Tag Archives: the 80’s

Fascism: Fascination of the Mind

Pink Floyd The Wall: the Movie (2000) Life in Britain during World War II must have been hell. The constant fear of invasion by the Germans coupled with nightly bombing raids and V2 rockets would have kept the population on … Continue reading

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Was Thatcherism a Form of “English Socialism”?

1984: The Graphic Novel (2021) It might seem a stupid question, but the timing of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power in the 1980’s seems to lend itself to a Newspeak idea: Conservatism as an act of government to control the … Continue reading

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The Rapid Evolution of the Charity Record (1984-1985)

Do They Know It’s Christmas? This song was the first in a series of records to raise money for the starving people in Ethiopia, Africa. Until now, I had never considered seeing what that looked like astrologically. Admittedly, this chart … Continue reading

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Faked or Real? Close Encounters of the First Kind in 1987

Gulf Breeze Sightings (starting on November 11, 1987) Another YouTube movie, another (potential) debunking of one man’s version of UFO reality. As one of the Gulf Breeze eyewitnesses (early on in the film) states very clearly that he saw a … Continue reading

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A British Term that has Foreigners Scratching their Heads

Don’t Get into a Tiswas “Today Is Saturday: Watch And Smile” This was a children’s television program on ITV between 1974 and 1982. I never saw it. tiswas in British English (ˈtɪzˌwɒz) NOUN a state of anxiety, confusion or excitement Collins English Dictionary The … Continue reading

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Though Now Apart, They’ll Be Together Forever in Our Hearts

Ordinary People, Living Ordinary Lives (Bee Gees 1989) This post may seem a bit disjointed, but if you bear with me, its meaning may become clear. But first, I’d like to quote the lyrics from “Ordinary People” (and not the … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) I lived through half of the Thatcher years in the late 1980’s. This was one polarizing individual. Her downfall was the Community Charge (aka “poll tax”) in 1990. This time of … Continue reading

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The Man Who Had a Private Audience in the Queen’s Bedroom

Michael Fagan (August 8, 1948) You might think it a bit of a cheek for this individual to break into Buckingham Palace and visit Queen Elizabeth II first thing in the morning, just to have a ‘chat’. But he’d come … Continue reading

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Canada’s 17th Prime Minister Held That Office for 79 Days

John Turner (June 7, 1929 – September 19, 2020) His is the story that didn’t turn out the way we all expected it to. His tenure as Prime Minister lasted from June 30, 1984 until September 17, 1984. Then he … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens: an Act of God?

Mount St. Helens Erupts (May 18, 1980 @ 7:32 am PDT) There are some memories that you never forget. This one happened 40 years ago. We were living in Vancouver, BC at the time. At about 7:30 that Sunday morning … Continue reading

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