I do recall potatoes disappearing from school menus, to be replaced by mini bread rolls, which I now think must have been after the drought of 1976 did for a lot of the crop. I also remember two sets of power cuts, in the early and late 70s. By the time of the second lot, the Winter of Discontent, I was old enough to be frustrated at how feckless my so-called family was but not old enough to leave. e.g. We were living in a house with one fireplace besides the mains heating. You'd think someone would test it and use it in the event of power cuts and freezing winters, no? Nope. And when we lived way out in the country I remember them swapping light bulbs around from less used rooms instead of having a spare or two when a bulb blew after the nearest shop miles away had closed. The moment I had both my own place and any spare money I was dedicated to never running out of stuff.Arzosah wrote: ↑Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:45 pmI can remember the 70s very well. I studied for my O levels by the light of a Tilley lamp, and when I started to buy my own groceries when I lived in a rented house as a student, I can still remember the horror when a jar of coffee went up by about 50% from one week to the next. When you're completely new to it - I was 19 years old, with no knowledge whatsoever of how to look after myself - those kinds of price rises can be quite discombobulating. I don't remember things disappearing, (ye gods, I'm sure I'd remember toilet roll disappearing ) though I definitely remember the five of us pulling together our pennies (literally) to buy a half pint each when the leccy went off. Beer was still hand-pulled.
At the moment I am running my food and water stocks down a little as I am moving very soon, but certainly not dropping levels of medications or essentials. I plan to ramp back up as soon as I am in the new place and concentrate on things that may be in short supply in any disruption but which I actually use. This time round I have thrown out a few tins of powdered milk so I obviously need to work on that. I have a few health issues so when I am overworked and overtired having some tinned stuff around and never being forced to shop when I am not up to it has been a real help. I'd really miss a lot of Mediterranean foods if they were gone a while. I'll be seeing the GP this week for a big batch of not at all recreational drugs to tide me over the move and possibly a little more.