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Generation X - we've lived this lockdown life before

Dr Ciara Kelly


Back in 1980s, there really was nothing to do and nowhere to go and that's why Morrissey sang about every day being as boring as Sunday, writes Ciara Kelly

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A bit of deja vu: No malls, no coffee shops, no free gaffs, just Morrissey and your dad's old cardigan. Photo: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

A bit of deja vu: No malls, no coffee shops, no free gaffs, just Morrissey and your dad's old cardigan. Photo: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

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A bit of deja vu: No malls, no coffee shops, no free gaffs, just Morrissey and your dad's old cardigan. Photo: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

Generation X - why do we never hear anything about us? Like an awkward, middle child squashed between the conservative, greedy Boomers and the whining, entitled Millennials - who divvy up all the attention between them.

The X generation just plods along in the squeezed middle without the cash of the generation above us and without the cool of the one below.

We had a brief moment in the sun when The Divine Comedy sort of wrote a song about us. But even then we had no clear-cut, defining features like a feckless love of lattes and avocados or a rapacious accumulation of wealth. We were just a bit seedy and hypocritical. And apart from that - no one ever really noticed us at all.