Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Do you remember Just Seventeen?

I've discovered my collection of magazines.  Come join me down on memory lane.

I don't know about you but in 1994 I lived for Wednesdays.  Every Wednesday, before I had arisen from my slumber my lovely dad would go to the paper shop before he went to work and buy me Just Seventeen, leaving it on the dining room table for me to find when I got up. Every Wednesday. Without fail. Thanks Daddy!

I guess perhaps this is where my love affair with magazines began, I still adore buying a new one (or five) and sitting down with a cuppa. For me, it's one of life's little pleasures. We try to ignore the amount I spend on them.  I used to have an eager flick through the magazine before school, obviously having a good look at any free gift first and then skipping to the problem pages and horoscopes. I'd then would come back later to read it all in greater detail and complete the quiz. Remember those? 

My parents never got around to the "birds and bees" chat (bit late now mum) and so I'm pretty sure aside from the playground, I learned everything I needed to know from these magazines. The problem pages were always filled with those burning questions that you really wanted to know the answer to but were either to scared to ask or afraid of being laughed at. My particular favourite was the "mythbusters" section.

We poured over the sex tips, even though we were far from needing them, and we used these magazines to try and understand those mystery creatures (boys) a little bit better. Right down to analysing the handwriting in their loves notes. Email, Facebook and texting really sucked the life out of that one, huh.

We enjoyed the fun articles, reading about what was hot and what was not (or in this case what was sizzling and what was fizzling) and taught ourselves hair and make-up tips whilst slobbering over pictures of the J17 male models like Malcolm.
I don't ever remember cooing over Prince William but clearly he was being labelled as hot totty back in 1995 at the tender age of 14. Wonder if Kate Middleton read J17.

I guess I'm a bit out of the teenage-magazine-loop so I don't even know if something like this exists anymore? I'm guessing certainly not a weekly one. I think it's a shame but I guess time marches on and with the internet nobody needs to wait for news and gossip anymore, we have access to it 24/7. Got a problem? You don't need to write into an agony aunt, just Google it. Forums and message boards mean you can get instant advice to your most embarrassing problem anonymously at any time of the day. 

Did you read any magazines as a teenager? TV Hits, Smash Hits, Big, Mizz - they all made it into my hands at one point or another, especially if they had a good poster of Take That in them... (Clearly, being a hoarder I still have said Take That posters).

For the record, whilst I enjoyed the fashion tips in the magazine, I most certainly did not dress like this

Just so you know.

love & kisses
Mrs M x


  1. OMG Just brilliant.

    I started with Twinkle, then Mandy, then Blue Jeans, then Just Seventeen and then (I think) More - was that the one with "position of the fortnight"?

  2. Oh yes, I started with Twinkle too. Nurse Nancy. I still have my Twinkle Annual from 1985 and also my Mandy annuals. Pretty sure there is a Blue Jeans annual too and most certainly a Jackie one.

    Position of the Fortnight was the best part of that magazine!

  3. Oh i loved my weekly magazines too, i used to buy them all!! Smash Hits, J17, Shout, Sugar.... ah those were the days ;) xx

  4. Oh yes! Memories. My dad was a delivery driver for the local paper and used to bring me mine home in the evening. The fashions were a bit odd, I remember one article where they had refashioned a boiler suit into a dress and a washing tablets box into a handbag. I remember me and my sister flicking bleach all up our blue jeans too.

  5. I read Jackie, Just Seventeen and More. Yes I used to hide some issues of Just Seventeen and More from my parents!Position of the fortnight was very intriguing to all of us who had barely even kissed a boy!

  6. I am going to write a blog post about position of the fortnight.

  7. I truly hope you are going to demonstrate them too Nickie.

  8. I might draw pictures...

  9. Oooh now you're taking me back! I loved Just Seventeen and I bought it religiously. I used to love the problem pages! I remember not even understanding what half of it meant (I had never even kissed a boy when I was reading these magazines!) but like you, this is definitely how I learnt the ways of the world ;-)
    I'm so jealous that you still have them - I would love to look through them for old times sake!

  10. I used to love the weekly story...cant remember what it was called but I just to wait eagerly for the next one...then they made them into mini books too! I was so in love with the lead characters boyfriend! It was what I wanted all my relationships to be like - at the time!

  11. Position of the Fortnight is still going strong! But it's called Position of the Week now. I loved J17 and more! so much that I now work at more!

    Great post! x

  12. Ahem - I used to get "Jackie", which ages me, so I'll just sidle off quietly. LOL

  13. Oh my god! I used to love J17! All the mags, shout (I was in that once for a makeover!) Mizz, More! And like you, I still spend FAR too much money on magazines!


  14. Oh yes I remember Just Seventeen and TV Hits, Smash Hits, Big, Mizz. Oh and then More of course! Oh and Looks magazine. And 19. Blimey, that's a lot of maagazines I read over the years!
    And like many others here I started with Twinkle and Bunty!
    Wow, I feel all nostalgic now.

  15. OMG I was a total Just Seventeen girl! What a blast from the past

  16. Amazing! Loved J17 and Mizz. And malcolm.... I ended up doing a ski season in France in the early 2000s and he was working for the same company! I nearly died with shame talking to him remembering his poster on my wall as a 13 year old!

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