Archive for January 23rd, 2005

P&O and the Aurora

I would suggest that most of our readers have heard about the ill-fated Aurora and the luxury cruise that didn’t get further than the Isle of Wight?

P&O Aurora – a P&O photo

A P&O spokesman said that the 1,347 passengers had made their way through 12,843 complimentary bottles of beer, 12,626 bottles of wine, 1,246 bottles of spirits and 9,800 cocktails.

That is approximately 10 bottles of beer, 10 bottles of wine per person, a bottle of spirits each and 7 cocktails. Not so much when you then divide it between eleven days. That is under 1 bottle of beer, under a bottle of wine, three shots of spirits and three-quarters of a cocktail per day!

Presuming of course that everyone drank the same amount.

Now, if I were aboard for the eleven days, totals would have soared.

Nothing is clear at present but it sounds like everyone will get a complete refund and a large discount off a further cruise – presupposing that people will trust P&O to take advantage of a further cruise with them.

I wonder whether P&O will be able to claim against the original German shipbuilders who built the bloody boat in the first place. We used to have a damn good ship-building industry so, apart from the constant battles with the Unions and costly strikes, why did customers start switching their business overseas?


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The lady’s not for map-reading

The following appeared in the Saturday Mail this weekend.

MEN frequently despair at women’s map-reading skills – or rather their lack of them. Now scientists believe they have pinpointed the reason for these long-standing conflicts between the sexes.

Researchers say it is all down to differences in the reliance of the sexes on either grey matter or white matter in their brains to solve problems.

They found that in intelligence tests men use 6.5 times as much grey matter as women do – but women use far more white matter. Grey matter is a category of brain tissue crucial to processing information and plays a vital role in aiding skills such as mathematics, map-reading and intellectual thought. White matter connects the brain’s processing centres and is central to emotional thinking use of language and the ability to do more than one thing at once.

Professor Rex Jung, a co-author of the study at the University of New Mexico, said: ‘This may help explain why men tend to excel in tasks requiring more local processing, like mathematics and map-reading, while women tend to excel at integrating information from various brain regions, such as is required for language skills.

The article went on for a bit longer, but this was the gist of the matter. And I wouldn’t want to make too big an enemy of the woman’s movement.

It’s either left or right at the junction – or is it straight ahead?

If this is true, then it explains the only real rows my wife and I have had, during our twenty-eight years of marriage have been in the car – and if we had known about this, I wouldn’t have called her all those awful names!

But really! Did I used to be upset! I just couldn’t believe that my little darling, my sweet little darling, couldn’t read a bloody simple stupid map and give me sensible bloody simple directions! Sorry Dear!

I wonder how many divorces have been caused by man’s total misunderstanding of this phenomena?


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