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Started by Shadrack22 on Nov 14, 2021 11:05:36 PM
It’s Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996

There’s no internet yet, no DVR. What are you doing on a Saturday night?

Ginmonkey - 15 Nov 2021 16:59:37 (#21 of 66)

There was internet as I started university in October 1996 and the computers in the library and 24 hour computer centre had internet. But It was not used much for social stuff.

Only well off students had mobile phones. I didn't get one until my first proper job in early 2000.

solomongursky - 15 Nov 2021 16:59:52 (#22 of 66)

Taking speed in Soho probably.

ReverendBlueJeans - 15 Nov 2021 17:01:55 (#23 of 66)

There was internet wasn't there?

Aye, most of us had it at work, but at home ? What is this, scifi?

HouseOfLametta - 15 Nov 2021 17:02:48 (#24 of 66)

Hey, you could go to an Internet Cafe and chat to someone in Kuala Lumpur!

kvelertak - 15 Nov 2021 17:02:53 (#25 of 66)

There is internet, I've been localising course materials on it as part of an internship. None at home yet, but dial-up modems are lurking in my future.

ReverendBlueJeans - 15 Nov 2021 17:04:11 (#26 of 66)

Think I was still on an Amstrad PCW256 at home, but I could sometimes anticipate Covid by taking a hefty laptop home to work.

Tadagee - 15 Nov 2021 17:06:32 (#27 of 66)

Probably somewhere like the Fridge in Brixton or an iffy east London warehouse, somehow finding the energy to stay up all night. It was amazing how much energy to do stuff like that I used to have back in the 90s.

<whistles innocently>

FrankieTeardrop - 15 Nov 2021 17:29:24 (#28 of 66)

That energy is still available these days

Shadrack22 - 15 Nov 2021 17:44:21 (#29 of 66)

For those who were at home on the evening of Saturday 16 November 1996:

BBC1: 17.55 Jim Davidson’s Generation Game (Tonight's guests are comedians Cannon and Ball, and antiques expert Eric Knowles), 18.55 Noel’s House Party, 19.50 National Lottery Live (Tonight's guest is Canadian singer Bryan Adams. Hosted by Bob Monkhouse), 20.05 Casualty, 20.55 News, 21.15 The Substitute (Thriller starring Amanda Donohoe), 22.40 Match of the Day (with Des Lynam, Trevor Brooking and Alan Hansen), 23.50 The Stand Up Show (guests include Ed Byrne).

BBC2: 17.25 TOTP2, 18.15 The Huw Weldon Memorial Lecture, 19.00 News, 19.15 Assignment (interview with General Alexander Lebed), 20.00 What the Papers Say, 20.10 The Road from Jarrow (Sir Bernard Ingham visits Langwith, a Leicestershire wedding and Leeds and discusses unemployment and the decline of society with Dennis Skinner and Polly Toynbee), 20.40 The Car’s the Star (Quentin Willson takes a nostalgic look at the Citroen 2CV), 21.00 Have I Got News for You, 21.30 Dallas Doll (Comedy-drama concluding the current run of Screen Two dramas), 23.10 Later with Jools (the Beautiful South, Metallica, Catatonia, Horace Andy and Donovan).

dmlc133 - 15 Nov 2021 17:44:39 (#30 of 66)

Playing Championship Manager.

Zugunruhe1 - 15 Nov 2021 18:03:40 (#31 of 66)

We'd either be out watching a band in the town centre punk/grunge pub or staying in with a takeaway and rented video. There also a good chance that we would nip out to the local for the last hour.

Atticus - 15 Nov 2021 18:13:11 (#32 of 66)

Ed Byrne!

browserbutton - 15 Nov 2021 18:56:28 (#33 of 66)

Internet wasn't much of a thing in 1996, compared to going to the pub.

ReverendBlueJeans - 15 Nov 2021 19:17:06 (#34 of 66)

Of course, pubs were the Twitter of 1996.

- 'Ad your flu jag yet?

- Flu jag? Poison myself to help Big Pharma make profits? Not a chance. Flu's a myth anyway. Bloke who was in here last week explained it to me.

mingmong - 15 Nov 2021 19:24:51 (#35 of 66)

A low point. I was back living with my parents, having fucked things up in various ways (financially, socially and career-wise). It was probably around this time I met up with a old uni friend for a drink. I remember noticing how when we met he adjusted his face from a good-natured smile to a bad-tempered frown, presumably mirroring the expression he saw on my face.

Shadrack22 - 15 Nov 2021 19:35:03 (#36 of 66)

Either watching TV with my other half at her house in NW Leeds or out drinking with her somewhere like the Feast and Firkin. This was six years before she gave up alcohol. Not a great phase. My father had died just over a year before, I was doing a poorly paid drudge job in university admin and we had problem neighbours. She’d had the house on the market for about eighteen months and at times we thought we would never get away. I was thirty.

Lawlsie - 15 Nov 2021 20:28:23 (#37 of 66)

He properly broke my heart. I haven't had a relationship since

Really sorry to hear that Static. Some wounds go so deep they can never mend.

phantlers - 15 Nov 2021 20:54:11 (#38 of 66)

I would have been at home, the one I live in now, and my then two and three year olds would have been with me for the weekend. I would have been blissfully happy to be with them but that would evaporate by Sunday evening by which time they'd be back at their mum's. I would then be in the same boat as dear Static.

Lawlsie - 15 Nov 2021 21:00:05 (#39 of 66)

Oh that's sad. Sorry to hear that.

whitbreadtrophy - 15 Nov 2021 21:12:29 (#40 of 66)

I had a Demon account at home. However, I checked my 5 year diary for then and I was eating at The Standard on Hanbury Street off Brick Lane.

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