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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 – 1960, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

1960 was a big year for literature when the book ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ was published by Penguin books and whipped up a legal storm.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ is a novel by D. H. Lawrence that was written in 1928 and printed at that time privately in Florence.  The publication of the book caused a scandal due to its explicit sex scenes, including the use of previously banned four letter words.  When it was published in Britain in 1960, the trial of the publishers, Penguin Books, under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 was a major public event and a test of the new obscenity law.

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