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as Fräulein Schneider
An offer comes, you take
Lyn Paul, her husband Alan and son Ryan welcome in the New Year in Manchester but their celebrations are dampened by a family outbreak of the flu. On New Year's Eve Lyn tweets: "Five minutes from the fireworks and celebrations in the centre of Manchester and hubby not well... Stuck in a hotel room... great!"
Lyn spends January and February putting together two new stage acts in preparation for a booking on the last round-the-world voyage of the Saga cruise liner The Ruby. Lyn had originally been booked to board The Ruby in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd March and disembark a week later in Sydney. However, the ship falls three weeks behind schedule and Lyn, accompanied by Alan, ends up joining the cruise in St. Vincent and disembarking in Brazil. A report of Lyn's show comes via the Chaplain's Blog:
"Those with long memories will remember The Seekers and the younger among you will remember the New Seekers. Last night Lyn Paul, a former member of the latter group, entertained us. It was a good performance and included the New Seekers' song ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ as well as a moving song from the musical ‘Blood Brothers’ (‘Tell Me It’s Not True) in which she has been performing. I look forward to hearing her again later in the week."
Saga Ruby: The Chaplain's Blog
Upon her return Lyn Tweeted: "I absolutely loved the cruise, Alan and I had a ball and the show was terrific... can't wait to do another one!"
In April BBC Radio 2 invites its listeners to vote for the UK's best Eurovision entry of all-time. On Friday, 17th May - the day before the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo - DJ Ken Bruce announces the results. The New Seekers' 1972 entry Beg, Steal Or Borrow comes in seventh place ahead of Cliff Richard, Scooch and Blue. Top of the UK Euro pops is Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz.
On 8th June Lyn throws a surprise 60th birthday party for her husband Alan. The next day Lyn tweets: "plenty to eat, plenty to drink and the wonderful company of family and old friends... playing darts and swing ball, good music on and no, NOT the New Seekers!"
Later that month Lyn flies out to Spain to celebrate her friend Cherry's 60th birthday - and this party ends up on YouTube!
I Got You
On 16th July Lyn gets the news that she has been cast as Fräulein Schneider in Rufus Norris's acclaimed production of Cabaret. The news is officially announced at the end of the month. Other cast members include: Will Young as Emcee; Siobhan Dillon as Sally Bowles; Linal Haft as Herr Schultz and Matt Rawle as Cliff Bradshaw, all of whom had appeared in Cabaret before.
On 4th August Lyn embarks on another cruise, leaving Dover with her sister Nikki aboard the Saga Sapphire. The cruise calls at Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. When she returns on 10th August Lyn tweets: "Just got home from a wonderful cruise on the Sapphire - beautiful ship, incredible places, wonderful people! Can't wait to go back." (10th August, 11.33pm)
Lyn then begins two-weeks of rehearsals for Cabaret. The show opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Wednesday, 28th August and receives excellent first reviews.
"Will Young... gives a superb high-definition performance as the Emcee...
while Linal Haft and Lyn Paul are deeply touching as the ageing lovers driven apart by Nazism." Daily Telegraph, 30th August 2013
"Everyone is absolutely invested in the production, from the athletic dancers of the chorus to Lyn Paul’s beautiful, haunting turn of survival as landlady Fräulein Schneider. It is one of the most thrilling rediscoveries of a musical I have seen." Sunday Express, 1st September 2013
New Wimbledon Theatre
After the opening six performances in Wimbledon the Cabaret cast and crew set off on a thirteen-week tour of the UK and Ireland, beginning at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool and travelling to the Opera House, Manchester; The Hippodrome, Bristol, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Everywhere it goes, the show receives four and five star reviews.
"Fine performances, especially with the appearance of the pineapple" Steve Stubbs, Backstage Pass
"Lyn Paul... makes a sympathetic and rounded character of Fräulein Schneider, the pragmatic landlady who gives up her hopes of future happiness with Herr Schultz, the local greengrocer who is a Jew. Schultz is played with charm and resignation by Linal Haft and together they make a charming couple and give the sub-plot a realistic, if pathetic, resolution." indieLONDON
"For me the performances of the evening were... Lyn Paul as Schneider and Linal Haft as Schulz." Francis Beckett, One Stop Arts
"if you want to be dazzled by costumes, music, lighting effects, singing and dancing, do not hesitate, and go see Cabaret... " Camille Lacote, BayTV Liverpool
"The sub-plot involving Fräulein Schneider and her Jewish suitor, Herr Schultz provided a counter balance to the main action. Both actors gave charming, faultless performances, the outcome of their doomed relationship, sadly in the hands of the evil and the ignorant, tinged their delivery with melancholy and pathos. The audience responded well to this twilight days’ romance, the couple’s richly deserved applause being almost as loud as that reserved for Young." Chris Kirwan, Cheshire Today
"Lyn Paul... is a revelation as Fräulein Schneider... an entirely convincing performance as a woman alone who has a brief glimpse of love... " Jeanette Smith, Click, Liverpool
"Great performances, especially by Will Young, the marvellous Linal Haft and Lyn Paul." Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision
"Lyn Paul’s So What was very enjoyable... " Made Up, Liverpool
"Linal Haft and 70's pop star sensation Lyn Paul, make a sweet couple as Herr Schultz and Fräulein Schneider... " Janie Phillips, What's On
"Wonderful singing" Jo Henwood, Chester Chronicle
"Paul’s voice was simply divine.' Anna Mansell, Lancashire Telegraph
"Rarely have I seen a crowd so seemingly moved, so shocked and awed by a performance in equal measure... 10/10" Lancaster Guardian
"The story of Herr and Fräulein is truly heart-breaking... Their subtle but brilliant performances certainly pull on the audiences’ heartstrings..." Abbie Green, Viva
"Never has there been a more wistful and beautiful song written about a pineapple..." Andy Batten-Foster, Bristol 24-7
"Edgy, dramatic and chic..." Annie Bowles, Guide2Bristol
"The relationship between Schneider and Schultz is poignantly and sensitively portrayed with a couple of touching duets." Ray Taylor, thepublicreviews
"Ex-New Seeker Lyn Paul was the warmest character on stage. She still has a great set of vocal chords and delivered a moving performance as Fräulein Schneider, finding love only to have it snatched away." Margaret Klenk, DigYorkshire.com
"The principle roles are all first class but top marks to Lyn Paul who again shows that she is a first lady of the musical stage." Andrew Kay, thelatest.co.uk.
"I was amazed to see the familiar name of Lyn Paul as Fräulein Schneider... It was a delight to hear that her voice is still as strong and melodic as ever. Her tenderly affectionate scenes with Linal Haft, as Jewish grocer Herr Schultz, are simply magical and her sadness as her life falls apart when the Nazi Party take over is palpable.' Buzzjack, Member No. 140
A poster by the pier in Eastbourne
advertising Cabaret at the Congress
After a week's break the tour resumes, visiting Blackpool, Edinburgh, Dublin, Oxford, Tunbridge Wells, Hull, Wolverhampton and Peterborough.
"It is pure musical theatre, with Lyn Paul delightfully clear voiced as Fräulein Schneider against Linal Haft’s charming and naive Herr Schultz." Thom Dibdin, AE: All Edinburgh Theatre
"Fräulein Schneider is well aware of how the life of Herr Schultz will soon be changed for ever. Lyn Paul portrays the landlady with gentle grace as she decides her fate." Vivien Devlin, Edinburgh Guide
"Extremely light on its feet – and wheels" John McKeown, Irish Independent
"Lyn Paul and Linal Haft were frankly gorgeous as the elderly couple. Paul's strong, sweet, haunting voice makes her songs some of the highlights of the evening, and Haft underplays the dangerously sentimental part of the gentle grocer into adorability." Miranda Rose, Daily Info, Oxford
"The ever dependable Linal Haft is reprising his West End role as Schultz while he is joined for a late-life dalliance by former New Seekers’ singer Lyn Paul who is inspirational." Anne Cox, The Bucks Herald / Leighton Buzzard Observer
"Young is brilliant in appearance and vocal range... Siobhan Dillon – another product of the TV talent show genre – is perfect as Sally Bowles... And Lyn Paul’s Fräulein Schneider is every bit as good." Andrew Whiffin, Theatreworld Internet Magazine
"Most impressive is the way it skillfully blends the energetic fun of the cabaret numbers with the show's dark subject matter." Kathryn Tye, Kent Online
"Young reinvigorates the sinister Emcee... Lyn Paul's Fräulein Schneider, Linal Haft’s Herr Schultz and Valerie Cutko’s Fraulein Kost cut the mustard too." Charles Hutchinson, York Press
"The choreography is wonderfully uninhibited, slick and stunning... Add to that the seasoned performances of Lyn Paul as Fräulein Schneider and Linal Haft as Herr Schultz and a sterling effort by Matt Rawle... and what’s not to like?" Alison Norton, Native Monster
"I’d also like to heap praise on Lyn Paul (who was a lead singer with The New Seekers in the 70s). She and Linal Haft bring painful depth to the delicate love affair of two old traditional Germans caught up in the gathering disaster. Their coy proposal scene is smiling-yet-tear jerking and, with the fate of the Jews becoming apparent, Paul shows us the inner struggle between longed-for sentimentality and the steeliness required to survive. Watching re-runs of Top Of The Pops will never be the same." Chris Eldon Lee, Virtual Shropshire
"There are some fine vocal performances... the gentle duets It Couldn’t Please Me More and Married from Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, the plaintive What Would You Do? from Fräulein Schneider." Paul Marston, Behind the arras
"Lyn Paul (Fräulein Schneider) and Linal Haft (Herr Schultz)... share some great moments, particularly the charming It Couldn’t Please Me More. Paul, a Seventies star with the New Seekers, still possesses a delightful voice." Brad Barnes, Peterborough Telegraph
Lyn's son Ryan had accompanied her throughout the tour as a member of the Cabaret crew. On the last night of the tour, after the final show is over, Ryan tweets: "Been up since 10.30am and worked from 12.00noon - 4.00am! Safe to say I'm tired but at least I'm nearly home! :-D"
Cabaret at the Gaiety
On 1st May The Seekers set off on a 50th anniversary concert tour of Australia. The opening night show at the Convention Centre, Brisbane is followed by shows in Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle. On 14th May, however, the tour comes to a premature halt when singer Judith Durham is taken ill after the group's first concert at Melbourne's Hamer Hall. Diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage, Judith spends three months in rehabilitation at Melbourne's Epworth Hospital. In September she is given the all-clear to resume work and The Seekers announce the resumption of their Golden Jubilee tour.
2nd-3rd November, Riverside Theatre, Perth
7th-8th November, Hamer Hall, Melbourne
11-12th November, AEC Theatre, Adelaide
15th November, State Theatre, Sydney
19th November, Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
23rd November, Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart
25th November, Princess Theatre, Launceston
28th November, Hamer Hall, Melbourne
2nd December, Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
4th December, Brisbane, Convention Centre, Brisbane.
On 2nd December ex-New Seeker Marty Kristian releases a third solo album Saints & Sinners.
|In the News - 2013
US pop singer Patti Page, known for her hits Tennessee Waltz and (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window, dies in a nursing home in Encinitas, north of San Diego on 1st January, aged 85.
On the same day three days of mourning are declared in the Ivory Coast, following a New Year's Eve stampede that killed at least 61 people in Abidjan.
In Australia the combination of a record-breaking heatwave, high winds and drought causes wildfires to blaze across Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria.
On 11th January the Metropolitan Police and NSPCC publish a joint report, Giving Victims a Voice, which outlines 214 sexual allegations made against the former DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
On the same day French troops are deployed in Mali
as the Malian interim President, Dioncounda Traore, declares a state of emergency.
French commandos also swoop on the town of Bulo Marer in an attempt to free a French intelligence officer, Denis Allex, who was kidnapped in July 2009.
In an interview recorded on Monday, 14th January (broadcast in the USA on Thursday, 17th), cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to Oprah Winfrey that he had used performance-enhancing drugs.
On Tuesday, 15th January the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) announces that its food inspectors had found almost 30% horsemeat in burgers sold by Tesco.
On 16th January a helicopter hits a crane and crashes into the morning rush-hour traffic in Vauxhall, south London, killing the pilot, Captain Peter Barnes, and a man on the ground, Matthew Wood.
On the same day terrorists take over the Amenas gas plant in Algeria, seizing workers as hostages. On 19th January Algerian forces launch a final assault on the plant after reports that the hostage-takers were killing their captives.
On Sunday, 20th January Barack Obama is formally sworn in at a small White House ceremony for his second four-year term as President of the United States. Inaugural festivities are held in Washington the next day, including a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and a mimed performance of The Star-Spangled Banner by Beyoncé.
231 people die in a fire on Sunday, 28th January after a member of the band Gurizada Fandangueira lets off a flare while performing on stage at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria. southern Brazil.
Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, dies on Wednesday, 30th January, aged 94.
The tallest building in the European Union, The Shard, opens in London on 1st February.
Peter Gilmore, who starred in the BBC television drama The Onedin Line, dies on Sunday, 3rd February, aged 81.
On Monday, 4th February archaeologists confirm that a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the English king Richard III.
On the same day
the former Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne admits perverting the course of justice over claims that his ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him in 2003. Both are sentenced to 8 months in jail on 11th March.
Bishop of Durham Justin Welby is confirmed as the new Archbishop of Canterbury in a legal ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral. In a speech afterwards he reiterates his opposition to the proposed introduction of gay marriage.
The next day (5th February) MPs vote in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175.
Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid is shot dead outside his home in the capital, Tunis on Wednesday, 6th February, prompting protests in towns around the country.
On Monday, 11th February Pope Benedict XVI makes a surprise announcement that he will resign on 28th February. He is the first pontiff to resign for 600 years.
On 12th February at a cabin near Big Bear Lake, Los Angeles police locate Christopher Dorner, a former police officer accused of killing three people. The ensuing gun fight and fire leaves one police officer dead and two others injured. Dormer's charred body is recovered from the cabin afterwards.
On Valentine's Day the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is arrested over the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot and killed at his Pretoria home.
A meteor crashes to earth in the Ural Mountains on Friday, 15th February, injuring more than 1,000 people.
Actor Richard Briers, best known for his role as Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life, dies on Sunday, 17th February, aged 79.
US country singer Mindy McCready dies from "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound" on the same day. She had shot her dog before turning the gun on herself.
Thieves disguised a policemen and armed with machine guns pull off a £32million diamond heist at Brussels airport on 18th February.
At the Academy Awards ceremony on 24th February Daniel Day-Lewis becomes the first man to win the best actor Oscar three times when he is rewarded for his role in Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln. Argo wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, resigns as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church on 25th February, after being accused of inappropriate conduct.
19 tourists on a hot air balloon sight-seeing trip are killed near Luxor in Egypt on 26th February when
a gas canister explodes, causing the balloon to catch fire and plummet 300m (1,000 ft.) to the ground.
The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who had been receiving treatment for cancer, dies on Tuesday, 5th March.
On 7th March Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is convicted and sentenced to a year in jail over an illegal wiretap.
On 8th March Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta is declared the winner of the presidential election held on 4th March, His opponent, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, files a Supreme Court appeal.
A referendum is
held in the Falkland Islands on 10th–11th March. 1,514 from an electorate of 1,672 vote to remain a British territory; just three votes are cast against.
On 14th March Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the Catholic Church's new Pope Francis, the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to be pontiff.
Comedian Norman Collier, whose career breakthrough had come courtesy of his appearance at the 1971 Royal Variety Performance, dies on 14th March, aged 87.
Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, dies on 16th March, aged 92.
57 people are killed in multiple bomb attacks in Baghdad on 19th March - the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Best-selling author James Herbert who wrote the horror classic The Rats, dies on 20th March, aged 69.
On Friday, 22nd March heavy snow and strong winds cut power to more than 40,000 homes in Northern Ireland.
The exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky is found dead in a bath at his home in Ascot on Saturday, 23rd March.
Banks in Cyprus re-open on 28th March after a two-week closure sparked by negotiations over an EU-IMF bailout.
Actor Richard Griffiths, star of the Harry Potter films, The History Boys and Withnail and I, dies on 28th March, aged 65, after complications following heart surgery.
On Tuesday, 2nd April, at the end of an eight-week trial, Mick and Mairead Philpott are found guilty of manslaughter for starting a fire at their home in Allenton which killed six of their children. A friend, Paul Mosley, is also convicted of manslaughter. Mick Philpott receives a life sentence while his wife and friend are jailed for 17 years.
Two men with histories of mental illness, Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool, are convicted on 3rd April of plotting to rob and murder the singer Joss Stone.
The musical Kinky Boots opens on Broadway on 4th April at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies on Monday, 8th April at the age of 87 following a stroke. Her funeral is held at St. Paul's Cathedral on 17th April.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam re-opens on 13th April after 10 years of renovations.
On 15th April three people are killed and
more than 170 wounded when two bombs explode near the finishing line of the Boston marathon. One of the men suspected of carrying out the bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is fatally injured in a gun battle with police on 18th April; the other, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is taken into custody the next day.
The south-east of Iran is hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 16th April, the most powerful to hit Iran for more than 50 years. The quake causes 35 deaths in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
On 17th April a blast at a Texas fertiliser plant kills 14 people and injures 200 more in the town of West.
The Italian Parliament re-elects Giorgio Napolitano as President on 20th April after five rounds of voting failed to produce a successor. He is the first president in Italian history to secure a second seven-year term.
On the same day a powerful earthquake kills at least 196 people and injures thousands more in
the Chinese province of Sichuan.
On 23rd April France becomes the 14th country to approve a law allowing gay marriage.
The Rana Plaza, a nine-storey factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapses on 24th April, killing more than 1,100 people.
38 people are killed by a fire at psychiatric hospital in Ramenskiy, near Moscow in the early hours of the morning on Friday, 26th April.
Country singer George Jones dies on 26th April, aged 81, after being admitted to hospital on 18th April with a fever and irregular blood pressure.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which had been grounded in January, returns to service on 27th April when an Ethiopian Airlines 787 (Flight ETH 801) makes the journey from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
On Sunday, 28th April Emeli Sandé's album Our Version Of Events breaks the record of 62 weeks previously held by The Beatles' album Please Please Me for the most consecutive weeks spent in the Top 10 of the UK album chart by a début album.
The Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survives a car bomb attack in Damascus on 29th April.
Willem-Alexander is sworn in as king of the Netherlands on Tuesday, 30th April following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix.
The Canadian singer and actress Deanna Durbin ("Winnipeg's Golden Girl") dies on 30th April, aged 91.
Coronation Street star William Roache is arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on Wednesday. 1st May and charged on two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967.
The following day it is reported that BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, also of Wilmslow, Cheshire, had pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls, including one as young as nine, between 1967 and 1985. On 17th June he is sentenced to 15 months in jail, a sentence doubled by the Court of Appeal in July. On 22nd October he is stripped of his OBE.
Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, all of whom had gone missing in separate incidents in the state of Ohio between 2002 and 2004, are discovered and rescued from a house in Cleveland on Monday, 6th May.
Seven people are killed on 7th May when a cruise ship, the Jolly Nero, crashes into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa.
Paul Shane, famous for his role as Ted Bovis in the 1980s BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, dies on 16th May, aged 72.
On 18th May Emmelie de Forest wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark with the song Only Teardrops. The UK entry, Believe In Me by Bonnie Tyler, finishes in 19th place.
A gigantic tornado packing winds of at least 200mph (320km/h), hits Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. on Monday, 20th May. On its 17-mile path of destruction, the tornado kills 24 people, damages up to 13,000 homes and causes $2bn (£1.33bn) in damage.
An off-duty soldier Lee Rigby is run over and then murdered on a street in Woolwich on Wednesday, 22nd May. The two men arrested on suspicion of his murder, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, are shot and wounded by police at the scene of the crime. They are found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey on 19th December.
Bill Pertwee, best known for his role as Warden Hodges in the BBC TV comedy Dad's Army, dies on 27th May, aged 86.
Demonstrators take to the streets of Istanbul on 28th May to protest against a plan to redevelop Istanbul's Gezi Park, on the city's central Taksim Square.
On 30th May Mark Bridger is sentenced to life imprisonment for the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones, who went missing from the the Bryn-Y-Gog estate, Machynlleth, Powys on 1st October 2012.
Tom Sharpe, author of Blott On The Landscape and Porterhouse Blue, dies on 6th June, aged 85.
Hollywood star Esther Williams also dies on 6th June, aged 91.
On the same day the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announces that compensation payouts totalling £19.9m will be made to 5,228 Kenyans tortured by British colonial forces during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising.
The Queen officially opens the BBC's rebuilt Broadcasting House on 7th June.
On 9th June, two months after announcing that he had terminal cancer, author Iain Banks dies, aged 59.
A new system of Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) replacing the Disability Living Allowance is rolled out across Britain on 10th June.
The Greek government shuts down the public broadcaster ERT on Tuesday, 11th June.
On the same day China launches its fifth manned space mission from the Jiuquan base in Inner Mongolia.
The Airbus A350 completes its maiden flight from Toulouse on 14th June.
Hassan Rouhani wins the Iranian presidential election held on 14th June, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a further run-off election.
On 16th June early monsoon rains cause flash floods and landslides in northern India, killing more than 800 people.
On Wednesday, 19th June the mayors of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo announce the reversal of an increase in bus and subway fares that ignited anti-government protests in both cities and then spread across the nation. Despite a televised address by President Dilma Rousseff on 21st June the protests continue.
James Gandolfini, the US actor best known for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in The Sopranos, dies on 19th June, aged 51.
The Country & Western singer Slim Whitman, whose hits included Rose Marie, Indian Love Call and China Doll, dies on the same day, aged 90.
On 20th June floods triggered by torrential rain hit Alberta. 25 neighbourhoods in Calgary are evacuated and the Trans-Canada Highway is closed.
Pollution levels reach a new record high in Singapore, as the city state is engulfed by a smoky haze from fires in Indonesia. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hits 401 at 12.00pm on Friday, 21st June (4.00am GMT) - the highest in the country's history.
On 24th June Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for life after being found guilty of paying for sex with an under-age prostitute and abusing his office to conceal the act.
Kevin Rudd is sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia on 27th June, a day after deposing Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor party in a vote by MPs
The Rolling Stones play the Glastonbury Festival on 29th June.
At midnight on 30th June Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.
On 3rd July General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi announces that Egypt's constitution had been suspended and that President Mohammed Morsi had been removed from power.
Bernie Nolan, the first of four Nolan sisters to portray Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, dies from cancer on 4th July, aged 52.
On Saturday, 6th July a runaway train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derails and explodes in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing at least 15 people and destroying at least 30 buildings.
On the same day an Asiana Boeing 777 (flight 214) crash-lands at San Francisco airport, killing two passengers and injuring 180.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada is deported from the UK on 7th July to stand trial in Jordan.
On Thursday, 6th July, after an all-night sitting, the lower house of the Irish parliament votes by 127 to 31 to legalise abortion in cases where the mother's life is at risk from her pregnancy.
Broadcaster Alan Whicker dies on Friday, 12th July at the age of 87.
Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson in the TV comedy drama Glee, is found dead at the Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday. 13th July.
On 14th July the Sunday Times reveals that the author of the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith, is actually J.K. Rowling. The book immediately rises to the top of the Amazon sales list.
On Thursday, 18th July the city of Detroit files the largest-ever US municipal bankruptcy.
Comedian Mel Smith dies of a heart attack on 19th July, aged 60.
At least 20 security guards die when gunmen storm the Abu Ghraib and Taji jails near Baghdad on Sunday, 21st July. Hundreds of prisoners escape, among them senior leaders of Al-Qaeda.
On 22nd July the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a baby boy, weighing 8lb 6oz. The baby, later named HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, is delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.
79 people are killed and at least 130 injured on Wednesday, 24th July when a passenger train crashes on a bend near Santiago de Compostela station in the Galicia region of northern Spain.
Tunisian opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed by gunmen in the capital, Tunis, on Thursday, 25th July.
Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale dies of a heart attack on Friday, 26th July, aged 74.
An estimated 3 million people crowd on to Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Sunday, 28th July to hear Pope Francis give the final Mass of his five-day visit to Brazil. Many of the pilgrims had slept on the beach after attending an all-night vigil, also led by Pope Francis.
On Monday, 29th July a coach swerves off a flyover and plunges into a ravine near Avellino in southern Italy, killing at least 38 people and injuring 10 others.
On the same day militants free more than 240 prisoners, including Taliban inmates, in an armed assault on a prison in the town of Dera Ismail Khan in north-west Pakistan.
On 31st July the House of Representatives in Uruguay passes a bill to legalize and regulate the production and sale of cannabis. The new law is accepted in the Senate on 10th December and signed into law by President José Mujica on 23rd December.
On 1st August Russia grants temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the computer analyst who leaked details of the USA's surveillance programmes.
On the same day Ariel Castro is sentenced to life in jail plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 charges including rape, assault and aggravated murder related to Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. On Tuesday, 3rd September he is found hanging in his prison cell.
In the UK the mother and step-father of Daniel Pelka, Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek, are jailed for a minimum of 30 years each for the “unimaginable” acts of cruelty that led to the four-year-old boy's death in March 2012.
Robert Mugabe is declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential election on Saturday, 3rd August, with 61% of the vote against 34% for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
On 5th August, after five years of trials, Turkey's former armed forces chief, General Ilker Basbug,
is jailed for life for plotting a coup.
Flights in and out of Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) resume on 8th August, a day after a fire had destroyed the airport's main arrival hall.
Singer Eydie Gorme, best known in the English-speaking world for her 1963 Grammy-nominated song Blame It On The Bossa Nova, dies in Las Vegas on Saturday, 10th August at the age of 84.
On 15th August scientists announce the discovery of the olinguito, a new mammal carnivore living in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador.
A passenger ferry, the MV Thomas Aquinas, sinks about 2km (1.2 miles) offshore from the city of Cebu in the Philippines, after a colliding with a cargo ship on Friday, 16th August.
On 21st August hundreds of people are reported to have died in a suspected chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus.
Eight days later, on 29th August, British MPs rule out possible UK military action against Syria, defeating a government motion by 285-272. On 16th September a United Nations report confirms "unequivocally and objectively" that sarin had been used in a rocket attack in the Syrian capital.
Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret US government documents to the Wikileaks website, announces on 22nd August an intention to live as a woman and be known as Chelsea.
On the same day Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak is released from Cairo's Tora prison and taken to a military hospital.
A six-week badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire begins on Monday, 27th August.
Seamus Heaney, the Irish poet and playwright who was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies on Friday, 30th August, aged 74. His final words to his wife were 'do not be afraid', sent in a text message from his hospital bed.
The media personality, journalist and comedian Sir David Frost dies of a heart attack on 31st August, aged 74.
On Tuesday, 3rd September a power cut leaves 70% of Venezuela without electricity.
In Australia the Liberal-National coalition led by Tony Abbott wins a decisive victory in the elections held on 7th September.
On Tuesday, 10th September the Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell (real name Michael Turner), who had been charged with 12 child sex offences, including one of child rape, is found not guilty on all counts by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
On the same day four men - Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Sing and Akshay Thakur - are found guilty of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. All four are sentenced to death.
A former US Navy serviceman, Aaron Alexis, dies in a gun battle with police on 16th September after killing twelve people and wounding eight at Washington Navy Yard.
On Tuesday, 17th September the shipwrecked Costa Concordia is raised upright and rolled onto a seabed platform, 20 months after it ran aground off the island of Giglio.
The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland, meeting on 19th September in Dublin, appoints the Reverend Pat Storey as the new bishop of Meath and Kildare, making her the UK and Ireland's first woman bishop.
On Saturday, 21st September armed terrorists from Somalia’s al-Shabaab movement open fire on shoppers at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, leading to a four-day siege which leaves at least 67 people dead.
After hitting parts of Taiwan and the Philippines, Typhoon Usagi makes landfall in the Guangdong province of south China on 22nd September, killing at least 25 people.
The Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) led by Chancellor Angela Merkel win 41.5% of the vote in Germany's elections held on 22nd September, but finish just five seats short of an absolute majority.
At least 328 people are killed when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes south-western Pakistan on Tuesday, 24th September, causing a new island to emerge.
Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, whose novels included The Hunt for Red October (1984) and the Jack Ryan series of novels, dies on 1st October, aged 66.
On 2nd October The Gambia announces its withdrawal from Commonwealth.
Hundreds of migrants, most of them from Eritrea and Somalia, die when their boat capsizes off the Italian island of Lampedusa on 3rd October.
On 11th October the chairman of the Nobel committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, announces that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the body overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, is to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 15th October it is announced that the director of Cabaret, Rufus Norris, had been chosen to take over from Sir Nicholas Hytner as director of the National Theatre.
On the same day shares in Royal Mail rise to 479.50p on the company's first day of full trading on the London Stock Exchange.
On 17th October US President Barack Obama signs a law ending a 16-day government shutdown, which began when Congress failed to agree on a budget.
On 18th October Saudi Arabia turns down a seat on the United Nations Security Council after being elected for the first time to one of the 10 rotating seats.
The singer Noel Harrison, best known for his Oscar-winning hit The Windmills Of Your Mind (from the film The Thomas Crown Affair), dies at his home in Devon on 19th October, aged 79.
A state of emergency is declared in New South Wales on 20th October as bush fires, which had already destroyed nearly 200 homes in the Blue Mountains, rage out of control.
The National Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary on 22nd October with a visit from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
On 26th October the Duke of Cambridge is the guest of honour at a special gala to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association.
Singer-songwriter Lou Reed, whose hits included Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day, dies on 27th October, aged 71.
The Marmaray railway tunnel, linking the Asian and European shores of Istanbul, is opened on 29th October.
On the same day the US Senate's intelligence committee announces a major review of the country's surveillance operations following reports that the US had bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone for more than a decade.
The social networking company Twitter makes its stock-market début on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, 7th November. After its first day of trading as a public company, shares in the microblogging site close at $44.90, up over 73% from their opening price of $26 each.
On the same day Pakistan's Taliban name Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader, following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack on 1st November.
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, makes landfall in the Philippines shortly before dawn on 8th November, killing thousands of people and flattening hundreds of thousands of homes.
On 12th November Egypt's army-backed government announces that the country's three-month state of emergency and night-time curfew - in place since 14th August - had been lifted. Originally due to last a month, they had been extended for an extra two months on 12th September.
The composer Sir John Tavener dies on 12th November at the age of 69.
On the same day a Francis Bacon painting, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), is sold for $142.4m (£89.6m) at Christie’s in New York, becoming the most expensive artwork ever auctioned.
The Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing dies on Sunday, 17th November, aged 94.
On the same day 44 passengers and six crew members are killed when a Boeing 727 crashes as it attempts to land at Kazan Airport in Tatarstan.
On Monday, 18th November Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, announces that 100,000 search terms had been blocked "to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results".
On the same day Toronto city council votes to strip the Mayor Rob Ford of most of his authority, following his admission that he had smoked crack cocaine and bought illegal drugs while in office.
The chairman of the Co-operative Group, Len Wardle, resigns on 19th November, following revelations in the press about the conduct of The Co-operative Bank's former chairman Paul Flowers, who had been videoed handing over cash apparently to buy drugs.
The P5+1 group of nations - China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA - reach an agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday, 24th November whereby Iran agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for about $7bn (£4.3bn) in sanctions relief.
On 27th November Latvia's Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis announces his resignation, and thereby the fall of his government, following the collapse of a Riga supermarket which killed at least 54 people.
On the same day five Supreme Court justices rule against Hazelmary Bull and Peter Bull, the Christian owners of the Chymorvah House guesthouse in Marazion, Cornwall. The couple had appealed against earlier Court rulings which had found them guilty of acting unlawfully when, in 2008, they had refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room.
A police helicopter crashes into a crowded pub, The Clutha, in Stockwell Street, Glasgow at 10:25pm on Friday, 29th November. The three people in the helicopter die; five people inside the pub also die. A further 14 people are treated for serious injuries, one of whom dies in hospital on 12th December.
On 2nd December Olympic diving star Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, reveals in a YouTube video that he is in a relationship with a man.
Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko is jailed for six years on 3rd December for his part in organising an acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin.
South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg on 5th December at the age of 95.
On the same day the east coast of Britain is hit by a tidal surge - the biggest for 60 years - which forces thousands of people to abandon their homes.
Protesters in Kiev dismantle and decapitate a statue of Lenin during a mass rally on 8th December opposing the development of closer ties between Ukraine and Russia.
On Monday, 9th December, following protests on the streets of Bangkok, the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election.
On the same day the European Commission announces that "within weeks" airline passengers are to be allowed to keep mobile phones, tablets and laptops switched on throughout flights, including during take-off and landing.
Jang Song-Thaek, the uncle of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is executed by a firing squad on 12th December and denounced as a traitor.
Peter O'Toole, who starred the films Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1968) and The Lion In Winter (1968) dies on Saturday, 14th December, aged 81.
Joan Fontaine, who won an Academy Award in 1942 for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Suspicion, dies at her home in Carmel on Sunday, 15th December, at the age of 96.
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies on 18th December, aged 84.
On the same day the lead singer with Welsh rock band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, is sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences.
On 19th December, during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, part of the ceiling collapses at London's Apollo Theatre. Seventy-six people in the audience are injured, seven seriously.
Elisabetta Grillo and her sister Francesca Grillo, who had been employed as personal assistants to TV chef Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi, are found not guilty of fraud at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 20th December. The sisters had been accused of fraudulently spending £685,000 on credit cards belonging to their employers.
The two jailed members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot are released from prison on 23rd December as part of an amnesty law passed by parliament.
On the same day Alan Turing, the Second World War codebreaker who killed himself in 1954 after receiving a criminal conviction for "gross indecency", is granted a posthumous Royal pardon by the Queen.
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the most famous assault rifle in the world, dies on 23rd December at the age of 94.
Tens of thousands of homes in southern England and northern France are left without power on Christmas Day as both countries are affected by torrential rainfall and winds of up to 90 mph (145 kph).
The seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is badly injured in a skiing accident in Meribel on 29th December.
On 30th December 14 people are killed in a suicide bombing on a bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, only a day after 17 people had died in another suicide attack at the city's main railway station.
Actors Angela Lansbury and Penelope Keith are both made dames in the New Year's Honours.
|In the Charts
|UK Chart débuts
- Sam Bailey
- Ariana Grande
- The Vamps
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Lily Allen
Somewhere Only We Know
Wake Me Up
You Make Me
- Avicii featuring Nicky Romero
I Could Be The One
- Sam Bailey
- Bingo Players featuring Far East
Get Up (Rattle)
- James Blunt
- David Bowie
Where Are We Now?
- Miley Cyrus
- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
- Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
- Duke Dumont featuring Ame
Need U (100 Percent)
- Eminem featuring Rhianna
- 50 Cent / Eminem / Adam Levine
- Martin Garrix
- Ellie Goulding
- Ellie Goulding
How Long Will I Love You (Official song for BBC Children In Need)
- Calvin Harris / Alesso / Hurts
- Anne Hathaway
I Dreamed A Dream
- Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX
I Love It
- Jesse J
It's My Party
- Lady Gaga
- Leona Lewis
One More Sleep
- The Lumineers
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
Can't Hold Us
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
- Bruno Mars
When I Was Your Man
- Olly Murs
- Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
La La La
- John Newman
Love Me Again
- One Direction
One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)
Let Her Go
- Katy Perry
- Pink featuring Nate Ruess
Just Give Me A Reason
- PJ & Duncan
Let's Get Ready To Rhumble
- Rhianna featuring Mikky Ekko
- Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre
Waiting All Night
- Saturdays featuring Sean Paul
What About Us
- Storm Queen
Look Right Through
- Taylor Swift
I Knew You Were Trouble
- Robin Thicke featuring Ti & Pharrell
- Justin Timberlake
- Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie
- The Vamps
Can We Dance
Walks Like Rihanna
- will.i.am featuring Britney Spears
Scream & Shout
- will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber
- Pharrell Williams
- Wizard Of Oz Film Cast
Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead
- Arcade Fire
- Arctic Monkeys
- Gabrielle Aplin
- Billie Jo Armstrong & Norah Jones
- Avenged Sevenfold
Hail To The King
- Gary Barlow
Since I Saw You Last
- The Beatles
On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2
- Black Sabbath
- James Blake
- James Blunt
- David Bowie
The Next Day
- Billy Bragg
Tooth & Nail
- Sarah Brightman
- Michael Bublé
To Be Loved
- Glen Campbell
See You There
Closer To The Truth
- Biffy Clyro
- Lloyd Cole
- Miley Cyrus
- Daft Punk
Random Access Memories
- Depeche Mode
Girl Who Got Away
- Celine Dion
Loved Me Back To Life
- Jahméne Douglas
Love Never Fails
- Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses)
The Low Highway
- Card Emerald
The Shocking Miss Emerald
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
- Agnetha Fältskog
- Franz Ferdinand
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
- Rebecca Ferguson
- Peter Gabriel
And I'll Scratch Yours
Tales Of Us
Days Are Gone
- Jessie J
- Elton John
The Diving Board
- Kings Of Leon
- Lady Antebellum
- Lady Gaga
- Hugh Laurie
Didn't It Rain
- Leona Lewis
Christmas, With Love
- Little Mix
- Nick Lowe
Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family
- Paul McCartney
- Manic Street Preachers
Rewind The Film
- Les Misérables
- Alison Moyet
- John Newman
- Nine Inch Nails
- Gary Numan
- Tom Odell
Long Way Down
- One Direction
- Yoko Ono
Take Me To The Land Of Hell
- Mark Owen
The Art Of Doing Nothing
- Madeline Peyroux
The Blue Room
- Katy Perry
- Pet Shop Boys
- Dizzee Rascal
- Cliff Richard
The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook
- Richard & Adam
The Impossible Dream
- Rizzle Kicks
- Todd Rundgren
- Boz Scaggs
- Britney Spears
- Mavis Staples
One True Vine
- Status Quo
Graffiti On The Train
- Rod Stewart
- The Strypes
- Robin Thicke
- Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience
- Various Artists
Sing Me The Songs: Celebrating The Works Of Kate McGarrigle
- Various Artists
Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake
- Kanye West
- Robbie Williams
Swings Both Ways
|At the Movies
- About Time
- Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
- August: Osage County
- Before Midnight
- Behind The Candelabra
- The Big Wedding
- The Bling Ring
- Blue Is The Warmest Colour (Woody Allen)
- Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
- Captain Phillips
- The Company You Keep
- Despicable Me 2
- Django Unchained
- Enough Said
- The F Word
- A Field In England
- The Fifth Estate
- The Great Beauty
- The Great Gatsby
- The Harry Hill Movie
- The Heat
- The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
- How To Survive A Plague
- Hyde Park On Hudson
- I Give It A Year
- I'm So Excited! (Los Amantes Pasajeros)
- In A World...
- In The Name Of
- The Internship
- Kill You Darlings
- A Late Quartet
- The Lone Ranger
- Man Of Steel
- Mandela: Long Walk To Freeedom
- Les Misérables
- Monsters University
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Only God Forgives
- The Paperboy
- The Place Beyond The Pines
- Saving Mr. Banks
- The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
- The Sessions
- Song For Marion
- Star Trek: Into Darkness
- Stranger By The Lake
- Thor: The Dark World
- The Way Way Back
- Le Week-end
- The Wolverine
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Olivier Award for
Best New Musical:
- The Apprentice (Series 9)
- Bad Education (Series 2)
- The Big Bang Theory (Season 7)
- The Big Reunion
- Breaking Bad
- Britain's Got Talent (Series 7)
- Broadchurch (Series 1)
- Call The Midwife (Series 2)
- Death In Paradise (Series 2)
- Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
- Downton Abbey (Series 4)
- The Fall
- Game Of Thrones (Season 3)
- The Great British Bake Off (Series 4)
- Horizon: The Secret Life of the Cat
- House Of Cards (Season 1)
- I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here (Series 13)
- Last Tango In Halifax (Series 2)
- Mrs. Brown's Boys (Series 3)
- Orange Is The New Black (Season 1)
- Sex Box
- The Sky At Night (last episode)
- Still Open All Hours
- Strictly Come Dancing (Series 11)
- Top Of The Lake
- The Voice UK (Series 2)
- The White Queen
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (Series 30)
- The Wrong Mans
- The X Factor (Series 10)
of the Year:
Darts: Phil Taylor wins his 16th world title after fighting back from 0-2 and 2-4 down to beat Michael van Gerwen 7-4 in the PDC World Championships final.
Scott Waites beats Tony O'Shea 7-1 in the final of the BDO World Darts Championship.
Tennis: Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic successfully defend their Australian Open singles titles: Azarenka secures a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over China's Li Na in the women's final; Djokovic defeats Andy Murray in the men's final 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In February, despite losing to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Qatar Open, Serena Williams becomes the oldest woman to top the world rankings at the age of 31 years and 145 days. On 8th June Williams wins the French Open women's singles title for the second time, defeating the defending champion Maria Sharapova in the final, 6-4, 6-4. Rafael Nadal wins the men's singles final, beating David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to become the first man to win a Grand Slam singles title eight times.
Marion Bartoli wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Sabine Lisicki in the final, 6-1, 6-4. Just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title, Bartoli announces her retirement, saying "That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me."
Andy Murray ends Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion, defeating Novack Djokovic in the final, 6-4 7-5 6-4.
Serena Williams wins the US Open women's singles title for a fifth time, defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final, 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1.
Rafael Nadal wins the men's singles title for a second time, defeating Novak Djokovic in the final, 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1.
Rugby: Wales retain the Six Nations championship with an emphatic 30-3 win over England in the final match.
The British & Irish Lions win their final match against Australia 41-16 to take the Test series 2-1. It is the team's first Test series victory in Australia for 16 years.
Football: David Beckham signs a five-month deal with Paris St. Germain and donates his salary, estimated to be around £170,000 a week, to a children's charity in Paris. He retires from football at the end of the season.
Manchester United win the Premier League title with four games remaining. Sir Alex Ferguson steps down as United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge.
Manchester City end the season as runners up and are beaten in the FA Cup final by Wigan, 1-0. Roberto Mancini is sacked as City manager, with Assistant manager Brian Kidd taking temporary charge for the final two league games of the season and a post-season tour to the United States at the end of May.
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.
Rowing: Oxford beat Cambridge by a length-and-a-third to claim the 159th Boat Race.
Horse Racing: Auroras Encore, a 66-1 outsider ridden by Ryan Mania, wins the Grand National.
The Queen's horse Estimate wins Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup - the first time the race had been won a reigning monarch in its 207-year history.
On 7th November A.P. McCoy becomes the first jump jockey to ride 4,000 winners with victory on Mountain Tunes at Towcester.
Golf: Adam Scott becomes the first Australian winner of the Masters at Augusta, sealing victory in a sudden death play-off against former champion Angel Cabrera.
Justin Rose wins the US Open at Merion, beating Jason Day and six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson by two shots.
Phil Mickelson wins The Open at Muirfield by three shots with a stunning final round of 66.
Jason Dufner wins the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill by two shots with a final round of 68.
Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his fifth World Championship at The Crucible in Sheffield, beating Barry Hawkins in the final, 18-12.
Neil Robertson beats the defending champion Mark Selby 10-7 in the final of the UK Snooker Championship.
Cricket: India win the Champions Trophy, defeating England in the final by five runs.
England win The Ashes series against Australia 3–0, with victories in the First Test at Trent Bridge, the Second Test at Lord's and the Fourth Test at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. The Second and Fifth Tests are drawn. Australia regain the Ashes from England in the Winter Test series, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead with victory in the Third Test at Perth.
Sachin Tendulkar plays his 200th and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in the second match of a two-Test series against the West Indies. He ends his 24-year international career, having played 664 international matches, scored 34,357 runs and having made 100 centuries.
Cycling: Chris Froome wins the 100th edition of the Tour de France.
Athletics: Mo Farah wins the 10,000m and 5,000m gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, becoming only the second man in history to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' in the two distance events.
Motor Racing: Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the fourth time in a row with three races to spare. His victory at the United States Grand Prix on 17th November makes him the first driver to win eight consecutive races in a single season. In Brazil he delivers a ninth consecutive victory and a record 13th in one season.
Man Booker Prize
We Need New Names
A Tale For The Time Being
The Testament Of Mary
Prize for Fiction
May We Be Forgiven
Who said that?
Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters.
The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.
Charles G. Davis
I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.
He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger.
Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.
Robert N. Rose
Touring: theatre digs and hotels
Touring is very routine. You get to the city, you go to the hotel...
I don't have a place that I call home at the moment... I just go to a hotel.
Idris Elba, from an interview with Jada Yuan,
When most artists walk offstage, they go to a lonely hotel room...
Gloria Estefan, from an interview with Joseph V. Amodio,
I always wish the hotels were like they are in movies and TV shows, where if you're in Paris, right outside your window is the Eiffel Tower. In Egypt, the pyramids are right there. In the movies, every hotel has a monument right outside your window. My hotel rooms overlook the garbage dumpster in the back alley.
from 'Travels of a miserable guy',
interview with Doug Miller, 'Today', 2008.
The strange thing about hotel rooms is that they look familiar and seem familiar and have many of the accoutrements that seem domestic and familiar, but they are really weird, alien and anonymous places.
Moby, from an interview with Olivia Solon,
Interesting things come your way but as you get older, your lifestyle changes. I don't want to travel; I don't want to be in a hotel room away from my family.
People think being famous is so glamorous, but half the time you're in a strange hotel room living out of a suitcase.
Ja Rule, from an interview with Joanna Molloy,
'New York Daily News', Thursday, 2nd February 2012.
I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals... a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?
Anne Tyler, 'The Accidental Tourist'
On 4th September @lynpaulwebsite broke the news that Lyn Paul had decided to stop Tweeting: "A BIG thank you to everyone who followed @lynpaul8 on Twitter but Lyn's decided to tweet no more. Lyn appreciates all your love and support." Here are Lyn's top Tweets from earlier in the year.
So upset to hear about lovely Bill Pertwee, so many wonderful memories of working with him. He was a true gentleman. Sleep tight Bill. xx
28th May, 1:14pm
I'm horrified by the events in Woolwich. An innocent soldier who fights for freedom has the right to walk the streets with pride and safety.
23rd May, 3:23pm
No surprises on Eurovision and once again even tho' we had no chance of winning we didn't get it right.
19th May, 12:23am
Going to get another glass of wine and wonder why I bothered to watch.
18th May, 11:32pm
Well I've dialled and the pizza arrives in fifteen minutes!
18th May, 10:17pm
JPG designed her dress and he admitted it!!!!!
18th May, 10:03pm
For many reasons Greece is one of my favourite countries. However... Beam me up now!!!!
18th May, 9:41pm
Iceland, if that's a great voice then they should have heard Peter Doyle. That was THE voice!
Choreography by Karen Bruce!!!!! What choreography? I'm sure Bonnie knew how to walk!!
18th May, 9:19pm
I may be 64 but even I know a scarf hanging out of the back pocket is a no no!
18th May, 9:01pm
Estonia!!! Where's the buzzer?!!
18th May, 8:40pm
Camilla as Queen!!!! 'The British public have accepted her' @DailyMirror, I for one will never forget how deceitful she was with Diana.
9th May, 8:12pm
11th April, 9:16pm
Glenda Jackson speaks for an awful lot of people re: Maggie Thatcher.
10th April, 2:28pm
She destroyed lives and shattered communities!
30th March, 7:55pm
Am I the only one who finds Steven Mulhearne the most aggravating, talentless presenter?
18th January, 10:46am
I love 1940's music, also the clothes and especially the films, Bette Davis! I really think that should have been my time.
Celebrity Big Brother
17th January, 9:44pm
Cannot be doing with Claire... the John Major of the house... Grey!!!
12th January, 10:51pm
I know how Rylan feels, I find it difficult to forgive but you've got no ......g chance of me forgetting!
3rd January, 8:53pm
Getting ready for CBB. Can't wait to see what delightful people we are going to have to suffer!!! Bring it on!!
1st January, 12:25am
All this way to one of the best cities and looking at four walls!! Could scream!!
Word of the Year
Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013