THERE may be no future in nostalgia but it's still good for a laugh.

Dave Townend sent these aide memoires for those of a certain age, and a reason for younger folk to smile fondly at how daft life in days gone by must now seem.

Remember when: All the girls had ugly gym slips; it took five minutes for the TV to warm up; nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school.; nobody owned a purebred do; your mother wore nylons that came in two pieces; all male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels; when a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car and people went “steady”. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

Summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder and liquorice sticks.

Do you remember Blackjacks and bubble gum, Hi-Fi and 45 rpm records, 78 rpm records, adding machines, Scalextric. When decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-moe”, catching tadpoles could occupy an entire day, the worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was chickenpox, cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle, water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

“With all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?” says Dave.