BITS ‘N’ PIECES 10th March 2022

BITS ‘N’ PIECES 10th March 2022 BLOG Thursday 10th March 2022


BITS ‘N’ PIECES 10th March 2022

As I trawl the internet like a beachcomber searching out treasures in the flotsam I find the odd pearl I love to share with you. Here are three of the smaller ones.


  1. Ship carrying luxury cars sinks

A cargo ship that was carrying thousands of luxury cars has sunk off the Portuguese Azores archipelago. The ship, which caught fire nearly two weeks ago, was transporting around 4,000 cars, including roughly 1,100 Porches and 189 Bentleys. All crew members of the Felicity Ace were evacuated when the fire broke out. No oil leak has been reported so far, but there are fears the fuel tanks could be damaged, with the vessel lying around 3,500 metres below sea level at the bottom of the Atlantic, said Reuters.



  1. Good grammar not vital for stories

Education experts have found that grammar lessons may help children construct sentences, but not their ability to write stories. The team behind the study, which is believed to be the first of its kind, told The Times that their findings challenged the idea that primary school children should be taught about grammatical constructs such as subordinate clauses, adverbials and modal verbs. The Department for Education is not planning to drop grammar from the curriculum any time soon: a spokesperson told the paper that “good grammar is central to achieving our target”.


  1. A man caught speeding in Florida told police that he was driving so fast because he was worried about Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, said The Times. After the unnamed driver was caught driving at 50mph in his Dodge Challenger in a 30mph zone, he told cops: “I just found out that Putin said he’s gonna launch nuclear thermal war against the world, and I was trying to get back to my house to find out what’s going on. I’m freaking out. It’s the truth.”



A study has found that long working hours are killing people. In fact, 745,000 people died in 2016 from stroke and heart disease due to long hours, according to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), and it predicted that the problem could actually worsen due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on working habits. People working in south-east Asia and the Western Pacific region were the most affected. The study found that working 55 hours or more each week led to a 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared with 35- to 40-hour working weeks.

But which nations actually work the longest hours? Read our countdown of the countries whose people work the longest, based on the latest data from the OECD.

1              1st: Colombia – 47.6 hours per week

2              2nd: Turkey – 46.4 hours per week

3              3rd: Mexico – 44.9 hours per week

4              4th: Costa Rica – 43.6 hours per week

5              5 Joint 5th: South Africa – 42.8 hours per week

6              5 Joint 5th: Chile – 42.8 hours per week

7              7th: Republic of North Macedonia – 41.3 hours per week

8              8 Joint 8th: Romania – 40.5 hours per week

9              8 Joint 8th: Israel – 40.5 hours per week

10           10th: Bulgaria – 40.4 hours per week

11           11 Joint 11th: Cyprus – 39.7 hours per week

12           11 Joint 11th: Poland – 39.7 hours per week

13           13th: Croatia – 39.6 hours per week

14           14 Joint 14th: Hungary – 39.5 hours per week

15           14 Joint 14th: Portugal – 39.5 hours per week

16           16 Joint 16th: Czech Republic – 39.3 hours per week

17           16 Joint 16th: Slovak Republic – 39.3 hours per week

18           18th: Slovenia – 39.1 hours per week

19           19th: Malta – 38.9 hours per week

20           20 Joint 20th: Lithuania – 38.8 hours per week

21           20 Joint 20th: Latvia – 38.8 hours per week

22           22nd: Iceland – 38.7 hours per week

23           23 Joint 23rd: US – 38.6 hours per week

24           23 Joint 23rd: Greece – 38.6 hours per week

25           25th: Estonia – 38 hours per week

26           26th: New Zealand – 37.8 hours per week

27           27th: Luxembourg – 37.6 hours per week

28           28th: United Kingdom – 36.6 hours per week

29           29th: Spain – 36.4 hours per week

But what about China? 44.7 hours per week (officially)

China’s labour laws state workers can’t work more than 44 hours a week, or eight hours per day, although they can work overtime. However, a survey published by Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou in 2017 found that on average respondents spent 44.7 hours per week at work, and that 40% of respondents reported that they worked more than 50 hours per week. China has been known for issues with overworking, especially among tech workers; 45% of white-collar workers reported working more than 10 hours of overtime in 2018 according to a survey by recruitment website Zhaopin. One particularly shocking case from 2016 was that of 44-year-old Zhang Rui, founder of a health app, who died of a heart attack. Many cited his work habits as a potential cause as he often worked late at night. 


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford.


Happiness is…being retired and not working.


How did the pirate get his ship so cheap? It was on sail..


Love is…stirring up passions.


A time to work long hours…A time to retire.




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