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    Re: Cycling Proficiency Tests

    Did anybody have cycling lessons in PE or bike days, where kids would bring in bikes from home, at primary school?

    There used to have a bike day in Y4 at my primary school and kids were allowed to...
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    Re: Was your school academic or sporting?

    I was saying exactly the same thing even back when I was at school that only a tiny fraction of school leavers ever become professional sportsmen, and most of them train and participate in sports...
  3. Re: The best CBBC and CITV programmes from the 1980s

    CITV started all the continuity. CBBC with the broom cupboard did not exist until a few years later in September 1985 although the BBC showed a block of children's programmes without the continuity...
  4. Re: The best CBBC and CITV programmes from the 1980s

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    CBBC Cartoon: Ulysses 31 and The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
    CBBC Non cartoon: I don't have very many of them but The Really Wild Show stands out as particularly...
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    Re: Regional News Programmes

    TVS with Coast to Coast. It won two awards for the best ITV news programme despite TVS only lasting 11 years.

    ITV local news is a shadow of its former self and no longer as influential as it once...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Do many people still have greasy English breakfasts on Christmas day?
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Mrs Peek's was once a big brand of Christmas pudding. It was ubiquitous in the 1990s but I have not seen it around for about 10 years now.

    Mrs Peek was a real person. The wife of one of the...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Christmas puddings, mince pies, and mincemeat in jars made with beef suet no longer appears to exist with the possible exception of luxury or artisan brands. Any ideas when it was phased out?
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Safe breaking was big business in the 1960s whereas it has virtually died out this side of 1990. In many towns barely a week would go by without an attempted or successful breaking of a safe filled...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    There was quite a bit of public opposition towards having wages paid in cheques or directly into bank accounts well into the 1980s. Several trade unions also defended the concept of employees being...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Around half of the adult population in the 1960s didn't have a bank account. They paid their (usually weekly) wages in cash. It was common for factories to have a wage office where a security van...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    The Queen intensified her visits to Northern Ireland after 2000 but she still hasn't spent a Christmas there.

    The official residence of the Queen in Northern Ireland is Hillsborough Castle.
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    All sorts of people watch the Queen on Christmas day. Not all are Royalists or even particularly admire her. Some people even watch the Queen to look at surrounding features - like the baubles on the...
  14. Thread: school days

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    Re: school days

    Windows 95 and 98 used to crash all the time. The first stable version of Windows was XP.
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was German. The fahrenheit scale is based on the Romer scale where 60 is the boiling point of water and 0 is the freezing point of brine. It is possible that the Romer...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    The Queen has never spent a Christmas in Northern Ireland.
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    You still find fahrenheit on the cover page of the Express.

    Americans love fahrenheit but despite all their claims of its virtues over celsius the British have well and truly abandoned it. I...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    My family used to watch the Queen's Speech and wondering (more like hoping) whether it's her last. I totally lost faith in the Queen after the assassination of Princess Diana and believe that she was...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Schools went metric gradually. The O Level exams went metric some time in the 1960s and primary schools changed over during the late 1960s through to the 1970s when new books and educational...
  20. Thread: Central heating

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    Re: Central heating

    A housing estate built in the 1970s in my locality originally had hot air central heating as standard. A few houses still have the original air heaters and some have upgraded to more modern air...
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    Re: Central heating

    The floorboards were installed in the 1930s. They look much better than what was in the cavity underneath them. About half of the fragments of the old fireplace was cleared out along with a large...
  22. Re: Regional weekday afternoon ITV showings of old films in the 1980s

    To be pedantic, the ITV companies in the 1980s weren't actually broadcasters. The IBA was the broadcaster and ITV companies were known as programme contractors. Only after the 1990 Broadcasting Act...
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    Re: Central heating

    The room had a carpet but it was too disgusting and dirty to photograph.

    The pump was installed in the most inconvenient and inaccessible location possible underneath the floorboards. It was...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    Coronation Street is nostalgic and fictitious. Britain successfully embraced the 50p, 1, and 2 coins but the Americans can't get to grips with the $1 coin. They exist but customers overwhelmingly...
  25. Re: Regional weekday afternoon ITV showings of old films in the 1980s

    Did accurate maps ever exist for ITV regions or were the boundaries always blurred? There were instances of people watching the wrong ITV for where they lived because of various factors.
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