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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 the weekly 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!

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Recommended reads:

Do you remember the classic Shake ‘n’ Vac advert from the 70s and 80s with Jenny Logan? Reminisce here: Classic advert: Shake ‘n’ Vac with Jenny Logan

The iconic children’s programme Grange Hill celebrates it’s 40th birthday in 2018! Read all about birthday celebration at the Elstree Studios and check out the school dinner here: Grange Hill 40: Friends Reunited – the return of the Nostalgic Geeks

Rigsby rules in Rising Damp. I doubt if he ever gave any of his tenants a contract – if he did it may read something like this: Rigsby’s rules – the rules of a rogue landlord

Clockwise starring John Cleese: back to 1985. 1985 brings back some nostalgic memories … soggy British Rail sandwiches, the Austin Princess and telephone box frustrations! Read about it here: Clockwise starring John Cleese: back to 1985

Remember the quiz-show Catchphrase? Some fond nostalgic memories here: Nostalgic TV Quiz-show: It’s Catchphrase (remember … say what you see)

The Operation game. Before the Playstation and XBox, board games provided hours of in-home entertainment.   Read about the risks and rewards for successfully completing an Operation: The Operation Game: A brief tale regarding the complexities of removing body parts

Were you ever a secret lemonade drinker? Read this short story about a serious addiction to R Whites Lemonade: A short story of addiction – R Whites Lemonade

Ever Ready batteries. Remember the days when Ever Ready was the gold standard of batteries? Reminisce here: Ever Ready batteries – nostalgic power

Hamlet – the mild cigar. Remember the adverts with the mishaps? Kick back and relax with the mild cigar here: Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet – the mild cigar.

Adam West is Batman. Pow, smack, bam! Some say it’s the original and best. Check out this riddle from the Riddler here: Batman: The riddle of the ruby wedding

The Yellow Pages. You’ll be able to track down a copy of Fly Fishing, but who’s the author? You’ll remember his name here: The name … J.R. Hartley

Tales of the Unexpected. That music and THAT lady dancing. The music frightened the living daylights out of many. Read about the wicked trick here: Tales of the Unexpected: A Wicked Trick!

Received a free note card? Here’s a few ideas … Nostalgic note cards – spreading happiness through the letterbox



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Loving these blogs? A nostalgic collection of blogs featuring a fun and factual look back at British advertising, leisure and entertainment from the yester-years are featured in the new hardback book, Section N Underpass. Release date November 2018.

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