Very little, other than loss, focuses the mind on the passing of time like a birthday. Especially your child's birthday. Youngest was ten this week and ten years seem to have flashed by like the click of my fingers. I have written previously about how easy it is to gloss over decades when doing family history. Because you only have snapshot resources for most ancestors.
However, the passing of a decade is immense, if the following are anything to go by. For example...
2006 was the year of:
- Daniel Craig's first Bond film, Casino Royale (a rare post baby outing for this);
- Take That's return (I was over seven months pregnant at their first gig and my friend announced I was on my own if I had an emergency - she would not be leaving the venue...);
- Top Gear's Clarkson/Hammond/May line-up on its eighth series. But it was the year that Richard Hammond nearly died in a crash, pushing up viewing figures (don't try this at home, Chris Evans/Matt LeBlanc);
- Donald Trump's mortgage company. He said it was a great time to do so as the housing market looked firm for some time to come. The markets crashed in 2008 along with Trump's company (no comment or I will be here for a while);
- Victoria Beckham at the Germany World Cup with the other WAGs, wearing very small shorts and t-shirts. She now makes a fortune from persuading us all into massive culottes and polo neck tops;
- Defector Alexander Litvinenko dying of polonium poisoning in London, apparently at the hands of the Russians. The public enquiry only concluded in 2016. Really? Ten years?
- Tony Blair and George W.Bush still in situ. Not long to go though. Blair went in June 2007 and Bush at the end of 2008;
- The last regular Top of the Pops. Meaning I would never fulfil my childhood ambition of dancing in its studio.
Some things we did not have in 2006:
- iPhones (launched January 2007)
- ISIS (proclaimed 2014)
- iPlayer, TV streaming in general
- Wi-Fi, although it seems to have existed - the article I read was very technical!
- The Kardashians - at least thankfully not really famous then
- Arab Spring - began 2011
- Twitter - introduced 2006
- sleep - well, that was just me