- 18 Jun 07
It’s a different world than it used to be! In this special extended birthday column, The Hog takes a necessarily selective – and typically colourful – look at the 30 most important influences on the process of change that has brought this country all the way from there to… well, where else but here?
Well! 30 years, eh? But nothing starts in a vacuum. For all the silly nostalgia, the ‘70s were pretty grim. Certain things had already happened. Hunter Thompson said the ‘60s ended when people moved from hash and acid on to speed. Perhaps. But for most people, the ‘60s ended with the Yom Kippur war and the oil crisis that followed in 1973. That was the moment when everyone realised two key things. The first was that energy was finite and the second was that horizons were finite too. The end of the world was nigh.