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Paul Kirkley’s A to Z of 2021: Your alphabetical guide to the worst year on planet Earth since the last one





A is for ABBAtar. Just when all hope for humanity seemed lost, Sweden’s most famous export outside the IKEA meatball re-assembled themselves in the form of robots, or jpegs, or something like that, for their first new music in 40 years. Which was lovely – although, on the downside, it does seriously raise the threat level of a Mamma Mia 3.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of the Swedish band ABBA, who announced their first album in nearly 40 years and unveiled a digital concert show with ABBAtars. Picture: PA (53900588)
Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, of the Swedish band ABBA, who announced their first album in nearly 40 years and unveiled a digital concert show with ABBAtars. Picture: PA (53900588)

B is for bum flare man. Gareth Southgate and his Euros squad may have carried themselves with immense dignity on the way to England’s first major championship final in half a century. But it was 25-year-old Charlie Perry, who downed 20 cans of cider before sticking a lit flare up his bunghole as part of a rampaging drunken mob outside Wembley Stadium, who probably best captured the spirit of modern Britain.

C is for convivial fraternal spirit. That was the reason given by Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg for why MPs on Conservative benches didn’t need to wear masks to protect them from coronavirus. Other epidemiologists are available (thank god).



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