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It was our turn again for storms – and yet more floods. Malton, Pickering and York were among the areas worst hit and among the casualties was a terrace of houses on Aelfreda Terrace in Whitby which had to be demolished after part of the frontage crumbled.

At least this time the floods forced David Cameron into a U-turn on flood defence spending cuts.

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest Formula I driver to win three world championships and only the third driver to win three world titles consecutively.

Meanwhile James Bond returned and took just 40 days to break box office records as Skyfall became the UK’s highest grossing film of all time.

In the United States Barack Obama was also celebrating, having beaten off Mitt Romney in one of the closest Presidential contests in years.

In Britain we saw a new raft of politicians as the first Police and Crime Commissioners were voted in during one of the lowest attended elections in history.

The media made its own headlines when Lord Justice Leveson published his findings into Press standards. He urged the government to introduce legislation to replace the Press Complaints Commission with a new independent board.

In York, Vic Reeves’ Illuminating York played to mixed reactions and the latest Minster Revealed project opened: the Orb, which features restored stained glass from the Great East Window.

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