The kids have settled on a common cause: they’re going to fight for, and defend the 1970s! Sadly, for all all of their heroic and brave posturing, even back in the wonderful nineteen seventies, there were psychopathic bullies.


Terrorism in the 1970s

What our Parents Feared…


Carlos the Jackal

Carlos the Jackal. The stuff of nightmares? Not compared to school bullies.


The grown-ups were scared of recession, powercuts but also the rise in international terrorism and hi-jackings, in the Middle East – but also in Northern Ireland and England. And they were scared of Nuclear War.


Dawson's Field Hi-Jack

In the Dawson’s Field hijackings (September 6, 1970) four jet aircraft bound for New York City were hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

What the kids feared…

But we kids didn’t tend to watch the news, or worry too much about those minor things in the 1970s: we had bullies to worry about. We Faced a different form of Terrorism.


Meet 'Dom' Foy

Meet ‘Dom’ O’Brien. Warts an’ all


Were you too, sometimes scared to leave the gate when school ended? The walk home was like running a gauntlet. A gauntlet, or assault course of terrors that might be lurking around every corner. There was a real fear for one’s physical survival. What are your recollections?


I hope you enjoy the comic episode – and please leave a comment below!

** Stay Groovy – all you Seventies kids! **

– John