The Commandments for Older People – Thou shalt …

Two Old PeopleThou shalt not wear chunky trainers with fluorescent flashes, nor shalt thou wear baseball caps, nor normal, nor sideways, nor back to front.

Thou shalt not wear miniskirts, nor speedos, nor socks with sandals.

Thou shalt not wear trousers with elasticated tops, nor cargo trousers lest thou shouldst overload the pockets of thine cargo trousers.

Thou shalt not blacken thine hair, nor black, nor any shade of black.

Thou shalt not over-comb thine hair, nor wear an ill-fitting hairpiece, nor a black hairpiece, nor a hairpiece not matching your hair.

Thou shalt not tell leery jokes, nor carry on telling these when thou art the only one laughing.

Thou shalt not flip thine hands at discos like a seal, nor shalt thou go up to do the Elvis karaoke.Two Old People

Thou shalt not use teen-speak, nor ‘cool’ nor ‘yo’ nor ‘ciao’.

Thou shalt not covet the young bargirl, nor young barman, nor their asses, nor their mates, nor anything you can’t follow through with.

Thou shalt share medical matters with thine neighbour, loudly, on the bus.

Thou shalt eyeball young people on the bus to get a seat.

Thou shalt raise thine stick at traffic to get across the road, even when thou dost not use a stick.

Thou shalt crunch loudly on Werther’s Original in quiet places.

Two Old PeopleThou shalt tell stories about thine life, without drawing breath lest people should interrupt.

Thou shalt speak thine mind as thine inhibitor cells break down, and allow thine deep-down prejudices to emerge, with no fear of castigation.

Paul Costello © November 2013


Hilarious tales from a Shropshire Bed and Breakfast!


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