The hippy, hippy shake down

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:318
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow (

    “We can't wear these,” said my brother, as he picked up the flared and heavily embroidered jeans—pink and yellow flowers spelled the word “LOVE” so large I swear it was visible from space. However, we had no choice but to wear our girl cousin's hand-me-downs, because clothes were expensive in the 1970s. The Chinese then were busy tilling the soil rather than fuelling a pandemic of consumerism. “Alternative” lifestyles were the fashion, and we served our self sufficient sentence in Scotland. Our goat Nettie (kept for milk, …

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