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By Rosvanian
Strange isn't it, my old man was born in 1934 and his memories of the war were of frequent bombing raids (aimed at the shipyards at Hebburn on the Tyne, visible from where he lived), playing on bombsites, and the desperate grinding poverty endured by his mother, brother and sister while his dad spent most of the war serving in north Africa. Perhaps it's why in later life and despite decades of health issues, he was the most laid back, contented, happy with his lot, un- gammon bloke you could ever meet.
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By Andy McDandy
While there's nothing new about "kids these days", what's never addressed in these sorts of pieces is who raises the kids and who teaches them. Youthful rebellion aside, it seems that every generation is determined not to repeat the mistakes their own parents made.
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By Nigredo
Cyclist wrote: Mon May 23, 2022 6:00 am A batshit old biddy writes...

Woke please read! A love letter to a lost England of decency and respect MARGARET DOWNIE

https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expre ... iption/amp
As a child of the last war - my primary school years neatly encompassed the whole of it - I (and everyone else) was exposed to wartime drama which built very close family ties as trips away any distance were a non-event. Ill-health was a given.

I, along with all others, acquired in sequence:

* whooping cough

* measles

* german measles (this left me hard of hearing while another child in our class actually died from it)

* mumps

* chickenpox

* meningitis (this acquired at 11 plus age left me even deafer - and the child who gave it to me died)

* and finally polio.

I did escape scarlet fever.

However as antibiotics were not available I also was riddled with infection and in 1940 sent to a makeshift hospital near the banks of the Thames called Goodmayes where my tonsils and adenoids were removed in one day.

Two days later most of my teeth were removed.

I was there for two months and parents could visit for two hours only on a Sunday, just two people as there was little room.

We were in the midst of fighting a war there and great flashes on the walls which lit up the rooms as the Luftwaffe's bombs dropped.

Strangely, I don't recall anyone being frightened...
Now read on, if you dare.

A lost England of decency and respect



Blimey, what a list of maladies. If my childhood had been that miserable I'd have wanted to be euthanized.
By Bones McCoy
Andy McDandy wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 11:44 am
Youngian wrote: Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:53 pm Sounds like they’ve given up and become the Star.
Apologies for revisiting this, but isn't every dildo a sex dildo?
There could conceivably be purely decorative ones.

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