Official Poppy song won’t make BBC playlist
The Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal song, No Man’s Land, has not made it onto the official playlist for Radio 1 and Radio 2.
It was hoped the track, recorded by Joss Stone and guitar legend Jeff Beck, would make it to number one to raise money for wounded and disabled servicemen.
Executive producer of the record, Liam Maguire, told the Daily Mirror: “We respect the BBC’s choice not to support the track but we don’t necessarily agree with it.”
There have been claims BBC bosses couldn’t put the single on playlists as they had already decided to back the Children in Need track, God Only Knows.
However, a BBC spokesman said: “It’s preposterous to suggest the song hasn’t been playlisted because of the Children In Need single. The track was played twice on Remembrance Sunday.”
Social media blamed for confidence crisis in teenage girls
Only 33% of 15-year-old girls possess high self-esteem and have confidence, according to a study of 30,000 secondary school pupils.
The study by the Schools Health Education Unit, found “the way you look” was the most common concern for teenage girls, polling far above school work, family issues or money.
The study marked a significant drop in the number of young people who reported feeing confident about themselves.
After yearly rises from the early 1990s, confidence levels markedly dropped after 2007.
The study concluded that social media and cyber bullying are having a significant negative impact on teenagers’ wellbeing.
‘Only a matter of time’ before Marmorated stink bug hits Britain
A tiny bug which releases a putrid stench is expected to arrive in Britain in the near future.
Less than half an inch long, the Mamorated stink bug has reached plague proportions in the USA, where it has reportedly ruined over £23 million worth of American apple crops.
It has been seen throughout mainland Europe. Experts say it is ‘inevitable’ it will arrive in Britain.
The bugs are shaped like a shield and produce an odour of rotting garbage. They are native to China, Japan and Taiwan.