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Our Ginger Fuhrer says that he could still code up a simple game idea in Amstrad Basic, while I'm your man if you ever need to rebuild the suspension on an Austin Allegro (1750 Equipe version). This stuff doesn't leave your mind - tell us about obsolete talents you still have.

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I think I could still install ccp/m from 5.25 floppy without referring to my tech notes...
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I can say 'I love you my darling' in Arabic.
'Bugger off' in Mandarin and 'I love you' in Swedish yet have never had cause to use any of these fairly limited talents in the field. I learnt all of these when I was young because I thought they would make me look/sound cool or at the least interesting to any middle eastern or swedish girls when I had to defend their honour in the face of an annoying chinaman.

I still can't believe that scenario never occurred!
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 18:02, 15 replies)
From my childhood, I still remember how to keep an idiot in suspense

(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 18:00, 4 replies)
Developing and printing photographic film
To many photographers a bygone relic of an earlier age, to be sneered at, but still easy and satisfying to do, and with the added smugness of not losing a single picture when the hard drive crashes on the laptop....

When did you last backup yours?
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 18:00, 8 replies)
Was taught BASIC computer language at school, plus a bit of 6502 and this allowed me to:

a) Do my mate's A-Level computer science project because he turned into a hippie halfway through the course

b) Write an intelligent-looking prose creator, that could churn out reams of pornographic literature at the touch of a button

and the piece de resistance

c) Hack Samantha Fox Strip Poker for the BBC Micro, so I could get straight to the tits-out picture.

It's still there, and I can get to any tits-out picture on the internet with just a few clicks.

10 PRINT "Your mum ";
20 GOTO 10
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:56, 1 reply)
Programming in BASIC
BBC, Spectrum, Microsoft basic, I know them!

Plus, I still use MS DOS from time to time.
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It seems outdated these days.
I cook, by which I don't mean I open a packet and throw it into the microwave, but that I start with raw ingredients and through the processes of preparation, seasoning and the judicious application of heat, I turn them into finished concoctions fit for consumption. Cakes don't come from a boxed mix in my house; they come from knowing the proper ratios of butter, sugar, flour, eggs, liquid and leavening. Don't get the idea that I'm some sort of food snob, because I'm not, but I am still absolutely boggled by the number of otherwise capable adults I know who are totally mystified by the very idea of anyone being able to master anything more complex than heat-and-eat or the simplest meal of spaghetti and sauce from a jar. There's really nothing attractive about being completely useless in the kitchen.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:50, 9 replies)
Despite being 21 and always having had a pocket calculator at my disposal
I can use a slide rule. I can also count up to twenty without taking my socks off, which seems to be a pretty obsolete talent among the chavs near here.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:48, 4 replies)

I can ride a penny farthing
I can add up three and six
I can catch a bus in Worthing
I can whittle brittle sticks

I can hold a door politely
For a lady to pass through
I can correspond fortnightly
I have good posture on a pew

I know that I mustn’t grumble
I can signal in morse code
I prefer an apple crumble
I give way upon the road

I know how to spell correctly
And can’t abide a sloppy hand
I’ll look you in the eye directly
And say I do love a brass band

I renovate my vintage motor
Each weekend I work twelve hours flat
I don’t know what I do it all for
I really am a massive twat
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:41, Reply)
James Pond 2, Robocod (released in 1992)

At the very beginning, before you even play a level, if you collect the items on top of the first building in the following order you are invincible for a while

Cake Hammer Earth Apple Tap

Spells cheat don't it
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:40, 8 replies)
Not old stuff I know...
...more old stuff I’ve learnt from my father. Now, as a dad myself, I have reused these things, as I’m sure many of you also have:

- The ‘look I’ve stolen your nose with my finger and thumb’ trick. Always leads to tears in my child’s eyes before I quickly ‘screw it back in’.

- “oh look I’ve found a coin behind your ear, aren’t I brilliant?!” Confuses the child.

- Pull my finger. Effortless.

- At dinner time, the old, “look over there” trick, so I can pinch food from the plate of my daughter.

- The ‘I can pull my thumb off’ trick. Better than pulling your cock off.

I promised myself I would never allow myself to do these things, but I can’t help it. It’s so new to a child, I feel like Jesus. When she’s older, she’ll realise how shit I really am.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:38, 1 reply)
POKE 35136, 0
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:38, 1 reply)
I remember the original Prince of Persia platform game.
It was amazing and frustrating and fucking hard
Also the Dizzy games on my Amstrad CPC464. Fucking amazing. Don't think I ever completed one though.
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As I've said before I work with young kids,
one day I came into work to find them all round the Xbox playing none other than street fighter. They were engaging in typical button bashing fervor, no finesse whatsoever.

I asked if they minded if I had a quick go. Button basher numero uno said no bother laughing with the lads already with his victory, in their eyes, a certainty. Imagine my delight when I learned the moves were still the same.


I thanked him for the game, told him he fought a good fight and handed the control to his now silent friends.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:30, 2 replies)
Trying to enter the spirit of things:
Oddly, for someone with such a bad memory, most of the things I can 'do' are remember obscure lists in song or rhyme form from years ago. Although you'll have to take my word for it that I didn't look any of these up:

The Alphabet Backwards:

Said, Why eggs?
Double you, vee
You,tea, ess our queue pee
Oh n' Em?
Ell Kay Jay
I hate Gee
if he deceive BA

The 1987 Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Final Squad:

Ray Clemence, Mitchell Thomas, Gary Stephens, Steve Hodge
They're all gonna put on a show for you
And don't forget Ozzie
Especially 'coz 'e
back in 81 had a dream come true
Nico Clausen, Houghton and Galvin
Don't forget Clive and Paul Allen too
Richard Gough and Chrissy Waddle
Garry Mabbut and Glenn Hoddle
And Danny all the goals are gonna be for you.

We Didn't Start The Fire:

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe MCCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebakker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marylin Monroe (this one goes a bit hazy after this).

Dem Bones (In order of connection):

Toe, foot, anke, leg, knee, thigh, hip, back, neck, head (Finger, hand, shoulder, arm)

Spearmints Scottish Pop Bands:

The secret goldfish, Edwyn C, Nectarine Number 9, Bobby G,Stephen Pastel, Ray MgGinley, Adventures in Stereo, Emma P (Emma P), Stuart Murdoch, Douglas P (Douglas P)

A-Houses Endless Artists (without the years and only to about halfway through:

Turner, Toulouse-Lautrec, Andy Warhol, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, William Butler Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, Richard Redgrave, Henry Moore, Henry Miller, Sid Vicious (only 21), Brian Jones, Otis Redding,Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Elvis Presley 1935 to 1977, Man Ray, Johnny Ray...um...Alfred Lord Tennyson, John Lennon 1940-1980, Pissaro, Picasso, Degas...er..struggling badly now...skip to the end... Ian Curtis, Salavador Dali, Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss, Walt Disney's Mickey Moutse. All Dead, yet still alive, in endless time, endless art.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:29, 5 replies)
my doctorate degree
After seven months (and counting) of unemployment, that pretty much sums it up.
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:27, Reply)

I am getting on a bit so I know loads of old stuff, it's the new stuff I struggle to get the hang of, cheers, BARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARK
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:24, Reply)
Anglo Saxon
most people nowadays find it un-befangenlíc.
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129912413453425th! YES!!!!
I know Rob, and he's pretty old.
Well, I know OF him.
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There's lots of old stuff that I still now how to do.

Eat, breath, walk, talk, count, write, read, drive, ride a bike, swim, tie my shoelaces, sleep, dress myself, clean my teeth, use a toilet (both standing up AND sitting down), throw a ball, masturbate, shave, draw, stack things on top of one another, tell the difference between different human faces, make a phone call...

Can we have a new question now please?
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:14, 6 replies)
NOW the world will take notice of me!

Edit: Bugger...
(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:13, Reply)
and your mum
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