Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

My 2nd all time favourite movie of the 70’s. I adored this film, the original version released in 1971 starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.

Mr Wonka & the Oompa Loompa’s

This film was full of color & magically transported you into a land of pure fantasy. My mouth watered watching Charlie gingerly open those golden wrapped Wonka Bars & I screamed with excitement when he found the golden ticket! I longed for . . . → Read More: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The old Bata Shoe (Frankston)

Does anyone remember the old Bata Shoe?

The old Bata Shoe on parade

Bata used to have their factory in Frankston & they had this huge shoe which appeared in the Australia Day Parade during the 60’s & early 70’s. It used to have small children popping out all the little windows in the shoe. It was delightful & I used to look for it every year. I have a vague recollection it . . . → Read More: The old Bata Shoe (Frankston)

McDonalds opens in Australia

As McDonald’s stores opened in Australia throughout the 70’s, we were lucky enough to have one in my home town of Frankston. Fast Food was still a fairly new phenomena back then, but people flocked to the new McDonalds restaurant & stood in long queues to order their burgers. No-one knew the bad health effects from junk food back then, it was all new, exciting & you just had to have it!

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Colour TV arrives in Oz!

A very memorable event indeed! Remember the incredible excitement as all your favourite programs looked so much better in “living colour”. It took years for most of us to eventually give in & acquire the new technology and once you did, you never looked back. I hate to think what the original quality was like compared to today’s megapixel screens, but we knew no better and were thoroughly content with what we got.

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