Olympics Logo, Graves Stir Controversy in Britain
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And sticking with things British, a few items in the news this week that caught our eye. First up: Muhammad is now the second most popular name for little boys in Britain - only Jack is used more often. Thomas and Joshua ranked third and fourth. The popularity of Muhammad reflects the increasing Muslim demographics in England. And if the trend continues according to the analysis by the Times of London, Muhammad could soon rank number one.
Also this week, the British government announced that in addition to double-decker buses, they will allow double-decker graves. With overcrowding in cemeteries, a new procedure has been put in place where old remains will be exhumed, with grave deepened and the body reburied, leaving room for an upstairs neighbor.
And, finally, the logo for the 2012 London Olympics was unveiled this week and the reaction was, perhaps, not quite what the British Olympic committee was seeking. The fragmented design provoked epileptic seizures, according to one group. Others suggested it looked like a stylized swastika, one newspaper columnist wrote. Olympic organizers say it will grow on us, but so does foot fungus.
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