A Parade of Online Wishes as Scots & Brits, including the Royal Family, Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day
Typically celebrated with country dancing, bagpipes, Scottish feasts and cèilidh (a social gathering), the official National Day of Scotland was slightly different than normal this year due to the pandemic restrictions. Here are the news trends and tribulations that keep the UK talking.
However, the spirit was the highlight and wishes poured in from British Royals, St. Andrew’s societies across the globe as well as those connected to Scotland around the world.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 30, 2021
"It is often said that it is the people that make a place, and there are few places where this is truer than in Scotland."
– The Queen speaking at Scottish Parliament opening ceremony in October 2021
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 30, 2021
A Tweet by Scottish Actor & Comedian, Eleanor Morton featuring a parody of Queen Mary reading a hate mail went viral.
It's St Andrews Day, so here's Mary Queen of Scots reading her hate mail! pic.twitter.com/3nswb3WrWq
— Eleanor Morton ($8) (@EleanorMorton) November 30, 2021
Celebrations were organized at Edinburgh Summerhall and Glasgow where the streets were lit up with a parade of torchlights.
Meanwhile, some passengers started ceilidh while waiting for their train on Perth Station.
These cheerful passengers decided to start a spontaneous ceilidh on the platform at Perth train station on Saturday.
Celebrating St Andrews Day, people in kilts, fancy dresses and suits danced a Virginia Reel whilst waiting for their train. pic.twitter.com/Sq5JqsZR6t
— STV News (@STVNews) December 2, 2019
St. Andrew’s Day is observed on 30th November every year in honour of Scotland’s eponymous patron saint and marks the beginning of the Winter Festival.
Ahead of a Possible Omicron Wave the UK Prime Minister Pushes Adults to Book Covid Booster Jab
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speeds up the timeline for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine setting January 22 as the target, for all adults over the age of 18 to get theirs.
In a statement calling the top-up dose as the best defence against the latest Omicron variant, he said,
“We are going to throw everything at it, to ensure everyone eligible for the booster shall be vaccinated within 2 months”.
It's time for another Great British vaccination effort.
We've done it before and we are going to do it again.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 30, 2021
Health Secretary Sajid Javid MP tells #BBCBreakfast what people should do now that all UK adults are eligible for a Covid vaccine booster.
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 1, 2021
However, one of the leading scientists behind the Oxford vaccine for Covid-19, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert said she does not support booster jabs for all!
🔴 Dame Sarah Gilbert has told The @Telegraph that a mass booster programme is unnecessary because immunity to Covid from two vaccine doses is “lasting well” in the majority of people.
"I don’t think we need to boost everybody"
Read more: https://t.co/CTJo8JjbK9
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 10, 2021
In addition to this great British vaccination effort, other measures such as mandatory face masks in indoor settings and PCR tests for travellers entering the UK came into force from Tuesday to help prevent another deadly wave of the pandemic.
The new coronavirus variant B. 1. 1. 529 Omicron was first reported by Scientists in South Africa and carries 50 mutations including 26 that are unique. The WHO warned of the risk of high infection across the globe but has criticized the travel bans issued by countries, calling the measure ‘extreme and not sustainable”.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director from WHO Africa division, expressed her solidarity with the African countries.
The speed & transparency of the 🇿🇦& 🇧🇼 govts in informing the world of the new variant is to be commended.@WHO stands with African countries which had the courage to boldly share life-saving public health information, helping protect the world against the spread of #COVID19. https://t.co/6nHhuHlvTG
— Dr Matshidiso Moeti (@MoetiTshidi) November 28, 2021
Spotify Wrapped 2021: A Trip down memory lane with a surprise
The much-awaited Spotify ‘Wrapped’ playlists are out with new experiences and features for all users worldwide. Teasing a release early this week, Spotify had its users waiting with bated breath for the third edition of Wrapped and the campaign went viral.
— Spotify UK & Ireland (@SpotifyUK) November 26, 2021
A Twitter user’s comment about his timeline being flooded with #SpotifyWrapped tweets went viral too!
— spilled_wine/milio🍷 faceless (pngtuber?!) 💜 (@miliotweets) December 1, 2021
Even Brands like KFC in the UK joked about their playlists being revealed.
— KFC UK (@KFC_UKI) December 2, 2021
Among numerous Spotify fans, Member of UK Parliament, Zarah Sultana, also shared her playlist with BTS as her most streamed artist.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) December 2, 2021
And the biggest surprise this year is Ed Sheeran, who despite his chart-topping comebacks with Shivers and Bad Habits, did not top the list for most popular UK artists globally!
The title goes to Dua Lipa, with Ed coming in a close second. The most-streamed artist in the UK was Drake, followed by Taylor Swift.
Spotify Wrapped has been revealed for 2021 – and Ed Sheeran's been beaten for top UK star globally https://t.co/Nt8pZmwqlH
— Metro Entertainment (@Metro_Ents) December 1, 2021
Wrapped is the company’s exciting way of showing its users all the songs they’ve streamed and how they have used the App over the past 12 months. The ‘Wrapped 2021’ experience goes in line with their New Normal campaign presenting very vibrant colours.
Emotions Run High as Footballer Messi Wins His Seventh Ballon d’Or
Extraordinary performance in Copa America won Lionel Messi his record-breaking 7th Ballon d’Or beating Robert Lewandowski in the closest race in years.
HERE IS THE WINNER!
— Ballon d'Or #ballondor (@francefootball) November 29, 2021
The Ballon d’Or was cancelled in 2020 and when the results were announced this year, social media went into a frenzy!
While many in the football community believe Messi deserved the win, others criticized and felt Lewandowski was the frontrunner.
Former Footballer Gary Lineker congratulated Messi on Twitter.
It’s a magnificent seven. Congratulations to Lionel Messi on winning yet another Ballon d’Or. A truly extraordinary footballer and an absolute credit to the sport both on and off the pitch. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2021
Real Madrid Mid-fielder Tony Kroos commented that his first choice would have been Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) November 29, 2021
British media personality Piers Morgan expressed his displeasure on the Ballon d’Or results as well.
No offence to Messi but he's not even in the Top2 players at PSG, let alone best in the world. #BallonDor
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 29, 2021
Lionel Messi, the Argentinian football legend, continues his streak of phenomenal success and excellence while becoming the first player to win a Ballon d’Or at a French Club.
Although, it is ironic that he did not win the award for anything he has done playing at Paris Saint-Germain, which is perhaps part of the controversy of his victory this time.
Barbados Officially Declares Rihanna a National Hero While Parting from the Queen
Pop sensation Rihanna was honoured as a ‘National Hero’ by Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event celebrating Barbados’ new status as a republic.
In a historic move, the country parted ways with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state after 396 years of the monarchy to become the world’s newest republic.
The PM addressed Rihanna by her real name ‘Robyn Rihanna Fenty’ and referred to her 2021 hit song Diamonds in her speech, “may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation”. The singer has Caribbean roots and has always been proud of her Bajan Heritage.
Fans rejoiced and here’s how Twitterati blew up.
British journalist and UK’s first race correspondent for the Independent, Nadine White, shared some of the words from Rihanna’s powerful reaction.
"I have travelled the world and received several awards – but nothing compares to being recognised in the soil that you grew in," superstar @rihanna said this morning after officially being conferred with the honour of National Hero of Barbados. 🇧🇧 pic.twitter.com/RIWPyruMZr
— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) November 30, 2021
In his latest segment, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah titled Rihanna as Queen Riri, with an undertone of gaining independence from “white supremacy”.
Step aside Queen Elizabeth… Barbados has crowned Queen RiRi 👑 pic.twitter.com/omcCQs33GV
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 5, 2021
Senior front-page editor for Huffington, Post Philip Lewis tweeted a new title suggestion for the artist as the Right Honourable Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Her new title: The Right Honourable Robyn Rihanna Fenty
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 30, 2021
The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles also attended the inauguration ceremony and called the Barbadian story, ‘one of greatest pride’ in his speech at the event.
“Yours is a story in which every Barbadian, young and old, can take the greatest pride – inspired by what has come before them and confident about what lies ahead.
“You are the guardians of your heritage, firm craftsmen of your fate!” pic.twitter.com/Qu6iZ1253s
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 30, 2021
And that’s a wrap for this week, but do not worry, more trends and tribulations are on the way!
Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold