An increase in alcohol prices is partly responsible for a reduction in binge drinking and serious violence for the fifth consecutive year, a study has claimed. The number of people injured in incidents of serious violence dropped by 12 per cent between 2012 and 2013, with 32,000 fewer people treated for injuries related to violence in England and Wales, a Cardiff University report found. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows mostly middle-aged people enjoying a quiet drink outside a country pub called "The Cuddly Teddy". Everyone is smiling and the atmosphere seems really friendly.
The joke comes from the name of the pub and its sign, which suggest something more suitable for children — far removed from the violence which is often associated with pubs.
Cuddly means endearing and pleasant to cuddle (= hold close in one’s arms as a way of showing love or affection). The word cuddly is often used to describe toys, especially models of animals, that are padded or spongy and covered in soft fabric. • UK educators say “classroom cuddly toys” are causing stress and competitive parenting.