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How's This For Nostalgia?

Our correspondent writes ...

A friend sent me this by email so I thought I would publish it as a reminder of how things used to be when England was a good place to live - the days when bureaucrats were not constantly interfering with our lives.

Remember any of these?

  1. When all schoolgirls wore ugly gym slips?


  1. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up?


  1. When nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got back from school?


  1. When nobody owned a thoroughbred dog?


  1. When three old pence was decent pocket money?


  1. When you'd scrabble in a muddy gutter to retrieve a penny?


  1. When all your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day?


  1. When you got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol put into your tank, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air.

  1. When washing powder had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?


  1. When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

dining out

  1. When they threatened to keep kids back a year if they failed? And they did!

school failure

  1. When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you when you got home?


Remember playing cricket in the street with no adults dictating the rules of the game?


Remember when stuff from the shop came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?


  1. When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car?

ford zephyr

  1. When no-one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

ignition key

With all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?


Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat. . .as well as summers filled with bike rides, games of rounders, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, as well as sucking sherbet powder through a liquorice straw.

hula hoop

Didn't it feel good just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'? Remember the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

If you know someone who can still remember the Coronation, Mr Pastry, 6.5 Special, The Army Game , Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Emergency Ward 10, the Lone Ranger, Hancock's Half Hour, Trigger and Sergeant Bilko, tell them to visit this website for a bit of nostalgia.


They may even remember ...

  1. Sweet cigarettes

sweet cigarettes

  1. Coffee bars with table side jukeboxes.


  1. Blackjacks and bubblegum.

bubble gum

  1. The days when home milk was delivered in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.


  1. Telephone numbers began with a word prefix...(Mayfair 3489). And party lines.


  1. Andy Pandy.

andy pandy

  1. Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records.

record player

  1. Green Shield Stamps.

green shield stamps

  1. Comptometers.


  1. Scalextric.


Do you remember the time when:

  1. decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-mo'?
  2. 'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
  3. Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day?


  1. It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

best friends

  1. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?

chicken pox

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


  1. Saturday morning television wasn't 30-minute commercials for action figures?

saturday tv

  1. Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles
  2. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
  3. Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any pushbike into a motorcycle

bike spokes

  1. Taking drugs meant swallowing orange-flavoured chewable aspirin


  1. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

water balloons

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have really lived.

Visitors' comments:

Alan Flounders, Hartlepool writes:

Thank you for reminding me of those wonderful Happy Bare Foot Days of my childhood, the War years, when neighbours were so friendly and very helpful.

Yes, I agree, these days no-one seems to care any more. Most councillors and MPs are all a waste of time. Thank you again for reminding me at my advanced age, that there are still some decent people left in this once very lovely country.

Peter Snowden, Penzance writes:

When even young girls wore `liberty bodices', and boys and girls wore vests.

Dan of Norwich writes:

Some people say that it's foolish to keep living in the past; but they are simply mistaking melancholia for nostalgia.

Christine of Hartlepool writes:

What a brilliant and innocent enlightenment! I am going to link this to Facebook as it might actually allow young people to realise how much they are missing by having everything high tech?

Happy New Year!

"Many men stumble across the truth ... but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened."

Winston S Churchill

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