[Picture of Elvis Las Vegas suit]HERE I will attempt to show that the 1970s was one of the most culturally varied and creative periods of human history.

This was against a back-drop of gloom and doom (as outlined in Part One of this article published last year).

As I stated last year, to condense all of this down to an Abba wig, an afro or an Elvis Las Vegas costume is appalling! Read the rest of this entry »

What is Terrorism?

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

[Picture of UK PM Winston Churchill with cigar and v for victory sign]LET’S begin with a quote from Winston Churchill:

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”

This resonates with the famous dictum: that history is written by the victors.

In a conflict, Read the rest of this entry »

[Picture of Disco Party Costume Hire]THE 1970s gets a raw deal in the media these days. Revisionists dominate today, to the point where far too many people think the 1970s were merely about discotheques, afros and flared trousers.

By way of an example, I recently saw a club poster promoting something they called a “70s night”, where people were encouraged to come dressed up in long collared shirts, bell bottom trousers and platform shoes, the music was to be Abba, the Bee Gees and the Jackson Five!

If Disco and ‘Saturday Night Fever’ did not define or represent the decade, then what did?

That is the question that I will try to answer. Read the rest of this entry »

When Men Suddenly Changed

Sunday, 19 August 2007

[Picture of Don Johnson in Miami Vice holding a gun]‘MIAMI VICE’ has been incredibly significant. It was not merely a TV show; it changed the world, yet it remains relatively unheard of these days. I think it is high time this TV show got the credit for the massive cultural impact it has had ever since. Read the rest of this entry »

How Men Have Been Conned

Saturday, 21 July 2007

[Picture of Bay City Rollers]WHAT is it to be a man these days?

This is clearly a problem; something seems to have gone wrong — and I suspect it has something to do with selling products.

Take pop music for example, and compare this with an earlier time. Read the rest of this entry »

How Punk Won

Saturday, 12 May 2007

[Picture of caruso]THE music business is all but dead.

It didn’t really last all that long either — but it lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would.

Although few will shed tears at its passing, as far as I can ascertain, the global music recording business began with a man crying! Read the rest of this entry »

How Entertainment is a Rip Off

Saturday, 3 February 2007

[Picture of Vinyl LPs]ENTERTAINMENT is supposed to be fun, isn’t it? So where did it all go wrong?

I was recently amazed to discover that it is a copyright infringement to rip a CD that you own so that you can listen to it on an MP3 player. I just DARE the authorities to come and get me for this!

This is a moan about how much time and money I have been forced to spend over the years, and now, looking back, I don’t see that it was worthwhile; I seem to have given far more than I have received. It has been a struggle to keep up with technology: better quality, better formats, and so it has been going, until recently things have started to DIE — goodbye to the videocassette, cheerio to the floppy disc.

Read the rest of this entry »

Why The Beatles Were Bad

Saturday, 25 November 2006

[Picture of The Beatles posing]WHEN I was growing up one thing was patently obvious: young people were either this or that. Not a bit of this and some of that. It was black and white with no Grey.

It was whether you were a fan of ‘The Beatles’ or a fan of ‘The Rolling Stones’. It was that simple.

Read the rest of this entry »

Why We Smoked

Tuesday, 1 November 2005

[Picture of Santa Claus Smoking (Lucky Strike Ad)]IMAGINE everyone smoked. Even Santa Claus.

Once upon a time, and not all that long ago, that was the case: you could smoke cigarettes openly and indoors. Heck, I can remember visiting my GP — I sat in the surgery waiting room reading a magazine and smoking (like everyone else) — and when I was called in, the doctor lit-up and offered me a cigarette from a lovely cigarette box he kept on his desk. Hard to imagine today!

Read the rest of this entry »

Why Girls Want to be Stick Thin

Tuesday, 10 February 2004

[Picture of Twiggy]THE reason why girls are bulimic and anorexic in the Western World today is down to one person: Twiggy.

Read the rest of this entry »