Car-share ogres could come in handy
Nuts and Bolts got back on the road again this week, when we were sent two lengthy emails with top 10 suggestions. The first detailed the worst types of people you might have to share a car with on your journey to work.
Car sharing apparently has become a growing trend, and was of course featured in Peter Kay’s sitcom.
But what would you do if you’re stuck with a passenger from hell? Apparently some of those to avoid include the chatterbox, asking you questions while you need to concentrate, and the pop star, who knows the words of every song on the radio.
The list also includes the usual suspects like the human satnav who seems to know the directions to everywhere, the smelly one, and the one who looks a little peaky.
Sadly it didn’t offer any advice on how to cope with these types of people.
Meanwhile there was an email, sent by the same folks from London PR, giving the top 10 tips for new van drivers.
It includes knowing the dimensions of the van, checking tyre pressures, knowing the right route, and taking care when overtaking.
Perhaps the van driver shown in the footage overtaking the binmen in South Ashford would have done well to take note. Or maybe van drivers could do with sharing their vehicle with the human satnavs to make sure they don’t get lost.
Other emails this week concerned the ever changing world of new technology. According to surveys, half of people say that technology fails them every week. Perhaps that’s just another sign that we ought to use the human satnav.
A chief test engineer said: “For all the awe-inspiring developments, people still seem to have concerns about the reliability of the technology we use in our lives. The pressure to release new technologies can sometimes come at a cost to reliability.
“The problem with this is that more and more technologies are becoming critical to our day-to-day lives, impacting on things like safety and security, and the consequences of getting these things wrong can be catastrophic.”
At the KM we are about to switch over to new software to produce the weekly newspapers and while it will impact on our day-to-day work, we’re sure it won’t be “catastrophic”. What sounds more catastrophic to us was the news that nearly half of Brits admit to using the phone on the toilet.
It might explain why some members of staff make regular visits to the loo, as they are there to check work emails, social media and check to make sure that it’s not just their finances that are going down the pan.
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