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The Media and the Internet

This part of the Guide outlines how the media and the Internet can help you with your search for nostalgia. We talk about the internet on other pages, particularly the Where to Go page, because probably the easiest way to find other sources of nostalgia is through the Internet. However, this page explores how the Internet and other media can help you more directly.

Since we've already mentioned the Internet on another page, let's start there. As we said above, even if you're looking for auctions, fairs, car boot sales or whatever, it is easy to find them through looking on the Internet, which is the means to the end. However, for some forms of nostalgia, the Internet may be the end in itself because it is the only place to find what we want.

A good example is if we want to look for people - old school friends or university companions for whom we have grown nostalgic. There are a number of websites through which we might find them. Try My Old Mate to look for old school friends or anyone with whom you've lost touch and would like to get together with.

Alternatively, we can sign up with one of the social networking sites such as Facebook and it may be that we can find people by that route.

If we're nostalgic for our own family and want to trace our routes through our family tree, the Internet can be a boon. Go to UK Genealogy or you can go to LaterLife's section on genealogy, which will help you get off to the perfect start.

Many people collect old records and there are, of course, many record stores throughout the country that sell them. However, for a much wider choice, go to More Music for record shops throughout the world that sell old records.

In our quest for nostalgia we will undoubtedly use the Internet for many different purposes; it's an ideal tool, as we all know, for searching for all sorts of information. However, the examples above are examples where the Internet is not only a useful means to an end, but almost the end itself - almost but not quite!

Radio and television may also be a means to an end or the end itself. It can be a means to the end in the sense that we may come across a programme on one of the mainstream radio or TV channels that is dealing with some aspect of the past that we're interested in. On the other hand, many people satisfy their nostalgia by listening to old radio and television programmes, and then it becomes the end itself.

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On the television, there are channels such as Gold that specialise in showing old programmes, so we can watch early episodes of 'Only Fools and Horses' to our heart's content. Dave is another TV channel where you can watch old programmes, buy DVDs of them (through their website) and generally indulge your nostalgia.

You can listen to classic radio programmes such as 'Round the Horn' on BBC Radio 7 which mixes new programmes with classics.

If old films are what you desire, you can watch those from time to time on any of the TVchannels. However, to watch them regularly, turn on Sky Movies Classics. You can also go to TCM to see old films. Again, the website will show you what's on.

We can link the Internet and radio by buying CDs and listening to old shows on the web. Go to Radio Lovers to see just what's on offer.

The routes to our nostalgia are many and varied but the Internet and other media are certainly very helpful when it comes to providing a helping hand and more. You will maybe need to search for your own interests on the Internet and in other places because this Guide is designed not to be completely comprehensive but to get you thinking and heading in the right direction. Indeed, for those people who are nostalgic, the search is very often part of the challenge and the fun.

So just click on the links in the box, get your appetite whetted and get nostalgic. For a quick start, go to Coldal to see the kind of things that people get nostalgic about. It's definitely a feel-good website, so get yourself into the mood.

If you have anything in particular that you're nostalgic about or you can help other people with their nostalgic longings, let us know through the feedback form

This Guide to Nostalgia is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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