1980s

What's In A Name?

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

Getting someone's name right is not rocket science; it just requires a slight amount of observation. Anyone else who has an unusual spelling will know the frustration caused by the folk who simply can't see what's right in front of their face. If I had a pound for every time someone has called me 'Maggie' I'd have holiday home in Tuscany.

The Cost of Our Obsession With Computers and Robots

Jared Joffe | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jared Joffe

I've recently been binge watching a show called Halt and Catch Fire. There are many reasons why I'm drawn to it, but perhaps none more so than the fac...

Thatcher, AIDS and Hopelessness: Growing Up Gay in The 1980s and 90s

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself as a result of my experiences of growing up gay in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Indeed, there were other factors in my childhood, entirely unrelated to my sexuality, that exerted negative forces on that period of my life.

Gadzooks Mistress Meaker, Rentaghost Hits 40

Ed Green | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ed Green

Forty years ago this week, hapless newbie ghost Fred Mumford teleported himself into a dustbin, marking the start of Rentaghost. First broadcast on Tuesday 6 January 1976, it became a staple of '70s/80s UK children's TV.

This 80s-Inspired Engagement Shoot Is So Awkward

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you remember a time when perms, Super Mario and high tops were a thing, then you're going to love this. A couple have shared their awkward enga...

25 Things That Happened at My Primary School in the 1980s That Would Never Be Allowed Today

Kate Chapman | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Chapman

Looking back at all the old photos on display reminded me how simple life was back then, and just how different my own school experience is from that of my children. It's inspired me to compile a little list of things that *actually* happened at my primary school in the 1980's - that would never be allowed today, or if they were, I suspect would be severely frowned upon....

Ten Things Our Children Will Sadly Not Experience

Emma Conway | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

OK so with hindsight our lives were a little bit more unhealthy and risky. But it makes me sad as we were free to be innocent. We could run around outside and eat crap and pretend to be Spuggy from Byker Grove, not some polished American beauty queen...

Warning: This Tribute To Blockbuster May Make You Nostalgic For The '80s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Warning: This tribute to Blockbuster video stores may make you nostalgic for the Eighties. Or at least the art of returning videotapes without getting...

Kids Play With 1980s Mobile Phones And Have No Idea What They Are

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Comedy

30 years is a long, long time in technology. Give a bunch of kids one of the UK's first mobile phones from the 1980s and you get some confused reac...

Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Fits Perfectly With This Aerobics Video From, Yes, 1989

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy

And your curiously satisfying video of the day is... this one! Remember how Daft Punk's disco-style 'Get Lucky' fitted perfectly over a 1970s video...

Voga: I Try Out the Madonna-Inspired Exercise Class

Julia Richardson | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julia Richardson

Renata, the instructor, is easily identifiable in with her gaudy Lycra leggings. There are about 15 of us sat on the mats. The group is predominantly female though a handful of guys are dotted around and there is a range of abilities from first-timers like moi, to weekly devotees.

What Does a Free Range Student Look Like? MOOCs, Learning to Be Social, and the Brave New World of Education

Malory Nye | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Malory Nye

It was the early 1980s, and I was in my late teens. There were many certainties at that time - Nelson Mandela would never be free, it was only a matte...

Fitness Classes Through The Decades: 30s To 80s

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As you struggle towards the end of January, and very possibly your annual gym-going journey, we thought we'd remind you how good exercise lovers have ...

'Born to Be Wild': The Golden Age of American Rock - Welcome to the Jungle

James Hale | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Hale

By the 1980's, mainstream American rock music had moved far away from the protest and revolution of the 1960s and was more concerned with sex, drugs, partying and having a good time. All the time. Hey it was the 80s so it was allowed, apparently.

'2013: The Birth of the New New Man' - A Response to GQ

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Apparently 60% of men would consider being a stay at home dad. I find that men who were raised by strong career women have more respect for equality than those who weren't. I have friends who have shared six months each of maternity/paternity leave and friends who will argue that it should be a mother's responsibility. In a progressive society, nothing beats equality.

PICTURES: Five-Year-Old's Adorable Drawings Of '80s Songs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Sam is five - and his mother Lori is, by her own admission, obsessed with the 1980s. Sam's first drawing inspired by the '80s music playing in his ...

What the '80s Meant to Me

Andrew Poppy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Poppy

What were we dancing to back then? Talking Heads' Life During Wartime and Kraftwerk's Computer Love. It sums up a lot. What was I trying to do? To be a composer, musician, artist. To make records like a band or producer would, in the studio but also to be a composer like Stravinsky and Philip Glass - whatever that meant.

WARNING: This 1981 Woolworths Christmas Ad Will Induce Nostalgia

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Remember when festive TV adverts weren't all about gothic weirdness or emotional manipulation? In short: remember when they were like this one abov...

30 Great Things About Growing Up In 1980s Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Comedy

In May, we brought you 30 Great Things About Growing Up In 1970s Britain. So we thought it only right that we move it along a decade, and indulge ours...

WATCH: 1986 In 10 Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Comedy

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 Yo...

Nostalgia - Is It Really What It Used to Be?

Caragh Little | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

'What a good place to be / Don't believe it / 'cause they speak a different language /And it's never really happened to me...' Later in the week, if ...

Pedro Almodovar Is Excited

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Due to the very open and unfiltered scenes of I'm so Excited, it might not get the box-office success of Volver or Broken Embraces. But I consider this film as a masterpiece. A film of many layers. A book of life. An act of solidarity. Highly recommended. Go, watch it and pick up some tips on how to enjoy life.

Did Thatcher Inspire Great Political Cinema?

Mark Hodge | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hodge

Arguably the finest example of Thatcher's Britain captured on film is Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). The director, along with screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, managed to encapsulate pertinent social and economic issues in a truly unconventional romantic comedy.

'The Eighties Ended Today'

Mark Piggott | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

I left school in 1983, the same month Margaret Thatcher won her second election. In my Yorkshire hometown there was disbelief that once again the south had returned to power someone who had transformed the industrial heartlands in much the same way the US infantry transformed Baghdad.

Was Margaret Thatcher a Drag Queen?

Ben Walters | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Walters

Obviously, I don't mean Margaret Thatcher was a man in women's clothing. That's not really what drag is about: it's about drawing attention to the public performance of gender. Like many drag acts, her performance slid between the glamorous, the parodic and the grotesque, but there's no question that it was sensationally successful.