My folks often used to say ‘it wasn’t like that in our day’ or such like. I can look back on my childhood with fond memories but the reality is that in my lifetime we have taken massive strides to achieve a better standard of living. Putting aside our propensity for war which unfortunately has never diminished I can think of these things that I certainly do not mourn the passing of:
Linoleum – dreadful stuff.
Mangles – I remember putting my fingers in one, it was fucking painful.
Electric bar fires instead of central heating
Black and white TV’s with 3 channels that closed down every night around 10pm.
‘Snow’ on the tv just when you got to the critical part of a programme resulting in having to stand next to the tv tapping the side or moving the aerial around.
Blancmange – what were we thinking?
Evaporated milk – again what were we thinking?
Black and White Minstrel show
Cod Liver oil
The stick at school
Short trousers at school
Bastard teachers who took pleasure in giving you the slipper and had apparent homo erotic inclinations.
Belisha Beacons – did anyone take any notice of them?
Double decker buses with a cloud of cigarette fog on the top deck.
I am sure there are many other contenders.