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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:39 pm
by Katzkatz
oldtimer wrote:
STranger81 wrote:There's a phone box about 50 yards from my front door. Never see anyone in it. It's very nostalgic for me because when I was at secondary school and wanted to ring a girl I'd walk to that phone box and call.
Does anyone remeber the old Mercury phone boxes that sprung up all over the country and also the rabbit phone system? there is still a shop near to me that has the metal sign up for the rabbit connection station ,
Vaguely, yes. I do remember them. I don't think there were many on Kent - where I lived at the time, but I do remember a few school trips to London and seeing them here and there. I also remember that some old telephones, in the telephone shops, had a "Mercury button" on them to dial on to the Mercury network - sort of like speed dial or dialing 9 for an outside line on a PBX.

I also remember that Mercury sort of got mentioned a lot in old computer magazine. It was mainly because they were cheaper than BT - and also they did those "10 Favourite Numbers" selection - so you could dial into CIX or Compuserve for a cheaper rate.

I've got vague memories of the "Rabbit telephone system" as well. I think it got talked about a lot on the TV news a bit, and I might have seen it on "Tomorrow's World". Don't remember anyone owning on though.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:32 am
by greenberet79
This is a classic thread! I'm 33, and these are my scattered thoughts...

Phoneboxes - someone said they now stink of p*ss. They always did! I can't think of any near mine. THOUGH - I do sometimes use them in town when I'm on my mobile as it's quieter and more private, so they are handy!

Milkman - weirdly there are TWO who deliver to my road, and it's a cul-de-sac! Shamefully I don't use either. But local birds and cats used to try and get at the doorstep milk. My mum's old milkman also did a christmas savings thing.

Information - this covers a few things. As well as facts etc, these days you can immediately retrieve reviews of games/films. People are more savvy, but it's removed the element of chance and surprise. Gone are the days of buying a game or renting a video based on the cover.

Rag and bone man - well we still get people going round in vans picking up stuff. Last year I had new heating put in, and a couple of foreigners/gypsies came along and asked if they could have my old radiators which were stacked up the side of the house. Did me as I would have had to hire a van to get rid of them all.

Pubs - there are hundreds of empty pubs in Liverpool. It's a sign of the times. More people drink at home, as someone here mentioned the Widget. More money to be made in coffeee shops now.

Mobile phones - I know they can be a pain in some hands, but for me they are one of man's greatest inventions. They're taken for granted but they are revolutionary.

Mercury telephone - rings a bell (no pun intended).

Telephone lines - where did they all go?

People - are generally becoming more stupid, more angry, more selfish and more violent, and in greater numbers. Where will it all end?


Modern technology - as much as I love reminiscing, I love modern tech. I have access to thousands of games through emulation, plus some ace modern games. I'm a full Spotify member so have access to about 2 million songs on my iPod. I have Sky+ so have hundreds of hours of my favourite telly and films recorded and ready to watch when I want. And I have a powerful touchscreen computer which I can carry around with me almost anywhere. Some elements of modern life are ace.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:15 am
by learnedrobb
greenberet79 wrote:This is a classic thread! I'm 33, and these are my scattered thoughts...

Telephone lines - where did they all go?


Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:50 am
by Balders
Any time someone gives me a cheque, I feel as though they've given me the money they owe me plus a little chore.

I'd prefer just the money.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:06 am
by TwoHeadedBoy
Happened across this on XKCD just now - keep hearing these same things all the time, and it seems everyone's always been saying them:


Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:46 pm
by GigaPepsiMan
Who remembers white dog poo?

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:50 pm
by Megamixer
GigaPepsiMan wrote:Who remembers white dog poo?
A greater amount of bonemeal in dog food back in the day caused this :) . Or so I was told...

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:30 pm
by TwoHeadedBoy
Think it's more to do with it being left on the ground longer - not everyone was polite enough to clean up after their animals back then, so the stuff was left on the ground to dry out and go white... Or so I'm told.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:07 pm
by GigaPepsiMan
I've seen enough dried up dog poo recently to know that it doesn't just go white.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:55 pm
by r0jaws
I've found, whilst clearing my garden, old dried out dog poo that is the classic "retro white" so fondly remembered. Happier times.

However, I have noted, with dismay, the lack of tramp porn to be found under bushes in public parks. Does no one guiltily dump their well thumbed volumes for the education and titillation of juveniles and vagrants anymore? How are our pre-adolescents to know the joy of an illicit find, therefore prompting a fledgling business opportunity, leasing these "slightly foxed" volumes to eager classmates?
Recycling, and the internet, clearly have their downsides.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:47 am
by Starlight
MattyC64c wrote:Walking home today I was passing some phone boxes, and it made me think about things from the past that are either no longer around or are less common.

The public phone box

Take my first thought, the humble BT phone box. I remember a time when there were loads of telephone boxes everywhere. In my local area there is one which is about 120 metres from my home. The next phone box from there is probably about half a mile away. Back in late 90's there were at least 4 within easy walking distance, not any more. Of course, this is understandable, not only does nearly everyone have their own land line, most people own a mobile phone these days. The public phone box has had it's day.
We still need Phone Boxes though, in the rare case that we DON'T have a Mobile Phone...they are life savers.
MattyC64c wrote: The Milk Man

Do you still have a Milk man? Is there even a milk round in your area these days? I'm certain I've seen one around recently, but not in my street. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've seen one near me. When I was a kid, my parents you used to have a regular milk delivery, he even sold bread. We used to get bottles of cheap lemonade and cola too on the weekends.
Yep, we even pay on Wednesday Evenings!
MattyC64c wrote: Arcade Machines everywhere

I miss arcade machines, I really do. I'm sure we can all remember a time when they were pretty much everywhere. In pubs, restaurants, fish and chip shops (if they were big enough) and video rental shops. Which brings me to my next change..
Less common, but are still found at Bowling Venues.
MattyC64c wrote: Video rental stores

I know we've already had a topic about this recently, but I do miss these shops. I do recall that back in the 80's there were about three near my home, now there's one, and they guy that runs it does more business selling and repairing computers than renting out films. With broadband internet, on demand TV, and DVD rentals by post, it's no wonder this trade has moved on.
To be honest, it's for the best. Unless people are willing to "Rent" for keeps. :P
MattyC64c wrote: The old fashioned pub

Back before cheap beer from supermarkets was all the rage, and the invention of the ingenious 'widget' for canned beer revolutionised home drinking, the only place to get a good old pint with a decent head was the local boozer. The boozers of old were proper drinking houses, none of that 'Gastro Pub' nonsense back in the day. These old pubs didn't do food, well not proper food anyway, and there were thousands of them. Many of these old pubs are now either derelict or have been converted into shops and apartments.
They're still around, and still as lively as ever! I don't go to them myself as I am not a fan of most pubs aesthetics, but they're still around for young people to get slashed.
MattyC64c wrote: Terrestrial TV

Can you believe prior to 1997 that we used to be limited to only four channels? Heck, before November 1982 we only had access to three channels. How did we survive that? Taking about TV...
I actually prefer terrestrial over Digital channels. I watch the Chase everyday (it's on as soon as I come home).
MattyC64c wrote: Public information films

I remember quite a few of these, some were pretty scary. Much of the information these films contained are still valid today, so why don't we get these on our TV's anymore? Don't kids still get hurt venturing on building sites or touching electrical pylons anymore? What about crossing the road? Talking to strangers? Surely there are more paedophiles on the streets these days then ever before. Just ask the late Jimmy Savile who did the 'Clunk Click' public information films!!

What other things can you think of from back in the day that either no longer exist or have changed?
You're right here...never seen one in my life (I'm 23), but I guess parents ADVISE you to not talk to strangers or go near dangerous areas.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:37 am
by GigaPepsiMan
So I've been walking my Dad's dog recently and it turns out white dog poo is actually still a thing judging by the sheer amount of it I walk past.

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:40 pm
by stayAwhile
I want to find a lemonade man get some pop dirt cheap and get refills. What about not knowing a soap story 6 months in advance, proper special ed cds or a can of coke costing 50p or here's one no hobbies on the beat which stopped when I was 8(1996)or so in
my area

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:05 pm
by rocky1980
When £5 was a LOT of money !! Damm I am getting old

Re: Oh how times have changed...

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:12 am
by TwoHeadedBoy
rocky1980 wrote:When £5 was a LOT of money !! Damm I am getting old
Yeah :D

I remember finding a £5 note on the bus home from school once, I was RICH!