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Some years have the edge on others - and then there is 1989. Where to begin with that?
The collapse of repressive communist rule in eastern Europe was foremost. The ending of Soviet hegemony had not been predicted and yet happened with the speed of dominos toppling. The favoured image is of jubilant – bewildered – crowds sitting on top of Berlin’s wall. The sight of Czech dissident Vaclav Havel addressing a packed Wenceslas Square in Prague, in a country that suffered so heavily, will never be far behind.
Famous people have the most diffused power to influence others, but more concentrated power lies closer to home.
Role models have always featured in culture but never more so than now.
God is present in the estates the Church talks about reaching; unlike his followers, he never left these spaces. It is to be seen whether the furore over the lack of black actors among the Oscar nominees for 2016 will make a difference