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Top Ten UK TV ads that use old songs

Top Ten UK TV ads that use old songs

The 80s and 90s had a flurry of TV adverts that used classic old songs. Often well known songs, but ones that hadn’t been released for years or decades. The adverts often gave them a new lease of life. In several instances below, the songs…

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Retro games that were made into movies

Retro games that were made into movies

Video games have always had the power to be marketed in different ways. Merchandise is an obvious strategy for any big game, with many children going to school with lunch boxes, notepads and rulers adorned with pictures of Pac-Man, Mario or Street Fighter characters. Video…

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My immersive Blade Runner Secret Cinema experience

My immersive Blade Runner Secret Cinema experience

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Secret Cinema showing of Blade Runner with my good friend Ally Hogg aka @TheRetroHunter. This was yet another incredible immersive experience from the folks at Secret Cinema. I’ve been waiting until the season ended before I wrote…

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How Arcade Halls Are Becoming Relevant Again

How Arcade Halls Are Becoming Relevant Again

Gaming is a multi-billion industry today, with millions of gamers logging in and going online to play their favorite games from the comfort of their homes. Yet, it all started with a humble quarter of a dollar, or ten pence, in many arcade halls spread…

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The Asterix exhibition – The life and work of René Goscinny

The Asterix exhibition – The life and work of René Goscinny

I’m a huge fan of the Asterix books, and I was very excited one day recently when I saw a poster on the tube advertising an Asterix exhibition. Very excited indeed. Asterix just isn’t the sort of property to get lots of things like that….

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 14 – May 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 14 – May 1985

My look through all the old Your Spectrum and Your Sinclair magazines continues, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your Spectrum Issue 14…

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The beauty of retro video game maps

The beauty of retro video game maps

Back in the 80s, when you were stuck in a video game, you were pretty much stuck. There was of course no internet. You could try asking your friends, but they might just be as stuck as you. And when we did get gaming shows…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 13 – Apr 1985

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 13 – Apr 1985

Here is the next thrilling instalment of my look at all the old Your Spectrum magazines, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your…

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I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of retro catalogues

I was lucky enough to receive a whole bunch of retro catalogues

Sometimes you get an offer that is just too good to be true. It might be a tip for a bet, it might be a free voucher for Dominos Pizza, a surprise refund that you had forgotten about, a link to a Party Casino bonus…

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I could spend hours browsing this Swatch website

I could spend hours browsing this Swatch website

Not many things scream the 80s more than Swatch watches. They were cool, they were crazy, they had bright colours, but they were also a really decent watch. Boys and girls both liked them. My only issue was that I really loved digital watches. I…

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