i. Men take more papers than women.
ii. Women smile more than men.
iii. Ethnic group with the highest uptake ratio: East Asian – about 60% take one.
iv. The sorest part of my body at the end of a morning is my lower back.
v. Names I get called: Pal, Pally, Mate, Chum, Bud, Buddy, Son.
vi. Names I call customers: Sir, Pal, Mate, Love.
vii. You can nearly always tell a ‘taker’ before they give you any physical indication.
viii. The print gets all over your fingers, but washes off easily.
ix. Eastern Europeans are the most polite and cheerful.
x. Hair dye is far more commonplace than I had ever thought (esp. men).
xi. At least 40 people each day will feel moved to give an excuse for not taking a paper, in preference to saying ‘no thanks’ or just ignoring me.
xii. Most common excuse: ‘I just read it on the bus’.
xiii. I give away about 220 papers a day.
xiv. There is a noticeable lull between 09:10 and 09:20.
xv. Three OAPs (two ladies & a gent) meet in Jenners cafe every morning at 9.
If I think of more interesting observations, I’ll let you know …