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What has two hands and a face, but no arms and no legs?

watch2Do you remember watching television programmes at school?

Once a week we used to traipse off to the television room to go and watch “How We Used To Live”, Watch… or other educational fayre.

It wasn’t recorded, as it no doubt would be these days,

In fact I bet they don’t even have television rooms now…

Loads of classrooms probably have a laptop and those “project your film anywhere” projector jobbies…

All very slick… but lacking quirkiness that makes us all nostalgic.

Anyway, so we’d get to the television with about 5 minutes to spare…

The teacher would put the television on…

It would warm up (they had to in those days)…

And we’d wait…

And then it appeared… a piece of nostalgic gold…

100% functional… completely unremarkable… and something I’d completely forgotten about until I sat down to wrack my brain about the weird things from my childhood that I miss.

What was it?

The countdown clock before the opening credits for the programme.

They had one on BBC and a completely different one on ITV.

But both had one.

And, believe it or not, they have examples of them on Youtube (is there anything you can’t find on there???).

Here’s a superb example from ITV from the late 1970s. Over 18,000 people have watched it already!!!

I don’t know about you but, for me, that music brings memories flooding back.

Hazel Roberts - November 22, 2016

Thanks for sharing this – I was trying to explain the fascination of counting down the 60 seconds before the program started the other day to my children who merely stared at my pityingly, probably considering which nursing home to put me in. They tell me that these days they only watch choice clips of things from Youtube directly onto their classroom Smartboard.

Explaining things to my kids seems to be a good way to go down memory lane. Just yesterday I was explaining an ice-cream sandwich to them and it was only then that I realised what a miserable eating experience that was. It made your teeth hurt to bite into it, it squidged the ice-cream out the other side and by the time you had finished it, you had to lick your arm clean of melted ice-cream. And who thought that packaging ice-cream into rectangular cardboard boxes would be a good marketing plan?

And then there was the time I tried to explain to them what an over head projector was. I thought I’d done quite a good job as they were both nodding. But then my daughter asked if you then plugged your laptop into it.

    Michael - November 26, 2016

    Hi Hazel… I know! What a different world we live in now. Does quirkiness still exist? I really wonder what oddities our children will remember from now when they are grown up…

    Makes me sad.

Dave - November 22, 2016

I was one of those teachers who had to take a class of thirty plus seven and eight year olds to the television room and wait for the television to warm up while trying to keep the class interested in the programme we were about to watch

Gareth Farmer - November 22, 2016

Words and Pictures series ‘The Boy From Space’ was one of my favourites. Peep-Peep being chased by the thin man ๐Ÿ™‚


    Michael - November 26, 2016

    Ahhh Yes… Words and Pictures… that takes me back… I’m off to trawl Youtube now!

Kay #gettinglonginthetooth - November 25, 2016

A friend and myself were only talking about this a month or so ago. You’d always try to be the first in the TV room so you could get a nice comfy cushioned chair. I don’t know why, always hate d’How We Used to Live’

You’re also right about Youtube, absolutely everything on there:

A pleasure walking down memory lane with you ๐Ÿ˜€

    Michael - November 26, 2016

    Thanks very much Kay! I have to confess I don’t remember “How I used To Live” either. But the trip to the television room was still an event at the time!

Hayley Sims - November 26, 2016

Suffering from depression is very self-isolating but I truly look forward to receiving your newsletters – they always make me smile (even on the darkest of days).

Thank you for the smiles – if only everyone could get your thoughts on prescription!

Put with Danny Mac dancing on Strictly, you could heal the world.

Keep up the good work

Hayley Sims x

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