Eighties kids! Want to enjoy 10 minutes of pure unadulterated nostalgia? You've come to the right place.
Yes, a tip of the (straw panama) hat to YouTuber The Peterson for this wonderful montage of movies, music, TV and video games that came out in 1986.
Form 'Pretty In Pink' to 'Top Gun', from Madonna's bustier to Janet Jackson's shoulder pads, click play, put your espadrille-d feet up, and enjoy a very pleasant reminder that - when it came to pop culture - 1986 really was a very fine year indeed. Well, apart from 'Lady In Red'.
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Figurini Panini sticker albums
Whether you loved football or Disney movies, you could literally lose DAYS filling in your Figurini Panini sticker albums... as well as all your pocket money on buying the packets.
10p mix of sweets
Cola Bottles! Cola Fizz! Other sweets that weren't Cola flavoured! Yes, you could buy a whole bag's worth - and still have money left over for a Wagon Wheel.
Did we completely understand the true genius of The Goodies at the time? Or did we just love their silly jokes, slapstick chases and the giant white kitten? Who cares. They were brilliant.
The most fun - and possibly least practical - form of transport in the 1970s. (Although clearly the kid in this photo is doing it wrongly, as the space hopper's face is facing backwards.)
In the Seventies, we were rich! Rich, we tell you! Or it at least it felt that way, because our pockets and piggy banks were weighed down with half-penny coinage.
A man called Yoffy. A selection of gloves. And lo! You had 'Fingerbobs'. Only 13 episodes were ever made - and yet our memories are engrained with phrases like: "Yoffy lifts a finger... and a mouse is there".
...and his master, Tony Hart, of course. And his mate Chaz. And the nailbrush dog. And all the other wonderful things about 'Take Hart'. But mostly: Morph.
Admittedly, they weren't the most practical item of clothing - especially when you wanted to ride your bike - but still, they went with everything. And by 'everything' we do of course mean knitted vest-tops and clogs.
Dymo Label Makers
If it wasn't nailed down in the 1970s, chances are it got embellished with a Dymo label (with your name on).
Was there ever a sweeter, more gentler race than the Clangers? No. Never. Not even the French come close.
Cassette tape recorders
The machines used to record every '70s mix tape, every home radio show you made with your siblings, and every Top 40 rundown (by placing it in front of the radio).
Because the summers <em>were </em>hotter in the Seventies... weren't they? That's how we remember it, anyway.
"Once upon a time, not so long ago..." we all watched an adorable show about a saggy cloth cat and a marvellous, mechanical mouse organ. And it really <em>was</em> marvellous.
If you wanna be the best... If you wanna beat the rest... Wooah... you've got to watch the inimitable Roy Castle on 'Record Breakers'. As we all did.
There wasn't a week that couldn't be enhanced by the arrival of Jackie magazine. And a problem that couldn't be solved by its agony aunts, 'Cathy And Claire'.
The Bay City Rollers
Loved flares? Loved tartan? You must have LOVED The Bay City Rollers. Altogether now: "Bye bye, baby, baby bye bye..."
Polo mints costing 4p
Imagine how many packets you could buy with your weekly pocket money! (And fortunately back then, the ensuing dental work would be free.)
Multi Coloured Swap Shop
Back when Noel Edmonds wasn't annoying - nor Keith Chegwin, for that matter - we all thought it was great to give things away to strangers. In exchange for something else, of course. Who can forget the 'Top 10 Swaps'?!
The anarchic older brother of BBC Saturday morning TV, the truly cool/hard kids watched ITV's "Today Is Saturday, Watch And Smile". And who can blame them? It had foxy Sally James on it.
Boys loved him for his footballing skills, girls loved him for his hair. Mainly because girls wanted to have hair <em>like his</em>.
Back in the days when albums were games of two halves, album covers were works of art, and inner sleeves contained lyrics. The only thing better than a vinyl record? A <em>double gatefold</em> vinyl record. Oh, yes.
Why Don't You?
Why Don't You... just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead? Or failing that: leave your television on and watch a bunch of middle-class kids tell you what to do. Brilliant!
Pop a disc in! Click through the pictures! Repeat forever!
Through their actions, they taught us to not drop litter, and through their names, they taught us geography. Was there <em>nothing</em> we couldn't learn from the cuddly inhabitants of Wimbledon Common?
A Radio Times for kids, "la la la la la" Look-in magazine was available every week. Just like the jingle said.
Johnny Morris! Doing the voices to animals! TV didn't get much better than this. Well, not until Morris voiced 'Creature Comforts', that is.
They burst into our consciousness with 'Waterloo' and provided ear worms before any of us ever used that phrase. The flares and platforms were just a wonderful added bonus.
Your favourite toy was Little Ted, right? No, wait: Jemima. And your favourite presenter was Brian Cant? No. Fred Harris. Floella Benjamin? And which shaped window did you like best? *continues ad infinitum*
If you were VERY lucky, you had boots like these. If you were less fancy, you had ones that you strapped to your shoes. Either way, they were the best mode of transport for '70s kids (apart from space hoppers).
Bazooka bubble gum
Chew one of these and you could blow the biggest, pinkest bubbles known to man. Swallow one, and it would be in your stomach until 1984.