Another skeleton in the closet is national-populists’ disparagement of science. The coronavirus emergency confronts us with a threat that is best understood and measured through the lens of science. Epidemiologists and virologists have acquired media prominence and the public has been diligently following their recommendations. It is not clear whether this will lead to greater public trust in science and an erosion of the anti-science attitudes that national populist leaders have toyed with. However, it can be expected that citizens will take more heed of the risks flagged by scientists, including the climate emergency, which is also bound to exacerbate the spread of diseases. … [Read more...] about Adapt or die: how the populist right is reacting to coronavirus
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Noah, 53, won 23 singles titles and 16 doubles titles during a career in which he rose to No3 in the world singles ranking and No1 in the doubles ranking. He has since founded a charity for underprivileged children and is the father of Joakim Noah who plays for the NBA Chicago Bulls. … [Read more...] about Yannick Noah enlists other French celebrities to release anti far right song
Today, our questions are from National Trust for Scotland. With industrial buildings, castles, mansions and cottages, the collections range from fine and decorative art to furniture, books and associated archives. NTS collections can be found in more than 50 properties and provide a view into the lives of people across Scotland. The collection cares for around 300,000 objects and has a painting collection of international significance. … [Read more...] about The great British art quiz: set by the National Trust for Scotland
La Grande Vadrouille (France) Gérard Oury’s 1966 wartime comedy was France’s undisputed domestic box-office champ for more than 40 years until 2008. Reminiscent of ’Allo ’Allo!, it paired up comedy institution Louis de Funès and the singer Bourvil as plucky Parisians helping out a squadron of stranded British airmen, led by none other than Terry-Thomas. But the reconciliation work was really for the benefit of French audiences: a rare mirthful treatment of France’s second world war, with the protagonists heading for the Vichy border, it steadfastly blanks the agonies of collaboration in favour of rampant farce rooted in gastronomy (flyboys hiding in wine barrels) and petty class differences (De Funès is a snooty conductor, Bourvil a house-painter). The magnificent final escape in gliders over Lozère’s belle campagne glosses over the vicious resistance hunts that took place on the ground, which is part of the reason, along with De … [Read more...] about From The Great Escape to Sholay: what makes a film a national favourite?
Are you sure? It sounds as if it could be the perfect replacement for The Bill. I'd like James Bolam to star. I don't know why. It's the group set up by the Cabinet Office to change the way people act economically and socially. Actually, it's officially called the Behavioural Insight Team. … [Read more...] about Pass notes No 2,890: The Nudge Unit