Something I find poignant, though, that was something I talked about to my own kids - as a kid growing up, there simply wasn't anything like the same degree of things for kids and young people to do around the home. TVs were in the main sitting room, and either only on at certain times, or mostly ruled by what the grown-ups wanted to watch. Computers were pretty much non-existent until around the early 80s. Music was possible, but awkward, and limited and hard to do personally.
Books were a sudden passport to something to fill times when you couldn't be off and out, running around knocking on peoples' doors for amusement, whizzing around on bikes with absolutely no consideration about helmets, and generally doing things that would have 'elf-n-safety experts apoplectic these days. As a young kid, I read, A LOT - partly because there was sod all else to do, and partly because it was something that captured my interest where there was nothing else, really, to do so.
I'm not so sure that modern telly has all that much extra choice these days. There were less channels back then, but the amount of stuff on that was worth watching wasn't appreciably less. Although it's a shame BBC Four didn't exist back in the day (Some might say BBC Four is the new BBC2, not so sure myself).
As for doing stuff that the H&S folk might frown upon, I seemed to spend a disproportionate amount of time at the Midland Counties Eye Infirmary as a nipper due to getting all sorts of stuff in them. That I have near-perfect sight these days is down to their prompt treatment and a dollop of good luck!
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