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Growing up in the 70's

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morethanpotatoprints Sat 01-Feb-14 21:34:50

I bet there's been one of these before but who remembers stuff about the 70's, looking back to me it was all a bit weird.

So some of my memories.

Mary Mungo and midge, the music in the lift. my orange space hopper, gridsy marbles and clackers.
Dehydrated potato, free milk you had to drink at school.
Playing out from after breakfast until dark or tea.

Joules68 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:36:36

I just remember sunshine... Lots of it

fridayfreedom Sat 01-Feb-14 21:36:40

I had a Mary , Mungo and Midge fuzzy felt!! I loved it

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sat 01-Feb-14 21:37:09

Paint with nancy was it called?
Silver jubilee street party
Roobarb and custard.

rabbitlady Sat 01-Feb-14 21:37:11

i was thirteen at the end of 1970. am i too old to play? i remember things being orange and brown. almost everything was orange and brown.

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Sat 01-Feb-14 21:38:15

Oh yes lots of orange and brown

David soul. Silver lady

K999 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:38:43

Those sweets?? Think they were called Spangles......

And lots of swirly wallpaper....

AuntieStella Sat 01-Feb-14 21:39:38

My parents wouldn't get me a space hopper. I'm still scarred by the unfairness!

And there were the dipper birds that see to explode sometimes - we ad to put ours in the utility room (lean to between kitchen and garage).

Aqua Manda? Charlie'? Vanity mirrors set in a pastic globe? Avon Pretty Peach, and men's bubble bath in clear plastic motorcycles?

Coconutty Sat 01-Feb-14 21:40:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AuntieStella Sat 01-Feb-14 21:42:17

The smell of Banda machines.


Jackie magazine.

Stripytop Sat 01-Feb-14 21:42:58

Strikes & Blackouts. The testcard on TV (girl with a blackboard?). Painting with Nancy. The Purdy haircut. My Wonderwoman doll.

soul2000 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:43:29

Born on the 16th October 1971... mum had a brown Ford Cortina with brown velour seats 1977 , (Horrible) brown wall paper Dad wore medallions and drove a Firebird Trans Am with An Eagle on the bonnet. Mum said you could hear it coming 5 minutes before arrival.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Sat 01-Feb-14 21:44:17

Smoking everywhere. I was standing in a record shop once (remember those?) and felt something very hot on my back. A man behind me apologised because the ash on his cigarette had dropped off and burnt a hole in my cardigan! In cinemas there was a smoking half and a non-smoking half. On trains and tubes there were smoking compartments and non-smoking compartments. On the bus there was smoking allowed on the top deck, not the bottom.

Buses all had conductors who went round selling tickets from machines they had strung round their necks.

Only three TV channels and no way of recording programmes. You watched live or not at all. The audience for the most popular programmes was enormous, in a way that's inconceivable now except for things like the Olympics and state funerals/weddings.

Strikes, strikes, strikes.

morethanpotatoprints Sat 01-Feb-14 21:44:17


You can get the orange ones now, although it makes me old actually being retro.

Joules68 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:44:58

Oh yes, Jackie magazine.... And blue jeans,patches and my guy!

cafesociety Sat 01-Feb-14 21:45:09

Ah, the era of the chopper bike, olive green walls and purple front doors, wife swopping, the perm [obligatory for both men and women], bellbottoms, large collared flowery shirts and [Freddie Laker] standby air flights.....

Nancy66 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:45:37

sitting on my mum's lap in the front seat of the car.

no seat belts. Ever.

RandomMess Sat 01-Feb-14 21:46:04

Have to get up and use the dial on the TV to tune in and change channel grin

Stripytop Sat 01-Feb-14 21:46:08

No seatbelts. My Dad's Flared jeans and platform brogues (ha ha). Tupperware parties. Abba on top of the pops.

AuntieStella Sat 01-Feb-14 21:46:52

Gosh yes - homework by oil lamp because of the 3 day week.

John Pertwee and Tom Baker as Doctor Who (remember the terrifying 'Green Death' episode?)

BackforGood Sat 01-Feb-14 21:47:04

2 Heatwave summers - the Summer of ladybirds - droughts - sunburn - no seatbelts in the backs of cars (and not that many used them in the front) - Winter of Discontent - Inflation running at 75% - power cuts - only 3 channels on TV, and now way of recording stuff you missed - black and white TV - Morcombe and Wise - decimilsation - Silver Jubilee - Virginia Wade winning Wimbledon -glam rock - disco music - punk - Saturday Night Fever - Grease - Pizzaland

soul2000 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:47:07

Queueing up to watch Star wars (Matinee) aged 7 in Manchester with my Brother And parents, of course in them days there was only one film on at the cinema.

Nancy66 Sat 01-Feb-14 21:47:12

who had a Stylophone?

ITCouldBeWorse Sat 01-Feb-14 21:47:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WitchWay Sat 01-Feb-14 21:47:59

Born in 1965 so I remember the 70s very well.

Men had hideous swirly-patterned ties including my dad


Corduroy - lots of corduroy including an awful pair of tan culottes courtesy of my DM whose clothes sense is decidedly odd

Flicked-out hair-dos done with curling-tongs & before any sort of gel or mousse had been invented

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