TOTTENHAM VS NORWICH CITYTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANENORWICH (4-2-3-1)JEROME, BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND, TETTEY, O’NEIL, OLSSON, BASSONG, BENNETT, MARTIN, RUDDTottenham are thriving after winning 2-0 at Southampton last Saturday. The three points elevated Spurs to fourth place, nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City.They owe their good run to a sequence of just two defeats in 17 games; only Leicester have suffered fewer losses (just one, against Arsenal).Away from home, Tottenham are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, but they lost their last home game, against Newcastle, and will be determined to keep the pressure on the leaders, with two away games to follow this, at Watford and Everton.Norwich got a much-needed boost last weekend with a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United, where the Canaries became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001.It was only Norwich’s second win away this season and fourth of the season, and it allowed the Canaries to move out of the relegation zone.Tottenham have not lost a Boxing Day game since 2003, at Portsmouth. Since then they have played 11 games, winning eight and drawing three.Last season they won 2-1 at Leicester where Harry Kane scored the opener in the first minute.At Southampton, Kane scored his 11th goal of the season in what was his 100th game for Spurs.Norwich have a reasonable record at White Hart Lane, winning two and drawing two of seven visits in the Premier League.Tottenham miss Clinton N’Jie and test Ryan Mason and Danny Rose. Norwich, meanwhile, are wait on Andre Wisdom and Matt Jarvis.
Dear Editor,This current APNU/AFC caretaker Administration continued road projects which the PPP started but they have blundered quite dangerously in the construction of several critical bridge infrastructures. Multi-lane roadways are being funnelled onto narrow/reduced lane bridges creating bottlenecks and all manner of dangers to road-users. On the lower East Coast alone, there are two stretches of roads, three lanes westbound near Starlight Drive-In and approaching Better Hope which channel into narrow two-lane bridges. In both cases, the inside land ends abruptly either in the trench or into the bridge shoulder. Just last week a car drove into the trench at Better Hope. This is the second accident in a month at that same spot. Needless to say, there are no warning signs.A similar situation is developing at Sheriff Street where four lanes will be constructed. However, these four lanes will converge into that narrow bridge currently being built on Dennis Street. It is not as if they are trying to incorporate the old infrastructure, these bridges are now being built or were recently constructed. And it is not as if the ending inside lane can be used as pavement or for cyclists, the width of the bridge will not permit it.In other areas I have observed the roads being made narrow, deliberately it would seem, to accommodate an extra-wide median when the situation should be the other way round. At the same time, access to entire villages has been blocked off when that challenge could have been resolved by adjusting the width of the median, as it is done in North America, to allow for turning traffic.Then there is that stretch heading west again approaching Mon Repos market. That road is nice and three lanes wide but two lanes end abruptly at the market. The drive into the city from the East Coast is quickly becoming an obstacle course. I fear for the accidents that will happen and, of course, the prohibitive cost and inconvenience of the remedial works. The respective contractors, the subject Minister and the entire Government for that matter need to have their heads examined. If this Government is unable to see what are obvious flaws, can they be inspired to fix them?Sincerely,Ravi Ram
Ballimaran street in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a squalid, narrow lane only wide enough for a small car. Yet, a seamless traffic of men, beasts and old, rickety rickshaws push through it every day. Groaning grey tenements and matchbox sized hardware shops, some over a hundred years old, line the,Ballimaran street in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a squalid, narrow lane only wide enough for a small car. Yet, a seamless traffic of men, beasts and old, rickety rickshaws push through it every day. Groaning grey tenements and matchbox sized hardware shops, some over a hundred years old, line the dirt road on either side. The only relief is Babu Ram Churiwala’s bangle shop. You won’t miss it even if you wink.It’s a colour riot. All the hues of the rainbow spill over on to the grey street from the little shop, no more than 4 ft wide. And Babu Ram, 47, portly, balding and pear-shaped as he squats on his linen seat in a corner, occupies most of it. In his spotless white kurta, he looks the stereotype prosperous shopkeeper.Ram’s treasures are all up on the walls, thousands of them glistening in glass enclosures running on all sides. A ceiling made of broken glass bits mirrors the colourful excess beneath. Along one wall, there’s space for a small wooden bench for “visitors”. That’s what Ram calls them. Not customers, but “visitors who keep coming back”. And this is what separates Ram from the thousands of other bangle-sellers in India.His visitors are kings, queens and sundry celebrities. “I even made bangles for Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter when she got married,” says Ram, quickly wondering if he should have divulged this bit of information.Some like Julia Thompson, an anthropology student from Massachusetts, US, make it a point to call on Ram every time they’re in India. “This little shop has all the colours of India,” she says. Ram stuffs a whole box of acrylic bangles into her palm as she prepares to leave. “It’s a gift,” he insists.advertisementRam gets an unending stream of visitors. People who drop by just to say hello, and women who brave the bulging rickshaws and the lustful looks of the men on the street just to take a peek at his latest wares. “Some of them have been coming to me for generations. They are like family now,” says Ram, whose great grandfather set up the shop four generations ago. In those days, gloats Ram, their clientele included the Mughals.He recalls accompanying his father on bullock carts across waterways and channels to the homes of royal families in Delhi and Jaipur. “My father even made bangles for Indira Gandhi when she was a girl, and Queen Victoria when she came to India. I too have celebrity regulars,” he says. Ram even loads bangles in sacks and makes house calls if there’s a special request. He does this when he makes bangles to order, especially for weddings, matching them with the colour and embroidery of the bride’s trousseau.Ram’s fame has spread far from his little shop. He gets orders from the US and Europe. He has even been invited to attend Indian festivals in Paris and Los Angeles. Unlike others of his tribe, Ram’s speciality is that he designs and crafts the bangles himself. Every day, his wife, three daughters and son crowd into a room in his ancestral house in Old Delhi and make bangles. There are remnants of some of his father’s masterpieces too bangles that could well be over 150 years old but are “too old-fashioned to sell now”.”Churis are back in vogue,” says Ram. “In the West, it has been a craze ever since Madonna started sporting bangles and bindis. Today’s teenager does not mind wearing it with her denim jeans.” He thinks it is necessary to give his bangles nicknames and constantly innovate to keep customers happy. Some of them are named after Hindi films: Chandni, Yaadein, Lagaan, Souten, the list goes on. One glass case is even named Crorepati.The range is not just cut glass and plastic though. Pastel-coloured acrylic bangles – the craze now, says Ram – come encrusted with dazzling Swarovski crystals. A four piece set comes for Rs 100. He even has “blood sugar bangles” bearing stones with magnetic properties and meant to be worn against the pulse.Ram’s designs are new: the more expensive “bridal bangles” come with elaborate kundan, zardosi, meenakari and lac work, with rates ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 1,500. “I don’t want to make money cheating my customers,” he insists. “Bangle making is an art and I want to keep it from dying.”With such business practices, Ram ensures there’s always a rainbow over a grubby street in Old Delhi.