Sunday, 31 August 2014

10 Things our Children Sadly Won't Experience

I am going to sound a right old fogey now. At the grand old age of 32, OK 36, I feel I can safely say that as my girl is starting pre-school I have been reminiscing about the 'good old days'. Yes, those days gone by and the things that I feel made me the well rounded human being I am today. And sadly these ten things are things that my children will never experience, never feel the joy of. Nope they now have things in their lives that would have BLOWN OUR MIND!

I remember when our school got its first CD Rom. We all were summoned to the 'computer room' and stared at penguins on the screen gobsmacked. If we had seen actual moving images or knew we could google 'Mark Owen topless'? We let's just say I wouldn't have passed any GCSEs. So here are the ten things I loved about growing up and that will be sadly missed from my own children's lives:

Smash Hits Lyrics
One of the highlights of my youth was 'Smash Hits'. I LOVED everything about it. From the posters on the inside which I plastered all over my walls (Matt Goss be still my beating heart) but the highlight for me? The lyrics dotted throughout. I loved it. I loved the fact that I could stand in front of TOTP (RIP) on a Thursday night at 7pm and sing along to the Top Ten because without the aid of the internet Smash Hits would be the only way you would know the lyrics unless you...

Yes this is me. With actual MATT GOSS! I am literally rabid.
Recorded the radio
I used to stand there. At my 'ghetto blaster' and wait. And wait. And wait. And then 'VANILLA ICE IS ON PRESS RECORD NOW!!!' and record my favourite songs on a cassette. This inevitably meant I had a whole hours tape worth of 3/4 of a song with the local DJ's voice at both the start and end of the song but it didn't matter. I could now rewind and listen to the song 1367 times to write down the lyrics. And believe you me, if I had spent as much time on listening to 'Ice Ice Baby' and trying to write out the rap as I did on my dissertation? I would have for sure have come out with a first.

Live children's television
0818118181 I remember that phone number but yet I can't actually remember my own current home phone number. The utter joy of live television. The unpredictability of the phone callers. When Five Star got verbally abused on Going Live? Hilarious (oh and wrong obvs). And everyone talked about it at school as there was only a choice of two programmes to watch at the same time. Every week I would spend hours trying to get through on that bloody number. I did once. For Jason Donovan. I didn't even really like Jason Donovan.

Penny Mix
It used to be possible to have 10p and go to the shop and buy a 'penny mix'. And sometimes you could get two sweets for 1p! Now when I send my husband out to buy the kids a little treat of a 'penny mix' he can't even get a Chomp for 10p. A penny mix is now a £1.69 mix. And it makes me fume and moan every time.

About £667 worth of penny mix. Grrrr.
Pen pals
I had a host of pen pals up and down the country. And I bloody loved writing to them who I fancied that week. I loved covering the envelope in stickers and putting sellotape over the stamp to try and get one over on the Post Office. I probably used the same one stamp for like 2 years. There was non of this weighing malarky. You could ram an envelope full of Robbie William posters and spend 26p and it would still get to it's destination.

Playing out
Now this makes me proper sad this one. 'Playing out' was one of the best things about growing up. Hanging around the streets with the local kids, roller skating, chatting, playing ball. And you would only come in when it was too dark and too cold to talk about Five Star being verbally abused on live television any more. The thought of my lovelies playing out night till it is dark? Terrifies me. I get worried when they are in the garden.

Terrestrial Television
I grew up on four channels. You knew that at 5pm you would have to endure a bit of John Craven and then you would watch Grange Hill or Byker Grove. Or Blue Peter if your parents wanted you to be a vague bit educational. There would also be the odd strange children's drama that was terrifying like Chocky. Then you would settle in for Neighbours and Home and Away. Boom. Done. Non of these slick American tweens singing about love. No. We laughed at Jeff mans beard, got bored by Anthea Turner making Tracy Island and wished we lived with Pippa and Tom and had Sally's huge boobs.

And this museum piece children is a 'pencil case'.
Pencil cases
I am a teacher. And past the age of 11? Children do not tend to bring a pen to school let alone a long lusted after Forever Friends tin pencil case you lovingly picked over the summer holidays. Or when you got a bit older a plain pencil case you could write 'I LOVE GARY' on or try and be trendy and write something about the Wonder Stuff when in reality you loved East 17. I often ask my pupils about pencil cases. They mock me and say they have something called 'a pocket'.

Tuck shop
There was a time when schools were just in no way shape or form healthy eating. Burgers, pizza, cornflake cakes, pop. And tuck money? One of life's greatest joys. You would take your dinner money and do one of the following 1) buy a bag of sherbet before you even got to school 2) work out how many cornflake cakes you could get 3) buy 5 bags of pickled onion Space Raiders or 4) when the World Cup was on buy World Cup cards and no food whatsoever as you fancied Gary Lineker. No dinner money cards or Yum Boxes lovingly packed with healthy bits and bobs. Nope. Just pure sugary or onion flavoured sh*te. Ace.

Advice
Our advice about things all just seemed a bit daft didn't it? From the 'Charlie says' don't speak to strangers ads or the poorly acted crossing the road ones. Even Zammo on the drugs. No-one really took it seriously. Now I feel I am forever banging on about stranger danger, or don't trip over in soft play, or shoving helmets on heads on scooters in the garden which I won't leave for fear of my daughter being stolen. Best advice I got was from my head mistress who stated "when you walk up the stairs on the bus and you are wearing no tights men will look up your skirt". I still heed this advice to this day. Well if I went upstairs on buses very often as I get scared by youths. Or wore anything other than thick black maternity leggings.

And yeah! We wore playsuits and hightops first.

OK so with hindsight our lives were a little bit more unhealthy and risky. But it makes me sad as we were free to be innocent. We could run around outside and eat crap and pretend to be Spuggy from Biker Grove, not some polished American beauty queen. Our little beauties will have to deal with social media and all the doom it brings with it, over worrying Mothers and super healthy school dinners. This does mean they will be a hell of a lot safer but they will never feel the joy of finally knowing the first line of Vanilla Ice without a DJ speaking over the top of it..all together now.."Alright stop. Collaborate and listen"...

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74 comments:

  1. Ice is coming with a brand new mission!
    Love this post but what do you mean no pencil cases?!? I don't understand I still have one!! I'm shocked and saddened!

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    1. I know! The fools! They are missing out on such joy! xxx

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  2. Oh, I agree with all of these. I adored my Forever Friends pencil tin and I'm pretty sure I had the exact same pink jumpsuit!
    I remember having typing lessons, on a proper typewriter and everything. None of this high tech computer stuff!
    Oh, and my husbands best men (there were 3 of them, don't ask!) performed a reworked version of Ice Ice Baby as part of their wedding speech. I don't use this word very often, but it was epic! x

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    1. That sounds amazing!!!! I totally forgot we had typing lessons soon. How funny! Sigh. The good old days xxx

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  3. Love this SO much!! I went to see TOTP being filmed and was so excited!! I am started back at work next week and do you know what I bought? A pencil case. Love it! My fave were the metal ones, i used to use my compass to colour (scrape off the colour) on the tin. The good old days really were the best!!

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    1. YES! I used to scrape the colour off too! Or scratch in TT signs all over it. Happy days xxx

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  4. I'm also super sad that they don't get to watch videos on the big TV on wheels that was the worst quality ever as the teacher fast forwarded by hand! And also having the fear of phoning a home phone to talk to your mates or god help us the opposite sex. Parents are scary!!

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    1. Urgh - the home phone and having to speak to your boyfriends Mum. I went a whole year without speaking to my husbands. Which was clearly much better! xxx

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  5. Oh Em this is amazing. YES YES YES! I still have a pencil case though of course ha ha xx

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  6. I still love a pencil case & Home & Away was just the best, I'm proud that I was a member of the 'official' fanclub!

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    1. Were you! That's amazing. You were a proper fan! xxx

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  7. Sally's boobs! All bang on, made me smile remembering, esp the hours sat next to a tape recorder listening to the charts, and that TOTP was on a Thursday! Ace post x

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    1. Sallys Boobs were HUGE weren't they? Like totally massive!!! xxx

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  8. I think I redecorated my whole bedroom in Smash Hits posters! I used to listen to the whole of the top 40 with my finger hovering over the record button especially when there was a new Take That song coming out!

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    1. And me! I loved it when a new Take That song came out and you had to wait a few weeks to buy it xxx

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  9. Epic post!! Ah penny mix, makes me feel old... everything is so expensive!!

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  10. EMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! i LOVE THIS POSSSST!! (I kinda sung that!) We used to get £2 pocket money and that would buy us a comic and pick and mix AND we used to buy ourselves something shit for tea every friday! (usually a pot noodle!) And we used to go to the shops for mum and dad for chocolate snacks, and get this IT WAS PITCH BLACK OUTSIDE AND WE HAD TO CROSS A BIG MAIN ROAD! ha ha oh to be a kid again XX

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    1. Same here we would go down to the corner shops with our mates and my Mum and Dad never batted an eyelid! I would never do that with my two now xxx

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  11. My kids will never rewind a video, turn over a cassette, use the internet on dial up, look in the paper for cinema listings or ring a friend's home phone. I could definitely write a blog post! x

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    1. You could! There is so much more that they won't do. Sad sad times xxx

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  12. Ice is back with a brand new invention...
    Love this post! Most of my recordings of music had me and my brother arguing over them, as I would tell him to be quiet so he would deliberately be noisy and then we would start yelling at each other.
    Kids don't have pencil cases any more? Sad times. I know my eldest doesn't have one, but he's a boy and careless. I assumed girls still had them.

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    1. No-one has them! Bar the Yr7s and then they sack them off after a week. Urgh. I would love to hear the arguing tapes! xxx

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  13. I'm abit younger but the whole computer thing stiff baffles me when I was in primary school there was one comp for the year and we never used it now at my daughters new nursery they have enough iPads for one each

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    1. Oh god my girl on the Ipad is amazing! And even my boy can use it a bit! It is crazy! xxx

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  14. I wasn't to into pop culture as a kid as I spent every second of the day on my bmx (I'm 32). As much as it drives me crazy my three have access to a big communal garden where children from about 60 flats all play (I'm on the ground floor usually stuck to the window while they're out) and they love it. It's sad its probably the closest they get to the freedom we had as children. As for the computers in schools my children's school only has a computer room and interactive white boards. I'm sure that will all change in secondary school.

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    1. Oh yes that will change. What makes me laugh if we had seen an interactive white board? Our heads would have exploded. I remember being excited when it was a whiteboard at uni! xxx

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  15. This has brought back so many memories!! I used to ring going live every single weekend and thank God I never got through because I hadn't even asked my parents :) oh and playing out till dark was completely normal wasn't it? These days you're considered a bad parent to let your kids play outside on their own. Love the Matt Goss pic!

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    1. Thanks bab! I loved calling that bloomin number every week. It is a shame as I probably wouldn't let my girl play out which is doom as it means more messy playdates in the house! xxx

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  16. A trip down memory lane ha ha. I wondered where the 0818118181 number was from. Check you out with Matt Goss, I never reached those dizzy heights although I once wrote to Jimmy Saville to ask him to fix it for me to meet Madonna. Somehow I am pretty glad that didn't work out now... :) x

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    1. Oh bab - with hindsight? It's for the best he didn't reply xxx

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  17. LOVE this!!! OMG I always used to tape the radio and then learn the lyrics from Smash Hits...ahhhh the good old days :-) x

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  18. Fab fab fab! All so true! I had loads of penpals (friends with many of them on fb now) and did the stamp thing, ha ha!

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    1. Between us? We must have nearly broke the post office! xxx

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  19. 0818118181... Then they wacked an extra 1 in and ruined the whole thing. 01810118181 just wasn't the same! I feel sorry for my 14 year old, social media makes being a teenager a million times harder. Love this trip down memory lane

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    1. Ha ha ha! You're right it really didn't have the same ring did it? xxx

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  20. This is amazing! I still miss Live and Kicking immensely, loved singing that phone number and screaming the postal address at the TV! When directing my Husband in the car, I still come out with 'left duck', 'right, right, right duck'! :-)

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    1. Ha! Brilliant! I loved Live and Kicking so so much. It was fab xxx

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  21. Love this post. I used to do the writing down lyrics and recording TOTP. And yes to the Going Live Number. Weekly pouring over Just Seventeen and Big magazine. One computer in the library at secondary school which had this thing called the internet.

    And tuck shop - ours had Kendal Mint cake (12p or 25p for the bigger bar with chocolate on), and Nik Naks!

    Plus I had a penpal fleetingly, from Switzerland - who I found on the kids section on teletext. Fabulous

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    1. I bloody loved Nik Naks - despite being told they made your fingers smell of old women's knickers!!!

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  22. Oh fantastic memories staying out playing all day and only going back for drinks made from the soda stream, or running back to watch totp. Penny mixes, Saturday morning kids telly. I remember the computer we got at school one for the whole school connected to a dot matrix printer which printed on very thin paper which you tore along a line! Penpals, phoning friends Id been at school with all day on their home phone and swapping neighbours stickers until you had them all for your sticker book!

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    1. I am a little bit jeal you had a neighbours sticker book. That sounds amazing! Oh bet the Scott and Charlene ones were well sought after! xxx

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  23. Absolutely love this one - what a blast from the past! I used to get Smash Hits but Wham were my crush of the era (a tad older than you!). Oh and the Sunday night's (wasted) recording the Top 40 charts on a tiny cassette were the best. Fact. Awesome post! And Mumsnet's Blog of the Day - go you!

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    1. Thanks lovely! I used to love the Top 40. I listen now and it makes me ears bleed. I sound well old there! xxx

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  24. Ha ha fab post lovely! Penny mix was my life, my dream. Although it was 1/2p a sweet, remember the tiny coins?
    p.s my cousin used to be deputy editor of smash hits!

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    1. WHAT? How did I not know this fact about you???? I AM JEL! xxx

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  25. Ha Ha I love this post the 80s were great x

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  26. Sooo true misses! I miss 'normal' telly… that tiny window after school when i'd fight (and win obviously) with my sis to hog the remote… lol x I would probably give a kidney away to have hugged a Goss. Bitch. Pahahaha x

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    1. I've also met Luke. Don't be to jeal! xxx

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  27. Oh this list is brilliant! I love it!! I think I still have my Forever Friends pencil tin and I'm 40............

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    1. Thanks! You can't beat a bit of forever friends can you??? xxx

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  28. Great post, though I was never that keen on Smash Hits but I understand the playing out bit - my boy is 9 and it still scares me!

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  29. Oh my- we're the same age! {29, obvs}. My sister and I spent many an afternoon after school in the '80s/ early 90's outside Luke's house in Fulham. Ahhhh memories ; )

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    1. Ha ha ha! We used to do the same with Take That!!!! Hilar xxx

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  30. Oh my goodness - I giggled along to so many of these...recording songs off the radio, chanting that Going Live phone number and the chance to get to speak to a pop star, playing out... like going back in time! Great post xx #brilliantblogposts

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  31. I love this, Smash Hits was literally my bible when I was growing up and my mission in life was to a) marry Jason Donovan and b) be editor of smash hits!! (My career plan didn't quite go to plan......!!) But the lyrics were amazing, I can still sing along to all my fave songs growing up but yet not be able to remember what I had for tea last night.
    Also penpals - YES!!!! Between the ages of about 14-16 I had about 50 penpals, I don't know how I had time for any homework!! I also had the amazing honour of being penpal of the week in the boyzone magazine (exciting I know!) and I got letters for months and months afterwards!!

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  32. Fabulous hun! Recording off the radio, I remember the days! xx

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  33. Banging the phone. Before when I am mad at the person on the other line I can bang the phone and it feels good cuz the person from the other line heard it. Now with the cordless phone and mobile phone.. even if you press the buttons hard it doesnt feel better cuz its just buttons! Kids today wont experience that too =P #brillblogposts

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  34. This post is just genius!! Like you, it makes me so sad that my daughters will never make (or receive) a mix tape, never go to Woolworth's at the end of summer for their matching pencils, coloured pens, pencil case and rubber (and if lucky get some pick'a'mix) or know the joy of a Wimpy, Opel Fruit or Top of the Pops.

    Ah the good old days when the summers were long and always warm and you could play out until dark. My big treat was staying up late on a Friday night to watch dynasty with my mum.

    You've made me want to dig out some old pics if my own.

    Love it!!

    Heledd
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  35. Bloody love this and what a nostalgic trip down memory lane, loved all of that and Neighbours, Home and Away-Kylie and Jason were the soundtrack of my youth. Social media is scary for our kids and I so want them to has a free a childhood as we did but realise it won't be so! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts and HOW HOT are you with one of the bros brothers! Still hot now of course x

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  36. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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  37. God I'm so jealous! I was a massive Bros fan back in the dim n distant and would've gnawed off my own arm for a chance to meet Matt in person. Closest I ever got was a Radio One Roadshow at Weston-Super-Mare when me and my mate Karen snuck into the VIP area next to the stage and I tried to grab Matt's trouser leg. This burly bouncer got in my way and I ended up grabbing his sweaty armpit instead. Yuck!

    Great post and a fab trip down memory lane. I've got a craving for penny chews now!

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  38. LOVE this! So bloody true. As a 38 year old I have nodded along with this whole post. It made me smile at my memories and practically cry that my kids won't get this. Great post though :-)
    #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  39. I'm 28 and I LOVED Smash Hits magazine and the lyrics cards etc you got with it, also not quite as good but loved TOTP magainze. Loved the spice girls blow up dolls you got with both of them and the free pop star stickers that used to cover my wardrobe lol.They don't use pencil cases anymore?! Ah and 1 penny sweets and the Beano which my brother used to get being only 35p or something. I used to watch good old Live and Kicking. We had it so much better back then lol xx

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  40. My hubby and I often talk about these things that the kids will miss out on... love that pic of you and Matt Goss!! I once camped over night for tickets as Take That were headlining the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, we got front row tickets and I was about as rabid as it gets xxx

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  41. No pencil cases! :-O I also have this irrational fear of the kids being stolen form our garden which I had to explain to our elderly neighbors when we stuck 6 foot fences up after the boy was born.

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  42. I'm 26 and I have a pencil case. It's an Adventure Time one and it cost me a small fortune but STATIONARY. I even have this absolutely 'hilarious' mini plastic wheelie bin desk tidy! And highlighters, and gel pens, and those yellow and black HB pencils! haha

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  43. This is fantastic! I used to record the radio and learn the lyrics from smash hits. And I had loads of pen pals (except for me the envelopes would be rammed with Boyzone and 911 posters!) I loved byker Grove too. Another great post.

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  44. Ah penny mix when it was acutally penny mix and mars bars for 25p and a can of coke for 50p. Mind you I think I would be the size of a large house if sweets and candy were still that cheap now that I am adult.
    Great list as always =) hilarious!

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