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24/09/2019 Steve Pearson
Work life started half a century ago for me and I am still working. I started out in engineering, moved to an office job, qualified as a software developer and have specialised in engineering CMMS applications. Early days in the office were tie based smart dress. These days, a tie is few and far between, and good riddance too. Dangerous in an engineering environment (they get tangled in things), they are also superfluous - a piece of rag tied about your neck does not improve your skills. I no longer even possess a tie and would refuse to wear one. They started out as a derivative of the cravat, originally worn in Eastern Europe and designed to catch the scraps of food falling on to and ruining an expensive silk shirt, which were the order of the day in the Victorian era. Well, thanks, but growing up I was taught to eat without throwing food down myself (most of the time :)) and a tie does not make an individual smarter in any sense of the term.