Not being one to complain, or indeed to blow my own trumpet, and I remarked as much this morning in Tesco's where the lass made a comment about kids behaviour. "I wasn't perfect," she claimed, "But they are so bad today." I took the opportunity to remind her I had been perfect as a child, and her story changed. "So was I," she lied! The young woman following on suddenly woke up to add, "That makes three of us." I decided I was in a store full of gloating maniacs and left before anyone else joined in. But is it true? Are kids really worse today than 30, 60 or 100 years ago? I doubt it. Human nature doesn't change and certainly not in that time. Culture does, discipline does, and we live in liberal times where freedom easily becomes licence. Personal freedom is more important than other people, and consideration for them lessens from parent to child. However all is not lost and never indeed was in danger of being lost. People were just as bad in the past, two major wars, a depression and less wealth all round covered up selfishness and human sin. Things are more open today, exaggerated by tabloid press, and the good that has always been done by all manner of people still continues. However that said all brats should be locked in school 24 hours a day, seven days a week in my view!
The museum has a Victorian classroom, a very good practical idea in my mind, that educates the brats on past teaching methods. Dressed accordingly, but with shoes not worn by kids in the past, they learn the highly disciplined schooling of the mid Victorian times. I thought of this yesterday while attending a meeting to discuss a new layout for the museum. Surrounded by knowledgeable people who knew their subject i was a bit out of place, but opened the gob anyway, and found truly I was out of place. After a morning discussion I confess to still not being sure of what has been decided, my lack of concentration, the debate, and many suggestions means I await the next news. The Victorian times do interest me. Vast changes in western society, influencing the entire world, mass movement of people, railways, leading to industrial development, increasing wealth, and indeed leisure times. They are so near to us it is possible to identify with Victorians in a way we cannot with those of previous centuries, they were too different in every way. Our towns are still based much on Victorian development, as is the rail system and much else. Prices have changed somewhat mind! It's a very interesting period and I would like a time machine to go back there for a look around, although taking all the medicine I require with me of course!
I did however discover a wonderful thing today. The old telly, no longer used since the 'analog' was replaced by 'digital' signal, does in fact play the videos that are stacked around here. This is good as there is many wonderful programmes available, much better than the junk now filling TV. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get use of them again. I remain content with small results. Great events shake me not! Who said cheapskate.....?
Of course much of my time has been taken up on newspaper sites adding pertinent comments on the Rangers FC situation. This club, sectarian to make money, arrogant and offhand to the rest, has been discovered fiddling the taxes, around £49 million, and this added to failing further tax by fiddling the way they paid players doubling the money owed by the 'loyalists' to the queen they sing about each week. The abuse, the threats and the refusal to accept blame has risen to a level that would embarrass residents in Barlinnie Prison. Pleading a 'special case' because '"It's us," appears to be the theme. I am happy to report few attempt to justify their behaviour on the comments, almost all condemn them. It is the club that whines and bleats in a shameful manner, blaming this one and that but never admitting their fault. Regrettably the more they speak out the more I hope for their demise. An altogether terrible situation all of their own making.
Not much to laugh about, although I did laugh at Rangers, saw humour aplenty amongst the volunteers at the museum, laughed at folks blogs, where intended I mean, and am within myself beaming these days. Have I been drinking......?