Wednesday, 20 February 2013

70's UK TV Adverts

Monday, 11 February 2013

The Sweeney - Part 1

70's cop programme where the men were men and the women were extremely grateful. Erm... apparently.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

70's Song - Love From A Man

Nice mellow song from the 70's for Christmas day. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The O Jay's - I Love Music

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Moonshoes - Boogieland

Monday, 25 October 2010

An Audience With Donny And Marie

Watched 'An audience with Donny and Marie' on Saturday night and it was absolutely brilliant! Gotta admit it was a great show!

And what a surprise Marie O was? My goodness, I never knew she was so funny. Who'd have thought it? To look at her you wouldn't think so. Both of them were funny, really great.

And it was really quite nostalgic to see them both back together doing a show on TV again. I remember watching 'The Donny and Marie Show' back in the 70's. It was a really good show actually. Now I will say that in the 70's I was not an Osmond fan, couldn't stand them actually. But, their show was good. Very entertaining. So on Saturday night it really took me back. I found myself singing along with 'Morning Side Of The Mountain' and 'Paper Roses' at one stage! Crumbs, never thought I'd see the day! Funny how songs that you loathed decades ago become strangely appealing as you get older and the 'nostalgia' gene starts to kick in! ("Cos he lived on the morning side of the mountain, and she lived on the twilight side of the hill.....") Aah.... The only disappointment was that they didn't sing 'Make the world go away'. Back in the 70's, that was the only Donny and Marie song I had thought was anywhere near half decent! I actually liked that one. (Would have never admitted it to anyone though!) But despite this minor area of 'deprivation', the show was great. It was a pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed it. And judging by all the beaming faces and the applause throughout, so did the studio audience!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The 'Church' That Wanted The World To End In The 70's

A member of my family once had Bible study lessons with the Jehovah's Witnesses, but I was never convinced of their authenticity. And it didn't help that they made predictions of the end of the world on several occasions that failed to come true! The Watchtower Society (JWs or God's organization) predicted that 1975 would usher in the Battle of the Great Day of God the almighty at Har-Mageddon! The views held about 1975 realizing the outbreak of the Great Tribulation and Armageddon was unquestionably being developed, taught, and promoted by the Watchtower Society. And where are we now! Thirty-five years later and no Armageddon, no Great Tribulation, and the Society is acting as if nothing ever happened in those years. They now even attribute any concerns over 1975 as just trouble making by apostate opposers. The Watchtower Society is unilaterally and totally guilty of perpetrating fraudulent Biblical interpretations, false prophecy, and apostate teachings. A few quotes from the Society around the 1975 Fiasco
Awake,5/22/69,pg15 If you are a young person, you also need to face the fact that you will never grow old in this present system of things. .....all evidence in fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years. a young person you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in high school and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone!

The Jehovah's Witness religion is false. It has a hatred for this world and anyone who doesn't belong to the organisation. It is false Christianity and nothing to do with God. The whole Watchtower Society organisation (which JW's put their faith and trust in) is a complete fraud. But even after endless false predictions of the end of the world, JW still don't get it.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Bay City Rollers

Love them or loathe them, The Bay City Rollers were the teenage phenomenon of the 1970s. To all those of you who wanted to marry a Roller, screamed at a baseball boot that once belonged to Woody or cherished a piece of Les' old fag packet, this one's for you . . .

Five young lads from Edinburgh; Alan Longmuir, Eric Faulkner, Stuart "Woody" Wood, Derek Longmuir and Leslie McKeown, took their name by sticking a pin into "Bay City" on a map (the group had previously been known as The Saxons - Saxonmania just doesn't have the same ring, does it?).

Signing to Bell Records in 1971, their chart debut was a remake of The Gentry's 1965 hit Keep On Dancing produced by Jonathan King. The record hit Number 9 in the UK charts, but their subsequent releases (We Can Make Music and Manana) were not successful.

In 1974, after a struggling seven year career with only one Top Ten hit (Keep On Dancing), their manager Tam Paton enlisted songwriters Phil Coulter and Bill Martin and dressed the band in tartan. Remember (Sha La La) was a Top 10 smash.

The Bay City Rollers were born and, for some of us, life would never be the same. By the time the band toured in October 1974 they had scored two more Top Ten hits (Shang-A-Lang and Summerlove Sensation) and 'Rollermania' had the UK in its grip.

Their debut LP, Rollin', topped the UK chart and by this stage, fans would do anything just to catch a glimpse of their idols - stand out in all weathers, waiting outside theatres, TV and recording studios.

No-one could miss the fans in their bum-freezer jackets, tartan-edged ankle-freezers (trousers at half-mast), striped socks, baseball boots and tartan scarves tied around their wrists (with the name of their favourite Roller lovingly emblazoned on the back of their jackets). They would scream, cry and sing at the top of their voices the Rollers anthem ; B-A-Y, B-A-Y, B-A-Y C-I-T-Y etc etc.

Over the next three years, The Bay City Rollers would have 10 Top Ten hits (including three Number One's), five best-selling albums, and a clutch of US hits, including one Number 1.

In 1975, the Shang-A-Lang TV series premiered on Britain's ITV (running until August 17, 1977). In the same year during a BBC1 'fun day' at Mallory Park near Leicester, England, 40 female fans tried to swim across a lake to get to the band and had to be rescued (four of them were hospitalised). The Rollers were evacuated from the site via helicopter without performing.

In September of that year the band made their US TV debut, via satellite, on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, and on January 3, 1976 - 13 weeks after being released in America - their single Saturday Night hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100. The Rollers were billed as the new Beatles and America was turning tartan.

In 1976, guitarist Eric Faulkner almost died after a drug overdose of seconal and valium at manager Tam Paton's house. In other incidents that year, Les McKeown was charged with reckless driving after allegedly hitting and killing a 75-year-old woman, and later found not guilty of firing an air rifle at a female fan. So much for being strictly non-smoking milk-drinking cherubs!

By the time the Rollers played a show in Shizuoka in Japan in 1978 things were falling apart within the band. Accordingly, when Les McKeown took to jumping around in a deranged fashion to attract attention, and invading other member's spotlights, Woody laid into him with punches and kicks. The Rollers' manic Japanese fans were horrified and the band split immediately.

These days the group are best remembered for their anthemic single Shang-A-Lang, press speculation as to whether the band actually played their own instruments in the studio (or on stage), and scandals involving their manager Tam Paton who was convicted on charges of drug dealing, dogged by allegations of sexual abuse and jailed for three years on a charge of gross indecency

More recently, drummer Derek Longmuir also found himself on the wrong end of the long arm of the law for alleged possession of child pornography.

Tam Paton died at his home in Edinburgh in April 2009, aged 70, after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

ELO - 10538 Overture

I have this tune somewhere but don't know where it is at the moment. Wish I could get my hands on it because I absolutely love it. Was glad to find this video online featuring the song. But in this vid, is that Roy Wood I see playing? My goodness. The Move. Wizzard. How many groups has he been in? I didn't realise he was in ELO as well! Anyway, despite his fun antics performing as part of Wizzard, he is obviously a very talented guy, along with the rest of ELO. And I really like the lead singer's voice!
(Update: I had mentioned before that I didn't know that Roy Wood had been in ELO. Well apparently ELO were formed from the ashes of the 60's group 'The Move' which Roy Wood had been in previously)

Friday, 15 October 2010


'A Photo from the first show of Supersonic with Linda Lewis, David Essex, Gilbert O' Sullivan, Suzi Quatro and Alvin Stardust.

Introduced,Produced & Directed by Mike MansfieldLondon Weekend Television/ITV Network1st Series: 6th September 1975- April 19762nd Series: September 1976-2nd April 1977

'Supersonic' Began in September 1975 as part of 'Saturday Scene' hosted by Sally James (When it acted as an occasional substitute for Kid Jensen's 'Rock on With 45').It was launched in it's own right on 6th september.Supersonic was a studio full of explosions,dry ice and bubbles.Debut performers included Suzi Quatro,Gilbert O'Sullivan,Linda Lewis and David Essex,then at No1 in the Charts.
· The Show Tapped into a new style of pop broadcasting,against a tired looking Top of the Pops,but after little more than a year,ratings and distribution had dwindled.The Final series began in September 1976 ,by this time 'Supersonic' had been relegated to the Midday slot as part of the newly-merged children's programme,'Supersonic Saturday Scene'.The Final Edition went out at 11.00am on 2nd April that year.The Guest Line-up included:The Kinks,Elkie Brooks,Marc Bolan,who played out with 'Soul of my Suit' and 'Sweet Little Rock'n'Roller',joined by Ray Davies,Dave Edmunds,John Lodge and Alvin Stardust.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Question On 'Yahoo Answers' About The BCR

Question - "Who were fans of the Bay city Rollers? Who were fans of the Rollers in the 70s and still likes them to this day? Also any one who wasn't around then do you have parents that like them or an aunt etc? Or even a friend who maybe older than you thanks? Also who didn't like them and their music and if someone reads this and it was before their time did they also have older relatives eg parents who didn't like them. And also like them as I mentioned at the start thanks.Was anyone of you a BCR fan in the 70's"? (End of quote from asker) Answer - "I was security at one of their concerts, the lead singer ( a right wanker) took a poke at one of the stage hands, he screamed like the big jessie that he was when the stagehand decked him, tosser !" (End of quote from answerer) No comment.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Unusual 70's Ad

Thought I'd share this very unusual advert from the 70's. Somehow I don't think we'll be seeing any ads like this one on British television any time soon!

Saturday, 11 September 2010


Lookin was a really good 70's TV magazine. The adults had 'The TV Times' and 'The Radio Times'. The children and teenagers had 'Lookin'.

Friday, 10 September 2010

The 70's - The Era Of Public Information Films

I'll never forget the great public information films we had in the 70's. "Clunk click every trip" advised Jimmy Saville. For many people who grew up in the UK in the 70's that immortal phrase will stick in their memories for a long time yet! And what was that other one, by the green cross code man? "Look right, look left, look right again". Very sound advice indeed. I remember as a young girl navigating a busy street and waiting to cross the road. "Look right, look left, look right again" I thought to myself. Yes, I repeated that mantra many a time whilst waiting to cross a road. It really stuck in my memory and I believe did help to keep me and many other children safe on the roads. Here is a list of the 'health and safety gurus' who helped children in the 70's stay safe.
Jimmy Saville "Now then, now then. as it happens" in the seventies, Jimmy Saville persuaded the nation that it was better to "Clunk Click on Every Trip".
Green Cross Code Man
The super-hero in spandex helped a generation of kids to cross the road safely. Played by 6 ft 7 Dave (Darth Vader) Prowse.
The Green Cross Code Man made a visit to St Augustines CE primary school in Swinton.
Jon Pertwee
The Doctor Who star attempted to re-enforce the Green Cross Code message with his bizarre request for us to "SPLINK". It's been suggested that it stands for Stop at the Pavement. Look and Listen for traffic. If no traffic is Near walk across. and Keep looking and listening as you cross.

Alvin Stardust

The glam rocker told us that we "must be outta our tiny minds" if we forgot to look before we crossed the road.

Kevin Keegan
In between training
sessions for Liverpool and visits to the hairdresser, Kev still found time to get the road safety message across to his legions of fans.

The Tufty club was launched in 1961 and has recently been modernised. Bernard Cribbins narrated the popular 1970's films featuring our road safety squirrel and his naughty friend Willy Weasel.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Public Information Film Featuring Les Gray

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sixties Pop Memorabilia

Yes I know this blog is a 70's blog but I couldn't resist including this vintage bit of Beatles memorabilia! It's a Beatles towel described like this:-

"Rare original vintage Beatles fab four unused Irish linen tea towel 1964
Superb vintage piece of fab four sixties ephemera!
The Beatles images have adorned everything from mugs and plates to toys, thermos flasks to beauty products and most things inbetween!
Here is a great item for any enthusiastic Beatles collector - an original irish linen tea towel featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo circa 1964.
Printed in black, claret and dusky pink on cream, this fab tea towel has a border of guitars and drums, and features printed signatures above the heads of each of the band.
Printed along the bottom "all pure linen, made in Ireland, Ulster, copyright, fast colours".

The seller is asking for £70.00, which may seem a bit steep for a bit of cloth but aah, this ain't any old bit of cloth. This is a bit of cloth with the mugshots of the Beatles on it, which makes all the difference, and mightily increases it's value! I remember when I was a fan of a pop group in the 70's, anything with their faces on I just had to have! It was the same with other fans, and fans of other pop groups or singers in the 60's and 70's - even in the 80's. A young girl's love for a pop group or star is such a powerful thing, it takes over every aspect of her life. She lives, eats, sleeps and dreams this boy band or singer and will buy anything she can get her hands on that has anything to do with them, if possible! And it is this phenomenom that makes the discovery or management of a young boy band or boy singer so lucrative. As long as the boy band or singer is popular and they still have hordes of teenage, (or pre-teen) obsessional (and very hormonal!) fans chasing after them anything featuring them will sell. Why else do talent scouts or managers continually hope to discover the latest boyband! As a source of money, what can rival them? (well of course there are some things but I can't think of them at the top of my head) Because like I said, once a young girl is in love with a boy band or singer she will buy virtually anything that features them - whether records, magazines, posters, badges, bags, watches and yes, even tea towels.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Guy Williams From Lost In Space

I remember watching 'lost in space' in the 70's. It was a sci-fi programme for children and it was great! I loved it! Carried on watching it even when I was in my late(ish) (well 15 or 16) teens. And the man who played the dad in it was absolutely gorgeous, so handsome. Anyway, here's his original screen test to get the part. Sorry he smokes in this, but that was how it was in those days.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Lost In Space Trailer

Monday, 16 August 2010

The pop music stars who rocked the fashion world with their popular looks

The Bay City Rollers’ flares and tartan scarves were listed among the most iconic looks in music history yesterday.

The style – adopted by thousands of fans of the Scots group at the height of Rollermania in the 1970s – was voted eighth in the list of iconic looks from the music industry.

Top was the Punk style pioneered by the Sex Pistols, followed by Michael Jackson’s single glove and Madonna’s cone bra – her Jean Paul Gaultier-designed Blonde Ambition look from 1990.

Others included ABBA’s all-white outfits; Kylie Minogue’s hot pants; Frank Sinatra and his tailored suits; and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell with her Union Flag dress.

Edinburgh group The Bay City Rollers – whose hits included Shang-a-Lang, Summerlove Sensation and Bye Bye Baby – were ahead of the famous black-and-white look of KISS and the Parka jackets worn by Oasis.

More than 2000 people across the UK were surveyed for the research, which was carried out by PRS for Music.

The research revealed that 41% of men and 39% of women let their music tastes influence their choice of clothing.

Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS, said: “Since the rise of pop music, it has become more common for the public’s dress sense to meet their music tastes. While bands like ABBA got the ball rolling back in the 1970s, there has been an incredible emergence of new trends blossoming out of the music industry.

“From the New Romantics’ make-up to the alternative Indie lovers, we’ve seen it all.”

Dressed to thrill

The top ten iconic looks are:

1. Sex Pistols - Punk

2. Michael Jackson - Solo glove

3. Madonna - Cone bra

4. ABBA - All white outfits

5.Kylie Minogue - Hot pants

6. Frank Sinatra - Smart suit

7. Geri Halliwel - Union Flag dress

8. Bay City Roller - Tartan

9. KISS - Black and white

10. Oasis - Parka jackets

8th? Should've been 1st! But then again I am biased.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

70s Television

The Goodies

The Goodies

The show was an excuse for Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor to do just about anything they liked. They were three odd job men who did anything, anytime, anywhere including launching a rocket to the moon, sailing to a lost island, and house-sitting a lighthouse. 'The Goodies' was a great show; BO, GG and TBT were all really funny and very talented comedians. It was always great when the Goodies came on telly, you were always guaranteed a good laugh! Nothing like them these days. The show is best remembered for hit song 'The Funky Gibbon'.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

BCR Book Review

Saw this review by an American journalist for a Bay City Roller book recently:-
"Tam Paton's sensational inside story of Britains No. 1 pop group. The most popular singing band to come from England since the Beatles!"
Seems our precious cousin from across the pond hasn't cottoned on to the fact that the BCR came from Scotland. Or maybe he was just being mischievous! And in case anyone's wondering, no, Scotland is NOT in England!!! And at the moment it's also still in the UK - just about!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Once In a Lifetime Tour 2010 Gets Underway

Well it's that time again! Yes, time for the 'Once In A Lifetime' tour - that fabulous tour that celebrates the best of the 'boy bands' or 'boy singers' of the 70's! You know the ones, the ones that caused mayhem up and down the land and caused teenage (and pre-teens) to swoon at the very sight of them! The ones that caused young girls to collect their posters and put them up on their walls and run away from home to try to catch a glimpse of them! (ahh, young love eh) Well I went to a 'Once in a lifetime' concert again this year. Missed the tour last time so was determined to get there this time! And I believe sadly, it'll probably be my last time. Personally I believe the first 'OIAL' tour was far better than this year. It had all the excitment of everyone who grew up in the 70's being able to once again see some of the 70's groups and singers they'd loved (or even loathed) from that groovy and great era. The line-up back then was David Cassidy, David Essex, The Osmonds and The Bay City Rollers! Erm... actually, not the real BCR from the 70's, it was the lead singer and some other guys who probably weren't even born when the original Rollers were at the height of their fame so it's a little bit naughty to call them the Bay City Rollers. Even calling them the 'LM legendary BCR' doesn't sound right to me. Anyway, at that first tour there were loads of David Cassidy fans, many had on David Cassidy scarves, some had on DC badges. Then there were the Osmond fans with their Osmond scarves (their seemed to be far more Osmond merchandise than anyone elses!) many had Osmond T.shirts on, some had Osmond badges on, some Osmond necklaces on. Many brought the programme which sold for around £10. (ouch!) Actually, I can't really remember seeing that many Osmond badges, saw some rosettes but I think it was mainly Osmond scarves. And they wore them around their necks with pride. There was a pair of Osmond fans who were outside before the concert started. They looked absolutely great in their Osmond gear. I can't remember what they wore but it was bright coloured and they had hats on (kinda like cowboy hats, not the purple 'Donny' hat) along with Osmond badges and rossettes. I just wish I'd had the guts to ask if I could take a picture of them! Sights like those of loyal fans of pop groups or singers of the 60's or 70's are priceless, because they capture a time when society was much more innocent. In those days, every girl had her favourite BOY pop singer who she was in love with or BOY pop group who she was in love with and no girl was interested in girl groups and no one was obsessed with sexual perversion! It was called the 70's, when people were a little bit more normal! There were also plenty of David Essex fans milling around but the ones that stood out the most were the Bay City Roller fans, as usual! Many had on their Roller gear (or some of it) There were Roller fans with tartan scarves round their necks or round their wrists, Roller fans with Roller badges on or with tartan trimmed trousers, (some shortened others not) tartan trimmed shirts and stripey socks on and plenty of Bay City Roller badges. Oh, and 2 Roller fans came in matching outfits, both had on denim jackets with a Bay City Roller T. shirt on underneath (the original 70's one which many fans had in the 70's including me) BCR necklaces and home-made BCR badges on their jackets. Oh, and of course tartan scarves! Boy, the memories came flooding back I can tell you. So much tartan everywhere. It felt like we were back in the 70's. It was so great seeing so many loyal Roller fans who'd come to see the Rollers. (or Les' Mckeown's version of them anyway) and the other 70's groups/singers. It was good to see the loyal fans of all of the groups/singers actually, really good. The most unusual sight was a woman dressed in half Osmond gear and half Roller gear. Or was it half Os half DC? No, it was half Osmond gear and half BCR gear And though she looked good as all the fans who made an effort to dress up as fans did , she also looked very strange! It looked so weird. In the 70's, girls liked either or, not both! There may have been the odd exceptions of course, but it was unusual for any fan to like both the Osmonds AND The Bay City Rollers in the UK. So seeing that was kind of weird. Anyway, saw this post of 'The Liverpool Echo' giving the low-down on the Once In A Lifetime (Remember The 70's) concert in Liverpool. There was a line up change this year, Leo Sayer replacing David Cassidy. I would have loved David Cassidy to have been there again but Leo Sayer was very good so it was ok. It would have been great to have had all 5 of them actually. That would have been ideal. But like I said, Leo Sayer was surprisingly good - I really loved hearing 'moonlighting' again. What a great tune. It bought back tons of memories. And all good. Anyway, a great time was had by all. Who was the most popular on the night? Hard to tell, but the fans sportingly seemed to support all the artists, regardless of who their favourites in the 70's were. In the 70's their was bitter rivalry amongst fans, especially amongst the David Cassidy and Osmond fans. Actually I seem to remember Osmond fans hating Roller fans, and visa versa. (I think the former was probably due to jealousy!) But on the whole, on that night, old rivalries were forgotten and everyone had a great time. The atmosphere was electric - so exciting, so happy, full of laughter and joy. And we all soaked up that wonderful, happy atmosphere. It was an absolutely FABtastic night - pure 70's nostalgia!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Dear Nina.....

Right, I just wanna get something off my chest. That Nina what's-her-name is just so agravating! She was on the programme about Jackie magazine - talking about David Cassidy. There was a clip of David in the backround wearing one of his erm.... 'Elvis suits'? Actually, a white and rather tight all in one 'Elvis suit'. Nina 'whats-her-face' stood there with this sick grin on her face, commenting on the fine art of a certain part of David Cassidy's anatomy! And she sounded so sleazy. Now maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but if that's the case I'm glad to be. Her comments didn't sound nice at all. She sounded quite perverted the way she was eyeing up a certain part of DC's anatomy. Yuk! And I don't think the 'p' word is too strong a word. She actually made my stomach turn. The way she spoke about him was gross, going on about his cute erm... well let's just say, rear end! My message to Nina (?) is 'Nina whatever-your-surname-is, I know you have a job to do and it's fashionable nowadays for women to behave just like men but please, try to have a little self-respect. How old are you? I know you were talking about how you thought about him back in the 70's but it still sounded pretty crude. The way you talk about DC is just not lady-like!' She was drooling over him and behaving in a manner you'd expect a young man to behave towards a member of the opposite sex, not a mature woman towards a younger man. It was pretty revolting. I don't know why, maybe because she is older so you expect her to be a bit more mature and lady-like. (she's about 105 now isn't she!!!!!?) It just doesn't look good when a woman her age makes sexual comments about a very young and attractive man - comments about his nice a**e. Not good at all. But hey, that's just my opinion. Nina Mishcough, (or whatever yer name is) kindly take note!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Jackie Magazine

One of the best things about being a young girl in the 70's was the girl's mags we used to have. And one of the most popular was of course, Jackie. Almost every girl growing up in the 70's in the UK read Jackie mag at some point! It was really good, with articles and all sorts of things for us pre-pubescent and post-pubescent girlies. So what was so good about it? Why did girls go out and buy it? (of have it delivered by the paperboy if they were fortunate to have parents who were loaded!?) Well, it's simple. There was something for everyone. It was interesting. There were stories of romance or problems that we could relate to, there were letters from readers who were around our age, there were pages filled with all sorts of things from cartoon stories to clothesmaking ideas to info about boys. There was a fashion section which often gave patterns for making interesting clothes and other things. Then of course the most important thing. There were pictures and articles on pop singers and pop groups - which was the one reason why many girls bought it I suspect - me included! There were articles on groups and singers, but also posters that we could hang on our wall. I used to love going into the newsagents and seeing piccies of my favourite popgroup staring back at me from this (or any other) magazine. Cor.. they were just so gorgous. Did I ever fancy them!!!!!! Ahem.... erm.... anyway, yeh Jackie was a really good mag! There was the Cathy and Claire page which answered readers questions. I must admit I'd completely forgotton the name of this page. I knew there was a problem page but didn't remember the names 'Cathy and Claire'. Don't think I really read that page much that's probably why. There were articles about skin care for those worried about spots or acne, there were articles about relationships and boys, boys and erm.... more boys! (which was great for us. Boys were always so baffling when I was at school. It was really tricky at times!) Jackie was a great read. And there were also many others like Fab 208, Pink, Mirabelle and Diana. (did Diana form from Jackie. Not sure) I used to get them all. I think we were actually blessed with great magazines for girls in the 70's. It was a far more innocent era, and all the media, including girl's magazines reflected this.

Jacke Magazine On TV

Recently a documentary came on the TV about the 70's mag 'Jackie'. It was called "Jackie - A Girl's Best Friend' which was very interesting. Learned stuff I never knew or hadn't remembered (like the Cathy and Clair page). Also that the mag was produced in Scotland! Had absolutely no idea, thought it was London. That was a bit of surprise. The programme was great, so nostalgic. It bought back great memories. But just one gripe. I felt they dwelt on David Cassidy way too much. It was ridiculous. Towards the end I felt they went on about the Osmonds and David Cassidy far too much, well especially DC. It became like a DC love-fest. Especially when that Nina whats-her-name started drooling all over him. Omg, that Nina whatever-her-name-is just about made my stomach turn! Anyway, as far as I'm concerned there was way too much time spent on talking about DC. But even if they did choose to talk about him (I didn't mind them talking about him I was glad they did) they should have at least made the show a little more balanced and talked about other pop singers or pop groups that were popular in the 70's and given them the same amount of time. Anyone would have thought DC had been the only one to appear in Jackie mag! What about the BCR? Where were they? They didn't feature the BCR at all which I thought was a bit of a cheek! (but they didn't mind featuring BCR fans and pretending that they had been DC fans which I thought was a real cheek! It really was. That was just wrong) When I bought Jackie way back then, the Rollers were in it a lot, but the documentary makers chose to ignore this fact and fawn all over DC (who is bigheaded enough as it is in my honest opinion) Now don't get me wrong, got absolutely nothing against DC, in fact he seems a really nice and charming chap - but I do think the fame may have gone to his head a little at some point. I was actually a David Cassidy fan in the 70's, but it was because I sensed some big-headedness that I went off him. There were all sorts of pop singers and groups in Jackie mag from David Essex to Hello, Slik, David Soul, The Rubettes, Sweet, Gary Glitter...... Erm.... ok, forget GG. Yes, if only we could.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Early 1970s maxi dress.

Flattering one piece dress has a paisley-printed bodice of nylon knit in a lacy-look texture with accents of crepe-textured double-knit polyester that match the skirt. Back zipper closing.

This dress dates from around 1973 as you can see, this is the original catalogue picture of the dress.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Child's 70's Laura Ashley Dress

Just wanted to show a pic of the kind of dress worn by many a girl in the 70's. It has a frilled hem, little puff sleeves and tie sash at waist, all in a pretty fawn and blue floral print. A delightful dress.

Monday, 24 May 2010

70's Laura Ashley Dress

Now this is the type of dress I love! A beautiful Laura Ashley dress - straight out of the 70s. How to describe it?

A classic early Laura Ashley. Long, white and pannelled. This lovely, old-fashioned dress represents for me biblical womanhood, femininity and modesty. Heavy 100% cotton with crochet borders at hem of panels and hem, sleeve and down two sides of the bodice. High neckline (women of today, please take note!) and pleated middle front bodice, long puff sleeves and button cuffs. The style statement here is the additional shorter apron like panels – one covering the entire front and two either side of nylon zip at the back. Feminine and beautiful. A most fabulous dress.