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Name ten things you didn't like when you were 25 that you like now.

Eddie Mair | 12:26 UK time, Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Elton John has done so in today's Independent.

"Photography, Contemporary art, Porcelain, Table linen/napkin rings, Baseball, Boats, Peace and quiet/staying in, South Africa, Jesus Christ, Glass"


  • 1. At 12:52pm on 01 Dec 2010, lystmystress wrote:

    10 things I didn't like when I was 25, but I do now. Quite a dull list I think, but there you are.

    Dolly Parton, The Smiths, Duran Duran, apples, savoy cabbage, opera, decorating, small children, sea bass, snowboarding.

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  • 2. At 12:55pm on 01 Dec 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    My list is too embarrassing to publish here, so has been sent by email ;)

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  • 3. At 12:59pm on 01 Dec 2010, ploppy72 wrote:

    Radio 4
    Boiled carrots
    Bob Dylan
    Red wine

    I really enjoyed compiling this list. Thanks Eddie.

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  • 4. At 1:06pm on 01 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Does somebody here have a link to a pre-set list or can I choose my own?

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  • 5. At 1:25pm on 01 Dec 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Radio 2
    Driving with due care and attention
    Watching period drama
    Long walks with or without a dog
    Looking and appreciating beautiful gardens
    Museums - esp art

    Did ploppy72 really say 'Pain' ;-)

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  • 6. At 1:45pm on 01 Dec 2010, ploppy72 wrote:

    Ploppy72 did indeed say Pain. Having had four children since I was 25 I now embrace pain!

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  • 7. At 1:48pm on 01 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Did you mean 'didn't like' or 'disliked'? Anyway:

    Apple Macs
    Red wine
    Coleman Hawkins
    Miles Davis
    Ian Rankin
    Digital photography
    Terry Pratchett
    Muscovado sugar

    (Slightly different to the list I emailed, for legal reasons.)

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  • 8. At 2:02pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I emailed my list in too Big Sis but not due to embarrassment, merely because I hadn't seen this thread.

    Jonnie, I think I should have included driving with due care and attention and at the speed limit!

    Sid, ahem, I doubt digital photography was around when you were 25...

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  • 9. At 2:04pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh, having seen the above, I keep thinking of more things. Dolly Parton! LOL! I actually like listening to country and western music when, driving in the wilds, I can't get R4. What a confession!

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  • 10. At 2:51pm on 01 Dec 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Oh Lady Sue.. copy and paste the email here so we can all have a look..

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  • 11. At 3:14pm on 01 Dec 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Let's have a go - however, it was only eight years ago for me...
    Hmm... I can manage five...

    Radio 4 (I was a Classic FM fan back then!)
    Online videos (net speeds were too darn slow back then, and YT didn't exist)
    Hot drinks (e.g. tea, coffee)

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  • 12. At 3:24pm on 01 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    8. Lady Sue

    That's why I queried dislike/didn't like [could be didn't like yet because it hadn't been invented].

    And anyway, when I was little, digital photography meant a Box Brownie which worked with your finger!

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  • 13. At 3:29pm on 01 Dec 2010, gossipmistress wrote:

    Big Sis (2) what if he reads it out?!
    Lady Sue - me too, didn't realise there was a thread for it too!
    Mine would be
    Folk Music
    Real Ale
    Broad Beans
    Sensible economical cars
    Men with beards
    Opera (a bit!)
    Full time employment
    University Challenge
    Wow how middle aged do I sound?!

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  • 14. At 3:40pm on 01 Dec 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    I was stuck on 9 until I got inspiration from gossipmistress's list!

    3 hour+ walks
    Places where smoking is banned
    Absence of facial hair (mine, that is)

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  • 15. At 4:26pm on 01 Dec 2010, Helena-Handbasket wrote:

    Living in the UK
    Shopping in charity shops
    Seedless Raspberry Jam
    Car Boot sales
    Music from the 70s and 80s
    Holidays at home
    Cheese and apple sandwiches

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  • 16. At 4:27pm on 01 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    I don't remember being 25.

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  • 17. At 4:36pm on 01 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    But I could do another Desert Island Discs list. 10 pieces of music I didn't like when I was 25. Or maybe 25 pieces of music I didn't like when I was 10.

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  • 18. At 4:38pm on 01 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    However, 10 things I didn't like then and don't like now include Elton John.

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  • 19. At 4:43pm on 01 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    And Bono. He also edited the Indy once.

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  • 20. At 4:51pm on 01 Dec 2010, mittfh wrote:

    Perhaps an interesting variation on the theme would be to turn the question on its head: things you liked when you were 25 that you dislike now...

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  • 21. At 4:52pm on 01 Dec 2010, editor26 wrote:

    Crikey only 10
    Olives, spicy food, silence, being organised, piccalilli, offal, holidays, jazz, driving, news bulletins.
    Like many I didn't like Elton John then and don't now, you can not imagine the joy of discovering Radio 4 and being comfortable in the knowledge that he is unlikely to be creeping upon me here.

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  • 22. At 5:04pm on 01 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Good grief, I cannot think of a single thing! Is there nothing I disliked in the late eighties... that I don't still dislike?

    Not a single solitary thing. Weird.

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  • 23. At 5:13pm on 01 Dec 2010, Rod Lane wrote:

    My ten things I like now and not when 25: 1 -10 The Archers

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  • 24. At 5:38pm on 01 Dec 2010, lavendersugar wrote:

    Being snowed in 1-10

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  • 25. At 5:47pm on 01 Dec 2010, RxKaren wrote:

    Chocolate spread
    Cashew nuts
    My job
    Walking (for leisure)
    Radio 4
    The idea of internet shopping
    The colour pink

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  • 26. At 6:03pm on 01 Dec 2010, Anna Wilson wrote:

    Padded coat hangers (don't tell my mother-in-law), horseradish sauce, punctuation, hot water bottles, Cornish holidays, long walks, long runs, wearing a Barbour, driving a Volvo and, of course, Radio 4...

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  • 27. At 6:08pm on 01 Dec 2010, Jack wrote:

    1. Shellfish
    2. Whisky
    3. Offal-based dishes
    4. New York City
    5. Being alone
    6. The Smiths
    7. Fine dining
    8. Travel
    9. Olives
    10. London

    It'd be fun to do the opposite too, no? 10 things we did like at 25 which we don't now. I think I'd find that one much easier, sadly.

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  • 28. At 6:14pm on 01 Dec 2010, rk1400 wrote:

    At twenty-five I disliked:

    hot weather
    my Mother
    younger men

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  • 29. At 6:16pm on 01 Dec 2010, Dedan wrote:

    Pesto sauce
    Radio 4.
    Radio 3.
    Real ale.
    Modern Art.
    The Countryside.

    I was 25 in 1975

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  • 30. At 6:18pm on 01 Dec 2010, Fiona wrote:

    10 things I Like now but not when I was 25;
    Red wine, red meat, outside, garden centres , beauty, tai chi, academic pursuit, technology, me.

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  • 31. At 6:25pm on 01 Dec 2010, John Harland wrote:

    Slippers, classical music, doubt & uncertainty, not having to think/dream about a future life, olives, gardening, not having to get drunk with the lads, long walks, going to bed with a sleep button on Radio 4, working slowly

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  • 32. At 6:32pm on 01 Dec 2010, HughMurdoch wrote:

    I'm only twenty -- surely there are other members of the PM demographic who aren't looking backwards when they talk of being twenty-five? My own list is of the things I fear I may start to like as I grow old.

    Department stores
    Contributing to Radio Four programmes
    Talking about the weather
    Clean humour

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  • 33. At 6:32pm on 01 Dec 2010, lizzieloufrench wrote:

    10 things I didn't like at 25 but now at 44 find enchanting!: Work, children (not my own), avocados, red vermouth, football, getting up before 11.00am, staying in, marks & spencers clothes, neutral colours, moisturiser.

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  • 34. At 6:33pm on 01 Dec 2010, jaywalking wrote:

    A great series of lists. We could pull together a composite R4 listener list which would look a bit like mine:

    Real Ale
    Radio 4
    The Beatles
    Living in the UK

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  • 35. At 6:36pm on 01 Dec 2010, ba-ba wrote:

    10 things I like now that I didn't like when I was 25 include:
    Smelly cheese
    Holidays in England and city breaks
    Chic Murray jokes
    People thinking I'm younger than I am
    Some right wing ideas

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  • 36. At 6:38pm on 01 Dec 2010, JackyL wrote:

    I didn't like olives, blue cheese, church music, radio 4, babies, mountain holidays, cycling, red wine, sailing, beards...

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  • 37. At 6:40pm on 01 Dec 2010, phoenix wrote:

    Sadly, 25 years later they are:

    1. Whisky
    2. Radio 4
    3. Celery
    4. Long walks (uphill)
    5. Doing things on my own
    6. Staying in
    7. Classical music
    8. Monogomy
    9. Sauvignon blanc
    10. Bob Dylan

    Sigh! I'm very happy though!!!!

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  • 38. At 6:50pm on 01 Dec 2010, missjeanbrodie wrote:

    The Archers
    Parmesan cheese
    some dogs
    some children
    Wuthering Heights
    Staying in on a Saturday afternoon
    family tree research
    mixing 2 types of cereal
    jam on bread after a meal
    broadsheet newspapers
    Dad's Army
    not counting calories
    weather forecasts

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  • 39. At 6:50pm on 01 Dec 2010, Readingman wrote:

    Things I like and do now which at the age of 25 would never havi given the time of day.
    1. Going to bed for an hour in the afternoon - just for a rest!
    2. News programmes on Radio 4 from 6am onwards
    3. Gardening
    4. Taking a friends dog for a walk
    5. Going to the theatre
    6. Staying in especially in the winter
    7. Not shaving everyday
    8. Listening to lectures and learning from them instead of falling asleep
    9. Having peace and quiet
    10 Leaving the TV off in the evenings sometimes and having the radio on instead.

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  • 40. At 6:53pm on 01 Dec 2010, UncleDance wrote:

    To put this in context, I'm nearly 25 years older than I was when I was 25, which has a nice symmetry, don't you think? So, in no particular order...

    1. Being English
    2. Tradition
    3. History
    4. Family
    5. Vegetables (I now know how to cook them properly)
    6. Being "boring"
    7. Not having to get paralytic in order to enjoy myself
    8. Spiritual/Religious matters
    9. Silence

    And, lastly but not leastly (thanks for the reminder, whoever you were):

    10. Myself. Or should that be my Self?

    That took a while. What a great exercise. Let's do it again in (nearly) another 25 years.

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  • 41. At 7:04pm on 01 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Nope, I still can't think of a thing... things I like now that I did not even know about when I was twenty-five, well there's a huge list of them.

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  • 42. At 7:27pm on 01 Dec 2010, ukdannim wrote:

    Smoke free places
    A daily printed newspaper
    Long walks
    The Archers
    Low heels
    Tom Waits
    Wheat grass juice
    Clothing that concealing instead of reveals

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  • 43. At 7:30pm on 01 Dec 2010, pecocke wrote:

    What do I like now that I didn't like when I was 25?

    And gin.

    And olives, especially when soaked in gin (but not tea).

    Not sure what that says about the last 20 years...

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  • 44. At 7:32pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    What a fascinating thread with insightful lists from everyone! Very amused by some of them. I nearly put "olives" in mine too. Loved "People thinking I'm younger than I am"!

    As everyone has been so wonderfully honest, I'm copying my email to Eddie and Co. below:

    1. Girls nights out (or in) (was far more interested in male company - we live and learn!);
    2. Being outside in the sunshine (I was born and grew up in Oz where, as a fair skinned young maiden, I avoided the sun);
    3. Dogs (hard to admit as I totally ADORE them now);
    4. Dining al fresco (see 2 above - was just uncomfortably hot/flies/bugs/sand, whereas now I dine outside whenever I can);
    5. Nature/environment eg. bird watching, identifying trees/mushrooms, observing animals in natural habitat;
    6. Gin and tonic/wine/whiskey/vodka (never drank alcohol!);
    7. Any form of gardening (still a bit like Kryptonite to all things growing in soil);
    8. Swimming (amazingly for an Ozzie, didn't learn how to swim till I was 35 - now swim regularly);
    9. Living in the country (was SUCH a city girl);
    10. Listening to the radio!

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  • 45. At 7:34pm on 01 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    It's a bit like a cafeteria this ... you choose what you want, then you see what everyone else has got and you want some of that.

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  • 46. At 7:34pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Do you realise that (so far) 8 out of 44 of us didn't like olives!

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  • 47. At 7:38pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]Sid, you mean like this?

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  • 48. At 7:46pm on 01 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    46 - Lady Sue, I was hoping to have at least olives on my list but was converted to them when inter-railing round Europe at twenty-two.

    Maybe I'll think of something later...

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  • 49. At 7:48pm on 01 Dec 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    Only 10??

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  • 50. At 8:02pm on 01 Dec 2010, Graham from Birmingham wrote:

    In no particular order: Quantum theory, viruses (real ones!), Germaine Greer, pyjamas, sprouts, mornings, nuclear energy, the Irish, Radio Four, The Archers

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  • 51. At 8:02pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oops! Sorry! My removed link contravened house rules. It was a link to a YouTube clip of Darth Vader in the Death Star Canteen. Still makes me laugh.

    Ellis, it's a bit worrying that you haven't changed at all. If I were a publisher reading an as yet unpublished novel, I'd complain of "no character development". I inter-railed at 23 but still didn't like olives. Or wine. Or Italy(!) Gosh, that's enough confession for one night.

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  • 52. At 8:17pm on 01 Dec 2010, ianofwokingham wrote:

    This really caught my imagine - driving home, I found myself composing the list. So here goes:

    Espresso coffee, opera, Bluegrass music, modern art, seafood, cricket, gin, German cars, garden ponds, being clean shaven

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  • 53. At 8:23pm on 01 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    No, Lady Sue, I've changed a lot, but there were very few things I didn't like at twenty-five. Those I did, I still do such as injustice, violence, organised religion etcetera and so on. There are things I like now that I did not know about then including all the benefits of new technology.

    There are even one or two things I liked then, that I don't now such as disc jockeys and queuing to get into clubs.

    I just seem to like most things; and always have.

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  • 54. At 8:28pm on 01 Dec 2010, Shoey wrote:

    Boxer shorts
    Women over 40!
    Tony Benn

    I am 54

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  • 55. At 8:51pm on 01 Dec 2010, shaddow wrote:

    Blue cheese
    Red wine
    Classical music
    Radio 4
    Showers (as opposed to baths)
    The songs of Elton John

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  • 56. At 9:20pm on 01 Dec 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Great lists - I can't believe so many didn't like Gin and Olives..

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  • 57. At 9:56pm on 01 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    ianofwokingham, this seems to have caught a lot of public imagination AND motivating a lot of commenting onto the PM Blog. *sigh* just like the good old days.

    Ellis, you old Hippie, you! How delightful. Peace Man. Loving everything. Wearing flowers in your hair? ;o)

    Shoey: "women over 40" - how very dare you! *haruumph*

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  • 58. At 10:27pm on 01 Dec 2010, tim lorton wrote:

    10 things i didn't like at 25 but do now in no particular order

    1. Parsnips
    2. Blue cheese's
    3. Red wine
    4. Classical music
    5. Radio 4
    6. Gardening/Garden centre's
    7. News
    8. Tartan
    9 Fine food
    10 shaving (my face!)

    And just in case you wanted to know here are 10 things i did like at 25 but don't now.

    1. Greasy food
    2. Tea with sugar
    3. Milky coffee
    4. Pies
    5. Snow!
    6. Smoking
    7. Getting drunk
    8. Death metal
    9. Standing up all the way through a concert
    10. Television

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  • 59. At 10:56pm on 01 Dec 2010, Robert Rees wrote:

    Would any of us who have hit the half century and beyond, recognise our younger selves now? My list:
    flipflops, neckties, garlic, Frank Sinatra, shorts, Brian Blessed, cardigans, whiskey, singing, marriage.

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  • 60. At 11:03pm on 01 Dec 2010, annasee wrote:

    Bit late, but I now like some dogs & some babies, whisky & wine, eating muesli made without sugar, & listening to Queen. Didn't like any of those when I was 25. Also finding in this icy weather it is so comforting to have an extra shawl or wrap over my coat, which I wouldn't have been seen dead wearing when I was 25. I now feel about 106 having written that!

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  • 61. At 11:05pm on 01 Dec 2010, Robert Rees wrote:

    I think it's a wonderful thing! I've been waiting all my life to be moderated! I can't believe it's finally happened! (Any chance of a badge to exhibit the fact?)

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  • 62. At 11:13pm on 01 Dec 2010, Phoenix wrote:

    My list (or 'How I learnt to stop worrying and accept politcal censorship'):

    Submarines armed with missiles carrying nuclear warheads,
    US foreign military invasions,
    The Tory Secretary of State for Education,
    University Vice Chancellors,
    Unemployment as an economic instrument,
    Market and Monetarist Economics,
    Dishonesty in governing parties.

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  • 63. At 11:20pm on 01 Dec 2010, pecocke wrote:

    Ellis - I'm with you. I couldn't think of many things that I've changed my mind over since I was 25.

    Listening to and read other people's lists, most of the things I either liked then and still do, or I didn't like then and still don't.

    I didn't start eating olives til I was pregnant with my first child. A craving for anchovy stuffed olives lasted months. Nowadays I do without the anchovies and add the gin.

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  • 64. At 11:28pm on 01 Dec 2010, Victoria wrote:

    Oh dear, I'm going to sound SO middle-aged, but here goes:

    The Archers!
    Radio 4
    Making bread
    Reading the newspaper EVERY day
    David Dimbleby
    Cauliflower Cheese
    Crosswords ........... sometimes
    Electric blankets

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  • 65. At 11:44pm on 01 Dec 2010, Jonathan Holt wrote:

    25? Half a lifetime ago. Things I like now that I did not like then are ...

    Vegetable gardening
    Driving smoothly and economically
    Staying in
    Getting up before the rest of the world to enjoy the quiet alone
    Cooking, and then sitting down to, a proper Sunday lunch
    Not being stoned,
    Being anywhere but London
    Practical, hard-wearing, long-lasting clothes
    Being a lapsed catholic, free of angst and guilt, borderline atheist
    My wife and children

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  • 66. At 10:22am on 02 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Okay, I've got one - gherkins. I don't actually like them but I will eat them if pressed.

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  • 67. At 10:27am on 02 Dec 2010, johnnykay wrote:

    45 year old women,46 year old women,47 year old women,48 year old women,49 year old women,50 year old women,51 year old women,52 year old women,53 year old women,overweight women.

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  • 68. At 10:28am on 02 Dec 2010, mike_harrison wrote:

    10 things I like that I didn't like when I was 25.

    not smoking,driving,Sunday nights,sleeping,requiem masses,Jesus,big French camp sites, diesel engines,John Lennon, my job

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  • 69. At 10:33am on 02 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    EPO 66, I've never pressed a gherkin.

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  • 70. At 10:49am on 02 Dec 2010, jonnie wrote:

    johnnykay -- LOL

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  • 71. At 10:53am on 02 Dec 2010, jonnie wrote:

    Well I knew from the beach that Lady Sue was partial for a drop or two of alcohol - but annasee was a turn up for the books...

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  • 72. At 10:59am on 02 Dec 2010, RogerG wrote:

    Name ten things you didn't like when you were 25 that you like now.

    My Wife
    Fleetwood Mac
    Love and Kindness
    Motorway Protesters
    Private Eye
    Women's Hour
    The Amalfi Coast

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  • 73. At 12:00pm on 02 Dec 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    RogerG - You forgot to add: Not stopping at 10.

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  • 74. At 12:05pm on 02 Dec 2010, MysticMerry_n_gaMe wrote:

    Being single
    Working for a living
    Looking smart
    Having a car (I used to be a biker)
    The Police
    The Archers
    The size of my boobs
    Myself/my life

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  • 75. At 12:06pm on 02 Dec 2010, St_maybe wrote:

    the colour orange
    dark winter evenings
    my nose
    putting down roots
    my husband (admittedly, wasn't in husband role at the time)
    not following instructions accurately... was that 10 you wanted?

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  • 76. At 12:18pm on 02 Dec 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    johnnykay, that was the funniest so far! :)

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  • 77. At 12:29pm on 02 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Ellis, gherkins don't count if you don't actually like them now. You'll have to think of something else.

    jonnie, I can vouch for the fact that annasee drinks very little (alcohol).

    I liked johnnykay's answers too. Pity Mr. Horse is counting as I keep thinking of more I could add! BTW, Mr. Horse - what size ballet shoes do you wear?

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  • 78. At 12:42pm on 02 Dec 2010, MysticMerry_n_gaMe wrote:

    ...and I mean the local constabulary, not the band.

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  • 79. At 12:49pm on 02 Dec 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    Ladt Sue (77) - I like the Hunter shoe with fullered concave section. Size is Euro 170 or 6 5/8 in wide X 7 ¾ in long.

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  • 80. At 2:01pm on 02 Dec 2010, RogerG wrote:

    73. At 12:00pm on 02 Dec 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:
    RogerG - You forgot to add: Not stopping at 10.

    Tsk! ..

    Please delete:
    My Wife
    Love and Kindness

    Thank you.

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  • 81. At 2:02pm on 02 Dec 2010, Floss wrote:

    In no particular order:

    The Archers
    Sitting down at football
    Friday nights in
    Australian Chardonnay
    Radio 3
    Bottled water
    Going to bed early
    Not smoking

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  • 82. At 2:14pm on 02 Dec 2010, Jo Cox wrote:

    Wearing slippers
    Listening to womans hour
    Shopping in Waitrose
    Laughing with my children
    Cleaning the house
    Phoning my father
    Putting a coat on to go out
    being involved in my community

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  • 83. At 2:52pm on 02 Dec 2010, Anne P wrote:

    I'm with Ellis, apart from olives. Don't know if it's my memory that's failing but really can't remember disliking much at all except tripe and sheeps brains, and I still can't abide either.

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  • 84. At 3:06pm on 02 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    77 - So, I'm not allowed gherkins...

    There must be something...

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  • 85. At 3:59pm on 02 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    sweedebasher, I did wonder.

    Mr. Horse - interesting choice. Pink? [I note I've become a 'ladette'.]

    Floss, what was wrong with Ozzie Chardonnay when you were 25? *harrumph*

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  • 86. At 4:21pm on 02 Dec 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    Sue (85) - Mt apologies. It's the wat this ketboard is laid out - the 't' and the 't' are vert close together.

    As for 'Pink' - I prefere to think of them as Quinacridone Magenta.

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  • 87. At 4:45pm on 02 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    The Archers sitting down at football on a Friday night in with some anchovies and Australian Chardonnay, then going to bed early in the autumn with some bottled water and radio 3, but not smoking.

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  • 88. At 6:56pm on 02 Dec 2010, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    The things I didn't like at 25 are;


    Being 25

    Not playing stadium concerts regular




    Organising my finances

    Younger women

    Eccentric people

    Radio 4

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  • 89. At 9:47pm on 02 Dec 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    Ten things I didn't like when I was 25 ...
    David Archer
    Jill Archer
    Joshua Archer
    Pat Archer
    Phil Archer
    Ben Archer
    Kenton Archer
    Meriel Archer
    Helen Archer
    Tony Archer

    What I don't like now ...
    The Archers

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  • 90. At 11:35pm on 02 Dec 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    It's the way you tell 'em, Lucien! ;o)

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  • 91. At 09:03am on 03 Dec 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Nope... if I'm not allowed gherkins, then there's nothing.

    I give up.

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  • 92. At 10:43am on 03 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    ld 89, You forgot Archer's Peach Schnapps.

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  • 93. At 11:30am on 03 Dec 2010, T8-eh-T8 wrote:

    Ten things I didn't like at 25, yet like now at 40:

    (i)Radio 4 (funny how common that is)
    (ii) Meat
    (iii) Fish
    (iv) Fidelity
    (v) Reading Non-Fiction
    (vi) Question Time
    (vii) Lib Dems (until recently)
    (viii) Tweed
    (ix) Peppa Pig
    (x) A nice hot, and peaceful, bath

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  • 94. At 11:53am on 03 Dec 2010, wightbaby wrote:

    Well, this is quite enjoyable!

    Men dressed in suits with shirt and tie--too conformist!!
    White cotton knickers. Vests. Flat Shoes.Red Wine. White Wine. Rose Wine. Saga magazine. Riding a bike.

    My 1st husband---oh no, sorry, that's the other way round??? What i liked at 25 but don't like now!! Can't we all do a list like that next?? Even more fun!!!
    Also "stuff I would never like at ANY age"--- "Strictly" "X factor" "I'm a celeb" "Big brother" etc......still not a "sheep", you see!!

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  • 95. At 4:40pm on 03 Dec 2010, davmcn wrote:

    I hate these things:

    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
    Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels;
    Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles;
    Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings;
    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
    Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
    Silver-white winters that melt into springs;

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  • 96. At 5:31pm on 03 Dec 2010, Francis Whitehead wrote:

    I'd love to answer this, but alas i'm not even 25 yet (23 to be precise). Radio 4 makes me feel so young.

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  • 97. At 6:14pm on 03 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh God Francis... that is such a sobering comment and did make me laugh! Am sure they are thrilled to have your "attention".

    Mr. Horse @86: Vert funnt.

    Nothing wrong with "White cotton knickers" now, is there, wb? Nearly had that on my list too!

    Loved that "OLIVES" got such a mention! You do listen, PM team. So pleased.

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  • 98. At 6:21pm on 03 Dec 2010, pmmolly wrote:

    Francis (96)
    No sympathy from me!!!
    Anyway, off the top of my head, here goes....

    camisoles (ok- vests)
    men over 30
    early nights
    Saturday nights 'in'
    short hair
    Scotland (too cold)
    bieng married
    worrying about anything


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  • 99. At 7:17pm on 03 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    "Name ten things you didn't like when you were 25 that you like now."

    Well, I can see at least one person who didn't read the question!

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  • 100. At 7:25pm on 03 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Sid, you pedant, you.

    Woohay! A century! Now's there's something I didn't like at 25 (the Poms scoring a century) that I do like now.

    So rubbish at all sports. Without wishing to sound patronising but... well done you! (Except for the footie bid but hey... can't have everything).

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  • 101. At 7:38pm on 03 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Pedantry has its upsides, you know, Lady Sue. Someone has recorded for posterity that he didn't like Liberals when he was 25, but he does now. Because he didn't read the question. (And we all know that he doesn't, unless his multiple personality disorder is worse than we feared.)

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  • 102. At 9:38pm on 03 Dec 2010, Monger Among Us wrote:

    Broad Beans, Schoenberg, German cars, Umbrellas, Washed Rind Cheese, Computers, Business, Jazz and The Palestinians.

    Only 9. Does that count?

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  • 103. At 11:25pm on 03 Dec 2010, Fifi wrote:

    folk music
    swimming in the sea
    cheese & onion crisps
    watching wild birds
    singing in public
    Patrick Stewart
    blue cheese
    playing music with other people
    ....and PM!


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  • 104. At 8:21pm on 04 Dec 2010, Phoenix wrote:

    Talking of liberals, which I was, and multiple simultaneous attiudes, I'm worried about Vince, the poor stupid fellow, Planning to vote in favour with his government, expecting to abstains with his party.

    No wonder Olly is laughing;


    Could Micheal Crick be right? Is he on the way out?


    'Cable is widely thought to be deeply unhappy in his new job as Business Secretary'.

    He really did look close to tears this week.

    This hasn't made me change my list yet.

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  • 105. At 4:18pm on 06 Dec 2010, T8-eh-T8 wrote:


    Pedantry has its upsides, you know, Lady Sue. Someone has recorded for posterity that he didn't like Liberals when he was 25, but he does now. Because he didn't read the question. (And we all know that he doesn't, unless his multiple personality disorder is worse than we feared.)

    Oooh, I fear that was me.

    I did read the question, but perhaps I misunderstood. Ten things I didn't like when I was 25, well I didn't like the Liberals when I was 25, so far so good, but I do like now; again I have grown to like them, although I took the liberty of caveating that their recent antics are not to be approved of.

    Perhaps this is what ruffled your pedantry. In which case I apologise, I should have stuck strictly to the rules and selected a more rigid choice. Although I think that I represent a good number of those who are generally liberal but frown at the current situation.

    Not sure what you mean by multiple personality disorder though. Maybe you have me confused with someone else.

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  • 106. At 4:21pm on 06 Dec 2010, Sindy wrote:

    105. T8-eh-T8
    "Oooh, I fear that was me."

    No, not you - it was Mac, in the latest of his many incarnations.

    (see #62 if you're really interested)

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  • 107. At 6:37pm on 06 Dec 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    What's "Washed Rind Cheese"?

    Hadn't noticed I'd been modded, no email from them and can't recall what I said.

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