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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 1 05:55 AM

February 1, 2008: Playground

Old people have been taking their grandchildren to the playground, for evah.
Now in Manchester, England, kids are taking their grandparents to the playground.

From the Daily Mail.

Quote:
Instead of slides and roundabouts, it is equipped with machines specially designed to provide gentle exercise for different parts of the body such as hips, legs and torso.

The Massage offers upper body exercise, the Skate trains leg muscles, the Ski works the hips, while the Press tones the stomach and legs.

There are also stations for pull-ups, push-ups and pedalling and, to stretch the mind as well as the body, engravings of quotes from famous philosophers dotted around the park.
So come on kid, take grandma, or should I say grandmum, to the playground, and maybe you'll run into that 9 year old tart from school.


Sheldonrs  Friday Feb 1 08:31 AM

I understand the bathrooms have extra large changing tables too.



glatt  Friday Feb 1 08:47 AM

Make sure the older folks do the safe stuff though.

We all went to the playground with my MIL (early 60's) over Christmas. I was riding around on one of the kids' razor scooters while they were on the jungle gym thing, and after I stopped doing it, my MIL got on the scooter. She was very awkward and unbalanced on it, but her two grown children didn't yell at her to get off it, so I wasn't going to say anything. She rode it for a minute or two in tentative, awkward circles around the basketball court. Just about ten seconds after I told my wife her mom was making me really nervous on that thing, she wiped out. Fortunately she didn't break any bones, but she had a nasty black eye, and multiple cuts and bruises. I was able to fix her broken glasses well enough to get her home.

So I think that 60+ year old women (or men) who just finished recovering from hip replacement surgery shouldn't be trying out a razor scooter for the first time. But hey, if they have safe playground equipment for seniors, I'm all for it.



torgut9  Friday Feb 1 09:01 AM

Fortunately they have totally free health care for everybody in Europe.



ZenGum  Friday Feb 1 09:10 AM

Welcome Torgut9!



Hmmm, been lurking a while, have you? Stir the pot with your first post eh?



runswithknives  Friday Feb 1 11:31 AM

Sure looks like Grandma is used to having her hands around something that big. Eh? Eh?

I'll excuse myself now...



Cloud  Friday Feb 1 12:06 PM

don't be ageist, people. It's a great idea. Wish there was a park like that near me. And I'm all for having fun, at any age. And those ladies look like they're having fun.

At least the one on the left!



Shawnee123  Friday Feb 1 12:15 PM

Ageist? You're kidding, right? Was someone slamming these ladies? No, just making normal Cellar type jokes. They're women, too...you sexist bunch of jerks.

And, as a 43 year old woman who still rides with her feet on the shopping cart ledge on the way to her car...it's great stuff.



Cloud  Friday Feb 1 12:41 PM

I am, perhaps, just a tad sensitive on the subject.



Shawnee123  Friday Feb 1 12:43 PM

You? You're awesome! I just wanted to point out no one was being mean-spirited...and from your pics if you're "old" then we all can look forward to it!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 1 12:44 PM

It's only old ladies in the park because the old men are still working to pay for all that free health care.


The one on the left has that Sundae Girl grin.



monster  Saturday Feb 2 10:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It's only old ladies in the park because the old men are still working to pay for all that free health care.


The one on the left has that Sundae Girl grin.
Don't be ridiculous! The men are all dead by that age because all the doctors are male and only deem free treatments necessary for women.

And no, you shouldn't say grandmum.

turgid9 might try a little harder to stir the pot. s/he's more likely to annoy people by treating Europe as a single country.


Elspode  Saturday Feb 2 10:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post

The one on the left has that Sundae Girl grin.
I was thinking the exact same thing.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 2 12:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
And no, you shouldn't say grandmum.
So it's Mum and Grandmother?


monster  Saturday Feb 2 12:34 PM

Grandma -just like the Daily Mail said in it's headline. Or Nana. Nana is very popular (because of the sweets in her handbag). And usually Grandad (one d in the middle), although sometimes grandpa.



monster  Saturday Feb 2 12:36 PM

I had Nana and Grandad, and Grandma
Beest had Nana and Nanar



monster  Saturday Feb 2 12:37 PM

By the way, the real answer to where the blokes are is in the pub, for goodness' sake! British blokes are real men and don't take to all this new fangled exercise and vegetables crap.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 2 12:39 PM

Why don't the English speak English?



Cloud  Saturday Feb 2 02:31 PM

I'm Grammy. My mother was Grandmother. (it didn't come up too much). Don't remember what I called mine.



fredsonic  Monday Feb 4 10:54 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Why don't the English speak English?
We do, it's you "collonials" who screw it up. Why does MS Office spell checker default to English (US)? Two great nations divided by a common language as someone once said...




Shawnee123  Monday Feb 4 02:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by fredsonic View Post
We do, it's you "collonials" who screw it up. Why does MS Office spell checker default to English (US)? Two great nations divided by a common language as someone once said...

Because Bill Gates is an American? (Even in the US we don't spell it "collonial" btw.)

Don't worry, we have to push "1" on a touch tone phone for English now, lest we offend spanish speaking peoples by assuming they speak English or by making them press 2 if we don't have to press 1.


fredsonic  Tuesday Feb 5 09:02 AM

[quote=Shawnee123;429678]Because Bill Gates is an American? (Even in the US we don't spell it "collonial" btw.)

I stand corrected.



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