Really, let's not bring back Fahrenheit. On an everyday basis it doesn't really work apart from the press being able to use alarming numbers to describe high temperatures.
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For those of you who think we should turn the country into some sort of 1950's theme park, a few things you should remember about The Golden 50's. Polio epedemics, Teddy Boys, Razor Gangs, flick knives, the worst pop music , endless Westerns at the cinemas (if you could see them through the smoke), London Smog, nothing to do on Sundays, pubs with no carpets and no ice, virtually no foreign food, TV, including What's My Line, Hughie Green and The White Heather Club (don't ask). Politicians who said "Trust us we know what we are doing", floral frocks, blue and grey suits, check ones for spivs, all shops closed by 5:30 PM, proposing to year girlfriend in a Wimpy Bar or a Lyons Tea Shop, G Plan Furniture. summer holidays in a Clacton B & B or Butlin's for the middle classes. Doing the shopping every day, that is butcher's, baker's, dairy, greengrocer and fishmonger plus a mile bus ride. Snobbery, hypocrisy, class divide, busy bodies, gossip and that was just the people living next door
- Jim New, Lewisham, 17/2/2012 08:48
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He missed out racism and racial violence, women being expected to know their place and the fear of nuclear war but apart from that he seems to have most of it (I wasn't around in the 50s but parents and their friends have moaned about much of the above)