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Thread #29667   Message #410905
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
04-Mar-01 - 08:05 PM
Thread Name: Knocky Door Ginger
Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
I feel sorry for today's youngsters, because it's not safe to let them roam the way we did.

I wonder whether that is really true, or just that there's more awareness of the fact that it can be a dangerous world.

The traffic is heavier, and there are more parked cars on the roads. But the most dangerous roads can be the ones that seem safe till some fool rushes around the corner in a car in a hurry. Busy roads carry their own warning. Fewer children get killed on the roads than a few years ago - though of course that could just mean that they aren't allowed to play out.

But the play out round where I live, and the play doesn't seem that different. Yesterday I was walking along and a biscuit suddenly appeared on the road in front of me, and it turned out there was a bunch of boys in an upstairs room throwing things at passers-by. They were still at it when I came back that way half an hour later, having a rare old time.

And there were kids on scooters (the fashionable non-motorised type of scooter, the modernised version of the classic ones dating back to Edwardian times or before); other on bicycles, or with a skateboard or roller skates. A bunch of girls doing a counting game on the pavement. Come the summer, they'll be playing tennis across the streets.

Things sometimes change a lot less than people assume.