toys and lucky dip. 6.00 The Simpsons Lisa becomes smitten with a musician. 6.30 Hollyoaks A confession causes trouble for one of the Maaliks. (R) 6.00am Milkshake! Children’s TV. 9.15 Jeremy Vine Discussion. 11.15 FILM Jingle Around the Clock (2018, PG) Elle’s plans for Christmas are derailed by work. Romantic drama, starring Brooke Nevin. ★★★ 1.00 Neighbours See 6.00pm. 1.30 FILM Check Inn to Christmas (2019, PG) Premiere. A woman comes home to spend the holidays with her family running their inn, only to get caught up in a feud with a rival business. Romantic drama, starring Rachel Boston. ★★ 3.15 FILM Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan (2010, PG) The kindly Mrs Merkle helps a struggling department store manager find love. Family drama sequel, starring Doris Roberts. ★★★ 5.00 5 News at 5 Headlines. 6.00 Neighbours Ned’s worried that Levi’s colleagues will upset Amy further. (R) 6.30 Meerkat Manor The struggles and dangers faced by the animals. 7 8 9 10 11 12 midnight 7.30pm, Question of Sport: Sam Quek 7.00 The One Show Live chat and topical reports. 7.30 Question of Sport With Olympic triathlon gold medallists and Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and a Tokyo medal-winning boxers Galal Yafai and Frazer Clarke. 8.00 EastEnders The Taylors are devastated and Karen makes it clear who is to blame. 8.30 MasterChef: The Professionals This quarterfinal sees the chefs tasked to offer a stand-out two-course menu for three restaurant critics Tracey MacLeod, Jimi Famurewa and Jay Rayner. 9.30 Have I Got News for You Clive Myrie takes up the reins as guest host, with journalist Camilla Long and actor Miles Jupp joining captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop to poke fun at the week’s headlines. 10.00 BBC News at Ten 10.25 Regional News; Weather 10.35 The Graham Norton Show The host is joined by guests Tom Holland, Zendaya, Henry Cavill and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Plus, Little Mix perform Between Us. 11.25 In My Skin As Trina’s mental health deteriorates, Bethan once again finds herself caring for her mother and hiding the truth about her life from her friends. Gabrielle Creevy stars. 11.55 FILM Greta (2018, 15) Premiere. A waitress gets more than she bargained for after returning a lost handbag to its owner. Neil Jordan’s thriller, starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz. ★★★ 1.30am Weather for the Week Ahead 1.35-6.00am BBC News. Headlines. 7pm, Live Snooker: UK Championship: Neil Robertson 7.00 LIVE Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the concluding quarter-finals, played over the best of 11 frames. Neil Robertson and Judd Trump where among the victors at this stage 12 months ago in Milton Keynes. 8.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks hunt for antiques in the Cotswolds. There are romantic lunches, motorbike tumbles and plenty of bargains to be hand as the reality TV star rivals go head-to-head. 9.00 New Forest: A Year In the Wild Wood Exploring the lives of people and wildlife inhabiting the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, where some of Britain’s rarest creatures, including the sand lizard, can be found. (R) 10.00 QI Host Sandi Toksvig and regular panellist Alan Davies are joined by Josh Widdicombe, Susan Calman and Matt Lucas for a festive special, with a series of questions on the subject of Noel. (R) 10.30 Newsnight With Kirsty Wark. 11.05 Snooker: UK Championship Extra Highlights from one of today’s quarter-finals. 11.55 The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story How the concept of ‘a good death’ helped Harold Shipman escape detection. (R) 12.55am Sign Zone: Delivering Christmas: What’s in Store? – Panorama. Jane Corbin asks if the UK’s supply chains can deliver in time for Christmas. (R) 1.25 Sign Zone: Who Do You Think You Are? (R) 2.25 Sign Zone: Doctor Who: Flux (R) 3.15-6.20am This Is BBC Two 4pm, Tipping Point: Ben Shephard 7.00 Emmerdale Rishi tries to encourage Priya, and a rift is forming within the Dingle clan. 7.30 Coronation Street Hashim advises Zeedan that a fire insurance payout will settle his debt. Bernie tells Aggie that Grace left Glory home alone. 8.00 Griff’s Great New Zealand Adventure Griff takes the ferry crossing from the North to the South islands, and heads to the old whaling station on Queen Charlotte Sound – which remarkably still operated until the 1970s. 8.30 Coronation Street Zeedan makes a horrifying discovery as Speed Daal goes up in flames. Aggie threatens to report Grace but is stopped in her tracks by a proposition. 9.00 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! As the stars face their second weekend living in Gwrych Castle, tempers may be starting to fray as some miss family and home comforts. Ant and Dec look at the team’s highlights from the past 24 hours. 10.20 ITV News; Weather 10.50 Regional News; Weather 11.05 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Joan Collins The actress talks about her 70 years in the film industry, covering everything from her early days appearing alongside Diana Dors and Bette Davis to her time in Dynasty. (R) 12.05am Home Shopping 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Rolling in It. Stephen Mulhern hosts the gameshow in which contestants play a giant arcade machine, with Simon Gregson, Lisa Riley and Richard Blackwood helping out. (R) 4.05 Unwind with ITV 5.05-6.00am Lingo. Word game. (R) 9pm, Gogglebox: Jenny and Lee 7.00 Channel 4 News The latest headlines, in-depth interviews and analysis of political developments and current affairs. Plus, the day’s leading sports stories and up-to-theminute weather reports. 8.00 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Kirstie Allsopp is joined by Phil Spencer, Sofie Allsopp, Shelina Permalloo and Coinneach MacLeod with tips on how to have a stylish Christmas without breaking the bank. 9.00 Gogglebox The armchair critics share their opinions on what they have been watching during the week, with cameras capturing their instant reactions and the lively discussions that are prompted by the week’s best shows. 10.00 The Last Leg Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker present a comic review of the significant moments of the past week. As usual, the gang round up, examine and explain the most entertaining news stories. 11.05 The Big Narstie Show The grime MC and co-host Mo Gilligan host the fourth series of their Bafta-winning chat, comedy and music show. 11.50 Stath Lets Flats Stath tries to win back the love of his life. Last in the series. (R) 12.25am FILM Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011, PG) Comedy, with Martin Lawrence. ★ 2.15 The Simpsons. Homer is possessed by an evil toupee. (R) 2.40 Taskmaster. The series champion is crowned. (R) 3.35 Come Dine with Me (R) 5.50- 6.10am Kirstie’s House of Craft (R) 6.30pm, Meerkat Manor 7.00 Secrets of the Imperial War Museum At IWM’s flagship site in Lambeth Road, London, a team is racing to complete a set of new galleries dedicated to telling the story of the Second World War and the Holocaust. 8.00 The Thames at Night with Tony Robinson The latest leg begins in Greenwich, with access to the Royal Observatory on the banks of the Thames where Tony discovers its role in helping sailors navigate the globe. 9.00 Draining Chicago: What Lies Beneath Draining Lake Michigan uncovers Chicago’s secret history. Sonar technology exposes a catastrophe that killed 300 people, and solves a tragic Christmas mystery. 10.00 1976: Britain’s Biggest 70s Hits A look at the musical highs of the year, with contributions from Dana and Paul Gambaccini. Leo Sayer, Tina Charles and Candi Staton recall their chart-toppers, while members of the Real Thing, Showaddywaddy, Dr Hook and Brotherhood of Man reminisce about their hits. 11.30 70s Greatest Dance Hits A look at 1970s floor-fillers, including Love Train by the O’Jays, and much loved tracks by Queen, ELO, Michael Jackson and Boney M. 12.30am Wonderful World of Chocolate (R) 1.00 The 21.co.uk Live Casino Show 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Inside DHL: The World’s Biggest Delivery Company (R) 4.00 Oxford Street 24/7 (R) 4.45 A Celebrity Taste of Italy (R) 5.25 Thomas & Friends (R) 5.35-6.00am Paw Patrol (R)

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 43 Freeview 6 Freeview 27 ITV2 ITVBe 6.00am Love Bites 7.00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8.00 Emmerdale 9.00 You’ve Been Framed! Gold at Xmas 9.30 Supermarket Sweep 10.30 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 11.45 Catchphrase 12.30pm Emmerdale 1.30 You’ve Been Framed! Gold 2.00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3.00 Catchphrase 3.45 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 5.00 The Voice USA 6.00 Celebrity Catchphrase Gameshow. 7.00 Superstore Double bill. 8.00 FILM The Holiday (2006, 12) Two single women find love after they swap homes. Romantic comedy, starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. ★★ 10.45 Killer Camp A shocking twist leads to accusations becoming personal. 11.45 Family Guy Stewie goes to see Santa. 12.10am Family Guy 12.40 American Dad!: double bill 1.40 Bob’s Burgers 2.30 Superstore 3.15 Unwind with ITV 3.30-6.00am Teleshopping Dave E4 Freeview 19 6.00am Teleshopping 7.10 Last Stop Garage 8.00 Rick Stein’s India 9.00 Storage Hunters UK 10.00 American Pickers 11.00 Top Gear 1.00pm QI XL 2.00 Scrapyard Supercar 3.00 Top Gear 5.00 Rick Stein’s India 6.00 QI XL With Phill Jupitus. 7.00 Whose Line Is It Anyway? USA Double bill. Aisha Tyler hosts. 8.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Ellie Taylor, Josh Widdicombe, Steve Pemberton and Fern Britton compete. 8.40 Would I Lie to You? With Jack Dee, Romesh Ranganathan, Gaby Roslin and Tinchy Stryder. Hosted by Rob Brydon. 9.20 QI With Rob Brydon and Cal Wilson. 10.00 FILM Donnie Brasco (1997, 18) Fact-based gangster drama, starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. ★★★★ 12.40am Have I Got a Bit More News for You 1.40 Would I Lie to You? 2.25 Hypothetical 3.10 Sin City Motors 4.00-6.00am Teleshopping 6.00am Hollyoaks 7.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 8.00 Baby Daddy 9.00 How I Met Your Mother 10.00 The Big Bang Theory 11.00 The Goldbergs 12.00noon Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.00 The Big Bang Theory 3.00 Mike & Molly 4.00 The Goldbergs 5.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 6.00 The Big Bang Theory Double bill. 7.00 Hollyoaks Chester-based soap. 7.30 Young Sheldon Sheldon decides to fake an illness to avoid a test at school. 8.00 The Big Bang Theory Double bill. Leonard’s mother visits; Raj is worried that people won’t take him seriously. 9.00 FILM xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017, 12) The spy is brought out of exile to retrieve a powerful weapon that has been stolen by a lethal gang of mercenaries. Thriller, with Vin Diesel. ★★★ 11.05 Naked Attraction Double bill. 1.10am First Dates Hotel 3.10 The 100 4.00 The Big Bang Theory 4.45 How I Met Your Mother 5.35-6.00am Baby Daddy WALES As BBC1 except: 1.30-1.45pm BBC Wales Today; Weather 6.30-7.00 BBC Wales Today; Weather 7.30-8.00 Gareth Edwards’ Great Welsh Adventure 10.25-10.30 BBC Wales Today; Weather 11.25 Age of Outrage 11.45 In My Skin. Bethan once again finds herself caring for her mother. 12.15am FILM Greta (2018, 15)★★★ 1.50-6.00am BBC News WALES As BBC2 except: 9.00-10.00pm Impeachment: American Crime Story. At his deposition in the Paula Jones case, President Clinton flatly denies her accusations. 11.55pm- 12.55am The Lakes with Simon Reeve MERIDIAN As ITV except: 1.55-2.00pm ITV News Meridian 6.00-6.30 ITV News Meridian 10.50-11.05pm ITV News Meridian CENTRAL As ITV except: 1.55-2.00pm ITV News Central 6.00-6.30 ITV News Central 10.50-11.05pm ITV News Central ITV WALES As ITV except: 1.55-2.00pm ITV News Cymru Wales. The latest reports. 6.00-6.30 ITV News Wales at Six 10.50 ITV News Cymru Wales 11.05pm-12.05am Against the Odds: Gerwyn Price – Chancing His Arm Variations & S4C 7.00am The Real Housewives of Cheshire 8.00 Buying and Selling 9.00 LittleBe 12.00noon Best Cake Wins 12.30 The Real Housewives of Orange County 1.25 The Real Housewives of Cheshire 2.25 The Only Way Is Essex 3.10 The Real Housewives of New York City 5.00 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 6.00 Masters of Flip Dave and Kortney Wilson transform an outdated home. 7.00 Buying and Selling A couple whose property has decreased in value. 8.00 Dinner Date Matchmaking show. 9.00 Botched Nicole Eggert hopes to have breast reduction surgery. 10.00 Love Island: Australia A new arrival arrives, and Aaron and Jess’s relationship suffers in the wake of a shocking decision. 11.10 Atlanta Plastic Dr Aisha Baron operates on a patient’s stomach. 12.05am The Only Way Is Essex. Arg sets out on a new career path. 12.50 Unwind with ITV 1.00-7.00am Teleshopping Drama More4 Freeview 20 6.00am Teleshopping 7.25 Bread 8.35 The Bill 9.35 Classic Holby City 10.55 Classic Casualty 12.00noon The Bill 1.00 Classic EastEnders 2.15 Peak Practice 3.20 All Creatures Great and Small 4.20 Pie in the Sky 5.25 Just Good Friends 6.00 ’Allo ’Allo! Comedy double bill. 7.20 Last of the Summer Wine Sid and Wally come under suspicion. 8.00 Father Brown A gossip columnist is murdered after threatening to expose a fashion house’s secrets, leaving the sleuthing priest with a fresh mystery. 9.00 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates The sleuth goes to North Yorkshire to meet her long-lost cousin Kate, and ends up investigating a case of demonic visitations. 10.00 New Tricks The team reinvestigates the 15-year-old murder of a boxer. 11.00 Bad Girls Part two of two. Bev adjusts to life back in Larkhall. 12.35am Judge John Deed 2.40 Kavanagh QC 4.00-6.00am Teleshopping Freeview 13 Freeview 18 8.55am Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 9.15 A Place in the Sun 11.05 Escape to the Chateau: DIY 12.05pm Grand Designs 1.10 Four in a Bed 3.50 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 5.55 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. Decorating gingerbread structures. 6.55 Escape to the Chateau Fresh from the success of a wedding at the chateau, Dick and Angel make business plans. 7.55 Grand Designs GP Peter Berkin and his wife Chard, an alternative medicine practitioner, have decided to build a new home at the bottom of their garden, but cannot agree on any part of the design. 9.00 Valley of Tears Double bill. Melakhi steps up to lead the 87th; The tank crew suffers heavy casualties in battle. In Hebrew and English. Last in the series. 10.50 24 Hours in A&E Double bill. 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44 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Sport Sky Sports Main Event 6.00am LIVE Test Cricket India v New Zealand. 11.30 Football Show 12.00noon Sky Sports News 1.00 LIVE Formula 1 The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix first practice session. 2.45 Zak Brown Grand Prix Mechanics Trust Challenge 2.55 Ted’s Story of Ferrari. Ted Kravitz visits Maranello. 3.00 Sky Sports News 4.45 LIVE Formula 1 The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix second practice session. 6.30 Sky Sports News. Round-up of the news. 7.00 LIVE EFL Fulham v Bournemouth. 10.30 Sky Sports News 11.00 Live: NFL Fantasy 12.00m’t Total Access 1.00 Sky Sports News 4.00-6.00am LIVE Test Cricket India v New Zealand. Sky Sports Cricket 6.00am LIVE Test Cricket India v New Zealand. 11.30 Nasser Meets Sachin 12.30pm The World Cup Through Their Eyes 2.30 Best of ICC WT20 3.00 Cricket in Mumbai 4.00 Talking Cricket 5.00 Test Cricket 6.00 Cricket in Mumbai 7.00 Test Cricket 8.00 Nasser Meets Sachin 9.00 Test Cricket 10.00 Cricket in Mumbai 11.00 Test Cricket 12.00m’t The Inside Track – 2005 Ashes 2.30 Best of England v India 2.50 Test Cricket 3.50-6.00am LIVE Test Cricket India v New Zealand. Sky Sports Football 7.00am Football’s Greatest Players 7.30 Football Countdowns 8.00 Football Years 8.30 EFL Greatest Games 9.00 SPFL Greatest Games 9.30 Football’s Greatest Players 10.00 Football Countdowns 10.30 Football Years 11.00 EFL Play Off Final C’Ship 15/16 12.00noon EFL Greatest Games 12.45 SPFL Greatest Games 1.00 Football’s Greatest Players 1.30 Football Countdowns 2.00 Football Years 2.30 EFL Cup Final 09 3.30 EFL Greatest Games 4.15 SPFL Greatest Games 4.30 Football’s Greatest Players 5.00 Football Countdowns 5.30 Bundesliga Weekly 6.00 Scottish Premiership Round-Up 6.15 SPFL 7.00 LIVE EFL Fulham v Bournemouth. 10.30 Scottish Premiership Round-Up 10.45 SPFL Highlights 11.00 SPFL Highlights 11.30 Scottish Premiership Round-Up 11.45 Greatest Games 12.00m’t Retro C’Ship 00 2.00 Season Review 3.00 EFL Play Off Final C’Ship 16/17 4.00 EFL Play Off Final League 1 16/17 5.00-6.00am EFL Play Off Final League 2 16/17 BT Sport 1 9.00am DIY Pundit 9.30 ESPN FC 10.00 MotoGP 11.30 Extreme E – Electric Odyssey 12.00noon World Rallycross 1.00 Kite Masters 1.30 Fishing 2.30 Premier League Match Pack 3.00 WWE NXT 4.45 BT Sport Reload 5.00 Premier League Preview 5.30 DIY Pundit 6.00 ESPN FC 6.30 Scottish Football Extra 7.00 LIVE Gallagher Premiership Rugby Union Gloucester v Bristol Bears (kick-off 7.45pm). 10.00 WWE NXT UK 11.00 WWE NXT Highlights 12.00m’t WWE SmackDown Highlights 1.00 LIVE WWE Friday Night SmackDown 3.00 Premier League Preview 3.30 Primeira Liga 4.30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5.00 BT Sport Fight Night 5.30-6.00am Sailing – Transat Jacques Vabre Highlights BT Sport 2 7.30am Badminton Unlimited 8.00 WWE NXT 9.00 LIVE Badminton Day three in Indonesia. 2.30pm ESPN FC 3.00 DIY Pundit 3.30 Ligue 1 4.30 European Le Mans Series 5.30 Sailing 6.00 Premier League Match Pack 6.30 Premier League Preview 7.00 Premier League World 7.30 Ligue 1 Show 8.00 Scottish Football Extra 8.30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 9.00 LIVE Primeira Liga Benfica v Sporting Lisbon. 11.15 Ligue 1 Show 11.45 BT Sport Reload 12.00m’t LIVE NCAA Championship Semi-final. 2.00 UFC – The Walk. Going behind-the-scenes. 2.30 LIVE NCAA Championship Aemi-final. 4.30 Premier League Match Pack 5.00 Premier League Preview 5.30-6.00am Ligue 1 Show Eurosport 1 6.00am Alpine Skiing: Dave Ryding 6.30 Biathlon 8.10 LIVE Freestyle Skiing From Ruka in Finland. 9.40 Ski Jumping. The men’s World Cup. 10.20 LIVE Nordic Combined Skiing The World Cup meeting from Lillehammer in Norway. 11.15 LIVE Cross-Country Skiing The World Cup meeting from Lillehammer, Norway. 1.15pm LIVE Nordic Combined Skiing In Norway. 1.50 Freestyle Skiing. Action from Almaty. 2.20 LIVE Freestyle Skiing The team aerials event. 3.45 Cross-Country Skiing 4.50 Eurosport News 4.55 LIVE Ski Jumping From Wisla in Poland. 6.00 Cross-Country Skiing. Highlights. 6.30 LIVE Cycling: UCI Track Champions League 10.15 Alpine Skiing 11.15 Alpine Skiing 12.15am UCI Track Champions League 1.15 Cycling 1.30 Motorsport 2.00 World Superbikes 3.00 World Superbikes Extra 4.00 Snooker: UK Championship 5.55-6.50am Alpine Skiing BEST OF THE REST – LIVE SPORT 7.00-9.30pm LIVE British Basketball Newcastle Eagles v London Lions. (Sky Sports Arena) 10.00am LIVE Sunshine Tour Golf The South African Open. (Sky Sports Golf) 6.30-9.30pm LIVE PGA Tour Golf The Hero World Challenge. (Sky Sports Golf) ITV3 Freeview 10 6.00am Classic Coronation Street 7.00 Classic Emmerdale 8.05 That’s My Boy 8.40 On the Buses 9.15 Inspector Morse 11.35 Heartbeat 1.45pm Classic Emmerdale 2.50 Classic Coronation Street 3.50 Agatha Christie’s Poirot 6.00 Heartbeat 8.00 Doc Martin 10.05 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries 11.10 Inspector Morse 1.30am Agatha Christie’s Poirot 2.25-2.30am Unwind ITV4 Freeview 25 6.00am World of Sport 6.15 The Champions 7.05 Robin of Sherwood 8.05 The Avengers 9.15 The Professionals 10.15 Minder 11.20 The Champions 12.25pm Giant Lobster Hunters 1.25 LIVE ITV Racing: From Sandown 4.00 The Professionals 5.00 Minder 6.00 Giant Lobster Hunters 7.00 LIVE FA Cup Football. Gateshead v Charlton Athletic (kick-off 7.45pm). 10.00 All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite 12.05am Auto Mundial 12.35 Motorsport Mundial 1.05 Minder 2.10 The Protectors 2.45-3.00am Unwind with ITV 5STAR Freeview 31 8.00am Entertainment News on 5 8.10 Rich Kids Go Skint 9.00 Shoplifters & Scammers: At War with the Law 10.00 Filthy Garden SOS 11.00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 12.00noon Traffic Cops 2.00 Police Interceptors 5.00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 6.00 Shoplifters & Scammers: At War with the Law 7.00 Motorway Cops: Catching Britain’s Speeders 8.00 Fare Dodgers: At War with the Law 9.00 FILM Pacific Rim (2013/12) Sci-fi adventure, starring Charlie Hunnam. ★★★ 11.40 FILM Crank 2: High Voltage (2009/18) Action thriller. ★★★ 1.35 Ambulance: Code Red 2.35 Dirty John 3.30 Last Man Standing 3.55-4.00am Entertainment News on 5 Really Freeview 17 6.00am Fantasy Homes by the Sea 7.00 Cruise TV with LoveitBookit 8.00 Homes Under the Hammer 10.00 Antiques Road Trip 12.00noon Money for Nothing 1.00 A Place in the Sun 2.00 Animal Cops Philadelphia 4.00 Pit Bulls & Parolees 6.00 Money for Nothing 7.00 Antiques Road Trip 9.00 These Woods Are Haunted 10.00 Help! My House Is Haunted 11.00 Ghost Adventures 1.00am Kindred Spirits 2.00 Teleshopping 4.00-6.00am Animal Cops Paramount Freeview 32 9.00am Entertainment News on 5 9.10 Traffic Cops 10.15 FILM The Wild and the Innocent (1959/PG) ★★ 12.05pm FILM Showdown (1963/PG) ★★★ 1.50 FILM Rough Night in Jericho (1967/12) ★ 4.00 Trucking Hell 4.50 Entertainment News on 5 5.00 Traffic Cops 7.00 Police Interceptors 8.00 Traffic Cops: On the Edge 9.00 Traffic Cops 10.00 Police Raids: Caught by Surprise 11.00 Fights, Camera, Action! 12.00m’t Criminals: Caught on Camera 1.00 Wonderful World of Trucking 2.05 Airport 24/7: Thailand 3.05 Hannibal 4.35-6.00am Criminals: Caught on Camera Pick Freeview 35 7.00am Highway Patrol 8.00 Motorway Patrol 9.00 Police Force: Australia 10.00 Police Ten 7 11.00 Highway Cops 12.00noon BBC Radio 1 97.6-99.8MHz 6.33am Best New Pop 7.00 Breakfast with Greg James 10.00 Anthems 10.32 Radio 1 Anthems 11.02 Dean McCullough 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Matt and Mollie 3.00 Party Anthems with Matt and Mollie 4.00 The Official Chart on Radio 1 with Scott Mills 5.45 Newsbeat 6.00 Dance Party with Danny Howard 8.00 Future Dance with Sarah Story 10.00 Pete Tong 12.00m’t Essential Mix 2.00 Dance Presents 3.00 Danny Howard 4.00 Wind Down Presents 5.00-6.00am Radio 1 Relax BBC Radio 2 88-91MHz 6.30am The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show 9.30 Ken Bruce 12.00noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Gary Davies 4.15 Gary Davies – Serious Jockin’ 5.00 Sara Cox 7.00 Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour 8.00 Sounds of the 80s with Gary Davies 10.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton 11.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton 12.00m’t The Craig Charles House Party 1.30 The Craig Charles House Party Mixtape 2.00 Tracks of My Years 3.00 Tracks of My Years 4.00 Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco 5.00-6.00am Radio 2 in Concert BBC Radio 3 90.2-92.4MHz 6.30am Breakfast 9.00 Essential Classics 12.00noon Composer of the Week: Emilie Mayer 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon Concert 4.30 The Listening Service 5.00 In Tune 7.00 In Tune Mixtape 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert DX1ST Entertainment & Factual Nothing to Declare 1.00 Border Patrol 2.00 Nothing to Declare 4.00 Stargate Atlantis 5.00 The Librarians 6.00 Quantum Leap 7.00 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 8.00 NCIS: Los Angeles 9.00 Killer Families 10.00 Fringe 11.00 World’s Most Evil Killers 12.00m’t How I Caught the Killer 1.00 The Force: Manchester 2.00 Nothing to Declare 3.00 Border Patrol 4.00 Motorway Patrol 5.00-6.00am Police Force: Australia GOLD 7.30am Jam & Jerusalem 8.15 The Two Ronnies 9.10 Still Open All Hours 9.50 Last of the Summer Wine 1.00pm Hi-de-Hi! 2.00 The Two Ronnies 2.50 Still Open All Hours 3.30 Citizen Khan 4.10 The Vicar of Dibley 5.05 Only Fools and Horses 7.45 The Vicar of Dibley 9.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys 9.40 The Royle Family Xmas 2008: The New Sofa 11.00 Not Going Out 11.35 Mrs Brown’s Boys 12.25am The Vicar of Dibley 1.40 The Royle Family Xmas 2008: The New Sofa 3.00 Not Going Out 3.30-4.00am Peep Show Yesterday Freeview 26 6.00am Impossible Engineering 8.00 Murder Maps 9.00 Bangers and Cash 10.00 Warbird Workshop 11.00 Secrets of the Railways 12.00noon Great British Railway Journeys 2.00 Abandoned Engineering. Documentary. 4.00 World War Two From Above 5.00 Rise of the Nazis 6.00 Great British Railway Journeys 7.00 Abandoned Engineering 8.00 Great British Railway Journeys 9.00 Porridge 11.00 Open All Hours. Comedy. 1.00-3.00am Impossible Engineering Alibi 7.10am Murdoch Mysteries 9.00 Rizzoli & Isles 10.00 Unforgettable 11.00 Hudson & Rex 12.00noon The Doctor Blake Mysteries 1.00 Death in Paradise 2.00 Murdoch Mysteries 4.00 The Good Wife 5.00 Rizzoli & Isles 6.00 Unforgettable 7.00 Hudson & Rex 8.00 Death in Paradise 9.00 Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. Mystery drama. 11.05 The Good Wife 12.05am Unforgettable 1.05 The Doctor Blake Mysteries 2.20-4.00am Rush Sky Max 6.00am Grimm 8.00 Brit Cops: Rapid Response 9.00 Supergirl 10.00 The Flash 11.00 NCIS: Los Angeles 1.00pm Hawaii Five-0 2.00 Brit Cops: Rapid Response 3.00 S.W.A.T. 4.00 Supergirl 5.00 The Flash 6.00 Grimm 8.00 A League of Their Own 9.00 NEW Chucky. Horror, starring Zackary Arthur. 11.00 Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol Radio Godzilla vs Kong Sky Cinema Premiere, 8pm Millie Bobby Brown (left) stars in this sci-fi adventure which sees King Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey and end up in the path of Godzilla. CHOICE Drama: Whoopsie Radio 4, 2.15pm Gay and racial themes take centre stage in this drama by Rikki Beadle- Blair. Jules Chan stars as Ashley, a mixed-race 15-year-old who is adopted by gay couple Ken and Victor. All is going well until a series of unexpected events force him, his new parents and friends to make some big decisions. 10.00 The Verb 10.45 The Essay 11.00 Late Junction 1.00am Tearjerker with Jordan Rakei 2.00 Gameplay with BabyQueen 3.00-7.00am Through the Night BBC Radio 4 FM 92.4-94.6MHz, LW 198kHz 6.00am Today 8.31 (LW) Parliament 9.00 Desert Island Discs 9.45 (LW) Daily Service 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week 10.00 Woman’s Hour 11.00 The Spark 11.30 Kevin Eldon Will See You Now 12.00noon News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 Sorrow and Bliss 12.18 You and Yours 12.57 Weather 1.00 The World at One 1.45 Male Order 2.00 The Archers 2.15 Drama 2.45 Witness 3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45 From Fact to Fiction 4.00 Last Word 4.30 Feedback 5.00 PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping 6.00 News 6.30 The Now Show 7.00 Lemn Sissay’s Poetry Rebels 7.15 Screenshot 8.00 Any Questions? 8.50 A Point of View 9.00 Male Order 10.00 The World Tonight 12.00m’t FILM Curse of Chucky (2013/18) ★★★ 1.45 Road Wars 2.00 Hawaii Five-0 4.00 Road Wars 5.00-6.00am S.W.A.T. Sky Atlantic 6.00am Fish Town 7.00 Blue Bloods 9.00 Six Feet Under 11.15 Westworld 1.30pm The Sopranos 3.45 Blue Bloods 5.45 True Blood 7.55 The Leftovers 9.00 Dexter: New Blood 10.05 The L Word: Generation Q 11.10 Oz 2.30am Deadwood 3.35 Californication 4.10-6.00am Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets Sky Witness 6.00am Nothing to Declare 8.00 Border Patrol 9.00 UK Border Force 10.00 Send in the Dogs 11.00 Law & Order 12.00noon The Rookie 1.00 Blue Bloods 3.00 9-1-1: Lone Star 4.00 999 Frontline 5.00 Nothing to Declare 8.00 Blue Bloods 9.00 The Resident. A tornado hits Atlanta – with the hospital directly in its path. 10.00 Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector 11.00 The Rookie 12.00m’t Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1.00 Departure 2.00 For Life 3.00 Chicago Fire 4.00 Grey’s Anatomy 5.00-6.00am Brit Cops: Rapid Response Sky Comedy 8.00am The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 9.00 Everybody Hates Chris 10.00 The Mindy Project 11.00 The Office (US) 12.00noon Curb Your Enthusiasm 1.10 Sex and the City 2.20 Modern Family 4.00 The Office (US) 5.00 30 Rock 5.30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 6.25 Curb Your Enthusiasm 7.35 Sex and the City 8.10 Modern Family 9.00 Yonderland 10.00 Ricky Gervais Live: Animals. The comedian’s first stand-up tour. 11.30 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 12.25am Sex and the City 1.25 The Late Late Show with James Corden 2.20 Silicon Valley 3.00 The Mindy Project 3.30 30 Rock 4.00-5.00am Everybody Hates Chris Discovery 6.00am Wheeler Dealers 7.00 Deadliest Catch 8.00 Building Off the Grid 9.00 Alaska: The Last Frontier 10.00 Fast N’ Loud 11.00 Wheeler Dealers 12.00noon Misfit Garage 1.00 Gold Rush 3.00 Richard Hammond’s Big 4.00 Building Off the Grid 5.00 Wheeler Dealers 6.00 Fast N’ Loud Revved Up 7.00 Devil’s Canyon 8.00 Gold Rush 9.00 The Alaska Triangle 10.00 Paranormal Declassified 11.00 Supertruckers 12.00m’t The Alaska Triangle 1.00 Paranormal Declassified 2.00 Deadliest Catch 3.00 Gold Rush 4.00 Gold Rush: White Water 4.50 The Alaska Triangle 5.40-6.00am How It’s Made National Geographic 8.00am Car S.O.S 11.00 Airport Security: Rome 12.00noon Ultimate Airport Dubai 1.00 To Catch a Smuggler: JFK Airport 2.00 Air Crash Investigation 4.00 Drain the Oceans: Deep Dive 5.00 Buried Secrets of the Gold Rush 6.00 Lost Treasures of Egypt 7.00 NEW Return to Zai Tun 8.00 Ultimate Airport Dubai 9.00 Airport Security: Brazil 10.00 Banged Up Abroad 11.00 Air Crash Investigation. Documentary. 12.00m’t Drugs Inc 1.00 Disasters Engineered 2.00 Airport Security: Brazil 3.00 Inside World War II 4.00-5.00am Building Hitler’s Supergun: The Plot to Destroy London 10.45 Book at Bedtime 11.00 A Good Read 11.30 Today in Parliament 12.00m’t News 12.30 Book of the Week 12.48 Shipping 1.00 As BBC World Service 5.20 Shipping 5.30 News 5.43 Prayer 5.45-6.00am Witness BBC Radio 5 Live 693/909kHz 6.00am 5 Live Breakfast 9.00 Nicky Campbell 11.00 Chiles on Friday 1.00pm Elis James and John Robins 3.00 Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review 5.00 5 Live Drive 7.00 5 Live Sport: The Friday Football Social 9.00 5 Live Formula 1 9.30 5 Live Sport 10.00 Stephen Nolan 1.00am Hayley Hassall 5.00-6.00am 5 Live Boxing BBC Radio Wales FM: 94.6MHz 6.00am Radio Wales Breakfast with Oliver Hides 8.30 Dot Davies 11.00 Wynne Evans 2.00pm Eleri Sion 5.00 Gareth Lewis 6.30 Radio Wales Arts Show 7.00 Radio Wales Sport 10.00 Friday Night H 12.30am As 5 Live 5.00-7.00am Vicki Blight Classic FM 100-102MHz 6.00am More Music Breakfast 9.00 Alexander Armstrong 12.00noon Anne-Marie Minhall 4.00 John Brunning 7.00 Smooth Classics 8.00 The Classic FM Concert 10.00 Smooth Classics 1.00am Katie Breathwick 4.00-7.00am Sam Pittis Absolute Radio 1215kHz 6.00am Dave Berry 10.00 Leona Graham 1.00pm Ben Burrell 4.00 Bush and Richie 7.00 Absolute 80s Greatest Hits 10.00 Sophie K 4.00-8.00am Ross Buchanan Movies Film4 11.00am Stalag 17 (1953/PG) Second World War drama, with William Holden. ★★★★★ 1.25pm Destry Rides Again (1939/U) Comedy Western, with James Stewart. ★★★★★ 3.20 Rawhide (1951/PG) Western, starring Tyrone Power and Susan Hayward. ★★ 5.05 Carry On Teacher (1959/U) Comedy, starring Ted Ray and Kenneth Connor. ★★★ 6.50 Risen (2016/12) Biblical drama, starring Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton. ★★★ 9.00 Why Him? (2016/15) Comedy, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. ★★★★ 11.15 Lapsis (2020/PG) Premiere. While struggling to support himself and his sick brother, delivery man Ray takes an unusual job. Fantasy drama, starring Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise and Babe Howard. ★★★ 1.25-4.00am X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014/12) Superhero time travel adventure, starring Hugh Jackman. ★★★★ Sky Cinema Premiere 6.30am Nowhere Special (2020/12) See 3.30am for details. ★★★★ 8.25 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019/PG) Drama, starring Sophia Lillis. ★★★ 10.15 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021/12) See 8.00pm for details. ★★★ 12.25pm A Boy Called Christmas (2021/PG) See 10.00pm for details. ★★★ 2.25 Don’t Tell a Soul (2020/15) Thriller, starring Jack Dylan Grazer. ★★★ 4.05 The Last Job (2021/15) Crime thriller, starring Richard Dreyfuss. ★★ 5.55 Riders of Justice (2021/15) Comedy drama, starring Mads Mikkelsen. ★★★★ 8.00 Godzilla vs. Kong (2021/12) Premiere. King Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. 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46 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 expressuk property By Deborah Stone It’s the roar of the crowd and excitement of match days that’s part of the interest in the regeneration of a corner of west London, where the new Brentford Community Stadium is home to Brentford FC and rugby team London Irish. Brentford moved a mile from its historic Griffin Park ground last year to the Community Stadium, along with London Irish, who returned to the capital after 21 years playing home matches in Reading. Now both clubs could be winning new fans as the 487 build-to-rent apartments at Apo Kew Bridge, overlooking the ground, are near completion. Not that an interest in sport is the main attraction for new residents at the four pet-friendly apartment blocks, which have free wifi, communal work spaces, lounges, roof terraces and a free gym and wellness studio. What will persuade people to pay from £1,460 a month to rent a studio flat, rising to £3,175 for a three-bedroom apartment, is the ethos of Apo – an innovative residential management company that offers “membership” instead of tenancies and goes out of its way to build community spirit. Even its website, a-part-of.com spells this out. “The key thing is that it is about redefining what a tenant is,” says Matt Finch, head of asset management at Apo. “The reason we chose the word member is that we want residents to participate.” And that’s exactly what members at Apo Barking, the east London apartments managed by Apo, have been doing. “In Barking we have got a couple of members DX1ST To advertise in this section 020 7098 2894 class.property@express.co.uk WINNING VIEWS: The 487 build-to-rent apartments at Apo Kew Bridge overlook the stunning grounds of Brentford Community Stadium Tenants club together Public Notices Licensing Act 2003 Notice is hereby given that I, LEWIS CUDDY, have made an application under section 17 of part 3 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the grant of a premises licence for the premises known as: The Urban bakery, Unit 3 Cardinal house, Swinnow grange mills,Stanningley road, Leeds, LS13 4EP I intend to conduct the following licensable activities on or from the premises: Sale of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises Sunday to Thursday 12:00-00.00 Friday and Saturday 12:00-01-00 Performance of live music: Monday – Thursday 18.00-23.00 Friday 18.00-23.00 Saturday 12.00-23.00 Sunday 12.00-00.00 Performance of recorded music: Sunday - Thursday 12.00-00.00 Friday - Saturday 12.00-01.00 Subject to the following terms: CCTV, Challenge 21, following the 4 licensing objectives. Responsible authorities or any other person may make written representations to Leeds City Council about this application until 21st December 2021 which should be sent to entertainment.licensing@ leeds.gov.uk For full details and to view a copy of the application please contact Entertainment Licensing on 0113 378 5029 or email entertainment.licensing@ leeds.gov.uk It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on conviction for this offence is an unlimited fine who work in the arts, who are curating an exhibition for residents in one of the empty commercial units there,” he says. All services at Apo Barking and Apo Kew Bridge, which is just yards from the River Thames and a 20-minute walk from Kew Gardens, are available through an app. These include reserving a spot in The Local, a co-working space by day and social area at night. “Through the app members can set up their own clubs, so people can actively engage in creating the community in which they live.” It’s an attractive concept for people who suffered from loneliness during the isolation of lockdowns and with offices closing or downsizing, the opportunity to have some social interaction while working is attractive. Another flexible space for members, both at Apo Barking and Apo Kew Bridge, is The Studio, while The Canteen – again at both developments – will give members the chance to cook and eat together. “It is a dining room with a big station with four cookers and two commercial dishwashers and it has got crockery and cutlery,” explains Matt. At the moment this is free to use but there may be charges if demand becomes excessive. The same is expected at Apo Kew Bridge. There are staff in both developments to help sort out problems, and apartments are furnished, although some are available unfurnished: “There’s no difference in the price, it is whatever suits your needs.” Apo Barking residents have recently enjoyed a pub quiz run by a local host, with prizes from local businesses. Barking-based One Room Live have run live music sessions and there will be events in partnership with Studio 3 Arts, plus a coffee-tasting workshop and Christmas movie night. At Apo Kew Bridge, similar events are being co-ordinated in the new year, to feature live music, yoga classes and street food markets. Around 60 per cent of Apo Barking apartments are now rented, and Apo Kew Bridge apartments are ready for viewing and booking, with occupation from January 15, once the first block is handed over. Renting may not be a long-term plan for most of us but this new way of creating communities is a big step forward as we come to terms with working from home and living life locally. APARTMENT GOALS: Key Bridge’s stylish homes are pet-friendly and come with free wifi

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DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 51 Letters Starmer is only jealous of the way things are done So there might have been a big party at Number 10 last December, when such things were not allowed under Covid rules. Who cares? Sir Keir Starmer is only jealous because he wishes he could organise a party. A political party. Bill Tait, Leigh, Lancs Picking fights is missing the whole point of Brexit If WHAT Emmanuel Macron says is true and Boris Johnson is creating conflicts with the French to deflect the supposedly negative effects of Brexit then it appears to me that both leaders have not understood what Brexit was all about (“Macron raged against the ‘circus’ of ‘clown’ Boris...”, December 2). It wasn’t about fishing rights, petrol supplies, migrants or pigs in blankets for Christmas. The purpose of Brexit was to be free to govern ourselves outside the EU which was, and is, increasingly becoming the United States of Europe. That’s why we voted for it and that’s why we have no regrets. Roger Hopkins, Eastbourne, E Sussex France can sort itself out next time it needs help AS I read the article about the annual Christmas tree present from Norway to thank us for helping them during the Second World War, I could not help comparing their gesture with the actions of the French (“New evergreen deal with Norway lights way to clean energy”, December 1). With the help of other nations, we have had to rescue them twice from the Germans. How do they remember the loss of many of our young men and women? They see us as their enemy just because we had the audacity to free ourselves from the clutches of the EU. If they ever need rescuing again, let them sort themselves out. Dennis O’Connor, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts Everybody should learn to appreciate being alive As parents who lost our daughter of 21 months to spina bifida in the 1960s, we find it appalling that a GP is being sued for allowing someone with the condition, who seemingly does not appreciate having a life, to be born (“‘Wrongful conception’ win”, December 2). Clive Lane, Gloucester Arrogant shoppers with no masks put others at risk I’VE visited my local supermarket and most customers were not wearing a face covering. Even a member of staff said she was fed up with many people’s blatant disregard for the Government’s instructions. It’s not a big ask for us all (unless exempt) to wear a mask, to help stop the spread of this virus and keep us safe. But no, arrogant Brits The Daily Express, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP Email: expressletters@express.co.uk (include your full name, address and telephone number) Picture: REUTERS Letter of the day LEADER: Boris is showing Labour how to organise things who don’t like being told what to do just please themselves, with no thought for anyone else. It’s a case of I’m all right Jack and can’t be bothered, so sod the law. Bob Cross, Eccles, Gtr Manchester Stores will lose customers if they don’t enforce rules stores are not going to stop customers without masks from entering their premises, but if I or any other mask-wearing customer has their health put at risk by this irresponsible action these shops will lose a lot of customers (“Turmoil on who polices maskwearing”, December 1). Barbara Heathcote, Matlock, Derbys Potential remedy should have been spotted before AFTER reading your article (“Nasal spray to halt virus?”, November 30), I’d like to point out that I’ve been using one for years and have never had a cold. I use one every time I go on the bus or in crowded places. I’m surprised it hasn’t been thought of before as they make a seal on the inside of the nose. Sylvia Doleman, Lake, Isle of Wight English shouldn’t revel in embarrassing scoreline I THINK the England women’s team should be embarrassed at thrashing weak opposition 20-0 (“White breaks record as Lionesses run riot”, December 1). Kicking another team when they are down and out is unsporting. Merv Stewart, Devizes, Wilts Paloma has restored my Faith in celebrity mums Usually you only see photos of celebs looking glamorous and svelte after having babies. You rarely read of how difficult the first weeks are. It helps to know that even famous people like Paloma Faith suffer the same way we do, proving that we are all human (“Talking about my traumatic birth helped me recover”, December 1). Lynne English, Wickford, Essex Paddy and family superb for sharing autism fight I HAVE just watched the BBC programme about the McGuinness family and autism and I am full of admiration for what they are doing as I have an autistic grandchild ● facebook.com /dailyexpress ● twitter: @daily_express Boris shows how to get a party sorted I HAVE no idea if Covid rules were followed at Downing Street’s festive “party” last year but if any workforce in politics deserved one, it was them (“Boris: We didn’t break lockdown rules with ‘boozy’ Christmas party”, December 2). The intensity of the situation meant they were severely put to the test dealing with the crisis and they were quite rightly rewarded, it seems. If that was down to Boris Johnson, then good for him. At least it appears he can organise a party, unlike Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. His political party has been poor and whether its staff and leadership deserve a celebration this year remains to be seen. Warren Browning, Rugby, Warks (“Paddy McGuinness in tears as he opens up on raising children with autism”, December 1). She is now 24 and you should just see what she has achieved. Perhaps Paddy should give up his petrolhead antics on Top Gear. He is the cement that binds that family together and it would be so hard for them if anything happened to him. Diana Spencer, Felixstowe, Suffolk A brilliant insight into a life filled with challenges What a brilliant documentary featuring the McGuinness family, so committed, sensible and caring. I admire Paddy and his wife for the insight into their problems. Jenny Laing, Penrith, Cumbria Flash, bang, wallop, what a great honour for Tommy How wonderful for Tommy Steele to receive a knighthood – and not before time (“It’s the high-knight of Tommy’s career”, December 2). It couldn’t go to a nicer gentleman and it is so richly deserved. Well done Tommy and thank you for entertaining us all throughout the years. Annette Hale, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO END A RELATIONSHIP over SNORING? Yes No READING your article brought back hideous memories of life with my ex-husband (“Tiresome bedfellows”, December 2). I swear he didn’t snore when we first got together but, oh my, did he make up for it once he hit 40. It was unbearable, particularly after he’d had a few beers. I tried everything from hitting him with a pillow to sleeping in the spare room but he just said I was overreacting. Eventually the lack of sleep and his selfishness made me so irritable that I left him. Joan Hardman, Nottingham SNORING might be the most annoying thing at bedtime but if you love someone you find a way to cope. My husband snored for years and I’m afraid it was really hard for both of us to get a good night’s sleep. He would often wake himself up as well as me and he was desperate to stop, for my sake. Eventually we found out he had sleep apnoea, which was making him stop breathing and could have killed him. He lost two stone and we bought a humidifier for the bedroom and the snoring stopped. Anne Talbot, Huddersfield, W Yorks TODAY: Friday December 3, 2021 On this day 74 years ago (1947) Our front page reported a day of rioting in Jerusalem after the UN voted in favour of the partition of Palestine and the formation of separate Jewish and Arab states. Amid attacks on both Jewish and Arab properties, the Jewish defence force, Haganah, warned it would strike back. We reported that only the intervention of the British police prevented heavy casualties. 45 years ago (1976) An assassination attempt was made on reggae star Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, amid gang violence ahead of the national elections. He was shot in the chest and arm and his wife Rita was shot in the head. No one died in the attack and Marley went on to perform at a peace concert in Kingston two days later. 37 years ago (1984) The world’s worst industrial accident occurred in Bhopal, India, when 30 tons of highly toxic methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the US-owned Union Carbide pesticide plant. Thousands died. The cause of the tragedy is still a source of debate, with activists citing poor maintenance and management. Birthdays Actress Amanda Seyfried is 36. She’s a meteorology fan. Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne is 73. He has a net worth of £159million. Actress Julianne Moore is 61. She wanted to be a doctor. Blade Runner star Daryl Hannah is 61. She performed her own stunts in Ridley Scott’s classic film. TODAY’S GIGGLE What do you call an apology written in dots and dashes? Re-morse code.

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email: city@express.co.uk Visit City & Business pages online at www.express.co.uk/city Tel: 020 8612 7156 DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 53 City&Business SToCK MARKET FTSE 100 7129.2 -39.5 FTSE 250 22684.8 -227.9 FTSE All SHARE 4063.9 -25.3 Shares Traded 4360.7 million PoPUlAR SHARES oN THE RISE BP 336½ +3¾ BT Group 169 +2¾ HSBC Holdings 431½ +2½ Int Consolidated Airlines 132¼ +½ Natwest Group 217¼ +1¾ Royal Dutch Shell 'B' 1629¼ +21½ Saga 265¾ +1¼ Unilever 3872 +17½ PoPUlAR SHARES oN THE SlIDE Abrdn 230 -9 AstraZeneca 8231 -83 Aviva 391¼ -3 BAE Systems 551½ -2 Barclays 187¼ -2½ Centrica 65 -½ GlaxoSmithKline 1534 -7¼ lloyds Banking Group 47 -¾ Marks & Spencer Group 238¾ -2 National Grid 985¾ -21¼ Rolls-Royce Holdings 125½ -¾ Royal Mail 483 -24½ Sainsbury (J) 278¾ -1½ Tesco 277¾ -¼ Vodafone Group 110 -1 whitbread 2888 -2 woRlD MARKETS wAll STREET 34,639.7 ▲ +617.7 ToKYo 27753.4 -182.2 HoNG KoNG 23788.9 +130.0 GERMANY 15263.1 -209.6 FRANCE 6795.8 -86.1 STERlING VAlUE Dollar 1.329 +0.002 Yen 150.391 +0.682 Euro 1.176 +0.004 DollAR VAlUE Dollar/Yen 113.144 +0.3553 Dollar/Euro 0.885 +0.0016 CoMMoDITIES GolD($) 1762.70 KRUGERRAND(£) 1326.10 SIlVER(pence) 1679.74 BRENT CRUDE($) 69.22 ToURIST’S PoUND Australia Canada China Czech Rep. Denmark Eurozone Hong Kong Hungary Israel Japan Mexico New Zealand Norway Poland Russia Saudi Arabia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Thailand Turkey United States AT A GlANCE oTHER INDICAToRS Base rate 0.10% Halifax mortgage rate 3.99% Retail Price Index +6.0% (CPI +4.2%) House price Index +11.8% Unemployment 1,448,000 1.81 dollar 1.64 dollar 7.84 renminbi 27.83 koruna 8.29 krone 1.15 euro 9.73 dollar 395.19 forint 3.95 shekel 142.89 yen 26.68 peso 1.87 dollar 11.55 krone 5.11 zloty 91.04 ruble 4.71 riyal 20.29 rand 11.47 krona 1.18 franc 42.27 baht 16.38 lira 1.31 dollar Government slammed over Covid scheme fraud failings THE trumpeted Covid Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been milked by fraudsters of even more than the initial estimate of £4.9billion – in part due to Government inaction, analysts say. At least 11 per cent of help given to shore up firms struggling in the pandemic was wrongly claimed, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy admitted in March. But today the National Audit Office says those figures are “highly uncertain”. Recovery It said this estimate excluded some types of fraud, including where a borrower overstated their firm’s turnover to get a bigger loan. The National Investigation Service was brought in to investigate suspected scams over £100,000. Today’s NAO report also reveals the Service received more than 2,100 intelligence reports by October 2021 – but only had capacity to pursue 50 cases a year. Bounce Back loans were launched in May last year, offering up to £50,000 of CRITICAL: Gareth Davies By Graham Hiscott credit – or a maximum of 25 per cent of annual turnover. The scheme, which ended in April, made 1.5 million loans worth £47billion at taxpayers’ expense – far exceeding forecasts. The NAO says more than a dozen anti-fraud measures were introduced, but came too late and focussed on detection. Its head Gareth Davies said: “Government prioritised getting loans to small businesses quickly, but failed to put adequate fraud prevention measures in place. One impact of these decisions is apparent in the high levels of estimated fraud. The true level will become clearer over time. “Government needs to improve on its identification, quantification and recovery of fraudulent loans within the scheme.” The Government said: “We continue to crack down on Covid fraud and will not tolerate those that seek to defraud the British taxpayer. “Those that committed fraud will face consequences.” It added: “But the schemes provided a lifeline to millions of businesses.” Banks fined £293m over trading HSBC, NatWest Barclays and Credit Suisse have been fined a combined £293million by the European Union for rigging the foreign exchange spot trading market. The highest penalty – £148.3million – was imposed on HSBC. Credit Suisse has to pay £70.9million while 52 Week Company CloSe +/- high loW 3i group ......................................1400# -33½ 1453½ 1104½ a.B. Foods .....................................1939 -16½ 2494 1727 admiral group ............................2988 3688 2798 anglo american.........................2800 -44 3444 2354½ antofagasta .................................1388 -26½ 1925 1282 ashtead group ...........................6112 -110 6450 3193 astraZeneca .................................8231 -83 9444 6794 auto Trader ................................ 711½ -20½ 735½ 543½ avast .................................................. 602 -3 609½ 420 aveva group ...............................3234 -46 4220 3107 aviva .............................................. 391¼ -3 426¼ 314¼ B&m europ Value Ret ..........628½# -4½ 643¾ 469¾ Bae Systems .............................. 551½ -2 599½ 462 Barclays ........................................ 187¼ -2½ 202¾ 133½ Barratt Development ................ 711 +1 794¾ 583½ Berkeley grp hldgs ..................4459 +30 5372¾ 4169 Bhp Billiton ..................................2099 +24½ 2375½ 1835¼ Bp ..................................................336½# +3¾ 363½ 252 British amer.Tob ....................2548½ -13 2924 2485½ British land ..............................520½# +2½ 544¾ 429¾ BT group ......................................... 169 +2¾ 205½ 122¼ Bunzl.............................................2852# -14 2868 2150 Burberry group ......................1767½ -15 2264 1687 Coca-Cola hBC ...........................2381 -1 2784 2160 Compass group .....................1513½ +14½ 1646 1310½ CRh ..................................................3680 -25 3921 2966 Croda international ..................9858 +42 10115 5940 DCC ...............................................5642# +16 6614 5178 Diageo ........................................3841½ -4½ 3912 2812½ DS Smith .......................................... 372 +3 462¼ 339½ entain ..............................................1663 -57½ 2377 1015½ evraz .............................................. 590¼ +½ 698¼ 404½ experian group ..........................3458 +27 3512 2273 Ferguson ................................. 11655# -100 12120 8374 Flutter entert. ...........................10130 -310 16915 9980 Fresnillo ........................................ 892½ -14½ 1249 745¼ glaxoSmithkline .....................1534# -7¼ 1593½ 1190¾ glencore ...................................... 354¾ -15¼ 392½ 222¾ halma..............................................2994 -41 3165 2225 Barclays was fined £46.2million and NatWest £27.7million. The European Commission said several foreign exchange spot traders swapped “sensitive information and trading plans, and occasionally coordinated their trading strategies through a chatroom”. ++ The FTSe 100 The FTSe 100 The FTSe 100 ++ 52 Week Company CloSe +/- high loW hargreaves lansdown ............1307 -20½ 1788 1298½ hikma .............................................2203 -45 2690 2176 hSBC holdings ......................... 431½ +2½ 455½ 359¾ imperial Brands .......................1548# -15½ 1674 1333 informa......................................... 468¾ -9 598½ 464½ interContinental htl .................4555 -8 5336 4441 intermediate Cap.grp .............2140 -45 2379 1593 intertek group ............................5460 +12 6198 4775 intl Consolidated airlines .... 132¼ +½ 217¾ 127½ iTV ................................................... 111½ -1¾ 132½ 97½ John David group .................. 215¼ -10¾ 234 149½ Johnson matthey ...................2039# -45 3300 2024 kingfisher ........................................ 323 376½ 260¼ land Securities .......................741¾# +1½ 766¼ 607 legal & general ........................ 283½ -3 298 243½ lloyds Banking grp.......................47 -¾ 51 33 london Stock ex........................6582 -170 9910 6502 m&g ............................................... 189½ -½ 248½ 176 meggitt ........................................ 738½ -2½ 839¼ 389 melrose ........................................ 145¾ -3 190¾ 128¾ mondi .........................................1799½ +8 2068 1680½ national grid ...........................985¾# -21¼ 1007 806½ Eco-CAR MECHANICS IN SHORT SUPPLY Circuit breaker: Many more eco-car technicians are needed THE UK faces a shortage of mechanics for electric cars, Halfords’ boss has warned. The number of eco-cars is set to surge to 11 million by the end of the decade. But Halfords’ Graham Stapleton said the country is only likely to have half the specifically trained 70,000 technicians needed by then. He warned: “There will be a very significant shortage of skills.” However, he revealed Halfords now plans to double the number of technicians trained to service hybrid and electric cars next year. And he said the growth in demand for eco-cars was one reason behind this week’s £62million takeover of tyre and servicing chain National by Halfords. Serco’s test-trace ‘wind down’ Outsourcing firm Serco has warned of a “significant” hit to sales and profits next year when its work running the Government’s test-and-trace system is eased back. The group has been given a financial boost from Covid-related contracts, with underlying profits 52 Week Company CloSe +/- high loW natWest group ........................ 217¼ +1¾ 234¼ 147½ next .................................................7998 -22 8394 6386 ocado .............................................1680 -59½ 2883 1565½ pearson ........................................ 576¼ -7¼ 869½ 571 pershing Square hold ..........2915# -100 3080 2385 persimmon ...................................2787 -29 3238 2463 phoenix group ......................... 640¾ -3½ 759¾ 623½ polymetal intl. .............................1360 -4 1841½ 1228 prudential .................................1270½ -43½ 1585½ 1172½ Reckitt Benckiser .......................6160 +24 6801 5391 RelX .................................................2344 -1 2380 1692½ Rentokil initial ........................... 611½ -3½ 636¼ 464½ Rightmove .................................. 744¾ -17½ 763½ 555¾ Rio Tinto .........................................4721 +29½ 6658 4375½ Rolls-Royce group .................. 125½ -¾ 147½ 87 Royal mail ....................................483# -24½ 606½ 322¼ Ryl Dutch Shell ‘a’ ...............1633¼# +26¼ 1786 1297¾ Ryl Dutch Shell ‘B’...............1629¼# +21½ 1801½ 1246 Sage group ................................ 773½ -9¾ 800 558½ Sainsbury (J)............................278¾# -1½ 340 210 Schroders ......................................3444 -79 3871 3170 Scottish mortgage.............1436½# -66½ 1543½ 1017 SegRo.........................................1395½ -26½ 1422 875¾ Severn Trent ..............................2822# -50 2915 2168 Smith & nephew ...................1239½ 1668½ 1212 Smiths group ..........................1454½ -15½ 1661 1355½ Smurfit kappa ............................3861 -41 4305 3248 Spirax-Sarco ..............................15680 -180 17135 10710 SSe ................................................1584½ +1½ 1682 1301½ St James’s place ......................1564½ -19½ 1692 1080½ Standard Chartered ................... 428 -1½ 521½ 410 Standard life ................................. 230 -9 331 226½ Taylor Wimpey .......................... 161¾ -½ 191¾ 146½ Tesco.............................................. 277¾ -¼ 286 219¼ Unilever ..........................................3872 +17½ 4481 3733 United Utilities ........................1080½ -4 1095½ 859¼ Vodafone group ........................110# -1 142½ 107 Whitbread .....................................2888 -2 3595 2787 Wpp group...............................1057½ -15 1115½ 753¾ forecast to jump 38 per cent to £225million this year, on revenues up 10 per cent at £4.4billion. However, it is forecasting a “winddown” of coronavirus services during the first half of next year, which will “have a significant impact on both revenue and profits”. Market report A ROLLER coaster ride for the markets continued yesterday, amid uncertainty over the latest mutant strain of Covid. After Wednesday’s bounceback, they fell again, with the FTSE 100 closing down 39.47 points. Firms reliant on people getting out and about were among those shunned by investors yesterday. FTSE 250-listed restaurant and pub owner Mitchells & Butlers fell 8.8p (3.77 per cent) to 224.8p. On the same index pub chain JD Wetherspoon dropped 20p (2.3 per cent) to close at 852.5p. On the FTSE small cap, shares in Halfords leapt 20.6p (6.4 per cent) to 341p, the day after it agreed a £62million deal to buy tyre-fitting chain National. BT shares were once again at the top end of the FTSE 100 as speculation continued over the potential for a takeover bid from global telecoms tycoons. Its stock rose 2.7p to 169p at the close of play.

54 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST + BG + Barclays + BT + Centrica + Dixons Carphone + First Group + HSBC + Kingfisher + Marks & Spencer + Next + Prudential + Rolls-Royce + Sainsburys + Tesco + Unilever + Vodafone + Whitbread + WPP 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Aerospace & Defence Avon Rubber ............1064 -19 4220 928 Babcock International. . . . . .303¼ +¼ 380¼ 199 BAE Systems ............551½ -2 599½ 462 Chemring Group ...........280 +3 338 249 Meggitt .................738½ -2½ 839¼ 389 QinetiQ Group ............257 -4 356 254½ Rolls-Royce Group ........125½ -¾ 147½ 87 Senior ..................132½ -3 181 78½ Ultra Electronics ..........3146 -12 3370 1856 Alternative Energy Porvair ...................695 -25 720 510 Banks Barclays ................187¼ -2½ 202¾ 133½ Bco Santander ............241 +3½ 300½ 214 Close Brothers ...........1324 +8 1685 1293 CYBG ..................170¼ -3½ 215½ 126 HSBC Holdings ..........431½ +2½ 455½ 359¾ Investec .................379½ -2 391 181½ Lloyds Banking Grp ......... 47 -¾ 51 33 Metro Bank ..............101¼ -1 150 92½ NatWest Group ..........217¼ +1¾ 234¼ 147½ Standard Chartered ........428 -1½ 521½ 410 Beverages Barr (AG) ................534 +11 582 466 Britvic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 891 +2½ 1006 745 Coca-Cola HBC ..........2381 -1 2784 2160 Diageo .................3841½ -4½ 3912 2812½ Chemicals Carclo ...................41¾ -2½ 68¾ 12 Croda International ........9858 +42 10115 5940 Elementis ................134 -4½ 161¾ 107 Johnson Matthey ........2039# -45 3300 2024 Synthomer ..............472¾ -6½ 564 419 Treatt ...................1085 1240 696 Victrex ..................2344 -14 2706 2056 Construction & Materials Balfour Beatty ...........239½# -2½ 322¾ 233¾ Clarke T. .................147 -9½ 183 88½ CRH ...................3680 -25 3921 2966 Dialight ..................315 380 238 Galliford Try ............169¼# +½ 206¼ 101 Gleeson (MJ) .............720 900 686 Keller Group ..............914 -1 1028 637 Kier Group ..............112½ +1½ 133 67¼ Kingspan Grp ...........8500½ -59½ 8900 4501 Marshalls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 697 -8½ 845 628 Morgan Sindall ...........2405 +5 2685 1380 Severfield-Rowen ........... 70 +1 82½ 65¾ Smart (J) & Co. ..........146½ 148 111½ Tyman ..................384½ -4 507 311 Electricity Drax Group ..............578½ -22½ SSE ...................1584½ +1½ 601 324½ 1682 1301½ Electronic & Electrical Equipment Acal ....................1030 -22 1262 560 Halma ..................2994 -41 3165 2225 Morgan Crucible ..........363½ -3½ 412½ 283½ Oxford Instruments .......2340# -15 2680 1730 Renishaw ...............4586 -116 6900 4368 Spectris .................3510 -59 4083 2789 TT Electronics ............236½ +½ 290 198 XP Power ...............5000 -120 5700 4210 Equity investment instruments Aberdeen All Asia ........732½# -2½ 820 680 Aberdeen Asian Sml ......1460 +5 1487½ 1110 Aberforth Smll.Co. ........1412 -6 1612 1120 Acorn Income ................ Advance Devlpg Fund ......698 +20 752½ 665 Albion Tech.& Gen. VCT ....76# -2 78 64 Albion VCT ................ 56 70 52 Alliance Trust ...........1004# -24 1078 868 Artemis Alpha ............397½ -8½ 458 354 Aurora Inv.Tst. ...........221½ -3½ 245 195¼ AVI Global Tst ..........1054# -20 1110 828 Baillie Gifford Japan .......964# -26 1132 959 Baillie Gifford Shin Nip .....232½ -3½ 270 218½ Bankers Inv.Tst ..........118½ -1½ 122½ 104 Baronsmead VCT.2 ........76½ 81½ 67½ BH Macro GBP. . . . . . . . . . . 3750 -30 3920 3240 Biotech Growth Trust ......1148 -42 1736 1141¼ BlackRock Mining .........542# -6 691 477 Blue Planet Intl Tst .........24½ 30½ 21½ BlueCrest AllBlue .........254 280½ 226 Bluehone AiM VCT2 ........ 36 36½ 33 British Assets Tst ..........100 -½ 102½ 92 Brunner Inv.Tst ..........1065# -20 1115 828 Caledonia Inv.. . . . . . . . . . . 3530# -90 3875 2630 City Natural Res.Yld .......156½ City Of London ............385 -¼ 179¾ 106¾ 402½ 350½ Dunedin Ent.IT. ...........464 -8 495 315 Dunedin Income ...........314 -4 334 273 Edin Wwide Inv ..........303½ -12½ 423 288 Edin.Drgn.Tst. ............509# +3 592 486 Edin.Inv.Tst. ..............617 -3 643 511 Edin.US Tracker ...........275 -6 292½ 232½ Elderstreet VCT ............ 58 58 40½ Electra Private Eq. .......... 68 +3 670 63 European Ass Tst. . . . . . . . .136¾ -1¼ 150½ 111½ F&C Cap&Inc ............315# -4 339 277 F&C Inv Tst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 892 -21 941 750 F&C Smaller Cos .........166¼ -1½ 175 137¾ F&C US Smaller Companies 1435 -10 1525 1075 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Fidelity Asian ............474# 506 404 Fidelity European .........323½ -3 341 263½ Fidelity Japanese ..........236 -5 261 203½ Fidelity Special ...........293# -6 310½ 226 Finsbury Gwth&In ..........887 -6 923 837 Foresight Tech.VCT ........76½ 76½ 57½ Gartmore Euro. ...........1580 -22½ 1682½ 1370 Genesis E.M.F. ...........817# +3 948 785 Graphite Ent ............1250# -4 1290 880 Hansa Tst ‘A’ .............217 236 195 Hansa Tst Plc .............204 -4 242 195 Henderson Euro.Tst .......148½ 156 137½ Henderson Far Est .........295 -3 343 288 Henderson High Inc .......166½ -4 183½ 139 Henderson Opp Tst .....1322½# -20 1602½ 1040 Herald Inv.Tst. ...........2395 -85 2630 1968 HGCapital Tst. ...........419½ -1½ 425½ 296½ HSBC Infrastructure ......168½# +½ 179½ 160 Impax Env.Mkt ............545 -17 583 411 Int.Biotech.Tst .............709 -13 858 688½ International Public ........167½ 176¼ 160½ Invesco Asia ..............356 -1 420 328 Invesco Perp UK .........602# -1 660 446 JPM American ............719 -22 758 565 JPM Asian ..............445½ -½ 544 406½ JPM Claverhouse ..........740 -11 774 598 JPM Elect Man Gwth .....1065# 1110 905 JPM Emerg Mkt ..........127½ -1¼ 151¾ 124½ JPM Euro Sml Co .........525 -6 582 451 JPM Global Emerging ......143 +½ 158½ 134 JPM Indian ...............819 -1 857 661 JPM Japanese ............660 -13 739 592 JPM Mid Cap ............1315 1565 1005 JPM Overseas IT .........442# -7 470 379 JPM Smaller Co ..........391# -1 472½ 307 JPM US Sml Co ...........446 -9½ 467 383½ Jupiter Euro. ..............812 -14 891 681 JZ Capital Partners .......115½ 127½ 70 Keystone Inv.Tst ..........322# -7 363 274½ Law Debenture ............757 -16 808 618 Lowland Invest Co ........1320 +25 1425 1120 Majedie Inv. .............225½ -3 252½ 217 Manchester&Lon. ..........583 -17 642 532 Martin Currie Prtflo Tst ......417 -4½ 433 349 Matrix Inc & Gwth 4 ........98¾ 99½ 69 Maven Income And Growth VCT 43½# 43½ 40 Mercantile Inv Tst ..........261 -3½ 291 215½ Merchants Tst .............540 -5 557 428 Mid Wynd Int. .............824 -10 848 686 Midas Inc&Gwth Tst ......185½# 195 160 Monks Inv.Tst. ...........1360 -38 1484 1276 Montanaro Euro Tst .......212# -2 225½ 152 Montanaro Uk ............161¾ -1½ 182½ 127½ Murray Inc.Tst. ...........880# -8 952 794 Murray Int.Tst ............1100 -20 1230 1076 New India ................624 +8 660 493 New Star Inv.Tst ...........143 -1 146 119 North Atl.Smlr.Tst .........4750 -90 4990 3280 Northern 2 VCT ...........66½ 70½ 58½ Northern Venture ..........70¾ 77¾ 64 Oxford Tech 2 VCT ........27½ 27½ 20 Oxford Tech VCT ..........27½ 29 27 Pacific Assets ............357½ +½ 369½ 305 Pacific Horizon ............903 -1 948 678 Pantheon Int. .............321 -5 338 232½ Pershing Square Hold ....2915# -100 3080 2385 Polar Cap.Tech ..........2608 -70 2736 2085 RCM Technology Trust ....349½ -7 370 246 RIT Capital Partners. . . . . . . 2665 -35 2765 1956 Ruffer Investment ..........297 -2 306¼ 247 Schroder Asia .............589 -5 683 564 Schroder Inc. .............295 -3 319½ 267 Schroder Japan ..........213# +1 231 193 Schroder UK ..............236 255 207 Schroder UK M&S .........682 -6 796 538 Scottish American ........515# -9 533 435 Scottish Inv.Tst ............814 -8 852 688 Scottish Mortgage ......1436½# -66½ 1543½ 1017 Shires Inc. ................263 +6 287½ 231½ Shires Smlr.Co ............360 -1 399 286 Small Comp Div.Tst ........209 -1½ 240 153 SPARK VCT ..............21¼ 23 19 Standard Life Equity ........348 -2 382 288 Standard Life UK Sml ......718 -2 784 570 SVM UK Emerging ........106½ 115½ 90 Temple Bar ..............1090 -6 1172 911 Templeton Emrg. ........179½# -1¼ 214½ 173¼ The European Inv.Tst .....150½ -3¼ 169½ 133½ Throgmorton Tst ...........932 -21 1042 694 TR Euro.Growth .........1385# -15 1535 1197½ TR Prop. IT ...............488 -5 510 364 Troy Inc & Growth Trust ..... 78 -1¾ 80¾ 68½ Value & Income ...........244 250 179½ Witan Inv Trust ..........241½# -4½ 257 213 Witan Pacific ..............388 -6 640 364½ Wwide Healthcare .......3485# -95 3960 3460 Financial Services 3i Group ...............1400# -33½ 1453½ 1104½ 3i Infrastructure ..........343½# -1½ 345 286 Ashmore Group ..........289# -10½ 479½ 287½ Brewin Dolphin ............343 -9 406 281 Charles Stanley ..........517½ 520 261 City Of London Group ....... 59 -3½ 88½ 55 Guinness Peat Group ......63½ 79¾ 56 Hargreaves Lansdown .....1307 -20½ 1788 1298½ IG Group ................772½ -10 952½ 750 Intermediate Cap.Grp .....2140 -45 2379 1593 The service is provided for general information only and is not intended to address individual requirements. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making investment decisions. Reasonable care will be taken in ensuring the accuracy of the information provided but it may include errors, omissions or inaccuracies. SHARES AT A GLANCE 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW International Pers Fin ......125¾ -2½ 155½ 78½ IP Group ................115¾ -1½ 155¼ 91 Jupiter Fund Man. .........237 -2½ 306½ 233½ Liontrust Asset Man .......2310 +10 2485 1185 London Stock Ex. .........6582 -170 9910 6502 Lonfin .................... 39 41½ 32 M&G ...................189½ -½ 248½ 176 Man Group ..............212¼ -8½ 242½ 120¾ Paragon Group ...........529½ +2½ 570 431½ Provident Financial ........354¼ -6¾ 381½ 184 Rathbone Brothers ........1912 +12 2065 1478 S & U. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2600 -50 2950 1830 Schroders ...............3444 -79 3871 3170 Schroders NV ............2300 -50 2735 2085 St James’s Place ........1564½ -19½ 1692 1080½ Standard Life .............230 -9 331 226½ Tullett Prebon ............129½ -1¾ 262½ 126¾ Walker Crips Group ........32½ 36½ 25½ Fixed Line Telecommunications BT Group ................169 +2¾ 205½ 122¼ Telecom Plus ...........1440# -28 1498 1010 Food & Drug Retailers Greggs .................3020 -63 3192 1657 Ocado ..................1680 -59½ 2883 1565½ Sainsbury (J) ...........278¾# -1½ 340 210 Tesco ..................277¾ -¼ 286 219¼ Food Producers A.B. Foods ..............1939 -16½ 2494 1727 Anglo-Eastern .............690 -25 772 542 Carr’s Milling .............146½ +1½ 167½ 121 Cranswick ...............3630 +50 4148 3348 Devro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216½# +2½ 227½ 146½ Glanbia .................1020 +6¾ 1296¼ 836 Greencore Group .........131½ +¾ 170¾ 106 Kerry Grp ‘A’ Shs .........9274 +46¾ 10999¾ 8526 Premier Foods ...........103½ -½ 122¼ 86½ REA Holdings .............107 +½ 108 50 Tate & Lyle .............631¾# +¼ 815¾ 624½ Unilever .................3872 +17½ 4481 3733 Gas, Water & Multiutilities Centrica ................... 65 -½ 68¼ 41½ National Grid ............985¾# -21¼ 1007 806½ Pennon Group ...........1189 -18 1718¼ 1129 Severn Trent ............2822# -50 2915 2168 United Utilities ...........1080½ -4 1095½ 859¼ General industrials Bunzl ..................2852# -14 2868 2150 DS Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372 +3 462¼ 339½ Goodwin ................3480 +25 3935 2790 Melrose .................145¾ -3 190¾ 128¾ Mondi .................1799½ +8 2068 1680½ Smiths Group ...........1454½ -15½ 1661 1355½ Smurfit Kappa ............3861 -41 4305 3248 General Retailers Auto Trader ..............711½ -20½ 735½ 543½ B&M Europ Value Ret ....628½# -4½ 643¾ 469¾ Caffyns ..................500 525 345 Dignity ...................567 +9 940 511 Dixons Carphone .........130½ +1¾ 159¼ 101¾ Dunelm .................1341 -27 1551 1141 Findel ...................167 -2¼ 315 166 Halfords Group ............341 +20½ 435 255 Howden Joinery ..........883¾ -9¾ 975½ 642¼ John David Group ........215¼ -10¾ Kingfisher ................323 234 149½ 376½ 260¼ Lookers ..................58¼ -¼ 72½ 21 Marks & Spencer .........238¾ -2 247¼ 128¾ Next ....................7998 -22 8394 6386 Pendragon ...............21¾ +1½ 22 10½ Pets At Home ............464# -5½ 519 369 RM Group ...............198½ -6½ 255 192 Sports Direct .............690½ -3 703 423¾ Ted Baker ................111 -3¼ 212½ 94 Topps Tiles ...............63½ 75½ 54 Travis Perkins ............1492 -1½ 1830 1253 WH Smith ...............1348 -4 2016 1311 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Health Care Equipment & Services Flying Brands ..............6¼ 11¼ 5½ Mediclinic Intnl ...........298¼ -½ 346½ 269½ Smith & Nephew ........1239½ 1668½ 1212 Household Goods & Home Construction Barratt Development .......711 +1 794¾ 583½ Bellway ................3130# -46 3712 2718 Berkeley Grp Hldgs .......4459 +30 5372¾ 4169 Bovis Homes ............1118 +7 1346½ 802½ Colefax Group ............640 675 415 Headlam Group ...........433 -4 536 355 Mcbride ..................63¾ -2¼ 94½ 63¼ Persimmon ..............2787 -29 3238 2463 Reckitt Benckiser .........6160 +24 6801 5391 Redrow .................663½ +1¼ 718¾ 493¼ Taylor Wimpey ...........161¾ -½ 191¾ 146½ industrial Engineering Castings ................368# 420 344 Hill & Smith .............1694# -6 1902 1256 IMI .....................1744 +1 1838 1114 Northgate ...............435½ -3 443½ 245 Rotork ..................347½ -2½ 376½ 289¾ Slingsby H.C ..............190 270 145 Spirax-Sarco ............15680 -180 17135 10710 Vesuvius ................427½ +3¾ 590 414 Vitec Group ..............1450 -15 1615 828 Weir Group ..............1695 -14 2107 1600½ Xaar .....................153 +2 258½ 113 industrial Metals & Mining Bodycote ................835½ Evraz ...................590¼ Ferrexpo ................294¼ -3¼ -4 984½ 687½ +½ 698¼ 404½ 501 233½ industrial Transportation Braemar Shipping Serv ....214# -2½ 310 150 Clarkson ................3705 +45 4180 2460 Fisher (J) & Sons .........326½ -3½ 1270 318 John Menzies .............277 353 198 Ocean Wilsons ............930 +15 1135 825 Royal Mail ..............483# -24½ 606½ 322¼ Stobart Group .............12½ +½ 37¾ 11¼ Wincanton ...............338# -4 470 240 Leisure Goods Games Workshop .......9450# -90 12220 8975 Photo-Me Intl. .............. 58 +1 78¾ 43¾ Life insurance Aviva ...................391¼ -3 426¼ 314¼ Chesnara ...............278½ +2½ 314 261 Legal & General ..........283½ -3 298 243½ Phoenix Group ...........640¾ -3½ 759¾ 623½ Prudential ..............1270½ -43½ 1585½ 1172½ Media 4imprint Group ...........2780 -80 3170 2205 Bloomsbury Publish. ......351# -9 401 248 Daily Mail & Gen ........1084# +10 1146 715 Future ..................3490 -62 3910 1694 Informa .................468¾ -9 598½ 464½ ITE Group ................90¼ -1 152 88 ITV .....................111½ -1¾ 132½ 97½ Pearson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .576¼ -7¼ 869½ 571 Quarto Group ............108½ 112 52½ Reach ..................250½ -11 420 129 RELX ...................2344 -1 2380 1692½ STV Group ...............345 -10 377½ 275 Wilmington Group .........227 -3 240 149½ WPP Group ............1057½ -15 1115½ 753¾ Mining Anglo American ..........2800 -44 3444 2354½ Anglo Pacific ............132½# +½ 160 107 Antofagasta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1388 -26½ 1925 1282 BHP Billiton ..............2099 +24½ 2375½ 1835¼ Centamin Egypt 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.........1534# -7¼ 1593½ 1190¾ Hikma ..................2203 -45 2690 2176 Oxford Biomedica .........1304 -16 1634 820 Real Estate investment & Services Boot (Henry) ..............277 +2 292 252 Capital & Regional .......... 60 +1 91¼ 54 Cardiff Property ..........1950 1950 1720 CLS Holdings .............207 -1½ 262 203 Development Sec. ........148½ 149½ 60 Foxtons ................... 43 74¼ 40¾ Grainger ................306¾ +¾ 335 259½ Harworth Group ...........172 -1 183 97 Helical Bar ..............437# +2 497 350 Mountview Est. ..........14400 -350 14848 10750 Panther Secs. .............275 315 175 Raven Russia .............31½ -½ 36½ 25¾ Rightmove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .744¾ -17½ 763½ 555¾ Savills ..................1354 -7 1431 951½ UK Commercial Prop ........ 76 -1 84 63½ Wynnstay Props. ........702½# 750 565 Real Estate investment Trusts Big Yellow Group ........1641# -18 1659 1053 British Land .............520½# +2½ 544¾ 429¾ Capital & Counties ........163¼ 186¼ 129½ Derwent London ..........3363 -14 3802 2960 F&C Commercial ..........102 -2¼ 104¼ 70 Great Portland Est. .......717½# -5 803½ 618¼ Hammerson .............31¾# +½ 44¼ 19¼ Highcroft Inv.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875 900 680 Land Securities ..........741¾# +1½ 766¼ 607 London & Stamford Prop ..272¾# -2 275½ 206¼ Mckay Secs. .............219# +1 239 191 Primary Health ...........149½ SEGRO ................1395½ -26½ -1 169½ 138¾ 1422 875¾ Shaftesbury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 613 +½ 669 511½ Town Centre .............131½ -1½ 145¼ 96 Unite Group .............1070 -8 1237 930 Workspace Group ........848½ +29½ 971 700 Software & Computer Services Avast ....................602 -3 609½ 420 Aveva Group ............3234 -46 4220 3107 Computacenter ...........2790 -34 3030 2086 Gresham Computing .......172 Intec Telecom ............71¾ -1 176½ 132½ Just Eat Takeaway .......4538½ -231½ 9070 4444½ Micro Focus ..............353 -7 587½ 345¼ Microgen .................530 +1 725 445 Moneysupermarket .......202¾ -¾ 305½ 199 Sage Group .............773½ -9¾ 800 558½ St.Ives ...................293 -13 348 104 Triad Group ............117½# -5 150 38½ Support Services Ashtead Group ...........6112 -110 6450 3193 Capita Group .............. 45 -¼ 52¾ 32¼ Costain Group ............53¼ -¼ 69½ 50½ DCC ..................5642# +16 6614 5178 De La Rue ...............144 +½ 207 139½ Diploma .................3250 -16 3460 2072 Electrocomponents ......1190# -34 1255 815½ Essentra ................316½ +8 332½ 251 Euromoney Inst. ..........950# -24 1112 930 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Experian Group ..........3458 +27 3512 2273 Ferguson ..............11655# -100 12120 8374 Hays ....................150 Inchcape ................855½ +8½ -¾ 176¾ 134¼ 933 614½ Intertek Group. . . . . . . . . . . . 5460 +12 6198 4775 London Security ..........2630 2660 2100 Macfarlane Group .........137 +3¾ 145 82½ Mears Group ............193½ +3½ 224 146 Michael Page ............651½ -4½ 680½ 433½ Mitie Group ................ 65 +¼ 77¼ 40 Norish .................... 19 177½ 10 Paypoint ................631# +11 741 566 Rentokil Initial ............611½ -3½ 636¼ 464½ Ricardo Group ............440 +7 490 331 Robert Walters ............760 -2 850 453 RPS Group ..............122¼ +1¾ 130 63¼ Serco Group .............135½ +1½ 145¾ 114½ Shanks Group ............777 +12 840 332½ SIG .....................51¼ -¼ 63½ 28¾ Smiths News .............34¾ -1¼ 45½ 26 Speedy Hire ..............63½ +1 81 61½ SThree .................543# +1 602 293 Trifast ..................140¼ -¼ 165 124 Technology Hardware & Equipment BATM Advanced ..........79¼ -1 122½ 78 CML Microsystems .......410# -5 469 280 Spirent ..................272½ -3 300¼ 228½ Tobacco British Amer.Tob .........2548½ -13 2924 2485½ Imperial Brands .........1548# -15½ 1674 1333 Travel & Leisure 888 Holdings. . . . . . . . . . . . .307½ -7½ 478 272½ Air Partner ................80¼ +2¼ 99¼ 64¼ Carnival .................1188 -40 1865½ 1131¼ Celtic ...................103½ -1½ 127½ Compass Group .........1513½ +14½ 94½ 1646 1310½ Domino’s Pizza ...........361¼ -3¼ 431½ 301½ EasyJet .................531¼ +13¼ Entain ..................1663 -57½ 922 496½ 2377 1015½ FirstGroup ................93½ -1¾ 105 64¾ Flutter Entert. ...........10130 -310 16915 9980 Fuller Smith & Turner .......680 954 620 Go-Ahead Group ..........694 +4½ 1435 662½ Heavitree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 430 290 InterContinental Htl ........4555 -8 5336 4441 Intl Consolidated Airlines ...132¼ Irish Continental Uts .......360½ +½ 217¾ 127½ 475¾ 333¾ Marston’s ................68½ -½ 101¼ 63¼ Mitchells & Butlers ........224¾ -8¾ 337½ 201¼ National Express .........223½ +3½ 328¼ 213½ Rank Group .............139½ -½ 207 123 Restaurant Gp ............83¼ -2½ 139½ 59 Ryanair Holdings ........1276¾ +7¾ 1539½ 1190 Saga ...................265¾ +1¼ 456 221¼ Sportech .................36¾ -1 40¼ 26 Stagecoach Group .........71½ +1 108 64 TUI AG .................201¼ -4½ 403 194¾ Wetherspoon (JD) ........852½ -20 1404 849 Whitbread ...............2888 -2 3595 2787 AiM 600 Group ................13½ -¾ 16½ 8½ Alumasc Group ...........225 +2½ 277½ 108 Arbuthnot Banking ........832½ +2½ 1175 760 ASOS ..................2300 -94 5918 2282¼ Boohoo .................160¾ -9 373¼ 160½ Brown (N.) Group ..........38½ -½ 80 37¼ Camellia ................6600 +50 7675 6250 Churchill China ...........1725 +25 2025 1205 CPP Group ...............370 -3 567½ 290 Cropper (James) .........1440 +15 1575 1015 Dewhurst ...............1530 2710 1150 Falkland Islands ..........215# -20 265 200 Fevertree Drinks ..........2592 -16 2749 2123 Filtronic ..................10½ 12¾ 7½ Finsbury Food Group ......95½# -½ 102 70¾ Gresham House ...........830 955 730 Hornby ..................38½ 69½ 37¼ IEnergizer ...............306# +3 400 258 James Halstead ..........550# 578 461 Johnson Service ..........131½ +1½ 180½ 122½ Majestic Wine .............621 -35 888 592 Mothercare ...............19¼ -½ 19¾ 10¼ Mpac Group ..............495 647 420 Nichols .................1340 +20 1640 1080 Northamber ...............67½ 77 51½ Numis Corporation .........330 +5 398 308½ Ovoca Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12½ 15 8¾ Portmeirion ...............680 700 459 Regal Petroleum ..........35¾ -1¼ 47¾ 18¼ Renold ...................31½ +1 34 11¾ Rockhopper Exploratn ......4¾ -¼ 12 4½ Ten Alps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72½ 75½ 52½ Titon Holdings. . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 +2½ 140 90 UBC Media Group ..........+½ 2 +½ Victoria Oil & Gas ............ 3 -¼ 6¼ 2¾ Volex ..................359½# -8 493½ 275 Young & Co Brewery A ...1500# +10 1675 1110 This newspaper observes the Editors’ Code of Practice enforced by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. 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DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 55 TRANSFORM YOUR BATHROOM - TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE Old bath out! New shower in! Fits EXACTLY where your old bath used to be Don’t struggle getting in and out of your old bath when you can enjoy safe, comfortable bathing again. Let Mobility Plus transform your bathroom with one of our superb, easy entry showers. Easy access showers, baths and wetrooms tailored to you Complete design and installation service Bathrooms of all shapes and sizes Finance options to help spread the cost* “Safe, easy access bathing can help maintain your independence and wellbeing” Dr Hilary Jones GP and Health Advisor Mobility Plus give £100 from the sale of every bathroom fi tted to Cancer Research UK. From the start of this promotion over £1,000,000 has been raised towards Cancer Research UK’s life saving work. Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464) and in Scotland (SC041666) *Subject to eligibility. For your free brochure or to book an appointment call 0808 291 1149 REF MCP223 www.mobility-plus.co.uk HAND SANITISER FREE BROCHURE SOCIAL DISTANCING PPE HAND SANITISER SOCIAL DISTANCING PPE Christmas Donkey Cards 20 cards in 2 designs Cards 5.5" square £9 Inc P&P Hillside Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to help and campaign for animals in n e e d , particularly t h o s e suffering every day in the intensive factory farming industry. We are home to 2500 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, 650 cows, 300 pigs, 700 sheep and goats and lots of other animals including dogs and deer. Patron: Martin Shaw Donations and funds raised from Cards and Gifts help feed and care for our many rescued animals. Lots of other cards and gifts at www.hillside.org.uk Donation/Order Helpline 01603 736200 9am-9pm 7 Days Please send me: I would like to make a donation Please make Cheque/PO payable to Hillside Animal Sanctuary Ltd or debit my Visa/MasterCard No. Price Pack 20 DONKEY Christmas Cards £9 Hillside Sanctuary Scenes 2022 Colour Calendar £3 Donate a ‘Gift of Hay’ to help feed our rescued animals, in lieu of a present to your friends or family, to receive a Greetings Card, Gift Certificate and Hillside Mini 2022 Calendar to give as a present. If Hay Gift Certificates are required for gifts, please state how many recipients in this box... Tick if Donation Only (no certificate req) Reg. Co. No. 3027338 Hay Bale £4 Expiry Date......../....... 3 Digit Code.......... Name.................................................................................. Address............................................................................. .............................................................................................. ................................Postcode.......................................... Please send me a FREE NEWSLETTER with details of Hillside’s work, gifts & Open Days Please return to: Hillside Animal Sanctuary Hall Lane, Frettenham, Norwich NR12 7RW No of Items Gift Total Total £ p Orders sent by return post

DX1ST 56 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Racing Nicholls: My pair can topple Chacun PAUL NICHOLLS makes a strong case for his runners, Hitman and Greaneteen, beating hot favourite Chacun Pour Soi and landing tomorrow’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase for a staggering 12th time. Nicholls, successful in the Sandown headliner with the likes of Kauto Star and Master Minded, said: “Chacun Pour Soi won well at Punchestown but at Cheltenham was not so good. “Looking through his form, most of it has been on slow ground. With the By Chris Goulding dry weather it will probably suit the English horses more.” On his pair, Nicholls said: “Hitman has come on enormously from his run at Exeter, and Greaneteen obviously loves Sandown. He was second here last year and has won the Celebration Chase.” Bryony Frost will partner Greaneteen, while Harry Cobden takes the mount on Hitman. Betfair betting: 11-10 Chacun Pour Soi, 5-2 Nube Negra, 4 Greaneteen, 10 bar SOCCERBETTINGHOTLINE We’vebeenfindingwinnersfor30years WinnersintheUK,EuropeandAustralia Atleastthreebankersandnapseveryweek Cal09057570144 Calswilcost£1perminuteplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.LinesupdatedTuesday, Wednesday,FridayandSaturdayfrom1pm.ServiceProvider:Spoke.Helpdesk03332023390. 12.45 Sandown RACINGTV AMATEUR JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP CHASE £7,700 (Class 3) 3m 37yds (9 declared) 1 2/51322- VALADOM (251) (D) R Hobson 12 11-12 Miss A Jackson-fennell(7) 133 2 131P-09 VOLCANO (21) (D) Sheila Lewis 7 11-10..... Miss K Powell(7) ★138 3 4-14212 ● ROLLING DYLAN (40) (D) P Hobbs 10 11-9 Miss E Herbison(7) 132 4 1L741-L SENDING LOVE (26) P Nicholls 8 11-9.......Mr B Bromley(5) 110 5 U7P5L-7 COUNT MERIBEL (26) N Twiston-Davies 9 11-8.. Mr Z Baker 120 6 4P/65PP- BURROWS PARK (264) V Williams 9 11-7 Miss L M Turner(3) 129 7 6122PF BOUGHTBEFORELUNCH (9) P Webber 8 11-1 Miss G Andrews 137 8 2/6512-3 BALI BODY (28) Dr R Newland 6 10-11......................Mr J King 122 9 P57306 HENRYVILLE (11) Mrs S Leech 13 10-1 Miss Roisin Leech(7) 136 BLINKERS: No. 7 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 2, 4 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 2, 3. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 8, 6, 5, 9, 3, 4, 1, 2. SP FORECAST: 4 Bali Body, 9-2 Rolling Dylan, 5 Sending Love, 11-2 Boughtbeforelunch, 6 Valadom, 8 Burrows Park, 10 Volcano, Count Meribel, 20 Henryville. 2020: Call Me Vic 13-11-3, Mr A Tufnell(7) 17-2 (F O’Brien), 7 ran. 1.15 INTRODUCTORY JUVENILE HURDLE 3YO £10,406 (2) 1m 7f 216yds (9) 1 1 ● FOREVER BLESSED (36) (D) H Fry 11-5............... S Bowen ★126 2 1 ROMEO’S BOND (12) M Harris 11-5................................. H Reed 109 3 BUXTED TOO (F21) I Williams 11-0...................................C Todd — 4 7 HAYEDO (19) G L Moore 11-0.................................Jamie Moore 83 5 6 MANY WORDS (29) A Carroll 11-0......................... H Bannister 93 6 OPTIMISTIC BELIEF (F130) P Phelan 11-0........N F Houlihan — 7 SAND IN MY SHOES (F308) Miss J Davis 11-0....Page Fuller — 8 STORM CATCHER (F60) S Pearce 11-0..................... J Quinlan — 9 L EVA ICON (28) Miss S West 10-7...........................M Goldstein 65 TONGUE STRAP: No. 3 CHEEK PIECES: No. 2. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1. SP FORECAST: 4-5 Forever Blessed, 6 Romeo’s Bond, 13-2 Buxted Too, 8 Optimistic Belief, 10 Hayedo, 12 Storm Catcher, 20 Many Words, 66 Sand In My Shoes, 100 Eva Icon. 2020: Elham Valley 11-0, Paddy Brennan 11-2 (F O’Brien), 8 ran. NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE 1.50 £8,169 (3) 2m 4f 10yds (7) ITV4 1 P/332-P1 CHAMPAGNE WELL (32) 8 11 8...C Brace 139 Runs: 20 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 7 £63,219 Trainer: F O’Brien Owner: The Bolly Champagne Crew 2 22/131P- ● BOTHWELL BRIDGE (238) 6 11 7...N De Boinville — Runs: 6 Wins: 2(S,G) Places: 2 £10,075 N Henderson Victoria Dunn And Nicholas Mustoe 3 P0-5212 MAHLER’S PROMISE (26) 6 11 3... Sean Houlihan(3) 142 Runs: 14 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £16,938 Seamus Mullins The One More Sleep Racing Syndicate 4 1217-14 ZHIGULI (17) 6 11 1..Jamie Moore ★144 Runs: 12 Wins: 3(S) Places: 1 £18,562 Trainer: G L Moore Owner: Druzhba Racing Partnership 5 5/11P-P3 BOBHOPEORNOHOPE (23) 6 11 0...D Bass 139 Runs: 8 Wins: 3(G) Places: 2 £12,524 Trainer: K Bailey Owner: Mr J Perriss 6 8231-3F HALO DES OBEAUX (43) 4 10 10...H Cobden — Runs: 6 Wins: 1(S) Places: 2 £23,531 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Mr P J Vogt 7 3/175-55 ZYON (17) 7 10 3.... Page Fuller 138 Runs: 8 Wins: 1(GS) Places: 2 £6,669 Trainer: A West Owner: Mr S Lang TONGUE STRAP: No. 5 CHEEK PIECES: No. 7. Forecast: 10-3 Bothwell Bridge, 7-2 Champagne Well, 9-2 Halo Des Obeaux, Mahler’s Promise, 11-2 Bobhopeornohope, 13-2 Zhiguli, 20 Zyon. 2020: Alnadam 7-11-2, Harry Skelton 11-2 (D Skelton), 11 ran. GUIDE: The value may lie with MAHLER’S PROMISE, who ran a cracker here (2m4f, gd-sft) on his return last month when runner-up behind the prolific Minella Trump. 5lb higher than a taking success at Newton Abbot (2m5f, gd-sft) back in June, Seamus Mullins’ charge won’t mind the ground and he is preferred to Plumpton (2m5f, gd-sft) scorer Champagne Well, who wasn’t disgraced in three starts over the larger obstacles last winter. Bothwell Bridge was thought good enough to contest the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (3m1f, gd-sft) when last seen and he has the potential to be a far better chaser. Exeter RACINGTV 12.25 Rectory Oak 12.55 Hermes Boy 1.30 Helios Allen 2.05 Adrimel THE SCOUT 2.40 TILE TAPPER (nb) 3.15 Young Offender 3.50 Mount Pleasant BETTING.BET HANDICAP HURDLE 12.25 £2,614 (Class 5) 2m 2f 111yds (12 dec) 1 6/342-52 GAOT (31) H Fry 5 11-12.................................................L Murtagh 101 2 94-563 VOYBURG (24) K Bailey 5 11-9.....................Chester Williams ★106 3 2/477-5 ● RECTORY OAK (27) C Tizzard 6 11-8.......................J Tudor 102 4 313B2-5 THE WIRE FLYER (212) J Flint 6 11-8......................F Gregory 99 5 L-88648 THE CILLEENS (112) J Frost 6 11-8...........................B Godfrey 95 6 1LP5P2 SECRET POTION (88) C Down 5 11-7............B Ffrench Davis 102 7 3380P-P AIRTON (23) S Holdsworth 8 11-2...............Miss T Eyston(3) 95 8 06611-P AVITHOS (21) (C) M Gillard 11 10-13.............................F Gillard 101 9 66548/6- VINNIE’S ICON (514) C J Gray 7 10-10.........Mr F Procter(3) — 10 498P-33 THAT OLE CHESTNUT (20) J Scott 6 10-10...........L Williams 101 11 53P-P32 TEMPLIER (21) Mrs K Stephens 8 10-7...Mr Finn Lambert(3) 99 12 27L3-28 MISS HARRIETT (196) P Gundry 5 10-5...........Mr J Newman 103 BLINKERS: Nos. 4, 8 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 6, 11, 12 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 6, 7 HOOD: Nos. 1, 10. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 8, 1, 11, 4. SP FORECAST: 9-4 Gaot, 11-2 Voyburg, 6 The Wire Flyer, That Ole Chestnut, 13-2 Rectory Oak, 12 Miss Harriett, Templier, 14 Secret Potion, 16 Others. EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE 12.55 £4,629 (4) 2m 161yds (18) 1 410-1 MOT A MOT (21) N Henderson 5 11-4.......................... J Bowen 128 2 8 ADVANTURA (31) P Hobbs 4 10-12.........Mr Jack Martin(10) 89 3 P422-6 AMERICAN GERRY (29) H Morrison 5 10-12...N Brennan(7) — 4 54 ATAKAN (15) C Tizzard 5 10-12..................................B J Powell 124 5 DUBROVNIK HARRY H Fry 5 10-12...................... L Murtagh(3) — 6 328 FORTYFIVE WEST (24) Dr R Newland 6 10-12 S Twiston-Davies — 7 3-22 ● HERMES BOY (23) Mrs J Williams 4 10-12 Chester Williams(3) ★134 8 86-P HOWZAT VALTAT (34) A King 4 10-12.......................T Cannon — 9 7 LANGLEY HUNDRED (44) P Hobbs 4 10-12......... T J O’Brien — 10 42-9 MOTOWN LAKE (38) Christian Williams 5 10-12....N Scholfield 73 11 6 OVERALL MAJORITY (57) T R George 5 10-12.......J J Burke — 12 4-L SURE LISTEN (24) Mrs F M Shaw 4 10-12...................R Dingle — 13 F/47-FP TOMMY DILLION (30) R Rowe 5 10-12... Tabitha Worsley(5) — 14 KIMARELLI P Hobbs 4 10-5........................................C Gethings — 15 2-3 LETTIE LUTZ (30) Ben Clarke 5 10-5....................... T Bellamy 129 16 L0/76- MIZZ MOONDANCE (253) R Buckler 6 10-5................. J Best — 17 33-P1 SEVENOFUS (61) N Mulholland 5 10-5...............T Scudamore — 18 465-7 SWEET NIGHTINGALE (15) P Gundry 4 10-5..........C Deutsch 113 TONGUE STRAP: No. 9. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1. SP FORECAST: 11-4 Mot A Mot, 3 Hermes Boy, 7-2 American Gerry, 7 Lettie Lutz, 14 Dubrovnik Harry, 16 Sevenofus, Atakan, Kimarelli, 20 Others. 2.25 NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 2) £28,475 (1) 2m 3f 173yds (5) ITV4 1 3/1-1 BRAVE KINGDOM (30) 5 11 0...G Sheehan 141 Runs: 3 Wins: 2(S,GS) £6,359 P Nicholls Graeme Moore, Kate & Andrew Brooks 2 P/2-1 ● FAIR FRONTIERES (44) 6 11 0...D Bass 143 Runs: 3 Wins: 1(S) Places: 1 £4,376 Trainer: K Bailey Owner: The Front Ears 3 13-1 HARPER’S BROOK (33) (D) 5 11 0...Luca Morgan 133 Runs: 3 Wins: 2(S) Places: 1 £4,418 Trainer: B Pauling Owner: The Megsons 4 522/0-11 LOSSIEMOUTH (16) 6 11 0...S Sheppard ★145 Runs: 9 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 2 £16,430 Trainer: T Lacey Owner: Lady Cobham 5 1-1 VIVA LAVILLA (17) (D) 5 11 0....H Skelton 119 Runs: 2 Wins: 2(GS) £4,085 Trainer: D Skelton Owner: Darren & Annaley Yates BLINKERS: No. 4 TONGUE STRAP: No. 1. Forecast: 11-10 Brave Kingdom, 10-3 Fair Frontieres, 9-2 Lossiemouth, 8 Harper’s Brook, Viva Lavilla. 2020: Star Gate 4-11-0, Nico De Boinville 5-4 Fav (E Williams), 3 ran. GUIDE: Paul Nicholls won this in 2019 with Enrilo and he looks to have another smart prospect on his hands in the shape of BRAVE KINGDOM, who didn’t put a foot wrong on his hurdles debut at Chepstow (2m4f, sft) last month. Fair Frontieres was impressive on his hurdles bow at Worcester (2m7f, sft), though the drop in trip here may not be ideal. The bigger threat may come from Ffos Las (2m6f, sft) winner Lossiemouth, who boasts a good bit of experience over the smaller obstacles. 3.00 BETFAIR HANDICAP CHASE £8,169 (3) 1m 7f 119yds (9) ITV4 1 103L-L2 ONE TRUE KING (26) 6 12 1....J Nailor(3) 130 Runs: 18 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 5 £22,883 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: Teme Valley 2 141P-33 FAIRWAY FREDDY (25) 8 11 12..J M Davies 131 Runs: 22 Wins: 5(F,G) Places: 4 £36,009 Trainer: N Gifford Owner: New Gold Dream 3 2/113P-1 DESQUE DE L’ISLE (26) (D) 8 11 9.. Ned Fox(10) 128 Runs: 13 Wins: 3(S) Places: 3 £17,893 Trainer: V Williams Owner: The Hon Lady Heber-percy 4 U1/2F45- EARLY DU LEMO (288) (D) 8 11 9...N F Houlihan(5) 132 Runs: 14 Wins: 2(S,GS) Places: 4 £26,405 Trainer: G L Moore Owner: Mr Ashley Head 5 6/3212-4 ● OUT ON THE TEAR (44) (D) 7 11 4... C Todd(3) 133 Runs: 15 Wins: 3(S,G) Places: 5 £15,887 Trainer: S Allwood Owner: Sam Allwood Racing Club 6 5LL-452 BOAGRIUS (126) (D) 9 11 4...T Doggrell(7) ★134 Runs: 24 Wins: 4(F,GS) Places: 8 £28,866 T R George The MerseyClyde Partnership 7 4/2142-P DEMOPOLIS (44) (D) 7 11 2....Sean Houlihan(3) 129 Runs: 17 Wins: 4(S) Places: 3 £39,234 Trainer: P Hobbs Owner: Mr John P McManus 8 LL-P217 DAREBIN (25) (C&D) 9 11 2....Jamie Moore 131 Runs: 49 Wins: 11(S,GS,G) Places: 6 £129,029 Trainer: G L Moore Owner: Chris Stedman & Mark Albon 9 3211LL ADMIRAL’S SUNSET (22) 8 10 11....Page Fuller 128 Runs: 27 Wins: 3(F,G) Places: 9 £31,293 Trainer: D Weston Owner: Miss E J Tanner BLINKERS: No. 8 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 6, 7, 9 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 9. Forecast: 11-4 Desque De L’Isle, 5 One True King, 11-2 Early Du Lemo, 7 Out On The Tear, 8 Boagrius, Darebin, Fairway Freddy, 10 Demopolis, 16 Admiral’s Sunset. 2020: Darebin 8-10-11, Jamie Moore 5-1 (G L Moore), 6 ran. GUIDE: ONE TRUE KING took a step forward when recording an encouraging second at Ffos Las (2m, sft) and he gets the vote to continue his improvement as a chaser. Fairway Freddy bounced back to form with a promising third at Kempton (2m2f, gd) and is unlikely to be far away if building on that run. Early Du Lemo is one to note for any market support returning on his seasonal bow, while Desque De L’Isle and Out On The Tear also hold claims. 1.30 THE SCOUT 12.45 Rolling Dylan 1.15 Forever Blessed 1.50 BOTHWELL BRIDGE (nap) BETTING.BET NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE £3,540 (4) 2m 5f 135yds (12) 1 P-2L1 ● HELIOS ALLEN (30) Nick Williams 4 11-12 Chester Williams(3) 119 2 82L2- BANGERS AND CASH (285) B Pauling 5 11-12...K Brogan(3) 116 3 3F4P-34 BALLYGOE (14) C Down 5 11-11....................................D Noonan 110 4 2P6502 SAN PEDRO (17) P Henderson 4 11-9....................N Scholfield 114 5 3/L3L-31 TIP TOP CAT (23) (C) F O’Brien 6 11-9....................P Brennan 120 6 066-4 NO HUBS NO HOOBS (54) C Tizzard 5 11-8..........B J Powell 112 7 4353-4 GARINCHA (207) N Mulholland 5 11-8......S Twiston-Davies 106 8 33FL-LL NICKELSONTHEDIME (24) K Woollacott 7 11-7...Mr J Newman(7) 115 9 2577-L4 PARIS DIXIE (38) N Henderson 6 11-5........................ J Bowen 112 10 4035-L WALK IN THE WILD (28) O Sherwood 5 11-3..........J J Burke ★121 11 211/893- MANOFMANYWORDS (280) J Scott 9 11-3......... T J O’Brien 115 12 309-L8 BARBARIAN (23) R Buckler 5 10-5.................................. J Best 113 TONGUE STRAP: No. 8 HOOD: No. 3. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 8. SP FORECAST: 3 Helios Allen, 10-3 No Hubs No Hoobs, 9-2 Tip Top Cat, 10 Manofmanywords, Bangers And Cash, 12 Garincha, 14 Others. BETTING.BET NOVICES’ CHASE 2.05 £12,526 (2) 2m 3f 48yds (6) ITV4 1 0/111PP- ● ADRIMEL (237) T Lacey 6 11-2..............................J J Burke — 2 221/1-3 BOOTHILL (34) H Fry 6 11-2.........................S Twiston-Davies — 3 4127P-L CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (25) O Murphy 6 11-2....A P Heskin ★138 4 117L/2-L ELIXIR DE NUTZ (16) C Tizzard 7 11-2.....................B J Powell 135 5 3163-38 GLADIATEUR ALLEN (13) Mrs J Williams 5 11-2....Chester Williams — 6 P/P335P- FLOWING CADENZA (246) R Buckler 7 10-9................ J Best — TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 5. SP FORECAST: 6-4 Boothill, 7-4 Adrimel, 13-2 Champagnesuperover, 8 Elixir De Nutz, Gladiateur Allen, 100 Flowing Cadenza. GUIDE: Adrimel didn’t live up to his early promise when racing in top company over hurdles at the end of last season, but he should find things more comfortable in this grade on his chasing debut and looks set for a bold showing. However, he may have to play second fiddle on this occasion to the Harry Frytrained BOOTHILL, who shaped well when returning from a break over hurdles at Ascot (2m, sft) in October and looks open to improvement now switching to fences. Those two may prove a level above their rivals, with Champagnesuperover rated next best having looked in need of the run at Carlisle (2m, gd-sft) on his first attempt over the larger obstacles last month. BETTING.BET HANDICAP CHASE 2.40 £8,605 (3) 2m 3f 48yds (8) ITV4 1 1LF1L-L ANTUNES (27) D Skelton 7 11-12..........................L Williams(3) 143 2 0/37263- THE KINGS WRIT (272) (C&D) K Woollacott 10 11-11 Mr J Newman(7) 142 3 22374-P CUT THE MUSTARD (27) P Nicholls 9 11-9...... Bryony Frost ★147 4 5/31PFL- L’AIR DU VENT (254) (C) C Tizzard 7 11-7...........B J Powell 88 5 52/16- L’HOMME PRESSE (223) V Williams 6 11-2............C Deutsch — 6 21232-3 GUNSIGHT RIDGE (27) O Murphy 6 11-1.................A Coleman 142 7 32338-L ● TILE TAPPER (56) Chris Honour 7 10-9..........C Gethings — 8 3/6F51-3 LONGSHANKS (36) P Hobbs 7 10-7....................... T J O’Brien 139 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 2, 4, 6. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1, 3, 4, 8, 2, 7. SP FORECAST: 11-4 Gunsight Ridge, 7-2 Longshanks, 5 L’Homme Presse, 11-2 L’Air Du Vent, 10 Tile Tapper, Antunes, The Kings Writ, Cut The Mustard. GET ALL THE BREAKING SPORTS NEWS ONLINE express.co.uk/sport 2.25 FAIR FRONTIERES 3.00 Out On The Tear 3.35 The Cob 3.35 HANDICAP HURDLE (GBB RACE) £10,406 (2) 2m 7f 98yds (12) ITV4 1 43L1/10- WILLIAM HENRY (237) 11 11 12 N De Boinville 144 Runs: 19 Wins: 8(S,GS,G) Places: 3 £186,064 Trainer: S Thomas Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd 2 5/139P-0 AL DANCER (20) 8 11 9...T Doggrell(7) — Runs: 19 Wins: 7(S,GS,G) Places: 3 £139,078 Trainer: S Thomas Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd 3 11214-3 STONER’S CHOICE (25) 6 11 5..M Kendrick 151 Runs: 12 Wins: 5(GS,G) Places: 3 £28,979 Trainer: F O’Brien Owner: Mrs Carolyn Kendrick 4 30/1210- STORM ARISING (260) (D) 7 11 2 H Cobden 150 Runs: 14 Wins: 3(S,GS) Places: 3 £25,910 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Barry Fulton & Mrs Angela Hart 5 LF1PL0/ MULCAHYS HILL (633) 9 11 0...G Sheehan — Runs: 16 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 3 £40,588 Trainer: W Greatrex Owner: Jim And Claire Limited 6 3/11310- ● THE COB (259) 7 10 13...D Jacob 150 Runs: 10 Wins: 3(S) Places: 3 £27,504 Trainer: B Pauling Owner: The Cob Nuts 7 611-U13 COPPER COIN (34) (D) 8 10 10.. S Bowen 151 Runs: 13 Wins: 3(GS,G) Places: 2 £23,056 Trainer: M Scudamore Owner: Mr P E Truscott 8 LPP8-L4 PILEON (27) 7 10 8... B R Jones 152 Runs: 13 Wins: 3(S,GS) Places: 2 £26,834 Trainer: P Hobbs Owner: Tim Syder & Martin St Quinton 9 21/3PL-L TIDAL FLOW (14) 8 10 6....Sean Houlihan(3) — Runs: 15 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £32,742 Trainer: P Hobbs Owner: Brocade Racing 100118-16 BARD OF BRITTANY (32) (C) 7 10 3 M Goldstein 152 Runs: 23 Wins: 4(S,GS,G) Places: 5 £26,081 Trainer: Miss S West Owner: Mr Michael Moriarty 11 32-2217 SOUTH TERRACE (27) (D) 6 10 2 C Hammond 153 Runs: 12 Wins: 3(S,G) Places: 4 £24,750 Dr R Newland South Terrace Partnership 1231224-5 MR HARP (36) (D) 8 10 0...J Quinlan ★156 Runs: 10 Wins: 1(S) Places: 6 £16,891 Trainer: T Gallagher Owner: Mr J Reddington BLINKERS: No. 9 TONGUE STRAP: No. 3 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 4, 10. Forecast: 9-2 Pileon, 5 Stoner’s Choice, Storm Arising, 7 South Terrace, 10 Copper Coin, Al Dancer, The Cob, William Henry, 14 Others. 2020: Portrush Ted 8-11-12, Gavin Sheehan 12-1 (W Greatrex), 10 ran. GUIDE: THE COB was progressive over timber last season, a campaign which included a gutsy performance in the Grade 2 Don Novices’ Hurdle at Doncaster (3m1f, sft), and he appears to be on a workable mark for his seasonal return. Al Dancer is an interesting contender now reverting to hurdles after a disappointing run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m4f, gd) and he could be open to improvement tackling this longer trip, while Pileon and William Henry are also considered. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Good to Soft. Right Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016- 21): Nico De Boinville 24% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): N Henderson 23% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 1.15 Buxted Too (tongue strap), 1.50 Bothwell Bridge (wind surgery), Zyon (cheek pieces), 3.00 One True King (cheek pieces), Demopolis (wind surgery), 3.35 Tidal Flow (blinkers), Mulcahys Hill (wind surgery), Storm Arising (cheek pieces), 12.45 Burrows Park (wind surgery). BEATEN FAVOURITES: 1.15 Buxted Too(hcp). 1.50 Zhiguli(hcp ch). 3.35 Copper Coin(hcp hdl), South Terrace(hcp hdl), Stoner’s Choice(hcp hdl). LONGEST TRAVELLER: Volcano (12.45) 162 miles. STABLE SWITCH: 1.15 Optimistic Belief from M O’Callaghan in Ireland to P Phelan, Sand In My Shoes from R Charlton to Miss J Davis. 3.15 VISIT BETTING.BET HANDICAP CHASE £11,981 (3) 3m 6f 153yds (17) ITV4 1 4/0P5P-8 DJANGO DJANGO (31) Jonjo O’Neill 8 11-12...Jonjo O’Neill Jr 110 2 34161-4 POPPA POUTINE (31) N Twiston-Davies 5 11-12 S Twiston-Davies 116 3 3L7-323 GWENCILY BERBAS (26) D Pipe 10 11-11...........T Scudamore 128 4 1F/40-P3 AARON LAD (186) (C) Dr R Newland 10 11-10........L Edwards 127 5 14L41-7 SNUFF BOX (31) V Williams 10 11-10..........................C Deutsch 129 6 336U-32 DANCING SHADOW (26) V Dartnall 12 11-9................A Johns 130 7 P8042-1 ● YOUNG OFFENDER (38) S Edmunds 6 11-9....C Gethings 129 8 4323-11 ON CALL (30) G Harris 8 11-5...................................... C Ring(3) 128 9 12/PP13- PUTDECASHONTHEDASH (267) K Burke 8 11-4 T Bellamy 130 10 133123 MONTANNA (47) (T) P Bowen 7 11-3........................... J Bowen 130 11 2166-83 THE LATE LEGEND (32) T H Weston 8 10-13 Mr L Scott(7) ★132 12 5/8L5-24 DARK FLAME (30) R Rowe 12 10-11........Tabitha Worsley(5) 128 13 2/P64-32 UALLRIGHTHARRY (18) J Best & K Jewell 9 10-8....... J Best 131 14 13LL54 MONTY GUIRY (28) Christian Williams 6 10-8.... J Tudor(3) 115 15 83P-P31 NORMANDY SOLDIER (23) (C) R Mitford-Slade 7 10-7 B Godfrey(5) 129 16 83/32P-2 STORM FORCE BEN (23) P Hobbs 7 10-4............ T J O’Brien 129 17 107/PL2 GOOD MAN VINNIE (12) P Henderson 10 10-3... N Scholfield 128 BLINKERS: No. 6 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 9, 11 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 4, 6, 1, 3, 15, 8, 2, 9, 5, 11, 13, 7. SP FORECAST: 6 Young Offender, 7 On Call, 15-2 Storm Force Ben, 8 Dancing Shadow, 10 Normandy Soldier, Poppa Poutine, 12 Others. GUIDE: Plenty put forward solid cases in this event and the one who attracts the most interest is ON CALL, who has been transformed this season posting one of the best performances of his career when scoring at Chepstow (3m, gdsft) last time. The step up in trip isn’t expected to prove an issue for the eightyear-old and he is favoured ahead of Young Offender, who justified market support when winning comfortably at the same track (3m2f, gd) on his latest outing. The veteran Dancing Shadow finished third in this race (sft) last year and can also put up a bold showing. 3.50 GOSSIP FROM THE GALLOPS West: MI LADDO (1.05 Sedgefield) Newmarket: PINK CRYSTAL (5.15 Newcastle) Midlands: DESQUE DE L’ISLE (3.00 Sandown) Lambourn: MOT A MOT (12.55 Exeter) BETTING.BET OPEN NH FLAT RACE £1,906 (5) 2m 161yds (16) 1 3 AWAYTHELAD (35) B Pauling 4 10-12................. K Brogan(3) 104 2 CHAMPS HILL C Tizzard 4 10-12................................B J Powell — 3 CLIFTON BRIDGE A King 4 10-12...............................A P Heskin — 4 4 FIRESTREAM (34) A Honeyball 4 10-12..................A Coleman ★114 5 GINGE Mrs S Gardner 5 10-12................................Lucy Gardner — 6 HUNTER LEGEND V Williams 4 10-12.........................C Deutsch — 7 JUNIOR DOCTOR Ben Clarke 4 10-12................. L Murtagh(3) — 8 ● MOUNT PLEASANT N Henderson 4 10-12............. J Bowen — 9 OFF MY ROCCO D Pipe 5 10-12.............................T Scudamore — 10 SOCKEYE V Dartnall 5 10-12.............................................A Johns — 11 3 STORMIN CROSSGALES (216) T R George 4 10-12....J J Burke — 12 THE BOGMANS BALL F O’Brien 4 10-12...................P Brennan — 13 THIRST FOR FAME D Pipe 4 10-12..........................F Gillard(3) — 14 THRUTHELOOKINGLASS K Bailey 4 10-12.............C Gethings — 15 4 FIREFLY LANE (191) J Frost 5 10-5................... Bryony Frost 95 16 MABEL KINGSMILL Miss J Du Plessis 6 10-5..........D Noonan — HOOD: Nos. 5, 9, 11. SP FORECAST: 3 Firestream, 4 Mount Pleasant, 15-2 Awaythelad, 10 Stormin Crossgales, Off My Rocco, Champs Hill, 12 Others.

UPSET: Hannah Welch, right, was reduced to tears, she claims Amateur quit after Dunne ‘left her crying’ ROBBIE Dunne stood “swearing and mouthing off” at amateur rider Hannah Welch after a race at Chepstow in November 2018 as the weighing room looked on, it was claimed yesterday. Dunne, below top, is charged with bullying and harassment of Bryony Frost, below, during February 13 and September 3 last year – and faces a ban of up to three years from racing or a £15,000 fine. As the hearing before a three-strong independent judicial panel entered its third day yesterday, Welch, 24, recalled a confrontation after a Charity Handicap Hurdle at the Welsh track on 21 November 2018. Former point-topoint rider Welch, who rode seven winners from 70 rides under Rules before quitting the sport in November 19, said: “Mr Dunne placed himself right in front of me and was swearing and mouthing off at me. He shouted at me and swore at me multiple times. “The incident occurred in front of the entire weighing room. I was crying and did not say anything back to Mr Dunne. When I look By David Yates back on this I find it bizarre that none of the other jockeys who witnessed this incident intervened and said to Mr Dunne that he had gone far enough. “I was incredibly upset after the incident and it was a contributing factor to me giving up National Hunt racing.” When barrister Moore Dunne’s Roderick suggested then that “the temperature is necessarily going to be hotter” in an “elite sport”, Welch replied: “In my opinion this goes beyond the temperature being hotter”. Investigating officer, former BHA head of integrity Chris Watts, admitted to taking a “victimfocused” approach to the probe as opposed to seeking “a balanced picture” when accused by Moore of selectively editing witness statements. But Watts denied claiming to be “a very good friend” of Bryony’s father Jimmy — and making regular visits to the trainer’s holiday chalet in Devon. “That is just ludicrous,” he said. The hearing will continue next Tuesday. 3.10 DX1ST RACING: FROST-DUNNE HEARING MANSIONBET MAIDEN HURDLE 12.00 £4,084 (Class 4) 2m 178yds (10 dec) 1 AL MUFFRIH (F169) D J Jeffreys 6 11-4............A Bellamy(7) — 2 7L4-L COME DANCING (28) (F) (T) O Signy 4 11-4...J Andrews(5) 80 3 25 DESERT FRIEND (F35) D Hogan (IRE) 5 11-4..........H Brooke 114 4 UP4-263 FIRST ANGEL (18) L Morgan 5 11-4..............................A Wedge 116 5 9-59 HILDENLEY (35) T Easterby 4 11-4.........................J Hamilton 99 6 L JAMIL (22) Miss T Jackson 6 11-4..........................S Mulqueen 30 7 1- ● JUNGLE JACK (426) D McCain 5 11-4................. B Hughes — 8 68 KIHAVAH (22) A Keatley 4 11-4...........................Sean Quinlan 110 9 L-LL SCHIAPARELLI TEDDY (14) (T) Andrew Martin 5 11-4 Mr J Martin(7) 43 10 F2 WELL PLANTED (17) R M Smith 4 11-4..........................R Mania ★122 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 5, 8 HOOD: No. 4. SP FORECAST: 9-4 Jungle Jack, 3 Desert Friend, 7-2 Well Planted, 9-2 Others. MANSIONBET MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE 12.35 £3,159 (4) 2m 3f 188yds (13) 1 44P5P-5 DESARAY GIRL (20) (C&D) M Hammond 6 12-7 Emma Smith-Chaston(7) 102 2 42134F ● COUNTISTER (22) B Haslam 9 11-11................. R McLernon 106 3 PL4P2-4 ALRIGHT MARLENE (22) J Coward 8 11-10.....A Edwards(3) 108 4 50-4P22 TOPKAPI STAR (17) Ewan Whillans 4 11-8....P J Kavanagh(7) 102 5 134464 CALLIOPE (25) D Sayer 8 11-7.......................................Doubtful 103 6 552-276 RUBYTWO (25) (D) N Richards 9 11-5.............. D McMenamin ★110 7 5736L3 CHECKITSME (28) (T) M Harris 4 11-4.............M Bastyan(3) 102 8 2P4-L25 LINCOLN LYN (32) (T) T R Gretton 5 11-2............J Hamilton 109 9 1933-32 LATINO FLING (29) D McCain 6 11-1.......................... B Hughes 106 10 326-957 MISTY MANI (47) P Niven 6 11-1..................................C Bewley 101 11 474-91 PURE SURF (29) (C,F) I Jardine 5 11-0................. C O’Farrell 104 12 71543-5 CAILIN DEARG (29) R Dobbin 6 10-12..................Craig Nichol 99 13 39-L4UP KITTY HALL (89) B Butterworth 7 10-9............Sean Quinlan 99 BLINKERS: No. 6 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 3, 8, 11, 12 HOOD: No. 4. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 5, 2, 1, 13, 9. SP FORECAST: 3 Latino Fling, 4 Pure Surf, 13-2 Desaray Girl, 7 Countister, 10 Others. MANSIONBET HANDICAP HURDLE 1.05 £2,342 (5) 2m 178yds (14) 1 7P7334 ENVOL DE LA COUR (22) (D) (T) M Scudamore 7 11-12...R Patrick 111 2 L/242-46 ENLIGHTEN (22) M & D Easterby 7 11-11................... B Hughes 106 3 4434-P3 BALKOTIC (159) M Hammond 5 11-8...............Jack Hogan(7) 103 4 L33-6 ● LUSITANIEN (30) E Williams 5 11-7........................A Wedge 106 5 3231-72 GETAWAY JEWEL (22) (C&D,F) M Hammond 7 11-5 Miss Becky Smith(3) 107 6 341321 LORD CAPRIO (10) (C&D) B Haslam 6 11-5........ R McLernon ★112 7 7764F4 EL JEFE (17) A B Hamilton 4 11-4....................W Shanahan(7) 105 8 0-094P0 CASAMARI ABBEY (43) S G West 7 11-2..................J Kington — 9 06-93L7 DON JUAN DU GOUET (36) B Ellison 8 10-10......S Coltherd 109 10 506-9 FAHAD (F39) D Brooke 4 10-7.....................................H Brooke 75 11 24 DRUMFIRE (30) S Corbett 3 10-6..........................Craig Nichol 103 12 455412 MI LADDO (12) (T) M Harris 5 10-3....................M Bastyan(3) 108 13 308540 SNOWED IN (17) (C&D) B Butterworth 12 10-0....Sean Quinlan 104 14 55-8LLP CHALLOW (16) V Thompson 7 10-0............................T Dowson — BLINKERS: 10, 14 TONGUE STRAP: 1, 8, 12, 14 CHEEK PIECES: 9, 12, 13 HOOD: 4, 7. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: 3, 9, 13. SP FORECAST: 7-2 Lord Caprio, 5 Mi Laddo, Getaway Jewel, 7 Lusitanien, 8 Others. BETYOURWAY AT BETWAY HANDICAP £4,590 (Class 4) 1m 2f 42yds (6 declared) 1 (3) 950145 SOARING STAR (25) (C) P Kirby 4 9-12...................S Gray ★79 2 (1) 57661 JOMONT (39) (C&D,F) M Dods 4 9-8..................C Beasley 78 3 (6) 657L RAIFF (13) P Kirby 5 9-5...............................................D Swift 70 4 (2) 4458 VIRGO (23) (T) C Fellowes 3 9-4.....................K Shoemark 74 5 (5) 4355L6 INTERNATIONAL LAW (91) (C) A Brittain 7 8-12....C Hardie 77 6 (4) 813153 ● SHE’S NO ANGEL (2) (C&D) K Burke 3 8-11...P-L Jamin(3) 77 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 5. SP FORECAST: 13-8 Jomont, 3 Virgo, 5 She’s No Angel, 11-2 Soaring Star, 8 Others. 3.45 MANSIONBET HANDICAP (DIV 1) £2,700 (6) 1m 5yds (14) 1 (2) 974133 DREAMSELLER (66) (D) T Easterby 5 9-12.. Ella McCain(5) 73 2 (7) 444216 VOCATUS (7) (D) M Appleby 5 9-10.................T Marquand 73 3 (10) 2-76057 DR RIO (21) (D) P Midgley 5 9-9........................T Hamilton 73 4 (9) 444312 ENGLES ROCK (25) (C&D) L Russell 5 9-7....P Mulrennan 73 5 (14) 934131 ROYAL PROSPECT (24) (C&D) L Mullaney 6 9-7 O Stammers(5) 73 6 (11) 758773 HARVEST DAY (28) (C,D) M & D Easterby 6 9-6 Joanna Mason(3) 66 7 (4) 682 ● QASAAYED (42) I Jardine 3 9-6.......................A Mullen 66 8 (3) 90L630 LOCAL BAY (45) D O’Meara 3 9-3.........................J Watson 72 9 (5) 675522 TEFNUT (24) K Dalgleish 4 9-2........................C Rodriguez ★75 10 (12) 0460 RATAFIA (30) M Herrington 3 9-1............................T Eaves 74 11 (6) 3-05422 AQUAMAS (31) M Dods 3 8-11.................................C Beasley 72 12 (13) L58308 GOLD RING (28) T Waggott 4 8-6..............................S Gray 73 13 (8) 00LL70/ WEARRAAH (847) J Wainwright 5 8-5.............JP Sullivan — 14 (1) 905788 ROSE OF LANCASHIRE (31) Mrs Stella Barclay 3 8-4...C Hardie 63 VISOR: 2 TONGUE STRAP: 2, 5, 6 CHEEK PIECES: 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12. SP FORECAST: 9-2 Royal Prospect, 5 Engles Rock, 13-2 Aquamas, Tefnut, 7 Others. 4.15 Newcastle SSR MANSIONBET HANDICAP (DIV 2) £2,700 (6) 1m 5yds (13) 1 (13) 142-059 LET HER LOOSE (205) R Fahey 4 9-11........C Murtagh(3) 62 2 (6) 236575 TWISTED DREAMS (39) (C&D) R Menzies 4 9-9....P J McDonald 71 3 (12) L-26610 BIPLANE (45) (C) J Wainwright 3 9-9....................T Eaves 71 4 (5) 6L4175 WHATZUPWITHME (34) (D) (T) M Loughnane 3 9-7...P Prince 73 5 (3) P-7L870 HARRY GEORGE (39) (C&D) B Ellison 7 9-7..B Robinson 72 6 (8) 236221 EYES (28) (C,D,F) Jessica Macey 3 9-6.......... L Edmunds 71 7 (4) 804268 PUBLICIST (37) (T) J Tate 3 9-6......................T Marquand 73 8 (11) 954338 AYR EMPRESS (53) K Dalgleish 3 9-3............C Rodriguez 74 9 (9) 06160/7 SO MACHO (232) G Boanas 6 9-2............O Stammers(5) 56 10 (10) 551207 ● IRON SHERIFF (24) (D) R Fell 3 8-13....................J Hart ★75 11 (7) L5686L POWER PLAYER (8) (D) R Carr 5 8-10.............JP Sullivan 71 12 (1) 34063L- GIANT STEPS (398) Mrs Stella Barclay 4 8-6...F McManoman(3) — 13 (2) 709080 LUKOUTOLDMAKEZEBAK (56) (C&D) D Thompson 8 8-5 A Beech(5) 56 BLINKERS: 13 VISOR: 2, 5, 8 TONGUE STRAP: 2, 9 HOOD: 7. SP FORECAST: 13-8 Eyes, 6 Twisted Dreams, 7 Let Her Loose, Ayr Empress, 8 Whatzupwithme, 12 Biplane, 14 Publicist, 16 Harry George, 20 Others. LEICESTER: Good to soft-soft in places 1.07—WEEBILL (Katie O’Farrell, 9‐4 jt fav) 1; The Raven’s Return (13‐2) 2; King Cool (14‐1) 3. 9 ran. 22l, 8 1 /2l. (O Murphy; 9-4 jtfav Delire D’Estruval). Tote: £3.25; pl £1.20, £1.70, £2.60. exacta: £11.60. trifecta: £72.30. CSF: £18.46. 1.37—NURSE SUSAN (H Skelton, 4‐7 fav) 1; Zabeel Champion (5‐2 2nd fav) 2; Party Island (25‐1) 3. 7 ran. 2 1 /2l, 2l. (D Skelton). Tote: £1.58; pl £1.10, £1.40. exacta: £2.30. trifecta: £12.60. CSF: £2.32. 2.07—GO STEADY (H Skelton, 17‐2) 1; Nordano (7‐1) 2; Beau Haze (5‐1) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 1l, 7 1 /2l. (D Skelton; 7-2 fav Game Socks). Tote: £9.50; pl £2.20, £3.00, £2.00. exacta: £64.80. tricast: £334.66. trifecta: £619.30. CSF: £65.75. 2.37—LOVE ENVOI (L Murtagh, 6‐1) 1; Miss Fairfax (10‐3 2nd fav) 2; Runwiththetide (7‐2) 3. 13 ran. 1 3 /4l, 20l. (H Fry; 11-4 fav Ballybough Mary). Tote: £7.00; pl £2.10, £1.90, £1.70. exacta: £28.40. trifecta: £123.50. CSF: £26.83. Non-runner: Millie Round. 3.07—LIME DROP (R Patrick, 7‐2 jt fav) 1; Chantilly Haze (12‐1) 2; Infiniti (7‐2 jt fav) 3. H’cap 10 ran. 9l, 1 1 /2l. (H Daly). Tote: £4.50; pl £1.50, £3.00, £1.70. exacta: £39.90. tricast: £157.67. trifecta: £244.60. CSF: £44.16. 3.37—ROCK ON TOMMY (S Bowen, 9‐4 2nd fav) 1; Sergeant (6‐4 fav) 2; Tara Iti (9‐2) 3. H’cap 9 ran. 8 1 /2l, 2 1 /2l. (O Murphy). Tote: £3.25; pl £1.20, £1.10, £1.50. exacta: £6.50. tricast: £12.58. trifecta: £21.50. CSF: £6.13. Jackpot: £10,000.00 Placepot: £12.10 (Race 1) 7, 3, 1; (2) 7, 1; (3) 5, 4, 12; 1.40 4.45 PLAY 4 TO SCORE AT BETWAY HANDICAP £3,240 (5) 6f (14) 1 (1) 37L079 LORD OBERON (41) (D) K Burke 6 9-7........................ C Lee 75 2 (14) 446106 GLOBAL HUMOR (28) (C&D) J Goldie 6 9-6...P Mulrennan 84 3 (10) 3L0534 BLACKHEATH (38) (D) M Dods 6 9-6.................C Beasley 86 4 (12) 954331 SPARTAN FIGHTER (38) (C&D) A Brittain 4 9-5 H Russell(3) 84 5 (8) 452LL0 PRAISE OF SHADOWS (28) L Russell 3 9-4... Rossa Ryan 86 6 (11) 5-92234 HART STOPPER (183) (C&D) G Tuer 7 9-3 O Stammers(5) 86 7 (2) 0-138 BAKR (21) N Tinkler 3 9-2.......................F McManoman(3) 83 8 (9) LL8633 GOWANLAD (13) (C&D) P Kirby 4 9-1.......................D Swift 88 9 (4) 468750 CHOOKIE DUNEDIN (27) (D) K Dalgleish 6 9-1... B Garritty(3) ★89 10 (3) 097423 BURROWS SEESIDE (39) (C&D) P Kirby 4 9-0........G Lee 87 11 (5) 099601 ● ROYAL ADVICE (8) (C&D,F) K Dalgleish 3 9-0(6ex) C Rodriguez 85 12 (13) 173016 PATSY FAGAN (28) (D) R Fahey 3 8-12.....C Murtagh(3) 86 13 (6) 46L487 MAYELF (37) M & D Easterby 3 8-11.....Joanna Mason(3) 79 14 (7) 65-L079 OUR LITTLE PONY (28) L Mullaney 6 8-11....Paula Muir(3) 80 VISOR: Nos. 4, 11, 13 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 5, 10 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 HOOD: No. 5. SP FORECAST: 5 Royal Advice, 11-2 Gowanlad, 6 Hart Stopper, Burrows Seeside, 13-2 Spartan Fighter, 10 Patsy Fagan, 12 Others. 5.15 PAXTONS AND CASE HANDICAP CHASE £2,505 (5) 3m 2f 202yds (9) 1 72-52U3 LORD GETAWAY (20) H Evans 9 12-0................P Armson(7) 112 2 73-4342 ● DIAMOND BRIG (22) Henry Oliver 9 11-12....J Andrews(5) 109 3 LLP-516 JUSTFORJAMES (159) (C,F) M Hammond 12 11-12 Miss Becky Smith(3) 106 4 5334L4- QUICK PICK (262) J Candlish 10 11-7........................H Brooke 114 5 21402U KIND WITNESS (156) (T) B Lund 8 10-10................. B Hughes 108 6 4136PF NO CRUISE YET (6) S England 6 10-9..................... J England 109 7 U342-70 DERRICK D’ANJOU (15) J Bedi 10 10-3......... A Anderson(5) ★115 8 L660-PL BALLINTOGHER BOY (28) C Grant 7 10-0.......Sean Quinlan 55 9 87554L BOBBIE THE DAZZLER (15) Kenny Johnson 7 10-0 Alison Johnson(7) 99 BLINKERS: No. 1 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 5, 6, 7 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 9, 7, 2, 3, 5, 1, 4. SP FORECAST: 11-4 Diamond Brig, 3 Lord Getaway, 4 No Cruise Yet, 8 Justforjames, Kind Witness, Quick Pick, 14 Derrick D’Anjou, 25 Others. 2.15 (4) 7, 9, 12; (5) 7, 5, 10; (6) 4, 2, 7. Quadpot: £6.70 MARKET RASEN: Soft 12.22—MIDNIGHT GINGER (Mr J Martin, 17‐2) 1; Pearl Warrior (7‐4 2nd fav) 2; Ex S’elance (50‐1) 3. H’cap 7 ran. 2 1 /2l, 13l. (Andrew Martin; 6-4 fav George Bancroft). Tote: £10.30; pl £3.30, £1.50. exacta: £26.10. tricast: £699.84. trifecta: £278.30. CSF: £23.58. Non-runner: All Class. 12.52—TEASE AND SEIZE (F Gregory, 6‐5 fav) 1; Glide Down (7‐2 2nd fav) 2; Tommaso (11‐1) 3. 9 ran. 4 1 /4l, 3l. (O Murphy). Tote: £2.20; pl £1.10, £1.50, £3.10. exacta: £6.80. trifecta: £40.50. CSF: £5.69. 1.22—GUERLAIN DE VAUX (D Jacob, 22‐1) 1; Lounge Lizard (9‐4 fav) 2; Adjournment (6‐1) 3. 14 ran. 1 1 /2l, 3l. (O Sherwood). Tote: £28.60; pl £5.70, £1.40, £2.20. exacta: £142.30. trifecta: £682.30. CSF: £71.81. 1.52—THE BOAT (A Wedge, 10‐3 fav) 1; Muroor (22‐1) 2; Caro Des Flos (12‐1) 3. H’cap 13 ran. 3 1 /4l, 3 3 /4l. (E Williams). Tote: £4.34; pl £2.10, £6.10, £4.00. exacta: £90.10. tricast: £801.37. trifecta: £633.80. CSF: £77.18. 2.22—LIGHT FLICKER (D England, 5‐1) 1; Felton Bellevue (4‐1) 2; Fraterculus (7‐1) 3. H’cap 10 ran. 2l, 11l. (R Potter; 10-3 jtfav Miraculous Getaway, 10-3 jtfav Dubai Guest). Tote: £6.10; pl £2.00, £1.70, £2.60. exacta: £27.60. tricast: £141.33. trifecta: £136.40. CSF: £25.89. Non-runner: Picknick Park. 12.00 Jungle Jack 12.35 Countister 1.05 Lusitanien 1.40 Diamond Brig THE SCOUT 2.15 Mister Whitaker 2.50 The Mighty Arc 3.25 Grove Road MANSIONBET NH NOVICES’ HURDLE £4,084 (4) 2m 3f 188yds (8) 1 3/660-21 ● MISTER WHITAKER (27) D McCain 9 11-5.......... B Hughes 126 2 4-3 BRIDGE NORTH (29) H Daly 5 10-12...........................R Patrick 125 3 3-5 COURT AT SLIP (27) T Easterby 4 10-12......... N Moscrop(3) 112 4 64 GET GOING (15) M Walford 4 10-12.........................J Hamilton 105 5 65-118 GLORIOUS SPIRIT (65) (C&D) N Richards 5 10-12 D McMenamin 118 6 422-25 NO WORD OF A LIE (27) (T) O Signy 5 10-12....J Andrews(5) ★128 7 PATAGONIA O Greenall 4 10-12....................................H Brooke — 8 952-75 TORNGAT (25) T Davidson 5 10-12......................Sean Quinlan 119 CHEEK PIECES: No. 1. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 1. SP FORECAST: 4-5 Mister Whitaker, 4 No Word Of A Lie, 13-2 Bridge North, 8 Patagonia, 12 Glorious Spirit, 25 Court At Slip, Torngat, 50 Get Going. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Good to Soft. Left Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016- 21): Brian Hughes 23% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): D McCain 17% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 1.05 Fahad (blinkers), 12.00 Kihavah (tongue strap), 12.35 Pure Surf (tongue strap), Rubytwo (blinkers). BEATEN FAVOURITES: 12.35 Latino Fling(hcp hdl). 1.05 Mi Laddo(hcp hdl). 2.50 Bavington Bob(hcp hdl), Militarian(hcp ch). 3.25 Stroll On By. LONGEST TRAVELLER: Desert Friend (12.00) Ireland; Kind Witness (1.40) 305 miles. STABLE SWITCH: 12.00 Al Muffrih from S C Williams to D J Jeffreys, Jungle Jack from C Bowe in Ireland to D McCain. 12.35 Kitty Hall from N Richards to B Butterworth. 1.05 Balkotic from Gab Leenders in France to M Hammond, Casamari Abbey from P A Fahy in Ireland to S G West, Don Juan Du Gouet from N Twiston-Davies to B Ellison. 2.50 Bandit D’Ainay from F Cottin in France to M Hammond. 3.25 Grove Road from A Kennedy in Ireland to A Watson, The Questioner from J P Berry in Ireland to O Greenall. CORAL EBF NOVICE STAKES 2YO £3,780 (5) 6f (14) 1 (13) L BARBARA’S INCHARGE (25) G Tuer 9-5............. S James 44 2 (2) 08 BRAZEN FOX (25) T Easterby 9-5....................D Fentiman 54 3 (12) 46 DIRTY LEEDS (49) J Camacho 9-5................P Mulrennan 67 4 (7) 45 MACCHIAVELLO (8) K Burke 9-5......................Rossa Ryan 77 5 (14) 4 SUPERIOR COUNCIL (39) R Fahey 9-5..........K Shoemark 69 6 (3) TIBER FLOW (T) W Haggas 9-5..........................T Marquand — 7 (10) L LIL BIT OF MAGIC (49) Simon Whitaker 9-0... L Edmunds 25 8 (5) MISS WILLOWS Simon Whitaker 9-0....................C Beasley — 9 (11) 7 PENWAY (38) B Smart 9-0.............................................G Lee 64 10 (6) 3 ● PINK CRYSTAL (52) (T) W Haggas 9-0...........C Fallon ★79 11 (8) 76 STEPONIT (142) K Ryan 9-0.........................................S Gray 48 12 (4) 4L TRUE JEM (179) K Burke 9-0......................................... C Lee 73 13 (1) L VAMOS CHICA (42) I Jardine 9-0...................... J Gormley 52 14 (9) 48 WITHOUT DELAY (24) T Waggott 9-0.....................T Eaves 73 HOOD: No. 11. SP FORECAST: 11-8 Pink Crystal, 5 Macchiavello, 11-2 Tiber Flow, 13-2 Superior Council, 12 True Jem, 16 Dirty Leeds, 20 Steponit, 25 Others. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Standard. Left Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016-21): P J McDonald 12% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): R Fahey 12% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 3.45 Dr Rio (cheek pieces), Gold Ring (cheek pieces), 4.15 Harry George (visor), 4.45 Bakr (cheek pieces), Hart Stopper (wind surgery), 5.15 Dirty Leeds (wind surgery). BEATEN FAVOURITES: 3.45 Aquamas(hcp), Engles Rock(hcp), Vocatus(hcp). 4.15 Twisted Dreams(hcp). 4.45 Hart Stopper(hcp). 5.45 Hello Me(hcp). DRAW: High numbers have a slight advantage over 5f. LONGEST TRAVELLER: Tommy de Vito (5.45) 285 miles. STABLE SWITCH: 3.45 Local Bay from Miss Ellmarie Holden in Ireland to D O’Meara, Wearraah from A Brown to J Wainwright. 4.15 So Macho from R Menzies to G Boanas. 6.15 Abolish from Annike Hansen to I Jardine, Animal Instinct from Sir M Prescott to I Williams. YESTERDAY’S RESULTS AND PRICES 2.52—HIGH GROUNDS (C Bewley, 10‐1) 1; Malinas Island (8‐13 fav) 2; Amma Lord (28‐1) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 4 3 /4l, 7l. (R Potter). Tote: £13.40; pl £3.50, £1.10, £5.60. exacta: £28.20. tricast: £206.31. trifecta: £456.80. CSF: £17.25. 3.22—CHIANTI CLASSICO (D Bass, 5‐2 jt fav) 1; Bolintlea (8‐1) 2; Nollyador (11‐1) 3. 14 ran. 11l, 1 1 /2l. (K Bailey; 5-2 jtfav Festive Glory). Tote: £3.50; pl £1.50, £2.60, £3.50. exacta: £26.00. trifecta: £221.90. CSF: £24.82. Placepot: £45.80 (Race 1) 2, 3; (2) 2, 4, 7; (3) 7, 11, 1; (4) 11, 12, 2; (5) 2, 7, 10; (6) 9, 4, 7; Quadpot: £16.80 WINCANTON: Good to soft 12.45—GALILEO SILVER (Mr W Biddick, 11‐8 fav) 1; Broughtons Rhythm (18‐1) 2; Findusatgorcombe (20‐1) 3. H’cap 5 ran. 11l, 1 1 /2l. (S Thomas). Tote: £2.38; pl £1.30, £3.90. exacta: £18.70. trifecta: £87.60. CSF: £18.11. Non-runners: All Class, Jarlath, Princess Midnight. 1.15—RAINYDAY WOMAN (H Cobden, 1‐4 fav) 1; Head And Heart (11‐1 2nd fav) 2; 5 ran. 11l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £1.25; pl £1.10, £2.80. exacta: £3.80. trifecta: £3.10. CSF: £4.18. 1.45—IN REM (Chester Williams, 4‐5 fav) 1; Don Alvaro (10‐1) 2; Earth Business (5‐2 2nd fav) 3. H’cap 6 ran. 7l, 15l. (Mrs J Williams). Tote: £1.80; pl £1.10, £2.80. exacta: £8.00. trifecta: £20.60. CSF: £9.15. Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 57 2.50 5.45 BETWAY HANDICAP £6,210 (3) 6f (13) 1 (10) 631627 MOHAREB (92) (D) M Appleby 5 9-7....................J Watson 97 2 (5) 000778 LAHORE (21) (D) P Midgley 7 9-5...................P Mulrennan 96 3 (4) 2/135-1 TOMMY DE VITO (35) (C&D,F) (T) C Hills 4 9-4.........Doubtful 101 4 (13) 721312 HELLO ME (22) (D) (T) Joseph Parr 3 9-2...Rossa Ryan 99 5 (12) 421714 OSO RAPIDO (3) (C&D) R Fell 4 9-1..............................................J Hart ★100 6 (8) 90L907 KIND REVIEW (21) (C&D) T Waggott 5 8-13..........T Eaves 95 7 (11) 521-53 BALLYCONNEELY BAY (210) (D) J Camacho 3 8-11...G Lee 95 8 (6) 110090 BARNEY’S BAY (46) (D) T Easterby 3 8-11...D Fentiman 91 9 (1) 021109 ● LEZARDRIEUX (28) (C,D) G Tuer 4 8-9.......... S James 99 10 (2) 1L0507 MACHO PRIDE (28) (C,D) B Haslam 3 8-9.............H Shaw 95 11 (3) 7L8510 TIPPERARY TIGER (27) (D) K Burke 3 8-8............... C Lee 95 12 (7) L73000 GIOGIOBBO (28) (D) S Dixon 8 8-4..................J Duern(3) 97 13 (9) 155765 TATHMEEN (6) (C,D) A Brittain 6 8-2...................C Hardie 94 VISOR: Nos. 11, 13 CHEEK PIECES: No. 12. SP FORECAST: 7-2 Hello Me, 11-2 Lahore, 6 Oso Rapido, Ballyconneely Bay, 13-2 Macho Pride, 12 Kind Review, 14 Others. 6.15 MANSIONBET HANDICAP £10,468 (2) 7f 14yds (7) 1 (3) 12LLLL LORD OF THE LODGE (13) (C,D) K Burke 4 9-7 P-L Jamin(3) 97 2 (4) 3-22423 ABOLISH (75) (D) I Jardine 5 9-4..........................A Mullen — 3 (1) 11/3-01 ● BOOSALA (27) (D) (T) W Haggas 4 9-4....T Marquand ★115 4 (7) 6-14012 GIOIA CIECA (85) (C&D,F) K Dalgleish 3 9-2..C Rodriguez 114 5 (5) 002825 YOUNG FIRE (20) (D) D O’Meara 6 8-12..............J Watson 113 6 (6) 487935 SANAADH (30) (C&D) (T) M Wigham 8 8-7......J Fanning 112 7 (2) 1/126-L3 ANIMAL INSTINCT (50) (D) (T) I Williams 4 8-2...C Hardie 109 VISOR: No. 5. SP FORECAST: 11-8 Boosala, 10-3 Gioia Cieca, 13-2 Young Fire, 8 Animal Instinct, Lord Of The Lodge, 12 Sanaadh, 14 Abolish. 6.45 MANSIONBET HANDICAP CHASE £3,594 (4) 2m 5f 28yds (10) 1 L111-4L ROAD WARRIOR (34) (C&D) R Menzies 7 11-12.......H Brooke 128 2 F3/732-1 ● THE MIGHTY ARC (21) (T) C Longsdon 6 11-11...Sean Quinlan 119 3 8PL-L92 MILITARIAN (24) (D) (T) Andrew Martin 11 11-11 Mr J Martin(7) 132 4 L/1R2-43 MANWELL (27) (C&D) S England 11 11-11................. J England 124 5 4/511-15 BAVINGTON BOB (50) A Hamilton 6 11-10.............. B Hughes — 6 0-F1311 CILLUIRID (22) (C&D) T Easterby 7 11-8..............J Hamilton 121 7 2224 SOUNDS RUSSIAN (29) Ruth Jefferson 6 11-4.......C Bewley 123 8 165F3-9 LOUGHERMORE (25) S Waugh 7 10-13...........W Shanahan(7) — 9 43-2412 MAH MATE BOB (166) (C,D) G Bewley 9 10-11 J Bewley(3) 123 10 3P5-LL3 BANDIT D’AINAY (185) M Hammond 10 10-10........A Cawley ★133 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6 CHEEK PIECES: No. 1. SOFT/HEAVY WINNERS: Nos. 10, 5, 6, 8, 9, 4, 3, 1. SP FORECAST: 3 Cilluirid, 4 The Mighty Arc, 13-2 Manwell, Sounds Russian, 15-2 Militarian, 10 Bavington Bob, Mah Mate Bob, 12 Others. 3.25 SEDGEFIELD SSR OPEN NH FLAT RACE £1,906 (5) 2m 178yds (11) 1 40-3 ADELPHI SPRITE (66) P Kirby 5 11-0........... J Williamson(5) 107 2 L BOBS TEAL (14) A Brown 4 11-0....................... A Anderson(5) 73 3 4 EDEN MILL (34) D Whillans 4 11-0...............................C Bewley 99 4 3 ● GROVE ROAD (201) (F) (T) A Watson 5 11-0......A Wedge — 5 L LAWD DYLAN (35) (T) O Signy 4 11-0..............J Andrews(5) 29 6 8 LENNY (14) C Grant 5 11-0.....................................Sean Quinlan 86 7 PUNTA PRIMA D McCain 4 11-0................................T Gillard(5) — 8 2 STROLL ON BY (50) (T) C Longsdon 4 11-0........... B Hughes 108 9 2 SUMMERGROUNDS (212) N Richards 5 11-0 D McMenamin ★114 10 2- THE QUESTIONER (236) O Greenall 5 11-0..............H Brooke — 11 0- COUNTESS OLIVIA (363) M Hammond 4 10-7 Miss Becky Smith(3) 49 SP FORECAST: 13-8 Stroll On By, 9-4 Summergrounds, 9-2 Grove Road, 10 Punta Prima, 14 The Questioner, Eden Mill, Adelphi Sprite, 33 Lawd Dylan, 50 Others. VITAL STATISTICS IN-FORM TRAINERS (last 10 days) H Daly 67% (1 wins and 3 places from 6 runners), V Williams 62% (2/3/8), O Murphy 61% (7/4/18), W Haggas 58% (2/5/12), M Scudamore 57% (1/3/7), L Russell 53% (5/4/17), A Brown 50% (1/1/4), K Dalgleish 50% (1/1/4), P Hobbs 50% (4/5/18), T R George 50% (2/1/6). IN-FORM JOCKEYS Tom O’Brien 64% (2 wins and 5 places from 11 runners), Ben Robinson 60% (1/2/5), Oliver Stammers 60% (1/2/5), Harry Skelton 58% (8/7/26), Paddy Brennan 58% (2/5/12), Charlie Hammond 57% (2/2/7), Sean Bowen 55% (4/2/11), Aidan Coleman 54% (3/4/13), Charlie Deutsch 54% (3/4/13), Harry Cobden 52% (7/5/23), Ben Godfrey 50% (1/2/6), Dale Swift 50% (1/1/4), Kevin Brogan 50% (1/2/6). 3.10 She’s No Angel 3.45 Qasaayed 4.15 Iron Sheriff 4.45 Royal Advice THE SCOUT 5.15 Pink Crystal 5.45 Lezardrieux 6.15 Boosala 6.45 La Rav MANSIONBET BEATEN BY A HEAD HCAP £6,210 (3) 1m 5yds (7) 1 (1) 711968 IMPERIAL COMMAND (37) (C&D) (T) M Loughnane 4 9-10 Elisha Whittington(5) 92 2 (3) 009455 TESTON (28) (D) I Furtado 6 9-8................................J Hart 90 3 (2) 995203 ALEXANDER JAMES (8) (D) M Appleby 5 9-7..J Watson ★96 4 (7) 250889 TADLEEL (27) (C,D) R Fahey 6 9-6...................T Hamilton 90 5 (5) 6-07134 ● LA RAV (70) (C&D) M & D Easterby 7 9-4....P Mulrennan 94 6 (6) 1-05400 TOM COLLINS (54) (D) (T) W Haggas 4 9-2....T Marquand 95 7 (4) 324741 MIDNITE BRIDE (42) (C&D,F) K Ryan 4 9-0..........K Stott 93 SP FORECAST: 7-2 Tom Collins, 4 La Rav, 9-2 Midnite Bride, 5 Teston, Tadleel, 7 Alexander James, 10 Imperial Command. 2.15—BUTTERWICK BROOK (B J Powell, 3‐1) 1; The Devils Drop (9‐1) 2; Captain Tommy (11‐4 2nd fav) 3. H’cap 5 ran. 1l, 8l. (C Tizzard; 9-4 fav Crealion). Tote: £4.00; pl £1.90, £2.70. exacta: £19.90. trifecta: £59.00. CSF: £23.99. Non-runners: Cuban Pete, Dhowin. 2.45—THE WIDDOW MAKER (B J Powell, 25‐1) 1; Honneur D’Ajonc (15‐2) 2; Bashful Boy (6‐1) 3. H’cap 9 ran. 5 1 /2l, 3 /4l. (C Tizzard; 11-4 fav On To Victory). Tote: £26.00; pl £4.40, £2.50, £2.20. exacta: £212.50. tricast: £1288.61. trifecta: £2249.40. CSF: £199.13. 3.15—JONY MAX (J Tudor, 13‐8 fav) 1; Lets Go Dutchess (10‐1) 2; My Lady Grey (5‐1) 3. H’cap 8 ran. 2 1 /2l, 5l. (Christian Williams). Tote: £2.63; pl £1.30, £3.00, £1.20. exacta: £17.40. tricast: £69.21. trifecta: £121.60. CSF: £18.65. 3.45—MR SUNDANCER (C Deutsch, 12‐1) 1; Kimberley Eve (7‐1) 2; Pocket Too (8‐1) 3. 10 ran. 1 1 /2l, ns. (J Portman; 3-1 fav Hasty Parisian). Tote: £13.10; pl £3.50, £1.90, £2.60. exacta: £87.00. trifecta: £1118.80. CSF: £93.87. Placepot: £42.20 (Race 1) 2, 7; (2) 4, 1; (3) 5, 4; (4) 7, 1; (5) 1, 5, 6; (6) 2, 8, 3; Quadpot: £21.80 CHELMSFORD CITY: Standard 4.00—BY JOVE (F Larson, 25‐1) 1; Engrave (8‐1) 2; Mc’ted (3‐1 fav) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 3 /4l, ns. (M Appleby). Tote: £29.00; pl £6.00, £2.50, £1.50. exacta: £283.70. tricast: £792.23. trifecta: £2004.10. CSF: £216.60. Non-runners: Alicestar, Azets, Eleven Eleven, Mulberry Silk. 4.30—TREVOLLI (K O’Neill, 9‐4 fav) 1; Headingley (10‐3) 2; Widaad (8‐1) 3. H’cap 7 ran. 1l, 2 1 /4l. (I Furtado). Tote: £3.25; pl £1.50, £2.50. exacta: £11.40. trifecta: £38.90. CSF: £9.87. 5.00—NOTORIOUSLY RISKY (H Doyle, 4‐1 jt 2nd fav) 1; Cape Columbus (5‐4 fav) 2; Al Shoughor (4‐1 jt 2nd fav) 3. 5 ran. 1 3 /4l, shd. (A Watson). Tote: £5.00; pl £1.60, £1.30. exacta: £10.20. trifecta: £24.80. CSF: £9.37. 5.30—INTERNATIONALANGEL (A Kirby, 15‐8 fav) 1; Alhammaam (16‐1) 2; Dutch Decoy (10‐3) 3. H’cap 8 ran. 1 1 /4l, 3 /4l. (J Chapple- Hyam). Tote: £2.88; pl £1.10, £3.00, £1.50. exacta: £22.90. tricast: £95.59. trifecta: £73.10. CSF: £34.30. 6.00—SOPHOSC (R Kingscote, 13‐8 2nd fav) 1; Wadacre Gogo (4‐1) 2; Crimson King (11‐8 fav) 3. H’cap 4 ran. 1 /2l, hd. (I Williams). Tote: £2.63; exacta: £7.40. trifecta: £12.10. CSF: £8.21. Non-runners: Htilominlo, Murhib. 6.30—COPINET (R Tart, 5‐1) 1; Sir Rodneyredblood (15‐8 fav) 2; Expert Opinion (10‐3 2nd fav) 3. H’cap 8 ran. 2l, nk. (J Chapple-Hyam). Tote: £6.70; pl £1.90, £1.10, £1.40. exacta: £19.10. tricast: £36.18. trifecta: £56.00. CSF: £15.19. 7.00—I’M MABLE (J Watson, 13‐8 fav) 1; Amasova (16‐5 2nd fav) 2; Kath’s Lustre (7‐1) 3. H’cap 11 ran. 2 1 /2l, 1 1 /4l. (Darryll Holland). Tote: £2.63; pl £1.30, £1.60, £2.20. exacta: £8.40. tricast: £28.84. trifecta: £35.80. CSF: £6.28. Placepot: £23.60 (Race 1) 15, 3, 7; (2) 6, 1; (3) 5, 2; (4) 3, 6, 2; (5) 4; (6) 2, 1, 5; Quadpot: £6.30

58 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 wizard of oz Australia’s Smith has weighed in with the most runs in the past three Ashes STEVE SMITH’S ASHES RECORD Tests Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50 2019: 4 7 774 211 110.57 3 3 Overall: 27 48 2800 239 65.11 11 9 DX1ST cricket: ashes countdown operation By Gideon Brooks CHRIS WOAKES knows that England need to develop a plan to remove the threat of Steve Smith – and this time do it before he reaches three figures. The England bowler has fared better than most in recent skirmishes, picking off Smith four times in eight Tests and three times in their past three meetings in 2019. But as Woakes pointed out, given Smith had 142, 92 and 80 at the time, those personal victories came at the end of battles in which England had already been routed. “I’ve bowled at Steve quite a lot and he is a world-class player who has had a lot of success against us as an England team,” said Woakes. “And while I feel like I have got him a few times, he’s probably been on 150 at the time. It would be nice to get him a little bit earlier.” Smith 30pt Inter Blk Cond Woakes searching for a quick 30pt Inter Blk Cond plan to stop big-hitter Steve has been the stand-out batter in the past three Ashes series, topping runs charts with 508 and two centuries in 2015, cricket 687 with 500 three hundreds and an average of 137.4 in 2017-18, and a staggering 774 in just four Tests with three hundreds, including a double, in 2019. So clearly, if England can formulate a plan to remove Smith repeatedly in the upcoming Ashes series, it would be a huge step in the right direction. 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smith And neither side have escaped subjects, Woakes said: “They off-field issues, with England cricket’s definitely aren’t. What’s happened racism investigation dragging in around both camps, a lot of those captain Joe Root, left, whose issues are personal. comments that he did not witness any incidents at Yorkshire were called “hurtful” by Azeem Rafiq, and Australia losing Tim Paine to a “Cricket is played best when that sort of stuff is left to the side and you let your skills do the talking. “Whatever goes on the field, goes sexting scandal that caused him to on on the field. An Ashes series raises step down as skipper and take a that rivalry, and I’m sure that will break from the sport. happen. But in my experience, Woakes conceded Ashes heat can playing in three Ashes series, it’s not be hotter than any other series but overstepped the line once so I don’t predicted both of those sensitive issues will be off-limits when it see it being any different.” ❑ Yorkshire will undergo an comes to sledging. independent review into club Asked whether governance in the wake of they were fair game or trivial allegations made by their former player Azeem Rafiq. DX1ST cricket: ashes countdown THOSE WERE THE DAYS ON THIS DATE IN SPORTING HISTORY 1855: The longest bareknuckle bout took place between James Kelly and Jonathan Smith at Daylesford, New South Wales. It lasted six hours 15 minutes. 1905: Kent and England wicketkeeper Les Ames was born. He claimed 1,121 victims behind the stumps between 1926-51. He died in 1990 aged 84. 1995: The United States won the Davis Cup for the 31st time when Pete Sampras gave them a 3-1 lead over Russia by defeating Yevgeny Kafelnikov. 2007: Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan claimed a then record 709th Test wicket bowling Paul Collingwood. 2016: England beat Australia 37-21 at Twickenham to pick up their 14th win in a row and complete a calendar year undefeated for the first time since 1992. Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 59 1. Who are the first Moldovan team to reach the group stage of the Champions League? 2. Which Irish golfer was among Padraig Harrington’s three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup? 3. Who was sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest with the team at the bottom of the Championship? 4. Which spinner recorded figures of 5-45 as Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire to top the County Championship table? 5. In what year did Michael Schumacher win the first of his seven Formula One world titles? 6. Which East German sprinter won the women’s 100m and 200m sprint double at the 1987 World Athletics Championships? 7. Which country were the winners of the first men’s hockey World Cup? 8. Which horse owned by the Aga Khan won the 2016 Derby at Epsom? 9. Which Premier League football team plays at the Amex Stadium in Falmer? 10. Which Japanese city hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics? ANSWERS: 1 Sheriff Tiraspol. 2 Shane Lowry. 3 Chris Hughton. 4 Liam Dawson. 5 1994. 6 Silke Gladisch. 7 Pakistan. 8 Harzand. 9 Brighton and Hove Albion. 10 Nagano. figure it out Woakes, left, and Wood are among the seamers hoping to stop Smith in his tracks Stokes is back in the saddle BEN STOKES capped a first competitive outing in four months with two wickets as England’s Ashes preparation finally began in Brisbane. The all-rounder, right, finished with 2-31 from 10 overs on day three of the rain-affected final warm-up against England Lions. The first of his victims, Zak Crawley, said: “It’s great having Ben back. He has a huge impact on the group. He’ll play a big part in the Ashes.” England, who got overs into the legs of their likely three Gabba seamers – Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ollie Robinson – were seeking to maximise the final day’s practice at the Ian Healy Oval overnight. Test rookie Alex Carey has been named as Australia’s replacement wicketkeeper for former captain Tim Paine for the first Test, which starts on Wednesday. gideon brooks

60 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Tennis integrity board forced to suspend member A MEMBER of the International Tennis Integrity Agency has been suspended after allegations of misconduct. And another senior official, director of investigations Nigel Willerton, left the organisation last week after an internal review. It is a potentially embarrassing moment for the body that was established to clean up tennis. The ITIA are now conducting an investigation into the suspended member, who has not been named. The case is understood to revolve around the use of inappropriate language in the workplace. The ITIA, formed last year, replaced the Tennis Integrity Unit, which was set up by the Grand Slam Board, the International Tennis Federation, the ATP and the WTA to “promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide”. In the process a review was carried out Premier League Man Utd (1).......... 3 Arsenal (1)......... 2 Bruno Fernandes 44 Smith Rowe 13 Ronaldo 52, 70 (pen) Odegaard 54 Att: 73,123 Tottenham (1)...... 2 Brentford (0)..... 0 Canos 12 (og) Att: 54,202 Son 65 cinch Scottish Premiership Celtic (1).............. 1 Hearts (0)........... 0 Furuhashi 33 P W D L F A Pts Rangers................... 15 11 3 1 33 14 36 Celtic....................... 15 10 2 3 33 10 32 Hearts...................... 16 7 6 3 25 15 27 Dundee Utd.............. 16 7 4 5 15 15 25 Motherwell............... 16 7 3 6 20 24 24 Hibernian................. 14 5 3 6 17 18 18 Aberdeen................. 16 5 3 8 18 21 18 St Mirren................. 16 3 8 5 16 24 17 Dundee.................... 15 4 4 7 15 27 16 St Johnstone............ 15 3 5 7 9 15 14 Livingston................ 15 3 4 8 12 22 13 Ross County............. 15 2 5 8 19 27 11 Badminton BWF World Tour Finals (Bali, Indonesia)—Women’s Doubles 2nd rnd: N Matsuyama & C Shida (Jpn) bt C Birch & L Smith (Eng) 22-20 21-14 Mixed Doubles: P Jordan & M Daeva Oktaviani (Ina) bt M Ellis & L Smith (Eng) 21-16 21-13. Cricket Second Test Match—Sri Lanka v West Indies (Galle): Sri Lanka 204 (61.3 overs; P S Nissanka 73; V Permaul 5-35, J A Warrican 4-50). and 328-8 (119.0 overs; D M de Silva 153no, P S Nissanka 66) West Indies 253 (104.2 overs; K C Brathwaite 72; W R T Mendis 6-70). Tour Match—England v England Lions (Brisbane): England Lions 226-4 (78 overs; Z Crawley 45, A Lees 37 ret; J Bracey 34 ret; T Abell 32 ret). Golf USPGA Tour Hero World Challenge, (Albany, New Providence, Bahamas)—1st rnd (USA unless stated, Par 72): 66 D Berger, A Ancer (Mex), R McIlroy (NIrl), 67 W Simpson, J Thomas, B Koepka, 68 T Finau, P Reed, V Hovland (Nor), C Morikawa, 69 T Hatton (Eng), B DeChambeau. sport in brief exclusive By Tony Banks about future policies and culture. Willerton left following discussions about the ‘cultural’ changes required. The ITIA have stressed that both cases were internal and did not come about during investigations with players or officials over malpractice on the court. “We don’t comment on internal HR investigations but we treat any concerns with the utmost seriousness,” they said in a statement. The principal task of the TIU, which was formed in 2008, was to investigate match fixing. The ITIA have the power to impose fines and sanctions, and ban players, umpires and officials. The ITIA have issued 16 bans to players this year. The organisation, based at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, has about 30 full-time employees. Snooker UK Championship (York)—4th rnd: L Brecel (Bel) bt A Hamilton (Eng) 6-1; J Lisowski (Eng) bt H Vafaei Ayouri (Irn) 6-4. Tennis Davis Cup Finals (Madrid)— Quarter Final: A Rublev (Rtf) bt E Ymer (Swe) 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-3), D Medvedev (Rtf) bt M Ymer (Swe) 6-4 6-4. Russian Tennis Federation bt Sweden 2-0. Today’s diary (7.45pm unless stated) Sky Bet Championship Fulham v AFC Bournemouth...................... (Live on Sky Sports Football) FA Cup Second Round Gateshead v Charlton............................... (Live on ITV4) Rotherham v Stockport Co........................ cinch Scottish Championship Inverness CT v Kilmarnock......................... (Live on BBC Scotland) cinch Scottish League Two Edinburgh City v Annan Athletic................. BASKETBALL BBL Championship: Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers, Leicester Riders v Glasgow Rocks, Newcastle Eagles v London Lions, Sheffield Sharks v Plymouth City Patriots. CRICKET Second Test Match—day 1 of 5: India v New Zealand (Mumbai, 04am), day 5 of 5: Sri Lanka v West Indies (Galle, 04.30am). ICE HOCKEY Elite League: Glasgow Clan v Nottingham Panthers. RUGBY UNION Gallagher Premiership Rugby (7.45): Gloucester v Bristol. Greene King IPA Championship (7.45): Nottingham v Jersey Reds. United Rugby Championship (5pm): Sharks v Blue Bulls, Edinburgh v Benetton Treviso (7.35), Leinster v Connacht (7.45). TENNIS Davis Cup Finals - Semi-Finals: Croatia v Serbia (Madrid). DX1ST formula one: saudia arabia grand prix SNOOKER JACK Lisowski is one of snooker’s speed merchants – but an old-school grinder has helped him reach the UK Championship quarter-finals in York. The Cheltenham player, 30, was given advice by 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon. Lisowski, who faces China’s Zhao Xintong today after beating Hossein Vafaei 6-4, said: “We had a chat on the phone for a few hours. Peter gave me some things to think about.” a peace protest Hamilton yesterday wearing his heart on his sleeve in Jeddah pits Tackling Covid chaos Euro chiefs have stepped in to save the Champions Cup fixture list amid the quarantine chaos by extending the deadline for clubs to register players. Scarlets, Munster and Cardiff have all been caught up in the Omicron Covid outbreak in South Africa, having travelled there for the United Rugby Championship. All feared being short for the opening games next weekend because players and staff are world of sport isolating. Scarlets requested to move their fixture against Bristol next Saturday but with no wriggle room in the calendar organisers EPCR have given teams until Wednesday lunchtime to register an unlimited number of players. Scarlets, coached by Dwayne Peel, have 32 players in quarantine near Belfast after flying back from South Africa. Adam Hathaway peel RUGBY UNION doing his bit: Hamilton’s rainbow helmet ATHLETICS BRITISH sprinters Adam Gemili and Laviai Nielsen have been removed from UK Athletics’ World Class Programme after opting to stay with American coach Rana Reider. They were told by the governing body to “cease all association” with Reider, who is under investigation by US Safe Sport amid multiple complaints of sexual misconduct against him, and will no longer be supported with funding. lewis still can’t mask concerns Venue for race troubles him LEWIS Hamilton is not comfortable racing in Saudi Arabia this weekend due to the country’s human rights record. Saudi Arabia is hosting its inaugural race on a new street track in the coastal city of Jeddah, the first in a long deal, in the penultimate grand prix of the 2021 season. Reigning champion Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, below, are vying for the title with the Dutchman just eight points clear heading into Sunday’s race. But Hamilton said he felt in good shape for the challenges of Jeddah and the final race in Abu Dhabi a week later. The Briton said: “I am more relaxed than I’ve ever been. I am a lot more sure about myself and have applied myself better than ever before.” Hamilton, who won in Qatar a fortnight ago when he spoke out on the poor human rights record of the Gulf state, highlighted the “terrifying” LGBTQ+ laws in Saudi Arabia. The Mercedes driver said: “I By Mark Mann-Bryans said at the last race that I felt we are duty-bound to ensure we try to raise awareness for certain issues, especially human rights in the countries we are going to. “With the utmost respect for everyone that’s here, I’ve warm respect from everyone here. I can’t pretend to be the most knowledgeable or deepest understanding of anyone who has grown up in the community here that is heavily affected by so many rules and regimes. “Do I feel comfortable here? I wouldn’t say I do but it is not my choice to be here, the sport has taken the choice to be here and whether it is right or wrong, while we are here it’s important we try to raise awareness.” In Qatar, Hamilton wore a new helmet sporting rainbow and coloured chevrons in support of the LGBTQ+ community. With same-sex relationships illegal in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Hamilton confirmed he would again wear the new design. F1’s decision to race in Saudi Arabia has been criticised by human rights groups and Hamilton added: “In the last race you saw the helmet that I wore and I will wear that again here and in the next race because that is an issue and is a law. “If anyone wants to take the time to read what the law is for the LGBTQ+ community, it is pretty terrifying. And why are some of the women still in prison from driving many, many years ago? “There is a lot of change that needs to happen and our sport needs to do more.”

SINKING: Benitez has had just one win in 11 matches football: premier league One more surrender could cost Rafa job crisis sparks owner’s visit EVERTON owner Farhad Moshiri is not known for his patience, especially after Mersey derby humiliation. It was this time two years ago that he axed Marco Silva after a 5-2 rout at Anfield. The owner had only days earlier indicated that Silva still enjoyed his full backing, despite just two wins in 11 matches. Sounds familiar? Well Everton have one win in 11 and suffered their worst home defeat by their hated neighbours in 39 years. So the fact Moshiri will fly into Merseyside to deal with the crisis personally is not a great sign for Rafa Benitez. Moshiri indicated he will travel to Goodison Park for the first time in months ahead of Monday’s game against Arsenal. The billionaire has offered support to the man he appointed in the summer but in a bizarre fashion that has infuriated fans. Moshiri chose to discuss the coach’s future in a text message, apparently sent to a presenter of a show on a sports radio station. Supporters were seething as he dismissed their anger – according to the presenter – by replying to a message asking if the manager still had his backing, with a text that read: “Yes. Football is about crisis one day and glory the following day. Rafa is a good manager and By David Maddock underperformance is largely due to the injuries.” Moshiri was missing at Goodison on Wednesday, his place in the firing line for the 4-1 defeat taken by director of football Marcel Brands, chairman Bill Kenwright and Benitez. However, the owner listens only to the counsel of major sponsor Alisher Usmanov in making decisions based largely on emotion, or so it has appeared in the past five years. He has sacked four managers and lost another in Carlo Ancelotti, despite giving his bosses a total of £500million to spend. Bad managerial appointments, bad signings, and wasted money says the 5-1 Tyne-Wear derby win over Sunderland, the 4-4 comeback draw against Arsenal and the Papiss Cisse-inspired 2-0 win at Chelsea feature highly in his memory bank. But not so much as Gateshead’s dramatic 3-2 win in a first-round cup replay at Altrincham last month. And DX1ST led to Everton spending less than £2m in the summer. The same is likely to apply in January, and that is perhaps where the spiral must end, because Moshiri and Usmanov surely cannot afford to sack another manager and then promise lavish funds to his replacement. That is quite possibly why Benitez cuts a defiant figure, despite Everton being just five points above the relegation zone. Moshiri flies in at the weekend to judge the position himself and Monday night will be illuminating. Should Everton collapse in the same insipid manner to Arsenal, then surely all bets are off. After all, Moshiri sacked Ronald Koeman in 2017 after a 5-2 home thumping by the Gunners. Williamson is topping Toon treasures GATESHEAD player-manager Mike Williamson says beating Charlton in the FA Cup tonight would eclipse everything he has achieved in more than two decades in football. The 38-year-old defender, right, was in Newcastle’s 2010 Championshipwinning side and the team that finished fifth in the Premier League in 2012. He boredom behind spree ANDY Robertson says Liverpool devised a summer programme that is behind the team’s sensational scoring spree. The Reds defender, right, said Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff are “quickly bored” during the summer so set about sharpening up the entire team in front of goal. He said: “Most of the lads go away on holiday gateshead V charlton 7.45pm, Itv4 but the coaches get bored quickly and they start to look at what we can improve. That was definitely one of them: finishing off situations, counter-attacks. “We worked on three-vtwos, two-v-ones, of course a lot of running as well, and I think you’re seeing that.” DAVID MADDOCK Williamson believes another shock victory for his National League North side would top the lot. He said: “As you get older, you can start really zooming in on the occasion itself. “The manner in which we beat Altrincham after being pegged back so many times and the performances we put on led to a massive release of emotion. That really made it the pinnacle.” Ian Murtagh PARKER BACK BY MUTUAL CONSENT FOR SHOWDOWN SCOTT PARKER says his departure from Fulham was the best move for all concerned as he returns to Craven Cottage for the first time tonight. Bournemouth head coach Parker left the Cottagers in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League and he said: “Firstly, I didn’t just leave Fulham – what happened in the summer was mutual. “I know the word ‘mutual’ is often put there and everyone works out that, from normally one side of the party, it isn’t mutual. Well, it was at Fulham. “It was a conversation at the end of last season, after a disappointing year, fulham V B’mouth 7.45pm, Sky where obviously being there for two years I felt certain things needed to happen. “On the flip side I also understood that as a football club, the investment you have to put into certain players or contracts and stuff like that might not be as easy as that. I understood both situations and I felt that for me to able to get the best out of Fulham, for me to be successful there and the team to be parker: Agreed to disagree Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 61 successful, unless it was under certain conditions I didn’t think it was going to be the best for us. “Fulham felt differently and that’s their prerogative and I understood why they see it like that, so we both decided that was the best way to go. “I was in a fortunate position that Bournemouth was a job that was here and ready.” Parker could be without nine players, including warhorse defender Gary Cahill, for the top-of-thetable showdown. ALEX CROOK

62 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 football latest ● Aaron Connolly is set for a Brighton recall at Southampton tomorrow due to a mini-injury crisis. Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Webster and Adam Lallana were injured in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at West Ham. ● WAYNE ROONEY has dismissed fears Derby could go into liquidation and admits he is pinning his hopes on American Chris Kirchner to save the club. He said: “This club will not go into liquidation. A new owner will come in.” ● RICHIE Wellens has been sacked by League One strugglers Doncaster after seven months in charge. ● WOLVES have no plans to splash out significantly next month despite manager Bruno Lage’s pleas to strengthen. ● EUROPEAN clubs are seeking urgent talks with FIFA after raising concerns over player safety at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Omicron variant of Covid-19 may lead to a fresh dispute over player release. Gaffer saved my life says grateful Wyke CHARLIE Wyke has thanked Wigan manager Leam Richardson for saving his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest in training. Richardson was the first to begin the resuscitation process with CPR before club doctor Jonathan Tobin took over last week. Wyke, 28, has now been discharged from hospital with an implantable defibrillator fitted. “I am told it was only the quick response of the gaffer and the continuation from the doc that saved my life,” Wyke, below, said. “I will be forever grateful that due to their actions – and those of my team-mates and other staff – I am here to talk about the experience.” ❑ Sheffield United’s John Fleck is set to resume training next week after suffering a seizure during their win at Reading last month. DX1ST football: premier league That’s mura like it Spurs

DX1ST football: premier league tottenham v brentford 47 Possession % 53 6 Shots on Target 2 3 Shots off Target 3 2 blocked Shots 1 11 Corners 5 13 Fouls 11 0 Yellow Cards 0 0 Red Cards 0 Source: Opta By Dave Armitage said: “I don’t think there’s a ceiling or limit on what he can do. “That’s not me saying that because he’s now my striker. He’s got the lot – pace, power and he runs in behind. His hold-up play is Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 63 Gerrard excited to harness Watkins’ endless potential STEVEN Gerrard says the sky’s the limit for England striker Ollie Watkins. Aston Villa’s new manager brushed shoulders with some of the greats in a glittering career with Liverpool and England. He believes Watkins has got the lot after the 25-year-old scored his second goal in three games in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday. Gerrard really good. He’s aggressive. He can occupy two defenders at once. “He’s really stepped forward since I’ve seen him up close and personal. I’m absolutely delighted with him. He will grow and get even better.” Jolly OLLIE: In-form Watkins for sure, forshaw shocked me MARCELO Bielsa admits he is shocked by Adam Forshaw’s comeback – and the midfielder’s return may save Leeds a few million pounds. Forshaw has started the last four league games and is looking better than ever after two years out with a recurring hip injury. “I’m very, very impressed with him,” said the head coach. “I didn’t expect him to come back to who he was before. And to have achieved it in a succession of games, he deserves to be valued by those who helped him get healthy. I don’t include myself in that – I never expected him to come back in this way.” Leeds director of football Victor Orta had been looking for someone to support Kalvin Phillips and now Forshaw can fill that slot. Conte’s men put Euro horror behind them THAT’S more like it, Antonio Conte. Tottenham’s new manager was forced to apologise after his side’s dismal 2-1 defeat by NS Mura in the Europa Conference League last Thursday. But there were no apologies needed as Spurs climbed into the top six with a performance full of the passion, drive and determination their firebrand coach demands. A Sergi Canos own-goal and a second-half strike from the outstanding Heung-Min Son did the damage against Brentford. And it was the first time this season that Tottenham had won by more than a one-goal margin in the Premier League. Freezing temperatures and driving snow had caused their game at Burnley to be postponed on Sunday. However, Spurs were red hot to start this one and looked like they were itching to get at Brentford TOTTENHAM BRENTFORD By Paul Brown 2 0 from the off. Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez did well to stop a bullet of a shot from Lucas Moura in a frantic opening as the home side flooded forward. But Fernandez was powerless to stop his own man putting the opener past him in comical circumstances. Son took a short corner, received the ball back and then swung it towards Ben Davies in the box. But it was the head of unlucky Brentford skipper Pontus Jansson which met his cross, heading it into his own net off the even more unlucky Canos. It was not until just before halftime that Fernandez was seriously tested again though, when Pierre- Emile Hojbjerg dived to divert a Eriksen trains at local club CHRISTIAN Eriksen is training on his own at Danish club Odense Boldklub as he steps up his recovery from his cardiac arrest in June. The Inter Milan midfielder, right, collapsed during Denmark’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Finland and received life-saving treatment on the pitch in Copenhagen before being taken to hospital. Eriksen, 29, was fitted with an implantable defibrillator, which means he is unable to play in Serie A due to medical rules. The former Tottenham star, who was a youthteam player for OB and lives locally, is using their facilities. A spokesperson for the Danish Superliga team said: “He is living next to the training area and he played here as a youth player, and because of that he was more than welcome to use our pitch to train. Christian is not training with our squad.” perfect ending Son applies the final touch to a swift counter-attack as he sweeps in the second clearance to Son. The South Korea international pounced on it, driving forward and forcing a fine full-length stop from the Bees goalkeeper. Hojbjerg was a man on a mission in this game, driving his team forward and pumping up the fans, demanding more support. Poor Brentford did not manage a shot on target in the first half but kept themselves in the game and did have their moments, though they were, in truth, few and far between. Kane was next to go close at the start of the second half after a brilliant through ball from Oliver Skipp, but again Fernandez denied Spurs with a decent save. The Brentford goalkeeper flapped at so many crosses in this game it was unbelievable but he also kept his team in it. Still, Tottenham should have doubled their lead when Hojbjerg hit the side netting with the goal gaping from a low Kane centre across the box. Brentford did not test Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris until Ivan Toney finally hit him with a daisycutter in the 62nd minute. But Son made it 2-0 shortly afterwards with the simplest of finishes after Kane played Sergio Reguilon in on a breakaway and the vistors never looked like mounting a fightback. TOTTENHAM (4-3-3): Lloris 6; Sanchez 6, Dier 6, Davies 6, Emerson 6 (Tanganga 83); Hojbjerg 7, Skipp 7, Reguilon 7, Son 8 (Bergwijn 87), Kane 7, Moura 7 (Winks 77). Goals: Canos 12og, Son 65. BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Fernandez 7; Goode 7, Jansson 5, Pinnock 6; Canos 5 (Wissa 70), Onyeka 5 (Baptiste 56, 6), Norgaard 6, Janelt 5 (Jensen 70), Henry 6; Toney 6 Mbeumo 6. ave over Autumnal Reds Collection 12 CRAFT WINES With FREE EXPRESS DELIVERY! JUST ON 12 LUXURIOUS RED WINES Enjoy a massive £83 saving on 12 world-class red wines, complete with FREE express delivery! This case acts as the perfect introduction to our exclusive WineBank service. NOW £65.88 WAS £148.88 To order, visit virginwines.co.uk/VE2439 or call 0343 224 1001 quoting VE2439 Terms and Conditions: New customers only. UK Delivery only. You must be 18 years of age or over. One case per customer. Not to be combined with any other promotion. By redeeming this offer you agree to try the Virgin Wines WineBank. WineBank uses easy monthly top-ups to save for your wine and rewards you with £1 for every £5 you deposit, plus free delivery on all future purchases. There’s no obligation to buy any more wine. 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64 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 DX1ST football: premier league united climb belligerent: United players Just like the glory days as passion floods back By David McDonnell The personnel may have changed – on the pitch and in the dug-out – but this was a throwback to the days when this was the go-to fixture in the Premier League. Manchester United against Arsenal was a game guaranteed to be played against a backdrop of seething animosity, with no quarter given by either side. Sir Alex Ferguson versus Arsene Wenger, Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira, Pizzagate and the final whistle pile-on against Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003, which saw four Arsenal players banned. At the height of their title rivalry, United versus Arsenal was the box-office encounter in the Premier League, brimming with more passion than the Manchester or North London derby. But, as both sides have faded and long since been title contenders, that fervour and bite has diminished, the games between these two having become insipid, tepid affairs. Until last night. There was an edge between the two sides, one shared between the rival fans, and controversy in the shape of Arsenal’s opener, scored as David De Gea lay between his posts. Fourth place may be the limit of either side’s ambition in the league this season, but the frantic pace and belligerent nature of the game made it feel like a tussle between two title rivals rather than a scramble for points in a race for the final Champions League place. There was much at stake for both sides. For United, it was the start of a new era, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick watching from the stands ahead of his first game in charge against Crystal Palace on Sunday. For Arsenal, this was a chance to show they remain on the right course under Mikel Arteta, despite their 4-0 humbling at Liverpool last month. United ultimately edged the thrilling encounter, a reminder these two sides may be down when it comes to winning titles but certainly not out when it comes to delivering drama. RALF RANGNICK will not be receiving the finished article, that is for sure. Yet in Cristiano Ronaldo he is getting a striker who, even at 36, remains capable of turning games upside down. In front of their new boss, who sat in the stands for the first time last night, United showed their best and worst sides in a chaotic game. Two goals from the Portuguese settled it, the second from the penalty spot in a game high on controversy. But at the other end United remain a basket case and, against a side with more belief than Arsenal brought, they would have surely lost. There has been some drop off in MAN UNITED ARSENAL By Gideon Brooks 3 2 the importance of this fixture since the good old days. While they used to arm wrestle for the title in this fixture, a clash which delivered the Battle of the Buffet in 2004, it is much diminished since. Now it is a scrap for crumbs off the table with fourth place the best they can hope for. United are at least running more and tackling harder than they did under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But there are still structural issues for Ronaldo to the rescue after De Gea takes it lying down the German, right, to work on. They conceded two weak goals to gift the lead and then, once they had scored two of their own through Bruno Fernandes and Ronaldo, they gifted it back. Victory was delivered from the spot by Ronaldo after Martin Odegaard was adjudged to have fouled Fred, a decision given by VAR. The first half had hinged on the extraordinary incident which led to Arsenal’s opener. Fred had a shaky start, gifting the ball away in midfield on a couple of occasions as the visitors made the brighter start, having a couple of chances and forcing four corners inside 20 minutes. At the fourth of those, as Odegaard swung the ball across centre, Fred trod on David De Gea’s ankle, causing the Spanish keeper to crumple to the turf presuming a

DX1ST football: premier league Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 65 off the floor Ratings By Gideon Brooks express.co.uk/sport MAN UTD (4-2-3-1) De Gea 6 Dalot 7 Lindelof 6 Maguire 7 Telles 6 McTominay ■ 6 Fred 5 Sancho 6 Fernandes (goal 44) 7 Rashford 7 Ronaldo (goal 52, 70 pen) 8 SUBS Lingard (Rashford 79) Martial (Ronaldo 88) Van de Beek (Fernandes 90) wrong footed Arsenal lead as De Gea goes down ater teammate Fred treads on his foot ARSENAL (4-4-1-1) Ramsdale 6 Tomiyasu 7 White 7 Gabriel 7 Tavares 6 Martinelli 7 Partey 6 Elneny 6 Smith Rowe (goal 13) 7 Odegaard (goal 54) 7 Aubameyang 6 SUBS Saka (Smith Rowe 70) Lacazette (Aubameyang 79) Nketiah (Odegaard 79) MAN UTD v ARSENAL 45 Possession % 55 10 Shots on Target 8 3 Shots off Target 5 1 blocked Shots 4 3 Corners 8 9 Fouls 10 1 Yellow Cards 0 0 Red Cards 0 Source: Opta yellow shirt had fouled him. Harry Maguire’s headed clearance found its way to Emile Smith Rowe on the edge of the box and with the goal unguarded and De Gea grounded, Smith Rowe belted the ball home. The incident put a firecracker under the match with some hefty challenges flying from there to halfway. United pulled themselves level just before going in with Fred involved, cleverly diverting Jadon Sancho’s square pass into the path of Fernandes who side-footed home from eight yards out. They sorry... no foul Smith Rowe lets fly as De Gea is grounded and it’s 1-0 to the Arsenal last night took the lead seven minutes after the break, Diogo Dalot feeding Marcus Rashford and the striker picking out Ronaldo who clipped home a neat finish. It that sent Old Trafford into raptures, but ruptures inevitably followed at the other end, with Odegaard levelling under no pressure, side-footing Gabriel Martinelli’s pass past De Gea’s right hand from just inside the area. But Odegaard’s challenge on Fred, legs entangled on the left side of the box, was the decider. Ronaldo stepped up to finish matters. HOW THEY STAND P W D L F A Pts Chelsea 14 10 3 1 33 6 33 Man City 14 10 2 2 29 8 32 Liverpool 14 9 4 1 43 12 31 West Ham 14 7 3 4 25 17 24 Arsenal 14 7 2 5 17 20 23 Tottenham 13 7 1 5 13 17 22 Man Utd 14 6 3 5 24 24 21 Wolves 14 6 3 5 12 12 21 Brighton 14 4 7 3 13 15 19 Leicester 14 5 4 5 22 25 19 Crystal Palace 14 3 7 4 19 20 16 Brentford 14 4 4 6 17 19 16 Aston Villa 14 5 1 8 19 23 16 Everton 14 4 3 7 17 24 15 Leeds 14 3 6 5 13 20 15 Southampton 14 3 6 5 13 20 15 Watford 14 4 1 9 19 26 13 Burnley 13 1 7 5 14 20 10 Norwich 14 2 4 8 8 28 10 Newcastle 14 0 7 7 16 30 7 final word... The trusty Ronaldo puts United ahead from the spot... and Arsenal are finished MAN OF THE MATCH CRISTIANO RONALDO – Impossible to ignore FORM GUIDE... Man Utd Arsenal W D W L L L W L W W Next 5 matches Man Utd SUN C Palace (H) PL DEC 8 Young Boys (H) CL DEC 11 Norwich (A) PL DEC 14 Brentford (A) PL DEC 18 Brighton (H) PL Arsenal MON Everton (A) PL DEC 11 S’hampton (H) PL DEC 15 West Ham (H) PL DEC 18 Leeds (A) PL DEC 21 Sunderland (H) LC express.co.uk/sport

66 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 express.co.uk/sport DX1ST get smith and you get the aussies woakes plotting revenge: PAGEs 58-59 Hamilton takes a stand FULL STORY: PAGE 60 MAN UTD 3 2 ARSENAL United bounce back from bizarre opener as Ronaldo runs riot spur of the moment: Sergio Reguilon hugs Heung-Min Son Conte’s on up again Tottenham 2 brentford 0 By Matthew Dunn ANTONIO CONTE finally brought a bit of a buzz back to Tottenham with victory over the Bees of Brentford last night. It was the first time this season that Spurs had won by more than one goal and it lifted them into sixth place. It was the perfect response after losing to Mura last week. Heung-Min Son’s strike guaranteed the win after a Sergi Canos own goal. Son said: “It was our aim to make it a horrible night for them and I am pleased we did that.” match report: pages 62-63 FALL GUY: Smith Rowe fires home with injured De Gea on the floor goal crazy By David Anderson MANCHESTER United conceded a bizarre goal before Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a comeback win in front of new interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Emile Smith Rowe controversially netted while David De Gea lay injured after Fred stood on his foot at a corner. Bruno Fernandes ended his 15-game goal drought for United to equalise before Ronaldo put them ahead with his 800th career strike. Martin Odegaard levelled for the Gunners and Ronaldo won it from the penalty spot. REPORT: P64-65 DOUBLe DeLIGHT: Ronaldo was the hero with two goals £5,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE POT THIS SATURDAY, 3PM* KNOW YOUR FOOTIE? PLAY NOW DOWNLOAD THE APP 18+ UK only, T&Cs apply. Who Knows Wins is committed to responsible gambling and fairness. *WKW PICK 10 Total Prize Pot before deductions on 4/12/21 Enjoy the game but play responsibly. Published by Express Newspapers, a subsidiary company of Reach Plc, One Canada Square, London E14 5AP. 0208 612 7000. Outside UK +44(0) 208 612 7000. Printed by Reach Printing Services, St Albans Rd, Watford WD24 7RG; Reach Printing Services, Hollinwood Ave, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 8EP; D C Thomson, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL; Independent News & Media, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EB. Bermont Impresion S.L Avenida de Alemania 12, 28821 Coslada, Madrid, Spain; Deposito Legal no. TO-394/96; T.F. Print SA, Tenerife; EURO- PRINTER SA Zone Aéropole, avenue Jean Mermoz,B 6041 GOSSELIES Tel. 0208 612 7000. Outside UK +44(0) 208 612 7000 ABCDEFGHIJKLPQRS *TUW1234WBDS Austria €3.50, Belgium €3, Bulgaria BGN 4.60, Canary Islands €2.40, Cyprus €2.50, Denmark 24DKr, Finland €5.80, France €2.70, Germany €2.50, Gibraltar Gib £1, Greece €2.50, Italy €2.50, Luxembourg €3.50, Malta €2.65, Netherlands €3, Norway 32 Nkr, Portugal (Cont) €2.40, Spain €2.40, Switzerland SF 4.50, Turkey TL 7.50, USA $2.00

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DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 1 Puzzles Sudoku 11 1 4 5 2 easy 2 7 1 4 Fill the grid so that every column, row, and 3x3 square includes all of the digits from one to nine. Solutions on Monday 5 8 4 6 1 8 9 7 4 9 5 6 1 6 7 5 4 5 2 7 6 4 6 1 5 9 1 9 2 7 3 6 1 Medium 1 5 2 9 6 5 2 7 6 5 8 4 6 1 7 5 1 7 4 4 8 5 2 8 5 9 7 6 5 5 8 9 Difficult 3 6 6 4 3 8 7 Extra clues: 0901 322 5609 *Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. 4 1 3 8 1 7 2 7 9 6 9 4 6 7 8 5 6 2 Today’s solution: 0907 181 2573 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Quick Crossword Stuck on the puzzle? Call 0905 789 4188 to hear individual clues or the full solution CROSS DOUBT Stuck? Call for a clue 0901 322 5601 Halve your Target Time! Today’s solution 0901 322 5607 Both today’s words in a moment! *Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Can you make two common five-letter words from the nine letters given, using each letter only once? You can – but only if one letter features in both words in the squares on the right. There’s at least one way to do it, and you have to have the right letter at the crossover – but which one is it? See if you can find the answer within our target time. If you need help, ring our clue-line below to find out the crossover letter. Solution on Monday H O O V E Across 6. Include (7) 7. Cut (5) 9. Lean (5) 10. Contrary (7) 12. Curse (11) 14. Remonstrate (11) 18. Far (7) 19. Fret (5) 21. Niggard (5) 22. Bewitch (7) Down 1. True (5) 2. Verse (6) 3. Cover (3) 4. Forsake (6) 5. Sitting (7) 8. Readable (7) 11. Fate (7) 13. Show (7) 15. Vent (6) 16. Prize (6) 17. Admit (5) 20. Finish (3) Solution on Monday *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Service provider Spoke Ltd – Helpline 0333 202 3390 Target times: Average: 20 mins Good: ?? mins Excellent: 12 mins R I N G Small Crossword 1 7 11 13 16 18 20 2 9 Kakuro 4 8 10 14 16 9 7 20 25 14 10 7 23 20 26 26 6 8 9 8 13 21 11 7 3 17 4 29 21 3 14 17 8 4 15 19 5 10 DOWN 1 Drawn to (9) 2 Tags (6) 3 Intellect (4) 4 Mesh (3) 5 Unappreciative person (7) 6 Yes mister (anag.) (9) 12 6ACROSS 1 Metal (9) 7 Cab (4) 8 Coin (5) 10 Vapour (3) 11 Bookworm (6) 13 Relieve (9) 14 Liquid collected by bees (6) 16 Facial twitch (3) 18 Chris _, US former tennis player 19 Competent (4) 20 Mixes with water (9) 8 Keep from happening (7) 9 Royal residences (7) 12 Steady (6) 15 Fossil fuel (4) 17 Married woman’s title (3) Solution on Monday For today’s solution call: 0907 181 2582 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Fill each sequence of blank squares using the numbers 1-9. Each sequence – across and down – must total the number in the shaded box at the beginning or top of each line. A number may be repeated in each line but NOT in a sequence. Solution on Monday

2 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Puzzles Arrow-word Enter your answers as indicated by the arrows, including items connected with our TV star, then read the letters in the shaded squares to spell the name of an actor who graduated from RADA in the same year as our star (5,4). Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out Tardy Photo equipment Turn down, refuse 007 creator, _ Fleming Compete Our star’s surname Meadow Former Sugababe (4,4) Forever, for _ Our star’s first name TV series with our star, _ Green Tube Burnt residue US soul singer, _ James Actress, Jessica _ Silent Witness star, _ Fox East Sussex county town Charlotte Bronte novel (4,4) Colourant Allow Toothed fastener Heavy weight Ditloids If we asked you what “7 D of the W” stood for, you would soon guess we meant 7 Days of the Week, but what are the rather more tricky ones below? Today’s theme is cricket. Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out and the last one forms part of the Mentathlon solution. 2 B on 3 S 2 C on the W 2 I in a T M 6 B an O English actor, _ Guinness Spanish river Cook in an oven Uranus, eg 13 P and 2 U on the F Gasp Vineyard estate The Saturdays singer, Una _ Lack of difficulty The Cars singer, _ Ocasek Fame singer, _ Cara Scientist’s work place (abbr) Absent Chinese dog Bulgarian currency unit Equitable Rail vehicle Chest bone Garden tool 1940s MP, _ Bevan Fairy, sprite Canadian singer, Carly _ Jepsen Very warm Scarlet Fatal Attraction Oscar nominee(4,6) TV show with our star, Upstart _ Calista Flockhart series, _ McBeal By way of _ Tree Hill, TV show MUddlesome We’ve scrambled up the names of three famous Pisceans. Can you work out what they are? Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out 1) TRUER SKULLS 2) AN ASSURED SLUR 3) CLOAKING NET Inlet, cove Graveyard tree Leased DX1ST TV Crossword Solve our crossword, then rearrange the letters in the shaded squares to reveal the name of a TV show (4,2,4). ACROSS 5 Surname of the twins in the Trumpton fire brigade (4) 7 Guy Fieri show on the Food Network, _, Drive-Ins And Dives (6) 8 Star of The Haunting Of Hill House, _ Gugino (5) 11 White Labrador retriever in the animated US series Family Guy (5) 12 Heather _, Dynasty and Melrose Place star (8) 13 Brand name of Wile E. Coyote’s gadgets (4) 15 ‘Allo ‘Allo! role of Richard Gibson, _ Otto Flick (4) 16 Patrick _, Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard (7) 17 BBC comedy with Tom Davis, _ Gary (4) 18 Poldark star, Aidan _ (6) 21 Star of the 2016 MacGyver reboot, Lucas _ (4) 22 _ Nightingale, played Emmerdale’s Andrea Tate (4) Quiz of the week DOWN 1 TV series which starred Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd (4) 2 The Vicar Of Dibley star, Dawn _ (6) 3 _ Elliott, actor who played Isaac Mayfield in Holby City (4) 4 Britain’s Got _, TV show presented by Ant and Dec (6) 1 What nationality was Heath Ledger, the actor who starred in the 2008 film The Dark Knight? 2 On the 15th day of which summer month does St Swithin’s Day fall? 3 Goodnight Girl was a UK No. 1 single in 1992 for which Scottish group? 4 Which English author wrote the 1972 thriller novel The Odessa File? 5 What type of creature is a nightjar? 6 What is the sixth month of the year to have 31 days in it? 7 What colour are the cherry-like fruit of the deadly nightshade – black, white, or red? 8 What is the surname of Richie, the character in the US sitcom Happy Days played by Ron Howard? 9 Which 2019 British film stars Keira Knightley, left as whistleblower Katharine Gun and Matt Smith as Martin Bright? Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out MENTATHLON QUESTION Who wrote the 1978 play Night And Day? Trivia wordsearch 1 What type of animal was Pumbaa in the Disney film The Lion King? (7) 2 In American politics, what does the R stand for in the acronym RINO? (10) 3 Which late England international footballer was known by the nickname ‘Giraffe’? (4,8) 4 Which European president was the target of the assassin in Frederick Forsyth’s classic thriller The Day Of The Jackal? (2,6) 5 What type of animal was Cheeta who appeared in numerous Tarzan films from the 1930s to the 1960s? (6) 6 To which continent is the zebra finch indigenous? (9) 7 Who wrote the essay ‘Shooting An Elephant’ based on his experiences as a police officer in Burma? (6,6) 8 In which US state is the city of Buffalo? (3,4) 9 Hippo Regius is an ancient town in which modern north African country? (7) 10 Which British actor starred as adoptee Saroo Brierley in the 2016 film drama Lion? (3,5) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 15 17 16 10 21 22 5 Coronation Street character who was played by Craig Gazey, Graeme _ (7) 6 1980s show with Jeremy Beadle, _ For A Laugh (4) 9 Married name of presenter Rylan (5-4) 10 Falcon _, 1980s US soap (5) 14 _ Atkinson, Blackadder and Mr Bean star (5) 17 Clark _, Superman’s alter ego (4) 19 Played Mrs Hudson in BBC1 crime drama Sherlock, _ Stubbs (3) 20 Violet Carson’s Coronation Street character, _ Sharples (3) Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out African mammals. Solve the clues and find the answers in the grid. Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out N O T L R A H C K C A J S D M O J L Y A G I E J L N D E W X G M U J U Z C L J E L G K R A S M S Z X E M V A W A S O T P O L I W X P T O N U L R T C N W R C A I R E G L A X A L K O N T R E P U B L I C A N E J E O Y P I D I E D H W G Y L V P U M N A N Z Y S R W B Q N W A R T H O G F O M D M U O X M I R C L Z E D X Q J M C J K J T F Q G E 14 18 19 20

DX1ST Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 3 1 4 5 2 11 Words The ultra Alphapuzzle ® In the following passage, the numbers 12345 represent different letters: I once 34522315 my 2545251 father’s objections and 2315 a 251 1552 in a 23153. I went to the 2551 beds outside 13452 where they 2345 and 12345 one back. We performed with 45245 but little success. My dad said I had 52251 twice: first, it wasn’t a 235 1552, and I should have chosen a 135. You can 345213 the sarcasm, IMHO. Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out sumthing ➔ 5 6 ➔ ➔ 4 1 ➔ There are six answers to be entered clockwise on the clock face. Each has four letters and each begins with the last two letters of the previous one, until we come full circle with answer six ending with the first two letters of answer one. Here are the clues: 1 Chooses 2 Russian ruler 3 Italian river 4 Girl’s name 5 Foolhardy 6 Outlet Clock-wise Fit the missing numbers into the grid so that all the sums are correct – reading left to right or on single lines top to bottom. There are 11 squares to fill, with one digit in each, and the 11 digits you must use are listed below. But where do they all go? Solution in Monday’s puzzle pull-out We’ve given you one digit – the 4 in the middle row. Here are the missing digits to fit in: 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 8, 8, 9 ➔ 3 2 ➔ ? x ? = ? ? x – x 4 x ? = ? ? = = = ? x ? = ? ? The Daily Express Puzzled Mentathlon is in five parts, each consisting of a single part of one of our puzzles. Take the last letters of the answers to DITLOIDS, WORDS, MUDDLESOME, QUIZ OF THE WEEK and the last letter of the first answer in CLOCK-WISE – that’s all five sections. Now rearrange those into a five letter word for actions. 1 14 2 11 1 23 4 9 26 23 1 4 19 25 20 22 20 13 23 19 14 13 23 11 11 3 21 11 19 13 20 22 14 1 19 21 13 11 23 17 20 13 1 10 7 23 13 1 22 18 13 24 20 2 8 20 3 21 1 5 20 8 6 19 11 1 15 3 16 4 17 5 18 6 19 7 20 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ For up to six Extra Clue Letters, call: 0907 181 2578 (Deduct three minutes from Target Time for each extra letter heard) 8 5 1 23 5 24 22 3 21 9 17 3 11 26 5 22 20 3 26 1 4 3 6 23 16 1 22 23 1 3 8 5 13 13 20 24 23 23 20 13 24 20 1 12 15 26 23 21 12 21 1 8 21 9 22 K 10 23 11 24 12 25 13 26 L Alternatively, for 6 extra clues to your mobile, text: DXALPHAX to 64343 Texts cost £1 plus your usual network rate. Full solution: 0907 181 2579 Across only: 0907 181 2576 Down only: 0907 181 2577 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your phone company’s network access charge. *SP: Spoke. Helpline 0333 202 3390 WELCOME to the ULTRA Alphapuzzle – the ‘extratough’ version of Britain’s favourite wordpower challenge. Each grid number represents a different letter. All 26 letters are used. TARGET TIME: 30 minutes. Solution next Friday Last Friday’s solution Across: Cash, Emblem, Syntax, Intact, Equator, Motif, Ice, Crawl, Car, Kitty, Gravity, Deputy, Copier, Puzzle, Etch. Down: Asterisk, Dip, Conjure, Topaz, Shaft, Crystal, Arrange, Minimal, About, Least, Ceilidh, Mat, Farmyard. Alphapuzzle® © 2019 Acorn Editorial Ltd Samurai Sudoku 3 8 9 5 2 4 1 6 7 2 6 7 9 3 1 4 8 5 4 1 5 7 8 6 2 9 3 5 2 8 3 9 7 6 1 4 7 9 6 1 4 2 5 3 8 1 3 4 6 5 8 7 2 9 9 7 3 2 1 5 8 4 6 8 5 1 4 6 3 9 7 2 6 4 2 8 7 9 3 5 1 3 6 9 7 2 5 1 8 4 4 9 8 6 3 7 2 5 1 8 4 6 2 1 5 9 7 3 9 7 2 4 3 8 5 1 6 3 5 1 9 6 7 8 4 2 1 3 9 2 8 7 5 4 6 2 8 6 5 9 4 1 3 7 7 4 5 6 1 3 8 2 9 4 1 3 7 2 9 6 8 5 8 9 2 3 5 6 4 7 1 5 6 7 1 4 8 2 9 3 5 6 3 1 8 4 2 9 7 2 9 7 6 5 3 1 8 4 4 1 8 7 2 9 3 6 5 6 8 5 3 1 9 7 2 4 5 9 1 6 3 8 7 2 1 4 5 9 1 3 4 2 5 7 6 8 9 3 4 2 7 5 1 9 8 4 3 2 6 9 2 7 6 4 8 1 3 5 8 7 6 4 2 9 6 3 5 8 1 7 8 5 3 9 7 2 4 6 1 7 9 2 1 6 4 3 5 8 4 1 6 8 3 5 9 7 2 3 6 8 4 2 1 5 9 7 2 7 1 5 9 3 8 4 6 5 4 9 7 8 6 2 1 3 2 7 4 8 1 9 6 3 5 3 1 5 4 7 6 9 8 2 8 9 6 3 5 2 1 7 4 1 6 3 5 4 7 2 9 8 9 8 7 2 6 3 5 4 1 5 4 2 1 9 8 7 6 3 Small crossword Across: 1 Occupancy, 7 Made-up, 9 Sanctum, 10 Tyne, 12 Her, 13 Denotes, 14 Urn, 15 Sell, 17 Michael, 19 Toecap, 20 Spherical. Down: 1 Obstruct, 2 Clay, 3 Can, 4 Patrol car, 5 Adults, 6 Cubes, 8 Parallel, 11 Entice, 13 Droop, 16 Leia, 18 Arc. Target INFATUATE ante anti attain attune aunt auntie faint fate fatten feat feint feta fetta fiat INFATUATE neat taenia taint taunt taut tauten teat tent tine tinea tint titan tufa tuft tuna tune unfit unit unite untie Wordsearch T X N L B U G S K T B S T X I P M E O P D R N E W O L H T E E S P V I L G N I N W A G D C Z T Z L O T T F G P S I K A S L Z I Y G T A S C P M O R G T S Y M A Y M S C E H T A R K A B V A I R B E D Y O V O L C R I A W C M K T Y U A U H R G S L Z R U A P C T N N T B W C G L O G B I M D T D K I S S M H Y F A T E O P S V F O K U L R C Q C B O C H F W J Y U R T R A H G R J E U R I E E L P G C N H S E E O R E O R Q I L L B J A L T H G Q K L B E L G B A The AlphAbeater Black squares: 2, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26, 28, 29, 34, 40. Across: Picnic, Rug, Quota, Uplift, Amok, Traverse, Enjoyable, Oxidised, Wage, Biopsy, Every, Sad, Wheels. Down: Anchovies, Calzone, Irked, Nod, Iffy, Swarm, Rhyme, Junta, With, Eel, Razor, Example, Grotesque. Cross doubt Across: HOSES Down: SOAKS Summit up 84 and 97 Yesterday’s solutions Arrow-word T L S E A O B A R A C K M I S E R L M Y A M W G S C R A W L A R E N A U E A R E L A N W I T H E R B A L T I M U P K E E P A S H B E M I L Y R E S A L E G A S O A O A F C O R A L A R T H U R U S E U P I O T A U B I P E D S F L O P E A R L Y K T E V O L V E L O A D E B T R I O U I R O A S T L A M B L O K I A S P U C S M A L L P H I B E S T I R I D E A L S O C T E T A I D M E D L E Y Y E L L S The Alphapuzzle Across: Quietly, Croak, Alibi, Wriggle, Lamented, Unit, Defile, Teacup, Foxy, Bonhomie, Tourist, Voile, Leech, Distend. Down: Quailed, Fatal, Idiom, Fixture, Triangle, Dish, Yawned, Jolted, Clip (clue), Beehives, Organic, Maize, Knelt, Pretend. Word builder Gin, Nigh, Neigh, Hinges, Shine, Hens, She Sudoku Easy 4 1 8 2 3 6 7 5 9 1 9 4 3 2 7 6 8 5 9 4 3 5 7 1 8 6 2 3 6 5 7 9 8 4 2 1 2 8 3 5 4 6 1 7 9 Battleships 2 9 7 1 5 4 6 8 3 5 7 6 9 1 8 3 4 2 6 5 7 8 2 1 8 3 2 4 6 9 9 1 4 7 3 5 Quick Crossword Sudoku Medium 7 3 4 5 1 2 9 6 8 2 7 5 3 8 6 4 9 1 1 5 9 8 4 7 6 2 3 Kakuro 3 1 4 9 8 1 1 2 4 3 7 9 2 Across: 1 Tremendous; 7 Catch; 8 Peasant; 10 Evermore; 11 Lair; 13 Extend; 15 Cohere; 17 Away; 18 Despotic; 21 Explode; 22 Eager; 23 Persistent. Down: 1 Title; 2 Exhuming; 3 Expire; 4 Dear; 5 Unaware; 6 Accelerate; 9 Threescore; 12 Complete; 14 Trample; 16 Recess; 19 Tight; 20 Loss. 6 2 9 7 3 8 5 1 4 8 4 3 1 9 5 2 7 6 1 8 5 4 9 6 3 7 2 6 1 9 2 4 7 5 3 8 4 6 7 8 2 3 3 5 2 9 6 1 9 8 1 7 5 4 2 4 9 1 7 7 1 8 9 1 8 2 5 7 9 7 9 4 9 8 9 1 3 4 5 2 8 2 1 3 1 4 Sudoku difficult 6 8 2 4 5 9 7 3 1 5 6 4 2 7 3 1 9 8 9 1 5 3 4 7 8 2 6 keijo 2 3 1 4 1 7 9 3 8 2 5 4 6 9 3 1 6 5 8 7 2 4 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 9 8 8 2 7 9 1 4 5 3 6 2 6 7 4 8 3 8 9 5 1 6 2 4 1 3 7 5 9 Quizword Across: 3 Cassandra; 8 Ruff; 9 Carnation; 10 Avedon; 11 Magog; 14 Rondo; 15 Nono; 16 Tonne; 18 Crop; 20 Panic; 21 Novak; 24 Sonora; 25 Limelight; 26 Otto; 27 Love In The. Down: 1 Great Race; 2 Afternoon; 4 Aran; 5 Sunda; 6 Nation; 7 Room; 9 Corot; 11 Minsk; 12 Goin’ South; 13 Goncharov; 17 Epcot; 19 Popeye; 22 Alien; 23 Fino; 24 Shah. 1 2 4 3 4 1 3 2 3 4 2 1

4 Daily Express Friday, December 3, 2021 Puzzles crusader prize crossword Across 1 Rent stores, having registered before county (10) 6 Star has husband to avoid (4) 10 Old rival upset after bishop finds some money (7) 11 Awkward, as Marc’s sneering (7) 12 Microbe switching points to join again (9) 13 Lowest point of drain layout (5) 14 Tiny amount of cereal (5) 15 Hardy character to trace out a cube (9) 17 Fan of old farm equipment (9) 20 Keen to agree to change (5) 21 Diplomacy taking one to be understood (5) 23 Moved along edge, having a good time (6,3) 25 In dispute is something to be sneezed at (2,5) 26 Vitalise friend in a pickle first (7) 27 Less after taking front off jug (4) 28 Fools second soldiers – time for evaluation (10) Down 1 Terrible bores when not drunk (5) 2 Unwilling to shout about clue about junction (9) 3 He gets creative on the way (8,6) 4 Musician played his part (7) 5 Less sensible, getting small breakfast (7) 7 Difficult to find nothing in stock (5) 8 Part of fraction in true Roman fashion (9) 9 Privileges of a hairdresser? (6,8) 14 Famous Scandinavian’s pet (5,4) 16 Avert a gag that’s about to annoy (9) 18 Female cat to lock soldier back inside (7) 19 Free, concerning contract (7) 22 Church has edge in misdemeanour (5) 24 It happened in the Seventies (5) DX1ST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 9 11 1 4 5 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Read down the letters in the highlighted squares to reveal the mystery word. Name Address Postcode 2 WIN £100 CASH TO ENTER: Call 0904 161 3700 and leave your answer and details, or text DXCRUS followed by a space, your answer, name and address details to 88833. Calls cost £1.50 plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Texts cost £1.50 plus your standard network rate. Lines close at midnight tonight. Or send your grid containing the answer in the shaded squares by posting it to: Crusader Crossword, December 3, PO Box 12578, Sutton Coldfield B73 9BT. Entries must be postmarked by December 4 at the latest. SP: Spoke – 0333 202 3390. For any postal enquiries, call helpline number. An extra day is given for postal entries during bank holidays. ● The winner will be the first random correct entry drawn from all entry routes after the closing date of December 10. The Editor’s decision is final. WEDNESDAY’S SOLUTION ACROSS: 1 Charred, 5 Soprano, 9 Platitude, 10 Bring, 11 Element, 12 Frisson, 13 No great shakes, 18 Honours degree, 20 Repulse, 23 Tabasco, 25 Capri, 26 Probation, 27 Tonight, 28 Exhaled. DOWN: 1 Copier, 2 Agamemnon, 3 Rhine, 4 Dauntless, 5 Sheaf, 6 Publisher, 7 Alias, 8 Organist, 14 Gruelling, 15 Twenty-one, 16 Keep still, 17 Shortcut, 19 Loaned, 21 Pop in, 22 Expat, 24 Brash. Prizeword: Rationale Target A E T I Y M T N R HOW many words of four letters or more can you make from the letters shown here? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals. Verb forms ending in S permitted. TODAY’S TARGET Good 16; very good 24; excellent 32 (or more). Solution on Monday FIND where the fleet of ships shown is hidden in the grid. The numbers to the right of and below the grid indicate how many of the squares in that row are filled in with ships or parts of ships. The ships do not touch each other, even diagonally. Some squares have been filled in to start you off. Solution on Monday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A B C D E F G H I J 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 3 1 1 3 2 1 3 1 2 4 0 3 1 x Battleship 2 x Cruiser 3 x Destroyer 4 x Submarine ● The Target uses words in the main body of Chambers 21st Century Dictionary (1999 edition) Call 0907 181 2585 for today’s Target solution *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Battleships The Alphabeater The Alphapuzzle ® CAN you crack the Alphabeater? Each grid number represents a letter – or black square. As in Alphapuzzle, every letter of the alphabet is used. But you have to complete the grid too! Use the given letters and black squares below the grid to start. The grid is ‘rotationally symmetrical’ – in other words, it looks the same if you turn the page upside down. Solution on Monday A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 22 15 39 5 5 9 30 16 4 36 12 14 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11■ 21 22 23 24 Target Time: 39 minutes Extra letter clues 0907 181 2560 (Deduct three minutes for each extra clue letter heard) Full solution 0907 181 2558 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. ● Alternatively, for six Extra Letter clues to your mobile, text DXBEAT to 64343. Texts cost £1 plus your usual operator rate Keijo 3 12 23 25 9 18 20 36 20 18 3 26 3 36 4 6 1 28 36 39 26 27 39 24 6 34 1 20 10 15 34 28 20 3 37 4 11 32 37 14 25 2 3 3 35 33 31 12 2 3 19 19 9 36 9 30 16 17 10 7 25 39 12 36 7 9 29 38 4 21 27 13 12 13 G 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 F ■ W 9 10 33 32 28 18 30 3 21 1 7 4 16 35 11 3 10 32 23 20 12 3 23 28 19 9 1 39 31 17 31 10 19 36 39 8 1 1 4 1 2 3 1 2 4 2 3 4 4 36 38 39 38 12 34 9 11 28 7 17 11 18 9 4 13 39 35 3 36 9 31 22 15 9 2 3 36 31 20 37 40 37 16 28 10 25 18 29 17 38 9 34 23 9 40 3 8 39 24 9 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ■ 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Place the tiles into the grid so that four different numbers and four different shapes appear in each row and column. Solution on Monday Alphapuzzle ® tests logic and word power. Each grid number stands for a letter. Every letter of the alphabet is used. Use the given letter or letters — below the main grid — to start. Solution on Monday Difficulty: 6/10; TARGET: 20 mins; Clue: No gal’s perfect for a catchphrase. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1 T 14 16 19 1 17 7 15 3 17 12 7 3 16 18 3 10 9 11 10 23 6 19 16 21 16 19 5 12 10 20 20 22 17 6 21 3 8 1 8 20 7 17 22 1 4 16 7 13 17 6 4 4 22 3 1 11 25 3 7 3 14 16 1 11 3 7 6 16 2 7 1 25 16 19 12 10 15 12 15 16 4 8 12 26 3 15 16 4 16 12 3 1 10 16 10 24 16 8 10 19 11 19 4 6 9 16 8 3 13 19 3 3 9 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 F 21 22 23 24 25 26 M extra letter clues: 0907 181 2568 (Hear up to six Extra Letters, deduct two minutes for each clue letter heard) Alternatively, for six extra letter clues direct to your mobile, text DXALPHA to 64343. Texts cost £1 plus normal network operator rate. full solution: 0907 181 2565; Across ONLY: 0907 181 2561; Down ONLY: 0907 181 2562. *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Alphapuzzle® ©2019 Acorn Editorial Ltd. All words appear in Chambers Dictionary. THE DAILY EXPRESS 30-SECOND challenge Today’s answers: Beginner = 78; Intermediate = 340; Advanced = 58. PLAY MORE CROSSWORDS AND GAMES AT EXPRESS.CO.UK/PUZZLES *SP: Spoke – Helpline 0333 202 3390

Guide to Festive Entertaining 20 festive recipes and tips Exclusive offers inside 8-page special

2 Welcome Welcome to the BBC Good Food Guide to Festive Entertaining, packed with everything you need for your seasonal celebrations. For me, part of the excitement of Christmas is planning special get-togethers with friends and family and deciding what to cook. This year, more so than ever, I’m looking forward to getting all my favourite people together after missing out on social gatherings last Christmas. Canapés and cocktails (aplenty) will be on the menu, and I’ve got some clever make-ahead recipe ideas to help you fill the freezer long before party time. My Christmas dinner sausage rolls are always a hit, with turkey, cranberry, chipolatas, sage and stuffing all wrapped in puff pastry, they taste like Christmas in one bite! I like to serve them with turkey gravy for dunking (make sure you have napkins to hand!) Cheesy bites always seem to disappear in minutes and everyone will love our cheese and onion rolls or kimchi cheese pinwheels, they are incredibly moreish so stick a couple of extra trays of them in the freezer for Christmas movie nibbles. If you have vegan guests visiting, try our clever twist on smoked salmon, using smoky carrot ribbons served with vegan cream cheese on little toasts, they’re irresistible. As for the drinks, be inspired by the flavours of the season with our Stollen sours, Cranberry margaritas or non-alcoholic cocktails. Sweet treats are often overlooked at a canape party, but a tray of mini New York cheesecakes or mince pies are the perfect way to round off the evening, a glass of classic eggnog wouldn’t go amiss either! Cassie Best The December issue of BBC Good Food magazine is out now, get your copy in-store or order direct from MagsDirect.co.uk Pastrami cured salmon Cheese & onion rolls Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr plus chilling Difficulty: More effort Serves: 8 Try this take on the classic sausage roll for veggies. Making your own flaky pastry is well worth the extra few minutes, and is surprisingly easy Ingredients ● 1 egg, beaten ● 1 tbsp nigella seeds ● ketchup, brown sauce or hot sauce (or whatever you fancy), to serve For the pastry ● 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting ● 1 tsp mustard powder ● pinch cayenne pepper ● 200g block of butter, very cold Savoury canapés Ingredients ● 800g side of salmon (the freshest you can get) ● 250g coarse sea salt ● 100g light brown soft sugar ● 2 tbsp coriander seeds ● 1 tsp ground coriander ● 1 tbsp caraway seeds ● 1 tbsp black peppercorns ● 1 bay leaf ● 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika ● ½ tsp cayenne pepper ● 2 tbsp black treacle To serve ● soft cheese, rye bread or bagels, dill pickles and chopped dill Honey mustard cocktail sausages (mini toad-in-the-holes) Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Difficulty: Easy Serves: 12 Enjoy the little sausages in this recipe on cocktail sticks, or serve them in mini Yorkshire puddings for Christmas canapés and other special occasions Ingredients ● 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard ● 2 tbsp honey ● 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for the tins ● 12 mini vegetarian sausages, or 6 large vegetarian sausages, halved For the Yorkshire puddings (optional) ● 120g plain flour ● 2 large eggs ● 100ml milk Method 1 If making the yorkshires, heat the oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8. Whisk the flour and eggs together in a bowl with a pinch of salt, then whisk in the milk until smooth. Oil a 12-hole cupcake tin, then put in the oven for 10 mins until hot. 2 Carefully remove the hot tins from the oven and divide the batter between the holes of the tins. Bake for 15 mins until risen and firm. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. When cool, transfer to an airtight container until ready to serve. 3 Reduce the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Combine the mustard, honey and oil, and season. Pour over the sausages, stirring to coat. Transfer to a baking dish lined with baking parchment and bake for 10-12 mins until the sausages are sticky and cooked, stirring halfway through. Serve with cocktail sticks, or arrange in the middle of the mini yorkshires and reheat in the hot oven for 3-4 mins until warm. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 128 ● Fat 6g ● Saturates 1g ● Carbs 13g ● Sugars 4g ● Fibre 1g ● Protein 6g ● Salt 0.5g Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins plus 3 days curing Difficulty: More effort Serves: 4-6 Serve this gravadlax-style salmon on Christmas morning with bagels, or for festive canapés. It’s inspired by a New York deli breakfast Method 1 Three days before you want to serve the salmon, put it, skin-side down, in a rimmed dish. Combine the salt and sugar, then set aside. 2 Fry the coriander seeds, ground coriander, caraway seeds and peppercorns in a small dry frying pan set over a medium heat for 2-3 mins. Tip into a spice grinder or small food processor along with the bay, and blitz until finely ground. Stir the spice mixture into the salt and sugar mix. Pat the spiced salt mixture all over and around the salmon so it’s well packed onto the flesh. Wrap tightly in cling film, then set a plate or board and something heavy (such as a couple of cans) on top to weigh the fish down. Chill for 48 hrs. 3 Heat the paprika, cayenne and black treacle in a pan until loosened, then remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly until just warm. Brush the excess salt off the salmon and rinse the fish under cold running water. Pat dry with kitchen paper, then transfer to a clean dish. Brush with the warm treacle mixture until well coated (you may need to generously brush the fish several times before the coating covers the fish well), then wrap in a fresh sheet of cling film. Chill for another 24 hrs. 4 When you’re ready to serve, set the salmon on a board and thinly slice with a sharp knife, avoiding the layer of skin at the bottom. Serve with soft cheese, rye bread or bagels, pickles and some chopped dill for everyone to help themselves. Nutrition: Per serving (8) Kcal 312 ● Fat 20g ● Saturates 4g ● Carbs 5g ● Sugars 5g ● Fibre 1g ● Protein 27g ● Salt 2.4g For the filling ● 2 medium potatoes ● 30g butter ● 2 large onions, sliced ● few thyme sprigs, leaves picked ● ½ tsp English mustard ● 200g vegetarian extra mature cheddar, grated ● handful gherkins or pickled onions (or a mixture), roughly chopped ★ These mini Yorkshire puds also make a great vehicle for a slice of rare roast beef or some smoked salmon, topped with a dollop of creamy horseradish sauce. Method 1 To make the pastry, sift the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the mustard powder, cayenne and 1 tsp salt. Grate the butter into the flour, dipping the end of the block in flour from time to time to prevent it from clumping. Stir the flour and butter together using a table knife, then pour in 120ml ice cold water, mix and bring together to form a dough. Flatten the dough into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. 2 Meanwhile, make the filling. Cook the potatoes in a pan of salted water until tender, then drain and steam dry for a few mins before mashing and leaving to cool. Melt the butter in a frying pan until foaming. Add the onions and a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, over a medium heat until they’re completely soft and starting to caramelise. Add to a bowl with the potato. Once cool, stir in the thyme leaves, mustard, cheese and gherkins or pickled onions, and season to taste. Set aside. 3 Line a baking tray with baking parchment. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out into a large rectangle around 3mm thick. Cut the pastry into eight rectangles, then divide the filling equally between them, squashing it into a sausage shape down the long length of one side of each rectangle, leaving a 5cm gap at each end. Brush the exposed pastry with a little egg, then fold in the short sides of the rectangle and roll the empty half of pastry over the filling so that it is completely encased. Press the edge to seal it, then crimp the two shorter ends with a fork. Repeat with each roll, then transfer to the lined baking tray and chill in the fridge for 20 mins. Can be frozen at this point. 4 Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Take the rolls out of the fridge, brush all over with the beaten egg, then scatter with the nigella seeds. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 40 mins or until deeply golden and crisp. Serve hot or cold with your choice of sauce. Recipes created for BBC Good Food by Anna Glover, Esther Clark, Sophie Godwin, Cassie Best & Miriam Nice Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 529 ● Fat 34g ● Saturates 21g ● Carbs 41g ● Sugars 4g ● Fibre 4g ● Protein 13g ● Salt 1.7g

Kimchi, cheese & spring onion pinwheels 3 Christmas dinner sausage roll Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins Difficulty: Easy Makes: 16 Combine the best bits of a Christmas dinner in one moreish bite with these canapés. Ideal for a festive buffet Ingredients ● 375g ready-rolled puff pastry ● 2 heaped tbsp cranberry sauce ● 200g turkey thigh mince ● 50g dried stuffing mix ● 6 chipolatas ● 1 egg, beaten ● 16 sage leaves ● gravy, to serve Method 1 Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Unroll the pastry and cut in half lengthways. Spread the cranberry sauce down the middle of each half, leaving a 1-2cm border at each side. 2 Combine the mince with the stuffing mix and 1 tbsp water, then season. Spoon the mixture over the cranberry sauce, pressing down slightly, then lay the chipolatas on top in a line across the middle of each pastry half. Brush some of the egg along one edge of each pastry half, then fold up and over the filling, and press to seal to make two long sausage rolls. Turn them so the seams are underneath. Cut both into eight pieces (you should have 16 in total), then transfer to the tray. Brush with the remaining egg, then press a sage leaf on top of each roll. At this stage, you can freeze the rolls on the tray. Transfer to a container to keep frozen for up to two months. 3 Bake for 25-30 mins until golden (or 35-40 mins from frozen). Serve warm with gravy for dunking. Will keep chilled in an airtight container for up to three days. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 161 ● Fat ● 10g ● Saturates 4g ● Carbs 12g ● Sugars 2g ● Fibre 1g ● Protein 6g ● Salt 0.5g Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins Difficulty: Easy Pair the acidity of kimchi with mature cheddar in these fabulous pinwheels. They make great canapés for celebrations such as New Year’s Eve Nutrition: Per pin wheel Kcal 163 ● Fat 12g ● Saturates 6g ● Carbs 9g ● Sugars 1g ● Fibre 1g ● Protein 5g ● Salt 0.6g Ingredients ● 150g mature cheddar, grated ● 2 spring onions, thinly sliced ● 70g kimchi, roughly chopped ● 320g sheet ready-rolled puff pastry ● 1 egg, lightly beaten ● Togarashi, for sprinkling (optional) Method 1 Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Combine the cheese, spring onions and kimchi in a small bowl. 2 Unroll the pastry, spread with the cheese and kimchi mixture, then roll up into a tight coil from one of the long sides. Slice into 14 pieces. 3 Arrange the pastry pinwheels, spiral-side up on the baking sheets, well spaced apart. Brush with a little of the beaten egg and bake for 30-35 mins, or until golden brown and puffed up. Sprinkle with some togarashi, if using, and leave to cool for 5 mins before serving. Vegan ‘smoked salmon’ toasts Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins Difficulty: Easy Makes: 14 Make these vegan bites with brined carrot ribbons. Infused with lapsang souchong tea, they’re a great alternative to classic smoked salmon canapés Ingredients ● 2 large carrots ● 1½ tbsp flaky sea salt ● 2 lapsang soushong teabags ● slices of toasted baguette, sliced and toasted ● vegan cream cheese ● dried seaweed, to serve Method 1 Cut the carrots into ribbons with a vegetable peeler and set aside. Pour 500ml water into a large saucepan with the salt and bring to the boil. Add the carrot ribbons and teabags and remove from the heat. Leave to steep for 20 mins until the mixture is cold and the ribbons have softened. Pour into a smaller container and chill until needed. Once cold and ready to serve, strain the carrot ribbons, discard the brine and pat dry with kitchen paper or a clean tea towel. 2 Spread the baguette slices with the cream cheese. Top each toast with a few carrot ribbons and a pinch of the dried seaweed, then season and serve. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 160 ● Fat 5g ● Saturates 1g ● Carbs 20g ● Sugars 2g ● Fibre 2g ● Protein 6g ● Salt 1g Creamy vegan mushroom pâté Guide to Festive Entertaining For more recipes go to bbcgoodfood.com Prep: 35 mins Cook: 25 mins plus 2 hrs chilling Difficulty: Easy Serves: 6 - 8 Prepare these vegan mushroom pâté with candied walnuts canapés ahead of time. When the party starts, all you need to do is pop them in the oven! Ingredients ● 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling ● 750g chestnut mushrooms, sliced ● 2 garlic cloves, sliced ● 1 tbsp thyme leaves, plus 2 tsp ● 100-150ml soya or coconut cream ● sourdough toast, to serve ● caramelised red onion chutney or relish, to serve For the walnuts ● 25g caster sugar ● 50g walnut halves Nutrition: Per serving (8) Kcal 115 ● Fat 9g ● Saturates 1g ● Carbs 4g ● Sugars 4g ● Fibre 1g ● Protein 4g ● Salt 0.8g Method 1 Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat, and fry the mushrooms for 15-20 mins until very soft, and any liquid that’s been released has evaporated. Stir in the garlic, 1 tbsp thyme leaves, 1 tsp sea salt and a good grinding of black pepper, and cook for 3 mins more. Leave to cool slightly. 2 Transfer the mushroom mixture to a food processor and blitz to a thick paste. Add 100ml soya cream, then blitz again until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as you go. You may need to add up to 50ml more cream. Season to taste, then spoon into a serving dish or bowl and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Drizzle over enough olive oil to coat the top of the pâté – it should be just enough to stop it drying out. Cover and chill for 2 hrs until firm. Will keep in the fridge for up to 24 hrs. 3 To make the walnuts, put the sugar in a medium heavy-based frying pan with 1 tsp water, and stir to dissolve. Bring to a medium-high heat and bubble for 10 mins without stirring until the sugar has melted and turned into a golden caramel. Stir in the nuts, 2 tsp thyme leaves and a pinch of sea salt, then tip onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and leave to cool. Once cool and set, bash or break into chunks. 4 To serve, spread the pâté over the sourdough toast, then cut into bite-sized squares. Top with dollops of chutney and the candied walnuts.

4 Vegan mince pies Prep: 30 mins Cook:1 hr and 10 mins plus chilling Difficulty: More effort Makes: 15-18 Bake vegan mince pies for a Christmas party, with a cherry and hazelnut filling that everyone will love. For really flaky pastry make sure the water is ice-cold Ingredients ● 1 large apple (around 200g), peeled and grated ● 200g mixed dried fruit ● 390g jar black cherries in kirsch ● 100g skinless hazelnuts, roasted and roughly chopped ● 1 orange, zested and juiced ● 1 tsp cinnamon ● 1 tsp ginger ● 1 tsp allspice ● 150g dark brown sugar For the pastry ● 400g flour ● 200g coconut oil, straight from the fridge (as solid as possible) ● 20g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting ● 50ml ice-cold vodka ● 50ml non-dairy milk, for brushing Guide to Festive Entertaining Mini New York cheesecakes Prep: 45 mins Cook: 40 mins plus overnight setting Difficulty: Easy Makes: 48 squares or 96 rectangles Everyone’s favourite dessert is now bitesize! This simple-to-make traybake can be cut into mini bites for the ultimate sweet canapé Ingredients ● 250g ginger snap biscuit ● 100g butter, melted ● 250g ricotta ● 250g cream cheese ● 200g soured cream ● 3 large eggs ● 250g caster sugar ● 1 level tbsp cornflour ● 1 tsp vanilla extract ● 1 lemon, finely grated rind and juice ● 150ml double cream ● 2-4 tbsp lemon curd or fresh raspberries, to decorate Method 1 Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line the base and sides of a 20x30cm shallow cake tin with baking parchment. 2 Put the ginger biscuits into a food processor and whizz to very fine crumbs. Add the melted butter, and pulse until well mixed. Tip the mixture into the tin and spread out evenly. Using the back of a metal spoon, press the mixture down firmly. 3 Clean the food processor bowl and add the ricotta, cream cheese, soured cream, eggs, caster sugar, cornflour, vanilla extract, lemon rind and juice. Whizz until smooth, then pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake in the oven for about 40 mins until the mixture is lightly set all over. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature. 4 Whisk the cream to soft peaks. Spread thinly over the top of the cheesecake. Chill the cheesecake overnight. 5 To serve, remove the cheesecake from the tin and peel the paper from the sides. Cut into 48 small squares or halve again to make 96 rectangles. Arrange on a serving plate. Put the lemon curd into a small disposable piping bag. Snip off the end and pipe zigzags on the cheesecakes. Alternatively, place a small raspberry on top of each square/rectangle. Nutrition: per serving Kcal 124 ● Fat 8.6g ● Saturates 5.2g ● Carbs 10g ● Sugars 7.9g ● Fibre 0.1g ● Protein 1.5g ● low in salt 0.4g Method 1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip all the mincemeat ingredients into a casserole dish or roasting tray – be sure to include half the kirsch from the jar of cherries. Mix everything together, then cover with a lid or a sheet of foil. Bake for 35-40 mins until all the sugar has melted, the mixture is bubbling slightly at the edges and the liquid has reduced (the mixture firms a bit as it cools, so be careful not to over-reduce). Set aside to cool completely. Can be made up to three days in advance and chilled in the fridge. 2 To make the pastry: tip the flour and coconut oil into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and pulse to just combine, then pour in the vodka and 2 tbsp ice-cold water and pulse until the pastry is just coming together. Add another 2 tbsp water if a little dry, then tip the dough onto a clean surface and pat into a disc with your hands. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins. 3 Take the pastry out of the fridge. Cut off one-third of the pastry and keep covered under a tea towel. Cut the rest into five chunks and, one chunk at a time, squeeze with your hands until malleable, then roll out on a well-floured surface to a thickness of 0.5cm. Cut out circles using a 9cm cookie cutter and line 18 holes of two 12-hole cupcake tins. Repeat with the rest of the pastry chunks, re-rolling off-cuts where necessary. 4 Put a heaped spoonful of mincemeat in the middle of each circle, then put the pies in the fridge. Take the remaining pastry from under the tea towel and roll out to 0.5cm thickness. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Chill for 15 mins to firm up. 5 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Remove the pastry sheet from the fridge and use an 8cm cookie cutter to cut out nine circles, then use a star cutter to cut out the middles. Bring the mince pies out of the fridge and top half of them with the stars and the other half with the stampedout circles. Use your fingers to seal the tops and bases, then brush the tops with milk. Bake for 30 mins until the pastry is crisp and the tops are golden. Cool a little, then dust with a little icing sugar to serve. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 315 ● Fat 15g ● Saturates 10g ● Carbs 38g ● Sugars 18g ● Fibre 2g ● Protein 4g ● Salt 0.3g Christmas brownie lollipops Prep: 15 mins Cook: 2 mins plus cooling Difficulty: Easy Makes: 24 These sweet bites are great for festive entertaining, and are bound to be a hit with both kids and adults Ingredients ● 300g nut-free brownie ● 50g chocolate, finely chopped ● 100ml single cream ● sprinkles, to decorate Sweet treats Method 1 Cut the brownie into 24 pieces, then use your hands (greasing them if necessary) to roll each piece into a little ball about the size of a truffle. Insert a lolly stick, or wooden coffee stirrer snapped in half, into each ball. 2 Place the chocolate into a large bowl. Bring the cream just to the boil in a small pan, then pour over the chocolate. Leave for a few mins until starting to melt, then stir until smooth. Dip the brownie lollipops into the melted chocolate until coated all over, scatter over the sprinkles to decorate, then leave for 30 mins until set. Try inserting the lolly sticks into an empty egg box to allow them to cool upright. Can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in a cool place. Nutrition: per lollipop Kcal 78 ● Fat 5g ● Saturates 3g ● Carbs 8g ● Sugars 7g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 1g ● Low in salt 0.06g The December issue of BBC Good Food magazine is out now, get your copy in-store or order direct from MagsDirect.co.uk Min Prep:1 Difficu Makes These b sized p are ide finger f and co parties For more reci

★ These mince pies freeze brilliantly, after assembling stick the tray in the freezer then pop the pies into a freezer-proof container once solid. When you’re ready to cook them, put them back in the tray and cook for an extra 5-10 mins. Stollen sour Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins plus soaking and cooling Difficulty: More effort Makes: 4 Sweet and sophisticated, this spiced cocktail with amaretto and madeira makes a perfect Christmas party drink, topped with a festive dried fruit cocktail stick Ingredients ● 8 sultanas ● 1 dried apricot , quartered ● 4 cocktail cherries ● 4 dried cranberries ● 1 tsp orange liqueur ● 150ml amaretto ● 100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons) ● 75ml madeira ● crushed ice For the spiced syrup ● 100g golden caster sugar ● thick strip pared orange zest ● thick strip pared lemon zest ● 1 tsp cinnamon ● 1 tsp mixed spice ● good grating of nutmeg You will need ● 4 cocktail sticks 5 Method 1 First, make the spiced syrup. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently until boiling, then turn the heat off and allow to cool. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and chill until needed. Can be made 1 week ahead. 2 While the syrup is cooling, tip the sultanas, apricot, cherries and cranberries into a small bowl and add the orange liqueur. Leave to steep for around 30 mins (or up to 24 hrs). 3 When you’re ready to serve, take 4 cocktail sticks and thread 2 sultanas, a piece of dried apricot, a cherry and cranberry onto each one. Fill 4 tumblers with crushed ice. 4 Pour the amaretto, lemon juice, madeira and 50ml of the spiced syrup into a cocktail shaker (along with any leftover orange liqueur) with a handful of ice. Shake well until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels cold, then strain into the prepared glasses. Add the dried fruit cocktail sticks and serve immediately. Nutrition: per glass Kcal 259 ● Fat 0g ● Saturates 0g ● Carbs 44g ● Sugars 43g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 1g ● Salt 0.8g Cranberry margarita Prep:10 mins Difficulty: Easy Serves: 4 Add a dash of festive spirit to any Christmas party with this vivid red tequila, cranberry and triple sec cocktail, decorated with an orange sugar rim i Mont Blancs 5 mins lty: Easy : 32 iteuddings al for ood cktail Ingredients ● 32 mini meringues ● 300ml double cream ● 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting ● 16 tsp sweetened chestnut purée Method 1 Trim the tops off the mini meringues. Softly whip the double cream with the icing sugar and divide this between the meringues. Top each with ½ tsp sweetened chestnut purée and dust with icing sugar before serving. Nutrition: per serving Kcal 128 ● Fat 5g ● Saturates 3g ● Carbs 20g ● Sugars 20g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 1g ● low in salt 0.07g Recipes created for BBC Good Food by Valerie Barrett, Elena Silcock, Good Food team & Miriam Nice Cocktails & Christmas drinks Ingredients ● 1 tsp clear honey ● finely grated zest and juice 1 orange ● 1 tbsp coarse sea salt ● 1 tbsp granulated sugar ● 200ml tequila ● juice 1 lime ● 200ml cranberry juice ● 50ml triple sec ● ice ● You will need a fine paintbrush Method 1 Using a fine, clean paintbrush, paint a thin layer of honey around the rim of 4 margarita or martini glasses. In a saucer, combine the orange zest, salt and sugar, then turn the glasses upside down and dip them into the mixture. Put the glasses in the fridge to chill. 2 In a cocktail shaker, combine the orange juice, tequila, lime juice, cranberry juice, triple sec and ice, and shake to combine. When the outside of the shaker feels cold, strain the mixture into your prepared glasses and serve. Nutrition: per glass Kcal 150 ● Fat 0g ● Saturates 0g ● Carbs 10g● Sugars 3g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 0g ● Salt 0.6g Classic eggnog pes go to bbcgoodfood.com Prep:10 mins Difficulty: Easy Serves: 6 - 8 Get into the festive spirit with eggnog, a classic Christmas drink made with brandy, cream, eggs and vanilla. Serve with plenty of ice in tumbler glasses Ingredients ● 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out ● 4 eggs, separated ● 100ml sugar syrup ● 100ml double cream ● 500ml whole milk ● 100-150ml brandy Method 1 Put the vanilla seeds in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks and sugar syrup, and beat with an electric whisk until pale, about 2-3 mins. Add the cream, milk and brandy, and beat again until just combined. Strain into a punch bowl. 2 Clean the beaters, then beat the egg whites in a clean bowl to soft peaks. Fold a third of the whipped egg whites into the milk and cream mixture in the punch bowl, then add the remaining whipped egg whites. Gently fold these in until the eggnog is fluffy and smooth. Chill until ready to serve. Will keep, covered in the fridge, for up to a day. Just before serving, add plenty of ice, then stir gently and ladle into tumblers. ● ice Nutrition: Per serving (8) Kcal 214 ● Fat 11g ● Saturates 6g ● Carbs 12g ● Sugars 12g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 6g ● Salt 0.18g

6 Non-alcoholic Christmas punch Prep:10 mins plus 1 hr infusing Difficulty: Easy Serves: 4 - 6 Create this super-versatile Christmas punch for any festive gathering. It will hold well throughout the afternoon and evening, and is just as delicious without alcohol as it is with! Ingredients ● 2 pears, sliced ● 2 lemons, 1 sliced, 1 juiced ● 2 tbsp caster sugar ● 1 tsp mixed spice ● 400ml white grape juice ● 100-150ml white, dark or spiced rum, or use vodka or gin (optional) ● 275ml ginger ale ● 500ml sparkling water ● ice ● handful of pomegranate seeds ● rosemary sprigs, to serve Method 1 Put the pear and lemon slices, sugar and mixed spice in a large punch bowl or jug, and chill for up to 1 hr to infuse. 2 Add the lemon juice and grape juice, stirring to dissolve any sugar. Stir in your chosen spirit, if using. 3 Pour in the ginger ale and sparkling water, then add a few large handfuls of ice. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and drop in a few sprigs of rosemary. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 106 ● Fat 0g ● Saturates 0g ● Carbs 25g ● Sugars 24g ● Fibre 2g ● Protein 1g ● Salt 0.06g ★ If you replace the sparkling water with extra grape juice, this punch makes a delicious warm white winter drink. Add cinnamon sticks for some gentle spice. Alcohol-free passion fruit martini Prep: 5 mins Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 Serve up this fizzy and fruity mocktail at a party, for all of the fun but none of the alcohol. Use an alcohol-free spirit with a spicy, complex flavour Ingredients ● 3 passion fruits, halved ● 1 lemon, juiced ● 1 egg white ● 100ml alcohol-free spirit ● 2 tsp sugar syrup ● handful of ice ● sparkling grape juice, to serve Method 1 Scoop the flesh from four of the passion fruit halves into a cocktail shaker. Add the lemon juice, egg white, spirit and syrup and shake vigorously until frothy. 2 Add the ice, then shake again until the outside of the shaker feels cold. Double strain into martini glasses (see tip below). 3 Top up the martinis with the grape juice and garnish with the remaining passion fruit halves. Recipe tips How to double strain To ‘double strain’ means to cover the cocktail shaker with a hawthorne strainer (or use the integrated strainer if you have a cobbler-style shaker) while holding a fine sieve over your glass and pouring the liquid through it. The first strainer holds back the ice, while the second, finer strainer gets rid of any smaller bits, such as pips. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 60 ● Fat 0.1g ● Saturates 0g ● Carbs 12g ● Sugars 10g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 3g ● Salt 0.1g Cranberry spritz Prep: 5 mins Difficulty: Easy Serves: 2 Mix cranberry juice, orange juice and sparkling white grape juice to make this easy, non-alcoholic spritz. It’s perfect for a booze-free Christmas drink Mont Blanc-tini Prep: 20 mins Cook:10 mins Difficulty: More effort Makes: 4 Somewhere between an after-dinner drink and an indulgent dessert, this meringuetopped coffee cocktail is special way to end a smart meal with friends Ingredients ● 2 large egg whites ● 100g granulated sugar ● 200ml vodka ● 100g coffee liqueur (we used Kahlúa) ● 50ml cold espresso coffee ● 50ml crème de cacao ● 50ml chestnut liqueur or amaretto ● ice ● 4 marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) Guide to Festive Entertaining Ingredients ● 100ml cranberry juice ● ½ orange, juiced ● 6 sage leaves ● around 4 ice cubes ● 80ml sparkling white grape juice Method 1 Pour 50ml cranberry juice into two champagne coups or wine glasses. Divide the orange juice between them, then stir. 2 Add 3 sage leaves and an ice cube or two to each glass, then top up with the sparkling grape juice. Nutrition: Per serving Kcal 55 ● low in fat 0g ● Saturates 0g ● Carbs 13g ● Sugars 13g ● Fibre 0.1g ● Protein 0.4g ● Salt 0.01g Method 1 Start by making the meringue topping. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then set aside. Put the sugar and 3 tbsp water in a saucepan and set over a low heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved, then continue to heat, stirring occasionally, until the syrup reaches 120C on a sugar thermometer. While whisking the egg whites with an electric whisk, slowly add the hot syrup in a steady stream, being careful to pour the syrup into the eggs and not onto the sides of the bowl or the whisk, as it may stick. Once all the syrup has been incorporated, continue whisking until the mixture is glossy and stiff – about 5 mins. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a wide round nozzle until needed. Can be made 1hr ahead– store in a cool place. Mocktails & Christmas drinks 2 Now make the base of the cocktails. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, crème de cacao and chestnut liqueur into a cocktail shaker and add a handful of ice. Shake well, then strain into 4 Champagne saucers or small Margarita glasses. 3 Carefully pipe your meringue topping onto the surface of the glasses, starting on the outside edge and building it up so that it doesn’t sink. Using a blowtorch, very carefully caramelise the top, then add a marron glacé to each. Serve immediately with a spoon. Nutrition: per glass Kcal 385 ● Fat 6g ● Saturates 4g ● Carbs 37g ● Sugars 37g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 3g ● Salt 0.3g Recipes created for BBC Good Food by Miriam Nice, Good Food team & Esther Clark

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8 Brie & cranberry twists Prep:15 mins Cook:10 mins Difficulty: Easy Makes: 18 Get creative with filo pastry and serve up stylish canapés, with creamy French cheese and sweet fruit Guide to Festive Entertaining Ingredients ● 12 sheets filo pastry ● 100g butter, melted ● 250g brie, cut into 18 chunky fingers ● 18 tsp cranberry sauce ● 50g walnuts, roughly chopped ● sprinkling of poppy seeds Method 1 Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Stack two of the filo sheets. With the widest edge facing you, brush with some melted butter. Put three brie fingers at even intervals across the bottom of the filo. Top each finger with 1 tsp cranberry sauce, then sprinkle over a few chopped walnuts. 2 Roll up the filo from the bottom. Cut into three parcels, and twist the ends to seal. Brush with more butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Bake for 10 mins. Or, cover the unbaked twists with cling film, chill for up to 1 day and bake just before serving. Nutrition: per twist Kcal 123 ● Fat 11g ● Saturates 6g ● Carbs 3g ● Sugars 2g ● Fibre 0g ● Protein 4g ● low in salt 0.3g ★ Go to bbcgoodfood.com for the Mini meatball sliders recipe (seen here with the Brie and cranberry twists) and lots of other festive canapé ideas. For more recipes go to bbcgoodfood.com Recipes created for BBC Good Food by Good Food team Save 25% on BBC Good Food’s Vegetarian Christmas magazine Express readers enjoy a special discount on our festive veggie issue, packed with great ideas for the holidays Be inspired with 120 celebratory veggie and vegan recipes this Christmas, including big day menus and dessert showstoppers. Express readers can save 25% when ordering online at MagsDirect. • Your complete big day menu including a Christmas dinner traybake that’s perfect for sharing • Vegetable showstoppers such as smoky maple roast celeriac galette, and cauliflower, leek & cheddar pie • Beautiful homemade gifts to make with your family and friends • Celebrate with 148 pages of veggie inspiration this Christmas! Save 25% using the code HCSVeg25 at magsdirect.co.uk Good Food’s Vegetarian Christmas can be found in selected supermarkets. Discount can only be redeemed exclusively at magsdirect.co.uk. Standard price online £5.99 plus £1.95 p&p (UK) and £5 p&p (Europe) Mirror Ad x3v3.indd 3 24/11/2021 16:18

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