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Friday, 7 January, 2000, 11:16 GMT
A new millennium - how is it for you?
As the world wakes up to a new millennium we want to know how you celebrated the turn of the century.
In Talking Point On Air's live debate on Sunday we heard accounts of parties and reflection from people marking the new millennium across the world.
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Your comments since the programme:
The fireworks on the Thames were the most spectacular I've seen. I like to see bold statements like the Wheel and Dome. The millions there were in good mood and I saw not one bit of trouble. I had expected tube difficulties after the event and had a pleasant walk back to Camden in the company of good friends. I can't wait for the next Millennium. I hope those with the "half-empty glass" philosophy stay at home and let happier people enjoy the massive efforts of others.
Bob Gardiner, England
I spent New Years Eve over at a friend's house trying my hardest not to fall asleep before the count down. I watched the fireworks, then dropped all my friends at the nightclub and went home and got on the net.
For a country that traditionally uses a totally different system for counting the years (this year is Heisei 12), Japan did a great job of celebrating the dawn of the Year 2000. I watched fantastic fireworks over Tokyo Bay with millions of others, then went to see the first sunrise over Enoshima Beach before making a sleepy pilgrimage to Enoshima Shrine for the traditional 'hatsumode' (first shrine visit of the year). It was a crazy night, and although without a doubt too much money was wasted all over the world, it was a night to tell our grandchildren about - if not least for the fact that the world didn't blow up after all! One of my friends summed it up when, at midnight, he said "This feels like we are at the centre of everything".
Beth, A Brit in Japan
I was drinking champagne in Parliament Square at midnight and went to the Dome on the 1st. It was a special and memorable weekend. I'm looking forward to huge advances in medicine and technology which will improve all our lives.
Yup, I'm one of those people, who says that the Millennium is due on 1 January 2001. Due to this, I did not make much of it as I intend to party on 31 Dec 2000. Mind you, I had read and heard so many dark predictions for 31 Dec 1999, that I was terrified that someone somewhere would really make this prediction come true by exploding some sort of doomsday device.
CD Baxter, Scotland, UK
Yesterday, my partner and I visited the Millennium Dome. We were slightly "put off" by the bad press, but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Central Arena show was quite spectacular. The zones were educational and entertaining. Living Island highlighted the pollution problems, but at the same time made it enjoyable for the younger generation. I feel this is an ingenious way to educate children about their world in the future.
Heather Field, England
It's just another day
Abdul Rafey, United States
I brought in 2000 the best way possible; with my son and his 3 teenage friends spending the night here in rural Texas. At midnight they shot fireworks and played electric guitars outdoors to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner, ala Jimi Hendrick's style. They also put together a time capsule of their memorabilia and predictions, along with the high school poster from the play all 4 guys starred in this winter. It is to be opened in the year 2050.
Rachel Van Citters, USA
I slept like I always did and purposely blocked out the thought of how money that could be used for good purposes was being wasted.
Having had much fun celebrating on Vauxhall Bridge with hundreds of others, my husband and I experienced a terrible crush situation outside Victoria Station on the way home. On arrival by foot at Victoria at 1.30am, a huge crowd was building up, pouring in from several directions. The crowds were halting outside the station because it was shut. A lone PC sat in a Police van outside the station saying they did not have any information from London Transport as to why the station had closed or when and if, it would re-open. The crowd was then turning back on itself and suddenly a terrible crush started. People were screaming at each other. Children were underfoot as the crowd pushed and swayed out of control and people were fighting to get free. Fortunately the flow of the crowd eventually allowed my husband and I to reach the edges but we lost each other in the crush and it was some minutes before we were reunited. We took to the backstreets to avoid further crushes. With no tubes and all buses packed to the rafters we had no option but to walk in the rain for several miles before getting a cab back. We arrived home at about 4am expecting to hear news of death or injury arising from the crowd situation. Thankfully there was no major disaster.
Sarah King, London, UK
My family and I spent the evening celebrating with about 3 - 4 hundred other church members at the party to end all parties at the Natural Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA. There was great food friendship and atmosphere as people of all ages, races and nationalities looked forward to the year 2000 together. It always amazes me the spirit of unity that is brought about by a common goal in Christ. It was a really memorable event, and I know that years from now my 5 and 8 year old sons will always remember where they where and what they did when 'Y2K' began. Happy New Year!
Anti-climax isn't the word...taxi's charging treble time, pubs and clubs charging ridiculous prices and a terrible turn out. Serves those money grabbers right. Next year I'll be surprised if anyway charges anything for entry...biggest mistake of the millennium. We had free tickets to our local pub and then moved on a club we had paid for in advance...the pub was full and a fantastic night but the club was empty and resulted in us having on of the worst New Years ever...
Hats off to the French, their Eiffel Tower display was truly fantastic. Narrowly followed by the U.S.
S Lawrie, UK
As the countdown began to 2000, there was an incredible buzz... and a great feeling of hope. I chose to spend the evening in Edinburgh for Hogmanay, and I wasn't disappointed. The fireworks were great, even if short, and the feeling among the crowd was just fantastic. And it didn't rain while we were celebrating in Princes Street at midnight. Watching the awesome display over Sydney Harbour from 11 hours earlier I felt a tiny bit homesick. The thing is it was like a visit home, thanks to the wonder of technology created in the last century. Imagine what we will achieve in the next.... Hopefully less destructive technology and a more peace. Happy Y2K to all.
Michelle Aynsley, An Aussie in London
I worshipped the porcelain god from 12:15am to 3:00am...
Sam B., USA
There is one advantage to the way those in charge have decided to count the years to the start of the third millennium, with there method it would seem that when a child has been alive for one year it is only zero years old, therefore we can all subtract one year from our age. However, although I enjoyed the party for 2000 my family and I will celebrate the start of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century at the correct time. ie. 00:00 hrs on the 1st January 2001.
David Nicholls, UK
Let it be for a celebration for the dignity of humanity. A new millennium for the celebration of the good of humanity. The Queen was tolerant and gracious when the Dome party had presentations of odd ideas. The style of the blues singer to "God Save The Queen" had discourtesy and cruel concept to the Monarchy, the ignorance of the idea is not for the pleasure of the historical value.
Catharine Hannover, Reno, Nevada/USA
To all of those club owners and promoters who decided to charge ridiculous prices to get into their clubs... Who's laughing now? I had a great time at a free event whereas friends of mine who spent upwards of £30 to get into pubs and more for clubs, were disappointed by the poor turnout. One more thing... how exactly are we going to top the events of this New Year with the turning of the millennium at the end of this year?
Step 1: Went down to Tesco's and spent an absolute fortune on beer, champagne and of course Tequila!
Step 2: Commandeered a good friend's flat and set up a pair of turntables not forgetting to ensure we had around 6 million tunes to put on them!
Step 3: Invited over everyone we'd ever met in the world...ever!! Well, almost!
Step 4: Started DJing at 7pm and continued until 12noon the next day! Perfect, and not a disgruntled party-goer or dry eye in the house! I'm only hoping we don't have to do it all again too soon, but we probably will! 2000AD, eh - phew!!
Dave Strong, UK
Eight more years to go to the new millennium: for the Ethiopian y2k. Because of that all Ethiopians were sleeping, except for foreigners who were celebrating the new millennium in Ethiopia.
The Millennium celebrations started fifteen days prior to New Year's eve in Lebanon with nightly outdoor concerts and live performances, street fairs, fireworks, laser shows, and dancing. Beirut once more proved that it was the playground of the Middle East. New Year's eve was celebrated along Beirut's main promenade, The Corniche, facing the Mediterranean. Stars from around the world performed for a very exuberant crowd of Lebanese who hoped that the new Millennium would finally bring lasting peace to their region of the world.
Georgina, Beirut, Lebanon
I enjoyed the celebrations and what a great new year! However, why are the politicians STILL insisting that we are in a new century and millennium. For those wondering about the argument, the very first year following Christ's birthday was called 1AD. At the end of 1AD, 1 year had elapsed. Therefore, at the end of 1999, 1999 years had elapsed. Only at the end of the year 2000 have 2000 years (2 millennia) elapsed and with it the dawn of the 3rd millennium and a new century.
I fully expect in the first weeks of January press statements explaining that there has been a terrible mistake and next year we will have to spend even more money and have even bigger parties for the real event. What does anybody else think? The maths seems to prove it!
Ralph Little, England
Like Sean I have been spending the millennium away from Britain (and my family) in Brazil, but am working here on a gap-year, and living with a Brazilian family. For the millennium we just went for a relaxing time to a villa near a beach north of Fortaleza. It wasn't what I expected - I had hoped before I arrived in Brazil, to be in Rio! But hey! It was fun. Swinging in my hammock, being with my girlfriend, playing football, volleyball and swimming with the other families who had come to the villa. Moreover, trying to converse with them all in my pigeon-Brazilian Portuguese!
Ben Weber, Brazil
Great fireworks in London! I was standing on London Bridge, actually inside the firework display! Awesome. But what happened after midnight? Nothing. Other cities around the world partied until dawn, but in London everything shut down by 2.30am, just leaving a long trudge to the station through the (thankfully cheerful) crowds. Abysmal crowd control and a total lack of forethought by the authorities meant that the evening was marred by a lack of facilities where the biggest crowds seemed to be.
It seemed that the whole event was geared towards the TV cameras and not the people who were actually there. Getting home was chaos. We finally caught a train at 4am. The transport people just couldn't cope with the crowds, and actually closed Waterloo station, waited for the crowds to disperse then opened it again! Then they had the audacity to state on the TV that there were "no problems". Perhaps if the partying was allowed to continue through the night the chaos of people getting out of London could have been averted. Another triumph for Blair's Nanny State.
Clive, London, UK
Few minutes before midnight, I set to witness the fireworks to welcome the new millennium. At the same time, I rush to the fuel station to avoid the increase in diesel prices as announced in the budget 2000 which is to take effect on the 1.1.2000.
Imagine, I was there with my wife. We had only 45 mins to midnight. Unfortunately, at the station, the sales agent pump in to my fuel tank about 20 litres of petrol instead of diesel. I was late for the celebration but fortunately I was reimbursed. That was the fuel-bug of the century. However, there was no reported Y2K problem in the Gambia as was reported by the media houses eager to be associated with being there first.
KAM 2RAY, Gambia
Had a superb night on Waterloo bridge with Heather - it was daytime for 15 minutes after midnight. Then sat on a wall, watching thousands of people crush themselves into Waterloo train station for 3 hours! Then got a cab back home to Ealing! Will never forget that night.
Brian Coles, England
I did not realise the end of the millennium till the last moment. I just could not experience that special feeling of the end of a century. I do not know yet whether I was being fair enough to the 20th Century. I somehow thought that something special could happen on 1 Jan. 2000. NOTHING. So I believe that the Millennium was just a very good, indeed extremely good, reason to have a Grand Party for those who can afford to.
But when I think of the poor, dying, hurt children, and the down-trodden, I just ask one thing to myself. "COULDN'T WE, HUMANS HAVE MADE A PLEDGE TO HELP PEOPLE AND CHILDREN IN NEED FOR JUST A GOOD MEAL A DAY?" I only wish that we all join hands now and help each other. I WISH ALL OF YOU READERS, A VERY HAPPY NEW MILLENIUM!!!
Gopi Pradhan, Bhutan
What may have come and gone for some, still lingers, here. It's still -45, they cancelled our fireworks, most people stayed home because "ya just can't see through ice fog". Still, we're used to this weather when it hits. Tyres freeze in a square and people plug their cars in. -45 is life or death weather. Our millennium was better to watch the world celebrate, and we'll make up for lost partying this summer in 24hr. daylight.
Melanie, North Pole, Alaska USA
Just After Midnight, we went outside the Pub, and in all directions Fireworks were going off. This with the Church Bells Ringing, was very moving
Dave, United Kingdom
Is technology the reason why no one can count any more, or just commercialism that can make 99 years a Century. I'm living in the 100th Year of the twentieth Century. Although living in 2000 is enough to celebrate it's self, the century turns at the beginning of 2001. Therefore have we turned into the millennium yet???
Mike Baker, Australia
We have ushered in the new millennium and I hope it will be characterised by peace and prosperity for mankind and the senseless butchering of innocent people will stop.
Mohamed Abdirahman, Malaysia
I am a Brit who travelled to Brazil exclusively for the Y2K celebrations and it has been a massive disappointment. I am based in Sao Paolo and went to Bertioga, a beach resort outside of the city. Everything was going fine until lunchtime on December 31, when torrential rain decided to interrupt everything and this didn't stop until the morning of January 03. As for the rest of Brazil, it really feels like the sense of occasion has passed everybody by, no-one seems really bothered that they have had opportunity to see Y2K arrive. It really is and has been business as usual over the whole holiday period. All in all a massive disappointment!
Sean Godmon, Brazil
I understand the festivities staged around the Acropolis were fantastic, for those of us who weren't at home with a 39.6 degree fever, reading stories to a 3 year old who was in a similar condition!
Max Sommers, Greece
I was working (just in case the millennium bug turned out to have evaded our planning). All I can say is that the money will come in useful - I can now afford to buy myself a new Land Rover now. (I'll be holding a "late" millennium-party with some friends at the time of the Summer Solstice this year).
Pete Morgan-Lucas, UK
What a show, London was brilliant, I found London's celebration the most spectacular, those first fireworks, man talk about mind-blowing. I wish I were in London at that time. Sydney as well was spectacular with auld lang syne blaring over the radio as huge fireworks went off in the harbour. The Pyramids of Giza with their human images projected onto the sides their faces staring off into space were very¿ well there are no words. What will the next millennium bring...imagine where humanity will be in 1000 years time. What advances will have been made? The mind boggles.
"What struck me both last night and again today is this real sense of confidence and optimism. You just want to bottle it and keep it" - At least that is what Tony Blair thought... He obviously wasn't in the same city as I was. At London Bridge the Police were surly, there were a number of "trouble makers" and no one even knew exactly when the clock struck 12, as there was no PA system. Add to this the fact that the Wheel didn't work, there was no "river of fire" and it was raining and I would say that most people near me thought the event in London was a decidedly damp squib! Seeing the Eiffel Tower explode on TV later really emphasised how Britain had failed to "do it" again.
Chas Mcleod, UK
I like 3 million others was down by the Thames. It was wonderful. The wait though was something else. I was bored out of my mind as there was no music or entertainment for us poor souls. It was all forgotten for those 16 minutes of pure splendour when the night became an artist's palette. Then reality struck again as we stepped over countless champagne bottles to a crowded station that was only half open i.e. Victoria. It was worth it though for those 16 minutes of joy.
Thiara Ahmad, England
I thought the international millennium coverage was fantastic, uniting the world in peace and harmony for 24 unforgettable hours. Coming from the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, I was very disappointed that Tonga, a nation known for over a century as the "Land Where Time Begins" and the first nation to greet the new millennium, was totally snubbed by international media in light of the Republic of Kiribati who, unlike Tonga, recently lobbied successfully to have the International Dateline changed in what appears to be merely a geographical obstacle.
Sulieni Leiti, Australia
What a great night! I went to Birmingham along with thousands others and had a great night. Then we went home at 4am and watched the recording of BBC during the midnight hour. It was a shame the river of fire didn't work, but London was still best in the world. And the dome opening looked great. I'm definitely going to be in London for the next new years eve, underneath Big Ben!!
Philip Chapman, England, UK
It was by and large another day...the highlight for me were the varied glamorous fireworks all over the world. It was great to be alive! My prayer for the world is the sustenance of world peace through the demolition of separatist structures which man has cultivated up till now. Let's start thinking about 'citizens of the world' rather than being white, black, Christian, Moslem, etc.
Kunle Awofeso, UK
I enjoy the perspective, as the millennium celebration coverage on TV showed our world is much more a 'Global Village' than our understandings had led us to believe, we, and especially our leaders and decision makers, must sit up and take notice and adjust our thinking to the new 2000 reality.
After days of agonising about where to be on the night (options included Cambridge, Sheffield, Stockholm, or London) we decided to go spend the evening with friends in London. At the stroke of midnight we were standing on London Bridge watching the fireworks along the Thames. For a sense of occasion and place, I think we made the right decision. One woman on London Bridge cried happily at midnight, "We're alive! We made it!". So, for those of you who thought the apocalypse had started when the Russian missile launch was detected, isn't it a relief to know they weren't aimed at us?
Jeremy Fry, UK
I worked the entire millennium period as well as Christmas. At this time of year there is always one group of people everyone forgets about. I know that doctors, nurses and the rest of the emergency services deserve thanks for there work but what about the people who work in the hospitality industries everyone seems to forget if it wasn't for us working the would be no bars open, no hotels and restaurants open. We don't get as much as doctors and nurses, the police force. We are lucky if we get double money which in many cases is only double the minimum wage. I got £8.28 for working millennium eve. I had one glass of champagne to celebrate the new year and I worked from 11am till 4 am the following morning with about an hour off. So how about a little thanks for those who work in the hospitality trade - if it weren't for us every new year would be a flop.
David Bradley, UK
Can someone give me any reason at all why 2000 can be the start of a new century? I feel the world's gone mad. I know it isn't officially the start of a century or millennium so why do bodies like the BBC talk as if it is? Have we abandoned truth? It's very disturbing.
Andrew Baker, UK
Where was I at midnight? With 14 other members of the Naivasha Yacht Club on a small island on Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley, overlooked by and looking at a beautiful land mass Longonot which is a volcanic mountain. We had co-ordinated our dinner. We wanted to be in the 'wild' away from loud music, but happy to mark the end of a century and the start of a new one. Over on the mainland there were traditional celebrations and we were treated to a firework display at midnight. The sky was clear - the stars bright with Orion right overhead. Very special. I think we were all in bed by 12.30 Kenya time.
Adinah Zola, Nairobi, Kenya
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Your comments during the programme:
We give the millennium historical significance. So many people have agreed on the date and technology has allowed us to celebrate it. We'll look back on it as a turning point. The most startling thing is that globalisation will ultimately lead to us becoming independent of this planet completely. We will become a species of the solar system and not of this earth.
John Man comments
(Celebrated in New York's Times Square.) A lot of people wondered whether the lights were going to go out because of the Y2K bug. People were there from all over the world.
Heru Mafudi, New York, USA
About 30,000 people celebrated the New Year in street parties in Singapore. But I stayed at home with my family.
Angie Teo, Singapore
I was wondering about the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fireworks burnt in the celebrations. We have forgotten a major part of the world.
Tilak Abyeysinghe, Mostar, Bosnia
There was a big party with the world's first horse race after midnight. We stayed at home with our two small children. We didn't want to take them out into the huge crowds. New Year is a manufactured day by mankind. Yesterday is much the same as today.
Donald Stewart, Hong Kong
The party in Berlin was the best in the world. For about 7 mile from Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate there were something like 3 million people partying.
Mike Hann, Berlin, Germany
I spent the evening at work monitoring the Y2K bug. People should still be wary of the bug. At 11.45 we powered everything off, then we watched the celebrations on TV and at 12.15 everything was turned on again.
Craig Anderson, Singapore
It's good news we've got through so far. Aside from the critical services that do work, many smaller businesses may still have problems. I don't think that we can say the Y2K bug is dead until February 29.
Keith Alcock, Francistown, Botswana
This past century has not been one of the finest. History books only show the western point of view and our history is not talked about. We look at the economic situation of nation-states rather than their cultural wealth.
Subramani Narayanan, Madras, India
I became an environmentalist after Chernobyl. We're living just 70km from the power station and we were all affected. Environmental ethics may unite humanity and is the only way to raise future generations. We should stress global issues more than momentory or local benefits. People have to control the genie of technology and put it back in the bottle.
Victor Posnikov, Kiev, Ukraine
I've been telling people where I'm going to be in the year 2000 since I was maybe eight years-old. But unfortunately I fell asleep. The firework displays were wonderful. I had to stop, be appreciate and thank God that so many people around the world were hopeful about the future.
Kim Sweet, Massachusetts, USA
Our aim wasn't to say goodbye to the old year but to welcome the new century. We went to a park next to an east-facing beach outside the city and set up a tent with our four children. We woke up spontaneously in the morning and everybody was sitting on the beach. Slowly as the sun come over the hill there was a huge cheer.
Jeronime Palmer, Hong Kong / UK
We were off Guinea on Millennium night. I was on watch and was waiting to catch the moment with my video camera. Nothing happened. It all went so quiet.
Arif Rahman, on board a ship off Mauritania, Indian Ocean
I was on a friend's balcony and watched the firework display. As they died down the word eternity was lit up across the harbour.
Jonathan Cohen, Sydney, Australia
I was on duty as a traffic policeman during the Millennium. We need to give all those people who ensured that parties ran smoothly all over the world a pat on the back.
Ewan Sherul, Singapore
I was at home saying prayers for the whole of humanity with my wife. In the future we will be much closer with a more united world with less war and less problems.
Perry, Sydney, Australia
I hope we're heading for the sort of unity we witnessed throughout the world on New Year's Eve where everyone joined to together in a very spiritual moment. We should remember that technology is only a tool which we use for the betterment of mankind, not for our destruction.
Kathleen Smith, Berlin, Germany
The past century was a disastrous one in many ways. We need a base from the past to build for the future. Europe has lost an ideological basis. I wasn't happy about the celebrations because it was a bit too superficial.
Mervyn Bufton, Oporto, Portugal
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Your comments before we went ON AIR:
We had a good if modest millennium, celebrating in our local church hall at a party organised by the local church, in which I am a choir member. The atmosphere was happy and anticipatory - people of all ages were there, although the numbers were hit by flu. The average age was the 50s - teenagers were absent (not many are church members) but there were some little kids and several elderly people. After midnight those of us who were young in the 60s & 70s let our hair down and partied for a good hour, discoing to old hits of the 60s to 80s. We had a solemn moment when the Vicar read the millennium prayer, then the bubbly was opened and we all made a lot of noise with hooters and clappers!
Carol Wain, England, UK
We celebrated with a small party at home but the best thing was watching how all the world celebrated the new Millennium as it swept across time - the most stirring for me was the little island in Kiribati where it all started and to see the dawn break while the conch shell was blown was just eerie. I feel we have all witnessed something special here and I am glad to have been alive to see it. Happy 2000!
Paul Burton, UK
I have a long-standing tradition for any New Year's Eve. At 2359 GMT, which is 1859 hours in New York City, I tune to BBC World service, and listen to the chimes of Big Ben toll in the New Year in London. I then feel free to retire for the night at a decent hour, like 2200 hours. I reason that since I have observed the New Year according to UTC, I have observed the official New Year for the whole world. Two days, ago, I felt that listening to your radio broadcast was quite sufficient and was fast asleep before 2200 hours, local time.
Arthur Tenenholtz, New York, USA
We were very disappointed that the BBC missed the biggest party of all - in Rio! It was advertised in the Radio Times to be LIVE at 2 a.m. on BBC1. Was it? NO! HTV got it right, when it was said that in the world competition, Brazil has definitely won with the fantastic spectacle in Rio. Quite honestly many of the displays you have shown, we have every year in Rio. The highlights were for a second or two and they don't really show the best that happened. My children were awake waiting anxiously for it and they completely destroyed our hopes to be part of the party of my country.
Claudia Gallagher, Wales
I myself had a very peaceful night in bed. Whereas the rest of the world was being exploited, as we will continue to be. after all what did the millennium mean? Don't tell me 2000 years since the birth of Christ. Just a reason to party, take drugs, drink alcohol and intoxicate ourselves...
Ashfaq Bashir, England
I visited more countries in 26 hours than I would never be able to do in my entire life. I was up at 4:00AM to be sure to not miss, even a second, of 2000 Today. Personally, my Top 5 of the hottest celebrations are 1-London 2-Sydney 3-New York 4-Berlin 5-Paris. I am almost a ashamed to live in a small town of 21000 inhabitants after I have seen such great celebrations all around the world. The arrival of the Year 2000 (I'm of those people who believe that the Millennium is in Year 2001) was unforgettable.
Jonathan Gagnon, Canada
I was waiting to see the millennium bug to hit the world as predicted. Oh! What a frustration nothing happen.
Mohanavanan S., Malaysia
My watch stopped. My alarm clock fell of the table and my toast burnt - all in the fist 12 hours of 2000. Who says there is no Y2K bug? I, for one, will be calling in a "computer expert" soon to help me sort it all out.
Bruce Brunning, UK
Watched a bit of telly. Wasn't too impressed with the entertainment coming out of Britain on New Year's Eve. The lead singers of the Eurythmics and Simply Red sang barely in tune, and a very poor choice to showcase Britain during such an important telecast. It made me very sad to think that Britain has lost its indigenous culture. The only good thing about it was the impeccable timing up to Big Ben.
Ray Marsh, Australia
40 000 people partying, loads of Guinness and peace what more can I say!
Dave, Belfast, N.Ireland
Wishing everybody a Happy New Years !!! from the island of Samoa !!!!
Was very drunk, and very very happy. London was a magical place to be last night - especially if you had the sense to avoid the pandemonium next to the river. It was marvellous to see a city united in joy last night - one big, happy playground. We wandered along the river, taking in the sea of happy humanity, swigged champagne in Covent Garden, and went to my favourite club night's New Year bash, and got home in time to watch the Times Square midnight on the BBC. We have to do this again next year - no-one's going to tolerate Trafalgar Square again! Now I've managed to find a shop which still has some newspapers in it, I'm going to go back to bed with coffee, Nurofen and biscuits and nurse my hangover. All the best to you all.
Mark Mendonca, London, UK
Had a fab time, it certainly wasn't a let down. Spent the evening with close friends and family with music, fireworks and lots of good food and wine. Very spiritual seeing all the fireworks lighting up the night sky. Felt very privileged to be a part of it all.
The highlight of the New Year was watching the memorial service at Nottingham on the TV and participating in the minute's silence. I felt it brought the family together more so than at midnight.
Dean Longley, UK
Watched foreign films with my lover, celebrated by sending messages on the Internet, and watched the Big Ball drop in Times Square on television.
A once in a lifetime experience; the most spectacular and memorable event most people will ever experience. I was with my wife and three children on Parliament Green near Victoria Tower on Millbank. Lots of space and a family carnival atmosphere. Prime viewing of the fireworks from three barges against the backdrop of Big Ben. The two hour footslog back to Baker Street (the nearest tube we could find open!) was a modest price to pay for seeing in the Third Millennium!
Anthony Archer, UK
The millennium celebrations were as with everything these days, nothing but a commercialised over-hyped waste of money. Sure, the fireworks were impressive, and the dome is a fantastic structure, albeit a temporary one, however could we not have spent the money putting right some of the problems we have right now, or towards curing cancer? The true millennium is not until next year anyway.
I have spent the best part of the last 2 years along with 20 of my colleagues ensuring that some of the UK's essential systems were going to work after 31/12/99. This has meant putting my career and my life on hold and working during the biggest party the world has ever known. Every part of our systems that we certified to work, have done so without any problems whatsoever. All the ones which we pointed out were not compliant, but were given no resource to correct, have failed. Just imagine if the essential systems had been ignored in this way! I feel a great relief and am glad beyond anything that I had hoped that the money was spent. Why do people talk as if they actually wanted a disaster to happen just to prove that the bug exists? Be thankful that this deadline was met with efficiency, accuracy, and style!
Kevin Coward, UK
Only our institutions were put on high alert about this Y2K issue. From the individual point of view there apparently there was no cause for any alarm. Everything smoothly went on.
Eric Kudjawu, Central African Republic
No news is good news! Having been involved in 'curing' the Y2K bug from the outset for a major insurer I can assure you that the only reason why things have gone as quietly as they have is due to the major effort made by IT staff around the world to correct date processing. Left unattended, web sites reporting the problem would probably have been inaccessible and the news would have been full of 'disruption' complaints rather than 'waste of money'!
John Moonie, Scotland, UK
Well, it probably wasn't expected on the stroke of midnight, but there may be a few people trying to blame further errors on the Y2K Bug. It will be a few weeks yet before anything really comes to light.
Kryss Nash, United Kingdom
Another moneymaking HYPE for the big guys, yes, we are prepared with a little water, propane and food, but not a huge abundance and the big guys as usual are making a bundle off us little people. So far no glitches here thank goodness & God Bless All of You.
Kelly Harman, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
I've been stuck here at work since 7.30pm last night (it's now 11.28am on New Year's Day) looking after the non-existent bug for a major UK healthcare company. The only panic we had all night was when we heard about missiles being fired from Russia...false alarm !! The Beeb kept us all entertained though - Phillipa Forrester was as gorgeous as always!
Tony Martin, England
It is now the year 2000 all over the world and just as I suspected and said, nothing has happened. The media hype may have been a reason for this as government and industry got most of their computers prepared for the 1/1/2000 date but if computers did go blip country by country as each entered the Y2K - so what? We don't need computers to eat or breathe! Financial organisations could crumble but I can still eat the spuds I grow in my back garden. My PC won't deny me a meal, I will still be here like the rest of us. People don't listen to the gaggles of silly reporters and lets concentrate on more important issues. Please don't send me lecture emails on obvious Y2K dangers with computer systems used in nuclear plants and hospitals as I do understand that.
Peter Byrd, UK
A little under the weather, but extremely thankful to God that things didn't go awry. Also, thanks to everyone (including some of my friends) who're at work right now for making this Y2K rollover a success!
Sarfaraz, Near Disneyland, California, U.S.A.
Police comment - it was a good night. I strongly disagree. We stood on the Embankment near Blackfriars Bridge from 10.45pm. The crowd grew and grew until by 10.30 it was stationary all around us and we were being jostled. We decided to get out - 4 adults and 2 teenagers. With sheer determination and much luck we got back to the Strand - at one stage we almost lost one of our party - he was pushed the wrong way in a sea of people. The police were only then realising the scale of the problem but had still not cordoned off the area. People with small children and buggies were still heading towards the area. I spoke to a policeman telling him of the situation and his reaction was that he was listening on his radio and he supposed at some point they would respond! We later met a distressed woman and her daughter who had been seperated from her husband and other child. A policeman had helped them over railings to escape and said 'It's like Hillsborough!' It is a miracle no one was killed and no thanks to our police force that it didn't happen. Happy New Millennium! When will we learn from the mistakes of the past.
Great show on BBC1 last night. I had flu, so stayed in. Gaby and Michael Burke were great! Shame about Parky - no dress sense - what a tie! It was lovely to see the world make an effort to come together and for everyone to recognise the one thing that some of us have known for a long time, "we are all people of the World, equal in every respect, to be loved and respected equally". Finally, as a scientist and IT consultant, it is great that the techno-hype is almost over. We can all get back to helping our neighbours of this very small planet! To the French, Great Eiffel tower display! To the Viennese, lovely traditional music. To the Thames organisers, shame about the fireworks! Can do better - Guy Fawkes tried!
Nick Callaghan, United(?) Kingdom
I am sure when I say that Paris had the BEST millennium celebration the world over. I have never seen such an uprising of nationalism, happiness, and hopefulness in my life. The French really outdid the world and I have to hand it to them, they celebrated the millennium better than anyone else did!
Amy DeHerrera, USA
Wherever you were, whoever you are, you couldn't help but be pulled along by the feelings of optimism, joy and above all hope, as the tide of time swept all before it to hopefully a more fulfilling era for us all. Particularly poignant was the full clear sunrise over Belfast shown at approx. 0815 on BBC 1......... Happy new millennium to all.
David Harrison, England
Myself and my wife went to the south bank side of the London Bridge. We got stuck there when the police stopped people from leaving, there was no food on sale and no coffee/tea on sale anywhere. We both froze to death for 5 hours, but this seemed almost worth it when the fireworks started. However, the whole event was destroyed by tube stations being closed, and being advised by police officers to walk my wife (who is pregnant and wasn't feeling well) from station to station, but constantly being told its closed. The organisers of the transportation should know this, you made a real mess of many peoples day.
Francis Anderson, UK
I'd like to know people's thoughts as to which was the best Millennium celebration. I think it's a toss up between Sydney, Paris, Berlin and London. What do you think?
Roger Jamerson, Australia
We celebrated in low key elegance at the Harare Club in Zimbabwe. Some time in the middle of the night we were treated to a magnificent rendition of " Memories" from Cats, played by the keyboard man and his daughter who is a most gifted flautist. It was a wonderful way to end the evening, quietly waltzing to the haunting sounds of the flute. We had hired a room at the Club to sleep the rest of the night away and at 7.30 am I awoke to the wonderful sounds of the fountains in Africa Unity Square splashing in the already heat of the African morning. As my eyes opened I thought " Thank God! We have water and we have electricity!"
My children & I went to the party in St. Petersburg: faces painted, watched magic happen, wish on the sparks from a bonfire, walked a labyrinth, built a castle, ate cotton candy and butterflies, then watched fireworks reign the skies. I didn't cry, but almost. Goodbye 20th century, so strange to say two thousand. Thanks to all who made the change over run smoothly. Peace.
Well what a Party Blackheath, London had last night.... The best fireworks the place has ever seen. I would just like to say Happy New Year to my Bank : I could not pay for the restaurant last night with my plastic because the bug has hit.......
Daniel Barker, London, England.
Greeting from California, We, my parents and I started to watch the new Millennium on tv with New Zealand, then it came our time to walking to the New Millennium in California. Now, we are waiting for: Alaska, Hawaii and American Samoa. Please join us in walking to the New Millennium. We wish all of you good health in the 21st Century.
The Mora Family, San Gabriel, California, USA
The last second of the second millennium was quiet in my house - because the hope for the new millennium, a baby, was sleeping.
I joined a healing circle in Melbourne, Florida. It was awesome.
Ken Thornton-Smith, USA
I celebrated the millennium in front of a computer screen, by myself with a bottle of Budweiser. I was on call for the millennium Bug, which has turned out to be the biggest anti-climax the world has ever seen!!
Tim Metcalfe, England
Most of the New Years coverage here in the US focuses on the Eastern Time Zone (as in NY city). I live in Nashville, TN but am spending the holidays in Huntsville, AL. We watched the fireworks and confetti in New York and then got to see the "exciting" commercials that CNN had to show us during our midnight hour. Ah, well... My wish for the New Year would be that the Word of the Lord would spread throughout the world during the coming year and that the name of Jesus would be known in the hearts of all!
Jan Simenson, USA
I decided that although I wasn't too happy with all the hype over the millennium, I would, for the first time in years, go to a staged event, this one in Toronto on the waterfront. With the temperature hovering about -2C and with clear skies, I witnessed not only a magnificent fireworks display on the 4 lakers parked in the middle of Lake Ontario, but also the friendliness of Torontonians, from all over the world and all cultures enjoying the camaraderie of this great city.
Stuart Graham, Canada
At the stroke of midnight (EST) I was at work. I work for a major telecom company and nothing went wrong (Y2K) so I went home and drank a bottle of champagne!
David Whitt, United States
I really had a good time with my wife, my new born Hezron and family. We had to fill the bath tub with water in case of water shortage, but now that we know the world has survived we are feeling great.
Yohannes Gigar, Canada
I was sleeping at the turn of the millennium but I woke up early to face the beautiful red disc of the sun of a new millennium. Hopefully this millennium will mean less bloodshed and manslaughter than the last two.
Yasser Bashir, Pakistan
I saw the New Year in at Papworth hospital. My girlfriend is recovering from heart surgery and I just wanted to be there with her. We drank a small glass of champagne and watched the fireworks from nearby Huntington. Not quite the New Year celebrations we'd planned, but it was still worth it.
I was at a private dinner party in the board room of an advertising agency on the 20th floor of a Melbourne building overlooking the fireworks going off on the Yarra River. I was not prepared for the immense surge of emotion as the Year 2000 countdown ended and the unbelievable fireworks burst into the night sky.
Our small group pressed up against the skyscraper window and gazed in awe at the thunderous display of colour and amazing technology. Below us was a sea of thousands of Australians all standing motionless. It was truly incredible and a moment to remember forever.
Wendy H, Australia
Poor old Dante had a high fever, so watched all the celebrations around the world and D had a big bubble bath to relax him and make him comfy jut before New Year. We watched the Times Square celebrations on the TV with the sound down, as we could hear the thunder of fireworks and screams of the neighbours for blocks around! The fireworks went on for almost a half hour! Our cat PeeWee hid under the bed.
Happy New Millennium and Odie in the UK, hope you get better soon too! Here's to more Peace on Earth, and congratulations to the whole human race for a peaceful, happy, glitch free and fun New Year!
Mr. and Mrs. Dante Rosati, US, New York
With children too young to cope with going to the river, we let off fireworks in our West London garden - really big ones though. The five year old was extremely sick at five to midnight, the nine year old waved his hot chocolate in an over-enthusiastic toast at ten past midnight spilling it all over my sofa, our neighbour lit a row of fireworks balanced precariously on top of our front fence and filled the entire street with gun smoke. All in all the best millennium we could hope for. I think this is what the night was like for most people - a mad rush for the party poppers and champagne bottle at midnight, then - what?
Sarah Johnson, London, UK
We have just celebrated the new millennium in our small apartment. It was a spectacular moment. We spent about 30 minutes in praise and worship. Thanks to technology, immediately after ringing in the New Year, I was able to talk to my brother (Rev. Mutebi) half a world away in Uganda. Greetings to Yoweri and Janet Museveni. Thanks for the prayer vigil you held at Namboole. Thank you also for bring sanity back to our country. Happy New Year Uganda
Drake, Evelyn, and David Mubiru, Uganda (Lexington, KY)
I spent a quiet night home with my family.
Having spent the evening and early hours manning a Support Desk, to provide cover to our global userbase - all has been very quiet. Most of our calls have been wrong numbers!. We're all looking forward to bed with a sense of comfort knowing that the Y2K Apocalypse didn't happen as predicted. Happy New Year to all the IT staff who sacrificed their Celebrations, knowing they were on-hand, even if they weren't needed tonight.
Simon Jennings, Herts, UK
Well, it's 10 minute to midnight here in Houston, Texas and I am stuck at work!!! I am the Director of Pharmacy for a major medical centre in Houston and like all hospital managers at my institution, I shall be here till 0300 testing information systems and biomedical equipment for the Y2K bug. What jolly good fun this is!
Jamaal Hussain, USA
It's 45 minutes into 2000 and things are looking good -- my power is still on, my water is still running and my computer is still working. Happy 2000 everyone!
It's 5am and I have been working since 6pm monitoring computer systems for a major petroleum company in Hemel Hempstead. I am really surprised that we have seen no major problems. I was preparing for computer meltdown and utter chaos, but it all seems to have ticked over without any fuss! Happy New Year to all, I'm off to bed shortly!
Howard Levitan, United Kingdom
I am spending this wonderful evening with my two and a half year old daughter who has already drifted off to sleep. My wife is on call tonight at her job, so it will be a quite evening. I am watching worldwide coverage on PBS and CNN, as well as listening to shortwave broadcasts and checking out the WEB.
It has been quite a show so far, seeing so many cultures celebrating a common event. I sincerely hope humanity picks up from this happiness to make this a more pleasant planet to live on. Mr. Yeltsin made the celebration sweeter. God bless him and his people. Cheers BBC, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your numerous listeners, viewers and surfers.
K. Mondoa, USA
After all the cynicism I have experienced over the last few months regarding the year 2000, I was stunned to look out of the house at 12:05 and see the city around me erupt in fireworks. You could feel the whole country celebrate. Happy new year all.
Tony Bastin, UK
Y2k Problem was a Paper tiger. But it killed our New Year party. We were looking back to Australia for the effects of the changeover. BBC's caption 'Millennium bug fails to bite' helped some of our friends to leave the office and join the new year party. Thank you (on behalf of them).
I have just witnessed the millennium celebrations, with the 'Dome' in full swing and I have to say; since when have the BRITISH been a samba dancing nation? Flash to Scotland and they are celebrating traditional SCOTTISH activities. We in London however, continue to pander to gay/ethic/generic swill in a pathetic display of appeasement. I, for one, am sickened by this COWARDICE.
I make no apology for being proud of my true heritage, as an ENGLISHMAN. I know my nation's true historical contribution to the world and no amount of propaganda by Blair or his cronies will change that. But, hey, this post will simply be deleted as we no longer live in a free country. I am a minority now due to a combination of lies, apathy and fear that exist in Britain today.
Justin Powles, England, UK
I was in Taunton, Somerset, where there was a huge gathering of people in the town centre, listening to the loudest music ever. At the stroke of midnight we all sang Auld Lang Syne and hugged each other. I'm pleased to say I was there.
Michelle, United Kingdom
Our little 7 month old had a raging 104 degree temperature in the early evening. Finally, thanks to NHS Direct, a doctor came. As he left at 23.00, he said that it was OK to take little one out. That was it! We threw on our black tie, slapped on our lipstick and ran out the door with Lucas to celebrate with our chums and see the magnificent Thames fireworks from their rooftops. Happy Millennium!
Vivienne, London, UK
Stood with friends outside a pub in Nottingham, just West of the Line, the feeling was fantastic - there was enough clear sky to see the stars, and the spirit of the moment will remain with me for a long time.
Kevin Weedon, UK
Remember 10 years ago? The Berlin wall crumbled and we thought peace was breaking out everywhere. Since then we've had the Gulf, the Balkans, E Timor, Chechnya. IS it just me or were the 90's the worst decade imaginable? Let's do better this decade.
David Griffin, UK, but currently in Oz
Got engaged to be married to my Czech girlfriend on the turn of the millennium. On the beach with champagne.
Andrew Knight, England
Wanting to see the 1st sunrise encouraged people to stay sober, be able to drive & include all family members in the celebrations. It was so much pleasanter than seeing the usual groups of drunks around.
Elaine Watson, New Zealand
It's 5am and I have been working since 6pm monitoring computer systems for a major petroleum company in Hemel Hempstead. I am really surprised that we have seen no major problems. I was preparing for computer meltdown and utter chaos, but it all seems to have ticked over without any fuss! Happy New Year to all, I'm off to bed shortly!
Howard Levitan, United Kingdom
My boyfriend and I are both Brits a long way from home! We were amazed to be the only people in the bar to be standing up wearing party hats for the big countdown. Then we went outside and it was as if nothing had happened!! We eventually found the party on the beach where everyone was letting off fireworks. We sat on the sand drinking champagne and eating donuts!!!
Later we phoned our families in England from the future. I was thrilled to see the excellent coverage of the UK millennium celebrations on the BBC homepage. For myself and I suspect many others, the new millennium has been a time to reflect and appreciate the love of our friends and families. I wish everyone a happy new year full of the things that matter: PEACE, LOVE and HOPE!!!
Clare Anderson, Korea
I've been watching BBC Television's live coverage of the year 2000 celebrations. You don't seem to know that Canada has two time zones east of the US. As a Canadian, I want to express my outrage at your snubbing our country and depriving your viewers by not welcoming the new year with Canada's two easternmost time zones, which the US does not have.
Virginia Ellis, Canada
With a lovely bottle of Glenmorangie, the rest is just hype! Another day making the rich richer?
Curtis Peters, UK
As you all wake up this morning we will just catch up. I will be at home in Las Vegas watching the fireworks go off on the Strip. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and a happy new Millennium.
Amanda, English living in USA
I have been waiting for this year at least for 20 years (I'm 31 now). So many I've heard in my whole life about the year 2000...The BBC world coverage made me feel that something different is in the air. It's just the feeling that all the world was at the same moment participating and celebrating for the same reason. And it was very touching. Right now we need to believe that this world will be getting better and better each day at this new century. After all it has suffered so much those last 100 years...
Alexander Paraskevopoulos, Greece
I will welcome the new millennium at home, as babysitters ar are going for $100 an hour! We will celebrate with caviar and Dom Perignon, and I will play the Star Spangled Banner on my electric guitar at midnight. Best wishes to all and I hope George Harrison is all right.
Dave Zeryck, United States
Like many people, I was at work (at an oil terminal) ensuring the computer systems kept the oil and gas flowing. I'm happy to report no glitches at all! Happy New Year.
Alan Carter, UK
Just got home from the shower of fireworks over Southwark Bridge (London) It is by far one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. The crowds - though huge - were all so polite and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I reckon, though, that I've found the first bug - BT call Minder (answering service) has stopped working inexplicably!
I won't be celebrating the 3rd millennium until this time next year. I find it difficult to believe that there is so much fuss about the 21st century and the 3rd millennium when, according to many polls, most people in the USA agree that the 3rd millenium will not start until the end of the year 2000. In fact, both the observatory at Greenwich, England and the US Naval Observatory agree in the very same manner. However, I did celebrate the final year of the 2nd millennium with shrimp and stout. Happy New Year to all.
Al Ghio, USA
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