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Those were the days…

Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read this……….

Close your eyes and go back in time…

Before the Internet or the Apple Mac

Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack…

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo…

Way back……

bullet I’m talking about Hide and Seek in the park
bullet The corner shop
bullet Hopscotch
bullet Butterscotch
bullet Skipping
bullet Handstands
bullet Football with an old can
bullet Fingerbob
bullet Beano, Dandy, Buster,Twinkle and Dennis the menace
bullet Roly poly
bullet Hula hoops, jumping in the stream, building dams
bullet The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass
bullet Bazooka Joe bubble gum
bullet An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from a van that plays a tune –

chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe a neopolitan or perhaps a screwball


bullet Watching Saturday morning cartoons….short commercials
bullet The Double Deckers, Road Runner, He-man, Zeebedee, Tiswas or Swapshop? And Why Don’t You? – or staying up for Doctor Who

When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere

bullet Earwigs, wasps, stinging nettles and bee stings
bullet Sticky fingers
bullet Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians and Zorro
bullet Climbing trees
bullet Building igloos out of snow banks
bullet Walking to school, no matter what the weather
bullet Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard, your stomach hurt
bullet Jumping on the bed, pillow fights
bullet Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles
bullet Being tired from playing…remember that?
bullet The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
bullet Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
bullet Football cards transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
bullet Choppers and Grifters
bullet Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops.

Remember when…


Dunlop Green Flash and the only time you wore them was at school for P.E.


You knew everyone in the street and so did your parents and it wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘best’ friends.

bullet You didn’t sleep a wink on Christmas Eve
bullet When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
bullet When 25p was decent pocket money.
bullet When you’d reach into the gutter for a muddy penny.
bullet When nearly everyone’s mum was at home when the kids got there.
bullet It was magic when dad would ‘remove’ his thumb.
bulletWhen it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

 When any parent could discipline any kid or feed him or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid thought anything of it.


When being sent to the head’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.


 Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc.  Parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! - and some of us are still afraid of them!!

 Didn’t that feel good?, Just go back and say, yeah, I remember that!

Remember when…..


Decisions were made by going “Ip Dip Dog Shit”


Race issue meant arguing about who ran the fastest.


Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in “Monopoly”


The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.


And the worst thing was having to sit next to one.


It was unbelievable that  ‘British Bulldog 123’  wasn’t  an Olympic event.


Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a catapult.


Nobody was prettier than Mum.


Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.


Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.


Ice cream was considered a basic food group.


Getting a foot of snow was a dream.


Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED.  Pass this onto anyone who may need a break from their “grown-up” life…



THE FLASHING BLADE.... - Flashing Blade

You've got to fight for what you want
For all that you believe
It's right to fight for what we want
To live the way we please
As long as we have done our best
Then no one can do more
And life and love and happiness
Are well worth fighting for
And we should never count the cost
Or worry that we'll fall
It's better to have fought and lost
Than not have fought at all
Let's always take whatever comes
And never try to hide
Face everything and anyone
Together side by side
You've got to fight for what you want
For all that you believe
It's right to fight for what we want
To live the way we please
As long as we have done our best
Then no one can do more
And life and love and happiness
Are well worth fighting for
They're well worth fighting for
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.......yet the lyrics could still hold true today.....

bullet - The Double Deckers 1970 Title Sequences
bullet - Banana Splits
bullet - Clash - London Calling
bullet - Journey - send her my love

bullet - Seal - kiss from a rose

bullet - hits from 1986


bullet -Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird

bullet - Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven




   ...updated November 2017...

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