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Old 03-02-2018, 06:38 AM   #16
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Nobody else might remember life before television. You could make an idiot of yourself but it not internationally. People became friends with their neighbours. Books were a great pastime and you read loads. Every house had its reference books (e.g. Atlas, Dictionary, Detailed road maps, & Bible), better off houses had encyclopedias,and everyone could entertain by playing music, singing, or telling stories.
Funny you should say that. I haven't owned a television in more than thirty years and every room in my house is filled with bookshelves which are full of books and music. I do like to watch good movies. On the rare occasions when I want to watch video, I purchase it on the Internet – of course, "commercial free" – and watch it when and where I want it. With regards to television, I've never understood what the fuss is about anyway.

Right now, I'm reading a very interesting book which presents the case that Coleridge's poem about "Xanadu" takes much of its inspiration from William Bartram's famous expeditions in North America, particularly the springs of northern Florida, USA. That and a cup of SleepytimeŽ tea makes a pretty darned good evening.

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Old 03-02-2018, 07:21 AM   #17
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People became friends with their neighbours. Books were a great pastime and you read loads. Every house had its reference books (e.g. Atlas, Dictionary, Detailed road maps, & Bible), better off houses had encyclopedias ...
thats my childhood described there, we got encyclopedias , father bought it from some salesmen, it was 16 large books with color photographs and my mother brought books for me to read from the local library , from that time comes my love for good science fiction. i did read ( most , maybe all ) isaac asimov's production when i were 11-13 years old. i remember that those books were really nice but they had some concepts that i didn't understand. i think that i should re-read them, its been so many years from the first time i read em that it is like a first time again.

also we got finnish - british english - finnish dictionary, monster of a book with 2k pages, but i have learned most of my finglish from the net.
 
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We had a set of Encyclopedia Britannica, actually went outside to play with neighborhood kids, fought with them on occasion without it being a PC event, rode bicycles from dawn to dusk, and I practically lived at the YMCA a couple blocks from my house on Saturdays.

When I see western movies with people riding horses and the like, it seems like a different world to me. That's the way it is compared to when I was little and now. Society is on greased hot rails to hell IMO, there's nothing I can do about it and I try to disassociate myself from it as much as possible.
 
  


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