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31,505.  Maybe you were falling in love with music or just falling in love ... Whatever you got up to in the 1970s it’s passed from rose-tinted memories into our shared national history.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s I: Get It On 70-72 ***** BBC 2013

 

31,589.  Years of tremendous change shattering the cosy post-war consensus.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,506.  This was a blessed generation: we had work, we had welfare and we had wealth.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,507.  These were the Wimpy years, when brand-new estates and neat little houses blossomed on the suburban fringes of the nation's cities.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Housing)  ibid.

 

31,508.  Gentrification – and inner city Britain would never be the same again.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Housing)  ibid.

 

31,509.  Heath had been committed to the European ideal since his student days in the 1930s.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & European Community)  ibid.

 

31,510.  And the message was – can we join your gang please ... Passions for and against were running high.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & European Community)  ibid.

 

31,511.  An adventure abroad was now one of life's pleasures.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Holiday)  ibid.

 

31,590.  Wine was becoming essential ... The average British wine intake doubled.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Wine)  ibid.

 

31,512.  [Marc] Bolan himself seemed to be the ultimate pinup.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

31,591.  Britain’s most vividly attired man of the early 70s – Peter Wyngarde, better known as TV’s rakish adventurer Jason King.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Television)  ibid.  

 

31,513.  A strange creature landed in central London – Ziggy Stardust ... The persona of the rock star David Bowie ... Bowie saw gender-bending as a kind of performance.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Pop Music)  ibid.

 

31,592.  The Gay Rights movement had hit the streets.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Homosexual)  ibid.

 

31,514.  In the late summer of 1972 one group of British citizens were arriving from sunnier climbs ... Frightened Asian families from Uganda were seeking shelter in Britain.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Immigration)  ibid.

 

31,593.  Anti-immigration feelings were running high ... About 25,000 Asian Ugandans arrived in England.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Immigration)  ibid.

 

31,515.  They [miners] just wanted their fair share of Ted Heath’s brave new world.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining)  ibid.

 

31,516.  In early 1972 they woke from their slumber and voted to strike for a better deal.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining)  ibid.  

 

31,517.  Power cuts were becoming a fact of life.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining)  ibid.

 

31,594.  Ted Heath had fatally underestimated the miners ... Heath hadn’t just been beaten, he’d been annihilated ... The victory of aspiration.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining)  ibid.

 

31,518.  The British economy was in desperate trouble.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

 

31,519.  In 1973 Princess Anne’s big day had it all: crowds, pageantry, a radiant young couple, and a happy family.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Royal Family)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s II: Doomwatch 73-74

 

31,520.  The oil crisis was the single decisive moment of the 1970s.  It was the tipping point, the catalyst that changed everything.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Oil)  ibid.

 

31,595.  The Middle East had erupted as Israel’s Arab neighbours launched a stunning surprise attack ... The Arab oil nations announced an eye-watering price rise of 70%.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Oil)  ibid.

 

31,521.  For people on low incomes, inflation was a silent menace.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Inflation)  ibid.

 

31,596.  By 1973 the great plastic boom is on.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Plastic)  ibid.

 

31,597.  Britain was falling in love with mass consumerism.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Consumerism)  ibid.

 

31,522.  Miners: it was a showdown that divided the nation ... The miners raised the stakes as their overtime ban became an all-out strike.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Coal & Mining & Division & Strike & Industrial Action & Dispute)  ibid.

 

31,523.  The 70s sex comedy ... The Confessions of a Window Cleaner – the lowest point in British cinema history.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Film)  ibid.

 

31,598.  When Heath failed to do a deal with the Liberals, Labour’s Harold Wilson returned as a minority prime minister.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,524.  Nowhere in Britain was safe from the violence that had engulfed Northern Ireland.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Northern Ireland)  ibid.

 

 

31,525.  The generation shaped by the sacrifice of the Second World War were looking on in horror as a new Britain erupted around them.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s III: Goodbye Great Britain 75-77

 

31,526.  The Wheeltappers was prime-time Saturday night TV.  70s Britain was a man's world.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,599.  The [Brentford] Trico women went out on strike ... After twenty-one weeks with production lines at a standstill Trico gave in.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Strike & Industrial Action & Solidarity & Unity)  ibid.

 

31,600.  It was in the mid-70s that the fight for equality really gained momentum.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Equality)  ibid.

 

31,601.  Football: many young fans were carried away by a culture of casual violence.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Football & Riot)  ibid.

 

31,602.  Man U v Wolves:  The Stratford Enders went on the rampage ... Fourteen people were stabbed ... They even ransacked the Wolves club shop.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Football & Riot)  ibid.

 

31,603.  Football violence had become a brutal nationwide epidemic.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Football & Riot)  ibid.

 

31,604.  British motors weren’t always easy to love ... The Rover SD1 was a national project.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Cars)  ibid.

 

31,605.  In Survivors: 95% of the population had been wiped by a future pandemic – The Death.  Survivors captured the pessimism and paranoia of mid-70s Britain.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,606.  The £ had fallen below $2 ... The IMF sent six international bankers to look at Britain’s books.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Currency)  ibid.

 

31,607.  Punk: in the vanguard the Sex Pistols ... Punks were assaulting Britain’s most cherished icons ... For the originals punk was great fun.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Punk)  ibid.

 

 

31,527.  We’d made a decisive break with the old post-war settlement.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s IV: The Winner Takes It All 77-79

 

31,528.  The top rate of income tax went up to 83%.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Tax)  ibid.

 

31,529.  At the age of just twenty-three Richard Branson had made himself a millionaire.  ibid.

 

31,530.  So why did these new estates deteriorate so badly so quickly?  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Housing)  ibid.

 

31,531.  The effects of commonwealth immigration seemed uncomfortable even alarming.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Immigration)  ibid.

 

31,532.  Margaret Thatcher was walking into Downing Street as Britain's first woman prime minister.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Thatcher)  ibid.

 

31,608.  The Day of Action was extended into weeks of action – dustmen, ambulance drivers, caretakers, bus drivers, road-gritters and many more began a series of rolling strikes that caused total chaos.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Strike & Industrial Action & Solidarity & Unity & Demonstration)  ibid.

 

 

95,329.  The 70s marked a watershed in the battle for sexual equality.  (Culture & Great Britain & Equality & 1970s)  Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You IV: Me, Myself & I

 

 

31,545.  The tragic-comedy of Britain in the 1970s: it was a bad hair decade.  Students were revolting.  Militant unions were striking.  Force was met with force.  Asset-strippers were flourishing.  As inflation and unemployment rocketed.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s)  The Lost World of the Seventies: A Report by Michael Cockerell, BBC 2012

 

31,546.  A senior general – Sir Walter Walker – who was setting up his own private army to save the country from the catastrophe of a takeover by the Marxists.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s)  ibid.

 

31,547.  Long Longford: self-appointed guardian of the country’s morals.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s & Morality)  ibid.

 

31,548.  Sir Robert Mark who as London’s top policeman was on a mission to clean up Scotland Yard.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s & Police)  ibid.

 

31,549.  Sir Jimmy Goldsmith – the tycoon with a complex business and love life who believed the media were plotting to destroy capitalism.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s & Capitalism)  ibid.  

 

31,550.  General Walker had allowed the cameras to film how NATO prepared for war.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s & NATO)  ibid.

 

31,551.  Lord Longford – the great moral crusader of the decade.  He was a contradictory character.  An hereditary earl who identified with the outcasts of society.  He made headlines in the seventies by visiting notorious criminals in prison and for his campaign against pornography.  (England & Great Britain & 1970s & Morality)  ibid.

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