Cheers and tears in the year that was 2014

WHAT a year. In 2014 we saw triumph and tragedy. We laughed, we cried. We mourned, we rejoiced. We divided and united. We remembered and we celebrated. There was good and bad.

On the news front, the Blues broke an eight-year dry to come out on top in the 2014 State of Origin.

We were rocked by the passing of Gough Whitlam and Phillip Hughes and further abroad, the tragic loss of Peaches Geldof, Rik Mayall, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers among others.

A worldwide public health emergency was declared with the outbreak of Ebola, while the downing of MH17 following the disappearance of MH370 remains one of the biggest mysteries of the year.

Schapelle Corby was released from her Bali prison. We welcomed Kate and William on a royal tour.

We sung Pharrell Williams' Happy on repeat, as well as other earworms like Frozen's Let it Go, Taylor Swift's Shake it off and Iggy Azalea's Fancy, while Game of Thrones had us glued. Interestingly, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development declared Canberra the best place in the world to live - who'd have thought?

Last year was all about kale and quinoa but this year chia and goji berries were the highest spiking superfoods according to Google.

Man-buns and beards were popularly donned, while the world searched for guy selfie tips and men selfie tips, but almost never for girl selfie tips.

The question on everyone's lips was "what is love", which was typed into the search engine five times more than "what is science".

And this only skims the surface of the year that was twenty fourteen. Closer to home, we welcomed the relaunch of Weekend magazine in September, and it's become essential reading according to the numerous emails we have received from you, our valued readers.

We hope you continue to enjoy reading Weekend each Saturday as much as we have love putting it together.

On behalf of APN ARM thank you to you and our advertisers for your support throughout 2014.

Have a safe and happy new year.

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