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SunLife goes Back to the Future

It’s been over 30 years since Marty and Doc went back to the future. In fact, the exact date and time that they moved forward through time to was 21st October 2015, 07:28am.

To celebrate the passing of this exact date in present day, also known as Back to the Future Day, SunLife had a look into what life was like in 1985 when the movie took place and compared to this, what it was like all the way back in 1955 when Marty and Doc first went back in time.

We’ve also had a look at the modern day trends that were prominent in real life on 21st October 2015, so that you can make your own mind up how far off the movie writers were.

NOV 05 1955 - 06:38am

Fashion: poodle skirts and sideburns

Made in response to a massive rise in Rock 'n’ Roll popularity and the need for girls to be able to move to the beat, colourful poodle skirts were taken up everywhere by young girls looking to boogie on down to their favourite music. Popularised by the great James Dean the side burn fad went on to be used by young male adults across the globe until they started to realise they were more effort to manage than they were worth!

Technology: 3D cinema

That’s right, 3-D cinema began all the way back in the 1950’s, with the now classic red and blue coloured glasses being used to shock, horror and thrill fans.

Favourite pastimes: Drive-in theatres and diners

What could be more romantic than taking your date in a poodle skirt out to the movies in a field while staying in your car? Only a trip to the diner of course! Diners were restaurants that typified the American way of life, with a few still in existence today.

Music: Rock 'n’ Roll

The 50's pop charts became dominated by Rock n’ Roll artists, including hits by the king of rock n’ roll himself, Mr Elvis Presley. With crowd control having to be implemented at most of Elvis’ concerts, Rock n’ Roll accounted for 43% of all records sold by the end of the 1950’s.

OCT 26 1985 – 9.00am

Favourite pastimes: Rubik's Cube, Cabbage Patch Kids and more

In the 80’s, toys such as the Rubik's Cube instantly gained popularity when it was released in Western stores. It appealed to kids as well as adults as everyone wanted to test their skills and ‘solve the Rubik’s Cube’. It was also in the 80’s that Mario Bros and other Nintendo classics all emerged into the world and kids could finally play video games from the comfort of their own living room.

Fashion: big hair and denim jackets

Whether people from the 80’s were rocking a mullet or running around with a perm, BIG hair was definitely ‘in’ during the 1980’s. All forms of denim jackets were also seen as fashionable in the 80’s, a fad which has resurged in the present day. If you think it’s impossible to go out nowadays without seeing people in denim jackets, try living in the 80’s!

Music: Boomboxes and MTV

If anyone has seen the 1989 film ‘Say Anything’ then they’ll undoubtedly remember John Cusack throwing a boombox above his head in order to romantically wake up Ione Skye. Boomboxes became popular due to their ability to play music at an unsociably loud noise. The 80’s also marks the beginning of MTV. That’s right; MTV has been around for over 30 years! MTV essentially kick-started the popularity of music videos, demonstrated by their successful promotional video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

Hobbies: Skateboarding and horror movies

Now here’s a sport that really took off, partly due to skateboard companies beginning to film their pros doing amazing stuff. Kids everywhere were heading down to their local skate parks and filming each other doing stunts. From Nightmare on Elm Street to Jaws to Friday the 13th - films like these forever ingrained fear into our minds in the 80’s.

OCT 21 2015 – 07:28am

Social media: taking and sharing images

Taking a selfie is a phenomenon that has dramatically increased in popularity in recent years. The art of asking other people to take our picture is fast dying out. Image sharing sites like Instagram have also ballooned as the trend of taking a photo of anything and everything we do escalates even further. The ability to apply filters and make our photos look even more glamorous has significant vanity benefits as people flood their profiles with pictures of their dinner as well as their face.

Talking via technology: emoji’s and gifs

Emoji’s are the latest and greatest form of expression that people use to emphasise their emotions on a mobile phone. These little boxes of pictures can be used in almost any scenario or situation, from pulling a facial expression, to describing a location and even referring to animals; there’s potentially no end to their use in expressing one’s self. Gifs have revolutionised the way people view images online. Before you had the option of either seeing a video or a still picture, with the help of gifs you can now see a short video online that usually loops round automatically to start again.

Music: Reality TV boybands

One Direction started out as a bunch of individual singers who were grouped together on X Factor (in case you somehow didn’t already know). After sweeping teenage girls off their feet in the UK they took to the states to see if they had what it takes to make it big and they excelled. They are now possibly the biggest boy band in the entire world.

Back to the Future’s prediction: Hoverboards

We’ve actually done it! Marty and Doc were right about one thing, we now have real hoverboards. While production on a mass scale for the general population is still some way off in the future, Lexus have created a real life hoverboard and many other inventors and companies are working on creating their own versions as we speak.

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Who are SunLife?

Phoenix Life Limited trades as SunLife and is the provider of the Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, SunLife Insurance and the life insurance policy payment option for Funeral Plans. Phoenix Life Limited’s registered office is at 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 1016269). 

SunLife Limited distributes financial products and services and is a company limited by shares, registered office: 1 Wythall Green Way, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6WG (registered in England, no. 05460862). SunLife Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is entered on the Financial Services Register (registration no. 769427).

You can contact us by post at SunLife, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR or by phone on 0800 008 6060.

If you choose to add Funeral Benefit Option to your Guaranteed Over 50 Plan, Dignity Funerals Ltd arranges and provides the funeral services, registered office: 4 King Edwards Court, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6AP (registered in England and Wales, No. 00041598). Dignity Funerals Ltd is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

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The life insurance policy that pays for your funeral will be provided by Phoenix Life Limited, trading as SunLife.

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My Smarter (ISA) is provided by Scottish Friendly Asset Managers Limited. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register, registration No. 188832. Member of The Investment Association. Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ.

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Hugh James is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number:303202).

The information contained on this website is based on Hugh James' understanding of the law of intestacy in England and Wales only as at April 2014. The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is significantly different. This is for information purposes and is not intended to be legal advice.

Who provides Family Life Insurance?

SunLife Family Life Insurance is provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details can be found on the Financial Services register (registration number 110002). Registered Office: Scottish Friendly House, 16 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4HJ. 

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Who provides SunLife Home Insurance

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