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1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.  Elizabeth II, speech Guildhall 24th November 1992

 

 

The decade of the 1990s was meant to have been one in which a new international order, free of the bipolar rivalry of earlier days, was to have been established.  Jonathan Winston Howard, address to Australians 13th March 2003

 

 

The 90s: Ten years of irrational exuberance, reality TV becomes way too real, everyone became a celebrity.  And everybody got wired.  Ten years before the world changed for ever.  The 90s.  The last great decade?  The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us, National Geographic 2014 s1e1

 

Walls were coming down ... We were about to plunge into the Matrix.  ibid.

 

The deadline for Saddam to get out of Kuwait passes.  ibid.

 

Smart bomb technology: Peter Arnett is still in the thick of the action.  ibid.

 

‘Everything they put into movies now, we had in real life then.’  ibid.  Jerry Springer

 

Video Game War: 147 Americans and an estimated 22,000 Iraqis are killed in combat.  ibid.

 

Bill Clinton was the right man for the times.  ibid.

 

‘Yes I was Bill Clintons lover for twelve years.’  ibid.  Gennifer Flowers

 

 

Taboos are breaking down and sex is going mainstream.  The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us II s1e2

 

It’s the decade on the Internet and everyone wants in on the act.  ibid.

 

 

It’s the mid-90s.  There’s a new president in the White House.  The economic boom is in full swing.  The internet is taking hold of our lives.  Life is good.  On the horizon storm clouds are gathering.  The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us III s1e3

 

In 1994 the United States Figure Skating Association concluded that Tonya did know of the attack and banned her for life.  ibid.

 

By 1993 an estimated six million Americans are taking Prozac.  ibid.

 

 

Music still had the power to shock and annoy.  The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us: Shock n Awe s1e4

 

In 1996 Tupac sells 5 million albums in the US in just 2 months.  ibid.

 

 

 

An information Superhighway now paved with gold.  The 90s: The Decade That Connected Us: Exposed s1e5

 

[Monica] Lewinsky was questioned for over 12 hours without charge.  ibid.

 

Nothing was taboo for Benetton’s ads campaigns.  ibid.

 

 

The Impeachment rollercoaster thunders on.  The attempt to unseat the US president finally goes off the rails.  The 90s: The Decade that Connected Us: The Countdown s1e6

 

Diana receives over $30 million in her divorce settlement but is stripped of her royal title.  ibid.

 

40,000 people gather on the streets of Seattle to protest against the WTO.  ibid.

 

One of the biggest revolutions was not political but musical  [House].  By the end of the millennium it would take over the world.  (1990s & ibid.

 

 

The 1990s saw the advent of a new obsession with celebrity.  90s Greatest: Tragedies, National Geographic 2014

 

In the mid-90s the Baltic Sea bore witness to the largest maritime disaster in Europe’s peace-time history: MS Estonia.  ibid.

 

The most unforgettable tragedy of the 1990s, the shocking and untimely death of ... Diana.  ibid.

 

 

A decade of magnificent teams, mesmorising players, and madness.  The 1990s was the decade that saw football go supernova.  90s Greatest: Football Moments

 

 

This is the 1990s.  There are no revolutions left.  There are no communists left.  Alan Bleasdale, GBH V: Message Received starring Robert Lindsay & Lindsay Duncan & Michael Palin & Julie Walters & Tom Georgeson & Andrew Schofield & Jane Danson & David Ross et al, director Robert Young, Ravi to policeman Kennedy, Channel 4 1991

 

 

In the Spring of 1990 Thatcher introduced a new local tax to replace domestic rates which would prove to be the beginning of the end.  Thatchers new method of raising local revenue was called the Community Charge or Poll Tax.  It would be payable by everyone.  And the poorest in the land would pay as much as the richest ... When it was tried out in Scotland there was chaos.  Huge numbers of people simply refused to pay.  Andrew Marrs History of Modern Britain, BBC 2007  

 

 

This is the 1990s seen through the shocking filter of TV gone wrong ...  The Best of Bad TV II, Channel 5 2015

 

Hi Honey I’m Home [Hitler sitcom] ... After Dark [late-night talk-show] ... Smash Hits Poll Winners Party ... Eldorado [BBC sitcom in Spain 1992] ... Ghostwatch [Michael Parkinson] ... The British Comedy Awards ... Richard Littlejohn Live & Uncut ... Catchphrase ... Gaytime TV ... Canary Wharf [Kelvin McKenzie] ... Live TV [smut] inc Topless Darts & News Bunny ... The Girlie Show [patronising rubbish] ... Pebble Mill ... The Time The Place [pointless studio debate] ... Gamesmaster [video game review] ... Eurotrash ... Changing Rooms ... Something for the Weekend …  ibid. 

 

 

Cool Britannia: After Death: incoherent drunk Oliver Reed ... Mrs Norton of Falmouth complains of excessive coverage of Nelson Mandela’s release ... The Word: licking dandruff ... the ‘new lad’ culture had arrived ... Fantasy Football League ... TFI Friday ... The Girlie Show ... Wanker of the Week: Peter Andre ... Man o Man Saturday Night  which unlucky lad would get dumped ... Naked Elvis 1999 late Friday ... Davina McCall and the poo show ... Strip Masterbrain ... Live TV inc Topless Darts at the Ballet ... The Good Sex Guide ... ITVs Sex Now ... Brookside and lesbian kiss ... Des OConnor Tonight 1990 ... Harry Enfield’s racism ... Mrs Merton …  It Was Alright in the 1990s, Channel 4 2015

 

Food: ‘The Thing about the sausage rolls  they’re getting smaller.  In terms of the size and all that there, you know.’  (1990s & Prison & Food & Television)  Sinn Fein prisoner, televised interview cited ibid.

 

World’s worst rap duet: The 8-15 from Manchester  Saturday morning kids’ show, a regular feature called Rapattack – ‘a group from Cheltenham who go by the name of The Untouchables’.  ibid.

 

‘Think of all the fun you could have, instead of spending money on a dumb pack of fags.’  ibid.  The ‘Untouchables’ rap attack

 

 

‘People have access to taste.’  Back in Time for the Weekend V: The 90s, social historian, BBC 2016

 

Technology would change how we spend time together.  ibid.

 

Staying in was the new going out.  ibid.

 

By 1994 cheap mobile phones were flooding the market.  ibid.

 

 

Let’s not forget – the ’90s also gave us Vanilla Ice, M C Hammer, and we can’t forget about the Fresh Prince …  Dope 2015 starring Shameik Moore & Tony Revolori & Kiersey Clemons & Blake Anderson & Zoe Kravitz & A$AP Rock & Chanel Iman & Tyga, director Rick Famuyima, gangsta to hero, Netflix 2017

 

 

In the years between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the attacks of 9/11 America experienced unprecedented disruption.  Media, technology and politics radically changed.  It’s a decade that straddled two eras: it was the end of the old world and the beginning of the new.  The 90s: How They Changed the World, History 2018

 

The accidental end of the Cold War.  ibid.

 

‘Nothing short of the complete implementation of the United Nations Security Council’ resolutions is acceptable.’  ibid.  George H W Bush

 

Suspect Beating.  ibid.  KTLA News: Rodney King

 

‘I’ll do that; I’ll come back on MTV.’  ibid.  Bill Clinton  

 

Microsoft Outlines Plans to Make Inroads on Internet.  ibid.  newspaper article  

 

 

November 1994: Republicans Sweep Into Congress.  The 90s: How They Changed the World II, newspaper headline

 

January 1998: The Monica Lewinsky scandal.  ibid.  

 

June 1999: Napster: The first social network.  ibid.

 

November 2000 election: ‘Florida goes for Al Gore.’  ibid.  CBS news

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