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"could have been much longer - and better"
This nostalgia trip took me right back to my growing-up years (the only ones worth remembering) but I really should have checked the length, because it was hardly a Marathon (remember those?). This rapid, often breathless, shortie attempted to cover an entire era - or at least, what the author could remember of it - in less than 12 minutes, and ended up as a total mash-up as a result. I'm not complaining about the content (although Blakes 7 should have been in there somewhere), more of how the entire article ('cos that's what it was) was arranged. A series of one line observations, covering everything from David Cassidy to the Ford Capri - hit my ears at phenomenal speed, while I was left saying things like "Ronco! I remember them ... AND the K-Tel albums ..." while the narrator moved on to Raleigh Choppers, Evel Kneivel and the importance of wearing a mood ring (mine always stayed black.)
This was a fun tea break filler, but would have been so much better had
it been, say, a couple of hours longer, divided into topics (70's heartthrobs, 70's food and drink fads etc) and with each thing explained in more detail, especially the short-lived crazes such as Kernockers. As it was, It came over as a jumbled collection of author's reminiscences seemingly jotted down as she thought them up, and submitted "as seen."
Nonetheless, I AM a child of the 70's and have been left wanting more, much more.
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