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Fare flight caused taxi man to ‘snap’
A TAXI driver ‘snapped’ and ran down a passenger who left the taxi without paying the fare, a court has heard. David Ryan, 56, admitted to dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to Eoin Daly at Carysfort Park, Blackrock on April 7, 2011. Garda Geraldine McManigan told the court the victim suffered fractures to his ankle, which had affected his ability to play rugby at senior level in university. Medical reports stated that his injuries left him with a 20 per cent greater risk of developing arthritis, but that this has not developed within a twoyear period. In his victim impact report, he said he accepts he was wrong to run from the taxi. He suffers flashbacks and has spent €4,492 on physiotherapy. Judge Patricia Ryan adjourned sentencing until July to clarify if restorative justice would be appropriate.
by Declan Brennan
AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West release the first official photos of their lavish Italian wedding. Kim, 33, wore a white lace custom-made gown by Givenchy Haute Couture when she said ‘I do’ to husband number three, Kanye, 36, E! News revealed. The celebrity pair later wore matching jackets with the words ‘Just’ and ‘Married’ on them PICTURE: PA
The judge heard Ryan, of Linfield Park, Clondalkin had picked up Mr Daly and another passenger at around 3am and drove them to the Carysfort Park area, where the two men ran off. Ryan drove his car onto a footpath and across the park, swerving from side to side. He was driving so fast the other man jumped into a garden to avoid being hit, the court heard. A witness described seeing a man running across the green with a car ‘in hot pursuit’. The car hit Mr Daly and he fell to the ground. Ryan got out and argued about the fare before driving off. Defence lawyer Steven Dixon said his client, a father-of-four who has worked as a taxi driver for 20 years, was under severe financial difficulties at the time and ‘snapped’ on the night.
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Electrical engineer and hacker turns printer into party drinks robot
Remote control cocktails
by AiLEEn DOnEgAn
AN ENGINEER has come up with a novel way to prepare his cocktails – by building a bartending robot made from a 3D printer. Yu Jiang Tham, an electrical engineer and self-proclaimed hacker, designed the mechanical drink maker for under €133. ‘I built it because I wanted to teach myself AngularJS [software],’ he said, adding that his creation is ‘great fun at parties.’ The robot, named Bar Mixvah, can be seen in action online, pouring and mixing liquid from wire-controlled pumps. Mixvah responds to an iPad application Mr Tham also created from scratch. He posted instructions on how to build the machine on his own blog, giving all budding engineers a chance to replicate his creation – but careful, it gets very technical. ‘Tools required for the job are: a hacksaw to cut two of the 12-inch rods in half, a wire stripper, soldering
‘The actual wiring is not too complicated, but it requires finesse’ iron, and solder to connect the wire to the pin connectors and coaxial power connector, and a multimeter to check your work.’ The body of the machine – the 3D printed pieces – takes nearly 18 hours to make, then it’s all about placing the pumps and connecting the corresponding wires. ‘The actual wiring is not too complicated, but it requires a little bit of finesse due to the confines of space that we are working with,’ he said. But do you really need a 3D printer? Mr Tham doesn’t think so, he suggests using hardened clay to piece the metal rods – the foundation of the bot – together. Although he has no intention of selling Bar Mixvah, the designer is keen to get others to try out the process – next week he will share how he built the control panel app. Budding engineers can follow all the steps on his blog: yujiangtham. com.
Bar Bot: Yu Jiang Tham’s Bar Mixvah, which the engineer controls using an iPad application, is ‘great fun at parties’
Woman knifed man in courthouse to help him avoid trial A WOMAN has avoided jail after admitting to stabbing her friend in the Criminal Courts of Justice so he wouldn’t have to appear in court where he was expecting a jail sentence. The man asked Rose Maughan, 32, to stab him before he was due to go before a judge that day. He later claimed to gardaí that he was attacked by three men near the courts.
However, CCTV footage clearly showed Maughan stabbing him in the smoking area of the courts with a plastic knife taken from the court’s canteen. Maughan’s defence counsel said she is ‘easily led’ and was promised money and drugs in return for stabbing the man. Maughan, of Mount Brown, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife at the court buildings on Parkgate Street in
January of last year, and was given a 12month sentence by Judge Mary Ellen Ring, which was suspended on condition she engages with the Probation Service. Karl Finnegan BL, prosecuting, told the court that Maughan’s friend was before the courts that morning and had asked his girlfriend to stab him in the leg so could avoid appearing in court. However, the girlfriend was unable to
break the skin with the knife and they asked Maughan to try. She succeeded in stabbing the man and he was taken to the Mater Hospital. The man, who later made a complaint to gardaí that he had been attacked by three men, was prosecuted for making a false complaint and also received a prison sentence for the original matter he was in court for.
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nama reports €211m in profits last year
Judge orders Dub GAA star to coach children A JUDGe has ordered Dublin football star Diarmuid Connolly to spend 80 hours teaching GAA to children following an unprovoked attack on a man in a pub. Connolly, 26, of Collins Park, Beaumont, had apologised for the attack on Anthony Kelly, in which his eye-socket was fractured – at mcGowan’s in Phibsboro, on August 6, 2012 at a hearing last year. Yesterday, adjourning the case, Judge Patrick Clyne heard Connolly had completed an anger-management course.
Tech firms to create 380 jobs
Investor boost: Frank Daly
THE National Asset Management Agency (Nama) has reported a profit of €211million for last year, a slight drop on the previous year’s operations. In its four years operating Nama has sold property loans and assets worth €14.1billion – since the beginning of the year it secured €3.5bn worth of sales. Nama chief Brendan McDonagh said the agency was well ahead of schedule
in clearing bad debts from banks and selling on loans and assets, as well as meeting a €7.5bn repayment milestone. By the end of the year the agency’s target is to have redeemed €15bn of its senior debt, half the money it originally issued to acquire loans linked to developers. Nama’s accounts showed it has built up equity and reserves of €810m and cash balances increased to
Kimye being ‘hunted down’ by opponents of fur habit by ADAM HyLAnD
Some 380 new jobs have been announced by German and Swedish companies in Galway, Athlone and Dublin. IT company SAP is creating 60 R&D roles and 200 technology support roles at its Citywest campus and in its business suite and cloud support teams. Telecoms and tech firm ericsson will take on 120 staff at sites in Dublin and Athlone, including roles ranging from software developers to programme managers.
NAS review due over boy’s death The hSe’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) is to carry out a review of an incident in 2010 where a young student died waiting for an ambulance that is believed to have made an unscheduled stop. The 17-yearold boy fell ill at a University of Limerick (UL) accommodation complex in october 2010, but died of cardiac arrest as he waited almost 30 minutes for the ambulance, after it stopped off at a garda station. The review is expected to take oneto-two months to complete.
€4.4bn at the end of last year. Chairman Frank Daly said last year was marked by a remarkable turnaround in investor sentiment towards Ireland. A review by the Comptroller and Auditor General last week stated that Nama had targeted €19.2bn of disposals between this year and the end of 2016 and another €4bn from 2017 to 2020, when the agency is due to wind up.
Ahoy there landlubbers! Pirates-in-training Taylor Savage and Gemma Kelleher from the Talk About Youth Project at St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street launch Dublin Port Riverfest 2014. The three-day riverside and sailing festival will take place over the coming June Bank holiday weekend along
the city’s North Wall Quay and will include a range of activities, including a pirate village of arts and crafts, boat tours, a funfair and food market. Thousands of visitors and Dubiners are expected to turn out to see the arrival of seven tall ships. Visit dublinriverfest.com for more details
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AN IRISH animal rights group has threatened to stage protests at the honeymoon location of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian… if they can find them. The Animal Rights Action Network (Aran), said in a statement they will ‘hunt down’ the celebrity couple, thought to be at Ardpatrick, Co Limerick, to show their outrage at their frequent wearing of fur. The group previously staged a ‘bloody’ protest when Lady Gaga arrived in Dublin recently, showing their fury at her ‘fur addiction’, and now want to locate the hip-hop star and reality TV personality ‘to make it known the two are not only in love, but also in love with wearing countless dead animals on their backs’. It added: ‘Campaigners are standing by and the lively, peaceful protest will be staged, once we can confirm their location. ‘It’s an awful pity that their wearing of fur has lasted longer than Kim’s previous marriage of just 72 days,’ said Aran’s John Carmody. ‘We’re hoping this time her marriage will last longer, but live in hope Kim and Kanye
‘Butt ugly’: Kimye called out over flagrant fur-wearing can divorce their addiction to wearing the skins of tortured, dead animals and replace it with faux fur. Kim is a goodlooking girl, but when it comes to wearing real fur from animals who have nothing but their lives, we think she’s nothing short of butt ugly with a cold heart.’ Kim Kardashian recently wore a fox fur scarf while out on the town in New York, just a week after her sister Khloe, a one-time animal rights activist, sported a faux fur coat with the words ‘F**k you fur’ scrawled on the back in red paint. Kim and new husband Kanye, collectively called Kimye, married in Florence, Italy, on Saturday, before flying into Cork Airport, where they were taken to a secret location.
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Battle is on for new Labour leader to replace Gilmore
SEVERAL senior Labour Party politicians are vying for contention in the leadership contest sparked by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s dramatic departure. With all the names yet to be formally declared, deputy leader and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is the early favourite, while Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and junior health minister Alex White have not yet ruled themselves out. Another throwing his hat in the ring is Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly, who said he had not decided whether to run for leader or deputy leader. Dublin TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and
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Waterford TD Ciara Conway have also indicated they may be interested in the deputy leader position. Speaking to RTÉ yesterday, Mr Kelly said he believes that the party needs a new leader ‘from a different generation’. ‘I think people are looking for something new,’ he said. Declarations are expected to be known today before the lengthy election process takes place with about 5,000 party members eligible to vote for the new leader after the Dáil summer break. July 4 has been pinpointed for the new
Fine Gael add 3 MEPs but final seat goes to recount FINE Gael took its total to four seats in the European Parliament yesterday but counting will go into a fourth day in the Midlands North West constituency as Fianna Fáil battled to hold a seat. Simon Harris was the odd man out as Fine Gael colleagues Deirdre Clune and outgoing MEP Sean Kelly were elected at teatime yesterday on the 12th count, in Ireland South. They join poll-topper Brian Crowley of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada in representing the area, which spans the southern half of the country, from Wicklow to Clare and Cork. Mr Harris’s failure leaves no candidate from the Leinster portion of the
constituency, with all four elected candidates from Cork and Kerry. Meanwhile, a full recount was agreed in Midlands North West last night, as sitting MEPs Pat The Cope Gallagher and Independent Marian Harkin battled for the final seat. Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy had earlier joined Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan in reaching the quota, with Mr Gallagher of Fianna Fáil closing to within 275 votes of Ms Harkin prior to the recount. And in Northern Ireland, all three outgoing MEPs have been re-elected – Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, Democratic Unionist Diane Dodds and Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson.
regime to kick in and for talks on a likely cabinet reshuffle to begin. Prior to his resignation on Monday, Mr Gilmore had been facing two motions of no confidence in his leadership over the party’s dismal election showing. It won just 51 of 949 local election seats and no European Parliament seats. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn
yesterday criticised the seven TDs and one senator, including Mr Ó Ríordáin and Ms Conway, who put forward the motion. However, Ms Conway said she was unaware that Mr Gilmore was about to step down and she felt that ‘he was a voice that wouldn’t be listened to by the public anymore’.
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Gay sex parties ‘health concern’ Gay sex parties at which men inject a cocktail of illicit drugs, including crystal meth, cocaine and Viagra, as well as mephedrone, before engaging in ‘risky sexual practices’ have been flagged as a ‘public health priority’ by an EU drugs agency. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug addiction said these orgies, where men have sex without condoms and with multiple partners, have been identified in London, and some French cities.
Daughter’s pal, 18, flirted with me, Rolf tells court
Iran court wants Facebook king FaCEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg has been ordered to appear in front of a Iranian court. The judgment follows on from complaints by local authorities in the region who say Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp violate privacy. Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the Basij force, said the judge has also instructed that the two apps be blocked from use. Last week, another Iranian court ordered that Instagram be prohibited.
Guilt: Entertainer Harris admitted having affair with teenage girl piCture: pa
Dragons’ Den regular RAMOnA nicHOLAs is joint managing director of the Cara group which includes pharmacies across the country
You have been hugely successful in setting up the pharmacy chain, Cara Group. What do you think are the key ingredients to your rise as an accomplished entrepreneur? For me, hard work,
determination and a positive attitude all contribute to success. It is difficult to nail down exactly what works, but learning by your mistakes and making innovative changes constantly to keep abreast of competition is hugely important.
Which women in business are you most inspired by? On
a national level, Hilary Weston has been an inspiration, with the work she has done with Selfridges and also Brown Thomas. Internationally, Natalie Massenet: her work bringing Net-a-Porter to the forefront in the middle of a recession has just been incredible. I admire Victoria Beckham, which is controversial, but what she has achieved, given what she’s been through personally, is phenomenal.
For anyone about to embark on a new business venture, how would you advise them?
Make sure you have a clear plan as to what you see as the future of your venture, and how you think you will get there. It is important to make sacrifices and to live and breathe the new business. It has to be your primary focus, and plan your family life around this. Reject rejection – it’s so important to not take rejection personally and persevere until you get what you want or need for your business to succeed. Belief in yourself is also vitally important; you need to believe you can do it and surround yourself with positive people that believe in you. Stay away from any negative influence.
As joint managing director, your husband Canice is also heavily involved in the business. Is it difficult to find a balance between work and family life? To answer ‘no’ to this
question would be a lie. Yes, it is very difficult to find a balance, but we have found that through planning and preparation, a balance can be achieved. Taking the time to plan out the week ahead is what works for us, and making commitments to ensure that you do take the time out.
How do you thrive in the very
much male-dominated world of business? ‘Thrive’ is a very
strong word to use and I certainly wouldn’t say I thrive in a maledominated world of business. I am just not intimidated by men. I treat men as our equals and I think that’s the way it should be.
You recently spoke about the ‘guilty mummy syndrome’. What does this mean? Yes, this
line always catches people’s attention. I think all mothers, working outside or inside the home suffer from guilt – that you’re not doing enough for your children. Guilt is a very negative emotion, but when I’m working so hard, I do feel I should be spending more time with my son. But I know for me personally, if I wasn’t doing the job I love, I wouldn’t be happy and this would have a very negative impact on him.
This year marks your third stint in the Dragons’ Den hot seat. How have you enjoyed your involvement? I loved being
one of the Dragons in the Den! I’m an extremely competitive person by nature, so the whole edge of your seat feeling had my adrenaline
ROlF HaRRIS told a court yesterday of his ‘general guilt’ at having an affair with his daughter’s friend. But he said the woman, who claims he indecently assaulted her, appeared to ‘invite’ him to touch her, behaving in a ‘flirtatious’ and ‘coquettish’ way. Harris told Southwark crown court he was flattered when the woman, who he claimed was 18, started flirting with him. But Harris denies he indecently assaulted her, saying she was a willing participant in all of the encounters, even instigating some. The 84-year-old TV artist faces 12 counts of indecent assault on four alleged victims between 1968 and 1986, all of which he denies – seven relate to his daughter Bindi’s friend, who claims the star assaulted her from the age of 13. Giving evidence yesterday, Harris admitted he was a ‘touchyfeely’ person, but said his relationship with the girl began only when she was an adult. The pair’s first intimate encounter happened when she was 18 as he took her a cup of tea in bed
I admire Victoria Beckham, which is controversial, but what she has achieved is phenomenal pumping all day long. I’ve also learnt so much from my fellow Dragons, and that alone is one of the main positives for me. Plus, helping people, that’s literally what I enjoy in life, and with my investments, that’s what I am doing – helping others achieve their dreams.
You are one of the leading investors on the show this year. Which particular pitch stands out? For me the
pitch from John and Eamon from Taplock was just great. They are such unassuming gentlemen, and are so grateful for my investment. I like modesty in people and honesty as well, and I can see that in both of them. Luke Holohan
The final Dragons’ Den episode goes out on Sunday, RTE 1, 9.30PM
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when she stayed at his home in Bray, Berkshire, Harris said. His alleged victim claims she was 15 at this time. ‘She grabbed my elbow and seemed to indicate that she wanted me to sit on the bed, which I did,’ Harris said. ‘She slid over a little bit and then shook the duvet off her foot to reveal that her legs were bare, she had no pyjama pants on. and it seemed to me that she was being very flirtatious with me.’ Harris said his ‘heart was thumping’ as he touched the girl’s leg. ‘a married man, a much younger girl, I shouldn’t have been doing it,’ he admitted. In the 1990s, the woman asked for £25,000 to set up an animal sanctuary with her boyfriend, and when he refused she allegedly told him: ‘You’d better keep your eye on the weekend papers’. Harris also talked about his career, which has seen him honoured by the Queen. He told of the invention of his famous ‘wobble board’ and even sang a segment of Jake The Peg to the jury. The trial continues.
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us judge sets World informant hacker free
Army: We’ve found pupils... now what?
A COMPUTER hacker who helped the US government disrupt hundreds of cyber attacks and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous, will serve no more time in prison after being sentenced to time served. Judge Loretta Preska credited Hector Xavier Monsegur’s ‘extraordinary co-operation’ after prosecutors urged leniency. He had spent seven months behind bars, and the judge also sentenced him to a year of probation. Working around the clock with FBI agents at his side, Monsegur ‘provided, in real time, information about then-ongoing computer hacks and vulnerabilities in significant computer systems’, prosecutors wrote. ‘I assure you, I’m not the same person you saw three years ago,’ Monsegur told the judge. ‘I’m ready to move on.’ The FBI estimates he helped detect at least 300 separate hacks – including on Congress and Nasa. Monsegur first began hacking in a
by METRO HERALD sTAFF New York apartment in the early 2000s, court papers reveal. His aim was to steal credit card information, then sell it or use it to pay his bills. In a 2011 interview with an online magazine, Monsegur said he decided to join forces with Anonymous because he was upset over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. From early 2011, using the alias Sabu, Monsegur led an Anonymous splinter group called Lulz Security, or LulzSec, which hacked computer systems at Fox television and PayPal. The group was affiliated with Jeremy Hammond, the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal, whose objective was to cause mayhem, prosecutors said. When FBI agents showed up at Monsegur’s home in the summer of 2011, he agreed to co-operate, giving the FBI a tutorial on the inner workings of LulzSec and Anonymous.
nigERiA: The schoolgirls abducted by Islamist terrorists have been located – but the military will not use force to free them. The group of nearly 300 would be put at risk if troops attacked, Air Marshal Alex Badeh said. The stalemate came as president Goodluck Jonathan ruled out doing a deal with Boko Haram by offering a prisoner exchange. ‘They are not on the same page,’ said Pogo Bitrus, a leader in Chibok, where the girls were snatched on April 15.
MH370 crash flight reports ‘worthless’ MALAysiA: Satellite documents issued by authorities to show that missing flight MH370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean have ‘no value’, experts said. About 50 pages of raw data and notes were released yesterday in response to demands from relatives of the 239 people on board. Critics said vital information was missing from the Malaysia Airlines logs. ‘There are two or three pages of important stuff, the rest is just noise,’ researcher Michael Exner claimed.
bOsniA-HERzEgOvinA: A house is buried in a landslide triggered by flooding in Ciganski Potok, near central city Zenica. Rescuers across the Balkans remain on high alert after downpours Picture: ePA
sarkozy aide ‘in finance scandal’ FRAnCE: The leader of Nicolas Sarkozy’s party has resigned over a finance scandal surrounding the expresident’s failed 2012 re-election bid. Conservative UMP head Jean-François Copé is stepping down after allegations that a company run by friends overcharged for campaign events by more than €10million. Mr Copé (pictured) said he was unaware of any wrongdoing.
and finally... AusTRiA: Smoker Maria Maier leaned out of her 16th-floor apartment to have a puff... and spotted an iguana peering in at her. One of the 38year-old’s neighbours in Vienna had also opened a window, giving his pet lizard its chance to escape up the wall ‘like it had glue on its feet’.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 METRO HERALD
Dozens killed as air strikes drive rebels out of airport
by NicOLE LE MARiE
AT LEAST 40 people were reported dead yesterday after Ukrainian troops took back an airport seized by proRussia separatists. Air strikes from fighter jets and helicopter gunships were used to secure Donetsk airport. Plumes of black smoke rose into the air and officials shut down the airport and nearby streets to traffic during the fighting which began on Monday. The death toll, which included two civilians, could reach up to 100. Leonid Baranov, of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, said many bodies in government-controlled areas had not been recovered. ‘As they are controlling the airport, and the fight was there, we cannot right now identify exactly how many victims we have,’ he said, adding that hundreds were also wounded. Interior minister Arsen Avakov said there were no government casualties. Meanwhile, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said it had lost contact with one of its four-man monitoring teams in Donetsk. In the neighbouring Luhansk re-
Smallest fiddler on the hoof? A SUSPECT has been arrested over the abduction of the world’s smallest horse. Massimo Braidic was held after 63cm-tall Charlie was stolen ahead of an equestrian show last year in Citta di Castello, central Italy. The 40-year-old was captured near Perugia following an investigation into the theft of the recordbreaking steed. The Lilliputian horse was returned to owner Bartolo Messina after he paid a €3,000 ransom.
Conchita Duck doesn’t fit bill
Aftermath: A man examines the remains of a truck which was destroyed during fighting in Donetsk Picture: ePa gion, border guards said officers repelled gunmen trying to break through the border from Russia. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov prom-
ised it would be a ‘serious and reliable’ partner if newly elected Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko moved to end hostilities. But Ukraine’s acting
prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said: ‘Bilateral talks without the presence of the US and EU do not seem possible under current conditions.’
LIFE is set to get a little hairier in Duckburg after a character based on Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst arrived in town. Conchita Duck has joined famous residents Donald and Daisy in the fictional Disney world, sporting a beard and black ball gown. Despite her German creators at Ehapa-Verlag insisting Conchita will not be appearing in its best-selling Fun Comic Book, one fan claimed: ‘Disney will be turning in his grave’.
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Caleb’s tour tantrum left the Kings at rock bottom K
ings OF LEOn say frontman Caleb Followill’s onstage blowout three years ago was to blame for the group hitting ‘rock bottom’ – not a bitter brotherly feud. The sex On Fire hitmakers cancelled their entire Us tour after the 32-year-old stormed off during a Dallas show, but credit the break for helping them find their ‘individuality’. ‘it was a bit of a shock for us,’ the rockers said. ‘We had toured for so long and so hard and all of a sudden we basically had a whole year freed up.’ They added: ‘The circumstances of why we had to take that break might not have been the way we had envisaged but everything happens for a reason.’ Quashing rumours that a family rift drove them apart, 29-year-old lead guitarist Matthew Followill said: ‘i think people think it was more of an argument between us and that we got
David Schwimmer helped out when his neighbour was stabbed during a visit from a transvestite prostitute. The 47year-old actor handed over security footage to the NYPD after the man next door chased a burglar outside at knifepoint – and ended up having the blade used against him. It’s thought the neighbour heard the intruder sneaking in as he got busy with the prostitute – who is a suspected accomplice in the raid as she squirted pepper spray in her client’s face before fleeing. Robert Rainey, 21, has been charged with the stabbing.
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by JENNI MCKNIGHT in this huge fight and it blew up. if anything, we were arguing with touring, we were so exhausted and didn’t want to do it. ‘We hit rock bottom. We had been touring forever, it wasn’t really that much about us.’ Caleb (inset) added: ‘We’re brothers and that’s never going to change. We’ll always have our moments when we don’t see eye to eye but i think it actually made us closer. if anything, we learned our individuality. We’ve learned it’s OK to take time for yourself.’ now the nashville rockers are ‘back bigger, better and stronger’ but admitted they hoped they were not still touring when they hit their 60s, like The Rolling stones. ‘That would be awesome if we could but we would much rather be on a yacht somewhere,’ drummer nathan told a radio programme.
RAD HAIR DAY: Pamela Anderson arrives for the World Music Awards in Monte-Carlo, Monaco PicTure: SPlaSh
Unfair tackle: Harry Styles humiliates Piers Morgan by pulling down the TV host’s shorts at a charity football match. The One Direction star, 20, exposed Morgan’s electric blue briefs during the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge. The event has raised €450,000 for Irish Autism Action. TV host Morgan took it in his stride, tweeting a clip to his 4million followers – but warned: ‘Revenge will be sweet @Harry_Styles ...watch your shorts. #1D’ PicTure: SPlaSh
Anna Wintour has joined a host of stars in boycotting the Dorchester Collection hotels after their owner, the Sultan of Brunei, implemented harsh antigay laws. The Vogue editor, 64, said she would not stay in her favoured hotel, Le Meurice, during Paris Fashion Week. ‘I cannot in all good conscience stay there, nor can Vogue’s editors,’ she told the New York Times. Sir Richard Branson, Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osbourne also back the boycott.
Tatum’s smashing night with Shia Channing Tatum has urged shia LaBeouf to focus on re acting after revealing how the pair once kick kicked in windows and attack attacked a police car on a drunk drunken night out. The 34-year 34-year-old lifted the lid on their antics as ‘young dumb idiot actors’ when the they met for the first time as co-stars in 2006 fl flick A guide To Recognising Your saints. ‘i definitely kicked kick in a windo window that night. But it wasn’ wasn’t Barnes & noble’s. Just windo i was running,’ he a window. said. Ta Tatum added the pair, who were acting lik like ‘80s hoodlums’ during their big
night out, then split up. ‘i think shia even punched a cop car – we weren’t even sure if the cop was in the car, he punched the window of a cop car. ‘it was pandemonium,’ he told America’s gQ magazine. Tatum is being tipped for an Oscar after his turn in the upcoming Foxcatcher, while LaBeouf, 27, has attracted headlines for drink-driving arrests, scuffles and wearing a paper bag on his head. Asked about his friend, Tatum said: ‘i’ve never seen him since then. ‘The kid’s an incredible actor… i just wish that he would just act. Just act, man!’
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A kind of magic as Freddie comes back just like Jacko
FREDDIE MERCURY is making a Michael Jackson-style comeback – by releasing a new album from beyond the grave. The Queen frontman, who died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991 aged 45, will be heard on new songs created by the band and overlaid with his digitally mastered voice. Guitarist Brian May and bandmate Roger Taylor have restored demos from the 1980s that featured Mercury’s vocals and updated them with fresh
by SEAMUS DUFF instrumentation. ‘It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and it’s the big, big epic sound,’ said May about the sound of the album, rumoured to be titled Queen Forever. ‘We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. ‘But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology,’ he told BBC Radio Wales.
It may be released in time for the Christmas market this year. Meanwhile, drummer Taylor has discussed how the pair uncovered forgotten tracks Mercury created with Michael Jackson, whose own latest posthumous album, Xscape, topped the UK album charts last week. ‘Brian especially has been active working on a couple of tracks that Freddie did with Michael Jackson,’ Taylor told Classic Rock magazine. ‘They’ve been hanging around for
years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They’re pretty good – one of them is great,’ Taylor revealed. It is unclear if the tracks will feature on the upcoming record. Queen, who formed in 1970, enjoyed enormous hits with Mercury including Bohemian Rhapsody and We Are The Champions. They have continued to record since his death with guest vocalists including Robbie Williams.
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Hackers demand ransom from iPhone users OWNERS of iPhones in the UK and Australia have reported their phones being hacked, and a ransom demanded in order to unlock them. Users have taken to support forums on the Apple website to complain of the issue, with iPhone owners reporting that a message appears onscreen saying they have been hacked, and must pay between
Aus$50 and $100 (€68) in order to get their device unlocked. According to analysts, the hacker, ‘Oleg Pliss’, is exploiting a feature on the Find My iPhone app to send the messages and lock devices. User veritylikestea wrote on the Apple forum: ‘I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that
my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded 100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me.’ The hacking comes a week after online marketplace eBay admitted that the database containing the log-in information of its users had been hacked.
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Stuck: Two youths received only cuts in this crash Picture: SWNS
Legal highs on the rise ThE rate at which new ‘legal highs’ are flooding the drugs market in Europe continues to rise, an EU drugs agency has warned. Some 81 new psychoactive substances were reported in 2013, up from 73 in 2012, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said.
TWO teenagers escaped with minor cuts when their car somersaulted and became impaled on a concrete post. They were inside the black Renault Clio which finished on its roof after the high-speed crash. Residents of Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, in England found the pair dangling from their belts in the front seats. Milkman Clifford Beeton, 55, saw the crash as he was doing his round on Monday. ‘I was taking a break and eating a banana when the car zoomed past me at 70mph,’ he said. An 18-year-old male was later arrested.
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see that a certain grizzled old footy pundit who shall remain nameless – ah, what the hell, you know it’s eamon Dunphy – has been slagging off Cristiano Ronaldo big-time for his testosterone-fuelled display of über-machismo in Lisbon the other night at the end of the Champions League Final. After Ronaldo’s goal from the penalty spot, he tore off his shirt to expose a rippling, sweat-soaked torso so flawless and pure in form and definition it should be preserved in a gallery along with other precious works of art for all eternity. He threw back his perfect neck and roared like a lion at the inky-black Lisbon sky to celebrate his triumph, as indeed he had every right to do. eamon Dunphy’s not the only one having a pop at the Real superstar. Body language experts have weighed in too, saying his display was all about vanity and selfglorification. even celebrity hair stylists have claimed that his beautiful black hair
was ‘too perfect.’ Jealous, much…? These miserly begrudgers all need to get a grip of themselves. What Cristiano Ronaldo did on the pitch in Lisbon was not motivated by self-gain. It was a saintly and heroic act of pure and utter selflessness on his part. For he did it, readers, not for his own benefit, but for the sake of all the women out there who would climb over their grannies for the chance to lick just one drop of salty sweat from his superbly-defined abdominals. God bless you, Ronaldo. I’ll live off that sight for the rest of my life. Infatuated ■ Driving home, I was explaining to my kids that all the posters on the poles and walls were for political parties. ‘Is there food and drink?’ asks my nine year old. ‘No’ says I. ‘Then,’ says my three year old, ‘they are rubbish parties.’ so young, yet so wise. Brendan ■ Mr Gilmore is an honourable man, stepping down for the sake of the party. Mr Martin should take a few lessons from him. Lizz
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o health or personal questions,’ decrees a film rep, as a roomful of journalists scratch out their ‘Brad’ and ‘mastectomy’ queries. We don’t really care. Because whether we’re from Sarajevo, Poland, Israel or elsewhere, we all share one thing in common – we are star-struck, waiting, agog, for 38-year-old Angelina Jolie, one of the most famous women on the planet, to enter and sprinkle us with her magic celebrity dust. Will those huge eyes, those wide lips look as beautiful in the flesh? or wildly disproportionate, like Mrs Potato Head pieces crammed on to a carrot baton? Such is our sweaty anticipation that when ‘Angie’ actually slinks in, slight and warmly polite, we barely notice: no mere mortal could live up to our image of her. Neither an emaciated alien, nor a superhumanly proportioned stunner, Ms Jolie is calm, tanned, petite in business-
like black. Her elegant fingers, adorned by her engagement ring, are entirely untremulous as she faces her first movie junket as an actress this decade. Meanwhile, us journos flap sycophantically about, blithering about her ‘important humanitarian work’ while, in fact, we really want to know the secrets of her crazy travelling circus lifestyle with fiancé Brad Pitt and their six children – each of whom reportedly has a culturally specific nanny. ‘I think the press make it seem like I live in a certain world but that’s not the life I have made for myself,’ Jolie insists. ‘It is an unusual life. But I wake up as a mom, read the paper, get on the phone and learn what is going on with the UNHCR [the United Nations refugee agency, for which Jolie serves as a special envoy], then I go to work. Most of my work deals with issues I believe in, though sometimes it is pure entertainment, like with Maleficent.’
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Travel: Angelina Jolie says visiting war zones in her role as special envoy to the UN is her ‘time to reflect on life’
Cruella de Vil from 101 dalmations The fag-puffing fashion hag who wants to kill and skin cute little puppies and make a coat out of them. Try explaining that to your three-year-old. The evil Queen from Snow White ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the wickedest stepmother of them all?’ Demanding your stepdaughter’s still-beating heart in a box? Definitely a Mother’s Day guilt trip gift too far.
“you have to be all sides of yourself to grow into the person that you are” ‘She took me to Amnesty International dinners when I was a little girl. She was proudly part Native American, so I would always get sent to the principal’s office for arguing about Christopher Columbus.’ The Jolie-Pitts also try to open their children’s eyes to life beyond Hollywood. ‘They travel a lot with us,’ says Jolie. ‘Some come with me on my UN trips. And we spend a lot of time in Cambodia [where adoptive son, Maddox, is from]. Such is the power of Jolie’s image as a refugeesaving, rainbow-family adopting humanitarian goddess, that it’s not till a Scottish journo shoves in a question about Scotland and Jolie recalls going there for the premiere of Trainspotting that we remember she once wed Jonny Lee Miller, wearing a shirt with his name written on it in her own blood.
HeN there was the lesbian fling and the wild marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, during which they wore vials of each other’s blood. This was the Jolie era of ‘you’re young, you’re drunk, you’re in bed, you have knives; s*** happens’ and before she got it on with Brad – reportedly on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith ten years ago,
X-Men: Days Of Future Past X-Men past and present unite to destroy some killer robots in this zippy superhero blockbuster marked out by superior acting and astonishing set pieces. With Michael Fassbender as the younger Magneto (right).
The Punk Singer Sini Anderson’s cracking documentary explores the life and times of Kathleen Hanna, the influential riot grrl and former Bikini Kill frontwoman who disappeared from the limelight almost ten years ago.
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Shere khan from Jungle Book Out to eat Mowgli and kill Baloo into the bargain – boo! Like all true villains, this dastardly cad of a tiger sports a gentlemanly English accent along with his stripes. when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston. But Jolie insists: ‘We weren’t together at that time, he was just like my best friend then, we had so much fun.’ How does she look back on her twentysomething self now? ‘I like her,’ she smiles, revealing perfect pearlies. ‘You have to be all sides of yourself to grow into the person that you are. Growing up public, I may have seemed many things to many people but I don’t think I was ever a bad person.’ Does she not have any vices left? ‘I think my biggest thing is…’ she pauses, we lean in for the scoop. ‘I just don’t know how
to do nothing. especially as a mother, I always feel I have to do something. ‘I joke that when I go into the field – where was I, Libya or somewhere? – that I remember thinking: “Oh, it’s quiet!” Because, oddly, when I go to a war zone, it is my time to reflect on life. I say that not because it is peaceful but because it is very soul-enriching and kind of still.’ And with that, Hollywood’s best-paid actress thanks us, serenely, and goes off to shine her radiance elsewhere, leaving us blinking that she was ever really there.
Maleficent is out on Friday
to see at the cinema
The Wind Rises A lyrical love letter to the beauty and terror of flight in World War II by retiring Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle).
Godzilla It’s big, it’s noisy, it’s ‘Gojira!’. Special effects rarely get more special than those lovingly created here as the giant lizard once again stomps over some cities.
Scar from The Lion king Again, that English accent is a dead giveaway. Haughty, sardonic and emotionally sadistic, this throne-hungry lion is a villain of Shakespearean proportions. ‘Man’ from Bambi Like a horror movie bogeyman, we never see Man’s face, which makes him all the more terrifying. He killed Bambi’s mummy. It don’t get no badder than that. LI-Z
Looking ahead Belle
Bad Neighbours Think Knocked Up – stage 2. Anyone with kids will find some painfully true laughs in a comedy where thirtysomething parents try to stay cool when a frat house moves in next door. A tale of race, gender and frocks with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (left) as the daughter of an admiral and a slave looking for love in Victorian england.
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Sneak peek at ‘The Morgue’
ROSS MCDONAGH visits the mecca of animated films in Burbank, California, to whet his appetite for Maleficent
90 year existence, from Pinocchio’s ’m standing outside a very whale to Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman, nondescript building in east and everything in between. Each vault Burbank. It looks like just any is controlled by humidity and old small warehouse, no signage temperature, and journalists are not or lights outside, no security to speak of besides the regular chain link even allowed to enter the building holding pens, just in case you fence. I’m finding it hard to believe accidentally brush up against one of the most priceless art collecsomething – indeed I’m issued a tions in the United States, perhaps the pencil at the front door. I’m pretty world, is contained within. sure I wasn’t frisked for writing I’m no art geek, and I could name utensils when last I visited the Louvre. very few of the artists, if any. But I’m One of the daunting tasks facing confident I could name almost every staff here is they are currently single piece of art in there – and I’m digitizing every single piece of confident you could too. artwork they have. The reason the Disney Archive ‘In the past four and a half years or Research Library is not signposted so we’ve digitized maybe 875,000 (especially unusual for any building images, so it takes a while,’ says the near Hollywood) is because it is not ARL manager Fox Carney. ‘Just open to the public. imagine, every one of those pieces has Contained within are 65million to be rehoused and catalogued…’ pieces of Disney artwork – almost A quick bit of mental arithmetic every piece of original art ever created by a Disney artist – and each of the 22 (followed by some better arithmetic on my iPhone) tells me at that rate, people who work there would argue they’ll be finished in 334 years or that each individual piece is priceless. so… providing Disney doesn’t make So what’s 65,000,000 x priceless? any more films in the meantime. ‘That’s a question we get asked a Fox tells me with a sad note in his lot,’ says researcher Doug Engalla. ‘I voice that they only ‘almost’ have all always say, if an artist comes and looks at any one of these pieces and is Disney’s artwork, as Walt himself was prone to giving it away back in inspired to create something the old days. new, how can you put a ‘Walt used to give price on that?’ away backgrounds A bit of a ‘Disney’ and cells to people, answer perhaps, but either VIPs or his priceless Maleficent is somebody would guesstimate is really smart, as write a really nice probably accurate – letter thanking him I reckon the some of the best for a wonderful time building’s insurance villains are at Disneyland or costs are significant. something,’ he says If not open to the forlornly. ‘It’s been on public, then what the record that art does get purpose has the ARL? out there.’ Whenever a Disney sequel is in I don’t think Fox is greedy, he’s just the works, a new theme park ride, an one of those anorak collector types exhibition, this is where the artists who simply loves his job. come for inspiration. And with the maleficent isn’t the first time we’ve arrival of maleficent – Disney’s live seen a classic Disney baddie brought action prequel to the 1959 classic to ‘real life’ – we’ve seen Captain Sleeping Beauty – traffic at ‘The morgue’ (as it used to be called) has Hook, Cruella De Vil, The Queen of Hearts and Grimhilde in live action – never been busier. but this is the first big budget prequel. Its 11 vaults are reminiscent of the It looks pretty cool, but much to last scene in Raiders Of The Lost Ark executive producer Don Hahn’s (and – row upon row of binders and boxes, everyone else’s) bewilderment, you each lovingly categorised and placed simply cannot tell what audiences are in separate shelves, flanked by glass going to respond to. Don produced the cabinets filled with models and Likes of Beauty And The Beast – the marionettes of every beloved Disney character from the House of mouse’s first animated film to be nominated for
Animated character: Artwork from the Disney original Maleficent, above and inset the Best Picture Oscar – and The Lion King – but was also behind the likes of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which was, well, soggy. ‘I don’t think you can tell before audiences see it. You might have a gut feeling that it needs work. There were times on The Lion King when I thought: ‘Who’s ever going to want to see this? ‘The truth is most audiences respond – it’s just if there is a hunger to see that kind of movie at that point. Certainly, Sleeping Beauty, when it came out in the 1950s, was a money loser and the critics were not kind to it. It has become a classic over the years. Same story with Fantasia and Pinocchio, they were money losers. Nobody starts out to make a mediocre movie.’ So can Angelia Jolie’s maleficent impress? ‘maleficent is really smart, as some of the best villains are. It’s actually the challenge of this story because in the 1950s version, you have a heroine who not only sleeps through a lot of the movie but when she awakes, that’s when her life starts; she meets a handsome guy and gets married. That’s a very
Drawing inspiration: Ross takes in some of the artwork at the Disney Archive Research Library
1950s idea. So I think what attracted us to her was this very intelligent villainess who actually drives the story ahead, and in many ways is almost the protagonist of the original Sleeping Beauty film, because she’s pushing the plot ahead, because you do have this sleeping protagonist and wooden prince. I think this is why she is so interesting.’ And should maleficent be the hit it looked destined to be? Could we see a surge of Disney
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Fun the paul o’grady show UTV, 5pm
It’s a meeting of showbiz legends as Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie, celebrating the release of new movie Maleficent, a Sleeping Beauty spin-off, parks her magnificent cheekbones next to Paul O’Grady. It’ll be like two peas in a pod – those two should make a movie together.
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All good things must come to an end, but it’s a shame to be bidding farewell to this sketch show quite so quickly. Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns sign off this second run with a double bill that’s as haphazard and scabrously funny as you’d expect, the final set of sketches roaming from a hellish spa break for ghostcatchers Phil and Jase, reality star Rachel (a Chris Lilley tribute act) channelling her inner Ellie Goulding and Banksy and Jill hanging out at a barbecue for suburban swingers.
coast australia BBC2, 9.10PM There are shocking stories and eye-popping images at every turn tonight as Neil Oliver (pictured) and his crew fish out the stories that lie in and around Australia’s awesome Great Barrier Reef. The fate of South Sea islanders sold into slavery to work on sugar plantations and the brutal treatment of Aboriginals mark a sharp contrast to the natural beauty of the Reef’s wildlife – which we can all enjoy thanks to the wonder of Google Street View’s mapping project.
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Meryl Streep portrays a cancer-riddled mom-from-hell in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer prize-winning play. When her husband disappears, presumed drowned, Violet (Streep) demands a family gathering that turns out to be far from comfortable.
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This biopic by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín, gives a revealing insight into the ‘father of documentary’, Robert Flaherty. The first filmmaker to mould real people in their everyday lives into compelling narratives, he followed native groups – including Aran islanders of the 1930s in Man of Aran. However the former prospector was seen as a contradictory figure in his use of sterotypes to tell a story.
Sport world cup’s best ever goals ever! BBC3, 9pm
Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp turns his hand to directing in this low-budget London crime story. Leo Gregory plays Billy, a former hooligan-turned-responsible dad and husband, who gets tangled up in the bad old ways when he tries to protect his family from a local gang.
Inventive Surrey-based Irish vet Noel Fitzpatrick is one for thinking outside the box when it comes to curing the ills of the patients at his surgery. Others would have given up on Pixie, a 12-yearold cat who can’t walk after she was hit by a car. But Noel reckons a bionic implant could be just the thing to get her on her paws again.
Channel 5, 10pm The latest case for Iain Glen’s agreeably tetchy Galway detective kicks off with the beheading of a Catholic priest in the middle of a church – and you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to work out that the abuse of altar boys is at the heart of this particularly grubby case. Working out who did it is quite another matter.
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It’s a big week for Derek as he learns how to ride a bike, and then lands his first date through an online dating agency. Although maybe a French restaurant wasn’t the smartest choice of venue… it’s a Marmite series, but when Ricky Gervais’s Derek shows its sensitive side, it’s a heart-warmer. Last in the current series.
The football goalfests just keep on coming. This one which is reffed by comedian Simon Brodkin’s spoof footballer Jason Bent is packed with top moments from superstars, including South American heroes Pelé and Diego Maradona (above) to Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp. There’s even the odd belter from Bobby Charlton.
The first half of the final season ends on a high – literally – as the Moon landing of 1969 plays out against the earthbound anguish of our favourite advertising types. Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,’ has the ring of Don Draper about it, but the great man is allowing Peggy her moment in the Burger Chef spotlight. A woman on top in Mad Men? The planet is shifting on its axis...
This week it’s all about pastry, with the 11 remaining bakers dreading the technical challenge, where they have to show their skills with hot water crust pastry and judge Biddy White Lennon’s wild ingredients. Later it’s the first showstopper challenge – the brief is to bake a sweet bake and a savoury bake. Jenny (above) takes a big risk by shaping her butternut squash and kale filo pie into the shape of an anchor – will it pay off?
Film tango & cash 3e, 10pm
Cop buddy movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell as two rival detectives who get on the wrong side of a drug mogul (Jack Palance) – he has them framed for murder. Behind bars the duo are bullied by convicts they put away, so they join forces to hatch a plan of escape. Teri Hatcher, in her pre-Desperate Housewives days, stars as Tango’s stripper sister.
dear john RTÉ1, 10.10pm
Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum seems to be everywhere these days – popping up on talk show couches with 21 Jump Street buddy Jonah Hill – and now here he is again starring as a soldier who falls in love with a student he meets while on leave in this big screen version of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling weepy. Amanda Seyfried plays his very patient long-distance lover. Keep the tissues handy.
the history boys BBC4, 9pm
James Corden and Dominic Cooper (afterwards forever typecast as the fat one and the cool handsome one) are two of then-unknown young faces you can spot in this smart, witty and poignant British ensemble comedy. A group of six-formers in a 1980s grammar school are given extra cramming revision lessons for their Oxbridge entrance. But the results-aimed techniques of thrusting new tutor Stephen Campbell Moore soon clash with the eccentric style of their fruity general studies teacher (Richard Griffiths).
Film4, 6.55pm Tom Hanks dancing on a giant keyboard is the signature scene in this beloved 1980s body-swap comedy where a young boy makes a wish to be ‘big’ and wakes up as a 30-year-old. He soon finds the world of jobs and women is a mite tougher than he thought, despite landing a dream job at a toy company.
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Forbidden pleasures The Forbidden Fruit festival returns to Kilmainham for two days this bank holiday weekend. Metro Life looks at some of the must-see acts Wild Beasts Cumbria’s Wild Beasts carried listeners away with the intense allure of their third album Smother in 2011, a fabulously intoxicating rock outing on which Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto really came into its own. This year’s Present Tense was something of a departure, showcasing a more synth-based, equally thoughtful sound – still anchored by Thorpe’s heavenly vocals – and compellingly off-kilter lyrics: take Sweet Spot, for instance, a poetic hymn to the orgasm (‘a godly state/where the real/and dream they consummate’).
The Flaming Lips
This is the second time the US psychedelic conceptualists have headlined Forbidden Fruit. If frontman Wayne Coyne didn’t exactly endear himself to the crowd last time round by repeatedly calling them ‘motherf**krs’, he did at least make up for it by overseeing a typically feelgood set replete with space-bubbles, a tickertape storm and a few dozen extras dressed as the cast of The Wizard Of Oz. He also had the good grace to eschew some of the band’s more discordant recordings in favour of gems from breakthrough album The Soft Bulletin and psychedelic pop opus Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Sat & Sun, Royal Hospital, Kilainhmam D8, day tickets €59.50/weekend €110. forbiddenfruit.ie
Hip-hop producer Flying Lotus has been a name on many lips since the release of his stunning EP, Reset, on Warp Records several years back. The Californian producer, aka Stephen Ellison, is the great-nephew of John Coltrane and his jazz pianist wife, Alice. He’s inherited his fair share of musical talent, and his multi-layered tunes crackle with fresh energy. Combining soul, funk, infectious drum beats and chilled vocals, his gorgeous electronic grooves can stir and soothe in equal measure.
One of the most unusual golden memories from the London 2012 Olympics came when the experimental electro act F**k Buttons got a royal airing during the opening ceremony. The awkwardly named Bristol duo (Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power) had two florid instrumentals, Surf Solar and Olympians, featured on the Underworld-curated soundtrack. Bouncing and charging between massive banks of electronics, Hung and Power fling themselves about the stage with the enthusiasm this magnificent music deserves.
LA all-girl indie rockers Warpaint flaunt a West Coast intensity on their material but also exude a dreamier allure than their name suggests. They’ve been a slowburning success; co-founded in 2004 by lead vocalist Emily Kokal and guitarist Theresa Wayman, they started to make a mainstream impact a few years later,
around the release of their 2008 EP Exquisite Corpse. Warpaint’s debut album, The Fool, featured a deeper, more emboldened sound, including the close harmonies of Undertow and the low-slung downtempo of numbers such as Majesty. Expect style, substance and kick-ass attitude.
The characteristic combination of snappy electronica and frontwoman Yukimi Nagano’s lithe, soulful vocals gives Little Dragon’s music its bite. What’s also impressive is that this Swedish quartet manage to sound just as warmly atmospheric when they’re playing their synth-driven live shows. The group formed in the mid-1990s, and Nagano agrees their strong live reputation helped build their loyal fanbase. But has the band’s home city of Gothenburg influenced their tunes? ‘It has to,’ she says. ‘Gothenburg’s a grey, rainy place for most of the year; maybe that’s why there’s such a moodiness to our music.’
LA musician/vocalist Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) really is a versatile beast. He’s flaunted his bass-playing skills with disparate acts from soul diva Erykah Badu to veteran metallers Suicidal Tendencies and electronic whiz Flying Lotus – who’ll be joining him at Forbidden Fruit under his Captain Murphy moniker. Thundercat’s second album Apocalypse, released last year, is a fabulous headrush, right from the endorphin-fuelled, falsetto serenade of opener Tenfold. It courses through electronic soul, improv jazz, prog rock, psychedelic funk and soul to Shuggie Otis and Prince.
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I was 15 – her brains were on the floor A gruesome family death set Tanya Byron on the path to becoming a child psychologist, a journey she describes in her new book, writes Patricia Nicol
ow did you get here? why now? what is your story and how would you like it to continue? For 25 years, psychologist Prof Tanya Byron has been asking these questions of her patients to help them ‘make that journey from chaos to clarity’. Last year, while writing The Skeleton Cupboard, a memoir of her early years training as a clinical psychologist from 1989 to 1992, she asked them of herself. ‘I first became fascinated by the frontal lobes of the human brain when I saw my grandmother’s sprayed across the skirting board of the front room of her dark and cluttered house. I was 15,’ she writes in the introduction to her book. An eight-months pregnant heroin addict ex-tenant of her grandmother was eventually convicted of
Popular therapy: Tanya Byron with Matthew Christie from the BBC series Little Angels in 2004
battering the elderly German Jewish refugee around the head with an iron poker. But at first Byron’s father, John Sichel, was a suspect. ‘oh, it was terrible,’ she recalls. ‘The press were hanging around because he was a well-known television director. At 15, you are meant to be: “Yay, I’m going to change the world” and instead there I was looking at this mass of blood.’ Though she did not acknowledge it until later, today she ‘is clear that my grandmother’s death was the catalyst to my becoming really fascinated in human behaviour and wanting to know why it is that we do what we do’. when she qualified, Byron went to work in a drugs dependency unit where she set up a group for pregnant drug-users. ‘It wasn’t until my friend said “duh” that I thought: “Yes, maybe subconsciously I’ve done this to stop these women killing other women’s grandmothers,”’ she says. I’m not a major fan of Sigmund Freud but… ‘Even now, I’m known for being a specialist in child and particularly adolescent mental health. often, it’s
Bare bones: Tanya Byron’s book features unrecognisable composites of her patients around 15 that that “help me” moment comes.’ To the public, the striking 47-yearold is best known as the TV expert on shows such as The House of Tiny Tearaways and Little Angels. She has broadcast for BBC’s Newsnight, written a government review on internet child safety, cowritten comedy with Jennifer Saunders and is a regular columnist for The Times and Good Housekeeping. Byron juggles all these commitments with 25 hours of clinical practice a week and being
the mother to two teenagers, Lily and Jack. As we talk in her bright, north London kitchen-diner, she is applying make-up for her next meeting. Now there is also this book, offering an occasionally unflattering portrait of her younger self as well as fascinating composite case studies of some of the vulnerable patients she encountered at a stage when she ‘was often just one chapter ahead of them’. There is Imogen the perfectionist, whose severe anorexia may be gluing her parents’ marriage together, and Molly, struck dumb by
youtH in crisis risk-taking is an important part of growing up ‘i work with lots of children who want to be dead,’ says tanya Byron. ‘fifty per cent of all mental health problems will show themselves by the age of 14, 75 per cent by the age of 24. six per cent of the mental health budget is spent on young people. kids are being held in police cells because there is no place of safety for them. we are majorly screwing up when it comes to mental health for children. ‘Education should be about the whole child. i see girls from highly
pressurised schools who have eating disorders and are selfharming. i believe that, as a society, we are so focused on achievement, we are forgetting the importance of emotional resilience and intelligence. ‘we live in a paranoid, risk-averse society where the survival of the fittest is championed, but those two ideas are in conflict. i see lots of kids who are super bright, super academic, super fantastic, but have zero self-belief, who think that if
they don’t hit the a stars, they are done. Everything is externalised: “i will feel good about myself if i get these grades, if i lose 20lbs, if i go out with this boy.” ‘we have forgotten risk-taking is an important part of learning who you are. my children recognise that although they are constantly in touch with their friends through technology, my generation had more freedom. when i was a kid growing up in the 1970s i was out on my bike all the time.’
the trauma of seeing her younger sister drown and whatever else has gone on at home. Perhaps most poignant is the story of Harold, a Holocaust survivor aware he is developing dementia, a disease that has already reincarcerated his wife’s mind in the concentration camp. ‘It’s all fictionalised,’ says Byron. ‘Nobody who has ever been a patient of mine will think: “oh, that’s me”. I still do clinical work and client confidentiality is absolutely core to what I do.’ Books such as psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life and the work of the neurologist oliver Sacks have proved popular with readers. ‘often though they follow the pure analytical process where the analyst remains unseen,’ says Byron. ‘But I felt that if I was going to be talking about other people’s narratives, I should really talk about my own. when I thought about how I felt about mental health, it felt pertinent to say how inept and anxious I had been at times. ‘I didn’t want to do that thing of saying some of us are sane and some of us are mad, because I don’t really believe that. I wanted to show that all of us are struggling and muddling through. Find a narrative and you can often help people.’
The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron (Macmillan) is out now
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Cost of safety features a very taxing problem
REviEwED nissan juke nisMo Nissan Motorsport got its hands on the Juke crossover and the Juke Nismo is the result. Joanne Ahern got behind the wheel to take this hot hatch (hot cross just doesn’t sound right) for a spin...
by jOAnnE AHERn A punitive taxation system is compromising road safety by keeping older cars on the road and putting advanced safety systems out of reach of many drivers. that is the view of many in the irish motor industry and they are calling for such safety features to be tax exempt. it’s something the motor industry has been pursuing for years. Australian research suggests that if each motorist upgraded their car to the safest model in its class ‘road deaths and injuries could be reduced by up to a third’. However, by 2015 the average car on the road in ireland will be ten years old. new cars here attract vehicle Registration tax of between 14 and 36 per cent, depending on emissions. All safety features, from airbags to electronic stability control, are subject to this tax as it’s calculated on the selling price of the car. this rate is also applied to any optional extras, regardless of whether they’re luxuries or safety items. there’s also vat at 23 per cent. euro nCAp ensures basic safety standards across europe and manufacturers are keen to attain a five-star rating. However, while irish drivers expect a high level of standard safty features, they’re slow to specify advanced optional safety systems. these include city stop, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, lane changing alert and drowsiness alert. the Society of the Motor industry in ireland (Simi) says that if the Government wants to improve the availability of better safety features ‘it would seem counterproductive to include them as part of vRt’. Simi spokeswoman Suzanne Sheridan says uptake of these options is low in ireland – particularly in the cost conscious small, or city car sector.
n SeAT is marking the 30th anniversary of the iconic Seat Ibiza with the Cupster – ‘a radically opentop fun mobile’. The totally open Cupra Roadster is the creation of Seat Design and unfortunately there are no plans for a production model. The one off model is powered by a 1.4-litre 180PS TSI engine with DSG dual-clutch transmission. The exterior of the Cupster is a specially formulated New Orange colour and Seat says the interior is ‘purist and based on the Ibiza race cars from the Ibiza Trophy’.
this is echoed by the irish arms of Ford, volkswagen and volvo. volkswagen Group ireland spokesman paddy Comyn said there is ‘minimal uptake’ of optional safety features across its fleet, which includes vW, Audi, Skoda and Seat. He said irish drivers opt to spend additional money on ‘cosmetic items such as sunroofs or [alloy] wheels’. He added: ‘We don’t have exact figures because generally our cars come with as high a level of safety specification as possible – but where there is an issue is if there are additional innovative safety features because vRt makes them prohibitive in a lot of cases. We strongly believe these items should be exempt from taxation.’ He added: ‘Customers pay almost half as much again for the price of the safety item and at worst 100 per cent more. A €500 safety option could cost any-
sAfETyfirsts City stop: a system which foresees a low speed collision in city traffic and automatically applies the brakes to prevent the fender-bender. Adaptive cruise control: keeps pace with the car in front and automatically slows down when the car ahead does. Blind spot monitor: aimed at motorway drivers. alerts a driver intending to change lane to another vehicle in their blind spot thus preventing a high speed collision. jA thing between €750 – €1,000 depending on tax.’ Ford ireland managing director eddie Murphy put it even more starkly. He said that a car costing €20,000 could include up to €7,000 in tax. He puts the number of Ford drivers opting for extra safety equipment as low as five per cent, again saying this is ‘mostly down to cost’. He added: ‘We feel that taxes are too high on new cars and this acts as a disincentive to custom-
ers to upgrade their cars for more fuel efficient, more safe and less polluting cars.’ A spokeswoman for the Road Safety Authority of ireland said it has made a number of pre-budget submissions ‘seeking reduction in the vat rate on safety critical features for road safety’. She added that the Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020 contains a pledge to ‘examine the feasibility of removing or reducing the rate of vAt and/or vRt on safety related equipment and/or technology’.
What it is: Five-door compact suV Styling: an unusual, distinctive looking car, with bulging multi-socketed bug eyes on the front and a sleek body. i can’t quite decide whether i like it or not. Red wing mirrors, a rear spoiler, 18in alloys, suede interior and the nismo badge differentiate it from the regular juke. Comfort: The plush and sporty looking cabin has heated, huggy sports seats for both front seat occupants. Legroom is great in the front and adequate in the back. Boot: a decent size, with underfloor storage. Rear seats fold to increase boot space. Transmission: 1.6-litre 200ps six-speed turbocharged petrol manual Drivability: not the most exhilarating hot hatch/cross i’ve ever driven, but i did enjoy it. it’s a lovely drive for everyday motoring and in sport mode, you can have some fun. Technology: The test car had a touchscreen infotainment unit with easy to use satnav as well as an excellent sound system. Bluetooth streaming was easy to set up and to operate. it also has a very clever double button system on the centre console – hit D-Mode and you get all the driver options, however, hit Climate and those same buttons change to associated options. Price: nissan juke nismo starts from €29,875. Prices for the regular nissan juke start from €19,295. annual road tax: €570 Visit atTheLights.com for the full review
ALL AbOuT sOuL fOR kiA FRoM a 2012 concept to a 2014 reality, the all new kia soul has arrived in ireland. The korean car company says the new-look compact suV was ‘inspired by’ the 2012 kia Track’ster concept and introduces a ‘thoroughly fresh, more grownup appearance without losing its individualistic edge’. it’s certainly a distinctive looking car and the new soul is longer, wider and lower than its
predecessor, with a bigger and easier to access luggage area. Two 1.6-litre 128hp diesel models are available in ireland in two trim levels, the eX and Platinum. standard equipment includes cruise control/speed limiter, reversing camera, Bluetooth, climate control automatic air conditioning and 17in alloy wheels. Prices start from €24,495. Visit atTheLights.com for full review. jA
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The opportunity to grapple with your financial situation is underlined by today’s New Moon. But it’s going to be important that you don’t threaten your future prosperity by doing anything that does not sit within the rules of where you live.
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The New Moon in your sign, can add extra enthusiasm in terms of your goals and perhaps the desire to give yourself a makeover. Yet, someone you have been counting upon could prove unreliable or dishonest. For your forecast, call 15609 114 72
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You may be sensitive to your environment and the moods and attitudes of others today. This can be a good thing but equally you may find yourself soaking up all sorts of stimuli, which is not so good. For your forecast, call 15609 114 73
Leo Jul 24 – Aug 23
Your hopes can soar on the back of today’s New Moon. And it’s true that group associations may be blessed by this over the next month. But with the square with Neptune, just stay attuned to the subtle politics that go on around group dynamics.
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We all need people and sometimes we need to cooperate with those we wouldn’t ordinarily be that close to at a personal level. So, if you find yourself being unsure of someone you encounter, think of the ways they can influence you. For your forecast, call 15609 114 75
Libra Sep 24 – Oct 23
ACROSS 1 Deficit (4) 8 Put into place (10) 9 Good-looking (8) 10 Identical (4) 12 Go back (6) 14 Yearning (6) 15 Blow (6) 17 Intelligent (6) 18 Dejected (4) 19 Loneliness (8) 21 Mournful (10) 22 Indication (4)
DOWN 2 Decorative (10) 3 Hurried (4) 4 Guide (6) 5 Road (6) 6 Plot (8) 7 Inactive (4) 11 Deceptive (10) 13 Huge (8) 16 Make certain (6) 17 Inexperienced (6) 18 Wealth (4) 20 Fling (4)
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You can find yourself motivated to improve the foundations in your situation. This may see you doing some physical changes to where you live, or becoming more conscious of your emotional needs. Family or friends can be at the heart of this period. For your forecast, call 15609 114 81
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ENIGMA Venetian boat song. Gondoliers Have warbled these for many years. Both Offenbach and Chopin too Have used the form in what they do.
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exciting time around all elements of your situation. And it’s true that you can develop a more adventurous side of your nature too, over the next four weeks. But equally, being mindful of the details is going to be key.
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kearney set for a pro12 dog fight to end season by gARETH MAkiM
Rob KeaRney believes victory in this weekend’s Pro12 final would provide Leinster a satisfying end to a season of transition. The defending Celtic champions face form side Glasgow at the RDS on Saturday hoping to avoid a second trophyless campaign in seven seasons. Having lost coach Joe Schmidt to the national set-up and experienced leaders Jonathan Sexton and Isa nacewa from the playing ranks, Kearney believes it is important to continue the winning habit under Matt o’Connor’s new regime. ‘I think this year it’s even more important, because there has been a lot of change,’ the Louth man told reporters yesterday. ‘our performances have really dipped a huge amount and I think it’s a sign of
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‘Our performances have really dipped’ a really good team if you are poor throughout a season and can still come away with a trophy at the end of it. ‘I think, given our history over the last four or five years winning silverware, to envisage a season where that didn’t happen would illustrate that you’re taking a step back.’ Leinster topped the regular season table despite some indifferent performances that can be partly put down to the level of upheaval in the squad during the international windows, but the ability to eke out results in recent weeks has eased some of the frustrations in the dressing-room. ‘It makes it a lot easier when you’re
Rob Kearney: ‘Winning habit’ is key still winning, you can put it down to “we dogged it out,”’ Kearney said. ‘If you are losing those tight games, well then frustration is going to creep in an awful lot more. ‘If you look at it… we were beaten by the european champions and we’re still in the final of the Rabo. From that perspective, we’re still quite good when you look at it from a results point of view. ‘If we can win at the weekend and get another trophy then it’s a pretty good result for us.’
MigHTy QUiNTANA cONQUERs THE cOLD NAIRO QUINTANA took the overall lead after winning the 16th stage across the legendary Gavia and Stelvio climbs in difficult weather conditions. The Colombian climber had trailed Rigoberto Uran by two minutes 40 seconds at the start of the day but beat his compatriot by more than four minutes to finish the day 1min 41sec ahead, with
cycling giro d’italia Uran now second. There was confusion as race chiefs appeared to neutralise the action on the descent of the Stelvio, made dangerous by rain and snow, but then told teams to ignore the instruction.
spORT DigEsT Rosberg predicts his ‘issues’ with Hamilton can be sorted
CHAMPIONSHIP leader Nico Rosberg expects his rocky relationship with Mercedes’ team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton to improve, despite the rift between them after the Monaco Grand Prix. Rosberg won the showcase race on Sunday to retake the championship lead from Hamilton, who suggested the German had used underhand tactics to secure pole position in qualifying. Rosberg, however, claimed disputes between drivers of the same team were nothing new. ‘In our sport we can only have success as a team,’ he said. ‘Nothing can happen alone. I make an effort for teamwork and for the atmosphere in the team. Mercedes bosses have warned both drivers they must not overstep the mark in an increasingly intense fight for the F1 title. Happy day: Rosberg
Joyce: We’re so angry over match-fixing slur cRickET Captain Ed
Joyce admits Sussex are fuming after being tainted by the matchfixing charges brought against former players Lou Vincent and Naveed Arif. Joyce (pictured) said: ‘There was a huge amount of anger when we [players and coaching staff] met on Sunday because everything we do as a team is about winning games. To think there could be people in your midst who aren’t doing everything they can to win is the worst thing you can do to a professional sports team.’
THEy sAiD iT... ‘The fact of the matter is if Carl can withstand punishment past six rounds then it’s only going to get worse for him because I’m only going to get stronger, fitter and faster.’ George Groves dispels suggestions he can’t go the distance ahead of Saturday’s Wembley rematch with Carl Froch
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Great Dane: Caro returns to yanina Wickmayer during their first round match for the French Open at roland Garros
Caroline says McIlroy split came as ‘shock’ Caroline WoZniaCKi had to face up to another shock after her break-up with rory Mcilroy as she was dumped out of the French open yesterday. The 13th seed vowed to move on with her life after losing 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to unseeded Yanina Wickmayer, her first opening-round defeat at roland Garros since her 2007 debut. Wozniacki’s defeat to the Belgian contrasted with Mcilroy’s success in
winning golf’s PGa Championship at Wentworth last weekend. ‘You’re not prepared for something like this, and it came as a bit of a shock,’ said the 23-year-old Dane. ‘i really have to thank everybody for their support and sweet messages. ‘What happens in my personal life, i just want to really keep between my closest people around me. i just have to move on.’
Tottenham pick Pochettino for direction change
MAURIcIO POcHeTTINO has been appointed Tottenham head coach, leaving Southampton to pen a five-year deal at White Hart Lane. The former Argentina international’s stock has risen markedly since his controversial appointment at St Mary’s in January 2013. Having arrived in english football a relative unknown, former espanyol boss Pochettino’s possessionbased, attacking game and focus on home-grown talent has impressed, as have his on-field results. Saints managed their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish last season but, after months of speculation, will be now looking for a new manager after Pochettino signed a deal until 2019 to succeed Tim Sherwood in north London. ‘This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,’ Pochettino told Tottenham’s website, www. tottenhamhotspur.com.
by DEs kEnDALL ‘There is an abundance of topclass talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad. Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team. We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all
‘We are determined to give attacking football’ looking to achieve.’ Pochettino had a year remaining on his St Mary’s deal and has taken with him assistant manager Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez. It’s unclear what those appointments mean for Spurs’ existing backroom team, while there are reports questioning the future of
technical director Franco Baldini. What is certain is that Pochettino will be charged with securing Spurs a top-four finish by ambitious chairman Daniel Levy after a disappointing campaign, in which a flurry of summer signings failed to gel. ‘In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,’ Levy said. ‘He has proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and winning mentality.’ Pochettino’s Southampton future has been in doubt since the January departure of divisive executive chairman Nicola cortese, having last summer claimed he would follow the Italian out of the club should he leave. The former defender did stay on at Saints after cortese exited but only for a matter of months, with the club concluding negotiations with Spurs on Tuesday after accepting his resignation.
Na chance for reigning champ Li na helped Stanislas Wawrinka set an unwanted record after joining her fellow australian Open champion in exiting the French Open in the first round. Her 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 loss to Kristina mladenovic came a day after Wawrinka crashed to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. It is the first time such a double has occurred.
Murray ‘gets through’ to French Open round two
ANDY MURRAY made a winning return to Roland Garros after overcoming some tricky conditions and a thirdset wobble to reach the second round yesterday. But while the Wimbledon champion dropped a set to Andrey Golubev on his first appearance at the French Open in two years, he never looked in real danger of following the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka, Li Na and Grigor Dimitrov out of the tournament. Golubev, along with the cold and wind, made Murray’s life difficult before succumbing 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Murray, who missed the tournament last year because of a back problem, said: ‘It was tough conditions. It was obviously windy, especially at the beginning, and very heavy conditions, cold and slow. ‘He goes for his shots a lot. And there wasn’t too much rhythm out there. It was a tricky match. ‘I won the match. I did enough. In the third set I didn’t serve particularly well,
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Tricky match: Wimbledon champ wins Murray added. ‘For the rest of the match I did okay. I did what I had to do,’ he said. ‘The most important thing is to get through. I’ve done a good job of that in the last few years in the slams.’
world cup round-up A flight for sore eyes
Joachim slow from now on
THe Brazilian national team will travel in style during this summer’s World Cup. artist twins Os Gemeos gave the host team’s Boeing 737 plane a tail-to-nose makeover (pictured), which is meant to represent the diversity of Brazilians.
Germany coach Joachim Low has been banned from driving for six months for clocking up too many points on his licence. Low said: ‘I admit that I sometimes drive too fast. I know I’ve got to slow myself down a bit here. I’ve got to live with the consequences and use the train more often.’
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Speaking out: Balotelli
Balotelli hits out at racism in homeland
Exit talk: Toure has again put his future at City in doubt picture: pa
unsettled yaya claims Paris link is an ‘honour’
YaYa TourE has cast more doubt on his future at Manchester City by claiming it would be an honour to play for Paris Saint-Germain. over the last week it has emerged all is not well with the Ivory Coast international after his agent complained the player was not respected enough by the club’s hierarchy, even suggesting the 31-year-old was unhappy his recent birthday was not marked properly. Dimitry Seluk said last Tuesday he rated Toure staying at City as ‘50-50’ and the player’s comments about PSG will only increase speculation he is looking to move on. ‘Given the goals of Paris, how could you not be interested in a club like that?’ Toure told France Football. ‘PSG have become one of the
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strongest teams in Europe. It would be a honour to one day play for a club like that. If I can be of service...’ In the interview, the midfielder did little to play down suggestions a summer move could
‘It would be an honour to play for a club like that’ be on the cards. ‘Given the magnificent season Manchester City have had, everyone talks about me and everything is open,’ he added. ‘My agent is
‘The BBC’s Jimmy Hill was waiting with a tray of champagne and the party started. But [manager] Billy Bingham came in about an hour later, and said: “We haven’t got a hotel for the quarter-finals. The secretary thought we wouldn’t qualify.”’ Gerry Armstrong (pictured) recalls how even Northern Ireland officials were stunned by his 47th-minute winner in the 1-0 victory against hosts Spain in 1982.
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hanging on the phone and he knows what he has to do. I have complete confidence in him. ‘Nobody knows what can happen tomorrow, my attention is on the World Cup and we will see afterwards.’ Seluk reiterated his view from last week Toure should be offered a job on City’s backroom staff when he finishes playing. ‘a role at City after his [playing] career? of course. Like real Madrid have done with [Zinedine] Zidane, for example,’ he said. ‘Yaya will need a club in the future. We do not want more money or a longer contract, anything like that, just the right attention. ‘More attention on Yaya, and he feels happy at the club, that is the most important thing.’
England hotel shows ham-fisted approach ENGLAND players need to watch what they eat at their World Cup hotel after it had 2.3kg of out-of-date butter, salmon and Parma ham seized. A Football Association spokesman has defended its choice of Royal Tulip hotel in Rio de Janiero, saying: ‘The England chef will supervise all the players’ food intake.’
ITALY striker Mario Balotelli believes the presence of overt racism in his homeland means he is the target for more criticism and abuse because of his skin colour. The 23-year-old striker was racially abused by fans at a national team training camp last week. ‘I think that if I was white maybe some people would still find me irritating or annoying, but it wouldn’t be the same. Absolutely not,’ he told GQ magazine. ‘Jealousy is a horrible thing but when this jealousy is towards people who are different from the majority then it becomes anger, it becomes rage, and that’s the overt racism. Racism is everywhere. Maybe it is more open here [Italy], or in Spain. There are racists in England but they hide it more.’
THEy sAiD iT ‘Any suggestion I colluded and agreed with Loic Remy he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue.’ Newcastle boss Alan Pardew flatly denies allowing striker Loic Remy to miss the final-day clash with Liverpool with a fictional injury.
Blues in talks with British consortium THE Hong-Kong based company which owns Birmingham is in talks with a British consortium over the sale of a minority stake in the Championship club. Acting chairman Peter Pannu said: ‘Birmingham International Holdings Limited remains in advanced talks with a British consortium with a very strong North American investment fund. Specific details cannot be disclosed due to non-disclosure agreements and stock exchange regulations.’ Blues owner Carson Yeung was jailed for six years in March for money laundering.
Bale’s Wales blow GARETH BALE has pulled out of Wales’ squad for next Wednesday’s friendly in Holland. Bale, who scored in extra-time for Real Madrid in their 4-1 Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid on Saturday, has been troubled by a leg-muscle injury for several weeks. His place in Chris Coleman’s squad is taken by George Williams, of Fulham.
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Derby trio to make Italians pay by pARAIc MORgAn
Republic of iReland boss Martin o’neill has urged his derby trio to take their revenge out on italy after their premier league dreams where shattered. Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick and conor Sammon joined up with their international team-mates at their portmarnock base on Monday evening, 48 hours after Saturday’s heartbreaking Sky bet championship play-off defeat by QpR. defender Keogh was devastated after his error handed bobby Zamora the chance to fire the ten-man londoners into the top flight in a dramatic conclusion at Wembley. However, o’neill and his staff made a point of sitting down with the Rams contingent following their arrival in an attempt to lift their spirits ahead of Saturday’s friendly clash with the italians. o’neill said: ‘They came in last night and we did have a chat with all three. Richard in particular, obviously, is devastated because he feels as if his mistake at the end led to Queen’s park Rangers scoring the goal.
O’Neill: Payback planned for Italians ‘They came in last night and of course they are very, very disappointed. but the next couple of days, hopefully – and weather like this here – might start to improve his demeanour.’ The three men all trained with their ireland colleagues in the sunshine in Malahide yesterday morning, and midfielder Hendrick later admitted pulling on his boots once again had proved cathartic. He said: ‘When you have a defeat in football, you want to get out and play another game, and coming away here will take our minds off what happened on Saturday.’ Hendrick, 22, was also quick to back
Fired up for friendly against Italy this Saturday: Midfielder Jeff Hendrick (main picture) said pulling on his boots again had proved cathartic
27-year-old Keogh to shake off his personal disappointment. He said: ‘obviously, he was sad after the game, but we have helped pick him back up and he’s all right now.’ The arrival of the three derby men came as keeper Rob elliot, and Stoke trio Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters all departed temporarily bound for weddings – in elliot’s case, his own – while 19-year-old Manchester city goalie ian lawlor has also been drafted in. QpR frontman Kevin doyle will meet up today and Scunthorpe keeper Joe Murphy will join tomorrow. only aston Villa defender ciaran clark did not train as he nursed a back problem. o’neill will test the depth of his squad in the remaining three summer games – ireland will play costa Rica in philadelphia and portugal in new Jersey early next month – as he looks towards September’s opening euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia. Meanwhile, o’neill confirmed that decisions will be taken over the presence of Steve Walford and Steve Guppy after the summer.
Devastated: Richard Keogh, left, felt error handed the game to QPR, and teammate Conor Sammon, right, got back into training in Malahide
Rabo experience good for Warrior’s ambition – Fusaro
‘Massive’ year: Chris Fusaro
GlasGow flanker Chris Fusaro hopes the experience of playing in saturday’s RaboDirect Pro12 final will have a positive effect on the warriors’ Heineken Cup ambitions. Gregor Townsend’s men will become the first scottish side to compete in a Pro12 final when they take on leinster at Dublin’s RDs. But their league form is in stark contrast to the performances put in during the group stage of Europe’s premier competition.
warriors finished bottom of Pool Two after losing home and away to French Top 14 side Toulon and welsh outfit Cardiff Blues.
‘Winning a Rabo title would be a dream’ But Fusaro said: ‘Playing in finals is a great experience and hopefully something we can get used to by making finals year in, year out. ‘The Heineken Cup was a
disappointment this year. we had a really good group and should have qualified from it. we just didn’t perform in the important games. ‘But hopefully we can improve on that next year and games like saturday’s will help us do that.’ Fusaro made his scotland debut in the RBs 6 Nations clash with England in February and now wants to cap off the biggest season of his life with his first major title. ‘It sounds like a cliché, but winning a Rabo title would be a
dream come true and a great way to end a big year for me,’ he said. ‘The last 12 months have been massive for me and it would top it off with something really special if we could achieve this win with Glasgow.’ Glasgow have won their last nine games to storm into saturday’s final and Fusaro believes his side are on top form ahead of their clash with the Irish big guns.
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Published on May 27, 2014