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Thread #77597 Message #1386029
Posted By: MBSLynne
23-Jan-05 - 09:57 AM
Thread Name: If You Were There...The Sixties
Subject: RE: If You Were There...The Sixties
One of the things I give thanks about in my life, is that I was the age I was during the 60s. I was 8 ath the beginning of 1960, so my adolescence took place then. I spent 7 1/2 years of the decade in Australia...in fact Western Australia, where the big bad world only filtered through gradually and not completely, so I remember the BIG things, like Kennedy's death, Martin Luther King's etc. Our 60s was slightly different from both the American and the English, but I loved it. I was (and am) a hippy, a protestor a 'make love not war' and fix the world's problems person, though I never took drugs more than an experimental puff here and there.
In Australia, boys were conscripted and sent to fight in Vietnam on a sort of lottery system. I was VERY anti-Vietnam...especially since an awful lot of Aussies who were killed there were actualyl killed by the Americans not by the Vietnamese.
My abiding images of the 60s are the little Vietnamese girl running screaming along a road, and the 'flowers in the barrels of the guns' which still brings tears to my eyes and makes me want to go and march and protest about something.....mostly war.