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I’VE RECENTLY began watching the Tales of the Unexpected (TOTU) DVD’s – they were a Christmas present from my brother three years ago. The series totally freaked me out when I watched them in the 80s hence the reason why I’ve put off watching them until now. Luckily so far I’m surviving : no signs of nightmares or waking-up on a urine-soaked mattress.
The thing that struck me whilst watching the TOTU was how much more basic everything was back in the 70s and 80s: no mobiles or internet – if you’d mentioned to someone back then that we’d be splashing out 30 pounds for an electric toothbrush in the future, you’d probably be laughed at and called a loonie! So TOTU brings back memories of the 70s and 80s, but there’s one film that makes me feel like I’m really back in 1985 … Clockwise! Here’s why Clockwise makes me feel like a 15-year old again …
Tricky to describe but all the vehicles scream out 80s. The two-tone Ford Transit van, the Cortina, the police car – there’s even an appearance of the Austin Princess! These were the days when we’d fill-up with four-star leaded fuel at the petrol station and pray the car wouldn’t let us down whilst on a motorway journey. The four-wheel delights of the 80s!
The telephone boxes
Before mobile phones the telephone box was the only option of contacting someone whilst out and about. Watching John Cleese hammering the receiver in frustration when the coin slot refused to swallow his money was all too common in the 80s. The phonebox also proved to be an endurance test – had the previous user just completed a marathon (Eau de perspiration)? Not sure if that pool of orange liquid you’re stood-in is spillage of a soft drink or from someones bladder? We can go on and on about the different smells too!
Train stations and British Rail trains
1985 were the days when passengers still swung open the train doors before the train came to a halt whilst entering a station – lethal for the passengers standing innocently on the platform! Smoking in the carriages was allowed. Many of the carriages had a wooden look to them and the seats were blue with black stripes. Staff wore uniform bearing the British Rail logo. RIP Awayday discounts and soggy sandwiches wrapped in cling film!
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THERE was something special about Sundays. A typical Sunday would begin with a lie-in followed by a cooked breakfast. The weighty Sunday newspaper would be read at a leisurely pace. A Sunday roast would be gobbled down in the afternoon followed by the snooze on the sofa. Evening entertainment on television usually hammered-home the fact that the weekend was almost over and it’s back to school or work in the morning (think of the theme tune to ‘Highway‘ presented by Harry Seycombe). They were a few TV programmes that made us forget about the dreaded Monday and grasped our undivided attention – the first one that comes to mind is Bullseye and the other is Catchphrase.
Catchphrase – the concept
Easy – a picture with Mr Chips doing a action or an image referring to a phrase would appear on the screen – the contestants would then have to guess the correct catchphrase of the action or image.
Roy Walker – the original and best
Roy was the original host of Catchphrase – with his funny, friendly warm Irish tones and magical connection with the contestants and audience meant he became a household name. Think Roy Walker … think Catchphrase. Think Catchphrase … think Roy Walker. Catchphrase without Roy Walker is like going to a chip shop, asking for fish and chips and being told ‘we only only sell fish’ – strange!
Challenge TV – the saviour of nostalgic quiz-shows
With the huge variety of TV stations available I always end up selecting Challenge. I wonder how many, like me, are addicted to the likes of Bullseye and Catchphrase? No shame in admitting that you are – it just shows that you love the slap-you-in-the-face attributes (the one-liners, 80s fashion and 80s prizes) that they bring; you’re a bit of a nostalgic geek!
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THE school summer holidays are here! It’s a joyful time for loads of kids – ditching the school uniform and classroom for six whole weeks. For parents it can be a bit mixed: quality family time or six weeks of torture and frustration! Keeping the kids occupied can be a bit of a challenge.
80s style summer holidays
The huge chunk of the summer holidays were spent playing outside – it was common for a friend to knock on the front door and ask if you were playing out. Below are a few playing out activities that kept the kids occupied for hours and provided breathing space for parents.
Get your bike out, call for your mates and cycle the pavements in a pack for hours. Who could do the best trick on their bike? Who could do the longest wheelie? Whether you had a BMX, Chopper, Grifter or Boxer, the days would be fun and time would whizz by.
Danger level: Low to medium – danger to crashing into a pedestrian or a stunt going horribly wrong.
Get your skates on and skate up and down the pavement. Can you build a miniature obstacle course (pieces of stick and a few stones) then twist and swivel your way around them?
Danger level: Low to medium – expect a few scuffed knees and elbows and ensure the medical cabinet at home is stocked with elastoplasts.
How to play:
Approach someones front door (Ideally someone you don’t know)
Ring the bell or knock on the door
Run like mad to a safe place – ideally to a place where you can see the occupant but they can’t see you.
Watch as the occupant opens the door, looks around whilst looking bewildered, then heads back indoors.
If you’re brave enough, repeat the process.
Danger level: Medium to high – expect to be dragged home to your parents if caught by a swift occupant!
Find a decent sized manhole cover and challenge you mates to a game of marbles. Make sure the rules are clear from the onset and get rolling! After a few hours, are you able to walk away with pockets bulging after a successful session?
Danger level: pretty low but could send a passer-by flying if they accidentally stood on a stray marble.
In a nutshell …
Laughs and fun, cuts and bruises, telling offs and punishment: all part of playing out during the summer holidays back in the day.
Thinking of a family holiday during the summer holidays? How about Butlins or Hoseasons?
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