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Diary

Working lives Safety

NCE journalists sometimes get strange phone calls. Last week an engineer rang to suggest we produce the magazine less often.

The argument ran something like this - 'I don't have time to read something which appears every week and surely it's a waste of natural resources to send NCE out so regularly.' It was pointed out that the ICE felt it important to inform engineers about news from the world of civil engineering, but he was unconvinced. 'I still don't read it and neither do my friends, ' was the reply. Presumably they don't read newspapers either, which pour huge volumes of natural resources into producing colour supplements, travel guides, review sections etc. What is all that football and rugby coverage about for instance? Surely the occasional story once a month in the nationals would be plenty?

The Scarborough wave wall story rumbles on. Fears that the new sea defences will be too tall for people to see over have provoked strong local opposition. Work has now started and local paper Scarborough Today marked the event with a photograph of a construction worker standing beside a wall unit.

Unfortunately this standard sized worker is dwarfed by the unit, which towers over him, picturesquely confirming local fears even though the story explains otherwise. 'We'll be backfilling behind the wall when we've finished so people will be able to see over, ' wailed a representative from contractor Nuttall to NCE. 'But all people have noticed is the photo.'

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