Did I mention my man-bag? I don’t think I did. I suppose technically it’s a satchel or a dispatch bag, which means that it’s a man-bag, essentially.
Not being female, it is not filled with make-up and…actually, what exactly do women keep in their handbags? I’m not sure, but it seems to add up to quite heavy, so it could be bricks for all I know.
My bag contains the following: pocket notebook (mainly for writing my work hours in), packet of tissues (for those snot-explosion moments), a pen, wallet (more comfortable than back pocket), mini torch (I like torches, plus it has a bottle opener), hat and gloves (it’s winter!), mini umbrella (Britain is notoriously, and unpredictably, wet), asthma inhaler, lip balm and my Nokia N73 (now my camera of choice since the Fuji died). At various times in the week it also contains my sandwiches and a newspaper. And sometimes a paperback.
I don’t know how I ever coped without it.
I never thought I’d do the man bag thing. However, my job sees me do ever more trips into London, and trying to cram everything in suit pockets is just a big no no, so my bro-in-law bought me a man bag for my birthday, and like you, I don’t know how I ever managed before. He’s bought me another Ted Baker man bag this Christmas. Like yours, mine usually has sandwiches, umbrella, wallet, keys, phones ( I have 2, personal and work ) diary and my kindle.
I think of it as a very large extra pocket