We've always known there are often communications problems between men and women, but today's daily mini-quiz (on the%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/default.stm"> Magazine front) sums it up nicely. The two compliments "Have you lost weight" and "you have a great smile" have about 50% of the vote each. Assuming women all got it right and there are 50/50 men/women readers, that means not one man knows how a woman likes to be complimented.
The %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_178.shtml">letters on the European Parliament translator's joke remind me of a language course provider's advert featuring a British sailor's mayday call: "we are sinking, we are sinking", to which the German coastguard replies: "what are you sinking about?"
Re %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6668395.stm">"£26m 'thank you' to whisky staff" - £26m divided by 600 staff, divided by three (as it represents three months salary) means that the average whisky worker at Whyte and Mackay earns £14,444.44 per month. Either their accounts have been sampling the stock, or I'm in the wrong job.
R J Tysoe, London, UK
To anon in Glasgow re %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_180.shtml">perfumed smoke machine smoke. Having worked for a sound and lighting company, I seem to remember that all the smoke for these machines is 'flavoured' My particular favourite being "apple"... although they all smell suspiciously like coconut to me.
Your %3Ca%20href="http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6665355.stm">article on Carnegie Hall gives directions to Leeds as "go up the M1"... which way is up? Do you mean North? That's only true if you're starting from the South - there's a lot of Britain that isn't in London, you know. You should come some time, it's really not that bad.
Dave Green, The frozen wilds north of Watford
Re Owen's query about why the sudden glut of weather forecasters: a warm front and high pressure?
Bunny, Up North
Re How do you get to Carnegie Hall? How could you have a whole story devoted to Carnegie, with a title like this, and not mention the fact that Carnegie Hall is in Dunfermline, birthplace of Andrew Carnegie himself, and home of the Carnegie Trust? Poor research! Just try carnegiehall.co.uk and see what you get.
Elena, Dunfermline, Fife
Re How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? Anybody taking your root ("Up the M1, junction 45, turn left") is in for a bit of a surprise. Junction 45 has been closed off since the motorway was built! The council managed half of it before realising they didn't have the money to complete the project!
Johnny Lyttle, Leeds, UK
Re %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_180.shtml">Edward Green's letter - although I haven't had the misfortune of sitting through the Dungeons & Dragons film (it is, by all accounts, absolutely dire), I do know that it was a film of the traditional Role Playing Game and the novels spawned from it. I believe Darren McCormac was referring to the children's cartoon about the kids who go through a magical fairground ride and end up in a fantasy world, unable to get home. The cartoon was certainly a riff on the original D&D themes (with the Dungeon Master character as a guide) but, sadly, nothing to do with the movie. And does anyone know if the kids in the cartoon ever got home?
RP, London, UK
To Edward Green, London, I would have to disagree with your assertion that Dungeons and Dragons is the worst film ever made, as there was a sequel which was released straight to video and was even worse than the original.
With regard to the recent Tintin debate. This is driving me nuts, but I'm sure I remember a live action Tintin film from when I was little. I just remember the end when he was flying what looked like a Sea King helicopter. Can anybody help?
So now we're %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6657203.stm">measuring things in "Connecticuts"? What happened to Wales?
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