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Why silence is golden on the UK music charts Add to ...

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We remember: If you won't make it to a Remembrance Day service this morning, there's another way to guarantee you take two-minutes of silence.

A song released by the Royal British Legion has broken into the Top 20 singles charts in the UK. And it's just that: two minutes of silence.

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"Rather than a song, we felt the UK public would recognize the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance," Chris Simpkins, director general of the Royal British Legion told the Guardian.

The Legion is hoping to get the single to the number one spot. The 'song', called 2 Minutes Silence, can be purchased on iTunes.

Feeling out of it? Employees who show up at work sick but get little accomplished has been estimated to cost employees more than three times as much in lost productivity than workers who call in sick and stay home.

Called "presenteeism," researchers are now suggesting that the true cost to productivity due to health conditions such as asthma, back pain, allergies and depression, may have been underestimated, and better tools for measuring its toll need to be developed.

Shock on the shelf: After taking an initial stance in defence of free speech, Amazon appears to have finally yanked a book about pedophilia from its website, after being overwhelmed by complaints from shocked customers.

The self-published book, called "The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure: A child lover's code of conduct" was written by a Colorado man, because, he told CNN, he believes that pedophiles are unfairly portrayed by the media.

So Amazon decided its free speech defence paled beside the risk of alienating the many parents and grandparents about to start their Christmas shopping. A decision they might have made, on the reasonable grounds of protecting chldren, in the first place.

What do you think? Is there a corporate responsbility to display good taste? Or is this a case of censoring free speech? Share your thoughts in the comment field below.









 

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