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More 90s memories
Geoffrey Howe, 1990
Geoffrey Howe's resignation speech led to Thatcher's departure
The Magazine is compiling a people's history of modern Britain - featuring your written memories and photos. We've done the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. To finish, it's time for the 90s.

It was the decade of the Gulf War, the dotcom boom, New Labour and the death of Princess Diana.

But for many of you, it is the music that lingers in the memory.

Yes, there was Britpop - Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Ocean Colour Scene - but there was also rave, US grunge (the death of its golden boy, Kurt Cobain) and boy bands.

Here is a selection of your comments.


I was a young GBP/DEM FX Trader on Black Wednesday and I remember being vilified by all and sundry for selling billions of pounds and supposedly making a lot of money for my bank/me. I tried to explain that we had done the country and them all a favour as interest rates/mortgages would now come down and would help kick-start the economy, but no-one believed me. At the end of the 90s with the rates steady and a lot lower no one ever remembered the fictional pain of Black Wednesday, and how much better off they were not following a rigid fixed rate world that only ever existed in a civil servant's filing cabinet, marked "utopia"!!
Steve, London

Ah, the 90s, the start of the rot! Political correctness and attempts to protect the public from anything with the slightest chance of hurting or offending them.
Luke Senior, Dewsbury, West Yorks

Having my belly button pierced at 15 and being the first in the school to have it done- which at the time was a big deal!! My parents weren't so impressed!! It seems like yesterday but was over 10 years ago - how time flies!!
Amy

United winning the treble!!
Daithi O Sabhaois, Mullingar, Ireland

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It was also a decade of house prices that people can't afford; hysteria about asylum and immigration; some truly awful music; ill thought out and inconclusive public sector reform; the traffic cone hotline; the year of sack Major not the miners; fruitless and endless debates about Europe from increasingly frantic Tories;
Mark Inglis, Hereford

Anyone who was born or lived in the 90s can recite the entire "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" rap. I was born in 1991, and I can.
Jake Wilson, Stockport

I remember leggings...patterned leggings. And flares. They're back in fashion now. And Sunny Delight.
Amy, London

Everyone celebrated the end of the 20th Century a year early!
Kaz, London

The 90s witnessed the franchising and Americanization of London and the surrounding towns
L.Mizanoglu, Southwick, USA

Manchester's second coming! I remember an elderly neighbour telling my mum she thought my sister's new boyfriend was really old fashioned because he was wearing enormous flares. He was just your average Stone Roses fan wearing the baggiest Joe Bloggs jeans in the world.
Al, Bolton

The caring, sharing 90s took rather a long time to get started - we are still trying in the mid 00s!
Robert, Birmingham UK

Frankly I find the media's view of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s to be one of the extremes of society. I believe I represent the great majority who simply got on with their lives, worked and brought up families. The stuff the media talk about was peripheral frippery.
Zany, Bruton, England

I was one of the last students to graduate under the old system of grants and LEA funding of tuition fees for my degree - my student debts were due entirely to my accommodation costs. I started as a fresh-faced teenager - I remember skiving my first lecture in order to buy the new Oasis album. When I graduated in 2000 St Andrews was just about to enter Willsmania mode - the Wonder Years were over!
Mike Bailey, Vienna, Austria

A difficult and exciting decade. I went to university in 1990 - travelled the world in 1994, worked in Tokyo, Copenhagen, LA, Sydney and emigrated to Australia. A decade of finding myself outside the confines of my country. Freedom, adventure and self-discovery sum up the 90s and my 20s!
Stephanie Wimmer-Davison, Basel Switzerland

When Blair came to power in '97 I was 12. I didn't like him because he got rid of assisted places to private school for lower income children and I thought I was going to move schools away from my friends. Turns out 10 years later that I have a lot more justified reasons to not like him. Well done Mr Blair, well done.
Lindsey, London

Being a child during the 90s I probably have rosy-eyed memories, but even so, one of my most lingering memories is seeing the IRA bomb Manchester. I think that was a turning point - we might not have a much more peaceful Ireland today had it not been for that event.
Bryn Buck, Blackburn, England

Finally getting out of school and being able to get my vocation... nursing as it would be a job for life. Receiving a bursary of just over 3,000 a year and thinking that was great. Then getting my first job with a salary of 12,000 per year and thinking I was rolling in it, until Labour came into power. Petrol prices rising through the roof. Great times, but roll on the first 10 years of 2000. As Labour said, things can only get better.
Kirsteen, Tighnabruaich (now Doha, Qatar)

How about the Northern Ireland Ceasefire?
Claire,

One thing I do remember quite clearly. Travellers having convoys smashed up, Ravers beaten up by police. The anti criminal justice act demonstrations in London and the police being over the top again as usual.
Max, Bath

My eldest daughter was born at the end of 1989 just as the countries of Eastern Europe were all throwing out their communist regimes. I thought that she would grow up in a world with so much less threat and fear-then a man called Saddam invaded a small emirate and I realised that people will always be people...Still it was a great decade because I watched my children grow up and that is the greatest joy of all.
Phil Cooper, Wembdon Somerset

By far and away my strongest memory is disappointment with politics and jobs - of which I hoped for so much in the 1980s, that we could see some real fairness. Nope, it was business as usual for hugely rich bosses to be evermore greedy. My very poor education was in the 1970s and it was clear that by the 90s schools had improved by so much, along with help for young school leavers. So unfair I thought, because there was nothing for men in their late 20s-30s who had lost out pretty badly in the early 1980s. But many guys like me were paying tax in dead end jobs- what help did we ever get? Still, I managed to travel the world 1991-1993 on a shoestring sending t-shirts etc. back home to help my funds. Had some real good fun & that's all I'm saying. But on coming back that's when it really hit me, we don't care about each other here, outsiders get priority - well, where else in the world does that?
Simon Owen, Crewe

I grew up in the 90s and personally speaking I remember them very fondly and wish we could return to that age. At least from the mid 90s we had all of the perks of today - mobile phones, the internet etc. But the average single person's wage bought an average house; pound a pint nights were everywhere mid-week; and I enjoyed a student grant and no tuition fees. Additionally wages do not seem to have changed very much at all since that period so your money obviously went a lot further. How does that compare to the financial squeeze of today? (and yet we are told that alcohol is 'ridiculously cheap'). Hmmmm
James Lewis, Cardiff

The 1990s was the decade when I started to realise that politicians were the ones in charge, and after growing up with the powerful voice of Thatcher, Major came as a bit of a let down and something of a joke. Then came Tony Blair, who never stopped grinning. He seemed to appeal to the middle class very easily, and I remember my then partner being very excited about the prospect of shaking his hand when he visited our town. He didn't appeal to me then, and he doesn't now. He seemed to be all style and no content, and I was proved right in the end.
Heather, Wolverhampton





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