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Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56

Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56

9 June 2014 British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at home, aged 56. He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson. The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom. A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman. Police(...)

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 later became the first premises occupied by the club. During 1958 a new club building was constructed, with memb ership being 700 at that time. The club traded until 1964, when(...)

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 1969 until September 1973. Imagine was recorded here, as was the famed footage of John and Yoko in an all-white room. Stocks Country Club, Aldbury, Hertfordshire: The location for the cover artwork on the Oasis album, Be(...)

Elvis’s Movie Occupations

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 - Change Of Habit (1969) Lifeguard - Fun In Acapulco (1963) Helicopter Pilot - Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966) Rodeo Rider - Stay Away Joe (1968) Tour Guide - Blue Hawaii (1961) Racing Driver(...)

Glam Top 20

Glam Top 20

From the halcyon days of flying-V guitars, pink trousers, silver satin jackets and glitter on the cheekbones, I present here for your listening pleasure the Nostalgia Central Glam Top 20. Apologies for the absence of any tracks by Slade. The mirror-hatted wonders are conspicuous by their absence from Spotify. Otherwise the list would have included the following tracks also.(...)

Golden Boy Jan Berry, 62, Overcame a Strange Twist Of Fate

Golden Boy Jan Berry, 62, Overcame a Strange Twist Of Fate

If Brian Wilson was the king of the California dream regime, Jan & Dean were the crown princes - and the jesters. Composer/producer/lead singer Jan Berry and partner Dean Torrence manufactured enticing, comically exaggerated myths of the West Coast surf and hot rod lifestyle of the early 60s. Surf City, Drag City, Ride The Wild Surf, Sidewalk Surfin' and Dead Man's Curve form the soundtrack(...)

Growing up in North England in the 1960s and 1970s

Growing up in North England in the 1960s and 1970s

School dinners, "kiss-catch", free milk, bob-a-job week, Bonfire Night, snowball fights, power cuts . . . ee bah gum! Wath-upon-Dearne is in South Yorkshire (in what used to be called the West Riding). The guide books will tell you that the A1(M), M18 and M1 motorways are readily accessible and that people in South Yorkshire(...)

80 ways to tell you are stuck in the 80s

01 : You're still bitter that Wham! broke up 02 : Punky Brewster is your hero 03 : You're building your own Clockwork Smurf 04 : A-Ha's Take on Me is still your favorite video 05 : The only video games you play are Frogger and Pac Man 06 : You call all motorcycle cops(...)

Holidays in the 60s and 70s

Holidays in the 60s and 70s

Park the car, get out that picnic table and eat those spam sandwiches you made earlier. Sit back in that fold up chair and drink flask-stewed tea . . Holidays as a child in England invariably meant the seaside. Actually, it was more clearly defined than that . . . Holidays invariably meant either Skegness,(...)

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  1,520 miles - Las Palmas to Cape Town  4,425 miles Cape Town to Fremantle  4,560 miles - Fremantle to Adelaide  1,340 miles Adelaide to Melbourne  440 miles -(...)

Emigrating to Australia in the 1970s

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 not really in the same league as "Would you like an Ice Cream?" or "Do you fancy another week in Skegness this summer?" is it 19 May 1974 - I(...)

How To Stop a UFO Attack – A Step By Step Guide

How To Stop a UFO Attack – A Step By Step Guide

It's really quite simple: This is Moonbase - These are the folk who are supposed to stop the UFO's entering the Earth's atmosphere in the first place This is also where the good looking women in the purple wigs are. Moonbase is usually commanded by the very tasty Lieutenant Gay Ellis . This is SID(...)

Finding copies of old TV programmes

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 appearances and movies. Unfortunately, many of the programmes and films being sought are not commercially available, and even those that are can be extremely difficult to find. Remember that a considerable(...)

Say a Prayer for The Pretenders

We are dancing, Chrissie Hynde and I, to a Sex Pistols single, the exact title of which has been blurred by time and a good deal of alcohol. Heated discussions concerning the role of the rock journalist as public executioner have given way to abandoned physical exertion, although this is perhaps as much to maintain blood temperature(...)

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Wayne Robins, Newsday, 25 January 1976 IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff Darts. Ramones. Planets. Heartbreakers. Shirts. Television. Day Old Bread. Manster. They are names of some of the better known of hundreds of New York area bands, often categorized under the(...)

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