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    Arran replied to a thread famous people we may have met in People
    This is true and I'm not making it up. I used to know Hasib Hussain and his older brother Imran.
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    Arran replied to a thread Electric Typewriters in Technology
    I was with a friend when he was going through old school and LEA correspondence from the 1980s. We chuckled at the phone number for his school...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    Silver Jubilee Trimphone. Were these actually offered to the public or were they only used inside BT or the manufacturer's offices?
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    Arran replied to a thread Refusing to go to school in School days
    I dispute this. There are more opportunities to learn stuff nowadays outside of school than at any time in the past. Most of the secondary school...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    Trimphones cost more to lease than standard phones and the sound quality wasn't as good to the person at the other end. They also used to slide about...
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    Arran replied to a thread Obsolete old batteries in Technology
    Mercury (oxide) batteries. Once highly prized by photographers for their light meters. Their output voltage was almost completely stable until the...
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    Arran replied to a thread Roughneck flasks in School days
    Did the later flasks have a flip-up pouring spout in the lid? What was that make of flask that had a wide lid and no cup? It could also be used to...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    How did it work? Calls were charged at local rate to exchanges in the Chipping Norton (0608), Banbury (0295), Stratford-upon-Avon (0789), Evesham...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    Local dialling codes from Chipping Norton, Moreton in Marsh, Shipston on Stour (0608), 1974 Full STD codes for the exchanges are shown in the...
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    Arran replied to a thread Roughneck flasks in School days
    Were the flasks available individually or only sold with a lunchbox? I was verbally informed that the 1980s was the decade of lunchboxes resulting...
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    Arran replied to a thread Roughneck flasks in School days
    Roughneck flasks are a real 80s icon. When did production of them start and finish? I had a few at home in the 1990s and used them mostly for soup...
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    Arran replied to a thread Refusing to go to school in School days
    After the 1st term I refused to go to secondary school half the time and when I did go I often didn't turn up to lessons.
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    Arran replied to a thread TV Licensing adverts in Adverts
    I have two highly technical articles about TV detector vans. The first is a Commer and the second a Leyland Sherpa. Both contain real working...
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    Arran replied to a thread Best toy you NEVER had in Toys
    An engineer told me that Raleigh spent 5 years and over half a million pounds developing the Vektar. Work started on the Vektar before the Burner...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    Trimphone dials used to light up in the dark. They contained a glass tube filled with radioactive tritium gas. The half life of tritium is 12.3 years...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    When was the last time you encountered a pay on answer payphone? The date when the last pay on answer payphone was taken out of service is one of the...
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    Arran replied to a thread Telephones in Technology
    Telephone plugs and sockets from the 1970s
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    Arran replied to a thread Best toy you NEVER had in Toys
    I don't know how true this story is... A man in his 30s had a collection of over 50 Raleigh Vektar, Wildcat, and Streetwolf bikes that were stored...
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    Arran replied to a thread Best toy you NEVER had in Toys
    That Raleigh Vektar looks grotesque and gimmicky. A piece of 1980s kitsch. Although it's a bike that almost nobody of my generation would want I...
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    Arran replied to a thread Dramarama Episode in Television
    Disney claims that they own the TVS archive but exactly which programmes they have the rights to is unknown. Large numbers of video tapes from the...
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    Arran replied to a thread Dramarama Episode in Television
    I read somewhere that the TVS Dramarama episodes have not yet been released on DVD. It might have something to do with nobody knows where the tapes...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    I'm probably part of the last generation that remembers regional ITV although I'm too young to remember Thames, TVS, TSW, and TV-AM whilst they were...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    Iím interested in ITV regional opt outs. I would love to have a list of the ITV schedules for Christmas and New Year over the years complete with...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    Did Ulster tend to show more religious programmes around Christmas than other ITV companies did?
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    There were many instances of people watching the 'wrong' ITV for their area due to a variety of factors. A classic example was lots of people in...
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    Younger Hong Kong Chinese people often have names that were popular in England in the first half of the 20th century although it's less common...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    That's an interesting explanation. Is the Belmont transmitter in Lincolnshire easily receivable in Nottingham? Yorkshire was the ITV company that...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    TSW was a fiercely independent, individualistic, and sometimes wayward company that regarded itself as a local TV company in its own right rather...
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    Arran replied to a thread Christmas TV in Television
    If you look at the Christmas Eve schedule it's noteworthy how TSW, Ulster, STV, and Grampian have most of the opt-outs. Any idea why Ulster...
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