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cathy Sat 13-Apr-13 20:43:36

I never got to buy little girls magazines and I really did want to, you know the type, Jackie Magazine etc. My Dad thought such things were a waste of money.

The thing is I was in a Supermarket today and I was looking at a Tracey Beaker/Jacqueline Wilson Magazine and it had lots of little gifts with it.

I really wanted to buy it and very nearly did, then I was snapped out of my idiosity by a little girl that excitedly picked up a little girls magazine.

I am not sure if wanting to have such a magazine, now at my age is stupid or not, I would really be interested in your opinion.

shysal Sat 13-Apr-13 20:51:22

It was about as stupid as me wanting eyelashes for my car headlights! I compromised and bought angel wings and halo to surround the boot logo instead. It is easy to forget how old we are isn't it? I love the girls' magazines too, I was only allowed 'The Girl' when I was young, because it was sensible!

annodomini Sat 13-Apr-13 20:59:09

We weren't allowed comics like the Dandy and the Beano. I used to read them in my music teacher's waiting room and at the dentist's. On Sundays we went round to Granny's and read the comic strips - Oor Wullie and The Broons - in the Sunday Post. And we too were allowed to have The Girl. I remember the first ever issue and getting a 'gold' badge of the Girl logo. We also had the School Friend. What was the strip on the front of that? Was it the Silent Three?

Enviousamerican Sat 13-Apr-13 21:00:35

No! Of course not! age I feel is more life experience.I remember,maybe 20 years ago,I bought myself a large box of crayons and a coloring book.I loved it as a child.I have to admit it didnt thrill me like I thought it would and I'm not sure I even finished a picture. a few years ago I found on eBay a golden book I had as a child and bought it. It's not often little things can bring such pleasure. buy the magazine or at least skim through it!

Deedaa Sat 13-Apr-13 21:01:26

I am currently collecting the model horses I couldn't afford when I was at school. (Of course they are "collectables" now - not toys) I'm working on the theory that I haven't got that many years left so I might as well have things I want. I do find my grandson a wonderful excuse for buying books and comics and re watching favourite children's films.

Isn't it rather like those TV programmes where they took elderly celebrities back to the fashions and surroundings of their youth and found that they were really rejuvenated? I think giving in to your inner child probably pushes old age aside for a while.

nanaej Sat 13-Apr-13 21:12:24

I was very lucky as my grandpa worked for DC Thompson and so he brought comics home and pockets full of the freebies too!
I just find it sad that most of the comics today are simply a commercial extension of TV/film and with no characters /stories in their own right. Also the plastic tat stuck on the front to tempt buyers are not genuine freebies as they are on every publication and contribute to the cost!

harrigran Sat 13-Apr-13 22:43:29

My sister and I had one comic each but we used to swap with others in the street. the boy next door got the Eagle so I read that too. DH's uncle had a newsagents and all the leftover comics were left at his Grannies where he and his 72 cousins could read to their heart's content, I wish I had known him sooner smile

Hunt Sat 13-Apr-13 22:51:45

Recently bought a DVD of the first film I ever saw(I was 5 at the time).It was Heidi with Shirley Temple. Sat and watched it with my DD who was so impressed with it that she bought Shirley Temple's autobiography when she spotted it in a charity shop. I shall be reading it with great interest when she has finished with it. My ''comic'' was the Girl's Chrystal-few pictures in only two colours and lots of lovely stories.

vampirequeen Sun 14-Apr-13 08:47:01

You're never too old for anything. Why do we have to be sensible and grown up? I've done my being forced to be grown up bit with my ex so for the last few years I've been growing down. It's much more fun.

Zengran Sun 14-Apr-13 09:04:50

Give in to your inner child I say! Life is too short to be grown up ALL the time ! smile

Nonu Sun 14-Apr-13 09:15:40

How wise Zen.


wisewoman Sun 14-Apr-13 10:41:51

It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Enjoy!

Gally Sun 14-Apr-13 10:58:36

When I was at home I had Robin and then progressed to Girl. When away at school comics were not allowed but I was allowed to have Look and Learn - oh what I would have given for a copy of Jackie or some other totally 'unsuitable' magazine! (that was before a brown paper covered copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover did the rounds of the boarding house grin)
I plan to read all my collection of Heidi books before I pass them on to the GD's. I was Heidi, sleeping on a straw mattress, following Peter up the mountain with the goats and befriending Clara wink

FlicketyB Sun 14-Apr-13 11:36:45

There were no comics in our house until my father came home from the war, as well as Girl and the Micky Mouse comic we also got Dandy and Beano, but whether the last two were for us or our father I now have severe doubts!

At school the nuns didn't like comics but as some girls parents sent them Girl, School Friend and another whose name I cannot remember, they were tolerated. Like you Galen Lady C made the rounds in a brown paper cover.

DGD is just coming up to 6 and DD and I are finding that a good excuse to revive our love of the books by E Nesbit and Frances Hodgson Burnet and as she loves her ballet DDiL and I cannot wait to reread Noel Streatfeild.

Eloethan Sun 14-Apr-13 11:41:24

cathy I wasn't stopped from buying comics like Bunty, Jackie, (was there a comic called Petticoat?) etc. etc., but my Dad was always very disapproving and used to get me things like Look and Learn and the Children's Newspaper. He was only trying to get me interested in something more "worthy", but, thinking back, it had the reverse effect at the time.

If you feel you want to experience what you missed out on in childhood, I don't see why you shouldn't. Perhaps we should all do that.

I used to love Norman Wisdom films. Watching them now, I think they're very silly but there are still bits that make me laugh. I've still got an old diary in which I wrote in great detail about going to see "In Search of the Castaways" with Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier.

ginny Sun 14-Apr-13 12:17:36

Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional. wink

feetlebaum Sun 14-Apr-13 12:27:30

nanej - "I just find it sad that most of the comics today are simply a commercial extension of TV/film"

You're right, of course - but then we had Radio Fun and Film Fun in the forties and fifties!

My father bought the comics for us: when very young it was Playbox and Chicks' Own -then we graduated to Mickey Mouse Weekly (2d) - Dandy and Beano (of course) - then I would swap one of those for Knockout - finally The Wizard (which was all text stories). That would be traded for Champion, Hotspur, Rover... and Dad would pass his library books to me before taking them back, so aged eleven I was into Damon Runyon, Rex Stout and to a lesser degree, Zane Gray.

The girls I knew favoured Sunny Stories, I recall...

feetlebaum Sun 14-Apr-13 12:32:29

Eloethan - oh lor' - Arthur Mee's Children's Newspaper - so worthy it creaked! As indeed did Arthur Mee, I imagine...

nanaej Sun 14-Apr-13 13:06:20

My brother was bought Look & Learn! but think he also got to see Beano & Dandy!

Gally Sun 14-Apr-13 13:11:22

Look and Learn was soooooo boring, particularly as it was allowed and the others weren't!

LullyDully Sun 14-Apr-13 14:00:38

How funny.... we were also only allowed Girl and Eagle more educational. If we were ill we were allowed puzzle books I loved them. I still love puzzles.

One of the joys of being a primary teacher was still being able to play, use clay and paint etc... not to mention read lovely stories and sing silly songs.

wisewoman Sun 14-Apr-13 16:00:30

Gally I was a big Heidi fan too. Peter and the goats, the grandfather and the descriptions of the big cheese sandwiches! I am scared to read them again in case i am disappointed.

Ella46 Sun 14-Apr-13 16:12:59

I was a fan too of Heidi, and the cheese being toasted by the fire!
I was really there in my head.

annodomini Sun 14-Apr-13 16:35:01

I lived all the Heidi books though I never saw the film. My first film was Bambi. Once I had exhausted Enid Blyton, I went on to read all the Biggles books - I so wanted to be a pilot, but girls weren't allowed to join the ATC in those days. By the time I was eleven I pretty much had the run of my parents' bookcase and read all John Buchan's adventure tales which I now know to be racist and imperialistic, but then a 'ripping yarn' was all I wanted from a book. I'm still rather fond of hunky heroes - Jack Reacher, of course.

goldengirl Sun 14-Apr-13 16:43:15

If you want it, buy it! The newsagent won't know it's for you smile