From the Diary Of

James Viney

I had a great childhood; I was lucky enough to be a child in the 1980s when children would play outside in groups. Media was less invasive back then, we only had 4 TV channels, and they would switch off the broadcast at night. TV news happened at 5 pm and 9 pm, whereas kids shows were from 3:30 to 5 pm and we all watched Dallas or the A-team as a family after dinner.
Living in England means long summer days and long winter nights. My memories mainly focus on those long hot summer days, when the grass turns yellow in July, and we'd spend all our money on the ice cream van.
I think people were less fearful of the world back then, without the constant bombardment of information we see today. All my friends would live in walking distance; Mum used to go outside an yell at the top of her voice from the door-step to call us in for dinner, and we would dart in for food between playing football or some group games like "tracker".
I was very boisterous as a child, and I think I had something to prove. I would get inspired watching BMX bandits on the telly and have to replicate their stunts - Which inevitably meant a visit to the Accident and Emergency department at Southampton General Hospital. Looking back, I am quite amazed that I made it to adulthood.

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