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(Under the age of 40? You won't understand)

............BLACK and WHITE ?

( Under the age of 40? You won't understand)


My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather have gone swimming ion the lake or at the beach instead of a pristine pool(talk about boring)no beach closures then.

We all took PE......and risked permanent injury with a pair of sandshoes instead of having cross- training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the cane for doing something wrong at school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the rules and to honour and respect those older than us.

We had 30+ kids in our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct letter----------FUNNY THAT!!

We all said prayers in school and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself..

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station,

Nintendo, X Box or 270 digital TV cable stations. we weren't.

Oh yeah...and where was the antibiotics and sterilisation kit when I h got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played ''King of the Hill'' on piles of gravel left on vacant building sites when we got hurt, mum pulled out the 2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horrible vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that?

We never needed to get into group therapy and/or management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac !

..............................How did we ever survive? You tell me please.

..............................LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA


.................................I WOULDN'T TRADE IT IN FOR ANYTHING!


AAAAH, Those were the days, weren't they?



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  • Absolutely, positively correct Richard. I also remember being clouted by the nearest adult if offending, kin or not. Happy days.


  • A few reminders there Bobby

  • Fish and chips wrapped in grease proof paper then newspaper goodness me how bad was that ?take care love Dorothyxx

  • ha doll are you ok weather being kind to you wrap up well,bernicexxxxxx

  • Hi Bernice i will keep warm thank you Dorothy xx

  • ya better nice lady,bernice

  • All that black print on your hands! newlands

  • The local policeman would give you a clout - no solicitors then. We would vanish all day with a bottle of ginger beer and bread and dripping. I didn't like dripping so I had bread. We went scrumping this time of year - full bellies. :-) :-) Alison

  • Bread and dripping mmmmmmmmmm Scrumptious Alison

  • My gran had the best dripping with that full of taste jelly at the bottom of the pot. I will allways remember when ever we went to my grans she had bones bubbling in a big pot for stock :)

  • YUMMY Offcut

  • Bread ... without dripping mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. :-) :-) Alison

  • The dripping softened the dry bread! Alison

  • Cor, that reminds me , On my way back from School, I and my mates used to call in a local Cafe and got a slice of bread with Dripping spread on it for ONE PENNY !! YES ! ONE PENNY ...

  • An old penny at that Vittorio !

  • Ah those were the days my friend,we thought would never end....sadly,they did!! xxx

  • All good things come to an end Wendells. Who sang the song those were....Mary Hopkins?.

  • Yes,think it was,remember bopping around the house doing the housework to it! Lol.When the kids were little vegemites!

  • Yes Wendells unfortunately we didn't appreciate our childhoods until it was too late. KOTC those were the days! M

  • They definitely were Mocary

  • those were the days indeed. We didn't even have electricity in our house until I was about 8. We used to play draughts and snakes and ladders by lamplight. I wonder how the children of today, and the rest of us would manage if the eletric went off for a couple of days??

  • In Coventry were I live they stopped having gas street lamps in 1963

  • Hasn't Coventry got any street lighting now then Offcut

  • most have had the copper cable stolen :)

  • What an outrageous thought, beggars belief letys

  • We used to listen to the wireless, I remember journey into outer space used to scare me and I had to go to bed early so my brother could listen to it.

    We used to play Chinese chequers

    polly xx

  • On Sunday we listened to the Navy Lark and the Goons while eating Sunday Lunch at the table complete with a table cloth.

  • Yes and Round the Horn, workers playtime, Uncle Mac, Family Favourites, Listen with Mother, Larry the Laaaaaamb (was that Toytown?). Wow, lots of memories ... :-) :-) Alison

  • Radio killed the?? Alison

  • Nobody allowed to speak at the table at our house Offcut

  • Chinese chequers, Now there's a thought polly

  • This is all so true in the school summer holidays a mate and I used to go on Expeditions to the country about a 10 miles round trip. Once on our long weary way home we asked a policeman on a bike the time, neither of us had a watch. After about an hour this same biking policeman saw us a lot further down the road and asked were we lived. He did no more but stopped a car and told him to take us to the nearest point to were my mate lived. I cannot see that happening now. Not one of us questioned the policeman's action.

  • Steady boys here comes the copper

  • Back in the day

    No household/housework helps all done by hand and muscle power ...

    Cleaning and washing up took three times what it does today, my Gran seemed to spend all her time either cooking or cleaning.

    She used to put the washing (all washed by hand) through a mangle, I think it was called, two great heavy rollers, pressing on the wet clothes, I was too little and not strong enough to turn the handle, so was allowed to help by holding the cloth as it came through, the clothes came out as stiff damp boards and were shaken and pinned on the line.

    My grans house was bare boards and a few rugs, which were hung over the washing line and given good beating with a sort of loop shaped wire thing. The windows were cleaned with newspaper dipped in vinegar.

    Sure there's more but cant remember it

    Personally I say god bless dyson and washing machines

    Beth xx Hope all doing well x

  • What would we do without modern gadgets Beth?

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