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    Re: In hindsight

    Time appearing to pass more quickly as we age is sometimes called the 'holiday paradox' and quite a lot of research has been done into it. The consensus seems to be that in childhood and early...
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    Re: RIP Andre Previn (1929-2019)

    Ferguson was sold to Thomson in 1987 (for a pittance apparently) and the brand quickly became a shadow of its former self. UK manufacturing was run down and ceased completely in 1992. A shame really...
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    Re: RIP Andre Previn (1929-2019)

    That is what I remember, from the mid-1980s. 'Ferguson TX . . . the best picture of all time, the best sound all round.' Did not stop them from going under though!
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    Re: Electric Plugs

    Morphy Richards are still around but owned by Glen Dimplex Group, based in Ireland. They own a number of well-known brands including Valor, Roberts Radio and Carmen. Manufacturing is in the Far East...
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    Re: China moon landing

    Propaganda value, i.e. demonstrating that China is a leading player in science/technology? Part of the process of developing technologies that can be applied to other areas of space exploration with...
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    Re: Ford, you pay for more

    It is true that the 200/400 series improved Rover's position, but only for a short time. Considerable sleight of hand was employed when BAe sold the company to BMW on the cheap. Rover was in fact...
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    Re: Ford, you pay for more

    Maybe, but BL's share of the new car market in the UK more than halved between the early 1970s and mid-1980s. They simply did not need as many dealers and betted on a long-term strategy of lower...
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    Re: Ford, you pay for more

    It is true about BL dealers re-franchising with Japanese brands. BL was in long-term decline and the small dealerships with the best customer service were inefficient. BL wanted to deal with the...
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    Re: Ford, you pay for more

    Good equipment levels at attractive prices was how Japanese brands established themselves. The cars were reliable and bulletproof but there was a lot of anti-Japanese prejudice (including in the...
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    Re: Ford, you pay for more

    Back in the 1980s base model cars were very spartan by the standards of today, but loading a new car with extras has always been ridiculously expensive. I was at college with a guy whose dad was a...
  11. Re: 'Magica'l New Years Eves when you were growing up...

    It probably depends upon your upbringing. NYE wasn't a big thing in our family but I know some made a big fuss out of it. Rather a 'Marmite issue' with friends and colleagues - some really like it...
  12. Re: 'Magica'l New Years Eves when you were growing up...

    I never thought New Year's Eve was up to much to be honest. Christmas Eve is magical when you are a child and also enjoyable for adults. New Year's Eve seems a bit empty and pointless somehow and...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Interesting film - I recognise some of the images from books about the period. I was born in 1967 so my childhood memories are mainly from the mid-late 1970s, but this reminds us how run down many...
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    Re: Electric clocks

    Back in the 1970s we had a Smiths Sectric wall clock in the kitchen, two Smiths alarm clocks and a Kienzle wooden wall clock in the lounge - all mains-powered. The Smiths Sectric and the Kienzle...
  15. Re: Death of the Ford Mondeo - goodbye to him/her

    The market has changed. There is no longer a big demand for D segment cars from mainstream brands. SUVs/crossovers unfortunately take a big slice of the market and those D segment cars that do sell...
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    Re: Archaic Trains.

    We had 1st generation DMUs of 1960s origin on local trains up until the mid/late 1980s when they were replaced by Sprinters and Pacers. I can remember the class 110 'Calder Valley' units when I was a...
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    Re: Fred dibnah

    He was definitely discovered by chance, first appearing on local TV news repairing Bolton town hall clock in 1978 which was then followed by the award-winning BBC documentary in 1979. He might have...
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    Re: Your Best Horror film.

    Always liked Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon, from about the same era as The Innocents. Not a horrifying horror film, if you catch my drift, but it has an eerie quality that appeals to me. The...
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    Re: Ford Corsair.

    Also the headlights are too small as though it is wearing wire-rimmed glasses. Larger twin headlights would probably have looked better.
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    Re: Ford Corsair.

    It looked sharp at the time (you can clearly see the Ford Thunderbird influence at the front end) but was always overshadowed by the Cortina and I think never really sold that well for a Ford. With...
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    Re: Whatís on TV at this point in 1977

    Had forgotten all about Houseparty - the only time I would have seen it was when I was off school ill or during the holidays but I can vaguely remember it now. I did a bit of research online and...
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    Re: Whatís on TV at this point in 1977

    The schools would not have broken up in early July - still another 2 weeks to go. I think that there was only a full schedule of schools programmes in the autumn and spring terms. By July they were...
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    Re: Old cigarettes

    I started smoking soon after I started college (1986) and smoked for nearly 20 years on and off - although more on than off! Always a light smoker (no more than 5 a day) but I enjoyed every smoke....
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    Re: Rear Projection TV's

    My HE college had a pair of these in AV-equipped lecture rooms in the late 1980s. Very impressive looking free-standing sets with a wood-effect front panel and made by Toshiba. The screens were large...
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    Re: Renting Televisions

    I can remember my grandparents renting a wood-effect HMV colour TV on a stand from a firm called Telstar but my parents bought their TVs. Always Sanyo, excellent TVs and 100% reliable. In 1980 my ...
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