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A blast from the past!
Member Name: ms_123
Advantages: Good content, fun to reminice
Disadvantages: Some links are broken or don't exist
Kids TV today - they just don't make them like they used to! Remember coming home from school at 3.30 and plonking yourself in front of the telly to watch Philip Schofield and Ed the duck in the CBBC broom cupboard or tuning into CITV? Aah the good old days - brings back some fond memories! Surfing the internet one day a few years ago, when I was a university student, I came across 80's nostalgia.com. Now here's a site to while away the hours when you're supposed to be figuring out how to do your organic chemistry coursework! The site brings you the best of the 80's, featuring classic tv, 80's memories, computer games and more!
80's nostalgia.com appears to be a one-man effort by someone who calls themselves 'ColonelK' and for a one-man effort I have to say that the amount of work that has gone into this has been phenomenal. It is mainly aimed at people who grew up in the 80's. To look at the site isn't at all flashy. It is simply made of a series of text based hyperlinks and pictures. Compared to other sites now on the internet nowadays it does look a bit dated, but don't let that put you off! On the left hand side is the main menu, which is a series of hyperlinks to different sections of the site. These include:
The Message Board
Here you can discuss your memories of growing up in the 80's, talk about telly in the 80's, going to school in the 80's and a forum for when you annoyingly can't remember something about life back then and need reminding. The forums appear to be fairly active, indicating the site is well used.
This is my favourite section of the website. I have spent many hours happily surfing here. Clicking on this link leads to a page with an alphabetical list of mainly children's programmes that were aired throughout the decade. These include Bananaman, SuperTed, Rainbow, Button Moon, Trap Door and arguably the best cartoon series of all time The Mysterious Cities of Gold to name but a few. Many of these I'd clean forgotten about and spent quite a lot of time doing the old 'Oh Yeah!'
Each item in the list is also a link, which leads to another page. This contains a summary of the program and some background information. On the right hand side of this page is another submenu on which there are links to pictures from the programme, sounds (such as the theme tune or audio snippets from parts of different episodes), a characters page detailing pictures of each of the characters in the programme and movie clips of parts of various episodes. I've spent many hours in this section reminiscing and it's all great fun!
Child of the 80's
I'm sure most people would have seen something along the lines of this. 'You know you were a child of the 80's if......' I think most of these refer to the early 80's as I couldn't relate to most of these!
This section leads to an ebay page listing many toys and games that children played with in the 80's. This changes from time to time and at the moment is mainly focussed on the very first gameboys.
Another area where I have whiled away many hours! This section focuses on tv adverts that were shown at the time. Remember the 5-4-3-2-1 or the Um Bungo adverts? I watched most of them but could only remember a few of them which I think were shown in the late 80's.
Other areas include Celeb interviews with some stars of the 80's including Roland the Rat(!) and an area where you can play computer games from the 80's - I've only had a brief look at this and it's amazing how far technology has now come. The graphics at the time were truly awful! There are also links to other 80's dedicated websites, many of which I've never visited and will certainly be doing so in the not too distant future.
It's not a particularly flashy website and you can tell that it's an individual effort but the content is amazing. Imagine the effort this person has gone to, to collect pictures, audios and episode clips, many of which would have had to be transferred from VHS!
The site is logically designed and easy to navigate. However I have to admit that some of the pages do look a bit cluttered. The only thing that lets the site down is that several of the links are broken, which does make things frustrating. There is a note on the classic tv page however saying that they are in the process of moving the site to a different server and this may be the cause. I don't know how long this will take, but the message has been on for quite a while. Another annoying thing is that there are several programmes listed on the Classic TV page which don't have links. I know that this is an individual's effort but I think they maybe should be removed until further information is found on that particular programme.
Overall though the site is great fun and I recommend checking it out - you'll spend many happy hours chuckling and reminiscing!
Summary: Take a trip down memory lane!