Earlier today, we were clearing out our loft… or attic. Technically it’s an attic, but we’ve always referred to it as ‘the loft’ so I’m going to continue with that. Anyway, I found a few things that were quite nostalgic that I thought I might share with you.
1. Action Men
When I was really young, I asked my mother for an Action Man toy for Christmas. She said okay and so when Christmas day came I was really excited. I ran downstairs and mother handed me a box with a smile and said “There you go son.” I opened it and inside was a doll of a man in a suit. I pulled the string in the back and the toy said “10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40…”
I was really confused, so I asked mother “What’s this?” and she said “It’s that toy you wanted… Auction Man.”
A little joke for you there. But no, I did have the ultimate boy’s toy. We had a load of costumes and accessories for him, so whether we wanted him to be an army man or a martial artists we had it covered. We also had a jeep!
I found quite a few toys in the loft, including some old McDonalds toys – one of them being a Mickey Mouse glove, like a full size glove – and my old Batman figures. Oh and Micro Machines! I forgot to take a photo of them, but this is the one we had:
2. Time Capsules
I also found my old ‘time capsule’, along with my brother’s one, which we made in 1999. If memory serves, we got them from some Nestle thing. But the thing is, I genuinely have no idea what’s inside it. It could be eggs for all I know. I could’ve put some eggs in it thinking “I know, I’ll play a practical joke on my future self, so when he opens it, the whole thing will smell of eggs.” and to be honest, I wouldn’t put it past my past self.
3. The Talented Tot
Remember a while back Mike and I appeared in the Birmingham Mail because of the song Vote Gary? Well, that wasn’t my first stint in the newspaper. Oh no. I’ve been in the newspaper a few times, but this one is quite a nice one from the Evening Mail on Saturday 5th April 1997
The story goes that there was a talent show on at my primary school, St. Margaret Mary’s (dreadful place) and I wanted to enter it. I decided I’d sing the Bee Gees song Words, which had not long been covered by Boyzone. But even back then I wasn’t a great singer, so I decided I wanted to also provide sign language for the song. At the time, mother was learning sign language because my grandad is partially deaf, so it was a bit of a novelty for us at the time. So my mother taught me the lyrics and the sign language to the song, and I learnt the entire routine in just under 2 weeks. The caption says 3 weeks, it lies. Now for someone of that age, who was quite shy and had the attention span of a… um… the only short thing I can think of is a Warwick Davis reference, but I don’t want to do that cos he’s a nice guy. Well, I assume he is, I’ve never met him. Anyway, where was I… oh yeah, I have a short attention span, so it was really quite a challenge and I’m rather proud of my four year old self for doing it.
I won the talent contest. I mean come on, I was up against a guy spinning plates and a bunch of dinnerladies dancing to the Spice Girls, so there was never really any strong competition. I think we have the ‘performance’ on video somewhere. I’ll have to dig it out one of the days so we can have a laugh. It’s quite a nice photo of me actually. I like to imagine I’m doing that with my fingers to show him how big my willy was. That’s an odd thought isn’t it, my four year old willy. Probably best to forget that. Anyway, that’s the story and it’s one I’m quite proud of. I can’t believe I did that when I was 4 years old! Jesus, what was I thinking. Boyzone?!