In my day, with Claire Allan
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.