This near-kitchen sink drama of “modern teenagers” and their love lives revolves around 19-year-old Alan (Michael Crawford), who is odd-man-out among his workmates, whose sole leisure occupation seems to be “birds” He gets off with Eileen (Nyree Dawn Porter, looking…

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Extreme formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1985 around Gary Cherone (vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitars and keyboards), Paul Geary (drums and percussion), and Pat Badger (bass guitar). Their self-titled debut album was issued in March 1989, producing the single Kid Ego,…

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1 9 6 2 – 1 9 6 8 (USA) 156 x 30 minute episodes Following her divorce from Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball carried on as Queen of the sitcom with her new series, The Lucy Show. In it, she played Lucy…

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1 9 8 1 – 1 9 8 3 (USA) 44 x 30 minute episodes This NBC series was based on the TV movie Sidney Shorr: A Girl’s Best Friend, about a lonely, middle-aged, gay commercial artist (Tony Randall), scarred by memories…

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1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 7 (USA) 98 x 30 minute episodes Comedienne Joan Davis starred in her own radio show, Leave It To Joan, between 1943 and 1950. The series became one of the most popular radio comedy…

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1 9 7 4 (UK) 13 x 50 minute episodes Based on Winifred Holtby’s 1936 novel of the same name, this Yorkshire Television production was voted the Society of Film and Television Arts’ Best Drama Series for 1974. Beginning in 1932,…

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Australian band, Midnight Oil developed from an association struck up in 1974 between drummer Rob Hirst, bassist Andrew ‘Bear’ James and guitarist/keyboard player James Moginie. The three found shaven-headed vocalist (and law graduate) Peter Garrett two years later, and the…

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In late 1974, Gough Whitlam’s Australian Labor government allocated a new AM radio license to the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) for a “youth-style” radio station that could reach future potential Labor voters in Sydney. Alternative rock radio station, 2JJ AM…

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Since their 1973 debut album, Queen’s ambitious template had included bombastic classical references, falsetto freak-outs, and pagan mysticism. But at the beginning of 1975, they were, to be truthful, just another heavy rock act. They were more interesting than most – largely…

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A bedroom-trained recluse with limited experience in local punk bands, Steven Patrick Morrissey (who was also the ex-president of the UK New York Dolls fan club and author of the book James Dean Isn’t Dead) finally seized his moment in the summer of 1982…

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Another surf-and-sand-and-teenagers episode from American International where, once again, Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) and Frankie (Frankie Avalon) supply the romance and the songs. Frankie’s rival for Dee Dee’s affection this time is the Potato Bug (Ronnie Dayton), a British singing…

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Roman Polanski’s Repulsion – his first film in English – was concerned with a repressed young Belgian woman, Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve), who works as a manicurist in a beauty salon full of elderly clients who emerge from treatment looking like…

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It says a lot about Stanley Baker’s versatility that he could go from Accident (1967) to this ultra hard-boiled fictionalised retelling of the Great Train Robbery without missing a beat. His character is the tightly wound leader of the heist gang, an…

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Before directing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982) and causing outrage in the US with his post-apocalyptic tele-feature The Day After (1983), novelist Nicholas Meyer directed this clever piece about a guilt-ridden HG Wells (Malcolm McDowell) pursuing Dr John Lesley Stevenson…

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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 the “Bond Bug”. Introduced in June 1970, the early Bond Bugs were manufactured at the Bond…

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The earliest marbles were actually round stones, nuts, fruit pits or fired pieces of clay and pottery. Some say they were found in the Egyptian pyramids and in North American Indian mounds. The young Roman boy Octavian (that’s Emperor Augustus…

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“New Coke” almost spelt the end for the Coca-Cola empire in 1985. They changed the flavour of Coke and the American public were not having it! In probably the worst marketing decision of the 20th century, Coca-Cola tinkered with the…

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Ferrah Leni Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1947.   While studying at the University of Texas at Austin she was named one of the “ten most beautiful coeds on campus” and her photos were sent to various agencies in Hollywood.…

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Director George Lucas passed up an extra $500,000 in director fees when he made Star Wars (1977) in exchange for retaining control of merchandising and licensing rights. The move would end up costing Fox billions. Lucas duly received an offer from…

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Some of the breakfast cereals listed below are still in production. Some have been re-named and re-packaged. Many of them disappeared as quickly as they arrived. But they all have a special place in our memory because they evoke powerful…

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Like many soft drinks, this fizzy cough medicine flavoured muck from the USA began life as the result of an experiment in a pharmacy. Charles Alderton, a pharmacist at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, enjoyed experimenting with…

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January 01 – West Indies cricketer and politician Sir Learie Constantine becomes Britain’s first black life peer. 01 – Ohio State beats Southern California, 27 – 16, in the Rose Bowl to become US national collegiate football champions. 02 – Australian…

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It remains the defining assembly of rock music – an unprecedented gathering of at least 300,000 young, long-haired, raggedy clad Americans “going up the country” in New York’s Catskill Mountains, searching for answers, hoping for transcendence . . . and…

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30 January 1969 The Beatles made their last ever live appearance together on 30 January 1969, putting on a free lunchtime concert on a hastily constructed wooden stage on the (very windy) roof of their Apple Corps HQ at 30…

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January 01 – Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 – The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books when he advises them that “groups with guitars are out”. 03 – Fidel Castro…

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January 01 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect. 01 – American actor Cesar Romero – famous as The Joker from the classic Batman TV series – dies at the age of 86. 02 – In South…

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During the summer of 1967, The Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club album had shot straight to the top of the UK and US album charts. A few weeks later, All You Need Is Love topped the singles charts around the world. Still…

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January 01 – Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 – First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally on the BBC Light Programme. 01 – Bill Byford (Saxon) born. 04 – Communist…

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