In the beginning…

We’re marking Skout’s five year anniversary in every way possible! Our celebrations are still ongoing to celebrate the milestone – yummy cupcakes, gin cocktails and even our F-I-V-E balloons are still up. While we’d like to think that the launch of Skout five years ago was the most important event of the year, we discovered that there was actually quite a lot happening in the world at the same time.

So can you guess what news stories were hitting the headlines at the same time as Skout’s birth?  Take a trip down memory lane with us. Here are the hot topics you were reading about while our MD Rob Skinner made that fateful decision to establish Skout…

Eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull: Do you remember the Icelandic volcano eruption that that led to a volcanic cloud in the sky? This meant that many of us couldn’t travel. Let’s face it though, we were all envious of those people who were stuck in an exotic location and couldn’t return home.

Apple released the iPad: Yes, the device that is now a massive success first hit the shelves the month Skout was formed. Since then, Apple has brought out four more iPad models and so many of us are now the proud owner of one.

Yushu earthquake: China saw a devastating earthquake that had a magnitude of 6.9 MMS, causing mass destruction and killing over 2000 people.  The world responded by donating 2.2 billion yuan (£22.9 million).

Kyrgyz revolution of 2010: Current Kyrgyzstan president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was ousted. This led to violence between the Kyrgyz people and the Uzbeks, later leading to a new parliamentary system in the country.

Gordon Brown and the ‘bigoted woman’: It was election time again and the then current Prime Minister Gordon Brown found himself in a spot of bother. Following a campaigning event, Mr Brown was caught describing a voter as ‘that bigoted women’ as he climbed in his car. Someone had forgot to turn his microphone off. Woops! Remember, nothing is ever off the record.

When Rob was welcoming Skout to the world, I was getting ready to start university – so it was an exciting time for me too! What were you doing?

Alex Brown has just started his career at Skout PR and will be a regular contributor to the Skout blog.

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