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Old October 11th, 2017, 11:31 AM   #11

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That was actually the "battle cry" of the hippies in the late 1960's.
Not necessary a hippies. Hippies was 'make love, not war'. 'Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll' belonged more to the rock subculture, similar one was 'live fast, die young'.
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It was also easy to get more interest on money in the bank. 4% was common. Having said that, people had a higher standard of living altogether. A guy working at a job could easily earn $10/hour, and he could buy a house in the city for $50 000. Today, a guy doing the same job might get $25/hour, but if he wants to buy that city house he needs to put out over $600 000. So, he earns 1 and a half times more money, but his house costs 12 times more than it did in the 70s.

I also remember peanut butter in school. Almost all of us used to eat it. When we went on trips, the teachers would make peanut butter sandwiches for us all. We didn't even know about peanut allergies. Who would think that today such sandwiches would be forbidden in school buildings.
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Good jobs with lighter tasks than today. Much drinking and dancing. Music was overwhelming and the clothes fun.
Yeh you mean those ridiculous platform shoes, huge collars and flared sails for trousers.

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White men would wave down a car with an Asian driver near Upton Park and attempt to beat him up; also saw the same on London tubes while onlookers simply watched.
And now I know why in 1980s in our community the only way you gained 'respect' was you joined a gang - mostly built around a tough guy that went around beating White lads in what was sold as "standing up to racism". It was form of basic tribalism. Soon enough the image of docile, placid "Asian" changed to gangsters, drug dealers, pimps and all round trouble. How things change.
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THREE’S COMPANY, THE LOVE BOAT, KOJAK, THE ROCKFORD FILES......if you watch these shows, you’ll pretty much get a grasp of the ‘70’s.
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THREE’S COMPANY, THE LOVE BOAT, KOJAK, THE ROCKFORD FILES......if you watch these shows, you’ll pretty much get a grasp of the ‘70’s.
Don't forget "ALL IN THE FAMILY" (1971-1979).
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Don't forget "ALL IN THE FAMILY" (1971-1979).
But Sanford and Son was the funniest. And don't forget Barney Miller and Mash.
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Yeh you mean those ridiculous platform shoes, huge collars and flared sails for trousers.

And now I know why in 1980s in our community the only way you gained 'respect' was you joined a gang - mostly built around a tough guy that went around beating White lads in what was sold as "standing up to racism". It was form of basic tribalism. Soon enough the image of docile, placid "Asian" changed to gangsters, drug dealers, pimps and all round trouble. How things change.
I never saw a London Asian not give a good account of himself. Don't remember Asian gang culture in the 1980s. The main image of Asian was of family; but many soon went native and The Spotted Dog in Newham quickly became an Asian pub. Thirty years on I doubt you can see much difference in culture: when an English born colleague returned to his parents' home in Pakistan the locals called him 'English'. My old stomping ground of Bethnal Green has a variety of Asian shops and Brick Lane a colourful celebration of Bangladeshi-British culture attracting many tourists and where I saw a young lad calling out to people in a Cockney accent "have you read the Koran mate...try it...you'll learn a lot" or words to that effect. Let's hope for the best for the future.
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I was invited by friends to join the London Scottish Regiment as a Territorial, but that would never do as a Welshman. A time of great hope and transition.
Phew! I admittedly panicked when I began that sentence!
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Phew! I admittedly panicked when I began that sentence!
Actually the London Scottish did have a Welshman in its ranks named - not surprisingly - 'Taffy', who got one hell of a dressing down when it was discovered that, off-duty and in full uniform, he had travelled down to his old home in the Valleys to show off his military kit kilt and all! I never met him in the mess at Buckingham Palace Road (where they served delicious sausage sandwiches during breaks) but he sounded like an all round good sort and good sport.
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I was born at the tail end of the decade, but from what I have read and/or asked of those with better recollection:

- Openly racist/sexist
- Drinking, smoking, and eating unhealthy foods were more tolerated
- Religious
- Less globalist/internationalist than today
- Constant fear of nuclear war
- Politically incorrect

In some ways, it was the opposite of today. Today, we're very inclusive of many differing groups. But back then, it was one of the last vestiges of conservative/old-fashioned values. Speaking from a British standpoint, that decade was a bad one both economically and politically, with numerous strikes and industrial actions, and the fact the UK was really falling behind other big economies. It needed somebody like Thatcher to turn it around. But even for countries at the time that were doing better economically, like the USA, it was marked time. Watergate, the oil crisis, etc. are prime examples.
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