Over 45 years then this was you

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  1. For them over 45 this was your child hood. For you stroppy, softee, its not my fault, irresponsible babies born after 1960 I would stop here cos you do not want to know what you missed.

    Produced from the FAA Armour's Association Site. Written/submitted? by a Mr Tom Black ex-submariner of Jock Land. Life before PC.


    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking as a young kid!)
    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.


    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
    were back before dinner time. No one was able to reach us all day. No mobile phones.


    We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents.

    No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soft drink but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on pay TV, videotape movies, surround sound, personal mobile phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ...we had friends.

    We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian.

    How did we do it?

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

    We played footy down the park and not everyone got picked to play. Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment..... Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....

    More Horrors.

    Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a rule was unheard of. They actually sided with the Policeman or teacher.

    Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.

    The past 50 years has 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.


    Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.

    Regards Tom (The ancient submariner)"


  2. Memories.... :D

    Very Good Nutty,

    This needs to be stuck in the faces of those in DfES Ministerial offices, not forgetting the H&S socialist dictators trying to oppress childhood and its mysteries!
  3. Nutty for PM I say!!!
  4. Erm... I'm not so sure about this applying only to those born before 1960. I would say that this was the position for most of us who were born before 1970, in my case 1963.

    I remember all the things above, including being able to buy chemistry sets which included cyanide salts and hydrochloric acid, and burning myself with sulphuric acid at the age of around 12 - I got into trouble, no one was sued. I was caned at school for possessing ciggies & matches (stitched up - up to then I had been a non-smoker) - didn't dare tell my parents! Got painful blisters during D of E Award Expeds - ended up doing hikes in plimsoles - no one was sued - I had chosen to do it & I loved it! Our Exped Instructor (also our metalwork master) was an ex-Bootneck - taught us survival skills - cooking water voles in an earth cooker and frying earthworms in butter with garlic (both killed beforehand, of course) - worms tasted just of wild garlic! Could teachers get away with this today? I doubt it! But it was fun! Had numerous electric shocks - at mains voltage for very brief periods when doing scientific experiments at home - no-one was sued - I was responsible as the child experimenter. :lol:
  5. Here Here!! I was born cira 1980 but I agree fully, the mother and smother has produced what Chavs!! Because the police/teachers/parents can not give them a sence of displine and clip them around the ear!

    They think that they are "well hard" but in reality died when put in a real situation without their "mates" SEE: Bad Lads Army :D Nothing better than watching some little runt bust into tears as the narsty man with the stick has raised his voice to them and they do not have 20 friends to hit him and run awya.
  6. Going up to the woods with mates and only coming back home to be fed! suffering child abuse (spanking) if i got home after dark...none of this tearful parents squeezing me to their busom....just no tea and bed with a sore arse.

    Riding bikes over makeshift ramps....no helmets.....!

    No safety glass in doors in those days either...just ask my brother Dave the scar!

    And of course tree climbing!

    God how i miss all those near death experiences!
  7. Just could not resist this.
    And that is exactly why G place was so good for us boys as this was the way most of us boys grew up.
  8. I am a child of the '80s and that descibes my childhood perfectly. Ah memories :)
  9. 8O Are you saying that these things don't take place any more? Helmets for bikes? No tree climbing? Safety glass... if think I vaguly remember that stuff at school in the doors but not the large classroom windows, which were apt to break if you kicked a football at them :oops:

    Clearly life's no fun anymore!
  10. Health and Safety Executive has taken all the fun out of danger.....soon the'll be replacing assault courses in basic training with encounter groups and ball ponds!
  11. But omitting Cross country 'cos that's Child Abuse ...... (wish they'd told me that at my secondary school!!)
  12. You could suggest that the GI at Raliegh (Lt Andrews) 81 ish, comitted child abuse on hundreds of Juniors in his charge!!

    He scared the crap out of me!
  13. I daren't mention the the letter between Foxtrot and Hotel 's Physical abuse trainers who did the same, 'cos JD will jump on me ..... !!
  14. Is that the same letter that rhymes with "B"? :wink:

    I've just mentioned the modern need for coconut mats beneath trees for modern tree climbers in ? ??, but thinking about it, falling on one of those from the gym horse was always an uncomfy experience! They were more like giant brillo pads! :(
  15. Keep it quiet but I did and I think I got away with it.
    Hope the Mafiosi don’t get me.
  16. Such as Mobile Phones, X-Box, Play Stations? :twisted:
  18. Weejock, were you going to tell us that these are you experiences too, or did you forget what you were going to say between pressing the Quote button and the Submit button? :roll: :? :idea:
  19. The good old days , had so many accidents , broken bones , stitches , bruises , the whole nine yards , character building stuff , makes you wonder how this generation coming through are going to fair , :?

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