What made you smile today?

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21 hours ago, hooperski said:

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me.

 

 

 

 

Vanity is insanity but she also suffers from insecurity.  

 

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11 hours ago, Clive2677 said:

 

 

Vanity is insanity but she also suffers from insecurity.  

 

Is she auditioning to be a porn actress?

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On 8/24/2019, 1:11:41, Wulfrun said:

Back in the days of tanners and bobs,
When Mothers had patience and Fathers had jobs.
When football team families wore hand me down shoes,
And T.V gave only two channels to choose.

 

Back in the days of three penny bits,
when schools employed nurses to search for your nits.
When snowballs were harmless; ice slides were permitted
and all of your jumpers were warm and hand knitted.

 

Back in the days of hot ginger beers,
when children remained so for more than six years.
When children respected what older folks said,
and pot was a thing you kept under your bed.

 

Back in the days of Listen with Mother,
when neighbours were friendly and talked to each other.
When cars were so rare you could play in the street.
When Doctors made house calls and Police walked the beat.

 

Back in the days of Milligan's Goons,
when butter was butter and songs all had tunes.
It was dumplings for dinner and trifle for tea,
and your annual break was a day by the sea.

 

Back in the days of Dixon's Dock Green,
Crackerjack pens and Lyons ice cream.
When children could freely wear National Health glasses,
and teachers all stood at the FRONT of their classes.

 

Back in the days of rocking and reeling,
when mobiles were things that you hung from the ceiling.

When woodwork and pottery got taught in schools,
and everyone dreamed of a win on the pools.

 

Back in the days when I was a lad,
I can't help but smile for the fun that I had.
Hopscotch and roller skates; snowballs to lob.
Back in the days of tanners and bobs.

 

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Brilliant, Wulfrun! My memories of the 50s as  a child in England perfectly summed up!!!

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Unfortunately we always remember things with rose tinted glasses but for many then life was pretty hard. Difference is that then people generally looked out for each other, now people generally only lookout for themselves. Often I wish I could live in a previous time line.

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6 minutes ago, French bean said:

Unfortunately we always remember things with rose tinted glasses but for many then life was pretty hard. Difference is that then people generally looked out for each other, now people generally only lookout for themselves. Often I wish I could live in a previous time line.

 

I'm not sure that people looked out for each other back then. At least not in all aspects. Things like spousal abuse and child abuse were often known about but ignored because it was considered private family affairs or something like that. 

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6 minutes ago, LeonG said:

 

I'm not sure that people looked out for each other back then. At least not in all aspects. Things like spousal abuse and child abuse were often known about but ignored because it was considered private family affairs or something like that. 

True and that happens now, but neighbours did look in on each other, people noticed when an elderly person wasn't seen and kids were often just dumped on family or neighbours. Now, how many people actually know who their neighbours are? How often is it reported that someone had died alone months before and no one noticed? How many real friends can we on average rely on when we're in need? Society has definitely gone down hill in the last 40 years.

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37 minutes ago, French bean said:

True and that happens now, but neighbours did look in on each other, people noticed when an elderly person wasn't seen and kids were often just dumped on family or neighbours. Now, how many people actually know who their neighbours are? How often is it reported that someone had died alone months before and no one noticed? How many real friends can we on average rely on when we're in need? Society has definitely gone down hill in the last 40 years.

 

That's true. My mother told me about living in a house where they had to pass through the neighbors apartment to get to theirs. The neighbor lady would be in her kitchen as they walked past and often offer them a cookie and a chat. In one of the rooms of their apartment lived an old man. He simply came with the apartment. Nobody seemed to mind. One of the neighbors had a piano. He might come home late and start playing and they'd wake up and listen until he felt like going to bed. We are definitely not this tolerant today. 

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1 hour ago, john g. said:

Brilliant, Wulfrun! My memories of the 50s as  a child in England perfectly summed up!!!

Mine too, the only thing that I can remember that's missing from the poem, is the tram...then again not everywhere had them

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I guess I am fortunate in living in the same area for almost 50 years and know, and get on with, younger folk and their children who moved in within the last five years or so.   Blessed.  Things are as good now as ever was.   Incomes have altered somewhat ☹️

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