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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 […]

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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 […]

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What was on Television in 1970?

television 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 […]

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1970 – At the Movies

Five Easy Pieces

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 […]

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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 […]

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Regions of France

Provence

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 […]

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Food in Finland

Finland Food

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Visit to Portugal

Portugal

It was pitch black out of the aeroplane window when gradually a pale white fog of light became visible. I didn’t have long to wonder what this strange illumination was before we broke through the glowing white clouds and night-time Lisbon lay glittering below us. I was not the only […]

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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.