This site is dedicated to my adoptive Mum, a selfless woman who devoted much of her life to looking after others, including numerous foster children, myself, her own Mum, my Dad through seven years of illness and her mother-in-law in her old age. All of this and she still managed to go out to work and also run a business - a truly remarkable woman! 

Simplyeighties.com was founded in January 2009 and has slowly grown to become the UK's most comprehensive nostalgia website.

Although this site is edited in Great Britain (and hosted in South Africa), the biggest percentage of visitors are from the U.S. with the UK coming second, Canada third and Australia fourth. However, there are many visitors from other countries, too, and you're all very welcome!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your visit to the website. Should you experience any problems (or have any suggestions) then please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact form on this page. Please note that I will only use your email address to send a reply and it will not be used for any other purpose.

Please do not use the contact form to send spam - No, I do not require Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or wish to pay for articles to be written etc. All articles on this site are written from the heart and from personal memories.

Mark Nobes - Owner and Editor of SimplyEighties.com

Site owner and editor

Name: Mark Nobes

Age: 40 something (that's all you're getting out of me!)

Hobbies: Listening to 80s music, watching classic films, writing, computer programming, reading non-fiction, environmental issues and playing badminton when I have the energy.

Favourite TV Shows: Masterchef, Black Books, The IT Crowd, Steptoe & Son, decent documentaries (Simon Reeve and David Attenborough never disappoint!) and classic comedies.

Favourite Films: The Italian Job, Terminator 1 & 2, anything starring Laurel and Hardy - too many to list here.

Pet Hates: The symptoms of fibromyalgia, arrogance, rudeness, pretentiousness (just be true to yourself), self-important morons, people who judge you or spread negative gossip and lies (find something more positive and constructive to do!) and people who try to interfere with your way of life.

Favourite quotes: "The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before." Albert Einstein.

"You have two choices in your life; you can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct." Alan Ashley-Pitt

What I do at SimplyEighties.com:

As well as creating new pages on a regular basis, a lot of my time is also spent updating and improving existing pages which includes replacing videos that are no longer working, adding extra photos, playlists and info and general tidying up. There is certainly no shortage of pages to sort out.

I'm also continuing to add new pages to my other blogs and post new pictures and links on Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr. Heck, there just aren't enough hours in the day!

By the way, links to all the new pages on the site can be found on the home page, but you probably knew that already.

As for Facebook, well there is now a SimplyEighties page which you can follow - press the "like" button and you will automatically start to follow us - although it's going to take some time to build-up a decent following here.

Sadly, there just isn't enough time to be on every social network. Therefore, I have selected the sites that I am most comfortable and happy with, and give them my 100% undivided attention - in my case this is Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook and Youtube.

Sara Ashcroft

Women's fashion writer

Name: Sara Ashcroft

Age: Never ask a woman her age! (okay, keep your hair on - Mark)

Hobbies: Arts and crafts, fine wine, tennis, badminton, reading.

Favourite TV Shows: Friends and Sex and the City.

Favourite Films: Clueless, Ten Things I Hate About You, Sixteen Candles.

Pet Hates: Pretentiously superior people and narrow-minded people with village idiot minds (ooh, that's harsh - Mark), cheap wine, mince pies, sci-fi.

Favourite Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind." Dr. Seuss

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The Simply Eighties website is dedicated almost entirely to the 1980s, and explores all areas of the great decade. The eighties was a decade that was very much in your face, with bold and daring fashions, crazy hair styles and groundbreaking music videos. The technology was groundbreaking, too, with Sinclair and Commodore bringing computing to the masses.

If you lived in the UK, then apart from Thatcherism, yuppies, miner's strikes, recession, shoulder pads, the mullet, puffball skirts, cabbage patch dolls, the ZX81 computer, Sinclair C5 and mobile phones the size of a brick, the eighties were really rather good!

Seriously, though, the intention of this site is to remind ourselves of what people were really up to in this brilliant decade, using videos and photos wherever possible. Although aimed mainly at a British audience, visitors from other countries should find plenty to keep them amused, too.

Perhaps you were heavily into the music and fashion of the 80s such as the New Romantics like Duran Duran and Japan (maybe you still own a frilly shirt?), or maybe you were more into the 80s rock bands such as Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Europe. Of course, some artists were harder to categorise. Adam Ant took new romanticism to another level and Frankie Goes To Hollywood ruffled feathers with their controversial songs about sex and nuclear armageddon.

I have very fond memories of the eighties. I was at school until 1984, and unlike today, you knew virtually every song in the pop charts. Every week kids up and down the country would eagerly await the new Top 30 charts on Radio 1, with a blank cassette in hand ready to tape each song off the radio - of course, the tricky part was editing out the DJ's voice and joining the songs together!

Anyway, read on to discover what was hot, and what was not so hot in this amazing decade.


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