28 Apr Mayday – How To Survive Life
Mayday – How To Survive Life
Yeah we know all about dancing round the May Pole but what of the other Mayday? The one you shout when you’re in dire need of help? Well listen up as we have a quick history lesson and then some top hacks to make your journey through life a whole lot easier.
Don’t worry, we’re not going to lecture you – just a quick bit of information that could help you the next time you enter a pub quiz. You never know when it may come up. So from where did the Mayday distress signal originate? Well, in 1923, a senior radio operator at Croydon Airport going by the stiff upper lipped name of Fredrick Stanley Mockford was asked to come up with a word to indicate distress that could be easily understood by pilots and ground staff the world over. At the time the airport’s main source of traffic came from Paris so Freddie proposed an Anglicised version of the French “m’aider” which in turn was a shortened version of “venez m’aider” meaning “come and help me”. And that was it – the phrase took off as it were.
Anyway, here are a few things that can help you take the (di)stress out of your life and leave you ready for a spot of Morris Dancing or any other springtime activity that takes your fancy.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
With the holiday season upon us remember to make your journey that little bit easier by tying a piece of ribbon to the handle of your suitcase. Your modern suitcase will be just one of millions like it, so this little hack can save a lot of confusion at the baggage reclaim.
Who doesn’t like a cold beer or a chilled glass of white on a hot summer’s day? But what if you’ve just taken your box of bottles out of the boot of a hot car – warm lager = gross, right? Well don’t worry, thanks to this top tip you’ll soon be guzzling the cool stuff. Simply wrap a wet paper towel around a bottle and pop it into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Hey presto – an ice cold beverage to quench your thirst.
This one is great if you’re on the beach and fancy a dip in the sea but are worried about leaving your stuff unattended. Simply clean out an old sun lotion bottle and you have a great place to hide your phone, money and keys whilst you cool off in the ocean.
You know what it’s like when you get in a lift after some kids have pressed all of the buttons – bless the little rascals – and you are faced with an annoying journey to your floor? Well there is a little trick that will get you whisked to your destination without the hassle of stopping at each and every level. Simply press each button again twice – bingo, hassle free elevator journey.
One Cut Slices All
We all love cherry tomatoes but cutting enough of the little blighters for a family sized salad can be a pain. This culinary hack will get the job done in a fraction of the time. Place all the tomatoes on a plate and cover with an identical plate. Then take a sharp knife that is at least as long as the plates’ diameters – a serrated carving knife is perfect for the job – and cut through between the plates. Job done in a flash.
We all have a load of great forgotten stuff down the back of our couches but the problem is getting to it without sinking your fingers into anything gross that maybe lurking in its cushiony nether regions. All you need to do is put a stocking over the end of your vacuum hose and secure it with an elastic band. Then you’re good to go – any trinkets or valuables will stick to the end without disappearing into the Hoover’s dingy depths.