Where are the Anthropologists when you need them?
Right, let's be very clear. I'm not suggesting that Moslems share any more characteristics with Apes than I do, which is to say 99.whatever percent of our DNA. But I'm confused by two contrasting press stories.
The first was in yesterday's Sunday Times headed 'Don't stare at Moslems' and quoted teaching advice as recommending 'staring or looking is a form of discrimination as it makes the other person feel uncomfortable, or as though they are not normal'.
The second is in this morning's Telegraph headed 'Don't stare at the Apes' and quotes an Antwerp zoo spokesman: "We are saying to visitors that, if our apes hold eye contact with them, then they should look away for a bit or take a step back. Our evidence shows that chimpanzees and other apes who have a lot of contact with visitors apparently tend to isolate themselves from their companions over the course of time."