to feel old at school when the class is doing the 70s as history

(68 Posts)
kim147 Fri 18-Jan-13 00:07:29

And the TA I was working with had a significant birthday coming up - 21.

I told her I was double her age. And the class were doing the 70s for history. I was their living witness to history.

Yes - we had 3 channels. No - no CBBC, No CITV.

I feel old.

JustinMumsnot Fri 18-Jan-13 00:09:09

I had to teach an A-level class all about the 80s last year. I showed them Spitting Image - they'd never heard of any of the politicians although Margaret Thatcher rang a few faint bells.

chocoluvva Fri 18-Jan-13 00:10:34

Know what you mean.

When you think something is "modern studies" but it's taught in history grin

DD and her friend (both 16) hadn't heard of Humphrey Bogart.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:11:04

WTF?

That should....illegal!

Gawd, a bunch a of nine year olds will be around to dig me up as a fossil for their project before you know it.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:12:14

be, I know there should be a verb in there somewhere.

<blames memory loss due to being "in a history lesson" age>

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 18-Jan-13 00:14:56

Oh, fantastic! My dgs starts school in about 18 months, I grew up in the '70s, perfect "Ask yer granny" question! grin

HoHoHoNoYouDont Fri 18-Jan-13 00:18:54

Oh I feel soooo old!

DeepRedBetty Fri 18-Jan-13 00:20:30

And have you noticed how young the policemen all are? grin

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:20:53

They have MUTTONED us!

We have become historical artifacts dressed up as current affaires.

<starts a petition>

HoHoHoNoYouDont Fri 18-Jan-13 00:24:18

They have MUTTONED us!

grin grin grin

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:24:30

Yy. "Music of the 80s" as a topic in history. Been there, suffered that. But pleased to say that DS came top of the class with his analysis of the New Romantic movement and the influence of the Blitz Club.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:25:55

Music of the 80s as a topic in history

<THUD>

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:31:36

Well they were only 10 and really it was music "in history". Being from the 50s.... Aaarrrgggh. DS did end up with a treatise on popular music to beat all treatises,and all the words and images were chosen by him. Just a little prompting by me grin

Sunnywithshowers Fri 18-Jan-13 00:33:43

I feel your pain.

I've just started uni at the grand old age of 41. I'm 13 years older than my youngest lecturer, and up to 24 years younger than my classmates. Half of them wear crap I disdained in the 80's because it's 'vintage'.

Le sigh.

thebody Fri 18-Jan-13 00:34:16

Omg,, bham and the auzzie club.. Broad street and Duran Duran and UB40..

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:37:54

Wake Me up Before You Go Go is now basically a medieval madrigal.

I might as well walk like an egyptian now I am practically offically mummifed.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:39:13

Half of them wear crap I disdained in the 80's because it's 'vintage'

Jumble sale crap is "vintage" ?

<scrabbles in back of wardrobe in search of silver lining>

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:41:34

Hey ho Loquace

Startail Fri 18-Jan-13 00:41:57

I saw Duran Duran last year, they still rock.

I was 3 in 1970 that's not history !

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:42:50

I think that's before the 80s, so prehistory or nearly palaeontology

Sunnywithshowers Fri 18-Jan-13 00:44:21

Loquace they're wearing crap my gran wore. In 1986. grin

Get thee to Ebay pronto!

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:46:03

I think that's before the 80s, so prehistory or nearly palaeontology

<does best impression of primordial slime>

<aided by copious amounts of Red, Red, Wiiiine>

ThePathanKhansWitch Fri 18-Jan-13 00:47:26

Is my frilly shirt, ala Adam Ant, about to end up in the V&A.
We need a campaign to stoo this nonsense.
The 70,s were just the other day.1976, I,ve still got the tan marks on my feet from my Jesus sandals.

ThePathanKhansWitch Fri 18-Jan-13 00:48:09

Stop, even.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 18-Jan-13 00:48:49

<surveys wardrobe>

I have at least one vintage 80's dress, barely worn, is it really worth anything? It's a high-lycra content fabric, looks great on the young and toned, realistically I'm 50... Has Good Memories for me, though.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:49:02

Get thee to Ebay pronto!

<emerges dusty from back of wardrobe>

Do you think that we should share with them that massive shoulder pads make the average lass look less Dynesty and more Dallas Cowboys ?

Nah.... that info is best left for when they find a primary source. Like my diary.

<burns diary>

Heh! Revenge.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:51:05

1976

The year of baths two inches deep, 3 kids to a tub, just once a week and the whole country slid down hills covered in yellow thatch where the grass used to be , on a bit of cardboard to avoid the friction burns as we all yelled "Wheeeeeee...ouff it's fucking hot"

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:52:43

Well not "fucking" hot obviously. I was only 8. And in those days mums were super supple from all that bending down to slap the back of legs. Wasn't going to risk an F word back then.

She'd have had me skin off!

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:53:43

Or basted ourselves in a concoction of olive oil and, er, probably vinegar, as we couldn't afford amber solair factor 2 <<still bears the scars>>

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 00:55:30

Holy Shit!

Yes it was vinegar.

I was convinced until two minutes ago that that was a spoof article in Family Circle and my mum was the only one daft enough to have confused her children with salad.

Jesus that stung.

ThePathanKhansWitch Fri 18-Jan-13 00:58:05

Flying ants the size of small babies.I just had to get the money foe an ice jublee and a 10 pence lucky dip bag, and I was happy.
Or half pence chews in a bad day grin.

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 00:58:48

I'm a bit older than you Loquace but my mum did nothing to stop the madness! I remember passing out once as I had spent all day on the sun lounger, a nastier more uncomfortable thing you wouldn't wish to find. But that was the summer that went on forever and I'd love another.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 01:01:02

"What did you do in the summertime in the olden days lady"

"Well dearie, we covered ourselves in salad dressing at a time when water was in such short supply that you only got a bath once a week"

--

Mumsnet archieves- July 1976

IABU To slap my childrens legs becuase they licked all their "homemade suntan lotion" off each other between (massively spaced apart) meals?

Mass chorus of Nooooo! Slap legs TWICE!

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 01:03:09

grin

<<incapable of coming up with witty retort due to unexpected snow related drinking!>>

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 01:08:21

Flying ants the size of small babies

Oh god that just brought back a memory.

Having located the helicopter sized flying ants nest my dad donned his flying suit for protection while we stood around two inches away virtually naked hmm, took a jerry can of petrol and a box of mathes with the intension of pouring on the petrol and then cremating the bastards. Only to light a match, drop it IN the jerry can......go pale and run like fuck....leaving almost naked children (covered in salad dressing) with singed eyebrows in his wake.

Health and Safety, 70s style grin

It is a miricle any of us survived!

ThePathanKhansWitch Fri 18-Jan-13 01:18:42

Arf @ Loquace!

My mum used to send us off to play with hari krishnas, so she could clean the house.Mind you they were very nice.

Ahh 1976, we,d never cope with that kind of heat now. Oil and vinegar, i,d forgot that.
<checks elephant hide arse and crocodile back in the mirror>.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 01:23:31

But that was the summer that went on forever and I'd love another.

Come visit me in deepest, darkest Lomellina, every summer is 1976. But I tend to put salad dressing on actual salad these days grin

It's not the same though, it's just long and hot. None of that crazed delight of endless boiling days, grubby children and excited running about with reports from the news about standpipes ANY MINUTE NOW!

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 01:26:58

Oil and vinegar, i,d forgot that. <checks elephant hide arse and crocodile back in the mirror>

We should do a class action against Family Circle demanding free botox and chemical peels!

An entire generation of children ACTUALLY FRIED, thanks to their "frugal homemade recipie for suntan creame"

grin

I hate to break it to you, kim, but I did the 60s at primary school 20 years ago! So I reckon by now the 70s must be ancient past.

I felt old the other day when DH told me 'different to' has now become as acceptable as 'different from'. I know language use changes ... I just didn't expect it to make my pedantry obsolete so fast.

And really old when one of the kids I tutor was asking about what was happening in Belfast and had never heard of the troubles.

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 01:46:20

Oh bloody hell. 20 years ago I was limping towards the end of my first marriage.

Right, that's it.

If I am of ye olden times I demand a crinoline and a faceful of arsenic!

I am not going to be immortalised in history books in elephant flares and salad dressing. It just doesn't have the same je ne se qua! If I am going out of style, I'm going out in style.

<puts on towering white wig>

<inserts obligatory mouse nest>

tigerdriverII Fri 18-Jan-13 01:52:16

Loquace are you megrin?

Off to bed now. Have been counting on a snow day tomorrow...

grin

My work here is done.

fiverabbits Fri 18-Jan-13 02:34:02

I have just seen the date and realised my DH and I met 43 years ago today.
We were 18 in 1970 and have lived through a lot of history.

weegiemum Fri 18-Jan-13 02:42:23

Heck I was born in 1970 and now it's history? I thought it only became history after 50 years? I'm 42!

Though I do regularly deal with "ohhhh muuuuuuuum! You're so oooooold! (dd1 will be a teenager in 3 weeks so I'm officially an embarrassment!)

DS did post-Berlin wall coming down as European History last year. Bawk!

I was in college then!

MammaTJ Fri 18-Jan-13 04:50:38

I always used to think about the changes the old people I looked after had been through in their lifetimes but those of us who remember the summer of 76 have been through a few too.

We didn't have a home phone, and were not unusual.

Our TV was black and white and you had to get up and twiddle the knob to change chanels.

We didn't wear uniform to school until age 11. All school seem to have them now.

Of course mobile phones, computers and the internet are very recent additions to our lives.

Eastpoint Fri 18-Jan-13 05:24:08

We did the SALT II talks for O level in the 80s, my parents were appalled.

My DD did sweets from the 70s last year in year 6, I hadn't realised it was history tbh I'm not sure what subject I thought she was studying.

I feel old when collecting ds3 from school and the mums talk about worrying about junior schools and they say you getting worried when dd goes to high in couple years

I say no more worried about 6th form and UNi ANC they look at me like gone mad . Had to explain I have a 16 and almost 19 year old . ANC yup it's when my 16 year old was doing about the Berlin wall coming down and teacher said ask your grandparents he was like no sir . I can ask my mum oh did I feel old .

On Brighg side his write up was good and I have a piece of Berlin wall and pictures of wall when I was younger and it stood and pictures after it came down

I feel old when collecting ds3 from school and the mums talk about worrying about junior schools and they say you getting worried when dd goes to high in couple years

I say no more worried about 6th form and UNi ANC they look at me like gone mad . Had to explain I have a 16 and almost 19 year old . ANC yup it's when my 16 year old was doing about the Berlin wall coming down and teacher said ask your grandparents he was like no sir . I can ask my mum oh did I feel old .

On Brighg side his write up was good and I have a piece of Berlin wall and pictures of wall when I was younger and it stood and pictures after it came down

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 12:08:28

<twirls in homemade crinoline>

<face shoved in bag of flour due to pharmacist being all picky about who she sells arsenic too>

<feels better>

5Foot5 Fri 18-Jan-13 13:06:18

DD took her GCSE History last year and some of the topics she studied were current affairs when I was her age.

halcyondays Fri 18-Jan-13 13:16:12

Yanbu, I was born in the 70s, it can't possibly be history!

We got a bit into the 90s (Gorby/Yeltsin) last year for A level grin

upsylazy Fri 18-Jan-13 13:27:36

I've worked in quite a few care homes in my time and they were all very into "reminiscence" groups which mostly involved listening to music from the 1930s/40s and talking about the old days.
It made me wonder what will happen to my generation when we reach that age - mental image of old ladies with blue rinses singing along to the Human League and Duran Duran.

atthewelles Fri 18-Jan-13 13:28:21

I still think of 1970s style houses as 'modern houses'. blush

Will vintage design now start including brown swirly carpets, lino and ashtrays you can strap onto the arms of chairs?

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 13:40:56

I still think of 1970s style houses as 'modern houses'

DH is an antiques dealer. And recently got excited when I mentioned my old space hopper in a box up my sister's loft.

To be fair he calls it "modernariato" not actually antiques.

I will not be showing him this thread for fear of being forced to admire swirly patterned paltes that make a horrible sound when your fork touches it and Kitch-grotesque vases forever more.

He can't just buy old, ugly dusty shit that takes up half a room and offers the storage space of a very small teacup, oh no, he has to have an audience for each and every purchase, and needs them to makecooing noises. And then has the cheek to get pissed off when my coos are less like those made by a randy pigeon and more reminicent of a "cat exits fur ball" sound of ...admiration.

Dawndonna Fri 18-Jan-13 13:45:55

Damnit Janet! I'm a veritable dinosaur. I was 12 in 1970!

atthewelles Fri 18-Jan-13 13:47:17

I'm sure there's a framed copy of Deisderata up in my mother's attic. Would your DH be interested in that? I could rummage for the Telly Savalas record as well. smile

Psammead Fri 18-Jan-13 13:55:49

The 1970s are history? I'm an 80s child, they'll be coming for us next <shifty eyes>

atthewelles Fri 18-Jan-13 14:05:07

Starting to feel nostalgic now for the days when tinned salmon was a luxury item, Friday night was 'bath night' and everyone was cycling around on Raleigh Choppers.

MuddlingMackem Fri 18-Jan-13 14:10:57

YANBU.

But I suppose I can now understand how my parents felt when I was doing my O Levels (1982-84 incidentally). The syllabus for Modern World History included the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now I can sympathise with their horrified, 'But that can't be history, we remember that!' rather than laughing. grin

Loquace Fri 18-Jan-13 14:12:30

Would your DH be interested in that?

More than likely.

But he doesn't speak English.

So it all has to go through me as translator.

<ponders house filled to brim with mumsnets' cast off 70s shit>

<superglues lips shut as act of self defence>

atthewelles Fri 18-Jan-13 14:20:22

Ooh, I could also offer him:

A quilted nylon bedspread;
A Showaddywaddy LP;
A Teasmade;
A tape recorder with microphone attached;
Some Starsky and Hutch posters; and
A Bunty Annual 1976

<emerges dusty from enthusiastic scrabble around Mum's attic>

Loquace, thought it was white lead they put on their faces? Just as poisonous though, white lead used to give their faces that poxy look, so they slapped on more to hide the scars grin

1976 - the year poor mum got hepatitis which peaked while we were away on holiday and she collapsed outside the chalet while the rest of us were at the beach a little distance away, it was a couple of hours before she got found, along with a sunburn which didn't help.

I remember "dressing up" as a child in the 1970s using some of mum's 1960s clothing and thinking it was old then. Mum must have felt old herself when I said that grin

jamdonut Fri 18-Jan-13 15:48:31

I remember using olive oil as sun-tan lotion when I was about 13!! (that would be 1976).
God you just wouldn't now,would you!

One of the kids at school actually asked why everything was in black and white in "The olden days",when we were talking about differences between now and when the class teacher and I were young!

I was the proud owner of a tv video game when I was about 15...Tennis...two white bars and square ball that you knocked back and forth!! I thought I was the coolest kid EVER for having that.

kim147 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:52:31

I saw "pong" (or is it ping) in a museum recently - the media musem in Bradford. DS and I played it. I can't believe I thought it was great once.

Pendeen Sat 19-Jan-13 01:23:26

”I felt old the other day when DH told me 'different to' has now become as acceptable as 'different from'. I know language use changes ... I just didn't expect it to make my pedantry obsolete so fast.”

No it hasn’t! grin

HoneyDragon Sat 19-Jan-13 01:27:00

I did the 1970's as history when I was at school. In 1985 hmm.

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