When David Attenborough met Lonesome George and Piers Morgan played cricket with Freddie Flintoff: Celebrities tell us their best moment of 2012 | UPDATED: 11:48 GMT, 1 January 2013 There is no doubt it’s been a momentous year for Britain with the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and finally, a royal baby. But what would the stars pick as their favourite event of 2012 We asked a host of celebrities to tell us about the special moment that made their year.
2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion) | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Analysis: Michael Buerk believes 2012 was a proud year for Britain – despite a few low moments It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the mood changed and impossible, even in retrospect, to explain why. For me, it came when I was standing in the drizzle, six deep in a crowd massed at a corner of a Surrey lane, waiting for my first glimpse of the London Olympics. The rain stopped
Running for his life: Moment gangsters on rival turf chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' Kwame Ofosu-Asare was mistaken for a rival gang memberTwo teenagers 'who showed no remorse' stabbed him fourteen times Idiabeta jailed for 19 years and Okusanya for 20 years today Idiabeta was in youth court on day of attack for breaching bail conditionsOkusanya told police: 'Everyone gets stabbed, everyone goes to jail, that's how life is' | UPDATED: 18:18 GMT, 18 December 2012 This is the horrifying moment gangsters chased and killed an innocent 17-year-old student after mistaking him for a rival gang member. CCTV footage shows victim Kwame Ofosu-Asare who was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' running away from Nelson Idiabeta, then 17, and Nathaniel Okusanya, then 18. Moments after the teenagers were captured running after him and a friend, Kwame was stabbed 14 times in the back in a 'cowardly and merciless' murder.
Glorious in green: Kate puts a tough few weeks behind her as she presents Sports Personality of the Year award The Duchess of Cambridge presents Bradley Wiggins with the Sports Personality of the Year trophyKate also hands London 2012 chief Lord Coe with the Lifetime Achievement awardSmile shows she is trying hard to put a difficult time of late behind herLondon 2012 heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis gets runners-up trophy, with Team GB gold-winning tennis star Andy Murray third | UPDATED: 10:53 GMT, 17 December 2012 She was a passionate and dedicated cheerleader for our athletes during this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. And it seems nothing would stop the Duchess of Cambridge continuing that role last night – not even the crippling form of morning sickness that has plagued her for the last two weeks.
Pictured: Incredible 'tsunami' of clouds roll over mountain top to engulf city | UPDATED: 17:28 GMT, 16 December 2012 This is the dramatic moment a city in Switzerland looks like it is about to be engulfed by a giant tsunami – although the apparent tidal wave is actually just thick clouds rolling in over a mountain range. As thousands of people went about their everyday business in Geneva, behind them a mammoth tsunami appeared to be about to tear through the city. But the spectacular scene was really just an optical illusion caused by clouds sweeping across the Saleve mountain range, which overlooks the city, on December 5 this year.
Welcome to Kabul: Panoramic postcards from the war-torn city circled by mountains (and some of them make you want to visit) | UPDATED: 21:11 GMT, 12 December 2012 Kabul, the war-torn capital of Afghanistan, is not a city for the faint-hearted, and few tourists venture there. Years of war since it was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1979 to the present day have ravaged the city's sprawling neighbourhoods that are now home to 3.2 million people. But as these spectacular picture postcard snaps show, the world's fifth fastest growing metropolis, which stands wedged between the Hindu Kush mountains and the Kabul River, is still as stunning as ever.
Come back here! Mischievous monkey who tried to run away from mother is put in his place when she yanks him back by his leg | UPDATED: 18:25 GMT, 9 December 2012 This was the moment a naughty monkey was put in his place after trying to wander off from his mother. The baby was picking coconuts with his mum when he grew bored and decided to sneak off while she wasn't looking. But the cheeky chappy's bid for freedom was short-lived and he was quickly stopped in his tracks when he was yanked back by his leg
Caught on camera: Moment good Samaritan dressed as a CAVEMAN saves victim from vicious beating | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 7 December 2012 Help can come in the most unlikeliest forms – and in this instance, it was in the shape of a caveman. A Good Samaritan dressed as a caveman came to the aid of a helpless victim who was attacked during a vicious street assault.
Moment hero trucker leaped into cab of blazing lorry to drive it clear of Christmas shoppers before it exploded into flamesHero driver jumped back into lorry as Christmas shoppers watched Video captures the moment flames break out as driver, named as Martin Ford, moves lorry to quieter street100,000 worth of furniture destroyed in blaze | UPDATED: 01:19 GMT, 1 December 2012 This is the dramatic moment a lorry driver leapt into his blazing truck and steered it away from a busy high street. Martin Ford risked his life to drive the burning vehicle away from hundreds of Christmas shoppers. Seconds after he pulled it into a quiet side street and got out, the whole lorry, including the cab, was engulfed in flames
After a six-day trade visit to secure jobs in London, Boris is still best known in India for hanging from THAT zipwireLondon Mayor Boris Johnson joined in a game of 23-a-side football with children from the slums of MumbaiHe visited to see the work of charity Magic Bus, which was set up by a British organisation By Matt Chorley and Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 06:40 GMT, 30 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 30 November 2012 He is supposed to be drumming up major foreign investment for London. But after a six-day photo-opportunity packed tour across India, Boris Johnson is still best known as the man who got stuck on a zipwire, according to one of the country’s top talk show hosts. Many people in India have not recognised the mop-haired Mayor at all, and some have mistaken him for tennis star Boris Becker and even the King of England