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...as found by BBC Monitoring 21 September 2016 Image copyright PER-ERIK JADERBERG/AFP/Getty Images Image caption This has become a familiar sight for the town's residents each Christmas A Swedish town famous for its Christmas tradition of erecting a giant straw goat has said extra efforts will be made to protect the attraction from arsonists this year. Yule goats are a Scandinavian tradition, and a huge version has appeared in the town of Gavle every year since 1966. But despite pulling in the crowds, the goat has regularly met a fiery fate. It has been destroyed on 34 occasions, including last year when it survived Christmas, only to be doused with petrol and set alight on 27 December. Now, councillors are determined that the goat's 50th anniversary remains flame-free. The town is upping this year's Christmas celebration budget by 850,000 kroner ($99,000; 76,000), and some of flights to vegas from little rock that cash will go on extra security, the Gefle Dagblad newspaper reports. "There will be more guards - we have said that we should try to have a 'goat guarantee' on the first weekend," says councillor Helene Akerlind. As The Local points out, the straw goat has become quite a celebrity, even having its own Twitter account with nearly 9,000 followers. Despite the councillors' security plans, a poll by the SVT public broadcaster suggests some Swedes don't hold out much hope. Half of those responding think it's going to burn anyway, compared to 31% who are confident it'll survive - the rest either don't know, or don't care.
"People think there's glamour associated with this job, and there is to some extent when you're talking about, 'I just got back from Beijing, and I know the best shops in the Pearl Market,' or 'I spent Chinese New Year in Hong Kong,' or 'after spending the day at Ipanema Beach in Rio, we went to a fabulous churrascaria,'" Annette Long, a flight attendant with 13 years of experience, previously told Business Insider . "But the job itself is far from glamorous," she continues. "Even if you're working in first class or business class, it's not glamorous at all." Long says that many flight attendants don't realize just what the job entails until they're doing it, and passengers often get the wrong idea of what they do for a living. To set the record straight, we asked flight attendantseverywhere to weigh in on some of the most common misconceptions out there, and more than 60 responded. We've anonymously included some of their answers here: Putting bags in overhead bins forpassengers is part of the job "Our companies don't cover our injuries if we get hurt lifting your bags." Flight attendants love givingattitude "While, yes, there are some jaded flight attendants out there, we're fully equipped to save you and your loved ones in an emergency. We don't tell you to fasten your seatbelts to be jerks we do it for your safety." Flight attendants party all the time "Most layovers are short, and you barely have time for food and a good nights sleep." "We spend most layovers in bed with wine and Netflix." Flight attendants aren't intelligent "I'm a huge nerd, and science is my favorite thing. My second favorite is making people comfortable and happy." Flight attendants are so different from everyone else "People think we have an unlimited amount of energy and we only work one or two days a week. Most of us fly full schedules and have families. We are actually pretty normal." Flight attendants are always surrounded by people "Far from it the lifestyle can be very lonely." Flight attendants are uneducated "In fact, we are probably more educated than most." There are no straight male flight attendants "Not all male flight attendants are gay." Flight attendants are only trained to serve peanuts and coffee "The reality is that we are highly training to get you off of the plane in an emergency. We spend 12-hour days, six days a week, for several weeks to ensure we are qualified to take care of you in a medical emergency or a flight emergency, all the while serving you and making sure you're happy." Flight attendants sleep around "A common misconception is that since we sleep in so many different places, we must also sleep around." Flight attendants get to fly for free wherever and whenever they want "We fly standby, and flights are always full." Flight attendants don't have families of their own "We are not all young, single, and looking for a good time." Flight attendants have a certain route "You most likely will be on reserve out of training with almost no control over your schedule." Flight attendants are automatons "We need to eat and use the airplane lavatories, too." Flight attendants areglorified waitresses "Our job is dangerous, physically demanding, and laden with immense responsibility for the safety, security, and survival of our passengers." Flight attendants are all just looking for dates or rich husbands "We may be married with children, not looking for dates for the night on the plane." Responses have been edited for clarity.
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