Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What Were You Doing When?

Quite an interesting little meme. Five events and a chance to record the impact they had on you:

Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997
I was staying at my mother-in-laws in Middleton, Staffs. I was there to take the services at two local village churches. It fell to me to announce the death of Diana to an early morning congregation many of whom had not yet heard the news. I have posted before about how this must have been the norm for churches before the age of mass communication.

Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990
I was at Pitlochrie on the best training course I have ever attended - management skills for Christian leaders run by MARC Europe with Bryn Hughes and David Cormack. A happy day in my opinion but one that came about six years too late. I had lived through Britain being held hostage by trade unionism and it needed confronting. She would have gone at the next election were it not for a lucky war in the Falklands in 1982 - lucky it came along and lucky we won it.

Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001
In an all-day meeting at CPAS. No-one disturbed us. Found out on my return to the open plan office. Tried to get the news on the internet but it had slowed down so much that no-one could access it. The violent images disturbed my sleep for several days afterwards and I spent ages wondering what it must have been like to be a victim on a plane.

England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany in - 4 July 1990
At my sisters where I seem to find myself for many major sporting occasions. The last two (Rugby World Cup victory and Olympic men's coxless 4s victory) have been happier. Delight at Shearer's early goal. Despair (and admiration) of well-worked German equaliser. Snapped emotions as Gazzer fails to connect with cross at far post by an inch and inevitable penalty despair. The chicken dish was a bit spoiled. It was intended for half-time.

President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963
Aged eight, at my Grans, remember asking what a particular newspaper headline was all about. watched TV coverage over next few days and was able to follow the story when the alleged assassin was murdered. Not sure I grasped the significance though.

Thanks Kerron for the nod. I nominate:

Ali
Mr Gnome
Mike
Kathryn
Fotofill

4 comments:

Ali said...

Steve, thank you for the nomination, I have duly posted my ramblings at workaholic

Kathryn said...

Will get round to it soonish, I promise!

Steve C said...

Sorry to be a pedant (the 'sorry' bit is a bare-faced lie, as you well know). The England vs Germany semi-final you describe (Shearer's goal, Gazza's near miss) was the Euro 96 one at Wembley. Our goal in 1990 was scored by Lineker, ex-Fulham legend Paul Parker scored the freak deflection own goal of the century and Gazza cried. Alan Shearer was just a glint in Southampton fans' eyes at the time.

I watched the 96 game at the home of a member of my youth group, and the 90 game at home with my parents, if you're interested.

St said...

Well done pedant-boy. I'd misread my own meme. How embarassing. However the 'away from home' theme is still correct as I was on a family holiday in Cornwall. Spent the whole of the next day in sadness and gloom. Also felt sorry for Stuart Pearce who was a great player and had a great penalty saved.