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A survey of 3,000 blokes has confirmed what most of us already knew - that during our lifetimes we'll spend an impressive 11 months holed up in the shed, and not necessarily doing anything constructive.

According to the Sun, the average geezer will retreat to his wooden bolt-hole for for three hours, 20 minutes a week. The paper calculates: "That works out to more than seven days a year and between the ages of 30 and 76 a total of 11 months."

For one in ten chaps, the shed is simply a sanctuary from the wife and kids, while one in 20 admit they head shedwards for a beer or a smoke. The Sun splendidly adds that "nearly one in ten have stuck a sofa and television in there".

A spokesman for Cuprinol Sprayable, which commissioned the poll, correctly summarised: "Men and sheds are a part of male folklore and there's a whiff of mystery about what men get up to. We now have the answer - a lot of the time they don't do anything in particular but just like being in there." ®

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The poll didn't appear to quantify the amount of time the average Brit will spend evicting homeless immigrants from the shed - a serious oversight, if the Daily Mail is to be believed.

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