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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Hue and Cry

Last Saturday morning I watched a rip roaring Ealing comedy from 1947, "Hue and Cry", wherein a gang of street kids (who were expected to make their own entertainment) foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer.

It was a splendidly non health and safety affair, the kids were playing unsupervised in bombed out buildings (without any safety equipment), there were many punch ups, clips round the ears, knives and catapults galore.

Plus they were expected to go out and get jobs, whilst still having time to be kids.

No hi vis jackets were worn by anyone!

All in all a very jolly jape, where today's health and safety rules were completely absent.

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  1. Indeed Ken,
    I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in East London. We had many bombed out buildings still, even though the war had been over for some years.
    The area around the docks took a right hammering from Jerry and to this day I can still remember huge beams of oak shoring up the sides of terrace homes where one or two had been bombed. It always struck me as odd that one could see the wallpaper in each of the now, non existent rooms of the missing houses.

    I hate the concept of hi-viz indeed, I have a theory that I now stand out more because I am one of the few people out and about not wearing it!

    When I watch my own grandchildren and think back to my own childhood in relation to risk awareness, I do wonder how their generation will survive.

  2. Yes Tonk, I have wondered the same thing. Born in 1933 I had an enjoyable time right through my childhood. Fun living in an Anderson shelter, well sleeping there at night, great stuff. And no cycling helmets, we would have been laughed of the streets.

  3. Yes Tonk, I have wondered the same thing. Born in 1933 I had an enjoyable time right through my childhood. Fun living in an Anderson shelter, well sleeping there at night, great stuff. And no cycling helmets, we would have been laughed of the streets.

  4. Positive whipper-snapper here: 1965 and even I can remember Health & Safety in the 80's being along the lines of..

    "Make sure the lorry hasn't pissed off before driving your fork-lift off the loading bay".

  5. Anonymous4:37 PM

    I bike back and forth to work, in Bulgaria, and the only people over here who wear safety helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist protectors are the sort of women who have Botox injections in their lips: I was laughing at one brainless Bimbo who toppled off her bike; whether because she was rubber-necking me because I wasn't giving her the feedback she so desperately needed, or because the silicon in her monstrous breasts over-balanced her I cannot say.

    I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, and spent most weekends rootling around for old radio parts in rat-infested rubbish dumps: and making a tidy load of pocket money by dressing up speakers out of old valve TVs and radios in the woodwork classes and selling them to all the rich kids in my private school (where I had a scholarship). Years later I learnt about Lepto-Spirosis.

    Richmond Mathewson.

    1. Lord of Atlantis5:13 PM

      Yes, Anonymous, Lepto-Spirosis or Weill's Disease is one of the weapons used today by the Elf'n'Safety Gestapo to try and bully those of us (me included) who enjoy swimming in rivers and lakes. Whilst it can indeed be a very nasty disease, the facts as opposed to the propaganda indicate that most cases occur during the winter months, when few people are swimming outdoors. Moreover, the virus is very susceptible to u.v rays such as sunlight.
      A great film, "Hue and Cry", Ken, like all the Ealing comedies. This one shows children actually being children. I really despair when I see scenes like I saw in the town centre yesterday, a group of about a dozen children being led by (presumably) their teachers, and every one wearing a high viz vest. Childhood today is so sterile compared with the ones we enjoyed.

  6. Tonk.7:22 PM

    Here is an interesting piece which follows on nicely about the differences between the generations:-

  7. Expat in Canada2:22 PM

    What I find interesting looking at these old films is that many, if not most, of the youngsters are wearing jackets and ties, some even appear to be wearing suits.
    Imagine that these days!

    1. Yes, I thought that they were wearing suits was rather rather splendid too.

  8. Anonymous1:25 PM

    But very uncomfortable in the summer! Suits have their place, for employment interviews, certain jobs, Baptisms, weddings, funerals, attending church services etc. However, although I was born in 1950, I much prefer NOT to wear a suit, collar and tie, but a tee shirt for general use. I realise I am probably in a minority in this view, on this site, but that is my opinion!