Man only becomes emotionally intelligent when listening to Springsteen

A MAN can only become emotionally intelligent while listening to Bruce Springsteen songs, his partner has discovered.

Emma Bradford described Tom Logan as an ‘insensitive, lumbering cretin’, who is only able to discuss his relationship if he uses the allegory of Mary in Thunder Road or that girl from Hungry Heart.

She added: “He shows particular signs of compassion when the lyrics mention a car journey. And his tear ducts only become fully functional during the long talky bit on the live version of The River.”

Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “We’re developing a picture-book, explaining the emotions in each Springsteen song, which men can use even if they’re not in within listening-distance of Born to Run.

“It’s a sort of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ for the emotionally constipated.”

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How to feel young again when you've accidentally enjoyed a trip to the garden centre

HAVE you returned from the garden centre with seven packets of seeds and a warm sense of contentment? Here’s how to nip those weird middle-aged feelings in the bud. 

Dye your hair an edgy colour
Grey, green, blue, purple, pink; the young people are doing it and they only go to garden centres when embarking on doomed attempts to grow weed. You’ll hate your new hair colour, it’ll make you extremely self-conscious and you’ll avoid mirrors: just like a teenager.

Take some dubious drugs
Ashamed of how natural it seemed to buy plant food? Snort something deeply unnatural that’s been sold as ‘plant food’. Nothing halts those cosy adult feelings like the sweaty, stressful anticipation of wondering whether what you just shoved up your nose off a dirty toilet cistern is going to kill you.

Learn about the Kardashians
Nobody under 25 can actually make sense of what the Kardasians are for, apart from being insanely rich and having big arses. By truly understanding this mystery, you will achieve everlasting youth.

Have an affair
If you went to the garden centre with your partner, you probably blame them for turning you into a stuffy middle-aged bore. Having an affair will turn that around, unless it’s an affair that begins when your soil-caked hands meet over a tray of seedlings. Which it will be.