Every decade can pride itself on having memorable – yes historical and sometimes even catastrophic – events, and the first ten years of the 21st century are no exception to this. But strangely enough we tend to forget what happened so close to where we are now where as we have no problem recalling memories from a past further down the road. So let’s take a quick look over our shoulders. We have seen many tragedies during the first 10 years of the first decade. 9/11 is still fresh in our minds. We have witnessed the closest presidential election in the United States ever resulting in George W Bush winning the 43th Presidency and Ale Gore an Oscar. Bush’s even more questionable second term, making him the ruler of the decade, leaving us with a trail of calamities to clean up. We have seen natural disasters, such as the tsunami in South East Asia, Hurricane Katherina and earthquakes in China, Kashmir, Haiti and Chili. People we thought would live forever, were suddenly ripped away from us, proving tomorrow is never a guarantee for any of us. There are to many to mention, but we recall Luciano Pavarotti, Farah Fawcett, Aaliya, Lisa Left Eye Lopez, Stephen Gately, George Harrison, Dudley Moore, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, Patrick Swayze, Rue McClanahan, Christopher Reeve, Heath Ledger and of course, probably the most shocking celebrity death of all, Michael Jackson.
What else was there to remember. Plane crashes, oil disasters, wars and the economical crisis. Apple revealing the iPod, the FBI anthrax attacks. There was Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. Halle Berry being the first black woman winning an Oscar for best actress and Barack Obama being the first black man winning the presidential election in the United States. We have seen global plagues, such as the Swine Flu and American Idol. We have witnessed the arrest of Saddam Hussein and the arrest of Martha Steward. Madonna kissing Britney and Schwarzenegger becoming Governor of California. The CIA revealing there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and Janet Jackson revealing a boob. A new pope was chosen, and an old planet kicked out of our solar system. Ringtones and Botox are becoming billion dollar bestselling industries and YouTube the star maker of the everyday person. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano shuts down European airspace and heavy snowfall in the 2010 winter tries to do exactly the same. Britney Spears burns out and Lady Gaga flares up…
Time is a concept that has no volume or body until after it passed. Time in untouchable and with all our knowledge we still don’t have the means to take a look into the future. If we could, we probably would have known that with the turning of the millenium the world would not come to an end and we could have spend some more time thinking about a name for this first decade instead of worrying about planes dropping from the sky. Because with all that happened, we still don’t know how to refer to the past 10 years. The Zero’s? The Zips? The Double-Ohs? Oh Oh (what a decade it has been)? The good thing about all this is that we can safely say that looking back makes us learn from our mistakes. And so we have decided the first thing we should do in the new decade is giving it a name: the 10’s. Knowing – again - the world will come to an end in 2012, it is probably a good thing we got that out of the way.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. –BM-
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