1981 TV Times featuring Prince Charles and Princess Diana

The magazine was launched in 1955, but became a national magazine only in 1968. Prior to 1968, several of the regional ITV companies – Westward Television, Scottish Television, Tyne Tees Television, Ulster Television, TWW and Teledu Cymru (and briefly WWN) – produced their own listings magazines. The Midlands originally had their own edition of TVTimes listing ATV and ABCprogrammes, but a separate listings magazine in the Midlands called TV World existed from 1964-68 before TVTimes went national. Until television listings were deregulated in 1991 the TVTimes was the only place where complete weekly listings of ITV programmes could be published.[2]

Channel Television continued to publish its own listings magazine until 1991 (it was feared that the company might go under without the revenue from its own magazine).

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1981 Yamaha

Yamaha was established in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha as Nippon Gakki Company, Limited Nippon Gakki Seizō Kabushiki Gaisha?)(literally Japan Musical Instrument Manufacturing Corporation) in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture and was incorporated on October 12, 1897. The company’s origins as a musical instrument manufacturer is still reflected today in the group’s logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks.

After World War II, company president Tomiko Genichi Kawakami repurposed the remains of the company’s war-time production machinery and the company’s expertise in metallurgical technologies to the manufacture of motorcycles. The YA-1 (AKA Akatombo, the “Red Dragonfly”), of which 125 were built in the first year of production (1958), was named in honor of the founder. It was a 125cc, single cylinder, two-stroke, street bike patterned after the German DKW RT125 (which the British munitions firm, BSA, had also copied in the post-war era and manufactured as the Bantam and Harley-Davidson as the Hummer. In 1959, the success of the YA-1 resulted in the founding of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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1981 Walls Funny Feet

There was a time somewhere around the early 1980′s when the technology that was used for making ice creams and ice lollies must have suddenly seen an improvement, as the market started to see a number of new styles of frozen sweets appear. Prior to this most ice lollies were just frozen juice on a stick, with a roughly rectangular shape. Of course there were exceptions, such as Rocket Lollies or Strawberry Mivvis, but that was about it.

One of the first of the new breed of ice creams to appear was Walls Funny Feet. This was a lump of pink coloured, strawberry flavoured ice cream on a stick, moulded into the shape of a comical looking foot with a slightly oversized big toe, if I remember correctly. Over the years some changes were made to the design, including making them out of a rippled flavour of ice cream, but I don’t think they are available any more.

The problem with Funny Feet was that the ice cream they were made of had a habit of melting fairly quickly, and becoming a little too soft. This meant the entire thing would start to bend when you put it in your mouth, and lumps could drop off very easily. I remember my sister was a big fan of Funny Feet but she didn’t eat them very fast, so quite often you’d see here with pink trails of melted ice cream running down the back of her hand.

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1981 Mazda Car Range

Mazda began as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd, founded in Japan in 1920. Toyo Cork Kogyo renamed itself to Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. in 1927. Toyo Kogyo moved from manufacturing machine tools to vehicles with the introduction of the Mazda-Go in 1931. Toyo Kogyo produced weapons for the Japanese military throughout the Second World War, most notably the series 30 through 35 Type 99 rifle. The company formally adopted the Mazda name in 1984, though every automobile sold from the beginning bore that name. The Mazda R360 was introduced in 1960, followed by the Mazda engines in 1962.

Beginning in the 1960s, Mazda put a major engineering effort into development of the Wankel rotary engine as a way of differentiating itself from other Japanese auto companies. Beginning with the limited-production Cosmo Sport of 1967 and continuing to the present day with the RX-8, Mazda has become the sole manufacturer of Wankel-type engines mainly by way of attrition (NSU and Citroën both gave up on the design during the 1970s, and prototype Corvette efforts by General Motors never made it to production.)

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1981 Walls Dracula

Wall’s is a United Kingdom-originated food brand covering, owned by Unilever. Wall’s itself is now core to Unilever’s Heartbrand global ice cream business, used currently in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Austria, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Pakistan,Portugal, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Now under the direction of Maxwell Holt, ice cream production commenced in 1922 at a factory in Acton, London. In 1959, Wall’s doubled capacity by opening a purpose built ice cream factory in Gloucester, England.

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