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So, last night[personal profile] splix  apparantly watched Trainspotting 2 and promptly declared it '90s night.

Thus inspired, I spent last night listening to Blur, Travis and Pulp. :D

I've had a soft spot for Blur since the Parklife album: Damon Albarn owned a dog he used to race at Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium and my Dad used to go to the 'Stow two or three times a week back in the '90s. And on the back cover, he's visible in the crowd behind the band.

And since Dad had a heart attack followed by a stress-induced nervous breakdown and had to give up work back in 1992, Country House always spoke to me (when it came out, Dad *was*, "knocking back Prozac"). I was definitely a Blur-fan in the Blur vs Oasis battles.

Only, who d'you think those lyrics make me think about *now*? ("I'm a professional cynic, but my heart's not in it/ I'm paying the price of living life at the limit")

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bunn
Apr. 18th, 2017 11:51 am (UTC)
I was listening to Pulp last night too! Weird coincidence. The year 2000 seems so very long ago now.
natsuko1978
May. 3rd, 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
Won't it be strange when we're both fully grown? Be there! Two o'clock by the fountain down the road
Doesn't it, just?!

Remember all the Y2K panic? That seems forever ago.

The Twin Towers were still standing and the "War on Terror" and fundamentalist Islamic terrorism/wars/Boko Haram/Isis and everything that's happened in Syria and Iraq and Lybia and the Arab Spring.... that was all in the future.

The search engines of choice were Alta Vista and Ask Jeeves. I had not discovered online fandoms - the internet was just something I only used for work and uni. I did not know there was a name for the stories I created in other people's fictional universes, using their fictional characters; I was not really aware that anyone else DID it. Memes did the rounds by group emails. I hadn't heard of blogs or social media. (I did not go online or have an email address until I started university.) There were only five TV channels unless you had Sky or something - and most people had poor reception for channel five.

(I didn't own a CD Player until 1999 - my brothers clubbed together to buy me one for my 21st b'day because it was starting to get hard to music on cassettes.)

I was 22 and hadn't had my accident yet. My dad was 64 (cue Beatles' song!) and in pretty good health after his angioplasty that year - playing golf three times a week and enjoying his retirement.

It was a pretty significant year all round for my family. Dad had his heart surgery at Bart's; my elder brother's only child (a son, Christopher) was stillborn; my cousin's son died at only 13 *months* of age; Nan - my last grandparent - died at 85; and I finally - after a gap year in the middle of my degree because I realised I'd left home and moved 200 miles away too young/immature/unready and wasn't coping (I was a very young 18 in all senses of the phrase in 1996) - graduated from York with my BSc, the first of all my family (cousins etc too) to get a degree.

It feels like a lifetime. Well, it is a lifetime. Christopher would be 17 now and doing A-levels. That's a weird thought. (I cannot imagine my brother with a teenaged kid.)
bunn
May. 3rd, 2017 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Won't it be strange when we're both fully grown? Be there! Two o'clock by the fountain down the
I still have a y2k 'Millennium bug is coming!' mug in the cupboard.

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