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A smile for Saturday

This may have been on before but regardless the sun is shining and it is the weekend


If you were born in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's well done for still being here!

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 and tuna from a can.

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.

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, or Subway .

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 ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


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 did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no channels on SKY, no mobile phones, 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.

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.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

If we didn't make the football team, tough...train harder.

Teachers hit us with a cane if we were naughty, we didn't then do it to our children and aren't (too) damaged from it.

We had no mobile phones and coyldnt be contacted at all times...we knocked at home every few hours so mum new we were alive.

We played outside until the street lights turned on.

We didn't have helmets or knee pads on bikes!

No was a word frequently used by our parents...we knew what it meant and knew a tantrum wouldn't change it.

Girls got muddy, climbed trees and wore dungarees and still got boyfriends and husbands...without make up.

If we didn't tidy up, toys really did go in the bin, but we only had a small amount so it was easy to tidy.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

Keep Breathing :*

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And grew up the better for it I think! Well done Janet, brings back loads of memories, especially of being caned and said NO to! My Mum actually worked in a cigarette factory down the road and got 200 cigs a week as a bonus.

Long live the 'good old days'!

Kids these days don't know they're born.


I am, & I miss everyone of those day,s & to add another, in the 60,s anyway they had specialist Chest hospitals, Llangwyfan near Ruthin is the one I remember xx


Its a blooming miracle there's anyone left to tell the tale. Ha Ha. After surviving all that lot the next 50 years should be a doddle eh' Janden.



That brought back lovely memories! xxx


Do you remember 1/2 day closing day on Wednesdays?

Also I remember television and radio going 'off air' for an hour every kids thought this was hilarious when I told them lol

happy days and memories :)



Oooh yes, I remember that too!



I remember half day closing on Wednesday and I remember that when Mum and Dad agreed to have television in our home we were 'rationed' on what we watched.

We were allowed to watch John Greerson (not sure of the spelling of his surname). He has a fifteen minute documentary slot. Because my sister, brother and I were rationed we really loved watching TV.

I had such a happy childhood.




We still have some shops round here that shut half days on wednesdays! Our village post office does! But this is remote Wild West Wales where [some] time has stood still... :)


My grandparents lived in Beaumaris in Anglesey and I used to love going to visit them every summer.

Theirs was a little village place where most of the people still spoke Welsh.

I'd love to go back but I am sure it has drastically changed over the last 30 years.

Jan :)


Surviving against all odds :-)


You have just wrote the story of my life.


I enjoyed that. As kids, we had complete freedom with lots of beautiful countryside to explore (now Asda). If a sign forbade trespassing, we were there. What we didn't have, we didn't miss. Going to a girls' school, no brothers and father away, males were unknown.


Roller shates from Kensita coupons, 2 beano annuals plus 1 friend. ! steep hill and the race of your life!


Bike for passing eleven plus, steep hill, little gravel scars on knee to this day!



What about swimming in a slimy green pond in your knickers cos it was so hot...............


jam and bread was a common tea, not macdonalds or all these new foreign cooked meats. Generally the jam would be home made too


I managed to mess up one of my Grandma's jam making sessions. I was quite young and not too good with spelling. All the labels for the jars of jam said 'Rasberry Jam' and the date. At the time I was unaware that 'Raspberry' had a 'p' in it. My Grandma wasn't too pleased but the jam was lovely.

Yes, I remember 'tea time'. Bread, butter and jam and a bit of cake. Lovely.7



PS - I don't know why there is a '7' on the end of my message. lol



Raspberry jam I can relate to as I used to make lots of it with the fruit from my garden, untill a few years ago. Can't lift the pan now and no partner to help, have to be content with shop bought jam. When people pronounce raspberry it does not sound like it has a 'p' so your mistake when young was not surprising. annec.


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