A positive review of 2013 and the warmest of wishes
When you sit down with a cup of tea to read that morning’s paper, or select your favorite Sunday section to enjoy with a late morning breakfast, it’s easy to think the world is coming apart at the seams. We would like to take a small moment of your time to celebrate the good news stories of 2013
The most anticipated and celebrated birth of the year has to be the birth of the new heir to the throne, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, who was born on the 22 July. Crowds of well-wishers lined the streets around St Mary’s Hospital in London hoping to catch a glimpse of the newborn and offer their congratulations.
The Queen’s Granddaughter Zara Phillips had more good news earlier in the year when she announced her pregnancy. The royal family wasn’t the only ones welcoming new bundles of joy into the world. Singers Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams both became fathers. The stork was also busy at Atlanta Zoo where twin pandas boys, Mei Lun and Mei Huan were born. These small fury buddle’s caused red faces all round when they later turned out to be girls!
In terms of sport 2012 was a hard year to follow, but it was yet another great year for Britain. Sports personality of the year Andy Murray won the Wimbledon Men’s Singles, ending our 77 year dry patch, and Chris Froome followed in Bradley Wiggin’s footsteps to take victory in the Tour de France. And Olympic double gold medalist Mo Farrah had more reason to celebrate in 2013, as he broke Steve Cram’s 28-year old British record in the 1500m.
2013 hasn’t been the most popular year for weddings, with some brides fearing unlucky number 13 so much that they postponed the big day. However, it didn’t put off some celebrities, athlete Jessica Ennis, producer George Lucas and the actress Keira Knightley all tied the knot in 2013.
In the wider world we also got to welcome a new Pope, Francis. But as always, there have been some sad departures too – with those leaving us this year including two leaders who will forever leave their mark on world politics – Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela. The silver lining, such people exist and they can make a difference.
Thank you for your custom and wishing you a Merry Christmas from all of us at Patra. Have a fabulous 2014!