20 signs you’re definitely getting old

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?

Phillip Schofield in the CBBC Broom Cupboard

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.

Photos from Boots

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.

And finally…

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!

 

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14 thoughts on “20 signs you’re definitely getting old

  1. Yes to byker Grove, yes to grange hill yes yes yes to Gordon the gofer!!! Oh thank you for this post!! πŸ™‚ Made me giggle and reminisce so much. I can’t really add all too much, although i remember that after Friends finished South Park would come on and I was band from watching that (holds head in hands) but had to pretend I watched it the next day at school because I was cool like that.
    flo x

    1. Hehe thanks, I had fun writing it and feeling like a granny πŸ˜‰ I didn’t watch South Park either, but soon figured out that as long as I knew they killed Kenny, I was pretty safe, haha. Always great to meet another Gordon fan too – I still have my GtG puppet (although he lost his squeak about 10 years ago)! x

  2. Love this list. No reference to “you remember when connecting to the internet took minutes that felt like hours, and you had to listen to random white noise for no apparent reason” though? πŸ˜›

    Also I loved “Point Horror”. There was an amazing story about a vampire that granted wishes, and one that basically prefigured I Know What you did Last Summer (Chain Letter?).

    See, now you’ve made me want to re-read them. Which is not good because I have three shelves of “to read” books, and when I took a week off recently to get through them I ended up buying fourteen new books in a historical detective series. So I really don’t need umpteen Point Horror books on my wish list. Oh, but there they are.

    Damn you Liz and your happy blog! Why can’t you be miserable like all of the other internets?

    1. Ohh yes the internet one is a good one, forgot about that! And I know what you mean about Point Horror, I want to read them all again too. I remember one called The Train that had a really good twist at the end…

      Sorry for adding to your wish list. I would say I’ll try and be more miserable in the future, but where’s the fun in that? πŸ˜‰

      1. 21. You remember when the twist in a story about a train wasn’t “it arrived on time, with ample seating” πŸ˜‰

        Mind you, I’m not sure that was ever true. And I probably shouldn’t say things like that now I work for Department for Transport πŸ˜›

  3. There’s lots of things that make me feel old because, well, I guess I m quite a bit older than you (which, among other things, is why it’s great to read your posts)! Another minor difference is that I live in the U.S., so I mostly have no clue what you’re referring to: I hadn’t even heard of Paddington Bear until last year. So, in the spirit ot international cooperation, here are a few US-type things in the same vein: 1. When every family on your street didn’t own 2 or 3 cars. 2. When it was possible to reach actual countryside before traveling for an hour and a half. 3. When you could stay at a decent hotel room in NYC for under $400. 4, When people went places that were 3 hours away by car, rather than flying. 5. When the first computer you were given at work was treated by the IT department like a piece of jewelry. 6. When Icelandic Airlines was the cheapest way to get to Europe. 7. When nobody worked out. 8. When coffee came off the shelves in cans. 9. When people said hello if they passed you on the street. 10. When all of the great actors and actresses were Brits – which is still the case!

    1. Ah yes it did occur to me as I was writing that it’s quite UK-specific! If it helps, most of the things I was excited about back then we’re really not that great. Except Gordon the Gopher, who’ll always be a legend πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your US-specific suggestions – the car one is relevant here too! πŸ˜‰

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