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18 things only an 80s kid will understand

Posted on 24 May 2016

Trolls and BMX tricks… the life of an 80's kid

It was certainly a memorable experience growing up in the 1980s - the time of bold fashion, big hair and even bigger mobile phones.

Doing tricks on our BMXs, drinking Quatro and being entertained by talking cars, a cardboard mouse on a finger and a gopher named Gordon. We’ve travelled to the 1980s to discover how many of these bring back childhood memories for you.

After all, you must have grown up in the eighties if…

You knew the pain of a jelly shoes blister

...but couldn’t resist their colourful, glittery charms.

glitter-jelly-shoes-with-white-trousers

Source: vintagenewscast.com

 

Your Sunday night involved recording the top 40 on cassette

...and getting fed up when the DJs talked over the end of your favourite tracks.

cassette

Source: Alamy.com

 

You clipped a Walkman onto your belt

...and listened to Kylie and Jason, Madonna or Michel Jackson.

1980s-blue-Walkman-with-foam-headphones

Source: techradar.com

 

Knight Rider was what Saturday night was all about

Why wasn’t your Dad’s capri a talking Pontiac Firebird?!

david-hasselhoff-as-knight-rider-with-kitt-the-car

Source: davidhasselhoffonline.com

 

You sat in front of the TV to watch Charles and Di get married

...and still remember THAT dress to this day.

charles-and-diana-on-their-wedding-day-outside-buckingham-palace

Source: Alamy.com

 

Back to the Future and Dirty Dancing were your favourite films

We all wanted a hoverboard and to dance like (or with) Patrick Swayze.

film-poster-of-back-to-the-future-film

Source: Alamy.com

 

You experienced the excitement of your first computer

...and used a tape recorder to power up games like Manic Miner and Chuckie Egg.

boy-and-girl-playing-on-zx-spectrum-computer

Source: Alamy.com

 

The words “By the power of Grayskull” made you feel powerful

...especially when raising your pretend Power Sword.

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Source: wikia.com

 

You remember getting your first remote controlled TV

...and the joy of flicking over to the brand new Channel 4.

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Source: theident.gallery

 

Angel delight was your dessert of choice

Either that or Arctic Roll.

child-enjoying-banana-flavoured-angel-delight-in-a-press-advert

Source: dailymail.co.uk

 

Ceefax and Teletext were your Internet

...and you they were so cutting-edge.

ceefax-home-page

Source: wikipedia.org

 

There was a troll doll in your pocket

...and you’d agonised over the choice of hair colour.

4-troll-dolls-with-pink,-green,-purple-and-orange-hair

Source: childofthe1980s.com

 

Your pocket money got significantly heavier

...when the pound note disappeared and the new £1 coin arrived.

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Source: mirror.co.uk © Getty Images

 

Smash Hits was your magazine of choice

...and the two week wait for the next edition felt like forever.

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Source: wikipedia.org

 

You wasted months trying to solve the Rubik’s cube

...and told your friends you’d solved it, when really it was your Dad.

unsolved-rubiks-cube-with-one-section-being-turned

Source: wikipedia.org

 

Getting into Tony Hart’s gallery was your ultimate aim

If only you could see your picture on TV, accompanied by that easy-listening vibraphone music.

tony-hart-standing-in-front-of-the-gallery-in-tv-studio

Source: theguardian.com © BBC

 

You still remember the taste of Quatro

...and drinking it with a basket meal in a pub snug.

can-of-quatro-drink-on-grey-background

Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

You recorded your favourite TV shows for the first time

...on video tape and cried when you accidentally recorded over something you wanted to keep.

black video recorder with the cassette tray open

Source: Alamy.com

 

You spent your pocket money on a quarter of sweets

...or sneaked an extra cola bottle into your 10p mix up.

birds-eye-view-of-colourful-penny-sweets-and-lollipops

Source: smellylions.blogspot.co.uk

 

And finally, you were regularly entertained by a load of puppets

...including Orville, Gordon the Gopher, Roland Rat and Fingermouse.

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Source: dailymail.co.uk © BBC

 

What was great about growing up in the 1980s for you? Did you sport a snazzy shell suit? Or deely boppers? Or both?! We’d love to hear all about the sounds you played on your Walkman or the toys and TV shows that shaped your formative years.

If you’ve enjoyed this whistle-stop tour of your childhood, you might also like our article on the days when clock radios were cutting edge.

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