Welcome to retrohen – home of Nostalgic Geeks



A fan of British nostalgia? Get your nostalgic fix here! Nostalgic television, entertainment and advertising that will bring you back to the yester-years. Enjoy blogs that will tug on your memory strings – from Bullseye to Catchphrase – the Rubik’s Cube to Operation – Grange Hill to Opal fruits – Ever Ready batteries to Tales of the Unexpected – a cocktail of British nostalgia … shaken not stirred!

retrohen: read – remember – reminisce – share

Click-on your nostalgic selection from the menus below  and enjoy!



Cigarette advertising: the era of coolness

This is Your Life … or is there more?

The Krypton Factor: Are you superhuman?

Tunes: a blocked nose, misunderstandings and cures

Classic television ad: Trio – the tale of a spoilt brat the trio band

Treasure Hunt: Anneka Rice, racing hearts and beads of sweat

The retro TV set: brutality in action

The Quatro conundrum

My nostalgic music shack: 12 favourite songs from the 70s and 80s

My real name is Marathon: plea for a name change with Brexit on the horizon

Babycham: my story and brief rundown of the classic sparkling drink

From Matchbox to Super Mario: A brief gaming journey of a geeky forty-something

Tomorrow’s World. Mobile phones, acceptance and bowing-heads



R Whites Lemonade

Tales of the Unexpected

The Raleigh Chopper

Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet – the mild cigar

A brief story of Izal toilet tissue and the cubicle of pain

Opal Fruits: made to make your mouth water

Grange Hill 40: Friends Reunited – the return of the Nostalgic Geeks

Re-opening of Grange Hill?



Marks & Spencer




Our Price Records



J.R. Hartley & The Yellow Pages

For Mash get Smash

Kellogg’s Bran Flakes … they’re tasty tasty very very tasty

Birds Eye Steakhouse Grills … we hope it’s chips … we hope it’s chips it’s chips

The Water in Majorca

Do the Shake ‘n’ Vac

Hai Karate aftershave: the fine line between self defence and vandalism

My real name is Marathon: plea for a name change with Brexit on the horizon

Hovis: the nation’s favourite advert?




The Old Routemaster Bus: risky nostalgic experience

The Highway Code: learning to drive in the 80s

Mellow Bird’s: advice on how to ditch a horrible cup of coffee

The Last Rolo: the true test of love and the Madonna connection

Old Spice Aftershave – how to distinguish beast from man

Denim aftershave: please make an effort.

Tunes: a blocked nose, misunderstandings and cures



Remember when Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks threw their weight around the wrestling ring? A time when the Milk Tray Man secretly delivered chocolates. Mr Kipling made exceedingly good cakes but what was your favourite? Fun, straplines and nostalgic photos in the new hardback book, Section N Underpass, a nostalgic trip reliving advertising, leisure and entertainment from the 70s and 80s – fiction with loads of interesting facts. Click front cover for more info:

new book

24 thoughts on “Welcome to retrohen – home of Nostalgic Geeks”

  1. Great idea for a blog theme! There’s so many ideas of things to talk about and everyone loves a bit of retro! #weekendblogshare

  2. Fun theme. I love retro! He-Man, biking, playing until the street-lights turned on, and classic Mario, are all fond memories. I’m looking forward to seeing more 🙂

    -Jed, your neighbor at #weekendblogshare

  3. As an 80s child, this sounds great!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    1. Hi Pen, Thanks for reading and glad you enjoy the posts. When you get a mo please let me know the location of your site (I’ve looked through #AnythingGoes but couldn’t find you) Cheers x

  4. What an awesome theme! I confess to being born in the 80s, but my parent’s photos indicate that I missed a hell of a decade! #AnythingGoes

  5. Just got into work after Christmas and missed the book launch! Hope all goes well, David.

    Phil Mills

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