Monday, 4 November 2013
I love a good bit of nostalgia, so thought I'd fill in this Q&A spotted on nekomentsu about some of my childhood favourites... (above: little me on my trike, concentrating a bit too hard.)
I was an avid fan of Enid Blyton up until the age of about eleven and used to stay up all night reading the Faraway Tree books as well as the Famous Five series. Oh to live on Kirren Island. I also loved Jacqueline Wilson stories, especially the Suitcase Kid. Then I (like Louise) discovered the joys of Point Horror books - trashy though they were! As a kid I loved to read and got through books much faster than I do now, these days I really struggle to find a book I really enjoy and more often than not stick to graphic novels.
I do miss the feeling of waking up on a Saturday morning and watching ridiculous kids tv til stupid o'clock. Live and Kicking, Rugrats, the Simpsons... but mine & my brother's all time favourite tv show was Pugwall. Starring a bunch of Australian misfits who formed a band called the Orange Organics, they were pretty spiggin' great. (One of the more annoying songs from the show can be found here on YouTube). I was also a massive Neighbours fan and would get quite upset if I missed an episode. Oh dear. In fact most of what I watched was Australian - The Girl from Tomorrow, Round the Twist - not forgetting Heartbreak High!
My favourite band as a kid was Salt 'n' Pepa. I remember getting excited when someone made me a tape of their greatest hits. I knew all the lyrics off by heart ("yes I am independent... I make my own money so don't tell me how to spend it" - every kid could identify, right?!). I listened to it non-stop on my red Sony Walkman. Then I became a little obsessed with PJ and Duncan before abandoning pop bands in favour of Britpop.
I wrote a long post about my all time favourite magazines here. I started off as a big Beano fan and my dad used to buy me a copy every Thursday. Then I'd read Shout! and Smash Hits. I also had a FunFax which isn't really a comic, but a kids' version of a Filofax, that you could slot little books into, with little stickers to put on your calendar. Nerdy fun!!
Me and my brother would always rent The Princess Bride on video whenever we got chance. Big was another favourite as well as Home Alone, Stand By Me, The Land Before Time, The Little Mermaid and E.T... the list goes on!
What a day it was when my cousin Mandi gave us her old Megadrive. Me and my brother used to love playing Sonic the Hedgehog - in fact it's still the only computer game I'm any good at. As much as Tom tries to persuade me to play GTA I can't help but prefer the old 2D games I grew up with.
Er, reading. Collecting stickers. Drawing. Taping songs off the radio. Arguing with my brother about what TV show we should watch. Dreaming of one day being a member of the Orange Organics.
Did anyone else get obsessed with owning a paid of Clark's Magic Steps shoes as a kid? This advert was so magical, I really wanted a pair of shoes with a key in the heel (why I don't quite know...) but they were all sold out where ever we looked. Booh.