The end is nigh! Of 2012, that is. A year that saw scandals rock the police force, print media and the BBC, and team GB beat the odds to finish third in our home Olympics. But just how good is your pop culture knowledge? Test yourself on some of the year's biggest stories with the Quiz of the year 2012!
Which Team GB Paralympian won four gold medals at London 2012?
A: Ellie Simmonds B: David Weir C: Sarah Storey D: Jonnie Peacock
British Paralympic wheelchair athlete David 'The Weirwolf' Weir inspired a generation with his four gold win at the London 2012 Olympic games.
Uggie poses with a 2012 Oscar for which film?
A:Beginners B:The Iron Lady C:Dog the Bounty Hunter D:The Artist
Uggie's star turn alongside Jean Dujardin in The Artist won him high praise from the critics. French silent film The Artist triumped at the 2012 Academy Awards, scooping five Oscars.
Who is E L James?
A: The singer of Gangnam Style B: Author of Fifty Shades of Grey C: A Team GB Paralympian D: Former Chief of the Met Police
The author of Fifty Shades of Grey
Erika Leonard, better known as E. L. James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The Fifty Shades... trilogy set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
On July 20th, 12 people died in a shooting at a Colorado cinema, during a screening of which film?
A:Les Miserables B:Batman Forever C:The Dark Knight Rises D:Skyfall
The Dark Knight Rises
12 people died and many were injured when a gunman opened fire during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Many cinema-goers initially thought the incident was part of a live stunt to celebrate the film. Dark Knight actor Christian Bale and his wife Sandra Blazic visited the memorial across the street from the cinema, on July 24th.
France's Closer magazine was accused of breach of privacy when it published what in its 14th September issue?
A: Addresses of sex offenders B: Photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West kissing C: Details of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's sex life D: Photos of Kate Middleton topless
Photos of Kate Middleton topless
Closer published photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless during her holiday at a private French chateau. A judge later ruled that the magazine was to hand over all copies of the photographs to the Royal Family.
Which celeb parents attempted (and failed) to trademark the name Blue Ivy?
A: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes B: Jamie and Jools Oliver C: Jay-Z and Beyoncé D: P!nk and Carey Hart
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
The musical couple attempted to trademark their daughter's name shortly after she was born, in January, hoping to use the name for a possible future baby line. Their application was rejected.
Which 2,000 page document was published on November 29th, following a 16 month investigation?
A: The Pollard report B: The Leveson report C: The Waterhouse Inquiry D: The Hillsborough report
The Leveson report
Lord Justice Leveson's report on the culture, practices and ethics of the British press was published following a 16 month inviestigation brought about by the News International phone hacking scandal,
In June, which comedian was revealed to be using a tax avoidance scheme?
A: Alan Carr B: Justin Lee Collins C: Jonathan Ross D: Jimmy carr
Jimmy was advised by a finance expert to use the (legal) K2 tax shelter but he has since admitted he made an 'error of judgment' after his actions were condemned by the media and the PM as 'morally wrong'.
On which month did Queen Elizabeth II celebrate her Diamond Jubilee?
Principal celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, including a Thames pageant and street parties, were held in June.
How many gold medals did the UK win on 'Super Saturday' at the London Olympics?
A: Five B: Six C: Seven D: Eight
Six gold medals
On Saturday 4th August Team GB did the unthinkable and scooped six gold medals...
Rowers Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James, Andrew Triggs Hodge kicked things off in the men’s four as they retained their Olympic title, beating bitter rivals Australia; Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking took a second successive gold in the women’s double sculls; Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell raced in a roaring velodrome and finished more than five seconds ahead of the Americans over the 3,000m course; Jessica Ennis smashed her way to hepthalon gold to set a new British record; Greg Rutherford took gold in the long jump; Mo Farah won the 10,000metres.
In July, Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond quit over the rigged interest rates scandal, better known as...
A: The LIBOR scandal B: Plebgate C: The Leveson Inquiry D: The 'Cash for Access' scandal
The LIBOR scandal
LIBOR stands for London Interbank Offered Rate - the average interest rate leading London banks estimate that they would be charged if borrowing from other banks
On June 27th, Barclays admitted to misconduct in the submission of interest rates. The British Bankers’ Association said on September 25th that it would transfer oversight of LIBOR to UK regulators.
In October, which documentary series first aired allegations that TV presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile committed child abuse?
Exposure: The other side of Jimmy Savile prompted a nationwide trail of allegations of sexual abuse against Savile. The documentary aired on October 3rd and attracted nearly 2 million viewers. An update was aired on November 21st.
A Newsnight report into Savile's behaviour was cancelled just after his death.
Which of the following ladies has not been romantically linked to One Direction's Harry Styles?
A: Taylor Swift B: Pixie Geldof C: Cara Delevingne D: Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen
... One of the few women left in the world not to have been romantically linked to the 1D dreamboat. Thankfully. Because, really, how would the media go about creating a hybrid name? Darry Van Stouten? No no no...
Who caused a media storm and global Twitter trend by writing an article entitled 'There are downsides to looking this pretty': Why women hate me for being beautiful?
A: Liz Jones B: Samantha Brick C: Rylan Clark D: Katie Price
The British writer, who lives in France, became a worldwide Twitter trend and was lambasted on social media and the press for her perceived arrogance in an article she wrote for the Daily Mail.