16 August 2005

I'm not ignoring you honey

A study at Sheffield university discovered that men have greater difficulty understanding women's speech than other men's. It seems that the cause is that whilst men's speech is processed (by the listener) in the speech parts of the brain, women's speech is processed by the areas of the brain normally responsible for music.

How this might be used to improve intergender communication is left as an exercise for the reader.

9 August 2005

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

According to the BBC the rate of rise of house prices has dropped to 5.4%.

Oh. How. Terrible.

How? Will? Home? Owners? Ever? Survive?

Come on! Average house price rise in 2004 was 17%. How much did the average salary go up by? 2%, if that?

[This entry was previously published on Livejournal_uk. The comments recieved do give an interesting insight into how much of an issue the lack of affordable housing is is.]

Issue de jour

It's just been on the BBC news that despite many hospitals claiming shortages of doctors there is infact a glut of junior doctors. It's just that few hospitals will offer them the posts with training that they need to progress.

There is a plan to offer an alternate path, we'll have to see how that works out.