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When you know you’re getting old

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THE YEAR 2011: One score and seven years ago…

I COULD sit here, stare at you through the screen, and tell you that age is only relative; that’s it’s not how young you look but how young you feel; that we are all “young at heart” – eighteen til we die. But let’s not beat around the bush. If you were born in the 80s the following factoids may give you a wake up call to how old you actually are.

  1. It’s been 10 years since 9/11.
  2. Facebook has been around for 7 years.
  3. The “new” Millennium is more than a decade old.
  4. Windows XP was released TEN years ago, in 2001.
  5. The first Harry Potter book came out 14 years ago!
  6. Pierce Brosnan last acted as James Bond 9 years ago.
  7. The first season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S was aired 17 years ago!
  8. Sean Connery is 80 (81 in August) years old and retired.
  9. Mother Theresa and Lady Diana have been dead for 14 years.
  10. The Matrix came out 12 years ago, Keanu Reeves is 46 today.
  11. ‘Kids’ born in 1993 can legally drive, drink and vote this year.
  12. Bryan Adams’ cult song “Summer of 69″ was released 27 years ago.
  13. Kids whom you remember in their diapers are now posting their pics on Facebook.
  14. Macaulay Culkin turns 31 this year August. “Home Alone” came out over 20 years ago.
  15. Terminator 2 is 20 years old. Edward Furlong who portrayed kid John Connor is 33 now (34 in August).
  16. The youngest Spice Girl is 35, the oldest Backstreet Boy turns 40 this year, Gwen Stefani is 41, Madonna 52.

I’m still struggling to get over how old Macaulay Culkin is turning this year. That and how grown up people born in the 90s actually are.

Happy Friday!

Cartoons of my childhood (the 80s)

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There’s almost nothing better than reminiscing over one’s childhood and remembering all the cartoons that we were brought up on, especially the ones that made us into the strapping men and caring women that we are today.

There are also no cartoons better than the hand-crafted animations of the 80s, which make today’s cartoons look rather crappy by comparison. The following make me slip into a nostalgic state and give me the urge to run around the garden naked climbing trees again. What? That’s not weird. It’s called my “inner-child” – eveyone has it… don’t they?

Gummi bears

They are the Gummi Bears

Gummi Bears has got to be one of the most popular cartoons of its time. People at varsity were constantly downloading episodes during exams. It also has one of the most loved theme songs ever – I’ve heard it in ring-tones. What we would have given for a pint of that drug concoction known as ‘gummi berry juice.’

Ducktales

Ducktales, whoohoo

Who ever thought ducks could be cool and more appealing on a television set than on a dinner plate. Huey, Dewey and Louie were the coolest kids on the block (Duckberg). They had a stinking rich uncle, Scrooge, and the coolest pilot ever, Launchpad, who were always taking them on wild adventures.

Chip n Dale

Chip n Dale

Who can forget the lovable chip-monks Chip n Dale – Rescue Rangers? Chip was the smart sleuth that we all aspired to as kids, while his doff sidekick, Dale, reminded us of our best friend in Junior school. That gadget-oriented female, (Gadget?), was a quite a looker too my mouse standards.

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain“Wha we gonna do tonight Brain?”

“The same thing we do every night Pinky… try to take over the world!”

One of my personal favourites. Pinky and the Brain – the two mutated lab mice who were set on world domination. This made up a significant part of my childhood and persona, and I can still impress girls today by singing the theme song by memory.

The smurfsLet's smurf

I’m sure we all remember those little blue creatures called smurfs with all their hidden sexual innuendos. I’m also certain that we were all equally convinced that they lived somewhere in our enchanted back-yards. A little weird by today’s standards methinks, but brings back some fantastical memories nonetheless.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesHeroes in a half-shell - turtle power!

And who can forget these guys? The heroes in a half-shell were every boy’s role-model. I was a huge fan – my favourite turtle being the pizza-loving Michelangelo (orange one). My brother’s favourite was Donnatello (purple) – the sharp, computer-literate one. I remember the day we sat on Santa’s lap for the first time and he bestowed upon us Ninja Turtle outfits as Christmas presents. Mine was a Michelangelo one; my brother’s – Donnatello. I have believed in Santa Claus ever since.

Tintin

Tintin

I’m still not quite sure what my fascination was with the weird Belgian cartoon Tintin, but I remember waking up at 7am every Sunday morning and running to the couch with a duvet to catch Tintin and his somewhat annoying dog Snowy in an adventure. Perhaps I secreted wanted to be a reporter when I grew up… Nonetheless, the cartoon has a great 1930s European feel to it and is still great to watch today.

Don’t you feel all those youthful, care-free energies coming back to you? What joy! I thought this would be great 100th post…

Okay, back to work now…

Happy Friday! 🙂