I Used To Be A Punk Rocker!

It’s been quite a mixed day here in our Llanfoist escape.  It’s actually been raining quite a bit so we took a break from the canal walk and swimming and decided to get in the holiday spirit by visiting Wyevale garden centre in Raglan to look at the Christmas decorations.

Before we headed out though the postman knocked on our front door with the Real Life vinyl album from the punk group Magazine thanks to Discogs that I haven’t listened to in over forty years…

The vast majority of my original music collection was originally purchased in vinyl LP format in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s, but sadly over the years most got “lost” thanks to several house (and boat) moves.  Despite this one of the first things Debbie and I did on moving to Wales was to buy a high end stereo system for the den and slowly rebuild our record collections.

How time passes so quickly!  It made me pause for thought to realise that despite being still only 57 (for just over a week) I’ve actually been alive for seven decades being born in 1959!

Now a lots happened in this time and I remember asking my father once what invention had impacted his life the most when he was probably the same age as I am now and also retired.  I remember his careful answer after a period of reflection was television.

So I thought it would be interesting to look over these decades of my life to date and reflect on what my main memories are from each – I wonder if others will have the same recollections!


Doesn’t really count as I was born in November 1959!


Toys: Action Man, Thunderbirds, Stingray, Spirograph, Play-Doh,
Music: The Beatles, Cliff Richard, Val Doonican
Games: Newmarket card game at Xmas with my maternal grandparents
TV: Blue Peter, Crackerjack, Magic Roundabout, White Horses, Doctor Who (Yeti), Star Trek


Toys: Flying Scotsman train set, Microscope, Clackers
Music: ABBA, Stranglers, Bee Gees, Magazine, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Queen
Games: Escape from Colditz, Pong, Chess
TV: Six Million Dollar Man, Top of the Pops, Swap Shop, Dads Army, A Team, Survivors, UFO


Toys: None that I can remember!
Music: Madonna, Duran Duran
Games: Sinclair Spectrum, ZX81, Dungeons & Dragons, Trivial Pursuit
TV: Howard’s Way, Just Good Friends


Toys: Scalextric, Titanic, Ghostbusters, Tracey Island, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Furbies
Music: Mainly on cassette Go Nuts, Spice Girls, Tom Jones
Games: Charades, Titanic, Sega Mega Drive (Sonic, Aladin)
TV: Beavis and Butt-head, X-Files, Red Dwarf,Robot Wars
Film: Toy Story


Toys: Cluedo, Scrabble, Monopoly
Music: Mainly on CD
Games: PlayStation 3 (Call of Duty)
TV: Castaway 2000, TV Burp, Doctor Who


Toys: Webley air pistol, telescope
Music: Back mainly to vinyl and streaming on Amazon Music
Games: PlayStation 4 (Uncharted, The Last of Us)
TV: Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, Stella, Gavin and Stacy, Doc Martin

Well as we head rapidly towards the end of 2017 I decided to take another plunge back into memory lane thanks to a quick visit to the Borough market where I picked up these two old friends for the princely sum of £23 before settling into watching Saturday night’s TV fayre of Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor – oh and write this blog – goodnight!


I Used To Be A Punk Rocker!

Amazon Prime (Not Optimus Prime)

I thought I’d tip the wink about a great deal I got last year signing up to Amazon Prime – special price £59 – rather than the normal £79 for 12 months.

Apart from free next day delivery on both large and small purchases on Amazon, I also get Amazon Music which is pretty much the same as Apple Music, Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Cloud backup (unlimited storage for photos) which to be honest is a pretty good deal when you add it all up.

Sony Blu-ray has WiFi connection to Amazon Instant Video…

Now if only they included Kindle Unlimited to read as many eBooks as I’d like, rather than just one via the Kindle owner’s lending library,  I’d be ecstatic!  Even so it seems great value for money and I’m now listening to a lot more music in the “office” – as I write the Stranglers are blasting out “Big in America” yeah….  Last night we watched an Amazon Prime video too in bed on our new player but I don’t think it will be goodbye to our DVDs yet!

Now I’ve just dropped Debbie and Emma off in town for my (only) daughter’s hair cut – James and I are waiting for the call to meet them for lunch afterwards – so I’m rehearsing my compliments strategy as I write!


Ladies’ haircuts seem a lot cheaper here in Abergavenny and Debbie told me that Emma laughed throughout most of her time in Fedora and to celebrate after a quick sojourn in the Wednesday under cover market we all went for a late afternoon snack in the “Eat Your Heart Out” cafe.  We’ve not been in before and very good it was too. 🙂

Amazon Prime (Not Optimus Prime)