The greatest things of the last 30 years? What did Northampton people choose?

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Heineken Cup success for Saints and playoff triumph for the Cobblers are some of Northampton’s greatest things of the past 30 years according to a survey.

The list also includes online shopping, WiFi, Google, Super Mario Brothers, wheelie suitcases, Harry Potter, Becks, flat screen TV’s, text messaging and email which were considered to be some of the greatest things from the past three decades according to people in Northampton.

The research was conducted by the budget hotel brand Travelodge which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and surveyed 3,000 British adults to seek their views on the greatest things of the past 30 years.

Findings revealed that technology dominates, with the World Wide Web, smartphones, iPod, online shopping, Google and text messaging, email and flat screen TV’s named as among the top ten greatest things from the past 30 years.

The fortunes of the town’s football and rugby union teams make two appearances in the list, with the 2000 Heineken Cup win for Saints coming in at 13th and the Cobblers 1997 playoff victory being voted 18th.

Super Mario Brothers (17), the smoking ban (26), Harry Potter (32), the 2012 Olympics (30) and William and Kate’s wedding (39) have also been named by locals as among the greatest things.

Low cost supermarkets (23), airlines (28) and hotels (33) are all in the top 50, demonstrating that we have become a nation of value conscious shoppers.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokeswoman said: “The last 30 years has seen a huge shift in the way we live our lives with technology in particular changing many things.

“The internet has certainly accelerated the growth of budget travel and made going away a key part of our modern lifestyle. The ease of being able to book online, but also researching where you are visiting and staying has made travelling a much smoother experience than it might have been before the 1980s.”

Detailed below is the listing for the top 50 greatest things of the past 30 years as voted by people in Northampton:

1 World Wide Web

2 Google

3 Email

4 DVD

5 iPhone

6 Facebook

7 Text messaging

8 iPod

9 Wi-Fi

10 Smartphones

11 iPad

12 Satellite navigation

13 Saints win the Heineken Cup in 2000

14 Microsoft Office

15 iTunes

16 Digital TV

17 Super Mario Brothers

18 1997 Northampton Town’s playoff success

19 Online shopping

20 Digital cameras

21 Flat screen televisions

22 Online Banking

23 Budget supermarkets

24 Twitter

25 YouTube

26 Smoking Ban

27 eBay

28 Budget airlines

29 Mobile apps

30 2012 Olympics

31 Sky+

32 Harry Potter

33 Budget hotels

34 GHD Straighteners

35 Networked computers

36 Price Comparison Sites

37 The National Lottery

38 Online check-in

39 William and Kate’s wedding

40 The Millennium

41 Wheelie suitcase

42 Sunday opening hours

43 Networked computers

44 E-Book readers

45 Fibre optic broadband

46 Take That

47 The Simpsons

48 Andy Murray winning Wimbledon

49 YouTube

50 Queen’s Jubilee

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