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#FridayFiver 🧼 👏 🎄 – Christmas at last!

This time next week we’ll probably be sitting on our settees sporting crumpled paper crowns, as stuffed as turkeys and possibly as pickled as spiced oranges in port. 

Since this is the last #FridayFiver before Christmas 2020 and we won’t be back until 2021 – and this year has made J.G. Ballard’s High Rise look like a holiday camp brochure – we’ve decided to look back on the positives of a year where we’ve got closer than ever online while staying apart in the ‘real’ world. 

Have a fun (and safe) festive season and we’ll see you in a brighter, brand spanking New Year!

💉Pfizer Covid-19 jab pioneers


Moment of the year must go to 90 year-old Margaret Keenan receiving the world’s first Covid-19 vaccination on 8th December in Coventry, administered by proud Filipino-Briton and NHS veteran nurse May Parsons. There’s a long road ahead, but nevertheless this simple scene was the culmination of millions of hopes and dreams. Meanwhile, the second person to receive the famed jab was 81-year old William Shakespeare – surely Boris could have found a Winston Churchill somewhere?

Meet Margaret Keenan here

🍸 Let Christmas be-gin


Not satisfied with raising a whopping £32 million for the NHS with his epic sponsored walk, national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore has also turned his capable hands to creating a gorgeous gin with the help of Yorkshire’s own Otterbeck Distillery. So now you can guzzle a few refreshing G&Ts while contributing to charity – what better way to celebrate this Crimo?

Get the lowdown on Captain Sir Tom’s tipple

💪Mr Motivator returns


In the midst of lockdown part I, a 90s hero returned to our screens with some wicked lockdown workout moves that put smiles on our faces and stopped up stuffing our cake holes with crisps for a couple of minutes. We’re talking about Mr Motivator of course – you’re never to old to wriggle into one-piece lycra!

Go for the burn here

😲Zoom fails


As billions of us worldwide stayed at home to try to curb the spread of Covid-19, for better or worse, video platforms like Zoom became part and parcel of our daily working lives. And even if you’re suffering from serious Zoom fatigue by now (yes; it’s a thing) you can still appreciate fantastic zoom fails!

Watch this Zoomer feeling a little flushed

🎵 Songs of freedom


Another tonic for a troubled world this year was music – from legendary listening parties with Tim Burgess to live streamed events by everyone from Andrea Bocelli to Lady Gaga and The Rolling Stones, artists of all stripes helped us through our toughest times. However, some of the most moving musical moments came courtesy of members of the public performing socially isolated singalongs on balconies worldwide – brilliant!

Belt out some Italian classics

Want 2021’s first box-fresh #FridayFiver? Drop your deets below!

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