You can tell you were a child of the…

James Proclaims (4)

I’ve been thinking of how I can make this blog more popular because that kind of thing really matters to me.

Am I being sarcastic or do I really mean that?

I genuinely have no idea.

Anyway I’ve heard that lists are popular and we all like those lists that remind us about all the cool stuff that was around when we were younger. But not everyone was a child at the same time, so I’ve made a DIY list to suit everyone who ever lived and will ever live.

Well probably not everyone.

I don’t think this would work if you were a child in the 1790s.

But it should suit most other decades quite well.



You can tell you were a child of (a particular decade) if:

  1. You were alive at some point during that decade and could legitimately classify yourself as a child.
  2. You wore a particular style of clothing that is specific to that decade.
  3. You recognise a particular catchphrase of that era and it makes you smile now.
  4. There was a song that was popular then, but hasn’t stood the test of time so isn’t played much now, but you still recognise it and it makes you feel all sentimental.
  5. You owned or wanted to own some toy that was all the rage back then.
  6. You recognise the lyrics to this other song that isn’t the same song as the song we mentioned in point 4 but would nonetheless mark you out as a young person of that era in much the same way. Maybe there was a dance that went with it.
  7. You ate a particular kind of food that is a bit less common now but was hugely popular at that time.
  8. You can remember when it was possible to buy a particular product at a cheaper price than it’s available for now.
  9. Let’s chuck in another catchphrase to bulk up the list.
  10. Sweets (or candy if you’re American) are always popular. You probably ate sweets when you were a kid didn’t you? Reminisce about them now.

There we go. Aren’t we  feeling nostalgic now? Forward this to your friends so they can feel all warm and fuzzy too.

  5 comments for “You can tell you were a child of the…

  1. November 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Great list, I think you’ve really captured the spirit of these things.. I might go and listen to some of my 1790s faves now.

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    • November 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      To be fair the French were producing some pretty revolutionary music back then…

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  2. weebluebirdie
    November 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    A fine generic list 😉 My sweets are Spangles, Texans and Opal Fruits (what’s with the starburst thing???) Creme egg were so much bigger back then. Food is Spam – ugh. I really wanted a Girl’s World – a head to scrawl make-up on style its hair. I liked Plastique Bertrand and his song Ca plain pour moi – and no, this isn’t from the `1790’s!

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    • November 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      With you on the Opal Fruits thing. A bit of me died the day they changed the name…


  3. November 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    By George, I think you’ve done it. This will no doubt become so relevant (if something irrelevant can claim that distinction) that it will be copied the world over. Your claim to fame is now cemented in the minds of authors everywhere.

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