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Saturday, September 25, 1999 Published at 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK


Millennium mementoes hit the shops

What would your time capsule say about you?

Millennium time capsules have gone on sale in UK stores - but shoppers have less than 100 days to decide what to put into them.

The BBC's Rupert Carey: "What better way to become famous in the future?"
Shops have already begun to stack their floors with the usual seasonal memorabilia - but this year there is an extra twist.

Millennium mugs, millennium champagne, and furry millennium bugs have filled the shelves - and now, of course, shoppers can make their small mark on history with millennium time capsules.

[ image: Lottery tickets are on a lot of people's lists]
Lottery tickets are on a lot of people's lists
Even high street favourite Marks and Spencer has produced a range, which is made of plastic, took two years to design and is meant to last about 100 years.

The shop expects them to sell well as stocking-fillers and Christmas presents.

Designer Robert Erskine said: "What better way to become famous in the future?

"If someone discovers your time capsule in the future, no matter how ordinary you think it is, it's actually a unique insight into who you are."

But what would you put in it?

[ image: Spice Girls CDs are apparently popular]
Spice Girls CDs are apparently popular
Outside one high street store, various suggestions from shoppers included mobile phones, a favourite battered leather jacket, an old pair of trainers, and wedding photos.

Designer Richard Knight suggested a diagram of the wheel, "to stop people reinventing it in the future", a Barbie doll "for men to worship and women to understand", and two magnifying glasses, "because it took Galileo such a long while to work out how to make a telescope".

Time capsules are already being buried across the country.

One built into the wall of a new study centre in Yeovil College, Yeovil, Somerset contained newspapers, magazines, CDs, a letter from former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown and a National Lottery scratchcard.

[ image: They come in lots of different designs]
They come in lots of different designs
Teenagers in a survey conducted by the Royal Mail last year said Trainspotting, the drugs novel by Irvine Welsh, was the ideal inclusion.

The most popular choice of book to be preserved for future generations was The Bible, but a video of television series Only Fools and Horses was also a popular choice.

Also suggested in the survey were a National Lottery ticket, a newspaper, a Spice Girls CD, and a picture of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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