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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariocki wrote:
A fascinating thread this and one that reminds me of most of the people Iíve spoken to who were around at that time and who say pretty much the same thing - Britain felt like the centre of the universe for a very short time but it didnít change their lives. Most had mundane jobs and the Swinging Sixties always seemed to be just out of reach around the corner.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mariocki wrote:
A fascinating thread this and one that reminds me of most of the people Iíve spoken to who were around at that time and who say pretty much the same thing - Britain felt like the centre of the universe for a very short time but it didnít change their lives. Most had mundane jobs and the Swinging Sixties always seemed to be just out of reach around the corner.


From what I've seen from of-the-era- of British Pathť films, the so-called Swinging London looked to be exclusively the territory of youth, and rather superficial youth at that. Most people of an adult age were too busy making ends meet, whereas the kids in the video linked below appeared to still be of school age.

It's still fascinating to me, though. Mostly because it seems like it barely happened.

https://youtu.be/h3QdILmYQas
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Swinging London and The Avengers Reply with quote

Brian Flagg wrote:
With (especially) the Peel-era Avengers, I often get the feeling that the rest of the "Swingin' '60s" is happening just off camera and that the show is a part of the whole "scene" of the time. I'm sure I'm just romanticizing the time but somehow the strains of Sgt. Pepper's and the sights of Carnaby Street are vivid in my mind, especially in the monochrome season. The show's zeitgeist, along with its light tone and wonderfully English eccentrics give me that feeling more than anything that's implicitly stated. Mrs. Peel's fashion sense is another dead giveaway that London at its 20th Century peak.

I'm wondering if there are particular episodes that give you this same feeling or if I'm just looking too deeply into this.


Well, we have Steed doing some nice rock and roll dancing to the music in "Build a Better Mousetrap", for a few seconds until the youngsters, horrified, shut off the music.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tie shop set in 50,000 Breakfast is a wonderful example of how The Avengers in colour celebrates the Pop Art fashion of the Swinging Sixties. However, in general, shows like Man in a Suitcase were far better at showing off the Swinging Sixties with its music, fashions and dancing. The lack of ordinary people in Avengerland makes it harder to show this.
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