Manshakes, The Apprentice and drunken arguments

First of all, it seems as though my handshake post had an influence on a couple of people, namely Ryan Walker and Scott Wilkins (who scored 2/10 and 5/10 respectively).

I was greeted not by limp, wet kipper, but in fact by two firm manshakes with added eye contact and smiles. Scott even through in a cheeky wink, just for good measure.

Anyway, handshake improvements all round, well done lads.

Philip The Apprentice Taylor, not to be confused with Phil The Power Taylor

Philip The Apprentice Taylor, not to be confused with Phil The Power Taylor

Secondly, moving on to my favourite show of the week, The Apprentice. I was too busy laughing at Ben’s aggressive performance in the boardroom (“Let’s talk about £5 and £700 if you want to talk about idiots”) to notice that Philip wears make-up and straightens his hair.

Adrian Chiles pointed this out for me on The Apprentice: You’re Fired. It takes a brave man to admit this on national telly, whether you consider it unmanly or not. I commend you on your bravery, Phil, but not on the make-up. Maybe I’m just jealous he carries it off better than I did.

Round One - Ryan (Top) vs Scott (Bottom)

Round One - Ryan (Top) vs Scott (Bottom)

And finally, moving on to last night’s shenanigans. After a lovely evening of throwing shapes all across the dance floor, I was looking forward to enjoying my Subway sandwich on the way home in the car.

Unfortunately, my moment with the sandwich was ruined by what can only be described as petty squabbling on the back seat.

I’m not sure what started the debate, but Ryan and Scott, now buoyed by their handshake improvements, went on for half an hour about whether drinking a VK is as manly as drinking a beer.

As it got more heated (I blame the Stella at £1.30 a bottle), I got more involved and somehow accusations were soon running rife of me wearing pink. I can guarantee this has never happened (silly hats don’t count).

However, their squabbling backed-up what my blog is all about. One of them asked the other (I can’t remember which way round it was) why is it considered more manly to drink beer? The other replied that it’s like why boys wear blue and girls wear pink. There is no reasoning, it’s all about society.

I feel that over the past few weeks, this blog has created debates amongst my friends, which is what I set out to achieve. Keep debating guys! I’m sure this isn’t the last I will hear from Scott and Ryan… await round two.

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4 Responses to Manshakes, The Apprentice and drunken arguments

  1. kerry says:

    what sandwich did you go for?

  2. stuartpeterkeithlewis says:

    I’m glad you are helping create a serious and thoughtful debate about modern day Britain, Kerry.

    It was chicken and bacon maybe? Not entirely sure, but there were jalepenos!

  3. James Clarke says:

    I love this. I wish I was there for the debate.

  4. Matt Brogan says:

    I saw an interesting show on the National Geographic Channel. Yes, I am a huge dork, and that’s fine by me, I like being the way I am. The show was basically about gender being a “learned” occurrence. There really is no difference between the sex and gender of a human being when everything starts, beyond the difference in physical characteristics, of course, which even so are the exact same in the first stages of womb development. Being a boy, or being a girl, or being neither, or being both is all a “learned” societal effect. It was fascinating, and I couldn’t disagree with any of it. However, I just felt like I had to share this because the substance of the ‘other’s argumentum stance rings a familiar tone.

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