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What happened in 1967? I wasn’t here, but I do know that it would have been four years after the date that Phillip Larkin declared that “[…] sexual intercourse began/[…]/Between the “Chatterley” ban and the Beatles first LP”. In 1967, the Beatles released Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their eighth LP; The Doors released their eponymous debut. The United States of America remained embroiled in war in Vietnam. Desmond Morris’s book The Naked Ape was published. The world’s first cash machine was installed by Barclays Bank at their branch in Enfield, London, and the supersonic airliner Concorde was unveiled

1967 was also the year that Levadopa was introduced as a mainstream treatment for Parkinson’s.

Levadopa is still the “gold standard” treatment for Parkinson’s – still the most effective, albeit not without its problems. It’s 46 years old. Michael J. Fox and his Foundation think that’s a bit rubbish. They’d like everyone to pledge “to stay informed and raise awareness about Parkinson’s and the need for a cure.”


1967 was just one year after the compact cassette was introduced as a music carrier. Does anyone still use audio cassettes? Can you still buy them? CDs replaced cassettes in the 1990s or so, and MP3s are coming close to replacing CDs.

Image from Wikipedia. Link to Wikipedia.

“Together, we will make Parkinson’s history.”

Like the compact audio cassette. Like a beat up car. Like an old film star.

Funnily enough, I had that album on cassette.

1967 was also one year after England famously won the Football World Cup. I don’t know much about football (“soccer” to people who favour other modes of kicking balls around a pitch), but I have a funny feeling that this remarkable event has not recurred. I may be wrong.


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