Even charity shop workers look young these days

It was the school quiz night last night: 100 repressed parents let out for one night + cheap alcohol… But aside from people getting overly competitive and quibbling over the Ancient Greek site for the Olympics (first prize you understand was cheap chocs from Macro), 80s parents mistaking EMF for Curiosity Killed the Cat, people trying to steal the plastic shot glasses, and the school-disco frisson of wearing a low-cut top and drinking alcohol in the school hall, the main thing that occurred to me was, ‘Bloody Hell! Reception parents look young these days!

This thought has been happening more and more often in respect to more and more groups of people. So far, people who ought to look either old-and-wise or old-and-gnarled but now look depressingly fresh-faced include:


deputy head teachers

political pundits on Newsnight

any women on tv

the person who interviewed you for that job

the person who’s just rejected you for that job for not having enough of the right experience

the person who’s just made you redundant from your other job in the first place

the person who’s replaced you doing your job but with a different title because otherwise it would have been illegal



butchers & fishmongers (gay friends were weeping over Young Fishmonger of the Year)

the Prime Minister

football managers


charity shop workers (I swear some of them can only be in their 50s)

Which pretty much leaves just lollipop ladies/men, librarians, and the Queen.

Conversely, my children are starting to look really old. (Anyone know where to sign up for Lollipop duties?)


About JCT

JCT was Deputy Editor of weekly London arts/listings magazine Time Out but left to freelance in 2007 – just before the recession. She writes for a number of publications and has edited 'London Calling: high culture and low life in the capital since 1968' (Time Out/Ebury 2008) and 'The World's Greatest Cities' (Time Out/Ebury 2009). She is the co-author of The Midlife Manual (Short Books, 2010).
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