Justified & Ancient
- Dec 22, 2005
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I loved the 80s with an absolute passion, and did so at the time – three years at uni, a longterm girlfriend, a part-time job that allowed me to spend lots of time with her and still save money to go travelling. Three Glastonbury Festivals, loads of gigs (The Cure, REM, The Chills, Ed Kuepper, Black Uhuru, The Go-Betweens, The Blue Aeroplanes, Bert Jansch, the list goes on), films, working on the Bath Fringe Festival where I got to meet all sorts of people from Arthur Smith to RD Laing, reading loads of stuff - from Richard Brautigan and Kurt Vonnegut to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.Have to say that the early '80s were a happy if challenging time. Young family, broke, erratic partner, worries about the upcoming nuclear winter, good health, lots of books read and music listened to, and artistic, craft and DIY skills developed.
I cycled to whatever job I was doing, rode lots, got as fit as a very fit person. Travelled for most of 1988 – Singapore, Australia with a working visa, New Zealand, India, Singapore and back home where I got a reasonably paid and low-stress job pretty much straightaway.
I too had the fear of nuclear war. At uni in Norwich I lived near RAF accommodation, and when the sirens went off one night in the early hours, it took a while for me to realise it was only a drill. But it was a genuine fear for me, as it was for a lot of people at the time, which I think has been all-too-easily forgotten by people since then. Still, luckily we wouldn't be as mad as to build up our nuclear stockpile in the UK...