My brother brought an old tea chest home and with a piece of thick cord and a broom handle, made a fantastic bass. You had to put your foot on it to steady it while stretching the cord attached to the middle of the tea chest and broomstick. Seems they were all the rage then. Lonnie Donegan, Ken Colyer, made great foot stomping music. Wonder how many people made home- made musical instruments. I was a very talented child, when I was two, I played on the linoleum!
For me it was being a £10 pom. As a kid my Mum used to buy Lyon's quick brew tea, it came in a grey box, inside was a paper type sleeve with the dry tea in it. Between the box and sleeve would be a picture card of things about Australia, I got the album for 6d to stick the cards in. I read this album from end to end countless times and, at the age of 11 was bent on going to live there. I had a rotten time growing up and couldn't wait to leave home, so OZ was looking good. Never got there, joined the Army instead and never went back home, both of my parents died when I was in my 30's I'm not in touch with any other family member, as we do not like each other
I'm thinking of things like "The Decade of Wrong Turnings" or "The Age of Unreason". Why? Well I mean at the national level. It was a very good decade for me at the personal level but that's not my drift here. The 1960s was when Beeching and Marples closed so many railway lines that would be useful today. It was worse than closing the rail services, they ripped up the infrastructure. The French are wiser. They will close unproductive services but I understand that by law they must keep the infrastructure for at least 50 years. According to a book I'm reading, "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" by Lynn Truss, it was 1960 when it was decided that it was no longer necessary to teach grammar, spelling and punctuation in schools. We all know where that led. Has anyone else any examples of 1960s unwisdom? Keith
I never did get over decimalization in 1971.....a black day indeed, since our quaint LSD had so much going for it. The obvious choice for a unified currency system was the twelve shilling pound. But now, with inflation having taken its toll, why not revalue the pound? Have a Newpound (NP) worth 100s, or £5. Abolish the penny/pence/pee, which nobody ever liked (after all this time there's still no consensus) the base unit becomes the shilling. For once the elderly don't get shafted, since fifteen shillings really IS 15/- again....likewise 30 bob is once again...well, thirty bob. It means that a pound is worth something again, as well. Obviously there's no chance it will ever happen, but the idea is, I suggest, sound.
Do you remember the Ritz, Mecca, Palace, dance halls and ballrooms? Where you could go in the afternoons to date some girls. They used to call these "Afternoon Tea Dances" a great source of dating. Of course they have all morphed into money grabbing Bingo!