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Felix: bad ol' days

2 March 2007

What is the world coming to? This last month has been a bleak one in terms of the news as to what is happening in our country: a spate of shootings in London, a numbing report concerning the death of a two-year-old child, and UNICEF telling us that our children, (when they are not at risk of being shot dead in their bedrooms) are among the unhappiest in the developed world. I wondered about this report, so asked a teacher I know who has been at the job for 25 years: and the view was that the world has indeed changed – that many more children are unhappy, on medication to keep them from being on the ceiling, unkind to each other, and overburdened with anxieties about fashion and money and relationships (electronic or otherwise).

It seems that the golden childhoods some of us like to think of, are now a long way in the past, and lost and gone forever. Now it is a case of saddle up the 4x4, lock all the doors, pay more for your cornflakes at Waitrose (to get a better class of ...

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