Being cool in the 80s – Things I loved about my childhood

Being cool in the 80s…

A time when you could play out till it got dark, by yourself

Run around the streets without fear of being knocked down by a car

When you could buy 2 pints of milk, a loaf of bread and crisps for less then a pound

When you bought sweets in ounces and quarters

When your PE bag and trainers were Gola and that wasn’t cool

When you were scared of the Daleks

When you loved watching the Muppet show once a week on Sundays

When you loved playing with Star Wars toys all day long not realising the toys were worth a fortune!

When you had never heard of the Internet or mobile phones

And it didn’t matter

When you had one computer to share around the whole of your primary school

When you had a Hitachi TV with fake wood casing and you only had 4 channels. Channel 5 wouldn’t come along for a while yet.

and no remote control

When Blue Peter was fantastic and you wanted to be able to make everything they made

As was Rainbow and Lets Pretend, Puddle Lane and All sorts

When you knew what “magic magic E” meant and sang it constantly annoying people. You never did find a floating magic pen in the shops though.

And you were cool.

Oh so cool.

Being cool in the 80s was one of the best times to be cool.

Check out the other 80s entries in the The Gallery this week


  1. Older Mum (@Older_Mum) November 14, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Enjoyed reading that! My eighties was when I was a teenager! It’s funny cos Gola would be considered rather cool now in a vintage/retro kind of way!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:49 pm

      I wish I’d kept my Gola satchel now 🙂

  2. helloitsgemma November 14, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    sooooo cool and fantastic memories – TV’s with pretend wood surrounds and yes I totally remember the whole wheel around computers and entire class gathered around!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:50 pm

      We had that TV for years, I think it was a Hitachi!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you.

  3. kelloggsville November 14, 2012 / 11:13 pm

    But it was a colour TV – baird colour – it said so in big letters on the front!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      Hehe I don’t remember that bit. I think I’ll have to ask my dad!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:52 pm

      Oh I really really was 😉

  4. Crumbs & Pegs November 15, 2012 / 12:03 am

    So glad someone else remembers Let’s Pretend!!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:52 pm

      I loved that programme!

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:53 pm

      With the flying pen. I wonder its online anywhere!

  5. mymillsbaby November 15, 2012 / 5:52 pm

    Lol – I was born in 1983 – to me Magic Magic E was a BBC kids tool to help you learn how to spell – I’m totally NOT kidding

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      I remember it really well! Do you remember the pen where the end lit up?

  6. jenny paulin (@JennyPaulin) November 16, 2012 / 12:33 am

    thats a great sum up of a fab decade!! i remember so many of those things and i have very fond memories of it as it was my childhood/entering teenager years too x

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:54 pm

      It was a good decade wasn’t it?

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      I was so cool!

  7. Erica Price November 17, 2012 / 8:52 am

    Very cool glasses.

    • Notmyyearoff November 19, 2012 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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