KNIGHTSBRIDGE — There’s film on TV tonight called Hamburger Hill. It’s a Vietnam War film and I remember when it came out. I was dying to see it then. But there is less than 0% chance that I will watch it now.
Films match the mood of the times. And Vietnam films were rolling out at a rate of noughts in the late 1980s. We couldn’t get enough of them. Life was good then. We were still worried about world changes, but progress was real and people were prosperous. In the context for the day, it made sense to want to see some action.
So if we’re not in that mindset today, where are we?
Well, I can’t tell you how many blue-blooded boys I have heard singing the praises of The Duchess this week (stand up Seb and Adi). On Sunday night my family looked at me horrified to see me crying at The X Factor — me and almost 10 million other Britons apparently.
We are in an era of “chick flicks”. Wall Street and the City need a good cry. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Businesses that want to help with their people should take note: Now is a time to look after people, not chase them around with a stick. Talk about your health and well-being programmes. Spend some time discussing worries. Tell them what the future holds. Good and bad; they’ve anticipated the bad. The good will be news to them.
Go on. Get out your hankie.