THE ‘flower power’ generation who grew up in the 60s are 3
times more likely to exaggerate and lie about their youthful
experiences than their younger counterparts who grew up in the 70s
or 80s according to a new study released this week. The survey
of 3,000 adults was specially commissioned by UKTV History to
celebrate their forthcoming series, ‘The Beatles Decade’,
which explores the social changes that took place during the 60s.
The research uncovers the hitherto unexplored phenomenon of ‘generational
gazumping’ - the practice of exaggerating your experiences in
the decade of your youth to gain kudos with family and younger
Comparing the experiences of those growing up in the 60s, 70s and
80s, the survey revealed 34% of respondents growing up in the 60s
conceded that at one time or another that they have embroidered
their past in order to gain the respect of their friends and family.
A quarter of these respondents claimed that they were flexible with
the truth in order to appear ‘cool’ to their children. Yet only 15%
of those growing up in the 70s and a mere 5% of those growing up in
the 80s admit to lying about their past.
The findings reveal that those growing up in the 60’s were most
likely to exaggerate their ‘beat generation’ credentials,
with a quarter of those questioned claiming that they were a part of
or had associations with the hippy movement when in reality a mere
6% could really lay claim to this being true. 1 in 5 who grew
up in the 60s admitted lying about the drugs they had taken. A
whopping 22% of those questioned admitted that they had used the
line ‘I was too stoned to remember the 60s’ whereas in
reality a mere 8% had tried cannabis and 1% had tried acid.
Claiming to have attended rock festivals and seen popular bands such
as The Beatles live was also popular tall tale for the 60s
generation with 9% claiming to have been at famous concerts when in
reality they actually saw the footage on TV. 11% of the 60s
respondents claimed that they knew people who had attended a ‘love-in’,
and 9% claimed that they had been invited to one. But in actual fact
these were fabrications, with just 4% knowing someone and 1%
actually invited to attend a ‘love-in’. Claims to have met
famous people from the 60s decade were also revealed to be lies,
12% of those questioned had ‘made up’ an encounter with
someone famous to impress their friends!
Astonishingly, 48 respondents from the 60s admitted to claiming to
have been at the momentous final in 1966 when England won the World
Cup. However, as this represents almost 370,000 people, equivalent
to 4 times the capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium, it suggests that
many of those who claim to have been there are actually fibbing! The
majority of respondents (75%) were more truthful, claiming to have
watched the1966 final on TV.
For the 70s children of the revolution, the overwhelming reason for
lying about their past experiences was ill-advised fashion
decisions, associations with famous people and a misguided love of
indulgent Prog Rock. It seems the 80s were also worth keeping quiet
about with many generation X respondents now ashamed of their
political stance, shoulder pads and their ‘uncool’ fixation
with the royal family.
Professor Sheila Whiteley, an expert in pop culture from Salford
University, comments:- “It is certainly common for people to
look back on their younger, rock and roll days through rose-tinted
glasses, in reality however the experience of growing up in the
sixties for many people would seem to be more akin to Cliff Richard
than Keith Richards! Conversely, those who grew up in the 70s and
80s prefer to tone down their youthful antics, probably due to
embarrassment at their fashion faux pas’, political leanings and
taste in music.”
60s storytellers’ top lies:-
1. Was a hippy – 27%
2. Experimenting with soft drugs – 20%
3. Meeting someone famous from the Beat generation – 12%
4. Knowing someone who took part in a love-in – 11%
5. Seeing the Beatles live – 9%
Top 70s tall tales:-
1. Regularly in the disco – 33%
2. Wore platform shoes – 17%
3. Hated Prog Rock 11%
4. Meeting someone famous – 11%
5. Avoided orange or brown interior furnishings 9%
Top 80s embellishments:-
1. Didn’t watch Charles and Diana’s wedding on TV – 35%
2. Didn’t wear shoulder pads – 29%
3. Didn’t vote Tory – 15%
4. Owned a computer – 11%
5. Attended Live Aid – 2%
‘The Beatles Decade’ premieres on Monday 10 July on UKTV
History at 9pm and runs all week.
INA SERIES of face-to-face briefings with staff the Trusts
Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has announced that regrettably
there will be a number of compulsory redundancies.
Earlier this year the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust announced that as part of its financial
recovery plan it would need to shed posts. A vigorous vacancy freeze
that had been ongoing for some time was stepped up and staff were
also offered the opportunity of applying for voluntary early
retirement or voluntary redundancy. These initiatives are ongoing
and between them they have already helped us to save £750k.
However this level of savings is still not sufficient to ensure that
the Trust delivers its recovery plan and balances its books and as a
consequence we will now be making 33 posts compulsory redundant. It
is estimated that a further 50 posts will need to be identified for
compulsory redundancy over the coming months to achieve our overall
total of £2.5 million on staff savings.
With the exception of ward based nursing staff, staff at all levels
within the Trust have been considered and the list affects a range
of jobs and grades. Those staff who have been identified as at risk
will now be seen by their managers over the next few days to have
the selection process explained to them.
Jonathan Parry said:- "This is not something that the Trust is
proud of and we will continue to do all that we can to limit the
number of staff affected. The vacancy freeze will continue to be
strictly imposed and I would encourage anyone who may wish to leave
voluntarily to contact us to discuss whether this is possible. The
Trust has a £14 million recovery plan to deliver over a 2-year
period. Given that some 70% of the Trust's running costs go on
paying our staff it is inevitable that some of our plans will affect
staff. The Trade Unions have been fully consulted at every stage of
the process and they will be available to support their members
through this difficult period. This is a sad day for the Trust and
we very much regret having to do this but it is essential that we
take whatever action we must to achieve financial balance"
A LOCAL POEM COULD
WIN YOU £1,000.00
A POEM about someone or something in your home town could win
you £1,000.00 in a poetry competition. All you have to do is
write a poem about someone you know or someone famous from your home
town, or even write a poem about your home town. £1,000 goes to the
winner of the competition which closes at the end of this year.
The competition is open to poets of all ages and is designed to
encourage new poets to get more involved in writing poetry.
“Poetry is one of the most accessible art forms and more
people should be writing poems. You can write a poem on the back of
your shopping list when you are sitting on the bus. Poetry is that
easy to do and so many new poets are unearthed by competitions like
this,” said Peter Quinn, Managing Director of United Press
which is running the competition.
You can send up to 3 entries for the competition. They must all have
a maximum of 160 words and 20 lines each. You can find out more
about last year’s winner by visiting the website
www.unitedpress.co.uk and also find out more about
Send your entries (with a LOOSE stamp if you want to be sure of a
reply after the competition has closed) to United Press, Admail
3735, London, EC1B 1JB.
Last year’s winner was a poem all about his home town – Billinge –
Lancashire – by new poet Owen Lowery who has since been featured in
the media and has given poetry readings. Owen has also been selected
by United Press to be an assistant editor on its webzine, Voice.
Transport Boost for Cheshire & Warrington
A NEW transport schemes in
Cheshire and Warrington were given a boost on 6 July 2006, following
the announcement of the Government’s broad acceptance of the
region’s advice on transport priorities, which CWEA and its partners
provided significant input into.
Cheshire & Warrington Economic Alliance, the partnership tasked with
improving the economic development of the area, welcomed the
announcement. Chief Executive, Martin Lee says:- “The schemes
put forward for funding will have a tremendous impact on businesses
and residents in the area. For instance the Alderley Edge bypass
will benefit many companies, including AstraZeneca, one of our most
successful businesses, by improving links to Manchester Airport and
access for its workforce. This is also great news for residents who
have endured serious traffic congestion.”
Other schemes in Cheshire and Warrington put forward for approval
• The South East Manchester Relief Road which will improve links
from East Cheshire to Manchester.
• The Crewe Green Link Road which will improve connections from the
motorway and the strategic development site at Basford with Crewe
• Crewe Rail Gateway which will regenerate the railway and
surrounding area of the town.