We was brung up proper

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930′s 1940′s, 50′s, 60′s and early 70′s !
First, we survived being born to mothers who drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer..
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle…
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, or Subway.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/DVD  films,  no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
And if YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore

What web sites do you look at?

Strangely when people find what I do they ask me what web sites I like looking at. Heaven knows why but there we are.

I will admit that I do have a selection of favourites I look at on a regular basis and here are some of them in no particular order.

http://www.cnet.com                      Good for computer tech news though a few of the presenters can be a little over the top.

http://www.theregister.co.uk        Great for IT related stories, there is a US version at theregister.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/         First place I go when anything big happens news wise.

http://www.customerssuck.com    I can relate to the stories on here having worked in retail for 17 years, I no longer would have the patience

http://clientsfromhell.net                In the same league as the one above, a must for anybody who has clients.

http://notalwaysright.com              Some gems to be found in here mainly based in the US but stuff from other countries as well.

http://producten.hema.nl                I have included this page simply because of the way it’s written and how it gets the message across.

So there you have it, a small selection of the sites I visit on a regular basis. I also follow about a dozen blogs and love looking at web cams, I suppose I am nosey at heart!

What are your favourite sites that you look at on a regular basis? If there are one or two that you really like then please let me know in the comments section and I will take a look.


The runaway train

I have been reading the reports of the terrible disaster in Canada with the runaway train carrying pressurised containers of fuel.

The pictures reaching this side of the Atlantic are truly horrific.

The BBC news site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23218614 is carrying some of these pictures and also video footage.

Part of the BBC report quotes the following: –

The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train had five locomotive engines and was parked in the village of Nantes – about 7km (four miles) from Lac-Megantic – during an overnight driver shift-change, said a company spokesman.

A driver had parked the train and put the brakes of its engines on “properly” before going to a local hotel for the night, said the spokesman, Joe McGonigle.

But the fuel cars somehow became uncoupled, causing them to roll downhill into the town and derail, he added.

Units just don’t somehow become uncoupled, especially when stationary, there has to be something happen to the coupling. Also unless the rolling stocks units were not individually braked, which I very much doubt then normally if there is a break in the coupling or the brake linkage between the units then brakes will fail ON not OFF. Thus preventing normally a runaway such as appears to have occurred here. Who knows perhaps the coupling was tampered with and the brakes were not adequate for the weight of the units. We of course at this stage don’t know and we may never know. I have no experience of the braking system used in Canada and more specifically on this particular train.

I am sure that such questions will be asked on an investigation, and let’s hope they find the answers as railway safety is taken very seriously.

I am lucky in that I have never been caught up in a disaster on this scale and I honestly hope I never will. Just to look at the devastation caused and the mounting loss of life does, I will freely admit make me feel very sad indeed.

My thoughts are with the families of those affected, it is a terrible situation to be put in and my thoughts are also with the victims and I hope the death toll does not rise to the level that some expect.