Posted: 28/05/2013 at 18:13
No children or grandchildren here. I'd be terrified for 18 years or more if I had any. I'd probably end up in jail for banging the school bully's head and the headmaster's head against each other in a brief 2-hour demonstration of how cool using strength to hurt weaker people isn't.
No TV in my home, let alone their hypothetical bedrooms. I remember spotting some blatant b______ on Tomorrow's World a couple of times as a kid but I'm sure we used to have really good stuff on TV like The Muppet Show, Horizon and Wildlife on One. These days? No.
4x4s at the school gates: wouldn't it be nice to be able to roll a Warrior IFV out there and just be bigger than them? Apparently if your parents can't afford to show up at the gates in a light-armoured all-terrain vehicle to pick you up you're not worth the worry and whether you get killed trying to walk to the bus stop or not is trivial. May I suggest carrying a fence-post-planting spike or extendable branch saw? It's amazing how much more careful those drivers are about their paintwork than about other people's children.
WW2 games and films: I suppose it's like sex education. You just have to pick an age and tell them all about it, simply and honestly, in one go. Otherwise you get Hollywood movie / GI Joe versions and "Unlearn, they must, unlearn," or you get ...
We had a school trip to France aged around 10 or 11, and got to see Pegasus Bridge and ... Sword Beach, I think. It was very strange at the time to be faced with the reality, even at that remove, of the glider landings and beach landings. There was a man who'd been on the first glider down there to meet us, and he never really explicitly said that they'd just dropped into the middle of a vastly greater number of enemy soldiers with no plan on where to hide behind what, but it was implied, and there was a landing craft still on the beach, front ramp down, with no cover for anyone still on the boat and this huge, open scape between it and the remains of the fortifications, which made the Saving Private Ryan / The Longest Day situation uncomfortably easy to imagine.