Sam de Brito has spent more than a decade writing for TV, film and newspapers. In his books, No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty and No Sex With Your Ex, he offers advice to his unborn children. In his offerings The Lost Boys and Hello Darkness, he takes the pulse of Aussie manhood. Now it's your turn as he expounds on the business of being a bloke.

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    The point

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    Sam de Brito A couple of months ago I sat in on a rather thought-provoking "boot-camp" for men trying to improve their social skills with women and the head-trainer said something I've rolled around in my mind...

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    Immortal

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    Sam de Brito In the lead-up to his death from cancer last year, R U OK Day founder Gavin Larkin had the touching idea of delivering his own eulogy via a video he recorded ...

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    Big boy's pants

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    Sam de Brito Earlier this year, the wildly popular American advice columnist Dan Savage was asked if he wore shorts and replied "No. I'm a grown up" ...

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    Governed by inferiors

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    Sam de Brito A while ago, Plato apparently said "one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors", which I'm sure would ring in the ears of every...

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    Unintended consequences

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    Sam de Brito Every time I visit a Third World country, I'm impressed that items designed for one use have been converted into something else entirely.

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    The cycle

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    Sam de Brito It's easy to be outraged about what's happening in Gaza but, then you see pictures of Palestinian gunmen dragging the body of a dead, accused Israeli-collaborator behind a motorbike and your sympathy...

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    First world ...

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    Sam de Brito Over winter, great hordes of our population seem to have been infected by the phrase "First World problem"; a knowing pronouncement uttered after someone complains about getting too much feta in...

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    Instruments or authors?

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    Sam de Brito After Lance Armstrong defiantly tweeted a picture of himself reclining on his couch under his seven Tour de France yellow jerseys on Tuesday, I got an email from a friend who wrote "this guy is...

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    Build an art gallery, James

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    Sam de Brito From a plebeian perspective, one of the misfortunes of the Packer fortune is that Kerry and his son James grew up with an abiding love of casinos and gambling instead of art galleries ...

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    They blinked

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    Sam de Brito Recently, I attended a large fundraiser, diligently organised by wonderful people to raise money for a fantastic cause ...

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    Wi-Finance

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    Sam de Brito Not to bang on about it, but I'm currently in Vietnam having a truly great holiday and once again I've been struck by how much Australians overcomplicate things ...

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    Untranslatable

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    Sam de Brito There's a term in Vietnamese "di nhau" which basically translates as "meeting friends to have a cheap beer at a streetside stall, eat small plates of food and shoot the breeze" but, aside from that...

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    Bores

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    Sam de Brito It's troubling to admit, but I'm a bore. A "new-father bore" to be precise - one of those blokes who whips out his mobile to show you the video of him looking for "monsters" with his two-year-old...

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    Check out my D-pouch

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    Sam de Brito I think I've worked out how to slow down this "I'm-gonna-take-a-picture-of-my-penis-and-send-it-to-a-girl-I-just-met" phenomenon that seems to have captured the hearts, minds and thumbs of so many...

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    Brazen

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    Sam de Brito Can someone please explain to me the logic of having a bookmaker like Tom Waterhouse - whose entire meaning for being is to fleece punters - giving veiwers tips for what horse is going to win a race...

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    Enough

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    Sam de Brito Cheery fellow I am, I like to play a game called "Would I Eat This If It Was World War II?" ...

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    Values

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    Sam de Brito Had an interesting response to Tuesday's post from a fellow named Joseph Kanti, who argued quite persausively that the "change" in attitudes of men on Grand Final day "was not an evolution but a...

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    Strange men

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    Sam de Brito Like many of you, I watched the Grand Final(s) last month but did it with a group of strange men - blokes I largely didn't know ...

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    Life's most persistent and urgent question

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    Sam de Brito Early this week I clicked on a link tweeted by a woman I follow on the world's favourite micro-blogging site and came across a quote by American novelist, AM Homes.

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    The "yeah, but" speech

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    Sam de Brito Gotta say I'm surprised that what may become the most memorable, if not the defining, speech of Julia Gillard's tenure as Prime Minister is still being met with the words "yeah, but" by many men (and...

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