I have just been inspired, by reading Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) and fellow Coetailer Aja Neidorf’s “When I was a Kid…”, to write this blog. As Aja says it is ridiculous to go on the rose-tinted , nostalgic journey through time back to the good old days before technology and try to make some correlation to our own lives. But what Aja’s blog really made me think of is the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen Sketch that my husband insists on quoting whenever our kids are complaining about something. This following video is unashamedly British humour, I make no apologies for that.
So I got to thinking that if technology is making us reconsider the fundamentals like Bloom’s Taxonomy then it is about time I revised old classics like Monty Python. So here goes Monty Python Four (Revised) Yorkshiremen.
1st Man: Ahh.. Very passable, that, very passable.
2nd Man: Nothing like the new I phone 5 ?
3rd Man: You’re right there Jacob.
4th Man: Who’d a thought thirty years ago we’d all be sittin’ here talking, texting and googling on a phone with no wires
1st Man: Aye. In them days, we’d a’ been glad to have a phone.
2nd Man: A working phone.
4th Man: with one of those turn dials.
3rd Man: OR ask the operator!
1st Man: If the lines weren’t busy.
4th Man: We never used to have a phone. We used to use two cups and a string.
2nd Man: The best WE could manage was Doris the old pigeon.
3rd Man: But you know, we were happy in those days, though we had no technology.
1st Man: Aye. BECAUSE we had no technology. My old Dad used to say to me, “facebook doesn’t buy you friends.”
4th Man: ‘E was right. I had friends then and I had NO laptop. All we had was a Sega megadrive with 16bits and a game of Donkey Kong and Pacman.
2nd Man: 16 bits? You were lucky to have a Sega! We used to play on this old Atari with Pong and joysticks and we were happy.
3rd Man: You were lucky to have a console! We used to have a pinball machine in the youth club!
1st Man: Ohhhh we used to DREAM of a pinball machine in youth club! Woulda’ been a holiday to us. We used to play cowboys and indians in the woods behind our house.
4th Man: Well when I say “pinball” it was only a hole in the wall and an old golfball, but it was pinball to US.
2nd Man: We were evicted from our youth club and had to watch telly through the neighbours window!
3rd Man: You were lucky your neighbours had a telly! There were a hundred and sixty of us crowded around a radio listening to children’s hour.
1st Man: Radio?
3rd Man: Aye.
1st Man: You were lucky. We had to get our information from books. We used to have to get up at six o’clock in the morning, go to the library, check out a book and read it, with no search facility, before handwriting assignments in cursive script. When we got home, our Dad would read us news from the newspaper – real paper!
2nd Man: Luxury. We used to have to get up at three o’clock in the morning, recite poems by heart, do maths with our fingers, learn logarithms, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY!
4th Man: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o’clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, spend twenty-nine hours a day searching classrooms for a scrap of knowledge, and pay the teacher for permission to come to school, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing “Hallelujah.”
1st man: But you try and tell the young people today that… and they won’t believe ya’.
ALL: Nope, nope..
If this only entertains me, it has been worth doing.