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Michel wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 07:03

Had Sam and his little mate in the back of the car the other week one evening, telling each other "spooky stories". Sam started off "A long, long time ago.... in 1982"...

Oi! I was 10 then!


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You sir are a mere sapling!!!

In 1982 I was about to go on my first overseas posting and choosing my first ever brand-new car :)

An MG Metro...

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But do you remember what you were doing when you heard that JFK was shot?

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myglaren wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 08:00
But do you remember what you were doing when you heard that JFK was shot?


Yes, I remember it well despite being very little.. I was playing in the garden...

I also remember where I was when John Lennon was shot and indeed which wireless I heard the news on...

Ditto Challenger, Chernobyl, Princess Di's death and 911...

I learned of Princess Di's death whilst nursing baby Sian and watching BBC Ceefax...

Now who remembers Ceefax? Neil, that has to be a topic worth airing in OTCL ;)

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Challenger - I like many other millions of kids was watching it live on the telly! John Craven's Newsround special if I remember rightly. Vaguely remember Lennon being shot and hearing it on the news on my gran's 14" B&W telly. Diana, I was in bed and it was on the news.

9/11 - I was at a work conference in Dublin and had been "out with some Irish sales reps" the night before. As you might imagine it was a *very* late night and I felt *very* rough the next day. I staggered down to the conference about 12pm and was alerted to the events by a panicked phone call from my ex wife. We put the telly on and that was the end of the conference for that day..

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I have no problem with remembering the date of Chernobyl - 26 April is my birthday, and 1986 (July) was the year I was in Yugoslavia.

While still in the teaching business, we tracked the radioactive cloud heading in the UK's direction on some 'home-made' weather satellite reception equipment, which picked up signals from weather satellites (NOAA, Meteosat...) and recorded their FM-band signals on audio-tape. Played back (or run live) the tape produced slow scan tv pictures (2 lines/sec of 625), or could be dumped in a home-made frame-store for quicker viewing later. During all that, two surprising things happened: the Americans found it difficult to muster working satellites (they managed just two), but the Russians "switched on" about a dozen, in a show of technical strength. Going one step further, while most of the Russian satellites were either geostationary or in regular orbit (satellite stationary, Earth rotating below), during the Chernobyl crisis, several Russian satellites became seriously manoeuverable, and turned up (transmitting as they went) in hitherto unknown positions. Days not to forget.

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CitroJim wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 08:29
Now who remembers Ceefax? Neil, that has to be a topic worth airing in OTCL ;)


Discretely deposited on POTD

Regards Neil

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What I find very dispiriting is when I'm on a website where I have to put my year of birth down and I have to scroll an awful long way down a list to find the year!

WRT to Echos and their ilk I'm afraid that they would find no resting spot in my house. I just don't like the idea of something listening all the time. In a similar vein I have some vinyl tape stuck over my laptop camera and my mobile phone spends all its time inside a little lightproof bag.

It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

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CitroJim wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 08:29
... and watching BBC Ceefax...Now who remembers Ceefax?
I certainly do. In fact I had a new (to me) TV which had Ceefax and I had it set to pop up news headlines. It was only a few days later when a message started scrolling across the bottom of the screen about a terrible aeroplane crash in Lockerbie.

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Paul-R wrote:
09 Jan 2018, 10:11
What I find very dispiriting is when I'm on a website where I have to put my year of birth down and I have to scroll an awful long way down a list to find the year!


I'm right with you there :twisted:

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I asked my Echo to play songs by Georgia Dagaki."I'm sorry, I can't find songs by Georgia Dogfood"!



It can't find my Jackie Evancho songs either :(