So what memories do you have from the 1970's? Maybe you're too young to have any, and you're simply here to discover what the 70s were all about. Well, you're certainly in the right place!
Personally, I have so many memories (both good and bad) that it's hard to know just where to begin.
The UK in the 70s
As much as we'd like to think about the 1970s as "the good old days", it would be hard to ignore the strikes that crippled Britain - a three day week was introduced in February 1972 to save on electricity, whilst the coal miners were striking.
Things weren't a whole lot better by the end of the decade when we experienced the winter of discontent. Not only was the weather freezing cold, but the unions were holding the country to ransom by demanding big pay rises. Prime Minister and Labour Party leader James Callaghan (pictured below) struggled to keep control, and after a strong tory election campaign in 1979 with the motto "labour isn't working", he was ousted by Margaret Thatcher who became Great Britain's first women Prime Minister.
During the 70s there were many huge changes to our whole way of life. In 1971 Britain ditched the old pounds, shilling and pence to become decimalised. This caused big headaches for many people who struggled to get to grips with the new currency. In 1973 the UK decide to join Europe, becoming part of the common market.
Colour TVs found their way in to an ever-increasing number of British households in the 70s, and we could now watch the snooker in full colour! However, many people rented their TV sets rather than buy them, with Rumbelows being one of the most well-known electrical retailers to rent them from.
By the end of the decade some of us were playing interactive TV games made by Interstate and Binatone. They were about as basic as computer games could get, but this was the start of the computer gaming revolution.
Who can forget the outrageous fashion styles such as flared trousers and platform shoes. And while skinheads and punks were dressing to look as "hard" as possible, other men were discovering their feminine side by spraying their hair with cossack, and covering themselves with the latest aftershaves such as Brut 33, Hai Karate, Old Spice and Pagan Man.
The Hai Karate name was used in a range of budget toiletries for men (that's being polite), some of which came with a martial arts style booklet explaining how to fend off the ladies. You didn't need it, though, as one whiff of this stuff was enough to knock 'em dead - quite literally!
By 1977 the Queen had spent 25 years on the throne. The whole country celebrated the Silver Jubilee, and who remembers drinking strawberry flavoured Co-op Jubilade? In fact, everyone jumped on the bandwagon with just about every food item having a jubilee theme, from margarine to lollies.
Also known as the Junior TV Times, this magazine was published between 9th January 1971 and 12th March 1994. I really got excited when I saw a new edition on the shelves of the local newsagent, and used to have a whole stack of these in my bedroom. I never managed to collect every single issue, and I stopped buying it sometime in the early 80s, although I now wish I'd have continued buying each issue for pure nostalgia.
Looking at the front cover above, I see there's a feature with footballer Steve Coppell who used to play for Man United at the time. He was bought by the club for £60,000 in 1975.
Known as popping candy in the U.S., who can forget the fizzy, tingling sensation that this made in your mouth? As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I couldn't get enough of it, and it's still being sold today, although it's now called Fizz Wiz.
During the 1970s, if you weren't browsing through the latest issue of Look-In magazine while pouring Space Dust down your throat, you were probably playing with your clackers! Yes, this annoying toy was actually banned in some schools after numerous kids were injured by them, and they were eventually discontinued.
Who'd have thought that banging two dangling balls together would be so much fun?
Launched on May 24th 1972, the Magnavox Odyssey became the first commerically-produced video game console. In 1977, the Atari 2600 became the first console to accept plug-in cartridges. Also in 1977, the first mass-produced personal computers were launched - the Apple II and the Commodore PET.
This all-in-one home computer included a blue screen, keyboard, cassette tape player/recorder and, of course, the computer itself - all controlled by a 6502 processor. The first units were shipped out in October 1977, five months after the first Apple II's hit the market.
The original keyboard was problematic, and although it looked futuristic, it was awkward to type with due mainly to its small size. Commodore launched a new PET in 1979 called the 2001-N and this featured a full-size keyboard, green screen, but no in-built cassette unit.
This games console featured built-in sports game such as tennis, football and squash, which were all based on pong with very simple graphics. In 1978, the TV Master became the top-selling TV game in Britain. I received one of these for Christmas, although at the time my parents were pretty skint (as were a good many people in the 1970s) and really had to scrape together enough money to buy one.