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The arrivals and departures of 2013

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The births, deaths and innovations of the year


2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.


Readers of The Steeple Times have ranked the arrivals and departures of the year and here we chronicle your top ten of each:



  1. Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher
  2. Anti-apartheid revolutionary and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela
  3. British-Irish actor Peter O’Toole
  4. Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney
  5. Gin king and hotelier Martin Miller
  6. Author and historian Tom Clancy
  7. Russian general and small arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov
  8. Train robber Ronnie Biggs
  9. President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
  10. Oligarch Boris Berezovsky


The late Baroness Thatcher’s death was followed by a funeral that cost £1.2 million
Prince George’s birth delighted the world


  1. Royal heir Prince George
  2. Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafazi
  3. Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
  4. Crossing a donut with a croissant to create the Cronut
  5. Waterless fracking
  6. iPhone 5s
  7. The Jaguar F-type sports car
  8. 266th Pope of the Catholic Church Pope Francis
  9. Summly app inventor Nick D’Aloisio
  10. “Selfie” enters the Oxford English Dictionary



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