7 READERS' LETTERS TWO FROM YORKSHIRE She's petite, elegant, lively. She has personality. She radiates strength into the farthest corners of the roomIf you come across her in the factory and you don't know her, then it seems as if all her attention is constantly focused on the job in hand. She is head of the Production Planning and Control department at our Macomer brewery in Sardinia(Italy). Her work Husband Hobby A WOMAN OF STRENGTH Isetta Fancello sits opposite us in her roomy office. "It's twenty years now since I first joined Dreher in Macomer, where I started out as a clerical assistant. Then I became a management secretary. Some time later I started handling part of the buying work as well. Seven years ago this department was set up and I became its head. There were other candidates as well, I think. I recall that not everyone agreed when I was the one chosen." Pencil in hand, she emphasises what she says. Jotting down numbers and letters on the piece of paper in front of her. Forcefully. Isetta Fancello got married thirteen years ago. Now she has a daughter of 12 and a son of 10. She admits that it's not so easy to have a job and to be a mother and wife at the same time. At the office she is responsible for planning the production. All raw materials and packaging materials are bought in centrally by the head office in Milan. But she has to make sure that there is a sufficient supply of them in Macomer. All other goods needed for the production at this location are bought in by her. She supervises the stores. She keeps an eye on the budget and her work also includes a whole range of other administrative duties. Seven people are there to help her. The fact that there are more men than women in the business doesn't bother her one way or the other. "I like my work and I'm very satisfied with it. But the moment I get home, I shut my job out of my mind. Then I'm a womana mother and a housewife .I'm not against women's emancipation. I'm a feminist, but I'd never go demonstrating on the streets carrying a banner. After allwomen will continue to fulfil their traditional role, because there are certain things that husbands don't like doing. Even though they would be capable of doing them. My husband is a civil servant and his working hours differ from mine. Fie helps out in the house as well, when that's necessary." She'd seemed a stern woman before our talk. But now she's turned out to be really charming. A woman from top to toe. It's not difficult to believe that, once she's at home, she can forget all about her work. In her office she often mixes that charm with the strength that's made her what she is: a strong, independent woman who knows her aim in life. "I think that, together with the family, the school really has to train children for their future. It's nice if your children can become doctors, lawyers or something like that later on in life. It would be good if my children could go Isetta Francello with her family. to a school that educated them to do jobs that are in demand nowadays. We have to adapt to our times. I also have to move with the times. Here, this computer terminal, that's the proof." She's always wanted to study languages. But her parents didn't much want to send her to a university outside of Sardinia. So nothing came of her wish. Instead she started working for Dreher. "My work is my hobby," she says in conclusionAnd there's no tone of regret in her voice. The languages can wait until she's retired. Isetta Fancello.a successful career at our Dreher subsidiary in Sardinia (Italy). In Holland we have six Yorkshire coach horses. They weigh about 850 kilograms each and are one of the biggest breeds in the worldOne of our employees has a Yorkshire terrier. That's a miniature breed. This toy dog weighs in at a mere 1.3 kilograms. How is it that you can buy flamingos for your office in Zoeterwoude? Surely, these are protected birds in Europe? Piera Serra, Macomer (Sardinia) Italy. J hat's right, but the birds we have come from Rotterdam Zoo, where they were also born. So they haven't heen captured. The zoo also still concerns itself with their care. Why don't we brew the beer of one of our foreign breweries under licence in Holland? Jarti Suratman, Amsterdam (Holland) That would be possible, but it would have to be sold in big quantities to make it worthwhile. At the moment we do import a few foreign beers and sell them here in Holland. Our experience in this respect is that the turnover is too small to start brewing them here. But it is quite possible that we may start doing this at some future date. Why does Heine ken use green as its main colour? Mario Zandomeneghi, Popoli (Italy) Even before the war there were green Heineken labels. The use this colour therefore has its roots in history. It's no longer possible to trace why green was originally chosen. But we do know that we have kept on using green ever since. Perhaps it's got something to do with what people think when they see a particular colour. Green reminds people of easy digestibility. Why? No-one knows for sure. But it's likely that this colour is associated with vegetables.

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