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Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Video Games

Encouraged by the success of Atari, other companies tried dipping their joysticks into the home video game market in 1976. Coleco introduced Telstar Pong, while the...

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Atari

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year -  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from...

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

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Training Dogs The Woodhouse Way

1 9 8 0 (UK) Training Dogs The Woodhouse Way (BBC1) starred eccentric, bossy senior citizen Barbara Woodhouse, replete in woolly tartan kilt and sensible shoes. 70-year-old Barbara,...

Major Matt Mason

"Mattel’s Man in Space!" Space exploration was the dream of many a young mind in the late 1960s, and Major Matt Mason helped bring some...

Four Seasons, The

The Four Seasons were one of the few American groups that avoided being washed out by the rising tide of the British Invasion. In fact,...

Decimal Currency

In 1966, plans were introduced in Britain for conversion to decimal currency. After five years of planning and with a public fearful of the outcome,...

Zero One

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes "Zero One" was the call sign of the International Air Security Board,...

Blur

Formed in London in 1988 via Colchester, Essex, Blur (initially called 'Seymour') started on the lower rungs of the gig circuit. Within a year...

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly is the blackest of film noir movies - a masterpiece wrenched by director Robert Aldrich and screenwriter A I Bezzerides from Mickey Spillane's...

Fuzzbox

This female punk-pop quartet formed in Birmingham in 1985 and were originally known as We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It. Led by...