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Bit of fun

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:41 am
by Prof
Thought some of this was quite funny...


1920s 1930s 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s!

(For those who were born later, this information is to earn your respect and admiration.)

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 coloured 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 street lights came on or when it got dark.

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


Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.

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'

"And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993"!!!

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 and their kids so they will know how brave their parents and grandparents were.

PS -The big type is because for some of you your eyes are not too good any more at your age .

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:22 pm
by Tex
"The Awful Truth" to it, Andrew, is that it's all true!!!!


Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:35 pm
by sks
wow! you know, i remember when it where all fields around ere.

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:56 pm
by Zoid
AND playgrounds had decent equipment with hard edges and NO rounded corners . . if you were stupid enough to walk in front of a swing, you learned a valuable lesson. AND if you were stupid enough to go into a yard with a watchdog in it, you learned another valuable lesson. AND if you tripped over something, you didn't immediately hit the local council with a lawsuit. Don't get me started, Andrew . . . But what I miss most of all is . . . crackers, bungers, fireworks - call em what you like. If it weren't for the stupidity of a cruel minority, who seemed to enjoy blowing up small animals, we'd still have em. BTW, I was born in the 50's. :evil:

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:17 pm
by Tex
Wikipedia .....
In Australia, Guy Fawkes Night has not been celebrated since the late 1970s, when sale and public use of fireworks was banned in most states and territories to prevent their misuse and personal injuries, and especially because of the danger of bushfires during hot Novembers. Prior to this ban, Guy Fawkes Night in Australia was celebrated in private, backyard fireworks lightings and occasionally with larger communal bonfires or fireworks displays in public spaces. Some recent immigrants to Australia from Britain preserve the British tradition and arrange private parties with bonfires and sparklers."

Gord help us if PC, Chucky etc decide to preserve the tradition here!!!


Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:21 pm
by Zoid
let's hope they invite me if they do !

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:31 pm
by Tex
Yeah .... but bring your own Tom Thumbs, Double Bungers, Cartwheels, & Rockets.

Looks like they only supply the Sparklers!?


Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:05 pm
by Prof
YEP and i miss the cracker nights and we used to make cracker cannons out of 1/2 inch pipe.

Agree about the learning lessons on hard edged swings and roundabouts etc.

First time kids these days get a wiff of danger is in the few seconds before their car hits a tree in a city street at 130mph! Oops too late!

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:18 am
by Bacca

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:16 pm
by Zoid
In Australia, Guy Fawkes Night has not been celebrated since the late 1970s

When I was a kid, in NSW, we called it 'cracker night'. Became the Queen's birthday later, I think.