Growing Up! Remember?

Growing up.

  • No child proof lids on medicine bottles
  • No helmets on bikes
  • Knocked myself out over handle bars on South Circular
  • No unnecessary health and safety rules!
  • No seat belts
  • No air bags
  • Rode in the back of dad’s builders van….kid on the loose!
  • Drank water from garden hosepipe – little bugs and all!
  • Playing outside all day, as long as back by tea time
  • Made go carts out of pram wheels and planks
  • Careered down down Birkbeck Hill on said home made go-cart with dudgy brake!
  • No Playstations, Nintendo, Xboxes and the like
  • No video games
  • No 99 channel TV
  • No Netflix, Disney Channel or Prime
  • No Boxsets
  • Simple black and white TV rented from Rediffusion
  • No bathroom – portable bath in the kitchen when needed
  • Outside loo – shared with a number of small creatures! Not good in the dark!
  • No mobile phones
  • No email, no SPAM (apart from the stuff you get in tins)
  • No text messages
  • No social media
  • Organic vegetables from the green grocer – no toxic chemicals
  • Penny (old money) sweets from Mrs Jenkins corner shop – especially blackjacks
  • No politically correct nonsense – can you buy blackjacks anymore?
  • Marrow bones from the butcher to make nourishing soup for the family
  • Pigs trotter’s with English mustard (yum)
  • If you wanted to use the phone walk down the road and use the phone in the red telephone box on the corner. Use real money – get some exercise!
  • No PC, no internet
  • If your mum found out that the local Bobby had given you a clip round the ear for some misdemeanour, when you got home she’d give you another one!

OK. It wasn’t all perfect, life was a challenge growing up in London, but we were healthier, happier and looked after each other

About Steve Flashman

Steve Flashman is a singer/songwriter, published author and has appeared on TV many times over the years. He toured extensively as a professional musician and set-up a Short Term Service Charity which worked in some of the poorest areas of the world. He is currently living in Buckinghamshire UK with his wife Sarah and is Vicar of two rural parish churches.

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