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Welcome to the roaring twenties. I feel that it is appropriate that I started my blog, at 20:00 on Tuesday the 31st of December 2019. At the beginning of the 1920’s Britain was just getting on it’s feet after a world war that had robbed them of their young men. women were more empowered than they had been before as they were given the vote, there were more women in the work place, though unfortunately married women still had less freedom than they have today. The people were moving on from the war to end all wars and didn’t realise that the next great war was just nineteen years away.
We are at the end of the second decade and move into the third decade of the millennium. We don’t know what is ahead of us but we are well aware of what is behind us. in the past ten years we have all probably made new friends, lost old friends and loved ones. We have had people added to our families and people leave. I have personally lost four close members of my family in the 2010’s I have also gained people into my family and life in the last 10 years.
Idols that we have lost in the last decade, many of them we grew up with, loving their work music and ideas. People including David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Nimoy (Mr Spock), Carrie Fisher and George Michael. There are a whole army of people that passed in the last 10 years that I don’t have the space here to mention.
2010 to 2019 has seen an amazing increase in technology at home and workplace. The iPad by Apple was first introduced to us in 2010 and by 2019 there are a number of different iPads, Tablets and Smart devices. I had my first iPad around 2012 so I was a late adopter of this technology. Now we have technology and artificial intelligence, or AI, in many of our homes.
A lot of homes now have an Amazon Alexa or a Google Home in our living rooms and bedrooms playing us music, giving us up to date weather forecasts, news briefs and also playing our favourite audiobooks or podcasts. Many of these things are finding its way to our phones and work place.
he most surprising technology of the last 10 years is the record player. There has been a resurgence in the interest of collecting vinyl records once again people are wanting to buy the 12 inch records I had in my youth. perhaps the most surprising thing about this resurgence is that i can start telling Guinness book of records joke again to a younger group of people! “I have 12 inch black disc with a hole in the middle! is it a record?” I can here people rolling around the floor laughing even now, or should I say “ROLF”
We have also seen the demise of technology over the past 10 years. You will find it difficult to find an MP3 player today. Theses were quite big in the early 2010’s and many people had them or used them but with Smart phones now coming with the ability to stream music the need for an MP3 player is no longer needed.
There as also been a decrease in demand for 3D Televisions, it is very hard now to find an 3D TV in stores. you may be able to buy the odd one here or there and online. Now people want bigger TV’s with better picture quality and sound. Size really matters now you will rarely find a 36 inch television adorning the wall of someones home.
in the last decade we have seen the rise of a new kind of politics, the politics of Populism. This is where politicians will say and do anything to get the popular vote no matter what their personal beliefs are. As long as there words gets them into power to do what they wish.
We have seen many leaders who have accommodated the lowest common denominator to blame the state of a country because issues such as race, religion and ideology. The Nazis’s blamed the Jews for there financial problems. America blames immigrants from other countries around them. Britain blames the EU and the freedom of movement in the UK for people supposedly coming into this country and taking jobs.
There was a time when politicians were caught in their lies and were either prosecuted or sacked. Now we elect them as our world leaders. I have been shocked at some of the things I have read on social media over the last decade.
One post said we no longer need to give aid to other counties and the suggestion was that we can forget about them. I have seen things on Social media in which people thought that because we are leaving the EU that all those look different, believe differently or originally from a different county will have to leave the country too. These people stood up to be counted in 1985 during the Live aid concert giving to a country that was crying out in need.
My wish for the next decade is that our hearts and minds will be open to all those in need, accept people who look different to us and be open to listen to ideas that would make us better people.
2020 has many connotations for example someone who has normal eyesight is said to have 20/20 vision. Unfortunately when it come to the future we don’t have the luxury of being able to see into the future. All we can do is hope for the best, in life and for our children and grandchildren.
It is the start of a brand new decade with brand new opportunities and brand new obstacles we need to get over. At the end of January, one day after my birthday we will be leaving the European Union and know one really knows what will happen to us then. We may develop new trading deals with other countries that are no in the EU.
We may get some surprises and some will get disappointments. I have a number of fears personally about the changes that will take place in 2020 and onwards but i hope for my children sake and any future grandchildren they will be unfounded
What are you thoughts on the future? Do you see a bright and hopeful future? what are your biggest fears in days, weeks, months and years ahead? Please leave comment below I would love to hear from you.
Finally I want to wish you a happy 2020 and I hope that your hopes and dreams come true in the coming decade. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year and success in all you do.