I Remember It Well....

Loquaciousness

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Another thread got me thinking about things that were very different when I was younger. These include :
1. One landline phone located in the hall.
2. Black and white TV.
3. First colour TV, which required that you got up and pressed a button to change channels.
3. Pong.
4. Our first video recorder which was top loading.
5. First video recorder with 'remote' control consisting of a wired controller with fast forward, stop & play on it. This was also the programmable video recorder, only you had to squat in front of it and press buttons - it only worked 7 days ahead.
6. My first computer - The VIC20. It had 64k RAM. I played text based adventure games on it.
7. The excitement of first experiencing a car with electric windows.
8. Lemon grass, coriander and the like, first arriving in supermarkets.
9. Having highlights done with a cap.
10. Having a mullet.
11. My first analogue mobile. Black text, had to charge in its own cradle overnight, stored TEN numbers!
12. Receiving my first text ever, whilst on a date in 1992 in Lincoln. Having to subscribe and pay extra for SMS service.
13. The rabbit network of 'mobile' phones.
14. The internet in 1996.... beeep, beep, beeeee, bip, bip, bip...

I could go on, but would like to hear other people's reminiscences too!
 

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Teletext reminded me, it had its own forerunner of internet boards, it was called Prestel. I met my first boyfriend on it, and we used to have meets and the like.
 

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6. My first computer - The VIC20. It had 64k RAM. I played text based adventure games on it.

Sorry to correct you there, the VIC20 had only 5k of RAM. You may be thinking of the Commodore 64 (which was my first computer) - or you may have had a memory expansion cartridge to expand the RAM.
 

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Sorry to correct you there, the VIC20 had only 5k of RAM. You may be thinking of the Commodore 64 (which was my first computer) - or you may have had a memory expansion cartridge to expand the RAM.
I had an expansion cartridge, but in retrospect, I think this only expanded it to 32k.
 

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14. The internet in 1996.... beeep, beep, beeeee, bip, bip, bip...
We had JANet at my college cira 87-90, though I don't recall ever dealing with the very limited content that was on it at the time, mainly it was handy for email.

Accessed from a dumb terminal connected to a Perkin-Elmer.
 

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We had JANet at my college cira 87-90, though I don't recall ever dealing with the very limited content that was on it at the time, mainly it was handy for email.

Accessed from a dumb terminal connected to a Perkin-Elmer.
I remember JANET (now the Eduroam network), and how difficult it was to send email on it. I also used dumb terminals, and had to put in code for highlighting, bold, etc. Files had to be requested from magnetic reel storage.
 
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1. One landline phone located in the hall.
Looxiury! bluedy looxiury! When mother had a haematemesis from a punctured ulcer I had to go up the hill and call 999 from the coin box - which had the Buttons A and B.
2. Farthings - as currency
3. 405-line black and white TV with bunny ears and dial tuning only, rented from Granada.
4. Similar colour TV to yours -again rented.
5. Being able to cycle on A roads age 10 without fear of being run over (countryside)
6. Steam trains still running scheduled services
7. Closed compartments for 1st class rail travel
8. Dansette "portable" gramophone
9. Turtle-neck nylon shirts in pastels
10. Flared trousers
11. Nina and Frederick
12. VCRs similar to yours
13. Pong
14. ZX81 with expansion and wobble (bzzzzeeeeeebzbzeeeeeeeeeeeee)
15. TRS-80 with no onboard operating system and eventually the memory expansion
 

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Nobody making a big fuss about paedophiles, but parents simply telling you to stay away from the "odd" man that everyone in the village/town knew.
 

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Having to buy olive oil from the chemist when you wanted to cook with it.
Melon being considered so sour (or unripe) that it was served with sugar on the top.
 

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1. Wagon Wheels that were big, thick and sickeningly addictive.
2. Gigantic rusting noisy messy dustbins, modernised ultimately to have rubber lids that burned like magnesium
3. Creamola Foam.....and Fresca. Also, bottled lemonade, sweetened with cyclamates, addictively horrid and great all at once.
4. Cod liver oil spooned from the bottle, along with the curiously named 'Radio Malt'
5. Trying to interpret the world by detailed furtive analysis of what was effectively the original paper-based version of the Internet..."Exchange and Mart". The information equivalent of porn, old tattered copies were swapped between friends. I remember my parents treating "E&M" with the same discreet caution as a late-night TV show...you all knew what was in it, but nobody from different generations could ever talk about it.
6. Benny Hill/Carry On films/Up Pompeii. Banned at home, sneakily watched by 60s/70s kids everywhere (but how we managed that, I do not know). As well as Blue Peter, approved content included Screen Test, Disney Time, and other brief 25minute glimpses of impossibly-stimulating entertainment.
 

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Does anyone remember a toy which although I utterly adored, I cannot exactly remember. I shall try to describe.

It was a stout cardboard folded battle scene, colour printed, and it may have had layers of stiff cellophane in front of it. It had lots of rub-down transfers of mini Cossacks, horses, cannons, and it might've been possible to move one layer relative to others. It was a self-made, self-viewed sixties graphical...wargame?

Can anyone help me, please? What was it?
 
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Didn't Frederick meet a tragic end?
They divorced or separated and, IIRC, he died by gunfire, possibly self inflicted.
It was a stout cardboard folded battle scene, colour printed, and it may have had layers of stiff cellophane in front of it. It had lots of rub-down transfers of mini Cossacks, horses, cannons, and it might've been possible to move one layer relative to others. It was a self-made, self-viewed sixties graphical...wargame?
Possibly the Letraset/Waddingtons panoramas check this link http://www.action-transfers.com/html/a_a/chronology.shtml
 

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My childhood can be summed up like this
:p
My own kids have a hard time accepting that there was a time when there were no mobile phones and music was played on vinyl records. It sounds absurd to them.
 

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Ha! reminds me of that opening MTV bit in Ferris Bueller's Day Off .. the clip with the chainsaw ..
 
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Another thread got me thinking about things that were very different when I was younger. These include :
1. One landline phone located in the hall.
2. Black and white TV.
3. First colour TV, which required that you got up and pressed a button to change channels.
3. Pong.
4. Our first video recorder which was top loading.
5. First video recorder with 'remote' control consisting of a wired controller with fast forward, stop & play on it. This was also the programmable video recorder, only you had to squat in front of it and press buttons - it only worked 7 days ahead.
6. My first computer - The VIC20. It had 64k RAM. I played text based adventure games on it.
7. The excitement of first experiencing a car with electric windows.
8. Lemon grass, coriander and the like, first arriving in supermarkets.
9. Having highlights done with a cap.
10. Having a mullet.
11. My first analogue mobile. Black text, had to charge in its own cradle overnight, stored TEN numbers!
12. Receiving my first text ever, whilst on a date in 1992 in Lincoln. Having to subscribe and pay extra for SMS service.
13. The rabbit network of 'mobile' phones.
14. The internet in 1996.... beeep, beep, beeeee, bip, bip, bip...

I could go on, but would like to hear other people's reminiscences too!

All of the above save the mullet and the analogue mobile.

My first experience of a car with electric windows was in the very late seventies when the father of an American lad at my primary school offered me and my mum a lift home in his fancy American car.

It was like being in Thunderbirds.
 
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Also this...

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...was (if you'll forgive the vulgarity) the bollocks.

And if you tell that to young people today they'll not believe you.
 
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