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Child of the 70s/80s

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
sorry about all the >'s but it's from an email and i can't be bothered to sort it out


> Does this strike a chord?
>
> According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
> kids in the 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
> 'clackers' on our wheels. (I think you will find they were known as
spokey
> dokeys)
>
> 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 dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy
pop
> 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 play all day, as long as we
were
> back before it got dark.
> No one was able to reach us all day 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 Internet chat rooms.
> We had friends, we went outside and found them.
>
> We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really
hurt.
>
> We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there
were no
> lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing
again.
>
> We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue we
learned
to
> get over it.
>
> We walked to friend's 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 and ate live stuff, and
> although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes
> out, nor did the live stuff live inside us forever.
>
>
> We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.
>
> Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.
> The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
> They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
>
> 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.
>
> And you're one of them. Congratulations!
>
> Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as real kids,
before
> lawyers and government's regulate 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
1985........
> 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 or Belinda
Carlisle.
> (possibly not a bad thing )
>
> 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 just new
films
> out last year.
>
> They think that N-Trance "set you free" is an Old Skool song.
>
> They can never imagine life before computers.
>
> They've never heard of Pac-Man or Space Invaders or BBC computers that
have
> Bat n Ball games.
>
> They'll never have thought Jazz was the sexiest aftershave ever.
>
> They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, Red Hand Gang or
theFamous
> 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 don't
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 night
out.
>
> 3. Your friends are getting married.
>
> 4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably
with
> computers.
>
> 5. When you see ten year olds with mobile phones, you shake your head.
>
> 6. You spend less and less time talking on phone with your friends
daily.
>
> 7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old
days,
> repeating again and again all funny stories you have experienced
together.
>
> 8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some
> their friends because you think they will like it too...
>
> Hope the cap fits

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was born in 1975 so that does strike a cord.

    Eh I dont know young people today, Ah when I were a lad it weere all feilds, you dont know how lucky you are, etc etc etc.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lots of this stuff i did, i was brought up with people 5-7 years older than me, so, yeah we did do off into the fields for hours and would come back only for tea. i'm amazed that my best mates little brother (who is 4) can switch on the computer, log in and use the net (with a net nannie thing so no porn comes up). i don't get why parents give 10 years mobileswhen they never go much further than round the block. i do a 160 km round trip each week to school, and have to take the bus, i have always taken the bus to school or walked, apart from when i lived 7 miles from school and was only 11. i never had calpol, always had bruises (usualy for more reason), i would always be building some thing. after moving a city, it all stopped, i became streetwise, got a mobile, had travel 9 miles to school, started using a computer to do more than just keep incontact with my mates in america and austraila, learnt how to use the tube. and now i have 18 months till i leave home..........child hood seems to decrease with every new year of children being born. :(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    dear lord thats scarily all true! im getting old!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Also the children's TV is so crap these days too... I would still watch most of the stuff I liked when I was young, but now if I randomly have something on in the afternoon it is so so so crap. We used to have decent cartoons and things. Nowafdays its badly-drawn cartoons or gameshows or pop shows.

    Haha who remembers the days of the Broom Cupboard?!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by girl with sharp teeth
    I applied to Jim'll Fix It 3 times and they never picked me :(

    or me :(

    i don't even remember what i wanted him to fix, but i remember being really upset when no one wrote to me.


    i also never got in the gallery on hartbeat either.

    t'was a hard life.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ah memories :lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was born in 1985 and I've heard of/done pretty much all that stuff :confused: We had to write a letter to Jim'll Fix It in Y3 for English. And I was obsessed with the Famous Five books between the ages of about 4 and 8.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Though of summat else remembered only by children of the 80s -

    Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa, not Sabrina! Loved that show.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Child of the 70s/80s
    Originally posted by Rocks
    > When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and
    fluorescent
    > 'clackers' on our wheels. (I think you will find they were known as
    spokey
    > dokeys)
    >
    > We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
    were
    > back before it got dark.
    > No one was able to reach us all day and no one minded.

    I was born in '85, and i so remember bike spokes. :(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by dominatrix
    Though of summat else remembered only by children of the 80s -

    Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa, not Sabrina! Loved that show.


    me too. sam always used to come up that ladder and through her window.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I remember Clarissa explains it all albeit via repeats on Nickelodeon in the 90s.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by the doc horatio
    I remember Clarissa explains it all albeit via repeats on Nickelodeon in the 90s.

    Those were the good old days. :yes:
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