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

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Those old Romantics!

The flamboyant shirts were nowhere to be seen and the eyeliner was lacking somewhat, but there was still no mistaking Spandau Ballet at their recent press conference aboard HMS Belfast in London.

The 80s New Romantics band was there to announce that, after two decades, they've finally put their differences aside and decided to re-form - and they looked pretty happy about it, too! 
Heartthrob Tony Hadley joined brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, Steve Norman and John Keeble to assure fans old and new that they'd overcome their previous problems (a dispute over songwriting royalties) enough to embark on a greatest hits tour later this year.

"Every family falls out of love at some point," said Gary Kemp. "But we started to remember how powerful Spandau ballet was... I think the band are playing better than we ever played before."

In their heyday, Spandau Ballet helped create a new movement in music, along with their rival Romantics Duran Duran. They sold 25 million records and had hits with True, Only When You Leave and To Cut A Long Story Short. We've seen a huge revival of 80s and 90s bands recently, including Blur, the Police and Take That, so it'll be great to see Spandau joining in. For tour dates and more details, visit the band's official website - and don't forget to leave your memories of the band's GOLD-en days below.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Just one more thing...

... Yes, the man in the mac is back! Columbo returns on 30th March with the release of Season 9 on DVD - a must-have for fans of the legend, played by Peter Falk.  

While season 9 of the hit TV series does absolutely nothing to stop us wondering how the fumbling, seemingly slow-witted detective ever manages to solve a crime, it does everything to remind us what we've been missing from our lives! I challenge anyone not to be amazed as each crime is unravelled episode by episode, always resulting it that most infamous of lines, "Just one more thing..."

We could all learn a thing or two from Columbo's method of working - lull your enemy into a false sense of security, act the fool, then pounce with a innocently put question that catches the murderer out when they're least expecting. Even the critics were caught out when Columbo first came onto the scene nine series ago, labelling the programme a "howcatchem" rather than the cliche murder mystery "whodunnit".

If you want to see how he caught 'em, buy Columbo Series 9 on DVD from Universal Playback priced £29.99, on sale from 30th March.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

And The Winners Are...

Our competition to win Dean Wikinson's Classic Children's TV Quiz Book has now ended, and C.Woods and K.Eastebrook will each receive one in the post very shortly. Well done! 

If you've got the competition bug now, why not enter our latest fantastic giveaways? Recommend DYR to your friends and family and you could win The Cosby Show: Season 4 DVD or a copy of the brilliant roadtrip book Chasing The 80s. Both competitions close 4th April 2009. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Barbie!

We couldn't let the week pass by without helping one of our favourite all-time toys blow out the 50 candles on her proverbial cake. Yes, she might not look a day over 21, but our Barbie celebrated reaching a half-century this week...

Still as popular as ever, Barbie in all her incarnations has dazzled us with outfit changes, boyfriend changes, pet poodles and camping trips in her hot pink mobile home. She's survived countless law suits, having her legs bent rather unnaturally at times, and of course, some pretty horrendous DIY haircuts courtesy of the little darlings she lived with. Still, she's wrinkle-free despite this (and it's not because of Botox!).

Named after her creator, Ruth Handler, Barbie Millicent Roberts was first introduced to the word at a New York toy fair in 1959. Wearing a black and white swimsuit and high heels, she was an instant hit. "Barbie has always represented that a woman has choices," said Handler of her creation. And boy did she have some choices to make. In her 50 years, Barbie has flitted between over 100 different careers; and who could keep track of how many times she broke up with boyfriend Ken?  

Today, Mattel's long-legged, waspish-waisted, blonde - somtimes brunette - bombshell is still making her mark in the competitive toy market. And long may it continue! Happy birthday, Barbie!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Brand-new retro podcast

In my opinion, is just the thing... that's just the thing for anyone with an interest in retro pop culture and a spare five minutes to listen to its latest podcast...

At the moment, at you'll find interviews with past legends including Earle Hyman - better known as Grandad Cosby (continuing the theme of our last two blog posts!). There's also fascinating insights into the lives of veteran US actor Gary Sandy, Paul Wilson, who once propped up the Cheers bar as Paul Krapence, plus Tom Wopat of Dukes Of Hazzard fame and Dennis Haskins from Saved By The Bell. It's ace!

Listening is easy, too - just click on the play symbol relating to the interview you've chosen. You can even download them to your iPod or other MP3 player to listen to on the move. DYR is already a big fan.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


The lucky winner of last month's competition to scoop two tickets to the Byte Back Gaming Convention is A. Martin. We hope you enjoy your day reliving the arcade games you used to play and meeting the wizards behind many of the greatest games of the 70s, 80s and 90s. And for anyone going along, we'd love to hear what it was like and what you learned from the convention...

If you weren't lucky this time round, enter our competition to win a Cosby Show: Season 4 DVD - just click here to enter before . Plus, keep your eyes peeled for some very special prizes up for grabs soon.