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Do you watch the Antiques Road Show? It is easy viewing on a Sunday night, with the sparkling voice of Fiona Bruce, the BBC presenter, along with the clutch of experts reminding us each week that those things from the past may not only be beautiful but also have tremendous and surprising value! How many times have we seen an individual who is looking at the picture or collection that has been in the cupboard for years, who hears the value and says, “How much?!!” What they often learn is that the old dusty vase or that picture in the hall is the most valuable object in their home!
Under 35s, the ‘millennial generation’, have perhaps the highest self-esteem in history. They’re increasingly called “Generation Me”. Back in the 50s, 12% of teens agreed with the statement “I am an important person.” 30 years later it was 80%. Male students in recent studies have higher self-esteem than 86% of those in 1968. A casual look at our culture reflects this: the rise in reality TV, talent shows, social media ‘updates’ and ‘selfies’. Britons now take 35 million ‘selfie’ photos each month. ‘Millennials’ have been described as ‘narcissistic, overconfident, entitled and lazy.’ I suppose I’m glad I’m just over 35 then!
In 1891 a ship was launched that caused worried whispering in the halls of the Admiralty. The German battleship Brandenburg was in some ways superior to the most recent warships of the Royal Navy, but what worried the Sea Lords most was the possibility of a new enemy. Up to that point, the imagined naval bogeymen had been France and Russia. So began a naval game of thrones as powers fought for the place in the sun of unquestioned supremacy.
The anniversaries that are celebrated, at least in the media, tell us a lot about our culture and our view of the world. In 2012 it was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic rather than the 350th anniversary of the Restoration Prayer Book that was celebrated. This year it has been the publication of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' in 1813 and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech that have hit the headlines.
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