maybe it's a generational thing - but us older folks can actually SPEAK and deal with real people whether we know them or not -- youngsters today seem scared when they have to deal with a total stranger or somebody they haven't got a facebook / twitter / instagram etc account for -- Modern kids are either all day plugged in to (usually) noisy bud earphones or messing around on Social media sites -- I'm not saying you can't make good friends this way -- but usually these are nothing like as constant or complete as real friends made "The old fashioned way".
I had a really great journey with Eurostar from London to Brussels recently with a group of older (not yet pensioners -- about 35 - 45 somethings age group) - great conversation and "Craick" as I think the Irish say.
Great change from sitting in a carriage with either a load of under 25's all on Earphones and plugged in to goodness knows what -- or stressed overworked business people incessantly checking for probably pointless company email.
Some of the real people you meet on trips can last lifetimes as good friends !!. If you are forever plugged into headphones --try unplugging and TALK to people --it's not hard and can be fun !!!!.
Anyway that's OT to the main point of this thread - but I had to say it. !
Waiting for ICELAND Vs PORTUGAL tonight (21.00 French time) - Not sure how we'll handle Ronaldo --still it's great were are there at all. !!!
So am I.. right now I have Hungary Vs Austria on..
@essenbe and others
Just to put this into perspective
Here was 1930's UK -- at that time still the most powerful economic and military power on earth --might come as a shock to some younger US citizens to realize that the US was at that time was just a growing fledgling economy and not a significant power on the world stage - but it was true !!.
People at the bottom suffered quite bad poverty -- but that didn''t give them a licence to steal etc -- Of course the politicians at the time could have done more -- but isn't it much the same today where gap between top and bottom is getting wider by the minute.
In fact considering the deprevation and poverty at the bottom at the time Crime was very low indeed.
Poverty per se is really no excuse to steal though.