by Liz Walter
As 2018 draws to a close, I thought it would be interesting to look at just a few of the year’s major events. This post takes a UK perspective; my next one will cover events in the USA. I should make it clear that the purpose of this post is to focus on vocabulary – much as I might like to, I am not expressing any personal opinions about things that have happened!
Sergei Skripal poisoning: March saw a story worthy of a spy novel, when a Russian double agent and his visiting daughter were found half-dead from a nerve agent in the quiet English city of Salisbury. As a result, many Russian diplomats were expelled from Britain and several other countries.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding: On a more cheerful note, May was the month of the royal wedding (marriage of a royal person) in which an American actress married the man who is currently 6th in line to the throne (would become king if the 5 people ahead of him died). The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle and was watched on TV by almost 30 million people.
Fracking: This year the government decided to allow fracking in the UK for the first time. They argue that shale gas will be a useful source of energy. Environmentalists disagree, and there has already been a series of small earthquakes in the area where fracking is taking place.
World Cup: In June and July, 31 national squads competed in football’s World Cup. Fans were impressed by the organisation of the host nation (country where a competition takes place), Russia. England reached the quarter-finals, and – very unusually – won one of their games in a penalty shootout. The final was won by France.
Brexit: I couldn’t finish this post without mentioning the issue that’s been in the UK news all year – Brexit. After months of negotiations, the Prime Minister, Teresa May, has presented a deal. However, opposition parties (other political parties in parliament) say they will not support it, and several members of her own party have resigned in protest.
Well, that’s just six of the many things that have happened this year. I’m sure you can think of lots more!