Faded Glory: 25 British Classics That Have Gone Downhill

Nostalgia isn’t just a feeling; it’s an art form, especially when we cast our minds back 25 years in the UK. From the chime of the ice cream van being the highlight of our evenings to the thrill of finding a rare Pokémon card in your packet of crisps, things seemed just a bit brighter. Let’s rewind into what made those days stand out. 

1. TV Theme Tunes

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Back then, TV theme tunes were iconic. You could hum a few bars of your favourite show, and everyone knew exactly what you were talking about. They don’t make ’em like the “EastEnders” drum intro anymore.

2. Saturday Morning TV

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A ritual for every kid (and adult, let’s be honest). “Live & Kicking,” “SM:TV Live” – a golden era of television that made weekends worth waiting for.

3. The Price of a Pint

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Remember when you could go out with a tenner and come home with change after a night at the pub? Those were the days.

4. Football Without VAR

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The debates were about whether it was a goal or not based on the skill of the player, not a team of video analysts dissecting every move.

5. Concert Ticket Prices

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You could see the biggest bands without having to sell a kidney. Now, you need a small loan for the nosebleed seats.

6. Public Transport Costs

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Getting around was affordable, and you didn’t need to take out a mortgage for a train ticket to the next city.

7. The High Street

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It was thriving, bustling, and the heart of every town. Saturday shopping was an event, not just a quick click online.

8. Chocolate Bars

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They were bigger, cheaper, and somehow tasted better. Or maybe everything just tastes better when you’re a kid.

9. Privacy

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Not everything you did was tracked, stored, or shared. The concept of “Big Brother” was still just a dystopian fantasy.

10. Music Stores

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Flicking through albums in HMV or Virgin Megastore, discovering new music was a tactile adventure, not just an algorithmic suggestion.

11. Kids Playing Outside

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Parks and streets were full of kids playing until the streetlights came on, not glued to screens.

12. Sense of Community

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Neighbours knew each other, and communities felt tighter. There was always someone to borrow a cup of sugar from.

13. Letter Writing

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Getting a handwritten letter in the post was a thrill. It’s just not the same with emails and texts.

14. Road Traffic

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You could actually drive through town without factoring in a spare hour for traffic jams.

15. Holidays

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They felt more special before the era of Instagram. It was about the experience, not the photo ops.

16. School Life

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Less pressure, more play. It seemed like there was more time to be a kid.

17. Family Meals

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Families sat down together at the table without the TV on or phones in hand. It was about conversation and connection.

18. Fashion

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Sure, it was questionable, but it was also fun and less disposable. Plus, who doesn’t miss the thrill of baggy jeans?

19. Reality TV

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It was a novelty, not a career path. The charm has somewhat faded now that it’s everywhere.

20. Buying a House

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It was a realistic goal for more people. Now, it’s like chasing a unicorn.

21. Work-Life Balance

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The line between work and home was clearer when you couldn’t carry your office in your pocket.

22. Video Rental Stores

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The excitement of browsing the aisles and picking out a film for the weekend is a lost pleasure.

23. News

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It came at you once a day, not in a relentless 24-hour cycle of doomscrolling.

24. Air Travel

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It was glamorous, or at least more special. Now, it feels more like a bus service with extra steps.

25. Socializing

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It was in person, spontaneous. You didn’t need a three-week notice and a shared online calendar.


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Ah, nostalgia – isn’t it bitter-sweet? While we’ve gained much in the last 25 years, it’s fun to look back at the simpler, perhaps better, times. But who knows? In another 25 years, we might just be reminiscing about how great things were in 2024. Until then, let’s keep the spirit of those good old’ days

25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

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Remember the days when you could freely discuss just about anything without fear of sparking controversy? Well, those days are long gone. In today’s hyper-sensitive world, there are topics so fraught with tension that even mentioning them can lead to heated debates and hurt feelings. 25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

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Ever had a car that spent more time with the mechanic than on the road? A car that turned every journey into a game of “Will we actually get there?” If so, you might just see a familiar face (or should we say, chassis) in our countdown to the most unreliable British car in history. Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

“Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

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Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman has warned that Britain will become “unrecognizable,” criticizing the amount of work visas the Home Office has approved, despite only being removed from her role in November. “Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

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Step into the time machine and set the dial to the 1970s, a decade of disco, bell-bottoms, and some rather questionable choices. While the ’70s gave us iconic music and groundbreaking TV, not everything from this groovy era would get a green light today. 20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

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Navigating the UK university landscape is like deciphering a complex code of rankings, reviews, and reputations to uncover where you’ll not just learn, but truly flourish. Whether you’re drawn to the historic halls of Oxford or the creative buzz of Goldsmiths, finding your perfect fit is about aligning your aspirations with the unique offerings of each institution. 20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

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