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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #900 on: June 22, 2019, 09:14:41 am »
Then my tenuous claim to fame of knowing the son of the former drummer of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers will cut no ice?
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #901 on: June 22, 2019, 09:51:54 am »
I've heard of Ken Bruce ;)


When you try and talk about comedy with your junior colleagues and are stonewalled by them never having heard of Pete and Dud.
I did at least manage to get them to work out who Pete was as they'd at least seen Blackadder, I failed with Dudley Moore.  Is it normal to feel sorry for them as a result?


Having watched Graham Norton last night I'm left wondering what middle-age is defined as these days as Tom Hanks admitted to 'middle age' at the age of 62.  Does that really count as middle aged these days?*




*This may be the wrong forum to say this.... forgive me, I am still a whippersnapper at 48 ;)
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #902 on: June 22, 2019, 09:54:48 am »
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537


He's a little lost without 'Wik'. he was in Holby City/Casualty (are these actually different these days?) for some time a while back.  besides Eastenders has never been the same since I realised the vicar in it is Vila from Blake's Seven
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #903 on: June 22, 2019, 03:41:56 pm »
I've heard of Ken Bruce ;)


When you try and talk about comedy with your junior colleagues and are stonewalled by them never having heard of Pete and Dud.
I did at least manage to get them to work out who Pete was as they'd at least seen Blackadder, I failed with Dudley Moore.  Is it normal to feel sorry for them as a result?


Having watched Graham Norton last night I'm left wondering what middle-age is defined as these days as Tom Hanks admitted to 'middle age' at the age of 62.  Does that really count as middle aged these days?*




*This may be the wrong forum to say this.... forgive me, I am still a whippersnapper at 48 ;)
Well I've vaguely heard of Jack Bruce, also of Lenny Bruce but had to google Ken Bruce. Hmm, you may be a whippersnapper but if you're listening to Radio 2, that's the definition of middle aged!
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #904 on: June 22, 2019, 06:51:04 pm »
I said I'd heard of him, not that I listened to him  :P O:-)
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #905 on: June 24, 2019, 10:13:10 am »
When you learn that Vyvyan/Eddie Hitler is moving to Albert Square.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48220537


He's a little lost without 'Wik'. he was in Holby City/Casualty (are these actually different these days?) for some time a while back.  besides Eastenders has never been the same since I realised the vicar in it is Vila from Blake's Seven

I've never seen Eastenders, but I'm old enough to remember Blake's 7. (Ish – don't expect me to provide detail plot summaries, I only remember some splendid fashion, a round computer called Zen, and a lot of action in a gravel pit.)

I also remember Sapphire & Steel, which my wife doesn't and for a while believed was something I was making up to mess with her head. I did once have the opportunity (name drop alert! name drop alert!) to ask Joanna Lumley what it was all about and her response was a perfectly Lumleyesque none of us knew, my dear, not a clue.
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caerau

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #906 on: June 24, 2019, 10:41:11 am »
when I was young, my sister's NOT TO BE MESSED WITH UPON PAIN OF DEATH - viewing habits were - weekdaily at least - Neighbours, then Eastenders, then Coronation Street, then Brookside, then Prisoner Cellblock H - she may even have included Home and Away and other worse Aussie soaps.  I forget the intimate details but it was 24-7 relentless  :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :hand: :hand: :hand:


Whilst I managed to studiously avoid coronation street and Brookside mostly, it was not possible to avoid it all unless I wanted to be outside permanently and not-socialise with the rest of my family.


I now thank the lord that my wife *only* insists on 'Enders and Corrie.


I did initially, when we first met, try to insist on not watching Corrie - as it was a matter of pride for me back in 2000 that I'd never knowingly watched it.  But to avoid being too much of a twat about it, I gave in.  She watches it, and therefore so must I.


I could however, give you good plot details on Blake's 7! That was awesome, until they got ride of Gan, Jemma and Blake at least.  My young childhood was almost defined by Dr Who, Star Wars and Blakes 7.


I'll rather bet my sister thinks that is as sad as I think her viewing habits were.




Now if this post doesn't define me as middle aged, then there is no middle age  :-D
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #907 on: June 24, 2019, 10:58:13 am »
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?

My parents watch soaps 24/7 and always have. Those and crap game shows. Honestly, I don't think the TV was ever turned off during the first 18 years of my life. I think they may have watched the sinister test pattern back when TV went to bed. The only time it went off was when we were short of a 50p for the TV or electricity meter (metered TV, from Radio Rentals, you had to feed it money periodically, now that must make me middle-aged). I only remember that because it was my childhood job to run around the neighbours to cadge a 50p piece. I once bought back a ferret. Mostly because it had clamped its teeth through my finger and wasn't letting go. I remember my dad looking up from the blank TV and uttering 'just strangle it, it'll let go, did you bring the 50p?' Anyway, it worked, ferrets let go if you strangle them a bit. We learn stuff from our parents, we do.

It was quite exciting to get to university and find out what life was like without the constant drone of a TV in the background.

I do remember Prisoner Cell Block H in some detail.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #908 on: June 24, 2019, 11:03:44 am »
Most...if not all...of Blakes 7 is on Youtube.

I know as I rewatched most of it a few weeks back  :facepalm:

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #909 on: June 24, 2019, 12:13:08 pm »
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #910 on: June 24, 2019, 07:44:31 pm »
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?
They did.  I was doing some ironing while watching it. I was so shocked I nearly burnt my freshly pressed trousers.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #911 on: June 24, 2019, 08:15:01 pm »
Didn't everyone in Blake's 7 die horribly and en masse?
They did.  I was doing some ironing while watching it. I was so shocked I nearly burnt my freshly pressed trousers.


Yes *and* no.  Everyone that was still in it by then certainly - probably even Servelan we all suspected - though I haven't rewatched it on Youtube.  I did once watch some reruns on Gold about 20 years ago and I decided it was best left to memory.  Though it was the dire last series I was watching. So that's the 'no' bit - because classic characters such as Gan and Jemma were long gone by then - and it was a bit of a joke even calling it Blake's 7 for a looong time since he wasn't actually in it until the very last episode.  Also The Liberator, Zen and Orac were long gone by then too.


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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #912 on: June 24, 2019, 08:28:32 pm »
Yeah, I think the memories weather the passage of time better than the actual programmes. I think that's usually the case with nostalgia tv. Filmmakers should be aware of this – it'd spare us terrible remakes of 70s/80s TV. I've not sure who greenlit a Dukes of Hazzard remake, for instance, but really, oh really, it was awful back then (other than for a teenage boy's appreciation for Daisy Duke's short shorts), but beyond a giddy round of every sexist and racist trope going, it was astoundingly awful even then. Really, you thought time would make it better? That's against every rule of television.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #913 on: June 24, 2019, 08:44:08 pm »
I find when watching iconic TV from a short time ago I find the anachronisms quite jarring. When I watch something that is older I am happy to accept it for what it is.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #914 on: June 24, 2019, 08:51:25 pm »
One thing that always gets my goat when you get 'rerun' tv compilations is that you always get someone talking about how TV shows are more 'nuanced' these days as the audience has got 'more sophisticated'


Really?  We are inundated with X_factor, Love Island, Big Brother and I'm a has-been- get me out of here.


(and *that* family in the USA  :sick:  )


Sophisticated my arse.


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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #915 on: June 24, 2019, 11:19:00 pm »
Mrs F has most of the 70's (and a lot of the 60's and 80's) on DVD. This includes Blakes 7, Star Trek TOS, Department S, Jason King, The Persuaders, Catweazle, Children of the Stones, Star Maidens, The Professionals, Man in a Suitcase,  ect ect.

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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #916 on: June 25, 2019, 12:57:47 am »
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #917 on: July 26, 2019, 01:10:40 pm »
When your son finds out he needs false teeth.  Although to be fair, his teeth don't fix calcium properly.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #918 on: July 26, 2019, 01:25:14 pm »
I was discussing fractures and radiological healing thereof with my brother. Pointed out healing on film lags WAY behind real mending, pointing out Baby Brother had been taken out of plaster when I could see almost NOTHING joining his forearm bones.
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He was 9
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #919 on: August 25, 2019, 12:24:28 am »
You go a pub to see a band that you used to play in and you just want a quiet (ok - noisy) evening sitting having a few beers but about 4 numbers from the end this woman gets in your face and tries to drag you up to dance. Early 20's, quite attractive, tall, pissed. I'm 66 for fuck's sake. Just leave me alone. I presumed either she had some sort of fetish or left her glasses at home. She didn't stop pestering me until the band had finished (they were pissing themselves). Acutely embarrassing (and ever so slightly gratifying  ;D ). Had I been 40 years younger...
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #920 on: August 25, 2019, 08:23:50 am »
When you use a somewhat neglected word that only had one meaning for the first 50 years of your life and find that it has been commandeered by ignorant youth and now means something different and probably louche.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #921 on: August 25, 2019, 09:39:47 am »
When the couch to 5k seems like an uphill struggle.  :-\
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #922 on: September 13, 2019, 08:11:57 am »
When you can't find the two packs of pencils you bought last week.
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #923 on: September 13, 2019, 03:26:05 pm »
The cheapest car insurance you can buy is from Saga (that one really annoyed my wife).
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Re: You know you're middle aged when
« Reply #924 on: September 13, 2019, 03:38:16 pm »
When you talk of something like it was yesterday, but it was 30 years ago. Old age will be when that becomes 50 years ago.