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6 June 2014

6 June 2014

Husbands and wives across London gathered last night to hear Tim Dowling’s informed advice on How to be a Husband. At last night’s launch of his book of that title, Dowling told Mr S that marriage isn’t dissimilar from flying in a police helicopter – a task he’d confronted earlier in the day.

‘You get on it, you don’t know where it’s going or why you’re in it,’ he started, before pointing out ‘the difference is that you can’t put children in the helicopter and you can’t get out when the person next to you is being sick.’

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Industry friends were present, including publisher William Sieghart, columnists Janice Turner and Rachel Johnson, and novelists Louisa Young and Ben Mcintyre with wife, journalist Kate Muir. Also in attendance were chefs Simon Hopkinson and Rowley Leigh.

And what did Mrs Dowling make of her husband’s advice? ‘Take a parachute.’


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  • shiva

    I was talking about your ridiculous sentimentalization of the Republicans.
    تور چینکرکره برقیپارتیشن

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Can it really be true that Theresa May is proposing legislation that would make a minimum level conditional on a Brit born and bred husband being able to invite his foreign-born spouse to join him in UK? If so then surely this contravenes the UN Charter of Human Rights. However, on reflection could this is a blessing in disguise? Combining emigration with new spouse acquisition; so obvious when you think it through. Inviting her to join you in UK is a seriously unwise move, as the poisonous version of UK feminism will rapidly turn her into the type of person you went international to avoid. When you are on the point of flying the UK coop, it only takes one straw to make you to hate it and leave it.
    Jack, Japan Alps

  • balance_and_reason

    I think there’s a teeny corner of every wife that wants her bottom to be given a good spanking every now and then.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

      You think or you like to think? Perhaps they’ll introduce a Perv’s Corner in the new Speccie Health supplement, and you can be the blogger for it.

      • balance_and_reason

        I think you are decieving yourself….search deep in your soul and remember if everyone is doing it..its fashionable.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

          There’s that famous “I think” again…. “I think, therefore I blog”. Not really what the philosophers meant by thinking, though.

  • Bonkim

    Learn to ignore what you don’t like in your partner. Like-minded partners – don’t last long as we all change through time and exposure and cease to be like-minded.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

      I find that it just as often works the other way: you cultivate each other into ever more similar outlooks. I’m sure you’ve heard that Fleetwood Mac song in which she sings: ‘Oh I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I’ve built my life around you…’.

      • balance_and_reason

        now you’ve dated yourself…

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

          State my age then, big boy.

          • balance_and_reason

            63

            • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

              That’s a good one; I enjoyed that! Precisely because you are about 100 miles off.

      • Bonkim

        Yes that happens – inertia against change and when it comes break at a late stage.

        There is always an element of politics in human relationships. As long as both feel comfortable with that things continue and as age catches on few other options remain.

  • Kitty MLB

    Its more like floating around in a boat..
    But honestly why do people forever write these self help
    books. Can people just not work things out for themselves
    without advice.
    Marrying a likeminded person even if you have different
    characters is important. Love, respect, space, the ability
    to forget and being able to laugh together are important.
    And you need no books to tell you that.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

      Can people just not work things out for themselves without advice.
      No, they can’t. Which is why I’m writing one of my own : )

      • Kitty MLB

        I know you are quite right really.The doctor says I am
        ‘Stressed’ (weight loss, not sleeping etc) My husband
        Who would read every book on marriage and every
        other subject has just got me a book on stress.
        Suppose I might read it, but only to keep the husband
        happy and not because its good for me :)

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

          Might be stress. Might be hormone imbalance. Might be loss of muscle mass causing a catabolic chain of reactions (breaking down rather than building up of your bodily systems). Might be plain and quite wholesome unhappiness. You need a corner of yourself to consult because the doc and the husband don’t have the full story about you. And you don’t want them leading you (however good-naturedly) astray.

          • Kitty MLB

            You mentioned something I hadn’t thought of myself. Thank you.

            • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

              Best of luck to you. Life isn’t easy for a thoughtful human being!

          • balance_and_reason

            What did people do before stress was invented?

            • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

              Suffered all the time and died young.

        • allymax bruce

          Forget her book, Kitty. Trust your own advice.

          • Hexhamgeezer

            Beer, is the answer. Always. And single malts.

            • allymax bruce

              When I was studying for my Psychology degree, the professor told us that we should sit the written exam, exactly in the ‘state’, we learned our psych-work. I actaully did not bad considering I was smashed!

              • Hexhamgeezer

                Got a niece doing Psych – I’ll pass that on….

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