According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids >in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because >our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which >was promptly chewed and licked. >We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or >cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. >When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and >fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in >cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a >treat. >We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted >the same. >We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with sugar in >it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. >We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one >actually died from this. >We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top >speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running >into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. >We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we >were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one >minded. >We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 >channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, >no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms. >We had friends - we went outside and found them. >We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! >We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law >suits. >We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents. >We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners >catching us. We walked to friends' homes. >We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or >daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner. >We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. >We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. >The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard >of...They actually sided with the law. >This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem >solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 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 you're one of them. Congratulations! >Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids, before >lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good. >For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read >about us. >This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile >on your face: >The majority of students in universities today were born in >1986........They are called youth. >They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the >Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never heard >of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle. >For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. >AIDS has existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were >born. >Michael Jackson has always been white. >To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't >imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance. >They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from >last year. >They can never imagine life before computers. >They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the Famous >Five. >They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You. >They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they >will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone. >Now let's check if we're getting old... >1. You understand what was written above and you smile. >2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out. >3. Your friends are getting married/already married. >4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with >computers. >5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head. >6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around. >7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good Old >days, repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together. >8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other >friends because you think they will like it too... Yes, you're getting >old!!