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Pity that Indian society does not favour women in most other walks of life………witness the recent rapes of female students.

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Indian airline GoAir to hire female-only cabin crew in bid to cut fuel bill

Low-cost airline says move could save £330,000 a year because women are 20kg lighter on average than men

Cabin crew outside Delhi airport
Cabin crew outside Delhi airport, India. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
Budget airlines are constantly on the lookout for ways to cut their fuel bills and India’s GoAir is no different.Its latest idea is to hire female-only cabin crew, refusing applications from their heavier male counterparts in a bid to limit fuel burn.The low-cost airline has calculated that the move will save up to 30m rupees (£330,000) a year, because women 20kg lighter on average.
Around 130, or 40%, of GoAir’s existing crew members are male, and they will keep their jobs. But men will miss out in the future, as the airline presses ahead with ambitious expansion plans for 80 new aircraft by 2020 and around 2,000 cabin…

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Women better at Parking Cars?

Yes, according to a recent study by NCP car parks.

This might be a bit much for men to swallow but NCP hired a TV driving instructor to examine a month of CCTV footage of 2,500 drivers. He looked at accuracy and time taken amongst other things. When he’d finishes he found, to his surprise, that women scored 13.4 out of 20 against an average of 12.3 for men.

He was surprised because he says in his experience “men have always been the best learners and performed better in lessons”.

That is backed up by driving test results which I posted about last year.

The study found that women tended to take the first available space in car parks, parked in reverse (the recommended method) more often than men, but took 30% longer to park, probably because they shuffled the car around before they switched off the engine.

First, in fairness to men, this study was NOT about parallel parking which women find more difficult than men. (And I make no excuses for re-posting this example of a woman driver’s attempts to park. Pity it wasn’t on the NCP CCTV).

Secondly it takes no account of other factors which I think men do consider. For example do you want to go into that first parking space when you realise you’ll be parked next to an old banger or a car which has already had a collision? Do you want to park next to the dumping space for trolleys and risk a runaway trolley hitting your car? Do you want to park somewhere you might have to queue to get out?

IMG_0070 - Version 3Finally the study didn’t take account of how long it took women to get out of a car parking space. What do women do when they return to their cars? They unload the trolley and put it way, that’s fine. Then they sit in the driving seat for ages before pulling out to let you in.

Are they keeping you waiting for the fun of it? Are they checking the contents of their handbag? Phoning their other halves or best friends to tell them of the bargain they’ve just bought? Switching off their mobile phones or transferring to hands-free (as if!)? Touching up their make-up?

All I’m saying is that there’s more to parking a car than slowly reversing it into the first available space in a car park.

Living alone is becoming the norm

according to Janice Turner in the Times. Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that a third of British households are single person households. Back in 1971 the figure was just 17%.

P1000474We haven’t reached the level of Manhattan where half the households are single person but it seems we’re getting there.

Turner points out  that in the 1970s it was mainly old people who lived alone. Now, in addition to what she calls late-onset divorces and couples splitting up once the kids have left home, young people are getting married later (although I suspect there might be a dip in these figures reflecting the recession and the fact that many adult children are back at home with parents saving for a deposit for a home).

When I posted on “Living together apart”  two years ago it was about the increasing phenomenon of couples, estimated to be a million of them, who chose to keep their own homes even when in a relationship.

Various reasons have been put forward including modern homes being too small for all the accrued possessions and people wanting their own space or style.

Whatever the reason gone are the days when couples would stay together out of habit when the relationship had died.

Sadly women still come off better when they are left on their own, probably because they know how to look after themselves whereas men are less capable in that respect.

Women drivers

More than half of men pass their driving test at the first attempt compared to less than half of women, 50% of whom require more lessons.

Men typically fail for being “boy racers” whereas women have trouble reverse parking.

As the picture illustrates this problem persists even after passing your test for the female owner of this car.