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Nostalgia Thread

ProssPross Posts: 25,462
I thought this had been done before but the forum search function says otherwise. The BASF mention in a thread earlier got me thinking of when you would share music with friends by borrowing albums and recording them and how, whilst the quality of music was dire, it was appreciated more than the current on demand services. So what things do you miss (even if the modern version is vastly better)? A few for me:

Having a blockbuster movie finally come on TV which used to be a few years after release. Only having "new" films show up every now and again meant you enjoyed watching it more, learning to set the video to ensure you managed to catch them when they were shown (especially those edgy late night films that would now have a 12 certificate!) was a real art.

Getting your bike built to spec. I know you can still do this but it used to be pretty much standard for any serious cyclist even if the starting block was an off the peg 501 frame. Going through the options on the Ribble advert at the back of Cycling Weekly to build the best bike you could for your budget was a real pleasure. I never managed to get a custom build frame unfortunately.

I'm probably the only one but I also miss downtube shifters. I did have a play around with my old Ribble 653 a few years ago and managed to get a set of 10 speed Dura Ace downtube shifters that, with a bit of help from Sheldon Brown, allowed me to have a 9 speed set up on my old 7 speed wheels and I was able to get the shifting so much crisper with the indexing than I can manage on my current 10 year old Tiagra / 105 set up.
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  • tetley10tetley10 Posts: 386
    Mix Tapes. Done properly with a track list and finding a song that would actually fit at the end rather than cutting it off half way through.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 11,841
    Libraries.
    Poste restante.
    People turning up on time (being able to text makes it easy not to).
    Knowing people's phone numbers.
    Equipment lasting beyond the software they run
    Seasonal fruit and veg
    Pick your own
    Not being permanently tracked by multi-national companies
    Using cash
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,201
    Nostalgia, it's not what it used to be.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,702 Lives Here
    edited 9 January
    Whatever things were like when you were a child or young adult where you had very few or any responsibilities 🙄

  • morstarmorstar Posts: 3,896
    pblakeney said:

    Nostalgia, it's not what it used to be.

    Beat me to it.

    Anyhow, shared TV experiences. Going into school or work the next day keen to discuss the big... you’d seen on TV.

    I guess it still exists for sport and the plethora of knockout shows but sport is take your pick and as for the knockout celeb shows, meh.
  • morstarmorstar Posts: 3,896
    It’s a knockout.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,702 Lives Here

    Whatever things were like when you were a child or young adult where you had very few or any responsibilities 🙄

    So in this instance, pro cycling pre Wiggins.
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,446
    morstar said:

    pblakeney said:

    Nostalgia, it's not what it used to be.

    Beat me to it.

    .
    And I miss proper nostalgia threads, not like the ones we have now. :)
    (Only in the spirit of the joke, no offence meant to @pross)



    I was explaining to my lads about when i had my first house. I had to do a lot of work to it, and although I was 'handy' because my dad taught me, there were some things i had no clue about, such as building an open fireplace or even the right mix for brick laying. Anything like that meant a trip to the library and borrowing some books! These days they have it VERY easy, there's a Youtube tutorial for just about anything you want to do. I can't say i miss the old way though.




    The older I get, the better I was.

  • ProssPross Posts: 25,462
    My parents used to have a full set of Encyclopedia Britannica and I used to really enjoy researching something of interest using them. Far too easy these days with the Internet.

    The FA cup final being one of the biggest TV sporting events of the year whoever was playing and despite not being a huge football follower. People would watch all the build up show. Now it passes me by some years until I see the result and the match is played at some random time of day.

    Going for walks in the country before the social media age when it wasn't full of people looking for an Instagram moment.
  • Going the football as a kid, getting the bus home and stopping at the newsagents to buy a copy of the Pink which would have a match report and all the scores from the day.

    Some logistical operation that. TBF they should get them in to administer the vaccine. No messing about.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,124
    Getting sent round the corner shop to buy gags for your parents and they actually sell them to you, even though your 11....
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • joe2019joe2019 Posts: 1,030
    elbowloh said:

    Getting sent round the corner shop to buy gags for your parents and they actually sell them to you, even though your 11....

    Your parents weren't funny then

  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 18,961

    Libraries.
    Poste restante.
    People turning up on time (being able to text makes it easy not to).
    Knowing people's phone numbers.
    Equipment lasting beyond the software they run
    Seasonal fruit and veg
    Pick your own
    Not being permanently tracked by multi-national companies
    Using cash

    This is still a thing. They have websites now 😉
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Liberal metropolitan, remoaner, traitor, "sympathiser", etc.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,124
    joe2019 said:

    elbowloh said:

    Getting sent round the corner shop to buy gags for your parents and they actually sell them to you, even though your 11....

    Your parents weren't funny then

    Ha, yes. Fags I meant
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • Charlie_CrokerCharlie_Croker Posts: 1,123
    ^ being allowed to say that!
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,124

    ^ being allowed to say that!

    You can still say it at Eton.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • johngtijohngti Posts: 1,116
    I miss school holiday rubbish TV. Robinson Crusoe and Why Don’t You... followed by a day of having to get outside or read a book etc rather than wasting days on video games (kids these days, eh!)
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,143
    The pubs in Wales only having to close on Sunday.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ProssPross Posts: 25,462
    joe2019 said:

    elbowloh said:

    Getting sent round the corner shop to buy gags for your parents and they actually sell them to you, even though your 11....

    Your parents weren't funny then

    Or kinky!
  • ProssPross Posts: 25,462
    rjsterry said:

    Libraries.
    Poste restante.
    People turning up on time (being able to text makes it easy not to).
    Knowing people's phone numbers.
    Equipment lasting beyond the software they run
    Seasonal fruit and veg
    Pick your own
    Not being permanently tracked by multi-national companies
    Using cash

    This is still a thing. They have websites now 😉
    Plenty of PYO around here. It was a great scan, charge people to pick your fruit so you didn't have to pay someone to do it. The ultimate win / win. Naturally grown fruit is so much nicer than imported or glasshouse grown stuff though.
  • ProssPross Posts: 25,462
    Shops being closed on a Sunday meaning a) you didn't get hassled to spend the day trudging around shops and could go on the bike with little grief and b) the roads were far quieter making that bike ride more enjoyable.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 11,841
    Pross said:

    rjsterry said:

    Libraries.
    Poste restante.
    People turning up on time (being able to text makes it easy not to).
    Knowing people's phone numbers.
    Equipment lasting beyond the software they run
    Seasonal fruit and veg
    Pick your own
    Not being permanently tracked by multi-national companies
    Using cash

    This is still a thing. They have websites now 😉
    Plenty of PYO around here. It was a great scan, charge people to pick your fruit so you didn't have to pay someone to do it. The ultimate win / win. Naturally grown fruit is so much nicer than imported or glasshouse grown stuff though.
    Yes, I stand corrected. I probably live in a bit more of an urban area now.

    In terms of changes in personal circumstances creating nostalgia, I really miss travel and living out of a backpack.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 11,841
    The joy of picking up BBC world service on a shortwave radio.
  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 1,608
    Being younger
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,201
    Pross said:

    rjsterry said:

    Libraries.
    Poste restante.
    People turning up on time (being able to text makes it easy not to).
    Knowing people's phone numbers.
    Equipment lasting beyond the software they run
    Seasonal fruit and veg
    Pick your own
    Not being permanently tracked by multi-national companies
    Using cash

    This is still a thing. They have websites now 😉
    Plenty of PYO around here. It was a great scan, charge people to pick your fruit so you didn't have to pay someone to do it. The ultimate win / win. Naturally grown fruit is so much nicer than imported or glasshouse grown stuff though.
    PYO has the bonus having a helping while picking. 😉
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  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 1,608
    Coopster
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 4,124
    Spud guns, Ulysses cartoon, bracken fights, French bangers in dog poo, discarded porno mags in bushes, Raleigh burners, makeshift jump ramps, penny for the guy ...
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,201
    Jerseys for goal posts.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • tetley10tetley10 Posts: 386
    Heating up 2p coins, using a Bunsen, then dropping them in your mates blazer pocket.
    Someone in school getting a porn vid
    Football with tackling
    a lack of pomp and circumstance before a big sporting event
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 44,022
    Getting served in pubs when you were well under age.
    Egg and spoon races/sack races at school.
    Firkin pubs.
    Sliding down snowy slopes on tea trays/poly bags.
    Grandstand video game.
    Peugeot 20GTIs/Renault GT Turbos.
    Banzai.
    The Ramones/The Clash.
    Whippet
    Bruiser
    Panzer
    Commuter

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