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    Re: Doctors' surgeries

    Without the risk of sounding racist, in my neck of the woods it's almost a case of find a GP who isn't Indian.

    The (white) British GP is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. They were around...
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    Re: Right hand drive cars in cartoons

    https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/attachment.php?attachmentid=6084&stc=1
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    Right hand drive cars in cartoons

    This might come across as a strange question, but how often do you see a right hand drive car in a cartoon?
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    Re: Was your school academic or sporting?

    I have never really understood why secondary schools need to teach common or mainstream sports in PE lessons other than tradition or popular culture.

    A PE teacher told me that south Asian boys are...
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    Re: Early 'multicultural' TV programmes

    I have found one episode of Umbrella - the 1987 Christmas special - on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJCHuMBI3U0

    Presented by Brian Murray and Maria Warner.
  6. Thread: Central heating

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    Re: Central heating

    An old Randall 3060 timeswitch and heating controller from the 1970s. A far cry from the Nest Learning Thermostat.

    Believe it or not, you can still buy the Randall (now Danfoss) 3060 as they were...
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    Re: Central heating

    Complete waste of money. My solution - befriend a local central heating repairman or two and buy a couple of fan heaters and an electric hot water heater just in case the boiler stops working.
  8. Re: The best CBBC and CITV programmes from the 1980s

    Continuity is very 1980s and early 90s before satellite channels for children's programmes took off.

    CBBC and CITV (on BBC1 and ITV1) after school were still quite popular when I was a kid...
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    Re: Central heating

    Old single panel radiators from c1970. They don't even have convector fins on the back.

    https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/attachment.php?attachmentid=6051&stc=1...
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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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
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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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