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How to be a dyb dyb dyb dab hand; SCOUTS SHARE PRACTICAL TIPS.

Byline: MELISSA THOMPSON melissa.thompson@mirror.co.uk

THESE days being prepared means making sure your phone is fully charged and you have enough change for the bus.

But the famous Scout motto was coined when instant messaging involved telegram and you needed a match to turn the heating on.

Now a book has collected those essential life lessons we may have forgotten over the years, from lighting a fire with just one wet match or how to tie a knot properly.

Some may be as old as the Scout organisation itself - 105 years - but they could still come in handy in the 21st century.

Just don't let the dreaded 'elf and safety brigade catch you trying some of them out HOW TO WALK ON MUD Fasten pieces of board about 18 inches long by 12 inches wide, with two cross pieces to strengthen them and keep them from sliding. By their aid one can safely negotiate the most treacherous mud patches.

HOW TO RIDE A HORSE You should learn this little verse so that you can observe the rules when riding: Your head and your heart keep up; Your hands and your heels keep down; Your knees keep close to the horse's sides; And your elbows close to your own.

HOW TO TIE A REEF KNOT The simplest of all knots, and is always used when a common tie is required. Its formation may be easily traced in Figs. 1, 2, 3. Having constructed the knot as far as Fig. 1, be sure part A is kept in front of part B as here shown, and the end C led in according to the direction of the dotted line.

a c b FIG 1 FIG 2 FIG 3 HOW TO LIGHT A WET MATCH If your only wax match falls into a puddle just as you are preparing to light your campfire you need not despair of striking it.

Take and dry it roughly on your handkerchief or coat and then stick it in your hair. Leave it there for a minute and it will come out perfectly dry again.

HOW TO DRY WET BOOTS Wet boots should never be put near the fire, but should be filled with dry oats which will absorb all the damp from the leather.

HOW TO TREAT BLISTERS A portion of cabbage leaf should be cut to cover the painful part of the foot, and if possible stuck down with adhesive plaster. If the leaf is placed flat on the foot no difficulty will be experienced in putting on the stocking or shoe.

HOW TO REMOVE A SPLINTER WITH A NEEDLE Here is an excellent method. Take a darning needle or bodkin and press the eye on the flesh around the splinter. The latter will come through the eye and can then be easily removed.

HOW TO THROW A LASSO Lasso throwing is great fun.

You require 30ft of threestrand cord. Whip the ends, then wipe the rope over thoroughly with Vaseline, letting it soak in well.

Be sure to wipe off any surplus grease with a clean rag.

To use the rope, stand about 10 paces from an upright post.

Twirl the rope round your head several times, being careful to keep the casting loop open, and when it is spinning easily, let it out. If you are lucky it will settle round the post.

HOW TO REMOVE A TIGHT SCREW Anyone who has attempted to remove a very tight screw knows what a difficult business it is. The operator frequently ends by destroying the bite of the screw, which remains fixed as tightly as ever.

Place the screwdriver in position, and then catch hold of the blade with the nippers just above the head of the screw. Press the screwdriver firmly, and at the same time twist round the blade with the nippers.

HOW TO KEEP CUT FLOWERS When changing the water in which the flowers are standing, fill the vases with lukewarm water, adding a few drops of ammonia or lemonade to each vase. Flowers thus treated will last about a month.

HOW TO REMOVE GREASE SPOTS The material is laid upon an ironing board, and over the greasemark is placed a piece of blottingpaper, or brown paper.

Then a hot iron should be rubbed over the paper. In a few seconds the grease will be transferred from the cloth to the paper. It is advisable to use several pieces of paper during the operation.

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1 2 3 Finished cup 4 5 HOW TO MAKE A PAPER CUP Take a piece of clean, good, strong white paper 8.5in by 11in, and fold in half as shown in Figure 1, then diagonally as in the second figure. The projecting corners are now turned over the edge of the cup.

HOW TO PREVENT A SNEEZE Suppose, for instance, a Scout hiding in the bracken or behind a tree stump, were to give vent to a sneeze, the hiding place would very soon be discovered. When you find a sneeze coming on place your finger on the upper lip, just under the nose and press gently.

p g y HOW TO SEND A SECRET MESSAGEDip a pen in an onion and press till the juice comes, then, with plenty of juice on the pen, write your message. It will appear to be a blank sheet but warm it over the fire, when the writing will stand out clearly.

REMOVE CORK HOW TO REMOVE A CORK If you are using a corkscrew, don't hold the bottle by the neck. You certainly won't get the cork out if you do.

Get a firm grip on the body of the bottle, exert your strength and pop! the job's done.

HOW TO GET A CORK BACK IN THE BOTTLE After withdrawing a cork from a bottle the former rapidly expands, and when one wishes to replace it one frequently finds that it has become too large for the purpose.

Place it on the floor and roll it backwards and forwards with one's foot, putting a certain amount of pressure on it. After a few minutes of this persuasive treatment it will have become fairly soft and can be inserted without difficulty.

3 BE Prepared: How to Light a Wet Match and 199 Other Useful Things To Know, PS14.99 (Simon & Schuster)

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