What was life like in 1990’s Britain ?
After the excess and power dressing of Thatcher’s 80’s, we were catapulted into the 90’s with all the that the increased personal tech had to offer. We had personal computers, windows operating systems and were thrown into the third dimension and cyberworld of what was the internet. We watched Speed, Pretty Woman, Jurassic Park. Then, as Hanibal Lecter drank a nice chianti and ate fava beans, the theme of space continued unabated with Toystory and Toystory 2 as every little boy dreamed of being Buzz Lightyear. We explore what was life like in 1990’s Britain.
Alongside some of the usual suspects, we were clueless and having the time of our lives Dirty Dancing. As Tony Blair tripped the light fantastic into no 10 we all believed that things will never get better. We freed Kuwait and invaded Iraq and were serenaded by Whitney singing she would always love us. It was an age of excitement, possibility and chaos with recession in the early 90’s and the tech bubble exploding. As we all dreamed of joining tech giants like Apple and Windows and rebelled with Linux servers, we sang Wonderwall and heard a bittersweet symphony ring in our ears as Clinton visited at Christmas and brought with him peace in Northern Ireland.
With house music and acid House, the decade blurred through a haze of moral panics and e tabs mixed with the usual excess of teen alcohol. We sent UN troops to Bosnia and former Yugoslavia, watched in horror as Romanian orphanages emerged from Ceacesscius clutches as the cold war warmed up.
We decorated our bedrooms with Athena posters and coca cola signs and adorned our homes with a mixture of metal wall signs and metal wall art of times gone by. Nostalgia of more innocent times abounded as we were catapulted tumbling into an ever connected cyberworld. We learned Howstuffworks and let our 80’s mullet perms relax and grow out as we tried to iron our curls out.
We took our lead from first couple Homer and Marge Simpson and wished we were in the Central Perk with our Friends. No one told us life was gonna be this way, but it was definitely fast and furious. As the decade and century came to a close, we had mourned a people’s princess who became an icon of modernity, played trivial pursuit and ate doritos and bagels just like our friends. We watched again as the Titanic sank along with Leonardo di Caprio who managed to resurrect himself once more as the Man In The Iron Mask. Meanwhile Nelson Mandela was freed after 25 years and Apartheid finally came to an end in South Africa.
In an era of self-reflection, we railed against technology and some of us even joined in as ecowarrier Swampy and established a community of like-minded ecowarriors to live in the trees to stop the march of motorways. It was a decade of the cd rom, as Encarta killed our home tomes of the encyclopaedia Britannica. We upgraded our desktops to laptops, fought the battle of Windows with the Apple Mac and phoned and text messaged each other incessantly with smiley faces on our ever shrinking phones. As we stood perched on the precipice of a new decade and century, Billy Joel reminded us that we didn’t start the fire. One thing is for sure though, we’ve certainly kept it burning ever since!
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