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"If you watched Baywatch followed by Gladiators then Blind Date on a Saturday evening..."

No, I didn't and most of my peers at the time wouldn't have been seen dead admitting to watching Baywatch or Blind Date.

"...had 4 TV channels..."

Well, I had Sky, and many of my friends could get both RTE channels too. I guess we were lucky.

"...started school with singing in the main hall..."

Nope. Was an early morning roll call, one "Our Father" & one "Hail Mary" (Catholic school) and once a week we'd be in the gym to hear from the principal. We never sung.

"...played in the woods..."

Well, we could have but nobody really bothered other than the odd occasion. And there were plenty of kiddie fiddlers and dirty old men about as there is today.

"...always rode your bike..."

Okay, I'll give you that. But still, paedos.

"...a game was Kiss Chase or Bulldog..."

Nope to kiss chase, and Bulldog was only played in the playground at primary school.

"...with not a computer in sight..."

HAHAHAHAHA! Clearly Amigas, Atari ST's, Commodore C64's, Spectrums etc. never existed not to mention that most boys and girls had a games console. Loads of lending/swapping cartridges for Atari 2600 and later on the Sega Mega Drive.

"...had to be in before dark, got grounded if you were late..."

As long as you told your parents where you'd be and didn't stay out to a ridiculous time, most of the time they weren't concerned, I spent much of my childhood playing outdoors in the summer until 10.30 or even 11.00 in the evening as that was just after sunset.

"...not even the home phone was mobile..."

And? That's because until the networks realised they could sell PAYG to the masses, they were only really for higher end business and well off types with little indoor coverage, that could be listened to with a cheap scanner that had a risk of being easily cloned. At least making calls on a landline after 6.00pm was objectively cheap.

"...vandalism was scratching the school desk with a compass..."

Erm, no. If anything, I see less outright public vandalism these days!

"...you recorded the top 40 off the radio on tape..."

And thus (technically) committing copyright theft i.e. stealing! Tut tut! Only difference really these days is it's much quicker and easier to download MP3s now (other audio compression formats are available).

"...got 10 sweets in a 10p mix..."

Eh?

"...and you turned out ok, then re-post, THIS IS WHEN BRITAIN WAS GREAT BRITAIN!!!!"

I turned out to be a bit of an awkward wreck to be fair, but I'm still here. I'm not going to repost that shit, and was that Britain? I don't live in Britain and never have, instead I spent much of that era either getting out of places because of bomb alerts and attacks and walking to school passing soldiers in full combat gear and weaponry.

Just another attempted nostalgia "Good oul' days" post.

I'd also reckon the author of that piece reckoned that ZaNuLieBour led by Tony Bliar (sic) getting elected in May 1997 was the point when Britain was no longer GGRRRRRRRRRRREEAAT BRITAIN, even though most of the above was still perfectly relevant until the end of the decade.

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On 12/19/2019 at 10:55 PM, PJ Power said:

"If you watched Baywatch followed by Gladiators then Blind Date on a Saturday evening..."

No, I didn't and most of my peers at the time wouldn't have been seen dead admitting to watching Baywatch or Blind Date.

"...had 4 TV channels..."

Well, I had Sky, and many of my friends could get both RTE channels too. I guess we were lucky.

"...started school with singing in the main hall..."

Nope. Was an early morning roll call, one "Our Father" & one "Hail Mary" (Catholic school) and once a week we'd be in the gym to hear from the principal. We never sung.

"...played in the woods..."

Well, we could have but nobody really bothered other than the odd occasion. And there were plenty of kiddie fiddlers and dirty old men about as there is today.

"...always rode your bike..."

Okay, I'll give you that. But still, paedos.

"...a game was Kiss Chase or Bulldog..."

Nope to kiss chase, and Bulldog was only played in the playground at primary school.

"...with not a computer in sight..."

HAHAHAHAHA! Clearly Amigas, Atari ST's, Commodore C64's, Spectrums etc. never existed not to mention that most boys and girls had a games console. Loads of lending/swapping cartridges for Atari 2600 and later on the Sega Mega Drive.

"...had to be in before dark, got grounded if you were late..."

As long as you told your parents where you'd be and didn't stay out to a ridiculous time, most of the time they weren't concerned, I spent much of my childhood playing outdoors in the summer until 10.30 or even 11.00 in the evening as that was just after sunset.

"...not even the home phone was mobile..."

And? That's because until the networks realised they could sell PAYG to the masses, they were only really for higher end business and well off types with little indoor coverage, that could be listened to with a cheap scanner that had a risk of being easily cloned. At least making calls on a landline after 6.00pm was objectively cheap.

"...vandalism was scratching the school desk with a compass..."

Erm, no. If anything, I see less outright public vandalism these days!

"...you recorded the top 40 off the radio on tape..."

And thus (technically) committing copyright theft i.e. stealing! Tut tut! Only difference really these days is it's much quicker and easier to download MP3s now (other audio compression formats are available).

"...got 10 sweets in a 10p mix..."

Eh?

"...and you turned out ok, then re-post, THIS IS WHEN BRITAIN WAS GREAT BRITAIN!!!!"

I turned out to be a bit of an awkward wreck to be fair, but I'm still here. I'm not going to repost that shit, and was that Britain? I don't live in Britain and never have, instead I spent much of that era either getting out of places because of bomb alerts and attacks and walking to school passing soldiers in full combat gear and weaponry.

Just another attempted nostalgia "Good oul' days" post.

I'd also reckon the author of that piece reckoned that ZaNuLieBour led by Tony Bliar (sic) getting elected in May 1997 was the point when Britain was no longer GGRRRRRRRRRRREEAAT BRITAIN, even though most of the above was still perfectly relevant until the end of the decade.

Most of your points I agree with, except the Baywatch bit. Every person I knew watched Baywatch back in the day. The lads watched it for Pamela Anderson and her mates boucing around in their swimming cossies(this was when the only porn we could find was in bushes, or the odd ones we found of out dad's), and the girls watched it for the storylines. It was huge!

Also, mix up sweets were usually 1p each, hence the 10 sweets to a 10p mix up(unless you felt rich and chose some of the big fuck off 2p jellys and things)!

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Most of my friends preferred Bleeth over Anderson. We all watched it for the wonder that was Erika Eleniak, and then when the new series started after all the hype over this new blonde girl, we were a bit disappointed.

As Matt Daughton said during that opening shot, where she's stood wide legged with her perfectly spherical breasts hunched almost up to her chin, "What's wrong with her tits?".

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Shrimps, small cola bottles and those red and black berry gummies. You could get a fuck off cola bottle for 10p. Quite an outlay, but satisying. 

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Cola bottles, fried eggs and those round bubblie(chewing gum balls) things in mine mostly. Although my old local shop once got cherry cola bottles in and I spent a fortune on them every time my mother sent me to the shop for her 20 Regal Kingsize back in the late 80's and said I could keep the change. They were amazing!

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I don't know why you would, fizzy ones are better. I liked the shandy version too. Plus one for the cherry cola's also.

I can still smash a big bag of Haribo and will often allow myself one as my treat when I'm doing over time in work. Driving around, delivering parcels, reconnecting North Wales one bag of Haribo at a time. Really pissed me off that they tried to rebrand the fried eggs as flying saucers though.

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5 minutes ago, King Coconut said:

What exactly do we mean when we say cola bottles? Or are we Rocky 5ing the fizzy ones? 

Always the normal, non fizzy ones...

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On 12/19/2019 at 10:55 PM, PJ Power said:

instead I spent much of that era either getting out of places because of bomb alerts and attacks and walking to school passing soldiers in full combat gear and weaponry.

I'm assuming you're Irish, and I'm amazed how many people under a certain age (and an alarming number old enough to know better) overlook or underestimate the troubles and just how recently it was things settled down. 

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4 hours ago, King Coconut said:

What exactly do we mean when we say cola bottles? Or are we Rocky 5ing the fizzy ones? 

Surely we're not, because the fizzy ones are ace. Fizzy cherry cola bottles are even better. 

I was convinced that the mushroom penny sweets were nipples when I was a kid.

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A girl in work this week told me that the fried eggs are actually flying saucers, which is why Haribo is called Starmix.

I was genuinely gobsmacked for a second, before remembering Starmix also contains cola bottles and gummy bears, which is where her logic fell apart.

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I liked coconut mushrooms and the pint of beers over cola bottles. Which says a lot about how I’ve grown up and what I’ve become

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