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I started up AQuarterOf.co.uk back in 2002 as a celebration of the iconic sweets we all remember from our childhoods. And slowly but surely they are being picked off.  "Improved" is the ration.. Read More
It's funny how old adverts are probably even more nostalgia inducing than the televsion programmes that they surrounded. Maybe it's the repetition... seeing the same ad repeatedly anchors it into y.. Read More
I was wracking my brains trying to think what would be fun to write about in the pre-Christmas rush... and I decided to go for 100% nostalgia. I bet these bring back some memories (and if you're to.. Read More
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Another Old Favourite Disappears...
I started up AQuarterOf.co.uk back in 2002 as a celebration of the iconic sweets we all remember from our childhoods.

And slowly but surely they are being picked off.  "Improved" is the rationale I'm sure.

But changing them kills the nostalgia stone dead.

Which one is it this time?
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Addictive, "Bet These Take You Back" 80s Ads You Must Watch Again
It's funny how old adverts are probably even more nostalgia inducing than the televsion programmes that they surrounded.

Maybe it's the repetition... seeing the same ad repeatedly anchors it into your mind.  I bet that's it!

Anyway... beware... because the list that I've compiled below is incredibly addictive.

Especially the ads with the jingles... be warned.
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Classic TV Adverts of the 1970s

I was wracking my brains trying to think what would be fun to write about in the pre-Christmas rush... and I decided to go for 100% nostalgia.

I bet these bring back some memories (and if you're too young to remember them then I'll have some newer ads later this week.

They don't make them like this anymore...
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Back in 2003, in the early days of AQuarterOf.co.uk, things went well.  

Far too well.  

It was a truly horrible time.

Read more to find out why...
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Where Will It End?

Back in the day I was one of those little boys who owned a Sinclair Spectrum. 

As one of the early adopters of one of these dead flesh keyboard beauts so it was only a 16k entry level machine.  My brother later bought a "super powerful" 48k Spectrum (that's about a billionth of the capacity of your average phone these days). 

From then on I was forever envious at the quality of the games that he could play on his computer (because of its much larger memory) compared to the much more basic efforts that I could play on mine.  (but even then I marvel now at quite how the programmers in the 1980s were able to cram such a lot into such a tiny memory space).
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One of the first films to show Hollywood executives the power of product placement was Spielberg’s film, ET. The use of sweets to coax the extra-terrestrial from his hiding place caused the sales of Reese’s Pieces to shoot through the roof.

A Quarter Of decided to revisit some Hollywood classics and see how the subtle use of product placement could have made these films that much sweeter. Which one would you like to see?
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With so many sweet treats to be had out there, a strong advertising campaign on the telly can be crucial for brands in getting their tasty wares into the eyes and ears (and ultimately the mouths) of the buying public.
Some brands get this part so, so wrong (take note Haribo with this stinker for Super Mix in 2011, whilst – as we can see from our top five - some get it very, very right.
And don’t forget, many of the sweeties listed below are available from A Quarter Of right now!
So, without further ado, here is our top five of TV ad triumphs
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We recently ran a poll to find the most nostalgic person off children's television ever.

And the top 10 is... in reverse order...

#10 Derek Griffiths
#9 Valerie Singleton
#8 Floella Benjamin
#7 Noel Edmonds
#6 John Craven
#4= Tony Hart
#4= Johnny Morris
#3 Johnny Ball
#2 John Noakes

And the winner is...
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Even those of us with the sweetest tooth may have missed that last month was National Sweets Month but to mark the occasion a poll was run to discover the nation’s favourite nosh. After the votes were counted, the controversial winner was the Malteser- a chocolate covered snack made mainly of empty space.  Here at A Quarter Of, we couldn’t help but wonder what the results would have been if the poll had asked about favourite childhood sweets?  So we decided to run a survey of our own. But before those results come in, we take you through our top ten Retro Sweets: 10.  &nbs..
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Your Childhood Heroes, Numbers 4 To 2 - Here's Johnny!
We're really getting to the sharp end of our poll to find the most nostalgic person off our childhood television. And now we're into the really heavy hitters. In fact in our comments all of these people have been predicted to be the top of the Pops and, although they came really close, they didn't quite make it. Next on our list is... #4 Johnny Morris If David Attenborough is synonymous with wildlife on television in the 21st-century surely Johnny Morris held that mantle when we were young. Who can forget his bringing all creatures great and small to life with his creations o..
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3 Heroes of Your Childhood Television
Hold onto your hats... here come the next 3 in our top 10 list of the people off the telly who made your childhood extra special...   #7... Noel Edmonds Talk about Mr Saturday Morning when I was young... As I mentioned before I wasn't one of those who watched Tiswas... I was a dyed in the wool Swap Shop (or to give it its full name, the Multi Coloured Swap Shop) fan.  Incidentally it's noticeable that Mike Read from Saturday Superstore - which always felt too much like a watered down, wannabee, me-too version of Swap Shop to me (although I used to like Trevor and "we don't do..
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Poll Results #10-#8 - 3 Giants of Nostalgic Children's Television
Hold onto your hats!  Here's the next instalment of the best people on the telly, ever!

We're in the top 10 now... so each of these names are well and truly in the nostalgic television Hall of Fame.  And certainly 2 of the names below have been mentioned in the comments on my last blog post.  

And so, without further ado I give you...
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Poll Results - Childhood TV Heroes - #20-#11

The results are in... and they've been carefully counted.

So finally I can share with you the results of our poll to find the brilliantest (I know it's not a word really, but it just feels fitting here), most nostalgic person on British children's television EVER!

Some of the of the scores were very close... but the winner came top by a fair way.

And the winner is...

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