30th May 2012, 19:37
Initially I thought about putting this in Trrab but I feel there might be a better point of view in the wider Jet Blast.
The organisation of the title started, I believe, in Oz. But it now has a subset run by Age UK in this country.
Are their any Jet Blasters here in UK, or, in Oz who have direct experience of the organisations?
It provides social support for men who may be, or feel, isolated for any one of a million reasons. It can also give some younger men the practical skills to either do, or make, stuff. Or to provide aid and support in other practical ways.
The Ancient Mariner
30th May 2012, 21:12
i have two sheds one full of old bikes and one as a workshop lathe mill and pillar drill reside there, flagpole outside with knights templar flag flying proudly, yes sheds are very important places
30th May 2012, 21:33
Rossian, I believe it was started as a tool (no pun) to combat suicide in males due to depression. Apparently Australia has a fairly high rate of this.
Also www.beyondblue.org.au (http://www.beyondblue.org.au)
No direct experience, but they can't keep up with demand for bird traps - which they make- used for catching and (attempting to) rid Australia of Minah birds - also referred to as 'flying rats'.
30th May 2012, 21:38
No need to leave PPRuNe, Rossian, we have our very own shed support network here.... http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/291829-chateau-du-jardin.html
Just come in from mine :-)
A A Gruntpuddock
31st May 2012, 01:46
I built a workbench into my shed when we moved in but for decades it has been full of the wife's gardening stuff, grandkids bikes, etc.
When I want to do anything it has to be built in the spare bedroom, which is mainly a mancave/ computer room.
31st May 2012, 03:01
There was a Men's Shed being organised where I used to live some time ago. I had earlier donated some of my own power and hand tools toward it as I consider such a venture to be worthy of community support. One thing though, a local council-employed woman planning it approached me on occasion seeking advice and what to include etc. She had already divided up the newly-built shed into small rooms for specific purposes; one a craft room, another a tea room. She was somewhat taken aback when I suggested the inclusion of doylies and lace curtains for the tea room.
A Men's Shed is a men's shed ffs.
31st May 2012, 11:55
I raised the questions because I feel there are a few older chaps who finished work with no real interests outside work. They now find themselves sculling around a bit aimlessly. Madame who has organised the home for the past umpteen years now doesn't want hubby hanging around all the time.
At one extreme a mate of mine was told by SWMBO stop getting in the way - in fact b78ger off!
Another mate's wife said "stop trying to organise me in the way you organised your staff"
Another said "when I said for better or for worse - that did not include lunch!"
End result is a lot of disconsolate middle aged chaps.
A psychiatrist mate of mine in Norway has patients in the above categories and they run a workshop teaching some skills but mainly providing a socialising place where blokes can be blokes.
Thanks for the replies so far.
The Ancient Mariner
31st May 2012, 13:24
Ah what a shame,when I saw the title 'Men in Sheds' I was looking forward to reading tales of chaps that fly the Short Skyvan,another time maybe?.:ugh:
31st May 2012, 13:34
Most of those heaps are scrap metal now ain't they???
The trouble is with retiring is the fact that not only do your old
work-mates do a disappearing act, so does a lot of your disposable
No wonder some blokes get fed up.
We, on the other hand, have got the G/Daughter to keep us in line.
She spends about half her time with her Dad when he's not working,
and the rest of her time knocking us into line at our place. Lovely girl.
The West country lot are coming to see us next week for a few days.
They can stay in the Son's mansion.
I hope they don't forget to bring a few Cornish Pasties.
I will eat them in the shed, un-observed.
31st May 2012, 14:20
There's a few Oirish Concorde types still flying in the States