What is the ideal Christmas present for a civil engineer; and what are you likely to receive?
The ideal presents for a civil engineer are: a bonus from the boss, understanding from the wife/husband/partner and from friends, beer. As to what I will be getting, that will be a surprise if you do not count the aftershave.
Sam El-Jouzi, 28, bridge engineer, London.
The ideal Christmas present for a civil engineer would be a weekend break to Amsterdam to unwind after another year of coping with challenging clients and demanding projects. I expect to receive the task of looking after the kids for a week to give my wife a well-earned break (much better than a trip to Amsterdam. . . ).
Bruce Walton, 28, project engineer, Manchester
The present I would most like to receive would be a device that would filter all my incoming e-mails. I would be able to instruct it to accept messages from certain people as a first filter, and it would also be capable of being programmed to scan the body of any message for certain key words relevant to my specialised role within the company. Any message failing to meet either criterion would be immediately deleted without trace, without ever reaching my screen! !
Perhaps it could also be programmed to send an automatic message to the senders of fatuous e-mails.
However, what I am likely to receive is 'smellies' from my aunts.
Sandra Rolfe 33, principal pipelines engineer, High Wycombe
The ideal Christmas present for a civil engineer would be a great big pay rise. What I am likely to get are huge bills!
Dave Garratt, 31, project engineer, Southall
If the civil engineer lives in Newcastle it should probably be a miniature model of the 'Asian Hercules II', the crane that lifted the Tyne Millenium Bridge into place. Due to my recent praises of the health and safety lessons taught in the Bob the Builder stories, I am likely to recieve a copy of the video (or books). The downside is, of course, that I would probably have to share them with my two year old daughter! Like mother, like daughter.
Gro Lindely, 28, civil engineer, Newcastle upon Tyne
The ideal presents are tools and gadgets, the type of stuff you do not really need but you want anyway. My wife, however, is too sensible and will give me books and CDs or something she wants for herself.
Kenneth Brown, 28, assistant structures officer, East Lothian Council