Feature

Young Beau pines for the good old days

Beau and Fred Reeves face off about who is the better generation.
Beau and Fred Reeves face off about who is the better generation. Vicki Wood/sbr071112old

DESPITE TV, video games and all the other benefits of modern life, nine-year-old Beau Reeves would have loved to grow up in the time of his grandfather.

New statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests the generation gap is widening but in some respects Beau and his grandfather Fred couldn't be more similar.

Fred couldn't imagine growing up any time other than the '50s.

"When you've lived in those times, it's very hard to transpose yourself into these times," he said.

Beau didn't seem to have any difficulties imagining life in the fifties, pointing out there were "a lot less rules back then".

"I reckon back then it would have been a bit better," he said.

"It would have been good because you would have had to learn to do other things apart from just watching TV.

"Living on a farm would have been awesome."

As a child Fred couldn't think of anything he would like to be more than a photographer and was fortunate enough to live out his dream in the Royal Australian Air Force.

He said that was one of the biggest differences faced by kids growing up today.

"You could just choose a career path and do it back then," he said.

"I don't think the kids can do that these days."

The ABS stats highlighted things like religion and country of birth as key areas where the generations differed.

Neither Fred nor Beau is religious and both were born in Australia, but there are other ways they differ.

"We had a very simple life," Fred said. "The things that we did usually happened around the farm."

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR GENERATION?

Beau Reeves

Age: 9

Birthplace: Redcliffe, QLD

Sports: Martial arts, athletics

Interests: Drama, animals, TV, computer games

 

Fred Reeves

Age: 65

Birthplace: Warragul, VIC

Sports: Aussie Rules

Interests: Fishing, photography


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Noosa's welcome is warm embrace

PNG highlander Julie ha never before seen the ocean before her visit to Noosa.

PNG mum says thanks Noosa

Deadly ticks a Noosa threat

Paralysis tick

Noosa tick warning

Turning tables in food supply

The special Country Noosa dinner was a real hit.

Noosa Country serves up food for thought

Local Partners

Love comes back on course for Katy and Bertie

After heartbreak Noosa swan find true love on course

Noosa woman breaking the cycle of poverty in Nepal

GOOD DEED: Laguna Jacks manager John Whimpress (right) is organising a fundraiser for Alissa Hill, with proceeds going to Alissa's orphanage in Nepal called Sunshine Children's Home.

Alissa Hill has helped many children in Nepal thrive

Noosa's welcome is warm embrace

PNG highlander Julie ha never before seen the ocean before her visit to Noosa.

PNG mum says thanks Noosa

Deadly ticks a Noosa threat

Paralysis tick

Noosa tick warning

Turning tables in food supply

The special Country Noosa dinner was a real hit.

Noosa Country serves up food for thought

Melanie is eager for life and wants you to be too

FIT IT IN: Nutritionist Melanie Eager wants others to be inspired to exercise .

Pomona woman runs from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast

Noosa kids take action to help environment

Good Shepherd Lutheran College students are right into the bio learning conference.

Noosa kids take enviro action

Caring to make a career change

Aleesha Hampson

Nursing a desire to change careers

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Rockhampton dancer en pointe for European stages

CENTRE STAGE: Anastasia Lewis has moved from Rockhampton to Sydney to study classical ballet.

Rocky dancer believes competitions are the perfect preparation

Conner's food distraction leads to elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Conner Bethune.

HUNGER gets to castaway as Australian Survivor's tribes merge.

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record