Thursday, 5 April 2012
E is for Elastics and Everyone's Nightmare
We could usually be guaranteed good weather during our school holidays so we would be outside playing from early morning until bedtime. One of the most popular games for girls was Elastics or Chinese Ropes. A few of us would club our pennies together and buy a few packets of coloured elastic bands.
How excited we would be holding those tiny packets of bands and knowing what fun awaited us. We secured them all together into a large loop and the game would begin.
It really needed three people to play two with the elastic ropes around their legs and one jumping.
Sometimes play at home by myself with the bands round chair legs, which worked quite well until the chairs toppled over and bruised my legs.
Here are some girls from New Zealand showing you how it is done.Although they are a bit older than I was when I played with elastics.
In 1973 I made a big mistake. A new film was being shown in cinemas and I wanted to see it, well everyone else was and I didn't want to be the odd one out. I have no recollection of going to the cinema or who I went with but it must have been my friend Louise as we did everything together. I was so traumatised I slept in my mum's bed for a week. Every time I closed my eyes I re- ran the film in my mind. After I was married my husband brought the video of the film home to watch, I could not watch it and said I didn't want him even to keep the video in the house. Newspaper reports and the time told us that teenagers up and down the country were fainting with fright and even being physically sick while watching this film.
The film was, The Exorcist. The story of a young girl Regan possessed by the devil. The priest Karras who helps her came to a sticky end. She eventually becomes grotesque she becomes violent, shouts obscenities and her head turns 360degs, oh, it was awful.
One of my most scariest parts was when the priest runs a tape recording of Regan shouting in what he thinks is a different language. He runs the tape backwards and she speaks in English saying something like,"I am the devil" I don't remember the exact words but just as that happens the phone rings and your heart jumps out of your body.
I am sorry I have no photo for this as I can't contemplate putting one on my blog.I am feeling a bit traumatised writing and thinking about it again.
I'm sure today's youth would laugh at the film as the ones out today are probably far more scary, I wouldn't know as it put me off horror films for life.
My advice to you is .If you haven't saw the film then save yourself sleepless nights and DON'T WATCH IT!!