I have become more nostalgic as I get older. Who doesn’t right? It’s not a matter of thinking about ‘the good old days’. These days are just as good as when I was younger. As an adult you don’t have to think about curfews and going to a party you didn’t tell your parents about. That is what you have to deal with your teens! All of those rights of passage are now really a thing of the past. You tend to start looking at what your future starts to look like in the next 15-20 years. You can have all sorts of things that you want to do. Maybe travel a bit, maybe go back to school, maybe its a need to change jobs or do a bit of volunteer work. There are so many options as to what you can do when you have the ways and means to have a bit of fun. It’s also a good time to take stock of your health and reflect a bit on what sort of insurance you need to get when you are over 50. At least I do.
As I was checking things out on the net (as you do when you have a free moment), I was struck with what has gone on in the last 50 years. There have been innovations (the internet, the cell phone, Apple watches for goodness sakes). There has been some great music, great art and culture too. With the recent death of David Bowie, Alan Rickman and now Sir George Martin, you tend to have a retrospective of what is different now. I found this pretty cool inforgraphic from SunLife UK that has an interactive map.
I thought it would be fun to share it with my readers because it has all sorts of interesting facts from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. Spanning five and a half decades, you will find some interesting information. I decided to share just a few with you but I would encourage you to drop by and have a look. For example, I knew that Coronation Street has been around for many years but did you now it first aired in1960? That is 55 years ago! How time flies when you are having fun!
From the 1970’s decades you can learn about the first MRI or that in 1977 HRM Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Silver Jubilee. Do you know what year the first ‘test tube’ baby was born or where? You can find that out.
I love finding out that the iconic slow song Stairway To Heaven was played in Northern Ireland in Belfast! I remember going to high school dances in the late 70s and early 80s and you would just wait for that song to be played so you could slow dance with your favourite guy for 14 minutes. To think that our kids wouldn’t know what to do with a song that is longer than four minutes.
In 1987, in Wales, the very popular Oakwood Theme Park opened its door.
Did you know that in 1994 the Channel Tunnel opens linking England and France. I have to say, going on the Chunnel is a bucket list item for this travel blogger. I am hoping to go this summer. After my last voyage on a bullet train between Girona, Spain and Paris, France, I am hooked on rapid train travel!
There are great little tidbits of information that you can select and read about. These are just a few examples of what you can find on this interactive map. Have a go and see what interesting things you can read about? Do you have one in particular that you found interesting? Please let me know!