Thursday, 9 May 2013

Now and Then 30 years back and forth : Roy Castle it's all about the nuts!

This post is an entry for the the #SpecialK30 linky on Britmums.

A lot has changed in thirty years one of these things is me and the other is Special K My memories of Special K that as a young child I didn't eat it but I do remember my dad really, really liked the adverts something to do with red swim suits I think..!

SO 1983 saw the introduction of Breakfast time television my parents muttered that will never catch on so thirty years later I am sat here munching my Special K watching yes you guessed it Breakfast television.

The Compact disc goes on sale in UK ... many people are confused as they mutter they can't hear a sound , it is pointed out to them they can't listen to on a turn table ( it is not a record !)

The introduction of the one Pound coin see a decline in people ironing one pound notes ....

Wheel clamps are introduced in London to combat illegal parking thirty years on are they are still at it !

And in 1983 birthday parties were all the rage along with silly hats , fast food eating establishment  that will never catch on .. will it ?

Also 1983 was an era of bad hair cuts notice mine below I am the little girl top left .... what a bad fringe.

Me top left in 1983!

Sir Clive Sinclair is knighted for his computing endeavours I had a Spectrum 48k and I hero-worship him for this, other people however thought different things about the Sinclair C5 a failed mode of transport . But without triumphs and failures we would never evolve !

The blame for this post is due to the fact I got to reading about buying the Guinness book of Records for Christmas this got me to thinking about my letter from Roy Castle.

Yes my dad found two nuts joined together and as you do I wrote to Roy Castle believing it to be a World record. He wrote back ! would the modern stars of today have the time to do that for a child nowadays.

Now Roy Castle didn't have to send me that letter he just did it out the kindness of his own heart. I wasn't trying to blag a free book off him or anything!. A genuine man who had a real talent as a presenter, musician and a human being. And I saw him in 'Singing in the Rain' as well, and met him at some fete or other.

So this is what I was doing thirty  years ago .... a memory made and one that will last forever.

And today Special K The new recipe contains three grains — rice, wheat and barley (previously there were two) — and is made with wholegrain, for a source of fibre as well as 8 vitamins and minerals. It gives health-conscious, weight-watching women  a tastier breakfast.

BUT special K is far more than a cereal it is also a useful ingredient for recipes from chicken nuggets to   taking the old fashioned crumble and swapping the topping to something more healthy.

May 2013 I do smile ! but taking your own picture is quite hard !
And as for the cereal I throughly enjoyed it and I am currently planning my summer holiday swim suit .. red I think don't you ! And also 30 years old I am hoping I can be a Record Breaker and finally get to lose that 6 stone in weight with the aid of Special K.

Disclosure ( I wrote the letter to Roy in  May 1983 I was 10 years old and probably used Basildon Bond note paper and envelope. I used of course a first class stamp!)

This is an entry for the BritMums/Special K “How I’ve changed Linky challenge” 


  1. That's lovely. I bet it wouldn't happen now though. You'd just get a standard letter

  2. aww bless, what a cute story about two nuts. I enjoy reading everyone's posts on the linky, it really does reveal a lot about ourselves.

  3. Great post Claire, good luck with the comp.

  4. Really informative post and wow on the letter! Commenting for BritMums and thanking you for taking part. You need to add the Special K badge to make this a valid entry.

  5. Great post! That's not a bad haircut at all for 1983. Mine was worse/better depending on how you look at it.


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