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In my day

We quiz Darlene McCormick on the time of her life

Q. What was your favourite decade?

A. The Eighties, those were the days! I was an undergraduate at Queen's in the late Eighties and early Nineties and I was having a ball living in Ridgeway Street with a group of friends.

Q. What was life like back then?

A. A lot of fun. Our biggest worries were funding our social lives – I had a part-time job in Tie Rack – and submitting course work on time!

Q. What were you listening to?

A. Fleetwood Mac and I still am; Def Leppard and Depeche Mode.

Q. And the style, tell us about that?

A. I loved the look. There was big backcombed hair, permed and long and that included the boys, cropped tops, men's oversized jackets with the sleeves rolled up and DM boots.

Q. What has changed since then?

A. Everything now is so accessible and instant and digital. When I was at Queen's the library was a big room full of actual books and music was still on vinyl.

Q. What was better back then?

A. There was more quality time with people and less time spent tapping on an iPhone.

  • Darlene McCormick is a Northern Ireland Businesswoman of the Year and a founder of That Protein Health Foods. ww.thatprotein.com

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