Monday, 17 February 2014

Tracks of my Years - 1978

In the news:

A terrible storm ruins four piers - Herne Bay, Skegness, Hunstanton and Margate

Anna Ford becomes first female TV newsreader

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy broadcast on radio

Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, was born

Evita opened on the London stage

The Government announced that O levels and CSEs were to be replaced by a single exam

Bakers go on strike, leading to panic buying and rationing

Average house price £13,650
Gallon of petrol £0.79
Yearly inflation rate 8.3%
Bank of England Year End Interest Rate 12.50%

On TV:

Herbie the skateboarding duck


'Top Gear' goes nationwide, after beginning as a locally produced slot on Pebble Mill

'All Creatures Great and Small'

'Grange Hill'

At the cinema:

On the radio (oh dear -the list really is getting longer, with each one pique-ing my memory the way only music can...)

Summer Nights - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John

Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

Denis - Blondie

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

It's Raining - Darts

Dancin' in the Streets - Marshall Hain

Never Let Her Slip Away - Andrew Gold

If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman

Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

YMCA - The Village People

My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars

Super Nature - Cerrone

Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle

Love is Like Oxygen - Sweet

The Man with the Child in his Eyes - Kate Bush

Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson

Teenage Kicks - The Undertones

Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward

It was just so hard to choose one favourite amongst the last three, but in the end it had to be this...

I don't have many photos from these years, and those I have were mostly taken with a little Insta-matic camera so the quality is pretty bad.  But this one proves that by 1978 I was making my own clothes.  Tiered skirts were all the rage, so I made myself one though I didn't have enough pocket money to make the broderie anglaise petticoat I so wanted to go underneath!


  1. Wow ... that brought back a few memories ... all good! M x

  2. I remember queuing round the block to see Grease on my first trip to the cinema with school friends. I felt so grown up.

  3. Ooh I remember all of that! I remember the tiered skirts too and the broderie anglaise underskirts but we used to cheat and buy a broderie anglaise trim for the bottom!

    1. I don't think I could even afford to do that!

  4. This brings back a lot of memories. Sat through depressing The Deer Hunter with best friend a china pot & a plant ( we went to the cinema after buying a leaving present for our Biology teacher ) fun days x

    1. I am picturing you with an enormous aspidistra blocking your view!