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Review: The 1970s

Awful from beginning to end. No credit cards, no internet, no late-night shopping, terrible food, everything made of nylon, power cuts… Lord be praised that I wasn’t there to witness it.

In the 1970s, a typical meal might feature powdered mashed potato, a Walnut Whip and a slice of leaden quiche for a touch of class. For fun, children set fire to cars and threw rocks at immigrants.

People started taking holidays in Abroad, which is good in the sense that it got them away from 1970s Britain for a couple of weeks, but not good in that it gave them a glimpse of the joys of life elsewhere, in countries where the 1970s meant something other than boredom and suffering.

On their return home, they turned to interior design to express their inner anguish at being trapped in such a shit decade. I shudder to imagine the disordered psychological state behind the invention of conceptual wallpaper.

Google tells me that there were sugar and paper shortages in 1974. Sugar and paper? What was colonialism for? This set the tone for the rest of the 1970s, and by the end everyone was on strike, even the binmen and the gravediggers. Against the background of the unremitting awfulness of the 1970s, Margaret Thatcher’s systematic dismantling of British society starts to look like an act of desperate heroism.

The 1970s: Damp, grey, cold, awash with uncollected rubbish. 1 out of 10.

7 Comments:

At 1:24 pm, Anonymous nurse agnes said...

I was there for a bit and it was ok. There were jubilee lollies.

 
At 2:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, it wasn't all bad - I was born towards the end!

Syd

 
At 5:28 pm, Blogger Cille said...

Find it ironic that you're so against it when you never really experienced it? Your parents must have hated it!?

 
At 8:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 1970s was the best decade ever i was a young girl growing up in this decade and i loved it , i expect if i was as nold then as i am now i would find it hard , all the power cuts and the 3 day weeks , but crime was at a low level in those days

 
At 8:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the 1970s was the best decade ever i was a young girl growing up in this decade and i loved it , i expect if i was as nold then as i am now i would find it hard , all the power cuts and the 3 day weeks , but crime was at a low level in those days

 
At 12:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have it completely wrong, but then why waste the time trying to explain it.

 
At 7:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the mood for some penis ;)

 

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