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Sugary Memories

Gav Reilly remembers the sweets that we munched when watching children’s television…

Anybody hwo was ambling around the Freshers’ Marquee last September will remember the multitude of sugary freebies being offered by different cliques present – but anyone would splurged and spent €3 joining NetSoc (and thereby helping to break down the invisible nerd-divide between Computer Science and everyone else) really gave themselves something to be happy about. NetSoc, you see, were celebrating their tenth anniversary, and to celebrate were offering a selection of sweets from a decade past.

In it there really was something for everyone: the Desperate Dan bars that we battled with while we fought with elder siblings over the remote (who really wanted to watch Beverley Hills 90210 anyway?)… those candy necklaces that the girls used to wear for days on end while the lads in third las tried to pull and snap them. Fruit Salads and Black Jacks! Remember them? And the weird looks you got whenever someone who didn’t know them gave you when they saw your black tongue? Or the little 10p bags of Meanies that we munched in the pub watching Ray Houghton lob Gianluca Pagliuca in the Italian net in New York, 1994? Or the Monster Munch that your parents tried to shush you with while they watched the OJ Simpson verdict? And God forbid you’d forgotten those little fried egg sweets and the Refreshers (joyfully received from the SU stand on Refreshers’ Day) that we nearly choked on the first time we saw the Spice Girls? Good memories, one and all…

And people say the Eighties were good…