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Tuesday, 19 December, 2000, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Introducing the Christmas Stress-o-meter!

Day 1: Not feeling too bad, but what's coming?
As Monty Python put it in Life of Brian:
When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle!

There's plenty to grumble about at the moment, and - let's face it - things are going to get worse before the week is out.


Life needn't be a stress. Chill.

  • As Tony Blair himself confessed, it is "hell" out there on the railways. And if you haven't booked a ticket, the prospect is even worse.

  • And don't think it's going to be easy on the roads either. Experts warn of gridlock.

  • Are you getting wound up because you think you've been snubbed by your nearest and dearest, who haven't sent you a Christmas card? Well you might be right. OR it could be down to a spate of strikes in postal sorting offices.

  • And what about the weather? Forecasts are gloomy and there are still 26 flood warnings.

  • Which is to say nothing of the impending stress of having to deal with awkward family members over the next week.

  • Or Christmas shopping.

    BUT NOW, thanks to BBC News Online, you can let the stress out! Tell us your tales of rail and rain, mail and pain.

    The Stress-o-meter will be updated during the week to take account of the rising temperature and to help everyone deal with it. Come back and check how we all are doing.

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