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YouGov survey: British sarcasm ‘lost on Americans’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “With the greatest respect…” Britons like to think they have a “special relationship” with the US, based on a common language and cultural, historical and political ties. But, according to one of the UK’s most respected polling companies, there’s one chasm the English language can’t always bridge – the British love of passive-aggressive statements. In the words of YouGov, “half of Americans wouldn’t be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot”. YouGov showed a number of common British phrases, including…

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Most shoppers mistrust influencers, says survey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeffree Star is one of the top social media influencers in the beauty industry Most shoppers do not trust social media influencers, a survey has indicated. In the research for BBC Radio 4, 82% of people who took part said it was not always clear when an influencer had been paid to promote a product. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched new guidelines to help influencers stick to the rules. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is also looking at whether social media…

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One in three children ‘not active enough’, finds sport survey

Image copyright Getty Images One in three children in England does fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day – half the amount recommended by government guidelines, a report by Sport England suggests. Girls are less likely to be as active as boys, with 13 to 16-year-olds the least active age group. The online survey of 130,000 five to 16-year-olds found children from poorer families did least exercise. Sports Minister Mims Davies said the figures were “simply unacceptable”. “We know that an active child is a happier child and…

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Survey reveals ‘alarming’ attitudes of Britons on rape

Image copyright Getty Images An “alarming” proportion of adults in Great Britain remain confused about what constitutes rape, campaigners say. A third of people surveyed for the End Violence Against Women coalition said there had to be physical violence for it to be a rape. A third of males and 21% of females said it would not usually be considered rape if a woman had flirted on a date. EVAW said the responses of the 3,922 people surveyed shows that “myths about rape are still very common”. The law is…

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LGBT: Survey shows greater desire to challenge anti-LGBT language at sports events

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper wears a rainbow armband as part of the EFL’s campaign More than half of British people think it is important that anti-LGBT language is challenged at sporting events, but only a quarter are willing to do it. The survey of more than 1,000 adults by LGBT charity Stonewall concluded that there was a group of “hesitant allies” who want to make sport more inclusive. Kick it Out figures said reports of homophobic or transphobic abuse in football had risen over the last year. Stonewall said: “Sport…

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Low pay and high stress: Survey lifts lid on life as a struggling performer

Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Actors can find the jobs are few and far between Almost two-thirds of performers (63%) earned less than £5,000 from their profession in the last year, a survey suggests. That’s an improvement on the 77% figure from a similar 2014 survey of actors, musicians and dancers by recruitment firm The Mandy Network. But the latest survey found that half of the 3,000 members who responded took on unpaid roles every year. And 60% had to take second jobs outside entertainment to make ends meet. One…

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Stress damages many people’s sex life – survey

Image copyright Science Photo Library The stress of modern living is taking a toll on people’s sex lives, a psychosexual therapist has said. A BBC Radio 5 Live online survey questioned 2,066 UK adults about their attitudes to sex and relationships. Stress was rated as a problem in the bedroom by more people than any other factor (45%). Relate therapist Ellen Brady said: “We’re seeing an awful lot of clients with anxiety issues – anxiety and sex just doesn’t sit together at all.” Other factors highlighted by respondents as having…

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U.S. sports leagues could see $4.2 billion annually from legal betting: survey

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The four major U.S. professional sports leagues could reap a combined $4.2 billion annually as a result of legal sports betting, most of it indirectly from increased fan engagement, according to a casino industry survey released on Thursday. Gamblers place bets on sports at Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill, shortly after the opening of the first day of legal betting on sports in Oceanport, New Jersey, U.S., June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar The National Football League stands to make the most, with a projected…

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The peculiar history of the Ordnance Survey

Image copyright Ordnance Survey It’s midway through October, so before the days get too short to make it worthwhile, why not grab your compass and hiking boots, shrug on your waterproof and take to the hills. Chances are, if you’re a regular walker, you will stride out safe in the knowledge that an Ordnance Survey map secreted about your person means you’ll know exactly where and when you got lost. The history of the organisation known as OS is not merely that of a group of earnest blokes with a…

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F1 fan survey ranks Silverstone top, Canada bottom so far

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) – The British Grand Prix at Silverstone, whose future is at risk after 2019, has drawn the top rating in an online fan survey of the first half of the Formula One season while Canada came last. Motorcycling – MotoGP – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – August 26, 2018 General view of the safety car driving around the circuit before the start of the race REUTERS/Darren Staples The ‘Attitudes to F1’ survey carried out by Formula One through the F1fanvoice.com website, and made…

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