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Old 5th Nov 2018, 21:32
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The "Baby Boomer" generation

The real "snowflakes"? What does the "Committee" here think about that?
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Old 5th Nov 2018, 21:34
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Ah the spoon fed gen that's keeping the spoon
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Old 5th Nov 2018, 22:42
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Born in 1950. Snowflake - moi? I think not.
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Old 5th Nov 2018, 23:14
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Baby Boomers - The Worst Generation Ever
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 00:49
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Gen X here, boomers ain't bad when compared to millennials.
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 00:53
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Funny how the definition of "baby boomer generation" has shifted - now it seems to include anyone born up to say 1960. The original definition was meant to describe those who were born 9 months after, as the saying went, the men in the military came home from the war and went straight to bed. Born on the 1st January 1947 I pretty well fit into that category. Maybe a little late but my dad was probably a little tired after 4 years continuous service overseas so, perhaps he needed a little rest first!
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The original definition was meant to describe those who were born 9 months after, as the saying went, the men in the military came home from the war and went straight to bed.
Or, as they also said, "When we came home, the second bang was the door closing."
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 01:49
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The real "snowflakes"?
A goodly number of the Baby Boom generation in the US got to fight in Viet Nam.
So no, not snowflakes.
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 08:59
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Similar to TTNav, my Dad was released from the Navy in June 1946, married mum in July and I was produced the following July 1947. While on the subject; I was watching a TV documentary about WW1 and it dawned on me that I was born just short of 29 years after that had ended. For the first time, I suddenly felt old!
As for 'Snowflakes', I have no time for them and am quite comfortable being a grumpy old man.
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 09:46
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My dad was I/C an RAOC depot at Jabalpur until late '47 and I was born Sep '48.
I'm far from being a snowflake, just grumpy like KelvinD and totally bored with this retirement lark.
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Perhaps the original snowflakes are confusing the issue with dandruff.
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I prefer the term 'NPCs' - a far more accurate term than 'Snowflakes' imho.
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Not often I would agree with the derogatory term " snowflake " but, sometimes, it does seem apt ......as demonstrated by these charmless and petulant examples who would possibly have preferred to travel over a cracked rail.... with a derailment to follow ......had not some more thoughtful individuals put their safety first.....this seemingly having escaped their notice ........

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...ester-46096385
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My grandfather, a Catholic, served in the Indian Army. He would go on regular detachment up country up to 9 months at a time and also Calcutta to Dehli. My mother and her siblings were in synch with his movements. Nice if you can manage but he was never home while she was pregnant.

My father was sunk in the Far East in 1942, made it home by summer '42 and I arrived in Apr 43. I was 2 1/2 went he was posted to Far East again on a stores ship and I never really knew him until he came home in mid -47.
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 12:41
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Although I assumed that I was a 'boomer' - actually I am not, having been born in 1944.
My father didn't 'go to war' as he served in the fire service on Tyneside - where he was living.
His brothers were shipyard workers - apart from his youngest brother who was in the merchant navy.
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Every generation has a different set of challenges to overcome and a different range of opportunities available, so comparing a generation born 60 to 70 years ago with one born 20 to 30 years ago is inevitably going to highlight some differences, the key is to balance off perceived advantages against perceived disadvantages.

My generation had the advantage of grants being available towards a university education, for example, but the flip side was that only a very small percentage of us ever went to university, as there just weren't many places available. In my school it was less than 1% of school leavers who went on to university, for example. As a child I grew up during rationing, and had to endure nasty stuff like cod liver oil, because the government was concerned at the effect of poor diet. We still have children who survive on a poor diet, but now that seems to be caused by an excess of cheap foods with a high sugar and fat content that are available.

We hear a lot of arguments about the high cost of homes, and the difficulty in getting on the property ladder, but when I was growing up around 1/3 to 1/2 of the people I went to school with lived in rented houses. Their parents didn't really even think about wanting to own a home. Many didn't want the responsibility of home ownership, being responsible for repairs, being tied down with a mortgage, etc. Now it seems that there is a lot of pressure placed on everyone to own a home, and I'm not convinced it's the best housing solution for everyone. My sister is only a few years younger than me and has lived in rented accommodation for decades, and is quite content to remain that way; she and her husband just don't want the hassle of home ownership. Arguably we lost the plot with mad Thatcher trying to get rid of a lot of rented accommodation, and creating a culture of greed, and as a result I believe we should be trying to reverse that by investing in a lot more affordable rented accommodation and trying to change the view that everyone should own their home. I didn't buy a house until I was 34, which I'd guess isn't far off the age that a lot of the current generation may become first time buyers. Not long after buying our first house we had to live through a time when mortgage interest rates went up to around 15%, too, so we got well and truly stung by our lender at the time.
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As I see it, the weakness of renting a property is that you have little security of tenure.
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Cadet ship four days travel from home, by sea, at 14 , Barents Sea fisherman at 15, deep sea sailor at 16, father at 18, married at 19. First house; two rooms, cold water only, toilet outside.
Snowflake, me?
Oh, wait, born in '53, no Baby Boomer.
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 15:27
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Pretty sure I'm a Baby Boomer (forty-niner)

Boarding-school at 7, cold-water, sodomy and to-the-blood floggings
The glorious sixties, Vietnam, sex, drugs and rock-'n-roll - 2 children
Beaten to a pulp by French police in '68
Fishing-boat crew in Greece for a year (dynamite is very effective)
Running with the bulls in Pamplona, watching the midnight sun in Kiruna
Doing the Ton on my bike with my hair flying in the wind
Mixing it with the Mods, nights in a cell
Living on 20 pounds a month in a squat as a student

Yep, definitely a snowflake moi

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Old 6th Nov 2018, 16:38
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Originally Posted by Ancient Mariner View Post
Cadet ship four days travel from home, by sea, at 14 , Barents Sea fisherman at 15, deep sea sailor at 16, father at 18, married at 19. First house; two rooms, cold water only, toilet outside.
Snowflake, me?
Oh, wait, born in '53, no Baby Boomer.
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Until 1954 when we moved to a [rented] council house, we had one cold water tap in the [unheated] scullery which was across a passage which was open at both ends hence the tap was often frozen in winter, an outside toilet and no electricity so we existed during the dark evenings on gas mantles. This was rented too of course; my parents lived in rented accomodation until they died.
You try and explain that to the youngsters nowadays.
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