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You Beat The Odds! Congratulations (from the UK)

 Robin Bloor posted this on his have mac will blog, blog. I read his stuff for professional reasons, but this one is so me, and obviously him. It's very UK specific, I've annoted some comments.

You Beat The Odds! Congratulations (from the UK)


The following is a virus mail that is doing the rounds. It’s UK specific, so if you want to circulate it in the US, you’ll need to edit a line here or there:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US WHO WERE BORN IN THE : 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!

  • We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. [MC Yep, all of the above, I got my love of Cheese from my Mum]
  • Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking!!![MC Yep, about age 12, I rode some 20-miles into London to visit my cousin...]
  • As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a Bakkie on a warm day was always a special treat.
  • We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Steers, Nandos. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO-ONE actually died from this.
  • We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Chappies, Wilson ’s Toffees, Wicks Bubble Gum and some crackers to blow up frogs with. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with raw sugar in, but we weren’t overweight because…… WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
  • We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
  • We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot to fit brakes. We built tree houses and cubby houses and played in river beds with matchbox cars. [MC I used to build bikes, I did two from scratch including one for my Mum that I was rather pleased with]
  • We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on DSTV, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS! [MC I Did later have a portable cassette player]
  • We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt. [MC don't recall doing the mud pie thing, did jump out of a tree a had the bottom of a broken bottle go completely through my ankle, just missing the achillies tendon. Walked home two miles with blood spurting out]
  • Only girls had pierced ears!
  • You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…….no really!
  • We were given pellet guns and we carried the lead pellets under out tongue for hours at a time! We got catties (catapults) for our 10th birthdays! [MC don't recall who had the gun, but we used to shoot squirrels and given the dead ones to a farmer]
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
  • Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
  • RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment!!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT AND NOT DUE TO BLACKMAIL AND THREATS….. strange but true!
  • Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps and bully’s always ruled the playground at school. We lived with it, and by the way, it was fine. [MC Yep, remember to this day getting slippered by Mr Cotton at High School, and a teacher at Junior School]
  • The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
  • Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’. [MC most of my friends had names with 4-letters of less, Ian, Gary, Paul, Neil etc. there was Michael  and a few other longer ones but mostly four or less]
  • We did not have child psychologists or mentors and we never missed them. We did not need Ritalin and ADD was not the reason for lively, active children. Children were lively and active.
  • This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, entertainers  and inventors ever! The past 60 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
  • And, sadly, we will probably live longer lives than our children.[MC am hoping not. My kids are all doing well, I hope they'll live my complete satisfying lives, although the Boomers and to some degree my generation are going to leave them with big challenges]
  • If YOU are one of us: CONGRATULATIONS!

And you might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives “for our own good” and political correctness held sway. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.


Actually change it from Rugby and Cricket to Baseball, etc and add Daisy Air Rifles to BB guns and you have most
American kids of the the same generation...

During the summer my Mom would pack my lunch, I only had to be back for swim practice or music lessons...
Hi Mark,

I have read this before. It's GREAT! Thank you for posting this. Brings back a lot of positive memories from growing up. Hope all is well with you and your training. Oh, and Mark, be sure that you develop those hamstrings and ankle muscles well. You will need them for horseback riding. ;)