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Valley Girls

When it happened we can't say . . . fer sure - All of a sudden everything the 'Vals' did or said was blown...

Women’s Lib

In Britain in 1967, a man working in a factory was paid about £21 a week, while a woman was paid only £10 a...

Y2K Bug

In addition to debating whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the "real" beginning of the new millennium, the Western World pondered the effect the...

Wigan Casino

After several rumours of licences not being renewed, battles with the police and the drugs squad and many other problems, it was ultimately none...

Who Shot JR?

It all began when the producers of the two-year-old Dallas devised a cliff-hanger ending to their popular super soap. "Who shot J R Ewing?" was a...

Twist, The

Of all the fads, foibles and crazes that swept the Sixties (and there were LOTS), few caught on as universally as The Twist. It started...

Tupperware Parties

Tupperware, a company making plastic kitchen containers and other domestic items, always concentrated on selling its products through party-plan selling, allowing housewives to buy...

Teddy Boys

The original teen fashion rebel of the post-war era, the Teddy Boy paved the path of rebellion for all hooligans to come. During the war...

Surfing

Once the ancient sport of Hawaiian kings, modern surfing became synonymous with the slacker lifestyle. But it wasn’t laziness that drove these surfers to...

Studio 54

The late 1970s saw a huge Disco boom across the world, fuelled by the success of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever. As the...

Roxy, The

Just three months after the September 1976 punk festival, the Roxy opened in a former gay club in Neal Street in the West End...

Roller Derby

Roller Derby was born in Chicago during the Depression, but didn't achieve national prominence until the advent of television in the late 1940s. In...

Psychedelia

In the late 60s, the duffle coats and scarves of yesteryear were replaced by kaftans, beads, bells, velvet loon pants, afro hairstyles, bright military...

Protest Movement

Protests in the 1960s can be divided into two main categories; those provoked by racial tensions, such as the ghetto riots in the United...

Piano Wrecking

A six-man team of students at Derby College of Technology in the UK, working with hand tools such as axes, sledgehammers, crowbars and brooms,...

Pet Rocks

The Pet Rock was probably the biggest toy fluke of the 20th century. Can you imagine people today buying a rock decorated with animal...

Politically Correct (PC)

Shorthand term for a set of liberal attitudes about education and society, and the terminology associated with them. To be "politically correct" is to be...

Part-Works/Weekly Collections

Has anybody on the planet ever collected a full set of these collections which went on forever . . . AND they made you buy...

Oz magazine

Oz magazine started in Australia in 1963 and, almost by chance, came to London in 1966. Its radical content of libertarianism, obscenity, pornography and anti-establishment...

New Romantic Movement

The "New Romantic" movement was a new and distinctive music and fashion genre that sprang up in Britain in the early 80s as a...

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Bond Bug

Reliant commissioned Ogle (their design consultants) to produce a sports 3-wheeler for the "young generation". This was to be sold under the Bond name as...

Roxy, The

Just three months after the September 1976 punk festival, the Roxy opened in a former gay club in Neal Street in the West End...

Cootie/Beetle

Designed for pre-schoolers, Cootie (or Beetle as it was known in the UK, where the word "Cootie" has no meaning whatsoever) hit its mark...

Dawn Dolls

Dawn was essentially a poor man's Barbie . . . but sexier, funkier and a bit hipper! Released by Topper Toys in 1970, she was six...

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel always insisted reports suggesting every bone in his body had been broken during his career were an exaggeration. But, in the 20 years...

Corgi Toys

As with many great British companies, the origins of Corgi lie overseas. In 1933 Philip Ullman, head of Tippco - a very successful German...