Western Daily Press - 2021-11-27
Western Daily Press 2021-11-27


Western Daily Press - 2021-11-27

27. Nov 2021
120 Pages

inside opinion travel books film recipes SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Also inside how a somerset woman’s love for knitting turned into a new business PLUS wildlife safaris in the forest of dean PLUS Your seven-day Tv GUIDE Save our sparrowS what you can do in the garden to help reduce the decline in bird populations, including that of the house sparrow, skylark, yellow wagtail and starlings

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 3 w hello there INSIDE. 8 10 BIG INTERVIEW Hand-crafted happiness with Jan Ollis and her team of knitters at Chi-Chi Moi EDITOR Pip O’Shea pip.oshea@reachplc.com twitter: @piposhea TO ADVERTISE Tracie Simms tracie.simms@reachplc.com 01179343165 ON THE COVER Save our Sparrows Find out how you can help halt the decline of our feathered friends in the garden and beyond – page 14 Like us on Facebook and follow westcountrylifemag on Instagram CorreCtions & Complaints If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate please contact the editor, Bill Martin, via email bill.martin@reachplc.com or write to The Editor, Western Daily Press, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY. Once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. The Western Daily Press newspaper is published by Local World, a subsidiary company of Reach PLC, which is a 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, GateHouse, 1 Farringdon Street, London EC4M 7LG. Website http://www.ipso.co.uk, telephone 0300 123 2220, email advice@ipso. co.uk If you have a complaint concerning a potential breach of the Code of Practice, we will deal with your complaint directly or IPSO can refer your complaint to us. Please go to http://www.@reachplc.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 Department, Reach PLC, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. FOOD & DRINK Mary Berry’s cooking hacks, from growing your own lemons to cutting food waste 12 BIG FEATURE Naturalist Ed Drewitt reveals the amazing animals found on his Forest of Dean safaris 16 W h AT’S ON Dame Sian Phillips on what to expect from her ‘shattering’ Samuel Beckett double bill 46 TV PICK Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson star in their new BBC Three comedy series Britney IN YOUR AREA Get everything you need to know about where you live with our app or via InYourArea.co.uk

4 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 opinion VOICES OF THE WEST COUNTRY Becky Sheaves If you send a ram into a field full of ewes they will rush up to him like groupies at a pop concert, making their intentions extremely clear. Coy, they are not We have a new ram here at the farm, who rejoices in the name of Hagrid. He is a little different to the last incumbent, who sadly passed away this summer. Our previous sheep daddy was a Poll Dorset, a breed known for its good nature. Given his role as the official Ladies Man of the ewes here, we were unable to resist the pun and named him Poldark. Sorry. When Poldark arrived, he was a mere youngster and didn’t quite know what had hit him. Lady sheep are very attentive in their interest. If you send a ram into a field full of ewes in autumn time (the breeding season) they will rush up to him like groupies at a pop concert, making their intentions extremely clear. Coy, they are not. Over the next few years, Poldark went from callow youth to magnificent beast until he must have weighed at least 15 stone. Shearing time was a bit of a trial – try persuading a man-sized ram to perch on one buttock and sit nicely while you give them a buzz cut. But then sadly, this past year, Poldark started to fail through a combination of old age and an unfortunate infection. The weight fell off and even a hospital stay in the barn being fed extra rations could not stave off the inevitable. I was very sorry to lose him as not only did he have a calm temperament (apart from at haircut time) he also produced good-natured babies with small heads and long legs. His offspring were ideal for an easy lambing – kind both to the ewes and the farmers who care for them. So this time around, we were keen to replace him with another Poll Dorset ram. But we could not find one anywhere and time was marching on. When you introduce a ram to some ewes, farming tradition has it that you will wait for five months and five days before the babies start to appear. So if we wanted spring lambs rather than summer ones, we needed to get on with it. Thus it was that on this October, John set off to South Molton (aka the beating heart of the West Country sheep world or – if you are not into sheep – the middle of nowhere) towing a trailer. Now Hagrid is a Zwartble. Don’t worry, it is not as bad as it sounds. It merely means he is a handsome creature hailing originally from the north of the Netherlands. He is black in colour with a curious white stripe down his face and a tail that looks like it’s been dipped in white paint. Zwartbles are known for their chilled-out ways and, indeed, Hagrid came wearing a collar. “You can take him for a walk like a dog and tie him up like a pony,” said John. Well, that beats the usual way of asking a sheep to do something it doesn’t want to do, which involves cornering them with a dog and rugby tackling them to the ground. How very civilised. However, there has not yet been any time to take Hagrid for a stroll. On went his raddle, which is a harness containing a coloured crayon, and off he went to work. The raddle is useful because, as he mounts each ewe, you can see where he has been by the rosy red wool on each new girlfriend’s bottom. It’s not prurience, honestly – we simply need to be sure that each ewe has come into season and is fertile. We will hopefully be blessed with a nice crop of multi-coloured black and white lambs come springtime, around about the first weeks of April. That’s good news as we do need to increase our flock. Not only are lamb prices very good at the moment, thanks to Brexit apparently – no, I don’t understand why, either – but also, our sheep dog Rose needs more scope. At ten months old, she is already able to understand “away” (go right) “come by” (go left) and “walk em on” (dead ahead). She’s as keen as mustard, so much so that when I’m walking her around the farm or heading for a far field to check on the horses, I will look around and see she has gathered up some sheep and brought them to me for approval. That’s when I have to teach her some other commands. “That’ll do” (stop it) and failing that, “Rose, for goodness’ sake, NO!”. Easy-going Hagrid and his docile ladies are getting too well trained. They are now at the stage when as soon as they lay eyes on Rose they scramble onto their feet to do her bidding. She really needs something more challenging to work with. A flock of lively little lambs next summer will be just the thing, I am sure. ■■www.cuckoodownfarm.co.uk

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 5 opinion vOICes OF THe WesT COUnTRY roger evans There was a story of a farm that was plagued by rats... they say they caught 400 but this story gains 50 rats every time it is told Before I was married I was a herdsman on a farm but I used to help out with all the other farm jobs as well. on this farm they had two sheds that contained what were called “breeder chickens”. They went to supply hatching eggs to a nearby hatchery. The sheds were largely what was called “deep litter”, it’s where the cockerels and hens would go for hanky panky. Down one side would be all the nest boxes. one shed had brown egg producers. These would go broody and peck your hands to pieces when you collected the eggs. The other shed housed a white bird that was a bit flightier and laid white eggs. The cockerels in this shed would queue up to attack you while you collected the eggs. Down the length of the other side of the shed was a raised slatted area, about 4ft high. on here were the drinkers and feeders, and the birds roosted on here as well. There were rats below these slats, it was a good place for a rat to live. There was ample food and water, and the litter would be warm and dry, except where the drinkers had been leaking! All of these sheds had to be cleaned by hand when the birds went but I don’t remember ever minding, that was just how we did things in those days. So the birds are gone and we know there are lots of rats below the slats. At the time, my mother had a dog, a mongrel. She was smaller than a sheepdog, and she was white all over. We called her Snowy (no shortage of imagination in our family). There’s two things I remember about Snowy. In the autumn she used to spend her time around the hedgerows eating blackberries, until her head was purple, and she was good on a rat. one day the boss said to me: “After you come back from breakfast we’ll make a start on those chicken sheds.” And I said: “I’ll bring my mother’s dog, she might catch a rat.” She was in a fair old mess when she chased some of them as they ran through the pools that had accumulated under the drinkers – these pools were now nothing more than liquid chicken poo, and boy did she smell. At lunchtime we laid all the rats out that she had caught and she had got 97! I took her home and she was so exhausted she sort of crawled into her basket and didn’t get out for two days. I wanted to take her in the afternoon but my mother wouldn’t let me. In fact, she never let me take her anywhere again. There was a story I heard of a farm that was plagued by rats so they decided to do something about it. They got a gang in one night, there were lots of terriers and the gang had chainsaws with the cutter removed. The idea was that they could then place the engines close to a rat hole, blow the exhaust fumes down a hole, the rats would come out to escape the fumes and the terriers would catch the rats. They say they caught 400 but this story gains 50 rats every time it is told. I’ve got to tell you this. I’ve not done anything about swapping my 4x4. In fact I’ve taxed it for another six months. I asked a local man to find me another but he didn’t, he said he would, so I taxed it. You’ve not seen stubborn or bloody-minded until you’ve met me! Just to recap, my 4x4 has been playing up for 18 months, it cuts out momentarily as you are driving along. It has been juddering from A to B but I have got used to it. A bigger problem has been when it cuts out at low revs because it is difficult to start again. So we are driving from a B road and joining a busy trunk road at a roundabout and it stalls and it takes 15 minutes to get it going again. So the trunk road is blocked in one direction for 15 minutes, the traffic was queuing as far as we could see, and nothing could get out of the B road. What really surprised me was that we didn’t get any angry gestures or horn blowing. It, the 4x4, has been going without a judder for two days now, I don’t need dilemmas like that. If it goes oK I’ll keep it, it suits me just fine. It isn’t very green but neither is swapping it.

6 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 opinion VOICES OF THE WEST COUNTRY ROB CAMPBELL The tomatoes were also guilty [of racking up food miles] given that the only way to ripen the late-season ones was to shut them in a paper bag with an imported banana One of the best things to come out of the climate conference is that it’s finally all right, even obligatory, to point the finger at people for their planet-busting lifestyles. Some people have been doing it for years, but in polite company it was, until recently, rude to raise an eyebrow when listening to a friend describe their latest monthly easyJet city break, or how quickly their car gets to 60. Now it’s cool to call people out, to shame them. The first place any finger should point is, however, at oneself, and it helps to pick the right moment in order to come out feeling smug. My own moment came last weekend at our converted barn an hour outside Bristol, as I ate a full English breakfast of which the food miles totalled about 600 yards. Sausages from the pigs down the track, eggs from the pig owner’s uncle’s hens just up the hill, tomatoes from a yard away on our patio, and all served with a side of self-righteousness. But when you pick these things apart it gets complicated. The pigs had become so vast that the nearest abattoir big enough for them was an hour and a half’s drive from the farm. The tomatoes were also guilty, given that the only way to ripen late-season green ones was to shut them in a paper bag with an imported banana (which exudes ethylene gas) in a warm place that just happened to be atop our embarrassing oil-fired central heating unit. Eggs, though, ought to be safe from finger-pointing given that, in the league table of how much energy is needed to make protein, a chicken is so efficient it’s almost a living soya bean. Then I trashed it all anyway by driving 50 miles to meet some old friends at the Ashton Court parkrun, in Bristol, where every calorie and more was deployed getting up the enormous hill there while chatting. I didn’t come last, but thanks to all that driving the planet probably did. At such times it’s a good distraction to point the finger at others instead and there is no shortage of targets. Take a new look, for example, at the row over Torridge and West Devon MP, Sir Geoffrey Cox, who has been “working from home” in the British Virgin Islands as a lawyer. Never mind any sleaze (he says there is none); what, instead, about the flights out there and back? One return trip out there from the UK costs 1.96 tons of what the scientists call carbon dioxide equivalent – the bad stuff. Any worries about whether or not Sir Geoffrey should be doing some private work while also trying to serve his constituents is suddenly dwarfed by the damage to the planet, just like a bigger version of my drive to Ashton Court (0.03 tons). Shame on me, him, and probably many of you; shame on us. Look at any news item and why not put the climate first? Covid, for example: aside from all the fear and grieving, the carbon cost of keeping someone in intensive care for a day is 175kg. Get jabbed, get boosted, wear a mask and save the planet. For the sake of your grandchildren if nothing else. This is the problem with having found an online carbon footprint calculator, which itself is a problem because the internet globally costs about a billion tons of the bad stuff to run each year. Obsessive number-crunching takes over, becomes a distraction, and leads people like me to run around randomly pointing fingers. What’s needed instead, and urgently, is a widely understood way to judge what kind of behaviour, including our own, should be considered most worthwhile or shameful. Down in the city, for example, it’s all about oat milk, meat substitutes and riding bikes. My kids do all that, which is great, and instead of flying away on holidays they go greener and come to us for breaks instead. Yet what they come up here for is a rural idyll built entirely around the farming of animals for food. We relax here by gazing across fields in which rams are doing their stuff to ensure there’s lamb to eat next year, and where cows are chomping away to ensure we have cream for our Christmas puddings. The hedgerows, wildlife, converted barns and cosy pubs all come as part of that meat and dairy package. Without it, the animals would presumably vanish and the humans not long after, leaving the place to become a vast bramble bush. It’s a bit late to start talking about these things, but talk we must, in order to most honestly navigate the knot of contradictions around our behaviour and that of others. Being blamed and shamed into action is miserable, but the alternative is unthinkable.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 7 Food & Drink CHRIS RUNDLE Cook-ahead food for Christmas is the best gift you Could give yourself PHEASANT TERRINE INGREDIENTS 650g pheasant breast and leg meat and 300g boned and de-rinded belly pork; 200g pigs liver; two slices smoked streaky bacon; two crushed and chopped garlic cloves; one finely chopped shallot; tablespoon fresh chopped thyme; one egg; tablespoon brandy; four tablespoons white wine; two heaped tablespoons homemade white breadcrumbs; 10g salt; level teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; teaspoon ground mace; three bay leaves METhoD 1. Coarsely mince the pheasant, pork, liver and bacon and place in a bowl with the garlic, shallot, thyme, egg, brandy, wine, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and mace. Mix very well with your hands, cover with film and refrigerate overnight. 2. The next day heat the oven to 150C/gas mark 2. Pack the mix into a two-pound loaf tin, top with the bay leaves, cover with foil, stand in a roasting pan containing enough water to come halfway up the sides of the tin and cook in the middle of the oven for an hour and three-quarters. 3. Remove the foil. Place some film over the top of the terrine and cover with a heavy weight such as a large bag of sugar or flour to compress it as it cools. Once cool, turn out from the tin, wrap in film and then foil and freeze for up to a month. My Uncle Maurice had the right idea about Christmas. He would have it all – at least all of his side of it – sorted by the end of August. At the beginning of the month he would depart for Portugal, ostensibly to further his studies into lichens, on which he was something of an authority. In reality the purpose of his visit was to get Christmas – which he never particularly enjoyed – done and dusted so he didn’t have to think about it again. Accordingly he would arrive back with a modest supply of wines and spirits and various exotic foodstuffs as well as an assortment of unusual presents for his nearest and dearest – and that would be it until the time came for the bottles to be popped open and the largesse distributed. My aunt, meanwhile, would demonstrate an equally commendable degree of advance planning. It helped that the pair of them ran a private school with a small brigade of cooks whose skills could be called on when it came to the matter of cakes and puddings and mince pies, so that by the time Christmas actually rolled round there was no last-minute panic in the kitchens, no realisation that half the ingredients were missing: the staff had seen to everything. Quite what the parents would have said if they had known that a portion of their hard-earned fees was being used to underwrite a stress-free Christmas for the headmaster and his wife I have no idea. But a lot of slightly irregular activity went on in the private schools sector. Forward planning is of course, the secret to a stress-free Christmas which is all the more difficult to achieve because the days get shorter at this time of the year. I don’t merely mean there are fewer daylight hours: I am convinced there is a dark force of nature at work which actually telescopes time in December so there is never, physically, enough of it available to do everything you intended to. And I cannot be the only one to harbour such suspicions. Anyway, even if we can’t organise ourselves to the extent of dear Uncle Maurice here are some cook-ahead- Here’s a terrine you prepared earlier... (Picture: Getty Images) and-freeze ideas for the Christmas table: a terrine (pheasants are plentiful and cheap), a hearty soup and socca pancakes. Socca originated around Genoa and is a popular street food along the coastal borders of Italy and France. It is normally sold in the form of a flatbread but cooked this way these tiny pancakes have the appearance of blinis while offering rather more in the way of flavour. Ideal for freezing and bringing out for party food. They can be spread with pâté, guacamole or virtually any savoury topping and I have provided two suggestions. LEEk AND cELERY SoUP WITH PRoScIUTTo cRUMBS INGREDIENTS foR SIx Four large leeks; one head of celery; one large shallot, finely chopped; 60g butter; 1.5 litres homemade chicken stock; two teaspoons dried tarragon; sea salt; freshly ground black pepper; six slices of prosciutto; one small bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped METhoD 1. Wash and trim the leeks, wash the celery sticks and de-string the outer ones. Finely chop both. 2. Melt the butter in a large pan and sweat the shallot until translucent then add the celery and leeks and cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently, until softened. 3. Add the stock and plenty of salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes then use a stick blender to achieve a perfectly smooth constituency. 4. Stir in the tarragon, leave to cool, bag and freeze for up to two months. 5. Separate the prosciutto slices, place on a plate and microwave for two minutes or until crisp. Allow to cool, place in a plastic bag and break up into crumbs. Freeze for up to two months. 6. To serve, defrost the soup, add the spring onions and heat through, divide between bowls and top with a sprinkling of crumbs. SoccA PANcAkES INGREDIENTS 175g chickpea flour; tablespoon olive oil plus a dash more; level teaspoon each fine sea salt, cumin and coriander; cold water; olive or sunflower oil for frying METhoD 1. Place the flour and seasonings in a bowl and whisk in the oil plus enough cold water to make a batter that’s the consistency of single cream. Cover and allow to stand for a couple of hours then whisk again just before using. 2. Lightly oil a heavy pan and SMokED HADDock ToPPING INGREDIENTS 150g naturally smoked haddock; finely grated zest of one lemon and a squeeze of the juice; 100g mascarpone; tablespoon finely chopped chives and chervil; couple of grindings of black pepper METhoD 1. Remove any skin from the fish SMokED SALMoN ToPPING INGREDIENTS Three tablespoons lemon juice; one tablespoon fresh chopped parsley and one finely chopped mint leaf; 150g good-quality smoked salmon; two tablespoons full fat crème fraiche; freshly ground black pepper METhoD 1. Cut the salmon into tiny cubes. place over a moderate heat. Using a small ladle pour the batter in to make three or four small pancakes no more than two and a half inches across. 3. Cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface then flip over and cook the other side. Both sides should be no more than very lightly browned. 4. Place on a rack and repeat the process with the remaining batter. Allow to cool then open-freeze on racks and bag to store for up to two months. and using a very sharp knife cut into tiny, quarter-inch or less cubes. 2. Mix together the remaining ingredients, carefully fold in the fish, cover with film and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving on the pancakes. Mix the crème fraiche, herbs, lemon juice and a few grindings of black pepper in a bowl, cover with film and refrigerate for two hours to allow the flavours to develop. 2. Spread the topping thinly on the pancakes and then top each with a caper or slice of gherkin.

8 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS WITH JANE CLARE I’m nothing if not predictable. I always kick off my festive columns with gift ideas. They’re to give you inspiration, but I like to leave this column “lying around” in unobtrusive places. Next to the milk in the fridge or Sellotaped to the toothpaste. Because I don’t suggest gifts lightly. They’re gifts I’d like people to buy me. I’ve met the creator of this first gift idea, Victoria Fitzgerald, who was enthused to develop it because she once ordered a cocktail and it was missing the naughty, but moreishly nice, salty rim on the glass. “If you are going to make a cocktail, for goodness sake do it well,” she told me. And so The Salty Rim Company was born. There’s a selection of salty or sweet “dips” in craftily designed tins to give the edge of your cocktail glass a finishing “brim trim”. It’s such a simple but fun way to bring a touch of expertise to a homemade cocktail. New for Christmas is a limited edition festive Santa Baby red and white cocktail rim sugar (the cocktail pictured above is a Cosmo). Others include Classic Margarita Cocktail Salt; Citrus Cocktail Salt; Chilli & Lime Cocktail Salt and a Bloody Mary Brim Trim & Mix. They’re £9.99 a tin, from thesaltyrim.co.uk. Talking of cocktails, the LAIBA Gift Set (RRP £59, online at laibabeverages.com, pictured) is an awardwinning range of bottled cocktails created by worldrenowned mixologist Michael Chen. The gift set includes eight luxury bottled cocktails, including Twisted Negroni with gin, Campari, Cinzano and Cocchi Amaro (yes please, says my note in the fridge!!) and Cold Brew Martini with vodka, coffee, black rum and salted caramel. You can’t go wrong with a gin, and for a bit of fun why not buy one in a light-up phone box. Find the delicious blue gin, London No.1 Gin in its stand-out gift box livery at Selfridges (£42.99). And you can never have enough glasses, in my humble opinion. My favourite selection is online at The Vintage List. There’s a range of handmade cut glasses, inspired by 19th and early 20th century English designs. Prices vary, but my random note next to the toothpaste says nonchalantly “a set of six champagne saucers with a gold rim design”. They would be £72. Happy gift hunting. ■ Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes. DAME Mary Berry has worked in the food industry for more than five decades and is always keen to keep learning. The 86-year-old’s new TV series and accompanying cookbook, Love To Cook, sees her get to grips with preserved lemons and white miso, and she’s intent on bringing home cooks along with her. “I enjoy so much the teaching side,” says the Bath-born food writer and presenter, adding that, “Every recipe is achievable. It’s not too many ingredients, and they’re the sort of recipes that your family will go through.” Trained at Le Cordon Bleu and with aeons of experience to back her up, when you speak to her, Mary can’t help but share tips and tricks for making the most of your food – whether you buy it or grow it yourself. Here’s a handful of her best hacks... Grow your own lemons – and prune that lemon tree Mary has a lemon tree she “cherishes” – but she does have an edge: “I look round at other people who have lemon trees and they don’t prune it. I snip away at it in the summer in the growing season. “It’s a lovely shape and very dense now, wonderful green. I feed it and it’s in a very sunny spot.” It’s going into the greenhouse wrapped up for winter, but she says “the other thing you have to do is to pick the fruit. If you leave all the fruit on it, it doesn’t bother to turn the flowers into fruit.” Sow potatoes in big buckets In the new series, Mary meets a celebrated allotmenter, Terry, who taught her a few things about growing potatoes. “He grew potatoes, as I do, in big plastic bins,” she explains. “I said, ‘I’m waiting for the flowers on my potatoes’. He said, ‘You don’t want to do that, you want to put your hand down the side and see whether there’s any’. “So he put his hand down the side of his potatoes, no flowers on them, and up came little tiny potatoes and it was beautiful.” Multiply your supermarket basil Mary gets through a lot of basil in her kitchen – and she doesn’t Nordic seed aNd Nut loaf (900g loaf) INGRedIeNTS: Butter or oil, for greasing; 4 large eggs; 3tbsp olive oil; 50g soft dried dates, finely chopped; 5g sea salt; 75g pumpkin seeds; 75g sunflower seeds; 150g pecan nuts, finely chopped; 50g sesame seeds; 3tbsp chia seeds keep it in the fridge, because it likes to be warm. “If you don’t want to sow seeds, you can buy a pot in your supermarket and then nip out the tops, divide them up and spread them out in the garden,” she recommends. “They’ll grow well, or spread them out on the windowsill, so you’ve got more plants.” Make fresh herbs last longer Mary grows her own tarragon, sage, basil and rosemary, and is adept at keeping them fresh. “I put my herbs in a jug or a jam MeTHOd: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. Grease the base and sides of a 900g loaf tin and line with non-stick baking paper. 2. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well using a wooden spoon. 3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45-50 doyenne of the Kitchen, Mary Berry has more tips and recipes to share expert tips from the Berry best Mary Berry is back with a new series and cookbook, Love To Cook. Ella WalkEr gets some top advice jar and slip a poly bag over the top and keep them in the fridge,” she explains. “They’ll keep very well. Parsley, whether you grow flatleaf or ordinary parsley, it doesn’t matter, they’re a very similar flavour – they will keep well if you’ve put the stalks in water.” Keep your roasting tin sparkling Washing up as she goes is classic Mary Berry, but if you’ve got a pan that really won’t shine, she has a back up plan. “If you have a really burnt dish that you’ve been roasting in, put a minutes, until golden brown and firm in the centre. 4. Leave to cool in the tin for five minutes, then loosen the edges with a palette knife, remove from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely. 5. Slice into thin slices to serve. Mary’s tips: Can be made up to a day before. Freezes well. Buy a pot (of basil) in your supermarket and then nip out the tops, divide them up and spread them out in the garden. They’ll grow well, or spread them out on the windowsill, so you’ve got more plants dishwasher tablet in it and pour boiling water on it and leave it overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily it comes off.” Why cauliflower is a bargain Love To Cook goes big on vegetables, and Mary is a particular fan of cauliflower: “A cauliflower to me is such a good buy. You can roast it, cut thick slices from it, you can fry it, and any of the bits that fall off round the outside, you can stir-fry.” How to cut waste Fully aware of the need to reduce kitchen waste, Mary makes “compost from everything that’s not cooked”, she says, and she’s also a big fan of using re-usable plastic boxes that have often had something else in. “I then wash them and use them again. I use beeswax paper for wrapping, it clings to itself and you can use it again.” On getting the right level of heat Everyone knows what spice level suits them. “My young [family] like chillies so that they jump when they eat them,” says Mary. “In the recipes, I always suggest a small amount. And if you want to add more, do. And spices – I love spices, I love curries. But I think you have to temper them to your family.” ■ Love To Cook by Mary Berry is published by BBC Books, priced £26. Photography by Laura Edwards

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 9 Food & Drink sticky soy and ginger fillet(Serves 4) Ingredients: 1 large pork fillet (600g); 4 spring onions, finely shredded into long, thin strips; 1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced; 2tbsp chopped coriander For the marinade: 4cm fresh root ginger, peeled and grated; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 4tbsp soy sauce; 2tbsp sweet chilli sauce; 3tbsp honey Method: 1. To make the marinade, measure all the ingredients into a dish and mix well. 2. Trim any sinew from the fillet and discard. Sit the fillet in the marinade, season with salt and black pepper and turn to coat until all the fillet is covered. Leave to marinate for a few hours in the fridge. 3. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7 and line a small roasting tin with non-stick baking paper. 4. Remove the fillet from the marinade (reserving the marinade to use later) and sit it in the roasting tin. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. 5. Remove the fillet from the roasting tin and set aside on a board to rest. Cover with foil and leave for five minutes before carving. 6. Place the reserved marinade in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 7. Carve the pork into slices and arrange on a platter. Pour the hot marinade over the top and scatter with the spring onions, red chilli and coriander. Serve with rice or noodles. mary’s tips: Can be marinated up to eight hours ahead. If serving cold can be roasted up to four hours ahead. Freezes well raw in the marinade. lemon and lime meringue tranch pie (Serves 8-10) Ingredients: Shortcrust pastry: 150g plain flour; 90g butter, cubed; 2tbsp icing sugar; 1 egg For the filling: 30g cornflour; finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon; finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lime; 50g caster sugar; 3 egg yolks For the meringue topping: 3 egg whites; 175g caster sugar; a 12 x 36 x 2.5cm rectangular loose-bottomed fluted or tranche tin. Method: 1. For the pastry: Whizz the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and whiz again until the dough forms a ball. Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and roll thinly. Line the tin and press the pastry into the sides. Prick the base with a fork and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6 and place a baking tray in the oven to get very hot. 3. Line the pastry case with non-stick baking paper, add baking beans, place on the hot baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake for another five minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and lightly golden. Leave to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C/130°C fan/Gas 2. 4. For the filling: In a pan whisk together the cornflour and 200ml water. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and lime and place over a medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture has boiled and thickened. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and egg yolks and whisk again. Pour into the pastry case and chill in the fridge. 5. For the meringue topping: Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Add the sugar a little at a time, whisking on full speed, until you have a shiny, glossy meringue. Spoon into a piping bag with a plain 1.5cm nozzle and pipe even blobs over the surface of the chilled custard in a neat pattern. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use two dessert spoons. 6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until pale golden on top and firm to touch. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin. Serve warm with pouring cream. Mary’s tips: Can be made up to eight hours ahead and reheated gently to serve. Not for freezing. Do not serve the pie hot, as the filling may be a bit soft and will spill out of the pastry case.

10 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Big Interview Creative Jan’s just having a ball with wool Jan Ollis has been crafting ‘handmade happiness’ for more than 15 years. With her knitting needles clacking away to produce snazzy Christmas gifts, she tells BEE BAILEYabout Fair Isle tea cosies, pompoms and how she’s happiest when she’s making… KNITTING is such a part of who Jan Ollis is that she can happily sit and watch telly, have a conversation, and still produce a perfect tea cosy or mug warmer without so much as dropping a stitch. But if anyone asks her a question about dinner or school uniforms or “where is my so-and-so” when she is making pompoms they are likely to be answered with a succession of numbers. There is, she explains, a fine art to getting them absolutely spot on and concentration is crucial. “There’s something very satisfying about making pompoms; they’re very repetitive, but to get them all the same size you have to make sure that you wrap the yarn the right amount of times. If I’m knitting a pattern I can watch telly and it doesn’t matter because I’ve been knitting for so long – but if I’m doing a pompom, you mustn’t speak to me because in my head I’m counting. My family will try and say something and I’ll say, ‘10, 11, 12’ as I’m wrapping this pompom.” Jan, from Upper Coxley, near Wells, in Somerset, learned to crochet when she was a young girl, going round to her great aunt’s house and being taught the technique in between dipping into the big bowl of Roses chocolates that were always on offer. It was strange that she learned to crochet from her aunt first because her mum was an accomplished knitter and had already tried to pass on her skills but Jan couldn’t get the hang of it. It was only when Jan was a teenager and wanted new clothes that she asked her mum to try to teach her again. With the motivation of making something to wear, she persevered and learned how to do it. She made jumpers; a bright red one, a grey square-bodied one with rectangular sleeves, a fluffy purple mohair one with a cable knit. Knitting was a means to an end, a way to be able to have different clothes that she couldn’t find in the Freemans catalogue. “I was around about 15 when I started getting interested in clothes,” she says. “Making your own clothes was a thing then so I started knitting my own jumpers. When you’re learning the stitches it’s challenging, so I think there’s got to be something in it for you. “I was more interested in knitting then and it wasn’t until 2005 that I started crocheting again. What I find interesting is that you can learn these skills so many years ago and they stay with you. Don’t ask me about algebra but I remember how to knit and crochet.” Jan had a B&B in her late twenties, then an office-based career. Eventually she took a degree in fashion and textile design, graduating in 2001 and becoming a freelance textile designer. It was only when she moved to a house that needed a complete renovation that she changed her career again. With work starting on A reindeer mini mug cosy makes a cup of hot chocolate even more appealing the house she couldn’t find anywhere clean and untouched enough to set up all the kit she needed to design patterns, so Jan picked up her knitting needles again and started Chi-Chi Moi. She started off with a Fair Isle tea cosy in different pinks and creams with a flower on the top, following in her mother’s footsteps, who had a talent for knitting the complicated multi-coloured patterns. “The tea cosies took an awfully long time to make and I realised if I was going to earn any money I needed to create things that didn’t take quite so long,” she says. “I did sell some and I’m hoping there’s still some out there because they lasted very well. I’ve still got mine. It’s tea-stained but well-loved.” Chi-Chi Moi is now well-established as a company that specialises in handmade woolly wonders, knitted Christmas stockings in bright colours and soft Scandi creams, star-shaped door wreaths made out of pompoms, Christmas trees bedecked with tufted sparkly poms, woollen cosies to wrap around your cuppa to keep it warm, reindeer baby boots, crocheted cushions and throws, and personalised hot water bottle covers. A small team of talented Somerset knitters help fulfil orders, two who live close by in Wells, another in Glastonbury, and a few more spread around the county. Jan’s daughter Milly, who has a children’s clothing business called Milly’O, also works alongside her. “The ladies are so good, they just need the wool and the pattern and they’re off,” Jan says. “I try to make sure they are paid a proper wage for what they do but some of them just love doing it and would do it for less. They’re fantastic. “I do knit the products myself, too. There was a time, four or five years

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 11 Big Interview Jan hopes Chi-Chi Moi’s super chunky Christmas stockings, which take about 10 hours to make, will be treasured for many years (Picture: notonthehighstreet.com) What I find interesting is that you can learn these skills so many years ago and they stay with you. Don’t ask me about algebra but I remember how to knit and crochet Jan Ollis, of Chi-Chi Moi ago, that I wasn’t doing any of the knitting but I wasn’t happy. “It is hard when you are running a business to find the time to be creative – I had to be a business owner. My business is much smaller now and I’m much happier. Now I can be a maker again. “Knitting is very therapeutic and I just love making things.” Some of Jan’s handmade flower brooches with layers of fabric petals were spotted by Brora in 2005, and the company stocked them for several years. Then in 2006 she found a new online platform that brought independent makers and small creative businesses together into one online shop. “I noticed an article about this new thing called Not On The High Street so I contacted them and said I’d love to sell with them. I was one of the first raft of people; I think they’ve got 5,000 or more who sell on the site now, back then it was few hundred. “It didn’t work for me straight away, then I made a personalised mug cosy in 2009 and that’s what worked; in fact for the last 10 years they have been my biggest outlet. They make a nice gift.” Not On The High Street became so successful it’s now a go-to destination for unusual presents and homeware and both its female Jan Ollis used her love of knitting, crocheting and making things to start Chi-Chi Moi from her Somerset home in 2005 (Pictures: Jan Ollis, Chi-Chi Moi) founders, Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, have been awarded MBEs. Each maker and designer who sells on the site is classed as a partner and Jan finds it a great platform. They’ve even inspired her to come up with a couple of pieces, such as her individual letters that spell the word ‘joy’ in colourful pompoms. “They’ve got a great framework where they might say, ‘We really would like a colourful, alternative Christmas tree’ so I’ll think ‘OK, I’ll do one with pompoms’. It gives you the seed of an idea that develops into extra things. “The ‘joy’ sign came directly from Not On The High Street. They said, ‘We really want a pompom ‘joy’ for Christmas, can you make one?’ – so I did. Being a creative, you’ve never quite got enough time for all your ideas.” Chi-Chi Moi definitely puts some pizzazz into the festive season, not least with the artisan stockings that will be stuffed with presents on Christmas morning. Each one can be personalised with a child, or adult’s initial and is knitted in big chunky Peruvian yarn in either a very chic cream wool that’s flecked with silver, or jolly combination of fuchsia pink, red, turquoise and mustard. Jan has just sent off a big order of stockings for 50 lucky guests at a luxury hotel in Hampshire who will wake up to find them outside their doors on Christmas Day. With the time it takes to knit, sew in all of the threads, stitch the felt back on, and make the pompoms and tassels, each stocking can take about 10 hours to create. Jan is keen that the talented ladies who are making them to the same high standards that she herself does are properly paid. When such a product is sold in a bricks and mortar shop, the retailer typically takes half the price to cover their costs and profit. Online stores tend to be nearer 30 per cent, Jan says. And with wages, transportation and postage costs, and the price of materials like the yarn, thread and felt, it all adds up. But these are investment pieces and Jan hopes they will be treasured and used for many years to come. “I took the stockings off my website for a while and I had people saying, ‘We bought one a couple of years ago for my grandchild and we’ve just had another grandchild – are you able to make another one?’ It’s been so lovely. “That’s what I want to achieve with my products, that they’re not throwaway products. They are things that should be kept and handed down.” As we tiptoe towards December, Christmas decorations are starting to go up in people’s homes. Jan’s youngest children, aged 13 and nine, are starting to think about what they’d like to see with their name on under the tree and the front door of the family’s stone cottage in the village will soon be looking festive. “I always put a pompom star wreath on the door,” she says. “It’s a multi-coloured one with quite a few muted colours, greys, a dusky pink, almost an oatmeal pink, a dull turquoise and a dull orange. I love coming home to it. “We love what we do at Chi-Chi. To us, each piece is handmade happiness.” ■ Chi-Chi Moi’s products can be bought through www.notonthehighstreet.com or on www.chichimoi.co. uk Follow Jan Ollis @chichimoi_uk on Instagram.

12 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Big Feature Nature of the game Wildlife expert Ed Drewitt has encountered some of the world’s most incredible animals. Here, he tells Melanie Greenwood about species found closer to home, on his Forest of Dean safaris He’s a zoologist, naturalist and educationalist who has travelled from the Arctic to the Antarctic and the world in between. But it’s tiny Hawkwell, near Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, where Ed Drewitt’s home and heart lies. When lockdown lifted and his wildlife safaris started again, the 41-year-old guided people who longed to be out in nature after months in four walls. He said: “I took out a couple who wanted to see wild boar piglets and suddenly, through a forest clearing, a couple of sows ambled with their piglets. It was joyous. “A family longed to watch shy goshawks and I found them soaring over Symonds Yat. It was perfect.” Ed was born in Surrey, overlooking Epsom Common nature reserve and age six, could identify a host of flora and fauna. He joined the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) and often did his homework by a lake of black swans, Mandarin ducks and kestrels. At 16, Ed worked at a wildlife hospital near his home, nursing back to health injured baby foxes, hedgehogs, owls and deer, recalling the pleasure of “bottle-feeding a four-week-old baby badger”. A degree in zoology at the University of Bristol saw Ed monitor bats, tag corralled hares and ring the tiny legs of sparrow-sized, nocturnal storm petrels on Pembroke’s Skomer Island, before they migrated to South Africa. In 2000, Ed was awarded a grant to

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 13 Big Feature Left, Ed Drewitt and Phil Sheldrake ringing four peregrine falcon chicks at Salisbury Cathedral. Photo: Clare Green Photography study peregrine falcons in the UK and teach at school. “I had to travel by bus as I didn’t drive,” he said, “carrying a suitcase full of educational props.” He went on to work at Bristol Museum and the city’s M-Shed. “I loved it,” said Ed, “One dinosaur project taught children about the 210-million-year-old Thecodontosauras – a dog-sized plant-eater, living on little islands around Gloucestershire and Bristol.” With the aim of setting up his own naturalist and wildlife business, Ed began a stint with specialist travel company Naturetrek, tracking polar bears and walrus in the Antarctic, leopard seals and humpback whales in the Arctic, and lemurs in Madagascar. He said: “It was amazing. Once I snorkelled with melon-headed whales and dolphins of the volcanic islands of Azores, listening to their clicks, seeing them almost instantly disappear and reappear from the depths. “One of my favourite places is the Danube Delta in Romania, for its It’s beautiful here. We have lizards in the back garden which leads into the forest and it’s where I chose to set up the wildlife safaris Ed Drewitt on moving to the Forest of Dean incredible mosaic forests, wetlands, birds like storks, pelicans and herons and dice snakes.” In 2017 Ed moved to Hawkwell with wife Liz, who is a zoologist and artist, and their sons Freddie, now four, and Benjamin, just one. “It’s beautiful here,” he said. “We have lizards in the back garden which leads into the forest and it’s where I chose to set up the wildlife safaris, working closely with the Tudor Farm Hotel.” Favourite among their guests is the wild boar. Feral, stocky and covered in black and ginger-brown bristly hair, with pale mouth tusks, their cute striped piglets are affectionately named ‘humbugs’. Ed tracks their distinct footprints, muddy wallow-holes and large areas of up-rooted soil as they snout for tasty acorns and vegetation. Their lardy appearance, however, belies their seemingly incongruous speed. “People love them, especially the piglets. They may approach you but only because their eyesight is so poor. If they smell you, they’re off like a rocket. “It’s only if their piglets are threatened by some dog crashing around that they become defensive. “We find grebes and kingfishers Wild boar piglets – nicknamed humbugs – are one of the favourite sights on Ed’s walks on Cannop Ponds, fallow deer and, sometimes, rare pine martens which were reintroduced two years ago. In spring, I also offer dawn chorus walks.” When lockdown hit Ed’s safaris, it was nature that saved his equanimity and renewed so many other people’s love for nature. He said: “As for so many people, overnight my work evaporated, but furlough was a saviour and now I’m really busy. Nature eases distress and brings comfort. “I remember one sunny morning, walking out with the family and coming across signs of otters, feasting on fresh water mussels. “Among all the uncertainty, it was such a calm, beautiful moment. Cannop Ponds is home to grebes, kingfishers and rare pine martens “Between my teaching, surveys and safaris, I’m lucky to have found my niche. The only creatures I’d still love to see are gorillas in Rwanda and komodo dragons in Indonesia, but here is just perfect.” ■ If you’d like to find out more about Ed’s wildlife safaris visit www.eddrewitt.co.uk

14 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Your Garden Our feathered friends many bird populations are in decline, sparrows included, but you can do something to help, says ella walker Sparrows may feel commonplace, flocks of them chattering together and whooshing from tree to bush to bird feeder, crowding out the smaller, more colourful birds in your garden. But a new study has found the house sparrow has suffered a huge population decline across Europe, amounting to 247 million fewer house sparrows than there were flying about in 1980. Scientists from RSPB, BirdLife International and the Czech Society for Ornithology teamed up to analyse data for 378 of 445 bird species native to EU countries. They found we’ve lost one out of every six birds over nearly 40 years – a total of around 600 million breeding birds. And it’s the house sparrow that’s seen the largest drop in population – sustaining a 50 per cent hit – followed by the yellow wagtail (97 million fewer individuals), starling (75 million), and skylark (68 million). Richard Gregory, head of monitoring at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and one of the paper’s authors, calls that 600 million stat “deeply depressing” and adds, “What’s worrying is that it’s been happening almost unnoticed, invisibly, quietly in the background, we’re losing biodiversity.” How high the stakes are The figures can be overwhelming, and it’s very easy to feel despairing – how can so much decline have happened so quickly? How can we possibly reverse that? But Richard says it’s important to remain connected to the issue and remember how it “relates to the land around you”. He explains: “The suburb, the town, the countryside, that’s where year on year, inexorably, wildlife is being lost. Nature is becoming poorer through time; the richness and the variety is going down. And in time, that’s going to make a big difference to people’s lives. “If things don’t change, when it comes to enjoying wildlife in your garden you’re going to see less and less; the spring is going to be so much quieter without birdsong if it carries on in this fashion, and we don’t do something urgently to turn things around.” Practical steps you can take in your own plot So what can we do as individuals? For starters, feeding the birds is a “very sensible thing to do,” says Richard. While the evidence around why the house sparrow is declining is mixed at the moment, they were once a bird of cornfields and farmland, explains Providing seeds through the winter time – but particularly after Christmas and into the new year - can make a big difference, because that’s where the hunger gap is for these birds in the environment. Richard Gregory, from the RSPB Richard. “The way we farm the land [now] has changed,” he says, “so that really does exclude them.” More nature-friendly farming, alongside land that is specifically set aside and managed with wildlife in mind, is vital, while in more suburban and urban areas it’s about providing variety, vegetation and appropriate food sources for birdlife – namely seeds for sparrows, as they historically feed on grain. “Providing seeds through the winter time – but particularly after Christmas and into the new year – can make a big difference, because that’s where the hunger gap is for these birds in the environment,” says Richard. “Provisioning carefully, providing the right kind of seeds for birds, can make a big difference for their survival and their populations.” He also suggests putting up nest boxes, rewilding parts of your outdoor space and thinking about planting trees – whether at home or helping local groups to do so. What to do beyond your own garden It’s also important to support conservation organisations and wildlife trusts that are working more widely to aid biodiversity, “the birds, as well as mammals, invertebrates, butterflies, bugs and reptiles”, says Richard, who adds that many groups “live off brilliant, volunteer support” and are always in need of more help. If you feel strongly, he adds, consider contacting your MP or signing relevant petitions. Then, he says, “think about the way you lead your life – the ecological footprint you, your family and friends have, going forward”, whether that’s how much you fly or drive, or what you consume and waste. “If we all make small changes, we can make a really big difference.” There is hope – we have the tools to turn things around House sparrow numbers are falling Undoubtedly the study shows a massive decline in the most abundant and common bird species in Europe, but at the other end of the spectrum, it also shows that the rarer and scarcer birds in the dataset are doing really quite well, says Richard, and that’s largely down to EU habitat regulations and directives that “put in place really specific conservation actions to help them”. “We do know how to recover nature,” says Richard, noting that we have effective conservation toolkits and knowledge that can and is already used to restore habitats and recover species. “We just need greater action and urgency and very strong biodiversity targets, by governments and lots of different stakeholders, to make that happen.” Essentially, Richard says: “We just need to ramp it up massively with transformative change.” Starting with our gardens is a small but crucial step.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 15 Expert advice Gift ideas for gardeners Your Garden From tools to toiletries, hampers and membership gifts, plant something special under the tree for your loved one this Christmas, says Hannah Stephenson Gardening gifts should take centre stage for your green-fingered loved ones, whether they’ve only just taken up the hobby or are seasoned horticulturists in need of inspiration. Here are a dozen gift ideas for your gardening friends and family. For the houseplant fan... 1. b.for soft air pot (£12.99, Elho; elho.com) Trailing plants can often be difficult to display indoors, but anyone with an eye-catching trailer will love this contemporary 100 per cent recyclable bauble-like hanging pot, which comes with a strong cord so you can easily hang it from a ceiling or in front of a window. If you buy multiple pots, you can hang them effectively at different heights in stunning Instagrammable displays. The planters come in a range of colours, including white, leaf green and anthracite. 2. Haws Rowley Ripple watering can and Smethwick spritzer set (£74.99, haws.co.uk) For a touch of houseplant style, this elegant duo of watering can and plant mister will give your houseplants the moisture and fine spray they need to thrive, and are ideal for perking up orchids, succulents and terrarium plants, topping up humidity and keeping leaves 9 dust-free. They also look beautiful so won’t look out of place on a shelf. Available in a choice of finishes. For the weed-conscious... 3. Japanese razor hoe (£20.99, Burgon & Ball; burgonandball.com) This is one of the most useful tools on the market, slicing through weeds with ease and breaking up compacted soil at the same time. Perfect for those who don’t want to let weeds take control of their beds and borders. For the rewilding devotee... 4. Happy Christmas seed set (£7.50 for a set of three, Seedball; seedball. co.uk) Rewilding our garden by letting things grow naturally has taken off in a big way in the last couple of years, so take advantage of this trio of matchboxes from the wildflower specialist, each containing six seedballs packed with bee and butterfly-friendly wildflower seed, ready to scatter and grow. Each seedball contains favourites including cornflower, oxeye daisy, red campion, musk mallow and meadow cranesbill. For the exotic enthusiast... 5. Strawberry guava crate (£34, The Gluttonous Gardener; glut.co.uk) Gardeners who love trying to grow exotics may welcome a strawberry guava plant, which is also known as the Chilean guava, a pretty ornamental shrub whose delicious fruit emits clouds of strawberry scent as you pass. The gift crate comes with the plant in a terracotta pot and full growing instructions. Place it in a sheltered spot in full sun, away from cold winds, and by autumn you may be picking the cotton candy cranberry-sized berries. For the subscriber... 6. Grow Club subscription box (from £39 for three months, Seed Pantry; seedpantry.co.uk) For anyone who appreciates the gift that keeps on giving, Seed Pantry can send your loved one a surprise box of top picks each month, or the recipient can choose from more than 50 plant varieties. If they’re away on holiday, they can skip a week, too, as it’s a flexible service. Boxes arrive at the right time to grow and include seeds, bulbs and plants, along with ‘grow-how’ guides. Gifting options are available for three, six or 12 months. For the learner... 7. Online gardening course (£25, Garden Organic; gardenorganic.org.uk) Is your loved one new to gardening but keen to go organic? The horticultural charity Garden Organic runs self-guided online gardening courses, which may be just the job. Topics include organic gardening principles, an introduction to composting, planning your growing space and growing winter veg. For the organiser... 8. Sophie Conran garden tool bag (£25.99, Burgon & Ball; burgonandball.com) It’s the most annoying thing to have to traipse backwards and forwards to the shed for hand tools, string and plant labels, when doing various jobs in the garden or visiting the allotment. This stylish gardener’s tool bag has plenty of pockets to keep tools and other gardening bits and bobs to hand. There’s even room to carry a flask for that essential cuppa. For the hat-wearer... 9. Cable knit hat (£30, Genus; genus.gs) 5 This luxurious felted Merino wool hat, one size and suitable for men and women, will keep any gardener warm on the coolest of days, and comes in mid-grey and rust. For the weary gardener... 10. Gardener’s Pamper Hamper (£34.95, Garden Divas; gardendivas.co.uk) If your loved one likes nothing better than a bath awash with delicious salts to soothe their aching muscles after a day in the garden, with a scented candle on the go, followed by a hand and lip treatment with moisturising hand cream and soothing lip balm, this pamper hamper has their name on it. For the tree hugger... 11. Premium Garden gift hamper (£84, The Present Tree; thepresenttree.co.uk) We all know how important it’s going to be to plant trees for the future, so this ethical gift is ideal for the eco-conscious gardener who wants to do their bit to save the planet. Choose one from a selection of trees as your gift - it comes in a lovely presentation box with organic compost and a plant care kit, containing tree tonic and leaf spray. The tree should thrive in any garden or on a patio, terrace or balcony, and 8 4 12 comes with full growing instructions as well as the story of its ancient symbolism. For the hand tool lover... 12. Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Neverbend Steel gift set, (33.98, Amazon; amazon.co.uk) This tough set of carbon steel fork, hand trowel and transplanting trowel should last for years - there’s a 15-year guarantee on the products, which have hammer-finished epoxy coated heads for resistance to rust and humidity. And they’re endorsed by Kew Gardens, which should earn the giver extra brownie points.

16 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 What’s On ‘Anything exquisite and perfect is a masterpiece’ Dame Sian Phillips is starring in a Samuel Beckett double bill in Bath – she tells JEFFREY DAVIES about working with the exacting playwright himself, her marriage to a fellow thespian, and having fun filming in the Georgian city A rocking chair creaks. Footsteps echo down a corridor, tracing and retracing the same path. An old woman hears a voice from beyond – a voice that sounds eerily like her own. Samuel Beckett’s Footfalls and Rockaby, an unmissable double bill of short plays, have taken to the stage in Bath starring Dame Sian Phillips and Charlotte Emmerson. Directed by highly acclaimed director Richard Beecham, Samuel Beckett’s “miniature masterpieces” explore the great Irish playwright’s obsession with age, memory and the passing of time. In Footfalls, Dame Sian’s voice is heard while she is unseen, her co-star Charlotte Emmerson appearing on stage, while Rockaby is a solo performance by the celebrated, Welsh-born actress. “I know Bath Theatre Royal’s main stage very well but I’ve never played The Ustinov Studio before, so I’m really looking forward to it,” multi-award-winning actor Dame Sian told me. Presented by Jermyn Street Theatre, the two dramas are described as “unmissable and deeply affective”. So what can audiences expect to witness? “It’s very difficult to talk about these plays because Samuel Beckett is on his own. There’s nobody else quite like him. Nobody writes plays like a Samuel Beckett play. Everything that he writes has been thought about not once but 20 times. He rewrites and rewrites and takes a long time to write these short plays. It took two years to write one of these plays, so browsing them is very difficult because you really have to concentrate. Sometimes it takes you many, many weeks before you actually understand what he means. And then it seems crystal clear, of course, and very moving. The overall effect of the plays is quite shattering. “They’re very powerful and deeply affecting. I love Sam Beckett’s plays and have liked them since I first saw Waiting for Godot as a girl in the Fifties,” Dame Sian said, adding with understandable pride that she was actually directed by the great man himself in a television production of his play Eh Joe in 1966. “It was a wonderful experience. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I was very lucky.” What was Samuel Beckett like to work with? “Very difficult. He was very demanding. Something that I thought would take a morning took – in the end – ten days of one-onone. He just made me do it the way it was supposed to be done, which I had never encountered from anybody else. I just worked and worked and worked. It was very hard,” the most delightful octogenarian said. “There’s a rhythm to his plays. Some of them are a bit like music. He tapped out the rhythm of each pause and full stop. Everything means something and you had to observe them absolutely. It’s very difficult to do if you wander off piste!” she laughed. “I really admired him. I was desperate when we started off and I was doing it all wrong. But I did it all right in the end and I was very grateful to him.” So what, in a nutshell, are the two plays about? “Footfalls is about a girl to whom something terrible has happened; we don’t know what it is. She is living with it. She hasn’t recovered from it. She walks up and down part of the house which she lives in with her mother and has the carpet taken up so that she can hear her footfalls. And the first thing you hear in the play is the feet walking. Her mother is dying in bed so we have a dialogue where I am not on stage. You get the drift; something dreadful has happened to her and she is never going to get better,” she explained. “Rockaby is death. It’s the end of someone’s life actually. It’s the end of hope and of trying to make a go of things. It’s a play about loneliness and despair. It is in five parts and the woman’s wishes and Dame Sian Phillips, as Woman, in Rockaby and, below right, with Charlotte Emmerson in rehearsal. Pictures by Steve Gregson aspirations become less. She wants to meet another living soul; somebody. But somebody is not there even though she is looking, looking, looking. It’s very, very sad.” The two plays are defined as “miniature masterpieces”. Why? “What defines a miniature masterpiece?” she said rhetorically. “A masterpiece is usually longer, I have to say. King Lear is a masterpiece. A Constable painting is a masterpiece. Anything exquisite and perfect is a masterpiece. It is a piece written by, painted by or composed by a master. So I think Beckett qualifies,” Dame Sian answered with a warm smile. Both masterpieces. Yet they have rarely been performed, I remarked. “No, they haven’t because they’re an awkward length. They’re not long. This is the first time I think these plays have been put together.” Samuel Beckett is said to be exploring his obsessions with age, memory and the passing of time. Did he write these two plays as an older man? “He wrote Rockaby when he was old. It was among his last works. And I think Footfalls was also written in the latter part of his life,” Dame Sian replied. Would it be fair to say that in order to write about getting older that a dramatist like Beckett would need to experience old age for himself? “No, I don’t think so, because Footfalls is a young person’s play. Even Rockaby. There are people who come to the end of their hopes and aspirations and see nothing ahead but death. And they’re not that old. I think it’s the human condition,” Dame Sian said sensitively. Born in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen in 1933, Dame Sian has had a most impressive career. Her theatre credits include Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. She has also appeared in Les Blanc, Driving Miss Daisy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lovesong, A Little Night Music, An Inspector Calls, Cabaret, People, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Juliet and Her Romeo, which played the Bristol Old Vic. Her television credits are equally impressive including Silent Witness, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Lewis, New Tricks,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 17 What’s On It’s always difficult for two people in the same profession to be working. Because I had children I had to stay in London; because Peter [O’Toole, her husband] was always filming he was away a lot of the time. That created difficulties, of course Dame Sian Phillips Sian Phillips pictured, above, with actor Robert Hardy in The Wilderness Years in 1980; and pictured, top, with husband Peter O’Toole in the play Ride A Cock Horse in 1965 Ballykissangel, I Claudius, Poirot and How Green Was My Valley. On the big screen Dame Sian has appeared in The Borrowers, Goodbye Mr Chips, Murphy’s Law, A Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Under Milk Wood. A graduate of the University of Wales and a member of the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards, Sian Phillips was made a CBE in 2000 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2016. She has a most impressive CV of acting credits, I commented. “Oh, that’s very kind of you, Jeffrey,” Dame Sian replied, while telling me that she didn’t have a favourite acting genre now. “No, I don’t anymore. I used to prefer theatre above everything. And from the early days I’ve always loved television as well. I’ve always thought it was a very important medium. I love film now, too, which I didn’t as a girl. So no, I don’t really have a preference anymore although I do have a preference for directors. And I’m very, very pleased, for example, to be working with Richard Beecham on these two plays; he also directed me in Driving Miss Daisy, which played Bath Theatre Royal a few years ago. I’m really pleased to be reunited with Richard; he’s done a brilliant job on the two plays. He’s done them wonderfully well.” No stranger to Bath and the Theatre Royal, which she loves dearly, Dame Sian was in the city recently as a guest star in the locally filmed TV drama McDonald and Dodds, which stars Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia. “I am a guest in the first episode of the new series, which I love,” she enthused. “I think it’s a wonderful series and the two actors who play McDonald and Dodds are brilliant. I had an absolutely great time on that.” Dame Sian was famously married to fellow thespian Peter O’Toole. Was it “challenging” for such a highly celebrated acting couple – “greats” of the stage and screen – to have a normal everyday life? “It’s always difficult for two people in the same profession to be working,” she answered matter-offactly. “Because I had children I had to stay in London; because Peter was always filming he was away a lot of the time. That created difficulties, of course. The problem is someone always has to take a back seat; in our case I did. That was difficult sometimes.” After such a long and glittering career, can Dame Sian ever imagine life without her self-confessed passion? “People keep asking this. I’m not as bad as Judi Dench who keeps saying that retirement’s a dirty word and I don’t want to hear it again. I think if something happened and I couldn’t perform anymore then I would find something else to amuse myself with. I love doing what I do but I wouldn’t give up the ghost if I couldn’t do it,” she answered philosophically and with a smile. ■■Footfalls and Rockaby is playing Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio until December 4. Tickets can be booked on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

18 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Travel HOTEL OF THE WEEK THE LANGFORD INN Lower Langford, Somerset WHERE & WHY: In the heart of north Somerset on the edge of the Mendips is the pretty, flowerfilled village of Lower Langford. Folk who live here should be chuffed to have The Langford Inn, owned by The Butcombe Brewing Co (HQ just down the road in Wrington), as their local. It also offers seven boutique bedrooms. Recently refurbished, it’s the perfect rural spot for weekends away, with family suites and dog-friendly options. We stayed in the Blagdon Suite, set in a former stable building, with a super king-sized bed and shower room on the ground floor, plus a sofabed on a mezzanine level for our two kids. Decorated in a country-chic style, with heavy drapes, natureinspired artworks and velvet furniture, the suite felt luxurious. The Langford is a beautiful dining pub with painted woodpanelled walls, exposed brickwork and beams giving it a relaxed, not-overstyled feel. ON THE MENU: This is one of Butcombe Brewing Co’s 22 pubs with rooms in the South West and South East, so you get its own hand-pulled beers, including Stateside and Goram IPAs. It makes my mouth water when I think of my hake with violet potatoes, cauliflower puree and saffron pickled courgette. The kids went for Langford burgers with smoked bacon, Monterey Jack and crispy onions. A sticky date and chocolate pudding was demolished. As were s’mores of chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallow, gingerbread and caramel. WHILE YOU’RE THERE: It’s 15 miles north to Bristol, with its art and music scene, Brunel’s SS Great Britain and We The Curious science centre. And go for traditional seaside fun at Weston-super-Mare, 10 miles west. WAKE UP CALL: Signature doubles from £125pn, B&B. langfordinnsomerset.co.uk, 01934 446059. By Vicky Lissaman In the market for festive fun? Make up for missing out on last year’s festive celebrations with a visit to one of these cracking Christmas markets, says Marjorie Yue MANCHESTER Until December 22 One of the UK’s largest and most popular Christmas markets, it draws in millions of visitors who follow the merry trail past more than 300 stalls and chalets. Albert Square is currently closed for renovation works so the main market hub is at Piccadilly Gardens. But there’s festive action right across the city, including St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. It’s a foodie wonderland too, with countless local and European producers. Refuel on everything from Hungarian goulash and Spanish paella to a hearty hog roast. ■ visitmanchester.com LONdON SOUTH BANK Until December 24 Its riverside setting on the banks of the Thames makes the Winter Market near Waterloo truly magical. Take in the colourful decorations strung along the South Bank and the twinkling lights illuminating the water. Check out cute wooden chalets for some quirky and traditional Christmas pressies, and enjoy a mince pie, spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate along the way. There is no end of pop-up bars and street food stalls to choose from. ■ southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/ winter-market-2021 MAGICAL London Eye overlooks South Bank markets LOOK OUT Edinburgh’s attractions BIRMINGHAM Until December 23 Billed as the biggest authentic traditional market outside of Germany and Austria, visitors have plenty to fill up on, such as bratwurst, schnitzels, pretzels and stollen. And after a warming mug of gluhwein or an ice-cold stein of weissbier, you will be ready to trawl the stalls for charming toys, decorations and ornaments at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market. ■ thebfcm.co.uk LIvERPOOL Until December 23 Around 40 stalls, festive rides and twinkly lights have transformed the area near the city’s historic St George’s Hall. There are plenty of Christmas goods on offer and those after a festive tipple can choose from a variety of festive themed bars including the Windmill, Tepee tent and Barrel Bar, as well as the Alpine Lodge and its karaoke cable cars. Kids (big and small) can enjoy Santa’s Village with its variety of festive rides including a big wheel and a giant Bavarian snow slide. YORK Until December 23 The St Nicholas Christmas Fair is returning next week with 70 alpine chalets popping up across Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square against a sparkling back- drop of lights and decorations. Stock up on Yuletide treats of fudge, chocolate and Yorkshire gin. If you’re feeling the cold, pitch up at Thor’s tipi for a reviving winter warmer in front of a real log fire. Children will have fun on the vintage carousel too. ■ visityork.org/christmas WINCHESTER Until December 22 Europe’s longest cathedral will be the magnificent backdrop to this atmospheric market. Regularly ranked in the top 10 in Europe, the cathedral’s Inner Close will be filled with pretty wooden chalets with the emphasis firmly on quality locally made crafts. If you fancy a break there will be a stage with free live performances from local artists and school choirs ■ christmasinwinchester.co.uk LINCOLN December 2–5 The cathedral city’s Christmas Market is one of the UK’s longest running, starting in 1982 with just 11 stalls. With more than 2,000 years of history, the medieval square set between the Norman castle and Gothic cathedral provides the impressive location for the market. It now has more than 250 stalls,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 19 CHEERY Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market DAZZLING: Christmas in York Travel to sir with love ■ Founded in Amsterdam, boutique hotel and hospitality brand Sircle Collection is celebrating its 10th anniversary announcing the opening of new properties in Berlin and Lisbon within the next two years. They will both join the six hotels in its hip Sir Hotel brand, all designed to reflect their vibrant European city locations. When Sir Frankie opens in Berlin, it will be the largest Sir Hotel and will include long-stay apartments with an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, spa and gym. Lisbon’s Sir Hotel has yet to be given a name, but is located in the bohemian Bairro Alto quarter of the Portuguese capital and will feature rooms with garden areas, along with a restaurant, bar and lounge. ■ sirhotels.com/en Berlin HELLO DEER: Get ready for Rudolph in Beverley HISTORIC: Winchester Cathedral illuminates the markets with traders in Victorian costumes offering seasonal food and drinks, gifts and stocking fillers. ■ lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk BEvERLEY December 12 The cobbled streets of this medieval minster town in East Yorkshire are transformed into a Victorian Christmas market, alive with dancing, music and street entertainers. It’s now become one of our most popular festive festivals. There’s even a traditional Victorian fairground. Watch out for Santa on his sleigh drawn through the town by reindeer in the Christmas Parade. ■ beverleyfestivalofchristmas.co.uk Liverpool Christmas market WORCESTER December 2–23 Brimming with Dickensian festive flavour, the traditional Victorian Fayre will return with traders across the city centre plus music and street entertainers. And for the first time, Worcester will be playing host to a month-long yule market. ■ worcesterchristmasfayre. co.uk/thefayre EDINBuRGH Until January 2 The Scottish capital’s Christmas market will be back at the traditional locations of East Princes Street Gardens and The Mound, with West Princes Street Gardens and George Street also in this year’s festive mix. If it goes to plan, visitors will be able to explore 77 stalls, with attractions including the Christmas Tree Maze and Santa’s Grotto. ■ edinburghschristmas.com CARDIff Until December 23 For original and innovative gifts you won’t find online or on the high street, head to Cardiff Christmas Market. Run by craft fair organisers Craft*folK for more than 20 years, local artists have pitched stalls in St John, Working and Trinity Streets and the Hayes. Pick up bespoke silver jewellery, handmade textiles and hand-thrown ceramics. ■ cardiffchristmasmarket.com

20 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Moody blooms Style Guide BeAUTy BUzz The laTesT producTs & glamour gossip Petal prints are big news this season, says Katie WrigHt FlorAl prints took a dramatic turn on the AW21 catwalks, by way of dark blooms, sumptuous fabrics and beautiful bouquet embellishments. london Fashion Week designers were leading the charge, with chintzy dresses and frock coats fit for a royal, seen at Erdem, Yuhan Wang and Preen, while Temperley’s maxi dresses and separates had a retro Seventies feel to them. Now, the high street is giving us fabulous petal-powered pieces to rock day or night. Here are three key ways to try the dark florals trend... Day to night tops Demure enough for daytime but easy to dress up after work, a floral print blouse is a really versatile piece. Team with jeans, boots and statement earrings for a laidback look, or go glam with a leather mini skirt and heels. Oliver Bonas metallic floral jacquard & tie back black blouse, £55 CRUSH Midi dresses An autumn/winter essential, floral midi dresses are a big trend right now, and they’re easy to style. It’s all about layering – either pop a roll-neck top underneath a V-neck dress, or throw an oversized blazer or slouchy cardigan on top. Complete your look with chunky ankle or knee-high boots. Aspiga Gwen blouse ditsy floral navy, £135, aspiga.com River Island black floral blouse, £35 OF THE WEEK Monsoon heat-seal gem V-neck jumper grey £45; embellished floral midi dress black, £70; Letty leather lace-up biker boots, black, £80, monsoon.co.uk Warehouse sparkle tie neck tiered mini dress, £63.20 (was £79) Joe Browns enchanting autumn dress, £49 Party dresses Take florals into the festive season with a glitzy frock. A cute cocktail dress in all-over print looks fab with simple strappy heels and a clutch bag, while a showstopping black maxi dress with flower embellishments is ideal for a winter wedding. Love & Roses printed empire skater dress, £45, Next Ghost Marlow dress £149, ghost.co.uk; boots stylist’s own This might just be the prettiest Christmas jumper we have seen. It looks designer but is £44 from Next. Freemans Together beaded maxi dress, £130 ■ Advent season is upon us, but if you can’t wait to open that stuffed calendar as soon as you get it, Roccabox hears you. It has just launched its ultra-luxe, limited edition ‘Not Another Beauty Advent Calendar’ Box, £28, so you can tear open and enjoy products from brands like Illamasqua, Nib + Fab and Emma Hardie, worth £148, straight away. Inside you will find five fullsized products, four deluxe minis, and a bonus product. It’s a great gift for a beauty-obsessed friend, sibling, secret Santa, or even to you from you, roccabox.co.uk ■ So you don’t think retinol is for you? Perhaps you’ve just not met the right one... yet. Olay is doing its best to pair up wary faces with the anti-ageing superingredient by creating a version that’s both potent and hydrating. The new overnight Retinol24 Max range promises you’ll see visible skin rejuvenation within 28 sleeps, and also get 24 hours of moisture from each application. There’s a face cream, serum and eye cream, £39.99 each, in the line-up, all eagerly waiting for you to give retinol a second chance. ■ Celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin will have you Christmas party-ready in no time with his latest launches. The Glass Glow Lip Gloss , £20, glides on smoothly for comfortable, long-lasting wear and intense shine, while the Lights Up Contour and Blush Mini Duo , £20, pairs the brand’s contour Sculpting Powder in shade ‘Medium’ with a brand new blushhighlighter combo. Finish your look with a slick of Indecent Mascara , £22 and you are good to go. Find the brand at SpaceNK.com, Harrods. com and lookfantastic.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 21 Let’s party! WHat We’re loving tHis Week: ■ It’s Black Friday weekend and a host of cosmetics and skincare brands are offering discounts... ■ Superdrug launched its deals last week. We spotted this ProCare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush And Toothpaste Gift Set reduced from £36.99 to £17.99. Clinically tested to provide more effective cleaning and remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush, it would make a great Christmas gift. This Real Techniques Everyday Radiance Gift Set, meanwhile is now half price at £30. ■ L’Occitane is not only offering Black Friday discounts on products but also donating £1 from every hand cream sold to PUR Project to plant trees. Beauty Grab yourself a Shea Butter Hand Cream (150ml) for £17.20 instead of £21.50. ■ There are some incredible savings to be had in the OK! Beauty Box Black Friday sale, which runs until 23:59 on November 29. Treat you or your loved ones to the OK! Christmas Beauty Box and get £350-worth of trusted beauty products for just £45 (usually £70). Limited time only, while stocks last, go to okbeautybox.co.uk ■ From November 25–30, Neal’s Yard Remedies will be offering up to 40% off select lines, with an extra 10% off when you buy four or more products. We spotted the Frankincense Nourishing Cream (50g) reduced from £30 to £21. Katie Wright gets expert advice on the hottest christmas looks the festive flick eye make-up look, created by illamasqua ChRISTMAS is just around the corner and this year parties are – fingers crossed – on the cards once more. hurrah! So, you’ve got a sparkly frock or trendy tailored suit sorted. Now it’s time to give your look a bit of festive glam. Often, there’s not a lot of time to prep for midweek gatherings, but by focusing on one feature, you can go from plain to party-ready in a matter of minutes. here, pro make-up artists offer four quick-fix ideas for a fabulous festive beauty look... 1. the festive flick For a dramatic eye look, pair rose gold shimmer shadow Illamasqua precision gel liner, £15.75 (was £21) with black eyeliner, says Pablo Rodriguez, director of artistry at Illamasqua: “On the eyes, apply a solid block of eyeshadow, going from inner to outer corners, and from lash line up to the eyebrows. “Apply Precision Gel Liner in Infinity, starting with a very thin line in the inner corner, and add more pressure to make it thicker as we go towards the outer corner. Smudge the leftover product in the brush across the bottom lashes. Curl lashes and coat them with mascara.” 2. the glossy lip Legendary make-up artist Bobbi Brown, who recently launched new brand Jones Road, loves a high-shine red lip for a glam party look. She says: “Like my super bright red nails that I love to wear, I adore a pop of colour and not much Jones Road cool gloss in poppy red, £20 else. Distract from tired eyes and add a festive pop with the new Jones Road Cool Gloss in Poppy Red. It is really red – no yellow, bright red. I think it’s super wearable with the sheen, versus a matte red lip (not a gloss like you would imagine). I would wear the red gloss with just mascara and a little Miracle Balm on my skin.” 3. the shimmer smoky-eye “Your eyes deserve to be the focus when it comes to party glam,” says make-up artist Aimee Connolly, founder of Sculpted by Aimee, who suggests a three-step “buff, smoke and shimmer” approach. of the eye and around the lash line. To finish, sweep a dazzling shimmer or metallic shade across the eyelid, and pair with lashings of mascara.” 4. the scarlet lip “Rouge Dior Lipstick 999 Velvet is the Sculpted by Aimee sultry stories eyeshadow palette, £34 “Start by buffing a matte transition shade through the crease of the eye to add some depth, then add some smoke with a darker matte shade on the outer corners ultimate festive lip colour,” says Jamie Coombes, Dior Beauty international pro-artist, of the lipstick with a soft matte finish. “As well as on the lips, it can be used as a cream blush. Add a touch of this colour to the upper part of the cheeks and blend out using the Dior Backstage Blender. Pair this with your Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, and you’ll be party-ready in no time.” Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in 999 velvet, £32

22 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Books Meet ‘made in Stroud’ Marvin the rabbit with his backpack; pictured below, Anne Drew reading the book with Marvin and grandson Parker Bunny tales Crafty granny Anne Drew has written a children’s book with its own knitting pattern MArvIn the little knitted rabbit is a new face at Stroud Farmers’ Market, in Gloucestershire. And Marvin’s creator, Anne Drew of Cymbal Knits, has recently published a children’s picture book all about him called Marvin’s Marvellous Day. Marvin is a lonely little rabbit with a sack on his back who, while on his travels, picks up bits of knitting that he packs in his sack. The story ends happily when the “parts” are transformed into a friend for Marvin. Anne explained that she was first inspired to create Marvin after the birth of her grandson Parker in October 2019. She said: “I think as a parent you are just happy to get through the day with a young baby, but as a grandparent you can stand back a bit and look at the bigger picture. I have always made things, being creative gives me a buzz so I wanted to create something for him that had different textures and was knitting-related. I started playing with different sorts of stitches; garter stitch, stocking stitch and seed stitch but decided to stick with just two – garter and stocking stitch. The first with ridges, and the second nice and smooth. “Then came the character. Anyone who knows me will know how fond I am of a backpack, so there we have it, a rabbit with a sack on his back! Apart from the textures, I wanted to use words that would help little ones learn so I used “on top”, “behind” “under”, as well as hopefully throwing in an opportunity for a bit of counting. But crucially for me was that children can see and learn that we can make things ourselves, so the sheep, the wool, and the process of knitting carried importance for me. “The tie-in pattern for Marvin at the end of the book hopefully creates a really positive link and maybe will inspire some children to want to learn to knit.” Marvin’s Marvellous Day was illustrated by Tanya McDonald, a young artist who is completing an MA in illustration at the University of Gloucestershire. “Tanya is the daughter of a friend and a very talented artist,” said Anne. “It was brilliant to work with her and see how she transformed my ideas into a beautiful picture book which gives you a feeling of warmth as you read to the end.” Anne has been a regular at Stroud Farmers’ Market for about five years. As Cymbal Knits, she handcranks socks on her vintage sock knitting machine from the 1920s. She said: Photo copyright: Esther Drew Photo copyright: Anne Drew “Stroud Farmers’ Market is an amazing place to trade, the buzz of the market is terrific, with so many lovely traders and customers. I have lots of regular sock buyers as once you have worn a pair of wonderful handcranked or hand-knitted socks you definitely appreciate them and want more. “I am very lucky to trade at the market, it’s a wonderful experience to be able to sell something that you have made, which has done wonders for my self-esteem and increased my creativity. I think that really helped me to have the confidence to write Marvin’s Marvellous Day but to also then invest in it. I have self-published the book and can proudly say that it is written, illustrated and printed in Gloucestershire. It’s definitely harder to establish wider selling channels though.” Anne is a textile management graduate from Leeds University, who went on to teach business and economics for more than 35 years. She first invested in a circular sock knitting machine in 2010. She said: “A circular sock knitting machine has a very steep learning curve, but once you have grasped it you’re hooked!” ■ In Gloucestershire, Marvin’s Marvellous Day can be bought at the shop at Stroud Museum in the Park; In-Stitches in Cainscross; Stroud Bookshop; The From Home shop in Berkeley; Dixie Dot Crafts in Quedegley; and Castle Crafts in Thornbury; as well as from Anne at Stroud Farmers’ Market on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month ■ The book is also available online at www.socksbycymbal.co.uk The inside story of life as a US fighter pilot Now living in Bristol, retired United State Air Force fighter pilot and commander Steve Ladd has written a book about his time in the USAR... I spent most of my working life flying fast jets, not for the RAF, rather for the Colonial (United States) Air Force. It was the greatest job on the planet and long after I retired, I decided to write about my experiences. This project took seven years and was written with a firm objective: I wanted to produce a memoir that was detailed enough that my brethren in military aviation and legions of aircraft aficionados would not heap scorn upon it, yet sufficiently broad and unencumbered by jargon and acronyms so that the other 99-plus per cent of the population might find it interesting and enjoyable as well. The feedback I’ve been receiving tells me I’ve been reasonably successful in achieving this and the book (called From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog) is selling briskly, but I don’t feel I’m reaching enough of the non-aviation buffs that would likely find my narrative interesting. Some of this is down to my book’s cover. Don’t get me wrong, I love this cover! How could I not? It’s me, 52 years ago, looking slim and rugged, backed by my two magnificent steeds, the F-4 Phantom and the A-10 Warthog and shamelessly projecting the inherent ego of my profession (Q: “How do you know there’s a fighter pilot at your party?” A: “He’ll tell you”). The other unintended result of my book’s heroic cover is it tends to herald my American heritage, perhaps to the detriment of appealing to a potential British readership who may not wish to accept more Americana in their lives. If I may provide a bit of mitigation: My Wirral-born wife and I have lived in England since I left the air force in 1994 (my idea, I hasten to add; not hers). We’ve been in Bristol since 1999 and, if I may be so bold, I now consider myself almost one of you. What the cover doesn’t do is portray the span of the memoir, there’s so much more than the ubiquitous aerial exploits and heroics, there is very little of that as my career paralleled that of thousands of others. I completed a 200-plus mission combat tour in Vietnam but my overall air force experience was unremarkable in terms of valour and derring-do. On the contrary, the memoir is rich in universal appeal. Let me provide just a few examples: There is humour, lots of it, from a painful but non-lethal bullfight in Spain and the surprise introduction of a donkey to Friday night Happy Hour festivities at an airbase in Turkey, to the hilarious reaction of a Suffolk farmer’s wife to a strange new airplane “buzzing” her chickens. World travel? There’s that too, encompassing tales from the Vietnam conflict, operations in Iran and a fascinating visit to Cold War Berlin with my wife, involving expeditions into the Soviet sector, exhilaration Steve Ladd with his book tinged with paranoia. There are also essays from Europe – East Anglia, Spain and Germany where I plied my trade (in the AF and NATO) for many years. You’ll find drama as well: a brush with Armageddon as a nuclear weapon carrying alert pilot, and the surprising outcome of a potentially catastrophic scramble. And there is also tragedy – the painstaking investigation of the aircraft accident that took the life of a young pilot in the Black Hills of Wales and a poignant sidelight involving a local lady and her grandson. Most of all, there is recognition and commemoration of a little-known and less understood brotherhood – the modern military fighter pilot – a breed of men (and more recently ladies) whose heritage only spans 100 years or so. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they are surprisingly alike, be they British, American, Russian, German, Chinese, Israeli or any other nationality that employs fighter aircraft. Their attitudes and motivations are largely shaped by those who preceded them. They share traditions and perspectives not generally recognised outside the fraternity and are often perceived as arrogant, immature or even offensive. There are compelling reasons for these beliefs and if you’ve never met a fighter pilot, my book goes a long way towards clearing the muddy water surrounding our noble profession. ■ To buy a signed hardback or eBook go to pen-and-sword.co.uk/ From-F-4-Phantom-to-A-10-Warthog-Hardback/p/17799 or you can buy from amazon.co.uk/Phantom-Warthog-Memoirs-Fighter-Pilot/ dp/1526761246 ■ There is also an audible edition currently in production. Visit Steve’s website and blog phantomtowarthog.com for additional information

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 23 Antiques Update Tray is worth the weight A huge solid silver tray gifted to a Monmouthshire vicar in 1917 features in the Charterhouse auction on December 2 and 3. The tray, estimated at £2,000, is hallmarked for London 1895. At 3cm wide, it has a gadroon, shell and acanthus leaf border with a presentation inscription to the Rev Alexander Maclaverty, vicar at Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, St Maughans and Llanfaenor in Monmouthshire for 43 years. The tray was presented to him by his parishioners and friends in 1917. Fitted in its own oak box it has had little use of the past years. Lining the box is an old Telegraph newspaper dating back to 1953. Richard Bromell said: “Weighing in at over 10lbs you have to feel sorry for the domestic staff who would have carried this tray full up with cucumber sandwiches in the summer, mince pies at Christmas, coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon or an aperitif in the early evening.” The silver tray is being sold in the Charterhouse December triple auction which includes coins, militaria and stamps; silver, silver plate, jewellery, fashion accessories, Rolex, other watches, wine, port and whisky on day one. Clocks, antiques and interiors go under the gavel on day two. Viewing is from Monday, November 29 to Thursday, December 2, from 9am to 5pm. Live internet bidding and catalogues are available at www. charterhouse-auction.com Entries are being accepted for the January auctions with decorative arts, mid-century modern, pictures and books and the next specialist auctions of classic and vintage cars, both in March, at Haynes International Motor Museum. Richard Bromell with the huge solid silver tray estimated at £2,000. Left, the inscription and hallmarks Helen steps in to jewellery role Jewellery, watch and silver valuer Helen Preece has joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antique saleroom. Before joining the team Helen ran a successful jewellery, silver and watch department for another auction house. She has a penchant for silver and the charms of costume jewellery and is delighted with a necklace, inset, which will feature in the antiques sale on December 2. This early 20th-century old cut diamond ruby and seed pearl bow pendant drop, set in platinum and gold has a pre-sale guide of £650-£850. Helen is available for consultations at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, Tuesdays, from 10am to 3pm. To arrange an appointment call 01823 332525. Selected Antiques, Jewellery and Collectables Saturday 4th December at 10am Approximately 400 lots of jewellery, silver, metalware, medals, ceramics, pictures, furniture and lots more Catch up on the region’s antiques and auction news every Saturday in West Country Life 2nd December 3rd December 2nd December Christmas Gifts, Watches, Jewellery & Wine Auction Thursday 2nd December Coins, Militaria, Stamps & Toys Auction Thursday 2nd Clocks, Antiques & Interiors Auction Friday 3rd December Free Valuation Days Silver, Jewellery & Watches 29th Studio Pottery & Art Glass 30th Pictures, Maps, Books & Postcards 1st Classic & Vintage Cars 3rd March Classic & Vintage Motorcycles 9th March Further Entries Now Being Accepted The Long Street Salerooms Sherborne DT9 3BS 01935 812277 • www.charterhouse-auction.com A Charles II oak Wainscot Armchair estimate: £800-1,200 A 19th Century mahogany cased single fusee ‘World’ clock estimate: £800-1,200 One of several 18th Century a private collection A 19th Century mahogany travelling chess set estimate: Online bidding - please register through our website Chippenhamauctionrooms.co.uk Viewing in person: Thursday 2nd 10am-5pm, Friday 3rd 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8.30am All enquiries to 01249 444544

24 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Books I’m at my best with my kids... that’s probably because we’re all autistic... Model and reality television star Christine McGuinness reveals her autism diagnosis in her new book ChrIStInE MCGuInnESS has tirelessly campaigned for autism awareness after her three children with husband tV presenter Paddy McGuinness, were diagnosed with the condition. The 33-year-old model and reality tV star reveals both the struggles and the joy the couple have faced bringing up twins Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity, in her new book Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare. She also details her battles with anorexia and a childhood blighted by abuse by a family friend. here in an extract from her book, she talks about her own autism diagnosis. I have been confirmed as autistic. It’s strange, but I’ve noticed there are little hints throughout my life that I’m autistic and more like my children than I ever could have imagined. My issues with food, my social struggles, how hard I find it to make friends and stay focused, and my indecisiveness. The way I float through life reminds me of how my eldest daughter Penelope is. It all makes sense now. And as much as I’m not totally surprised, it’s still been emotional for me to accept, but it’s a relief as well. My diagnosis came in August. Patrick and I were invited to meet with expert Sir Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge university. Patrick and I filled out what’s called an AQ questionnaire. It tests for symptoms of autism. While lots of people might carry a few traits, to actually be classed as autistic you’re required to score a high number, and I did. The scale goes from zero to 50 and the average neurotypical person would score up to 15. While my hus- band was bangon average, mine was 36, which is high. Sir Simon confirmed I’m autistic. And not just mildly – I’m quite high up the spectrum. It was a lot to take in and once my appointment was over, I broke down in floods of tears. I think it’s because the news conjured up a mixture of emotions and while I’m not totally shocked and it’s a relief, I’m just really sad for my younger self. Because of my inability to concentrate and my hatred for my school, I left with no GCSEs. I was more than capable of sitting the exams, but I just couldn’t be in that exam hall. I remember it so clearly… everyone was on single desks all over the room. I could hear people scribbling their pens on the exam paper and every page turning sounded like a drum banging. I just sat there and didn’t do anything. I didn’t lift my pen. What made it even tougher was after a while of staring into space, I got shouted at by the teacher and asked to leave the room. I rushed Christine says the support of her family has helped her massively out in tears and that was it. After my appointment I set off on my drive home to Cheshire, and I thought about Patrick. I wasn’t sure how he’d react, but when I told him he said he expected it and he’d suspected I was autistic for years – he never thought to tell me. Patrick was always conscious that I was a bit different and had my little quirks, but he never understood exactly what it was. There are times when he gets really frustrated with me, for example when it takes Christine McGuinness says her diagnosis left her with conflicting emotions me hours to get ready. not even when I’m getting fully glammed up, but simple things like picking between two plain t-shirts, and not being able to decide which one to wear. And it’s mad when I think about it, that throughout my 20s, I never had one single night out – not one. I didn’t have a hen party, I didn’t have a 16th, an 18th, a 21st, or a 30th. For me, that’s normal. I made every single excuse not to leave the house and socialise. I understand now it’s because I’m autistic, and it’s much easier to stay in and not have to deal with the real world when you’ve got autism. I am the best version of me when I’m with my children and that’s probably because we’re all autistic. The four of us are quite happy to stay in and sometimes not talk to each other. It’s when I’m out and about that my autistic mind really goes into overdrive. Even my food struggles I’ve had throughout my life make sense to me now. I’ve only tried green food, like broccoli, over the last couple of years. I can eat it, because I know I’ve got to be healthy, but I never once tried colourful food until my 30s. It’s quite common for autistic people to favour beige food. So, my autistic traits can range from aversions to patterns, or my issues with food to something really social, like making friends. I’m trying to see my diagnosis as a positive thing – at least I know for definite. In fact, there are lots of upsides to being autistic, just like there are with the three kiddies. I’m quite creative and artistic, and I enjoy doing crafts and painting with the children. One of my finest qualities is that I’m very open-minded to people and I think I’m genuinely kind. That’s something that’s in my children, too. “I bet you wish you didn’t have children,” someone once said to me. how disgusting is that. I couldn’t believe it. Well, actually, no, they’re still my children and I love them so much and I’m so lucky to have them. having had some time to digest my diagnosis, there are a few things I can take from it. As well as it being a huge relief, I understand myself better than ever, I’m certain this can benefit my children, too. We haven’t told them yet that they’re autistic. But now it’s been confirmed that I am, the fact that they’re like Mummy can only make it easier when we do speak to them about it. I’m hoping my diagnosis will do a lot of good and any women reading this who are unsure about themselves, it might be inspiring to them. I’m married with children and I’m working, which are things a lot of people might question whether an autistic person can do. But I’m living proof that, although it’s not easy, with a bit of grit, resilience and a support- ive family you can achieve anything. ■ Christine McGuinness: A Beautiful Nightmare (RRP £20) Order online at mirrorbooks.co.uk Husband Paddy had suspected Christine had autism

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 25 Books REVIEWS fiction The feLL by Sarah Moss, Picador, priced £12.99, ebook £8.49 HHHII It may feel too soon to be reading a ‘lockdown’ book, but it’s funny how much you forget. The Fell adeptly transports you back to that strange limbo – whether you want it to or not. It follows single mum Kate who is supposed to be isolating, but takes a walk; Matt, her teenage son; their neighbour, comfortable, shielding Alice; and volunteer mountain rescuer Rob. Flitting between their perspectives, they each grapple with the familiar ethical conundrums, yearnings and anxieties the pandemic sprung on all of us. Sarah Moss is typically witty and meticulous at observing the neuroses of people, but for a short book, it is a bit of a slog. It’s possibly one to revisit when Covid doesn’t still feel quite so present and consuming. pick of the week The SeLfLeSS AcT Of BReAThing by JJ Bola, Dialogue Books, £14.99, ebook £8.99 HHHHI The Selfless Act Of Breathing is a heartfelt and searing exploration of depression, told through the eyes of a young, black, male teacher in London who is struggling. Michael Kabongo decides to fly to America with his life savings, and see where LiLy: A TALe Of Revenge by Rose Tremain, Chatto & Windus, £16.99, ebook £9.99 HHIII It’s hard not to shiver when reading Rose Tremain’s latest offering, set in bleak and dirty Victorian London. Lily’s life seems destined for misery: she’s abandoned to the Foundling Hospital as a baby and after a brief happy spell at a they take him. It’s a devastating and insightful story, exploring everything from sex and love, to loss and the inner angst that led Kabongo to explore this new path. The book runs along two timelines, and the narrative jumps do sometimes prove jarring. While the ending leaves some questions unanswered, readers will be swept up in the sheer beauty of Bola’s writing. country farm, spends most of her childhood at the wicked hands of the nurses, later to lead a lonely existence as a wig maker. The main point of tension is Lily is a criminal, but the narrative works strangely, meaning we find out about the victim of her crime about halfway through the book without much suspense, and she spends the rest of the time agonising over her actions. Unfortunately, this takes away much of the drama, making for a slightly dull read. Tremain builds up a fearsome picture of Victorian London – it’s a shame she didn’t provide the plot to match. Non-fiction My BOdy by Emily Ratajkowski, Quercus, £16.99, ebook £9.99 HHHII Anyone who read Emily Ratajkowski’s viral essay ‘Buying Myself Back’ will know she’s a force to be reckoned with – she found fame for her looks, but she’s also a talented writer. My Body is a series of essays picking up on many of the themes in her original piece – ownership, assault, sexism and the role of a model. Through the essays, Ratajkowski tracks her life as the daughter of a professor and art teacher, becoming a model as a teen, trying to make money in an often dangerous industry, to becoming a mother today. While many stories are heartbreaking and highlight abuse, some are less empathetic. Ratajkowski raises more questions about women’s bodies and feminism than she answers. TOp TEnS bESTSEllERS 1. Better Off Dead: Lee Child & Andrew Child 2. The Promise: Damon Galgut 3. The Man Who Died Twice: Richard Osman 4. Never: Ken Follett 5. Silverview: John le Carre 6. The Dark Hours: Michael Connelly 7. Walking On Sunshine: Giovanna Fletcher 8. The Cat Who Saved Books: Sosuke Natsukawa 9. Beautiful World, Where Are You: Sally Rooney 10. The Honour Of Rome: Simon Scarrow Chart courtesy of Waterstones EbookS 1. Worst Idea Ever: Jane Fallon 2. The Catch: T.M. Logan 3. One More Christmas at the Castle: Trisha Ashley 4. The Christmas Escape: Sarah Morgan 5. The Girls: Lisa Jewell 6. The Mountains Sing: Nguyên Phan Qué Mai 7. Sons of Fortune: Jeffrey Archer 8. The Fifth Season: N. K. Jemisin 9. Stolen Ones: Angela Marsons 10. The Corfe Castle Murders: Rachel McLean Chart courtesy of the Kindle store at Amazon

26 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Film Stephanie Beatriz voices Mirabel ENCANTO (PG) HHHII A mountain town in Colombia is home to generations of the Madrigal family led by imperious matriarch Abuela Alma (Maria Cecilia Botero). She is custodian of a magical candle, lit in her darkest hour when her husband sacrificed himself to protect their family. The flickering totem bestows special powers to the Madrigals when they come of age. The only member of the household not to be blessed so far is Abuela‘s granddaughter Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatrix). When the family’s home comes under threat from a dark force, Mirabel steps out of the shadow of her gifted siblings to seek the key that will protect her loved ones. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda composes the original songs, but there’s a surprising lack of earworms to rival his toe-tapping work on Moana. What Encanto lacks in hummable tunes it makes up for in vibrant colours and impeccable artistry. ■ In cinemas now Jared Leto as Paolo Ridley Scott’S tale of intRigue at an iconic faShion houSe failS to dReSS up itS flawS HOUSE OF GUCCI (15) HHHII REvIEwS BY DAMON SMITH HiGH fashion meets high camp in Ridley Scott’s real-life crime drama about the italian fashion house Gucci. Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) is working at her father’s haulage firm when she meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), grandson of the fashion dynasty’s founder Guccio Gucci, at a party. infatuation piqued by the famous surname, Patrizia stalks Maurizio and worms her way into his affections to secure a seat at the dynastic table headed by Maurizio’s disapproving father Rodolfo (Jeremy irons) and uncle Aldo (Al Pacino). To wield greater influence, Patrizia marries Maurizio and encourages him to “take out the trash” at boardroom level so they can acquire a majority stake in the company. Self-styled television psychic Pina (Salma Hayek) provides scheming minx Patrizia with counsel as her plan pits the cou- ple against Maurizio’s extrovert cousin Paolo (Jared Leto). “i’d rather see Gucci burn than hand it over to you two!” he snarls. When Maurizio publicly undermines Patrizia and flirts with old friend Paola Franchi (Camille Cottin), the vengeful wife sets in motion a murderous plan to shed the emotional baggage that is slowing her ascent of the social ladder. House of Gucci stomps the runway to a truly glorious 1990s soundtrack including a wedding scene choreographed to George Michael’s Faith. Gucci Gucci coup: patrizia (Lady Gaga) tries to exploit family rifts to seize power for herself and husband Maurizio (Adam Driver) Lady Gaga is mesmerising as a master manipulator, who believes that “a strong family makes a strong business” as she assiduously lops off the weakest branches of her marital family tree. Leto is hysterical and scenes with Pacino are a battle of the caterwauls. Caught between tragedy and high camp, Scott’s handsome picture is impeccably tailored to appeal to the widest possible audience without genuinely thrilling any of us. ■ In cinemasnow Lady Gaga is on form as the devious patrizia alongside Leto’s hilarious paulo A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS (PG) HHHII Rising star Henry Lawfull plays urchin Nikolas, who lives in a forest in the middle of Finland with his woodcutter father Joel (Michiel Huisman). The hard-working parent believes that money will ease the grief of losing a wife. “Being good is better than being rich,” coos the boy. “If you’ve forgotten that, Papa, then you’ve forgotten Mama.” When the blustering king of the realm (Jim Broadbent) offers a handsome reward for proof that hope and wonder exist, Joel abandons his boy to join an expedition led by Anders the huntsman (Rune Temte) to the fabled land of elves. Nikolas begs to join the quest but the child languishes at home in the company of cruel Aunt Carlotta (Kristen Wiig). A chance discovery of a map to Elfhelm sewn into the lining of a red hat propels Nikolas and pet Henry Lawfull and Jim Broadbent mouse Miika (voiced by Stephen Merchant) on an epic odyssey. Trudging through a treacherous winter wonderland, the adventurers befriend an injured reindeer, which they christen Blitzen after the lake where Nikolas went sledging with his mother. Boy and mouse also encounter an elf elder (Toby Jones), his great-granddaughter Little Noosh (Indica Watson) and a mischievous Truth Pixie (Zoe Margaret Colletti). A Boy Called Christmas is a wholesome and sweetly enjoyable prelude to the Yuletide festivities. ■ Out now and on Sky Cinema

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 27 Soaps Clean team: Ste and Sienna Zeedan’s troubles deepen as the laundered money is stolen Clean out of luck Zeedan, left, opens his van to find the cash has gone – but Alya, above, is more intent on getting free of the money laundering HOLLYOAKS Channel 4 As a pregnant Nancy struggles with organising the school Nativity – and the fact that new teacher Olivia appears to be outshining her – she resigns herself to the idea that Darren isn’t coming back. Luke, right, is less ready to give up hope and prepares to track his mate down, although his family worries his condition is fuelling his obsession. Meanwhile, Ste and Sienna’s first big cleaning job takes them to the hotel where Darren is being held captive. Luke also turns up to look for his friend, but as Darren tries to make his escape, will any of them manage to bump into each other? Elsewhere, Leela is still keeping quiet about losing her job, but that proves trickier when Ste admits he can’t afford his half of the mortgage. THE truth about Zeedan’s moneylaundering operation comes out. Alya is horrified and tries to find a way out of the situation. Unfortunately, matters take a turn for the worse when the food van – which contains the loot – is stolen. Hashim demands his cash back – even if it means burning down the restaurant and handing over the insurance pay-out. While Curtis prepares for his appointment with the specialist, Emma tracks down his estranged parents so she can invite them to the wedding. But he is furious, particularly when his supposedly dead father turns up out of the blue. Daisy and Daniel go their separate ways following a misundereAStenderS BBC1 When Isaac reveals that the school Nativity has been cancelled because the kids need to concentrate on catching up after Covid, Aaron jumps to the conclusion that it’s really the work of the ‘woke brigade’. Keegan warns Tiffany that her new love interest is talking rubbish, but she shares a petition on social media anyway, little anticipating the reaction it will get. Aaron is also stirring up trouble for his dad as he spikes Harvey’s drinks with vodka ahead of his date with Jean, but will it ruin the budding romance? Ash is determined to make a success of the GP’s surgery after Eve wants painkillers cOrOnAtiOn Street ITV Keeran and Aaron Suki buys the building, but helping Eve get her hands on some strong painkillers might not he her smartest move. Zack is concerned that Sharon is jumping the gun by eyeing up Ruby’s house, and Stuart has concerns about removing his shirt for a ‘before and after’ photo shoot at the gym. Denise tries to help with Pearl’s education, as Kim heads to the scrapyard to plead with Howie to speak to the police. standing. However, it soon becomes clear that Daisy remains smitten. Summer, meanwhile, continues to worship Daniel from afar, little realising that Max has developed a crush on her. Aggie discovers Grace has been leaving Glory home alone, Kelly lands a job and Phill’s mother makes her presence felt. emmerdALe ITV As the police return to the village yet again, Brenda tries to interest the locals in starting up their own crime-fighting organisation, called Emmer-Watch. Meanwhile, Belle comes up with a plan to get Nate and Tracy back together, but little Frankie accidentally spoils it by uttering her first word, ‘dada’ – which causes Tracy to start Tracy and Nate are still struggling Priya takes a look at her scars Curtis is furious when his ‘dead’ dad turns up doubting her parenting skills. So, Cain decides to have a go at playing matchmaker, but will he prove any more successful? Priya, also has to face some demons when Leyla turns up to Rishi’s pre-Christmas get together looking especially glamorous, inadvertently making her friend feel selfconscious about her own appearance. After Leyla helps her to get changed and encourages her to finally look at the scars on her back, it seems that Priya is making progress – but when the conversation later turns to food, it’s clear her old anxieties are still there. Billy realises his true feelings for Dawn, Kerry warns Chloe to stay away from Noah, and there’s a rift forming in the Dingle clan. Glen finally admits why he is back neigHbOurS Channel 5 Nobody really thought Glen was back in Erinsborough for a trip down memory lane, did they? Of course not, so it should come as no surprise when he finally reveals the truth – but one person who is left reeling is his half-brother Paul. The dodgy businessman also gives Terese a new ring, which she agrees to wear – to Glen’s horror. Mick ruins Ned, Levi and Amy’s time at the party by turning up in an offensive costume, while Hendrix and Mackenzie are confronted by the news of Kyle’s diagnosis when they return from their trip. Later, Hendrix finds a way to redeem himself when Kyle asks for a favour, but Harlow’s lack of compassion for her friends shocks Mackenzie. Also, Chloe and Nicolette edge towards re-starting their relationship after working through the awkwardness between them at a concert.

28 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 Screen Shots AdAM dRIVER is trying to decide on his most memorable moment from his time working with Lady Gaga. The duo are electric together on screen in House of Gucci, in which they play the once-married couple, Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani. “It’s hard to say because there are so many things that we just took in a really weird direction,” muses the Star Wars actor, 38, who hails from San diego. “We were both so eager to play, and there’s nothing to work on as far as chemistry – it’s just there. “The more intimate scenes were really fun because we’re pretty comfortable. I feel comfortable in my own skin and she is in hers and there’s more of an anxiety of like, ‘What’s going to happen?”’ The ending of House of Gucci – directed by Sir Ridley Scott, the man behind movies like Alien and Gladiator – is so shocking, it’s hard to believe it’s inspired by real events. The film’s director Sir Ridley Scott The story delves into the history of the family behind the Italian designer fashion brand, Gucci, which was founded in Florence in 1921 by Guccio Gucci. Written by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna, the dynastic saga takes us on a journey of scandal and betrayal, starting in the 1970s – a big turning point for Gucci. At the time, the business is being overseen by Guccio’s sons, Aldo (Al Pacino) and Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons), but there’s the question of who will be at the helm next. When Rodolfo’s son Maurizio meets the beautiful Patrizia, he falls in love and marries her against his father’s wishes – and she persuades him to join his family company. Aldo’s son – the hapless, fanciful Paolo (Jared Leto) – is not happy about this. But more drama is to come; with rising competition from rivals such as Armani, Versace, and Lagerfeld, ambitious Patrizia goads her husband into staging a coup. The couple seizes control of the business, and Maurizio starts to enjoy the power he has. In fact, he ends up turning on Patrizia, leaving their marriage in tatters. desperate for revenge, she joins Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani The FALL coLLecTion: Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Adam Driver forces with psychic, Pina Auriemma (Salma Hayek), but Maurizio has no idea of the danger that lies ahead... For Adam, the initial draw of the project – which many are predicting to win big at next year’s Oscars – was teaming up with Ridley again. The movie covers a turbulent period at the fashion house “We had just worked together on The Last Duel, and I loved it,” he enthuses. “So when he reached out to me, I couldn’t wait to get back on set with him.” Meanwhile, New York native Lady Gaga, who received critical acclaim for her role in A Star Is Born (the Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Adam Driver talk to GeorGia HumpHreys about telling the stranger-thanfiction tale of a vaunted fashion family in Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci film also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for Shallow, which she co-wrote), loved the complexities of her character. “Before they see the film, some people might think Patrizia is a gold digger,” says the 35-year-old. “But when they got married, his family had turned their back on him. So, she didn’t marry for money, she married for love.” The renowned musician – whose hits include Poker Face, Bad Romance and Born This Way – notes that Patrizia “wanted so much to be taken seriously by the family”. “She was smart and felt that she knew what to do in order to move the company forward. But their acceptance was only an illusion. They were all just using her to get to Maurizio and firm up their control. She was always an outsider, a woman in a man’s world, and there’s only so much she could do, as many women know. Their power can often go unnoticed.” What did Adam – who also starred in Oscar-winning drama Marriage Story – learn about Maurizio in his preparation for the role? “Well, I learned lots of things that are probably boring, about building a character, like what his accent was. He spoke English very well where he was educated in London – how do we say that in the accent? And factual things, about how controlling his father was and was he reluctant to take over the business? What was his relationship to this idea of legacy that’s talked about in the movie?” The charismatic star continues: “The most surprising is his relationship to the spiritual part of it all, which is not in the movie, but it was in life. “At one point he also had a spiritual advisor, and they were casting spells on each other. There’s one story where he walked into a room and felt a presence because Patrizia’s Pina had sent a spell on the house.” Another brilliant performance in House of Gucci comes from Louisiana-born Jared Leto. The 49-year-old – who is also the lead vocalist for Thirty Seconds to Mars, the band he formed with his older brother Shannon Leto – first rose to prominence in the US TV series My So-Called Life. Next came memorable film roles in Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Playing Paolo Gucci required quite the transformation, with the star donning a bald cap and undergoing six hours of heavy prosthetics every morning, leaving him unrecognisable in the film. “I love that Paolo always had a twinkle in his eye, and a belly full of bread,” reflects Jared. “He was someone who enjoyed life. It was fun to play a character that was always singing and dancing and fighting for his creative survival. He was very passionate and volatile. “Every scene that I had was absolutely incredible. A challenging experience, but worth every single second.” Elaborating further on how he embodied Paolo, he recalls: “I studied Italian, I immersed myself in Italian culture and history and the language, the music of the time. “I paid a visit to Paolo’s grave, which was very beautiful, and an emotional experience. “I read everything that I could, watched everything that I could, spoke to family and friends, and really just tried to bring an impression of this life to the screen. He adds: “I had a blast doing it. I find Paolo to be a very lovable and fun guy.” ■ House of Gucci is out now

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 29 reached a climax at Knebworth Stadium in Hertfordshire, confirming Freddie’s status as one of rock’s greatest frontmen. His bandmate Brian May, who is one of the contributors to the documentary, says: “Freddie opened up his heart and gave it everything he had. He was a musician through and through and through. He lived for his music. He loved his music, and he was proud of himself as a musician above everything else.” Born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946, Freddie had his first top 10 UK hit with Queen in 1974 with Seven Seas of Rhye. They soon enjoyed global success, but it had seemed like their star might be waning in the early 1980s, especially in America. That all changed with their iconic, show-stealing performance at Live Aid in 1985, which reminded the world how good they were. However, as the decade progressed, Freddie would find himself battling HIV/Aids, a disease that was killing millions and, at the time, carried a huge stigma. So, when Freddie died, his bandmates wanted not just to celebrate him but also to raise awareness of the illness. Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who is interviewed in the programme, says: “We were very angry and we had to stick up for our friend – our best friend. I became fixated with the idea of giving him a hell of a send-off.” The documentary looks at how May and Taylor, along with Queen’s manager Jim Beach, devised a plan to commemorate his life with what would be one of the biggest gigs in history. The resulting Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, which featured Elton John and David Bowie among the line-up, was attended by over 70,000 people, with more than a billion viewers on TV. This documentary hears from some of the performers, including Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), and promoter Harvey Goldsmith, as well as some of those closest to Freddie, including his sister Kashmira Bulsara, his friends Anita Dobson and David Screen Shots Freddie opened up his heart and gave it everything he had On November 24, Queen fans marked the 30th anniversary of frontman Freddie Mercury’s death. But while his life and career may have been cut short at the age of 45, he continues to loom large over pop culture. In 2018, he was the subject of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which won an Oscar for leading man Rami Malek. And of course, Queen’s music remains as popular as ever – the song that gave the film its title is still regularly voted one of Britain’s favourites. Now, BBC2 is dedicating an evening to him. The highlight is the documentary Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, which charts the last years of his life, as well as the tribute concert held in his honour at Wembley Stadium in April, 1992. The story begins in 1986, when Queen’s Magic tour Roger Taylor Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is remembered in a new documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of his death Rachael Popow finds out all about it WE WILL ROCK YOU: David Bowie and Elton John, right, were among the music legends who paid tribute to Freddie Mercury Wigg, and his PA, Peter Freestone. The film also features contributions from those who saw the impact of HIV/AIDS first hand, including medical practitioners, survivors and human rights campaigners. ■■Freddie Mercury: The Final Act is on tonight (Saturday), BBC2, at 9pm

30 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 TV Highlights Whoever did this really had to be a Beatles fan... HIS name may be synonymous with Lord Of The Rings, but film-maker Peter Jackson has found himself tackling an altogether different project with new documentary series The Beatles: Get Back. Born in New Zealand – a world away from the height of the UK’s Beatlemania in the 1960s – the 60-year-old Oscar-winning director’s love of the Liverpool band began with a handful of pocket money and the purchase of the Red and Blue compilation albums. In 2017, Apple Corps – the company charged with managing The Beatles’ creative and business interests – approached Peter and asked whether he’d consider making use of previously unseen footage from their vaults. Now, the three-part Disney+ docuseries delves into the making of the Beatles album Let It Be. Peter explains more... What made you the right director for this prestigious project? I think whoever did this needed to The Beatles, pictured in the recording studio, in part of the new docuseries britain by beach Tonight, Channel 4, 8pm Anita Rani finishes her trip around Britain’s beaches by exploring Yorkshire and Northumberland. She begins in Whitby, which brings back childhood memories for the presenter, but she also learns more about the real shipwreck that inspired a key scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. From there, Anita goes on to Scarborough to find out why it has a claim to be the oldest seaside resort in the world, before heading to Lindisfarne to hear about the Viking raid that began a new age in Britain. Finally, she shares a tale of With his highly anticipated documentary series The Beatles: Get Back ready to go, film-maker Peter Jackson tells Danielle De WolFe all about it be a Beatles fan because you’re dealing with so much material – 130, 140, 150 hours of audio. The sound tapes were just rolling virtually all the time. Film stock was more expensive than the audio, so the sound recorders would roll the quarter-inch tapes but the cameras were just turned on and off every now and again. So whoever did it really did need to be a Beatles fan to actually be able to understand and decipher some of the references that they make in the conversations. Trawling through previously unreleased tapes must have proved exciting? You’re eavesdropping on these conversations from 1969, which is effectively how I felt all the time TV PICKS OF THE WEEK smugglers in Robin Hood’s Bay. Doctor Who: Flux Tomorrow, BBC1, 6.25pm It’s the penultimate episode of the all-too-short run, and the forces of evil are gathering, so no wonder it seems as if the odds are stacked against the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop). It’s not just the villains who are over the last four years working on this. The audio is weird. The story is often told in the audio recordings, so I do feel like I’m eavesdropping in some sort of CIAtype way on conversations [from] 52 years ago. The Beatles: Get Back is more than just ‘the making of Let It Be’, isn’t it? It’s the story of the making of the album Let It Be, but it’s actually technically not because they also do a lot of other songs that aren’t on Let It Be. Twelve of the tracks are off the Abbey Road album – there’s 17 tracks on Abbey Road, which was released in September ‘69. Plus there’s probably eight or 10 of their solo album tracks. Is it strange to think the Beatles went into the studio with next to no plan? Criticising the Beatles is not in my DNA. But if I had a criticism of the Beatles, looking at the footage, it does strike me as being very strange how little organisation there seems to be... Part of the story of Get Back was they were aiming to do this live TV show – not the rooftop one, it’s something completely different. So this is not really a recording. Until they get to the performance, assembling, as this episode has a pretty impressive cast, with Kevin McNally, Robert Bathurst and Barbara Flynn joining the regulars, along with Rochenda Sandall and Craig Parkinson, who were both previously seen in a very different Sunday night BBC drama, Line of Duty. along For the riDe With DaviD o’Doherty Monday, Channel 4, 10pm For the second episode in his freewheeling series, comedian David O’Doherty is getting on his bike with Grayson Perry. As well as being an artist and TV presenter, Grayson is also a former mountain-bike racer, so he should be in his element as they head to the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, where there are stunning views – and challenging hills. During the trip, they bond by chatting about the artist’s career and childhood. But is there a chance they’ve bonded a little too much when they have to tackle a gruelling five mile climb while nursing hangovers? Who Do you think you are? Tuesday, BBC1, 9pm Former shadow Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, whose latest project is a three-part docu-series about the Fab Four Ed Balls looks into his family history chancellor Ed Balls grew up in a family that wanted to make the world a better place, and sets out to find out what kind of people his ancestors were. First up, he looks into rumours of a link to Nelson’s ship HMS Victory. Initially, it looks like Ed will uncover a heroic tale, but the grim reality isn’t quite what he was hoping for. Paul o’graDy: For the love oF Dogs Wednesday, ITV, 8pm The presenter comes face to face with the long and the short and the tall this

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 WEST COUNTRY LIFE 31 Paul meets Great Dane Tammy they’re not recording, just rehearsing. What was the biggest revelation for you? They have this wonderful running battle with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the [Let It Be] director. Michael is determined to try to capture as much candid material as he can. Instead of saying, ‘Look Michael, if we’re gonna be recorded on film, tell us when you’re doing that and we’ll do our thing but we don’t want you to film or record us any other time’, they obviously didn’t say that. And what John [Lennon] and George [Harrison] used to do is, if they were in conversation, they would turn their amps up loud. They’d strum the guitar – they’d just be strumming, not playing anything, no tune – so all Michael’s microphones were recording was this loud guitar. And you’d see the Beatles talking, having some private chat. So they were sort of in this running battle. Were you able to unpick the audio? What we’ve been able to do with computer technology and artifi- week. His first canine companion is a Great Dane, a gentle giant who simply wants to be loved. That’s more than can be said for a pair of Lakeland terriers who can’t live with or without each other – they spend their whole lives bickering, and it’s up to Paul to cial intelligence-based technology is we’ve been able to strip the guitars off now and expose the private conversations that they had. So a lot of our movie features private conversations that they tried to disguise. Did you speak with Michael before entering the edit suite? I’ve been talking to [Michael] all the time and he’s been telling me stories of his post-production, of the Beatles coming to the cutting room and directing certain things. Paul [McCartney] would come in one day and say, ‘Ah, can you put this in or take that out?’ The next day John would come in and give completely different instructions. Poor Michael is there trying to make everybody happy. Michael wasn’t allowed to show George leaving. They said, ‘No, absolutely not. We’re not gonna have that in the film’. So, I was thinking, ‘How much of this am I gonna get?’ ‘cause the Beatles are famously in control of their image, in control of how they come across. Were you ever concerned about the feedback you’d receive from the surviving band members? I get the feeling there’s no concern about their image any more. When they got to see the finished thing, I was expecting notes. And it wouldn’t have surprised teach them some manners. Luxury Christmas for Less Thursday, Channel 4, 8pm Christmas was cancelled for many last year, so you may be crying out for a luxurious yuletide blowout. But with money tighter than ever and shortages predicted on the high street, it won’t be easy. Thankfully, Sabrina Grant and Sophie Morgan are on hand with tricks to get top quality goods for bargain prices. The first of two episodes includes a guide to buying real diamonds at half the price and where to get this year’s finest tasting smoked salmon and Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison during the band’s iconic gig on the rooftop of Apple Corp headquarters in Savile Row, London, on January 30, 1969 Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter Mary at a VIP screening of The Beatles: Get Back me, and it wouldn’t have made me angry. It would’ve just been normal to get a note saying, ‘Oh, that bit where I say that, could you cut that out?’ I didn’t get a single note. And I was surprised. Not one note. Not one request to do anything. What was the most interesting discovery you made? Well, I’m not a musician and I can’t play an instrument to save myself, but I was fascinated learning about the song-writing process through the Beatles’ eyes. There’s this really fascinating process with Get Back where they have ‘Jo-Jo who lives in Arizona’, but they want Jo to have a surname. They talk about Jo Jackson, Jo Martin, Jo who lives in Arizona. Then they get rid of the surname, but they add Tucson, Arizona. So they have to have the number of words, but while they’ve got a surname, they can’t have Tucson. Even me, without any musical knowledge, thinks, ‘Oh, that actually does flow a lot better’. Is Tucson in Arizona? Yeah, that’s where [the Western] High Chaparral’s shot. So every time I hear Tucson, Arizona, now, I’m gonna think of The High Chaparral, which I used to watch in 1969 as a kid. ■ All three parts of The Beatles: Get Back are on Disney+ now Christmas pudding. And finally, there’s a look at what you get with cheaper gin. the Graham NortoN show Friday, BBC1, 10.35pm The headliners are undoubtedly Tom Holland and Zendaya, who are keen to whip up interest in their new film, Spider-man: No Way Home. Then it’s Henry Cavill’s turn to wax lyrical – he’s in town to promote the second run of Netflix’s fantasy series The Witcher – while Gugu Mbutha-Raw describes her role in the forthcoming BBC drama The Girl Before. Music comes from Little Mix. TV FILMS of the week X-Men: days of fuTuRe PasT 1 Tonight, film4, 11.10pm In a dystopian 2023, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) TV Highlights Wolverine (Hugh Jackman, centre) turns back the clock with Prof X and Magneto and his kin, including Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), stand on the precipice of extinction. The Sentinel programme, conceived by Dr Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), has almost wiped out the mutant population and any human sympathisers with automatons attuned to mutant DNA. One glimmer of hope remains: if Kitty Pryde (Elliot Page) can harness their abilities and propel Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973, they might be able to stop alluring shape-shifter Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating Trask. 2 naTiviTy! Tomorrow, BBC1, 2.20pm Feelgood festive movie. Teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman, left with co-star Ashley Jensen) takes charge of the nativity play at a Coventry primary school. He bends the truth to say that a Hollywood company is coming to see the show, which assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) then tells the kids. Soon, the city is abuzz with the news. Gone BaBy Gone 3 Monday, GReaT! movies, 9pm Two private detectives (Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan, left) are hired to investigate the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl. But the duo’s efforts to locate the missing youngster lead them into a seedy underworld of drug dealers, gang culture and paedophiles, ultimately turning into a crisis both professionally and personally. 4 GifTed Tuesday, film4, 6.55pm Florida boat repairman Frank Adler (Chris Evans) home-schools his six-year-old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace, left), who inherited her passion for algebra from her late mother. Mary’s maternal grandmother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) appears and stakes a claim to the child in court. In the process, Mary makes clear her devotion to Frank. The Man Who KneW Too MuCh 5 Wednesday, film4, 4.30pm Alfred Hitchcock directs the remake of his own 1934 thriller. American couple Ben and Jo (James Stewart and Doris Day, left), are holidaying in Morocco when they witness a murder. With his dying breath, the victim tells Ben about an assassination due to take place in London. Before they can warn anyone, their son is kidnapped. 6 vivaRiuM Thursday, film4, 11.15pm In this blackly humorous thriller, Tom (Jesse Eisenberg, left) and his partner Gemma (Imogen Poots) meet a real estate agent who shepherds them into a mysterious neighbourhood. The couple tries to escape the labyrinth of identikit residences until they discover a baby and stark instructions: “Raise the child and be released.” 7 GReTa friday, BBC1, 11.55pm New York waitress Frances McCullen (Chloe Grace Moretz, left) finds a swanky handbag on a subway train which contains the ID Card of Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert). She returns the bag and the pair become friends, until Frances discovers that Greta intentionally leaves handbags on subway trains to engineer relationships with strangers...

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46 WEST COUNTRY LIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 TV Pick Britney Tuesday, BBC1, 11.35pm For many, the name “Britney” conjures up images of a multiplatinum selling pop star, red vinyl catsuits and a hard-fought conservatorship battle. For actress Charly Clive, it was the decidedly cheerful name given to her golf ball-sized brain tumour. As initial symptoms sporadically appeared during the summer of 2015, Charly – then 23 and a recent drama school graduate living in New York – dismissed months of missed periods as potential pregnancies. It was only upon her return to the UK the following Christmas that multiple tests revealed a sizable pituitary adenoma – a tumour growing on her pituitary gland which affected her emotions, hormones and vision. “The MRI had a big brain tumour in it – or rather, my brain did,” says Charly, now 28, with a laugh. Granted, this jovial reaction might not be what you’d expect from a brain tumour survivor, but then again it’s not every day that a cluster of multiplying cells forms the basis for a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show or a subsequent BBC Three comedy series. Following an operation to remove Britney from her brain, Charly underwent radiotherapy and a stint in intensive care, which saw best friend-turned-writing partner Ellen Robertson, also 28, glued to her side. It was this experience that led the duo to transform the tale into their hit 2016 Fringe show, with Charly describing the cathartic process as “putting together a puzzle”, admitting Ellen’s recollection of events surrounding the diagnoses and subsequent surgery were “a lot more accurate” than her own. “I was in sort of various stages of shock and maybe at times denial,” says Charly, who notes she “had a few memory blips” and may have “rewritten my history slightly” as a result of the trauma. “But Ellen has, I think, a more accurate go of it. In terms of writing, it was quite healing but it was also like ‘Thank God!’ because we were both able to properly tell each other how it felt and also then go ‘How should it feel going forward?’ – and that is we want to laugh. “We want to have a really good time on stage together. We want people to clap at the end and pay for it.” With the stage show now transformed into a BBC Three series starring its creators, alongside the likes of Omid Djalili, Tony Gardner and Lia Williams, Britney charts a decade of friendship – from a shared moment of transformational theatre in Year 8 drama club through to the strain the diagnosis puts on their “co-dependent” relanew BBC Three comedy Britney is a personal triumph for friends Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, as Danielle de Wolfediscovers tionship. Describing the series as a “celebration of friendship”, Charly says it would be “really counterintuitive” to depict a female relationship where “rivalrous women are pitted against each other” instead of the reality, which is their own “joyful and supportive” experience. “I think by virtue maybe of drama, a lot of the female friendships we see often have a kind of rivalry at their centre or there’s real competition for a man,” agrees Ellen. “We just really wanted to tell the truth about what our friendship is like, which, you know, has its moments and is also the most loving and central relationship in our lives.” As if to reinforce their point, conversation switches to the writers’ downtime, singling out hit US reality show The Real Housewives Of New York – a programme intrinsically built upon drama – as a go-to source of escapism for the pair. “What we realised not that long ago is that we don’t really like it when they fight,” says Charly, who goes on to describe the way in which lead characters Bethenny Frankel and Carole Ellen and Charly on the red carpet Radziwill get along for a grand total of “half an episode every season”. “It’s so stressful,” agrees Ellen with a slow exhale. Co-stars Tony Gardner and Lia Williams as Bobby and Janet “We like it when they get along – which is never.” Part-time best friend, part-time colleague, Charly says the pair are gradually “getting better” at working together. “I think the danger is always ‘Do you do anything else together or do you just become business associates?”’ says the actress. “I’ll always be one of the first people to read something Ellen’s written and vice versa. Because I can formulate my opinion properly when Ellen’s told me hers. It’s very co-dependent.” As is the case with most personal projects – let alone those involving life-threatening brain tumours – reliving memories can often lead to emotions spilling out at unexpected moments. Describing the need to “keep pausing meetings whenever one of us would cry”, Ellen says the pair became “so used to one of us getting emotional” that production discussions would often continue as though nothing unusual had happened. “It’s a cry to sort of process the thought rather than we need to stop everything and address the person in the room that’s crying,” says Charly with a nod. “People are terrified of the crying woman. It must be jarring for people that don’t do that every day.” Transferring the project from stage to screen meant “using your imagination in a really different way”, according to Charly. “When it’s just the two of you, you’ve got to create the whole world People are terrified of the crying woman. It must be jarring for people who don’t do that every day... Charly Clive Ellen Robertson and Charly Clive in their BBC comedy series Britney, which is based on the friends’ Edinburgh Fringe show Finding the humour after surviving a brain tumour in a way. We never had any budget for a set. We had one stool. You had to be really inventive because there was never an option to do anything else.” With Charly describing the “freeing” nature of a production budget which could afford multiple sets and a supporting cast, co-star Ellen says there are also pitfalls which accompanied a transition to television. “You have to compromise a lot,” says the writer. Despite the gloriously upbeat nature of the pair’s friendship, Charly admits Britney’s journey from concept to fruition was at times both “challenging” and “unbelievably stressful”. Recounting moments early on where they questioned whether the “needless” pressure was really worth it, Charly says the fear of performing the show to an audience paled in comparison to the real life challenges faced by the duo. “We can’t really get stage fright because we’ve just been through the scariest thing that you can go through,” says Charly, “so doing a stage show in many ways just felt really silly and fun.” ■■Britney will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday

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2 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS 260 homes plan for site ‘that will not be built on’ > > Mayor Marvin Rees, second right, with, from left, Tim Rippington, Kerry McCarthy and Katja Hornchen on the meadows just before the May election James Beck The Government’s housing agency has unveiled its plans to build hundreds of homes on land in Bristol that the city’s mayor said would not be built on. Homes England has begun a consultation process with local residents on building 260 homes on Brislington Meadows, wildlife-rich fields between Brislington and Broomhill in South Bristol. The land was the subject of one of mayor Marvin Rees’s biggest election campaign pledges earlier this year when he announced the land would not be built on if he was re-elected. Until that point, Homes England and Bristol City Council had worked together on a plan for 300 homes, with the council persuading the Government’s land agency to buy the land from a London property developer. But after the mayor’s announcement, Homes England said it would Everything in one place tristan cork tristan.cork@reachplc.com go away and consider the options for a scaled-back development on the site. Now it has returned with a plan for slightly fewer homes – 300 down to 260, of which 30 per cent, or 78, would be affordable council homes. Some of the land at Brislington Meadows was fenced off last week, as archaeological surveys commissioned by Homes England began. The agency has also set up an exhibition of the plans in a church nearby next month, and an online “webinar” meeting the evening before. Homes England said it had adapted its plans to try to meet the mayor’s description of the land as ecologically important. Mr Rees made the campaign pledge 20 days before the election in May, flanked by local MP Kerry McCarthy, and the two Labour councillor candidates for Brislington East, both of whom were elected. Mr Rees’s administration had persuaded Homes England to step in and use taxpayers’ money to buy Brislington Meadows for around £15 million around a year before April’s announcement. The site was allocated for housing back in 2014, and efforts since 2016 by Mr Rees’s council administration to get homes built there had been frustrated. The mayor announced the U-turn in April 2021 saying the land was too precious a site for wildlife, after the council declared an ecological emergency at the start of 2020, and announced that no homes would be built on it at all. Last month, only six months after the mayor’s announcement, Homes England said it would return with fresh plans to which the Mayor’s InYourArea is a personalised newsfeed which brings together all the latest news for your local area from news sites, blogs and social networks. You can use the website or the app on your phone to get the latest news and information for your chosen areas, including crime updates, house prices and more. It is the only service that gives you a 360 view of up-to the-minute updates on where you live and shows you the most relevant local services provided by businesses in your area. All you have to do is enter a postcode. Office responded by restating its opposition to any development. Mr Rees said he was disappointed Homes England was still intending to try to build homes there, but admitted that despite the announcement in April, he actually had no power to make such a decision, because housing development is the responsibility of the planning committee system. That admission led to one of the local Labour councillors who had stood next to the mayor in the fields in April to say he felt “let down” by him. Cllr Tim Rippington said Mr Rees was guilty of a “total abdication of duty” over the saga. It is understood that the mayor of Bristol’s announcement that no homes should be built on Brislington Meadows remains in place, and the administration will oppose any planning application brought by Homes England. Lockdown rules for poultry farms as bird flu spreads to West Poultry owners in the South West must lock up their birds from Monday as the latest cases of bird flu show the virus has spread to the region. Under new rules the Government has announced that all birds must be locked into secure compounds following bird flu outbreaks in Dorset and other areas of the country. The new measures are in addition to rules that have been in place since new cases of avian influenza were first reported in the UK earlier in the autumn. In Dorset a control zone was set up in Southbourne, Bournemouth, where a case of the HSN1 strain of avian influenza was found. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed the outbreak on November 19, and put a 3km control zone in place. Officials also carried out door-todoor inspections in the area to check for further cases. Duck owner Elsa Hatton said: “We are truly heartbroken as ducks are such happy characters and were very much a part of our family.” Cases have also been confirmed in Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, as well as areas in Lancashire, Cumbria and Derbyshire. From Monday, bird owners must undertake a number of measures including keeping free-ranging birds in fenced areas. They must also inspect outdoor areas, removing wild bird contaminants like faeces, feathers and carcasses, provide feed and water undercover and use bird scarers, foils or streamers. Poultry owners with more than 50 birds must place foot dips containing government-approved disinfectant at all entry and exit points and disinfect hard surfaces regularly. Backing for new Down’s support Bill Struggles faced by people with Down’s syndrome to access the care and services they need must end, the Government has said, as MPs backed a “worldleading” proposed law. The Down Syndrome Bill – which was brought forward by North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox – cleared its first hurdle as it received an unopposed second reading following support from across the House of Commons. It will require the Government to publish guidance on the specific needs of people with Down’s syndrome and how they should be met. Authorities providing health, care, education and housing must then act to deliver on these requirements. With legal protections in place, it is hoped the Bill will make it easier for people with Down’s syndrome and their families to secure the services they need and to challenge authorities not acting on their duties. Conservative former cabinet minister Dr Fox warned it would be a “stain on our country” to see people with Down’s syndrome whose parents have died being placed in “inappropriate institutions”. With life expectancy increasing for people with the condition, Dr Fox raised the need to guarantee the independence and dignity of people in future. Corrections and complaints If we have published anything that is factually inaccurate please contact the editor, Bill Martin, via email bill.martin@reachplc.com or write to The Editor, Western Daily Press, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY. Once verified, we will correct it as soon as possible. The Western Daily Press newspaper is published by Local World, part of Reach PLC, which is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). 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WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 3 NEWS Adele breaks sales records with album Cricketers first up to bat with virtual reality tech It sounds like the sort of hi-tech equipment that might help England’s cricketers regain the Ashes in Australia this winter. But instead of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes using virtual reality (VR) technology to boost performance, it is amateur club players in Bristol. Stapleton Cricket Club claims to be the first amateur sports team to use cutting-edge deep-learning technology from Bristol developer Virti to enhance training and improve performance. According to the 158-year-old club, it is hoping the introduction of VR training will increase players’ engagement with the sport over the winter and provide an effective means for them to “remain on their A-game”. The combination of slow-motion, drone-captured and 360-degree VR training footage – which is being offered to 210 players for free – has Hannah Baker hannah.baker@reachplc.com been filmed at the club’s Stapleton grounds and directed by the coaching team. The 30-minute videos cover skills including batting and bowling techniques, with special instructions for beginners and children. Plans are under way for the club to create extra modules over the coming months, making use of the expertise of the senior players and coaches to drive performance, too. The videos, which are then accessible via a mobile, tablet or VR/AR headset, can be accessed from anywhere using the Virti app. The platform’s in-built AI collects and analyses data on each player’s performance – from accuracy and response time to skill retention – enabling the coaching team to monitor players’ progress remotely. Stapleton CC’s first team coach Council considers making new city centre bus gate permanent A temporary bus gate introduced in Bath to promote social distancing early in the pandemic could be here to stay. Bath and North East Somerset Council has proposed to make Milsom Street’s bus gate permanent. It has launched a consultation to trial an extension of the temporary traffic restriction to see if it could work on a permanent basis. It was introduced in June last year for social distancing purposes and to enable people to enjoy the health and environmental benefits of reduced traffic on the road. Now the council is proposing a further six-month trial of a bus gate at the top of Milsom Street to test whether the restriction on general through-traffic between 10am and 6pm could work permanently. Damian Forder said: “The reaction to the VR training has been incredibly positive, with senior and junior club players showing real enthusiasm to try their hand at virtual cricket. “By giving all of our members the opportunity to train and develop their skills outside of club practice sessions, we’re making the sport more inclusive and accessible than ever. “All of the coaching and management team here at Stapleton hope that our partnership with Virti will help us to inspire a new generation to fall in love with cricket.” Virti is now planning to partner with more sports teams and athletes in the region – at both an amateur and professional level – on immersive training programmes over the next 12 months. “Virti’s mission is to improve human performance, so we’re thrilled to embark on this partnership to help train and upskill the athletes at Stapleton CC,” said Virti’s > > VR firm Virti has partnered with Stapleton Cricket Club to offer training off season Virti founder and chief executive Dr Alex Young. “Cricket is a sport which demands a high level of technical skill from all players. Repeated practice of core techniques in a VR environment has been proven to improve confidence, skill level and knowledge retention to a significantly higher degree than traditional training alone – in some cases by up to 230%.” Virti’s immersive reality training technology is also being used to train surgeons at Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, and medical students at the University of Bristol. The company, which was founded in Bristol in 2018 by local surgeon Dr Young, recently raised $10m to develop and roll out its extended reality (XR) training platform for hard and soft skills. Virti was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020 and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021. The initial consultation will run until May 26, 2022. Cllr Kevin Guy, council leader, said the authority had been gathering feedback from residents and businesses on the scheme. “As a result, several adjustments have been made as part of this trial to help people with limited mobility and to make deliveries easier including new loading bays, additional disabled bays on New Bond Street,” he said. “The trial of the bus gate will give us more time to look at the effectiveness of the scheme in greater detail before considering whether it should be made permanent.” Traders on Milsom Street have previously said that the bus gate has affected their trade and made deliveries difficult. Adele has broken records by chalking up the fastest-selling album of 2021 in the first week of its release. The album, 30, has overtaken Abba’s Voyage by racking up 261,000 sales in its first seven days, according to the Official UK Charts. It has become the 33-year-old’s fourth UK number one album, a record for a female act. All of Adele’s previous albums – 25, 21 and 19 – also featured in the chart this week. The album, which comes after her split with ex-husband Simon Konecki, is also the biggest first-week for an album since Ed Sheeran’s Divide in 2017. It is also the most-streamed album of the week, with 55.7 million plays across its 12 tracks, after fans waited six years for its release. The Brit Award and Grammy winner, pictured, spent the week in a three-way chart battle with herself before Easy On Me claimed a sixth consecutive week at number one. The song is now Adele’s longest-running number one, overtaking Someone Like You, according to the Official UK Charts. The album’s total sales were made up of 67% physical sales and is this week’s biggest seller on vinyl, with 16,700 copies sold on wax. Elsewhere on this week’s Official Albums Chart, Oasis have shot to number four with the live recording of their Knebworth 1996 gig. James Blunt’s greatest hits collection The Stars Beneath My Feet debuts at number nine. Michael Buble’s Christmas album is this week’s biggest gainer on the Official Albums Chart, rising 39 places to number 17. Storm prompts a rare red alert Motorists in areas which fall under the Met Office’s red weather warning were yesterday told they “should not travel under any circumstances”. The Met Office issued the rare warning for wind from 3pm yesterday to 2am today as Storm Arwen hit the country, with gusts forecast to be as high as 90mph and waves as high as 10 metres. Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said motorists in the area “should not travel under any circumstances”. The red warning was issued for an area stretching along the east coast from Middlesbrough to beyond Aberdeen and is the first maximum alert to be issued since Storm Dennis in February 2020.

4 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS Man appears in court over two murders A former member of the armed forces has appeared at crown court over the double murder of a husband and wife neighbour. Ex-commando Collin Reeves, 34, is charged with the killings of Jennifer, 33, and Stephen Chapple, 36. They were both found with multiple stab wounds at a property in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday night. Their two children, aged five and six years old, were asleep at the time of the incident. Reeves, of Dragon Rise, appeared at Exeter Crown Court yesterday morning via video link from HMP Exeter. The court heard that a specialist psychiatrist with knowledge of traumatic stress from military service has been approached to compile a psychiatric report ahead of future hearing. No bail application was made and he will next appear at Bristol Crown Court on December 23 for his plea and trial preparation hearing. When asked if he had heard details of the next hearing, Reeves replied: “Yes, it has been very clear, thank you.” As the judge concluded the hearing, a woman could be heard shouting “love you Collin” from the public gallery. A trial date was not fixed, but it is expected to take place in April or May next year. Before the hearing, Avon and Somerset Police warned the public not to speculate about the incident to protect Reeves’ right to a fair trial. Arrests after salon robbed Masked men robbed a hairdressers in Gloucester of hundreds of pounds at knifepoint on Thursday. Gloucestershire Constabulary is appealing for witnesses and CCTV footage following the frightening incident. It happened at a hairdressers on Alvin Street at around 4pm and saw two masked men who were armed with knives steal hundreds of pounds from the till. A Gloucestershire Police statement read: “A man who was working at the shop sustained minor injuries to his hand but did not require medical attention. “Two men, both aged in their 30s and from Gloucester, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident and remain in custody but officers still need help from the public with their investigation. “If you witnessed the incident or have CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of any suspicious activity in the area around the time please contact police.” Amazon site blocked to upset Black Friday rush Emma Flanagan emma.flanagan@reachplc.com ABlack Friday blockade outside Amazon’s Avonmouth depot by Extinction Rebellion is expected to last for 48 hours. The demonstrators intend to disrupt as many of the e-commerce company’s deliveries as possible on one of the biggest sales weekends of the year as customers take advantage of wide-ranging discounts ahead of Christmas. Protesters arrived at the Amazon distribution centre near Bristol at 4am yesterday and have “locked on” to bamboo towers and scaffolding structures, completely blocking two access roads to the site. If XR is successful in staying for the full 48 hours it means Amazon’s deliveries will be impacted across one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Similar protests are happening nationally. Amazon’s own figures from 2020 reveal that the corporation’s carbon emissions rose by 19 per cent yearon-year in spite of the global shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, Amazon’s operations emitted the equivalent of 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, compared with 51.17 million metric tons in 2019. Extinction Rebellion Rebel Elder activist, Gaie Delap, 74, from Montpelier, in Bristol, said: “International > > Protesters arrived in the early hours of yesterday morning to block entrances Paul Gillis businesses of this scale cannot be allowed to be laws unto themselves. Their leaders bear the same responsibility as national governments. This kind of superconsumption is unnecessary and destructive Gaie Delap “We all understand that this kind of super-consumption is unnecessary and destructive. “And a growing number of businesses are distancing themselves from Black Friday, a day that will contribute to a surge in vehicle and carbon emissions. “Two weeks after the end of COP26 it is truly shocking that Amazon is actively promoting Black Friday. This is a US ‘shopping holiday’ which Amazon itself introduced into the UK in 2010. “We will not achieve the radical reductions in carbon emissions that COP26 clearly showed are necessary by just continuing ‘business as usual’.” An Amazon spokesperson said: “At Amazon, we take our responsibilities very seriously. That includes our > > Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists blockading the Amazon warehouse in Avonmouth, Bristol, yesterday morning SWNS commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement – providing excellent pay and benefits in a safe and modern work environment, and supporting the tens of thousands of British small businesses who sell on our store. “We know there is always more to do, and we’ll continue to invent and invest on behalf of our employees, customers, small businesses and communities in the UK. “We’re proud to have invested £32bn in the UK since 2010, creating 10,000 new permanent jobs across the country this year alone, and generating a total UK tax contribution of £1.55bn in 2020.”

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 5 NEWS Early rush for Christmas trees ben mitchell news@westerndailypress.co.uk A rush for Christmas trees is expected at supermarkets this weekend with demand set to rise by 15% this year as shoppers get into the festive mood early. The start of the spike in people heading to the shops for their trees – dubbed Christmas Tree Saturday – is predicted despite being in November and 28 days before Christmas Day. Tesco says it is stocking up on longer-lasting, non-drop Christmas trees such as the Nordman fir to meet the demand for trees to last the extended season, which is being brought on by a response to the pandemic and Brexit shipping issues. A spokesman for the retailer said: “Over the last few years Tesco has noticed demand for Christmas trees starts earlier and earlier in the season. “And this year it is predicting sales to start this coming weekend, in November. “Not only that, based on increasing sales over the last few years, the supermarket is predicting demand to be up by around 15% on last year.” Christopher Hood, director and founder of Europe’s largest tree wholesalers Needlefresh – based in Foxhill, near Swindon, which sells more than 700,000 trees annually – said demand for real trees was increasing every year. He said: “We are going to have a really good year for real Christmas trees this year. “We see people buying trees perhaps a bit earlier than normal and by the beginning of December the thing will have got into full swing and we expect the majority of people to be out looking for their real tree for this year. We have seen a significant increase in sales, particularly of living pot-grown trees which have absolutely taken off in the past three years. “I think it’s a culmination of what’s going on with Brexit and the fact that generally people have been struggling with Covid; people want to celebrate and they want to find something to enjoy. “With there being problems with hauling goods from Asia I think there is going to be a lack of plastic trees, that’s for certain, and real trees are going to see the benefit of it. “They are hugely important for the environment. With a real tree, not only have you got something that is living... and while it’s growing it’s absorbing carbon dioxide, but if you take it home and look after it properly... you have the opportunity to grow it on after Christmas and continue to let it breathe in that carbon from the atmosphere.” Mr Hood said the demand for real trees reflected a need in people in the current climate for a traditional Christmas. He said: “Whenever you are under pressure and life’s not looking too good, Christmas is a great time to put your problems behind you and enjoy and celebrate with your family – and I’m sure that’s what it’s all about.” Mr Hood said his company is responding to the early demand for trees: “We are sending trees out earlier and we were harvesting earlier to allow for that – but don’t forget they are real trees, so they will eventually start to dry out if they are left around too long, so anyone who buys a tree early has to look after it properly. The important thing is to treat it like a cut flower which is to give it plenty of water, so even with a cut tree, when you get it home, leave it outside until you really want to use it, then put it in a water-holding stand because a tree will actually drink a pint of water a day once it’s in situ in the house.” Customer Andrew Seymour, 71, of Aldworth, Berkshire, said that each year he buys a tree early from the Wiltshire firm’s site across the Berkshire border at Yattendon. He said: “We always come in the first week of them opening and put it in the garden, and normally put it in > > Seasonal worker Max Tobin checks pallets of Christmas trees, planted in tubs and destined for Tesco supermarkets, at the Yattendon estate Ben Birchall/PA wire the house the week before Christmas.” Tesco horticulture spokeswoman Lottie Morrison said: “Over the last few years we’ve noticed bulk sales starting earlier in the festive season with a major increase in shoppers choosing longer-lasting, non-drop Christmas trees like the Nordman fir. “The trend has become so pronounced and widespread across the whole of the UK that we now refer to the event as Christmas Tree Saturday. This year we are anticipating an even earlier rush – at the end of November – on account of last year’s Christmas party celebrations being cancelled because of the pandemic.” That Black Friday feeling! Black Friday’s got the green light. 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6 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS Appeal to re-open sports centre An urgent plea has been made to secure the future of a Somerset sports centre which has been closed for 18 months due to the pandemic. Churchill Sports Centre, on a site shared by Churchill Academy and Sixth Form, has been shut since March 2020. Operator GLL used to run the building, owned by North Somerset Council, but that contract has now ended after five years. The centre has a pool, numerous indoor sports courts and a gym, as well as outdoor sports courts. Other leisure centres across the district re-opened in April with the help of funding from the council. A working group comprising volunteers, local councillors and North Somerset officers was set up to try to re-open Churchill Sports Centre but to no avail. The local population has grown recently due to housing developments in nearby villages. A survey asking residents for their views on re-opening the centre was launched by Mendip Villages Fitness group earlier this year and completed by 1,900 people. Many said they were keen to see the site and its sporting facilities re-open. Some residents say they have waited a year for their children to be able to get swimming lessons while others say the lack of local sports facilities is impacting the wellbeing of the local community. But there has been limited progress on finding a solution to re-opening the centre. Residents have now accused the council of “kicking the can down the road” and are calling for decisive action to get the centre re-opened. Resident Jill Maycock said: “Councillors need to take decisive action on this issue. Doing nothing is not an option. “We have been waiting patiently for an answer for over a year and our patience is now wearing thin.” North Somerset has six leisure centres: Hutton Moor in Westonsuper-Mare, Scotch Horn in Nailsea, Parish Wharf in Portishead, Backwell, Strode in Clevedon and Churchill. A spokesman for the council said: “The situation with Churchill Sports Centre is a complicated one and work is still under way on exploring options for its future. “Given the financial implications of any option, we are needing to consider this alongside other demands on the council’s limited budget and as part of our budget planning process for future years.” Team spend life savings to change way we farm lottie Kilraine news@westerndailypress.co.uk Four young farmers have spent their life savings on 16 acres of land to build an eco-farm that could feed more than 400 families. Middle Ground Growers have already spent £210,000 to buy grassland in Upper Weston in Bath but are now looking to raise a further £95,000 to complete their farm. Co-founder Hamish Evans said the group hopes the campaign will inspire a cultural change in farming and the UK’s relationship with food. “It’s a really beautiful, meaningful livelihood that stemmed from a kind of ecological grief,” the 23-year-old said. “Our farm is about connecting people back to the land, as part of the local food movement. “It is about creating different cultural norms through different eating habits and a lifestyle that minimises the impact on the environment.” Middle Ground Growers is made up of Hamish, Xavier Hamon, 35, Olivia Rhodes, 31, and Sammy Elmore, 28, and a host of volunteers. Money collected through their fundraiser will go towards helping the group complete their 16-acre site at Weston Spring Farm. Donors are also offered the chance to name an orchard tree for an environmentally conscious gift this Christmas. So far, more than half of the funds have been raised and Hamish said the support has been “overwhelmi n g ”. “I think people can get behind it because our farm will provide local, healthy, affordable food that is grown in a way that does not destroy things,” he said. “There is usually some resistance to major changes like this but we have not had any backlash.” The funds raised will cover the costs of tools and equipment to build a five-acre, no-dig market garden, a solar barn – equipped with a 12 kilowatt solar panel system – as well as restoring ponds and wetlands. > > Hamish Evans washing freshly picked carrots A regenerative ecological farm uses special farming and grazing practices to help restore degraded soil diversity and rebuild the natural area. The farm will produce a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, including acres of apple, pear, damson and greengage trees, and there are plans for a nuttery to grow walnuts and hazelnuts. Middle Ground Growers currently sell seasonal veg boxes from their two-acre plot in Bathampton for 70 families every week. However, they hope their new farm will enable them to expand this to more than 400 homes around > > Middle Ground Growers, from left, Hamish Evans, Xavier Hamon, Olivia Rhodes and Sammy Elmore Middle Ground Growers Somerset. The contents of each box changes according to what vegetables are in season and includes fresh eggs produced by the farm’s 48 freerange hens. The chickens, which the team refer to as the “co-stewards of the land”, benefit the farm’s ecosystem by keeping the grass down and adding manure to the composting system. Hamish admitted that changes to food production are a “complex issue”, particularly around affordability for lower-income households. He added there needs to be more education about the importance of food being grown locally but “shaming people for their diets” is not the way forward. The farm runs educational programmes and workshops to try to combat this by teaching people about seasonal food production and ecological farming. “People shouldn’t be blamed or made to feel bad because that won’t make anyone change,” he said. “The education has got to be inclusive, so we can learn together and inspire change rather than forcing it through guilt or fear. “People need to know about the realities of the situation and how crazy our global food system is. “There are solutions, we just need to get cracking with them.” To find out more about the project, visit www.crowdfunder.co. uk/ecological-farm-for-bath

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 7 Barton in court over charge of assaulting rival NEWS Vicar in court following climate activists’ protest More members of climate activists Insulate Britain are facing jail for blocking roads, the group has said. Insulate Britain said that nine people, including a Bristol vicar, will attend the High Court on December 14. They are Dr Ben Buse, 36, Ruth Jarman, 58, Biff Whipster, 54, Dr Diana Warner, 62, Paul Sheeky, 46, Richard Ramsden, 75, Stephen Gower, 54, Steven Pritchard, 58, and the Rev Sue Parfitt, 79. It comes a week after nine members of the group were jailed for between three and six months, for breaching High Court injunctions, and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs each. Dr Buse, also from Bristol, was among the previous nine to receive prison sentences. He has been named again in court documents. A further 17 climate activists face being summoned to the High Court at later dates, the group has said. The group is demanding that the Government insulate Britain’s “leaky homes” and end deaths it says are > > The Rev Sue Parfitt caused by winter fuel shortages. Over the past few months the group has disrupted traffic on the M25, as well as on other roads in London, Dover, Birmingham and Manchester. Four court injunctions against the group’s road blockades have been granted to Transport for London and National Highways. > > Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton arrives at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday Danny Lawson/PA Wire Become a host family A jury has been sworn in at the trial of Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton, who is accused of assaulting a rival manager. Barton, 39, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday for the start of his trial, which is expected to last a week. The former England international is accused of assaulting the then Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel in the tunnel at the South Yorkshire side’s Oakwell Stadium, on April 13, 2019, when he was managing the visiting side, Fleetwood Town. A jury of seven women and five men was sworn in and sent home after being told the prosecution Dave Higgens news@westerndailypress.co.uk will open its case on Monday morning. It was selected after each potential juror was asked a series of questions about football and the defendant. These included “have you heard of Joey Barton” and “do you have any opinions about Joey Barton”. Potential jurors were asked whether they were at the match, watched it on TV and whether they had read press reports of an “off-pitch incident at that game”. They were also asked whether they supported either of the teams involved and whether they followed football closely. Bespectacled Barton, who now manages Bristol Rovers, watched the jury selection process from the dock flanked by a security guard. He was wearing a dark blue suit, a lighter blue shirt with matching handkerchief and a dark tie. He denies one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, adjourned the trial until Monday and Barton was given unconditional bail. Barton is expected to be on the touchline today when Rovers face West rivals Forest Green. for an international pupil at a local boarding school ‘Brothel’ raid arrests Police have made arrests and “taken women to safety” after raiding a suspected brothel and several other properties in Swindon. The raids were carried out on Wednesday after a Wiltshire Police investigation into suspected illegal sex work in the town. A 22-year-old woman and 31-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking offences, as well as managing a brothel and money laundering. A 36-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and money laundering. Police said all three suspects were from Swindon. 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8 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS ‘Low’ abuse sentences criticised A ToP Gloucestershire police officer has told councillors that sentences for the county’s child abusers are “lower than hoped”. At a meeting of Gloucestershire County Council Children and families overview and scrutiny committee, Detective Inspector Sue Fereday, a child exploitation lead with Gloucestershire Constabulary, said the service would always challenge sentences it felt unduly lenient. “We have done that successfully on many occasions and sentences have been increased,” she said. But sentences were, she said, lower than hoped. Councillors had told the meeting that sentences for those found guilty of such crimes are not tough enough. Councillor Alastair Chambers asked if Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership could campaign for tougher mandatory minimum sentences for such crimes. He asked if anything was being done to ask the Government to increase punishment for those found guilty of child sex offences. “I believe strongly that the sentences are not relative to the crime,” he said. Children’s services director Chris Spencer said he shared the sentiment but felt the partnership had very limited influence. He said it would be best to lobby ministers through professional associations such as the Police Confederation or the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. He also said he would rather prosecute people and lose rather than not prosecute at all as it sends a message that they do not tolerate such offences. Floating scarecrows to protect seabirds > A looming-eyes buoy and, inset, a predator-shaped kite, which it is hoped will deter seabirds from gillnets Andres Kalamees a PIoNEERING project involving marine “scarecrows”, aimed at making the seas around Cornwall safer for birds that call them home, is being launched this winter by conservation charities. The project will test the use of sea scarecrows called “looming-eyes buoys” and predator-shaped kites at fisheries to prevent seabirds from diving in the vicinity of gillnets. The hope is that this will reduce the risk of birds getting tangled in nets. The project is being run by the RSPB, in partnership with Birdlife International, Cornwall IFCA, Natural England (NE), and in collaboration with Cornish gillnet fishers. Looming-eyes buoys are bobbing scarecrows, which those behind the scheme say “look like a pair of googly eyes attached to a pole that is fitted to a buoy”. Globally, seabirds are impacted by a range of threats and at sea this includes being caught in fishing nets. It is estimated that 400,000 birds are killed in gillnet fisheries globally each year, half of them in European waters. Birdlife International carried out a trial of the looming-eyes buoys in Estonia which demonstrated that this device reduced the presence of longtailed ducks, and potentially other seabirds, in a 50m radius, by about 25%. This project will focus on seabird feeding areas in Cornwall’s coastal waters, mainly in the Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay Special Protection Area. Paul St Pierre, RSPB conservation officer in Cornwall, said: “This trial is a fantastic opportunity to work together with local partners and the Cornish fishing community, to hopefully make Cornwall’s seas safer for seabirds like great northern diver, cormorant, European shag, common guillemot, razorbill, black-throated diver and Slavonian grebe.” chArlie elder charles.elder@reachplc.com Yann Rouxel, RSPB bycatch project officer, said: “The absence of technical solutions to the gillnet bycatch problem has taken a serious toll on many seabird species already struggling from pressures such as climate change and overfishing. “If the trials in Cornwall are successful, those devices could be a game changer for impacted bird species worldwide.” The project will work together with fishers and Cornwall IFCA, which will be carrying out the sea monitoring. The RSPB and partners will be working with a small group of fishers who will be using their normal fishing practices to set “paired nets” – one set with the looming-eyes buoys or predatorshaped kites attached, and one without – to test their success as seabird bycatch mitigation measures. The project is planned to run across two winters. Colin Trundle, Cornwall IFCA principal scientific officer, said: “We are delighted to support and contribute to this project as part of our commitment to effectively manage fisheries, particularly where they fall within protected areas.” The RSPB has received a £50,000 funding boost from the Defra G7 Legacy Fund. Ruth Williams, from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “The Defra G7 Legacy Fund, which is being managed by Natural England and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, will deliver a lasting legacy for nature and people as part of England’s Nature Recovery Network.” Dr Daniel Moore, marine lead adviser for Natural England, said: “The Cornwall Bycatch Project is an amazing opportunity to trial technology in Cornwall that has already shown great promise in reducing seabird bycatch.”

10 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS UK&WORLD NEWS More diverse literature needed in schools, says top minister THE Education Secretary has applauded teachers who draw on more diverse texts in English lessons. There have been calls to decolonise and diversify the curriculum in schools for some time, with hundreds of thousands of people signing petitions on the issue earlier this year – earning consideration from two Commons select committees. In April, a union conference was told the contribution of black people to British history and culture should be taught in all subjects at school. It was claimed that Government curriculum reviews had centred on the classics “over and over again above diverse voices, for example in the English curriculum”. In an interview with The House magazine, Nadhim Zahawi has now suggested he supports the introduction of more diverse texts and authors in English lessons. Asked if there are enough black and female writers on the curriculum, Mr Zahawi said: “Diversity and representation are hugely important issues, and you will never find me sitting idly We buy any house! by saying we’ve done enough. What I do strongly believe though is it’s right that the Government provides space for schools and exam boards to do this in a nuanced way that works for pupils and the specific subjects in question. “The English curriculum is a great example of how schools can tailor content to their students, as teachers have the flexibility to choose the books they want to teach – and I applaud teachers for responding with enthusiasm to the calls from their students to see a greater diversity in the authors and works discussed in class.” In June, a report commissioned by Penguin and the Runnymede Trust found fewer than 1% of candidates for GCSE English literature answered a question on a novel by an author of colour in 2019. It said the young people interviewed “disliked how many books they study are written by white, middle-aged men; the lack of different perspectives (no LGBTQ+ or nonwhite perspectives) and the lack of modern books and authors”. WE BUY HOUSES FOR CASH Four teens arrested after death of girl, 12, in Liverpool A 12-year-old girl has died following an assault in Liverpool. Merseyside Police said Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” in an assault following a verbal argument in the city centre at 8.39pm, shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on took place. Four boys – one aged 13, two aged 14 and one 15-year-old – have been arrested on suspicion of murder, the force said. When police arrived at the scene, they found Ava, who was with friends, collapsed on the ground and receiving first aid from a member of the public. Paramedics attended and she was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she died a short time later. Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ava’s family, who are being supported by specialist family liaison officers. “Their world has been torn apart and no parent should ever have to face that knock on the door from police officers to say that their child has died. “We believe that Ava and her friends had been involved in a verbal argument which culminated in >a floral tribute to ava White (inset) left near the scene of her attack in Liverpool city centre Iain Watts Ava being assaulted, causing catastrophic injuries. “And we understand that the offenders were then seen to run up School Lane across Hanover Street and on to Fleet Street. “We have arrested four males, one aged 13 years, two aged 14 years, and one aged 15 from Toxteth, on suspicion of murder and they are currently being interviewed at police stations on Merseyside. “Liverpool city centre was very busy at the time of the incident as the lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street had been officially switched on a short while earlier.” PM sparks French fury in migrant row 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 goodhousemove.co.uk BEST PRICE PAID FRANCE has reacted with fury after Boris Johnson publicly called on Paris to take back migrants who succeed in making the perilous Channel crossing to Britain. A French government spokesman accused the Prime Minister of “double-speak” as the fallout from the sinking of a migrant boat on Wednesday with the loss of 27 lives erupted into a full-scale diplomatic row. Earlier, the French Interior Ministry announced it was withdrawing an invitation to Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting in Calais on Sunday of ministers from key European countries to discuss the crisis. The French were enraged by Mr Johnson releasing a letter he sent to President Emmanuel Macron setting out his proposals to tackle the issue. They included joint UK-French patrols by border officials along French beaches to stop boats leaving, a move which Mr Johnson said could begin as early as next week but which Paris has long resisted. He also called for talks to begin on a bilateral returns agreement, Gavin Cordon Press Association saying it could have “an immediate and significant impact” on the flow of people attempting the crossing. But the proposal was dismissed by French government spokesman Gabriel Attal, who said it was “clearly not what we need to solve this problem”. He said the Prime Minister’s letter “doesn’t correspond at all” with discussions Mr Johnson and Mr Macron had when they spoke on Wednesday. “We are sick of double-speak,” he said. Mr Macron said the PM’s decision to post his letter on his Twitter feed suggested he was “not serious”. “We do not communicate from one leader to another on these issues by tweets and letters that we make public. We are not whistleblowers,” he told reporters. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted Mr Johnson’s proposals were made in “good faith”, and appealed to the French to reconsider their decision to withdraw the invitation to Ms Patel. “I think it is really important that we work hand-in-glove with the French. I don’t think there is anything inflammatory to ask for close co-operation with our nearest neighbours,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Downing Street played down the row, insisting Mr Johnson’s letter had been written in a “spirit of partnership and co-operation”. A No 10 spokesman said the proposals he put forward had all been raised before. “This is about deepening our existing co-operation and the work that is already being done between our two countries,” the spokesman said. “We want to work extremely closely with the French on this shared problem and we want to take work forward in that vein.” In a statement reported on French media, the Interior Ministry said the meeting on Sunday would go ahead with interior minister Gerald Darmanin and his counterparts from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and representatives of the European Commission. Although the meeting with Ms Patel has been cancelled, Home Office officials did travel to France for talks with French counterparts.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 11 UK&WORLD NEWS Celtic’s farewell to great ambassador – and singer Will public accept more restrictions, asks Whitty Bertie Auld was described as “one of the greatest ambassadors that Celtic Football Club could ever have wished for” as thousands of people gathered to say a final farewell. Auld’s funeral service took place at St Mary’s in Calton in the east end of Glasgow, the church whose hall held the meeting that led to the establishment of the club in 1887. Former managers Neil Lennon and Brendan Rodgers were among those who joined Auld’s family, Man in court accused of Bobbi-Anne’s murder ben mitchell news@westerndailypress.co.uk A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who disappeared in Plymouth as she made her way to meet friends. A body, believed to be that of the missing teenager, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon close to the beach at Bovisand, about seven miles from where she was last seen. Cody Ackland, wearing a grey tracksuit and a blue face mask, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was remanded into custody to appear at the city’s crown court on Monday. The defendant spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the short hearing. Chair of the magistrates Louise Ferris told him: “Mr Ackland, you are being sent for trial at the crown court sitting at Plymouth and you will appear there for a preliminary hearing and you are remanded in custody until November 29.” Ackland is the lead guitarist in Plymouth-based indie band Rakuda, including wife Liz and children Robert and Susan. Current manager Ange Postecoglou was present along with his first-team squad to pay their respects following Auld’s death at the age of 83 following a battle with dementia. Among those speaking was Auld’s fellow Lisbon Lion, Jim Craig, who recounted the story of his team-mate launching into song in the tunnel beside a bemused Inter Milan team > > A court sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Cody Ackland, centre, appearing in court who released their first EP in August this year. Devon and Cornwall Police said the family of the 18-year-old victim had been informed of the charge and were being supported by specialist officers. ahead of Celtic’s European Cup final triumph in 1967. Praising Auld’s perceptive powers, Craig said of their opponents: “I have to admit they looked great, by the way. Tanned and oiled, their cashmere strip a thing of beauty, their boots gleaming, they just looked the part. “We, on the other hand, were, to use a Scottish expression, peely-wally by comparison, our three days in the Portuguese sun giving us red Ms McLeod left her home in Leigham at about 6pm on Saturday, November 20, and was last seen waiting at a bus stop close to her house as she made her way into town. Hundreds of people gathered by the spot she was last seen to hold a blotches on our cheeks and that was about it. “It was a European Cup final, our biggest match of the season, and, like me, I suspect everyone was a bit on the apprehensive side. “I have always thought Bertie noticed this and immediately raised his voice and launched into the Celtic Song. “After a minute or two, we all joined in and it certainly helped us to cope with the big occasion.” candlelit vigil in her memory. A bank of flowers dotted with candles has been laid by local residents over the past few days. Donna McLeod, the victim’s mother, was very distressed during the vigil but was able to thank the crowd for all the love and support her family has received over the last few days. “Thank you for doing everything to try and find her and bring our baby home,” she said. The remaining Rakuda band members announced yesterday they would be disbanding “with immediate effect”. In a post on the band’s Facebook page, they wrote: “The remaining members of Rakuda ... are all extremely shocked and in complete disbelief by the tragic event that has unfolded over the last several days. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s family and friends, who must be devastated at their loss. As a mark of respect, we have decided that we shall not be going forward as a band and will be disbanding with immediate effect. We will not be making any further comments at this time.” England’s chief medical officer has said his “greatest worry” is whether the public would accept fresh restrictions in the face of a new Covid-19 variant. Professor Chris Whitty, pictured, told a panel discussion hosted by the Local Government Association that he worried whether the Government could still “take people with us”. It comes as Belgium became the first European Union country to announce a case of the variant B.1.1.529, which has been identified in other places including South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. It is not yet known if the new variant is more deadly, or even more transmissible, than previous variants. “My greatest worry at the moment is that people... if we need to do something more muscular at some point, whether it’s for the current new variant or at some later stage, can we still take people with us?” Prof Whitty said. He admitted that some of the changes the public has had to make have been “very destructive” to society and the economy. However, despite his worries, the chief medical officer struck a positive note, saying he believed the Government will be able to maintain public support for coronavirus measures. “I think the extraordinary thing has been the ability of the UK population, with very, very small exceptions, to just accept that there are things we collectively have to do to protect one another and do collectively, including things that have been very destructive to social and economic situations for individuals and families,” he said. “Obviously, we want to avoid having to do those at all if we can, and to do the minimum ones necessary, but will we be able to maintain public support? “And I think my overall view is, I think we will. “Provided you are clear with people what the logic is, provided they feel that we’re being entirely straight with them as to all the data... but I think that’s always a worry.” Prof Whitty added that the longer the pandemic goes on, the harder it is to know what the public’s response will be. “It’s easier to be confident of people’s response right at the beginning than it is after people put up with two years of their lives being interfered with.”

12 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS UK&WORLD NEWS Variant of ‘huge concern’ now in Europe Jane Kirby Press Association A worrying new variant of coronavirus has been found in Belgium as the UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there was “huge international concern” over the strain. Belgium became the first European Union country to announce a case of the variant B.1.1.529, which has been identified in other places including South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said: “We have one case of this variant that is confirmed. It’s someone who came from abroad.” Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute in Belgium, tweeted that a sample was confirmed as the variant in a traveller who returned from Egypt on November 11. The patient first showed symptoms on November 22. Earlier, Mr Javid told the Commons that experience has shown “we must move quickly and at the earliest possible moment”, adding there were concerns the variant may be more transmissible, make vaccines less effective and may affect one of the UK’s Covid treatments, Ronapreve. He told MPs it was “highly likely” the B.1.1.529 variant had already spread from Africa to other countries. The Government added South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia to the UK’s travel red list on Thursday evening. Passengers arriving in the UK from these countries from 4am on Sunday will be required to book and pay for a Government-approved hotel quarantine for 10 days. Downing Street urged anyone who has arrived from these countries recently to get tested. Mr Javid said discussions are ongoing over the prospect of adding further countries to the red list, saying: “We are keeping this under review and there’s very live discussions going on about whether we should and when we might add further countries, and we won’t hesitate to act if we need to do so.” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was “buying time” by adding countries to the list, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think all the history of coronavirus suggests that it is best to act quickly, determine the extent of the way that the virus interacts with vaccines, treatments, transmissibility and then give yourself a bit more time. “It is inevitable, of course, that it will go all around the world if it is going to do so. So this doesn’t prevent it from coming here, but it slows things up and gives us the chance to grow the cultures and test those questions about vaccines and treatments against it.” Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical > > Passengers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, where all flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are now suspended after a heavily-mutated new variant of Covid-19 – B.1.1.529 – has been detected Leon Neal adviser of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said scientists are very concerned about the new variant though no cases have been detected in the UK. She told the Today programme that the new variant had around “30 different mutations that seem relevant – that’s double what we had in Delta (variant)”. She added: “If we look at those mutations, there’s mutations that increase infectivity, mutations that evade the immune response both from vaccines and from natural immunity, mutations that cause increased transmissibility. “It’s a highly complex mutation, there are also new ones that we have never seen before.” She said the variant was the “most worrying” seen by scientists but much was still unknown. She added that one of the mutations in the variant is very similar to one in Alpha, which means it can be detected quite easily with PCR tests. South African scientists fear the variant is behind a dramatic rise in cases in some regions, including Gauteng province, which includes the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. “What we’re seeing in South Africa is that they were at a very, very low point with a very low amount of cases being detected a day,” Dr Hopkins said. “In a shorter period than two weeks, they have more than doubled their epidemiology picture, they are saying that the transmission rates, the R value that they have in Gauteng – around where this was first found – is now 2, which is really quite high. Asked if the variant may already be in the UK, she said: “Well, it’s always possible. We have no cases identified whatsoever yet, nothing in our genome sequencing... so overall, I think the situation is reassuring incountry, but of course, people are arriving every day.” Other countries including Germany, Italy, France and Japan have also restricted travel over the variant, while the European Commission has recommended EU countries introduce an “emergency brake” on travel from affected countries.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 13 NEWS Pub where stars cut their teeth wins licence battle A BRIStoL pub where Coldplay and Amy Winehouse played before they hit the big time has been granted a new licence despite neighbours’ concerns about noise and nuisance. The Louisiana in Wapping Wharf, run by the Schillace family for 34 years, can now finish repurposing its basement as an art gallery and acoustic gig room and is allowed to stay open half an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays until 1am. But councillors refused to let the pub extend its hours on Thursdays after 16 residents lodged objections, almost half of whom attended the City Hall hearing on Thursday to plead their case. Licensing consultant Pete Rosser, representing the venue, told Bristol City Council’s licensing sub-committee that the application would largely tidy up the existing premises licence which dates back to 2005 under old legislation and needed updating to meet current requirements. AdAm posTAns Local Democracy Reporter He said: “This is a modest extension of hours. There is no closing time on the current licence but we are introducing a closing time with a 30-minute drinking-up time. “These hours were considered by the police as reasonable with the conditions they suggested which we accepted, the main one being no admittance after 11.30pm. “This effectively means The Louisiana won’t attract additional customers by becoming a late-night destination, which should quell some of the residents’ concerns. “The premises have operated pretty much without incident, crime and disorder, and the potential for nuisance is actually reduced under this new licence – residents will be better protected under the conditions.” He said letters of support, plus a video message from Thangam Debbonaire MP urging the panel to approve the licence, outnumbered the objections. Mr Rosser said there was no evidence to support neighbours’ concerns that later hours would “inevitably” attract more people bringing noise, nuisance, litter, alcohol and drugs. “This is an iconic music venue, well-managed by the same family for 34 years, recovering from the ravages of Covid,” he said. “The hours applied for are not late and concessions have been made in response to the concerns of residents.” But Janet Walsh, of Bathurst Parade, said: “My concern is this is a residential area with mainly elderly people. “The soundproofing in the grade II-listed houses is not good and there is that worry about an extra hour of disturbance. “It isn’t necessarily people fighting and arguing; we can hear everything that is said just by people walking past. “It is perhaps a selfish concern that sleep is sometimes difficult when people are walking by.” Another resident, Jane Miller, said: “If this application is approved, there will be many residents who won’t be able to sleep until after 1.30am. “An extension to the opening hours will make life very difficult indeed and exhausting for neighbours, including children.” Mr Rosser said the back garden would be shut by 10pm and that the venue was happy to reduce its request to extend alcohol sales – originally until 12.30am, plus 30 minutes’ drinking-up time, from Monday to Saturday – to cover only > The Louisiana, left, where stars such as Amy Winehouse, above, performed early in their careers Thursday, Friday and Saturday, an offer the panel restricted further by excluding Thursdays. Drink sales on Sundays will end at 10.30pm, an hour earlier than now, at the premises on the corner of Bathurst Parade and Wapping Road. The new licence also includes latenight refreshment and recorded music until closing time, as well as films, but not live music because no licence is needed before 11pm. Councillors were told that Coldplay and Amy Winehouse played several times in their early days, while other acts who have had gigs there include Keane, who were signed at the venue, Muse and Mumford & Sons. It was saved from closure during lockdown after a crowdfunding campaign was launched. 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healthlottery.co.uk play in-store | app | online 14 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS Turnip finalists chosen from a bumper crop The entrants of the annual Turnip Prize are never afraid to pastiche the most pressing global issues. The contest organised by locals at a Somerset pub comes of age this year, as it is the 21st edition of the spoof of what it describes as the lesser-known Turner Prize. And entrants this year have aimed their satire at issues such as climate change, coronavirus and even Prince Andrew’s legal situation. Organisers at the New Inn at Wedmore were inundated with 96 entrants and have whittled it down to four finalists. The prize will be given out on Wednesday night at the pub in the Somerset village at 6.30pm. The hallowed turnip will be awarded to the person who has created something that they perceive to be terrible art using the least amount of effort possible. Organiser Trevor Prideaux said: “This year we have received 96 entries. We have ordered a second skip.” The finalists are “Green Energy”, “Glowball Warming”, “Panda Mick” and “Prints Andrew”. > > ‘Panda Mick’ is among the four finalists in this year’s Turnip Prize Trevor Prideaux Tory MP calls for Colston’s School to keep its name 18+ Players must be 18 or over. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes NI. The Health Lo ttery operates 5 main lo ttery draws per week (Tue-Sat) each with a jackpot of £25,000. Every £1 line for any Wednesday or Saturday main lot tery draw will also automa tically be entered into the appropriate £100,000 free prize draw which also take place on those days. All players matching 5 numbers in the free draw will win an equal share of the prize. The Health Lo ttery scheme manages 12 society lot teries that operate in rotat ion and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain. This month’s society lot tery is Health Lo ttery West Midlands. For more details on which society lot tery is running each month please visit www.healthlottery.co.uk or ask your Health Lo ttery retailer. The Health Lo ttery logo is a registered trademark of The Health Lot tery Ltd. A Conservative MP and former pupil at Colston’s School in Bristol has told parents and school leaders that the school should not be renamed – partly because Edward Colston “just bought people” rather than enslaved them himself. Sir Robert Syms, Colston’s old boy and now an MP in Poole, Dorset, said he thought the school should keep its name because we “should confront our history rather than have a nice shiny new name”. He was invited to contribute to a package of views and information about Edward Colston and the school amid consultations over whether to change its name. Sir Robert gave his views in a Zoom conversation last year, and that video was added to others from historians, politicians and other experts on the school’s website. He said it was “a pity” the police didn’t stop the crowd of people who pulled down the Colston statue last year, and compared Edward Colston to other figures from history, including David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill. Sir Robert highlighted Lloyd George’s cash for honours scandal and Churchill’s drinking, but the MP was then challenged on tristan cork tristan.cork@reachplc.com whether there was a difference between those political figures and Colston, who was a key figure in developing the industrial scale of the transatlantic slave trade. During his time running the Royal Africa Company, he transported 80,000 enslaved people across the Atlantic, of whom 20,000 people, including thousands of children, died. Sir Robert said Colston was “possibly” in a different category. “But Colston didn’t enslave people – he just bought them,” said Sir Robert. “Where did the slaves come from? One African tribe attacked another African tribe. They captured warriors from the other tribe, and then they would transport them to the coast, they would get goods which was good for them, and they get rid of the people who would potentially attack them next month by sending them over the Atlantic.” He continued: “Transporting people, by modern standards, would be a terrible thing, and lot of terrible things happened to them, but I still tend to take the view that we should confront our history rather than have a nice shiny new name on the school, so nobody ever debates it ever again.” Colston’s School is the only educational establishment in Bristol with direct links to Edward Colston – he set up the school in 1710, 11 years before his death. Two other schools named after him changed their names in recent years, both before and after the statue was toppled. The leaders of the fee-paying private school announced the consultation on their name soon after the statue of Colston was toppled in Bristol in June 2020, and later said the governors would be meeting to decide on the issue in September this year. Other contributors to the presentation on the school’s website include local MP Kerry McCarthy and two members of the We Are Bristol History Commission: Dr Madge Dresser, from the University of Bristol, whose presentation directly contradicted Sir Robert’s interpretation of history; and Professor Shawn Sobers, from the University of the West of England. Prof Sobers said he tried to point out in his presentation how a black student at a school named after a slave trader might feel, and described Sir Robert’s defence of Edward Colston, and the school continuing to keep the name, as “an affront to values of care”.

16 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS REVIEW Sheer poetry in a couple of Beckett gems REVIEW Footfalls & Rockaby Ustinov Studio Bath This anniversary double bill of Footfalls & Rockaby is a mustsee for aficionados of Samuel Beckett – dramatist, novelist, poet and, perhaps most famously, author of Waiting for Godot. Footfalls was first staged 45 years ago, Rockaby five years later, and Beckett’s exploration of time passing, old age and memory is once again transfixing audiences. The production is also a marvellous coup for Bath’s Ustinov Studio, the only venue outside of London’s Jermyn Street Theatre to which director Richard Beecham’s production has transferred. And it is a gem – at only 45 minutes long for both plays together, the production is spellbinding. You wouldn’t want more as its effect is so powerful, but you could go and see it – or perhaps hear it is a better description – the next night and the next, for it is sheer poetry. Charlotte Emmerson is extraordinarily affecting in Footfalls as the conflicted May. Clad in tattered grey, she paces nine steps forward and nine steps back along her well-trodden strip, conveying May’s anguish. She calls to her mother asking if she is awake. A disembodied voice (Sian Phillips) responds with the famous line: “There is no sleep so deep I would not hear you there.” May herself cannot sleep but paces like a restless ghost, perhaps traumatised by a dreadful incident in childhood. What this may be is referred to by both only as “It”, something too awful to be named. Part-way through May’s name is changed to Amy, but what is the significance? Is her mother real or just an inner voice? Memories prove unreliable as Amy remains in limbo between sanity and madness. There is no answer and ghost-like Amy fades away to be followed by Rockaby in a seamless transition. Simon Kenny’s minimalist design places the two sets side by side, each defined by illuminated strips. Sian Phillips – brilliantly – plays Woman, a lonely old lady in a rocking chair, her ghostly white face all that is visible in a sea of black. A voice from beyond traces and retraces the same path. It sounds like an echo of her own. Phillips is mesmerising, spooky. From her one window she looks out searching in vain for a sign of human contact among the other drawn blinds across the way. There is none and the time comes for her to follow her mother down, down into the darkness below. For all that both pieces are bleak, the poetry, the rhythm of the words and the pace of the stanzas lift the plays into a meditation that captivates. > > Sian Phillips as Woman in Rockaby Steve Gregson Perfect for a dark winter’s night, these are ghostly stories in which the characters inhabit those liminal areas betwixt and between, a space between life and death, stasis and rhythm, poetry and prose. Magnificent! A real gem of a production. ■■ Footfalls & Rockaby runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath until today. Call the Theatre Royal Bath box office on 01225 448844 or go online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk. Jackie Chappell Only £1.16 per can! Get £75 worth of beer for only £34.99 Includes: 30 Craft Beers • Magazine • • A monthly subscription of unique hand picked craft beers and lagers from exceptional small and independent breweries BLACK FRIDAY OFFER Save £10 RRP £44.99 SUBSCRIBE & SAVE TODAY AT HOPSMORE.CO.UK *£34.99 offer is only available to new customers. Hopsmore Beer Club Subscription is £44.99 per month thereafter. Please drink responsibly

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 17 Vital hedgerows ‘at risk’, warns charity NEWS Emily Beament news@westerndailypress.co.uk Thousands of miles of England’s wildlife-rich hedgerows could be under threat without urgent action to plug new gaps in farming policy, the RSPB has warned. Healthy, well-managed hedgerows provide habitat and food resources for birds, bugs and mammals and create a network of wildlife corridors through the countryside, as well as absorbing carbon to help tackle climate change. Threatened yellowhammers, bats and hedgehogs are among the wildlife that relies on hedgerows, a report from the RSPB said. The 547,000km (340,000 miles) of hedgerows criss-crossing the English countryside also deliver benefits for farmers, from providing shelter for livestock to habitat for beneficial insects that help with crop pollination and natural pest control. But as England shifts from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy to a post- Brexit system which rewards farmers and landowners for public goods such as nature-friendly land management, gaps in the level of protection will occur, the report warned. Under the EU agricultural subsidy scheme, “cross compliance” measures to ensure farmers getting payments were meeting minimum environmental standards covered an estimated 240,000 miles of hedgerows. Agri-environmental schemes have led to the restoration and creation of nearly 37,000 miles of hedgerows across England. But the link between payments and cross compliance measures will be severed in 2024 as part of the transition away from the EU regime that was mostly based on the amount of land farmed. And while hedgerow management is included in the future “Sustainable Farming Incentive” (SFI) which aims to replace the old system, it will not achieve 100% uptake, the report warned. That could leave tens of thousands of miles of hedgerows at risk, the RSPB said. They would be reliant on Hedgerow Regulations brought in in 1997 to stop the large-scale loss of hedges between the 1950s and 1990s, but those do not protect all existing hedgerows and can be difficult to enforce. The charity’s report also said the plans by the Environment Department (Defra) to pay for hedgerow protection represents poor value for taxpayers’ money. Funding under the new scheme should reward action that goes above what is expected as part of good practice, such as restoring and enhancing hedgerows, the report argues. And it says that every £1 invested in hedgerow planting – in the right place – would deliver £3.92 back in benefits to the wider economy, while a 40% increase in hedgerow coverage across the UK would help create 25,000 jobs over a 30-year period through planting and maintenance. The Government is expected to set out its plans for nature’s recovery in England in a green paper in early December, the RSPB said, and urged ministers to use it to reinforce and build on existing hedgerow protections. The RSPB’s senior policy officer, Philip Carson, said: “Hedgerows have an important role to play in addressing the nature and climate emergency, supporting a vast array of wildlife and storing significant quantities of carbon. “We must ensure these vital habitats are protected both now and in the future. If current protections are lost, it could have a devastating impact on hedgerows and for our countryside’s already beleaguered wildlife.” Urgent action is needed to ensure proper protection for farmland habitats, alongside incentives which make a genuine contribution towards restoring nature and the environment. He added: “However, paying for activities that were previously a universal requirement represents poor value for money, costing tens of millions of taxpayer pounds without delivering any additional benefits. “Funding would be far better spent on more ambitious actions such as hedgerow restoration, enhancement, and creation,” he said. > > Threatened yellowhammers are among the species that rely on England’s hedgerows, says the RSPB Ben Andrew/RSPB TUESDAY 30th NOVEMBER at 10:00am FINE ART & ANTIQUES AUCTION To Include: An important Regency convex mirror by Thos. Feltham; Pair early 19th century Swedish Empire torchères attrib. to P. Ljung; Geo.III mahogany breakfront library bookcase; a George Smith chesterfield sofa; Pair Regency library elbow chairs; two Regency bracket clocks; 120 lots of silver; also: jewellery, plated ware, ceramics - including rare Bristol porcelain from the Joseph Fry service; collection of Berlin porcelain plaques; good selection of paintings & prints; works-of-art, etc. OPEN FOR PUBLIC VIEWING: SATURDAY 27th NOVEMBER 9am-12pm MONDAY 29th NOVEMBER 9am-5pm AUCTION SALE ONLINE ONLY Contact Location Follow Aldridges of Bath 01225 462 830 Phoenix House, Lower Bristol Rd www.aldridgesofbath.com Bath BA2 9ES

18 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS NEWS The aim is to use eggs collected from our females, fertilise them in vitro, and then implant them into surrogate female southern white rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya Longleat’s lead rhino keeper Leah Russell > > The trio of female southern white rhinos at Longleat. Top left, the rhino egg retrieval procedure Longleat Longleat’s rhinos helping species avoid extinction Daniel Jae Webb news@westerndailypress.co.uk A Wiltshire safari park has donated eggs from three of its white rhinos as part of a ground-breaking IVF experiment to try to save the endangered species. There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world, and a trio of female southern white rhinos at the Longleat Safari Park are providing a ray of hope in avoiding extinction. The two surviving northern white rhinos Fatu and Najin, both females, live under 24-hour armed guard on the 90,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy, near Mount Kenya. A team of international scientists is now attempting to save the sub-species from disappearing forever by using assisted reproductive technologies and stemcell associated techniques. Eggs collected from Razina, Ebun and Murashi at Longleat will be used as part of the groundbreaking scientific work to create viable northern white rhino offspring. Initially, it is hoped embryos created from their eggs will be implanted into surrogate southern white rhino mothers in the first stage of a plan which aims to effectively resurrect the northern white rhinos’ dying bloodline. Longleat is the first UK-based > > Murashi undergoing the egg retrieval procedure zoological collection to be involved in this ground-breaking project, with a number of other zoos in mainland Europe also participating. “The aim is to use eggs collected from our females, fertilise them in vitro, and then implant them into surrogate female southern white rhinos at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya,” said Longleat’s lead rhino keeper Leah Russell. “If this proves successful, they will then attempt implanting 12 pure northern rhino embryos, which have been fertilised with frozen sperm from deceased males, into southern surrogates.” The BioRescue research consortium is being led by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt, who is head of the Department of Reproduction Management at Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and Professor of Wildlife Reproduction Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin. “BioRescue is such a challenging and complex conservation science project. Therefore, it is really important that we are joined by competent international partners such as Longleat to master this ambitious mission,” said Professor Thomas Hildebrandt. Once the eggs are extracted, Professor Hildebrandt and his team will have a race against time to get them back to the Avantea laboratory in Italy where they will be fertilised using sperm from a male white rhino, prior to being flown to Africa for the implantation procedures. The northern white rhino is a sub species of white rhino, which used to range over parts of Uganda, Chad, Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Years of widespread poaching and civil war in their home range have devastated northern white rhino populations, and they are now considered to be extinct in the wild. Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhinoceros, died of an age-related illness at Ol Pejeta on the 19th of March, 2018. If the treatment proves successful it is hoped it could also be used, alongside conservation programmes, to help boost numbers of other highly endangered species.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 19 Cyclist hit by drink-driver completes charity ride NEWS Trio of West drug dealers jailed Members of a West drugs gang have been jailed after police found packaging for £1.1 million worth of cocaine inside a Jaguar. Police also found an imitation firearm, a truncheon and three knives while searching Aaron Jefferies’ vehicle. During a four-week trial, Bristol Crown Court was told that Jefferies, 31, of Allington Drive, Barrs Court in Bristol, led the criminal operation. He was sentenced alongside Aaron Rafique, 30, of Milner Gardens, Bishopston, and Robbie Shore, 25, of Williams Close, Melksham, who were also found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine. Connor Forrester, 25, of Meadow Road, Melksham, pleaded guilty to the same offence. Both Jefferies and middle man Rafique were arrested at their homes on November 14, 2019. Officers found packaging from at least 38 separate 1kg blocks of cocaine, worth £1.1m, inside Jefferies’ car. Also in the car was a plastic bag containing 188g of cocaine, worth £14,000, a green rucksack with a further 9.5g of cocaine inside, and eight sandwich bags each containing 1oz of cannabis. Jefferies was sentenced this week to nine-and-a-half years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply cocaine. He was handed a further 18-month sentence for conspiracy to produce cannabis. Rafique was sentenced to five years and five months, Shore to six-and-a-half years, while Forrester received a suspended two-year sentence and 300 hours of community service. A cyclist hit by a drunk hitand-run driver in the West while cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End has completed the journey two years later – after relearning how to walk. Jean-Pierre “JP” de Villiers, 39, was left with two shattered legs, a fractured arm, punctured lung, bowel and heart trauma. He was 880 miles into the 1,000-mile challenge when he was mowed down by a disqualified driver in a stolen car outside Combe Martin, North Devon, on May 22, 2019. Hit with such force, JP was found by locals at a nearby holiday camp wedged between a tree and a barrier at the side of the road with his bike shattered. Screaming in pain, JP was airlifted to hospital and put on a life-support machine for 15 days. The motivational speaker from Northamptonshire had metal plates fitted into his legs and right arm, and a rod attached to his right hip down to his knee. Miraculously he defied doctors by learning to walk again just under a month after the accident with the help of physiotherapists. Last month JP, originally from South Africa, returned to the crash site and finally finished the cycle challenge. JP said: “For me, this was a lifeolive loveridge-greene news@westerndailypress.co.uk > > Jean-Pierre ‘JP’ de Villiers at Land’s End, some two and a half years after he was badly injured by a drink-driver changing experience but I am grateful to be alive. “It just doesn’t seem real that it happened. “Because of my job as a mindset coach I never thought ‘Why me?’ and feel sorry for myself. “It is what it is and I used it as fuel to practise gratitude and drive me to the goal. “Of course it wasn’t plain sailing. I suffer from PTSD from the accident and I felt like I lost who I was. “But I was determined to finish it. As soon as I woke up from intensive care I knew I was going to finish it. “Because of the pandemic I had to push it back so I’ve been itching to go out and do it.” Stephen Evans, 70, was four times over the drink-drive limit when he hit JP. Evans, from Ilfracombe, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving while disqualified and uninsured, and failing to stop. Mr Jason Beal, defending, said Evans was suffering from alcohol addiction at the time and had expressed true remorse. He was given a 24-month sentence last year and a ten-year driving ban. BLACKFRIDAYSALE toshoplocal&save UPTO 80% OFF FASHION UPTO 70% OFF TOYS& GAMING UPTO 60% OFF HOMEWARE GetanEXTRA10% OFFsaleitems! Usecode:LOCAL10 Shopthehighstreetonlineat: downyourhighstreet.co.uk/local


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22 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS BUSINESS Black Friday spending set to hit £8.7bn Shoppers were expected to spend almost £9 billion yesterday on what could be the biggest Black Friday yet, according to analysts. Retail experts have predicted that spending will rise beyond pre-pandemic levels as shoppers seek to spend more on loved ones following disrupted Christmas celebrations last year. It also comes amid increased pressure on the retail sector amid supply chain disruption, soaring shipping costs and labour pressures. Analysts at PwC forecast that around £8.7 billion would be spent, up from £7.8 billion in 2019. This would also be almost twice the total spent last year, when the shopping day was entirely online due to lockdown restrictions across the UK. Analysts were therefore predicting that shoppers would be keen to 85 Percentage of independent retailers who said they would not be taking part in Black Friday spend extra in a bid to make up for last year and have bumper Christmas celebrations with their families. However, there were indications there would be fewer deals on display this year, with some big brands choosing not to participate. Around 85% of independent retailers said they would not take part in the shopping event, according to figures from earlier this week. The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) said its latest survey of members showed the majority would not be slashing their prices. Retailers said they were keen to support their profit margins, as they recover from the heavy toll of the pandemic and enforced closures, as well as current inflationary pressures. PwC experts also predicted that men would spend significantly more on Black Friday, splashing out £338 each compared with an average of £210 for women. > > Last month was the weakest October for car production in the UK since 1956 Owen Humphreys Car production falls 41% amid ‘worrying’ decline alan jones business@westerndailypress.co.uk Another fall in the number of cars built in the UK has been described by the industry as “extremely worrying”. Production fell 41% in October compared to the same month a year ago, with 64,729 cars leaving factories. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said it was the fourth straight month of decline and the weakest October since 1956 as firms grappled with the global shortage of semiconductors which led to production stoppages. Production of the latest battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HEV) vehicles accounted for 30% of all cars made in October. BEV manufacturing increased by 17.5% to 8,454 units, meaning that so far this year, UK car makers have produced more than 50,000 zero-emission vehicles, exceeding the total built in the whole of the pre-pandemic 2019. Production for domestic and overseas markets fell by 37% and 42% respectively. More than four out of five cars built in the UK were shipped abroad, with most of these (60%) going to the EU. Shipments to the EU fell by almost a third last month, whilst those to Japan were down 57% and by 67% to the US. The SMMT said the latest outlook forecasts UK car and light commercial vehicle production to be below one million for the second consecutive year, but to then recover to more than one million in 2022, with the potential to reach 1.2 million in 2024. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “These figures are extremely worrying and show how badly the global semiconductor shortage is hitting UK car manufacturers and their suppliers. “Britain’s automotive sector is resilient but with Covid resurgent across some of our largest markets and global supply chains stretched and even breaking, the immediate challenges in keeping the industry operational are immense. “Government can help the industry with measures to boost competitiveness in line with global rivals, notably in tackling high energy costs, supporting employment and training, and helping businesses whose cashflow is under pressure from these historically poor production numbers.” Richard Peberdy, UK head of automotive at KPMG, said: “Supply chain issues, particularly due to semiconductor shortages, continue to limit production. 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24 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS WDP Having the Covid jab is so important Whilst I can understand your correspondent D Goodenough’s opinions, can I please encourage everyone to at least have some sort of vaccination to protect themselves from Covid. My husband ignored the offer of the vaccination even though the rest of our family had it, and had the jab plus the booster. He is now in Southmead Hospital in an induced coma after contracting Covid two weeks ago and has had to undergo an emergency brain operation to stop the bleeding in his brain and lungs. Thanks to the brilliant skills of the doctors and staff at Southmead, even though he is still in an induced coma he will have a chance to live. So I say – get the vaccine done, if only to reduce the seriousness of contracting the illness. May I take this opportunity to thank all the staff and surgeons at Southmead for their care and dedication in trying to keep my husband alive. Mrs A Essex Bristol Yet another beauty spot to be spoiled I was upset to see another beauty spot is to be spoiled as Voltalia UK Ltd has received approval for the construction of a large solar farm on Blackmore Vale. I fully understand how upset the locals are at the prospect of desecration of their/our countryside. Is it not possible that industrial buildings/areas could step up to the plate and be used to help eliminate the despoliation of ‘green’ areas such as this? Perhaps incentives could be included whereby the industry itself benefits from the addition of solar panels to their buildings. It is time that it was a requirement that all new builds were fitted with solar panels. I realize this would increase the cost of the build, but surely this should also drive down the price of solar panels and in time make it a mute point? There has to be alternatives to this blight with ‘glaring’ solar panels stretched as far as the eye can see, spoiling everyone’s outlook as we traverse our glorious countryside. Come on industrial, put on your thinking caps and be part of solving this problem. Jennifer Lang Cinderford, Forest of Dean Taliban are distorting the honour of Islam Followers of the Taliban believe Sharia Law is more virtuous than our laws, because it is so extreme in matters such as chopping off the hands of thieves, so our wellintended advice about educating girls goes unheeded. They are foolish enough to deny themselves a fierce pride in the accomplishments of their own wonderful daughters, whom Allah has entrusted to their care. Taliban supporters are robbing themselves, by distorting the honour of Islam, to damaging extremes. Muslim States of the Middle East Letters powered by > > Second World War veteran Thomas Prisk, 96, still enjoys a workout at his local gym in Cornwall Greg Martin What do you think? coax all Afghanis to recognise that Allah, the All-Merciful, urges all men to honour their mothers above all people, and so, by extension, all females, of all ages, over the passage of time. The Taliban has no right to diminish the highest teachings of Islam, which they claim to follow, that family love inspires us in two directions, past and future, much more than demanding a stupid and ignorant obedience to a fading generation of doubtful wisdom or virtue. The many female doctors of Egypt are a credit to their parents. I have a female friend, W, married to J, with three adult children, and one son, C, had complete kidney failure, and so would have died, had not W, his mother, given him life for the second time, by donating one of her own kidneys. The Taliban should learn to know Allah more closely, from the nature of the world which He has created. No human should be honoured above the response and courage of my friend, regardless of sex, mother or father, to give in sacrifice, to serve Allah in mercy, in serving another human. That is Islam. No warrior has greater courage; no mullah greater wisdom. CN Westerman Brynna, South Wales EU’s ‘open borders’ policy led to tragedy French Prime Minster Jean Castex referred to the drowning, two days ago, of 27 people as they attempted to reach the UK, as a tragedy. Unfortunately, due to restrictions on non-essential travel and an emphasis on staff working from home, the office is closed and we are currently unable to receive letters by post. Please use the email address letters@westerndailypress.co.uk Should councils give greater priority to keeping leisure centres? Join the debate by emailing letters@westerndailypress.co.uk and including your name and address It most certainly was, but sadly, we will continue to see similar tragedies until the French step up to the mark and take effective proactive measures to put an end to the decades-long stream of people desperate to risk their lives as they attempt to reach the UK. One has to wonder quite what the French have done, and will do, with the millions that we have already paid and the additional £55 million we have just agreed to hand over – especially when we see pictures of French police standing by and doing absolutely nothing as they watch migrants launch their boats from French beaches, which amounts to tacit collaboration with the migrants, and the people-traffickers who seemingly operate with impunity on the other side of La Manche. The French are quick to the lay the blame for this crisis on the UK, completely ignoring the fact that the ever-increasing build-up of illegal migrants at Calais is a direct result of the EU’s ‘open borders’ policy, which allows desperate people to make their way from one end of mainland Europe to another, totally unchecked. I have absolutely no problem with this country welcoming and providing a refuge for genuine asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution; indeed we have a moral obligation to do so. Those involved in peopletrafficking (the death penalty no longer being an option) should face mandatory whole-life sentences – with no appeal or possibility of parole. Robert Readman Bournemouth Blaming China for C02 is unhelpful Complaining about the CO2 emissions of other countries such as China is not useful. Our house is on fire and every human should do what they can to help put that fire out. What each person is able to do will be different, but arguing about who put the most fuel on the fire will not help extinguish it. However, seeing as we are here, the facts are these: scientists calculate that since 1751, China has contributed 220 billion tonnes of C02 to the atmosphere. That’s 157 tonnes of carbon dioxide for each of their 1.4 billion people. For the UK, this figure is seven times as much: 1,152 tonnes per person. And we currently outsource much of our manufacturing to China, so complaining about China’s CO2 emissions is like complaining that your taxi driver owns a car. Talking of cars, in the UK, the latest government figures show that cars and taxis alone produce 15% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We need to reduce this. Not everyone owns a car and yet our leaders spend billions enabling car owners to safely drive their cars on the roads. Not everyone owns a bike either, but please, please, please political leaders would you invest just a tiny proportion of that amount to build equivalent infrastructure to enable people with bikes to cycle safely to the places they need to get to so they don’t have to use CO2 emitting cars? Not every journey can be done by bike, especially in our large rural counties. Please, please political leaders would you also divert some of that car enabling money towards clean, affordable public transport. It is desperately needed right now. Fiona Willmott Exeter Leisure centres are vital for communities The story of Thomas Prisk still pumping iron at 96 is an example of an older person reaping the benefit of a fitness regime based at a local leisure centre. Now that Cornwall Council is debating whether to close other council-owned centres, we should remember that about 20 years ago Kerrier District Council, which owned Carn Brea Leisure Centre, decided to close it for being too costly. There was a wave of local disappointment at that decision, but a tremendous effort on the part of a particular staff member supported by the public, the local MP (Candy Atherton) and thoughtful parish councillors, eventually devised a plan to set up a charitable trust and convince Kerrier they could enable the centre to continue. So, for 20 years Mr Prisk in the gym, others in the 25-yard pool, toddlers in the beginners’ pool, children bussed in from local schools and even the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have enjoyed the facilities. I hope the public served by Carn Brea Leisure Centre will acknowledge the heroic effort made by staff over the years, and that our local councillors will show their commitment to local communities by persuading Cornwall Council to find some financial support for this valuable facility. Peter Malindine Illogan, Cornwall Our democracy is being eroded I can’t believe many of us will have remained unconcerned about the MP sleaze scandals of recent weeks, and I believe there will be many like me who don’t believe these issues exist in a bubble. When politicians openly and knowingly fail their constituents, this is a symptom of something far more rotten at the heart of our political system. As Best for Britain’s work on the Government’s anti-democratic agenda shows, several bills are passing through parliament at the moment which severely threaten to undermine our democracy. The Elections Bill will remove the independence of the Electoral Commission and undermine its ability to monitor elections. Other bills, such as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Judicial Review and Courts Bill all take power out of the hands of ordinary people and our democratic institutions and concentrate it in the hands of the Government. That this Government seems so happy to take liberties with public trust is a worrying sign that it is already preparing for a future where it cannot be held accountable. We all need to speak up about this to stop our democracy being badly eroded in this way, and before it is too late. Francis Kirkham Nymet Rowland, Mid Devon

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 25 WMN WDP Martin Hesp on Saturday Read Martin’s column every week in the Western Daily Press Not-so-shaggy dog story is a lesson in life Here’s a thing I never knew until I owned a canine… It’s that dogs know if you are laughing at them, and they do not like it. How can that be? How can an animal know about the concept of laughter and feel bad and hurt and victimised when it’s pointed in their direction? I have no idea. Nor can I fathom how, after ignoring all other human emotions, they seem to feel some degree of embarrassment caused by being the butt of a joke. But they do. I had proof of it this week when I returned from an outing the day Finn was treated to a haircut. I was greeted by a creature I did not know. My initial reaction was that my wife had swapped Finn for some other dog who was most definitely not a shaggy-haired lurcher. Then I realised it was Finn, but that it was an extremely forlorn looking version of the dog I’d last seen in the morning. Forlorn doesn’t do justice to his air of absolute chagrin – which is also the wrong word because there was no hint of grin about the expression clouding his now much-diminished and pointed badger-face. He looked like a deeply depressed Herdwick sheep. And I laughed. I couldn’t stop. I laughed and laughed. Tumbling into the cottage to collapse on a sofa, I wept with laughter until the old lungs and cheek muscles could laugh no more. A thoughtless but, in my defence, uncontrollable act that seemed to hurt Finn very much. My wife was angry. So angry that, three days later, she has yet to forgive me. “How could you!” she stormed. “You have trampled over his feelings with your cruel and nasty sense of humour!” It was when I said I wouldn’t be seen dead with him in public for a month (until the hair grew back) that really got her going. Or when I spluttered: “Talk about Phantom of the Opera, meet the Phantom of the Wolf Pack!” With his newly silver-white head and deep black eyes, he really does have something of the shadow-world about him. Either that, or he is auditioning for a doggy version of Zorro. I’m not sure Finn has forgiven me either, although I have been cuddling and making a fuss of him for days. And, I admit, he’s much softer, less spiky and more cuddle-able than he was before. Indeed, that is why he was given the haircut. Because shaggy-haired lurchers pick up endless burrs, seeds, pine-needles and goodness-knows-what in their coats, so that eventually they look like one of those dreadlocked people you see digging tunnels under proposed road widening schemes or future HS2 lines. Not that I’ve got anything against people who want to save our countryside, dreadlocked or otherwise. Indeed, it brings me to the theme of this column – which is about how opinions seem to be getting more polarised and angry. I guess my wife had every right to ‘It seems we are entering an era where people disagree more angrily and violently than ever’ be angry, even if my laughter was involuntary – but our little tiff this week pales to utter insignificance when it comes to the differing of opinions of others. By which I mean, just about everyone. You’d have thought, as time goes by, the human race would knock off the sharper edges of its more outlandish ways, so that very gradually we’d agree with one another more and more. When you’re a teenager you do all sorts of crazy things, but by the time you reach middle-age most of us will have toned down our more outrageous traits and behaviour. It doesn’t seem too much of a leap of faith to believe that if this is the norm for individuals, it could be the same for society as a whole. But no. It seems we are entering a new era in which people disagree more angrily and violently than ever before. I’ve just heard BBC North America correspondent Jon Sopel say it was the first time he’d witnessed the phenomenon that many US families were not spending Thanksgiving together this year – because of big rifts caused by the divisive ex-president. In reporting how he’d never seen America so divided, Sopel added that restaurant owners in some Southern States were throwing out customers who dared to enter their premises wearing Covid face-masks. Can you imagine? A major reason you wear a mask is to help protect others. The idea that this is somehow a repugnant thing to do defies logic or understanding. Even if you buyinto the not very accurate idea that America is the Land of the Free, then banning face-masks is wrong-footed because the libertarian stance should mean a person can do what they like. Their mantra should say: “You wanna wear one, so wear one – I don’t like it, so I won’t…” Maybe it’s a social media thing – this notion that weird, illogical opinions inspired by fake news are suddenly mainstream. I’ve always been a bit of an oddball myself. After all, I am the man who laughs at his dog. But a lot of the stuff people are preaching nowadays is so bonkers it frightens me – as much as Finn would scare you if you stumbled across him in the dark. The pain has only just begun for Bobbi-Anne’s family I was walking through the city at night. The streets were dark and the first real cold of winter had taken hold. It was quiet, the only sounds my footsteps, the occasional drone of traffic, and the gentle laughter of small groups of students who were out and about – probably on the hunt for food. It was Tuesday, and I had just left the conviviality and warmth of a theatre event to catch a train to the north. The roads and back lanes I walked on seemed deserted, almost desolate. It was like they knew. As I arrived at the station I paused to look at advertising hoardings I hadn’t seen before. They featured young smiling faces alongside career paths they were hoping to follow after study at university. Physiotherapy, mental BILL MARTIN health, adult nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy, optometry. The faces were happy, diverse, and uniformly full of hope. Suddenly, not far way, the great roar of a crowd pierced the silence. I had forgotten there was football on that night. And then the phone in my pocket buzzed twice. Two messages. The missing was no longer missing. They had found a body. I was consumed by a feeling of profound despair. I was standing in the middle of the city that has been my home for more than 20 years, my face lit by the blue light of a mobile phone, facing giant billboards celebrating the hope and ambition of youth, and listening to a crowd of 10,000 cheer on their football team. In that same moment a young woman – still a girl really – was lost. It was news that will shatter families and communities. It was the news that every parent considers their worst nightmare. News that strikes fear into women, and news that casts another dark shroud over a city still reeling from a mass shooting a few months ago. Our news teams had been expecting it. As the search for Bobbi-Anne McLeod went into its third day, it became clear that her story was going to end in tragedy. News journalists are trained to be dispassionate, objective and to not get too involved in a story. Sometimes this is easier than others. Over the years I have been involved in the coverage of many tragedies, some involving multiple deaths, and I have always found it hard not to be affected. Sometimes it is the horror, sometimes just the sadness, sometimes the sheer pointlessness. It is impossible not to have empathy with the families involved, and to feel the pain they suffer. The advent of social media has made this harder still. Right from the start we can see the anxiety of family members appealing for the missing to come home. Hours pass, new voices join the call, communities share the messages, new groups are set up. Very quickly all of us know an awful lot about the missing, about their home and their loved ones. As the days pass, we can all feel their anguish and share their pain as the story progresses to its agonising end. For the second time in less than six months, my home town is in shock. Plymouth is a city that already carries the scars of conflict, but is now having to bear the unbearable. The vigils for Bobbi-Anne demonstrated a depth of community support that will provide some comfort for that poor girl’s heartbroken family. Long may that support continue. Family and friends will need it after this nightmare became reality.

26 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS THE LONG READ Why future of zoo site has divided establishment into two camps Bristol’s political, business and academic establishment is splitting into two camps over the future of the Bristol Zoo site. Tristan Cork looks at who is backing which proposal – and who is likely to end up on the winning side Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby has joined the campaign for Bristol Zoo to be turned into an “augmented reality zoo” after the real animals are moved out late next year. The historian, writer and broadcaster, who lives in Bristol, is the latest big name to back the Our World project, which is calling for an alternative to the zoo’s own proposals. He described Our World as an “exciting, magical prospect” and said Bristol should get behind the plan. The intervention comes just two days after a group of five present and former tourism and business bosses in Bristol backed the zoo’s proposal, and said the alternative Our World project was “unviable”. That led to something of a war of words, with former mayor of Bristol George Ferguson describing the five as “the same Bristol tourism mafia” who backed moving the arena out of the city. There now appears to be a definite split among the city’s business, political, academic and creative elites, with the Our World project backed by a host of big names from Bristol’s creative and academic circles, while the zoo’s project is backed by a different side of the city’s establishment, including business and tourism chiefs and the Labour council leaders. Mr Dimbleby said the Our World project was ambitious, but should be pursued. “The OurWorld Bristol project can build on Bristol’s proud tradition of inventiveness and innovation which continue to push engineering and cultural boundaries,” he said. “There is an originality and creativity that make OurWorld Bristol such an exciting, magical prospect and a brilliant asset for people across the communities of Bristol. “It will rightly celebrate the zoo’s past but what matters most is that it has the potential to inspire future generations to take an active interest in the natural world at a time when we need urgently to sustain the planet’s biodiversity and avoid the catastrophe of climate change,” he added. “This is a really ambitious project but the way it has inspired partnerships between leading lights from the arts, academia and technology bodes well for its prospects of success. “The site is one of the jewels in the Bristol crown and I welcome the intention to preserve its listed buildings but also to create more entrances so that people from all walks of life are able to enjoy the gardens. “Turning the vision into a reality by transforming the zoo will be quite a challenge but I sense that there is a determination to make OurWorld Bristol happen and that will capture the imagination of people across Bristol and cement the city’s status as a place where amazing things happen,” he added. Bristol Zoo’s proposal Bristol Zoological Society announced it will be moving the zoo to its Wild Place venue at the end of next year. Wild Place is a much larger site in between the village of Easter Compton and junction 17 of the M5 at Cribbs Causeway. The zoo’s Clifton site, where it began back in 1836, has long been constrained, both in terms of the space for larger wild animals and issues around getting visitors to the site and parking. Bristol City Council and the Society of Merchant Venturers lost a court case over the legality of allowing hundreds of zoo visitors to park nearby on the Downs, putting further pressure on the zoo’s Clifton site. This month, the zoo announced that after it leaves in late 2022, the plan is for 235 new flats to be built on part of the site, the zoo’s current main building to become a commu- There is an originality and creativity that make OurWorld Bristol such an exciting, magical prospect and a brilliant asset for people across Bristol jonathan dimbleby nity hub and for the gardens to become a public park. The plan for housing has been met by objections from local residents, and the loss of the zoo site as a visitor attraction is being directly challenged by the Our World project. The Our World plans The OurWorldBristol campaign says it sets out an alternative for the future of the world-famous Bristol Zoo Gardens which opened as the world’s first provincial zoo. The plan is to combine Bristol’s world-leading wildlife film-making industry with the city’s hi-tech IT and creative sectors and create a virtual attraction that visitors would go to for immersive wildlife experiences - described as an ‘augmented reality z o o’. Who backs Bristol Zoo? Earlier this week, an open letter signed by former and current tourism and business leaders supported the Bristol Zoo plan for homes and a park on what would be its former site at the end of 2022. The letter was signed by John Savage, the executive chair of Visit West, the official “Destination Management Organisation for the West of England”. Mr Savage was the former Merchant Venturer who led the redevelopment of the Canons Marsh area of Bristol in the 1990s, and was appointed by Mayor Marvin Rees to lead the group working on plans to transform the Cumberland Basin into the Western Harbour development project. The other signatories are: John Hirst, the recently retired former chief executive of Destination Bristol, Bristol’s own tourism board; Matthew Tanner, the present chief executive of the ss Great Britain, who is also a member of the Western Harbour group; Andrew Billingham, the chief executive of YTL Arena; and Kathryn Davis, Visit West’s director of tourism. Bristol’s Labour administration also back the zoo’s plan. In a recent thread on Twitter, the Bristol Labour Party Twitter account welcomed the plan for affordable housing and for > > Top, an image of the Our World proposal which is being backed by Jonathan Dimbleby, above; right, how Bristol Zoo sees the future of the site, a scheme which is backed by John Savage, below

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 27 THE LONG READ what would be a new public park. Bristol Zoo’s bosses said they “welcomed and appreciated” the vote of confidence in its plans. “The letter of support for Bristol Zoological Society’s plans to redevelop its Clifton site and invest in the new Bristol Zoo at Wild Place Project, is hugely welcomed and appreciated,” said Francesca Fryer, the Bristol Zoological Society’s director of transformation. “Our tourism leaders – from Visit West, Destination Bristol, YTL Arena and the ss Great Britain – know the sector and the challenges it faces following the global pandemic. “They also understand the financial and operational challenges that the Clifton site has faced for many years,” she added. Who backs the Our World counterproposal? While the likes of Visit West and the ss Great Britain’s boss back the zoo, other big Bristol institutions are backing Our World instead. It is supported by We The Curious, the Cabot Learning Foundation and, further afield, by the Eden Project. The project was founded by film director Stephen Daldry and Stuart Wood, the executive director of creative education company boomsatsuma. While the zoo’s plan had only four current leading Bristol figures – and it is understood others were approached but declined to sign the letter of support – the Our World proposal claims “more than 20 highprofile supporters” for its alternative, to which Jonathan Dimbleby has just added his name. They include Prof David Bull, from the University of Bristol, Peter Lord, the co-founder of Aardman, Tom Morris, the artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, Prof Alice Roberts, the historian, author and TV presenter, and prominent Bristol lawyer Marti Burgess, who was the first black Bristolian to be a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers. One of the figureheads of the Our World proposal is former mayor of Bristol George Ferguson who, like John Savage, is also a former Merchant Venturer. Earlier this week, he hit back at the criticism of the project being unviable which was levelled by the five signatories of the letter, describing them as “the same Bristol tourism mafia” who backed moving the planned arena from Temple Meads to Filton. Who is going to win? While the rest of Bristol watches on, the two sides of Bristol’s establishment will thrash out the future of the Clifton site, but the odds are very much in Bristol Zoo’s favour. It owns or has control of its current site, and needs the money generated from selling some of it to developers to fund the move and expansion of the Wild Place site. The only big hurdle it has to overcome is to get its plans for the future of the Clifton site through the council’s planning committee. The Our World project is in something of a race against time. The zoo has indicated it will be moving out next year, and its planning application will need to be approved before then. So not only will the Our World backers have to persuade the council to turn down the zoo’s plan, it will also have to then persuade the zoo to join its project, raise the millions needed to do it, and then actually create it.

28 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS COUNTRYSIDE Cuddly wildlife or dangerous rodents? Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger warns Defra Secretary George Eustice a suggestion that we stop classing mice as vermin could be the thin end of the wedge Dear George, As you may guess I have precious little time for the babbling that passes for informed reporting on Countryfile. Indeed I would go along with the comment that one TV series put together by Jeremy Clarkson has done more to educate the public about the realities of the farming way of life than Countryfile has managed in 30 years. Though of course I would find it hard to make such a comparison myself because I have better things to do with my time than to sit being patronised by gushing BBC presenters. Among them, naturally, the curious individual Chris Packham, a manipulative figure whose opinions are not the BBC’s but who knows full well that his work for the BBC lends them added weight – spurious weight, but enough to colour the views of those (and there are still a few) who still believe the BBC speaks with any kind of authority. Thus I have no doubt there are rumblings of approval in the suburbs at the moment after his denouncement of the glue traps increasingly used to ensnare mice. Now I haven’t come across these things. I still regard the loud snap of a conventional spring trap as satisfying, indeed reassuring aural evidence of another unwanted rodent being summarily dispatched. But I understand the need for rather more effective means of control where there are severe infestations – though the downside, of course, is that with a sticky trap you are still left with the task of administering the coup de grace. Packham, however, will have none of these, and is seriously proposing a law which would see individuals banged up for six months for using them – frankly over the top when you see what m’luds are handing down for ABH and other felonies these > > When mice quit their natural habitat and take up residence in farm buildings or domestic properties, they cross the line, says Ian days. But it is the accompanying, hand-wringing plea for mice to be considered merely as wildlife and not criminalised as ‘vermin’ that makes one wonder how long it will be before Packham finds himself confined to a small room with comfortably upholstered walls. Like everyone else I have no problem with mice as long as they remain wildlife. But when they quit their natural habitat and take up residence in farm buildings or domestic properties they cross the line from being wildlife and can justifiably be regarded as vermin – damaging, diseasetransmitting vermin – with no regard for property and liable to multiply into a total plague unless controlled. But then, why stop at mice? What about the rest? Rats look like mice only bigger and I am sure Packham regards them, equally, as being cuddly members of the wildlife population who have just suffered a bad press as a result of the Black Death and other unfortunate episodes. Then it’s only a short step to grey squirrels. Come on, who can wish any harm on a grey squirrel? Don’t you just love to see them on the bird table? Doesn’t it delight you to hear them pattering around in the attic looking for more cables to chew through? And isn’t it about time we forgave them for virtually driving the native reds close to extinction? Then there are foxes. Entirely misunderstood. Stalwarts of the wildlife kingdom. How can you possibly describe them as vermin? Even if they do kill poultry – clearly something they resort to only in extremis because there are no chicks or eggs of ground-nesting birds or young pheasants to be had out in the wild and they are really, really peckish. Which leads us inevitably to badgers, the cause celebre where Packham has spent years stoutly conducting the defence of a creature responsible for the worst epidemic ever visited on British farming. Badgers don’t fail the test. They remain classed as wildlife. They don’t live under straw bales or floorboards. But TB has happened – so the extreme wing of the conservation movement would have us believe – because farmers have dared to move their domesticated animals out into the badgers’ environment. So the simplest thing is to remove the livestock. Does this all sound hopelessly farfetched, George? Or is it starting to make you wonder about some people’s true agendas? I think it should. Yours ever, Ian David Handley The O’Leary Formula should be applied The boss of Ryanair is one of those charismatic figures who are never far from the headlines. And whenever he figures in them Michael O’Leary has invariably earned the attention on the back of some fairly radical business decision he has taken. Among the latest of his pronouncements is his declaration that his company is being delisted from the London Stock Exchange because of foreign ownership and control rules that apply after Brexit. In short, it’s more trouble – and costly – than it’s worth to remain listed. So if it’s not working for Ryanair’s benefit then it’s chopped. And anyone with only a slight acquaintance with Mr O’Leary’s career will know it’s precisely this ability to judge everything on the basis of the bottom line that has hallmarked it. Such an attitude hasn’t always made him friends; indeed quite the opposite on many occasions. But it has kept the company in the air. Why I should be directing you to the activities of an Irish businessman – and a very successful one at that – is a matter which may have some of you puzzling. But his is a philosophy which British agriculture would do well to adopt. If something isn’t working, if something isn’t delivering any benefits then it should be scrapped. And I can think of two organisations where the O’Leary Formula should be applied with immediate effect. The first is the Red Tractor scheme. Muddled and confused from the outset, pretty shambolically run throughout its existence and unable to demonstrate that it has delivered a single benefit to British farmers. The Red Tractor logo may be stamped all over foodstuffs but it has failed to ignite – as was promised – any patriotic fire in the hearts and minds of consumers, the majority of whom are still likely to buy in the basis of price rather than provenance. Second – and this will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the views of Farmers For Action – comes the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board), slightly slimmed down as a result of the potato growers having walked away but still a costly, top-heavy bureaucracy. I have just read one of its latest publications and nowhere, from the first page to the last, is there any mention of the word ‘profitability’. Probably for a very good reason. Because if the AHDB was to be put under the spotlight and asked to account for how it has increased the profitability of British agriculture during its existence there would be a long, painful silence. AHDB’s entire brief is centred on a mission to make British farming more profitable. But while it might have succeeded in providing sinecures for pensioned-off NFU officials, it has actually done nothing to improve the financial performance of British agriculture. Hence the historically low prices we are all suffering which make the majority of us far worse off in real terms than we were 25 years ago – a situation which even Minette Batters cannot deny. At the moment British farmers are reasonably content because the single payment has dropped into their bank accounts. That has brought a few moments of euphoria – suppliers have been squared up, replacement machinery bought. But no one can afford to ignore what is coming down the road. The loss of the annual handout for owning land; vegans and climate change campaigners marching arm in arm with the intention of eradicating much livestock production; and a tidal wave of cheap food imports arriving on the back of whatever shoddy deals ministers can cook up in an effort to demonstrate that Brexit has, indeed, brought benefits. Given that our only defenders against this onslaught are the AHDB, Red Tractor and the NFU, I don’t give much for the survival of the British farming sector as currently constituted – or for those left in it being able to run their enterprises as businesses rather than (as has been the case for years) charities.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 29 COUNTRYSIDE The answer lies within the soil Returning unproductive land to permanent pasture could be a crucial weapon in the battle against carbon dioxide, writes Wiltshire dairy farmer Ro Collingborn Is the UK missing a trick on climate change? Does the solution lie in the soil? It’s said that a teaspoon of healthy soil contains more organisms than all the people on earth. Even more remarkably, soil contains four times more carbon than all the plants and trees in the world and 82% of the world’s carbon is in the soil. Of all the UK soil types, peat is the most important and peatlands occupy around 12% of our land area. Many of our peatlands have been abused in recent years. It’s essential that the Forestry Commission stops tree planting on these unique soils, and we no longer use them for growing vegetables either. To conserve carbon, our degraded peatlands need to be restored and then left to their own devices. What of the position in North Wiltshire? We have no peat, but still have very valuable deep clay soil. The saying ‘chalk and cheese’ is the clue. Historically, the south of the county, with its lighter soils, was more suited to arable, while it was difficult to grow arable and vegetables on the clay soils in the north. What these soils grew best was grass, which led to the formation of many small dairy farms producing milk and cheese. This led to the famous Wiltshire Loaf cheese. Next to peat, clay is the best soil for carbon retention. It has the smallest soil particles and the largest surface area; carbon is held in the soil rather than lost as CO2. For many centuries, North Wiltshire was an area of dairy farms, with small fields surrounded by hedges. This is a very important factor in carbon capture. The number of dairy farms has declined over the years but a representative sample still remain. The pattern of livestock grazing, rotating on a three-week cycle stimulating growth but avoiding root damage, has been shown to be the best way to preserve carbon and > > Most wildlife organisations value the contribution of grazing livestock organic matter. It’s very important that roots are not damaged, and the dung is an important feeding and breeding area for dung beetles and earthworms. Grazing livestock are key to establishing carbon-rich soils. Though we all love organics, organic farmers have a problem in needing to plough both for homegrown crops and weed control, which releases carbon. Vegetable farmers also tend to have land that is low in carbon, due to constant root disturbance. Most wildlife organisations value the contribution of grazing livestock, used seasonally to ensure that rare species of wild flowers are not crowded out, and hay meadows retain traditional species. Many areas of the UK are only suited for grazing; you can’t grow arable crops on mountain sides for example. Earthworms could not be more important to a healthy soil. Charles Darwin, who studied them intensively in his later life, said: “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly, organised creatures.” Earthworms are deaf, blind, toothless and spineless, yet they aerate the soil and digest decaying vegetation. Their burrows provide drainage and contain many bacteria that improve soil quality. Their casts fertilise the soil. Improving the structure of our soils and returning unproductive land to permanent pasture could be a crucial weapon in the battle against rising levels of carbon dioxide. Carbon Farmers of America estimate that if the organic matter in the world’s farmed soils was increased by as little as 1.6%, the problem of climate change would be solved. Preserving grass and forage-fed dairy herds is part of the battle against climate change. All livestock emit methane but so do humans, the built environment, the waste industry, oil, gas, coal and, hugely, transport. Farmers are taking action to reduce the amount of methane cattle produce by fine tuning the composition of their feed. It is thought seaweed will play a part, and there are many new formulations in the pipeline. Farmers are cutting back their use of soya, and soon it will be illegal to use soya that has come from an uncertified source. Hopefully the supermarkets will take this on board, and make sure all soya products come from sustainable sources. Cattle numbers in the UK are not on the increase, so the amount of methane they emit will not increase. It is inexplicable to me why people are being asked to cut down on dairy for a day a week. This has nothing to do with health. Among modern foods, dairy, particularly milk and yoghurt, stands out as having the richest, most dense nutrient profile for their energy content. Dairy is rich in protein, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and importantly vitamin B12 and iodine. Dairy products are importantly the most easily absorbed source of calcium, essential for growing bones and teeth. Peer reviewed research shows low fat dairy and reduced salt can lower blood pressure within a fortnight. Dairy has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease with fewer fractures in older people. Milk is the best drink for sports recovery, with muscle repair and sufficient rehydration. Studies have also shown that three portions of dairy a day in a calorie-controlled diet helps reduce fat. No alternative ‘milks’ have anything like these positive natural attributes. What’s not to like in dairy? In these turbulent times with so many pressures on farmers, together with attacks from outside the industry, our local farmers, making a hard living on the clay, should take a moment to congratulate themselves on a wonderful healthy product and their carbon rich soils. ■■ Ro Collingborn has been dairy chairman of the Women’s Food and Farming Union, on the Milk Development Council, the Veterinary Products Committee, the RSPCA Council and was a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Director. Hard work chasing choughs rewarded with close encounter andrew jones andrew.jones@reachplc.com The wind grabbed my shoulders while the gorse tugged my laces and clawed my legs. But I wouldn’t be held back. I was on a chough chase. They had arrowed over my left shoulder. Five in formation against the gusting north-easterly, their cry announcing their arrival. It has become a call and response: they shout “chee-ow”, I shout “chough” and instantly scan the sky for the jet-black bird with the red legs and bill. In recent years a pair have been a regular sight along this mile-and-ahalf stretch of the North Cornwall coast where gorse and heather give way to the moonscape of the old Wheal Charlotte copper and tin mine between Porthtowan and Chapel Porth. This summer the family doubled in size, the pair becoming one of 23 to breed successfully in the county, producing 66 choughlets. Country Notebook A fifth member then joined our flock and, just a few weeks ago, unperturbed by walkers and their dogs, they squabbled over the best grubs and bugs in the loose earth at the side of the coast path. Choughs had vanished from these parts 40 years ago as cliff grazing went out of fashion and their habitat became too overgrown, but Cornwall’s national bird is back and happy for us to know it. Like a bigtime footballer returning to their hometown club – chests puffed out and with a swagger – they know they are a fan favourite in these parts. But this time they were playing hard to get and the thrill of the chase gave way to disappointment. Three more times I heard “chee-ow” above the hiss of the sea and the rush of the wind, but it was only as I turned inland towards home that two paused briefly alongside me at head height. A flash of those red stockings and they were gone again. > > A young chough

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 31 GardeninG DIARMUID GAVIN Gardening Expert IT’S always fun on a blustery November day to browse through seed catalogues and dream of what you might grow next year. It’s convenient to pick up packets in your local garden centre or supermarket, and the selections are usually tried and tested varieties that will give good results. However, if you are hunting out something more unusual you may need to order online or by post. Even if you’re not thinking about buying, just exploring what’s available is a great way to learn about different varieties and species. A new discovery for me was Chorizema diversifolium, a wonderful evergreen shrub that produces hot pink and orange flowers all winter. It does need a frost-free zone so will have to be grown in a conservatory in colder regions. This is available from online seed shop specialplants.net, a garden and nursery run by Derry Watkins near Bath. Derry is the author of two books on greenhouse gardening and has introduced many plants from her trips to South Africa and beyond. The result is a collection of unusual plants from all over the world and she has a particular fascination for those with very dark foliage and nearly black flowers so there’s always something interesting to check out. Keen veg growers will find lots to mull over at dobies.co.uk, a supplier to gardeners since the late 19th century. ‘British Summertime’ is a British-bred courgette that will yield an abundance of fruit even in cold weather conditions. One of the earliest fruiting courgettes, it’s an open bush that Sunflower ‘Tiger Eye’ ■ You’ve probably finished with mowing the lawn, but you can give your garden a neater appearance for the winter by using a lawn edger for a crisp finish. ■ Plant up hippeastrum bulbs for a delightful display of these exotic blooms. ■ If you are forcing hyacinths for Christmas, pictured, have a peep at them to check their Sowing the seeds of love Your green-fingered friends will be delighted to receive gifts of seeds this Christmas improves air circulation, reducing the incidence of disease. The fruits are spine-free so no scratched hands when you harvest. Sow from April to June, plant out from June to August and harvest these beauties in July to October. Or check out Tomato Y Ddraig Goch F1 (Red Dragon), the first tomato to be officially registered with a Welsh name. It’s another superb British-bred variety with an exquisite flavour and outstanding rich red tomatoes. Introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, this new cordon variety has been created by crossing two other favourites of both gardeners and cooks – Goldstar and Cedrico. New flower seeds at suttons.co. uk include Sanvitalia, the hanging basket sunflower which is a miniversion of its much-loved larger sibling. This sun lover produces dozens Sanvitalia JOBS TO DO THIS WEEK California Poppy GIFT IDEAS: Sweet Pea and Cosmos Collection Chorizema diversifolium growth. Leave them in the dark under black plastic until at least an inch of growth is showing. ■ Warm weather in October and November has meant quite a few weeds growing, so on clement days, pull out a few. ■ Tie in climbing roses to prevent wind damage – old nylon tights tied in a figure of eight A stunning pink cosmos of gorgeous blooms that will cascade over your hanging baskets and containers – perfect if you love to grow sunflowers but don’t have space. If you do have a little bit of room, Sunflower ‘Tiger Eye’ is a new bicolour variety that has bright blooms with golden-yellow petals and a unique deep-red ring around the disc floret. It’s multi-stemmed so you can expect plenty of flowers per plant and it grows to around two feet tall. Also lovely is a new Eschscholzia called ‘Lady Marmalade’. This Californian poppy has lots of semi-double rose-like blooms in golden yellow shades with orange centres, and although they are rather dainty looking they are ideal for poor, dry soils. Seeds will also make for thoughtful Christmas presents for your green-fingered friends and family. Crocus.co.uk has a really pretty sweet pea gift set (£12.99) that includes seeds and compost in an enamel bucket. And who wouldn’t love a tin of cosmos seeds from sarahraven. com, a selection of varieties both pink and white as well as ‘Double Click Cranberries’ which is beautifully described as being like “a handful of ruffled silk in the richest carmine”. I do hope Santa is reading this… between stem and support work well. ■ It’s the right time to prune deciduous hedging but leave evergreen hedges until spring. ■ Clean tools before putting them away for winter. Fill a small bucket with sand and oil and dip metal parts in – this will clean and oil them for winter. PLANT OF THE WEEK Pansies and viola Pansies and violas are really the most cheerful flowers at this time of year. The perky combinations of purple, yellow, white, maroon and violet petals arranged as happy smiley faces are a welcome burst of colour in the coming winter months. Stuff loads of them into terracotta pots and just remember to keep them watered if you have them sheltered under a porch. They might slow down a bit in a hard frost but they are very hardy and will survive. ASK DIARMUID QAbout 20 years ago my grandad gave my mum a rose bush for her birthday. Sadly he died a few months later. The rose bush is still thriving in the garden, however my mum is planning to move and we don’t want to leave behind such a precious plant. Would you be able to offer any advice regarding taking a cutting from the original so we might be able to continue to remember our grandad through future rose bushes? Claire Pearce aThat’s a great idea and now is the perfect time to do this. It’s called taking a hardwood cutting and I’d recommend you take a good few cuttings as insurance. Choose strong, healthy shoots from this year’s growth which are roughly the thickness of a pencil. Take up to a foot in length and remove the leaves and soft growing tip. Use clean secateurs and make a sloping cut at the top to allow rain water to run off and as a reminder of which end is which. Pot up in gritty compost inserting two thirds of the cutting into the compost. Pots can be left in a sheltered place outdoors, in a cold frame or in an unheated greenhouse, but don’t let cuttings dry out. Buds will form along the buried stem and above ground, then next autumn you will be able to plant them at your mum’s new place.

32 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Your Money The secret to a happy financial relationship HARVEY JONES on safe ways to combine cash as a couple Love and relationships are all about sharing. You join hearts, exchange kisses and share intimate moments, but should you do your banking jointly as well? The decision to open a joint bank account is a relationship milestone, along with a first date, moving in together or starting a family. Yet it isn’t right for everybody. Every couple has to decide how closely they want their finances mingled, and whether they want to keep a little bit back for themselves. So how should you handle it? The answer partly depends upon your relationship. The most common reason – given by four out of 10 in moneysupermarket research – is getting married. Moving in together or buying a property are also triggers, while some couples want a fair way to contribute financially to joint spending. Adam Bullock, UK director of Top Cashback says: “Opening a joint account with a partner brings ease and convenience when splitting and paying bills. But it’s a good idea to retain a personal account for your own funds and spending. “This will give you a financial safety net, should your relationship go wrong.” It’s always good to talk Where couples are concerned, it’s always wise to talk about money, says Emma-Lou Montgomery, associate director for Fidelity International. She says: “Whether you and your partner have combined your finances or not, these conversations need to happen. “You’ll likely have plans or aspirations for your relationship, such as buying a house or starting a family together, but these goals will Emma-Lou Montgomery of Fidelity International depend on both of your financial situations.” Getting into the habit of speaking about money early on in a relationship, even if it’s just about day-today money management, will help prepare you for having more serious conversations about your longer-term finances later down the line. “Having different approaches to money management can be a really good thing, just as long as you can reach some common ground,” says Emma-Lou. “Combining each other’s habits and attitudes to financial issues can lead to healthier spending and saving routines.” Find a quiet time to plan your financial goals. “Jot down the key aspirations you, as a couple, want to achieve and set out a plan of how you’ll get there. Want to buy a new car or go on a lifetime trip abroad? “Expecting a baby or thinking about growing old together? All these things need thorough financial planning, jointly,” she adds. Emma Graham, business development director at Hodge Bank, said some couples split responsibilities, with one taking major decisions on issues such as mortgages and loans, while the other handles the day-to-day money issues. This can backfire, though. “Financial decisions affect both of you and should be made jointly,” says Emma. “With equal knowledge, equal responsibility and equal decision making, things are more likely to be resolved happily.” Alexandra Price, director of financial planning at Charles Stanley, says couples should also protect each other through sickness and ill health, by taking out life insurance and critical illness cover. “That way you can continue to look after each other, even if the worst happens,” Alexandra adds. Whatever your marital status, couples who plan their finances together are more likely to stay together, or fare better if they separate. Credit warning James Jones, head of consumer affairs at credit check agency Experian, says if you decide to apply for credit together or open a joint bank account, you and your partner’s credit reports will become linked, known as “financial association”. With a joint bank account, if one of you applies for credit, lenders will check your partner’s rating, too. So Think carefully: If you open a joint account with your partner your credit reports will become linked if one of you has a poor credit history, it might not be the best idea. Discuss how your shared finances will work and consider ordering copies of your credit reports from the three big credit reference agencies, Equifax, Experian or TransUnion, and go through their findings together. James adds: “If the relationship breaks down, ask the credit reference agencies to remove the financial association from your credit report. Otherwise your ex could continue to affect your finances and ability to access credit.” Joint accounts Patricia Robinson, partner in the family team at Slater Heelis Solicitors, says most couples have at least one joint account, typically to pay joint housing costs, utilities, grocery shopping and any childcare fees. “Pooling of resources helps meet joint expenditure and ensures everyday living costs are equal.” It also offers transparency, as both partners can see what comes in and goes out of the account each month. Troubles start when trust breaks down, Patricia says. “The risk with any joint account is that one account holder may not be as financially responsible as the other. It can cause major rows if a shopaholic partner blows their partner’s hard-earned cash on luxuries or whims.” There are no limits on how much either account holder can withdraw. “If the account goes overdrawn, the bank could pursue either partner for repayment, irrespective of who actually did the spending,” she says. Couples who plan their finances together are more likely to stay together or fare better if they separate Financial decisions affect both of you and should be made jointly Emma Graham of Hodge Bank On divorce, a joint bank account, whether it has a healthy credit or is overdrawn, will be presumed to be a joint asset or liability. Proving otherwise can be difficult. Beware overshare You can take teaming up with your partner too far. One in three expects to rely on their partner’s pension in retirement, but they risk financial heartache if the relationship does not last the course. Almost four in 10 women are counting on their partner’s pension, and almost a quarter of men, the latest research from Hargreaves Lansdown shows. Senior pensions and retirement analyst Helen Morrissey warned that planning your finances on the assumption you might split is hardly romantic but could save financial heartache in the long run. “While it makes sense for couples to share financial responsibilities, leaving long-term planning, such as a pension, primarily in the hands of one partner could leave you financially vulnerable in later life. “Ultimately, you should save under your own steam,” Helen says. Should you take the plunge? If you’re thinking of opening a joint bank account, ask yourself the following five questions: ■■Are you comfortable with giving your partner access to your money? ■■Do you trust them to make wise financial decisions? ■■Is your relationship stable and settled? ■■What will you use the account for, primarily? ■■How much will each of you contribute each month?

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 33 Your Money Your consumer rights champion Cash may no longer be king but it still has its uses If you’ve been out shopping recently, visited a Christmas market, or even bought a coffee from a street vendor, chances are you’ll have paid by card. In fact, many places only take cards these days. Lots of the people I speak to are worried about this – but should we be? Here are three benefits you get from paying by cash and three for card payments, to help you make up your mind. Managing finances The best argument for cash is it helps us keep on top of our budgets. Withdrawing cash and using it to pay for goods and services means you know exactly what you’re spending. When paying by card it’s harder to do this unless you go through statements every day. Frustratingly, many card transactions don’t involve being automatically given a receipt. Avoiding fraud It’s the Christmas party season, and many of us will be heading out for a night where drinks may be had and questionable choices made. When we’re having fun, it’s easy to become a bit blasé about tapping your card to pay for things. However, it’s vital to check the merchant terminal handed to you in the bar or restaurant. Mistakes get made – and dishonest people have been known to ‘round up’ transactions. Make a point of asking to see the sum you are being billed – especially if you’re tapping something without a display. Maths and money management Paying by cash is a great way to teach kids about money and maths. Most of us abandoned algebra after school, but the basic principles of mathematics are vital life skills. Working out how much cash you have to spend, what you’re saving in the piggy bank and whether you’ve been given the correct change is essential for children to learn. Card or cash? More consumer rights with a card Though cash has many benefits, the fact is you have more rights with payments made on debit or credit cards. I often mention these rights in this column but it’s always worth repeating at this time of year when our spending increases. If you pay on a debit or credit card and the goods or services you pay for don’t turn up or the company looks like it might go under, you can ask the card provider to ‘charge back’ your cash. And if you pay by credit card and spend over £100 then you can make a claim under the Consumer Credit Act against the card provider if what you’ve paid for has been misrepresented. If you pay by cash, check or bank transfer, you have far fewer protections beyond going to court if things go wrong. Audit trails and online banking Paying by card also means there’s a clear audit trail for all your spending. Knowing where you cash has gone can help you identify where you can make savings. Using online banking apps is a great idea too. Often these apps allow you to monitor your spending and categorise it, which again, can help you spot trends in your outgoings and manage your finances much more effectively. Convenience Let’s face it, paying by card is easy and convenient. Not having to stand in a bank queue or find an ATM with cash in it saves us all a great deal of time. It speeds up transactions at the tills in shops too – and you can say goodbye to those bulky purses and wallets. Ultimately, I’d argue that while there are advantages to both using cash and cards, we should keep both methods of payment. 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34 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS HealtH & lifestyle A heAlthY balanced diet isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about portion size too – and it can be surprisingly easy to consume too much. According to The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF, nutrition. org.uk), on average, we’re eating 200-300 calories more than we need every day. New BNF research found 41% of people tend to finish everything on their plate, even if they’re full. And while more than three-quarters (78%) of those surveyed said they have portion sizes on their mind when preparing and serving meals, 20% serve themselves large portions at mealtimes, to make sure they don’t feel hungry afterwards. When eating less healthy snacks like chocolate or crisps, 36% said they let the occasion, their mood or hunger levels dictate the portions. to help make it easier for people to understand what a healthy-sized amount looks like, without having to go to the trouble of weighing everything, the BNF has launched updated guidance with the new ‘Your balanced diet – get portion wise!’ page on its website. It includes advice to be used with the UK government’s visual eatwell Guide (nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/ the-eatwell-guide) on how often to eat foods from the main food groups, and practical ways of measuring portion sizes for different foods and snacks. “We want to remind people that eating a healthy diet isn’t just about what we eat, but also how much we’re putting on our plates,” says Sara Stanner, science director at the BNF. “Most of us will eat more when given bigger portions, so having portion sizes appropriate for our need is important. “The aim of the portion size measures in our guide is to give people a quick way to estimate sensible portions, without having to get out the weighing scales.” however, there are always exceptions to the rule – and portion sizes aren’t always a one-size-fitsall guide. “The portion sizes we give are a starting point – we’re all individuals with different needs,” Sara adds. “For some foods, you can simply use your hands to measure the portions – it’s an easy way to ensure that larger people get bigger portions, and smaller people get less.” here’s a look at what the portion size measures include... Fruit: About a handful or more. Vegetables: About 3 serving spoons or more Fruit and veg portions are based on the 80g portions for five a day. “For fruits and vegetables, the main message is to eat more,” stresses Sara. “Usually, you can eat big portions of these for relatively Why portion size matters The BriTish NuTriTioN FouNdaTioN says maNy oF us are eaTiNg Too much – so They’ve come up wiTh a pracTical guide To help. Lisa saLmon FiNds ouT more few calories, so filling your plate with plenty of vegetables or having fruit-based puddings is a great way to have satisfying portion sizes for fewer calories.” She recommends including a variety of different fruit and vegetables, and points out that frozen and canned veg are still nutritious choices. Cereal: About 3 handfuls Around three handfuls of breakfast cereal is about 40g, which is around 200 calories with half a glass of semi-skimmed milk added, explains Sara. “Government guidance suggests having about 400 calories for breakfast, based on a calorie need of 2,000 calories a day,” she says. “So, you could choose to have a larger portion of cereal where your calorie needs are higher, or if you’re not having anything else for breakfast.” It’s best to choose wholegrain cereals with a lower sugar content, and add fresh or dried fruit to help with your five a day, she suggests. Sara Stanner from the British Nutrition Foundation Baked potato: About the size of your fist A jacket potato the size of your fist will vary between a large person and a small person, Sara points out. Dried rice or pasta: About 2 handfuls It can be difficult to cook the right amount of pasta and rice, as they expand when cooking. “Allowing about two handfuls per person is a good place to start, but you can adapt this depending on who you are cooking for,” advises Sara. For spaghetti, she suggests using your finger and thumb to make a hole the size of a £1 coin and allowing a portion this size per person. Chicken breast: About the size of your whole hand A portion of grilled chicken breast about the size of your hand is approximately 120g and about 180 calories – although obviously this depends on the size of your hand, says Sara. If you’re using chicken in a stir-fry or curry for example, you may find you need less as you’ll be including other ingredients. Steak: About the size of your palm For a lean grilled rump steak, this portion is about 130g and roughly 310 calories, says Sara. Government advice is to keep to about 70g per day on average of red and processed meat, which is about 500g per week. “You don’t have to cut out red meat to have a healthy diet – it’s a source of important minerals such as iron and zinc,” she says. “But it’s a good idea to shift towards having more plant-based sources of protein.” Dried lentils: About 2 handfuls two handfuls of dried lentils is about 50g, which equates to around 120g cooked weight. With canned lentils or other pulses, this is equivalent to half a standard can. “We’re recommended to include more beans and lentils in the diet, as they’re naturally low in fat and provide protein and fibre,” says Sara. “Choosing more plant-based sources of protein is also one way to make our diets more sustainable for the planet.” Adding fruit to wholegrain breakfast cereal helps towards your five a day Two handfuls of pasta is about right Most of us will eat more when given bigger portions, so having portion sizes appropriate for our need is important. Sara Stanner Nuts and seeds: About the amount you can fit in your palm Nuts and seeds are nutrient rich but 02 Caption On average White we eat 200-300 calories more than we need every day, says The British Nutrition Foundation also high in calories, so it’s a good idea to be aware of your portion sizes if you’re concerned about your weight. Sara says the amount that fits in your palm is about 20g and provides 113-137 calories. Cheddar cheese: About the size of your two thumbs together Sara says: “You may find you don’t always want to stick to the portion sizes suggested – for example, if you’re a cheese lover and occasionally want to have more than two thumbs’ worth. “But be aware that, depending on your needs, regularly eating large portions can make it more difficult to avoid weight gain.” Yoghurt: 1 individual pot or about 4 tablespoons Dairy foods such as yoghurt are important sources of calcium and other nutrients. A portion from an individual pot of yoghurt or four tablespoons is about 120g and, for plain low-fat versions, provides about 68 calories. Sara says: “It’s best to go for dairy foods that are green or amber (low or medium) for fat on food labels, as these provide the important nutrients for fewer calories and less saturated fat.” For plant-based alternatives to dairy foods, look for items fortified with calcium and ideally other vitamins and minerals too. ■ For more information, visit nutrition.org.uk/putting-it-intopractice/

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 35 Health & Lifestyle We are facing a triple winter whammy of soaring coronavirus cases, a new ultra-contagious “supercold” and a potentially bumper flu season – but how do you know which you are suffering from and how you should treat it? Here TV GP, Dr Amir Khan, answers the common questions. How do I know if it’s Covid, the flu or a cold? The main symptoms for Covid-19 are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour – or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours – and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You don’t tend to get a high temperature with a common cold. And you don’t tend to lose your sense of smell with a cold or with flu. If you are unsure, get a PCR test to check if you have Covid-19 as soon as possible. Self-isolate until you get your result – only leave home for a test. Dr Amir Khan What else should I know about coughs? If you’ve had a persistent cough for three weeks or more and it isn’t Covid-19, it might also be a sign of Busting the bugs James Moore gets advice on how we can avoid the winter lurgies and work out which one we’ve got What are the best ways to avoid getting the flu and colds this winter? The best form of protection from flu is to get vaccinated – this is free to those who are eligible. To reduce the risk of spreading flu and cold, I’d recommend washing your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze, and bin used tissues as quickly as possible. The best ways to avoid catching a cold are washing your hands with warm water and soap, not sharing towels or household items, such as cups, with someone who has a cold, not touching your eyes or nose in case you have come into contact with the virus, and staying fit and healthy. Good ventilation and opening winlung cancer. Catching it early can give you much better treatment options. The NHS has relaunched the Help Us, Help You campaign to urge anyone experiencing this to contact their GP. Or if you’ve noticed a friend or family member has had a persistent cough for over three weeks, then encourage them to do the same. What are the main symptoms of flu versus a cold? Cold and flu symptoms are similar, but flu tends to be more severe. Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include a sudden high temperature of 38°C or above, an aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, a dry cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, and feeling or being sick. Cold symptoms tend to come on gradually and can include a blocked or runny nose, a sore throat, headaches, muscle aches, coughs, sneezing, a raised temperature, pressure in your ears and face and a weakened sense of taste and smell. dows where possible are also key as it will blow viral particles from the air that have built up inside your home, reducing the risk of you breathing them in. What’s the best treatment for flu and colds? To help you get better from the flu and/or a cold more quickly you should rest and sleep, keep warm, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat (not suitable for children). ■■The NHS “Help Us, Help You” lung cancer campaign urges people who have had a non-Covid cough for three weeks or more to contact their GP Colds have a slow build up but flu strikes quickly This year has been a significant and poignant time for the Royal Family. There has been joy and sorrow. We have mourned the loss of Prince Philip but we are also looking ahead with hope to 2022, the Platinum Jubilee year. But one thing has remained constant, and that is the special place the Queen and her family hold in the hearts of our readers. So we have looked back into the archives to revisit the times the Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family have visited the South West. There are pictures from across the decades of the Queen’s reign. Don’t miss out on this trip down memory lane with our 48-page special - perfect as a stocking filler and yours for just £2.50. To avoid disappointment, place your order now at our online shop www.regionalnewspapers.co.uk Postage and packaging charges will be added at checkout This publication will also be available in the shops from November 24th. Scan here to visit our online shop

36 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Tech JUSTIN connolly technology Editor REGuLAR readers will be forgiven for thinking that they need to spend a thousand pounds to get their hands on a decent smartphone. From the Samsung Galaxy S series to the latest iPhone Pro, and everything in between, you’ll be paying top prices for the very best. But what if you don’t need the best? What if you just need a phone that’ll do all the social stuff, take decent photos, and help you manage email? You’ll probably want to make phone calls and text people, too… The run-up to Christmas is a popular time to upgrade, but that’s when cash is at its tightest. Well, there’s good news. Here are five eminently capable smartphones that will do everything you want them to do, and sometimes more, but won’t break the bank. They’re not the cheapest, but not one costs more than £400 unlocked. A few are older models that are still on sale, so a hunt around may yield even better bargains… google pIxel 4a All the noise has been around Google’s latest and greatest Pixel 6 lately, and there’s a good reason for that – it’s a great phone. The Pixel 4 was a great phone, too – and this stripped-back version should be right up there if you’re after a good value Android phone. It would be easy to talk about what this phone doesn’t have – no wireless charging, no 5G, and a disappointingly low refresh rate for the screen… but that would be to miss the point. The 4A has it where it counts – a decent processor, good battery life, and Android without superfluous manufacturer bells and whistles. There’ll be a 6A next year, of course, and it’ll be cheaper than the regular 6. But for now, this bargain is hard to beat. ■ Cost: From £349 at store.google.com Google Pixel 4A Bargain hunt We round up the best phones for under £400 apple iphone se The iPhone SE remains exceptionally good value for those who don’t want Android, even some 18 months after it first hit the market. Obviously it has everything that tight integration with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem brings, but it’s also got a super-fast chip (the A13 – the same one found in the iPhone 11 Pro), and great single-lens camera system. There are a few compromises over a latest-and-greatest iPhone – no FaceID for a start – but the compromises are all in the right places, and with Apple’s commitment to supporting its hardware with great software for as long as possible, you can be sure the SE will continue to meet your needs for years to come. ■ Cost: From £389 at apple.com/uk samsung a52s 5g Like our other contenders here, the A52s has much more powerful and expensive siblings. But it takes much of what’s good about itself from them, too. So while you don’t get the hefty price-tag of the Galaxy S series, or Samsung’s new flip phones, you do get a capable and useful device. The A52s is a good option for those who want Android and 5G, and a bit more flexibility from their phone’s camera system – rather than a single lens unit and lots of software trickery to compensate, here you get a standard threelens system (wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto), which can produce stunning results. The phone itself is no slouch, either, with an upgraded processor over the standard A52. Somehow we manage to keep decent battery-life, with Samsung claiming you can run this thing for two days. You won’t be able to, of course, but you will be able to get through more than a single day without worrying. The cons? Not many come to mind at this price. ■ Cost: From £349 Apple iPhone SE oneplus nord OnePlus has gained a fiercely loyal following for its sensational flagship phones at prices that generally undercut the big boys. It’s no surprise then, to find that it also churns out a useful mid-range Android phone that is also excellent value for money. The Nord is that phone – and it’s one that should and could cost a lot more than it does. There’s great battery life (32 hours), a fabulous camera system (no telephoto lens, alas) that features the exact same sensor as you’d find in the more expensive The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G The TCL 20 5G is yours from £269 Oneplus Nord OnePlus, 5G support, and a great looking screen. It can choke a bit with intensive use – like high frame-rate gaming – but phones that cost a lot more than this can struggle with that too. Overall, a solid and reliable option. ■ Cost: From £349 at oneplus.com/uk tcl 20 5g This is the cheapest phone in this line-up, but don’t let that fool you. It has decent, if not spectacular, specs across the board – and while that middling performance might be unacceptable to the pros, for those who just want the basics, there is little not to like about the TCL 20. The all-important screen (6.6in) is bright and sharp, battery life is good, and the processor fast enough. The camera system has a 48MP main camera, so you’re not going to miss any details in your snaps, either. In fact, that camera alone is probably worth the price of admission… ■ Cost: From £269 from tcl.com/uk tech that the latest in the digital world Instagram cuts Its threads You might remember Threads – an app from Instagram that just did the messaging bit from the photo-sharing app. A bit like what Messenger is to Facebook. Well, the sun is about to set on the Threads journey as owner Meta has revealed it’ll be phased out from the end of the year. Threads did a few things that the main Instagram messaging section did not – like being able to automatically update your status by your phone’s location. Meta has promised those unique features will make it into the main Instagram app before the cord is finally cut. echo show 15 up for order It seems like a while since Amazon revealed its latest and greatest Echo Show – the 15.6in Alexa powered smartscreen with speakers you can hang on your wall. Only now, though, has a release date been confirmed – you can order a Show 15 for £239.99 for delivery on December 9. The Show 15 is an interesting TV/ smartspeaker hybrid, that sports an adapted user interface that’ll show you things like your to-do list and calendar, but can also stream shows and films from Netflix and Amazon Prime. At 15in it’s not going to replace your TV, but if its usability is proven at this small scale, maybe we’ll see bigger versions in future... apple offers dIY repaIrs Apple surprised everyone but itself again this week by announcing a DIY repair programme for iPhone 12 and 13, with M1 Mac computers to follow. Basically, Apple will sell parts and tools for its devices and offer instructions on how to do the repair yourself. The scheme will begin in the US early next year and roll out to more countries over the following 12 months. I personally hope literally nobody takes them up on the offer, though, as the thought of an amateur trying to replace the screen or camera module on their own phone makes me very nervous. I suspect the service will be very useful indeed to expert repair shops, though – you know, people who know what they’re doing. The service should cut the cost and up the quality for anyone who needs their device to be fixed.

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Truro (7) 11 DOWN: A pergola Archaic, is to be Minx, constructed Croft, near Stithians Reservoir Impetus, (7) Fracture, Bar, 12 Agreed, This powerful Shrewd, character Nip, is a creation of Lawrence, a famous Withdraw, writer Project, from Steart Awash, (4) 14 Perk, As arranged, Cutlery. I’ll catch the three o’clock train and go to visit my sweetheart Ted, who lives in a house near Wedmore (6,7) 17 Last summer, my nan had to leave Braunton and move into our place, following a period of illness (4) 18 Take special note, this area by the cliff’s edge is unstable -- it’s just outside of Merthyr Vale (7) 21 I live with my best friend on this road about two miles from Caerwys (7) 22 What variety of grape do they stock in the grocer’s shop in Otterton? (5) 23 Was it in the second half of July when you last took your three sons and your daughter off to a Devon-coast Marine Nature Reserve? (5) 24 Two of my friends are hoping to get away at the end of spring, and arrange a visit to my village just over the border from Grosmont in Wales (6) Down 2 Gus, a leading salesman from St Gluvias, makes out what he’s trying to sell you is absolutely necessary (5) 3 When this lady, who lives in Treen, lost her two parents, she needed treating very gently and lovingly (8) 4 It’s true, after I took my gran to this restaurant right in the middle of Mevagissey, she became ill -- first gagging and then vomiting (13) 5 In November, this leading artist from Bosavern got hitched to a person from the Balkans (4) 6 When I visited this place on the Welsh coast last 8 9 11 14 17 21 23 1 2 Giant Crossword Across 9 Tried to make the nest its own? (4,5) 10 The bird had a little bump on its tail (9) 12 Clearly pronounce the ‘r’ in ‘bread’ (4) 13 Brief on how to deal with the forms (4,2) 14 Will it catch the light? (7) 15 Invests, when one persuades to (4,5) 17 Irritability while one’s having a trying time? (9) 18 Docile when he’s caged, as before (3,4) 19 All over a woman from America (6) 20 Abandoned you (4) 23 Cancelled because of a bad fall (6,3) 25 On the subject of directives, holds sway (9) 26 The cheek, bringing a c-convict back! (4) 27 Give it all you ve got, though having an injury (6) 29 Get thin exercising and pull the belt in a notch (7) 32 Meant to plough in the exam and will (9) 34 The while it took to get badly torn in the scrimmage (9) 35 Rub in, working with mum, and polish (7) 36 Sings out ‘Still letting rain in’ (6) 37 The gentleman was given time in prison (4) 38 Tense and restless because it’s still in the air? (9) 39 Tendency to be grouchy, due to the rush (9) Down 1 Completely one-sided, indeed (3,5) 2 Is just what’s needed when one’s short of performers (5,3,4) 3 Fellow that is bringing the dog in for treatment (8) 4 Was pleased by how the vehicle held the road (6) 5 Miss the trip the rest went off on (8) 6 What told you the fellow was a charmer? (5,5) 7 Though mad, I can’t go off at the father (7) 8 At prison, the drug dealers became writers (3,7) 11 The bars leading up to the final note of the song (5) 16 You are wrong. The colour is making a comeback (6) 19 A large, noisy man (3) 21 Was consistent with their having been joint owners (4,8) 15 Solution to last week’s puzzle to appear in this issue. TIMED CODECRACKER ACROSS: Musk, Follows, Leash, Equally, Tendril, Sign, Azalea, Jargon, Coax, Plummet, Frisbee, Tenor, Memento, Meal. DOWN: Militia, Café, Stain, Avarice, Sherbet, Able, Openly, Upbeat, Loud, Faculty, Willing, Mince, Hymn, Natural. autumn, the sea was really rough (7) 7 My last boyfriend, who came from Loders, turned out to be a complete no-hoper (5) 8 Lots of people get drunk in the Nag’s Head near Truro (6) 13 I spotted this leading entertainer having a beer in the Ram’s Head in the shopping centre about a mile from Cury (8) 15 Dorothy briefly lived in Hurn before she moved to a 3 20 4 10 18 24 5 13 22 22 Go on rambling about, in a state (6) 23 Order (as is justified) round (5,5) 24 Covering completely, generally speaking (2,3,5) 25 Have to get personal (3) 28 It shows just how big your rise was (8) 29 The sister, running the half mile in it, is very energetic (8) 30 In the raw, he might give you a turn at first (8) 31 Broadcast, giving a terrible tirade about (7) 33 The kinds of streets that are lined with gold (5) 34 Running away, trip (6) 12 hamlet in the parish of Kilkhampton in Cornwall (7) 16 In Swindon, a terrific amount of money gets raised to give to good causes (6) 17 Mary got on the bus to leave Melbury Abbas, and as it set off there was a cacophony of voices (5) 19 Have you seen my Spanish-style holiday home? It’s on a cliff in Cardiff (5) 20 When Stu from Abbotsbury dropped little Robert off, he got all upset -- he’s only a young child (4) 6 19 7 16 Last week’s solution Across: 9, In the air 10, S(pa)in 11, In case 12, Wavers 13, Clipped 14, Am-OK 15, High-handed 17, Disc-laim 18, Pee-vish 19, Plus 21, A-path-y 24, Scratching a living 27, Ward-er (rev) 29, Norm 30, Sp-r-outs 33, Comeback 35, Ma-isonet-te 36, Ra-M-p 37, Ban-dage 38, Lunacy 40, Closer 41, Eat 42, Gains-aid. Down: 1, Un-easiness 2, T-h-ee 3, Cat s-paws 4, Brocade 5, On a pedestal 6, Hindustani 7, S(eptember)-crawl 8, Astonis-h 10, Shied 16, H-over-e’d 20, Liner (rev) 22, AD-I-pose 23, Thin-skinned 25, Threa-dba-re 26, Get stuck in 28, A-dorable 31, P-roclaim 32, MI-leage 34, Ex-pose 35, Me-ant 39, Nose (knows). west crossword Across: 1 Avatar, 5 Sisal, 9 Elton, 10 Gerrans, 11 Polgear, 12 Tsar, 14 Little Ireland, 17 Bout, 18 Aberfan, 21 Bodfari, 22 Pinot, 23 Lundy, 24 Garway. Down: 2 Vital, 3 Tenderly, 4 Regurgitating, 5 Serb, 6 Swansea, 7 Loser, 8 Penpol, 13 Berepper, 15 Thurdon, 16 Donate, 17 Babel, 19 Finca, 20 Baby.

40 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Puzzles & Stars Cryptic crossword Quick crossword Gogen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 22 20 21 23 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 27/11/2021 Across: 7 Render; 8 Stride; 10 Cropper; 11 Nizam; 12 Eyes; 13 Issue; 17 Tombs; 18 Zero; 22 Aroma; 23 No doubt; 24 Pickle; 25 Recess. Down: 1 Cracker; 2 Annoyed; 3 Leapt; 4 Stand up; 5 Liszt; 6 Beams; 9 Brass band; 14 Coracle; 15 Deputed; 16 Hostess; 19 Wasps; 20 Coach; 21 Adder. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Plead; 8 Decry; 10 Venom; 11 Hut; 12 Colon; 13 Haricot; 15 Cider; 18 Sun; 19 Gemini; 21 Hatchet; 22 Noun; 23 Side; 24 Rarebit; 26 Snivel; 29 Rim; 31 Hides; 32 Habitat; 34 Rival; 35 Lit; 36 Chess; 37 Banal; 38 Ethos. 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 D J V B X W O K E G 8 N R T S P Y I L A U ACROSS 1. Stars getting into print (9) 8. Standard of cheap architecture (3) 9. It’s easy to follow the sandwiches, perhaps (5,2,4) 11. Art position changed by entertainer (7) 12. Anne Boleyn’s husband was one (5) 13. Quiet stretch to deliver a sermon (6) 15. Cold-hearted, they are against the law (6) 17. The magistrate who keeps on and on? (5) 18. Builds as Crete is rebuilt (7) 20. Sounds like a Russian has scored at billiards (2,3,3,3) 22. Add a bit either way (3) 23. Aids for handling stock or facial ornaments (4,5) ACROSS 1. Christmas hymn (5) 6. Slant (5) 9. Defile (7) 10. Scope or extent (5) 11. Academy Award (5) 12. Grasps (5) 13. German measles (7) 15. Number (3) 17. Cupid (4) 18. Expunge (6) 19. Write on this (5) 20. Aver (6) 22. Dull pain (4) 24. Produce eggs (3) 25. Non-metallic element (7) 26. Kick out (5) 27. Filament (5) 28. Of the nose (5) 29. Child’s vehicle (7) 30. Brimless cap (5) 31. Sorts (5) DOWN 2. Unskilful display of sporting equipment (3) 3. Winds up dances in Aberdeen, perhaps (5) 4. Lose crispiness with frequent use (6) 5. Remainder disturbed by cat disperse (7) 6. It tells you when you’re over the limit (11) 7. These are proper flowers (9) 10. Utmost measures of fingers and toes (11) 11. Tries a pep cocktail to start with (9) 14. A box with nothing in it? What a laugh! (7) 16. Mocks, showing off (6) 19. Anaesthetic is synthesised there (5) 21. Who says it cannot be 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 beaten for a meal? (3) 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 I DOWN Need a little help getting started? Then call 0901 293 6261 2. Protective suit (6) to hear four random extra letter clues. Or text CODE and 3. Expresses an opinion (6) send to 64343 to receive 4 clues. Calls and texts cost £1 plus any network extras. Service Provider: 4. Auction item (3) Spoke Ltd, helpline 0333 202 3390 5. Extreme (5) YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS 6. Plug, bung (7) 7. Minus (4) 8. Neptune, for example (6) 12. Behave smugly (5) 13. Royal (5) 14. Domineering (5) 15. Educate (5) 16. At no time (5) 18. Player’s first game (5) 19. Jut out (7) 21. Salty (6) 22. Bees are kept here (6) 23. Kind, sympathetic (6) 25. Exclusive story (5) 26. Gaelic (4) 28. Mesh (3) Down: 1 Rehab; 2 Artisan; 4 Loot; 5 Avocet; 6 Denim; 7 Dozen; 9 Cur; 12 Conceal; 14 Cut; 16 Digit; 17 Rider; 19 General; 20 Gnash; 21 Humid; 23 Similar; 24 Resist; 25 Bib; 27 Night; 28 Verse; 30 Fatal; 32 Halo; 33 Tin. M F C H Q BEGS CHASE DOWRY JOKE PATRONYMIC QUALIFY VORTEX WRITE 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 W M P O S R A N T H L V Q I F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 P I B U X J O L K E A C D 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 H Q Y V G W T R F S N M Z Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. O W S Z T C H D O A P R E G S H B U E X C K S N E P I R V N S Y H F S E R E P E M U L A I X T P R ANTIQUE BUG EXIT FINAL JUDGE POSH RAMP STICKY WAVED 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 J G D Y YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS T I D E S R E L A L P H A S O S H U T C H YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS G N D V Q S I W O U F H Y M L T A K E B X C J R P Q P D J X B U Y A M G I V L R H N E T F C K O W S

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 41 In association with teamdogs.co.uk Sudoku 5 9 7 7 1 5 4 6 1 6 2 1 4 2 7 9 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Easy Circlegram Niner 4 6 7 4 3 5 6 9 9 7 1 5 1 8 5 6 7 9 3 8 6 5 Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. EASY 8 1 9 5 2 4 7 9 5 1 6 8 3 2 5 8 1 3 9 2 4 6 7 3 2 6 7 4 8 1 9 5 6 3 8 2 7 1 9 5 4 1 9 4 6 8 5 2 7 3 7 5 2 9 3 4 6 1 8 9 4 7 1 2 3 5 8 6 8 1 5 4 6 7 3 2 9 2 6 3 8 5 9 7 4 1 YESTERDAY’S SUDOKU: Hard 1 3 5 8 5 4 6 2 5 6 8 1 7 HARD 3 7 6 4 1 3 3 5 9 7 6 8 1 2 4 1 8 7 4 2 5 6 3 9 4 6 2 9 1 3 7 5 8 9 2 1 5 3 6 4 8 7 8 3 6 1 4 7 5 9 2 5 7 4 8 9 2 3 6 1 7 1 5 6 8 9 2 4 3 6 9 3 2 7 4 8 1 5 2 4 8 3 5 1 9 7 6 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 T N F Z R U E D L ? N A L M Q YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS The letter represented by the question mark is A. Arabian, Andaman, Amundsen, all seas. 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. A T N O H I D O S E E L T O D I T E A T E D S G R O S R A T I O T H E S I E V S O R E T S O R E S L S S E O E 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. O N S T U T S E S HOW YOU RATE 12 Good; 16 Very Good; 20 Excellent. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS INFURIATE aunt, auntie, faun, fruit, inure, nature, nutria, ruin, rune, runt, triune, true, tuna, tune, tuner, turf, turn, unfair, unfit, unifier, unit, unite, untie, urea. 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. 9165 gives an Irish dramatist; 14728 gives a Jewish king; 12347 gives a Greek poet. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: MISCREANT YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS Find the familiar phrase, saying or name in this arrangement of letters. YESTERDAY’S SOLUTION: Too funny for words 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 www.dingbats.net 27/11/2021 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 You are highly intuitive and your power of observation is also high. You might use this in a variety of ways. You could, for instance, be the first person to spot a great opportunity. Take action that helps move you forward. Increased confidence will steer you to achievement. TaUrUs April 21-May 21 After a grey start to the day things will gradually get better. Some big issues will be addressed. Senior colleagues are making a formal decision and they are listening to recommendations. Take the chance to revisit a place that has been very special to you in the past. GEMINI May 22-June 21 An arrangement that was always intended to be temporary will be ended. There will be grumbles. Using all elements of recent plans, whether it is inspiring people to get further training or to adapt to new situations, those in high places will be doing their best to move projects forward. caNcEr June 22-July 23 You are doing something to make a positive change. That’s why there are people who will support you every step of the way. This is your way to use difficult experiences you have been through to do something good. This has always set you apart and now you can use it to be positive. lEo July 24-Aug 23 Home and family life are your biggest priority. They come first because that’s the way you want it to be. If this means refusing to do a friend or colleague a favour, so be it. Plans for renovating or re-decorating your home can be started successfully. A friend has thrilling news. The achievement of a young child in the family will be one of the best things that happens to you all today. Returning to a challenging situation is something you aren’t keen on doing. Instead of using similar tactics as before try another approach. SCORPIO CAPRICORN lIBra Sept 24–Oct 23 Being able to help other people and make them happy is your main aim. Volunteering for a local charity gives you a sense of purpose and direction. Seeing the difference a group effort is making will ensure the time, effort and skills you put into a venture are very worthwhile. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4277 access charge) scorPIo Oct 24-Nov22 Family relationships make you feel warm and secure. 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They aren’t doing themselves any good. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4280 access charge) aQUarIUs Jan 21-Feb 19 It may be that you have unconsciously been making many decisions of late. A partner is now asking for more control. Although it goes against your need for independence to accept some things on another person’s terms, you realise they deserve an equal say. Compromise always helps. (80p/min + network (80p/min + network access charge) For more call 0905 789 4281 access charge) VIrGo Aug 24-Sept 23 PIscEs Feb 20-Mar 20 Your imagination is flowing as you dream up all sorts of wonderful things for the future. This doesn’t mean it will be romance and flowers. Although most of the time, your mind will be in the clouds you can achieve too. Make constructive use of your ideas to do something practical. 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42 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Puzzles STAR SEEKER Can you find the star 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. Prospect (4) 8. Hateful (10) 9. Region (8) 10. Excursion (4) 12. Blend (6) 14. Overstep (6) 15. Kind deed (6) 17. Intelligent (6) 18. Disorder (4) 19. Ratify (8) 21. Excessive (10) 22. Stop (4) 8 9 1 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 H 18 19 2 21 H H H H H H DOWN 2. Scare (10) 3. Delay action (4) 4. Beginner (6) 5. Small (6) 6. Speck (8) 7. Rip (4) 22 11. Without incident (10) 13. Technical vocabulary (8) 16. Lay waste (6) 17. Inexperienced (6) 18. Debatable (4) 20. Verve (4) H H H H General Knowledge Quiz 1. According to Greek mythology which god was the father of Apollo, Athena and Dionysus? A Cronus B Europa C Zeus D Rhea 2. Who wrote Diana – Her True Story? A Philip MacDonald B Simon James C Michael Ross-Jones D Andrew Morton 3. Which soul star provided the voice for the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors? A Stevie Wonder B Rufus Thomas C Isaac Hayes D Levi Stubbs 4. Which band, later evolving into New Order, produced just two albums? A Joy Division B Level 42 C Crowded House D The Smiths 5. Who had a top ten hit single in 1970 with Ride A White Swan? A Slade B Earth Wind Fire C T. Rex D The Who 6. Poldark star Aidan Turner played which role in The Hobbit film series? A Ori B Thorin C Bofur D Kili Aidan Turner See Question 6 7. Which Greek tragic dramatist wrote Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus Bound? A Aeschylus B Plato C Socrates D Homer 8. Which actress played Ma Larkin in the original TV series of The Darling Buds of May? A Felicity Kendal B Pam Ferris C Ruth Jones D Lynda Bellingham 9. Which former Olympic swimmer replaced Zoe Ball on the Big Breakfast? A Gaby Roslin B Sue Barker C Sharron Davies D Sally Gunnell 10. Who was the first tsar of Russia? A Ivan the Terrible B Nicholas I C Alexander the Great D Pobedonostev 11. What was revolutionary Che Guevara’s first name? A Ernesto B Briano C Max D Pedro 12. With which French philosopher and novelist was Simone de Beauvoir romantically linked? A Michel Foucault B Jean-Paul Sartre C Jacques Derrida D Albert Camus 13. In what year was the Eiffel Tower in Paris opened to the public? A 1865 B 1873 C 1881 D 1889 14. Who starred as the magical nanny in Disney’s 1964 family film Mary Poppins? A Angela Lansbury B Annette Funicello C Suzanne Pleshette D Julie Andrews 15. What sort of creature is an eland? A A fish B A mollusc C A bear D An antelope SUDOKU There is one simple rule in Sudoku. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3 x 3 box. Easy Medium Hard 2 3 5 6 1 2 8 3 1 3 7 3 2 8 4 9 4 8 6 1 6 7 9 8 4 9 5 6 8 2 5 4 9 8 6 5 5 9 7 3 9 7 4 5 7 6 9 1 2 4 9 2 4 5 3 1 2 4 5 6 7 1 2 8 6 7 3 2 5 1 4 2 5 9 3 3 8 6 4 2 4 8 9 6 1 7 7 5 4 2 9 5 3 5

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 43 Puzzles FILL IN When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out a type of building. We’ve given you one word to start you off. WORDSEARCH NINERS ACROSS DOWN 1. Companion of Don Quixote (6,5) 9. ‘Lady Windermere’s --’, play by Oscar Wilde (3) 10. Mountain in the Andes, highest peak in the western hemisphere (9) 11. Billiards stroke in which the cueball is hit off centre with the cue held nearly vertically (5) 13. Tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church (7) A C U T E 14. Ronald, 40th president of the U.S. (6) 16 and 7 Dn. 1988 novel by André Brink (6,2,9) 18. Another name for the spiny anteater (7) 19. Albert, architect and 3 LETTERS 4 LETTERS 5 LETTERS 6 LETTERS 7 LETTERS Nazi government ASS CHOP ACUTE ELAPSE MASTERY official who died in ATE OAR LATE LORD ASHEN GAMER LENTIL SETTEE RATTLER 1981 (5) 20. ‘The --’, 1922 novel OAT NEST SALES SHIRTY by Hugh Walpole (9) 21. The front part of ORE SIRE STORE STITCH the head of a golf TEN TIME WAGES STYLUS club (3) TOE TROT 22. U.S. state YEN TYRE whose capital is Jackson (11) Find these vegetables in the grid below. Words can run forwards, backwards, up, down and diagonally. ASPARAGUS BEETROOT BROCCOLI CARROT CAULIFLOWER CELERY CUCUMBER KALE LEEK OKRA ONION PARSNIP PEA POTATO RADISH RHUBARB SPINACH SWEDE TURNIP WATERCRESS General Knowledge Crossword 2. French river rising in the Jura mountains and flowing south to the Rhône (3) 3. Stephen, author of The Red Badge of Courage (5) 4. Musician such as Evelyn Rothwell or Leon Goossens (6) 5. ‘-- Evenings’, Norman Mailer novel set in Egypt (7) 6. Mountain in the Bavarian Alps, highest peak in Germany (9) 7. See 16 Ac. 8. London thoroughfare which housed Sherlock Holmes (5,6) 12. Pasta in the form of long strips (9) 15. Ursula, actress in the film Dr. No (7) 17. Frank, British journalist and author of autobiography My Life and Loves (6) 19. Georg, British conductor born in Hungary in 1912 (5) 21. Mr. O’Neill, U.S. politician elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 1977 (3) WORD WISE The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? TRANSLUNARY 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 35435789 gives a reptile; 2 39442176 gives a second reptile; 32174 gives a mammal. A B C Shining through Visionary Giving off as vapour 36794 gives a male animal; 1264 gives a male animal; 875 gives a domestic animal. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 D R P V H T O R R A C N D K J K B E Y N S P O T A T O B E J K J S W R N I L D L Z V S E T A R K O O E E D X Z R S V L O C G N C U L L P A V E Q S R O U R Q P A Z F E B R A B U H R C E L K E P W I C A Z B G S T U H D P V A H R L T C W A B E M G R I T S E C I U D A R R E B Q F S G T P Y A R A C A O B E A Q V A Z I N S N P C P C O R V S W L E Z U A I I W S C N K Q I R U K H U Q P O P A O I T B B Y E T V H E D E W S L O O T T P I N S R A P G B Z I N SPORTWORD A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 6 ACROSS 1. Victor ........, former Nigeria and Everton forward (8) 7. Matthew ....., England wicketkeeper who played his last Test in 2014 (5) 8. Birth country of London Marathon 2017 winner Mary Keitany (5) 9. Pablo ......, former Atletico Madrid, Birmingham and Spain defender (6) 10. Kieron ...., former Newcastle and England midfielder (4) 12. Fraction of a set in tennis (4) 14 & 18Ac. Indian allrounder and 2011 Cricket World Cup Player of the Tournament (6,5) 17. Tom ....., partner of John Newcombe in their 1973 French Open doubles tennis title win (5) 18. See 14 Across 19. Ray ........, goalkeeper who won 61 England caps between 1972-83 (8) DOWN 1. The ..... Stadium, sports stadium in Dublin (5) 2. Country that finished bottom of Group 2 in their only football World Cup Finals appearance in 1970 (6) 3. Maori dance performed by the All Blacks (4) 4. Early form of hockey that is often played on ice (5) 5. Animal that represents the South Africa national Rugby Union team (9) 6. Wales Rugby Union fly-half whose final Test appearance was against France in 1972 (5,4) 11. Alan ......, 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup winner with Chelsea (6) 13. John Obi ....., Nigerian midfielder who spent 11 years at Chelsea from 2006-2017 (5) 15. A driving ..... is an area where golfers can practise their swing (5) 16. Steve ...., 1986 Commonwealth 800m champion (4)

44 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Puzzles REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A B 1. Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas starred in Basic Instinct 2. Erasure hit the top of the singles chart with Abba-esque 3. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson separated 4. British cyclist Laura Kenny was born 1. Rupert Murdoch was permitted to buy The Times and Sunday Times 2. Actor Elijah Wood was born 3. John Lennon’s Imagine went to number one after the shooting of the former Beatle. 4. Roger Moore starred in Bond thriller For Your Eyes Only Arrowword Idol Union Petrified remains Word with similar meaning Me Before _, 2016 film Easter treats _Hawes, pictured Free Edition Tel Aviv's country Stitch Do again Star Senior Bands Type of tree Hearing organ In the midst of Salary Age Map C 1. Musician and actor Nick Cave was born 2. Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster starred in Sweet Smell Of Success 3. Lonnie Donegan had a UK No.1 single with Cumberland Gap 4. Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon Long pointed teeth Settee Male offspring Bird Approval Intrigue Draw near Every Duct Weight unit Uprising In time gone by Dull, heavy sound QUICK QUIZ 1. Who replaced the long-serving Carol Vorderman on Channel 4 game show Countdown? 2. Who wrote the songs Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Mad About the Boy? 3. How many pairs of limbs does a crab have? 4. Which Parisian Gothic cathedral is famous for its flying buttresses, great rose windows and gargoyles? 5. What name is given to a force of mounted soldiers? 6. Which actor was born Marion Robert Morrison? 7. Which Archbishop of Canterbury was tried as a heretic under Queen Mary and burned at the stake after initially recanting? 8. How many furlongs are there in a mile? 9. Narcissus pseudonarcissus is the Latin name for which popular yellow flower? 10. Which American author wrote The Naked Lunch? Clarify _ Stevens, pictured Acquires Brink Recognise Arranging Writing liquids Be in debt Fibs Collide Not even Precious metal Imminent Gathers Stain Whichever By and large Company Document folder Employs Piece Biblical book Footwear item Taking time off Fissure Notion Extremely Large sea Continent Swayed Sort CODEWORD Frozen water Travel over snow 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. Burden Sprint Weapon Extraterrestrial Total up 1 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 X Y 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Z N I 2 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 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 N 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 O 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 R O

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 45 Puzzles TWO SPEED CROSSWORD This two-speed crossword has two sets of clues, but just one grid. If you can’t solve the Cryptic clue, try the Quick. Cryptic Across 1. See 10 9. Where the sailing directors can be found (2,5) 10. & 1Ac. Everybody similarly affected, as fellow voyagers are (3,2,3,4,4) 11. The French money used by Caesar (5) 12. I will be in the screen adaptation without any pretence (7) 13. The result of an explosive account? (6) 15. A female out of breath (6) 18. A place yielding mineral resources could be topical (4-3) 20. Lower the foundation right (5) 22. Measures the sticks round the ring (5) 23. Manila’s disturbed, especially if they’re wild! (7) 24. Surely this charge is not described as outgoings (8,3) Down 2. Familiarity is assumed by the monk (5) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 3. The dyer breaks down in tears (7) 4. Unpretentious style by a good man (6) 5. Processed meat will provide muscular strength (5) 6. One involved in strange mental affliction (7) 7. There’s no earthly parallel for this achievement (5,6) 17 22 23 24 8. Having been taken by force! (5,6) 14. The squad also interrupts the scheme (7) 16. Regular current recession (3-4) 17. Squeeze out the stock (6) 19. It’s a problem for the model (5) 21. A graduated measure for a balance pan (5) Quick Across 1. See 10. 9. In a vehicle (2,5) 10 & 1Ac. Everyone having identical circumstances (3,2,3,4,4) 11. Ancient language (5) 12. Genuine (7) 13. Account (6) 15. Girl’s name (6) 18. Mine (4-3) 20. More immoral (5) 22. Crucifixes (5) 23. Creatures (7) 24. Cost to get in (8,3) Down 2. Tendency (5) 3. Dyer (7) 4. Unassuming (6) 5. Physical strength (5) 6. Illness (7) 7. Highest level of achievement (5,6) 8. In custody (5,6) 14. Army unit (7) 16. Receding water level (3-4) 17. Tension (6) 19. Sitter (5) 21. Range (5) Scribble pad CLOCKWORD The solutions from 1 to 12 are all six-letter words ending with the letter T in the centre. Moving clockwise from 1, the letters in the outer circle will spell out the name of a British playwright, novelist and barrister. 10 9 8 1. Coat 11 2. Shop 3. Protective headgear item 4. Lump 5. Humble 6. Article 12 7 T 6 1 6 7. Mammal 8. Flatfish 9. Slur 10. Infantry gun 11. Scope 12. Rue 2 5 3 4 3 Solutions Star Seeker Across: 1 View; 8 Abominable; 9 District; 10 Tour; 12 Mingle; 14 Exceed; 15 Favour; 17 Clever; 18 Mess; 19 Validate; 21 Outrageous; 22 Halt. Down: 2 Intimidate; 3 Wait; 4 Novice; 5 Little; 6 Particle; 7 Tear; 11 Uneventful; 13 Glossary; 16 Ravage; 17 Callow; 18 Moot; 20 Dash. Star Name: TAYLOR SWIFT General Knowledge Quiz 1 C; 2 D; 3 D; 4 A; 5 C; 6 D; 7 A; 8 B; 9 C; 10 A; 11 A; 12 B; 13 D; 14 D; 15 D. Easy 7 6 1 2 4 8 3 5 9 6 1 5 4 7 2 9 8 3 1 2 6 5 9 7 8 3 4 Hard 5 9 2 8 4 7 1 6 3 7 2 6 3 5 9 4 1 8 6 7 5 2 8 4 9 3 1 Fill In 5 3 9 1 6 7 2 8 4 9 4 2 3 5 8 7 1 6 8 7 5 4 2 3 6 9 1 3 1 8 5 2 6 9 7 4 8 3 5 6 4 1 2 9 7 4 8 3 1 5 9 7 6 2 T I M E W L O R D O A G A M E R E S G N E S T S T O R E T E A T E S H I R T Y S I R E L A T E S T Y L U S T E N C A A C U T E C H O P L L O A S H E N E A T Y R E S T R O T Building: THEATRE 2 8 4 9 5 3 1 6 7 7 3 8 6 9 1 4 2 5 3 4 9 8 1 6 5 7 2 7 6 4 1 9 3 5 2 8 9 4 1 8 7 2 3 5 6 2 1 9 6 3 7 4 8 5 Medium 4 5 6 1 2 9 7 8 3 9 1 7 2 4 8 3 6 5 8 3 4 6 9 2 5 7 1 9 3 2 4 7 8 6 1 5 8 2 3 5 9 6 1 4 7 7 5 9 3 8 1 2 6 4 1 8 7 5 6 3 9 2 4 4 5 6 3 7 1 2 9 8 6 1 2 7 4 5 8 3 9 General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Sancho Panza; 9 Fan; 10 Aconcagua; 11 Masse; 13 Steeple; 14 Reagan; 16 States; 18 Echidna; 19 Speer; 20 Cathedral; 21 Toe; 22 Mississippi. Down: 2 Ain; 3 Crane; 4 Oboist; 5 Ancient; 6 Zugspitze; 7 Of Emergency; 8 Baker Street; 12 Spaghetti; 15 Andress; 17 Harris; 19 Solti; 21 Tip. Sportword Across: 1 Anichebe; 7 Prior; 8 Kenya; 9 Ibanez; 10 Dyer; 12 Game; 14 Yuvraj; 17 Okker; 18 Singh; 19 Clemence. Down: 1 Aviva; 2 Israel; 3 Haka; 4 Bandy; 5 Springbok; 6 Barry John; 11 Hudson; 13 Mikel; 15 Range; 16 Cram. Wordsearch D R P V H T O R R A C N D K J K B E Y N S P O T A T O B E J K J S W R N I L D L Z V S E T A R K O O E E D X Z R S V L O C G N C U L L P A V E Q S R O U R Q P A Z F E B R A B U H R C E L K E P W I C A Z B G S T U H D P V A H R L T C W A B E M G R I T S E C I U D A R R E B Q F S G T P Y A R A C A O B E A Q V A Z I N S N P C P C O R V S W L E Z U A I I W S C N K Q I R U K H U Q P O P A O I T B B Y E T V H E D E W S L O O T T P I N S R A P G B Z I N Arrowword Word Wise: B. Visionary Niner 1. PATRONISE: TORTOISE TERRAPIN TAPIR 2. SIDETRACK: DRAKE SIRE CAT H E K R I R L E A G U E I S S U E R G E L D E R P F O S S I L W A G E U E A R E R A S Y N O N Y M P L O T O A O W L U T T T U S K S N A P P R O A C H O O R G A N I S I N G U D E F I N E L P O O D D D A N C O L L E C T S U G K N O W I R I D E A G E T S G E N E R A L L Y N N U S E S V E R Y F I R M S H O E O T B I T C R A C K F I L E I C E S K I O R U N A L I E N O N U S G U N A D D Remember When A 1992; B 1981; C 1957. Quick Quiz 1 Rachel Riley; 2 Noël Coward; 3 Five; 4 Notre-Dame de Paris; 5 Cavalry; 6 John Wayne; 7 Thomas Cranmer; 8 Eight; 9 Daffodil; 10 William S. Burroughs. Codeword 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 V H A X S T P B E Y G J R 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 L M N D F U Z K Q O I W C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 N G X M L R O S T F P W I 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Q E V J A K Y U B H D Z C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 K B E G S L U O I P Z M F 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 X J N R Q D W Y H T A C V Two Speed Crossword Across: 1 The same boat; 9 On board; 10 All in; 11 Latin; 12 Sincere; 13 Report; 15 Bertha; 18 Coal-pit; 20 Baser; 22 Roods; 23 Animals; 24 Entrance fee. Down: 2 Habit; 3 Stainer; 4 Modest; 5 Brawn; 6 Ailment; 7 World record; 8 Under arrest; 14 Platoon; 16 Ebb-tide; 17 Strain; 19 Poser; 21 Scale. Clockword 1 Jacket, 2 Outlet, 3 Helmet, 4 Nugget, 5 Modest, 6 Object, 7 Rabbit, 8 Turbot, 9 Insult, 10 Musket, 11 Extent, 12 Regret. Writer: JOHN MORTIMER

46 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS READERS’ PICTURES > > A red deer stag and hind on the Quantocks in Somerset by Adrian Blackmore > > The Pantheon at Stourhead in Wiltshire by Rosemary Martin

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 47 READERS’ PICTURES > > An angler being closely scrutinised by a swan on the banks of the River Wye in Hereford by Stephen Jones, of Westhide, Hereford BLACKWELL John Hugh Who passed peacefully away 8th November 2021 at Southmead Hospital. Who will be dearly missed but lovingly remembered by all of his family and friends Funeral service Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 11am, St Mary's Church, Hawkesbury Upton Donations if desired may be made out to Southmead Hospital Charity (Gate 32A) c/o F Woodruff Funeral Directors 118 - 120 Station Road, Yate EDMONDS Peter of Wells. Passed peacefully away at the Royal United Hospital, Bath on November 15th, 2021 aged 84 years. Funeral service to be held at St. Thomas' Church, Wells on Monday, December 6th at 12.00 noon followed by private cremation. Family flowers only but donations if desired for 'The Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust' and 'St Thomas' PCC' may be left at the church or forwarded to Unwins Independent Funeral Directors, The Firs, Underwood, Wookey Hole Road, Wells, BA5 1AF. HASELL Molly Christine Passed away peacefully on the 29th October aged 92 years. A dearly loved Mum to Sue and Barry, Nan to Becki and Dan and Great Nan to Ben, Lily, Immy and Molly. The Funeral Service will be held at Haycombe Crematorium Top Chapel on Wednesday, 1st December at 11 am. Donations, if desired, can be made payable to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Family flowers only please. All enquiries to B H Mears, Pows Orchard, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2HY LOXTON Basil Bernard (of Meare) passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday 14th November 2021 aged 79 years. Much loved husband of the Liz, loving dad of Paula and Marie, dear father-in-law of Martin and Mark also dear grandad and great grandad of Joe, Ella, Joe, Florence, Alice, Eliza, Elizabeth and Evelyn who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral Service will be held at St Mary's Church, Meare on Tuesday 14th December 2021 at 11.30 am followed by interment in Meare Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired will be shared between Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and St Mary's Church can be made online at www.mfranksandsons.co.uk (announcements) or they can be left at the church. Cheques payable to the charities can also be forwarded to M Franks & Sons Funeral Directors Bath Road, Ashcott, Bridgwater, TA7 9QT. Telephone 01458 210627 UPHILL Jack Passed away peacefully on November 10th 2021 on his 101st Birthday. Beloved Husband of the late Betty Uphill, loving Dad of the late Julie Uphill. A treasured Grandad of Kelly, Kirsty and Jordan and Great Grandchildren Rowan, Sophia and Theo. A kind, loving Neighbour to all. The Funeral Service will be held at St Margaret's Church, Hinton Blewitt on Monday, December 6th at 2.00 pm. Family flowers only. Donations if desired for The Bristol Heart Institute are being accepted in Jack's memory by Michael W Rowe Funeral Directors, 2, The Vinery, Harford Square, Chew Magna. Telephone 01275 332565. funeral-notices.co.uk Announce, share and remember forever Funeral Notice Partners The following Funeral Directors have chosen funeral-notices.co.uk to provide notices on their website meaning you may view their current and past notices on their own websites. Check out your local Funeral Notice Partners below: Visit: michaelwrowefunerals.co.uk Interested in becoming a preferred partner to funeral notices? Funeral Directors can be added free to this advert by calling 03444 060 276 KEIRLE Margaret May (of Burnham-on-Sea) Passed peacefully away at her home on 19 November 2021, aged 94 years. Beloved Wife of the late Alan. Much loved Mum of Terry, Gary, David and Teresa. Dearly loved Grandma and Great Grandma. Funeral Service to be held on Thursday, 9 December at Sedgemoor Crematorium at 11 am. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired for Alzheimer's Society can be made online to margaretkeirle.muchloved. com or (cheques payable to the Charity) may be sent to Burnham Funeral Services of 97 Oxford Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EW. Telephone (01278) 795009. > > Pittville Lake in Cheltenham by Esmond Lane, of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

48 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS ON THIS DAY > > Roberto Mancini was born on this day in 1964. He is an Italian football manager and former player, currently the head coach of the Italy national team. As a player Mancini was best known for his time at Sampdoria, where he played more than 550 matches, and helped them win the Serie A league title, four Coppe Italia and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was capped 36 times for Italy, taking part at UEFA Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. In 1997, after 15 years at Sampdoria, Mancini left the club to join Lazio where he won a further Scudetto, Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two more Coppe Italia. Birthdays John Alderton, actor, 81; Randy Brecker, jazz trumpeter, 76; Charlie Burchill, rock guitarist (Simple Minds), 62; Robin Givens, actress, 57, top; Roberto Mancini, football manager, 57, left; Gary Lucy, actor, 40, above thought We thank You, our Father, that Your love is everlasting. That while we were sinners You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to save us. Forgive our unbelief, our reticence to take hold of Your greatest gift – eternal life in Christ. We praise You for Your patience with us, Your humble servants; for Your continuing promise that all who believe in the Lord will be saved – to Your glory. “There is... no quick fix. This is about addressing long-term pull factors, smashing the criminal gangs that treat human beings as cargo and tackling supply chains - Home Secretary Priti Patel gives a statement in the Commons about tackling migrant crossings after at least 27 people died when a dinghy capsized off the coast of Calais. I think it’s time for both our governments to stop blaming each other and to try and talk to each other and find real solutions, not a crazy solution such as having more and more WHAT THEY SAY people patrolling, sending the British Army to the French shore. That is not acceptable and will not change anything - Pierre-Henri Dumont, MP for Calais. This was a devastating loss of human life - each person a child of God. Praying for all those suffering agonising grief today. We need a better system based on safety, compassion, justice and cooperation across frontiers. This cannot go on - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on the deaths in the Channel. I spent the last 10 years watching you grow and we got to start seeing you grow into an amazing man. My heart aches so bad that we won’t get to see you grow into that incredible man. This isn’t goodbye, this is a see you later dude - Emma Whitfield pays tribute at the funeral of her 10-year-old son Jack Lis who was killed by a dog in South Wales. Everywhere, not least within the cultural sphere, there seems to be a call from a tiny yet very vocal minority that every male character or good role model must have a female replacement... In recent years we have seen Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker, the Equalizer all replaced by women, and men are left with the Krays and Tommy Shelby. Is there any wonder we are seeing so many young men committing crime? - Conservative MP Nick Fletcher as he led the International Men’s Day Debate. > > Priti Patel > > John Major became prime minister at 47 on this day in 1990 1701: Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who created the centigrade temperature scale, was born in Uppsala. 1703: The first Eddystone Lighthouse was swept away in the Great Storm. More than 8,000 died across the country. 1914: The first two trained policewomen to be granted official status in Britain, Miss Mary Allen and Miss E F Harburn, reported for duty at Grantham. 1919: A massive meteor landed in Lake Michigan. 1942: As German troops arrived in Toulon, the French fleet was scuttled in the harbour to prevent the warships falling into enemy hands. 1944: Between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of high explosives went off in a cavern beneath Staffordshire, killing 68 people this day and wiping out an entire farm. 1963: The Buchanan Committee warned of future chaos as traffic in cities multiplied. 1967: President de Gaulle vetoed Britain’s entry into the Common Market. 1975: Ross McWhirter was shot dead by Irish gunmen at his home in London. With his twin brother, Norris, he edited The Guinness Book Of Records. 1990: John Major became prime minister at 47, the youngest PM that century. On this day last year: Iconic singer and actress Cher was in Pakistan, to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant”. > > Ross McWhirter was shot dead on this day in 1975

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 49 Classified TRAIN & MODEL CAR COLLECTIONS WANTED *** WANTED ******WANTED***** WANTED ******WANTED*** RAILWAY HORNBY BACHMANN ALL MAKES AND SIZES OO GAUGE N GAUGE O GAUGE 45MM LIVE STEAM DIECAST BOXED CORGI DINKY MATCHBOX METAL FIGURES & PLASTIC KITS MAMODS CALL ROGER 01225 420725 or 07752 222 645 ABERDEEN ANGUS EASTON GREYS HERD Excellent Pedigree young bulls (semen tested), in calf heifers and young cows for sale. High health status. Tel Matt 07932 914302 (Wiltshire) REQUIRE ALL CLASSES OF CATTLE Cows, Stock Bulls HIGH STREET OLDLAND COMMON BRISTOL BS30 9TN Tel: 0117 932 2725 www.alecjarrett.co.uk Steers & Heifers - under 30 months Steers & Heifers - over 30 months WANTED CASH IN YOUR ATTIC Have you ever wondered if your possessions are of value? Free home visit, advice given. Distance no problem. Instant cash payment for - Old coins & banknotes - any age, country, quantity or condition. Gold and silver coins, sovereigns, guineas etc. Paintings, watercolours, china, pens, watches, clocks, corkscrews, old toys. Silver items incl. candlesticks trays, cutlery, tea sets etc. Jewellery, costume and fine jewellery. Medals, militaria, uniforms, stamps, postcards, photo albums. Any other items you feel could be of interest to me. Discretion assured. Contact Ian on - Tel: 07817 097343 or 01935 873839 WANTED MILITARIA Collector would like the opportunity to purchase German and British WW2 militaria. RAF medals, antique weapons etc. Cash paid. Absolute discretion assured. sellyoak.rose@gmail.com 01903 533340 or 07909285080 XBOX ONE WANTED AUCTION PRICES PAID For anything Old & interesting esp: COLLECTABLES - COINS - Model cars -TOYS & All Memorabillia esp SPORT/ MUSIC/WAR related ie Badges/Medals/Progs/ Autographs etc.. Also Old photograph albums - Old books/COMICS - METAL SIGNS - Posters etc what have you -Well worth a call! Can collect anywhere! Tel/Txt Steve 07521303955 WANTED CARAVANS cash paid any age, any size, any caravan considered 07785567739 WANTED F O O T B A L L P R O G R A M M E S WANTED PRE - 1969 , BADGES , TICKETS , SHIRTS , PHOTOS , Also RUGBY SPEEDWAY 07427 746 806 cornerprogrammes@ gmail.com BLACK INDUCTION HOB As new condition From John Lewis (AEG) Not suitable for current owner Collection only Was £529 £199 01225 317796 Farm visits available ALL STOCK WEIGHED & CLASSIFIED BY THE MLC Luke Scrivin 07985 416 431 A G Sansum & Sons Ltd FOR SALE Straw, Hay, Haylage and Fodderbeat Please call Colin 07836 561575 Clare 07834 038314 Office 01454 294574 Straw now available Covering all your agricultural needs & services ABBOTT & CO LTD are buyers and sellers of Barley & Wheat Straw HAY & HAYLAGE also Bedmax Bedrap Shavings Tel 01934 822177 or 01458 447833 PROMPT PAYMENT Please contact: OR Gosia Fudge 07498 229 248 XBOX ONE Series S 1681 50 GB £200 0117 965 0445

50 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Classified Christmas can be a challenging time RABI is always here for you At RABI, we understand that the festive season can present a complex mix of pressures. After all, farming life doesn’t stop for the holiday season. Any time of day or night, there’s someone you can talk to, every day of the year. Call us 24/7 on: 0800 188 4444 rabi.org.uk/kooth Registered Charity Number 208858

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 51 Classified Stanton Wick Farm, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4DB Office: 01761 490372, Email: sales@hcurtis.co.uk All Prices plus VAT James Ball: 07740 179725 | Andrew Curtis: 07999 010607 CASE MAGNUM 310, 2011, Power Shift, 50K, Pick Up Hitch, 4 Spools, 4200 Hrs £54,500 Bobcat E27Z, In Stock £POA Bobcat E55Z, In Stock £POA Bobcat, L28 Loading Shovel £POA Bobcat Skid-steer S550, 70hrs from new, c/w bucket & grab £34,750 Deutz 510040, 2016, 2900HRS, 40K, FL & PTO £27,500 Ford 4610, 4100 hrs, loader, column gearbox, 4WD £POA FORD 4610, 2WD TRACTOR, 1988, 3080 Hrs, Column Change, 30K, Twin Assist Ram, 2 Spools, PS £11,750 Case 1594, 1985, 3898 hrs, 30k, Hyrdashift, 2 spools, front weights £16,500 Case 185, 2016, 7100 hrs, 50K, front linkage & PTO suspended cab, air con £44,750 Case Puma 150 powershift, F/L, 50K air brakes, tyres 80%, low hrs £65,000 Case 5150+ 1996, good tyres, exceptional condition £POA Case/ Steyr CS150, 2003, F/L, Good tyres, approx 3500 hrs £31,750 New Holland TL100A 2005, C/W loader, due in Dec £POA New Holland 40 Boomer, C/W cab, turf tyres, ex hire, due in Dec £POA New Holland Boomer 25, 2019, 27 hours, 4wd, as new £POA Braughan 22 Silage trailer, 2018, steering axel £19,250 Kubota b3030, 2700hrs, 4wd £10,500 Massey Ferguson, 3635, 5995 hrs, aircon, 40k £21,950 Massey Ferguson 8110, 4100 HRS, 1997, 40KMH, aircon £18,750 MF 6190 4WD, Full spec, due in Dec £POA MF 5430 2012, C/W, MF/Quicke loader, dyna4, cab suspension, 80% tyres, 3500 hrs, power shuttle £33,750 MASSEY FERGUSON 6150, R Reg, 40Kmh, 6500Hrs £18,950 Househam Sprint Self-propelled Sprayer, may 96, 6300 hrs, 12/24 mt boom, 2l tank, 4 wheel steer, 2 sets of wheels £21,750 JCB Fastrac 4220, June 21, 500 hrs, Vario, 60k, F/L £POA JCB JS 130, LC, 13t Slew, 2014, Q/H, 5900 hrs, due in £34,000 JCB 540-140, High vis, 14 mt telescopic, 1600 hrs, 2018, exceptional condition £48,250 Pottinger Lion 302 Power harrow 3m, 2013, packer roller, good tines, VGC £5,250 BUY NOW, PAY LATER! FANTASIC EARLY BIRD OFFERS INCLUDING 0% FINANCE DEALS & PAYMENT DEFERRALS ON ALL NEW 2022 KUBOTA GRASS & FORAGE MACHINERY… FERT SPREADERS, ALL MOWERS, FLAILS, TEDDERS, RAKES & BALERS IN STOCK: Kubota M6-142: 140HP with 20HP Transport Power Boost, 24x24 Fully Robotic Trans, In Stock & Available! JOHN DEERE 6115M: 2015, 6190 Hours, 40kph Powr Quad Trans, MX 420 Loader, FSH, Very Clean & Tidy £39,950 +VAT Kubota Dealers for Wiltshire & Somerset Manor Farm, Marston, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 5SQ Contact Us: 01380 723986 or Jason Howard: 07968 324465 IN STOCK: New Kubota M4-063: 66HP, MERLO TF35.7 TELEHANDLER: 2019, 40KPH 18x18 Transmission with ElectroHyd 1500 Hours, 40kph, Trailer Brakes & PUH, Shuttle, 4WD, Immediately Available! Mitchlin Tyres, Superb £51,950 +VAT SILOKING DIET FEEDER: 12M Cube, TEAGLE TOMOHAWK 8100: 2018, Single Auger, Lower “Compact” Model, Swivel Chute, Chops Straw or Silage, Side Elevator, Weigh Head, £7,450 +VAT Hardly Used & Like New, £9,250 +VAT We are now Dealers for Nugent Engineering, offering their full Livestock & Commercial Trailer Ranges. For More Info, please visit www.nugentengineering.com For prices and availability contact Jason Howard on 07968 324465. Newly appointed main dealer for Somerset and Bristol. Telescopic handlers, Skid steers, excavators 0.8-8.5 t. Groundcare Specialist - Nigel Howe: 07793 586555 To view more machinery visit our website: www.hcurtis.co.uk WANTED for Resale and Export tractors, telehandlers, combine harvesters, farm machinery, landrovers, wheeled diggers, excavators, lorries ANYTHING CONSIDERED Andrew Wilkins Ltd Tel. 01249 740377 or 07702 332109 www.awilkinsmachinery.co.uk ABBOTT & CO LTD are buyers and sellers of HAY AND STRAW also Bedmax, Bedrap, shavings & haylage. Large & Small Bales delivered to all areas Tel 01934 822177 or 01458 447833

52 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS Classified Forthcoming Dairy Sales Telephone: 01278 410250. Email: livestock@gth.net SEDGEMOOR AUCTION CENTRE NORTH PETHERTON, SOMERSET, TA6 6DF (M5, J24) Tuesday 30th November at 11.00am The Dispersal Sale of the Summer/Autumn Calving Herds being 251 DAIRY CATTLE Comp: 212 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf & 39 Grazing Cows ✰ Lydford HERD AV: 7,713kgs 4.23% BF 3.39%P SCC=126 ✰ Eastfield HERD AV: 7,599kgs 4.33% BF 3.40%P SCC=179 ✰ HERRINGBONE Parlour, CUBICLE Housed ✰ CALVING: Jul (62); Aug (100); Sep (46); Oct (11) ✰ SERVICES TO: British Blue For Shayes Farm LLP (Removed from Eastfield Farm and Lydford Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset for convenience of sale) ** Live bidding on MartEye, please register in advance at gth.marteye.ie ** SEDGEMOOR AUCTION CENTRE Thursday 9th December at 11.00am with the Heifer Calves The Christmas Cracker Show & Sale of 200 DAIRY CATTLE 80 Freshly Calved Holstein Cows & Heifers from Beneknowle, Dinnaton (x20), Dorset, Gorwyn, Holmead, Longmoor, Moorshard, Peacehay, Rookhaye, Shanael, Stbridesvalley & Walkabout 3 Bulls from Dorset, RG & IR Tapp (British Friesian) & Walkabout 3 Incalf Heifers from Stbridesvalley 21 Yearling Heifers from Shanael 11 Heifer Calves from Shanael ** Live bidding on MartEye, please register in advance at gth.marteye.ie ** DECEMBER Thurs 16th ONLINE TIMED AUCTION at https://gth.auctionmarts.com. The Christmas Spotlight Sale of Pedigree Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey & Ayrshire Dairy Cattle with outstanding potential. Forthcoming Deadstock Sales SEDGEMOOR AUCTION CENTRE NORTH PETHERTON, SOMERSET, TA6 6DF (M5, J24) Wednesday 1st December at 10.30am Sedgemoor Collective Machinery Sale (350+ anticipated lots to include misc. items) Massey Ferguson 3625 2WD 5000 hrs TRACTOR; Case 895 XL 4WD TRACTOR; Toro T4240 REEL MOWER; 10 Cubic Metre DUMP TRAILER; Griffiths 10T GRAIN TRAILER; West 1600 Dual SPREADER; West 1600 TANKER; KV Triple K 5M CULTIVATOR c/w Crumbler; Flexicoil 3M Steering Front PRESS; Springtine 2.5M CULTIVATOR; Ferguson 9 Tine CULTIVATOR; Single Leg SUBSOILER; 4F Conventional PLOUGH; Ferguson Butterfly PLOUGH; Vicon RSM 1105 Fert SPREADER; Fella RAKE; HAYBOB; Vicon 300 HAYBOB; Browns Post BANGER; Parmiter Contractor MDL Post BANGER; Parmiter Post BANGER; Teagle 808 STRAW CHOPPER; KV STRAW CHOPPER; Teagle Small Bale STRAW CHOPPER; McConnell Rhino TOPPER; Woodland Mills HM126 SAWMILL; AG Sand DISPENSER; PTO Driven SAWBENCH; Twose LINKBOX; Dung GRAB; Browns Eagle Bale GRAB; Twose 10’ Flat ROLER; Loader BUCKET; Pallet FORKS; Cattle CRUSH; 4 x Cattle HURDLES; CHAINSAW; Large Qty of Small TOOLS; etc. Items to be delivered Tuesday 30th November between 9.00am - 4.30pm A 10% plus VAT Buyers Premium is charged on all lots, subject to a cap of £250 plus VAT per lot. Buyers not known to the Auctioneers are required to provide photographic ID to obtain a buyers number. Payment by cash and debit card only. ** Live bidding on MartEye, please register in advance at gth.marteye.ie ** ONLINE TIMED MACHINERY AUCTION - at https://gth.auctionmarts.com Thursday 2nd December finishing from 6.30pm onwards The Dispersal Sale of 2 John Deere Tractors, 2 Schaffer Loaders, Digger, Pick Up Truck, Farm Machinery, Dairy & Livestock Equipment & Effects To include: Special Consignment from the Somerset Drainage Board Consortium, being 2 Tractors & 2 Diggers (13) JD 615R TRACTOR; (09) JD 6930 Premium TRACTOR; (18) Schaffer 9640T LOADER; (17) Schaffer 3550T TELEHANDLER; (12) Doosan DX225LC EXCAVATOR; (03) Mitsubishi Warrior L200 Pick Up TRUCK; RS Agri 24M TUB MIXER; (16) KRM L2 Plus Fert SPREADER; Woodchuck SAND DISPENSER; (13) Krone AM323s MOWER; (15) JCB Agri BUCKET c/w Hyd Road BRUSH; (16) RS Agri SILAGE CUTTER; Flingk Sand RAKE; Storth Slurry STIRRER; (13) Alo BUCKET; ADF MILKING SYSTEM; Northern Dairy TEAT SCRUBBER; 15,000L Vaccar MILK SILO; Vaccar ICE BANK; (17) Compare Corkscrew LO2 COMPRESSOR; 160L Milk TROLLEY; DP Agri Foot Trimming CRUSH; 30x Calf Tel HUTCHES; 3x Large Calf HOTELS; 126x CUBICLE DIVISIONS; 3x Precast Concrete Feed BUNKERS; 14x Croom Concrete A Wall PANELS; Concrete V SLURRY CHANNELS; 12x Concrete 8’x4’ Cattle SLATS; 4x Extra Long Cattle SLATS; 6x Concrete PANELS; 2x MOBILE HOMES; (18) 10,000L Harlequin DIESEL TANK; 2,700T of MAIZE SILAGE; 600T of 4th/5th Cut GRASS SILAGE; etc. INC BY KIND PERM: (04) MF 6485 TRACTOR; (13) JD 6830 TRACTOR c/w Herder Dredging Arm; (04) JCB 3CX Sitemaster DIGGER c/w 4 in 1 Bucket; (09) Hitachi Zaxis 135US EXCAVATOR; (98) Weeks 6.8T Tipping TRAILER; (02) Richard Western 1200 Diesel BOWSER; Qty of Herder Flails and Weed Cutting BUCKETS; Bunded DIESEL TANK; etc. Full listing on www.gth.net For Main Vendor: CJ & JA Reed (Bridgwater, Somerset) ** VIEWING AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ON FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER & TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER. ALL BIDDERS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED ONCE THE BIDDING SITE HAS OPENED. NEW BIDDERS ARE REGISTERED WITH A STANDARD BIDDING LIMIT OF £500. PLEASE CONTACT US TO INCREASE IT. A BUYERS PREMIUM OF 5% + VAT WILL BE PAYABLE ON ALL LOTS** DECEMBER Fri 17th AT WONHAM BARTON, BAMPTON, TIVERTON, DEVON, EX16 9JZ. The Dispersal Sale of 3 Tractors, Farm Machinery, Effects and Household Items for C & A Williams. JOHN BOLTON Same Day Payment For barren cows, All areas bulls, over age cattle, fat and lean covered 7 days a Also Registered collector of fallen stock. week Cattle, horses, calves, sheep, e.t.c. Also TB restricted cattle taken. Parbrook, Glastonbury BA6 8PB Tel. 01458 850230 | Mob. 07860 269462, 07788153419 Land For Sale Two blocks of permanent pasture land, for sale in two lots. In total the land extends to approximately 7.72 acres (3.12 ha) at East Huntspill, Somerset. For sale by Public Auction and Livestream Public Auction at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6DF on the 8th December 2021 at 1pm. Guide Price: Lot 1: £15,000 Lot 2: £10,000 Contact Sedgemoor Office: 01278 410250 A single block of permanent pasture land, for sale as a whole. In total the land extends to approximately 11.86 acres (4.80 ha) at Godney, Somerset. For sale by Public Auction and Livestream Public Auction at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6DF on the 8th December 2021 at 1pm. Guide Price: £20,000 Contact Sedgemoor Office: 01278 410250 We wish to notify all interested parties that an acceptable offer well in excess of the guide price has been received for this property. Should any interested parties wish to submit an offer, all best and final offers must be received by Monday 29th November 2021 in a standard form via the Agents. All parties must contact the Agents prior to the date. Sedgemoor Auction Centre North Petherton, Somerset, TA6 6DF (M5, Junction 24) Telephone: 01278 410278 www.gth.net TOTAL STOCK FOR THE WEEK 5,890 Stock from across the West Country, sold to buyers from throughout the Nation Returns for Saturday 20th November 2021 DAIRY CATTLE (67) Heifers to £2210. Others £2080. Cows to £1850. Others £1550. (821) STORE CATTLE & STIRKS - FORWARD STORES (637) Steers to £1590 (HEX). Others £1565 (LIMX) £1555 (BRBX) & £1540 (LIMX). Heifers to £1470 (PA). Others £1395 (LIMX) £1390 (BRBX) & £1375 (LIMX). GRAZING COWS (9) to £980 (BRBX). Others £975 (HEX). SUCKLERS (10) to £1140. STIRKS (174) Steers to £1165 (LIMX). Others £925 (CHX) £900 (HEX) & £870 (CHX). Heifers to £875 (LIMX). Others £860 (HEX) £855 (AA) & £800 (3x) (CHX & LIMX). CALVES (492) - Beef Bulls to £515 (CHX). Others £510 (BRBX) £450 (CHX) & £425 (CHX). Heifers to £405 (BRBX). Others £370 (S/DEV) £360 (CHX) & £325 (BRB). Black & Whites to £165 (HF). (3475) SHEEP - STORE LAMBS (2545) to £128. Others £125 & £124. Overall Ave £96.70. CULL EWES & RAMS (901) Ewes to £136. Others £128 & £121. Rams to £205 (2x). Others £136 & £123. Overall Ave £81.42. GOATS (5) to £108. Overall ave £93.20. BREEDING EWES (24) to £95. (152) PIGS - WEANERS (37) to £24. Overall average £15. CULL SOWS & BOAR (5) Sow to £50. STORES (50) to £63. FAT PIGS (51) to £115. BREEDERS (9) to £122. The West Country’s Gateway to National Abattoirs Returns for Monday 22nd November 2021 PRIME CATTLE (114) Steers UTM av 219.4ppk to 244.5ppk & £1,702.80. Others 243.5ppk, 238.5ppk (2x) & 237.5ppk (2x). Others £1,650.63, £1,607.10 & £1,600.34. Heifers UTM av 213.3ppk to 243.5ppk and £1,575.50. Others 241.5ppk, 236.5ppk & 235.5ppk (2x). Others £1,564.18, £1,548.11 & £1,540.09. BARREN COWS (56) Continental av 127.3ppk to 167.5ppk and £1,041.85. Native Beef av 117.6ppk to 146.5ppk and £1,188.12. Dairy av 112.1ppk to 144.5ppk and £1,173.43. FINISHED SHEEP (713) Lamb ave 259.82ppk to 282.0ppk and £153.00. Others 280.0ppk, 279.0ppk & 278.0ppk. Others £150.50, £150.00 & £147.50. FORTHCOMING SPECIAL SALES For full COVID-19 rules on market attendance and up to date sales list please refer to our website https://www.gth.net/sedgemoor-auction-centre DECEMBER Sat 4th Monthly Catalogued Sale of Organic Store Stock 10am Ring 2 Sat 4th Monthly Catalogued Sale of 75 Suckler Cows, Calves, Heifers & Bulls Approx 12.30pm Ring 1 Entries to date include: 5 Bulls - 2 Angus, 1 Charolais, 1 Devon & 1 Hereford. 26 Continental Cows & Calves - British Blue & Limousin 28 Native Cows & Calves - Aberdeen Angus, Pedigree Devon & Hereford. Please contact Megan or Haley on 01278 410278 Sat 4th Fortnightly Sale of Pigs 10am Mon 6th South West Winter Fair 15th Annual Christmas Show of Cattle, Lambs, Pigs, Lamb Carcasses & The South West Sausage Competition along with trade stands. Haltered Cattle Championship Prize of £1000 Kindly sponsored by Secanim & Court Farm Butchers Best Bred & Fed Haltered Beast £250 Kindly Sponsored by JG Animal Health Unhaltered Prize Fund of £1200 Kindly Sponsored by Bridgwater Agricultural Society For further information please contact either Adam Hayes or Louise Baker at the Market Office on 01278 410278 Wed 15th Orange Market Dedicated Sale for bTB Restricted Cattle. Store Cattle - 15 Months & Over, Prime Cattle & Barren Cows. Stock to be booked in with the market office by 8th December. Licences to be obtained from Truro Trading Standards on 03000 200301 or CSC.TBlicensing@apha.gsi.gov.uk Sale commences 4.30pm Sat 18th Fodder 1pm Sat 18th Special Catalogued Sale of Clean Plucked Christmas Poultry 11am www.gth.net Rushmead Agri 4 x 4 Wolf Defender 90 300TDi 1998 R £15,000 Massey Ferguson 135 CW Loader New Tyres £6,500 Zetor Tractor 7340 VGC, 1980 Hours £7,250 Defender 90 TD5 2001 Hard top 2.5 £11,750 no VAT Ford Compact Tractor 1910 Not Registered £4,650 ovno Horse Trailer Rice Europa Light weight New Tyres VGC £995 ovno 2016 Marshal 6 Ton Tipping Trailer £4,250 Agricultural Tyres 12.5 x 18, £275 Part Exchange Mike Fews, Bristol/Bath Area 07966130180 Land For Sale By Private Treaty INVESTMENT LAND AT BUTTS ORCHARD, WRINGTON, NORTH SOMERSET Land of 0.25 acres in village location £130,000 Contact the Wrington Office 01934 864300 LAND AT BANWELL WOODS, BANWELL, NORTH SOMERSET 18.85 acres of pasture land & agricultural building. £175,000 Contact the Wrington Office 01934 864300 LAND AT WINTERS LANE, REDHILL, NORTH SOMERSET 13.31 acres of pasture land and woodland. £220,000 Contact the Wrington Office 01934 864300 LAND AT ELMSLEY LANE, KEWSTOKE, NORTH SOMERSET 8.15 acres of pasture land. £75,000 Contact the Wrington Office 01934 864300 Grant Funding FARMING EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FUND (FETF) DEFRA have released another grant which will contribute towards the purchase cost of a list of specified, pre-determined items that will have a standard cost for farmers, foresters and contractors to help improve farm efficiency. If you would like more information please do contact the Wrington Office 01934 864300 djpnr.co.uk Horse Lorry 1996 N DAF 45, 130 TD Carry 3 Horses Living Area, MOT All Good £1,950 ROSS AUCTION CENTRE SALE OF STORE CATTLE THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2021 Sale at 11.15am Entries now invited for the Catalogue. Tel: RG & RB WILLIAMS (01989) 762225 MIG welders Repairs TIG welders Sales Plasma cutters Servicing Generators Warrior Welding Machines BOC Gasses Call Phil 01225 312177 info@warriorwelders.com

Voyce Pullin Auctioneers, Valuers & Rural Surveyors FORTHCOMING SALES CIRENCESTER MARKET Cotswold Agricultural Centre, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 5QA MONDAY, 29TH NOVEMBER 2021 (2.00 pm) 200 TB Restricted Store Cattle & Barren Cows TUESDAY, 30TH NOVEMBER 2021 80 Rearing Calves (10.30 am) 300 Stores Cattle (11.30 am) Includes 7 Aberdeen Angus Cow & Calves THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2021 Including Primestock Show & Sales of Beef Cattle & Barren Cows (Judging 10.00am) Prime Lambs & Cull Ewes (Judging 9.30am) Cookery & Produce & Children’s Classes All Classes Open to Entries on the day (Judging 10.00am) Drop off between 7.00am - 9.30am Schedules on website THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2021 Including Christmas Shows & Sales of Prime Pigs & Sows (Judging 10.00am - Sale 11.00am) Open to entries on the day 23rd & 25th November 2021 - Market Results Full Report available on Website REARING & WEANED CALVES (40): Bulls to £300, Heifers to £270. STORE CATTLE (276): Another good entry sold to another very good, sharper trade but again the entry saw more smaller & medium-term sorts on offer. The stronger short-term steers were a lot sharper and an extremely good trade between £1380 - £1465 (205 - 215p/kg) topping at £1490 (207p/kg) for Aberdeen Angus steers & £1468 (214p/kg) for Simmental’s. The stronger mediumterm steers were another very good trade with the better Continental’s £1150 - £1250 (210 - 220p/kg) topping at £1355 (212p/kg) for Charolais’ & £1300 (226p/kg). The general medium-term steers were also a very strong trade between £1000 - £1100 (210 - 230p/kg) with the younger & lesser steers £800 - £900 (190 - 210p/kg). The stronger short-term heifers traded over £1100 topping at £1285 (201p/kg) for a Charolais with a British Blue to £1220 (205p/kg). The stronger medium-term heifers were dearer trading between £950 - £1050 (200 - 210p/kg) with the general medium-term & younger heifers short in number between £750 - £850 (175 - 190p/kg). A good entry of weaned calves & young stores again saw mixed quality on offer. The better sorts saw another good trade with South Devon steers (8-10mths) to £848 (202p/kg) & £805 twice (230p/kg & 212p/kg) with Aberdeen Angus steers to £878 (212p/kg) & £780 (223p/kg). Charolais steers (8-10mths) sold to £808 (210p/kg) & Simmental steers (7-8mths) sold to £810 (249p/kg), £700 (219p/kg) & £690 (230p/kg). PRIME LAMBS (742) Another decent entry saw another good trade with the better, tight coated lambs trading between 280p/kg - 300p/kg topping at 307p/kg. Heavier lambs £135 - £143 topping at £145. STORE SHEEP (416) A very good entry of store lambs saw the stronger lambs £90 - £96. Medium sorts £80 - £85. Smaller long-term lambs £55 - £65. CULL EWES (215) A decent entry saw another good trade with the stronger Continental & Suffolk ewes £115 to £135, Half meat ewes £75 - £85. Rams to £137. CATTLE (28) The best Steers to 240p/kg & Heifers to 213p/kg. General sorts 190p/kg - 195p/kg. The meat beef cows were 145p/kg - 163p/kg, medium cows well sold between 115 - 120p/kg. Contact Chris Voyce (Lydney Office), Jon Pullin (Oldbury Office) ONLINE TIMED AUCTIONS COMMERCIAL ASSETS & REDUNDANT STOCK Cirencester Market, Driffield Road, Cirencester, Glos Viewing Monday 6th December (10am - 4pm) Bidding Closing - Thursday, 9th December from 12 noon MONTHLY ONLINE COLLECTIVE Bidding from Mon, 6th to Thur,9th Dec from 12 noon Entries currently include Three Genuine Dispersals, to include: Kawasaki Mule 4010 (2009) & Marshal MS45 Muckspreader, McConnel SMO 225 Flail Topper, Sutton FLC57 Road Brush, Protech P30S Inline Post Knocker, Root Pulper/Chopper, Keen 6ft Heavy Duty Re-Handling Bucket (2015), Tullow 1150 Gallon Slurry Tanker, Cattle Race Inspection Chamber, 2x Ifor Williams DP120 Cattle Partitions, Bomford OC1 Roller Mill, Fergie Saw Bench, Ketchum Pig Slapper, Parkhouse 16ft Cattle Box, Parkhouse 17ft Cattle Box, Mercedes Atego 815 Flatbed Lorry, Grays Bale Grab, Shetland Pony Trap, Knapter Scrarifier, Albion CD4 Chaff Cutter, Qty Gates, 3x Stone/Granite Gate Posts, 2x Antique Wheels, Ellwell Makers Shed, 10x Metal Pedestrian Gates, Double Chess Press, Jackson & Son A4 Double Cheese Press, J Farris Single Cheese Press, Avery Scales, Wooden Sack Scales, AllDyas & Onions Ltd Mobile Forge, Henry Bamford & Sons Flour Mill, 13ft New Wooden Gate, 12ft Metal Gate, 4x Pallets of Flagstones, 2x Cast Iron Troughs, Cast Iron Bowl, Cast Iron Dish, Qty Cast Iron/ galv. Downpipe. Other entries include: Major Muckout 700 Muck Spreader, Kverneland Extra-EL VN260 Fert. Spreader (18), M & W 12T Mobile Grain Dryer, GEM 3006 Steer 24m Trailer Sprayer, Amazone ZA-M Max Spinner, GHL Round Bale Straw Chopper, Overum Tive 4008 Drill, Teagle Tomahawk 404 Bale Shredder, Bateman Weigh Crate, Bentley 8, Cooper Flat Lift, Houseman Sprayer, Tow along spinner/gritter, JCB 4 in 1 Bucket, Various Pairs of Wheels, Chain Harrows, Accord Drill, Teagle Straw Chopper, Dump Trailer, etc. Further Entries Invited Oldbury: 01454 269486 Lydney: 01291 680068 Market: 01285 869911 Commercial: 01285 869333 www.voycepullin.co.uk Classified WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER FROME FAT STOCK SHOW CLASSES FOR HANDLED & UNHANDLED BEEF CATTLE, BARREN COWS, SHEEP, PIGS, (INC YOUNG FARMERS CLASSES) AND CALVES CALF ENTRIES ACCEPTED PRIOR TO 10am SHOW MORNING SCHEDULES AVAILABLE FROM THE MARKET OFFICE – 01373 830033 OR ONLINE www.fromelivestock.com or www.cooperandtanner.co.uk WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER Next Sale of Pigs WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER Sale of Dairy To Include Dispersal of 80 In-Calf (Dry) x Bred Spring Calving Dairy Cows. Due Feb/March to Irish Friesian, Ped Jersey & Pedigree Hereford Bulls Cubicle Trained once a Day Milking Through Herringbone Parlour WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER Sale of Reared Calves MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER Sale of TB Restricted Cattle WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER Sale of Dairy To Include To Include 60 In-Calf x Bred Heifers Due Feb/March to Angus Bull FRIDAY 17TH DECEMBER Sale of Store Cattle to Include Organic XMAS OPENING TIMES FRIDAY 24TH DECEMBER NO MARKET WEDNESDAY 29TH DECEMBER MARKET OPEN FRIDAY 31ST DECEMBER NO MARKET WISHING ALL OUR CLIENTS A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS WORCESTER MARKET SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER 80 Texel In Lamb Gimmers and Ewe Lambs On Behalf of Gloucester & Borders Texel Club Sale at 11.00am 50 Blue Texel In Lamb Ewes, In Lamb Gimmers and Ewe Lambs On Behalf of the Society Sale at 1.00pm 30 Beltex In Lamb Gimmers and Ewe Lambs On Behalf of the Society Sale at 2.00pm 40 Dutch Spotted In Lamb Ewes, In Lamb Gimmers, Ewe Lambs and Embryos Sale at 3.00pm 15 Berrichon In Lamb Gimmers and Ewe Lambs Sale at 4.00pm Online bidding for all sales via mccartneys.auctionmarts.com For catalogues or further Information Worcester Market Tel: 01905 769770 Or James Amphlett 07972 653077 KING FARM WASTE Tel: 01761 221246 Mob: 07850 838046 FARM WASTE COLLECTIONS We are Licensed Waste Carriers/Brokers and provide Waste Transfer Receipts We collect in 14 Counties in the Midlands, South West England and South Wales We collect from farms, nurseries, market gardens, equine establishments NO ANNUAL FEES, JUST PAY FOR WHAT WE TAKE AWAY! We Re-Cycle over 99% COLLECTIVE ON FARM FODDER AUCTION TUES 7th DECEMBER 10am Hill Barn Fm, Bishop Cannings, SN10 2LW 420 Sq 6str Bales Wheat & Barley Straw 10.30 Hayle Farm, Quemerford, SN11 8UJ 200 Sq 4 Str Bales Winter Wheat Straw 11.30 Middle Down Farm, Marsfield, SN14 8HX 73 Round 4ft Bales Meadow Hay 18 Round 4ft Bales Lucerne Hay 1.30pm Chesterblade, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4QX 170 Sq 6 Str Bales 1st Cut Silage 2.30pm New Park Fm, Horsington, Templecombe, 300 Sq 4 Str Bales Organic Hay BA8 0EL All quantities approx in lots or as a whole. Catalogue with location plans online www.cooperandtanner.co.uk/forthcoming-sales ALSO BY PRIVATE TREATY - ROUND BALE WHEAT STRAW Enquiries: Trevor Rowland 01373 831010 ANNUAL PUBLIC AUCTION OF LONG LEGGED CHRISTMAS POULTRY TUES 21st DECEMBER AT FROME MARKET, STANDERWICK, FROME, BA11 2QB Commencing 10.30am. Viewing 10am. Enquiries/Entries 01373 831010 (3) LAND & PROPERTY AUCTIONS – Timed Auctions via registration at cooperandtanner.co.uk/land-and-property THURS 25th NOVEMBER – Results inc: Highampton, Devon – two enclosures of pastureland with direct highway access. Extending to 1.91 acres. Sold at £57,250. Theale, Wedmore – Level pastureland extending to 7.1 acres. Subject to HLS agreement expiring April 2022. Sold at £46,250 Blakeway, Nr Wedmore – Coppice/woodland including a pond and extending 2.06 acres. Sold at £50,600. Ansford, Castle Cary – Coppice/woodland extending to 0.23 ac. Withdrawn prior to auction. West Pennard – Village property comprising detached dwelling requiring complete renovation and large plot of just under ½ acre. Guide Price: £426,500. ENTRIES INVITED FOR FUTURE PROPERTY AUCTIONS Enquiries/to discuss entering property or land into an auction contact Hannah Pole 01373 455060 or George Trippick 01458 834288 FARMS & LAND For free Marketing Advice phone Martin Hemmett 01373 455060 or Ross Whitcombe 01458 834288 FARM & RURAL FINANCE Contact your regional agents: Chris Eden 01373 831010 Tori Osborne 01934 740055 Nick Oliver 01458 834288 www.cooperandtanner.co.uk AGRI LIME GYPSUM SUPERSLAG King Contracting East Harptree, Bristol Tel - 01761 221246 M - 07850 838046 BROMHAM POll HeRefORds PedigRee RegisteRed Bulls fOR sAle sAC HeAltH sCHeMe fABBl PHOne Pike (Wilts) 01380 850412 07891 386484 KILLERTON LIMOUSIN BULLS FOR SALE Bulls from 14 months + TB Tested. BVD, IBR & Lepto Vaccinated and Semen tested. Beef values in the top 10% Patrick Greed - Exeter Bulls & Heifers Cows & Calves Tel. 01392 841228 or Mob. 07850 952983 50 LOVELY LOHMAN BROWN LAYING HENS (EACH) £1.50 01458 835185

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WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 55 Sport starts hereNewbury among seven meetings this weekend RACECARDS: PAGES 56-59 SPORTS TRIVIA Contact us Western Daily Press sport 0117 9343522 email: wdsport@bepp.co.uk ON THIS DAY 2016: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was crowned the Formula One world champion after finishing second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who he pipped to the title. BIRTHDAYS Football’s Roland Nilsson – former Sweden, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry defender, 1963, Roberto Mancini – former Sampdoria, Lazio and Italy striker and title-winning manager with Inter Milan and Manchester City, now in charge of the Italy national team, 1964; Cycling’s Wendy Houvenaghel – Northern Irish track cyclist who won individual pursuit silver at the Beijing Olympics and was world champion in the team pursuit in 2008, 2009 and 2011, 1974; and Cricket’s Michael Yardy – ex-Sussex cricketer and England World T20 winner, 1980, and Suresh Raina – former India batsman, 1986. QUIZ 1 Which former Football League club – now defunct – played their home games at the McCain Stadium? 2 Which snooker player has won the UK Championship the most times? 3 Which former world champion boxer was known as the Yorkshire Hunter? 4 How many track events are in the heptathlon? 5 Name the two UK racecourses beginning with the letter E? Answers: 1 Scarborough; 2 Ronnie O’Sullivan; 3 Paul Ingle; 4 Three (100m hurdles, 200m, 800m); 5 Epsom & Exeter. > > Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead, left, has a great chance to land today’s Ladbrokes Trophy with Eklat De Rire Tim Goode/PA OFFICIALHORSERACING COMMENTARY AND RESULTS Cal09016094248 Calscost65pperminplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.18+only. SP:Spoke.Helpline:03332023390 Eklat can land Trophy Henry de Bromhead can HORSE RACING scoop yet another major prize on these shores CAPTAIN WESSEX when he unleashes Eklat De Western Daily Press tipster Rire in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury this afternoon. It was only last weekend the already aware what talent De Bromhead had in his care, they Irish trainer plundered the were made to take notice in the Betfair Chase at Haydock with A Plus Tard to start this season spring when he took the three premier prizes at Cheltenham’s the way he ended the last. Festival with Honeysuckle If British racing fans were not (Champion Hurdle), Put The THIS WEEKEND’S HORSE RACING STATISTICS Kettle On (Champion Chase) and Minella Indo (Gold Cup) – and the Grand National with Minella Times. Eklat De Rire could be his latest package to deliver in the biggest staying handicap chase outside of the Grand National. De Bromhead provided a major clue as to Eklat De Rire’s prospects as he gave him his seasonal debut in a Listed chase at Wexford last month – the race that Minella Indo won on his reappearance in 2020. Eklat De Rire duly obliged over the two miles and seven furlongs on heavy ground against three rivals. It will be a different test this time around, but there is no doubt the sevenyear-old has plenty of untapped potential, having shown immense promise last term. TODAY Bangor – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): D McCain 58-281 (20.6%), J Candlish 14-79 (17.7%), A Ralph 11-51 (21.6%), A King 11-52 (21.1%), Jonjo O’Neill 11-66 (16.7%), G Hanmer 11-68 (16.2%), N Twiston-Davies 11-68 (16.2%), O Murphy 11-72 (15.3%), F O’Brien 10-45 (22.2%), H Daly 9-41 (21.9%), O Greenall 7-123 (5.7%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Brian Hughes 38-171 (22.2%), Gavin Sheehan 10-44 (22.7%), Lee Edwards 9-81 (11.1%), Adrian Heskin 8-38 (21.1%), Ciaran Gethings 4-34 (11.8%), Richie McLernon 4-41 (9.8%), Max Kendrick 3-15 (20%), Ben Jones 3-19 (15.8%), Fergus Gregory 3-27 (11.1%), Alan Johns 3-37 (8.1%). Favourites: 147-442 (33.3%). Doncaster – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): D Skelton 16-85 (18.8%), P Nicholls 12-55 (21.8%), I Williams 12-65 (18.5%), B Pauling 10-57 (17.5%), D McCain 8-58 (13.8%), N Richards 8-58 (13.8%), C Longsdon 8-71 (11.3%), F O’Brien 7-28 (25%), P Kirby 7-67 (10.4%), B Case 6-27 (22.2%), O Greenall 6-31 (19.4%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Paddy Brennan 10-33 (30.3%), Henry Brooke 7-52 (13.5%), Harry Reed 5-20 (25%), Robbie Dunne 4-31 (12.9%), Jordan Nailor 3-11 (27.3%), Charlie Price 3-11 (27.3%), Mr T Durrell 1-2 (50%), Alex Edwards 1-4 (25%), Theo Gillard 1-5 (20%). Favourites: 117-313 (37.4%). Newbury – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): N Henderson 49-202 (24.3%), P Nicholls 29-121 (24%), P Hobbs 18-102 (17.6%), C Tizzard 13-108 (12%), A King 10-143 (7%), D Pipe 9-43 (20.9%), D Skelton 9-107 (8.4%), Jonjo O’Neill 7-57 (12.3%), F O’Brien 6-53 (11.3%), G L Moore 6-87 (6.9%), T Lacey 5-27 (18.5%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Harry Cobden 25-112 (22.3%), Tom Scudamore 14-69 (20.3%), Jonjo O’Neill Jr 9-54 (16.7%), Sam Twiston-Davies 8-75 (10.7%), Harry Skelton 7-70 (10%), Lorcan Williams 3-11 (27.3%), Charlie Deutsch 3-17 (17.6%), Jack Tudor 2-14 (14.3%), Fergus Gillard 2-15 (13.3%), Jack Quinlan 2-15 (13.3%), Stan Sheppard 2-16 (12.5%). Favourites: 100-294 (34.0%). Newcastle – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): Sue Smith 16-76 (21.1%), B Ellison 13-78 (16.7%), R Menzies 12-85 (14.1%), M Hammond 12-93 (12.9%), N Richards 11-73 (15.1%), P Kirby 11-108 (10.2%), A M Thomson 10-51 (19.6%), L Russell 9-87 (10.3%), N Henderson 8-11 (72.7%), D McCain 8-76 (10.5%), J Moffatt 7-29 (24.1%), D Skelton 7-34 (20.6%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Sean Quinlan 12-140 (8.6%), Ryan Mania 11-51 (21.6%), Conor O’Farrell 8-100 (8%), Danny McMenamin 7-61 (11.5%), Charlotte Jones 6-22 (27.3%), Thomas Dowson 6-60 (10%), Craig Nichol 6-77 (7.8%), Sam Coltherd 5-65 (7.7%), Sean Bowen 3-8 (37.5%), Aidan Coleman 3-14 (21.4%). Favourites: 112-338 (33.1%). Wolverhampton – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): P Evans 74-671 (11%), M Johnston 62-494 (12.6%), M Appleby 62-613 (10.1%), J & T Gosden 55-203 (27.1%), A Carroll 55-545 (10.1%), D Loughnane 53-449 (11.8%), A Watson 51-289 (17.6%), A Brittain 51-506 (10.1%), R Fahey 50-504 (9.9%), W Haggas 49-150 (32.7%), R Hannon 47-373 (12.6%), M Loughnane 45-548 (8.2%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Luke Morris 130-1138 (11.4%), David Probert 81-724 (11.2%), Jack Mitchell 75-377 (19.9%), Hollie Doyle 74-524 (14.1%), Rossa Ryan 63-344 (18.3%), Tom Marquand 56-431 (13%), Joe Fanning 52-398 (13.1%), Callum Shepherd 47-379 (12.4%), Robert Havlin 45-230 (19.6%), Stevie Donohoe 45-362 (12.4%), Daniel Muscutt 35-286 (12.2%), Clifford Lee 33-238 (13.9%). Favourites: 1045-3173 (32.9%). Cheek pieces – Bangor: 1.22 Aaron Lad, Eclair De Guye; 2.32 Stag Horn(*); 3.07 Flames Of Passion(*), Magic Of Milan, Mini Crest, Uisce Ur. Doncaster: 12.05 No Cruise Yet, To The Limit; 1.43 Caius Marcius, Ingleby Hollow; 2.18 Ecco, Global Citizen(*), Herbiers, Weather Front; 3.28 Flic Ou Voyou(*). Newbury: 1.15 Court Master, Killer Clown(*), Lock’s Corner; 1.50 Black Mischief, Earlofthecotswolds; 3.00 Brave Eagle, Canelo, Cloth Cap, Mister Malarky, The Hollow Ginge; 3.35 Getaway Trump, Sully D’Oc Aa. Newcastle: 11.45 Oot Ma Way(*); 12.20 Darius Des Sources, Exit To Where, Niven, Treshnish; 1.30 Tupelo Mississippi; 2.05 Dingo Dollar, Sam’s Adventure, Some Chaos, Spiritofthegames, Takingrisks, The Ferry Master. Wolverhampton: 4.00 Expert Opinion, Show Me A Sunset, The Daley Express; 5.00 Superior Force; 6.30 Street Kid; 7.00 The Retriever; 7.30 Asdaa, El Camino, Motawaafeq. (*) denotes horses wearing cheek pieces for the first time. Tongue straps – Bangor-on-Dee: 12.15 Champagnesuperover, Ruthless Article; 12.47 Boagrius, Star of Rory, Demopolis, Baby King, O Ceallaigh, Llantara; 1.22 Ladronne; 1.57 Gareth Cael, Monte Igueldo, Wild Breeze; 3.07 Lightning Gold, Magic Of Milan, Stephanie Sunshine, Kiera Royale. Doncaster: 12.05 No Cruise Yet, Vintage Glen, Dorado Dollar; 12.35 Alchemystique; 1.43 Sofia’s Rock, Ingleby Hollow; 2.18 Herbiers. Newbury: 12.10 Rainyday Woman, Spes Energicall; 12.40 Flash Collonges; 1.15 Lock’s Corner, Kauto The King; 1.50 Glory And Fortune, Black Mischief, Dorking Boy; 3.00 Annamix, Fiddlerontheroof, Kitty’s Light, Remastered, Demachine, Danny Whizzbang; 3.35 Sully D’Oc Aa, Sao, Eclair D’Ainay, Ashutor, Il Ridoto. Newcastle: 11.45 Bamboo Bay, Galah; 12.20 Exit To Where, Caboy, Scottish Accent; 12.55 Mr Glass; 2.05 Dingo Dollar, Glen Forsa, The Ferry Master. Wolverhampton: 4.00 Stake Acclaim, Show Me A Sunset; 4.30 Hi Hoh Tonto; 7.00 Rose Fandango, Frosted Angel, Bobby On The Beat; 7.30 El Camino. Visored for the first time – Newbury: 3.00 Danny Whizzbang. Newcastle: 3.15 Voix Du Reve. Blinkered for the first time: None. Today’s longest traveller: Ahoy Senor (12.40 Newbury) – 433 miles. TOMORROW Carlisle – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): N Richards 26-100 (26%), D McCain 18-165 (10.9%), S Crawford 11-41 (26.8%), M Hammond 11-104 (10.6%), N Twiston-Davies 9-31 (29%), Jonjo O’Neill 9-48 (18.8%), A M Thomson 9-52 (17.3%), Sue Smith 8-99 (8.1%), B Pauling 7-27 (25.9%), J Ewart 6-54 (11.1%), T Easterby 4-25 (16%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Brian Hughes 44-252 (17.5%), Sean Quinlan 17-130 (13.1%), Conor O’Farrell 15-94 (16%), Craig Nichol 9-65 (13.8%), Ryan Mania 7-50 (14%), Jamie Hamilton 7-62 (11.3%), Danny McMenamin 7-70 (10%), Jonjo O’Neill Jr 6-31 (19.4%), Henry Brooke 5-99 (5%), Callum Bewley 4-83 (4.8%), Luca Morgan 3-4 (75%). Favourites: 116-373 (31.1%). Leicester – (five-year record) Top Trainers (with runners): D Skelton 12-32 (37.5%), O Murphy 7-20 (35%), T R George 6-23 (26.1%), F O’Brien 6-30 (20%), D Pipe 4-18 (22.2%), L Morgan 3-12 (25%), D Bridgwater 3-13 (23.1%), S Edmunds 3-13 (23.1%), N Henderson 3-16 (18.8%), Mrs C Bailey 3-23 (13%), E Williams 3-23 (13%). Top Jockeys (with mounts): Harry Skelton 10-26 (38.5%), Charlie Deutsch 5-18 (27.8%), David Bass 5-25 (20%), Paddy Brennan 5-33 (15.2%), Tom Scudamore 4-22 (18.2%), Aidan Coleman 4-27 (14.8%), Fergus Gillard 3-4 (75%), Jack Quinlan 3-32 (9.4%), Adam Wedge 2-13 (15.4%), James Best 2-17 (11.8%), Lee Edwards 2-17 (11.8%). Favourites: 80-198 (40.4%). Cheek pieces – Carlisle: 12.10 Applaus; 12.45 Cornerstone Lad; 1.45 Annie Mc; 2.20 Sultans Pride, The Delray Munky; 2.50 Court Dreaming, Juge Et Parti. Leicester: 1.25 Colonel Lesley, Karakoram, Robeam; 2.30 Taqwaa(*); 3.00 Sid Hoodie, The Dancing Poet. (*) denotes horses wearing cheek pieces for the first time. Tongue straps – Carlisle: 12.10 Lucky Lover Boy, Malpas, Applaus; 12.45 Arvico Bleu, Adrimel, Dreal Deal; 1.45 Dolly Dancer; 2.20 Homme D’Un Soir; 2.50 Downtown Getaway. Leicester: 12.55 Book of Secrets, Buxted Too, Sabre Jet, Trusty Scout; 1.25 Karakoram, Dolly McQueen, Jewari Of Saints; 1.55 Surrey Quest; 2.30 Lonimoss Bareliere, Baliyad, Taqwaa; 3.00 Tinnahalla, One For Billy, Sid Hoodie, Made For You; 3.30 Midnight Callisto, Ginger Du Val, Chosen Shant, Astra Via. Visored for the first time: None. Blinkered for the first time – Leicester: 12.55 Sabre Jet; 3.30 Wilderness. Tomorrow’s longest travellers: Pilgrims King (1.15) and Downtown Getaway (2.50) – both at Carlisle (386 miles).

56 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS HORSE RACING 1 – WESTERN DAILY PRESS, XXXDAY, MONTH XX, 2009 Racing Desk: 0117 934 3284 Strap goes across here and here and here Racing 12.10 RACING TV CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HCAP HDL (Class 4) 2m 1f 3yo plus Winner £4,901 1 -21841 LORD CONDI (106) D Brooke 8-11-12 Emma Smith-Chaston(3) 2 P8/97- LUCKY LOVER BOY (486) (T;D) O Greenall 6-11-12 F Gregory 3 32-881 ROMEO BROWN (11) (CD) Sue Smith 7-11-11 T Willmott(3) 4 3FF-15 MALPAS (20) (T;CD) D McCain 6-11-11 T Gillard(3) 5 P42671 UNIVERSAL FOLLY (28) (CD) N Richards 6-11-7 Mr C Rabbitt(10) 6 2484-5 APPLAUS (194) (P,T;CD) M Hammond 9-11-5 Jack Hogan(7) 7 313249 FRIGHTENED RABBIT (11) (CD) D Sayer 9-11-3 A Doyle(5) 8 50-5P0 ENSEL DU PERCHE (147) Mrs Stella Barclay 7-11-1 Charlotte Jones 9 0080-6 VEE DANCER (30) R McNally (IRE) 6-10-11 K Brogan 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Romeo Brown, 10-3 Lord Condi, 7-2 Universal Folly, 6 Vee Dancer, 8 Malpas, 10 Frightened Rabbit, 16 Applaus, 25 Lucky Lover Boy, 33 Ensel Du Perche. 12.45 BET AT RACINGTV.COM NOVICES’ CHASE (3) 2m 4yo plus Winner £7,080 1 -21714 ARVICO BLEU (22) (T;CD) Ewan Whillans 9-11-12 C Bewley 2 111PP- ADRIMEL (232) (T;D) T Lacey 6-11-2 J J Burke 3 /22P-2 CORNERSTONE LAD (15) (P;D) M Hammond 7-11-2 C O’Farrell 4 11117- DREAL DEAL (232) (T;D) R McNally (IRE) 6-11-2 D Meyler 5 0/31P- THE MOUSE DOCTOR (F170) (D) A Keatley 8-11-2 Sean Quinlan 6 /3211- WORD HAS IT (251) (C,D) D McCain 7-11-2 B Hughes 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 11-8 Dreal Deal, 11-4 Adrimel, 7-2 Cornerstone Lad, 10 Arvico Bleu, Word Has It, 20 The Mouse Doctor. 1.15 BRITISH EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (4) 2m 3f 4yo to 6yo Winner £4,629 1 /422-1 A DISTANT PLACE (27) Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-4 Jonjo O’Neill Jr 2 43-6 EVERYDAY CHAMPAGNE (38) N Richards 5-10-12 D McMenamin 3 6-22 PILGRIMS KING (183) (BF) P Bowen 5-10-12 S Bowen 4 22- SCIPION (232) T Lacey 5-10-12 S Sheppard 5 /62-P9 TIM PAT (11) D McCain 5-10-12 B Hughes 6 66- A DAY IN DONOSTIA (233) M & D Easterby 4-10-11 W T Kennedy 7 3-5 COURT AT SLIP (22) T Easterby 4-10-11 J Hamilton 8 1 HARRY DU BERLAIS (209) N Kent 4-10-11 C Hammond 9 2-4 LOUNGE LIZARD (35) H Daly 4-10-11 T J O’Brien 10 9759 WOTSMYNAME (12) I Jardine 4-10-11 Sean Quinlan 2020: Gaston Phebus 4-11-4, Jonjo O’Neill Jr 4-1 (Jonjo O’Neill), 7 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 A Distant Place, 3 Lounge Lizard, 5 Scipion, 11-2 Pilgrims King, 10 Everyday Champagne, Harry Du Berlais, 20 Court At Slip, 50 Tim Pat, 66 Others. 1.45 HOUGHTON MARES’ CHASE (LISTED) (1) 2m 4f 4yo plus Winner £18,794 1 /7511- ANNIE MC (298) (P;D) Jonjo O’Neill 7-11-4 Jonjo O’Neill Jr 2 22121- ELIMAY (239) (D) W P Mullins (IRE) 7-11-4 B Hughes 3 12F2-4 ZAMBELLA (29) (D) N Twiston-Davies 6-11-4 D Jacob 4 1355F7 DOLLY DANCER (22) (T;D) M Barnes 7-11-0 C Bewley 2020: My Old Gold 10-11-0, Brian Hughes 4-1 (N Richards), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 4-11 Elimay, 7-2 Annie Mc, 7 Zambella, 200 Dolly Dancer. Form ELIMAY 8-15fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway in 2nd after 4 out, led 2 out and pushed along, ridden and kept on run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f Listed ch (1) in Apr beating Demi Plie (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran. ANNIE MC 13-8fav (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 7th, pushed along before 2 out, led last, drew clear final 150 yards, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m 4f Listed ch (1) sft in Feb beating Zambella (11-4) by 6l, 5 ran. ZAMBELLA 4-1 (10-12) Handy, left behind by winner before 3 out, stayed on one pace, weakened from last flight, 4th of 7, 14l behind Molly Ollys Wishes (11-2) at Wetherby 2m mrs hdl (listed) (4yo+) (1) gs in Oct. DOLLY DANCER 14-1 (10-5) Disputed lead, slow jump 3 out, lost place and weakened tamely, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Sultans Pride (11-6) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft. 2.20 VISIT RACINGTV.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 3m 1f 3yo plus Winner £7,407 1 300-15 BURBANK (154) (B;D) J Moffatt 9-11-12 Charlotte Jones(5) 2 2/0-11 LOSSIEMOUTH (11) (B;C) T Lacey 6-11-11 T Doggrell(7) 3 11310- THE COB (254) B Pauling 7-11-11 Luca Morgan(5) 4 1-221P HOMME D’UN SOIR (29) (T) S Crawford (IRE) 5-11-6 D Jacob 5 3/111- STORM NELSON (239) (CD) A M Thomson 8-11-3 R Mania 6 58953- FLASHJACK (259) H Daly 11-11-3 R Patrick 7 04F-20 BIG BAD BEAR (154) (C) N Richards 7-11-3 Sean Quinlan 8 1416-1 SULTANS PRIDE (22) (P) G Boanas 9-11-0 B Hughes 9 0P-376 PERFECT MAN (15) M Hammond 10-10-12 Miss Becky Smith(3) 10 431RP- THE DELRAY MUNKY (295) (P) I Jardine 9-10-7 C O’Farrell 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 13-8 Lossiemouth, 4 Storm Nelson, 6 Sultans Pride, 7 The Cob, 10 Burbank, 12 Homme D’Un Soir, 16 Flashjack, 20 Others. Form LOSSIEMOUTH 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, going well on inside when took it up 3 out, clear last, ran on well flat, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating To Be Sure (10-12) by 10l, 7 ran. STORM NELSON 8-15fav (11-11) In touch, headway to track leaders 6th, hit and led 2 out, clear next, won at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr beating Bali Body (11- 12) by 11l, 9 ran. SULTANS PRIDE 11-2 (11-6) Mid-division, tracked leaders before 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, pressed leader before last, ridden and stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Kelso 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft beating Doyen Breed (11-12) by 1l, 7 ran. THE COB 28-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Vanillier (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar. BURBANK 7-2 (11-12) Chased leader, led 5th, blundered badly and headed next, 2nd until after 10th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 37l behind Solar Impulse (10-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs (2) gd in Jun. HOMME D’UN SOIR 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inner and 6th from halfway, not fluent 4 out and soon pushed along, no impression in 9th before 3 out and pulled up before next, in a race won by Eskylane (11-6) at Down Royal 2m 1f hcap hdle sft in Oct, 12 ran. FLASHJACK 18-1 (11-11) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway after 7th, went 3rd before 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 16l behind J’Ai Froid (11-7) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Mar. 2.50 JOIN RACINGTV NOW HANDICAP CHASE (3) 3m 110yds 4yo plus Winner £7,407 1 135-2F MORNING SPIRIT (35) Jonjo O’Neill 6-11-12 Jonjo O’Neill Jr 2 10/0-3 DOWNTOWN GETAWAY (42) (T) P Bowen 8-11-9 S Bowen 3 1-3113 JUGE ET PARTI (28) (P;D) J Ewart 8-11-7 B Hughes 4 40-224 THATSY (20) (D) B Butterworth 7-11-7 Sean Quinlan 5 16-662 COURT DREAMING (45) (P;CD) N Richards 8-11-2 D McMenamin 6 2122-7 WHO’S IN THE BOX (28) (D) N Kent 7-11-0 C Hammond 7 6415-8 FLOWER OF SCOTLAND (28) A M Thomson 6-10-12 R Mania 2020: No Hiding Place 7-11-3, Charlotte Jones(7) 22-1 (J Moffatt), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 9-4 Morning Spirit, 10-3 Juge Et Parti, 7-2 Court Dreaming, 7 Who’s In The Box, 8 Downtown Getaway, 10 Flower Of Scotland, 14 Thatsy. Form MORNING SPIRIT 3-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, fell 8th, in a race won by Corach Rambler (11-1) at Aintree 3m 1f nov Limited hcap ch (3) gd in Oct, 7 ran. JUGE ET PARTI 9-1 (11-1) Mid-division, chased front rank after 10th, ridden 2 out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Hold That Taught (11-5) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. COURT DREAMING 7-2 (11-2) 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 (11-9) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct. WHO’S IN THE BOX 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, pushed along 4 out, ridden 2 out, gradually faded, 7th of 9, 9l behind Hold That Taught (11-5) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct. DOWNTOWN GETAWAY 8-1 (10-10) Chased leader, mistake 4th, ridden 3 out, weakened, 3rd of 4, 35l behind Minella Trump (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 3f nov hcp chs (3) gd in Oct. FLOWER OF SCOTLAND 28-1 (10-6) Always rear, mistake 1st, never showed, 8th of 11, 35l behind Papa Tango Charly (11-1) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) sft in Oct. THATSY 40-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders, 4th of 5, 10l behind Emir Sacree (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcap ch (3) gs. 3.20 RACINGTV.COM OPEN NH FLAT RACE (5) 2m 1f 4yo to 6yo Winner £2,451 1 1 KNOWWHENTOHOLDEM (38) (D) M Harris 6-11-7 M Bastyan(3) 2 BIG ARTHUR Mrs H Graham 4-11-0 R Mania 3 BORIS THE BRAVE T Coyle 4-11-0 T Midgley(7) 4 4 CEOLWULF (193) Chris McSharry 5-11-0 J Garritty 5 81- CHASE OUTLAW (211) D McCain 5-11-0 B Hughes 6 P35 DUKE OF DECEPTION (28) O Greenall 4-11-0 H Brooke 7 4 EDEN MILL (29) D Whillans 4-11-0 C Bewley 8 MEDICINE WHEEL N Mechie 5-11-0 D Jacob 9 2 SUMMERGROUNDS (207) N Richards 5-11-0 D McMenamin 10 2- THE QUESTIONER (231) O Greenall 5-11-0 Craig Nichol 11 HEAVENTREE Ewan Whillans 4-10-7 C O’Farrell 12 2 MELVICH BAY (50) D Brooke 4-10-7 Sean Quinlan 2020: Aviewtosea 5-11-0, Max Kendrick(3) 7-2 (G McPherson), 7 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 5-2 Knowwhentoholdem, 3 Summergrounds, 6 Chase Outlaw, 7 Melvich Bay, 8 Eden Mill, 10 The Questioner, 12 Ceolwulf, 16 Others. caRLiSLE Sunday 12.55 JUVENILE MAIDEN HURDLE (Class 4) 1m 7f 113yds 3yo Only Winner £4,139 1 9 AGENT EMPIRE (23) O Signy 10-12 C Deutsch 2 2 BOOK OF SECRETS (18) (T) D Skelton 10-12 H Skelton 3 BUXTED TOO (F16) (T;BF) I Williams 10-12 C Todd(3) 4 CRESTWOOD (F53) Joseph Parr 10-12 N Scholfield 5 CUBAN CIGAR (F31) R Hannon 10-12 T Scudamore 6 KRYPTON GOLD (F45) S Edmunds 10-12 G Sheehan 7 6 MANY WORDS (24) A Carroll 10-12 H Bannister 8 9 OUTBACK BOY (9) (H) O Greenall 10-12 R T Dunne 9 PARLIAMENT HILL (F182) O Murphy 10-12 A Coleman 10 53 SABRE JET (28) (B,T) A Murphy 10-12 J Quinlan 11 4 TRUSTY SCOUT (8) (H,T) D Pipe 10-12 P Armson(7) 2020: Blue Slate 3-11-0, Paul O’Brien(3) 50-1 (F Brennan), 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 6-4 Book of Secrets, 9-2 Parliament Hill, 6 Buxted Too, 7 Trusty Scout, 10 Cuban Cigar, 16 Krypton Gold, Sabre Jet, 20 Crestwood, Many Words, 25 Others. 1.25 SELLING HURDLE (4) 1m 7f 113yds 4yo to 7yo Winner £3,322 1 -75570 COLONEL LESLEY (30) (P;D) B Leavy 5-11-0 P J Kavanagh(7) 2 7-4242 KARAKORAM (13) (P,T;D) G Harris 6-11-0 B R Jones 3 38 OLLY’S FOLLY (17) M Gillard 7-11-0 F Gillard(3) 4 1346/0 ROBEAM (11) (P) B Ellison 5-11-0 S Coltherd 5 652471 DOLLY MCQUEEN (13) (T;D) F Brennan 5-10-12 D Bass 6 251700 JEWARI OF SAINTS (7) (B,T) D Pipe 4-10-12 P Armson(7) 7 0424F2 GAIA VALLIS (31) D Bridgwater 5-10-7 A Jordan(7) 2020: Paricolor 4-11-5, Fergus Gillard(5) 11-8 (D Pipe), 5 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Robeam, 3 Dolly McQueen, 4 Gaia Vallis, 6 Karakoram, 8 Jewari Of Saints, 25 Olly’s Folly, Colonel Lesley. 1.55 NOVICES’ HURDLE (3) 2m 4f 110yds 4yo plus Winner £5,991 1 5152-2 MARBLE SANDS (19) (BF) F O’Brien 5-10-12 P Brennan 2 0-0 PITCH IT UP (33) E Lavelle 5-10-12 T Bellamy 3 2-2 REILLY (26) D Skelton 5-10-12 H Skelton 4 2 SURREY QUEST (186) (T) N Henderson 4-10-11 J Bowen 2020: Midnight River 5-11-4, Harry Skelton 1-4 Fav (D Skelton), 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: Evens Marble Sands, 5-2 Reilly, 3 Surrey Quest, 20 Pitch It Up. Form MARBLE SANDS 3-1fav (10-12) Held up towards rear in touch, pushed along in 4th after 2 out, hit last, ridden and edged left run-in, ran on well to take 2nd on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Milan Bridge (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs. REILLY 5-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, headway after 5th, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner, kept on, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Brief Times (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs. SURREY QUEST 10-3 (10-12) Held up in rear on outside, headway 5f out, chased winner over 1f out, soon green and edged left, held but stayed on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Russian Ruler (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (5) gs in May. PITCH IT UP 40-1 (11-4) Led, stumbled 4th, headed narrowly 3 out, when bad mistake and lost all chance, 12th of 14, well behind Mr Glass (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. 2.30 LEICESTERSHIRE NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 1m 7f 113yds 3yo plus Winner £2,342 1 3F-551 PRESUMING ED (10) (H) A West 6-11-13 L Edwards 2 4/4-24 LONIMOSS BARELIERE (15) (T;BF) D Skelton 5-11-7 H Skelton 3 54764- ON THE RISE (220) M Young 5-11-4 J Best 4 -7P908 BALIYAD (31) (T) M Sheppard 6-11-3 C Deutsch 5 550/48 TAQWAA (10) (P,T) L Morgan 8-11-0 A Wedge 6 580-F0 BOLD RED (19) D Bridgwater 5-10-1 H Bannister 7 -09P83 ACE TIME (19) J R Jenkins 7-10-0 B Godfrey(5) 8 5-4080 JOINT ACCOUNT (19) D Frankland 8-10-0 B Poste 9 -68486 FAST DEAL (10) M Chapman 4-10-0 Alison Johnson(7) 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 11-8 Presuming Ed, 5-2 Lonimoss Bareliere, 5 Ace Time, 8 Taqwaa, 16 Baliyad, 20 On The Rise, 25 Bold Red, 33 Joint Account, Fast Deal. Form PRESUMING ED 3-1fav (11-7) Went left at times, made all, soon clear, slightly reduced lead after not fluent 3rd, kicked on again from 5th, mistake last, all out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Infiniti (10-1) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran. LONIMOSS BARELIERE 11-4fav (11-8) Held up, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, rallied and kept on after 2 out, not reach leaders, 4th of 11, 12l behind Gavin (9-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. ACE TIME 40-1 (9-9) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway after 7th, one pace from 2 out, left 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Mr Yeats (10-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. TAQWAA 13-2 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 9, 37l behind Presuming Ed (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. BALIYAD 16-1 (11-8) Mistake 1st in rear, weakening when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Dorisa Queen (10-13) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct. ON THE RISE 40-1 (10-9) Towards rear, not fluent 3rd, some headway before 6th, soon no impression and well held, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 36l behind Sopran Thor (11-2) at Warwick 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr. BOLD RED 50-1 (9-9) Keen in rear, awkward 2nd, jumped left 3rd, well adrift from 5th, 10th of 13, well behind Yauthym (11-8) at Hereford 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd. FAST DEAL 50-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, some headway 2 out, no impression, 6th of 9, 23l behind Presuming Ed (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd. JOINT ACCOUNT 80-1 (9-9) Towards rear, reminder 2nd, well adrift 3 out, tailed off 2 out, 11th of 13, well behind Yauthym (11-8) at Hereford 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd. 3.00 HANDICAP HURDLE (4) 1m 7f 113yds 3yo plus Winner £3,322 1 141-70 TINNAHALLA (18) (T;D) O Murphy 4-11-12 L Stones(7) 2 R878/0 ONE FOR BILLY (18) (T;D) D Skelton 9-11-10 Mr T Durrell(7) 3 12/3 THE DANCING POET (15) (P;D) B Ellison 5-11-9 S Coltherd 4 5311/8 FLOKI (15) D Skelton 7-11-9 H Skelton 5 4-513P SID HOODIE (27) (P,T;D) A Hales 7-11-5 H Bannister 6 P11-P5 MADE FOR YOU (23) (T;D) O Murphy 6-11-5 Daire Davis(10) 7 8-2284 INN THE BULL (20) (D) A Ralph 8-11-4 N Scholfield 8 7P0-23 FANFAN DU SEUIL (18) (BF) T R George 6-11-4 J Bowen 9 -13294 BEGIN THE LUCK (13) (D) Mrs C Bailey 5-10-11 R T Dunne 10 354-14 PRAIRIE TOWN (188) (C,D) A Carroll 10-10-11 L Edwards 11 422261 AL KHERB (43) (D) Sarah Bowen 6-10-3 Miss S Bowen(7) 12 235442 SEABOROUGH (7) D Shaw 6-10-0 A Anderson(5) 2020: Fil D’ariane 5-11-12, Benjamin Poste 11-1 (T Symonds), 11 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 5 Fanfan Du Seuil, 11-2 Al Kherb, 7 The Dancing Poet, Seaborough, 8 Floki, 10 Made For You, Inn The Bull, Begin The Luck, 12 Others. Form FANFAN DU SEUIL 7-4fav (10-11) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, every chance after 2 out, 3rd and held last, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Mack The Man (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs. AL KHERB 4-9fav (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, challenged and hung left off final bend, led last, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Oct beating Fort De L’Ocean (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran. SEABOROUGH 11-4 (9-9) Held up in last, headway after 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon pressing winner, held from last, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Quick Draw (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd. THE DANCING POET 7-1 (11-3) Chased leader, untidy when took it up briefly 4 out, pushed along 3 out, could not go pace of leader last, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Lakota Warrior (10-12) at Wetherby 2m hdl (2) gs. FLOKI 15-2 (10-6) In rear, ridden and outpaced home turn, weakened thereafter, last of 8, 40l behind Earlofthecotswolds (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs. BEGIN THE LUCK 11-2 (11-0) In touch, bumped between 4 and 3 out, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Robinshill (12-0) at Leicester 1m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs. INN THE BULL 9-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, rallied into modest 4th after 2 out, 4th of 8, 4l behind Kensington Art (11- 5) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd. MADE FOR YOU 14-1 (11-2) Off the pace in last trio, never involved, 5th of 8, 11l behind Opening Bid (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd. PRAIRIE TOWN 6-1 (11-0) Towards rear, pushed after 6th, ridden after 7th, headway before 14th, hit 17th and further reminders, kept on well, 4th of 6, 12l behind Boughtbeforelunch (11-7) at Ludlow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in May. SID HOODIE 12-1 (11-7) Led until 5th, eased and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Peltwell (11-5) at Hereford 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd, 7 ran. TINNAHALLA 20-1 (10-1) Held up, weakened 3 out, 10th of 12, 46l behind Hunters Call (11-8) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs. ONE FOR BILLY 80-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Hunters Call (11-8) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs. 3.30 MARES’ HANDICAP HURDLE (5) 2m 4f 110yds 3yo plus Winner £2,761 1 1-3280 WILDERNESS (26) (B) Seamus Mullins 6-11-12 B R Jones 2 3U7-24 TASHUNKA (26) F O’Brien 8-11-12 P Brennan 3 3448-6 MIDNIGHT CALLISTO (26) (T;BF) A Honeyball 6-11-9 B Godfrey(5) 4 232141 GINGER DU VAL (2) (H,T) M Rowley 5-12-1(7ex) Mr B Bromley(7) 5 383248 CHOSEN SHANT (10) (T) I Williams 5-11-6 A Coleman 6 0P9-31 DORISA QUEEN (31) D Skelton 5-11-3 H Skelton 7 1P8-91 ASTRA VIA (33) (T) E Williams 6-11-1 A Wedge 8 354661 MISS BAMBY (47) (D) J Mackie 6-10-5 J Bowen 2020: Une De La Seniere 5-11-10, Paddy Brennan 10-1 (F O’Brien), 11 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Dorisa Queen, 11-2 Astra Via, 6 Miss Bamby, 7 Midnight Callisto, Tashunka, 8 Chosen Shant, 10 Ginger Du Val, 20 Wilderness. 12.10 — Universal Folly 12.45 — Dreal Deal 1.15 — A Distant Place 1.45 — Elimay (nb) 2.20 — Sultans Pride 2.50 — Court Dreaming 3.20 — Big Arthur Racing TV. Going: Good to Soft (Precautionary Inspection 8am Sunday) captain Wessex Selections THE HaRE’S Running . . . gREyHOund SERVicE mOnmORE HHH MISTER COOL HH JUMEIRAH ZARA H DRUIDS FULL WELL 6.17 480m (A2) 1 165 Catfish (md ep) ..........................................Field 29.77 7-2 2 261 GET UP BELLE (rl ep).......................Thompson 28.90 3-1 3 614 Jet Stream Pride (sa ro) ...................... P Doocey 29.14 7-2 4 233 Supreme Odin (md ep) ........................Buckland 29.11 4-1 5 365 Bangon Escobar (ep wd) ............................Field 29.91 9-2 6 341 Mo Cara Dante (wd ep) ...................C D Marston 28.94 4-1 6.33 480m (OR) 1 416 Tommys Hawk (rl ro) ...................................Field 29.54 4-1 2 215 Vixons Wildcat (RL EP) ....................Thompson 00.00 11-4 3 211 Cleopatras Boy (rl ro)...............................Hutton 28.48 3-1 4 445 BELLE VUE BULLET (md ro) .............. Webster 28.23 10-3 5 32 Hitthelids Hugo (rl ro) ......................C S Fereday 28.88 8-1 6 341 Coppice Fire (sa ro) .................................Hutton 28.77 4-1 6.48 480m (OR) 1 643 Aero Windmill (md ro) ..........................T D Dunn 00.00 9-2 2 511 Cloncunny Mike (sa ro) .........................J M Fitch 00.00 7-2 3 563 Wicket Keeper (rl ep) ..................................Field 29.03 9-2 4 552 Galloway Blaze (rl ro) ..........................Galloway 30.06 7-2 5 432 Trionas Travel (md ep) .........E T Skeech(Unatt) 00.00 10-3 6 122 TOMMYS POPPY (md ro) ..............C S Fereday 29.08 7-2 7.07 630m (OR) 1 333 Barkin Mad Andy (sa fw) .......................J M Fitch 00.00 6-1 2 211 Tullig Ant (sa rl) .............................C D Marston 00.00 4-1 3 Crossfield Topaz (rl ro) .........................T D Dunn 00.00 8-1 4 144 BALLYDOYLE PEDRO (rl ro) ...........Thompson 38.85 1-1 5 411 Snooty Kathleen (sa ro) ..............................Field 00.00 4-1 6 611 Crackaway Xpress (sa ro) ........................ Smith 00.00 6-1 7.24 480m (OR) 1 112 Ath An Mhuiliun (md ep) .....................J M Fitch 00.00 3-1 2 633 Aero Ava (md ep) .................................T D Dunn 29.31 5-1 3 243 No Name Mave (rl ro) .................................Field 29.68 7-2 4 216 Rackethall Oscar (md ep) ...........................Field 28.74 3-1 5 322 DRUIDS FULL WELL (sa md) ............M A Wallis 29.08 9-2 6 352 Trigger Happy (ep wd) ....................C S Fereday 00.00 9-2 7.44 630m (OR) 1 143 Kilcooney Limit (md ep) ..................C S Fereday 38.95 5-1 2 662 Adeles Jaykay (rl ro) ...................................Field 39.88 9-2 3 253 MISTER COOL (md ep) ..................... P Doocey 38.62 5-1 4 224 Calzaghe Evan (sa ro) ............................... West 00.00 3-1 5 333 Black Shok (ep md) .............................T D Dunn 00.00 4-1 6 222 Seconds To Mars (wd ep)..............C D Marston 39.37 11-4 8.03 480m (OR) 1 112 Moanteen Sweep (md ep) ..........................Field 28.74 7-2 2 222 Ballymac Odie (md ro) ........................M A Wallis 28.71 5-1 3 121 Boca Junior (md ro) ...............................Hutton 28.53 3-1 4 111 BULL RUN NORRIS (md ro) ...................Hutton 28.41 7-2 5 541 Gonzo (ep fw) ....................................... Bateson 28.59 9-2 6 612 Massive Ego (md ro)................ G Vincent(Unatt) 28.57 7-2 8.23 684m (OR) 1 431 Bombardier (wd ep) ..........................M A Wallis 41.70 9-4 2 352 Fatboyz Exile (md ro)..........................M A Wallis 00.00 7-2 3 421 Hather Daisy (md ro) .............................. Gaskin 00.00 3-1 4 261 Kates Orange (md ro) .................................Field 42.42 11-2 5 142 Droopys Tara (md ro) .................................Meek 00.00 6-1 6 522 CHUBBYS DUBH (wd ep).......................Hutton 41.65 4-1 8.43 264m (OR) 1 321 Dereks Punch (RL RO) ............ G Vincent(Unatt) 00.00 8-1 2 6 Afan Megan (wd ro) ............................... Howard 16.41 11-2 3 522 Coolbawn Lad (md ro) ...............................Field 16.05 7-4 4 242 JAGUAR BRETT (rl ro) .......................Galloway 15.65 2-1 5 53 Scarsdale Jack (rl ro) .................................Meek 16.06 3-1 6 416 Springside Lily (md ep) ...................C S Fereday 16.51 6-1 9.02 630m (OR) 1 114 Feeling Classy (rl ro)................................Barlow 00.00 10-3 2 422 Rage Storm (md ep) ............................Buckland 39.40 4-1 3 331 Longacres Kim (rl fw) .......................... P Doocey 38.58 9-2 4 423 JUMEIRAH ZARA (md ro) .............C S Fereday 38.34 5-1 5 553 Santro Duke (wd ro) .............................. Gaskin 00.00 7-4 6 266 Bodens Jaguar (sa fw) .............................. Smith 38.93 8-1 9.18 480m (OR) 1 233 Kaiser Kubrick (rl ro) ................................Hutton 28.63 11-2 2 133 Inca Jet (md ro)........................................Barlow 28.65 7-2 3 514 Goldies Mabbutt (rl ro) ..................C S Fereday 28.79 10-3 4 124 All About Taylor (sa fw)............ C Grasso(Henlw) 29.04 7-2 5 224 CASCADE KING (wd ro) .....................Buckland 28.57 10-3 6 116 Vixons Whisper (wd ep) .....................Thompson 29.16 9-2 PicKS CRAYFORD FANCIES 10.17 Dance Poppy (1-4-6) 10.37 Aayamza Baron (2-3-6) 10.53 Glengar Lucky (2-3-6) 11.09 Moaning Minogue (3-2-6) 11.24 Upward Diamond (Nap) (5-4-6) 11.39 Toolmaker Daddy (5-6-3) 11.54 Garryglass Abbie (4-6-5) 12.09 Warzone Tom (5-6-4) 12.24 Snoozing Duck (5-6-1) 12.39 Alaskan Dawn (4-2-6) 12.54 Adamant Rumble (6-3-1) 1.09 Huntsman (1-6-5) 1.24 Sweetsantreats (1-4-5) 1.39 Moaning Shakira (6-4-2) HARLOW FANCIES 8.12 Bombai Bramble (Nap) (6-4-3) 8.27 Busters Millie (5-1-3) 8.43 Clydagh Matt (4-2-3) 9.02 Dods Tiger (6-4-3) 9.18 How Areyou Lily (4-1- 5) 9.34 Ballygibba Times (6-4-2) 9.52 Octagon Sulos (2-6-3) 10.07 Watchameen (5-6-1) 10.23 Darcis Bella (4-2-1) 10.41 Young Jerry (5-2-6) HENLOW FANCIES 1.57 Fenview Lou Lou (Nap) (1-6-5) 2.12 Layton Shrek (2-3-5) 2.32 Salthill Orbit (5-4-2) 2.52 Jennifers Jewel (2-5-6) 3.11 Savana Danielle (3-2-6) 3.28 Roma Lady (1-6-5) 3.48 Fieldview Koko (5-6-3) 4.08 Savana Cream (6-4-1) 4.28 Liosgarbh Salah (1-4-6) 4.48 Swift Pinch (6-5-2) 5.08 Liffeyside Blake (1-6-3) 5.28 Thirteenblack (5-4-1) 5.44 Bobs Queen (1-2-6) 6.02 Savana Evelyn (6-3-1) HOVE FANCIES 6.09 Seasonsblokidoki (2-3-4) 6.28 Bodhis Bullet (3-5-2) 6.43 Lights Out (1-4-3) 6.58 Aussie Captain (2-5-3) 7.18 Inthebluecorner (Nap) (4-2-5) 7.36 Galaxy On Fire (3-5-1) 7.56 Billis Nipper (3-5-4) 8.17 Permanent Smile (1-6-4) 8.38 Lanzo (1-3-6) 8.54 Southfield Code (5-4-2) 9.12 Sampson Rocket (1-3-4) 9.28 Dunbar Alpha (1-6-2) 9.43 Ballyphilip Fab (2-4-5) PERRY BARR FANCIES 2.04 Parkers Claire (4-6-2) 2.19 Noels Muffins (1-5-3) 2.36 Cle Cle Princess (Nap) (6-3-1) 2.54 Matties Tipper (6-4-3) 3.09 Lissan Kels (6-4- 1) 3.26 Xperia Georgie (1-5-4) 3.44 Stonepark Ellen (2-4-1) 4.04 Autumn Warrior (4-5-1) 4.23 Dapper Man (1-4-5) 4.43 Another Dove (3-6-1) 5.03 Lissan Molly (1-4-3) 5.22 Rosehill Rath (1-2-4) ROMFORD FANCIES 10.12 Nolas Whiskey (2-5-6) 10.31 Exve Forgetmenot (6-4-2) 10.46 Aero Roddick (2-3-6) 11.01 Opening Mischief (1-2-6) 11.16 Champel (2-4-6) 11.31 Jeopardy Corbett (6-1-4) 11.46 Kahuna Ella (1-2-3) 12.01 Nolas Luckyseven (4-3-1) 12.16 So Wrong (2-1-6) 12.31 Mayses Ollie (3-1-2) 12.46 Sims Pride (2-5-4) 1.02 Bang On Esmae (6-5-1) 1.17 Keeperhill Eddie (1-3-4) 1.33 Ballymacane Sky (Nap) (4-6-1) HARLOW: 10.12 Minnies Tacha 5-4f (4-2-6 £5.35 TC £0.00). 10.31 Ballyard Rocky 2-1f (1-3-2 £11.09 TC £44.95). 10.46 Home Daithi 2-1f (3-6-5 £13.94 TC £40.74). 11.01 Congress Flash 5-2 (5-2-6 £10.31 TC £36.53). 11.16 Whimzical 3-1 (2-3-5 £12.33 TC £0.00). 11.31 Hollywood Pilot 2-1f (4-1-5 £14.53 TC £35.08). 11.46 Fix Eight 11-4 (6-4-3 £40.32 TC £78.58). 12.01 Annadown Diva 2-1f (5-2-1 £10.52 TC £21.92). 12.16 Swift Fascinate 7-2 (2-1-6 £9.42 TC £0.00). 12.31 Monroe Becky 5-2f (4-6-1 £14.31 TC £44.92). 12.46 Classic Tina 7-2 (2-3-4 £25.68 TC £99.69). 1.02 Millmount Mint 2-1 (2-4-5 £17.32 TC £33.59). 1.17 Carrowkeal Aidan 4-1 (3-4-2 £28.47 TC £97.46). 1.33 Pennys Styx 3-1 (2-3-1 £18.58 TC £53.00). KINSLEY: 2.04 Pennys Tesla 11-4jt (5-2-3 £15.85 TC £57.06). 2.19 Brayview Outlaw 5-2 (3-4-5 £12.27 TC £43.24). 2.36 Lightfoot Zoe 5-2 (1-4-6 £23.43 TC £73.67). 2.54 Brosna Blonde 7-4f (4-2-1 £16.41 TC £62.18). 3.09 Dunbolg Sunset 9-4jt (4-5-3 £12.54 TC £36.13). 3.26 A Hardy Act 9-4f (6-2-5 £19.52 TC £51.33). 3.44 Coologue Max 7-2 (1-3-2 £21.98 TC £95.92). 4.04 Bellinter Jet 9-4 (2-1-6 £19.00 TC £34.58). 4.23 Tree Tops 5-1 (6-3-1 £34.56 TC £104.55). 4.43 Meenagh Mercury 8-1 (6-2-4 £42.95 TC £127.65). 5.03 Durrow Charmer 6-1 (5-1-2 £33.31 TC £145.50). 5.22 Easy Alan 4-1 (1-4-6 £27.51 TC £81.32). MONMORE: 1.57 Skywalker Sparkl 2-1f (3-6-5 £9.52 TC £28.93). 2.12 Agent Moore 9-2 (1-6-3 £40.88 TC £163.07). 2.32 Triangle Franco 13-8f (5-2-1 £12.66 TC £42.76). 2.52 Record Zinfandel 6-4f (1-3-6 £9.54 TC £37.39). 3.11 Longvale Tina 6-1 (1-5-6 £41.89 TC £112.69). 3.28 Montana Diamond 5-2jt (3-2-1 £10.24 TC £29.65). 3.48 Caught On Camera 6-1 (2-1-3 £22.08 TC £79.12). 4.08 Conna Racer 7-4f (2-4-6 £15.54 TC £36.75). 4.28 Deeteedee Viper 9-2 (3-6-4 £21.45 TC £39.43). 4.48 Skyfall Anita 15-8f (1-4-3 £15.00 TC £68.65). 5.08 Ryley Roo 3-1 (5-4-2 £40.39 TC £109.86). 5.28 Laganore Mol 13-8jt (1-2-3 £4.73 TC £10.18). 5.44 Cushie Maestro 3-1 (1-4-3 £37.55 TC £70.68). 6.02 Foyle Tara 11-8f (2-1-4 £6.65 TC £29.83). NEWCASTLE: 11.06 Alnwick Logan 11-4 (6-1-2 £16.86 TC £85.65). 11.21 Look Like Power 9-4 (2-1-3 £22.13 TC £45.28). 11.36 Elicit Speed 13-8f (4-1-6 £15.00 TC £49.26). 11.51 Swift Behold 11-8f (3-5-4 £11.94 TC £25.45). 12.06 Remember Lisa 11-4 (1-6-4 £8.18 TC £26.73). 12.21 Waikiki Bomber 11-4 (1-5-3 £20.84 TC £81.74). 12.36 Adelante Steel 4-6f (2-5-1 £5.43 TC £14.66). 12.51 Killieford Katic 6-1 (5-2-6 £24.26 TC £0.00). 1.06 Pennys Victoria 11-8f (4-6-3 £8.40 TC £29.82). 1.21 Slaneyside Nevin 7-2 (1-6-4 £27.68 TC £88.28). 1.36 Boom Or Bust 3-1 (3-2-1 £14.70 TC £61.24). 1.51 Glaise Buddy 7-2 (5-1-3 £20.41 TC £81.76). SWINDON: 11.13 Aoifes Romeo 6-1 (2-1-6 £46.62 TC £120.61). 11.28 Allie Star 4-1 (4-5-3 £23.45 TC £39.95). 11.43 Sawpit Smokey 2-1f (6-2-5 £12.01 TC £33.38). 11.58 Sunshine Warrior 3-1 (5-2-4 £12.04 TC £35.77). 12.13 Snaffi Dude 9-2 (2-4-3 £26.15 TC £118.20). 12.28 Springside Jade 5-1 (2-3-4 £21.67 TC £54.76). 12.43 Noahs Brave 4-1 (1-2-6 £13.22 TC £33.02). 12.58 Ohthere Rufus 7-2 (4-6-3 £19.44 TC £43.84). 1.13 Unknown Melody 3-1 (2-6-1 £13.87 TC £74.43). 1.28 Rockmount Pippa 4-6f (3-1-2 £3.39 TC £9.13). 1.44 Furys Choice 6-1 (2-1-3 £20.81 TC £100.60). 1.59 Batties Swift 11-8f (3-2-6 £8.93 TC £30.67). yESTERday’S RESuLTS LEicESTER Sunday 12.55 — Book of Secrets 1.25 — Karakoram 1.55 — Reilly 2.30 — Presuming Ed 3.00 — The Dancing Poet 3.30 — Dorisa Queen (nap) Racing TV. Going: Good to Soft captain Wessex Selections

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 57 HORSE RACING 1 – WESTERN DAILY PRESS, XXXDAY, MONTH XX, 2009 Racing Desk: 0117 934 3284 Strap goes across here and here and here Racing BangOR-On-DEE 12.15 NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE (Class 3) 2m 4f 4yo plus Winner £5,936 1 1242-8 MINT CONDITION (27) (CD) J Candlish 7-11-8 C Gethings 2 127P-6 CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (19) (T;D) O Murphy 6-11-4 A P Heskin 3 2119-P BALLYBEGG (27) (D) Kerry Lee 6-11-3 G Sheehan 4 /311P- FERN HILL (301) (D) B Case 6-11-1 Mr J Andrews(5) 5 41-11P BUTLER’S BRIEF (35) (C) A Ralph 6-11-0 N Scholfield 6 1F23P6 RUTHLESS ARTICLE (21) (T;CD) R Curtis 8-10-13 B R Jones 7 1242-3 HEARTBREAK KID (23) D McCain 6-10-5 B Hughes 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Heartbreak Kid, 3 Champagnesuperover, 6 Fern Hill, Ballybegg, 7 Mint Condition, Butler’s Brief, 10 Ruthless Article. 12.47 YOUR NEW TOTE GUARANTEE HCAP CHASE (4) 2m 1f 4yo plus Winner £3,649 1 5132-4 JACK VALENTINE (27) (D) V Williams 8-11-10 Miss L M Turner(7) 2 78-452 BOAGRIUS (120) (T) T R George 9-11-10 C Gethings 3 F325-7 STAR OF RORY (17) (T) J Groucott 7-11-10 L Edwards 4 3212-4 OUT ON THE TEAR (38) (D) S Allwood 7-11-10 A Johns 5 2142-P DEMOPOLIS (38) (T) P Hobbs 7-11-8 Sean Houlihan(3) 6 3-8235 BABY KING (27) (T) T R George 12-11-6 T Doggrell(7) 7 3151P- BEN BRODY (247) (B;BF) D J Jeffreys 11-11-3 A Bellamy(7) 8 63U23/ O CEALLAIGH (628) (T) G Hanmer 12-11-2 W Shanahan(7) 9 32320- LLANTARA (238) (T) A Ralph 10-11-0 N Scholfield 2020: Est Illic 6-11-1, Jordan Nailor(5) 11-1 (S-J Davies), 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Boagrius, 7-2 Out On The Tear, 4 Jack Valentine, 5 Demopolis, 7 Ben Brody, 14 O Ceallaigh, Baby King, 16 Llantara, 25 Star of Rory. 1.22 PROACTIVE PERSONNEL HANDICAP CHASE (3) 3m 4yo plus Winner £5,936 1 305415 TANARPINO (28) (V;C,D) J Candlish 10-11-12 B Hughes 2 /65PP- BURROWS PARK (258) V Williams 9-11-12 Miss L M Turner(7) 3 2P12P- ECLAIR DE GUYE (259) (P;D) L Wadham 7-11-12 A P Heskin 4 2131-3 GERICAULT ROQUE (28) (BF) D Pipe 5-11-10 D Noonan 5 /40-P3 AARON LAD (180) (P;D) Dr R Newland 10-11-10 C Hammond 6 1U/14- BYZANTIUM LAD (218) (D) C Longsdon 7-11-10 Paul O’Brien 7 79UP-5 MR SCRUMPY (27) (D) J O’Keeffe 7-11-9 G Sheehan 8 55-335 THEGALLANTWAY (34) (C,D) F O’Brien 8-11-9 C Brace 9 88542/ FLEMINPORT (629) (BF) Jonjo O’Neill 8-11-6 K Brogan(3) 10 /521-5 PENNYFORAPOUND (32) (C,D) R Curtis 7-11-4 B R Jones 11 /P53-4 POTTERS VENTURE (22) P Hobbs 7-11-3 Sean Houlihan(3) 12 94443- LADRONNE (249) (T;BF) T Collier 7-10-6 R McLernon 2020: Tea Time On Mars 8-10-13, Lucy Gardner 13-2 (Mrs S Gardner), 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 4 Gericault Roque, 11-2 Aaron Lad, 7 Eclair De Guye, 8 Potters Venture, Pennyforapound, 10 Byzantium Lad, Tanarpino, 12 Others. Form GERICAULT ROQUE 7-2fav (11-12) Mid-division, shaken up and went fourth home turn, outpaced before 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on from 2 out, never nearer, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Geryville (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct. AARON LAD 13-2 (11-2) Held up, slow and lost place 4th, headway on inside before 9th, close 3rd last, driven before final bend, held but stayed on, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dawson City (11-5) at Cartmel 3m 5f hcap ch (3) gd in May. ECLAIR DE GUYE 5-1 (11-4) Soon behind, went left 8th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Fortescue (11-5) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar, 8 ran. PENNYFORAPOUND 7-2 (11-10) Shied at tapes, slowly away, soon mid-division, tracked leaders 8th, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 49l behind Young Offender (11-7) at Chepstow 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct. POTTERS VENTURE 7-2 (11-12) Held up in 6th, pushed along after 3 out, plugged on in modest 4th from 12th, 4th of 7, 19l behind Hamilton Dici (11-1) at Warwick 2m 4f cond hcap ch (4) gs. BYZANTIUM LAD 17-2 (11-2) Prominent on outside, not fluent 2nd, slow and lost place next, slow 7th, well beaten from 4 out, 4th of 7, 40l behind Dragon Bones (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr. TANARPINO 12-1 (12-0) Tracked front rank, ridden and lost place home turn, headway 4 out to chase leaders, ran on pace, 5th of 11, 22l behind Geryville (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct. THEGALLANTWAY 5-1 (10-11) Mistakes, chased leaders, challenged 15th, disputing lead 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 38l behind Corach Rambler (11-1) at Aintree 3m 1f nov Limited hcap ch (3) gd in Oct. FLEMINPORT 7-2fav (11-6) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, not fluent 14th or 15th, went 2nd after 3 out, stayed on, not able to challenge winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Western Climate (10-10) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar ‘20. LADRONNE 11-4fav (12-3) Held up, ridden to chase leaders 3 out, went distance third 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Wye Aye (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 5yo nov hcp (5) gs in Mar. 1.57 ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (4) 2m 1f 4yo plus Winner £4,139 1 8P-541 RICHMOND LAKE (17) (CD) D McCain 5-11-5 B Hughes 2 704-9 COME DANCING (22) O Signy 4-10-12 G Sheehan 3 328 FORTYFIVE WEST (18) Dr R Newland 6-10-12 C Hammond 4 3-10P GARETH CAEL (28) (T) O Greenall 5-10-12 Paul O’Brien 5 P-3303 GOLEIRIHEM (14) O Murphy 5-10-12 R McLernon 6 48- HOWYOUPLAYTHEGAME (249) (H) S Allwood 5-10-12 A Johns 7 0-236 LARUSSO (29) S Edmunds 4-10-12 C Gethings 8 1-U LUPUS REGEM (14) O Murphy 5-10-12 F Gregory(3) 9 5 MISTER MARBLES (24) P Hobbs 5-10-12 B R Jones 10 4-0P MONEY FOR JAM (17) S Allwood 4-10-12 J Tidball(7) 11 25 MONTE IGUELDO (29) (T) O Greenall 4-10-12 Mr J Andrews(5) 12 6 MR TRISTAR (59) N Twiston-Davies 4-10-12 E Edge(10) 13 NORTH LODGE A King 4-10-12 A P Heskin 14 2209-4 RISK D’ARGENT (24) A Ralph 5-10-12 N Scholfield 15 14P7 WILD BREEZE (32) (H,T) R Hobson 5-10-12 Tabitha Worsley(5) 16 0 BEHRESS (22) Henry Oliver 4-10-5 L Edwards 2020: Guard Your Dreams 4-11-5, Sam Twiston-Davies 8-11 Fav (N Twiston- Davies), 5 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 6-4 Richmond Lake, 3 Lupus Regem, 7 North Lodge, 10 Monte Igueldo, Goleirihem, 12 Mister Marbles, 16 Others. Form RICHMOND LAKE 10-3 (11-4) Made all, clear 2 out, ran on, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f mdn auc hdl (4) gs beating Hermes Boy (11-1) by 15l, 11 ran. LUPUS REGEM 6-4 (10-9) Raced freely and led after 2nd, hung right and ran out before 3 out, unseated rider, in a race won by Iontach Cheval (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 8 ran. NORTH LODGE Presenting gelding out of Saddleeruppat. GOLEIRIHEM 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, rallied before 2 out, kept on after the last, not reach winner, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Iontach Cheval (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd. 2.32 NOVICES’ HURDLE (4) 2m 4f 4yo plus Winner £4,139 1 P2-1 GREDIN (27) (D) D McCain 5-11-5 B Hughes 2 /31-21 THUNDER ROCK (14) (D) O Murphy 5-11-5 A P Heskin 3 4-3 BRIDGE NORTH (23) H Daly 5-10-12 R McLernon 4 2/31-2 GUARDINO (29) B Pauling 5-10-12 K Brogan(3) 5 U211/ HARD GROUND (623) R Curtis 7-10-12 B R Jones 6 0P-PPP KILCASEY GOLD (6) C Ellam 6-10-12 L Edwards 7 0000-F MR PALM (107) J G Cann 6-10-12 N Scholfield 8 86-P HOWZAT VALTAT (28) A King 4-10-11 C Gethings 9 STAG HORN (F40) (P) A Watson 4-10-11 G Sheehan 10 0-9P7 TRE A PENI (15) O Greenall 4-10-4 A Johns 2020: Took The Lot 6-11-5, Sam Twiston-Davies 2-5 Fav (N Twiston-Davies), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 2 Stag Horn, 5-2 Thunder Rock, 5 Guardino, 6 Gredin, Bridge North, 10 Hard Ground, 25 Howzat Valtat, 200 Others. 3.07 CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ MARES’ HCAP HDL (5) 2m 7f 4yo plus Winner £2,396 1 5F123- UISCE UR (257) (P) L Morgan 9-11-12 Mr L Dobb(8) 2 2-0324 MINI CREST (27) (P) O Murphy 6-11-8 Gearoid Harney(10) 3 456-69 LIGHTNING GOLD (196) (T) L Hurley 6-11-7 Miss H C Tucker(3) 4 2/6669 FLAMES OF PASSION (25) (P) Jonjo O’Neill 5-11-3 C Quinn(3) 5 3-6558 WELL CLICHE (23) M Todhunter 6-11-2 P J Kavanagh(3) 6 6670P- DRUMLEE GETAWAY (248) O Murphy 6-11-1 L Stones(3) 7 77FP-7 THE FECKENHAM FOX (32) M Young 7-10-11 J Tidball(5) 8 354661 MISS BAMBY (46) J Mackie 6-10-11 J A Anderson(3) 9 726/39 MAGIC OF MILAN (22) (P,T) S England 8-10-11 D Hurst(5) 10 37F536 STEPHANIE SUNSHINE (25) (T) Katy Price 8-10-10 C Leonard 11 216542 KIERA ROYALE (2) (H,T;BF) D Rees 10-10-5 P Armson 12 P596P- CONNIE WILDE (249) L Wadham 6-10-0 Mr E Collier(5) 2020: Rollercoster 8-10-1, Liam Harrison 9-2 (M Scudamore), 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-2 Miss Bamby, 4 Mini Crest, 9-2 Uisce Ur, 6 Kiera Royale, 8 Drumlee Getaway, 10 Connie Wilde, 14 Stephanie Sunshine, 16 Others. 3.42 OPEN NH FLAT RACE (5) 2m 1f 4yo to 6yo Winner £1,906 1 BERTIE BLUE E Lavelle 4-11-0 J R Wildman(10) 2 CLIFTON BRIDGE A King 4-11-0 A P Heskin 3 3 GROVE ROAD (195) A Watson 5-11-0 G Sheehan 4 HOURVARI O Murphy 4-11-0 F Gregory(3) 5 HUNTER LEGEND V Williams 4-11-0 Ned Fox(10) 6 1- JUNGLE JACK (420) D McCain 5-11-0 B Hughes 7 9 LAWD DYLAN (29) O Signy 4-11-0 Mr J Andrews(5) 8 NIGHT JET T Symonds 4-11-0 D Noonan 9 2 STROLL ON BY (44) (BF) C Longsdon 4-11-0 Paul O’Brien 10 4-1 SUPREME GIFT (202) H Daly 4-11-0 R McLernon 11 THIRD STREET N Twiston-Davies 5-11-0 C Gethings 12 P/P- TIKITOV (349) M Rowley 5-11-0 L Edwards 13 WE GOTTA GETAWAY F O’Brien 4-11-0 M Kendrick 14 BILINGUAL V Dartnall 4-10-7 N Scholfield 2020: Flann 5-11-0, Lilly Pinchin(5) 5-1 (G McPherson), 7 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Stroll On By, 5 Grove Road, 7 Clifton Bridge, Third Street, 8 Hourvari, Jungle Jack, 12 We Gotta Getaway, Bertie Blue, Supreme Gift, 20 Others. 4.00 BETWAY HANDICAP (Class 5) 5f (AW) 3yo plus Winner £3,240 1 (9) 653511 OOH IS IT (152) (D) P Evans 3-9-7 Gina Mangan(5) 2 (7) 031112 HOWZAK (15) (BF,D) R Brisland 3-9-4 M Harley 3 (1) 222472 STAKE ACCLAIM (31) (T;D) D Ivory 9-9-4 R Winston 4 (8) 216642 EXPERT OPINION (21) (P;D) H Spiller 3-9-4 S Donohoe 5 (11) 915576 TATHMEEN (15) (V;CD) A Brittain 6-9-3 A Villiers(3) 6 (4) 492163 SHOW ME A SUNSET (23) (P,T;BF,C,D) R Cowell 5-9-3 B McHugh 7 (3) 523423 THE DALEY EXPRESS (31) (P;CD) R Harris 7-9-2 D Probert 8 (10) 312666 SHAMSHON (44) (CD) S C Williams 10-9-1 L Atzori(7) 9 (6) 515113 SOME NIGHTMARE (53) (BF,C) J G O’Shea 4-9-1 Adam J McNamara 10 (5) 2-6987 HIGHEST AMBITION (26) C Wallis 3-9-0 L Morris 11 (2) 852217 BEZZAS LAD (53) (BF) A Carroll 4-8-12 Rossa Ryan 2020: Mutabaahy 5-9-1, Cam Hardie 9-2 (A Brittain), drawn 2, 11 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Ooh Is It, 7-2 Howzak, 6 Show Me A Sunset, 8 Stake Acclaim, The Daley Express, 10 Some Nightmare, Expert Opinion, 14 Others. 4.30 NOVICE STAKES (5) 5f (AW) 2yo Only Winner £3,510 1 (1) 342472 LUCY LULU (18) (D) R Fell 9-5 J Peate(7) 2 (3) 607 HI HOH TONTO (51) (T) Frank Bishop 9-3 W Carson 3 (4) 65 MONSIEUR KODI (18) R Fahey 9-3 C Murtagh(3) 4 (7) 545540 PAPA DON’T PREACH (50) C Hills 9-3 H Doyle 5 (6) CWTCH C Wallis 8-12 L Morris 6 (5) 0 LULLABY BAY (142) K Burke 8-12 C Lee 7 (2) 76 STEPONIT (136) (H) K Ryan 8-12 S Gray 2020: Warrior Brave 2-9-3, Alistair Rawlinson 11-4 JtFav (M Appleby), drawn 2, 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 4-11 Papa Don’t Preach, 13-2 Lucy Lulu, 10 Monsieur Kodi, 12 Lullaby Bay, 14 Steponit, 33 Cwtch, 100 Hi Hoh Tonto. 5.00 CORAL NURSERY (4) 1m 1f (AW) 2yo Only Winner £3,726 1 (1) 544414 SUPERIOR FORCE (4) (P) G Boughey 9-7 Rossa Ryan 2 (6) 3228 AL JADDAF (48) C Appleby 9-4 R Winston 3 (2) 13 AMMOLITE (17) S & E Crisford 9-4 J Mitchell 4 (3) 2216 GREY BELLE (36) I Furtado 9-4 J Hart 5 (5) 3252 PARK STREET (14) (BF) J & T Gosden 9-3 R Havlin 6 (4) 30531 NEVER IN FOURTH (14) (C) R Teal 8-9 G Rooke(3) 2020: Sweet Bertie 2-9-4, Martin Dwyer 25-1 (B Meehan), drawn 5, 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Never In Fourth, 3 Park Street, 7-2 Al Jaddaf, 4 Ammolite, 7 Superior Force, 16 Grey Belle. 5.30 FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES (DIV 1) (4) 7f (AW) 2yo Only Winner £5,400 1 (9) 96 CYGNETURE (24) (H) R Beckett 9-0 R Hornby 2 (3) DARAKAH C Hills 9-0 J Crowley 3 (1) MISSCALL A Watson 9-0 H Doyle 4 (4) 4 MORGAN FAIRY (46) W Haggas 9-0 T Marquand 5 (2) 05 PERFECT SENSATION (35) A Balding 9-0 D Probert 6 (5) 97 PHANTASY MAC (16) G Boughey 9-0 C Shepherd 7 (6) 6 SAFETY FIRST (196) (BF) C Cox 9-0 H Crouch 8 (8) SHARRON MACREADY D Loughnane 9-0 Rossa Ryan 9 (7) 9 TANGO TONIGHT (38) H Morrison 9-0 J Hart 2020: Liberated Lady 2-9-0, James Doyle 2-7 Fav (H Palmer), drawn 2, 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Morgan Fairy, 7-2 Darakah, 4 Misscall, 7 Safety First, 8 Perfect Sensation, 12 Phantasy Mac, 14 Others. Form MORGAN FAIRY 11-2 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 7l behind Parlando (9-5) at Leicester 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gs in Oct. DARAKAH Dubawi filly out of Neshmeya. MISSCALL Kodiac filly out of Payphone. SAFETY FIRST 2-1fav (9-0) Awkwardly away towards rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 6th of 7, 16l behind Cachet (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll nov stks (4) gd in May. PERFECT SENSATION 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Ching Shih (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo fll nov stks (4) sft in Oct. PHANTASY MAC 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders over 1f out, plugged on final furlong, 7th of 15, 6l behind Gin O’Clock (9-5) at Chelmsford City 7f 2yo nov auc stks (4) pol. CYGNETURE 80-1 (9-0) Held up, outpaced over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 6l behind Zanbaq (9-0) at Kempton 7f (5) pol. SHARRON MACREADY Mehmas filly out of Foreplay. TANGO TONIGHT 12-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 13, 7l behind Augmentarium (9-0) at Kempton 7f (5) pol in Oct. 6.00 FILLIES’ NOVICE STAKES (DIV 2) (4) 7f (AW) 2yo Only Winner £5,400 1 (8) 0 ATTENTIVE (28) W Haggas 9-0 T Marquand 2 (6) 09 DUTCH LACE (49) I Furtado 9-0 Elle-May Croot(7) 3 (4) 58 JOKING (17) H Palmer 9-0 C Fallon 4 (2) 8 NEVERBATSANEYELID (18) J J Quinn 9-0 J Hart 5 (5) 45 PEACE OFFERING (17) J & T Gosden 9-0 R Havlin 6 (9) POPTRONIC K Burke 9-0 C Lee 7 (3) 7 QUEEN OF COMEDY (24) E Walker 9-0 K Shoemark 8 (7) 85 SILVER SCREEN (24) C Cox 9-0 H Crouch 9 (1) 9 TAAQAT (78) J Tate 9-0 Rossa Ryan 2020: No corresponding race. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Peace Offering, 2 Silver Screen, 6 Queen Of Comedy, 8 Poptronic, 10 Attentive, 16 Taaqat, 25 Joking, 33 Others. 6.30 MANSIONBET PROUD PARTNERS OF AWC HCAP (3) 7f (AW) 3yo plus Winner £6,019 1 (2) -87989 FOX DUTY FREE (85) (D) R Beckett 4-9-10 R Hornby 2 (3) 900-40 HAFEET ALAIN (21) (D) E Walker 5-9-9 T Marquand 3 (4) 232513 STREET KID (24) (P;BF,CD) K P De Foy 3-9-3 D Probert 4 (5) 455836 HURAIZ (24) S C Williams 4-9-2 D Muscutt 5 (7) -94107 RAMIRO (65) (D) B Ellison 5-8-10 D Swift 6 (6) 652469 ONE HART (7) (CD) G Tuer 4-8-9 S James 7 (1) 227663 HARMONY LIL (54) M Loughnane 3-8-4 Elisha Whittington(5) 2020: Misty Grey 3-9-4, Richard Kingscote 16-5 (T Dascombe), drawn 5, 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Street Kid, 3 Fox Duty Free, 4 Hafeet Alain, 7 Huraiz, Harmony Lil, 10 One Hart, Ramiro. Form STREET KID 11-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, took keen hold, headway when switched right under 2f out, soon challenged, outpaced by winner inside final furlong and kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Mobadra (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-95 (3) pol. FOX DUTY FREE 16-1 (9-11) Dwelt, held up in rear, some headway over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, well beaten final furlong, 9th of 10, 11l behind Enigmatic (9-4) at Pontefract 1m claim hcap (2) gf in Sep. HAFEET ALAIN 11-2 (8-12) Mid-division, good headway near side of group over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 18, 11l behind Boosala (9-2) at Doncaster 7f hcp 105 (2) sft. HARMONY LIL 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out until ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 17, 6l behind Run This Way (9-1) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct. HURAIZ 5-1 (8-11) Steadied and went left start, pulled hard in rear, ridden inside final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 7, 4l behind Beyond Equal (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-95 (3) pol. ONE HART 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, switched left and effort over 1f out, no impression, well beaten inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 7l behind May Night (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-80 (4). RAMIRO 9-1 (9-9) A little awkward and a little slow into stride, towards rear, headway on outer from before straight, soon 7th and effort, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Is That Love (9-3) at Listowel 7f hcp 50-80 in Sep. 7.00 MANSIONBET BEST ODDS GUARANTEED HCAP (6) 7f (AW) 3yo plus Winner £2,700 1 (2) 689758 JACKSTAR (18) (CD) M Loughnane 5-9-4 L Morris 2 (10) 160400 THE RETRIEVER (25) (P;D) M Hammond 6-9-4 A Brookes(7) 3 (6) 480908 DUNDORY (14) J G O’Shea 5-9-4 Adam J McNamara 4 (12) 567 ARE YOU ABLE (25) P Evans 4-9-4 Gina Mangan(5) 5 (1) 336315 ABNAA (18) (V;BF,D) A Brittain 4-9-3 A Villiers(3) 6 (7) 267385 ROSE FANDANGO (25) (T) Sir M Todd 3-9-3 G Rooke(3) 7 (11) 555 HARDY (22) Jessica Macey 3-9-3 L Edmunds 8 (3) 52407 RAY DAY (39) E Walker 3-9-3 T Marquand 9 (4) 22476 FROSTED ANGEL (25) (T) Brian O’Rourke 3-9-3 K Shoemark 10 (9) 605862 PALLAS LORD (22) (V;D) B Ellison 3-9-3 D Swift 11 (8) 350956 BOBBY ON THE BEAT (25) (T,V) P McEntee 3-9-2 H Doyle 12 (5) 488775 LUSCIFER (26) (CD) R Harris 4-9-2 Rossa Ryan 2020: Bobby Joe Leg 6-9-3, James Sullivan 11-2 (R Carr), drawn 7, 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 4 Abnaa, 9-2 Pallas Lord, 7 Jackstar, 8 Bobby On The Beat, Frosted Angel, 10 Ray Day, Luscifer, Rose Fandango, 12 Others. 7.30 MANSIONBET BEATEN BY A HEAD HANDICAP (4) 1m 1f (AW) 3yo plus Winner £4,590 1 (10) 407606 SOCIETY RED (32) R Fahey 7-9-12 C Murtagh(3) 2 (11) 000276 CITYZEN SERG (26) (CD) M Murphy 4-9-12 D Muscutt 3 (8) 725231 MASKED IDENTITY (29) (C) M Loughnane 6-9-11 Josephine Gordon 4 (4) 185308 ASDAA (26) (P;CD) M Johnston 5-9-11 J Fanning 5 (5) 450145 LOVE DESTINY (197) M Herrington 4-9-7 R Winston 6 (6) 519173 MOTAWAAFEQ (17) (P;C) M Appleby 5-9-7 T Marquand 7 (1) 551316 LAFAN (35) (BF) R Hannon 3-9-7 L Browne(7) 8 (3) 114760 WIN WIN POWER (16) Frank Bishop 4-9-2 W Carson 9 (9) 254247 CRITICAL THINKING (236) (CD) D Loughnane 7-9-0 Rossa Ryan 10 (2) 160708 SWINGING EDDIE (19) (C) G Tuer 5-8-10 S James 11 (7) 031681 EL CAMINO (35) (P,T) M Appleby 3-8-10 T Ladd(3) 2020: Siavash 3-9-3, Gina Mangan(7) 50-1 (P Evans), drawn 3, 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Masked Identity, 9-2 El Camino, 5 Lafan, 6 Motawaafeq, 10 Cityzen Serg, Love Destiny, 12 Asdaa, Critical Thinking, 14 Others. WOLVERHaMPTOn 4.00 — Stake Acclaim 4.30 — Monsieur Kodi 5.00 — Ammolite 5.30 — Morgan Fairy 6.00 — Joking 6.30 — Street Kid 7.00 — Pallas Lord 7.30 — Asdaa Draw Advantage: Little effect. Stall Positions: 7f Outside; Remainder Inside Sky Sports Racing. Going: Standard captain Wessex Selections 12.15 — Heartbreak Kid 12.47 — Boagrius 1.22 — Gericault Roque 1.57 — Richmond Lake 2.32 — Gredin 3.07 — Uisce Ur 3.42 — Grove Road Sky Sports Racing. Going: Good to Soft captain Wessex Selections abc index To Today’s Meetings B - Bangor-on-Dee, D - Doncaster, Nb - Newbury, Nc - Newcastle, W - Wolverhampton. Aaron Lad ...................... B 1.22 Abnaa............................ W 7.00 Ahorsewithnoname ....Nb 12.10 Ahoy Senor ..................Nb 12.40 Al Jaddaf ....................... W 5.00 Alchemystique .............. D 12.35 Alghazaal ....................... D 12.35 Ammolite ...................... W 5.00 Andante ....................... Nc 2.40 Annamix ......................Nb 3.00 Annies Regatta .............. D 1.08 Annsam .......................Nb 1.50 Are You Able ................. W 7.00 Asdaa ............................ W 7.30 Ashtown Lad ...............Nb 12.40 Ashutor ........................Nb 3.35 Ask Paddington ............ D 2.18 Attentive ....................... W 6.00 Aye Right ..................... Nc 2.05 Baby King ...................... B 12.47 Baladio........................... D 12.35 Ballybegg ...................... B 12.15 Bamboo Bay ................ Nc 11.45 Banana Joe .................... D 12.05 Becky The Boo .............. D 1.08 Behress ......................... B 1.57 Ben Brody ...................... B 12.47 Bertie Blue ..................... B 3.42 Better Getalong ........... Nc 12.20 Bezzas Lad ................... W 4.00 Bilingual ........................ B 3.42 Black Mischief .............Nb 1.50 Boagrius ........................ B 12.47 Bob’s Bar ....................... D 12.35 Bobby On The Beat ...... W 7.00 Bobmahley .................... D 12.05 Bollin Phoenix ............. Nc 2.40 Boreham Bill ................Nb 1.50 Brahma Bull .................Nb 3.00 Brave Eagle .................Nb 3.00 Bridge North .................. B 2.32 Brief Times .................... D 12.35 Burrows Park ................ B 1.22 Butler’s Brief ................. B 12.15 Byzantium Lad .............. B 1.22 Caboy........................... Nc 12.20 Caius Marcius ............... D 1.43 Calva D’Auge ...............Nb 1.50 Canelo..........................Nb 3.00 Captain Morgs .............Nb 2.25 Captain Quint .............. Nc 12.55 Ch’tibello .....................Nb 1.50 Champagnesuperover.. B 12.15 Cityzen Serg ................. W 7.30 Clifton Bridge ................ B 3.42 Cloth Cap .....................Nb 3.00 Cloudy Glen .................Nb 3.00 Come Dancing ............... B 1.57 Connie Wilde ................. B 3.07 Constancio .................... D 1.43 Cool Jet ........................ Nc 2.40 Cool Mix ....................... Nc 2.05 Coolbane Boy .............. Nc 12.55 Cooper’s Cross ........... Nc 1.30 Copperhead .................Nb 3.00 Court Master ................Nb 1.15 Courtandbould .............. D 2.18 Critical Thinking ........... W 7.30 Cwtch ............................ W 4.30 Cygneture ..................... W 5.30 Dame De Compagnie ..Nb 1.15 Danny Whizzbang .......Nb 3.00 Darakah ........................ W 5.30 Darius Des Sources .... Nc 12.20 Demachine ..................Nb 3.00 Demopolis ..................... B 12.47 Dingo Dollar ................ Nc 2.05 Donna’s Double .......... Nc 2.40 Dorado Dollar ................ D 12.05 Dorking Boy ................Nb 1.50 Douglas Talking .......... Nc 2.40 Drumlee Getaway .......... B 3.07 Dundory ........................ W 7.00 Dutch Lace ................... W 6.00 Earlofthecotswolds ....Nb 1.50 Ecco ............................... D 2.18 Eclair D’Ainay ..............Nb 3.35 Eclair De Guye ............... B 1.22 Eklat De Rire ................Nb 3.00 El Camino ..................... W 7.30 Elle Est Belle................Nb 12.10 Elusive Belle ................Nb 3.35 Enrilo ...........................Nb 3.00 Epatante ...................... Nc 3.15 Espoir De Teillee .........Nb 1.15 Exit To Where .............. Nc 12.20 Expert Opinion ............. W 4.00 Fascinating News ......... D 2.53 Fern Hill ......................... B 12.15 Fiddlerontheroof .........Nb 3.00 Flames Of Passion ........ B 3.07 Flash Collonges ..........Nb 12.40 Fleminport ..................... B 1.22 Flic Ou Voyou ................ D 3.28 For Fitz Sake .................. D 12.35 Fortcanyon .................. Nc 2.40 Fortescue ....................Nb 3.00 Fortyfive West ............... B 1.57 Fox Duty Free ............... W 6.30 Fred ..............................Nb 1.50 Frero Banbou ..............Nb 3.35 Frosted Angel ............... W 7.00 Full Back ......................Nb 3.00 Galah............................ Nc 11.45 Gareth Cael .................... B 1.57 Gericault Roque ............ B 1.22 Getaway Trump ...........Nb 3.35 Glen Forsa ................... Nc 2.05 Global Citizen ................ D 2.18 Global Famenglory ....... D 12.35 Glory And Fortune.......Nb 1.50 Goleirihem ..................... B 1.57 Good Boy Bobby ......... Nc 2.05 Gordon’s Jet .................. D 1.43 Gowel Road .................Nb 2.25 Grand Sancy ................Nb 1.15 Gredin ............................ B 2.32 Grey Belle ..................... W 5.00 Grey Diamond .............Nb 3.35 Grove Road ................... B 3.42 Guardino ........................ B 2.32 Gumball .......................Nb 3.35 Hafeet Alain .................. W 6.30 Hard Ground .................. B 2.32 Hardy ............................ W 7.00 Harmony Lil .................. W 6.30 Heartbreak Kid .............. B 12.15 Herbiers ......................... D 2.18 Hi Hoh Tonto ................. W 4.30 Highest Ambition ......... W 4.00 Hourvari ......................... B 3.42 Howyouplaythegame.... B 1.57 Howzak ......................... W 4.00 Howzat Valtat ................. B 2.32 Hunter Legend .............. B 3.42 Huraiz............................ W 6.30 Hydroplane .................... D 1.43 Idealdes Villerets........... D 2.53 Il Ridoto .......................Nb 3.35 Informateur .................. Nc 2.05 Ingleby Hollow .............. D 1.43 Jacamar ......................... D 3.28 Jack Valentine ............... B 12.47 Jackstar ........................ W 7.00 Jaunty Freyja ...............Nb 12.10 Johnny Boom .............. Nc 11.45 Joking ........................... W 6.00 Jungle Jack ................... B 3.42 Just Paddy’s Band ...... Nc 2.40 Kalooki.........................Nb 1.15 Kapcorse .....................Nb 1.15 Karlie.............................. D 1.08 Kauto The King ............Nb 1.15 Kiera Royale .................. B 3.07 Kilcasey Gold ................ B 2.32 Killer Clown .................Nb 1.15 Kiltorcan Boy .............. Nc 2.40 King D’Argent ..............Nb 3.35 King Of Quinta ............... D 2.53 Kitty’s Light .................Nb 3.00 L’Es Fremantle .............. D 12.05 Ladronne ....................... B 1.22 Lafan ............................. W 7.30 Larusso.......................... B 1.57 Lawd Dylan .................... B 3.42 Le Fils De Force ............. D 2.53 Lecale’s Article ............Nb 1.50 Lightning Gold .............. B 3.07 Llantara.......................... B 12.47 Lock’s Corner ..............Nb 1.15 Lough Salt ..................... D 12.05 Loughderg Rocco ....... Nc 12.55 Love Destiny ................ W 7.30 Luckofthedraw ............ Nc 12.20 Lucy Lulu ...................... W 4.30 Lullaby Bay ................... W 4.30 Lupus Regem ................ B 1.57 Luscifer......................... W 7.00 Magic Of Milan ............... B 3.07 Marble Sands .............. Nc 12.55 Masked Identity ............ W 7.30 Masters Legacy ...........Nb 1.50 Mini Crest ...................... B 3.07 Mint Condition ............... B 12.15 Miss Bamby ................... B 3.07 Misscall......................... W 5.30 Mister Malarky .............Nb 3.00 Mister Marbles ............... B 1.57 Money For Jam .............. B 1.57 Monmiral ...................... Nc 3.15 Monsieur Kodi .............. W 4.30 Monte Igueldo ............... B 1.57 Moon Over Germany ...Nb 1.15 Morgan Fairy ................ W 5.30 Motawaafeq .................. W 7.30 Mr Glass ....................... Nc 12.55 Mr Incredible ...............Nb 12.40 Mr Mccall ....................... D 2.53 Mr Palm .......................... B 2.32 Mr Scrumpy ................... B 1.22 Mr Tristar ....................... B 1.57 Muzetta’s Waltz ............. D 12.35 My Unknown Soldier ..... D 2.53 Never In Fourth ............. W 5.00 Neverbatsaneyelid ....... W 6.00 Nextdoortoalice ............ D 1.08 Night Jet ........................ B 3.42 Nina The Terrier ...........Nb 12.10 Niven ............................ Nc 12.20 No Cruise Yet ................. D 12.05 North Lodge .................. B 1.57 Not So Sleepy .............. Nc 3.15 Notachance ................. Nc 2.05 Numitor ........................Nb 3.35 Nuts Well...................... Nc 2.05 O Ceallaigh .................... B 12.47 Ofalltheginjoints .........Nb 1.15 One Fine Man ............... Nc 12.55 One Hart ........................ W 6.30 One More Fleurie .........Nb 3.00 Onemorefortheroad ....Nb 2.25 Ontheropes .................Nb 3.00 Ooh Is It ......................... W 4.00 Oot Ma Way .................. Nc 11.45 Our Marty ....................... D 2.53 Out On The Tear............. B 12.47 Pallas Lord ................... W 7.00 Papa Don’t Preach ....... W 4.30 Parisencore ................. Nc 2.40 Park Street .................... W 5.00 Peace Offering ............. W 6.00 Pennyforapound ........... B 1.22 Perfect Sensation ........ W 5.30 Phantasy Mac ............... W 5.30 Pookie Pekan .............. Nc 12.20 Poptronic ...................... W 6.00 Potterman ....................Nb 3.00 Potters Venture ............. B 1.22 Pyramid Place ............... D 2.18 Queen Of Comedy ........ W 6.00 Rainyday Woman ........Nb 12.10 Ramiro .......................... W 6.30 Rattle Owl ...................... D 1.43 Ray Day ......................... W 7.00 Remastered .................Nb 3.00 Richmond Lake ............. B 1.57 Risk D’Argent ................ B 1.57 Rose Fandango ............ W 7.00 Royle Steel .................... D 2.53 Ruthless Article ............. B 12.15 Safety First ................... W 5.30 Sam’s Adventure ......... Nc 2.05 Sao ...............................Nb 3.35 Sceau Royal ................ Nc 3.15 Scene Not Herd ........... Nc 12.20 Scottish Accent ........... Nc 12.20 Scottsdale ..................... D 12.05 Seven Arches .............. Nc 2.40 Shamshon .................... W 4.00 Sharron Macready ....... W 5.30 Show Me A Sunset........ W 4.00 Silver Screen ................ W 6.00 Silver Streak ................ Nc 3.15 Since Day One ............. Nc 2.40 Soaring Glory ..............Nb 2.25 Society Red .................. W 7.30 Sofia’s Rock .................. D 1.43 Some Chaos ................ Nc 2.05 Some Nightmare .......... W 4.00 Somptueux ..................Nb 1.15 Spes Energicall ...........Nb 12.10 Spiritofthegames ........ Nc 2.05 Spirittappergoode ......... D 2.53 Stag Horn ....................... B 2.32 Stake Acclaim ............... W 4.00 Star Max .......................Nb 3.35 Star of Rory .................... B 12.47 Stephanie Sunshine ..... B 3.07 Steponit ........................ W 4.30 Strategic ........................ D 12.05 Street Kid ...................... W 6.30 Stroll On By ................... B 3.42 Stumps Or Slips ............ D 12.35 Sully D’Oc Aa ...............Nb 3.35 Summit Like Herbie....... D 12.05 Supakalanistic .............. D 2.18 Superior Force ............. W 5.00 Supreme Gift ................. B 3.42 Swinging Eddie ............ W 7.30 Taaqat ........................... W 6.00 Takingrisks .................. Nc 2.05 Tanarpino ...................... B 1.22 Tango Tonight .............. W 5.30 Tathmeen ...................... W 4.00 The Daley Express ....... W 4.00 The Feckenham Fox...... B 3.07 The Ferry Master ......... Nc 2.05 The Hollow Ginge ........Nb 3.00 The Retriever ................ W 7.00 The Sumba Island ......... D 1.08 Theatre Glory ..............Nb 12.10 Thegallantway ............... B 1.22 Third Street .................... B 3.42 Thunder Rock ................ B 2.32 Tikitov ............................ B 3.42 To The Limit ................... D 12.05 Too Friendly................. Nc 11.45 Topofthecotswolds .....Nb 1.15 Tre A Peni ....................... B 2.32 Treshnish..................... Nc 12.20 Tupelo Mississippi ...... Nc 1.30 Twilight Twist ............... Nc 11.45 Uisce Ur ......................... B 3.07 Valleres ........................ Nc 1.30 Vintage Glen .................. D 12.05 Voix Du Reve ............... Nc 3.15 Waltons Grove ............... D 12.35 We Gotta Getaway ......... B 3.42 Weather Front................ D 2.18 Well Cliche ..................... B 3.07 Well Educated ............. Nc 2.40 Wild Breeze ................... B 1.57 Will Sting........................ D 1.43 Win Win Power ............. W 7.30 Winds Of Fire ............... Nc 1.30

58 1 – WESTERN DAILY PRESS, XXXDAY, MONTH XX, 2009 Saturday, November 27, 2021 Racing WESTERN Desk: 0117 DAILY 934 PRESS 3284 HORSE RACING Racing Strap goes across here and here and here nEWBURY captain Wessex Selections 12.10 — Nina The Terrier 12.40 — Ahoy Senor 1.15 — Killer Clown 1.50 — Calva D’Auge LADBROKES MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE 12.10 (LISTED) (Class 1) 2m 4yo plus Winner £14,860 1 54-111 NINA THE TERRIER (23) (CD) A King 5-11-3 T Bellamy 2 1/26-2 AHORSEWITHNONAME (23) N Henderson 6-11-0 J Bowen 3 1132-3 ELLE EST BELLE (23) (BF,D) D Skelton 5-11-0 H Skelton 4 2P4-55 JAUNTY FREYJA (23) B Eckley 6-11-0 J Quinlan 5 /110-2 RAINYDAY WOMAN (23) (T;BF,D) P Nicholls 6-11-0 H Cobden 6 121121 SPES ENERGICALL (27) (T) Mrs S Leech 4-11-0 T J O’Brien 7 11 THEATRE GLORY (18) (D) N Henderson 4-11-0 Jonjo O’Neill Jr 2020: Pink Sheets 6-11-0, Jack Quinlan 10-1 (M Quinn), 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-4 Nina The Terrier, 2 Elle Est Belle, 9-2 Ahorsewithnoname, 8 Rainyday Woman, Theatre Glory, 33 Others. LADBROKES JOHN FRANCOME NOVICES’ CHS 12.40 (GRADE 2) (1) 2m 7f 4yo plus Winner £28,475 1 1211-U AHOY SENOR (27) L Russell 6-11-3 D R Fox 2 15P4-1 ASHTOWN LAD (29) (D) D Skelton 7-11-3 H Skelton 3 1F211- FLASH COLLONGES (266) (T) P Nicholls 6-11-3 H Cobden 4 221-1 MR INCREDIBLE (21) H De Bromhead (IRE) 5-11-3 Rachael Blackmore 2020: Next Destination 8-11-2, Harry Cobden 11-8 Fav (P Nicholls), 5 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 13-8 Ahoy Senor, 7-4 Mr Incredible, 9-2 Flash Collonges, 5 Ashtown Lad. 1.15 2.25 — Soaring Glory (nb) 3.00 — Eklat De Rire (nap) 3.35 — Gumball ITV1: 3.00, 3.35. ITV3: 1.15, 1.50, 2.25. Racing TV. Going: Good to Soft SIR PETER O’SULLEVAN MEMORIAL HCAP CHASE (2) 2m 6f 4yo plus Winner £20,812 ITV3 1 /1U9-7 DAME DE COMPAGNIE (181)(BF) 8-11-12................. .......................................................... Jonjo O’Neill Jr Runs: 14 Wins: 5(S,G) Places: 3 £120,689 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Mr John P McManus 2 41-F20 SOMPTUEUX (122) 6-11-9 ......... Rachael Blackmore Runs: 13 Wins: 3(G) Places: 3 £26,963 Trainer: H De Bromhead (IRE) Owner: Mr P Davies 3 13P32- KALOOKI (245)(BF,CD) 7-11-9 .................T J O’Brien Runs: 13 Wins: 3(S,G) Places: 4 £34,369 Trainer: P Hobbs Owner: Mr Andrew L Cohen 4 11-643 ESPOIR DE TEILLEE (49)(C) 9-11-9 .....T Scudamore Runs: 16 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £48,891 Trainer: T R George Owner: Mr R S Brookhouse 5 040-0P MOON OVER GERMANY (15) 10-11-8 ..L Murtagh(3) Runs: 27 Wins: 3(S) Places: 6 £102,797 Trainer: R Dickin Owner: The Moggy Syndicate 6 3934-5 GRAND SANCY (49)(H,BF) 7-11-6 .............H Skelton Runs: 26 Wins: 6(S,G) Places: 6 £150,834 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Martin Broughton Racing Partners 7 3123-6 KILLER CLOWN (34)(P) 7-11-5 ................. T Bellamy Runs: 12 Wins: 2(GS) Places: 4 £27,031 Trainer: E Lavelle Owner: Tim Syder 8 1P5P59 LOCK’S CORNER (23)(P,T) 7-11-1 .......W T Kennedy Runs: 21 Wins: 7(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £39,954 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Owner: Mr John P McManus 9 P5-P57 OFALLTHEGINJOINTS (21)(B) 7-11-1.......B J Powell Runs: 16 Wins: 3(GS) Places: 2 £25,342 Trainer: C Tizzard Owner: The Reserve Tankers 10 11-101 KAUTO THE KING (21)(T) 7-10-12 ......... H Kimber(7) Runs: 23 Wins: 5(G) Places: 5 £41,341 Trainer: C Tizzard Owner: Jenny Perry And Celia Goaman 11 117/7- KAPCORSE (364)(CD) 8-10-12 ................. H Cobden Runs: 10 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) £38,042 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Mr John P McManus 12 -256P2 TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS (14) 7-10-12 ..................... .......................................................S Twiston-Davies Runs: 28 Wins: 5(GS,G) Places: 11 £52,676 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: Mr M A Reay 13 4610-P COURT MASTER (49)(P,C,D,WS) 8-10-8 ....R Patrick Runs: 16 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £35,115 Trainer: M Scudamore Owner: Mrs Lynne MacLennan 2020: Cap Du Nord 7 10 8, Jack Tudor(3) 7-1 (Christian Williams), 16 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 5 Kapcorse, 11-2 Dame De Compagnie, 6 Killer Clown, Kalooki, 8 Somptueux, Kauto The King, 10 Grand Sancy, 12 Others. Form KAPCORSE 13-2 (11-9) Mid-division out wide, headway chasing leaders approaching 14th, pushed along and held when stumbled badly 2 out, 7th of 16, 21l behind Cap Du Nord (10-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov ‘20. DAME DE COMPAGNIE 7-2fav (11-10) Rear of mid-division on outer, jumped left and went further wide 3 out, no impression straight, never a factor, 7th of 10, 29l behind Powersbomb (10-2) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs sft in May. KALOOKI 2-1fav (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, ridden before 4 out, stayed on after last, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Espoir De Teillee (11-7) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Mar. KILLER CLOWN 7-1 (10-4) Chased winner before 2nd until 4th, stayed handy, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 13l behind Allmankind (11-10) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct. KAUTO THE KING 5-2fav (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway to track leader 8th, upsides 11th, led narrowly 13th but soon headed, ridden after 3 out, led after 2 out, stayed on strongly from last, won at Wincanton 2m 4f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gd beating Midnight Midge (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran. SOMPTUEUX 11-1 (10-6) Chased leaders briefly, slow 1st and 2nd, soon lost place, towards rear halfway, slow 8th, weakened 4 out, 18th of 22, well behind Royal Rendezvous (11-5) at Galway 2m 6f hcap ch gd in Jul. GRAND SANCY 10-3fav (10-10) Towards rear, mid-division 5 out, weakened 2 out, never got on terms, 5th of 9, 19l behind Paint The Dream (11-1) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. OFALLTHEGINJOINTS 11-1 (10-13) Close up, ridden after 4 out, weakened 3 out, 7th of 13, 20l behind Rocco (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f Listed hcap ch (1) gd. TOPOFTHECOTSWOLDS 11-2 (11-1) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, every chance last when not fluent, kept on well flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Palmers Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs. ESPOIR DE TEILLEE 20-1 (10- 12) Keen, mistake 2nd in mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, not fluent 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Paint The Dream (11-1) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. COURT MASTER 7-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 12th, dropped to rear 6 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Chirico Vallis (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcap ch (2) gd in Oct, 13 ran. LOCK’S CORNER 50-1 (12-0) Always in rear, 9th of 11, well behind Dublin Four (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd. 1.50 HANDICAP HURDLE (2) 2m 4f 118yds 4yo plus Winner £21,784 ITV3 1 53/26- CH’TIBELLO (350) 10-11-12 .......................H Skelton Runs: 26 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 7 £327,993 Trainer: D Skelton Owner: The Can’t Say No Partnership 2 1181-1 CALVA D’AUGE (19)(CD) 6-11-11 ..........A Cheleda(5) Runs: 18 Wins: 7(F,S,G) Places: 4 £72,043 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Owners Group 040 3 5-2116 GLORY AND FORTUNE (13)(H,T) 6-11-6 S Sheppard Runs: 14 Wins: 4(GS,G) Places: 3 £64,281 Trainer: T Lacey Owner: Mr J Hinds 4 402/61 BLACK MISCHIEF (138)(P,T,D) 9-11-4 ..L Murtagh(3) Runs: 17 Wins: 4(S,G) Places: 4 £54,811 Trainer: H Fry Owner: Tom Chadney and Friends 5 11/40- FRED (279) 6-11-3 .........................................J Bowen Runs: 11 Wins: 2(S) Places: 5 £51,943 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede 6 150-31 EARLOFTHECOTSWOLDS (14)(P,D2) 7-10-13 ......... .......................................................S Twiston-Davies Runs: 23 Wins: 7(S,A,GS,G) Places: 6 £71,494 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: Twiston-davies, Mason, Greer & Kiely 7 1/46-1 MASTERS LEGACY (49) 6-10-13 .............T J O’Brien Runs: 6 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) Places: 1 £25,798 Trainer: P Hobbs Owner: Mrs P Bosley 8 310-65 BOREHAM BILL (19)(D) 9-10-12 ............... T Bellamy Runs: 25 Wins: 4(S,GS,G) Places: 6 £43,601 Trainer: E Lavelle Owner: Mrs Susan Foran 9 F21P-4 ANNSAM (19) 6-10-8 .................... Isabel Williams(5) Runs: 12 Wins: 4(S,F) Places: 2 £29,706 Trainer: E Williams Owner: Mr W Clifford 10 1/123- LECALE’S ARTICLE (260)(BF,C) 7-10-4 ....T Cannon Runs: 4 Wins: 2(S) Places: 1 £5,429 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Mrs J Donnelly 11 7818-1 DORKING BOY (33)(H,T,CD) 7-10-4 ..... Jamie Moore Runs: 17 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 1 £35,461 Trainer: T Lacey Owner: Galloping On The South Downs Partnersh 2020: Flash The Steel 8 11 11, Harry Skelton 12-1 (D Skelton), 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 7-2 Lecale’s Article, 6 Calva D’Auge, Masters Legacy, 7 Ch’tibello, Glory And Fortune, 8 Earlofthecotswolds, 12 Others. 2.25 INTERMEDIATE HURDLE (LISTED LIMITED HCAP) (1) 2m 4yo plus Winner £28,475 ITV3 1 F314-1 SOARING GLORY (28)(CD) 6-11-10 . Jonjo O’Neill Jr Runs: 10 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 2 £120,335 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Owner: Mr P Hickey 2 110-61 GOWEL ROAD (14)(CD2) 5-11-2 ...S Twiston-Davies Runs: 7 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) Places: 1 £25,252 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: Options O Syndicate 3 11-411 ONEMOREFORTHEROAD (18)(D3) 6-10-8 J Quinlan Runs: 11 Wins: 5(GS,G) Places: 2 £29,448 Trainer: N King Owner: Rupert Dubai Racing 4 20F-31 CAPTAIN MORGS (8)(D2) 5-10-6 .................J Bowen Runs: 8 Wins: 2(S,G) Places: 2 £24,968 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: The Albatross Club 2020: Floressa 5 11 5, Jeremiah McGrath 10-1 (N Henderson), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-10 Soaring Glory, 10-3 Gowel Road, 4 Captain Morgs, 9-2 Onemorefortheroad. Form SOARING GLORY 5-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, good headway out wide chasing leaders 2 out, ridden to lead before last, stayed on well, won at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct beating Leoncavallo (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran. GOWEL ROAD 13-2 (11-10) Chased leader, hit 5th, led 2 out, went clear before last, edged left but stayed on strongly run-in, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcap hdle (3) gd beating Unexpected Party (10-10) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran. CAPTAIN MORGS 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, switched left and headway approaching last, led soon after, ridden and ran on, won at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd beating Garry Clermont (11-9) by 3/4l, 9 ran. ONEMOREFORTHEROAD 3-1 (11-4) Made all, shaken up after 2 out, ridden clear flat, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Huntingdon 2m hcap hdle (3) gd beating Takeit Easy (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran. 3.00 LADBROKES TROPHY CHASE (GRADE 3 HCAP) (1) 3m 2f 4yo plus Winner £142,375 ITV1 1 01-023 BRAHMA BULL (45) 10-11-12 ...................... B Hayes Runs: 19 Wins: 8(S,G) Places: 2 £135,092 Trainer: W P Mullins (IRE) Owner: Mrs S Ricci 2 /11U-1 EKLAT DE RIRE (33)(D) 7-11-8 .. Rachael Blackmore Runs: 7 Wins: 5(S) Places: 1 £41,306 Trainer: H De Bromhead (IRE) Owner: Mr P Davies 3 311P-4 CLOTH CAP (35)(P,CD) 9-11-8 .............T Scudamore Runs: 21 Wins: 5(GS,G) Places: 3 £202,024 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Owner: Exors Of The Late Mr Trevor Hemmings 4 5-P332 ANNAMIX (45)(T) 8-11-8 .......................Jack Foley(5) Runs: 15 Wins: 3(S) Places: 4 £65,110 Trainer: W P Mullins (IRE) Owner: Mrs S Ricci 5 3P/2-1 ONTHEROPES (48) 7-11-7 ....................... S O’Keeffe Runs: 10 Wins: 2(S) Places: 3 £53,639 Trainer: W P Mullins (IRE) Owner: Cheveley Park Stud 6 2223-1 FIDDLERONTHEROOF (27)(T) 7-11-4 ......B J Powell Runs: 18 Wins: 5(S,GS) Places: 6 £136,612 Trainer: C Tizzard Owner: Taylor, Burley & O’dwyer 7 712-22 KITTY’S LIGHT (28)(T,D) 5-11-3 ................ J Tudor(3) Runs: 16 Wins: 4(F,GS,G) Places: 6 £96,092 Trainer: Christian Williams Owner: R J Bedford & All Stars Sports Racing 8 0/5F-4 BRAVE EAGLE (49)(P,C,D) 9-11-3................J Bowen Runs: 21 Wins: 9(S,G) Places: 3 £111,874 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Mr Robert Kirkland 9 73P-05 MISTER MALARKY (28)(P,C) 8-11-2 ...... H Kimber(7) Runs: 29 Wins: 6(S,GS,G) Places: 5 £176,776 Trainer: C Tizzard Owner: Wendy & Malcolm Hezel 10 /PP50- COPPERHEAD (254)(CD) 7-11-2 ..... Jonjo O’Neill Jr Runs: 17 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 1 £60,868 Trainer: C Tizzard Owner: Mrs G C Pritchard 11 2U1-P2 POTTERMAN (21) 8-11-2 ............................T Cannon Runs: 26 Wins: 9(G) Places: 8 £130,630 Trainer: A King Owner: James & Jean Potter Ltd 12 21P1D- ENRILO (217)(C) 7-11-1 ............................. H Cobden Runs: 12 Wins: 6(S,GS,G) £64,805 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Martin Broughton & Friends 4 13 1115-3 REMASTERED (21)(T) 8-11-0 .................. F Gillard(3) Runs: 18 Wins: 5(S) Places: 7 £53,515 Trainer: D Pipe Owner: Brocade Racing 14 143F-7 CANELO (17)(P) 8-10-13 ........................... T Bellamy Runs: 20 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 6 £69,702 Trainer: A King Owner: Mr John P McManus 15 4UPP-2 THE HOLLOW GINGE (35)(P) 8-10-10 S Twiston-Davies Runs: 23 Wins: 4(S) Places: 6 £66,002 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: The Ginge Army 16 /1132- DEMACHINE (280)(T,BF) 7-10-10 ................R Patrick Runs: 8 Wins: 2(S,GS) Places: 5 £26,691 Trainer: Kerry Lee Owner: West Coast Haulage Limited 17 50U2P- CLOUDY GLEN (231)(,WS) 8-10-8 ............C Deutsch Runs: 24 Wins: 5(S,GS) Places: 5 £64,198 Trainer: V Williams Owner: Exors Of The Late Mr Trevor Hemmings 18 2911-3 FORTESCUE (35) 7-10-7 ........................ H Nugent(5) Runs: 17 Wins: 5(S,GS) Places: 4 £41,246 Trainer: H Daly Owner: Mr T F F Nixon 19 11P2-7 FULL BACK (49)(D) 6-10-6 ................... Jamie Moore Runs: 10 Wins: 3(S) Places: 1 £21,182 Trainer: G L Moore Owner: Mr Ashley Head 20 1F11-8 ONE MORE FLEURIE (28) 7-10-5 ...............C Todd(3) Runs: 19 Wins: 4(S,G) Places: 4 £41,965 Trainer: I Williams Owner: Mr K McKenna 21 /7P54- DANNY WHIZZBANG (257)(T,V,BF,C,D) 8-10-3 ......... ..............................................................M Bastyan(3) Runs: 11 Wins: 4(GS) £49,411 Trainer: M Harris Owner: Danny Whizzbang Partnership 2020: Cloth Cap 8 10 0, Tom Scudamore 9-1 (Jonjo O’Neill), 18 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 9-2 Ontheropes, 5 Eklat De Rire, 6 Enrilo, Fiddlerontheroof, 10 Kitty’s Light, 12 Cloth Cap, 14 Demachine, Remastered, Potterman, 16 Others. Form ONTHEROPES 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division, progress to 3rd after 9th, 6th 3 out, travelled well to lead before 2 out, joined after 2 out, ridden to lead at last, kept on well run-in, won at Limerick 3m hcap ch sft in Oct beating A Wave Of The Sea (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 15 ran. EKLAT DE RIRE 10-11fav (11-9) Tracked leader in 2nd, led after 2nd, soon headed, led before 8th where jumped left, not fluent 4 out, asserted before last, kept on, comfortably, won at Wexford 2m 7f lst chs (1) hvy in Oct beating Conflated (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran. ENRILO 7-2fav (11-5) Always prominent on inside, mistake 18th (water), led 4 out, mistake and stumbled badly 2 out, ridden and strongly pressed when edged left run-in, hung badly left towards finish, all out, in a race won by Potterman (11-9) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 16 ran. FIDDLERONTHEROOF 7-2 (11-2) Handy throughout, pressed leaders 3 out, disputed lead after 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and stayed on stoutly to assert 110 yards out, won at Carlisle 2m 4f List ch (1) sft in Oct beating Pay The Piper (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran. KITTY’S LIGHT 11-1 (11-0) Raced in last, mistake 14th, ridden in rear home turn, left in fourth 3 out, stayed on well towards finish, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Fusil Raffles (11-0) at Wetherby 3m chs Grd 2 (1) gs in Oct. CLOTH CAP 9-1 (11-12) Prominent, led after 2nd, not fluent and headed 4 out, led again 3 out, soon headed, 4th and beaten last, no extra, 4th of 11, 16l behind Definite Plan (9-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. DEMACHINE 5-2fav (11-0) Held up in touch, headway out wide tracking leaders 13th, went 2nd 3 out, challenged and every chance next, looked held when went left and hit last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Remastered (11-0) at Ascot 3m nov chs G2 (1) sft in Feb. POTTERMAN 11-1 (11-10) Mid-division, modest headway on outside 15th, chased leaders when ridden 3 out, close up 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Rocco (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f Listed hcap ch (1) gd. REMASTERED 9-2 (10-10) Led 1st, not fluent 9th, hard pressed from 2 out, headed flat, 3rd and headed towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Koshari (11-12) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs. COPPERHEAD 40-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened between last 2, 15th of 22, 20l behind Mrs Milner (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar. ANNAMIX 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd early, disputed lead from 3rd, slight mistake 10th, slight mistake 13th, led from next, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, joined before last, slight mistake at last and soon headed, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Galvin (11-10) at Punchestown 3m chs Grade 3 (1) gd in Oct. BRAHMA BULL 2-1 (11-2) Led early, joined from 3rd, headed 11th, dropped to 3rd and ridden entering straight, no impression on leaders from 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Galvin (11-10) at Punchestown 3m chs Grade 3 (1) gd in Oct. BRAVE EAGLE 12-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden 5 out, pressed leader and not fluent 3 out, stayed on one pace, 4th of 13, 10l behind Chirico Vallis (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. CANELO 14-1 (11-10) Held up, headway 4 out, no impression when hampered 3 out, 7th of 14, 28l behind Snow Leopardess (11-0) at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs. DANNY WHIZZBANG 2-1fav (11-12) Led, awkward 13th, headed narrowly 15th, led 17th, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 5, 22l behind Coup De Pinceau (10-10) at Taunton 3m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Mar. CLOUDY GLEN 10-1 (11-0) Always behind, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Happygolucky (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr, 13 ran. FULL BACK 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 4 out, 7th of 13, 21l behind Chirico Vallis (10-2) at Chepstow 3m hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. 3.35 HANDICAP CHASE (2) 2m 4yo plus Winner £20,812 ITV1 1 821-53 SULLY D’OC AA (7)(P,T,D2) 7-11-12 . Jonjo O’Neill Jr Runs: 19 Wins: 6(GS,G) Places: 5 £131,960 Trainer: A Honeyball Owner: Mr John P McManus 2 F403-4 GUMBALL (19)(D5) 7-11-12 ................. L Harrison(3) Runs: 23 Wins: 5(S,F,A,GS,G) Places: 6 £132,627 Trainer: F O’Brien Owner: Mr Terry Warner 3 112-35 KING D’ARGENT (25)(D4) 6-11-11 ............D England Runs: 21 Wins: 5(S,A,GS,G) Places: 8 £48,201 Trainer: D Skelton Owner: Andrew Dick And John Stevenson 4 21F-5P GETAWAY TRUMP (28)(P,D4) 8-11-10 .. L Williams(3) Runs: 26 Wins: 8(S,G) Places: 3 £140,148 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Owners Group 023 5 /5130- ELUSIVE BELLE (289)(H,BF,CD) 7-11-7 .................... ..................................................... Mr S Waley-Cohen Runs: 14 Wins: 3(G) Places: 5 £42,633 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Annabel Waley-cohen And Family 6 5102-2 SAO (21)(H,T,CD) 7-11-3 ...................... N Moscrop(3) Runs: 19 Wins: 4(S) Places: 5 £64,167 Trainer: R Menzies Owner: Gary Eves And Partner 7 F122-4 ECLAIR D’AINAY (29)(T,D) 7-11-3 ..............H Skelton Runs: 10 Wins: 2(S) Places: 2 £27,940 Trainer: D Skelton Owner: Mr J Hales 8 3314-4 FRERO BANBOU (28)(BF,D) 6-11-0 ..........C Deutsch Runs: 11 Wins: 3(S,GS,G) Places: 3 £59,078 Trainer: V Williams Owner: Mr P Davies 9 32955- ASHUTOR (217)(T,D) 7-10-13 ...................T J O’Brien Runs: 19 Wins: 4(S,G) Places: 7 £34,700 Trainer: Mrs S Leech Owner: Dark Blue Bloodstock 10 3215-3 GREY DIAMOND (28)(D4) 7-10-13 S Twiston-Davies Runs: 18 Wins: 4(S,G) Places: 4 £35,478 Trainer: S Thomas Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd 11 222253 STAR MAX (98)(B,D2,WS) 6-10-13 .......... F Gillard(3) Runs: 29 Wins: 3(S,G) Places: 13 £55,477 Trainer: D Pipe Owner: Pipe’s Prospectors 12 113-31 NUMITOR (29)(D2) 7-10-11 ...................T Scudamore Runs: 11 Wins: 3(S,GS) Places: 1 £19,759 Trainer: H Main Owner: Mr Paul G Jacobs And Wetumpka Racing 13 11F2-3 IL RIDOTO (48)(T) 4-10-4 ........................... H Cobden Runs: 7 Wins: 2 Places: 1 £25,914 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Giles, Hogarth, Mason & McGoff 2020: Zanza 6 11 3, Richard Johnson 5-2 (P Hobbs), 7 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 9-2 Grey Diamond, 5 Il Ridoto, 6 Sully D’Oc Aa, Eclair D’Ainay, 7 Frero Banbou, 10 Gumball, Elusive Belle, 12 Sao, Numitor, 16 Others. Results cHELMSFORD ciTY: Standard 4.15—River Pride (S M Levey, 33-1) 1; Baileysgutfeeling (3-1 JtFav) 2; Devasboy (12-1) 3. Hcap 13 ran. 3 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (R Hannon; 3-1 JtFav Lightening Gesture). Tote: £37.00; pl £8.70, £1.60, £4.50. Ex: £145.20. Tricast: £1361.19. Trifecta: £2170.10. CSF: £131.39. Non-runners: Boondoggle, Buachaill, Kennet. 4.45—Maritime Rules (T Marquand, 11-4 2nd Fav) 1; Pastel Power (10-11 Fav) 2; Justjamie (66-1) 3. 9 ran. 4 3 /4l, 3 /4l. (R Hannon). Tote: £3.75; pl £1.30, £1.10, £7.80. Ex: £7.40. Trifecta: £112.20. CSF: £5.70. 5.15—Speycaster (R Hornby, 11-4 2nd Fav) 1; Deauville Legend (2-1 Fav) 2; Super Lover (10-1) 3. 10 ran. 1 /2l, 1l. (R Beckett). Tote: £3.75; pl £1.30, £1.40, £2.90. Ex: £11.40. Trifecta: £83.30. CSF: £8.76. Non-runner: Farhh Point. 5.45—Finery (Erika Parkinson, 16-1) 1; Cap D’Antibes (C Shepherd, 9-1) 1; Chillsea (7-2 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 14 ran. dht, 1 1 /2l. (M Appleby, M Roberts; 3-1 Fav Lake Sand). Tote: Finery £8.50, Cap D’Antibes £5.50; pl Finery £5.10, Cap D’Antibes £3.50, Chillsea £1.90. Ex: Finery, Cap D’Antibes £121.20, Cap D’Antibes, Finery £116.60. Tricast: Finery, Cap D’Antibes, Chillsea £324.98, Cap D’Antibes, Finery, Chillsea £313.54. Trifecta: Chillsea, Finery, Cap D’Antibes £1178.20, Cap D’Antibes, Finery, Chillsea £1022.00. CSF: Finery, Cap D’Antibes £75.16, Cap D’Antibes, Finery £70.47. Non-runner: Maykir. 6.15—Beggarman (T Marquand, 10-11 Fav) 1; Socially Shady (4-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 2; Love Poems (4-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 7 ran. hd, 3l. (H Morrison). Tote: £1.91; pl £1.10, £2.00. Ex: £5.10. Trifecta: £12.00. CSF: £4.58. 6.45—G’daay (J Hart, 10-1) 1; Adace (11-2) 2; Late Arrival (16-1) 3. Hcap 13 ran. hd, nk. (Joseph Parr; 11-4 Fav Sealed Offer). Tote: £12.70; pl £3.20, £2.70, £4.60. Ex: £100.40. Tricast: £932.07. Trifecta: £2234.80. CSF: £64.88. Nonrunners: Last Mission, Porterinthejungle. DOncaSTER: good-good to soft in places 12.30—Barton Knoll (Sean Quinlan, 11-8 Fav) 1; Dino Velvet (5-1) 2; Northern Bound (15-8 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 4 ran. Sh Hd, 6 1 /2l. (J Mackie). Tote: £2.38; Ex: £8.20. Trifecta: £14.90. CSF: £8.07. 1.05—Lyrical Genius (Sean Quinlan, 7-2) 1; Godrevy Point (10-3 2nd Fav) 2; Bob’s Bar (3-1 Fav) 3. 6 ran. Sh Hd, 4 1 /2l. (C Longsdon). Tote: £4.50; pl £2.00, £2.00. Ex: £17.20. Trifecta: £47.80. CSF: £14.83. Non-runner: Thai Terrier. 1.40—The Newest One (Mr Z Baker, 15-8 2nd Fav) 1; Huntsmans Jog (11-10 Fav) 2; Hcap 4 ran. 8 1 /2l. (N Twiston-Davies). Tote: £2.88; Ex: £4.10. Trifecta: £4.20. CSF: £4.55. 2.15—Ginger Du Val (Mr B Bromley, 11-2) 1; Son Of The Somme (9-1) 2; Anightinlambourn (15-2) 3. Hcap 12 ran. nk, 12l. (M Rowley; 4-1 JtFav Oscar Clouds, 4-1 JtFav Demi Sang). Tote: £6.50; pl £1.90, £2.80, £2.90. Ex: £53.40. Tricast: £379.73. Trifecta: £595.70. CSF: £54.89. Nonrunners: Dare To Begin, Reassurance. 2.50—Starsky (Mr T Durrell, 13-2) 1; Paricolor (7-1) 2; Moon King (15-8 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 7 ran. 2 1 /4l, 4l. (D Skelton; 6-4 Fav White Walker). Tote: £7.50; pl £2.70, £3.00. Ex: £32.70. Tricast: £117.18. Trifecta: £103.90. CSF: £47.72. Non-runner: Grooveur. 3.25—Sir Tivo (R T Dunne, 5-1) 1; Slanelough (9-5 2nd Fav) 2; Brelan D’As (5-6 Fav) 3. Hcap 3 ran. 4l, ns. (G Hanmer). Tote: £6.00; Ex: £10.30. Trifecta: £9.10. CSF: £12.60. Placepot: £3,761.50 Quadpot: £330.80 LingFiELD: Standard 11.20—Basic Beauty (H Crouch, 16-5 2nd Fav) 1; Resumption (11-10 Fav) 2; Berrahri (25-1) 3. Hcap 7 ran. 3l, nk. (S bin Suroor). Tote: £3.72; pl £1.10, £1.80. Ex: £4.60. Tricast: £31.43. Trifecta: £31.10. CSF: £5.05. Non-runner: Sourire Secret. Sourire Secret| Rule 4 applies to All Bets, deduct 15p in the pound. 11.50—Mick’s Spirit (M Dwyer, 7-2) 1; Crunchie (6-4 2nd Fav) 2; Notoriously Risky (11-10 Fav) 3. 6 ran. 4 3 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (C Allen). Tote: £4.50; pl £1.80, £1.20. Ex: £10.30. Trifecta: £15.40. CSF: £9.46. 12.20—Intuitive (J Mitchell, 5-2 2nd Fav) 1; Documenting (4-5 Fav) 2; Ostilio (10-3) 3. 3 ran. 1 3 /4l, 2 1 /2l. (S & E Crisford). Tote: £3.50; Ex: £4.30. Trifecta: £3.50. CSF: £4.94. 12.55—Enfranchise (A Breslin, 20-1) 1; Brunel Charm (5-1 2nd Fav) 2; Trevolli (8-15 Fav) 3. Hcap 6 ran. 1 /2l, 1l. (M Johnston). Tote: £22.30; pl £7.50, £2.10. Ex: £96.10. Trifecta: £243.10. CSF: £111.13. Non-runner: Bearwith. 1.30—Shoot To Kill (D Keenan, 7-2) 1; Dubai Hope (11-8 Fav) 2; Ivasecret (5-2 2nd Fav) 3. Hcap 6 ran. 1 /2l, Sh Hd. (R Brisland). Tote: £4.80; pl £2.10, £1.10. Ex: £11.20. Trifecta: £23.20. CSF: £8.73. 2.05—Muscika (J Watson, 12-1) 1; Marks Bear (3-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 2; Camachess (33-1) 3. Hcap 9 ran. 3 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (D O’Meara; 5-4 Fav Twilight Madness). Tote: £13.00; pl £1.70, £1.20, £5.10. Ex: £39.70. Tricast: £1196.17. Trifecta: £583.90. CSF: £48.71. Non-runner: The Lamplighter. 2.40—Morty (J Watson, 2-1 Fav) 1; Julie Johnston (16-1) 2; Knockabout Queen (8-1) 3. Hcap 11 ran. hd, 1 /2l. (D O’Meara). Tote: £3.00; pl £1.30, £3.30, £2.60. Ex: £27.20. Tricast: £225.19. Trifecta: £167.70. CSF: £38.11. Non-runner: Bernard Spierpoint. 3.15—Pablo Del Pueblo (J Duern, 40-1) 1; Mr Moneypenny (18-1) 2; Bungledupinblue (16-1) 3. Hcap 12 ran. 3 3 /4l, 1l. (S Dow; 11-4 Fav Harbour Storm). Tote: £52.50; pl £10.50, £5.20, £4.60. Ex: £606.00. Tricast: £11563.72. Trifecta: £4956.60. CSF: £643.86. Placepot: £146.90 Quadpot: £74.50 nEWBURY: good to soft-good in places 12.10—Stage Star (H Cobden, 2-7 Fav) 1; Unanswered Prayers (16-1) 2; Kincardine (13-2) 3. 5 ran. 7 1 /2l, 9l. (P Nicholls). Tote: £1.29; pl £1.10, £4.20. Ex: £5.70. Trifecta: £13.20. CSF: £6.70. Nonrunner: Paddy Husseys Taxi. 12.40—Nassalam (Jamie Moore, 2-1 Fav) 1; Tea Clipper (10-3) 2; 4 ran. 30l. (G L Moore). Tote: £3.00; Ex: £7.00. Trifecta: £8.10. CSF: £8.12. 1.15—Jonbon (A Coleman, 10-11 Fav) 1; Good Risk At All (2-1 2nd Fav) 2; Boombawn (5-1) 3. 8 ran. 6l, 3l. (N Henderson). Tote: £1.91; pl £1.10, £1.10, £1.50. Ex: £3.20. Trifecta: £8.20. CSF: £3.34. 1.50—Not Available (S Sheppard, 14-1) 1; Solo (3-1 Jt 2nd Fav) 2; Mister Coffey (5-4 Fav) 3. Hcap 5 ran. 2 3 /4l, 1 1 /2l. (M Sheppard). Tote: £15.00; pl £2.90, £1.70. Ex: £44.80. Trifecta: £112.30. CSF: £51.94. Non-runners: Boothill, L’Homme Presse. 2.25—Fanion D’estruval (C Deutsch, 2-1 Fav) 1; Colorado Doc (16-1) 2; Amour de Nuit (15-2) 3. Hcap 9 ran. 4 1 /2l, 5 1 /2l. (V Williams).Tricast: £203.96. CSF: £32.49. Non-runner: Umbrigado. 3.00—Thomas Darby (S Bowen, 7-1) 1; On The Blind Side (11-1) 2; Paisley Park (9-5 Fav) 3. 6 ran. 2 1 /4l, 8 1 /2l. (O Murphy). Tote: £8.00; pl £3.50, £3.80. Ex: £72.50. Trifecta: £173.00. CSF: £66.67. 3.35—Dolphin Square (Mr D Maxwell, 6-1) 1; Flemcara (40-1) 2; Eyeofthescorpion (3-1 Fav) 3. Hcap 14 ran. nk, 3l. (P Hobbs). Tote: £7.00; pl £2.40, £9.50, £1.60. Ex: £222.70. Tricast: £877.62. Trifecta: £1447.10. CSF: £235.61. Nonrunner: The Cob. Jackpot: £10,600.90 Placepot: £472.00 Quadpot: £76.40

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 59 HORSE RACING 1 – WESTERN DAILY PRESS, XXXDAY, MONTH XX, 2009 Racing Desk: 0117 934 3284 Strap goes across here and here and here Racing nEWcaSTLE DOncaSTER 11.45 INTRODUCTORY JUVENILE HURDLE (Class 2) 2m 3yo Only Winner £10,892 1 1 TOO FRIENDLY (54) (D) D Skelton 11-3 Bridget Andrews 2 1 TWILIGHT TWIST (27) (D) A King 11-3 D Jacob 3 BAMBOO BAY (F89) (T) P Kirby 10-12 T Dowson 4 JOHNNY BOOM (F82) B Ellison 10-12 D McMenamin 5 GALAH (F40) (T) M Harris 10-5 Sean Quinlan 6 OOT MA WAY (F26) (P) I Jardine 10-5 C O’Farrell 2020: Son Of Red 3-10-12, Daryl Jacob 3-1 (A King), 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 6-4 Too Friendly, 13-8 Twilight Twist, 7 Bamboo Bay, 10 Johnny Boom, 12 Galah, 20 Oot Ma Way. Form TOO FRIENDLY 5-4 (10-12) Chased leaders, headway to go 2nd home turn, ran on well final 100 yards, led towards finish, won at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Oceanline (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran. TWILIGHT TWIST 9-4 (10-12) Mid-division, headway after 5th, led before 2 out but hard pressed, command final 100 yards, pushed out, won at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Saint Riquier (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran. BAMBOO BAY 7-2fav (8-11) Chased leaders, 4th 2f out, ridden to dispute lead 1 1/2f out, led narrowly 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in Aug beating Blue Shadow (9-12) by shd, 15 ran (flat). JOHNNY BOOM 9-2 (9-9) Reared start and slowly away, held up in rear, headway stands side over 1f out, edged left and led inside final furlong, hard pressed, headed post, 2nd of 13, ns behind Prince Ali (9-9) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) in Sep (flat). GALAH 15-2 (9-6) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leaders 8f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Ivynator (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) in Oct (flat). OOT MA WAY 5-1 (9-3) Soon chasing leaders, driven over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 9l behind Scarborough Castle (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) (flat). 12.20 EILEEN PEACOCK MEMORIAL HCAP CHASE (4) 2m 4f 4yo plus Winner £4,139 1 -45511 LUCKOFTHEDRAW (7) (D) T Bulgin 8-12-1 N F Houlihan(5) 2 4175-1 SCENE NOT HERD (26) (D) C Longsdon 6-11-11 J J Burke 3 45323- NIVEN (F32) (P) P Kirby 8-11-10 T Dowson 4 35-25U BETTER GETALONG (11) N Richards 10-11-9 D McMenamin 5 P672-1 POOKIE PEKAN (174) (D) W Coltherd 8-11-7 S Coltherd 6 353-15 EXIT TO WHERE (21) (P,T) I Jardine 7-11-5 C O’Farrell 7 1-F1P9 TRESHNISH (29) (P;C) Sue Smith 8-10-13 R Mania 8 5284-2 CABOY (21) (T;D) L Russell 9-10-13 S Mulqueen 9 23150- SCOTTISH ACCENT (244) (T;D) R Menzies 8-10-12 Craig Nichol 10 51P2P- DARIUS DES SOURCES (244) (P;CD) C Grant 8-10-9 Sean Quinlan 2020: Ascot De Bruyere 10-11-12, Brian Hughes 17-2 (J Ewart), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 5-2 Luckofthedraw, 3 Scene Not Herd, 5 Pookie Pekan, 10 Better Getalong, 12 Scottish Accent, Darius Des Sources, Niven, 14 Others. Form LUCKOFTHEDRAW 7-2 (11-1) Made all, jumped left a few times, clear 8th until 12th, clear again last, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Corran Cross (11-12) by 20l, 6 ran. SCENE NOT HERD 9-2 (11-0) Jumped well, led 2nd, headed after 6th, led 10th, clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Hereford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Mille Sussurri (10-12) by 9l, 5 ran. POOKIE PEKAN 7-1 (10-7) Made virtually all, ridden after 3 out, narrow advantage last, driven clear late on, comfortably, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun beating Wolfcatcher (10-7) by 5l, 12 ran. BETTER GETALONG 8-1 (11-8) Bad mistake and unseated 2nd, in a race won by African Dance (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f Novice Limited Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs, 9 ran. DARIUS DES SOURCES 13-2 (10-3) Mid-division, lost place approaching 3 out, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Well Above Par (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs (2) sft in Mar, 14 ran. EXIT TO WHERE 3-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 19l behind Calipso Collonges (11- 7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft. NIVEN 17-2 (10-5) In touch, pushed along after 9th, struggling when hit 4 out, mistake and jumped left 3 out, made no impression, went third last, 3rd of 5, 32l behind Pistol Whipped (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr. SCOTTISH ACCENT 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, nudged along before 9th, ridden before 3 out, soon struggling, 11th of 14, 27l behind Well Above Par (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs (2) sft in Mar. CABOY 9-1 (10-5) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden and stayed on well run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Calipso Collonges (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft. TRESHNISH 40-1 (10-11) Always in rear, last of 9, 42l behind Numitor (11-12) at Wetherby 1m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct. 12.55 ‘THE FRENCH FURZE’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (2) 2m 6f 4yo plus Winner £7,804 1 2-1 CAPTAIN QUINT (10) R Dobbin 5-11-3 Craig Nichol 2 311-1 MR GLASS (32) (T) P Nicholls 5-11-3 S Bowen 3 6/4F-1 ONE FINE MAN (182) (D) J Moffatt 6-11-3 Charlotte Jones 4 4867-7 COOLBANE BOY (28) A M Thomson 6-10-12 R Mania 5 21- LOUGHDERG ROCCO (216) L Morgan 5-10-12 A Wedge 6 5152-2 MARBLE SANDS (18) (BF) F O’Brien 5-10-12 Lilly Pinchin 2020: Getaround 5-11-6, Bryan Carver 10-1 (Ella Pickard), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 6-5 Mr Glass, 4 One Fine Man, 5 Marble Sands, 6 Captain Quint, 8 Coolbane Boy, 20 Loughderg Rocco. Form MR GLASS 4-6fav (11-4) Prominent, led and not fluent 3 out, nudged along after 2 out, kept on well, readily, won at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Welsby (11-4) by 4l, 14 ran. ONE FINE MAN 7-2 (10-10) Chased leader, led after 2nd, headed 4th, not fluent 3 out, 4 lengths 2nd last, rallied final 150 yards, led towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Gladiatorial (11-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran. MARBLE SANDS 3-1fav (10-12) Held up towards rear in touch, pushed along in 4th after 2 out, hit last, ridden and edged left run-in, ran on well to take 2nd on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Milan Bridge (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs. CAPTAIN QUINT 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, briefly short of room turning for home but soon recovered and joined leader, pushed approaching last where produced a big jump to lead, ridden clear, won at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs beating Where’s Hector (10- 5) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran. COOLBANE BOY 4-1 (10-13) Held up on outside, not much room 1st, closed 9th, disputing 2nd when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, last of 7, 39l behind Morraman (10-8) at Musselburgh 3m hcap hdle (3) sft in Oct. LOUGHDERG ROCCO (12-2) Chsd ldrs, 15l 4th from 7th, clsr 3rd 3out, 2nd 2out, ld aftr 2out, went 6l clr bef last, easily, won at Fairyhouse 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Tim Pat (12-2) by 12l, 12 ran. 1.30 NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE (3) 2m 7f 4yo plus Winner £5,882 ITV3 1 2221-3 VALLERES (23)(BF) 6-11-8........................... D Jacob Runs: 8 Wins: 3(GS) Places: 3 £20,031 Trainer: A King Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede 2 1333-2 TUPELO MISSISSIPPI (37)(P,BF,C2) 6-10-13 ............ ............................................................. Sean Quinlan Runs: 11 Wins: 3(S) Places: 3 £21,211 Trainer: B Ellison Owner: Phil & Julie Martin 3 1222-F WINDS OF FIRE (26) 6-10-10 ....................... A Wedge Runs: 10 Wins: 1(S,A,GS) Places: 6 £14,001 Trainer: E Williams Owner: Mr L Fell 4 342-61 COOPER’S CROSS (23) 6-10-6 ................ S Coltherd Runs: 8 Wins: 2(GS) Places: 2 £5,897 Trainer: W Coltherd Owner: The Vacuum Pouch Company Limited 2020: The Ferry Master 7 11 5, Ryan Mania 6-1 (A M Thomson), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-10 Valleres, 3 Tupelo Mississippi, 7-2 Cooper’s Cross, 6 Winds Of Fire. Form VALLERES 9-4fav (11-10) Held up, headway 4 out, ridden 3 out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Dublin Four (11-1) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd. TUPELO MISSISSIPPI 1-5fav (11-2) Tracked leader, led before 8th, shaken up after 4 out, joined 2 out, soon ridden and headed last, kept on but no chance with easy winner, last of 2, 8l behind Hardy Du Seuil (10-6) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Oct. COOPER’S CROSS 3-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out, ridden well before last, headway to join leader last, outjumped and 1 length down run-in, ridden out and ran on well to lead on line, won at Sedgefield 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating Baron De Midleton (11-12) by nk, 10 ran. WINDS OF FIRE 15-2 (11-8) Fell 1st, in a race won by Scene Not Herd (11-0) at Hereford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 5 ran. 2.05 BETFAIR EXCHANGE REHEARSAL HCAP CHS (LISTED) (1) 2m 7f 4yo plus Winner £39,865 ITV3 1 126-15 NUTS WELL (34)(C3) 10-11-12 ........... D McMenamin Runs: 42 Wins: 12(S,GS,G) Places: 10 £245,213 Trainer: A Hamilton Owner: Mr Ian Hamilton 2 6230-5 AYE RIGHT (55)(CD) 8-11-5 ........................ C Bewley Runs: 25 Wins: 7(S,F,G) Places: 9 £147,046 Trainer: Mrs H Graham Owner: Geoff And Elspeth Adam 3 0P12-4 DINGO DOLLAR (35)(P,T,CD) 9-11-3 .............R Mania Runs: 25 Wins: 6(S,GS,G) Places: 6 £129,536 Trainer: A M Thomson Owner: M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright 4 P41P-6 TAKINGRISKS (21)(P,CD) 12-11-1 ...... Sean Quinlan Runs: 36 Wins: 10(S,G) Places: 7 £294,191 Trainer: N Richards Owner: Mr Frank Bird 5 43P-1P SOME CHAOS (21)(P) 10-11-0 ...................... B Poste Runs: 27 Wins: 7(G) Places: 3 £99,295 Trainer: M Scudamore Owner: Mason Scudamore Racing 6 /11PP- NOTACHANCE (223) 7-11-0 ........................J J Burke Runs: 14 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 6 £67,405 Trainer: A King Owner: David J S Sewell & Tim Leadbeater 7 1U1U-P SAM’S ADVENTURE (17)(P,C2) 9-10-12 .. S Coltherd Runs: 23 Wins: 7(S) Places: 6 £152,038 Trainer: B Ellison Owner: Julie & Phil Martin 8 432-31 GOOD BOY BOBBY (29) 8-10-9 ................... D Jacob Runs: 21 Wins: 9(S,GS,G) Places: 7 £75,577 Trainer: N Twiston-Davies Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede 9 283-49 SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (14)(P) 9-10-9 .. Bridget Andrews Runs: 28 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 10 £164,920 Trainer: D Skelton Owner: Mr N W Lake 10 740P-4 GLEN FORSA (28)(T) 9-10-4 ....................A Coleman Runs: 16 Wins: 4(S,GS) Places: 3 £52,861 Trainer: C Longsdon Owner: Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited 11 2421-5 INFORMATEUR (27) 8-10-1 ...................T Willmott(5) Runs: 22 Wins: 5(S,GS,G) Places: 7 £42,793 Trainer: Sue Smith Owner: Mrs J M Gray & Mr G R Orchard 12 1144-3 THE FERRY MASTER (24)(P,T,CD) 8-10-0 ..Craig Nichol Runs: 15 Wins: 4(S,GS,G) Places: 6 £31,224 Trainer: A M Thomson Owner: The Potassium Partnership 13 3335-3 COOL MIX (35)(C) 9-10-0 .......................... C O’Farrell Runs: 25 Wins: 4(S,GS,G) Places: 12 £73,048 Trainer: I Jardine Owner: D&d Armstrong Ltd 2020: Yorkhill 10 10 10, Ryan Mania 66-1 (A M Thomson), 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 9-2 The Ferry Master, 5 Aye Right, 6 Spiritofthegames, 7 Good Boy Bobby, 8 Dingo Dollar, Cool Mix, 12 Glen Forsa, 14 Nuts Well, Informateur, 16 Others. Form THE FERRY MASTER 3-1 (11-12) Held up in rear in touch, pushed along and joined leader 4 out, ridden and left behind by winner from 2 out, kept on one pace and lost 2nd run-in, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Red Giant (10-7) at Musselburgh 3m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs. AYE RIGHT 7-2 (11-5) Well in rear, tailed off 4 out, never a factor, 5th of 6, 24l behind Nuts Well (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, some headway runin, never a threat, 9th of 19, 7l behind Midnight Shadow (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd. GOOD BOY BOBBY 5-2fav (10-10) Made virtually all, ridden before 3 out, faced challenge 2 out, kept on run in, gamely, won at Wetherby 2m 3f Listed hcap ch (1) gs in Oct beating Cracking Destiny (10-6) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran. COOL MIX 8-1 (10-0) Led, not fluent 1st, headed after next, stayed prominent, ridden and lost 2nd after 2 out, 3rd and held last, no extra flat, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Definite Plan (9-12) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. DINGO DOLLAR 4-1 (11-10) Disputed lead, led after 5 out, pushed along and pressed before 2 out, headed and weakened before last, 4th of 6, 11l behind Empire De Maulde (10-5) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct. GLEN FORSA 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, led 4th and soon went well clear, reduced lead when jumped slowly 3 out, joined next, soon headed and lost 2nd, tired and weakened into 4th close home, 4th of 14, 10l behind Larry (10-0) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Oct. INFORMATEUR 66-1 (11-2) Rear, lost touch from after 5 out, 5th of 6, well behind Fiddlerontheroof (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f List ch (1) sft in Oct. NUTS WELL 8-1 (11-9) Soon chasing leaders on outside, lost a bit of ground after 8th, outpaced 3 out, headway approaching last, no impression, lost 4th towards finish, 5th of 8, 6l behind Allmankind (11-10) at Aintree 2m 4f ltd hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct. NOTACHANCE 12-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened after 22nd, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mighty Thunder (11-1) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 22 ran. TAKINGRISKS 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along weakened and lost touch from 3 out, 6th of 7, 33l behind Sultans Pride (11-6) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft. SAM’S ADVENTURE 40-1 (11-12) In touch, lost place 12th, weakened 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Snow Leopardess (11-0) at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs, 14 ran. SOME CHAOS 10-1 (11-9) Prominent, awkward and lost place 10th, mid-division 11th, ridden and lost touch 17th, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rocco (10-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f Listed hcap ch (1) gd, 13 ran. 2.40 EBF ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ MAIDEN HURDLE (4) 2m 4yo to 6yo Winner £4,629 1 1-55 ANDANTE (10) (C) S Corbett 4-11-4 S Coltherd 2 040-80 BOLLIN PHOENIX (10) T Easterby 4-11-4 T Dowson 3 4106- COOL JET (212) (D) B Ellison 5-11-4 Sean Quinlan 4 1- DONNA’S DOUBLE (252) (CD) A M Thomson 5-11-4 R Mania 5 F-19 DOUGLAS TALKING (34) L Russell 5-11-4 S Mulqueen 6 64-9 FORTCANYON (35) S Forster 5-11-4 E Austin(7) 7 1-34 JUST PADDY’S BAND (21) (D) M Hammond 5-11-4 C O’Farrell 8 0 KILTORCAN BOY (10) B Ellison 6-11-4 Craig Nichol 9 52-2 PARISENCORE (35) N Richards 5-11-4 D McMenamin 10 1-8P SEVEN ARCHES (29) (CD) Sue Smith 6-11-4 T Willmott(5) 11 2P2-4 SINCE DAY ONE (27) D McCain 5-11-4 C Bewley 12 423-4 WELL EDUCATED (181) J J Quinn 5-11-4 J J Burke 2020: Fostered Phil 6-11-0, Rachel McDonald(5) 4-1 (J Ewart), 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 9-4 Parisencore, 3 Well Educated, 7-2 Donna’s Double, 6 Since Day One, 8 Cool Jet, 14 Just Paddy’s Band, 20 Andante, 25 Douglas Talking, 50 Others. Form PARISENCORE 9-2 (11-4) Prominent, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and pressed leader when not fluent last, kept on but always held, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Corrigeen Rock (11-3) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. WELL EDUCATED 9-2 (10-13) Midfield, headway before 2 out, ridden to chase leaders before last, one pace flat, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Charcor (10-13) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in May. DONNA’S DOUBLE 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outside, moved upsides leaders 5f out and took it up over 3f out, ridden 2f out and kept on gamely, won at Newcastle 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar beating Clear White Light (11-2) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran. SINCE DAY ONE 13-2 (10-9) Raced keenly early close up, led 4f out, ridden 3f out, headed 2f out, kept on, no extra, 4th of 10, 8l behind Basford (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (5) sft in Oct. COOL JET 15-2 (11- 9) A little keen, waited with, in touch towards rear, closed up on outer from 5f out, no extra and one pace straight, 6th of 11, 22l behind Dysart Dynamo (12-2) at Punchestown 2m NH flat in Apr. JUST PADDY’S BAND 10-1 (11-0) Ridden 4f out, stayed on steadily from 2f out, never nearer, 4th of 10, 15l behind Donny Boy (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (4) sft. ANDANTE 18-1 (10-12) Midfield, headway before 2 out where mistake, soon pushed, ridden after last and kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 14l behind Captain Quint (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs. DOUGLAS TALKING 17-2 (11-2) Raced keenly, led, clear 2nd until 4th, not fluent 8th, pecked 2 out and headed, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 41l behind Gelino Bello (11-2) at Aintree 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. KILTORCAN BOY 40-1 (10-12) Midfield, pushed and lost ground before 2 out, well beaten, 12th of 13, 33l behind Captain Quint (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs. FORTCANYON 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, never in contention, 9th of 11, 37l behind Corrigeen Rock (11-3) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct. SEVEN ARCHES 80-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, struggling before 4 out, tailed off 3 out, pulled up, in a race won by Harbour Lake (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Oct, 13 ran. BOLLIN PHOENIX 80-1 (10-12) Contested lead, headed 3 out, pushed and weakened before 2 out, well beaten when ridden entering home straight, last of 13, 33l behind Captain Quint (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs. 3.15 BETFAIR FIGHTING FIFTH HURDLE (GRADE 1) (1) 2m 4yo plus Winner £64,710 ITV1 1 /1111- MONMIRAL (233)(D) 4-11-7 ......................... S Bowen Runs: 5 Wins: 5(S,GS) £105,131 Trainer: P Nicholls Owner: Sir A Ferguson G Mason J Hales & L Hal 2 /R157- NOT SO SLEEPY (F36)(D3) 9-11-7 ..............J J Burke Runs: 11 Wins: 4(S,G) £176,266 Trainer: H Morrison Owner: Lady Blyth 3 153-11 SCEAU ROYAL (21)(D12) 9-11-7 .................. D Jacob Runs: 39 Wins: 16(S,GS,G) Places: 7 £541,420 Trainer: A King Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede 4 2166-2 SILVER STREAK (41)(BF,D8) 8-11-7 ........... A Wedge Runs: 28 Wins: 8(GS,G) Places: 9 £451,614 Trainer: E Williams Owner: Mr L Fell 5 2030-7 VOIX DU REVE (35)(V,D) 9-11-7 ............... C O’Farrell Runs: 34 Wins: 7(F,G) Places: 6 £188,529 Trainer: I Jardine Owner: D & D Armstrong Ltd & Mr L Westwood 6 /1233- EPATANTE (211)(CD) 7-11-0.....................A Coleman Runs: 13 Wins: 8(S,GS,G) Places: 4 £539,298 Trainer: N Henderson Owner: Mr John P McManus 2020: Epatante 6 11 0, Aidan Coleman 8-11 Fav (N Henderson), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 10-11 Epatante, 7-2 Monmiral, 4 Sceau Royal, 8 Silver Streak, 16 Not So Sleepy, 100 Voix Du Reve. Form EPATANTE 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, 5th 3 out, pushed along in 4th 2 out, ridden in moderate 5th entering straight, 3rd at last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Honeysuckle (11-7) at Punchestown 2m hdl G1 (1) in Apr. MONMIRAL 10-11fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, 1 length ahead when nearest rival when made mistake last, ridden and stayed on strongly to draw clear flat, won at Aintree 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Apr beating Adagio (11-0) by 8l, 6 ran. SCEAU ROYAL 4-5fav (11-6) Held up behind leaders, smooth progress between horses to lead 2 out, drew clear before last, ridden, won at Wincanton 1m 7f hdl G2 (1) gd beating Teqany (11-0) by 6l, 6 ran. SILVER STREAK 4-6fav (11-6) (not jump well)tracked leader, ridden to lead 2 out, headed approaching next, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Sceau Royal (11-6) at Kempton 2m Listed hdl (1) gd in Oct. NOT SO SLEEPY 20-1 (11-7) Chased leader, not fluent 6th, hampered and left in lead next, headed 2 out, losing place 2 out, hung left and weakened before last, 7th of 11, 10l behind Abacadabras (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gs in Apr. VOIX DU REVE 10-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, chased leader from 2nd, jumped right and not fluent 3rd, mistake 8t, weakened after 3 out, last of 7, 30l behind Before Midnight (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcap ch (2) gd in Oct. 12.05 VIRGIN BET CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP CHASE (Class 5) 3m 2f 4yo plus Winner £2,505 1 54-P37 SUMMIT LIKE HERBIE (20) (C) N Twiston-Davies 9-11-12 J Nailor(3) 2 3/34-2 BOBMAHLEY (27) T Vaughan 6-11-9 Charlie Price(3) 3 -4136P NO CRUISE YET (82) (P,T;BF) S England 6-11-2 T Midgley(6) 4 234P-U BANANA JOE (22) (BF) M Rowley 7-10-10 A Edwards 5 4642-2 VINTAGE GLEN (35) (T) R Dobbin 9-10-9 D Johnston(5) 6 P-075P LOUGH SALT (42) P Winks 10-10-9 T Gillard 7 4-4363 TO THE LIMIT (22) (P) W Coltherd 6-10-4 O Brown 8 -P2P0F SCOTTSDALE (11) P Winks 8-10-2 D Hiskett 9 5U4-4P DORADO DOLLAR (37) (T) B Case 7-10-0 T Buckley 10 77P477 L’ES FREMANTLE (16) M Chapman 10-10-0 Alison Johnson(5) 11 P8P36P STRATEGIC (16) (B) M Sowersby 6-10-0 A Anderson(3) 2020: Mance Rayder 7-11-9, Danny McMenamin 6-1 (H Hogarth), 12 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Vintage Glen, 9-2 Bobmahley, 5 Banana Joe, 6 To The Limit, 7 No Cruise Yet, 8 Summit Like Herbie, 14 Scottsdale, 16 Lough Salt, Dorado Dollar, 33 Others. 12.35 VIRGIN BET NOVICES’ HURDLE (4) 2m 1f 4yo plus Winner £4,084 1 36-133 BOB’S BAR (1) (BF) D McCain 5-11-5 T Gillard(5) 2 3-11 BRIEF TIMES (25) (H;D) N Mulholland 5-11-5 J Best 3 ALGHAZAAL (F45) C Longsdon 4-10-12 Bryony Frost 4 16-7 FOR FITZ SAKE (12) L Morgan 5-10-12 H Reed 5 FP-3 STUMPS OR SLIPS (205) T H Weston 4-10-12 Mr L Scott(7) 6 5 WALTONS GROVE (28) (H;BF) L Morgan 4-10-12 H Brooke 7 357- ALCHEMYSTIQUE (F172) (T) Steph Hollinshead 4-10-5 A Cawley 8 3 BALADIO (46) J Mackie 5-10-5 J Hamilton 9 476-2 GLOBAL FAMENGLORY (18) D Skelton 5-10-5 Mr T Durrell(7) 10 0/0- MUZETTA’S WALTZ (509) M Weatherer 7-10-5 Mr P Thomas(7) 2020: Gunsight Ridge 5-10-12, David England 11-10 Fav (O Murphy), 6 ran. BETTING FORECAST: Evens Brief Times, 7-2 Bob’s Bar, 6 Global Famenglory, 7 Alghazaal, 14 Stumps Or Slips, 20 Waltons Grove, Baladio, 33 For Fitz Sake, 50 Others. 1.08 VIRGIN BET MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (3) 2m 3f 4yo plus Winner £5,991 1 156-14 KARLIE (23) M Scudamore 6-11-4 Luca Morgan(5) 2 57-4 ANNIES REGATTA (24) W Coltherd 5-10-12 H Brooke 3 417-35 BECKY THE BOO (23) F O’Brien 5-10-12 P Brennan 4 4-32 NEXTDOORTOALICE (147) A Hales 5-10-12 H Bannister 5 5 THE SUMBA ISLAND (11) L Morgan 4-10-11 A Edwards(3) 2020: Didonato 5-10-12, Thomas Bellamy 5-4 Fav (A King), 8 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-10 Karlie, 7-4 Nextdoortoalice, 4 Becky The Boo, 20 The Sumba Island, 50 Annies Regatta. Form KARLIE 28-1 (11-3) Held up, ridden before 2 out, no extra, 4th of 5, 10l behind Nina The Terrier (11-6) at Newbury 2m mrs nov hdl (2) gd. NEXTDOORTOALICE 5-1 (10-8) Led, headed 3rd, led again on inner before 3 out, headed 3 out and ridden, no impression on winner 2 out, kept on same pace run-in, not trouble winner, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Say Goodbye (11-1) at Bellewstown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd in Jul. BECKY THE BOO 40-1 (10-12) Always in rear, last of 5, 15l behind Nina The Terrier (11-6) at Newbury 2m mrs nov hdl (2) gd. THE SUMBA ISLAND 15-2 (10-11) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden and weakened 3f out, 5th of 7, 23l behind Gallopade (10-11) at Fakenham 2m mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd. ANNIES REGATTA 22-1 (11-0) Chased clear leader, ridden 3f out, gradually faded, 4th of 6, 35l behind Ramble West (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (4) gs. 1.43 VIRGIN BET HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 2m 1f 3yo plus Winner £4,956 1 20/8F- SOFIA’S ROCK (249) (H,T) D Skelton 7-11-11 Mr T Durrell(7) 2 516542 CAIUS MARCIUS (14) (P;D) N Richards 10-11-7 Mr C Rabbitt(10) 3 222P31 GORDON’S JET (41) (D) B Ellison 5-11-4 H Brooke 4 -52263 INGLEBY HOLLOW (18) (P,T;D) R Menzies 9-11-3 J Hamilton 5 15211- HYDROPLANE (F204) (D) I Williams 5-11-2 R T Dunne 6 61-31F RATTLE OWL (28) (BF) J O’Keeffe 5-11-2 O Brown(5) 7 834231 CONSTANCIO (28) (B;CD) D McCain 8-11-0 T Gillard(5) 8 5125-2 WILL STING (20) L Wadham 6-11-0 Bryony Frost 2020: Mick Maestro 7-11-1, Charlie Todd(5) 11-1 (N Kent), 10 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Gordon’s Jet, 7-2 Rattle Owl, 5 Hydroplane, 6 Constancio, Will Sting, 10 Caius Marcius, 12 Sofia’s Rock, Ingleby Hollow. Form GORDON’S JET 5-4fav (11-3) Led, headed before 4 out, regained lead before 2 out, ridden clear before last, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Oct beating Saint Arvans (11-2) by 10l, 6 ran. RATTLE OWL 10-3fav (10-12) Mid-division, effort and headway home turn, pressed leader well before 3 out, ridden after 3 out, upsides and every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Haafapiece (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran. HYDROPLANE 4-9fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, closed 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, led last, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating Boltissime (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran. CONSTANCIO 7-4fav (11-11) Raced keenly, chased leader, led 2nd, not fluent 3rd or 4th, 3 lengths ahead last, ridden and edged and looked vulnerable flat, pulled out more towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct beating Sarvi (10-7) by 1l, 6 ran. WILL STING 7-2 (11-2) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, jumped left next, led last, headed flat, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Hudson De Grugy (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft. CAIUS MARCIUS 18-1 (10-12) Chased leader, ridden to lead 2 out, soon headed and a length down at last, kept on same pace run in, 2nd of 6, 5l behind First Impression (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcap hdle (3) gs. INGLEBY HOLLOW 16-1 (11-1) Held up in last, closed 3 out, hit 2 out and went 3rd, not fluent last, no impression on winner flat, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Onemorefortheroad (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcap hdle (3) gd. SOFIA’S ROCK 9-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, second narrowly when fell last, in a race won by Ajero (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Mar, 4 ran. 2.18 VIRGINBET.COM HANDICAP HURDLE (3) 2m 3f 3yo plus Winner £4,956 1 /PPP-9 GLOBAL CITIZEN (28) (P) B Pauling 9-12-0 Luca Morgan(5) 2 -821F2 COURTANDBOULD (74) (BF,D) F O’Brien 7-11-12 P Brennan 3 12125- ECCO (244) (P;BF,CD) P Nicholls 6-11-10 Bryony Frost 4 44254P ASK PADDINGTON (8) (H) R Menzies 7-11-7 T Gillard(5) 5 311-P4 HERBIERS (29) (P,T) O Greenall 4-11-3 H Brooke 6 122P7- SUPAKALANISTIC (F24) N Twiston-Davies 8-11-2 Mr Z Baker(3) 7 168-27 PYRAMID PLACE (14) (H) M Harris 4-10-12 H Reed 8 574-4P WEATHER FRONT (28) (P) I Jardine 8-10-11 J Gormley 2020: Big Bad Bear 6-11-9, Danny McMenamin(3) 9-2 (N Richards), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 3 Ecco, 7-2 Herbiers, 5 Courtandbould, 6 Pyramid Place, 7 Global Citizen, Ask Paddington, 12 Supakalanistic, 14 Weather Front. Form ECCO 6-4fav (11-6) Kept out wide, chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, last of 5, 43l behind Stoner’s Choice (11-12) at Ascot 2m 6f cond hcap hdle (3) gd in Mar. HERBIERS 7-1 (11-9) Towards rear, steady headway when ridden 3 out, held when not fluent last, kept on run in, 4th of 10, 8l behind Saint Arvans (10-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct. COURTANDBOULD 11-8fav (11-8) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed before 3 out, held after, kept on, 2nd of 3, 4 1/2l behind Swaffham Bulbeck (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov chs (3) gs in Sep. PYRAMID PLACE 14-1 (10-12) Raced keenly in rear, hit 5th, never a factor, 7th of 11, 14l behind Gowel Road (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcap hdle (3) gd. ASK PADDINGTON 9-2 (11-2) Held up, mistake 3rd fence, blundered 4th fence, rider lost irons and pulled up, in a race won by Minella Trump (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nov chs (3) gd, 3 ran. GLOBAL CITIZEN 25-1 (11-10) Chased leader, chased new leader after 3 out until weakened before next, 9th of 14, 29l behind Soaring Glory (11-11) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Oct. SUPAKALANISTIC 20-1 (11-5) Tracked winner until 4th(usual 8th), weakened last(usual 3 out), 7th of 8, well behind Giovanni Change (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr. WEATHER FRONT 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, hampered 7th, not fluent 4 out, soon ridden and pulled up in rear before 3 out, in a race won by Haafapiece (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran. 2.53 VIRGIN BET ‘JUNIOR’ NH HUNT FLAT RACE (5) 1m 5f 3yo Only Winner £1,906 1 1 IDEALDES VILLERETS (104) M Rowley 11-5 A Edwards(3) 2 FASCINATING NEWS D Brooke 10-12 H Brooke 3 KING OF QUINTA N Twiston-Davies 10-12 J Nailor(3) 4 3 LE FILS DE FORCE (42) Simon Whitaker 10-12 Bryony Frost 5 MR MCCALL P Kirby 10-12 J Williamson(5) 6 5 MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER (53) D J Jeffreys 10-12 D Costello 7 OUR MARTY L Russell 10-12 Conner McCann(10) 8 ROYLE STEEL M Hammond 10-12 A Cawley 9 6 SPIRITTAPPERGOODE (42) M Weatherer 10-12 Mr P Thomas(7) 2020: Masaccio 3-10-12, Thomas Bellamy 3-1 (A King), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 11-4 Le Fils De Force, 3 Idealdes Villerets, 4 King Of Quinta, 6 My Unknown Soldier, 8 Royle Steel, 12 Our Marty, 14 Mr Mccall, 20 Fascinating News, 50 Spirittappergoode. 3.28 VIRGIN BET NOVICES’ LIMITED HCAP CHASE (3) 2m 3f 4yo plus Winner £5,882 1 532-53 FLIC OU VOYOU (29) (P) P Nicholls 7-11-2 Bryony Frost 2 180-83 JACAMAR (21) (D) M Harris 6-11-0 H Reed 2020: Imperil 4-10-5, David Noonan 28-1 (N Littmoden), 9 ran. BETTING FORECAST: 5-6 Flic Ou Voyou, Evens Jacamar. 11.45 — Too Friendly 12.20 — Scene Not Herd 12.55 — Mr Glass 1.30 — Winds Of Fire 2.05 — Dingo Dollar 2.40 — Just Paddy’s Band 3.15 — Sceau Royal 12.05 — Bobmahley 12.35 — Brief Times 1.08 — Nextdoortoalice 1.43 — Hydroplane 2.18 — Courtandbould 2.53 — Le Fils De Force 3.28 — Jacamar ITV1: 3.15. ITV3: 1.30, 2.05. Sky Sports Racing. Going: Good Sky Sports Racing. Going: Good captain Wessex Selections captain Wessex Selections

60 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS SPORT Chiefs board assess brand RUGBY UNION > > Thomas Darby goes on to win the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury yesterday Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Stayers’ Hurdle on the cards for Thomas Darby Thomas Darby returned to his best to run out a ready winner of the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, writes Simon Milham. Always highly-regarded by Olly Murphy, Thomas Darby was on the verge of becoming disappointing, but fitted with a tongue tie for the first time, travelled sweetly in the hands of Sean Bowen. For Paisley Park, the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle winner, a change of tactics were adopted and, despite shying away from the starting tape when it was raised, Aidan Coleman soon had him in a share of the lead with On The Blind Side. Emma Lavelle’s HORSE RACING popular hurdler did not seem to hit his usual flat spot at any stage and was still travelling well until landing awkwardly three out, which then put him under pressure. Thomas Darby loomed up to challenge after the penultimate obstacle and Paisley Park had no answer, dropping back to third. On The Blind Side, ridden by James Bowen, brother of the winning jockey, kept up his honest gallop to the line, but Thomas Darby had two and a quarter lengths in hand. Mrs Milner was another who threatened but eventually came home fourth, while Indefatigable and Lisnagar Oscar disappointed. Betfair cut the winner to 16-1 from 40s for the Stayers’ Hurdle in March. Murphy said: “Turning in, I thought ‘He’s lost all my trust’, but then he has come hard back on the bridle. I have always said he is a good horse and while I felt ‘he has always let me down’ is probably too strong, I just thought I would stick a tongue tie on him and he has seen his race out really strong. “He made a mistake down the back and he is very good horse on his day. He has got there plenty soon enough and hasn’t done a stroke when he hit the front. “We’ll look at something like Ascot (Long Walk Hurdle) over Christmas. He had a hard race but not a terribly hard one. Sean didn’t pick up his stick on him from the second last to the line. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a Stayers’ Hurdle horse – there is not a lot on this side of the water. The Irish have a stronger hand than us, but I just want to see him go and back this up.” Nicky Henderson said of the runner-up: “He is a star. He tries and tries. He fought them all off and we were giving the winner weight (4lb).” Organisers are selling the soul of Davis Cup – Hewitt Exeter Chiefs say their board of directors will meet “within the next few weeks” to reach a decision on the club’s branding. Pressure has mounted for the club – domestic and European champions in 2020 – to scrap its Native American branding. Critics say that Exeter’s current imagery disrespects North American indigenous people. Earlier this year, Exeter decided to retain its Chiefs branding, but opted to “retire” club mascot ‘Big Chief’ following a board review. ■■ Bath, Bristol and Gloucester were all in Gallagher Premiership action last night against Exeter, Northampton and Wasps respectively – but after the Daily Press deadline. Newcastle versus Worcester was moved to today due to yesterday’s red weather warning for the North East. ‘Not the time for captaincy’ GOLF Lee Westwood has ruled himself out of the running to be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. Westwood was a strong favourite to be handed the task of regaining the trophy in Rome in 2023 after being part of the side which suffered a record 19-9 defeat at Whistling Straits in September. However, the 48-year-old has decided to focus on his playing career and could yet make a record 12th appearance as a player in the biennial contest at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club near Rome. Westwood said: “Of course it is not a decision I’ve taken lightly as it would be a huge honour to captain Europe, something I’d love to do one day. But I can’t commit while I’m in the top 50.” Spain to host F1 until 2026 MOTOR RACING Lleyton Hewitt believes that moving the Davis Cup to the Middle East would be “selling the soul” of the competition. The International Tennis Federation and Gerard Pique’s Kosmos group, which effectively took over the Davis Cup with a huge investment in 2018, are reported to be preparing to announce a five-year deal to hold the finals event in Abu Dhabi. Kosmos attracted the ire of many fans, players and captains for largely scrapping home and away ties and instead creating a World Cup-style tournament at the end of the season featuring 18 teams. The inaugural event in 2019 took place in Madrid while this year’s finals, which began on Thursday, have group stages in the Spanish capital, Innsbruck and Turin before TENNIS ELEANOR CROOKS Press Association coming together in Madrid next weekend. Kosmos took a financial hit on the 2019 event because of low crowds, and the impact of Covid has been significant, with last year’s finals cancelled and the ties in Innsbruck this time having to be played behind closed doors because of a lockdown in Austria. Moving to the Middle East would be lucrative, while an outdoor venue would make things logistically easier, but it would almost certainly be another step away from the partisan crowds that were the defining feature of the competition. Speaking after Australia’s 3-0 loss to Croatia, captain Hewitt, above, said: “I think it’s ridiculous. It’s not what Davis Cup is about. I have been pretty vocal about the whole thing for the last three or four years now. “Even for us here tonight, this is a wonderful stadium, but it’s not a massive crowd. That’s not what Davis Cup is about. Some of my greatest memories are playing in Davis Cup, semis and finals in front of packed houses. Didn’t matter if it was in Australia or if it was Hawaii. The atmosphere was incredible. “Sometimes the away ties were nearly as special because you had to find a way to be able to gel together as a team. “Davis Cup was held in the highest regard because it was up there with the pinnacle of our sport in men’s tennis, which was five sets. “We threw that out the door, and now we are throwing the home and away out the door, as well. Playing a qualifying tie here or there, best-ofthree sets, is not the same as having home-and-away main draw matches throughout the year. “So, if they are selling the soul of the Davis Cup to the Middle East for five years, I think it’s ridiculous, and they are killing the competition.” Formula One has renewed its contract for the Spanish Grand Prix until 2026. As part of the agreement, improvements to the Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluyna track and facilities – including upgrades to sustainability plans – will be made ahead of next year’s race. “We are delighted to announce this deal with Circuit de Barcelona- Cataluyna,” said Formula One president and chief executive Stefano Domenicali. “I want to thank the promoter and the authorities for their enthusiasm and commitment to keeping Formula One in Barcelona, with improvements which will be made to the track and facilities.” The 2021 season concludes with races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi next month.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 61 CRICKET WEEKEND FIXTURES TODAY > > Pat Cummins, centre, will captain Australia in this winter’s Ashes series Stu Forster/Getty Images Cummins to be skipper as Paine opts for a break PAT Cummins has been chosen to lead Australia in the Ashes – after former Test captain Tim Paine announced he was taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket following a sexting scandal. Paine had been confirmed as the skipper of Australia’s 15-strong squad last week before he resigned from the leadership position on November 19, admitting to “a private text exchange” with an ex-colleague at Cricket Tasmania. Cricket Australia (CA) announced yesterday that Cummins, 28, would move up following a two-year run as vice-captain, with 32-year-old exskipper and batsman Steve Smith to serve as his deputy. CA chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement Cummins was an “outstanding player and leader”. “He has earned enormous respect from his teammates and from all corners of the game for his attitude and achievements, both on and off the field,” Hockley added. “We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced group of senior players who themselves are superb leaders. I have no doubt that Pat and Steve will be well supported in their respective leadership roles.” Cummins said: “I am honoured to accept this role ahead of what will be a massive Ashes summer. I hope I can provide the same leadership Tim (Paine) has given the group in the past few years. “With Steve and I as captains, a number of very senior players in this squad and some great young talent BEN COOPER Press Association coming through we are a strong and tightly knit group. “This is an unexpected privilege which I am very grateful for and am very much looking forward to.” Smith became eligible to hold a leadership position again in March 2020 following the conclusion of a two-year ban prompted by the balltampering scandal in South Africa. One week after stepping down as Test captain, Paine announced via a statement that he was taking “a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future”. England will take on Australia in the first Test at the Gabba from December 8, with the final Test scheduled for January 14. ■■ Mark Wood is eager to make the most of his opportunity in the upcoming Ashes series and warned Australia they will face a different bowler compared to six years ago. The England quick was absent for the most recent battle in 2019 due to a side strain, while an ankle issue saw him miss out on the squad for the previous trip Down Under although the fast bowler did recover in time to feature in the one-day series at the end of the tour. Wood’s only Ashes appearances occurred in the 2015 home series where he claimed ten wickets, but he only made his Test debut months earlier and is a different proposition for batsmen now. Since he lengthened his run-up, > > England fast bowler Mark Wood Mike Hewitt/ Getty Images the 31-year-old has averaged 25.5 in nine Tests and wants to “stick one up” to those in the Baggy Green. “As an Englishman, playing against Australia is one of the biggest things you can do,” Wood said on BBC’s Project Ashes documentary. “I have played a lot of one-day cricket against them and had some success. A lot of success as a team, some success individually so I would like to test myself against them again at the highest level. “I was a bit naive and young, not in terms of age, but in terms of my Test career (for the 2015 series). I had just started, it was all fresh and I didn’t take it all in and I would love to have another go at it. “I think I am a different bowler to what I was then, I have changed quite a bit and I have a lot more selfbelief. I had a lot of belief inwardly in myself at the time but because I wasn’t putting the performances together, I think that is what knocked my confidence and ultimately every time I got back in the team I was trying too hard. (But) ever since I changed my run-up, the St Lucia Test and Johannesburg Test, to get those five-fors in the bag, I feel like I am an England cricketer, so to come up against this ‘Baggy Green’ thing they keep talking about, we’ll have our ‘Baggy Blues’ on so I would love to stick one up them.” Wood remains in quarantine with the rest of the Ashes members who competed in the T20 World Cup. FOOTBALL (3pm unless stated) FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying: England v Austria (12.30pm). Premier League: Arsenal v Newcastle Utd, Crystal Palace v Aston Villa, Liverpool v Southampton, Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wdrs, Brighton & Hove Alb v Leeds Utd (5.30pm). Sky Bet Championship: Preston North End v Fulham (12.30pm), Birmingham City v Blackpool, AFC Bournemouth v Coventry City, Huddersfield Tn v Middlesbrough, Hull City v Millwall, Luton Tn v Cardiff City, Peterborough Utd v Barnsley, Stoke City v Blackburn Rov, Swansea City v Reading. Sky Bet League One: AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Tn, Bolton Wdrs v Cheltenham Tn, Burton Alb v Doncaster Rov, Cambridge Utd v Sunderland, Gillingham v Portsmouth, Lincoln City v Accrington Stanley, Morecambe v Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford Utd v Rotherham Utd, Plymouth Arg v Wigan Ath, Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe Wdrs, Shrewsbury Tn v Charlton Ath. Sky Bet League Two: Carlisle Utd v Walsall, Crawley Tn v Mansfield Tn, Forest Green Rov v Bristol Rov, Northampton Tn v Leyton Orient, Port Vale v Hartlepool Utd, Rochdale v Exeter City, Salford City v Oldham Ath, Scunthorpe Utd v Bradford City, Sutton Utd v Barrow, Swindon Tn v Harrogate Tn, Tranmere Rov v Stevenage. National League: Altrincham v Southend Utd, Eastleigh v Solihull Moors, Grimsby Tn v Boreham Wood, King’s Lynn Tn v Aldershot Tn, Torquay Utd v FC Halifax Tn, Wealdstone v Stockport County, Woking v Barnet, Wrexham v Bromley, Yeovil Tn v Dover Ath, Notts County v Dagenham & Redbridge. Buildbase FA Trophy second round proper: AFC Fylde v Gateshead, Ashton Utd v Guiseley, Bath City v Dartford, Binfield v Truro City, Bishop’s Stortford v Leiston, Brackley Tn v Boston Utd, Bradford Park Avenue v Marine, Braintree Tn v Potters Bar Tn, Brentwood Tn v Dulwich Hamlet, Canvey Island v Tonbridge Angels, Chelmsford City v Cheshunt, Chippenham Tn v Uxbridge, Concord Rgrs v AFC Totton, Cray Wdrs v Ebbsfleet Utd, Curzon Ashton v Chester, Eastbourne Borough v Tiverton Tn, Farsley Celtic v Stalybridge Celtic, Felixstowe & Walton Utd v AFC Telford Utd, Gloucester City v Kettering Tn, Hanwell Tn v Enfield Tn, Hartley Wintney v Folkestone Invicta, Hemel Hempstead Tn v Stourbridge, Hereford v Kidderminster Harriers, Hungerford Tn v Welling Utd, Leamington v Alfreton Tn, Liversedge v Lancaster City, Maidstone Utd v Billericay Tn, Matlock Tn v Marske Utd, Needham Market v Welwyn Garden City, Oxford City v St Albans City, Plymouth Parkway v Hampton & Richmond, Radcliffe v Tamworth, Slough Tn v Havant & Waterlooville, Southport v Darlington, Spennymoor Tn v Chorley, Warrington Tn v Morpeth Tn, Whitby Tn v Nantwich Tn, Wimborne Tn v Larkhall Ath, Worthing v Dorking Wdrs, York City v Blyth Spartans. Southern League Premier Division South: Beaconsfield Tn v Chesham Utd, Gosport Borough v Swindon Supermarine, Hendon v Walton Casuals, Kings Langley v Hayes & Yeading Utd, Metropolitan Police v Yate Tn, Taunton Tn v Poole Tn, Westonsuper-Mare v Dorchester Tn. Southern League Division One South: Barnstaple Tn v Willand Rov, Frome Tn v Mangotsfield Utd, Lymington Tn v Paulton Rov, Melksham Tn v Highworth Tn, Sholing v Evesham Utd, Slimbridge v Bideford, Winchester City v Cirencester Tn (2pm). Toolstation League Premier Division: Bitton v Bridport, Bridgwater Utd v Ashton & Backwell Utd, Brislington v Shepton Mallet, Buckland Ath v Cadbury Heath, Ilfracombe Tn v Clevedon Tn, Keynsham Tn v Wellington, Millbrook v Exmouth Tn, Mousehole v Saltash Utd, Tavistock v Street. Toolstation League Division One: Bristol Telephones v Wincanton Tn, Cheddar v Odd Down, Devizes Tn v Almondsbury, Lebeq Utd v Sherborne Tn, Longwell Green Sports v Gillingham Tn, Oldland Abbotonians v Bishop Sutton, Portishead Tn v Hengrove Ath, Radstock Tn v Wells City, Warminster Tn v Bishops Lydeard, Welton Rov v Tytherington Rocks. RUGBY UNION Test match: Barbarians v Samoa (2.30pm, at Twickenham). Gallagher Premiership: Harlequins v London Irish (3pm). Greene King IPA Championship: Ampthill v Hartpury (2pm), Jersey Reds v Cornish Pirates (2.15pm), Doncaster v Ealing Trailfinders (2.30pm), Bedford Blues v Nottingham (3pm), London Scottish v Coventry (3pm). National League One: Caldy v Rosslyn Park (2pm), Cambridge v Leeds Tykes (2pm), Tonbridge Juddians v Plymouth Alb (2pm), Blackheath v Bishop’s Stortford (3pm), Chinnor v Taunton Titans (3pm), Cinderford v Sale FC (3pm), Birmingham Moseley v Rams (3pm). National League Two South: Esher v Guernsey (2pm), Redruth v Worthing (2pm), Westcliff v Bury St Edmunds (2.15pm), Barnes v Barnstaple (2.30pm), Clifton v Canterbury (2.30pm), Henley Hawks v Dings Crusaders (3pm), Hinckley v Rochford Hundred (3pm), Old Albanian v Leicester Lions (3pm). TOMORROW FOOTBALL (2pm unless stated) Premier League: Brentford v Everton, Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City v Watford, Manchester City v West Ham Utd, Chelsea v Manchester Utd (4.30pm). Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Utd v Bristol City (12.30pm). Buildbase FA Trophy second round proper: Kingstonian v Farnborough (3pm). RUGBY UNION Gallagher Premiership: Saracens v Sale Sharks (3pm).

62 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS FOOTBALL Duff calls for improvement We need to start faster, urges Forest Green boss Scott Sellars’ Under-21s side at the time. He’s gone on to do very well for himself. He’s a player who is quite unique. He can drift past players, he can play out wide, drift inside and go past two, three, four players quite easily because of his athleticism. “I’m pleased that he’s doing well, but hopefully he can hold off (today) and continue to do well after that.” Edwards was unimpressed with the way Forest Green started their 2-0 home triumph over Barrow in midweek and expects better from his side against Bristol Rovers. He added: “We need to start faster than we did on Tuesday night. I expect Bristol Rovers to be on the front foot. I expect them to play forward and to play in our half, which means we have to be ready for that challenge. “I think the game will have more intensity than Tuesday night, and I > > On-loan Bristol Rovers man Luke Thomas and, inset, boss Joey Barton Ryan Crockett/JMP Thomas is in last-chance saloon now, says Barton SAM FROST sam.frost@reachplc.com Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has taken his criticism of on-loan Barnsley winger Luke Thomas to a new level. Barton made the astonishing revelation that Rovers had attempted to send Thomas back to his parent club before the end of the summer transfer window. He added that the player had also “stormed out” of the training ground “a couple” of times in frustration. The manager pulled no punches after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Salford, slating the 22-year-old for missing a crucial chance to win the game before saying the player is “not wired in” and is running out of chances. Barton was asked if he had seen the desired response from his players in the wake of Tuesday’s frustrating draw against the nine-man Ammies, and the manager gave Thomas both FROM BACK PAGE barrels, saying he is in the “lastchance saloon”. The former Derby County and Coventry City player joined Rovers on a season-long loan in July. “I was only really unhappy with one player because of the amount of energy and time that has gone into helping him,” the manager said. “More time allotted to him than everybody else by all of the staff and all of the players and, at some point, you’ve got to pay people back for the trust and the faith they’ve put in you. “In the aftermath of the game, the frustration is there because you want people to learn lessons. He knows exactly where he’s at. It’s the lastchance saloon for him.” The situation between Barton and Thomas has been brewing for some time, with the manager frustrated by the player’s fitness levels. As a result, Thomas was ordered to complete a “mini pre-season” in September. And ahead of today’s trip to League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers, Barton revealed he wanted rid of Thomas in the same window in which he signed. “He’s gone from Barnsley to Bristol Rovers and before the window closed we were trying to send him back to Barnsley,” Barton continued. “They wouldn’t pick the phone up. They wouldn’t take him back. He’s their player and he’s contracted for another 18 months. They wouldn’t answer the phone for us to send him back of his loan because he had a couple of instances where stormed out of the car park here and drove home because he wasn’t starting. “That’s childish behaviour. I read the riot act to him and said you don’t do that here. If you do that again, you’ll leave. He’s been given an opportunity again and body fat, he got it down but then, all of a sudden, you take your eye off him and all his test results go back up. “At some point, you’ve got to help yourself. At some point, you’ve got to grow up. If that means me outing you in the public, then I’ll out you in public no problem. I don’t want people to come here and think they’re going to coast on our time.” Barton says he has told Thomas he will not be allowed to block the pathway of younger players at Rovers if he is not fully committed. “We’ve got a young player in Ryan Jones who is doing everything he can to be a pro,” Barton added. “We’ve got loads of young lads who are desperate for an opportunity, and then we’ve got a loan player who thinks the world owes him a favour. “We can’t have players coming in thinking they are bigger than the club because they’re not. If we’re going to be successful, it’s going to be as a team, it’s going to be a squad effort and 99 per cent of the lads are buying into that. But as I said before, that’s not good enough. We need 100 per cent buy-in all the time.” know we will have more intensity and be more like what we were in the second half. “Bristol Rovers have good players. They were going to get going at some stage. They have good footballers, and two wins and two draws in their last four League games. Looking at them against Salford – I know Salford were down to nine men and then scored – but when it was 11-v-11, Bristol Rovers were good. We’re expecting a really tough challenge.” MICHAEL Duff wants Cheltenham Town to improve their level of performance – despite seeing them earn all three points at Gillingham on Tuesday night. Goals from Sean Long and Alfie May gave the Robins a 2-0 victory in Kent, but the manager is keen to see a more consistent effort from his players when they go to Bolton this afternoon. Wanderers, like Cheltenham, were promoted from League Two at the end of last season, and Duff knows the former Premier League club will offer a big threat. He said: “They are a good team. You look at the run they went on last season after Christmas. They recruited really well in January and they’ve carried that on and recruited well again. “They play really expansive football, and they have won their last two home games. “I think the players will enjoy playing in front of a crowd. Every week we have to be at it. We’ve got to be at it every week no matter who we’re playing. “We have got to deliver a performance that was better than Tuesday night, but the mentality of the group was really good. “We are five or six unbeaten, so hopefully that generates some confidence, but it can’t turn into anything other than we know what we are. We’ll be the underdog in every game and we have to take that spirit into every game.” ■■ Swindon Town have won their last five matches across three different competitions, including three straight League Two games, and today host fellow promotionhopefuls Harrogate. The North Yorkshire side have dropped off the pace slightly in recent weeks, leaving Swindon and Exeter five points shy of tabletopping Forest Green. Swindon beat Hartlepool 3-1 in their midweek fixture. ‘We won’t be complacent’ NATIONAL LEAGUE DARREN Sarll insists his Yeovil Town side will not take their eye off the ball when they host Dover Athletic this afternoon. The Glovers are one of the inform teams in the National League, while bottom side Dover are on minus-nine points, with just three draws from 16 games so far this season. They also crashed out of the FA Cup to Yate, who were heavilybeaten by Yeovil in the next round. Boss Sarll said: “My group won’t be complacent, absolutely not. We know exactly where we are, and what we have to do. “We need to ensure that we prepare like we have done, with diligence, with respect to our opponent. You can never take anything easy against one of Andy Hessenthaler’s teams. He just doesn’t allow it in his character.” ■■ Bath, Chippenham, Gloucester and Hereford are all in FA Trophy action this afternoon.

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 63 FOOTBALL Spurs need to improve everything, says Kane Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says his side have to improve upon “everything” after they were humiliated in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night. Spurs were beaten 2-1 by NS Mura, the 341st-ranked side in Europe, on a humbling night where new boss Antonio Conte made his thoughts about the state of the squad clear. Not only have Spurs – Champions League finalists in 2019 – had the embarrassment of having to compete in the third-tier competition, even winning their last group game against Rennes in a fortnight might not be enough for them to qualify for the knockout stages. And Kane knows there is a lot of hard work ahead for Spurs to reach the level they were a few seasons ago. Asked what they have to improve upon, the England captain replied: “Everything. We are working hard and training hard, the manager has only had a few weeks, every day we are learning new things it is about getting that spirit and togetherness. “We are working hard every day, we got a good win at the weekend (against Leeds), it is a shame we couldn’t back that up, but we still have another game in the group to go. We will give it our all in the last group game.” Tottenham were already trailing to Tomi Horvat’s shock opener when Ryan Sessegnon was sent off. Kane equalised for the ten men with 18 minutes remaining and pushed on for a winner, but Amadej Marosa scored with the last kick of the game to inflict defeat upon Spurs. “It was unacceptable really,” Kane added. “We didn’t start well, went behind and then have gone down to Pearson pleased to see Bakinson extend deal FROM BACK PAGE too, which is important, and I’m pleased that we have extended his contract and he is happy to be here.” Bakinson enjoyed a breakout campaign last season, where he made 34 League appearances for Dean Holden and then Pearson, having impressed the coaching staff during the summer of 2020 as he returned following a successful loan spell with Plymouth Argyle. Now firmly part of the first-team squad, he has reaffirmed his position as one of Pearson’s go-to central JONATHAN VEAL Press Association ten men and made it difficult for ourselves. “In the second half we showed some fight and spirit, got ourselves back into the game and if anyone looked like scoring it was going to be us. But an immature mistake at the end to concede a goal when we had all the play. It is unacceptable. A tough match for us, we just have to learn from it. “This one hurts, but we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for the next one. Anger, disappointment. As it should be, we were favourites to win this game, but we knew we had to get it right. “We knew they were a good side, we knew we had to be on it in all aspects and mentality was definitely the main one. “We made immature mistakes and got punished for them and that’s what happens in Europe. “All we can say is sorry to the travelling fans, sorry to the fans back homec, but we just have to keep working hard and turn it around.” Boss Conte said after the defeat: “I must be honest and tell you that after three-and-a-half weeks, I am starting to understand the situation. I can tell you that the situation is not simple. “It is not simple because in this moment the level of Tottenham is not so high. There is an important gap to the top teams in England. Of this we must not be scared. “I am here to work, here to improve the situation. I know we need to have patience, time and to improve the quality of the squad.” Spurs visit Burnley in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon. midfielders after struggling to find a place in the side at the start of the 2021/22 campaign. Pearson, pictured, added: “The penny has dropped with him somewhat in terms of how he has to play. “Technically he’s a pretty gifted player, but you can’t always play the game at the pace you want to play at. “He’s developed this season and that’s down to him, that’s down to his understanding that if he’s going to be a success at this level he has to adjust how he plays.” Bakinson was among the group of seven players who are out of contract > > Harry Kane is floored by a Mura defender on Thursday Associated Press next summer, with Callum O’Dowda, Chris Martin and Andy King also holding 12-month options in their agreement, and CEO Richard Gould told Bristol Live, the sister website of the Daily Press, earlier this month that discussions remain ongoing with a number of individuals. Tomorrow, meanwhile, City visit a Sheffield United side that also has 23 points from 19 matches this season. The Blades sacked boss Slavisa Jokanovic earlier this week and appointed Paul Heckingbottom as his replacement on a four-and-ahalf-year contract. Celtic rivals could meet in play-offs Scotland and Wales will meet each other in a World Cup play-off final if they win their respective semi-finals in March. Wales will play Austria at home in their play-off semi-final, and Scotland were drawn in the same play-off path and will have home advantage against Ukraine in their semi-final on March 24. Should both British sides go through then Wales would host Scotland for a place in Qatar. Wales manager Robert Page, pictured, believes his side have a “great opportunity” to reach next year’s World Cup finals. “We’ve given ourselves a great opportunity,” Page said after the draw. “We’ve worked ever so hard to finish second and get that home draw. We’ve got everything to play for.” Scotland manager Steve Clarke expected a difficult semi-final no matter which of the six possible opponents came out of the hat. “It will be a tough game,” Clarke said. “I don’t think it matters who we were going to get in the semifinal draw, it was always going to be tough. We will go away and do our homework on Ukraine and try and come up with a winning formula.” Clarke rebuffed suggestions a potential derby clash with Wales could be a distraction ahead of the Ukraine game. “We won’t be distracted by it,” he said. “We always treat our immediate opponents with the utmost respect. “Over the winter months we will obviously have to prepare for either Wales or Austria and we’ll make sure we are well prepared for that if we manage to get through the first game.” European champions Italy were drawn against North Macedonia, the lowest ranked team in the play-offs with a world ranking of 67. Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, will have home advantage for that tie and would meet Portugal or Turkey in a potential heavyweight final. Russia will be at home to Poland in their play-off semi-final with the winners playing Sweden or the Czech Republic. ■■ Agreement has been reached between Manchester United and Lokomotiv Moscow for the latter’s head of sports and development Ralf Rangnick to move to Old Trafford as interim manager. The deal is not yet complete, as some contractual elements remain to be sorted out and there needs to be a work permit application. However, it is now only really a question of time before an official announcement that Rangnick will replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sport Western Daily Press SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2021 CUMMINS TO LEAD AUSSIES IN ASHES CAMPAIGN CRICKET PAGE 61 Bakinson extends his deal at Robins JAMES PIERCY james.piercy@reachplc.com MIDFIELDER Tyreeq Bakinson has not only been rewarded for his encouraging recent form, but also a change in his mindset, with Bristol City taking up the option of a 12-month extension in his contract to keep him at Ashton Gate until 2023. However, City manager Nigel Pearson also feels there is more to come from the 23-year-old. Bakinson, who signed for the Robins from Luton in 2017, has made eight Championship starts this season, having forced his way into the starting XI across the Autumn period, and scored the > > Runners pass the stands during the Play Ladbrokes 1-2-Free On Football Handicap Hurdle at Newbury yesterday – Horse Racing Pages 55-60 Adam Davy/PA Edwards wary of returning Collins Former Forest Green front man coming back to New Lawn with Bristol Rovers LAURIE MARTIN & KEITH WATSON ROB Edwards has warned his Forest Green Rovers players to be on their guard when they come up against Green Devils old boy Aaron Collins at the New Lawn this afternoon. Collins scored 16 goals in 83 games in all competitions for Forest Green across the previous two campaigns, but opted to switch to Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers when his contract expired in the summer. Edwards, therefore, did not work with Collins in Gloucestershire, but was on the coaching staff at Wolves when Collins was at Molineux from 2016 to 2019. Whether Collins made the right move in leaving Forest Green is open to question as, ahead of today’s West derby at the New Lawn, Forest Green are five points clear at the top of League Two, while Rovers lie 14th, and Collins has just one goal – in the FA Cup – so far this season. Edwards, however, knows all about the Welshman’s talents. He said: “We know Aaron’s a really good footballer. He was at our club for a couple of years and did very well. “He can travel with the ball and he’s a goal threat. He’s someone we have to be aware of. “They (Bristol Rovers) have a number of players like that – (Sam) Finley and (Antony) Evans are big threats and Brett Pitman has scored goals throughout his career, so they have lots of good footballers in that top area of the pitch. “I worked with Aaron (at Wolves). I think I was with the first-team when he was with the Under-21s, but he would have been involved in a number of our training sessions and I would have watched him in TURN TO PAGE 62 winner against Stoke City on Wednesday night. In the wake of that goal, his first since April, boss Pearson praised Bakinson for making changes to his approach and realising what is expected of him as a player. The Robins chief has constantly acknowledged Bakinson’s ability, but has felt he has needed to recognise that he cannot play the game at his own pace, and exactly how he wants to. He has needed to muck in. “Tyreeq will develop as far as he wants to because he has got the tools and I am pleased that he is starting to perform in a way we need him to as a team – that’s the key,” Pearson said. “He is a player who gives us a different skillset to some of the others we have got and is a talented player for sure, but he is not the finished article. “Tyreeq has an eye for a goal TURN TO PAGE 63 Western Daily Press Published by Bristol News and Media at Temple Way, Bristol BS2 0BY (Tel: 0117 9343000). Registered office: Reach PLC, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. For permission to copy cuttings, contact the NLA, 7 Church Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1NL (Tel: 01892 525273; email: copy@nla.co.uk). Printed by Reach PLC. The recycled paper content of newspapers in 2016 was 62.8 per cent

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 1 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 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ACROSS 1. Pierce (9) 8. Be in debt (3) 9. Ban (11) 11. Foreshow (7) 12. Walk (5) 13. Starry (6) 15. Make more intense (6) 17. Giver (5) 18. Scandalise (7) 20. Unconcerned (11) 22. Transgression (3) 23. With sincerity (9) 16 17 18 19 H 22 H H GOGEN H 20 21 H 23 DOWN H 2. Make a mistake (3) 3. Artifice (5) 4. Extraterrestrials (6) 5. Letter (7) 6. Consider (11) 7. Dwelling place (9) 10. Unpaid (11) 11. Mildness (9) 14. Shorten (7) 16. Money chest (6) 19. In that place (5) 21. Nothing (3) 8 H H General Knowledge Quiz 1. Who wrote the song White Christmas? A Irving Berlin B Bing Crosby C Cole Porter D George Gershwin 2. Which car manufacturer made the model Elan? A Ferrari B Porsche C Fiat D Lotus 3. With which form of abstract art is British painter Bridget Riley associated? A Pop art B Op art C Abstract art D Naïve art 4. Who starred as Bridget Jones’s mum in the 2001 and 2004 films? A Celia Imrie B Judi Dench C Gemma Jones D Miranda Richardson 5. Which English explorer, who made three attempts to discover the Northwest Passage, gave his name to a bay on Baffin Island? A Martin Frobisher B James Cook C Walter Raleigh D Francis Drake 6. Edward James Olmos starred in which American military science fiction television series? A Invasion B Stargate: SG1 C Babylon 5 D Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos See Question 6. 7. Which American actress played Major ‘Hotlips’ Houlihan in M*A*S*H? A Loretta Swit B Gloria Swit C Tracy Swit D Rachel Swit 8. What is the name of the prefabricated bridge built from interchangeable and interlocking sections invented in World War II by a British engineer? A Haig bridge B Monty bridge C Bailey bridge D Frankie bridge 9. Which Asiatic people were led by Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan? A Chinese B Indians C Mongols D Japanese 10. Which TV comedy drama about the Territorial Army was set in Roker Bridge? A Soldier, Soldier B A Soldier’s Life C All Quiet on the Preston Front D The Northern Front 11. The flag of which American state bears the legend ‘December 7, 1787’? A Kansas B Delaware C Nebraska D Georgia 12. Which English Benedictine monk and missionary is known as the Apostle of Germany? A St Patrick B St Benedict C St Boniface D St John 13. With which war is Florence Nightingale chiefly associated? A The Crimean War B The Great War C The Zulu Wars D The Napoleonic Wars 14. Who won four women’s track events at the 1948 Olympics? A Stella Walsh B Charlotte Cooper C Fanny Blankers-Koen D Maria Oberbreyer 15. For which fictional hero did Alexander Selkirk provide the model? A Gulliver B Robinson Crusoe C Bilbo Baggins D Lucky Jim 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. C F S R W V X T J ANTIQUES BROW COMB COUGAR FEUDS JIVE LARYNX PIQUE SHED TALK WIVES 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 H L W J M F K X Q P D V BASQUE ENDOW FILMY FLICK GUST HYRAX JABS JAPES LOUSE MIRKY VEST 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 V Q A K Y T BLACK BOXERS DEMOB EXACT FRESH JOVIAL KILN MOP QUINSY UNSEAL WING 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 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS 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 4 22 8 14 3 7 8 8 10 18 16 21 11 18 6 15 21 12 8 17 6 6 14 9 12 20 15 22 11 14 8 15 15 11 26 9 19 14 12 16 11 25 7 16 6 8 12 10 6 35 8 11 10 11 21 6 6 12 12 14 14 17 8 8 20 12 19 3 13 7 5 12 16 24 16 25 11 14 5 10 13 12 20 14 12 16 10 8 11 14 8 23 14 16 10 10 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 Black substance Attempt Exhibition Store away Casserole SELL FOOT STEP Dropped 3 4 3 11 8 4 9 4 9 45 19 17 29 12 15 10 7 20 9 11 25 9 24 10 15 Touched Achievement Level 6 10 14 21 6 15 8 21 24 14 18 18 9 30 15 7 10 4 8 11 17 17 17 34 12 16 10 9 29 16 11 11 12 13 20 16 8 11 34 9 12 40 12 13 10 15 12 10 7 12 20 19 18 15 14 10 16 13 35 24 5 3 FLOG Pierce Extra Bog Banner BORN 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 4. In the first place she is not allowed freedom of movement (7) 8. Possible effect of giving us port! (6) 9. Honest and of good standing? (7) 10. Stern test or transaction (6) 11. They are identified by their degrees (6) 12. Drawing lines (3,5) 18. Hold back and break the fall (8) 20. Not a 9 across type (6) 21. Apparently employed, but ready for retirement (6) 22. Fine big city (7) 23. Send back a statistical form (6) 24. It’s on earth, perhaps, but not this one (7) Down 1. Wrong sectors for ships accompanying convoys (7) 2. Record suppressed by force (3,4) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 13 20 22 24 9 11 16 17 18 19 3. Shoot at nothing, but obtain food (6) 5. It’s put on in moments of stress (8) 6. Hurls fish on board (6) 7. Gave encores, naturally! (6) 13. Cash exchanged in pure monetary transaction (8) 21 23 14 15 14. He often resorts to a piece in colour (7) 15. One name for a transplanted flower (7) 16. Filter the air (6) 17. It’s more than obvious it’s expressing dissatisfaction (6) 19. Affectionate offer (6) Quick Across 4. Secured (7) 8. Torpor (6) 9. Vertical (7) 10. Severe experience (6) 11. Corners (6) 12. Pulling cables (3,5) 18. Hold back (8) 20. Type style (6) 21. Weak (6) 22. Assets (7) 23. Come back (6) 24. One more (7) Down 1. Companions (7) 2. Repress (3,4) 3. Vegetable (6) 5. Stress (8) 6. Weapons (6) 7. Resounded (6) 13. Buy (8) 14. Frequenter (7) 15. Plant (7) 16. Tension (6) 17. Grievance (6) 19. Sore (6) Scribble pad Distance Gentle ALPHAMUDDLE SPLIT DECISION Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. S A F O A J H A C U E I D I N R WILD 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. N U L I M N A M A E C E R B D G N E N E A I R L B L N N E Z I K E N E B E I R F R A A E R B S D U Y S R T G R Y

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 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. Artists with the most weeks as UK No 1 e a t l s t e r t o n w e e r l e b e d o w a t t e s s h w v i e s f r t e h s g l t c h p s h t r a e r l i n i f e i r e s y k n w o l s u o e n t k a l e i e t e w t o h y a d e t a r d l a e t t n y a n a t e k b a n i w s r b r r s m h m a b a e r r i e x h i f i a t d o n h a c s e a a k i e h c i n i v l a l l n n n d l a r r n a e g i r t o r a q u e d f f c c i p o j n f g o e d e e i l l a s h y l e u n e s h r a n s d e n k i e m i n Sudoku Challenge Easy 7 3 8 2 6 9 7 3 9 2 7 4 5 2 1 7 9 4 9 6 3 5 9 5 7 4 6 7 9 8 7 6 9 7 5 1 1 2 5 7 3 8 4 7 8 9 3 5 9 2 1 3 4 2 7 9 7 4 9 6 7 9 8 4 6 7 1 5 5 7 1 8 MIRROR IMAGE Medium Which of the shapes below is an exact mirror image of the shape on the right? A 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 British rock singer and actor. 10 9 1. Plump 2. Disgust 3. Earth 11 8 4. Jubilant 5. Hurried 6. Protect B D 12 7 D 1 6 7. Scared 8. Connected 9. Camera stand 10. Spoilt 11. Deleted 12. Wailed 2 5 3 4 7 9 2 8 1 7 8 3 9 Hard 8 4 2 1 7 5 4 8 3 7 5 1 4 6 1 7 2 8 8 6 2 4 1 6 8 5 2 4 3 5 6 1 8 3 6 3 3 5 1 7 1 3 4 5 9 2 5 9 1 1 7 8 5 4 6 5 3 2 6 1 8 2 3 7 5 9 1 6 7 5 8 7 9 6 3 8 1 9 8 5 7 7 6 4 3 7 5 9 7 4 3 6 6 1 9 3 6 2 7 5 4 8 1 7 9 6 3

4 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS TEASER TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge W I F E 3 LETTERS ADO ALL BAD NOD PET RAT SHE TAB THY TOE 4 LETTERS ACRE ALOE BEST BORE CHAR EMIT FLEA HALT HEAT LASS ROAN SEAT SOFA SWAT TEAK THEM TROT TUNA WHIT WIFE 5 LETTERS BASTE LOCUS POSER SIGHT 7 LETTERS EURASIA FAILURE When you’ve completed the puzzle, rearrange the shaded squares to spell out an insect. We’ve given you one word to start you off. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 19 20 21 22 23 WORD WISE The word may sound familiar, but do you know what it means? A A Buddhist priest B Feast of first fruits, celebrated in August C A South American animal LAMMAS FILL IN General Knowledge Crossword General Knowledge Crossword A Expressing failure to understand B Tropical fruit C Concerning nations ANAN ACROSS 1. Automatic doublebarrelled anti-aircraft gun named after its Swedish place of origin (6) 4. Cruciferous plant whose edible root is eaten raw in salads (6) 9. 1979 film by Francis Coppola (10,3) 10. Greek galley developed as a warship with three banks of oars on each side (7) 11. Lake ---, southward extension of the Great Rift Valley also called Lake Malawi (5) 12. Thomas, author of The Mayor of Casterbridge (5) 14. Mission in Texas, site of an 1836 siege (5) 18. Mr. Chekhov, Russian dramatist who died in 1904 (5) 19. Tree of Africa and Asia with a juicy yellow edible fruit (7) 21. Former name, until 1975, of the Western Sahara region of N.W. Africa (7,6) 22. Simon, English conductor born in 1955 (6) 23. French town and textile centre on the River Seine (6) DOWN 1. William Peter, author of The Exorcist (6) 2. Body of water separating the Bahamas from the S.E. coast of the U.S. (7,6) 3. Charles, English author of the historical novel The Cloister and the Hearth (5) 5. ‘The Family ---’, novel by Paul Theroux (7) 6. English actor whose roles include the lead in the 1957 film Lucky Jim (3,10) 7. Seat for riding on an elephant’s back (6) 8. Greek god of marriage (5) 13. Thomas, composer of the light opera Tantivy Towers (7) 15. Kaspar, German ‘wild boy’ found in the market place of Nuremberg in 1828 (6) 16. Miss Bates, Best Actress Oscarwinner for the film Misery (5) 17. Royal house that ruled England from 1603 to 1714 (6) 20. European freshwater food fish, Rutilus rutilus (5) WIFE Solutions Sudoku General Knowledge Quiz 1 A; 2 D; 3 B; 4 C; 5 A; 6 D; 7 A; 8 C; 9 C; 10 C; 11 B; 12 C; 13 A; 14 C; 15 B Star Seeker Across: 1 Penetrate; 8 Owe; 9 Prohibition; 11 Betoken; 12 Tread; 13 Astral; 15 Deepen; 17 Donor; 18 Outrage; 20 Indifferent; 22 Sin; 23 Earnestly. Down: 2 Err; 3 Trick; 4 Aliens; 5 Epistle; 6 Contemplate; 7 Residence; 10 Outstanding; 11 Blandness; 14 Abridge; 16 Coffer; 19 There; 21 Nil. Star Name: KEN LEUNG. Gogen General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Bofors; 4 Radish; 9 Apocalypse Now; 10 Trireme; 11 Nyasa; 12 Hardy; 14 Alamo; 18 Anton; 19 Apricot; 21 Spanish Sahara; 22 Rattle; 23 Cholet. Down: 1 Blatty; 2 Florida Strait; 3 Reade; 5 Arsenal; 6 Ian Carmichael; 7 Howdah; 8 Hymen; 13 Dunhill; 15 Hauser; 16 Kathy; 17 Stuart; 20 Roach. Word Wise B. Feast of first fruits, celebrated in August A. 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Rock singer and actor: ROGER DALTREY. 1 4 2 3 5 8 6 7 9 8 2 6 7 4 1 9 5 3 7 3 9 1 8 2 5 4 6 2 8 5 9 1 4 3 6 7 4 1 2 6 7 3 5 9 8 9 7 8 3 4 1 6 2 5 8 6 9 4 3 7 1 5 2 3 9 8 2 5 4 7 1 6 5 2 7 6 1 3 4 8 9 6 9 3 4 5 8 7 1 2 3 8 2 1 7 9 4 6 5 1 2 6 9 8 4 5 3 7 7 3 1 9 8 4 5 2 6 9 2 6 4 3 7 8 5 1 6 4 2 7 5 9 1 8 3 5 7 6 3 1 9 2 8 4 8 9 5 7 4 3 1 2 6 4 6 8 2 9 7 3 5 1 Easy Medium 5 2 3 6 8 7 4 9 1 6 1 2 7 4 3 9 5 8 3 8 9 5 1 4 7 2 6 2 9 1 7 6 8 5 4 3 4 6 8 9 3 5 7 1 2 8 3 2 4 5 6 1 7 9 8 4 9 3 7 2 6 1 5 3 7 6 2 5 4 1 8 9 9 2 8 1 4 3 5 6 7 7 6 2 8 4 1 5 3 9 9 3 1 6 7 5 2 4 8 4 1 5 3 9 6 8 2 7 5 3 8 2 7 4 9 6 1 7 2 9 1 6 8 4 3 5 8 6 3 5 4 9 1 7 2 9 5 3 1 2 6 7 4 8 8 4 7 5 9 3 6 2 1 1 3 4 6 8 7 2 9 5 Hard 4 7 5 9 6 8 1 3 2 3 9 4 1 8 6 2 7 5 8 5 3 7 2 1 6 4 9 5 4 7 8 1 6 3 2 9 8 1 5 6 2 3 9 4 7 6 7 9 3 4 5 2 1 8 6 5 9 7 8 2 4 1 3 2 3 1 5 6 8 7 9 4 9 1 4 2 3 7 8 5 6 6 2 7 9 1 5 8 4 3 7 1 4 5 3 6 9 2 8 3 4 2 6 8 1 5 9 7 3 7 6 2 8 9 1 5 4 6 5 1 4 9 7 8 3 2 4 2 3 7 5 8 9 1 6 1 5 3 8 6 2 4 7 9 8 6 2 9 7 5 3 1 4 2 9 4 5 1 6 7 8 3 Two Speed Crossword Across: 4 Leashed; 8 Stupor; 9 Upright; 10 Ordeal; 11 Angles; 12 Tow ropes; 18 Restrain; 20 Italic; 21 Infirm; 22 Capital; 23 Return; 24 Another. Down: 1 Escorts; 2 Put down; 3 Potato; 5 Emphasis; 6 Slings; 7 Echoed; 13 Purchase; 14 Habitue; 15 Anemone; 16 Strain; 17 Plaint; 19 Tender. Word Ladder Foot, Soot, Shot, Show, Stow, Stew, Step. 2. Sell, Fell, Felt, Feat, Flat, Flag, Flog. 3. Born, Bore, More, Mire, Mile, Mild, Wild Mirror Image: A Split Decision F A Z E D A E U C U B E S E R T D I A R Y Pathfinder Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frankie Laine, ABBA, Drake, Take That, Madonna, Cliff Richard, Ed Sheeran, Slade, Spice Girls, Calvin Harris, Wet Wet Wet, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Westlife, Cher, Whitney Houston, T.Rex, Bryan Adams, Rihanna, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Frank Ifield, Queen. Alphamuddle C L I M L U N A I N A N M A N G B R E E B R E E D C S F D M Y P L I A R V W Q G B H U E O J X T K N 1 H X K J Y F T U E O L P Q S I M B R A C V W D N G 2 J Q V W B D G S C E M K A N X P U L I O T F Y H R 3

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 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. 7 W 4 S Z 1 5 Q 8 X L Y U U 1 L R 5 4 P 7 6 8 3 9 K V L Z T N M S X P Q N M X R 1 8 W L V O 4 2 X V 8 7 N Q 9 S U R Z V W 2 X N P K 9 L Y M R P U 6 Z 1 N 3 S V K 4 V 6 S 5 T R 7 W Q 5 3 Y 6 U O X T 1 T O Q 2 8 L P 9 M N R 8 K W M 7 Q Y 4 P 5 N Y R Q S 6 K 6 P 9 M 1 4 O 5 2 L 2 Z 7 P W 6 3 8 T R U 9 N 9 T N R L Y S 3 7 6 Z 1 9 2 S M Y Q N 3 W M O U 7 X 9 V 3 P 1 K 8 Y Z 5 1 X 3 6 V U W Q 7 8 P 2 O Y T K 4 Z X 6 8 P 3 X 1 W 5 R Q M T 2 K P R O X Y M 5 X S 5 W 7 8 V M P 4 L L O N K Z V 3 7 V M 6 S Z 5 9 Y U Q O 8 3 7 N 4 R P 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: 16 24 39 45 49 58 3 digits: 194 198 291 292 483 729 734 792 4 digits: 1183 1415 1751 1984 6817 9579 5 digits: 21943 55899 6 digits: 382123 441214 526161 633747 929529 934944 8 digits: 43237923 58989369 2 2 digits: 14 21 23 28 36 38 92 93 3 digits: 293 434 679 909 939 972 4 digits: 3972 4723 4883 4924 5 digits: 72283 79370 7 digits: 1246399 1524268 1564347 1638498 9 digits: 539792925 649998924 839993926 3 Z Y U V Y V X T R W X U W X Y R W T S Y T S Z T V Y T X Z V X R V U S V X T S U R U U W Y S T Z Y V 2 digits: 15 28 68 77 3 digits: 113 132 153 162 295 322 327 679 766 977 4 digits: 2115 2343 7782 8071 5 digits: 12139 33782 7 digits: 1713423 9702215 9 digits: 152726582 571121395 575615422 591123281

6 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge REMEMBER WHEN The following events all occurred in living memory. Can you guess the year? A B 1. George VI died 2. Seventeen Britons were killed in Cairo riots 3. The Olympics took place in Helsinki 4. TV detector vans got their first test drive 1. Commercial television was available for the first time in London 2. Marilyn Monroe starred in The Seven Year Itch 3. US tennis star Maureen Connolly retired at the age of nineteen 4. Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita was published Arrowword Metal End Book size Succeed Address angrily Capital of Peru Bitumen Vex Remote Formula Flow back Bright _ Jones, pictured Surpass Singing effect Rock Sprite North European Criticized harshly Artist's workshop Frequently Being unfriendly Boredom C 1. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho terrified cinema-goers 2. Labour MP Aneurin Bevan died 3. The Olympics were held in Rome 4. The Everly Brothers were at No.1 for seven weeks with Cathy’s Clown QUICK QUIZ 1. Which English singer shares her stage name with which Pygmalion and My Fair Lady heroine because it was her nickname as a child? 2. How many points is the black ball worth in snooker? 3. Which Roman god is identified with the Greek god Eros? 4. Of which country is Fujiyama the highest mountain? 5. Which sport is governed by the organisation FIFA? 6. What sort of creature is a snipe? 7. Which British composer wrote the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance marches? 8. In which continent are The Pampas located? 9. Who defeated Giscard d’Estaing in 1981 to become the first French socialist president in 35 years? 10. Which element is represented by the symbol H? Offspring Turkish capital Obtain Monarch Figure of speech Insect Paddle America (1,1,1) Not that Eager Select Firearm Intone Salad vegetable Heather Playing card Water bird Hostile to Fight European capital Assistant _ Jones, pictured Goal Following Conclude Repast Mesh Thin Cartoon explorer Alter Refined man A type of column Stare at A weak tide Anger Donkey Zero Lively Info Spirit Currency Made a home Metal bar 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 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 O R 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 Part of the foot Angle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 N 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 U 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 Relinquish 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 A T

WESTERN DAILY PRESS Saturday, November 27, 2021 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 ACROSS 1 Good looking (8) 5 Art of swordplay (7) 9 Get rid of (9) 14 Month (5) 16 Crisp sweet biscuit (6,4) 23 Sensual (6) 24 Newlyweds’ holiday (9) 25 Connected (7) 26 Priest’s garment (3) 27 Approach of darkness (9) 28 Finishes (4) 29 Criminal (10) 30 In the direction of (7) 31 Wheat spikes (4) 32 Aromatic spice (6) 33 Otherwise (4) 34 Creche (7) 37 Learn (5) 38 Speed contests (5) 39 Containing nothing (5) 40 Toy weapon (10) 42 Fourth Greek letter (5) 43 Crucial (8) 48 Steffi __, former tennis player (4) 49 Quickly (2,5) 50 Stretch (8) 51 Occupation (3) 52 Nonsense, informally (10) 53 __ Miller, The Girl star (6) 58 Binding agreement (8) 61 American feline (6) 62 Expands (7) 63 Prison chief (8) 65 Sloppily (10) 70 At variance (10) 72 Fire raiser (8) 73 Card game (7) 74 Place where bees are kept (6) 75 Intrinsic (8) 82 More unsightly (6) 83 Buoyancy aid (4,6) 85 Fold (3) 86 Supersedes (8) 87 Patella (7) 88 __ Headey, Game of Thrones actress (4) 94 Trees (8) 95 Greek letter (5) 96 Small quantity (10) 97 Follow (5) 98 Quotes (5) 99 __ Murphy, US comedy actor (5) 103 Constant, recurring (7) 105 Is victorious (4) 106 Praises highly (6) 108 Herb (4) 109 European country (7) 110 In a terrible rage, informally (7,3) 113 Singing voice (4) 114 Having good luck (9) 115 Not operating (3) 116 Facilitates (7) 118 Abridged (9) 119 Ditch (6) 120 Dramatist (10) 121 Filleted (5) 122 __ City, 2015/16 Premier League Champions (9) 123 Ancestry (7) 124 Martin __, US director (8) DOWN 2 Easily (2,1,6) 3 Author of Robinson Crusoe (6,5) 4 Borrowed (2,4) 6 Fencing sword (4) 7 Music writer (8) 8 Age (10) 9 Exit (6) 10 Unwell (3) 11 Borrowing charge (8) 12 Appends (4) 13 Leave en masse (8) 14 Photograph book (5) 15 Turncoats (9) 17 Roof beam (6) 18 Not any more (2,6) 19 The daughters of one’s stepmother or stepfather (11) 20 Common viper (5) 21 Astrological prediction (9) 22 Stamp collecting (9) 31 Ultimate (8) 35 Fundamental nature (7) 36 Punctuation mark (5) 41 Greek island (6) 44 __ Sky, film starring Tom Cruise (7) 45 Statistical information (4) 46 Opposed to (7) 47 To be successful (2,3) 54 UK band whose singles include Country House and Tender (4) 55 Exclude (5) 56 Antagonistic (7) 57 Eager, enthusiastic (4) 59 Because of (5,2) 60 Completely unclothed (4) 64 Norse god (4) 66 Escargot (5) 67 Buries (6) 68 Of a mother (8) 69 South American river (7) 71 Scientific study of crime (11) 76 Strikes lightly (4) 77 People pursuing relationships for money (4,7) 78 Not temporary (9) 79 Colloquial language (5) 80 Frugal (10) 81 Type of warship (9) 84 Lizard (9) 89 Pests (9) 90 Vegetable of the cabbage family (8) 91 Honest (8) 92 Last, final (8) 93 Disparage (8) 100 Exchange (6) 101 Brendan __, US actor who starred in The Mummy (6) 102 Small restaurant (6) 104 Meat produced in accordance with Muslim law (5) 107 Not silently (5) 111 __ Moore, US actress (4) 112 Encircle (4) 117 Allow (3)

8 Saturday, November 27, 2021 WESTERN DAILY PRESS TEASER TEASER Your weekly puzzle challenge WORDSEARCH Here is a list of Spanish cities. Can you find them in the grid? The answers can be found running backwards or forwards, horizontal, vertical or diagonal. ALICANTE BARCELONA BILBAO BURGOS CARTAGENA GRANADA HUELVA LEÓN MADRID MALAGA MARBELLA MURCIA PAMPLONA SALAMANCA SANTANDER SEVILLE TARRAGONA VALENCIA VIGO ZARAGOZA A N O G A R R A T N W V J D E A E C I A N E G A T R A C M N E L R Z L Z R A R A H A A O O B L Q K K B O E I Z V L E T C U I R R A E D G A C A L N A B R V C M P N J Q A G R B E Y O G E G R A N A D A R P U L U S O S Y T A L L E B R A M M A H S M N G B Y I A K J F Z L U O R A L Z O K C C O I Z A V G H S D X X Q Q A L G A M M I E F W R V A L E N C I A B V O R C H I G S U W T G N G W L X W Y Y D A N O L E C R A B Y I P T M R I V E P A M P L O N A B K NINERS 4695693 gives sad 768425 gives sad 169967 gives sadness 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. 523368 gives a mammal 74212 gives a mammal 9258 gives a mammal A test of knowledge for the sporting enthusiast 1. ..... Levein, former Scotland football manager (5) 4. One of three weapons used in fencing (5) 7. ... Hodgson, former England football manager (3) 8. Emiliano ....., Argentinian left back who played for Liverpool from 2007-10 (5) 9. Richard ....., former Man City and Aston Villa defender (5) 10. Steven ...., England fast bowler (4) 11. Lleyton ......, 2001 US Open singles champion (6) 14. Johnny ......, 1973 US Open golf champion (6) 15. Lynn the ...., nickname of Olympic long jump champion Lynn Davies (4) 18. William ....., 1998-2001 WBA Middleweight champion (5) 20. David ....., former England, Arsenal and Sampdoria midfielder (5) 21. Unreachable tennis serve (3) 22. ..... Abramovich, Chelsea owner (5) 23. Kornelia ....., four-times swimming gold medallist at the 1976 Olympics (5) 1. ..... Thorburn, Canadian snooker player nicknamed ‘The Grinder’ (5) 2. London football club (7) 3. Steffi ...., 1996 Wimbledon ladies’ singles champion (4) 4. City that hosted the 2000 Olympics (6) 5. ... Hollioake, late England and Surrey all-rounder (3) 6. Chris ....., tennis player who won eighteen Grand Slam titles in her career (5) 12. Country that won the Grand Slam in the 2009 Six Nations Championship (7) 13. Nationality of the athletes Catherine Ndereba and John Ngugi (6) 14. Any of the four golf championships that include The Open and The US PGA (5) 16. ..... Beardsley, former England footballer (5) 17. Modern equivalent of the duelling sword (4) 19. ... 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6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 N K R F L H X C W J Y S G A O V M T U B Q E Z P I D 2 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 C Y Z W R B J K U L N F T X P G V E S H I M D Q A O 3 Codeword Giant Crossword Across: 1 Handsome, 5 Fencing, 9 Eliminate, 14 April, 16 Brandy snap, 23 Carnal, 24 Honeymoon, 25 Related, 26 Alb, 27 Nightfall, 28 Ends, 29 Malefactor, 30 Towards, 31 Ears, 32 Nutmeg, 33 Else, 34 Nursery, 37 Study, 38 Races, 39 Empty, 40 Peashooter, 42 Delta, 43 Decisive, 48 Graf, 49 At speed, 50 Elongate, 51 Job, 52 Codswallop, 53 Sienna, 58 Covenant, 61 Ocelot, 62 Dilates, 63 Governor, 65 Carelessly, 70 Discordant, 72 Arsonist, 73 Canasta, 74 Apiary, 75 Integral, 82 Uglier, 83 Life jacket, 85 Ply, 86 Replaces, 87 Kneecap, 88 Lena, 94 Conifers, 95 Omega, 96 Sprinkling, 97 Ensue, 98 Cites, 99 Eddie, 103 Chronic, 105 Wins, 106 Exalts, 108 Dill, 109 Romania, 110 Hopping mad, 113 Alto, 114 Fortunate, 115 Off, 116 Enables, 118 Curtailed, 119 Trench, 120 Playwright, 121 Boned, 122 Leicester, 123 Lineage, 124 Scorsese. Down: 2 At a canter, 3 Daniel Defoe, 4 On loan, 6 Épée, 7 Composer, 8 Generation, 9 Egress, 10 Ill, 11 Interest, 12 Adds, 13 Evacuate, 14 Album, 15 Renegades, 17 Rafter, 18 No longer, 19 Stepsisters, 20 Adder, 21 Horoscope, 22 Philately, 31 Eventual, 35 Essence, 36 Colon, 41 Rhodes, 44 Vanilla, 45 Data, 46 Against, 47 Go far, 54 Blur, 55 Debar, 56 Hostile, 57 Keen, 59 Owing to, 60 Nude, 64 Odin, 66 Snail, 67 Inters, 68 Maternal, 69 Orinoco, 71 Criminology, 76 Taps, 77 Gold diggers, 78 Permanent, 79 Slang, 80 Economical, 81 Destroyer, 84 Chameleon, 89 Nuisances, 90 Broccoli, 91 Truthful, 92 Ultimate, 93 Belittle, 100 Switch, 101 Fraser, 102 Bistro, 104 Halal, 107 Aloud, 111 Demi, 112 Ring, 117 Let. 5 2 6 1 6 1 5 8 9 8 9 3 6 9 4 5 1 1 8 3 2 4 8 3 7 7 2 9 1 9 8 4 1 4 1 5 2 9 2 9 7 9 2 1 1 7 5 1 4 9 4 3 2 3 7 9 2 3 9 3 4 9 4 4 1 1 6 3 8 4 9 8 1 7 9 3 7 0 1 5 3 9 7 9 2 9 2 5 2 8 2 9 3 3 6 4 9 4 2 1 4 3 4 9 3 6 4 9 9 9 8 9 2 4 8 7 2 2 8 3 7 1 2 4 6 3 9 9 2 5 7 1 1 2 1 3 9 5 9 7 7 1 5 7 1 1 2 1 3 9 5 1 1 3 5 7 6 6 2 3 4 3 8 0 7 1 3 2 2 7 2 9 5 2 3 3 7 8 2 4 8 2 8 1 6 2 1 5 2 7 2 6 5 8 2 3 Remember When A. 1952; B. 1955; C. 1960. Quick Quiz 1 Eliza Doolittle; 2 Seven; 3 Cupid; 4 Japan; 5 Football; 6 A bird; 7 Edward Elgar; 8 South America; 9 François Mitterrand; 10 Hydrogen. Sportword Across: 1. Craig; 4. Sabre; 7. Roy; 8. Insua; 9. Dunne; 10. Finn; 11. Hewitt; 14. Miller; 15. Leap; 18. Joppy; 20. Platt; 21. Ace; 22. Roman; 23. Ender. Down: 1. Cliff; 2. Arsenal; 3. Graf; 4. Sydney; 5. Ben; 6. Evert; 12. Ireland; 13. Kenyan; 14. Major; 16. Peter; 17. Épée; 6. Evert; 12. Ireland; 13. Kenyan; 14. Major; 16. Peter; 17. Épée; 6. Evert; 12. Ireland; 13. Kenyan; 19. Pam. Niners 1. SUNFLOWER: FORLORN, WOEFUL, SORROW 2. LABYRINTH: RABBIT, NYALA, HART Solutions