1995 HEADLINE NEWS BARINGS COLLAPSED AFTER ROGUE TRADER NICK LEESON’S SIDE DEALS UNCOVERED - MAJOR SURVIVES ‘VULCAN’ LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE FROM JOHN REDWOOD - BBC EMBARRASSED BY SCOTTISH COURT OVER PRIME MINISTER INTERVIEW ON EVE OF COUNCIL ELECTIONS
For the first time ever, it was the turn of a female stand-up to win the Perrier Award. Jenny Eclair’s Prozac And Tantrums show took the coveted prize, and PC humour was declared officially dead. ‘Part horny strumpet, part sad loser, and part slash ’n’ burn destructor of all the sexual niceties that a thirtysomething mother should hold dear,’ we said, proving that The List loves her too.
I thought to be a writer you had to go to Cambridge or Oxford, speak six languages, and go and live in Paris. . . l was this rural Scot from Duffsville that had no indigenous culture, and l was somehow trying to connect with this thing called literature.’
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Up on the big screen battlefields, Rob Roy took on William Wallace with the Scottish Tourist Board emerging a clear winner. Liam Neeson and Mel Gibson turned up for their respective premieres, but were outcheered on both occasions by partisan crowds favouring rugby star Gavin Hastings.
More used to a hearty chorus of ‘Flower Of Scotland’, Murrayfield played host to American rockers B.E.M. for their first Scottish date in six years. The List, keeping one step ahead, sneaked into the band’s Hamburg gig: ‘a truly magnificent sound, hard but melodic, quirky but accessible, rich and dark as Death By Chocolate’ was how we assessed the live renditions of the tracks trom latest album Monster.
V I SAW YOU
No longer did reluctant Bomeos and jittery Juliets have to suffer pangs of the heart in silence. A few simple words in The List’s ‘I Saw You’ was all it took to fan the flames of romance, reliving those tender details of love
at first sight. And, thanks to Snapple’s
sponsorship, we’ll be playing Cupid on into
our next decade.
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' I“ A FILM
The long slog towards a stronger Scottish film industry finally gained worldwide recognition when Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life — one of the first Tartan Shorts — won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short. It was Scotland’s first Academy Award since Sean Connery was in knee-length breeks, and champagne corks bounced off the ceiling when writer-director Peter Capaldi and producer Ruth Kenley Letts stepped up to the podium to thank, amongst others, the Scottish Film Production Fund.
THIS WAS THE LIST THAT WAS
I Cur Valentine special stood out for the bunch, ripe and ready for the picking the Star Trek exhibition beamed down to Edinburgh while Captain Kirk died a hero’s death on the big screen grid-iron action (plus cheerleaders) came to Scotland as the home-grown Claymores threw for a touchdown at Murrayfield almost 30 years after his last visit, Bob Dylan playd a trio of Scottish gigs looking like ‘a psychedelic Russian peasant who’s seen better times’ and the rise of Robert Carlyle continued as he patrolled the Plockton beat in Hamish Macbeth.