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Ah, student days. A time of learning, boozing, socialising, boozing and watching wall-to-wall daytime TV. And boozing. All of that somehow crammed in between meeting every single coursework deadline, of course. To coincide with our Student Guide, we asked a bunch of graduates (of various vintages) which song, film or TV programme most reminds them of their college / uni life.
CSI and Murder She Wrote. I really should
have studied Criminology and not Textiles.
Afternoon showings at the 501 in Liverpool of Reservoir Dogs, Natural
Born Killers and Man Bites Dog. They made pretty
funny films in the early 90s.
Neighbours and playing ten-hour stints of Football
Manager! But I won the Champions League with Aberdeen so it was totally
Blur’s ‘There’s No Other Way’. Except there clearly
was, given their various members moved into
world music, Labour party
politics and cheese.
Millionaire Matchmaker (I love a bit of Patti Stanger and her wine mixers)
and The Big Bang Theory (‘penny, penny, penny . . . ‘)
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. I was dancing to this in
Glasgow with an adulterous lover who would later
become my ex-wife. The angst captured something of the moral compromises I was feeling as I bounced up and down in Fury Murry’s.
If I was being honest, I’d say Neighbours because it was on at the right
time, and all the time. But instead I’ll say both Peep Show and Green Wing,
because both were utterly new and weird at the time, and great to watch with a large group of flatmates.
As much as I would like to say something really pretentious and
high-brow, it’s definitely Come Dine With Me.
My friends and I
couldn’t afford cable, so we would rewatch my flatmate’s Sex and the City boxset over
and over, hating every second of it and hoping we would never be like Carrie Bradshaw.
‘Born Slippy’ by
Underworld. Memories of going to Edinburgh Uni in 1995 were Trainspotting, clubbing, and the refrain of ‘lager, lager, lager’.
Now 68 was my unfortunate student soundtrack. It still induces flashbacks
and the unmistakable waft of Carlisle’s only Wetherspoons...
I am so old you won’t even of heard of my uni faves: but I loved the new fresh young Blondie in the mid-70s but was mocked for it by most of my friends who tended to punk.
Along with two of my housemates, I developed
an almost religious
addiction to Supermarket Sweep (don’t laugh). It was the only thing that would get us out of bed before 9.30 (?) every day and I occasionally dip into
repeats on Challenge. When a university pal got a job on one of the ‘checkouts’ in the show, we almost died.
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