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Started by dicky3 on Aug 2, 2019 7:50:57 AM
What did you learn from your dad?

Or what was he always telling you to do? May have been a pain at the time, but actually very useful. Some thoughts already on twitter:

dicky3 - 02 Aug 2019 07:53:49 (#1 of 65)

Dad grew up in the country and he taught me how to lay and light a fire so that it stayed lit.

He also taught me how to gut a trout, really very easy and unless you're really squeamish about this stuff it's a doddle.

dicky3 - 02 Aug 2019 07:55:02 (#2 of 65)

Not to mention "Put that light out! It's like Blackpool in here!"

mingmong - 02 Aug 2019 07:58:58 (#3 of 65)

Patience. The value of developing a specialism. The fact that everyone always overreacts to everything and how this can be exploited.

Tenesmus - 02 Aug 2019 08:01:53 (#4 of 65)

How to go out at night with a torch and pliers to crush the weevils.

HouseOfLametta - 02 Aug 2019 08:03:45 (#5 of 65)

Mingmong's dad is Peter Mandelson.

Impedimenta - 02 Aug 2019 08:09:35 (#6 of 65)

How to make a cuckoo noise with your hands. The NATO alphabet. The Cockney alphabet. Basic Morse code.

Shadrack22 - 02 Aug 2019 08:10:30 (#7 of 65)

Nothing boringly practical. He was an example of being an autodidact, having a wide range of interests, being open and curious about the world. A piece of scrap paper on which is written a piece of music to listen to, a book to track down or a place to visit. A series of ticks on the Radio 3 listings page in the Radio Times. Whenever I see a range of faded Pelican or Penguin paperbacks in a second-hand bookshop, I think of him.

TommyDGNR8 - 02 Aug 2019 08:17:58 (#8 of 65)

Relationship and conflict advice: "Don't start what you can't finish"

And, seemingly contradictory, but with regard to practical tasks: "Most stuff's quite easy - try it before you decide you can't do it"

Apart from that, I learned indirectly from him not to argue with my mum when I was pissed.

uranrising - 02 Aug 2019 08:19:25 (#9 of 65)

How to see the funny side of things.

How to play football

The value of fairness.

The value of loyalty.

The point of guiding your children rather than dictating or ignoring.

"Life is already hard; why make it harder?"

bossab2 - 02 Aug 2019 08:23:46 (#10 of 65)

Absolutely fuck all.

Ginmonkey - 02 Aug 2019 08:36:16 (#11 of 65)

To be an independent thinker. To challenge authority. To keep up with technological change (he hasn't and it is now causing him and us issues).

Gotout - 02 Aug 2019 08:37:56 (#12 of 65)

How to strip (and reassemble) a car engine.

clammy - 02 Aug 2019 08:47:53 (#13 of 65)

Read clause 4.If you agree with it, stick with the left of the Labour Party, and reject the rest.

dicky3 - 02 Aug 2019 09:51:44 (#14 of 65)

Jokes aren't always about the punchline. It's the way you tell 'em.

cozzer - 02 Aug 2019 09:52:49 (#15 of 65)

Your mum.

tasselhoff - 02 Aug 2019 10:00:13 (#16 of 65)

Dad kindled my interest in alternative technologies with a couple of visits to the NCAT in Wales when I was 7 or 8. He also taught me DIY skills. Every time I'm mixing cement, I think of him.

He comes from gypsy stock and we moved all the time. I started doing this too, until I consciously tried to do the opposite when my daughter was born (I moved schools 12 times).

FleurDuMal - 02 Aug 2019 10:02:58 (#17 of 65)

How to slice bread properly. He got fed up with my mother mangling the loaf, so when I was about ten he showed me how to do it to get neat slices every time.

HouseOfLametta - 02 Aug 2019 11:03:50 (#18 of 65)

I'd like to say all sorts of social and life skills, but it was mainly tool use and workshop practice.

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

If you don't know if it's broke don't go looking for trouble.

If you suspect you did it wrong you probably did it wrong.

Always use the right tool for the job, and if you can't, be creative.

Always do the hard job first.

Don't start something you can't finish.

One tap with a big hammer is better than fifty taps with a little one.

Also: a Sten gun fires high and to the right and the bolt can take your finger off.

I've had less use for that, to be honest.

Tenesmus - 02 Aug 2019 11:43:27 (#19 of 65)

You just can't win.

Send 'em all back.

Hang them.

The last two didn't stick.

ZimAgain - 02 Aug 2019 12:34:10 (#20 of 65)

Condoms are unreliable.

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