Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Chris Sanders, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Chris Sanders

    Chris Sanders Active Member

    Recieved this e-mail today...

    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

    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 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 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 could play all day, as long
    as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us 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 DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

    We had friends - we went outside and found them.

    We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really

    We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law

    We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other

    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

    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.

    And you're one of them. Congratulations!

    Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids,
    before lawyers and government regulated 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
    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

    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 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
    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/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
    7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good
    old days, repeating again all the funny things you have
    experienced together.
    8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some
    other friends because you think they will like it too... Yes,
    you're getting old!!

    I forwarded it on to loads :-?
  2. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    Agree with all this, but aren't the people who grew up under this system now the petty bureaucrats, parents who don't back up authorities, etc.
  3. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    I found Sandman's 'take on life' very funny, however, I do have to agree with Pythagoras, yes I suppose some of us that grew up in the 60s and 70s are now the parents of the 'spoiled', 'I deserve everything', kids! :eek: