1980’s Berlin Wall

1989:

The Berlin wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic which started on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area known as the death strip that contained anti-vehicle trenches and other defense mechanisms.

In 1989 there was an erosion of political power in the pro-soviet governments in surrounding Poland and Hungary. On the 9th of November 1989 it was announced that citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin; This led to crowds of East Germans crossing and climbing onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks the public chipped and hacked away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest.

1980’s music charts

1
TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG E.P SPECIALS 2 TONE
2
COWARD OF THE COUNTY KENNY ROGERS UA
3
I`M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING NOLANS EPIC
4
SOMEONE`S LOOKING AT YOU BOOMTOWN RATS ENSIGN
5
IT`S DIFFERNT FOR GIRLS JOE JACKSON A&M
6
MY GIRL MADNESS STIFF
7
BABE STYX A&M
8
CAPTAIN BEAKY KEITH MICHEL POLYDOR
9
AND THE BEAT GOES ON WHISPERS SOLAR
10
I HEAR YOU NOW JON & VANGELIS POLYDOR

1970’s politics/ The three day week

The 1970s to me through my research seemed a difficult era to be in government for the Conservative and Labour parties which was in part due to to the 1973 oil crisis which caused high inflation and a global recession which affected all aspects of living within the 1970’s. The rise in Oil prices since the Arab-Israeli War in October 1973.  Petrol was so valuable that motorists put security locks on their petrol tanks.

Labour went on to lose the 1970 election to the Conservatives under Edward Heath.

However the Labour Party was returned to power again under Wilson a few weeks after the Feburary 1974 general election. Heath’s government soon ran into trouble over Northern Island and a dispute with miners in 1973 which led to the three day week.

The three day week:

The three day week was one of several measures introduced in the by the conservative party between 1970 to 1974  to conserve electricity. This involved commercial consumption of electricity would be limited to three consecutive days each week.

Services deemed essential such as restaurants, food shops and newspaper companies were exempt.  However people like miners were negatively affected as they were closing down the mines and changing the working conditions which meant whole villages in the North and areas of Wales were left devastated with people being without incomes.

The rising dispute with the miners led to the conservatives campaign in the 1974 general election which emphasised the dispute with the miners and used the slogan “Who governs Britain?” which ultimately led to their demise and labour was reinstated with the most seats.

This led to Harold Wilson returning to the post.

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1970’s in Film

Ive decided to briefly look at the 1970’s in film as I feel some films that emerged within that decade where very prominent and influential on the film industry as a whole. Genres were created and explored that had previously not been. 1970’s cinema paved the way for a variety of 21st centuary films and additionally produced films still watched today and many becoming cult classics worldwide.

Love story introducing the ‘chick flick’ style of film which has since been thoroughly explored.

Films:

1970: Love Story

1971: Shaft

1972: The Godfather

1973: The excorcist

1974: Blazing Saddles

1975: Jaws

1976: Rocky

1977: Star Wars

1978: Grease

1979: Alien