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April 10, 2006


Sometimes I get the feeling that business hasn’t quite got this sex differences thing. You know, the idea that women are more likely to be empathizers, men to be systemizers (liklihoods, not certainties):

It is not just men, nostalgic for the toy locomotives of their childhood, who are signing up to drive the real things. A spokesman for Southeast Trains said: “We now have a number of women drivers. Many trains are driver-only now, and so drivers need to be able to make announcements and be good at customer service. Women often have better interpersonal skills than men.”

One of this new female breed, Maddy Corper, was a research chemist for ICI. “I decided to follow my dream and began pestering train companies for a job,” she said. She was taken on by Connex before becoming a freight train driver.

Lots of passenger announcements on a freight train, eh?

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Why not? The train might be carrying sheep, or pigs, or monarchists.

Posted by: PostPunkUnkle | Apr 10, 2006 10:22:04 AM

The train might be carrying sheep, or pigs, or monarchists.

I fooled you!
I fooled you!
I got pig iron!
I got pig iron!
I've got old pig iron!

Posted by: Tim Newman | Apr 10, 2006 10:41:13 AM

"Women often have better interpersonal skills than men."

I would say that Women often have better interpersonal skills when dealing with men (probably because men pay more attention to female voices), but in mixed workgroups > 1 woman means bitchyness.

Posted by: Rob Read | Apr 10, 2006 10:45:48 AM

LOL Tim N. Down wiv da kidz. Da kidz of 1957 mind! Great record though.

Posted by: Mark Holland | Apr 10, 2006 11:57:40 AM

Trains shouldn't have drivers.

The whole rail network should be run by computer. It isn't complicated like driverless cars or fly by wire or packages that say the want to be going to Albequerque.

Posted by: Neil Craig | Apr 11, 2006 6:21:29 PM