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Weekly wash up – Sunday 22nd May 2011

Apologies for the late WWU, things have been pretty busy. The first week of Better Man in a Month has finished, how are you doing so far on the challenges and what are your thoughts? Do you find them worthy things to try or do you disagree? I’m always after feedback of any sort, let me know at enquiries@themensdomain.com.au

Quote of the week – Michael Jordan

Man is this a great quote. Similar has been spoken by many great men in the past, but to have it summed up with statistics as well shows you just how profound it is.

Video of the week – Jack Sparrow

I had a couple of choices for the video this week, but it had to go to Jack Sparrow. It’s the Lonely Island’s (of SNL fame) latest music video offering and it is hilarious. I’ve been keeping an eye on it on youtube and it’s getting upwards of a million hits a day. Clearly everyone else is enjoying it too. Keep an eye out for next week’s video – it will blow your mind.

Book of the week – Cook with Jamie Oliver

I’ve done a bit of cooking instruction already on the site, if you are interested in really improving your understanding of food this is a brilliant place to start. Jamie goes through different meats and the cuts, seafood, vegetables and others. There are plenty of recipes but the strength of this book is the base knowledge it is concerned with.

Drink of the week – Stone’s ginger beer (alcoholic)

I’m in one of those moods lately where I just don’t feel like my old favourites. I’ve been trying something new every week and the weekend just past it was Stone’s ginger beer. Stone’s are famous for their green ginger wine which I am a big fan of, this latest offering has a similar taste and is something a bit different.

Product of the week – Green Magnitude creatine

It’s less than a month to judo national titles for me which means I’m training really hard. Green mag is like crack for working out. It increases strength, endurance and recovery from hard exercise. I’ve tried a lot of different supplements and can honestly say they have all been a giant waste of money – except this one. If you are already at your peak, this will take you past it.


Finally, I want to pass on something really important. The Commonwealth Bank is running a community seeds program where you log onto their Facebook site and pick one out of 6 charities. Whichever you pick, the Bank donates a dollar to. That’s a dollar to a charity for just a couple of clicks. Seriously, get on it.

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Weekly wash up – Sunday 15th May 2011

Well it’s been another week with not enough posts done and again I must apologise. Apart from being busy, the couple of articles I had written and intended to publish just weren’t working and so rather than just put them up anyway I’ve saved them for a later date when I have gotten them right. Fear not, however, because tomorrow we kick off the Better Man in a Month series. Every day (except for Sundays) there will be a new challenge for you to help improve yourself as a man. Some will be hard, some will be easy, some you may have done before. Either way, by the end of the month I expect plenty of good stories and plenty of growth from everyone that tries it.

Quote of the week – John F Kennedy

This is one of my favourite quotes. In today’s world where we tend to separate ourselves from each other based not so much on race anymore but religious beliefs, political views, socio economic status and so on, this quote from JFK seems especially pertinent.

Video of the week – The honey badger with original narration by Randall

I don’t know who Randall is, all I know is that this video is hilarious. Warning to those that might have kids in the room or at work, keep the sound down because there’s a bit of swearing involved.

Book of the week – Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

A classic piece of science fiction, it is more a mouthpiece for the author’s political views and philosophy than a story with a beginning and an end. Nonetheless I find his beliefs fascinating and not too far off the mark – considering it was written in 1959 the author’s take on where society would go is actually rather accurate. Keep in mind this book is nothing at all like the movie of the same name, they are so different one could almost ask how Paul Verhoeven even managed to come up with the movie he did.

Drink of the week – Maxwell spiced mead

This is an interesting one. Mead was commonly consumed in the feudal period in Europe and is made by fermenting honey. Add some cinnamon, cloves and a few other spices and you have a very unique drink by today’s standards. Pair it with a dessert and enjoy.

Product of the week – Leatherman multi tool

The Swiss army knife of our generation, the Leatherman range of multi tools are a fantastic, compact way of carrying around just about any tool you are going to need in a pinch.

Poll of the week – Osama Bin Laden

A week too late, but what do you think of OBL’s death? What does it mean for us?

Odds and ends

I’ve seen a few great articles this last week on other sites:

http://www.cracked.com/article_15231_7-reasons-21st-century-making-you-miserable.html – The article is fantastic and they have plenty more there. Stop by and lose yourself for an hour.

http://artofmanliness.com/2011/05/01/the-art-of-conversation-how-to-avoid-conversational-narcissism/ – Another great article by Brett and Kate over at the Art of Manliness. There’s a couple of excellent new ones as well, I’m definitely going to give the making your own soap one a shot.

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Weekly wash up – Sunday 8th May 2011

My apologies to all my readers out there for not having posted anything for the last 3 days. As I had to travel interstate for my wife’s graduation ceremony (a big congrats to her by the way!) amongst other things I have been too busy to get online for more than 5 minutes at a time. Rest assured, there is always more great content coming.

Quote of the week – Gene Kranz

This week’s quote is a long one, so I’m presenting it here rather than in its usual spot on the left. It was said by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz to Mission Control after the Apollo I launchpad fire that killed all 3 astronauts.
“Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job.

We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write ‘Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.”

Video of the week – Laird Hamilton

I had forgotten about this video until I stumbled upon it the other day. Laird Hamilton is one of the pioneers of big wave surfing, and as far as the best of the best list goes, it’s all him. This video showcases a ride of his in Teahupoo in Tahiti, known variously as “wave of a lifetime” “wave of the millennium” and quite simply “THAT wave”. Have a watch and tell me the guy doesn’t have balls of steel.

Book of the week – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

One of my favourite books of all time, this is one I almost read cover to cover without putting down. It showcases a tribe of Mexicans that are legendary for running obscene distances regularly, but also veers off into tangents of how humans are made to run, the history of running, running footwear and so on. I’m not a runner, and this book had me enthralled from start to finish.

Drink of the week – Magners pear cider

I’ve been a huge cider fan for a long time, but recently I’ve become a bit bored of apple cider and decided to give my taste buds a change with some pear cider. I prefer it a lot more now – it’s got more of a uniquely pear flavour than apple cider does. Apple cider tends to have a somewhat generic flavour that a lot of the time doesn’t actually taste like apple, but pear cider seems to taste like pear more often than not. Magners is one of my favourite brands.

Product of the week – IWC Grande Complication

Wow, this is a beautiful watch. IWC only put out 50 of these puppies a year. Why? There are 659 components to this watch with 21 functions, fitted in a Portuguese 18 carat rose gold casing. The price? A cool $300k+. Yep, not likely we’ll see one anytime soon, but it’s always nice to dream huh?

Sales

I have several items on sale at ebay this week. Firstly, the Merkur 34c HD razor with blade sampler. A beautiful razor for the beginner or experienced wet shaver at a great price. For those with a little less cash on them, or just not sure where to start their wet shaving journey, the Feather Popular razor is a good choice. For shaving brushes, I have a Simpsons Colonel in best badger which is an absolutely beautiful brush. Finally, if you’re after razor blades I have 100 packs of Feathers, sharpest blades going around at a great price.

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Weekly wash up – Sunday 1st May 2011

Another week down, the weekend never seems long enough does it?

Quote of the week – Theodore Roosevelt

One of the most loved presidents of the USA, Roosevelt still inspires many today. This quote is absolutely typical of his character and the man he was, always about getting out there and getting things done.

Video of the week – BBC exposes psychics

One my wife came across this week, it’s hilarious. A made up story with 3 psychics tested to see just how full of crap they are. The woman is absolutely shameless with her “trance” she goes into. Watching them told the whole story is a sham is priceless, they are actually pretty good sports but the backtracking is highly amusing.

Book of the week – Across the Nightingale Floor

Written by Lian Hearn, this is the first in a series of books known as Tales of the Otori. Set in a fictitious medieval Japan of political intrigue, assassins with mystical powers and samurai families vying for power, the series is very hard to put down until one reaches the fourth book, Harsh Cry of the Heron, where in my opinion it all falls apart. The first 3 books, however, are great reading.

Drink of the week – Highland Park 12 year old malt whisky

Widely thought of as one of the best value for money scotches out there (~$66 at Dan Murphys), HP12 is a fantastic Scotch for the beginner and experienced Scotch drinker alike. It offers enough complexity and a smokey dry finish for long time Scotch drinkers, but is mild enough with some interesting flavours for someone trying to get their feet wet in the world of single malts.

Product of the week – Vibram Five Fingers Bikila

There’s no doubt about it, VFFs are starting to catch on. A couple of years ago I was pretty much the only person in my area I knew of wearing these puppies and I’d get all sorts of strange and curious looks. Now I see them quite a bit at gyms and they seem to have really caught on in the crossfit community. The Bikila model is specifically for running – with a padded ball of the foot area and some decent tread on the bottom, this model is a bit more heavy duty than many of the others. I’ll never wear a normal shoe again for running.

Odds and ends

Our first monthly wet shave Saturday contest has come to a close. My lovely wife pulled the name out of the hat, congratulations to Adam Boyer on winning a Merkur 34c HD! The competition starts anew this Saturday, so get posting to have a chance at next month’s prize.

Well the Royal wedding is finally done and dusted, no doubt there were plenty of households where men were forced to sit through and are happy that it’s all over. I looked up periodically from the laptop as the wife had it on, it was quite the spectacle and Kate and Will made a great couple. I think all the blokes out there can agree with me that Kate’s sister looked absolutely smoking in that sleek little number she was wearing!

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Weekly wash up Sunday 24th April 2011

Apologies for not having this up on Sunday or even Monday, the public holiday weekend and family commitments conspired to keep me away from the computer for a couple of days which is no doubt a good thing.

Quote of the week – Socrates

Kicking it old school for the quote this week. Every time I hear on a show like Oprah or whatever that it’s ok to be obese and what is on the inside is all that matters (no doubt they are referring to personality, not clogged arteries) I think of this quote by one of the greatest thinkers the Earth has ever known.

Video of the week – How Iron Man should have ended

These videos are great. There are a whole slew of them on youtube or you can go directly to their site http://www.howitshouldhaveended.com. A few miss the mark, but Empire Strikes Back, Superman, Predator, Spiderman 3 to name a few are just hilarious. Gotta love how Superman and Batman are always sitting in the diner sipping coffee.

Book of the week – Kokoda and All Quiet on the Western Front

It was a tough choice for book of the week – so I didn’t make one and instead put both the books I wanted up. Being that yesterday was Anzac day, I wanted to recommend a book that did not glorify war, but gave the reader a real insight into what it is actually like. Kokoda, by Peter Fitzimons is an excellent narrative about the men that fought so bravely on the Kokoda trail – what they went through, how they related to one another and the stuff they were made of. Apart from being insightful it is just a damn good read.

All Quiet on the Western Front is a masterpiece of literature by Erich Maria Remarque. Set in WWI, it follows a German teenager sent to the front lines to fight in the trenches. We get up close and personal with the few guys he spends all his time with, and learn through his eyes just what war is all about for a young man who should be off doing other things. Compelling and heart wrenching, you will not put this book down after the final passage without a great deal of sadness.

Drink of the week – Metala White Label shiraz cabernet 2008

One of my very favourite red wines, it is absolutely perfect for this time of year. Normally less than $25 a bottle, this is a steal with its huge body and rich flavour of berries.

Product of the week – Ogallala Bay Rum aftershave

Aftershave is definitely something that needs to make a comeback. OBR aftershave is my staple and has been for quite a while. John offers fantastic customer service and a range of products including bath and shaving soaps, shampoo and of course aftershave. The bay rum and sandalwood is my favourite with its soft notes of vanilla, but also great is the bay rum, sage and cedar which makes you smell like you just came out of a forest, or the bay rum, limes and peppercorn which is full of zing and perfect for summer. Best of all, these aftershaves are all witch hazel based, not alcohol based so they don’t dry your skin out. I find the bay rum and sandalwood actually gives a little moisture.

Week in review

The hotly anticipate movie Thor finally hit cinemas and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I saw it on IMAX in 3D on Sunday and was suitably impressed with the visuals as well as thankful to everyone involved for producing such a great movie that could easily have been so lame. Go check it out guys, this is one you won’t want to wait to see on DVD.

As we know yesterday was Anzac day, how did you mark the occasion? I’m hoping Friday’s article provoked a little more thought than previous years for all you readers and caused people to stop and think that maybe getting wasted isn’t the best idea. Here’s hoping.

The shopping site is almost up and running and I look forward to offering some great products at the low prices Australians deserve. Wet shave Saturday has been rather quiet so far, there is only one Saturday left this month to get your name in the hat and have a shot at winning our monthly prize so get posting!

In addition to the fantastic badger and blade forums, a new forum devoted to all things shaving for Australians and Kiwis has opened at http://www.paste-and-cut.com.au/forum.php so check it out and maybe make a post or two.

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Weekly wash up – Sunday 17 April 2011

Well that’s the first week under the new format finished, and the response has been good. There are still some touch ups to be made which will be done within 2 weeks or so when the site is fully moved and customised. So, what’s new this week?

Quote of the week – Arnold Schwarzenegger

I don’t know when big Arnie said this or why, but if this quote can’t inspire you for the week ahead, I don’t know what can.

Video of the week – Bill Maher rant on big pharmaceuticals in America

This video was shared by a mate on Facebook and after having a watch I had to put it up here this week in favour of what I already had planned. I don’t watch this show or even know who the guy is, but his wit is amazing and the way he has a go at the big pharmaceuticals in America while managing to make us laugh our asses off is pure genius.

Book of the week – The New Manhood by Steve Biddulph

Simply put, this book should be required reading by every guy when he turns 18 as a prerequisite for being called a man. The first Manhood was great, but this new revised edition just has so much more. Inside are gems of wisdom about the problems men face in society, sexuality, fixing it with your father, improving schools to better suit boys, finding a job that makes you happy and much more. It’s a short read but you won’t want to put it down.

Drink of the week – James Squire Amber ale

Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, the darker beers really start to come into their own. The full bodied flavour you get from a darker beer is welcome once the summer months are gone and the Coronas and Pure Blondes don’t tickle your fancy anymore. The flavour is malty and fruity at the same time and goes fantastically with rich winter dishes like pork belly and the type of food you would get at a German restaurant.

Product of the week – Simpsons shave brushes

Simply put, they are the best. The quality of hair, the amount of hair packed in there and the fact that it is handmade and knotted tells you that serious care and pride goes into the making of these babies. The picture shown is the top of the range, known as the Chubby for its thick handle and amazing density of hair. One of these will set you back $130+ depending on which thickness and grade of hair you want. There are plenty of other great brushes, however, and all of the same amazing quality you’d expect from Simpsons. Check out our Facebook page for Simpson shave brushes at great prices. Who says Australians always get a raw deal in retail?

Odds and ends

We kicked off the first of our competitions yesterday: wet shave Saturday. In case you missed it, all you have to do is jump on our Facebook page on a Saturday and tell us what you shaved with and how good or bad it was. At the end of the month, all the people that posted will be put into a hat and one lucky name will be drawn out for our mystery prize! Every Saturday you make a post, your name goes into the hat, giving you a greater chance to win.

For the Scotch lovers out there, news spread this week that Ardbeg is set to release another expression in its amazing range, Ardbeg Alligator. Aged in charred oak casks, it will focus less on their famous peat smoke flavours and will instead bring out more bourbon type flavours of vanilla and tobacco. It should be interested. More info at http://www.whiskynotes.be/2011/whisky-news/ardbeg-alligator/

In the news

Rajini Narayan, a self-confessed “jealous wife,” poured methylated spirits on her husband’s crotch before setting it alight. The result was a burned down house, damage to neighbouring houses and her husband dead. She said she didn’t mean to do anything more than burn his penis, which “belonged to her”. The verdict came in this week – not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter. Here’s the kicker: she got a 6 year suspended sentence because she “wasn’t in a healthy state of mind” according to the judge. So for killing a man she suspected of cheating by burning him alive, this woman walks away not spending a single day in prison. Our justice system is clearly alive and well. I bet if a man had tried to burn his wife’s breasts off for suspected cheating with the same result, he would have gone to jail for 10 years minimum.

While we are on justice issues, Kelly Lane was this week sentenced to serve 18 years (with a minimum non parole of 13 years) for murdering her newborn child just days after the birth. She was a rising star in water polo and didn’t want to be burdened with the child. This is in contrast to Arthur Freeman, who infamously threw his 4 year old daughter off the West Gate bridge and was sentenced recently to life in prison with a minimum of 32 years behind bars. Call me crazy, but both of these are equally heinous. Why was the man given life and she was only given 18 years? Is it a greater crime for a man to kill a child than a woman?

One thing that has barely been mentioned in the Arthur Freeman case is the custody battle that was happening at the time. He had just had his time reduced with his children by the family courts. When is this adversarial battle over children going to stop when a marriage ends? The pain that it causes all parties involved and the fact that people who once loved one another now have to treat each other as enemies is a continual blight on the legal system and on Australian society. Isn’t it time the politicians looked at reforming this aspect of the legal system?

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Week of Monday 11 April 2011

Welcome to the relaunch of The Men’s Domain! I’ve endeavoured to bring you a more content rich, easier on the eyes and overall better website to help bring the masculinity back into your life. You may have noticed on the left we have a new “of the week” section, this was added to bring you a bit of variety each week in addition to the best stuff found on the net during the week. For this week:

Quote of the week: Richard Dimitri

Richard Dimitri, for those of you that are unaware is the head of Senshido International and an expert in self defence training. Everything I have heard, seen and read about him suggests a straight up, take it him as you see him kind of guy. His quote says a lot about him and a lot about life on the internet these days too. Nice one Richard.

Video of the week: Mentos parody, First Blood.

I love the Mentos parodies. There are a heap of them out there on youtube, some of my favourites are Commando, Bloodsport, Death Wish and American Psycho. It seems the more horrifc and violent the film is, the funnier the clip when it’s matched with the upbeat Mentos theme.

Book of the week: The Great Gatsby

A classic piece of literature, often referred to as one of the Great American novels. It is a fractured take on the American Dream. I read this in year 12 at high school and really did not appreciate it, but as I’ve aged the book seems to speak to me a lot more. The best thing about it is that within only 172 pages F Scott Fitzgerald manages to tell a full and rich story. It is especially pertinent to all those guys out there that have spent years pining over one woman, you may realise in the end it was never worth it.

Drink of the week: Rusty nail

Since I have spoken of Scotch whisky a bit before, I thought this would be a great start for drink of the week. The standard rusty nail is 1 part Scotch, 1 part Drambuie. For those accustomed to straight spirits, odds are this ratio will prove to sweet and syrupy and you’ll need to decrease the Drambuie a touch (or increase the Scotch if you’re that way inclined!) It’s that time of year in Australia for one of those warm, comforting drinks, and the rusty nail is certainly one of those. The addition of the Drambuie to the Scotch give the rusty nail a dose of sweetness and a complex array of spices and flavours such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and honey among others. Try it neat or straight up if you prefer it chilled.

Product of the week: Taylor of Old Bond Street lemon/lime shave cream

One of the “3T’s” (Geo F Trumper, Truefiit and Hill, Taylors), TOBS products are renowned as right up there with the best of wet shaving gear. What makes them even better is the price: while one of the 3T’s. they don’t charge as much as the other two while still offering a comparable product. The lemon lime shave cream is no exception, it creates a fantastic, highly cushioning lather that smells fantastic. I’m on my second tub in a row right now, yep, it’s that good.

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