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La guerre en Ukraine pourrait plonger dans de nouvelles horreurs, déclare MARK ALMOND du Crisis Research Institute

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Vladimir Poutine pensait pouvoir s’emparer de l’Ukraine en quelques jours seulement. Mais maintenant, tout à coup, son emprise sur le pouvoir en Russie même vacille après 48 heures de chaos.

Même après la décision soudaine du chef rebelle, Yevgeny Prigozhin, de faire reculer ses troupes de leur marche sur Moscou, la vérité brutale est que cette mutinerie a dramatiquement déstabilisé le mandat de 23 ans de Poutine au Kremlin. Il pourrait s’effondrer maintenant que son aura d’invincibilité et de contrôle a été brisée de façon irréparable.

Depuis deux décennies, la parole de l’homme de 70 ans fait loi en Russie. Pourtant, la décision de son ancien protégé Prigozhin de se soulever contre son maître, combinée à la résistance héroïque des Ukrainiens à l’invasion, a révélé à quel point sa machine militaire est incompétente et corrompue.

Depuis que l’armée russe s’est mise en grève en 1917 et a abandonné la Première Guerre mondiale, l’État russe n’a pas été confronté à un tel défi à son autorité à partir de la base armée de son pouvoir.

Poutine est hanté par l’histoire. La preuve en est la façon dont, dans son discours télévisé d’hier, il a déclaré que les années sombres de la révolution et de la guerre civile après 1917 menaçaient de revenir. Mais ce qu’il n’a pas admis, c’est que le glissement de la Russie dans la crise est le produit direct de sa propre politique.

MARK ALMOND : Vladimir Poutine pensait pouvoir s'emparer de l'Ukraine en quelques jours seulement.  Mais maintenant, tout à coup, son emprise sur le pouvoir en Russie même vacille après 48 heures de chaos

MARK ALMOND : Vladimir Poutine pensait pouvoir s'emparer de l'Ukraine en quelques jours seulement.  Mais maintenant, tout à coup, son emprise sur le pouvoir en Russie même vacille après 48 heures de chaos

MARK ALMOND : Vladimir Poutine pensait pouvoir s’emparer de l’Ukraine en quelques jours seulement. Mais maintenant, tout à coup, son emprise sur le pouvoir en Russie même vacille après 48 heures de chaos

Derrière la façade de rangs serrés de soldats faisant le pas de l’oie sur la Place Rouge à côté de missiles nucléaires intercontinentaux, la Russie est un bourbier de corruption et de copinage.

Loin de moderniser la Russie, Poutine a permis une répétition des luttes internes pour le pouvoir entre seigneurs de guerre qui remontent à 400 ans. Le fait que son ancien copain Prigozhin ait pu se tailler un fief lucratif puis établir sa propre armée de mercenaires aux côtés de l’armée officielle russe est un aperçu extraordinaire de la façon dont Poutine a sapé l’autorité de l’État russe.

Poutine pensait qu’il était intelligent en donnant à Prigozhin une telle liberté et une force de combat à déployer dans la guerre non déclarée dans l’est de l’Ukraine après 2014 et en Afrique où plusieurs régimes ont employé des mercenaires wagnériens pour rester au pouvoir.

Ces activités indépendantes ont également servi les efforts du Kremlin pour réduire l’influence occidentale sur le continent africain. Cependant, cette stratégie est revenue pour mordre Poutine.

La promotion de Prigozhin en tant que chef de guerre visait à protéger le président contre tout coup d’État possible contre lui par l’armée russe. Mais cela a transformé Prigozhin en un monstre de Frankenstein.

De plus, le groupe Wagner n’est pas la seule milice privée de Russie. Ramzan Kadyrov, le patron de la République tchétchène du sud, a des dizaines de milliers d’hommes armés et dit qu’il soutiendra Poutine – mais à quel prix politique ?

L’énorme entreprise gazière Gazprom dit qu’elle recrute une milice privée pour combattre en Ukraine, mais pourrait en fait le faire pour donner à ses patrons milliardaires un certain poids dans la politique russe. En parrainant ces seigneurs de la guerre en tant que garants de son pouvoir, puis en ne réprimant pas l’insubordination de plus en plus bruyante de Prigozhin, Poutine a laissé cette crise devenir incontrôlable.

Peu pleureront s’il tombe du pouvoir. Mais il est trop tôt pour chanter.

Le chef du groupe Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, déclame contre les chefs de l'armée russe dans un message vidéo

Le chef du groupe Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, déclame contre les chefs de l'armée russe dans un message vidéo

Le chef du groupe Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, déclame contre les chefs de l’armée russe dans un message vidéo

Personne ne devrait être naïf et penser que tout nouveau dirigeant russe serait automatiquement meilleur.

Pour leur part, il est compréhensible que les Ukrainiens espèrent que la libération sera proche si les Russes se brouillent entre eux. Mais la vérité effrayante est que Prigozhin a clairement indiqué qu’il se rebelle parce que l’agression contre l’Ukraine a été mal gérée, et non parce qu’il s’agit d’un crime de guerre. La brutalité effrénée de Prigozhin signifie que s’il réussit à plier l’État et l’armée russes à sa volonté, la guerre contre l’Ukraine pourrait être plongée dans de nouvelles profondeurs d’horreur.

Jusqu’à présent, Poutine a utilisé des fanfaronnades sur l’utilisation d’armes nucléaires, mais ne comptez pas sur un criminel comme Prigozhin pour faire preuve de retenue. Car c’est un homme qui a utilisé une masse pour fracasser la tête d’un soldat insoumis.

Une telle bête prendrait-elle la peine de considérer les conséquences avant de déchaîner des armes nucléaires sur le monde ?

Ne vous méprenez pas, le sort du vaste arsenal nucléaire russe est désormais en jeu. Aussi mauvais pour la Russie et le monde qu’ait été le régime de Poutine, une nouvelle lutte de pouvoir pour le contrôle du Kremlin risque de mettre le monde au bord d’une catastrophe atomique. Nous n’avons jamais été témoins d’une guerre civile à l’intérieur d’un État doté d’armes nucléaires auparavant.

MARK ALMOND : Bien que Poutine mérite un sombre jugement, ceux qui pourraient encore le renverser sont encore moins prévisibles et se contrôlent eux-mêmes

MARK ALMOND : Bien que Poutine mérite un sombre jugement, ceux qui pourraient encore le renverser sont encore moins prévisibles et se contrôlent eux-mêmes

MARK ALMOND : Bien que Poutine mérite un sombre jugement, ceux qui pourraient encore le renverser sont encore moins prévisibles et se contrôlent eux-mêmes

Malheureusement, le peuple russe est un spectateur passif de cette lutte pour le pouvoir. Les images télévisées d’un nettoyeur de rue nettoyant avec diligence les ordures entre les chars rebelles de la ville de Rostov, sans lever les yeux, incarnent la passivité politique de tant de Russes.

Tant que le peuple russe ne s’affirmera pas, la chute de Poutine ne libérera pas les 143 millions d’habitants du pays, ni leurs voisins, de la menace d’actes arbitraires et brutaux de la part de celui qui règne au Kremlin.

L’anarchie nucléaire est une perspective terrifiante. Mais dans la pratique, l’Occident ne peut pas faire grand-chose pour contrôler la situation.

Même si Poutine mérite un sombre bilan, ceux qui pourraient encore le renverser sont encore moins prévisibles et se contrôlent eux-mêmes. Le chaos d’hier suggère que sa chute prochaine entraînerait encore une pire période de troubles pour nous tous.

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The best investment trusts for your pension – experts reveal their picks

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Best investment trusts for your pension: Tips for your portfolio throughout your financial life

Best investment trusts for your pension: Tips for your portfolio throughout your financial life

Best investment trusts for your pension: Tips for your portfolio throughout your financial life

When it comes to building your pension pot or investing it for retirement income, finding a reliable investment matters.

Returns are never guaranteed – and investments go down as well as up – but there are some characteristics that make some stand out. 

Many investment trusts have built remarkable track records for raising dividends, making them a popular option for people drawing down an income in retirement.

But financial advisers have also come up with some top picks from the world of investment trusts for those still building up a pension too.

The Association of Investment Companies has compiled expert recommendations for what is known in financial jargon as the ‘accumulation’ phase of a saver’s life, and for those needing an income in the ‘decumulation’ stage in retirement.

Investment trusts are listed companies with shares that trade on the stock market. 

They are known as closed-ended, because investors can buy or sell shares to join or leave, but new money outside this pool cannot be raised without issuing new shares.

That is unlike open-ended investment funds where money is pooled to invest in shares, bonds or other funds.

Investment trusts can be riskier than funds because their shares can trade at a premium or discount to the value of the assets they hold – see below for more on how this works.

Although the list below has been picked by four professional financial advisers, remember that this is not individual financial advice and you should always check if an individual investment is right for you. If in doubt, seek independent financial advice.

Saving: ‘I’m still building up a pension’

Paul Chilver, financial planning manager at Birkett Long

With the seemingly ever-increasing state pension age and the forthcoming increase to the age an individual can access their pension, investing into a pension is for the long term.

With this in mind investment trusts, many of which are trading close to record discounts, could be an excellent option.

Discounts are particularly attractive on UK-focused investment trusts and one suggestion for the accumulation stage of investment is the Mercantile Investment Trust managed by JPMorgan which has been at a double-digit discount for many months despite very good short-term performance.

Mercantile Investment Trust (Ongoing charge: 1.41 per cent)

Philippa Maffioli, senior investment manager at Blyth-Richmond Investment Managers

During the accumulation phase when growth and diversification are essential, I recommend Worldwide Healthcare Trust.

This global trust gives investors the opportunity to gain exposure to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other related healthcare companies all within an actively managed portfolio.

These range from large multinational pharmaceuticals to unquoted emerging biotechnology companies. The fund is managed by OrbiMed Capital which was founded in 1989 and has become the largest healthcare investment firm in the world.

The team are actively looking at nearly 1,000 companies and the team works to identify sources of outperformance as well as those with underappreciated products in the pipeline with high quality management teams and strong financial resources.

Worldwide Healthcare Trust (Ongoing charge: 0.83per cent)

I am very keen for my clients to gain exposure to the management style of Spencer Adair and Malcolm MacColl of The Monks Investment Trust during the accumulation phase of a Sipp.

Their aim is to focus on global companies from a range of profiles with above average earnings growth which they expect to hold for around five years.

That said, they are known for addressing issues head on and aren’t afraid to take a critical look at their portfolio when necessary, which I believe is very compelling.

I believe that Monks is well positioned to capitalise on the continuous shift to a more digitalised world and must be included in a portfolio where growth is required.

Monks Investment Trust (Ongoing charge: 0.69 per cent)

Charges and net asset value explained 

 Ongoing charges

The ongoing charge, aka OCF, is the investing industry’s standard measure of fund or trust running costs.

It’s measured as an annual percentage and the bigger it is, the costlier the fund is to run.

Net asset value 

A trust’s shares can trade at a premium or discount to the value of the assets it holds, known as the net asset value.

NAV is calculated by dividing the total value of  a trust’s assets (what it owns) minus liabilities (what it owes) by the amount of shares existing.

A trust’s share price can fall below the total value of its holdings if it is unpopular and people do not want to invest but do want to sell. This pushes down demand and drives up the supply of its units for sale.

This gives new investors the opportunity to buy in at a discount, but means existing investors’ holdings are worth less than they should be.

An investment trust trading at a discount to NAV may be regarded as cheap because the shares cost less than its overall value – although there might be good reasons why, such as investors being justifiably pessimistic about its prospects.

When a trust trades at a premium to NAV it is more expensive than its net worth.

Doug Brodie, founder and chief executive of Chancery Lane

In building pensions investors should take note that trusts like Lowland, Murray International and City of London have all handsomely outperformed the FTSE All Share over the last 20 years.

Investment trusts may not have the sales and marketing budgets of pension companies so investors have to look a bit harder.

A quick look at the long-term returns will show folk there’s a good reason that institutional investors are big investors in trusts.

Lowland (Ongoing charge: 1.03 per cent)

Murray International (Ongoing charge: 0.78 per cent)

City of London (Ongoing charge: 0.65 per cent)

Neil Mumford, chartered financial planner at Milestone Wealth Management

For those looking for growth, I’d recommend JPMorgan Global Growth and Income Trust. This is one of the few investment trusts to be trading at a premium, but this should not concern long-term investors.

It places a high emphasis on the world’s largest stock market the US, accounting for two-thirds of the portfolio. It is a high conviction portfolio with 50 to 90 holdings, with the top ten making up more than 40% of the portfolio.

This has allowed it to outperform by some margin with a 305 per cent return over the last ten years.

There will be times when there may be swings in the portfolio value but for the patient investor this will hopefully pay off. If there was concern about the premium, this trust would also be ideal for regular monthly investments.

JPMorgan Global Growth and Income (Ongoing charge: 0.66 per cent)

Drawdown: I need to invest for income

Neil Mumford of Milestone Wealth Management

The Scottish American Investment Company is my choice for someone looking at building either an income or growth portfolio and is a top five holding in my own Sipp.

I am still accumulating but it will stay once I am drawing down. It is a truly diversified equity portfolio, spread equally between the US and Europe at around 35 per cent each of the portfolio.

Neil Mumford: The Scottish American Investment Company is a top five holding in my own Sipp

Neil Mumford: The Scottish American Investment Company is a top five holding in my own Sipp

Neil Mumford: The Scottish American Investment Company is a top five holding in my own Sipp

Although it doesn’t have the highest yield at 2.9 per cent, this dividend hero has increased its payouts by an average of 4.2 per cent a year over the past five years and this dividend increase has not hampered its ability to grow capital – a total return of more than 170% over the last ten years should please any investor. 

The price is currently a complete bargain when you consider that it is trading at an extremely attractive discount to net assets of around 10 per cent when historically it has been trading at near NAV or at a premium.

Scottish American Investment Company (Ongoing charge: 1.01 per cent)

Philippa Maffioli of Blyth-Richmond Investment Managers

During the decumulation phase when capital growth is not as important and the emphasis can shift towards capital preservation, Personal Assets Trust has an important place in many retirees’ portfolios.

The manager’s approach is reassuringly conservative and is focused on looking at the risk of losing money rather than the risk of volatility.

Even though this is the case, it offers global diversification across four asset classes and is a bedrock for lower risk and/or decumulating portfolios.

It is managed by Sebastian Lyon who is assisted by Charlotte Yonge and their policy is to protect and increase (in that order) the value of shareholders’ funds over the long term.

Personal Assets Trust (Ongoing charge: 0.67 per cent)

Ruffer Investment Company is another trust which concentrates on capital preservation and has a very successful track record in achieving this.

The objective is to maintain a diverse strategy incorporating short-dated bonds, credit and derivative strategies and precious metals, plus a diverse spread of international equities.

The investment strategy and asset allocation are set by Henry Maxey and Neil McLeish, Co-Chief Investment Officers, supported by a team of senior fund managers and research analysts.

Paul Chilver: Investment trusts can smooth their income payments, meaning some income can be retained in case it is needed in future

Paul Chilver: Investment trusts can smooth their income payments, meaning some income can be retained in case it is needed in future

Paul Chilver: Investment trusts can smooth their income payments, meaning some income can be retained in case it is needed in future

Ruffer seeks to preserve capital using a very disciplined approach with the prime objective of maintaining value over a one-year period and growing capital over the longer term. This means they would perceive a loss in line with the market as a failure.

Ruffer Investment Company (Ongoing charge: 1.07 per cent)

Paul Chilver of Birkett Long

When you come to draw an income from your pension investment trusts are an excellent choice.

In part this is because they can smooth their income payments, meaning some income can be retained in the trust in case it is needed in future when stock markets may be more volatile.

There are many investment trusts paying an attractive dividend and my first suggestion is a UK-focused investment trust, Edinburgh Investment Trust.

This is a long-standing investment trust and is now managed by Liontrust following their acquisition of Majedie.

A second suggestion would be a global investment trust, JPMorgan Global Growth and Income.

This trust has its greatest weighting to US equities and is currently paying a yield of 3.4 per cent per annum.

Edinburgh Investment Trust (Ongoing charge: 0.53 per cent)

JPMorgan Global Growth and Income – also see above (Ongoing charge: 0.66 per cent)

Compare the best DIY investing platforms and stocks & shares Isas

Investing online is simple, cheap and can be done from your computer, tablet or phone at a time and place that suits you.

When it comes to choosing a DIY investing platform, stocks & shares Isa or a general investing account, the range of options might seem overwhelming. 

Every provider has a slightly different offering, charging more or less for trading or holding shares and giving access to a different range of stocks, funds and investment trusts. 

When weighing up the right one for you, it’s important to to look at the service that it offers, along with administration charges and dealing fees, plus any other extra costs.

To help you compare the best investment accounts, we’ve crunched the facts and pulled together a comprehensive guide to choosing the best and cheapest investing account for you. 

We highlight the main players in the table below but would advise doing your own research and considering the points in our full guide linked here.

>> This is Money’s full guide to the best investing platforms and Isas 

Platforms featured below are independently selected by This is Money’s specialist journalists. If you open an account using links which have an asterisk, This is Money will earn an affiliate commission. We do not allow this to affect our editorial independence. 

DIY INVESTING PLATFORMS AND STOCKS & SHARES ISAS 
Admin charge Charges notes Fund dealing Standard share, trust, ETF dealing Regular investing Dividend reinvestment
AJ Bell*  0.25%  Max £3.50 per month for shares, trusts, ETFs.  £1.50 £5  £1.50 £1.50 per deal  More details
Bestinvest* 0.40% (0.2% for ready made portfolios) Account fee cut to 0.2% for ready made investments Free £4.95 Free for funds  Free for income funds More details
Charles Stanley Direct* 0.35%  No platform fee on shares if a trade in that month and annual max of £240 Free £11.50 n/a n/a More details
Fidelity* 0.35% on funds £7.50 per month up to £25,000 or 0.35% with regular savings plan.  Free £7.50 Free funds £1.50 shares, trusts ETFs £1.50 More details
Hargreaves Lansdown* 0.45% Capped at £45 for shares, trusts, ETFs Free £11.95 £1.50 1% (£1 min, £10 max) More details
Interactive Investor*  £4.99 per month under £50k, £11.99 above, £10 extra for Sipp Free trade worth £3.99 per month (does not apply to £4.99 plan) £3.99 £3.99 Free £0.99 More details
iWeb £100 one-off fee (waived until July 2024) £5 £5 n/a 2%, max £5 More details
 Accounts that have some limits but attractive offers    
Etoro*  No investment funds or Sipp Free Investment account offers stocks and ETFs. Beware high risk CFDs. Not available  Free  n/a  n/a  More details 
Trading 212  Free  Investment account offers stocks and ETFs. Beware high risk CFDs.  Not available  Free  n/a  Free  More details 
Freetrade* No investment funds  Basic account free,  Standard with Isa £4.99, Plus £9.99 Freetrade Plus with more investments and Sipp is £9.99/month inc. Isa fee No funds  Free  n/a  n/a  More details 
Vanguard  Only Vanguard’s own products 0.15%  Only Vanguard funds Free  Free only Vanguard ETFs  Free  n/a  More details 
(Source: ThisisMoney.co.uk Mar 2024. Admin % charge may be levied monthly or quarterly

 

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Want to find out how good a hotel can be? Inside the hyper-luxurious Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, which has a staggering SIX Michelin stars between three restaurants (and an interior that resembles a palace)

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It’s surely the world’s fanciest food court.

I’m sitting in a one-Michelin-star restaurant looking directly across at a two-Michelin-star restaurant, with a three-Michelin-star eaterie to the left.

Talk about paradise for foodies.

These six Michelin stars are all under one roof, fanned around the ‘Marble Courtyard’ at the hyper-luxurious, ‘palace-rated’ Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, which surely has bragging rights for the best hotel fine-dining offering in the world.

Our first taste of what the property’s culinary wonderland tenders is at the one-Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Le George, where Chef Simone Zanoni sets the bar stratospherically high.

MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill checks in to the hyper-luxurious, 'palace-rated' Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Above is the 'blissful' indoor pool

MailOnline Travel's Ted Thornhill checks in to the hyper-luxurious, 'palace-rated' Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Above is the 'blissful' indoor pool

MailOnline Travel’s Ted Thornhill checks in to the hyper-luxurious, ‘palace-rated’ Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Above is the ‘blissful’ indoor pool

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris has an amazing flower-filled lobby

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris has an amazing flower-filled lobby

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris has an amazing flower-filled lobby

Amid gloriously opulent surroundings – think dazzling chandeliers, mesmerising marble floors and elegant white chairs – and with the almost-full restaurant buzzing with exhilarated diners, we are treated to a tour de force of gastronomic treats, fashioned from the freshest of fresh ingredients.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are supplied all year long to Le George from the chemical-free Domaine de Madame Elisabeth, a vast lush estate that once belonged to the sister of King Louis XVI that lies 20 kilometres (13 miles) southwest of Paris in Versailles.

Refreshingly for a Michelin-star dining room, there are multiple menu options – eight-course tasting (155 euros/£132/$165), three-course set lunch (80 euros/£68/$85) and a la carte, with a whole page dedicated to crudo (raw) options.

We don’t think our six-year-old daughter will stay compliant for the full-fat ‘menu degustation’ experience, so we go for the semi-skimmed set lunch, which is still a mini banquet.

We feel like we’ve been transported to a rustic seaside Italian village with gorgeous focaccia, sublime slices of yellowtail kingfish crudo with mandarin vinaigrette, speckled with dots of pureed lemon and roasted garlic, and delectable fried baby shrimps to nibble on.

Chef Simone keeps our taste buds enlivened with veal and oyster-mushroom bites drizzled with an oxtail and red wine jus. They resemble little flying saucers. They taste out of this world.

The hotel's three main restaurants are grouped around the Marble Courtyard, above

The hotel's three main restaurants are grouped around the Marble Courtyard, above

The hotel’s three main restaurants are grouped around the Marble Courtyard, above

The hotel's Italian restaurant, Le George, 'where Chef Simone Zanoni sets the bar stratospherically high'

The hotel's Italian restaurant, Le George, 'where Chef Simone Zanoni sets the bar stratospherically high'

The hotel’s Italian restaurant, Le George, ‘where Chef Simone Zanoni sets the bar stratospherically high’

The piece de resistance is the lip-smackingly delicious wood-fire-roasted Aveyron lamb with a lemon zest and shizo vinegar sauce.

A smoky slab of perfection.

To finish, it’s a lovely baba al limoncello with mint sorbet and Amalfi lemon marmalade.

As for the service, I wish I could bottle the waiting staff’s passion and enthusiasm.

At one point, my partner drops a knife – it is replaced fuss-free in almost the blink of an eye by a waiter whose feet appear not to touch the ground as he glides across the dining room in emergency response mode.

While special mention goes to our excellent Italian sommelier, who picks out some corking wines by the glass, including a terrific textured red from the Barolo region of Italy, a lip-smackingly moreish Monteraponi Chianti Classico and a beautifully buttery white by the Eduardo Torres Acosta winery in Sicily.

The restaurants around the Marble Courtyard have six Michelin stars between them - Le Cinq has three, L'Orangerie has two and Le George has one

The restaurants around the Marble Courtyard have six Michelin stars between them - Le Cinq has three, L'Orangerie has two and Le George has one

The restaurants around the Marble Courtyard have six Michelin stars between them – Le Cinq has three, L’Orangerie has two and Le George has one

The 244-room hotel proudly boasts of its location 'in the heart of the city's Golden Triangle designer shopping district'

The 244-room hotel proudly boasts of its location 'in the heart of the city's Golden Triangle designer shopping district'

The 244-room hotel proudly boasts of its location ‘in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle designer shopping district’

By Le George, I’m keen to return.

For our evening meal, we rotate to the opposite side of the courtyard – via a cocktail at the hotel’s ooh-la-la-inducing bar – and take a seat at the two-Michelin-starred L’Orangerie.

Here the cooking is artier, the service more earnest (with a slightly intimidating sommelier) – and the atmosphere more intimate, with just six tables occupying an elegant conservatory extension to the hotel’s gorgeous all-day dining lounge, La Galerie.

The overall experience? Unforgettable, with full marks dispatched from this diner to Chef Alan Taudon for a series of virtuoso dishes, with some that are how-on-earth-did-he-make-that amazing.

L'Orangerie, where Ted experiences 'a series of virtuoso dishes, with some that are how-on-earth-did-he-make-that amazing'

L'Orangerie, where Ted experiences 'a series of virtuoso dishes, with some that are how-on-earth-did-he-make-that amazing'

L’Orangerie, where Ted experiences ‘a series of virtuoso dishes, with some that are how-on-earth-did-he-make-that amazing’

La Galerie, Four Seasons George V's 'gorgeous all-day dining lounge'

La Galerie, Four Seasons George V's 'gorgeous all-day dining lounge'

La Galerie, Four Seasons George V’s ‘gorgeous all-day dining lounge’

Amuse bouche at L'Orangerie - 'buckwheat pancakes' with lobster condiment and yogurt tartlets with horseradish, peas, and red currant

Amuse bouche at L'Orangerie - 'buckwheat pancakes' with lobster condiment and yogurt tartlets with horseradish, peas, and red currant
L'Orangerie's 'citrus garden' dessert

L'Orangerie's 'citrus garden' dessert

LEFT: Amuse bouche at L’Orangerie – ‘buckwheat pancakes’ with lobster condiment and yogurt tartlets with horseradish, peas, and red currant. RIGHT: L’Orangerie’s ‘citrus garden’ dessert

Chef Taudon’s repertoire is drawn from two sources – plants and fish – and he offers a seven-course tasting menu at 235 euros (£200/$250) and a five-course ‘Discovery’ menu at 180 euros ($190/£200).

Given our earlier indulgencies we opt for the Discovery experience. And discover it’s plenty of food for the money – and a feast for the eyes (and smartphone lenses). Some of the dishes resemble miniature sculptures, and each is presented on its own bespoke, uniquely designed plate.

After a palette-cleansing celery, apple, and ginger cocktail, delicate amuse bouche arrive – ‘buckwheat pancakes’ with lobster condiment and yogurt tartlets with horseradish, peas, and red currant – served in a giant shell of a dish with dry ice wafting theatrically around them; spider crab with caviar has us ooh-ing and aah-ing, as does the green asparagus with cloudy rice fermentation and truffled mousseline.

Chef Taudon’s seaweed and plankton butter is almost orgasmic – I could eat it out of a cone – but it’s his signature dish of grilled sea bream with a wavy strand of pasta and jalapeno pepper sauce that takes the home the gold star – to take something so simple as a slice of fish and elevate it to an unadulterated taste sensation takes some skill.

Le Cinq (above) is where breakfast is served to guests. Ted unfortunately missed out on breakfast due to an early train, but a receptionist fetched him a croissant for the journey

Le Cinq (above) is where breakfast is served to guests. Ted unfortunately missed out on breakfast due to an early train, but a receptionist fetched him a croissant for the journey

Le Cinq (above) is where breakfast is served to guests. Ted unfortunately missed out on breakfast due to an early train, but a receptionist fetched him a croissant for the journey

French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has redesigned the hotel's duplex city-view suites (above)

French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has redesigned the hotel's duplex city-view suites (above)

French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has redesigned the hotel’s duplex city-view suites (above) 

Ted describes the bedrooms at the hotel as 'sumptuously regal, with mindblowingly comfortable beds'

Ted describes the bedrooms at the hotel as 'sumptuously regal, with mindblowingly comfortable beds'

Ted describes the bedrooms at the hotel as ‘sumptuously regal, with mindblowingly comfortable beds’ 

There’s also some skill involved in the ‘citrus garden’ dessert – twirls, strands, slices and little tubes of rice pudding, lemon caviar, fried rice chips and pink grapefruit sorbet.

Wine-wise I savour a Saint-Aubin premier cru that’s about as close to homemade ice-cream a wine can ever come.

We sadly miss breakfast, which is served in the three-star dining room, as we head out before sunrise to catch a TGV to the Alps. The look of horror on the face of the receptionist when she learns of this omission to our itinerary sums up the dedication to guest happiness here – off she whizzes to fetch us a pain au chocolat and croissant for the journey.

A oui bit special: The image above shows the elegantly appointed Four Seasons Suite

A oui bit special: The image above shows the elegantly appointed Four Seasons Suite

A oui bit special: The image above shows the elegantly appointed Four Seasons Suite

Le Bar, which Ted describes as 'ooh-la-la-inducing'. He stopped by there for a cocktail, in between his Michelin-starred dining experiences

Le Bar, which Ted describes as 'ooh-la-la-inducing'. He stopped by there for a cocktail, in between his Michelin-starred dining experiences

Le Bar, which Ted describes as ‘ooh-la-la-inducing’. He stopped by there for a cocktail, in between his Michelin-starred dining experiences

Ted writes that 'wandering the magnificent public spaces... is a joy'. Above - La Galerie

Ted writes that 'wandering the magnificent public spaces... is a joy'. Above - La Galerie

Ted writes that ‘wandering the magnificent public spaces… is a joy’. Above – La Galerie

Pictured above is the hotel's Eiffel Tower Suite. Rooms at the hotel start at around £1,600 ($2,000) a night

Pictured above is the hotel's Eiffel Tower Suite. Rooms at the hotel start at around £1,600 ($2,000) a night

Pictured above is the hotel’s Eiffel Tower Suite. Rooms at the hotel start at around £1,600 ($2,000) a night

The Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower are just moments away from the property

The Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower are just moments away from the property

The Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower are just moments away from the property

It’s a painful departure, for this is a hotel that bewitches like no other, and not just on the food front.

Wandering the magnificent public spaces, with their incredible flower displays, is a joy, the elegant subterranean pool with its mosaic tiling is bliss – and the bedrooms are sumptuously regal, with mindblowingly comfortable beds.

I feel like I’m in the arms of angels after lights-out.

The 244-room hotel proudly boasts of its location ‘in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle designer shopping district’, with the Champs-Elysées, Avenue Marceau and Avenue Montaigne bordering the property and the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower just moments away.

It’s a worthwhile brag – but I’d argue the hotel is an attraction in itself.

Ever wondered how good a hotel can get? Step this way.

TRAVEL FACTS 

Ted was hosted by Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, where rooms start from around £1,600 ($2,000) a night.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/paris. 

French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has redesigned the hotel’s duplex city-view suites, the Parisian Suite and the Grand Premiere Suite. For more information about the hotel’s suites visit www.fourseasons.com/paris/accommodations/#suites and and www.fourseasons.com/paris/accommodations/#signature-suites.

The hotel has launched a brand new ‘lunch at potager’ experience ‘an authentic experience’ with Le George’s Michelin-starred chef Simone Zanoni ‘that takes guests outside of Paris, guiding them to discover a vegetable garden where they will pick vegetables, prepare simple and unpretentious dishes, and share a lunch in a rustic yet chic atmosphere’. 

For more information visit www.fourseasons.com/paris/experiences.

For more information on the hotel’s dreamy spa, visit www.fourseasons.com/paris/spa. 

PROS: Incredible trio of world-class restaurants, gold-standard service, regal rooms, luxurious throughout, superb location, blissful swimming pool. A hotel that aims for the summit of perfection and just about gets there.

CONS: Don’t be silly. 

Rating out of five (as if you had to ask): ***** 

GETTING THERE

The best way of reaching Paris from the UK is via the high-speed Eurostar train service. Standard tickets cost from £39, standard premier from £70 and business premier from £275.

Eurostar operates 17 trains a day from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord. The fastest London to Paris journey time is 2hrs 16 minutes, with each train able to carry up to 894 passengers.

Visit www.eurostar.com/uk-en.

Want to arrive at the hotel in style? Then book a Blacklane chauffeur

Blacklane chauffeurs are extremely courteous, drive carefully and will transport you in a luxury car. The drivers, all trained at the Blacklane Chauffeur Academy, will always provide bottled water, Wi-Fi, and a multi-charger cable.

The ‘First Class’ service allows clients to travel in ‘true luxury’, with a fleet of vehicles including Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 or EVs such as Mercedes-Benz EQS.

Chauffeurs will wait up to one hour to allow for delays, and clients can cancel their ride up to one hour before their booking time.

Visit www.blacklane.com/en.

 

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Doctors said my excruciating back pain was down to a slipped disc – but the truth was much worse: Agony of gym-loving father, 46, diagnosed with blood cancer which could come back at any point

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A father’s excruciating back pain that was dismissed as a slipped disc by doctors actually ended up being cancer. 

David Windle, from Camberwell in south London, was at one point unable to move because doing so would leave him in agony. 

Despite numerous trips to his GP, osteopath and physiotherapist in December 2021 and January, the 46-year-old was still in crippling pain. 

Mr Windle assumed it was a nasty flare-up of a twinge that he suffered years earlier at the gym but was desperate for relief. 

On two occasions before his eventual myeloma diagnosis, he was even sent to A&E. Medics there ruled he likely had a slipped disc – when soft tissue between bones in the spine pushes out — that was pressing on nerves.

David Windle, 46, who kept fit by going to the gym, running and cycling, dismissed his back pain for almost four years putting it down to a gym injury

David Windle, 46, who kept fit by going to the gym, running and cycling, dismissed his back pain for almost four years putting it down to a gym injury

David Windle, 46, who kept fit by going to the gym, running and cycling, dismissed his back pain for almost four years putting it down to a gym injury

Mr Windle’s pain progressed to the point where he’d ‘crawl across the floor from the bed and lie there’. 

During the February 2022 half-term, he needed his mother to help look after his two children, Sylvie, 9 and Otis, 6.

Recalling the extent of his pain, Mr Windle, a deputy headteacher, told MailOnline: ‘I was supposed to look after my kids.  

‘I had to call my mum and say I can’t move, you need to come and look after kids.

‘I would just get out of bed every day and crawl across the floor from the bed and lie there.’

The deputy headteacher, pictured with his wife Emma Smith, 49, was told his back pain could be a slipped disc

The deputy headteacher, pictured with his wife Emma Smith, 49, was told his back pain could be a slipped disc

The deputy headteacher, pictured with his wife Emma Smith, 49, was told his back pain could be a slipped disc

In February 2022 aged 44, Mr Windle was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer that can affect your bones

In February 2022 aged 44, Mr Windle was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer that can affect your bones

In February 2022 aged 44, Mr Windle was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer that can affect your bones

When Mr Windle went back to work after half-term, he would ‘find an empty office to lie in’ just to help him get through the day. Eventually, he found himself working from home propped up by cushions. 

His osteopath suggested getting an MRI scan, although he wasn’t able to get one on the NHS.

Mr Windle, who paid to get one privately, said it ‘revealed the disaster which was the next year and a half of my life’.

Scans revealed one of his vertebrae had disintegrated with no known cause – but he was told it could be a cancer.

He said: ‘It was a terrible moment. I was sitting there and the world just disappeared around me.’

WHAT IS MYELOMA? 

Myeloma is a blood cancer that arises from plasma cells. 

It affects 24,000 people in the UK at any one time and about 4,500 people are diagnosed annually.

It mainly affects those over the age of 65, however, it has been diagnosed in people much younger. 

Myeloma develops when DNA is damaged during the development of a plasma cell. 

The abnormal cell multiplies and spreads within the bone marrow and releases one type of antibody – known as paraprotein – which has no useful function. This can cause the bones to easily break.

Myeloma affects where bone marrow is normally active in an adult, such as in the bones of the spine, skull, pelvis, rib cage, long bones of the arms and legs and the areas around the shoulders and hips. 

The most common symptoms include:

  • Bone pain
  • Fatigue
  • Recurring infection
  • Kidney damage
  • Peripheral neuropathy

 Source: Myeloma UK

 

He rang his wife Emma, 49, and explained he needed to get to hospital urgently.

Once at A&E, doctors looked at Mr Windle’s MRI scans and asked if he had been in a car crash or had any trauma. He said: ‘They all looked a bit worried.’

He spent a fortnight in the hospital’s spinal unit, undergoing several scans and blood tests.

Recalling the day he found out his diagnosis, Mr Windle said: ‘I had decided to go for my daily walk from my bed on the hospital ward, so I’d struggled into the back brace I had to wear and set off for my circuit of the hospital.

‘I was on the ninth floor, so I’d got into the habit of walking up and down the stairs to keep fit.

‘But on the way out the ward I walked past the space where the doctors and nurses gathered around the computers. I heard a doctor chatting to a nurse and I heard him saying, “well, myeloma at 44, that’s a bit s***, isn’t it?”

‘I just thought, “yes that does sound a bit s***”… “oh s*** I think they’re talking about me”. So I sort of backed away, just out of their view, and I listened, I listened to them talk about it. And I thought, okay, that is me. That’s my diagnosis.’

Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer which strikes around 6,000 Brits every year. It develops from plasma cells in bone marrow – the spongy tissue inside large bones – multiplying uncontrollably.

Symptoms can be difficult to distinguish from other illnesses, with pain and fatigue being tell-tale signs of the illness.

Mr Windle was diagnosed with a rare type of myeloma called ‘light chain’ myeloma, which only affects about 20 per cent of patients with the blood cancer. Because of its characteristics, it can be even harder to detect.

For Mr Windle, the cancerous cells cluttered up his bone marrow, meaning it didn’t make the useful cells that make and regenerate the bone, causing his vertebrae to disintegrate, doctors believe. 

Mr Windle added: ‘As soon as I was in the treatment pathway, everybody acted very quickly. 

‘There’s no one looking at a 44-year-old man who goes to the gym runs, cycles and is fit. No-one’s thinking this is an incurable cancer.

‘The only issue is people aren’t aware of myeloma or looking for it. I had to wait for my spine to fall apart before I had any sort of test to reveal what it is.’

Once his results came back he had a bone marrow biopsy, which involves a needle being stuck into the pelvis.  

Mr Windle, pictured wearing his back brace was diagnosed with a rare type of myeloma called 'light chain' myeloma, which only affects about 20 per cent of patients with the blood cancer

Mr Windle, pictured wearing his back brace was diagnosed with a rare type of myeloma called 'light chain' myeloma, which only affects about 20 per cent of patients with the blood cancer

Mr Windle, pictured wearing his back brace was diagnosed with a rare type of myeloma called ‘light chain’ myeloma, which only affects about 20 per cent of patients with the blood cancer

Mr Windle said: ‘I had to wait six weeks to find out what stage my myeloma was. 

‘But the good news I had in that first two months was the myeloma was officially standard.’

He had four months of chemo and was given the cancer-fighting drug bortezomib alongside tablets of the steroid dexamethasone.

Mr Windle added: ‘I was already emotionally all over the shop and dexamethasone heightens your emotions, I was crazy, I was really devastated and struggling. 

‘I couldn’t be at home I just used to go out and walk around the streets crying every night.’

But eventually his dose of dexamethasone was reduced which helped his symptoms and ‘made a huge difference’. 

Me Windle admits his young children Sylvie, 9 and Otis, 6, pictured with his friend James Harvey still don't really understand his Myeloma diagnosis

Me Windle admits his young children Sylvie, 9 and Otis, 6, pictured with his friend James Harvey still don't really understand his Myeloma diagnosis

Me Windle admits his young children Sylvie, 9 and Otis, 6, pictured with his friend James Harvey still don’t really understand his Myeloma diagnosis 

After a two month break from medication, in November 2022 Mr Windle had a stem cell transplant followed by two more months of the same treatment. 

Now, Mr Windle is taking the cancer drug lenalidomide and zoledronic acid, which can prevent problems with the bones caused by the myeloma. 

Recalling how he broke the news of his diagnosis to his family, he admits his young children still don’t really understand. 

Mr Windle, whose life is almost ‘back to how it was before’, said: ‘I told all my adult friends and family but my kids still don’t really know. 

‘They just knew at the time I had had a really bad back and I had to go to hospital. I was in hospital for Sylvie’s seventh birthday, so that was pretty rubbish.

Mr Windle has since found 'hope' by building a community of friends with myeloma who also have the blood cancer and have had it for 10 to 20 years. Here, he is pictured with his friends Chris Buckingham (left) , James Harvey (centre) and Neil Gordon (right) who is currently running 1000Km to raise money for Myeloma UK

Mr Windle has since found 'hope' by building a community of friends with myeloma who also have the blood cancer and have had it for 10 to 20 years. Here, he is pictured with his friends Chris Buckingham (left) , James Harvey (centre) and Neil Gordon (right) who is currently running 1000Km to raise money for Myeloma UK

Mr Windle has since found ‘hope’ by building a community of friends with myeloma who also have the blood cancer and have had it for 10 to 20 years. Here, he is pictured with his friends Chris Buckingham (left) , James Harvey (centre) and Neil Gordon (right) who is currently running 1000Km to raise money for Myeloma UK

‘The weeks I got diagnosed were the weeks I was supposed to be interviewing for a headteacher job. 

‘But I don’t go for that anymore, I don’t have the energy. I am trying my best but I can’t keep going, it’s very demanding work. 

‘The main issue is you are just always wondering when it is going to come back. It doesn’t go away it comes back for everyone.’

It can be months or years before the myeloma becomes active again, but at some point patients do relapse, according to Myeloma UK. 

It comes after UK health chiefs this week approved Nexpovio, a cancer treatment designed for myeloma patients who have become resistant to other drugs. 

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Revealed: Ferrari are DITCHING their iconic red colour – with a surprising switch coming to Formula One in Miami next month

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  • Ferrari will ditch their traditional red livery in Miami 
  • The Scuderia cars will be decked out in blue for the race weekend
  • The special livery celebrates Ferrari’s 70-year presence in North America 

Ferrari will ditch their traditional red livery for ‘fresh and unexpected colours’ at the Miami Grand Prix next month.

The Scuderia cars will be decked in blue for the race weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in North America.

The design change will be a one-off and will feature two shades of blue – Azzurro La Plata and Azzurro Dino – in place of the traditional Rosso Corsa, the red livery synonymous with the Scuderia.

Azzurro La Plata – a lighter shade of blue, similar to that featured on Argentina’s national flag – is a nod to the colour worn by the legendary Alberto Ascari.

The Italian, Ferrari’s first Formula One world champion, wore a blue racing suit and a blue helmet as he stormed to the title in 1952 and 1953.

Ferrari will ditch its traditional red livery for the Miami Grand Prix next month

Ferrari last raced in blue and white at the US and Mexican Grand Prix at the end of the 1964 season, in which John Surtees won the title

Ferrari last raced in blue and white at the US and Mexican Grand Prix at the end of the 1964 season, in which John Surtees won the title

Ferrari last raced in blue and white at the US and Mexican Grand Prix at the end of the 1964 season, in which John Surtees won the title

Ascari was a trailblazer for Ferrari drivers, with John Surtees, Chris Amon, Lorenzo Bandini and Ludovico Scarfiotti all wearing light blue racing suits during the 1960s.

Ferrari last ditched its traditional red back in 1964, when it was replaced by a white and blue livery for the final two rounds of the championship – the US GP at Watkins Glen and the Mexican GP in Mexico City. 

And Surtees became the only Ferrari driver to win a Formula One world title in a colour other than red, as he finished second in Mexico to pip Graham Hill to the title by a point.

The late Niki Lauda also donned the colour on his debut season with Ferrari in 1974, before switching to red the following season.

The livery was also used on other Ferrari racing cars by the North American Racing Team, which was founded in 1958 to promote the marque in the US and mostly competed in endurance racing. 

Azzurro Dino, meanwhile, is a darker shade of blue, which was most recently worn by the late Clay Regazzoni in 1974, before Ferrari drivers regularly began wearing Rosso Corsa suits.

Surtees wore a light blue, known as Azzurro La Plata, racing suit throughout his time at Ferrari

Surtees wore a light blue, known as Azzurro La Plata, racing suit throughout his time at Ferrari

Surtees wore a light blue, known as Azzurro La Plata, racing suit throughout his time at Ferrari

Niki Lauda wore a blue racing suit in his debut season with Ferrari in 1974

Niki Lauda wore a blue racing suit in his debut season with Ferrari in 1974

Niki Lauda wore a blue racing suit in his debut season with Ferrari in 1974

Clay Regazzoni wore a darker shade of blue, known as Azzurro Dino, in the same season

Clay Regazzoni wore a darker shade of blue, known as Azzurro Dino, in the same season

Clay Regazzoni wore a darker shade of blue, known as Azzurro Dino, in the same season

The monicker Dino is a homage to Enzo Ferrari’s first son Alfredo – who was nicknamed Dino – and died aged 24.

The special livery that will adorn the SF-24 cars is to be revealed in Florida in the build-up to the Miami race, as part of a week-long celebration of Ferrari’s presence in North America.

While a launch date is yet to be announced, the Scuderia have released a video of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz donning the light blue racing suits on Instagram and X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

Ferrari unveiled a one-off livery at the Las Vegas GP last season to pay homage to its old red and white colour scheme

Ferrari unveiled a one-off livery at the Las Vegas GP last season to pay homage to its old red and white colour scheme

Ferrari unveiled a one-off livery at the Las Vegas GP last season to pay homage to its old red and white colour scheme 

The Miami GP will mark the second time in as many years Ferrari have unveiled a one-off colour change for a race in the US. 

Last season, the Scuderia ran a red and white livery at the Las Vegas GP, to pay tribute to one of its iconic colour schemes of the past.

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Former Labour minister Frank Field dies aged 81: Crossbench peer passes away following two-year battle with terminal cancer

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Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died aged 81 following a two-year battle with terminal cancer.

The veteran politician who served as an MP for Birkenhead for 40 years and as the minister of reform under Tony Blair’s government was well respected across the parliament benches. 

He joined the House of Lords in 2020 as a crossbench peer after serving as an MP since 1979

A statement from Lord Field of Birkenhead’s family, issued by his Parliamentary officem, read: ‘Frank Field has died at the age of 81 following a period of illness.

‘Frank is survived by two brothers.’

Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died aged 81

Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died aged 81

Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died aged 81

Frank Field quite the Labour whip in 2018 after he had a row with then leader Jeremy Corbyn

Frank Field quite the Labour whip in 2018 after he had a row with then leader Jeremy Corbyn

Frank Field quite the Labour whip in 2018 after he had a row with then leader Jeremy Corbyn 

Lord Field (pictured in 1973) served as an MP for 40 years from 1979 to 2019 before joining the House of Lords in 2020

Lord Field (pictured in 1973) served as an MP for 40 years from 1979 to 2019 before joining the House of Lords in 2020

Lord Field (pictured in 1973) served as an MP for 40 years from 1979 to 2019 before joining the House of Lords in 2020

Tributes have been flowing for the much-love politician since the news broke, with former home secretary Priti Patel MP he was a ‘kind and compassionate man and a great Parliamentarian’.

She wrote on X: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Frank Field. Frank was a kind and compassionate man and a great Parliamentarian. 

‘His unwavering moral compass, commitment to working cross-party and unshakable principles defined him and will be greatly missed.’

Piers Morgan said: ‘RIP Frank Field, one of the most genuinely principled, decent, intelligent & caring politicians Britain’s ever had.’

Labour MP for Kent, Rosie Duffield said: ‘RIP dear Frank Field. He was a wonderful Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, compassionate and incredibly kind with a great sense of humour and always a twinkle in his eye…’

In October 2021, it was revealed in the House of Lords that veteran politician has recently spent time in a hospice and that he was not well enough to attend debates.

Throughout his career, Lord Field built a reputation an one of the most effective backbenchers with curbs on EU immigration and campaigns against poverty. 

In 2018, he quit the Labour whip in Parliament after a row with then leader Jeremy Corbyn, who he said was’ a force for anti-Semitism in British politics.

The Conservatives made him a non-affiliated crossbench peer by the Conservative government in 2020 after he campaigned in favour of Brexit. 

Back in October 2021, the former minister revealed he was terminally will as he urged the House of Lords to ease the law to allow assisted dying. 

At the time, Lord Field was too ill to attend Parliament as peers debated changing legislation to enable adults with no hope of recovery to legally seek assistance to end their lives. 

In a message read out in the House of Lords at the time, he admitted he had spent time in a hospice and urged them to change the law, citing a friend who had gone through the ‘full horror effects’ of cancer.

The news came as a shock to many in parliament at the time with Tory former housing secretary Robert Jenrick hailed him as ‘one of the politicians I have most admired and respected’.

Baroness Meacher read out the message from the peer, whom she said was ‘dying’, in which he said: ‘I changed my mind on assisted dying when an MP friend dying of cancer wanted to die early before the full horror effects set in, but was denied this opportunity.

Frank Field revealed to the House of Lords in October 2021 that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness

Frank Field revealed to the House of Lords in October 2021 that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness

Frank Field revealed to the House of Lords in October 2021 that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness

The veteran politician was well respected across parliament. Tory former housing secretary Robert Jenrick hailed him as 'one of the politicians I have most admired and respected'

The veteran politician was well respected across parliament. Tory former housing secretary Robert Jenrick hailed him as 'one of the politicians I have most admired and respected'

The veteran politician was well respected across parliament. Tory former housing secretary Robert Jenrick hailed him as ‘one of the politicians I have most admired and respected’

The Conservatives made Frank Field a non-affiliated crossbench peer by the Conservative government in 2020 after he campaigned in favour of Brexit

‘A major argument against the Bill is unfounded. It is thought by some the culture would change and that people would be pressured into ending their lives.

‘The number of assisted deaths in the US and Australia remains very low – under 1 per cent – and a former supreme court judge of Victoria, Australia, about pressure from relatives, said it just hasn’t been an issue.

‘I hope the House will today vote for the Assisted Dying Bill.’

In an interview in January last year, Lord Field said it was ‘a strange experience taking so long to die’.

He said: ‘I’m pretty tired. It’s a strange experience taking so long to die. But there we are. 

‘It’s affected my mouth, as you can see. It began about 10 years ago, when I was told I had prostate cancer. 

‘The hospital said, we must keep a watching brief on this. And they didn’t. It spread everywhere.’

Of his stay in hospice in 2021, Lord Field said he ‘expected to be gone in weeks’.

He said in January last year: ‘Yes, it was jolly good. They sorted out my medicines. And I wanted to go and see what the place was like. 

‘I expected to be gone then, within weeks. And the doctors that spoke to me did as well. But life has gone on.’

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Voyager 1 starts transmitting useable data again for first time in five months after appearing to be broken nearly 50 years into its journey into outer space

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The decades-old NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft has begun sending readable communications again after months of transmitting gibberish.

Voyager 1 has been sending data from interstellar space back to Earth for nearly fifty years after being launched in 1977. 

However, in November a glitch occurred that made the spacecraft’s data about its environment and the health of its own systems unintelligible to the NASA scientists monitoring it.

Then on April 20 Voyager 1, that began by visiting Jupiter and Saturn before venturing further into space, returned readable communications, confirming it is still safely cruising outer space. 

NASA’s official Twitter account for the craft posted a light hearted tweet in celebration: ‘Hi, it’s me. – V1’.

The decades-old NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft has begun sending readable communications again after months of transmitting gibberish

The decades-old NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft has begun sending readable communications again after months of transmitting gibberish

The decades-old NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft has begun sending readable communications again after months of transmitting gibberish

The account also shared a tweet from the official account for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory showing an image of the elated scientists clapping with joy at Voyager 1’s latest data set. 

‘Sounding a little more like yourself, #Voyager1’ the account wrote.   

‘For the first time since November, Voyager 1 is returning useable data about the health and status of its onboard engineering systems’ it explained.

Adding: ‘Next step: Enable the spacecraft to begin returning science data again.’

The Voyager flight team traced the November glitch back to a single chip malfunction in the flight data subsystem  the part responsible for sending its data back to Earth.

The broken chip held some of the computer code necessary for transmitting workable data. 

‘The loss of that code rendered the science and engineering data unusable,’ NASA said in a statement on Monday.

‘Unable to repair the chip, the team decided to place the affected code elsewhere in the FDS memory’ the agency explained. 

A photo taken by a Voyager 1 spacecraft - as part of Nasa's mission in the summer of 1977, two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 ¿ identical in every detail ¿ were launched within 15 days of each other

A photo taken by a Voyager 1 spacecraft - as part of Nasa's mission in the summer of 1977, two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 ¿ identical in every detail ¿ were launched within 15 days of each other

A photo taken by a Voyager 1 spacecraft – as part of Nasa’s mission in the summer of 1977, two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 — identical in every detail — were launched within 15 days of each other

The distance makes fixing problems on the craft a challenge. 

Voyager is now so far from Earth it takes twenty-two-and-a-half hours for a signal to cover the 15 billion miles. 

However, the team’s code experiment worked and the data began to be readable once more.

‘Finding solutions to challenges the probes encounter often entails consulting original, decades-old documents written by engineers who didn’t anticipate the issues that are arising today,’ NASA said in December after the discovery of the glitch. 

‘During the coming weeks, the team will relocate and adjust the other affected portions of the FDS software,’ NASA said in its updated statement on Monday. 

Adding: ‘These include the portions that will start returning science data.’ 

The Voyager was the first human-made object to leave our solar system and enter the space between stars. 

The radio antenna, protruding from the central circular dish like the antenna on a robotic insect, is equally archaic, emitting as many watts as a refrigerator lightbulb

The radio antenna, protruding from the central circular dish like the antenna on a robotic insect, is equally archaic, emitting as many watts as a refrigerator lightbulb

The radio antenna, protruding from the central circular dish like the antenna on a robotic insect, is equally archaic, emitting as many watts as a refrigerator lightbulb

NASA had acknowledged that the might Voyager mission cannot continue forever. 

Yet the team hopes to keep the instruments needed to transmit data about its environment going until at least 2025.

It also hopes the spacecraft will keep travelling through space with NASA able to track its whereabouts until around 2036 when its nuclear batteries are likely to die, after which it will drift on aimlessly. 

Some of the systems are indeed becoming dated. It’s internal computers for a start have 240,000 times less memory than an iPhone.

The radio antenna, protruding from the central circular dish like the antenna on a robotic insect, is equally archaic, emitting as many watts as a refrigerator lightbulb.

As for the onboard tape recorder, which is constantly on, it differs little from the one in a typical 1970s car. 

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Shanghai on Wednesday with U.S.-China ties on a steadier footing, but with a daunting array of unresolved issues threatening the stability of relations between the global rivals. 

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