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Did your day begin with a workout, meditation and a breakfast worthy of an Instagram showing – all before getting to work? If not, you’ll need to shape up to make it on to the glossy pages of magazines.

We’ve all rolled our eyes while reading those celebrity day-in-the-life interviews – with the inexplicably early starts, heavy exercise and distinct lack of caffeine as standard.

Beauty editor of Red Magazine, Rosie Green, is one of the latest to share her morning rituals. Hint: there’s not a soggy cornflake in sight.

After rising at 06:00, there is an early morning run, “lots of cuddles”, “pimped-up porridge” – think fruit and nuts rather than golden syrup – a school drop-off and “just enough time to tong my hair”.

This insight led fellow parent and children’s author, Pip Jones, to think about her own routine.

“04:30: I wake up because I need a massive wee,” she wrote. “05:30: I flop out of bed and go downstairs to make builders’ tea. It tastes like crap without sugar in, so I put loads of sugar in it. 06:30: We start the day doing some grunting and arguing. I feel really grateful that no-one is biting anyone else.”

Similarly, Twitter user @Tillyecl’s routine involved less “pimping” and more Marmite.

But others manage to find the time for far more than dressing or feeding yourself.

A LinkedIn post from a US professional called Mark Sloan went viral after he revealed how he spends the three hours before he heads to the office at 08:15. The tight schedule included “language learning” and drinking a whole litre of water.

Early starts seem to be a non-negotiable for many successful people. After all, how would businessman Sir Richard Branson fit in a spot of kite-surfing before breakfast unless he got up at 05:00?

The Virgin founder, who lives in the British Virgin Islands, also said being an early riser means he can check his emails “before most of the world logs on”.

Most of the world that is, except for supermodel Cindy Crawford, who’s awake and checking emails at 06:30 before her first cup of green tea. Then it’s workout time.

“Often I’ll take a Jacuzzi outside for 10 minutes first; it’s like my meditation,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. Then there’s cardio, 10 minutes on a trampoline and another 10 running stairs. By 08:00 it’s time for her second mug of green tea to match a green “shake”.

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Image caption Supermodel Cindy likes her breakfast juice how she likes her tea: green

It’s not just celebrities, but royalty too, that are slaves to the alarm clock.

“I get up around 06:45 to start exercising by 7,” Princess Eugenie of York said. “I go to the park from 7 to 8. I do circuits, which I love because they’re quick… Or I go with my best friend to this amazing, women-only gym called Grace Belgravia. If I need to pick up some groceries, I go to Waitrose, right next to my gym.”

Music royalty Simon Cowell keeps pumped to his prime with the help of 500 daily push-ups.

“Then I have a steam and a bath, but I always have breakfast in bed,” he added. It remains unclear whether Cowell prepares this himself.

Getting back into bed for a bacon sarnie is not an option for US actor Jennifer Aniston. She begins her day with hot water and lemon, before 20 minutes of meditation.

Breakfast is a shake – which involves something called maca powder and “dynamic greens” – which is followed by a workout to rival most people‘s weekly exercise: spin for half an hour, yoga for 40 minutes and then the gym.

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Image caption 500 push-ups a day give Simon Cowell the X-factor

For actor-turned-lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow, multi-tasking is key to morning productivity.

“Did dance aerobics for 45 minutes then all of the butt lifts and the like. Rushed upstairs to have a shower, doing my post workout stretch while the conditioner was doing its magic on my hair to combine activities,” she wrote on her website Goop.

But very occasionally these interviews offer some common ground from a world more familiar to mere mortals.

Author and columnist, Caitlin Moran confessed most mornings she wakes thinking: “‘UGH this is too early. This is GHASTLY.”

“I pack the kids off at 8.30am, then go swimming for 45 minutes. The bottom of my local pool is endlessly fascinating. Clumps of hair moving like jellyfish; scrunchies; leaves. I once thought I saw a poo there,” she told Stylist magazine.


Hospital helps the doctors of tomorrow

POTENTIAL doctors are being offered help to get into medical school.

Bradford Royal Infirmary is running a training day on Saturday, October 28, offering help to fill in applications for places to study medicine.

Anna Mehrem, 18, is about to start medical school and praised the support she received from staff at BRI.

The teenager, who has won a place at Leeds Medical School, gained work experience at the hospital when she was 16 and then went on to take part in the hospital’s specialist courses helping enterprising youngsters who are set on a career in medicine.

Students who sign up for the Introducing Medicine summer school and other courses linked to it not only get support and encouragement from clinicians and staff but they also see for themselves what life is like on a busy ward, caring for patients.

Anna, who was educated at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, said: “BRI definitely prepared me with the skills to get this far and I would recommend these courses to anyone thinking of doing medicine.”

“Who knows – one day I might return to BRI as a doctor. I’d like that because it would be a great place to work.”

All of the courses are put together by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical education team and are overseen by the Trust’s deputy medical director, Alex Brown.

The Trust’s work experience co-ordinator, Adele Speight, added: “I’m proud that Bradford hospitals can play such a role in creating opportunities for these young people who are clearly set on a career in medicine.”

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Liam Gallagher claims his Twitter was hacked over Noel tweets

Liam Gallagher says his Twitter was hacked and he never accused his brother of faking tears at Manchester Arena.

Earlier this month Noel appeared to break down while performing at the venue’s reopening, four months after a bomb attack there killed 22 people.

Shortly afterwards, a tweet from Liam’s account branded the show of emotion a “PR stunt”.

But now the former Oasis singer denies being behind it and says the police are investigating.

Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

Image caption Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

Both brothers have played gigs in memory of those murdered at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May.

Liam was a surprise guest at One Love Manchester, held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground less than two weeks after the attack.

He performed an a capella version of Live Forever.

Noel wasn’t there – a decision Liam was quick to criticise on Twitter.

But Noel was among the acts booked to play at a benefit at Manchester Arena months later.

He played a nine song set and seemed to start crying during a rendition of Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Again, Liam took to Twitter.

“[Noel] broke down in tears come on you seriously ain’t buying that”, he said, “don’t buy into his PR stunt… if the same thing had have gone off in Edinburgh he’d [have] been up there like a shot”.

Noel Gallagher playing at We Are Manchester

But now he denies those tweets were from him.

“Oh, that wasn’t me. Someone hacked my Twitter account,” he’s told Newsweek.

“I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t say stuff like that. Can you believe that?

“Someone hacked into it and tweeted them for me. I wouldn’t do that stuff. The police are looking into it now as we speak.”

Noel hasn’t commented on his brother’s tweets – but did tell Radio X he “wasn’t actually crying” during the gig.

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Bradford artist, Bay Backner, launches her exhibition featuring the famous faces of some of the world’s beautiful women

EXPLORING beauty through imagery is the focus for Bay Backner’s latest exhibition.

Based in Saltaire, Bay’s ‘How to be Beautiful’ features new paintings of the women who have changed the face of female beauty.

Bay’s artistic creations include Audrey Hepburn; Kate Moss and Frida Kahlo alongside the lesser-known but equally influential faces such as Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr and Bella Hadid.

Her style is influenced by Film Noir and the Golden Age of Hollywood and her work is already attracting significant attention after recently featuring in Grazia Magazine.

Bay, who studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Central Saint Martins, London, explains the development of ‘How to Be Beautiful’ from a conversation at her show during the Saltaire Arts Trail in May.

“I’d had a brilliant chat with Janine Sykes, course leader in MA Curation Practices at Leeds College of Art. We’d talked about the faces we see as beautiful, and this is being changed by digital media and globalised industry. So the idea came together of a show to explore female beauty and its iconic images,” says Bay, who works in oil paint on stretched canvas, then creates limited-edition prints in archival ink.

Her paintings are inspired by fine-art’s ‘old masters’ as well as today’s street artists and fashion photographers.

“I’m fascinated by the culture of beauty because it shapes how many of us see ourselves. Ideals of beauty are as tied to culture and fashion as much as our popular music styles or the colour of our wallpaper, yet many of us still believe them to be unchanging ‘universals.'”

Interestingly, Bay explains in the early 17th century blue veins on the face were seen as a sign of youth prompting women to paint them on!

“I find it very liberating to see beauty as a cultural fashion I can play with. So for the show, I painted the images of women I believe have changed the face of beauty today. Many of our current ideals started in the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’, films from the 1930s to 1960s. In these films stage makeup had to be high-contrast to look good – first in black and white, then in the unnatural gloss of Technicolor. We look to the actresses in these films as ‘fashion icons’; Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Marilyn in Some Like It, the many actresses of Film Noir.

“So, we take an ideal of beauty especially created for film and aspire to that in our daily lives. We see this happening again with the beauty constructed for digital photography – for ‘selfies’ and snapchat. High contrast with contouring, and specific poses to communicate ‘beauty’… many of which have been taken from the photography styles of early Hollywood,” explains Bay.

“Of course my paintings are a very personal selection of faces. They’re the women who have shaped my western ideal of beauty, and whose images hold in my mind as I look in the mirror every day. Interestingly, some are women unknown to me before I started research for the show – but I realised just how much their image changed how I, and many women today, see themselves. For example, Louise Brooks was the original 1920s ‘It Girl’. She made short hair and a boy-like figure desirable after three centuries of corseted curves and waist-length hair. We’d look very different without her!

Bay adds painting the world’s most beautiful women ‘was a joy’ but made her question what we see as ‘beauty’ and how that affects how we see ourselves.

“I hope my paintings will start some interesting conversations around beauty and self-image,” she says.


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What is poutine, the Canadian delicacy that’s made its way to Yorkshire?

T&A Q&A: Poutine

As Yorkshire’s first poutine takeaway prepares to open in Bradford, you’re probably wondering what exactly poutine is. Fortunately, we’ve got your back.

Poutine? Isn’t he that bloke that runs Russia?

No, that’s Putin. According to Brooklyn Fries’ Facebook page, poutine is “handcut rustic fries, fresh cheese curds, homemade gravy and delicious toppings of your choice.”

Isn’t that just cheesy chips?

No, no. “You’ve never had anything like this before”, it says here.

I’ve had cheesy chips before.

Don’t forget the gravy.

I’ve definitely had chips and gravy before.

Ah, but have you had chips, cheese and gravy together? With a fried egg on top?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Well, there was that one Saturday morning when I had a real dire wolf of a hangover.

Funnily enough, poutine does have a reputation as a hangover cure. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Can we start again?

Okay. Poutine? Didn’t he used to play for Grimsby Town?

No, that was Alan Pouton. Poutine is a fast food dish from Quebec in Canada that’s gradually spreading around the world. In New York it’s sometimes known as “disco fries”.

That’s a better name, to be honest.

Have some respect for a Canadian institution. Over there it’s been a greasy-spoon specialty since the 50s – although admittedly the version that’s made it to the UK is being pitched as a more gourmet dish.

Go on then. What’s this got that I can’t get from any chippy by asking for cheesy chips and gravy?

Well, this isn’t just any old cheese. This is cheese curd – it’s what the Quebecois have on theirs, and it makes all the difference, or so we’re told. And the chips – sorry, ‘fries’ – will be hand-cut on site from locally-sourced spuds before being twice-cooked for extra crispiness.

Ah, so it’s hipster cheesy chips.

Poutine does have a cult following in London, Liverpool and Glasgow, so you might have a point. Brooklyn Fries claims to be the first outlet of its kind in Yorkshire, but it probably won’t be the last.

One last thing: if poutine is Canadian, why’s this place called Brooklyn Fries?

Your guess is as good as ours.

  • Brooklyn Fries opens on October 7th at 1pm in Upper Millergate, Bradford 

Lewis Hamilton wins in Singapore after Ferrari crash

Lewis Hamilton drove a masterful race to win the Singapore Grand Prix and take a stranglehold on the title as rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out.

Hamilton, who started fifth after struggling in qualifying, was leading by the first corner after Vettel collided with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at the start.

It could be a defining moment in the championship. Vettel was expected to re-take the lead on a track on which Ferrari had an advantage over Mercedes. Instead, Hamilton heads into the final six races of the season with a 28-point advantage.

Hamilton did so after one of his most impressive drives. Mercedes went into the race thinking about damage limitation, team boss Toto Wolff talking about the best possible result being to limit the loss of points to Vettel.

But he managed to avoid the chaos on the run to the first corner and slotted into the lead ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian would have been expected to challenge Hamilton, Red Bull having had a clear pace advantage over Mercedes all weekend.

But Hamilton began reeling off fastest laps, and he remained serene through a madcap race that started wet, was dry for almost half its distance, featured three safety cars as a result of a series of incidents and ran to only 58 of its scheduled 61 laps because of the two-hour time limit.

That’s the first time Ferrari have retired both cars on the first lap, ever

A crucial misjudgement?

The first safety car came almost immediately. Despite heavy rain falling and a wet track, the race started competitively rather than behind a safety car.

Verstappen, starting second, made a better start than Vettel did from pole, but both were out-done by Raikkonen, who moved to the inside and was soon edging ahead of the Red Bull.

Not knowing his team-mate was there, Vettel veered aggressively across the track to defend from Verstappen, leaving the Dutchman nowhere to go.

Verstappen tried to edge left to avoid Vettel, but he and Raikkonen touched, the Finn spun and collected his team-mate.

Raikkonen slid sideways down the track and hit Verstappen broadside at the first corner, the two careering into Fernando Alonso Alonso’s McLaren, which was briefly up to third place behind Hamilton and Ricciardo as he took his usual outside line at the first corner.

Alonso goes flying – an innocent victim in the first-corner madness

Alonso’s car was launched, and spun in mid-air, damaging his floor and side-pod and leading to his retirement after a few slow laps.

Vettel, who was in scintillating form in taking pole on Saturday, tried to continue, but his car was badly damaged, its front wing missing and fluid leaking from the rear.

This caught him out as he accelerated out of Turn Three, and he spun into the wall after losing grip on his car’s own fluids at Turn Four. He tried to continue but was told to retire before getting halfway around the first lap.

Reaction to the incident

All three men were called to the stewards to explain the incident and it is not yet clear whether any action will be taken.

Vettel said: “I didn’t see that much. I saw Max and then the next thing I see is Max and Kimi hitting me somewhere. It doesn’t change much. Obviously we are not in the race and can’t show the pace we have.”

Verstappen said: “I think mainly Sebastian started squeezing me. Maybe he did not see Kimi on the left but that is not an excuse. He shouldn’t take those risks.

“Lewis is leading the race and the three of us are out. I don’t think it was a racing incident. Three cars were taken out and I was in the middle not doing anything wrong. We will see what happens.”

Raikkonen said: “I don’t know, there is always different views and I could not do anything to avoid it.”

The race takes place at night under floodlights…
Floodlights which need to be extremely bright

A let down for Red Bull

The result will be a disappointment for Red Bull, Ricciardo having said before the race that he was confident of winning.

Instead, he found that whatever he threw at Hamilton, the Mercedes driver was able to more than answer and he had to settle for second.

Mercedes benefited doubly from the chaos at the start – Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who struggled for pace all weekend, finished third, strengthening the team’s stranglehold on the constructors’ championship.

There was some succour for Red Bull, their junior driver Carlos Sainz drove an excellent race to take fourth for Toro Rosso after being ninth on the first lap, moving ahead of Force India‘s Sergio Perez, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Force India‘s Esteban Ocon, who were all ahead of him on the first lap.

Sainz did benefit, however, from the retirement of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, who was running fourth when he hit reliability trouble on lap 38.

Sainz’s team-mate Daniil Kvyat was the cause of the second safety car when he crashed on lap 11 at Turn Seven, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson triggering the third when he spun out of Turn 12 and ended up facing the wrong way on the narrow Anderson Bridge.

Perez took fifth, Palmer the best result of his F1 career in sixth and Vandoorne seventh.

Singapore slick: that’s 60 career wins for Hamilton now

What they said

Race-winner Hamilton: “I want to congratulate my team, they did a fantastic job. We struggled yesterday and we had no idea what would happen today. We were fortunate with what happened with the Ferraris at the beginning but I could not be happier.

“I capitalised on the incident. Who would know what would happen? Daniel put up a really good fight today. I hoped I would get to race Sebastian at the beginning. Of course it is better the way it is.”

Ricciardo: “We didn’t have the Friday pace, little disappointed to miss out on a win but I am still grateful with another podium.

“I watched the chaos unfold in front of me. It was probably good that I had a bad start. It looked like three tried to go into one. I don’t know whose fault it was.”

Bottas: “The car was working better than expected and I was just waiting for opportunities. I struggled in the wet but in the dry it was pretty good. There are still plenty of races to come and plenty of opportunities. Sebastian Vettel is my next target.”

More to follow

How does Jack Nicholls prepare for the Singapore GP?

Thousands head to Saltaire for festival’s big closing weekend

THOUSANDS of revellers have been enjoying Saltaire Festival’s big closing weekend celebrations.

The crowds packed into Roberts Park to see live bands perform throughout the day today, as the weather mostly stayed sunny and dry with just the occasional light shower.

And across Saltaire village there were a wide variety of exhibitions, food markets, musical acts and arts events for visitors to enjoy.

This year‘s Saltaire Festival, which began on September 8, will come to a close tomorrow with another packed day of activities.

Live music will start in Roberts Park at noon, with the Backyard Burners, Kascarade, Howlin’ Jonny and the Devil’s Rejects, The Rockets and Eddie Earthquake and the Tremors on the bill.

There will be David Hockney Gallery tours at Salts Mill at 11am and 3pm, and the Saltaire Vintage Home and Fashion Fair will be back in Victoria Hall from 9.30am to 4pm.

Exhibition Road will once again host a continental street market from 9am to 5pm, and Caroline Social Club will be putting on live music from 1pm to 9pm.

George Harrison’s sitar to be auctioned

August 1972: Former Beatle George Harrison (1943 - 2001) with his wife, model Patti Boyd and sitar player Ravi Shankar (centre)Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Harrison (left) and Boyd (right) went to India so he could play the sitar under Ravi Shankar (middle)

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned in the United States.

The instrument, purchased from a shop on London‘s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.

The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison’s first wife, Patti Boyd.

Bidding for the sitar will begin on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327).

Harrison had discovered the sitar in 1965, on the set of the Beatles’ second film, Help.

His love affair with oriental mysticism first made itself known in Norwegian Wood, John Lennon’s tale of an extra-marital fling. Acoustic guitar and muted bass were augmented by the Indian instrument.

“We’d recorded the Norwegian Wood backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it,” Harrison was quoted as saying in The Beatles Anthologies.

“It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

Next year, Harrison gifted the sitar to George Drummond, a friend of Boyd, during the couple’s honeymoon in Barbados.

The Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood – the first Western rock band to use the sitar on a commercial recording – in October 1965, heralding a short lived “raga-rock” genre.

A year later, Harrison travelled to India to learn how to play the instrument under the renowned sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

In an interview with the BBC‘s Mark Tully in April 2000, Shankar said when he first heard Harrison playing the sitar in Norwegian Wood, he was not impressed.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said, “it sounded so strange. Just imagine some Indian villager trying to play the violin when you know what it should sound like.”

Harrison later agreed, saying the sitar on Norwegian Wood was “very rudimentary”.

“I didn’t know how to tune it properly, and it was a very cheap sitar to begin with. But that was the environment in the band, everybody was very open to bringing in new ideas.”

Image caption The sitar will be auctioned later this month

Arsenal game delayed by crowd trouble

Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal of the season for Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez scored a stunning goal as Arsenal came from behind to beat Cologne in a Europa League match delayed for an hour following crowd trouble.

Chilean Sanchez, who nearly left the club to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day, picked the ball up outside the area and curled a shot past keeper Timo Horn.

The game did not begin until 21:05 BST as thousands of visiting supporters arrived at the ground without tickets and then clashed with stewards inside the Emirates Stadium.

When the match did get under way, Cologne took the lead in spectacular fashion as Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.

Striker Olivier Giroud planted a header wide of goal from six yards for the much-changed home side, who were booed at the half-time whistle.

But substitute Sead Kolasinac equalised with a thumping volley before Sanchez struck, and Hector Bellerin then added the third from close range, as midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance for the club since August 2016.

In Group H’s other game, Red Star Belgrade drew 1-1 against BATE Borisov.

How FC Cologne fans (briefly) took over London

The importance of Alexis

Forward Sanchez scored 30 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season as they won the FA Cup.

But in August, he almost joined former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £60m, but the Gunners pulled out of the deal after failing to find a replacement.

Sanchez made his second start of the season in an impressive showing, capping his performance with a sublime effort in the second half – his first goal of the season against the Bundesliga’s bottom side.

He could have scored another two, but struck a free-kick straight at Horn and shanked wide from inside the area.

Forgotten man Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth before suffering a broken leg, came on for Alex Iwobi on 68 minutes, and the England international’s clever dummy was instrumental in the lead-up to Bellerin’s goal.

20,000 does not fit into 2,900

Cologne, like Arsenal, finished fifth in their domestic league last season, achieving European football for the first time in 25 years.

The Bundesliga club’s return to European competition, though, was one tainted by controversy.

There were indications on Thursday afternoon that problems may occur, with more than 20,000 fans arriving from Germany, despite the visitors receiving an allocation of 2,900 tickets.

Videos emerged on social media of the German side’s support briefly bringing parts of central London to a standstill as they threw bottles and let off flares while making their way to the ground.

The kick-off was then put back, after which skirmishes between fans and stewards took place, while many had entered the ground into the home end, climbing barriers to get into the away section.

A number of Arsenal fans inside texted BBC Football, with one supporter reporting that they felt “intimidated by the horrible, tense atmosphere”, another that they were “ashamed of Arsenal for not seeing the warning signs” and a third describing it as “the worst feeling at football in 40 years of watching”.

It remains to be seen whether Uefa charges are brought against one or both sides.

Thursday night fright

Jhon Cordoba (right) scored from around 40-yards out

Arsenal had finished in the Premier League‘s top four in each of Arsene Wenger’s 20 seasons in charge of the club until last term.

May’s fifth-place finish meant missing out of Europe‘s elite club competition and an entry into the secondary tier, where they have not played since 2000.

On that occasion, after finishing third in their Champions League group, they made it all the way to the Uefa Cup final before being beaten by Turkish side Galatasaray on penalties in Copenhagen.

French boss Wenger said finishing in the Premier League‘s top four was their best route of getting back into the Champions League and so he left out many of his first-team players for the game against Cologne, instead giving those on the fringes an opportunity.

But goalkeeper Ospina suffered a dreadful start, rushing off his line and failing to get distance on a clearance which fell to the feet of Leonardo Bittencourt, who laid it off to Cordoba.

The striker took a touch, spun and curled a sublime, long-range effort over the head of Ospina and into the net.

Petr Cech’s understudy made up for his error by saving well off Cordoba low down in the second half and collecting a vicious drive from Milos Jojic as his side turned the game around.

Man of the match – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Sanchez scored his first goal in the Europa League… and what a goal it was

No hierarchy in the squad – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BT Sport: “We had a slow start and there was accidental goal. After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game. From then. we controlled the game and won convincingly in the end.

“I think Sanchez is still running after his best form. He is a fantastic football player but physically he has just come back. But he has it in his locker to do something special, which he did.

“We want to do well in all the best competitions and I had an experienced team today, even though I made nine changes. They are all top-class players. There is no hierarchy in the squad.”

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin: “It is a new competition for us so we had to set the tone. We think we are one of the best teams in the competition so we have to show that on the pitch.

“I am very happy with the victory. We were ready to play at 20:05 BST but these things happen. We started a bit with cold feet but after that it just worked.”

What next?

Arsenal face London rivals and Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday (kick-off 13:30 BST), while Cologne will look to pick up their first points in the Bundesliga when they travel to Borussia Dortmund on the same day (kick-off 17:00 BST).

Classy Kolasinac – the stats

  • This was Arsenal’s first European match outside of the Champions League (including qualifiers) since May 2000 – 17 years and 120 days ago.
  • Cologne lost a competitive game that they were winning at half-time for the first time since December 2014 (1-2 v Augsburg).
  • Arsene Wenger has registered a win over 57 different clubs during his tenure as Arsenal manager (from 64 teams faced).
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored seven goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Arsenal.
  • Hector Bellerin scored his first European goal in his 16th appearance in European competition.
  • Sead Kolasinac has played a part in four goals (two goals, two assists) in five appearances for Arsenal (including Community Shield).
  • Kolasinac’s goal was the 200th scored at home in European competition under Wenger – 125 scored at the Emirates, 69 at Highbury and eight at Wembley.

SATs for seven-year-olds scrapped from 2023

Primary school childrenImage copyright PA

Controversial tests taken by England‘s seven-year-olds will be scrapped by 2023, but nine-year-olds will have to sit times table tests under new plans.

Announcing the end to compulsory SATs, the government said children would instead have a “baseline” check in reception year, aged four or five.

This would allow their progress to be tracked and would “free up” teachers, the education secretary said.

But times table tests for year four pupils will be introduced in 2019/20.

The Key Stage 1 tests in reading, writing, maths and science – used to monitor schools’ progress – have been compulsory for seven-year-olds in England with around 500,000 children taking them each year.

But they have proved controversial, with many teachers and parents opposed to putting young pupils through the tests.

Those who support the tests argue that they ensure schools are helping children grasp the basics and identify children who are struggling.

The government announced on Thursday that they would no longer be compulsory from 2023.

Instead there would be a baseline assessment of children’s abilities in their reception year, at the start of their schooling, which would then be used to measure their progress throughout the school. Children will still sit SATs at age 11.

Schools would also not be required to submit assessments of pupils’ reading and maths to the government aged 11 – because they were already being tested in year 6.

This would help “free up teachers to educate and inspire young children while holding schools to account in a proportionate and effective way,” Ms Greening said.

But times table tests – initially floated last year for pupils aged 11 – would be sat two years earlier in year four, from 2019/20 to help children’s “fluency in mathematics”.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the tests would be “a waste of valuable time, energy and money and should not be introduced”.

“The reception baseline assessment and multiplication tables check will be of no educational benefit to children and break a promise not to increase the assessment burden on primary schools.”

But Nick Brook of the school leaders’ union NAHT said the baseline assessments at reception were “absolutely the right thing to do” and, if designed properly, would provide useful information for schools while avoiding “unnecessary burdens on teachers or anxiety for young children”.