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Which of us are old and which aren't?



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> > >According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who


> > kids

> > >in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived,

> > because

> > >our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint

> > which

> > >was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on


> > >bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play


> > pans.

> > >

> > >When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and

> > fluorescent

> > >'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars


> > no

> > >seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

> > >

> > >We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it


> > the

> > >same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice

> > with

> > >sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always

> > outside

> > >playing. we shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or


> > and

> > >no-one actually died from this.

> > >

> > >We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went


> > >speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After

> > running

> > >into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

> > >

> > >We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long


> > we

> > >were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no


> > >minded.

> > >

> > >We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all.

No 99

> > >channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no >mobile

> > phones,

> > >no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

> > >

> > >We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really


> > We

> > >had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other


> > >

> > >We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the


> > >catching us. We walked to friends' homes.

> > >

> > >We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on


> > or

> > >daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner. We


> > up

> > >games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs of 7 and

> > wore

> > >our coats by only the hood.

> > >

> > >The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard

> > of...They

> > >actually sided with the law.

> > >

> > >This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and


> > >solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an


> > of

> > >innovation and new ideas.

> > >

> > >We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned


> > to

> > >deal with it all.

> > >

> > >And you're one of them. Congratulations! Pass this on to others who

> > have

> > >had the luck to grow as real kids, before lawyers and government

> > regulated

> > >our lives, for our own good.

> > >

> > >For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to


> > >about us.

> > >

> > >This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put


> > smile

> > >on your face:

> > >

> > >The majority of students in universities today were born in

> > >1986........They are called youth.

> > >

> > >They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and


> > >Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have


> > heard

> > >of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle.

> > >For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.

> > >AIDS has existed since they were born.

> > >CD's have existed since they were born.

> > >Michael Jackson has always been white.

> > >To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't

> > imagine

> > >how this fat guy could be a *** of dance.

> > >They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are Films

> > from

> > >last year.

> > >They can never imagine life before computers.

> > >They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the

> > Famous

> > >Five.

> > >They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.

> > >They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and


> > even

> > >know how to switch on a TV without a remote control. And they will

> > never

> > >understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.

> > >

> > >Now let's check if we're getting old...

> > >1. You understand what was written above and you smile.

> > >2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a


> > out.

> > >3. Your friends are getting married/already married.

> > >4. You are always surprised to see small children playing


> > with

> > >computers.

> > >5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.

> > >6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time


> > >7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good


> > >days, repeating again all the funny you have experienced together.

> > >8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some

> > other

> > >friends because you think they will like it too...

> > >


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You know what - I totally and completely understand every damm line of this. *** I must be old.

But they were the good ol' days.

But you forgot something which we all did Im sure:

1. Scrumping !

2. Riding pillion on the Raliegh Chopper - cos the little sign on the seat said you shouldnt !

3. Making a swing out of a bit of wood and a length of discarded rope, usually over the most perillous swamp you can find.

Can anyone think of any more?

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We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all.

I'm not old, @ 22 - But I can relate to that one ..... I used to have one of those computer games that were stick figures on either side, and you could play tennis or basketball.

Then came .... the Sinclar ZX Spectrum ...... then the Commadore 64 .... hmmmm LOL !!

I know you must have had a sinclair, and or a commadore 64 - with those really funky tape decks, and cartridges that used to plug in the back !

Daaamn ... those were the days ! :geek::shifty: :shutit:

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:ohmy: I do remeber doing alot of these aswell, have to say, these were the days, never had any problems with the police, remember coming home from school, on the way would find a good big hedge, would cut out an opening, cover the insudes with carboard and then start to ambush the other kids and then sneak back for another attack when they turned away. :lol::lol::lol:

These were the days

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I'm with you Scarface, had a computer since I was 4, but up until 11 I was like everything else in this thread, then like you say, the C64 and Amiga habits kicked in and I never left the house for years!

I must be the generation that was caught in the middle as I remember all the other stuff!

Got done forscrumping at school too as there was an apple tree on the wall and we'd chuck all sorts at it!

And is it me or when you see the school's now do they seem smaller than when you were there - my infant school seemed to be massive at the time and when I see it now it's really small!!!

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:P Oh dear, you missed my alltime favourites.

School rice pudding with red jam (not sure what flavour you would call it).

Conkers and the big bruise on your knee when you missed.

Top Cat, woodentops,Dandy, Beano,Hotspur, and Magic Roundabout.

Clip round the ear, never did that again!

Playing football in the road.

Not coming in when its time for tea.


Sherbert dabs.

Extract of malt.

CO OP insurance mans funny wallet that swallowed ten bob notes.

MY secret den.


Sad init!

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I can look out of my office window right now and think to myself

"I can remember when all this was fields"

I remember going to a schoolr reunion 2 or 3 years ago, and I went to my old classroom. The plastic seats were really small, and Im sure the little bit of chewed up paper that I fired at the ceiling through my biro was still there.

I visited the back of the engineering shop where everyone went for a fag

and I met my old headmaster, who still has halitosis, and still carries the big bible under his arm which he used to use as a weapon.

I had school dinner, with those lovely small scoops of mashed tatty and tapioca pudding with a little dollop of cheap jam.

Oh, the good ol' days are gone forever........

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Oh what memories,

You forgot the spangles

black jacks

Saturday cinema club

wooden swords and dustbin lids as sheilds and mothers colander as a helmet.

Bob Dylan

Peter Paul and Mary.

You certainly started something with this thread :D :D :D

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fighting after school.........waiting by the gates......

detention, and being brought home by the police.ahh the memories

when curly wurlys seemed huge, and a fiver was alot, yuou could buy single cigs.....and matches cost 4p

playing Curby, and army with plastic guns.

going to scrap yards and playing for hours in cars stacked 10 high........brrummm bruuummm...........still remember the smell of the original Castrol GT

LAVA LAMPS........the original ones, and bony-m.

i remember the launch of the Ford Cargo truck.........did they really drive a truck on 2 wheels.WOW.

the RS Turbo.....amazing..........Back then.

and Dens in your next door garden.......your not in my Gang

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I must admit, i remember all of that stuff....and your right, kids of today are light weights, compared to what we were like then!....I mean, when i used to go out with a pocket full of change, it was heavy,, every bloody coin we had was ten times bigger than it is now..I come from a time when, if you had a ten bob note, you were the mutts nuts. A bottle of Corona, some fruit salads and blackjacks, a bag of Smiths crisps and you still had enough change to last the week( and don't forget the refund on your empty Corona bottle)

The world seemed to be a safer place then and people generally trusted each other a lot more. your pusbike was the most important thing, and you would ride it miles without even thinking about it.

And if it ever got as far as getting in trouble with the police, you were genuinley **** scared, of them and what your parents may do to you....when i got sent to my room and grounded, it was like a prison cell with nothing to do, unlike my kids, whose rooms resemble Dixons!...stereos, t.v's,dvd,s etc etc..where's the punishment?

As for mobiles, well we used to have to go to the nearest phone box to make a call, that is, if it hadn't been vandalised by one of your mates the week before, who had probably been trying to get some cash for the local fairground that had been pitched up in some field nearby.....the H.S.E would have a field day checking one of those places out..

Has anyone else noticed how ill all the kids look these days, compared to the rosey faced examples of how us oldens looked back then..not enough outdoor activity and too much hi tec mate!

Mind you i bet our parents thought we probably had it easy too.. :lol::lol:

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