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Age of Innocence – 1967, Che Guevara, Torrey Canyon and Francis Chichester

I suppose that one of the biggest news events of the year occurred in Peru, South America, when in October a 1960s icon died at the hands of a firing squad.  Che Guevara was born in 1928 in Argentina and as a medical student in the 1940s became a committed Marxist revolutionary when he became convinced that capitalism created the poverty that he witnessed as he travelled on his motorbike on a journey through South America.

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Age of Innocence – 1962, Cold War and Cold Winter

Sun and Snow

These days people pay good money to stay in an ice hotel in Sweden and spend an evening shivering in sub-zero temperatures.

When I was a boy a cold Winter would have been quite an ordeal I’m certain because like most people in 1962 we lived in a house without central heating and this was in the days long before double glazing and thermal insulation.

I don’t think we even had a fitted carpet!  We didn’t have a fitted carpet for at least another five years or so.  The house had an open coal fire in the lounge and a coke boiler in the kitchen to heat the water and that was it.  Sitting around the fire was quite cosy of course but when it came to bed time tearing yourself away from it was a real ordeal – rather like Scott’s preparation for walking to the South Pole!

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Age of Innocence – 1962, The Joy of Sex and Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Haugesund Norway

I unexpectedly came across Marilyn once in Haugesund  in Norway and I discovered that the reason she should surprisingly turn up here is that her father, Martin Mortensen, came from the village of Skjold, just twenty kilometres away and lived in Haugesund before emigrating to America in about 1880.  After abandoning his family after only six months of marriage, he was killed in a motorcycle crash without ever seeing his daughter – Norma Jean Mortensen.

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Age of Innocence – 1959, Missile Mail

Since the 1930s there had been various attempts at speeding up postal services.  In 1934 for example a rocket was launched over a sixteen thousand metre flight path between two Hebridean islands in Scotland with a fuselage packed with mail.  Unfortunately the rocket exploded and destroyed most of its cargo, which was a bit of a shame if you had put ten shillings in a birthday card to someone!

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