The Dominion Post asked John Key and Phil Goff 11 questions to see where they fit on the blokeometer.
The questions were:
1. What would you do if the hotel laundry lost your underwear and you have none clean?
2. Have you ever thrown a punch?
3. Who drives, who reads the map?
4. Have you ever done a yard glass?
5. What song do you sing in the bath?
6. Have you ever shot a living creature?
7. What’s your best wilderness SAS survival tip?
8. What’s your best barbeque recipe secret?
9. Can you change a tyre?
10. Do you tell your wife you hate her hair cut?
11. Tui or Otago Pinot Noir?
Passing quickly over what the answers to these questions say about being a bloke and that given it’s a blokeometer such a test isn’t meant for me, my answers are:
1. I’ve never sent underwear to a laundry. I usually wash it myself as I travel and always have plenty to spare.
2. Not that I can remember (though my brothers might remember differently).
3. My farmer and I share both driving and map reading. I claim superior navigation skills to his though he would debate that.
4. No. See # 11.
5. I can’t remember when I last had a bath nor do ever singing in it. I sometimes sing in the shower, though don’t have a particular song.
7. Stay warm and if you’re lost stay put.
8. From Argentina where their wood-fired parillas will out do any of our gas barbeques - slow cook meat over embers and turn it only once.
9. Yes. When I was learning to drive I got my father to teach me how to change a tyre and I’ve had to do it several times. The tricky part is undoing tightly screwed bolts but I’ve found jumping (gently) on the end of the wrench usually works.
10. Substituting husband for wife, no.
11. Pinot Noir. I’ve yet to develop a taste for beer and have never had more than a sip. I blame it on picking hops when I was in England but I didn’t like beer before that either.