Saturday, 17 September 2016

Days of Our Lives - edited

Welcome to my post for Jo's Birthday Blog hop. Jo has a special birthday today, and to honour the occasion we are marking the events in our lives that correspond to a year in Jo's.
My year is :-
1974

This is what was happening to Jo that year:-

1974 - Jo was 8.  She had complete the Infant Stage at Primary School and was then in the Juniors.  Jo  was put into a mixed age class with the majority of the children being the year above.  Jo discovered the more grown-up pursuits of Top of the Pops and the merits of the Bay City Rollers versus David Essex.  Jo was a Rollers fan and owned the jacket (made by Mum), the maroon trousers, the scarf, the socks, the pendant and the printed T-shirt with their photo and her name across the top (from Great Yarmouth seafront market).  These were all worn with pride for the School Discos.

I, on the other hand, being older, was not a fan of the world's most tartanest boy band.
In 1974, I was 13, and listening to








 and


Pretty much still am come to think of it. Here, a little audio treat for you.

When I wasn't listening to music I was watching these guys


And reading this


A brilliant, bittersweet, multifaceted, sparkling diamond of a novel which makes a lot of recent popular YA stuff  look dull, predictable and amateurish (why yes Twilight, I am talking about you), and which has stayed with me ever since.

Not really now, not any more

If you've read it, you'll know what that means.

I am not going to inflict what I was wearing on you.

You're welcome

Aaargh! I forgot the stitched picture bit! I was supposed to include something I'd stitched that I thought would appeal to Jo. I found the piece, lifted it out and forgot to photograph it. What a numpty!
Here you go. Bonus points for anyone who can guess which other book from my youth inspired this design



21 comments:

Vickie said...

I have enjoyed learning more about you AND Jo, Christine!!

Lesley said...

Great post I like your taste in music :)

Carolyn said...

Christine,
I sure wish we could see Jo in her outfit. I love your taste in music and I STILL listen to those bands today. Monty Phython could always make my Dad laugh. Thanks for sharing!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Birthday Blog Hop. But where's my stitched picture?
You were way cooler than me and had much better taste in music too. I still have the BCR jacket, maybe I should take a photo!
Love Monty Python too. Life of Brian was the first 18 film I saw. I recently introduced the Large Boy to it too. I figured he's at High School, he's heard the profanity by now!

Astrids dragon said...

What? No fair not posting a clothing picture!

Bea said...

Like your taste in music. And why no description of your clothes - at 13 we all make such fabulous wardrobe choices!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Great post and great taste in music. Queen, in particular, is a big favorite around here to this day. Few people can sing the way Freddie could.

Preeti said...

Nice to know about you and your choices! About YA reading stuff, I agree with your views.

Julie said...

I was a BCR fan like Jo and yes, I had the tartan trousers made by my mum.
I'm sure I have a design very similar to that but its green in colour on the chart?? been languishing in the box for goodness knows how long.

rosey175 said...

Haaaaah, you should've inflicted your choices of clothing on us. I'm sure you were at the most stylish point in your life; don't all 13-year-olds agree with this? :D

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thank you for the gorgeous stitched picture, worth waiting for!
I'm guessing The Hobbit, it's Smaug on his mound of treasure.

Tiffstitch said...

Excellent post and great music choices. I still wasn't born yet, but still listen to that music as well. I haven't read that book, so I will have to check it out, thank you for the recommendation!

Stitching Noni said...

I was a BCR fan too... but unfortunately for me living in the world downunder I didn't get to see them except on TV!! I had a tartan hat, scarf (I still wear a tartan scarf in winter!) pillowcase.. I was even a member of the UK fan club - oh those were the days!
Great post!
Hugs xx

Melinda Forbes said...

I have found this book on Amazon and it has been placed on my must read. I did read the Twilight Series (as an adult) and enjoyed it. So I believe I will enjoy this one.

Is that a dragon on your cross stitch piece? It is a great piece but do not know what inspired it

Katie said...

I'm hopping along on the blog hop. What a fun post. Thanks for sharing. Love your stitched piece.

Brigitte said...

A lovely post with lots to read, to look at and to listen to for Jo's birthday.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I definitely liked Queen then and Alan Garner was on my reading list too.

Elfie said...

I am slowly hopping through the birthday blog posts. I enjoyed reading your post, and seeing your lovely stitched project, This is such a nice thing to be involved in.

Barb said...

blimey Christine and Jo I had been married 7 years by then ,argh!!!Great post though my funky friend.

Kaisievic said...

A fun post for the hop, my dear.

Kaisievic said...

P.S. I meant to say that I love Alan Garner, too, The weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of my favourite novels.