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Computer Games 1972 1972 was a landmark year in the history of computer games, because it saw the launch of the first video games console, the Magnavox Odyssey. It didn’t start out as this, the idea had been kicking around for a good few years in the mind of engineer […]

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Top Bestselling Books of 1972

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – Richard Bach is an American writer who was very popular in the 1970s. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of his most popular books. The main character is a seagull who grows bored with the meaningless life as part of the flock. He seeks […]

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In my household we’ve embraced the Amazon Echo, but not previously tried Amazon Music. We started out with one last year and we’re now upto three, with probably another one before the end of the year. After playing around with Alexa’s more gimmicky features, we now mostly use the Echo […]

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What’s on TV in 1971?

As I’m writing this it is 6th November. I could go on and choose from any one of hundreds of channels and thousands of TV shows and films on demand. But what was there to watch on TV on 6th November 1971? Well it is a Saturday so there was […]

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Top Films of 1971

There were a few good films in 1970, so what will 1971 have in store? To start off with, here’s the top 10 films at the box office in 1971. This is figures for the US Box Office, and are taken from IMDB (different sources have slightly different lists). Note: […]

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If you thought there was a lot of good TV shows that first aired in 1970, there’s a lot more in 1971 including a few long lasting shows that will be recognisable to many people, if only because of TV re-runs. Here’s a few of the highlights. The Waltons – […]

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1971 in Music

While you are reading this article, why not listen to my 1971 playlist which includes all the songs mentioned on this page as well as a few others too, courtesy of Spotify. Or for links to the playlist, see the bottom of the page. To get things started, here’s the […]

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Top Books from 1971

I started out by looking at the most popular books published in 1971, as voted for by Goodreads.com readers. I thought this would be a good place to start, however actually it is precisely the worst place to start. If I looked at what was popular now, I’d be viewing […]

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Computer Games in 1971

The Oregon Trail

The first computer games sprung up in the 1950s and 1960s, not long after the inception of the computer. Early computer games were very basic and very few people had access to them (they were played on expensive mainframes and the ironically named ‘mini-computers’ – they were the size of […]

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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? […]

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This site is mostly about books, short stories and reading and writing generally. As well as writing about books I occasionally write on other topics I’m interested in – check out the Misc section to find out more.