Relationship turn-offs


stick_figure_heartbreak_1600_wht_4444There was a lot of fuss last week about some research (in the Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin) about relationship turnoffs or deal breakers.

Nothing really surprising with STIs, violence and smelling bad on the leaderboard.

Over 2/3 of people thought an unclean dishevelled appearance was top of their list followed by almost as many disliking laziness, which might be what leads to the aforementioned scruffiness. Then again there are probably some people who like scruffy partners?

Being too needy was up there too, more so for women. Who wants needy bloke? And not having a sense of humour was seen as a negative.

After that the list seemed a bit of a hotch pitch to me.

Living more than 3 hours away seemed to be a stumbling block for half of the people in the survey. What happened to distance makes the heart grow fonder?


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Croydon NHS urgent care service review, public meetings

Inside Croydon

NHS nurse genericNHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and buys most health services in Croydon.

The current contracts for urgent care services end in March 2017, which means that they have started reprocurement for these services. The CCG needs to make sure that they have new contracts in place in April 2017.

Future urgent care services must provide safe, high quality care for more people, using changing technology and using the budget as effectively as possible.

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Essential reading

Fav books too


I have a number of books on my bookshelf that I’d consider essential reading for the railwayman and railwaywoman. I think it’s always worth reading about the life of railway staff from the past because you can learn a lot and it gives you a chance to laugh at their mistakes and then laugh when you make the same or similar ones.

I also think it is important to know where the railways have come from, to understand and play a role in taking them where they are going.

In my essential list are the four books from two great men. They are:

I tried to run a railway – Gerard Fiennes

Fiennes on rail – Gerard Fiennes

Steam in the blood – R H N Hardy

Railways in the blood – R H N Hardy.

I always try to reread them every couple of years. Right now I’m on…

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3mm Society, Buildings I like, Railway, Wimblehurst Road

Station start

Through the good offices of our Chairman Wim I have purchased an etch of Bodiam station building which will be for Wimblehurst Road.

Construction has started as Wim wanted me to do the test build to see how practical producing an etched building in 3mm scale is.

Looking forward to the challenge and will provide updates as I go along.

The first stage is to mount the window frames on the outside and doors. I am treating my approach to the kit as if it were made of card construction and adding things whilst in the flat so to speak.

I have used superglue for the frames and doors. I could of soldered but knowing my luck it would have gone everywhere other than where needed and ruin the fine corrugated detail.

This is the roadside elevation hence the R. & the rest of the etch

 I realised that I had not shown the finished article so here it is.