|Between the years 2001 to 2009, my life saw a great many changes. I married in 1994, and l was divorced in 2008. My business with animals which had begun as a commercial enterprise in 1993 supplying fifty+ superstore pet stores throughout the UK, gradually defined its direction from domestic household pets to the more exotic animal species, and l made the transition from pet owners to private animal keepers and continued to move along to the likes of small wildlife parks and family-run zoos. During the early, to later 2000’s l listened to music mainly on Radio 1 or via TV and MTV. |
This period was primarily known as the ‘noughties’ and was the decade of the Gregorian calendar. We learned in 2000 that the world wasn’t going to end via the Y2K millennium bug and the so-called global ‘time’ crisis, the end of our lives as we knew them, we weren’t going to burn up or that an accidental nuclear missile strike would end us all. And so the decade began when the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st ’99/ January 1st 2000 happened!
Welcome to the 21st Century!
[A very brief synopsis]
This decade saw the Internet take off in popularity. It quickly became the go-to place for online shopping, commercial advertising, personal banking, easily accessible news and entertainment, gaming, social communications, and networking!
The noughties saw lifestyle changes and choices and the overall availability of each to many societies. Increased recognition of human rights, more awareness of minorities and their existence. A heightened global security attentiveness, sensitivity and consciousness to the Terrorism threat and more so in the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001.
Many look back at the early years of the new Millenium with a crinkled nose. It was also known as the decade of lousy everything – bad fashion, lousy music and politics, bad governments, bad ideas, and bad cultures just wrong!
But NOT everything was terrible taste; there were still some hidden gems to be found if you looked hard enough like some of the Films. – Brokeback Mountain, The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Inglorious Basterds, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, School of Rock, Moulin Rouge, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bridget Jone’s Diary, The Harry Potter franchise, Ocean’s Eleven, Paranormal Activity, Walk The Line, Erin Brockovich, Billy Elliot, 28 Days Later, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Shrek and Slumdog Millionaire to name but a few.
Let’s not forget some of the television series either, like – Shameless, House, Lost, 24, Band of Brothers, Big Brother, Spooks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy, SouthPark, The Sopranos, Planet Earth, Weeds, CSI, Little Britain, Desperate Housewives, The Apprentice and Monk and of course many more! TV series were abundant.
Of course, like always, there were books upon books and shelves upon shelves. They would have housed the likes of Cloud Atlas, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Forever War, Netherland, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Time Traveler’s Wife, White Teeth, Austerlitz and maybe even The Book Thief too.
The top celebrities of the decade were – Zac Effron, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Drew Barrymore, Destiny’s Child, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Lindsay Lohan, The Olsen Twins, Rihanna, The Sex and The City cast and Taylor Swift alongside Katy Perry who were best ‘buds’ then, are not so keen on each other today!
However, the big question to you and is the 00’s/noughties – fan or not?