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    Realise DYR is for 70s onwards but i know this short film from the 60s will interest many on here as it is more a portrayal of what it was like to be a kid growing up in the poorer areas of Britain which even then were still recovering from the hardship caused by ww2. It should be of interest to NON brits in particular who may not share the same childhood memories as many on here....Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0n5cSN-bG0
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Realise DYR is for 70s onwards but i know this short film from the 60s will interest many on here as it is more a portrayal of what it was like to be a kid growing up in the poorer areas of Britain which even then were still recovering from the hardship caused by ww2. It should be of interest to NON brits in particular who may not share the same childhood memories as many on here....Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0n5cSN-bG0
    Mmmm...no interest, must say i'm surprised.
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    Interesting film - I recognise some of the images from books about the period. I was born in 1967 so my childhood memories are mainly from the mid-late 1970s, but this reminds us how run down many areas of the country were in the two decades or so following WW2. Even in the 1970s there was still quite a lot of dereliction around. I can remember boarded-up terrace houses and abandoned mills and factories in the Leeds/Bradford area in probably the early 1970s, but the high-rise blocks that replaced the terraces were completely unsuitable and falling apart within 20 years. Noticeable how children played outside on the street in those days rather than being glued to a screen.

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    I have always wondered whether DYR would think about extending to cover the 1960s as well as the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, even though obviously a lot of members would be too young to remember that decade.

    The 1960s has always been an iconic decade and I believe that a poll done in around 2000 revealed that the 1960s was the best decade of the 20th century as voted by the public. At my Junior School we watched the 1960s series of How We Used to Live which was shown in 1987-1988, and of course Heartbeat (set in the 1960s) has always seemed to be more iconic than Ashes to Ashes or The Grimleys (set in the 1970s).

    The shorthand for that decade seems to me, black and white television, miniskirts, Pirate Radio, The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and so on - the decade seems like a British one to me. It's a pity that Angus Deayton wanted to put the decade into Room 101.
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    My dad was in his 20s in the 60s in London and has many interesting stories from then, from The Krays trying to run him and his mate over (they weren't on their own turf so wouldn't get out the car) to travelling to the seafronts to fight mods (he was a rocker) on public holidays. I love it when he tells us the stories from then, although he only does it when mum's not about.

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    There was a big difference between the early 60's and the late 60's both in British music and culture. It was a hell of a time of change for the country.

    I think the late 60's and early 70's felt to me to be fairly consistent as a kid. Only around 76-77 did I start to notice much change in the 70's with peoples attitudes changing towards each other. Don't know if it was to do with Unions or generally people were getting fed up and the punk mentality was starting to creep into every day life.

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    I was born in the '60s but remember the '70s better.

    Having said that, we went on our one and only family holiday abroad in '68, Estartite in Spain.

    My earliest memories are, indeed, from the '60s but are not very clear. School, mostly...
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    While my Dad has a lot of fond memories of the 1960s he has often mentioned there was plenty of things around then to get on your nerves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    While my Dad has a lot of fond memories of the 1960s he has often mentioned there was plenty of things around then to get on your nerves.
    I guess most of the nostalgia that we hold so close to our hearts was not so great at the time and that looking back is probably better than the reality in a lot of instances
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    They do say that those people who remember the 1960s weren't there at the time. I wasn't there at the time as I born many years later so...
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