A different world

THE latest atrocity in Algeria is one more illustration of what a dire place Earth has become. This crisis brought home to me just what a different world it was when I was younger.

In the 1960s when I went to sea in the Merchant Navy, we could wander ashore in ports in, say, the Red Sea where, to do so now, would be the height of stupidity.

This country hasn’t fared much better with murder and other violent crime being such regular events they rarely make the front page.

In the 1950s, we had the world at our feet with a wealth of apprenticeships open to us plus guaranteed employment. Now there are few jobs with school-leavers being encouraged to go to university, before which some go on a gap year.

My gap year lasted a weekend. I finished school on a Friday and started work on Monday.

I opted for an engineering apprenticeship with Cooke, Troughton & Simms and, using the engineering knowledge gained, joined the Merchant Navy as a marine-engineer.

Experience gained enabled me to get a position in Botswana on a two-year contract. I moved on to industrial refrigeration working country-wide and also in Libya (completely safe), Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

I genuinely believe things were better in those far-off days.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.

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1:20pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

I genuinely believe things were better in those far-off days.

You're absolutely right.
Unless of course you were black, gay, female, poor, mentally ill, born out of wedlock, or even just liked the toilet to be indoors.
[quote]I genuinely believe things were better in those far-off days.[/quote] You're absolutely right. Unless of course you were black, gay, female, poor, mentally ill, born out of wedlock, or even just liked the toilet to be indoors. Buzz Light-year

2:45pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Von_Dutch says...

Rose tinted glasses alert.

I'll concede that some things probably were better 50 years ago (although this was before my time). For example a sense of community where people in society were generally less selfish. I dare say that kids were possibly better bahaved too.

However life expectancy? Modern medicine? Standard of living? And as Buzz rightly points out - A more equal society? I think you'd find it hard to argue that in a lot of things we're better off today.

Oh and the argument about there hardly being any murders back then is spurious. There is not more nowadays - it's just with live 24hr news, you're bound to hear about it whereas you'd be unlikely to back in the 'good old days'.
Rose tinted glasses alert. I'll concede that some things probably were better 50 years ago (although this was before my time). For example a sense of community where people in society were generally less selfish. I dare say that kids were possibly better bahaved too. However life expectancy? Modern medicine? Standard of living? And as Buzz rightly points out - A more equal society? I think you'd find it hard to argue that in a lot of things we're better off today. Oh and the argument about there hardly being any murders back then is spurious. There is not more nowadays - it's just with live 24hr news, you're bound to hear about it whereas you'd be unlikely to back in the 'good old days'. Von_Dutch

5:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

perplexed says...

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli

How little has changed!
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Benjamin Disraeli How little has changed! perplexed

6:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Matt_S says...

Money isn't everything, but globally the world is far wealthier now than it was then. For the most part, this has translated into greater opportunities for many more people.
Money isn't everything, but globally the world is far wealthier now than it was then. For the most part, this has translated into greater opportunities for many more people. Matt_S

11:10pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Richard Feynman says...

Yeah, things were probably much better 50 years ago.

But the internet was a lot slower.

By which I mean non-existent.

DARPA hadn't even invented it.

And I like the internet.

There are lots of mammalian protuberances on it.

And since I'm not female/gay/mentally ill, I can really dig it.
Yeah, things were probably much better 50 years ago. But the internet was a lot slower. By which I mean non-existent. DARPA hadn't even invented it. And I like the internet. There are lots of mammalian protuberances on it. And since I'm not female/gay/mentally ill, I can really dig it. Richard Feynman

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