in the Fast Lane
21st century Brits go into overdrive online. Broadband
internet, the microwave and
the humble teabag, are the UK's favourite speedy inventions of all
time, reveals a new study. The survey shows how an
array of time saving inventions has sped up modern life, from
hairdryers to ready meals, automatic car washes to the electric
But it is broadband internet that has had the greatest effect on the
speed of 21st Century life. With broadband speeds of up to 8 Meg
available, more than 8 in 10 Brits agree it shaves hours off weekly
chores such as shopping, booking holidays and banking, allowing such
activities to be conducted at twice the speed. Second in the list is
the microwave, while the teabag, invented way back in 1908, is
still going strong as a 21st
Century labour saving invention, according to 7 out of 10 people.
But it's not all great news. The survey discovered that many of us,
that is15% of us, are using our newly found free time to work harder! Men are
likely to extend their office hours 19% vs. 13%, while 7% of men
grab their dusters and allocate extra time to housework.
Philip Mehl, managing director for sales & communications at Wanadoo
said:- "Despite these fantastic inventions meaning we are able
to complete tasks quicker, very few of us are sitting back and
enjoying the extra time they save us. In fact, our study shows that
modern Britons clearly find it more therapeutic to surf the web or
go back to work than put their feet up."
Rather than opt for more leisure or rest, 67% spend the extra time
surfing the net, women more so than men (68 vs 62%). In fact, going
online far outstrips such pastimes as socialising with friends (28%)
and relaxing (22%).
Philip Mehl added:- "Having food processors, grooming
appliances and broadband commonplace in most homes, life has truly
accelerated. With even faster broadband speed such as up to 8 Meg,
life is set to get even
Top 10 inventions accelerating Britain:-
1. Broadband internet (84%)
2. Microwave (73%)
3. Teabag (69%)
4. Hair drier (47%)
5. Ready meal (44%)
6. Electric toothbrush (37%)
7. Fast food (35%)
8. Blender (35%)
9. Car wash (24%)
10. 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner (23%)
survey highlights scale of NHS deficits in north west
NEARLY 66% of NHS nurses in the North West say their Trust is
struggling with deficits, a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey
revealed this week. The survey of 1000 nurses across the UK also
shows that deficits are hitting patient services and leading to
redundancies and job losses. This includes nurses in specialist
areas such as infection control, sexual health and cancer care.
The RCN, with over 45,000 members in the region - began tracking
the level of deficits and the impact on staff and services during
2005. Trust actions - including deleting posts and postponing
patient treatments - to balance the books are now having a direct
and detrimental affect on patients and staff. 29% of nurses in
the region reported that their Trusts were deleting posts, while 59%
said their trusts were freezing posts. 35% reported ward closures
and 32% said their employer was closing patient services. 55% have
seen their Trust stop the use of nurse bank and agency staff to
cover shortages, and 20% cited that patient treatments were being
delayed in order to save money.
Steve Flannagan, RCN, North-West Regional Director, said:-
"Nurses across the region are telling us that patients are suffering
and nursing posts are being lost as Trusts struggle to balance the
books. We are also concerned about reports that specialist nursing
posts are under threat. These are nurses giving high quality
individualised care, and these roles allow nurses a career
progression without losing direct clinical contact with patients. We
will resist attempts to make compulsory redundancies as a response
to deficits. Significant progress has been made in addressing
historic low staffing levels and any attempt to turn back this
progress is counter productive and short-sighted. Trusts have
to be given more time and flexibility and time to get themselves out
of deficit, so that patients do not suffer and nurses do not lose
jobs because of government inflexibility."
The RCN is seeking demonstrable engagement of staff and the public
in developing recovery plans before any attempts are made to
implement job freezes, restructuring, or cuts in services. It
believes that Trusts should be allowed to operate within a more
flexible financial regime.
Gallimaufry Barn Dance
THE Gallimaufry Barn Dance is to
be held in Aughton Village Hall, on Friday 31 March 2006 from 8pm.
Tickets £5 each but
family tickets are available.
For more details
please contact Abacus Music on 01695 585400.