If you are prone to say ‘I remember when..’ you may be getting on a little. (Mind you, it is when you say ‘I can’t remember…’ that you need to worry.) Anyway, I thought I would devise a little test for readers to determine whether they fall in the not-so-young, young, or child prodigy category. Try answering the following:
1. Can you remember trains pre-Beeching (i.e. when disused tracks now used as cycle paths actually had railway tracks)?
2. Can you remember when The Times switched to carrying news on the front page?
3. Can you remember (a) President Kennedy, (b) President Nixon, or (c) President Reagan?
4. Can you remember when you had to use a manual typewriter to prepare essays and other manuscripts? (And having to re-type a complete manuscript when you made a serious mistake?)
5. Did you ever set eyes on a Sinclair C5?
6. Do you recall when the only telephones were those with cables attached?
7. Do you remember when the only means of sending a written communication was by ordinary mail (or telegram)?
8. Do you remember as PM (a) Harold Wilson, (b) Edward Heath or (c) Margaret Thatcher?
9. Do you remember watching Yes, Prime Minister when it was first broadcast?
10. Do politicians nowadays generally look 12-years-old?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are not-so-young. If you answered yes to all of them, you are a person of great experience. If you answered no to all of them, then you are the future….