Australian soap Neighbours is ending forever

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26 Jul 2022, 2:57 am

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Additionally kids no longer play in the street so the organic way we met and made friends in our local neighborhood doesn't apply anymore.


I'm surprised that you say that doesn't happen in Australia either. I'd imagined people were more informal and played outside more in Australia. At least I think you're Australian, aren't you?

That's also true. I spent a lot of my childhood outside/ up a tree/ playing with random kids I met locally. My daughter goes to school and that's it. Playdates don't really happen anymore, at least not to us.

Real life social skills seem to be dying. It's all one-upmanship these days and 'don't play with those kids, they're not good enough.' 'I'm better than you' etc. :roll:


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26 Jul 2022, 3:11 am

Same...my daughter's friends are only at school

I walk my dog across a major parkland with swings and playgrounds and there's only toddlers with their mothers. Not a child over the age of 6 goes outside. They are all indoors watching cable TV while playing video games and talk to friends via facetime



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26 Jul 2022, 4:41 am

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I walk my dog across a major parkland with swings and playgrounds and there's only toddlers with their mothers. Not a child over the age of 6 goes outside. They are all indoors watching cable TV while playing video games and talk to friends via facetime


That is sad and scary. When my daughter was little we went to parks alone as we didn't have any friends. Most of the time we were on our own but sometimes on a sunny weekend day we met some other children for her to play with.

But imagination is declining IMO. When I was little and I met children, we'd soon start a game but these days children have to be given a game to play, or a video, or equipment like a swing etc.

I remember when I was little, bouncing up and down on our sofa, me and my friend had decided it was the Earth and the armchair was the Moon, so we did space travel between them with our toy animals!


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26 Jul 2022, 7:13 am

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That is sad and scary. When my daughter was little we went to parks alone as we didn't have any friends. Most of the time we were on our own but sometimes on a sunny weekend day we met some other children for her to play with.
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My daughter played in playgrounds till she was about 8-9 ( I can't remember exactly when she stopped). But in those days each kid played on their own as if they were there and there was nobody else around. It's kind of weird how young children become wary of people they don't know (even kids their own age). Then there's the ever present parent hovering around pretending other parents don't exist. It's like we are all pre-programmed robots.



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26 Jul 2022, 10:49 am

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My daughter played in playgrounds till she was about 8-9 ( I can't remember exactly when she stopped). But in those days each kid played on their own as if they were there and there was nobody else around. It's kind of weird how young children become wary of people they don't know (even kids their own age). Then there's the ever present parent hovering around pretending other parents don't exist. It's like we are all pre-programmed robots.


Yes it is weird. I tried my hardest to chat to other parents and get my daughter involved with the other children and it sometimes worked.

The human race is definitely becoming more self-focused. Everyone is going through life on their own track, as if no one else exists. There is no sense of shared purpose, community, all working together for a common goal anymore. I wonder if this is by design- capitalism likes us all to be competing...

I also wonder what communities in history would think of us all travelling separately instead of working together, because they HAD to work together or die...


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26 Jul 2022, 5:15 pm

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The human race is definitely becoming more self-focused. Everyone is going through life on their own track, as if no one else exists. There is no sense of shared purpose, community, all working together for a common goal anymore.


In the UK don't people choose towns where there's a local cosy little pub so they can meet and become familiar with the locals? So in Neighbors Lassiters plays that role but you'll notice the majority of the extras in Lassiters come in pairs and don't talk to anyone else so it looks more like a restaurant than an actual bar/pub.

The local bar where I live is largely frequented by old folk and tradesmen. Not my cup of tea.



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27 Jul 2022, 12:05 am

I know the feeling of having a TV show taken away from me. It doesn't feel good.


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27 Jul 2022, 12:54 am

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I know the feeling of having a TV show taken away from me. It doesn't feel good.


Hogans heroes?



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27 Jul 2022, 3:21 am

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In the UK don't people choose towns where there's a local cosy little pub so they can meet and become familiar with the locals?


Not as far as I know? People just tend to stay where they were born, unless they have to move for work.


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27 Jul 2022, 3:22 am

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I know the feeling of having a TV show taken away from me. It doesn't feel good.


It's like losing a comfort blanket isn't it. :(


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27 Jul 2022, 6:10 am

KitLily wrote:
cyberdad wrote:
In the UK don't people choose towns where there's a local cosy little pub so they can meet and become familiar with the locals?


Not as far as I know? People just tend to stay where they were born, unless they have to move for work.


Ok, I watch too much "Move to the Country"



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27 Jul 2022, 8:09 am

cyberdad wrote:
KitLily wrote:
cyberdad wrote:
In the UK don't people choose towns where there's a local cosy little pub so they can meet and become familiar with the locals?


Not as far as I know? People just tend to stay where they were born, unless they have to move for work.


Ok, I watch too much "Move to the Country"


Yeah, that's absolutely not my experience at all. Many towny people do have an idea of rural country life that involves the friendly 'local' but the reality is that village pubs are struggling to survive now and the ones that do well have switched to doing food for tourists. Some actually get annoyed with you if you only order a drink.

The culture is changing because the older village dwellers are dying off and the younger, drinking-age ones have to move away because they can't afford to live there (partly thanks to all those 'Move to the Country' commuters with their city salaries pushing up prices) and there's no jobs or social scene. Pubs are a casualty of that.



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27 Jul 2022, 8:26 am

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Yeah, that's absolutely not my experience at all. Many towny people do have an idea of rural country life that involves the friendly 'local' but the reality is that village pubs are struggling to survive now and the ones that do well have switched to doing food for tourists. Some actually get annoyed with you if you only order a drink.

The culture is changing because the older village dwellers are dying off and the younger, drinking-age ones have to move away because they can't afford to live there (partly thanks to all those 'Move to the Country' commuters with their city salaries pushing up prices) and there's no jobs or social scene. Pubs are a casualty of that.


I agree with you.

Ooh you live in Dorset? I grew up there and hope to move back there soon! Hampshire is not the same. Full of wannabe Cockneys :lol:


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27 Jul 2022, 9:45 am

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Yeah, that's absolutely not my experience at all. Many towny people do have an idea of rural country life that involves the friendly 'local' but the reality is that village pubs are struggling to survive now and the ones that do well have switched to doing food for tourists. Some actually get annoyed with you if you only order a drink.

The culture is changing because the older village dwellers are dying off and the younger, drinking-age ones have to move away because they can't afford to live there (partly thanks to all those 'Move to the Country' commuters with their city salaries pushing up prices) and there's no jobs or social scene. Pubs are a casualty of that.


I agree with you.

Ooh you live in Dorset? I grew up there and hope to move back there soon! Hampshire is not the same. Full of wannabe Cockneys :lol:


I do live in Dorset, and I grew up in Hampshire!



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27 Jul 2022, 11:50 am

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Ooh you live in Dorset? I grew up there and hope to move back there soon! Hampshire is not the same. Full of wannabe Cockneys :lol:


I do live in Dorset, and I grew up in Hampshire!


Oh we shall swap then! It is Fate!

I want to be near the sea and the sandy beach again and all my childhood haunts...


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27 Jul 2022, 2:18 pm

And this is a great article about why Neighbours is so important culturally and for mental health. This applies to me as well. Knowing that silly, happy show would distract me once or twice a day helped me when I went through great trials in my life. Not every show has to be gritty realism.

‘Neighbours pulled me through the bleakest points in my life’: readers say farewell to the Australian soap

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... alian-soap


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