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Thread: Born in the 40's to 70's

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    Born in the 40's to 70's

    I can relate to most of that scary!!


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

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer..

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

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

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

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

    Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Nandos.

    Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

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

    We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...


    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 old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY,
    no video/dvd films,
    no mobile phones, 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.

    Only girls had pierced ears!

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time......

    We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

    Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

    RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on


    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

    They actually sided with the law!

    Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

    And YOU are one of them!

    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.

    PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore

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    its all true

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    Oh yes I can relate to that all right & also the local copper would give you a clip around the ear if you misbehaved, and if you were daft enough to tell your dad you'd get another one from him and that was the end of it.

    If that happened today all hell would break loose.


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    Happy days, don't forget the home made bows and arrows, you were a hunter before you realised it


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    I remember shooting trout in the river with a bow and arrow, the arrows had sharpened keyhole saw blades fitted , once that was in nothing got away and tea was assured , mind you I was only about 8 or 9. After that it was squirrels we used to get 6p a tail in those days,If I remember correctly my best total for one winter was in the high twentys, poke the drey, as they ran out along the branch wallop them with one of the dozens of pebbles we carried in our pockets. Fantastic.
    In the hay meadows literally hundreds and hundreds of assorted butterflies, and maybe because of our persecution of squirrels all the woods and hedges had masses of song birds, Magpies were a rare site at that time, but given half a chance
    Sorry to ramble on,
    Ill go away now,
    mumbling in the corner.

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    Aw Robin, now I have gone all misty eyed at the thought of it all. Arrows with nail files or the business end of dart attached to them, and all the time spent getting into position to launch one at your prey, rabbit squirrel etc, happy days. We got a shilling a tail, but we spent hours trying to catch an Albino one, someone told us we would get a fiver for it. The closest we got to it was when my mate had his arm in the drey and it, the white one, used it as a bridge to escape. Up his arm across his shoulders and away. I still bear, faint, scars to this day where I got bitten on these hunts.

    I'm off to read Health and Safety monthly

    Who remembers Health and efficiency


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    H&E, that would be the black & white one then!

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    Re: Born in the 40's to 70's

    Quote Originally Posted by Stringer
    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
    You 'ad streetlights? You were lucky!

    Aye! Sounds familiar.

    Beef burgers came in tins and were covered in delicious onion gravy.
    Spaghetti was served on toast.
    Olive oil was a medicine at the chemist's.
    Root vegetables were covered in soil.
    Salad was a summer dish.
    You played in the snow in your wellies and SHORTS!
    100 .177 pellets were only just enough to last the weekend.
    People who bought VWs were treated with suspicion.
    There was nothing wrong in buying Camp coffee.
    When mam was away dad's cooking usually meant putting a tinned Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie in the oven.

    Don't remember cup cakes though. Always imagined them to have arrived with "sea-bass", "Full English" breakfasts and people in pubs asking if they can "get" a beer.

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    now i know im 49 dont forget hiting your thumb with the milbo catapult oooouch and playing cow boys and indians with you air guns dont say you dident. triying to jump on the back of cows to see iwho could stay on the longest. thread on the door knockers finding blue tits drowned in the top of milk bottles when a penney chew was like marsbar sise and geting thrupence from the dentist when he pulled one out ,a luckey bag had a toy in it rag and bone men knife sharpners turbened men selling stuff from cases jumping from the bus before it stoped and landing on your face yep they were the days

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