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The year might not be officially over yet, but  it’s been quite a ride 2018 and a lot of people are probably pretty happy to see the back of you (talking about you Logan Paul and Roseanne Barr).  It’s been a year full of wild weather and of course, the British Royal Family…

 Wild, Wild Weather

Once again scientists (and David Attenborough) continued to yell at everyone about how climate change is actually a thing. And of course, their yelling fell on deaf ears. Basically every continent was battered by wild weather. From volcanic eruptions in Hawaii to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, nowhere was exempt from Mother Nature’s wrath. Here in Australia we were dealing with our own disaster of sorts. A severe drought that ravaged Queensland and New South Wales. While the farmers struggled to get by, everyday Aussies pulled together and helped them out through mass fundraising.

An earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated Sulawesi in September 2018.

Throughout 2018 farmers in NSW and QLD struggled through a severe drought

The Stories Everyone Was Talking About in 2018

The Royal Family.  Precious Prince Louis was born in April but was overshadowed by Meghan Markle, or probably more accurately, the drama surrounding her wedding to Prince Harry and her family’s insistence on staying relevant. But Harry and Megs weren’t finished! They then announced they were expecting a wee baby (right after the wedding of his cousin Eugenie). Then of course there was their trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. All in all, 2018 was a very royal-centric year.

The Royal Family gathered in July 2018 for the christening of Prince Louis

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Meet. It might not have been all that big for us Aussies but the meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump was historic. It marked the first time a sitting President and a North Korean leader have met. What came of the meeting was the agreement that they would “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.

The Nerve Agent Attacks. Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK’s intelligence services and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent in March. They remained in critical condition for several weeks before ultimately being discharged. However, a couple of months later the same poison killed a woman but it was later revealed that it wasn’t a targeted attack. The identities of the two Russian men believed to be the poisoners are known to British police but Russia has denied any involvement…

The Thai Soccer Team Rescue. The world was captivated as it was revealed that a young Thai soccer team was trapped in a cave and might not survive. 12 boys and their coach became trapped after entering the cave during a storm. After 18 days with help from around the world and sadly the death of Thai diver Saman Kunan, the boys emerged and instantly became media sensations. There’s even whispers their ordeal will be turned into a movie…

The Strawberry Contamination Crisis. The first reports of contaminated fruit hit the headlines in September. Since then there have been a total of 186 reports of  food contamination across Australia. Some were pranks and others were copycats but in November a culprit for the original attack was arrested. What started as a disgruntled worker seeking revenge became a nation wide obsession and concern that spread to New Zealand.

The Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. Back in October, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbulto provide documents stating he had divorced his ex-wife and that he was free to marry his fiancé. It’s now believed he was tortured and killed inside the consulate by a team of men. The CIA believes that they were taking orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It’s been one of the top trending stories of 2018 and it doesn’t look like the drama surrounding the assassination will be winding down anytime soon.

The Yellow Vests Riots. The country known for love, wine and cheese was inundated by protesters and riots in the last two months of 2018. The majority of looters were men frustrated by the lack of economic growth in France. Some separate marches were to force the nation to do more about climate change. It got to the point where famous landmarks had to be shut down due to safety concerns.

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 What Everyone Was Watching 

Crazy Rich Asians. Even with a relatively simple plot, Crazy Rich Asians was still able to become a crazy success. Its surprise success is in large part because of it’s diversity and the fact it was the first major studio film to feature an all Asian cast in decades.

Avengers: Infinity War. After a few hits and misses over the last couple of years, Marvel came out swinging with Infinity War. The blockbuster raked in over 2 billion dollars across 2018 and left audiences needing more.

A Star Is Born. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut was a smash hit both in cinemas and in the music charts. Both Cooper and co-star Lady Gaga scored Golden Globe nominations for their portrayal of Ally and Jackson Maine.

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