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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:

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

The Grange Hill Girls. There were some memorable ladies at Grange Hill. Check out Here Come the Girls here: Grange Hill: Here come the girls

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

Grange Hill. Can you believe that Grange Hill is 40 years old? Iconic children’s TV show still sticks in peoples minds. Read about Grange Hill here: Re-opening of Grange Hill?

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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