The Year 2000 doesn’t sound that long ago, does it? Until you remember…
Rainy movie night at home: Netflix? Something on Sky HD? Nope! Pop your cagoule on, you’re off to Blockbuster for the latest release (if they’ve got enough copies in, that is).
Wow, feel a bit amazed and impressed by the incredible forward-thinking of the people behind Friends Reunited. (A 16-year-old Mark Zuckerberg was probably impressed, too.)
Will Smith was a pop star: 2000 was the year he won the Kids Choice Award for Best Male Singer, as well as being the year his daughter, future singer Willow Smith, was born.
Your Nokia 3310 was cutting edge.
Slathering your lips with shiny coloured gloss was pretty much the height of make-up sophistication (never mind that everything then stuck to them).
You had high hopes for the union of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who married that year. Their's was a Hollywood marriage that would actually last. Right?
You were less convinced by the longevity of Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s marriage, which also began that year. (But you’d never have suspected Angelina would end up with BRAD PITT.)
Sarah Lancashire was still, in most people’s eyes, Racquel from Corrie or - at a push - Yvonne from Clocking Off. The rise of Happy Valley’s awesome Catherine Cawood was some way off.
Waking up to your TV blasting out bright colours, chaos and celebrity interviews was still a thing, with Johnny Vaughan and Liza Tarbuck at the helm of The Big Breakfast.
You were GRIPPED by Big Brother after it debuted on British TV that summer, to the point where you rushed back in time to watch the live evictions on a Friday night. Mel, Anna, Craig and Nasty Nick were talked about at watercoolers across the land.
Macy Gray’s On How Life Is was the grown-up album you bought and put on while hosting “dinner parties”, aka big bowl of pasta for your mates.
You knew you were cool if you were sipping a coffee in Starbucks.
You went to see Gladiator and suddenly had a massive crush on Russell Crowe, having never heard of him before.
Destiny’s Child were a Big Deal. Sure, Beyonce was the lead singer, but she wasn’t the Queen B she is now.
Smirnoff Ice and its addictively weird sugary, vodka-y mix.
Oh yes, you’d got denim just right in your low-rise bootcut jeans with no back pockets. Definitely.
...and obviously you’d got the underwear just right too - by wearing a G-string with said jeans, and displaying (sometimes by accident, other times by design) your “whale tail”.
Thinking Justin and Britney would probably end up getting married - in matching outfits.
Perfectly acceptable to refer to one of your friends as “The Miranda of our group” or “The Charlotte”. (But never “The Samantha”.)
Bras padded with water-gel were on the top of your wish list, even though they felt like having two mini waterbeds strapped to your chest.