Thursday, 27 July 2017

A Retro Project

This is a little project I've had in my mind for a while. I do like my history but this can get a bit heavy, and I wanted something a little lighter and more fun. So I thought I'd start a bit of a cultural history project. Rather than politicians and soldiers, kings and explorers, I'd look at movies and music, books and games. So that's what I'm gonna do.

Next I wondered where to start. I thought about the 1980s, I was born in 1980 so that would be a good place to start, but that seemed to be a bit too late, and would be missing a lot. I thought about the 50's or 60's but a part of my idea was to explore early computer games and the rise of personal computers and other technology, and there wouldn't be much to cover in the early years. So I settled on 1970 as a good place to start. I thought I'd work my way through year by year, but some topics I might look at for the whole decade rather than each year.

I'm from the UK and lived my whole life in Britain, so some things will be from a British perspective, but for a lot of things place will be irrelevant.

The only rule to this little project is that there is no rule - it wouldn't be fun if there were rules. I will look at some things sometimes, other things other times, whatever I feel like!

First up, 1970...