In January 2017 the world got an unnerving glimpse into its automated future when a San Diego broadcaster uttered these five fateful words into the camera – and, overheard by a number of Amazon Echo devices in viewers’ homes, inadvertently triggered a rush on children’s toy residences.
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Remember phone-hacking? The drama that followed explosive revelations in July 2011 that the British newspaper the News of the World had illegally accessed the voicemail messages of a murdered 13-year-old girl rapidly spiralled into a scandal as shocking and sensational as any the tabloid had itself covered during its 168-year history.
On 7th April 2017, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, declared that the state’s drought state of emergency was over. The severe water shortage across the western United States had lasted for five-and-a-half years and, according to a number of studies, was brought on by changing weather patterns associated with La Niña (a periodic drop in the water temperature of the Pacific) and was exacerbated by global warming (2016 saw California’s hottest summer on record).
On 29th November 2016, Emma Morano, then the world’s oldest known person, turned 117. When she died in Italy a few months later, it marked the passing of the last person who was known to have been alive during the 19th century (Emma was succeeded by Violet Brown of Jamaica, who was born on 10th March 1900).
Every year we painstakingly peruse the various ‘best country’ indices that are annually compiled by NGOs and international development bodies – then we crunch the numbers across all the different categories to come up with this infographic: a definitive ranking of the best and worst places in the world to live.
With everything else that went on in 2016, you’d be forgiven for not keeping up with the year’s major album releases. Luckily, every four issues of Delayed Gratification we aggregate a whole 12 months’ worth of music criticism into a single, definitive guide to the albums of the year.
From David Bowie’s departure in January to the tragic synchronicity of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, dying on consecutive days in December, the frequency of familiar faces being lost from our lives during 2016 seemed both unprecedented and bewildering – partly thanks to the spectacle of public mourning gathering relentless momentum on social media.
At the Malaysian Grand Prix on 2nd October 2016, nine Australian men in the crowd simultaneously displayed their underwear to the world. Although their Speedos had been embellished with the Malaysian flag, the authorities were not amused and after four nights in the cells the exhibitionists were dismissed by a court with a caution for public nuisance offences.
If only, some 300 years earlier, three deer had not been poached from the Bishop of Winchester’s estate, this regrettable event might never have taken place…
Last week it emerged that among the many people affected by the Trump administration’s travel ban was Muhammad Ali Jr, son of the late boxing legend, who was detained and questioned for two hours at a Florida airport. Immigration agents reportedly asked him, “Are you a Muslim?” and, “Where did your name come from?”
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