Friday, 17 January 2014

What I Don't Miss About the 60s

acrilan, crimplene and orlon (man-made fibres)
American Tan tights

back-combing (your hair)
brushed nylon dressing gowns

cocktail parties
coral lipstick

electric carving knives, gas powered “corkscrews”, garbage grinders
frumpy taffeta evening dresses with beaded bodices

melon (It was in everything, and it was very hard to say you didn’t like it.)
nylon nighties
nylon sheets

oxtail soup
Pakamacs (foldaway plastic raincoats)

pale blue eyeshadow (It was almost obligatory and suited nobody. But only beatniks wore brown, grey or green.)

passementerie (glued onto lampshades and wastepaper bins)
plastic bath hats
plastic raincoats

progress (that you couldn’t stand in the way of – it always meant “knocking something down”)
prosciutto con melone (raw, cured ham with melon)

replacing town centres with shopping “precincts”

rice salad made of plain white rice, frozen peas, diced carrot and peanuts, with no dressing (It evolved – people added raisins and red pepper and it was even less edible.)

roll-ons to hold up your stockings
rollers (for creating a back-combed, bouffant hairstyle)
rubber swimming caps with chinstraps

sleeveless dresses and nylon stockings that dictated extreme “personal grooming”
steak Tartare (raw minced steak with a raw egg)

the Mass in English (and the disappearance of plainsong)
Toby jugs (hideous ornaments people used to collect)

The LATE 60S
abandonment of any kind of formality so that nobody asked you out or had anything so uncool as a girlfriend
disappearance of dance steps so that you just had to jig about while wondering if you were doing it right
men with long hair and beards
parties where everybody was stoned and nobody said anything
silly idea that you had to live in the moment and could only act on impulse
smelly Afghan coats
stoned people at parties strumming guitars and singing endless self-penned folksongs

The 50s

1 comment:

  1. > replacing town centres with shopping “precincts”
    I find it more depressing that those shopping precincts which were mostly still public spaces are now being replaced with privatised, corporate-owned, "shopping malls" .