Wednesday 7 June 2017

Celebrating Wednesday's #26

Well we're back this week with a new month to celebrate, as well as Wednesday. Apologies for not posting last week, but we're here now and so without further ado, let's see what we are celebrating this week...

So this week, we are celebrating a real blast from the past...hands up if you remember the item that is being celebrated today...

Oh yes folks, it is the turn of the VCR to once again take centre stage.

Now I realise that there may be some of you who are just a wee bit too young to remember these, but for those of us who were growing up in the 80's these were an absolute revolution in home entertainment. All of a sudden we could watch films in our own homes. It was super exciting, I can tell you.

In our house Friday night was generally film night. We'd pop down to the local video shop to rent a film or two, then come home and settle down in front of the TV with snacks (Kettlechips were a must) and fizzy drinks. Looking back those cassettes were huge, brick like things and once you'd watched the film you would have to rewind it before returning it to the store.

Now, whilst we're here, let me share with you a little story about one of our film nights. It was going to be my parents, my teenage self and my boyfriend and it was my mum's turn to pick the film. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to let her go to the video shop alone, but you live and learn, or rather she did. We got the snacks and we sat down and waited for the film to arrive. The film was sold to us, by my mum, as a Carry On type film (who remembers those?), but when she handed it to us, we just fell about laughing before putting it on and watching her cringe. You see, the Carry On film she thought she'd got, was in fact Confessions of a Holiday Camp, not quite the same thing at all, but we did make her watch it all and because she was so embarrassed, it was all the more amusing.

I no longer have any videos, bur if you do and if you still have a VCR, you could celebrate VCR day by digging out your old favourites with a vintage film night.

And now on to our new month...

Hello to June the month of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness (PTSD).

PTSD is something people generally associate with soldiers returning from war, but it can affect anyone who has suffered a traumatic event in their lives, and at any stage in their lives. It is something, which given recent events in the UK alone, is very real and very relevant and, as such, it's something that we all need to be aware of. So during the month of June, let's take time to think about PTSD and to learn more about it. For more information please do visit PTSD UK's website. By educating ourselves we can make a difference.

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