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Gondolier to remain male occupation

There is not a single female among the 425 gondoliers in Venice and for years Alexandra Hai has been attempting to change this by becoming the only female to power the elegant, slipper-shaped boats along the canals of the northern Italian city. To this end she recently took her Gondolier test for the third time and, once again, failed the practical side. She first sat the test in 1999, and after her most recent failure, has finally decided to call it a day.