Harmless fun

MR. BANFIELD’S letter of Wednesday struck a chord, albeit a lost one. War is of course highly horrendous and should not be entered into lightly. On the other hand, war games such as the re-enactments to which he refers are exactly what they say on the tin – games; not to be taken too seriously. One needs to keep a sense of proportion.

Hobbies are essentially a form of self-entertainment which, on occasion, can be presented to a wider audience. They need not be accompanied by an overwhelming sense of guilt – it tends to spoil the fun. And without fun, what’s the point? Paintball, anybody?

Julian R. Powell Larch Grove Newport

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10:03am Sat 24 May 14

varteg1 says...

When I was a kid, we all ran about playing cowboys, we all had lookalike cap firing pistols and six shooters, along with toy carbine rifles etc. Then along came the **** with their politically correct demands for such TOYS to be taken from our succeeding generations.

Today we no longer see mock shootouts at the local corrals, in fact we see little of our latest generation of kids, they are all at home stuck in front of a screen wiping out millions with nuclear weapons
Yes I know it's all fiction, but so was our cowboy shoot outs, but at least we ran around from cover to cover getting vital exercise, which many of our current lot are not getting, in fact, all that many are getting is obesity.

Maybe we should get back to the toy weaponry of yesteryear, it could be a great help in aiding the fatties of today become once again lithe and fit as many of my generation were due to all the play exercise we managed to fit into our days of playing little killers and robbers.

The truth is, despite all the down play of toy weaponry in childhood, the overall crime levels once in adulthood, have hardly dropped significantly, murders, robberies and other crimes are still much as they were in the 50's

So after all that time, political correctness has not really done the job has it?
When I was a kid, we all ran about playing cowboys, we all had lookalike cap firing pistols and six shooters, along with toy carbine rifles etc. Then along came the **** with their politically correct demands for such TOYS to be taken from our succeeding generations. Today we no longer see mock shootouts at the local corrals, in fact we see little of our latest generation of kids, they are all at home stuck in front of a screen wiping out millions with nuclear weapons Yes I know it's all fiction, but so was our cowboy shoot outs, but at least we ran around from cover to cover getting vital exercise, which many of our current lot are not getting, in fact, all that many are getting is obesity. Maybe we should get back to the toy weaponry of yesteryear, it could be a great help in aiding the fatties of today become once again lithe and fit as many of my generation were due to all the play exercise we managed to fit into our days of playing little killers and robbers. The truth is, despite all the down play of toy weaponry in childhood, the overall crime levels once in adulthood, have hardly dropped significantly, murders, robberies and other crimes are still much as they were in the 50's So after all that time, political correctness has not really done the job has it? varteg1
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10:10am Sat 24 May 14

varteg1 says...

re deleted word above.........


from Collins dictionary....

P U S S I E S
6. (taboo, slang, mainly US) ineffectual or timid persons
re deleted word above......... from Collins dictionary.... P U S S I E S 6. (taboo, slang, mainly US) ineffectual or timid persons varteg1
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10:17pm Sat 24 May 14

pbhj says...

varteg1 wrote:
re deleted word above.........


from Collins dictionary....

P U S S I E S
6. (taboo, slang, mainly US) ineffectual or timid persons
See that "taboo" bit. It doesn't bother me but that's why the newspaper don't want to print it.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: re deleted word above......... from Collins dictionary.... P U S S I E S 6. (taboo, slang, mainly US) ineffectual or timid persons[/p][/quote]See that "taboo" bit. It doesn't bother me but that's why the newspaper don't want to print it. pbhj
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8:39am Sun 25 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

varteg1 wrote:
When I was a kid, we all ran about playing cowboys, we all had lookalike cap firing pistols and six shooters, along with toy carbine rifles etc. Then along came the **** with their politically correct demands for such TOYS to be taken from our succeeding generations.

Today we no longer see mock shootouts at the local corrals, in fact we see little of our latest generation of kids, they are all at home stuck in front of a screen wiping out millions with nuclear weapons
Yes I know it's all fiction, but so was our cowboy shoot outs, but at least we ran around from cover to cover getting vital exercise, which many of our current lot are not getting, in fact, all that many are getting is obesity.

Maybe we should get back to the toy weaponry of yesteryear, it could be a great help in aiding the fatties of today become once again lithe and fit as many of my generation were due to all the play exercise we managed to fit into our days of playing little killers and robbers.

The truth is, despite all the down play of toy weaponry in childhood, the overall crime levels once in adulthood, have hardly dropped significantly, murders, robberies and other crimes are still much as they were in the 50's

So after all that time, political correctness has not really done the job has it?
Up until fairly recently, us ordinary peasantry had no choice over whether some Monarch or Duke wanted to conscript us to fight a war. However, at the same time it's mostly true to say that the average medieval leader would nevertheless rapidly lose all respect among their populace if they did not lead their troops into battle personally on the battlefield. If this principle were brought back I wonder if our modern political leaders would be so keen to go to war here, there and everywhere seemingly to achieve macho 'street cred' amongst their peers?

Personally, I see nothing wrong with historical enactments. The 'living history' method is just another approach to learning about the past. I think it's fair to say that most military historians, re-enactors and wargamers do not intend to glorify past wars but to try to understand the experiences of those who fought them, how military strategists minds worked and how the breakdown in the political situation that often brings about wars (e.g. see Von Clausewitz) comes about.

Having said that you do sometimes hear reports of a few deranged, historical revisionist fantasists who put on a Wehrmacht uniform out of nostalgia for a sick, terrorist regime called the Third Reich or don a Confederate uniform and fantasize about living in a mansion and owning a household of oppressed and abused fellow human beings whom they have enslaved. If you want to find people in the early 21st century who still glorify war though, one need look no further than certain politicians and presidents.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: When I was a kid, we all ran about playing cowboys, we all had lookalike cap firing pistols and six shooters, along with toy carbine rifles etc. Then along came the **** with their politically correct demands for such TOYS to be taken from our succeeding generations. Today we no longer see mock shootouts at the local corrals, in fact we see little of our latest generation of kids, they are all at home stuck in front of a screen wiping out millions with nuclear weapons Yes I know it's all fiction, but so was our cowboy shoot outs, but at least we ran around from cover to cover getting vital exercise, which many of our current lot are not getting, in fact, all that many are getting is obesity. Maybe we should get back to the toy weaponry of yesteryear, it could be a great help in aiding the fatties of today become once again lithe and fit as many of my generation were due to all the play exercise we managed to fit into our days of playing little killers and robbers. The truth is, despite all the down play of toy weaponry in childhood, the overall crime levels once in adulthood, have hardly dropped significantly, murders, robberies and other crimes are still much as they were in the 50's So after all that time, political correctness has not really done the job has it?[/p][/quote]Up until fairly recently, us ordinary peasantry had no choice over whether some Monarch or Duke wanted to conscript us to fight a war. However, at the same time it's mostly true to say that the average medieval leader would nevertheless rapidly lose all respect among their populace if they did not lead their troops into battle personally on the battlefield. If this principle were brought back I wonder if our modern political leaders would be so keen to go to war here, there and everywhere seemingly to achieve macho 'street cred' amongst their peers? Personally, I see nothing wrong with historical enactments. The 'living history' method is just another approach to learning about the past. I think it's fair to say that most military historians, re-enactors and wargamers do not intend to glorify past wars but to try to understand the experiences of those who fought them, how military strategists minds worked and how the breakdown in the political situation that often brings about wars (e.g. see Von Clausewitz) comes about. Having said that you do sometimes hear reports of a few deranged, historical revisionist fantasists who put on a Wehrmacht uniform out of nostalgia for a sick, terrorist regime called the Third Reich or don a Confederate uniform and fantasize about living in a mansion and owning a household of oppressed and abused fellow human beings whom they have enslaved. If you want to find people in the early 21st century who still glorify war though, one need look no further than certain politicians and presidents. Katie Re-Registered
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