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What’s trending on Twitter in the UK today?  A British comedian who loves to offend and the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day.

Jim Davidson

Controversial British comedian Jim Davidson, whose jokes are frequently viewed as sexist and racist, is starring in a play he wrote about … a controversial comedian, whose jokes are frequently viewed as sexist and racist.  The public is sharply divided over Davidson; an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, he was also selected as #20 on Channel 4’s list of 100 Worst Britons. In his current play, Stand Up and Be Counted, he plays a bigoted comedian scheduled to play an AIDS benefit.

Davidson also attracted attention a few days ago when the Sun reported that he called 83-year-old Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth a “miserable old b*****d.” According to the tabloid, Davidson said, “He’s hanging on. No one really wants Bruce on there, do they? … But they have him there so they can say, ‘How dare you say we’re ageist?'” But the reason he’s trending today is probably the interview he gave to BBC Radio’s The Daily Bacon.

@spen_c: Jim Davidson – just on the radio. Dammit. Thought he might at least been run over or something. Better luck next time.

@Tom_S_1979: jim davidson is a true legend, if people don’t like him or are offended stop the feck watching, listening reading etc

@charlessaatchi: Jim Davidson is a riddle, wrapped inside an enigma, wrapped inside a knobhead

International Women’s Day

“Much has changed in the 100 years since one million women took to Europe’s streets for the first International Women’s Day (IWD),” writes Carolyn Davies in the Guardian. But amidst all the centennial celebrations, she adds, “One thing was clear: much still has to change.” Among the more than 400 events marking the day in Britain were: a march across London’s Millennium Bridge, led by Annie Lennox, Bianca Jagger and Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of British suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

@OfficiallyGT:‎ A woman’s work is never done. Not even on International Women’s Day. I can’t help feeling i should be getting the day off not still working!

@CarolineLucas:‎ Happy 100th International Womens Day to all! Globally women do 66% work, earn 10% income & own 1% property – still much to be done.

@crazymurdav‎: So if today’s international women’s day, is it just “men’s day” the other 364 days of the year?

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By Paul Hechinger