David Cameron was accused of causing racial offence by posing with blacked-up Morris dancers, though it was pointed out that the tradition dates from 16th-century jobless labourers covering their faces with soot. Other Morris dancer controversies:
— In 2011 the Slubbing Billys were thrown out of a pub in Durham for breaking a rule against music. They weren’t dancing, just drinking, but had bells on their trousers.
— In 2013 officials from Lancashire County Council accused the Britannia Coconut Dancers of breaching health and safety rules when their dance strayed onto the road.
Forget me, forget me not?
Where have people been most successful at persuading Google to remove links they claim infringe their ‘right to be forgotten’?
The UK is roughly halfway down the list, with 35% of its 18,597 requests successful.
FTSE100 directors earn 120 times that of their average employee, up from 47 times in 2000. How does income inequality compare worldwide, with income of the richest 10% as a multiple of that of the poorest 10%?
The Danish minister for agriculture announced that the country is to ban bestiality. Some countries have legalised bestiality through the repeal of sodomy laws. The current situation:
Legal Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Romania, Thailand and 11 US states including Texas and Ohio.
Subject to fines Germany (max. €30,000)
Subject to imprisonment Most other countries, varying from a year in the Netherlands, two years in France and the UK, to life imprisonment in Ireland.
Subject to death penalty Iran, but only on conviction for fourth offence.