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It wasn’t just the cover art­work of LNER’s Class A4 Mal­lard that put Blur fans in a nos­tal­gic mood – the jan­gly guitars and Damon Al­barn’s cut­ting lyrics felt like they could have come straight off a Kinks or Bea­tles al­bum. Its An­glo-cen­tric themes meant that the al­bum bombed in the US, but it was a UK hit and helped to usher Brit­pop in dur­ing the early 1990s.


1993’s Euro­pean Grand Prix is mem­o­rable for three rea­sons. First, it was the re­al­i­sa­tion of Tom Wheatcroft’s am­bi­tion to bring F1 to Don­ing­ton Park, which he’d bought and re­built largely from scratch. Sec­ond, the el­e­ments re­warded him with tor­ren­tial rain on the big day. But most im­por­tantly, it was the scene of one of Ayr­ton Senna’s most heroic drives, hav­ing pi­loted his McLaren MP4/8 from fifth on the start­ing grid to even­tual vic­tory.


More than 300 mil­lion peo­ple tuned in to watch 1993’s Grand National – only for the Ain­tree race to be de­clared void after two false starts. An­i­mal rights ac­tivists protest­ing at the first bend de­layed the event’s start, and prob­lems with horses get­ting tan­gled up in the start­ing tape added to the prob­lems. Thirty of the 39 rid­ers in the sec­ond false start set off, and sev­eral com­pleted both laps be­fore re­al­is­ing what the prob­lem was. It was the first time since World War II that the event had been canned.


This was the year in which Gary Spar­row – played by Only Fools and

Horses star, Ni­cholas Lyn­d­hurst – dis­cov­ered a time por­tal back to wartime London in this com­edy TV se­ries. Gary used his knowl­edge of fu­ture events – and Bea­tles lyrics – to build up a con­vinc­ing dou­ble life over six se­ries, fi­nally be­ing trapped in the past in the show’s 1999 fi­nale. A one­off spe­cial screened last Septem­ber – in­tro­duc­ing Gary both in 1962 and 2016 – was well re­ceived by view­ers.

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