Merry Christmas, 2008!

Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2009, folks! Here's a 1985 magazine ad featuring the lovely Su Pollard (Peggy from Hi-De-Hi!) and an assortment of toys and games which delighted youngsters at Christmas that year. A Tomy Lights Alive? Care Bears? Trivial Pursuit? My Little Pony? The choice was yours!

Have fun, be good, and see you again in 2009...

1983: Tony Blair - The Shape Of Things To Come...

Daily Mirror, May, 1983...

Pat Phoenix, Elsie Tanner of Coronation Street, was a staunch supporter of Old Labour and here she is with two young election hopefuls, Cherie and Tony Blair and her partner, Tony Booth - father of the aforementioned Cherie and one time "Scouse git" to Warren Mitchell's Alf Garnett.

1988: The End Of The Reagan Era...

On 9th November 1988, American Vice President George Bush beat Democrat Michael Dukakis to become President of the United States. Over here, Channel Four marked the end of the Reagan era by showing four of his films - Bedtime For Bonzo, Desperate Journey and Dark Victory.

Click on the TV Times listing above for more details.
From the Sun, November 18, 1988:

Ronald Reagan danced the last waltz with Mrs Thatcher at an emotional farewell at the Whitehouse.

The world leaders brought down the curtain on their eight-year partnership by sweeping around the ballroom to the sounds of "Hello Dolly".

Husband Denis followed with First Lady Nancy Reagan, applauded by a galaxy of political, literary and showbiz stars.

Mrs Thatcher was visibly moved as Prisident Reagan paid her yet another tribute in the after-dinner toasts.

"We love her," he said.

Nancy confessed: "I was feeling very sentimental and nostalgic and got a little teary during Mrs Thatcher's toast to my husband."

Mrs Thatcher said afterwards: "It was a very emotional moment."

The President yesterday backed incoming President George Bush, who takes over in January, and urged America to give him time to slash the nation's £150 billion budget deficit.