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Rituals that today's youngsters will never know

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BertieBassett2, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Much as I embrace new technology, there are things from the past that I remember fondly and would like to dedicate this thread to those long gone procedures. I offer up taping the Top 40 on Sundays, always trying to pause the cassette before the DJ started speaking. (So many defunct words in one sentence!) Any additions?
     
  2. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Winding up the bedside clock and setting the alarm to wake you up in the morning
     
  3. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    Running clothes through the mangle before putting them in the spin dryer.
     
  4. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    Licking stamps.

    Collecting Green Shield stamps and arguing over who got to stick them into the book.
     
  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Green Shield Stamps - they tasted horrible
     
  6. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Huddling around a small transistor radio in the school canteen on a Tuesday lunchtime to listen to the run down of the new Top 20.
     
  7. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Not sure I miss this one but being left in the car outside the pub with a lemonade and a packet of crisps while Mum was inside. To be fair to her, she had to socialise as part of her job, but Mr PC had the same experience so I think it was quite common then.
     
  8. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Going outside to go to the toilet in the night (my Nan only had an outside loo).
     
  9. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Going out to the phone box to phone a boyfriend in private... Using a phone box. Dialling and shoving the coin into the slot. The romance...
     
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

  11. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Ooh yes the joys of the pay phone. We used to call Dial a Disc to hear our favourite songs!
     
  12. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    In fairness, @peakster, I'm not sure having rickets counts as a ritual. and it's on the rise again because today's youngsters stay inside so much.
     
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  13. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Gently disentangling the tape and patiently winding it back onto its roll with a biro, every time it got stuck in the machine.
     
  14. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Displaying your coolness credentials (or otherwise) by walking round school with an album under your arm.
     
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  15. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    I used to do that too.
     
  16. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Yes.

    Holding a 'single' up to the light to see if it was Secret Red or not.
     
  17. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Oh yes. Sitting there in the back of an Austin A35 van in the dark with a bottle of Pepsi plus straw and a pack of Smith’s crisps with the little blue twist of salt...
     
  18. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    Walking across the room to change channel on the tv.
    Listening to the National Anthem when the evening telly ended.
     
  19. anotherauntsally

    anotherauntsally Lead commenter

    Going with friends into the little booths in HMV to listen to your chosen singles from the ‘hit parade’ (as it was called then) before deciding which one to buy - or not as the case may be.

    Edited
     
  20. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    Sending film away to be developed and waiting for your photos to arrive.
     

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