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In my day, with Claire Allan

STAFF REPORTER

We quiz Claire Allan on the time of her life

Q What was your favourite decade?

A The 1990s. The decade started with my GCSEs and ended with me getting my first staff job as a reporter. In between I met my now husband.

Q What was life like back then?

A Much more carefree. My uni years were spent in a freezing cold house in Whiteabbey – but I have so many brilliant memories. Summers were spent on a beach in Donegal or Wales.

Q What were you listening to?

A I wore out several copies of Counting Crows' August and Everything After. I also loved Lisa Loeb, Alanis Morrisette, Hootie & The Blowfish.

Q And the style, tell us about that?

A I was a student, so generally it was jeans and jumpers, or jeans and a fancy top for nights out. My hair was cut in the style of Monica from Friends.

Q What has changed since then?

A There was an air of confidence in the 1990s not here at the moment thanks to the recession. As for my industry – no one had heard of ebooks and the internet was still relatively unknown.

Q What was better back then?

A Maybe it was my age, but life definitely felt more positive back then.

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