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7 Reasons to Borrow a Flat Cap

Posted on March 15, 2011 in Posts | 0 comments

Yesterday, my colleague Jonathan Lee wrote 7 Reasons to Borrow a Cat Flap.  As sometimes happens at 7 Reasons, I found myself in disagreement with some of his reasoning and decided to write an answer post.  I sat down.  Before I had accomplished anything, my wife asked me what I was writing.  An answer post to “7 Reasons to Borrow a Flat Cap…Flat Cap…Flat Cap………Flat Cap!  Fuck it.  I’m writing 7 Reasons to Borrow a Flat Cap.”  So there it is.  Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of my inability to say the phrase cat flap.

This is not a flat cap

This is not a flat cap.


1.  DNA.  If you borrow a flat cap you might find that there are fragments of DNA in it that you can use to clone the lender.  And what better birthday surprise is there for a flat cap owner than to be presented with the gift of themself?  Then they’ll be able to see how daft they look in a flat cap.  And pretend to be in the dining room when they’re not.


2.  Yorkshire. Yorkshiremen are notable for two things.  Their wearing of flat caps and their fiscal prudence/utter meanness.  While a purchased flat cap satisfies one of these criteria; a borrowed flat cap fulfils both.  Nothing screams Yorkshire like a borrowed flat cap (except for a drunken ruddy-faced cricket spectator screaming “Yorkshire” at a whippet).  Real Yorkshiremen borrow hats.  I’m certain of it.


3.  Versatility.  Flat caps aren’t just headgear.  They can be used for other purposes too.  Imagine you find yourself at the beach without a Frisbee.  You can borrow a flat cap and use it as one.  Always remember to remove the owner first and include them in the game though.  Otherwise you’re just bullying them.


4.  Disguise.  You’re on the run.  They’re after you.  They’re after you!  You’re like Richard Hannay in The Thirty-Nine Steps (except that in this example I have thoughtfully provided an escalator).  As you flee through the fog, the whistle-blowing rozzers are hot on your heels.  You round a corner and almost collide with an old man in a flat cap.  Thinking quickly, you tear the hat from his head and place it on your own.  You spin round, stoop, and shuffle in the direction from which you have come, while the police tear past you round the corner and continue running into the fog.  You breathe deeply, fleetingly experiencing the sweet serenity of relief.  Then the old man – a retired escalator salesman – sets about you with his walking stick, hitting you thirty-nine times, as you repeatedly yell “Stop!”


5.  Finance.  A borrowed flat cap has an approximate annual maintenance cost per annum of £0.00.  This represents great value.  If worn all the time this could – in my case – mean an annual saving of £120 on haircuts. So borrowing a flat cap makes great fiscal sense.  You could use the money you’ve saved by not getting your hair cut (highlighted/dyed (you might be a girl or a pillock)) to buy some sort of larger over-hat to hide your flat cap.  Perhaps a pirate hat. Then you’ll have saved yourself money and you’ll look like a pirate. I really should have been a financial adviser.


6.  Comedy.  Why, you might reasonably ask, would someone wear a hat which makes their head look like they’ve had an unfortunate accident involving both gravity and an anvil?  The answer is comedy.  Borrow a flat cap and you can:


  • Convince a small child that your head is flat.
  • Wear it backwards and pretend to be a git.
  • Impersonate Norman Wisdom (this is only funny in Albania)
  • No, that’s about it.
  • For comedy you’re actually better off borrowing a custard pie.
  • Or a plank.


7.  Benevolence.  By borrowing a flat cap, you provide a valuable service to the flat cap owner.  I, for example, am the owner of two flat caps.  If someone borrowed one of them I’d feel less like Guy Ritchie.  I’d like that.




Coming tomorrow: 7 Reasons to Borrow a Flat Cat*

*or 7 Reasons to Borrow a Cap Flap


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