Scottish Daily Express - 2021-11-30
Scottish Daily Express 2021-11-30


Scottish Daily Express - 2021-11-30

30. Nov 2021
72 Pages

we’re backing the united kingdom Tuesday, November 30, 2021 80p HERE WE GO AGAIN First Minister assures faithful there WILL be a referendum in 2023 SEE PAGE 8 FREE Brilliant puzzles pullout Extra 2m prioritised for third jab as Omicron strain is found in Scotland pressure on to 12 pages reopen mass vaccine centres ●’Speeding up’ of ●Fourth jab goes to booster to over-18s immunosuppressed by Tom Martin and Richard Percival NICOLA Sturgeon is under mounting pressure to reopen mass Covid vaccination hubs after six cases of the Omicron strain were detected in Scotland. The Scottish Government announced the immunisation programme was being expanded and sped up in line with expert advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Scientists said booster jabs should be offered to all over-18s while the the minimum gap between the second dose and booster should also be cut to three months amid growing concerns over the new variant. They also recommended children aged 12 to 15 should be invited for a second jab three months after their first. Severely immunosuppressed people should be offered a fourth dose of the vaccine as a booster, the experts said. It means more than two million people in Scotland are now eligible and in the queue. Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith said work was already “underway” on implementing the advice and speeding up boosters. He said: “Urgent talks with health boards and vaccination Turn to page 4 Queue MAXWELL ON TRIAL Court told socialite was abuser Epstein’s ‘partner in crime’ SEE PAGES 10&11

2 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Weather forecast CORRECTIONS AND COMPLAINTS If we’ve published anything factually inaccurate, please contact the readers’ editor by email at expressletters or write to Readers’ Editor, Daily Express at One Canada Square, London E14 5AP and, once verified, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. The Daily Express and Sunday Express are published by Express Newspapers, 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, which is contactable for advice at IPSO Gate House, 1 Farringdon Street, EC4M 7LG. Website Telephone: 0300123 2220, email 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 where you can view our Complaints Policy and Procedure. A How To Complain pack is also available by writing to the Legal and Compliance Department, Reach PLC, One Canada Square, London E14 5AP. DXSC Weather forecast Starmer leaves Rayner out in the cold as he Weather Boris: forecast EU should help on migrants By Martyn Brown BORIS Johnson has warned France that all of Europe must take responsibility for the Channel migrant crisis. Hitting back at French sniping, the Prime Minister insisted that nations had to “work together”. Mr Johnson had been rejigs top team accused by France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin of making a Temperatures in Centig Temperatures in Centigrade Temperatures in Centigrade mockery of UK-French relations and told he must Glasgow/Argyll: Wet with outbreaks of Caithness/North West: Overcast and wet North West: Overcast and wet with light East Anglia: Mostly cloudy with patchy Today’s summary: Cloudy with rain in the north rain, possibly heavy later. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). south-easterly winds. High 8C (46F). Picture: westerlyStefan winds. High Rousseau/PA 11C (52F). winds. High 11C (52F). with patchy light rain or drizzle. Moderate “take responsibility” for spells of rain or drizzle. Brisk south- drizzle, mainly later. Moderate westerly North West Coast: It is set to bethe dull and migrant East crisis. Coast: It is expected to be g wet with cloudy skies and spells of rain at dull and cloudy with rain, particula Edinburgh: Mostly cloudy with light rain, Falkirk/Stirling: Wet with outbreaks of light Northern Ireland: Mainly dull with spells of London/South East: Mostly dry but dull times, heavy later. A moderate southwesterly breeze. High 11C (52F). Mr Johnson Highput 11C a (52F). letter The row noon. began A moderate after south-westerly w mainly later. Moderate south-westerly rain and drizzle expected. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 10C (50F). westerly winds. High 11C (52F). Rayner Fresh was westerly not consulted winds. High 12C (54F). heavy rain moving in later. Moderate In south- the dark...Angela an dcloudy. Possibly a few spots of rain. winds. High 12C (54F). South West Coast: It is going to to beFrench mostly President North Central Ireland: It is going Fife/Dundee: Overcast and wet with light Central Highlands: Dull and wet with rain Wales: Mainly cloudy with a chanceover of Sir South: Keir’s Mainly reshuffle dry but grey with the odd wet and cloudy with outbreaks of heavy and wet with outbreaks of rain at t rain or drizzle. Moderate south-westerly or drizzle, mainly light and patchy. Gentle showers. Rain during the evening. Gentle spot of rain possible. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). westerly wind. High 12C (54F). Twitter with breeze. solutions High 10C to (50F). Emmanuel Macron on rain, particularly later. A strengthening heavy later. A moderate south-wes winds. High 10C (50F). southerly winds. High 8C (46F). westerly winds. High 11C (52F). The Borders: Wet with patchy light rain Moray Firth/Aberdeen: Wet with rain and Midlands: Wet with outbreaks of light rain South West: Damp and overcast with South Central Ireland: It will be the mainly boat crossings Northern Ireland: after It 27 and drizzle expected. Freshening southwesterly winds. High 10C (50F). Gentle southerly winds. High 7C (45F). drizzle, mostly light and patchy though. looks set to b and drizzle. Moderate south-westerly winds. drizzle or light rain at times. Strong southwesterly winds. High 13C (55F). especially later. A moderate south-westerly Channel last particularly Wednesday. later. A moderate south dull with cloudy skies and with light people rain, drowned wet and cloudy in the with spells of heav High 11C (52F). SW Scotland: Wet with patchy light rain and England, Wales and Northern Ireland: North East/Yorks: Mostly dull and cloudy Channel Isles: Mostly cloudy with patchy breeze. High 11C (52F). westerly wind. High 11C (52F). drizzle expected. Moderate south-westerly Mainly dull and cloudy with outbreaks of with light rain, mainly later. Moderate southwesterly winds. High 11C (52F). High 12C (54F). Outlook tomorrow: spokesman Ireland said: “The Warmest: Eglinton 11C (52F) drizzle, mainly later. Strong westerly winds. The PM’s official winds. High 10C (50F). rain in the north. High 13C (55F). Shetland/Orkney: Heavy wintry showers Sea: North Sea: Moderate. Irish Sea: Scotland: Overcast with outbreaks of rain, Sea: North Sea: Moderate. Irish Sea: Channel crossings Extremes: are Coldest: a Katesbridge -2C (28F persistent later. Moderate south-easterly Rough. Channel: Moderate. heavy and persistent later. Brisk westerly Rough. Channel: Moderate. A bright day with spells of sunshine and (24 hours Wettest: Altnahinch Filters 0.1 winds. Very cold. High 3C (37F). winds. High 12C (54F). variable amounts of cloud cover. 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DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3 Jenna is now the queen of fashion By Frances Millar VICTORIA star Jenna Coleman reigned supreme in the glamour stakes last night as she dazzled at the Fashion Awards. The actress, 35, left, braved the biting cold at London’s Royal Albert Hall in an ethereal off-the-shoulder white gown. One of the most glamorous nights in the fashion diary was awash with fabulous frocks. Among those on the red carpet were actresses Demi Moore and Gillian Anderson, royal Lady Amelia Windsor and model Poppy Delevingne. Sparkle...Demi Moore at Fashion Awards. Left, Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria Stars of the show...from left, royal Lady Amelia Windsor, TV’s Gillian Anderson and model Poppy Delevingne last night Snoozker champ falls asleep in game Needs a rest...Mark Williams nods off critics claim snooker can be dull enough to send anyone to sleep. And three-time world title holder Mark Williams proved their point yesterday, nodding off in his surprise loss at the UK Championship. Williams, 46, snoozed in a chair as Anthony Hamilton romped to a 6-5 second round win in York. The double UK champion, who missed two tournaments after testing positive for Covid last month, said he had slumped into an By Paul Jeeves “embarrassing” slumber. He added: “Thirty years as a professional, that’s the first time I’ve ever fell asleep in the chair. “It was 3-2 and I was out. My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was for about five seconds. “It was a bit embarrassing but I was just shattered. I need to be playing in the mornings really, or afternoons. The more the day goes on the more tired I get. “It’s disappointing but there’s people that have had Covid a lot worse than I’ve had it, so I’m one of the lucky ones really. “It’s definitely better than what it was a couple of weeks ago so I’ve just got to keep going. “If I play night matches I’m going to really struggle.” Hamilton, ranked 56 in the world, won three frames in a row before Williams levelled at 5-5, only for Hamilton to benefit from a massive fluke on a red during a match-winning break of 70 in the deciding frame. Awake Williams is next due to play at the Scottish Open in Llandudno next Monday, and he joked: “It’s only best of seven, so I should be able to stay awake for that one.”

4 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC Coronavirus: ‘Hope for the best but we from PAGE one partners are underway and further information on the delivery of this advice will follow as soon as possible. “In the meantime we will continue to prioritise booster vaccinations for older adults and those in Covid-19 at-risk groups, working through the priority groups as we have done throughout the pandemic. “Booster appointments are currently being offered to all those over 40 years old and we encourage anyone who is eligible for a booster – or who is still to have any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – to book an appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible. He said the jab campaign had been stepped up and added: “Scotland has already started work on its implementation, including the recommendation that boosters can now be given to all adults no less than three months after a second dose.” But the Scottish Tories again urged Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to examine reopening large-scale hubs to accelerate the programme even faster. Dr Sandesh Gulhane, the Scottish Conservative health spokesman, said: “I have been calling on the Scottish Government to reopen mass vaccination clinics for some time now to speed up the rollout of the booster programme. “I have been surprised and disappointed by their reluctance to do so until now – but today’s announcement from the JCVI makes the case for reopening them undeniable. Advice “Cutting the recommended gap between second dose and booster from six months to three months is a sensible and prompt response from the JCVI to hopefully limit the spread of the new Omicron variant. “But it means the Health Secretary must dramatically ramp up the Scottish NHS’s capacity to deliver jags. “The only way to do that is to reopen mass vaccination clinics immediately.” Eleven Omicron cases have now been detected across the UK. Four have been identified in Lanarkshire and two in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Those affected are isolating but none are in hospital. Addressing the situation in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon urged people to “prepare for the worst” but said she was hoping for the best. She said Public Health Scotland and local health protection teams are working together and “enhanced” contact tracing is being undertaken to establish the origin of the virus and any individuals the people have come into contact with in recent weeks. All close contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status, and enhanced testing will take place in areas where cases have been confirmed. Ms Sturgeon said much is still to be learned about the new variant, adding: “What we do know at this stage confirms in my view that we should treat it seriously and that we should continue to act on a precautionary basis at this stage. “While we all hope that the emerging Chief medical officer for Scotland Dr Gregor Smith understanding of it will reduce rather than increase our level of concern, there is no doubt that this presents potentially the most challenging development in the course of the pandemic for quite some time. It’s important to prepare for the worst. “That does not mean that we are not hoping for something considerably short of the worst. “We are still hoping for the best.” Ms Sturgeon said compliance with restrictions is “vital”, and urged people to get fully vaccinated, take regular lateral flow tests and adhere to the rules around mask wearing, ventilation and hygiene as well as working from home if possible. She is not asking people to put Christmas plans on hold for the time being but added: “On any occasion that you are intending to socialise or mix with people from other households, please do use an LFD test.” The first two cases in the UK, in Nottingham and in Brentwood, Essex, were announced on Saturday, while a third Omicron case was detected in the UK on Sunday in a person with travel links to southern Africa. Yesterday afternoon, health ministers from the G7 group of nations held an urgent meeting to discuss the variant first detected in South Africa amid concerns it could spread rapidly and partially evade existing jabs. Yesterday, Professor Wei Shen Lim, of the Urgent JCVI, said boosters should be provided “early enough before any possible wave” of the new variant to put the country in the “best possible position”. Laying out his five points of advice for vaccine response against the Omicron variant, he said: “The first, we’re advising that the booster programme should now be extended to adults aged 18 to 39 years old. “This is in addition to the existing programme for boosters, meaning that, from now, all adults aged 18 years and above will be eligible for a booster.” He said the booster programme should follow an order of priority based on age and risk level. Those who are immuno-supressed should come forward for a fourth dose. England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam told a Downing Street briefing that coronavirus variants were inevitable and Omicron was the “new kid on the block for now” but suggested the UK was in “unchartered territory” as to whether it would take hold. He added: “I think it’s true to say that scientists around the world, not just in the UK, unfortunately agree that this one is of increased concern. “The number of mutations makes us worry about a possible effect on vaccine effectiveness”. A further 42,583 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in the UK yesterday, plus 35 more deaths within 28 days of patients festing positive for Covid-19. That took the total UK fatalities to 144,810. OPINION: PAGE 12

new variant DXSC Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5 prepare for the worst’ 144,810 in total LATEST FIGURES FOR SCOTLAND By Eric McGowan A FURTHER 2,244 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Scotland in the last 24 hours as it emerged six cases of the new Omicron variant have been identified in the country. Latest data shows there are 715 Covid patients in Scottish hospitals, which is up six from the day before. There are currently 52 people being treated in intensive care units, down three over the same period. No new deaths from the virus have been reported, meaning Scotland’s death toll remains at 9,562. However, 12,028 deaths have been registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate up to November 21. In terms of Public Health Scotland’s rolling seven-day infection rate per 100,000 population, Falkirk, pictured, has the highest rate in the country – at 564.9 as of Sunday. Orkney had the lowest at 133.9. A total of 4,345,855 people have received one dose of a Covid vaccine; 3,948,483 are double jabbed and 1,659,464 people have received a third dose/booster. 10,200,000 in total Omicron variant less harmful, say experts OMICRON patients do not appear to be suffering with more severe symptoms, South African doctors have said. Medics treating some of the world’s first cases said most were experiencing mild illness, despite signs that the variant is more infectious. Professor Salim Abdool Karim, an adviser to the country’s government, said Omicron appeared to be more able to infect people who were vaccinated or had past infection. But he added: “Based on what we know and how the other variants of concern have reacted to vaccine immunity, we can expect that we will still see high effectiveness for hospitalisation and severe disease, and that protection of the vaccines is likely to remain strong.” Prof Abdool Karim told a news conference Omicron was so far causing mild symptoms, including a dry cough, fever and night sweats. He also said he expected the variant to drive new daily infections in South Africa above 10,000 before the end of the week, from less than 3,000 on Sunday. Dr Angelique Coetzee, who chairs the South African Medical Association, said the cases she had seen at the epicentre of the outbreak were “extremely mild” and there were differences compared to previous strains. Unlike with the Delta variant, Omicron patients had not reported loss of smell or taste and there has been no major drop in oxygen levels, she said. She added: “The most predominant Dr Joe Phaahla, top, and Clive Dix By Hanna Geissler clinical complaint was severe fatigue for one or two days. With them, the headache and the body aches and pain.” South Africa’s health minister said there was “absolutely no need to panic” despite the recent surge in cases. Joe Phaahla said the country had been in a similar position before when it detected cases of the Beta variant last December so this “is no new territory for us”. German epidemiologist Professor Karl Lauterbach suggested the variant could even turn out to be “an early Christmas present” if it causes milder symptoms than previous strains. But he cautioned that South Africa had a younger population and countries in Europe have more older people at higher risk from Covid. Clive Dix, former chief of the UK Vaccines Taskforce, said he was “not that concerned” about Omicron as it was unlikely to evade vaccines significantly enough to cause a large increase in hospitalisations and deaths. He added: “This is very unlikely to be anything other than another variant, just like the Kent one was, just like the Delta one was. “I think our vaccines will hold up to it and I think we’ll be fine.” But Mr Dix also warned that Omicron should be a “wake-up call” about the need to prepare for development of new vaccines to target variants. Tories want return of mass vaccination centres like one set up in this temporary hospital in Glasgow THE emergence of the Omicron variant, including the discovery of cases in the UK in the past week, has dramatically increased the need to bolster protection levels against Covid-19 across the country. The exact threat from this new variant is still unknown, but what is clear is that the vaccine remains our best protection against the virus. We know immunity levels from the first two doses of the jab begin to wane over time. But latest data has shown that a booster dose provides at least 93 per cent protection against severe disease. It is not yet known exactly how Omicron will respond to the UK vaccines, but it is hoped they will provide good protection against severe disease as a minimum. That is why the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that boosters be offered to everyone over the age of 18 no sooner than three months after their first two doses. We have also advised that 12-15 year olds are given a second dose of the vaccine 12 weeks after their first dose. Both of these measures will help increase our immunity and make us COMMENT Prof Anthony Harnden Dept chair, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation better prepared for any possible increase in Omicron cases, and any other Covid-19 variants, this winter. For these reasons it is also vital that anyone who is yet to take up their first two doses of the jab do so as soon as possible. But the vaccine is not the only way we can help limit the impact of this variant. Everyday actions like wearing masks in shops and on public transport, regularly washing our hands, and meeting others in well-ventilated places or outdoors, all dramatically reduce our chances of catching or spreading the virus. By taking up the vaccine, including boosters, being vigilant with masks and hand hygiene, and being considerate in our contact with others, we can all do our bit to ensure we stay on top during this unprecedented pandemic.

6 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC Coronavirus: travel Scramble to switch winter holidays as borders are closed By Cyril Dixon BRITISH tourists were left in a winter holiday nightmare yesterday after a Covid crackdown by Switzerland hit skiing trips and Christmas breaks. Many were forced to cancel their first overseas journey since the start of the pandemic, or pay extra to switch to destinations outside Switzerland. Angry holidaymakers and travel industry officials had slammed the announcement that British visitors must quarantine for 10 days. Former British Airways boss Willie Walsh condemned the “kneejerk decision” that will cause “huge hardship” to travellers. Isolation The Swiss decision to impose lengthy isolation periods alongside proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test followed news that the new Omicron strain had reached the UK. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders had been expecting to hit the slopes for the first time since 2019 after Covid had wiped out the last two seasons. Many were winter sports fans and bound for Swiss resorts. But the 10-day quarantine rule from Saturday means they would have spent their entire holiday locked up in a hotel. Jack Fitzgerald was forced to miss his easyJet flight to Geneva yesterday morning, even though he was travelling on to France. He said: “We were advised they would only let you board the plane if you were a Swiss resident, and even then you would still need a PCR and 10 days of quarantine. “One of our group went to Gatwick VOTE q Should the UK make all travellers from abroad quarantine? Yes: 0901 133 4440 No: 0901 133 4441 Yes text DXYES to 63333 No text DXNO to 63333 Texts and calls cost 50p plus network access charge. You must have the bill payer’s permission. Vote closes at midnight tonight. The Daily Express may contact you by post, SMS and/or email with offers, goods or services that may be of interest to you. To stop receiving SMS messages please text ‘NSNOINFO’ to the originating number. SP: Spoke, 0333 202 3390. yesterday and easyJet advised they had taken some people off the flight yesterday morning. “He then met the group, who were waiting for their luggage to be removed from the plane.” Dentist Fiona Aimey, 49, spent yesterday morning at Heathrow, desperately trying to switch her flight destination from Geneva to Lyon in France. She said: “I got this email the night before saying the Swiss government had changed the rules of entry. “Then I checked it out and realised you had to quarantine. I can’t isolate. I would have spent my whole holiday in isolation.” Fiona, from Finchley, north London, had paid about £1,800 for her weeklong trip with the Ski Club of Great Britain, and faced paying an extra £250 to switch flights. Travel industry executive Ed Pyke said: “That’s my ski holiday in a few weeks kaiboshed. Swiss foreign policy is having a real impact on France tourism. “What a shambles of mixed messaging. Problem is, the damage is already done in many cases.” Sally Harris, a community pharmacist from Tafarn-y-Gelyn, North Wales, tweeted: “My skiing holiday feels like it’s slipping away. “I realise this is a First World problem but it’s still making me sad.” Ben Jones, 39, was planning to take his wife Rachel, 37, daughter Evie, 15, and son Alfie, 10, to see the Christmas markets in the Swiss city of Basel. But the family saw their plans shattered by the Swiss government’s decision. They will almost certainly have to cancel the £1,500 trip planned for December 17 and risk losing about £1,000 on flights and other nonrefundable charges. Ben said: “I just feel it’s a big disappointment. We can’t go away because of a knee-jerk decision. “We haven’t been abroad for a long time and were really looking forward to seeing the markets. “Now we can’t do that because a government has a power to make that decision with no consideration for the people it affects.” Ben, 39, from Gloucester, added: Willie Walsh says testing can keep people travelling “We have done the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. But for me and the kids, that doesn’t compare with what they would experience abroad.” The Rev Matthew Ross, a Church of Scotland Minister who works in Geneva, was caught out after visiting his family in Edinburgh for a few days. He tweeted: “So 10 days of working online in isolation, zoom meetings, good books and television loom again.” Disappointed Switzerland’s decision followed Britain’s return to quarantine rules for new entrants until they return negative results in a PCR test taken within two days. Mr Walsh, director general of airline trade body the International Air Transport Association, said: “I’m very disappointed to see this knee-jerk reaction by governments to the latest development. “I think sensible testing regimes which have been proven to be effective could be introduced which would enable people to continue travelling in a safe environment. “It’s disappointing that the Government does not reflect on the significant data that they have available.” Watchdogs have been urged to monitor testing firms after a Which? probe showed that some were exploiting travellers arriving in the country. Research showed nearly a quarter of private Covid test providers are charging £100 for the service. No chances... Passenger at Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia, in PPE yesterday Jittery Japan shuts down to all foreigners Japan closed its borders to all foreign travellers as more nations around the world bolstered their defences. As nervousness over the Omicron variant rose, Tokyo said it would shut to all foreigners, including students and business travellers from today. It becomes the second country after Israel to completely close its borders amid fears that Omicron may be more transmissible than previous variants of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Fumio By Mark Reynolds Kishida said: “We are taking measures with a strong sense of urgency.” Mr Kishida said Japan will go ahead with providing booster jabs to its vulnerable population, three quarters of which is already fully vaccinated. Elsewhere, Dutch police confirmed they had detained a couple who “escaped” from a Covid-quarantine hotel. The arrests were made on a plane in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport just before it departed to Spain on Sunday. The Spanish man and Portuguese woman were later handed over to the country’s health service. The Netherlands is just one of many countries to tighten restrictions. Detected The United States’ top infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said he would not be surprised if the new strain is already in the US too. “We have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility... it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over,” he said on NBC television. Tourist-dependent Thailand, which only recently began loosening border restrictions, announced a ban on visitors from eight African counties. Sri Lanka, Singapore and the Maldives also announced a tightening of restrictions as fears escalated. At Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia yesterday one traveller was taking no chances, dressed in a full PPE suit.

restrictions reTURN DXSC Pictures: Jonathan Buckmaster relief on rebookings By Steph Spyro TUI and easyJet have updated their policies on rebooking flights after travel rules were changed to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. EasyJet is allowing customers to change flight plans from the end of this year into 2022. Bookings until March 31 can be changed free of charge up to two hours before departure. A separate “travel restriction protection” policy allowing a refund if a holiday is affected by a lockdown travel ban or hotel quarantine is being extended to the end of December 2022. Result Any TUI customers travelling up to and including December 19 can amend their holiday free of charge. The firm said it was not able to offer refund credit notes. All arrivals into the UK from 4am today will have to take a PCR test on day two – with cheaper lateral flow tests no longer valid – and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. Matthew Fell, of the Confederation of British Industry, said: “The reintroduction of PCR testing will come as a blow just as bookings return. If further restrictions are needed, limiting firms’ ability to trade their way to recovery, government will need to consider further support.” Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7 Restaurants hit again as office parties are cancelled By Steph Spyro COMPANIES across the country have begun axing their Christmas parties because of the latest Omicron Covid-19 variant. Hospitality bosses already struggling amid the pandemic have concerns the number of cancellations will continue to rise as more cases are identified. Dave Critchley, head chef at Liverpool’s Chinese restaurant Lu Ban, told how two big brands in the North-west had axed bookings since the weekend. He said: “We’re starting to see a few of the bigger parties By Richard Percival NICOLA Sturgeon has proposed tighter travel restrictions for international arrivals after six cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant were identified in Scotland. Four cases are in the NHS Lanarkshire and two in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The First Minister said some of those with the variant have no travel history suggesting a degree of community transmission. There was nothing to indicate it is widespread, but it means Scotland has the most Omicron cases in the UK. Ms Sturgeon urged people to continue precautions such as mask-wearing and “significantly step up and increase compliance” with all existing precautions. She Chaos...Fiona Aimey, left, at Heathrow yesterday where people faced long queues, below Sturgeon call to tighten travel rules to limit Omicron impact said it is a “fast-moving situation”, and that the response will be kept under close review and she would not shy away from tough decisions if need be. The First Minister and her Welsh counterpart, Mark Drakeford, have jointly written to the Prime Minister proposing stricter travel restrictions. They want UK arrivals to self-isolate for eight days, with tests on day two and day eight but that call has been rejected. From 4am today passengers arriving will be required to take a PCR test by the end of their second day from entry and isolate until they receive a negative test. Ten African nations have been added to the red travel list. Ms Strurgeon and Mr Drakeford also asked Boris Johnson to hold an urgent Cobra meeting with representatives from the four UK nations and to guarantee the Treasury will fully fund business support. The letter states: “We need to work collectively and effectively as four nations to take all reasonable steps to control the ingress of the virus limit its spread. “We are clear that a four nations approach to issues such as border restrictions is the most effective approach. This requires that a meeting of the Cobra committee be held as soon as possible.” Boris Johnson dismissed the calls with the Prime Minister’s spokesman adding: “We will confirm any plans for a Cobra meeting in the in the normal way. Currently, there isn’t one scheduled.” Heat is on for chef Dave Critchley cancelling. Luckily not a huge amount at the moment. “It’s a real shame, especially at Christmas time. I do think we’re going to see a couple more cancellations.” “The big bookings in December are our bread and butter. They’re really important to us so it’s slightly concerning and worrying.” Dave, 38, believes the same will be happening across Britain. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of Hospitality UK, said: “Christmas trade was already looking weaker than usual. “Operators have invested significantly to ensure the safety of staff and customers. “This all comes at a critical time for the sector, as costs are rising across the board, supply chain issues continue, chronic labour shortages show no sign of easing and next year will see a return of 20 per cent VAT rate.” Nasal spray to halt virus? Trials have begun for a nasal spray that could protect people against any Covid variant. The treatment, called pHOXWELL, has been created by London-based biotech firm Raphael Labs. The nasal spray will work as a preventative measure against the virus, acting as a barrier to infection, scientists said.

8 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 £30m to GPs ‘won’t touch the sides’ By Tom Eden NICOLA Sturgeon has announced a £30million plan to help GPs offer more appointments, but opponents have dismissed the sum as totally inadequate. The First Minister used her SNP virtual conference speech to set out funding aimed at helping GPs see more patients face-to-face this winter. Support totalling £30million will be spread over two payments and can be used to schedule more appointments or pay practice nurses and locum GPs for additional hours. Critics said practices were struggling to find extra staff to take on more work. Ms Sturgeon said: “GPs will be able to use this funding – which will be delivered in December and April in two equal instalments – in ways they judge will deliver the greatest impact for patients. “That might be through extra GP sessions or additional practice nurse Alex Cole-Hamilton time. In short, it will allow practices to target investment where it is most needed.” Ms Sturgeon also paid tribute to “exhausted” health and care workers for their efforts during the pandemic and said she was proud to have offered many staff the highest pay rise of any UK nation. She added: “We have promised to increase investment in the NHS – already at record levels – by a further 20 per cent over this term of Parliament. “We can confirm today that our budget on December 9 will deliver a significant down-payment on that commitment.” Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie welcomed any extra cash for GPs but said £30million “will not touch the sides”. Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton added: “The real risk is that only surgeries that can find the staff can move ahead with these plans.” By Tom Martin Scottish Political Editor NICOLA Sturgeon has been branded “irresponsible” after unveiling plans for a spring offensive to break-up Britain. The First Minister came under fire as she announced the SNP’s campaign for separation will resume “in earnest” next year. She used a pre-recorded speech on the final day of her party’s latest virtual conference to make a fresh demand for a second independence referendum before the end of 2023. The SNP leader also vowed to “initiate” the necessary steps towards another divisive poll despite the power to order one lying with Westminster. The speech was played less than 90 minutes after the First Minister hosted an emergency media briefing on the discovery of the new Omicron variant in Scotland. Fears are growing that the NHS faces its toughest winter yet. Ms Sturgeon told supporters her party will set out its fresh case for leaving the UK, outlining the “opportunities and advantages” but also the “challenges”. The UK Government has repeatedly said it will not agree to a second referendum. But challenging Boris Johnson Ms Sturgeon said: “My message to the Prime Minister is this: If you have any respect at all for democracy – and if you have any confidence whatsoever in your argument against independence – you too will let the people decide.” She added: “Next year, Covid permitting, as we emerge from winter into spring, the campaign to persuade a majority of people in DXSC SNP winter party CONFERENCE ‘Irresponsible’ Sturgeon puts focus on separation Challenges Scotland that our future will be more secure as an independent nation will resume in earnest. “In the course of next year, I will initiate the process necessary to enable a referendum before the end of 2023. “And just as importantly, our party will set out afresh the positive case for independence. “We will outline the opportunities and advantages that independence will open up the opportunity to repair the damage of Covid – including the fiscal challenges it has created for all countries – in a way that aligns with our values and priorities as a nation. “To use our financial and human resources to tackle poverty and give young people a better life. “To use our vast natural resources to help safeguard our planet and secure green jobs for the future. “And to rejoin the European family of nations, so that we can expand, not narrow our horizons, and grow our trade across Ms Sturgeon pre-recorded her speech to conference the whole of the continent. We will also be candid about the challenges the transition to independence will present, and set out clearly how we can and will overcome them. “And then, friends, we will ask the people to decide.” Elsewhere, Ms Sturgeon announced the Scottish child payment, a £10-a-week benefit which goes to help hard-up families, will be doubled to £20 from April. She said more than 100,000 children under six would see the benefit. The Scottish Government is aiming to expand the payment to all under-16s by the end of 2022, with more than 400,000 children and their families eligible. Ms Sturgeon said the move was “the boldest and most ambitious anti-poverty measure anywhere in the UK”. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said: “The people of Scotland will have sighed with dismay – but not disbelief – that Nicola Sturgeon’s response to the serious new Covid strain is to reaffirm her commitment to holding another divisive independence referendum within two years. “It’s a disgrace that on the same day as the First Minister is talking about the possibility of introducing new restrictions to combat the Omicron variant, her focus is once again on breaking up the UK. “But, as usual with the SNP, independence trumps every other priority, even when poll after poll tells them the public want them to get on with the day job. “ “Scotland’s NHS is at breaking point, our drugs death crisis shames the nation, our education system is in decline and the SNP’s soft-touch approach to justice is letting the public down. “There are a whole host of problems that Nicola Sturgeon’s Government have created – and have a duty to put right – but their minds are elsewhere.” Cheek Scottish Labour deputy leader Jackie Baillie said: “It is deeply disappointing and irresponsible, in the face of a deepening public health crisis, that the focus of the First Minister is once more on sowing division.” Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “The First Minister has a cheek promising to resume her campaign for division. The SNP hasn’t stopped campaigning since September 2014 “Ramping up her campaign just as the NHS comes out of a difficult winter would be grossly irresponsible, and it’s time for Nicola Sturgeon to accept that a positive case for separation doesn’t exist. “The positive future for Scotland is as part of the UK.” OPINION: page 12 Greening of SNP a threat to jobs, say Tories By Jessica North operating in May next since it was first awarded Torness is to shut year. The other nuclear a subsidy by the UK THE Scottish Tories say down by 2030 power plant, Torness in Government in 2016. the SNP’s increasingly East Lothian, is “Recent spikes in green policies are a scheduled for closure in power prices underline threat to jobs. 2030. the need to make sure The nationalists have SNP MSP for Glasgow investments in energy reasserted their Anniesland Bill Kidd lead to better outcomes opposition to new highlighted the spiralling for all – particularly nuclear power stations. costs of a new nuclear those already struggling And this follows Nicola power plant in Somerset with pressures on Sturgeon’s stating her as a warning against any household finances.” opposition to exploitation constructing any new The SNP’s analysis of the Cambo oil field, off stations north of the indicates that by 2030 the Shetlands. Border. alone the nuclear plant at The Tories’ Net Zero, needs in the absence of gas. Now they want to He said: “The Hinkley could add almost Energy and Transport nuclear power. The First turn their back on this estimated costs of the £40 per year to a spokesman Liam Kerr Minister seems willing to industry too.” project at Hinkley consumer bill. MSP said: “The First condemn thousands of Both of Scotland’s Point C have The equivalent Minister is keen to play skilled Scottish jobs to ageing nuclear power increased by more offshore wind farm up Scotland’s the scrapheap. plants are operated by than 25 per cent would reduce renewables aspirations “It’s bad enough the the French firm EDF consumer bills by – but we have yet to see SNP-Green coalition Energy. Scots Tory £8 per year, party any plan of how the SNP want to pull the plug on Hunterston B in North MSP Liam research will meet our energy 100,000 jobs in oil and Ayrshire is due to stop Kerr claims.

DXSC arwen’s trail of destruction Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 9 Seal pups died en masse as gales battered breeding grounds near St Abbs Head in Berwickshire By Anna Savva Hundreds of baby seals were killed when Storm Arwen ripped through a nature reserve, it has emerged. Around 850 pups are now believed to have perished in the gale-force winds. Their bodies have been washing ashore at Pettico Wick, near St Abb’s Head in Berwickshire. The National Trust for Scotland, which monitors seal numbers, says most of the rare grey seal colony there has been wiped out. The NTS said the storm wrought the worst damage to wildlife in the area in living memory. Shocking Investigations will be carried out but the NTS warned: “It doesn’t look good”. A Trust spokesman later said: “Unfortunately it appears we have lost the majority of our seal pups to this storm. “This is a risk grey seals take with their breeding, pupping at this time of year when storms are most frequent. But for this kind of phenomenal storm to hit at the peak of pupping is exceptional.” The blow comes as the reserve has seen a massive surge in seal pup numbers over the past decade, from none in 2017 to a record 1,800 pups recorded last year. Rare seal colony close to wipeout as raging storm claims hundreds of pups Meanwhile, many parts of the country still remain without power after storm gusts of almost 100 miles per hour ripped through coastal areas at the weekend. A number of National Trust properties have also been damaged. Stuart Maxwell, the National Trust for Scotland’s general manager for Edinburgh and the East, said: “The damage caused by Storm Arwen is as shocking as it was unexpected. “Thankfully no one has been hurt but the lingering effects of the storm mean that the local community has been without power and this has been hampering our efforts to ensure the reserve is made safe. “We’re expecting to have to use a lot of our charitable resources in clearing up fallen trees and other debris. “As our Ranger noted in his post, the loss of seal pups to this brutal storm was substantial and certainly the worst that any of us have ever seen. “We can’t be certain of the full extent of the loss until we’re in a position to conduct a survey later on in the week. “Many National Trust for Scotland places up and down the east coast, in Aberdeenshire and Moray, have been badly affected by the storms over the weekend with damage to trees and buildings and many, like St Abb’s, remain without power. “As a result, many properties are currently closed to the public, including wider estates, while our teams focus on making places safe and clearing up. We’d urge the public to please check before travelling to any sites for the next few days.” Nearly 100 schools were closed across Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus due to the storm and 3,000 homes were left with no water. Damage Thousands of households remained without power for a fourth day as engineers battled to repair the damage wreaked by Arwen. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said that power has been restored to 98,000 customers in total since the start of the storm around lunchtime on Friday but 24,000 homes and businesses remain off supply. SSEN warned that it does not expect power to be restored to some properties before today at the earliest and “localised faults” may not be fixed until after that. The company said it is working closely with local and national partners to help coordinate the community response and support is being prioritised for the most vulnerable customers. Another power firm, SP Energy Networks said that about 4,500 customers were still without power at 2pm on Monday. More than 100,000 homes in Scotland lost power on Friday night due to the storm. It brought gusts of almost 100mph and claimed three lives, one in Aberdeenshire, one in Cumbria and one in Co Antrim. Heat or eat choice faces quarter of Scots Report reveals scale of the problem ALMOST a quarter of Scottish households are having to choose between heating and eating, new research has shown. Some 613,000 households are in fuel poverty, social enterprise organisation The Wise Group found. There has been a 139 per cent increase in customers seeking debt relief support with only a 41 per cent rise in suppliers writing it off. Sean Duffy, of The Wise Group, said: “Vulnerable people are choosing to self-disconnect their energy supply to save money, and, as the temperatures drop, the decision to choose between eating and heating becomes increasingly stark. “We have seen increasing By Dan Barker numbers choosing to disconnect their energy supply, or at risk of self-disconnection for a variety of reasons. These households are hidden from the traditional ‘in debt’ description of the ‘vulnerable customer’ because they have chosen to disconnect.” The Lights Off To Lights On report found a 185 per cent jump in people seeking energy advice from the group during the pandemic. The report looked at responses from people in the Greater Glasgow and Tyne and Wear areas. “Behind these shocking figures are real stories of people wrapped in a duvet all day to keep warm, scared of sending their kids to school smelling of damp, unable to boil the kettle or cook their dinner, terrified of the next energy bill,” Mr Duffy added. “Communities in Glasgow, and across Scotland and the north east of England, are already leading the way in energy reduction as they are simply unable to afford it.” Forgotten The organisation said a former lawyer identified only as Michael talked of spending most of his time in a sleeping bag. He told them: “I had nothing, I had nowhere to turn. I didn’t think anyone would be able to help, and I was reluctant to ask for support. I didn’t even know there was help out there. I struggled with my mental health, and when I was unable to heat my flat or get hot water, everything seemed harder to cope with. I’d spend the day in my sleeping bag to stay warm. It’s easy to feel like you’ve been forgotten.” The Wise Group said the smart meter rollout has affected fuelrationing households, with respondents telling of long waiting times, technical hitches and difficulty reading results. And it said vulnerable families also pay more for energy because they cannot access the best deals and rates for services.

10 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC HIGH-PROFILE Maxwell was ‘partner in Victims’ lawyer Lisa Bloom Ghislaine Maxwell helped billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein “prey on vulnerable young girls” and had a “playbook” on how to abuse them, a court has heard. On the opening day of the British socialite’s trial in New York, prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told jurors the pair committed crimes over 10 years. The assistant US attorney claimed Maxwell had been “the lady of the From Christopher Bucktin in New York house” and was key to the sexual abuse committed. The 59-year-old denies six charges of recruiting, grooming and abusing four underage girls for Epstein. Ms Pomerantz told jurors at the Lower Manhattan court one alleged victim, a 14-year-old girl referred to as “Jane”, had been approached by the pair at a summer music camp. Epstein told her he gave scholarships to children and asked for her phone number. Ms Pomerantz added: “What Jane didn’t know then is that man and woman were predators...and this meeting was the beginning of a nightmare that would last for years.” Maxwell’s role, she said, was to “normalise abusive sexual conduct”. The lawyer added: “Between 1994 and 2004 the defendant sexually exploited young girls. “She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be sexually abused. “The defendant was trafficking kids for sex.” Ms Pomerantz said Maxwell “walked the girls into a room where she knew [Epstein] would molest them, and there were times she was in the room when it happened, making it all feel normal and casual”. Of the British socialite’s relationship to the billionaire paedophile, she said Maxwell was “Epstein’s best friend and right hand”. The pair were in a “personal relationship” and when the relationship ended “they remained... the best of friends”. “During the 10 years, they committed these crimes together...they were partners in crime,” said Ms Pomerantz. “They had a playbook. First, they got access to young girls. Then they gained their trust. They promised these girls the world. “They figured out what the girls dreamed of being when they grew up and promised to help. They made these girls feel seen. They made them feel special. But that was a cover. “They were wealthy and influential people who used that cover to make the girls and their parents feel comfortable and safe. “But what came next was anything but safe. The next stage involved getting the girls comfortable with sexual contact involving Epstein.” Ms Pomerantz claimed Maxwell used the cover of “massaging” Mr Epstein to start the abuse. “Make no mistake: She knew exactly what Mr Epstein was going to do to those children when she sent ‘She preyed on vulnerable young girls, manipulated them and served them up to be abused’ them inside those massage rooms,” she added. She said Epstein would give those he abused hundreds of dollars in return for the massages, knowing they needed the money. He also gave cash to anyone who brought him more victims. “They encouraged girls to bring other girls,” Ms Pomerantz said, explaining Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged predatory “playbook”. “And when a girl brought someone new, they were rewarded with cash.” Detailing Maxwell and Epstein’s alleged methods, the prosecutor said they began with compliments, trips out and gifts before turning sinister with sexualised massages. Ms Pomerantz added: “These horrifying massages occurred frequently. It continued for years. “Those girls were not professional masseuses. They were kids being sexually exploited and abused. Under this pyramid scheme of abuse, the defendant could just call girls to schedule massage appointments and hand them cash afterwards. “For decades, the defendant played a central role in this scheme. She knew exactly what she was doing. She was dangerous. She was setting young girls up to be molested by a predator.” Ms Pomerantz told jurors how Jane, whose identity has been protected, was not the only victim. She

TRIAL BEGINS DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11 crime’ of abuser Epstein Pictures: avid Dee Delgado/Getty and Jane Rosenberg/Reuters Court drama...clockwise from below, Maxwell greets defence team; queue for court; Prince Andrew; alleged victim Sarah Ransome arrives at court. Inset bottom: Epstein and Maxwell in 2005 then laid out more details of the case against Maxwell. She said: “You will learn about multiple girls who were targeted by Epstein and the defendant for sexual abuse. You will learn about a 16-yearold girl, who travelled to Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, who found herself alone with Maxwell and Epstein.” Once Maxwell got the girl alone, Ms Pomerantz claimed she took steps to prepare her to be abused by Epstein. “You will also learn about a 17-year-old girl,” she told the court, whom Ms Maxwell allegedly spotted in a car before telling her driver to pull over, to approach and recruit her. However, Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim, outlining the defence case, said prosecutors would not be able to prove any of the charges. She said her client was a “scapegoat” as Epstein – who killed himself aged 66 in a Manhattan jail cell before he could be tried – was not in court. And she told the jury: “She is not like Epstein.” And she claimed the memories of the four accusers due to give evidence had been Defence lawyer Bobbi Sternheim, left, and Maxwell’s sister Isabel arrive “corrupted by things that have happened throughout the years. Manipulated by a narcissistic man and self-interested civil lawyers and a desire for a big jackpot of money.” Ms Sternheim said “each accuser” testifying in the trial “received millions of dollars” from a compensation fund. She said the alleged victims would point a finger at Ms Maxwell “but what they say and the evidence that you will see are not going to support these charges beyond a reasonable doubt”. Epstein, she said, was a “21st-century James Bond” and a “manipulator, but he was also a mysterious man without attachment. “He had no wife. He had no children. And he had no boss. Yet he attracted all these rich and powerful people before and after his fall from grace back around 2008.” Referring to the victim known as “Jane”, Ms Sternheim said she only came forward once a compensation scheme had been launched. “She is a consummate actress and is a pro at playing roles,” she claimed. Maxwell appeared in court wearing a white turtleneck and dark trousers and was supported by her older sister Isabel. She seemed relaxed, played with her hair, and smiled from behind her mask and waved at her sister. The daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, she is claimed to have carried out the crimes in the US and UK. If convicted on all six counts, Maxwell, a friend of Prince Andrew, faces a maximum of 70 years in prison. It would effectively mean her dying behind bars. Among those watching the trial were alleged victims’ lawyer Lisa Bloom and Sarah Ransome, one of several women to accuse Epstein and Maxwell, who said: “I never thought this day would come.” The trial, expected to last six weeks, continues.

12 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC Keep faith with the ONE CENTRAL QUAY, GLASGOW G3 8DA 0141 332 9600 Best way to boost our battle against Omicron With its sinister name and terrible timing, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has ushered in a wintry note of despair. The UK has 11 confirmed cases and numbers are sure to grow. But let’s draw breath. Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, describing the variant as the “new kid on the block”, exhorted us not to panic. Facing the threat head on, the Government has brought forward a plan to halve the waiting time for boosters to three months, extending the third jab plan to all over-18s, and accelerating the vaccination programme for the 12-15 age group. Although Omicron is hardly good news, there are hopeful signs it won’t be as severe as Covid has been in the past, as there have not been overwhelming hospitalisations in South Africa where it first became apparent. Former Vaccines Taskforce head Clive Dix offered a note of hope on whether the shots we’ve already had will be effective, saying that while transmission rates may rise, it’s “close to impossible” that the vaccines won’t work against Omicron. As ever, the point is this – keep jabbing, and despite inevitable setbacks, our journey to a future where Covid is merely a background noise can become possible. Here we go once again O N Sunday, Nicola Sturgeon said that a second independence referendum would be put on the back burner because of the still-raging pandemic and all the consequences. However, just days later and despite the grim news that the latest variant of the virus has taken hold of Scotland, she has ploughed ahead with her plans to break up the United Kingdom. According to the First Minister, the campaign for separation will resume “in earnest” next year and she wants to see the referendum take place before the end of 2023. Die-hard Nationalists will be delighted to hear the news but the ordinary Scots will be bitterly disappointed at her reckless attitude. The nation has enough to worry about without setting friends, families and neighbours against one another so soon after the diabolical antics of the 2014 vote. Treasure found in a tin It’s the “attic find” of the year. An old shilling coin found in a sweet tin in Northumberland turned out to be one of the first ever struck in the US in 1652. It was found by Wentworth Beaumont in Bywell Hall, Northumberland and belonged to ancestor William Wentworth. It sold for £264,000, just in time for the festivities. Just as well this silver treasure didn’t end up being used in the traditional way of the season – baked into a Christmas pudding. EDITED, PRINTED AND PUBLISHED IN SCOTLAND scientists and their miraculous vaccines How familiar it all seems. It’s the countdown to Christmas and plans are up in the air, with ministers being quizzed on whether we will be allowed to mix during the festive season amid fears over a fresh wave of Covid that may be far more transmissible. As the great American baseball coach Yogi Berra is said to have remarked: “It’s deja vu all over again.” Except that’s not quite right, is it? For all the uncertainty over the Omicron variant, the situation now barely compares with 12 months ago. Remember the different tiers? Remember lockdown? Remember the fears of Covid galloping out of control once again, forcing the Prime Minister to cancel Christmas with less than a week to go? A new variant then meant the average case rate had increased by 66 per cent in the first two weeks of December 2020. The memory of all that is stark. But there is one huge, gamechanging difference this time round: we have the vaccine. Back in December 2020, the only defences we had against Covid were heavy-handed, such as lockdowns and social distancing. Now, thanks to the scientific miracle of vaccines, we are in a far better place. T he fear, of course, is that Omicron will evade jabs. As things stand, no one – not even the world’s top experts – can give a definitive answer on that. It’s too new a strain and too few people have been detected with it for scientists to be certain. So it is possible we are in big trouble. Possible, yes. But likely? Remember, all viruses mutate, and the scientists behind the vaccines have not been twiddling their thumbs since their initial breakthroughs. Much of their work since has been on adapting jabs to cope with mutations. Even if we are unlucky and the current shots don’t work against Omicron, YULE BE BACK: Despite the uncertainty the situation can’t compare with that a year ago they are confident they can tweak the formula so they will do. And there is a degree of confidence that existing vaccines will in any case be capable of protecting us against this latest variant. That said, it was worrying to learn over the weekend that the Government appears to have ignored the advice of Clive Dix, who chaired the vaccine taskforce until April, that we need to work speedily on preparing for vaccine-resistant variants. Mr Dix said we are no longer “on the front foot”. He recommended to the Government that it set up a team to look for alternative vaccines that could have “fast track” trials, and gain access to the data and regulatory approval in return for the UK getting the jabs early. This is the model we used with the first vaccines under his predecessor, Kate Bingham, and it is why we were so successful Stephen Pollard Political commentator ‘The epidemiologists’ mantra is that nobody is safe until everybody is safe’ Picture: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency at gaining access to them. But instead of maintaining its previous nimble approach, the Government has been cancelling more speculative contracts. Looking to the bigger picture, Omicron should act as a reminder that we have failed quite miserably in another critical area: in ensuring existing jabs are available worldwide. This is not just altruism – it is immediate and direct self-interest. Whether Omicron proves merely an annoyance or something worse, Covid will nonetheless keep mutating. In the parts of Africa where Omicron emerged, for instance, barely a quarter of the population has been inoculated at best. The epidemiologists’ mantra is that nobody is safe until everybody is safe. In other words, no matter how effective our jabs rollout may be, unless the rest of the world has access, we are in danger as Covid continues to spread and mutate elsewhere. So it should be a priority to get vaccines to poorer parts of the world. Just a year ago, the Government was widely criticised for having acted too late in taking measures to deal with the new variant. But this time round, some newspapers and prominent pundits have criticised Boris Johnson for having taken any measures at all. M ost people will surely agree that having to wear a mask in shops and public transport until we know more about Omicron is hardly an onerous demand. But it has been described, ludicrously, as “tyranny” on social media and by a number of commentators. One argued on TV that the variant’s arrival is suspiciously “timely”, clearly a tool of government manipulation. These voices will not go away, and may escalate. I suppose there are always going to be those who lose the plot. But for the rest of us, the most sensible approach remains one we already know – namely, to get vaccinated and act with appropriate caution. However Omicron progresses, that’s the best we can, and should, do.

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 13 Vanessa Feltz FROM THE HEART Anthea’s Cupid hits the Mark Let’s hear it for my pal Anthea Turner, flag bearer for love at all stages and ages. Everyone knows she’s had a rocky romantic road, so it’s high time she found Mr Right and hoovered up her rightful share of hearth, home and happiness. Anthea, 61 met fiancé Mark Armstrong, 56 (below) in a nightclub and says they knew straight away that it felt right. “It’s very different having a relationship when you are older,” she says. “You’re not thinking about buying a house or having children together. Instead you look at the best and happiest way to spend your remaining years on the planet.” It’s never too late to find love, and as Anthea buoyantly states: “You can fall in love when you are 60 or any age – love doesn’t have a sell-by date.” I’m looking for a spectacular hat for the nuptials so here’s to their happy ever after. Snoasis lock-in fans mad for it EVERYTHING about the story about pub-goers being snowed in at the UK’s highest boozer story is delightful. Sixty guests and staff turned into “one big happy family” and the chef sustained the stranded captives with delicious fare. The finest detail, however, is in genial hostess Nicola Townsend’s conclusion that the greatest boon was being locked in with an Oasis tribute band. She was relieved not to have the real thing because being sequestered with the bona fide Liam Gallagher might have ruptured the peace in the inadvertent lock-in. ENSCONCED cosily at home with his family, demolishing a mountain of Spam sandwiches, Richard Madeley yearns to be back in icy Storm Arwen-ravaged Gwrych Castle, eating goats’ testicles with his new I’m A Celebrity pals. He’s keen to show he doesn’t view his premature eviction Joyful season of family festivities On SUNDAY at around 4.30pm my family celebrated Chanukah. As Jewish children all over the world ruefully acknowledge, Chanukah is not Christmas. Santa doesn’t put in an appearance. We don’t festoon stockings over the fireplace. No present “wishlists” are given to relatives desperate to gladden our hearts with gifts. You won’t find holly, ivy, mistletoe, paper chains or wreaths on the door, let alone turkeys browning beautifully in the oven. Don’t even think about gazing upon the tinselly delights of a fragrant fir tree. Frankly, a menorah, the eight-branched candlestick displayed in Chanukah, is delicate and pretty but somewhat feeble when compared with full-scale Christmas illuminations. Despite the fact that the whole festival focuses on a miracle – the tiny supply of oil for the eternal light which lasted for a remarkable eight days – it is emphatically low key. Yes, children are given few bites of chocolate money. And yes, doughnuts (fried in oil, see above) are consumed. Yet compare a couple of chomps of chocolate with the traditional Xmas extravaganza, and in past years it has been tough, when born and bred in Britain, not to feel – even as an adult – just a tad hard done by. N ot this year though, and most certainly not the day after the PM’s Omicron variant press conference. Chanukah 2021 will forever glisten as the festival shimmering with fervent family feeling. As the spectre of another suspended Christmas looms large over the country we rejoice in everything that truly matters. We have all been together. I saw in the candlelight what grandparents sorely missed last Christmas: the delighted faces of my grandchildren as they sang, danced and twirled sparklers in the night air. I revelled in the warmth of the kitchen, tasted the flavours of freshly fried doughnuts and had the comfort of our nearest and dearest being close enough to cuddle. My daughters say I’m easy to buy presents for – give me anything with my grandchildren’s faces on it and I am thrilled. This year my haul was magnificent: a handpicked photobook, three emblazoned pillow cases and a cushion depicting a tea party I threw for my little descendants. I wish for you and your family exactly what we have cherished: good health, convivial company, laughter, love and a jolly good time. Let’s hope the Lord smiles upon us all and sends Omicron packing sharpish. Pictures: GETTY; PA richard: I’m a ‘completely gutted’ celebrity… get me back in there! from the show as a lucky escape. Instead, he says with wistful passion, that the Covid bubble-bursting trip he made to hospital, which meant he couldn’t go back to starve in the perishing cold, is an almighty disappointment. I’d doubt him if I were not the veteran of a clutch of Gucci, I don’t like your style YOU might think that age brings the ability to avoid manipulation by those who would flog you a product and raid your pockets. I certainly thought I’d developed immunity to the hidden persuaders. Boy, was I wrong! Something about the insidious drip of pictures and gossip from the set of House Of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga (left) got to me, so I trekked out on an icy evening expecting glamour, intrigue and an experience worth sitting in a cinema packed with potential Covid-coughers. The film was a dud, a stinker. The plot creaked, the script tanked, the performances clunked, the accents were execrable and to make matters worse, the wretched thing lasted over two and a half hours. I want my money back. MY GENERATION ■ reluctantly waded through the full 462 pages of Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers for English A-level. Some of us also took Classical Greek at O-level as a means of avoiding lacrosse, so when a doctor named Sir Omicron Pie was called to the bedside of an ailing Bishop Grantly we recognised a lacklustre stab at a pun and found it all too easy to contain our laughter. Forty years on, Omicron is back in the headlines and, guess what, we’re still not chortling. reality TV shows. Believe it or not, he’s telling the truth. Bonds are instant and ferocious. Being filmed 24-7 is addictive. Feeling part of something scary pumps adrenaline through your system. He feels, he says “completely gutted”. Give it another whirl next year, Richard.

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Get us back in there! Stars out DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 15 Pictures: Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterst​ock for a third night By Mark Jefferies I’M A Celebrity’s storm-struck stars were set to return to the castle today after the show was scrapped for a third night. The contestants were evacuated when Storm Arwen ripped through North Wales, wrecking the set and equipment. Production crews were yesterday desperately trying to rebuild it. The weather drama at Gwrych Castle forced ITV chiefs to pull live shows on Saturday, Sunday and last night. A spokesman said I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! would return to TV screens tonight. However, the forced retreat was not all bad news for the stars. They were said to be living in quarantine in nearby cottages with hot meals and warm beds, in stark contrast to the meagre rations they had been living off. A show source said: “Things keep changing but we need the celebrities in soon, otherwise we won’t have enough footage.” ITV revealed in a statement: “I’m A Calm before storm...the celebrities Celebrity... will return from Tuesday on ITV and ITV Hub with a brand new show. [Hosts] Ant and Dec will be back presenting live from the castle.” On Sunday, Ant and Dec posted that staff were “working round the clock” so the show could start broadcasting again “as quickly as is humanly possible”. However, they added that they “don’t know when that is going to be just yet”. Tonight’s episode will feature a live public vote to decide who will face the next trial, with the result revealed at the end of the programme. ITV has not confirmed when the first star will be voted off. The series seems jinxed for 2021. It was already struggling, with audience numbers down 50 per cent on pre-pandemic shows in Australia. But chiefs said the launch show had a consolidated audience of 11.1 million viewers, closer to normal figures. Foul...Richard in slime pit, and in good health yesterday Why I was ‘thirst’ to leave show Richard Madeley fears dehydration was behind his exit from I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! The Express columnist, 65, had to leave because he had stepped out of the campmates’ Covid bubble when he went to hospital. The TV presenter, who was the first to leave, said: “I think what happened to By Kerri-Ann Roper me was I got dehydrated. I think I had been up for about 20 hours. I don’t think I got to bed until about 4, 4.30 in the morning and I knew I was feeling thirsty. “As I actually snuggled into my sleeping bag, it was freezing, I thought: ‘Ah, I haven’t had a big drink in a while, I’ll do it when I wake up’. The next thing I knew I was sitting there babbling, I was talking nonsense... I didn’t know where I was.” He was taken to hospital, but he added: “It turned out there was nothing wrong.” On Good Morning Britain yesterday, he added: “Had I taken the bug back in, it would have killed the show.”

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Charles: Slavery is a stain on our past From Richard Palmer Royal Correspondent in Bridgetown, Barbados PRINCE Charles became the first royal to acknowledge the shame of slavery while in the Caribbean as he marked the end of the Queen’s reign in Barbados early today. But the heir to the throne stopped short of apologising for the Royal Family’s historic involvement in the shameful trade. It comes as pressure mounts in Caribbean countries for Britain to pay reparations for the actions of monarchs in shipping Africans to the colonies. Charles, 73, was at a ceremony in Bridgetown as Barbados removed the Queen as its head of state, ending almost 400 years of ties to the Crown. In a speech prepared last night, he was expected to say: “From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.” Barbadian pop star Rihanna was among the dignitaries to see the handover. Ceremony...arriving in the Caribbean island BBC facing challenge from royals over film By Richard Palmer Royal Correspondent PALACE lawyers are expected to spend today reviewing a controversial BBC documentary about the rift between Princes William and Harry before deciding if there are grounds for legal action. The first instalment of The Princes And The Press, presented by the corporation’s media editor Amol Rajan, angered the royal households over what they called “overblown, unfounded” claims. Last night the Royal Family’s senior advisers were carefully watching the second episode chronicling the breakdown of relations between William and Harry and the role of the media during the crisis that led to Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit Bust-up: Sussexes quit roles What a terribly sad day for the Queen. Just as her son Prince Charles was lowering the Union flag after 400 years of British influence in Barbados, the angry war of words between her grandsons William and Harry erupted once again – spurred on by the BBC. The ill-timed documentary may have proved there are angry differences between the two brothers – but it did nothing to heal them. Presenter Amol Rajan seemed determined to prove that the British media is to DXSC COMMENT CHRISTOPHER WILSON Royal author blame for stoking the war between the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, but to devote two hours of expensive documentary making to haul over the coals a fraternal fall-out was both a waste of public money and – more important – spotlighted their life inside The Firm. Their lawyers were focusing on whether the BBC has flouted rules on accuracy, impartiality, and the right to reply. That comes amid heightened concerns at Kensington Palace, that William would be accused of ordering aides to brief against his brother. But there was no such suggestion in the programme. In spite of Harry and Meghan’s constant complaints about “the tabloid press”, the programme demonstrated that it was often broadsheet newspapers such as The Daily Speech...Charles with Barbados president-elect Sandra Mason a family row which should be allowed to wither. To this seasoned royal commentator, it was nothing more than a cynical exploitation of the vulnerable – two royal brothers who have fallen out big time, and allowed their differences to become public. For the Queen, still recovering from her illness and bereavement, and for her courtiers – anxious that her Diamond Jubilee year should not be polluted by tittle tattle – it was a dreadful evening’s viewing. Telegraph and The Times that wrote the most damaging stories. In March this year The Times published testimony from former aides who claimed Meghan had bullied staff. Buckingham Palace launched an investigation into the claims. Jenny Afia, Meghan’s lawyer, went on the programme to deny the allegations, but admitted: “It’s really hard to prove a negative.” Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 17 Coach says rival boss shoved him By Paul Jeeves A FOOTBALL manager who suffered facial injuries as he walked down the tunnel, told a jury that a rival coach was the only person nearby when the incident occurred. Ex-Ibrox star Joey Barton is accused of assaulting the then Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel after his side’s 4-2 League One win over Barton’s Fleetwood Town in April 2019. Mr Stendel told Sheffield Crown Court he felt “a hard shove” on his right shoulder. He said: “I then fell forward, without being able to protect myself, into the metal bars in the tunnel.” The German coach had one of his teeth bent backwards and suffered bruising to his arm, hand and knee. He added: “I lifted my head and I just saw one person and it was Joey Barton.” The ex-Rangers star denies one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The trial continues. Missing Amber, 16, found dead By News Reporter A BODY found in a wooded area in South Lanarkshire has been formally identified as that of a 16-year-old girl. Amber Gibson, also known as Amber Niven, went missing in Hamilton on Friday night. Emergency services were alerted on Sunday morning to a body near Cadzow Glen. Officials have now confirmed the remains are those of Amber. Police are treating the death as unexplained with inquiries ongoing. Chief Inspector Briony Daye said: “At this time, our thoughts are very much with Amber’s loved ones as they come to terms with this terrible loss. “As we continue our inquiries, there will be an increased police presence in the area. I’d like to thank the public for their assistance so far and ask anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken with officers to please call 101, quoting incident 1281 of November 28.”

18 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Saffie-Rose was just 16ft away from the blast DXSC Dad of youngest victim attacks ‘shameful’ 999 reaction to Manchester Arena terror bombing By Chris Riches ONE AMAZING DEAL A WEEK, 10 WEEK 10 RRP £16.95 70cl £14.29/ltr SAVE £6.95 £10 WEEK 11 WEEK 12 EVERY WEEK! £2 £1.50 Available: 01/12/21 - 07/12/21 RRP £2.79 433g 27.5p/100g Available: 24/11/21 - 30/11/21 Available: 08/12/21 - 14/12/21 Visit to find your nearest store @nisalocally /nisalocally Shop locally for GREAT DEALS DEALS @nisalocally RRP £2 200g 75.0p/100g SAVE £1.60 £1.19 All offers subject to availability. Some variants may not be available in all stores and some offers may vary across stores. We reserve the right to limit purchases. All prices correct at the time of going to press. Price indications and savings relate to Nisa recommended retail prices and may differ in some stores. Offers available from 24th November 2021 to 14th December 2021 The father of the eight-year-old victim of the Manchester Arena bombing described the emergency services’ response to the attack as “shameful and inadequate”. Saffie-Rose Roussos, the youngest person to die, was among 22 people killed in the terror atrocity. Hundreds more were hurt when terrorist Salman Abedi blew himself up at a concert by Ariana Grande. Saffie’s father Andrew said yesterday his “poor little girl hung in there for someone to come and help her. “What she got was a bloody advertising board and untrained people”. He told the inquiry into the blast: “I have never heard so many excuses, so much justification that the response...was somewhat acceptable. Failures “The response on that night was shameful and inadequate. The people that excuse it should feel shame. The response of the security services should go down in history as one of the worst failures from start to finish. That’s what we should learn.” Saffie-Rose’s mother also urged 999 and security officials to admit their “failings”. Lisa Roussos, 53, said yesterday: “I want to thank those who tried to help Saffie. “I also want to say to the professionals like the emergency services and MI5 that this inquiry is not about your job, your reputation or your uniform. We understand the sheer panic and fear you were faced with that night, but until you admit the failings how can there be a positive change?” Mrs Roussos said Saffie was “jumping for joy” when she was given a ticket for the concert as a Christmas present, and was “dancing all the way through” it on May 22 2017. Saffie, of Leyland, Lancs, was just 16ft away from the bomb, holding her mother’s hand as they walked with elder sister Ashlee. Mrs Roussos said: The husband of Amanda Knox has lashed out at British student Meredith Kercher’s killer for saying: “I did not inflict the stab wounds. She [Knox] knows the truth and I know the truth.” Christopher Robinson called Rudy Guede, 34, “cruel”. Guede, who was released from prison in Italy at the weekend, had served 13 years of a 16-year term for the 2007 murder and sexual assault of Meredith, 21, in Perugia. Knox, 34, lived with Meredith and was accused of helping then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito kill her roommate in a supposed sex game gone wrong. The pair were convicted, acquitted, then convicted and acquitted again. Mr Robinson, 39, tweeted: “This is cruel to Amanda as well as the Kercher family.” ‘So many excuses’...Andrew Roussos “She was like pulling me because she wanted to go outside and see her dad and [brother] Xander.” She heard a “big thud” and “muffled white noise” and found herself on the floor unable to move before someone asked her name. “I was really breathless and all I managed to say was ‘Saffie’. I felt so tired and just wanted to go to sleep.” Mr Roussos did not know where Saffie was until a policeman told him the following lunchtime she had died. Saffie suffered serious leg injuries but spoke before she was carried out of the wrecked foyer on an advert hoarding and put in an ambulance. She died soon after reaching hospital – an hour after the blast – but experts disagree whether Saffie might have survived with different care. Mrs Roussos, in a coma for weeks, said: “I remember waking up and Andrew was sat next to me and he held my hand. I thought ‘Why is he not mentioning Saffie?’... and I just knew.” She was in hospital for three months and has had many operations, with more surgery to come. The inquiry continues. Meredith killer ‘is cruel’ Meredith was murdered

Pictures: victoria jones / pa Police honour guard for sergeant killed on duty By John Twomey HUNDREDS of police formed a guard of honour for slain Sergeant Matt Ratana yesterday – the “gentle giant” who would win over the force’s harshest critics with his humour and charm. In traditional uniforms, helmets and white gloves, colleagues marched through streets near Buckingham Palace to the memorial event. Girlfriend Su Bushby told those gathered at the Westminster service about her first meeting with Matt in 2015. She said: “At the time I had no idea that this man was going to play such a major part in my life. “On our first date he took me to his gym. On our first ‘proper’ date I was watching the All Blacks at London’s Olympic Stadium. A sign of things to come maybe? It was clear from the outset he was a caring, considerate, fun-loving man. His huge smile was infectious. “He was my rock, my best friend, my partner, my confidant and my gentle giant. Then he was gone.” Speaking before the service Chief Inspector Darren Jones said: “Matt was fantastic. It was always lighthumoured with Matt, and whenever you had to deal with a difficult situation he used that humour to try to appease the other party. “If he could win someone over with his personality, that would always be the first port of call. That was his best asset as a police officer, his ability to talk to people and the friendliness. People couldn’t help but like him, even if they were anti-police.” Sgt Ratana, 54, was fatally wounded at Croydon custody centre, south London, in September 2020. Louis De Zoysa, 24, has been charged with his murder. The service replaced what would have been a full force funeral last year due to Covid curbs and was attended by Home Secretary Priti Patel, DX1ST Partner Su Bushby, and left, with Priti Patel, Sadiq Khan, Dame Cressida Dick and Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes. Below, Matt Ratana London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick. Before the service, they walked with Ms Bushby and Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes along Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk to the Guards’ Chapel. The route was lined by more than 200 officers paying tribute to the New Zealand-born officer of Maori descent who moved to England in 1989. The rugbyloving head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, West Sussex, was planning his retirement when he was killed. The service included Esther salutes ‘inspirational’ Bob Dame Esther Rantzen has paid tribute to the man whose story of loneliness inspired her to launch a lifeline for older people. After writing about loneliness, Dame Esther received an “inspirational” letter from widower Bob Lowe – which motivated her to found The Silver Line charity, which helps older people in the UK battling solitude. Bob died aged 99 in the early hours of yesterday. Dame Esther said: “I wrote about feelings of loneliness By Giles Sheldrick back in 2011 and the first personal letter I got was from Bob, who explained that his wife Kath had died two years previously from Alzheimer’s. “He said, ‘Sixty-five years of marriage and more importantly 72 years since we first kissed…she waited throughout the war, and I for her. Loneliness, tell me about it.’ “I carried that letter with me as an inspiration for setting up The Silver Line.” Dame Esther said that after appearing in a film, Bob – The Silver Line’s first ambassador – “raised millions” through his “bravery and eloquence”. She added: “He went everywhere telling people not to keep loneliness to themselves, not to feel shy or ashamed to admit it because reaching out to other people helps you and helps them.” The father of three’s daughter, Martine Goodrich, said: “We are all so enormously proud of dad. He has left behind a huge legacy.” Tribute...Police line route in honour of Sgt Ratana hymns, readings, tributes and a Maori hymn. Dame Cressida said: “I met Matt on a number of occasions, he had a huge presence, he was a big man, he always had a smile, he was very kind. He was just a great guy, very well known.” Before the service Sgt Martin Christianson said: “When you saw Matt Ratana’s name you thought, ‘We’re safe, it’s going to be a good day.’ He inspired people to go the extra yard, to push themselves – even me and I’m close to retirement age. He made officers and the public feel safe, purely by his presence. “If the world was full of Matt Ratanas, it would be a better place.” Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 19 Bob Lowe and Esther, left Twitter’s Jack quits as boss By Chris Bucktin US Editor Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has resigned as CEO of the social media site. He said in statement: “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders.” In an email to staff, Dorsey said he believes Twitter being led by its creator is “severely limiting”. He wrote: “There aren’t many companies that get to this level. And there aren’t many founders that choose their company over their own ego. I know we’ll prove this was the right move.” The millionaire, 45, will remain a board member until the next stockholders meeting in 2022. Parag Agrawal has been named as his replacement effective immediately. Shares for Twitter, founded in 2006, rose around 2 per cent. Councillor sorry over Bobbi upset By Ed Cullinane A COUNCIL leader has apologised for comments he made in the wake of teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s disappearance. Nick Kelly, Plymouth City Council’s Conservative leader, had said: “Everybody has a responsibility not to try to put themselves in a compromising position.” Uproar Cody Ackland, 24, has since appeared in court charged with the 18-year-old’s murder. Mr Kelly’s comments sparked uproar, with a group of 16 female Labour councillors and candidates calling his statement “victimblaming rhetoric”. He apologised in an open letter on the council website. It read: “I apologise unreservedly at a time when we should all be working together to grieve for Bobbi-Anne.”

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By John Twomey A BOY aged 14 who shot dead an older pupil during a gang attack can be named after a judge lifted a ban on his identity. Yussuf Mustapha blasted Keon Lincoln, 15, in the stomach after the teenager was chased and stabbed outside his home. Lord Justice William Davis yesterday jailed Mustapha for life. He must serve at least 16 years before release can be considered. Lifting the legal order that usually prevents the identification of juvenile defendants, he said it was a “substantial restriction” on the ability to report the case. Keon died as he was attacked by the gang of “heartless, evil monsters” in Handsworth, Birmingham, in January. Shot and knifed eight times... Keon Lincoln Chased He was chased then stabbed eight times before Mustapha shot him as he lay on the ground. Keon died in the city’s Children’s Hospital two hours later. His killers, all aged under 20, fled in a stolen car which later crashed. Police found a large black hunting knife inside, Birmingham Crown Court heard. Keon’s mother Sharmaine heard two gunshots outside her home and saw her son dying on the pavement. She said: “I’m in a nightmare I cannot wake up from, my heart is broken without repair. I miss my boy so much, it physically hurts. I only hope the day will come when the senseless murder of children will end.” She said her son was a “loving child with a jolly spirit” whose laugh filled their home and called the gang “heartless, evil monsters”. Lord Justice Davis said the murder was planned with care, using a revolver, knives and false number plates. He said: GB News unveil anti-BBC ad TELEVISION channel GB News yesterday launched a hard-hitting advertising campaign attacking the BBC. A GB News van parked outside the BBC’s London headquarters, with the slogan: “We ask the questions you’d ask. BBC News doesn’t.” Angelos Frangopoulos, the channel’s chief executive, said: Heartless...Mustapha, above, and, right, Ugochukwu (top) and Breakenridge boy in court on AVA murder charge A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of a girl of 12 in Liverpool. Ava White had been in the city centre with friends on Thursday after seeing the Christmas lights switched on. Police said an argument escalated into an “assault on her with a knife”. The defendant, who cannot “It’s quite clear that all who came from the car were party to the use of the gun.” Mustapha fired two shots – the first missed. On CCTV, they had their hoods up to hide their faces. Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, of Balsall Heath, and Michael Ugochukwu, 18, of Edgbaston, both Birmingham, were each given life with a minimum 19 years in jail. A 16-year-old from Walsall, also convicted of murder, was sentenced to life By News Reporter “GB News is committed to serving the 86 per cent of people who live beyond the South-east and London – the ‘silent majority’ of Britain – so our campaign meets them.” Michael Moszynski, chief executive of London Advertising, which coordinated the campaign, Pictures: west midlands police be named for legal reasons, was remanded in secure accommodation after appearing at Liverpool magistrates court yesterday. He was charged with murder and possession of a blade. Three other boys, aged between 13 and 15, were also arrested and have been conditionally bailed. to serve at least 17 years. Lord Justice Davis also lifted the ban on naming him but “stayed” the ruling until his appeal against conviction. Kieron Donaldson, 19, of Perry Barr, Birmingham, was cleared of murder but was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. He supplied the weapons. All four had been convicted earlier this month. 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DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 21 Acid attack doctor needs £60k to treat injuries By Mark Reynolds and Jaya Narain A junior doctor who had acid thrown in her face by her ex-boyfriend needs more than £60,000 of medical treatment. Rym Alaoui, 25, suffered “horrific, life-changing” injuries in the attack in May. Milad Rouf, 25, was later sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to throwing the acid with intent to maim and disfigure her. They had dated briefly at Cardiff University but after they broke up in March, he plotted his “revenge”. Wearing a fat suit and dressing as a woman, he travelled from London to her home in Brighton with the acid. Speaking for the first time yesterday, her heartbroken family said the junior doctor now faces years of painful surgery – and is desperate to return to her dream job. Her sister Alya Alaoui said: “Everyone knows how kind, Jilted Rouf, left, dressed up as a woman, right, and travelled from London to launch the evil attack on his former girlfriend loving and caring she is. We want to give her every chance to get back to a normal life.” But she explained essential private treatment for her sister, who worked at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, will cost £60,000. Launching a fundraiser, she wrote: “Her injuries have turned out to be more serious than we expected. “Rym has suffered severe injuries to her face, neck, chest and arms. She’s still unable to see out of her right eye. She’s had seven operations including skin grafts to her neck and chest and surgery to her eye.” She added: “Doctors have said she’ll need many more. This includes a reconstruction of her neck, specialised laser therapy for scarring and surgical needling.” She added: “As a family, our funds are running low and we’d really appreciate any help.” Last night the appeal had raised nearly £35,000. ● Donations can be made at www.gofundme. com/f/86a88-help-rym-recoverfrom-acid-attack-injuries Rym suffered horrific injuries to her face and the upper part of her body in the acid attack at her home SHOP PROTECT YOUR EYES WITH The MET range from Opulize combines premium prescription lenses with blue block filtering, all with a dash of style! Choose from five high-fashion frame colours and 6 diopters (strengths) to give you the perfect combination of clarity, comfort and protection while using your computer, tablet or smart phone. MET blue block lenses reduce eye fatigue from screen-use and many people fi nd they also help reduce headaches and improve sleep! By John Twomey A MAN tried to kill his “golddigging” mother before stabbing her multi-millionaire lover to death, a court heard yesterday. Thomas Schreiber, 35, knifed Sir Richard Sutton, 83, five times in the chest, jurors were told. Armed police who smashed their way into the tycoon’s Dorset mansion on April 7 found him motionless and covered in blood. Schreiber’s mother Anne, 65, was barely conscious with wounds to her face and back. Paramedics saved her but she suffered life-changing injuries. Winchester Crown Court heard police caught Schreiber hours later after a car chase and a “hard stop” in London. Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, said officers searching an annex to the mansion where he lived found two knives. One was in a sink and had Sir Richard’s blood on it, and the other bore traces of his mother’s blood, it ‘Hate-filled son killed mum’s tycoon lover’ Mansion...£2m Moorhill in Dorset was said. 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22 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Mother denies tot murder By John Twomey A MOTHER yesterday denied murdering her son who was found submerged in the bath. Natalie Steele, 31, was accused of killing two-year-old Reid, described as “superhappy” by his family. She appeared in court on video from a secure hospital and pleaded not guilty. Reid was found at home in Bridgend, South Wales by his grandmother in August and died the next day. Peter Rouch QC, defending, told Cardiff Crown Court reports were being made into Steele’s mental state at the time. The carpet firm worker was remanded in custody. A trial date has been set for next May 3. DX1ST Mobile firm offered just £3.50 a year to use my land farmer Ed Bailey was offered a paltry £3.50 a year from a telecom firm to put a mobile mast on his land – slashed from a previously agreed £5,500. He had struck the initial deal with infrastructure service Cornerstone but, he says, it later went back on the agreement, offering him the much lower sum instead. Ed, 42, said: “Four years ago I agreed to have a mobile phone mast on my farm. “The deal was perfectly fair. I would be paid £5,500-a-year for the use of my land and the telecoms company would get 24/7 access for years to come. “It’d be good for our community and the phone operators would be delivering faster broadband. “Six months later, however, the agreement was ripped up. The mast operator slashed the rental price we’d agreed, offering me just £35 across a 10-year-term. “What was once a fair price became a derisory one, made worse by the unnecessarily By Steph Spyro protracted and stressful negotiations that followed for the ensuing two years.” The beef and sheep farmer, of Llanbedr, Gwynedd, in northwest Wales, claimed he received a letter threatening court action if he failed to accept Cornerstone’s offer of £35 over 10 years. He considers himself to be “amongst the lucky ones” as he was able to negotiate a deal with another company. Ed said: “We negotiated a fair deal with another firm, who are now building a mast on our farm. We had a lucky escape. Belinda Fawcett, director of property and estates at Cornerstone, said: “We always seek to negotiate within the Code’s legislative principles and agree on fair compensation and consideration, which consists of several elements. “Where negotiations are unsuccessful, sometimes we have no choice but to go down a legal route.” No deal... farmer Ed found a better offer Phone mast giants ‘profiteering while failing us over 5G’ By Steph Spyro mobile phone operators will grab extra profits from hard-hit communities while breaking promises on the delivery of ultrafast 5G, a former MP has warned. Landowners who host phone masts are being threatened with rent cuts of up to 90 per cent by telecoms giants. Sports clubs, farmers, charities, churches, hospitals and community groups across the country face the huge drop in income because of a change in the law. And that could threaten the support and services they provide to people who rely on them. Telecoms companies have used rights handed to them in the 2017 Electronic Communications Code to cut funds just as groups like this already face hardship. Former Labour MP Anna Turley, the chair of the Protect and Connect campaign, said: “The proposed changes to the code are set to have a devastating effect on a whole range of small business owners, farmers and organisations essential to the UK’s communities. “And the latest legislative plans Campaign... Anna Turley Site...mast is installed in country will cost the economy £3.5billion by 2022 and cost small land owners an extra £50million per year on top of the £209million the existing changes to the Code have already cost them. “What’s more, research shows they will slow down the UK’s 5G rollout, with up to nine million people missing out on superfast connections next year alone. “We cannot let the multibillion pound mobile phone operators profiteer off the back of our communities while failing to deliver on their empty 5G promises.” The Government last week published its response to a consultation on changes to the Code. Julia Lopez, minister of state for media, data and digital infrastructure, said: “Mobile operators are beginning to roll out 5G infrastructure. In order to achieve our goals, we must continue to focus on upgrading our digital infrastructure, which will be a key factor in driving our economic recovery.” But campaigners fear the Product Security and Telecoms Infrastructure Bill – that is due before Christmas – could compel sites to continue hosting masts despite the rent reductions. Ms Turley added: “Thousands of people responded to highlight the problem of land valuation [in the consultation]. “The vast majority explained what it is like to host a mast and have your rent slashed and rights over your land or property handed over to telecoms giants. “The Government has ridden roughshod over their views and given in to the demands of these companies, who are making huge profits at the expense of charities, councils and farmers.” Belinda Fawcett, director of property at Cornerstone, which deals with rates for masts, said: “The Government introduced the new legislation because high rents were slowing down the industry from deploying the mobile infrastructure we desperately need across the country. “Speeding up the rollout of mobile technologies is critical to the whole of society, particularly in our post-pandemic recovery.”

By Paul Jeeves A STEPDAD who caused terrible injuries to a toddler as she sat in a high chair was jailed for life after he admitted murder. Adam Jackson, 27, was guilty of a “spontaneous eruption of uncontrolled violence” against two-year-old Grace Thorpe who had been encouraged to call him “Daddy”, Teesside Crown Court heard. Jackson, 27, was in sole care of Grace at her mother’s home in New Marske, Cleveland, when he hit her at least seven times, fracturing her skull, breaking her left leg and causing serious internal injuries. She was taken to a Teesside hospital then flown to a specialist children’s unit in Newcastle but died two days later. Jackson did not ring 999 immediately, but when he did he insisted that Grace had fallen from her chair – until post-mortem evidence disproved his tale. He will serve a minimum 16 and a half years. Nick Dry, prosecuting, said that Grace’s mum Child killer... Jackson was using drugs Grace, two, was beaten to death in her high chair Lying stepdad given life for murder DX1ST Alice Quine split from the girl’s father and lived with her own mother. She began seeing Jackson a year before the murder. Her family and friends liked him initially and they moved in together. But Mr Dry said Jackson became bad-tempered if he could not afford cannabis, which he used every day. Hair samples from Grace showed that she had been exposed to both cannabis and cocaine, the court heard. Ms Quine had previously asked Jackson to leave their home but the couple got back together. On the day Jackson murdered her daughter she had left Grace in his care while she went to work, Mr Dry said. Emergency service workers later discovered the toddler badly injured, cold and wearing only a nappy. Forensic tests showed later than Grace had been sitting in the chair when she suffered her fatal injuries. Ms Quine said in court her daughter’s murder had devastated the family. She told Jackson: “Nothing justifies the horrible things you have done to my baby. You inflicted a brutal attack on her for no reason.” Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 23 Innocent...Grace Thorpe suffered appalling injuries Gran, 92, duped into £10k fake insurance By Vicky Shaw A grandmother aged 92 paid £10,000 to firms claiming to be providing breakdown cover for her washing machine and boiler – and a dishwasher she did not even own. She was among cases uncovered by Which? of cold-calling firms pressuring vulnerable people into buying cover they don’t need. The consumer group said callers hope victims will not notice monthly debits of £10 or £20. Calls Nearly a quarter of 1,300 Which? members had received calls about appliance insurance or warranties in the past year. Callers say their existing cover is expiring – even though they do not have a policy. Gareth Shaw, Which? head of money, said: “If you or someone you know has been coldcalled about appliance cover, report the company name to the Information Commissioner’s Office.” Which? has reported its findings to National Trading Standards. The grandmother has now been refunded most of the money she paid out over two years. Star duo... Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga By Chris Riches Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Tony sings his hits one last time TONY Bennett was joined on stage by Lady Gaga for the legendary crooner’s last concert – on his 95th birthday. He performed for the final time six months after his family announced that he has secretly been battling Alzheimer’s disease since 2017. One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga saw an emotional Tony sing his beloved hit I Left My Heart In San Francisco for the very final time. The show, at Radio City Music Hall in New York, was held in August but broadcast for the first time on US TV on Sunday. 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24 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST HICKEY When Braveheart AFTER Manchester United’s latest trip to the capital ended in a 1-1 draw with his beloved Chelsea, Jeremy Clarkson, pictured, was keen to mock the Red Devils’ sizeable contingent of Londonbased supporters. He provocatively announced shortly after the final whistle: “Great day for Man U fans. A draw and they’re home already.” Isn’t Doncaster-born Jeremy on shaky ground goading fans who follow far away Premier League giants rather than their local clubs? Fiercely defending his Chelsea supporting credentials, native Yorkshireman Clarkson, 61, later insisted: “I’ve lived in the royal borough a lot longer than I did in Donny. And even there, I was a blue.” met Dr Who, global success was only a matter of time travel REFLECTING on recent lockdown life, posh pop star and former Army officer James Blunt explains: “I went back home to Ibiza, where I hadn’t really spent much time because I’d been on tour, almost full-time, for about 17 years.” He curiously adds: “And I discovered I had children I never knew about.” I should probably clarify that Mr Blunt appears to be mischievously referring to his two sons with wife of seven years Sofia Wellesley. MEETING with hostility on social media since reaching the quarter finals of Strictly, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker highlights some of the more bizarre, insulting tweets he’s received. “‘I hope you go bald’ is just the best ever,” laughs Walker, adding: “I’m also intrigued by how you would go about suing someone for their dancing!” INEVITABLY asked about ongoing speculation surrounding Daniel Craig’s 007 successor, Bond co-star and Eve Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris, pictured, responds: “I think what we want is a Bond to have all of the qualities that we associate with Bond, and that makes us excited to watch a Bond movie. And I think that matters more than colour, more than gender. So I’m completely open to whatever Bond looks like, sounds like. I just want a Bond that is the ultimate Bond in the same way that Daniel was.” All very diplomatic – though it’s hardly a secret Naomie actually wants Tom Hardy to land the role. DISCUSSING Irishman Colin Farrell playing his 1980s Miami Vice alter-ego James “Sonny” Crockett in the 2006 movie version, American actor Don Johnson now unflatteringly concludes: “I knew it was a mistake, and a no-win situation for Colin Farrell. Because everybody on the planet identified me with that character.” These days a sprightly 71, Don still doesn’t rule out a Miami Vice comeback of his own. MARKING the first anniversary of Darth Vader star David Prowse’s death, cheeky 1970s heart-throb Robin Askwith fondly recalls of his late pal: “Dressed in full Darth Vader costume – minus helmet – eating a kipper roll, he introduced me to this carpenter...Harrison Ford.” Star Wars favourite Ford famously embarked on a carpentry career before becoming a movie A-lister. Her Outlander adventures are hugely popular, but with a new novel and a sixth TV series coming up, Diana Gabaldon reveals how it all started as a secret experiment IT’S the TV fantasy series credited with boosting Scottish tourism by 72 per cent as fans flocked from all over the world to enjoy its dramatic locations. The hugely popular Outlander drama features a Second World War nurse who is transported back to the Highlands of the 1740s, during the time of the Jacobean rising, where she falls in love with a dashing Braveheart-style warrior. The eagerly awaited sixth season starts in March. But astonishingly, this passionate time-travelling tale of love and war across the centuries was written by an American science research professor who had never set foot in Scotland. Now Diana Gabaldon has just published the ninth book in her series at the age of 69. Her fantasy novels, on which Outlander is based, have sold 45 million copies in 38 languages. It’s a project Diana began in secret. At the time she was a young mother with a highly successful career as an academic and science writer. She had three degrees and was the founding editor of a quarterly science software journal. But she could never shake the feeling she had had since childhood that she was destined to be a novelist. Eventually she decided to give fiction a try, but only as a “test case” to see what was involved. “Writing a novel was essentially a learning project,” she says. “I needed to see the daily commitment; what ‘My father told me I was such a poor judge of character that I was bound to marry a bum’ Exclusive By Jane Warren it is like to carry a novel around in your head. I thought the easiest kind to write would be historical fiction.” She was in her mid-thirties when she embarked on her 650-page debut novel. It took her 18 months. Writing in secret at night, while her three young children were asleep, Diana didn’t even tell her businessman husband Doug Watkins what she was up to. “I’d known I was meant to be a novelist from the age of eight, but my father told me I was such a poor judge of character that I was bound to marry a bum, so I followed a different path and went into academic science instead.” She only told Doug that she was writing a novel after he used their shared computer and discovered numerous, mysterious files named “Jamie”. Jamie Fraser is the dashing 18th century Highland warrior, played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan in the TV adaptation. Diana created the character after watching an old episode of Doctor Who featuring a Scots warrior in a kilt. “I didn’t tell my husband what I was doing,” she says. “My grip on this was tenuous enough, but he discovered it by accident. In our garage was an IBM XP which he would use in the MONARCHS OF THE GLEN: Outlander author Diana Gabaldon and its star Sam Heughan late 1980s to draw up contracts. One day, when he pressed the directory key, up came 80 files all labelled Jamie. “Who is Jamie?” Doug asked, not unreasonably. “It’s this book I’m writing”, replied Diana. “At this point, I had been successfully doing this without diverting attention away from the children, so he got quite interested and started cheerleading for me and became my first reader.” T hirty years on, it seems her legions of fans can’t get enough of the genrebusting romantic adventure novels, and the ninth in the series, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, has just been published, running to 900 pages. This one has been seven years in the writing. And it’s clear Doug never had any need to be jealous of his wife’s strapping fictional hero, because, confides Diana, the epic love story between Jamie and nurse Claire Beauchamp (played by Caitriona Balfe on TV) is based in part on her relationship with Doug. They have been married for 45 years and live in Arizona. “Doug is the love of my life and there are bits of him in Jamie,” she says. “We have an eternal relationship like Jamie and Claire. Ours spans decades, whereas it was centuries with them. “I am often asked if I could travel through the [time travelling] stones in my novels which time period I would like to end up in. And my answer is always the

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 25 ‘Writing is done at walking pace; just 1,000 words a day. Keep doing it and you eventually get there’ LAND OF LOVE: Diana had never been to Scotland when she created her characters, nurse Claire Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe, left), and warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan, right) same – I’m happy being here with Doug.” Talking to Diana, who is also a consultant on the TV adaptations of her novels and who admits she is “drawn to complexity”, is a bit like downloading information from a hard-drive. Her mind is like a computer, enabling her to intellectually multi-task. She doesn’t so much reflect on a question as access replies in a millisecond, spilling insights at breakneck speed. Here is a typical example. Asked how she plots her intricate novels, she replies: “You know how a kaleidoscope works? A tube with two or three rectangular mirrors in it, orientated at angles, which make multiple symmetric reflections of whatever coloured objects you put at the front end of the tube? “Well, imagine that I have a three-mirrored kaleidoscope. One mirror is the historical plane of reflection – the events, the timeline, the physical settings. The second is the plane of reflection that concerns the characters – who they are, their motivations, their personal histories. “And the third is my own plane of reflection – the background, experiences, perceptions, and personality that make me unique. “So, say I have a handful of these disparate scenes. Placed in the space formed by my three mirrors, they form patterns. And if I rotate the tube – so to speak – this causes the pieces inside to fall into a different relationship to each other, and I see different patterns. “Some patterns are naturally more pleasing than others, and I use the ones that seem most aesthetically logical.” She says that hearing about this style of creative process has a tendency to infuriate people who write in a more traditional, linear way. “I once had a woman inform me that I couldn’t possibly do this, because – in her words – ‘You have to have a logical foundation! You can’t put the roof on your building unless you’ve built solid walls to hold it up, can you?’ “‘Of course I can’,” I replied. “‘There’s no gravity in the mind, after all. I can make the roof and just leave it hanging there until I have time to build walls under it. You don’t have to write a book from beginning to end, just because that’s how people will read it.’ She wasn’t pleased. But the point here is that people’s minds are wired up dif- LONG LIVED: The hit tales of Jamie Fraser’s life in the 1740s have been told in nine books and six TV series so far ferently.” Despite her father’s advice, she says she was “fairly confident about writing”. “I don’t understand people who do themselves down – it’s not productive or helpful. I could tell what I was doing was good because as a scientist I am objective and was able to stand back and see.” Until the age of 14, she shared a bedroom with her younger sister and the girls would tell interactive stories together, “set in one universe or another”. Diana says that although people can be taught how to write better, she’s not sure you can teach someone how to create stories. Her father was a state senator with Mexican ancestry; her mother taught her to read when she was three. “And I never stopped. I realised that writers have no secrets; it’s right there on the page and you only have to learn to read to see its secrets – to see patterns and what each writer was doing differently.” But she describes writing as slow and tedious work. “Both sides of my brain work together, but I let it evolve slowly under my fingers, like polishing gems. I’ll hear a line of dialogue and fiddle with it, accessing the deeper part of my brain while the logical part is analysing the structure of what I’m doing. “It’s done at a walking pace; just 1,000 words a day. If you keep doing it you eventually get there.” H er success has bought a larger house and university educations for her children, but she says these changes in lifestyle were gradual. “The money is good to have but we didn’t become rich until the children were out of college.” She now gives away significant sums through her charitable foundation, prioritising the hungry, the homeless and a chain of non-profit orphanages in South America. She has a contract for book 10 and reveals that this will be followed by a prequel. “There could be more to follow – assuming I’m still alive after book 10,” she laughs. ●●Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (Century, £20) is out now. For free UK P&P, call Express Bookshop on 020 3176 3832 or order via

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DXSC Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 27 Pups rescued Cockapoo puppies were rescued in the SSPCA operation after sting on low-welfare breeding gang By Ben Borland THE Scottish SPCA smashed a puppy breeding gang from Ireland and rescued four cockapoo puppies dumped in a bush, it has been revealed. Details of the operation emerged as the charity launched its Christmas campaign to stop people buying sick or dying puppies from greedy, low-welfare breeders. From January 1 to October 31 this year, 1,059 calls were made to the charity’s helpline about unhealthy pups. Compared with 702 calls in 2020, that represents a 34 per cent increase in just a year. The SSPCA special investigation unit has seized 56 puppies so far this year, compared with 150 in 2020. The charity’s campaign, #KeepMeOffYourXmasList, is now under way after frontline inspectors and the special investigations unit worked together to target a “large scale” puppy dealing gang targeting Aberdeen and the surrounding areas. The charity was tipped off on the location of the low-welfare dealers from Ireland. As a result of the raid, the breeders fled and dumped the four cockapoos to evade being caught. A few days before the sting, members of the public had come forward to report they Puppies are being cared for had bought sick or dying puppies. It’s suspected that these pups were sold by the same crime groups. The puppies tested positive for giardia infection and are currently undergoing further tests for other diseases. Such diseases are preventable with vaccination but are common in pups raised in poor conditions. The mum can be unable to provide essential nutrients to fight disease amd build up the immune system as she may be weak from overbreeding – or a pup may have been taken away prematurely. The puppies are at an SSPCA rescue centre. They are not currently available for rehoming.A special investigations unit inspector said: “This is a fantastic result. We targeted prolific dealers in the Aberdeen area who we know have sold puppies who have sadly passed away. We are preparing a report for the Procurator Fiscal. “These Irish gangs are dominating the low-welfare puppy industry in Scotland. Under no circumstances should someone meet a breeder to purchase a puppy or allow a pup to be dropped off. Do not accept any excuse, no matter how plausible it seems. These people are master manipulators. “Bad puppy dealers are still using pandemic restrictions to trick the public. “We are urging the public to be vigilant when buying a puppy and not to accept any excuse not to see the puppy with mum. “We would always advise adopting over buying but those with hearts set on buying a puppy should do their research and make sure they are buying from a responsible breeder. “Although you may have to wait slightly longer, you will be getting a happy and healthy dog. We would advise a visit to our #KeepMeOffYourXmasList webpage to find out how to spot a low-welfare breeder. “Puppies are not presents and buying one should not be decided on a whim.” Sports legend backs ‘right to die’ Cricketer Ray Illingworth THE former England cricket captain Ray Illingworth has backed a right to die law after watching the agony of his late wife. 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28 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Champ... slimmer Sophie BLACKFRIDAYSALE toshoplocal&save UPTO 80% OFF FASHION Not such a ‘big’ day as bride-to-be sheds 9st By Chris Riches A BRIDE-to-be who hated having her photo taken is now excited for her wedding pictures – after losing almost half her body weight. Sophie Higginbottom, 30, had stopped socialising with friends after ballooning to 17st 11.5lb (113kg) and a dress size 20. The trainee psychologist has been crowned Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2021 after losing 8st 11.5lb to hit 9st since January 2020. Sophie, of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said she no longer dreads having her picture taken when she marries fiancé Alex. She said: “I’ve been to try on some wedding dresses, and it was lovely.” UPTO 70% OFF TOYS& GAMING GetanEXTRA10% OFFsaleitems! Usecode:EXPRESS10 DX1ST UPTO 60% OFF HOMEWARE Shopthehighstreetonlineat: Before... Sophie with niece Lily Exclusive By Robert Lyman IT WAS March 5, 1945, when the men of the 7th Battalion, 16th Punjab Regiment, while moving through a remote valley near the Burmese coastline, known as Arakan, suddenly found themselves surrounded by the Japanese. Trapped in a narrow pass, Lance Corporal Samundar Khan’s platoon was ordered to attack uphill to give the leading platoon time to pull back from the ambush. Carrying a heavy Bren gun, Khan, then just 18, led his men up the steep slope towards the enemy forces in the face of heavy fire as Japanese grenades rained down. Amid heavy casualties, though seriously wounded in the chest, he led the charge, firing from the hip, and drove the Japanese from the top. Thanks to his bravery, the hill was secured and the first platoon was successfully extricated. Khan, who had lied about his age when he volunteered, was wounded three times within two months. Yet according to his subsequent citation for the Indian Distinguished Service Medal for conspicuous bravery in the face of the enemy, he continued to show “dauntless courage and self-sacrifice, total disregard to personal danger and devotion to duty far in excess of anything expected of his rank. His indomitable spirit and gallantry will always remain an inspiration to all his comrades.” In Arakan in 1945, the units of the 15th Corps, predominantly Indian and African soldiers, pushed down through some of the toughest conditions in the world, to smash the Japanese armies and force their withdrawal into Burma, where they were soundly defeated by General Bill Slim’s famous 14th Army later that year. K han remained in the army at the end of the war before transferring to the Pakistan Army at Partition in 1947. In 1962, he emigrated to Britain, living in Bradford until his death in 2011. Yet as amazing as his story is, he was far from alone. A quick search online of the National Archives in Kew throws up a host of other, equally remarkable, stories of gallantry from Indian soldiers in the Second World War. One of my favourites involves the three citations – for an MBE, and two Military Crosses – recommended for Captain Ralengnao Khathing, a Naga from the remote village of Ukhrul in Manipur. The British could never pronounce his first name, so they called him Bob. Khathing eventually rose to become the First Minister of Nagaland in an independent India. But in 1943 he was at the heart of a thriving and ingenious intelligence organisation operating against the Japanese in Burma called “V Force”. The citation for his MBE records: “This officer, the only Naga ‘Just 18, Samundar Khan led his men up the steep slope towards the enemy in the face of heavy fire’ Their WW2 sacrifice was made willingly, not under the boot of an imperial ruler, as a declaration of hope in a future free from fascism local heroes: Samundar Khan later in life. Below, Ralengnao ‘Bob’ Khathing Emergency Commissioned Officer, has for over a year without leave or rest, continued to do most excellent and valued work in a forward area of this Area of ‘V’ Force. “The whole of last monsoon he remained forward, in most trying conditions, organising his guerrillas, and gaining much valuable information at a time when no regular troops were operating permanently. He also gave invaluable help to the withdrawing Chinese Army. The information he gained has been confirmed.” As well as his MBE, Khathing was mentioned in despatches and, finally, in 1945, was awarded a welldeserved Military Cross. There were many such men in Bill Slim’s 14th Army. Indeed, the vast bulk of fighting men in this army were Indian. A full 87 per cent of the soldiers fighting in the Allied Land Forces South East Asia, which totalled 606,000 men in 1945, were Indian. Yet, to our

Pictures: Popperfoto and Getty DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 29 armoured column: An Indian Sherman tank crew pass a newly liberated elephant The Indians who volunteered to fight and die for the Raj ‘The Indian Army was largely responsible for incredible victories against the Japanese in 1944 and 1945‘ road to mandalay: Indian troops moving forward pass a bullet-scarred Burmese pagoda shame, we in Britain and India, have largely forgotten their story. When we hear the haunting lines of the 2nd Division epitaph on Garrison Hill (“When You Go Home, Tell Them of Us and Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”), we more often than not think of British soldiers. How many of us consider the Indian, Chinese or African soldiers who bore the brunt of the fighting, and suffered the greatest casualties in this terrible war in the Far East? One of the conclusions I come to in my new book – A War of Empires – is that the Indian Army, resurrected in 1943 from the ashes of defeat in Malaya, Singapore and Burma in 1942, was largely responsible for the astounding victories against the Japanese in India and Burma in 1944 and 1945. The Indian Army expanded dramatically after 1939 – and especially after 1941. One might have thought there would be considerable reluctance to fight for a declining imperial power, yet during the war India’s armed forces recruited 2,581,726 personnel (of whom 2,065,554 were still serving when the war ended). All of these, unlike the British, were volunteers. It was the largest volunteer army in history. So why did they join? I n the main, to defend their country from the terrible threat posed by the Japanese. The country knew about the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Chinese in Nanking. Whatever else, they didn’t want that form of imperialism in India. Most Indians accepted the Raj was, rightly or wrongly, for the time being at least, the legally constituted government of India. It is not true to claim, as some do, that Indians only fought because they were coerced to do so by the imperial power. Some believe everything about imperial India was bad and that the Indians who willingly stood up against fascism were forced to do so by Britain. Wrong. These men fought for India first, and the great global war against fascism, not the Raj. I can find no evidence that 2.5 million men joined the Indian Army as the result of imperial propaganda or coercion. We should ask why these men were prepared to die in this war, and why Indian soldiers were to win 22 of the 34 Victoria and George Crosses awarded during the Burma Campaign. Most Indians who joined the armed forces in such extraordinary numbers did so because they had weighed up the options and assessed the nature of the sacrifice they were willing to make for the sake of India, regardless of its leadership, just like young men of Britain, the Dominions or the United States. Like all governments, the Raj had supporters and opponents. Few who opposed the government on nationalistic or self-governance grounds questioned its legitimacy, as that would have invalidated their own claim to be its successor in due course. Likewise, the Indian Army was India’s army, not Britain’s. Men joined the army to fight not for the Raj, but for India, and to secure its future. By 1945 nearly half of the 8,578 officers in Allied Land Forces South East Asia were Indian, in a dramatic change since 1939. It was the recruitment of many thousands of young, educated, politically well-informed Indians as officers that enabled the rapid expansion of the Indian Army. The Burma campaign, the front line of Britain’s war with Japan, thus saw the transformation of an army, from an imperial creation to one of the foundation stones of a modern, democratic state. The Burma campaign provided the opportunity for a new, truly national Indian Army to play a decisive role in defeating the forces of Japanese militarism. This was important in creating a national story for the nations that would emerge from Independence and Partition in 1947. It is not true that a strong Indian Army helped militarise the sub-continent. It did the reverse, giving strength and stability to the new nations that emerged out of Partition. While Partition itself was rushed, and bloodily chaotic, the discipline and professionalism of the armed forces, grown on the battlefields of eastern India and Burma in 1944 and 1945, played a significant role in stabilising the political and civil situation. It is to the many hundreds of thousands of men like L/Cpl Khan and Capt Khathing that we in Britain owe a considerable debt of thanks. I wonder how many people in Bradford, or the wider UK, knew of Khan’s remarkable bravery? His family didn’t know, as he didn’t talk about it. He remained, as did so many others, a silent hero. We in Britain need to remember Khan, Khathing and the millions like them, and to say their names with pride. So too should India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. For it was these men’s service and sacrifice which gave us, and today’s nations of the sub-continent, as the Kohima epitaph so poignantly says, our tomorrow. ●●A War Of Empires by Robert Lyman (Bloomsbury, £25) is out now. For free UK P&P, call Express Bookshop on 020 3176 3832 or visit

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DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 31 Get in touch! Edited by AMY PACKER r ‘‘ Cosy up with a warm wheat bag when you get home to ease muscle tightness “Cosy up with a warm wheat bag when you get home to ease any muscle tightness you have.” How to... walk on ice or wet leaves Rather than slouching on the sofa after your Christmas meal, head out for a walk. But be extra careful in icy weather or when walking on wet leaves. “I see too many sprained ankles and bumped knees – even fractured hips and wrists – in patients who’ve fallen on treacherous ground,” says Nell. “It’s important to prepare for winter walking by investing in a pair of supportive and comfortable boots or shoes which have good grip. “You can reduce risks even further by training your strength and balance: practise balancing by standing on one foot as you clean your teeth, and you can work on your strength with squats and lunges.” Taking smaller steps and walking with your feet slightly wider apart also helps keep your body balanced over your base of support, which decreases your risk of falling, adds Nell. tmas? easiest way to do this is to make sure the surface you’re wrapping presents on is about the same height as ld your elbows – which isn’t usually the height of your dining table. “An ironing board is a great option because it’s adjustable. So whether you’re sitting or standing, n get it to elbow height.” to… stand arties e are often surprised to hear there rrect way to stand for a long time ut harming your hips and back. ck your body so it’s properly ced – knees over ankles, hips over , pelvis over hips, rib cage over , head over rib cage,” says Nell. ink about the poise of a ballet r rather than the rigidity of a sman. The more balanced your posture, the less muscle work it takes to hold yourself upright, so the less tiring and uncomfortable it will be.” Wear comfy shoes and prepare for periods of standing by working on your core and buttock muscles at the gym or at home. Try lunges, squats and bridges. “When your abs and glutes are strong, they can hold you upright much more efficiently and for longer,” explains Nell. How to… warm up for ice skating “In cold weather, you need to prepare your body for exercise a little bit more than you do when it’s warm” says Nell. “When it’s chilly, our brains direct heat to our key organs, like the heart and brain, and we tend to hold ourselves more stiffly. All of this means our muscles tend to be cooler and less flexible. “So before you step out on the ice, make sure your muscles are warm. This will also prevent injury if you do fall. Try fast walking or jogging and then some light stretching. And take it gently to start with before trying any tricks.” How to… sit at the panto Sitting still for two hours in a not-so-comfy seat can lead to back pain and all sorts of muscular aches. But in reality, there’s no “correct” way to sit, says Esther. “There’s no such thing as bad sitting posture – it’s sustained sitting posture that’s the problem,” she explains. “Our bodies are not designed to sit still, in one set position, for more than about 20 minutes at a time. So the key to keeping your aches and pains at bay is movement. So be sure to keep shifting position through the panto and definitely stand or take a walk during the interval.” How to... keep supple when carol singing It’s common to get a stiff neck in cold weather, so keep yours well and truly wrapped up if you’re heading out into a wintry night for a prolonged period. “Muscles are like plasticine – when they’re cold, they’re hard and more brittle, then as they warm up they become more flexible, and that will make them feel more comfortable,” says Esther. How to… take the turkey out without trouble Heaving out heavy roasting tins from a low oven can hurt your back if you don’t use the correct heavy lifting technique. “Ideally, get someone to help you lift the tray out of the oven, but if you have to do it alone, then be sure to bend at the knees as you lift,” says Esther. “Keep it as close to your body as you can, without letting it touch you and while avoiding the spitting fat, of course. Wear gloves and an apron for extra protection.” How to... sit down on the floor to play board games “Most of us spend very little time sitting on the floor and as a result, it can be a pretty uncomfortable experience, especially as we get older and our hips, backs and hamstrings get stiffer,” says Nell. “Tricks to minimise the discomfort include resting your back against something solid so that you’re well supported (a wall or a sofa are fine). “Also, try to sit on a cushion or something like a yoga or meditation stool rather than straight on the floor. “This is not only more comfortable on your bottom, but also raises you slightly, taking the pressure off your hips and hamstrings and making it easier to get up once the game is over. “You can also prepare your body by stretching your hamstrings and lower back before you sit, and taking regular stretching breaks during the game, too.” Words KIM JONES

32 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST yourhealth Get in touch! Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful and cases are on the increase, discovers Michele O’Connor Kidney stones are more common than people think – and can bring pain like you’ve never experienced before. “They start as crystals in the urine which, over time, can build up to form a stone,” says Fadi Housami, urologist and lead stone surgeon at Aintree University Hospital and The Sefton Suite private hospital. Kidney stones come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Some are like grains of sand but others can grow to the size of a golf ball. While a family history of stones and pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, makes people more prone to developing them, cases are rising. Data suggests an increase from 10 to 14 per cent – which means one in seven people will require hospital admission or treatment. Why are rates rising? “A combination of obesity, poor hydration, high blood pressure and a lack of exercise have led to a surge,” says professor of urology Bhaskar Somani, at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Be kind to your kidneys They are primarily found in developed countries, probably because diets are rich in saturated fat, animal protein, sugar and salt, which increase the risk of crystals forming. It is exacerbated by not drinking enough water – and too much caffeine and alcohol. “Crystals are more likely to form in concentrated urine due to reduced fluid intake,” explains Mr Housami. Inactivity also plays a part. “A sedentary lifestyle means that crystals are less likely to move and pass spontaneously.” What’s more, patients who have already had a stone have a 50 per cent chance of another one within 10 years. Signs and symptoms “Some patients with kidney stones have no symptoms at all and stones may be found incidentally on a scan performed for other reasons,” explains Mr Housami. However, patients typically experience discomfort in the flank (the area either side of the lower back), a burning pain when passing urine and blood in the urine. If a stone moves from the kidney to the ureter (the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder), it can cause waves of excruciating pain, known as renal colic, in the back, abdomen, groin and/or genitals. Treatment “Treatment options depend on the symptoms, location, size and density of the stone, as well as the potential risk to the kidney,” explains Mr Housami. There’s every chance a tiny stone will pass in urine on its own, although pain relief may be required. Slightly larger stones require medical intervention. Methods include external shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), which involves using sound wave vibrations to break up the stones; sending a scope up the urinary tract (ureteroscopy) to break up the stone using a laser, or surgically removing the stone through an incision made in the back. Prevention is better than cure • Drink more water: Aim for two to 2.5 litres continuously throughout the day, rather than going from periods of dehydration to drinking lots in one go. If you get stones regularly, fresh lemon or orange juice can increase citrate and alkaline levels in the urine, which could prevent certain types forming. • Keep an eye on the colour of your urine It should be reasonably dilute – light yellow in colour. • Certain foods and drinks can increase your risk Sugary drinks contain large amounts of fructose corn syrup which has a strong association with kidney stones formed from calcium oxalate – the most common kind. High-oxalate foods include beetroot, spinach, Swiss chard and rhubarb. Reduce salt and avoid high-protein diets. • Maintain a healthy weight Obesity doubles the risk of kidney stones in women and increases it by 30 per cent for men. • Get five-a-day, and drink milk There’s evidence that the potassium in fruit and vegetables and dairy products lower the risk of stones.

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 33 Retail therapies By Amy Packer ■If ■ you’re looking for fun gifts for Christmas with a wellbeing hook, The Naked Marshmallow Co. Sack of Gourmet Marshmallow Coal (£6.95; are cookies and cream marshmallows which look just like real lumps of coal. They are rolled in dark cookie crumb and real organic activated charcoal, believed to help beat bloating and wind... ■Whether ■ dining alone or with a crowd this Christmas, the Farmison & Co mission to get the nation eating less but better meat continues this festive season. Its chefprepared turkey paupiette (£8.95 per person; farmison. com) – a long, thin slice of succulent free-range breast – comes rolled and stuffed with sausage meat. The firm also makes a mean sourdough bread sauce. ■December ■ can be a tricky time for those who want to stay dry – there’s nothing very celebratory about most non-boozy offerings. But Lyre’s Classico Classico Grande (£9.99; is a pretty decent attempt at a 0% prosecco, so you can still add a touch of sparkle to the party season while being good. ■Take ■ Christmas feasting to the next level with a helping hand from Rick Stein. Treat yourself or a loved one to a fuss-free, pescatarian extravaganza delivered nationwide from the chef’s Cornish kitchens. Courses include langoustine with Pernod and tarragon, seared tuna guacamole and brill with truffle butter and mash. (£120 feeds two very generously; GARETH THOMAS yourhealth I’m in the best place I’ve ever been. I feel liberated The rugby legend tells Lizzie Catt about his new campaign to tackle the HIV stigma When retired rugby ace Gareth Thomas completed a gruelling Ironman triathlon the day after announcing he was living with HIV in 2019, the message was loud and clear: people with HIV are capable of extraordinary things. “For me,” Gareth says, “doing the Ironman was bigger than a physical challenge.” But the lead-up to this astonishing show of strength had involved years of mental anguish. After receiving his diagnosis during a routine health screening, the former Welsh rugby captain had been plunged into despair, considering suicide and feeling tormented by the effect the news would have on his family. Guided by NHS staff, Gareth, now 47, learned life with HIV has changed immeasurably since the terrifying days of the 1980s. The Terrence Higgins Trust reports modern anti-retroviral treatment means very few people in the UK develop serious HIV-related illnesses and can expect to live as long as anyone else. Studies have also shown a person on effective treatment can’t pass on HIV. Gareth is one of them, and now he has become vocal about ending the stigma – leading the campaign Tackle HIV in partnership with ViiV Healthcare and the Terrence Higgins Trust. The stigma was something he had internalised while growing up in Bridgend . “I was a product of my surroundings – there was nothing wrong with any of it, but we didn’t have the information,” he says. “It was very much this horrible, dirty thing we never spoke about. So when I was told I had it, I thought what a lot of people think: that it’s the beginning of the end of your life.” When he came out as gay in 2009, Gareth says, he felt he could make his family proud. But announcing his HIV status was different. “I felt like I would leave them to have to deal with the consequences because I didn’t know how long I would be living. “I felt the discrimination would affect my parents. They were the proud mum and dad of the rugby player who represented his country and did what he could for the LGBT community. Then it would all be wiped away when he contracted HIV DETERMINED He battled back from mental anguish and aims to help others world class Gareth reached the pinnacle of his sport and captained Wales and died, and left his family to deal with it... I was trying to comprehend how I could put this on the doorstep of everyone I loved and cared for.” Convinced he could pass on HIV to his loved ones, it took months before Gareth even had the confidence to go out for dinner with his friends or hug his niece. “I was absolutely petrified. I thought HIV or AIDS would be transmitted in the simplest way, like I saw on TV 30 years ago.” Sensing he wasn’t coping, the hospital kept a close eye on him. He initially thought their reassurances were platitudes to make him feel better. “I only started to believe what they were saying when I scientifically started to understand more about HIV.” He began to realise a diagnosis can have a positive impact on life, with many people getting fitter than they’ve ever been. “You have a light bulb moment where you understand the preciousness of life. You want to do everything you can, as well as taking that tablet every day, to feel fit and healthy.” Yet stigma still lingers, along with homophobia. “Discrimination isn’t as ‘‘ I thought what a lot think. That HIV was the beginning of the end of life obvious or as regular as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” Some people get up and very obviously leave a place when Gareth and his husband Stephen Williams- Thomas walk in. “Or – and this is a regular occurrence – somebody pats my husband on the back and says to him, ‘you know, you’re a good man’. “It’s like, ‘good man, because you’ve taken on this half-broken person who has a virus.” In spite of this, Gareth says: “Right now, I’m in the best place I’ve ever been. I feel a sense of liberation. I have nothing to hide. “Sometimes the interest can feel intrusive, but I have ways of dealing with it and ways of being able to speak LIBERATED Gareth with husband Stephen to other people about it, which I never had before.” He’s found an unusual coping method. “This might sound bizarre, but the best thing for me is swimming in the sea.” He says it’s “exhilarating” and keeps him in the present, rather than fixating on the past or worrying about the future. “I don’t live in Miami, I live in Ogmore-by-Sea near Bridgend and it’s not the most tropical place in the world, but I’m blessed to live here.” Just like the confident face he put on when announcing his HIV status though, getting to the point where he could swim in the sea involved a lot of behind-the-scenes work from Gareth, aided by his friend and swimming teacher Dave Tongue. “I couldn’t swim a couple of years ago, but I really wanted to do the Ironman – I had panic attacks, I was crying, I was so afraid of the sea. “Dave would say to me, ‘remember why you’re doing this’. There was the message I wanted everybody else to see, but I was thinking, ‘you’re still not quite sure of what somebody with HIV is capable of because you’ve never really pushed yourself ’. It was me, willing me to show myself how far I’d come.” ■Tackle ■ HIV is led by Gareth in partnership with ViiV Healthcare, a company dedicated to treatment and research, and the Terrence Higgins Trust. Go to or follow @TackleHIV on Twitter

34 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST Dr Rosemary Leonard Getting to the Heart of medical matters I’m 43 and over the past few Q years I’ve had several breast cysts, which have been drained. I know they are harmless but every time I feel a new lump I’m terrified it’s going to be cancer. My doctor has always been good about referring me to the breast clinic promptly, even during the pandemic, but why do I keep getting them and is there any way of preventing them? Breast cysts develop from an A accumulation of fluid in the milk-producing glands in the breast. Cysts tend to appear as the breasts change naturally with age, together with the natural cyclical variations in levels of the hormone oestrogen. Although they can occur at any age, they are most common in women over 35. After the menopause, when oestrogen levels fall, cysts usually stop forming, though they may occur in women who take HRT. Cysts can feel soft or hard and can range in size from a few millimetres to several centimetres. They tend to get bigger just before a period, when they can feel uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Finding any lump in the breast can be alarming, and though your doctor may sense it is a cyst, particularly if it changes in size during your menstrual cycle, it is always best to have any lump checked out at a hospital breast clinic. Most cysts go away by themselves but, if they are large or uncomfortable, it may be possible to draw off the fluid using a fine needle and syringe. As you have discovered, it is possible to develop new cysts and each should be treated the same way every time, to ensure it is a cyst and not something more serious. Some women do seem more prone to developing them than others, but this does not mean you are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. As they develop in response to changing hormone levels, taking the oral contraceptive pill, either containing oestrogen and progesterone, or progesterone alone, may help to reduce the risk of new cysts occurring. This is something you could discuss with your doctor. I’ve developed dry, scaly, itchy Q skin around my eyes. I’ve tried applying moisturiser and also anti-allergy eye drops, but neither has helped. Any suggestions? This sounds like eczema. Unless A you have eczema elsewhere on your body, it’s most likely to be caused by an allergic reaction to I keep finding lumps in my chest and I’m terrified of cancer something you are using around the eye area. Moisturising creams can be to blame, but the culprit is more likely to be make-up such as mascara, eye shadow or – as I have seen frequently recently – the glue for false eyelashes. The rash can usually be sorted with hydrocortisone cream or ointment. Although this is available from chemists, most will ask for a prescription if you’re using it on your face because frequent use of steroids can cause skin thinning, which can be problematic on delicate skin. They are safe for short-term use, though. You do need to identify the cause. It might be obvious if you have started using a new product but if not, check if any replacements of old favourites are labelled “new” or “improved”, suggesting they have been reformulated. If you are not sure of the trigger, start by applying one product at a time for a few hours to see if the skin starts itching. My periods have recently become Q horrendously heavy and a scan revealed several large fibroids. My GP has suggested the best solution would be to have a hysterectomy. I’m 47, and I don’t want any more children, but this seems like a rather drastic solution. But do I have any other options? Fibroids are growths of muscle A and fibrous tissue that develop in the wall of the womb. They are very common, affecting around one in three women at some time in their life, most commonly between the ages of 30 and 50. The exact cause isn’t known, but they are thought to be linked to the hormone oestrogen, and they tend to shrink after the menopause, when oestrogen levels fall. They develop more commonly in women of African-Caribbean origin, and are also likely to develop in females who are overweight (who tend to have higher oestrogen levels). They vary in size, and though most fibroids are small, others can grow large enough to cause an obvious bulge in the tummy, like a pregnancy. Though some women are unaware they have them, fibroids can cause discomfort and extremely heavy periods. If medical treatment to reduce the bleeding has not worked (which I suspect has happened with you) there are a range of options. Sometimes it is possible to remove small fibroids indenting the inside of the womb by cutting them out via the cervix (transcervical resection) or a cut in the tummy (a myomectomy). Uterine artery embolisation is a technique that blocks the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids. It’s done via a catheter inserted into the main artery in the groin, and then passed up under X-ray control to the womb. The fibroids start shrinking after two to three months and this can be uncomfortable. It may be an option for you, but if you have numerous, very large fibroids, your gynaecologist may recommend a hysterectomy. Many women mistakenly believe this will lead to an instant menopause, but this only happens if your ovaries are removed as well, which is not usually done unless there is a specific reason to do so. The womb has no function other than for having babies and though many women regard it as vital to their femininity, if it is making you unwell, as it clearly is, then you may feel much better without it. The only thing that will change is you won’t have those troublesome periods. ●●If you have a health question for Dr Leonard, email her in confidence at Dr Leonard regrets she cannot enter into personal correspondence or reply to everyone. EAT WELL AND KEEP DIABETES AT BAY A healthy diet can help you manage type-2 diabetes and in some cases even reverse the condition, but what shouldn’t you be eating? Let’s start with chips… “French fries are high in carbohydrates and the deep frying contains toxic compounds that promote inflammation, which increases the risk of heart disease,” explains Dr Wendy Denning, working in association with food supplement CuraLin ( “I suggest sweet potatoes instead as they have a high antioxidant component and are low on the glycaemic index.” Pre-packaged snacks are also a pitfall. “They are low in nutrition and high in easily digested carbs that can spike your blood sugar. Eat raw carrots and a handful of nuts as a snack instead,” suggests Dr Denning. Watch how you start the day too. “Breakfast cereals are very high in refined carbohydrates and sugars, but low in macronutrients, fat and protein,” she adds. “Eat two eggs and a piece of wholemeal toast for breakfast instead.” Finally, it might sound like a healthier option than, say, a chocolate bar when you’re trying to beat the mid-afternoon slump, but Dr Denning says snacking on dried fruit is a dietary no-no for those with type-2 diabetes. “Dried fruit can contain three times the sugar of fresh fruit, so instead choose to snack on berries, which provide far less sugar than most other fruits and are also full of antioxidants.”

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DX1ST televisionexpress Beeny there... done that Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 37 HAVE you been as anxious as I’ve been about property developer Sarah Beeny, attempting to start a new life in the country? I guessed as much. You and I will be equally relieved, then, by the return tonight of the rather aptly named SARAH BEENY’S NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY (C4, 8pm), as it assures us that she and her family are still on course with this ambitious project of theirs. You remember the objective, I take it? Oh, all right, in that case I’d better recap. Sarah and her husband Graham, Picks of the day Film: Death Wish, C5, 11.05pm along with their four boys, have upped sticks and moved to Somerset from London, having bought a rather rundown old farm with a big chunk of land attached. And central to their plans has been to build the home of their dreams. It’s been a big gamble, we’re reminded more than once. They’ve had their setbacks. But just like the History: Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1, 9pm TV presenter and former MP Ed Balls (left) grew up in a family that wanted to improve the world, so he sets out to discover what kind of people his ancestors were. He looks into rumours of a link to Nelson’s ship HMS Victory on his father’s side of the family, taking him to Portsmouth and the story of his threetimes great-grandfather. On his mother’s side he feels a deep connection with Christopher Green, an agricultural labourer who went on trial after defending his community. This 2018 remake of the 1974 crime drama tells the story of Chicago surgeon Paul Kersey, who sets out to get revenge on the home intruders who attacked his wife and young daughter. Frustrated with the lack of progress the police are making on the case, Kersey takes matters into his own hands and goes in search of the perpetrators himself. Featuring Camila Morrone, Elisabeth Shue and Bruce Willis (all above). Mike Ward previews tonight’s TV rest of us whenever we’re forced to face one of life’s daunting challenges, they’ve taken a collective deep breath, summoned up their inner reserves of fortitude, and then boldly, bravely, got themselves a six-part TV series out of it. And then another. As we catch up with them at the start of this second one, this dream house of theirs looks almost finished to me. But there’s a snag. From the outside it looks splendid, but peer inside and the only “dream” that springs to mind is the one you get whenever you sneak to the fridge and eat a pound of Stilton just before bedtime. Time to roll up their sleeves, Documentary: The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard, C5, 8pm It’s Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and cameras get behind-the-scenes access as staff prepare for the busy festive season ahead. In an effort to generate more winter revenue, a new train, the Northern Lights Express, has been brought in, which features a staggering 25,000 lights fixed to a moving steam train. However, staff are all too aware that not everything goes to plan and they’re put to the test when faced with a multitude of issues such as generators breaking and computers failing. The engine that is pulling the new service also develops a last-minute fault that threatens to stop the whole show in its tracks. Nature: Love Your Garden, ITV, 8pm Alan Titchmarsh (above left) and his team, including David Domoney and Katie Rushworth (both above), create a cross between a woodland glade and a forest school for care worker Carl and his family, and transform a back garden into a magical slice of nature in Macclesfield. Elsewhere, Frances Tophill has the challenge of bringing the feeling of a woodland to a small, concrete courtyard in Accrington, Lancashire. Film: Gifted, Film4, 6.55pm Drama featuring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer and Lindsay Duncan. Carefree boat repairman Frank, played by Evans, has raised his sevenyear-old maths prodigy niece Mary, played by Mckenna Grace (right, with Evans), to be as “normal” as possible. But Frank’s plans for an idyllic life are thwarted when Mary’s snobbish grandmother Evelyn arrives. After witnessing Mary’s intellectual abilities, Evelyn comes up with bigger plans for the child and a bitter custody battle soon unfolds. then, and work their magic on that interior. I’ll keep you posted as to how they get on. Unless I forget. Elsewhere tonight, presenters Giles Coren and Monica Galetti are in Iceland, kicking off a new series of AMAZING HOTELS: LIFE BEYOND THE LOBBY (BBC2, 8pm). As its name suggests, the ION Adventure Hotel isn’t really aimed at those who just want to lounge around, sup champagne and chew on fermented shark. No, it’s for those keen to see what Iceland’s great outdoors has to offer, other than frostbite. It has plenty, of course. But how TRAVEL Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland & Flanders EIGHT DAYS FROM £1,779 PER PERSON PRICE INCLUDES • Enjoy a guided tour of Amsterdam • See perfect Bruges on a guided tour • Visit the Floriade Expo with free afternoon to explore Amsterdam (2022 only) • Enjoy a guided tour of Rotterdam • Visit the iconic windmills at Kinderdijk • Seven nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite HOLIDAY HAPPINESS. GUARANTEED. • Happy by day two or we’ll bring you home with a full refund • Industry-leading health and safety practices to keep you safe • Enjoy peace of mind with flexible booking* CALL US ON 0871 664 1466 OR VISIT EXPRIVIERA.CO.UK far do they like to take this “adventure” of theirs? Well, apparently a lot of them have been hiking lately to a nearby volcano that’s started erupting. And while you can’t entirely blame them (it’s an opportunity that rarely comes your way when you holiday at, say, Butlin’s in Skegness), it seems that some tourists have been a wee bit lax when it comes to preparing for such rocky terrain. “We’ve had about 30 broken legs,” reveals a chap from the local search and rescue team. “We’ve had about 15 broken arms. “And a lot of people like to hit the ground with their faces…” DID YOU KNOW? Former economic adviser to the Treasury and Strictly legend Ed Balls revealed on Would I Lie To You? he thrashed out the Home Office budget while crawling through a children’s ball pit. FLEXIBLE BOOKING • All meals on board including welcome cocktails, a welcome dinner and the Captain’s Dinner† • Return flights or standard-class seat on Eurostar from London St Pancras International • Services of a Riviera Travel cruise director and concierge Departures available in 2022 & 2023 TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Calls cost 13p p/min from a BT landline. Mobile and other providers’ costs may vary. Prices are based on two people sharing and are correct at time of print. Single supplements may apply. This holiday is operated by and subject to booking conditions of Riviera Travel, ABTA V4744 ATOL 3430 protected. Subject to availability. Additional entrance costs may apply. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. For further information please write to Riviera Travel, New Manor, 328 Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 1SP. For any queries regarding placed orders call: 01283 742389. *Free booking amendments until balance due date for new holidays confirmed before 31 March 2022 - see website for full details. † Except one lunch if choosing the full-day Bruges excursion.

38 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC All programmes Today’s are listed in Greenwich TV Mean Time previews (GMT). are Apart on from in the Portugal, previous programmes are one hour page later than listed film ratings ★★★★★ Brilliant ★★★★ Very Good ★★★ Good ★★ Average ★ Bad (R) Repeat BBC One BBC Two STV Channel 4 Channel 5 6.00am Breakfast News headlines. 9.15 Morning Live Magazine. 10.00 Claimed and Shamed 10.45 Frontline Fightback 11.15 Homes Under the Hammer Properties in Dover, Warwickshire and Burnley. 12.15pm Bargain Hunt Two teams test their antiques knowledge in Kingston upon Thames. (R) 1.00 BBC News at One; Weather 1.30 Reporting Scotland 1.45 Doctors Luca reveals too much about himself. 2.15 The Tournament Quiz show, hosted by Alex Scott. 3.00 Escape to the Country Alistair Appleton helps a buyer move to Pembrokeshire. 3.45 Virtually Home Kunal Trehan injects some life into a Cambridgeshire living room. 4.30 The Repair Shop Items include a badly burned toy dog and a treasured nurse’s belt buckle. (R) 5.15 Pointless Quiz show. (R) 6.00 BBC News at Six; Weather 6.30 Reporting Scotland 6.30am Escape to the Country Sonali Shah helps a couple returning to Britain from the US to find a home in Cornwall. (R) 7.15 Virtually Home Tips from top interior designers. (R) 8.00 Sign Zone: MasterChef: The Professionals Double bill of the culinary contest. (R) 9.00 BBC News at 9 10.00 BBC News 12.15pm Politics Live Taking a look at the latest stories from Westminster and beyond. 1.00 LIVE Snooker: UK Championship Coverage of the latest last-32 matches from the Barbican Centre in York, which is played over the best of 11 frames. 5.15 Flog It! Paul Martin visits Bristol Cathedral. (R) 6.00 Richard Osman’s House of Games With Jessie Cave, Ayesha Hazarika, Simon Hickson and AJ Pritchard. 6.30 Strictly: It Takes Two Rylan chats to the lucky couple that survived the weekend’s dance-off. 6.00am Good Morning Britain News, current affairs and lifestyle features. 9.00 Lorraine Entertainment and the latest fashion news. 10.00 This Morning A mix of celebrity chat, lifestyle features, advice and competitions. Including Local Weather. 12.30pm Loose Women Celebrity interviews and topical debate with the panel. 1.30 ITV News; Weather 1.55 STV News; Weather 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal David Dickinson and the team are searching for items in Oldham. 3.00 Lingo Ben and Oliver, Katie and Ant, and Tina and Des compete in the quiz show. 3.59 STV Weather Central 4.00 Tipping Point Quiz show, hosted by Ben Shephard. 5.00 The Chase Contestants Maryanne, Susan, Nadeem and Malcolm take part, hosted by Bradley Walsh. 6.00 STV News at Six; Weather 6.30 ITV Evening News; Weather 6.00am Kirstie’s House of Craft Anneka Rice and Cheryl Baker make leather earrings. (R) 6.10 Countdown Author Ben Macintyre is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent. (R) 6.50 The Big Bang Theory (R) 7.35 The King of Queens (R) 9.00 Frasier Triple bill. (R) 10.30 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (R) 11.25 Channel 4 News Summary 11.30 Find It, Fix It, Flog It (R) 12.30pm Steph’s Packed Lunch Steph McGovern presents the weekday magazine. 2.10 Countdown Word game. 3.00 Moneybags Quiz show. 4.00 A Place in the Sun 5.00 Four in a Bed For the second visit, the B&Bers head to Oakleigh Guest House. (R) 5.30 Bidding Wars The re-sellers compete to win camping, fishing and wellness items. 6.00 The Simpsons Animation. 6.30 Hollyoaks Nancy tries to take her mind off things by throwing herself into her work. (R) 6.00am Milkshake! Children’s TV. 9.15 Jeremy Vine Discussion. 11.15 FILM Mingle All the Way (2018, PG) A new holiday app brings busy professionals together for events, but its founder Molly and user Jeff find much more. Romance, starring Jen Lilley. ★★★ 1.00 Neighbours See 6.00pm. 1.30 FILM Christmas Romance Al Dente (2020, PG) Premiere. After learning that her cousin had to cancel the Christmas Eve launch of her new restaurant, a woman tries to find a way to make it happen. Romance, with Anni Krueger and Nia Vardalos. ★★★ 3.15 FILM Holly & Ivy (2020, U) Premiere. A woman decides the best way of coming to the aid of her terminally ill neighbour is by adopting her children, Holly and Ivy. Drama, starring Janel Parrish. ★★★ 5.00 5 News at 5 6.00 Neighbours Chloe offers Nicolette a spare ticket to a concert in the city. (R) 6.30 Meerkat Manor 7 8 9 10 11 12 midnight 8.20pm, holby city: Davood Ghadami 7.00 River City Kim admits her secret to Bob, while Lenny’s mission to find Lydia gathers pace when former DCI Grant gives him a lead. Ellie has a decision to make, while Suzie and Bernie struggle to find models for their calendar. (R) 8.00 EastEnders Things get awkward when Tiffany spots Keegan out on a date. 8.20 Holby City Eli struggles to focus as he worries about Amelia. Russ tries to apologise to Hanssen and Josh does not feel ready to start therapy. 9.00 Who Do You Think You Are? TV presenter and former MP Ed Balls researches his ancestry, looking into rumours of a link to Nelson’s HMS Victory and a labourer who went on trial for defending his livelihood. Last in the series. 10.00 BBC News at Ten 10.25 Reporting Scotland 10.35 I Like the Way U Move The couples rehearse their semi-final dances but as the pressure mounts Jamie Laing and KK arrange a surprise – a retreat and pampering session where they can bond and build more of a connection. Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo joins the judging panel, helping to decide who will go through to the final. 11.35 Britney Comedy about two friends reunited after living thousands of miles apart. 12.00m’t Have I Got a Bit More News for You. Hosted by Jack Dee, with Phil Wang and Sayeeda Warsi. (R) 12.45 Question of Sport. With guests Johanna Konta, Holly Bradshaw, Ellis Genge and Ryan Sidebottom taking part. (R) 1.15 Weather for the Week Ahead 1.20-6.00am BBC News 8pm, Amazing Hotels… Giles Coren and Monica Galetti 7.00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip TV doctor and GP Amir Khan takes on presenter and talk show icon Trisha Goddard in a competition to make the most money from antiques, assisted by experts Tim Medhurst and Izzie Balmer. 8.00 NEW Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby Giles Coren and Monica Galetti join staff working in some of the world’s most unusual hotels, here visiting the ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland, which levitates out from a dormant volcano. 9.00 Impeachment: American Crime Story At his deposition in the Paula Jones case, President Clinton flatly denies her accusations. 9.55 What We Do in the Shadows Justice is served, both for the vampires and also in small claims court. Starring Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou and Matt Berry. 10.20 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby Giles Coren and Monica Galetti work in Icehotel in Sweden. (R) 10.30 Newsnight With Emily Maitlis. 11.15 NFL This Week Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell present action from the latest fixtures, including Baltimore Ravens v Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium and Green Bay Packers v Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. 12.05am Snooker: UK Championship. Action from the concluding last-32 matches. 12.55 Snooker: UK Championship Extra. Extended highlights from one of today’s matches. 2.55 Sign Zone: Universe (R) 3.55 Sign Zone: The Lakes with Simon Reeve (R) 4.55-6.30am This Is BBC Two 7pm, emmerdale: Tracy Metcalfe 7.00 Emmerdale Yorkshire-set soap. Belle accompanies Tracy on their diversionary day out. 7.30 Britain’s Busiest Motorway Documentary, charting the work of the men and women who toil behind the scenes to keep the M25 running. (R) 8.00 Love Your Garden Alan Titchmarsh and his team create a garden complete with outside gym, kitchen/ lounge, office and even a floral hallway for a family that has turned personal struggles into a thriving charity. 9.00 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The famous faces continue to deal with the cold and hunger at their temporary home in North Wales, all in the hope of being crowned this year’s King or Queen of the Castle. 10.05 ITV News at Ten; Weather The day’s big stories. 10.35 STV News; Weather 10.45 Scotland Tonight; Weather Current affairs show that tackles the issues behind the headlines from a Scottish perspective. 11.10 On Assignment Carl Dinnen visits Rome to find out why the Eternal City is being declared the sink-hole capital of Europe. 11.45 It’s Clarkson on TV Jeremy Clarkson takes a look at the current state of television. (R) 12.25am Home Shopping 3.00 FYI Extra 3.15 Loose Women. More celebrity interviews and topical debate from a female perspective. (R) 4.05 Unwind with STV. Daily escape designed to calm the mind and encourage relaxation and reflection. 5.05-6.00am Tipping Point (R) 9pm, LOST IN SCOTLAND Alan Cumming and Miriam Margolyes 7.00 Channel 4 News A round-up of the latest headlines, in-depth interviews and analysis of political developments and current affairs. Plus, the day’s leading sports stories and up-to-theminute weather reports. 8.00 NEW Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country Documentary following the property expert and her family after moving from London to rural Somerset. The builders lay the concrete floor and Sarah adds a second beehive. 9.00 Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland Miriam Margolyes and Alan Cumming join a walking group whose members include Alan’s mum, play a round of ‘zen golf’ and reflect on their journey in Edinburgh. Last in the series. 10.00 Stath Lets Flats Alone and struggling to start anew, Stath sees his dad’s wedding as the perfect opportunity to win back the love of his life. Comedy, starring Jamie Demetriou. Last in the series. 10.30 Gogglebox TV opinions. (R) 11.35 Taskmaster With just one lap left to run, Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson and Victoria Coren Mitchell each retain hopes of being crowned the winner. Hosted by Alan Davies. Last in the series. (R) 12.35am Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (R) 1.25 Iris Prize Best British Shorts: Smile 2.45 FILM Mahanagar (1963, PG) Drama, starring Madhabi Mukherjee and Anil Chatterjee. ★★★★ 5.00 Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It (R) 5.55-6.10am Kirstie’s House of Craft (R) 7pm, secret life of the forest 7.00 Secret Life of the Forest Autumn arrives at Kielder Forest and there’s a feeling of change in the air, with wildlife preparing for the colder months, including the red squirrels who are busy hoarding nuts. 8.00 Christmas on the Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard It’s Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and cameras follow staff as they prepare for the festive season. A brand-new train with 25,000 lights has been brought in. (R) 9.00 NEW Attack on Pearl Harbor: Caught By Surprise A detailed account of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbour, beginning with the inception of the idea and the obstacles it faced during the months of planning. 10.00 Inside the Force: 24/7 Documentary going behind the scenes at Lincoln’s West Parade police station, beginning by focusing on the custody suite as a procession of challenging suspects are brought in. (R) 11.05 FILM Death Wish (2018, 15) A surgeon embarks on his own mission for justice following an attack on his wife and daughter after becoming frustrated with the lack of police progress. Thriller, starring Bruce Willis. ★★★ 1.10am The Live Casino Show 3.10 Entertainment News on 5 3.15 Celebs in Solitary: Meltdown. The water and electricity are turned off. (R) 4.00 Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16 (R) 4.50 Britain’s Greatest Bridges (R) 5.35 Thomas & Friends (R) 5.45-6.00am Paw Patrol (R)

DXSC Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 39 Freeview 6 Freeview 27 ITV2 ITVBe 6.00am Love Bites 7.00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8.00 Emmerdale 8.30 Coronation Street 9.30 Supermarket Sweep 10.30 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 11.30 Love Bites 12.30pm Emmerdale 1.00 Coronation Street 2.00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3.00 Dress to Impress 4.00 I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 5.00 The Voice USA. Ed Sheeran serves as mentor to the teams. 7.00 Superstore Double bill. 8.00 Bob’s Burgers Double bill. 9.00 Family Guy Double bill. The Wi-Fi goes out in the Griffin house; Stewie’s body swapping machine malfunctions. 10.00 Plebs Double bill. The boys gatecrash a posh banquet; a heatwave hits Rome. 11.00 Killer Camp The campmates are still reeling from the previous night’s murder. 12.00m’t Family Guy. 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With Alan Davies, Richard Osman and Jermaine Jenas. 9.20 QI With guest Sarah Millican. 10.00 Question Team With Isy Suttie. 11.00 Live at the Apollo With Sean Lock. 12.00m’t Mock the Week 12.40 Would I Lie to You? 1.20 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 2.30 QI 3.00 Hypothetical 4.00-6.00am Teleshopping 6.00am Hollyoaks 7.00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 8.00 Baby Daddy 9.00 How I Met Your Mother 10.00 The Big Bang Theory 11.00 The Goldbergs 12.00noon Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.00 The Big Bang Theory: four episodes 3.00 Mike & Molly 4.00 The Goldbergs 5.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine: two episodes 6.00 The Big Bang Theory Double bill. 7.00 Hollyoaks Concerns for Luke after he becomes obsessed with finding Darren. 7.30 Young Sheldon Missy stands up to the boys on her baseball team. 8.00 The Big Bang Theory Sitcom. 9.00 The Great Christmas Bake Off Part one of two. Former contestants compete in a series of festive challenges. 10.15 Naked Attraction Double bill. 12.20am Gogglebox. 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Comedy. 6.00 ’Allo ’Allo! Double bill. 7.20 Last of the Summer Wine Foggy takes Compo and Clegg on a nostalgic day out to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway to ride on a steam train. 8.00 PD James: The Murder Room Conclusion. The killing of Neville Dupayne is followed by further copycat murders, while Dalgliesh’s investigations are complicated by his feelings for Emma. 10.00 New Tricks The detectives reinvestigate the three-year-old case of a murdered fashion designer. 11.15 Bad Girls Part one of two. Phyl and Bev get the chance to escape. 12.50am Judge John Deed 2.50 New Tricks 4.00-6.00am Teleshopping Freeview 13 Freeview 18 8.55am Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 9.15 A Place in the Sun 11.05 Escape to the Chateau 12.05pm Grand Designs 1.10 Four in a Bed: five episodes 3.50 Find It, Fix It, Flog It 5.55 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. 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40 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Sport Sky Sports Main Event 6.00am Sky Sports News 7.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 7.30 Early Kick-Off 8.00 Good Morning Sports Fans 10.00 The Football Show 12.00noon Sky Sports News. Headlines. 7.30 LIVE SPFL Motherwell v Dundee United (kick-off 7.45pm). Action from Fir Park. 10.15 Sky Sports News. Today’s headlines. 11.00 NFL Fantasy 12.00m’t Sky Sports News 12.30 MLS Greatest Games 12.35 MLS 12.40 LIVE MLS New England Revolution v New York City FC. Play-off semi-final action. 2.50 MLS 3.00-6.00am Sky Sports News Sky Sports Cricket 6.00am Cricket in Mumbai 7.00 Talking Cricket. 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44 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Letters Plea for UK-wide plan stinks of hypocrisy THIS morning, Nicola Sturgeon urged Boris Johnson to introduce a “four nations” approach to containing the Omicron variant. This is pure political posturing and hypocrisy. What has Ms Sturgeon been doing for the last 18 months? Everything in her power, and sometimes beyond her powers, to ensure that Scotland implements a different set of Covid policies to those south of the Border. She is not to be trusted, under any circumstances, and I would urge Boris and his Cabinet to be careful of any “offer” coming from Bute House. Ian Forbes Glasgow It’s bad news for most, but good for the SNP THEY say every cloud has a silver lining. And the Omicron variant appears to present one to Nicola Sturgeon, as she cites it as a reason for possible further delays in holding indyref2. It provides perfect cover for her party’s inability to create any meaningful offering to those who might support independence. Instead, there is bickering and internal feuding over almost every aspect of how to proceed. Little has changed in areas such as currency since Scotland rejected Alex Salmond’s offer in 2014. The most notable alteration is an “extinction event” – North Sea oil and gas is to be consigned to history. The golden goose has been hounded to extinction. Monday’s Covid briefing saw Ms Sturgeon return as though she had never left – just the job for ratcheting up her popularity rating after months of relatively little positive activity. Are we about to witness another round of increased controls on a weary populace? And where does Omicron leave her flagship vaccination passport policy: holed below the waterline? Graham Wyllie Greengairs, Lanarkshire Mixed messages as parents miss out again Can someone please explain why Nicola Sturgeon is allowing pantomimes to go ahead but parents and grandparents cannot see their children in nativity plays? Again, she is sending out mixed messages. Now she is also blaming Covid for the appalling NHS staff shortages, yet we have had Covid for only two of her 14 years in government and the NHS was going down the swanny when she arrived. The SNP are to blame, so she should be looking at her government very carefully. Lesley Robertson By email Channel survivor’s story puts our leaders to shame THERE cannot be many who were not horrified by the chilling account from one of the few survivors of During coronavirus restrictions we can only publish readers’ letters emailed to Letters must include address and phone number I HAVE long been concerned by our nuclear safety and as such produced a report on operations at HM Naval Base Clyde Faslane. The report begins in 1989 when Rosyth radiation workers (reputed to be best in the country) and at the request of the MoD, worked at Faslane, where they found radioactive items unmarked, lying around the workshop used by navy engineers and, worse, radioactive pipework/valves in their own lockers. I have contacted all political parties about my concerns during the past years and have received no support – including from the unions. There have been reports throughout the years of high radioactive discharges into the Gare Loch, and also reports of miscarriages. Unbelieveably, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) have no remit at Faslane. Hopefully, my concerns will be investigated, as I believe radiation workers are leaving the base with no mandatory secondary check. John Connor (Ex-radiation controller, Rosyth and Faslane), Dunfermline that tragic Channel crossing where so many lost their lives. It was hard to read how he pleaded to both the British and French authorities for help, only to be told by each that the responsibility lay with the other. Such callousness starkly reveals that our authorities, who like to cloak themselves in compassionate rhetoric, see such hapless individuals as pawns in their petty political game. If the accounts of that fatal crossing are credible, you have to wonder how those in authority can sleep at night with so many lost lives on their conscience. Both Britain and France are culpable in the court of human opinion for their complicity in such tragic and avoidable outcomes. Denis Bruce Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow Nationalists have put us all on the wrong road “IT’S a lang road that has nae turning” is an auld Scots saying meaning, “Keep on going until you DXSC Letter of the day reach the end of your task and don’t deviate.” But it appears Nicola Sturgeon has gone of the rails completely, and all her false promises and poor financial investments of the past 15 years are catching up on her. Education is a shambles, with the exam system causing problems which can only be solved by a new system that gives students a fair chance irrespective of which school they attend. Then there is the U-turn over the Cambo oil field – a development which would help fuel Scotland and give us income without which we will not be in a position to seek independence any time soon. Whisky alone won’t keep us afloat. It seems the “lang road” has been too long for Ms Sturgeon and her party. Denis Fraser Edinburgh Blackford’s diversion tactics are a sick joke Well, well, well, there’s a surprise. The SNP are going to table a motion ● /ScottishDailyExpress ● twitter: @ScotExpress Years of inaction over radiation at Faslane must be addressed soon Astute-class HMS Audacious at Faslane base on the Clyde of censure on Boris Johnson early this week. This is standard Nationalist deflection tactics and clearly an attempt to reassure the troops and take attention away from the fact that their dream is even further off than it was in 2014. Their censure motion is a bigger joke than even Mr Johnson. He is unlikely to be quaking in his shoes. Alexander McKay Edinburgh “Out of his depth?’ Try looking in the mirror IAN Blackford does not appreciate the fact that every time he opens his mouth, he cements the general opinion throughout the UK that he would find trouble in an empty house. He claims Boris Johnson is out of his depth, but that is in fact a perfect description of his boss Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish government. Mary Latimer Edinburgh is the national pothole problem a real emergency? Yes No I lose track of the number of times this issue rears its head without any real long-term solution ever being found (“‘Motorists facing a plague of potholes’”, November 29). I know the weather in this country can be atrocious but surely to goodness some proper national or local funding could be ringfenced to make this annual problem disappear. Is it something to do with the type of substance used to repair roads? Whatever the problem is, it’s a nuisance that never seems to go away. Mark Nelson, Blackburn, Lancs IN THE general scheme of things, worrying about potholes is a bit silly. OK, they shouldn’t be around in the 21st century with the materials that surely must be available. But now is not the time to be bothered about them. Covid is back and worrying about this issue is small fry. Money needs to be found to tackle Covid, possible new furloughs for those parts of the economy that may be affected, not to mention money for social care. Let’s sort these issues out first. Neil Brown, Southampton TODAY: Tuesday November 30, 2021 On this day 65 years ago (1956) We announced Anthony Eden’s Conservative Government had decided to withdraw British forces from Suez after Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd told the Cabinet the crisis could not be resolved while troops remained on Egyptian soil. Our front page editorial concluded military intervention in the region had achieved nothing. 39 years ago (1982) A letter bomb sent to No.10 by animal rights campaigners slightly burnt one of PM Margaret Thatcher’s aides who intercepted it. The Prime Minister was in the building at the time of the explosion but was not harmed. Extremist group Animal Rights Militia claimed responsibility. 16 years ago (2005) Dr John Sentamu became the 97th Archbishop of York and the first black Archbishop in the Church of England. Born in Uganda, Africa, Sentamu fled to the UK in 1974 to escape brutal dictator Idi Amin. He studied theology at Cambridge and in 2002 was appointed the Bishop of Birmingham. He retired in 2020. Birthdays Zoolander star Ben Stiller is 56. He is an avid Star Trek fan. Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker is 61. He is one of England’s highest goal scorers. Comedian John Bishop is 55. He only became a full-time stand-up at 39. Singer Billy Idol is 66. His real name is William Broad. TODAY’S GIGGLE Two guys walked into a bar. The third guy ducked.

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46 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 email: Visit City & Business pages online at Tel: 020 8612 7156 DX1ST City&Business SToCK MARKET FTSE 100 7109.9 +65.9 FTSE 250 22756.3 +218.4 FTSE All SHARE 4057.6 +37.3 Shares Traded 4102.8 million PoPUlAR SHARES oN THE RISE Aviva 378¼ +7¼ Barclays 183¼ +1½ BP 327¾ +10 BT Group 163½ +9½ Centrica 65¼ +¼ GlaxoSmithKline 1525 +14¼ HSBC Holdings 416½ +2½ lloyds Banking Group 46¾ +¾ Marks & Spencer Group 240¾ +2½ Natwest Group 210½ +2¼ Rolls-Royce Holdings 122½ +1 Royal Dutch Shell 'B' 1594 +37½ Saga 262¼ +7¼ Vodafone Group 110 +½ PoPUlAR SHARES UNCHANGED BAE Systems 549¾ PoPUlAR SHARES oN THE SlIDE Abrdn 235¾ -2¼ AstraZeneca 8367 -44 Int Consolidated Airlines 131 -½ National Grid 1001¼ -1 Royal Mail 500¼ -5½ Sainsbury (J) 289¾ -4 Tesco 279 -¼ Unilever 3921 -30½ woRlD MARKETS wAll STREET 35,135.9 ▲ +236.6 ToKYo 28283.9 -467.7 HoNG KoNG 23852.2 -228.3 GERMANY 15280.9 +23.8 FRANCE 6776.2 +36.5 STERlING VAlUE Dollar 1.330 -0.004 Yen 151.239 +0.088 Euro 1.180 +0.002 DollAR VAlUE Dollar/Yen 113.710 +0.3662 Dollar/Euro 0.887 +0.0038 CoMMoDITIES GolD($) 1783.90 KRUGERRAND(£) 1340.62 SIlVER(pence) 1715.75 BRENT CRUDE($) 74.32 ToURIST’S PoUND Australia Canada China Czech Rep. Denmark Eurozone Hong Kong Hungary Israel Japan Mexico New Zealand Norway Poland Russia Saudi Arabia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Thailand Turkey United States AT A GlANCE oTHER INDICAToRS Base rate 0.10% Halifax mortgage rate 3.99% Retail Price Index +6.0% (CPI +4.2%) House price Index +11.8% Unemployment 1,448,000 1.80 dollar 1.64 dollar 7.88 renminbi 28.16 koruna 8.35 krone 1.16 euro 9.77 dollar 404.58 forint 3.96 shekel 143.65 yen 27.26 peso 1.88 dollar 11.53 krone 5.24 zloty 92.46 ruble 4.73 riyal 20.50 rand 11.57 krona 1.19 franc 42.32 baht 15.46 lira 1.31 dollar Borrowing rises after early Christmas shopping splurge HOUSEHOLD spending is on the increase as people save less and borrow more in the run-up to Christmas, the Bank of England reported yesterday. The central bank’s Money and Credit Report showed households borrowed a net additional £706million in consumer credit in October. The figure includes borrowing on credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans. Within the total, £637million was on credit cards, marking the strongest net borrowing on cards since July 2020. Households also put less money into savings. When money put into Treasurybacked NS&I accounts was also taken into account, a total of £6.4billion flowed into these funds in October. This was significantly lower than an average net flow of £11.9billion over the 12 months to September. Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said he expects households to continue squirrelling money away. He said: “Households set aside in savings accounts in October By Graham Hiscott spree: More credit card shopping the smallest sum since the pandemic began, though the emergence of the Omicron variant is likely to ensure that they remain cautious over the coming months.” Mortgage lending slumped to a 16-month low last month, Bank of England figures also revealed. Some 67,199 home loans for house purchase were approved in October. Meanwhile, the value of mortgages given the green light amounted to £1.6billion, down from £9.3billion back in September. The drop has been blamed in part on the end of the Government’s stamp duty holiday. Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “The market is settling down a little after what has been a frenzied few months.” Geoff Garrett, director of broker Henry Dannell, said: “The temptation of a stamp duty saving spurred many homebuyers to enter the market earlier...a decline following the final deadline was only to be expected.” Strong sales boost Barr’s profits Irn-Bru maker AG Barr’s profits for the year are expected to beat market forecasts after strong sales. The Scottish business, which also makes Rubicon, said sales since September “have grown ahead of our expectations”. They have been boosted by the return of people 52 Week Company CloSe +/- high loW 3i group .........................................1388 +25½ 1453½ 1070½ a.B. Foods .....................................1907 +22 2494 1727 admiral group ............................3013 +50 3688 2798 anglo american.....................2683½ +48½ 3444 2213½ antofagasta .................................1398 +13½ 1925 1237 ashtead group ...........................6130 +46 6450 3150 astraZeneca .................................8367 -44 9444 6794 auto Trader ................................ 732½ +2½ 739½ 543½ avast .............................................. 604¾ +3 609½ 420 aveva group ...............................3220 +18 4220 3107 aviva .............................................. 378¼ +7¼ 426¼ 314¼ B&m europ Value Ret ..............625# -3 643¾ 469¾ Bae Systems ............................549¾# 599½ 462 Barclays ........................................ 183¼ +1½ 202¾ 133½ Barratt Development ............ 692¾ +5½ 794¾ 583½ Berkeley grp hldgs ..................4325 +32 5372¾ 4169 Bhp Billiton ..................................2019 +57 2375½ 1698½ Bp ..................................................327¾# +10 363½ 247¾ British amer.Tob ........................2556 +15 2924 2485½ British land ..............................521½# +6½ 544¾ 429¾ BT group ..................................... 163½ +9½ 205½ 116¾ Bunzl.............................................2867# +32 2890 2150 Burberry group ..........................1795 +12½ 2264 1687 Coca-Cola hBC ...........................2353 +10 2784 2160 Compass group .........................1522 +68½ 1646 1310½ CRh ..................................................3679 -30 3921 2937 Croda international ...............10065 +163 10195 5940 DCC ...............................................5634# +12 6614 5178 Diageo ........................................3823½ +64 3912 2812½ DS Smith ...................................... 367¾ -1 462¼ 332 entain ..............................................1746 +22 2377 1015½ evraz .................................................. 572 +7¼ 698¼ 386¼ experian group ..........................3383 +60 3512 2273 Ferguson ................................. 11555# +70 12120 8324 Flutter entert. ...........................10325 +25 16915 10270 Fresnillo ........................................ 914½ +7½ 1249 745¼ glaxoSmithkline .....................1525# +14¼ 1593½ 1190¾ glencore ...................................... 357¼ +5¼ 392½ 211¾ halma..............................................3029 +57 3165 2216 to offices and the recovery of bars and restaurants. Revenues are expected to be around £264million for the year, with a forecast pre-tax profit of £41million. 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Sainsbury’s goes till-free in Amazon link-up Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Amazon to go till-free. The first branch opened yesterday in central London, near similar Amazon and Tesco checkout-free stores. Sainsbury’s is using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology in the online giant’s first partnership with a third-party customer outside the US. The system is used in eight London Amazon Fresh stores, as the company continues to grow its bricks and mortar sector. Sainsbury’s customers will pay via its SmartShop app, which adds up items spotted by shop cameras and charges a linked bank card. The store is on the site of its first till-free effort, which lasted a few months in 2019. Retail giant to sell Glasgow site Retail property giant Hammerson is in talks over the sale of the Silverburn shopping centre near Glasgow for around £140million. 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Yesterday’s 65.92 point recovery shows investors are still nervous of what the strain means. British Airways owner IAG – one of the big victims of Friday’s mayhem – saw its price rise, then fall to 129.58p before closing the day down slightly at 131p. The biggest riser was BT, which soared after a report that private equity companies might be circling its Openreach division. The telecoms giant’s shares gained 9.4p – 6.1 per cent – to close at 163.4p. Close behind was caterer Compass Group (up 4.71 per cent at 1,522p) and trainer chain owner JD Sports Fashion (up 3.58 per cent at 1,141.5p). The big fallers included broker Hargreaves Lansdown (down 5.63 per cent to 1,341.5p) and water giant United Utilities (down 2.26 per cent to 1,341.5p). Picture: sainsburys holds with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Hammerson bought Silverburn for around £300million in 2009. The group said any sale would help to strengthen its balance sheet and enable it to “recycle capital for investment”.

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..........314½ +5½ 423 288 Edin.Drgn.Tst. ............508# +8 592 480 Edin.Inv.Tst. ..............617 +12 643 511 Edin.US Tracker ...........283 +1 292½ 232½ Elderstreet VCT ............ 58 58 40½ Electra Private Eq. .......... 65 +1 670 63¼ European Ass Tst. . . . . . . . . . 138 +2 150½ 110 F&C Cap&Inc .............323 +2 339 277 F&C Inv Tst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 914 +9 941 750 F&C Smaller Cos .........166½ +1½ 175 137¾ F&C US Smaller Companies 1475 +35 1525 1060 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Fidelity Asian ............477# -1 506 397½ Fidelity European ..........323 +5 341 263½ Fidelity Japanese ..........242 +1 261 203½ Fidelity Special ............297 +4 310½ 226 Finsbury Gwth&In ..........892 +5 923 837 Foresight Tech.VCT ........76½ 76½ 57½ Gartmore Euro. ...........1595 +5 1682½ 1370 Genesis E.M.F. ...........803# +18 948 785 Graphite Ent ............1262# +22 1290 880 Hansa Tst ‘A’ .............219 +3 236 195 Hansa Tst Plc .............214 242 196 Henderson Euro.Tst ........151 +3 156 137½ Henderson Far Est ........295½ +3½ 343 288 Henderson High Inc ........171 +4½ 183½ 139 Henderson Opp Tst ......1345# +2½ 1602½ 1040 Herald Inv.Tst. ...........2405 +25 2630 1892 HGCapital Tst. ............421 +2½ 425½ 295½ HSBC Infrastructure .......169# +1¼ 179½ 160 Impax Env.Mkt ............561 +13 583 411 Int.Biotech.Tst .............740 858 688½ International Public ........166¾ +1½ 176¼ 160½ Invesco Asia ..............358 +5 420 328 Invesco Perp UK .........596# -6 660 446 JPM American ............743 +13 758 565 JPM Asian ..............446½ -6½ 544 406½ JPM Claverhouse .........750# +6 774 598 JPM Elect Man Gwth .....1070# -5 1110 892½ JPM Emerg Mkt ...........127 +2¼ 151¾ 123½ JPM Euro Sml Co .........528 +6 582 450 JPM Global Emerging ......141 +2 158½ 131½ JPM Indian ...............818 +9 857 638 JPM Japanese ............682 +12 739 592 JPM Mid Cap ............1310 +40 1565 1005 JPM Overseas IT .........446# 470 379 JPM Smaller Co ..........384# +2 472½ 299 JPM US Sml Co ...........458 +2 467 383½ Jupiter Euro. ..............824 +4 891 681 JZ Capital Partners .......115½ 127½ 70 Keystone Inv.Tst ...........333 +2 363 274½ Law Debenture ............767 +10 808 610 Lowland Invest Co ........1290 -25 1425 1120 Majedie Inv. ..............232 +2 252½ 217 Manchester&Lon. ..........610 +14 648 532 Martin Currie Prtflo Tst ......422 +3 433 349 Matrix Inc & Gwth 4 ........98½ -1 99½ 69 Maven Income And Growth VCT 43½# 43½ 40 Mercantile Inv Tst ..........265 +5½ 291 215½ Merchants Tst .............537 -2 557 417½ Mid Wynd Int. .............832 +6 848 686 Midas Inc&Gwth Tst ......186½# +¼ 195 159¾ Monks Inv.Tst. ...........1408 +22 1484 1266 Montanaro Euro Tst ........215 +1½ 225½ 148¾ Montanaro Uk .............163 +3½ 182½ 127¼ Murray Inc.Tst. ...........889# +16 952 794 Murray Int.Tst ............1106 +12 1230 1076 New India ................610 -6 660 480½ New Star Inv.Tst ..........144# -1 147 119 North Atl.Smlr.Tst .........4850 -25 4990 3200 Northern 2 VCT ...........66½ +1½ 70½ 49½ Northern Venture ..........70¾ 77¾ 55½ Oxford Tech 2 VCT ........27½ 27½ 20 Oxford Tech VCT ..........27½ 29 27 Pacific Assets .............358 +6 369½ 299 Pacific Horizon ............903 +5 948 678 Pantheon Int. .............322 -2 338 232 Pershing Square Hold ....3005# 3080 2385 Polar Cap.Tech ..........2672 +46 2736 2085 RCM Technology Trust .....355 +9½ 370 246 RIT Capital Partners. . . . . . . 2680 +10 2765 1954 Ruffer Investment ..........296 -1 306¼ 245¼ Schroder Asia .............583 +6 683 564 Schroder Inc. .............298 +2 319½ 264 Schroder Japan ..........213# +1 231 188 Schroder UK ..............236 +4 255 207 Schroder UK M&S .........690 +16 796 538 Scottish American ........527# +11 533 435 Scottish Inv.Tst ............820 +1 852 688 Scottish Mortgage ......1511½# +24 1543½ 1017 Shires Inc. ................261 +6 287½ 229 Shires Smlr.Co ............359 -½ 399 286 Small Comp Div.Tst ........209 +2 240 150¼ SPARK VCT ..............21¼ 23 19 Standard Life Equity ........345 +4 382 288 Standard Life UK Sml ......723 +17 784 570 SVM UK Emerging ........106½ 115½ 90 Temple Bar ..............1094 +10 1172 911 Templeton Emrg. .........176¼ +1½ 214½ 173¼ The European Inv.Tst .....153¼ +1½ 169½ 132½ Throgmorton Tst ...........943 +9 1042 662 TR Euro.Growth .........1410# +20 1535 1175 TR Prop. IT ...............495 +13½ 510 364 Troy Inc & Growth Trust ....78¾ +¾ 80¾ 68½ Value & Income ...........250 +3 250 179½ Witan Inv Trust ...........246# +2 257 207½ Witan Pacific ..............394 +6 640 364½ Wwide Healthcare .......3565# +5 3960 3515 Financial Services 3i Group ................1388 +25½ 1453½ 1070½ 3i Infrastructure ...........341# +1½ 344½ 286 Ashmore Group .........301½# +½ 479½ 300¾ Brewin Dolphin ...........347½ +8½ 406 270 Charles Stanley ..........517½ 520 261 City Of London Group ......62½ 88½ 60 Guinness Peat Group ....... 63 -¼ 79¾ 56 Hargreaves Lansdown ....1341½ -80 1788 1320½ IG Group .................780 +8 952½ 750 Intermediate Cap.Grp .....2150 +41 2379 1593 The service is provided for general information only and is not intended to address individual requirements. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making investment decisions. 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DX1ST SHARES AT A GLANCE 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW International Pers Fin ......132½ +5¼ 155½ 78½ IP Group ................115½ +3½ 155¼ 86 Jupiter Fund Man. ........239¾ +1¼ 306½ 235¼ Liontrust Asset Man .......2080 +45 2485 1185 London Stock Ex. .........6870 +20 9910 6666 Lonfin .................... 39 41½ 32 M&G ...................190¼ +2½ 248½ 176 Man Group ..............227½ +8¼ 242½ 116½ Paragon Group ............519 +8 570 403½ Provident Financial ........369½ +6 381½ 184 Rathbone Brothers ........1858 +36 2065 1454 S & U. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2750 +50 2950 1780 Schroders ...............3517 +64 3871 3170 Schroders NV ............2360 +45 2735 2085 St James’s Place ........1562½ +25 1692 1019½ Standard Life ............235¾ -2¼ 331 234 Tullett Prebon ............128½ -2¾ 262½ 127¼ Walker Crips Group ........32½ 36½ 25½ Fixed Line Telecommunications BT Group ...............163½ +9½ 205½ 116¾ Telecom Plus ............1460 +14 1498 1010 Food & Drug Retailers Greggs .................3023 +38 3192 1657 Ocado ..................1834 +5 2883 1565½ Sainsbury (J) ...........289¾# -4 340 210 Tesco ...................279 -¼ 286 219¼ Food Producers A.B. Foods ..............1907 +22 2494 1727 Anglo-Eastern .............720 +20 772 542 Carr’s Milling ..............148 +2 167½ 121 Cranswick ...............3588 +30 4148 3348 Devro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214½ +3 227½ 146½ Glanbia .................974¾ -42½ 1292¾ 833¾ Greencore Group ..........123 +2½ 170¾ 106 Kerry Grp ‘A’ Shs ........9163¼ +42½ 10969 8502¼ Premier Foods ...........103¾ +¾ 122¼ 86½ REA Holdings ............107½ +1½ 108½ 50 Tate & Lyle .............641¼# -2 815¾ 637¾ Unilever ................3921# -30½ 4586 3733 Gas, Water & Multiutilities Centrica ..................65¼ +¼ 68¼ 41½ National Grid ............1001¼ -1 1010 806½ Pennon Group ...........1226 -11 1718¼ 1129 Severn Trent .............2907 +8 2915 2168 United Utilities ...........1088½ -7 1099 859¼ General industrials Bunzl ..................2867# +32 2890 2150 DS Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .367¾ -1 462¼ 332 Goodwin ................3460 +25 3935 2790 Melrose ..................146 +1¾ 190¾ 128¾ Mondi ..................1748 +1½ 2068 1658 Smiths Group ............1456 +6½ 1661 1355½ Smurfit Kappa ............3882 +11 4305 3180 General Retailers Auto Trader ..............732½ +2½ 739½ 543½ B&M Europ Value Ret .....625# -3 643¾ 469¾ Caffyns ..................500 525 345 Dignity ...................588 -7 940 511 Dixons Carphone ..........133 -1 159¼ 101¾ Dunelm .................1353 -7 1551 1141 Findel ...................168 -1½ 315 168 Halfords Group ...........321¼ +¼ 435 255 Howden Joinery ..........895½ +1¾ 975½ 623½ John David Group .......1141½ +39½ Kingfisher ................326 1170 733¼ +1 376½ 260¼ Lookers ..................58¼ +2 72½ 21 Marks & Spencer .........240¾ +2½ 247¼ 125¾ Next ....................7962 +114 8394 6386 Pendragon ................ 19 +¼ 21 10½ Pets At Home ............465½ -12¾ 519 369 RM Group ................196 -4 255 192 Sports Direct .............691½ +8½ 703 421¾ Ted Baker ...............111½ -1¼ 212½ 94 Topps Tiles ...............62½ -½ 75½ 54 Travis Perkins ............1480 +7½ 1830 1253 WH Smith ..............1383½ +72½ 2016 1311 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Health Care Equipment & Services Flying Brands ..............6½ +¼ 12¾ 5½ Mediclinic Intnl ............292 +5½ 346½ 269½ Smith & Nephew .........1240 +5 1668½ 1235 Household Goods & Home Construction Barratt Development ......692¾ +5½ 794¾ 583½ Bellway .................3171 +30 3712 2718 Berkeley Grp Hldgs .......4325 +32 5372¾ 4169 Bovis Homes ............1096 +24½ 1346½ 802½ Colefax Group ............640 675 415 Headlam Group ..........447# 536 354 Mcbride ................... 65 -1 94½ 63¼ Persimmon ..............2759 +29 3238 2463 Reckitt Benckiser .........6164 -22 6801 5391 Redrow .................646¾ +9¼ 718¾ 493¼ Taylor Wimpey ...........155½ +1¼ 191¾ 146½ industrial Engineering Castings ................356# -13 420 344 Hill & Smith ..............1666 -10 1902 1256 IMI .....................1731 +10 1838 1108 Northgate ................395 +4 443 241½ Rotork ..................345¾ +3¾ 376½ 289¾ Slingsby H.C ..............190 270 190 Spirax-Sarco ............15840 +130 17135 10710 Vesuvius .................425 -3½ 590 423½ Vitec Group ..............1445 -30 1615 820 Weir Group .............1678½ -3½ 2107 1600½ Xaar .....................150 +2 258½ 113 industrial Metals & Mining Bodycote ................833½ -11½ 984½ 687½ Evraz ....................572 +7¼ 698¼ 386¼ Ferrexpo .................285 +13 501 209 industrial Transportation Braemar Shipping Serv ....210# -4 310 147 Clarkson ................3770 +50 4180 2460 Fisher (J) & Sons .........343½ -6 1270 338¾ John Menzies .............262 +7 353 188 Ocean Wilsons ............900 +10 1135 765 Royal Mail ..............500¼ -5½ 606½ 307¾ Stobart Group .............. 12 37¾ 12 Wincanton ................352 +2 470 240 Leisure Goods Games Workshop .......9500# +240 12220 8975 Photo-Me Intl. .............. 57 +½ 78¾ 43¾ Life insurance Aviva ...................378¼ +7¼ 426¼ 314¼ Chesnara ................280 +2½ 314 261 Legal & General ...........285 +2¼ 298 243½ Phoenix Group ............644 +7¼ 786¼ 623½ Prudential ..............1294½ -9 1585½ 1169½ Media 4imprint Group ...........2820 +85 3170 2205 Bloomsbury Publish. ......355# -9 401 248 Daily Mail & Gen ........1078# -2 1146 683 Future ..................3192 +16 3910 1680 Informa ..................474 +8 598½ 466 ITE Group ................89¼ -1¾ 152 83 ITV .....................111¼ +2½ 132½ 94 Pearson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .614½ +4½ 869½ 587½ Quarto Group ............106½ 110 49 Reach ...................261 -5 420 129 RELX ...................2343 +34 2380 1692½ STV Group ...............338 +8 377½ 275 Wilmington Group .........227 WPP Group ............1060½ Mining Anglo American .........2683½ +48½ 240 148½ +7 1115½ 725½ 3444 2213½ Anglo Pacific ............127¾# +1¾ 160 99¾ Antofagasta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1398 +13½ 1925 1237 BHP Billiton ..............2019 +57 2375½ 1698½ Centamin Egypt ...........94½ -1 134¾ 89¾ Fresnillo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .914½ +7½ 1249 745¼ Gem Diamonds ...........51¼ +1¼ 78½ 40½ Glencore ................357¼ +5¼ 392½ 211¾ Hochschild Mining ........130½ -1¾ 254 114½ 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Kenmare Res. ............418 -3 466 285 London & Ass.Prop ........14½ 18½ 7½ Petra Diamonds ...........78½ +6½ 114¼ 45 Petropavlovsk .............. 21 +¾ 33¾ 19 Polymetal Intl. ...........1341½ -31 1841½ 1228 Rio Tinto ...............4621½ +79 # Ex-dividend * Ex-rights a Ex-All c Ex-capitalisation † Shares suspended Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 47 6658 4375½ Mobile Telecommunications Vodafone Group ..........110# +½ 142½ 107 Nonequity investment instruments Oryx Int.Gwth. ............1765 1940 1170 Rights &Iss.Inc ...........2570 -40 2750 1902½ Nonlife insurance Admiral Group ...........3013 +50 3688 2798 Beazley Group ............398 +¼ 423 294½ Direct Line Insurance ......267¼ +3 338 264 Hiscox ...................835 +5½ 1097½ 770 Homeserve ..............902½ +2½ 1212 803½ Lancashire ...............508 +4 763 494¾ oil & Gas Producers BP ....................327¾# +10 363½ 247¾ Cairn Energy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 +3 212¾ 125½ Enquest ..................18¼ +1 27¼ 11 Gulf Keystone Pet. .........183 +6½ 220 92 JKX Oil & Gas ............38¾ 54 18½ Premier Oil ..............406¾ +4¾ 647¼ 310 Ryl Dutch Shell ‘A’ ......1594¾# +38½ 1786 1271¼ Ryl Dutch Shell ‘B’ .......1594# +37½ 1801½ 1234¼ Soco International .........21½ +½ 27¾ 16½ Tullow Oil ................43¼ -¼ 65 25¾ oil Equipment, Services & Distribution Hunting ..................152 +½ 289½ 145 John Wood Group .........201 +1 360½ 192 Lamprell .................. 35 +1¼ 82½ 31¼ Petrofac .................111½ +1 175 87¾ Personal Goods Burberry Group ...........1795 +12½ 2264 1687 PZ Cussons ............194½# -1½ 274½ 193¾ Supergroup ...............262 +½ 472 201 Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology AstraZeneca .............8367 -44 9444 6794 Genus .................4994# +64 6070 3952 GlaxoSmithKline .........1525# +14¼ 1593½ 1190¾ Hikma ..................2230 -48 2690 2193 Oxford Biomedica .........1356 1634 820 Real Estate investment & Services Boot (Henry) ..............272 292 252 Capital & Regional .......... 59 -2¼ 91¼ 54 Cardiff Property ..........1950 1950 1720 CLS Holdings .............203 -1½ 262 203 Development Sec. .........148 149½ 60 Foxtons ................... 41 74¼ 40 Grainger ................302½ -7¾ 335 259½ Harworth Group ...........173 -3 183 97 Helical Bar ...............440 +13½ 497 350 Mountview Est. ..........14600 +500 15200 10750 Panther Secs. .............275 315 175 Raven Russia .............31½ 36½ 25½ Rightmove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 740 +8¾ 763½ 555¾ Savills ..................1320 -14 1431 920 UK Commercial Prop .......76½ +¾ 84 63½ Wynnstay Props. .........702½ -47½ 750 565 Real Estate investment Trusts Big Yellow Group .........1620 1651 1053 British Land .............521½# +6½ 544¾ 429¾ Capital & Counties ........166½ +2 186¼ 129½ Derwent London ..........3425 -12 3802 2960 F&C Commercial ........102½# +2 104 70 Great Portland Est. .........721 -6 803½ 618¼ Hammerson ..............31# +½ 44¼ 19¼ Highcroft Inv.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 875 900 680 Land Securities ...........751# +9¼ 766¼ 607 London & Stamford Prop ...272# +¾ 276½ 206¼ Mckay Secs. .............218# -4 239 191 Primary Health ............150 SEGRO ................1417½ +19½ Shaftesbury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 640 +4½ -¼ 169½ 138¾ 1437 875¾ 669 511½ Town Centre ..............130 -2¼ 145¼ 96 Unite Group .............1085 +12 1237 930 Workspace Group .........816 +3½ 971 683½ Software & Computer Services Avast ...................604¾ +3 609½ 420 Aveva Group ............3220 +18 4220 3107 Computacenter ...........2802 +20 3030 2086 Gresham Computing ......173½ Intec Telecom ............71¾ 176½ 132½ Just Eat Takeaway ........4931 -156 9070 4878 Micro Focus .............376½ -12½ 587½ 352¾ Microgen .................544 -4 725 445 Moneysupermarket ........204 +¾ 305½ 199 Sage Group ..............777 +3½ 800 558½ St.Ives ...................297 -2 348 102 Triad Group ..............112 -3 150 38 Support Services Ashtead Group ...........6130 +46 6450 3150 Capita Group .............. 45 +1½ 52¾ 32¼ Costain Group ............. 52 +1 69½ 50½ DCC ..................5634# +12 6614 5178 De La Rue ..............140½ +1 207 139½ Diploma .................3212 +94 3460 2058 Electrocomponents ......1213# +20 1255 798½ Essentra .................309 332½ 251 Euromoney Inst. ..........978# +3 1112 930 52 WEEK CoMPANy CLoSE +/- HiGH LoW Experian Group ..........3383 +60 3512 2273 Ferguson ..............11555# +70 12120 8324 Hays ...................148¼ +1½ 176¾ 130¼ Inchcape .................840 +8½ 933 598 Intertek Group. . . . . . . . . . . . 5480 +28 6198 4775 London Security ..........2630 -30 2745 2050 Macfarlane Group ........134½ +½ 145 82½ Mears Group .............188 +3 224 146 Michael Page ............633½ -1 680½ 414½ Mitie Group ...............65¾ +1¼ 77¼ 38 Norish ...................18½ +1 177½ 10 Paypoint .................614 -18 741 566 Rentokil Initial ............618½ +2½ 636¼ 464½ Ricardo Group ............424 +2 490 331 Robert Walters ............760 +12 850 450 RPS Group ..............119¼ +3½ 130 63¼ Serco Group .............132¾ Shanks Group ............795 +13 +¾ 145¾ 113½ 840 332½ SIG ...................... 51 +1 63½ 28¾ Smiths News .............. 36 +¾ 45½ 26 Speedy Hire ............... 64 +¼ 81 61½ SThree .................523# +9 602 293 Trifast ...................140 165 124 Technology Hardware & Equipment BATM Advanced ..........81¼ +¼ 122½ 78 CML Microsystems ........420 469 275 Spirent ..................266¼ +1¾ 300¼ 228½ Tobacco British Amer.Tob ..........2556 +15 2924 2485½ Imperial Brands .........1563# +14 1674 1333 Travel & Leisure 888 Holdings. . . . . . . . . . . . .323¾ +2 478 271½ Air Partner ................80½ +4 99¼ 64¼ Carnival ................1216½ +33½ 1865½ 1165 Celtic ....................97½ -2½ 127½ Compass Group ..........1522 +68½ 94½ 1646 1310½ Domino’s Pizza ...........362¾ -1½ 431½ 301½ EasyJet .................502½ +2¾ 922 490 Entain ..................1746 +22 2377 1015½ FirstGroup ................98½ -4½ 107 60½ Flutter Entert. ...........10325 +25 16915 10270 Fuller Smith & Turner .......700 +16 954 620 Go-Ahead Group ..........682 -9½ 1435 679 Heavitree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 430 290 InterContinental Htl ........4600 +20 5336 4472 Intl Consolidated Airlines ....131 -½ 217¾ 1½ Irish Continental Uts .......371½ +11 475¾ 333¾ Marston’s ................69½ -½ 101¼ 60¾ Mitchells & Butlers .........235 -½ 337½ 190¼ National Express ..........217 +3 328¼ 213 Rank Group .............141¼ -½ 207 123 Restaurant Gp ............81½ +4 139½ 59 Ryanair Holdings ........1212¼ Saga ...................262¼ +7¼ -8 1535¼ 1186¾ 456 221¼ Sportech .................. 37 +¼ 40¼ 26 Stagecoach Group .........68¾ -1¼ 108 59¾ TUI AG .................200½ +2 403 197½ Wetherspoon (JD) .........887 -5 1404 880½ Whitbread ...............2875 +38 3595 2787 AiM 600 Group ................14¾ 16½ 8½ Alumasc Group ...........225 +20 277½ 108 Arbuthnot Banking ........827½ +7½ 1175 717½ ASOS ..................2389 -59 5918 2300 Boohoo .................171½ -2¾ 373¼ 171¼ Brown (N.) Group ..........39½ 80 38½ Camellia ................6550 7675 6250 Churchill China ...........1700 2025 1205 CPP Group ...............387 +1 567½ 290 Cropper (James) .........1425 1575 1015 Dewhurst ...............1545 2710 1130 Falkland Islands ...........235 -10 265 200 Fevertree Drinks ..........2648 +47 2749 2123 Filtronic ..................10½ 12¾ 7½ Finsbury Food Group .......98# -¼ 102 70¾ Gresham House ...........843 -19 955 730 Hornby ..................41½ 69½ 37½ IEnergizer ...............310# +7 400 258 James Halstead ..........556# +6 578 446 Johnson Service ...........127 +4½ 180½ 122 Majestic Wine .............654 +21 888 560 Mothercare ................ 19 20 10¼ Mpac Group ..............497 +1 647 420 Nichols .................1310 +15 1640 1030 Northamber ...............67½ 77 51½ Numis Corporation .........327 -3 398 308½ Ovoca Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12½ 15 8¾ Portmeirion ...............680 700 459 Regal Petroleum ..........34½ -3½ 47¾ 18¼ Renold .................... 30 +½ 34 11¾ Rockhopper Exploratn ....... 5 -¼ 12 4¾ Ten Alps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72½ 75½ 52½ Titon Holdings. . . . . . . . . . . . .99½ 140 90 UBC Media Group ..........+½ 2 +½ Victoria Oil & Gas ...........3¼ 6¼ 2¾ Volex ...................367# +10½ 493½ 263 Young & Co Brewery A ...1480# +20 1675 1110 This newspaper observes the Editors’ Code of Practice enforced by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. 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48 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Racing Trust in Morgan LAURA MORGAN can put one over on her old boss by taking the opening event at Stratford with PERCUSSION (12.25, nap). Before becoming a trainer, Morgan worked for Jonjo O’Neill, right, responsible for today’s danger Cawthorne Lad. Last time out the latter beat a moderate field at Stratford and now faces a By The Scout tough task conceding 10lb to my selection. ISOLATE (1.25, nb) is expected to confirm his superiority over Light N Strike (now 1lb better off) whom he beat by eight lengths at Kempton last month. Useful Flat performer LYDFORD (3.00, treble) can open his account over timber. SOCCERBETTINGHOTLINE We’vebeenfindingwinnersfor30years WinnersintheUK,EuropeandAustralia Atleastthreebankersandnapseveryweek Cal09057570144 Calswilcost£1perminuteplusyourtelephonecompany’snetworkaccesscharge.LinesupdatedTuesday, Wednesday,FridayandSaturdayfrom1pm.ServiceProvider:Spoke.Helpdesk03332023390. 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H Russell(3) 84 3 (1) 272L31 LORDSBRIDGE BOY (34) (D) (T) W Knight 5 9-6.......R Winston 82 4 (11) 185LL3 STAY SMART (8) (C,D) D O’Meara 3 9-6.............J Watson 84 5 (4) 1-5L941 FINE WINE (25) (C&D) S Dixon 4 9-4..............J Fisher(5) 84 6 (10) 43133L ROYDMOOR (43) (D) R Fahey 3 9-2..................P Hanagan 85 7 (13) 7L4L92 LOST MY SOCK (25) (D) T Easterby 3 9-1......B Robinson 84 8 (2) L48003 IMPRESSOR (25) Phillip Makin 4 8-13..................... R Scott 84 9 (5) 018-579 GOOD NIGHT MR TOM (180) (C) T Waggott 4 8-13.........T Eaves 84 10 (8) 503659 UBAHHA (35) A Brittain 3 8-12................................C Hardie ★93 11 (9) 107434 FOR PEAT’S SAKE (25) (C&D) M Appleby 3 8-9 F Larson(7) 83 12 (12) 356L05 SUGAR BABY (25) P Niven 3 8-3.......................JP Sullivan 83 13 (6) L78333 CAPTAIN CORCORAN (27) (D,F) E Alston 4 8-2 D Fentiman 86 14 (7) 9L00L-6 SUMMER HEIGHTS (50) J Goldie 4 8-2..Amie Waugh(5) 61 BLINKERS: No. 5 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 2, 4, 7 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, 11 HOOD: No. 10. SP FORECAST: 5 Ballyare, 6 Lordsbridge Boy, Stay Smart, 7 Lost My Sock, 8 Fine Wine, Impressor, Captain Corcoran, 10 For Peat’s Sake, 14 Others. 2020: Be Proud 4-8-13, O Stammers(5) 13-2 (J Goldie), drawn (12), 13 ran. 4.15 NOVICE STAKES £3,510 (5) 6f (9) 1 (3) 1 NAVAL CAPTAIN (22) (C&D) D O’Meara 3 9-9.......K Shoemark 71 2 (6) BLACKJACK A Brown 4 9-2..........................................D Swift — 3 (7) 438864 CANZONE (22) D C Griffiths 4 9-2................................G Lee 75 4 (2) 6-8 CLEAR ANGEL (22) S Corbett 3 9-2............P J McDonald 67 5 (4) 4 ● DANCE AT NIGHT (18) (F) (T) A Balding 3 9-2..... D Probert 71 6 (5) L2 MUST BE ROYALE (25) M Appleby 3 9-2.................J Watson 77 7 (1) 937L52 TANTASTIC (22) J Wainwright 3 9-2........................B McHugh ★78 8 (9) BELLA GLENEAGLES (J76) E Whillans 4 8-11.............R Scott — 9 (8) 8L CIVIL JUSTICE GONE (77) D Thompson 3 8-11......C Beasley 27 HOOD: No. 4. SP FORECAST: 13-8 Naval Captain, 3 Dance At Night, 4 Must Be Royale, 6 Tantastic, 10 Canzone, 12 Clear Angel, 50 Bella Gleneagles, Blackjack, 150 Civil Justice Gone. 2020: Mondammej 3-9-5, Cam Hardie 33-1 (A Brittain), drawn (12), 10 ran. 4.45 HANDICAP £4,590 (4) 7f 14yds (8) 1 (8) 745176 ● FIRMAMENT (25) (C&D) D O’Meara 9 9-12...J Watson 90 2 (2) 142171 OSO RAPIDO (25) (C,D) R Fell 4 9-10........................J Hart 91 3 (1) 584852 OLD NEWS (28) (D) Mrs L Stubbs 4 9-1.......... J Mason(3) 91 4 (4) 264860 TOMMY TAYLOR (24) (D) G Tuer 7 8-13.............. S James 94 5 (6) 0L8111 MILLIONAIRE WALTZ (25) (C&D,F) B Haslam 4 8-12 A Mullen ★95 6 (5) 3L2341 LEAD STORY (67) (C&D) K Burke 3 8-10..........P-L Jamin(3) 89 7 (3) 223222 MAYWAKE (28) R Fahey 3 8-10...........................P Hanagan 91 8 (7) 32-3676 AL QAASIM (40) D O’Meara 4 8-6..........................C Hardie 89 BLINKERS: No. 3 CHEEK PIECES: No. 1. SP FORECAST: 5-2 Millionaire Waltz, 9-2 Oso Rapido, 5 Maywake, Lead Story, 6 Old News, 10 Tommy Taylor, 12 Firmament, 16 Al Qaasim. 5.15 HANDICAP £4,590 (4) 1m 5yds (12) 1 (6) 252311 MASKED IDENTITY (3) (D) (T) M Loughnane 6 10-3(5ex) Elisha Whittington(5) 77 2 (8) 729344 STAR SHIELD (35) (D) D O’Meara 6 9-12...........C Beasley 85 3 (1) 782136 ● END ZONE (10) R Fell 4 9-9..........................C Rodriguez 85 4 (3) 2604L4 DANIEL DERONDA (10) (C) D O’Meara 4 9-7.....J Watson ★88 5 (4) 071111 PROCLAIMER (22) (C&D) J Camacho 4 9-6.............G Lee 84 6 (7) 21435L COTE D’AZUR (35) (D) J L Eyre 8 9-4........P J McDonald 86 7 (2) 412320 INNSE GALL (35) (D) I Jardine 3 9-3....................A Mullen 87 8 (11) 741361 BROCTUNE RED (28) (C&D) G Boanas 6 9-2....O Stammers(5) 84 9 (12) 8L5314 BUSBY (31) (D) P Kirby 6 8-11.....................................D Swift 83 10 (5) 3132L8 THAAYER (120) (C&D) M Herrington 6 8-11....P Hanagan 85 11 (9) 502186 BRONZE RIVER (28) (D) M Appleby 4 8-11....F Larson(7) 85 12 (10) 518493 VINDOBALA (21) (D) T Collier 3 8-9........................T Eaves 83 BLINKERS: No. 3 TONGUE: Nos. 6, 9, 12 CHEEK: Nos. 2, 4, 9 HOOD: No. 11. SP FORECAST: 4 Masked Identity, 5 Proclaimer, 11-2 Broctune Red, 8 Busby, Daniel Deronda, End Zone, 12 Star Shield, Bronze River, Innse Gall, 14 Others. 5.45 BETWAY LIVE CASINO HANDICAP £2,700 (6) 5f (14) 1 (9) 388311 MORTY (4) (D) D O’Meara 3 10-3(12ex)................J Watson 61 2 (6) 053L21 ORIENTAL LILLY (22) (C&D,F) J Goldie 7 9-7.......P Mulrennan 66 3 (13) 324117 MUATADEL (22) (C,D) J Wainwright 8 9-7..........Z Wheatley(7) 65 4 (3) 603045 COUNTRY CHARM (35) (D) S Whitaker 3 9-7........C Beasley 66 5 (5) 4-66230 GORGEOUS GENERAL (21) (C&D) L Mullaney 6 9-7 O Stammers(5) 65 6 (1) 442333 ATYAAF (43) (D) I Furtado 6 9-6...........................K O’Neill 65 7 (10) 419263 SHARRABANG (105) (C,D) Mrs S Barclay 5 9-6 F McManoman(3) 65 8 (14) 4L4375 COOL SPIRIT (17) (D) D C Griffiths 6 9-6..................J Hart ★68 9 (2) 642950 TOMILY (22) (D) I Jardine 7 9-5............................A Mullen 67 10 (8) 848-809 PENOMBRE (36) B Smart 3 9-5..................................H Shaw 60 11 (7) 760996 JOSHUA R (22) (D) Helen Cuthbert 4 9-5.....JP Sullivan 60 12 (4) 097765 MRS BAGERRAN (98) T Waggott 3 9-4..................T Eaves 60 13 (12) 250638 QAARAAT (7) (C&D) A Brittain 6 9-3....................C Hardie 65 14 (11) L-2LL34 ● DUE A WIN (46) B Smart 4 9-2................................G Lee 66 VISOR: No. 3 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 2, 4, 9, 11 HOOD: Nos. 1, 8. SP FORECAST: 7-2 Morty, 5 Oriental Lilly, 7 Country Charm, Atyaaf, 8 Others. 6.15 BETYOURWAY AT BETWAY HCAP (DIV 1) £2,700 (6) 6f (14) 1 (12) 765125 REDZONE (32) (C&D) B Smart 4 9-7................G Sanna(7) 73 2 (14) L60L8L PRESIDENTIAL (84) (D) R Fell 7 9-5..........................J Hart 63 3 (2) 4770L6 BLAZING HOT (42) G Tuer 4 9-3.............................. R Scott 57 4 (7) 34LL37 JET SET GO (36) S Spencer 6 9-2.............................H Shaw 70 5 (13) 73L702 INDEPENDENT BEAUTY (28) L Williamson 3 9-2 B Robinson 68 6 (4) 749437 GLORIOUS CHARMER (183) (D) M Herrington 5 9-1......T Eaves 71 7 (11) 55-5043 BIRDIE BOWERS (21) D Thompson 4 8-12..........C Beasley 71 8 (6) 455628 ATRAFAN (22) (C&D) A Brown 7 8-11......................D Swift 72 9 (10) 434014 ● THE GREY BAY (21) (C&D) J Camacho 4 8-11....G Lee 68 10 (1) 8-79L90 PACOPASH (36) J Camacho 3 8-11......................... S James 56 11 (9) 621689 WICKLOW WARRIOR (182) (C&D) P Niven 6 8-10 ...JP Sullivan ★74 12 (3) 2-50860 THE GOLDEN CUE (193) (D) S Hollinshead 6 8-8........J Gordon 67 13 (5) 667154 LANCASHIRE LIFE (7) (C&D) Mrs Stella Barclay 3 8-8 F McManoman(3) 72 14 (8) L5792 EMBLA (46) A Brown 3 8-7............................ Paula Muir(3) 70 TONGUE STRAP: No. 6 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 11, 12 HOOD: No. 5. SP FORECAST: 4 Redzone, 5 Independent Beauty, 6 Birdie Bowers, 8 Lancashire Life, Glorious Charmer, The Grey Bay, 12 Jet Set Go, Embla, 14 Others. GET ALL THE BREAKING SPORTS NEWS ONLINE tiger ready to roll By Chris Goulding COURSE PROVEN: Tiger Roll loves Aintree Newcastle SSR JACKPOT: AYR: Good to soft-soft in places 12.30—LEBOWSKI (R Patrick, 8‐11 fav) 1; Livelifetothemax (22‐1) 2; Sauce Of Life (2‐1 2nd fav) 3. 12 ran. 3l, 3 3 /4l. (M Scudamore). Tote: £1.73; pl £1.10, £3.30, £1.10. exacta: £18.00. trifecta: £38.80. CSF: £20.17. Nonrunners: Donna’s Double, Douglas Talking. 1.05—RAPID RAIDER (S Mulqueen, 7‐2 fav) 1; Destiny Is All (6‐1) 2; Melanamix (9‐1) 3. H’cap 10 ran. 2l, 5 1 /2l. (L Russell). Tote: £4.50; pl £1.70, £2.40, £2.70. exacta: £25.30. tricast: £175.05. trifecta: £183.90. CSF: £25.41. Non-runners: Caboy, Camp Belan, Darius Des Sources, Morningside. 1.40—FAMOUS BRIDGE (B Hughes, 5‐2 2nd fav) 1; High Stakes (11‐8 fav) 2; Cosmic Outlaw (16‐1) 3. 12 ran. hd, 8 1 /2l. (N Richards). Tote: £3.50; pl £1.20, £1.10, £3.50. exacta: £7.30. trifecta: £51.60. CSF: £6.59. Nonrunners: Ballycoose, Cool Jet. 2.10—OPERATION OVERLORD (D R Fox, 10‐3 fav) 1; Mayo Star (20‐1) 2; Flood Defence (11‐1) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 2 1 /4l, shd. (L Russell). Tote: £4.34; pl £1.70, £5.30, £3.10. exacta: £56.90. tricast: £657.71. trifecta: £450.30. CSF: £68.78. Non-runner: Dr Shirocco. 2.45—BUZZ DE TURCOING (J Bowen, 13‐8 fav) 1; Cadeyrn (25‐1) 2; Sunset West (5‐2 2nd fav) 3. H’cap 5 ran. 2 1 /2l, 1 /2l. (S Drinkwater). Tote: £2.63; pl £1.30, £6.20. exacta: £24.30. trifecta: £78.90. CSF: £23.73. Non-runners: Jacamar, Tupelo Mississippi. TIGER ROLL is expected to return to the scene of his famous glories when he runs in the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree. The dual Grand National winner in 2018 and 2019 has missed numerous engagements this season but his trainer Gordon Elliott, right, believes he is now ready to rumble. “He’ll probably go to Aintree for the Grade Two on Saturday,” Elliott said. “Then he’ll go to the Boyne Hurdle and the Cross Country at Cheltenham. “He probably isn’t what he was, but if we can get him back to win another cross country at Cheltenham it will be a dream come true. I’d love 3.20—GEGE VILLE (Mr C Rabbitt, 17‐2) 1; Golden De Coeur (9‐4 fav) 2; Knowwhentoholdem (7‐1) 3. 11 ran. 1 3 /4l, 1 /2l. (N Richards). Tote: £11.30; pl £3.00, £1.30, £2.00. exacta: £39.80. trifecta: £286.70. CSF: £28.00. Non-runner: Whatsgoingon. Placepot: £22.50 Quadpot: £8.50 KEMPTON: Standard to slow 12.15—SPIRIT OF NGURU (T Marquand, 10‐1) 1; Noble Order (8‐15 fav) 2; Zameka (17‐2) 3. 14 ran. 3 /4l, shd. (W Haggas). Tote: £12.80; pl £2.50, £1.10, £2.50. exacta: £24.50. trifecta: £152.70. CSF: £16.05. 12.50—AL GAIYA (R Havlin, 25‐1) 1; Agent Of Fortune (11‐2) 2; Shyjack (9‐1) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 3 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (Brian O’Rourke; 11-4 fav Channel Packet). Tote: £26.00; pl £5.40, £1.80, £2.70. exacta: £185.20. tricast: £1356.10. trifecta: £2218.00. CSF: £151.76. Non-runners: Hot Romance, Sonnetina. 1.25—HAVANA GOLDRUSH (T Marquand, 28‐1) 1; Dubai Immo (13‐8 fav) 2; Secret Army (9‐1) 3. 14 ran. 3 /4l, 2 1 /2l. (J S Moore). Tote: £31.10; pl £5.20, £1.10, £2.90. exacta: £106.50. trifecta: £730.40. CSF: £73.91. yesterday’s RESULTS AND PRICES 1.55—YELLOWBRICK ROAD (D Muscutt, 3‐1 fav) 1; Achnamara (20‐1) 2; Haku (9‐1) 3. 14 ran. 1 1 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (J Ferguson). Tote: £4.00; pl £1.60, £6.40, £3.50. exacta: £72.20. trifecta: £658.00. CSF: £70.03. 2.25—CHANCE (J Mitchell, 8‐1) 1; United Front (9‐4 2nd fav) 2; Uzincso (7‐1) 3. H’cap 7 ran. nk, 1 1 /4l. (S & E Crisford; 11-10 fav Bashosh). Tote: £9.00; pl £3.00, £1.50. exacta: £28.60. tricast: £132.92. trifecta: £90.20. CSF: £25.88. Non-runner: Fox Duty Free. 3.00—FIRST CHARGE (T Marquand, 10‐11 fav) 1; Mukha Magic (16‐1) 2; Sophar Sogood (11‐1) 3. H’cap 7 ran. nk, hd. (M Loughnane). Tote: £1.91; pl £1.10, £5.30. exacta: £13.20. tricast: £98.64. trifecta: £71.90. CSF: £17.25. Non-runners: Abel Tasman, Diamond Gait. 3.35—KODI GOLD (Gina Mangan, 9‐1) 1; Tomshalfbrother (4‐1 2nd fav) 2; Daring Guest (22‐1) 3. H’cap 10 ran. 2 1 /4l, nk. (P Evans; 7-2 fav I’m Mable). Tote: £10.00; pl £3.10, £1.90, £6.10. exacta: £54.00. tricast: £778.36. trifecta: £422.60. CSF: £44.94. Nonrunners: Bobby On The Beat, Starter For Ten. 4.10—MORANI KALI (H Crouch, 40‐1) 1; Blazer Two (5‐2 2nd fav) 2; Princess T (6‐1) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 1l, 1 /2l. (Martin Smith; 13-8 fav Dual Grand National hero primed for Aintree return to win it. I think if he won, it would bring the roof down.” “He’s a horse of a lifetime. If you’re going to dream, we’d love to go back and win a third Grand National, but the stats don’t lie and it’s not getting any easier for him. “It will be three years since he ran in a Grand National.” Now an 11-year-old, Tiger Roll is expected to face some formidable opposition in the three-mile contest. Willie Mullins has entered 6.45 BETYOURWAY AT BETWAY HCAP (DIV 2) £2,700 (6) 6f (14) 1 (12) 354 MASQUERADING (77) B Smart 3 9-7..............K Shoemark 68 2 (8) 452 ● PATONTHEBACK (17) D O’Meara 3 9-6...........J Watson ★71 3 (7) 555027 BARRINGTON (24) (D) M Appleby 7 9-5........F Larson(7) 69 4 (11) 44L930 HURSTWOOD (22) (C&D) P Niven 4 9-4...... H Russell(3) 69 5 (5) 377353 PADDY POWER (22) (C&D) R Fahey 8 9-4......P Hanagan 69 6 (13) 780732 FIRCOMBE HALL (22) (C&D,F) P Kirby 3 9-1........P J McDonald 70 7 (3) U3L090 THE MACKEM TORPEDO (22) (C&D) (T) K Scott 5 9-0 J Hart 59 8 (14) 0570-L OASIS LAW (25) A Brown 4 8-13.................. Paula Muir(3) 36 9 (1) 754 LARLLUNNA (18) B Ellison 3 8-13.......................B Robinson 62 10 (2) 3L9583 RED ALLURE (28) S Hollinshead 6 8-12...............J Gordon 64 11 (9) 7-97522 SECRET EQUITY (69) J Camacho 4 8-11............... S James 67 12 (10) 486736 SLEIGHT (28) I Jardine 3 8-10.................................A Mullen 68 13 (6) L63829 ONE LAST HUG (28) J Goldie 6 8-10.......Amie Waugh(5) 68 14 (4) 3-L74LL SUNTORY STAR (99) Mrs A Duffield 3 8-8..............S Gray 69 BLINKERS: Nos. 3, 7, 13 VISOR: No. 10 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 3, 7 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 6, 12. SP FORECAST: 11-2 Patontheback, 6 Fircombe Hall, Secret Equity, 13-2 Paddy Power, 7 Masquerading, 8 Hurstwood, 10 Barrington, Red Allure, 12 Others. 7.15 3.45 Ballyare 4.15 Dance At Night 4.45 Firmament 5.15 End Zone THE SCOUT 5.45 Due A Win 6.15 The Grey Bay 6.45 Patontheback 7.15 Alphonse Le Grande CORAL RACING-SUPER-SERIES NURSERY 2YO £2,700 (6) 1m 5yds (13) 1 (5) 905425 ● ALPHONSE LE GRANDE (18) (T) E Dunlop 9-9 P Mulrennan 71 2 (7) 738 WHEAL KITTY (43) B Smart 9-7...................................G Lee 70 3 (6) 806 JABBAR (10) (T) A Balding 9-7............................ D Probert 69 4 (8) 3765 ROBBIE ROGER (5) R Fell 9-7.................................... R Scott 67 5 (12) 3645 MAGGIE’S JOY (27) K Burke 9-5.................................. C Lee 70 6 (1) 4607 HA LONG BAY (27) A Keatley 9-5............Ryan Sexton(7) 73 7 (10) 7L5 BLACK ECHO (21) R Fahey 9-4...........................T Hamilton 68 8 (2) 57808 FRANKLIN SAINT (18) (T) M Loughnane 9-3 O Stammers(5) 71 9 (13) 888 SAMURAI SNEDDZ (28) (T) K Scott 8-12..................J Hart 67 10 (9) L00012 DAJARUS (10) (C,F) I Jardine 8-11..................... J Gormley 71 11 (3) 4L060 PENELOPEBLUEYES (50) A Keatley 8-10....... L Edmunds ★74 12 (4) 00L79 FAST FORWARD (32) (T) A King 8-2................J Peate(7) 70 13 (11) LLL830 LAOCH GACH LA (36) A Berry 8-1....................JP Sullivan 67 VISOR: No. 3 TONGUE STRAP: No. 10 CHEEK: Nos. 5, 12 HOOD: Nos. 8, 11. SP FORECAST: 5-2 Dajarus, 5 Alphonse Le Grande, 6 Maggie’s Joy, 8 Robbie Roger, Wheal Kitty, 10 Jabbar, Black Echo, 14 Others. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Standard. Left Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016-21): P J McDonald 12% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): R Fahey 12% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 3.45 Ubahha (hood), 4.15 Clear Angel (hood), 5.15 Vindobala (tongue strap), 6.45 Masquerading (wind surgery), 7.15 Fast Forward (cheek pieces), Maggie’s Joy (cheek pieces), Jabbar (visor), Penelopeblueyes (hood). BEATEN FAVOURITES: 3.45 Captain Corcoran(hcp). 5.15 End Zone(hcp). 6.15 Redzone(hcp). 6.45 Barrington(hcp), Hurstwood(hcp), Secret Equity(hcp). DRAW: High numbers have a slight advantage over 5f. LONGEST TRAVELLER: Dance At Night (4.15) & Jabbar (7.15) 303 miles. STABLE SWITCH: 6.15 Blazing Hot from Paul Collins to G Tuer. 6.45 Suntory Star from B Haslam to Mrs A Duffield. Scarborough Castle). Tote: £60.40; pl £9.30, £1.30, £2.10. exacta: £236.20. tricast: £731.24. trifecta: £1961.70. CSF: £143.27. Nonrunners: Donya, Tulane. Jackpot: Not won, pool of £4,574.11 carried over. Placepot: £123.20 Quadpot: £29.60 WOLVERHAMPTON: Standard 4.00—THIS ONES FOR FRED (M Harley, 9‐2 2nd fav) 1; Steel Helmet (66‐1) 2; The Resdev Way (22‐1) 3. H’cap 13 ran. 1 3 /4l, 1 1 /2l. (A King; 5-6 fav Aljaryaal). Tote: £5.50; pl £1.50, £15.50, £4.20. exacta: £252.30. tricast: £5907.55. trifecta: £2611.50. CSF: £289.65. 4.30—PALLAS DANCER (B Robinson, 11‐4 2nd fav) 1; Pretty Sweet (0‐0 fav) 2; Silver Star (100‐1) 3. H’cap 4 ran. 1 1 /2l, 24l. (B Ellison). Tote: £3.75; exacta: £3.70. trifecta: £16.80. CSF: £4.04. 5.00—NIGHT ON EARTH (J Watson, 8‐15 fav) 1; Marnie James (11‐4 2nd fav) 2; Zapper Cass (8‐1) 3. H’cap 4 ran. 1 1 /4l, 1 1 /4l. (M Appleby). Tote: £1.54; exacta: £2.20. trifecta: £4.20. CSF: £2.29. 5.30—FITWOOD STAR (C Fallon, 5‐2 fav) 1; Rockets Red Glare (28‐1) 2; Hooflepuff (4‐1 2nd fav) 3. H’cap 12 ran. 1 /2l, shd. (R Teal). dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo, while Nicky Henderson is expected to be represented by 2020 RSA Chase hero Champ. Veteran Native River, successful in the 2019 race, is also likely to line up. ❒ SOUTHWELL will hold a 7.30am inspection for today’s jumps card as the track was frozen yesterday. Tomorrow’s meeting at Haydock faces a 2pm inspection today. Tote: £3.50; pl £1.50, £7.10, £2.00. exacta: £72.60. tricast: £284.62. trifecta: £494.20. CSF: £88.84. Non-runner: Billy Roberts. 6.00—SERENADING (P J McDonald, 10‐3) 1; Goddess Of Fire (16‐5 2nd fav) 2; A’Shaari (10‐3) 3. H’cap 5 ran. 1 1 /4l, 1 3 /4l. (J Fanshawe; 13-8 fav Pomelo). Tote: £4.34; pl £1.70, £1.80. exacta: £12.60. trifecta: £33.70. CSF: £13.95. Non-runner: Arriviste. 6.30—WONDER ELMOSSMAN (M Dwyer, 1‐2 fav) 1; Rabat (5‐2 2nd fav) 2; Uckerby (17‐2) 3. 8 ran. 1l, 2 1 /4l. (J S Moore). Tote: £1.50; pl £1.02, £1.10, £2.00. exacta: £2.50. trifecta: £7.50. CSF: £2.23. 7.00—BERYL THE PERIL (Laura Pearson, 5‐4 fav) 1; Professor Galant (50‐1) 2; Peachey Carnehan (17‐2) 3. H’cap 10 ran. 1l, 3 /4l. (K P De Foy). Tote: £2.25; pl £1.10, £6.80, £2.20. exacta: £64.30. tricast: £438.56. trifecta: £452.60. CSF: £98.60. Non-runners: Maylah, Million Reasons. 7.30—RANIA (P J McDonald, 8‐1) 1; Bomb Squad (11‐2) 2; Bobby Joe Leg (8‐1) 3. H’cap 10 ran. nk, 1 /2l. (S Kirk; 4-1 fav Tell’em Nowt). Tote: £9.00; pl £2.80, £1.60, £2.70. exacta: £50.50. tricast: £294.28. trifecta: £265.50. CSF: £51.97. Non-runners: Chantreys, Strategic Fortune. Placepot: £82.60 Quadpot: £5.60

DX1ST NATIONAL HUNT: rider faces ban threat Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 49 RACING prides itself on equality...and the sport will hold its breath today. A disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority will open to hear the case of allegations from Bryony Frost that she has repeatedly been bullied and harassed by fellow rider Robbie Dunne. Dunne could be banned from race riding for three years if he is found guilty of the claims made by Frost, Britain’s most successful female jump jockey. He has been charged with conduct which the BHA considers “is prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horse racing in Britain by bullying and harassing a fellow licensed jockey” between February 13, 2020 and September 3, 2020. The panel will consider if Dunne was guilty of acting in a violent or improper manner by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow jockey in three races during 2020. The first allegations surfaced after the pair clashed at Stratford on July 8 followed by Uttoxeter on August 17 and Southwell on September 3. At Southwell, Dunne was involved in an exchange with Frost after his mount Cillian’s Well was fatally injured after falling. Details have emerged that Dunne had allegedly complained that Frost had ridden dangerously during the race. Frost and Dunne first exchanged words back in 2017. The inquiry will also focus on Dunne’s conduct in the changing room By Chris Goulding where he is alleged to have stood naked in front of Frost during their exchanges. Since the allegations, a second female rider has complained of similar behaviour from a male jockey. Frost became the first female rider to capture last year’s iconic King George VI Chase at Kempton on Frodon and became a recognised face outside the confines of racing circles after her historic victory. Following Frost’s victory, the BHA were first made aware of bullying allegations the rider had received from Dunne. It was the first time a jockey has brought such charges against a fellow rider regarding their behaviour in or out of the saddle. Before the date was fixed for the hearing, details of the BHA investigation had been leaked in a 120- page report to a newspaper. A further dunne case puts RACING on trial embarrassment followed when Chris Watts, left, the head of integrity assurance for the BHA, departed from his post two months ago. This prompted the Professional Jockeys’ Association to call for closure of the case as they feared Dunne would not receive a fair hearing. A three-strong panel will conduct the case that will be chaired by Brian Barker QC. The hearing is expected to take place over six days. making history: Frost’s Kempton victory on Frodon Frost alleges harassment and bullying by her fellow jockey BRYONY FROST born: Buckfastleigh, Devon Age: 26 Biggest achievements: The first woman to win a Grade One over jumps at the Cheltenham Festival on Frodon in the 2019 Ryanair Chase. The first female to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton in 2020 on Frodon. She is the daughter of Grand National-winning rider Jimmy Frost. ROBBIE DUNNE born: Co Kildare Age: 42 Biggest achievements: Won 2015 Grand National on 25-1 shot Wayward Prince, and 2014 Grand National Trial at Haydock with Rigadin De Beauchene. The Irishman began his career with former leading Irish Flat trainer Dermot Weld in Kildare before successfully riding as a freelance in England. 11.40 Lingfield SSR BETWAY CASINO HANDICAP £2,700 (Cl 6) 1m 7f 169yds (14 Dec) 1 (3) 5L-9 CUILLIN (20) Noel Williams 6 9 12..... C Hutchinson(5) 2 (10) 321 SMITH (17) (C&D) Mrs L Richards 5 9 7.......R Havlin 3 (2) L69 SOME DETAIL (22) N Hawke 7 9 7......T Buckley(5) 4 (8) 773 SEVERUS ALEXANDER (J7) C Hobson 5 9 7 J Mitchell 5 (1) 304 LETTER AT DAWN (J17) M Attwater 4 9 6 W Carson 6 (6) 441 GLOBAL WONDER (J30) (C) Suzi Best 6 9 5 Jimmy Quinn 7 (4) 000 CELTIC CLASSIC (148) N King 5 9 2...........T Whelan 8 (7) 597 LEROY BROWN (77) N Twiston-Davies 6 9 0 C Shepherd 9 (11) 648 AFFAIR (79) (F) H Morrison 7 8 12...... T Marquand 10 (12) 732 HANNALITE (17) A Stronge 4 8 12.................H Doyle 11 (14) 346 MISS POLLYANNA (17) R Ingram 5 8 12....... R Ingram(3) 12 (9) 4/L8 TILSWORTH SAMMY (38) J R Jenkins 6 8 12 M Ghiani 13 (13) 421 ● OWEN LITTLE (32) (D) M Crawley 3 8 9...........G Rooke(3) 14 (5) 97P BLUE GALAXY (157) M Usher 3 8 5......L Coughlan(5) BLINKERS: Nos. 4, 7 VISOR: Nos. 2, 12 TONGUE STRAP: No. 4 CHEEK: Nos. 1, 3, 14 EYE COVERS: No. 4 HOOD: No. 11. W-F: Letter At Dawn (68); Leroy Brown (67); Smith (66). SP FORECAST: 7-2 Smith, 4 Global Wonder, 9-2 Owen Little, 6 Hannalite, 10 Letter At Dawn, 12 Others. NURSERY 2YO 12.10 £2,700 (6) 5f 6yds (10) 1 (3) 445 AYE CATCHER (28) Tom Clover 9 7.........J Mitchell 2 (2) 3L9 ● LUCROSA (27) H Morrison 9 6.......... T Marquand 3 (5) 850 ROYAL CYGNET (26) L Allan 9 6................D Keenan 4 (1) 555 IF YOU CAN DREAM (105) C Cox 9 5..........H Crouch 5 (10) 569 ALYA’S GOLD AWARD (26) R Hughes 9 4.......H Doyle 6 (4) 211 BRAZEN AKOYA (21) (D,T) Phillip Makin 9 4 G Rooke(3) 7 (8) 833 FAIR AND SQUARE (28) R Harris 9 3.........T Whelan 8 (7) 473 GLASSTREES (21) M Appleby 9 2................T Ladd(3) 9 (6) 097 EY UP ITS JAZZ (20) J Boyle 9 1..................R Havlin 10 (9) 904 ROYSTAN GIRL (57) J S Moore 8 13............ L Morris BLINKERS: Nos. 7, 10 VISOR: No. 4 HOOD: Nos. 1, 2, 9. W-Factor: Ey Up Its Jazz (78); Fair And Square (73); Lucrosa (72). SP FORECAST: 3 Brazen Akoya, 9-2 Glasstrees, 6 If You Can Dream, Alya’s Gold Award, 7 Aye Catcher, 8 Others. EBF MAIDEN STAKES (GBB RACE) 12.40 (DIV 1) 2YO £3,780 (5) 1m 1yds (11) 1 (7) L0 AHWHATADAAY (19) G Boughey 9 5........ M Crehan(3) 2 (2) AL MARMAR A Balding 9 5.....................................J Bryan 3 (6) 59 GORDONS AURA (41) Sir M Prescott 9 5..........L Morris 4 (11) 00 HILL STATION (27) G L Moore 9 5........A Keeley(7) 5 (1) HOORNBLOWER D Coakley 9 5........................C Fallon 6 (4) L0 LAST ROAR (32) Mrs L Mongan 9 5........... W Carson 7 (5) 08 QUAVERING (18) R Beckett 9 5....................H Crouch 8 (8) L6 TUDDENHAM GREEN (27) A King 9 5.........M Harley 9 (9) ● YONAFIS W Haggas 9 5........................ T Marquand 10 (10) 86 ALBION PRINCESS (20) R Charlton 9 0....T Whelan 11 (3) DEAC’S GIRL J Osborne 9 0..................S Osborne(5) W-Factor: Albion Princess (76); Tuddenham Green (73); Quavering (71). SP FORECAST: 5-2 Yonafis, 3 Al Marmar, 4 Tuddenham Green, 5 Albion Princess, 10 Quavering, 12 Deac’s Girl, 20 Others. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Standard. Left Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016-21): Luke Morris 11% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): R Hannon 16% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 2.45 Brass Clankers (wind surgery), Golden Age (cheek pieces), Ask The Wind (visor), 3.15 Sir Taweel (wind surgery), 11.40 Cuillin (cheek pieces), 12.10 If You Can Dream (visor). 1.10 EBF MAIDEN STAKES (DIV 2) 2YO £3,780 (5) 1m 1yds (10) 1 (3) 78 CAP DRAMONT (10) E Walker 9 5..............R Coakley 2 (5) FAR AWAY THOUGHTS (F) A Balding 9 5.........J Bryan 3 (2) 52 ● KAASIRR (18) (F) S & E Crisford 9 5........ J Mitchell 4 (6) 66 KING OF ICE (41) W Haggas 9 5...................T Marquand 5 (8) 76 POSTMARK (18) R Beckett 9 5...................... Rossa Ryan 6 (4) 00 THE PROVENIST (19) G Boughey 9 5......... C Shepherd 7 (9) 232 UNILATERALISM (48) H Palmer 9 5.................. C Fallon 8 (7) 9 WAGGA WAGGA (27) H Morrison 9 5.................H Doyle 9 (1) L9 HAMMOCK (27) R Hughes 9 0.......................G Rooke(3) 10 (10) MAGICAL DIAS R Hannon 9 0......................S M Levey W-Factor: Unilateralism (91); Kaasirr (90); Postmark (84). SP FORECAST: 9-4 Kaasirr, 4 Unilateralism, King Of Ice, 9-2 Postmark, 8 Far Away Thoughts, 12 Others. 1.45 BETWAY HANDICAP £6,210 (3) 6f 1yds (5) 1 (4) 722- BENNY AND THE JETS (379) (D) S Kirk 5 9 7 T Marquand 2 (5) L52 TOP BREEZE (75) (C,D) R Hughes 5 9 7 G Rooke(3) 3 (1) 69L GLOBAL WARNING (27) (D) C Dwyer 5 8 13 T Hammer Hansen 4 (2) 112 MOUNT MOGAN (50) (D) Mrs L Mongan 4 8 11 L Morris 5 (3) 073 ● ROVANIEMI (18) (C,F) E Walker 4 8 7.....H Doyle BLINKERS: No. 2. W-Factor: Rovaniemi (100); Mount Mogan (99); Top Breeze (98). SP FORECAST: 9-4 Top Breeze, 11-4 Mount Mogan, 3 Benny And The Jets, 4 Rovaniemi, 10 Global Warning. 2.15 BETWAY HANDICAP £6,210 (3) 1m 2f (5) 1 (3) 35-P SURPRISE EXHIBIT (224) A Watson 3 9 13......H Doyle 2 (1) 635 ALBA ROSE (22)(T) M Johnston 3 9 7..........J Fanning 3 (5) 424 ● SKY POWER (42) R Beckett 4 9 5.......... Rossa Ryan 4 (2) 757 CARIBOU (19) D Coakley 3 8 9............................. C Fallon 5 (4) 655 TARAVARA (29) S Pearce 3 8 6.................... L Morris CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 1, 5 HOOD: No. 2. W-Factor: Sky Power (99); Taravara (97); Alba Rose (96). SP FORECAST: 7-4 Sky Power, 3 Taravara, 4 Alba Rose, 9-2 Surprise Exhibit, 8 Caribou. 2.45 BETWAY HANDICAP £2,700 (6) 1m 2f (14) 1 (5) 654 CAFE SYDNEY (22) (C&D) A Carroll 5 9 10 Mollie Phillips(5) 2 (6) 833 SEA OF CHARM (5) (F) H Dunlop 3 9 7......G Rooke(3) 3 (13) 679 GOLDEN AGE (28) (F) R Cowell 4 9 7........ Rossa Ryan 4 (4) 508 BRASS CLANKERS (243) (D) R Brisland 4 9 6 D Keenan 5 (9) 747 ST GEORGE’S BAY (50) E Walker 3 9 6.....H Fraser(7) 6 (8) 262 JEDDEYD (29) M Loughnane 4 9 6.............. P Prince 7 (10) 556 SOBRIQUET (8) E De Giles 4 9 5...................T Whelan 8 (3) 4LL ASK THE WIND (29) A Carroll 3 9 5............. L Morris 9 (7) 068 CAFE MILANO (132) S Dow 4 9 5.............J Duern(3) 10 (14) 445 MISS SLIGO (66) (C&D) J Osborne 4 9 5 S Osborne(5) 11 (2) 320 VOI (24) (D) C Allen 7 9 4...............................M Dwyer 12 (1) L99 ● TREBLE CLEF (42) L Carter 6 9 3 R Clutterbuck(5) 13 (12) 385 CARMELA SOPRANO (29) J R Jenkins 3 9 2 M Ghiani 14 (11) 00L FORTISSIMO (204) L Carter 5 9 2......C Murtagh(3) BLINKERS: No. 14 VISOR: Nos. 7, 8, 12 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 10, 11 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 3, 9. W-Factor: Miss Sligo (65); Jeddeyd (64); Brass Clankers (63). SP FORECAST: 4 Sea Of Charm, 5 Cafe Sydney, Jeddeyd, 10 Carmela Soprano, Golden Age, Miss Sligo, 12 St George’s Bay, Sobriquet, 14 Others. 3.15 11.40 Owen Little 12.10 Lucrosa 12.40 Yonafis 1.10 Kaasirr THE SCOUT 1.45 Rovaniemi 2.15 Sky Power 2.45 Treble Clef 3.15 Hellavapace HANDS & HEELS APPRENTICE HCAP £2,700 (6) 1m 1yds (12) 1 (9) 944 RED EVELYN (10) (C&D) S Pearce 3 9 8........L Browne 2 (1) 400 SIR TAWEEL (J72) (D) N King 3 9 7.......J Bradnam(5) 3 (11) 635 STORMINGIN (169) (D) G L Moore 8 9 7 Anna Gibson(7) 4 (3) 222 HE’S OUR STAR (10) (D) A Carroll 6 9 6 Emma Taff(5) 5 (7) 883 DAANY (10) (D) A West 4 9 5......................L Williams 6 (4) 534 ● HELLAVAPACE (33) (C&D) J Portman 3 9 4 B Harris(3) 7 (6) 174 BROUGHTONS FLARE (29) M Loughnane 5 9 1 Mr Cameron Hillhouse(5) 8 (12) 153 ESSGEE NICS (85) R Brisland 8 9 0 Mr Lewis Kent(5) 9 (5) 733 LAURENTIA (19) (C&D) D Ivory 5 8 12 Molly Presland(3) 10 (8) 9L8 CARIBBEAN SPRING (33) (D) G Margarson 8 8 10 Morgan Cole 11 (2) 6L7 HARAZ (57) (D) P Butler 8 8 9...................A Jary(3) 12 (10) 347 QUEEN SARABI (48) A Carroll 3 8 7........... A Keeley BLINKERS: Nos. 3, 4 TONGUE STRAP: No. 2 CHEEK PIECES: Nos. 8, 11 HOOD: Nos. 2, 5. W-Factor: Laurentia (72); Daany (71); Stormingin (70). SP FORECAST: 4 Laurentia, 9-2 Daany, He’s Our Star, 6 Red Evelyn, 7 Hellavapace, 8 Essgee Nics, Broughtons Flare, 14 Stormingin, 25 Others. GOSSIP FROM THE GALLOPS MIdlands: HERE WE HAVE IT (2.30 Southwell) North: MILLIONAIRE WALTZ (4.45 Newcastle) Newmarket: KAASIRR (1.10 Lingfield) Lambourn: DANCE AT NIGHT (4.15 Newcastle) VITAL STATISTICS IN-FORM TRAINERS (last 10 days) S & E Crisford 83% (3 wins and 2 places from 6 runners), R Harris 80% (2/2/5), O Murphy 64% (5/4/14), Tom Clover 60% (1/2/5), W Haggas 56% (1/4/9), D McCain 50% (9/3/24), H Palmer 50% (1/2/6), J S Moore 50% (2/1/6), L Russell 50% (4/4/16), R Cowell 50% (1/4/10). IN-FORM JOCKEYS Paddy Brennan 82% (3 wins and 6 places from 11 runners), Thore Hammer Hansen 75% (1/2/4), Hector Crouch 57% (3/1/7), Martin Dwyer 55% (2/4/11), Aidan Coleman 53% (4/4/15), Brian Hughes 52% (10/2/23), Jack Mitchell 52% (7/6/25), Ben Godfrey 50% (1/3/8), Liam Harrison 50% (2/0/4). BEATEN FAVOURITES: 12.10 If You Can Dream. 1.45 Mount Mogan(hcp). 2.15 Sky Power(hcp), Taravara(hcp). DRAW: Little effect. LONGEST TRAVELLER: Alba Rose (2.15) 270 miles. STABLE SWITCH: 11.40 Celtic Classic from P & O Cole to N King. 1.45 Mount Mogan from E Walker to Mrs L Mongan. 3.15 Sir Taweel from M Moubarak to N King. HANDICAP CHASE 12.25 £3,594 (Class 4) 2m 4f 88yds (6 Dec) 1 47-1 CAWTHORNE LAD (33) Jonjo O’Neill 5 11 12 Jonjo O’Neill Jr 2 3-48 GENEROUS DAY (22) (D) Henry Oliver 9 11 11..........P Brennan 3 2-3L TIQUER (20) (D) Joe Ponting 13 11 9............................... D Jacob 4 442 ● PERCUSSION (140) L Morgan 6 11 2.......................... A Wedge 5 7-1P HAPPY NEWS (20) (D) J Groucott 8 11 0................. J Nailor(3) 6 3-62 BARDD (25) Mrs D O’Neill 9 10 4..................................C Quinn(7) CHEEK PIECES: No. 6. W-Factor: Happy News (127); Generous Day (126); Tiquer (125). SP FORECAST: 11-8 Cawthorne Lad, 2 Percussion, 9-2 Bardd, 12 Generous Day, Happy News, 25 Tiquer. MARES’ NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE 12.55 £3,594 (4) 3m 60yds (5) 1 314 UNE DE LA SENIERE (24) F O’Brien 6 11 8................P Brennan 2 L9-5 SCHIAPARANNIE (20) Mrs V Makin 9 11 4.........A Anderson(5) 3 3L-3 ● ALPHA CARINAE (22) O Murphy 6 11 4................A Coleman 4 25-4 WHATSDASTORY (33) Dr R Newland 8 11 4 S Twiston-Davies 5 P-L9 ANOTHER THEATRE (31) P Kirby 8 11 0....................... T Dowson TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 3 CHEEK PIECES: No. 4. W-Factor: Whatsdastory (132); Schiaparannie (118); Alpha Carinae (112). SP FORECAST: 15-8 Une De La Seniere, 11-4 Alpha Carinae, 7-2 Whatsdastory, 6 Schiaparannie, 13-2 Another Theatre. NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP CHASE 1.25 £5,882 (3) 1m 7f 182yds (5) 1 221 LIGHT N STRIKE (15) (F) E Lavelle 5 11 7...... J R Wildman(10) 2 216 ● ISOLATE (22) A King 5 11 5.........................................T Cannon 3 L2-3 HEARTBREAK KID (26) D McCain 6 11 3.......................B Hughes 4 3-52 ACROSS THE LINE (18) D Skelton 6 11 3......................H Skelton 5 F3P SILVER STAR (F29) A Sadik 8 11 0.......................................J Best TONGUE STRAP: No. 4. W-Factor: Heartbreak Kid (140); Light N Strike (138); Across The Line (137). SP FORECAST: 15-8 Light N Strike, 5-2 Isolate, 3 Across The Line, 9-2 Heartbreak Kid, 25 Silver Star. 1.55 Southwell SSR 12.25 PERCUSSION (nap) 12.55 Alpha Carinae 1.25 ISOLATE (nb) 1.55 Bridal Knot THE SCOUT 2.30 Phoenix Aquilus 3.00 LYDFORD 3.30 True Thoughts NH FLAT RACE £1,906 (5) 1m 7f 182yds (10) 1 7 BAYRAAT (63) T Tate 5 11 0........................................T Gillard(5) 2 BLAME THE FARRIER (F) D Thompson 4 11 0..........J Tudor(3) 3 7-1 CARRIGDOUN BOY (198) J O’Neill 4 11 0...........Mr A O’neill(7) 4 CRAMBO F O’Brien 4 11 0...........................................L Harrison(3) 5 PP DOCTOR TOM (178) L Morgan 4 11 0.......Miss M Micklewright(7) 6 57- STUNSAIL (351) C Dyson 5 11 0...............................C Leonard(5) 7 4-1 SUPREME GIFT (205) H Daly 4 11 0............ Miss A Stevens(7) 8 P/P- TIKITOV (352) M Rowley 5 11 0........................Mr B Bromley(7) 9 A STRIP OF AMY C & A Pogson 4 10 7........ Mrs S Germany(7) 10 ● BRIDAL KNOT N Henderson 4 10 7....................N Brennan(7) HOOD: Nos. 6, 9. W-Factor: Bayraat (84); Stunsail (80). SP FORECAST: 13-8 Bridal Knot, 3 Carrigdoun Boy, 4 Crambo, 5 Supreme Gift, 25 Stunsail, Bayraat, Tikitov, 33 Others. BEATEN FAVOURITES: 1.25 Isolate(hcp ch). 3.00 Great Ocean, Lydford, Midnight Centurion. 3.30 Midnight Callisto(hcp hdl), Thundersockssundae(hcp hdl). LONGEST TRAVELLER: Midnight Callisto (3.30) 221 miles. 2.30 MAIDEN HURDLE (GBB RACE) (DIV 1) £4,084 (4) 1m 7f 182yds (10) 1 652 CALIDAD (16) H Whittington 5 11 4................................... D Jacob 2 325- CHAMP IS REAL (252) L Morgan 5 11 4...................R McLernon 3 3-7P FRAUGHAN HILL (23) W Greatrex 5 11 4................... G Sheehan 4 1LP GARETH CAEL (31) O Greenall 5 11 4.............................H Brooke 5 6/7-7 GOSPELUS (10) Dr R Newland 5 11 4............ S Twiston-Davies 6 22-6 HERE WE HAVE IT (25) L Morgan 6 11 4........................ A Wedge 7 6- KEEP IT BRIEF (F29) R Phillips 4 11 4....................D Hiskett(3) 8 26- ● PHOENIX AQUILUS (F145) S Durack 4 11 4.........A Coleman 9 357- ALCHEMYSTIQUE (F175) Steph Hollinshead 4 10 11.................... ...............................................................................................C Hammond 10 5-6 WHENTHEPENNYDROPS (20) D Skelton 5 10 11........H Skelton TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 4, 9 CHEEK PIECES: No. 5. W-F: Here We Have It (123); Calidad (122); Phoenix Aquilus (113). SP FORECAST: 5-2 Here We Have It, 11-4 Calidad, 9-2 Phoenix Aquilus, 5 Whenthepennydrops, 8 Keep It Brief, 12 Others. 3.00 MAIDEN HURDLE (GBB RACE) (DIV 2) £4,084 (4) 1m 7f 182yds (9) 1 7 BEAT THE HEAT (22) J Boyle 4 11 4............. Sean Houlihan(3) 2 EEVILYNN DREW (F38) (F) R Eddery 4 11 4........F Gregory(3) 3 0-6 FINOAH (10) Martin Smith 5 11 4.....................................J Quinlan 4 31-6 GREAT OCEAN (40) P Hobbs 5 11 4............................T J O’Brien 5 1- KING ARISE (220) Dr R Newland 4 11 4....... S Twiston-Davies 6 2 ● LYDFORD (15) D Skelton 4 11 4..................................H Skelton 7 22-2 MIDNIGHT CENTURION (46) J Snowden 5 11 4....... G Sheehan 8 F4-5 RADETZKY MARCH (195) L Morgan 6 11 4.................... A Wedge 9 9PL TRE A PENI (18) O Greenall 4 10 11.................................H Brooke TONGUE STRAP: No. 6 HOOD: No. 3. W-F: Midnight Centurion (124); Lydford (121); Beat The Heat (86). SP FORECAST: 5-4 Lydford, 13-8 Midnight Centurion, 13-2 King Arise, 10 Great Ocean, 16 Radetzky March, 33 Others. 3.30 CAZOO HANDICAP HURDLE £2,342 (5) 2m 4f 88yds (16) 1 4L-6 MIDNIGHT CALLISTO (28) A Honeyball 6 11 12......... B Godfrey(5) 2 0-FP MOUNTAIN HAWK (181) C Ellam 9 11 12................. W T Kennedy 3 L55- UNBLINKING (285) R Bevis 8 11 5.............................. J Nailor(3) 4 8L8- MANDALAYAN (252) W Greatrex 6 11 4..................... G Sheehan 5 140- CLASSIC TUNE (244) (C&D) C Dyson 11 11 3.............C Leonard(5) 6 L3L- COMMANDER MILLER (228) Mrs D O’Neill 7 11 2.........Page Fuller 7 866 DENABLE (22) (F) A Carson 5 11 1........................................J Quinlan 8 27-2 THUNDERSOCKSSUNDAE (18) F O’Brien 6 10 13............P Brennan 9 871 BLACK LIGHTNING (41) g Howell 8 10 11....... Tabitha Worsley(5) 10 L7-8 UNIT SIXTYFOUR (35) B Pauling 6 10 11.................K Brogan(3) 11 6L5 IRISH SOVEREIGN (25) S Humphrey 6 10 11..........N Scholfield 12 L/L-7 TIME IS TIME (21) (D) Miss S Robinson 12 10 6..........C Ring(3) 13 85L GLOBAL PROTEKTOR (33) D Skelton 4 10 6..............H Skelton 14 5L4 ULYSSES (18) (D) D Shaw 7 10 5.....................................B Hughes 15 6L1 KILLANE (36) (D,F) D McCain 6 10 4..............P J Kavanagh(7) 16 9/5-3 ● TRUE THOUGHTS (18) (D) Mrs L Young 6 10 3......... M Bastyan(3) BLINKERS: Nos. 9, 11 VISOR: No. 14 TONGUE STRAP: Nos. 1, 5, 16 CHEEK PIECES: No. 8 HOOD: No. 2. W-F: Ulysses (107); Classic Tune (106); Black Lightning (103). SP FORECAST: 5-2 Thundersockssundae, 4 Black Lightning, 13-2 Global Protektor, 8 Midnight Callisto, Killane, 14 Others. TRACK FACTS: GOING: Good. Left Handed. TOP TRACK JOCKEY (2016- 21): Harry Skelton 24% Strike rate. TOP TRACK TRAINER (2016-21): D Skelton 20% Strike rate. FIRST TIME: 1.55 Stunsail (hood), A Strip Of Amy (hood), 2.30 Alchemystique (wind surgery), Gareth Cael (wind surgery), 3.30 Thundersockssundae (cheek pieces), Mountain Hawk (hood), Commander Miller (wind surgery), Classic Tune (wind surgery), Irish Sovereign (blinkers). STABLE SWITCH: 1.25 Silver Star from G Elliott in Ireland to A Sadik. 1.55 Carrigdoun Boy from J J Hanlon in Ireland to Jonjo O’Neill, Doctor Tom from Meisha Micklewright to L Morgan, Stunsail from T Lacey to C Dyson, Supreme Gift from D P Murphy in Ireland to H Daly. 2.30 Alchemystique from J Tuite to Steph Hollinshead. 3.00 King Arise from T H Weston to Dr R Newland. 3.30 Mountain Hawk from G Cromwell in Ireland to C Ellam.

50 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1. Which Russian tennis player beat Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final at the US Open? 2. Which Manchester United defender was sent off in their 2-1 Champions League defeat at Young Boys? 3. Which seven-year-old horse did Frankie Dettori ride to a second Doncaster Cup victory in September? 4. Which Croatia midfielder has joined West Ham United from CSKA Moscow? 5. Which Wales player was sent off in their 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to France? 6. In what year were the Summer and Winter Olympic Games last both held in the same country? 7. Which baseball player was the first African-American to play in the major leagues? 8. Which former world middleweight boxing champion was born Richard Ihetu? 9. From which French club did goalkeeper Hugo Lloris join Tottenham Hotspur in 2012? 10. Which team won cricket’s County Championship in 1991 and 1992? ANSWERS: 1 Daniil Medvedev. 2 Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 3 Stradivarius. 4 Nikola Vlasic. 5 Sam Warburton. 6 1936. 7 Jackie Robinson. 8 Dick Tiger. 9 Lyon. 10 Essex. GARDENING AWARD-WINNING Star Magnolia DXSC boxing: battle of britain grudge 25-year-old to withdraw and he is expected to remain out of the ring until at least February. That could delay plans for an eagerly anticipated match rematch with Edinburgh’s McGregor in the new year. The 24-year-old seized Farooq’s Lonsdale belt in a contentious points victory in November 2019 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. McGregor, meanwhile, is preparing to defend his European title against Armenian fighter Narek Abgaryan in Manchester on December 18. GRAEME MACPHERSON US blow for Farooq KASH FAROOQ’S American dream is over after the Glasgow boxer picked up a hand injury – and it could have a knock-on effect on his proposed rematch with Lee McGregor. The former British bantamweight champion was set to fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend on the undercard of the Devin Haney v Joseph Diaz WBC world lightweight title bout. That contest would have showcased Farooq’s talents to a worldwide audience. But an injury sustained in training has forced the BUY 2 GET 1 FREE Khan-Brook fight finally on IT has been a fight in the making since sparring sessions in 2004 when the two were still amateurs. But it took just seconds for Amir Khan and Kell Brook to put hands on each other as they finally announced they will step into the ring together early next year at a press conference which began with a push and a shove. It may be past its sell-by date but the bout will probably still be lapped up. Athens Olympics silver medallist Khan, who turns 35 next week, and Brook, already 35, have eight defeats between them before they meet on February 19 at Manchester Arena. It could have happened in 2012, should have happened in 2016 and we thought it would in 2018. But now their feud will be settled. There has always been bad blood between them, and Khan said: “The fight is done now, so he should let go of the hate and the past but it eats away at him and that could be one of his biggest downfalls. He doesn’t dislike me, he’s just jealous.” The fiery press conference turned into a slanging match, and Khan said: “It is always good to have a laugh with By Chris McKenna Kell Brook and light the fire because he gets angry and is not the best at responding so it is always good to get him on the back foot early.” The former unified world lightwelterweight champion thinks he is getting the “lion’s share” of the pot for a fight at a catchweight of 10st 9lb, with six-figure penalties for every pound either is over. The Bolton fighter says his Sheffield rival is only in it for the money but the ex-IBF welterweight king said: “I don’t need to fight again, I live within my means, I am not like him and his wife flying first class everywhere. “I am a council estate kid with plenty of millions, so settling a grudge is what I am doing it for. Of course I will enjoy the massive payday, but knocking him out will be worth more.” Brook will be back with trainer Dom Ingle, who missed his last fight, the 2020 loss to Terence Crawford, above. Khan, who has also lost to Crawford, will team up with Brian McIntyre, who trains their common foe in the US, ahead of his first fight since 2019. One of the earliest spring flowering Magnolia, this compact variety is perfect for smaller gardens. Pale pink buds burst open during spring to reveal delicately fragrant, large, white, double blooms which decorate the bare branches like stars. 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Khan v Brook..the long road to the big fight 2004 The pair sparred when Khan was preparing for the Olympics, and dispute how the sessions went. 2012 The pair clash in a Sky interview while discussing a future fight. 2014 Brook takes the IBF welterweight title and calls out Khan. 2016 Khan moves up to welterweight and wins three fights. Talks over a fight with Brook collapse over purse splits. 2016 Khan steps up to middleweight and is knocked out by Canelo Alvarez, Brook also steps up to the same division and suffers a broken eye socket in defeat by Gennady Golovkin. 2018 Khan signs with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom, who also promote Brook. 2019 Hearn is exasperated by the failure of both men to agree to a fight. Summer 2021 Both men agree to a purse split. September Sky Sports and Boxxer agree to stage the bout. November Both men sign contracts to fight each other on February 19, 2022.

DXSC snooker: uk championship rocket launch Outspoken O’Sullivan loves to see title rivals “twitching up all over the gaffe” Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 51 Smith’s boys hope to hit bullseye LEON SMITH’S Great Britain Davis Cup team have been stepping off the oche and up to the plate in their bid to repeat the famous 2015 win. They face Germany in the quarter-finals in Innsbruck today – the sixth time since 2014 they have reached the last eight. And team spirit has been vital to their progress. “We spend a lot of time together because we enjoy each other’s company,” said captain Smith, right. “It’s been like that for a long time and long may it continue. I love the guys – it is TENNIS By Matthew Dunn not just the players and myself, the support team are absolutely brilliant.” Darts matches have been a feature of rest days such as yesterday at the team’s mountainside hotel. But the intensity will increase for singles players Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, and doubles pair Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski. Their chances of reaching the semi-finals and final in Madrid on Friday and Sunday are improved by German Alex Zverev’s decision to sit out a format he dislikes. Evans faces Dominik Koepfer while Jan- Lennard Struff plays Norrie. Smith said: “It will be a tough match but we will go in bouncing.” The rest are ‘bottling it’ Ronnie laughs at exits RONNIE O’Sullivan admits the string of former UK Championship winners falling by the wayside in York has given him a good laugh. The 45-year-old beat Mark King 6-3 yesterday to move into the last-16 as he chases an eighth crown in the first Major of the season. Plenty of O’Sullivan’s title rivals have already been beaten, including Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Williams, Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy. I chuckle at other big names being bombed out Three-time champion John Higgins is also out, losing 6-5 to Chinese speedster Zhao Xintong. And the Rocket, who made breaks of 108, 70, 84, 52, 63 and 53, believes he has earned favour with the ‘snooker gods’ for his hard work and dedication during a 30-year career. Going for his 21st Triple Crown title, he said: “I have a little chuckle when I see these other big names being bombed out. “I see other people bottling it and twitching up all over the gaffe and I’m thinking ‘Beautiful’. “I am pleased to be through. Mark is a tough player. “Since the World Championship in 2020, I have been playing exhibition- By Hector Nunns style snooker. That is not good enough when it comes to the nitty-gritty. “I may not have long left so it’s one last effort really. You can’t predict form but you can control the controllables. It doesn’t come naturally that level of work for me. “But if you do work at it, sometimes it lands in your lap from the snooker gods and they reward you. “I wouldn’t say my views on the snooker gods are exactly deep. There are gods everywhere – snooker gods, other gods. “I like to call them the snooker gods as they have been pretty good to me. I praise them and count my blessings for giving me the opportunity to do what I do. “But I have to apply myself, get out of bed and do my part with some hard yards.” While O’Sullivan’s stay in York goes on, Higgins’ hopes are over. The Scot led 5-3, but had no complaints after losing to world No.26 Zhao. Higgins said: “He was the better player, I nicked a couple of frames but I wouldn’t have deserved to win.” williams snoozes and loses: Page 3 Woods: I can’t return to top Tiger Woods has admitted defeat in his bid to return to the summit of golf after his horrific car crash. The 15-time Major winner required surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle after the accident in February. The 45-year-old revealed at one stage he feared his leg could be amputated. Woods said: “As far as climbing the mountain again and getting all the way to GOLF the top, I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation of me. Something that is realistic is playing the tour one day, never full-time again, but pick and choose a few events a year and play around that.” Woods, who hosts this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, added: “I don’t have to compete and play against the best players in the world to have a great life.”

52 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Scots facing tough challenge in Seville Scotland Women head coach Pedro Martinez Losa feels the Barcelona factor has been key to Spain’s recent improvement. The club’s players have played a vital role. Scotland beat Spain in their most recent meeting in the 2017 European Championship finals. Spain’s only victory came in a Euro 2013 play-off. However, Spain will go into their World Cup qualifier with the Scots in Seville tonight as clear SPAIN V SCOTLAND 8pm, BBC ALBA favourites courtesy of their impressive recent results. Spain have scored 35 goals without reply in four games in Group B. Losa, above, said: “Everyone can see the evolution of this team in the last few years. It’s a team who dominate a lot of contests, they have a lot of individual players who can make a difference.” DXSC cricket: ashes countdown relief after stokes scare JOE ROOT feared Ben Stokes’ Ashes were over when he was floored in the nets, describing it as “a scary moment” for England’s hopes. Star all-rounder Stokes, below, who had been out of the game since July after struggling with a broken finger and burnout, was hit by a ball from coach Jonathan Trott. Root admitted he feared the worst with the first Test just over a week away. “It was a bit of a concern,” he said. “We all know how crucial he is within our squad, but he seems to have come through it pretty well.” Gideon Brooks ROOT in 24 Ashes Tests First July 2013 Last Sept 2019 Highest Score 180 at Lord’s in July 2013 Average 40.33 (cf 50.15 career) 3 x 100s ● 13 x 50s ● 12 wickets 0 wins in Australia out of 9 8 losses in Australia out of 9 8 wins in England out of 15 As captain 10 Tests Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 6 Lost 4-0 in 2017-18 Drew 2-2 in 2019 revenge mission: Root’s out to end a poor record in Australia Get £75 worth of beer for only £34.99 Includes: 30 Craft Beers • Magazine • Tasty Snack • Free Delivery Only £1.16 per can! Save £10 RRP £44.99 A monthly subscription of unique hand picked craft beers and lagers from exceptional small and independent breweries *£34.99 offer is only available to new customers. Hopsmore Beer Club Subscription is £44.99 per month thereafter. Please drink responsibly SUBSCRIBE & SAVE TODAY AT HOPSMORE.CO.UK GOLF LEE ELDER, the first black player to compete in the Masters, has died aged 87. Elder joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter at Augusta National just last April. He made his Masters debut in 1975 and recorded a best finish of joint 17th in 1979. He was not well enough to hit a ceremonial drive in April but was applauded warmly when introduced to the spectators by Masters chairman Fred Ridley. the big picture head over heels: Mark Andrews touches down for Baltimore

Root is fired up to right past wrongs Down Under joe galvanises his troops JOE ROOT’S Test record in Australia should act as a fairly significant brake on any enthusiam leading up to next Wednesday’s Ashes opener at the Gabba. Nine attempts spread over two visits – five as England captain – and nothing but mental scarring and a bit part in a bore draw at Melbourne to show for his efforts. Despite such bruising history and a tour where preparations have been hampered by Covid, bad weather and a squad separated by quarantine restrictions until this week, he believes this time could be different. Root insists England have a “brilliant chance” to achieve something special. “I know exactly what it is like to be on the wrong side of a series here,” he said. “For an England player to play in Australia and win is the dream. “We’ve prepared as well as we can and if we can control our emotions, play to our skill levels, if we can be smart in certain situations and do things differently to how we’ve done them previously, I believe we have a brilliant chance to do something special here.” England’s T20 World Cup players and senior coaching By Gideon Brooks staff, including Chris Silverwood, below, have been kept apart until now due to Covid quarantine. Root admitted such a compressed preparation means they need to gain the maximum benefit from the final four-day warm-up that started in Brisbane last night. He said: “There have been a lot of other distractions for us in terms of the weather and our preparation, so it is important we get this next phase leading into the game absolutely right.” Root and Silverwood want Test-match intensity in the warm-up. “There’s a lot of people who will want to prove things, and will want to show that they deserve an opportunity for that first Test,” said Root. “This is a good chance for us to maybe get ahead of Australia in terms of preparation and gametime. It would be silly for us to just cosy our way through the four days.” Australia’s World T20 winners have been quarantined while Pat Cummins has replaced Tim Paine as captain following his resignation. Root said: “It doesn’t change how we are going to prepare. “More than anything else, I don’t want us as a team to get sidetracked by what is happening in their camp.” DXSC cricket: ashes countdown Sky Bet Championship Derby (1).............. 1 QPR (0)................. 2 Lawrence 10 Willock 50 Gray 90 Att: 20,003 P W D L F A Pts Fulham..................... 20 13 4 3 49 16 43 Bournemouth........... 20 12 6 2 36 16 42 QPR......................... 20 10 5 5 33 25 35 West Brom............... 20 9 7 4 27 16 34 Blackburn................ 20 9 6 5 34 27 33 Coventry.................. 20 9 6 5 27 23 33 Stoke....................... 20 9 4 7 24 21 31 Huddersfield............. 20 8 4 8 23 23 28 Swansea................... 20 7 6 7 25 26 27 Millwall.................... 20 6 9 5 20 21 27 Blackpool................. 20 7 6 7 20 22 27 Middlesbrough......... 20 7 5 8 23 23 26 Sheff Utd.................. 20 7 5 8 25 26 26 Birmingham............. 20 7 5 8 19 21 26 Luton....................... 20 6 7 7 27 26 25 Nottm Forest............ 20 6 7 7 24 23 25 Preston.................... 20 6 7 7 22 26 25 Bristol City............... 20 6 5 9 21 30 23 Hull.......................... 20 6 3 11 16 23 21 Cardiff..................... 20 6 3 11 21 34 21 Reading................... 20 8 2 10 26 32 20 Peterborough........... 20 4 4 12 17 38 16 Barnsley................... 20 2 6 12 13 31 12 Derby....................... 20 4 10 6 17 20 1 Scottish Cup Third Round Brechin (0)........... 1 Darvel Juniors (1).1 Cox 56 Kirkpatrick 32 Women’s World Cup Qualifier N Ireland (4)........ 9 N Macedonia (0).0 McGuinness 11, 38, 62 Holloway 30, 64 Furness 36, 67 Magill 74 Beattie 90 Cricket First Test Match—Bangladesh v Pakistan (Chittagong): Bangladesh 330 (114.4 overs; Liton Das 114, Mushfiqur Rahim 91; Hasan Ali 5-51) and 157 (56.2 overs; Liton Das 59; Shaheen Afridi 5-32). Pakistan 286 (115.4 overs; Abid Abid Ali 133, Abdullah Shafique 52; Taijul Islam 7-116) and 109-0 (33.0 overs; Abid Abid Ali 56no, Abdullah Shafique 53no). First Test Match—India v New Zealand (Kanpur): India 345 (111.1 overs; S S Iyer 105, S Gill 52, R A Jadeja 50; T G Southee 5-69) and 234-7dec. (81.0 overs; S S Iyer 65, W P Saha 61no). New Zealand 296 (142.3 overs; T W M Latham 95, W A Young 89; A R Patel 5-62) and 165-9 (98.0 overs; T W M Latham 52; R A Jadeja 4-40). India drew with New Zealand. sport in brief Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 53 Snooker UK Championship (Barbican York)—3rd rd: B Hawkins (Eng) bt Cao Yupeng (Chn) 6-2; R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt M King (Eng) 6-3; Z Xintong (Chn) bt J Higgins (Sco) 6-5; A Hicks (Eng) bt D Dale (Wal) 6-5. 2nd rd: J Brown (NIrl) bt F Ajaib (Pak) 6-1; G Dott (Sco) bt J Robertson (Eng) 6-2; Z Yuelong (Chn) bt A Hugill (Eng) 6-2; A McGill (Sco) bt D Grace (Eng) 6-4; A Hamilton (Eng) bt M Williams (Wal) 6-5. Today’s diary (7.45pm unless stated) Premier League Leeds v Crystal Palace (8.15)................... (Live on Amazon Prime) Newcastle v Norwich (7.30)...................... (Live on Amazon Prime) Emirates FA Cup First Round Replay Exeter v Bradford...................................... Cinch Scottish Premiership Motherwell v Dundee Utd.......................... (Live on Sky Sports Football) SPFL Trust Trophy Quarter-Finals Cove Rangers v Rangers............................ Hamilton v Kilmarnock.............................. Inverness CT v Raith.................................. Women’s World Cup Qualifier England v Latvia (7pm)............................. (Live on ITV4) France v Wales (8.10)............................... (Live on BBC Wales) Rep of Ireland v Georgia (7pm)............... Spain v Scotland (8pm)........................... (Live on BBC Alba) Papa John’s Trophy Second Round Northern Section Accrington v Wigan................................... Bolton v Fleetwood (7pm)........................ Carlisle v Lincoln City (7pm)..................... Rotherham v Port Vale (7pm).................... Tranmere v Harrogate Tn............................ Southern Section Cambridge Utd v Walsall (7pm)................ Charlton v Aston Villa U21 (7pm)............. Forest Green v Chelsea U21 (7pm).......... Leyton Orient v MK Dons (7pm)................ Sutton Utd v Stevenage............................ Swindon v Colchester............................... Vanarama National Lge: Wrexham v Yeovil. CRICKET Tour Match—day 1 of 4: England v England Lions (Brisbane, 11.30pm). world of sport Blair’s versatile role BLAIR Kinghorn insists he does not want to be pigeonholed as just a stand-off – even though he played his best game yet in the No 10 jersey as Edinburgh slayed the Dragons. The Scotland international made his name in the club RUGBY UNION KINGHORN game as a full-back, then made his first Test start on the wing. He said: “I feel like I’m playing really well at 10 but to able to have that versatility and switch in and out is really good.” STUART BATHGATE FORMULA 1 SAUDI Arabia’s first female racing driver has been appointed an ambassador for the country’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddah this week. Reema Juffali, 29, raced in the British Formula Three Championship this year and will be one of the first to drive a lap of the street circuit along the Red Sea.

54 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 heading back: Lukaku is set for first start since October 20 UAE date will lead to a fixture logjam for Tuchel’s Blues DXSC FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE RALPH HASENHUTTL says his mentor, Ralf Rangnick, is fulfilling a dream by finally following his proteges to the Premier League. Rangnick, 63, will take over at Manchester United only in an interim role once his work permit is in place. He has been portrayed as one of the most pragmatic figures in European football since his appointment was announced last week. But Hasenhuttl’s poignant text of congratulations reveals Rangnick always has had a more fanciful side. Hasenhuttl said: “I have not spoken to him – only a message to congratulate him on his big dream of coming to the Premier League. “Now it has become real and it is fantastic for him. He’s been waiting for this moment.” Rangnick was linked with a move to the Premier League as early as 2018 as a successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. However, his teachings began to filter through to England long before he was given the chance to move here. Former Huddersfield manager David Wagner, right, was Rangnick’s under-19 coach at Hoffenheim, while hasenhuttl lifts lid on mentor rangnick Matthew DUNN REPORTS Jurgen Klopp was a long-term admirer of his fellow German as an up-andcoming rival in the Bundesliga. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel played for Rangnick briefly at Ulm in the German third division in 1997 before the latter brought Tuchel into coaching in the Stuttgart youth set-up after injury ended his career. But few have worked as closely with Rangnick’s methods as the Southampton manager, who was hand-picked to carry out first-team duties under the watchful eye of the RB Leipzig sporting director between 2016 and 2018. Rangnick had led the club from the fourth tier of German football to the Bundesliga before appointing Hasenhuttl to take the reins. The pair were an instant hit – remaining unbeaten in the top flight for 13 matches – a record for a new Bundesliga club. Eight of those games were back-to-back wins – another record for a newlypromoted side. In the end, only Bayern Munich could finish above them as the pair claimed THOMAS TUCHEL is facing a major fixture pile-up that is likely to play havoc with Chelsea’s chase for trophies. FIFA have said the Club World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates from February 3-12. That means Chelsea will have to rearrange league matches against Brighton and Arsenal, while the FA Cup fourth round is due to take place on February 5-6. The Blues are also still in the Carabao Cup – they face Brentford in the last eight on December 22 – and have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. They are running out of dates to reschedule games and it will be a growing challenge as the season wears on to get all the fixtures in. Chelsea are in the Club World Cup alongside Al Hilal, Al Ahly, Monterrey, Auckland City, Al Jazira Club and Palmeiras. They enter at the semi-final stage on the opposite side of the draw to Copa Libertadores winners Palmeiras. The tournament was originally due to be hosted in Japan next month and FIFA have struggled to find a slot that will not cause disruption. Liverpool, who won the Club World Cup in 2019, effectively had to prioritise competitions in that season, fielding a youth team that lost 5-0 in the Carabao Cup at Aston Villa. Tuchel faces a similar dilemma and has already been rotating his squad because of the demands of the domestic fixture list. Mason Mount, above, and Kai Havertz started on the By John Cross bench for the 1-1 home draw against Manchester United on Sunday, while Romelu Lukaku was only a substitute as he has just come back from injury. Chelsea dropped two vital points against United despite dominating the game. Tuchel’s men have now seen a six-point lead at the top of the table slip away, with Manchester City now just a point behind in second spot and Liverpool two points off the pace in third. Belgium striker Lukaku looks set to start against Watford at Vicarage Road tomorrow night. He has been missing since October 20 when he limped off against Malmo with an ankle injury. But Lukaku has not scored for Chelsea since September 14, with the £97million striker managing only four goals since his summer move. Winger Callum Hudson- Odoi has been a regular for Tuchel and started his eighth game in a row on Sunday. Hudson-Odoi admitted he should have scored against United. “I feel like it’s two vital points dropped but at least we didn’t lose the game,” said the 21-year-old. “We did everything else really well. Our build-up play was good, even around the box at times, but it was just the last bit that we missed and scoring that goal that we needed. “It was disappointing not to get it but we have to recover, reflect on the game and go again on Wednesday to try to get the win.” side by side: Hasenhuttl and Rangnick at Leipzig He has been waiting for this moment Fresh start may tempt Pogba to stay ONE of Ralf Rangnick’s first jobs could be to persuade Paul Pogba to stay. France midfielder Pogba looked to be on his way out of Manchester United and could even sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January. It would be a huge blow to United to lose one of their biggest stars on a free transfer but Pogba could now see Rangnick as a chance to make a fresh start. Pogba seemed certain to go but a new manager, plus Real Madrid reportedly going cold on him as a potential summer target, could change that. United announced Rangnick as their interim boss on a six-month deal until the summer and he will then assume a role as a football consultant for another two years. He will oversee big issues straight away with Pogba, transfer targets and POCHETTINO: Still United’s top target the managerial search top of his priority list. He will be given funds to add to his squad in January if he identifies areas of weakness. United are battling red tape and time in order to get Rangnick, 63, in the dugout for Thursday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal. Attempts to install the German are foundering on visa paperwork and travel arrangements from Moscow to Manchester and complicated still further by UK Covid entry requirements. Meanwhile, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino remains United’s clear first choice as their full-time manager.

Leipzig’s first ever Champions League spot. A year later Hasenhuttl left after the club refused to give him the longterm assurances he wanted, but the pair remained friends. Hasenhuttl said: “I know him very well. We had two very successful years. He was sporting director so I know how he is and how he works. “He’s a hard worker and he needs a good team around him. He will turn every stone around there for sure, because he doesn’t want any weakness in his club. “Six months is not long to turn things around but he will have a big impact.” United players have already been warned that there will be no hiding place from the fierce work ethic Rangnick demands. The “godfather of the gegenpress” will demand every blade of grass is covered in line with a hard-running brand that seems to hold little truck with luxuries such as Cristiano Ronaldo. Rangnick’s appointment may have been a left-field choice by United, but Hasenhuttl is confident it is an inspired one. He said: “Is he a good addition for the league? Absolutely. In this league it is known that the best managers are working here, or it is especially known that the Premier League has the big teams. “They should always look for the best possible options and at the moment he is one of these.” DXSC FOOTBALL: PREMIER LEAGUE darling of fans Ralf Rangnick celebrates with the supporters during his time at RB Leipzig Ralf has earned his chance to live the dream. He will Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 55 Tannadice chief fury at smear campaign FROM BACK PAGE appreciate how integral they are to our club going forward. “I have known most of the aforementioned legends long before I came to Dundee United FC and hold them in the utmost respect. “It’s disappointing that I and the club have to react to rumour and innuendo on social media and this is something we don’t do lightly but in today’s world, disrupters will use any tool to try to unsettle. “We use the tagline United Together and while the vast majority of stakeholders want only the best for Dundee United there remains a small minority who wish to disrupt. “I want to make it clear today, within the club and the wider United fanbase, we aim to be together in MANAGERIAL RECORD (All competitions) Games Won Drawn Lost Win% Reutlingen 05 1995 - 1996 51 26 12 13 51 Ulm 1846 1997 - 1999 75 36 18 21 48 Stuttgart 1999 - 2001 86 36 16 34 41.9 Hannover 96 2001 - 2004 98 44 22 32 44.9 Schalke 04 2004 - 2005 65 36 15 14 55.4 Hoffenheim 2006 - 2011 166 79 43 44 47.6 FC Schalke 04 2011 23 10 3 10 43.5 RB Leipzig 2015 - 2016/2018 - 2019 88 50 20 18 56.8 have a big impact Ronaldo shock and or CRISTIANO RONALDO has launched a remarkable attack on the organisers of the Ballon d’Or – accusing them of “lies” and “unacceptable behaviour”. Ronaldo, right, who has five of the gongs, was incensed after Pascal Ferre claimed the Manchester United star’s “only ambition” was to win the trophy more times than Lionel Messi. Messi, now at PSG, won the award for a record seventh time at a ceremony in Paris yesterday. The Ballon d’Or is presented by magazine France Football, of which Ferre is editor-in-chief, and he claimed: “Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d’Or than Messi. I know that because he has told me.” Ronaldo, 36, who came sixth on the night, hit back: ”Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. “It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d’Or.” CLAIM: Legend Reilly pursuit of our goals and if anyone wants to unfairly attack any individuals (club, partners and fans), we will defend ourselves collectively.” Several long-serving staff and volunteers having recently left their positions at Tannadice. But Asghar is adamant that former players will always be guaranteed a place at United and there will be plans for a new museum going forward. Reilly had claimed that Asgar snubbed ex-players at a reception for former Tannadice star Walter Smith at Ibrox before and after his memorial last Friday. Reilly said: “Tony Asghar was there and I found it so disrespectful that he didn’t come over and say hello to nine ex-players who are in the hall of fame.”

DXSC 56 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 RALLYING CRY: David Bates Bates hates Dons struggle DAVID Bates admits the sight of Aberdeen toiling in the bottom six is not good enough. The Dons are on a miserable run of three straight defeats that has left them in eighth spot in the table, just five points off bottom place. Bates is well aware they need to put more points on the board, starting with tomorrow’s visit of Livingston to Pittodrie. The defender said: “If we take three points we kick on and kick on our season again. We have dipped off a little bit. “We are frustrated at ourselves. We know we can do better and that we should be up the table but we need to start showing that on By Scott Burns the pitch. We just have to focus on ourselves.” Bates feels they can take plenty of positives and confidence from their display at Celtic Park, where they lost 2-1, into the Livi game. He said: “At Ibrox and at Parkhead we have shown we have the ability – it is just a case of trying to do it over the course of the whole game. “Celtic had most of the play in the first 15 minutes and we let them dictate the play too much in that period. “We are all disappointed as we know we can play better.” Charlie Hand over the dosh for Josh, Celts Celtic need three signings in the January window and my top target would be Josh Doig. There is no doubt Ange Postecoglou is making good progress but they still need a bit more, especially defensively. The backline was exposed again in Europe with last week’s defeat in Bayer Leverkusen. There will remain question marks when Celtic play the top teams and they are still chasing Rangers in the league. They need a left-back and I would go for Doig at Hibs. He has just signed a new contract so they would have to cough up a decent transfer fee but he is one for the future. I see him in the Kieran Tierney mould and if he keeps developing he will get better and better. Celtic can’t go out and buy the finished article. They need to develop players and sell them on. That is the club’s model. It also looks like Celtic are quite far down the road to sign a second Japanese talent in Reo Hatate, who can also play left-back. Kyogo Furuhashi has done well and Takehiro Tomiyasu is also doing well at my other club, Arsenal, so it is clear Japan is a developing market for European teams. If Celtic signed both Doig and Hatate that would be the left-back spot covered and you could push Josip Jurnanovic across to the other Hibs haven’t earned split Hibs don’t have a legitimate case for a 50/50 ticket split for next month’s Premier Sports Cup final at Hampden. I would back them all the way if they were selling out Easter Road every week, but they aren’t. You can’t just expect to turn up because your team has reached a cup final and expect to get a ticket when you have hardly watched them. Jack Ross is making progress but how many sell-outs have they had? If fans go every week then they should be given priority. Celtic have a bigger fan base and they should be entitled to see their team. And my stance would be the same if Rangers were playing Hibs in the final. flank to fight it out with Anthony Ralston for a start. I would also like to see another left-sided central defender brought in. The Celtic backline needs more balance and maybe somebody who is a bit more comfortable on the ball. Christopher Jullien is getting close to fitness but nobody knows how long it will take to get him up to speed. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Stephen Welsh and Carl Starfelt all need too many touches before they get the ball moving and it slows down Celtic and their play. That was the case in the Aberdeen game with James McCarthy the same again sitting in front of the defence. If Celtic can make those additions then they would be in a place to really kick on again. They look good going forward and I have been impressed with Joe Hart in goal. I wasn’t sure when they signed him but he has done really well. We are starting to talk about Hart in the same sort of way as Fraser Forster with the way he is playing. Postecoglou is taking the team and squad forward but he needs more help behind him. There is still no sporting or technical director to take some of the load off him. Celtic fans were promised that before a manager and they are still waiting. HAMPDEN ROAR: Hibs saw off Rangers in the semi

NICHOLASONE TO WATCH: Hibernian left-back Josh Doig DXSC NEW CAPTAIN: Edwards Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 57 Mark respects skipper call Mark Reynolds has accepted his manager’s decision to strip him of the Dundee United captaincy in favour of Ryan Edwards. Tam Courts made the call after Reynolds lost his starting place. Edwards, who will lead the team out at Motherwell tonight, recently signed a new deal and his manager views him as the long-term leader of his United team. Courts said: “Mark Reynolds has been a real source of support to me and continues to be so. “He hasn’t been playing regularly in the team so the captaincy for a few different reasons has been passed around. “I just thought it was a good MOTH’WELL V DUNDEE UTD 7.45pm, SKY SPORTS By Scott Burns opportunity to make a statement in terms of who I wanted to lead the team moving forward. “Ryan embodies what we stand for in terms of his principles and values. He has respect from the senior players but also the way he conducts himself around young players and visitors to the club, he’s a real ambassador and role model.” Victory tonight would see United move up to third, while fifth-placed Motherwell will be looking to get back on track following their 3-0 weekend loss at Dundee. GREAT DEALS ON WORKWEAR GREAT DEALS TO WRAP UP 2021 TO WRAP UP 2021 UKRAINE a tough tie but we are up to it I AM quite happy with Scotland getting Ukraine as our World Cup play-off semi-final opponents. I know a lot of fans were hoping for North Macedonia but not being overwhelming favourites may suit us more. We have home advantage but I would say it is a 50/50 tie. The Ukrainians have some good players who are playing at the top level, including the English Premier League, so the game at Hampden will be a real tester. But I like the way the draw has panned out. I am not looking too far ahead but if Steve Clarke, right, can negotiate this first hurdle then we would face Austria or Wales. Scotland beat Austria home and away in the qualifying campaign and I would happily take Wales as well. I know they have had the upper hand in our more recent meetings but we are better than we were and that Welsh team is not as good as it was. OFFICIAL PARTNER OF Prices valid until at least 4pm on 03/01/2022. All products are subject to availability. Prices include VAT at 20% (unless stated otherwise and subject to changes in taxation). For latest price information check our website, the App or visit a Screwfix store. Screwfix Direct Limited standard terms and conditions apply to all sales – see Delivery charges and restrictions may apply - see

58 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Hatate in derby bid FROM BACK PAGE with growing concerns over new coronavirus strains and more travel restrictions being put in place. Hatate is out of contract with Kawasaki Frontale at the end of January and he wants to join countryman Kyogo Furuhashi in Glasgow. Celtic have all but thrashed out terms and are confident Kawasaki Frontale won’t stand in the player’s way. The Hoops also need to get their work permit application and other paperwork completed. Hatate is a Japanese Under-23 cap and can also play left wing-back or midfield. The club have struggled at left-back with Greg Taylor out injured and Boli Bolingoli failing to win a reprieve. Postecoglou has played right-footed Josip Juranovic out of position on the left. The arrival of Hatate should give his side more balance. Celtic are also keen on Yokohama F Marinos striker Daizen Maeda, a Japan international. The 24-year-old played under Postecoglou, above, in Japan and it would take a £3million-plus bid to get that deal over the line. Celtic have been looking at Shamrock Rovers attacker Danny Mandroiu but Irish sources believe that deal is unlikely to happen in January. DXSC FOOTBALL: CINCH PREMIERSHIP REO iS NO FLASH FIERY: But Reo Hatate has learned to listen Takumi Horiike laughs out loud as he recalls clashing with a headstrong Reo Hatate when he coached the Celtic transfer target during his university days. A former defender capped for Japan 58 times, Horiike has been coach and assistant professor at Juntendo University, an hour northeast of Tokyo, since 2015. Hatate joined the following year and soon made an impression, not only for his skills and workrate but also for his confidence and attitude. “We were playing a friendly against a J League team and Hatate made a run down the wing and cut in,” recalled Horiike. “One of his senior team-mates was running at goal and we were shouting at him to square it. But he didn’t pass and ended up shooting into the sidenetting from a tight angle.” Ignoring advice from a senior player let alone a coach is rare in By Gavin Blair hierarchical Japan but Hatate went one step further. “Next thing, while the game is still going on, he comes tearing up to the bench, howling, ‘Am I not allowed to shoot or what?’ at me, the coach, in front of everyone,” added Horiike. He had to give Hatate a dressing down after the game and decided to have a private chat with him about his attitude at a restaurant. Telling Hatate he wouldn’t be able to pick him if he didn’t show more respect, the coach was taken aback when the player told him, “If that’s the way it is, fine, don’t use me.” The meeting was over in less than five minutes but Horiike gave his player time to cool down and sat waiting in his car. It wasn’t long before his phone rang and Hatate was asking if they could talk again. “This time we chatted for about BIG GUNS KEPT APART IN FOURTH ROUND DRAW Holders St Johnstone have been drawn away to Kelty Hearts or Montrose in the Scottish Cup fourth round. Rangers, who last won the trophy in 2009, take on Stirling Albion at Ibrox. Celtic, who have won the competition a record 40 times, are away to Alloa. Livingston v Ross County is the only all-Premiership tie. Auchinleck Talbot’s reward for stunning Hamilton is a home tie against Hearts. Clydebank, who also play in the West of Scotland Football League, will host Annan. Ties will be played on the weekend of January 22-23. Peterhead v East Kilbride Clydebank v Annan Athletic Banks O’Dee v Raith Rovers Motherwell v Inverness CT or Morton Kelty Hearts or Montrose v St Johnstone Livingston v Ross County Dumbarton v Dundee Aberdeen v Edinburgh City Rangers v Stirling Albion Ayr United v St Mirren Kilmarnock v Dundee United Hibernian v Cove or Queen of the South Partick Thistle v Airdrieonians Auchinleck Talbot v Hearts Alloa Athletic v Celtic Arbroath v Brechin City or Darvel

FOOTBALL: CINCH PREMIERSHIP IN JAPAN DXSC Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 59 POPULAR: Rangers fans have taken a real shine to Sakala two hours sitting in the car and straightened things out,” says Horiike. “There were a few incidents with him but he learned and grew from them. By the time he was in his final years, he used to talk to the younger players and give advice.” Horiike believes that one of the advantages of many Japanese players going to university for four years before turning pro is that it gives them a chance to grow up, while also getting an education in case their football career doesn’t pan out. His two sons both played football for Juntendo University and the older one is now a TV commentator. Hatate, 24, has sporting blood in his veins and his father Koji was a professional baseball player. But for Hatate junior, it was always going to be football and he has dreamed of playing overseas since he was at Shizuoka Gakuen, a football powerhouse that won the national high school football championship last year. “His school is known for good technical players, comfortable with the ball at their feet,” says Horiike. “But as well as solid technique, the physical side of his game has always been strong, plus he has speed.” Versatility is his other great strength and Hatate has played as a striker, centre-half, left-back and defensive midfielder at various stages for his university, Kawasaki Frontale and the Japan Olympic team. Despite Hatate’s occasional temperamental lapse, he always put in the effort in training, according to Horiike, who remembers having to order him off the ground when he stayed behind practising by himself for too long. Hatate is believed to be out of contract in January and Celtic could recruit him as a free agent if they win the race for his signature. By Andy Newport FASHION SAKALA has had the Rangers’ fans Waka Waka chant playing in his head for weeks. But right now a revenge mission on Hibs is occupying his every waking thought. The Gers faithful have taken to the Zambian striker big time and have even come up with a song to honour him, adapting Shakira’s chart-topping anthem for the 2010 World Cup to belt out, “He comes from Zambia” instead of “This time for Africa”. Sakala admits the tune has been stuck in his brain since the fans launched into it on the back of his hat-trick against Motherwell in October. But memories of last week’s Hampden horror show against Jack Ross’ side in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final have proved just as stubborn. Martin Boyle’s hat-trick robbed Gers of another chance to end their decade-long wait for a cup triumph. Sakala is determined to strike a blow back as the league leaders head to Leith tomorrow night. He said: “In games like this, it’s all about revenge. What they did to us last week was very bad and we have to react. “This is the time for us to react. It’s a very important game. The league table is very tight and we have to keep picking up Sakala going crazy for Gers fans’ Waka Waka tribute chant points, winning. We are very confident and excited for the game on Wednesday. “It’s a very big motivation to see how fans react when I’m going to get on the pitch. I really appreciate the support I’m getting from the fans. I always sing it when I’m alone!” Sakala had the travelling Gers choir singing proudly again on Sunday as he climbed off the bench to grab the goal which handed Giovanni van Bronckhorst his first Premiership win away to Livingston. It was the perfect way to impress the Dutchman, as he leapt high to head home the champions’ third goal. The arrival of a new manager can be a time of uncertainty for players as they race to get to grips with an unfamiliar regime ahead of their rivals. But Sakala reckons the transition from Steven Gerrard’s tenure has been seamless. He Gio ditches Defoe from coaching staff said: “It’s always a big motivation and a good feeling for a striker to score. “I thank God that things are going well, exactly the way I want things to be. I’m very happy. “Have I noticed any difference in the training since the new manager came in? Not really, honestly. Everything is still the same. You know, he is a different coach and every coach has different styles of training. But it’s not a big change. “Everything is going almost the same and I haven’t seen a big change for now.” Sakala has taken his time settling into life in Scotland but now has five goals for the season. And he now hopes to light up the path to another title for Gers. He said: “Signing for Rangers has had a very big impact on my career. I can tell there is a very big difference the way I was in Belgium or my previous clubs.” FROM BACK PAGE given him a late cameo run out in the 3-1 win over Livi. Van Bronckhorst, right, said: “Jermain’s been really good. When I came here he was part of the coaching staff but also a player. “He’s also busy with his training badges, which is really good as we’ve already started thinking about team processes and tactical possibilities. “But for now Jermain is still a player and we’ll use him only as a player. The quality that he has is sometimes needed in games. “Kemar Roofe has been out for the last two games. Jermain couldn’t play in Europe because he wasn’t eligible but I think he can still have an important role this season.” Roofe is set to return to the Ibrox squad for Gers’ trip to Easter Road tomorrow night. And van Bronckhorst hopes he will soon be welcoming Filip Helander back too. The Swedish defender hasn’t featured since undergoing knee surgery back in September. Van Bronckhorst said: “Filip is outside on the pitch again, so we have to slowly bring him back to fitness levels required to play games. “Hopefully, we expect him to take part in training this month. “He’s been an important player for the team and with him being fit I have more options for the back.” Left-back Calvin Bassey filled in with aplomb in the heart of defence alongside Connor Goldson against Sparta Prague and Livi. Van Bronckhorst said: “I’ve been really impressed. Normally he plays left-back but doesn’t have much experience at centre-back. “So I’m really happy with his performances.”

60 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DXSC UNITED CHIEF RAGES AT SMEAR CAMPAIGN DUNDEE United sporting By Scott Burns revamping the museum and defamation of my character to director Tony Asghar has improving it, while Asgar is continue, it is untrue. denied claims he has shown a Walter Smith’s memorial last adamant the club’s former “It was claimed that I do not lack of respect to club legends. Friday. players have been shown the respect the club legends and John Reilly – a member of That’s on the back of reports respect they deserve. do not acknowledge them, this the league-winning squad in the club’s museum were giving Asghar, left, said: “I refer is completely false. season 1982/83 – took to prized possessions back to old to personal allegations made “I not only have the utmost social media to have a pop at players and that staff involved by an ex-Dundee United player respect for them but also fully Asghar for allegedly ignoring were leaving the project. via social media relating to former Tannadice stars at United claim they are myself. I cannot allow this TURN TO PAGE 55 SINGLE ROLE: Defoe will only be used as a player from now on GIO GIVES Hoops want Hatate for New Year derby By Scott Burns CELTIC are trying to push through a deal to sign Reo Hatate in time for a potential Old Firm derby debut against Rangers on January 2. The 24-year-old, right, from Japan is the man Ange Postecoglou believes will solve his left-back issues and the club are hell-bent on fast-tracking the transfer. Celtic are looking to act quickly TURN TO PAGE 58 CHARLIE NICHOLAS COLUMN: P56-57 DEFOE THE HEAVE-HO New Ibrox manager tells veteran he won’t keep him on his coaching staff NEW Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has dumped Jermain Defoe from his backroom team. Former boss Steven Gerrard handed his old England teammate a coaching job to go with his first-team duties when the veteran striker signed a new one-year deal in the summer. Yet before Sunday’s win at Livingston, the 39-year-old had only appeared on a team-sheet By Andy Newport once this season. Eyebrows were also raised when Defoe was allowed to skip Rangers’ Premiership trip to St Mirren in October so that he could appear as a pundit for Sky Sports’ coverage of a Premier League clash involving former sides Tottenham and West Ham. Gerrard had aimed to use Defoe’s expertise to bring the best out of the club’s frontmen TURN TO PAGE 59 but successor van Bronckhorst has brought in Holland legend Roy Makaay to do that job, with former Ajax youth expert Dave Vos, Yori Bosschaart and Arno Phillps making up the rest of his backroom staff. Now the Dutchman has decided Defoe is not required on his coaching staff. However, he is keen to get the striker more involved having Published by Express Newspapers, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA. Tel: 0141 332 9600. Printed by D C Thomson, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL; West Ferry Printers Ltd., Unit A & B, Kimpton Road, Luton LU2 0TA; Johnstons Press, Outgang Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 3QE; Independent News & Media, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1EB; Bermont Impresion S.L Avenida de Alemania 12, 28821 Coslada, Madrid Spain. Deposito Legal no. T0-394/96; T.F. Print SA, Tenerife; EUROPRINTER SA Zone Aeropole avenue Jean Mermoz B 6041 GOSSELIES. The Daily Express adheres to the ethical and professional standards of the publishing industry as set out in the Editor’s Code of Practice. PLAY NOW DOWNLOAD THE APP 18+ UK only, T&Cs apply. Who Knows Wins is committed to responsible gambling and fairness. ABCDEFGHIJKLPQRS *TUW1234WBDS NEWSPAPERS SUPPORT RECYCLING Recycled paper made up 71% of the raw material for UK newspapers in 2015

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1 Puzzles Sudoku 11 1 4 5 2 easy Fill the grid so that every column, row, and 3x3 square includes all of the digits from one to nine. Solutions tomorrow 4 3 4 6 1 2 8 5 9 5 6 2 1 8 3 3 7 4 1 2 3 8 7 1 2 7 7 9 5 4 1 7 9 1 4 2 9 Medium 3 9 7 3 1 7 8 5 2 3 6 4 6 3 9 7 2 9 1 3 4 8 9 1 8 5 6 4 5 2 1 5 Difficult 3 8 2 5 2 6 8 7 Extra clues: 0901 322 5609 *Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. 3 6 1 4 3 2 9 5 1 5 8 6 8 2 1 5 3 Today’s solution: 0907 181 2573 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Quick Crossword Stuck on the puzzle? Call 0905 789 4188 to hear individual clues or the full solution CROSS DOUBT Stuck? Call for a clue 0901 322 5601 Halve your Target Time! Today’s solution 0901 322 5607 Both today’s words in a moment! *Calls cost 75p plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Can you make two common five-letter words from the nine letters given, using each letter only once? You can – but only if one letter features in both words in the squares on the right. There’s at least one way to do it, and you have to have the right letter at the crossover – but which one is it? See if you can find the answer within our target time. If you need help, ring our clue-line below to find out the crossover letter. Solution tomorrow E E G L O Across 7. Imprisonment (13) 8. Introduction (8) 9. Simple (4) 10. Subjoin (6) 12. Figure (6) 14. Repudiates (6) 16. Use (6) 18. Happy (4) 20. Huge (8) 22. Comprehension (13) Down 1. Disconnect (8) 2. Inflorescence (6) 3. Resound (4) 4. Belief (8) 5. Brook (6) 6. Fling (4) 11. Scatter (8) 13. Persuasive (8) 15. Really (6) 17. Hairdressing (6) 19. Connect (4) 21. Egg-shaped (4) Solution tomorrow *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Service provider Spoke Ltd – Helpline 0333 202 3390 Target times: Average: 16 mins Good: 12 mins Excellent: 8 mins O T V W Small Crossword 1 9 10 14 16 19 22 Kakuro 20 11 38 35 30 22 14 14 14 11 4 2 12 36 3 17 4 21 7 7 12 11 11 24 6 10 10 9 17 16 14 3 8 10 5 13 11 18 20 DOWN 1 Puts into print (9) 3 Red dye (5) 4 Always (4) 5 Shown on TV (9) 6 Lion’s cry (4) 7 Foolishness (6) 8 At the present time (9) 6 15 17 12 10 7 8 9 ACROSS 2 Torchier (anag.) (8) 9 Bumpy (6) 10 Skeleton part (4) 11 Impartial (4) 13 Blunder (5) 14 Beforehand (2,7) 16 Futuristic literature (informal) (3-2) 19 Head covering (4) 20 Cardinal point (4) 21 Vehicle fuel (6) 22 Careless and hurried (8) 12 Not trendy (6) 15 Gets closer (5) 17 Very small quantity (4) 18 Actress, Catherine _-Jones (4) Solution tomorrow For today’s solution call: 0907 181 2582 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Fill each sequence of blank squares using the numbers 1-9. Each sequence – across and down – must total the number in the shaded box at the beginning or top of each line. A number may be repeated in each line but NOT in a sequence. Solution tomorrow

2 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Puzzles DX1ST Quizword ACROSS 1 Director and star of the films Mon Oncle and Playtime (7,4) 9 City in central Sweden which was the royal headquarters in the 13th century (7) 10 Anouk, Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar nominee for Un Homme Et Une Femme (5) 11 Poisonous snake of Southeast Asia such as the banded ---, Bungarus fasciatus (5) 12 Michael, composer of the oratorio A Child Of Our Time (7) 13 Biblical owner of a vineyard adjoining Ahab’s palace (6) 15 and 19 Down Character who lends his name to Chapter 26 of RL Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island (6,5) 18 Charles, Irish Taioseach 1987-92 (7) 20 Jack, England Test cricketer known as ‘The Master’ who was knighted in 1953 (5) 22 Odilon, French symbolist painter whose works include 1898’s Vierge Nimbée (5) 23 Gwendolen, heroine of George Eliot’s novel Daniel Deronda (7) 24 Aria sung by Calaf in Act III of the Puccini opera Turandot (6,5) DOWN 2 First letter in the Greek alphabet (5) 3 A group of four singers or instrumentalists (7) 4 In ballet, a body position in which one arm and the same leg are extended at the side of the body (6) 5 Twyla, US dancer and choreographer born in 1941 (5) 6 Painting medium for powdered pigments consisting of egg yolk and water (7) 7 Lawyer to Sir Leicester Dedlock in Charles Dickens’s novel Bleak House (11) 8 Orazio, Pisa-born painter whose works include 1620’s Rest On The Flight Into Egypt (11) 14 Martin, the winner, with John Nielsen and Price Cobb, of the 1990 Le Mans 24-hour race (7) 16 President of Indonesia 1967-98 (7) 17 Large nonvenomous snake of Africa, Asia, and Australia that kills by constriction (6) 19 See 15 Across 21 Julian, English guitarist and lutenist who died in 2020 (5) Solution tomorrow Stuck on the puzzle? Call 0905 789 4190 to hear individual clues or the full solution *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Service provider Spoke Ltd – Helpline 0333 202 3390 Samurai Sudoku In Samurai Sudoku, normal sudoku rules apply, but the 9x9 sudoku at the centre shares four of its 3x3 boxes with those of the outer sudokus. Solution tomorrow 3 6 9 6 5 3 7 9 2 2 3 9 8 5 2 1 6 5 7 3 2 9 4 1 8 3 5 8 8 3 9 4 8 2 9 7 4 1 3 9 6 4 6 7 5 8 1 5 9 8 3 9 4 7 3 7 7 1 6 6 5 1 8 9 1 4 9 7 3 4 8 8 5 9 7 1 6 3 4 7 5 8 2 4 5 7 5 7 2 2 5 8 7 5 8 6 2 3 2 2 6 3 9 7 6 3 4 1 2 8 9 5 3 6 9 6 2 1 7 8 2 6 6 4 2 1 Word builder Answer each clue so that every word contains the same letters as the previous word, plus or minus one. Solution tomorrow Summit up If the number in each triangle is the sum of the two below, what is the top number? 4 12 27 8 15 2 112 6 56 56 12 4 29 27 7 14 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 27 36 6 13 63 15 21 2 9 7 12 5 Solution tomorrow 6 1 Anger 2 Row 3 Rubbish 4 Allow 5 Musical beats 6 Send out 7 Neckwear Small Crossword Across: 1 Deceptive, 7 Eyelid, 9 Tuna, 10 Pints, 12 Foes, 13 Set square, 14 True, 16 Erase, 18 Lamb, 19 Laurel, 20 Stockpile. Down: 1 Detested, 2 Cent, 3 Elapse, 4 Pipsqueak, 5 Ion, 6 Voters, 8 Assemble, 11 Ferret, 12 Full up, 15 Sari, 17 Ado.

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3 1 4 5 2 11 Arrow-words are like crosswords, but the clues are printed inside squares on the grid. Write your answers in the blank squares in the direction indicated by the arrows. Solution tomorrow Wordsearch J N P Y X V R V W U Q L G R R S Y E Q I R T N A H C R E M R C L P H Y S I C I A N Q X N K U T G Q F M A N C I P L E P N R T B S L D I W D E A V U X S W G S R E L L I M Y A N C J N P R I O R E S S B M N O H K I J T K U H M P A R D O N E R L S K L V K J P Y T K R S S Q K E Q L E X W A K H K D A H V N H R U I G R R R G M N X I Z A W H E I F D S E I S N O P R R L J N E R Z O L N H F O M Y F V R C S V E N C K Y C N A T X Q I W I F E O F B A T H N T W THE CANTERBURY TALES Find all the terms listed below in the grid. Solution tomorrow CLERK ● COOK ● FRANKLIN ● FRIAR ● HOST KNIGHT ● MANCIPLE ● MERCHANT ● MILLER MONK ● PARDONER ● PARSON PHYSICIAN ● PRIORESS ● REEVE ● SHIPMAN SQUIRE ● WIFE OF BATH Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Destructive sea wave Tied Granny Musical symbol Santa helper Vulpine animal In two parts Precious stone Whiskey grain Optical Immediately (2,4) Quiet spell Bruno Mars song (6,4) River Beneficiary Indulgence Provide for Second place (6-2) Concept Yes vote Japanese noble Affirm Towards the top of a slope Craft Wasn't well (4,3) Major artery Lump of earth Sign of the Zodiac 'Aladdin' princess Football player Bird Dwarf tree Mesh Flesh Liquid fuel Betrayal of one's country Shrewd Range Best in quality (3-3) _ Campbell, model Richard _, pictured Intervene Two people Had food Musical theme Perform again (2-5) Head support Roof piece Of the ear Atmosphere Overwhelm Search Item Arrow-word Took illegally Ruler Texan battlesite Tidier Had a go Golfing peg _ Jobs, late Apple head George _, Star Trek actor Jot down Grow weary Consumer Small Spanish dishes Mine _ Major, constellation Bashful Frankenstein assistant Sound of disapproval Empoly Eccentric _ Rodriguez, pictured Minister, informally Catered for Before Quick Crossword Across: 1 Kill; 8 Improbable; 9 Contrite; 10 Arid; 12 Gamble; 14 Tramps; 15 Give up; 17 Intact; 18 Onus; 19 Imperial; 21 Stentorian; 22 Tier. Down: 2 Innovation; 3 List; 4 Sprite; 5 Potent; 6 Cataract; 7 Send; 11 Impeccable; 13 Blessing; 16 Poison; 17 Impair; 18 Oust; 20 Rant. Target IMPLEMENT elemi elite impel IMPLEMENT inlet lent lien lime limp limpet line lint lite melt mile milt peel pelmet pelt pile temple tile Wordsearch YESTERday’s solutions G G F Z G L F R Z F D Y G L M I E S U O M A T S A R K V I D P P C G F B M R Y Q B A B A R A Q T L P R U Z R G G P R Y K P S C C B J J G A T O A P Z D P U P E S A W R S P E O H B H E C N D U S F X E B O W Y U E P N R Y P I J Y I N U R G C L T E P U E I E G S B R N L P M O F M L R H O N J E I H N F E P E D S T Y J B J P S P V Y R C W I L E E C O Y O T E V G F A M J G D S C O O B Y D O O U T X R K W X I E I X C Z C G D F Y A O J U U P P N S U V W D The Alphapuzzle Across: Jerk, Zeppelin, Almanac, Troll, Ounce, Profit, Secede, Gargle, Evolve, Budge (clue), Unlit, Equator, Flywheel, Cosh. Down: Jealousy, Duff, Roman, Cavalry, Indeed, Latch, Except, Severe, Patio, Arbour, Looking, Ditto, Null, Research. Arrow-word U A P M S D G L O V E R E R A T O N O O H M L M T A N N E D O K A P I E D U G O M A N A C E T I C A R I S E A I C E A G E S E W W T R E A T H E A D E R D A N R M F A N O J U D I D Y N A M O D A L L Y B C C U R R I A L T O B A S H R O D I N S I S P R I T E T E A S A V E E R A A A I N T R O V E R T J O L T C O X A T A P A C E C A R H O L M E S E X E R T M I R K E D P E A T E N N I S S A T A N The AlphAbeater Black squares: 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 25, 31, 33, 39, 40. Across: Straight, Away, Eczema, Swarm, Mantra, Pokier, Nor, Slyest, Oodles, Beefy, Amoeba, Axis, Appeased. Down: Squawk, Downfall, Ova, Says, Tweeze, Relaxant, Bake, Item, Projects, Zonked, Yard, The, Ejecting, Quaver. Sudoku Easy 2 1 7 4 9 8 6 5 3 9 6 1 7 4 2 3 8 5 8 3 6 5 2 9 1 7 4 3 6 5 8 9 4 2 7 1 5 6 3 9 8 4 1 2 7 7 3 8 4 5 2 5 1 6 3 8 9 4 2 9 7 1 6 1 9 7 2 4 5 8 4 3 6 7 1 6 5 2 9 3 8 Battleships Cross doubt Across: BROOM Down: BRUSH Sudoku Medium 1 3 9 8 6 7 4 2 5 9 4 6 5 1 8 2 7 3 3 9 2 7 8 1 6 5 4 Kakuro 1 3 3 9 4 8 7 1 4 2 7 4 2 5 8 6 5 3 9 1 4 2 8 1 6 7 9 3 2 5 1 3 7 8 6 7 3 9 2 4 4 9 8 6 1 5 1 6 4 8 5 7 3 2 5 4 6 9 9 8 7 2 3 1 2 1 3 4 8 1 2 2 1 5 3 7 4 9 8 6 3 1 1 3 2 6 5 3 3 7 9 8 7 6 7 9 3 2 4 Sudoku difficult 6 1 7 8 9 5 4 3 2 2 6 9 7 5 3 1 8 4 9 4 1 5 2 8 3 7 6 3 2 8 1 4 7 9 6 5 8 5 1 6 9 4 2 7 3 7 8 6 4 3 9 5 1 2 4 9 5 2 3 6 8 1 7 7 4 3 1 2 8 5 6 9 3 5 2 6 7 1 9 8 4 Word builder Hut, Thug, Ought, Trough, Tough, Gout, Tug

4 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Puzzles crusader prize crossword Across 1 Huge amount missing – one working invoice (4) 3 Note currency finding a method easily (3,3,4) 9 Group ready to get cold (4) 10 Pirate grew excited, finding treatment for wind (5,5) 11 Bouncers dine, finding quick exit (7,4) 15 Stop woman getting key for song (9) 17 Chosen European tile design (5) 18 Searches for appearance (5) 19 Teaching trout to manoeuvre small joint (9) 20 Adjusting coiffures, having laugh when it’s time to work (6,5) 24 Surely, moon changes in a huge way (10) 25 The Romans’ champion (4) 26 Judging engineers, releasing energy inside (10) 27 Notice last character with carpenter’s penultimate tool (4) Down 1 Demand wager outside – fun and sport (10) 2 Somewhere to change for rugby player, or more peculiar (6,4) 4 Clothes line is more reasonable, but not initially (5) 5 Begrudge apt arrangement starting now (2,7) 6 Astronaut’s final aim is sensible (4-2-5) 7 Accompanying comedian to hospital (4) 8 Story was variable, and ran out (4) 12 Rants about previous electrical device (11) 13 Eternally missing tip (7,3) 14 Set open ant to make lunchtime, maybe (3,4,3) 16 Sharp, possibly, no longer having strain (3,2,4) 21 Mark is cool about knight (5) 22 Flier right to have a drink (4) 23 Liberal fool makes some bread (4) DX1ST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 16 17 18 19 22 23 20 21 24 25 26 27 11 13 14 1 4 5 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN Read down the letters in the highlighted squares to reveal the mystery word. Name Address Postcode 2 WIN £100 CASH TO ENTER: Call 0904 161 3700 and leave your answer and details, or text DXCRUS followed by a space, your answer, name and address details to 88833. Calls cost £1.50 plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Texts cost £1.50 plus your standard network rate. Lines close at midnight tonight. Or send your grid containing the answer in the shaded squares by posting it to: Crusader Crossword, November 30, PO Box 12578, Sutton Coldfield B73 9BT. Entries must be postmarked by December 1 at the latest. SP: Spoke – 0333 202 3390. For any postal enquiries, call helpline number. An extra day is given for postal entries during bank holidays. ● The winner will be the first random correct entry drawn from all entry routes after the closing date of December 7. The Editor’s decision is final. LAST FRIDAY’S SOLUTION ACROSS: 1 Field event, 6 Farm, 10 Right on, 11 Special, 12 Doorplate, 13 Oasis, 14 Pesto, 15 Eightsome, 17 Ladies’ man, 20 Model, 21 Tempt, 23 Detonated, 25 Curious, 26 Antigen, 27 Lute, 28 Engendered. DOWN: 1 Farad, 2 Engrossed, 3 Data protection, 4 Vantage, 5 Nest egg, 7 Adios, 8 Mild steel, 9 Decontaminated, 14 Political, 16 Old stager, 18 Madison, 19 Nitrate, 22 Merit, 24 Dined. Prizeword: Realise Target P T A E G I N A D HOW many words of four letters or more can you make from the letters shown here? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals. Verb forms ending in S permitted. TODAY’S TARGET Good 22; very good 33; excellent 44 (or more). Solution tomorrow FIND where the fleet of ships shown is hidden in the grid. The numbers to the right of and below the grid indicate how many of the squares in that row are filled in with ships or parts of ships. The ships do not touch each other, even diagonally. Some squares have been filled in to start you off. Solution tomorrow 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A B C D E F G H I J 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 4 2 2 3 1 0 5 1 2 2 0 4 2 1 x Battleship 2 x Cruiser 3 x Destroyer 4 x Submarine ● The Target uses words in the main body of Chambers 21st Century Dictionary (1999 edition) Call 0907 181 2585 for today’s Target solution *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Battleships The Alphabeater The Alphapuzzle ® CAN you crack the Alphabeater? Each grid number represents a letter – or black square. As in Alphapuzzle, every letter of the alphabet is used. But you have to complete the grid too! Use the given letters and black squares below the grid to start. The grid is ‘rotationally symmetrical’ – in other words, it looks the same if you turn the page upside down. Solution tomorrow 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 36 33 30 18 1 40 39 31 36 29 17 3 23 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 21 22 23 24 Target Time: 33 minutes Extra letter clues 0907 181 2560 (Deduct three minutes for each extra clue letter heard) Full solution 0907 181 2558 *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. ● Alternatively, for six Extra Letter clues to your mobile, text DXBEAT to 64343. Texts cost £1 plus your usual operator rate Keijo 2 40 11 38 30 10 7 13 14 9 38 27 38 2 1 32 28 21 19 24 38 2 15 34 24 22 18 12 38 3 13 7 10 33 25 2 38 26 21 10 20 36 31 27 10 36 31 39 10 28 35 38 19 8 ■ 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Y ■ C 3 2 17 35 1 5 7 26 22 20 18 5 37 33 12 16 2 40 11 10 20 9 20 32 4 10 14 10 31 5 2 3 25 40 17 10 3 9 23 22 7 38 25 16 33 34 14 31 20 8 12 40 30 10 1 1 2 3 3 4 3 4 4 1 2 4 36 31 20 30 10 26 28 35 12 19 5 13 38 10 19 28 10 3 31 20 36 10 34 37 25 2 32 2 12 6 22 38 5 13 10 6 38 32 30 30 35 18 30 29 32 40 40 26 7 15 9 4 14 15 16 17 18 19 ■ 20 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 K Place the tiles into the grid so that four different numbers and four different shapes appear in each row and column. Solution tomorrow Alphapuzzle ® tests logic and word power. Each grid number stands for a letter. Every letter of the alphabet is used. Use the given letter or letters — below the main grid — to start. Solution tomorrow Difficulty: 7/10; TARGET: 24 mins; Clue: Am stuck in outhouse and disgraced. 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 21 14 16 3 25 14 1 23 25 1 5 18 22 8 14 26 25 12 25 21 11 21 17 18 15 3 6 6 25 14 1 13 2 12 11 6 13 21 8 21 12 7 3 12 21 19 23 2 25 12 18 19 18 15 17 16 5 2 13 21 19 5 21 12 21 18 26 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18T 17 12 8 10 15 4 26 12 13 23 2 15 3 11 26 3 16 12 26 23 1 21 12 17 21 13 15 2 12 1 26 2 4 2 12 21 17 2 2 19 18 18 14 9 25 18 18 24 2 17 5 25 21 20 21 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 extra letter clues: 0907 181 2568 (Hear up to six Extra Letters, deduct two minutes for each clue letter heard) Alternatively, for six extra letter clues direct to your mobile, text DXALPHA to 64343. Texts cost £1 plus normal network operator rate. full solution: 0907 181 2565; Across ONLY: 0907 181 2561; Down ONLY: 0907 181 2562. *Calls cost 80p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge. Alphapuzzle® ©2019 Acorn Editorial Ltd. All words appear in Chambers Dictionary. THE DAILY EXPRESS 30-SECOND challenge Today’s answers: Beginner = 14; Intermediate = 331; Advanced = 294. PLAY MORE CROSSWORDS AND GAMES AT EXPRESS.CO.UK/PUZZLES *SP: Spoke – Helpline 0333 202 3390 M

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5 EXTRAPUZZLES Big Picture CAN YOU FIND THE LIGHTNING BOLT?

6 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST EXTRAPUZZLES Enter Vowel Each clue is the answer word with the vowels removed. For example, a clue PL (4) might lead to Plea, Pile, Peal, Opal etc but not Loop or Lope. You’ll have to work out which option fits with its neighbours to complete the grid. Solutions at the end 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Across Down Su-doku Corner The rules for Su-doku couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is fill the empty squares so that each row, column and 3x3 block contains all the numbers 1 to 9. Solutions at the end 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 TMT (8) 6 GNT (4) 8 VT (4) 9 NGLR (7) 10 RLY (5) 11 TNG (6) 12 FRTR (4-5) 17 SCNC (6) 19 SPC (5) 2 NVN (6) 3 DR (5) 4 NLYS (7) 5 GL (5) 6 GLFT (4,3) 7 PRNS (6) 13 GNS (7) 14 BSNC (7) 15 CTL (6) 4 2 5 21 TPN (7) 21 22 22 NC (4) 16 BCN (6) 6 2 O B E D I E N T 23 PLS (4) 18 CHD (5) 9 7 23 24 C O R N R 24 MRGNG (8) 20 LNG (5) A P P L I A N C E Double O Jigword L O M B E E LTD IM E NE PO T B UE D NI E N O T B E D I 2E N6 T 3 A R M A C D A R I OM L A L HR O DI IVN LE CL RO DO I SR C N C R 9 8 4 Arrange these crossword fragments to create two completed symmetrical crosswords in the grids below. O R N R Solutions at the end N B A PN P LB E EI AN IN CA ET EP P L I HA N A C P E P L I A N C E 6 DO I E N T T E SU IT RN A B LP E U O B E D I N 5 1 9 T T N O BL L A M NM B E PE O O A B N PE PD P YI O E P N P T Y O P U N T L I M I V I E R M NA R H I V E D I S C E RD C O R N 6 8 H I S I C R M A MD I D I OL C L M L L O RO O HR R N H A R V E D I S C E I T N M A A E O D R H N I I D L A L O IN A N C E T A P L A P I A P N L C I E A N C E E H N B HB E N AN P H E SE E A E P A R S E A R N B N E I T 8 H 3 7 PA N U D E S I R B DL E S I R A B T T U P N U N D L E A N P NP O O P AP P N P OY AY B EN A A N BD AI NE N PT BO EP DP IY E N T S I R A B L E D I S C R T I I R T I 5 H I V H I D V E I S C D I S C R I R M O S T R A L S CH E M T A O T L O E R M A L O T M L E E M E O L M E M O R H M NC O OR RH N T I I R T H N A C O N D A N A C O N D 3 4 1 E I T I T H H A A E A P E S S AA R P S A R M P L P A A S D R I M L A L D O I L A L R O M A D I L L O E A P S E A R HI EA AN AP CP SE P LE IA AR N C E A C O D A N B N N B E N E N B N R B L E 8 1E N A A N AD AS D IT N NR E A S B I B R LP AN E A N BU TA L P EN OA P P N Y U B A N N P O P P Y IT A IL E RM A T A LR E MT A RH T TI I E O L B A M N E P O P P Y E TV IE S I MR TD I I O HL SIE RC R VM EA HT DE I S M C O R H OS N DS A P S SA N PA C AE S A R M A D M I L O L O R H SO N N AI D C H O AT ES N A D P ES A N B H S EH N IPA E P EA T S R E H A E HR A P S E A R D E S B I R AN A N B A D P LEN O E A S P IA PN R Y A B LN N E A A N R T S M I T A O IR L S E T RM TA A L HT IE E M IA S T T RE A L E M A T E A N A C H O ES N A D PS A A S NS P A E CS A O S R NP D AS S S P S N A A N S T A L E M A T E S S P S DIFFICULTY easy DIFFICULTY medium DIFFICULTY hard 9 8 2 6 3 8 6 1 6 5 3 1 6 5 7 9 7 6 4 2 8 4 3 7 1 6 9 2 3 6 5 6 1 7 6 4 3 4 9 5 Solutions at the end

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7 Big X Su-doku The rules for Big X Su-doku vary only slightly from the standard su-doku rules. The 9x9 su-doku at the centre of the X shares four of its 3x3 boxes with those of the outer su-doku. None of the 9x9 su-dokus can be solved individually, you must cross-reference between the intersecting grids. Solutions at the end 8 9 4 5 7 2 5 6 9 1 9 1 3 7 1 9 8 4 5 2 5 2 3 4 1 9 9 3 1 7 5 9 4 2 6 4 3 6 3 8 1 5 9 7 8 7 8 2 4 8 1 4 3 2 Honeycomb All the solutions read clockwise around their numbers. The solution to clue number 1 starts from the given letter. 1 Trefoil 2 Most aged 3 African fly 4 Wanders 5 Air spirits 6 Flock 7 One 8 Pet rodent 9 Beachwear 10 Korean dish 11 Grip 12 Go back on 10 9 8 11 7 12 6 TC 1 5 2 3 4 6 2 4 2 8 4 3 5 6 4 3 9 3 1 2 7 5 7 4 8 1 6 4 9 3 5 2 7 2 6 1 1 8 4 2 6 7 1 9 4 1 3 9 5 7 6 9 2 4 7 5 8 3 8 2 8 2 6 1 2 1 5 9 5 1 8 3 7 6 3 4 Word wheel You have 10 mins to find as many words as possible using the letters in the wheel. Each must use the hub letter and at least 3 others. Letters may be used only once. You cannot use plurals, foreign words or proper nouns. There is at least one 9-letter word to be found. Solutions at the end How you rate: 10 words, average; 15 words, good; 20 words, very good; 25 or more, excellent. U A T C K R D O L General knowledge quiz ART & LITERATURE 1 Which Irish novelist wrote Ulysses? 2 Which English novelist wrote Lucky Jim? 3 Who wrote Pride and Prejudice? 4 Which Irish dramatist wrote Waiting for Godot? 5 Claude Monet was a pioneer of which painting style? 6 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats is based on a book by which poet? GEOGRAPHY 7 Of which country is Alberta a province? 8 Which small sovereign state is located within southern France? 9 Of which country is Bucharest capital? 10 In which European city is the gondola a form of transport? 11 In which country is the Dordogne river? 12 What is the largest of the Balearic Islands? NATURE 13 What sort of creature is a kite? 14 In which country are giant pandas found in the wild? 15 What sort of creature is a marmoset? 16 What sort of creature is a gudgeon? 17 Jackals are closely related to which domestic animals? 18 If a lion has a mane, is it male or female? SPORT & LEISURE 19 Which former England cricket captain played for Somerset from 1973-1986? 20 How many players are there on each side in Australian Rules Football? 21 Which official body in the UK sets and maintains the standards for over 100 recognised breeds of dogs? 22 In fencing, what is the marked-out area on which the competition is fought called? 23 First held in 1776, which is the oldest English classic horse race? 24 Who was the men’s 100m gold medallist in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics? POT LUCK 25 From which country is popular pub entertainment karaoke? 26 A madrigal is a secular form of what? 27 The American presidents Theodore and Franklin D shared which surname? 28 Which conservative politician wrote First Among Equals? 29 Laissez-faire is a theory from which academic discipline? 30 Which mythological winged horse sprang from the blood of Medusa? Solutions at the end Solutions at the end

8 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST EXTRAPUZZLES 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. Solutions at the end Children’s books T O W N S T I E T E A N T N N H N M A E D G P T R P E H I I E S T E L A O F C A O J N W E W E H N I M H T L E L L A H T O T W I E N E D B U O Y M E P R S C T D G T U M P D P T O O O T H P R A E E S T R O S H T C S P I S C R C E H E M L E H K G P I E A M U R H E P I G E I NOL LAEBGSEPROB N G O P T H W E L E H T R E R OHP E HNMHAR L L OWS P O N I R O A T Y B I T A D M OOHGDONWHF FHE LA NMT I NOGOL AURG I T Niner 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 3724 gives a Mexican dish 379761 gives a Mexican dish 37578 gives Spanish snacks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2 732652 gives an English painter 429456 gives an English poet 1558 gives an English prime minister 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Triangle Draw 3 straight lines to make 5 triangles. Lines must be drawn from dot to dot, either passing through one dot or none at all. Valid triangles must not contain lines running through them, every line segment must form part of a triangle. Loop Draw a continuous loop in the grid so that the number in each circle corresponds to the number of adjacent squares containing turns in the loop. Part of the loop has been drawn to get you started. Solutions at the end Example solution 3 2 0 2 3 2 2 3 1 3 1 2 4 3 2 2 3 1 3 4 3 2 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 0 1 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 4 1 2 4 3 Arrow Word The arrows show the direction in which the answer to each clue should be placed. Solutions at the end Front of a boot or shoe Fashion trinkets Paddle In the air Practise boxing Salvages Abodes Banned Weaving factory Inspect Slanted type Arm bone Circuit _ Adams, actress Thrifty Absent Principal Donkey Elevates Seize _ Ora, singer Core Bogart film Portion _ Gibson, actor Wild cat Sword Certain Duck Unwell Tack Notices Collects Trevor _, actor Taverns _ Healy, singer Dowel For each Rent Teach Celebrity Number Rage Watch Wet snow Permits

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 9 Spot the difference Can you find six differences between the two pictures below? Solutions at the end 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 ring will spell out the name of a late British actress. Solutions at the end 11 12 1 10 2 9 D 3 8 4 7 6 5 1 Thawed 2 About 3 Took one’s ease 4 Reason 5 Was jealous of 6 Attacked 7 Shouted 8 A countless number of 9 Be numerous 10 Disgusting 11 University city 12 Water nymph Mirrorgram Solve our ten-letter anagram. Solutions at the end M U N I C H V I S A Fill In There are no clues to this word puzzle other than the number of squares in the grid and the length of the words or phrases. Can you place all the words in the grid? Solutions at the end 3 LETTERS ATE ODD REPELS SANDAL TEEPEE Anagram crossword Fill in the grid using anagrams of the listed words. There may be more than one option for each word. Solutions at the end 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 14 15 8 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 13 Across 1 STARK 4 COUNTER 9 OBOE (WIND) 10 LIDO 11 TERRACE 12 MY TIN 14 ITS SERVER 18 IT’S MY 19 GIRDLED 22 A HAG 23 IT IS A CUT 24 NICE DAY 25 TO SPY Down 2 A TALON 3 EDGES 5 LEER 6 I INFUSE 7 LOCUST 8 IT’D VEER 13 A VETOER 15 AREN’T IN 16 LYINGS 17 I MOULT 20 STUDY 21 DAWN 4 LETTERS ARCH ASEA BEAM BEEF BORE BRIG BUMP CAGE EDGE LUSH NAPE NERD RAGE RING SCAM SHOT 5 LETTERS DUCKS ENROL OASIS OPERA OPINE VINYL 6 LETTERS ACCENT ALCOVE ASCENT BEACON ECLAIR ERSATZ FACTOR HEELED IMAGED 7 LETTERS ADMIRAL ANTENNA BACKLIT BERSERK BESMEAR GHOSTLY IMPEACH KNUCKLE NOMADIC POLECAT 8 LETTERS EPILOGUE HOMESPUN LAVENDER MASTHEAD PAINLESS SPRINKLE 9 LETTERS ECTOMORPH MIDSTREAM 11 LETTERS HAIRDRESSER INGREDIENTS LUDICROUSLY RESUSCITATE 12 LETTERS GLOBETROTTER TRIGLYCERIDE

10 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST EXTRAPUZZLES Mindbenders Jigsaw su-doku Kakuro Can you tackle this tricky set of logical posers, fiendish word games and mathematical mysteries? Solutions at the end 1 Tim gave a gift to Ted, who gave either the coat or cap. The clogs were not given to Tim or to Tia, she gave either the cape or cap. Each gift was given to charity and then rebought. Tom rebought the item received by Ted, who rebought the one Tia received. If Tim did not rebuy the cape and Tom gave the item that Tia rebought, what was each person given? 2 Which two words meaning ‘tiny’ and ‘mater’ combine into one meaning ‘least’? 3 Find the celestial objects in these anagrams: a) Steel Tail, b) Idea Rots, c) Online Tramp. 4 Bob will pay out the jackpot if Mike can roll two sixes or get five heads in a row. Mike has a weighted die that comes up as a six one fifth of the time and a weighted coin that comes up heads 52% of the time. Which should he try for? 5 A half of a quarter of a fifth of a number is three more than a half of a fifth of a seventh of the same number. What is that number? Scribble pad ✍ 4 8 9 1 3 2 5 7 2 8 9 5 8 4 3 1 7 3 7 2 3 5 Fill in the rows, columns and boxes with the numbers 1 to 9 without the same number appearing twice in any row, column or box. Solutions at the end Killer su-doku 9 16 9 9 11 8 16 7 15 12 10 12 23 6 30 21 19 16 12 14 29 37 11 13 12 17 15 22 10 6 3 11 9 29 23 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. Solutions at the end Futoshiki Gogen 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. Solutions at the end 1 2 G M Q N S ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY R F H P V Y A U W C L U Q E S X D I F H Y I T C W B O V E K J A N O B J T R P L D K G X M AQUIFER DIVERT GAUDY JOB MUNCH PROXY SWIVEL TODAY VOID WHELK BOX DANCES EQUINOX FLYING GAIT HURL JINX MONK MOWS PECTIN TURF VET WONT ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY Killer Su-doku is based on the traditional grid and every column, every row and every 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 to 9. But the dotted squares must be filled with numbers that add up to that in the left corner. Solutions at the end Circlegram Replace the question mark with a letter so that the letters within each circle can be arranged to form words, names or terms on a common theme. What are the three words, and the letter represented by the question mark? Solutions at the end 17 10 10 9 8 16 12 7 15 8 12 25 16 11 13 12 8 14 12 18 5 19 6 8 12 11 11 8 10 S O I C L T I N ? R M A E O L E Insert the numbers one to five in each row and each column, making sure that no number is repeated. The only symbols to guide you are the “greater than” (>) and “less than” (<) signs. Solutions at the end M Split Decision Cross out one of the two letters in each divided square to reveal a completed crossword grid. Solutions at the end W S Y O R P W T H R A E U T I I R O D E R A R R A A E W N W D E W D G A N L V L S R

DX1ST Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11 Logic Using the grid below, can you match each of the volcanoes to its height and location? Solutions at the end Juanita has been assigned a project for her geography coursework. She needs to analyse data relating to five volcanoes across the globe. She is comparing the data sets to determine if there is a connection between the height, location and last eruption date. Mount Ignis was the most recent of the five to erupt, and is shorter than both of the Asian volcanoes. The Icelandic volcano last erupted ten years after the volcano that has a height of 1800 metres. The volcano that last erupted in 1944 is not the tallest of the five, nor is it Mount Ettie. From the descriptions of the volcanoes, can you help Juanita finish her project by matching each volcano to its data? Mt Hephaestus Mt Ettie Mt St Hildas Mt Baji Mt Ignis 1300m 1800m 1895 1905 1934 1944 2012 Indonesia Iceland New Zealand USA Philippines 1300m 1800m 2300m 3100m 3350m Mount St Hildas, which is located in Indonesia, is 500 metres shorter than the volcano that last erupted in 1934. Mount Hephaestus is higher than the mountain located in the Philippines. 2300m 3100m 3350m Indonesia The New Zealand volcano Juanita is studying is either Mount Baji or the volcano that last erupted in 1895. Iceland New Zealand USA Philippines Word Spiral Starting from 1, fill in the grid clockwise with four-letter words. The last letter of each word becomes the first letter of the next to reveal a hidden word. Solutions at the end 1 2 3 9 10 14 15 8 11 4 1 Unwelcome plant 2 Money, slang 3 German man 4 Space 5 Humble 6 New Zealand bird 7 Skin irritation 8 Pile 16 13 12 7 6 5 Keyword clue: Girl’s name 9 Opposite of push 10 Overdue 11 Gaelic 12 Heroic 13 Restaurant cook 14 Imperfection, blemish 15 Caprice 16 Castle surround Battleships Find where the fleet of ships shown are hidden in the grid. The numbers to the right of and below the grid indicate how many of the squares in that row are filled in with ships or parts of ships. The ships do not touch each other, even diagonally. Some squares have been filled in to start you off. Solutions at the end A B C D E F G H I J 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 x Battleship 3 x Destroyer 2 x Cruiser 4 x Submarine 3 2 4 0 3 1 3 0 4 1 2 Codeword In this completed crossword puzzle, each letter has been replaced with a number. Three letters have been given to start you off, so write these letters wherever their numbers appear in the grid. The completed grid will include all letters of the alphabet. Remember, none of the answers are proper nouns. Solutions at the end 5 21 22 22 11 4 22 24 18 11 22 24 4 17 11 1 18 24 13 23 3 24 12 21 24 7 9 B I G 11 8 13 2 7 2 6 11 24 8 23 9 2 11 1 16 16 14 10 20 1 13 2 7 4 11 8 21 17 21 2 13 8 17 8 4 14 12 17 3 1 24 8 10 13 8 17 11 4 9 13 21 6 11 26 21 24 20 23 11 8 7 19 8 2 20 8 11 17 25 15 24 10 15 9 11 1 1 17 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 B G 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 I 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

12 Daily Express Tuesday, November 30, 2021 DX1ST EXTRAPUZZLES Mirror Image Which of the shapes A-D is an exact mirror image of the original? ORIGINAL A B Number Fit All of the listed numbers fit into the grid and there’s only one way to do it. One number has been provided to get you started. 4 digits 1280 1335 3597 8767 7 digits 4743468 5738559 6779323 9647565 3 4 5 6 6 0 0 5 C D 5 digits 18355 36498 45640 73455 8 digits 32467539 34566005 64988608 78508777 6 digits 293857 394858 548656 721064 784567 880796 892120 956789 TODAY’S SOLUTIONS ARROW WORD J F S R H F S U T O E L A P E C O N O M I C A L A W A Y A S S U R I T A N P R E M I E R C A S A B L A N C A L Y N X S U R E I L L E M E L G A T H E R S D I N N S P E G L E A S E E D U C A T E P E R S T A R S E V E N I R E E Y E S L E E T E N A B L E S SPOT THE DIFFERENCE K N U C K L E B E A M B R I G O A U H R A E N I M A G E D O A S I S R A G E A E I M A T S R O D D A C C E N T H E E L E D I B R S Z E R D E C T O M O R P H B A C K L I T R U U S D E R E P E L S N A P E O P I N E N L R B O T T R I G L Y C E R I D E L U S H O H P N E E A L C O V E I K F A C T O R S D L L A P S H O T G L O B E T R O T T E R A L E G E R V I N Y L B U M P S A N D A L R L E A U E A D M I R A L M I D S T R E A M R M V B N C D N T E E P E E E C L A I R A T E S E N A E T S E A S E A D U C K S A S C E N T E C E O S T A N A R C H R I N G B E S M E A R FILL IN WORD SPIRAL 1 Weed, 2 Dosh, 3 Herr, 4 Room, 5 Meek, 6 Kiwi, 7 Itch, 8 Heap, 9 Pull, 10 Late, 11 Erse, 12 Epic, 13 Chef, 14 Flaw, 15 Whim, 16 Moat. Heather CODEWORD 1=L, 2=S, 3=B, 4=R, 5=J, 6=K, 7=T, 8=N, 9=Y, 10=C, 11=E, 12=G, 13=A, 14=X, 15=H, 16=F, 17=O, 18=V, 19=Z, 20=P, 21=U, 22=D, 23=M, 24=I, 25=W, 26=Q. BIG PICTURE BIG X SUDOKU 1 8 6 3 9 7 4 2 5 4 9 7 5 2 1 3 6 8 3 5 2 4 6 8 9 7 1 9 4 1 6 5 2 8 3 7 6 2 5 7 8 3 1 9 4 8 7 3 9 1 4 2 5 6 7 1 9 2 4 5 6 8 3 2 3 4 8 7 6 5 1 9 6 8 3 1 5 2 5 1 9 6 7 4 5 6 8 1 3 9 7 4 2 3 8 9 1 8 6 4 7 9 8 3 2 5 6 1 6 7 2 9 3 9 1 5 4 2 4 8 3 7 5 8 9 4 3 6 5 2 1 7 2 6 1 8 4 7 3 5 9 3 5 7 2 1 9 8 6 4 5 2 8 6 9 4 1 7 3 1 3 9 5 7 2 6 4 8 7 4 6 1 8 3 5 9 2 3 5 1 4 6 8 2 9 7 9 2 6 5 1 7 3 4 8 4 7 8 9 2 3 1 5 6 9 5 3 4 8 1 2 6 7 8 4 5 9 1 3 5 4 8 7 2 6 7 6 8 5 2 9 1 3 4 2 9 6 7 8 5 9 6 2 1 3 4 4 1 2 7 3 6 8 9 5 7 3 1 6 2 4 7 3 1 5 9 8 5 9 7 2 4 8 3 1 6 3 6 8 1 2 9 4 7 5 3 8 1 6 5 7 9 4 2 5 4 9 3 8 7 2 6 1 6 2 4 1 9 3 7 5 8 2 7 1 4 5 6 9 8 3 1 7 9 8 6 4 5 2 3 4 9 6 8 7 5 3 1 2 2 3 6 9 7 5 4 8 1 8 3 7 2 1 4 6 5 9 8 4 5 3 1 2 6 7 9 1 5 2 6 9 3 8 4 7 1300m 3100m 1800m 2300m 3350m Height USA New Zealand Indonesia Philippines Iceland Country 2012 1944 1895 1934 1905 Last eruption Mt Ignis Mt Baji Mt St Hildas Mt Ettie Mt Hephaestus Volcano LOGIC ENTER VOWEL CIRCLEGRAM The letter represented by the question mark is T. Stilton, Emmental, ricotta, all cheeses. MIRROR IMAGE D A U T O M A T G N A T T O A N G U A R A R A T N G A T A C U T O P A N O N C E M E R G N G E N D N A O P V E L V U L L F O E L Y E I N S E S F I R E E E R A G B B S C E N I C S P E T E H E L A I E A U D C N O P L U S I DOUBLE JIGWORD O L M E A R M A D I L L O N B N E B A N P O P P Y M O R H H E A P S E A R N A A N S T A L E M A T E S S P S O B E D I E N T C O R N R A P P L I A N C E T P U N H I V E D I S C E I T H D E S I R A B L E R T I I R A N A C O N D A FUTOSHIKI JIGSAW SUDOKU SUDOKU: EASY SUDOKU: MEDIUM SUDOKU: HARD PATHFINDER The Snowman, Stig of the Dump, Double Act, Peter Pan, The Jolly Postman, Winniethe-Pooh, The Borrowers, Matilda, The Gruffalo, Why the Whales Came, Burglar Bill, The Sheep-Pig, Elmer, The Secret Garden, Madeline, The Worst Witch, Pippi Longstocking, Hop on Pop, The Iron Man, Goodnight Moon. NINER 1 ECTOPLASM 2 PRUDENTLY MINDBENDERS 1 Tom cap, Tim cape, Tia coat, Ted clogs. 2 Mini-mum. 3 a) Satellite, b) Asteroid, c) Minor planet. 4 The die, with a 4% chance of winning, more than the coin at roughly 3.8%. 5 Two hundred and eighty CLOCKWORD 1 Melted, 2 Around, 3 Rested, 4 Ground, 5 Envied, 6 Raided, 7 Yelled, 8 Myriad, 9 Abound, 10 Sordid, 11 Oxford, 12 Nereid. MARGERY MASON MIRRORGRAM CHAUVINISM ANAGRAM CROSSWORD Across: 1 Karst, 4 Trounce, 9 Woodbine, 10 Idol, 11 Caterer, 12 Minty, 14 Reservist, 18 Misty, 19 Griddle, 22 Agha, 23 Autistic, 24 Cyanide, 25 Typos. Down: 2 Atonal, 3 Sedge, 5 Reel, 6 Unifies, 7 Clouts, 8 Riveted, 13 Overate, 15 Entrain, 16 Singly, 17 Ultimo, 20 Dusty, 21 Wand. Word wheel TRUCKLOAD GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ 1 James Joyce, 2 Kingsley Amis, 3 Jane Austen, 4 Samuel Beckett, 5 Impressionism, 6 T.S. Eliot, 7 Canada, 8 Monaco, 9 Romania, 10 Venice, 11 France, 12 Majorca, 13 A bird, 14 China, 15 A monkey, 16 A fish, 17 Dogs, 18 Male, 19 Ian Botham, 20 Eighteen, 21 The Kennel Club, 22 The piste, 23 The St. Leger, 24 Linford Christie, 25 Japan, 26 Song, 27 Roosevelt, 28 Jeffrey Archer, 29 Economics, 30 Pegasus. HONEYCOMB 1 Clover, 2 Oldest, 3 Tsetse, 4 Strays, 5 Sylphs, 6 Parish, 7 Single, 8 Gerbil, 9 Bikini, 10 Kimchi, 11 Clench, 12 Renege. M 0 1 3 3 2 2 2 3 1 5 4 2 3 3 3 3 5 2 1 3 4 1 2 3 3 1 2 2 3 3 4 1 5 4 2 3 2 2 4 3 1 5 2 0 2 4 3 2 5 1 3 6 2 4 8 9 1 7 5 3 7 3 8 4 5 6 1 2 9 1 5 9 3 6 2 8 4 7 2 1 5 9 3 4 6 7 8 9 4 7 2 1 8 3 6 5 8 6 3 1 7 5 2 9 4 3 8 6 5 4 7 9 1 2 5 7 2 6 8 9 4 3 1 4 9 1 7 2 3 5 8 6 X LOOP BATTLESHIPS G 2 6 3 KAKURO KILLER SU-DOKU SPLIT DECISION 4 8 9 8 2 7 1 3 5 4 6 5 1 4 9 3 7 D 2 1 5 7 6 9 8 9 4 3 4 6 2 8 5 7 1 1 3 7 6 5 2 9 8 5 6 9 8 2 3 7 1 4 1 2 3 4 7 5 7 1 6 4 9 2 8 9 2 8 3 7 6 5 8 3 9 1 4 5 6 9 4 8 5 3 2 6 8 1 3 9 7 5 5 7 6 4 1 8 2 2 6 7 9 3 1 4 2 3 9 3 5 8 7 4 1 6 1 4 9 5 8 2 6 7 7 9 8 4 5 1 6 2 3 5 7 3 8 1 4 L 1 7 2 5 6 8 9 6 2 9 7 3 4 1 P 3 4 6 2 8 9 5 9 7 9 2 R 6 1 J 8 3 1 2 8 4 1 2 B 7 6 9 9 6 7 8 O 1 2 2 5 9 3 8 N 1 2 3 6 5 4 J 2 8 K 9 7 5 8 3 9 E 8 1 4 4 5 1 6 7 3 9 2 8 9 7 8 1 5 2 6 4 3 6 3 2 8 4 9 7 5 1 2 9 6 4 1 8 5 3 7 V 7 8 5 3 2 6 1 9 4 3 1 4 5 9 7 2 8 6 B 8 4 7 9 6 5 3 1 2 W 5 6 3 2 8 1 4 7 9 C NUMBER FIT T 8 3 4 1 3 7 7 8 4 5 6 7 8 9 2 1 2 0 Y 0 9 4 3 H 8 7 6 7 3 4 5 6 6 0 0 5 9 F 4 9 6 4 7 5 6 5 4 5 6 4 0 I 8 A D O T 7 3 4 5 5 6 7 7 9 3 2 X 9 0 3 S 5 8 5 E 4 1 7 6 Q U I A K 6 4 9 8 8 6 0 8 1 3 3 5 8 L 7 3 3 C 9 4 5 2 8 W 9 5 6 7 8 9 5 4 8 6 5 6 8 U 1 2 9 7 3 4 8 6 5 7 8 9 0 7 3 TRIANGLE Y V P H F R S N Q M G GOGEN 1 S L L A W E A O D E R A D I U I H T R O W