About

Pop&Crisps is a blogsite run by author Josie Henley-Einion. It is dedicated to snapshop memories of the 1970’s period, when Josie was a child. Submissions of blog material are being solicited from others who remember the period, whether as a child, teen or adult. There is no payment but reciprocal linking and publicity is encouraged.

Definitions

Pop = fizzy drinks, carbonated drinks. Can also mean non-carbonated drinks such as squash, sugary juice and other cold non-alcoholic beverages. Sometimes called ‘soda’ by people who call their dad ‘Pop’. In the seventies they were always sugared – ‘diet’ drinks didn’t arrive till the Eighties before aspartame was bad for us. Pop can also refer to other drinks in an ironic manner, e.g. ‘Council pop’ is water, if you’re ‘on the pop’ it means you’re inebriated.

Crisps = crispy fried potato snacks, often referred to as ‘chips’ by people who call chips ‘fries’. Confusion has arisen in the Naughties due to there now being a wide variety of vegetable crisps available (supposed to be ‘good for you’) – e.g. parsnip crisps, beetroot crisps. In the seventies there was only one kind of crisp – potato – and we knew it was bad for us but only ate them as a treat. The difference between chips and crisps is that chips are hot and squashy and sold in newspaper as a meal, and crisps are cold and crispy and sold in packets as a snack. Got that?

Why Pop&Crisps

The idea behind calling this blog pop&crisps is that these were things that were considered a treat when I was a child but they have become quite normal and everyday now. There was the choice of about three flavours of both, compared to children now suffering from an excess of choice.

I’ll also blog about other memories of the seventies, events like the Silver Jubilee, telly programmes, famous people, politics and society in general. But the phrase ‘pop and crisps’ especially certain brands (does anyone have photos of Corona bottles?) evokes the seventies for me more than anything else.

Why a Blog?

I had this idea initially as a novel or memoir but decided to turn it into a blog because I’ve got so many other books on the go (and several for sale). As a blog it means that it can evolve in public with contributions rather than being stuck in my desk drawer for years gathering dust.

If it picks up then I’ll be looking to pitch it as a blook, but initially it’s a way of having a new blog with a theme rather than being ‘all about me as a writer’ which I’ve already got.

Why the Seventies?

Ah, the Seventies. When Wagon Wheels were bigger than your fist and Vimto was the height of sophistication. Why have I focussed specifically on this decade for my memory fest? For a start, I was born in 1970, which means that my formative experiences took place over this decade. Another point is that the seventies are now officially history (anything over thirty years old is history, yes that’s right, I’m history *sobs*) and there are large swathes of our population who have no memory at all of this special time. This includes my publisher (omg indeed).

From a socio-economic point of view, I believe that the seventies saw a major shift in British culture. It may have started in the Sixties with a change in attitude, but in the seventies we lived it. More people moved away from their home towns to set up elsewhere, more people commuted to work, consumerism began in earnest and branding became more important than quality. Again, this is my subjective opinion and it may be that I’m seeing it skewed as I was a child and now have rose-tinted specs. I’d welcome debate on all of these points.

It wasn’t all fabulous times. There was rapid inflation, hard weather, pollution, starving children on the TV, systematic and hidden abuse, open racism and sexism… We can blog about those things as well, I’d like to get political and am planning a ‘soapbox’ category. For the most part I’d like to stay positive and think that, yes, I grew up during the best decade.

Why not the eighties or the nineties? Well, those are other blogs that may happen if this one is successful enough. They would respectively be called Top Deck and Kebab or Curry?

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6 Responses

  1. Great site…keep up the good work.

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  3. Im sure many of you are like me and one of the first things you do in the morning is head here and check out the new post. Along with seeing the new posts, I’m also always checking out the blog roll rss feed and watching them grow, or shrink sometimes. In one of my past …but all in all excellent site. Keep it up!

  4. Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don’t have the time.
    Oh well maybe one day…. 🙂

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