So you maybe have guessed that it’s our 5th birthday this week! While we are busy popping the champers, eating cake and unwrapping pressies, we made time to give you free delivery on 5 products for 5 days (ending Sunday 23rd October)! We are a generous bunch right!?
We also found 5 mins (there’s a theme right?) to reflect on what exciting events have happened in the world over the past 5 years, since our wonderful launch.
The royal wedding
Prince William and Catherine Middleton married on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Televised all over the world, street parties were held throughout the UK where an extra public holiday was also rambunctiously celebrated. They’ve since had two rather adorable children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Angry birds take over
Everybody must have loved toppling Chef Pig because Angry Birds climbed the paid-for apps chart and took the top coveted number one spot as the most downloaded app of the entire year.
A new country is born
The newest country on the planet was created in July. South Sudan declared independence after a referendum was held to determine whether to become separate from Sudan.
The Shard opened
With 11,000 glass panels, 44 lifts and 206 flights of stairs, The Shard opened in July 2012 and has an observatory, residences and offices, as well as a hotel and a number of restaurants. It was Europe’s tallest building at 1,016ft high, until Russia unveiled three massive skyscrapers in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The London Olympics
As the first and only city to host the modern Olympics three times, and a medal count of 65 for Team GB, the London Olympics was definitely a home success. Every eligible country sent a female competitor to at least one sport, and with women’s boxing also included, it meant that it was the first Games which every sport had female competitors.
Curiosity checked in
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity checked in onto the Red Planet with Foursquare – that’s right, a mobile app. This was the first ever such check in from another world. We are still waiting on Curiosity sending us a Snapchat though.
A new Pope
Pope Benedict unexpectedly resigned in early 2013, the first for nearly 600 years. He was succeeded by Pope Francis, and as an Argentinian, he’s the first Pope to hail from the Americas and the Southern Hemisphere.
Murray wins Wimbledon
The country had waited 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936, for another British men’s singles title win at Wimbledon. Andy Murray finally delivered after losing out to Roger Federer the year before. He went on to help win GB The Davis Cup and was voted the 2013 BBC Sport Personality of the Year.
Legislation to allow same-sex marriage was passed by the UK Parliament in July 2013, before coming into force in early 2014. Any couple registered in a civil partnership, the predecessor to same-sex marriage, is now granted the ability to convert the partnership to marriage.
Celebs making internet history
The most re-tweeted post in Twitter’s entire history was taken at the 2014 Academy Awards. Actor Bradley Cooper took the selfie on TV host Ellen DeGeneres’ phone and the rest is history. Celebs in the photo include Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum and Jared Leto. Oh and Lupita’s brother, who must be pretty proud of himself.
Ice bucket challenge
When they weren’t taking selfies, celebs were out in force dumping buckets of ice on their head during this year. It was to raise funds for ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and soon became a worldwide phenomenon. The money raised helped to fund a major breakthrough in the disease two years later.
Carrying on the light news theme, Tara, a tabby cat from California, became a viral internet sensation after fending off a dog attacking four-year old Jeremy Triantafilo. Don’t believe us? Watch the footage here.
The Queen rules supreme
The Queen became the UK’s longest serving monarch on 9th September, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. To put her longevity into perspective, when Queen Elizabeth first took to the throne Joseph Stalin was leader of the Soviet Union.
A real-life castaway
Missing for 438 days, fisherman Salvador Alvarenga miraculously washed ashore in the Marshall Islands, 6,700 miles from where he set out from the coast of Mexico. A media frenzy ensued to hear his tale.
Cakes break record
Nadiya Hussain winning The Great British Bake Off attracted a record audience for the BBC. Totalling more than 13 million viewers, it became the most-watched TV show of the year.
If you had read this headline back in 2011, you might not have believed this. Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee in May with a record 14 million votes and is currently in the running to be the next US President.
Again, back in our humble beginnings this wasn’t even a word. A shorthand way to describe the UK leaving the European Union, British citizens voted to exit on June 23rd 2016, by 52% to 48% voting to remain. More than 30 million people voted with a turnout of 71.8%.
Golden medal tally
Defying expectations, Team GB beat their medal haul from the previous Olympics. With 27 golds, GB knocked China into third place and was surpassed only by the US.
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