Waiting for the Night Bus


I have been thinking a lot recently about what it was like living in London in the 1980s, as I’m writing a memoir about those years entitled Waiting for the Night Bus.

And what has struck me is how my life has changed in so many small ways. Here’s a list of things I once did in the 1980s, but no longer do.

Buy newspapers

Buy records

Buy rolls of film

Use a typewriter

Use an A-Z

Use public phone boxes

Use telephone directories

Use Yellow Pages

Go to libraries

Write cheques

Go to a launderette

Jump on and off Routemaster buses

Pay cash on buses

Smoke in pubs

Buy sweets in Woolworth

Buy trousers and shirts in BHS or C & A

Travel on National Express

Write letters and buy postcards

Buy ready meals

Go to discos

Travel on slam door trains

Watch the TV news