Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Mess On Your Hands


Today is Global Handwashing Day, sponsored by UNICEF, and it seems that the further north you travel (in the UK, that is) the more likely you are to meet someone with poo on their hands.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, tested commuters at bus stops outside mainline railway stations, in the morning rush hour. Here are the results:




City
Newcastle
Liverpool
Birmingham
Cardiff
London



Men
53%
36%
21%
15%
6%


Women
30%
31%
26%
29%
21%



I think it's interesting that there are huge regional difference between men's standards of handwashing, while women are more consistent (but grubbier than blokes, it seems, in the Midlands and the South.)

What is it with Northern men? I suppose they just love their allotments. Or fisting.

Perhaps Wife In The North can tell us. Or Belle de Jour. Belle has a new book out this week and was on the radio just now chatting to Mark Lawson - I would have preferred Nigella.

1 comment:

I, like the view said...

I'd just like to say that altho I'm not a fastidious hand washer, I do wash my hands many times a day

with nice smelling things. . .

there's a lot of horse poo in the streets around where I live, and perhaps if I had a rose garden I'd be collecting it - but I'd still wash my hands afterwards. . .

saw a bottle of Vimto in a shop yesterday evening, well lots (ready diluted, in the chiller cabinet - not quite how you remember it I suspect) (lots of bottles, not lots of shops)

thought of you

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