Re: Happy Weekend ye Olde Fartes
"Yer all hankering after "the good old days" when they were in fact no better and usually much worse than today."
Yes indeed they were bad times. A mortgage was limited to 3 times your annual salary - and you had to put down a 5% deposit. If you didn't like your employer - in any industry - you could quit on Friday and start with a new one on the following Monday.
Going to university involved getting a grant from your local authority. That only paid for your tuition fees and your living expenses. Beer money had to be found by economising on the baked beans.
Flying on a long haul 747 - everyone could have a window seat. Airline check in times were minimal.
Most electonic kit and home appliances could be repaired. Cars could be home maintained safely.
The internet was a jungle with religious zealots posting pr0n to usenet to try to get liberal groups banned - usually the ISPs ignored them. Spam was reported to the sender's ISP - and they took action to stop it.
Censorship of the internet otherwise was unknown - and no one had any apparent reason to worry about their email or web site's security. If you didn't like what someone was posting - you didn't go there again. Video tapes weren't under the censors' certification control - and there was always a hire shop just round the corner.
In IT the priority was to get the technical job done and make the customer happy - not to appease layers of middle management looking to enhance their career CVs. Management were often ex-techies who could do your job as well as you - if not better.
Many politicians were honourable people who resigned if there was the slightest possibility of a taint from a scandal. Home Secretaries introduced liberal reforms.
Sex was finally in the open with books like "The Joy of Sex". HIV hadn't arrived - STIs could be easily treated.
In general health antibiotics were still largely effective for many illnesses - resistant strains did not yet have any traction.
Yes indeed - who would wish for those things today?