Our final blog in the series to Celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Woodbridge some interesting facts & fun from the decade 2002 - 2012
30th May 2012
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Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 in Suffolk

As we are well into the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations here is the final of our series of blogs bringing you some interesting facts from the six decades spanning from The Coronation in 1952 to her Diamond Jubilee milestone this June 2012. Last week we covered the decade 1992 - 2002.

This week, in a topical colour of the moment (Royal Blue), we will have a quick peek into the years from 2002 – 2012.

2002 - Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother died and The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth ll. 
2003 - Invasion of Iraq, 40th Anniversary of Dr Who, Crossroads reappers on our screens and is then axed again.LIVE TV is launched on SKY.
2004 - Mark Thompson to be Director General of the BBC, Kerry McFaddon wins I'm a Celebrity, Summer Olympics held in Greece, Hutton inquiry, ITV3 is launced and Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid.
2005 - EastEnders 20th anniversary, Dr Who returns to BBC after nine years, The Labour Party win a third successive General Election,
2006 - Queen Elizabeth ll 80th birthday
2007 - scandle over phone-in quizzes
2008 - TVs Grange Hill is axed after 30 years, Summer Olympics held in China, Euro 2008 held in Austria and Switzerland, Johnathon Ross suspended for 12 weeks.
2009 - Crisis in Gaza, extreme snow, record total of £57m for comic relief, Michael Jackson dies and the end of Teletext.
2010 - Winter Olympics, last analogue TV sitched off in Wales, electin debate between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg and election results in a hung parliament. Formation of a coalition government with Cameron as Prime Minister and Clegg deputy. Derrick Bird killed 12 people in Cumbria and Spain wins FIFA World Cup.
2011 - A Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton - aired on BBC1 to audiences or 24.5 million in the Uk alone. Phone hacking scandle and rioting, looting and arson in London and towns across England.
2012 - Six Nations match between France and Ireland abandoned, first advert aimed at dogs, Whitney Houston dies and Adele makes a rude gesture at the BRIT Awards. ~University boat race stopped mid-race due to a swimmer and the Grand National shown on BBc for the last time after 52 years.  Prince Charles presents weather forecast!
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics!

Music  - Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Kylie, Coldplay, Rufus Wainwright, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys. Keane, The Killers, Katy Perry, Snow Patrol and Lilly Allen.  RIP Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
TV - The Apprentice, The X Factor, Glee, 48 hours, America's Top Model, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, The Mentalist, Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Modern Family, Spooks, The Office, The Osbourns, Phineus and Ferb, Prime Suspect, Smallville, Life on Mars, Dr Who and Lost
Toys- The Wii, Bratz dolls, PSP, Bop It, Zhu Zhu Pets, Baby Annabel and the Nerf Gun

Car of the Decade
The Volksvagen Up - voted 2012 Car of the Year!

Catch phrases of the decade.
'How rude!', 'LOL', 'sick', 'epic' and 'awesome'!

Recipe of the Decade - Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes

Makes 16 cupcakes

175g softened butter
175g golden caster sugar
175g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3 medium eggs.

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffly. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add the eggs and beat until thoroughly mixed.

2. Spoon into cupcake cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 170C (160C for fan ovens)/Gas 3 for 25-30 mins. Check on the cakes after 20 mins and take out when springy to the touch.

3. When cool, decorate with buttercream icing, coloured red and blue.

2000’s Cocktail -The Jubilee Cocktail

strawberry 1
crème fraîche
tea-infused London dry gin 20ml
Dubonnet Rouge or Martini Rosso vermouth 40ml
champagne 150ml

Chill a champagne coupe or large cocktail glass. Slice the top off a strawberry, and cut a notch into the base so that it will perch on the edge of the glass. Top it with crème fraîche and set it on the glass. Combine the gin and Dubonnet or vermouth in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir for 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into the chilled glass. Top with champagne.

2012 - Local Jubilee event

Woodbridge – Elmhurst Park Diamond Jubilee Celebration:
See Choose Woodbridge

•    Live Music
•    Punch and Judy
•    Live Theatre Show
•    Swing Band
•    Motorised Racing Cars for Children
•    Belly Dancers
•    Food Stalls
•    Marquee
1PM TO 5PM – BRING A PICNIC AND ENJOY THE DAY  Visit Choose Woodbridge

Don't forget to check our events page thebestof events for news & updates on all the great Jubilee Celebration events taking place in the region. Sign up as a member for free and receive our regular local newsletter containing offers, events and recommended local businesses.

Right Royal Ghosts!

The Queen’s London residence, was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, the first Duke of Buckingham. George III was the first monarch to own it.
Long before, a priory stood there on what was then an inhospitable site surrounded by marshland. Some say that it is the ghost of a monk who died in the monastery’s punishment cell that haunts Buckingham Palace. He always appears on Christmas Day on the terrace over the gardens to the rear of the building. He is bound in heavy chains and dressed in brown and he clanks and moans back and forth for a bit before fading away, not to be seen again until the next Christmas.
The palace has another, more contemporary ghost from the reign of Edward VII. Major John Gwynne, the King’s private secretary, became divorced. No big deal to us, but back then that meant he was shunned by polite society. In absolute dejection, he retired one night to his first-floor office with a revolver and shot himself in the head. Since that day, staff working in the vicinity have occasionally heard a gun firing in the room where the suicide occurred.

News Flash!
To help residents make the most of the local opportunities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Suffolk Coastal has announced that all its car parks will be free on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4.

Suffolk council are not charging any village or town to hold a Diamond Jubilee street party this summer!

There are currently 69 road closures in preparation for street parties accross Suffolk see        for more details.

I hope you have enjoyed our blogs which have bought you snippets of information and fun facts from 1952 - 2012.

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