The Daily: David Jacobs
Tuesday, 03 September 2013

The Daily: September 3

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Harriet Newton
British Nannies take the Gulf Skies
Norland College, a well known British nanny training establishment based in Bath, has been chosen to train 'flying nannies' for one of one of the Gulf State's National Airlines, Etihad Airways. The airline flies global long haul flights to Sydney, New York, and Brazil amongst other destinations. Parents travelling with their little children will be safe in the knowledge that the specially trained nannies are on board. The nannies will be on hand to deal with children who are bored, refusing to sleep, or crying from ear pains caused by pressure changes.

The decision of the Gulf State National Airline to employ 500 British nannies reflects their admiration for the British nanny. The training mixes discipline, an expectation of good manners and a sound knowledge of child development. Norland College offers extremely expensive, private courses in child care, and it is international recognition of their excellence that they have been chosen. The nannies will began at the end of this year, and will wear orange aprons as part of their uniform. The Airline aim is to make the experience of travelling long haul with small children 'as relaxing as possible.'

Hard Working Brits (even with a seasonal cold)
It has been shown that the British are less likely to take sick leave than their German and French counterparts. The University of Wolverhampton has been investigating the amount of sick days European workers take. It is a corner stone of European integration to have the right to work in Europe, and to have freedom of movement as a worker, but are we all quite as equal in our willingness to work?

It is interesting to ask why the British are willing to work more than their German and French counterparts. This may be caused by nothing more imaginative than weaker employment protection and less generous sick pay here. Alternatively there may be cultural differences towards work, and greater loyalty to fellow workers and bosses in a time of national and local economic depression. In Britain absenteeism has dropped since the recession begin in 2007, with job security growing weaker, and fewer than 10% of businesses were affected by people taking time off work in 2009.

Certainly a friendly and supportive working environment reduces the levels of sick days regardless of nationality and culture, Dr Wen Wang noted, so British bosses are doing their bit too.

How Dating Advice in Print Has Changed Since 1930.
A comparison between the printed rules of the 1930s and internet advice now shows huge cultural shifts. An American Magazine published in 1938, giving dating tips to women focused solely on their appearance and their conduct. It warns that men will be easily put off, presumably in the early stages of a romance, by a lady chewing gum or wearing summer dresses braless. The key to snagging your man in the '30s is to be what he wants you to. The 1938 advice includes not to talk while dancing, not to be sentimental, not to show open affection in public as it usually 'humiliates, and embarrasses him'. The advice is to avoid conversations about fashion at all costs and not to get drunk.

In September 2013, a quick flick at E Harmony, the pay for use datint site, instead focuses now on what the woman would like, and the problems she should think about and try to avoid. The language that the advice is written in now reflects a woman's need to economically provide for own lifestyle.
Now a woman does not want an ex 'living, rent-free in their head'. The current advice now in moving on is to ' let thoughts come up but don't dwell on them. It's like looking in the rear view mirror in a car – a glance is useful but if you stare, you're likely to crash.'

With paying the rent, driving and working, women probably are more likely now to have less time to talk while dancing or be sentimental.

David Jacobs, Radio Presenter, Dies at 87
The Radio 2 broadcaster whose career spanned 7 decades, passed away surrounded by friends and family, one month after his last radio show.

The BBC Controller General, Tony Hall noted, 'He was one of the great broadcast personalities.
David Jacobs was known for ability to play good music and make a very good radio show. He is also remembered for his charm, his style and his humour and listeners were moved by his final broadcasts, when his voice was thickened by illness and halting, but his wit just as keen.

David Jacobs had a wide range of abilities and in the 1940s played Jazz Club music, chaired Any Questions in the 70s, and was still able to connect with listeners in his August 2013 show.
Helen Boaden, Controller of BBC Radio, said: "David was a true broadcasting legend as well as one of the industry's best loved personalities, and he will be sorely missed by his devoted listeners. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family."

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John was honoured in a two and a half hour gala concert, that took the form of a retrospective look at his life's work.

The 'Brits Icon Award' was given to him for his contribution to British culture. It was good that Sir Elton's achievements were celebrated when he was fit and well following a recent appendicitis operation.The Icon Award is in recognition of his popularity here and abroad as he has sold more than 250 million records globally. His tribute 'Candle in the Wind '97', was the biggest-selling single of all time. It sold 33 million copies in the wake of the death of his friend the Princess of Wales, 4.9 million of which were bought in the UK and part of the proceeds went to the fund set up in her name.

Proceeds from the Icon award show will go to the Brit Trust, Text Santa and the Royal Academy of Music.
Elton wore red sequinned shoes for his appearance, and quipped he liked the glamourous design to his Award. 'They've even made it sparkly.. which you know I love". When accepting the Award he dedicated it to his fans at the Women's Institute and his writing partner, Bernie Taupin.

Students from the Royal Academy of Music, where Sir Elton trained, joined him on stage to play with him. His close friend Liz Hurley attended the concert and former President Clinton, Ringo Starr and tennis legend Billie Jean King, for whom Sir Elton wrote Philadelphia Freedom, sent video messages.


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