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happymerryberries Sun 03-Apr-05 21:09:40

You first played outside your house?

Went shopping for your mum?

Went to school alone?

Rode a bike?

Went on public transport?

Visited your local town/city with your mates?

For me (in the 60's and 70's)

3, 3-4, 4, 6-7, 11, 13

galaxy Sun 03-Apr-05 21:11:26

ou first played outside your house?
about 4

Went shopping for your mum?
About 5

Went to school alone?

6 with older sister aged 7

Rode a bike?
4

Went on public transport?
Under 1 as mum never drove

Visited your local town/city with your mates?
9
Was born in '67

ghosty Sun 03-Apr-05 21:12:54

3
5 (used to go to the local shop and buy my mum's ciggies
7
4 (without trainer wheels)
0 (ie as a baby) but on my own probably about 11.
12

happymerryberries Sun 03-Apr-05 21:13:12

Public transport was 'alone'

maisystar Sun 03-Apr-05 21:13:21

You first played outside your house? probably 6ish

Went shopping for your mum? 10-11

Went to school alone? 10

Rode a bike? 4

Went on public transport? 11

Visited your local town/city with your mates? 11-12

am nearly 27 now.

darlingbud Sun 03-Apr-05 21:13:22

I was in 1980's

4
6
10
6
12
13

munz Sun 03-Apr-05 21:13:54

You first played outside your house? *5 ish* if not younger, with DB and his friends, only allowed between our house and two doors down so mum could see us all the time)

Went shopping for your mum? 11**12 I think that I remeber girlie shoping.

Went to school alone? 10 and had to cross at the lollypop lady as mum knew her also all the otehr pearent's would watch the children all down the main road safely form the wimdows

Rode a bike? 5 ish brothers old black one

Went on public transport? 3 ish parent's didn't drive till I was about 8/9 everywhere was on bus/train.

Visited your local town/city with your mates? 13*/*14 I think had to ring when was coming home as well.

For me (in the 80's and 90's) Born 82'

ScummyMummy Sun 03-Apr-05 21:14:25

never really did as on busy main road but was out and about alone visiting local friends and playing near their places from 7/8
8
7
7
11 (if you mean alone)
11

munz Sun 03-Apr-05 21:15:04

transoprt alone was probably about 14/15 ish with brother at 12/13 with friends at 13ish, was quite sheltered during childhood as we lived in a village.

Lonelymum Sun 03-Apr-05 21:16:17

You first played outside your house?
3-4 (with older siblings)

Went shopping for your mum?
8-9

Went to school alone?
With older sister: 5
With friends: 7 ish - and it was a mile!


Rode a bike?
4 ish

Went on public transport?
Teenager (not much need to earlier)

Visited local town with mates?
About 9 (lived in the town though)

Was born in 1964, so this mainly refers to the 70s.

Gwenick Sun 03-Apr-05 21:16:31

You first played outside your house? Probably about 5

Went shopping for your mum? 8 or so - had a busy main road to cross with no traffic lights so wasn't allowed before

Went to school alone? 7

Rode a bike? 8 (I think)

Went on public transport? with my mum - about 2 months old, on my own 11

Visited your local town/city with your mates? - 12 (at school - boarding) - about 15 at home!

For me in the 1980's and 90's

Hulababy Sun 03-Apr-05 21:16:37

You first played outside your house?

Garden only for me until I was about 8 or 9, and then only when I was with older girls who my parent's knew from our street. I played in the garden before then and friends played with us.

Went shopping for your mum?

I would have been about 9 or 10, and would have been with my brother (1 year younger) or my best friend.

Went to school alone?

When I went to middle school (equivalent of year 5), so age 9. Again it was always with a friend from the same street as me.

Rode a bike?

Not sure. Had bikes from being little, but not sure how old I was when I rode a proper bike alone.

Went on public transport?

From being a baby. We had no car when I was born, and my mum doesn't drive at all, not even now.

Visited your local town/city with your mates?

I would have been about 13 - around the time I started secondary school.

Gobbledigook Sun 03-Apr-05 21:16:50

First played outside house - probably about 3 or 4

Went shopping for my mum - about 7

Went to school alone - seen to the bus but then travelled alone, about 7

Rode a bike - about 7 I think

Went on public transport - do you mean alone? Probably about 11 or 12

Visited town/city with mate - 11 or 12 I think

Born in 1972

Bozza Sun 03-Apr-05 21:18:09

played out - can't remember. Although can remember playing out on the back street (terraced houses) with my mum sat in a deck chair peeling potatoes so she could keep an eye on us. Maybe I was about 7 but had younger sisters who would have been allowed at a younger age.

Went shopping at about 9 to local corner shop which meant crossing one residential road. A pint of milk was 19p and I got to keep the change! (from a 20p).

Went to school alone at 11 (ie secondary) but my sister's were younger. Its just at 10 I wasn't allowed to look after the 6yo.

Never really rode a bike without my parents. Wasn't into it.

First went on public transport unaccompanied when I first went to local town with mates (ie too co-incided and I would have been about 12.

This was in the 70s/80s and lots of people had a freer rein than me.

nightowl Sun 03-Apr-05 22:49:15

You first played outside your house?
about 7

Went shopping for your mum?
i didnt

Went to school alone?
13

Rode a bike?
about 7

Went on public transport?
always

Visited your local town/city with your mates?
14 (and that was seldom)

JanH Sun 03-Apr-05 22:56:57

Quite hard to remember - many many years ago! (50s-60s)

However:

You first played outside your house?

We lived on a council estate with wide streets and hardly any cars so pretty early I would think (maybe not as early as you though, hmb) Had a big garden anyway.

Went shopping for your mum?

Co-op in parade at end of street - apparently I came back with a divi thing aged about 4 because I'd learned the number from listening to my mum saying it.

Went to school alone?

Walked with older brother almost from day 1 - age 5

Rode a bike?

Didn't get one until about 9.

Went on public transport?

Alone or ever? If ever, then from birth pretty much (no car until I was about 5)

Visited your local town/city with your mates?

After starting sec. school

JoolsToo Sun 03-Apr-05 23:01:58

JanH - just how old are you - almost identical to my recollections!

Quite hard to remember - many many years ago! (50s-60s)

However:

You first played outside your house?

We lived on a council estate with wide streets and hardly any cars so pretty early I would think

Went shopping for your mum?

Co-op (divi No. 97758!)in parade at end of street

Went to school alone?

Walked with older sister almost from day 1 - age 5

Rode a bike?

Didn't get one until about 9 and that was my sisters!

Went on public transport?

12 - school bus to secondary school.

Visited your local town/city with your mates?

After starting sec. school

JanH Sun 03-Apr-05 23:03:47

Oh, missed the alone on public transport bit - OK - don't know actually. Probably 9-ish.

Actually I have a really scary memory of trying to use a public phone for the first time - aged about 8 I think. We had no phone at home and neither did anyone else, I think I must have been tryng to ring my dad at work or something - you had to put your 4d in (huge Old Pennies) and then if they answered you pressed button A so the money fell in and you could talk, if they didn't you pressed button B and got your pennies back, but it all went wrong and I lost my pennies, I was mortified!

JoolsToo Sun 03-Apr-05 23:04:51

Oh JanH - can we get together over a cup of tea!?

Those phone receivers weighed a ton!

JanH Sun 03-Apr-05 23:06:40

JT, I am only about 6 months younger than you!(But a generation adrift, no grandchildren yet.)

Weirdly I can't remember our divi number now but I'm sure it was 6 digits, not 5.

JoolsToo Sun 03-Apr-05 23:11:50

so, that'll make you 49 then? so I'm still the oldest Mner (???) anyone care to beat me? please!





how do you know what year I was born???????

JanH Sun 03-Apr-05 23:14:22

Because around the time it was your birthday (was it October? Same day as someone else anyway - moo?) you mentioned your age. Or maybe it was on a "How Old Are You?" thread. Whichever, it's what I am going to be Very Soon

JanH Sun 03-Apr-05 23:16:56

Found it!

By JoolsToo on Monday, 27 September, 2004 9:15:24 AM


2.10.50 - that makes me, mmmmmm? 49!

From here

JoolsToo Sun 03-Apr-05 23:17:09

Yes that's right but I don't remember mentioning my actual age - bloody hell that was a hell of a slip up! !

oh well, c'est la vie! its a gudun too!

JoolsToo Sun 03-Apr-05 23:18:10

SH*T!

Ooh - you're a cruel woman!

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