What do you remember from your youth that would never happen today?
This is true even though it sounds impossible. Back in the 80s when I was a teenager, there was a shooting range on Blackpool Pleasure Beach.Posted 4 years ago
Not your average range though with knackered old .177 BSA air rifles. The rifle of choice was a pump-action Winchester in .22lr with a tubular magazine running under the barrel. The muzzle was secured to the counter but only by some light grade bathplug type chain! The stallholder would load 10 rounds in the mag’ and then you were off. Blazing away at metal ducks or paper targets. It was awesome. The range closed in around 1988 I think, possibly as a result of the Hungerford massacre? Can you imagine that today? .22 live rounds on a funfair!
One that always amazes me is dogs.
When my parents went to work and we went to school, the dog was just let out of the house. Off you go Buster, wander the streets causing havoc, shitting everywhere and generally being a wild animal!
Later a neighbour’s dog (Sandy, the squirrel killer) was nabbed by the council dog catcher and they were supposed to pay £100ish to get it back. They didn’t.
There also used to be this Standard Poodle in our road. Big black thing. Used to nab unweary school kids to live up to it’s nickname: Shagger.
Ah, them were the days.Posted 4 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
@DezB 😯 did make me laugh though.
My old man was a teacher, used to smoke in the classroom, during lessons.
I also had the misfortune to be forced into a Catholic education where the teacher belted me everyday for a whole term for a host of spurious reasons, not that it affected me in anyway, at least so the guards tells me.Posted 4 years ago
I tell you – that Shagger was hilarious. When he was wandering about in the road, we used to watch out the window for kids – dog would run up behind them, front paws up on their shoulders and thrust away. Man, how we laughed (as they screamed and tried to get away!!) 😆Posted 4 years ago
The CanePosted 4 years ago
Wintergreen linament – wish you could still get that
Raising caps to motorist who stopped at a level crossing
Respect for teachers
Communal baths – both normal and after rugby. My son was shocked!!!
The trade in pornos – more important that the mags themselves
Garters in socks
Freedom from too much parental involvement
Air gun battles – summary execution by weak GAT pistols
Hemp climbing ropes and troll waistband harnesses
One bike for everything
Bengal matches and messing about with bangers!
My friends sister!!!!!cbmotorsportMember
We used to go out on our bikes for all day epics, messing about, setting up crap jumps, going to the shops, the river, the rec, (probably about 10 miles in total in reality) but our parents never knew where we were, we just had to be back before dark, so we’d be away for 10 hrs in the summer.
Nowadays, you’d have search teams and helicopters by the 10 hour mark, with everyone suspecting you’d been abducted by paedos.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Being forced to play rugby outside, every week, in any weather. And I do mean ANY weather. Snowing? Get out there and play rugby? Horizontal hailstones? Get out there you big jessy!!! Gale force winds. Out you go! And stop moaning
cbmotorsport – we just had to be back before dark, so we’d be away for 10 hrs in the summer.
Indeed. My mum made the statement the other week “I never saw you from when you were 12 onwards” . She didn’t either. We’d just head out on our bikes in the morning, and get back for tea, scoff it down, then go straight out again until it went dark! When I think of the miles we covered. I lived in Warrington and we’d ride to Manchester Airport to watch the planes landing, or out to Delamere forest, and think nothing of it
Nowadays, somebody would probably have social services roundPosted 4 years agofreeagentMember
First Scout summer camp I went on (30 years ago – I’m 41 now) we piled all the tents/pots and pans/sleeping bags into the back of a removal van, and then we all climbed in on top.
I can remember sitting there, watching the world go by out the back of the truck (tailgate folded up, but roller-shutter left open) as we went down the motorway!
A lot of my other thoughts have already been mentioned –Posted 4 years ago
Spending all day ‘over the woods’ and only having to be home when it got dark.
Carrying around a ridiculous ‘Rambo’ knife to chop up twigs in the woods.coreMember
Spending all day (literally dawn to dusk) building a bike track in a piece of scrub woodland outside the village, we’d take all sorts of tools and kit, saws tc, aged about 10 or 11, spent an entire summer in there one year, nobody batted an eyelid or checked up on us once.
Having air gun (bb and pellet) fights with my cousin, he had a pump action shoutgun style bb rifle, I had a pistol, used to shoot the shit out of each other with steel bb’s.Posted 4 years ago
My brother and I always got a ‘trainee smoker chololate selection box’ at xmas. Chocolate pipe, lighter, fags, etc, which we would play with by pretending to smoke and then eat
Can you still get those liquorice pipes? They were massive. Mum used to put them in the cupboard after shopping at Keymarkets and we’d all bundle in “Ha! I’ve got the pipe!” 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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