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Celebrating our 30th birthday, we can’t help but take a trip down memory lane – so we’ve done it with some of our faithful

Thinking of our younger years and recalling the good (music and films), the bad (power cuts and strikes) and the ugly (power suits and perms), we asked some of TNT’s readers and London veterans to look back on what’s made the city tick over the mag’s lifetime.

 


The professional predecessor

Graeme Johnstone, Melbourne, Australia

“I moved to London in early 1980 to be the editor of TNT’s predecessor, Australasian Express. It was a weekly tabloid newspaper, which had been going for about eight years. One of the great breakthroughs while I was there was when we started to get the weekend sporting results sent to us from Australia on a Sunday night by this marvellous new process called the ‘fax’!


Iron Lady: Thatcher was PM 1979-90

 “I lived in a flat in Kensington with my wife, Elsie, and our (then) three children. When we arrived everyone said to us, ‘Are you mad, bringing your family over here? This is London, the centre of the world, and the way the Cold War is hotting up, when the first bomb goes off, it will be dropped here!’ Oh, OK, thanks for that warm welcome to the UK. 

“A few weeks later the Iranian Embassy went up in smoke after a seven-day siege and the tone was set. The city streets were often tense, the evening news was always strident and a bomb went off one night not far from where we lived. Maggie Thatcher had just come into power and was slashing through industry and business with a machete and taking on the unions. “Rather than hang around London at the weekends, we would jump in the car that was part of my salary package – a VW Beetle with Australasian Express plastered all over it – and take off to see as much of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland as we could. 

“When we went back to Australia near the end of 1981, we were obviously pleased to return home, but it had been a truly marvellous experience.”


1995: the rave scene in London hits a high


The tearaway teen

Georgie Manning-Harris, Sydney, Australia

“I moved to Whitstable [in Kent] in ’93 to live with my dad when I was 15. Then I met a guy and I moved to London with him a year later. Two of my closest friends also moved over from Australia and we all lived together. 

“I moved around a lot – at one point I was in a house share with 14 other Australians and Kiwis. I think that was all part of living in London for me – there were so many places to rent and I liked to move in with people I didn’t know. 

“I went to performing arts school and worked in bars. I used to look in TNT Magazine for jobs, and also to find out what club nights were on. It was great for that – particularly for finding out about events that were geared up for Australians.

“I went a bit party mad. There’s a massive party scene in London. I used to go anywhere that played hard house – so Fever, Fahrenheit, 414 … I would rave all night and then barely make it into college.

“My friends met British guys, took them back to Australia and married them, but I still live in London. It’s a very different experience now. I don’t think London’s changed much but I think I have – I don’t go raving anymore! Also, you hang out with such different people depending on where you live in London. There are so many opportunities here, always new people to meet and new things to do.”


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Time goes by: Now we're 30, TNT readers and London veterans look back on life in the big smoke
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