Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: 25 Things you need to be a man

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  • DeepRed,

    anyone who owned a British car in the 80s compulsorily had to learn a great deal of maintenance skills just to keep the bloody things going.

    Like these or these?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4352 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    The ones I can remember were : crafts, public speaking, walking, entertaining, self-presentation (which was how to put on make-up and have good posture) and out of left field - flying.

    Walking? Some people hadn't mastered this by high school?

    This may apply for rear wheel drive cars (depending on the cause of the skid), but for front wheel drive cars you should point the wheels in the direction you are trying to go, and keep your foot on the accelerator (but not too much) so that the front wheels are trying to drag the car in that direction.

    Wait, where does the swearing and screaming come in?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6205 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    some weird sort of recipe for an ideal 'lady'. The ones I can remember were : crafts, public speaking, walking, entertaining, self-presentation (which was how to put on make-up and have good posture) and out of left field - flying.

    Flying? How weird.

    After the patriarchy subjugated teh wimminz and crushed their spirits with a list of repressive skills they have to learn, they decided to balance it out by giving them the skills to escape.

    Fly forever free, Amelia! Don't let them tie you down!

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

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  • Kim_Wright,

    anyone who owned a British car in the 80s compulsorily had to learn a great deal of maintenance skills just to keep the bloody things going.

    Like these or these?

    Oh crikey, yeah I guess saying you owned it in the eighties implied the car was from the eighties.... those 80s models were just shockers, I preferred the 50s and 60s models (column change and only three forward gears anyone?)

    The ones I can remember were : crafts, public speaking, walking, entertaining, self-presentation (which was how to put on make-up and have good posture) and out of left field - flying.

    Flying? Maybe they thought women would be needed in the air corp to defend our shores should our brave lads be overseas fighting ze enemy

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 43 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    anyone who owned a British car in the 80s compulsorily had to learn a great deal of maintenance skills just to keep the bloody things going.
    Like these or these?

    Sheez in the 80's ya bought used french like these.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_403

    http://www.504.org/

    And manly means being able to listen to grown intelligent people converse and learning from the conversation.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1228 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret,

    Walking? Some people hadn't mastered this by high school?

    I know! In hindsight this was actually one of the best options as it just involved 'walking' around in Hagley Park with your friends for a couple of hours.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2007 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    I can do (and have done) 20 of the 25, and I'm just as urban as the most useless of the girlymen that have posted in the thread.

    It's just that I'm not bloody useless with it.

    All due respect. Or whatever. Ahem.

    Hadyn's additions of being able to cook a meal and navigate in a city, are bloody goods ones.

    I'd like to add a couple of other things to the list:
    - Be able to jumpstart a car, and even better crash start one.
    - If you can only drive an automatic, then you're bloody useless.
    - And if you can't back up a trailer, you should at least be able to securely attach one to a towball (because, honestly, I don't give a shit if it takes you 30 minutes to get the thing up your driveway, but if it comes unfastened when you're on the motorway, it won't be a rat I kill with a spade).

    And just incidentally, I reject any requirements for manliness that require killing an animal, or doing anything with an animals remains other than find a respectful way to dispose of them. Handy things when in a pinch, no doubt, but requirements? No.

    (I'm bloody handy in the kitchen with whatever you like, yes I can cook a good steak, or a roast, or whatever you like really. I just don't value killing as a useful trait, so have stopped eating corpses, is all.)

    The more people know about things, the more capable they'll be of getting out of a sticky situation and back to a comfortable life. Which seems bloody handy to me.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 297 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    Bring back tail fins I say! mmmm

    My best mate's dad had one of these - we called it Flash Gordon, took it out for hooning purposes. Bastard to park.

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Hi... I've just leapt over here from another thread, With a question. As part of urban manliness in the 21st century, Is it important to listen to vinyl or will digital only collections alone earn points towards proof of manhood?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

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