80’s Commericals From Kuwaiti Television

These are commercials that I grew up with in the 80s. Amazing how much nostalgia they bring up all these years later. These ads were the staples of Kuwaiti tv during the years 1980-87 (I left Kuwait in 1987 when my family moved back to India).

The first one is a Kuwaiti tv ad for Chicken Tikka restaurant in Kuwait City – very catchy jingle that you can dance to. Everyone in my extended family loved this one.

Pepsi was the choice of cold drink back then for me, my family and most of my friends & their families. Coke was never on the scene but 7Up was equally popular. However in terms of cool this Lemon Pepsi ad was the winner!

The French product La vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow) is a brand of processed cheese products made by Fromageries Bel, and in particular refers to the brand’s most popular product, the spreadable wedge. It was the cheese spread of choice. We all loved their cheese.

My favourite burger back then was Hungry Bunny, which is a Saudi Arabian chain. We used to buy them a lot. Even if McDonald’s was available I preferred this one. Great jingle too!

Sunkist was the fruit drink of choice. We bought them all the time and they were delicious. Sunkist made a grand introduction in New York by franchising it to The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York, it’s been sold a couple of times and is now a Dr Pepper Snapple Group product.

Finally Kitco chips. Kuwait Indo Trading Co.is known as KITCO in Kuwait. Manufacturer of Potato chips, fried snacks, Mexican tortillas and corn chips. Their stuff was the bomb back them. Kids all loved it and especially the Bunny mascot that they had. In a kiddie version of beer or shot games, my friends and I had a different version – we’d try and eat as many Kitco chips as we could while the ad was playing especially in the manner that the bunny did!

So there you have it. A huge piece of my childhood. Along with the tv shows, cartoons and movies these ads, played repeatedly during my favourite shows, bring back so many memories. I miss my childhood, there were some really good times back then!

Arsenal 2 Hull City 0

On a mid-week late night start Arsenal provided just enough attack & finishing to give themselves 3 points as they beat Hull City 2-0. Nicklas Bendtner’s first Arsenal goal since March 2011 helped the Gunners beat Hull to keep their four-point lead at the Premier League summit. The Danish striker headed in Carl Jenkinson’s cross after two minutes to set up a dominant display with Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor kept busy. Arsenal couldn’t maintain the relentless attack for long and things calmed down enough for Hull to start mounting their own attack. But Arsenal were unlucky to not go 2-0 heading into the break. Infact they should have rightly scored a couple of more goals with all the close chances they came up with.

The second half started much in the same was as the first as Arsenal came out all guns ablaze and attacked the Hull goal without intent. Mesut Ozil stroked in from Aaron Ramsey’s deft pass to make it 2-0 after 47 minutes. Jake Livermore had a rare Hull shot but fired straight at Wojciech Szczesny. Hull boss Steve Bruce said just before kick-off that “it might have been foolish” to play with two strikers in attempt to earn a result, having secured a surprise win against Liverpool on Sunday. But his side could probably have played with 12 players and still struggled to contain Arsenal’s precision passing and clever movement as Ozil, Ramsey and Santi Cazorla weaved all sorts of patterns in midfield to secure a sixth victory in seven Premier League games. Arsenal remain at the top of the league with a four point gap over Chelsea.

Importantly for Arsenal this is the 4th clean sheet in a row. Arsenal now face games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea before Christmas where their title credentials will be rigorously tested.