Review of the Year - 2016

Review of the Year – 2016

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


And so, another year has come to pass, where did it go, well who knows! It’s been a year of highs and lows and we thought we would look back at the major stories of the year, including the biggest story of the year, the Curse of 2016!

How many of us can remember the very start of the year? Do you remember where you were when the celebrations of frivolity and fireworks were in full flow?

As always at the stroke of midnight the London Eye became the centre point of the UK’s celebrations of the start of 2016 following in the footsteps of Sydney Opera House, Marina Bay and L’Arc de Triomphe who had celebrated the arrival of 2016 in the hours before the UK did. As always, the crowds stared in awe and wonder of the fireworks and in that moment, took stock of the previous year and all they had to look forward to in the coming year. As we look back today, we wonder how many New Year’s Resolutions were kept, who even remembers theirs?!

January

‘There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds.’

David Bowie

10 days into the year and what became known as the Curse of 2016 here at The Training Fox started with the sad and early death of a rock legend, David Bowie, 2 days after his 69th birthday and the release of his Blackstar album, which subsequently went to number 1 in the album sales’ charts. In tribute to this legend we temporarily changed our logo to a special David Bowie tribute logo depicting his trademark Aladdin Sane. Little did the world know that this was just the start of a horrible year for celebrity deaths.

Whilst there was sadness in the air at the death of the rock legend, orbiting 400km above the Earth, Major Tim Peake was living and working on the International Space Station, on a mission that had commenced in 2015. On January, the 15th Tim took part in an Extravehicular activity (EVA) which lasted 4 hours 43 minutes along with Tim Kopra. Major Tim Peake became the first British astronaut to carry out an EVA. Although British-American Michael Foale carried out an EVA in 1995 he was flying under the NASA program as an American astronaut, therefore flew under the Stars and Stripes as opposed to the Union Jack. Whilst Tim Peake would go on to complete other tasks and responsibilities on the mission, the EVA must be one of the most exciting and interesting images of any space flight.

Of his EVA Tim tweeted:

https://twitter.com/astro_timpeake/status/688109536821919744

Clearly, showing that he had the most exciting experience and one that obviously, he would never forget as we mere mortals can only imagine. Of course, the EVA should have been longer except for the fact that Tim Kopra had an emergency with water building up in his helmet and had to return to the safety net of the International Space Station earlier than planned.

Tim Peake’s mission badge

Unfortunately, January didn’t end on a happy note. Once again, the Curse of 2016 returned and delivered the world the sad news that Sir Terry Wogan had passed away at the age of 77. Terry, as we know, was one of the country’s most renowned entertainers. Terry Wogan had spent 1 night every November from 1980 presenting BBC Children in Need to much success (we will review this year’s appeal night later in this blog), as well as spending 1 night a year from 1980 until he hung up his microphone in 2008 commentating and hosting the UK hosted versions of the Eurovision Song Contest. His commentaries became notorious for his quick-witted and sometimes sarcastic undertones, never taking himself or the song contest too seriously.

On his last radio broadcast Terry signed off, with the emotional line:

‘Thank you. Thank you for being my friend.’

February

‘I’ll find some peace tonight
In the arms of the angel.’

Sarah McLachlan

February as it panned out was quite a quiet month with very few things happening. The one story that stands out in our minds epitomises the key event that occurs every February 14th. Although the story we discuss is not a love story it does show how the love of one human being to another can take many forms.

Of course we are thinking of the story of 10-year-old Kiera Larsen. Possibly a name that you are not too familiar with, however on the 22nd Kiera become known as a hero and Guardian Angel.

Kiera was given this ‘honour’ because of her quick-thinking and selfless act which ultimately cost her her own life. Whilst in Lakeside, San Diego County a runaway SUV was rolling towards her 2 next-door neighbours Adison (1) and Emma (2) Jenkins. As the car was getting close to these little girls, Kiera pushed them out of the way, getting hit by the SUV herself.

It was the girls’ mother who then described Kiera as a hero and her little girls’ Guardian Angel forever. It is thought that the SUV was put into reverse by accident by another child.

Here at The Training Fox we admire and respect this little girl’s extreme bravery and selflessness, seldom is this seen in today’s world.

RIP Little Angel Kiera.

March

‘Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.’

Ronnie Corbett

March saw the meteorological start of spring, thus the dreams and hopes of new life began. Sadly, March saw the death of 3 true legends of the entertainment world. True legends in their own rights:

8th George Martin
17th Paul Daniels
31st Ronnie Corbett

All three of these legends brought different aspects to the entertainment world, magic, comedy and of course music. The world will miss these three, but their legacy will continue to go on and soar as we enjoy the endless repeats and replays of the entertainment that they created. Whilst we were sad as a nation at the loss of these greats we marked their passing by remembering the talent that they had and that is no greater way to be remembered.

Sadly, March also saw another terror attack on the European mainland. Just 4 months after the atrocity of Paris in November, terrorists attacked Brussels. 3 different sites were attacked killing 35 including the 3 terrorists and left over 300 injured. Brussels declared 3 days of mourning in the aftermath of the attacks.

On a much nicer and ‘sweeter’ note the end of March marked Easter and many people up and down the country ended their Lent period and celebrated by gorging on chocolate egg after chocolate egg. The Christians amongst us mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem over some 2000 years ago, and together we all celebrated the new life to come, new life that comes in the shape of baby lambs, cows and donkeys etc.

April

‘All my friends started getting boyfriends,
But I didn’t want a boyfriend,
I wanted a thirteen-colour biro.’

Victoria Wood

April comes with April showers and the Curse of 2016 continued!

April saw the sad loss of everyone’s favourite daytime TV agony aunt, Denise Robertson. Over many years on ITV’s This Morning, Denise had advised, cried with and listened to many, many telephone calls from viewers and guests needing her help and advice, some of which that has made a massive impact on these peoples’ lives. Also, this month a great comedian and a singer were also victims of the Curse of 2016 and we think taken too soon. Of course in this month we are referring to:

20th Victoria Wood
21st Prince (the Artist formerly known as)

Prince will always be remembered fondly for his impressive back catalogue of songs including ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Little Red Corvette’ Whereas Victoria Wood will be remembered for her comedic timing in shows such as ‘Acorn Antiques’ and ‘Dinnerladies’ where she played characters in her unique way. But not only was Victoria Wood an acting comedienne, she was also a stand up comedienne in her own right and one sketch that stands out for us here at The Training Fox is her ‘Ballad of Barry and Freda’ on which she not only sang but played the piano. Their legacies live on.

Also through April, the United Kingdom had something to celebrate, which seemed a welcome break from all the bad news of the Curse of 2016.

The United Kingdom, celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. Although there were many events throughout the year to mark this momentous event the date of Her Majesty’s birthday is 21st. Most events happened a few weeks later, but we feel that it is right to mention Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday in the right month of her birthday in our blog.

Long Live Our Noble Queen!

And then for a comment to an event that happened in April, if you will forgive us. April the 15th in the year 1989, a football match took place in Sheffield. During this match a crush occurred and 96 lives were lost. Each year on the 15th at 15:06pm (the time the original inquests put as a cut off point for survivors) we remember those who died and were injured at Hillsborough, this year was no different, with us standing on the Kop at Anfield to remember them.

However, this year a fresh inquest was concluded with the verdicts being announced on the 26th of April. These inquests overturned the original inquests and found the deaths of the 96 were unlawfully killed. A relief after 27 years of fighting for the truth by their families and friends.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

May

‘Frozen in the morning light
An image I don’t recognise
The mirror shows me broke and bound
But I will learn to run again.’

Gareth Malone

Back to our review of the year and we find ourselves in the month of May.

May began in positive ways for many. In particular for the people of Leicester. Of course I am referring to the new Champions of England, Leicester City Football Club, who beat the odds to win the title after a long fought season. Leicester City had gone from almost being relegated from the Premier League a year earlier to the Champions in this month. Every football fan in the land was pleased for Leicester, with many saying, “if my club can’t win it then I’d like Leicester to do so”.

We congratulate Leicester City FC on their achievement.

On the 18th of this month, here at Fox Towers, we sat down to watch the second part of a documentary about Gareth Malone and a choir.

What’s so interesting about this? I hear you cry.

The choir were an amazing bunch of ex-service men and women who had served their country and all had their own issues after active service. The issues ranged from physical impairment through to mental health issues caused by the horror witnessed in the war field.

This band of men and women became known as the Invictus Choir, mostly because they were put together to perform at the Invictus Games being held in the USA.

The song they performed they had written themselves and had us reaching for the tissues! It was called ‘Flesh and Blood’. 

https://youtu.be/qt6pIYmHuBs

A truly warm-hearted documentary that highlighted a lot of things including the plight of our service men and women after active service as well as good conquers all.

June

‘Float like a butterfly,
Sting like a bee.’

Mohammed Ali

June saw a momentous event in British Politics, the event resulted in a new word being added to the English dictionary.

The word of course is Brexit. 

52% of the people decided to exit the European Union on June the 23rd. In the lead up to this referendum we heard all sorts of stories and lines from each side of the argument. To this day we still hear the phrase ‘Take back Control’ this is a message that obviously resonated with the 52% of the country that voted.

It really doesn’t matter which side of the argument you are on, together as a nation now we need to move on and come together for the best interests of all when leaving the EU over the coming months, with Article 50 supposedly being triggered in March next year.

However, there is no excuse for the events that occurred in the days after the referendum, when racist language was scrawled on Polish Community Centres across the country.

We obviously also need to mention in the run up to the referendum the despicable murder of MP Jo Cox, by an individual who had links to far-right groups in the United States.

RIP Jo Cox MP.

It wouldn’t have been a month in the year 2016 if the Curse didn’t rear its ugly head, this time claiming the life of boxing legend, Mohammed Ali, born Cassius Clay. During his career Mohammed Ali won 56 of his 61 professional bouts and also won the 1960 Olympic Gold Medal in Rome.

A true Sporting legend lost during 2016.

While on the sporting theme, June had 2 major sporting events begin that ended in July with varying levels of success for Great British competitors. I am of course referring to the Football European Championships in France and the annual tennis tournament held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, SW19, Wimbledon.

Due to the success of competitors in these tournaments we will return to them, However, on the 27th the England Football Team was knocked out of the Euros by Iceland in a 2-1 defeat. In the preceding 2 days, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were knocked out of the competition by Wales and France respectively, leaving Wales as the only home nation team in the competition.

July

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

John McCrae

As we head into July, both Wimbledon and Euro 2016 were both fully in swing progressing fast towards the final games of the tournaments.

We return to the Euros to check in on the progress that Wales made. As the last remaining home nation in the tournament most of the home nation football fans got behind the Welsh Team, as they entered into a semi-final against the eventual tournament winners Portugal. We ourselves here at Fox Towers flew the flag and also posted onto our Facebook and Twitter feeds the National Anthem lyrics of Wales. In homage to their success, here are those lyrics:


Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.

(Chorus)

Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad.
Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau.

Hen Gymru fynyddig, paradwys y bardd,
Pob dyffryn, pob clogwyn, i’m golwg sydd hardd;
Trwy deimlad gwladgarol, mor swynol yw si
Ei nentydd, afonydd, i mi.

(Chorus)

Os treisiodd y gelyn fy ngwlad tan ei droed,
Mae hen iaith y Cymry mor fyw ag erioed,
Ni luddiwyd yr awen gan erchyll law brad,
Na thelyn berseiniol fy ngwlad.

Sadly, Portugal beat Wales in the semi-final and went on to win the title, but for Wales Euro 2016 was their most successful tournament and we send them VERY big congratulations.

Over at Wimbledon the British players were having a fantastic tournament winning 4 separate titles as follows:

Men’s Singles Title: Andy Murray
Mixed Doubles: Heather Watson (GBR) and Henri Kontinen (FIN)
Men’s Wheelchair Singles: Gordon Reid
Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles Jordanne Whiley (GBR) and Yui Kamiji (Jap)

Congratulations to all our winners at Wimbledon.

July again saw the re-emergence of the 2016 Curse, taking the life of Caroline Aherne. Caroline will forever be remembered as the enigmatic Mrs Merton and the ever slobbish Denise Royle of The Royle Family. Whilst playing Mrs Merton, Caroline asked her chat show guests questions that other chat show hosts would never ask. It was an irreverent style that won Mrs Merton an army of fans. Caroline Aherne was one of those comediennes who not only starred in comedy but wrote comedy. One of her last roles on this world was as a voiceover artist on Channel 4’s Googlebox.

The last word on July this year belongs to the Battle of the Somme and the servicemen and women who served during the Battle of the Somme.

July the 1st saw the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a major battle that took place during World War 1. The Battle of the Somme lasted a grand total of 141 days or a massive 12,182,400 seconds. It caused 620,000 British and French casualties and losses and between 434,000 and 500,000 German casualties and losses. As is the way with the British public, a minute’s silence was held perfectly to mark the anniversary. As the famous poem says:

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’

Robert Laurence Binyon

August

‘Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination
Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination’

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

August, as it turned out, was a month of celebration, sporting achievement and the re-emergence of the Curse of 2016.

The first of the celebrity deaths in this month, which went widely unreported and was only really revealed in December, is the death of David Huddleston. To a lot of people, I believe, his name will not automatically be recognisable. However, when I go on to describe his most famous role, it will become clear. In every generation of film and life everyone has the one actor who plays their ‘Father Christmas’ and for me David Huddleston was my Santa Claus. He is of course the actor who played the lead role in Santa Claus the Movie alongside Judy Cornwell’s (of Keeping Up Appearance fame) Mrs Claus, and Dudley Moore’s Patch the Elf. On hearing the news of his death, a little bit of Christmas died with him. December will be the month when I will watch the movie YET AGAIN, and get the Christmas vibe on.

And whilst childhood memories are dying, the 29th of the month saw the death of the original, and in my view, the best Big Screen Willy Wonka. Yes indeed, Gene Wilder died on this day. He will of course always be remembered for his role as the slightly barmy and wacky chocolatier in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, although the film which Roald Dahl himself was fully involved in was called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka was brought alive to many children for the first time in this film and Gene Wilder played him to perfection achieving many accolades from the movie industry.

August was a month of celebration for us here at The Training Fox as we reached our first anniversary and we were pleased to have taught so many happy customers during our first year of life. We look forward to assisting many more learners in the years to come.

And of course in this year of sporting excellence we could not possible review the year without mentioning and celebrating the achievements of each and every one of our Olympic heroes. For 16 days Rio de Janeiro became home to many Olympians from many a country. Great Britain sent a grand total of 366 athletes to compete in the 31st Olympiad. This Olympiad was Great Britain’s most successful foreign Olympiad and also beat London 2012’s extremely high achievement.

We watched in awe of the achievements of each of the Olympians regardless of whether they won a medal or not. Special mentions must go to the Ladies Hockey Team in particular as they had millions of Britons watching their gold medal match at home on a Friday evening, which they went on to win. Other mentions must go to all the Team who defended their titles from London, Laura Trott, Mo Farrah, Jade Jones and Nicola Adams to name but a few. We are incredibly proud of the whole Team and hope that they get suitably recognised for their achievements wherever they go.

The final medal tally for Team GB was:

Gold: 27
Silver: 23
Bronze: 17
Total: 67

Big congratulations to all Team GB’s Olympic Team!

September

God save our gracious Queen! 
Long live our noble Queen! 
God save the Queen! 
Send her victorious, 
Happy and glorious, 
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen

Unknown

September was quite a quiet month all told and the curse stayed away.

For 11 days in September, Rio de Janeiro become the host city of the 15th Paralympiad. Like the Olympics before it, The Paralympics was Paralympics GB’s most successful ever, and surpassed the achievement of London 2012. Many Paralympic stars of 4 years ago shone again, for example Sarah Storey who became Britain’s most decorated Paralympian in Rio. Ellie Simmonds kept on her Paralympic charge since she burst onto the scene in Beijing in 2008, although she had to share the pool with her new GB challenger Ellie Robinson, who at the age of 15 will surely be challenging and taking over from the other Ellie in no time.

Whilst we obviously celebrate the achievements of our homegrown talent, we also watched in awe of the Paralympians who had overcome many trials and tribulations in their lives to be at the Rio Paralympics. We especially marvelled at the one-legged high jump, which impressed us immensely.

The final medal tally for Paralympics GB was:

Gold: 64
Silver: 39
Bronze: 44
Total: 147

Big congratulations to all Paralympians in GB’s Paralympic Team!

Not to be forgotten and overshadowed by the Rio Paralympics, one of our Olympians hit the news again, for his act of brotherly love. Of course, I am referring to Alistair Brownlee.

On the 19th, Jonny Brownlee was leading the Mexico triathlon, when exhaustion took over and he looked like he was going to fail to finish the Triathlon, when Alistair Brownlee came round the corner, saw his brother and gave up the chance to win the event to help his brother across the finishing line.

We salute Alistair for his selflessness towards his brother.

October

‘Will you start the fans please’

Richard O’Brien

The biggest event that we picked out for October this year was the one-off revival of The Crystal Maze for Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer. It was really good to be taken back to our youth and see a classic gameshow remade; Stephen Merchant as host did a really good job and even shaved his head to look like the original host Richard O’Brien.

Channel 4 has announced that there will be a new series in 2017, which we look forward to, although they have also said that the host will not be Stephen Merchant. Eyes peeled folks for the new series.

November

‘Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?’

Unknown

You may be familiar with the phrase, Remember, Remember the 5th of November’ this year however, the phrase will be ‘Remember, Remember the charge of Ed Balls and Honey G!’ For this was the month that Honey G on the X Factor and Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing came to the fore and the public were either behind them or loathed them on their respective shows.

The Curse of 2016 struck again, taking the life of Andrew Sachs, or as he will be eternally known as Manuel from Fawlty Towers. Although he had other roles in his career, Manuel was his most famous role and the one that his legacy will carry on from, by watching the repeats of the 12 episodes that were made.

There was more celebration in the sporting world for British athletes as Andrew (Andy) Murray became World Tennis Number 1. The first British World Number 1 since Fred Perry in 1941.

On November the 8th the United States of America public went to the ballot boxes to elect the 45th and next President. The electorate had the choice of Senator Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. By the morning of the 9th November, media outlets had Trump as President with 279 electoral votes when he only needed 270 in order to take the White House. President Elect Donald Trump will take his Presidential Oath on January 20th 2017.

As we mentioned earlier, this November was the first BBC Children in Need without Sir Terry Wogan being alive, he didn’t present last year’s appeal night either but everyone believed that he would be back this year to take his rightful place at the helm. Sadly, he passed away in January, this year’s appeal night went on without Sir Terry, and made a record £46,624,259 on the night. This figure alone would have made Sir Terry very proud to have made this amount on BBC Children in Need.

No review of the year by The Training Fox would not be complete with mentioning a landmark birthday this year. Victoria Climbié would have celebrated her 25th birthday on the 2nd had she not been killed by her Great Aunt and her partner. Victoria Climbié will forever live on in our memory and the subsequent changes that have been made in England and Wales by the Government in recent years to try and prevent any further children being abused.

Victoria Climbié 02/11/1991 – 25/02/2000

December

Does your granny always tell ya
That the old songs are the best?
Then she’s up and rock and rollin’ with the rest’

Noddy Holder

December is traditionally the season of goodwill, family and watching lots of different things on the television.

So this year, the Early Years part of us was pleased Channel 4 showed an animated version of a favourite book of ours, ’We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ Although the creators had amended the story to meet the demands of television it was amazing to see Helen Oxenbury’s original designs turned into a children’s programme especially for Christmas. A warm-hearted treat for all the children and big children in the country.

In more sombre news, just days before Christmas the sad news of the demise of Dr Henry Heimlich broke. Dr Heimlich was the man in 1974 behind the Abdominal Thrust manoeuvre when trying to help someone who is choking, when the back slaps have failed to work following 5 attempts. Dr Heimlich himself used his manoeuvre in May this year for the first time and he told the BBC ‘I didn’t know I really could do it’ after he had successfully removed a piece of meat with a bone from the airway of an 87 year old woman, who lived in the same care home. It is thought that in Dr Heimlich’s home country his manoeuvre has saved more than 100,000 people since 1974.

Dr Heimlich lives on with his life-saving technique.

In addition to Dr Heimlich’s sad death, Curse of 2016 took other notable famous faces during the month. In some respects, the saddest of the deaths was the death of mother and daughter a day apart. Firstly, Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame died on the 27th and a day later her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away, with her daughter’s death reportedly having being partially responsible for her stroke.

Other deaths during the month of December saw 2 musicians die too soon. Status Quo singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt sadly passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 68, having achieved during his career numerous hits including ‘Rocking All Over The World’ and ‘Whatever You Want ’amongst others. Sadly, as the festivities of Christmas Eve came to a close the news broke that George Michael of ‘Wham!’ and solo artist fame had passed away at the young age of just 53 years old. He achieved many hits with ‘Wham!’ including ‘Wake Me Up Before You GoGo’ and the festive hit ‘Last Christmas’ before going on to have solo hits such as ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Praying for Time’.

The Royle family have had a particularly hard year, with the death of Denise (Caroline Aherne earlier in the year), on Christmas Eve, Liz Smith who played Nana Royle sadly passed away at the age of 95 years old. Liz played many roles over the years. Some of her most notable roles alongside that of Nana Royle include Letitia Cropley from The Vicar of Dibley, Bette and Belle in the comedy ‘2 Point 4 Children’ and Mrs White in the TV adaptation of the board game ‘Cluedo’.

The literary world also lost another author of a classic novel in this month, Richard Adams, his most famous novel being ‘Watership Down’.

As December is the month of festivities and positivity on the whole we want to end this month of the article on a happy note, of which we have 2 to share.

Firstly, in good news, the numbers of pandas living in the wild have risen in the last 10 years by 16.8% making a total of 1,864 pandas now alive in the wild around the world. This statistic proves that conservation efforts in the world are working to improve the prospects of endangered animals.

December is the time of year when the music charts get a little exciting as everyone looks towards them in expectation of who will get the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot. This year that accolade went to Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie with their song Rockabye.

Now she got a six-year-old
Trying to keep him warm
Trying to keep out the cold
When he looks in her eyes
He don’t know he is safe.

Congratulations to Clean Bandit on being Christmas Number 1 2016.

Not only do they get the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot, as the Music Charts have been moved to a Friday, they have also managed to secure the last number 1 of the year, admittedly this is not the most exciting accolade ever but we think is an interesting fact as until last Summer, the charts were announced on Sunday and therefore the Christmas Number 1 would have been the last Number 1 song of the year.

December is the month of Family, Fun, Music, and spending time with the people that we love. It is a time for giving and receiving, as well as personal reflection on the year that has passed and the new year that is coming, in this case 2017.

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‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.’

Robert Burns

2016 has been the longest year for 4 years, and is set to be even longer with the last minute of this year containing a leap second; this second is being added on New Year’s Eve at 23:59:60. A leap second occurs due to the Earth’s rotation variation of speed in relation to climatic and geological events. As you can see in our blog a lot has happened during the year, with a lot of well renowned people having died, as well as a lot of things to celebrate having occurred. We have obviously just scratched the surface of what 2016 had to give.

We would like to take a second to remember all those that have passed away this year whom we have not mentioned in this article.

As we conclude, we would like to wish:

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017
To all our Customers, Friends and Family

May 2017 be everything that you hope it to be.

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