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When your Granny had a Pantry instead of a fridge

 

Penny chews

 

Snickers were Marathons

 

£1 notes and 0.5p

 

Subbuteo and blow football

 

Shirt numbers were 1-11 and no names on the back

 

Football boots were only black and needed dubbing every week

 

Reversing the charges from a phone box

 

 

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My mum, who passed away recently, had a small pantry and it was still functional when we sold her house. A treasure trove of pickles, sauces, mixes, cups, saucers, packets of "stuff". 

 

I loved it as a kid as place to hide during hide and seek. 

 

My nanna had a meat safe. A wooden box with a mesh door (to keep flies out) and kept on a marble "cold shelf" in her pantry.

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Only yuppies had mobile phones. And they had to cart them around in a huge case because the battery was so large.

 

Going to the back of Woolworths every Saturday to spend my pocket money on £1.99 computer games for my ZX Spectrum 48k, and having to load them in a cassette player which took about 5 minutes.

 

When people actually knew or cared what song was no. 1 in the charts.

 

Top flight football games on free-to-air ITV on a Sunday.

 

FA Cup final day was the biggest sporting event of the year.

 

Bermuda shorts were all the rage.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Webbo said:

We actually had a gas fridge, no joke.

YES!! We did too. I could never understand how it worked!

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Taking your girlfriend out for a meal meant a pint of Watney's Red Barrel for the bloke and a Snowball for her, at a Berni Inn, prawn cocktail starter followed by a lump of steak with some obscure (but we thought, classy) sauce.

 

 

 

 

And chips.


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Just now, LestaAl said:

..having a telephone installed  and our number was 2408

Having a party line, where you could pick up your phone and hear a conversation between two random people. Usually the neighbour and whoever they were talking to. During this you were unable to make your own call until they'd finished.

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Being able to cadge a cigarette off the school bus driver 

 

Recording the top 40 off the radio 

 

Using a phone box to make calls because I wasn't allowed to use the house phone

 

Paying on the gate at Filbert Street 

 

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Pulling out the twin tub to do the washing

 

Outdoor toilets (& indoor toilets) with the cistern above your head & you 'pulled the chain'

 

Seat belts were optional

 

Petrol came in gallons

 

They used to play the national anthem at the end of the night on the BBC

 

Pubs that had hatches for takeouts

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Corona pop vans were still in service in the 80s/90s grew up on cherryade, limeade, orangeade, strawberryade, lemonade, shit does that make me old?

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Standing up for the National Anthem at the end of the film having watched two films.

 

Getting the cane and/or slipper at school for talking in class or coming last in the run around the park that passed for PE 

 

Walking to and from school, a 30+min walk.

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At the football 

 

Teams came out separately so you could cheer your own team and boo insult the opposition.

 

Players were embarrassed to appear injured

 

Half time scores were displayed via a number system at the side of the pitch but you needed your simple programme to interpret it. 

 

moving form one end of the pitch to the other at half-time

 

Paying a penny to park your bike in some's alley before the match

 

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The Groceries van coming round

 

Getting a portion of chips for school lunch in Hinckley chippie for 20p

 

10p space invaders in above chippie

 

Sticking to the back seats of a VW beetle in the summer

 

Walking on my own to primary school

 

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Having Jimmy Bloomfield's house on my paper round.

 

Aztec chocolate bars

 

 

The electricity strike and the family playing monopoly by candle light

 

Yamaha Fizzies

 

Getting in the under 13s in the Spion Kop for 40 pence even after I'd started shaving

 

Blakeys, segs, chopper push bikes, space hoppers and Doc Martins

 

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Canada Dry being all the rage.

 

2litre cans of 7up, Coca Cola, Sunkist etc.

 

Baseball caps being worn backwards.

 

Apple being irrelevant.

 

Atari being at the cutting edge of Gaming.

 

Leeds United v Rangers in the first playoff for the champions league.

 

Transworld Sport being a must watch on Channel 4.

 

Australian TV taking up the bulk of UK/Irish schedules.

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World Of Sport, Wrestling (Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks etc..) on a saturday afternoon on the telly, followed by the A-Team in the evening. A time when ITV was decent.

 

 

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....when a band consisted of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, and they wrote all their own songs.

 

....when all young men wanted to be Frank Worthington.

 

....when it snowed every winter and was hot in the summer.

 

....when chopper bikes were cool.

 

....the coalman.

 

....when you could buy cotton in a shade called 'nígger brown'.

 

....when shops would sell cigarettes to kids if they were 'for me mam'.

 

....when teachers could beat you black and blue and nobody raised so much as an eyebrow.

 

....when working class people voted Labour by default.

 

....when wearing Doc Martens made you 'hard'.

 

 


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Seeing a rag and bone man.

Half pence sweets...Cigarette sweets.

Not having to wear seatbelts.

Getting touched up by your swimming instructor then getting beaten for complaining about it... ( I was a very long haired gender neutral girly boy )

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