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Monday 11 December 2017

Cleese's women issue

Comedian John Cleese, inset, has suggested his difficult relationship with his "tyrant" late mother was to blame for his years of therapy and problems with women.

The Monty Python star, who married his fourth wife Jennifer Wade in 2012, said his mother Muriel had "utterly egotistical impulses" and he lacked any affection for her during his childhood.

He said: "It is said you shouldn't speak ill of the dead but it seems to me an ideal opportunity. I don't want to get too dark and depressing but she was emotionally difficult." In an extract of his new autobiography, So, Anyway, he wrote: "It cannot be a coincidence that I spent such a large part of my life in some form of therapy and that the vast majority of the problems I was dealing with involved women". Brave Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham has chosen to end chemotherapy treatment within weeks, allowing her to die after spending one more Christmas with her family.

The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mum in the Oxo TV adverts, has been battling colon cancer, which spread to the lungs and liver, since being diagnosed last year.

Pitch battle ends game

A football match was called off following an alleged incident involving a pitchfork.

The game between Staines Lammas FC and Chessington & Hook FC was stopped by the referee after 27 minutes and the fixture was abandoned. A Surrey FA spokesman said: "The county FA is aware of the incident and is investigating the matter."

Road to sainthood

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid to witness the beatification of an early leader of the organisation Opus Dei. At a large outdoor mass, Cardinal Angelo Amato began the process that will confirm Alvaro del Portillo as a saint. Del Portillo succeeded Opus Dei's founder.

Thai police stumped

Thai police investigating the murder of two British tourists said that they were no closer to an arrest as frustration grows over the lack of a breakthrough. The bodies of Hanna Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on September 15 on Koh Tao island, which is popular with divers.

Irish Independent

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