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Donkin's World: A Man's Drawer

...handkerchiefs, compasses, money belt, pen knives, travel plug adaptors, ear plugs, garden ties and labels, bow ties and old keys...

A man's drawer is his grown up security blanket, says Richard Donkin.

Do please visit Richard's well-stocked Web site

Details of his book Blood, Sweat and Tears which is acclaimed world-wide can be found here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Sweat-Tears-Evolution-Work/dp/1587990768/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1214554429&sr=1-2

I have just been watching Michael McIntyre's latest CD which would make a great gift for a mum or dad if you happen to be stuck for something. McIntyre seems to be popular with the whole family.

His humour is observational and one of his best routines discusses the "man drawer". All men seem to have them once they enter a long term relationship. It's the drawer they manage to get for themselves when their partner has grabbed all the others, says McIntyre here.

My father had one in which he kept his pipes, handkerchiefs and various keepsakes. I remember it smelled of tobacco. It was a drawer you visited as a child when you were "routing," or poking about for things.

I don't recall consciously establishing one. That's the thing about a man drawer - it just sort of happens. Mine does not look like this which is more of a bits drawer. I have things like that in the garage.

No, the true man drawer is a mixture of things that says something about your character. Because it is a man drawer it must have important items such as, in my case, passports and driving licence. It also has potentially useful items: bicycle clips, shoe horn, a football boot stud, cuff links, bands that hold your sleeves up, gas lighter (I don't smoke), a ball of string, assorted garters and handkerchiefs, compasses, money belt, pen knives, travel plug adaptors, ear plugs, garden ties and labels, bow ties and old keys.

McIntyre mentions old keys too. Why do we keep them? I guess they are symbolic in some way of power. The key opens things to which we are otherwise denied access. The problem is that we no longer have any idea what these things might be. But the key, nevertheless, maintains its sense of mystery and relevance. Perhaps that's what we're seeking to do as men.

The man drawer is a kind of grown up security blanket. I find that looking inside it has a calming effect. But the opposite can happen too, if something is not there. So you err on the side of caution and deposit things there, "just in case."

As McIntyre says, there are instructions for things long gone and there are treasures too. But these are man treasures. Some of these treasures such as my father's and grandfathers' war medals recall past deeds of men. They are rightly treasures. But others, such as the African seed pod and the squashed cent from the Empire State building are there, well, because they are and always will be.

Men shouldn't have to justify their man drawer. It's there and that's the end of it. When women have taken over the world it may be the last survivor of our masculinity. All we stand for, all we shall ever be, all we are and all we need - in a drawer.


Michael Mcintyre's latest CD http://www.michaelmcintyre.co.uk/

McIntyre says http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2019011/posts

A man drawer http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1184322.ece


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