Friendly Friday Vlog: Flashback to the 60’s and 70’s

In Amanda’s Friendly Friday Challenge she asks: If you lived through the sixties and seventies, what stands out for you?

A few of us got together and had a look back at photos and headlines from our different parts of the world. Manja grew up in old Yugoslavia, Amanda lived in the suburbs of Melbourne and I spent most of my childhood in Jamaica. Based on our photos and memories, I’ve created this collaborative vlog.

It’s been a fun and highly educational exercise. So much history occurred during the 60’s and 70’s. It’s incredible to think of the differences, but also the similarities in our respective childhoods.

As I worked with Manja’s and Amanda’s pictures, I often had moments of “I remember that!” Maybe you will too. Let me know!

By the way, this is just one piece of our collective Flashback story. There’s more to come in stories and videos for the other decades! Keep tuned.


    1. MIke – I don’t think I understand your question. Are you asking about the file size uploading to Youtube? or about WordPress? I don’t load videos on WordPress because my plan doesn’t allow. This is not a true video, so the file size is not so big, 126MB


      1. I mean the video file size for uploading somewhere, 126MB is very big for a series of stills. I was just wondering if you found software to compress the video or save it in a smaller format.


        1. I’m not sure if it’s a particularly big file for what it is. I’ve done similar with full videos and it’s about the same. But then, I’m not making feature length films. I haven’t looked into compressions as I haven’t seen a need.


  1. So much work putting this fantastic collaboration together. You did all that hard work but it has paid off in a fun video. I can see music, sport and lots of fun are woven into our childhoods! Wonderful, Sandy.

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      1. That’s so true Donna. A prime example for me was Bazooka Gum in Manja’s bit. I’d totally forgotten about it. Seeing here photos, I suddenly remembered the comic strips on the gum wrappers and even recalled the enticing bubble gum smell!

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        1. Amanda … maybe not parallels but triggers for memories. I have a Facebook follower who said Vietnam was big part of her growing up in Canada. It was always in the news and many American draft dodgers came to Canada in the 60s.

          As well, Canada has a lot of recent immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia. During the Balkan War, I remember being bemused when my co-worker explained his family’s generational history of Serbs against Croatians and vice versa. In another example, the bombing in Yugoslavia included a hit on the Chinese embassy. Last night I had dinner with someone who was a teenager in China at the time. She said she was so angry then that she wanted to sign-up & go to war with the US. That’s how hot that incident was China.

          On a lighter note, I didn’t know that the Hills Hoist clothes hanger had a name, much less that it was invented in Australia. However, I do remember having one in our backyard in Jamaica. Maybe it was clone because It never occurred to me to swing on it!

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          1. Ah, yes, memory triggers. I understand. Vietnam was always in the news here. Furthermore, we took hundreds, no thousands of Vietnamese refugees when Saigon fell and after the war. The Vietnamese that escaped on boats were willingly accepted and have all integrated into Aussie society and are valued beyond measure here. How the attitude towards immigration have changed now and our Government a decade or so ago stopped accepting boat people (refugees arriving on boats) – but that is another story. Afgha refugees are accepted as legal refugees. Boat people for some reason are labelled illegal immigrants.
            I can see how emotive the issue of the Balkan war embassy assaultmight be, in China. China and the US, as world powers tussle for supremacy and an incident such as that would trigger further ill-will. When a Norwegian merchant vessel was involved in an incident with the boat people off the coast of Australia – the coastguard were ordered not to rescue the refugees and the Norwegian vessel had to manage and rescue huge numbers of people. It almost caused a diplomatic incident between Australia and the normally laid back and neutral Norway. This goes to show how nationalistic feelings can arise if an incident involves one’s fellow countrymen, sovereignty or representations.
            Australia also accepted legal immigrant refugees from Bosnia during the war. Some from Kosovo came here but were sent back when things settled! The Bosnians we knew became great friends of ours and told us another version of events that we had not heard from our television sets. The Serbian often remember resentments from centuries ago. Yet everywhere has immigrants and populations that continually move and migrate. This is history in Europe and the land masses in the world. Even as an Australian, I am an immigrant even though one side of my family has been here for eight generations. The Australian indigenous folk migrated from somewhere originally. We have to ask ourselves, where is the cut off for historic nationalism? How far back should we, or can we go? If so, we all could have land rights in Africa or the Tigris-Euphrates! It becomes inane.
            Funny that it never occurred to you to swing on the Hills Hoist. You missed out on so much fun! Maybe yours was locked or you had access to a better swing?

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          2. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that wherever you go, people will always find reasons to hate each other. Nationalism, racism, tribalism, religious fanaticism, colonialism, etc. are all variations on the same. It’s basic human nature which at its best, unites people and at its worse, divides them.

            As to why I never played with our clothes line & was because of a better swing? Maybe that was it. The best swing was in in the school playground and it was a free hanging vine from a great big banyan tree. We’d launch ourselves off a picnic table and swing like Tarzan from one side to the other. Since we were all wearing all white cotton school uniforms, I’m sure the teachers and parents were not pleased with this swing either 😉

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          3. I agree about reasons to hate – it is dangerous but seems a fundamental thorn of human nature. A self-protective mechanism perhaps?
            No wonder the Hills Hoist didn’t appeal to you! You had your very own Tarzan swing. Much more fun!

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    1. Thank you Amanda. It took a bit of work but it was worth it. I enjoyed pulling together the photos and I learned a lot about recent histories in Australia, Yugoslavia and Slovenia … even a couple new things about Jamaica ! Part of the reason why it takes long, is because I start researching and I get lost in rabbit holes 😉

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      1. Blogging is a wonderful activity for expanding the mind. We are not limited by the predicted best sellers of the bookshop, or google online rankings to find topics of interest. You did well here, Sandy and all who read may discover a thing or two they haven’t known before.

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  2. Yeahhh! What a great mash up of our early lives! Far apart but now together like this. Most excellent. I love your dancing shots and when you model both climates. 😀 Looking forward to more! Thank you so much for doing this!

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    1. Manja, many thanks to you for pulling together the content from your archives. Although I can mash it all up, everything depends on having content.

      I mention it above but I had a real flashback moment when I saw your Bazooka Gum pix. I’d totally forgotten that bubble gum but instantly remembered it when I saw the comics… down to the special bubble gum smell. You called it Bubble Gum Imperialism but I remember is as Imported American Magic 🙂

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