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  1. 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...
  2. Thread: Central heating

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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...
  4. 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.
  5. Thread: Central heating

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    Re: Central heating

    The room with the gas fire and back boiler did not have a radiator. This was quite common in houses with back boilers as it was assumed that the gas fire would heat the room. A radiator has now been...
  6. Thread: school days

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    Re: school days

    The first PCs that ran Windows 95. Originally for kids in Y6 but they let me use them at times. They would gradually replace the Acorn Archimedes.
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    Re: Central heating

    A Baxi Bermuda 551 back boiler removed from a house in the West Midlands earlier this year.
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    Central heating

    Central heating only became mainstream in the late 1960s. The choice was between a hot air system or a wet system with radiators. Hot air systems were installed mainly in new build houses whereas wet...
  9. Re: Regional weekday afternoon ITV showings of old films in the 1980s

    It's a bit before my time but it further highlights how dull and sterile the unified ITV of recent years has become. The weekday afternoon time slot between the lunch time news and CITV was always a...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Another interesting pudding is Deacon Porter's Hat. It's American and is served at Mount Holyoke College on Founder's Day (8 November) rather than Christmas.
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    A Guinea was a gold coin originally with a face value of £1. It was later realised that they contained too much gold so they were revalued at £1 1s or £1.05 in decimal. Eventually they were replaced...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    The old half penny was demonitised on 1 January 1970 along with the half crown. Everything was in increments of an old penny shortly before decimalisation.

    The inflation was not really the result...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    It's possible to make a Christmas pudding at any time of the year...

    My own cynical theory is that such a rich, heavy, and potentially alcohol infused concoction is just too unpleasant for most...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Why do all but a tiny minority of people only eat Christmas pudding at Christmas?
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    The final decade of the 20th century when kids at school had to split brain cells learning the £sd currency and grotesque calculations with imperial measurements. £sd caused problems with computers...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    You can still buy them. They are sometimes used with a hand powered turntable below them often called a Lazy Susan that could once have been a brand name.
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    Are there any old fashioned Christmas food that not many people eat nowadays?

    I was told that evening buffets were common from the 1960s to the 1980s but they have lost popularity.
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    Re: What is mock goose?

    One recipe is based around an ox heart and was common in the north of England. Another one uses pork.

    There are also recipes for poor man's goose and Hampshire goose.
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    Re: Mr Kipling Toffee Apple Lattices

    I remember Mr Kipling apple pies with a toffee filling and apple pies with a custard filling. They were definitely advertised on TV. They didn't seem to last long - late 1990s - so they could have...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    From a vantage point of 1959 he was probably right.

    One good thing about the 1960s was that there were more jobs and more respectable mid-range jobs that didn't require university degrees. It was...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    It was swinging only in London and a few other trendy towns. Tyneside was still dominated by heavy industry, smoking chimneys, and grimy pubs filled with men wearing flat caps.

    Manchester was a...
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    There was more to the 60s than the Beatles. In fact had the Beatles never existed then the 60s would have been 99% the same.

    It was a decade when the majority of adults smoked. Smoking at work was...
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    Re: Christmas When You Were Growing Up

    I install my lights on 30 November and leave them up until the end of January. They are just decorative lights, not Christmas lights.
  24. Re: The best CBBC and CITV programmes from the 1980s

    Knightmare on CITV could technically fit into both categories. It's an animated gameshow.
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    Re: Britain in the 60s

    It could be argued that the 1960s were the last of Britain as a free and independent country before we joined the EU. There were probably a lot of Leave voters in the EU Referendum who based their...
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