Ago 30 2012, 15h03
Back in 1953 Queen Elizabeth 11 was crowned and shortly before Mount Everest was conquered. And England won the Ashes back. Three bright spots, unlike the background to these events.
Meat was still rationed, and rationing of food was only just starting to end, whilst very few British households had a car, telephone or television. Many did not even have a refridgerator. Many cities, especially the ports, London and in the south east were still cratered with bomb sites, crumbling buildings and a down at heel look.
The Soviet Union occupied half of Europe, remained on a war footing and threatened the rest of Europe. Nuclear weapons posed the likelihood of annihilation of civilisation, whilst the Korean War was being bitterly fought against the Communist China.
Daily life for most people was a struggle to earn a living income, whilst there was a chronic shortage of housing, a limited diet and poor quality clothing, often hand me down. Few could afford wine, and few had travelled abroad, ( apart from Service personnel). And the Government was struggling with Britain's political, economic and empirical decline.
Desperate days indeed, but slowly the tide of events turned for the better, as the energies and skills of significant numbers of people led a ground swell of recovery, despite all the difficulties and also the general incompetence of politicians.
Once into the 1960s the gradual upward trend has continued, with cyclical ups and downs every 17/ 20 years along the way. Very much down at present, but we have experienced worse.