After the birthday flowers uproar, a recent article in a weekend newspaper has caused further unrest.
The basic gist of which, was a young mother, who bitterly resented her husband's lack of involvement in domestic drudgery and wrote a book about it. I can't imagine why but this caught my imagination and I waved it at my husband (stony ground) and other male colleagues.
The article featured a quiz with multiple choice questions, the answers to which, scored points which, in turn, produced an opinion on the health, or lack thereof, of the couple's relationship.
We are unable to reproduce said quiz for copyright reasons. One male colleague (rather rashly, in my view) took it home and was mortified when his wife scored him with mainly B and Cs (bad) and actually confessed to a 'needs work' score in the bedroom department. I suspect my husband was forewarned and scored me as all As. He operates on discretion being the better part of valour, especially as > I can get handy with a fork when roused.
Who knew? We've just had a health and safety warning about the use of stepladders. According to the briefing, control must be exercised over who uses them and the appropriate permits must be completed before use. The person authorising use and the person actually clambering up must risk assess the task and complete a form to show that all the safety checks have been made. Over the next few weeks: how not to boil the kettle and pour the contents all over the nearest computer How not to smack the side of the face when lifting the phone receiver Calculators: how repetitive adding can cause RSI and ultimately death Inhaling permanent marker pens and brain damage Photocopying of buttocks causes cancer
A male team member has caused uproar in office dynamics this weeks as it transpires that for his (newish) girlfriend's birthday, he has booked a romantic dinner in a chi chi restaurant (not Waggamamas!), a coat (that she had hinted at) and her favourite flowers which had to be ordered from Denmark.
This information was wheedled out of him by a female colleague and then subjected to scrutiny. Without wishing to stereotype, (our sample is not statistically valid), the females were impressed and men aghast.
Tutting, head shaking and sharp intakes of breath preceded dire warnings of 'setting the bar too high'.
Men: take note: by the time his standards have dropped, they'll either be fully committed or history. In the meantime 10/10 for effort and no doubt he will reap his full reward.
You non flower givers, garage chrysanthemum buyers or standing order slackers take note: spontaneous blooms = sex
A man who has to wade through treacle on a daily basis to find silver linings and missing commas.