• Swingball, Screwballs and sprinkler bans – the summers of my childhood

    July 16, 2015

       Having a toddler who’s now old enough to really enjoy summer – and all the associated paddling pool paraphernalia – is bringing back so many memories about my own childhood, growing up in the 1980s and 1990s. Wasn’t the summer brilliant when we were younger?  The six week holiday was second only to Christmas…

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  • In search of the retro TV of my childhood

    November 10, 2014

    TV always seemed brilliant when we were young, didn’t it? Even though there were only four channels and they all shut down overnight, there was no live pause or rewind and no streaming *gasp*. It was entertaining and exciting and fun (I think; I could be looking back with a rose-tinted sense of nostalgia though).…

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  • The Neighbours of my early childhood

    August 11, 2014

    I read this weekend that Kylie Minogue is set to return to Neighbours for a 30th anniversary special. It was a surprise to me, because who knew it was still on? (Clearly, all the people who are still watching it). I’ve not seen it since I was a student and we used to watch it…

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  • CITV’s ‘Old Skool’ Weekend TV nostalgia-fest

    January 5, 2013

    Like so many people of a *cough* certain age, I’m absolutely loving the complete nostalgia-fest that is the CITV ‘Old Skool’ Weekend, two days of 80’s, 90’s and 00’s kids TV programmes shown to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the children’s channel. There’s a veritable treasure trove of retro programming – everything from Fraggle Rock to Finders…

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