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Where were you on 31 December 1999?

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Elizabethofseasons Report 31 Dec 2019 19:00

Dear All


It has been 20 years since the new millennium started.

There was widespread celebrations across the world.

Meanwhile, there was some panic over the millennium bug that was supposed to affect computers. Apparently, there would be shortages of food, public houses would charge a fee to enter and the country would come to a standstill.

Where were you on this day?

Take gentle care
Love Elizabeth, EOS


Island Report 31 Dec 2019 19:36

With family probably. Tbh, I just don't get the hysteria surrounding a new calendar ;-)
In the northern hemisphere we have new beginnings in nature to look forward to and daylight stretching out but what does 'new year mean to those in the south?
:-D :-D


Tawny Report 31 Dec 2019 19:40

With family at a hotel in Ayrshire. I was 15 so I was allowed wine with dinner and to toast in the bells so I felt very grown up. :-D


**Ann** Report 31 Dec 2019 19:43

Working a 12 hour night shift
:-( :-( :-(


Von Report 31 Dec 2019 19:44

Went out to celebrate with OH and friends at a village shindig :-D :-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 31 Dec 2019 19:53

We were here in this house with our daughter and our late much missed son in law and their three boys, we celebrated at home then the next morning we went for a walk and listened to all the church bells ringing.


supercrutch Report 31 Dec 2019 19:56

Hosting a 2 night private party at a 77 bedroom hotel. About 130 guests.

Absolutely exhausting for all the staff Iincluding my son who I dragged in to work the bars).

I was younger then



Kense Report 31 Dec 2019 20:51

"Meanwhile, there was some panic over the millennium bug that was supposed to affect computers. Apparently, there would be shortages of food, public houses would charge a fee to enter and the country would come to a standstill."

That sounds like something certain sections of the media promulgated, How on earth could computer errors make pubs charge an entrance fee.

In fact software firms had recognised the problem years before and had made the necessary corrections in time. Of course there were a few relatively minor incidents around the world and some more serious for a number of pregnant women in Sheffield.


Allan Report 31 Dec 2019 21:00

We celebrated in the South as we usually do, in bed well before midnight!

Personally, like Island, I have never understood what all the fuss is about, even when I lived in the UK. :-S

I'm also old enough to remember when New Year's Day in England and Wales was not a Public Holiday. They had Boxing Day. In Scotland, the reverse was true, the Scots had New Year's Day as a holiday, but not Boxing Day


Florence61 Report 31 Dec 2019 21:09

In 1936 my grandparents got married 1st jan. It was not a public holiday in England then.
In 1999 I was at home with my children aged 4 and 2 and in bed before midnight until the neighbours woke us with fireworks that were so loud , my elderly neighbour the other side thought WW3 had started and phoned the police!!! they reassured her it wasn't war but millennium fireworks celebrations...poor old lady!

Florence in the hebrides


Island Report 31 Dec 2019 21:41

Allan, I enjoyed it when I was a young thing, partying with my friends and going to Trafalgar a couple of times :-0 oh no, we won't go there again...…

I think it has got too OTT, like Christmas :-( We'll probably watch Jules on the tele though :-D


Allan Report 31 Dec 2019 21:57

The only thing I enjoyed was that for a couple of years I 'waited-on' at private parties. Excellent money, plenty to eat and when the hosts and guests were p**sed enough, plenty to drink.

I was taught that the object was to get everyone as drunk as possible as quickly as possible :-D :-D


Bobtanian Report 1 Jan 2020 15:07

LOL Allan........where there's a will........there's a Wa hey!!!!!


AnninGlos Report 1 Jan 2020 15:40

Jules was very good as usual, or at least we enjoyed him.


Annx Report 1 Jan 2020 16:52

My house sale had just fallen through and OH and I were upstairs watching the spectacular fireworks over the city, which they were for the millenium, and thinking it would be the last New Year I would see in from that house.


SuffolkVera Report 1 Jan 2020 20:05

I can't remember what I was doing so it can't have been anything very exciting!