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Insight Into A Generation Many Of You Know Nowt About

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE

1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out

we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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Bravo, AJ!!!

We swam in rivers, lakes, shared Woodbines and got chased by bulls, Parkies and coppers!

We hadn't heard of a 'Prince Albert', Grand Theft Auto, HIV, Black Holes, Jonathon Ross, WiKd, blue sky thinking or clamydia!

We talked to each other face to face, not via texts or social network sites!

Camping was what you did on holiday, because Russell Brand didn't exist!

In the school panto when we were the back of the horse, we put up with the smelly @rse of the kid in the front half!

We didn't shout for Health and Safety! We shouted for the Beano and Melchester Rovers!

We didn't have a sense of entitlement, we just had...

dirty knees, catapults, half a bottle of warm Tizer, holes in our knickers/pants/socks and brave hearts!

Congratulations to us all!!!!!

'We shall not grow old, as those with Audi's and gym memberships grow old,

At the going down of the economy, we'll show 'em how to survive without credit..."

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Bravo, AJ!!!

We swam in rivers, lakes, shared Woodbines and got chased by bulls, Parkies and coppers!

We hadn't heard of a 'Prince Albert', Grand Theft Auto, HIV, Black Holes, Jonathon Ross, WiKd, blue sky thinking or clamydia!

We talked to each other face to face, not via texts or social network sites!

Camping was what you did on holiday, because Russell Brand didn't exist!

In the school panto when we were the back of the horse, we put up with the smelly @rse of the kid in the front half!

We didn't shout for Health and Safety! We shouted for the Beano and Melchester Rovers!

We didn't have a sense of entitlement, we just had...

dirty knees, catapults, half a bottle of warm Tizer, holes in our knickers/pants/socks and brave hearts!

Congratulations to us all!!!!!

'We shall not grow old, as those with Audi's and gym memberships grow old,

At the going down of the economy, we'll show 'em how to survive without credit..."

A world before PC, H&S and anarchists 'dressed' as socialists - it was a bluddy paradise! :P

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Bravo, AJ!!!

We swam in rivers, lakes, shared Woodbines and got chased by bulls, Parkies and coppers!

We hadn't heard of a 'Prince Albert', Grand Theft Auto, HIV, Black Holes, Jonathon Ross, WiKd, blue sky thinking or clamydia!

We talked to each other face to face, not via texts or social network sites!

Camping was what you did on holiday, because Russell Brand didn't exist!

In the school panto when we were the back of the horse, we put up with the smelly @rse of the kid in the front half!

We didn't shout for Health and Safety! We shouted for the Beano and Melchester Rovers!

We didn't have a sense of entitlement, we just had...

dirty knees, catapults, half a bottle of warm Tizer, holes in our knickers/pants/socks and brave hearts!

Congratulations to us all!!!!!

'We shall not grow old, as those with Audi's and gym memberships grow old,

At the going down of the economy, we'll show 'em how to survive without credit..."

Don't blame the current generation of kids for this.

It's your generations fault that kids don't do any of the above these days. ;)

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As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

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When I was in my last year at Junior School (1976) one of my classmates was killed in a car crash. Not wearing a seat belt, he went flying through the windscreen. His dad was seriously injured.

What utter nonsense that piece of writing is.

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Don't blame the current generation of kids for this.

It's your generations fault that kids don't do any of the above these days. ;)

Yep, the baby boomer generation have all the money, own all the houses and had the most fun.

And then they pulled up the ladder behind themselves with HPI & BTL to keep the next generations poor and in debt and they introduced Health & Safefy to stop them having fun.

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Bravo, AJ!!!

We swam in rivers, lakes, shared Woodbines and got chased by bulls, Parkies and coppers!

We hadn't heard of a 'Prince Albert', Grand Theft Auto, HIV, Black Holes, Jonathon Ross, WiKd, blue sky thinking or clamydia!

We talked to each other face to face, not via texts or social network sites!

Camping was what you did on holiday, because Russell Brand didn't exist!

In the school panto when we were the back of the horse, we put up with the smelly @rse of the kid in the front half!

We didn't shout for Health and Safety! We shouted for the Beano and Melchester Rovers!

We didn't have a sense of entitlement, we just had...

dirty knees, catapults, half a bottle of warm Tizer, holes in our knickers/pants/socks and brave hearts!

Congratulations to us all!!!!!

'We shall not grow old, as those with Audi's and gym memberships grow old,

At the going down of the economy, we'll show 'em how to survive without credit..."

Do schools still smell of stale farts and floor varnish?

I lived in fear of having a nose bleed one cloth for all- yuck

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Yep, the baby boomer generation have all the money, own all the houses and had the most fun.

And then they pulled up the ladder behind themselves with HPI & BTL to keep the next generations poor and in debt and they introduced Health & Safefy to stop them having fun.

I dont remember pulling up the ladder. I think it happened slowly and by accident, a bit like the descent into a fascist state that we're currently experiencing. Would it help if I said sorry and I promise not to do it again?

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Standing amidst a shambles blinking innocently and saying "I don't remember" adds insult to injury.

I look forward to the next generation blaming all their problems on you, personally. I hope, when it happens, the point is not lost on you.

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The post is not directed at you personally but at all the people who blink and say, in a self righteous way, "I don't remember ...."

If it seems it is directed personally at you and I can see how it might, please accept my apologies.

And if the next generation blame all their woes on me personally .... I shall be very flattered.

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The post is not directed at you personally but at all the people who blink and say, in a self righteous way, "I don't remember ...."

If it seems it is directed personally at you and I can see how it might, please accept my apologies.

And if the next generation blame all their woes on me personally .... I shall be very flattered.

Apology accepted: It was gracious of you.

Seriously though, the next generation is going to have serious reason to be VERY pissed off with us all, as it was on our watch (boomers and the twenty/thirty-ishers) that the current astronomical debt was run up.....

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Isn't there a cycle?

A generation fails.

This failures lodges in the consciousness of the next two, hopefully three generations and then we have another failure.

And so we take two/three steps forward and then we take a step back.

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There seems to have been an insidious drift away from the natural world in which we all belong. People will buy blackberries in supermarkets but won't go out and pick them.

Bottled water? Bottled water? I regularly drank out of streams when I was thirsty up to about 17. It's water. Now I put in puritabs but feel a bit wet for doing it.

Is kick the can still about? That was good. And we did genuinely use jumpers for goalposts.

Never made a cart though. You need stuff for that such as wheels.

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I look forward to the next generation blaming all their problems on you, personally. I hope, when it happens, the point is not lost on you.

Me too Melchy...me too!

Nowt like experience either. There is SUCH satisfaction hearing the young tell how much better THEY would do things, then watching them do it no better than we did...and in some cases, not even as good.

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Ah, those wonderful generations who are responsible for everything bad in the world today.

****** 'em, stupid old bastards.

Ah these pencil necks, who whine and moan 'cos no one is there to 'spoon feed' them -miserable little bleeders.

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Apology accepted: It was gracious of you.

Seriously though, the next generation is going to have serious reason to be VERY pissed off with us all, as it was on our watch (boomers and the twenty/thirty-ishers) that the current astronomical debt was run up.....

As all infamy must either be happening in the present or have happened in the past, it would be diffiicult indeed to blame the next generation at this point in time. But judging from how they are shaping up, they aren't showing signs of doing a whole lot better. Too much canned amusement, not enough 'rough and tumble', to ready to whinge when the chips are down. Two decades before me, lads barely out of secondary school were putting their lives on the line for their country.

The specimens on here are too busy blaming parents and using it as an excuse for failure

Quote - "Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity and movement and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow. The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds."

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A Forties child, I do not remember the growing up years to be so wonderful. Class ridden, poor, dirty, cold, prejudiced, discriminatory, unemployed, violent. Great, miss it.

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A Forties child, I do not remember the growing up years to be so wonderful. Class ridden, poor, dirty, cold, prejudiced, discriminatory, unemployed, violent. Great, miss it.

I don't remember my family being poor. We just didn't have any money, and dirt can be washed off by a bar of soap, for those with the will to lather it.

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As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

=================================================

When I was in my last year at Junior School (1976) one of my classmates was killed in a car crash. Not wearing a seat belt, he went flying through the windscreen. His dad was seriously injured.

What utter nonsense that piece of writing is.

I don't think so. It points up things which you are overlooking.

Yes that was quite at the tail end of the period described. The point was that people - on the whole - drove slower in those days (40s, 50sm 60s). This urgency to rush around hadn't grabbed everyone by the throat back then. When seat belts came in I think people began to drive faster as they felt safer.

This article seems to provide food for thought.

http://www.dbskeptic.com/2009/06/21/can-sa...-seatbelt-laws/

Having seat belts does not eradicate careless or dangerous driving.It cuts down the risk of damage, but this may be offset by the increase in recklessness, to some degree.

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First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets [cut]

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.

I guess if you were born between 1940 and 1980 and didn't die as a child then it makes sense.

Congratulations , none of you died.

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I don't think so. It points up things which you are overlooking.

Yes that was quite at the tail end of the period described. The point was that people - on the whole - drove slower in those days (40s, 50sm 60s). This urgency to rush around hadn't grabbed everyone by the throat back then. When seat belts came in I think people began to drive faster as they felt safer.

This article seems to provide food for thought.

http://www.dbskeptic.com/2009/06/21/can-sa...-seatbelt-laws/

Having seat belts does not eradicate careless or dangerous driving.It cuts down the risk of damage, but this may be offset by the increase in recklessness, to some degree.

So is wearing a seat belt a BAD idea? :unsure:

What about leathers on a motorbike? Maybe everyone should wear shorts and a t-shirt, then they would ride more carefully?

The article has been around a while and made me chuckle. But those of us of a certain age (im a 60s child) do look back with rose tinted glasses and forget the downside of the bygon age.

Im not saying life is perfect now, and we certainly do not let our children have the freedom that we did (I think that is mainly our fault for believing the MSM scare stories) - but overall, life is better now - surely?

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