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That Was The Year That Was


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UK life

Queen Elizabeth II was in the 60th year of her reign.

David Cameron was Prime Minister of a Conservative led Coalition Government

UK Average Wage: £26,500

UK Average House Price: £162,000

Pint of Milk 46p

Pint of Beer £2.96

The Ford Fiesta is the most popular car of the year for the fourth consecutive year.

The war on smoking saw a pack of twenty rise 37p to £7.46

UK Inflation reached a high of 3% in April

A seventeen year high 2.7 million people [7.9%] were unemployed but a record 30 million people were in work

Among words added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year were BitTorrent, Bling and, Dance-off while the word of the year is Omnishambles

Furby is the must have on the Christmas shopping list

The cost of a 1st class stamp rises to 60p. 2nd class to 50p

Scotland announced it would host a referendum on Independence in 2015

In April, the country dropped into a double dip recession. As if that wasn't gloomy enough, it's the wettest April since records began. Torrential rain is a feature of the second wettest summer on record.

In July The Shard in London opens as Europe's tallest building.

Analogue Television ceased broadcasting and 4g mobile was launched.

Telly Addicts

Sport dominates the TV viewing figures with eight of the top ten most watched events on the BBC and ITV being sporting. Only the Britain's Got Talent's final [8th 13.1m ITV], where a nation fell in love with Pudsey the dog, and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert [6th 15.3m BBC] break the monopoly. England's Euro 2012 campaign is featured four times with their games against France [10th 12.6m ITV], Sweden [7th 14.2m BBC], Ukraine [5th 16.3m ITV] and Italy [3rd 20.3m BBC] but it's the home grown Olympics that really captures the imagination. 

The men's 400m final [8th 13.6m BBC] and men's 100m final [4th 17.3m BBC] are the individual events that attract most attention but its the Opening ceremony, a celebration of everything British, which is hailed globally as a triumph. The British iconography filled extravaganza is watched by 24.2 million people domestically and almost a billion globally. 300,000 more Britons tune in for the Closing ceremony.   

In Box set World, Season two of the Anglo-American show, Game of Thrones was the biggest draw. The highlight of the series being the dramatic opening to the Battle of the Blackwater. 

In Soap World, 12.5 million people watched Becky McDonald [Katherine Kelly] exit Coronation Street after six years on the cobbles when Danny Stratton asked her to move to Barbados with him and his young son, leaving a regretful Steve McDonald at the airport. She parts the show in the First Class cabin of the plane telling Danny "Regrets are for people that stop on the ground. We're heading for the stars." 

Saturday Night At The Movies

British cinema goers opened the year with a fourth dose of Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, with Tom Cruise hanging off the top of the Buj Khalifa....for real. Marvel's sixth installment, Avengers Assemble hit the screens in spring and became the biggest movie of the year with Robert Downey Junior leading the all star super hero cast as Ironman. 

In the summer; Marvel and, DC went head to head. Andrew Garfield was the latest to take on the role of The Amazing Spiderman while Fellow Brit, Christian Bale put on his Batman costume for the final installment of the Dark Knight Trilogy [Rises]. 

The big summer animated hit was Ice Age: Continental Drift [aka Ice Age 4] while the comedy hit of the year came from Seth McFarlane's talking bear, Ted, though it definitely wasn't one for 

the kids. In the Autumn, Liam Neeson returned with his very special set of skills for Taken 2 but it was quickly eclipsed when the twenty-third edition of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall hit the screens with Daniel Craig playing the British secret agent for the third time. 

The big date night hit of the year was the fifth and final installment of the Twilight saga with Kristen Stewart turning vampire mother in Breaking Dawn Part 2 and pre Christmas audiences end the year the first of a three part adaptation of J R R Tolkein's Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey with Martin Freeman. 

Top of The Pops

UK top Forty hits of 2012
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 Gotye Ft Kimbra
 David Guetta Ft Sia
 Nicki Minage
 Carly Rae Jepson
 Fun Ft Janelle Monae
 Jay-Z & Kanye West
 Jessie J
 Rizzle Kicks
 Flo Rida Ft Sia
 Alex Clare
 Azealia Banks Ft Lazy Jay
 Rudimental Ft John Newman
 Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera
 Emeli Sande
 Jason Mraz
 Rihanna Ft Calvin Harris
 Drake Ft Rihanna
 Maroon 5 Ft Wiz Khalifa
 Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah
 Skrillex Ft Sirah
 Kelly Clarkson
 Florence & The Machine
 One Direction
 David Guetta Ft Nicki Minaj
 Coldplay & Rihanna
 Flo Rida
 Taylor Swift
 Swedish House Mafia
 Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah
 Nicki Minaj
Olly Murs
Script Ft Will I Am
Flo Rida

The five must have albums of the year were 

Take Me Home by One Direction with the tracks, Live While We're Young, Kiss You, Little Things and Rock Me. 

Lana Del Rey's Born To Die featuring Blue Jeans, Video Games and National Anthem. 

Plus by Ed Sheeran with The A Team, Drunk, Lego House and You Need Me, I Don't Need You. 

21 by Adele with Rolling In The Deep, Set Fire To The Rain, Lovesong and Someone Like You.

The biggest album of the year was Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande with Heaven, Read All About It, Next To Me and Clown

The Eurovision Song Contest took place in Baku. Englebert Humperdinck represented the UK with Love Will Set You Free but finished 25th of 26 in the final, which was won by Loreen for Sweden

London Olympics

Britain not only hosted the games for the third time but had their best games since 1908 with twenty-nine Gold medals.

Helen Glover and Helen Stanning won the Women's Coxless Pairs Rowing

Bradley Wiggins: Men's Cycling Time Trial

Tim Baillie & Etienne Stott: Men's Slalom C-2 Canoe

Peter Wilson: Men's Double Trap Shooting

Philip Hindes, Chris Hoy & Jason Kenny: Men's Team Sprint Cycling

Jason Kenny: Mens Sprint Cycling

Chris Hoy: Men's Keirin Cycling

Katharine Grainger & Anna Watkins: Women's Double Sculls Rowing

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh & Geraint Thomas: Men's Team Pursuit Cycling

Victoria Pendleton: Women's Keirin Cycling

Charlotte Dujardin: Individual Dressage Equestrian

Nicola Adams: Women's Flyweight Boxing

Jade Jones: Women's 57KG Taekwondo

Ed McKeever: Men's K1 200 Metres Canoeing

Luke Campbell: Men's Bantamweight Boxing

Anthony Jushua: Men's Super Heavyweight Boxing

Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed & Andrew Triggs-Hodge: Mens Coxless Four Rowing

Katherine Copeland & Sophie Hosking: Women's Lightweight Double Sculls Rowing

Dani King, Joanna Rowsell & Laura Trott: Women's Team Pursuit Cycling

Laura Trott: Women's Omnium Cycling

Jessica Ennis: Women's Heptathlon

Greg Rutherford: Men's Long Jump

Mo Farah: Men's 10,000 Metres Athletics

Mo Farah: Men's 5,000 Metres Athletics

Ben Ainslie: Finn Class Sailing

Andy Murray: Men's Singles Tennis

Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Ben Maher & Nick Skelton: Team Jumping Equestrian

Alastair Brownlee: Men's Triathalon

Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin & Carl Hester: Team Dressage Equestrian

Premier League

On the final day of the season Manchester City and Manchester United were level on points but City had an eight goal difference advantage. City were at home to a QPR team who themselves needed a result to be certain of avoiding relegation. United traveled to Sunderland. 

QPR stunned City to come from a goal down to lead 2-1 as the game ticked into stoppage time. United meanwhile were beating Sunderland 1-0. Unless City could find two goals in the dying seconds, United would be Champions.

At the other end of the table, QPR survived due to Bolton failing to beat Stoke in a game remembered for a controversial Stoke goal. Blackburn and Wolves were already relegated before the final day.

Reading, Southampton and West Ham United replaced them for the new season in August.

Champions League

Chelsea and Arsenal carried English hopes into the last sixteen of the Champions League and both faced Italian opposition. Arsenal exited at this stage but Chelsea saw off Napoli before dispatching Portugal's Benfica and Spain's Barcelona to face Bayern Munchen of Germany in the Final, which, as fate would have it, was being played on the German side's home patch. 

Linfield of Northern Ireland secured a rare victory in the early stages of the 2012/13 season competition, beating B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in a First Qualifying round penalty shootout, but they, The New Saints of Wales and Motherwell of Scotland were all gone before the group stages, which saw the European Champions crash out along with Manchester City. British hopes, going into 2013 rested with Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United

Up For The Cup

It wasn't a vintage year for cupsets with Swindon, Brmingham, Brighton and Leicester all earning minor scalps on the road to Wembley.

The cup run itself would be best remembered for Bolton's Fabrice Muamba collapsing with a cardiac arrest during his side's quarter final at Tottenham. Thankfully the medical staff in the ground and a Dr, attending the game as a spectator, fought successfully to save Muamba's life. 

Chelsea and Liverpool fought through to the Cup Final

Liverpool had consolation in the League Cup, beating Cardiff City on penalties after the game ended 2-2.

Euro 2012

Huge audiences [see TV section] tune in to all four of England's games at the finals where a draw against France and victories over Sweden and co hosts Ukraine see them in their group. The Three Lions hold Italy 0-0 in the quarter finals but few can argue the Azzuri are the more deserving winners in the penalty shoot-out. 

The Italians go on to Beat Germany in the semi finals before facing Spain for the crown

England's make a four game unbeaten start to their bid to reach the 2014 World Cup but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all make miserable starts to their campaigns. The only victory between them from four games each is a Welsh success in Cardiff over the pointless Scots. 

The Grand National

Neptune Collonges

Ridden by Daryl Jacob

Trained by Paul Nicholls

Owned by John Hales

Starting Price 33/1

Distance: A Nose [Shortest winning margin in history]

Also Ran
Starting Price
Richie McLernon
 Second - 5 lengths
Katie Walsh
8/1 joint-fav
Third - 7 lengths
Cappa Bleu
Paul Moloney
Fourth - 2.75 lengths
In Compliance
Fifth -  2½ lengths
Sixth -  3¾ lengths
Hello Bud
Seventh -  ¾ length
Brian O'Connell
Eighth -  6 lengths
8/1 joint-fav  
Ninth -  27 lengths
Swing Bill
Conor O'Farrell
Tenth -  22 lengths
The Midnight Club
Andrew Tinkler
Eleventh -  14 lengths
Planet of Sound
Twelfth -  24 lengths
Neptune Equester
Felix de Giles
Thirteenth -  14 lengths
Calgary Bay
Dominic Elsworth
Fourteenth -  10 lengths
Midnight Haze
Sean Quinlan
Fifteenth -  Last to complete
Did not finish
Starting Price
Viking Blond
Brian Hughes
Fell - Fence 1
Fell - Fence 2
West End Rocker
Wayne Hutchinson
Fell - Fence 2
State of Play
Noel Fehily
Unseated rider - Fence 5
Chicago Grey
Brought down - Fence 5
Rare Bob
Bryan Cooper  
Brought down  - Fence 5 
Fell  - Becher's Brook 6 
Alfa Beat
Fell - Foinavon 7
Black Apalachi
Denis O'Regan
Fell - Canal Turn 8
Unseated rider - Canal Turn 8
Unseated rider - Canal Turn 8
Robert Power
Unseated rider - Canal Turn 8
Unseated rider - Canal Turn 8
Andrew Lynch
Fell - Fence 10
Arbor Supreme
Unseated rider - Fence 10
Giles Cross
Pulled up - Fence 11
Always Right
James Reveley
Unseated rider - The Chair Fence 15
Quiscover Fontaine
David Casey
Fell - Fence 17
Vic Venturi
Harry Skelton
Refused - Fence 19
Deep Purple
Pulled up  - Fence 19 
On His Own
Paul Townend
Fell - Becher's Brook 22
According to Pete
Harry Haynes
Brought down - Becher's Brook 22
Pulled up - Becher's Brook 22
Dougie Costello
Pulled up - Becher's Brook 22
Weird Al
Fell - Fence 27

Unfortunately two horses suffered broken legs during the race and had to be put down. Synchronised, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner the previous month, continued riderless after falling at Becher's Brook but fell again, when loose, at the eleventh fence where the injury occurred. According to Pete was brought down at Becher's Brook on the second circuit, fracturing a leg in the process. The 21st fence was bypassed as paramedics were treating Noel Fehily, who broke a leg when falling there on the first circuit. 

Other Sport

Wales are the Kings of the Six Nations Championship with a Grand Slam

The European Cup Final of Rugby is an all Irish affair between Leinster and Ulster. 

At Wimbledon, Andy Murray is the first British male finalist in the open era while Swiss, Roger Federer is bidding to win a record equaling seventh title. Murray takes the first set but the next two fall to Federer to lead 2-1 going into the fourth set.

Serena Williams bid for her fifth Wimbledon title, In her way was Agnieszka Radwanska, the first Pole to reach a Grand Slam final in the open era. 

After Claiming the Olympic title in the Summer, Andy Murray aimed to lay the seventy-six year long British male Grand Slam drought to rest when facing Novak Djokovic in the US Open Final

Europe stage a sensational fightback in the Ryder Cup that goes down in history as the Miracle in Medinah. The highlight is a classic battle between Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.

Rory McIlroy decimated the field to be crowned US PGA Champion.

Camelot was the odds on favourite to win the Derby and cruised to victory with to set him up for a bid to score the first triple crown in forty-two years.

In addition to becoming an Olympic Champion, Bradley Wiggins also becomes the first British winner of the Tour De France.   

An eventful Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race is developing into a classic when a protester swims in front of the crews, causing the race to be stopped for half an hour before Cambridge win the restart. 

In Formula One, both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button won three Grand Prix each but as the latter won the final race in Brazil, it was a side show to the Fernando Alonso vs Sebastian Vettel title battle which went down to the last gasp before Vettel secured the sixth required to be champion.

And finally

When neighbours complained to the local council about noise and mess coming from a Pigeon loft, the owner was ordered to rehom the birds. "How?" asked the bemused Pigeon fancier. "They're homing Pigeons. Even if I moved them 150 miles away they would only cme back. That' what they're trained to do."

When the Scottish Highland Village of Glenelg went looking for a namesake to twin with, the only one they could find was Glenelg..........on Mars! Not put off, they wen't ahead with the official twinning ceremony. However, no representatives of the Martian Glenelg were available to attend or comment.

When a woman in Carlisle found a minature Tortoise in her garden, she found it so cute she brought it into her house. Both the woman and her daughter became concerned when the Tortoise refused to eat the Lettuce on offer so contacted a local wildlife centre. On arrival they gave the Tortoise a thorough medical exam where the words, Made in China were found stamped on the base of it's plastic shell.

This was also the year when London Mayor, Boris Johnson was left dangling from a zipline while promoting the Olympics.