Now where were we?
1969 last week, so now we're entering a whole new decade.
It's funny when you look back and think about the decade you feel you 'belong' to. For me the 1970s are, for better AND worse, what I associate myself with most strongly. Rather strange considering I have now lived through the better part of four other decades, during which time I have done far more, and more memorable, things.
So what was in the news?
The break-up of The Beatles
The near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission
The age of majority being reduced from 21 to 18 in the UK
British Leyland announcing the end of Morris Minor production. How could they?
The Mark III Cortina going on sale. How could they?
20 year old Richard Branson starting the Virgin group
In spite of their motivational and uplifting song 'Back Home', the England team failing to retain the Football World Cup.
The first Glastonbury Festival being held
Jon Pertwee becoming the new Doctor Who.
'A Question of Sport', 'Mr Benn' and 'The Goodies' showing on TV for the first time; 'Andy Pandy', 'Randall and Hopkins (Deceased)' and 'Scooby Doo, Where Are You?' bowing out.
At the cinema
(Tissues ready for the first one...)
(Feel this one might be useful in an episode of 'Pointless' - Films of Barbra Streisand)
On the radio
Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime
(with some of the dodgiest lyrics since Gary Puckett's 'Young Girl' two years previously)
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Lee Marvin - Wanderin' Star
The Jackson Five - I Want You Back
The Carpenters - Close To You
Sacha Distel - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
(Try to tell me you don't see Paul Newman on a bike now! BTW if you watch the video on YouTube you will see that this could never be made nowadays. Two people on one bike, an apple, a trailing skirt, precarious perching by a barn door and bicycle stunts on rough ground - Health and Safety would never allow it!)
Bob and Marcia Young - Young, Gifted and Black
Bread - Make It With You
Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin and John
(which always brings me to tears...)
T-Rex - Ride A White Swan
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
But for this week's musical clip, having established my love of cheesy pop earlier in the week (must go and listen to Malta's Eurosong again!) I present to you 'The Partridge Family'...
(And now, once David Cassidy has faded from your mind, tell me you don't see Hugh Grant...)
Here's another picnic photo. Picnics really were the thing, and seems like we always had picnic weather in the summers back them (Ahem!)
This time we're in the New Forest (quite a way from home - a big adventure) with family friends. I think we may have gone there due to my disappointment at having gone for a camping holiday earlier in the summer with my 'best' friend David, only to come down with German Measles a day into the trip, and having to be fetched home!
We spent lots of time with this family - the two girls were the same ages as my sister and I and their brother was more or less my brother's age - perfect companions. I always think of Parma Violets, trying to pick out the tune of 'Oh My Darling Clementine' on a guitar, pretend wedding ceremonies, yellow bridesmaids' dresses, 'Long-haired Lover From Liverpool' (well, not all memories can be pleasant!) and the Jackson Five when I think of our times together.
Where would you go for a picnic, given a pleasant sunny day and good company?