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Ultimate review of 2011: April

By Naila Missous, Josh Wells, Dave Burridge, Vanessa Martinez, Cristian Meza, Matt Hill and Richard Smith

 

Britain

The momentous wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on the 29th, with an estimated two billion viewer’s watching the ceremony around the world.

Economy 

April saw the release of the first growth figures for the UK in 2011 with first quarter growth at 0.5%.

Portugal began to feel some of the force of the market as talks began over a rescue package for the debt stricken country after a downgrade by ratings agencies.

On the other side of the world, the Chinese were raising interest rates to tackle fast rising inflation, a problem essentially the opposite of the one in the Western world.

   

America

The U.S. Government narrowly avoided a government shut down by coming to an agreement on a budget deal, an hour before their midnight deadline on Friday night, April 8, 2011.

In an attempt to end rumors and controversy circling around U.S. President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Obama released his long-form birth certificate to negate such rumors.


 

Music

In the album chart, the Foo Fighters ended Adele’s eleven-week run at the top with Wasting Light. The Foo Fighters return marked the welcome return of Rock to the UK album chart. The album became a milestone for the band as frontman Dave Grohl admitted Wasting Light was the first album which had moved out of the shadows of his previous band, Nirvana.

Adele’s run at the top of the chart allows the singer/songwriter to be seen as the stand out act of 2011. Her album 21 became the first to be number one for eleven weeks since 1984 and beat the previous record for a female at number one in the album chart, which previously was held by Madonna.

The Foo Fighters were then knocked off the top of the album chart the following week, as 21 became the number one album again

 

Sport

April was the time for golf to take centre stage as the first major of the year took place in Augusta for the 75th Masters tournament. It was an astonishing contest with eight different players holding a share of the lead throughout the last round. The tournament will be most remembered though for how it was lost rather than how it was won. Northern Ireland’s Rory Mcilroy solely led the championship for the first three days and a had a four stroke advantage going into the final round, however a final round of +8 to put him out of contention and it was South African Charl Schwartzel who took advantage to win his first major, eventually winning by two strokes over Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day.

April concluded with one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar as the 74th World Snooker Championship took place in Sheffield. After a two day finale scot John Higgins beat Englishmen Judd Trump 18-15 in the final to win the championship for the fourth time, just a year after he faced match fixing allegations by the now defunct News of the World newspaper


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