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The Complete Blokes and Sheds Stories From the Shed : Stories From the Shed - Mark Thomson

The Complete Blokes and Sheds Stories From the Shed

Stories From the Shed

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A collection of stories and anecdotes about Australian men and their sheds in this new, combined edition of the bestselling books Blokes & Sheds and Stories from the Shed. An Aussie man's pride can be measured by his shed - its size, what he stores in it, and what he can fix in it. Here, two bestselling books come together in one edition to explore and explain the male obsession with structures of corrugated iron, beer fridges, dartboards and piles of timber offcuts. In Blokes & Sheds, Mark shows how, like the dunny, the footy game and the meat pie with sauce, the shed has an important place in Australian culture and mythology. It stands as a symbol of the Aussie male's ingenuity, a testimony to his ability to fix anything with a length of fencing wire, a hammer and a piece of 4" x 2". In Stories from the Shed, enthusiasts from around the country come clean and tell how it really is the last bastion of Aussie maledom. And apparently it's not all hammers, nails and timber offcuts. Set against a backdrop of wall-to-wall stuff, junk, gear, supplies and stock, these funny and affectionate stories capture the past, present and future of a changing Aussie shedland. This edition is a must for every father, brother, husband or son who has a dream: his very own shed.

Blokes & Sheds
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
The author's shed: A place to muck aroundp. x
Now there's a good shed ... Introductionp. 2
Definitions: So what is a shed anyhow?p. 5
Rural origins: Fixing everything with a bit of fencing wire, an old tin can and an axep. 8
Rule 1: Never throw anything out: Thrift and the satisfaction of keeping thingsp. 18
In praise of disorder: Coexisting with the appearance of chaosp. 30
A place where I make the rules: The impact of the shed on personal and family lifep. 38
The social shed: Bakers, boxers, bands and morep. 56
The shed economy: Being able to do things properlyp. 74
Fathers and sons (and daughters too): Do young people still appreciate a good shed?p. 88
Retiring to the bench: Those retirement homes can be real killersp. 98
The illicit shed: The ones that couldn't be shownp. 112
Handy tips for the would-be shed owner: Hints and advice from the expertsp. 114
Stories from the Shed
Introductionp. 124
The Corrugated Kingdomp. 129
Alice in Shedlandp. 130
The guardian angelp. 134
Gusp. 138
Simultaneous intention recognitionp. 142
The workshop workshopp. 150
Like hell I willp. 154
Remembering Dadp. 161
Planned all roundp. 162s
The original handymanp. 170
Show polish and stoutp. 176
Jack of all trades, master of nonep. 180
It might come in handy one dayp. 184
Charles's journeyp. 192
Shed therapyp. 198
Funny Businessp. 201
Sheductionp. 202
The shed for all reasonsp. 206
The flying shedp. 208
Sprungp. 214
Lossp. 217
The day of the pigp. 218
Shedworldp. 224
Winter in Hawthornp. 230
Death of a shed manp. 236
The eggp. 242
Men and their sheds: the dark sidep. 248
Stuffp. 255
Juggedp. 256
The inspectionp. 262
Anthropologists, keep out!p. 266
The shed geologistp. 270
The modern shedp. 274
Cleaning out the shedp. 276
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ISBN: 9780207198236
ISBN-10: 0207198233
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 23rd October 2002
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 24.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.63