From Celebrity Big Brother to Chilean miners, ash clouds to oil spills and,
er, Jedward to Wagner, it’s been another busy year. But how closely were you
following it all? Tot up your score and prepare for Adrian Chiles-like
despair/Simon Cowell levels of smugness
What was voted Word Of The Decade by the American Dialect Society?
Who texted a fan death threats – just months after launching National
a) Chris Moyles
b) Dappy from N-Dubz
c) Lily Allen
Who celebrated their 45th birthday inside the last ever Celebrity Big
a) Vinnie Jones
b) Stephen Baldwin
c) Davina McCall
Hyperactive pop muppets Jedward released their debut single this month. But
what was it called?
a) I’m Your Man/Wham Rap
c) Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)
Which body-conscious couple tied the knot in Vegas?
a) Katie Price and Alex Reid
b) Katy Perry and Russell Brand
c) Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
A campaign to save which radio station resulted in a petition of 80,000
names being handed in to Downing Street?
a) Asian Network
b) 6 Music
c) Heart FM
The Hurt Locker won how many awards at this month’s Oscars?
Which former Sports Personality Of The Year and Strictly contestant
admitted to a cocaine habit after being caught in a NOTW sting?
a) Peter Shilton
b) Phil Tufnell
c) Joe Calzaghe
How much money did the Uma Thurman film Motherhood take on its opening
weekend in the UK?
The ash cloud that grounded European air traffic for eight days came from
which unpronounceable Icelandic phenomenon?
b) Sigur Rós
c) Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Lindsay Lohan was seen sporting a new tattoo this month. But what did it
a) “I’m a star, I’m a star”
c) “Winners don’t do drugs”
How did BP CEO Tony Hayward initially describe the Deepwater Horizon oil
a) “An environmental catastrophe”
b) “BP’s darkest hour”
c) A “relatively tiny” spill compared to the “very big ocean”
To what was Stephen Fry referring when he said: “[It] divides people in
tribal, primal and almost frightening ways… I do not think you find such
divisions and disputation in many other areas of human life, except
religion, politics and sport.”
a) Global terrorism
b) The launch of the iPad
c) The new Take That album
How many extra seats did Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems gain in the general
election, following ‘Cleggmania’?
Following a reported £30million movie deal, who was declared “the highest
paid Brit in Hollywood”?
a) David Beckham
b) Sacha Baron Cohen
c) Colin Firth
What is a vuvuzela?
a) World Cup winners Spain’s gorgeous goalkeeper
b) South African slang for WAG
c) An annoying kind of stupid trumpet-type thing
Who had to pull out of the Glastonbury headlining slot after their singer’s
b) The Rolling Stone
c) The Libertines
What animal attacked nine-month old twins Lola and Isabella Koupparis as
they slept in their home in Hackney, east London?
a) A fox
b) A Rottweiler
c) A snake
Cheryl Cole was admitted to hospital this month. But why?
a) She had a baby
b) She had malaria
c) She had a nose job
Which troubled celebrity turned up at the siege of Raoul Moat with a
fishing rod and dressing gown, claiming he had brought the gunman “a can of
lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep warm”?
a) David Hasselhoff
b) Bez from the Happy Mondays
c) Paul Gascoigne
British tennis star Andy Murray lost out to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. But
in which round?
The Camerons became proud parents of a little girl. She shares a name with
c) Little Boots
Spinster Mary Bale became public enemy No.1 this month. But why?
a) She was caught fiddling her expenses
b) She replaced Christine Bleakley as host of The One Show
c) She dumped a cat in a wheelie bin
Topshop supremo Sir Philip Green was asked to lead which ‘special review’
by the new Government?
a) An investigation into Government departmental efficiency
b) A campaign to punish ‘non dom’ billionaire tax exiles
c) The creation of a ‘fashion police’ task force
Lady Gaga shocked fans at the MTV Video Music Awards by wearing an outfit
made of what?
b) Raw meat
c) Human hair
What did the archbishop of Westminster describe as an event of “great
cultural and historic resonance”?
a) The marriage of Russell Brand and Katy Perry
b) The jailing of Lindsay Lohan
c) The visit of Pope Benedict
Which politician said: “I do believe we were wrong to take Britain into war
and we need to be honest about that”?
a) Tony Blair
b) David Cameron
c) Ed Miliband
What were the Chilean miners who were freed this month after spending 69
days underground nicknamed?
a) Los 50
b) Los 33
c) Los Lobos
Who announced a potential pop comeback by claiming: “I’ve just thought of a
really good idea for a song. It’s going to be nothing to do with prison.”
a) George Michael
b) Pete Doherty
c) Boy George
Wayne Rooney signed a five-year contract with Manchester United, reportedly
worth how much?
a) £150 a week
b) £250,000 a week
c) £500,000,000 a week
Over 50,000 students stormed Government buildings in protest at what?
a) Having to get up before 12pm on weekdays
b) The rise in tuition fees
c) The ending of subsidised union bars
What was the name of the final song Wagner performed solo on The X Factor?
c) She Bangs
Wills and Kate finally announced details of the forthcoming Wedding Of The
Year. But where will they be tying the knot?
a) St Paul’s Cathedral
b) Westminster Abbey
c) Mahiki nightclub
The record low temperatures that froze the country this month were a result
of which phenomenon?
a) Global warming
b) High pressure over the Atlantic
c) The Icelandic ash cloud
For which event did England unsuccessfully bid – securing just two votes
out of 22?
a) Winter Olympics 2014
b) World Cup 2018
c) Eurovision Song Contest 2022
The oddball chief of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is called…
a) Julian Casablancas
b) Julien Macdonald
c) Julian Assange
Answers: January: a, b, a; February: c, a, b; March: b, c, c; April: a, a,
c; May: b, c, b; June: c, a, a; July: b, c, b; August: a, c, a; September:
b, c, c; October: b, a, b; November: b, a, b; December: b, b, c
So where did you get that face?
Some of 2010’s most famous faces looked awfully familiar when we thought
Hatched / Dispatched / Matched
2010 saw some famous new arrivals, some sad celeb departures and a fair
smattering of glamorous walks up the aisle
Vida, to Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves (January 3)
Cosima Violet, to Claudia Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn (May 14)
Ethan Edward, to Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith (July 5)
Wylda Rae, to Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson (July 7)
Archie, to Danielle Lloyd and Jamie O’Hara (July 11)
Florence Rose Endellion, to David and Samantha Cameron (August 24)
Eliza Beatrice, to Natalie Cassidy and Adam Cottrell (September 28)
Egypt Dauode Dean, to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (October 14)
Stella Zavala, to Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso (October 20)
Nelson and Eddy, to Celine Dion and Rene Angelil (October 23)
Benjamin, to John Travolta and Kelly Preston (November 23)
Reiley, to Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis (November 23)
Alexander McQueen, 40, designer (February 11)
Corey Haim, 38, actor (March 11)
Malcolm McLaren, 64, rock svengali (April 8)
Lynn Redgrave, 67, actress (May 2)
Gary Coleman, 42, actor (May 28)
Dennis Hopper, 74, actor (May 29)
Stuart Cable, 40, drummer with the Stereophonics (June 7)
Alex Higgins, 61, snooker champion (July 24)
Tony Curtis, 85, actor (September 29)
Norman Wisdom, 95, comedian (October 4)
Claire Rayner, 79, agony aunt (October 11)
Paul the psychic octopus (October 26)
Bernard Matthews, 80, turkey farmer (November 25)
Leslie Nielsen, 84, actor/comedian (November 28)
Vince Vaughn and estate agent Kyla Weber (January 2)
Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum (January 9)
Katie Price and Alex Reid (February 2)
Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher (March 15)
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart (June 15)
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green (June 24)
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (July 10)
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr (July 22)
Kirsty Gallacher and Paul Sampson (July 24)
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (July 31)
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field (August 7)
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie (August 14)
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (August 21)
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