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    Re: Barbers shops

    My mother would take me to a barber along the road who would regularly smoke while he was cutting hair. If you were good, his wife would give you a sweet when your haircut was finished. Never been...
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    Re: Barbers shops

    Yes, barbers used to perform surgery, which was seen as being very inferior to doctors who would diagnose ailments and prescribe treatments. That has an echo in today's medical professions, where...
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    Re: Favourite James Bond Films

    I don't recall Bond double-bills at my local cinema, but older Bonds were shown into the 70s. I definitely recall seeing From Russia with Love in either 1970 or 1971. I can also remember the...
  4. Thread: Catweazle

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    Re: Catweazle

    I am old enough to remember watching Catweazle when it was transmitted originally. It is nice to see that it is being shown again for fans old and new to enjoy. It was also featured as a strip in...
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    Re: First Video recorder?

    I don't remember the Sharp talking remote, but I had an Orion VCR that had one in the late 80s or possibly as late as 1990.
  6. Thread: Topo Gigio?

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    Re: Topo Gigio?

    I vaguely remember him, but it is so hazy.
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    TSB School Bank

    I recall that the TSB bank had a presence at my secondary school. You could get an application form and open an account, and receive a paying-in book and proper bank book via post. Then, one morning...
  8. Thread: McDonald's

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    Re: McDonald's

    Thinking about it, I have probably made an error as to when we got a McDonald's near us, as I had an important hospital appointment in summer 1996 and after attending we went to McDonald's, but I...
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    Re: McDonald's

    I don't think there was a McDonald's anywhere near us until the late 90s or later. The closest were one in Walsall and one in Birmingham on the ramp that I would occasionally use on the rare...
  10. Re: RIP Carol Lynley (The Poseidon Adventure)

    Sad to hear that Carol Lynley has passed away. She was such a familiar face on TV screens in the 60s to 80s. A good actress, attractive and kept busy in so many guest roles, I particularly remember...
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    Jeannie or Samantha?

    So who was your favourite--Jeannie or Samantha? Jeannie is, of course, the female genie from I Dream of Jeannie, played by Barbara Eden, while Samantha Stevens is the witch from Bewitched, played by...
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    Re: RIP Terrance Dicks

    That is so sad. The late Troughton and Pertwee eras were when I really got into Dr Who, and I so remember his name being on many TV serials and Target books I devoured in the 70s. Also, Horror of...
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    RIP Valerie Harper

    Very sad news that actress Valerie Harper has passed away at age 80. She appeared in many films and TV shows, but her most famous role was as Rhoda, first as the neighbour in the Mary Tyler Moore...
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    Re: RIP Bury FC 1885- 2019

    I have no connection with Bury, but I am very sad that the club has been expelled from the league. There have been close calls for other clubs in the past, and right up till the end I thought it...
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    Re: Young Talent Time (1971-88 original)

    Being British, this show is new to me. However, it reminded me of a similar programme shown on UK television around the same time. It was called Junior Showtime and was hosted by Bobby Bennett from a...
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    Re: R I P Peter fonda

    Very sad news. I would also like to mention a couple of other films he was in: The Wild Angels and The Trip, both pre-Easy Rider. I think he was often in the shadow of his father and sister, quite...
  17. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    I think Woodstock was of its time. Any attempt to recreate it would be just a very pale shadow of the original. I know there were several anniversary concerts. I particularly remember the 25th...
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    Re: Adverts that terrified you as a kid

    I don't watch that much live telly nowadays, so my exposure to modern ad-breaks is limited. However, my impression is that in the 70s and 80s there were many more ads for humdrum products like baked...
  19. Thread: Woodstock

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    Re: Woodstock

    On 15th August it will be the 50th anniversary of the start of Woodstock. Just looking at the acts that performed....what a line-up! Surely the most iconic festival of all time, and perhaps the...
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    Re: Ott Adult Tiswas

    Yeah, I remember watching OTT. The balloon dance was rather controversial at the time, though it would all seem tame nowadays. It wasn't a patch on Tiswas imo.
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    Re: Adverts that terrified you as a kid

    I don't remember that particular one, but I wonder if it was put out when there was genuine concern about rats attacking babies and toddlers in the 1970s. I think there were reports of babies in...
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    Re: Adverts that terrified you as a kid

    I don't recall being scared by any of the adverts on TV; rather, it was some of the PIFs that were sometimes shown during ad breaks that occasionally made me uncomfortable.
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    Re: Mrs Browns Boys

    I watched it once for about 15 minutes and that was more than enough for me. If that is considered the best then that says a lot about the current state of 'comedy' on our TV screens.
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    Re: Whistle down the wind

    It's a wonderful film. Some great acting and direction. Yes, the actor who plays the young lad steals every scene he is in. Some lovely camerawork, showing off the bleakness of the countryside. I...
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    Re: Burt Bacharach

    All I can do is agree that Burt Bacharach is one of the greatest composers of modern times. My very favourite of his is 'The Look of Love'. He wrote the music and another great, Hal David, added the...
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