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ABOUT SIMPLYEIGHTIES.COM

Keeping The 80s Flame alive

This site is dedicated to my adoptive Mum, a selfless woman who has 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 also keeping his transport business afloat) and her mother-in-law in her old age. She has also donated many tens of £thousands to good causes, although she won't thank me for mentioning it as she doesn't want acknowledgement for it. Well, I think it deserves a mention as this is 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 UK and the U.S., with Canada and Australia in third and fourth place, respectively. However, there are many visitors from other countries, too, and you're all very welcome!

Above all else, I hope you enjoy your visit to our nostalgia 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, we 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.

Our other sites:

80s Heaven - 80s photo blog at Tumblr

80sFashion.Clothing - 80s T-shirts and costumes (U.S.)

80sFashion.Online - 80s fashion blog (for the UK and U.S.)

Mark Nobes in his office

About the editor

Hi everyone! My name is Mark Nobes. I am 49 years old and the editor and owner of simplyeighties.com.

Without turning this page into a Curriculum Vitae, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

My hobbies include listening to 80s music, synthwave and electronic music, creating electronic music, ufology, watching classic films and playing classic computer games.

After leaving school, I studied computer science and programming for three years. However, being short of money, I decided to work in my local area in a wide variety of jobs - I've worked on a farm as a forklift driver, in a garage as a car parts salesman, car delivery driver and a petrol forecourt attendant! This enabled me to buy a car and lead a very active social life, at least. I eventually found work in data entry, which soon led to an amazing job programming supercomputers, although not in the local area, sadly.

To cut a long story short, after struggling with an ongoing illness and being unhappy with the painfully long and tiresome daily commute to work, I was left with no choice but to quit the dreaded rat race.

Having excelled at English language and literature, my dream had always been to be a writer, although it was never financially possible. I sometimes regret not going into journalism, rather than computer science, although I enjoy both subjects. My English teacher enjoyed my 'enthusiastic and imaginative writing style' and gave me plenty of encouragement to write, regularly publishing my work in the school magazine. 

Then, just like the shopkeeper in Mr. Benn, as if by magic the internet appeared! At long last, I had the opportunity to express my views and broadcast them to the world, without the financial burden and risks involved with going into print.

Actually, I did write articles in electronic form in the 1990s, and this was long before the internet took off, of course. How was this possible? Well, I ran a home-based computer software company in my spare time selling public domain and shareware disks to Atari computer owners. This included an electronic newsletter on diskette. However, it was never going to earn me a full-time income, and the overheads ate into most of the profits. It was a fun hobby, though, and I met a lot of like-minded people at computer fairs across the country.

One subject that I have a great passion for (and a lot of people over a certain age can relate to) is the 1980s. This gave me the idea to start a nostalgia website, a place where people can visit to rediscover joyful memories and relive their childhood. 

Of course, I know there are many people who would simply like to forget about the past. However, I feel it is absolutely vital that our past history is never forgotten, no matter how bad it may have been, because we can learn from our past mistakes to create a better future for ourselves. Understanding our past also helps us to understand our present. Virtually everything you see, hear, touch and smell has been shaped by the past. Indeed, the very chair you are sitting on while reading this was created in the past!

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 work to sort do.

I'm also posting on social media sites including 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.

Please do come and follow the SimplyEighties page at Facebook where you can find many more memories posted on a daily basis.

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 - fashion writer

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: Narrow-minded people, 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

More about Simply Eighties

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!

But seriously, 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.

Unlike modern times, a great many people knew virtually every song at the higher end of 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, I really am going to stop writing now. No, really! So read on to discover what was hot, and what was not so hot in the amazing decade which was the 1980s.

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