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Doctor Who Theme Performed By Eight Floppy Drives

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Scalextric meets Luke Skywalker

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Scalextric meets Luke Skywalker
calextric has unveiled the first products to be developed under its three year global licensing deal with Star Wars. The products will be available in June and include Death Star Attack, a micro Scaleextric set featuring X-Wing and TIE Fighter craft and a glow in the dark track. There will also be a Scalextric Start set called battle of Endor and featuring Luke Skywalker and Scout Troopers on Speeder Bikes.
Paul Chandler, marketing manager at Scalextric, says: “We have worked on the Scalextric-Star Wars project for over two years now and we are delighted with the products we have created, working in close partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd. The combination of the incredible Scalextric slot racing system together with the iconic characters and vehicles from Star Wars is truly unique.”

Scalextric parent company Hornby launched its first brand campaign last Christmas as part of its first major push targeting adult consumers.

A campaign including television and c…

Empire Strikes Backstage: Intimate pictures of cast and crew during filming of second Star Wars movie

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Empire Strikes Backstage: Intimate pictures of cast and crew during filming of second Star Wars movie
he cast and crew of The Empire Strikes Back faced a daunting task - how to follow Star Wars, the blockbuster which had reinvented science fiction on the silver screen overnight and instantly become the favourite film of millions of cinemagoers. By the time it opened in 1980, the pressure was really on director George Lucas and his team of actors to deliver, but as these fantastic pictures illustrate they all found time to enjoy themselves in the process. Ahead of an upcoming convention in Florida in August, which is expected to attract up to 30,000 buffs, here is a chance to see behind the scenes during the making of the second film. All the stars, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher can be seen laughing and joking in and around the many sets and with a lot of the characters in costume. Smile please: Despite the freezing temperatures during filming in Norway, Harrison Ford, Carr…

Europe: 'The '80s Was The Worst Time Ever'

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According to Blabbermouth.net, France's Rock One recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Norum of Swedish hard rockers Europe. When asked what period of the band he would go back to if he had a time machine, Norum replied: "Well, now is the best time we ever had in this band. We get along great, we have a great time making records, we're going on tour, playing shows. But if I had to choose a different time period than now, I should say [2004's] "Start From The Dark" album, when we started the reunion thing. I mean, the '80s was the worst time ever. It was horrible. I mean, the whole image thing was dreadful. We became like a teeny-bopper, bubblegum band, and I didn't want anything to do with it. I'm not a fan of '80s music at all. I can maybe [name] one or two bands I can listen to from the '80s. When the '80s was over and the '90s started, I was very happy. Poison were gone, Cinderella, Warrant. All that stuff was …

Raleigh Chopper designer Alan Oakley dies from cancer

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The man who designed Raleigh's iconic Chopper bicycle has died after a battle with cancer. Alan Oakley, 85 and from Nottingham, home of the bike manufacturer, died on Friday. His wife Karen told the BBC she had managed his illness "right up until the last few weeks". Mrs Oakley confirmed the now-legendary story that her husband drew the design for the Chopper on an envelope as he travelled home from the USA, in 1967. Initially inspired to replicate the design of Peter Fonda's motorbike in the classic movie Easy Rider, Mr Oakley came up with his drawing as he flew home from the trip, set up for him to "get-to-grips" with youth culture. 'Showstopping design'

Moving away from the traditional, diamond-shaped frame, Mr Oakley thought a bike with huge handle bars, a bulky, padded seat with a back rest and a car-like gear lever on the main frame, would exude the "cool" he was after. "Alan had been over to Ameri…

Bring Back These Crisps. Fangs, Bones, Piglets and Fish N Chips

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Who remembers these crisps then?  I remember when I had my pocket money that these crisps would always be on the cards as they were cheaper than regular crisps.  20p worth of penny sweets, a comic and a packet of these crisps.  Wish they would bring them back.  What crisps would you like brought back?






Donna Summer, our disco queen, dies at age 63

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Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco in the '70s and '80s, died Thursday morning after a battle with cancer, TMZ is reporting. She was 63. Summer was reportedly in Florida at the time of her death. She had been trying to keep word of her illness secret as she finished up a new album. According to Tampabay.com research, the singer owned a vacation home in Englewood, near Sarasota. The LA Times reports Summer had been living there with her husband Bruce Sudano. Her exact cause of death is still unknown. TMZ reports Summer suffered from lung cancer, believed to be contracted by "inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City." Other reports say she died in Key West from breast cancer. The singer's longtime manager Susan Muneo told the New York Times it was cancer, but wouldn't say what type.) Her family has released a statement saying they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continue legacy. Words truly can't express ho…

When Minecraft Builders Get Bored - Retro

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Tomorrow's World 1985 Electronic 'World's First' Digital Camera

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