Girl, 14, has 100-year-old body 22 March 2012 Last updated at 13:53 GMT Hayley Okines is 14-years-old, but a rare genetic condition called progeria means she ages eight times faster than the average person.
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Some people talk about "80s music" as if the whole thing is a genre - a playlist for a big, apparently ironic, party. Albums like Robert Cray's Bad Influence, The Hardline According to Terrence Trent D'Arby, Cyndi Lauper's She's So Unusual, Crowded House's eponymous debut, Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA, The Proclaimers' Sunshine on Leith, The Replacements' Let It Be, Def Leppard's Hysteria, practically everything by Prince, Thriller, The Blue Nile's A Walk Across the Rooftops, The Go-Betweens' 16 Lovers Lane and the soundtracks to The Lost Boys, Footloose, Top Gun and Flashdance are all formative albums for me.
And as someone who bought Rick Astley on tape, I saw the Rickrolling phenomenon as a chance to dig out the vinyl for a laugh.
Another aspect of the 1980s that interests me is how the established "legends" of the 1970s really struggled to find their way. If you praise the music of the 80s you have to know that that includes Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome. I think the 1980s are maybe my second or third favourite musical decade (behind the 1970s and maybe behind this decade). Nostalgia is mostly what I feel when I think of the 80's, and I do look back fondly on the bad hair, bad clothes, REAL bad makeup, and quite often, bad music, but it was still the decade I developed my own indivdual tastes in all of the above. The '80s were a very fertile time for music: post-punk and new pop, the Flying Nun scene, and a superb underground scene in the US. In Britain you had a very strong independent music scene, with bands like The Fall and Spacemen 3 making great music.
Danny's post reminded me that I forgot the two bands that made my favourite albums of the 1980s; XTC's Skylarking and Talk Talk's Colour of Spring are my two very favourites. Registration is not required to post a comment but if you sign in, you will not have to enter your details each time you comment.
And part of that no doubt comes from those that lived through it - particularly those that experienced the mainstream rap movement off the back of the 1970s funk, soul and disco roots of early hip-hop. Sure, fans will make excuses for the work of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lou Reed and - less likely - The Rolling Stones. If you write off the decade you are forgetting about some of Tom Waits's most inventive albums - including the trilogy of Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs and Frank's Wild Years.


Tons of great music floating around, and not much of it what people think of when they write off the 80s as cheesy shoulder pad music. I have started listening to some of the recent TTD albums lately, or whatever it is he calls himself now, and they are still good. That doesn't necessarily mean that the music was particularly good, but nostalgia will do funny things to our ears and memories. Perhaps they are remembering the fashion, the television, the movies - and lumping it all in together - as of course is the way with pop-culture. The 1980s were responsible for the start of drum'n'bass, house, techno and other forms of dance music. And for every Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits or Full Moon Fever there was something like Icehouse's Man of Colours. I couldn't even make it over to lift the needle mid-way through side one; it was safer to just leave the room - and then the house. But isn't it interesting that right at the end of that decade they all came right - they all released their strongest record in years. It adds a bit more complexity and textural interest to late seventies rock music, but it's still fresh and has a sense of humour - a lot of rock music since 1991 seems a bit big and bland in comparison. The first jolt of my own individuality with music was brought about by Bruce Springsteen, and like your first kiss it's one that stays with me and probably a major reason why I have such a soft spot for ol' Bruce. Funnily enough, I was reasonably indifferent to Jacko in his hey-day - it wasn't until much later I appreciated what a genuis he really was.
The early years had the rollover of the new wave acts of the late 70s and so you ended up with the likes of the Specials and the Jam at number 1 in the charts.
Awful, dated production ideas - and the poor tradesmen were able to blame such equally poor tools as the synths, headless guitars and the LinnDrum. 90s rock like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden drew from these bands, but they also added an arena-rock sheen, which turns me off.
Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, and a year or two later, Guns n' Roses were the ones that really set me afire.
There was the rockabilly revival via Stray Cats, Polecats, Matchbox and so on leading to Jason and the Scorchers being big for a while. A couple of decades later, this has become a nightmare for keyboard players in covers bands who are trying to recreate the sound.


I'll go back to the late 1970s and easily take the band's first three albums - even the early 1980s Love over Gold before Brothers in Arms. There was the New Romantic end of the scale, with ridiculous clothes and hedonistic aesthetic. Drum, guitar, bass and keyboard sounds all sounded different - one instrument was often used to conjure all of them.
With the production values of the decade playing against them they ended up lost, in an audio purgatory.
Joni Mitchell may have been the worst offender, especially given her near-perfect run the decade earlier.
A lot of the dancey stuff went past me, while rap degenerated into boastful tripe or poppy cash-ins.
Here she was though in the 1980s singing about cigarette vending machines - and doing a duet with Billy Idol?!
Rock got more ridiculous and the indie scene sort of withered, while the Stock Aitken Waterman axis of evil thrived. Sure there were great bands in that time, but they were lonely voices crying in the wilderness.
As much as I can cringe now, there's something deliciously irresistible about indulging in a thick slice of 80s music oozing with cheese.
But I still say that the first six or so years of that decade were magical musically, if not socio-politically.
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