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Titanic

“Titanic” is literally the biggest film ever seen in all aspects. It held the record grossing movie of all time until recently, and it cost over $200 million to produce. In the 90s this was unheard of and everyone went to see it.

Directed by James Cameron, “Titanic” features a love story between Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet’s characters Jack and Rose, who are poles apart in class sense. They fall in love on board the liner to the dismay of Rose’s snooty family and their relationship blossoms until the fateful day when the ship sank.

But don’t let that put you off, even I who doesn’t particularly like films enjoyed watching it because there’s something for everyone in it. In an attempt to appeal to men it has drunken behaviour, sex scenes and Winslet even appears topless which all helps you get through the whole three hours, even if you do have to listen to Celine Dion warble on.

Because of its huge budget the film received a lot of hype and many critics had their knives out hoping that it would sink just like the RMS Titanic itself. After being released in December 1997 it topped the box office for a record 15 weeks, and made over $13 million on Valentines Day alone.

Someone brought it into my school on video towards the end of term and we were allowed to watch it as a treat, and whilst lads laughed and girls cried when Jack slipped off the door, I couldn’t believe the special effects as they were the greatest thing I’d see on TV, well apart from Newcastle dismantling Manchester United 5-0 obviously…

Unbelievably Cameron issued a scale model of the ship to be built for the film and used millions of gallons of water when filming. Many of the crew and actors came down with flu or kidney infections after being in the water for so long and he got stuntmen to recreate people jumping from the side of the boat. No wonder the SFX looked so good, they were actually real.

“Titanic” became the highest grossing movie of all time, making over $1.8 billion and has only been surpassed by “Avatar”, however instead of a weird film about a crossover between Abe from Abe’s Odyssey and The Smurfs, 3D viewing will be taken to the next level when “Titanic” is converted into the format to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking in 2012.

I for one am looking forward to seeing that spectacle and being able see what Jack sees when he stands on the front of the ship. However if I do accidently shout “I’m the king of the world!” you all have my permission to slap me.

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Yes No Maybe rubber

Picture the scene. You’re sitting in school bored and you fancy playing a game. You grab your rubber from your Pepsi Max/metal car pencil case and scribble down the words “Yes” and “No” on either side, and “Maybe” on the length of it. Game on!

It was such a simple concept and allowed for hours of fun, well before you got told off by the teacher anyway for excessive laughter. The Yes No Maybe rubber game is the stuff of legends amongst my generation.

The most common use for it in my primary school was to work out who fancied who. Me and the girl who sat next to me in class would pick a boy and a girl from our class and ask the rubber if they liked each other. One flip later and rumours would be flying around by lunchtime.

Very rarely would a flip end in a Maybe due to the difficulty in actually managing to get a rubber to land on its side as it bounces, but when it did a celebratory shout would go up from whoever did it, often resulting in spending breaktime writing lines.

I didn’t know that this particular craze was nationwide, I believed that it was just some quirky Mid Wales thing we did. But after chatting to my mates about it in university it seems the Yes No Maybe game swept the nation and made some important decisions for kids up and down the country.

This was my personal favourite classroom game, although those weird paper selector colour/number things that only girls could make, the Love Calculator and the dictionary chase which would usually end with “go to page 69” where the phrase “you are gay” would be written were also good fun.

My classroom accomplice and I also used to play a game where we used to refuse to touch anything that the weirdo in our class touched, using allsorts of equipment to avoid catching “the lurgy”. Needless to say we spent a lot of time in detention.

Maybe the magical rubber technique is used by those higher up in the world. Perhaps Gordon Brown uses it when selecting his policies? Maybe Fabio Capello will use it to select his World Cup squad? Will Cheryl Cole pick up her eraser to decide whether to dump her idiot of a husband? If she does I’m hoping it lands on Yes…

Unfortunately many of the decisions we have to make now are older (and supposedly wiser) are perhaps too complicated just to flip a rubber, but next time you’ve got a decision you just can’t make yourself, dig out your pencil case and leave it in the hands of the rubbery gods. Let me know how it goes!

An introduction…

Hey guys

Thanks for stumbling upon my blog about all things 90s! After watching and reading about how great the Noughties were I thought to myself “they were nowhere near as cool as the 90s!” and went on a huge nostalgia trip.

From Live and Kicking to Tamagotchis, Adidas popper joggers to Flat Eric, here are all the things I miss about growing up in Britain during the 1990s. Feel free to message me your suggestions and hopefully spark some more great memories from the greatest decade ever!


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Hi I'm Jonny, creator of this blog. Like most people in my generation, I feel that the 90s were indeed an epic decade and this is my tribute to all the things that made it great!