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#1 shaka

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 02:29 PM

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, or wooden Scholls, or black plimsoles 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 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 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 law-suits.

We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

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

We walked to friends' homes.

We also, believe it or not, 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 (ahhhh the memory!)

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.
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 read about us.
This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a 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 the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never 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 god 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 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 night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers.
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. You remember watching Dirty Den in East Enders the first time around.
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good Old days, repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together.


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Posted 10 May 2006 - 02:54 PM

All of the above...I'm from a family of eight kids {all healthy and living }...by todays standards we should all be dead.
The favorite birthday present I ever got...when I was six...was a hammer {just like my dads} a bag of nails and a bundle of tomato stakes. Boy! Did I have fun.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 03:54 PM

Wot a Great post cheers.gif clap.gif cheers.gif

As i read it the memorys of sliding down the spoil heaps at the local pit, in a plastic fertilizer bag/an old babys bath or an old car roof came flooding back. We never had the nettle problem. Just a drainage ditch to avoid or land in during the summer,. Remember going spud, pea &bean picking to earn cash during the school hols.....

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 04:53 PM

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all of above was me down to a tee (the 70s that was one hell of a decade)

well done shaka that was exellent post. thumbup.gif

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 05:53 PM

Would like to add this.............. Remember when it was common practice for you to make and own a catapult.. smile.gif
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE(john mckay @ May 10 2006, 01:53 PM)
Would like to add this.............. Remember when it was common practice for you to make and own a catapult..  smile.gif

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Is that the same as a slingshot?

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 07:49 PM

just the same as a slingshot---------

as it was also to make your own crossbow & bow & arrow...

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:40 PM

Used to spend a lot of time making throwing arrows.

Also in them days Muffin the Mule was a Puppet smile.gif

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 08:47 PM

But in all fairness, our moms made us wait one hour after eating before we could swim.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:04 PM




Nice post shaka they were the days nothing to worry about just having fun we very really got bored always found something to do clap.gif happy memorys thumbup1.gif

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 12:25 PM

Yer Done All The Above. And Worst Still Probaly Still Do. My Worst Bad Habit Is Eating Rice Pudding Cold Out Of The Tin. osama.gif
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 01:28 PM

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 05:08 PM

A Good read Shaka, I smiled all the way thru... thumbup1.gif
It makes me think of all the new car commercials on the boob tube these days that use older songs that only people in their 30's, 40's & 50's would recognize.
Songs by Bob Segers (Chevy) The Ramones…. and I just heard one yesterday using Deep Purple’s "Highway Star" music.gif
Before DVD’s were implemented, I started buying Laserdiscs, what a mistake that turned out to be. fish.gif

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 01:21 AM

Don't forget eight tracks.

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 01:40 AM

QUOTE(ouchyfoot @ May 12 2006, 06:21 PM)
Don't forget eight tracks.

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I came of age in the cassette era...although I do remember listening to an 8track now and then, here and there. My first trip to Yosemite was with a buddy and his family at age 14. I remember the wooden paneled station wagon we drove in and IT had an Eight track then, still. I suppose you could've had either cassette or 8track at that time. I only remember having one 8track with us; Styx - The Grand Illusion. We must have played it 35 times in that one week vacation. (I still like most all the tracks, it’s a great album)
Back in about 1982, I used my hi fi vcr in slp mode to record records or cd's (when they first came out and I didn't yet have a player) from friends etc. I could have up to 8hrs (T160?) of continuous music that way on one vhs tape...woooo hooo!
Geez, makes me remember how long it took for the cd's to catch up, reissue older titles etc. There were hardly any to chose from in the beginning…


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Posted 13 May 2006 - 03:44 AM

Times were tough, but we had to keep up. I was one of the first to buy a cd player...Mission, $1,000.00...eveybody laughed at me...said I was nuts...viynl will never go away,they said...they were wrong. Cd's were expensive and hard to find. I persevered...The cd player crapped out after four months...the Hi-Teck Mission speakers blew a woofer right off the bat...got repaired...and blew another woofer. {tweeters blow-not woofers}and the $900.00 Nakamichi tape deck packed it in. I refused to have anything to do with technology for over fifteen years.
Well, I'm back...I suffered on the cross of new technology for the young prodigies of today, and I don't regret a thing.


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Posted 13 May 2006 - 10:59 AM

Great post!

Really makes you think doesn't it...........
Close your eyes and you will see clearly
Cease to listen and you will hear the truth.......

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 03:11 AM

QUOTE(ouchyfoot @ May 12 2006, 08:44 PM)
Times were tough, but we had to keep up. I was one of the first to buy a cd player...Mission, $1,000.00...eveybody laughed at me...said I was nuts...viynl will never go away,they said...they were wrong. Cd's were expensive and hard to find. I persevered...The cd player crapped out after four months...the Hi-Teck Mission speakers blew a woofer right off the bat...got repaired...and blew another woofer. {tweeters blow-not woofers}and the $900.00 Nakamichi tape deck packed it in. I refused to have anything to do with technology for over fifteen years.
Well, I'm back...I suffered on the cross of new technology for the young prodigies of today, and I don't regret a thing.

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Hmmm, I don't seem to recall anyone pushing extended warranties back then either.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:04 AM

i find the biggest difference in kids now is the lack of respect they just don't give a f**k these days bash.gif

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 11:07 PM

Shame...There's lots of good kids out there...you only read about the bad ones.