So, where to start? Well, I'm not going to go back to the 1970's and...actually, why not? I was a child of the 70's and those times were some of the happiest for me. My childhood was great! We had no Playstations or Xboxes, no TV's in our rooms (got a black and white portable sometime in the 80's, I remember watching 'Brookside' on it) and certainly no satellite channels! God no! We had to actually get up out of our seats to turn the TV over but, to be honest, that wasn't actually something that happened a lot. I mean, we only had three TV channels so the choice wasn't exactly epic was it? And when it came to kids' TV we were limited beyond belief compared to what they've got these days...I can see it happening, I'm about to utter those words that mean you've definitely hit middle age - "kids these days, they don't know they're born!" I can't help myself, because it's true! But I do think the quality of programming was better then. 'Multi-coulored Swap Shop' and 'Saturday Superstore' were classic programmes that kick-started our weekend, and when we got home from school (a place we walked to and then walked back home from, no lifts from parents for us) we had 'Cheggars Plays Pop' and Mike Reid's 'Runaround' - quality TV! And who could forget 'Crackerjack'? You knew it was Friday afternoon and you had two fabulous days off school when 'Crackerjack' hit the screens. Mind you, it all went a bit down hill in the summer holidays when all we got were repeats of 'The Monkees' then some middle-class kids on 'Why Don't You' telling us to "get up and do something more interesting instead", which we invariably did, turning them off and going outside. We went outside a lot back then. We had bikes and we used them, even if it was just to go to chip shop on a Friday night to get a bag of chips and batter before 'It's A Knockout'! Good times!
I could totally immerse myself in that world, the story took me away from everything and I loved that, being able to picture another world so far away from mine. They lost me a bit with Lacrosse but I was brought up working class. Lacrosse was never going to be a big part of my life.
That was the beginning for me, those books and many others - although, thinking back, it had probably started even earlier than that with the Ladybird books and Topsy & Tim back in Primary School - but my love of reading and writing began very young. That love of being transported into another world, into a story that let you be a part of it, I adored the fact that I felt that. I hated putting books down, I hated not finishing a story once I'd started it and I think that was when I knew I wanted to write. I wanted to be able to transport people to another world (Jesus, I'm sounding like Doctor Who now...oh God, don't get me started on that, I'm still traumatised at David Tennant's departure...) or at least just give them something good to read. And I'd like to think that I'm finally achieving that, or hopefully I will in time. But it's thanks to my childhood passion for books that I'm doing this at all. That and the fact that most of the 70's was spent outside, making up stories of our own and playing them out; it was fun. So, yeah, the early years were good ones. The 70's were cool. Was I still having fun in the 80's? Well, you'll have to hang on to find out...
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