Just for the Oldies!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Trom41821, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. Trom41821

    Trom41821 Member

    I was sent this at work and thought I'd share it :D

    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 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

    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 s****s 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

    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

    We did not have Playstations 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 fistfights 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.

    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.

    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

    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
    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 EastEnders the first time around.
    7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the Good Old
    days, repeating again all the fun you have experienced together.
    8. Having read this e-mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other
    friends because you think they will like it too...

    correction noted - Thanks Nuke
  2. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    I don't think I ever pretended to be the A-Team....
  3. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Just one thing. Playstation is all one word. I did walk to school and still walk to uni, still play footy outside and inside with mates, im a bit too old to climb trees, and if you met my mum she still would side with the law and then beat the **** out of me afterwards for breaking it too.
    after that you got me im lost on all the others
    "never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.... sommat like that.
  4. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    I have this email before but it didn't have early 80's in it :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:
    no no no no no that is just plain wrong!
  5. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Aren't you the little throwback then...
    BMB ;)
  6. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Brought and dragged up
  7. Trom41821

    Trom41821 Member

    Thanks all corrected (for now I guess) :oops:
  8. RonBarnes

    RonBarnes Member

    They were great days - says one oldie to another!
    Do you remember pre-electronic gadget days when you had to think about how things worked and put them right. How many times you had your motorbike engine stripped out over the kitchen table to find out why the darn thing wouldn't start properly - in the days when you kick started it! And how, when you took a photograph, you had to adjust focus, speed and aperture, as well as knowing what film speed you were using.
    Now, I look inside my car bonnet and wouldn't touch the thing for anything. I pay an expensive mechanic to order a new part for it from the manufacturer and clip it into place along with all the other electronic gadgets without which my car is totally immobile.
    And do you remember when sweeties cost . . . . ZZZZZZZZZ ?
  9. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Ah yes, the "wouldn't have happened in my day..." speeches are coming out thick and fast... :rolleyes:
  10. HANNAH

    HANNAH Member

    I'm only 21 and that made me feel really old!
  11. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle Member

    I'm a "youth" (although a few months too old technically there) and...

    "Circles in the sand spinning round and round, nver-ending love is what we've found"

    "Ooooo heaven is a place on earth, they say in heaven love comes first, ooooo heaven is a place on earrrrrrrrth!"

    ;) :oops:

    And CDS were a treat when we got to the nineties - was always cassettes b4 that!
    And as for Bily Joel/John Travolta/Michael Jackson - the beauty of photography/film/music recordings is that they last for future generations to hear/see!

    Maybe those 5 months really do make a difference! :rolleyes: