Why Swedish Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts To Work

Why Swedish Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts To WorkA dozen male train drivers in Sweden have circumvented a ban on shorts by wearing skirts to work in hot weather. The workers, who operate the Roslagsbanan line north of the capital Stockholm, have been wearing skirts to work for the past two weeks.

‘Blessing to wear skirts’

Employer Arriva banned the drivers from wearing shorts after taking over the running of the line in January. But the company has given the men its blessing to wear skirts, according to local newspaper Mitti.


‘Skirts on hot days’

“Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK,” Arriva communications manager Tomas Hedenius told the paper. “To tell them to do something else would be discrimination.”

Driver Martin Akersten told the BBC he and his colleagues came up with the idea to wear skirts after they were informed of the new company dress code in the winter. The male drivers have chosen only to wear skirts on hot days, opting for trousers in cooler conditions.

What do you think of these train drivers’ sense of fashion — cool or not? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: International Business Times

British Olympian Dies After America’s Cup Boat Capsizes

British Olympian Dies After America's Cup Boat CapsizesOne person is confirmed dead after a tragic capsizing of a 72-foot Artemis Racing boat during a training run for the America’s Cup in San Francisco. The America’s Cup Twitter feed has confirmed that it was Andrew Simpson, an Olympic gold medalist, who was fatally injured today.

‘Submerged for quite some time’

According to the Mercury News’ Julia Prodis Sulek, all 11 members of the crew were found, though their statuses have not been publicly released. Simpson was submerged for “quite some time” in the water before rescue workers could arrive.


‘First training run’

NBC Bay Area reporter Stephanie Chuang later reported that paramedics had stopped performing CPR on Simpson, who was taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club for further assistance.

The Artemis Racing team, based in Sweden, arrived earlier this month for its first training run for the impending America’s Cup races. They are one of four teams entering the storied event this year, which will begin on July 4. This particular vessel was a member of the AC72 crew, which relates to the yacht’s waterline length.

Why do you think the Artemis Racing boat capsized? Do you think Andrew Simpson could have lived had he been rescued earlier?

Source: Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report

Image: ABC News