101 NOT OUT: A Look Back at the Year Column Inches Began by Sean Galpin

Spot the Difference – Column Inches Edition Number One!

This month we are celebrating the 101st issue of Column Inches. A lot has changed since 2014 when we published our first edition, but there are some constants. Our Lay Reader Ester Kawoya was in our first edition and featured again last month in our 100th edition. Also, as you can see from the illustration the food bank was as important in 2014 as it is today. Sadly food poverty does not seem to have improved in the last nine years.

2023 is a year of new beginnings for St John’s. Seventy two years after the Festival of Britain we find ourselves once again in a freshly reconfigured Church, which gives us many new opportunities to work with our local community. So it seems the right time to be asking you our readers what you want from your Church magazine. Over the coming months we will be running a focus group and survey to find out. Please do participate and help us to bring you the news and articles which you want every month. In the meantime here are fourteen things that happened in 2014 which you may have forgotten, (some perhaps on purpose)

2014 saw the beginning of the largest Ebola epidemic to date in West Africa, with over 11,000 deaths by the end of the emergency in March 2016

Gravity, a Science Fiction films staring Sandra Bullock, won the most Oscars in 2014. It may be easier to remember 12 Years a Slave which won Best Picture

Petra Kvitova won the Women’s Singles title at Wimbledon while Novak Djokovic won the men’s title

In February 2014 Russia invaded Crimea with formal annexation following in March

The first same-sex marriage took place in the UK on 29th March 2014

Petra Kvitova
Pharrell Williams

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on  8 March 2014

Germany won their fourth World Cup in Brazil. In a shocking development fans were not banned from taking anything with rainbow on it into World Cup matches

Amid tight security and Human Rights concerns the Winter Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia in February 2014. Russia topped the medal table with 11 golds

Meanwhile in earworm corner Happy by Pharrell Williams was the best-selling single of 2014, spending 20 weeks in the UK top 10, while Gangnam Style by Psy was the most viewed video on YouTube

Pharrell Williams also featured among the Grammy winners of 2014, along with Michael Buble, Daft Punk and Herb Alpert


ISIS / ISIL took control of areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014, and declared an Islamic caliphate in June of the same year 

A referendum on Scottish independence  was held on 18 September 2014, with 55.3% of Scots voting to stay in the union

2014 saw the weddings of both Kim Kardashian & Kanye West and  Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt. Sadly neither marriage has lasted as long as Column Inches 

And finally … Austria rose like a phoenix to win the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, making their winner, Conchita Wurst, something of a national icon.

Conchita Wurst Photo: Albin Olsson License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Now catch up on all the Parish news including our very own Master Chef here

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