Vague ramblings

We didn’t know it back then, but…

Posted in Life by Ian Cundell on 31 December, 2013

…25 years ago today the Berlin Wall had less than a year to live and the very next Christmas would see Leonard Bernstein lead concerts across its ruins;

…that Nelson Mandela had just over a year left in prison, and Apartheid had barely 5 years left of its tyranny;

…that Ireland was less that two years from electing its first woman President and that before four Christmases had passed the Downing Street Declaration would begin the end of The Troubles;

…that the Soviet Union had three Christmases left;

…that the World Wide Web was just two Christmases away from creation.

It would be childish beyond reason to deny that a whole load of bad stuff happened as well – some of it even among the good – but why not take a moment, those of us who are old enough, to reflect on the World as it used to be and ponder the World as it could be? Sometimes, having been around to see stuff is really quite useful. As an astute friend of mine once noted, probably about 25 years ago: It is never too late to put right what is wrong.

So to those we were, to the people we have become, to whoever we might yet be…

…and in the name of the friends we have lost along the way:

Happy New Year.


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  1. SAJ said, on 2 January, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Wow – that was wonderfully uplifting and positive. If only DC had waited around for a change of mood.

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