My favourite member of the Labour Party, Dave Cole (http://davecole.org/blog/
) has sent me a tag asking where I was at the time of various key events during the past few years. Two of them escaped my notice, namely, JFK's assassination and England's World Cup Semi-Final against Germany on July 4 1990. I don't really remember the precise event of Maggie's resignation on 22 November 1990 either, just that it was rather a relief after all the hounding by the press (similar to what GB's going through now) but at the same time disappointing that her Cabinet could wield the knife on her after all her achievements.
I remember exactly, on the other hand, where I was when I heard about Princess Diana's death and the Twin Towers collapsing. During the Bank Holiday weekend of 1997 I was staying at Arley Hall in Cheshire where my erstwhile husband was playing cricket. There had been a very jolly dinner on the Saturday evening which rather delayed Sunday breakfast. Our party was alerted to the news, bleary-eyed, by a dashing cricketer at 11am.
In September 2001 I was Finance Director of a software company in California and it was holding its bi-annual board meeting in Paris. I had enjoyed a few delicious days holiday in Champagne and on September 11th checked into my hotel in Paris where I was told what had happened by some French people who were checking out. At first I couldn't understand exactly what they were talking about but all became apparent when I switched on the TV in my room. I was then unable to fly back to San Francisco the next day which was a stroke of luck as I could go to London for a few days holiday instead.
I'm passing this tag on to King Lear, Welshcakes, Ellee and Mopsa.