By Derek Tait
Do you keep in mind glam rock, flares, cheesecloth shirts and chopper motorcycles?
Then it appears like you have been fortunate sufficient to develop up in the course of the Seventies.
Who may well put out of your mind all of the glam rock bands of that period, like Slade, Wizard, dust and candy, or singers like Alvin Stardust, Marc Bolan and David Bowie?
What approximately these fantastic television indicates like Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, Kung Fu and chuffed Days? style incorporated platform sneakers (we all had a pair), flared trousers, brightly patterned shirts with large collars and vibrant kipper ties.
And all people recollects getting ready for energy cuts and that lengthy, scorching summer season of 1976?
So airborne dirt and dust off your area hopper and sign up for us in this interesting trip via a adolescence in the course of the seventies, with hilarious illustrations and a nostalgic journey down reminiscence lane for all those that grew up during this memorable decade.
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Extra resources for A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days
Even when I was 11, I realised that this could all have been achieved in an ordinary classroom without the expense of a language lab. Contact lenses must have become popular in the 1970s because I remember that a couple of the male teachers suddenly no longer needed to wear glasses. Our Maths teacher always held his hands like James Cagney when he was talking and, with his new contact lenses in, his face was all screwed up and his eyes watered profusely. ’ in our best James Cagney voices. Who Do You Do?
We didn’t see our PE teacher much because he was often topping up his tan on his sun lounger. I remember the same teacher giving a group of boys the cane because they had crossed the road during cross-country. indd 46 46 01/09/2014 12:19 School The pendant that I made for my mum in our first year Craftwork class. Amazingly, she has kept it all these years. I can’t imagine that she ever wore it though. was that? Surely crossing the road was an easy task for an 11-year-old to accomplish and shouldn’t have been questioned.
Once a week, if you were a prefect, you had to go to one of the staff rooms with the other prefects to have a talk with the local vicar. I think the talk was about forty minutes long and he discussed God and Jesus etc. Seems odd now. Anyway, I never minded because it got me out of class for a while. Violence in the classroom towards kids back then seemed to be almost acceptable. indd 44 44 01/09/2014 12:19 School I remember that the deputy head would rap you across the hand with it if you weren’t working quickly enough.
A 1970s Childhood: From Glam Rock to Happy Days by Derek Tait