RAF News 19 Nov 2021, Edition 1524

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Royal Air Force News Friday, November 19, 2021 R'n'R 8

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R'n'R Prize Crossword No. 304

Solve the crossword, then rearrange the seven letters in yellow squares to find an RAF word

Across 6. During period of time, maybe tire of this country (7) 7. And 21 Across. Bolt nightclub from RAF aircraft (5,5) 9. Bearing drink for pigs (5) 10. It aids flight before the girl’s achievement (7) 12. Stop Haslett producing trumpet call (3,4,4) 14. Flings Daley around RAF station (11) 18. Rubbing 100, half left out gin-befuddled (7) 19. Southern marina for sailing, for example (5) 21. See 7 Across 22. Mister German almost sick of Afghanistan operation (7)

Down 1. Sounds like Tom has RAF personnel (5) 2. Half the school has ten making stink (6) 3. Annoy European leader between five and ten (3) 4. Where trapeze artists hit the heights (3,3) 5. During warfare, Lea’s envoys set free (7) 8. Coarse fabric used by Rudolf Duncan Smith (7) 11. Containers in French bays lose nothing (7) 13. Hot pony spooked by RAF aircraft (7) 15. Child in outer Florida meets heartless nitwit (6) 16. Once insolent, now knowledgeable (6) 17. Initially Wellington realised every commander kept remains (5) 20. Hard, black plane (3)

Name ................................................................................................................... Address ............................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................. RAF word ....................................................................... Crossword No. 304

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No. 314 Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, each column and each 3x3 square contains all the digits from 1 to 9. Solutions should be sent in a sealed envelope marked 'Su Doku' with the number in the top left-hand corner to RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4UE, to arrive by December 3, 2021.

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Solution to Su Doku No: 313

■ The winner of Crossword No. 303 is Miss A Gilliland of Cheltenham. Solution to Crossword No 303: Across – 7. Accept 8. Strike 10. Morocco 11. Black 12. Cats 13. Amber 17. Jeans 18. Hawk 22. Crisp 23. Ejected 24. August 25. Bistro Down – 1. Hammock 2. Accrete 3. Space 4. Stabbed 5. Milan 6. Gecko 9. Commander 14. Tempest 15. Cantata 16. Skid Row 19. Scrap 20. Wings 21. Denim RAF word – Operation

■ The winner of Su Doku No. 313 is Mr Alex Sampford of Basingstoke.

Film Review Spencer (12A)

DIANA: Kristen Stewart

In cinemas now

Royally absurd

C GLAMOROUS JUDGES: Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and returning Bruno Tonioli

Strictly for fun, darling T

HERE’S FAB-U-LOUS news for Strictly Come Dancing fans – Strictly legend Bruno Tonioli will return to the judges’ desk for the 2022 Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour. Bruno will be reunited with fellow TV Judges Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood for 33 shows around the country next January and February. They will waltz to some of the biggest venues in the UK. From the Utilita Arena Birmingham on January 20, the tour will visit Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Newcastle’s Utilita Arena, the AO Arena Manchester, Sheffield’s Utilita Arena, the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool, The OVO Hydro in Glasgow and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena, before ending with five shows at London’s O2

Arena from February 11-13. The show will be directed by Revel Horwood and feature many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the current series of the multi-award-winning BBC One show. Bruno said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back on the judging panel for the Strictly Arena Tour for the first time in two years. I’ve missed my fellow judges, I’ve missed the glitz and glamour of the tour and I’ve missed the amazing audiences that come to see us all over the country.” Arena audiences have the power to decide who wins the coveted Live Tour Glitterball Trophy at the end of each show. ■Go to: strictlycomedancinglive. com for tour information.

HRISTMAS 1991, Sandringham is the setting for Spencer, a fabled telling of black sheep Princess Diana in a marriage beyond repair, struggling to find her place and pushed to breaking point. The festive period is inverted here to be cold and uninviting. Family traditions appear more detached and ritualistic for the ruling class – each guest is weighed upon arrival, and once again as they leave, to prove their enjoyment in pounds. This the first of many alienating trials for Diana, who feels as though her eating disorder is being put on display. Not simply taking liberties with the truth, but basking in the fantasy with joyous aplomb, Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Jackie) sidesteps reverence and comes at an angle, skewering the subject with humour. Collaborating with writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders creator) the film takes its ‘ghost story’ theme quite literally, committing so fully that it becomes enjoyably absurd. The royal residency turns into an opulent Overlook Hotel, with its roaming apparitions, long displacing halls and walk-in freezers. Food, as it turns out, will

become the biggest antagonist of all, with scenes beginning below deck in the kitchen, run like a military operation with scrupulous attention to detail, and ending with the princess on her knees beside the loo. Fighting her own demons, Diana (Kristen Stewart, Charlie’s Angels) also has to contend with the rules of the manor, enforced by all but personified by Major Gregory (Timothy Spall, Mr Turner) as The Queen’s menacingly watchful equerry. Treading a line between very serious and silly, it is grounded by Stewart’s phenomenal performance as Diana: endearing with her dry

sense of humour, and tenderness with her children, but also amped up in terms of her unravelling. The theme of duality is tackled head on, with Jack Farthing’s (Poldark) punishingly contemptuous Prince Charles explaining that, as a senior royal, there is the real person and the one for the cameras. The film then adds a third to the mix, the one behind closed doors but just as contrived. Spencer is a delight if you’re able to take it as seriously as it takes itself – with a pinch of salt, and shavings of white truffle. 4 out of 5 roundels Review by Sam Cooney