Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A kind of holiday

We move tomorrow, and so who knows how long it will take before we have internet at home again. We are looking forward to going though, but there is plenty of organising to be done in the meantime. I am excited about opening boxes of stuff that's been packed for over three years, and displaying things we have collected together over the last two years. Also excited about having closets and drawers, rare things when we lived in the Leo Palace. It's going to be good.

Jonathan Freedman stretches things a bit with results worth reading. On the 8th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, he remembers the sweet dream of the 1990s, which, "viewed from today... look like a kind of holiday, a pause between two eras of anxiety and conflict. Just as Eric Hobsbawm defined the 19th century as stretching from 1789 to 1914, so we can take the same liberty: the 90s began with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and ended with the fall of the twin towers in 2001."