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2001. The year the world changed, or so they say. A bit of the world, maybe. I was still picking up old people who had fallen out of bed, and had graduated to looking after my grandfather, who wasn't up to living alone anymore. I also acquired a feral cat that my sister found somewhere and fell in love with. My cat definitely didn't fall in love with him! I was half afraid she might try to eat him, as he was a kitten and still very small, but in the event she didn't deign to go anywhere near him.

Otherwise, apparently I remember even less about 2001 than I do about 2000! I remember the BBC debuting The Blue Planet, a documentary series about the sea. Gorgeous photography, bugger all information. Typical modern telly! Still, it did look very nice. I remember it particularly as being from this year, because the first episode aired on 12th September.

It was the year that Jack Lemmon died, I remember that much. Long a favourite of mine. His son, Chris, was one of the stars of my beloved Thunder In Paradise of course, so possibly making me laugh runs in their family. Chris wrote a wonderful tribute to Jack, the book A Twist Of Lemmon, which is one of the funniest books I've ever read. I recommend it.

The West Wing first aired this year - in the UK anyway. I fell in love with it about two minutes into the first episode, and I'm still waiting for the American public to wise up and elect Martin Sheen as President. Okay, so he has no intention of standing. But that's immaterial.

George Harrison died this year too. My favourite Beatle. Helps with choosing this year's music, anyway. I checked the Top 100 for the year, and it's a cacophony of teeny pop acts covering old classics. Yuck! One or two good tracks that I remember, but I'd rather leave the rest lurking in the murky clouds of history. My kid sister turned nineteen this year, and she was all about Steps and SClub7. Argh!

Travis and Sing. Not a bad song. I much prefer Why Does It Always Rain On Me, but I forgot that one back in 1999!

Dido with Here With Me. A big hit several years earlier in America, apparently, but not released here until this year. Possibly because it was the theme song to Roswell. Did that air this year? Probably then. Loved season one, hated season two, don't know how many there were in all.

Wheatus with Teenage Dirtbag. I remember buying the album this song came from for my nephew. Must have been his fifteenth (sixteenth?) birthday (oh, like counting is so important. And it may have been seventeenth). He's a rock drummer these days. *is proud* Well, he is at weekends, anyway!

George Harrison and While My Guitar Gently Weeps:

Check out some of those names on stage!


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Dec. 18th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, cat. <3

This year is a total blur for me except world news. I remember nothing else whatsoever. :O
Dec. 18th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
I think the world news perhaps drowned out everything else. I'm sure something nice must have happened somewhere though!
Dec. 19th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, Blue Planet isn't exactly hardcore nature doc. Depends what you're looking for, though. I like to get tiddly at Christmas and watch polar bears saying, "You looking at me funny, mate? Outside!" And penguins fall over and steal each other's boyfriends.

No, hang on, that's the EastEnders Christmas special. Well, I like to weep and screech through both, once a year. But if you're looking to actually learn something, then, um, yeah...

I do like the melancholy of George's songs, always the more introspective Beatle. But John's vaguely my fave, the gobby bugger. Also have a fondness for Wings, but don't tell anyone.

Isn't Jeff Lynne an odd bod? I mean, with the right wig and aviator shades, anyone could get up on stage and pretend to be him.
Dec. 19th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
I am a sealife geek, admittedly, so I don't always expect to learn anything from these shows, but I still want to see some proper information! "Look at this pretty fish!" is fine, but try naming it too... Did you see the Beeb's three part series on sharks earlier this year? That was fab.

Yes, I like John too. He was definitely the funny one (although George was quietly funny - he was the great friend of the Pythons of course, and funded "The Life Of Brian" for them, after all the usual suspects pulled out).

Wings aren't so bad! Although I do rather prefer the Guns n' Roses version of "Live And Let Die". "Mull Of Kintyre" was my first record though! Admittedly I was only two, and didn't choose it - it was given to me that Christmas, as apparently I used to sing it a lot!
Dec. 19th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
About the only thing I remember from that year - apart from the obvious - is that I went to a concert on Sep. 12 and called the venue beforehand to ask if it takes place at all.
Dec. 19th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
A sensible move. I remember that Nelson Mandela's 46664 AIDS charity had a huge concert planned for that October, and cancelled it due to the security concerns. They had it the following year instead.
Dec. 19th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)
'The Blue Planet' was shoals of herring being hoovered up by predators as I recall. Wildlife docs are like watching moving wallpaper these days. Have you watched 'Life on Earth' recently? The early eps where everything is plankton and sponges is great. David Attenborough just talks and talks and talks and talks over everything for ages. He said he wouldn't do that today. I like things where Attenborough has written the script though, because he knows how to structure a script with a beginning, middle and end. But I guess that's an old fashioned way of doing things today.

Edited at 2015-12-19 04:00 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen much in the way of wildlife shows recently, no. I usually just look up the marine ones. The Beeb's recent shark three-parter was terrific, but yes, in general it's a different world now. They show the old stuff sometimes, and it's in a totally different league.
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