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The Paul Rogers Blog: Goodbye Ceefax - you will be missed!
10:17am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Paul Rogers Blog
I MUST admit, I thought that BBC's Ceefax service had already closed down, especially as we now live in a digital age.
So news that the last of the UK's analogue TV signal was turned off by Dame Mary Peters on Tuesday was sad to hear.
Ceefax was a godsend for many people and was a simple way of getting the news, sport and weather, not to mention cinema and gig listings and I even continued to use the service post internet.
I would enter 301 for the sport headlines and 101 for news pretty much on a daily basis.
I remember I used to just stare at the football scores as they came in on a Saturday afternoon and then digest the league tables, not forgetting to press 'hold' before it flipped over onto page two.
It was so easy to follow sports action on Ceefax and it had as much drama as if you watching live.
Ceefax has also created some great stories.
Lots of people have said that they only found out that they had won the lottery when they checked their numbers on Ceefax, while former QPR manager Bruce Rioch got a shock when he discovered that he had been sacked when he read about it on the football pages.
But my favourite story is Roy Essandoh being an unlikely hero due to Ceefax.
Injury-hit Wycombe put out a plea for new players on the service in 2001, to which Essandoh replied.
He then got the winner in a FA Cup quarter-final clash against Premiership side Leicester.
As well as Ceefax, I also loved the analogue Teletext services on ITV and Channel 4, especially the quiz game Bamboozle.
Looking back now, the graphics may not have been great, but I still fondly remember playing the game with my sister before leaving for school and waiting with bated breath to see what the quirky, score-related comments were at the end of the quiz.
Of course, we have to move with the times and I think that digital TV is great.
But there will always be a place in my heart for Ceefax.