THE YEAR EMOTIONS RULED

SUDDENLY THE WORLD TURNED INTO A GLOBAL VILLAGE WHERE IT WAS NO LONGER COOL TO BE COOL

It ought to have been evident that something very strange was going on when a middle-aged man interviewed on the morning of Princess Diana's funeral told a TV reporter that he had not wept at his own father's death, but he was weeping today. Say what? But this is the way the whole year of 1997 has gone. Every few weeks in the past 12 months, something happened to invite an emotional public reaction of mass grief, panic or elation, often wildly disproportional to the significance of the event. Most of these eruptions had little staying power, but for the moments...

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