Week 35 : 27th August-2nd September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 27th August 1967 – Electronic Video Recording (EVR), was announced by CBS Laboratories. The system used a 7″ wide film cartridge that could provide an hour of black-and-white or a half-hour of colour recording and could be used with the aid of a, “playback machine that could be put on top of a TV”.
  • 27th August 1967 – Died: Brian Epstein, 32, manager of The Beatles, died of an overdose of barbiturates.
  • 28th August 1967 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson took personal control of the Department of Economic Affairs, removing Michael Stewart and replacing him with Peter Shore, who would serve in an advisory role. 20 other department officials were also moved or replaced.
  • 29th August 1967 – The Arab Summit opened at Khartoum, and was attended by representatives of most of the Arab nations with the exception of Syria. On the first day, the oil-producing members voted to lift an embargo against exports to the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1st September 1967 – At a rally in Beijing, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party reprimanded the Red Guards for burning both the Soviet and British diplomatic missions in August, and told the crowd that violence had done “great damage to the Cultural Revolution.”
  • 2nd September 1967 – Roy Bates, a retired British Army major, staked a claim on HM Fort Roughs, an abandoned anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea located outside UK territorial waters. Learning that British courts had ruled that the UK had no jurisdiction over the 550 square metres platform, Bates proclaimed the location as the Principality of Sealand, an independent “micronation”.

And here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 27th August 1967
Set off for Clymping at 8am – no traffic problems – we were there at 9:30am. Car parks very soon filled up. Had a good day – enjoyed a swim – left at 4:10. Home 5:30pm

Monday 28th August 1967
Haven’t been far today – only to Epsom to find the whereabouts of the swimming baths for future reference. Lovely day again it has seemed like a Sunday.

Tuesday 29th August 1967
Not such a warm day but it hasn’t mattered very much as we’ve been to Epsom swimming this afternoon (indoor pool) and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Philip didn’t want to come out as he said it was so warm. Wasn’t very difficult getting there and back and so quick with the car.

Wednesday 30th August 1967
Feeling very tired today – I think I am trying to cram too much into my day! Did a lot of outstanding household jobs this afternoon – then went to Cobham hoping to get Phil’s hair cut but the shop was shut. Have done a little office work at home – now I’m going to do my monthly accounts.

Thursday 31st August 1967
Zoo – Philip’s birthday outing.
A very full day. I did 1½hrs at the office then went to the Bank. From there to Binker’s coffee morning. Home to lunch and pack a picnic then on to the zoo. We picked Andrew Buchan up at 1:15pm. Home at 6pm and am I TIRED!!!

Friday 1st September 1967
Very busy at the office this morning and have put in an hour and ½ tonight. I may have to go in tomorrow afternoon too as Mrs S wants time off next week. Poured with rain this afternoon. Tried to get Phil’s hair cut in Cobham. No luck.

Saturday 2nd September 1967
Have been to the office for a short while this morning and again this afternoon. Philip’s birthday has gone off quite well. His Super Soccer arrived and he was very pleased with his car from Gill and £1 from the Aunts, 2/6 from Auntie Boyce (who on earth was Auntie Boyce, Phil?) – Airfix model from Janet; van from Phyl, 12 or more cards and I gave him a surprise tea with cake and candles. Janet came to tea.


Week 34 : 20th -26th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 20th August 1967 – Three men in a car strafed the U.S. Embassy in London with machine gun fire, shattering glass doors and windows, but causing no injuries because the attack was at 11:30 pm. A note, signed by a group calling itself the Revolutionary Solidarity Committee, contained the warning “Stop: Criminal murders by the American army. Solidarity with all people battling against Yankee fascism all over the world! Racism! Freedom for American Negroes!”
  • 21st August 1967 – Two U.S. jets were shot down after straying into Chinese airspace while attacking North Vietnam. A U.S. spokesman said that the two planes were part of a group from the carrier USS Constellation and conceded that they had inadvertently crossed into Chinese territory. Radio Peking announced that it had captured one of the men alive; Lt. Robert J. Flynn would remain in a Chinese prison camp until March 15, 1973.
  • 22nd August 1967 – Members of China’s Red Guards invaded the UK’s diplomatic compound in Beijing, setting fire to the chancery and beating Donald Hopson, the highest ranking British diplomat in China. The attack followed the closure of three leftist newspapers in Hong Kong. Because the attack had come despite a directive from Prime Minister Zhou Enlai forbidding violence against diplomatic establishments, Party Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the arrest of the instigators of the violence. Zhou apologised to the British government and the Chinese government rebuilt the offices that had been burned.
  • 23rd August 1967 – The Anglican Church of Canada relaxed its strict ban against the remarriage of its divorced members.
  • 24th August 1967 – At a meeting of the UN’s Committee on Disarmament, the United States and the Soviet Union submitted two separate but identically worded draft treaties that would form the basis for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
  • 25th August 1967 – Representatives of the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to establish a hotline between the two nations.
  • 26th August 1967 – Tunisia’s President Habib Bourguiba broke with the leaders of other Arab nations and said that they should recognize the legitimacy of the nation of Israel. “It is a United Nations member and its existence is challenged only by the Arab states. In these circumstances, it is useless to continue ignoring this reality and claim to wipe Israel off the map. In so doing, one drives himself into near total isolation.”

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:

Sunday 20th August 1967
A lovely day after yesterday’s rain and I’ve managed to dry and iron the washing. Took the children, Debbie and Janet to London Airport this afternoon to watch the planes coming in.

Monday 21st August 1967
A lovely, hot, sunny day and this afternoon I’ve been very daring and taken the children to Surbiton Lagoon! We all had a swim – Gillian enjoyed it most – it was terribly crowded. Cleaned car and did office work this evening.

Tuesday 22nd August 1967
Another hot and sunny day and the children have had the swimming pool out all afternoon. Have been doing some office work this evening. Gave the floors a polishing this afternoon – made myself very hot!

Wednesday 23rd August 1967
Very hot again – children have been in swimming suits all afternoon – getting another tan. Haven’t brought work home tonight – have been letter writing. Cyril put new hoses on the Anglia this evening.

Thursday 24th August 1967
Took the four children on the Heath and we spent a couple of strenuous hours making a fern house! Took me back a few years!! – and was I tired at the end of it. Had an urgent call to sign a cheque at the office as soon as we got in – so up I went – and collected more work!! No news from Joan. She said she would ring if she was coming for a day or two.

Friday 25th August 1967
Busy morning – getting last minute orders from Mr Murray – he goes on holiday tonight or tomorrow. We went to Esher and shopped. Then, very nobly, I took the children out on the Heath!

Saturday 26th August 1967
I went to Leatherhead on my own early to do the remainder of the shopping. Busy everywhere so I’m glad I did some yesterday. Did the washing afterwards, mowed front lawn in the afternoon and ironed! Missed our Canasta as Leonard is in Holland. Prepared for a day at Clymping tomorrow!



Week 33 : 13th -19th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 13th August 1967 – The legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac made its debut, appearing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, Berkshire, with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and (instead of John McVie), bassist Bob Brunning.
  • 14th August 1967 – All but one of the United Kingdom’s pirate radio stations played music for their final day, then signed off before the new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act went into effect at midnight. Only one station, Radio Caroline, would continue to broadcast the next day. 
  • 15th August 1967 – Twenty-seven people in India fell to their deaths when struck by a tree branch while riding on top of a passenger train as it passed through the city of Katiharin. The branch was from a banyan tree that was considered sacred by worshipers of the Hindu goddess Kali. For several weeks, nobody would trim the branch until finally, an enterprising resident named Siaram Jha defied the goddess of destruction and sawed it off.
  • 17th August 1967 – Demonstrators in Beijing forced their way into the Soviet Union embassy compound in China, smashed windows in the main building, destroyed furniture and set fire to files. A similar attack would take place on the British diplomatic quarters the following week.
  • 18th August 1967 – Israel opened its border crossing at the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River and began the first of 14 days during which repatriation would be allowed for the 167,500 Palestinian refugees who had applied to return to their homes in the West Bank. On the first day, only 355 displaced people, most of them women and children, or elderly residents, came across the border.
  • 19th August 1967 – NASA published the first extensive chart of the hidden side of the Moon ever to be compiled, in advance of the August 22 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague. Most of the features were unlabeled, but the map did use two names that had been proposed by the Soviet Union for features identified when the USSR took the far side’s first pictures in 1959.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to back in Oxshott:

Sunday 13th August 1967
Up early – ironing and seem to have been on the go ever since!! At least everything is washed and ironed and I’ve cleaned out the interior of the car. We put some of the pictures on for the children.

Monday 14th August 1967
It was ghastly going back to work and such a lot there. I’ve worked nine hours today and made very little impression on the pile. Took the children for a little ride round after tea.

Tuesday 15th August 1967
Another very busy day. I worked till 12:15pm and have been back this evening for two hours and the pile is still formidable. Been raining nearly all day.

Wednesday 16th August 1967
Another wet day – at least a fine morning but ghastly afternoon. I’m really quite worried about all the work which is piling up at the office.

Thursday 17th August 1967
Debbie and Janet to tea.
Worked very late tonight – at home. It was quarter to eleven before I packed up. Managed to do some washing and ironing this afternoon. Philip and I went over to Chessington for petrol – exhaust pipe broke and the driver’s door jammed on the Anglia.

Friday 18th August 1967
Drove half a car to work today! To my great surprise, Cyril came home at lunch time with spare parts and a half day – and he’s done both jobs! And there I thought I would have to wait for Bill Parker to come home. Went to work this afternoon.

Saturday 19th August 1967
Poured with rain all day long. Cyril did the Esher shopping – I washed then did local shopping. Went to work all afternoon and managed to do quite a lot. There is still plenty for Mrs Stiles next week. Played Canasta.



Week 32 : 6th -12th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 6th August 1967 – Graduate student Jocelyn Bell of the University of Cambridge radio telescope observatory became the first person to discover a pulsar. She found “a peculiar train of radio signals” that repeated every 1.33 seconds when the telescope was viewing a particular section of the sky.
  • 7th August 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 5, launched six days earlier by NASA, transmitted the most clear pictures up to that time of the far side of the Moon.
  • 9th August 1967 – British colonial authorities in Hong Kong closed down three pro-communist newspapers, the Tin Fung Daily News, the Hong Kong Evening News and the Afternoon News, halting publication pending the resolution of lawsuits, and arresting five of the journalists on charges of sedition and the spreading of false or inflammatory reports.
  • 9th August 1967 – Died – Joe Orton, 34, English playwright and film screenplay writer, was beaten to death at his Islington home by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • 9th August 1967 – ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)’ replaced the Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ as UK No. 1 single.
  • 10th August 1967 – Section 127 of the Constitution of Australia, which provided that “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted”, was repealed as the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967 Act went into effect.
  • 11th August 1967 – William C. Foster, the chief American representative at the 18-nation nuclear disarmament conference in Geneva, announced at the White House that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had agreed in principle on the conditions of a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
  • 12th August 1967 – The Prices and Incomes Act 1966, passed the previous year as a means of controlling inflation, went into effect in the United Kingdom, giving the British government the authority to delay increases in prices, surcharges, and salaries.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:

Sunday 6th August 1967
We’ve had a lovely day at Tregarnon all day. Called at the farm we used to patronize two years ago and bought eggs which I boiled for lunch. We stayed there until 6:15pm Gillian enjoyed the swimming pool in the rocks.

Monday 7th August 1967
Went to Daymer and played cricket on the beach and had our lunch there. Very windy and dull so we left and went to Mevagissey where it was fine and warm. Leonard and Mary came back here to tea and we played Canasta.

Tuesday 8th August 1967
Wet morning, Children and we spent the morning doing jigsaws which they bought in the village. After lunch we went to Fowey where again it was fine and warm. Children had a river trip with Cyril at the helm. We had a lovely picnic at Carlyon Bay afterwards. Late home.

Wednesday 9th August 1967
Raining – a very wet morning the children played on the beach in anoraks and boots!! A good afternoon – Padstow – a trip on the boat to Coverack – then on to Trevone. Tea above the beach then the children swam and we played cricket till 8pm.

Thursday 10th August 1967
The hottest day we’ve had and we’ve all caught another layer of sunburn. Spent the whole day at Tristram – then on to Trevone where we played evening cricket. Home tomorrow.

Friday 11th August 1967
We left the caravan at noon as it wasn’t a good day. Had a very nice lunch at Tintagel – on to Boscastle. Left there at 3pm and made our way homewards via Dartmoor. Kids did a bit of exploring at Postbridge. No traffic problems. We were at Andover at 8:30pm, so stayed at Mur’s for an hour. Home 11:15pm All very tired.

Saturday 12th August 1967
Very busy washing etc. Line broke too! Had a drive round for an hour to break myself in again. Did a bit of ironing and then played Canasta.