torsdag den 11. september 2008

Where Were You When...?

As Darren mentions, there is this Blog Meme started by Ian Dale. (I altered its order for obvious reasons.)

Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997
I was in bed asleep. I went to the dorm kitchen when I woke to make my usual morning cup of tea. One of the girls asked me if I had heard "the terrible news". I was relieved when she told me Diana was dead - for that split second I thought someone I knew had had an accident.

The Town Hall in Århus had a makeshift shrine to Diana (a photo, candles and heaps of flowers) for a while.

Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990
I was at Danish Language School and only found out when I got home and turned on BBC news in the afternoon.

It was a bit weird to think she wouldn't be at Nr.10 as she had been the PM I grew up with. I was a true Blue Conservative as a kid, whereas by 1988 I was a member of the Socialist Party and she seemed to embody all that was wrong about the Capitalist system.

England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany in - 4 July 1990
I was celebrating my birthday. I lived at my uncle's house. I rented a basement room, he lived on the first floor, and the top floor was rented by a German who was stationed at the NATO airbase in nearby Karup.

The penalty shoot out started a bad trend.... The German guy couldn't help but laugh and be rude about it all.

President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963
I wasn't born then.

A fantasy answer would be: I was waiting for the brand new adventure series Doctor Who on BBC 1. It was rescheduled to the next day.

Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001
I was at home and turned on CNN. They were reporting a plane had crashed into one of the towers. I thought an awful accident must have happened and nothing else of it and phoned my then girlfriend - we had had a right old argument the day before.

As we talked the other tower was hit. It was obvious by then this was no accident. I do not remember what it was we had argued about, it just didn't matter anymore.

She came over and we watched in stunned silence. It was when the Towers collapsed that our silence stopped. We held each other in tears at what was happening. I also felt scared. I knew this would mean war.

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