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The worst of 2012

December 29, 2012

After yesterday’s top 10 events of 2012 I feel it is only right to do the worst 10 events in 2012. I don’t want this to be all doom and gloom and so I won’t go into too much detail on the most horrific events and I have some included some more light-hearted subjects.

10 – Whitney Houston Dies

Unfortunately Whitney Houston died in February 2012. Her death may have been a shock for some but for others it was a long time coming due to her drug abuse. It is a shame as she leaves behind her daughter and her amazing voice will never be heard again. But she does leave her musical legacy, which I am sure will be treasured for a very long time.

9 – Gangnam Style

I’m sorry, but it has to be mentioned. Gangnam Style by PSY has been the big shock music hit of 2012. It is repetitive, awful but somehow keeps you singing to the only words of the song you know, ‘Hey, sexy lady’. I don’t know how this song has become so successful but it has managed 1 billion watches on youtube and because it is still stuck in my head as I write, it comes in at number 9! For those of you who need a reminder, here is the link to the video on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

8 – Racism at Euro 2012

Fans did not have a great time at Euro 2012, a lot of people could see it would be a problem and so did not attend but for those who did it would have been an event to remember. Fans were hurling abuse and others were taking it and there was much fighting to be done. This is such an unfortunate event that should not have happened in 2012.

7 – Gerry Andersen Dies

I was saddened to read that Gerry Andersen, creator of both Singray and Thunderbirds dies in December of 2012. As a child I was a huge fan both of these programs. Gerry Andersen was a bit of a legend, which is why he comes in as one of the worst events of 2012 for me.

6 – The restoration of Jesus

An elderly lady attempted to restore a Jesus Christ fresco in 2012. Unfortunately it did not go well for her, but she did become an internet sensation. I did feel for her, she thought she was doing the right thing but then ruined the painting and by doing so incurred the wrath of many Christians all over the world. So she comes in at number 6.

5 – Oxford Cambridge Boat Race

This year the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race provided more excitement than expected when a man decided to go for a swim during the middle of it. The race had to be stopped and restarted, something that hasn’t happened in the history of the race. The swimmer was protesting elitism and unfortunately for him ended up serving a prison sentence.

4 – The Costa Concordia

In January of 2012 a cruise ship called the Costa Concordia made world news as it ran aground and flooded killing some of the passengers and crew. What made even bigger news however was the Captain, who apparently left the ship before everyone was off and after being told to get back on the ship by the local officials. The whole thing should have been avoided and was very unfortunate for those on board, which is why it is at number 4 of the worst of 2012.

3 – The End of the World

Everyone held their breath as the 21st of December 2012 approached. So many thought the world was going to end in various different ways and some even entered pods that would apparently allow them to survive the coming apocalypse. Alas, the 22nd of December came round as it does every year and people sighed a breath of relief. But for the comedic factor of how massive this news was it has to be number 3.

2 – Hurricane Sandy

Unfortunately the next 2 events could not be missed off the worst events of 2012 because they were truly horrific. Hurricane Sandy hit the Carribbean and then had devastating effects on New York, effects that are still being seen today and I’m sure will be well into 2013. There were so many people dead and injured and so many properties destroyed making people homeless. However, some good did come of it, New York stuck together and aid is getting to those who need it. To watch the acts of compassion is remarkable and inspiring.

1 – Sandy Hook School Shooting

The Sandy Hook shooting was one of the most horrific things I have read about. I was so saddened for everyone involved and it certainly was the worst moment in 2012 for I think everyone who heard and certainly for everyone involved. This shooting marks the end of a year of shootings, including that in the Batman movie in the summer. I feel for all the families hurt by these events and hope that 2013 can be a happier year for them.

So that was 2012, some ridiculous music and some tragedies, but I’m sure 2013 will be a good year and so I am looking forward to welcoming it in. Have a look for my next post where I will be discussing things to look our for in 2013.

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