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Out now: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, your new mobile gaming obsession

Just when you thought you’d got over your crippling Pokémon Go addiction, along comes Nintendo’s latest mobile phone game.

And judging on first impressions, it’s great.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp came out today on iOS and Android and is set to be the next big thing in mobile games.

It’s a mobile spin-off of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing console games, which gave you a virtual house in a picture-postcard cartoon town populated by adorable animals, gave you a virtual mortgage to pay off (yes, really) and then gave you the freedom to potter about at your own leisure.

For this mobile outing the setting has changed to a camp site but the general idea of the game – wander around, make friends with animals, shake a tree to pick apples, maybe do a little fishing – is very familiar.

It’s a little oasis of calm in your pocket and exudes charm in spades.

And going mobile has made it much easier to interact with friends – you can visit their camps, they can visit yours (although inevitably they all look pretty much the same at this early stage) and you can buy and sell unwanted items.

However, AC:PC is also afflicted with one of the less savoury aspects of mobile gaming: in-app purchases.

Nintendo describe the game as “free-to-start“, and as far as we could gather in our limited play time so far it seems pretty much everything in the game can be accessed without paying real money.

But that comes at the cost of waiting for stuff to happen.

For instance, pick an apple for your new pal Goldie the golden retriever and a timer appears over the tree showing how long it’ll take them to grow back – three hours in real time, or you can use a bag of fertiliser on the apple tree to speed things along. The fertiliser costs ‘leaf tickets’, which can be bought using real-world money in transactions ranging from 99p to £38.99.

In the early game this doesn’t seem too much of a worry, but experience in similar games suggest the waiting times will get longer and longer for the more desirable items later on.

Parents will want to make sure in-app purchases are turned off.

But much of the charm of earlier Animal Crossing games has always been the leisurely pace, and waiting for events in real time – certain insects only come out at night, or events only happen on certain days of the week. Even the in-game seasons progress at the same pace as real life.

So unless you’re impatient, you’ll be able to enjoy Pocket Camp in small doses – and there’s plenty to enjoy.


Wyatt ton sees England draw Ashes

Danni Wyatt became the first England batter to score a Twenty20 international century
Women’s Ashes: Third Twenty20 international, Canberra
Australia 178-2 (20 overs): Mooney 117*, Perry 22*, Brunt 1-25
England 181-6 (19 overs): Wyatt 100, Knight 51, Jonassen 2-25
England (2pts) won by four wickets; Australia retain the Women’s Ashes with multi-format series drawn 8-8

Danni Wyatt scored England‘s first Twenty20 International century to help her side chase a record 179 and draw the multi-format Women’s Ashes series.

Beth Mooney hit an unbeaten 117, the second-highest score in women’s T20s, as Australia posted an imposing total.

Wyatt hit two sixes and 13 boundaries in a 139-run stand with Heather Knight (51) to rescue England from 30-3 and win by four wickets in Canberra.

Australia had already retained the Women’s Ashes but the series ended 8-8.

A tale of two centuries

Prior to this game, there had only been four centuries in women’s Twenty20 international cricket – two of them struck by West Indies star Deandra Dottin.

The fifth was majestic, Mooney dispatching England’s ragged bowling attack to all areas of Manuka Oval with exceptional power and guile, her 19 boundaries the highest ever by a man or woman in Twenty20 internationals.

The 23-year-old smashed four in a row to finish the innings, taking Australia to 178-2 and seemingly on the cusp of victory.

England floundered in response as Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor were both caught trying to attack every delivery and a nervy Nat Sciver was run out by Elyse Villani’s sharp throw.

Wyatt rode her luck – dropped on just 14 by wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy and 54 by Megan Schutt – but punished the increasingly panicked Australian bowlers with a series of hefty drives over cover.

With Knight proving perfect foil, Wyatt raced to 100 off just 56 balls and though she fell to Delissa Kimmince without adding to her century, the 26-year-old had done enough to steer England to a historic victory.

T20 international centurions

Beth Mooney is the first woman to score a Twenty20 international ton in Australia – Danni Wyatt the second

There have only been six T20 centuries in women’s international cricket, and two of those were made within three hours of each other.

  • Meg Lanning – 126 for Australia v Ireland, March 2014
  • Beth Mooney – 117 not out for Australia v England, November 2017
  • Shandre Fritz – 116 not out for South Africa v Netherlands, October 2010
  • Deandra Dottin – 112 not out for West Indies v South Africa, May 2010
  • Deandra Dottin – 112 for West Indies v Sri Lanka, October 2017
  • Danni Wyatt – 100 for England v Australia, November 2017

Pressure drop

England were on 27-2 when Wyatt skied a leading edge off spinner Molly Strano straight up, only for Healy to misjudge the flight and drop a simple chance.

Even then England looked far from capable of bettering their own record chase of 165 against Australia in 2009 to salvage a draw from an Ashes in which they were “lacking in a few areas”, according to coach Mark Robinson.

Yet Healy’s drop appeared to spread tension throughout the Australia fielders, the wicketkeeper spilling another easy opportunity with Knight on 24 – the fourth drop in the space of about 15 minutes after Strano and Schutt’s mistakes.

They recovered to a degree to take three late wickets but Wilson’s impudent ramp shot to the boundary for victory capped a disappointing end to an otherwise fine series from Rachael Haynes’ team.

Australia won two of the three one-day internationals to take a 4-2 lead in the series before the solitary Test match was drawn, earning another two points for each side.

The home side then won the first of three T20 internationals to lead 8-4 and ensure they would at least retain the Women’s Ashes but England won the last two to secure an 8-8 finish.

‘We’re gutted we didn’t win the Ashes’ – reaction

England’s Danni Wyatt, speaking to Test Match Special: “I tried a bit too hard in the first six overs, I lost my shape a little bit. But I backed myself and swung hard and it paid off. I was quite lucky, but you have to make it count when someone drops you, and I made it count.

“To contribute to a record chase is a special feeling. Heather batted really well – she backed herself and hit the ball in her areas. Outstanding by the skipper.

“It was hard sitting out for the ODIs and the Test match so I had to make the T20s count.”

England captain Heather Knight, speaking to Test Match Special: “What a game it was. I thought they had too many, but there is a hell of a lot of fight in this team and to level at 8-8 makes me really proud.

“We lost a few early wickets but it was a belter of a pitch so boundaries were easy to come by. I was just trying to get Danni on strike.

“We’re gutted we didn’t win the Ashes but to draw the series is the next best thing. It was a great innings from Beth Mooney. It’s tough for her to be on the losing side. What a game and what a spectacle for women’s cricket.”

Australia captain Rachael Haynes, speaking to BT Sport: “I certainly thought it was well within our grasp to win the match. It was disappointing. I guess it’s true, catches win matches, and we put a few down.

“Beth has been outstanding. She’s been hitting everywhere. She’s worked extremely hard on her game. For her to produce in international cricket is really exciting.”

National Lottery players could win £10,000 a month for life

couple winning moneyImage copyright Getty Images

Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, is planning to introduce a new game which offers winners a monthly income for the rest of their lives.

Instead of winning a lump sum, those taking part in the new game could win as much as £10,000 a month, providing them with a lifetime annuity.

Camelot said it was one of the different options it was looking at as a way for it to attract new players.

It follows a poor performance, as the firm raised less money for good causes.

A spokesperson for Camelot said the annuity-style prize was not designed to prevent binge spending.

He said it was for people who had “a different dream”. It is likely to be introduced some time in 2019.

In the six months to the 23 September, National Lottery ticket sales fell by 3.2% compared to the same period last year.

Over the same time it raised £746.6m for good causes, a 4.7% drop on 2016.

A ‘different dream’

Camelot UK has also appointed Nigel Railton as its permanent chief executive. He is charged with returning the National Lottery to growth.

Mr Railton is said to be keen on the annuity idea, having spent time in Chicago as boss of Camelot Global.

In the United States pay-outs of $10,000 a month for life are a regular feature of local lotteries.

A number of lump-sum lottery winners have lost their cash after spending all their winnings.

Image copyright Camelot
Image caption Pete Kyle, who reportedly spent most of his £5m winnings

Among them was Pete Kyle from Plymouth, who won over £5m in 2005.

In August this year The Sun wreported that he was penniless, after blowing the cash on luxury cars and holidays.

Lotto revision

Camelot said it was also planning to re-design its Lotto game, following criticism by players.

In 2015 it added 10 extra balls to the draw, making it harder to win a jackpot.

From next year it said it will offer a better game, with improved odds of winning.

However it is going to keep the existing number of balls.

Local schools join partnership to get more girls involved in beautiful game

A GROUP of Bradford schools have started a new partnership with the Football Association to get more girls playing the beautiful game.

The Tauheedul Education Trust , which runs two secondary school in the city and three primary schools, has become the first academy trust to become an FA Girls’ Area Hub.

It means the schools have joined a network of organisations that support and deliver girls’ football across England to change perceptions and social barriers to participation in the game, and to create an inclusive and engaging programme of activities.

The Bradford schools under the Tauheedul umbrella are Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, Tong Leadership Academy and primaries Thornbury Academy, High Crags Academy and Barkerend Academy.

The partnership has now officially kicked off, and girls at Laisterdyke marked the partnership with a number of activities during Girls Football Week earlier this month.

Events included a kick-ups challenge and an inter-school tournament.

Pupils from Year 7 up to Year 11 all had the chance to take part in a day of football matches, before battling against one another to notch up the most kick-ups.

Tara Walker, a PE teacher at Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, said: “Our girls embraced the opportunity to get out onto the football field during Girls’ Football Week, with many girls who wouldn’t normally participate in after school clubs attending the activities.

“The number of girls enjoying playing football at Laisterdyke has given me a massive boost and I am entering five year group football teams into a local tournament.

“Through the FA’s programme, over the coming months pupils will have the chance to get involved in roles off the pitch to help manage and lead our school football teams.”

Pupil Qurra Kazmi said: “Having the opportunity to play football at lunchtime and after school has helped me to develop my skills further. It’s also helpful to work with younger pupils as a sports ambassador promoting my love of football and encouraging girls to participate more.”

Kate Hebden, the Trust’s Head of Pupil Leadership Specialism, commented: “As the first multi-academy trust to become an FA Girls’ Area Hub, Tauheedul Education Trust schools will have access to programmes developed by the FA to encourage more girls to get involved in the beautiful game, and not only as players.

“We aim to empower our female pupils to get involved in the sport both on and off the pitch, developing leadership skills and character traits that will stay with them for life. The FA’s aim through the Girls’ Area Hub programme is also to inspire more young women to consider careers in football.

“Staff in the schools taking part in the programme will also have access to FA accredited CPD courses leading to qualifications in sports coaching. The Trust will also be in a position to help the FA develop best practice for extending the programme.”

The FA Girls’ Area Hub programme, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, takes learning opportunities through football way beyond the pitch.

The primary school programme, Active Literacy, aims to engage girls aged five to seven years in creative play and boost their literacy skills through football themed activities.

In secondary schools, the Game of Our Own programme empowers girls in Years 7 to 9 to set up and run their own football club as an after school activity. Aside from the players, many leadership roles are available to pupils including coach and event manager. Funding is also available to support pupils in the running of their clubs. In addition, teachers deliver character development sessions through their core curriculum PE that help pupils’ gain vital life skills such as motivating others, communication, empathy and leadership.

Chris Coleman leaves Wales role for Sunderland job

Chris Coleman has left his job with Wales to take over at Championship club Sunderland.

Coleman will succeed Simon Grayson, who was sacked after 18 games in charge.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed: “Regretfully, Chris Coleman has resigned from his position with immediate effect.”

Ex-defender Coleman, 47, succeeded the late Gary Speed in 2012 and guided them to an historic appearance at Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals.

Disappointment followed as Wales failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

FAW ‘extremely disappointed’ by Coleman departure

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end.

“The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as national team manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

“We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.”

After Wales’ qualifying campaign for the 2018 tournament ended in defeat by the Republic of Ireland, Coleman’s last two games in charge were a loss to France and home draw against Panama in November, 2017.

Negotiations between Coleman and the FAW continued after the game against the Central Americans.

Those talks ended with Coleman leaving. He had often spoken about hoping to return to the day-to-day demands of club management amid a career that has included being in charge of Fulham in the Premier League.

‘I’m gutted, really disappointed’ – Gabbidon

Ex-Wales defender Danny Gabbidon told BBC Sport Wales: “I’m gutted, really disappointed. I know all the fans will be, the players will be as well.

“I know how much they thought of the manager – he was more than just a manager.

“There was a kind of player relationship between the squad and the manager so they’ll be gutted hearing that news as well.”

Coleman’s reign began with Wales 48th in Fifa’s world rankings and it ends with them in 14th place.

He will take over at Sunderland, who are bottom of the Championship with one win, seven draws and eight defeats so far this season.

Sunderland are aiming to confirm a deal with Coleman by Sunday.

There is an expectation at the Stadium of Light he will be in charge for their away game against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

Despite speculation over Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill, Coleman was the club’s number one target and no offers were made to other candidates.

Coleman wanted the FAW to employ head of performance Ryland Morgans and psychologist Ian Mitchell on full-time contracts.

The FAW also offered to spend £500,000 on upgrading training facilities.

More to follow.

Women’s Ashes: Australia thrash England to retain trophy

Australia reached their target with 25 balls to spare
Women’s Ashes: First Twenty20, North Sydney Oval
England 132-9 (20 overs): Wyatt 50, Schutt 4-22
Australia 134-4 (15.5 overs): Mooney 86*
Australia won by six wickets; lead multi-format series 8-4

Australia retained the Women’s Ashes with an emphatic six-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 international in Sydney.

Victory gave the holders an 8-4 lead in the points-based series, meaning England can only draw 8-8 if they win the final two T20s.

England lost Heather Knight second ball and were 16-4, but Dani Wyatt’s maiden fifty helped them to 132-9.

Beth Mooney hit 86 not as Australia raced home with 25 balls to spare.

Having won the 50-over World Cup in fine style at Lord’s in July, England’s preparations for the Ashes were hampered by the two warm-up matches being washed out and they found themselves 4-0 down in the series after losing the first two one-day internationals.

A draw in the one-off Test kept the series alive into the T20s, but there was a bizarre start at the North Sydney Oval after Australia chose to field.

Knight edged to wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, who also took off the bails, but was temporarily reprieved as the umpires consulted, only to be sent to the pavilion again when the method of dismissal had been determined.

Key batter Sarah Taylor was adjudged lbw in the next over, with no review process in place to question whether the ball might have gone over or missed leg stump.

Ellyse Perry, international footballer and double centurion in the Test, was on a hat-trick in the fifth over after two more catches from Healy, with one outstanding effort millimetres from the turf at full stretch.

Wyatt hit six fours in her 36-ball fifty

But Wyatt gave the innings much-needed impetus with some clean hitting down the ground.

However, the 26-year-old was halfway down the wicket when sent back by Fran Wilson in the 16th over and could not regain her ground.

England mustered a further 32 runs after her dismissal, but Mooney set the tone for Australia’s chase with a four and a six in an opening over from Katherine Brunt that cost 14.

Wyatt gave England a glimmer of hope when she raced around the mid-wicket boundary to pouch Healy’s hook in the fifth over.

But Mooney continued to dominate with a second six off Brunt and the fluent left-hander made the highest score by an Australian on home soil in women’s T20 matches, striking the winning runs in style with her 11th four.

The series concludes with two T20s at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, on Sunday at 03:35 GMT and Tuesday 21 November at 08:10.

‘We were always playing catch-up’ – what they said

England captain Heather Knight: “We were always playing catch-up. I am really proud of Dani Wyatt and how she fought to get us back in the game.

“Credit to Australia. Beth Mooney played an outstanding innings and took the game away. Everything we tried we couldn’t get her out.”

Australia skipper Rachael Haynes: “It was so nice for the team to come out and play like that. We started well with the ball but fell away. For Beth Mooney to come out and make a statement like that was fantastic.

“I couldn’t watch. I was pretty nervous, the most nervous I have been watching cricket. There was a lot composure in the middle and Mooney took control of that.”

Former England seamer Isa Guha on BBC 5 live sports extra: “Australia have won the big moments – that’s something England haven’t been able to capitalise on when they’ve been on top.”

Hop on! New cut-price bus fare aimed at market shoppers

TRADERS have welcomed a new subsidised bus fare aimed at attracting more customers to a shopping centre at the top of town.

The new 50p single fare is now being offered on an existing service – run by bus company TLC Travel and Bradford Council – that runs twice an hour from Bradford Interchange to the Oastler Centre. Cash for the subsidy has come from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

David Crompton, who owns A.J Pickup & Son butchers in the Oastler Centre, said he hoped the new cut-price fare would lead to more people shopping there.

He said: “We would like to think it will increase footfall.

“This can only be a good thing, as long as it is properly promoted, especially on social media.”

Gunther Giangregorio, who runs Roswithas Deli in the centre, agreed with Mr Crompton.

He said: “For me it’s good the Council has realised we have been cut adrift from the city centre up here, and it will help get people up to the top of town.

“There are still plenty of good things going on up here, and I am pleased they are helping us out in the short term.”

In April, Bradford Council revealed a £15m plan to take on the former Marks & Spencer building in Darley Street and create a new food market. The Oastler Centre would be demolished for housing.

Mr Giangregorio said the new bus service could helpmake the end game possible” for more traders at the Oastler Centre.

“Hopefully it will help us stay afloat for at least another three years while we are here, until the new project opens,” he said.

Councillor Alex-Ross Shaw, executive member for regeneration, planning, and transport, said: “We’ve got some great offers at Oastler Market and now it’s going to be easier than ever to get there. We’re delighted to be working with TLC and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to put this in place.”

Barry Cliff, general manager at TLC, said: “As a Bradford-based company we are delighted to offer a great value fare.”

The new fare applies to the 635 or 676 TLC service from the Interchange to the market, and the 635, 643, or 644 from either John Street or Westgate to the Interchange. All MCards and concessionary passes are valid on the service.

Bizarre questions asked of Travelodge staff in Bradford

Do the Bradford Bulls ever play Bradford City to see who is the best?

It’s an intriguing question, and indeed on current form you might be forgiven for thinking that City would prevail no matter which code the game was played in.

And it was certainly a question bothering one visitor to the district enough to ask hotel staff.

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has revealed some of the strangest requests it’s had in the last 12 months, and Bradford’s two hotels in Thornbury and Valley Road have had their fair share.

Other crackers include:

  • Can you tell me what the traffic will be like tomorrow?
  • Can you please call my boss and tell him I am not feeling very well and cannot come into work?
  • Can you come to a meeting with me? You’re very friendly and will come across well.
  • Is there any chance you can run the shower at exactly 37°C for me?

As for that Bulls/Bantams question, our sports editor Neil Stacey says: “The Bulls and City used to share a stadium but, to the best of our knowledge, they’ve never played each other at any sport.”

If any readers know better, of course, please let us know!

‘Do the Bulls ever play Bradford City?’ 5 bizarre questions asked by Travelodge guests in Bradford

Do the Bradford Bulls ever play Bradford City to see who is the best?

It’s an intriguing question, and indeed on current form you might be forgiven for thinking that City would prevail no matter which code the game was played in.

And it was certainly a question bothering one visitor to the district enough to ask hotel staff.

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has revealed some of the strangest requests it’s had in the last 12 months, and Bradford’s two hotels in Thornbury and Valley Road have had their fair share.

Other crackers include:

  • Can you tell me what the traffic will be like tomorrow?
  • Can you please call my boss and tell him I am not feeling very well and cannot come into work?
  • Can you come to a meeting with me? You’re very friendly and will come across well.
  • Is there any chance you can run the shower at exactly 37°C for me?

As for that Bulls/Bantams question, our sports editor Neil Stacey says: “The Bulls and City used to share a stadium but, to the best of our knowledge, they’ve never played each other at any sport.”

If any readers know better, of course, please let us know!

‘You are the Weakest Link’

Anne Robinson/CIN Weakest Link

The Weakest Link is returning for a one-off special this Friday. The BBC’s Lauren Turner has been to the dress rehearsal to speak to Anne Robinson (and have a go at being a contestant herself).

Anne Robinson has a problem with being back on The Weakest Link set.

But it’s not that she’s not happy to be hosting a one-off special for Children in Need this Friday – and to be considering returning for a full series next year.

“The problem is,” she explains in that no-nonsense, clipped tone. “We’ve borrowed the French set.

“It’s incredibly high. Much higher than ours was. I’ve got six-inch heels on so it’s bit of a climbing job getting on and off.

“I’ve now got to get the floor manager to hold me because I’m so terrified in high heels of slipping. I think the French presenter always wore flat shoes.”

So just why has she said yes to the celebrity special, starring the likes of Cannonball host Maya Jama, Cold Feet’s John Thomson, presenter and writer Giles Coren, This Morning presenter Rylan Clarke-Neal and Love Island’s Kem Cetinay?

“Because they asked me,” she smiles. “We’ve all got a great nostalgia for this show. Almost everyone working on it was working on it through the years. I think everyone was really keen to come back and give it another go.”

Image caption The Weakest Link’s Children In Need special airs this Friday

Everything she says seems slightly tongue-in-cheek, and with a glint in her eye. The whole pantomime villain persona is definitely an act – but it’s done with humour and wit, rather than genuine meanness.

“You don’t want to drown kittens,” she explains. “What you’re always looking for is someone you can play with. You want someone who comes back to you.

“So it’s not really a question of being mean, it’s a question of having a laugh.

What’s it like to be a contestant?

Watching The Weakest Link from the comfort of your sofa, you might well think it’s all a bit – well – easy.

The questions aren’t exactly University Challenge level and that whole Anne Robinson ‘queen of mean’ persona is just an act, right?

Er, wrong.

You just try telling yourself that when you’re at your podium under the blazing studio lights on the receiving end of a withering glare. Your mouth goes dry, your palms are sweaty, and it really doesn’t help matters that you’re wearing a pair of flashing Pudsey ears.

Image caption (That’s Lauren on the far right)

Luckily the special version of the quiz show I was taking part in wasn’t going to be televised. Instead, it was me against four fellow journalists, just for “fun”, ahead of the celeb special for Children in Need this Friday.

Once stationed at our podiums, we practice our introductions (I really should have paid attention at this point) and are introduced to Brian, whose job, wonderfully, includes making sure our boards are the right way up when we flip them to reveal who we think should be voted off as the weakest link.

Before we know it, Anne is walking up to us and filming begins.

She chides us for being on a “jolly” and squeezes in a few journalism jokes (yes they exist, honest) before getting down to business. I’m so glad not to be first up, but even still when my question is asked I start to panic – before realising it’s easier than I thought.

‘It’s a conspiracy!’

I’m so glad not to be first up, but even still when my question is asked I start to panic – before realising it’s easier than I thought.

“In musical terms, a low note is known as what…?” she starts, as my mind goes blank. “Deep or shallow?”

Okay phew, I can do that one. My next question is about which show Paul O’Grady hosts, and I’m about to butt in with Blankety Blank before she adds “formerly presented by Cilla Black” and I answer, relieved – as I can see there’s not much time left this round.

The clock stops and we’ve done amazingly well with 12 answers correctly in a row – but as someone banked early, twice, we actually haven’t reached the jackpot.

It’s harder than you think to choose someone to eliminate when no one has got a question wrong – I literally go for the first name I can see from where I’m standing (having also been advised it’s bad form to vote for the person next to you, as it doesn’t do much for neighbourly relationships!).

I realise I’ve made a mistake when I sneak a glimpse at the board next to me – of course, I should have voted for the person who banked prematurely. Whoops!

Brian comes to check our boards are the right way up so the names don’t appear upside down when we reveal them, and then Anne returns. I’m more relieved than I should probably admit to see no one’s put my name down.

My mic-pack helper is the first out, with two votes, for no apparent reason other than we had to choose someone. We’re brought new boards (I totally thought they were wiped clean each round) and we’re back in action again.

We manage to bank precisely zero pounds in the next round which Anne isn’t very happy about. Good job we’re not playing for real money.

The person I’d chosen in the first round actually gets two questions wrong this time so, even though I feel bad, I write her name down again. I’m actually horrified to see my name written down by my podium neighbour and try reminding myself that it’s just a game.

It’s not long before I find myself in her shoes however, as I turn out to be the third person to leave – despite not getting a question wrong (it’s a conspiracy!).

I have a rather baffling conversation with Anne in which she quizzes me on Twitter, of all things, before I’m given those famous words – “Lauren, you are the weakest link, goodbye.”

Image caption Maya Jama and Rylan Clarke-Neal will appear on the one-off special

Asked how she would react to people crying on The Weakest Link, Anne says: “I’d get very irritated I think. I don’t want anyone crying. When I was on Fleet Street girls never cried. It’s not that sort of game.

“I always think crying is very suspect. Particularly among girls. Because some of them learn very young that if you cry, when you’re criticised, everyone says: ‘Don’t cry!” and they forget what they were about to criticise them for.

“I think some people cry very easily and some don’t cry easily. So I’m not much taken with tears – they waste time.”

That said, who would she most like to appear on the show, if it does return?

“I’d quite like the Duke of Edinburgh, Donald Trump, the Prime Minister. Anyone funny really.”

(And unlikely to burst into tears, she might have added.)

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