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, August 31, 2009


The winners of last month's competition to win a copy of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells album are: N.Ryall, E.Huxstep, A.Moore, T.Dexter and A.Goldston. Congratulations to you all!

This also means that there's a new giveaway up on the site now - so get entering and you could win £25 to spend on retro goodies at We've four vouchers up for grabs - click here for details. And good luck everyone!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aqua are back!

So, you thought they were a flash in the pan, eh? Well, you were wrong, because the pop-tastic Scandinavian foursome are back!

It's been eight long years, but Aqua are back on top form with the release of their Greatest Hits Album on 21st September, full of 19 hits, old and new. As well as the track they are best known for - Barbie Girl - you can jump around to others including Turn Back Time, Doctor Jones, Cartoon Heroes and My Oh My. The new Back To The 80s, due for release 28th September, is SO catchy, and is a taster of what's to come from the band. We had fun counting the 80s references in the lyrics - everything from Dynasty to Rubik's Cube, Bananarama and Breakfast Club.

If anyone's guaranteed to fill a dance floor, it's Aqua - so make sure you've got your leg warmers and rah-rah at the ready...

Saturday, August 08, 2009

In memory of John Hughes

To many of us, John Hughes will forever remain etched into our memories. The legendary film writer and director, who passed away yesterday aged just 59, brought us the kind of cult classics that kids of the 80s and 90s were crazy for. From Home Alone and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, to The Breakfast Club and (my personal fave) Uncle Buck, it's tribute to him that these films are now doing the rounds across the next generation, and still make us laugh out loud. 

You can leave your personal tribute to John below, and for a heartrending story of one teenager's pen-pal friendship with the man himself, visit Sincerely, John Hughes - we promise, it's an incredible read. 

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Bagpuss helps Asthma UK

Next time you Bagpuss fans go looking for memorabilia of the loveable feline, make this your one-stop shop. With every purchase you make, proceeds will go direct to the charity Asthma UK. And with over 5.4 million asthma sufferers in the UK alone, most of of know someone, or are ourselves affected by the condition, so start doing something to help. Bagpuss is the charity's official mascot, and if you browse to and on eBay, you'll find a range of badges (like the one pictured here, for just £1.15), bracelets, bookmarks and even tax discs for sale. So what are you waiting for?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Charity auction for signed A-Ha album

Have we got a treat for you! A signed copy of the new A-Ha 'Foot of the Mountain' album autographed by none other than Morten Harket and Mags! Head on over to our charity auction now and place a bid.

100% of the proceeds will go to Dorset-based home care charity which provides help and care in the home, so place a bid and tell all your friends!

We have a starting bid of just £5!