Luxury spa breaks, sailors and Swedish pop

Luxury spa breaks, sailors and Swedish pop

As part of #officesportingmadness we’re giving away a luxury spa break for two.  But what’s that got to do with dancing sailors?

At the start of the World Cup I was a firm #footballwidow.  But as it’s gone on, I’m afraid I’ve been converted to the ‘dark side’.  Even so, we’re not abandoning the other widows out there.  In fact, we want to treat them to a luxury spa break.

To be in with a chance of winning a break for two, all you have to do is follow @euroffice on Twitter and Join us on Facebook and keep an eye out for our special competition tweets and retweet one before the time is up.

If you win the break, you and your guest will have a range of hotels and spas to choose from.  The two of you will stay overnight in a twin or double room with unlimited access to #spa facilities such as the swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

Along with your day of pampering and lazing, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast and, depending on the place you chose, may even be treated to dinner.   (If the hotel you picked has a gym, why not head down after eating to watch other people exercise?  Take a martini and a piece of cake to taunt them a little.)

So you’re imagining winning, right?  But who are you going to take with you?  Here’s an idea – send out an #SOS to other#footballwidows saying that you need an evening away from the TV.  Those that offer you a sofa and a drink have proved their worth as potential invitees for the spa break.

If you do send out an SOS, then you’re using a code that’s saved the lives of countless sailors over the years.  Invented as an emergency signal for ships, SOS was first used by the Germans and only became standard worldwide in 1905.  (At conference in 1903 the Italians actually suggested SSSDDD, which reads like an accidental text from a phone in someone’s pocket.)

What’s interesting is that SOS doesn’t actually mean anything.  It was chosen because it works well in Morse code: ‘dot dot dot dash dash dash dot dot dot’.  It’s easy to remember and recognisable.  It’s only retrospectively that people claimed it meant ‘save our ship’ or ‘save our souls’.   For a while some boats used CQD as a signal instead, so did that meanCuddling #Quokkas? Delightful!

We must also remember that without the SOS the world would be a poorer place pop-musically.   If you’re a child of the 80s, you’ve got to be familiar with The Police and Message in a Bottle.  How many people danced in front of their mirror to that?  But perhaps the most famous song about the emergency signal is SOS by #Abba.   Oh yes, I know you’ve sung this drunkenly with your friends.  Perhaps you can sing it at the spa?   You’d better follow @euroffice and join the fun on Facebook to give yourself a chance to win that break. 🙂


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