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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1999. To find out what else was happening in 1999 select any of the following options:

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Lyn and Nikki.

Lyn Paul
and her sister
Nikki Belsher.


New Seekers

New Seekers
on TV: 1999

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Blood Brothers

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and Museum

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Who Does That Song?

'90s Music

The UK Number Ones:

Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone.

Lyn Paul
as Mrs. Johnstone.


The Theatre

Albemarle of
West End
Theatre Guide

Theatre Guide

London Theatre

London Theatre Guide

The Stage


UK Theatre Web

What's On Stage

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers
the musical

Bill Kenwright Ltd.

Willy Russell

Lyn Paul and Warwick Evans.

Lyn Paul
as Mrs. Johnstone
with Warwick Evans
as the Narrator.


Those Were The Days...

Video Almanac

In The '90s:
The Nineties
nostalgia site

Do You Remember
the '70s, '80s
and '90s?

On This Day

Guardian Century


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Rotten History

Scope Systems
Historic Events
and Birth-Dates

This Day In Music

20th Century


British Media

The Paperboy

Josepn and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (video cover).

Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor

(video cover)

Singing Sisters

Lyn Paul continues her highly acclaimed performances in the West End production of Blood Brothers and after the show on 16th February celebrates her 50th birthday with other members of the cast.

The week before her birthday Lyn auditions for the new ABBA musical Mamma Mia! Recalling this years later, Lyn says:

"I did five auditions for 'Mamma Mia!' and walked away thinking 'Oh my God, I've got this'... On the journey home my agent rang. She wasn't exactly subtle. She said: 'I'm sorry Lyn, you didn't get it... They felt you were too old and they didn't think you could sustain eight shows a week [Lyn laughs]... It was the first time I ever felt that age was a problem... You can put weight on, you can lose weight; you can grow your hair, you can have it cut. What can you do about your age? Nothing!" (Interview with Michael Bentley and Jonny Weston, 8th April 2020, M-XCLOUD)

Lyn continues in Blood Brothers, taking a Summer break from the show but returning in October for another two months. After taking her final bow on 4th December. Lyn hands back the role of Mrs. Johnstone to Stephanie Lawrence, from whom she had first inherited the part in the 1997 UK touring production.

The Phoenix Theatre.

Pictured above:
Posters of Lyn Paul
on display outside the Phoenix Theatre.

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During 1999 Lyn and her sister Nikki Belsher are featured in the magazine Musical Stages (Issue 17, Spring 1999). In November they are interviewed for an article about sisters in the Express. In the latter Lyn says:

"There's a closeness I have with Nik and my other sisters that you could never have with a friend. It's a no-holds-barred situation. You never have to watch what you say."

Meanwhile, on 8th November, a video of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is released, featuring Nikki as one of the Wives (Wife 2). Inspired by the London Palladium production, the video stars Donny Osmond as Joseph, with Maria Friedman as the Narrator, Richard Attenborough as Jacob and Joan Collins as Mrs. Potiphar. The video was filmed during the Summer (June - October) at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. It is re-issued as a DVD on 16th October 2000.

The Phoenix Theatre.

Pictured above:
Photos of the Blood Brothers cast featuring Lyn Paul
outside the Phoenix Theatre Box Office.

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On 22nd May Boyzone top the UK singles chart with You Needed Me, a song recorded by the New Seekers in 1978, after Lyn Paul had left the group.

Work begins on developing the Lyn Paul website on Monday, 7th June 1999. Beta testing begins in August 2000 (with thanks to Dave, John, Rosie and Steve). The site officially goes live (with Lyn Paul's approval) on 9th October 2000.

On 27th August the film Never Been Kissed is released in the UK, just over four months after its US release on 9th April. The film stars Drew Barrymore as undercover reporter Josie Geller, David Arquette as her brother Rob and Michael Vartan as teacher Sam Coulson. The soundtrack features Free To Be... You And Me by the New Seekers.


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In the News - 1999

Europe's new currency, the Euro, is launched on 1st January and immediately plummets in value.

Impeachment proceedings begin in Washington on 7th January against US President Bill Clinton.

On 20th January Paddy Ashdown announces his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

A report is published on 25th January recommending that five members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are expelled for corruption.


The manager of the England football team, Glen Hoddle, is sacked on 2nd February following his comments in an interview with Matt Dickinson of The Times on 30th January, that disabled people were being punished for their sins in former lives.

On 6th February South Africa's President Nelson Mandela makes his last State of the Nation speech to Parliament before retiring.

King Hussein of Jordan dies on Sunday, 7th February, following a long battle against cancer.

The Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is arrested in Nairobi on 15th February and flown to Turkey, where he is put on trial for treason and attempting to divide the country.

The Macpherson Report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence is published on 24th February. It accuses the Police of racism and incompetence.

On the same day a China Southwest Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M (Flight SZ4509 from Chongqing) crashes on its approach to Wenzhou Airport, killing all of the 61 passengers and crew on board.


Dusty Springfield dies from breast cancer on 2nd March. Ten days later, on the day of her funeral service, thousands turn out to pay their respects as her coffin, decorated with flowers which spell her name, makes its progress through the streets of Henley in a horse-drawn carriage.

Yehudi Menuhin dies in Berlin on 12th March, aged 82.

Shakespeare In Love wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards ceremony on 21st March.

Ernie Wise dies on the same day, aged 73, two months after a triple bypass operation.

The President of the European Union, Jacques Santer, and all 19 of the European Commissioners resign on 15th March following allegations of widespread corruption.

On 24th March NATO launches air attacks on Serbia.


Rwanda begins a week of mourning on 1st April to commemorate the 500,000 people killed in the three-month genocide of 1994.

In the UK a national minimum wage of £3.60 per hour is introduced on 1st April.

Lionel Bart, who composed the musical Oliver and wrote Cliff Richard's hit Living Doll, dies from cancer on 3rd April, aged 69.

The two Libyan men suspected of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing are taken into custody in the Netherlands on 5th April.

On 6th April, 25 years to the day after ABBA's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, the musical Mamma Mia!, written by ABBA's Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus in partnership with Tim Rice, opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End.

The President of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, is assassinated on 9th April.

Four members of the Provisional IRA - Eddie Butler, Hugh Doherty, Harry Duggan and Joseph O'Connell, all of whom had been involved in the Balcombe Street siege of December 1975 - are released from prison on 14th April under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement

On three successive weekends nail bombs, apparently targeted at London's Asian, black and gay communities, explode in Brixton, Brick Lane Market and at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

On 20th April Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two students at Columbine High School, Denver, run through their school firing automatic weapons and throwing homemade bombs. They kill 12 pupils and one teacher before shooting themselves.

Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando is shot dead outside her home in Fulham on 26th April.


Oliver Reed dies on 2nd May, aged 61.

On 6th May elections are held for the new Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament. The Labour Party wins the largest number of seats in both Chambers but fails to win an outright majority in either. Commenting later on the BBC radio show 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', Humphrey Lyttelton quips: "The list of members of the new Parliament makes fascinating reading - a veritable "Who's That?" of British politics." The Scottish Parliament meets for the first time on Wednesday, 12th May - the fifth anniversary of the death of the Labour leader John Smith.

Dirk Bogarde dies on 8th May, aged 78.

Protesters take to the streets in China on 9th May, following the bombing by NATO forces of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Shel Silverstien, who wrote A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash and Sylvia's Mother for Dr. Hook, dies of a heart attack on 10th May, aged 68.

On the same day Paul Cézanne's Rideau, Cruchon et Compôtier is sold at Sotheby's in New York for $55,000,000.

London Underground opens new stations at Canning Town and North Greenwich on 14th May as part of the new Jubilee Line extension towards Stratford.

The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague indicts the Serbian President Slobodan Miloševic on 24th May for crimes against humanity in Kosovo. He is the first sitting head of state to be charged with war crimes by an international tribunal.

On 29th May Charlotte Nilsson wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with the song Take Me To Your Heaven - Sweden's third win since ABBA's first victory in 1974. The UK entry, Say It Again by Precious, finishes in 12th place.


On 5th June Paul Simon and Bob Dylan begin a co-headlining tour of the USA with a show in Denver.

On Tuesday, 8th June the former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken is sentenced to 18 months in jail for perjury and perverting the course of justice, after admitting that he had lied during his failed libel action against The Guardian and Granada TV.

On 13th June the News of the World reports that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 in an out-of-court settlement for using the lyric 'Hello, Hello, It's Good To Be Back' in the song Hello.

Nelson Mandela retires as President of South Africa on 14th June.

On 16th June the founder of the Monster Raving Loony party, Screaming Lord Sutch, is found hanging in his mother's home in Harrow.

In the City of London on 18th June protesters cause widespread damage when a "Carnival Against Capitalism" deteriorates into violence.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones get married on 19th June.


Guy Mitchell, who toured the UK in 1994 with Lyn Paul as his support act, dies on 1st July, aged 72.

The Admiral Duncan pub, scene of the Soho bomb attack on 30th April, re-opens for business on Friday, 2nd July in time for London's first ever lesbian and gay Mardi Gras celebration.

Nick Leeson is released from prison in Singapore on Saturday, 3rd July, having served two-thirds of his six-and-a-half year term for the gross financial misrepresentation.

David Beckham and Victoria Adams (aka Posh Spice) get married on 4th July at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.

On 9th July Jerry Hall announces through her solicitors that, after more than 20 years of marriage, she has agreed to a separation from her husband, Mick Jagger.

On the same day Elton John has an operation to have a pacemaker fitted.

John F. Kennedy Jr., son of the former President John F. Kennedy and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, dies in a plane crash on 16th July, aged 38.


Charles Kennedy is elected leader of the Liberal Democrats on 9th August.

On Wednesday, 11th August crowds gather around the world to watch the first total eclipse of the sun since 1927. In the UK clouds obscure the view but the next day disappointed sun-watchers get to see what they missed on the front pages of newspapers.

The Turkish town of Izmit is hit by a huge earthquake on 17th August. More than 17,000 people are killed.

A Norfolk farmer, Tony Martin, shoots two burglars at his home on 20th August, injuring 29-year-old Brendan Fearon in the legs and killing his 16-year-old accomplice Fred Barras.

Sep On 11th November an 87-year-old grandmother, Melita Norwood, is exposed as a former Soviet spy. On 29th December Solicitor-General Lord Williams of Mostyn announces that she will not be prosecuted.

East Timor is beset by violence following elections on 4th September, in which 78.5% vote for independence from Indonesia. United Nations troops arrive on 20th September to help keep the peace.

A Police Review Commission report published on 9th September recommends reform of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

Frankie Vaughan, who had hits in the '50s and '60s with songs such as The Green Door, The Garden Of Eden and Come Softly To Me, dies on 17th September, aged 71.

On the same day London Underground opens new stations on the Jubilee Line extension at Bermondsey, Canada Water and Canary Wharf. Another new station is opened at Southwark on 24th September.

On 27th September the European Court of Human Rights rules that the ban on gay men and lesbians serving in the UK armed forces is a breach of the Human Rights Convention, which safeguards the right to privacy.


31 people are killed on 5th October when two trains crash outside Paddington station.

On 11th October Deborah Rowe files for divorce from Michael Jackson.

On the same day Peter Mandelson gets Mo Mowlam's job in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

On 12th October the Isle of Man Post Office issues six stamps honouring the Bee Gees.

On Friday, 15th October the Metropolitan Police announce a £50,000 out-of-court payment to Winston Silcott, the man wrongly convicted of murdering PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater farm riot.

President Jiang Zemin of China arrives in London on 18th October for a four-day visit to the United Kingdom, the first by a Chinese leader. Prince Charles declines an invitation to a banquet at the Chinese Embassy on 21st October. Meanwhile protesters are kept out of sight by the police.

The musical The Lion King, which had premiered on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre two years earlier, opens at the Lyceum Theatre, London on 19th October.

The US golfer Payne Stewart, who had won his second US Open title in June, dies in a plane crash on 25th October, aged 42.

Orissa, in eastern India, is hit by a cyclone on 29th October.

Miss Saigon, the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr., closes on 30th October after 4,264 performances at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show had opened on 20th September 1989.

217 people are killed on 31st October when an EgyptAir Boeing 767 makes a rapid descent and crashes 30 minutes after taking off from New York.


On Saturday, 6th November Australians vote in a referendum to keep Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh pay a State Visit to South Africa from 9th to 15th November, as the guests of President Thabo Mbeki. This visit includes the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban.

On 10th November Pablo Picasso's Femme Assise Dans Un Jardin is sold at Sotheby's in New York for $45,000,000.

On 18th November Tony Blair announces that his wife, Cherie, is pregnant and that they are expecting their fourth child.

90-year-old Quentin Crisp - "one of the stately homos of England" - dies of a heart attack on 21st November, aged 90.

On 22nd November Jeffrey Archer is forced to withdraw as the prospective Conservative candidate for election as the new Mayor of London. He stands down following the publication of a story in the News of the World the day before, which revealed that he had asked a friend, Ted Francis, to provide him with a false alibi before the 1987 libel trial in which he won £500,000 in damages from the Daily Star.

Michael Portillo wins the Kensington & Chelsea by-election held on 25th November. Having admitted to homosexual relationships as a student, Portillo was followed by gay rights activists during his election campaign.

The Severn Bridge, which had been opened by The Queen on 8th September 1966, is granted Grade I listed status on 26th November.

Radio stations ban Cliff Richard's new single The Millennium Prayer. On 28th November, however, Cliff has the last laugh when the single tops the chart and stays there for three weeks. It is Cliff's 14th UK no. 1 hit, and his 112th hit overall.

Violence erupts in Seattle on 30th November as protesters block the streets around the convention centre where the World Trade Organisation was due to meet.

The winner of the 1999 Turner Prize is announced on 30th November. Although Tracey Emin had stolen most of the headlines with her unmade bed, the prestigious art award goes to Steve McQueen.


The world's tallest hotel, the Burj Al Arab (or Tower of the Arabs), opens in Dubai on 1st December.

On the same day Queen Elizabeth II re-opens the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden after its £214 million refurbishment.

On 2nd December the new Northern Ireland Executive meets for the first time. The 12-seat Executive has responsibility for issues such as education, health and housing.

Macau is transferred to China on 20th December, after 442 years of Portuguese rule.

On 21st December the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton loses his libel case against Harrods' owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

On Thursday, 30th December George Harrison is stabbed ten times in the chest by an intruder at his home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The stab wound misses his heart by an inch, leaving him with a punctured lung.

Noddy Holder (Slade) is awarded a MBE in the Queen's Millennium Honours. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) gets an OBE.

The Millennium Dome is completed in time for the New Year's Eve celebrations in London but the huge new ferris wheel on the South Bank, the London Eye, isn't ready in time.

On New Year's Eve the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes over as acting president, following the surprise resignation of Boris Yeltsin.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts

  • Christina Aguilera
  • A1
  • Atomic Kitten
  • Emma Bunton
  • Craig David
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Eminem
  • Macy Gray
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Ronan Keating
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • S Club 7
  • Scooch
  • Britney Spears
  • Westlife

UK Best-selling Singles

You Needed Me (single cover).

  • Christina Aguilera
    Genie In A Bottle

  • Alice DeeJay
    Better Off Alone

  • A1
    Be The First To Believe

  • Artful Dodger featuring Craig David
    Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta

  • B*witched
    Blame It On The Weatherman

  • Backstreet Boys
    I Want It That Way

  • Barenaked Ladies
    One Week

  • Lou Bega
    Mambo No. 5

  • Blondie

  • Boyzone
    You Needed Me

  • Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
    When You Believe

  • Cast
    Beat Mama

  • Chemical Brothers
    Hey Boy Hey Girl

  • The Corrs
    Runaway (Tin Tin Out Remix)

  • Craig David
    Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta

  • Divine Comedy
    National Express

  • Eiffel 65
    Blue (Da Ba Dee)

  • Eminem
    My Name Is

  • Fatboy Slim
    Praise You

  • Five
    Keep On Movin'

  • Macy Gray
    I Try

  • Geri Halliwell
    Lift Me Up

  • Geri Halliwell
    Look At Me

  • Geri Halliwell
    Mi Chico Latino

  • Groove Armada featuring Gram'ma Funk
    I See You Baby

  • Whitney Houston
    It's Not Right But It's Okay

  • Whitney Houston
    My Love Is Your Love

  • Tom Jones and
    The Cardigans
    Burning Down The House

  • Ronan Keating
    When You Say Nothing At All

  • R. Kelly
    If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time

  • Lenny Kravitz
    Fly Away

  • Martine McCutcheon
    Perfect Moment

  • Martine McCutcheon
    Talking In Your Sleep / Love Me

  • Ricky Martin
    Livin' La Vida Loca

  • George Michael and Mary J Blige

  • Moloko
    Sing It Back

  • New Radicals
    You Get What You Give

  • Charlotte Nilsson
    Take Me To Your Heaven
    [Eurovision Song Contest winner]

  • 911
    A Little Bit More

  • Cliff Richard
    Millennium Prayer

  • Adam Rickitt
    I Breathe Again

  • S Club 7
    Bring It All Back

  • Semisonic
    Secret Smile

  • Sixpence None the Richer
    Kiss Me

  • Will Smith (featuring Dru Hill)
    Wild Wild West

  • Will Smith (featuring K-CI)
    Will 2K

  • Britney Spears
    Baby One More Time

  • Spice Girls

  • Steps
    Better Best Forgotten

  • Steps
    Heartbeat / Tragedy

  • Steps
    Love's Got A Hold On My Heart

  • Texas
    Summer Son

  • Tin Tin Out
    featuring Emma Bunton
    What I Am

  • Travis
    Why Does It Always Rain On Me?

  • Shania Twain
    Man! I Feel Like A Woman

  • Shania Twain
    That Don't Impress Me Much

  • 2Pac

  • Vengaboys
    We're Going To Ibiza!

  • Wamdue Project
    King Of My Castle

  • Westlife
    I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun

  • Westlife
    Flying Without Wings

  • Robbie Williams
    She's The One / It's Only Us

  • Robbie Williams

Talking In Your Sleep (CD cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Chef featuring South Park
    Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)

  • Baz Luhrmann presents
    Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

  • Mr. Oizo
    Flat Beat

Hit Albums

Culture Club, Don't Mind If I Do (CD cover).

  • ABBA
    Gold - Greatest Hits [Re-issue]

  • Culture Club
    Don't Mind If I Do

  • Dixie Chicks

  • Vince Gill
    The Key

  • Tom Jones

  • George Michael
    Songs From The Last Century

  • John Prine
    In Spite Of Ourselves

  • Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris
    Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

  • Steps

  • Stereophonics
    Performance And Cocktails

  • Travis
    The Man Who

Western Wall (CD cover).

At the Movies
  • American Pie
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Bedrooms And Hallways
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Boogie Nights
  • A Bug's Life
  • Little Voice
  • Music Of The Heart
  • Never Been Kissed
  • Notting Hill
  • Shakespeare In Love
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
  • Tea With Mussolini
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • The World Is Not Enough

On Stage

'Fosse' Original Broadway Cast album.

Tony Award for Best Musical:

Olivier Award
for Best New Musical:
Kat And The Kings

On Television
  • Friends Like These
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme
  • Have I Got News For You (Series 17 and 18)
  • The League Of Gentlemen
  • Mrs. Merton And Malcolm
  • News at Ten (ITN) gets the axe.
  • Queer As Folk
  • The Royle Family (Series 2)
  • Sex And The City
  • Smack The Pony
  • The Sopranos
  • Walking With Dinosaurs
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (Series 1-5)

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Lennox Lewis

Darts: Phil Taylor wins the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship for the fifth time. He beats Peter Manley in the final, 6-2.
Raymond van Barneveld wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship for the second year in a row.

Rugby Union: Scotland win the Five Nations Championship.
Australia win the World Championship, beating France 35:12 in the final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

Rowing: the University of Cambridge crew wins the annual Boat Race against Oxford for the seventh year in a row.

Horse Racing: Bobbyjo, ridden by Paul Carberry, wins the Grand National.

Snooker: Stephen Hendry wins the World Snooker Championship for the seventh and last time, beating Mark Williams in the final (18-11).
Mark Williams wins the UK Championship, beating Matthew Stevens in the final (10-8).

Golf: José María Olazábal of Spain wins his second US Masters title, finishing 2 strokes ahead of Davis Love III.
Payne Stewart wins his second US Open, finishing 1 stroke ahead of Phil Mikelson.
Jean Van de Velde needs a double-bogey on the 18th to win the Open at Carnoustie but ends up losing to Paul Lawrie in a three-man playoff.
Tiger Woods fights off a determined challenge from Sergio Garcia to win the US PGA Championship in Medinah by one stroke.
The United States team, captained by Ben Crenshaw, wins the Ryder Cup at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts. On the final day the USA rallies from the brink of defeat, winning 8.5 from a possible 12 points to secure victory.

Football: Manchester United win the treble - the FA Carling Premier League, the FA Cup and the European Champions' League.
Alex Ferguson is knighted.
Kevin Keegan is appointed Manager of the England team.

Cycling: Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France (subsequently disqualified).

Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his second hat-trick of men's singles titles at Wimbledon. Andre Agassi, whom he beats in the final (6-3, 6-4, 7-5), wins both the French and US Open men's singles titles and ends the year as World No. 1.
Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf to take the women's singles title at Wimbledon (6-4, 7-5). Graf retires from professional tennis.
Serena Williams wins the women's singles title at the US Open, beating Martina Hingis in the final.

Athletics: Hicham El Guerrouj sets two new world records. In June he runs the Mile in 3:43.13 and in September he runs the 2,000 metres in 4:44.79.

Cycling: the American cyclist Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France, three years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Motor Racing: Mika Häkkinen
wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second year in a row.


Man Booker Prize

J.M. Coetzee

Anita Desai
Fasting, Feasting

Michael Frayn

Andrew O'Hagan
Our Fathers

Ahdaf Soueif
The Map Of Love

Colm Tóibin
The Blackwater Lightship

Orange Prize
for Fiction

Suzanne Berne
A Crime In The Neighbourhood

POstcard from 1999.

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Who said that?


A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali

The one good thing about becoming fifty - you don't have to do it again.
Woody Allen, 'Another Woman'

By then you've either made it or you haven't and you are less likely to care what other people think.
Tony Blackburn, The 5-Minute Interview,
'The Independent", 20th June 2006, page 7.

Nature gives you the face you have at 20. Life shapes the face you have at 30. But at 50 you get the face you deserve.
Coco Chanel

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

Getting Older / Staying Younger

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille Ball

It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
Brigitte Bardot

The older you get, the stronger you have to get. Getting old is not for sissies.
Pierce Brosnan

Age ... doesn't matter, unless you're a cheese.
Billie Burke

You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
George Burns

Getting old doesn't have to mean getting obsolete.
quoted in 'She Bop' by Lucy O'Brien, page 234

How foolish to think that one can ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance.
Noel Coward

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Madeleine L'Engle

The older you get, the more you become your true, essential self. You whittle away the parts of yourself that mean less to you.
Tom Ford

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

As you get older you start to realise that it really doesn't matter what other people think.
Jonathan Murray

My mother used to say: the older you get, the better you get - unless you're a banana.
Rose Nylund (Betty White), 'The Golden Girls'

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, age doesn't matter.
Satchel Paige

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?
Satchel Paige

You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.
Bonnie Prudden

Age is nothing but experience, and some of us are more experienced than others.
Andy Rooney

Be on the alert to recognise your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.
Muriel Spark, 'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie'


For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray.
Christina Rossetti

Word of the Year

American Dialect Society (ADS) Word of the Year 1999

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