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"It's good to be old"

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Wed 16/03/05 at 10:25
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"Twenty quid."
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According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were 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 medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with 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 with 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 tasted 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 can and no-one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top 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 as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Playstations or XBoxes, 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 had friends - we went outside and found them.

We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no lawsuits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

We walked to friends' homes. We also walked to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.

We made 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 problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

It's good to be old.
Fri 18/03/05 at 18:31
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We called it 'Ring and Run' because our schools are good so we could think of a good name with echoes of alliteration.
Fri 18/03/05 at 18:22
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We used to call it "knocky-nine-doors", might as well break out the tight white t-shirts and grow a 'tash........
Fri 18/03/05 at 17:49
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Now now there's a good chappie.
Fri 18/03/05 at 17:48
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And?

It's the equivelant of calling "Hidey" "Hide-and-go-seek" which is also a gay-assed name.
Fri 18/03/05 at 17:46
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munn wrote:
> "Knock-The-Door-Run-Away" is a gay-assed name for "Chappie".

Which is actually a dog food.
Fri 18/03/05 at 17:43
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Well, I was a 90's kid and I did all that stuff, but I also had a NES, SNES, etc. "Knock-The-Door-Run-Away" is a gay-assed name for "Chappie".
I've never broken any bones, yet I've nearly killed myself on thousands of occasions.

I'm an old man trapped in a young persons body.

:-(
Thu 17/03/05 at 18:56
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Tim, I've enjoyed this nostalgic look at my childhood.

Makes our paranoid screwed up modern world look like a disturbing science fiction novel.

Kudos.
Thu 17/03/05 at 17:59
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"twothousandandtits"
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Surely the moral of the original post is "it was good to be young"?
Wed 16/03/05 at 23:04
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Bit later than that, I'm almost 18 and most of that sounds wonderfully familiar to me.
Wed 16/03/05 at 22:58
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Puddin' wrote:
> Does this have anything to do with your birthday looming on Sunday, Timmargh? ;o)

It's not "looming", it's "approaching at a leisurely pace".

Anyway, I'll only be 20.


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