Highlights of 2016!

3 January 2017

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Highlights of 2016

2016 had its share of a mixture of highs and lows however we believe in focusing on the positives. Here’s a list of highlights that 2016 brought us:

Tim Peak completed his space mission!

Tim Peak became Britain’s first ever astronaut to live on the international space station (ISS) and completed the first spacewalk by a UK astronaut. He took residency on the ISS for 6 months and completed over more than 250 science and technology experiments.

He kept us all here back on earth entertained, from presenting on the Brit awards, receiving an award from the Queen and he completed the London Marathon at the same time as the runners, he even set the world record for fastest marathon in space, 3 hours, 35 mins and 21 seconds!

The queen celebrated her 90th Birthday

Her Royal Majesty celebrated her 90th Birthday and she certainly knows how to celebrate in style by spreading her birthday celebrations across three months. After all it’s not every day the longest-reigning monarch turns 90! Here’s how she celebrated:

April – The queen spent her birthday (21st April) at Windsor Castle where she lit the first of 1,000 beacons that were spread across the UK and worldwide to mark her birthday.

May – The queen held a 3 day evening event in the private grounds of Windsor Castle which 25,000 people attended. Visitors enjoyed a spectacular programme of music, song, dance and equestrian displays. The event was attended by a member of The Royal Family each evening and The Queen herself on the last evening.

June – The Queen hosted a street party for more than 10,000 people at the Patron’s lunch in The Mall in St James’s Park, where they enjoyed a hamper-style lunch on picnic tables.

Pokemon GO!

Pokemon Go fans rejoiced when the news was announced of the release of the Pokemon Go app and it was a craze that soon swept across the world. Pokemon Go allows users to run around their local towns and cities capturing their favourite Pokemon whilst using the same technology Google Map uses. This craze received a lot of media attention especially when a rare Pokemon popped up in the middle of central park in New York causing a stampede of people to rush to capture the creature. Funny stories were shared too with one photo of a guy who caught a Pokemon whilst his wife was in labour went viral and one person even quit their job to commit to full-time Pokemon catching. The most heart-warming story was a hospital in Michagan, USA, used the app to get patients out of their room and interacting with other patients and staff.

Rio Olympics:

In the summer we were all gripped to our TV’s to watch the Olympic events in Rio and we’re confident to say that Team GB done us proud and finished SECOND in the Medal table just behind the United States. Britain won an impressive 27 gold medals, 23 silver medals and 17 Bronze medals! Team GB achieved a succession of notable firsts: Jack Lauagher and Chris Mears claimed GB’s first ever diving Olympic gold, Katherine Grainger won silver in the Woman’s Double Sculls making her the first British Woman to win medals at five consecutive Olympics.  Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals and Mo Farrah defended his titles by winning Gold in the Men’s 5,000m and 10,000m races. There were many other athletes who achieved greatness at the games and we are proud of all of Team GB!

Harry Potter Returned:

Excitement struck fans of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter back in 2015 when JK Rowling announced that there was to be an eighth story in the hugely successful franchise. This Summer, in London’s West End, saw the opening of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage and shown in two parts. The story is set 19 years after the events of the final book and is focused around Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Son Albus, who struggles with the weight of his family legacy and goes to dangerous lengths to right the wrongs of the past. In November at the London Evening Standard Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won an award for Best Stage Play and the script book of the play smashed the record of the fastest selling book of the decade.

Animal population increasing

2016 has seen great news and improvements in the Animal Kingdom, for the first time in 100 years the Wild Tiger population has increased due to enhanced protection and improvements in surveying with it being estimated that there are now 3,890 Tigers in the wild according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The good news continues as Pandas are now no longer on the endangered list with 2,060 Pandas in the wild. The growth in numbers, according to the International Union of conservation of nature, is because of the rise in numbers of giant Pandas being born in China.

Now moving onto the more controversial ‘highlights’ of the year:

Whether you voted in favour of the remain or leave campaign or you like or loathe Donald Trump these two political campaigns had everyone talking in 2016, so we couldn’t miss them off the list:

Britain vote to leave the EU

In a historic referendum, on the 23rd June the UK voted to leave the European Union. Over 30 million people voted and the results were close with 52% of voters choose to leave and 48% wanted to remain in the EU. In the aftermath of the result David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and Theresa May stepped up and moved into Number 10. The terms of Brexit are still being decided and will likely begin to take place in March 2017 with Britain expecting to have left the EU by Summer 2019.

Donald Trump wins Presidential election

This year saw Donald Trump win the US Presidential election over opponent Hilary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump has become well known for some of his most controversial proposed policies such as building a wall around Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants coming into the US. His election has caused divide among America citizens and even British Citizens, celebrities have publicly aired their opinions and many have threaten to leave the US until the end of his presidency.  However Donald Trump is hopeful he will overcome the haters and described his win as “beautiful and important” and in his victory speech he has promised to “be president for all Americans”

From all of us at ContactCORP we wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2017. If you're looking for a challenging new career this year view our current vacancies.

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