The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Are the Noughties really the 90s?

We're on the brink of a recession, more and more of us are reactivating our Take That fan club memberships, and even Doc Martens are in the shops again. While the first half of the Noughties had us believing the 80s were here to stay, the leg warmers have finally slipped, giving way to a 90s revival, stated an article in The London Paper today.

It's not just the fickle world of fashion, with MC Hammer's saggy 'You Can't Touch This' harem trousers (sorry, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole, even if Marc Jacobs says they're cool). The 90s are popping up all over the place.

From a softer-round-the-edges New Kids On The Block, Spice Girls and, this week, Boyzone, the charts could have you thinking you've regressed 10 years. Even the Gallagher brothers are on the comeback trail, with a new album. Amy Winehouse is the new Courtney Love, Pete Doherty our Kurt Cobain; Gordon Brown a not-so-grey John Major and Kate Middleton a younger Princess Diana.

The 90s revival has even crossed the Atlantic, with whispers of a brand-new series of teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 for next year. As the proud owner of a pair of silver 90210 hi-top trainers when I was nine years old, the news makes one person happy at least... It's just a shame the economy's in the same state as it was all those years ago, or I'd shell out for another pair for old time's sake!

Dan Pinch of, which reports on the latest innovations and trends, had his own explanation behind it all:

"As the kids of the 80s are increasingly distracted making families and paying off mortgages I guess it makes sense that the kids of the 90s (now in their twenties) are in control of youth culture. Stand by for combat trousers, Ragga-Jungle and Speed Garage in hipster bars near you very soon!"

What would you bring back from the 90s? We'd love to know - good or bad! 

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Lady's Not For Turning

Around a month or so ago DYR featured a competition giving visitors a chance to win a unique piece of artwork created, especially for them, by the talented duo David and Sarah Cousens AKA Coolsurface.

The mission was simple... after recommending DYR to family and friends all participants were thrown into a hat (well, their names at least) and the lucky chosen one was asked to give our resident artists a brief. The only pre-requisite was that theme should be something suitably nostalgic.

Paul Maxwell from Dumfries and Galloway was the chosen one, offering up this rather ..ahem.. unexpected challenge of Margaret Thatcher!

Never ones to shy away from a challenge, Coolsurface came up trumps with this marvellous masterpiece and the print is winging its way to Paul.

Here are a few explanatory words from David on his approach to the Iron Lady Challenge:

"After reading up about Maggie, I actually felt a bit sorry for her, as much as she was a bit of a dragon she seemed to genuinely believe she was doing the right thing, so felt this may be a fairly appropriate treatment."

You can keep up to date with the latest comings and goings of Coolsurface by logging onto their blog. Oh, and keep your eye out for their new series of books published by Pan Macmillan - '10 Explorers Who Changed The World' and '10 Leader Who Changed The World'. We don't think ol' Maggie will get a look in here though.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A nostalgic prayer

One of DoYouRemember's visitors recently wrote to us with a prayer reflecting on how he remembers the world used to be in the 80s. I have published it below and regardless of your faith, I am sure many of you will be able to appreciate its sentiment:

I Remember when God & Jesus played a big part in our lives.
We just followed The Ten Commandments, quite simple really.
We loved & respected our parents.
We loved & respected our neighbours.
We said thank you to God for the food we ate.
We would not steal from other peoples homes, even though they had left their doors unlocked.
As a nation we trusted each other & looked out for each other.
If people were sick & unable to leave their home we went out and got their groceries & medicine and made sure they were comfortable.
If we met someone who was down on their luck, we invited them into our home and fed them.
We were not a materialistic race, we all shared the good fortune we had with others who had less, without judgement or question.
We worked with The Truth at all times, if someone done us a wrong they were punished & the punishment fitted the crime.
My concern now is the fact that in this day and age our brothers and sisters who live in different countries are starving and dying and I ask why, are we not a caring nation?, I think not.
There is no reason on Earth why a single person should be without shelter and food.
It is time to reach out to every person that is suffering in this World & help them.
Together we can make a differance.
In the name of our Heavenly Father, let us all make the changes needed to keep our planet together.
With every blessing in the name of Jesus.

I'd be interested to hear your feedback on this. Was the world really a better place in the 80s? Do people not care about each other any more? US and UK society has certainly changed a lot in the last 20 - 30 years but I still see a great deal of love, care and respect out there. What do you think?