As a rather green and sheltered teenager I received much ‘advice’ about life from the older members of my East End family; parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. To brighten up your Wednesday, here’s a sprinkling of the ones I remember from those heady days when I thought I knew everything:
- Keep your hand on your ha’penny.
- I ain’t knitting any matinee coats, so don’t bring any ‘trouble’ home.
- Never get married.
- Nobody needs to eat more than three biscuits.
- All you can believe in the newspapers is the date on the front page.
- He’ll only be after one thing…
- Universities are only for lawyers, doctors and teachers.
- Have your hair thinned out.
- You’ll never earn any money if you want to be a writer.
- Live within your means.
- Everything in moderation.
- You get used to anything in time.
- Buck up and get on with it.
- Get a job in a bank.
- Don’t lend or borrow money.
- Don’t sit on cold surfaces.
- Never sit on public toilet seats.
- Don’t listen to rock music; they’re all on drugs.
No wonder my head was spinning! What advice were you told as a teenager? Did you ever act on it?