2011 has been a year to remember, but like most years there are some events we would rather forget. There have been moments that made us smile, moments that made us cry and moments that left our jaws so far down to the ground we’re still picking them up. And now the year is over Pappzd takes a look at our most memorable moments of 2011.
2011 England Riots
August 2011 was a month that changed the lives of thousands of people around Britain as the shooting of Mark Duggan by police led to the London riots, which further spread to dozens of major cities around Britain. Aggressive looting took place all over the country with thousands of arrest being made in the aftermath of the riots. Blackberry even threatened its users with a shutdown, after the company was blamed for the cunning operation of youths gathering in order to loot, as police tried to put a stop to the “biggest urban crime ever in England”. There was an average total of 3,443 crimes across London linked to the disorder, five people died and at least 16 others were injured as a direct result of related violent acts. An estimated £200 million worth of property damage was also incurred. Many foreign countries issued warnings to travellers planning on visiting England and the riots were described by a Guardian journalist as “the worst disturbances of their kind since the 1995 Brixton riots”.
Amy Winehouse Death
Amy Winehouse, one of Britain’s most loved musicians died on the 23 July as a result of ‘drinking too much alcohol’. Her death shocked the world as she joined the list of celebrities who had died at the age of 27. Her parents denied her death was drug related despite claims from a dealer that he had sold to her hours before she died. Rumour has it that Amy’s life will be made into a film, based on the book by celebrity journalist Daphne Barak, Saving Amy.
It really was the end of the world for News of the World after the company closed it’s doors forever in July 2011. The 168-year-old paper was investigated for hacking into the mobile phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians and its chairman, James Murdoch faced a very publicised trial, which saw his father, Rupert attacked with a pie. Around 200 people lost their jobs and the much loathed Rebekah Brooks, the editor of the paper , was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. The last paper circulated on 10 July, with the paper announcing that all profits from the final edition – 74 pence out of the £1 cover price – would go to good causes, and advertising space would be given to charities. R.I.P NOTW we will never forget you and all the good you did in the name of gossip.
Grime Daily Shut Down
Another shutdown which upset us dearly was Grime Dailygate. The video hosting website’s YouTube channel was deactivated due to ‘multiple or severe violations’ of YouTube’s community guidelines. A rumour spread that a Scorcher video showing a young man with a knife was the cause of the YouTube channel being removed. Grime Daily lost thousands of videos and even started a petition to get their channel reactivated, unfortunately the petition has so far not been successful however Grime Daily do have a new channel. So in your face YouTube!
Sneakbo in Jail
Celebrities doing jail time has always been the in-thing Stateside, so it was only fair we had our own celebrity criminal. 2011 saw grime artist Sneakbo face prison time for making death threats towards a mother, whose husband was having an affair with his sister, and her children. Despite Pappzd breaking the story months ago, those close to him continued to deny that the Jetski rapper was incarcerated. Luckily Sneakbo was given a get out of jail free card in November because of his ‘promising’ music career. And what did he do as soon as he got out- release an awful video that let not only us, but the whole justice system down. Shame on you Sneakbo.
Blackberry Services Go Down
Blackberry always has its up and down days with messages not sending for hours at a time. So when Blackberry services went down for a few hours on 10 October, users didn’t panic and looked forward to messaging shortly. But October was to be one of the most distressing months for blackberry addicts worldwide as services were down for a total number of three days! Facebook groups were set up so people could share their pain and we even considered attending a self help group. But after what felt like years of suffering, services came back on and order was restored worldwide. Blackberry blamed the problem on a server fault at BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion.
Jamal Edwards Becomes the Face of Google Chrome
There are dozens of people out there who will claim that 2011 was their year. But for SBTV founder Jamal Edwards 2011 was the year that saw him go from one of the grime scene’s most influential entrepreneurs to a nationwide star as he became the face of a Google Chrome advert. The advert showed Edward’s journey from a 15-year-old with a video camera to a young man owning the UK’s leading online youth broadcaster. The advert was aired between X Factor and viewed by millions of people around the country. His mother must be so proud.
John Terry Racist to Anton Ferdinand
John Terry became everyone’s enemy when he was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a football match in October. Terry allegedly called Ferdinand a black c*nt and the incident was even caught on tape. And though Terry strongly denied the racism claims he was told in December 2011 that he would be prosecuted for a racially aggravated public order offence this year. And get this, to prove that he wasn’t a racist bastard, the Chelsea footballer posed for a picture with a black baby, in children’s toy store Hamleys! Nice try Terry.
Student Nabila Dies in Northampton Club
Another tragic death which shocked the urban world was Nabila Nanfuka‘s, who was crushed to death following a stampede at Northampton nightclub Lava and Ignite in October. The 22-year-old was a popular student and her death quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. The club which held the event closed it’s doors after the incident and a member of the event’s promotions team was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. The cause of Nabila’s death was named as traumatic crush asphyxiation and tragically another girl, Laurene Danielle Jackson, who was also injured at the event died on 6 November after being in hospital for a number of weeks.
Oxford Street Boxing Day Death
On 26 December Seydou Diarrassouba was fatally stabbed in an Oxford street branch of Foot Locker after a feud between rival gangs broke out. The 18-year-old was stabbed in the heart after a fight broke out in the trainer store as the two groups were on an alleged shoplifting spree on Oxford Street. His death happened as thousands of shoppers took to the streets for the boxing day sales and led to a section of the capital’s busiest shopping district being closed as police took over the crime scene.
And that was our 2011, definitely a year to remember and with all the drama and scandal that’s already taken place in 2012, we have a feeling this is going to be an interesting year!