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Sod the children — 11 Comments

  1. But re. Godwin’s Law, I read such references as “Fourth Reich” and “Jackboots marching down O’Connell Street” all the time from commenters on your site. So you are saying they are wrong about the E.U?

  2. Granddad, you took the words out of my head, and again I agree with everything you just wrote.
    It’s a shame so few people get this.
     

  3. My memories of my own childhood are invariably very happy ones, interspersed with clips around the ear, getting up from the table still hungry, (highly recommended at the time), threatened daily in school with physical violence, having no money to spend, working on building sites all summer from the age of thirteen, sleeping with the windows wide open, summer & winter, and standing up automatically when an adult entered the room.

    Ah !  Happy days. 

  4. Oh !  And I forgot to mention that it was all lived to the sounds of the Beatles when I could Luxembourg (208) on the radio.

  5. amen to that Grandad,the lack of natural selection these days has led to the prevalence of idiots in our society
     

  6. Totally agree, when I think of some of the risks we took as quite small children It is a wonder we weren’t killed but it taught us to assess risk. My son is trying to let his kids have as natural a life as possible in this safety obcessed world but it is not easy. I do wonder how todays kids will cope in a world where we soon eon’t be able to afford the social security system we have and life will be harder. Quite glad I will be long gone by then.

  7. John – You forgot to mention the mandatory scabs on the knees.  It was rare to see any kid worth his salt without both knees scraped to the bone.  Elbows were a bonus.

    Ahhhh!!  Radio Luxembourg – The Great Two Oh Eight!  Who can possibly forget the dulcet tones of Horace Batchelor and his breathless Keynsham [that’s K. E. Y. N. S. H. A. M.], Bristol?

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