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Do You Remember When?


It took five minutes for the T.V. to warm up?

Nearly everyone’s Mum was at home when they got home from school?

Nobody owned a pure-bred dog?

When a shilling was a decent allowance?

You had to be home when the street lights came on?

Your Mum wore stockings that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore ties?

Female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?

Cereals had free toys hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to a real restaurant with your parents?

Schools threatened to keep kids back a year if they failed ….. and they did?


When a Ford Capri was everyone’s dream car?

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?


Lying on your back on the grass with your friends, saying things like, ‘That clouds looks like a …’?



Playing footy and cricket with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

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

When being sent to the headmaster’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?


And 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 children 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, cricket games, Hula Hoops, monkey bars, visits to the beach.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,

“Yeah, I remember that?”

How many of these do you remember?

Lolly cigarettes?


Pogo sticks



Home milk delivery in glass bottles with aluminium stops

Newsreels before the movie

Four digit telephone numbers

45rpm records


Metal ice cube trays with levers


Spud guns

Ford Capris

Reel-to Reel tape recorders

Houses made of cards


Meccano Sets

Bazooka Joe pink bubble gum

MoJos/Blackjacks/fruit salads

Two bob for a gallon of petrol

Do you remember a time when…..


Decisions were made by “eeny-meeny-miney-mo?


“Race issue” meant arguing about who ran fastest?


It wasn’t odd to have two or three “Best Friends”?


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


There were no Saturday morning cartoons with 30 minute adverts for action figures?


Playing cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle


Taking drugs meant the polio shots at school?


Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

And remember that the perfect age is
somewhere between old enough to know better
and too young to care.




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