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Fewer Baths

About 10 years ago an article in a leadership magazine moaned about the loss of strategic thinking by managers, and rather bizarrely attributed this in part to the fact that showers were becoming much more popular, and that "long soaks in a bath" were on their way out. A recent study on behalf of Oxfam has confirmed this trend. many household baths are now unused or used only occasionally (the study said only 5 times a month, half what it was in 2000), not primarily for environmental reasons of using less water but for time reasons because showers are quicker. 11% of households have had their baths actually taken out, usually to be replaced by a walk-in shower. Hopefully, Christian leaders are still taking baths rather than showers!
(From  'Future First', Number 21, June 2012)