Tag Archives: the 80’s

A British Term that has Foreigners Scratching their Heads

Don’t Get into a Tiswas “Today Is Saturday: Watch And Smile” This was a children’s television program on ITV between 1974 and 1982. I never saw it. tiswas in British English (ˈtɪzˌwɒz) NOUN a state of anxiety, confusion or excitement Collins English Dictionary The … Continue reading

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Though Now Apart, They’ll Be Together Forever in Our Hearts

Ordinary People, Living Ordinary Lives (Bee Gees 1989) This post may seem a bit disjointed, but if you bear with me, its meaning may become clear. But first, I’d like to quote the lyrics from “Ordinary People” (and not the … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013) I lived through half of the Thatcher years in the late 1980’s. This was one polarizing individual. Her downfall was the Community Charge (aka “poll tax”) in 1990. This time of … Continue reading

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The Man Who Had a Private Audience in the Queen’s Bedroom

Michael Fagan (August 8, 1948) You might think it a bit of a cheek for this individual to break into Buckingham Palace and visit Queen Elizabeth II first thing in the morning, just to have a ‘chat’. But he’d come … Continue reading

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Canada’s 17th Prime Minister Held That Office for 79 Days

John Turner (June 7, 1929 – September 19, 2020) His is the story that didn’t turn out the way we all expected it to. His tenure as Prime Minister lasted from June 30, 1984 until September 17, 1984. Then he … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens: an Act of God?

Mount St. Helens Erupts (May 18, 1980 @ 7:32 am PDT) There are some memories that you never forget. This one happened 40 years ago. We were living in Vancouver, BC at the time. At about 7:30 that Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Too Bad (a Personal Memoir)

  If one could choose which course to take, the way would be so much easier to see. But life isn’t like that: most of the time one wanders around in a fog as if his eyes were blind, he … Continue reading

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And Speaking of Going “Back in Time”…

Back to The Future Trilogy (1985-1990) This is my second attempt to write this post. I’m not sure what happened to the first one. Maybe if I went back in time, I could see what I did wrong. (See what … Continue reading

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When Barbra Met Barry

Guilty It was a matchup made in Heaven. These two giants of the music world made a hit album together. It was the staged Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper “Shallow” moment of the 80’s. See for yourself:   And if I had … Continue reading

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Vancouver Christmas Lights 1984

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