1. There were no GHD’s
You could just let your hair dry naturally and rock up anywhere because everyone had untamed tresses. If you were going all out then maybe your Mum would crimp your hair. You felt super glamorous and grown up even though you looked like a poodle. Scrunchies were in fashion.
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2. You owned a hifi mega system
Forget your tiny Ipod and little docking station. You had a stereo system that could do it all. It played records, it had a CD player, it had a radio, and it even had, get this, 2 cassette decks. You could actually record from one tape to another. I know, genius! and it still had the little hole so you could plug your headphones in. And you thought Ipod’s were clever!
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However owning a mega system meant you also had a CD rack, a cassette box, and 2 record boxes (one for singles one for albums).
3. Top of the Pops was never to be missed
I distinctly remember my Dad saying “This isn’t music, I could do this” (specifically when Beats International were number one – you know the one “Tank, fly, boss, walk ,jam, nitty gritty, you’re listening to the boy from the big bad city, this is jam hot”). And I distinctly remember thinking I’m never going to say the music my kids listen to is bad. Yet I do find myself already saying “whoooooo?” However our parents didn’t need to worry about pop stars gyrating in their underwear being inappropriate for our viewing. We had the likes of Tiffany who rocked it in her drain pipe jeans (yes they were drain pipe before they were skinny) and big baggy jumper. Ask any guy in his mid-thirties about Tiffany and he will blush a little.
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4. A Disc Hopper was the closest you got to a trampoline
Also known as the lo-lo ball. Hours of fun bouncing up and down without taking over your whole garden like the 6 foot trampolines kids need to own nowadays! Many injuries to be had though including blisters, and falling on your face when it when flat and the ball shot out of the disc!
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5. You spent Saturday mornings in Athena
What self-respecting teenage girl didn’t have this black and white print in their room?
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6. You had to get your photos developed
When you took your snaps you had no idea what they looked like. After forking out pocket-money to buy the film for the camera, you’d have to wait for next months pocket-money to get the photos developed. Even then you would have to wait a week because a same day turn around was absolute extortion. You would eventually receive your 24 prints with 20 of them having a “poor quality image” sticker slapped across the middle.
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7. You had to use phone boxes
It was the only way to tell your mum and dad to come get you. And you could reverse the charges! if you did have a mobile phone, it looked something like this…
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8. Amy and Leonard from The Big Bang Theory will always be Blossom and David
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9. You had to go to a shop to rent movies
Depending on which type of video player you owned (VHS or Beta Max) determined which side of the shop you went. And your Dad would get really mad when you got your video home and the last person who rented it hadn’t rewound it.
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10. You owned a useless Soda Stream
Your Mum and Dad would buy the various flavour juices pop it into the soda stream and hey presto your drink was fizzy. You’d use it for about a week, and you would consume more fizzy drink in that one week than you would for the rest of your life. Then the gas canister ran out and it would gather dust on the side for six months until your parents figured it was easier to just buy fizzy drink in the first place.
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What are your memories of growing up in this era? Did you have a soda stream?
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