In 1971… A ban on radio and television cigarette advertisements goes into effect in the United States. BBC Open University, a distance learning university, begins in the United Kingdom. Strikes in Poland demand the resignation of Interior Minister Kazimierz Switala. He resigns January 23 and is replaced by Franciszek Szlachcic. Palestinian and Jordanian fighters clash in Amman. Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos. The Allman Brothers Band plays their legendary concert at the Fillmore East. The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode. The government of Bangladesh flees to India. The Soviet Union launches Salyut 1. The South Tower of the World Trade Center is topped out at 1,362 feet, making it the second tallest building in the world. A coup attempt is exposed and foiled in Egypt. Gijs van Lennep wins the 24 hours of Le Mans together with Helmut Marko. Jim Morrison, leader of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. Madagascar accuses the U.S. of being connected to the plot to oust the current government; the U.S. recalls its ambassador. The United Kingdom opts out of the Space Race, with the cancellation of its Black Arrow launch vehicle.
The 1970s were indeed a special decade. Women’s liberation continued. The hippie culture faded. There was an opposition to the Vietnam war, and nuclear weapons. The environmentalist movement began. Tom Wolfe coined the decade the “Me decade” due to a new self-awareness. Mao Zedong died and the market began to liberate in China. There was an oil crisis. After the first oil shock, gasoline was rationed in many countries. In Eastern Europe, Soviet-style command economies begin showing signs of stagnation. The Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, witness the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian Arab terrorists. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The Who, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Bee Gees, Abba and others play their music. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all die at the age of 27. The space mission Apollo 13 nearly ends in disaster. Egypt signed the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. There was a revolution in Iran. The world sees its first general microprocessor. The C programming language makes its debut. Consumer video games show up on the scene. Microwave ovens become commercially available. Margaret Thatcher was victorious in the UK elections.
When next they do a Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Eccleston should voice eeyore.
Just imagine this in Eccleston’s voice:
[as he floats in the river] “I’ll give you three guesses, Rabbit. Digging holes in the ground? Wrong. Leaping from branch to branch of a young oak tree? Wrong. Waiting for somebody to help me out of the river? Right. Give Rabbit time, and he’ll always get the answer.”
"I’m not asking anybody," said Eeyore. "I’m just telling everybody. We can look for the North Pole, or we can play ‘Here we go gathering Nuts in May’ with the end part of an ants’ nest. It’s all the same to me."
“Nick Courtney died yesterday after a very long and painful battle with cancer. I went to say goodbye to him on Friday at the wonderful hospice near Belsize Park in North London. The lady in charge said he was very stoical. And indeed he was. It was so distressing to see him so weak and yet so strong in resignation. My jokes were received with a generous effort from Nick to smile. I was with Michael McManus who helped me through the ordeal of seeing a beloved old pal so reduced by illness. Of all the characters in Doctor Who there is no doubt that he was the most loved by the fans for his wonderful portrayal of the rather pompous Brigadier. “Five rounds rapid” was the line we all loved, always addressed to Sergeant Benton. Nick’s close friends simply adored him. There was a certain innocence in his personality that was utterly endearing. He was very easy to tease, and I did my share, which made him shake his head in disbelief when he realised he had been had. He was a wonderful companion and his friends would call each other or e-mail to relate the latest little stories of a night out with the Brig. He had a marvellous resonant voice which he used brilliantly when it was his turn to spin a yarn. And his background was fascinating too: born in Alexandria, Egypt, he was brought up speaking French and Arabic. Later he perfected English and after a few drinks he would speak in Latin tags to great comic effect. We shall miss him terribly.”—Tom Baker Newsletter | Latest news | Nick Courtney | Brigadier is dead
In many ways, Nicholas Courtney was the most essential actor in classic Doctor Who. From his first appearance in 1965 to his final outing two years ago, he was the most trustworthy friend of that mysterious time traveler from another world.
That’s… more than I ever expected. Hello, all of you. Even you robots! I can pretend that you’re actually paying attention to me and not just hoping I’ll look at your selection of watches.
I wish I weren’t at work so I could find the youtube video of the old Sesame Street “Would you like to buy an O” thing. I think only my mom will understand how I got from “selling watches” to an old Sesame Street bit.
So anyhow, hello, all 82 of you — old and new and robotic and not. I have an ask box if there’s anything you want to know about me, since mostly I just reblog pictures and don’t really use this for talking about myself.
And mom, please don’t fill my ask box with silly questions, like “would you like to buy an O?” Even if it only costs a nickel.