I wrote recently how television comedies tend to make us males look dof. A subsequent e-mail from Audrey Antrobus in Rustenburg hasn’t exactly restored my confidence.
Audrey, a very learned lady, told me of an evening class at Stanford University in the US where Stanford’s head of psychiatry said that one of the best things a man could do for his health was to marry a woman – but one of the best things a woman could do for her health, was to nurture her relationships with her girl friends.
Every so often, when you have lived as long as I have, you get caught up in a reverie that takes you back to the slower days. Not that |I noticed they were slow at the time.
I recall, for instance, a friend buying a Singer (car) and driving me from our village near Birmingham to Worcester (in England) in the early 1950s and touching 50mph – about 80km/h. Fifty miles an hour! Gosh, that was FAST.
A reader has sent me some interesting facts about Formula One racing cars.
For a start, a Formula One car is made up of 80 000 components and if it were assembled 99.9 percent correctly, it would still start the race with 80 things wrong with it. That explains a lot about the cars you and I buy – most of which, I am sure, fall far short of being 99.9 percent efficiently assembled.