Tuesday October 23rdMy 8th birthday. At most schools I’ve attended, my birthday usually fell during the half-term holiday, and this year is no exception. Though for some reason the half-term holidays in 1980 and 1981 fell on different dates and I spent the merry day at school. This might be the year I got Atomic Man, my first Action Man figure, which, if memory serves me correctly, was a present from my Auntie Pauline. It was just like a normal Action Man, but with a cybernetic heart in his chest that made a clicking sound when you pressed it. Yes. Even my Action Man had to be a sci-fi one.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Part 7 (final episode)Cabaret Voltaire’s first album, Mix-Up, is released.Not The Nine O’Clock News: Series 1, Episode 2 - still casting a wide net searching for an identity, but impressively there’s a sketch about Saint Vincent gaining its independence, which is just about to happen (see Saturday). Which gets interrupted by a man moaning about “the bloody rubbish we’ve had to put up with since ITV went on strike” (see tomorrow).