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Northern Political Leaders hark back nostalgically to 1998

Tony Blair cringes as the others laugh at his
out-dated, "so 1998" clothes and speech

Politicians at the current round of peace talks in Britain spent last Saturday evening watching BBC 2's series "I Love..." as part of a co-operation building exercise. The episode focused on the year 1998, taking in issues as diverse as the food consumed (including 'freeze pops' and Bernard Matthews' "bootiful" ready made pies); the prominent sporting events of the year, like France's victory in the World Cup; and the political high-points, like the 'Good Friday' agreement, signed on April 10th of that year.

Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, was heard to comment "Jesus, have I had this beard that long, God, I can't believe it. Maybe I should shave it off," striking a note common amongst the other viewers, including Tony Blair, who thought his hair was 'so wild', and couldn't believe he ever thought it looked good.

David Trimble noted the political movements of the year, saying "Wow, we were so naïve. I mean, imagine thinking we could hammer out a workable agreement between us. We were so young." This remark sparked some tension in the group, but it was quickly relieved by Bertie Ahern who asked the assembled leaders of Northern Ireland's Nationalist and Unionist communities what the "B.A." in B.A. Baracus stood for.

"We expect set-backs in the long road to peace," said the Taoiseach, "but we are confident that all divides can be crossed, especially with all the ice-breakers we have about pop-culture from the mid 70s to the early 90s, like asking if people can name the evil version of KITT in 'Knight Rider'."




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