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1997. I left college in 1997. Leaving college is decidedly rubbish. One minute you're nice and comfortable, with a well-stocked library and no responsibilities, and the next you're expected to go out into the world, get a job, and be an actual person. This is probably terrifying enough even if you're not me. I wound up working in a factory with a health and safety record that veered between hilarious and non-existent. While I was there, they redesigned the shop floor in such a way as to make it even more obviously life-threatening than it had been previously, which was quite an achievement. It closed down about a year later. I've always felt partly responsible for that. They were going for some sort of European special status, that would have helped them get more contracts abroad, and a top drawer Eurocrat type came and talked to a few of us about our experiences with the company. She asked what it was like to work for them, and we all burst out laughing. They didn't get their special status.

Otherwise, it was the year of my first General Election! I was a bit excited. We were going to drive the ruddy Tories out, at last. Things had got so laughably bad with them, we even had a BBC newsreader randomly standing as an MP in one constituency, just in an effort to get rid of the useless prat who had the job. I soon learned how pointless it all feels though. How your vote doesn't actually count for anything in our stupid system. How the other side soon wind up looking just as bad as the people they've replaced. Especially when the country winds up saddling itself with Tony Blair for the foreseeable future.

Princess Diana died. The country went bleeding insane for a fortnight. Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted, and the entire internet was chatting about it in an instant. And I couldn't watch it! It was most frustrating. I caught the season one finale courtesy of Sky One when I was at my sister's place one night early the next year, but it didn't come to the BBC until centuries later - at least. Frustration! We did get Dark Skies and Poltergeist: The Legacy that year though. The former was a lovely piece of sci-fi that only lasted one season. Woe. The latter was a great fun paranormal series, that replaced The X-Files in my affections - Mulder and Scully having gone all conspiracy theory in a big way by then. Sadly, P:TL had a massive shake up for season two, and it was painfully obvious that they were now spending less money per season than they once had per episode (literally). And all the good writers ran away. And the grown up, clever elements were abandoned. Still, it was good for a bit.

The first Harry Potter book came out this year. I bought it for my niece's eleventh birthday. Or possibly her twelfth birthday. However old she was this year, that's the birthday I bought it for. Tomorrow Never Dies came out as well. My favourite Bond movie! I love everything about that one. Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, the song, the fights, the general willingness of everything to go "boom!" with alacrity. Happy happy happy. And Titanic came out too, but I still haven't seen that.

And some other stuff, probably. And rest assured, that Elton John song is not lurking beneath the cut. I wouldn't do that to myself, let alone you!

Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve

And a complete change of pace with Chumbawumba and Tubthumping:

Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind:

Probably inevitably, Tomorrow Never Dies, by Sheryl Crow:

And finally, this was the year when the three remaining members of Queen came out with their tribute to Freddie - No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young). And it's fab.

With apologies to a number of people whose songs nearly made the cut - Texas, the Rembrandts, Pet Shop Boys, the Cardigans, a few others. And the BBC of course, who put out their terrific, multi-artist cover of Lou Reed's Perfect Day in this year. Here, have a link to it anyhow. I'm nice that way.

PS: An early Christmas present from the bods on the Queen YouTube page! Nice. :) Even if it has all been cropped from 4:3 to 16:9...


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Dec. 15th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
My mom was very sad when Princess Diana died which is what I remember most about that.

I very faintly remember Dark Skies. If it was on, I probably watched it. I remember Titanic quite a bit better, as everyone was talking about it, it seemed. And Buffy which I watched quite often but never actually became a fan of.

Dec. 15th, 2015 05:09 am (UTC)
Rewatch "Buffy" immediately. Become a fan this time. :p

"Dark Skies" is something that I think you'd love. Very well thought out and clever show. One of many multi-layered and involving shows that were critically acclaimed, but never made it past season one. Sometimes the general public wants shooting!

Edited at 2015-12-15 08:09 am (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you helped to shut down a dodgy factory!

I had to wait until the BBC acquired Buffy with its cut and uncut broadcasts and it took me a few years to start reading any Harry Potter.
Dec. 15th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't read any Harry Potter books until the third one came out in paperback, I think. Then I read all three in the space of a week, fell in love with the entire franchise, impatiently awaited the release of the fourth... and it turned out to be terrible, as were all the others that came after. My shortest ever time in a fandom!
Dec. 16th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
I started after the fourth and I have to admit 'Goblet of Fire' wasn't my favourite as it was like actually being at Hogwarts for the whole year inc the dull bits. Needed editing down. 'Order of the Phoenix' was better.
Dec. 15th, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ha - I've actually got the album "Bittersweet Symphony" is on ... I really thought I'd lived in a different world in the 90s by now!!!
Dec. 15th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
I knew we'd catch up with you again eventually! Good album. :)
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