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What Went On in 2001?


In this very special Birthday edition we’re celebrating 20 years of Fyne Associates. That means 20 years of Culture, Celebrities, Lifestlyle, Fashion, Literature, Music, Theatre, Film, and so much more. A lot has happened since then, so we’ve gone back to where it all began to remember what life was like in 2001…



  • The most popular TV show of 2001 was – of course – Friends.
  • Brian Dowling won series two of Big Brother. He went on to enjoy a successful career and his most recent work has been hosting the podast Death Becomes Him, a personal exploration of grief.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Comedy Performance at the British Academy Television Awards, with Da Ali G Show winning Best Comedy.


  • Labour was re-elected in the the  2001 United Kingdom General Election.
  • Tony Blair went on to become the first Labour Prime Minister to serve two consecutive full terms in office.
  • George W Bush was elected as the 43rd President of the United States.
  • Four coordinated terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on September 11 of that year arguably changed the course of history


  • Apple introduced the first ever iPod, which sold for just under £300.
  • Wikipedia was launched, with the first ever edit being to the Homepage, its message reading, ‘This is the new WikiPedia!’
  • Pizza Hut Delivered a pizza to the International Space Station, at a reported cost of around a million dollars.
  • Windows XP and iTunes were released.

Celebrity Culture


2001’s Chart Toppers…

  1. Atomic Kitten Whole Again
  1. Shaggy featuring Rikrok It Wasn't Me
  1. Kylie Minogue Can't Get You Out Of My Head
  1. DJ Otzi Hey Baby
  1. S Club 7 Don't Stop Movin'
  1. Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag
  1. Shaggy featuring Rayvon Angel
  1. Hear'Say Pure And Simple
  1. Afroman Because I Got High
  1. Robbie Williams Eternity / The Road To Mandalay


Mon 1 Aug 2022

What Is The Big Feastival?

With Alex James

We spoke to Alex James from Blur who told us all about this years Big Feastival, taking place on his idyllic Cotswolds farm on the 26-28 August.

Fri 1 Jul 2022

We spoke with the unmistakable voice behind the band Reef, Gary Stringer, ahead of their appearance at Fi.Fest in July. 

Thu 26 May 2022

The word is woefully over-used, but we think you’ll allow us to describe Bryan Adams as a genuine rock legend. Creating hit after hit since his debut in the early 80s, he has consistently kept his sense of self and his distinctive musical style relevant without compromise. We were absolutely over the moon when Bryan chose to speak with OX, exclusively, ahead of his headlining performance at the Cornbury Festival in July. 

Mon 2 May 2022

It’s a strange thing to be confronted by a famous face whether in the flesh or over Zoom; you never know when you’ll be a little starstruck. Anton du Beke has spent most autumn weekends in my living room for the past eight years but despite that, I had no idea what to expect when we arranged to speak ahead of his ‘Audience With’ at the Wycombe Swan in May.