This is the rants thread. Unreasonable and OTT rants are allowed as long as everyone has a sense of humour about it.Frank does ont have fans here - he has friends.
Flowering Rose, we live near some glorious scenery where people dump rubbish because it is cheaper than getting a skip and easier than going to the dump. It is disgusting to look at. Another real problem - children set the mountainsides on fire and it is quite a common sight to see the entire side of a beautiful hillside ablaze. i remember my cousins doing this when I was a kid, but then they'd have their bit of amusement and then put out the fire. Now, they let it burn. Houses can be endangerd and the emergency services have to get involved.
Frank, my husband grew up in a village as one of six kids. They wore trousers with patches on the patches and cardboard in the soles of their shoes, but they had the kind of childhood you describe and look back on it as a happy and secure time. I grew up in a small town in slightly more prosperous circumstances (an indoor bathroom and even a car, because my Dad was a commercial traveller) but I'd be sent to lie to the milkman and tell him my mother was out when he came for the money. Those were different times. We are much more prosperous today but not necessarily happier. I'm not knocking wealth though - its much nicer not to have to worry about where you will get the money to survive and pay bills. I'm just aware that you can't have everything and something has been lost as well as gained. In a mobile society, people can be lost and friendless. Bad people can move around and hide their activities. If someone was a bit suspect in those days, when most people stayed where they were born, people knew who he or she was and kept an eye on their activities. I remember some characters, like 'Mrs Yellow', who always wore yellow and laid into anyone else she saw on the streets wearing her colour. No-one really minded, because they knew her and her idiosyncrasies. They just didn't wear yellow!