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Here we go again . . . my, my, how can we resist the lure of the 70s?

From Babycham and Abba to economic crisis and Doctor Who, today’s cultural climate gives our correspondent that eerie feeling of familiarity

Ben Macintyre

I lived though the 1970s once already. Do I really have to go through it all again?

Suddenly, almost overnight, we have slipped back three decades: a plunging economy, a tottering Labour government, flares, Leonard Cohen singing miserably, football teams failing to qualify for international tournaments, Doctor Who. . .

It is like being stuck in some extended version ofLife on Mars. Everyone is humming Abba again and talking about belt-tightening. What next? Angel Delight and fondue sets and shag-pile carpets? Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep? Mateus bloody Rosé?

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http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_an...icle4360302.ece

Here we go again . . . my, my, how can we resist the lure of the 70s?

From Babycham and Abba to economic crisis and Doctor Who, today’s cultural climate gives our correspondent that eerie feeling of familiarity

Ben Macintyre

Please, please, not burnt orange & the bay city rollers again :(

(Note to younger HPCers:-You cannot know; the horror had to be experienced)

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Please, please, not burnt orange & the bay city rollers again :(

(Note to younger HPCers:-You cannot know; the horror had to be experienced)

Don't forget string pictures and bullrushes...

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lived though the 1970s once already. Do I really have to go through it all again?

Suddenly, almost overnight, we have slipped back three decades: a plunging economy, a tottering Labour government, flares, Leonard Cohen singing miserably, football teams failing to qualify for international tournaments, Doctor Who. . .

It is like being stuck in some extended version of Life on Mars. Everyone is humming Abba again and talking about belt-tightening. What next? Angel Delight and fondue sets and shag-pile carpets? Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep? Mateus bloody Rosé?

I woudn't say currently it's much different. If anything the naffness has increased, what with the "arts" now being defined by a "talent" contest owned and run by a smug, self satisfied philistine who has moved popular music back twenty years while claiming it is cutting edge. Where everyone does their shopping while talking mindlessly to a third party on their mobile phone, where students are so weighed down by debt and the desire to become chartered accountants that there is no fresh thinking anymore, where the TV is dominated by naff property porn, and cod-ballroom dancing has apparently re-emerged as an artform. How NAFF is that? I have a list of a hundred more.

By comparison the 70's appears as if some aesthetic mirage. We are living in the NAFFEST age of all time.

VP

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I woudn't say currently it's much different. If anything the naffness has increased, what with the "arts" now being defined by a "talent" contest owned and run by a smug, self satisfied philistine who has moved popular music back twenty years while claiming it is cutting edge. Where everyone does their shopping while talking mindlessly to a third party on their mobile phone, where students are so weighed down by debt and the desire to become chartered accountants that there is no fresh thinking anymore, where the TV is dominated by naff property porn, and cod-ballroom dancing has apparently re-emerged as an artform. How NAFF is that? I have a list of a hundred more.

By comparison the 70's appears as if some aesthetic mirage. We are living in the NAFFEST age of all time.

VP

10 credit+property porn=20

20 10+bad haircut=30

30 20+mindless talent show=40

40 30-credit=50

50 40+riot and civil unrest=60

60 50=add police=70

70 60+war=80

80 70+credit=90

90 goto 10

we're living in the fecking matrix!!

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10 credit+property porn=20

20 10+bad haircut=30

30 20+mindless talent show=40

40 30-credit=50

50 40+riot and civil unrest=60

60 50=add police=70

70 60+war=80

80 70+credit=90

90 goto 10

we're living in the fecking matrix!!

I don't think the matrix running in BASIC would provide anything like enough speed to fool people into believing it was reality.

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Now if we could just delete the internet. This is nothing like the 70s because we are in an entirely different epoch. The 70s were at their height before the oil crisis. and we are at the end of a civilisation rather than the pinnacle of an age. Oil defined our civilisation but oil production has peaked and is now in decline. Whe are trying to add a further peak by creating a new identifier for the civilisation 'information'. It won't work. Our childrens children will go back to being peasants and I expect that the dark ages are just around the corner (20 or 30 years).

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Now if we could just delete the internet.

Oh that's not a good thought.

Do you remember the 70s?

All those strikes, days without electricity?

Mars bars costing 7p and being the size of a bed?

Marathon bars and that bazooka joe chewing gum?

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Now if we could just delete the internet. This is nothing like the 70s because we are in an entirely different epoch. The 70s were at their height before the oil crisis. and we are at the end of a civilisation rather than the pinnacle of an age. Oil defined our civilisation but oil production has peaked and is now in decline. Whe are trying to add a further peak by creating a new identifier for the civilisation 'information'. It won't work. Our childrens children will go back to being peasants and I expect that the dark ages are just around the corner (20 or 30 years).

Thanks. I really wanted to have some world travel and a glamorous career before peak oil. But hey, ho, the best laid plans as they say. I'll have to learn to content myself with living in one room and reading by candlelight. Strangely enough, it's not very different to the life I lead now.

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Oh that's not a good thought.

Do you remember the 70s?

All those strikes, days without electricity?

Mars bars costing 7p and being the size of a bed?

Marathon bars and that bazooka joe chewing gum?

The Raleigh Chopper...

The Soda Stream...

"Ronco" adverts on TV...

"Tramp" perfume adverts...

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The Raleigh Chopper...

The Soda Stream...

"Ronco" adverts on TV...

"Tramp" perfume adverts...

Uncle Sam deodorant (You need Uncle Sam) - or was that just us in the antipodes?

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I have noticed as a Man that the more you act like Gene Hunt the more adoring females you have in your life and the more sex you have. Women obviously prefer being treated so - millions of years of evolution and all that.

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I have noticed as a Man that the more you act like Gene Hunt the more adoring females you have in your life and the more sex you have. Women obviously prefer being treated so - millions of years of evolution and all that.

Who the hell was Gene Hunt?

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Who the hell was Gene Hunt?

Where have you been - women go weak at their knees for him!?

The actor who plays him was in the Mumbles last Summer and I just watched woman after woman go up to him and tell him what great fans they are of him. As he was there with his lovely looking wife and children I was even more curious to watch all these women obviously go weak at the knees on seeing him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC62WgREj6E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ARxfsOYEpE...feature=related

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I don't think the matrix running in BASIC would provide anything like enough speed to fool people into believing it was reality.

That's the point,it's not a quick process.

the cycle works over a period of about 40 years(if you take both inflationary and deflationary phases)

...even a ZX81 can cope with that!!

but the sheeple human mind cant :P

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I woudn't say currently it's much different. If anything the naffness has increased, what with the "arts" now being defined by a "talent" contest owned and run by a smug, self satisfied philistine who has moved popular music back twenty years while claiming it is cutting edge. Where everyone does their shopping while talking mindlessly to a third party on their mobile phone, where students are so weighed down by debt and the desire to become chartered accountants that there is no fresh thinking anymore, where the TV is dominated by naff property porn, and cod-ballroom dancing has apparently re-emerged as an artform. How NAFF is that? I have a list of a hundred more.

By comparison the 70's appears as if some aesthetic mirage. We are living in the NAFFEST age of all time.

VP

I actually enjoy being a chartered accountant. :lol:

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But aren't you all forgetting something - the amazing music (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Free to name but a few), most people leaving school with a smattering of GCE's (CSE's) walking straight into a job and being happy to work their way up from the bottom?

Add to that the fact we almost all could expect to buy our own houses, it was safe to walk through London in the middle of the night AND parks weren't 'no go' areas...

Bring it on.....

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But aren't you all forgetting something - the amazing music (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Free to name but a few), most people leaving school with a smattering of GCE's (CSE's) walking straight into a job and being happy to work their way up from the bottom?

Add to that the fact we almost all could expect to buy our own houses, it was safe to walk through London in the middle of the night AND parks weren't 'no go' areas...

Bring it on.....

Getting out of school and straight into a job in the late 1970s has made a huge difference to their lives and the lives of those who, just a few years younger, found themselves leaving school in the early 1980s.

Thirty years on and it is noticeable to see how the early 1980s group are still playing financial and emotional catch-up whereas most I know, who left school in the late 1970s, have pretty much led 'normal' lives.

It is about to happen again - those leaving school and Uni in the coming 5 - 10 years will find themselvers entering a much more financially and emotionally dire future than those who have left in the past 10.

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