Brits’ hottest news moments in 2021 – from Trump’s social media ban to Tom Daley’s knitting – world news


Britain’s favorite news moments in 2021 include Marcus Rashford’s school dinner campaign, Donald Trump’s ban on social media and Tom Daley’s knitting at the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the best news of the year was England’s men’s football team reaching the Euro 2020 final, voted by 21% of the 2,000 British adults polled.

Emma Raducanu winning the US Open (20%) was also popular, as was Piers Morgan coming off the Good Morning Britain set (13%).

Other highlights of the year include Adele’s return, Cristiano Ronaldo joining Manchester United and the infamous Zoom reunion with Jackie Weaver and Handforth Parish Council.

Conducted before the Downing Street Christmas Party scandal broke, the poll was commissioned by digital magazine and ‘at will’ newspaper app Readly.

You can test your own knowledge of the major events of 2021 by participating in the ” Readly Quiz of the Year ”.

Others loved seeing Tom Daley knitting at the Olympics


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Behavioral psychologist Jo Hemmings said, “2021 has been a year of great sporting moments that have united the nation.

“Yet lingering public health issues, bizarre events and uncertainty have led many of us to experience ups and downs and worry about what might happen next.

“Challenges such as working from home, limited social events and less connection with friends and family were again evident this year.

“But one thing many of us have learned is to take our rapidly changing news in ‘windows of concern’, on a need-to-know basis – rather than watching the news continuously or being on the safe side. social networks all day.

“We can decrease our levels of stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, by listening to soothing music and immersing ourselves in a magazine or newspaper of our choice, which gives us balance and pleasure, releasing our hormone. reward, dopamine.

“It’s all about personal care and indulgence in tough times. “

The study also saw Marcus Rashford named “Hero of the Year”, garnering 31% of the vote.

He was closely followed by activist and environmentalist David Attenborough, tennis ace Emma Raducanu placing third.

Musicians Adele and Ed Sheeran also entered the top 10, as did Sky Brown, the 13-year-old Olympic skateboarder.

The villain of the year, meanwhile, was former US President Donald Trump, chosen by 44% of adults.

US Open tennis star Emma Raducanu came second on the list, with 20% of the vote


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Second place went to Matt Hancock AND Meghan Markle – both chosen by 33% of those polled – while 31% went for current Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The study also found that eight in ten adults consider themselves “up to date” on current affairs.

But 37% of those who work from home admit they missed the “water cooler” moments to discuss hot topics with colleagues.

Respondents estimate they have five major news conversations per month, while just under a quarter (23%) tend to share major developments on social media.

When big news arrives – for example, comedian Sean Lock passed away in August – 12% have heard the news from a TV show.

More than one in ten (11%) found out via social media, while 7% read it in a digital newspaper or magazine, or heard it on the radio.

And only three percent have heard of it in a face-to-face conversation.

Marcus Rashford Named ‘Hero of the Year’ for His School Lunch Campaign


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When it comes to topics Britons just don’t want to hear anymore, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are at the top of the list – along with Love Island.

Four in ten of those polled are fed up with hearing about YouTube figures – and another third don’t want to read anything else about cryptocurrencies.

The study, conducted via OnePoll, found that 51% spent “too” much time “scrolling through fate” this year – reading endless negative comments on social media.

Chris Crouchman of Readly, which has 6,300 titles, said: “There has been a great appetite for news this year in our portfolio of digital magazines and newspapers.

“The information from the app shows that people are also looking for inspiration and want to learn more about categories such as running, cycling and fitness, home and renovation, as well as TV, cinema and cinema.

“However, celebrities and entertainment remain the most read category among Brits this year.

“While there are many topics our readers want to know more about, there are certainly some we are all set to leave behind as we look forward to a fresh start in 2022.”


  1. England in the final of Euro 2020
  2. Emma Raducanu winning the US Open (tennis)
  3. Marcus Rashford School Dinner Campaign
  4. Piers Morgan leaves the set of Good Morning Britain
  5. Facebook and Twitter ban Donald Trump
  6. James Bond movie “No Time to Die” finally released

  7. Tom Daley knitting at the Olympics

  8. This interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah

  9. Jackie Weaver and Handforth Parish Council

  10. The revelations about the Matt Hancock affair

  11. Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United

  12. The Ever Given container ship stuck in the Suez Canal

  13. Adele’s return

  14. The #FreeBritney campaign

  15. When Facebook / Instagram / WhatsApp broke everything at the same time

  16. Sky Brown wins bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics

  17. The “Friends” reunion (TV show)

  18. The great preparation of June 21 “Freedom Day” – this never happened

  19. Bernie Sanders meme in his mittens at the Joe Biden nomination

  20. Paul Rudd named sexiest man in the world

  21. The rise of shipyards

  22. The Incredible Kardashians finally come to an end

  23. The reboot of “Sex and the City”

  24. Kourtney Kardashian dating Travis Barker

  25. Facebook changes its name to Meta

  26. Boris Johnson marries

  27. GamesMaster is relaunched

  28. Kim and Kanye split up

  29. The return of the Met Gala – and the incredible outfit of Kim Kardashian

  30. Anti-sex beds at the Olympics

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