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One of the most startling jobs I did when I worked as an advertising copywriter, was write the manual on grooming and deportment for Qantas staff.

Why startling?

Well, in the world of the advertising creative, jeans is as dressy as it gets. So I wasn’t exactly a sartorial expert.

It didn’t stop me issuing stern instructions about not turning up to work with wet hair, however, even if I was guilty of that myself sometimes.

And it’s amazing what you learn – for example, that stewardesses get issued 18 pairs of nylons a year!

How to be a Qantas hostie
How to be a Qantas hostie


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