All the girls had ugly gym slips

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school

Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces

All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time.

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed. . . And they did it!

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car...

And people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.

When being sent to the head's study was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skate hockey and visits to the pool, and eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko

How Many Of These Do You Remember?

Coca Cola in bottles.

Blackjacks and bubblegums.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops.

Hi-If's & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Adding Machines.


Do You Remember a Time When..

Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?

'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day?

It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was'chickenpox'?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a catapault?

War was a card game?

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange - flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life.

I Double DareYou!

He he he


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  • I remember the lot and more


  • Just read this out to my OH and we couldn't stop laughing - remembered every single one and I wish you could have seen the wistful look on his face when I read out cigarette cards in the spokes .........Julie xx

  • I too remember all the above.

    I still use eeny-meeny-miny-mo, It`s used mainly for electing a government and probably in the up coming Scottish independent vote. I`m Scottish and don`t really want to break up the union, But still un decided.


  • Ahh! You just took me back. Us girls used to skip, play hopscotch and throw tennis balls at the wall. Maybe three or even five if you were really good. Then there were handstands. I tried to tell my grandsons about tip- me- tail. They didn't have a clue. There were walks across the fields or through the woods where we would pick up sticks for the fire. We would go up the field and the farmer would take you for a ride across the field in the hay wagon. We didn't have many sweets and didn't look for them. We had bodices in the winter as our houses were so cold with no heating. The summers were long and hazy. I could probably go on. They were certainly the good days. The only thing I don't miss is the cold houses. Thanks for that Berwick.

  • yes Berwick I remember them all really, made ne smile at the memories. Mavary i remember them all too. happy times. M xx

  • Yes I remember them all. Our tree house in the woods, my brother made. Sitting up there eating Mum's apple pie and potatoes from a fire we lite. His carts on pram wheels. Happy days.

  • Hi berwick. Pure nostalgia. It does of course prompt more memories. Cheers Dave.

  • Yes I fondly remember them all and many more, like metal window frames that rattled. The outside toilet, and much more. The thing is the good things outweighed the ones I've just mentioned. To me it was a time of innocence which is now sadly lost to materialism.

  • Yes remember it all,perhaps they really were the good old days

  • Yes I remember them all too, Happy days! but when I speak to my son (aged 40) he has happy memories too and I remember my mother had nostalgic memories too. I think every generation has their lovely memories. Thats Life! :)

  • Lovely thoughts, thanks. Nostalgia is not what it used to be. I can also remember rickets and ring worms and shoes with the toes cut out....but still happy. It was a time when you could be happy and gay without offending anyone.

  • i still get my milk delivered in glass bottles with silver tops and i seem to remember there was no such thing as child obesity in my younger days.

  • Ah! Nostalgia is not what it used tobe. I'll always remember old whathisname.

  • ..Everyone a WINNER ! " Thanks for the memory " Berwick -- just one more = Playing MARBLES ON STREET DRAIN COVERS ! and Merry Christmass ...

  • Yes I remember all of them, yet we do tend to just remember the good times and the good weather as well.

  • yes i remember going to school and our local newspaper had a charity running called shoes for bairns ,it was just after the war and all these sandals that were given free had holes punched in them not wanting too be left out i took the puncher off the teachers desk and punched holes in mine .I wasn't very popular at home take care Dorothy xx

  • Oh yes! I have lived! and I wouldn't change a thing! :) xxx

  • Memorable times when I was young. What we didn't have, we didn't miss. I had a good childhood despite a lot of hardship but lots of freedom. I agree, cold houses wont be forgotten.

  • I remember them all and more very well. Every now and again someone comes on here all nostalgic, I think its great, I love to look back and remember. Cheryl

  • PS.. Forgot to say, I , Married the girl with the navy blue Gym slip.

    Best thing I have ever done.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year.


  • Thanks berwick

    that brought back so many happy memories of life before the world went mad!

  • Keep on writing about nostalgia so that some of us can perhaps once again see within the shadows of our past and bring them into the light.

    I try and try but so much is blocked out, yet I read of some people commenting of what they were doing when they were five or six years of age.

    When the war ended I was Thirteen and those years haven't left me with intense memories, apart from the bombing. Where are my nostalgic thoughts?

    Ah yes! I suppose I have to find my right head, I've done a Worzel and misplaced it.

  • Great posts, lovely to read and remember each one. Not boasting here but I loved P.E at school and could do most of the things pretty darn well - Handstands, rope-climbing, stilts etc BUT the one thing I so wanted to do and could never master was a CARTWHEEL :(

    All that physical exercise that seemed so easy then. What went wrong?....oh yeah, I remember !! xx

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