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

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kim147 Fri 18-Jan-13 00:07:29

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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!

quirrelquarrel Fri 18-Jan-13 13:21:55

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


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>

FryOneFatManic Fri 18-Jan-13 14:36:21

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

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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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