Liverpool Echo - 2021-12-04
Liverpool Echo 2021-12-04


Liverpool Echo - 2021-12-04

04. Dec 2021
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2 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews The voice of the city My city Wondrous Place back where it belongs LiverpooL is as much a city of oneliners as ocean liners and the first thing you see when you enter the Wondrous place gallery at the Museum of Liverpool is Ken Dodd’s canary yellow suit. He once told me that he got it free with labels from Bird’s Custard powder. The gallery contents were in storage for two years to make way for John and Yoko’s outstanding Double Fantasy exhibition, and now it has returned with new exhibits like Garry Christian’s cap and Natasha Jones’ boxing shorts. A new section about films made in Liverpool was highly informative. it included the final scene of Barbra Streisand’s Yentl with its novel use for the isle of Man ferry. Several of Liverpool’s old streets have been preserved and now they double for locations around the world. There is a wonderful demonstration of how blue screen was used to mask contemporary street furniture for Florence Foster Jenkins and how something more appropriate was inserted. i loved the affectionate way that Liverpool’s first No.1 artist, Lita roza, has been treated and also that the exhibition is named after one of Billy Fury’s records. i didn’t realise until i visited the exhibition that Liverpool was a world leader in video games. even though Double Fantasy had been brilliant, it wasn’t right to put our cultural heritage in storage for two years. Wondrous place should remain a wondrous place and if there is a need for a special exhibition, why not reopen the Conservation Centre on Whitechapel? i’m confident that Brian epstein’s statue is going to herald a new era for Whitechapel so let’s bring it back to life. spencer leigh author & broadcaster if you have a story, contact: newsdesk 0151 472 2488/2454 0151 285 8472 general inquiries 0151 227 2000 e-mail Online editor Maria breslin home Delivery: If you would like the echo delivered direct to your home, please e-mail PRiDE iN PiCTuREs A golden winter sunset over Liverpool poet Freda still has the writing bug at 90 By JON KENNAUGH ECHO Writer A LiverpooL poet who has had more than 50 of her poems published in the eCHo is celebrating her 90th birthday today – with a new laptop computer. Freda renton was born in Kirkdale in 1931, later moving to Kirkby and Croxteth after her marriage to Harry in 1953. The couple had four children, Jeff, peter, John and Karen, and in 1989, aged 58, Freda decided to enrol at college, and achieved GCSes in english Literature, english Language, desk top publishing, and an NvQ in business studies. From there, she wrote a play that was staged at the Bluecoat Chambers in the city centre, and presented a local radio show on which she interviewed stars including Willy russell. She also developed a love of writing poetry, contributing to a book of remembrance verse, Clarifications If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate, please contact the editor at maria. or at Liverpool echo, Po box 48, 5, st Paul’s square, Liverpool, L69 3eb and, once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. the Liverpool echo newspaper is published by trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, a subsidiary company of reach PLc, which is a ‘amazing’ mum’s laptop gift and appearing in the eCHo more than 50 times. Freda has kept active and busy throughout her 80s, winning an eCHo everyday Hero award in 2014, a Liverpool older people’s award and Adult Learners award in 2015, and still volunteering at the porchfield Centre in Croxteth, where she creates flower arrangements. Her daughter Karen, 58, said: “Mum loves life, she amazes her family every day, and lives life the best way she can. “She suffers from osteoporosis and other illnesses, but she never, ever complains. She loves to go to church whenever she can, saying prayers for the sick and for a better world.” During lockdown last year, Freda hand-knitted more than 60 Christmas decorations and posted them out to family and member of IPso, the Independent Press standards organisation. We adhere to the editors’ code of Practice as enforced by IPso who are contactable for advice at IPso, Gate house, 1 farringdon street, London, ec4M 7LG. Website telephone: 0300 123 2220 e-mail If you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of friends to cheer them up, even printing her own address labels from her computer printer. Now, for her 90th birthday, Freda has been given a new laptop, which she says is “faster and better” than her old one – and she plans to use it to continue her writing and keeping in touch with family and friends. Freda now lives with her daughter and son-in-law in Croxteth park, but has had her own ‘annexe’ built onto their house and still enjoys her independence. Karen added: “Mum is a beautiful person inside and out. We are so proud and amazed by her achievements, and may she continue for many more years.” the code of Practice, we will deal with your complaint directly or IPso can refer your complaint to us. Please go to www.trinitymirror. com/howtocomplain where you can view our complaints Policy and Procedure. a “how to complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and compliance dept, reach plc, one canada square, canary Wharf, London e14 5aP. Picture by ANDREW TEEBAY Freda Renton with her new laptop, and, left, as a young woman Inside Today letters .......................................................18-19 puzzles ................................................... 30-31 Family announcements ...................33-34 sport ....................................................... 40-52 Television ............................. saturday extra Weather /Travel /petrol......................... 8 the recycled paper content of uK newspapers in 2016 was 62.8% Extra scrutiny for £70m proposals which ‘will not gEnEratE cashflow’ The Littlewoods building, on Edge Lane Probe into ‘high SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 3 News Man suffers head injuries after attack DETEcTivEs are appealing for information after an assault in Litherland last night. Just after 8.05pm officers were called to a report that a man had been kicked and punched by a group of males who were on push bikes on Eaton Avenue. A number of the group were described as wearing hoodies. The victim sustained serious head injuries, which are not lifethreatening, and was taken to hospital for treatment. Officers were in attendance at the scene conducting enquiries and speaking to witnesses, as well as exploring ccTv opportunities. A cordon risk’ studios plan By Liam THORP ecHo Reporter @LiamThorpECHO A £70million plan to turn liverpool’s famous littlewood’s building into a major TV and film studio complex will be brought under fresh scrutiny after the council admitted the project is ‘high risk.’ The city council’s cabinet has signed off on the plans, which will aim to make the famous art deco building one of Europe’s most important studio developments – and potentially create 4,000 jobs. However, that cabinet sign-off comes with a caveat – that the plans will be brought before the council’s scrutiny committee next month. This is because, while most people believe the littlewoods plan could be hugely important for liverpool – especially for its surrounding communities – the project comes with a high level of risk. The liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved the allocation of £11m from the Getting Building Fund A man who could assist police together with £6m of further funding from its Strategic investment Fund. A total of £8 million has been set aside for the first phase of work. As well as this, the building’s current owners Capital & Centric will have £1.6m of debt written off and a further payment of £900,000 to cover historic costs. The cabinet report detailing the plans accepts this, stating that the project has a ‘greater than usual risk profile.’ it states: “in relation to the mediumterm project, the project should be considered as a regeneration project, insofar as the council should not expect positive cashflows for several years.” it adds that should phase 2 of the scheme not go ahead – which is contingent on the securing of a £25m loan – the disposal of the site is likely to be less than the initial £8m of public investment. The report states: “The financial and commercial risks highlighted should be considered in the context of the significant regeneration benefits of the project itself, as a catalyst for further growth and the positive impact on the surrounding Image released in £12,000 burglary probe Police have released ccTV stills of a man they wish to speak to after £12,000 was stolen during a burglary. The money was stolen from the co-op on Market Street in Hoylake on october 25 after a late night break-in. Police have now released stills of a man they wish to speak in relation to the crime which happened between 10.10pm and 10.45pm. The stills show a man dressed in dark clothing inside the shop. He was not wearing a face mask. Detective inspector lynsay Armbruster said: “Business burglaries are not a victimless crime as they have a huge impact on the community in many ways. “We are determined to find neighbourhoods.” liberal Democrat councillor Kris Brown, who is chair of the council’s Audit Committee, has asked for the plan to come before his committee for further scrutiny in January. He said: “This is a good project for the city. However, the report to Cabinet itself identifies very significant risks. “The report is very clear in describing the project as high risk and “very unlikely” to be commercially viable for liverpool.” the offender so that other businesses are not targeted in future. “if you were on Market Street around that time and noticed anything suspicious or saw someone running off then please let us know so we can bring the offender to justice.” ■ call police on 101, or crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Pictures by ANDY TEEBAY WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO BUY YOUR HOUSE? Tim Scriven, Ethical Local Property, Investor Police on the scene of an incident on Eaton Avenue in Litherland was in place on Eaton Avenue where forensic examination of the scene took place. Anyone with information is urged to contact the police via @MerPolcc on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police contact centre’ on Facebook, with reference 21000839354. 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4 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Predator jailed for two School reveals 13 positive tests A primAry school has found 13 positive coronavirus cases after a mobile testing site was put at the entrance. St Ann’s primary School in rainhill introduced a mobile testing site at the school after a rise in cases this week. Following the site being introduced, 13 children who had no symptoms tested positive. city centre sex attacks Drug Dealer targeteD anD rapeD vulnerable women By NICK TYRRELL eChO Reporter @NCTyrrell A drug-deAling rapist dragged a woman into bushes and raped her in a park before abducting another women in a similar attack months later. Janath gul Jardarkhail attacked two women almost six months apart in sexual assaults in Chevasse Park and Wood Street. Yesterday, a judge told the 21-yearold he believed he used his position as a low level drug dealer to search for vulnerable women to attack at night. liverpool Crown Court heard that Jardarkhail stalked the streets of the city centre searching for vulnerable women to attack. He attacked his first victim in Chevasse Park in July 2019, ambushing her and carrying her into bushes before raping her. The second attack, in January of last year, saw him attack a woman on Wood Street on her way back from a night out. Jardarkhail was caught after dnA swabs from his victims matched his own when he was arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis. in a statement provided to the court, the woman he attacked on Wood Street said she still struggled to comprehend what had happened to her almost two years ago. Ben Jones, prosecuting, said her statement provided to the court outlined how her mental health had been affected by the trauma of the attack, with the woman saying she had at some points self-harmed because of it. However, she said her own family had given her the strength to carry on despite the horrific sexual assault. Her statement said: “He took away every bit of dignity that i have so i refuse to let him take me away from my kids.” Martine Snowdon, defending, said there was little she could say in his defence about the attacks themselves but did point to Jardarkhail’s difficult upbringing as some mitigation. While not going into the details of his Janath Gul Jardarkhail childhood, she said he had been deprived of much of the guidance and support needed as a child and said a serious head injury sustained when he was younger had left him with problems with his cognitive function. Ms Snowdon said: “He is an immature young man. He has had very little education, not just academically, but guidance in moral and social spheres.” in addition, a psychiatric report supplied to the court said Jardarkhail had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and depression. Judge Stuart driver, QC, said the 21-year-old had preyed on women who were unable to defend themselves. Judge driver said: “i am satisfied that you used your occupation of selling cannabis to walk the streets of liverpool city centre at night, apparently and actually selling cannabis, but keeping your eyes wide open for vulnerable women for you to attack. “There is an element of planning. “You were a sexual predator.” He labelled Jardarkhail, of County road, a dangerous offender and jailed him for 12 years with a further five years to be served on licence. That sentence covered the two rape charges as well as possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life and pay a statutory surcharge. Huge cannabis farm uncovered A huge cannabis farm spread over eight rooms was found by officers patrolling the area. Officers patrolling Walton Breck Road in Anfield at around 10.20pm on Thursday, December 2, spotted a strong heat source coming from the loft of a home. Around 400 cannabis plants were found spread over eight rooms. Three men were also in the property. A 42-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of modern slavery and cannabis production. Two men aged 34 and 36 from Liverpool were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production. They were taken to a police station in Merseyside where they were questioned by police and remain in custody. Detective Sergeant Steve Twidale said: “Thanks to the vigilance of our officers we have uncovered a huge volume of cannabis.” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 5 Some of the exhibits on the light trail News Let there be LIGHT Spectacular Show to hail borough’S culture title Nuffin like it Breakfast, done properly By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON echo Reporter @AbigailJourno A number of ‘spectacular’ light trails are coming to a part of merseyside as it celebrates becoming the region’s borough of Culture. On January 1, Knowsley will officially become the Liverpool City region borough of Culture with an exciting year-long programme of events planned. To celebrate the borough has confirmed it will host a series of dramatic lighting installations as part of a new project. The programme will see a spectacular ‘moments of light’ event as well as the illumination of town centres, public buildings and landmarks. The dramatic start to 2022 will catapult Knowsley into the spotlight for what will be an important and exciting year for the borough, its businesses and communities. Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The idea of the ‘lights coming on’ at the start of 2022 is something quite special and will be really powerful to see – especially as our year as borough of Culture is the first since the pandemic. “That gradual movement from darkness into the light will help to build momentum and we are delighted to be working with internationally-renowned artists and producers to bring these amazing moments to Knowsley. “We know how much river of Light captured people’s imagination in Liverpool, and A new Dawn really will be something just as spectacular.” All of the events will be free to attend (although some will require tickets to be reserved in advance). Full details of all the events happening as part of new Dawn are available on ECHO wins top website award The Liverpool echo won the News Website of the Year trophy 2021. London’s Royal Lancaster hotel hosted the newsawards, celebrating the best print and digital new brands. The echo entry included a report from the Royal’s IcU covid ward at the height of the pandemic and LFc’s 2020 Premier League victory, the club’s first top-flight title in 30 years. Judges said: “It feels like a product specifically built for the people of Liverpool.” They also commended it in the Regional Daily Newspaper and Digital Innovation categories, saying the entry “demonstrated a positive response during lockdown to get much-needed content to local audiences”. echo editor Maria Breslin said: “We are blessed with a talented team of journalists and I am delighted the judges recognised their hard work and dedication.” Served until 11am. Participating restaurants only. © 2021 McDonald’s

6 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivechoNews News Driver in hospital due to collision A driver has been taken to hospital after a three-car crash on a busy retail park. Cheshire Police were called to Trident Park in runcorn at 10.22am after reports a Ford Focus had collided with three parked cars. A force spokesman said on their arrival they found a Ford Focus had collided with three parked cars – a vauxhall insignia, Ford Grand C-Max and vauxhall Mokka. The Focus driver was taken to Warrington Hospital. When the eCHO visited the scene, a police patrol car plus an armed response BMW unit and paramedics were at the scene. Connor dockerty was murdered in Huyton in April You must not feel in any way you have failed, because you have failed to reach a verdict. Judge Neil Flewitt QC Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. getanewsletter Connor trial: Jury fails to decide over second teen Boy accused of killing has to wait ahead of possiBle retrial By NEIL DOCKING eChO Reporter @LivEchoCourt A jury was unable to agree whether or not a boy was guilty of the manslaughter of a man stabbed to death. Connor Dockerty, 23, was knifed four times by a then-14-year-old killer – Boy A – in a Huyton street in April this year. Boy A, now aged 15, was found guilty of murder by a majority of 10-1 on Thursday, after a six-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Prosecutors alleged the victim was killed in a “revenge” attack instigated by a second teen, Boy B, after Mr Dockerty argued with his girlfriend and either shoved her or threatened to. The jury found Boy B, then 15 and now aged 16, not guilty of murder on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, after nearly 15 and a half hours of deliberation, jurors were unable to reach a verdict on a charge of manslaughter against him. Boy B now faces a seven-day wait to see whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will decide to have a retrial on this charge. Boy A was accused of being armed with two knives when he confronted Mr Dockerty in Kingsway, at around 8pm, on Monday, April 19. The victim was stabbed in the heart by Boy A and died a short time later in hospital. Boy A admitted having an article with a blade – the knife he accepted using to stab Mr Dockerty, which he claimed was in self-defence. However, the jury was also unable to reach a verdict on whether he was in possession of a second blade, as alleged by the prosecution. That charge related to a knife found on a grass verge, which prosecutors said he dropped. Boy A claimed Mr Dockerty was carrying that knife and came at him with it. judge Neil Flewitt, QC, yesterday asked the jury foreman whether he believed, if given more time, the jury could reach a verdict on either charge. He said the jurors – down to 11 after a juror was discharged earlier in the trial – could retire to consider this question if they wished. The jury foreman replied: “I will answer it now. In both cases no.” judge Flewitt discharged the remaining jurors and thanked them for their service. He said: “you must not feel in any way you have failed, because you have failed to reach a verdict on any of the counts. That is the essence of the system – sometimes juries don’t agree.” Once the jury had left the courtroom, judge Flewitt addressed Tania Griffiths, QC, prosecuting. He said: “Have you had an opportunity to consider this possible development, or is it something you would like time to consider?” Ms Griffiths said: “We’ve had some discussions, but these are not concluded.” judge Flewitt said he would not press for an immediate decision and gave the CPS seven days. On Thursday the jury unanimously found a 44-year-old man, john Batey, of no fixed address but from Huyton, guilty of assisting an offender, namely Boy A. judge Flewitt adjourned the case for a mention hearing, which he listed next Friday morning. Family honour ‘caring’ dad killed in crash The family of a man who died in a crash last month have paid tribute to the ‘funny family man’ who ‘cared deeply’. Officers from Merseyside Police and ambulance crews were called to a scene in Bold, St helens at around 7.40pm last month to reports of a crash. A 53-year-old man, who has now been named as Zaheer Ashraf, died at the scene in the incident on Travers entry on Friday, November 17. Another man also in his 50s was taken to hospital for treatment following the crash before returning home to recover. In a statement, Zaheer’s daughter, Safa and his wife, Faiza, said: “Zaheer was a caring family man who cared deeply for his loved ones. he was always funny and loved making others smile.” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 7 Ava’s dad: We are devastated and heartbroken first statement from family since 12-year-old’s death By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON eCHO Reporter @AbigailJourno The dad of 12-year-old Ava White has spoken out for the first time since his daughter was stabbed to death. Ava was in Liverpool city centre with friends when she was stabbed in the neck with a knife at around 8.30pm on Thursday, November 25. Police believe a “verbal argument” took place which resulted in the young girl suffering “catastrophic injuries.” The dad of the 12-year-old, Robert Martin, has spoken out for the first time since his daughter’s death, saying the family were ‘completely devastated’ and ‘heartbroken’. he said: “We would like to say thank you to everybody for their ongoing support during this devastating time. “Thank you to every one of you for your kind messages and donations. “As Ava’s family we are completely devastated and heartbroken by what has happened and we ask that you respect our privacy at this time and allow us to grieve as a family.” A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on November 29 accused of her murder. The youth, from South Liverpool, will next appear for a plea and trial preparation hearing on February 18 next year. The honorary Recorder of Liverpool then listed a provisional trial for May 16, with an estimated length of two to three weeks. The 14-year-old was refused bail and the boy was remanded in secure accommodation until his next appearance. Ava, a Year 8 pupil at Notre Dame Catholic College, was described as “unique” and “hugely” popular. Ava White Tributes to the 12-year-old including flowers, balloons, pictures and teddy bears continue to be laid in Church Street. A school tie was left at the tribute site which says “fly high”. Next to the tie was a candle which had a message written on it in black pen, which said: “To Ava you will forever be missed. Miss you so much love Lillie.” Another candle said: “To Ava you will be missed. Can’t believe you have gone, love eva.” A personalised Liverpool FC shirt was also tied to a post in memory of the schoolgirl. News Teenager with flare arrested before derby A teenAge boy was arrested before this week’s Merseyside derby on suspicion of possession of a flare. everton and Liverpool met at goodison Park on Wednesday for the Premier League clash, with Liverpool running out 4-1 winners. Police said that during the match a “minority” of fans had brought pyrotechnics into the ground, and officers described the behaviour as “dangerous and reckless.” Police said that before the match a 17-year-old boy was arrested outside goodison. Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe added an “overwhelming majority of fans” watched the game “safely and responsibly”. In a statement he said: “Merseyside Police worked extensively with both everton and Liverpool football clubs ahead of the Merseyside derby to prevent crime and disorder and maintain public safety.”

8 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews News / Information Weather powered by Around the Country Today’s Weather Four-Day Outlook Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Carlisle Exeter Gloucester Leeds Liverpool London Manchester Norwich Nottingham Plymouth Swansea Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F rain 5 41 cloudy 5 41 cloudy 7 45 pcloudy 7 45 sunny 7 45 sunny 8 46 cloudy 5 41 cloudy 5 41 showers 8 46 sunny 8 46 cloudy 7 45 cloudy 7 45 rain 6 43 pcloudy 6 43 showers 7 45 pcloudy 6 43 cloudy 7 45 overcast 7 45 rain 6 43 cloudy 6 43 cloudy 6 43 cloudy 8 46 cloudy 5 41 cloudy 6 43 showers 8 46 sunny 9 48 pcloudy 7 45 sunny 8 46 Around the World Amsterdam Beijing Corfu Majorca Mexico City Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Rio Rome Sydney Tokyo Saturday Sunday °C °F °C °F rain 6 43 rain 7 45 sunny 9 49 sunny 9 48 rain 15 59 rain 15 59 sunny 16 60 rain 14 57 pcloudy 22 71 sunny 23 73 snow 0 32 snow -2 29 sunny 26 79 sunny 26 79 snow 4 39 cloudy 2 35 rain 12 53 rain 7 44 sunny 26 79 overcast 28 82 rain 10 50 rain 13 56 rain 20 68 rain 19 67 sunny 14 57 sunny 10 50 Skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy today with widespread rain and showers. Afternoon highs will range from 5 to 8C. Caernarfon Sun & Moon Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Conwy Bangor 8:06 a.m. 3:51 p.m. 8:24 a.m. 3:47 p.m. Almanac Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Yesterday's High (°C/°F) Yesterday's Low (°C/°F) Yesterday's Precip Liverpool Wrexham Bangor Chester Preston Chester Conwy Huddersfield Accrington Manchester Leeds Rochdale Stoke-on-Trent Dec. 4 Dec. 10 Dec. 18 Dec. 26 New First Full Last Liverpool 9/48 9/48 9/48 6/43 5/41 3/37 0.00" 0.10" 0.10" Manchester 9/48 7/45 7/45 2/36 0/32 1/34 0.00" 0.00" 0.10" Tides Today Sunday Cloudy. 6°C/ 43°F 1°C/ 34°F Monday Heavy rain likely. 6°C/ 43°F 1°C/ 34°F Tuesday Scattered light rain. 7°C/ 45°F 3°C/ 37°F Wednesday Cloudy. 6°C/ 43°F 3°C/ 37°F High Low High Low Morecambe 9.7 10:48 a 1.1 5:28 a 9.8 11:09 p 1.1 5:47 p Liverpool 9.6 10:37 a 1.0 5:13 a 9.7 10:59 p 1.1 5:33 p Mostyn Docks 9.0 10:17 a 1.0 5:13 a 9.0 10:40 p 1.1 5:38 p Colwyn Bay 8.0 10:22 a ---- ---- 8.1 10:44 p ---- ---- Holyhead 5.9 9:49 a 0.6 3:33 a 5.9 10:10 p 0.7 3:53 p Menai Bridge 7.6 10:11 a 0.6 4:26 a 7.7 10:33 p 0.7 4:48 p Caernarfon 5.5 9:19 a 0.5 3:43 a 5.5 9:40 p 0.6 4:04 p Pwllheli 5.2 7:33 a 0.4 2:34 a 5.3 7:52 p 0.4 2:56 p Porthmadog 5.3 7:58 a ---- ---- 5.4 8:19 p ---- ---- Barmouth 5.2 7:43 a 0.9 2:48 a 5.3 8:04 p 0.9 3:09 p News and information ■ Due to the new temporary and precautionary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK, face coverings on public transport are now mandatory (exemptions apply). BY CAR ■ Lime Street, L2: Liverpool City Council highway improvement works have resulted in lane restrictions until February 2022. ■ Walton Road/County Road, L4: Liverpool City Council highway improvement works between Spellow Lane and Weldon Street have resulted in lane restrictions and temporary signals until thE cheapest unleaded fuel is 139.9p per litre at Costco Liverpool, it’s 141.7p at Kirkby Morrisons and 141.9p at Rice Lane Sainsburys. the cheapest diesel is 143.9p at Costco Liverpool and 144.7p at Breck Road Asda, 145.7p at Walton Asda. March 2022. ■ West Derby Street, L7: Laing O’Rourke redevelopment of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital has resulted in lane restrictions and a temporary one-way system from Crown Street to Low Hill until August 2022. BY BUS saturday £30,000 for every ticket in this winning postcode LA18 5AX Millom PUMP ACTION the cheapest super unleaded is 145.9p at hall Lane BP, 146.9p at Wallasey BP and 148.7 at Kirkby Morrisons. ■ NB: Prices may be subject to change. ■ Route 166 and 188 Belle Vale and Halewood Circulars: Route 188 – the evening and weekend service remains suspended. BY RAIL ■ City Line: Please check with the rail operator you are travelling with. ■ Merseyrail: No planned works. BY FERRY ■ River Explorer Cruises sail between 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Cruises depart Pier Head, Liverpool on the hour and Woodside, Wirral at twenty past the hour. TUNNELS ■ No planned closures. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 9 News Teens arrested after knife attack near school disco By Olivia Williams ECHO Reporter olivia.williams@reachplccom @livs_wills TWO teenage boys were arrested after a man was held at knifepoint for his car as a school disco was reportedly on nearby. At around 7.20pm on Thursday it was reported two boys approached the driver of a Ford Fiesta on Wheeler Drive in Melling, threatened him with a knife and hammer, and demanded his vehicle, then drove off. The incident happened near Melling Primary School and it was reported a school disco was taking place around the same time of the incident. The man’s mobile phone was also stolen, police said. Two boys aged 12 and 14 were arrested on Lower Lane a short time later, and both remain in custody for questioning. Police are appealing for people who might have dashcam or CCTV footage following the incident to come forward. Detective Inspector Paul Gillies said: “This was an appalling incident for the victim to have experienced and thankfully he wasn’t injured during the robbery. “While two arrests have been made, we’re still keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or captured anything on CCTV, dashcam or other devices as we continue to investigate.” A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Two males have been arrested following a report of a robbery in Melling last night (Thursday, Wheeler Drive in Melling following a carjacking on Thursday evening December 2). “At around 7.20pm it was reported two males approached the driver of a Ford Fiesta, threatened him with a knife and hammer and demanded his vehicle then drove off. The victim’s mobile phone was also stolen. “Two males aged 12 and 14 were arrested on Lower Lane a short time later. Both males remain in custody for questioning.” Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or ring 101 with reference 21000836974. You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at: give-information-anonymously ‘Wall-to-wall’ traffic on M53 A THREE-car crash on the M53 caused “wall-to-wall” traffic. At around 7.45am yesterday officers were called to a report of a crash on the M53 southbound between junction 3 Woodchurch Road (Woodchurch) and junction 4 A5137 Brimstage Road (Bebington). Police said the crash involved a Nissan Juke, a Ford Fiesta and a Transit van. The section of the motorway was blocked and traffic came to a standstill as emergency services attended the scene. Congestion also was reported to reach junction 2 of the M53 near Moreton Spur. Drone footage shared with the ECHO showed huge queues of traffic along the M53. One driver caught up in the congestion told the ECHO traffic was “wall-to-wall”. He said at the time: “It is at a complete standstill right now. I am just blasting out Christmas songs hoping, whatever has happened, everyone is OK.” It is understood there were no injuries following the crash. PARTY £2 - 300g, 67p / 100g CHILLED FROZEN FROZEN FROZEN £2 - 400g, £5 / kg £2 - 400g, £5 / kg £2 - 324g, £6.17 / kg £2 - 480g, £4.17 / kg FROZEN CHILLED £2 - 6 mini, , 33p / unit FROZEN FROZEN FROZEN FROZEN FROZEN £2 - 312g, £6.41 / kg £2 - 300g, 67p / 100g £2 - 195g, £10.26 / kg £2 - 130g, £15.38 / kg £2 - 230g, 87p / 100g £2 - 268g, 75p / 100g FROZEN Subject to availability. Selected UK stores. Not available in The Range and Swift Stores. 3 for £5 offer across frozen and chilled products available until 01.01.22 online and 02.01.21 in stores. Last date for online delivery 02.01.21. *Minimum order of £25 required to use online order and delivery service. Additional £3 delivery charge payable. 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Marsh was linked to the distribution of 25kgs of cocaine, 110kgs of cannabis and 1kg of ketamine and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply each of them. his enterprise saw him work with Bradley Luxton, who used the handles Souphedge and MerrySword and was jailed for 16 years in August. Marsh was brought down by an investigation that led to police storming his home on Park road north in Birkenhead as well as two container units in the town in June. Search teams recovered a rolex watch and £82,000 in the operation. Examination of his Encrochat messages revealed he had almost 30 contacts on the shadowy communications network as well as access to a “stash vehicle” used to transport drugs in secret. the content also blew apart his initial claim that he only bought cocaine from Luxton and never Famous Sandon up for sale A well-known and historic venue that has welcomed football fans from around the world is up for sale at almost £4million. The Sandon Complex, a liverpool institution famed as the birthplace of both everton and liverpool Football Clubs, has been brought to market by Christie & Co. The venue has served the local community under various ownership since the 1870s and holds a special place in Merseyside’s football history. originally owned by the founder of liverpool FC, John Houlding, it was in this building that the team’s formation documents were signed Sign up to the ECHO newsletter – scan the code above for instant access, or visit www. getanewsletter supplied class A drugs to his partner. henry riding, prosecuting, said: “he had international drug contacts in Portugal, Spain and Germany as you could see by specific messages – in one of which he provided a price for cocaine to Bradley Luxton expressed in Euros, destroying the proposition he had only ever sourced drugs from him.” Ian Whitehurst, defending, said his client understood the “devastation he had wreaked” and displayed remorse in a “frank and open” letter to the court. Marsh has previous convictions linked to drug offences and Mr Whitehurst added: “the illness of his father had a detrimental impact on his business activity and he went back to his old ways.” now a ‘listener’ helping other inmates in jail, the court was told Marsh accepts “he has let himself down and let his family down”. Judge David Aubrey, Qc, told Marsh that “drugs wreak havoc and wreck lives” as he sentenced him to 16 years. he said: “You have admitted in trading in desperation and destitution. You were driven by greed and avarice with a complete disregard for the impact on others.” Marsh’s business partner Luxton, 34, of Birch Avenue, Upton, was jailed after admitting involvement in supplying 31kgs of cocaine, 4kgs of heroin, 200 MDMA tablets, 51kgs of cannabis and 14 grams of ketamine. In March police raided his home and seized clothes, ledgers and two Encrochat devices. and where it all began. The Sandon had also been the original HQ of everton FC before the move to Goodison Park in 1892. In 2017, the business was acquired by businesswoman kate Stewart, and an extensive refurbishment transformed the complex inside and out. Following matches, guests are able to stay the night at the on-site hotel. The Sandon Hotel currently comprises 123 beds across 20 rooms. kate Stewart said: “I will miss The Sandon terribly, but I feel this is the right time to close this chapter and spend more time with my family whilst they are still so young.” SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 11 Houses on Toft Street, Kensington A study vital to deciding Wirral Council’s policy on a beach compared to a ‘football pitch’ or ‘quagmire’ has been delayed. since 2019, when it decided to stop all management of Hoylake beach after it was strongly criticised for spraying it with glyphosate, the council policy of leaving it to nature has been highly controversial. there are passionately held views on both sides – some agree but News ‘Grassy’ beach report delayed others are adamant it is destroying Hoylake beach’s ‘golden sands’. Last year, Wirral Council set up an expert-led independent, scientific study to see what’s really happening on the beach, but the group carrying out the work has said that due to a delay in receiving vital data from an external body, its report will now be delayed until the start of January. After that the council will start a public consultation. now city can target homes with poor living conditions Council’s crackdown on dodgy landlords Gingerbread cookie jar £ 12 each By ELLIOT RYDER ECHO Reporter @elliot_ryder LiverpooL city council has been given new powers to regulate privately rented properties and target homes with poor living conditions. The Landlord Licensing scheme, approved by the Government, will enable the city council to regulate 80% of the city’s privately rented properties. The additional powers will give the council the potential to drive up standards and keep vulnerable tenants safe, such as tackling fire and electrical safety hazards, excess cold and damp. 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Ex-IAAF chief convicted of corruption dies Lamine Diack, the long-time leader of world track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an olympic hosting vote, has died at the age of 88, his family said. awa Diack, niece of the former international olympic committee member, said: “my uncle Lamine Diack passed away Thursday to Friday night.” Lamine Diack Diack died in his home country of Senegal, where he was allowed to return this year from France where he had been detained under house arrest for several years and then convicted of various corruption charges linked to abuses of his positions. Police arrest seven in Bosnia BoSnian police have arrested seven people suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 conflict in the Balkan country, authorities said. The group were apprehended in the areas of the eastern towns of Bijeljina and Sokolac, according to a statement by the Bosnian security agency. Bosnia’s prosecutors said those arrested were members of the Bosnian Serb police during the war. They are suspected of the execution-style killing of 22 Bosniak civilians, including seven children and eight women, in an eastern Bosnian village. A Hagenbeck Zoo employee dressed as Santa Claus feeds carrots to baboons in their enclosure at the zoo in Hamburg, Germany yesterday jon cherry Experience of Delta can help in fighting Omicron World Health organisation (WHo) officials in the Western Pacific have said border closures may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the pandemic. While a few countries in the region are facing surges, Covid-19 cases and deaths in many others have decreased and plateaued, WHo regional director for the Western Pacific dr Takeshi Kasai told reporters. In a virtual news conference broadcast from Manila, Philippines, dr Kasai said: “Border control can delay the virus coming in and buy time. But every country and every community must prepare for new surges in cases. The positive news in all of this is that none of the information we have currently about omicron suggests we need to change the directions of our response.” Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, if it can make Pope laments hostility with Cypriot orthodox The Pope has lamented centuries of hostility and prejudice that have divided Catholics and Orthodox as he met the leader of Cyprus’s Greek Orthodox Church. Archbishop Chrysostomos II hosted Francis for private talks at his residence and invited him to the new People wait during an observation period after having received Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination site, in Fontainebleau, south of Paris in France yesterday people more seriously ill, or whether it can thwart the vaccine. dr Kasai said omicron has been designated a variant of concern because of the number of mutations and because early information suggests it may be more transmissible than other variants of the virus. More testing and observation is necessary, he said. Thus far, four countries and regions in the Western Pacific – Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea – have reported cases of the omicron variant, said WHo regional Orthodox Cathedral of St Barnabas for an encounter with the holy Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Greek Orthodox Church. Sitting in front of the gilded iconostasis, or altar, as the Orthodox clergymen chanted, Francis spoke of the emergency director dr Babatunde olowokure. That number is likely to go up as more cases are discovered globally, dr olowokure said. Singapore and Malaysia have also reported their first cases in the last 24 hours, along with India, which falls just outside the WHo Western Pacific region. In the Philippines, government epidemiology bureau director Althea de Guzman said on Friday that one of 71 people located by authorities after arriving in the “broad furrows” that history had cleaved between Catholics and Orthodox as a result of the 1,000 year-old split, when God wanted all Christians united. “Centuries of division and separation have made us assimilate, even involuntarily, hostility and prejudice with regard to one another, preconceptions often based on scarce and distorted information, and spread by aggressive and polemical literature,” Francis said. “This too makes crooked the path of God, which is straight and directed to concord and unity.” country from South Africa in the last two weeks had tested positive for the coronavirus, and still more tests are under way to determine if it is the omicron variant. The emergence of omicron is of particular concern for organisers of the Beijing Winter olympic Games, now just weeks away. Beijing is adopting a “series of comprehensive prevention and control measures to minimise the risk of the spread of imported outbreaks, effectively protect the health of all participants and people of the hosting cities, and ensure that the competition runs safely and smoothly as scheduled,” Beijing Games spokesperson Zhao Weidong said. China has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for Covid-19 transmission and has some of the world’s strictest border controls. Games participants will have to live and compete inside a bubble and only spectators who are residents of China and have been vaccinated and tested will be permitted at venues. Beijing’s measures would seem to be adequate for now. The Pope in Nicosia yesterday SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 13 A surge two and a half hours before the Euro 2020 final kicked off, at the Spanish Steps in the north-west corner of Wembley, leads to a pile of bodies three to four deep at the front and, inset left, a man holding a young child is supported by a steward after he is swept in through an emergency fire door which has been forced open ahead of the game BAronESS CASEy rEVIEW News / National MINUTE BRIEFING Police regrets from euro final disorder BriTAin’S largest police force has said it regrets being unable to do more to prevent “unacceptable scenes of disorder” when fans stormed Wembley Stadium for the euro 2020 final. Baroness Casey’s independent review into events surrounding the match on July 11 concluded there were a series of crowd “near misses” which “could have led to significant injuries or even death”. in what Baroness Casey described as “a source of national shame”, around 2,000 people without tickets managed to get into the London stadium as england took on italy. The report, commissioned by the Football Association (FA) and published yesterday, said policing at the game “did not sufficiently mitigate the risk of ticketless fans, with officers deployed too late in the day”. Much of what unfolded was “foreseeable” and there was a “collective failure to plan for the worst case scenario”, the review said. in response to the report, Metropolitan Police Commander rachel Williams said: “i am deeply sorry people who came to enjoy a day of football were met with unacceptable scenes of disorder. We welcome the praise by Baroness Casey on the bravery of officers in directly confronting scenes of disorder. This moment of national significance was tarnished by ticketless, antisocial and thuggish fans intent on causing disorder and committing criminal acts. “We regret that we were not able to do more to prevent those scenes unfolding.” Evil stepmother and father jailed for Arthur’s killing ‘A “wicked” stepmother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years for cruelly abusing, poisoning and murdering her six-year-old stepson. Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was left with an unsurvivable brain injury while in the sole care of “evil” 32-year-old Emma Tustin. She fatally assaulted him with severe force in the hallway of her Cranmore Road home in Solihull, on June 16, 2020, with Arthur dying in hospital the following day. Tustin was unanimously convicted of Arthur’s murder after an eight-week trial, with the boy’s “pitiless” father, Thomas Hughes, 29, found guilty of his manslaughter, after encouraging the killing. He was jailed for 21 years during their sentencing hearing at Coventry Crown Court yesterday. It emerged at trial that Arthur had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, after concerns were raised by his paternal grandmother Joanne Hughes, but they concluded there were “no safeguarding concerns”. In her victim impact statement, which she read in court ahead of the sentencing, Ms Hughes said Arthur, as a “happy, contented, Emma Tustin Thomas Hughes thriving seven-year-old”, would “be alive today” had her son not met Tustin. The secondary schoolteacher added: “It is also clear Arthur was failed by the authorities that we, as a society, are led to believe are there to ensure the safety of everyone.” As the hearing began, Mr Justice Mark Wall QC said Tustin had been brought to court for her sentencing but had “refused to come up” to the dock. He started by saying the trial had been “without doubt one of the most distressing and disturbing cases I have had to deal with”. Jailing the pair, he said: “This cruel and inhuman treatment of Arthur was a deliberate decision by you to brush off his cries for help as naughtiness.” Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Addressing Tustin, whom he said had made a “calculated” decision to kill, he said: “You are a manipulative woman who will tell any lie, and shift the blame on to anyone, to save your own skin.” He added: “You wanted Thomas Hughes so he could provide for you and your own children, but did not want to be troubled by Arthur any longer.” The judge called Hughes’ “encouragement” of his girlfriend’s actions “chilling”. He added: “You were Arthur’s father, in a position of trust, and bore primary responsibility for protecting him. “He was extremely vulnerable and you lied to his school in the last days of Arthur’s life to protect both you and Ms Tustin.” Robobunny, one of the new characters for the ITV1 singing contest, The Masked Singer New masked singers ThE third series of The Masked Singer will feature celebrities disguised as dazzling chandeliers, colourful poodles and futuristic robobunnies. The ITV show, in which a panel guesses the identities of performing stars, is returning with a new cast of 12 characters including Mushroom, Lionfish, Panda and rockhopper the penguin. Comedian Joel dommett will once against host the reality singing competition, which is due to begin in the new year. Officer ‘attacks’ trial A Metropolitan Police officer who served with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has denied carrying out sex attacks on four women. Pc David Carrick, 46, faces 20 charges relating to dates between March 2017 and September 2020. Carrick appeared by video-link at St Albans Crown Court from highsecurity Belmarsh prison. The judge set a provisional trial date of April 26. Four in five in masks Around four out of five passengers at major railway stations are complying with the rules on face coverings, according to network rail. The Government-owned company said the figure was based on anecdotal evidence from its staff at stations. network rail manages 20 stations in England and Wales, such as Birmingham new Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Leeds and 11 in London. Celebrated actor dies Sir Antony Sher Euromillions 21 22 29 32 46 09 10 TheATre star Sir Antony Sher has died of cancer at the age of 72, the royal Shakespeare Company (rSC) has announced. 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The Health Lo ttery logo is a registered trademark of The Health Lot tery Ltd. 14 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 News Fast food outlet bid for site near M53 Plans for a new McDonald’s in Wirral have been submitted, with the promise of 65 new jobs and millions of pounds of investment. If approved by Wirral Council, the proposal will see it built at the Junction One Retail Park in Bidston Moss. adam Brand, senior acquisitions surveyor at McDonald’s, said: “This site represents a multimillion-pound investment in Bidston Moss and will deliver up to 65 new, local jobs. “We know how wellconnected this location is, being just off Junction 1 of the M53, and our restaurant will be ideally placed to serve local people and visitors alike. “Our operational plans will also explain how we will manage litter around the site, ensuring we are a considerate neighbour.” Motorway shut after smash A Lorry burst into flames after a crash on the M56. At 6.23am yesterday, police were called to reports of a crash on the M56 westbound between junctions 6 (Manchester Airport) and 7 (Bowden). officers attended the scene and found the crash involved four vehicles – a HGV, a red Suzuki Swift, a white Iveco HGV and a silver Ford Mondeo. Cheshire Police confirmed that the blaze was subsequently extinguished. There are no reports of any injuries, police said. The incident caused traffic chaos and congestion reached junction 5 of the M56. A diversion was put in place by National Highways and the M56 westbound between junction 6 and junction 8 remained closed for a time as clean up and recovery took place. Kayley Keir, from Kirkdale, died almost six years ago aged 20 @LivEchoNews Family make anniversary pledge over brave Kayley By TOM DUFFY ECHO Reporter @tabduffy39 The family of a young Liverpool woman who lost her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis have pledged to continue to raise awareness around the disease. Kayley Keir, who was born with the genetic disease, became the youngest patient to have a heartlung transplant at the age of 11. Kayley, from Kirkdale, died shortly before her 21st birthday in December 2015. Now Kayley’s family are preparing to mark the sixth anniversary of her death determined to raise awareness around cystic fibrosis (CF.) The family released a very personal statement to the eChO which read: “Behind closed doors the grief isn’t any easier. “Not once in the last six years have we not spoken about Kayley, she is still very much the focal point in our family and will always be. “Kayley is in our Behind closed doors the grief isn’t any easier. Not once in the last six years have we not spoken about Kayley. Family statement conversations every day whether we are saying how she would have liked something or discussing a memory. She is still a huge part of us all.” The family said that their grief had been exacerbated by the death of Kayley’s many friends within the CF community. They said: “Sadly most of the CF friends of Kays have also passed on, what was once a close-knit group have all gained their wings, with just a couple of Kay’s CF friends remaining. “The grief and sadness we feel for Kay only gets harder, each time a friend of hers passes.” The family said they were determined to continue Kayley’s fight to increase awareness of CF and improve outcomes for CF patients. They said: “As a family we are still extremely thankful to all the staff at Liverpool heart and Chest, Alder hey hospital and Wythenshawe for the years of dedicated care for Kay and supporting us as a family, not forgetting Great Ormond Street who performed Kay’s transplant and the family that sadly lost their child but yet gave us the gift of life.’’

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16 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Ramped-up booster roll-out ThE ramped-up rollout of Covid booster jabs will be in place by december 13, Nhs England has said. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and immunisation (JCVi) said all adults should become eligible for boosters and the time between a second dose and booster should be reduced from six months to three, in a move designed to help protect against the new Omicron variant. however, the booking service for the jabs is yet to be updated. it is understood the rollout could begin when the UK health security Agency updates its guidance. 57-year-old man charged with murder of a ‘loving’ mum TO SHOP LOCAL Shop with 100’s of independent retailers A third of products and gifts not on major marketplaces 100,000s of products, from fashion and furniture to kitchen essentials and electronics National delivery or click and collect By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON ECHO Reporter @AbigailJourno A 57-yeAr-old man has been charged with the murder of a mum in her home. At around 4.55pm on Thursday, November 25, emergency services rushed to a flat on The Green in Stoneycroft. once officers and paramedics arrived at the scene they found 47-yearold Malak Adabzadeh, also known as Katy, dead. A post mortem has revealed the mum, an Iranian woman, died as a result of “head trauma”. detectives have said lines of enquiry include whether her death “may have been for domestic or other cultural reasons”. Malak Adabzadeh Mohammad Ureza Azizi, 57, of The Green, Stoneycroft has been charged with her murder. A 21-year-old man from Stoneycroft and a 46-year-old man from Norris Green, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, remain on bail with conditions. The 57-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear at Magistrates Court today (december 4). In a touching tribute to the 47-yearold victim, who was also known as Katy, her family said: “Katy was a loving mother, lovely sister, wife and daughter. She was generous, kind and would always help anyone. “Katy will be missed terribly. “As a family we ask for the community’s support at this time to find out what has happened to our beloved Katy.” 10% discount on your first purchase with code: LOCAL10 SHOP TODAY AND SUPPORT THE GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET! DOWNYOURHIGHSTREET.CO.UK/LOCAL T&C’s apply, see website for details #THINKWHERE YOUSHOP Vaccination centre walk-ins A MErsEysidE vaccination centre is now offering walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations and flu jabs to the public. Walk-in Covid-19 booster vaccines are being offered to vulnerable people in Merseyside as concerns around the new Covid variant grow across the region. With Omicron cases rising in the UK and a case confirmed in Liverpool this week, Pharmacy2U confirmed it is now running walk-in clinics from its site in Ellesmere Port. The clinic in rossmore Business Park is open between 8.30am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday and patients can book their appointments on the Pharmacy2U website. Vulnerable patients are being offered the opportunity to have both their flu and Covid-19 vaccine jab – with the reassurance patients can receive them in different arms. Pharmacy2U has been operating Covid-19 vaccination sites across England since January and has so far vaccinated over a million people against the virus. There are also Pharmacy2u Covid-19 booster and flu jab sites located in Whiston, Aintree and southport. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 17 By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON ECHO Reporter @AbigailJourno A council has been forced to pay thousands to a family after a girl missed school for three months. The girl, who can only be identified as F, has special education needs including language difficulties, low social communication skills and anxiety. However for almost three years F and her mum, who can only be identified as Mrs X, were locked in a dispute with Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. The mum sought help from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and Wirral Council has accepted the findings of an anonymous report, which found them at fault. The council have now had to payout almost £2,000 to the family. In 2018 F attended a mainstream primary school and was due to transition to secondary school in September, but did not have a educational, health and social needs (EHC) plan. The girl’s mum applied for two secondary schools for her daughter but wasn’t given either. The council offered the girl a place at another school, which was accepted. When it came to September 2018 F Council pay out after girl misses school for months family COmPENSaTED afTER THREE-yEaR DiSPUTE didn’t start her new school after being referred to children and young people’s mental health services (CAHMS) for struggling with anxiety. But after her mum sent a letter to Wirral Council, signed by a clinical psychologist, they said it was “not suitable evidence to show F was out of school for health reasons”. In October 2018 Mrs X asked the council to assess F for an EHC plan. The report said: “Mrs X supplied the council with letters from F’s doctor signing her off school as sick. Mrs X also sent the Council a letter which referred F to CAMHS. Mrs X asked the council to supply home tuition for F as she was out of school due to illness. The council wrote to Mrs X and told her it required a letter of support from a paediatric consultant before it could provide F with home tuition. Mrs X said the school also refused to send any work home for F.” The young girl remained at home without any alternative education A school classroom WIKI COMMONS during October and November 2018. In November the council held a panel to consider the girls case and they decided F should remain on roll at the school and work with teachers to support her needs. A council officer then visited F in her home at the end of November and created a re-integration plan, however by mid-December CAHMS recommended the school provide home tuition for the girl due to her ongoing illness. News In December 2018 the council agreed to commence an EHC Plan assessment for F, but backtracked two months later. Mrs X appealed the decision and the SEND tribunal ordered the council to make an EHC plan – which they completed in October 2019. In the meantime the girl started attending a private school funded by her mum. Mrs X then complained to the council in November 2019, but after not receiving a response complained to the Ombudsman in September 2020. The council responded to the complaint in October 2020 and said they offered F “suitable education” which “met her needs”. The mum was unhappy with the result of her complaint to Wirral Council and sent her case to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman has since found Wirral Council at fault for failing to provide alternative education for F whilst she was unable to attend school for medical reasons. The council were ordered to apologise to F and pay her £1,375 to remedy the loss of education between October 2018 and January 2019 when she was out of school for medical reasons. The payment was sent to Mrs X for her to use for F’s education development. They also paid Mrs X £500 for the upset caused. Stock up on delicious craft beer Includes: * £30 WITH CODE: 5XMASBOX nd can be applied to multiple orders. Full price is £35 Please drink responsibly

18 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Talkback On this day ■■1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only English Pope – as Adrian IV. ■■1791: The Observer, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the United Kingdom, was first published. ■■1865: Edith Cavell, the nurse shot by the Germans in 1915 for helping refugees, was born in Norfolk. ■■1918: US President Woodrow Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France ■■1921: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, silent film comedian, was found not guilty by 10-2 of rape and manslaughter. He was retried twice and found not guilty both times – but his career was ruined. ■■1935: The game of Monopoly was born – the brainchild of unemployed engineer Charles Darrow. ■■1937: The Dandy comic was first published by DC Thomson, featuring Desperate Dan. ■■1942: US bombers strike Italian mainland for first time in WW II ■■1947: Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire was premiered on Broadway with Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in the leading roles. ■■1952: Killer fogs begin in London; the term “Smog” is coined ■■1964: The Beatles release their “Beatles For Sale” album ■■ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon with a load of lunar rocks, for the first stage of its return to Earth. Birthdays Gemma Jones, actress, 79; Jeff Bridges, actor, 72; Pamela Stephenson, comedy actress turned therapist, 72; Paul McGrath, former footballer, 62; Marisa Tomei, actress, 57; Jay-Z, rapper, 52; Kevin Sussman, actor, 51; Tyra Banks, model, 48; Kate Rusby, folk musician, 48. Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason). The Editor reserves the right to edit all letters. Don’t bank on being able to make trip to high street branch Reading in Wednesday’s ECHO that TSB bank is closing 70 UK branches next year is a disgrace. The banks are leaving the high streets wastelands – and even more so when you see the lame excuses that they are using to justify it! One excuse is in response to more people using online banking! This excuse I find shocking when you consider that every time you visited the high street bank you were badgered by the bank staff with: “Do you do internet banking or telephone banking? You should you know, it’s easy.” I used to say: “No, I like to speak to people and keep them in jobs!” This happened on several occasions until eventually my bank branch was shut down. The bank staff seem to be labouring under the illusion that the bank will look after them when they close! The second excuse used for closure is even more shocking – “lack of people visiting it’s branches”. During the pandemic people were advised to only go out when necessary and avoid contact with crowds when you did! That was if/ when you could get in a bank. A recent episode concerning the Garston TSB which made me think that they were driving people away was on a recent security check the bank would not accept a passport as proof of identity – yet other countries accept it to let you in. Closing bank branches I fear is part of the plan to push us headlong into a cashless society – which is disgusting when you think that not everyone has a smart phone or a computer or are even tech savvy so to speak – and using Covid-19 as an excuse has accelerated this tenfold. A Kendall Snr, Halewood Airport plan is no exception ‘Exceptional circumstances’ are words attributed to council leaders in relation to a planned expansion of Liverpool airport. If the expansion plans for the airport go ahead there will be consequences paid for by declining Liverpool John Lennon Airport. See ‘Airport plan is no exception’ Andrew Teebay health in those living near the airport. Air pollution is a silent killer, it attacks lungs and hearts and affects cognitive function. It does not discriminate in age, from the yet to be born to the elderly it can impact with devastating effect. In defiant ignorance of COP26, leaders will say ‘but look at the jobs the airport will generate and the tourist revenue a bigger airport brings’ – those with an ounce of intelligence might say where is the sense in creating jobs which contribute to the already catastrophic climate disaster facing us all? Why would we want to help a tourist industry already in denial about the harm it causes, avoiding the very uncomfortable truth that airport-driven tourism damages the environment in a way that no amount of tree-planting offsetting will cure. What we are doing to the planet with our carbon footprint, our impact on bio-diversity and the air we breath are all ‘exceptional Nadine Dorries circumstances’ – if we fail to stop schemes such as the airport expansion, ‘exceptional circumstances’ will be on our death certificates. Simon Wood, Woolton Cabinet taking firm approach In the aftermath of the Owen Paterson affair, the Government has clearly decided that attack is the best form of defence. In the vanguard of this is Nadine Dorries, who maintains that Tory MPs – in government and under the microscope for more than a decade – have been more harshly treated than their opposition counterparts who are being “let off lightly”. She described discrimination against “talented” Tory MPs as “pure leftwing snobbery”. Dorries’ language conforms to a pattern established by this Government over the past five or six years. It is the vocabulary of paranoia or persecution mania that brands everyone who has the effrontery to challenge or criticise it as “Marxists”. Judges, civil servants, the BBC, Channel 4, the Electoral Commission etc. are saboteurs, fifth columnists whose mission is to “thwart the wishes of the British people”. This is a government that operates as if fighting a permanent election campaign, rather than governing for the long-term. Frank Rice, Birkenhead Write to: Talkback, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, 5 St Paul’s Square, Liverpool L69 3EB. Or e-mail: Brexit brought us down a level As if we needed any more proof of the failure of Brexit, we learned this week that the part of the UK that is still part of the European Single Market – Northern Ireland – is the best performing region with the strongest economic bounce-back from the effects of the Covid pandemic! To use the Government’s jargon – that is levelling-up! If they were serious about helping our regions the Government would be admitting ‘Brexit’ is a costly mistake that needs to be reversed as soon as possible to get the UK back on track. But that would require an outbreak of honesty and competence on their part. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to happen! O Sykes, Liverpool Bus services in shocking state Over the years Arriva have failed to serve their customers who live in the under the bridge area of Garston. The have gone from SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 19 QUOTES OF THE Week powered by Boris Johnson receives his booster jab at St Thomas Hospital in London Paul Edwards/PA Wire “We’re going to be throwing everything at it, in order to ensure that everyone eligible is offered that booster in just over two months” – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on plans to combat the Omicron Covid variant. “This is a victory not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what’s right” – The Duchess of Sussex after Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publisher of The Mail on Sunday, lost an appeal against her privacy victory over a handwritten letter to her estranged father. doing my boobs would make my husband at the time like me more, but I was doing it for the wrong reasons. You have to love yourself first. That’s my message to every woman” – Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas. “I think it’s great... it’s such a convenient sport. It’s pretty cheap and you can take it anywhere. I always have one in my bag with me. You can just get a timer on your phone and you’re good to go” – reigning Rubik’s Cube world champion Chris Mills speaks of his passion for it. having four 80 services and four 80a services to three of each and now there is only two of each. They say they want to encourage drivers to use the buses but why should they with such a diabolical service they run. I do not drive and rely on buses to get me from A to B. With being bad on my legs it is difficult getting around as it is and the 80/80a route is the nearest bus stops for me. They are missing out buses now which means longer waits in freezing cold weather. They claim staff shortages but there are many people now unemployed who would be glad of a job – even if it was just as emergency/holiday cover drivers. So that really should not be an excuse. There are many new builds in the area which means more people, so this doesn’t make sense. There are plenty of 82 and 86a buses but that means walking to Speke Road. And if you need to go to Ullet Road or Princes Park area, that is not an option. When you contact Arriva they just send you a complaint form which they completely ignore by the look of it because I have complained in the past to no avail. I hope the metro mayor does his best to oversee the future of Colin Lane, ECHO Chief Photographer chose this photo, Sinkhole by Southport pier, taken by Robert Willetts, to feature for today’s Lane’s Lens. Colin says ‘Like a painting in that stunning light with passing clouds seascape on Southport Pier.’ Would you like your photograph appraised by Colin? To get involved, upload shots to​verpoolecho/ or e-mail images to Merseyside bus travel because it is in a shocking state. LK, an irate Garston resident No logic in new electoral map Perhaps it was to be expected, but amongst the “recommendations” imposed by Max Caller is a reduction in both electoral wards and the number of councillors for every district of Liverpool. It has to be asked, what does he know about Liverpool? Did he have to consult Sat-Nav to find our geographical location? Liverpool’s population has increased steadily year-on-year for some time. How can he justify reducing the number of councillors overall by at least five, increasing the size of each electoral ward, and heaping more work on each councillor by only having one elected official for each ward rather than three to share the burden as is currently the case? Paul McDermott, Woolton Your Poem On the beaches They call them “migrants”, if you please, Though most of them are refugees, From places like Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Victims of terror and of war, Some of which we caused before, And if these “migrants” reach our shores, They’ll “send them back” or “change our laws”, Or “we’ll police the Opal beaches, Making sure they never reach u s”, While all of this gives them the chance, To blame the whole damn thing on France, To stir up now a phony war, And up their ratings even more. By Mike Temple “Of course, the Prime Minister isn’t a clown, he is the elected Prime Minister of this country with a very big mandate, leading this country through the pandemic” – Business minister George Freeman in response to reports French president Emmanuel Macron branded Boris Johnson a “clown”. “The young men who surrounded us were not engaged in political protest; this was a bigoted anti-Semitic attack in the heart of London, seen by dozens of others, who stood by silently” – Shneor Glitsenstein, director of the Chabad Israeli Centre Golders Green, who was with a group of Jewish young people on board a bus that was spat at by a group of men in central London on Monday. “I’ve done all sorts to try to make myself feel more confident: I had my teeth straightened and fat drained out of my arms and legs; I thought News quiz 1. How much has the Cabinet Office been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a data breach which saw the postal addresses of the 2020 New Year Honours list recipients posted online? 2. Young female footballers who were helped by Kim Kardashian “I’m lucky to be alive but also still have the limb. Those are two crucial things. I’m very grateful that someone upstairs was taking care of me, that I’m able to not only be here but also to walk without a prosthesis” – Tiger Woods on his recovery from his horrific car crash. Shirley Ballas to flee Afghanistan have been training which which Premier League club? 3. Voters went to the polls on Thursday to elect a new MP for which constituency? 4. What percentage of Scottish people are in favour of independence, according to a new Ipsos Mori survey? Answers: 1. £500,000 2. Leeds United 3. Old Bexley and Sidcup 4. 55%

20 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 News ‘Taskforce’ launched to tackle youth violence By jonathan humphries eCHO Reporter @JHumphriesEcho Young people most at risk of serious violence or gang exploitation in the city will be targeted by a £3.7million ‘taskforce’ led by schools, education ministers have announced. The scheme is part of a national rollout of 10 so-called ‘Support, Attend, Fulfil, Exceed’ (SAFE) taskforces in ‘hotspot’ areas, where incidents of serious youth violence are highest. The Department for Education (DfE) says these will be led by local schools, bringing headteachers together to support vulnerable young people, and avoid them becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity. Liverpool will receive a £3,700,650 investment, which the DfE says will focus on improving pupils’ attendance, reducing the likelihood of young people being permanently excluded from school and keeping young people focused on their education. While the national scheme was announced in September, Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said the Floral tributes to Ava White £3.7m scheme part of national focus on ‘hotspot’ areas for gang activity fatal stabbing of 12-year-old Ava White in Liverpool City Centre last week highlighted the need to address youth violence in the city. A 14-year-old boy has since appeared in Liverpool Crown Court charged with Ava’s murder and possession of a blade, and could stand trial in May. Mayor Anderson said: “We welcome the funding that has been committed to Liverpool for the next three years. “Events in Liverpool last week showed us the tragedies that happen when our young people are drawn into violent crime. “our schools know their own pupils the best. “Empowering them to lead the SAFE Taskforce and to commission their own services means that our vulnerable young people will have the right support put in place for them.” In Liverpool the project will be coordinated by Andrew Poole, head teacher of Everton Free School. He said: “Time is such a valuable resource and the taskforce has enabled us to spend more time with students and their families to enable them to engage with their education.” @LivEchoNews Permission granted for 5G mast A new 5G mast is set to be built in wirral, after planning permission was granted. The 20-metre tall structure will be built on new Chester Road in Tranmere, under plans put forward by Three UK. The application was successful despite many other plans for 20-metre-tall 5G masts in wirral being rejected over concerns they may harm the appearance of the local area. However, this was not seen to be an issue with this application. A wirral Council report on the plan said: “Overall it is not considered that the mast would result in street clutter or have an adverse impact on the appearance of the street scene.” On the need to build such tall masts, Three UK said that 5G uses slightly shorter wavelengths than previous generations. As a result, they do not travel as far, meaning 5G antennae need to be taller than those used in previous generations. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 21 Three robbers target store Armed robbers stormed a Co-op shop and threatened staff with hammers and a ‘large knife’. Police were called at around 10pm on Wednesday after three men, armed with hammers and a large knife, entered the Co-op store on Chapel Lane, Warrington. The men then threatened staff and ordered them to open the safe before stealing a quantity of cash and fleeing the store. Witnesses described the first man as a white, around 5ft9in and the second man was also white, around 6ft and of stocky build. The third man was described as around 5ft8in, he was also white. The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards has announced its shortlist to recognise the very best of the city region’s tourism industry. The annual awards are delivered by Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company and this year in association with Liverpool BID Company. every year the judging panel sifts through the many applications to find the very best, who go forward to the final judging panel ahead of the awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on March 10, 2022. The 17 categories include awards for best hotel, restaurant, and attractions, alongside new awards News Awards bid to find best of region’s tourism for ‘Resilience and Innovation’ and ‘Unsung hero’ while the ‘hidden Gem’ category, which is put to a public vote, is returning. Peter Sandman, head of Visitor economy Development at Growth Platform, said: “It’s great to see the visitor economy sector throwing their support behind these awards.” Fix fence before a child gets on the line Resident’s plea as stoRm damage goes unRepaiRed neaR tRain tRacks By PATRICK EDRICH eChO Reporter @LivEchoNews A mAn whose fence was destroyed in Storm Arwen is still waiting for network Rail to replace it as his house backs on to a train line. Keith Braithwaite’s home in West Kirby is bordered by a fence installed by network Rail to separate his house from the busy rail line. But the fence was completely destroyed during Storm Arwen’s heavy winds last Friday leaving a hole just feet away from the line. mr Braithwaite, 60, told the ECHO he has called and e-mailed network Rail but there has still been no-one out to fix it nearly a week on since it was destroyed. He told the ECHO: “I’ve called them three times and e-mailed as well. The e-mail just told me to fill out a survey. “I’ve spoke with three different people and they said they were going to treat it as an emergency. “When I called on the Friday someone said they were going to come down in the early hours of the morning but I’ve just been waiting since.” Keith said a big issue is now that children are able to access the train line, by using the gap in his fence, and he fears for their safety. He added: “I’ve got children climbing over as well. They’re about six or seven and keep trying to come down. There’s a school just down the road. “We have to sit there constantly in limbo watching to make sure the kids don’t get on the wall and climb on the track again. “There’s also debris from the fence on the ground. If it blows in front of a train it could cause accidents.” On the network Rail website the company states: “We’re responsible for the fencing that forms the boundary to the railway. “If there’s a problem with our fencing we will either fix the fence or replace it. “This doesn’t apply to other fences that may be parallel to our boundary measure. “If there’s a gap and we can’t immediately carry out a permanent repair, then we’ll do a temporary repair first of all. “If we can’t repair the fence to a safe standard, and a fence is needed to keep the railway safe, we’ll replace it with a new one of a similar size and type.” Keith said in the past he has had to have staff from network Rail’s health and safety team on site when work was carried out on his house. He said: “The fence isn’t on my property – it’s next to the railway track so it’s up to them to replace it. “When I got some work done down the side of my house, their health and safety team had to be there. They wouldn’t let anyone on the wall side of the track, so I can’t see it being my responsibility on that side of the wall.” A network Rail spokesperson said: “Storm Arwen cause widespread destruction across the country’s rail network and our engineers are working round the clock to fix the damage. “We’d always encourage people to report issues with railway fencing and thank this resident in West Kirby for doing so.” Keith Braithwaite is in a dispute with Network Rail over a downed fence (above)

22 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Child rapist is sent to prison A mAn raped a boy when he himself was still a child. Elliot Troy, 24, sobbed when he appeared in court to be sentenced over vile offences. He was convicted of three counts of rape, two of sexual assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “You have caused psychological scars to your victim.” Troy, of Carr Lane East, Croxteth, but formerly of Crosby, was aged between 11 and 15 during the offences, while his victim was between nine and 12. Troy (left) was jailed for four years and nine months. We buy any house! WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH Sell in days – or in your timescale No fees & no obligation Any condition or location NAPB approved & RICS regulated GET UP TO £30,000 CASH ADVANCE Call us FREE today for a cash offer available 24/7 0800 031 9071 Payback time for coke and heroin gang crooks By TOM DUFFY ECHO Reporter @tabduffy39 Two members of a Liverpool-based drug gang have been ordered by a court to pay back nearly £23,000. Zakaira Ahmed, 24, and Ammin Hassan, 25, travelled from Liverpool to sell crack cocaine and heroin to drug users in Macclesfield. Police believe the two men were involved in a drugs conspiracy that had a potential value of between £71,000 to £142,000. Between July 2019 and July 2020 Ahmed used graft mobile phones to BEST PRICE PAID advertise and facilitate the sale of the drugs in the town. Both men were members of the Liverpool-based ‘Mitch Gang’ which sold drugs in the Macclesfield area. The gang also recruited three youths from Northamptonshire to assist with the drug-dealing operation. During a wave of raids police recovered 91 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, multiple phones and £860 in cash. The two men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and were sentenced on December 14 2020 at Chester Crown Court. Ahmed of Millennium Road in Toxteth and Hassan, also from Liverpool, both received a sevenyear-and-six-month sentence. when Ahmed was arrested at his Toxteth home police found £19,470 in cash in his wardrobe along with a Norwegian passport and Dior training shoes worth around £850. Two months later, Hassan handed himself in to a police station after a ‘wanted’ appeal was issued by Cheshire Constabulary. Following their sentences a timetable was set under the Proceeds of Crime Act and an investigation began into Ahmed and Hassan’s finances. The investigation identified Ahmed had gained £19,480 and Hassan £3,200. on November 24 the case was called back to Chester Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime hearing. The judge ordered Ahmad and Hassan to pay a total of £22,800. Detective Sergeant Angela Coppock, from Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Ahmed and Hassan were part of a county lines organised crime group for financial gain. “The gang also used youngsters to assist with their drug dealing and preyed on vulnerable adults who have addictions. “The money they have been ordered to pay back will be spent on improving local communities.” Crash victim taken to hospital as road blocked A mAN was taken to hospital following a crash which caused a road to be blocked. Police were called at around 9.10pm to Formby Bypass on Thursday following reports of a crash involving a Ford Fiesta and a BmW. Zakaira Ahmed Ammin Hassan The two cars partially blocked the southbound carriageway at the Lady Green junction which is near the Shell garage. Emergency services attended the scene and a fuel spillage was also reported. A spokesperson for merseyside Police confirmed a man was taken to hospital following the crash, however the extent of his injuries is currently unknown. The spokesperson for the force told the ECHO: “The road was blocked for a while and it involved two male drivers.”

24 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews News Warning on doorstep scammers in Wirral A wARning has been issued about bogus doorstep sellers scamming customers by posing as BT and United Utilities workers. Police in wirral have warned people of an influx of cold-callers posing as salesmen with several reports across the borough in recent days. The scammers have targeted areas of wallasey and Caldy, but wirral Police say similar reports have also been received in other parts of wirral. On Thursday, police issued a warning to people in the Seacombe and Poulton areas of wallasey after numerous reports of ‘bogus callers’ who pretended to be BT salesmen were made by members of the public. They have released further warnings on their Facebook page after similar reports were made from Caldy residents who said men posing as United Utilities workmen knocked at their doors. while police said ‘most people who call at your home will be genuine’, they are reminding residents there are criminals who will pretend they have a reason to be in your home. The warnings have been issued as part of the force’s newest campaign, Operation Shepherd, which will see police use high visibility and covert tactics in a bid to reduce crime and keep communities safe during the festive period. Patrols will be stepped up in an effort to prevent serious and organised crime, as well as burglary, robbery, sexual assault, domestic violence and ‘flouting of Covid-19 regulations’. Ooops... Road closed foR houRs afteR loRRy smash By PATRICK EDRICH ECHO Reporter @LivEchoNews A busy road was closed for much of yesterday after a lorry crash. The lorry smashed into a gantry on the A562 speke Road in Widnes at 6.39am. Cheshire Police said the road is expected to remain closed for several hours as they continue to check the gantry’s structural stability following the incident. There are no reports of any injuries but recovery work continues to take place while the gantry is checked for structural stability, said police. Police attended the scene and found a HGV had collided with a gantry near to Hale Road slip road. Images show the container appears to have come off the lorry after it crashed into the gantry which shows directions to Liverpool. A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: “There are no reports of any injuries but recovery work will need to take place and the gantry will need to be checked for structural stability. 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For full T&C’s, visit DRINKING IS ONLY FUN WHEN YOU DON’T OVERDO IT More police on streets this month If you’re heading out to meet family and friends over the coming weeks, you may see more police on the streets than usual. officers in uniform and plain clothing will be patrolling areas across Merseyside in the run up to Christmas and New year, including in Liverpool city centre and busy town centres. Merseyside Police said there will also be an increased police presence in shopping centres, Christmas markets and other popular attractions “because, as recent events have shown, the threat from terrorism has not gone away.” Specialist teams including air support, police dogs and horses from the Merseyside Police Mounted Section will also be deployed. Police said the extra police presence “is nothing to worry about” and it all forms part of their annual campaign – operation Shepherd. Merseyside Police said people can expect to see extra officers policing “the vibrant night-time economies of the city and busy town centres throughout Merseyside.” Search on after theft from shop POLICE have released CCTV images of a man and woman they want to speak to following a theft from a Warrington shop. At around 2pm on Wednesday, November 17 more than £300 worth of items were stolen from the Tessuti store at Golden Square Shopping Centre. Officers released CCTV stills as they issued an appeal for information. Police Constable Graham Davies, from Warrington Local Policing unit, said: “This investigation is ongoing and as part of our enquiries we’re keen to speak to the man and the woman in the CCTV images as we believe they may be able to help us with our investigation. “If you think you recognise the pair, or have any information in relation to the incident, please call the team here at Warrington on 101.” Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 1134452. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 25 News Former PC spared jail over abuse pics Ronald Hardcastle, 65, of Southney Close, Kirkby By ABIGAIL NICHOLSON and LYNDA ROUGHLEY eCHo reporters A retired Merseyside Police officer was caught with sickening child sex abuse images on his mobile phone. ronald Hardcastle, 65, who had worked categorising such images for another police force, was also found to have animal porn images on the device. A hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, November 18, heard how the 65-year-old admitted he had chosen the online user name of ‘Bad Uncle James’ “to attract other users who might have an interest in indecent images.” Hardcastle’s sordid behaviour came to light during investigations by the child exploitation unit of the National Crime Agency (NCA) into illegal activity on a Kik Messenger account. this led officers from Merseyside Police’s online child abuse team, armed with a search warrant, to his home in Kirkby on February 16 this year. during the searches various electronic devices were seized, said Frank dillon, prosecuting. When his Samsung mobile phone was examined a total of 275 indecent images – including 202 videos and 29 photographs of extreme porn – were found. Another 18 images were in the most serious category of child abuse, which includes rape, and 17 of them were videos. One image came from Pinterest and all the rest from Kik Messenger. Mega software from the New Zealand website had been installed on September 15, 2020. Mr dillon explained that “was encrypted cloud storage, described as a well known source for indecent images.” the court heard there was evidence images had been shared or distributed in group chats with other users but Hardcastle only faced one distribution charge involving one Category B image. Mr dillon said when Hardcastle was interviewed on August 3 this year he was “candid... He said he knew it was wrong, illegal and he should not have done it.” Hardcastle, of Southney Close, Kirkby Park, had worked for Merseyside Police for about 30 years and after retiring 11 years ago joined an agency supplying staff to police forces which resulted in him spending four years working as a civilian with Greater Manchester Police. For some of that time he worked with their child protection department “and had been responsible for categorising images of this sort.” the job ended after he was involved in a serious accident which left him with broken bones and in hospital for some months. Hardcastle told how “he ended up on anti-depressants and became isolated from his ‘police family’ and became curious about that sort of material having worked in that area.” Hardcastle, who has no previous convictions, said he was ashamed of his behaviour and denied having sexual interest in children. imposing a suspended prison sentence on Hardcastle, who was using a crutch to walk and clutching a bag of medication, the judge recorder ian Unsworth, QC, said he was “a willing participant” in what had taken place. But he said on balance taking into account his “obvious remorse and shame and copious personal mitigation” while a prison sentence was warranted he would suspend it. He sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and imposed a four month curfew with an electronic tag between 9pm and 6am. Hardcastle also has to attend for up to 10 days rehabilitation activities and 28 sessions of the Horizon programme, designed for those convicted of internet sexual offences. the judge imposed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders register for 10 years. tony nicholas (left) with oussaman sarr (right) after the rescue Sailor Tony to the rescue of Sadio fan left stranded at sea SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 27 News Wanted: ‘Absolute menace’ burglar after jail release An “Absolute menace” burglar is wanted by police for “poor behaviour” on his release from prison. liam brennan, 28, is wanted by police following his release from prison due to poor behaviour and breaching his licence conditions. He was jailed in 2019 after being charged with a number of burglaries and driving while disqualified. Previously described as an “absolute menace” by police, brennan – pictured right – is described as white, around 5ft 9 with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Police said he also has links to the Wirral and Huyton. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Recognise this man? “We’re appealing for information to find wanted man, liam brennan. “brennan, aged 28, is wanted by police following his release from prison due to poor behaviour and breaching his licence conditions. “brennan is white, around 5ft 9 with dark brown hair and hazel eyes. “brennan has links to the Wirral and Huyton.” THE BIG LIVERPOOL FC BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS ‘This book gives our fans the chance to learn about nutrition from Mona – just as our players do!’ JURGEN KLOPP By TOM DUFFY ECHO Reporter @tabduffy39 A SAilor helped save the life of a stranded fisherman off the coast of west Africa. 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You can also test your mettle with a selection of fiendishly fun puzzles! There’s something for everyone in My Weekly, so don’t miss out! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 29 The Big Quiz QUOTES OF THE WEEK I’m lucky to be alive but also still have the limb. Those are two crucial things. I’m very grateful that someone upstairs was taking care of me. - Tiger Woods on his recovery from his horrific car crash We’re going to be throwing everything at it, in order to ensure that everyone eligible is offered that booster in just over two months – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on plans to combat the Omicron Covid variant CODE CHALLENGE 2021 This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. Solution next week. 26 11 2 24 25 1 1 20 R E D 7 10 7 26 17 11 10 7 26 15 23 15 26 9 8 22 21 12 6 25 13 10 8 4 12 11 17 10 8 10 12 7 6 14 10 13 11 17 10 16 5 3 24 7 5 7 26 15 24 19 12 23 21 24 2 19 5 15 10 7 8 12 10 18 17 10 13 22 8 17 10 7 24 8 5 11 26 19 17 10 17 24 13 20 24 8 17 11 14 26 15 24 24 20 24 15 3 26 9 21 8 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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 E 25 26 D Last week’s solution: Across: Arc, Catnaps, Choir, Reprove, Article, Wreck, Clique, Static, Maple, Hydrant, Notable, Amaze, Astride, Hay. Down: Archaic, Minx, Croft, Impetus, Fracture, Bar, Agreed, Shrewd, Nip, Withdraw, Project, Awash, Perk, Cutlery. MASTERMINDS 1. Which Hollywood star has ruled out running for governor of Texas? 2. Which country has become the world’s newest republic? 3. Who was the Oscar-winning James Bond director who was knighted at Windsor Castle this week? 4. Which pop group has cancelled the rest of its 2021 UK tour due to members of their touring party testing positive for Covid-19? 5. When does Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign take place? 6. Why did London’s West End dim all theatre lights for two minutes on Monday? 7. Which street in the UK has the slowest broadband? 8. The head of MI6, Richard Moore, has said he only uses which colour to write messages? 9. Which song does Apple Music UK say was the most streamed in the UK this year? 10. What day did mandatory maskwearing resume in England in shops and on public transport this week? 11. Can you name the player who broke Gary Lineker’s record as the leading British scorer in La Liga? 12. The childhood home of Beatles gutarist George Harrison has sold for how much at auction? 13. When did ITV’s storm-hit I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! from Gwrych Castle return to TV screens? 14. Who is Great Britain’s most successful female Olympic competitor? 15. Which former Strictly champ is Giant Crossword Across 9 He’s not hooked by the drug immediately (2,3,4) 10 On being elected, gave back (8) 12 How one makes a visit to Monsieur’s country? (4) 13 Leaves one penniless and splits (6) 14 Renounces and devotes oneself completely to (5,2) 15 Get the salary reduced and make it fast (5,4) 17 A mention, in the testimonial (9) 18 With everybody inside fidgeting, dawdles (7) 20 Stick with, when many abandon (6) 21 Fight for the point to get even with (4) 24 Lied about having become reconciled with (4,2,2) 26 The end – for peeping Toms? (8) 28 Concluded it means it’s my turn to speak (4) 29 Mood brought about by drink? (6) 31 Force to experience, as a model (7) 34 Glum on finding the market’s down? (9) 36 Uncomfortable playing in unfamiliar surroundings? (3,2,4) 38 Fawning on, everywhere (3,4) 39 Fools the allies, having grasped power (6) 40 Bank register (4) 41 So long as you are successful (8) 42 A role you have trouble memorising? I do sympathise (4,5) Down 1 Either created or was quite unruffled (8) 2 ‘Year off’ by the way, is not a horse to give up easily (6) 3 The racket! Boxes containing birds! (8) 4 Reach at the brown one on the inside (6) 5 Cure, perhaps, in the sanctuary (8) 6 What the acting bug gives you? (5,5) 7 Do golfers become slaves to them? (7) 8 Deduce it’s your excuse for (6) 11 Seems the rising water is engulfing the tree (7) 16 Records the said claims (6) 19 Will or won’t stay (5) 20 Better impose an upper limit (3) 22 Write once, on having left, for money (5) 23 Lever up and underneath there’s a little animal (6) 12 backing a campaign to get older people dancing this Christmas? 16. What is the name of the pub where around 60 people became trapped due to heavy snowfall from Storm Arwen? 17. At how many World Cups did footballer Diego Maradona represent Argentina? 18. What radio programme was suspended after a fire alarm went off? 19. Which supermarket opened a checkout-free store in Holborn, central London, this week? 20. What was boxer Carl Froch’s nickname? 21. Jack Dorsey resigned as the chief executive of Twitter on Monday – in what year did he co-found the platform? 22. What is the name of TV presenter Holly Willoughby’s new Golden Retriever puppy? 23. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is to be celebrated with what new coin next year? 24. What has become 2021’s fastest selling album? 25. How many Grand Nationals did Red Rum win? 25 A nuisance, is aggravating about the decorations (10) 26 A firm ‘Time for bed’ (3) 27 Friendly, but heavens, the face! (7) 30 Make fun of, when I go through the lucre I’d amassed (8) 31 Prepared to take a role that will make one unique (3,5) 32 I set out to conceal the jagged tear in the paper (8) 33 To listen, I ve moved in closer (7) 35 Mean to accommodate the sick and provide support (6) 36 After the point, should come the zero (6) 37 If not, get the one ten travelling east (6) 26. Who has said his father used to pat him down for hidden books at family gatherings to stop him from reading constantly? 27. Cynthia Erivo returned to Strictly Come Dancing last weekend to deputise for which judge? 28. Which celebrity cook is supporting a new WaterAid appeal to bring clean water and toilets to schools? 29. Sir Ian McKellen joined forces with which famous pop group for a comical festive video? 30. Where is the UK’s National Cycling Centre located? ANSWERS 1. Matthew McConaughey. 2. Barbados. 3. Sam Mendes. 4. Steps. 5. Friday, December 10 6. In tribute to legendary American composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim following his death at 91 7. Wistaston Road in Crewe 8. Green ink – following a tradition started by Mansfield Cumming, the first head of MI6 9. Good 4 U by Olivia Rodrigo. 10. Tuesday. 11. Gareth Bale. 12. £171,000 13. Tuesday. 14. Laura Kenny with five gold medals. 15. Ore Oduba. 16. The Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales. 17. Four World Cups. 18. BBC Radio 4’s live Today programme. 19. Sainsbury’s. 20. The Cobra. 21. In 2006 22. Bailey. 23. A new 50p coin featuring the number 70, representing the number of years of the Queen’s reign in 2022, and her cypher framed within the zero at the heart of the design. 24. Adele’s album 30 25. Three races. 26. Writer Neil Gaiman. 27. Motsi Mabuse. 28. Nadiya Hussain. 29. Abba. 30. Manchester. Last week’s solution Across: 9, Laid claim 10, Part-ridge 12, Roll 13, Fill in 14, Sun-trap 15, Gets round 17, Testiness 18, T-he-’s-ame 19, A-broad 20, Thee 23, Rained off 25, Over-rules 26, Gal-l (rev) 27, Strain 29, Tighten 32, Testamen-t 34, F-ortn-ight 35, Burni-sh 36, T-rills 37, S-t-ir 38, Un-settled 39, Hastiness. Down: 1, All right 2, Fills the bill 3, Mani-cur-e 4, S-MI-led 5, Spin-ster 6, Grass snake 7, Fr-antic 8, Pen pushers 11, Dirg-E 16, Rea-der 19, A-L-f 21, Held together 22, O-re-gon 23, Right about 24, On the whole 25, Own 28, Altitude 29, Tire-(mi)le-ss 30, Natur-Ist 31, R-a-diate 33, S-or-ts 34, Flight.

30 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Puzzles & Stars Cryptic crossword Quick crossword Gogen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 13 12 14 15 16 11 18 19 21 22 Stuck on today’s puzzle? Call 0905 789 4220 to hear individual clues or the full solution. Calls cost 80p per minute plus network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 04/12/2021 Across: 1 Racehorses; 7 Fives; 8 Labours; 10 Elevates; 11 Pier; 13 Cymbal; 15 Relent; 17 Lyre; 18 Courting; 21 Spanker; 22 Roots; 23 Wardresses. Down: 1 Revue; 2 Castaway; 3 Halves; 4 Ruby; 5 Erudite; 6 Of Hercules; 9 Strategist; 12 Bear arms; 14 Marsala; 16 Course; 19 Irons; 20 Skid. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Three; 8 Litre; 10 Droop; 11 Cos; 12 Cabin; 13 Mineral; 15 Bidet; 18 Nap; 19 Sleuth; 21 Fatigue; 22 Real; 23 Vein; 24 Dangles; 26 Dental; 29 Eat; 31 Enter; 32 Hopeful; 34 Argon; 35 Ran; 36 Nurse; 37 Mates; 38 Enjoy. Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. 1 8 20 M Y I W J Q U R N A X K F C D 17 B O P E G ACROSS 6. Very quick, straight from the printing machine (7) 7. Bend the remedy about five (5) 9. He enables 100 to avoid death (5) 10. Cause to go round rubbish dump for salary (7) 12. Sly tribe break steed in (11) 14. Opposite number in role of shop assistant? (11) 18. Naive and having no skill in painting? (7) 19. Reach the heights in music? (5) 21. Enjoy good relations and make progress (3,2) 22. Unfeeling summons to ring you and me (7) ACROSS 1. Rigid (5) 6. Having life (5) 9. Italian food (7) 10. Wanderer (5) 11. Sofa (5) 12. Fruit (5) 13. Scolds harshly (7) 15. Gratuity (3) 17. Unfortunately (4) 18. Loudness (6) 19. Herb type (5) 20. Foolish talk (6) 22. Girl’s name (4) 24. Feeling unhappy (3) 25. Health-check (7) 26. Warning device (5) 27. Portly (5) 28. Burning (5) 29. Surpass (7) 30. Dog lead (5) 31. Go about stealthily (5) DOWN 1. Praise being late out – about ten (5) 2. Take the learner in a car? What rubbish! (6) 3. What is left after burning a tree (3) 4. Pampered little dog on a string? (6) 5. Smoothing things over at the end of the day (7) 8. Half beat and entice to try (7) 11. Concentrated with regard to time? (7) 13. Wooed while played tennis? (7) 15. Naval hero lacking half to get hold (6) 16. Remember to pay another visit (6) 17. Blow causes 150 to be on strike (5) 20. Exclude from drinking spot (3) DOWN 2. Hand tool (6) 3. Noisy quarrel (6) 4. Craze, informally (3) 5. Goes up (5) 6. Booze (7) 7. Big cat (4) 8. Casualty (6) 12. Bravery award (5) 13. Groups (5) 14. Quick (5) 15. Military surcoat (5) 16. Flower part (5) 18. Female fox (5) 19. Cast a spell over (7) 21. Baby’s toy (6) 22. Hat, slang (6) 23. Lacking width (6) 25. Deserve (5) 26. Prosecutes (4) 28. Venomous snake (3) Down: 1 Licit; 2 Arsenal; 4 Heal; 5 Edible; 6 Ernie; 7 Comet; 9 Ton; 12 Capital; 14 Rat; 16 Dupes; 17 Think; 19 Surgeon; 20 Crude; 21 Faint; 23 Veteran; 24 Darren; 25 Lap; 27 Ensue; 28 Tease; 30 Tunes; 32 Hobo; 33 Fat. H S V T L AWRY BOX CRUX FURY GET HOKUM HOPE HOVEL JADE OPT QUINCE SPED 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 2 D S B F J H E L I W C V P R T Codeword This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. 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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 S Need a little help getting started? Then call 0901 293 6261 to hear four random extra letter clues. Or text CODE and send to 64343 to receive 4 clues. Calls and texts cost £1 plus any network extras. Service Provider: Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A M N C V Q R J K L S B H 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 U F T W Y G E I P D Z X O Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. B R A D T S I H T N O N U A K A O A H O I G M Q Y X T S H P L I I N G T E I N S E W EPITAXY JIBED MOVED PARK PUNCH QUARTILE RUM SELF WIT WRUNG S C G H G A P Z R S 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 A YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS B L A N D R V O O V A R Y W I E N Y L O N YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS J G K T V D I H A B X R E L F Y O C U M P W S N Q G R B S T P U E L H Q W X A M I N O C D F J V Y K SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 31 In association with Sudoku YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 1 4 5 8 5 3 7 1 5 7 3 4 2 5 6 3 4 8 7 2 2 8 5 9 1 8 4 5 7 3 5 8 7 6 9 2 4 3 7 9 1 5 3 2 5 3 9 8 7 4 6 1 6 4 9 1 5 2 3 8 7 1 8 7 3 4 6 9 2 5 3 1 6 7 2 9 5 4 8 8 9 4 6 1 5 2 7 3 7 2 5 8 3 4 1 9 6 5 6 2 4 7 1 8 3 9 4 7 8 5 9 3 6 1 2 9 3 1 2 6 8 7 5 4 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 8 6 1 2 3 3 2 6 9 8 9 HARD 4 1 6 9 8 4 3 7 7 8 3 1 2 5 6 9 4 6 4 5 3 8 9 7 2 1 2 1 9 6 4 7 8 5 3 3 9 6 5 7 2 4 1 8 1 5 8 4 6 3 9 7 2 4 2 7 9 1 8 5 3 6 5 3 1 8 9 4 2 6 7 8 6 2 7 5 1 3 4 9 9 7 4 2 3 6 1 8 5 Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within the circle can be rearranged to form words with a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question mark? S O K T E E A R M C ? N E E V L O I H YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is Y. Barnsley, Dewsbury, Keighley, all towns in Yorkshire. Alphamuddle Wordsquare Rearrange the letters in the top grid to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed in the bottom grid to start you off. N A S T A R R E T A C R N A R S S C R A A E T E L O C A O L I V C I L I A V I A L E A N L E A N S Y R Y E T Y Find as many words as possible using the letters in the grid. Each word must use the central letter and at least 3 others, and letters may be used only once. You cannot use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns, but verb forms ending in ‘s’ are permitted. There is one 9-letter word to be found. A R E N V T R I A HOW YOU RATE 15 Good; 20 Very Good; 25 Excellent. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS OVERDRAFT advert, aver, avert, dove, drove, drover, ovate, over, overt, rave, raved, rove, roved, rover, veto, vote, voted, voter. Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 32682 gives a French author; 945841 gives a French composer; 64178 gives a French sculptor. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: REPLACING YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Find the familiar phrase, saying or name in this arrangement of letters. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: Deep-rooted 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 04/12/2021 RUSSELL GRANT For more call 0905 789 4271 For more call 0905 789 4272 For more call 0905 789 4273 For more call 0905 789 4274 For more call 0905 789 4275 VIRGO For more call 0905 789 4276 arIEs March 21–April 20 Your social circle widens as you are introduced to new people, join in festive events and arrange more social gatherings. Just be sure not to go by appearances, whether it relates to new people you meet or new things you do. Not everything will be as it first appears. Don’t get carried away. TaUrUs April 21-May 21 Social plans will be cancelled at the last moment or visitors who had been expected will fail to arrive. Think of the advantages of reducing social spending. A situation will demand practical decision making even if you aren’t in the mood to deal with this kind of responsibility. GEMINI May 22-June 21 A surprise get together will fall flat. When a friend says they don’t like surprises, you are starting to realise now they really mean it. A misunderstanding will be cleared and all is not lost. You will find a way to celebrate someone’s achievements in a way that suits you all. caNcEr June 22-July 23 If there is tension in the air, use your vivid imagination to visualise yourself in a more peaceful setting. Reading a novel or listening to music are other ways to switch off from your environment. Make good use of your brain to provide an escape from upsetting situations. lEo July 24-Aug 23 The faster you react the more you are likely to gain from an unexpected moneymaking opportunity. Social life accelerates with festive events arranged and you don’t intend to miss out. Health will improve from this more easy-going phase, relaxed pace and more positive frame of mind. Spend some time thinking about what you would most dearly like to achieve now. Discuss these ideas with friends who can offer an objective point of view. 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@LivEchoNews 40 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 HUNTINGDON TOMORROW KELSO TOMORROW Going: Hurdle: good-good to soft in places; chase: good to soft-good in places Jackpot meeting Going: Good to soft Balco coastal (nB) 12.17 Moriko De Vassy oscar elite 12.47 Brinkley BlackfincH 1.17 creMant allMankinD (nap) 1.52 allMankinD Zacony reBel 2.27 pipesMoker flyinG sara 2.57 presentinG nelly aki BoMaye 3.27 aki BoMaye rowDy rustler 12.03 kaVanaGHs cross oVercourt 12.33 oVercourt BiG riVer 1.03 aMateur BusHypark 1.35 BusHypark tHe player Queen 2.10 Motown MaGGie Geonice 2.43 GranD VoyaGe wor VerGe 3.13 Malpas 12.17 FITZDARES NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m Winner £5,010 (11 run) RTV 1 1-1 Moriko De Vassy (34) T Symonds 4 11-5 (D) ............ A Coleman 112 2 1-1 Peejaybee (24) R Spencer 5 11-5 ...................................J Bowen 126 3 17- balco coastal (239) N Henderson 5 10-12 (BF, D) ..................... .............................................................................. N De Boinville — 4 -F3 black PoPPy (23) Kerry Lee 5 10-12 (BF, D) .................. R Patrick 129 5 7-5 extraorDinary Man (23) D Bridgwater 5 10-12 .T Scudamore 87 6 GentleMan at arMs S Edmunds 4 10-12 ............... C Gethings — 7 303 GoleiriheM (22) O Murphy 5 10-12 ...........................D England 113 8 560 PaDDy husseys taxi (24) N Mulholland 5 10-12 ....................... ..........................................................................S Twiston-Davies 67 9 7 the chanGinG Man (56) C Tizzard 4 10-12 ................B J Powell — 10 -40 the turfaccountant (24) C Hobson 5 10-12 .......................... ......................................................................Tabitha Worsley (5) 80 11 9/P War chief (30) A King 7 10-12 .................................... T Cannon — BettinG: 11-8 Balco coastal, 10-3 Moriko De Vassy, 5 Black poppy, 6 peejaybee, 12 Goleirihem, 14 Gentleman at arms, 25 the changing Man, 33 extraordinary Man, war chief, 50 others. 2020: Race abandoned. forM GuiDe: balco coastal 15-8fav Held up in touch, pressed leading pair turning for home, led briefly over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 18, 25l behind Knappers Hill at Aintree 2m 1f G2 NH flat (1) gs in Apr. Moriko De Vassy 11-4 Chased leader, led before 2 out, drew clear approaching last, easily, won at Hereford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Ballycorr by 30l, 9 ran. black PoPPy 6-5fav Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 3 out, headed last and no extra run in, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Mot A Mot at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov. 12.47 FITZDARES COTSWOLDS CLUB IS COMING SOON NOVICES’ CHASE (3) 3m Winner £8,169 (5 run) RTV 1 0-3 barbaDos buck’s (37) P Nicholls 6 11-2 (BF, D2) .......H Cobden 136 2 /1- black jasPer (251) R Hobson 7 11-2 (D2) .....................J J Burke — 3 10- brinkley (262) D Pipe 6 11-2 .................................T Scudamore — 4 -33 honest Vic (33) H Daly 8 11-2 (D) ................................. R Patrick 153 5 3-F oscar elite (21) C Tizzard 6 11-2 (D2) .........................B J Powell — BettinG: 7-4 oscar elite, 11-4 Brinkley, 10-3 Barbados Buck’s, 7-2 Honest Vic, 33 Black Jasper. 2020: Race abandoned. forM GuiDe: oscar elite 11-4 Held up in 5th, left in 4th place 3rd, closer in 3rd at 8th, went 2nd on inside after 4 out, looked to hold every chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by Threeunderthrufive at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gd in Nov, 5 ran. brinkley 16-1 Bit keen, chased leaders out wide, every chance 2 out, weakened on long run before before the last, 12th of 22, 17l behind Mrs Milner at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar. barbaDos buck’s 10-11fav Chased leaders, not fluent throughout, mistake 4 out, well held before 3 out, no extra soon after, 3rd of 4, 20l behind Ashtown Lad at Wetherby 3m nov chs (3) gs in Oct. honest Vic 4-1 Chased leaders, outpaced before 4 out, soon well held, tried to challenge for 2nd flat, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Threeunderthrufive at Exeter 3m nov chs (2) gs in Nov. 1.17 FITZDARES TIMES CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ H’CAP HURDLE (4) 2m 5f Winner £5,446 (12 run) RTV 1 264 DynaMite kentucky (32) Dr R Newland 6 11-12..C Leonard (3) 109 2 322 creMant (20) N Mulholland 7 11-10 ............................K Buckley 115 3 052 chenG GonG (26) N King 5 11-10 ........................ K Lenihan (10) 113 4 8P1 rock the house (37) O Murphy 6 11-9 (CD) ...........F Gregory (3) 114 5 15R beMbriDGe (12) O Sherwood 5 11-8 ......................A Jordan (10) 115 6 -52 blackfinch (20) S Edmunds 6 11-8 ................................J Tudor 113 7 4-2 on sPrinGs (45) B Pauling 6 11-5 (BF) ..............Luca Morgan (3) 114 8 -22 noble saVaGe (17) N Twiston-Davies 6 11-5 (BF) ....................... ...................................................................Mr Finn Lambert (10) 118 9 433 annual reVieW (24) F O’Brien 6 11-4 ............... Lilly Pinchin (3) 106 10 1F4 say nothinG (19) A Hales 5 11-4 (D) ...............................J Nailor 113 11 0-6 Vee Dancer (37) R McNally (IRE) 6 11-3........................K Brogan 99 12 255 WronG Way harry (14) M Sheppard 6 11-0 ....... T Doggrell (5) 114 BettinG: 5 Vee Dancer, 11-2 noble savage, 13-2 cremant, 7 on springs, Blackfinch, 15-2 rock the House, 10 annual review, Dynamite kentucky, cheng Gong, 14 others. 2020: Race abandoned. 12.03 WILLIAM HILL ‘NH’ AUCTION MAIDEN HURDLE (4) 2m Winner £4,357 (8 run) RTV 1 20- conceroe (239) B Case 5 11-4 (D) .......................... J Andrews (5) — 2 90- econoMic eDitor (271) A Nicol 5 11-4................... Craig Nichol 54 3 223 kaVanaGhs cross (23) I Jardine 6 11-4 ..........N F Houlihan (5) 124 4 -26 not What it seeMs (37) M Hammond 5 11-4 ........... C O’Farrell 117 5 /15 roWDy rustler (19) L Russell 6 11-4 ............................D R Fox 102 6 1-6 snoWy clouDs (27) N Richards 5 11-4 (D) .............Sean Quinlan 88 7 30 uncle Gez (43) C Grant 5 11-4 ......................................C Bewley — 8 urblereaGh T R Gretton 4 11-4 .................................B Hughes — BettinG: 7-4 kavanaghs cross, 3 conceroe, 4 not what it seems, 6 rowdy rustler, 10 snowy clouds, 14 urblereagh, 25 uncle Gez, 100 economic editor. 2020: TROOPER TURNBULL 6 11 0, Conor O’Farrell 8-11 Fav (R Dobbin), 8 ran. forM GuiDe: kaVanaGhs cross 18-1 Midfield, pushed along 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well, lost second final strides, 3rd of 18, 2 1/2l behind Mc Alpine at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov. conceroe 66-1 Mid-division, ridden and lost place before home turn, weakened over 1f out, eased, 11th of 18, well behind Knappers Hill at Aintree 2m 1f G2 NH flat (1) gs in Apr. not What it seeMs 10-1 Led, jumped left occasionally, not fluent and headed 3 out, no extra soon after, 6th of 8, 26l behind Rock The House at Wetherby 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct. roWDy rustler 22-1 Chased winner until before 7th, ridden 3 out, no extra flat, lost 4th towards finish, 5th of 13, 9l behind Bill Baxter at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov. snoWy clouDs 13-2 Tracked leaders, made headway and not fluent 3 out, outpaced and kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders, 6th of 15, 32l behind Nurse Susan at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov. urblereaGh High Rock gelding out of Kelly Des Cotieres. uncle Gez 125-1 Held up rear of mid-division, pushed along 7f out, weakened over 4f out, 14th of 15, well behind Bonttay at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (2) gd in Oct. 12.33 FLEET DAY OOT HANDICAP CHASE (4) 2m 7f Winner £3,867 (11 run) RTV 1 24- oVercourt (286) A M Thomson 7 11-12 ........................ R Mania — 2 662 court DreaMinG (52) N Richards 8 11-11 (C) .....D McMenamin 125 3 2-7 Who’s in the box (35) N Kent 7 11-9 .................... C Hammond 127 4 3/4 behinDthelines (29) L Russell 9 11-8 ...........................D R Fox 128 5 P5- Diable De siVola (310) R Dobbin 8 11-7 ......Mr W B Ramsay (7) — 6 -15 uPtoWn harry (27) Mrs J Walton 7 11-7 (CD) ......Sean Quinlan 126 7 P4U sPiDer’s bite (9) A Nicol 9 11-2 ..................................B Hughes 131 8 5F7 Dolly Dancer (29) M Barnes 7 11-2 ............................C Bewley 133 9 52- arD chros (252) W Coltherd 9 11-0 ...........................S Coltherd 128 10 611 breakinG the ice (29) G Bewley 6 10-10 (CD2) .......J Bewley (3) 125 11 3-5 GiPsy lee rose (43) N Alexander 7 10-6..................... C O’Farrell 134 BettinG: 11-4 Breaking the ice, 11-2 overcourt, 7 ard chros, 8 who’s in the Box, court Dreaming, 10 uptown Harry, Gipsy lee rose, 12 spider’s Bite, Behindthelines, 14 others. 2020: THE DELRAY MUNKY 8 11 10, Conor O’Farrell 9-2 (I Jardine), 11 ran. forM GuiDe: breakinG the ice 6-4fav Made all, jumped well, shaken up run-in, pushed out closing stages, unchallenged, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Deep Charm by 4l, 6 ran. oVercourt 5-1 Held up in rear, some headway jumping 5th, took keen hold approaching 6th where awkward, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, beaten when hit last, kept on, 4th of 7, 26l behind Multellie at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb. arD chros 14-1 Prominent, ridden along before 3 out, kept on well from last, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Well Above Par at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs (2) sft in Mar. court DreaMinG 7-2 Tracked leader, outjumped 3 out, soon pushed along, ridden after last, stayed on to take second close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 3, 1 1/4l behind Quartz Du Rheu at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct. Who’s in the box 7-1 Tracked leader, pushed along 4 out, ridden 2 out, gradually faded, 7th of 9, 9l behind Hold That Taught at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. GiPsy lee rose 8-1 Mid-division, not fluent 3 out, ridden and no impression, 5th of 12, 24l behind Breaking The Ice at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-105 (5) gd in Oct. uPtoWn harry 6-1 Held up, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, made no impression, 5th of 6, 26l behind Well Above Par at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov. behinDthelines 18-1 Towards rear, pushed along before 2 out, went 3rd after 2 out, kept on, not pace to challenge, 4th of 6, 5l behind Breaking The Ice at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov. forM GuiDe: Vee Dancer 8-1 Rear of mid-division, hampered at 1st, closed in mid-division bypassing 4 out, bumped along before 3 out, kept on, 6th of 20, 17l behind Outside The Door at Down Royal 3m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct. noble saVaGe 5-2fav Raced in mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on after 2 out but no match for winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Norley at Wincanton 1m 7f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd in Nov. creMant 4-1 Held up, headway when not fluent 3 out, pushed along to challenge when mistake 2 out, every chance last, ridden flat, ran on well, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Jen’s Boy at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov. 1.52 FITZDARES PETERBOROUGH CHASE (GRADE 2) (GBB RACE) (1) 2m 4f Winner £42,712 (6 run) RTV 1 -31 allMankinD (42) D Skelton 5 11-8 (D2) ......................H Skelton 172 2 5-1 elDoraDo allen (33) C Tizzard 7 11-8 .......................B J Powell 164 3 66- first floW (222) K Bailey 9 11-8 .....................................D Bass 165 4 -52 Master toMMytucker (15) P Nicholls 10 11-8 (CD) .H Cobden 166 5 12- funaMbule siVola (239) V Williams 6 11-2 .............C Deutsch 178 6 30- keePer hill (262) W Greatrex 10 11-2 (CD) ................A P Heskin — BettinG: 6-5 allmankind, 9-2 Master tommytucker, 5 first flow, 11-2 funambule sivola, eldorado allen, 50 keeper Hill. 2020: MISTER FISHER 6 11 3, Nico De Boinville 9-2 (N Henderson), 8 ran. forM GuiDe: allMankinD 9-4fav Made all, not fluent 3 out, 2 1/2 lengths ahead last, driven out, won at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct beating Itchy Feet by 1l, 8 ran. Master toMMytucker 7-2 Led, ridden 2 out, joined and headed before last, not fluent last, no extra run in, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Lostintranslation at Ascot 2m 5f Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov. first floW 25-1 Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, 2nd halfway, slight mistake 4 out and soon pushed along in 4th, no extra entering straight, weakened, last of 6, 43l behind Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown 2m chs G1 (1) in Apr. elDoraDo allen 9-2 Held up, not much room 1st, headway final bend, 2nd 4 out, driven and 1 length down last, switched right flat, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 1f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Nov beating Hitman by 1l, 6 ran. funaMbule siVola 14-1 Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 4 out, shaken up before last, ridden and closed slightly after last, no impression final 75 yards, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Shishkin at Aintree 2m nov chs G1 (1) gs in Apr. keePer hill 40-1 Mistake 1st, mid-division, hit 8th, headway chasing leaders before 2 out, every chance 2 out, weakened between last 2, 18th of 22, 28l behind Mrs Milner at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar. 2.27 FITZDARES LOVES NICK LUCK DAILY HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 2m Winner £10,892 (7 run) RTV 1 -41 PiPesMoker (19) K Bailey 6 11-12 (D) ..............................D Bass 126 2 58- Destrier (241) D Skelton 8 11-12 (BF, D4) ....................H Skelton — 3 333 blakeney Point (37) D McCain 8 11-11 (D2) ...S Twiston-Davies 132 4 5-1 zacony rebel (65) T Lawes 6 11-9 .............................. T Cannon 124 5 167 restanDbethankful (37) O Murphy 5 11-7 (BF, D2) ......A P Heskin 132 6 531 sorbet (19) L Wadham 6 11-2 (D2) ............................ A Coleman 131 7 13P siD hooDie (34) A Hales 7 10-12 (D4) ....................... H Bannister 132 BettinG: 3 pipesmoker, 4 Zacony rebel, Destrier, 5 sorbet, 6 Blakeney point, 7 restandbethankful, 14 sid Hoodie. 2020: Race abandoned. forM GuiDe: PiPesMoker 5-4fav Made all, ridden before 2 out, narrow advantage last where left clear, pushed out, won at Lingfield 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Moveit Like Minnie by 24l, 6 ran. Destrier 5-1fav Mid-division, niggled along 3 out, some headway 2 out, no extra, 8th of 18, 12l behind Editeur Du Gite at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr. zacony rebel 7-1 Midfield, headway 3 out, went second approaching 2 out, pushed along to challenge and led last, ridden flat, stayed on flat, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Haddex Des Obeaux by 6l, 9 ran. sorbet 3-1 Made all, ridden out, won at Fakenham 2m hcap hdle (3) gd in Nov beating Voice Of Calm by 1 3/4l, 5 ran. blakeney Point 9-1 Chased leaders on outer, steady headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, no extra run in, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Saint Arvans at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct. restanDbethankful 5-2fav Towards rear, mistake 2nd, asked for effort before 3 out, no extra from 2 out, never involved, 7th of 10, 15l behind Saint Arvans at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct. siD hooDie 12-1 Led until 5th, eased and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Peltwell at Hereford 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov, 7 ran. 1.03 LILBURN ESTATE SCOTTISH BORDERS NATIONAL H’CAP CHASE (3) 4m Winner £26,468 (13 run) RTV 1 662 alMazhar GarDe (21) C Longsdon 6 11-12 (C2) ...... T Gillard (5) 145 2 0-2 biG riVer (43) L Russell 11 11-9 (C6) ................................D R Fox 144 3 P/6 GeroniMo (29) A M Thomson 10 11-8 ........................... R Mania — 4 -18 DaWson city (22) P Gundry 12 11-2 .............................R Dingle 144 5 1-5 aMateur (15) J Flint 8 11-1 ........................................ R T Dunne 145 6 -76 innisfree laD (29) David Dennis 9 11-1 .....................B Hughes 148 7 112 Do not Disturb (32) R Dobbin 8 10-11 (BF, C4) ...... Craig Nichol 143 8 -95 chiDsWell (35) N Richards 12 10-11 (C) ..............D McMenamin 148 9 -25 Dino boy (36) I Jardine 8 10-11 (BF, CD)....................... C O’Farrell 144 10 P-2 cash to ash (36) M Walford 8 10-8 ...........................J Hamilton 146 11 6-4 stronG econoMy (35) I Duncan 9 10-7 ...............Sean Quinlan 147 12 -52 Weststreet (36) G Elliott (IRE) 11 10-2 (BF, D) ............. S Bowen 144 13 F-2 askinG for ansWers (30) M Todhunter 8 10-0 .....P J Kavanagh (7) 134 BettinG: 7-2 weststreet, 6 Geronimo, 7 Big river, almazhar Garde, 8 Do not Disturb, cash to ash, 10 Dino Boy, 12 innisfree lad, 14 others. 2020: DINO BOY 7 10 0, Conor O’Farrell 11-1 (I Jardine), 11 ran. forM GuiDe: Weststreet 11-4fav Soon chased leader in 2nd, not fluent 1st, ridden before 2 out where not fluent, disputed 2nd from last, no impression on winner and kept on again into 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Mindsmadeup at Down Royal 3m hcp chs sft in Oct. GeroniMo 11-2 Towards rear, pushed along before 2 out, soon beaten, 6th of 7, 31l behind Mister Whitaker at Kelso 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov. alMazhar GarDe 13-2 Led, ridden 2 out, responded for pressure, headed last, stayed on but no match for winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Salty Boy at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Nov. biG riVer 11-2 Held up in rear, ridden before 2 out, stayed on from last, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Empire De Maulde at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct. cash to ash 15-2 Disputed lead, left in front 12th, ridden before 2 out, strongly pressed 2 out, hit last and headed, kept on but not pace of winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Soyouthinksoagain at Wetherby 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct. Do not Disturb 2-1fav Tracked leader, pushed along to join leaders 4 out, ridden and one pace before 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd run-in, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Red Giant at Musselburgh 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov. Dino boy 15-8fav Chased leader, mistake 2nd, struggling 10th, behind 12th, 5th of 6, 33l behind Gaelik Coast at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. innisfree laD 22-1 In rear, adrift and reminder 8th, sharp reminder 10th, well behind 11th, some headway when ridden 16th, kept on past beaten horses from 4 out, 6th of 13, 20l behind Rocco at Wincanton 3m 1f Listed hcap ch (1) gd in Nov. aMateur 7-1 Towards rear, headway into mid-division after 12th, mistake 6 out, pushed along to go 4th 5 out, ridden after 4 out, hit 3 out, one pace thereafter, 5th of 11, 25l behind Jersey Bean at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov. chiDsWell 14-1 Towards rear, ridden 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on towards finish but no impression, 5th of 9, 6l behind Hold That Taught at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. stronG econoMy 22-1 Chased leaders, dropped to rear 6th, pushed along and one pace before 4 out, ridden 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 6l behind Hold That Taught at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. 1.35 PARIS PIKE NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE (GBB RACE) (3) 2m 7f Winner £9,040 (4 run) RTV 1 -21 Doyen breeD (18) A M Thomson 6 11-8 ........................ R Mania 52 2 -03 toriGni (17) H Whittington 5 10-11................................ D Jacob 134 3 01- bushyPark (288) P Kirby 7 10-11 (D) ..........................T Dowson — 4 46- illeGal MoDel (260) C Longsdon 7 10-11 (D)..............B Hughes — 2.57 FITZDARES MARES’ OPEN NH FLAT RACE (LISTED) (GBB RACE) (1) 2m Winner £11,390 (13 run) RTV 1 217 fire lake (22) M Harris 4 11-0 (D) ....................................H Reed 128 2 1-2 flyinG sara (21) Jack Barber 6 11-0 (D2) ................ N Scholfield 112 3 1-3 GooD look charM (42) A Honeyball 5 11-0 (BF) .... R McLernon 128 4 14 hillfinch (40) S Edmunds 4 11-0 .............................. C Gethings 120 5 0-2 laDy jane P (46) F O’Brien 5 11-0 .............................. P Brennan 127 6 0-3 Malina jaMila (29) N King 5 11-0 ..............................J Quinlan 118 7 noW then WenDy L Morgan 4 11-0 ........................... A Wedge — 8 10- Precious (267) A Honeyball 5 11-0 ........................... A Coleman 81 9 1 PresentinG nelly (51) D Skelton 4 11-0 (D) ..............H Skelton 125 10 3-6 siGnal Point (22) D Skelton 5 11-0 ................ Bridget Andrews 128 11 310 starlyte (22) I Williams 4 11-0 (D) ...................S Twiston-Davies 127 12 /4- stoPPers sista (442) L Morgan 6 11-0 .............. Jonjo O’Neill Jr — 13 2- Walk in the storM (226) I Williams 4 11-0 ...................C Todd 116 BettinG: 2 flying sara, 11-2 presenting nelly, 6 signal point, 7 Good look charm, 10 precious, 12 walk in the storm, fire lake, 14 starlyte, Hillfinch, lady Jane p, 20 others. 2020: RAINYDAY WOMAN 5 11 0, Megan Nicholls 7-2 JtFav (P Nicholls), 13 ran. forM GuiDe: flyinG sara 6-1 Tracked leader, led out wide turning in, ridden over 1f out, headed and unable to quicken final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Timeforatune at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) gd in Nov. PresentinG nelly 3-1 Held up towards rear, closed over 4f out, soon pushed along, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (5) gd in Oct beating Lady Excalibur by 3/4l, 7 ran. siGnal Point 14-1 Held up towards rear, headway out wide tracking leaders before home turn, ridden and weakened final furlong, 6th of 15, 6l behind Bonttay at Cheltenham 2m N H flat lst (1) gd in Nov. GooD look charM 9-2fav Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon headed, led again inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 3rd and no extra close home, 3rd of 18, 2l behind Lady Excalibur at Aintree 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) gd in Oct. Precious 22-1 Always towards rear, tailed off, 15th of 16, 49l behind Flirtatious Girl at Sandown 2m N H flat lst (1) sft in Mar. fire lake 22-1 Raced keenly towards rear, plugged on but no real impression final 2f, 7th of 15, 8l behind Bonttay at Cheltenham 2m N H flat lst (1) gd in Nov. Walk in the storM 7-2 Towards rear, closer home turn, pushed along 3f out, ridden when led after 2f out, kept on well but headed closing stages, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind I Spy A Diva at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (5) gd in Apr. 3.27 FITZDARES HANDICAP CHASE (4) 3m Winner £5,446 (10 run) RTV 1 -34 Peur De rien (23) O Sherwood 8 12-0 (D) .....................J J Burke 118 2 P75 sMuGGler’s blues (32) T R George 9 11-13 (D) ... T Doggrell (7) 120 3 2-2 aki boMaye (23) C Tizzard 6 11-13 (BF, D) ....................B J Powell 118 4 31F Generator city (32) B Leavy 8 11-12 (D2) ............F Gregory (3) 116 5 4-4 arteMision (35) B Pauling 5 11-8 ....................Luca Morgan (5) 102 6 824 Macfin (25) N Twiston-Davies 5 11-8 .........................E Edge (10) 122 7 8-3 shah an shah (26) C Longsdon 7 11-6 (D) ................ A Coleman — 8 P45 finGeronthesWitch (14) N Mulholland 11 11-4 (C, D5 ........... ) ...................................................................................A P Heskin 113 9 402 lorD sParky (12) Mrs C Bailey 7 11-3 (CD).....................J Bowen 121 10 4-9 Queen of the court (14) J G Cann 8 10-4 (D) ........ N Scholfield — BettinG: 3 aki Bomaye, 10-3 Generator city, 13-2 Macfin, shah an shah, 8 peur De rien, 10 lord sparky, 12 smuggler’s Blues, 14 artemision, fingerontheswitch, 16 Queen of the court. 2020: No corresponding race. BettinG: 6-4 Doyen Breed, 7-4 Bushypark, 9-2 torigni, 6 illegal Model. 2020: No corresponding race. forM GuiDe: Doyen breeD 13-8 Held up in touch, chased leader 9th, closed on leader before 3 out, jumped into lead 3 out, ridden before last, joined last, ran on well on run in, won at Hexham 3m nov chs (3) gs in Nov beating Emitom by hd, 4 ran. bushyPark 8-1 Led, asked to quicken approaching 3 out, ridden after 2 out, impressive, won at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Champagne Platinum by 9l, 12 ran. toriGni 16-5 Last pair, not fluent 1st, headway on inside 9th, 3rd 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner, dropped to 3rd last, no extra flat, 3rd of 5, 7l behind The Edgar Wallace at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov Limited hcap ch (3) gd in Nov. 2.10 EBF MARES’ ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (GBB RACE) (4) 2m 5f Winner £4,901 (8 run) RTV 1 121 fiaDh (17) C Grant 5 11-5 .......................................Sean Quinlan 106 2 231 MotoWn MaGGie (26) G Elliott (IRE) 4 11-5 ................ S Bowen 118 3 1-1 the Player Queen (41) R Dobbin 5 11-5 (D) .......... Craig Nichol 115 4 -12 West enD laDy (30) L Russell 6 11-5 ...................... S Mulqueen 125 5 -5R arcanDy (13) W Coltherd 5 10-12 ...............................S Coltherd 90 6 3P- etoile D’ecosse (279) N Alexander 7 10-12 ................B Lynn (5) — 7 5-8 floWer of scotlanD (35) A M Thomson 6 10-12 (C) .......... ................................................................................. R Mania 110 8 21/ onestePatatiMe (637) J Wainwright 6 10-12 ..........J Hamilton — BettinG: 7-4 the player Queen, 2 Motown Maggie, 5 west end lady, 6 flower of scotland, 8 fiadh, 50 onestepatatime, 66 etoile D’ecosse, 100 arcandy. 2020: BOURBON BEAUTY 5 10 12, Harry Bannister 13-8 Fav (A Hales), 11 ran. forM GuiDe: the Player Queen 8-13fav Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent next, led 4 out, nudged clear from last, easily, won at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Fiadh by 7l, 6 ran. MotoWn MaGGie 3-1 Disputed lead, led from 7th, joined 3 out, led again approaching 2 out, soon ridden and clear, reduced advantage inside final furlong, kept on well close home, won at Fairyhouse 2m 3f mdn hdle in Nov beating Banntown Girl by 3/4l, 16 ran. West enD laDy 3-1 Chased leaders, pushed along 2 out, disputed lead before last, kept on run in, always held, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Crystal Glory at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov. 2.43 NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 7f Winner £2,505 (14 run) RTV 1 332 GranD VoyaGe (29) W Coltherd 5 11-12 ....................S Coltherd 108 2 -45 the jaD factor (19) R M Smith 5 11-10........................ R Mania 105 3 F-P Definite WisDoM (63) R Dobbin 8 11-7 (BF) .......... Craig Nichol — 4 345 feVer roQue (24) R Menzies 6 11-6 ......................N Moscrop (3) 113 5 877 Dr shirocco (27) S Forster 6 11-6 ........................... S Mulqueen 95 6 P40 tartan cookie (18) Ewan Whillans 5 11-4 ..................C Bewley 108 7 312 Geonice (30) J J Quinn 5 11-1 (D) ..................................B Hughes 106 8 6F2 hunGry tiGer (31) G Bewley 7 10-11 ........................D Hurst (7) 102 9 558 Well cliche (31) M Todhunter 6 10-11 .................Sean Quinlan 108 10 3-5 Queen of faMe (17) N Kent 7 10-11 ...................... C Hammond 103 11 16P farocco (30) M Barnes 8 10-10 ...................................T Dowson 108 12 -VP fair Minx (211) A M Thomson 7 10-10 .......................E Austin (7) 108 13 04P any job Will Do (29) Mrs J Stephen 5 10-8 ..............J Hamilton 121 14 -18 silk or scarlet (29) N Alexander 9 10-7 ...................B Lynn (5) 112 BettinG: 7-2 Geonice, 4 Grand Voyage, 6 Definite wisdom, 7 Hungry tiger, 10 fever roque, the Jad factor, 12 silk or scarlet, Queen of fame, 16 others. 2020: ARTIC MANN 6 11 3, Bruce Lynn(5) 9-2 JtFav (N Alexander), 13 ran. 3.13 RACING TV CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ TRAINING SERIES H’CAP HURDLE (4) 2m Winner £3,322 (6 run) RTV 1 -15 MalPas (27) D McCain 6 11-12 .......................... P J Kavanagh (6) 117 2 /P- bloorieDotcoM (437) L Russell 6 11-7 (D2) ..... P W Wadge (10) — 3 221 Wor VerGe (17) S Corbett 8 11-5 (D3) .........................D Hurst (5) 114 4 0-0 jack yeats (13) W Coltherd 5 11-4 ..................... J A Anderson (3) 127 5 934 lock DoWn luke (13) Mrs J Stephen 5 11-1 (D) ..........T Midgley 122 6 -P7 Duty calls (43) S Forster 8 10-9 ...................................L Stones 111 BettinG: 11-8 wor Verge, 10-3 Malpas, 4 Blooriedotcom, 6 lock Down luke, 14 Duty calls, 16 Jack yeats. 2020: SAINT ARVANS 6 11 7, Joe Williamson(3) 9-2 Fav (M Barnes), 9 ran. CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS CAPTAIN BECHER THE MARQUIS LIVERPOOL ECHO RACING Andy RobeRtson is less than 12 hours removed from the Merseyside derby and it is fair to say he is in good spirits. After a 4-1 win at the home of everton, his first as a Liverpool player at Goodison Park, how could Robertson not be? the Reds defender is at the city centre’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on thursday morning, fronting a fundraising event for his AR26 Foundation as it celebrates its first year as a registered charity. Robertson is smiling and laughing as he signs a stack of Liverpool kits bearing his name and number, one of which is the previous night’s match-worn shirt that will fetch nearly £3,500 at auction later that afternoon. the eCHo is there too to chat about the challenges of establishing a charitable foundation in a Covid- 19 era where progress is slow and morale is low. Robertson launched the AR26 charity in a special Q&A with the eCHo 12 months ago and while it’s been a year of forward steps, more sizeable plans are taking shape as the world looks to get back to normality in 2022. “We’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time and in difficult circumstances,” Robertson tells the eCHo. “our aim was to help as many kids in scotland as we could and we’ve managed that. We’ve helped a good number and the Hope For youth is a really exciting project. “We’ve really helped a lot of kids and you can really see a big difference in their attitudes in life and everything that surrounds that. “Look, the football one speaks for itself, we’ve got a lot of kids onto parks and playing football for free and enjoying themselves. “that is what I love doing and I want to give that back to as many kids as possible. “We have some life-changing experiences but we’ve not had as many as them as we would have liked with everything around Covid, but that is getting going now.” Robertson is speaking shortly before he goes on stage in front of hundreds of fans to talk through a flourishing career that has taken him from amateur football in scotland to the top of the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. He says of AR26: “We’ve got three families going to Lapland in the next few weeks and we’ve managed to get it funded, so it’s all starting to get going. “It’s always difficult with the restrictions and whatnot, but we’ve done a couple of meet-and-greet and smaller things and it’s going really well. “It’s growing now and I am excited to see what next year brings when life goes back to normality a bit more and we can get involved in helping a lot more kids and families. “In terms of a first year, it’s been incredible. “We’ve worked incredibly hard to try and make everything work as well as possible and we’re in a really good place at the moment.” By PAUL GORST Liverpool FC Correspondent @PTGorst Robbo’s time for giving... A good week on and off the pitch for Andy Robertson peter byrne/pa SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 41 Sport / Lead story chris.wright@ Snow Leopardess can win the Becher Chase at Aintree Snow Leopardess can win the Unibet Becher Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (2.40pm) at Aintree Racecourse this afternoon. Charlie Longsdon’s progressive mare can come in top on another exciting renewal of the Grade Three feature over the Randox Grand nationcal fences at Aintree. The nine-year-old will be having her first run over the famous obstacles, but looks to have the right attributes to go well. A sound jumper, who tends to be up with the pace, Snow Leopardess had plenty going for her. She has won twice in seven chase starts, but still has plenty of scope for improvement, especially in this unique test. Snow Leopardess won at fellow Merseyside track Haydock Park, on her third start over fences in an extended 3m1f handicap chase last november and ran well thereafter without scoring. She was a good fourth behind Galvin in the Grade Two Sam Vestey national Hunt Challenge Cup novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, before finishing sixth in the Betway Handicap Chase over the Mildmay fences at the Grand national Festival the following month. She returned with a fine victory over three miles at Bangor last month and she should be spot on to take on the Aintree challenge. She has plenty going for her and may just come out on top ahead of several others who can go close. Tom Lacey’s Kimberlite Candy has been runner-up in the past two runnings and is sure to go close again, while the David Pipe-trained veteran Vieux Lion Rouge – who has jumped more Grand national fences than any other horse in history – could easily get involved despite his advancing years on his 11th start over the big obstacles. But probably the biggest dangers to the selection are Coral Scottish Grand national winner Mighty Thunder, from the stable of Aintree hero Lucinda Russell, and Peter Bowen’s Grand Sefton Chase scorer Mac Tottie, who showed a liking for the fences in that victory last month. CHRIS WRIGHT AIMS TO BE FIRST PAST THE FINISHING POST Snow Leopardess, ridden by Aidan Coleman, winning at Bangor last month – she may win again at Aintree today davis davies/pa Dan Skelton’s Protektorat can win the Grade Two Unibet Many Clouds Chase (GBB Race) (2.05pm). The six-year-old won impressively in the Grade one SSS Super Alloys Manifesto novices’ Chase at last season’s Grand national Festival. And he made a fine return to be second to Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham and has never been out of the first two in six chase starts. Stepped back up to an extended three miles he can beat some more well known rivals in dual national hero Tiger Roll and Cheltenham Gold Cup star and 2019 Many Clouds winner native River. Irish raider Six Feet Apart, from the Joseph o’Brien stable, can make it two wins from two starts over obstacles in the Listed Unibet Proudly Supports “Racing Is Everyone’s Sport” Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race) (1.30pm). nick Alexander’s course and distance winner Clan Legend can build on his recent third on his seasonal return at Ayr to win the Unibet working with Raceday RTV Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (12.55pm). The 11-year-old won this race 12 months ago and although he is 6lb higher in the handicap, he is a consistent performer and can go close to back-to-back successes. olly Murphy’s stable remains in top form at present and his Bombs Away can also make it two wins from two starts over obstacles in the Unibet “You’re on” novices’ Hurdle (novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race) (11.45am) following his success at Sandown last month. willie Mullins’ Elimay won at naas and Fairyhouse last season and was only just beaten by stablemate Colreevy at the Cheltenham Festival. The sevenyear-old mare can score again in the Listed Unibet Houghton Mares’ Chase (GBB Race) (12.20pm). others who can win at Aintree are Mel Rowley’s My Bobby Dazzler in the Unibet Casino Deposit #10 Get #40 novices’ Hurdle (novices’ Championship Series Qual’) (GBB Race) (11.15am), and the Laceytrained Pounding Poet in the finale, the Unibet – 2021 Horserace Betting operator of The Year Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (3.15pm). At Sandown, trainer Skelton may grab another big success with nube negra in the feature, the Grade one Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (GBB Race) (2.25pm). The two-mile contest looks wide open really with rising star Shishkin’s absence. But nube negra – a good winner of the Grade Two Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month – looks the most progressive. He looks to have the perfect conditions to land a first victory at the top level ahead of Chacun Pour Soi. The Skeltons have another big chance of victory with Third Time Lucki – but Donald McCain’s Minella Drama may deny him in the Grade one Close Brothers Henry VIII novices’ Chase (GBB Race). McCain, like the Skelton stable, is in fine form and the sixyear-old can bounce back from his first defeat in two starts over fences at Carlisle last time to score. Stablemate navajo Pass – who won at Haydock Park last season – missed an intended engagement back on Merseyside last month and he can make a winning return to action in the Listed Betfair Daily Rewards December Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race) (3.35pm). Colin Tizzard’s Christmas In April is in good form at the moment and the nine-year-old can win the Betfair Exchange London national Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (3pm). AINTREE 11.15am Bombs Away 11.45am My Bobby Dazzler 12.20pm Elimay 12.55pm Clan Legend 1.30pm Six Feet Apart 2.05pm Protektorat 2.40pm Snow Leopardess (NAP) 3.15pm Pounding Poet SANDOWN 12.05pm Hardkore 12.40pm Volkovka 1.15pm City Derby 1.50pm Minella Drama 2.25pm Nube Negra 3pm Christmas In April 3.35pm Navajo Pass WETHERBY 11.52am Hillcrest 12.27pm Mill Race King 1.02pm Getthepot 1.37pm Rocky’s Treasure 2.12pm Ornua 2.47pm Geryville 3.22pm Bounce Back CHEPSTOW 11.38pm Ask Me Early 12.12pm When You’re Ready 12.47pm Flashjack 1.22pm One For Rosie 1.57pm Gericault Roque 2.32pm Last Royal 3.09pm Bobalot 3.45pm Bertie Blue WOLVERHAMPTON 4pm Emjaytwentythree 4.30pm Homeric 5pm Navello 5.30pm Muscika 6pm King Of The South 6.30pm Warm Smile 7pm Onesmoothoperator TOMORROW’S NAP: Weststreet (1.03pm Kelso)

42 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Sport / Tranmere Clarke keen for more cup heroics By ant stonelake arwen damaged Prenton Park. “a period like this without a game is a Tranmere rovers captain Peter bit strange,” Clarke said. “We were prepared for both games and they were Clarke is ready and raring to go as he prepares to make his 850th appearance both postponed on the day. in professional football this afternoon. “We’ve used the time effectively and Clarke, who has been a mainstay in efficiently. It’s been a good blend the rovers side this season, has had a between intense work and giving the long and impressive career. lads time to recover.” The defender has been a big reason The Fa Cup always throws up some behind rovers having one of the best shock results. Tranmere, and Clarke, defensive records in League Two so far have been involved in their fair share. this season. Clarke secured southend United a The 39-year-old has been through replay against Chelsea in the third many festive periods in his career but round in 2009, on his birthday no less. yet another one gets under way this “We were 1-0 down, not long to play,” weekend as Tranmere travel to face Clarke said. “We hit the bar a few minutes prior to that. a kitman told me in a Leyton orient in the Fa Cup. The game comes after an unusually break of play we’d get another chance. long break for rovers, having had their “The ball came in, it flicked off a last two games cancelled after storm defender’s head and ultimately I was Peter Clarke celebrates Tranmere’s FA Cup win over Watford in 2020 and (inset right) scoring at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in 2009 riChArd SellerS/pA Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers FA Cup second round, Bryer Group Stadium, today, KO 3pm able to tuck it away.” Clarke has had some special cup memories with Tranmere too. Just two seasons ago, rovers came from 3-0 down at vicarage road to force a replay against Watford. a replay they went on to win. “We’d love to recreate some of those times,” Clarke said. “From a player’s perspective we’d like to create new memories, new history. saturday is an opportunity to get closer to that. “You’d be out playing football, dreaming. To me it’s the best cup competition in the world. It pits the elite at the top of the tree against teams even further down the pyramid than ourselves.” a win today would secure a third-round berth. “We’re expecting a tough game,” Clarke said. “We’re looking forward to it and we’ve used the time effectively to prepare for it.” VOTE NOW SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 43 by THeO SQuIreS ECHO Reporter @theosquiresECHO Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he has never had to speak to Mohamed Salah about his decision-making in front of goal after the egyptian was accused of being selfish and greedy in recent seasons. The forward has silenced such claims this year to lead the premier league top scorer and playmaker charts with 13 goals and eight assists, and has contributed to a goal in all but one of liverpool’s domestic fixtures so far this season. While he has always been prolific in front of goal, there has been a surge in the number of goals and chances he is setting up for his teammates. Salah and Sadio Mane in particular have been involved in a couple of heated moments on the pitch regarding attacking decision-making in the past, when such accusations were regularly sent the former’s way. But Klopp has rubbished any suggestions the egypt captain is guilty of being greedy, insisting his returns so far this season are the result of his natural development as a player. “It’s not a coincidence but we didn’t talk about it because it wasn’t We never had to talk about it klopp dismisses salah ‘selfishness’ shouts necessary,” the german told reporters. “These things happen naturally.’’ “He was never criticised by us for being too selfish or whatever because he never was. As a striker who comes into situations where we all want them to finish off, from time to time they will overlook a teammate who is maybe in a better position is completely normal. “It’s really easy to sit at home on the sofa and say he’s selfish for not passing. It’s the most difficult thing to do but what helps a lot in each Mohamed Salah watches his second goal hit the net against Everton on Wednesday ANDREW POWELL/ LFC/GETTY appearance is being in similar situations plenty of times so you know what happens when we are there. “As a team we develop so it should be clear when you are in a specific area of a pitch and 10 or 15 yards away from another specific area, there should be a player wearing the same shirt because of our formation. That helps. “Mo now has the experience and is calm enough. He didn’t lose any greed for scoring but is calm enough and developed technically again, it’s incredible but he did, so has more time to see the right things in the situation. When he sees somebody in a better position, you can be sure he will pass the ball there. “But when he thinks he can finish it off himself, I expect him to try and finish it off himself even when he misses the chance because that is the nature of the chance. “You finish and then you realise if it was the right decision or not and for him it is very often the right decision.” Sport / Liverpool FC Elland Road to host semi-finals rugby league ELLAND ROAD has been chosen to stage the 2022 Betfred Challenge Cup semi-finals as well as the Women’s Challenge Cup final on Saturday, May 7. The home of Leeds United will become the third stadium to host the triple header after Bolton and Leigh staged the event in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Mark Foster, the Rugby Football League’s chief commercial officer, said: “The growing profile of women’s and girls’ rugby league has been a huge success story for the game in recent years and taking the 2022 Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup final to Elland Road represents another significant step forward.” Elland Road will also be the venue for the draw for the first round of the Women’s Challenge Cup which will be made by Leedsborn England football international Gemma Bonner next Tuesday. SAY IT WITH WORDS THIS CHRISTMAS AMAZING BOOK DEALS NOW IN PAPERBACK Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us Kenny Dalglish: Notes On A Season Phil Denton & Micky Mellon: The First 100 Days ALL £12 OR UNDER 40% OFF Official Liverpool FC: A Taste Of The Liverpool Way Gazza: The Untold Tales NOW IN PAPERBACK Howard Kendall: Notes On A Season Order now at Orders received by 17th December will be dispatched in time for Christmas delivery, subject to Royal Mail. P&P applies. Offer subject to change. 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44 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Paul Gorst BLOOD RED @ptgorst ...with thE iNSiDE tRACK FROM ANFiELD African impact overblown as Reds can navigate the loss jANuARy FixtuRES FALL iN FAvOuR AS RivALS Might NOt gEt COLLApSE thEy LONg FOR Sadio Mane (left) and Mohamed Salah will be a loss – but Jurgen Klopp (inset below) can cope this January richard heathcote/getty It’s been readily pinpointed – excitedly by rivals, as it goes – as the month when Liverpool’s season falls apart. the beginning of 2022 will coincide with a downturn in fortunes for Jurgen Klopp’s side that will prove costly in terms of finishing atop the three-team bottleneck at the Premier League’s summit, some are suggesting. the reasons for such pessimism are not too difficult to understand, even if there are counter-arguments to be made when the situation is analysed a little more closely. Liverpool will lose Mohamed salah, sadio Mane and Naby Keita for a month’s worth of action as things stand, and the impending Africa Cup of Nations will prove fatal to title hopes. Or so goes the theory. that plainly is not an ideal scenario, particularly given Mane and salah’s status as the biggest threats in front of goal. salah’s classy double in the 4-1 hammering of Everton in midweek moved him up to 19 for the campaign and he is, despite his Ballon d’Or placing of seventh on Monday, the finest player in world football right now. Meanwhile, Mane’s rekindling of his own form this season sees him edging towards double figures himself. throw in the absence of Keita, who was in form prior to his latest injury, and the idea that the Reds will struggle for creativity and goals without the influential African trio is a valid one. Up to a point, at least. While some of Liverpool’s detractors are blindly hoping the campaign unravels come January, the facts themselves offer hope for supporters that the picture is nowhere near as bleak as what is being painted. Fixtures in January do not hurtle towards Liverpool at the rate of knots they will in December. the Reds face something of a crunch clash with Chelsea on January 2, kicking off 2022 with a bang. A two-week Premier League break is then upon the Reds before they return to action with a favourable looking game at home to Brentford on the 15th of the month. Up next, to see out January, is a trip to Crystal Palace, a side who they have beaten in 11 of their 13 games under Klopp. Liverpool don’t return to Premier League action until February 9, three days after AFCON 2022 has concluded in Cameroon. Quite how the injury situation will look a month down the line is anyone’s guess as a busy December gets set to go through the gears, but there must surely be a confidence that games with Brentford and Palace can be negotiated without Mane, salah and Keita. Even if Mane’s senegal meet salah’s Egypt in the final at the Olembe stadium on February 6, they may still be able to play some part against the Foxes. that, of course, assumes both of their nations make it that far in Cameroon once the competition gets under way on January 9. Liverpool hired a private jet to get Mane back earlier in 2017, which enabled him to feature as a second-half substitute in a game against Chelsea on January 31, three days after senegal were dumped out of AFCON on penalties. Mane was given 15 minutes at the end of the game as the Reds looked for a winning goal in the 1-1 draw with the Londoners at Anfield after telling his manager he was ready for selection once back on Merseyside. the same could very well happen again, particularly if Liverpool liaise with other clubs in the Premier League in the same way they did to whisk a clutch of Brazil internationals back to England last month. the club will give their star men every possible opportunity of getting back to Merseyside as soon as possible, meaning another jet is likely to be dispatched to Cameroon at some stage. there is also the prospect of the European Club Association calling for urgent talks with FIFA over player welfare in Africa. the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has led to countries around the world reintroducing travel restrictions, which may yet lead to a fresh dispute over the release of players for international duty next month. that is very much a ‘watch this space’ as things stand. FIFA regulations stipulate that players must depart their clubs on December 27, which is nearly a fortnight before the first match of AFCON 2022. that imperfect scenario would mean salah, Mane and Keita could play in Liverpool’s game against Leeds on Boxing Day, but they would not be available for the trip to Leicester on December 28. the possibility of special dispensation remains on the table at least, with Chelsea just as keen for the green light to be given as Liverpool are, ahead of that huge game at stamford Bridge. the current Premier League leaders will lose goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and playmaker Hakim Ziyech if there is no compromise to be reached, but Liverpool remain hopeful that a solution can be found. speaking about that prospect on Friday, Klopp said no agreement had yet been made, but his natural disposition meant he was feeling optimistic about having Mane, salah – and, injury pending, Keita – available to him in London. “that has not been decided yet, definitely,” Klopp said. “I’m an optimistic person so I hope but if not it is not in our hands. to say I am ‘confident’ is not the right word but we hope.” Whatever happens for that particular game, though, the idea that AFCON’s imminent arrival will put paid to any pre-season ambitions for Liverpool has been hugely overblown. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 45 CLOSE to the action klopp confirms gomez and keita are nearly ready – but won’t make wolves By THEO SQUIRES ECHO Reporter @theosquiresECHO Jurgen Klopp has confirmed naby Keita and Joe gomez are closing in on a return to action for liverpool but will not be available to face Wolves this afternoon. The duo have both been sidelined since before the november international break but took part in training earlier this week. And while today’s trip to Molineux comes too soon for the duo, Klopp hinted the duo could be back in contention for selection next week if they come through training unscathed over the next few days. WOLVES v LIVERPOOL, today, KO 3pm “Big parts. It was really nice to see them again yesterday,” the german told reporters. “We didn’t let them do the full session because medical told us not to do that, but they looked brilliant. “They will use the next two or three days and do the stuff they have to do while being part of training. “If nothing happens they should be in contention again.” The duo’s imminent return will certainly be timely for Klopp and liverpool heading into a busy festive period, which will see the reds balance Champions league, FA Cup and league Cup action around their premier league exploits. But the liverpool boss suggested he won’t need to rotate his side against Wolves despite such fixture congestion, though hinted he might have to take a different stance to team selection later in December. “player welfare is very important but we are used to a tough schedule,” Klopp said. “The boys are used to a tough schedule. “I don’t think we have to make plenty of changes between the games, at least not at the start of December. We have to see how it will be in the middle or the end of December but we will see. “It’s a constant conversation with the medical department and the fitness department. We have pretty much all the data we can have and use that. “We make a line-up which gives you a big chance of winning the next football game and this week is the Joe Gomez and (inset below) Naby Keita in training this week ANDREW POWELL/LFC/GETTY same. We’ve changed quite a lot in the last few weeks. This week we will play Wolves, Wolves played Wednesday as well so the same for both teams. “We will see, I’ve not made the line-up yet but I wouldn’t expect seven or eight changes.” Wolves won’t be giving it Lage in Europe fight Boss Bruno Lage has called on Wolves to remain under the radar in their bid for a European return. The Portuguese is eager for his side to be incognito as they fight for a top-six spot. They host Liverpool today having lost just once in their last nine games to sit eighth, three points adrift of the top four. Wolves finished seventh in successive seasons under Nuno Espirito santo and reached the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020 but Lage is determined to keep a lid on expectations. He said: “The most important thing is the players believe in our work. It’s about moments and sometimes it’s better to work without too much noise around. “We know the pathway we want to do with the team. Right now it’s the same, continue at the same level. That’s what I want from the team, from me, consistency. Every day I try to be relaxed and calm. “The important thing is not the position, it’s the points we have at the moment. “We are happy with what we are doing at the moment but we need to continue.” Wolves have drawn their last two games against Norwich and Burnley, and have midfielder Ruben Neves back after suspension. Daniel Podence may return after self-isolating having tested positive for Covid-19 but Marcal (Covid) is out. Jonny and Pedro Neto (both knee) are sidelined, along with Yerson Mosquera (hamstring).

46 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews ROYAL BLUE Adam Jones @Adam_Jones94 ...WITH THE INSIDE TRACK FROM GOODISON They might be Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action against Arsenal last season TONY MCARDLE/EFC/GETTY Gunning for Dom – but Monday night is the first battle to win bENITEz AND MOSHIRI HAvE FAR MORE pRESSING ARSENAl CONCERNS THAN TRANSFER SpECulATION In many respects, the headlines that adorned some of the national newspaper titles yesterday morning were nothing new to Everton fans. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a potential switch to Arsenal before. This might not even be the last occasion in which the possibility is mooted. You can’t help but feel the timing of this is poignant this time, however. Isn’t it just so fitting that Rafa Benitez’s side come up against the Gunners next time out? But, aside from that, there’s also the fact that the striker is still on the sidelines after what many initially expected would be a brief spell out of the team. He’s fashioned himself as one of the club’s most influential players over the course of recent seasons. He’s now a fully-fledged England international thanks to his hot goalscoring form. Everton have really missed him since the end of August. He scored in each of his trio of appearances this season despite carrying a toe injury into the campaign. His time on the treatment table has not been the only reason for this side’s recent collapse, but it’s certainly played a factor. The thought of losing him permanently in the future, then, should not even be a consideration. Benitez rather bullishly told his pre-Arsenal press conference: “In terms of our players, they cannot go if we don’t want. We don’t want to lose our players if not necessary. “If we don’t want to sell players, we don’t need to sell players.” no particular mention of the England international, but the message seemed pretty clear – especially when you consider Everton’s upcoming opponents are the ones linked with the striker. Perhaps, with Calvert-Lewin no doubt watching on, this is a chance for his team-mates to finally show why staying with the Blues is the right call. Get back to winning ways against Arsenal and suddenly confidence could grow, and the subsequent pressure on the returning striker would no doubt lessen. Keeping a player who is so crucial to the set-up is imperative for Everton going forward, regardless of how much of a saleable asset the striker is. An England international with such a pedigree as the 24-year-old is beginning to garner would command a ridiculous fee in this market. Everton, of course, have their issues with Financial Fair Play and there is a requirement to clear some of the squad out to make sure there’s a proper rebuild in place – but the line has to be drawn here. However, if the Blues roll over on Monday, then why wouldn’t Calvert-Lewin’s head be turned? He’s no doubt an ambitious player. now he’s in the England squad particularly, he will want to win things – and the Gunners are certainly on a right track again after a difficult patch under Mikel Arteta. But, just speaking about this particular narrative ahead of Monday evening would be ignoring the lumbering elephant in the room. We all saw what happened at Goodison Park on Wednesday. We all heard the chants. We all witnessed the sheer anger and discontent that was on display. That doesn’t subside in the space of a few days. This time, having been absent from the Merseyside derby, Farhad Moshiri has confirmed that he will be in attendance for the visit of Arsenal to Merseyside. The atmosphere will be an intriguing aspect to this game before it even kicks off. There’s no question that Evertonians will back their team, because nobody of a Royal Blue persuasion wants to see their side lose a match. That’s a given. But that’s not the main, driving factor behind the mood at Goodison right now. It’d be hugely naïve to think that fans need to set the right tone, or anything along those lines. They’re entitled to be frustrated. They’re entitled to be angry. Without proper channels of communication, then disappointment is going to be vented at matches. Moshiri might be greeted into the stadium on Monday facing similar questions as Everton’s other board members did upon their departures earlier this week, who knows? Before he even gets to see his side in action, he might be reminded of the challenges that they face off the pitch – by those who matter most in times such as this. In what could be an uncomfortable environment, however, the players will have to provide some sort of response. Benitez’s pre-match press conference confirmed that Calvert- Lewin would still be out for a further couple of weeks at a “minimum”, so he could once again be in the stands to witness the game. Everton need to find a way to win without their main striker for now, but that shouldn’t be the case in the long-term despite the money he could raise in the club’s bleak transfer situation. Maybe that will be playing on Moshiri’s mind at some point as he’s sat watching the Blues try and break down Arsenal. Maybe. In normal circumstances, that would be a major narrative to consider. It doesn’t need me to say that these are not “normal circumstances”, however. Injured players won’t be the focus for many inside the stadium in this match. In fact, even those that take to the pitch might end up being something of a side-show. Only time will tell what the atmosphere will really be like at Goodison Park on Monday evening. If the squad can produce a performance and result, it will be a much-needed and welcome one. But it won’t paper over the gaping cracks that have now been revealed. Wednesday was a significant event, and will not be forgotten in a hurry. How Benitez might wish Calvert- Lewin could take to the field and put a few goals past his prospective suitors, but that’s not the case. Inspiration will need to come from elsewhere on the pitch. Off it? Well that’s another matter entirely. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 47 Get the latest Blues news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO EFC newsletter – www. getanewsletter By cHARLOTTE cOATES Everton boss rafa Benitez has confirmed that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is nearing a return to action. everton are without a win since September and are in desperate need of Calvert-Lewin’s return as they have found it difficult to replace the 16 league goals he scored last season. Calvert-Lewin has been out since the end of August due to a thigh injury. As a result the team has struggled for goals with Demarai Gray’s effort in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby defeat their first for a month. the Spaniard highlighted how Calvert-Lewin is feeling strong – but is still at least a couple of weeks away as caution is required. Benitez also gave an update on some of the other injured everton players ahead of their match with Arsenal on Monday night. “[DCL] is doing well, I was talking with the physio today and with the fitness coach the other day,” said Benitez. “He is getting better but he is Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the training pitch as he continues his recovery TONY MCARDLE/EFC/GETTY EVERTON v ARSENAL, Monday, KO 8pm still a couple of weeks minimum. “We have to be very careful with him because he has had two injuries so we need to be sure he is getting stronger but now is the time to progress. “He is doing really well and he is quite happy but we have to be careful.” everton have been without a number of players for some weeks now – but the injury list looks as though it is easing with Yerry Mina – out for two months with a hamstring problem – taking part in some of the Blues’ training sessions. “Yerry Mina has done part of the training session today so he is getting closer. We will see how he reacts in the next couple of days to see if he is available or not,” added Benitez. “[Salomon] rondon, we are assessing him, we are waiting. He is feeling better but we need to wait for the scan to see how he is doing. “Andre Gomes has been training. We are missing just Dominic Calvert-Lewin and tom Davies.” rondon limped out of the Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday with what appeared to be a hamstring strain. Blues need Dom to RACE back striker getting closer to comeback as rafa confirms ‘two weeks minimum yerry mIna (right) in training with richarlison last week Partey pleased with progress despite top four chance missed By ANDY HAMPSON ThomaS ParTEy has no doubt arsenal remain on an upward trajectory despite Thursday’s defeat at manchester United. The Gunners were edged out 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League clash at old Trafford, having led early on. The result cost them the chance to move up to fourth in the table ahead of monday’s trip to Everton but was only their second loss in 11 games. midfielder Partey felt there was enough in the performance to show arsenal are still moving in the right direction. The Ghana international told the club’s website, www. “The team is improving, each and every one is doing our best. “I think we’re improving each day and it’s going to be good. If we want to be at the top it’s normal that we have to fight, we have to be under control and try to win the games. “I think the team came out to win, we did everything we could, we played well, we created a lot of chances and I think that we were unlucky.” Partey admitted he himself was still striving to find his best after a spell out injured last month. The 28-year-old said: “For me, I have to Thomas Partey keep on doing my best, keep trying, keep improving, try to come back to my best, because the team needs me.” arsenal struck in the 13th minute with a bizarre goal from Emile Smith rowe. The youngster drove into an unguarded net after United goalkeeper David De Gea collided with team-mate Fred. United equalised before the break through Bruno Fernandes and then went ahead in the 52nd minute with Cristiano ronaldo’s first goal of the night. martin odegaard brought arsenal back level but then conceded the penalty which allowed ronaldo to fire the winner. Partey said: “They scored two goals and then a penalty. The team tried to improve, go forward and look for a goal, for the equaliser, but in the end it’s football. “We have to forget about this game, we have to think of our next game. We have to do better and also to win.” arsenal’s other recent defeat came at Liverpool, where they were trounced 4-0 last month. 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48 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews EVERTON v ARSENAL My experience is telling me to stay calm, keep working hard, try to correct the mistakes – and then keep going and stick together blues boss sends message to supporters – and the board By ADAM JONES ECHO Reporter @adam_jones94 Rafa Benitez reckons everton fans can never question his players’ commitment – and he will continiue working ard to turn around their dismal run of form. the everton manager has sent a message to supporters after angry scenes following the Merseyside derby on Wednesday evening. the Blues were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Liverpool at Goodison Park which led to angry scenes across the stadium, particularly in the Main Stand where frustration was directed at members of the club’s board as they went back inside. and, speaking ahead of welcoming arsenal to Goodison on Monday, the manager had a message to supporters when asked what he would like to say to them. Benitez said: “We are disappointed. We are really disappointed. “in terms of the game, it’s a derby and it’s more emotional. But we are really disappointed in the way things are going on. “at the same time, and i have the numbers, we were running more than Liverpool in every single department. Distance, sprints – everything. “But, we conceded four goals. that means they have very good players and punished our mistakes. We made mistakes, they punished us and it’s something we are already analysing. “i have the belief, and i told them a lot of times, that we will do well in the second part of the league. UNdEr-prEssUrE Everton manager rafael Benitez believes the experience of Monday’s opposite number Mikel Arteta is a lesson his club should heed. The spaniard – as well as the board and director of football Marcel Brands – is under intense scrutiny after eight matches without a victory which has seen them slip to within five points of the premier League bottom three. Arsenal manager Arteta lost his first three fixtures of the season, including a surprise loss to newcomers Brentford, and did “now is a time we have to stick together, and go to January in the best position that we can. in terms of commitment, we’re working really hard and you can’t complain about that. “You can complain about mistakes, our quality, decisions – things like that. But not about commitment, and it’s a frustrating time Follow Arsenal Arteta example – Rafa By cARL MARKhAM not make it out of the bottom half of the table until late October. They now sit fifth, a point behind West Ham, after just two defeats in their last 11 league matches and Benitez believes – given time and a chance to recover from a debilitating injury crisis – his side will regain the form which saw them take 13 points from their first six matches to reach fifth in the fledgling table. “I think he is doing well and could be an example of a new manager at a new club under pressure from the beginning last year, from the beginning this season,” said Benitez of the former Everton midfielder. “Little by little he has continued working the way he wants to work and the team is getting better. “They have also spent some money and they did well as they have signed some good players. He is an example of a manager at a new club who needed time and everyone was talking about ‘We need to give him time’ and now he is collecting the prize of that.” for us. We have to keep going and work really hard. i have experience in situations like that, to fight for titles and to try and avoid relegation. “My experience is telling me to stay calm, keep working hard, try to correct the mistakes – and then keep going and stick together. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 49 ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Goodison / Monday / KO 8pm (Sky) Benitez looks closely at both ends of market By charlOtte cOateS “That is really important, if we appreciate what we want is to stick together that’s crucial.” Chairman Bill Kenwright, director of football Marcel Brands and chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale were all in attendance on Wednesday and were confronted with disappointed supporters either side of them as they left the ground. Chants of “sack the board” were audible both during the match and at the end of the game, with one fan videoed questioning Brands in a brief conversation. However, Benitez refused to apportion blame to any individual for the club’s current plight, and highlighted what he will be working on in the coming days. He added: “My main thing is to concentrate on the football issues, the coaching of the team, to analyse the crucial mistakes that in the end cost us the game – because the team was coming back with a goal we scored, and after we still made mistakes. “I don’t want to blame anyone, any individual. “We win or we lose as a group. “We know the problems, I think that is a positive thing, we know the problems. The club has been changing managers for a while and it was not changing the situation. “Now we know the problems and we are trying to find the solutions. “That’s the main thing for me on the pitch and at the same time from the club.” Rafael Benitez on the touchline during Wednesday’s derby defeat to Liverpool Get the latest Blues news to your inbox Sign up to the ECHO EFC newsletter – www. getanewsletter EvErton boss rafa Benitez is hoping to improve his squad as the January transfer window – by both smart buying and not selling. the Blues spent just £1.7million in the summer as they had to watch their spending with Financial Fair Play rules weighing heavy. But Benitez was clear in his pre-match press conference that Everton will not be selling any players who they do not want to – as reports linking Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Arsenal have surfaced again. Dominic Calvert-Lewin the Spaniard has come under increased pressure from fans after losing to Liverpool on Wednesday night but he insists all concentration is on Monday’s Arsenal match. “We have been talking about that [transfers], but I think it’s time to concentrate on what we can do every week,” said Benitez. “We need to know how to prepare for the game against Arsenal, and how to improve our game. We are working on options.” on the prospect of transfers, he added: “our market is clear, there are players you can get and players you cannot, that’s the reality. “We need to know these players want to come. “ In terms of our players, they cannot go if we don’t want to. “We don’t want to lose our players if it is not necessary. If we don’t want to sell players, we don’t need to sell players.” Demarai Gray was the only player Everton paid a fee for in the summer as they had to be smart in the transfer window, having spent too much the year before. 90 minutes! 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50 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews WOLVES v LIVERPOOL ‘An incredible boy’ – Klopp recalls moment he latched on to Jota By cARL mARkhAm Diogo Jota made such a first impression on Jurgen Klopp the Liverpool manager was immediately convinced the forward would be a good fit for his team. the Portugal international caught the eye playing for Wolves in their Fa Cup third-round victory over the weakened Reds in January 2018. Less than two years later he had switched sides – and, as he prepares to face his former club’s fans for the first time since leaving, Red boss Klopp explained what persuaded him to spend £41million on the forward. “i remember the first time i saw him i thought he could be a player for me because of how intense he was in all situations,” said Klopp. “technically he was on a really high level but the intensity he puts in makes all the difference as at our level all players have technical quality. “You make a difference with your attitude and that was what i was most excited about adding Diogo to the mix. “People said he didn’t score an awful lot of goals but the problem is Wolves had the most intense style of play for offensive wingers. “(Raul) Jimenez was allowed to stay up but the rest had to cover the whole pitch and it costs you energy. and he was very young then. “all that made it very interesting for us (and) it was clear he would make the next steps with us. “What i didn’t know when i saw him first is Diogo is an incredible package. “From a personality point of view he is an incredible boy, really smart, structured in a nice way.” Jota has scored four goals in his last three matches, deputising superbly for the injured Roberto Firmino, and is currently only being outscored in the Premier League by team-mate Mohamed Salah and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. Many of his goals are right place, right time to apply a simple finish – with others, like Wednesday’s in the Merseyside derby victory (above), individually brilliant. asked how much was instinct and how much was the game-plan Klopp added: “i don’t know how much but for a striker he has to be there. “the second goal (against Southampton last weekend) Mo passed the ball square and Diogo was there (to tap in). “People say these goals are easy but they are not easy because you have to read the situation, so that is both instinct but as design he has to be there, that’s what you do in training.” By PAUL GORST LFC Correspondent @PTGorst Jurgen Klopp admits nat phillips may leave liverpool in January. And the reds manager has likened the improvements phillips has made over the last 12 months to those of robert lewandowksi during his time at Borussia Dortmund. phillips has made just two substitute appearances so far this season after playing 21 times in total last term during an injuryhit campaign for liverpool at centre-back. The former Bolton youngster could be in line to start at AC Milan in Tuesday’s Champions league dead rubber, but Klopp says phillips may move on for regular game-time in the winter window. “I don’t think about the AC Milan game, but I have to mention nat phillips,” Klopp said. “people often ask me which player made klopp makes unlikely phillips comparison amid talk of possible january move the biggest improvements under my leadership, and I say robert lewandowski. “That’s probably right, but not far off that is nat phillips, just in a completely different department. “I remember when I saw nat phillips first. I spoke to him after the game and he’s one of the smartest players I ever worked with. “I told him: ‘You know you are not the easiest on the eye, eh?’ “But he improved in pretty much everything since, and he’s not playing. life is sometimes not fair and I can’t blame him. “We cannot keep him forever, that’s clear. We needed him, just to be safe, for that halfyear. “We will see what happens in the window. He was fine doing it because he’s a great guy. “But his development is absolutely insane. You saw it last year, you’d have said ‘nat phillips, oh my god, he plays in the last line?’ “people love him because of his heading but with his feet he is unbelievable. “He’s a late starter, but his development is unbelievable. I would sign him for any club except liverpool because we have him.” Nathaniel Phillips in training this week and (right) Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski ANDREW POWELL/LFC/GETTY He’s Lewand Klopp was also asked about the new attacking strategy that’s seen liverpool rattle in 43 premier league goals in just 14 games. He added: “It’s a thought process (in the summer). What can we do? How can we increase the probability of winning football games? “That’s the challenge for all of us and that was the challenge we had last season. “I think we were in a good place that season after winning the league, and then we lost important players. Could we have done better? Maybe yes, maybe no. “That’s not important any more, but we realised just how reliant we were on specific things. I know you mean players, but we mean patterns. “You can change the players, but you can still stick to your patterns and philosophy and be all right. “For us, that was not possible any more, so we had to adapt. over the year, we realised in games we had problems which we didn’t have before. “When the season was over we were quite positive that the players were coming back and we could build from that. O SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 51 Molineux / Today / Kick-off 3pm Claudio Taffarel (right) with John Achterberg FF “We brought in Ibou (Ibrahima Konate) which was really important to give us the security that similar things (to last season) cannot happen any more. “We kept Nat Phillips, which is not too cool for the boy but he’s fine with it. He improved like crazy in the last year. Now we can rely on this kind of spine. “Going from there, that protection, we know that the things we do have a clear basis again, and we have to think about how we can use that. “That was the point of our (summer) process. We were constantly in a room together in pre-season. “It was a long camp, and we had a lot of time to talk about it. It’s clear that the influence of Pep and Vitor (Matos) is massive, because they are brilliant football brains. “Pete (Krawietz) is constantly thinking too about how we can use the things we have by analysing everything. “If the players feel the benefit, that’s very helpful, but you can only be offensively creative if you have defensive protection. It’s not children’s football, it’s a constant process to find that balance.” I told him: ‘You know you are not the easiest on the eye, eh?’ But he improved in pretty much everything since. Jurgen Klopp on Nathaniel Phillips ski Keeping it in-house reds boss hopes goalie team will limit need for more big spending By PAUL GORST Jurgen Klopp believes a new-look goalkeeping department will limit liverpool’s need for expensive recruits in the future. The reds added Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winner Claudio Taffarel to their ranks this week after a glowing recommendation from Alisson Becker, who works with the 55-year-old at international level. Taffarel flew into Merseyside on Tuesday and was given a tour of the AXA Training Centre by assistant sporting director Julian Ward before taking part in training on Thursday. A slight restructuring of the shot-stopping department also saw long-serving coach John Achterberg given a new contract with Klopp keen for liverpool to implement their own “goalkeeping philosophy” at the Kirkby site. And Klopp says the coaches at the club will mean liverpool will not have to pay anywhere near the sort of fee paid to land Alisson for £65m from roma in 2018. Klopp said: “When I was a player, the most important skill of a goalie was to catch balls. “It still is, but from then on it developed incredibly. “So years ago if you did a back pass it was like ‘what?!’ “You could pass the ball back but that meant the goalkeeper had to use his feet and it was really tricky. “It’s obviously a position which is getting more and more influential, and not in the defensive moments, but in offensive moments as well. “A lot of goalies kick the ball pretty long which is good, it is good for each team, but it is much more about being involved in build-up situations, being the third player in between the two centrehalves to play the ball. “We work on that already. But when I was a player the goalkeeping coach was the head coach as well. “The goalie, you pretty much had in your goal until he couldn’t play any more and then we made this job (goalkeeper coach).” “We started with two goalie coaches now and worked it pretty well with Jack (robinson),” continued Klopp. “We all have different ideas and we mix it up. John is incredible, pretty much like a goalkeeping book; he thinks of nothing else! “I know that we were criticised, people blame the goalie coach if the goalkeeper was not so good in the past, but it’s not about that. “now we bring something completely different in, which makes sense. “And for the boys who are not involved on a weekend, we can really work with them properly and consistently. “And we thought somebody with their real own opinion would be good, we want to challenge ourselves and improve the goalies. “We had to buy the best goalie in the world (Alisson) for big money. That should not happen that often any more. “We invest a lot in scouting and youth, and I think we have, in Marcelo pitaluga and Harvey Davies, incredible talents here. “It cannot only be that we give them on loan and hope they develop at another club as well as we estimate. “So maybe we can keep them longer here and work more, do different things so that they make a career here or wherever. “Adrian is injured at the moment so Marcelo is now no.3. “He’s a very young boy, but we just want to make sure we can help them to have a much higher probability to have the best career they can have.”

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TEASER Eight pages of puzzles, quizzes and sudoku STAR SEEKER Can you find the celebrity name hidden in this crossword? Complete the crossword in the normal way, then make a note of the letters contained in all the squares which are marked with shaded stars. These letters will make an anagram of the name you are trying to discover. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ACROSS 1. Clever (4) 8. Make drunk (10) 9. Augment (8) 10. Part of the eye (4) 12. Revelation (6) 14. Sleepy (6) 15. Spruce (6) 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 H H 17. Like a lad (6) 18. Prohibition (4) 19. Was restless (8) 21. Stress (10) 22. Require (4) GOGEN H H H DOWN 2. Free (10) 3. Row (4) 4. Filter (6) 5. Go beyond (6) 6. Bitterness (8) 7. Dregs (4) 11. Emphatic demanding (10) 13. Unseemly (8) 16. Disprove (6) 17. Scene of uproar (6) 18. Calf’s meat (4) 20. Still (4) 22 H H H H General Knowledge Quiz 1. Who wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? A J.R.R. Tolkien B Lewis Carroll C J.K. Rowling D C.S. Lewis 2. In the castle of which West Yorkshire market town did Richard II die? A Wakefield B Ripon C Pontefract D Halifax 3. Which US heavy rock band did English-born guitarist Slash join? A Metallica B Guns N’ Roses C Dire Straits D The Offspring 4. Which artificial element is represented by the symbol Es? A Einsteinium B Erbium C Europium D Arsenic 5. What form of rapid writing is associated with Sir Isaac Pitman? A Hieroglyphics B Joined up writing C Shorthand D Cursive 6. What is the name of the Detective Chief Inspector played by Roger Allam in Endeavour? A John Tuesday B Fred Thursday C Frank Monday D Bill Friday Roger Allam See Question 6. 7. Which group of British painters included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt? A The Impressionists B The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood C The Surrealists D The Post-Raphaelite Brotherhood 8. Who played the title role in the 1950s TV series Ivanhoe? A Sean Connery B Roger Moore C John Wayne D Clint Eastwood 9. Which sleep disorder is also called somnambulism? A Nightmares B Insomnia C Bedwetting D Sleepwalking 10. What is the capital of Morocco? A Casablanca B Rabat C Tangier D Marrakesh 11. Who won the 1996 Solheim Cup? A Great Britain B Brazil C USA D France 12. Which member of the Jackson family released the album The Velvet Rope? A Michael Jackson B La Toya Jackson C Tito Jackson D Janet Jackson 13. Whose only opera was Fidelio? A Mozart B Puccini C Beethoven D Bizet 14. Who wrote The Murders in the Rue Morgue? A H P Lovecraft B Stephen King C Clive Barker D Edgar Allan Poe 15. Which hexagonal musical instrument similar to the accordion was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone? A Concertina B Xylophone C Glockenspiel D Harpsichord Insert letters to form the listed words, moving between adjacent cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally in any direction. Insert all the remaining letters of the alphabet (except Z) in the grid so all the listed words are spelt out in this way. J K Q S N M U G O W H A V R C Y I D E F P B X T L AUK BIDE DROWN FROG GROWS HAVOC HIVE JUG LEFT MAY MUG PIXEL SQUADRON 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 1 2 3 G N C K J B Y R W X W B S H I V A F E X R T U M O Y L Q P D BAROQUE BASH BIN FRY HAVING JUMPY LUMP NECK POD RAVE TOXIC WICK 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 L V K P O N E G S T I D A C U F H Q M J ACQUITS BORAX FIDGET INKED JUDICATORY MUTED PETS SOLVENT SWATCH 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

2 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Kakuro Fill in the white squares with the numbers 1 to 9. Each horizontal block of squares must add up to the number in the shaded square to its left, and each vertical block must add up to the number in the shaded square above it. No number may be used more than once in any one block. 1 2 10 11 8 25 21 17 23 11 12 24 6 5 15 8 3 25 6 21 33 11 11 6 7 8 11 10 20 8 25 14 19 18 9 17 16 29 28 16 6 13 15 4 14 30 13 7 13 11 12 21 14 9 19 11 8 29 11 17 31 10 5 12 12 15 12 9 18 13 20 19 8 20 12 14 13 32 18 5 9 13 WORD LADDER Using the clues provided, fill in each step of the ladder with a new word, changing one letter at a time. 1 2 Convulsions Rests Immoral deeds Cans Equals GONE FIBS LIES Bloodshed 3 4 10 4 12 22 11 13 16 15 7 7 12 8 6 6 11 13 9 7 15 7 12 9 15 18 15 28 21 8 28 21 8 7 14 9 13 11 14 10 8 9 19 13 7 4 15 18 6 15 17 11 19 10 14 28 10 14 6 15 11 9 15 8 18 11 13 8 9 11 18 29 14 25 13 7 3 10 9 12 19 16 11 11 12 8 10 30 12 9 10 10 7 8 3 AWRY Lash Particle Bide Dressed in Thin metal cable Scrawny Breezy SHIP TWO SPEED CROSSWORD This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clues, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 1. Eject Conservatives completely (8) 5. A convict returns to a festivity (4) 9. Is doubly a god (4) 10. Mother takes the French back into the city – what a disaster! (8) 11. Don’t go away – it’s black and sticky (5) 12. Gun 3ft. long on ships? (7) 13. It’s enough to send one round the bend! (8,5) 18. The end of part of the American school year (8) 19. Kind of print (4) 20. Add to tame gnu (7) 21. Frequently decimal? (5) 22. Little Edward in a whirlpool (4) 23. Monocle with which to examine what the drink is in? (8) Down 2. Parvenu is out of bed to begin with (7) 3. Perhaps be a waiter again through shyness (7) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 4. Presumably it can’t offer light work (5,8) 6. Disturb stone round it (7) 7. Some of baby’s malicious deeds are unfathomable! (7) 8. Cart causes brawl in pub (6) 13. When seated I consumed enough to cloy (7) 8 14. Made very angry by grenade explosion (7) 15. Used abusive language because travelled by train? (6) 16. Odious amount gained included maimed eft (7) 17. Say something fast! (7) Quick Across 1. Instantly (8) 5. Celebration (4) 9. Egyptian goddess (4) 10. Misfortune (8) 11. Linger (5) 12. Part of a ship (7) 13. Guiding instrument (8,5) 18. Final point (8) 19. Sort (4) 20. Increase (7) 21. Repeatedly (5) 22. Whirlpool (4) 23. Monocle (8) Down 2. Presumptuous person (7) 3. Withhold (7) 4. Large-scale manufacturing (5,8) 6. Excite (7) 7. Extremely bad (7) 8. Handcart (6) 13. Fill (7) 14. Angered (7) 15. Complained (6) 16. Loathsome (7) 17. Verbalize (7) Scribble pad Temptation Collateral ALPHAMUDDLE SPLIT DECISION Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. I M Z T A E S M S C SAIL Rearrange the letters in the grid on the left to make five words that read both across and down. Five letters have been placed to start you off. A W O E E R N A T I H S R E S R S S D S R N O E D O N S S N N I A D G R A X A Z M I C M V H E I T A F D E A C P T E O L S R SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 3 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge PATHFINDER Beginning with the top highlighted letter, follow a continuous path of words associated with the given subject. The trail goes through each letter once, twisting up, down and sideways, but never diagonally. German cities d s d e r n r o t s m h e n a r e e b l i o p h d a e j g r u d n g r t s a c n o i l b e i s m b u o c b h c m d e g a u b a r e v k d e n g b e d m r g h m u o h a l g r u h e n r e t s n n a r i e u r c a a c o r e d g e t d r n e m b g o l b m n u l s l a g r u e r g e n e n m t e e u g s b l e n s s e d o r n f e l b f d s e f u m n u m k i r e i r o s a r h c i c z n i c h t g d u n u r o b h z i a n e t a m l k f t l e i p g m s t u r t u Sudoku Challenge Easy 2 1 9 7 1 6 9 3 3 2 4 9 8 2 1 5 2 1 1 9 7 8 2 9 6 5 9 7 6 1 2 8 2 6 9 4 3 4 1 6 9 8 8 7 8 6 8 5 2 1 4 7 4 1 2 9 6 7 6 1 9 1 5 4 2 1 6 7 5 2 3 7 MIRROR IMAGE Medium Which of the shapes below is an exact mirror image of the shape on the right? A B C CLOCKWORD The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter D in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of a US actor. 10 9 1. Evil 2. Task 3. Holy 11 8 4. Mythical story 5. Worn away 6. Shouted D 12 7 D 1 6 7. Frightened 8. Deadened 9. Pressed 10. Calm 11. Engraved 2 5 12. Unit of time 3 4 8 9 2 4 6 3 5 1 5 3 8 1 9 6 8 Hard 9 1 2 8 8 2 1 3 5 7 8 3 4 1 8 7 3 7 6 3 2 9 7 2 9 7 1 4 6 1 9 5 5 1 6 9 1 2 6 9 8 1 5 6 1 5 9 6 5 7 3 1 8 2 6 1 5 9 2 3 9 4 3 4 8 5 7 5 8 4 4 7 8 1 3 1 9 6 2 3 8 5 7 3 9 5 8 9 4 2 5 8 7 7 4 3 4 2 5 9 6

4 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge FILL IN General Knowledge Crossword When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out a monkey. We’ve given you one word to start you off. ACROSS DOWN 1. Italian island in the 2. Gold statuette 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 associated with a Academy of Motion novel by Dumas (5,6) Picture Arts and 9 10 9. John, author of Sciences (5) Smiley’s People (2,5) 10. Sam, actor whose 3. Whitish ant-like films include The social insect (7) Piano (5) 4. In the West Indies 11 12 Tyrrhenian Sea awarded by the 11. Giuseppe, composer and Latin America a of the opera person of Spanish Nabucco (5) ancestry (6) 12. Ferdinand, French 5. Hammond, author of 13 14 15 16 diplomat who The Mary Deare (5) campaigned for the 6. Any muscle with 17 construction of a Suez Canal (7) three heads (7) 18 19 20 21 13. Single-edged 7. Former president of 18c sword used the A.N.C. who died principally in in 1993 (6,5) M France (6) 8. Comic strip 15. Robert M., author character created by 22 23 of Zen and the U Alex Raymond (5,6) Art of Motorcycle 14. Tropical genus of Maintenance (6) plants cultivated for L 18. In Greek mythology, their white or purple 24 virgin goddess of the hunt and the funnel-shaped L moon (7) flowers (7) 20. Spiny Mediterranean 16. Chisel-edged tooth WORD WISE 3 LETTERS 5 LETTERS shrub with edible at the front of the ARE TEE CLOT NEST ALTOS flower buds (5) mouth (7) The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? BAG TOY CRAB OMEN ESSAY 22. Hastings, first 17. Peninsula of Croatia BOG EXAM REED LASER prime minister of whose chief city is Nyasaland (5) NATATION INFUSCATE EBB 4 LETTERS FETE TAPE SISAL Pula (6) 23. Dish of cooked FLU ABET FLAT THEN 19. Richard, 1972 rice served with A Story-telling A Stewed LEE AMEN LYRE THEY 7 LETTERS tomatoes, chicken Olympic individual B Swimming B Dyed in the year RAM BADE MULL TRUE BALONEY or cheese (7) Three-day Event C State-ownership C Clouded with brown SEA CARP MUSE ZEST PEBBLES 24. Fiancée of Frank winner (5) Churchill in Jane 21. City in India, capital Austen’s Emma (4,7) of Bihar state (5) Solutions General Knowledge Quiz 1 D; 2 C; 3 B; 4 A; 5 C; 6 B; 7 B; 8 B; 9 D; 10 B; 11 C; 12 D; 13 C; 14 D; 15 A Star Seeker Across: 1 Deft; 8 Intoxicate; 9 Increase; 10 Iris; 12 Vision; 14 Drowsy; 15 Dapper; 17 Boyish; 18 Veto; 19 Fidgeted; 21 Accentuate; 22 Need. Down: 2 Emancipate; 3 Tier; 4 Strain; 5 Exceed; 6 Acrimony; 7 Lees; 11 Insistence; 13 Improper; 16 Refute; 17 Bedlam; 18 Veal; 20 Even. Star Name: ADAM PEATY. Gogen General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Monte Cristo; 9 Le Carre; 10 Neill; 11 Verdi; 12 (de) Lesseps; 13 Rapier; 15 Pirsig; 18 Artemis; 20 Caper; 22 Banda; 23 Risotto; 24 Jane Fairfax. Down: 2 Oscar; 3 Termite; 4 Creole; 5 Innes; 6 Triceps; 7 Oliver Tambo; 8 Flash Gordon; 14 Petunia; 16 Incisor; 17 Istria; 19 Meade; 21 Patna. Kakuro 1 3 7 9 5 8 9 3 2 1 6 8 9 7 2 4 3 2 5 3 1 2 6 2 8 7 1 5 4 7 4 5 6 5 3 5 6 1 8 7 9 9 1 4 1 3 6 8 1 8 1 4 9 7 3 5 4 7 8 9 8 3 8 5 4 2 1 1 4 2 5 1 2 4 8 3 7 6 6 3 6 1 5 3 1 5 9 1 5 4 1 2 3 5 6 2 8 2 4 1 5 9 7 2 6 7 4 7 8 6 3 6 8 5 6 9 4 4 3 2 4 9 1 3 6 1 6 3 2 1 9 8 4 9 5 2 7 4 7 5 3 1 7 3 8 2 4 6 6 4 4 1 7 8 8 4 5 9 2 4 6 8 5 5 7 6 2 7 5 3 5 6 9 1 8 5 1 8 4 7 4 2 8 9 8 6 4 7 8 9 2 4 1 5 9 3 1 6 5 7 1 8 5 1 7 7 2 6 3 9 7 4 8 5 2 5 1 2 7 5 6 1 7 5 3 1 7 8 3 9 8 6 7 5 7 4 2 3 9 1 Clockword 1 Wicked, 2 Errand, 3 Sacred, 4 Legend, 5 Eroded, 6 Yelled, 7 Scared, 8 Numbed, 9 Ironed, 10 Placid, 11 Etched, 12 Second. US actor: WESLEY SNIPES. Sudoku 5 4 6 3 8 2 7 3 1 9 4 1 7 9 5 8 9 7 1 6 4 8 Fill In Monkey: BABOON Word Wise B. Swimming C. Clouded with brown 5 2 3 2 4 8 9 2 8 4 6 2 5 1 6 9 7 3 8 6 1 2 5 4 7 3 9 1 9 5 4 8 3 6 7 2 3 1 7 9 2 8 5 4 6 4 8 1 9 5 2 3 6 7 8 2 9 1 3 5 6 7 4 5 9 8 2 1 6 7 4 3 8 4 3 6 7 9 5 1 6 1 7 4 5 3 8 2 9 9 7 2 3 6 1 5 4 8 7 3 6 1 2 9 4 8 5 2 5 4 6 1 3 8 9 7 2 3 9 7 6 1 5 8 4 3 1 6 4 7 8 9 5 2 1 4 3 8 9 7 6 2 5 6 7 3 6 3 5 2 9 7 1 5 6 1 4 2 3 8 9 4 2 8 7 1 5 4 5 3 9 7 8 6 1 2 2 8 4 7 6 5 1 3 9 8 9 6 5 4 7 3 2 1 5 7 6 8 4 3 1 9 2 7 5 4 2 6 9 3 8 1 6 2 7 4 3 5 9 1 8 5 3 1 7 3 2 6 4 9 8 7 1 4 8 5 3 9 2 8 4 1 3 8 7 6 5 6 8 1 2 5 C A R P A Z E S T R E F L U X H A B E T T T A P E B A D E O O M E N L E S S A Y B B O G E R E B B N L A S E R L F E T E I A M E N L Y R E S M U S E A U B A G L S T H E Y L C L O T 7 3 9 2 9 9 6 7 8 4 6 1 2 5 2 8 1 3 5 4 6 9 7 1 4 8 7 6 9 5 3 2 9 1 3 8 7 5 4 2 6 4 9 1 7 3 2 6 8 5 1 4 7 5 6 9 8 2 3 3 1 8 2 5 6 9 7 4 5 6 7 9 2 3 4 2 3 1 4 5 7 8 6 1 9 3 9 4 6 2 7 8 1 5 2 7 9 5 3 8 1 4 6 4 5 2 9 6 1 7 8 3 6 3 2 4 5 8 7 1 9 8 2 6 3 7 1 9 4 5 5 9 7 1 8 4 2 6 3 8 5 6 4 9 3 2 4 1 6 8 7 5 1 2 9 3 7 4 7 5 6 8 9 1 4 3 2 3 6 5 1 2 4 9 7 8 6 8 7 2 4 3 5 1 9 8 5 7 1 6 9 3 2 4 9 3 5 4 8 2 6 7 1 2 4 6 7 9 3 5 1 8 Hard Medium Easy J K Q S N M U G O W H A V R C Y D E F Two Speed Crossword Across: 1 Outright; 5 Gala; 9 Isis; 10 Calamity; 11 Tarry; 12 Yardarm; 13 Steering wheel; 18 Terminus; 19 Type; 20 Augment; 21 Often; 22 Eddy; 23 Eyeglass. Down: 2 Upstart; 3 Reserve; 4 Heavy industry; 6 Agitate; 7 Abysmal; 8 Barrow; 13 Satiate; 14 Enraged; 15 Railed; 16 Hateful; 17 Express. Split Decision I N D E X A C T I A T R C M M O S T A I R I 1 P B X T L G W B S H N I V A F C E X R T K U M O Y Alphamuddle H O A R O W N E A N I S R E S T D R E S 2 J L Q P D D R E S S B L V K P Y O N E G R S T D W A C U F Word Ladder 1. Fibs, Fits, Sits, Sins, Tins, Ties, Lies. 2. Gone, Gore, Wore, Wire, Wiry, Airy, Awry. 3. Ship, Whip, Whit, Wait, Bait, Bail, Sail I 3 X H Q M J Pathfinder Dresden, Duisburg, Hamburg, Berlin, Rostock, Hanover, Munster, Cologne, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Mainz, Munich, Bochum, Essen, Bremen, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart, Ulm, Dusseldorf, Bielefeld, Trier, Augsburg, Nuremberg, Aachen, Magdeburg, Monchengladbach, Potsdam, Heidelberg, Jena. Mirror Image: D SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 5 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Sudoku Every row, every column and every 5 x 5 box must contain every digit from 1 to 9 and every letter from K to Z. 4 V N P R 2 7 T X L O Z 9 X 5 8 S 6 U K M 7 N L S T Y P V W L 9 3 4 X 2 U 8 3 T 2 5 O X 2 6 K 9 1 R 3 T V U 4 X 8 T Z O S U W 7 X O Q Y W V P 5 3 S Z X N 5 R 8 O K L 2 Y K 1 5 9 2 3 Q N T U 7 T V 4 9 6 O 1 N Q Y O 6 9 K X S V Q T M R 1 L N T 2 W X Y Q P 7 3 O 4 1 R U S 2 6 9 N 9 V L 4 Z Q 6 Y K 8 S 3 T 8 M 3 P 5 V Y 8 Q O Z N 1 W 7 5 2 Z W N 9 K Y S 4 1 7 6 5 R 3 X 4 9 Z 8 U L 1 R U V T 6 P 3 K Q K 7 U 6 W 9 X P T L M Y W 6 1 5 K O P Y U 3 O S P 7 1 L U T R X Z K M T 9 Q 3 L 5 V 6 6 7 2 M 8 Q 3 Z W K 1 5 V Q L N W 6 2 1 K 3 P O ALPHADOKU Both the puzzles contain 9 x 9 sudokus but with the letters R to Z. NUMBERFIT Fit the listed numbers into the grid. 1 2 digits: 14 44 93 96 3 digits: 334 339 354 394 395 503 542 739 943 948 4 digits: 1485 1566 1904 3313 5 digits: 38882 43587 7 digits: 2339124 2393734 9 digits: 121569431 412319514 466449541 498735241 2 2 digits: 22 26 28 84 3 digits: 298 328 363 385 422 449 478 492 779 829 4 digits: 4791 6721 7239 9345 5 digits: 79337 83352 7 digits: 3878288 7478245 9 digits: 223673792 228919522 233552582 236462642 3 X U R S U T V W R T V Y V Z U R Y S T Y Z T W S R W Z S T V W V X Z R U T Y U W X R W V W S Y T Y X 2 digits: 11 23 24 41 53 63 66 81 3 digits: 231 232 244 248 310 322 4 digits: 1260 2121 2211 7523 5 digits: 35624 42212 7 digits: 2271123 4712661 8651224 8812125 9 digits: 164123422 212142336 621246487

6 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A 1. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) held its first public meeting 2. Sputnik I disintegrated as it entered the earth’s atmosphere 3. Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party was premiered 4. 21-year-old Garfield Sobers scored a record 365 Test runs Arrowword Sean _, Sharpe actor UK river _ Lovato, singer Inspire affection Within Group Acts Winning tennis serve Egyptian capital Engine part Brochures Wayne _, pictured Put up with B 1. Prime Minister Edward Heath led Britain to victory in the Admiral’s Cup 2. Kurt Waldheim was selected as UN Secretary General 3. Post Office workers went on strike for the first time 4. Arsenal won the FA Cup and League double Cold symptom Wonder Girl's name Cash machine (1,1,1) Poacher Gun _ Murray, tennis star Single Church recess C 1. Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in the US elections 2. Saudi Arabia was outraged by the ITV film Death of a Princess 3. Sixpences ceased to be legal tender 4. Polish strikers seized the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk QUICK QUIZ 1. Which English band have had hits with Blue Monday and True Faith? 2. Which Roman god was identified with the Greek Ares? 3. By what name was Zimbabwe known until 1979? 4. Which British novelist wrote Pride and Prejudice? 5. By what name are the 27 books that constitute the second major division of the Christian Bible known? 6. How many pairs of ribs usually make up the human ribcage? 7. What nationality was the pioneering psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud? 8. In which state of the USA is the fashionable resort of Palm Beach situated? 9. By what nickname was band leader Edward Kennedy Ellington usually known? 10. Which country’s national anthem is often known as La Marseillaise? CODEWORD This puzzle has no clues. Instead, every number printed in the grid represents a letter, with the same number always representing the same letter. For example, if 8 turns out to be a V, you can write in V wherever a square contains 8. Using your knowledge of words, complete the puzzle. 1 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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 C I 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 2 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 Children's comic Kelly _, pictured Spheres Friend Poem Little devil Variation Disorder Famous scientist (5,6) Farewell Direct Enemy Toddlers Horse's pace Archery target ring Twitch Soon Males Mythical monster Grass Assisting Yes Egyptian goddess Remain US river Passed Vow 100-year marker Second Greek letter E.g. Wight or Man Jason's ship Volcano Opening Combine Peruvian ancestor Regret 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L O 3 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 TV host, _ Perkins Point Boxes Visitor Through Fishing implement Jewel Microorganism 16thcentury Russian tsar Knock out Newt Give up work Cloth edge Direction 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 O C SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 7 TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge Giant Crossword 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 ACROSS 1 Alleviation (6) 5 Injure with a knife (4) 8 List of charges (6) 10 Ultimate (8) 14 Travelled on foot (6) 16 Widespread hatred or disgust (5) 22 Height above sea level (8) 23 Every evening (7) 24 Faint indication (7) 26 Soft cheese (9) 27 Leonard __, late Canadian singer (5) 29 Continent (4) 30 Biblical woman (3) 31 Upright in posture or position (5) 33 The __ of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (4) 34 Art of good eating (10) 35 Plenty (5) 36 Luxuriant (4) 39 A donkey (3) 40 Tires out (8) 42 Lacking in care or attention (6) 43 Suture (6) 44 Manufactures (5) 46 Nourishing (10) 49 Decorative plaster (6) 51 Capital of Morocco (5) 54 Decision (10) 56 Military rank (8) 61 Digs (8) 63 In name only (7) 64 Pretend (5) 65 Army colour (5) 66 Fizzy drink, informally (3) 68 Head covering (4) 70 Molten rock (4) 71 Health resort (3) 72 Gold bar (5) 74 Leonard __, Star Trek’s Spock (5) 75 Finds (7) 78 Brolly (8) 83 Very tall (8) 85 Rodent catchers (10) 87 Crowd actor (5) 89 Scope (6) 91 Light canvas shoe (10) 94 __ Jessica Parker, Sex and the City star (5) 96 __ du Maurier, UK novelist (6) 98 Heathens (6) 100 Water tortoise (8) 102 Stephen __, UK actor and comedian (3) 104 Meshes (4) 106 Pick-me-up (5) 107 Sternum (10) 109 Throwing line in darts (4) 111 Pamphlet (5) 114 __ Torrance, UK golfer (3) 115 Rescue (4) 116 Schemes (5) 117 Resolute endurance (9) 118 Nevertheless (7) 121 Female voice (7) 122 Minus (8) 123 Ground, dry land (5) 124 Italian city (6) 125 Indefatigable (8) 126 Descend by rope (6) 127 Elderly (4) 128 In conclusion (6) DOWN 2 Joins up (7) 3 Spanish island (5) 4 Perplex or bewilder (7) 6 American state (9) 7 Military instrument (5) 8 Levy (5) 9 Thick mist (3) 11 Vigour, slang (3) 12 West Indian dance (5) 13 Poisonous plant (7) 14 Apt to cry, informally (5) 15 Much less (3,5) 17 Reside (5) 18 Low-lying wet land (5) 19 Deputes (9) 20 Plough (4) 21 Japanese dwarf tree (6) 25 Cook in an oven (5) 26 Captures (7) 28 Excellent (9) 32 __ Henman, former tennis player (3) 33 Horse opera (7) 37 Former French coin (3) 38 __ Gerrard, former Liverpool FC and England captain (6) 39 In addition, too (4) 41 Small twig (5) 42 __ Hood, legendary outlaw (5) 44 Large number (9) 45 Keep goods for sale (5) 47 Frozen water (3) 48 Thespians (6) 50 Art of paper folding (7) 52 Long cricket contest (4,5) 53 Specimens (7) 54 Connected (7) 55 Large beer cask (3) 57 Fight off (7) 58 Boldness or effrontery, informally (5) 59 Surety (4) 60 Lariat (5) 62 __ Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace star (4) 67 Places firmly (6) 69 Sound of a small bell (4-1-4) 73 __ and the Maytals, reggae band (5) 74 UK medical institution (init.) (3) 76 Coronets (6) 77 Save from ruin (7) 79 Stings (5) 80 Correct in every detail (5) 81 Therapy (9) 82 Remain (4) 84 Epoch (3) 86 Perceptible to the hearing (7) 88 Astrological prediction (9) 90 Tranquil (8) 92 Female pronoun (3) 93 Eye membrane (6) 95 Staggering (7) 97 Nip (5) 99 Social insect (3) 101 Unlawful (7) 103 Rebirth (7) 104 Female relative (5) 105 Cleave (5) 107 Farm buildings (5) 108 Gush out suddenly (5) 110 Grotto (4) 112 Dismay, terrify (5) 113 Jewelled headdress (5) 115 Satisfies fully (5) 119 Used to be (3) 120 __ Brydon, UK actor and comedian (3)

8 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge WORDSEARCH Here is a list of drinks. Can you find them in the grid? The answers can be found running backwards or forwards, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. ALE BRANDY CIDER COFFEE COLA GIN HOT CHOCOLATE LAGER LEMONADE PERRY RUM SANGRIA SODA SQUASH TEA TEQUILA VODKA WATER WHISKEY WINE F X A Y E K S I H W O X A L E G E O V R N X Q B C X L A H A T G V R N E H R O O M D M H L X Z U K P W T S T L M E O G I G R E G A L N A I A O T Z A U P J C I D E R L W N C N D I Q U W X N S G H B E H U O I R E H C A Z W Q E S O M S A H G T V N V I P E U C P P O R M N T O W N U F C O A V Y F N G A O D E S F M L A S S W X K A S M K R O P A S T A P H T B P D H A C U T R A W R P E R R Y V E O R E M B N T T E D U Z J H J J G F J O Q S B R A N D Y X N Solutions NINERS Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to discover a word which uses all nine letters. 1 968821 gives a bad person 2 5146571 gives a bad person 377521 gives a bad person SPORTWORD A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 6 9 12 17 1 2 3 4 11 10 13 14 19 7 16 18 5 15 8 1586744 gives a weapon 173323 gives a weapon 67319 gives a weapon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ACROSS 1. Jimmy ........, former England international defender who was Leeds United manager from 1974-78 (8) 6. Tom ....., winner with John Newcombe of the 1973 French Open men’s doubles tennis championship (5) 7. Julian ....., winger who scored a hat-trick of tries on his 2012 All Blacks debut (5) 9. Dave ...., 1965 USPGA champion (4) 10. Ajantha ......, Sri Lanka Test cricketer who took 6-117 against India at Galle in 2008 (6) 12. Paul ......, Leeds United right-back capped three times for England between 1968-71 (6) 14. Richard ...., former rugby league player appointed Leeds Rhinos coach in 2019 (4) 17. Anaheim ....., 2007 Stanley Cup Final winners (5) 18. See 5 Down 19. Australia midfielder signed by Celtic from Central Coast Mariners in 2013 (3,5) DOWN 2. ..... Park, former Sunderland FC home (5) 3. Tony ...., former Grimsby Town midfielder who holds the league appearance record for an outfield player (4) 4. Michael ......, Ghana midfielder who played for Chelsea from 2005-14 (6) 5 & 18A Opening scorer for Spain in the Euro 2012 Final (5,5) 6. Brett ......., forward signed by Wrexham from Blackpool in 2012 (7) 8. Country that placed third in the 1954 Football World Cup Finals (7) 11. Jo ......, Norway international who played over 100 Premier League games for Southampton (6) 13. Berkshire horse racecourse (5) 15. Filippo ....., Italian defender who played for Watford in 2001/02 (5) 16. 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Giant Crossword Across: 1 Relief, 5 Stab, 8 Tariff, 10 Eventual, 14 Walked, 16 Odium, 22 Altitude, 23 Nightly, 24 Glimmer, 26 Camembert, 27 Cohen, 29 Asia, 30 Eve, 31 Erect, 33 Wolf, 34 Gastronomy, 35 Loads, 36 Lush, 39 Ass, 40 Exhausts, 42 Remiss, 43 Stitch, 44 Makes, 46 Nutritious, 49 Stucco, 51 Rabat, 54 Resolution, 56 Sergeant, 61 Lodgings, 63 Nominal, 64 Feign, 65 Khaki, 66 Pop, 68 Hair, 70 Lava, 71 Spa, 72 Ingot, 74 Nimoy, 75 Locates, 78 Umbrella, 83 Towering, 85 Mousetraps, 87 Extra, 89 Extent, 91 Espadrille, 94 Sarah, 96 Daphne, 98 Pagans, 100 Terrapin, 102 Fry, 104 Nets, 106 Tonic, 107 Breastbone, 109 Oche, 111 Tract, 114 Sam, 115 Save, 116 Plans, 117 Fortitude, 118 However, 121 Soprano, 122 Negative, 123 Earth, 124 Naples, 125 Tireless, 126 Abseil, 127 Aged, 128 Lastly. Down: 2 Enlists, 3 Ibiza, 4 Flummox, 6 Tennessee, 7 Bugle, 8 Tithe, 9 Fog, 11 Vim, 12 Limbo, 13 Hemlock, 14 Weepy, 15 Let alone, 17 Dwell, 18 Marsh, 19 Delegates, 20 Till, 21 Bonsai, 25 Roast, 26 Catches, 28 Fantastic, 32 Tim, 33 Western, 37 Sou, 38 Steven, 39 Also, 41 Sprig, 42 Robin, 44 Multitude, 45 Stock, 47 Ice, 48 Actors, 50 Origami, 52 Test match, 53 Samples, 54 Related, 55 Tun, 57 Repulse, 58 Nerve, 59 Bail, 60 Lasso, 62 Olga, 67 Plants, 69 Ting-a-ling, 73 Toots, 74 NHS, 76 Crowns, 77 Salvage, 79 Bites, 80 Exact, 81 Treatment, 82 Stay, 84 Era, 86 Audible, 88 Horoscope, 90 Peaceful, 92 She, 93 Retina, 95 Reeling, 97 Pinch, 99 Ant, 101 Illegal, 103 Revival, 104 Niece, 105 Split, 107 Barns, 108 Spurt, 110 Cave, 112 Appal, 113 Tiara, 115 Sates, 119 Was, 120 Rob. Wordsearch F X A Y E K S I H W O X A L E G E O V R N X Q B C X L A H A T G V R N E H R O O M D M H L X Z U K P W T S T L M E O G I G R E G A L N A I A O T Z A U P J C I D E R L W N C N D I Q U W X N S G H B E H U O I R E H C A Z W Q E S O M S A H G T V N V I P E U C P P O R M N T O W N U F C O A V Y F N G A O D E S F M L A S S W X K A S M K R O P A S T A P H T B P D H A C U T R A W R P E R R Y V E O R E M B N T T E D U Z J H J J G F J O Q S B R A N D Y X N Remember When A. 1958; B. 1971; C. 1980. Niners 1. RELATIONS: SINNER, TRAITOR, LOOTER 2. CONSULATE: CUTLASS, CANNON, LANCE Sportword Across: 1. Armfield; 6. Okker; 7. Savea; 9. Marr; 10. Mendis; 12. Reaney; 14. Agar; 17. Ducks; 18. Silva; 19. Tom Rogic. Down: 2. Roker; 3. Ford; 4. Essien; 5. David; 6. Ormerod; 8. Austria; 11. Tessem; 13. Ascot; 15. Galli; 16. Oslo.

SATURDAY including extra 04.12.21 your 7-day TV guide HOTSEAT John Torode and Lisa Faulkner’s festive feast BOOKS The best reads to add to your Christmas list Past Life The best matching yuletide jumpers for the whole family Anthony Quayle - war hero turned film star

2 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews To Do List TRENDING and just like that... Sex and the City fans, the time has almost come. Thursday sees Sarah Jessica Parker, right, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis (although no Kim Cattrall) back on our screens in New York in this reboot of the smash hit series. covid boosters Following the discovery of the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured the British public the third vaccination would be offered to all over-18s by the end of January. CINDERELLA Cinders’ tale has been voted the nation’s favourite pantomime... oh yes it has! And Dawn French and Paul O’Grady were the celebrities families most wanted to see in a festive play, according to 2,000 adults surveyed for Premier Inn. woody norman The British youngster is winning plaudits for his starring role alongside Joaquin Phoenix in bittersweet black and white movie, C’Mon C’Mon, which hits cinemas this weekend. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny and Woody Norman as Jesse johanna konta The former British No 1 has announced her retirement from professional tennis. The 30-year-old called time on her career after reaching three Grand Slam semifinals and winning four singles titles on the WTA Tour. office party antics Drunken office party behaviour such as snogging colleagues and photocopying your bum is old fashioned, say 80% of workers. Even drinking wine from plastic cups is out of favour according to a poll of 1,500 workers by ride-hailing app Free. tsb branches The company has announced plans to close around a quarter of its branches next year. It will shut the doors of 70 of its 290 banks within the first half of 2022. TSB said the decision was down to the fact more people were now managing their money online. kissing under the mistletoe Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has warned against “snogging under the mistletoe” over the Christmas holidays due to the Omicron variant. She also said kissing should be avoided with “people you don’t already know”. TANKING Andrea Bocelli and his daughter Virginia BOOK IT There’s another chance to see the Christmas concert broadcast which introduced Andrea Bocelli’s eight-year-old daughter Virginia to the world. Believe In Christmas: Encore is being livestreamed worldwide from December 10 to 12 and was recorded at Italy’s majestic Teatro Regio di Parma Opera House. The concert was produced during the pandemic and became one of the most successful classical events of all time bringing together a record-breaking global audience. It is now back by popular demand and features special guest appearances by Zucchero Fornaciari, Cecilia Bartoli and Clara Barbier Serrano. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Go to to book. The Italian tenor is also planning European tour dates in the new year. See drinkit love it Tasteit Want to make your Christmas guests think your mixing skills are up there with Tom Cruise’s in Cocktail but don’t have the money to spend on dozens of spirits and bar-tending kit? Well, Bristol Cocktails has got you sorted with its pre-mixed cocktails. Serves include classics like Pina Colada, PornStar Martini and the Margarita, plus Clover Club and an Espresso Martini. Each is made with authentic natural ingredients, with no need for mixers, mixing or shaking. Priced £19.95 per bottle at bristolcocktail We already know we should ditch plastic bags for more sustainable ones. To help us stick to that goal, top handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has teamed up with Sainsbury’s to produce a new ‘Universal’ shopping bag. The stylish shopper is made from 100% recycled plastic and is designed to Johanna Konta last for at least 10 years. It also has a pouch inside which turns into a free returns package when turned inside out so you can send it back for recycling once it wears out. The bag costs £10 and is in Sainsbury’s stores now. If you miss out this time, from January 26 it will reappear in Waitrose. Enjoy Christmas with all the trimmings delivered direct to your door for a stress-free holiday. Farmison & Co’s Christmas range includes everything from smoked bacon and winter fruits, pigs in blankets to party food like luxury beef wellington and hot chilli chicken wings. WATCH IT Sonic the Hedgehog (tomorrow, Channel 4, 4.30pm) sees the blue hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz) escape from his world through a spinning portal and land in the leafy glades of Green Hills in Montana, where cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) proudly upholds the law. He is eyeing a move to San Francisco with veterinarian wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter). Their plans are put on hold when Sonic breaks into the couple’s home to escape military consultant Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Tom agrees to accompany the fugitive furball on a hare-brained odyssey to open a portal to a fungi-festooned planet, where Sonic will be safe from Robotnik and his weaponised drones. A pleasing and fun flick which harks back to the Sega video games. READ IT Sonic The Hedgehog (voiced by Ben Schwartz) The Hansel and Gretel fairy tale in which the children discover a house made entirely of gingerbread, sweets and cake, inspired the trend for making beautiful constructions based on gingerbread. Heather Whinney’s new book Gingerbread (Lorenz Books, £15) shows you how to make gorgeous and tasty creations from cookies to castles. It offers clear step-by-step instructions, pictures, templates, and foolproof basic gingerbread recipes, as well as vegan and gluten-free bakes. Make everything from a festive Santa sleigh and a Christmas Eve fireplace to gingery biscuits, cupcakes, traybakes and a large ginger bundt. There is also gammon and a showstopping Easy Carve Duck Galantine with Drunken Fruits Stuffing. All are made with responsibly sourced ingredients and all meat is free range and procured from British local, small-holding farms. Go to christmas to see the range. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 3 Hotseat We want to always make sure we do food you can cook at home Top culinary couple John Torode and Lisa Faulkner are back with some easy-to-cook dishes. Jane Haase finds out about their favourite comfort food and plans for Christmas If you want a feast of food inspiration, John Torode and Lisa Faulkner serve up plenty of simple supper ideas in their latest series of John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen. Chef and MasterChef judge John met actress Lisa on the celebrity version of the show 10 years ago, when she won the top prize. And the pair married in 2019. As well as cooking some hearty comfort food, John, 56, and Lisa, 49. will also be getting ready for Christmas and have a line up of irresistible ideas for the festive season. Here the pair tell us about working together and their Christmas plans. You both have such busy schedules – how does it feel to be working together again? L: I love working with John, it’s great. Our schedules have been really busy, so it’s been nice to actually see him. J: We always want to make sure we do food that people can cook at home, and the idea of this series is that we’re there in your home and just trying to help you through when it’s getting a bit cold, you’re feeling a bit down, and Christmas may feel a little bit too much of a burden. And it’s brilliant! I love working with Lisa. John and Lisa on their Weekend Kitchen show How do you continue to come up with fresh ideas? Does it ever feel like work? J: Never! I have to say I am really, really lucky. The way that this is filmed is that we actually go into the studio, the cameras roll and we cook the recipe all the way through as if we were cooking at home. We don’t stop and start, we don’t change direction, we just cook the recipe! L: We’re lucky in the fact that we love food, so we’re constantly thinking of ideas. We could be watching a film and think, ‘Oh that could be good’. Do you ever disagree over ideas? L: Yeah. John will often say something like, ‘I think we should cook quail, they’re really easy to cook and nobody cooks them really’ and I’m like, ‘No’ [Laughs]. Our viewers wouldn’t be bothered about a quail. I feel like I’m the ‘mum viewer’ person and he’s the chef – obviously he is, but sometimes he can be ambitious with his ideas. Have yours and other people’s eating habits changed since the pandemic? L: Not really, apart from the fact we couldn’t eat out, but we’ve always cooked a lot at home and from scratch. During the pandemic, we cooked every day and made a daily video, so our eating habits didn’t change at all, but it’s lovely to go back into restaurants. The entertainment and hospitality industry suffered during the pandemic. Do you feel lucky you had stuff to keep you busy? L: We were lucky as we did two series of the show. We also cooked for free on Instagram – we made videos to keep ourselves sane and to give people entertainment. J: On the first day of lockdown, Lisa said, ‘I can’t do nothing.’ And she was the one who instigated doing the videos on Instagram every single day. We did 75 videos, back to back for all those weeks and it was the thing that saved us, really. I think it saved us mentally… This series focuses on comfort foods. What do you enjoy most about the winter? J: As an Aussie, we didn’t really have seasons, so I really appreciate them. The best seafood is in winter – amazing scallops and beautiful prawns – the water’s cold, amazing fish like sea bass and turbot and cod and smoked haddock and all those sorts of things are great this time of year. Smoked haddock chowder – that’s wintery, warming deliciousness! L: I’m not very good with winter, I don’t enjoy it much. I can’t handle the light going and the darker nights. I try to embrace it and go, ‘Lovely slow-cooking recipes’. I’ll light all my candles and sit in my pyjamas. And that does work – I’m very good at getting myself out of that darkness, but it is really not my favourite time of year. What’s your go-to easy comfort food that you and your family enjoy most? L: Mac and cheese – I just love it. My daughter loves it. You can pimp it up with bacon, chorizo, leeks, tomatoes and breadcrumbs on top and it can be a whole meal. Are you looking forward to this festive season? L: Yes, much more than last year – last year was so depressing. John and I had a lovely Christmas, but it was just me and him because of being a blended family – we have our kids one year and not the next. Usually we’d go away or do something different, but we couldn’t because of the lockdown. We’d planned to see the family but that all changed. So it will be lovely to be able to have all our family round and make Christmas dinner. J: I’m looking forward to presents as always! We always have a big Christmas and this Christmas we have all the children so hopefully there Making a meal of it: John Torode and Lisa Faulkner won’t be any restrictions and we can have everybody together. Who makes the Christmas dinner? L: We both do. We get up and cook and laugh. John will have champagne and I’ll have a glass of wine. We’ll put Christmas music on and we love it – we’re in our happy place. What is the food or drink that means Christmas to you? L: Stuffing – John makes amazing stuffing and that means Christmas. In November, I make mincemeat, Christmas puddings and Christmas cake for my dad and one for us. The smell of Christmas cake means Christmas to me also. J: Bread sauce and stuffing for me. What’s on your Christmas list this year? L: On my Christmas list will always be a new pair of pyjamas. J: I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping! I always put bows around my presents each Christmas, and I always attach a bauble too. Everybody gets a bauble on their present! I do it so my children will have a collection of baubles over the years that they will then have of their own when they leave home. ■ ■ John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen is on Saturdays, ITV at 11.40am

4 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE Christmas time is a multi-flavoured extravaganza. And without further ado, here are some thoughts on white wine choices (there will be more) to flirt with your festive food choices. If you’re after zesty palate wake-up calls then you can’t go far wrong with sauvignon blanc. I sipped the latest vintage of Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (RRP £12, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose) from the Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. It’s a tastebud temptation laden with pronounced passion fruit and citrus notes which linger on the palate long after you’ve taken a sip. It’s delicious. Elsewhere, Aldi has Winemaster’s Lot Pouilly-Fumé 2020(£14.99). This style of wine, also produced with the sauvignon blanc grape, is from the Loire Valley in France. Here this famous grape produces a more understated wine but by no means lacking in elegant green-fruited personality. The word “fumé” on these wines reflects a slightly smoky, complex character. Sauvignon blanc with its zesty, high acidity, is a good match for seafood starters; maybe scallops as a treat. It is also smashing with tomatoes if a tomato tart supper takes your fancy. Tesco Finest Passerina (£7) from Italy is a go-to easy-sipper with white peach and citrus flavours. If you have any turkey left over (of course you will!) this wine will be perfect as a pleasurable pour with a sandwich before you start to make that obligatory turkey curry. And then... Morrisons The Best Pinot Gris(£8.95) could come alongside and donate its apple, pear and floral notes to the curry and wine combo. Pinot gris is a riper style of pinot grigio and is one of my shoo-in favourites. This one, from Alsace, has a fleck of ginger spice to add a gentle tickle to the spices in your curry. Talking of curry: If you sip a wine with high alcohol content, it will have the sensation of making the chilli heat in your curry kick even harder. Be warned, if you prefer your curries on the milder side. Finally, the grape varieties gros manseng, petit courbu and arrufiac have created a soft, peachy-feel wine with a zest of citrus in Saint-Mont, Les Vignes Retrouvées 2018(£8.95, The Wine Society). The wine is from Gascony in the south west of France and it would love to be sipped with seafood, a cheese platter or roast pork. ■■Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. As a young boy, chef James Martin’s mum would sometimes let him make his own packed lunch – and on those occasions, he knew exactly what was going in his Spider-Man lunchbox. “I’d have buttered white sliced bread and mashed up banana with a Cadbury Flake on it, press it down, wrap it in cling film,” he remembers fondly. “Then you get to lunchtime and it would sort of look – when it was out the cling film – almost like a tennis ball. It would be all congealed together. But you managed to eat it. Nobody wanted to swap with me, but it was proper.” Several decades on, this is a Yorkshireman who puts butter on roast potatoes (specifically when they’re “not cold, cold”, but lukewarm) and has now written a whole cookbook devoted to the yellow stuff, simply titled Butter. It shouldn’t be a controversial topic, but let’s be honest, people can get judgy about how much butter you slather on stuff (for instance, if you put it on gingernut biscuits... cue lots of raised eyebrows). Everyone believes their way of buttering toast is the ‘right’ way. “If it was my granny, she would butter it so much you could see a wedge of butter on it. I can’t do butter if it’s not visual on hot toast,” says James of his own butter-to-toast ratio preference. “I can’t eat it; it’s got to be enough butter to make it still visual.” Then there are the health concerns – James, 49, has a family history of heart disease and has a check-up every six months. “I’m fine,” he says. “It’s everything in moderation. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke. So there you go. If you complain about me putting butter on my bread, then stop smoking or stop drinking.” One of the reasons butter can (ahem) churn up so many opinions, he says, is because “people don’t know as much about it as they should”. The telly chef recently did a demo where 50% of the audience didn’t know how it was made. “People just think butter is butter, and it’s not,” he says, explain- ingredients: Plain flour, for dusting; 8 sheets of filo pastry; 80g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing; 80g caster sugar; 75g flaked almonds, toasted; 4tbsp clotted cream; 4 ripe figs, stems trimmed and crossed to press open; 2tbsp honey. To serve: 200g clotted cream METHOD: 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan)/325°F/gas 3 and grease four 10 centimetre tart tins, one and a half cm deep. 2. On a lightly floured surface, cut out 12x12 centimetre Spread the James Martin tells ella walker about the ideal butter-to-toast ratio, flake sandwiches and why margarine should be banned ing how different butters suit certain types of cooking. “If you’re going to do French-style patisserie, you just don’t use the stuff you get in the supermarket – it’s too heavily watered, and there’s too much water in buttermilk. Really, really good pastry butter should snap in half like a Dairy Milk.” The chef is classically Frenchtrained himself, and he believes “there is no substitute” for butter – certainly not margarine. “Margarine should be banned. It’s dreadful, dreadful stuff,” he says. “It’s two elements away from plastic, it’s horrendous stuff.” He even quotes Anthony Bourdain in the book, who says it’s “not food”. “I’m a farmer’s kid,” James continues. “We’ve always had full-fat milk, butter and cream. And that’s what we had. There wasn’t such a thing as semi-skimmed milk in our house.” He suggests those anti-butter squares from the filo pastry. From the remaining pastry, cut out eight discs, using a five centimetre round cutter. 3. Brush one filo disc with melted butter on one side and place it butter-side down into a tart tin. Lightly brush three of the filo squares on both sides with melted butter, then cut them in half into JOY arguments don’t factor in the full picture. Of course, eating a block a day isn’t going to be good for you, but “it’s not the butter consumption. It’s the ready-made food, it’s the packet food, the hidden salt, hidden fat – that’s the problem in this country,” he says. “It’s not the butter in a butter block, or butter you put on your toast. It’s the fact that not as many people cook in the UK as they do in France or Italy or Spain.” The pandemic has shifted that attitude slightly, he reckons, and he also believes people are now “more appreciative” of the restaurant industry and those who work in it. “You’ve spent the last 18 months to two years cooking for yourself, you realise it’s not that glamorous, is it, every single day of the week, day in, day out?” The bookings Filo croustades of figs, almonds and clotted cream (Serves 4) triangles. Arrange the triangles evenly on the disc like petals, then seal them with another filo disc on top (this will ensure light, flaky and crisp croustades). Repeat to assemble the remaining three tart shells. 4. Bake the tarts for eight to 10 minutes until crisp and golden, then carefully place them on a It’s the ready-made food, it’s the packet food, the hidden salt, hidden fat – that’s the problem in this country James Martin, left for his restaurants are busier than ever – although an issue is the exodus of hospitality staff, which James puts more down to individuals having the space and time to consider their job prospects over the various lockdowns, rather than just Brexit. He argues aspects of the food scene need to change to entice people back, including customers being willing to pay more for what they’re getting. “You go to France and have a croissant or a coffee, it’s twice the price it is over here. You don’t question it when you’re on holiday, because that’s the price,” says James. “For too long, we’ve been price-sensitive over everything. “We’re too price-sensitive in terms of food in our supermarkets. We constantly strive for cheaper and cheaper food and as much as it’s great to have value, for sure, you can’t continue that spiral down. At some point, you’re going to hit rock bottom.” Whatever the difficulties – be it prices or people expecting strawberries in December – James believes he is “in the business to help others – our job is to serve and help and provide a service for other people, for them to enjoy themselves. That’s what we do. That’s why we work the hours we work” – and he loves it. Feeding people is “a magical thing” – and if there’s butter involved, all the better. ■■Butter: Comforting, Delicious, Versatile - Over 130 Recipes Celebrating Butter by James Martin, published by Quadrille, priced £22. Photography John Carey. Available now. wire rack to cool. Remove from the tins once cool. 5. Put the sugar in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat; do not stir but carefully swirl in the pan until the sugar is brown and caramelised. Should take about three to four mins. Toss in the almonds to coat them. 6. Place a dollop of clotted cream into each filo shell, add a fig, top with a scattering of caramelised almonds and drizzle with honey. Serve topped with a dollop of clotted cream.

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But is the planet from overheating with extreme weather, melting ice caps, rising worldwide, a switch from petrol and also considering a new coal mine and potentia ly deadly consequences. sea levels among them. diesel-powered to electric vehicles, a lowing new North Sea oi licences. Since man first started using coal, the rich countries to help finance adaptation It is to be hoped that world leaders do planet has already warmed by 1.2C and plans in p orer countries and for more than jus talk. is on course to hit 1.5C in 20 years. mitigation measure such as large-scale Gr enpeace International Executive At COP26 – the 26th Conference of the It may not sound much but even with tr e planting to soak up carbon. Director Je nifer Morgan last w ek Parties on climate change – the aim is to 1.2C of warming, records for extreme His COP26 president Alok Sharma has described COP26 as “a test for find a way to achieve the Paris treaty. weather events k ep tumbling. This year b en trave ling the globe trying to get humanity”. She said: “Paris was Pari sough to limit climate change to we have s en devastating fl ods world leaders to co mi to a 2050 target engagement party, but no we’re a the no more than 2C and preferably 1.5C of Germany and Chin and a recordbreaking ler heatwave Canada. gr enhouse gases. One of the key goals countries and corporations are ready to for net zero – eliminating or o fse ting we ding, waiting to s e if the key warming since the Industrial Revolution. Scientists warn that beyond 2C the Recently the United Nations Environ- – ge ting rich countries to donate say ‘I do’.” The goal of the Glasgow su mit is not to negotiate new deal to save the planet. That deal wa struck in 2015 in Paris. By John Ingham Environment Editor SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 5 Food & Drink crispy buttermilk chicken with chipotle dressing (Serves 4-6) roast crab with lime and chilli butter (Serves 2) ingredients: 100g butter, softened; zest and juice of 2 limes; 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced; 1 lemongrass stick, finely chopped; 4 spring onions, sliced; 2tbsp fresh coriander, chopped, plus extra leaves to serve; 1 red chilli, finely diced; 300g white crab meat; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve: Toasted sourdough METHOD: 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan)/400°F/gas 6. 2. Beat together the butter, lime zest and juice, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, spring onions, coriander and chilli. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Spoon the crab into two ovenproof dishes and top with the butter. Place them on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes until hot and bubbling. 4. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve straight away, with toasted sourdough on the side. ingredients: (serves 4-6) 12 chicken thighs, skinned and boneless 500ml buttermilk Vegetable oil, for deep-frying Fine sea salt For the seasoned flour: 300g self-raising flour 2tsp celery salt 2tsp dried oregano 2tsp cayenne pepper ½tsp ground nutmeg 3tsp garlic salt 3tsp onion salt 2tsp dried thyme 1tsp freshly ground black pepper For the chipotle dressing: 1tbsp Dijon mustard 3 egg yolks 200ml vegetable oil 1tbsp chipotle chilli paste To serve: A few sprigs of coriander and mint, chopped 1 red and 1 green chilli, sliced 2 limes, cut into wedges METHOD: 1. Place the chicken in a large bowl or container and coat in the buttermilk. Cover and pop in the fridge overnight. 2. The next day, heat a pan of vegetable oil or a deep-fat fryer to 170°C (338°F). 3. Mix the flour together with all the spices in a shallow bowl. 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6 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Book Shelf Christmas crackers Everyone loves the gift of a good book. Leaf through some of Hannah Stephenson’s picks for inspiration Encourage your loved ones to snuggle up by the fire with a good book, by gifting them a top title for Christmas. We have something to suit everyone, from the history buff to the avid cook... For the thrill seeker: Never by Ken Follett (Macmillan, £20) At over 800 pages, this is one tank of a thriller from the award-winning writer who brought us The Pillars Of The Earth. It’s set against a series of crises putting the US and China at loggerheads, creating the imminent threat of World War Three. The global events take the reader from turmoil in Africa to shady goings-on in China and North Korea, as the political arena becomes a hotbed of potential catastrophe. It’s Follett’s first contemporary novel in more than a decade – anyone who loves a real nail-biting page-turner will enjoy escaping with this over Christmas and beyond. For the cook... Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury, £25) When the excess of Christmas is over, this book from Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (head of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen) is all about rediscovering the simple ingredients you might find at the back of your store cupboard – including pulses, grains and rarely-used spices. Middle Eastern flavours and vegetarian dishes abound, including chickpeas cacio e pepe and sweet potato shakshuka, as well as meaty delights such as sesame-crusted feta and black lime beef skewers. Turkey and stuffing it certainly isn’t. For the literary fan: The Promise by Damon Galgut (Chatto & Windus, £16.99) Damon Galgut was shortlisted for the Booker twice before finally managing to clinch the award with this gem on South African apartheid and its aftermath. It begins in the mid-1980s when a white family promise to give their black maid a house of her own – but as the timeframe moves forward, we see that promise isn’t kept. For the celeb FAN: And Away... by Bob Mortimer (Gallery UK, £20) There are so many celebrity memoirs out this year, but this one from Bob Mortimer is arguably the best. It’s alternately funny and incredibly sad as the shy comedian charts the highs and lows of his life – from his early years growing up in Middlesbrough and his biscuit salesman father’s shocking death in a car accident when he was seven, to quitting his job as a solicitor to take to the stage with Vic Reeves (aka Jim Moir), to his dramatic triple heart bypass in 2015. For the satire fan: Private Eye: The 60 Yearbook, edited by Adam Macqueen (Private Eye, £30) This is not a history of the magazine; it’s everything else that’s happened in the years from 1961 to 2021, from the Profumo Affair to present day. Inside are stories of the fall of two cabinet ministers, countless corrupt business figures and For the games enthusiast: The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict (Zaffre, £14.99) This one’s not for video gamers, but for those who like to get the family involved in board games over Christmas. This Cluedostyle book invites participants to follow clues to find a fortune and solve a mystery. The premise is a treasure hunt that turns deadly – and there are 12 clues and 12 keys for the 12 days of Christmas. government misfires. It includes writing by satirical giants including Peter Cook, Auberon Waugh and Ian Hislop, and pictures from some of the world’s best cartoonists, including Michael Heath, Willie Rushton and Ken Pyne. For the eco-warrior: Earthshot: How To Save Our Planet by Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes (John Murray, £20) We could all leaf through this one PAGE TURNER: There is plenty of choice for book fans over Christmas to learn how to do our bit for the planet, continuing the push from Cop26. This definitive book of The Earthshot Prize – including an introduction from Prince William and contributions from environmental heavyweights such as Sir David Attenborough – shows how we can work together. It’s thought-provoking for old and young alike. For the romantic: The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella (Bantam, £20) Who doesn’t love Sophie Kinsella – author of Confessions Of A Shopaholic – as some light relief reading? Her latest yarn centres on Effie, whose parents have broken up and her dad seems intent on posting pictures on Instagram with his new girlfriend with the hashtags #viagraworks and #sexinyoursixties. Selling the house, they’re having a ‘cooling off’ party. Effie reluctantly attends and bumps into her ex-boyfriend, who she’s very much not over. It’s funny, light and fluffy – just the job after a heavy Christmas dinner. For the history buff: Ask A Historian: 50 Surprising Answers To Things You Always Wanted To Know by Greg Jenner (W&N, £16.99) This is definitely a ‘Did you know?’ dip-in, dip-out kind of book for the history aficionado in the family. The author, historian and host of BBC podcast You’re Dead To Me answers conundrums such as, ‘Why is Italy called Italy?’ and ‘Who was the richest person of all time?’ For the royalist: A Queen For All Seasons by Joanna Lumley (Hodder & Stoughton, £20) In the run-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, national treasure Joanna Lumley brings us A Queen For All Seasons, a collection of writings and insights into our longest-reigning monarch. They come from an eclectic mix of people who have encountered her, from Tony Blair and Cliff Richard to Norman Hartnell and Noel Coward, as well as diarists, courtiers and family members. You’ll find out interesting snippets about protocol, fashion and events – it’s definitely one to pull out after the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day. For the Christmas crafter: The Holly Jolly Christmas Activity Book by Abbie Headon (HarperCollins, £9.99) This is a brilliant stocking-filler if you’re worried about having a lacklustre Christmas – it shows you how to do everything, from making Christmas outfits for your pets to producing an in-house panto. Simpler options include party games like ‘What’s in Santa’s hat?’ or craft ideas for festive makes and bakes. For the frazzled, it has mindful activities to slow you down, while a section for grown-ups only – when the kids have gone to bed – should make the party last. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 7 Past Life Looking back at our city’s rich history – every Saturday and Tuesday Explore the past Get free access to our archive of thousands of photos taken as far back as 1878 Ken Rogers LOST TRIBES The People’s Memories Anthony Quayle, left, with co-stars from Ice Cold in Alex, in 1957 My recent column about life before the internet and mobile phones sparked a fascinating response from Lost Tribes readers. We take instant communication for granted now, but even when our parents began to get their first home phones towards the end of the 1950s and into the early 1960s, the technology had still not advanced rapidly enough to guarantee everyone an exclusive line. As late as 1966, I well remember The Kinks contributing a track for their Face to Face album, entitled Party Line, and the theme will strike a chord with many of you. ‘I’m on a party line, wondering all the time Who’s on the other end Is she big, is she small, is she a she at all? Who’s on my party line?’ The boys were referring to the fact that you often had to share a line with a complete stranger. A friend of mine from Derby, Anton Rippon, told me that his family shared their first telephone with a Chinese family down the street, whose children invented a game that involved picking up the receiver and yelling down the mouthpiece. Anton explained: “Often, when we wanted to make a call, I would be sent to knock on their door, to try to make them understand that their kids were having fun again and we needed to use our phone. “They spoke no English and normally just smiled, nodded and then shut the door. Happily, the GPO eventually installed more lines, and we were able to stop bothering our Chinese friends.” Imagine picking up your phone now to make a private call, and constantly worrying about who might be listening in. It seems bizarre, but all technology needs a starting point. I remember my first company mobile being a monster about the size of a cricket bat. Fellow Echo nostalgia columnist Stephen Guy told me: “We had a telephone at home from as early as 1954 and still have the same number, although it is not the old ‘Stoneycroft’ STO prefix any more. However, a friend has had their same number since 1936 and also the same telephone that is used daily, after being adapted. I believe there is a business in south Liverpool which has had the same number since Edwardian times!” Now come on, Stephen, next you are going to tell me next that you had to call someone out last night because the horizontal hold had gone on your 14-inch black and white TV. Those were the days, my friend, as Mary Hopkin once sang. ■■ ■■ Anthony Quayle at home with his wife, actress Dorothy Hyson, in 1956 Epic QUAYLE Quayle with Barbara Jefford on stage in Othello, in 1954 the varied roles of a popular actor who served in wartime Anthony Quayle with John Mills, in 1977 No-one could play a British officer quite like Southport stage and screen star Anthony Quayle. He excelled in the role in classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Ice Cold in Alex, the Guns of Navarone and The Eagle Has Landed. Thanks to his war record, he knew exactly what was entailed. Quayle served with the Special Operations Executive in World War II – an experience that shaped his whole life. But his acting career was not confined to war films. He played a major role in the creation of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey in the 1969 movie Anne of the Thousand Days. Quayle’s Shakespearean roles included Othello, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Henry VIII. He was Aaron in Titus Andronicus alongside Sir Laurence Olivier. He also played Moses in Christopher Fry’s play The Firstborn and portrayed the poet Robert Browning with actress Katharine Cornell in The Barretts of Wimpole Street. Born in Ainsdale, Southport, in September 1913, Quayle trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Continued on page 8

8 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Past Life Tom Slemen TALES from the PAST I’ve changed names and some details in this story for legal reasons. In the December of 1979, there were 144 traffic wardens on Merseyside, and one of them was 55-year-old Percy Herod – a man who was disliked by his colleagues because of his extreme Draconian tactics of slapping a ticket on anything; on one occasion he had even put a ticket on an old rag and bone man’s horse. On this sunny but cold December afternoon, Percy was heading for a certain school in Mossley Hill, where parents often arrived too early in their cars to collect their charges, and as Percy always said: ‘An obstruction is an obstruction.’ As he strolled up Harthill Road, Percy could not believe his eyes – it was Lynda Holland, the beauty who had given him so many knock-backs and brush-offs back in his younger days. She always had an aristocratic air about her – a real superiority complex – and had earned the nickname Lady Lynda. She had married a sickeningly rich property developer, and here she was, standing by her black limousine – always her choice of vehicle – and it was on a double yellow line! Percy stood on the corner, peeping at her from behind a hedge, gazing at his watch. She looked as if she was reminiscing, as she hailed from this area. The minutes ground by and he could no longer wait; Percy approached and said: ‘Well, if it isn’t Lady Lynda!’ LADY LYNDA And then he opened his book. ‘Well, if it isn’t Herod, the creep who lives up to his surname,’ said Lynda, thinning her stunning eyes at him. Percy smiled, and said: ‘The streets would be chaotic if we allowed people to clog up the roads, love. Nice limo, I must say; always wanted to cruise in one of these.’ ‘Oh, you will, soon enough,’ Lynda said, with a chuckle in her voice. Percy told her she was not above getting a ticket, no matter what her class, and he asked what she was doing round these parts. ‘They’re having a service for me in there,’ she said, and nodded to a nearby church. As she said this, the vestibule doors of the church opened and Percy heard the strains of the Beach Boys hit, Lady Lynda – and out came the pallbearers, carrying a coffin. Lynda had now vanished. The limo with the ticket had been part of the funeral cortege. Percy recalled what Lynda had said about him cruising in a limo soon, and shuddered... Zsa Zsa Gabor and Anthony Quayle in 1957 From war hero to film star Continued from page 7 in London. After trying his hand in music hall, he joined the Old Vic theatre in 1932. As an army officer in World War II, he was made an area commander of Auxiliary Units in Northumberland and later joined the SOE as a liaison officer with partisans in Albania. Quayle was also an aide to the Governor of Gibraltar when Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorkski’s aircraft plunged into the sea off the coast there in July 1943. Quayle made his film debut just before the war, in the 1938 production of Pygmalion starring Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard. He played an Italian wigmaker! In 1956, he appeared in The Battle of the River Plate and then played the spy Captain van der Poel, alias Hauptmann Otto Lutz, in the highly acclaimed desert wartime drama Ice Cold in Alex. The impressive cast also included John Mills as Captain Anson, Sylvia Sims as Sister Diana Murdoch, Harry Andrews and Allan Cuthbertson. Quayle was Major Roy Franklin in the 1961 epic war adventure The Guns of Navarone, based on Alistair McLean’s novel and directed by J. Lee Thompson. Franklin was the leader of the commando unit ordered to take out two massive radar-guided enemy guns on the island of Navarone. His team included Gregory Peck as Captain Keith Mallory, Anthony Quinn as Colonel Andrea Stavrou and David Niven as explosives expert Corporal Miller. Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean and released in 1962, was something of a reunion for Quayle. Alec Guinness, his friend from the Old Vic, played Prince Faisal and old comrade Jack Hawkins was General Allenby. Alec Guinness on stage in Liverpool as T. E. Lawrence in Ross, in May 1960 On Quayle’s recommendation, close pal Jack Gwillim was cast as the club secretary. Quayle himself played Colonel Harry Brighton while Peter O’Toole was T. E. Lawrence. The film told the story of Lawrence’s experiences in the provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria in World War One. In particular, it portrayed his attacks on Damascus and Aqaba as well as exploring his involvement with the Arab National Council. In the movie, Lawrence clashes with Quayle’s character who orders him to ‘keep quiet’ and not to advance on Aqaba. Lawrence does the opposite. Quayle disagreed with director Lean over the portrayal of Colonel Brighton. While Lean considered Brighton an honourable man, Quayle thought he was an idiot. Guinness in turn portrayed Lawrence in the play Ross, by Terence Rattigan. Our photo shows him performing the role at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. In 1964, Quayle played Verulus in the American epic The Fall of the Roman Empire which starred Sophia Loren, James Mason, Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd and Christopher Plummer. There was another stellar cast acting alongside Quayle in the 1969 historical drama Anne of the Thousand Days, based on the short-lived reign of Henry VIII’s bride Anne Boleyn. Quayle was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey, while Richard Burton starred as the fiery Henry and Genevieve Bujold played Anne. Michael Hordern portrayed Thomas Boleyn, John Colicos was Thomas Cromwell and Irene Papas played Queen Catherine. Burton’s wife Elizabeth Taylor made an uncredited cameo appearance as a masked courtesan. Quayle was awarded a CBE in 1952, and was knighted for services to the theatre in 1985. He died from liver cancer at his home in Chelsea in October 1989, at the age of 76. ■ ■ iNostalgia’s brand new book for Christmas – Liverpool and Merseyside Then and Now - is on sale now. It’s an unmissable compilation of the past and present images that feature in the Liverpool Echo every Sunday. The book is available for £12.99 on or on the order hotline 01928 503777. It’s the ideal seasonal stocking filler for all generations! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 9 Past Life Mike Litherland Under the hammer I f you are of a certain age, you will probably remember Enid Blyton, a world-famous children’s writer of books such as the Famous Five. During a recent house clearance, we came across a collection of posters and books, and on closer inspection we realised that these posters had been produced as a teaching aid originally sent out to schools with an accompanying educational book written by Enid Blyton. The books told stories around the pictures, which showed children, fairies, animal, birds, sea creatures, insects, and flowers. Lord Street, Liverpool, in the 18th century Changing highways Enid Blyton was born in Dulwich, South London, in 1897. As a child and teenager, her main interest had been writing poems and stories. She had sent many of them to magazines, but had never had any published. From 1919 she started working as a teacher, and began to have her articles about children and education printed in a magazine called Teachers’ World. Her first book, called Child Whispers, came out in 1922, a collection of her poems with illustrations and drawings. Soon after this, she married and left teaching, and began to have more success with her books. She soon became editor of a magazine for children called Sunny Stories, and the stories she wrote were so popular that the magazine was renamed Enid Blyton’s Sunny Stories. The magazine came out every two weeks, and many of Enid’s most famous books were first printed in this magazine in parts. Enid Blyton has been in The Guinness Book of Records as one of the world’s best-selling writers, and because she wrote more books than almost any other writer (about 700). Her books were published in many different languages, and still sell in large numbers. Blyton was married twice and had two daughters. She died of Alzheimer’s disease in Hampstead, London, in 1968. As you can see from the photograph here, the quality and colours of the posters we found have kept their sharp colour, being kept in the original box and out of the light. These will be included in our next toy sale. We have an online auction this weekend of jewellery, watches, rings etc, just in time for Christmas – well worth a look, just log on to Our address is Outhwaite & Litherland, 39-41 Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 0PG, phone 01704 538489, email: auction@lots., and we are also on Facebook. Buildings may come and go, but roads, streets and lanes rarely vanish completely, despite the passing of time and changing circumstances. Liverpool’s Lord Street was originally called Lord Molyneux Street after the powerful family, once lords of the manor and constables of the castle. Lord Street began as a footpath leading from the castle, passing through an orchard to the Pool. A ferry or wooden footbridge once took people over to what was open countryside before Church Street was laid out. Lord Molyneux controversially started building a stone bridge across the Pool in about 1668. He was strongly opposed by Liverpool Corporation - at one stage, both sides came to blows on the construction site. The celebrated legal dispute wasn’t settled until 1672, and the bridge was completed. Sir James Picton, writing in 1875, said that the old bridge still existed, buried under the pavement. It was examined in 1851 during sewer works: “The arch of the bridge was uncovered and brought into view. “The vault was of hewn stone well put together, the carriageway about 15 ft in width.” Stephen Guy merseyside tales The ancient bridge is thought to be still there. Someone told me recently they saw it during reconstruction work after the Second World War. Officials carefully protected it before it was buried again. Lord Street is pictured (above) in the 18th century, as the town was growing in prosperity. Well-dressed people saunter along the pavement, while in the foreground two gentlemen exchange news. A street trader sits on the ground next to them with a basket of goods for sale. At this time, the streets were filled with the cries of traders selling their wares, adding to the colourful scene. The old school, West Kirby, in 1918 Pavements largely consisted of pebbles which crunched underfoot. The few flagged footways were regarded as curiosities. Lanterns on wall brackets would have been lit at night to guide people on their way. Before the advent of modern lighting, it was a much darker world where moonlight often offered the only illumination. Liverpool’s first gas street lights were installed in 1816 and quickly spread after an act of parliament two years later. A 1918 tinted postcard (below left) shows a quiet corner of West Kirby. On the right, by St Bridget’s Church, is the old school which served the community between 1848 and 1892. Following the school’s closure, the building became the Charles Dawson Brown Museum, named after the local historian, antiquary and benefactor. Later extended, the museum is still operating today. Busy shops in Chapel Lane, Formby, are seen on a 1972 postcard (below right). Colourful vans and cars displaying lots of chrome fill the road. Two bicycles are fitted with wicker baskets for shopping. ■ ■ Stephen Guy chairs the historic Lowlands West Derby Community Centre. Details at or 0151 226 5352. Chapel Lane, Formby, in 1972

10 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews Style Counsel 6of the Best gloves 1 Thinsulate cable knit gloves £6.99, Mountain Warehouse 2 Get the whole family involved this Christmas Jumper Day (December 10), says EMMA JOHNSON Right, jumpers from £19.50, M&S Collection jeans £39.50, boots £25, all Marks and Spencer Pieces striped mittens £12, 3 Front cover picture: Reindeer family jumpers. Women’s £8, men’s £10, kids’ £6. Women’s jeans from £7, men’s from £12, kids’ from £4, all Pep&Co at Poundland Patterned cream gloves £8.99, M&Co 4 Green suede stich detail leather gloves £39.50, Oliver Bonas 5 Rose cosy gloves £25, Joe Browns 6 Accessorize love heart gloves £25, Jumpers for joy SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 11 Family Disney jumpers from £9 at George EMMA JOHNSON seeing stars at the fashion awards Style Counsel Women’s penguin jumper £24.99, leggings £29.99, hat £12.99, kids’ penguin jumpers from £12.99, girls’ leggings from £9.99, hat £8.99, men’s jumper £24.99, jeans £29.99, hat £12.99, boys’ jumper from £14.99, jeans from £9.99, hat from £7.99, all M&Co Christmas dog jumper £9.99, M&Co If you are looking for Christmas party outfit inspiration then we got it in spades at the 2021 Fashion Awards, this week. Although, good luck to you getting the night bus home after the office do in Priyanka Chopra’s trailing Richard Quinn gown. The Bollywood-turned- Hollywood star joined dozens of actresses, models, musicians, TV stars and fashion designers for the glittering ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. And after the pandemic forced last year’s event to be a virtual one, the celebs pulled out all of the stops to give us quite the style show. The evening also served to honour the late Virgil Abloh after the shock news of the American designer’s passing at the weekend, following a secret cancer battle. The evening’s host – the never knowingly under-dressed Billy Porter – was among those who paid tribute to the Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off White CEO, calling him “an inspiration”, while Kim Jones, who was named Designer of the Year for his work at Dior Men and Fendi, dedicated his honour to Abloh. Other winners on the evening included Simone Rocha, who took home the British Independent Designer award, and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele who was named Trailblazer of the Year, while Tommy Hilfiger received the Outstanding Achievement Award. But back to the red carpet. Priyanka Chopra in a Richard Quinn design From sequins to cutaways to Billie Piper who appeared to be channelling Disney’s Cinderella in a daring Vivienne Westwood number, it was fashion with a capital ‘F’, with a few little black dresses thrown in for good measure. But then, who doesn’t love a little black dress? It certainly did the trick for Pixie Lott. The pop star, 30, served up a very wearable look in a black tuxedo design by Schiaparelli and thigh-high boots. Pixie’s dress would set you back more than £3,000 but you can find very similar on the high street. Jenna Coleman was one of my favourites. The Victoria actress, 35, looked like a Greek goddess in a white Dior gown, while Alexa Chung, 38, brought her own quirky style to proceedings in a Caroline Hu tulle number teamed with Mulberry accessories, and tennis ace Maria Sharapova wore an Iris van Herpen design that was fashioned from recycled Evian bottles. Hailee Steinfeld, 24, also showed off her eco credentials. In a case of high street meets high fashion, the Hawkeye star’s embellished catsuit was from H&M’s new sustainabilityfocused ‘Innovation Circular Design Story’ collection. Not only was it made using 95% recycled polyester, but the collection will be available online and at selected H&M stores, from December 9, priced £24.99 to £199.99. Dog coat £9.50, M&S Men’s jumper £28, women’s jumper £38, kids’ navy jumper from £15, girls’ jumper dress from £18, all Next To take part in Christmas Jumper Day just don your niftiest knit on December 10 and make a £2 donation to Save the Children. See christmas-jumper-day to learn more *All prices correct at time of going to press L-R: Alexa Chung, Maria Sharapova, Pixie Lott, Hailee Steinfeld, Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman

12 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 @LivEchoNews A brother Soaps fine mess for Liv... Liv is due to appear in court accused of killing Ben, but Chas is more concerned about Aaron, worrying his detached mental state means he’s about to do a runner. He does manage to pay his sister a visit, but she’s left devastated when he claims they just bring each other down and he doesn’t have the strength to keep supporting her. As Liv pleads with him to change his mind, can Aaron really walk away and leave her to her fate? Manpreet is shocked to discover that Meena urged Ethan not to contact his mum, but her sister claims her actions weren’t down to gameplaying. She just wanted to stop him findwith her day in court fast approaching, Aaron has a bombshell for his little sister EmmerdaLE ITV ing out about the texts they sent him. Manpreet encourages Ethan to Manpreet says they can’t deny Ethan a relationship with his mother but Meena, far left, ends the conversation get in touch with Esme anyway, but her actions could come back to haunt her when Charles later admits Can Aaron really leave Liv to her fate? Liv is left reeling when Aaron tells her that he doesn’t have the strength to keep supporting her he never stopped loving her, but insists there can be no more secrets if they are to get back together. Elsewhere, Sam is heartbroken to think he may have lost Lydia for good, and Dawn feels jealous when Billy invites Meena on a day out. HOLLYOAKS Channel 4 The Maaliks question each other’s innocence as Ali names his attacker to the police, while Shaq weighs up whether his father’s main goal is justice or revenge. Ollie suggests Zara recruits Becky to join in her lightpollution protest, but it seems there’s some confusion about what exactly it is they’re campaigning against. However, Ollie remains under Becky’s spell, and when she gets into trouble, he rushes to her side, leaving Luke alone. Felix returns from his honeymoon to find that Celeste is worried about Nate’s latest discovery and DeMarcus is skipping school to spend time with his new friend. Meanwhile, Toby is starting to think he doesn’t deserve his father and sister’s help. Maxine tries to prove Warren’s innocence as he takes a rash course of action, Damon wonders if Liberty would be better off without him, and a body is found in the woods. Paul and Terese Becky and Ollie Neighbours Channel 5 Eastenders BBC1 After Kim reveals that she knows who Howie is and that Vincent was murdered, Kat advises Phil that he might as well just come clean about everything else. Kim is furious, but she’s even more upset when she discovers Pearl’s school invoice and realises that Denise has known the truth all along. Stuart opens up to Sonia about some news from the doctor. Rainie is puzzled when Sonia brings him home from the Vic drunk, and when she later sees them returning from an appointment together, her suspicions increase. Jay is accused of selling stolen cars and confronts Billy, Liam and Janine – but he Stuart and Sonia Kim will need a stiff drink after this week shocks them by saying he wants in on their scam, mainly because he’s just received a huge phone bill thanks to Janet’s calls from Miami. Liam plots one last big score at Tiffany’s latest party. Aaron is angry when Dana reveals she’s considering converting to Islam, and Eve and Stacey’s bid to scare Kioni into staying on the straight and narrow backfire as the teen gets upset at the thought of her mum going to prison. Coronation Street ITV As Daniel and Summer prepare for the Ice Ball, a jealous Max thinks he has the proof he needs to expose an alleged affair between the pair. They deny any wrongdoing, although an ill-advised remark from Summer makes Paul believe that Daniel has been grooming her – prompting him to report his suspicions to the police. Fiz grows increasingly tired of Phill and Mimi, especially the latter, who is planning to stay in Summer has a word with Max Fiz is growing weary of Phill and Mimi Weatherfield. Later, Tyrone accidentally reveals in a rather public fashion why the matriarch should cut Fiz some slack. Curtis claims he’s going to do the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Oliver’s Fund, but is clearly lying, while Steve angers Tracy by promising to pay for Emma’s wedding from the flat sale proceeds, just as Amy announces she’s off to university. Michael is horrified by Grace’s decision to walk out on their daughter, Hashim collapses and the police wonder if the fire may have been started deliberately. The police ball takes place, and Terese allows herself one dance with Paul. It gives him hope they can patch up their differences, so he broaches the subject of marriage counselling. Sadly, it soon becomes clear they have different expectations about what can be achieved. Kyle isn’t feeling too good but, determined to have a nice evening out with Roxy, pushes himself to attend – a decision he may regret. He does, however, decide to organise their wedding himself. Levi and Ned’s bidding war over a holiday for Amy raises the suspicions of officer Reuben. Later, Ned spots an opportunity to persuade his lady love to ditch Levi – but will she agree? Then, as Christmas Day dawns, tension reigns supreme in the Tanaka house. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 13 TV Pick We’re always talking about our dreams... Freud haunts the production Left: Max (Matthew Beard) and Oskar (Juergen Mauer) have become friends through their crime-fighting collaborations Matthew Beard is recalling the tragic day last year when a gunman opened fire at six locations in the centre of Vienna. It was November 2, the evening before a Coronavirus lockdown came into force. Bars and restaurants were reportedly particularly busy – and four people were killed in the attack (the gunman was also shot dead by police). Londoner Matthew, 32, had been on set in the city that day; he plays Max Liebermann in BBC Two period crime drama Vienna Blood, which is returning for a second series next month, and is filmed in the Austrian capital. He had finished work early and was on his way home from a dinner out when the shooting started. “I have lived through terrorist attacks in London, but it felt very different here,” reflects the star – who’s best known for films such as The Imitation Game and And When Did You Last See Your Father?. “It’s relatively small compared to London. I knew those streets very well; I knew those bars very well. So, it felt very different. Even though this isn’t my home city, it was very shocking.” They were already due to have the next day off from filming, he adds. “I think everyone needed that because everyone was so shaken.” Vienna Blood, which was last on our screens at the end of 2019, is written by Sherlock’s Steve Thompson. The new episodes are again inspired by the Max Liebermann novels from author Frank Tallis. Each story is 90 minutes long and follows the perceptive young doctor Max – he has impressive psychology skills – and the tenacious Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) as they investigate a different disturbing murder case. Max is a middle-class British Jew who moved to Austria in his teens, Vienna Blood’s Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer tell Georgia Humphreysabout filming in Austria and working in the shadow of the father of psychoanalysis Vienna Blood BBC2, Friday, 9pm while Oskar is half-Slovak. Filmed in English, the series has become a hit around the world, and perhaps one of the reasons why is its setting of 1900s Vienna, with grand cafes and opera houses as backdrops. These new episodes explore the Oskar, above, is an old-fashioned cop, but he understands that new science can help catch criminals city in 1907, and the change between the centuries is a particularly interesting time, notes Austrian star Juergen. “It was the time for revolution not only in science, like psychology, but also in fine arts and music. Vienna was a hotspot for this development.” Juergen, 54, studied art as a young man, in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and he still lives in the city. “What really surprised me was how filming changed my view on Vienna because you get so used to all the pictures and buildings and the sites that you forget how well you can shoot a period film in it,” says the actor, who previously starred in long-running German cop show Tatort. “It’s like, ‘Wow, look at this! This is where I live’.” “Often we just turn up to an amazing location, and it’s just ready for shooting,” adds Matthew excitedly. “There are a few touches – obviously historical things and plug sockets have to be hidden and whatnot. But, apart from that, most places are ready to shoot at. “So, it’s a great trip through the city.” Like so many other TV shows, the filming of Vienna Blood was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Matthew admits he was worried about getting back into the headspace of the character after such a long break. “I was thinking, ‘How am I going to find this again? Am I this person? “It did take a day or so. But once the costume was on, and especially once the Max and Oskar scenes started and that relationship kicked back in, it became second nature.” Setting the scene for the new series, Matthew explains that Max has now set up in private practice, away from the hospital where certain people look down on the Freudian treatments he employs. “He’s taking on responsibility and committing even more to what he believes in. His passion for psychoanalysis and [Sigmund] Freud in the first season is there, against those people telling him it’s a fad or not based on any rational science, and he just doubles down on that in this season.” Oskar turns up, quite early on in the first episode, teases Matthew. “I think Max, as much as he’s enjoying having this private practice and going out on his own, is also quite happy when Oskar appears with another case for him because I think he misses that world – the seedy underside of Vienna.” What makes the relationship between Max and Oskar so special is that they come from “really opposite ends of the personality spectrum”, offers Juergen. “Oskar is not an intellectual kind What really surprised me was how filming changed my view on Vienna Juergen Maurer of man,” he elaborates. “He likes Max a lot and often simply doesn’t understand him, but he understands that the things that Max tells him about psychology make great sense for his job, for his success in hunting down criminals.” Vienna Blood is Juergen’s first English-speaking role, and he confides “the first challenge was to dare to do it”. “The producers from England were friendly enough to tell me, after our first discussion we had, that they will take my accent as a role model for the other German-spoken actors, which really relieved me a lot,” he adds. “And we have a brilliant voice coach who really helps me to be understandable.” While Vienna Blood is a thriller, there is also an intriguing psychoanalytical element. Matthew reveals that he read a lot of Freud at university, as part of his English Literature degree. When the role in Vienna Blood come up, it was “a great excuse” to delve into his works once more. “I read Interpretation Of Dreams again and also visited his house in London, which is a great museum, and his office here. The original waiting room is here, which is pretty special to sit in.” He adds that Freud’s work is subconsciously in his mind while playing Max. “He totally haunts the production because every morning we’re always talking about our dreams from the night before,” he comments. “It’s always there and you can’t help but look at the props in the scene and the Freudian angle on everything does start to take over. Even the crew get involved, it’s fun.”

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Christmas favourites by Delius, Goss, Holst, Bach, Bryan Kelly, Wagner, Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. * SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 19 TUESDAY’S TV Tuesday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 MasterChef: The Professionals, 9.00pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Fraud Squad 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt From Bath Racecourse. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Doctors Daniel details his role in exposing a loan shark. 2.15 The Tournament Quiz, hosted by Alex Scott. 3.00 Escape to the Country A couple searching for a house in north Devon. 3.45 Virtually Home Redesigning a Newcastle bedroom. 4.30 The Repair Shop 5.15 Pointless 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show (S) 7.30 EastEnders Jay finds himself in a sticky situation. (S) 7.50 Holby City 36/50. Dom is in denial about how little time mum Carole has left. (S) 8.30 Would I Lie to You? /11. Festive fibs and facts with Jo Brand, Joe Lycett, Joe Swash and Ruth Madeley. (S) (R) 9.00 MasterChef: The Professionals 17/22. The semi-finalists prepare a dish based on a favourite food memory. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 I Like the Way U Move 8/8. The couples prepare for the final dance off. Last in the series. (S) 11.35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 8/10. Clive Myrie hosts, with Miles Jupp and Camilla Long. (S) (R) 12.25 Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel The comedian hosts the Saturday-night game show. 1.25 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.30 BBC News What We Do in the Shadows, 9.55pm 6.30 The Tournament 7.15 Virtually Home 8.00 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals 8.30 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics Live 1.00 The Best Christmas Food Ever 1.45 Eggheads 2.15 Heir Hunters 3.00 The Hairy Bakers 3.15 Great British Christmas Menu The chefs cook their starters. 4.15 The Real Marigold Hotel 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sally Phillips, Vikki Stone and Dan Walker take part. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two With the winners of Sunday night’s dance-off. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 15/20. Nikki Fox and Matt Allwright hunt for antiques in Kent. (S) 8.00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 2/6. Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work in Reid’s Palace, Madeira. (S) 9.00 Impeachment: American Crime Story 8/10. Hillary’s decision to defend Bill backfires on her. (S) 9.55 What We Do in the Shadows 6/10. An ancient beast escapes. (S) 10.20 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 4/6. Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work at Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador. (S) (R) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.10 Weather (S) 11.15 NFL This Week Action from the latest fixtures. (S) 12.05 Sign Zone: The Princes and the Press The relationship between the media and Princes William and Harry. 1.05 Sign Zone: The Princes and the Press 2.05 Sign Zone: Universe 3.05 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. Love Your Garden, 8.00pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain 9.00 Lorraine 10.00 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. 12.30 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal David Dickinson and the team head to Aerospace Bristol. 3.00 Lingo Lawrence and Chanelle, Vicky and Nicky, and Laura and Rob compete. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale Manpreet struggles to keep her secret. (S) 7.30 Britain’s Busiest Motorway 2/6. Traffic officers are sent to deal with a 90-ton crane that has exploded. (S) (R) 8.00 Love Your Garden Creating a garden dedicated to the celebration of all things textural. (S) 9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 17/22. The remaining stars continue to brave life in Gwrych Castle. (S) 10.20 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.50 Local News; Weather (S) 11.05 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport The iconic Boeing 747 flies out of the airport for the final time. (S) (R) 11.35 All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite Hard-hitting action. (S) 1.20 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 4.05 Unwind with ITV Daily escape designed to calm the mind and encourage relaxation and reflection. 5.05 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. The Simpsons, 6.00pm 6.00 Jamie’s Comfort Food 6.10 Countdown 6.50 The Big Bang Theory 7.15 The Big Bang Theory 7.35 The King of Queens 8.00 The King of Queens 8.30 The King of Queens 9.00 Frasier 9.30 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch 2.10 Countdown 3.00 Moneybags 4.00 A Place in the Sun 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Bidding Wars 6.00 The Simpsons Homer is accused of stealing a million-dollar painting. 6.30 Hollyoaks Theresa comforts a disheartened Misbah. 9.00 The Cult of Conspiracy: QAnon Ben Zand investigates one of the most prominent conspiracies of modern times. (S) 10.00 Gogglebox Festive Special 16/16. The households’ reactions to TV shows aired across Christmas. (S) (R) 11.30 Gogglebox 12/13. The households’ opinions on recent TV. (S) (R) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 FILM A Christmas Movie Christmas (2019) (PG) 12.45 Entertainment News on 5 Showbiz news and gossip. 12.55 5 News at Lunchtime 1.00 Neighbours 1.30 FILM A Kiss for Christmas (2020) (PG) Premiere. Drama, starring Jonna Walsh. 3.15 FILM A Pastry Shop Christmas (2021) (PG) Premiere. Romantic drama, starring Camila Banus. 5.00 5 News at 5 6.00 Neighbours Ned feels emboldened to make one last play for Amy to dump Levi. 6.30 Meerkat Manor The daily struggles and dangers faced by the animals living on the edge of the Kalahari desert. 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 Secret Life of the Forest Winter in Kielder Forest. Last in the series; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country Sarah and Graham design a staircase for their new home. (S) 12.35 The Supervet at Christmas 1.25 24 Hours in A&E 2.20 Luxury Christmas for Less 3.15 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 4.05 Couples Come Dine with Me 5.00 Kirstie: Keep Crafting and Carry On 5.55 Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free Neighbours, 6.00pm 8.00 Live: Winter on the Farm Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson follow life at Cannon Hall Farm; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 The Sinking of the Costa Concordia: Collision at Sea 1/2. Part one of two. The story of the 2012 disaster. (S) 10.00 Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts 3/20. There are complications when a woman who suffers from kidney failure is admitted with a heart condition. (S) (R) 11.05 Ambulance: Code Red 2/10. A critical care team is called to a road traffic accident. (S) (R) 12.05 The Woman with No Face 1.00 The Live Casino Show Interactive gambling. 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 4.00 Kitten Rescue with Jo Brand 4.50 A Celebrity Taste of Italy 5.35 House Doctor RADIO RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Going Home with Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders. The new artists we’re most excited about! 10.00 Radio 1’s Power Down Playlist with Sian Eleri. 11.00 Annie Nightingale Presents. 1.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix. 3.00 Radio 1’s Classical Movie Mixtape. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Radio 2 in Concert: Coldplay. 8.00 Jo Whiley. Music and chat. 9.00 The Jazz Show with Jamie Cullum. The world of jazz. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Mark-Anthony Turnage. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. An eclectic non-stop mix of music. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. A performance from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London by the BBC Concert Orchestra. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: Another Northern Ireland. 11.00 Night Tracks. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 News Briefing. 5.43 Prayer for the Day. 5.45 Farming Today. 5.58 Tweet of the Day. 6.00 Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 Things Fell Apart. 9.30 Four Thought. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 Wild Inside. 11.30 Moving Pictures. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Faith, Hope and Glory. 12.18 Call You and Yours. 12.57 Weather. 1.00 The World at One. 1.45 Male Order. 2.00 The Archers. 2.15 Drama: No Place but the Water. 3.00 Short Cuts. 3.30 Could I Regenerate My Farm to Save the Planet? 4.00 Under the Influence. 4.30 Great Lives. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 The Casebook of Max and Ivan. The detectives investigate mysterious accidents at a circus. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. Arts programme. 8.00 A Line in the Water. Neil McCarthy searches for the trade border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 8.40 In Touch. 9.00 All in the Mind. 9.30 Things Fell Apart. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Omen. 11.00 (FM) Fortunately. 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 11.30 (FM) Today in Parliament. 12.00 (FM) News and Weather. 12.30 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special. 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Nicky Campbell. 11.00 Naga Munchetty. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 5 Live Sport. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Anne-Marie Minhall. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. Music by Pierpont, Storrs Willis, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Elgar and Prokofiev. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. *

20 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 WEDNESDAY’S TV Wednesday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 The Repair Shop, 8.00pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Fraud Squad 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt From the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Doctors Luca tries to control the scandal rocking the Mill. 2.15 The Tournament Quiz, hosted by Alex Scott. 3.00 Escape to the Country A couple in the Norfolk countryside look for their first house together. 3.45 Virtually Home 4.30 The Repair Shop 5.15 Pointless 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show Hosted by Ronan Keating. (S) 7.30 Still Open All Hours 7/7. Granville tries to put the magic back into Christmas. (S) (R) 8.00 The Repair Shop 1/15. Festive items, including a rickety Nordic sleigh and a school Nativity scene. (S) (R) 9.00 MasterChef: The Professionals 18/22. The chefs open a pop-up kitchen at a micro-brewery in east London. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 MOBO Awards 2021: Access All Areas Highlights of Sunday’s ceremony. (S) 11.35 Top Gear 4/5. Paddy McGuinness reviews the Aston Martin Victor. (S) (R) 12.40 Question of Sport With Galal Yafai, Frazer Clarke and Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. 1.05 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.10 BBC News Live at the Apollo, 10.00pm 6.30 The Tournament 7.15 Virtually Home 8.00 Sign Zone: The Wild Gardener 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 11.15 Politics Live 1.00 The Best Christmas Food Ever 1.45 Eggheads 2.15 Heir Hunters 3.00 Beechgrove Repotted 3.15 Great British Menu Guest chefs Jason Atherton and Tom Aikens join the judging panel. 4.15 The Real Marigold Hotel 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sally Phillips, Vikki Stone and Dan Walker take part. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two Janette Manrara chats to one of the remaining couples and gets all the latest gossip. 7.00 Walking with Monica Galetti The chef strolls through the North York Moors. (S) 7.30 Between the Covers 5/6. With Sharleen Spiteri, Prue Leith, Jason Forbes and Ben Willbond. (S) 8.00 Inside the Christmas Factory 5/10. A Nottingham factory where 200,000 canapes are produced every 24 hours. (S) (R) 9.00 Dolly: The Sheep That Changed the World The story of the first mammal to be cloned. (S) 10.00 Live at the Apollo 5/6. With Angela Barnes, Sarah Keyworth and Tim Renkow. (S) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.10 Weather (S) 11.15 FILM Free State of Jones (2016). (15) Fact-based American Civil War drama, starring Matthew McConaughey. (S) 1.25 Sign Zone: Villages by the Sea 1.55 Sign Zone: Surgeons: At the Edge of Life 2.55 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals 3.55 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals 4.55 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. The Chase, 5.00pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain 9.00 Lorraine 10.00 This Morning 12.30 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal David Dickinson and his team descends on Crewe Hall. 3.00 Lingo Sophia and James, Rhydian and Jamie, and Becky and Julie compete. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Contestants Derek, Sarah, Bianca and David take part, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale Meena drops someone in it. (S) 7.30 Coronation Street Summer defends Daniel against Max’s scurrilous allegations. (S) 8.00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs The presenter tries to train an overly eager German Shepherd puppy. (S) 8.30 Coronation Street The police question Summer. (S) 9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 18/22. The remaining stars continue to take on trials to win stars for camp. (S) 10.20 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.50 Local News; Weather (S) 11.05 Peston Political magazine show presented by Robert Peston. (S) 12.00 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Undercover Big Boss 4.05 Unwind with ITV Daily escape designed to calm the mind and encourage relaxation and reflection. 5.05 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. George Clarke’s Old House, New Home, 8.00pm 6.10 Countdown 6.50 The Big Bang Theory 7.15 The Big Bang Theory 7.35 The King of Queens 8.00 The King of Queens 8.30 The King of Queens 9.00 Frasier 9.30 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch 2.10 Countdown 3.00 Moneybags 4.00 A Place in the Sun 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Bidding Wars 6.00 The Simpsons Homer and Marge reveal how they ended up being miserable parents. 6.30 Hollyoaks Ollie and Becky decide to try and put things behind them. 9.00 Grand Designs: House of the Year 4/4. Visits to the final five properties before the winner is announced. Last in the series. (S) 10.00 The Love Trap 8/8. David chooses between the last three women in the final. Last in the series. (S) 11.00 First Dates 4/10. A dental nurse is set up on a date with a handsome tree surgeon. (S) (R) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 FILM Christmas Under the Stars (2019) (PG) 12.50 Entertainment News on 5 12.55 5 News at Lunchtime 1.00 Neighbours 1.30 FILM A Royal Christmas Engagement (2020) (PG) Premiere. Romantic drama, starring Paige Bach and James Nitti. 3.15 FILM A Very Charming Christmas Town (2020) (PG) Premiere. Romance, starring Natalie Hall and Kelley Jakle. 5.00 5 News at 5 6.00 Neighbours With Roxy working, Kyle decides to plan the wedding himself. 6.30 Meerkat Manor The struggles faced by the animals. 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 The Gadget Show A look at the tech available this Christmas; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 George Clarke’s Old House, New Home 5/5. George takes on a Grade II listed 17th-century cottage in Warwickshire. Last in the series. (S) 12.05 The Great British Bake Off: Best Bits 1.00 FILM Another Year (2010) (12) Comedy drama, starring Lesley Manville. 3.10 The Cult of Conspiracy: QAnon 4.10 George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked 5.05 Couples Come Dine with Me The Gadget Show, 7.00pm 8.00 Live: Winter on the Farm Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson follow life at Cannon Hall Farm; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 The Sinking of the Costa Concordia: Secrets of the Wreck 2/2. Part two of two. The rescue operation that began after the disaster. (S) 10.00 Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Alarming tales from all corners of the buyto-let system. (S) 11.05 Motorway Cops: Catching Britain’s Speeders 2/8. Officer Matt Turner brings a car to a stop in the middle of the motorway. (S) (R) 12.05 999: Criminals Caught on Camera 1.00 The Live Casino Show 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 4.00 Kitten Rescue with Jo Brand 4.45 Restaurant Rescue 5.35 House Doctor RADIO @LivEchoNews RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Going Home with Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Artists with Jack Saunders. The new artists we’re most excited about! 10.00 Radio 1’s Power Down Playlist with Sian Eleri. 11.00 Benji B. 1.00 Radio 1’s Wind Down Presents. 2.00 The Radio 1 Interview. 2.15 Charli XCXís Best Song Ever. 2.45 Radio 1 Playlists. 3.00 Radio 1’s Indie Anthems. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist. 7.30 Jo Whiley. 9.00 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Spell Songs, with Kris Drever and Jackie Morris. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Mark-Anthony Turnage. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 4.00 Choral Evensong. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. Vladimir Jurowski presents a live programme featuring 20th-century masterpieces. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: Another Northern Ireland. 11.00 Night Tracks. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 5.30 (FM) News Briefing. 5.43 (FM) Prayer for the Day. 5.45 (FM) Farming Today. 5.58 (FM) Tweet of the Day. 6.00 (FM) Today. 8.00 (LW) Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 The Reith Lectures. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 Rutherford and Fry on Living with AI. 11.30 John Finnemore’s Double Acts. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Faith, Hope and Glory. 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: No Place but the Water. 3.00 Money Box Live. 3.30 All in the Mind. 4.00 Sideways. 4.30 The Media Show. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 Mark Steel’s in Town. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. Arts programme. 8.00 The Moral Maze. Ethical issues. 8.45 Book of the Week: Wintering. 9.00 The Young Farmers. 9.30 The Media Show. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Omen. 11.00 (LW) Rosie Jones: Box Ticker Too. 11.00 (FM) Rosie Jones: Box Ticker Too. 11.15 The Skewer. 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 11.30 (FM) Today in Parliament. 12.00 (FM) News and Weather. 12.30 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special. 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Nicky Campbell. 11.00 Naga Munchetty. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 5 Live Sport. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Anne-Marie Minhall. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. Seasonal music by Hess, Leontovych, John Williams, Liszt, Berlioz, Chopin and Britten. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. * SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 21 THURSDAY’S TV Thursday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 Question Time, 10.35pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Fraud Squad 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt From Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 Doctors 2.15 The Tournament Quiz, hosted by Alex Scott. 3.00 Escape to the Country Jonnie Irwin helps a couple hoping to move to North Yorkshire. 3.45 Virtually Home A dull dining space needs livening up. 4.30 The Repair Shop 5.15 Pointless Lowscoring quiz show. 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show Live magazine show, hosted by Ronan Keating. (S) 7.35 EastEnders Rainie’s suspicions of Stuart grow. (S) 8.00 Sort Your Life Out with Stacey Solomon Dan and Kelly Waller declutter their home. Last in the series. (S) 9.00 MasterChef: The Professionals 19/22. Four chefs compete in the second semi-final. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News; Weather (S) 10.35 Question Time Fiona Bruce hosts the political debate. (S) 11.35 Newscast (S) 12.05 Blankety Blank With Fay Ripley, Louis Smith, Sara Pascoe, Jo Brand, Janette Manrara and Martin Kemp. 12.40 Superman & Lois Comic-book drama, starring Tyler Hoechlin. 1.40 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.45 BBC News Mary Berry — Love to Cook, 8.00pm 6.30 The Tournament 7.15 Virtually Home 8.00 Sign Zone: The Mating Game 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics Live 1.00 The Best Christmas Food Ever 1.45 Eggheads Quiz show hosted by Jeremy Vine. 2.15 The Hairy Bikers Home for Christmas 3.00 Attenborough’s Fabulous Frogs: Natural World 3.15 Great British Menu 4.15 The Real Marigold Hotel 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sally Phillips, Vikki Stone and Dan Walker take part. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two Janette Manrara dishes up all the backstage gossip. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 16/20. With radio broadcasters Mark Radcliffe and Edith Bowman. (S) 8.00 Mary Berry — Love to Cook 5/6. The culinary expert offers tips for beginners. (S) 8.30 Nadiya’s Fast Flavours 5/6. The cook’s recipes include banana thyme loaf, a nutty burger. (S) 9.00 Surgeons: At the Edge of Life 5/6. Cameras focus on one of Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s leading head and neck surgeons. (S) 10.00 Mock the Week 11/13. With Maisie Adam, Rhys James, Milton Jones, Emily Lloyd-Saini and Glenn Moore. (S) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.10 Weather (S) 11.15 Forensics: The Real CSI West Midlands Police try to identify the killer of two men found in a car. (S) (R) 12.15 Sign Zone: The Lakes with Simon Reeve The impact of humans on the Lake District. 1.15 Sign Zone: Strictly Come Dancing 2.15 Sign Zone: Strictly Come Dancing: The Results 2.55 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live, 8.30pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. 10.00 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. 12.30 Loose Women The women put the world to rights once more. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal In Sheffield, David Dickinson discovers a famous name artist in the den. 3.00 Lingo Quiz, hosted by Adil Ray. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Andy, Michelle, Jacob and Allie take part. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale Dawn feels jealous. (S) 7.30 Saving Money at Christmas: The Big Squeeze? Tonight Cameras follow families trying to make ends meet. (S) 8.00 Emmerdale Meena’s jealousy gets the better of her. (S) 8.30 The Martin Lewis Money Show: Live The cash expert answers the financial questions that matter most. (S) 9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 19/22. The remaining stars continue to brave life in Gwrych Castle. (S) 10.30 ITV News; Weather (S) 11.05 Local News; Weather (S) 11.20 The Late Debate News and events at Westminster. (S) 11.45 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories Piers talks to Kate Garraway about her life and career. (S) (R) 12.40 The Jonathan Ross Show 1.30 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Saving Money at Christmas: The Big Squeeze? Tonight 3.40 Wonders of the Coast Path 4.05 Unwind with ITV 5.05 Tipping Point Luxury Christmas for Less, 8.00pm 6.00 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 6.10 Countdown 6.50 The Big Bang Theory 7.15 The Big Bang Theory 7.35 The King of Queens 8.00 The King of Queens 8.30 The King of Queens 9.00 Frasier 9.30 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch 2.10 Countdown 3.00 Moneybags 4.00 A Place in the Sun 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Bidding Wars 6.00 The Simpsons Bart ruins Krusty’s career. 6.30 Hollyoaks Warren confides in Maxine when she goes to visit him. 9.00 24 Hours in A&E An elderly woman is admitted with two severe leg fractures. (S) 10.00 How to Make It on OnlyFans Documentary looking at the website OnlyFans. (S) 11.05 Unapologetic Why more and more Black women are going under the knife. (S) 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 FILM Grounded for Christmas (2019) (12) 12.45 Entertainment News on 5 12.55 5 News at Lunchtime 1.00 Neighbours 1.30 FILM Christmas Cuisine of Love (2020) (PG) Premiere. Festive romance, starring Kim Shaw. 3.15 FILM The Christmas Swap (2018) (U) Premiere. Festive fantasy, starring Jackie Seiden. 5.00 5 News at 5 6.00 Neighbours Mackenzie tries to make an effort with Harlow. 6.30 Meerkat Manor Daisy mistakenly delivers her newborn pups in a burrow occupied by another group. 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.00 Parking Fines: The Big Con? Reporter Alexis Conran investigates the world of parking fines; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 Luxury Christmas for Less 2/2. Part two of two. The secrets behind supermarket champagne. (S) 12.05 Gogglebox 1.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 1.50 The Simpsons 2.15 FILM Departure (2015) (15) Drama, starring Juliet Stevenson. 4.05 George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked 5.00 Couples Come Dine with Me 5.55 Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free Parking Fines: The Big Con?, 7.00pm 8.00 Live: Winter on the Farm Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson follow life at Cannon Hall Farm. Last in the series; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 The Stonehenge Enigma: What Lies Beneath? Investigating a vast, previously undetected monument near Stonehenge. (S) 10.30 FILM Unforgiven (1992). (15) Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. (S) 11.30 Entertainment News on 5 Showbiz news and gossip. (S) 11.35 FILM Unforgiven (1992). (15) Concluded. (S) 1.10 The Live Casino Show Interactive gambling. 3.10 Entertainment News on 5 3.15 Violent Child, Desperate Parents 4.05 Kitten Rescue with Jo Brand 4.50 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive 5.35 House Doctor RADIO RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Arielle Free. 7.00 Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James. 10.32 Rickie, Melvin and Charlie. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Scott Mills. 3.32 Going Home with Vick and Jordan. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Clara Amfo. 8.00 Radio 1’s Indie Show with Jack Saunders. The 1 for Indie and Alternative. 10.00 BBC Introducing Dance. 11.00 Radio 1’s Residency. 12.00 Radio 1’s Residency. 1.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix. 3.00 Get Set with Radio 1. 4.00 Radio 1 Dance. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 5.00 Sara Cox. 6.30 Sara Cox’s Half Wower. 7.00 Jo Whiley’s Shiny Happy Playlist. 7.30 Jo Whiley. 9.00 The Country Show with Bob Harris. A personal selection of fine tracks. 10.00 Trevor Nelson’s Rhythm Nation. 12.00 OJ Borg. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 A Dance Through the Decades. 4.30 Vanessa Feltz. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Mark-Anthony Turnage. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. The CBSO live from Symphony Hall in Birmingham in a programme of Sibelius and Dvorak. 10.00 Free Thinking. 10.45 The Essay: Another Northern Ireland. 11.00 The Night Tracks Mix. 11.30 Unclassified. 12.30 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 5.30 (FM) News Briefing. 5.43 (FM) Prayer for the Day. 5.45 (FM) Farming Today. 5.58 (FM) Tweet of the Day. 6.00 (FM) Today. 8.00 (LW) Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 In Our Time. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 Crossing Continents. 11.30 The Exploding Library. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Faith, Hope and Glory. 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: This Thing of Darkness. 3.00 Open Country. 3.27 Radio 4 Appeal. 3.30 Bookclub. 4.00 Think with Pinker. 4.30 BBC Inside Science. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 Relativity. 7.00 The Archers. 7.15 Front Row. 8.00 The Briefing Room. 8.30 The Spark. 9.00 BBC Inside Science. 9.30 In Our Time. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Omen. 11.00 Fred at the Stand. 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 11.30 (FM) Today in Parliament. 12.00 (FM) News and Weather. 12.30 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special. 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Nicky Campbell. 11.00 Adrian Chiles. 1.00 Nihal Arthanayake. 4.00 5 Live Drive. 7.00 5 Live Sport. 8.00 5 Live Formula 1. A preview of the final race of the 2021 season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 9.00 5 Live Sport. Steve Crossman presents European football discussion. 10.00 5 Live Sport. 10.30 Colin Murray. 1.00 Dotun Adebayo. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Anne-Marie Minhall. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. Music by Prokofiev, Hely-Hutchinson, Howard Blake, Handel and Bernstein. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Bill Overton. *

22 ECHO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 FRIDAY’S TV Friday’s TV and Radio DAYTIME 7 8 9 10 11 AFTER 12 BBC1 BBC2 ITV CHANNEL 4 CHANNEL 5 Question of Sport, 7.30pm 6.00 Breakfast 9.15 Morning Live at Christmas 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Fraud Squad 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer 12.15 Bargain Hunt From the East of England Showground in Peterborough. 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 1.45 The Tournament Quiz, hosted by Alex Scott. Last in the series. 2.30 Garden Rescue 3.00 Escape to the Country Sonali Shah visits Cornwall. 3.45 Virtually Home Ideas for a new extension area. 4.30 The Repair Shop 5.15 Pointless 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 BBC Regional News and Weather 7.00 The One Show Presented by Ronan Keating and Tom Daley. (S) 7.30 Question of Sport 14/36. Christmas special of the quiz. (S) 8.00 EastEnders Tiffany is devastated when the finger of suspicion points at her. (S) 8.25 Gavin & Stacey The Shipmans travel to Wales to spend Christmas with the Wests. (S) (R) 9.30 Have I Got News for You 9/10. Jess Phillips MP guest hosts, with panellists Jon Richardson and Hannah Fry. (S) 10.00 BBC News at Ten (S) 10.25 BBC Regional News (S) 10.35 The Graham Norton Show 11/22. With Keanu Reeves, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Jack Whitehall and Jennifer Lawrence. (S) 11.25 In My Skin 5/5. Bethan helps her mother change her life, but struggles to break free herself. Last in the series. (S) 12.10 FILM Kick-Ass (2010) (15) Action comedy, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 2.00 Weather for the Week Ahead 2.05 BBC News Richard Osman’s House of Games, 6.00pm 6.30 The Tournament 7.15 Virtually Home 8.00 Sign Zone: Walking with Shappi Khorsandi 8.30 Sign Zone: Nadiya’s Fast Flavours 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15 Politics UK 1.00 FILM Christmas A La Carte (2021) (PG) Premiere. Romantic drama, starring Erin Agostino. 2.30 The Hairy Bikers Home for Christmas 3.15 Great British Menu 4.15 The Real Marigold Hotel 5.15 Flog It! 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games With Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sally Phillips, Vikki Stone and Dan Walker. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two Analysis of the couples’ progress. 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 17/20. Comedian Lucy Porter and Chaser Jenny Ryan visit antique shops in south Wales. (S) 8.00 Gardeners’ World Winter Specials 1/3. Monty Don celebrates the joy that the gardening year brings from winter to autumn. (S) 9.00 Vienna Blood 1/3. New series. Return of the period crime drama, starring Matthew Beard. (S) 10.30 Newsnight (S) 11.00 Weather (S) 11.05 The Shipman Files: A Very British Crime Story 3/3. The impact of the first report into the deaths of Harold Shipman’s patients. (S) (R) 12.05 Sign Zone: Crisis in Care: Follow the Money — Panorama 12.35 Sign Zone: Who Do You Think You Are? YouTube star Joe Sugg researches his family history. 1.35 Sign Zone: Doctor Who: Flux 2.35 This Is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes. Griff’s Great New Zealand Adventure, 8.00pm 6.00 Good Morning Britain 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and fashion news. 10.00 This Morning Celebrity chat and lifestyle features. 12.30 Loose Women Topical debate from a female perspective. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 1.55 Local News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal In Nottingham’s Albert Hall, David Dickinson and his dealers set up stall. 3.00 Lingo Quiz, hosted by Adil Ray. 3.59 ITV Local Weather 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 Local News; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale Harriet supports Charles. (S) 7.30 Coronation Street Yasmeen is suspected of arson. (S) 8.00 Griff’s Great New Zealand Adventure 4/4. A gliding adventure takes Griff up and over the cliffs. Last in the series. (S) 8.30 Coronation Street Zeedan reports Hashim for starting the fire. (S) 9.00 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 20/22. The end is in sight for the remaining stars at Gwrych Castle. (S) 10.25 ITV News; Weather (S) 10.55 Local News; Weather (S) 11.10 The Murder of Molly McLaren: Social Media Murders 3/3. A 23 year-old woman killed by her ex-boyfriend Joshua Stimpson in 2018. Last in the series. (S) (R) 12.05 Shop: Ideal World 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Rolling in It With Katherine Ryan, Jason Donovan and Ranj Singh. 4.05 Unwind with ITV Daily escape designed to calm the mind and encourage relaxation and reflection. 5.05 Lingo Quiz, hosted by Adil Ray. Gogglebox, 9.00pm 6.10 Countdown 6.50 The Big Bang Theory 7.15 The Big Bang Theory 7.35 The King of Queens 8.00 The King of Queens 8.30 The King of Queens 9.00 Frasier 9.30 Frasier 10.00 Frasier 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 12.30 Steph’s Packed Lunch 2.10 Countdown 3.00 Moneybags 4.00 A Place in the Sun 5.00 Four in a Bed 5.30 Bidding Wars 6.00 The Simpsons Marge, Homer and the kids discover Moe is estranged from his family. 6.30 Hollyoaks As Nate gets closer to the truth, Felix makes a shock revelation to him about Lisa. 7.00 Channel 4 News (S) 7.30 Vaccine Wars — The Truth About Pfizer: Dispatches The questions that are mounting over the pharmaceutical company’s behaviour. (S) 8.00 Grayson’s Art Club: An Exhibition for Britain A new Art Club exhibition at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. (S) 9.00 Gogglebox 13/13. The households’ opinions on recent TV. Last in the series. (S) 10.00 The Last Leg A comic review of the past seven days. (S) 11.05 The Big Narstie Show Music and chat, with guests including Papoose, Robert Rinder and Munya Chawawa. (S) 11.50 FILM Crawl (2019). (15) Horror thriller, starring Kaya Scodelario. (S) 1.25 FILM The Ring (2002) (15) 3.20 Come Dine with Me 3.45 Come Dine with Me 4.10 Come Dine with Me 4.40 Come Dine with Me 5.05 Come Dine with Me 5.30 A Place in the Sun 5.55 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Neighbours, 6.00pm 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Jeremy Vine 11.15 FILM Double Christmas (2019) (PG) 12.50 Entertainment News on 5 12.55 5 News at Lunchtime 1.00 Neighbours 1.30 FILM A Christmas to Cherish (2019) (PG) Premiere. Romantic comedy, starring Peter Porte and Ali Liebert. 3.15 FILM On the 12th Date of Christmas (2020) (PG) Romantic drama, starring Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes5.00 5 News at 5 6.00 Neighbours Terese lies to everyone about where she plans to spend Christmas. 6.30 Meerkat Manor The Whiskers troupe embarks on a scavenger hunt for the entire day. 7.00 Secrets of the Imperial War Museum An armoured vehicle is lifted into place in the AirSpace hangar; (S) 5 News Update (S) 8.00 The Thames at Night with Tony Robinson Tony reveals how the Thames plays a vital role in keeping London on the move; (S) 5 News Update (S) 9.00 1977: Britain’s Biggest 70s Hits 8/10. A look at the musical highs of 1977. (S) 10.30 Live Boxing Coverage from National Sports Centre, London. (S) 12.05 999: Criminals Caught on Camera 1.00 The Live Casino Show 3.00 Entertainment News on 5 3.10 Inside King’s Cross: The Railway 4.00 Kitten Rescue with Jo Brand 4.45 The Funny Thing About Christmas 5.35 House Doctor RADIO @LivEchoNews RADIO 1 97.6-99.8 FM 5.00 Radio 1 Early Breakfast with Jess Iszatt. 6.33 Radio 1’s Best New Pop. 7.00 Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James. 10.00 Radio 1 Anthems. 10.32 Radio 1 Anthems. 11.02 Dean McCullough. 12.45 Newsbeat. 1.00 Matt and Mollie. 3.00 Radio 1’s Party Anthems with Matt and Mollie. 4.00 The Official Chart on Radio 1 with Scott Mills. 5.45 Newsbeat. 6.00 Radio 1’s Dance Party with Danny Howard. 8.00 Radio 1’s Future Dance with Sarah Story. 10.00 Pete Tong. 12.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix. 2.00 Radio 1 Dance Presents. 3.00 Danny Howard. 4.00 Radio 1’s Wind Down Presents. RADIO 2 88-90.2 FM 6.30 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. 9.30 Ken Bruce. 12.00 Jeremy Vine. 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. 4.15 Steve Wright in the Afternoon — 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. 12.00 The Craig Charles House Party. 1.30 The Craig Charles House Party Mixtape. 2.00 Tracks of My Years. 3.00 Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton. 4.00 Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco. RADIO 3 90.2-92.4 FM 6.30 Breakfast. 9.00 Essential Classics. 12.00 Composer of the Week: Mark-Anthony Turnage. 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. 2.00 Afternoon Concert. 5.00 In Tune. 7.00 In Tune Mixtape. 7.30 Radio 3 in Concert. 10.00 The Verb. 10.45 The Essay: Another Northern Ireland. 11.00 Late Junction. 1.00 Tearjerker with Jordan Rakei. 2.00 Gameplay with BabyQueen. 3.00 Through the Night. RADIO 4 92.4-94.6 FM 5.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 5.30 (FM) News Briefing. 5.43 (FM) Prayer for the Day. 5.45 (FM) Farming Today. 5.58 (FM) Tweet of the Day. 6.00 (FM) Today. 8.00 (LW) Today. 8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament. 9.00 Desert Island Discs. 9.45 (LW) Daily Service. 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 10.00 Woman’s Hour. 11.00 The Spark. 11.30 Kevin Eldon Will See You Now. 12.00 News. 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 12.04 Faith, Hope and Glory. 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: Christmas Every Day. 3.00 Gardeners’ Question Time. 3.45 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference. 4.00 Last Word. 4.30 Feedback. 5.00 PM. 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast. 5.57 Weather. 6.00 Six O’Clock News. 6.30 Dead Ringers. 7.00 Lemn Sissay’s Poetry Rebels. 7.15 Screenshot. 8.00 Any Questions? 8.50 A Point of View. 9.00 Male Order. 9.59 Weather. 10.00 The World Tonight. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: The Omen. 11.00 Great Lives. 11.30 (LW) Test Match Special. 11.30 (FM) Today in Parliament. 12.00 (FM) News and Weather. 12.30 (FM) Book of the Week: Wintering. 12.48 Shipping Forecast. 1.00 (LW) Test Match Special. 1.00 (FM) As BBC World Service. 5.20 Shipping Forecast. RADIO 5 LIVE 693 & 909 MW 5.00 Wake Up to Money. 6.00 5 Live Breakfast. 9.00 Nicky Campbell. 11.00 Chiles on Friday. 1.00 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. 8.00 5 Live Sport. 10.00 Stephen Nolan. 1.00 Jim Davis. CLASSIC FM 100-102 FM 6.00 More Music Breakfast. 9.00 Alexander Armstrong. 12.00 Anne-Marie Minhall. 4.00 John Brunning. 7.00 Smooth Classics at Seven. 8.00 The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet. 10.00 Smooth Classics. 1.00 Katie Breathwick. 4.00 Sam Pittis. * SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 ECHO 23 Tech Justin connolly Technology Editor AT this time of year it’s customary to spend more than we want, eat more than we want, and drink more than we want. We can’t help you with the last two, but the first is our speciality… when it comes to shiny new tech, at least – it’s our job to make sure you don’t waste your money, however much you spend. So welcome to the first of our three-part festive gift guide – this one is for those who don’t mind splashing out a little. Next week we’ll be looking at the best tech that comes in under £300, with our final instalment a week later offering up some ideas with prices under £100. 65in TCL Roku tv With a 65” screen, this TV is the perfect gift for serial streamers and gamers. It’s the product of a collaboration with makers of affordable-yet-highquality TVs TCL and Roku, which makes smart TV streaming devices and software. Getting your hands on a smart TV isn’t hard these days, but there are several platforms on the market. Roku’s is up there with the very best, and it’s that software that powers this TV. It’s great for gamers, with auto console recognition and a good screen, and great for streamers as it offers access to all the top TV and film services. There are smaller versions of the same TV for less, but we go big or go home. ■ ■£549.99 at Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones As we close in on a couple of years of enforced anti-social behaviour, we’re all getting out and about in the world a little more… at least for now. Apple iPad Mini The tiniest of all iPads, the Mini will be of no use to you if you’re rocking an iPhone Pro Max of any variety. For anyone else it’s a serious contender. Its 8.3in screen is bigger than any other iPad Mini before it, but still comes in the most portable of enclosures. This new Mini is a powerful beast, with the A15 Bionic chip, that also powers the iPhone 13 range, inside. That brings great graphics performance making this an ideal mini games console. Support for the Switch on to some great gifts Want to splash the cash on gadgets this christmas? try this little lot... Above: Apple’s iPad Mini. Right, the Macbook Air Above: A 65in TCL Roku tv Left: Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones second-generation Apple Pencil and USB-C connectivity seals the deal. ■■From £479 at Right: Fujifilm X-E3 DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone Apple MacBook Air Apple’s entry-level laptop remains THE Mac, and indeed THE computer, to get, with a below-£1,000 price tag offering a powerful machine in a beautiful design. The Appledesigned chip inside is powerful enough for all but the most demanding users. Although it’s been out for over a year now, the recent upgrade to macOS – Monterey – last month has given the Air a new lease of life this winter. ■■From £999 at APPLE RIVAL: The Pixel 6 is Google through and through If you’re finding things are a little bit, well, noisy out there, a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones are a must. You can also listen to music on them. The noise-cancelling on these beauties is second to none, but is also adjustable so you can let the outside world in when you have to, without missing a beat. ■ ■£350 at DJI Mavic Mini 2 drone We all know by now that DJI makes the best drones, and if you want to get in on the fashion for aerial video photography you needn’t look any further than its website. This year DJI upped the image quality ante with its new Mavic 3 drone – but that comes at a high price. The entry-level Mini 2 is the place to start, with 4K video, 30-minute flytime, and solid windresistance, you’re limited only by your own imagination. ■ ■£419 at Fujifilm X-E3 Fujifilm’s X line of cameras has matured into a great range of very high-quality cameras that produce images that look as good as the cameras themselves. The X-E3 is at the more affordable end of the line, competing with the X100 range that has now become THE small fixed-lens camera to have in your pocket. The X-E3 is actually smaller than the X100, but offers the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, and it looks very cool indeed. Obviously the internals are all there – a 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4, 4k video recording, a 3in 180 degree tilting LCD touchscreen, and 18 very usable film simulation modes. ■ ■£799 (£949 with XF27mm F2.8 R WR lens) at iPhone 13 Mini What can you say about Apple’s iPhone range that hasn’t already been said? The best combination of high quality hardware and beautifully designed software make the 13 the best smartphone you can buy. The Mini is the cheapest way to get the latest features, and this year that means cinematic mode for video, which can automatically switch focus from one subject in frame to another, bringing a big-screen feel to home movies. ■■From £679 at Google Pixel 6 Google continues to keep its hat in the ring with some wonderfully-designed and well-made smartphones – the Pixel is worthy of your consideration, if you’re looking for an Android device. This latest Pixel is a departure for Google as it runs on an in-housedesigned chip, meaning the whole thing has been crafted by Google from top to bottom, for a more integrated experience. And it’s a real winner, especially at the price, with the all-important camera able to rival anything Apple has to offer. ■■From £599 at Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 5G The Z Flip 3 is very definitely for those who want to be at the very cutting edge of the tech world. Its flip screen design means it folds down to a small package, and yet looks and feels very much like a regular 6.7in smartphone, when open. The 1.9in cover screen on the outside of the device remains visible when folded and offers the chance to interact with your phone and see things like the time, weather and messaging, without having to open the phone and be tempted into the time-sink of social media. ■■From £799 at Microsoft Surface Duo 2 A folding phone, without a folding screen, the Surface Duo 2 is two screens joined by a hinge that closes to the size of a small book. The extra realestate in the small package brings productivity benefits as well as practical advantages, especially on video calls. The second version of the Duo is much better than the first – still a bit pricey, but with upgraded hardware and a more refined software experience. Again, one for those who like to try out the very latest ideas for themselves. ■■From £1,349 at microsoft .com

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