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    CONGRATULATIONS.....Not funny but very true.....
    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930s 1940s, 50s, 60s and early 70s !

    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 a Sunday, 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 WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

    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 because we didnít need to keep up with the Jonesís!

    Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT

    Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we werenít concentrating.

    We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three Rs education.

    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'

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

    And YOU are one of them!
    CONGRATULATIONS!

    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 so they will know how brave their parents were.
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    Quality.............

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    So true mate, born in the 50's

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    Born in the 80's, but totally agree with this!

    EDIT: I used to eat snails whilst in parks etc. I'm still alive.
    Last edited by george1987; 29th May 2010 at 11:19.

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    born in the 80s, glad to see all you old men using the interwebs

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    Certainly strikes a chord with me. As my mother used to say 'You eat a peck of dirt before you die'. Dirt, in moderation, never did us any harm. There is these days an obsession with hygiene which can do more harm than good in the long term.

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    what a sad world we live in today.

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    I'm a late sixties kid.

    I've been thinking this for years...

    And unlike many of our younger peers, I can speak and spell in true English, none of this pidgeon English, not in text language, and none of this "innit".

    Despite my age, I don't need a calculator to add up ...!!

    How many sub 25 year olds can do this now!! - probably about 40% of them lol

    If you do trip or slip...yes it is your fault...so pick your blummin' feet up!!

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    If it doesn't kill you, it will only make you stronger!

    Anyone remember hicken pox parties??!! I went to one and got them! Job done!

    Way too strict on hygiene rules now too.

    Admittedly, I never ate dirt on purpose and never ate worms or snails and have never broken a bone (touch wood!!)

    Kids are soft now!

    In the same respect, the older you get, the better you used to be! For example, I used to walk 10 miles to school everyday. And would walk home for lunch!!

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    Chicken pox parties
    I got it at school and no sooner was it diagnosed than the entire street had their kids passing through the house, a unique method but got it over and done with pretty quick.

    My 2 are certainly not wrapped up in cotton wool and the youngest when asked the other day if she would like a McD's said what's that , 5 and never had one, can't say the same for Pizza Hut though.

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