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[Groop]The Eighties....

yet Groo doesnt age..... weird.
(sorry bout all the UK references... but youll get the drift)


The people who are starting University this autumn across the nation
were born in 1981.

They have no meaningful recollection of the Thatcher era.

They were prepubescent when the Gulf War started. Black Monday 1987
is as significant to them as the Great Depression. Their world has
always included AIDS.

Atari's and Space Invaders predate them, as do vinyl albums and audio

The Compact Disc was released when they were born.

>From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and
threw away.

As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 26 pence. Few, if
any, have lived without an answering machine.

Few have used a TV set without a remote control and they don't know
they come in black and white.

They were born the year that Sony brought out the Walkman.

The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.

You are a true child of the 80s if ....

You wore a Kagoul, especially those windbreakers that folded up into a
pouch you could wear around your waist.

You remember Le Freak by Chic and Bad Manners' Can-Can.

At school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get
together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince
over and over again.

You ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in a Duran Duran,
Madonna or Bruce Springsteen video.

There was nothing strange about Bert n' Ernie living together.

You learned to swim after seeing either the advert with Rolf Harris
or the one with the fairy godmother and it was about the same time Jaws
came out (and still carry the emotional scars to this day.)

You even wanted to learn to play "Stairway to Heaven" on the guitar
and choreographed "Dancing Queen" by yourself in your room.

The first time you ever kissed someone was at a dance during "Crazy
for You" by Madonna.

You know who shot J.R. but have probably forgotten.

You remember which policeman you liked best in "Chips".

Mark from Eastenders will always be Tucker from Grange Hill/Tucker's

You remember when Terry Wogan was on TV everyday.

You could sing "99 Red Balloons" in English and in German.

Your jaw would ache by the time you finished those "brick-sized"
packages of Bazooka gum.

You reckon Wagonwheels/Mars Bars/Ginger Nuts used to be bigger.

You remember a 'Man's got to chew, what a Man's got to chew'.

You remember when there was no breakfast TV and when TV shut down at
midnight, and when there was nothing on TV in the middle of the day
(except for that test card girl with the stupid clown and a

You remember Farleys rusks tasting nice, but when you had one about 5
years ago they were bloody awful!!

One word.....SPANGLES!!!

You remember Now compilations that had the pig on the front cover.

You never questioned why the A-Team was always imprisoned in places
that had sufficient tools to build an armoured tank.

Dungeons & Dragons was your favourite cartoon

Your lunch times were spent perfecting swan dives and backspins.

You've ever said "bright light, bright light" in a strange
high-pitched voice

You know the theme tune and the names of all the actors and
characters in Dallas & Dynasty.

You ever wished your hair/clothes/lifestyle resembled the above (or
they actually did!).

You fell out with friends during heated arguments about the relative
merits of Matt & Luke.

You owned, or wanted a "Frankie says..." T-shirt.

You have ever danced (or even worse cried) to Kylie & Jason.

Cerise pink, electric blue and banana yellow have ever featured in
your wardrobe or make-up collection.

You ever did the top toggle of your coat up around your neck without
having your arms in the sleeves, and knew you looked like a

You remember when the Aha video was the pinnacle of modern
technology, and you can still sing all the words.

Parachuting Action man was your favourite toy.

You best party dress was either a ra-ra or puff-ball skirt.

You ever owned a thin, black leather tie (and were proud of it), or
worse it was patterned like a piano!

You wondered why a popular kids TV programme told you to "Turn off
your TV set and go and do some less boring instead".

You have ever po-goed or space-hopped.

You remember when Keith Chegwin & Maggie Philbin were the hottest
romantic couple.... And when Keith was associated with Cheggers Plays
Pop rather than Cheggers drinks alcopops.

You wondered why your walkie-talkie didn't have the same range as
those in the Red Hand Gang.

You remember watching a house inhabited by a jester, a pantomime
horse, and a woman who sneezed, and thinking that this was perfectly

You know who Joey Deacon was.

You thought ABBA were cool, the first time round!

You tried to convince your Dad to fit a strip of red lights on the
front of his Capri so it looked like KITT.

"Ca-vey Wa-vey!" means anything to you.

Remmington makes you think of something other than shaving equipment.

You wouldn't say no to a milkshake

You've ever had more than 10 sweets in a 10p mix-up.

Not only did you wear luminous clothing, but they were mismatched
finger-less gloves and towelling socks.

When Yoda said There is another Skywalker you wished he was talking
about you.

Wearing your hair like buns on the sides of your head seemed like, a
good fashion statement.

You remember when Betamax was at the cutting edge of technology.

You hid behind the sofa whenever you heard the word Exterminate.

Vimto or Dandelion & Burdoch ever featured in your diet.

You were really pleased when Pacman got a girlfriend.

You grew up believing that filing cabinets and telephone boxes
possessed magical powers of transformation.

After ET, you wanted a Speak & Spell even though you were top of your

Your new winter coat was best used to demonstrate that your wings were
like a shield of steel.

You remember when PC had one meaning, rather than three.

(Girls) You owned a pair of Pixie Boots, generally worn with leg

(Boys) You owned a pair of pale grey slip-ons, generally worn with
white toweling socks!

Shiny grey flecked suits.

You grew up in Trumpton, Chigley or Camblewick Green. You've rolled
the sleeves of your suit jacket up

Ooh, you could crush a Grape!

You've ever held a chicken in the air, or stuck a deckchair up your

You went to school with Pogo Patterson, Gripper Stebson, and Ro-land.

Long scarves, K9, and a time-travelling police box ring any bells.

Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy have ever featured on your Saturday

You wore legwarmers, tried to do the splits while jumping in the air,
while singing you were going to live forever.


You were proud of your picture appearing in the Gallery, just before
watching a lump of plastercine who couldn't speak English.

You fantasised about those girls from that Robert Palmer video.

You know all the words to Hey Mickey (well nobody knows past the first
verse anyway).

You remember Look In magazine, and when it was only 20p.

You wondered why you and your mates never encountered diamond thieves
whilst out on your BMXs.

You can remember what Quatro tasted like.

Your best mate had a soda stream at home and you were jealous.

The Yuppie next door caught you nicking the VW badge off his Golf Gti

You remember mobile phones that had briefcasesize battery packs

This is the kicker :

You cringed every time your parents reminisced about the popular
culture of their youth

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