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Started by bossab2 on Sep 26, 2020 5:51:47 PM
"You've never had it so good" When was the best year ever ?

That perfect mix of stable jobs, no recession, competent government, cheap housing, decent beer, no wars, and no pandemic ?

(Trying to discount the vagaries of personal experience)

Shadrack22 - 26 Sep 2020 17:54:13 (#1 of 85)


AdonisBlue - 26 Sep 2020 17:57:21 (#2 of 85)

Going on the vageries of personal experience 1989. End of cold war, rave just taking off, enormously positive feeling in the UK. By early 90s the tories had wrecked it all with one of their recessions.

bossab2 - 26 Sep 2020 18:00:58 (#3 of 85)

66/67 were pretty good

( though I wasn't looking for a job then)

More recently I think I'll go for peak Britpop: 96/97

The music was good, house prices were comparatively low, we were just about to get rid of the Tories, and somehow the world worked quite well with most people not having even a mobile phone.

RosyLovelady - 26 Sep 2020 18:54:31 (#4 of 85)

1962 was the year when the student grant system was rationalised, and the student grant was the highest it would ever be.

browserbutton - 26 Sep 2020 18:57:19 (#5 of 85)

1967 was described as the Summer of Love, but from a personal perspective 1968 was when I discovered CARNAL KNOWLEDGE.

carterbrandon - 27 Sep 2020 00:34:17 (#6 of 85)

I'm sure there was a study that confirmed it was 1976.


Cavewoman - 27 Sep 2020 01:03:32 (#7 of 85)

Bloody hell no, 1976 was dire - personal stuff, but it was boiling hot (remember the ladybirds plague?), I had a tiny baby and a soon-to-be-ex-husband who'd lost us our home and just about everything else. By 1978 I'd ejected the husband, got a free nursery place for my daughter, established my own business, bought a house and everything was positive again. I even got a sodding great grant to replace the roof on the house I'd bought.

Mind you, the stupid estate agent refused to accept my offer of the full asking price on the house because I was a young single woman wearing jeans. I had to go back wearing full office gear, high fucking heels and all, waving a mortgage offer at him, before he took me seriously. That wouldn't happen now.

Cavewoman - 27 Sep 2020 01:13:56 (#8 of 85)

But before that, the late 60s were great. You could walk out of a job on Friday and be in a new one on Monday, no problem. And rents were cheap.

sympforthedevil - 27 Sep 2020 01:39:43 (#9 of 85)

1966. Eric I was born.

bossab2 - 27 Sep 2020 08:41:05 (#10 of 85)

Downvote for 76

It was the boiling hot summer, water shortages, the plague of ladybirds...

Most of the 70s was marked by strikes and rampant inflation. If you were a kid you didnt notice it, but I expect my parents found it wearing.

76 was the year that the government had to go to the IMF, because Britain was broke

RosyLovelady - 27 Sep 2020 08:48:27 (#11 of 85)

In retrospect, most former times look pretty good, though monochrome now. The unpleasantness, and there were some nasty moments, has generally lost its sting and become of mild historic interest and little more.

From a strictly personal point of view, these are the days.

I realise this violates the spirit of the thread but I'll let it stay there.

bossab2 - 27 Sep 2020 09:01:23 (#12 of 85)

86 - 88 were pretty good.

I recall no climatic aberrations.

JennyRad - 27 Sep 2020 11:57:09 (#13 of 85)

Wasn't there a hurricane that affected us somewhere in the 86-88 range?

I was quite small so I may be getting the years wrong - but I don't think I am.

OTOH, in fairness, I suppose a single hurricane might not prevent a year from being the best year ever.

Ginmonkey - 27 Sep 2020 12:11:47 (#14 of 85)

1987. All I remember was our village being cut off by fallen trees and having a lot of fun cycling round quiet roads with my friends.

We had no electricity for a week. It wasn't too bad for us as we had a solid fuel aga that also heated water and a wood burning stove. I understand for many neighbours it was hard as our village was not on mains gas so people relied on electricity for cooking and heating.

Not that I cared - I was 8.

carterbrandon - 27 Sep 2020 12:19:56 (#15 of 85)

My hurricane story could not have been more 80s. I got stuck in London on the way to Ramsgate to visit my girlfriend.

I turned up at my brothers flat like a drowned rat. He had just graduated from Oxford in PPE and was working at Lehmans. The flat was in St Catherine's Dock, he was throwing a dinner party for his new banking and marketing mates, and was cartoon-level ghastly, as were all of them. Like the yuppies in Mike Leigh's High Hopes.

The next day I went on to Ramsgate and it became Mike Leigh in a different way. Having had the roof blown off her attic bedsit to the extent she could see the sky from her bed, my girlfriend and I were welcomed to stay in the basement flat by a young couple on benefits who didn't have a pot to piss in.

dicky3 - 27 Sep 2020 12:44:45 (#16 of 85)

70/71 was great. Lower sixth form so no great A-level pressure, we were in a rock band at school, so super cool, and I got a holiday job that was great fun, even though the pay was very low.

bossab2 - 27 Sep 2020 12:56:09 (#17 of 85)

Well remembered - Yes, the Great Storm of 1987.

I didn't really affect the Midlands though where I was at the time.

Shadrack22 - 27 Sep 2020 12:57:21 (#18 of 85)

Has this evolved into a general ‘When was life best for me?’ thread? In which case, round about 2005.

bossab2 - 27 Sep 2020 12:57:56 (#19 of 85)

Nope - we've done that topic before.

Shadrack22 - 27 Sep 2020 13:13:16 (#20 of 85)

Okay, 1966 it is.

stable jobs - tick

no recession - tick

competent government - tick, though devaluation of the pound was round the corner

cheap housing - tick

decent beer - probably not

no wars - tick

no pandemic - tick.

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