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jax_1 Posted on 16/6 23:35

Some wise words

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99,

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters.

Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.

Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own livingroom.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

hells_bells83 Posted on 16/6 23:36
re: Sunscreen

Aaaaaw I left school in '99, it was all a big con though, I bought this single for sentiments sake, havent listened to it though!!

jax_1 Posted on 16/6 23:37
re: Sunscreen

LOL Hells

stepat Posted on 16/6 23:37
re: Sunscreen


Burn baby burn! Burn baby burn! Burn baby burn! Burn baby burn!

To mass fires, yes! One hundred stories high
People gettin' loose y’all gettin' down on the roof - Do you hear?
(the folks are flaming) Folks were screamin' - out of control
It was so entertainin' - when the boogie started to explode
I heard somebody say

Burn baby burn! - Disco inferno!
Burn baby burn! - Burn that mama down
Burn baby burn! - Disco inferno!
Burn baby burn! - Burn that mama down

jax_1 Posted on 16/6 23:40
re: Sunscreen

Well you do have a point I spose Steppy

stepat Posted on 16/6 23:41
re: Sunscreen

petrio Posted on 17/6 0:02
re: Sunscreen

I love that Sunscreen poem/song/track. I bought it when it came out and listened to it quite a few times. A lot of what is said in it rings true. I think that it was Baz Lurman who wrote it. If I'm right them he's the same guy who did the nice adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, around the same time. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite films, also one of my favourite plays, if I'm allowed to have them...

jax_1 Posted on 17/6 0:07
re: Sunscreen

You can have as many plays as you like Petrio

Yes, a lot of words of wisdom in that track, that struck me the first time that I heard it. Took me a while to identify the track though.

You were right with the guiys name btw

hells_bells83 Posted on 17/6 0:09
re: Sunscreen

You can have my copy if you like

jax_1 Posted on 17/6 0:10
re: Sunscreen

It's there on S.S. Hells, I've just d'led it.

hells_bells83 Posted on 17/6 0:18
re: Sunscreen

aaaaw, thought I was getting rid of it then!

jax_1 Posted on 17/6 0:28
re: Sunscreen

LOL Nope, you'll have to keep it. Along with Agadoo and the Mr Blobby song

sunset_over_ici Posted on 17/6 0:36
re: Sunscreen

It was Baz Luhrmann. Quite the talented chap.

jax_1 Posted on 17/6 0:41
re: Sunscreen

Yes it would seem so Sunset. Some very wise words indeed.

damit1968 Posted on 17/6 10:37
re: Sunscreen

Actually it wasn't written by Baz Luhrmann, it was written by Mary Schmich for an American newspaper that she wrote an article for...Baz happened to read it and thought it would make a good song.

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Goal_Scrounger Posted on 17/6 10:42
re: Sunscreen

One of the two staple Y11 Leaving Assembly songs, along with this one:

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road,
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go,
So make the best of this test, and dont ask why,
It's not a question but a lesson learned in time,

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right,
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right,
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right,
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right,
I hope you had the time of your life

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