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I'm nervous... I came up with an idea last week and I'm not sure whether it will go down a storm... or die a horrible death through lack of interest. So I'm using the response to this email as a barometer as to whether to press on with the idea or not... so if you like this sort of thing please take part and leave a comment below. I know... that's a load of gibberish without knowing what I'm on about... so here goes. I saw the lineup for one of the jubilee concerts last week... and it featured Duran Duran. "Blimey... are they still going?" thought I. Must be. I wonder wh..
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Strange 80s Radio
  Back in the day... I think it must have been the 80s... there was possibly one of the strangest things to be broadcast on the radio... and it used to happen every Sunday.  Anyone tuning in mid-stream must have been proper confused. It was on a London independent radio station... LBC.  They had a programme devoted to home computing (dominated by the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum from memory) and it was presented by Tommy Boyd... Remember him off Magpie?  He used to present that with that bloke called Mick who had wild hair... in my mind he's the identical twin of B..
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The Beautiful Game
  Hello I went to Wembley last Saturday to watch the League 1 playoff final (football!) where my beloved Wycombe Wanderers were playing Sunderland.   We lost 2-0 sadly... on the day it was a fair result... but that's part and parcel of supporting Wycombe...   and the defeats make the victories all the sweeter. So much has changed football-wise since watching The Big Match on Sunday afternoons in the 70's.  Much for the better but also, like with so many aspects of life these days, it was so much simpler back then. ... and where's the nostalgic fun i..
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Mr Benn
Hello David McKee sadly died about a month ago.  He was 87, which is a good innings in anybody's book. You're probably thinking... who? To tell the truth, I'd have been doing the same. If you'd mentioned the name "Michael Bond" to me I'd automatically have a mental picture of... "Paddington Bear". Oliver Postgate (good name!)... the Clangers and Bagpuss... oh and Noggin the Nog... and Ivor the Engine... and others (Mr Postgate was prolific!). Gordon Murray... Trumpton, Chigley, Camberwick Green (love 'em!) But David McKee?  I wouldn't have known which progr..
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1970s Horrors
Almost 50 years later this still sends shivers down my spine... and not in a good way. It's in the same category as scraping fingers down the blackboard for many people (which strangely I don't mind that at all, do you?)... Honestly... I feel unforfortable writing this and bringing back the memories... The incredible power of triggers... Anyway... Back in the 70's we had a couple of regular holiday destinations... both of which involved tedious drives along A roads (motorways were a lot fewer and shorter back then)... Mostly single carriageway roads... Lots of the scourg..
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Chockle - Our Best April Fools Joke!
As you can probably guess, it's not a bad job to be the person behind the virtual counter in an online sweetshop. Aside from being surrounded by sweets (ahhhh the smell!) and taste-testing a gazillion new ones to see which will make it onto, we also get to embark on the occasional fun project. And that's what we did a smidge over 12 years ago. It was approaching the end of March 2009 and we thought it would be a jolly weez to come up with an April Fools Joke in the spirit of the Panorama one of the 1960s... where they showed Swiss (!) people harvesting pasta off Spa..
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Charley Says...
As Vic Reeves would have said... "You wouldn't let it lie...". Brace yourself for a nostalgic rant... Don't you find it depressing how many reboots there are... They take something that worked in the past... And "bring it up to date". Uggghhh. It could be a film e.g. Mary Poppins... It could be a television programme e.g. Hawaii-Five-O... And almost without exception the remake is pants, with none of what made the original work. It shows a hideous lack of creativity as far as I'm concerned... and frequently it's an insult to the original. Why oh why? Anyway, ..
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I took William, our 13 year old, shopping the other day to buy a new pair of trainers.   The old ones had lasted about 3 months until he grew out of them...  Pesky meddling adolescence! It was an experience... There is a brand... which I refuse to name but I bet you can probably guess which one it is... which makes very stylised trainers which cost a small fortune... To me they look revolting. To William they're cooooool... And they're also cooooool to all of his friends apparently because they all wear this hideous brand too... The power of brainwashin..
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As I look out of the window here the sky is grey and it's raining. Back in the day, before there was 24 hour a day entertainment for children (on-demand television so you can watch whatever you like whenever you like, tablets etc etc), it was the sort of day that we'd mope around, bored. At the time being bored seemed to be the worst thing in the world... apart from going to the dentist... and school dinners... and blancmange... and (I'll stop now!). Cue the 1970s parents' regular refrain... "Find something to do!" Time to explore shelves and cupboards to rediscover things tha..
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The Great Egg Race
Back at the end of the 70s a new, how did they come up with that idea, programme appeared on BBC2.  I can remember if it was on Sunday afternoon or, and I think I'd probably plump for this if I had to, at about 6.30 on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. It was called "The Great Egg Race". Ring any bells? The premise was simple... There were teams of boffins (engineers probably)... I think 3 per team and probably 3 or 4 teams... As usual this might be a bit out because I refuse to Google anything until I've written most of this blog post because half of the fun is delving as..
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As I'm doing mundane stuff around the house and in the garden I spend a whole load of my time trying to think of obscure nuggets of things that I remember from when I was little.  Not the most obvious stuff... that just doesn't have it (whatever "it" is).  But the leftfield stuff which we've probably all almost forgotten about... That's the stuff that triggers the "oh yes, I remember that" reaction which is solid gold. I was thinking about television, as I frequently do. Saturdays. Swap Shop and Tiswas... Grandstand and Dickie Davis (with his silver hair streak..
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Christmas TV Times
How many of these childhood Christmas memories can you remember?
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The Gift That Keeps On Disappointing!
The devil is in the detail they say... and that was certainly true when it came to tokens at Christmas.

One, in particular, made my heart sink when I was 9...
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Stickle Bricks - The Love Child of Lego & Velcro?
Remember Stickle Bricks?  Take a trip down toy memory lane...
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1970's Youtube
Do you remember View-Master?  It was the sort of 1970s version of Youtube... Sort of... Yes I know that's an incredibly stretched comparison... but there's an element of truth to it. We didn't have a View-Master.  But loads of our friends did.   And when we went round to their houses to play after school I remember frequently having a go with it... and then seeing what other discs they had to view. I seem to remember that they were also quite regular features in the jumble sales which seemed to be so common back then. And if the name View-Master doesn't ..
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The Worst Biscuits Ever
Do you agree with my controversial list of the worst biscuits ever?

... from an 8 year old's perspective anyway...
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The Best Biscuits Ever?
How many of these can you remember?  Have I left out your favourite?
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Birthday Parties
How many of these memories remind you of birthday parties when you were little?
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I can't believe they still make...
Iconic foods you thought had long since disappeared... or have they???
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Whatever Happened To...?
It was one of the staple puddings of school dinners at our junior school.

In the queue I would repeat to myself internally...

"Please don't let it be... please don't let it be..."... willing it with all my might.  What was it?
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