Another delve back to the '70s, not to Hyde Park this time but to the county where I did most of my growing up, courtesy of a copy of a local paper from that decade which turned up during a sort out at my mum-in-law's house.
There's something about looking through old newspapers from a time you've actually lived through which is both interesting but heartstopping at the same time, don't you think? Heartstopping in that it suddenly dawns on you that you really have been around for quite a long while. But interesting for seeing the house prices, the adverts, fashions, names, even just the different journalistic style and the sort of things that made the news.
We don't know exactly why my mum-in-law kept this particular issue from January 1975 (and sadly don't think she'd remember now) but it does have some quite unusual stories so perhaps that's why. For instance, the front page is dramatic - covering the hijack of a British Airways 'plane at the nearby airport - a huge news story for a small town. More amusingly, there's a report about some vandalism at the local cinema in response to it showing 'Last Tango In Paris'. There's also the very important announcement that a record shop was opening its doors in the new shopping precinct - the place where I would later spend many a Saturday afternoon and most of my pocket money, of course, and which probably deserves a blog post of its own some day.
But in January 1975 I was 11 and I don't think any of those stories meant much to me at the time. Nor was I old enough to be trawling through the job ads from the back pages. But I did yesterday! It was only then that I fully appreciated how, in 1975, I would've had to pass on quite a few job applications purely on the basis of being the wrong sex - it served as a great reminder of how much things have changed for the better in that respect. I should say that not all the ads in the paper specify a gender (or age) preference, but where they do, it really leaps out....