On the subject of engineers' status, I was pleasantly surprised to see the following light hearted anecdote in the recent copy of our church monthly magazine.
'An engineer died and was sent to hell by mistake. Life in hell was very uncomfortable, so the engineer decided to install air conditioning, escalators, flush lavatories and a whole host of other modern conveniences.
'One day, God rang Satan to ask how things were going in hell. 'Really great', answered Satan. 'Our engineer has made all kinds of improvements to the facilities down here.'
''What are you doing with an engineer?' thundered God. 'He must be sent up to heaven immediately or I'll sue!'
''Oh really?' replied Satan.
'And just where do you intend to find a lawyer?'' Perhaps things are looking up at last for a non engineering publication to print something like this!
Nick Bray nick. bray@prc-group. com