The year 2012 has been and gone – but why is it special?
Many people will look back and believe 2012 was a very special year, certain sporting moments will come to mind; Bradley Wiggins Tour de France win, England’s cricketing success in India, Murray’s grand slam. History was made with England convincingly beating the All Blacks in the Autumn Rugby Union match
On the football (soccer if you live outside the UK) pitch, we had the most dramatic winner in Premier League history, and we saw the development of Danny Rose into one of the most promising fullback/wingers/defensive midfielders in the country, not without mentioning the loyalist team in the world he is currently on loan with.
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS – Queen Elizabeth II became the second-longest reigning British monarch behind Queen Victoria. A celebration of the Queen marking 60 years on the throne, something many believe will never happen again.
Then of course we had the Olympics. It started with the Olympic torch relay – The torch had 8,000 circles on its structure – one for each of the torchbearers who carried the torch. When the Olympic flame was lit, the relay visited 1,019 locations around the UK in 70 days and came within 10 miles of 95% of the population. Olympic and Paralympics games – Simply the biggest sporting event in the world. For the first time in 64 years, the games were back in the UK. The world’s top athletes performed in 32 venues – 22 in London with the rest spread around the country. A grand total of 962 medals was won and who will ever forget “Super Saturday”
End of the world – as it didn’t happen
The Maya Long Count calendar showed ‘126.96.36.199.0’ for the first time in 5,125 years and many scientists predicted this was to mark the end of civilisation.