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That Was The Year That Was

2017

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The Armenian Year 1466


The Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey


The International year of sustainable tourism for development

UK life

Queen Elizabeth II was in her 65th year as Monarch and became the first British head of state to mark a Sapphire jubilee


Theresa May was the Conservative Primer Minister


The UK Average wage was £26,250


The Average UK house price was £223,257

NB: London Average £481,000 North East England £130,000

Wales £151,000, Scotland £146,000, Northern Ireland £131,000


Pint of Milk 90p


Pint of Beer £3.50


McDonalds Index £5


Pack of twenty cigarettes £10


Robots were the must have of the year with the Jimu Astrobot kit coming in at £190

A Tory call for a General Election backfired when they lost their majority and needed a deal with the DUP to stay in power


England suffered four separate terrorist attacks during the year. Two Islamist car and knife attacks killed thirteen people while a so called reprisal attack on a Mosque left a fourteenth dead.


A suicide bomber killed twenty-two people as they left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena. Over half the victims were aged under 20.


The word Grenfell enters the language when a residential tower was engulfed in flames. 71 people were killed in the first chilling example of victims posting their final moments on Facebook Live as they realised they couldn't escape.

For the 9th year in a row, the Ford Fiesta, at £13,000 new, was our favourite car but, despite this being the third biggest selling car year in history, car ownership was down by 5%


Kingston Upon Hull was the UK City of Culture.


English Hospitals were described as an Humanitarian crisis by the British Red Cross


The average Brit was thought to be £12,000 in debt


The power sharing government in Northern Ireland collapsed over a flawed renewable energy heating scheme 


Article 50, the plan to leave the EU was triggered by the UK


A new 12 sided £1 coin came into circulation, the old one was phased out as it was too easy to forge. The bank of England also launched the Polymer £10 note



Britain basked in a June heatwave with 34 Celsius recorded at Heathrow, the hottest temperature for forty-one years

Telly Addicts

Blue Planet II and Strictly Come Dancing dominated the UK TV viewing figures for the year, making up nine of the ten most watched shows. The David Attenborough Documentary took the top four slots and over fourteen million people watched the first episode and it gets credited with starting a worldwide outcry over plastic pollution. Five of the seven episodes made the most watched list.


Strictly Come Dancing series sixteen took four spots, with 13.1 million people tuning in to watch Joe McFadden lift the Glitterball trophy with partner, Katya Jones.


The move from BBC to Channel Four saw The Great British Bake Off lose 6 million viewers to drop from last year's top spot.


ITV's only entry in the most watched list was the launch of series seventeen of I'm A Celebrity....Get Me Out Of Here!, which attracted 12.69 million viewers. However, ITV do beat the beeb in the drama department with the final episode of Broadchurch being the top show. 


The One Love Manchester Concert, in tribute to those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena bombing just two weeks earlier, attracted 55,000 spectators and the biggest audience for the live event. 

Coronation Street topped the battle of the soaps with 9 million people tuning in to follow's Bethany's grooming storyline in June.


Comedy drama, Star Trek parody, The Orville was the biggest new hit on streaming TV while Seasons seven of both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, Season one of Riverdale, and Season three of Shameless US were the top ongoing shows. Grey's Anatomy also celebrated its 300th episode

Saturday Night at the Movies

2017 in Cinema was all about remakes, Superheroes and sequels with only one of the top ten films of the year not being part of a franchise or a reworking.


The biggest hit of the year came in the Spring with Disney's live action, Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens took the title roles in a fairy-tale where love must conquer a curse. The Fate of the Furious, the eighth of the Fast and the Furious petrol head series with Vin Diesel joined this time by Jason Statham and Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  led by Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana were the other big early year smashes. 


The animated hit of the year came in the Summer with the third instalment of Dispicable Me with Steve Carell and  Kristen Wiig

Marvel's second dose of Superhero entertainment came from Tom Holland donning the costume for Spider-man: Homecoming, with Michael Keaton as his nemesis, Vulture while the biggest home grown movie of the year was also the only one that wasn't a remake or a franchise as Fionn Whitehead and Barry Keoghan were among those caught in the historical drama, Dunkirk.


The Autumn brought Horror fans their movie of the year with a remake of It with Jaeden Martell leading the losers club against Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown and Marvel made the list for a third time with a return of Chris Hemsworth in the title role of Thor Ragnorok with Tom Hiddleston also returning as his brother, Loki.


Christmas offered two big smash family shows. Ben Wishaw gave the title bear his voice in Paddington 2 with Hugh Bonneville as his adoptive father and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was placed in its timeline as episode eight with Daisy Ridley carrying the force and John Boyega as a resistance defector.


British actors starred in seven of the ten movies with Karen Gillan also appearing as Nebula in Guardians, Steve Coogan as Silas in Despicable Me. 


Moonlight won the Oscar for best picture from the previous year but not before the wrong film was announced by mistake.  

Top of the Pops

UK top forty hits of 2017
Artist
Song
1
Ed Sheeran
Shape of You
2
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Beiber
3
Ed Sheeran
4
French Montana Ft Swae Lee
Unforgettable
5
Ed Sheeran
6
Ed Sheeran
7
Clean Bandit Ft Zara Larsson
Symphony
8
Rag'n'bone Man  
9
Chainsmokers & Coldplay
10
 Jax Jones Ft Raye
UK Top Forty 2017
Artist
Song
21
J Hus
 Did You See
22
Post Malone Ft 21 Savage
23
Clean Bandit
24
Harris, Pharrell, Perry, Big Sean
Feels
25
Kygo & Selena Gomez
26
Charlie Puth
27
Starley
28
Maggie Lindemann
29
JP Cooper
30
Drake
UK top Forty 2017
Artist
Song
11
Dua Lipa
12
DJ Khaled, Beiber, Quavo, Chance 
13
DJ Khaled Ft Rihanna, Tiller
Wild Thoughts
14  
Jonas Blue Ft William Singe
15
Martin Jensen
16
Shawn Mendes
17
Little Mix
18
Camila Cabello Ft Young Thug
19
Jason Derul, Nicka Minaj, Ty
 20
Liam Payne Ft Quavo
UK Top Forty 2017
Artist
 Song
31
Rita Ora
32
Chainsmokers
33
Little Mix
Power 
34
Calvin Harris, Ocean, Migos
35
Julia Michaels
Issues
36
Bruno Mars
37
Zedd  & Alessia Cara
38
Ariana Grande  
39
Sam Smith
40
Anne-Marie

UK in Eurovision

Despite being thought of as our best entry for a decade, the UK yet again struggle in Eurovision, finishing a distant fifteenth behind Portugal and leading to suggestions the UK should reduce it's funding for the competition. Portugal wins for the first time since first entering in 1964, despite being largely unconsidered by the Eurovision fraternity beforehand. 


This is the first time that a jury vote counts for half the score and televoting the other half. The UK did well in the jury vote, scoring a 12 from Australia, but was virtually ignored in the televote. 

Football

Chelsea and Tottenham battled out the title race but the blues needed to win one of their final three games to clinch their sixth League title. Chelsea fielded just one British player in their side at West Brom for the first of those three games.

Chelsea went for the League and cup double against Arsenal, bidding to win the cup for a record thirteenth time.

The Champions League Final was in Cardiff but the only other British presence was Welshman, Gareth Bale in the Real Madrid team.

England qualified for the 2018 World cup with a game to spare and won their group undefeated. Scotland were in the same group but missed out on a play-off spot with a draw in their final game. 


Wales and Ireland faced each other in their final game knowing that a win for either could see them qualify but defeat meant elimination for the loser. Other results meant Ireland went to a play-off where they were hammered by Denmark. 


Defeat in their penultimate game meant Northern Ireland had to settle for a play-off spot, where a controversial penalty in the first leg in Belfast proved fatal. 

Grand National

One For Arthur

Ridden by Derek Fox

Trained by Lucinda Russell

Owned by Two Golf Widows

Starting Price 14/1

Distance 4 1/2 lengths

Also Ran
 Jockey
Starting Price 
Fate
Cause of Causes
Mr Jamie Codd
16/1
 Second- 3 3/4 Lengths
Saint Are
25/1
Third - 1/2 Length
Blaklion
8/1 F
Fourth - 8 Lengths
Gas Line Boy
Robert Dunne
50/1
Fifth - 10 Lengths
Vieux Lion Rouge
12/1
Sixth - 1 Length
33/1
Seventh - Neck
Regal Encore
33/1
Eighth - Head
Pleasant Company
11/1
Ninth - 14 Lengths
Houblon Des Obeaux
Charlie Deutsch
50/1
Tenth - 2 3/4 Lengths
Ballynagour
David Noonan
66/1
Eleventh - 1 1/4 Lengths
Le Mercurey
50/1
Twelfth -  3½ lengths
Goodtoknow
Jake Greenall
66/1
Thirteenth -  3½ lengths
Just A Par
Harry Cobden
33/1
Fourteenth -  6 lengths
La Vaticane
Richie McLernon
80/1
Fifteenth -  7 lengths
The Last Samuri
David Bass
16/1
Sixteenth -  6 lengths
Tenor Nivernais
40/1
Seventeenth -  7 lengths
Roi Des Francs
Jack Kennedy
50/1
Eighteenth -  1 length
Wonderful Charm
28/1
Last to complete
Did Not Finish
Jockey
Starting Price
Fate
Cocktails At Dawn
33/1
Fell Fence 1
Vicente
Brian Hughes
16/1
Fell Fence 1
The Young Master
20/1
Fell Fence 6 Becher's Brook
Raz De Maree
Ger Fox
33/1
Unseated Rider Fence 6 Becher's Brook
Definitly Red
Danny Cook
10/1
Pulled Up before Fence 9 Valentine's Brook
Thunder And Roses
Mark Enright
25/1
Hampered and Unseated Rider Fence 9 Valentine's Brook 
Saphir Du Rheu
16/1
Fell Fence 11
Stellar Notion
50/1
Pulled Up before Fence 13
Measureofmydreams
Donagh Meyler
40/1
Unseated Rider Fence 15 The Chair
Ucello Conti
20/1
Unseated Rider Fence 22 Becher's Brook
Perfect Candidate
33/1
Pulled Up before Fence 26
Shantou Flyer
Jonathan Moore
50/1
Pulled Up before Fence 26
Wounded Warrior
Sean Flanagan
33/1
Pulled Up before Penultimate Fence 29
Double Shuffle
Adrian Heskin
33/1  
Pulled Up before Penultimate Fence 29
Doctor Harper
Connor O'Farrell
50/1
Pulled Up before Penultimate Fence 29
Highland Lodge
Henry Brooke
25/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30
Rogue Angel
20/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30 
O'Faolains Boy
Paul Townend
50/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30
Drop Out Joe
33/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30
16/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30
Bishops Road
66/1
Pulled Up before Final Fence 30

In other sport. England won the six Nations Rugby and Saracens won the European Cup Final.


Switzerland's Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon Men's Singles title, beating Marin Cilic in straight sets

Spain's Garbine Muguruza blows Venus Williams away 7-5 6-0 to win the wolen's title two years after Serena Williams predicted it. 


40/1 outsider, Wings of Eagles swooped late to win the Epsom Derby and Irish eyes were smiling at Cheltenham when Sizing John delivered the Gold cup at 7/1.


Britain's Lewis Hamilton wins nine out of eighteen Grand Prix to be crowned World Champion in Mexico with two races to spare

And Finally

A Kerry family go globally viral when a bat invades their kitchen

Any doubt where John Cleese got his inspiration for Basil Fawlty was settled when former BBC producer, Fergus Beeley got involved in a trying to settle a near road collision.