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2016 A Year In Review

So long 2016, it’s been emotional!

As 2016 draws to a close, some people are describing it as the worst year EVER and they can’t wait to see the back of it, even the more optimistic amongst us are desperately struggling to make some sense of 2016 and look back on it with a bit more positivity. Either way it has certainly been an interesting one.

On a celebrity level 2016 has taken some of our most cherished celebrities away from us. The dearly departing started early in January with the shocking passing of David Bowie just days after the release of his latest album Blackstar. Bowie was closely followed by Alan Rickman, Eagles star Glen Frey, Terry Wogan and then the news seemed to come relentlessly month after month with the likes of Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, David Gest, Victoria Wood, PRINCE, Muhammed Ali, Caroline Aherne, Kenny Baker (R2D2), Gene Wilder, Pete Burns, Leonard Cohen and Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers) all leaving us. There can’t be many years where so many greats depart in one go and I imagine 2016 must have been a nerve wrecking time to be an ageing celebrity!


Politically 2016 can be reduced down to just two words – BREXIT and TRUMP. There’s not really much to say that hasn’t been said a thousand times already but 2016 has certainly been a year of massive change and huge controversy and it’s legacy will be lived out in 2017 and beyond, that’s for sure.


From a sports point of view 2016 has been incredible. Super underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League and then lost the plot in the first 6 months of the following season. The Olympics and Paralympic Games were breathtakingly good and kept the world gripped throughout the Summer. Andy Murray won Wimbledon again. Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola moved to Manchester and helped it to become the centre of the footballing world once again. Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 champion for the first time and then walked away from the sport and Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal won Euro16.


From a popular culture point of view 2016 has been remarkably unremarkable. In the Shores office we struggled to articulate key cultural moments that defined the year. At a pinch, and apologies in advance for simplifying everything down to one sentence; we could perhaps say that this was the year of Justin Bieber’s revival, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid were this year’s power couple, Kylie Jenner came into her own, staying in and watching TV and Box Sets were the new ‘going out’, two Star Wars movies came out, Drake was everywhere, Brangelina was over, Kanye had a breakdown, Kim got robbed but all in all there was nothing seemingly life changing or defining that comes to mind in 2016.


So what are we feeling as we head out of 2016 and into 2017? Does the future feel full of fear and anticipation or hope and excitement? Here at Shores, despite the craziness of 2016, we feel very positive about the upcoming year and our mission is to keep sharing our enthusiasm, positivity and our general sense of creativity, fun and adventure with you. We believe that while we may not be able to control the big wide world out there that we do each have the power to choose how we respond to it. We each have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to do all we can to make each day worthwhile and that’s what we here at Shores are going to continue to do.

Happy New Year everyone.

Let’s make 2017 great!


The Shores Team