DURING THE early 1950s, Britain was still struggling through the aftermath of the Second World War. The oft-quoted '(You've) never had it so good' would have seemed a little ridiculous to people who had watched their bacon ration fall to three ounces a week during 1950. The housing shortage still meant that many young couples started married life with in-laws or parents, or in tiny flats (usually one or two rooms of a house converted into flats).