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.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rubik's Cube Grinders

You may have noticed the DYR team holds a soft spot for one 80s toy in particular - just check out our logo! So, when we spotted the latest Rubik's Cube incarnation on, we had to share it with you. We've all seen Erno Rubik's timeless (or should that be tireless?) invention go from your standard timewaster toy, to the 4x4x4 Rubik's Revenge, Rubiks Snake and Rubik's Clock, but this has to be the first time the Rubik's has ventured into kitchenware. Look a little closer at the picture on the left and you'll see these Rubik's Cubes are in fact salt and pepper grinders!

The diminutive cubes are built around a ceramic mill that's functional and fun to use. The only problem is, you'll probably end up with extra-salty chips, as you won't want to stop fiddling with the thing. Nothing changes, does it? Get yours here, priced £11.95, and create a talking point the next time you get the BBQ out...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Last month's competition winners will be together in Electric Dreams, as they've each one a copy of the DVD re-release of the 80s movie classic. Congratulations goes to C.MacLennan, J.Rhymer and C.Constable - we hope you enjoy reliving the memories of what's become a cult classic, complete with an 80s-tastic soundtrack that'll have you dancing round the living room we bet.

If you weren't successful this time round, enter our latest competition to win a signed photo of Bond girl Maryam d'Abo here. Good luck!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Just another week for the DYR team...

It must be the week for mingling with celebs, if the DYR blog is anything to go by. First Leslie Phillips and now Maryam d'Abo! 

Earlier this week, I hurried down to one of my favourite retro haunts, Vintage Magazine Shop to fulfil many peoples' lifelong aims - to meet a real-life Bond Girl. Maryam made her name in the Bond franchise after starring as Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights, opposite Timothy Dalton, in 1987, and has since continued acting in a range of hit movies and television appearances (find out more and purchase official Maryam d'Abo merchandise at Having seen her in the flesh, she has most definitely retained all the glamour that comes from playing a Bond Girl, and in collaboration with Denis at Vintage Magazine Shop kindly donated a signed photograph for an upcoming competition (so keep those eyes peeled!). 

If you too would like to rub shoulders with Bond royalty, get down to Vintage Magazine Shop on Saturday 9th May 2009, 12-2pm, when Richard 'Jaws' Kiel and Banche Ravalec (aka Dolly in Moonraker) will be signing photos. Check out the website for full details.

I'm just wondering who we're going to bump into next...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Is Anybody There?

On Wednesday, I had the great privilege of attending the London premiere of the new film starring Michael Caine "Is Anybody There?". The film tells the story of a young boy growing up in the old people's home his parents run and is set firmly in the 1980s. As well as a being a fantastic and heartwarming film, there are some great 80s references including the TV shows, cars, fashion and music from the period. If you haven't already seen the trailer, check it out here.

Most of the cast attended the premiere including Michael Caine, Anne-Marie Duff, Bill Milner and David Morrissey. Other celebs in attendance included June Whitfield, Barbara Windsor and Michael Winner amongst others. We bumped into Louis Theroux at the bar and also got to chat to Leslie Phillips. Here's a photo of my wife with Leslie Phillips (Ding Dong!)