The Pyghtle


we like older cars and innovative engineering












Pyghtle = Anglo-Saxon for "small parcel of land or enclosure"






and these pages are amongst our musings



Food for Thought ?


If you lived as a child in the 50s, 60's, or the 70's, looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have



As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets (not to mention hitch-hiking to town as a kid!)
we drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle


horrors !



We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scrap and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes after running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.
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  no mobile phones


unthinkable !



Remember accidents ?
We played dodge-ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.
We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents
they were accidents.


no one was to blame but us !



We had fights and punched each other, got black & blue and learned to get over it.
We ate cupcakes, bread & butter, drank sugary pop, but we were never overweight.
We were always outside playing.
We shared one bottle of pop with four friends from one bottle


and no one died from this ?



We did not have Playstation, Nintendo, X-box, video games and all the channels on sky digital TV, video tape/DVD movies, surround sound, mobile phones, personal computers, or internet chat rooms.


we had friends, we went outside and found them !



We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Imagine such a thing - without asking a parent ! by ourselves !
Out there in the cold cruel world ! without a guardian !



how did we do it ?



We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
Our actions were our own, consequences were expected, no one to hide behind.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law, imagine that !
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned 'how to'.


and if you have persisted in reading this far, then you're very probably one of them Smile


(credit to Rob Lane)





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