Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Dunno about you but the death of MT has had two effects so far in our household. Number one is that I've had to say "Calm down" to Mr M on an even more frequent basis than usual as he rants angrily at the radio (he didn't like her...) The second effect is that hearing about the miners' strike, the Brighton bomb, the Poll Tax and so on has brought back vividly what was happening in my life at those particular moments. It is a weird thing the remembrance of things past. So for anyone feeling nostalgic - enjoy the above.


  1. Oh boy, now I really do feel old.
    Ipad Shmipad! TV didn't even exist when I was born.
    Thanks for that.

    Mrs Methuselah.

  2. I'm afraid I didn't like her either, but you're right about the nostalgia, Sue and your video was brilliant at bringing back the feel of the period.

  3. No, I didn't like her, I can't manage ten minute rants at the radio though!
    Sorry if anyone now feels old - I certainly do!

  4. Mr. M. is a sound chap, isn't he? On hearing the news of the Iron Lady's death my thoughts were a mild, "God have mercy on her soul', and a reflection that she must now be wishing she'd paid more attention to the parable of Dives and Lazarus.

    However, her takeover of the news bulletins, the recalling of Parliament, the plans for her funeral, and the news that the Queen is attending, have turned me into a ranting fanatic. Friends are now trying to dissuade me from joining any local demo that may be taking place next Wednesday.

    Sometimes it's difficult to have a job that requires you to be non-political - I don't know how the newsreaders do it!

    (The Very) Iffy Vicar

  5. Mr M is a sound chap and he can certainly rant. It does mean I can't hear the radio myself though. And it is not good for his blood pressure. I shall be glad when she is buried and we can all calm down - a bit.

  6. Good post, Sue. While I think the parties/protests & the over-indulgent hagiographies/tributes are all O.T.T. I think the rather worrying thing to emerge is the return of "the great [wo]Man of History." If she had never came to power the Right would still have risen again. Whatever our beliefs about Mrs T lots of people have adopted her views & debate is appropriate but only in a respectful way.

  7. Thanks DWW, and hope you are otherwise OK? I heard you've had some illness over the Easter break?

    1. Peter has hurt his right ankle & then the whole family has had a stomach virus, so fun & games as usual Sue!

  8. What a fab video!

    There does come a point, as the years pass, when you suddenly realise that if you transported a present day teenager, or even someone in their early 20s, back to your own adolescent years, that they would find themselves in a very alien world.
    Until 2002 I was strongly opposed to owning a mobile phone; now I have three! And I suppose superficially that the difference between then and now is the mass of information technology that is part and parcel of everyday life. But I think a big difference between the late 70s, the early 80s and the present day, is the fact that people were more politically aware. My father was shop steward of the local branch of the engineers' union and I was proud to be a member of NUPE and later NALGO. In my hometown (Lancashire mill town on the fringes of Manchester) there were regular marches and demonstrations by the National Front and the Anti-Nazi League. The town, like many outside of the 'Beautiful South – East' suffered terribly under Ma Thatcher. Oddly enough, although the Right – and particularly the Christian Right – look for scapegoats and easy answers to complex social problems: few of them have the courage to admit that many of the social problems in this former manufacturing towns (teen pregnancy, lone parenthood, benefits dependency etc.) have their roots in Thatcher's policies. The memory that is most clear to me of that time is just how grotty everything was.
    I was going to go into the (university) library today, which is on Chancery Lane and therefore would have necessitated negotiating Fleet Street, which no doubt at present will be overrun with security forces. So I decided not to go – I'll go after work on Friday. But I really think it is a bit much having had to suffer the old bitch for eleven years as Prime Minister, that we now have to tug our forelocks and give honour and respect to someone who did not extend the same honour and respect to those who held different views to her own. Indeed, it is ironic, thinking about what has come to light concerning the Hillsborough disaster – i.e. that Thatcher was told the police were lying and yet she did nothing, happy to besmirch the memory of the Liverpool dead and the fans who tried to help – that we're now told we should respect her memory and her funeral.
    I am reconciled to the thought that Thatcher was a necessary evil, curbing the power of the unions and demonstrating that the taxpayer couldn't keep bankrolling unprofitable industries. Yet much of what she did was superficial, window-dressing… Many of our economic and social problems of today have their roots in the Thatcher years; she certainly wasn't able to see the end result of her short-term, get rich quick (at least for some) schemes.
    Well, it is likely I will see more of Thatcher's funeral than I did of Wills and Kate's wedding (of which I saw nothing!) – at least this waste of taxpayers money is an opportunity for some celebration!