Last Sunday, something AMAZING happened. Like, it was possibly the greatest day of my life. I’m not even exaggerating, because last Sunday, I was followed on Twitter by one of my childhood heroes.
Yep, that’s right. Gordon the Gopher, who’s all set for a comeback after over 20 years out of the public eye, is now following me on Twitter.
I KNOW, right?!
If – like many of my colleagues – you read that and said ‘Who?’ then this may not be the post for you. This post is for the people like me, who remember Gordon the Gopher, and the Broom Cupboard, and the days before Phillip Schofield had grey hair. Yes, there was such a time. See?
But Schofe’s hair isn’t the only thing that’s changed since I was a yoof. So, just to make us all feel like old folk, here are 20 signs we’re not as young as we used to be. I’ve probably forgotten loads, so please share your suggestions too, and let’s all be ancient together…
20 signs you’re definitely getting old
You remember when this was a shock twist.
You reminisce about the Great Storm of 1987, even though you were only five when it happened and you don’t really remember it at all.
You used to actually talk to your best friend on the phone, while sitting in the kitchen or your parents’ bedroom, because that’s where the landline was. And you knew her phone number off by heart, whereas these days you have trouble remembering your own.
You remember when Robbie left Take That, the first time.
When you said ‘I’ll just read to the end of this chapter,’ you had no idea how long that would be, unless you physically flicked forward (which all readers know you should never do).
Especially if you were reading Point Horror – which obviously you were, because everyone was.
You had to plan how to get to places before leaving home, using an atlas.
Getting your photos back from Boots after a three-day wait was literally the most exciting thing ever – until you realised that half of them were rubbish.
You remember when phone boxes were used to call people, instead of just for tourist selfies.
You used to buy a TV guide every week, set the video to record things, and you had to actually watch the adverts.
Oh, and you remember Ceefax.
Compiling a playlist meant hours of going through your tape collection, then figuring out how to use your parents’ stereo system to record the tracks.
You remember when Ant and Dec were PJ and Duncan. And not just the pop band; you actually remember when they played PJ and Duncan in Byker Grove.
Speaking of which, Byker Grove and Grange Hill were your compulsory after-school viewing.
All your favourite movies have by now been either re-made (seriously, why?) or re-released in 3D, at which point all your younger friends get super excited because they weren’t even born the first time around.
You used to eat meals without photographing them from every angle first.
You watched Popstars, and actually cared who won.
Going on holiday used to mean cutting off all communication with anyone back home for a week, except for a postcard. Which always arrived after you got home, and so was essentially pointless.
You researched all your school work using books. At a library.
No matter how many may follow in his footsteps, you know that Colin Firth is the only true Mr Darcy.
What makes you feel old? Let me know in the comments!