Kids are no longer bonkers for conkers?

  john bunyan 20:42 20 Sep 2018

Twice this week I have walked near horse chestnut trees. A few years ago , kids would be throwing sticks op and collecting conkers. This time I saw what seems the whole crop , fallen , undisturbed . Not a kid in sight. Maybe they rush home to spend time on their PC’s and X Boxes. What with few taking part in competitive sport, it is worrying that we seem to be seeing the rise of a generation of couch potatoes.

  Aitchbee 21:07 20 Sep 2018

I was more into whirligigs as a boy. [sycamore helicopters]

  KEITH 1955 22:06 20 Sep 2018

Hi john don't be offended but you are wrong my sister is a school teacher , couch potato is wrong... Health and safety says the RISK of hitting somebody with a moving object ( a cocker ) is no longer acceptable . So your kids or grand kids will never be able to mutter the immortal words " I got a 20 kill conker " .. no more soaking them in vinegar or baking them in the oven.

Oh and depending on your memories , you can no longer play the game where you got a thick leaf stem and tried to snap your mates stick , it loved to do that.

In some schools you are not allowed to play marbles or skip.

My sister almost got the sack as a teacher because during a kids event in the 6 weeks holidays she went to pick up her own daughter , the room was out of control and a local councillor reported her for the mayhem because she was under the impression she was in charge of the chaos , she was not even a teacher at that school.

  Aitchbee 22:06 20 Sep 2018

... and was also a tumshie aficianado at Halloween when it got dark. [local farmer's turnip fields were easy pickins]

  john bunyan 10:42 21 Sep 2018

I was not “getting at” schools , where ‘elf & safety “ is OTT, but noting how different young kids activity is to my young days. Conkers , picking blackberries, kicking a football at the ‘rec , cycling as a group, running (cost nothing) , swimming long distance in the sea, - all these and more seem to be less common compared with sitting at home playing electronic games. The armed forces have noted a decline in fitness in new recruits, so have to give remedial PT etc. That’s what I meant, that fewer youngsters seem interested in the traditional outside activities .

  wee eddie 11:11 21 Sep 2018

I'm not actually surprised. It has to be one of the most boring games ever invented

  Pablo de Catio 11:29 21 Sep 2018

Over the last week or two I have seen what looks like grandparents both male and female collecting conkers in plastic shopping bags.

Now they are either getting them for there grandchildren to use or they are playing conkers down the Darby and Joan club.

  wee eddie 11:38 21 Sep 2018


Maybe collecting them to scatter around their house as, for some reason unknown to me, they deter spiders!

  lotvic 12:37 21 Sep 2018

I've also noticed a lack of interest in gathering fruit, many trees with ripe apples and lots of windfalls on ground.

  Quickbeam 12:49 21 Sep 2018

"they deter spiders!"

If you put some in a shed where there's a lot of spider webs about, after a couple of weeks the webs will cover them, so it's just an urban myth!

  wee eddie 15:27 21 Sep 2018

maybe it's just Flat and Urban Spiders. Garden and Rural Spiders are fly!

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