For Christmas 1974 I think my main present was a calculator I was happy with it too, when I went back to school in the January the other kids were dead impressed by it. A few years later I was given a calculator by my local garage because I’d bought four litres of Castrol or something like that. They went from expensive to dirt cheap within a few years.
As a kid our family had a party line for the 'phone with a woman a few doors down. It was cheaper I think. I tried explaining a few years back to a young 'un what a party line was, they looked at me like I was telling them I went up chimneys to clean 'em when I were a nipper.
We had a black and white tele until I was FOURTEEN!!! Why Social Services didn’t step in I will never know.