Magic Robot I had this game around the early 70s and was totally amazed by it. Still can't quite work out how it always got the correct answers. However, eventually you got to remember all the answers which made carrying on playing it a bit pointless. Fun while it lasted though.
Just Good Friends Contrary to other people's opinions of this programme, I really liked it when it was first broadcast, and I still find it funny now. The two main characters were very likeable, but for me there was another reason why it appealed to me. This was that the leading actress Jan Francis, reminded me so much of a girl from my class at school a few years earlier, who I had a massive crush on! I never saw her again after leaving school, so when I watch this programme I imagine that my old classmate may look how this actress did when she was a little older. I'm still as soppy now!!
Love Thy Neighbour Bought the complete box set recently, and it's just as funny as I remember. The scene that I found the funniest was when the two male neighbours were leaving home for work in the morning. They worked at the same engineering company, and so came out of their houses at the same time. As they did so the white guy simply said "Morning Sambo" with the black man calmly replying "Morning Honky" It was as though it was the most natural thing in the world to talk to each other like this. Times have definitely changed!
Etch-a-Sketch I had an etch-a-sketch in the early 70s when I was about 10. It was almost impossible to draw anything that even remotely resembled what it was supposed to be, so instead I used to spend days removing every bit of the silver screen so you could see the inner workings of the actual toy. I led a very exciting life as a young kid!
Burton's Potato Puffs I remember these really well from my school days in the early 70s. Had a bag nearly every day and would love to try them once more. My favourites were the beef flavour ones, and I recall having to lick your fingers for ages after eating them to get all the small bits that were stuck to them off! None of today's crisps and snacks are a patch on potato puffs.
Raving Bonkers Fighting Robots I had this game in the early 70s when I was 9 or 10. Loved playing it all the time, and probably overplayed it because after a while one of the red robots arms broke and would only move forward about an inch making it practically impossible to beat the blue robot! Stored it away in the attic and never saw it again. Fun while it lasted.
Popswap magazine I have really fond memories of this magazine, but not for the obvious reasons like the actual pop group features. I recall it because it helped me get my first proper girlfriend! When I was 12 I was reading the latest edition, and got a big surprise when quickly glancing at the pen friend requests at the back of the magazine, I noticed one from a girl in my class at school asking for a male pen friend. Her name was Angela, and i'd admired her for ages without having the courage to tell her. Well next day at school I mentioned seeing her request to her, with her begging me not to tell anyone else. I assured her that I wouldn't, and plucked up the courage to say that the boy she chose to be her pen friend would be really lucky because she was such a nice pretty girl. This resulted in her telling me how fond of me she was, and ultimately with us both having our very first romantic encounter.. with each other! She still got a pen friend, but now she decided on a female one as she felt that she no need to just correspond with a boy when she had a real live one living just around the corner from her who she could see and be with every day. Our courtship didn't last very long because a short time later we were leaving junior school and attending different high schools, and eventually out of each others lives. However, I still have happy memories of those long ago days with my very first girlfriend, all thanks to Popswap magazine!