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1985 was a bit of a tangle of ups and downs. I got a nephew, and got bitten by a pair of Alsatian dogs, in the space of about a week. Most eventful March ever! Not sure that I recommend it, but it did lend a bit of variety to proceedings. I was told by the nice doctor that I shouldn't do PE at school for a few weeks (this was a Saturday), only to arrive at school on Monday, and be told "Don't be so silly, you're fine," by the teacher. I was fine, to be perfectly fair, but I was rather looking forward to escaping yet another Rounders match! And country dancing. Does every school do country dancing, or were we particularly 'lucky' to be blessed with it? Once a week, tables to the side of the room, find a partner, and do-si-do. And if you don't know what do-si-do-ing is, you don't know how lucky you are. *grumble*

Otherwise, it was one of those years where everything seemed to be going on. Live Aid happened, although I wasn't allowed to watch it, because pop music. Mikhail Gorbachev took over in Russia, and the world was going to blow up again, until everybody realised that he was actually quite nice. Most of the Middle East actually did blow up, but we were only supposed to notice when they were kidnapping Westerners. I think this may have been the year when I started properly noticing current affairs - probably not coincidentally also the year that I was given a radio for my birthday, and instead of it being background noise, it became a huge chunk of my life, regular news bulletins and all. Radio 1. 1063 - 1089 MW. And yes, I can still sing Peter Powell's weekend breakfast show jingles. I won't though. I have no desire to risk traumatising the neighbours.

What else happened in 1985? Phillip Schofield and Galloping Galaxies! (one of those is remembered fondly by much of the country, the other is remembered only by about three people. I won't tell you which is which). The truly great Edge Of Darkness debuted that year, but I wasn't allowed to watch that either. Not because of pop music though. (We didn't do drama, because Dad didn't like it. Any of it). Seriously, if you have not seen Edge Of Darkness (and I'm not talking about the Mel Gibson movie, obviously), then seek it out by fair means or foul, and watch it. Immediately. Even sooner than that if possible.

But otherwise, it was the year of a-ha. They'd been trying for a fair old while with Take On Me, but it took that video to give them the kick start they needed. And then they were off. First time I've ever followed a band from the beginning, and they're just as great now. I like a-ha.

a-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV:

Aswad and Bubbling. They were yet to make it big in 1985 (that happened the following year), but Peter Powell was a massive fan, so I probably woke up to this a fair few times:

And one of my favourite songs, released this year. Yep, it's that Weinberg fellow again.

That singer he hangs out with is pretty good too. He might become famous one day, if he keeps trying.


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Dec. 2nd, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's my favorite A Ha song! :D
Dec. 2nd, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
It's great. I don't know that I have a favourite, but it's certainly one of mine.
Dec. 3rd, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
The Take on Me video was revolutionary, wasn't it? I was in awe ... still am ... I like it! :D
Dec. 3rd, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
It is pretty cool. Nice how they finished the story in the "The Sun Also Shines On TV" video too.
Dec. 3rd, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
I thought the vid to 'The Sun always Shines on TV' was ace at the time! My brother had it on 12" I made him play it a lot.

I liked rounders as it didn't matter if you were rubbish or not. I was always last to be picked though! I think we did country dancing for a month or so.
Dec. 3rd, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
I was extra rubbish at Rounders. Tiny bat, tiny ball, and I'm supposed to make the two be in the same place at the same time?! Like hell. Fortunately, at primary school it didn't matter, no!
Dec. 4th, 2015 09:47 am (UTC)
We did country dancing, but it was just one teacher and he was great, and I liked it much better than any other sports we were made to do. But then he didn't tell us to do-si-do, he told us to pretend he was a maypole, which required some serious imagination. On crackly records, with him calling things out in the most Devonshire of Devonshire accents you can imagine. We did it for like one year or term in school, and then I went to the country dancing club after school sometimes and nearly got injured by doing the Flying Scotsman. :-)

*puts hand up as one of the 3 people who remembers Galloping Galaxies!* (I've still got a half-written Yuletide fic for that somewhere, which I suppose accounts for all three of us, as you weren't the person who requested it.) (I know you didn't mean Philip Schofield as everyone I knew liked him, even my Granny.)
Dec. 4th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Another country dancing victim! I think we did it once a week throughout junior school. Theoretically I should have got pretty good at it after all that time, but if I'm honest I'd still very likely trip over my feet, if not somebody else's!

I love the idea of requesting "Galloping Galaxies!" fic. Bravo, whoever that person was.
Dec. 5th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
Ha, I always assumed the Galloping Galaxies! person was an flister of yours, as they linked to your post with the vid in. That was how I knew you existed on LJ. I stalked you slightly after that for a while (and then I stopped; it wasn't scary stalking). But, yes, at least we can be sure that there are/were three of us!

I don't think I ever really got good at country dancing, but being willing and not falling over seemed to do, and it was better than the humiliation of being terrible at all sports that involved any co-ordination and a ball and people getting annoyed at you.
Dec. 5th, 2015 08:51 am (UTC)
Yes, but you still need a partner in country dancing! And that can be just as bad as when they're picking teams for the things with balls and people getting cross.

Your Yuletide person probably didn't know me from Adam. I've often got thank you notes from people who have gone manically searching, and then used old posts of mine as part of their Yuletide letters! It's nice to see the lesser known fandoms getting their five minutes in the spotlight, sort of.
Dec. 5th, 2015 09:50 am (UTC)
Hee, you're a public service! :-)
Dec. 6th, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
Phillip Schofield and Galloping Galaxies! (one of those is remembered fondly by much of the country, the other is remembered only by about three people. I won't tell you which is which).

I'm guessing Galloping Galaxies is the three person fandom, as even I remember Phillip Schofield. I even remember hearing about when he had to have an emergency appendectomy and (I think) he did a show from his hospital bed.

A-ha! and The Sun Always Shines on TV. It's true! Especially in Australian soaps where it never ever rains!
Dec. 6th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
"Galloping Galaxies!" is indeed the three person fandom. You definitely had to be there! It was written by the "Rentaghost" guy, and was set on a spaceship. Kenneth Williams played the ship's computer, believe it or not. It was complete nonsense. :)
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