.. And then these blokes would dress up and paint their faces black with big white lips.."
My daughter looked astounded." you mean like "Hello Dave?"
Yes I mean like Hello Dave. - me
This was Saturday night entertainment? - her, incredulous
Nodding - me
I give you the black and white minstrel show.
This was the TV of my youth along with Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, numerous Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire movies, wrestling with Big Daddy, Mick McManus and latterly Giant Haystacks, not forgetting the Lone Ranger and a large amount of westerns too. When Saturday morning Swap Shop came on we were saved. but even better I think the TV was so horrendous that you felt compelled to turn it off and go do something less boring instead.
I can remember the utter joy of the Muppets and fear the music of News at Ten and Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected brought on me.The public announcements, the ads about not playing near water and boys falling off tractors in LUFC scarves & northern accents. Not forgetting the Green Cross Code ads. So yeah I know how to cross the road.
Holidays were always staycations and towelling t shirts seemed a necessity along with attractive headscarves (not.) Post holiday you would write to your new pen pal a few times until you got bored of writing and forgot what it was you had in common in the first place as opposed to wapping them straight onto facebook and then looking on their life from the sidelines thinking what on earth did I see in them?
Chilling seemed to involve climbing trees, riding on my bike, building dens, rushing out to the ice cream van or chipping in to buy loads of space dust. Homework was always done and you always did what you parents said. I'm beginning to feel nostalgic for a time where I also seemed to bored a lot too.
All of this was probably done whilst I was attired in a brown stripy tank top over a shirt with very long lapels and flared jeans and a bad haircut eating Spangles. And yes we did seem to spend a lot of time in photo booths then, you have instagram now!
The accompanying theme tune would have been 10cc or Carly Simon which if I remember rightly were faves of mums.
So 1970's - how was it for you?
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