1980s

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.

I Grew Up in 1980s Britain - But Please Don't Call Me One of Thatcher's Children

Liz Jarvis | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Jarvis

Rather than making me into a Tory, my experience of life in Britain under Thatcher ensured that I would never vote Conservative.

The Legend of the Iron Lady

Holly Black | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Holly Black

The Twittersphere went wild with a torrent of hateful celebrations and equally hateful rebukes. Everyone seems to want to voice a very vocal opinion on how they feel about the death of the Iron Lady. What I find most interesting, and amazing, is that most of these public declarations come from my generation.

Award-Winning Indie Film Shares Story of Young Love

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

Wow. This 43 year old man was transported back to 1982 when I was just turning 13, had my collection of Star Wars figures and finding first love. Filmmaker Andy Dodd has captured that moment beautifully in It's a Love Thing.

Evolution: Chuck Norris and Angry Birds

Trevor Holland | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Trevor Holland

If you spend any amount of time on public transport, particularly in our anti-social, paranoid, abrasive capital city, you'll notice that the vast majority of people neither talk nor look at each other and instead opt to waste away their existences in the soul-destroying cesspool of social media, angry birds, BBC iPlayer and other such pointlessly depressing activities found on smart phones.

Morrissey and Marr, The Severed Alliance: A Potentially Great Biopic?

Daley James Francis | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Daley James Francis

Johnny Rogan's 1992 biography of The Smiths' leading duo and subsequent fall out is a big seller and the definitive take on one of the 80's best loved and most missed bands, at least until Johnny Marr and/or Morrissey release definitive autobiographies. It also has the potential to make a great biopic.

How to Be a Good Wife

Lucy Karsten | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Lucy Karsten

I started the book pre-disposed to hate it, and read it through a haze of increasing envy and rage. It was very good, and she probably wasn't in the year above at all, but had just spent more of her time writing, and less watching ANTM.

Are Cameron and Miliband Going Back to the 1980s?

Tom Wadsworth | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Politics
Tom Wadsworth

History, we are told, is always repeating itself - and it feels to me like we're currently in an early '80s-lite period, at least in politics.

The Lo-Tech Times of Childhood

Helen Spencer | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Spencer

This post is part of a weekly series of 'link-up' Posts which reflect on life's journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info). W...

Regrettable Hairstyles of the 1980s: The Mullet

Helen Spencer | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Spencer

This post is part of a weekly series of 'link-up' Posts called 'Life's a Journey' which reflect on old memories and family stories. I noticed this we...

Weekend Shopping: Fashion Conscious Tech Accessories

Sarah McGiven | Posted 23.05.2012 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

After a series of total tech fails I've finally given in and gone all out for Apple. It's bye bye PC laptop - I will miss your easy backspace key - and HELLO sexy new MacBook Pro.