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What a delight it has been travelling from Braintree to Chelmsford Station this week, back to 20 mins in the morning, whilst the kiddies are off for a week instead of the usual hour.

Roll on the 6 weeks holidays or even better start school at 10am, then we will all be at work and wont have to go slow as the lazy mums block up the road to take Jenny and Johnny round the corner, the kiddies would start an hour later and be thrilled with that too.

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fk that i hate school holidays, bloody kids everywhere.. i dont think they should have any holidays at all and make them all walk to school at 4 am

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Canv, yeah 4am, can cope with that.



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you have got to be joking. Iv'e got two kids and I'm buggered if I'm getting up before 4am just to get the little sods to school/playgroup!

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you should have thought of that before you had them ;-)

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Never mind school.

Send them up chimneys or down mines, or set them to work 18 hours a day in dark satanic mills.

A few privileged ones can sell laces or matchsticks on street corners, provided they are very well behaved. Or is that a bit too lenient, do you think? I am a bit of a pinko, as you know.

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Can i work in a salt mine? <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Well, as we know you, I suppose you could be let off lightly!

And we'll reduce your working hours to 14 a day (no lunch though).

I am SUCH an old softy.

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The fact is, kids today have it FAR too easy !

I used to walk a mile and a half each way to school, just to save the tuppence bus-fare for 8 farthing chews ! Ahh ! The gool 'ol days !

QUESTION:- Why do all the mum have to drive 4 x 4 people carriers just to get the little cherubs to school ?

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My dad drives me to school in the morning as he drives past it at that time to get to work..so it makes sense. I always walk home though, probably about a mile?

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Now come on BJR, be precise, do you mean 4x4's or people carriers/MPV's? Not the same thing you know.

But I quibble, you are entirely right. Few 4x4's ever venture off road at all, and most models are not terribly suitable for it anyway. Why the hell they're used for the school run is beyond me.

I suppose if you have 5 children, a 7 seater is quite handy - provided you have no baggage of course, as the bloody things have no boot. You'd be better off with a 110 CSW Defender..... a 4x4 of course.

More to the point is why don't the little cherubs walk to school - might help wit the national obesity problem too.

At this point I should confess that I drive an invisible Freelander, until the end of July, when I aspire to the aquisition of a Discovery. But I have my reasons.

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They don't walk to school because theres to many fcking nutters about....Ok in our day we used, but you can't be to sure these day's...so if making your journey that bit longer saves a child from getting into the hands of some nutter then so be it!!



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Apparently it's all a matter of perception. They are more likely to sufer a traffic accident than fall victim to a nutter (so I read somewhere, I can't quote the statistics).

The actual chance of them being assualted or whatever are apparently very low, it's just that everyone assumes otherwise as the tragic incidents that do occur are so widely publicised.

However, whether there really are no more nutters now than there used to be I wouldn't like to say. Apart from the high profile nationally reported cases, the worrying thing is the number of minor (not to those involved) incidents tucked away in the local paper - flashers, indecent assualts, cases where someone attempted to drag the child into a car but he/she managed to escape" are not uncommon.

I'm sure it all says something about something, but I'm not sure what.

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My daughter cycles to school. This was quite common in my day, too. Do children in England go everywhere by car with their parents?

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I blame the teachers.

If they weren't so obsessed with getting a job that offered them 16 weeks holiday a year and finishing at 3:40 then there wouldn't be any schools.

This would cut down massively on:
1. Congestion.
2. The perverts.
3. Traffic accidents.
4. Bullying.
5. Obeisity from the cr@p served in school canteens.

The children could then be used productively to increase the country's economic wealth. We do still have some coal underground that could be extracted. Especially given the price of oil at the moment.

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Invisible Man re your quote about the 4X4 and off roading.
I got no kids (dont want none either yuk) but do like you have a new Freelander. I dont mind a bit of mud and s**t on it and actually go off roading in it when I take me dogs to the woods! It also comes in handy coz as you can see I'm a Canvey fan and our car park is s**t so parking on the swamps is the place to be!!


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Do children in England go everywhere by car with their parents?

I don't.So to answer your question,no.

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most of the 'nutters' these days are poxy kids who could do with a slapping.. most assaults of any kind on minors are done by relatives or people who know the victim.. you are more likely to get hurt in a car than as a pedestrian.. its all a matter of risk perception and in todays [***!!***] society where everyone believes the scare media and govmnt people are [****!!****] scared of the wrong things..
plus getting the little runts out on there own may streetwise em up a bit the fat little tossers

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Never mind school.

Send them up chimneys or down mines, or set them to work 18 hours a day in dark satanic mills.

A few privileged ones can sell laces or matchsticks on street corners, provided they are very well behaved. Or is that a bit too lenient, do you think? I am a bit of a pinko, as you know.


That's a tough one for us. Little Miss Happy's wheelchair would get stuck up a chimney!

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i think you'll find that e.u. regs now state that all chimneys must be wheelchair friendly so the little urchins can work up em.. you should be recieving a compensation claim for 8.5 mill euros from your kid later this week ;-)




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