My 2nd great aunt Amy

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My 2nd great aunt Amy
missdiane

Ah, memories

My buddy pmoodie who hasn't been around LJ in ages shared this on FB with his commentary "In case the world's getting too depressing, and we're looking for the sublime":


Queen - LiveAid 1985. I remember getting up early and watching as much as I could all day when I was 15. Looooove this

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If it was a competition then Queen definitely won Live Aid, mind you they were on home turf, Freddie Mercury could always get Wembley eating out of the palm of his hand.

It was a fundraising concert to support feeding Africa held simultaneously in both Wembley and in Philadelphia. Phil Collins actually performed in both venues that same day by hopping on the Concorde.

The concert was fabulous - Queen was definitely the highlight of the day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid

believe it or not, I had to learn about and watch Live Aid in Religious Education in High School lol,

Religious education? LOL Well Queen in particular are definitely gods ;)

it's humanist Christian charity, it's usually framed in the context of in the middle of the excesses of 1980s British making-money Thatcherism there's always still something you can do if you allow yourself to care. Live Aid was always something from our parent's generation we were taught we should be proud of, it's probably the single most important date in UK history from the 1980s......other than my birth obviously : -)

Live Aid was always something from our parent's generation we were taught we should be proud of,it's probably the single most important date in UK history from the 1980s

Aside from making me feel old *wheeeeze* ;), that's cool to hear. I'm trying to think what the US moment would be.


you had the Olympics in LA in 84 did you not?

Yes - I was pondering that and it likely was the biggest (at least positive) US event. Especially Mary Lou Retton.

You could also claim the Voyagers [that's like 88 maybe I think]

The Voyagers? The probes first launched in the late 1970s?

I think maybe they sent the pictures back in 88, 89, the really impressive new pictures of like Uranus and Neptune, you could claim that as "US optimism for the entire 80s" I was thinking.

Aha - well sadly it didn't get the news coverage that it should have. I guess it didn't entertain the general rabble here. :/

I had the new colour photos of the planets on my eraser set in kindergarten, we fucking love NASA over here, probably a good half of my school class had been to NASA [it's near to Disneyland] In the 1990s the pound was really cheap against the dollar [not like it is now!] so even working class families went to Florida. I remember that when I saw the Space Shuttle take off there were three other kids from my school that had seen the same launch because Easter holidays is when seven trillion Brits descend on Florida so we basically were ALL there at the same time.

How amusing! I have been to NASA. My family and I cheered when they got to the bit about the big crawler-transporters since they were made in my craptastic hometown (Marion Power Shovel, now defunct)

making the big crawler-transporter things is cool.

The US Ambassador in London was on the Radio the other day cause he'd been around London schools asking them to name things about America and "NASA" is consistently the one the Brits fanboy over.

I know the Apollo 1 crew is - White, Chaffee, Grissom for example....there was probably a time when I could have listed you off the names of the Apollo crews but alas my memory isn't what it used to be.

I wish NASA were MORE popular than nearby Disneyland for Americans. I feel somewhat proud that I've never been to either Disneyland or Disneyworld.

I was very impressed with Disney, but I was 8-13 years old when I went, im not sure what it's like as an adult. I was pleased because I was allowed to drink coke and eat McDonald's whereas that wasnt allowed in Britain.

Gods, yes, I remember this!!

*HUGS*

I got up early that day too. I was watching it constantly until my idiot parents decided I was "turning into a hermit" and sent me to my friend's house. She didn't have cable because her mom decided MTV was bad.

When I came home it was back on until the end. I can't believe it's been 31 years.

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