Countdown to Ten years of LCMB

We will celebrate LCMB’s 10th birthday in January and we thought it would be interesting to look back how the world has changed over this time.

Next month we’ll start looking at how productivity, carbon reduction and other building related issues have progressed over the last ten years, but right now we’re taking a slightly nostalgic look back. How clearly can you remember these events?

10 year quiz!

How many of these questions can you get right?

1) What was the bestselling album in December 2009? (yes we used to have albums)

2) And the number 1 Christmas single of 2009?

3) What’s the connection between them?

4) The highest grossing film of 2009?

5) Who was convicted of murder in December 2009 but subsequently acquitted?

6) Whose private life revelations in December 2009 triggered estimated shareholder losses of between $5bn and $12bn?

7) What now ubiquitous device still didn’t exist in 2009?

8) What once most visited website in

Scroll down for the answers


What was the world like 10 years ago?


Technology around 10 years ago

2008 AirBnB, Spotify and Tesla Roadster were launched

2009 BitCoin and Uber launched

2010 mySpace tanked (having once surpassed Google as the most visited website in the US). Instagram launched, iPad introduced

2011 SnapChat launched

Entertainment in 2009

Avatar was the highest grossing film of 2009

Lady Gaga was in the ascendancy and media darling

2009 Christmas single: Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine

2009 Christmas Album: I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle

News stories from 2009

January – Matt Smith was named as the actor to take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who

February – Road, rail and air transport was badly affected, hundreds of schools were closed and a shortage of road salt created what the AA called “a safety crisis”

March – Brazilian footballer Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos

April – Swine flu emerged from Mexico and spread to Britain

May – The MP’s expenses scandal came to light

June – Michael Jackson passed away

July – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released

August – The funniest joke at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe was: Hedgehogs. Why can’t they just share the hedge?

September – Sir Terry Wogan announced he was stepping down as presenter of BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show

October – Barbara Windsor announced she was quitting EastEnders

November – 200 people were rescued from the town of Cockermouth as Cumbria was hit by the worst floods in its history

December – Rage Against the Machine’s single, Killing In The Name, beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb after an internet campaign

Quiz Answers

1) I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle

2) Killing in the Name, Rage Against the Machine

3) They both charted because of talent shows: Susan Boyle thanks to her appearance in Britain’s Got Talent, and Killing in the Name of became of a campaign to prevent The X Factor winner’s song from gaining the Christmas number one in the United Kingdom for a fifth successive year.

4) Avatar

5) Amanda Knox

6) Tiger Woods

7) iPad

8) Myspace

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