To celebrate our tenth birthday, Paragon has looked back to the year 2009 and what was going on in the world of sport and entertainment during our inception.
A lot has changed in the last 10 years. From the music that was in the charts, to the buildings on our skyline and serial sporting champions, everything is a little bit different today than it was back in 2009.
In honour of our own 10-year anniversary, we’ve thrown it back and looked at what was happening during Paragon’s first year practicing as a building consultancy.
A spotlight on expenses, wedding age gaps and Wogan steps down
Rumblings and recriminations in Westminster hogged the headlines in 2009, as the MPs’ second home allowances were exposed to the public. It was the start of an ongoing saga into the extra money MPs were receiving and led to many officials stepping down.
After 16 years at the helm, Sir Terry Wogan announced he was stepping down as host of the Radio 2’s breakfast show. Famed for his die-hard fans, Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals or TOGs, Wogan made an emotional final farewell in December 2009.
In Somalia, an unusual story unfolded, with a 112-year old man claiming to have married a 17-year old woman – an age gap of 95 years!
A new London landmark gets underway
It’s easy to forget what the London skyline looked like without The Shard, but back in 2009, this now-iconic sight hadn’t even got off the ground. Work began on the building in March of that year, taking just under four years from the start of the building to its grand opening in February 2013.
Bringing a new railway to the city, construction on Crossrail’s Elizabeth line began in 2009. With over 15,000 workers creating 26 miles of new track, it’s still the biggest railway infrastructure project in Europe.
The rise of SuBo and farewell to the Prince of Pop
2009 saw a wee singing lady from West Lothian, Scotland, hit our screens, as Susan Boyle blew away the judges and audience alike on Britain’s Got Talent. We also said goodbye to one of the most iconic pop figures of all time, Michael Jackson, who passed away at age of 50. Jackson’s records dominated the charts in the weeks following his death.
Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas had the biggest chart successes in 2009. The eccentric Gaga had hits with ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Just Dance’, whilst will.i.am’s hip hop/pop ensemble topped the charts with ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and ‘Boom Boom Pow’.
Slumdog cleans up at the Oscars
One film stole hearts around the world in 2009 – Slumdog Millionaire. The Danny Boyle-directed blockbuster was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning eight of them including Best Picture and Best Director.
Elsewhere, the second instalment of the Twilight saga – New Moon – gave teenagers something to swoon over, whilst The Hangover left every adult wanting to wake up with Mike Tyson’s pet tiger in their Las Vegas hotel bathroom!
Fergie wins again and the Ashes come home
True to form during his reign, Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United claimed their 11th Premier League title in May 2009, but it was a season that marked Cristiano Ronaldo’s last hurrah in English football. North of the border, Glasgow Rangers secured their 52nd league championship, finishing six points clear of rivals Celtic.
Leicester Tigers came out winners on Rugby Premiership finals day, pipping London Irish to the crown in a thrilling 10-9 win at Twickenham. Yet the Tigers didn’t fare as well on the European stage, with Leinster defeating them in the Heineken Cup Final.
In cricket, England celebrated beating their old adversary Australia to reclaim the Ashes, winning 2-1 on home soil, whilst Jenson Button finished in pole position to bring home the trophy for Brawn in the Formula One Championship – his first and only title win.
The boom of Twitter and the third-gen iPhone
Oh how did we ever cope with such a small phone screen! Back in 2009, the iPhone 3GS was Apple’s latest release, with a screen measuring 3.5 inches – almost half the size of the latest iPhone XS Max.
The social media phenomenon was on the horizon a decade ago. We had conversations on each other’s Facebook walls as Messenger didn’t exist and Twitter became more than just Stephen Fry’s little hobby. Spotify also signalled the start of the streaming services era.
A lot has changed in the last decade, but what will happen over the next 10 years? Only time will tell!
Paragon is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Keep up with all our birthday activity on our news page, as well as across our social media channels.