Angel’s Slice of the Pie #20: Living La Vida Lockdown

Hope everyone is doing OK after the last few months we’ve had to endure. Lockdown rules are starting to be relaxed in various parts of the world, and this is being met with mixed reactions. Not to mention confusion! Life as we’ve known it these last few months is coming to an end… at least we hope it is. Some people have had a terrible time being stuck at home, not being able to visit their families, socialize, or go to work (for those who love their jobs!) At some point we’ve all felt the effects of having to self-quarantine, especially for the length of time that we’ve had to stay at home.

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How Times Change: Old School Lounge Wear

How many of us these days give much thought to ‘at-home wear?’ And by that we don’t mean holey T-shirts, stained sweaters, and paint splattered jeans! Before the 1990s, at-home wear was a section of our wardrobes that bridged the gap between day clothes and sleep clothes – something seldom seen today – and was so much more than just old clothes that we shoved to the bottom of the wardrobe.

Photgraphed from Littlewoods Catalogue 1978

For decades, stay-at-home clothes – probably classified as lounge wear today – was worn for feeling comfortable while at home, but still presentable enough for visitors (which we know is a definite no-no right now!) Not necessarily worn outside the home, at-home wear consisted of clothes you could wear while working around the house, relaxing, or entertaining guests, and these garments were quite popular probably up until the beginning of the nineties when people became ultra laid-back and casual (and OK, a bit boring – maybe even sloppy!) and didn’t bother so much with specific ‘at-home’ clothes.

We take a look at some of the at-home trends of yesteryear.

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A Thriller of a Series (pt.ii)

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The second part of our review of seventies cult classic mystery and suspense anthology TV show, Thriller.


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Posted by on April 17, 2020 in This, That and the Other!


A Thriller of a Series

At Nostalgia Pie, we love our mystery and suspense TV series and movies. Life doesn’t feel complete unless there’s a whodunnit to solve! If you’re a fan of Tales of the Unexpected or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, then you’ll love Thriller – the British mystery and suspense anthology series that was first broadcast on UK screens 14th April 1973. But despite being a hit in Britain and America, it seems Thriller was given just one repeat on British television before it mysteriously faded away, with a lot of people born after the seventies not knowing much about this amazing show. But Thriller still has a legion of fans and has become something of a cult classic.

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Posted by on April 17, 2020 in This, That and the Other!


Angel’s Slice of the Pie #9: My Vintage Cookbook Collection

Hi Nostalgiacs!

This week’s Angel’s Slice of the Pie has been inspired by a conversation I had with my friend MJ where we were talking about our collection of vintage cook books (I promise you, our conversations are a lot more rivetting than they sound!) It’s no secret that I collect vintage magazines. It is one of my absolute passions and it is through this interest that I met MJ – also an avid collector himself – and a few other people I have become well acquainted with. But what a lot of people don’t know is that I also collect vintage cook books and I get very excited when I find one to add to my collection (I do have a life – honest!)

I don’t know when I made the conscious decision to collect cook books. I was always surrounded by them when I was growing up. In the living room of our very first house in East London, we had book cases which took up almost half the length of our flock-wallpapered through-lounge. You could easily tell which books belonged to whom just by looking at the subject matter..

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A Dedicated Man by the ‘Other Elizabeth Taylor!’

A Dedicated Man, based on the short story by Elizabeth Taylor, starring Joan Plowright and Alec McCowen, was the first episode of a TV anthology called All For Love. It was first shown in the UK in 1982 before being shown on PBS in America as part of their Masterpiece Theatre series.


A workaholic, dedicated to his job and separated from his wife, persuades a colleague to pose as his wife in order to secure a post at an upmarket hotel. The new ‘wife’ gets too involved in the charade which ultimately leads to trouble…


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How Things Have Changed: Keeping in Touch For Ex-Pats

For those of us who live abroad, when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends, there’s never been a better time to live in another country than right here in the twenty first century. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, WhatsApp… every day, it seems, there’s a new app we have to download or a new site we have to use which all the cool kids are using to keep in touch with their mates. Word! And if you really want to go back to being fairly old school, there’s always email and texting!

But way, way, back in the day, even before we had what we thought was the greatest invention since the wheel – good ol’ electronic mail – there were other methods of communicating with our not so nearest but still very much dearest, which at the time were essential for keeping in touch. The problem was that they were either costly or time consuming, which meant that people very rarely kept in touch with anyone who wasn’t family or a close friend. Now we can keep in touch with ;Colonel Mustard; Mr. Bun the baker, and the lady who gets the bus at the same time we used to if we want to, thanks to all those new modes of communication.

We take a look at some of the old school methods of staying in touch, even though there’s not really much chance of us ever using them again… Well not unless nostalgia gets the better of us…

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Every Night is Thriller Night With TV’s Thriller!

And no, we’re not talking about the Michael Jackson classic – as awesome as that is. Instead I’m talking about my latest addiction, Thriller: a British TV anthology series from the seventies created by Brian Clemens, which is all about, er, thrillers. Don’t you just love it when a television show does exactly what it says on the tin? (Or in this case, screen!)


Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the suspense genre, so a TV series that showed individual suspense-filled stories, brimming with mystery and intrigue was right up my street. I watched the first episode – Lady Killer (known in America as Death Policy) and I was hooked! Since then, every night has pretty much been Thriller night for me as I settle down after a long day with yet another thrilling episode. It really is gripping stuff…

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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in This, That and the Other!


My Last Post: Goodbye… But Hope To See You Soon!

Hi Everybody!

From having posted religiously when I first started this blog, I have now gone to not having posted at all for a very long time.

I feel a little bit sad as I write this but this will be my final post on this blog. I’ve enjoyed my time here but all good things come to an end and it is now time to move on. I have great memories of starting this blog, and different posts remind me of certain things that were going on in my life at the time. And it is because of this blog that I have met some awesome people – something I did not expect. So you can understand why I feel a bit emotional as I know that soon I will be logging out of here for the last time. But this blog will still be staying up – I see no reason to remove it so followers can still enjoy it as and when they want to.

However, even though it is the end for this blog, it is NOT the end for Nostalgia Pie!

Instead Nostalgia Pie lives on in what I like to think is a bigger, brighter, bolder, better version. The reason for my absence is that I’ve been spending a lot of time revamping Nostalgia Pie. It’s a lot like what you see here but with more features, more swagger, and a lot more ‘cool’ stuff! Don’t believe me – just head over and check it out for yourself. 

Admittedly, as the new-look Nostalgia Pie is still a baby, it has been experiencing some technical teething issues on and off. I’m ironing out a lot of these but some slight hitches still arise here and there but hopefully in time it will be running smoothly. I’ve been told by my trusty team of testers that how well it works depends on which device you use. Some had better luck on their phones than on their desktops, laptops etc and vice versa. So if it doesn’t work too well on one device, try another. Though hopefully this should all be sorted out ASAP.

And I couldn’t end without thanking all of you for following this blog, your support and lovely comments since I began back in 2012. It’s amazing how many nostalgia addicts there are out there. Thank you all so much – I hope you join me over at the new-look Nostalgia Pie.

Big hugs xx

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in This, That and the Other!


Talking ’bout My Generation: 1998 World Cup England Team

The supporters

It dawned on me today that it’s been twenty years since World Cup ’98. Apart from the realization that I’m getting better at maths it brought back memories of what I consider to be the best match I’ve ever watched – the quarter finals where England took on Argentina and lost thus ending the dream of England taking home the cup. Everyone has their own opinion about what they consider to be the best match they’ve ever seen, and my choice where England got knocked out of the tournament might be considered a strange one – but boy where do I begin???

England captain Shearer, Beckham, Anderton and Scholes… Just some of the greats!

Everyone who knows me knows I’m hardly what you would call sports mad. I don’t know the first thing about football and if you need someone to tell you what the offside rule is, I better not be your phone -a-friend! But the England vs Argentina quarter final game was the very first time that I’d sat down with my family and watched an entire match. The first time I’d watched England play a major game. The first time I realized why it was called the beautiful game; the pride fans feel when they watch their country play, the glory, agony, ecstasy, and everything in between that every football fan experiences. It’s so much more than just kicking a ball around or taking home a trophy. It’s about sportsmanship, pride and honour – all this from someone who still doesn’t consider herself a football fan!

England goalkeeper, David Seaman

I don’t have a sporting bone in my body so I’ll probably never be a fully fledged fan like most of my family. But from that match on, I developed a new-found sense of respect for the game. I may not necessarily support anyone at club level but I’m most definitely an England supporter through and through.

I still remember my family gathering around the living room after dinner to watch the match. My brother was in his England shirt, and my mum who’s even less of a sports fan than me was pretty much jumping up and down with excitement. To this day, I still don’t know if I was watching a football match or a soap episode: team captain Alan Shearer elbowing opponents in the face with a smirk (come on Alan, you know you did!) Sol Campbell ‘s disallowed goal; Darren Anderton running around the pitch like his life depended on it even though  he looked as though he was going to drop. But most shocking of all was David Beckham’s red card after lashing out at Diego Simeone – an incident that many fans feel prevented Glenn Hoddles’ boys from progressing further in the tournament. David got a real thrashing in the press and  I still remember the next day’s headlines: “10 brave lions. 1 stupid boy.” Posh Spice pleaded with the nation to go easy on David, saying that he didn’t deserve to be the most hated man in England. I may be in the minority but I actually agree with her as I think David’s subsequent treatment was very unfair. But hey – that’s just my non-expert opinion!

Honestly, I had no idea football could be so dramatic! And that’s before we even get to that penalty shoot-out. I didn’t realize it at the time but I think most of the nation knew it was over when it went to penalties. Let’s face it – England don’t do too well when it comes to penalties. We would have to wait until 2018 for the ‘curse’ to be broken (thanks Pickford!) But I think I that’s why I loved this match so much – that passion from the England team. That energy, that hunger to win. And to be honest I don’t think I’ve seen it since.

Paul Ince’s disappointment at missing the penalty

What amazes me now is where the last  twenty years have gone – World Cup ’98 was only yesterday surely! Even though the names Vardy,  Kane, Alli, and Sterling are on everyone’s lips, for me I still keep thinking Shearer, Owen, Ince, and Seaman. My parents had Charlton, Moore, Best (yes, I know he’s Irish but he was still one of the top players back in the day!) and Stiles but for me the 1998 England squad plus Gazza – who never should have been excluded – are the players of my generation. Sadly I can’t get my head around the fact that all those players have now retired. Aside from the fact that I realize how many years have gone by, I also realize that I’m old!  But at least that Southgate is still hanging about! Who would have thought back in 1998 that we would see Gareth Southgate leading the future England squad into the semis – the first since 1990? In twenty years time, the kids of today will be looking at the 2018 England squad as the football legends of their generation the same way the 1998 squad are of mine.

The 1998 World Cup was won by the host nation, France. Football may not have come home that year but I know I was a different person by the end of that game. As a Brit now living in America, I still feel that sense of pride in my country and in my national football team. People often talk about which stars would feature in their ultimate band, but if we’re going to talk about the ultimate England squad, then it would be the 1998 line up without any changes. Although at the very least I would have Gaza’s as a sub! I hope the squad tomorrow play with the same passion, fire, and determination as ‘my’ team.

Glenn Hoddle, distraught after the game

Come on, England – you’re almost home!


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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Sport


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