Faces of the week
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.