Gallery: Cartoonist Ken Pyne's 2021 in pictures

Ham&High cartoonist Ken Pyne

Ham&High cartoonist Ken Pyne - Credit: Ken Pyne/Justin McKie

I could use the same words about 2021 as I did about 2020 in that nothing seems to have changed in two years, with nobody going anywhere or doing anything other than staying at home and drinking more when the pubs are shut while watching TV and being scared by the government, Chris Whitty and Kay Burley.

The plus has been that the locals in Hampstead Village, where I live, have all got to know each other even better – as in the lockdowns they were the only people we met.

I would also single out praise for most of the pubs which kept up a great sense of community spirit (within restrictions) and I would single out Jimmy McGrath, the landlord of the William IV, who deserves a knighthood for services to Hampstead.

It is also great news that there is a revival of pubs, with the Old White Bear and the Magdala, among others in the area, reopening.

It's a great sign of a return to normality and I just hope no more lockdowns destroy that sense of hope.  

Spring 2021 was a time for beer gardens and vaccine pushes

Spring 2021 was a time for beer gardens and vaccine pushes - Credit: Ken Pyne

I also hope is 2022 is a better year than the last two but I am beginning to think that is wishful thinking and the best I can hope for is, as the virus is never going to disappear, we all find a way of living with it (which we will have to eventually), and some people will stop being so terrified and screaming that they are going to die whenever you come within twenty feet of them. But then that’s not much different from what nearly everyone else wants, I expect.

Love was not so much in the air on Valetine's Day 2021

Love was not so much in the air on Valetine's Day 2021 - Credit: Ken Pyne

As for the future – and speaking from a purely cartoonist’s point of view – I hope Boris Johnson survives as he is so easy to draw. You can almost do him blindfold now. I can’t think of one interesting face that will succeed him.

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I hope everyone who lives in north London buys the Ham&High and starts using shops (especially local ones) again. And I hope Camden Council, for the first time in decades, starts showing it cares about the people who live in the borough and stop behaving like tinpot Stalinists – again, wishful thinking I suspect.

Anyway Happy New Year.

Ken Pyne is a cartoonist for the Ham&High and Private Eye, among others.

2021 got off to an uncertain start

2021 got off to an uncertain start - Credit: Ken Pyne

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer set out his stall on the Ham&High Podcast in February

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer set out his stall on the Ham&High Podcast in February - Credit: Ken Pyne

Design competitions were held for a revamp of Highgate Cemetery

Design competitions were held for a revamp of Highgate Cemetery - Credit: Ken Pyne

Director Tim Burton's former house in Primrose Hill went on the market

Director Tim Burton's former house in Primrose Hill went on the market - Credit: Ken Pyne

Al fresco was all the rage in May

Al fresco was all the rage in May - Credit: Ken Pyne

Oriel Place in Hampstead reopened in May (tree preserved)

Oriel Place in Hampstead reopened in May (tree preserved) - Credit: Ken Pyne

The Hampstead Village BID came to an end, and English football optimism reached fever pitch

The Hampstead Village BID came to an end, and English football optimism reached fever pitch

There were celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act

There were celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hampstead Heath Act - Credit: Ken Pyne

While Boris Johnson called for people to show "personal responsibility" in the face of Covid, some England fans showed none

While Boris Johnson called for people to show "personal responsibility" in the fight against Covid, an embarrassingly large number of England fans showed none - Credit: Ken Pyne

Hampstead Heath, when the floods came

When the floods came - Credit: Ken Pyne

Wet ground at Kenwood House saw a number of concerts cancelled in August, including one by Boy George

Wet ground at Kenwood House saw a number of concerts cancelled in August - Credit: Ken Pyne

We lost Spurs great Jimmy Greaves

We lost Spurs great Jimmy Greaves - Credit: Ken Pyne

Lorry driver shortages in September saw pumps running dry

Lorry driver shortages in September saw pumps running dry - Credit: Ken Pyne

When a python was found outside Parliament Hill Lido (it wasn't Michael Palin)

When a python was found outside Parliament Hill Lido (it wasn't Michael Palin) - Credit: Ken Pyne

Boris Johnson was under fire, but West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remained trapped in Iran

While Boris Johnson was under fire for lax mask-wearing habits, West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remained trapped in Iran - Credit: Ken Pyne