Back in the good old days.

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  1. vixenta

    vixenta Hands Off Me Haggis!

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    I was looking around on the net and came across something that made me smile. Oh how i want time travel to be invented.


    FOR THOSE BORN BEFORE 1986

    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 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 hurt!

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

    We had full on fist fights 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. 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 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 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 around.
    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!!
     
  2. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    :lol: That's great! I'm only just in the first group but I can still relate to it a lot. Made me laugh.
     
  3. Hertz van Rental

    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    I remember Watch With Mother and Alma Cogan - I think I must be dead....
     
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    Scurra TPF Noob!

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    Hehe I only just meet the deadline for being in the right generation as well. Born in 1983. How cool was the A-team! That was prime saturday night viewing for me when I was a kid. I always wanted to be Face.

    Great post, makes you think doesn't it!
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Makes me think that I'm 30 years older than you.....
     
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    Scurra TPF Noob!

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    And with age comes wisdom ;)
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    If only. I've found that all you get is thinning hair and children.
     
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    Rob TPF Noob!

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    Toploading Betamax = State of the Art
     
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    ferny TPF Noob!

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    How is that a bad thing? No, seriously.


    And Why Don't You rocked.
     
  10. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    ey.. I was born in 1986 and I did all the things above :/ and: I heard about We are the World, Pink Floyd (I have their records!!!), there were 2 parts of Germany because my parents used to take me to the east Germany to buy shoes (in Poland there was only one pair for a year... sometimes less...). CD's and AIDS appeared in Poland in mid 90s... ok ... CD's more less in 1997 :p Michael Jackson was never actually white... he is still a dalmatian... Black and white TV existed here... till... 1992 ... then my parents bought their first clour tv set and it was a revelation for neighbours... ...

    so because my country is delayed and is running behind the rest of the world... I can proudly say I'm not a youngster of a computer era :p
     
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    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    and A-team... was broadcasted here... 7 yrs ago?? :)
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    So, Mentos - you were born in '86 and like Pink Floyd.
    I saw Pink Floyd live in '68.
    There's a strange kind of symmetry there....
     

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