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Our dangerous love affair with decades

By Elizabeth Kirkwood  

Perfect ten: Bo Derek in Ten

I’m glad the “noughties” are over. It was a terrible name for a decade – far too redolent of a post-ironic Cool Britannia hangover. But as every newspaper and magazine in town is brimming with “best of” lists, all attempting to sum up the zeitgeist of the last ten years, our infatuation with thinking in decades seems to have reached an all-time high. Why?

In part, this is surely due to our increasing need for “historical…

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