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Edition No. 158

Date:- 03 July 2004

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Road Rage Battle of the Sexes

IT'S not sexist, it is fact.... 'Speedy' male and 'safe' female drivers are on a collision course to in-car conflict this summer, according to a recent poll of 2000 motorists! 

The survey, carried out by jamjar cars, showed that the 'battle of the sexes' is fought fiercest in the front seat, with 79% of women and 85% of men thinking that their driving skills are better than their partner's. 

Findings showed that good driving is just a matter of opinion... albeit one which differs wildly depending on gender. 

For men, the key characteristic of a good driver is confidence, with 49 per cent of male respondents listing this as the most important trait when on the road, closely followed by speed. 

In contrast, women rated safety, courtesy and patience as essential qualities in a good driver, with the majority of female motorists ranking all three traits ahead of speed and confidence. 

Joe Pattinson, Marketing Manager, jamjar cars said:- "Driving habits can be a source of contention between the most harmonious of couples as there are such marked differences between the sexes when it comes to judgement of good and bad driving. 

It is a cliché, but our findings indicate that women are more generous to other drivers, whereas male drivers concentrate on their own progress on the roads. It is easy to fly off the handle when our driving skills are criticised, particularly when temperatures are high and tempers are already fraying."


LIVERPOOL is launching a series of summer walks to shine a new light on the city's influence on European and world culture.

For the first time ever, the council has employed the blue badge guides to deliver a fully detailed programme of walks which focus on Liverpool's greatest achievements and claims to fame. 

Eight cultural walks focus on themes such as Literary Liverpool, Maritime, Mercantile City, Walks of Fame and Faith in One City. 

And, for the brave, there is also a Liverpool Murder Trail, which tries to unveil the identity of Jack the Ripper. 

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said:- ''Around every corner in Liverpool lurks a story to be told and because of our unique place as a world port. 

There is so much about the history of Liverpool that we could walk and talk for years and that is exactly what we plan to do.'' 

The first Summer City walk is an ‘On the Waterfront’ Tour which looks at Liverpool's literary heritage. It begins at 1.30pm on Thursday, July 1 from the Pier Head visiting Stanley Dock before ending at Liverpool Town Hall.


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