It's been a good week for ...
A cruise ship company is leading the drive to wipe out the annoying practice of sunbed-bagging. The "use it or lose it" policy means that passengers who reserve a lounger then swan off for a lazy breakfast or a long lunch will return to find their towels removed.
Under the new system, staff employed as "team monitors" will keep an eye on sunbed usage on-deck. If they see an empty lounger they will place a marker on the chair noting the time. If the sunbather does not return within 40 minutes, towels and other belongings will be removed for the guest's safekeeping. A spokesman for Carnival cruise company said passengers are being advised of the new system via public address announcements by the cruise director, signage in outdoor deck areas, messages displayed on the poolside LED screen and notices in the daily newsletter. He said guests' reaction to the policy has so far been overwhelmingly positive, so perhaps the sunbed hogs will finally throw in the towel.
It's been a bad week for ... moaning
Something new to complain about – we're wasting up to 170 days of our lives moaning.
A survey has found that the average person spends 14.5 minutes offloading gripes on friends and family when they get home from work.
But it's not all bad news. The study also claims that whining about problems helps relieve stress. A poll of 2000 people found that we are finding it increasingly harder to shed work worries, with 45% of us having a harder time relaxing than we did a year ago.
The research, by furniture chain DFS, found that lolling on a sofa was the most popular way to de-stress after work, but it still takes on average 45 minutes to unwind. Presumably that time could be cut considerably by lounging and whingeing at the same time.
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