Goodbye 2016

Goodness. 2016. What a year. One year ago when the digit changed from a 5 to a 6, I doubt many of us thought that 2016 would produce as many upsets, as many losses and as many shocks. But alas, despite the cloud of Brexit and Trump looming over all of us, time continues to roll on. Could it be worse than 2016? Or will it be better? Here at HEKKTA we think we are rather smart but we have not been graced with the ability to see into the future. Not yet anyway. So we review the year that will be remembered for years to come, and we can only hope that 2017 is a little nicer to us all.

We remember waking up on the 1st January 2016, slightly groggy and hungover, but renewed with a feeling that this was our year. Good things will happen in 2016, we could just feel it. However later on this month we lost one of the most innovative and pioneering musicians of our time. Bowie. HEKKTA remembers pulling out of our driveway on a frosty winter morning and hearing the news delivered on the radio. The day commenced and the true value people placed on Bowie came pouring out. Flowers, pictures, albums, twitter posts. We had lost a true great. And indeed in the same month British movie legend Alan Rickman passed away too. Not the best start for the year.

Sound and Vision

Sound and Vision

February was the month in which we saw Leonardo DiCaprio finally pick up his first Oscar for Best Actor in the Revenant. The bizzare build up, in which everyone knew who was going to win, was perhaps less bizarre than the anti-climactic announcement that he had won. The running joke of Hollywood that Eminem had won more Oscars than Leonardo DiCaprio was finally over.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

March was a month that was marred by terrorist attacks in Brussels which saw 30 people killed and many more injured. These cruel attacks were sadly a theme which carried on from 2015, as more attacks in Turkey, Berlin and Nice followed. These coincided with the crisis that was deepening in Syria. Political activity around Syria was the underlying theme of 2016 in the world of politics but fortunately a ceasefire was agreed which will hopefully be the beginning of the end to the conflict.

For the first time in 13 years, the England Rugby squad won all 5 of their Six Nations games to become the Grand Slam Champions. The feat was even more astonishing due to the fact that only a couple months earlier England had been humbled and dumped out of their own World Cup at Twickenham. When HEKKTA watched on miserably from the stands.

Grand Slam Champions

Grand Slam Champions

We celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in April and the celebrations were certainly a nice interlude as the 2016 Referendum was hotting up. As the months rolled by, the remainers and the leavers were often just as confused as each other as to what leaving the EU would really mean for Britain. The debates which invaded our tellies only seemed to cloud the question more and increase our confusion. Thus in June we all stumbled into the polling stations and ticked a box. On the 23rd June 2016 it was announced that Britain had voted to leave the EU.

David Cameron

David Cameron

The largely for-remain London were up in arms! Hipsters and young liberals took to the streets asking for a second referendum or for London to be made independent from the rest of the right-wing UK! A suggestion which was far more devisive than Brexit would ever had been. Sure enough David Cameron resigned with a tuneful happy hum as he vacated 10 Downing Street for Theresa May. A hum which said so many things. Theresa; sorry I screwed up but the shitstorms on you now. Dave is heading to Barbados.

Nigel Farage remained a parasite to British politics with his smug face seeming to pop up on every channel demanding that 23rd June become, “British Independence Day”. It was the day which triggered a media frenzy of Brexageddon and a stern stand-off between British politicans and those EU states which would occupy much of the news for the coming months.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

We also lost one of this century’s icons. Muhammad Ali. His battle against Parkinsons finally beat him on June 3rd and an outpouring of emotion from everyone accross the globe showed his importance in shaping our culture. A true enigma of a character. A one off.

Ali

Ali

The summer followed and became a very welcome distraction from all the Brexageddon. There’s nothing like a bit of patriotic sporting success to lift a mood. The stunning summer of sport was kicked off by the shock of the century. Leicester City Football Club had defied the immeasurable odds and had become the Premier League Champions of 2016. The odds of them winning at the start of the season were 5000-1. 5000-1! Incredible. We all remember where we were when that amazing feat was achieved by a team which seem to run purely off passion and endevour. Jamie Vardy and co were certainly having a party.

Leicester City

Leicester City

Murray reaffirmed his place in British sporting history by winning Wimbledon for the second time. England achieved a 3-0 series whitewash over Australia in their own backyard, which was possibly the best feeling for English rugby fans since lifting the Web Ellis Cup 13 years ago in Sydney. Then Rio 2016 arrived. Not many people expected the London tally to be matched never mind surpassed! A total of 67 medals were won and 27 golds which saw Team GB come 2nd overall.

Rio 2016

Rio 2016

After we were all dizzy with our sporting success, we were brought down to earth. Pretty abruptly. The Presidential election of 2016 was becoming more interesting as the two front runners of the Republicans and Democrats came forward. Clinton and Trump, and with that news, the clichéd campaigns began. Clinton’s desire to be recognised as a strong, independent woman was rammed down our throats for months on end and the “I’m with her” motto was branded around all celebrities as they basically had no other choice. Trump’s campaign wasn’t a campaign but a two month long circus of scandals and ludicrous statements that only saw the Republican candidate gain more momentum.

Hillary & the celebrity posse

Hillary & the celebrity posse

All looked pretty bleak, but naively, we still assumed that Clinton would eventually be named as President. How wrong we all were. In the early hours of the 9th November the news broke that Donald Trump was to be the new President of the United States.

Trump Election

Trump Election

With the year being rounded off with Kanye’s meltdown and the deaths of George Michael and Carrie Fisher and I think it is fair to say that we can wish 2016 goodbye with glee. Although it was certainly not the best of years, it was eventful.

Here at HEKKTA we’re trying our best to remain positive. It certainly won’t get any worse. We shall embrace 2017 with happiness and excitement and pray that we have a slightly luckier year. We need 2017 as this year was beginning to turn into a bit of a parody. We can write off the last 12 months as a blip. Onwards and upwards. Let’s hope so anyway. Fingers crossed.

 

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