Misty Memories

If, according to some, age is simply a state of mind … then consider this gem sent in by Arthur Lloyd, of Unanderra. For those born before 1940 there was no television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, xerox, plastic, contact lenses, videos, Frisbees or the Pill. They were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ball point pens; before dishwashers, tumble dryers, electric blankets, air-conditioners and drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon. They got married first, then lived together, thought fast food was what they ate for Lent, a Big Mac was an over-sized raincoat and crumpet was what they had for tea.

Made in Japan meant junk

Making out referred to how well you did in exams and going all the way meant a bus ride to the depot. A stud was something that fastened your collar. Cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was something to be mown, coke was kept in the house, a joint was Sunday’s leg of lamb, and pot was something you cooked in. A gay person was the life and soul of a party.

No wonder there is such a thing as a generation gap!

There is the scent of revenge hanging in the air up in the northern suburbs. It seems a group of young men including a prominent boxing champ, a local barber, and the son of a well-known local publican, were out on the town. As the evening’s activities drew to a close the boxer and barber nodded off to sleep. On waking the barber had a half moon shaved out of his hair, and the boxer’s eyebrow was missing.

The main suspect, the publican’s son, has planned his wedding in the next month or so. And the barber (now with a No1 cut to hide his “injuries”) and boxer are planning a little revenge hairdressing.

Trisha, of Berkeley, tells us her son Gary lost everything in the recent floods but an oil painting of the Titanic. The painting was handed down to Trisha by her grandmother and Gary is the fourth generation to claim ownership. Unlike the ship that the owners claimed even God couldn’t sink, the painting has survived a string of remarkable incidents over the years.

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