It is the argument that has divided the nation for even longer than Brexit. But a new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerged those in the South West and South East are most conflicted. In the South West 45 per cent of people say it should rhyme with 'gone', but 52 per cent think it should rhyme with 'bone'. A new debate has erupted over the way Britons pronounce scone, as it emerges those in the South West and South East are most conflicted RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Prepare for a wet commute: Rain bomb sweeps Sydney drenching... A snag for a good cause! Bunnings raises tens of thousands... Share this article Share Those in the South East are also split, but it is marginally the other way as 51 per cent go with the 'gone' rhyme, compared to 45 per cent with 'bone', according to The Midland Hotel study. Cream on jam or jam on cream? Chef Tom Kerridge waded into the jam/cream debate Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge … [Read more...] about The great scone debate spreads across a nation hopelessly divided between those who pronounce it like gone versus those who prefer bone
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For an influential group of advanced thinkers, violence is a type of backwardness. In the most modern parts of the world, these thinkers tell us, war has practically disappeared. The world’s great powers are neither internally divided nor inclined to go to war with one another, and with the spread of democracy, the increase of wealth and the diffusion of enlightened values these states preside over an era of improvement the like of which has never been known. For those who lived through it, the last century may have seemed peculiarly violent, but that, it is argued, is mere subjective experience and not much more than anecdote. Scientifically assessed, the number of those killed in violent conflicts was steadily dropping. The numbers are still falling, and there is reason to think they will fall further. A shift is under way, not strictly inevitable but enormously powerful. After millennia of slaughter, humankind is entering the Long Peace. This has proved to be a popular … [Read more...] about John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war
In a speech last night at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen attacked Facebook and other social media platforms for enabling the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation. The speech was striking in its sincerity – Baron Cohen appeared as himself, rather than “in character” as one of his satirical personas – and its blistering tone. Describing Facebook as “the greatest propaganda machine in history”, Baron Cohen argued that the company, which does not vet political ads for truthfulness, would have allowed Hitler to run propaganda on its platform. Here is the full transcript, from his prepared remarks: Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry. And to be clear, when I say “racism, hate and bigotry” I’m not referring to the names of Stephen Miller’s Labradoodles. Now, I realize that some of you may be thinking, what the hell is a comedian … [Read more...] about Read Sacha Baron Cohen’s scathing attack on Facebook in full: ‘greatest propaganda machine in history’
Nigel Farage is facing strong criticism from Jewish organisations and a series of other groups after it emerged he repeatedly took part in interviews with a far-right US talkshow host, during which the Brexit party leader openly discussed conspiracy theories, some of which have been linked to antisemitism. A Guardian investigation has found Farage has appeared at least six times on the show of Alex Jones, who was sued by bereaved parents after claiming a US school shooting was faked, and was banned permanently from Facebook last week. Among those expressing alarm at the spread of conspiracy theories is a father whose six-year-old son died in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, and a man whose son died in the London bombings on 7 July 2005, which Jones has claimed were a government plot. Farage, who led Ukip for many years, quit the party last year because he said he disliked its hard-right, anti-Islam stance under Gerard Batten. However, the website that Jones fronts, Infowars, … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage under fire over ‘antisemitic tropes’ on far-right US talkshow
By the end of last year, anyone who had been paying even passing attention to the news headlines was highly likely to conclude that everything was terrible, and that the only attitude that made sense was one of profound pessimism – tempered, perhaps, by cynical humour, on the principle that if the world is going to hell in a handbasket, one may as well try to enjoy the ride. Naturally, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump loomed largest for many. But you didn’t need to be a remainer or a critic of Trump’s to feel depressed by the carnage in Syria; by the deaths of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean; by North Korean missile tests, the spread of the zika virus, or terror attacks in Nice, Belgium, Florida, Pakistan and elsewhere – nor by the spectre of catastrophic climate change, lurking behind everything else. (And all that’s before even considering the string of deaths of beloved celebrities that seemed like a calculated attempt, on 2016’s … [Read more...] about Is the world really better than ever?