Friday, August 7

too nice to be successful

Being sympathetic, kind, co-operative and warm may lower men’s likelihood of becoming bosses, according to a study which found a strong link between personality type and jobs.

One of the authors of the research concluded that "people who aren't very nice are more likely to become managers."

We all knew this, but it's nice to have it scientifically confirmed. And it explains why Dances Etc and myself are the only folk from our school who managed to avoid success, with the result that we could spend yesterday morning at a museum, and all yesterday afternoon at the pool. For a while, we had the whole indoor and outdoor pools to ourselves. There were just a few folk loafing in the sauna and the scalding in the steam room.

A few hours later, well knackered from swimming and poached from the sauna, we sat at the poolside cafe and had hot drinks and handmade cookies, gassing while the pool filled up with mums, kids and office workers. After his second coffee, Dances's natural talkativeness went right off the scale, like speeding. At one point he was explaining, with mimed actions, the merits of different ways of killing yourself. I noticed people staring, at the point where he was describing how to slit your own throat and how far the blood would spurt.

Dances trying to stand upright after the steam room


  1. Albert? I've never been promoted anywhere for anything and I'm not nice either. Just back from Skye and knackered. Hotboy

  2. Yes, but you had other ways of avoiding a managerial career.

  3. Albert? I spontaneously didn't like managers or management. I think it must be something to do with my background, which was not managerial, but subject to dispossession from the management class of folk who fortunately all go to hell! Hotboy p.s. first day with no tobacco for a week or so!

  4. Dearie me hotters, I hope you're not assuming I like managers any more than you do. If anything I should hate them even more, since I had to grow up alongside these future captains of industry, at knob school. Think yourself lucky you've only had to deal with one type of fag. Or at least, fewer types than me.

    Well I know what I mean anyway.

    PS - am now at the point in the book where the hero is monitoring the Pollok windae curtains. I wonder how it turns out.

  5. Albert? I'm about to start sexing up Bomber and make it more kafkaesque. Do you think I should re-write the uni book and put in some sex and some midgets and elephants? Hotboy p.s. I wish you'd stop reminding me of it since I never thought it was finished.

  6. If you make them talking elephants it could be the next Life of Pi, and that didn't even have bonking.

    Make Andrew the hero and you'll clean up.

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