Young people turn to drink in 1989

Young people turn to drink in 1989

Young working people rejected idealism, looked out for their own interests and turned against minority groups, according to the results of a survey.

They play little sport and spend much of their leisure time in the pub. Males spend an average of a third of their spending money, on alcohol.

Young Britain in groups
Young Britain in groups

The survey was based upon a representative sample of 731 working young people who answered questions on 122 issues and completed diaries for a week on their behaviour and expenditure. They split into seven identifiable groups.

“Life’s a Party”: Enjoyment seekers, Tory voters, lager drinkers with little ambition and less social responsibility; they are racist and anti-homosexual and are concentrated in the 18-20 age group in the South-east.

“Safety seekers”: Labour voting but middle-of-the-road, with unexceptional tastes and habits. Notably nervous of flying and of using the Channel tunnel, they are prominent in the 22-24 ag range in the Midlands.

“Outsiders”: Idealists, alienated from authority and incline towards Labour or Green politics. With low income, they buy their clothes from market stalls and, despite claiming to live for holidays, take few of them.

“New moralists”: Austere, cautious and clean-living, against drinking and smoking and in favour of keeping fit. One in four would vote Green. Likely to live alone.

“Authoritarians”: Bigoted and aggressive. Two in three are women and they include the highest proportion of supporters of the Social Democrat Party. Pro-police, they drink gin and tonic, vodka and Malibu.

“Greying youths”: Middle-aged before their time, they prefer cash to cheques or credit cards, are keen on marriage and would rather spend an evening in front of the television than go to a concert. Pro-Labour, they are numerous in the 22-24 age group in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

“Young moderates”: The softer face of the 1980s, they are pro-Labour, family-orientated and more celibate than any other group. With low incomes, they buy clothes from catalogues and like cycling.

News story you may have missed in 1989

The Cricket Test

Sir, as Norman Tebbit immodestly persists in publicising his “Cricket” test for nationality, may I offer a much more sensitive and specific test?

I was being interviewed by a perceptive Lloyds Bank manager, who noted my birth in India, education in Australia, Scotland, England and divers other continents, and asked my ‘Nationality’.

Being somewhat vague about this I hedged by replying that it depended on where I was, and how I felt at the time. This was not good enough; he applied the acid test. “Who do you support when the Ashes are being decided?”

My answer after some prevarication was that I supported whoever was losing. “Then you are definitely British” was his instant conclusion.

Best selling films of 1989

1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
2. Batman
3. Back to the Future Part II
4. Look Who’s Talking
5. Dead Poets Society
6. Lethal Weapon 2
7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
8. Ghostbusters II
9. The Little Mermaid
10. Born on the Fourth of July

Best selling singles 1989
01 Black Box
Ride On Time

02 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
Swing The Mood

03 The Bangles
Eternal Flame

04 Soul II Soul
Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

05 Jason Donovan
Too Many Broken Hearts

06 Marc Almond featuring Gene Pitney
Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart

07 Madonna
Like A Prayer

08 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
That’s What I Like

09 Sonia
You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You

10 Lisa Stansfield
All Around The World

Best selling albums in 1989
1 Jason Donovan
Ten Good Reasons

2 Simply Red
A New Flame

3 Phil Collins
… But Seriously

4 Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Anything For You

5 Gloria Estefan
Cuts Both Ways

6 Kylie Minogue
Enjoy Yourself

7 Madonna
Like A Prayer

8 Fine Young Cannibals
The Raw And The Cooked

9 Tina Turner
Foreign Affair

10 Chris Rea
The Road To Hell

Recommended book for 1989

Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy

Colombian drug lords assassinate the American Ambassador and the visiting head of the FBI. The decision is made to send undercover teams into Colombia.

Does anyone know who the real enemy is? Jack Ryan and CIA field officer John Clark must find the answer. They expect danger from without, yet the greatest danger of all may come from within…

These we lost in 1989


23  Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist, 84


Harry Andrews, English actor, 77


12  Sugar Ray Robinson, American middle/welterweight boxer, 67

19  Daphne Du Maurier, English writer, 82

26  Lucille Ball, comedienne, 78

30  Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns, 60


26  Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager, 61


Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme leader of Iran, 89


3  James “Jim” Backus, American actor, 76

10  Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian, 81

10  Tommy Trinder, British radio comedian and actor, 80

11  Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen actor, 82

15  Laurie Cunningham, English footballer, 33


29  Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer, 79


4  Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director, 86

22  Irving Berlin, American composer and lyricist, 101

28  Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines, 72


Bette Davis, American actress, 81

20  Anthony Quayle, British actor, 76

22  Ewan MacColl, Scottish folk singer-songwriter, 74

25  Mary McCarthy, American novelist, 77


29  George Oswald Browning “Gubby” Allen, cricketer, 87


16  Lee Van Cleef, US actor , 64

22  Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer, 83

A news story from 1989 you may have missed

The Avenging Computer

A crusading computer has taken the law into its own hands and caught 41,000 Parisians on charges of murder, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking and other serious crimes.

An admission was made by an embarrassed City Hall that the electronic Batman could not tell the difference between a parking offence and gang warfare.

“The accused persons will be receiving letters of apology,” an official at the City Hall Treasury department said. “Instead of receiving summonses on criminal charges, they should have been sent reminders of unpaid motoring fines. Somehow or other the standard codes we use for automatically issued reminders got mixed up.”

The first hint of the avenging computer’s self-appointed mission to clean up the capital came at the weekend. Hundreds of Parisians received letters accusing them of big crimes but demanding only petty fines of between £50 and £150.

“About 41,000 people are involved and some of the charges are quite weird,” the official admitted. He said an inquiry had been started to see if the computer had a human accomplice. So far, no one has asked the Joker if he was in Paris last week.

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