The year began with the New Years Eve Egyptian Terrorist Attacks where 17 people were killed after a church was bombed, bringing a less than optimistic beginning to the year. Later on in the year a revolution occurred in Egypt forcing out the government, which also occurred in Tunisia and Libya also in 2011. Egypt wasn’t the only place to receive terrorist attacks as an airport in Russia was also bombed as well as Morocco. The most shocking terrorist attacks were found in Norway where a right wing extremist set off a bomb in Oslo and killed 69 people at a summer camp. There was some good news in 2011 in the combat against terrorism as we caught Osama Bin Laden and our troops left Iraq, shortly before the 9/11 ten year anniversary.
In the UK, VAT rises and government cuts led to many strikes and protests across the country. We were offered a new way of electing in a way of an alternative vote but this was voted against coming into future elections. The UK also had a series of riots, which showed to be more of a group of vandalising looting chavs rather than a revolution.
2011 had held many natural disasters across the world including floods in Brazil and Australia, a tsunami in Japan, and earth Quakes in Spain and New Zealand. We had a repeat of a 2010 mining disaster, but unlike Chile, the Welsh were not so fortunate to escape.
There was a series of celebrity scandals this year; Charlie Sheen showed that he was no longer winning as he got too high and was fired from Two and a Half Men. Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty for his involvement in Michael Jackson’s death. Cheryl Cole was promised a job on the American X Factor, only to be fired shortly after; and Ryan Giggs realized that super injunctions do not work. But the biggest scandal of 2011 had to be the phone hacking from the News of the World, where Hugh Grant, JK Rowling, Steve Coogan and many other celebrities fought out against the phone hackers and the News of the World was shut down after 168 years of being in print.
We lost a number of famous faces in 2011 including Pete Postlethwaite, Elizabeth Taylor, Ryan Dunn, Amy Winehouse, Betty Driver, Jimmy Saville, Gary Speed and Kim Jong Il. The world was cheered up however when Prince William finally got married to Kate Middleton bringing lots of hope (and tourism income) to the UK.
And there is the sum up for 2011; who knows what is to come in 2012? The Olympics should be a huge event in 2012 as well as no doubt more strikes and protests against our forever disappointing government. But to everyone out there, have a happy new year!