6 August: remembering 1990 – when you just drank wine without having to tell anyone about it

Do you remember life pre-1991? When we had to do DIY to pass the time, talk to people, argue with the family and just sit there silently nursing our hatred of bosses/ex lovers/ right wing scum and there was nowhere to vent all those feelings. (Unless you scrawled graffiti over a bus shelter and, even then, only a handful of disinterested people would see it and fewer still read it.)

Tim Berners-Lee portrait with glowing globe
(This site now has a theme tune. It’s HERE. Click it and read. It adds a majesty to the crap I write.)

In some ways life was super simple then but, in other ways, it had lots of frustrations. And then – on this day in 1991 – Tim Berners -Lee released some files detailing his ideas of a world wide web where people could sit at home calling out everyone they didn’t like as Nazi scum on sites like YouTube and Twitter and where you could post naked pictures of anyone you once slept with – with a Polaroid – in 1983 and, if you’d neglected to take a Polaroid, you could just manipulate an existing image to look like them. Great! The internet was born and the rest is history.

And today I’m reduced to wasting my evening writing a daily reason to get drunk and the rest of the world watches porn, cat videos and obsesses over some two bit celebrity uploading an image to “break the internet.”  In 1990 you’d just have grabbed a bottle as soon as you got home without any thought for ‘notifications’ and been pleasantly drunk by 7:30.

So today – to celebrate Tim’s amazing idea that catapulted us to here – just go to the shop grab something cheap, come home and drink it and don’t tell anyone about it. Who knows maybe it’s just as nice that way …..

And a quote:

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” -John Keats

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