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    A poem that some of us can relate to

    Received this in an email. Thought I'd post it here as it reminds me on life in a Thai village . The simple life ,that everyone is happy and content with . Are we really doing something wrong with our "western " life styles ? Hmmmm.

    Not saying that we should go back to it , but it does make one think .



    A POEM THAT SOME OF US CAN RELATE TO

    I remember the cheese of my childhood,
    And the bread that we cut with a knife,
    When the children helped with the housework,
    And the men went to work not the wife.

    The cheese never needed a fridge,
    And the bread was so crusty and hot
    The children were seldom unhappy
    And the wife was content with her lot.

    I remember the milk from the bottle,
    With the yummy cream on the top,
    Our dinner came hot from the oven,
    And not from the fridge; in the shop.


    The kids were a lot more contented,
    They didn't need money for kicks,
    Just a game with their mates in the road,
    And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

    I remember the shop on the corner,
    Where a pen'orth of sweets was sold
    Do you think I'm a bit too nostalgic?
    Or is it...I'm just getting old?

    I remember the 'loo' was the lav
    And the bogey man came in the night,
    It wasn't the least bit funny
    Going "out back" with no light.

    The interesting items we perused
    From the newspapers cut into squares,
    And hung on a peg in the loo,
    It took little to keep us amused.

    The clothes were boiled in the copper
    With plenty of rich foamy suds
    But the ironing seemed never ending
    As Mum pressed everyone's 'duds'.

    I remember the slap on my backside,
    And the taste of soap if I swore
    Anorexia and diets weren't heard of
    And we hadn't much choice what we wore.

    Do you think that bruised our ego?
    Or our initiative was destroyed?
    We ate what was put on the table
    And I think life was better enjoyed.
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    The funny thing is, this generation is probably going to write a similar poem in a couple of decades about how much better and simpler life used to be.
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    Yes my thoughts exactly Bacon ! As Minder has said to me many many times, Going to Thailand , is like stepping back 30 years in time .
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    As much as it talks up the good old days, it relies on modern technology to be passed around... Nostalgia is great, you remember the good and quietly forget the bad....

    You could add a line to the poem.. And Rolf Harris was a good role model.
    Sorry but that is just the cynic in me.
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    The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.

    Quote:Plato about 400BC
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    That music is loud and has no tune.. It will never last..
    Quote my mom 1975 5555

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.

    Quote:Plato about 400BC
    Contempt for authority is the sign of a healthy intellect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Contempt for authority is the sign of a healthy intellect.
    But only in the western sense..
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    ^^^ So True !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Contempt for authority is the sign of a healthy intellect.


    Contempt for intellectuals is a sign of absolute authority 555!

    Love the poem - I was there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Contempt for authority is the sign of a healthy intellect.
    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    But only in the western sense..
    authority always needs to be questioned...everywhere..otherwise you end up with your rights eroded, people imprisoned for telling the truth and the likes of Rupert Murdoch running your country by proxy
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    God I loved my childhood and really have the fondest memories of so many things

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    ^^ It's funny but I was thinking about this a few days ago and was 1/2 thinking of starting a thread like "Tell us your childhood memories".

    I was thinking of things like the milk in small bottles with silver tops at school, left out in the sun before you got there 5555
    Or the baker with his horse and the fruit man with his truck and the scales hanging off the back.

    How the house was never locked unless you went on holiday and how if your Mum ran out of something while cooking she would nip over to the neighbors and grab what she needed, even if they weren't home and replace it after shopping.

    Climbing trees, falling out, skinned knees and broken arms, fights with your mates, black eyes, bush fires, snakes Red back spiders in the dunny (yes for real).

    And a million other things I can't think of just now 55555
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    Having to go to the outside dunny during the night was a bit scary.

    Sunday roast lunch with the whole family.
    Never any excuses or "i have something else to do". You didn't want to miss out as the whole neighbourhood had the smell of roasts wafting around 55
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    Hot milk and bread pudding for b'fast in winter 55555

    The old twin tub washing machine that I always overflowed 55555
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    authority always needs to be questioned...everywhere..otherwise you end up with your rights eroded, people imprisoned for telling the truth and the likes of Rupert Murdoch running your country by proxy
    I am not disagreeing just pointing out its a very Western view..
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    I miss watching cartoons on Saturday morning. It was a big deal! 55
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    Come to Thailand - they seem to be on TV 24/7

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    Quote Originally Posted by justcruzing1 View Post
    ^^ It's funny but I was thinking about this a few days ago and was 1/2 thinking of starting a thread like "Tell us your childhood memories".

    I was thinking of things like the milk in small bottles with silver tops at school, left out in the sun before you got there 5555
    Or the baker with his horse and the fruit man with his truck and the scales hanging off the back.

    How the house was never locked unless you went on holiday and how if your Mum ran out of something while cooking she would nip over to the neighbors and grab what she needed, even if they weren't home and replace it after shopping.

    Climbing trees, falling out, skinned knees and broken arms, fights with your mates, black eyes, bush fires, snakes Red back spiders in the dunny (yes for real).

    And a million other things I can't think of just now 55555
    Justcruzing

    Go on start the thread
    The Ice man coming around,
    The rag &bone coming around with his horse & cart
    The sound of a Singer treadle sewing machine (that was so exciting for a little boy who wasn't allowed to touch.)

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