2014: We laughed, loved, cried and de­spaired

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WHAT DID WE GET UP TO in 2014? Well, we got a boy-crush on #AlexfromTa­r­get, did the ice­bucket chal­lenge, and mourned the death of ac­tor Robin Wil­liams. We didn’t like it when U2’s new al­bum just ap­peared free on our iTunes ac­counts, laughed at Gwyneth Pal­trow and her “con­scious un­cou­pling” and made fun of chef Pete Evans and his ac­ti­vated al­monds.

Bill Cosby almost sur­prised ev­ery­one when he was ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault by dozens of women, and Ian Thorpe sur­prised no one when he de­clared he was gay.

We also wor­ried about Ebola, mourned the loss of two Malaysian Air­lines flights, and watched with alarm at the rise of the Is­lamic State.

We also ad­mired the de­ter­mi­na­tion and grace of Rosie Batty in the af­ter­math of the death of her son Luke. But we cheered our­selves up by talk­ing about Karl Ste­fanovic and his smelly blue suit, Sa­man­tha Army­tage and her love life and the fact Rus­sell Crowe has fi­nally made an Aussie movie peo­ple want to see.

Here are some more stand-out mo­ments of 2014. Best Po­lit­i­cal Per­former: 2014 was the year For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop be­came popular just as Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott’s pop­u­lar­ity dived. In other words, The Stare fought The Budgie Smug­gler, and The Stare won. Big­gest Idiot: Mr Ab­bott wasn’t helped by faux pas from his col­leagues, such as De­fence Min­is­ter David John­ston who said he wouldn’t trust SA’s Aus­tralian Sub­ma­rine Cor­po­ra­tion to “build a ca­noe”. No one had ever heard of him, but that didn’t stop us from judg­ing him to be Ab­bott’s poor­est per­former by far. Most out of Touch: Trea­surer Joe Hockey also bombed after sug­gest­ing poor peo­ple won’t be af­fected by changes to the fuel ex­cise be­cause they “ei­ther don’t have cars or ac­tu­ally don’t drive very far in many cases”. Watch him try to crawl his way back into favour in 2015. Most colour­ful: For­mer PUP Se­na­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie also hit the head­lines in 2014, declar­ing she wanted a rich guy with a “pack­age”. She’s still sin­gle, but at least she’s no longer hang­ing around Clive Palmer, which means she gets to throw out all her yel­low scarves. Most fa­mous body part: Bot­toms reigned supreme in 2014. Kim Kar­dashian tried to break the in­ter­net by bal­anc­ing a cham­pagne glass on her bare bot­tom. Meghan Trainor sang about her healthy-sized der­riere in while Nicki Mi­naj could be found clap­ping with her bum cheeks in Best new band: Pop band 5 Seconds of Sum­mer (pic­tured) went global at the same time most of us said, “Who the hell is 5 Seconds of Sum­mer? And why only five seconds, not three months?” (Teens read­ing this will be clutch­ing their heads and mut­ter­ing OMG, FFS and LOL.) Best song: Tak­ing a more dig­ni­fied ap­proach was Aussie pop sen­sa­tion Sia. We loved her hit although we thought the film clip of the pre-pubescent girl in the nude leo­tard danc­ing in a derelict board­ing house room was a bit suss. Best TV shows: Dur­ing 2014, made us laugh, along with We loved got a bit tired of and to­tally ig­nored Although we didn’t watch we were all united in our dis­dain for Blake Gar­vey’s love rat ways. Best game: Also this year, AFL fi­nally re­turned to the Ade­laide Oval, which was amaz­ing – es­pe­cially when Port creamed Rich­mond in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal in front of more than 50,000 peo­ple. Best Twit­ter spat: Many peo­ple cel­e­brated when Adam Goodes was made Aussie of the year, and thought our favourite bo­gan bad-boy Shane Warne was rude when he ques­tioned it on Twit­ter. How­ever, we do want foot­ballers to spend less time wor­ry­ing about po­lit­i­cal causes and get back to play­ing roolly good footy. Sad­dest death: The death of crick­eter Phillip Hughes had us all griev­ing gen­uinely for some­one most of us had never heard of and didn’t know per­son­ally. It was so sud­den and ran­dom, and the fact that many of us watched it hap­pen made it all the more tragic. Best win­ner: In sport, we cheered on the very fit Nick Kyrgios when he beat Rafael Nadal in a heart-stop­ping Wim­ble­don show­down. We loved the idea of the num­ber 144 in the world beat­ing the num­ber one, es­pe­cially be­cause his mum didn’t think he’d do it.

So there you have it: 2014 in re­view. Merry Christ­mas and a safe and happy new year to you and your fam­i­lies. Keep in touch in 2015. Blog with Susie at susieo­brien.com.au and follow her on Twit­ter @susieob

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