Happy New Year, no Happy New Decade – but what decade are we in? –
A decade with no name – The Twenty-tens? The Deccies? The Tennies? The Onesies?
– The world’s financial markets are in the middle of the worse recession since the Twenties.
– Barack Obama is President of the US and Gordon Brown is Prime Minister of the UK.
– Pamela Anderson suffers a “wardrobe malfunction” in Hollywood and David Tennant hands over Doctor Who’s screwdriver to Matt Smith. Stephen Fry (temporarily) quits Twitter.
– Scientists at Kings College, London reveal that the G-spot doesn’t actually exist.
It’s not a great start to the decade but, as D:Ream sang 6 years earlier, things can only get better… can’t they? Read on…
Video of the Day –
Robbie Maddison New Years Eve jump 2009 in Las Vegas
List of the day –
Top Google searches in 2009:
Entertainment – Michael Jackson
People – Jade Goody
Sports – Real Madrid
Looking to buy – Windows 7
News – Ted Kennedy
Other News Stories –
- Armed conflicts and attacks
- At least 18 FARC rebels are killed while celebrating the New Year in an air raid by the Colombian Air Force in the south of the country. (Latin American Herald Tribune) (Al Jazeera)
- 2010 Lakki Marwat suicide bombing: At least 95 people are killed, more than 100 more are injured and 20 houses are destroyed after a suicide bomber blows himself up at a volleyball game in Lakki Marwat, northwest Pakistan. (The Times) (Express India) (BBC News)
- Arts and culture
- Russians are surprised by a cartoon “gently lampooning” Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin who are portrayed dancing, singing and playing musical instruments. (BBC) (France 24)
- Business and economy
- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launch a Free Trade Area. (New York Times)(Xinhua)
- Disasters and accidents
- At least 19 people are dead and five are injured as mudslide hits an island resort near Angra dos Reis, Ilha Grande. Large numbers also killed elsewhere in Brazil. (BBC) (The Washington Post)
- A study suggests that teenagers who go to bed late are more likely to develop depression and to have suicidal thoughts.(BBC News) (CBC) (Sleep)
- Researchers announce that the likely origin of devil facial tumour disease, a transmissible cancer which has caused the population of Tasmanian devils to collapse by 60% in the past decade, is Schwann cells. (BBC) (Time) (New York Times) (Science)
- International relations
- A Cambodian court issues an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy, for failing to turn up at court over a border dispute with Vietnam. (BBC) (Phnom Penh Post)
- North Korea calls for the end of hostilities with the United States and a nuclear free Korean Peninsula, to restart talks; in its annual New Year editorial. (Yonhap) (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
- Spain takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Sweden. (BBC News) (Deutsche Welle)(euronews)
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