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Practical skills

A small point today, but one which sent my mind wondering.

The lad from next door found a flat tyre in his mother’s car which he’d been borrowing. Obviously and sensibly he was wondering how bad it was and what should be done. I happened to be passing so had a look and confirmed that there was indeed a puncture, and pointed out the culprit, a screw that had become embedded in the tyre tread. I suggested that it be swapped for the spare tyre and taken to the local tyre fitting branch to be repaired.

I was surprised to realise that he wasn’t sure how to change the tyre. I contrast this with my own youth when ‘messing about with cars’ was something most lads did as part of life, often undertaking simple repairs and changes to components as part of the make do and mend culture. I helped him change the tyre and then went with him to get it repaired.

Of course nowadays, with cars being so complex in terms of electronics, you just can’t fix a car with screwdriver and spanner as in years gone by, and we’ve come to rely on specialists for all sorts of things. The downside is we lose more and more practical skills, and become dependent on others, usually service companies of one sort or another, to fix the problem.

I can’t help thinking that youth is missing something today.


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