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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    All Men are Liars

    Leisure

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    Sam de Brito A while ago I heard a bushy-tailed PR-type say "busy is the new happy" and, after unclenching my fists and breathing through the desire to headbutt him, I realised he might actually be on to...

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    The "no d#@*heads" policy

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    Sam de Brito Now the cheering and jeering has stopped, the crowds returned home, the muddied boots chucked back in the cupboard and the football season (at least in the two codes that matter) put to bed ...

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    The vibe

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    Sam de Brito Julia can. Tony cannot. Malcolm will. Kevin will not. No, Dr Seuss isn't visiting Canberra, I jotted those words down recently because - to paraphrase The Castle's Dennis Denuto - it seems to be "the...

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    Into Eternity

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    Sam de Brito In the past couple of months, I've seen two documentaries that provide rather daunting commentaries on both the immensity and miniscule nature of what it means to be human ...

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    No cash here

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    Sam de Brito Say what you want about drug dealers but you're never going to get stuck behind one at the EFTPOS terminal in the supermarket as they fumble with maxed-out credit cards - those dudes always have cash...

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    Angry young men

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    Sam de Brito Jeez, isn't it unfashionable to be angry? I don't mean phoning-up-the-radio-to-complain-about-them-boat-people-angry.

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    Missing

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    Sam de Brito Darrell Baldock's daughter, Samantha, went missing July 18, this year but unless you live in South Australia, there's a good chance you've never heard of her ...

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    The new etiquette

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    Sam de Brito A couple of months ago, an old bloke who lives in my neighbourhood tripped on a gutter and stripped 30cms of skin off his shin ...

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    Why do sports matter?

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    Sam de Brito I've always had an uneasy relationship with football - mainly because I was so crap at it - but also because I distrust mass hysteria and certainty and you'll find both of those in spades amongst...

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    Manorexia

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    Sam de Brito I met a guy the other day who didn't eat. Well, I guess he ate sometimes or else he'd never do poop and as the saying goes - "you don't shit, you die" ...

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    The i-generation

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    Sam de Brito There's a famous scene in the 1949 Orson Welles movie The Third Man where his character Harry Lime talks about the gifts of adversity ...

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    Glass mouses

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    Sam de Brito No doubt many people are shaking their heads after the revelation rugby league player and "online bullying crusader" Robbie Farah is guilty of the behaviour he's so outraged by, however, it shouldn't...

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    Sticks and stones

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    Sam de Brito Seriously ... we're letting a rugby league football player lead the discussion about online freedom of speech in this country?

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    Trigger warning?

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    Sam de Brito If you read a lot of feminist websites and blogs like - believe it or not - I do, you'll be familiar with the term "trigger warning" which runs at the head of many articles or posts dealing with...

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    Agitation amid abundance

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    Sam de Brito Seeing as y'all enjoyed the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau last week, I thought I might follow up today with something from his intellectual heir, French thinker and political philosopher, Alexis de...

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    Room to Read

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    Sam de Brito Recently, I met a young Perth woman who'd had both her knees broken with a crowbar by her boyfriend ...

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    Knowing your place

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    Sam de Brito Does anybody else get a chuckle out the constant teeth-gnashing by the rugby union fraternity, as they kid themselves there's actually something wrong with the world order of that sport when...

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    Seeming to be

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    Sam de Brito Lemme throw a quote at you and see if you can guess when it was written: "The citizen, constantly beside himself, knows only how to live in the opinion of others and it is from their judgment alone...

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    Noble lies

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    Sam de Brito Didn't the Olympics dismantle one of our favourite national myths - that our "selfless" athletes "do it for Australia"?

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    This is why I'm broke

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    Sam de Brito I have railed many times against the mindless consumerism that infects just about every sentient being on this once thrifty continent but sometimes you come across something so ridiculously,...

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