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If you could turn back the clock!

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During a walk in the countryside yesterday I came across a football pitch surrounded by woodland. It brought fond memories flooding back to when I used to play football on a similar pitch. If I could turn the clock back, then it would be to play on that pitch once more. My friend said he would change course at the crossroads of life, because he always went the wrong way! He is a bit of a lost soul anyhow! :D

Is there something that you would like to turn the clock back for?

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When I passed my eleven plus but opted to go to the local Comprehensive instead of the (ex) grammar school because my mates were going there. Whilst I have a good life its something I always ponder on.

Also, not passing up a sure thing when I was 17 with a stunningly drop dead gorgeous girl. ;)

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I'd choose a different job. I took my job based on the money and while that's no small concern in choosing a job, I feel I could have done just as well in one with less anti social hours, noise and chemicals. A minor grumble really but if I'd considered my options a bit more, I could have made a better choice. Then again, I couldn't turn down the wages.

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At college I had a choice between doing science or a business course. I chose business, because the head of the science course sold it badly. Whilst I probably wouldn't be as well off financially, science has always been my primary interest and I love and am amazed by it every day.

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I go through that thought process often, usually when I'm out alkone with my dogs.

I regfret taking promotion in 1977. I was happy in the school |I worked in, and where I was living. I went for more dosh and more responsibility in a school I hated the minute I set foot in it on the first bday of term. Ego and pound signs blinded me to what a ###### place it was when I went for the interview.

On the other hand if I hadn't walked out of the place and done my nurse training I wouldn't have met my wife wife, and wouild have missed out on a fulfilling period of my working life.

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I've made plenty of huge and regrettable decisions in my past but I would not change them now even if I could. Without those decisions forcing me into some uncomfortable and at the time unwelcome paths, I would have never have:

- met my wife

- gone into my current career

- met the vast majority of my friends

- travelled as widely as I have

and many other things that I now take for granted. I know for sure I wouldn't be who I am now if I hadn't made all of those idiot decisions in the past.

If I could go back in time and re-experience something then it would have to be spending more quality time with family and friends who are no longer alive. I do bitterly regret choosing not to spend time with some people who died either unexpectedly or too young.

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Also, not passing up a sure thing when I was 17 with a stunningly drop dead gorgeous girl. ;)

Oddly she's just texted to stress that she has absolutely no regrets from her past whatsoever.

She did mention something about a lucky escape.

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I've made plenty of huge and regrettable decisions in my past but I would not change them now even if I could. Without those decisions forcing me into some uncomfortable and at the time unwelcome paths, I would have never have:

- met my wife

- gone into my current career

- met the vast majority of my friends

- travelled as widely as I have

and many other things that I now take for granted. I know for sure I wouldn't be who I am now if I hadn't made all of those idiot decisions in the past.

If I could go back in time and re-experience something then it would have to be spending more quality time with family and friends who are no longer alive. I do bitterly regret choosing not to spend time with some people who died either unexpectedly or too young.

My brother Brian died aged four as a result of a road accident when I was a baby. I often wonder what life would have been like with him around! I have had my ups and downs, but it's all a learning curve. I must admit to enjoying my footballing days hugely, and still relive in my mind the goals scored. :D

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I loved my last term at university. I'd enjoy having those moments again.

Of course I've got plenty of 'what ifs' and regrets but they are mostly pretty minor. If I could have my time over I'd make sure I never discovered the addictive nature of internet messageboards.

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It's just going back to when i was a kid (46 now) and buying a couple of packets of fish n chips crisps after school rugby on a sat,they were in packets that looked like newspaper,can't get them now......easily pleased.....

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Oddly she's just texted to stress that she has absolutely no regrets from her past whatsoever.

She did mention something about a lucky escape.

The years haven't been kind to her and she has lost her looks. That, or my hormones at the time were taking the mickey.

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The years haven't been kind to her and she has lost her looks. That, or my hormones at the time were taking the mickey.

You were 17.

To quote that men amongst boys Xander Harris: "I'm 17, looking at linoleum makes me think about sex."

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When I was 17 I was playing for the youth team of a pro football club. I played football because I enjoyed it, not because I had dreams of stardom or glory, so when it all got too serious and everyone around me was obsessing over contracts, etc, I lost all enjoyment in playing. I just wanted to play with my mates, not be immersed in what was a pretty harsh environment. So I walked away.

Now, I'm not saying I'd have played in the Premier League because I'm pretty certain I wouldn't have got that far. But I could have had a good career out of it, and when I see some of my contemporaries (Marlon Harewood and Jason Roberts for example) I do get a twinge of regret.

Then again, as said by others on here, if I'd continued with the football I wouldn't have met my best mate and he wouldn't have introduced me to my mrs. So.... swings and roundabouts, I suppose.

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I have and continue to make bad choices about lots of things. Despite this I've learnt not to beat myself up too badly about it and try, often unsuccessfully, to learn from it.

On the other hand, I cringe when I think of the occasions when I've been not been very nice to other people.

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If you change the past then you change the future, one small change in your past may mean that what you have now will never have become.

If you don't like your now, AT ALL, then change your past, if you have a regret for not doing one simple thing then changing it is wishing your present away for what really?

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There were two points in my life where I said no instead of yes and, with deepening hindsight should really have done the opposite. Once to Jane Grundy, and once to the Mighty Lemon Drops.

The former was way out of my league and on the last day in my first job told me she was very sad that I was leaving and could she give me a lift home - to her place. The day after, I was going on holiday with my then partner, so while every fibre of my body was screaming 'YES', what came out of my mouth was a 'no'. We barely spoke again afterwards and the woman I was with turned out to be a raging lunatic who cost me my house.

The Mighty Lemon Drops were a half decent indie band in the late 80's. Their manager called me at work an said: "We saw your band play with 'Motorcycle Boy' and really like the way you play: our bass player has left and we think you'd fit the bill, can you come to London and do a week of rehearsals with us." I'd just landed a really good job in advertising and the band I was in were doing pretty well at the time, so I said no and recommended a mate who was looking for a full time move into music.

He said yes. Six months later, the Lemon Drops went on to support U2 in the states, he went on to play bass with Julian Cope on TOTP and toured with David Bowie.

It would've been a very different path.

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Spent some time in the nick which was just punishment for doing something I truly regret.

I would have given more consideration to a young man called Billy Currie who approached me in the mid 70s asking me to join his band Tiger Lily. I refused because i thought they were a bit "soft" They went on to become Ultravox.

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Re: Hornetto.

I recall Mighty Lemon Drops. They were prominent around 86/7 and seemed to be in Sounds every week and one of those C86 type bands who were on the verge of being big but never quite made it through.

Very interesting story.

Re: Phil that's also really interesting.

I think we have a slogan.... RL; the game for nearly men. ;)

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There were two points in my life where I said no instead of yes and, with deepening hindsight should really have done the opposite. Once to Jane Grundy, and once to the Mighty Lemon Drops.

The former was way out of my league and on the last day in my first job told me she was very sad that I was leaving and could she give me a lift home - to her place. The day after, I was going on holiday with my then partner, so while every fibre of my body was screaming 'YES', what came out of my mouth was a 'no'. We barely spoke again afterwards and the woman I was with turned out to be a raging lunatic who cost me my house.

The Mighty Lemon Drops were a half decent indie band in the late 80's. Their manager called me at work an said: "We saw your band play with 'Motorcycle Boy' and really like the way you play: our bass player has left and we think you'd fit the bill, can you come to London and do a week of rehearsals with us." I'd just landed a really good job in advertising and the band I was in were doing pretty well at the time, so I said no and recommended a mate who was looking for a full time move into music.

He said yes. Six months later, the Lemon Drops went on to support U2 in the states, he went on to play bass with Julian Cope on TOTP and toured with David Bowie.

It would've been a very different path.

I liked the Mighty Lemon Drops - a bit of an Echo & The Bunnymen type sound - no bad thing !

Happy Head was a good track - was that on C86 ??

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When I was a student, I had a six-month placement in Oxford. Some mates and I couldn't decide whether to go to:

- the Poly to watch the (then little known) Eagles

or

- the pictures to watch the Decameron (rubbish Italian softcore porn film) ... this was cheaper as the entrance fee was lower and would involve no taxi-fares, leaving spare money for effectively "free" beer.

Being rugby players we opted for the porn film and skinful.

:(

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