Faces of the week

The Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

Melvyn Bragg called the de­cline in young peo­ple read­ing the Bi­ble “dis­grace­ful”. The athe­ist broad­caster said to­day’s chil­dren are be­ing “de­prived” of the “depth of lan­guage” of­fered by the holy book. “They say it’s too com­pli­cated, what are they talk­ing about?” he said, adding Shake­speare is taught in schools and those who think the Bi­ble too hard are “wimps”. Spare a thought for the poor pheas­ant af­ter it was this week re­vealed to be the bird species most likely to be run over on UK roads. Ac­cord­ing to re­search in the Royal So­ci­ety Open Science jour­nal, the game bird is 12 times more likely to be killed on the road than any other. The study sug­gests this is partly due to the rise in pheas­ants be­ing bred for shoot­ing in the past 50 years. The mu­sic world was stunned this week by the shock pass­ing of mu­sic leg­end Tom

Petty. Best known as the front­man of Tom Petty And The Heart­break­ers, his hits in­cluded Amer­i­can Girl, Break­down, Free Fallin’, Learn­ing To Fly and Refugee. “It’s shock­ing, crush­ing news,” said Bob Dy­lan of the un­timely pass­ing.

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