I wish there were more university professors of the same ilk as David Blockley!
'Structures' was such a dry subject at college and I'm sure that if there had been someone like him at the head of our class, I would have been much more interested in the subject and made more of an effort to stay awake.
More seriously, I think David has hit the nail on the head when he says that humour is an important part of the profession. I work for a small local authority where a closeknit team of up to 20 engineers has devolved to a team of three as a result of agency closures and numerous re-organisations.
There was always humour, micky-taking and practical jokes but the work got done.
The friendships formed over this period have lasted and the anecdotes are many and unbelievably varied, some of them even referring to engineering!
With all the added pressures we are submitted to as engineers in the modern market, a bit of humour goes a long way to reducing the stress and helping the day along.
Sue Higton, Staffordshire, Susan.Higton@staffsmoorlan ds. gov. uk