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.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Congratulations to...

N.Coomber who's won two tickets to see 10CC in concert this month - don't say you're not just a little bit jealous! Enjoy reliving the hits of yesteryear on behalf of all us 10CC fans. As runner-up in last month's competition, L.Dexter bags a copy of the band's latest greatest hits album, which will be winging its way to you in the post. Well done both of you!

If you weren't lucky this time round, try your luck in our current competition to win an Electric Dreams DVD here. Also, look out for an extra-special giveaway coming up on the DYR home page. Remember that signed pic of Richard 'Jaws' Kiel? Well, this will be just as big. Good luck everyone...  

Monday, April 27, 2009

Health and safety gone mad?

I've just heard that one of DYR's fave retro sweets is to undergo a dramatic makeover. There will be no more sucking on the soggy end of your Sherbet Fountain any more, because from next month, the manufacturer is changing the packaging to make it more 'hygienic'. The iconic design first filled sweetshops in 1925, and the original liquorice stick and folded card tube will now be replaced by a resealable plastic container. But surely getting covered in fizzy flakes and accidentally swallowing bits of soggy paper are part of the experience! 

All this brings back bad memories of when the Smarties tube lost its pop-off paper end forever. So is it just another case of health and safety gone too far? Or is it time we let go? Let us know what you think...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

It's a shell-abration!

Cowabunga! Dudes and dudettes rejoice, as everyones' favourite heroes in a half-shell are back in shell-abration of a special birthday. It's been 25 years since their first incarnation, and the 25th anniversay special-edition DVD of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for release next month. It will feature three discs of both series one and two of the animated kids' series, along with four bonus never before seen episodes. OK, they might not be teenagers any more, but neither are we.

Watch Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello much their way through pizzas when they're not showing off some nifty martial arts moves as they protect New York from evil (remember Shredder?). You'll soon find yourself chuckling away to Michaelangelo's surfer lingo and master Splinter's attempts to reign in his feisty foursome. There's no better place to recapture those childhood memories - and why not dig out any Turtle figures from the attic while you're at it?

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the DVD and am pleased to say it's just as good as it was when I was 10 - though, this time I wasn't wearing a bandana while I watched. And the real treat has to be those four brand-new episodes: The Beginning Of the End; The Return Of Dregg; Monster From Dimension X and The Day the Earth Disappeared. But that's all I'm telling you about them - so you'll just have to see them for yourself.

It's the first time the original series has been released on DVD in the UK and the special edition pack is priced £29.99, while a single DVD featuring three episodes from series one will cost £6.99. Both are due for release on 25th May, courtesy of Lions Gate Home Entertainment. Pre-order yours now here.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Win tickets to see 10CC!

In these hard times good nights out are few and far between, so DYR has got a special treat for you. Fans of 70s group 10CC wil be pleased to hear they're about to embark on a nationwide Greatest Hits Tour, with Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens keen to belt out some of their 10 top ten hits. The tour, running throughout May and June, will see 10CC harking back to the golden days with hits Rubber Bullets, Art For Art's Sake, The Wall Street Shuffle and Life Is A Minestrone. It timely coincides with the release of the band's new album release on 20 April, The Very Best Of 10CC.

To enter our competition just recommend friends and family to DYR - one lucky person will win a pair of tickets to a 10CC Greatest Hits tour date of their choice (subject to availability and travel not included). One runner-up will win the band's new album.

Good luck everyone - but hurry - the closing date for all entries is 22nd April 2009!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


The winners of last month's competition to win a copy of the inspirational Chasing The 80s book, are D.Batte and M.Russell. Enjoy your new read - and if you do decide to embark on your own retro roadtrip, be sure to let us know!

Our competition to win The Cosby Show Season 4 on DVD has also now ended, and congrats to Kathy and M.Tetley - both of whom will get theirs in the post very soon. 

If you weren't so lucky this time around, why not try your luck in our latest comp, where you can win a copy of that 80s classic film Electric Dreams on DVD. You know you want to! Simply recommend your friends and family to DYR and you could win. The competition closes 17th May 2009. Good luck!