Was intrigued by this piece on the 1970s and I have to admit that it is a fav decade of mine, but then I was born in 1975 and my memories of this time are coloured by Mr.Men, Flumps, Play School, and Camberwick Green. I also, circa 1979 till about 1982-3, had an obsession with road signs and car no plates, but maybe that's a different story.
Certainly many of us looking back at that decade were children at the time and therefore that perhaps colours our views of that decade with the sweets, the various types of bicycles, the TV programmes etc.. so maybe the best thing is to draw up a list of pros and cons, so here are mine
Start of TV Programmes such as Newsround, Record Breakers, Porridge, Antiques Roadshow, Saturday morning programmes, Mastermind, The Dukes of Hazzard etc..
Saturday Night Fever
The Queen's Silver Jubilee
Pope John Paul I
Three Day Week
Growth of terrorism in UK, West Germany, Japan, Middle East etc..
Winter of Discontent
Polarisation of British politics
Russian invasion of Afghanistan
Khmer Rouge ruling Cambodia four four years
John Lennon struggling to get Green Card
The Jeremy Thorpe Saga
There are many more pros and cons, but this just shows perhaps that the 1970s were not a decade one can perhaps easily write off