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Zadie Smith’s 'White Teeth’ published: Young, black and very gifted Cambridge student publishes first novel.
Naomi Klein’s 'No Logo’ published: Critique of branding culture becomes the antiglobalisation movement’s key text.
The theatre plays to over 90 per cent of capacity year after year.
Spencer Tunick installation opens the Saatchi Gallery: 160 volunteers pose naked together on the gallery’s terrace for the American artist’s latest eye-catching work.
It’s like carrying your record collection in your pocket.
And, with the random “shuffle” function, the i Pod itself chooses what song we are going to hear at any given moment, throwing up all kinds of personally fascinating juxtapositions from the soundtrack to our own lives.
But Eliasson’s dazzling disc of orange light, seen through a veil of vapour and reflected in scores of ceiling mirrors, mesmerised tens of thousands of visitors.
Olafur Eliasson’s 'Weather Project’ at Tate Modern: Who would have guessed that an art work entitled The Weather Project and installed in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall by a then-obscure Icelandic artist would turn out to be the most memorable contemporary art show of the decade?
'The Office’ debuts on BBC Two: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s meticulously observed mockumentary instantly broke the mould for British sitcoms with its barbed understatement and made a household archetype of Gervais’s lovably loathsome boss-man David Brent.
The aftershock of its novelty continues to be felt around the world; it has now aired in more than 80 countries.
At the opposite end of the scale from this intangible digital world sit the other dominant figures of the decade: buildings. For at the same time as the serious play has flourished in the West End, this has also been a decade of froth and celebrity, one in which, at times, the whole world seemed to go pop.
The rise of the big culture shrine has been as remarkable as the numbers who have turned up to look inside. Opening ceremony of the Dome: New Labour’s grand folly sounds the death knell for Cool Britannia.