2010 proved to be a good year for many people, especially Take That fans and gadget lovers.
However, it was also a year of austerity, seeing large-scale protests across Europe as governments sought to reign in spending.
In the UK, the year started under a blanket of snow. Arguments over the country's troubled travel network would resurface following another deluge before the year's end.
Around the world many faced disaster and tragedy after devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Tragedy was also avoided as 33 men in Chile rose to freedom and celebrity.