Month: October 2017

1970 in Music

There was a lot of good music in 1970 (I suspect in reality there was a lot of good music coming out in just about any year you could mention). The real question is where to start – do you look at bestselling singles, or Albums, UK, USA or elsewhere? What about songs that are considered important and still played today, or should I be listening to those songs that have been all but forgotten? To start off with, here’s the top 10 songs from 1970, per the UK charts. The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley In the Summertime …

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Top Books from 1970

So what were the bestselling books of 1970? Well number one will be familiar to anyone who has read my 1970 at the Movies article – Love Story by Erich Segal. It must be one hell of a good story to make it to number one in books and the movies! Other books in the top 10 include: The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles (no. 2) Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway (no. 3) Travels with my Aunt by Graham Green (no. 8) It’s not all about bestsellers however (plus this is taken from the US bestsellers, as …

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Top Television Shows from 1970

Following on from a look at what was on TV on a particular day – 6th August 1970 – in this post I’m looking at some popular television shows that first aired in 1970. For this year, there doesn’t appear to be many major shows that started up, though do tell me if I’m missing any of your favourites. The Mary Tyler Moore Show This is a US comedy, and one of the most popular TV shows of the 1970s in America. It ran for seven seasons from 1970 to 1977, picking up a staggering 29 Emmy awards, a record at the …

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What was on Television in 1970?

Following on from my look at 1970 in the movies, it’s now time to see what was on TV in 1970. I’ll take a look at popular TV series that started in 1970 in the next few days, but first, what were people watching on television today in 1970? Today as I’m writing this it is 6th August, so what was on TV on 6th August 1970? Apologies to people from other countries, but I’m looking at what people in the UK were watching, and specifically what was shown on the BBC (i.e. two of the three available channels, the other …

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1970 – At the Movies

In 1970, there were only 3 television channels in the UK, and consumer video players/recorders had yet to put in an appearance so to watch movies, apart from the occasional film on television going to the cinema was the only real option for movie lovers. 1970 may be an arbitrary place to start this retro journey, but I don’t think it is a bad one – while some films will have dated and special effects have come on leaps and bounds, many films in the 1970’s could just as easily have been filmed in the 1990’s or after – hairstyles …

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French Cheeses

“How can you govern a country that has two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?” – Charles de Gaulle   Along with wine, cheese is one of France’s best gastronomic delights. Whether at home in their local supermarket or when visiting France, people often don’t want to try most French cheeses, preferring to stay with what they know. This is a real shame though, because there are so many gorgeous cheeses that most people are missing out on. To help you out, here’s a brief guide to French cheese Varieties of French Cheese As the quote from Charles De …

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Regions of France

When you think of France, where are you thinking of? Paris? Calais? A childhood holiday in Brittany? Maybe the picture you conjure up is of the Eiffel tower, a Parisian café or a vineyard somewhere. The chances are, you are only thinking of one or two of the many diverse regions of France. This article aims to tell you a bit more about the different areas of France, what they are like, what there is to see and do there. How many different regions of France are there? This is a tricky question! In mainland France, there are officially 13 …

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Food in Finland

Meat play a prominent role in Finnish cuisine, if anything more so than in other countries. This could be because historically fresh fruit and vegetables were only available for about three months of the year due to the cold climate and poor growing season. Pork and beef are the most common type of meat eaten in Finland, but also deer, moose and bear meat is eaten, as well as reindeer meat which is eaten particularly on holidays and special occasions. You won’t however find many restaurants serving moose due to strict health & safety restrictions, so moose is generally eaten …

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Finland and the Sauna – It’s getting hot in here…

Did you know that the only Finnish word that is commonly used in English is “sauna”? The Sauna is a big thing in Finland, in a country with a population of 5 million, there are estimated to be around 2-3 million sauna’s. That’s a sauna for every two people! A sauna is a room with wooden walls and seating, which is heated up to a high temperature and kept quite dry. You sit in one for a few minutes, sweat a bit, and then take a plunge in a cold pool or take a cold shower. It is refreshing and …

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Schools in Finland – The Best in the World?

Finland shocked the world in 2000 when the international PISA survey (Programme for International Student Assessment), which measures the abilities of 15 year old students all around the world in key areas, found that students in Finland were the best in the world at reading, and in the top 5 in the world at science and mathematics. In 2003, Finland came top in both reading and science, and came 2nd in Maths. The latest survey in 2012 saw them drop a little, coming 6th in reading, 5th in science and 12th in mathematics. Still this is an impressive achievement, since …

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