i think also of adventure playgrounds. the mad ones made of painted timbers, all turrets and elevated walkways, built on old bomb sites where the wild children used to play
That's all true, but I also mean that scarcity of physical objects and access to media, I think that started to change in about 1986. More and more people have video players and Japanese gadgets. Fashion magazines got filled with greater quantities and better quality images. It was one of the effects of Thatcherism in this country, a faster and faster deluge of things to buy and look at.as you say this atmosphere lingered on through the 80's and we sought for its last gleamings into the '00s which is why the Lea Valley and Bow Backs were so seductive.
my uncle, who's American but has been marooned in New Zealand since the '70s talks about the end of the 'bad old days of socialism' when New Zealand, like the UK, went neoliberal and all of a sudden you could buy stuff. stuff that is, that you might actually covet and lust after. when, as craner says, images became available. when capitalism regained its power to seduce.They must have had books, at least? I can't believe you didn't grow up in a house with books in it.
Sure, there was literally a major economic depression around the world, and it's become a cliche to call the decade a "comedown" or "hangover" from the 60s. The Labour party made itself electable again in the 90s by persuading the country it wasn't going to drag us back in time 20 years.the '70s is a depressive episode.