1. OPENING JARS – She’s struggling. You take it from her hands, open it
effortlessly and pretend she loosened it for you. She didn’t. Jars are
2. CALLING SOMEONE ‘SON’ – Especially policeman but even saying it to
kids makes you the man.
3. DOING A PROPER SLIDE TACKLE – Beckham free kicks – camp. A Stuart
Pearce tackle is the pinnacle of the game, simultaneously winning the
ball and crippling the man. Magic.
4. SHARPENING A PENCIL WITH A STANLEY KNIFE – Blunt, is it? Hand it here
love. No, I don’t need a sharpener, I’ve got a knife thanks!
5. GOING TO THE TIP – A manly act which combines driving, lifting and -
as you thrillingly drop your rubbish into another huge pile of other
rubbish – noisy destruction.
6. DRINKING UP – Specifically, rising from the table, slinging your coat
on and downing two thirds of a pint in one fluid movement. Then nodding
towards the door, saying, “Let’s go” and striding out while everyone
else struggles to catch up with you. You’re hard.
7. HAVING A THIN BIT OF WOOD – in the shed, solely to stir paint with.
8. HAVING A SCAR – Ideally it’ll be a facial knife wound, but even an
iron burn on the wrist is good. “Ooh, did it hurt”. “Nah”.
9. HAVING A HANGOVER AND THICK STUBBLE – When birds have been partying
they just whinge. You on the other hand have physical evidence of your
hardness, sprouting from your face. “Big night?” Grr, what does it look
10. NODDING AT COPPERS – A moment’s eye contact is all it takes for you
to share the unspoken bond. “We’ve not seen eye to eye in the past”, it
says, “but someone’s got to keep the little scrotes in line”.
11. USING POWER TOOLS – Slightly more powerful than you need or can
safely handle. Pneumatic drilling? Superb.
12. KICKING A FOOTY AGAINST A GARAGE DOOR – Clang-g-g-g-g-g-! Stick that
Becks, I kick so hard I set off car alarms.
13. ARRIVING IN A PUB LATE – And everyone cheers you. It doesn’t mean
you’re popular, it just means your mates are pissed. However, the rest
of the pub doesn’t know that.
14. NOT WATCHING YOUR WEIGHT – Fat is a feminist issue, apparently.
Brilliant. Pass the pork scratchings.
15. CARVING THE ROAST – And saying “are you a leg or breast man?” to the
blokes and “do you want stuffing?” to the women. Congratulations, you
are now your dad.
16. WINKING – Turns women to putty. Doesn’t it?
17. TEST SWINGING HAMMERS – Ideally, B&Q would have little changing
rooms with mirrors so you could see how rugged you look with any DIY
item. Until then, we’ll make do with the aisles.
18. TAKING OUT £200 FROM A CASHPOINT – Okay, so its for paying the
plumber later but with that much cash you feel like a mafia don. The
only thing better is peeling notes off the roll later.
19. PHONE CALLS THAT LAST LESS THAN A MINUTE – Unlike birds, we get
straight to the point. “Alright? Yep. Drink? Red lion? George, it is
then. Seven. See ya.”
20. PARALLEL PARKING – Bosh, straight in. First time. Can Schumacher do
that? No, because his cars got no reverse gear which, technically, makes
you the worlds best driver.
21. HAVING EARNED THAT PINT – Since the dawn of time, men have toiled in
the fields in blistering heat. Why? So when it’s over we can stand there
in silence, surveying our work with one hand resting on the beer gut
while the other nurses a foaming jug of ale. Aaaah.
22. HAVING SOMETHING PROPERLY WRONG WITH YOU – Especially if you didn’t
make a fuss. “Why was I off, nothing much, just a brain haemorrhage”.
23. KNOWING WHICH SCREWDRIVER IS WHICH – “A Phillips? For that? Are you
24. TAKING A NEWSPAPER INTO THE LOO – A visual code that says that’s
right, I’m going in there for a huge, long man-sized poo.