In the news:
Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party
The first Inspector Morse novel, 'Last Bus to Woodstock' was released whilst the last 'Poirot' novel -'Curtain' - by Agatha Christie, was published
The seeds of a huge change were sown in 1975...
Motorola obtained a patent for the first mobile phone which had been designed by Dr Martin Cooper a couple of years earlier. Nicknamed 'the brick', it took another eight years to come to market, at a price of nearly $4000
And Microsoft registered as a trademark
Car launches abounded : British Leyland brought out the Morris 18-22 (later, Princess) range; Vauxhall their Chevette; Chrysler their Alpine; and Vauxhall their Cavalier...
Can't see any of those becoming desirable classics!
In Britain the average house price was £11,87; petrol cost 72p a gallon; inflation ran at 24.2% and the Bank of England Interest Rate was 11.25%
The Good Life
And 'Bernie, the Bolt!' was called for the last time in 'The Golden Shot'
Bob Monkhouse used to tell the story of a man who participated in the show from a telephone kiosk, watching the programme in the window of a television rental shop (Remember when we used to rent rather than buy TVs?) Sadly, as the man directed the bolt around ('left a bit, down a bit, right a bit - aim, fire!') the shop assistant changed the channel!
At the cinema:
|(The only one I saw!)|
On the radio:
Bye Bye Baby - The Bay City Rollers
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Hold Me Close - David Essex
I'm Not in Love - 10cc
The Last Farewell - Roger Whittaker
The Hustle - Van McCoy
Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
The Streets of London - Ralph McTell
Jive Talkin' - The Bee Gees
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
SOS - ABBA
For this year's clip, one of those songs that takes me right back to a moment in time - a hot summer's day, spinning in a fairground ride with friends, singing this at the top of our voices!
In my life:
Moving from Oxfordshire to Hampshire, to the house where my parents still live
A new school and new friends
Having enjoyed our cramped camping experience in Wales the previous year, our family had acquired a large tent of our own and set off for a week of camping on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, followed by a week in Dublin with our hilarious great-aunts and cousins. Here's a photo from that holiday, with a rare appearance from my Dad (usually the photographer!)
What were you up to in 1975?