I was 9 years old when I came from Scotland to South Africa in 1981 with my mum, dad and older skin-'n blister. It was completly daunting for my sister and I. We didn't really know what to expect. I thought I'd see tigers roaming the street and people with bones through their noses.
Mum and dad pretty much sold up everything to come to Johannesburg and start a new life here. It was a bold, brave move. I clearly remember sitting in our empty front room on deck chairs watching the royal wedding (Prince and Princess of Wales aka Charles and Diana) on a teeny wee portable black and white telly.
The one thing my mum and dad did not sell was our toys and books. They were boxed up and shipped and it took 8 weeks for them to reach South Africa.
When the boxes finally arrived at our wee hoosie, it was soopa exciting for my sister and I. We couldn't wait to see our old things. It was like Christmas all over again. We were so happy to see all our familiar stuff. A wee piece of home.
Do you remember the 1980's toys?
|Ker Plonk as we called it|
|Atari TV Games|
|20 cents to play. I had to play until I got Top Score. A proud moment at our local Spar Supermarket.|
|Cabbage Patch Kids|
|My Favourite and it had a wee lift that worked and a wee doggie bush kennel for Spot the Dog|
|Archie Comics. Jughead was my favourite.|
|The Beano Annuals that we used to get for Christmas every year|
What cool stuff do you remember from the 80's?