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A friend sent me this and I liked it so much, I htought one or two folks on here might like it too!

These were the fun days; I'm glad I was born then ...


1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !

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 colored 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 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 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 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 chatrooms..........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!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on


Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully's always ruled the playground at school.

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


And YOU are one of them!


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.

PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore

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The ailments we suffered from were real

There were no eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa & Compulsive Overeating)

unless you counted the times your parents could not afford food?

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Ayup Charlie,

Thanks for that Charlie, I don't think we'll remember these days with such fondness


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Spot on Charlie - I certainly remember my childhood days in the 50s and 60s with fondness! If you saw a copper walking down the street towards you, you were wondering what you had done (respect for the law) and if a copper stopped you for some minor misdameaner and took your name in his little black book you would be worried sick for the next couple of weeks in case you got the 'knock on the door'.

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But I bet you knew a kid with a purple painted head? Iodine or something, what was that all about??

I remember having that done as a very young kid. Dont know why?

But it turned out to be penicillin, which caused me to have purple scabs appearing where it was painted!

I am allergic to Penicillin.

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I remember having that done as a very young kid. Dont know why?

But it turned out to be penicillin, which caused me to have purple scabs appearing where it was painted!

I am allergic to Penicillin.

So am I Mick.

Told my allergy was cause by medical treatment my dad received in Canada while rehabilitating from the maltreatment he received from the Japanese.

Apparently many of or around our age are prone to this reaction to penicillin.


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I got what they thought was impetigo in the 60's and the school went potty, dragging my parents in to school to lecture them on not informing them correctly, making me use my own towel and wash the sink down thouroughly after use, all very insulting especially as it turned out it was just a patch of dry skin.

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parma violets were a powdery sweet that tasted of perfume , i think you can still buy them , they were sold in tube like love hearts

Yes you can - and fizzers as well. Not to mention Barratt's sherbert fountains

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