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    I had an interesting conversation with my older brother on tuesday, He lives alone after divorcing a while ago, i don't see him often so i invited him to lunch at my local beefeater for a bit of a catch up and a couple of brews. The conversation was lighthearted to start with discussing the great times and funny experiences we shared as kids together with my four other siblings and the mischief we got up to.That was in the 60s and 70s which was a special time for both of us and when we did our growing up, suddenly he became melancholic and could hardly speak,i haden't realised that he was not in a good place and was feeling rather depressed,when i asked him what was troubling him he just said he hated the modern world and longed for the days when things were simpler, when we diden't rely on the internet for everything we do and when people were genuine, not pretentious and conceited. He was genuinely angry at the whole world, and worryingly he asked "what have i got to live for?". He has no direct family of his own and no circle of friends and it occured to me that he may be at his wits end. I have arranged to meet up with him again in two weeks and after discussing it with another of my brothers we have resolved to getting him out of a possible spiral of depression with regular meet ups and phone calls. I can see why the pressures of living in the modern world might get some people down, it gets me down sometimes especially the celebrity obsessed culture that exists today and the fickle nature of our young people. Everybody seems to be preoccupied with accumulating money and possessions and nobody seems contented with the hand they have been dealt, it's true the 60s and 70s were simpler times and the working classes were used to having nothing but in these capitalist times nobody is satisfied in a world where you can only have one car or one 60" flat screen tv.
    My brother is 65 years old and has never felt so despairing of the world we live in but of course you can only go forward and not backward, so we will never live in that simpler world again.
    Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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    It was nice to read tex,sorry about your brother, I don't like this technology gadget world.The generations growing up today are nothing like when we were young.I am on edge driving round got to have your wits about you.Especially the snowflake types on their phones whilst driving.A lot of the problem is lack of discipline and respect for others.I was telling my neighbour the other day God I wish the 50s 60s 70s were back much happier times.I also hate this PC nonsense changing our history because they don't like something.Each day I think about the good old days,when people were more friendly.I have no interest in Facebook,Twitter,Instagram,tik tok etc.If I need to get in touch with family or friends is speak on landline with them.My elderly neighbours only live 2 doors down but since lockdown 2020.I have rang them every day to ask how they are and they enjoy a good old chat and we have a laugh it does lifts their spirits.There is a big difference when you talk than messaging.

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    • #3
      My daughters friends mother is on her own and she has been feeling it since 2020,so I decided to give her a phone call and surprise her,she couldn't thank me enough someone to talk to makes a big difference.I said if we didn't live hundreds of miles away we could meet up.I ring her once a month now she is always glad to hear my voice.We do need to help lonely people a little bit makes a big difference in their lives

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      • #4
        Thank you Amethyst for your comments, i don't know your age but i imagine most people of a certain age feel the same, it must be very easy to feel cut off from humanity when living alone especially at the moment. Your right about the whole texting culture, nobody seems to speak anymore, a human voice can make all the difference to somebody living alone
        Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tex View Post
          Thank you Amethyst for your comments, i don't know your age but i imagine most people of a certain age feel the same, it must be very easy to feel cut off from humanity when living alone especially at the moment. Your right about the whole texting culture, nobody seems to speak anymore, a human voice can make all the difference to somebody living alone
          I will be 64 next birthday.

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            Ah, 64 years young
            Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tex View Post
              Ah, 64 years young
              Yes indeed

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              • #8
                Been to my elderly neighbour for a chat with my mask on.Their fed up and bored both in their 80s oh it's sad to see them this way

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                • #9
                  I do wish that life was simpler as well - if I get to 65, perhaps that I might agree with Tex's brother by then, who knows?

                  This virus is one of the aspects of it not be simpler.
                  I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                  There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                  I'm having so much fun
                  My lucky number's one
                  Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by amethyst View Post

                    I will be 64 next birthday.
                    We (or should I say, Sir Paul) knows a song about that, don't we?

                    "When I get older losing my hair, many years from now..."
                    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                    I'm having so much fun
                    My lucky number's one
                    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                    • #11
                      It's the whole celebrity culture that gets me down...and i use the term "celebrity" very loosely indeed, kids putting all kinds of **** on you tube and getting a small fortune for it are suddenly celebs, also these brain dead idiots on "reality tv" are now given celebrity status....WHY? ...don't get me started on game shows which used to be an opportunity for the lowly general public to get on tv and win a few bob, but again these days they are all celebs playing for charity and desperately trying to boost there own profiles....YUCK!
                      Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                      • #12
                        I maybe a few years younger than you, Tex, but I do agree with you with regards to the celebrity culture - the Fantasyland of Reality TV which most of them I don't watch anyway. Strictly is coming back this weekend (it is Marmite in its adjective form), and that means more of that sort of thing - while Brucie was still with us as host, it wasn't too bad, but now, it's became another one of those shows. "To vote off celebrity X ring 0906 XXX XXXX" and all that. WWTBAM - had it got worse under Clarkson than Tarrant? Basically, it is Double Your Money in a modernised way, but at least it was a bit better under Tarrant's reign. Major Ingram, anyone? (cough)

                        Last year in Coronavirus-ville, thought was given to key workers, soap episodes were pruned down, and more attention was given to the seriousness of humanity. But never mind about cleaners, Education Welfare Officers, doctors, etc - it's always the pop stars, soap stars, denim skirted models, Reality TV "famous for no reason at all" who seem to be more important. "We cannot show that documentary about Trade Unions because it means that EastEnders cannot be shown, and talentless actors with weird cockney accents are a lot more important". Complete 8u11541t.
                        Last edited by George 1978; 4 weeks ago.
                        I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                        There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                        I'm having so much fun
                        My lucky number's one
                        Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                          I maybe a few years younger than you, Tex, but I do agree with you with regards to the celebrity culture - the Fantasyland of Reality TV which most of them I don't watch anyway. Strictly is coming back this weekend (it is Marmite in its adjective form), and that means more of that sort of thing - while Brucie was still with us as host, it wasn't too bad, but now, it's became another one of those shows. "To vote off celebrity X ring 0906 XXX XXXX" and all that. WWTBAM - had it got worse under Clarkson than Tarrant? Basically, it is Double Your Money in a modernised way, but at least it was a bit better under Tarrant's reign. Major Ingram, anyone? (cough)

                          Last year in Coronavirus-ville, thought was given to key workers, soap episodes were pruned down, and more attention was given to the seriousness of humanity. But never mind about cleaners, Education Welfare Officers, doctors, etc - it's always the pop stars, soap stars, denim skirted models, Reality TV "famous for no reason at all" who seem to be more important. "We cannot show that documentary about Trade Unions because it means that EastEnders cannot be shown, and talentless actors with weird cockney accents are a lot more important". Complete bu115h1t.
                          100%
                          Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tex View Post
                            It's the whole celebrity culture that gets me down...and i use the term "celebrity" very loosely indeed, kids putting all kinds of **** on you tube and getting a small fortune for it are suddenly celebs, also these brain dead idiots on "reality tv" are now given celebrity status....WHY? ...don't get me started on game shows which used to be an opportunity for the lowly general public to get on tv and win a few bob, but again these days they are all celebs playing for charity and desperately trying to boost there own profiles....YUCK!
                            Spot on tex, even worse is when they proclaim themselves as so called activists and influencers......give me patience!!!

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                            • #15
                              If you avoid the celebrity gossip magazines & most of the tabloids then you don't need to worry as much.

                              Since I started living on my own I've never bought a newspaper for myself, just using the BBC website for the news.
                              The Trickster On The Roof

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