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Markymark6,979 posts since 13 Dec 2004
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Didn’t the strike cause a baby boom?


No. For those of us who were alive in the 70s, we'd had long winter evenings without any power, (the smell of candle wax still takes me back to those days) I'd sat at school in lessons wearing my coat, because the heating didn't work (because there was a power cut and/or the oil hadn't turned up) and my parents had lived through WWII (my mother's house had its roof blown clean off by a bomb) , so quite honestly having no ITV for 10 weeks really really wasn't a disaster.
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commseng244 posts since 8 Dec 2016
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I used to enjoy the power cuts in the 1970s.
I'm not so sure my parents did.
The Birmingham Evening Mail would say which areas would lose power at what time, and you could set your watch by it.
If you could see your watch.....

It probably seems very odd to younger eyes that this was a normal state of affairs, can you imagine the internet stopping now?
That radio and television and all the programme content remains on the air for such a high percentage of time now is nothing short of a miracle when you consider how many bits of kit the signal goes through, all of which need powering.
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Markymark6,979 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I used to enjoy the power cuts in the 1970s.
I'm not so sure my parents did.
The Birmingham Evening Mail would say which areas would lose power at what time, and you could set your watch by it.
If you could see your watch.....

It probably seems very odd to younger eyes that this was a normal state of affairs, can you imagine the internet stopping now?
That radio and television and all the programme content remains on the air for such a high percentage of time now is nothing short of a miracle when you consider how many bits of kit the signal goes through, all of which need powering.


Yes. In our area the SEB published a table in the local papers of the rota, yes, you could indeed set your watch by it. My school was in adjacent area to our house, so some days I'd wake up to no power in the 6am to 9am slot, then arrive at school just in time to have no power there 9am to 12 !

Radio 210 apparently ran themselves off car batteries and an inverter, all sounded normal, except their cart machines ran about 10% fast !