1972, the year of the seven week miners' strike, 'Bloody Sunday', Idi Amin and 'ROSLA' (you all remember ROSLA blocks now don't you?) You don't? It stood for Raising Of School Leaving Age, and teachers had to find new ways to amuse their non-exam classes for yet another year.
David Bowie turned into Ziggy Stardust, a pint of beer was 13p and you could feast on a Beehive Cheese Plough for 9p (small), 13p (large) or if you were feeling flush 14p would buy a pancake roll from the Go Sing takeaway on Vine Street.
The three day week was in force, inflation was galloping and TV shut down every night at 10.30 p.m. Plans were made to ration petrol and ration books were distributed, although never used.
Worse still, people were walking around in ridiclous platform shoes with flares flapping around their ankles and beer went up to 20p a pint.
The good side of this was that the lights were out most of the time and nobody could see how daft we all looked.
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It was the Queen's Silver Jubilee year, punk rock exploded onto the scene; Elvis and Marc Bolan both died in this year.
Income tax was down to 33p from 35p in the pound but undertakers, firefighters and car workers were on strike and inflation was still galloping away.
You could always get away from it all though by jumping on a Freddie Laker plane to New York for £59, or drown your sorrows in beer at 34p a pint.
It was the year in which inflation was running at 25%, the miners received a 35% pay increase, 67% of voters decided to stay in the Common Market and Chancellor Denis Healey adopted the U.S. billion (1,000,000,000) in place of the British billion (1,000,000,000,000). This was perhaps a cunning plan to confuse the electorate into believing that the national debt had been reduced overnight by a factor of 1000.
The Vietnam war ended with the fall of Saigon and a pint of beer was heading towards 30p.
You could record the latest episode of Fawlty Towers on your very own video recorder, if you could afford one (they cost the equivalent of 8x the average weekly wage) or you could listen to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody on your stereo system.
In February 1971 Britain adopted decimal coinage and the old penny and threepenny bit were taken out of circulation. We continued using the old 6d, which was worth 2.5 new pence until 1980. In June, the Education Secretary, Margaret Thatcher (the milk snatcher) proposed to end the free provision of milk for the over sevens while in July, the Criminal Damage Act replaced the theoretically capital offence of Arson in a Naval Dockyard.
Also in 1971, the BBC began its Open University broadcasts. The Two Ronnies, The Generation Game and Upstairs Downstairs were first aired in this year.
You could buy a pint of beer for 11p or 12p - mind you, average pay was only £28 - £30 per week at the time.
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