Archive for September, 2012

 couch sofa set combination
Whimsical, creative and original … but also functional? These clever love-seat-and-couch combinations are more that just artistic expressions – they are designed to provide seating options around the actual seating needs of individual people. In short: there is a surprising attention to comfort, patterns of use and personal preferences that run deeper than the offbeat and overt aesthetic impact of these furniture objects.couch convertible sofa set

Designed by Philippe Nigro in attached-unit sets, each plays the function of lounge chair, love seat and sofa combined – visually and physically connected-yet-separated.

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Like his Confluences series, his Intersections furniture sets also revolve around curiously combined seating designs – but the emphasis is on the points convergence, with each additive overlap highlighted in a new hybrid color rather than subtracted from the design equation.

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The odd angles and offbeat intersections make these playful pieces of furniture deceptively simple and childlike, while in actuality they require a great deal of custom craft work to manufacture and assemble.




Move over hide-a-bed, pull-out couch-beds: get stuffed. The Doc is a simply named convertible sofa that expands into not one but two beds in one: a pair of bunk beds as simple and elegant as the name would suggest. With a variety of color styles and textures this makes a great couch even without the added bonus of being a brilliant piece of transforming furniture.


The transformation process, as these images suggest, is a relatively simple one. The end result looks just as good as a couch in terms of being a potential default configuration – not something one normally sees with convertible furniture in general, let alone fold-out beds in particular.


The finished bunk-bed configuration can be mono-tone or duo-tone depending upon the sheets chosen and comes complete with a safety bar and step ladder for the upstairs sleeper. The cushions from the couch configuration be be re-appropriated and applied as decorative pillows to the bed position.



Ostrich” offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.” No sight, no sound, just sleep.

Designed by Kawamura Ganjavian, this versatile g0-anywhere object lets you slip into a gentle snooze wherever you may be – on the road, in the sky, inside a train or outside in the sun.

A bit bulky on the move, perhaps, but that added padding keeps your head nice and warm (as well as free from outside lights and sounds) in any situation. Could be especially nifty for those secret naps one takes at work – duck out to an unused conference room or remote cubicle, throw it over your head and just hope you don’t get caught.


Your eyeglasses might be close to getting a high-tech upgrade that will make it simple to go from reading to typing to checking out the hot new temp all the way across the office. For the first time ever, glasses with electronic focusing are being developed for people who need more than one type of vision assistance for daily life.

The emPower glasses will eliminate the need for bifocals and reading glasses with an electronic “near zone” that lets you see clearly up close without switching eyewear. The embedded electronic components turn on a nearly invisible portion of the lens when you tilt your head down (in automatic mode) or touch the side of the earpiece (in manual mode). But when you need to see something at a distance, the “near zone” disappears and you can use the entire lens for clear distance viewing.

When you retire for the night, the glasses charge on a small charging station so they’re ready to be amazing again in the morning. If all of your well-focused looks at that hot temp actually get you a date, though, don’t worry about being left half-blind: the emPowers can hold a charge for 2-3 days straight.



The idea of modularity in design has become associated with cool, creative

and cutting-edge – but simplicity in style and minimization of parts are at the

heart of some of the best modular furniture designs. Many draw on existing

design examples and elemental materials to create new forms with increased



A few simple pieces, that each use similar and simple constituent elements, are

combined in this straightforward modular Community Couch design to allow all

kinds of creative configurations and unique design arrangements.


What might look in the abstract like a clever formal exercises proves in practice to be

a remarkably functional, adaptible and engaging sofa design. Users can grab a piece

here or there, twist and turn their chosen module and thus interact with and continually

recreate their spaces and claim spaces in their environment.


Your iPhone/iPod cable…it’s a little long, yes? Like, so long that it gets stuck on stuff in your bag? Ours do, and it’s one of those annoying things that we just thought we would have to live with. But someone was looking out for us when they created the Twig. It’s a short docking cable that happens to do a bunch of other stuff, too.

The Twig is four inches long and its skeleton is made up of bendy plastic-coated wire. It can be plugged into your computer or a wall adapter for charging. It also acts as a tripod for taking pictures, video chatting, or holding your iPhone at a comfortable angle for a hands-free speakerphone call.

We really like that it can hold your earbuds tangle-free, since those always seem to end up knotted and sad at the bottom of the laptop bag. Overall, the idea is simple enough that it looks familiar and common-sense, but it’s innovative enough that no one has made a docking cord like it before.

Because it’s compact and tough, you can throw the Twig in a bag or pocket and take it anywhere. The project has already reached its Kickstarter goal, so the first generation of Twigs should be making its way to supporters soon.


Most conventional fold-out beds present all kinds of potential points of failure, often via complex mechanisms only a professional would be qualified to fix.

This solution is about as simple and non-technical as it gets: two semi-circular couches that come together to make a single guest bed.

Hiding in plain site, The Scoop! by Guido Rosati (for Saba Italia) hides in plain site, configured in whatever pattern fits your ordinary living room layout before it slides to form a well-rounded sleeping platform.


Top Ten Places to Live in the World

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Places to Go

There are many factors that make the place we live the place we love to call home. Environment, weather, history, politics, economy, infrastructure, social climate, and entertainment all play a part. When choosing a place to live, your decision should be based on what issues are important to you. Finding the right combination of features is the key to loving where you live.

Healthcare and Tolerance – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meuse River, The Netherlands

Meuse River, The Netherlands

In 2009 the Netherlands was named as having the best healthcare system in Europe by the Euro Health Consumer Index. Six criterion examined were patient rights and information, e-health, waiting times for treatment, outcomes, range and reach of services provided and pharmaceuticals. The Netherlands is additionally praised for its minimal bureaucracy and patient empowerment.

The Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam, has become infamous for its tolerance of the taboo. The Dutch believe that people should make moral decisions with little interference from government. Marijuana is legal. Tattoo parlors, sex shops, and the red light district draw tourists. Hostels are packed during the peak summer season.

As far as culture, there are famous museums where you can see work by Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. One can learn the story of Anne Frank, relax in beautiful parks and ride a bike almost anywhere. According to Claudio.Ar, “It is said that Amsterdam has more canals than Venice, more cafes than Vienna and more bridges than Paris. The tours let you discover them and other secrets of the city.”

Best Place for Singles – New York City, USA

New York City

Hudson River, New York

In the mood for love?  Although the cost of living is still high in New York, it has become slightly more affordable due to the recent economic downturn. In fact with many singles now unemployed, unmarried folks are taking advantage of their severance packages and enjoying all the city has to offer. With 35,000 restaurants, 3,800 bars, and 734 museums there is definitely plenty to do in New York City. The popular dating site,, has more active accounts in the NYC area than any other locale. Living in New York does, however require a high tolerance for crowds of people.

“The City That Never Sleeps” comes by its title easily. From piano bars to jazz lounges (and a few dozen dives of course), New York’s nightlife keeps the city hopping until early morning hours. Nightclubs like the Marquee feature world famous DJs for the partiers who love to dance. Other locals favor the Gotham Comedy Club, which Frommer’s guide declares New York’s “trendiest and most sophisticated comedy club.”

Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find it in New York City – day or night.

Mild Climate & English Speaking – Malta

Island Sunset

The island nation just 60 miles from Sicily, Republic of Malta, is a repeated winner of Quality of Life Index awards for best climate.

With a daily average of over five hours of sunshine, mild winters, and hot summers – Malta is considered ideal by many.

Diving, sailing, and colorful festivals abound. Golf and horseback riding are popular pastimes.

There are few sandy beaches and yes – sometimes it does rain on the Maltese islands.

If it’s raining you can head indoors for opera, theater, music, and ballet at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The Manoel is the second-oldest theater in Europe.

The government is politically stable in Malta. Cost of living is low. Crime is minimal. Locals are hospitable. Travel is not difficult, despite island status.

Family-Friendly – Virginia, USA


Virginia Waterwheel

The state of Virginia has beautiful shorelines and beaches. Virginia is very family and community oriented, with plenty of fairs, festivals, and community events. The people are diverse and friendly. Many of the schools are highly-ranked and offer plenty of extracurricular activities and elective courses to choose from.

Virginia takes the health and safety of its children very seriously. According to the official Virginia government website, $515,405 was awarded to 17 projects that support youth substance abuse and violence prevention programs for 2010.

Low Cost of Living & Retirement – Brazil


Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is the largest country in South America and therefore offers a broad range of opportunities for travel and diversity. From the Amazon jungles, to famous beaches, you will find the inhabitants friendly and hospitable. Although the nightlife is well known in Brazil, few are aware that Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are among the cheapest cities to live in (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit).

Brazil is a good place to retire. Retirement visas are available with proof of income. It is common and legal for permanent residents to apply for Brazilian passports and keep their current citizenships and passports.

Brazilian health care is very good. You do not need to be a citizen to use the national health care system. Patients pay nothing out of pocket for most care. For the highest quality health care private market providers are also available – for a fee. Even so, the fees are much less than purchasing independent health insurance in the U.S. In general, you get more for your money in Brazil.

Due to the well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service industries, the economy of Brazil outweighs other countries in South America, and is quickly expanding its presence in international markets.

Simply Beautiful – Belize



Belize, considered one of the most beautiful countries in Central America, has it all. Belize touts great beaches, subtropical climate, diverse wildlife, and a low cost of living.

The scuba diving and snorkeling is fabulous. The gorgeous waterfalls underneath the Maya Mountains are rivaled only by the hundreds of colorful species of birds flying the skies.

Rent of a large house in Cayo district is only $300/month. Food at the local markets is very reasonably priced. The official language is English. The Retired Person’s Incentive Program starts at the ripe young age of 45 and allows tax free living.

Consider a snowbird lifestyle when it comes to living in Belize. The wet season is May to October. It rains all the time and there is a chance for hurricanes.

But I’d stay November through April in this beautiful land, which is just where I’d like to be rather than the cold snowy land I call home that time of year.

Stunning Scenery – Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town features some of the most beautiful beaches and fascinating attractions in all of Africa. Families enjoy swimming in the warm waters along the False Bay coast, where whale watching is also popular. Kids swarm to Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and for a small fee, even swim with them. The hallmark of Cape Town is Table Mountain, a gigantic slab of sandstone with breathtaking views, trails for hiking, and paragliding for the adventurous. (Cable cars are available for the not-so-adventurous.)

The second most populated city in South Africa; Cape Town is known for being socially tolerant and culturally diverse. This coastal city is mild and rainy during the winter months, but dry and very warm the rest of the year. The bistros and restaurants offer a variety of world class cuisine to satisfy every palate, and are famous for their delicious wines. Clubs, lounges, and other entertainment venues make Cape Town ideal for the musically inclined.

Thanks to the 2010 World Cup, business is booming in Cape Town. The real estate market is also on the upswing as more people relocate to this beautiful coastal city.

Economic Opportunities – Frankfurt, Germany

Those looking for a certain quality of life find their high standards met in Frankfurt, the economic capital of Germany. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the largest in Germany, and one of the world’s most important. According to the Mercer Quality of Living survey, Frankfurt has the highest concentration of jobs in Germany, with 922 jobs per 1,000 residents.

Frankfurt inhabitants enjoy their city for more than its economic security. The museums, historical sites, and shopping districts are popular with the locals as well as tourists. Frankfurt is easy to travel in and out of, with one of the busiest airports in the world. Frankfurt Central Station is one of the biggest train stations in Europe, and few can resist the allure of the Autobahn. The views along the Main River are lovely, and Frankfurt is home to a number of beautiful landmarks such as the Imperial Cathedral, and the 50-acre Palmengarten flower garden.

The cost of living is high, but is compensated with a low unemployment rate, easy transportation for business trips, and the fact that it is an industrial and financial powerhouse.  Germany’s businesses are booming.

Most Romantic – Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The air in Paris simply breathes romance. Not only is the enchanting ambience the perfect setting for romance, (who can see the Eiffel Tower without thinking of L’amour?) the cozy bistros and dimly lit restaurants are ideal for couples in love.

Paris is not just for lovers; its rich heritage and stunning architecture draw millions. The Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and Notre Dame are just a few of the beautiful buildings that grace the Paris skyline. An incredible array of paintings and art are sure to please museum goers.

As the fashion capital of the world, Paris is home to some of the most popular designers. Those looking for a career in fashion couldn’t find a more fitting place to study or work. The drawback for Parisians is a high cost of living. The good news is- Paris features some of Europe’s largest corporations, and researchers expect an increase in employment opportunities in the future. So for those who can swing it, the comfort and quality of the French life is a truly unforgettable experience. Not to mention, absolutely delicious.

Sizzling and Sexy – Miami, Florida USA

Miami, Florida

Miami is known as the “Magic City” for good reason. With the sensual Latin flavor combined with its tropical location, Miami is home to an eclectic group of fun-loving people. Singles flock to Miami for the beaches and exciting nightlife, and then discover attractions and career opportunities that offer more than they were expecting.

As the “Gateway to Latin America”, Miami is a city of diverse ethnicities. This sunny city is bursting with new developments, has surprisingly low rent and taxes, and an exceptional education system at the University of Miami.

Miami ranks highly with the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network, which rates each city’s importance to the international economy. Professionals work in a number of fields including tourism, trade, and international banking. Sports and recreation enthusiasts adore Miami for the wide variety of watersports and boating activities. Everything from snorkeling to sailing, kayaking to kitesurfing; Miami’s beaches offer it all. For landlubbers, Miami features rock climbing walls, golf courses, and tennis courts. Wherever you travel, wherever you call home, remember to make the best of where you are. The people you meet, friends you make, experiences you acquire – those are the things that make life worth living.


There are many beautiful mosques in the world.  Mosques are some of the most stunning pieces of architecture that can be found. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful mosques in the world as examples.

1. The Blue Mosque – Turkey

The Blue Mosque

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This mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque but is popularly known as The Blue Mosque.  It was built during the reign of Ahmed I from 1609 to 1616.   This large mosque has six minarets, one main dome and eight smaller domes.  Part of its beauty is the architecture which combines Byzantine elements with traditional Islamic elements.  It is known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles that are found on the interior.

2. The Crystal Mosque – Malaysia

The Crystal Mosque

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The Crystal Mosque is a new mosque located in Terengganu, Malaysia.  It was built between 2006 and 2008 and officially opened in February of 2008.  This stunning structure is constructed from steel, glass and crystal which make it one of the most beautiful in the world.

3. Faisal Mosque – Pakistan

Faisal Mosque

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The Faisal Mosque is located in Islamabad and is the largest mosque in Pakistan.  It was completed in 1986 and when it was completed it was the biggest in the world.  Today it is the sixth largest.  The Faisal Mosque has four minarets but lacks a dome like most mosques giving it a unique look.

4. The Great Mosque of Xi’an – China

The Great Mosque of Xi'an

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Not only is the Great Mosque of Xi’an one of the most beautiful mosques in the world, it is also amongst the oldest.  While it was founded in 742 in the Shaanxi province of China, it was built between 1368 and 1398 and renovated many times since then.  This mosque does not have the traditional elements of mosque architecture such as domes or minarets.  It is instead constructed with more traditional Chinese architectural elements.

5. Masjid al-Haram – Saudi Arabia

Masjid al-Haram

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Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds the Kaaba in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam.  This mosque has both outdoor and indoor areas that can hold 4 million people at once.  It covers a total of 88.2 acres and it dates back to 630. But it has undergone renovations and expansions to grow to the size it is today.

6. Masjid Al-Nabawi – Saudi Arabia

Masjid Nabawi

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Masjid Al-Nabawi is another mosque in Saudi Arabia that is among the largest in the world.  It is located in Medina and is one of the holiest sites in Islam.  It dates back to 622 and is known as the Prophet’s Mosque.  Over the centuries it has been built up and renovated many times.  It has 11 minarets and 27 domes.

7. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha – Egypt

Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

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The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha was built between 1830 and 1857 and is also known as the Alabaster Mosque.  It was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha in memory of his son.  The mosque is built in an Ottoman architectural style with 5 domes and 2 minarets.  One unique aspect of this mosque is a brass clock tower that was given to Muhammad Ali by King Louis Philippe of France.

8. The Shah Jahan Mosque – Pakistan

Shah Jahan Mosque


The Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Pakistan dates to the 17th century.  It was commissioned by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, and was built with a Mughal architectural style which makes it stand out from many other mosque designs.  The mosque has 100 domes and was constructed from red brick and tiles.

9. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque is the 8th largest mosque in the world and it’s located in Abu Dhabi.  The first ceremony held in the mosque was the funeral of its namesake, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who initiated the building of it while he was President of the United Arab Emirates.  Artisans and materials from around the world were utilized in making the mosque which has 82 domes and 4 minarets.

10. The Umayyad Mosque – Syria

The Umayyad Mosque

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The Umayyad Mosque is also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus.  It is a site that holds significance to both Christians and Muslims.  It was completed in 715 on a site that was previously a Christian basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist who is honored as a prophet by Muslims and Christians.  This is one of the few old mosques in the world that has not had its style and general structure significantly altered since being built.



10 Things To Remind You Of The 1980s

Posted: September 23, 2012 in LifeBlog

It doesn’t matter when you were born, everyone seems to have an affinity with a certain decade, although it is more often than not the one which occurs during adolescence that leaves the biggest imprint and the seemingly happiest memories.

It may have been the time when you discovered just what having a crush on someone felt like – or even worse, finding out that the feelings are not reciprocated.

It is normally a time when your hormones are all over the place, rash and spontaneous decisions make perfect sense and a time when you were going through the rebellious stage that was probably a nightmare for your parents.

While all of these things may have happened – some more extremely than others – they ran their course and promptly dissolved into the annals of memory.

These memories, no matter how deeply stored, can be immediately sparked by the mere sight or sound of something that they instantly recognise as a blast from the past.

With this in mind, here are just a few things that might act as a trigger for anyone who was a child or young adult of the 1980s.

Trivial Pursuit

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This was the board game that was an instant hit when it was launched and has carried on in the same vane right up until the present day. It proved to be so successful that between 1983 and 1985, the makers produced a staggering 30 million games and it has been sold in 26 countries in 17 languages.

Playing the game involves answering trivia questions from 6 categories so that you can move your little plastic counter around the board. The 6 categories in the original Genus edition were Geography, Entertainment, History, Art & Literature, Science & Nature and Sports & Leisure and the colours associated with them were brown, blue, green, orange, pink and yellow.

Knight Rider

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The television series Knight Rider very quickly amassed a massive following for 2 very different and very distinct reasons.

The first was the fact that David Hasselhoff was playing the lead role, much to the delight of the female half of the viewing figures. The second – and from every young boy’s point of view, definitely more important –  was KITT, the stunning customized Pontiac Trans AM that could talk.

The programmes began in September 1982, fighting crime and seeking justice through 4 seasons and a total of 86 episodes until April 1986. The popularity of the series lives on as today there are still websites run by fans and even people building their very own KITT.

My Little Pony

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These little things, launched in 1983, took toy shops by storm and the race was on for every parent to get their little darling the specific coloured mane and body that she wanted, no matter what the cost.

Like an equine version of Action Man in so much as you could actually get accessories for them like scooters and brushes to keep their lovely manes looking their best, as well as clothing, bedding and room decorations.

Band Aid

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The original Band Aid was the cream of British and Irish musicians who got together on November 25th 1984 to record a song that would make millions for charity.

It came about as a result of a news report by Michael Buerk that Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats fame watched about the famine in Ethiopia.

So moved was Geldof that he knew that he had to do something to help and with the assistance of ex-Ultravox singer Midge Ure, it was game on. They hastily wrote the song – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and quickly pulled together the stars of the day, getting them all to put their egos to one side and stand together to support the cause.

The artists were only too pleased to give their time for free and even the studios gave them a maximum of 24 hours free of charge to record and mix the record.

The UK government, under Mrs Thatcher, originally refused to waive the VAT on the single, but soon realized how unpopular this decision was and eventually conceded, giving the tax back to the charity.

The single went on to become an instant hit and rocketed to the top of the charts, easily surpassing the hopes of those involved with it.

Cabbage Patch Dolls

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These odd looking little dolls are probably the most popular toy of the whole of the 1980s. They were, to say the least, not the prettiest dolls ever made, yet they seemed to have a curious attraction that made every little girl want one.

Such was the demand for these not-so-cuties that mothers literally had to fight to get them when they came into the shops. Parents even turned to the so called Black Market and paid many times more than the retail price, which could amount well over $200, just to make sure that their daughter wouldn’t be disappointed on Christmas morning.

Commodore 64

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This 8 bit home computer took the world by storm when it was released in August 1982 and went on to become the bestselling personal computer of all time. It had 64 kilobytes of RAM – hence the name – and sound and graphics that were a lot better than those of its competitors.

By today’s standards, they were positively archaic, but at the time they were state of the art and everybody wanted one. Their popularity was such that during the period 1983 to 1986, there was in excess of 2 million units being sold each year, with a staggering 15 million units sold over the Commodore 64′s lifetime.

Sony Walkman

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Today, you can listen to music on your cell phone as you walk, but in the 1980s things were so very different, especially when you remember that the cell was not even around – if you wanted to listen to music on the go, without lugging your old radio around with you, a Sony Walkman was what you needed.

This not-so-small by today’s standards music player was. at the time, thought of as state of the art technology. It is worth remembering that the walkman played cassettes which, with the best will in the world, provided nowhere near the quality that you get today, especially with the constant, quiet hissing sound.

It was, however, a breakthrough which proved to be more than popular and meant that more and more advanced versions were introduced until the mass popularity of the CD took over in the 1990s.

Swatch Watches

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How can anyone form the 1980s forget the brightly coloured, plastic Swatch watches that kids simply had to have? Available in every garishly loud colour that you could possibly think of – it would seem the louder the better – kids were eager to be seen as fashion setters and went as far as wearing two Swatches at the same time (or if they had the Pop Swatch, they would simply attach it to their clothing).

Having one on your jeans or t-shirt was seen as a radical fashion statement and was sometimes accentuated by the addition of one to wear in your hair as a pony tail band.

Their popularity has seen something of a resurgence lately and although popular, it hasn’t been on the same level as originally in the 1980s.

Rubik’s Cube

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This iconic puzzle had the inane ability to either make you or break you according to whether or not you could actually solve it.

Created in the mid-1970s by Ernő Rubik as an educational tool, Rubik didn’t know at the time that his creation would be one of the best-selling toys of the 1980s and go on to sell over 350 million worldwide.

DeLorean DMC-12

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The De Lorean DMC-12 is probably best remembered as the car that was used in the ‘Back To The Future’ films. There were only around 9,000 of them built in Belfast between 1981 and 1982, most of which were destined for the North American market, with very few constructed for other parts of the world.

Interestingly, it was the only model that the failed De Lorean Motor Company produced and was famous for having a distinctive stainless steel body and gull wing doors. Unfortunately, the gull wing doors weren’t exactly family-friendly and the stainless steel body panels meant that at the time they were very difficult to paint, so every single model produced looked exactly the same.