The Church said Sony did not ask for permission to use the cathedral and has demanded an apology and the removal of the game from shop shelves – otherwise it would consider legal action.
Sony, however, said the game was not based on reality. David Wilson, a Sony spokesman, told The Times newspaper: “It is game-created footage, it is not video or photography. It is entertainment, like Doctor Who or any other science fiction. It is not based on reality at all. Throughout the whole process we have sought permission where necessary.”
It will be interesting to see how this one pans out.
Time Magazine has an interesting photo essay from the book Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel. It shows what various families around the world eat in an average week.
The US Congress ordered this study which spent time with 2000 children aged 11 and 12, some in big cities, and some in rural communities. The researchers also looked at the behaviour of their peers from the same communities who did not attend the classes. The findings show that those who attended first had sex at about the same age as their peers – at 14 years and nine months.
Both theNCH and Chance UK are calling for men to come forward and mentor boys aged five to 11. The NCH’s chief executive, Clare Tickell, said: “Many children, especially boys, are desperately in need of a male mentor, which is why we urgently need men to come forward despite any fears they may have about public perception. We work hard to ensure volunteers are checked by the police, trained and monitored, which we hope encourages men to come forward and helps assuage the public’s concern.”
Jo Hobbs, development manager at Chance UK, said: “Male volunteers are more difficult to recruit, yet positive male role models can make a huge difference to the lives of challenging children and young people.”