Being an Age Chameleon

“There is no greater joy than being part of a group reciting the entire theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in perfect unison”.

I was born in 1981. Two weeks ago, I turned 32-years-old. That means I’m 3 years and 351 days off what Sex and the City’s Carrie and Miranda would call my “scary age” of 36. It also means that I am on the Generation X to Y cusp.

After doing some research that entailed watching the generation feature on Channel 10’s The Project a few months ago and  looking up a couple of articles on that entirely accurate information hub Wikipedia, Australian Gen X-ers are typically defined as those born between 1963 and 1980, and Gen Y-ers from 1981 to 2000. If someone calls me a Gen X-er, I usually deny it, because everyone wants to seem younger, right? I also don’t see myself as sharing a common upbringing with those born in the 1960s and I was too young to really register anyone before John Howard as the Prime Minister, let alone identify with Winona Ryder in that quintessential Gen X-er movie Reality Bites, which was released in 1994, or realise just how pretentious the movie really was (am I right?) Around that time, I was the target audience for Sister Act 2, rather than for Dangerous Minds.

 

Then again, I vividly remember New Year’s Eve 2000 as an 18-year-old wearing a hanky top (remember those?) and finally getting legally drunk on Stollys, and to think that I belong to a generation including people who were just being born in 2000 seems just as far-fetched. I mean, J.Lo released ‘Waiting for Tonight’ for the millennium, and I still think that was about 5 years ago. The fact that it was 14 years ago makes my mind want to implode.

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Madonna Celebrate: The Erotica Ball

I have a memory from when I was about 11 years old of buying my best friend the Erotica album and green hair mascara for her birthday. Hair mascara may not have stood the test of time, but Erotica did. In fact, the album’s turning 21 and there’s going to be a celebration in London on Sunday 18 August.

Madonna Celebrate and Madonnalicious (The UK’s No.1 fan site) are hosting this Madonna party in aid of St Stephen’s AIDS Trust at Jerusalem Bar (33–34 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JN) from 6pm.

Hosted by Chrissy Darling, the organisers promise dazzling burlesque, drag, erotica, side shows, iconic visuals, art installations, cabaret, DJs and lots more.

There’s also an “Erotica” fancy dress code – Burlesque, Top Hat and Tails, Drag, S&M, Showgirl, Leather & Latex, Rubber, Glamour and Fantasy. Use your imagination!

Strictly limited £10 tickets are on sale and only from www.ticketweb.co.uk.

I’ve been to these Madonna parties before and loved them, so if you’re in London, don’t miss out!

www.madonnacelebrate.co.uk
www.madonnalicious.com
www.ssat.org.uk

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