Fi, the builder can she fix it, no she can’t - Fiona Duff

Finding a plumber for a domestic dilemma is almost impossible just nowFinding a plumber for a domestic dilemma is almost impossible just now
Finding a plumber for a domestic dilemma is almost impossible just now
The other day I was telling a friend about how difficult it is to find anyone to do anything around our home.

I mean have you tried to pin down a joiner or an electrician recently? I thought that the answer to this would be to go on a course myself – you know the sort of thing. I could learn how to use a drill, unlock a U-bend or re-wire a light.

The husband of a friend of mine did exactly this. When he retired as a university lecturer he did a plumbing course as he was sick and tired of things going wrong and feeling unable to do anything.

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He didn’t seem to be the most practical man to me, but now he doesn’t need to call out a plumber when something in that department goes kaput.

Mind you, I am still not convinced that I would give him a call if I had a blockage in my downpipe.

It does make me think that so many of us study things at university and college which are of no practical use in our later lives. I mean where did sociology get me, or indeed history and politics?

I don’t think that woodwork and cookery are even taught in schools these days, but they are a lot more use to us than algebra or Latin. Unless you want to go on to be a teacher of classics or maths, and pass on this information to the next generation.

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I have another friend (yes, honestly I do!), who seems to do a night class every couple of years

As well as her day job she is now a fabulous jewellery maker and a brilliant cook. Not for her sitting on the sofa watching Coronation Street of an evening when she can be bashing out a piece of silver to make something quite beautiful for her friends to wear.

But then again, I do like sitting on my sofa watching television. For goodness sake there is just so much to choose from these days.

So excuse me while I go and find the number for that joiner.

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