Prince George's birth

AN: "I don't think it's excessive in a sense that Mandela - that was excessive coverage, but what I found amazing about the birth was that the first people to actually see young George were not the Queen or Prince Charles or anybody else from the royal family, but the Middletons for some reason. And I also thought that was quite strange when Prince William came over, dressed as a commoner and not allowing anybody to do anything."

JD: "I think that the coverage it got shows that regardless of what your politics are, the royal family is still loved and they are our unified force in our divided country. I think it's a shame that the current heir to the throne is likely to take the monarchy in a more politically partisan direction. His views on environmentalism, his views on Islam and so on and so forth - I don't think it's necessarily representative of where we ought to be."

HS2

AN: "With such huge construction projects it always goes and doubles. The question is: does Britain need HS2? And most people think in their hearts that 'no, we don't need that.' You can invest that money in other things, which are more important than getting to Birmingham or Manchester 20 minutes quicker. And, of course, when I hear about those big projects I imagine all those commissions that go to all sorts of people, who just want to start something huge in order to get rich."

JD: "No, we certainly do not need it, and I think it's significant, that the government keeps changing its tune on why we're going to have this great white elephant. They started off claiming that it was going to dramatically transform journey times. It's going to maybe cut off 20 minutes from London to Birmingham - big deal! Then they were saying that it was going to revitalise the north."

"It is going to be an environmental disaster."

Leveson inquiry

AN: "I was first of all appalled by the Leveson enquiry. You never put a judge in charge of an inquiry, looking at the press standards. It was a farce. They allowed celebrities to turn it into a farce. They complain about the press intrusion, when they themselves organised that press intrusion. They thrive on press intrusion. The British press is already controlled heavily by political correctness."

JD: "Yes, our press is robust. It can be extremely rude to the establishment. That is a virtue. That is not a weakness. And I think what happens if you get government disturbing the press, what you have is a situation where the government can behave very very badly. So, I think press regulation is going to be a disaster for Britain."

Twerking

AN: "What I couldn't understand was why it was blown out of such proportion. Why is it a big deal to rub your bottom, basically?"

Energy price freeze

AN: "This country is spending $12 billion on foreign aid to countries that don't need it and allowing 30,000 of its old people to die in the winter because they can't afford to heat their houses - excuse me, but this is absurd."

US shutdown

AN: "I think America is going down in a big way."

Chilcot Inquiry

AN: "It's quite obvious that David Cameron wants to shield Tony Blair and his people from the responsibilities."

Highlights of the year? 

AN: "My highlight of the year was that translator standing next to Obama making all the same gestures. It was hilarious - it said to us that this was the year 2013, when people pretended to be somebody else... and when people who didn't deserve that much praise were praised."

JD: "I really liked Glastonbury Festival this year! I went with my boy and we went to see the Stones - I was expecting a bunch of tired old men and I heard them sing Sympathy for the Devil and Paint it Black and it was a really special moment. The sun was shining because of all that global warming, and it was great."

(Voice of Russia)