Saturday, August 06, 2005

Battle of the sexes and Saturday events

Battle? Of The Sexes
German guide aims to bridge gulf between the sexes (courtesy of BERLIN Reuters)
A German handbook has set out to bridge the gulf between the sexes by explaining that what men say is not necessarily what they really mean.

The Langenscheidt publishing group, best known for its respected foreign language dictionaries, says tests have shown men utter about half as many words as women in a typical day so it is imperative they are understood.

When out shopping, "that doesn't suit you" means "it is too expensive", and "buy that one" means "I want to go home", said co-author Susanne Froehlich.

The guide's female authors hope they can help solve some couples' lack of communication -- the sixth most popular reason given for divorce in Germany.

They also list ten questions women should never ask men as men will not understand the logic -- including "would you still love me if I was fatter and uglier?", "why do you love me?", and "what are you thinking?".

Froehlich pre-empts accusations of sexism saying the book is light-hearted, that not all men display all listed traits, and that she herself is happily married.

Last year Langenscheidt published a male-authored guide to help men understand the subtext of phrases uttered by women.

Live events today in West Dorset & South Somerset
Tom Toomey @ Wincanton Social Club
Vince Gee @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Nil By Mouth @ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Cryin' Out Loud @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Shuffle Bones @ Hardy's, Bridport
Classic Clapton @ After Midnight ~ Warners Hotel, Cricket St Thomas
Jeannette McFarland @ Old Barn Club, Yeovil
Ozzmosis & Hi On Maiden @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Avellian @ Thorncombe Sports & Social Club
Tim Bromfield @ Ship Inn, Chard
Real Deal @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Morellos @ Swan Inn, Sherborne
Rusty Razor ~ Rugby Club, Sidmouth
Zig Zag @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Makin' Bacon Blues Band @ Antelope Inn, Hazelbury Bryan
Jinder @ Free Expression Festival, Blandford Forum

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Crazy 88 @ The Pen & Quill, Taunton
Crawfish @ The Vintage, Wellington
Dave Gale @ Green Dragon, Wellington
Breathless @ The Old Market, Bridgwater
Rusty Razor @ Sidmouth Rugby Club
Simon Gee @ The Princess Royal, Taunton
Snakes @ The Westgate, Taunton

What ever you do today have a great one.

The Editor

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