What is behind this ill wind for insurers Backchat wondered while reading Private Eye's Funny Old World recently. Is it down to irreconcilable differences between the sexes or the rise of a claims culture?

The satirical mag reports that Consignia (formerly the Post Office) has issued a formal notice, warning staff not to break wind on duty, and stating that it could constitute harassment.

But one mail worker said that farting only became a problem when the company started employing female staff.

Apparently there has been a recent test case in Ireland in which a female member of staff successfully took her employer to an industrial tribunal, claiming constructive dismissal after he had refused to take action over a colleague's habit of breaking wind.