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After an extremely long time in development, it finally looks like VR and AR are making their way into mainstream acceptance and use. Far from the primitive devices like Nintendo's earlier Virtual Boy, modern VR headsets come in full colour and operate in a way which is not guaranteed to set off migraines and eye strain. Despite the amount of technological progress these have made, they still remain in their mainstream infancy. This leads us to wonder – where are these technologies going, and what can we expect in terms of their integration with modern education and entertainment?
In 1963, Mods, the then newest British youth culture, and their predecessors the Rockers, were making the news. The first British youth culture Teddy Boys, from the fifties, had faded away, until their revival in the seventies. The media not only notified the British public of the Mods and Rockers’ different taste in terms of fashion, music and transport, the press started to generate panic,
Kenneth Arthur Dodd was born in 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Lancashire He was the son of a coal merchant, Arthur Dodd, and his wife Sarah (née Gray), and the family lived in an old Farm House. Kenneth was the middle child with an older brother, William (1925–2011) and a younger sister, June. He was a lively daredevil even by the age of seven, at Knotty Ash School, he accepted a dared by his friends to ride his bike with his eyes shut.
Life in the 21st Century is all-consuming. It’s stimulating 24/7 and society dictates that we all need things now and can’t demonstrate patience. There’s so much to see and do today that our minds get too easily distracted. We can lose focus on tasks at hand and want to move on to something else all too quickly.
Poker is a traditional card game with almost two centuries of heritage. The earliest versions of poker date back to the late 1820s, when Joseph Crowell, an American writer and politician, discussed the game in some of his memoirs.
Although it’s important to enjoy and promote the artistry of the Mod era, just as it is important to celebrate the colourful lives and loves of those who drove it, sometimes it’s hard to resist a brutal examination of just how much things have changed since the days of the racing fifties and Swinging Sixties.
To all the noises normally associated with an offshore oil platform; the deafening roar of the drilling-floor, clamps grinding against steel piping and helicopters whirring overhead, we must now add, according to Shug Hanlan’s recent booklet Xploration, the sound of mellotrons, wild guitar noodling and horn and keyboard driven instrumentals.
As the legend goes in the world of Terrace Culture that the Casual movement was spawned by the travelling Liverpool supporters in the late 70s and early 80s. Who, in between watching Liverpool FC win four European cups in those decades, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81 and 1983–84, partying, fighting and sightseeing,
Ain't football changed a couple of generations ago it was such a simple game,
For those were the halcyon days when it was a sport then it changed into a business when the money came.
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