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A blast from the past
15-FEB-2010

A blast from the past

Remember cassettes? Remember how handy and portable they seemed compared to vinyl and you could even make
your own recordings? Remember how tapes, especially ones you liked, got chewed up in the machine and even if you carefully unwound it with a pen and spooled it back into the cassette, it inevitable got chewed up again? And inevitably it was a tape that you particularly liked.
So while I still harbour fond sentiments for our old collection of LPs, I was really glad to see the back of tapes. An iPod is much cooler than a Walkman for listening to music on the move.
But having booked our flights for a holiday to Italy in the summer, the BBC Italian course Buongiorno Italia! is being
dusted down once again, tapes and all.

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Alan K20-Feb-2010 06:27
I've got the book of that but not the tape. Actually I learnt Italian primarily from the old Linguaphone course which was also tape based and unfortunately didn't digitise all that well (because of degradation of the tapes) when I tried to do that.

I agree, I'm not sorry to see the back of cassettes.
pkocinski17-Feb-2010 00:10
I just threw out a bunch of music cassettes that I've since replaced with CDs. No more pencil rewinds for me :-)
Phillip Normanton16-Feb-2010 22:15
Dolby B, C, Hx-Pro - remember them all! Maybe you should transfer it to your MP3 player before you have to get the pencil out again... :o)
Blandine Mangin16-Feb-2010 20:34
very nice !
Doug Cruden16-Feb-2010 20:20
Ahh....happy memories! I laughed at your bit about re-spooling the tape back with a pen...goodness knows how many hours I spent doing that :o) Good shot, et bonnes vacances (no, that's wrong somehow, errr....)
slhoornstra16-Feb-2010 19:45
Sounds great, even from here!! V
Peter Sussex16-Feb-2010 19:39
Great historical essay and the image brings back the past ... at least the joyful part of it.
Colin Storey16-Feb-2010 18:23
Great story and image, good luck with the Italian and have a great time when you go.
Kevin Chester16-Feb-2010 17:48
I may be visiting myself this year. Hope I can pick up something similar in MP3 format.
globalgadabout16-Feb-2010 15:31
Ciao bella. Come sta?..It's a good idea to brush up on your Italian before the summer vacation, so lucky the tapes remain usable. Actually I still have a few hundred cassettes, but nowadays can only play them in the car. Hope you have a great trip.
Patricia Kay16-Feb-2010 15:26
Great memory image Mairead...I have an old sony system in my playroom(cant call it an office really) that i listen to my old favoites on...Good luck with the Italian...BV
Ursula Armstrong16-Feb-2010 15:14
I hope your tape does not get stuck! Your recorder must also be very old... Thanky for reminding us of the good old times - and good luck with the Italian. Uschi (V)
Neal Nye16-Feb-2010 12:13
From 1962? Wow! And you still have a machine that plays them? This is such an interesting shot and certainly recalls lots of memories.
Ali Majdfar16-Feb-2010 08:41
Fantastic reminder! ~V
Valene16-Feb-2010 04:57
Nice shot Mairead! I still listen to cassettes sometimes.
Máire Uí Mhaicín15-Feb-2010 23:45
Buona fortuna with your language lessons!
Ray :)15-Feb-2010 23:43
I wonder how many BASF C90s I actually bought in the 70s and 80s? I even bought one or two pre-recorded ones. Elton John and Carole King I remember, plus a Carly Simon one, but I think I eventually purchased her LP to fully appreciate the beauty she displayed on the cover ;-)
Ann...15-Feb-2010 23:11
It must be like listening to an old friend!!
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