favourite year of the 20th Century

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks

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1917
2
8%
1928
1
4%
1933
0
No votes
1948
1
4%
1956
2
8%
1962
2
8%
1968
6
24%
1974
2
8%
1981
3
12%
1989
6
24%
1997
0
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Total votes: 25

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Toby » 09 Jan 2012, 12:40

'89 for me too. Stone Roses, leaving school, 808 state's "Pacific State" and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby sensi » 09 Jan 2012, 13:02

89 for me...year my first born arrived...a perfect end to the decade I changed the most in.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Jimbo » 09 Jan 2012, 13:16

1968. Dropped acid and smoked pot like crazy. From where did all those drugs suddenly appear?
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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby The Prof » 09 Jan 2012, 13:20

Jimbo2 wrote:1968. Dropped acid and smoked pot like crazy. From where did all those drugs suddenly appear?


The man. And the man works for the government.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Insouciant Western People » 09 Jan 2012, 13:31

None of those particularly stands out for me, but I'll go with 1989.

Lots of interesting stuff in the news that year, as a couple of people have already mentioned.

Personally, I was about a year into the serious obsession with music which continues to this day, and it seemed like I was discovering great new bands and lps at the rate of several a week.

In May of that year I turned 16 and left school, which improved the quality of my life immeasurably as all of a sudden I no longer had to spend several hours a day cooped up in a small room with a bunch of people whose main interest in life seemed to be wanting to beat me up.

I worked over the summer in Whitley Bay Library, which I really enjoyed not only because I got to spend a lot of time around books, but also because I had unlimited access to their music collection which I freely pillaged and ripped off on to numerous C90s.

And I started my A Levels in English, History and Sociology, which were ace.

AND. I finally started to meet girls who dressed in black and tie-dye, dyed their hair outlandish colours, and listened to great music. And wonder of wonders, some of them actually seemed to like me.

So yeah, a good year.
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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Polishgirl » 09 Jan 2012, 13:59

None of the above.

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Postby Phil T » 09 Jan 2012, 14:13

Nick wrote:In May of that year I turned 16 and left school, which improved the quality of my life immeasurably as all of a sudden I no longer had to spend several hours a day cooped up in a small room with a bunch of people whose main interest in life seemed to be wanting to beat me up.


Been there, done that, worn the T-shirt, but a good 16 years before you.

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Postby THE SMOOTH SOUL STYLINGS OF SUMPTUOUS SI » 02 Feb 2018, 23:15

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Jimbo » 04 Feb 2018, 19:43

The Prof wrote:
Jimbo2 wrote:1968. Dropped acid and smoked pot like crazy. From where did all those drugs suddenly appear?


The man. And the man works for the government.


Right on. If the CIA was selling cocaine in the 80s why not acid in the 60s? The money was just as green.
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Postby Rayge » 04 Feb 2018, 20:01

1948 produced the NHS and me.
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Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 05 Feb 2018, 08:54

I can’t help but think that Jez Hunt chose the wrong thing to destroy :(
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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Robert » 05 Feb 2018, 08:58

Jimbo wrote:
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Jimbo2 wrote:1968. Dropped acid and smoked pot like crazy. From where did all those drugs suddenly appear?


The man. And the man works for the government.


Right on. If the CIA was selling cocaine in the 80s why not acid in the 60s? The money was just as green.


Well, they ( further) developed LSD and left it to their staff to freely distribute it.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Rayge » 05 Feb 2018, 10:26

nev harp wrote:I can’t help but think that Jez Hunt chose the wrong thing to destroy :(


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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Diamond Dog » 05 Feb 2018, 11:17

1962.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Goat Boy » 05 Feb 2018, 11:35

68 is the most interesting to me. Year of the barricades and all that.

I was too young to appreciate the significance of 1989.

1997 had New Labour getting elected which certainly felt like something positive at the time and it was the first time I'd voted. The year itself wasn't a positive one for me though as I dropped out of uni and was struggling personally.
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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Jimbo » 05 Feb 2018, 12:58

Robert wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
The Prof wrote:
The man. And the man works for the government.


Right on. If the CIA was selling cocaine in the 80s why not acid in the 60s? The money was just as green.


Well, they ( further) developed LSD and left it to their staff to freely distribute it.


And while I had heard of sugar cubes and blotter, the stuff we got - and there seemingly was plenty - had a distinct manufactured look to it. Tiny, neat, tapered orange pills. Not hippie-ish. $3.00 a trip. That's the stuff we took at Woodstock.
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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby Toby » 05 Feb 2018, 13:06

From Erowid

"An unopened, brown-glass vial of 1951 Sandoz LSD-25 (Delysid) was contributed to a gathering in celebration of Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday. The vial had been in the possession of a single person for the last 30+ years, stored casually, mostly in darkness. When opened, the powder was a very light brown-sugar to salmon color. One chemist described the fluffy, clumpy, sparkly crystalline powder as looking like "crushed needles". It was weighed and dissolved into four-ounce liquid doses containing between 100 and 110 micrograms each (± 10%)."

Storage & Degradation

Although the vial was completely sealed, without cracks, one of the major questions was whether there would be significant loss of potency by degradation as a result of the 55 years that had passed since it was manufactured. After trying it, the predominant opinion among the more than 70 participants and observers was that there was no detectable loss in potency.

This was the clearest result from the reported experiment: air-tight brown glass appears to be a very effective long-term storage method for LSD. After 55 years, stored at varying room temperatures, the LSD seemed to be fully potent.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby The Modernist » 05 Feb 2018, 13:15

Robert wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
The Prof wrote:
The man. And the man works for the government.


Right on. If the CIA was selling cocaine in the 80s why not acid in the 60s? The money was just as green.


Well, they ( further) developed LSD and left it to their staff to freely distribute it.


The early history of LSD is fascinating, but I tend to think it was something that got out of control quite quickly, beyond CIA's control.
The various conspiracy theories on this are quite interesting, but ultimately I don't buy the idea that the counterculture was somehow created by US intelligence. Quite the opposite - the establishment wanted to crush the hippie movement.

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Re: favourite year of the 20th Century

Postby The Modernist » 05 Feb 2018, 13:18

Jimbo wrote:
And while I had heard of sugar cubes and blotter, the stuff we got - and there seemingly was plenty - had a distinct manufactured look to it. Tiny, neat, tapered orange pills. Not hippie-ish. $3.00 a trip. That's the stuff we took at Woodstock.


Once the chemical compound was known it wasn't that hard to manufacture -anyone with a university level education in chemistry could probably do it.