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      1991 Gulf War – Excerpts from my diary

      The Gulf War really freaked me out. I guess it would be a huge understatement to say it freaked a lot of people out...

      Thunderturds Are Go!

      Early in the proceedings of the 2004 live-action Thunderbirds movie, a character scornfully calls the line-up of International Rescue "Thunderturds" - A description which unfortunately fits...

      Dapto Leagues Club in the 60s, 70s and 80s

      Dapto Leagues Club was formed on 12 July 1955 at a public meeting in Mr Jim Timbs' Billiard Rooms in Bong Bong Road, which...

      Famous Pop Locations – A selection of notable British rock landmarks

      Tittenhurst Park, Bedfordshire:  Located somewhere between Ascot and Sunningdale, this Georgian mansion set in a sprawling estate of 72 acres, was home to John Lennon from May...

      Little Golden Books of Barbarous Banality

      Perusers of supermarket checkout displays will be familiar with the standard arrays of Kit Kats, Who Magazine's 100 Most Infuriating People Who Are Already Famous...

      The Singles Boom

      There were always more differences between albums and singles than just the price and size. Singles, by tradition carried the vital new ideas of...

      Well ‘Ard Darlin’ – Glam Cop Shows of the 1970s

      The problem with hippies was that they were all a bit soft. All of that putting flowers in rifle barrels wasn't going to stop people getting...

      So You Wanna Be a Glam Rocker? – Glam Fashion in...

      One of the best things about Glam fashion was that it was always available, and never overpriced. It had the effect of making its...

      Ooh You Are Awful! – Naughty Bits in British Cinema in...

      As a new decade began, the Swinging Sixties became the Swapping Seventies. Well, that is if you believe everything you saw on the big screen. Britain's film industry...

      Hammer Horror – A House in the Country

      The House of Hammer was founded in the 1930s by Enrique Carreras and William Hinds (William Hammer to his audience). At the heart of Bray...

      What’s Yours? – The preferred tipple of your favourite TV characters

      Many TV shows are lubricated by alcohol, and the big American soaps would dry up and stop without it. The Rovers Return, The Queen Victoria...

      C’est La Rock & Roll – 60s rock from non-English speaking...

      Throughout its history, rock & roll has been inextricably linked with the English language - the first tongue, after all, of the nation of...

      Top 20 most watched TV shows in Australia

      It is impossible to give precise audience figures of the most watched shows of the 20th century in Australia, so this is an approximate...

      Retro Australia – Random Remembrances

      Royal Easter Show at the Showground Manzil Room nightclub School excursions to places like Warragamba Dam, Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and Old Sydney...

      Extracts from the Britanis Log (1974)

      Voyage No. 17 Southbound May - June 1974 Captain G Nicolaou, Master Rotterdam to Bremerhaven  205 miles - Bremerhaven to Southampton  415 miles Southampton to Las Palmas ...

      When I were a lad

      According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's, and 70's probably shouldn't have survived . ....

      Top 10 rated British TV programmes of 1970

      1. Miss World 1970 (BBC) 10.6 million 2. Benny Hill Show (ITV) 9.3 million 3. Eurovision Song Contest (BBC) 9.2 million 4. This Is Your Life (ITV)...

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      So You Wanna Be a Glam Rocker? – Glam Fashion in...

      One of the best things about Glam fashion was that it was always available, and never overpriced. It had the effect of making its...

      Elvis’s Movie Occupations

      Shrimp Fisherman - Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Commercial Photographer - Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) Water Skiing Instructor - Clambake (1967) Frogman - Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) Doctor -...

      Finding copies of old TV programmes

      One of the most frequent requests I receive at Nostalgia Central is for assistance in tracking down video recordings of old TV shows, advertisements, musical...

      Emigrating to Australia in the 1970s

      In late 1973, mum and dad asked my sister and myself a rather unusual question: "Would you like to go to Australia?" I mean it's...

      Top 20 Best Selling Britpop Songs

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