Review of 2011

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The good, the bad and the shocking

THIS has been one of the most news filled years in living memory, and on a colossal scale.

2011 will go down as the year the tables finally turned on the expose obsessed News of the World for its phone hacking sins, the year Japan was devastated by an earthquake and ordinary people in the Middle East found their voice, as Gaddafi lost his life.

In this country the recession showed no signs of abating and after the summer riots, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of a ‘broken society.’ By winter the PM’s attention had turned to the broken euro.

On a lighter note, it was also the year William and Kate said I do.

York had its fair share of news stories beginning with the launch of the Afghanistan Memorial Appeal and ending with the Big Wheel’s return.

In between, we reported the sad deaths of York’s finest composer, John Barry and Leeds-born Jimmy Savile.

Then there was Labour’s return to power after years in the political wilderness. Not that it was an ideal time to be in power with local government cuts to oversee and austerity measures to deliver.

The Royal Wedding aside there hasn’t been much to cheer in 2011.

But at least England won the Ashes down under for the first time in 24 years and, for the first time in two years, we didn’t get snowed in before Christmas.

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