I’ve recently joined a page on Facebook which ‘celebrates’ the 70s and 80s.
There are the usual things mentioned such as space hoppers and Tiswas, but aside from that, there are also lots of things that I’d put to the back of my mind (or blanked out, depending on how you look at it).
For instance, we all remember Walkmans of course, but I’d forgotten that if you wanted the tape cassette to rewind, you’d have to do it manually with a pencil or the batteries would run out almost immediately.
Then there was the great excitement of getting a video player, but then the heartbreak when it decided to chew up my favourite teen film.
There were sweets I’d forgotten like Terry’s Bitz which came in mint, cherry and orange flavours and had teeth-shattering crunchy bits inside.
Speaking of Terry’s there was also the Pyramint which was a pyramid-shaped chocolate with a mint fondant inside.
It was so sugary it would go straight to my fillings, but I loved them anyway.
And who remembers when the green van would come round the streets, selling a variety of Spangles, Dimes, Texas bars and Bazooka Joe bubble gum?
I used to love hearing the familiar toot toot of the van as he pulled into the street, and I loved it even more if my mum had spare change for me to buy some Smiths crisps from it…
Then there were the TV programmes such as Metal Mickey, The Hulk and Alf, all of which we watched on Saturday afternoons.
Sundays wouldn’t have been the same without watching Bullseye as we were having our tea, or That’s Life as we were getting ready for bed.
I could go on and on about the 70s and 80s but I’m running out of time.
Maybe I will need to do a follow-up some time; so that I can remind everyone of Worzel Gummidge, Different Strokes and Mary, Mungo and Midge!